Monday, November 19, 2007

What A Tangled {Intar}Web We Weave...

Open Source Militias

I found this interesting in itself, but even more interesting in light of the governments history of infiltrating organizations it considers subversive, sometimes even coopting entire movements. Will we see a revival of the militia movement in this country that is guided by the hidden hand of power?

The way we have become our own betrayers to the NWO is the result of a series of masterful manipulations. Entrpreneurial litegation, artificially generated debt and its collection, speculative war investment, where are we taking ourselves? A stepping up of organized stalking, (see the video below), is almost sure to follow.

The US military is on the slow path to the realization that nation-building -- from reconstruction to other forms of traditional COIN dogma that serve to return legitimacy to the government -- doesn't work. Politics and populations in our new global environment fragment faster than they can be assembled into cohesive entities. What does work to slow the spread of temporary autonomous zones and open source insurgencies are open source militias. While messy (and many times as bad as what they replace), these militias do work:

  • Colombia. The AUC blunted the spread of the FARC and other revolutionary groups.
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil. Neighborhood militias have purged neighborhoods of the PCC (a criminal drug gang).
  • Iraq. Anbar awakening and other militias have radically diminished al Qaeda's operational sphere.

Open Source Militias

In each case, militias developed organically based on local loyalties that have nothing to do with the central government. Their emergence is spontaneous and a surprise to the government or the foreign military occupation. They develop according to a now familiar pattern:

  • Expansion. Guerrillas or criminal gangs move into a new area in which they have no organic support. They impose their own form of governance which is at odds with local needs.
  • Reaction. These external guerrillas/gangs intimidate/kill local leaders. A militia is formed to force the encroaching groups out.
  • Domination. The local militia begins to run the neighborhoods/area. Soon, they tend to adopt many of the same financial systems of the guerrillas/gangs (from drugs to extortion) and enforcement measures (assassination, torture, etc.). However, they remain less hostile to the government and commercial interests than the guerrillas/gangs.

An Expansible Strategy?

The rapid emergence of these local militias in Anbar came as a surprise to both the Iraqi government and the US military. Despite the lack of loyalty these groups have to the Iraqi government (and the previous involvement of many of these groups in killing US troops), the US military embraced them -- in that have been given a degree of autonomy as well as arms and training. The result has been the return to a slow burning war, a status quo of sorts, that will continue to operate at levels of violence not seen since early 2006. The success of this approach, as opposed to the boondoggles we've experienced in conventional operations, has led the US Special Operations Command to recommend in a new briefing (leaked to the press), that the US replicate the "militia strategy" in Pakistan. Unfortunately, the report makes the following errors:

  • The wrong militia. The US, due to political restrictions, wants to focus its efforts on the Frontier corps. This militia is too tightly connected to the government and has a record of atrocity that makes it unlikely to generate any meaningful form of local loyalty.
  • Bad timing. This process works according to its own rules, it cannot be forced. The guerrillas (a combination of different flavors of Taliban, tribes, and al Qaeda) will eventually overreach. This process is in motion, but the reaction that forms local militias will not occur until much later (the government and the US are still considered the primary enemy).
  • Government opposition. The organic rise of local militias will be an affront to the Pakistani government since it represents a near permanent loss of control over these regions. They will resist it (despite their preoccupation with oppressing Pakistani civil society). Unlike the Iraqi government, they will not roll over on this.

Final Note: The use of a plethora of militias to fight a global open source insurgency from Nigeria to Mexico to Iraq to Pakistan is effective within a grand strategy of delay (it holds disorder at bay while allowing globalization to work). Most beneficially, it eliminates the need for nation-building, massive conventional troop deployments, and other forms of excess. Some questions remain: can the US manage something this complex or this messy? Will the rest of the US military/contractors sit idle (and as a result fall victim to budget cuts) while light weight special operations forces (and their allied private military corporations) take center stage?

The video takes a minute to get going, so just let it load for a bit and be patient.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Surveillance Bill Without Telecom Amnesty

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Your humble host has been called a luddite, a cranky old fart and other things put in terma that will not be repeated here. I'll be getting into some exploration of our society and the issues that surround our use or not of technology and how naked we are through our use of seemingly innocent services.

From if:book.

The UK is one of the most watched over societies on earth with CCTV cameras in abundance, and the whole world is waking up to how much retrievable evidence the likes of Google have on us all thanks to our laptops and cellphones. (This spooky walking iphone was seen at the New York Halloween parade last week).

But is the invasion of privacy making our culture more secretive or less? Networks like FaceBook appear to be turning the once wild web into a cosy global village where all know each other's business and keep an eye out for our digital neighbours and group members.

Privacy and the implications of social networking and user generation on our culture were key topics in a discussion about new technology on the UK internet TV company Doughty Street TV this November 5th, hosted by the Institute of Ideas.

Reading has always been a solitary activity where the individual's imagination roams at will. There's been a strange reversal now that book groups and recommendations from chat show hosts - Richard & Judy in the UK, Oprah in the USA - create a tiny pool of recommended bestsellers in the vast and frightening ocean of the unread. Who are the free thinkers now, websurfers or bookbrowsers?

The Happiest Dissent On Earth

The world to come, perhaps? Georgian riot police dressed as mickey mouse, or is that his banished cousin Mortimer?

Saturday, November 3, 2007

It Happened Again! the Garden of Truth Broadcast Online

Well, I did indeed have one Mr. Matheny on the broadcast, and we had an exchange that, while not necessarily a love-fest, this interview did answer more questions than we may have anticipated. After putting issues in context, a context that becomes clearer the deeper I look into these issues, I read the materials on the mysterious El-Centro phenomenon.

The first half of the program is, not unexpectedly, posted online. Not on the Incunabula site this time, but a haven of the decadent, counterculture media and commentary site of the Alterati. (Are they altered Illuminati? When did I become their uncle?) The description is as much loving as snide, methinks, so I don't take exception to their having their fun:

He’s creepy and he’s kooky, Mysterious and spooky,
He’s all together ooky, It’s Milford Connolly! His Garden’s a museum Where people come to see ‘im He really is a scream He’s Milford Connolly! (Neat) (Sweet) (Petite) So get a witches shawl on A broomstick you can crawl on We’re gonna pay a call on Milford Connolly!

They did leave the opening commentary and reading intact, so if you missed the program when it was aired, you can head to that chapel perilous and download it.

To the left is something I'll be getting to later. An interesting document that was sent to me by someone who has a past of many infamous organizations, individuals and barely detectable but insidious societal shifts to all numbers of flavors of devilry. I think our telecommunications corporations have been infiltrated. Soon you'll know why I say so, and it has nothing to do with billing practices.

Secret Government Projects 1 - 1946-1953

Patients in VA hospitals are used as guinea pigs for medical experiments. In order to allay suspicions, the order is given to change the word "experiments" to "investigations" or "observations" whenever reporting a medical study performed in one of the Nation's veteran's hospitals.

(A) Colonel E.E. Kirkpatrick of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission issues a secret document (Document 07075001, January 8, 1947) stating that the agency will begin administering intravenous doses of radioactive substances to human subjects.
(B) The CIA begins its study of LSD as a potential weapon for use by American intelligence. Human subjects (both civilian and military) are used with-and-without their knowledge.

(A) The Department of Defense begins plans to detonate nuclear weapons in desert areas and monitor downwind residents for medical problems and mortality rates.
(B) In an experiment to determine how susceptible an American city would be to biological attack, the U.S. Navy sprays a cloud of bacteria from ships over San Francisco. Monitoring devices are situated throughout the city in order to test the extent of infection. Many residents become ill with pneumonia-like symptoms.
(C) The French conducted research on infrasonic weapons (from "The Road From Armageddon", by Peter Lewis, Resonance #13, pp 9-14).
(D) The newly-formed CIA initiated studies in mind-control programs in 1950 with Project Bluebird (rechristened "Artichoke") in 1951. To establish a ' cover story' for this research, the CIA funded a propaganda effort designed to convince the World that the Communist Bloc had devised insidious new methods of re-shaping the human will. The CIA's own efforts could therefore -- if exposed -- be explained as an attempt to "catch up" with Soviet and Chinese work.

The primary promoter of this 'line' was one Edward Hunter -- a CIA contract employee operating undercover as a journalist and later a prominent member of the John Birch society. Hunter offered 'brainwashing' as the explanation for the numerous confessions signed by American prisoners of war during the Korean War and (generally) UN-recanted upon the prisoners' repatriation. These confessions alleged that the United States used germ warfare in the Korean conflict -- a claim which the American public of the time found impossible to accept.
Many years later, however, investigative reporters discovered that Japan's germ warfare specialists (who had wreaked incalculable terror on the conquered Chinese during WWII) had been mustered into the American national security apparatus. And the knowledge gleaned from Japan's horrifying germ warfare experiments probably WAS used in Korea just as the ' brainwashed' soldiers had indicated.

Thus, we now know that the entire brainwashing scare of the 1950s constituted a CIA hoax perpetrated upon the American public. CIA deputy director Richard Helms admitted as much when in 1963, he told the Warren Commission that "Soviet mind-control research consistently lagged years behind American efforts."

(A) Alfred Hubbard first tries LSD. An OSS officer in WWII, Hubbard first took LSD in 1951 and proceeded to "turn on" several individuals prominent in LSD research including Dr. Humphrey Osmond, Myron Stolaroff , and Aldous Huxley, earning him the title of "the Johnny Appleseed of LSD" (Lee, Martin and Schlain, Bruce, Acid Dreams, Grove Press, 1985, pg 44).
circa 1951, Hubbard later did undercover work for several agencies including the FDA and FBI. He reportedly tried (and failed) to "turn on" J. Edgar Hoover. He introduced LSD to many high-ranking intelligence officers. In the early 1950s, he refused an offer to join the CIA (Lee and Schlain, pg 52). In all, it is estimated that Hubbard introduced LSD to over 6,000 individuals. He worked until 1965 at the International Foundation for Advanced Study (mis-identified here, I think, as the International Federation for Advanced Studies) (Fahey, Todd Brendan, The Original Captain Trips", High Times, November 1991).
Fahey describes Hubbard's work at SRI differently, placing him with the Alternative Futures Project which sought to "turn on" the World's political and business leaders. He left SRI in 1974 and died on August 31, 1982 (Fahey).
(B) The Department of Defense begins open air tests using disease-producing bacteria and viruses. Tests last through 1969 and there is concern that people in the surrounding areas have been exposed.

(A) As a child in 1952, Jack Sarfatti claims to have received phone calls from the mechanical voice of a conscious computer aboard a spaceship recruiting him along with 400 others for some special project. These calls have similarities to the mechanical voice which talked to Andrijah Puharich via his tape recorder. Sarfatti was later associated with Puharich. Puharich first contacts "The Nine" (a group of "channeled" being) via a medium.
(B) During the CIA's MK-ULTRA mind-control program, John Lilly briefed the intelligence community on his work to map out the brains of animals using implanted electrodes. He abandoned this line of work because he felt it was unethical.
John Lilly studied the effects of sensory deprivation tanks and also briefed the intelligence community with his progress. Lilly refused to let any of his work be classified and ended up leaving the National Institute of Health when he found that he could not work without the interference of the Government.
(C) Project Moonstruck/ CIA:
Electronic implants in brain and teeth
Targeting: Long range
Implanted during surgery or surreptitiously during abduction
Frequency range: HF - ELF transceiver implants
Purpose: Tracking, mind & behavior control, conditioning, programming, covert operations
Functional Basis: Electronic Stimulation of the Brain ( E.S.B.)

(A) John C. Lilly -- when asked by the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to brief the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA), and the various military intelligence services on his work using electrodes to stimulate directly the pleasure and pain centers in the brain -- refused.
He said, "Dr. Antione Redmond -- using our techniques in Paris -- has demonstrated that this method of stimulation on the brain can be applied to the human without help of the neurosurgeon ... This means that anybody with the proper apparatus can carry this out covertly with no external signs that electrodes have been used in that person. I feel that if this technique got into the hands of a secret agency, they would have total control over a human being and be able to change his beliefs extremely quickly, leaving little evidence of what they had done." (from "Mind Control and the American Government" by Martin Cannon in Lobster #23, pp 2-10. Cannon quotes Lilly from his book The Scientist, Berkeley, Ronin publishers, 1988, also Bantam Books 1981. Research by Peter Lewis.) [StealthSkater note: some of Cannons' articles are archived at .]
[note: After a statement like that of Dr. Lilly's, how long do you think it would take the agencies -- FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. -- to contact Dr. Redmond in Paris?]
(B) Project MK-ULTRA/ CIA:
Drugs, electronics and electroshock
Targeting: Short range
Frequencies: VHF HF UHF modulated at ELF
Transmission and Reception: Local production
Purpose: Programming behavior, creation of "cyborg" mentalities
Effects: narcoleptic trance, programming by suggestion
Subprojects: Many.
Pseudonym: Project Artichoke
Functional Basis: Electronic Dissolution of Memory, E.D.O.M. (Disinfo???)
When the CIA's mind-control program was transferred from the Office of Security to the Technical Services Staff (TSS) in 1953, the name changed again to MK-ULTRA. Later still, in 1962 mind-control research was transferred to the Office of Research and Development; project cryptonyms remain unrevealed. What was studied? Everything including hypnosis, conditioning, sensory deprivation, drugs, religious cults, microwaves, psychosurgery, brain implants, and even ESP. When MK-ULTRA "leaked" to the public during the great CIA investigations of the 1970s, public attention focused most heavily on drug experimentation and the work with ESP. Mystery still shrouds another area of study -- the area which seems to have most interested ORD: psychoelectronics
(C) Martin Cannon, The Controllers: A New Hypothesis of Alien Abduction:
"The MK-ULTRA program was a covert behavior modification program run by the CIA in the early 1950s with the purpose of finding ways to make men more suggestible and involving the use of pain, drugs, and hypnosis on unsuspecting human guinea pigs.
(D) The first person to publicly expose the CIA's use of "pain-drug-hypnosis" was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology who wrote in his 1951 book Science of Survival that it had become so extensively employed in espionage work that it was long past the time that people should have become alarmed about it.
"Mr. Hubbard's statement was found to be true in the 1970s when the CIA's program became public knowledge after the Freedom of Information Act enabled investigators to document the agency's inhumane and grotesque experiments on human subjects. The ensuing outcry over the use of mind-bending drugs -- which combined with electric shock caused the deaths or maiming of untold numbers of people -- drew comparisons between the CIA and the infamous Nazi doctors and led to Congressional hearings into the intelligence agency." - (probably from the Scientology Guardians Organization).
(E) U.S. military releases clouds of zinc cadmium sulfide gas over Winnipeg, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Fort Wayne, the Monocacy River Valley in Maryland, and Leesburg, Virginia. Their intent is to determine how efficiently they could disperse chemical agents.
(F) Joint Army-Navy-CIA experiments are conducted in which tens-of-thousands of people in New York and San Francisco are exposed to the airborne germs Serratia marcescens and Bacillus glogigii.