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August 24, 2011

Which Came First--the Scenario or the Quake?

We need to consider what Catherine Austin Fitts referred to in her article, "What's Up with the Black Budget?" as "the crazy aunt in the attic"--that person in our family whose weird behavior we don't understand and whose connection to us we want to acknowledge. She explains her awareness of this crazy aunt phenomenon as follows:
When dealing with challenging uncertainty, I find that many researchers simply delete the existence of such uncertainty from their reality. That is a big mistake --- again pretending that we do not have a very big crazy aunt sitting in the living room. George Orwell once said that "Omission is the greatest lie." Hence, our crazy aunt has to be dealt with.

If you listen to the Ferdinand video/audio depositions in the Carone/Tyree lawsuit (http://www.blackopradio.com/inc_archives2002.html), what you will hear is something I have heard many times. Carone gives his family the sense of all of the organized crime operations by CIA, Army and Mafia through the 1970's as legitimate for national security purposes that then got out of hand and turned bad in the 1980's. That is, what started out as justifiable got out of hand.

This begs the question - Why Were Such Activities Considered Justifiable?

The way to deal with uncertainty is with scenario design and probability - i.e. to create a framework of the possible explanations with your best estimate of the plausible scenarios and the probability (all adding up to 100%) of each one being true based on intuition. Maintaining such a framework allows data collection on key variables and assumptions and an evolution to occur that can enlighten - even determine - concrete questions and answers over time.

So, let me tell a story, give you my framework that I use to handle the fact that I do not have the answers and invite your framework. I am not looking to hear only what is wrong with my framework. I am looking to improve mine or find a better one. Or better inform my estimate of the probabilities that this one or that one is true. Hence, I invite you to put forward your framework for managing this uncertainty. If we had the truth of the issue I am going to introduce, I dare say we could get to the bottom of 9-11 faster.

In 1998, I was approached by John Peterson, head of the Arlington Institute, a small high quality military think tank in Washington, DC. I had gotten to know John through Global Business Network and had been impressed by his intelligence, effectiveness and compassion. John asked me to help him with a high level strategic plan Arlington was planning to undertake for the Undersecretary of the Navy.

At the time I was the target of an intense smear campaign that would lead the normal person to assume that I would be in jail shortly or worse. John explained that the Navy understood that it was all politics - they did not care.

I met with a group of high level people in the military in the process - including the Undersecretary. According to John, the purpose of the plan -- discussed in front of several military or retired military officers and former government officials -- was to help the Navy adjust their operations for a world in which it was commonly known that aliens exist and live among us.

When John explained this purpose to me, I explained that I did not know that aliens existed and lived among us. John asked me if I would like to meet some aliens. For the only time in my life, I declined an opportunity to learn about something important. I was concerned that my efforts with Arlington could boomerang and be connected with the smear campaign and the effects that I was managing. I regret that decision. At John's suggestion I started to read books on the topic and read about 25 books over the next year on the alien question, the black budget, and alien technology.

I had to drop from the project due to the need to attend to litigation and the physical harassment and surveillance of me and some of the people helping me. This process - which turned out to be incredibly time consuming --- I now believe was connected with the black budget/slush fund activities connected with FHA and Ginnie Mae at HUD. (See, "The Myth of the Rule of Law")
Napier CollynsJohn then asked me if I would join the board of the Arlington Institute.

When I attended one of my first meetings, I joined in discussion with about 10 people which included James Woolsey, former head of the CIA in the Clinton Administration, Napier Collyns, founder of Global Business Network and former senior Shell executive, Joe Firmage, John, and other members of the Arlington board.
The main topic of discussion was whether or not the major project for the coming year should be a white paper on how to help the American people adjust to aliens existing and living among us. I said nothing -- just listened. Not that long after, I dropped from the board due to the continued demands related to litigation with the Department of Justice and their informant.

To cut a series of additional long stories short, when I talk with my few sources from the military and intelligence community, I hear the same themes:
  1. Aliens exist and live among us
  2. In part for this reason as well the accumulated investment over the last 50 years, the technology we have access to through the black budget is far more advanced than is commonly understood
  3. The black budget/slush fund construct was created to deal with this issue, which is why reasonable people thought selling drugs to the children who were US citizens was the better of several options - including the option of telling the American public the truth and funding the expenses on budget.
Mega Disasters: Earthquake in the HeartlandAfter examining several possible explanations for her strange experience with these so-called scenario planners, a doomsday cult, of sorts, Fitts then asked some pertinent questions that may help today in analyzing the plethora of earthquakes that have been occurring, particularly in zones where nuclear reactors exist:

Could my experiences with Arlington and the Navy or any subsequent contacts fit with a disinformation scenario? Absolutely. I have no evidence to support any scenario.
The only evidence I believe I have is my experience dealing with tremendous amounts of money siphoned off over the years, whether through Iran-Contra S&L, HUD and BCCI fraud, or the latest round of money missing from the federal government in the last five years. This is all documented in the articles below. This cash flow and the operations and syndicates it appears to fund are important to what drives the governance and allocation of resources in this country and around the globe. There is a reason that power and money are centralizing and the rich are getting richer.
I want to know what it is.

Whichever scenario is true - and I do not know which one is - if we had the truth it would help us grapple with 9-11 and the "War on Terrorism." It would also help us better understand all the efforts to press for centralization of economic and political power that have grown as the black budget has grown since WWII. The reality is the possibilities of why 9-11 occurred and how it was operationalized are impacted by the facts of the US black budget and the advanced technology it has developed.
Why would sane and even decent people think it was the best option for the good of the whole?
With that in mind, consider what John Hudson refers to as a "Nightmare Scenario":

If an Earthquake Hit U.S. Nuclear Plants: A Nightmare Scenario


John Hudson 10:13 AM ET Comment

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the East Coast Tuesday and sent two nuclear reactors in Virginia offline has refocused concerns about the safety of nuclear plants in the U.S. and prompted reviews of plants in at least six states. Interestingly, the federal government has run exercises of how a doomsday earthquake-nuclear disaster would play out, as Noah Shachtman at Wired notes. Are we prepared for the worst? Experts around the web are highlighting the strengths and vulnerabilities of America's nuclear plants.


The nightmare scenario  In May, the federal government [FEMA] ran a simulation of an earthquake disaster called National Level Exercise 11, which involved a quake hitting the Midwest leaving 7 million people homeless and the death of 100,000 Midwesterners. Shachtman explains the details:
National Level Exercise 11, or NLE 11, was, in essence, a replay of a disaster that happened 200 years earlier. On Dec. 16, 1811, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit the New Madrid fault line, which lies on the border region of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
In that seismic zone, there are 15 nuclear power plants. Paul Stockton, the Defense Department’s senior homeland security official, explains what could happen.  “Electric power would go out, not for days, but for weeks and months in the four state region,” he said. “Municipal water systems, they all run on electricity, don’t they? Well, people are gonna get thirsty. You need water for firefighting, don’t you? Second, all gasoline pumps run on electric power. Same with diesel fuel. So in terms of road mobility, of getting the relief forces in, and evacuating people out — no gasoline? The cascading failures go on and on.” 


You may also be interested in the following video from ABC News in Washington, D.C. about the actual earthquake that occurred on August 23, 2011.

August 23, 2011

Who is Behind India's Deven Sharma?

Deven Sharma
One who studies such reports cannot help noticing that Deven Sharma, who grew up in India (a former British colony) received much of his formative training from Bush-connected institutions and corporations.


Published August 22, 2011
Associated Press
The president of Standard & Poor's is stepping down, an announcement coming only weeks after the rating agency's unprecedented move to strip the United States of its AAA-credit rating. The McGraw-Hill Cos., the parent of S&P, said late Monday that Deven Sharma will be replaced by Douglas Peterson, now the chief operating officer of Citibank N.A., Citigroup Inc.'s chief banking arm. Sharma, 55, "was ready for new challenges" after helping S&P separate its data, pricing and analytics business from its ratings business, McGraw-Hill said in a statement. 

The company unveiled that restructuring at S&P late last year. Peterson, 53, will take over the helm of S&P starting Sept. 12. Sharma will stay on as an adviser at the parent company until the end of the year. McGraw-Hill's statement did not mention of the Aug. 5 downgrade that sent shock waves through global financial markets and was sharply criticized by the Obama administration, which said the agency's analysis was fundamentally flawed. 

Other major rating agencies have maintained their AAA ratings on the U.S. It also did not refer to recent reports that the Justice Department was investigating whether S&P improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis in 2008. Those reports sent McGraw-Hill's shares tumbling last week.
The company said only that Sharma was eager to pursue other opportunities. 

"S&P will continue to produce ratings that are comparable, forward looking and transparent," McGraw-Hill CEO Harold McGraw III said in announcing the leadership change at the agency.

Sharma joined S&P in 2006 and was named president the following year. Before that, he was executive vice president, global strategy, at McGraw-Hill for five years. Peterson was the CEO of Citigroup Japan before taking on his current role at that company.
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Indian executive at core of S&P's US ratings downgrade

Sharma is part of an expanding league of Indian-origin persons heading global financial institutions. Incidentally, another India-born executive Vikram Pandit was at the helm of efforts to steer global banking giant Citigroup out of the financial crisis of 2008.  Recently, another Indian-origin banker, Anshu Jain, was  appointed co-CEO of German banking major Deutsche Bank....
Initiative In Energy: The Story of Dresser IndustriesBefore joining Booz Allen [a management consultant firm founded in Chicago with a strong history of military multi-national corporate clients, where he became a partner], Sharma worked with manufacturing companies Dresser Industries and Anderson  Strathclyde. Sharma is also a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance  Corporation's Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee and the  Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the British-American Business  Council and the Asia Society Business Council.


An article written by researcher Linda Minor has for years floated around the internet. It purports to trace the ownership of Dresser Industries--where Sharma was first employed after receiving his doctorate in Columbus, Ohio, the hometown of Prescott Bush and his father Samuel Bush--back to the purchase of the Dresser family's patent of a pipeline coupling joint by the W. Averell Harriman investment bank, shortly before he and his brother (the redoubtable "Bunny") merged their banks with the old opium investments of the British-connected Brown Brothers Bank. The full article can be read here.

At her own website (www.MinorMusings.com), Linda Minor has explored other facets of the Dresser company.
    Fleshing Out Skull & Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society
  • George Bush’s Political Secrets
    In 1972 the 48-year-old George Bush had already experienced a varied career in both business and public life. A Navy pilot in World War II, he completed his studies at Yale in 1950 (Skull and Bones) and moved to Texas to engage in the oil business. Financed largely by clients of his father and uncle with connections to the investment banks of Brown Brothers Harriman or  G.H. Walker & Co. or to Dresser Industries (now part of Halliburton), which was then wholly owned by Brown Brothers Harriman, of which his father was a senior partner.
  • More research needs to be done to determine what mineral rights were owned in these lands by the various interests. It is very possible that the rights were split among the Coolidge faction from Boston, the G.H. Walker group including Bush and the Rockefeller group. The pipeline company would thus have been closely involved with Dresser Industries, which controlled the patent on the coupling joint used in all petroleum pipelines. Dresser's stock was purchased in 1911 by W.A. Harriman & Company, Inc., supposedly with the intention of reselling, but apart from subsequent stock flotations, the investment bank (Brown Brothers, Harriman) continued to control  what became Dresser Industries, Inc. in 1944. The initial stock issue in 1928 was underwritten by Roland (Bunny) Harriman and Prescott Bush while G.H. Walker was president of the W.A. Harriman firm. Prescott Bush served on the board of directors continuously until he went to the U.S. Senate in 1953. It is very interesting that Magnolia moved its headquarters to Dallas at about the same time that Dresser moved there.
  • HOW GEORGE H. W. BUSH'S CAREER DEVELOPED BY HIS USE OF SOURCES OF CAPITAL
    When George H.W. Bush arrived in Texas after graduation from Yale, his career began with an interview with Neil Mallon, president of Dresser Industries in Dallas. Dresser, which owned the patent for the coupling joint used in laying petroleum pipelines, was a corporation wholly owned by the investment bank Brown Brothers, Harriman.  Prescott Bush was a director of Dresser for decades, as well as being a partner in Brown Brothers Harriman--which had resulted from the merger of the bank set up by Prescott's father-in-law, George Herbert Walker, at the request of the sons of Union Pacific Railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman. Walker had previously had his own investment bank in St. Louis .... Neil Mallon had been hired as Dresser's first president after it was purchased from the Dresser heirs by Brown Brothers Harriman.... [Read more here.]
Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/profit/indian-executive-at-core-of-s-p-s-us-ratings-downgrade-166991&cp Before joining Booz Allen, Sharma worked with manufacturing companies Dresser Industries and Anderson  Strathclyde. Sharma is also a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance  Corporation's Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee and the  Council on Foreign Relations.
He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the British-American Business  Council and the Asia Society Business Council.

August 8, 2011

Gordon Duff Reports

Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, a 100% disabled vet. He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. Duff is Senior Editor at Veterans Today and an outspoken advocate for veterans; his powerful words have brought about change.
Gordon is a lifelong PTSD sufferer from his war experiences, and he is empathetic to the plight of today's veterans also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Gordon's timely and critical reports have been featured on Salem-News.com, a news organization staffed by a number of veterans, particularly former U.S. Marines. You can send Gordon Duff an email at this address: Gpduf@aol.com
SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL SniperOn May 15, 2011, Duff wrote regarding the use of Navy SEALS in the exercise to capture or kill Osama:
One thing is clear. SEALS were chosen because of their history of secrecy. The entire “bin Laden/Abbottabad” operation is a fiction. The ploy was to use Navy SEALS to trade on their reputation and heroism in order to “sell” a cover story to serve a long series of agenda’s.
The real end result for members of America’s armed forces is to have them cast as bullies, liars and murderers. What we have is a replay of the Delta Force’s operation at Tora Bora, a theatrical construct with a wild story intended on providing a rationale for a decade of war, begun, sustained and ultimately lost based on a fairy tale.
The original “Tora Bora follies,” Osama bin Laden and his entourage leaving his massive luxurious underground complex in a fleet of white GMC Yukon XLs with the aid of local warlords while the Delta Force was “called back for consultation” is as believable as the mysterious funeral of the imaginary Osama bin Laden, an old man seen on video watching television whose biometric signature in no way remotely resembles the facial recognition patterns of the real Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden, the real bin Laden, worked for years with the CIA and was photographed many times.
Veterans Today contributor and senior defense analyst, Brigadier General Asif Haroon Raja made the following observations:
Brought to Justice: Osama Bin Laden's War on America and the Mission that Stopped Him (Life Magazine)
Hardly a week has lapsed since the shattering news of helicopter assault by US SEALs leading to Osama bin Laden’s death and already several branches have sprouted from the trunk of the original story.
Too many doubts are being expressed about the authenticity of the claims made by rejoicing US leaders. As the clouds of skepticism are getting thicker, euphoria of US leadership is correspondingly getting deflated.
Or it was a hoax to cash upon the ghost of Osama? Or was it to stir up uprising in Pakistan similar to the ones in Arab countries and then make it a pretext to take actions as in case of Libya?
Even if we blindly accept the one-sided US story, how come Osama being a trained fighter with no dearth of chivalry chose to live in a house which had no protection? Like the minefield being of no value unless covered with fire, high walls of the house are of no consequence without inner protective shield.
Since the house was devoid of arsenal and he had not put up token resistance even with his personal weapon, it means Osama had given up militancy and was leading a quiet and peaceful life with his family. Was it fair to kill an unarmed man?
Pretext of his burial at sea is unconvincing since the Afghans are not inclined to the idea of shrines. Osama was wanted since 2001 dead or alive. How come, when the golden trophy was seized, it was disposed off in indecent haste rather than displaying it in all the 50 states of USA? The US has yet to furnish proofs that Osama was killed. No photograph of his dead body within the Abbottabad house or before and during his burial at sea has been displayed.
More recently Duff acknowledged  that the bin Laden operation was a "theatrical farce," staged to cover the exit of Secretary Robert Gates and the move by former CIA Director Leon Panetta into the DOD as Secretary of Defense and abort the possibility of "heroic claims by new CIA Director Petraeus of killing the long dead Osama bin Laden, the long frozen CIA operative." He introduced his article on August 6 with the following prefatory comment:
Today 31 NATO troops, 20 of them Navy Seals from the Osama bin Laden operation died in what is reported as a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The chances of this story being true is almost nil.  The chances of this being a staged coverup is over 80%.  We believe these people were murdered to silence them.  This is why.
Duff indicates that a faction in the military who supported George W. Bush, saw a:
...continuing need to vilify a long dead top CIA operative to provide residual cover for the Bush administration. The reason?  Bush and his cronies are all facing charges of war crimes, not just in minor jurisdictions but heading for the ICC, putting them on the dock with Gaddafi ( a far less harmful character). As for the timing of this incident?  This we will work on.  What we can easily surmise is that some of the dead have been dead since their bodies were taken away from the helicopter crash site in Abbotabad.
 Further, Duff stated in that article:
When VT saw why the government staged this, we saw we could accomplish two things:
  1. We could simply report the truth for those willing to believe it, something we believe is the right thing to do.
  2. We could also support the United States in a very real way, knowing Pakistan would weather this crisis, timed, in some ways, as a face saving move in response to the embarrassing Raymond Davis affair.  I believed if the truth came out, clear enough for insiders, intel and miliary for sure, to understand that we knew and other insiders knew, there would be no reason to “clean house” afterward, to stage a coverup and get rid of any involved.
 As a former insider, and a friend of those who watch what goes on inside on a daily basis, subject to an oath of secrecy, Duff analyzes events in a different manner than the pundits who broadcast the so-called news on TV 24 hours a day:
Someone had gotten to someone.  My best guess and this is a guess…an expose’ by the mainstream media, perhaps Murdoch, another guess, conjecture I admit, regarding the farce at Abbottabad, information possibly gotten through spying, bribery and blackmail, threatened to take down Obama.
With Murdoch’s good friend and “monkeyboy,” Netanyahu ‘on the ropes,” with crowds marching in Israel’s streets demanding his ouster, we have more timing to factor in.
The bin Laden killing, the third rate drama of capturing an unarmed frozen dead guy and throwing him into the ocean had probably become an albatross around certain high ranking necks.
Norway was no accident, it was a warning too.  It has been containerized, just as the Murdoch espionage issue is now “poor Rupert and the pie thrower.”
These Americans are casualties in a game, one like 9/11, sacrificial pawns, like Britain’s 7/7, all lies, all theatre, all evil.
Following this article is an attachment--a videoed interview of a neighbor of the house where bin Laden had allegedly lived and been killed. The interview transcript was translated below:
...
Bashir: We were awake, not asleep, a helicopter came, some men came down from that, into that house, then that helicopter went away
Reporter: How many men?
Bashir: 10-12, then that helicopter took rounds of those rear hills, then he came back and when he came back, two more helicopters arrived, one from the west and other from the north, there was a blast in the first helicopter and it was on fire, we immediately came out, when we reached there, the helicopter was burning, then after about 20 minutes the army and police arrived, they pushed us back, now we are asking that, if osama was here then who took him to america, because all those men that came in the helicopter died in the blast, now if Osama was in that helicopter he must have died and got burnt in that helicopter too, then how they took him? this is a question of serious concern. America claims they they killed him and picked him up. How they picked him up? This is what we are thinking
Reporter: Was there only one helicopter?
Bashir? Yes the other that came flew away to Mansehra, there was only one that landed the men and came back to pick them but as he was picking them up, it blew up and caught fire.
Reporter: The men were in it when it blew?
Bashir: Yes They were.
Reporter : How you know?
Bashir: We saw it with our own eyes
Reporter: You saw dead man?
Bashir: Yes, dead men,
Reporter: How many?
Bashir: I couldn't count them because then the compound was on fire. The gate was open, we went in, the army and police hadn't arrived then, there were some people but they weren't stopping them. The whole neighborhood has seen that but they are silent now....
 There is another video clip of a Gordon Duff interview of the Pakistan Station Chief that follows about the Raymond Davis matter.