January 31, 2009
Now suppose that the new growth industry of a previously unthinkable futuristic police state was already in place, fully operational and has been online and has actively been being utilized for domestic spying for years before those two airplanes slammed into the World Trade Center.
The 'terrorist' attacks were used as the justification for every unconstitutional reigning in of civil liberties ever since that heinous September morning seven years ago when the reset button was hit on two and a quarter centuries of American history and we all stepped forth into the brave new world of perpetual war, fear, suspicion and vengeance into a parallel reality in a place that would come to be known as The Homeland.
What if this surveillance industrial complex was in possession of
a database that was so large and so powerful that not only could it
instantly process and retrieve the most minute or intimate aspects of a
citizen’s lives but was also able to utilize extremely sophisticated
artificial intelligence capabilities to actually predict likely patterns of
It would then be able to use the data to not only find links between persons who already know and interact with each other but to categorize each individual into a particular group that possess similar behavioral and purchasing habits. These groups could then be further divided into subgroups and further analyzed in order to determine under some loosely defined and largely unknown guidelines whether they could potentially represent a threat.
While all of this may sound like some sort of futuristic dystopian nightmare straight out of Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report and "Precrime" it is very real and it goes by the name of Main Core.
For example, if you are selling a bicycle and run an advertisement in your
local newspaper and you happen to receive a call from a Muhammad who is
interested in your bicycle and Muhammad happens to have certain friends who
have relationships with an organization that is determined by some unknown
criteria to be a potential terrorist organization then the call that you
received from Muhammad would then in all likelihood place you in the
database and subject to an increased level of scrutiny at best and at worst
in jeopardy of being picked up and held indefinitely without any sort of
Throw in an overworked, systematically dumbed-down
populace that has been propagandized by the corrupt institution that is the
corporate media machine with it's clever use of fear and loathing and
scientific development of advanced mind control techniques who despite the
infinite wisdom of our forefathers would gladly sacrifice their liberty for
the any sort of temporary safety (no matter that it is fleeting) and there
exists today in 'The Homeland' a perfect Petri-dish for an authoritarian
Author Bertram Gross published a book back in 1980 that was entitled Friendly Fascism, Jim Garrison once said that "fascism would come to America in the name of national security", and author Kevin Phillips in his 1983 book Post-Conservative America warned of the potential of an "apple pie authoritarianism" and a coming society in which:
This very accurately describes post 9/11 America where any
semblance of reason has been abandoned for cheap flag-waving pimped off as
patriotism, criticism of authority has made into potential treason by the
highly paid shills for neoconservative doctrine, sloganeering and
demagoguery have replaced discourse, critical thinking is becoming extinct
and just as George Orwell so accurately predicted
Big Brother is now
watching over us, protecting us and ensuring that we understand that war is
peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.
The PROMIS software was created by INSLAW Inc., a company owned by a former NSA intelligence officer named William Hamilton. PROMIS was to have been licensed to the U.S. government in the early 1980’s before the technology boom became widespread but was then stolen by the seamy officials in Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department.
The software was modified for espionage purposes to include a ‘back door’ that could be used for spying on those that it was sold to and in a detail that should be especially relevant with the economic crisis that threatens to crash the global financial system, the software could also be used to track in real time (in order to manipulate?) stock market transactions, once can certainly speculate as to how such a tool could have contributed to an economic catastrophe as we are now facing if it were used for such a thing.
It is important to keep in mind the period when
PROMIS was stolen in the
early 1980's and the fact that the technology boom was still years in the
future which should give one an idea to just how far advanced and therefore
how important that it was to those who would use it in order to promote a
is the president of Inslaw Inc., a computer services firm with many clients
in government and the private sector, says there are strong indications that
the Bush administration's domestic surveillance operations use Main Core.
PROMIS, also widely used in the insurance industry, can also sort through other databases fast, with results showing up almost instantly.
Since the late 1980s, Inslaw has been involved in a legal dispute over its claim that Justice Department officials in the Reagan administration appropriated the PROMIS software. Hamilton claims that Reagan officials gave PROMIS to the NSA and the CIA, which then adapted the software - and its outstanding ability to search other databases - to manage intelligence operations and track financial transactions.
Over the years, Hamilton has
employed prominent lawyers to pursue the case, including Elliot Richardson,
the former attorney general and secretary of defense who died in 1999, and
C. Boyden Gray, the former White House counsel to President George H.W.
Bush. The dispute has never been settled. But based on the long-running
case, Hamilton says he believes U.S. intelligence uses PROMIS as the primary
software for searching the Main Core database.
In July 2001, Hamilton says, he discussed his case with retired Adm. Dan Murphy, a former military advisor to Elliot Richardson who later served under President George H.W. Bush as deputy director of the CIA. Murphy, who died shortly after his meeting with Hamilton, did not specifically mention Main Core.
But he informed Hamilton that the NSA's use of PROMIS involved something,
Hamilton also provided copies of letters
that Richardson and Gray sent to U.S. intelligence officials and the Justice
Department on Inslaw's behalf alleging that the NSA and the CIA had
appropriated PROMIS for intelligence use.
Through a former senior Justice Department official with more than 25 years of government experience, Salon has learned of a high-level former national security official who reportedly has firsthand knowledge of the U.S. government's use of Main Core. The official worked as a senior intelligence analyst for a large domestic law enforcement agency inside the Bush White House. He would not agree to an interview.
But according to the former Justice Department official, the former intelligence analyst told her that while stationed at the White House after the 9/11 attacks, one day he accidentally walked into a restricted room and came across a computer system that was logged on to what he recognized to be the Main Core database.
When she mentioned the specific name of the top-secret system during their conversation, she recalled,
An article in Radar magazine in May, citing three unnamed former government officials, reported that,
The INSLAW/PROMIS story reached deep into the darkest bowels of an increasingly secretive and malevolent National Security State that had manifested itself in,
Bush’s dark shops of oppression being given key positions in
this brazenly lawless administration that has brought America to the brink
of fascism. Many of these hard-liners remain in place throughout the
bureaucracy in order to do whatever is necessary to preserve the power of
the shadow government.
The story is fascinating in that it not only illustrated the length to which the Bush-Cheney junta would go to in order to keep their dirty little programs in place but also for the high speed chase through the streets of Washington and the race up the hospital stairs that Comey engaged in to beat Gonzalez and Card to the sedated Ashcroft to take advantage of a sick man, when John Ashcroft actually comes out looking like a heroic figure it becomes very apparent of just how grossly un-American that this flagrantly criminal administration truly is.
James Comey went on to give testimony to Congress over the hospital room showdown and more details are available from blogger Glenn Greenwald in his piece entitled What illegal "things" was the government doing in 2001-2004? and in Barton Gellman's book Angler and excerpts were published in the Washington Post which part one and part two can be read for more information on the back story behind the surveillance reauthorization.
Murray Waas also has done a story on whether former
Attorney General Gonzalez
created a set of falsified notes to provide a
cover story for what occurred while trying to bully Comey and Ashcroft into
signing off on the obviously illegal surveillance program.
Of course, federal law is somewhat vague as to what might constitute a "national emergency."
Executive orders issued over the past three decades define it as a,
According to one news report, even "national opposition to U.S.
military invasion abroad" could be a trigger.
Surviving government officials are shuttled to protected underground complexes carved into the hills of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Power shifts to a "parallel government" that consists of scores of secretly pre-selected officials. (As far back as the 1980s, Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of a pharmaceutical company, and Dick Cheney, then a congressman from Wyoming, were slated to step into key positions during a declared emergency.)
The executive branch is the sole and absolute seat of authority,
with Congress and the judiciary relegated to advisory roles at best. The
country becomes, within a matter of hours, a police state.
From the comfortable perspective of peaceful times, such behavior by the government may seem far-fetched. But it was not so very long ago that FDR ordered 120,000 Japanese Americans—everyone from infants to the elderly—be held in detention camps for the duration of World War II. This is widely regarded as a shameful moment in U.S. history, a lesson learned.
But a long trail of federal documents indicates that the possibility of large-scale detention has never quite been abandoned by federal authorities. Around the time of the 1968 race riots, for instance, a paper drawn up at the U.S. Army War College detailed plans for rounding up millions of "militants" and "American negroes," who were to be held at "assembly centers or relocation camps."
In the late 1980s, the Austin American-Statesman and other publications reported the existence of 10 detention camp sites on military facilities nationwide, where hundreds of thousands of people could be held in the event of domestic political upheaval. More such facilities were commissioned in 2006, when Kellogg Brown & Root—then a subsidiary of Halliburton—was handed a $385 million contract to establish "temporary detention and processing capabilities" for the Department of Homeland Security.
The contract is short on details, stating only that the facilities would be used for,
Just what those "new programs" might be is not specified.
Some of these individuals might receive a letter
or a phone call, others a request to register with local authorities. Still
others might hear a knock on the door and find police or armed soldiers
outside. In some instances, the authorities might just ask a few questions.
Other suspects might be arrested and escorted to federal holding facilities,
where they could be detained without counsel until the state of emergency is
no longer in effect.
With events unfolding as they currently are it is especially troubling to note that the "economy" is one of the criteria that would trigger the declaration of martial law, the current economic crisis along with the lack of will to do what it takes to make corrections rather than bailing out and essentially giving amnesty to the Wall Street looters who are responsible for it only guarantees that the collapse when it does come will be much more devastating.
An article in The Army Times that was published last fall reveals that as of October troop deployments will include 'Homeland' duty under the command of NORTHCOM. Assignments will allow for an increased public visibility (translation: getting Americans used to seeing troops on the streets) and will have a stated purpose as follows:
If action by the military (and the unaccountable mercenaries
from privatized 'security' firms like
Blackwater) is decided to be merited
by the unitary executive and a state of martial law declared then what
exactly is going to happen to those "8 million" names that Ketcham writes of
as "potentially suspect" who are in the Main Core database?
Ketcham also references a massive
1993 piece for Wired Magazine entitled
The INSLAW Octopus that none other
than the infamous rogue operative Lt. Col. Oliver North was using PROMIS for
illegal surveillance purposes:
Compared to PROMIS, Richard Nixon's enemies
list or Sen. Joe McCarthy's blacklist look downright crude. This operation
was so sensitive that when Rep. Jack Brooks asked North about it during the
Iran-Contra hearings, the hearing was immediately suspended pending an
executive (secret) conference. When the hearings were reconvened, the issue
of North's FEMA dealings was dropped.
Is there really any doubt that these surveillance systems aren't being used for raw political purposes and for blackmail? How much serious opposition did the Bush-Cheney-Rove Axis of Evil meet in their systematic dismantling of the Constitution over the past eight years? How much of it will the Obama administration undo?
In the ongoing exploitation of the 'terrorist' attacks
of 9/11 that have been used to justify each and every incursion on American
civil liberties and thugs like Dick Cheney and David Addington acting as the
muscle for the shadow government (as is evident in the stories linked to
above) the footfalls of those little cat feet grow louder and louder.
Every new police state measure has been implemented largely after being conceived in secrecy under the premise of 'national security' and NSPD-51 has allowed for the executive branch to issue a declaration of martial law under which the roundup of dissidents for detention (or worse) will be conducted. And this has all been non-reviewable by Congress, a supposedly (at least according to the Constitution) a co-equal branch of government.
When a Congressman named Peter DeFazio was last year denied access to the NSPD-51/C.O.G. plans by the Bush administration it was yet another example of what has been a disturbing pattern.
The Main Core list of
potential 'enemies of the state', the assignment of troops to NORTHCOM, the
ongoing frantic efforts of the neocons to launch a war with Iran, the threat
of the Cheney cabal being further exposed, the deteriorating economy and the
growing public anger at government along with a loss of faith in public
institutions all add up to something very dark that is about to come to
fruition after decades of planning.
imperative that it be brought to light now that there is a window of
opportunity and a new administration, the police state and the illegal
surveillance system must be dismantled and our intelligence system be put
under honest and principled oversight.
The frenzied spree to dismantle the republic and reinterpret the Constitution to implement the fascist police state that would suppress the domestic populace while the business of expanding the empire abroad has gone on unabated for over seven years now.
The ascendance of the shadow government into the open began on that morning and the events have been instrumental in allowing for every outrageous violation of civil liberties, international law and the very bedrock principle upon which civilized societies are built being habeas corpus. America is now known worldwide as a torture state, a pariah and a rogue nation to be hated and feared and is ruled by an imperial presidency or as it is formerly known a Unitary Executive (translation: dictator).
current state of affairs are primarily due to the policies of the cabal of
one Richard B. Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history as well
as a longtime shadow government figure who
activated Continuity of
Government on the morning of 9/11.
One of the most often referenced pieces on this was James Mann's 2004 piece for the Atlantic Magazine entitled The Armageddon Plan.
Another shadow government figure who would later become instrumental in the transformation of America into the fascistic Homeland is one David Addington, Cheney's crackerjack legal mind and longtime hatchetman who has along with others such as John Yoo (a man who once said that the president had the legal authority to crush a child's testicles were it deemed necessary) have toiled to change the law of the nation into something dark and foreign.
In Addington's world there is legitimacy to engage in illegal (at least until now) domestic spying, abduction and detention without trial, torture both physical and mental (a horrifying example is that of Jose Padilla, an American citizen who would be the precedent for future actions against other Americans) who was imprisoned and psychologically destroyed through the application of mind control techniques straight out of the infamous CIA program MKULTRA to the point where his mental capacities were that of "a piece of furniture".
Padilla was not only
a precedent setter but also a warning of what the government could do to a
person deemed to be a 'terrorist' or 'terrorist sympathizer', the
definitions of which are intentionally vague for a very terrifying reason.
Jane Meyer of the New Yorker speaks of their relationship in the following interview from which I excerpt a piece from here:
Addington is still largely a mystery man but his connections to Continuity of Government during the Reagan era are documented as well as his ties to Cheney. Another common denominator is the Iran-Contra affair, Addington was a big player in it as well as most of the current crop of neocons who returned to power under Bush II.
Addington also is connected to spook master and former CIA head William 'Bill' Casey (a man whose history and past associations is a veritable almanac of American fascism dating from WWII through the Reagan years and who played a key role in the theft of the PROMIS software) through The Lawless Group (named for CIA operative Richard Lawless, a close associate of Casey).
Sidney Blumenthal's article for Salon entitled The Sad decline of Michael Mukasey provides some additional background on Mr. Addington:
That 9/11 enabled Cheney, Addington and the rest of the neocons to brutally enforce their long planned agenda and has served as the basis for all that has changed since that day there remains a truly legitimate question as to what their role or knowledge of those attacks may have been.
It has been a
matter of intense debate in the alternative media as to what level of
involvement that this cabal may have had in ensuring that the attacks took
place (stay away from the Bush Did It canard which is only a straw man),
they did after all write in a document for the
Project For A New American
Century (PNAC) entitled
Rebuilding America's Defenses of the need for a "New
Pearl Harbor" in order for the public to accept their radical doctrine and
there never has been a legitimate investigation of 9/11 free of conflicts of
interest and with full subpoena power so as to ask the serious questions in
a public forum about the event that hit the reset button on over two and a
quarter centuries of American history and the subsequent implementation of a
The massive USA PATRIOT Act was already awaiting a rollout and there is the still lingering question of who was really behind the Anthrax attacks that were directed at those who were in positions to stop its implementation. 9/11 would be consistent with historical black operations and false flag attacks and the festering disregard for American democracy by those who assumed control in the aftermath is widely known but I am not going to revisit that in this particular writing other than to ask the obvious question of Cui Bono?
Whether 9/11 was indeed a coup by an alliance between the shadow government along with rogue elements of foreign intelligence services is of less importance than the consistent pattern of below the surface influence and interactions of non-elected government officials and foreign and domestic criminal elements.
Author and researcher Professor Peter Dale Scott refers to a "Deep State" and I would refer readers of this article to one of his entitled 9/11, Deep State Violence and the Hope of Internet Politics in which Professor Scott provides an in depth look into not only the deep state but asks serious questions about whether Continuity of Government was implemented in the aftermath of 9/11.
I excerpt the following from this piece:
The book referenced by Professor Scott is The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire
and the Future of America and it is an essential read for those seeking to
understand America as it exists today.
Whether it be the hijacking of the financial system by the Wall Street banking cartel that is abetted by yet another capitulation by a quisling Congress, more evidence of the desecration of privacy rights by a surveillance industrial complex run amok, the alarming and ongoing militarizing of the nation's police, the assignment of combat hardened troops to domestic duty (with a mandate to quell civil unrest despite the now for all intents and purposes rendered irrelevant the Posse Comitatus Act) or the constantly morphing and open ended definition of what exactly constitutes being a 'terrorist' to name only a few of the more alarming changes to the republic, those who are able to recognize such things as what they truly are should be increasingly aware that the dreaded and ubiquitous pejorative of conspiracy theorist is (as it always has been) one gigantic sick joke.
The pushback against President Obama for announcing the planned
closure of the Gitmo torture gulag by the neocon embeds in the media has
The apple pie authoritarianism becomes more entrenched, political discourse has been reduced to nothing more than demagoguery, lies (either outright or more commonly, through omission) clever and highly sophisticated propaganda, race-baiting, fear-mongering and all delivered through a corrupted and complicit corporate media machine and the celebrity shills that it employs as barkers in the carnival of immorality and perversion that is the shell of American now known as the Homeland.
The obvious intent was to generate fear and hatred and to manufacture consent as well as swing the election to McCain. It worked to perfection as Muslim children were gassed in the nursery of a Dayton, Ohio mosque just after the Obsession DVD was distributed locally.
Of course in the land of Orwellian newspeak it wasn't ruled an act of domestic terrorism.
For that matter, neither was Kristallnacht in a certain European closing
society that eerily parallels what has been going on in the post 9/11
'Homeland' although it is far more subtle for the original prototype was far
too ostentatious to endure for very long.
This sort of sentiment continues to be encouraged by extremist fifth columnists and will only fester more as the economy deteriorates and scapegoats are manufactured. Multi-millionaire fascist demagogue Rush Limbaugh (a modern day Father Charles Coughlin) has become a defacto spokesman for the GOP and will continue to foment hatred amidst those most susceptible.
The more paranoid elements are already being whipped into a
frenzy over Obama's second swearing in (the first was botched by Federalist
Society stooge Chief Justice John Roberts) in that he didn't place his hand
on a bible, and of course the dirty little rumors that Obama was not born in
the U.S. continue to be circulated.
In his study The Authoritarians, Bob Altemeyer identified a certain demographic segment of any society that are hard-wired for serving authoritarians, susceptible to demagogy and subservient to perceived authority figures.
This particular part of a population is essential to supporting totalitarian figures who rise to power during troubled times and offer simple answers to complex problems, they are essential components of any fascist regime and their near psychotic fervor can be channeled to the point where they are nothing more than automatons or tools to the dangerous leaders of mass movements.
Such behavior was on full display at many Sarah Palin rallies and it wouldn't take much to turn such gatherings into staging
grounds for organized pogroms that could then be unleashed when the time is
No fascist system can for long exist without a certain die-hard percentage of the population who can be mobilized as shock troops, don't ask questions and are full of resentment and hatred, only seeking a strong leader on a white horse with simple answers to complex problems and who will point them in the direction of those who can be easily scapegoated.
History always repeats but it never repeats exactly.
Yesteryear's Juden are today's liberals.
The ramming through of the Wall Street bailout (TARP), the financial equivalent of the USA Patriot Act in that it placed unaccountable power in a Treasury Department that has become an occupied colony of Goldman Sachs despite a huge public outcry is another indication of just how much power has been transferred into the executive branch.
The usual rubber-stamping by a corrupt and (very likely threatened and blackmailed) Congress was a foregone conclusion in the land of sham elections and an increasingly tyrannical government (Martial Law in USA? - The Death of Democracy).
The passage of this monstrosity was allegedly aided by a threat of martial law, this according to Representative Brad Sherman of California (below video).
Former President George W. Bush took to the television airwaves to once again sow fear over an economic Armageddon and also what could be perceived as an implied threat of martial law in the language "America could slip into a financial panic and a distressing scenario would unfold."
One could speculate that the "distressing scenario" which Bush mentioned could activate conditions as set forth in NSPD-51 in order to deal with domestic unrest due to bank holidays, food shortages and any sort of uprising as a result of the financial collapse.
Main Core would be utilized to produce the lists of those among the millions already deemed to be suspect and prone to 'subversive' behavior, the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team already in place stateside would be required to 'maintain the necessary order' (augmented by Blackwater and other private mercenaries of course) and the roundups and internments would begin.
It was an eerie déjà vu moment in
which America was transported back to 2002 and 2003 with the apocalyptic
conjecture of smoking guns as mushroom clouds, phantom weapons of mass
destruction, sleeper cells, biological weapon spewing gliders that could
transverse the ocean and an evil dictator who was a "new Hitler".
Some of the most powerful bankers and industrialists of the Great Depression era did plot a coup d'etat (The Business Plot) in order to topple the hated Franklin D. Roosevelt, but were thwarted when the man who they attempted to recruit to lead it, former Marine Corps General Smedley D. Butler instead exposed them to Congress.
shocking was this that the media of that era closed ranks to protect the
traitors and erase the ugly blight from our sanitized version of history. It
was no secret that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (once featured in a
fawning puff piece in Fortune Magazine) and even Nazi leader Adolf Hitler
had ardent American admirers and influential supporters who were enthralled
with their highly efficient, corporate friendly authoritarian states and
their ability to propagandize the masses and crush labor unions.
Many top Nazi scientists and intelligence operatives including many who were full blown war criminals were allowed entry into the U.S. under Operation Paperclip after the WW II had ended, they were then assimilated into what would become the military industrial complex as rocket scientists, psychiatrists and medical 'experts' (whose labs were the Nazi concentration camps where gruesome medical experiments were performed on human prisoners, I note that similar amnesty was given to Japanese war criminals who participated in the infamous Unit 731) whose wartime experience with mind control and torture techniques would be of use to the CIA.
Some former Nazis were allowed to migrate to Central and South America where they established expatriate communities and joined forces with U.S. sponsored fascists to crush leftist democratic movements in the most brutal of manner all under the cover of defeating communism.
Former Nazis played key roles in the
carrying out of the wet work of the American empire in Latin America,
Argentina and their influence would set the precedent for the
unimaginable cruelty and repression that would later be used in Nicaragua,
El Salvador and Pinochet's Chile as well as much later in Iraq.
The corrupting influence that was asserted on intelligence, the military and deep state movers and shakers by such a close affiliation with Nazi war criminals and the inevitable damage done in terms of moral authority is as difficult to fathom as it is extremely disturbing but that is a story for another time.
So as not to overly dwell on the Nazi connection (the amount
of material on it is voluminous) I do want to comment that it shows the
depths to which the National Security State will go in order to ensure its
own perpetuation and ability to lay down with wolves so that the real power
structure in this country is allowed to function with ruthless,
Machiavellian precision in the darkness that exists just below the façade of
legitimate public and private institutions in the United States.
Almost from the very inception of the CIA the United States became involved in the assassinations and overthrow of legitimate democratically supported governments all undertaken for big business and to crush resistance to western capitalism. The obvious Nazi influence manifested itself in the extreme cruelty of the methods used to expand the empire and death squads were sanctioned, torture was widespread to the extent that it was even taught at the far-right School of the Americas and the agency participated in sadistic and immoral mind control experimentation programs such as the notorious MKULTRA.
It is of the utmost importance to understand the root of evil that is the Central Intelligence Agency that was put together by the American capitalist elite in the aftermath of World War II to act as a Gestapo for Wall Street and business interests not confined to the spheres of legality.
I would like to make
reference to a that summarizes this much better than I could ever hope to do
in a well documented story
How the CIA Created a Ruling, Corporate Overclass
in America that is a must read for everyone who really is serious about
going at the existing order.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy for all of the research, investigations and time elapsed has never truly been solved and it is highly likely that a Secret Team (to use the term of L. Fletcher Prouty) may have been involved in the assassination, a moment in our history after which everything changed. Kennedy dared to challenge the power structure when he spoke of:
Many presume that this was directed at communism, the era was the height of the Cold War but the speech was in the aftermath of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, a botched overthrow of Fidel Castro for which the more extreme elements of the military, the fascist right, the CIA, organized crime and big business interests that were thrown out of Cuba after the revolution blamed Kennedy for undermining.
Kennedy had made very dangerous and mortal enemies and further inflamed matters when he threatened to "splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds" and ousted director Allen Dulles, a man who was a major factor in the post WW II alliance with the Nazis and Operation Paperclip as well as a member of Wall Street law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, a representative of anti New Deal American fascists as well as an alleged broker of business deals with the Nazi regime. Ironically (or maybe not) Allen Dulles would later become a member of the Warren Commission that gave legitimacy to the Lee Harvey Oswald as lone nut conspiracy theory while ignoring the larger picture.
I reference the Kennedy
assassination not to go into it at any great length but that it, like the
later assassinations of Robert Kennedy and the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr were all coordinated actions of the shadow government
to remove opponents
of the rising American fascist state.
I would like to note that some attention should be paid to the out of print book by Carl Oglesby, The Yankee and Cowboy War which looks into warring factions and examines at length the JFK assassination, the implausibility of Oswald and the story of Jack Ruby who never was able to tell his story cryptically implored Chief Justice Warren that unless he was able to be taken out of Dallas and to Washington to personally speak to President Lyndon B. Johnson that:
Peter Dale Scott who has himself done an immense amount of research on the JFK assassination puts it like this in his aforementioned essay 9/11, Deep State Violence and the Hope of Internet Politics has this to say about America and the failure to come to terms with the murder of John F. Kennedy:
Kennedy's death paved the way for the military industrial complex (that President Eisenhower ominously warned of in his farewell speech) to escalate the Vietnam War and declare war on the American public who dissented with the immorality of that damned war and took to the streets in protest.
efforts would shake the very foundations of this nation's corrupted
institutions, terrify the ruling elite classes and create a climate where
any means necessary to control domestic unrest would be utilized lest the
existing order be toppled.
Author James Bamford's new book on the NSA entitled The Shadow Factory is drawing a good deal of attention already on just how much that Americans have been spied on by our own government, the rogue neocon occupying faction as well as Israeli elements working alone and in conjunction with domestic interests (but much more on that in part four of this series).
Arch-conservative John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute (instrumental in funding Paula Jones' lawsuit against President Clinton) wrote two articles on the shadow government which shows that the immense danger of this transcends the trivialities of partisan politics.
I excerpt a small piece from Mr. Whitehead below:
It is heartening to see this most critical of subjects being examined at
last for if the relentless drive towards an American fascist government is
not at the very minimum slowed, then nothing else is really going to matter
Reagan was backed by longtime spook, fixer and former CIA chief George Herbert Walker Bush who used the office of the Vice President as a fertile launching ground to lay the groundwork for what his son would so effectively preside over as the "unitary executive" with the necessary muscle provided by Dick Cheney and the neocons who found a friendly incubator for their decidedly radical anti-American ideas during the Reagan administration.
Reagan's White House was a front for:
Most of the veteran shadow government operators went
on to become influential players in the Bush-Cheney administration where
they have worked to ensure that their plans would reach fruition.
PROMIS was also distributed and used by foreign intelligence services such as the Mossad according to the Gordon Thomas book Gideon's Spies. Israel has always proved a useful cutout for shadow government black ops such as Iran Contra and the Bamford book looks at the role of Israel in the ongoing illegal spying of the Bush regime.
Both Shorrock's and Ketcham's pieces link Main Core to PROMIS which provides the link through C.O.G. to the shadow government itself which was at it's most visible during the Reagan years.
North ran the REX 84 program out of FEMA to plan for the mass roundup and detention of American citizens, allegedly targeting about 400,000 'illegal aliens' (brown skinned people always seem to make for good scapegoats and cover for secretive government operations), with Cable Splicer and Garden Plot as prototypes the current administration has launched a similar program called Operation Falcon, a potential test run to fill up those detention facilities that Haliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root were awarded a $385 million contract for?
If so you can rest assured that Main Core will be able to generate the pickup lists for such an operation. The camps were justified in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as being necessary for illegal immigrant roundups, temporary housing facilities for displaced victims of natural disasters and for other unspecified "new programs".
Maureen Farrell wrote the definitive piece on this for Buzzflash in 2006 entitled Detention Camp Jitters.
I only wish that I was making this stuff up
but it is far more advanced than we know.
America post-9/11 has been a period of triumph for the shadow government. The ascendance has now been nearly completed; the transformation for all intents and purposes is likely now irreversible.
The surveillance grids have
been locked into place, the Constitution altered forever, the opposition
cowed and nullified, the media matrix impenetrable, the Congress rendered
irrelevant, the public brainwashed and the military on alert to move against
the citizenry domestically (when the order is given. As they say in the
financial world, the gains have been locked in.
Torture has also been denounced by Obama
and the CIA black prisons have been ordered to be shut down but with a
deeply entrenched renegade shadow government it is likely that the ghost
planes will continue their rendition routes to black sites abroad (albeit
covertly) and that private surveillance and intelligence outfits will
continue to receive government funding and mercenary armies like those of
Blackwater will continue to grow stronger.
A prime area of inquiry for a sweeping new investigation would be the Bush
administration's alleged use of a top-secret database to guide its domestic
surveillance. Dating back to the 1980s and known to government insiders as
"Main Core," the database reportedly collects and stores - without warrants
or court orders - the names and detailed data of Americans considered being
threats to national security.
During one recent discussion on Capitol Hill, according to a participant, a senior aide to Speaker Pelosi was asked for Pelosi's views on a proposal to expand the investigation to past administrations, including those of Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
However given the inability of the Congress to do anything to provide a check on the monstrous abuses of the Bush-Cheney regime (and those shadow government activities that preceded it) it is highly unlikely that any legitimate, official review along the lines of the Church Committee will ever occur.
If there is any sort of an investigation I would think that it would be a dog and pony show whitewash along the lines of the Warren Commission or the Kean-Hamilton 9/11 Commission, both of which served to do nothing other than provide the façade of an investigation while protecting those implicated from having their criminality exposed in the interests of national security and to continue to provide cover for the existing established order.
In their true feckless manner the Democrats are already
deferring to their more openly fascist cohorts in the first days of the new
administration which does not bode well for the future.
2 February 2009
Photo by Steve Rhodes
The day after the helicopter
hauled ole George away like so much rubbish a major story broke. In an
astonishing shot across the bow directed at the shadow government the first
significant whistleblower has already come out with a story (once again
ignored by the corporate media) and delivered a devastating blow to the
premise that the massive illegal domestic spying programs of the Bush
administration were undertaken in order to protect America from terrorism in
the aftermath of September 11th, 2001.
According to the patriotic Mr. Tice the targets of the domestic spying included news organizations and journalists and that the surveillance for specific targets was not limited to professional matters alone, they were spied on 24/7.
Tice said the NSA analyzed metadata to determine which communication would
be collected. Offering a hypothetical example, he said if the agency
determined that terrorists communicate in brief, two-minute phone calls, the
NSA might program its systems to record all such calls, invading the privacy
of anyone prone to telephonic succinctness.
But rather than excluding the news organizations from monitoring, he discovered that the NSA was collecting the organizations' communications 24 hours a day year round.
Tice did not identify the reporters or organizations allegedly targeted.
The Tice interviews followed another former insider speaking out on the gross illegality of the Bush administration programs, a former DOJ employee named Thomas Tamm was featured in a Newsweek magazine cover story by Michael Isikoff entitled The Fed Who Blew the Whistle from which I excerpt the following:
The name of the program was Stellar Wind and please pay particular attention to this next excerpted piece from Isikoff's story:
This latest glimpse beneath the facade at the massive, secretive and highly illegal surveillance campaign against the American people is an outrage. Given the proclivity of those who run the system in this country to exert raw power to advance their own agendas it is no leap in logic that journalists alone were the only group targeted.
There remains the question of whether blackmail, especially sexual blackmail is routinely used as a tool to keep government and media officials from not straying too far from the dirty business of imperialism and financial chicanery of the sort that has brought the economy to its knees.
I personally found the media spectacle of the fortuitously timed prostitution bust of former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer who incidentally had just announced his intention to declare war on the banksters and their accomplices in the Bush White House in a February 14, 2008 Washington Post piece entitled Predatory Lenders Partner in Crime to be extremely suspicious.
The rogue Bush regime and the NSA have been using their big lie of the war on terror as an excuse to scrutinize credit card use and Spitzer would have been an obvious target as is indicated by the above excerpt from the Newsweek story.
It also makes
skeptics such as myself wonder whether the witch hunt to impeach former
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may at least in part be attributed to his
threat to suspend state business with Bank of America, 'Blago' was arrested
the day afterwards.
Notorious fixer Karl
Rove has already announced his intent to defy yet another subpoena for his
testimony that was to have been delivered on Monday in front of the House
Judiciary Committee. As of this writing,
John Conyers has once again caved
and the date has now been pushed into February and likely will soon
disappear down the same memory hole where similar attempts to enforce the
law have been flushed.
Think back to
vicious institutionalized slander directed former San Jose Mercury News
reporter Gary Webb for example for his
Dark Alliance series. The savagery
with which Webb was taken down by the establishment was stunning and it
ultimately resulted in his suicide, a broken and haunted man who only dared
to try to tell the truth.
Perhaps the most terrifying of all question is exactly what actions do end up being taken in order to prevent the,
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen wrote of an NSA database that was at one time named FIRSTFRUITS that was maintained to engage in surveillance against journalists and that was renamed after its discovery.
Some of the names in this database allegedly included:
According to chatter in the blogosphere that were it not consistent with the historical trail of dead bodies could easily be dismissed as paranoia and disinformation.
One story floating around the internet mentioned an unnamed NSA security officer allegedly mused about ‘just killing’ troublesome bloggers.
This may be a product of paranoia (one would think paranoia would be a natural state in a land of fear and loathing such as that which the United States has become post 9/11) but there is great progress currently being made by internet researchers and such reputed threats should not simply be waved off as the rantings of tin foil hatters or the favorite of all pejoratives directed at those who dare to ask inconvenient questions, conspiracy theorists.
that the alternative media and many bloggers are slowly starting to put the
pieces together one can only reasonably suspect that such behavior scares
the living hell out of the establishment, and after all, there is a history
of that sort of thing. While this is not a comprehensive list the Committee
to Protect Journalists
keeps a database to track the prematurely deceased in
a most dangerous profession.
This is unconscionable that there is apparently no
interest in exposing these crimes, especially considering that those
targeted could actually save their own hides (and perhaps instill some
dignity) by outing this program. It's a sad testament to the state of
today's 'journalism' that is shameful by comparison to that of days of yore
when reporters were intrepid souls determined to speak the truth to power.
And the silence by those tasked by the First Amendment’s now quaint and antiquated imbuing upon them a responsibility for a free press as an essential check on authoritarianism is deafening in its absence.
Quislings, cowards and public relations flacks seem to be the one thing that our journalism schools never failed to produce over the past several decades, feckless and spineless careerists with neither a sense of honor nor of their place as defenders of precious liberty.
There shall be no refuge for the
weasels nor the rats in the end therefore their mass abrogation of their
chosen profession along with their acute absence of courage is even more
damnable for when the time comes they will perhaps live to lament that they
did not speak out when they had the chance.
The National Security State has a history of silencing those who would speak out and especially reporters deemed to have become a nuisance. This is done either through intense pressure brought down on media corporations through organized harassment of sponsors, brutal coordinated smear campaigns much like the one that took down the aforementioned Gary Webb or when all else fails, the reporters often just happen to turn up mysteriously dead.
The list of ‘suicides’ and accidents is a long one and in the view of the ruthless psychopaths who both run and profit from a high-tech snooping network seems to be that any means are to be undertaken to keep their games going even if it ultimately results in termination with extreme prejudice.
believe that I will have to put together a list myself but when I just
started writing down names off the top of my head of strange deaths I came
up with over thirty right off the bat.
Casolaro dubbed this group, one that largely rose out of a ‘dirty old boy network’ of the OSS/CIA out of the ashes of World War II as The Octopus.
Casolaro began to become aware of the more sinister aspects of what
Professor Peter Dale Scott refers to as the deep state but is more commonly
known as either the shadow government, the parallel government and even
arguably the permanent government while investigating the theft of the PROMIS software from the Inslaw corporation.
There was a very
short and impersonal note, blood splattered on the tile walls and a pair of
bloody towels that were shoved under the sink away from the bathtub.
Compounding doubts about the official ‘suicide’ story are contradictory statements made by friends and family that Casolaro was NOT suicidal at all but was actually quite exited over the prospect of publishing his book on the findings of his investigative work, even to the extent that he had scheduled a party to celebrate. He was in the final stages of nailing down the story of the century and had gone to West Virginia in search of the evidence that would prove his theory, make the connection to PROMIS and ‘bring back the head of the octopus’.
ending (yet another hotel room 'suicide') was especially suspicious because
when the body was discovered, his files were missing.
The roots of this milieu of
malevolence stretched back to the post World War II era when a collection of
spooks, corrupt bureaucrats and extremist right wing ideologues began to
operate as a faction within the intelligence apparatus, a state upon
themselves to profit financially while engaging in the darks forms of
clandestine activities and black operations.
A group of individuals
trained in covert intelligence operations and aligned with the U.S.
political leadership who were allegedly profiting from each of these
Danny Casolaro is far from the only one to whom mysterious death had befallen after their investigative work got them too close to the real power structure or presented an obstacle to its need for the cloak of secrecy.
many rising politicians, uncooperative politicians and judges, hostile
witnesses, whistle blowers and reporters have met with no small number of
strange and untimely deaths often attributed to accidents (small plane
crashes in particular), ‘suicides’( a good deal of them in hotel rooms),
sudden heart attacks or seizures (many in people with no history of such
problems) and random acts of extreme violence that go unsolved by
The government contracting firm Wackenhut, a Florida based corporation alleged to have been involved in sensitive 'private security' matters (Blackwater before Blackwater) was involved at the time in a joint-venture with the Cabazon tribe to use the sovereign land status of the reservation to work on a variety of endeavors including the development and testing of arms including a fuel air explosive, biochemical warfare agents and other armaments that could be provided to third world regimes, primarily to right wing governments in Latin America.
The Cabazon Indian Reservation was allegedly transformed into veritable spook nest as well as a staging ground for covert military industrial complex purposes. Wackenhut incidentally is back in the news (or at least the alternative media) with Ellen Brown's recent story about the mysterious prison buses spotted in Arizona so they are still a player and a big one at that.
I would venture to
speculate that the truth about Wackenhut Corporation and its longtime
involvement in the prison industrial complex that has become so very, very
lucrative to this fascist society is something that deserves one hell of a
good deal of scrutiny.
As the series continued questions began to arise on whether McGowan had been digging a bit too deeply into a cold case file regarding a 1981 triple murder on the Cabazon Reservation that had ties to the covert activities that Danny Casolaro was investigating.
Subsequent installments in the KESQ series by news reporter Nathan Baca began to ask questions about PROMIS as well as the other mysterious activities at the reservation and began to delve into the 1981 murders of tribal leader Fred Alvarez who resisted those behind the Cabazon-Wackenhut joint venture as well as two friends.
An interview was conducted with the daughter of one of the victims who is to this day seeking justice for the murder of her father Ralph Boger.
Rachel Begley (her website is called desertfae) very accurately described what has been going on at Cabazon as follows:
The series ended abruptly in October after an installment that began to delve into whether other local Indian tribes may have been involved in dealings with Wackenhut and mentioned “an experimental electromagnetic weapon called a "railgun" as being one of the projects. That the KESQ story has not continued is disappointing but certainly not surprising given the history of what has happened to those digging too deeply into affairs involving the PROMIS software - I would hope that it will eventually be resumed.
In my own opinion, I would suspect that fear may a motivating factor in the suspension of this series, especially after the detective who had been investigating the case stated that he:
Who knows, I hope that that isn't the case and that a new
installment will be forthcoming in the near future, as a concerned American
it is extremely important that it at some point continue because Mr. Baca is
onto something BIG.
It is long past time to bring attention to the history of
grossly immoral and criminal acts that have been perpetrated against the
people of the United States by the very institutions that are supposed to be
protecting us. It is imperative that others begin to work independently (and
together whenever possible) to mount their own investigations into how the
government has been weaponized by a pack of fascist thugs so that they may
reap the benefits at the expense of those who are not connected to an
elitist ruling class that is hell bent on maintaining the status quo.
It is my hope that one with more influence, internal knowledge and resources than I have at my disposal begin to not only do very serious investigative work but to also petition the new administration of President Barack Obama for the following:
Truly, nothing else will suffice if we are to have any credibility as a
nation based on laws.
To Be Continued.... with 'Part Four - The Octopus'...