Friday, September 28, 2007

Taking the Spiritual High Ground; Let them be our example of how to stand up to a military junta peacefully


[Right] Human rights activists in Hong Kong stage a vigil against the military crackdown in Yangon, Myanmar. Religious leaders in Asia joined world leaders in calling for a peaceful solution to the crisis. (CNS/Reuters)


By Catholic News Service

HONG KONG (CNS) -- Religious leaders in Asia have joined world leaders in calling for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Myanmar, where the military junta has launched a deadly crackdown on demonstrators. In a message to the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato, Philippines, secretary-general of the Hong Kong-based Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, expressed his "deepest concern" over the "troubling events" in Myanmar. Media reported Sept. 28 that soldiers violently dispersed demonstrations led by Buddhist monks in Yangon, Myanmar's capital, killing at least 10 people and occupying or barricading Buddhist monasteries. UCA News, an Asian church news agency, reported that in the federation's message to Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng of Mandalay, Myanmar, Archbishop Quevedo said Asian bishops read with great sympathy and understanding the Myanmar bishops' statement issued two days earlier, calling on Catholics to pray during the crisis. "On behalf of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, may I express our solidarity with you on your stand. I am hereby urging our member episcopal conferences and our associate members to offer prayers and holy Masses to the Lord of peace so that no further violence might take place," Archbishop Quevedo wrote. "We pray that the problems in your beloved country (will) be resolved through peaceful dialogue for the sake of the common good. This process we urge on all parties concerned," he added. In the southern Philippines, Archbishop Fernando Capalla of Davao told UCA News Sept. 27 that the Bishops-Ulama (Islamic scholars) Conference of Mindanao was sending prayers for peace and an assurance of fraternal solidarity to Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon and the bishops of Myanmar.
BUDDHIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP
1
Karaniyam atthakusalena Yan tam santam padam abhisamecca Sakko uju ca suju ca Suvaco c'assa mudu anatimani

This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness
Having glimpsed the state of perfect peace,
Let them be able, honest and upright,
Gentle in speech, meek and not proud.

2
Santussako ca subharo ca Appakicco ca sallahukavutti Santindriyo ca nipako ca Appagabbho kulesu ananugiddho

Contented and easy to support,
With few duties, and simple in living.
Tranquil their senses, masterful and modest,
without greed for supporters

3
Na ca khuddam samacare kinci Yena viññu pare upavadeyyum Sukhino va khemino hontu Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitatta

Also, let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Let them cultivate the thought:
May all be well and secure,
May all beings be happy

4
Ye keci panabhut'atthi Tasa va thavara va anavasesa Digha va ye mahanta va Majjhima rassakanukathula

Whatever living creatures there be,
Without exception, weak or strong,
Long, huge or middle-sized,
Or short, minute or bulky,

5
Dittha va yeva adittha Ye ca dure vasanti avidure Bhuta va sambhavesi va Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitatta

Whether visible or invisible,
And those living far or near,
The born and those seeking birth,
May all beings be happy

6
Na paro param nikubbetha Natimaññetha katthacinam kanci Byarosana patighasañña Naññamaññassa dukkham iccheyya

Let none deceive another
Or despise any being in any state;
Let none wish others harm
In resentment or in hate.

7
Mata yatha niyam puttam Ayusa ekaputtam anurakkhe Evampi sabbabhutesu Manasam bhavaye aparimanam

Just as with her own life
A mother shields her child,
her only child, from hurt
Let all-embracing thoughts
For all beings be yours.

8
Mettañ ca sabba-lokasmim Manasam bhavaye aparimanam Uddham adho ca tiriyanca Asambadham averam asapattam

Cultivate a limitless heart of goodwill
For all throughout the cosmos,
In all its height, depth and breadth --
Love that is untroubled
And beyond hatred or enmity.

9
Titthañ caram nisinno va Sayano va yavat'assa vigatamiddho Etam satim adhittheyya Brahmam etam viharam idhamahu

As you stand, walk, sit or lie,
So long as you are awake,
Pursue this awareness with your might:
It is deemed the Divine Abiding- here and now.

10
Ditthiñca anupagamma silava Dassanena sampanno Kamesu vineyya gedham Na hi jatu gabbhaseyyam punar eti'ti

Holding no more to wrong views,
A pure-hearted one, having clarity
of vision, being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.


Troops Take Back Control in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Soldiers and police took control of the streets Friday, firing warning shots and tear gas to scatter the few pro-democracy protesters who ventured out as Myanmar's military junta sealed off Buddhist monasteries and cut public Internet access.

On the third day of a harsh government crackdown, the streets were empty of the mass gatherings that had peacefully challenged the regime daily for nearly two weeks, leaving only small groups of activists to be chased around by security forces.

"Bloodbath again! Bloodbath again!" a Yangon resident yelled while watching soldiers break up one march by shooting into air, firing tear gas and beating people with clubs.

Thousands of monks had provided the backbone of the protests, but they were besieged in their monasteries, penned in by locked gates and barbed wire surrounding the compounds in the two biggest cities, Yangon and Mandalay. Troops stood guard outside and blocked nearby roads to keep the clergymen isolated.

Many Yangon residents seemed pessimistic over the crackdown, fearing it fatally weakened a movement that began nearly six weeks ago as small protests over fuel price hikes and grew into demonstrations by tens of thousands demanding an end to 45 years of military rule.

The corralling of monks was a serious blow. They carry high moral authority in this predominantly Buddhist nation of 54 million people and the protests had mushroomed when the clergymen joined in.


AP: Myanmar Protest Questions and Answers


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bush administration seeking to tamp down interest in B-52 incident


Today's Wayne Madsen Report provides a follow-up on his story earlier this week concerning the nuclear mission intended by the Bush Administration but derailed by Air Force intelligence. Had Israel been successful in provoking Iran via their air strike on a Syrian missile target -- which they claimed was a nuclear weapons facility -- the Air Force might not have been successful in thwarting Bush and his Neocons.
WMR has been contacted by a retired Air Force officer with nuclear weapons experience who has verified our account of the story about the B-52 and the nuclear cruise missiles being destined for the Middle East until Air Force elements aborted the operation and then leaked the matter to two trusted military-oriented newspapers, Military Times and Air Force Times.
We will keep you up to date unless Bush is successful in stepping on the story. WMR reports that he is certainly trying.

Although the media that covers the Pentagon is hungry for more details about the August 30 B-52 incident, in which six nuclear weapons-laden stealth cruise missiles were supposedly flown by "mistake" from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, a Middle East deployment staging base, the incident is being shrouded in an official investigation and an outside investigation ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff General Michael Mosely are doing their best to string out the investigation as long as they can until media interest wanes. According to Gannett, Major General Douglas Raaberg, director of air and space operations of the Air Combat Command and the chief of the official investigation team, has already visited Minot and Barksdale. To highlight the cover-up of the incident, Wynne, Mosely, and Raaberg are still not using the word "nuclear" in references to the B-52 incident, keeping with a strict policy of neither confirming nor denying information about nuclear weapons operations.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

"Lost" B-52 nuke cruise missiles were on way to Middle East for attack on Iran; Air Force refused to fly weapons to Middle East theater.


Wayne Madsen, the author of the featured article presented below, is former naval intelligence and now works his insider connections as an independent journalist in D.C.. The article below is from a subscription only service.

If you don’t have any background on Madsen, it may help for me to explain that the various intelligence systems in the US have always operated independent of e
ach other, protecting their secrets from each other. This is in fact how the “dots were not connected” prior to 9/11.

But more germane to the current polarization that exists among the various branches of the US security sturcture now under Homeland Security, is the split-off that
occurred during Bush Sr.’s Administration inside CIA involving the Neocons, the new kids on the block, who are more ideologically and emotionally connected to Israel and who routinely “reach-out” to Mossad in partnership operations in the Middle East with Israel.

This neoconservative alliance with Israel and its [James Angleton] CIA-created Mossad Intelligence Agency is not only driven by intense ethnocentric loyalties to Israel, but it is also based upon the classicist Platonic model of aristocracy combined with a personally staunch and secular form of Zionism proffered by Leo Strauss, the University of Chicago professor of philosophic history who established the political and philosophical foundations of Neoconservative governance. Rather than sacrifice them in the power struggles they instigated within and without the US intelligence agencies, the hawkish right-wing Neoconservatives who followed Straussian ideology were rescued during the Administration of Bush Sr. by their patrons, Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Cheney, and formed into a “Team-B” at CIA, where they could continue to advise and develop the strategies, tactics, and covert operations the Bushites preferred.

During eight years of the more Middle East neutral Bill Clinton, the Neocons were relegated to a friendly stand-by status -- they
do represent a lot of money and power which the Clintons continue to respect -- before their most recent resurrection in the Son-of-a-Bush Administration under Douglas Feith’s “Office of Special Planning,” operating inside the Rumsfeld Pentagon.

You may know that the Office of Special Planning was the intel system that was -- in cooperation with Ahmed Chalabi -- both “cherry picking” and manufacturing intelligence (e.g., the Niger Yellowcake forgery, alleged WMDs & non-existent Al Qaeda-Saddam connection, etc.) to justify the attack on Iraq. You may not know that Ahmed Chalabi was himself at the University of Chicago during the formative years of the Neoconservative Movement; and although he studied ma
thematics, he socialized within the circles of Strauss' students David Wolfowitz and David Bloom.

The OSP, in cooperation with Neocon think tanks and their journalists, is now at work against Iran hoping to effect (1) the protection of Israel, (2) control of the world's oil supply and (3) establishment of US imperial dominion in the Middle East within the vacuum created in 1991 when the USSR dissolved.

These policy objectives have been forwarded now for two decades by Straussian think tanks which during the Clinton
yeas resulted in the now infamous PNAC, or “Policy for a New American Century,” that guides the Bush Administration to the ultimate goal of global corporatism, even as they allow the United States to fall into a death rattle under massive deficits that will insure both our fall as a nation and a Phoenix-like resurrection as an empire, transposed across a global geopolitical-corporatist structure.

Who knows where the new capital will be? Perhaps Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or Bonn. The truth, aside such rhetorical lamentations, is that the capital will be virtual.

During the run-up to the war, the “straight guys” inside CIA were warning George Bush against the “bad intel” they were receiving via Chalabi and the Neocons at OSP. The A-Team were the guys, notorious
since the days of the Church Committee reforms for their maverick but highly professional intelligence work and their resistance to political manipulation, were the guys who continued to oppose the hawkish abuse of them by Rumsfeld and Cheney. Of course, this simply added to their infamy as a maverick and dangerously independent "shadow government," ironic in that it is now Cheney who wears the label. Having never found favor with the Bushite and Neocon hawks, they became the perfect scapegoats of Cheney should neoconservative machinations in Iraq be exposed. But that appeared unlikely in a media atmosphere that kowtowed to the Bush family legend.

They say change is inevitable. Thanks to an independent press residing in the anonymity of the blogosphere and the courage of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson in challenging their lies, the use of CIA as the scapegoat did, in fact, occur at the height of which CIA director Tenet took a bullet for “the bad intel” saving Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and a hapless Colin Powell from their due accountability. Following up on the window of opportunity, having manipulated a fawning and cowardly press into the perception of the Bush Administration as victim, Cheney ordered a general purge of CIA to get rid of the A-Teamers who had not been cooperative in the Machiavellian duplicities expected of them. Former Ambassador Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame were only the straw that broke the camel’s back with Cheney.

In fact, "Plamegate," as it became known, ironically provided cover for the Administration as the national press scampered to find out who had leaked rather than focus on why such a dirty trick had occurred -- to intimidate others who might think they could challenge the Administration in its war crimes.

The purge backfired only briefly when CIA A-Team insiders first attempted to blackmail the neocon B-Team with the DC Madam Scandal. Cheney wouldn’t back-off so the CIA sprang their Honey Traps which led to the resignations of Bush’s top two newly appointed CIA administrators who were appointed to reign-in these non-cooperative professionals and would-be patriots. The A-Team eventually forced out Rumsfeld as well before the press dutifully went back to sleep.

Now, Cheney, as it happens, just doesn't give one holy shit about who knows he likes -- or used to like -- “table dances,” hunting and drinking and philandering at all night poker parties with the boys. He is so ensconced in power with the Neocons (Straussians), AIPAC and JINSA, that he feels untouchable – essentially having no “moral” reputation to protect anyway, since he has always operated under the radar of the Bush right-wing religious base, thanks to the complicity of religious leaders such as the notoriously hypocritical Jerry Falwell, Ralph Reed and others. So traditional CIA/Mossad “honey traps” didn’t phase him; although, they have begun to net others who were also associated with Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff. Besides, Mossad was running their own. New Jersey governor Tom McGrevey fell from power in this manner.

All this to inform that Wayne Madsen, the author of the knock-your-socks-off articles of recent infamy, leaking from intelligence insiders, was himself part of and now party to and beneficiary of the now exploding rebellion of former rank and file insider A-Team Members who have been working against the Bush/Cheney Corporatist State and their neocon/Mossad/AIPAC cabal of advisers and henchmen, since before but especially after the purge.

So be aware that within the intel branches of government – domestic and foreign – disinformation campaigns, leaks, false flag and black ops are in full bloom now.

We haven’t witnessed a turf war like this since the Kennedy Assassination, the ascendancy of Nixon as direct result and his ultimate crash. [We now know through archival documents recently declassified that Nixon was forced to resign not because of Watergate per se, but because Watergate threatened to take the lid off the Cuban operations of which he was a part, operations that were in violation of our post missile crisis treaty with the Soviets and because of the JFK/RFK/MLK assassinations that he may have been a party to -- at least he became the chief political beneficiary thanks to his mafia connections -- assassinations carried out in conspiracy with the Mafia and radical elements of Cuban exile groups and organized by a maverick Miami Station of the CIA. The right-wing CIA, adamantly resistant to the progressive Kennedy liberals of The New Frontier, was finally brought back under loyal executive control by Reagan, whom they trusted as adequately right-wing and hawkish. The operative word here is “loyal” -- if that was indeed a good thing. Indeed it led to Iran/Contra and the proliferation of the drug cartels.]

Sept. 24, 2007 -- SPECIAL REPORT –

"Lost" B-52 nuke cruise missiles were on way to Middle East for attack on Iran

Sept. 24, 2007 -- SPECIAL REPORT -- "Lost" B-52 nuke cruise missiles were on way to Middle East for attack on Iran; Air Force refused to fly weapons to Middle East theater.

WMR has learned from U.S. and foreign intelligence sources that the B-52 transporting six stealth AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles, each armed with a W-80-1 nuclear warhead, on August 30, were destined for the Middle East via Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

However, elements of the Air Force, supported by U.S. intelligence agency personnel, successfully revealed the ultimate destination of the nuclear weapons and the mission was aborted due to internal opposition within the Air Force and U.S. Intelligence Community.

Yesterday, the Washington Post attempted to explain away the fact that America's nuclear command and control system broke down in an unprecedented manner by reporting that it was the result of "security failures at multiple levels." It is now apparent that the command and control breakdown, reported as a BENT SPEAR incident to the Secretary of Defense and White House, was not the result of a command and control chain-of-command "failures" but the result of a revolt and push back by various echelons within the Air Force and intelligence agencies against a planned U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons.

The Washington Post story on BENT SPEAR may have actually been an effort in damage control by the Bush administration. WMR has been informed by a knowledgeable source that one of the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles was, and may still be, unaccounted for. In that case, the nuclear reporting incident would have gone far beyond BENT SPEAR to a National Command Authority alert known as EMPTY QUIVER, with the special classification of PINNACLE.

Just as this report was being prepared, Newsweek reported that Vice President Dick Cheney's recently-departed Middle East adviser, David Wurmser, told a small group of advisers some months ago that Cheney had considered asking Israel to launch a missile attack on the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz. Cheney reasoned that after an Iranian retaliatory strike, the United States would have ample reasons to launch its own massive attack on Iran. However, plans for Israel to attack Iran directly were altered to an Israeli attack on a supposed Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear installation in northern Syria.

WMR has learned that a U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons was scheduled to coincide with Israel's September 6 air attack on a reputed Syrian nuclear facility in Dayr az-Zwar, near the village of Tal Abyad, in northern Syria, near the Turkish border. Israel's attack, code named OPERATION ORCHARD, was to provide a reason for the U.S. to strike Iran. The neo-conservative propaganda onslaught was to cite the cooperation of the George Bush's three remaining "Axis of Evil" states -- Syria, Iran, and North Korea -- to justify a sustained Israeli attack on Syria and a massive U.S. military attack on Iran.

WMR has learned from military sources on both sides of the Atlantic that there was a definite connection between Israel's OPERATION ORCHARD and BENT SPEAR involving the B-52 that flew the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale. There is also a connection between these two events as the Pentagon's highly-classified PROJECT CHECKMATE, a compartmented U.S. Air Force program that has been working on an attack plan for Iran since June 2007, around the same time that Cheney was working on the joint Israeli-U.S. attack scenario on Iran.

PROJECT CHECKMATE was leaked in an article by military analyst Eric Margolis in the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper, the Times of London, is a program that involves over two dozen Air Force officers and is headed by Brig. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem and his chief civilian adviser, Dr. Lani Kass, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who, astoundingly, is now involved in planning a joint U.S.-Israeli massive military attack on Iran that involves a "decapitating" blow on Iran by hitting between three to four thousand targets in the country. Stutzriem and Kass report directly to the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Michael Moseley, who has also been charged with preparing a report on the B-52/nuclear weapons incident.

Kass' area of specialty is cyber-warfare, which includes ensuring "information blockades," such as that imposed by the Israeli government on the Israeli media regarding the Syrian air attack on the alleged Syrian "nuclear installation." British intelligence sources have reported that the Israeli attack on Syria was a "true flag" attack originally designed to foreshadow a U.S. attack on Iran. After the U.S. Air Force push back against transporting the six cruise nuclear-armed AGM-129s to the Middle East, Israel went ahead with its attack on Syria in order to help ratchet up tensions between Washington on one side and Damascus, Tehran, and Pyongyang on the other.

The other part of CHECKMATE's brief is to ensure that a media "perception management" is waged against Syria, Iran, and North Korea. This involves articles such as that which appeared with Joby Warrick's and Walter Pincus' bylines in yesterdays Washington Post. The article, titled "The Saga of a Bent Spear," quotes a number of seasoned Air Force nuclear weapons experts as saying that such an incident is unprecedented in the history of the Air Force. For example, Retired Air Force General Eugene Habiger, the former chief of the U.S. Strategic Command, said he has been in the "nuclear business" since 1966 and has never been aware of an incident "more disturbing."

Command and control breakdowns involving U.S. nuclear weapons are unprecedented, except for that fact that the U.S. military is now waging an internal war against neo-cons who are embedded in the U.S. government and military chain of command who are intent on using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with Iran.

CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD would have provided the cover for a pre-emptive U.S. and Israeli attack on Iran had it not been for BENT SPEAR involving the B-52. In on the plan to launch a pre-emptive attack on Iran involving nuclear weapons were, according to our sources, Cheney, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; members of the CHECKMATE team at the Pentagon, who have close connections to Israeli intelligence and pro-Israeli think tanks in Washington, including the Hudson Institute; British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, a political adviser to Tony Blair prior to becoming a Member of Parliament; Israeli political leaders like Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu; and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who did his part last week to ratchet up tensions with Iran by suggesting that war with Iran was a probability. Kouchner retracted his statement after the U.S. plans for Iran were delayed.

Although the Air Force tried to keep the B-52 nuclear incident from the media, anonymous Air Force personnel leaked the story to Military Times on September 5, the day before the Israelis attacked the alleged nuclear installation in Syria and the day planned for the simultaneous U.S. attack on Iran. The leaking of classified information on U.S. nuclear weapons disposition or movement to the media, is, itself, unprecedented. Air Force regulations require the sending of classified BEELINE reports to higher Air Force authorities on the disclosure of classified Air Force information to the media.

In another highly unusual move, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked an outside inquiry board to look into BENT SPEAR, even before the Air Force has completed its own investigation, a virtual vote of no confidence in the official investigation being conducted by Major General Douglas Raaberg, chief of air and space operations at the Air Combat Command.

Gates asked former Air Force Chief of Staff, retired General Larry Welch, to lead a Defense Science Board task force that will also look into the BENT SPEAR incident. The official Air Force investigation has reportedly been delayed for unknown reasons. Welch is President and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), a federally-funded research contractor that operates three research centers, including one for Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and another for the National Security Agency. One of the board members of IDA is Dr. Suzanne H. Woolsey of the Paladin Capital Group and wife of former CIA director and arch-neocon James Woolsey.

WMR has learned that neither the upper echelons of the State Department nor the British Foreign Office were privy to OPERATION ORCHARD, although Hadley briefed President Bush on Israeli spy satellite intelligence that showed the Syrian installation was a joint nuclear facility built with North Korean and Iranian assistance. However, it is puzzling why Hadley would rely on Israeli imagery intelligence (IMINT) from its OFEK (Horizon) 7 satellite when considering that U.S. IMINT satellites have greater capabilities.

The Air Force's "information warfare" campaign against media reports on CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD also affected international reporting of the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution asking Israel to place its nuclear weapons program under IAEA controls, similar to those that the United States wants imposed on Iran and North Korea. The resolution also called for a nuclear-free zone throughout the Middle East. The IAEA's resolution, titled "Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East," was passed by the 144-member IAEA General Meeting on September 20 by a vote of 53 to 2, with 47 abstentions. The only two countries to vote against were Israel and the United States. However, the story carried from the IAEA meeting in Vienna by Reuters, the Associated Press, and Agency France Press, was that it was Arab and Islamic nations that voted for the resolution.

This was yet more perception management carried out by CHECKMATE, the White House, and their allies in Europe and Israel with the connivance of the media. In fact, among the 53 nations that voted for the resolution were China, Russia, India, Ireland, and Japan. The 47 abstentions were described as votes "against" the resolution even though an abstention is neither a vote for nor against a measure. America's close allies, including Britain, France, Australia, Canada, and Georgia, all abstained.

Suspiciously, the IAEA carried only a brief item on the resolution concerning Israel's nuclear program and a roll call vote was not available either at the IAEA's web site -- www.iaea.org -- or in the media.

The perception management campaign by the neocon operational cells in the Bush administration, Israel and Europe was designed to keep a focus on Iran's nuclear program, not on Israel's. Any international examination of Israel's nuclear weapons program would likely bring up Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu, a covert from Judaism to Christianity, who was kidnapped in Rome by a Mossad "honey trap" named Cheryl Bentov (aka, Cindy) and a Mossad team in 1986 and held against his will in Israel ever since.

Vanunu's knowledge of the Israeli nuclear weapons program would focus on the country's own role in nuclear proliferation, including its program to share nuclear weapons technology with apartheid South Africa and Taiwan in the late 1970s and 1980s. The role of Ronald Reagan's Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Ken Adelman in Israeli's nuclear proliferation during the time frame 1983-1987 would also come under scrutiny. Adelman, a member of the Reagan-Bush transition State Department team from November 1980 to January 1981, voiced his understanding for the nuclear weapons programs of Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan in a June 28, 1981 New York Times article titled, "3 Nations Widening Nuclear Contacts." The journalist who wrote the article was Judith Miller. Adelman felt that the three countries wanted nuclear weapons because of their ostracism from the West, the third world, and the hostility from the Communist countries. Of course, today, the same argument can be used by Iran, North Korea, and other "Axis of Evil" nations so designated by the neocons in the Bush administration and other government.


The report by Madsen went on the document Mossad activity in New Zealand and Australia. He makes his final point in this succinct paragraph ending his stunning report:

The nuclear brinkmanship involving the United States and Israel and the breakdown in America's command and control systems have every major capital around the world wondering about the Bush administration's true intentions.

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NOTE: WMR understands the risks to informed individuals in reporting the events of August 29/30, to the present time, that concern the discord within the U.S. Air Force, U.S. intelligence agencies, and other military services. Any source with relevant information and who wishes to contact us anonymously may drop off sealed correspondence at or send mail via the Postal Service to: Wayne Madsen, c/o The Front Desk, National Press Club, 13th Floor, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20045.

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Huh?
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I'm sorry, who did you say has the clap?
I see you've walked out on Ted Nugent too.
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Friday, September 21, 2007

There's A Teddy Bears' Picnic in Balmorhea This Weekend

It's homecoming in Balmorhea; time for the stoners to come back to the woods to play.
And to remember....



Once upon a time
in the not too distant past,
when the shade of the cottonwoods
and the dark nigh
t of a new moon
concealed in its shadows
all but the red glowing embers zig-zagging and stopping a
gain
among haints and their whispe
red conspiracies,
running-up to imagined lips in the darkness
to glow brightly for an instant
before fading again
into circles of ritualized innocence...

...memories of the living,
projected and gathering about on concrete altars
then drifting dazzled among wafting
effervescences of promised dreams,
slipping in and out of this now hallucinated refuge
beside crystal-flowing irrigation waters,
all the while mingling so silently in
the peace of a sacramental night
as to suggest visions and ebullitions of their sacred smiling faces upon its rustled leaves...

yes...

oh yes...

...in the good ol' days,
gadding
about,
with but one intention:
to play and shout...

...back when a fella and his girl could make the drive-thru at Fuzzie's Convenience Store and pick up a spliff or a rock or two passed through a sliding glass window across the hanging mini-counter top,
before sneaking off together unnoticed except by crickets --
-- those spies of our summer evenings
stopping to listen
attentively
to our strange chirpings
and sighed releases of tension --
-- celebrating at our leisure

where desert stars appear as diamonds
and the cool clean air flowing upward
then dropping over the transfigured mountaintops and desert arroyos
is carried aloft in The Haphazard Way,
swept along and sand-filtered
to that home within our gently heaving lungs,
arriving already reunited to our origins
and spoken by foreign tongu
es aflame in joy and gladness
and washed of its sin across artesian spring waters,
these compassionate blessings of creation and baptism,
the ancient clear-light of white blazoned breath
slipping through mountain passes
in the near reaches above our little town,

unnoticed as a mother's familiar child underfoot,
arriving here again
and gone,
here and gone
after loving maternal rapprochement,
then he
re yet again
and gone even again just now,
returning with rejuvenated elan vital
yet not ever surpassing its Original Mind,
the sacred breath of air never having left us
after all yet to repeat
Her breath-blessings as if
never having a distant beginning,

never having been willed or uttered,
ever present,
in need of no forgiveness
and having no guilt,
Immaculate,
never having left the hearth,
yet appearing renewed
and bearing
the good news of
expectation,
impassioned expression
and wonder-conceived
children of the Wind-Spoken Presence within us,
invisibly begotten,

Announced by Gariel,
Confirmed by Raphael,
Escorted by Michael,


and Delivered unto us
by His ancient heavenlies

upon wings of Her Dominions
and Cherubims,
Powe
rs
and Thrones
and Seraphim,
Arch-Angles
and lesser Angles
alike with gilded casts

of multitudinous Virtues...


...and mendicant saints on pilgrimage
following in their trails
for this night only,
having no other intention than to be,
eternally equ
animous
and playing furtively nevertheless within the laughter
under the cottonwoods where our story begins.
*
Yes, a taradiddle
accompanied by fiddle
pretending to riddle

but spake not in jest

This angelic fable
perclumpitied at table
befriending the able
spake I at bedrest...
*
...in that solitude after lights-out
where no words exist
but that Original Word
Whose koan draws us into
its own
Holy Silent Wisdom

and breathes the Eternal Now into our hearts
a song of Compassion
between The One and Her Own,
Her's now our fam
ily as well
if we would but listen to her singing.

Yes

Once upon a time in the not too distant past,
when the shade of the cottonwoods
and the dark night of a new moon
concealed in its shadows

all but the red glowing embers zig-zagging and stopping again
among haints and their whispered conspiracies,
running-up to imagined lips in the darkness
to glow brightly for an instant
before fading again
into circles of ritualized innocence...

...memories of the living,
projected and gathering about on concrete altars
then drifting dazzled among wafting effervescences
of promised dreams,
slipping in and out of this now hallucinated refug
e
beside crystal-flowing irrigation waters,

all the while mingling so silently in the peace of a sacramental night
as to suggest visions and ebullitions of their sacred smiling faces upon its rustled leaves...
*
...Or you could drive up and down Austin Street,
Or Fort Worth,
Or out to the lake,
boom box blasting,
drinking Cold Butt-Weizer
windows down,
laughing an joking,

with dogs bitting at your back bumper,
their masters barking ignored commands.

*
Then the war began
and a few of the boys came home in boxes
to Marine Corps funerals...

...after a time...

...when the price of gas went up,
we recalled our responsibilities
and drifted away to forget.

* * *


--progress

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Evangelical Zealots Lay Down the Law...But Aggrieve the Spririt



As a follow-up to our last editorial concerning the right-wing religious ....shenanigans... in Odessa high schools, which is drawing national attention, we came across two relevant articles we'd like to share. Both deal with the decade-long "surge" of zealotry and attempted spiritual abuse by evangelical Christians, noted as well in our article on the historically flawed evangelical "Bible Class" of generally poor scholastic religious quality being fed to gullible youth in Odessa by religious control freaks on the school board.

The first is by TruthOut.org's Jason Leopold, reporting on a lawsuit recently filed against the Pentagon claiming both a First Amendment violation of a soldier's right to freedom from the imposition of state sponsored religion and his Constitutional guarantee not to be subject to a religious litmus test for participation in and promotion within the military. The lawsuit asserts that the military not only encourages evangelical Christianity but also often harasses and discriminates against those who do not toe the party line on religion in the military.

Pentagon Sued Over Mandatory Christianity
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report

Tuesday 18 September 2007

A military watchdog organization filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and a US Army major, on behalf of an Army soldier stationed in Iraq. The suit charges the Pentagon with widespread constitutional violations by allegedly trying to force the soldier to embrace evangelical Christianity and then retaliating against him when he refused.

The complaint, filed in US District Court in Kansas City, by the nonprofit Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), on behalf of Jeremy Hall, an Army specialist currently on active duty in Speicher, Iraq, alleges that Hall's First Amendment rights were violated beginning last Thanksgiving when, because of his atheist beliefs, he declined to participate in a Christian prayer ceremony commemorating the holiday.....

The second article features a complaint by Jewish Prison Chaplains alleging that prisoners are being force fed a tasteless diet of evangelical Christianity and that Jewish inmates, in particular, are finding themselves the focus of evangelical zealotry in trying to convert them, amounting to a disregard of their faith.

PRISONS

As budgets shrink, evangelicals expand state prison ministries

Evangelical Christians are moving in a big way into cash-strapped state prisons to supplement and, in some cases, replace existing chaplain services. Their work is supported by private donations and encouraged by the government's emphasis on faith-based social services. Correctional officials say they are grateful for the free or low-cost help. But many people challenge the fairness and legality of giving one religious group unusual access to prisoners.

State budget crises are forcing states to search for ways to cut prison costs. Their choices include allowing privately sponsored evangelical prison ministries to replace chaplains at lower costs or for free, dropping below the national standard of one chaplain per 500 prisoners, or replacing the paid chaplains with volunteers. Colorado recently replaced all the chaplains in its state prisons with an evangelical Christian prison ministry that offered services for free. In Texas, lawmakers cut 62 state prison chaplain positions in 2003, a 40 percent reduction. In Georgia, legislators are considering a proposal to replace state-funded chaplains with volunteers.

Evangelical prison ministries say that they are answering Jesus' call to visit the imprisoned and recognizing the power of faith to transform troubled inmates into productive citizens. But critics say evangelicals have a conflict: Their faith tells them to win converts, but the law requires prisons - and those who work there - to respect and even encourage the inmates' own religious beliefs, whatever they are. Some inmates, professional chaplains and non-Christian religious leaders accuse evangelical Christians of barring prisoner access to non-evangelical ministers and of forcing inmates to endure evangelizing. Some prison programs grant special privileges for those who profess Christian beliefs....
The chaplains' complaint above was reiterated last week when the New York Times reported that the Bureau of Prisons is currently purging all books of a religious nature within their chaplaincy libraries that do not appear on their self-written approved list [cf. our article below]. The directive was aimed at Muslims, whom they fear are vulnerable to Islamist recruitment, but it is having even more profound effects on the Jewish and mainstream Christian denominations due to the fact that the policy leans heavily in the direction of "popularist and Calvinist evangelical" fundamentalism.

Fortunately, there is good news:

A First for Jewish Inmates in a Texas Prison: High Holy Days Plus Sukkot

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- (September 19, 2007)
Rebecca Rosenthal
W
hile religious books are being purged from federal prison libraries, a Texas state prison hosted a prayer service, complete with two Chabad rabbis and a Torah scroll on Rosh Hashanah.

Twenty-five men, clad in the white pajamas that are Stringfellow Unit’s uniforms, raised their voices in prayer, humming along when words were unfamiliar. Afterward, D.G., a Jewish inmate, sent a letter from his cell in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to Chabad of Houston’s associate director Rabbi Dovid Goldstein with his thanks.

“A thousand blessings to you and your family. It was without a doubt the best Rosh Hashanah in history since we were incarcerated.”

While many prisons allow inmates to gather for prayer services, allowing rabbis in to lead holiday services and serve holiday meals is out of the ordinary. Stringfellow’s brass went a step further by allowing the rabbis to sleep over in a spare room of the guardhouse.

Enthusiasm for accommodating religious needs has gained momentum since the creation of a Jewish Enhanced Unit on premises in 2005. Kosher food and pastoral care are part of life in the Jewish unit. They gather for services and Rabbi Goldstein’s weekly Torah class, based on Chabad’s Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) curriculum. Volunteers from Houston make the 45 minutes to Rosharon to give the inmates Challah before Shabbat......continues at Chabad Lubavitch Global Network.


Yom Kippur will be celebrated this Saturday, September 22, 2007.

-progress

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Enough of this Right-Wing Religious Crap in Odessa Already


Ooops! We suspect that someone has hacked into the bible class program curriculum sold to a gullible but guileless Ector County School Board. Witness the following:

CESAREA -- In a stunning announcement from Judea
, Jesus of Nazareth [pictured at left expounding the "Policy on the Mount for a New American
Century"], a man recognized by both the Essene and Zealot Parties as their long awaited Davidic Messiah, apparently betrayed his dynastic inheritance as "The Anointed One," the prophesied king expected to assume the top leadership position over paramilitary forces and covert Saccari assassins in the now decades-long insurgency against the Roman Occupation, when he formally proclaimed during an impromptu press conference this morning, "My kingdom is not of this world."

Immediately following the announcement, he began baptizing novices and teaching the Essene monastic disciplines of prayer, meditation, fasting, confession, "lectio divina" and the ritual communal meal as "The Way" of inner conversion. Emphasizing active non-violence and the practice of compassion for one's enemies, he stated that the inner-revolution must first be accomplished before taking up the secondary objective of the conversion of the Roman World Empire. He then proclaimed as God's Will that in order to eventually establish his "Heavenly Father's" kingdom on earth, the conversion of the Roman Empire would be carried out over several generations through a program of evangelism promoting the spiritual tenets of Judaism inspired by a genuine role-modeling of Essene Jewish contemplative piety rather than through the traditional means of violent military conquest abused by worldly kings, republican presidents, disingenuously religious anti-christs and would-be emperors.

At this, his disciples proclaimed him "Prince of Peace," celebrated in the Psalms as the true David of dynastic sovereignty in a combined role with that of the Aaron Messiah [high priest], formerly held by the late Essene Evangelist John the Baptist. Insiders close to him reported that The New Priesthood they are now proclaiming will be known as the "Order of Melchizedek," reminiscent of the fabled priest-king some rabbis believe to have been Michael the Archangel, appearing in prophetic vision-form as the Messenger of God who welcomed David into Jerusalem, the City of Peace, with a peace-offering of bread and wine instead of with the expected military resistance the Israelites had encountered during their ancient campaign in the Promised Land.

In the coming days, in a symbolic reenactment of Jewish history intended to advance the Nation of Israel to a heightened spiritual state above the suffering mundane, he and his disciples plan to gather their followers on the the far side of the Jordan River and, like Joshua, cross over into the Promised Land. But instead of taking Jericho by military siege, he plans to take it by spiritual force, baptizing and healing the sick along the way. When he arrives at Jerusalem, he plans to mount a donkey instead of a chariot (as did King David) and enter the holy City of Peace proclaiming salvation vis-à-vis a new covenant within a New Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Heaven.

Inside sources report that the announcement so devastated Zealot organizers of the Jewish insurrection they plan to arrest him and turn him over to pro-Roman leaders of the Pharisee and Sadducee Parties when he arrives next April in Jerusalem for the Passover. In a secret deal made among representative members of all four major national religious parties, Yehoshua ben Yosef, as he is known, will be turned over to the Roman Procurator Pontius Pilot. No longer useful to them in his newly evolved role as enlightened mystic and spiritual teacher, the disgraced "Messiah" -- his newly fallen status unknown to both the Romans and their pro-government Pharisee sympathizers -- will be identified as the Zealot-affiliated "King of the Jews" they hoped he would become.

Given the challenge to their religious authority that his mission represents through self-delivered prophesies that he will bring about the destruction of the temple and replace the current corrupt priesthood with one of renewed righteousness, if the Zealot plan goes accordingly , the surrender of Yehoshua ben Yosef is expected to both temporarily appease the blood-lust of the Roman authorities (who seek to crush the Jewish insurrection), and allay the concerns of the Jewish religious establishment (who currently enjoy only a tenuous hold on control of the Temple). The Pharisees hope to solidify their hold on the high priesthood by eliminating one of their chief rivals and contenders for power emerging from within the Essene-inspired Messianic Movement that is currently sweeping this defiantly independent nation, a nation of otherwise isolated tribesmen living by happenstance on the western reaches of Rome's aggressively expanding empire and situated astride the ancient trade routes to Egypt, India, Lahore and the Far East
they wish to exploit.

The plot, as described by an undercover source within ben Yosef's entourage, who of necessity wishes to remain anonymous, involves unidentified co-conspirators within the Sanhedrin itself who, as the plan unfolds, will move to offer the hapless Essene mystic to perennially suspicious and agitated colonial administrators and their occupation forces as "a sincere token of their loyalty to Caesar."

Understandably, Caesar's representatives in Judea are anxious to prove their ability to stabilize and set an example of a region that has cost Rome it's reputation as a ruthlessly efficient oppressor of rebellion against its otherwise generously paternal dominion. Therefore, even if the ulterior motives of all parties are exposed to them it would be of little significance to the Roman Tetrarch and his Procurator that this most recent of Messianic pretenders is, in fact, innocent of the soon to be proffered charges against him of conspiracy and insurrection. As long as his prosecution and execution can lend the perception in Rome that they are expediting the Jewish War in the aggressive manner expected of them, Roman administrators, most especially Herod Antipas, the
regional Herodian family Tetrarch, can rest secure for another season.

In an additional subplot, developed prior to today's announcement by those anticipating the Davidic Messiah's possible betrayal of the Zealot movement, a prisoner exchange is hoped to result through still more secret negotiations involving the release of Barabbas, a Zealot leader now in Roman custody.

The surrender of Jesus is exp
ected to strengthen Roman cooperation with Chief Priest Joseph Caiaphas and the Pharisee Priesthood who currently exploit their control over the Temple through exorbitant fees for sin offerings, dishonest enforcement of monetary exchange rates and the admission of wealthy non-Jewish adherents to inner portions of the temple forbidden to them by Jewish religious law. Despite accusations that the chief priest is selfishly affecting the pollution of the temple in order to both pander to the social status of "Gentiles" and collect inflated fees from them for offerings at the altar of the Most High, Caiaphas is said to be so obsessed with power and wealth that he will be unaware of his participation in a scheme that will ultimately result in his undoing. At the same time, the multifaceted machination is expected to procure the release of one of the chief captains of the Zealot insurrection by Zealot Party members who are arranging for ben Yosef's arrest.
Meanwhile, two millennia later in Odessa -- despite that the militantly anti-Christian Zealot Movement (which is the true religious heritage of today's conservative wing-nuts) resulted in the crucifixion of Jesus, the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 68 AD, the Diaspora of the entire Jewish population from Jerusalem and the complete and utter defeat of Zealot forces at Masada in 168 AD -- West Texas right-wing evangelical Republicans -- ironically thinking themselves to be innocent followers of an avenging, blood-thirsty, sword-wielding Christ on the Red Horse of the Apocalypse and the martyred victims of a fallen nation gone to hell in a hand-basket of secular humanism -- not only promoted the election to the Presidency of a pandering, intellectually incurious (like themselves) warmongering, yet cowardly irresponsible AWOL-during-wartime, "born-again" Zealot and moral-Neanderthal from Midland, but they also expect the rest of us to accept their unlettered and self-righteously anti-Enlightenment view of American history while, combining it with an unmitigatedly ignorant nationalist-reconstructionist version of their received "Ol' Time Religion" of boneheaded post-millenarian popularism, they teach the "bible class" of the notorious National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, to Odessa high school students from predominantly Latino Catholic families....all the while condescendingly waving the militant flag of a non-existent nation they erroneously suppose, notwithstanding the Mayflower Pact, to have been founded upon the Christian constitutional principles of theocratic Puritans and Calvinists.

The class, by all accounts, amounts to a really poor quality Vacation Bible School rendering for under-achieving white West Texas teenagers -- scatology parading as eschatology without the hermeneutics -- written by hick-infested bible-scholar-wanna-bees and promoted by the flag-waving denizens of South Carolina trailer parks, out back living under that sullied place in the yard where the doggies go -- that poop-covered splotch decaying on top of Southern Evangelical Republican grassroots somewhere in the neighborhood of Bob Jones University. People who think the pile in the back yard has turned white by now, or will, or that it represents anything culturally or colorfully similar are insultingly mistaken. This piece of inertly non-erudite poop was dropped, pinched-off in a field of high cotton from the swollen bowels of a covertly racist group of unwitting Klan neophytes whose greatest anxiety is that "white culture" will be overwhelmed and dissolved within a diffusion of questionable multi-cultural values and secular apostasy. Thus, their "culture wars."

Eventually, despite this egregiously inept and pretentious attempt at scholarship, when through Grace or accident they discover that Jesus of Nazareth was semitic and that the semitic tribes evolved from black Africa more recently than their distant European cousins, they will literally shit.

Haven't we had enough of their self-righteous, intolerant, theocratic, warmongering, ethnocentric, Zealot-Christianist, quasi-revivalist, cross-burning crap? Haven't they had enough of their Starussian-perpetrated political molestation? [They've been punked by Neocons and they don't even realize it.]

We urge you to write a letter to the editor of the Odessa American and start the campaign to throw these naive nincompoops from the school board with their soiled sheets behind them. We don't have to wait on a Supreme Court decision from a Neocon group of 9s who put Bush in Office by fiat in 2000.

-progress