How Your Cell Phone 
Could Be Spying On You 
By Jonathan Margolis 
The Mirror - UK
1-20-4


It's the kind of thing that only happens in films... The hero, desperately searching for a
terrorist or kidnap victim, taps their name into a computer. 

A map comes up on the screen, pinpointing the precise location of their target. The good
guys move in, the hunt is over. 

Great for movie spooks, but only a scriptwriter's dream? In fact, the technology has
arrived that allows anyone to track someone down without them having a clue they are
under surveillance. 

It has crept in almost unnoticed - and at the centre of this new Big Brother
technology-for-all is nothing more sophisticated than our own mobile phones. 

A clutch of brand new and perfectly legal internet-based services have just been
launched that cost as little as 30p to use, and take less than five seconds to zero in to
within 50 metres of where a person is. 

A simple text message or phone call to an operator from a suspicious spouse or boss can
send one of the new DIY spying services off to track a person down. Another call or a
visit to a special website will then tell you where they are. 

The technology is improving, too. A new, satellite-assisted system that will be able to
narrow down the search to just five metres is expected within a year. 

The companies offering phone tracking - or location services - are quick to point out that
they have strict safeguards against abuse. When a phone is signed on for tracking, it is
sent a text message and before it can be tracked, the phone has to send reply giving
consent. 

But there is nothing to prevent a suspicious spouse "borrowing" the target phone for the
few seconds it takes to set it up. 

In a Daily Mirror test with leading operator Followus.co.uk, the signing-up procedure
took just 30 seconds. 

The "target" phone is also supposed to be sent regular text messages to alert the owner
that it is being tracked. But three phones we tracked for eight days on Followus were
never sent these messages. 

The only sure way to ensure you aren't tracked is to turn the phone off - but even that is
not infallible. 

Switching your phone off for three hours at the local golf club, for instance, will still give
your boss a pretty good idea of what you've been up to because the tracking companies
will have logged its last location. 

The technology has enraged privacy campaigners. 

Barry Hugill of the civil rights group Liberty branded location services as "the greatest
ever blow to personal privacy". 

Liberty has called a summit meeting with the big phone operators - Vodafone, Orange,
T-Mobile and O2 - to discuss its worries about abuses of phone tracking. 

The actual tracking technology has always been there - it's how mobiles work,
transmitting from mast to mast - but the operators are now allowed under an EU
regulation passed last summer to sell location data to specialist tracking providers. 

Trade union leaders, MPs and even relationship experts are deeply concerned about the
implications of this change in the law. 

Labour MP Derek Wyatt, vice chairman of the Parliamentary mobile phones watchdog,
condemned the new services as "Outrageous. It's the gravest possible infringement of
civil liberty." 

Labour's Vera Baird, an MP and a top criminal barrister with a special interest in civil
liberties, said the new system was "sinister and something that select committees ought
to be looking at." Children's charities fear that perverts could easily trick children into
giving their consent to be tracked, and conceal their identities by using stolen credit
cards. 

Denise Knowles of Relate pointed out the damage jealous partners and ex-partners could
wreak with tracking. "It is open to abuse. I think it could increase the hideous crime of
stalking." 

Some MPs admit that they were uneasy about location services, but are wary of saying
so in public for fear of seeming to support the rights of cheating spouses and employees.

"There's no doubt it's as if every person in the country has suddenly woken up wearing
an electronic tag like a convicted criminal," said one MP. 

"You have to take the line that employers have the right to expect an honest day's work,
and that husbands and wives shouldn't cheat on one another. But, yes, it will sow
mistrust and suspicion into the very fabric of our society." 

The phone tracking operators are proving ingenious at offering variations on the basic
service. The system sold by high street retailer Carphone Warehouse will automatically
send alerts when a phone is taken outside a specific area. 

This is offered to parents worried about children wandering off, but a wife could equally
set an alert to go off if her husband was in the area she suspected he was seeing a
girlfriend. 

Another cause for huge worry is that hackers will be able easily to override the security
procedures of the tracking companies. Liberty's Barry Hugill says students in Glasgow
hacked into the phone tracking system in just 20 minutes. 

The potential is there for a hacker to break in, enter any mobile number and track it
without anyone's knowledge. The mobile phone industry is keen to point out that there
are huge benefits to phone tracking. Parents can use it be reassured their children are
safely where they should be. Teenagers whose parents track their phones say it's less
embarrassing than having your parents call you all the time. 

People looking for their nearest plumber or companies seeking their servicemen could
find phone tracking a boon. But it is in the areas of infidelity that things are going to
change most. 

And speaking from personal experience as a serial adulterer, former Tory politician
Steven Norris said: "Now, if you deliberately leave your mobile at home, a spouse is
now going to demand why." 

Suddenly, there are no hiding places ... 

mirrorfeatures@mgn.co.uk 

service like www.followus.co.uk or www. verilocation.co.uk. It takes less than a minute
and requires only a credit card. 

Register the phone you want to track, which is sent a text message. The targeted phone
must reply. 

The phone becomes an "electronic tag" - constantly sending a stream of bleeps to its
nearest mast - even when you are not making a call. In order to receive calls, mobiles
constantly send signals to masts. 

To locate a phone you are tracking, you log on to the website or phone a special
operator and give the number of the mobile you are tracking. 

In a few seconds, the phone company will electronically identify the mast nearest to the
target phone. Computers then match up mast's code to a map, and in a few seconds,
you get its location, accurate to within 50 metres. With satellite-assisted technology, the
accuracy will be reduced to five metres, close enough to provide a street and house
number. 

Occasionally - there is no government regulation on how often, but once a month is
typical - the target phone will get a text alert telling the owner that it is being tracked. 

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Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 07:35:25 EST
Subject: Chuck D - Modern Day Martin Luther King Jr.




Chuck D- Modern Day Martin Luther King Jr. Still Fighting the Powers that
Be.

By Shemia Miller

I know for some of you it may be a far stretch to add Chuck D as the
modern
day Martin Luther King Jr. Yet I beg to differ. I happen to believe
activists
that are still out there fighting oppression and not compromising their
belief
systems in the most seductive time of integration with oppression- should
be
categorized as living legends. It is far too easy for us to worship the
dead
and not honor the living.

Hip Hop activists are emerging everywhere. Despite the common trend to
talk
of bling bling, there is a growing Hip Hop activism that can be seen
throughout
the nation. Chuck D can rightly be called the leader of this fury. As he
fought the power in the early 90s and STILL deems it important to fight
oppressive forces. Ms. Miller caught up with him. Others are speaking of
Martin Luther
King jr., but are not willing to support the activists that are alive and
right here trying to make his dream a reality.

[Shemia] We miss Chuck D, We miss Public Enemy. We are over gold, we are
over
bling, we are over sexed- where is Public Enemy and why are they not so
visible? Why are you not visible today?

[Chuck D Responds] Well Public Enemy is focused on being more visible
around
the World. Local radio stations are not exposing Public Enemy because
White
corporations are not supporting us. I for one won't go in front of someone
and
beg them to be played. In the 90s they (corporate America) had to deal
with
us, because there was a limited amount of groups. Now that there are
500,000
rappers that want to make it, they can easily silence the Conscious
movement and
play foolish music. They have broadened choices to make limited
selections.

[Shemia] Yikes! Is there an alternative so that people that are in
desperate
need to get your music or get conscious music out there to turn to? This
is
really grim!

[Chuck D responds] Satellite Radio and Internet radio are alternatives.
But
if we don't connect to who we are, there are no alternatives. There is no
mass
movement right now, because we are massive consumers. And today as we are
talking about the purchase of big body cars and so forth, there are still
White
merchants taking our money. We have turned from being active in protest
against
oppression to financing our own oppression.

[Shemia] I learned about your latest music from Rap Station. Tell me more
about this venture.

[Chuck D Responds] Rap station is an all encompassing Hip Hop network. We
have Bring Da Noise- that's a rap radio station, and A & R system. Rap
Station
and MP3 Jams is a shop and you can email your music to the world. Remix
Universe allows DJs to pull up beats, it is a mixing flurry. Rap Station
TV - you
can upload your own videos. Journalistic News has 6 areas that we are
focusing
on for Hip Hop Activism. This is a Truth Data Base. If you want
independence
then you can log on to: http://www.rapstation.com

[Shemia] Even though a lot of people think that we have ownership, I have
done research and it seems that we really don't despite the bling bling
and
despite the Jay Z's and the Dame Dash's and the P Diddy and so forth. What
are your
thoughts?

[Chuck D] We are not owners. There are grass root independent artists, but
guess what? If they are not a major label they are not able to get the
radio
stations to play them, they are not able to get the record stores to house
them.
And it is disheartening, you can be a local rapper, and your own local
radio
station will not even play you. This is Neo-Plantation, the EMI, the
SONYs, it
is nothing more than a NEO plantation. Besides the fact that Blacks don't
even support independent record stores(Black owned) so it brings us back
to being
at the mercy of the slave master.

[Shemia]: Where is the LOVE? I mean in our music, in our interactions with
one another. We are posturing in such a defensive manner!

[Chuck D]: We still have that slave mentality. We are a HATE TO LOVE
Generation. This is post slavery. This is a post slavery mentality. In the
90s there
was an investment in people. The older cats would teach the youngsters the
game. Now there is an investment in machines. We are detached as a people.
And we
Hate to Love.

[Shemia] We want power now. We are intrigued with having power. But what
is
power?

[Chuck D] Power is a knowledge of self. Power is your ability to make your
own decisions, go forward. And economics is a tool and not a plateau. What
good
is having money if you are still not free to walk the streets, without
being
harrassed by the police. What good is money if you are still experiencing
racism and still not able to truly make effective decisions for the
collective?
Power is having a knowledge of self.

[Shemia] Well Mr. Chuck D it is actually an honor to have you sit down
with
us. If you are a Hip Hop activist and you would like to align and make
dreams
come true - sign up at Rap Station. Be apart of the change, be apart of
the
movement. Chuck D, I am glad you are still fighting the power brother!

[Chuck D] Yes, I am still fighting the powers that be. {chuckle}

http://www.rapstation.com

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Mad Cow In Blood And Milk
By Robert Cohen 
notmilk@earthlink.net
1-17-4


I am elated to see the heroic Robert Cohen once again put the facts on the
table. Many years ago, during the height of the UK mad cow catastrophe, I
warned that all dairy products had to be considered potential prion carriers.
Robert agrees. Is that milk moustache worth it? Your choice. Switch to Rice
Dream. -ed 
An editorial in today's British Medical Journal (Jan. 17, 04, 328:118-119)
calls for an urgent action to prevent the spread of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob
disease (vCJD), the human form of mad cow disease-- through blood
transfusions. 
In December of 2003, England's Secretary of Health announced that a case
of Mad Cow Disease had been passed from a human blood donor to a
human blood recipient. 
What took England so long to announce this truth? The blood donation was
made in 1996. It took three years for the recipient to become ill, and die. 
In the United States, it is illegal to donate blood if an individual has visited or
lived in England for a period greater than one month. 
Each day, a typical dairy cow filters 10,000 quarts of blood through her
udder. The average quart of milk sold in America in 2003 contained 322
million dead white blood cells. 
The infectious particle causing Cows to become "mad" and human brains to
turn into sponges, is called a Prion. Prions cannot be destroyed by
pasteurization. Laboratory tests have demonstrated that Prions survive when
exposed to temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Doesn't it stand to reason that if Mad Cow Disease can be passed from
human to human through blood, then it can also be passed from cow to
human in blood? And, if milk is actually white blood, should we continue to
drink body fluids from diseased animals? 
The average dairy cow in America produces 24 quarts of milk each day.
That's 8,760 quarts per year. That's nearly three trillion blood cells. What
plague potential! 
The one dairy cow infected with Mad Cow Disease from a Washington
herd, whose milk was pooled with 3,000 others from that same herd, had the
potential to infect every American thousands of times over. Her "pooled"
milk was distributed on the West Coast. Her infected milk was made into
cheese and butter and ice cream, and shipped from the West Coast to the
East Coast, and to all points in between. 
What can you do? 
Wait. Hope for the best. In 20 years (the incubation period) you will know
whether you have been infected. 
On Monday of this week, USDA quietly declared a State of Emergency in
the State of Washington by publishing notice in the Congressional Record
(01/12/04). As of today, six hundred cows have been euthanized. Tests of
their brains are ongoing. Many herds have been quarantined. 
If and when you or a relative or friend is diagnosed with vCJD, loved ones
will remark, "Nobody warned me." 
Sure they did. You just were not listening. 
You continued to eat your pizza. 
You continued to slurp your ice cream. 
Many gourmets describe the experience of eating these foods as "a taste to
die for." 
Indeed. 
Robert Cohen http://www.notmilk.com 
You continued to drink your milk. You continued to eat your yogurt and
cottage cheese. You continued to spread butter on your food. 
You WERE warned. -ed

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Paranoid shift

By Michael Hasty
Online Journal Contributing Writer

January 10, 2004—Just before his death, James Jesus
Angleton, the legendary chief of counterintelligence
at the Central Intelligence Agency, was a bitter man.
He felt betrayed by the people he had worked for all
his life. In the end, he had come to realize that they
were never really interested in American ideals
of "freedom" and "democracy." They really only
wanted "absolute power."

Angleton told author Joseph Trento that the reason he
had gotten the counterintelligence job in the first
place was by agreeing not to submit "sixty of Allen
Dulles' closest friends" to a polygraph test
concerning their business deals with the Nazis. In his
end-of-life despair, Angleton assumed that he would
see all his old companions again "in hell."

The transformation of James Jesus Angleton from an
enthusiastic, Ivy League cold warrior, to a bitter old
man, is an extreme example of a phenomenon I call
a "paranoid shift." I recognize the phenomenon,
because something similar happened to me.

Although I don't remember ever meeting James Jesus
Angleton, I worked at the CIA myself as a low-level
clerk as a teenager in the '60s. This was at the same
time I was beginning to question the government's
actions in Vietnam. In fact, my personal "paranoid
shift" probably began with the disillusionment I felt
when I realized that the story of American foreign
policy was, at the very least, more complicated and
darker than I had hitherto been led to believe.

But for most of the next 30 years, even though I was a
radical, I nevertheless held faith in the basic
integrity of a system where power ultimately resided
in the people, and whereby if enough people got
together and voted, real and fundamental change could
happen.

What constitutes my personal paranoid shift is that I
no longer believe this to be necessarily true.

In his book, "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only
Superpower," William Blum warns of how the media will
make anything that smacks of "conspiracy theory" an
immediate "object of ridicule." This prevents the
media from ever having to investigate the many strange
interconnections among the ruling class—for example,
the relationship between the boards of directors of
media giants, and the energy, banking and defense
industries. These unmentionable topics are usually
treated with what Blum calls "the media's most
effective tool—silence." But in case somebody's asking
questions, all you have to do is say, "conspiracy
theory," and any allegation instantly becomes too
frivolous to merit serious attention.

On the other hand, since my paranoid shift, whenever I
hear the words "conspiracy theory" (which seems more
often, lately) it usually means someone is getting too
close to the truth.

Take September 11—which I identify as the date my
paranoia actually shifted, though I didn't know it at
the time.

Unless I'm paranoid, it doesn't make any sense at all
that George W. Bush, commander-in-chief, sat in a
second-grade classroom for 20 minutes after he was
informed that a second plane had hit the World Trade
Center, listening to children read a story about a
goat. Nor does it make sense that the Number 2 man,
Dick Cheney—even knowing that "the commander" was on a
mission in Florida—nevertheless sat at his desk in the
White House, watching TV, until the Secret Service
dragged him out by the armpits.

Unless I'm paranoid, it makes no sense that Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sat at his desk until Flight
77 hit the Pentagon—well over an hour after the
military had learned about the multiple hijacking in
progress. It also makes no sense that the brand-new
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sat in a Senate
office for two hours while the 9/11 attacks took
place, after leaving explicit instructions that he not
be disturbed—which he wasn't.

In other words, while the 9/11 attacks were occurring,
the entire top of the chain of command of the most
powerful military in the world sat at various desks,
inert. Why weren't they in the "Situation Room?" Don't
any of them ever watch "West Wing?"

In a sane world, this would be an object of major
scandal. But here on this side of the paranoid shift,
it's business as usual.

Years, even decades before 9/11, plans had been drawn
up for American forces to take control of the oil
interests of the Middle East, for various imperialist
reasons. And these plans were only contingent upon "a
catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl
Harbor," to gain the majority support of the American
public to set the plans into motion. When the
opportunity presented itself, the guards looked the
other way . . . and presto, the path to global
domination was open.

Simple, as long as the media played along. And there
is voluminous evidence that the media play along.
Number one on Project Censored's annual list of
underreported stories in 2002 was the Project for a
New American Century (now the infrastructure of the
Bush Regime), whose report, published in 2000,
contains the above "Pearl Harbor" quote.

Why is it so hard to believe serious people who have
repeatedly warned us that powerful ruling elites are
out to dominate "the masses?" Did we think Dwight
Eisenhower was exaggerating when he warned of the
extreme "danger" to democracy of "the military
industrial complex?" Was Barry Goldwater just being a
quaint old-fashioned John Bircher when he said that
the Trilateral Commission was "David Rockefeller's
latest scheme to take over the world, by taking over
the government of the United States?" Were Teddy and
Franklin Roosevelt or Joseph Kennedy just being class
traitors when they talked about a small group of
wealthy elites who operate as a hidden government
behind the government? Especially after he died so
mysteriously, why shouldn't we believe the late CIA
Director William Colby, who bragged about how the
CIA "owns everyone of any major significance in the
major media?"

Why can't we believe James Jesus Angleton—a man
staring eternal judgment in the face—when he says that
the founders of the Cold War national security state
were only interested in "absolute power?" Especially
when the descendant of a very good friend of Allen
Dulles now holds power in the White House.

Prescott Bush, the late, aristocratic senator from
Connecticut, and grandfather of George W Bush, was not
only a good friend of Allen Dulles, CIA director,
president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and
international business lawyer. He was also a client of
Dulles' law firm. As such, he was the beneficiary of
Dulles' miraculous ability to scrub the story of
Bush's treasonous investments in the Third Reich out
of the news media, where it might have interfered with
Bush's political career . . . not to mention the
presidential careers of his son and grandson.

Recently declassified US government documents,
unearthed last October by investigative journalist
John Buchanan at the New Hampshire Gazette, reveal
that Prescott Bush's involvement in financing and
arming the Nazis was more extensive than previously
known. Not only was Bush managing director of the
Union Banking Corporation, the American branch of
Hitler's chief financier's banking network; but among
the other companies where Bush was a director—and
which were seized by the American government in 1942,
under the Trading With the Enemy Act—were a shipping
line which imported German spies; an energy company
that supplied the Luftwaffe with high-ethyl fuel; and
a steel company that employed Jewish slave labor from
the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Like all the other Bush scandals that have been swept
under the rug in the privatized censorship of the
corporate media, these revelations have been largely
ignored, with the exception of a single article in the
Associated Press. And there are those, even on the
left, who question the current relevance of this
information.

But Prescott Bush's dealings with the Nazis do more
than illustrate a family pattern of genteel treason
and war profiteering—from George Senior's sale of TOW
missiles to Iran at the same time he was selling
biological and chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein, to
Junior's zany misadventures in crony capitalism in
present-day Iraq.

More disturbing by far are the many eerie parallels
between Adolph Hitler and George W. Bush:

A conservative, authoritarian style, with public
appearances in military uniform (which no previous
American president has ever done while in office).
Government by secrecy, propaganda and deception. Open
assaults on labor unions and workers' rights.
Preemptive war and militant nationalism. Contempt for
international law and treaties. Suspiciously
convenient "terrorist" attacks, to justify a police
state and the suspension of liberties. A carefully
manufactured image of "The Leader," who's still just
a "regular guy" and a "moderate." "Freedom" as the
rationale for every action. Fantasy economic growth,
based on unprecedented budget deficits and massive
military spending.

And a cold, pragmatic ideology of fascism—including
the violent suppression of dissent and other human
rights; the use of torture, assassination and
concentration camps; and most important, Benito
Mussolini's preferred definition of "fascism"
as "corporatism, because it binds together the
interests of corporations and the state."

By their fruits, you shall know them.

What perplexes me most is probably the same question
that plagues most paranoiacs: why don't other people
see these connections?

Oh, sure, there may be millions of us, lurking at
websites like Online Journal, From the Wilderness,
Center for Cooperative Research, and the Center for
Research on Globalization, checking out right-wing
conspiracists and the galaxy of 9/11 sites, and
reading columnists like Chris Floyd at the Moscow
Times, and Maureen Farrell at Buzzflash. But we know
we are only a furtive minority, the human remnant
among the pod people in the live-action, 21st-century
version of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

And being paranoid, we have to figure out, with an
answer that fits into our system, why more people
don't see the connections we do. Fortunately, there
are a number of possible explanations.

First on the list would have to be what Marshal
McLuhan called the "cave art of the electronic age:"
advertising. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Karl Rove, gave
credit for most of his ideas on how to manipulate mass
opinion to American commercial advertising, and to the
then-new science of "public relations." But the public
relations universe available to the corporate empire
that rules the world today makes the Goebbels
operation look primitive. The precision of
communications technology and graphics; the century of
research on human psychology and emotion; and the
uniquely centralized control of triumphant post-Cold
War monopoly capitalism, have combined to the point
where "the manufacture of consent" can be set on
automatic pilot.

A second major reason people won't make the paranoid
shift is that they are too fundamentally decent. They
can't believe that the elected leaders of our country,
the people they've been taught through 12 years of
public school to admire and trust, are capable of
sending young American soldiers to their deaths and
slaughtering tens of thousands of innocent civilians,
just to satisfy their greed—especially when they're so
rich in the first place. Besides, America is good, and
the media are liberal and overly critical.

Third, people don't want to look like fools. Being
a "conspiracy theorist" is like being a creationist.
The educated opinion of eminent experts on every TV
and radio network is that any discussion of "oil"
being a motivation for the US invasion of Iraq is just
out of bounds, and anyone who thinks otherwise is
a "conspiracy theorist." We can trust the integrity of
our 'no-bid" contracting in Iraq, and anyone who
thinks otherwise is a "conspiracy theorist." Of
course, people sometimes make mistakes, but our
military and intelligence community did the best they
could on and before September 11, and anybody who
thinks otherwise is a "conspiracy theorist."

Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole assassin of JFK, and
anyone who thinks otherwise is a "conspiracy theorist."

Perhaps the biggest hidden reason people don't make
the paranoid shift is that knowledge brings
responsibility. If we acknowledge that an inner circle
of ruling elites controls the world's most powerful
military and intelligence system; controls the
international banking system; controls the most
effective and far-reaching propaganda network in
history; controls all three branches of government in
the world's only superpower; and controls the
technology that counts the people's votes, we might be
then forced to conclude that we don't live in a
particularly democratic system. And then voting and
making contributions and trying to stay informed
wouldn't be enough. Because then the duty of
citizenship would go beyond serving as a loyal
opposition, to serving as a "loyal resistance"—like
the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, except that
in this case the resistance to fascism would be on the
side of the national ideals, rather than the
government; and a violent insurgency would not only
play into the empire's hands, it would be doomed from
the start.

Forming a nonviolent resistance movement, on the other
hand, might mean forsaking some middle class comfort,
and it would doubtless require a lot of work. It would
mean educating ourselves and others about the nature
of the truly apocalyptic beast we face. It would mean
organizing at the most basic neighborhood level, face
to face. (We cannot put our trust in the empire's
technology.) It would mean reaching across turf lines
and transcending single-issue politics, forming
coalitions and sharing data and names and strategies,
and applying energy at every level of government,
local to global. It would also probably mean civil
disobedience, at a time when the Bush regime is
starting to classify that action as "terrorism." In
the end, it may mean organizing a progressive
confederacy to govern ourselves, just as our
revolutionary founders formed the Continental
Congress. It would mean being wise as serpents, and
gentle as doves.

It would be a lot of work. It would also require
critical mass. A paradigm shift.

But as a paranoid, I'm ready to join the resistance.
And the main reason is I no longer think that
the "conspiracy" is much of a "theory."

That the US House of Representatives Select Committee
on Assassinations concluded that the murder of John
Fitzgerald Kennedy was "probably" the result of "a
conspiracy," and that 70 percent of Americans agree
with this conclusion, is not a "theory." It's fact.

That the Bay of Pigs fiasco, "Operation Zapata," was
organized by members of Skull and Bones, the ghoulish
and powerful secret society at Yale University whose
membership also included Prescott, George Herbert
Walker and George W Bush; that two of the ships that
carried the Cuban counterrevolutionaries to their
appointment with absurdity were named the "Barbara"
and the "Houston"—George HW Bush's city of residence
at the time—and that the oil company Bush owned, then
operating in the Caribbean area, was named "Zapata,"
is not "theory." It's fact.

That George Bush was the CIA director who kept the
names of what were estimated to be hundreds of
American journalists, considered to be CIA "assets,"
from the Church Committee, the US Senate Intelligence
Committe chaired by Senator Frank Church that
investigated the CIA in the 1970s; that a 1971
University of Michigan study concluded that, in
America, the more TV you watched, the less you knew;
and that a recent survey by international scholars
found that Americans were the most "ignorant" of world
affairs out of all the populations they studied, is
not a "theory." It's fact.

That the Council on Foreign Relations has a history of
influence on official US government foreign policy;
that the protection of US supplies of Middle East oil
has been a central element of American foreign policy
since the Second World War; and that global oil
production has been in decline since its peak year,
2000, is not "theory." It's fact.

That, in the early 1970s, the newly-formed Trilateral
Commission published a report which recommended that,
in order for "globalization" to succeed, American
manufacturing jobs had to be exported, and American
wages had to decline, which is exactly what happened
over the next three decades; and that, during that
same period, the richest one percent of Americans
doubled their share of the national wealth, is
not "theory." It's fact.

That, beyond their quasi-public role as agents of the
US Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve Banks are
profit-making corporations, whose beneficiaries
include some of America's wealthiest families; and
that the United States has a virtual controlling
interest in the World Bank, the International Monetary
Fund, and the World Trade Organization, the three
dominant global financial institutions, is not
a "theory." It's fact.

That—whether it's heroin from Southeast Asia in
the '60s and '70s, or cocaine from Central America and
heroin from Afghanistan in the '80s, or cocaine from
Colombia in the '90s, or heroin from Afghanistan today—
no major CIA covert operation has ever lacked a drug
smuggling component, and that the CIA has hired Nazis,
fascists, drug dealers, arms smugglers, mass
murderers, perverts, sadists, terrorists and the
Mafia, is not "theory." It's fact.

That the international oil industry is the dominant
player in the global economy; that the Bush family has
a decades-long business relationship with the Saudi
royal family, Saudi oil money, and the family of Osama
bin Laden; that, as president, both George Bushes have
favored the interests of oil companies over the public
interest; that both George Bushes have personally
profited financially from Middle East oil; and that
American oil companies doubled their records for
quarterly profits in the months just preceding the
invasion of Iraq, is not "theory." It's fact.

That the 2000 presidential election was deliberately
stolen; that the pro-Bush/anti-Gore bias in the
corporate media had spiked markedly in the last three
weeks of the campaign; that corporate media were then
virtually silent about the Florida recount; and that
the Bush 2000 team had planned to challenge the
legitimacy of the election if George W had won the
popular, but lost the electoral vote—exactly what
happened to Gore—is not "theory." It's fact.

That the intelligence about Iraq's weapons of mass
destruction was deceptively "cooked" by the Bush
administration; that anybody paying attention to
people like former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter,
knew before the invasion that the weapons were a hoax;
and that American forces in Iraq today are applying
the same brutal counterinsurgency tactics pioneered in
Central America in the 1980s, under the direct
supervision of then-Vice President George HW Bush, is
not a "theory." It's fact.

That "Rebuilding America's Defenses," the Project for
a New American Century's 2000 report, and "The Grand
Chessboard," a book published a few years earlier by
Trilateral Commission co-founder Zbigniew Brzezinski,
both recommended a more robust and imperial US
military presence in the oil basin of the Middle East
and the Caspian region; and that both also suggested
that American public support for this energy crusade
would depend on public response to a new "Pearl
Harbor," is not "theory." It's fact.

That, in the 1960s, the Joint Chiefs of Staff
unanimously approved a plan called "Operation
Northwoods," to stage terrorist attacks on American
soil that could be used to justify an invasion of
Cuba; and that there is currently an office in the
Pentagon whose function is to instigate terrorist
attacks that could be used to justify future
strategically-desired military responses, is not
a "theory." It's fact.

That neither the accusation by former British
Environmental Minister Michael Meacham, Tony Blair's
longest-serving cabinet minister, that George W Bush
allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen to justify an oil
war in the Middle East; nor the RICO lawsuit filed by
9/11 widow Ellen Mariani against Bush, Cheney,
Rumsfeld and the Council on Foreign Relations (among
others), on the grounds that they conspired to let the
attacks happen to cash in on the ensuing war
profiteering, has captured the slightest attention
from American corporate media is not a "theory." It's
fact.

That the FBI has completely exonerated—though never
identified—the speculators who purchased, a few days
before the attacks (through a bank whose previous
director is now the CIA executive director), an
unusual number of "put" options, and who made millions
betting that the stocks in American and United
Airlines would crash, is not a "theory." It's fact.

That the US intelligence community received numerous
warnings, from multiple sources, throughout the summer
of 2001, that a major terrorist attack on American
interests was imminent; that, according to the chair
of the "independent" 9/11 commission, the
attacks "could have and should have been prevented,"
and according to a Senate Intelligence Committee
member, "All the dots were connected;" that the White
House has verified George W Bush's personal knowledge,
as of August 6, 2001, that these terrorist attacks
might be domestic and might involve hijacked
airliners; that, in the summer of 2001, at the
insistence of the American Secret Service, anti-
aircraft ordnance was installed around the city of
Genoa, Italy, to defend against a possible terrorist
suicide attack, by aircraft, against George W Bush,
who was attending the economic summit there; and that
George W Bush has nevertheless regaled audiences with
his first thought upon seeing the "first" plane hit
the World Trade Center, which was: "What a terrible
pilot," is not "theory." It's fact.

That, on the morning of September 11, 2001: standard
procedures and policies at the nation's air defense
and aviation bureaucracies were ignored, and
communications were delayed; the black boxes of the
planes that hit the WTC were destroyed, but hijacker
Mohammed Atta's passport was found in pristine
condition; high-ranking Pentagon officers had
cancelled their commercial flight plans for that
morning; George H.W. Bush was meeting in Washington
with representatives of Osama bin Laden's family, and
other investors in the world's largest private equity
firm, the Carlyle Group; the CIA was conducting a
previously-scheduled mock exercise of an airliner
hitting the Pentagon; the chairs of both the House and
Senate Intelligence Committees were having breakfast
with the chief of Pakistan's intelligence agency, who
resigned a week later on suspicion of involvement in
the 9/11 attacks; and the commander-in-chief of the
armed forces of the United States sat in a second
grade classroom for 20 minutes after hearing that a
second plane had struck the towers, listening to
children read a story about a goat, is
not "theoretical." These are facts.

That the Bush administration has desperately fought
every attempt to independently investigate the events
of 9/11, is not a "theory."

Nor, finally, is it in any way a "theory" that the
one, single name that can be directly linked to the
Third Reich, the US military industrial complex, Skull
and Bones, Eastern Establishment good ol' boys, the
Illuminati, Big Texas Oil, the Bay of Pigs, the Miami
Cubans, the Mafia, the FBI, the JFK assassination, the
New World Order, Watergate, the Republican National
Committee, Eastern European fascists, the Council on
Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the
United Nations, CIA headquarters, the October
Surprise, the Iran/Contra scandal, Inslaw, the
Christic Institute, Manuel Noriega, drug-
running "freedom fighters" and death squads, Iraqgate,
Saddam Hussein, weapons of mass destruction, the blood
of innocents, the savings and loan crash, the Bank of
Credit and Commerce International, the "Octopus,"
the "Enterprise," the Afghan mujaheddin, the War on
Drugs, Mena (Arkansas), Whitewater, Sun Myung Moon,
the Carlyle Group, Osama bin Laden and the Saudi royal
family, David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, and the
presidency and vice-presidency of the United States,
is: George Herbert Walker Bush.

"Theory?" To the contrary.

It is a well-documented, tragic and—especially if
you're paranoid—terrifying fact.

Michael Hasty is a writer, activist, musician,
carpenter and farmer. His award-winning
column, "Thinking Locally," appeared for seven years
in the Hampshire Review, West Virginia's oldest
newspaper. His writing has also appeared in the
Highlands Voice, the Washington Peace Letter, the
Takoma Park Newsletter, the German magazine
Generational Justice, and the Washington Post; and at
the websites Common Dreams and Democrats.com. In
January 1989, he was the media spokesperson for the
counter-inaugural coalition at George Bush's Counter-
Inaugural Banquet, which fed hundreds of DC's homeless
in front of Union Station, where the official
inaugural dinner was being held.

Permission to reprint is granted, provided it includes
this autobiographical note, and credit for first
publication to Online Journal.


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