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Israel Illuminati GAZA Death-Suffering Toll

01 January 2009
ďShema Yisrael, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad!Ē

1) Disproportionate Slaughter In Gaza Meant for Bigger War
- - We have no words left
- - "I Heard the Missile Coming"
- - Mass Grave
- - Bolton: Gaza raids precursor to Iran war
- - Boat carrying Cynthia McKinney to Gaza attacked!
- - Starhawk personal commentary on Gaza
- - Demonstrations to stop the massacre of Palestinians
2) Nanothermites 101 Kevin Ryan Ė PSYOPS Ė Did Bush Kill Kennedy?
- - Nanothermites and WTC dust Ė By Kevin Ryan
- - PSYOPS - Psychological Operations Described in Washington Post
- - Did Bush Sr. Kill Kennedy and Frame Nixon?

Time endorphins twist magic into a sickening fate.
The eye is blind, the tooth full of blood
where it should not be -
I am fixed into an empty seclusion,
where I donít know how this ends.
But much of the process sucks;
Goddess earth is being destroyed,
children, women, men, blown into bits,
ignorance festers hatred,
and fear seems to be in/out of control,
but only until it is too late,
which may have already happened.

Editorís Notes:

The top quote is from a Hebrew prayer, ďHear O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One!" And with only one Creator, who else could be the father of all creation, while the dark forces spin indefensible slaughter of innocence, molding the oppressed into an oppressor. Palestinians are at a loss to describe this latest catastrophe. Thus, this new year and FN issue begins. It appears that the same group that produced a pre-emptive war on a tortured-sanctioned Iraq, following September 11, is up to no good again. The Neocon-illuminati, John Bolton, is advising that this should lead into an attack on Iran. Bolton was chosen by George Bush, Jr. to represent the United States at the UN. If the tragedy didnít hurt so much, it could be funny.

And while PSYPOS confuse and disturb, and empower those who want to push the envelope for greater violence, Kevin Ryan, a patriotic engineer analyzes WTC dust and nanothermite. Meanwhile, of all people, David Swanson, who typically shrinks from the subject of 9/11, writes a powerful review-article on Russ Baker's new book, The Bush Family of Secrets. Swanson praises its remarkably new and extensive documentation. ďAccording to this account, George H. W. Bush, the father of the current president, devoted his career to secret intelligence work with the CIA many years before he became the CIA director, and the network of spies and petroleum plutocrats he began working with early on has played a powerful but hidden role in determining the direction of the U.S. government up to the current day.Ē So, while we were expecting a big event, while holding our breath until January 20th, this Gaza carnage makes it clear that the evil-doers are still busy at work.

Crisis in GAZA
Human Rights Blog - Qumsiyeh

Boat carrying Cynthia McKinney to Gaza attacked!
Israeli Navy Attacking Civilian Mercy Ship!

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We are tied together in the single garment of destiny,
caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And
whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. "

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968,
on the day before he was assassinated.

1) Disproportionate Slaughter In Gaza Meant for Bigger War

- - We have no words left
- - "I Heard the Missile Coming"
- - Mass Grave
- - Bolton: Gaza raids precursor to Iran war
- - Boat carrying Cynthia McKinney to Gaza attacked!
- - Starhawk personal commentary on Gaza
- - Demonstrations taking place to stop the massacre of Palestinians

- - We have no words left
Ali Abunimah
The Guardian, UK
Monday 29 December 2008

"I will play music and celebrate what the Israeli air force is doing."

Those chilling words were spoken on al-Jazeera on Saturday by Ofer Shmerling, an Israeli civil defence official in the Sderot area adjacent to the Gaza Strip. For days Israeli planes have bombed Gaza.

Almost 300 Palestinians have been killed and a thousand injured, the majority civilians, including women and children. Israel claims most of the dead were Hamas "terrorists". In fact, the targets were police stations in dense residential areas, and the dead included many police officers and other civilians. Under international law, police officers are civilians, and targeting them is no less a war crime than aiming at other civilians.

Palestinians are at a loss to describe this new catastrophe. Is it our 9/11, or is it a taste of the "bigger shoah" Matan Vilnai, the deputy defence minister, threatened in February, after the last round of mass killings?

Israel says it is acting in "retaliation" for rockets fired with increasing intensity ever since a six-month truce expired on 19 December. But the bombs dropped on Gaza are only a variation in Israel's method of killing Palestinians. In recent months they died mostly silent deaths, the elderly and sick especially, deprived of food, cancer treatments and other medicines by an Israeli blockade that targeted 1.5 million people - mostly refugees and children - caged into the Gaza Strip. The orders of Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, to hold back medicine were just as lethal and illegal as those to send in the warplanes.

Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister, pleaded that Israel wanted "quiet" - a continuation of the truce - while Hamas chose "terror", forcing him to act. But what is Israel's idea of a truce? It is very simple: Palestinians have the right to remain silent while Israel starves them, kills them and continues to violently colonise their land.

As John Ging, the head of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, said in November: "The people of Gaza did not benefit; they did not have any restoration of a dignified existence ... at the UN, our supplies were also restricted during the period of the ceasefire, to the point where we were left in a very vulnerable and precarious position and with a few days of closure we ran out of food."

That is an Israeli truce. Any act of resistance including the peaceful protests against the apartheid wall in the West Bank is always met by Israeli bullets and bombs. There are no rockets launched at Israel from the West Bank, and yet Israel's extrajudicial killings, land theft, settler pogroms and kidnappings never stopped for a day during the truce. The western-backed Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas has acceded to all Israel's demands. Under the proud eye of United States military advisors, Abbas has assembled "security forces" to fight the resistance on Israel's behalf. None of that has spared a single Palestinian in the West Bank from Israel's relentless colonisation.

The Israeli media report that the attack on Gaza was long planned. If so, the timing in the final days of the Bush administration may indicate an Israeli effort to take advantage of a moment when there might be even less criticism than usual.

Israel is no doubt emboldened by the complicity of the European Union, which this month voted again to upgrade its ties with Israel despite condemnation from its own officials and those of the UN for the "collective punishment" being visited on Gaza. Tacit Arab regime support, and the fact that predicted uprisings in the Arab street never materialised, were also factors.

But there is a qualitative shift with the latest horror: as much as Arab anger has been directed at Israel, it has also focused intensely on Arab regimes - especially Egypt's - seen as colluding with the Israeli attack. Contempt for these regimes and their leaders is being expressed more openly than ever. Yet these are the illegitimate regimes western politicians continue to insist are their "moderate" allies.

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ē Ali Abunimah is co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of
One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

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- - "I Heard the Missile Coming"
Sameh A. Habeeb, B.A., Gaza
Monday, December 29, 2008


"All my family members were hit."

At least 345 people were killed and more than 1,650 wounded since Israel blitzed the Gaza Strip with massive air strikes on Saturday, December 27.

The aggression against the impoverished seaside territory, the world's most densely populated area, continued on Sunday, killing scores of Palestinians and wounding hundreds.

From his bed, Abu-Fatahi can hear his traumatized brother, Mahmoud, screaming.

He is still suffering from the shock of seeing his neighbors torn into pieces by the killer bombing.

"My sister who is only 2 is in another room."

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- - Mass Grave

Reuters Ė Across Gaza, many are still frantically looking for bodies of their beloved ones under the rubbles.


The battered Gaza Strip has turned into a mass grave.

The scene of people screaming in grief while taking their family members to burial is repeated over and over.

Civil defense forces are desperately trying to help people moving the corpses found buried under the rubbles of flattened buildings.

"We have dug out many bodies with no legs or heads," a civil defense officer told IOL.

In mass funeral processions, formed outside almost every Gaza house, the sound of Qur'an recitation is mixed with the distant sound of explosions.

The wailing of the grief-stricken and prayers for the departed are mixed with calls for reprisal.

Other Gazans, however, are still frantically looking for their beloved ones among the dead bodies.

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- - Bolton: Gaza raids precursor to Iran war

Israel continues to mass its forces along the Gaza border in preparation for a ground offensive.
More than 370 Palestinians have so far been killed in the assaults among which at least 62 were women and children.

Bolton: Gaza raids precursor to Iran war
Wed, 31 Dec 2008 19:28:56 GMT

Former top US diplomat John Bolton says Israeli strikes on Gaza have ignited a multi-front war which could lead to a US attack on Iran.

Bolton, a former US ambassador to the UN, accused Iran of supplying arms and equipment to Hamas and making efforts to develop a nuclear bomb.

"I don't think there's anything at this point standing between Iran and nuclear weapons other than the possibility of the use of military force possibly by the United States, possibly by Israel," Bolton told FoxNews.

"So while our focus obviously is on Gaza right now, this could turn out to be a much larger conflict," said the hawkish US official, adding, "We're looking at potentially a multi-front war."

Bolton made the allegations about Iran's nuclear program after the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), which represented the consensus of the 16 US intelligence agencies, concluded "with high confidence" that Iran halted its "nuclear weapons program" in 2003 and that the program remains frozen.

The controversial intelligence contradicted longstanding claims that Tehran was "working relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb" and came as a blow to advocates of a military strike against Iran like Bolton.

When asked if Israel would be capable of taking out Iran's nuclear facilities, Bolton said he believed "Israel could destroy enough of Iran's program to give us three, four years, which puts time back on our side to look for a longer term solution."

Bolton's remarks came as speculation has been rife that an Israeli go-it-alone strike on Iran is in the offing. However, many analysts believe an Israeli attack on Iran would not be possible without a US green light.

Despite Israeli pressure for a military option against Iran, many US foreign policy experts have advised the President-elect Barack Obama to engage Iran with diplomacy -- a move which would not be well-received among powerful pro-Israeli lobbies in Washington.

Israel after five straight days of air attacks, on Wednesday rejected a proposal for a temporary ceasefire in its military onslaught in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli military is also gathering its gunboats near the Gaza port and its ground forces along the border in preparation for a possible ground offensive.

Earlier on Monday, a senior Iranian commander floated the idea that the time has come for Muslims to militarily stop Israeli crimes in Gaza.

"Only the military aid can save Gaza," said Brigadier General Mir-Faisal Baqerzadeh, Head of the Foundation for the Remembrance of the Holy Defense.

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- - Boat carrying Cynthia McKinney to Gaza attacked!
Israeli Navy Attacking Civilian Mercy Ship!

- - Cynthia McKinney on CNN via YouTube - Speaks about USS Liberty

- - McKinney to Obama: "Say Something" About Gaza Humanitarian Crisis

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- - Starhawk personal commentary on Gaza

All day Iíve been thinking about Gaza, listening to reports on NPR, following the news on the internet when I can spare a moment. Iíve been thinking about the friends I made there four years ago, and wondering how they are faring, and imagining their terror as the bombs fall on that giant, open-air prison.

The Israeli ambassador speaks movingly of the terror felt by Israeli children as Hamas rockets explode in the night. I agree with him≠that no child should have her sleep menaced by rocket fire, or wake in the night fearing death.

But I canít help but remember one night on the Rafah border, sleeping in a house close to the line, watching the children dive for cover as bullets thudded into the walls. There was a shell-hole in the back room they liked to jump through into the garden, which at that time still held fruit trees and chickens. Their mother fed me eggs, and their grandmother stuffed oranges into my pockets with the shy pride every gardener shares.

That house is gone, now, along with all of its neighbors. Those children wake in the night, every night of their lives, in terror. I donít know if they have survived the hunger, the lack of medical supplies, the bombs. I only know that they are children, too.

Iíve ridden on busses in Israel. I understand that gnawing fear, the squirrely feeling in the pit or your stomach, how you eye your fellow passengers wondering if any of them are too thick around the middle. Could that portly fellow be wearing a suicide belt, or just too many late night snacks of hummus? Thatís no way to live.

But Iíve also walked the pock-marked streets of Rafah, where every house bears the scars of Israeli snipers, where tanks prowled the border every night, where children played in the rubble, sometimes under fire, and this was all four years ago, when things were much, much better there.

And I just donít get it. I mean, I get why suicide bombs and homemade rockets that kill innocent civilians are wrong. I just donít get why bombs from F16s that kill far more innocent civilians are right. Why a kid from the ghetto who shoots a cop is a criminal, but a pilot who bombs a police station from the air is a hero.

Is it a distance thing? Does the air or the altitude confer a purifying effect? Or is it a matter of scale? Individual murder is vile, but mass murder, carried out by a state as an aspect of national policy, thatís a fine and noble thing?

I donít get how my own people can be doing this. Or rather, I do get it. I am a Jew, by birth and upbringing, born six years after the Holocaust ended, raised on the myth and hope of Israel. The myth goes like this:

ďFor two thousand years we wandered in exile, homeless and persecuted, nearly destroyed utterly by the Nazis. But out of that suffering was born one good thing≠the homeland that we have come back to, our own land at last, where we can be safe, and proud, and strong.Ē

Thatís a powerful story, a moving story. Thereís only one problem with it≠it leaves the Palestinians out. It has to leave them out, for if we were to admit that the homeland belonged to another people, well, that spoils the story.

The result is a kind of psychic blind spot where the Palestinians are concerned. If you are truly invested in Israel as the Jewish homeland, the Jewish state, then you canít let the Palestinians be real to you. Itís like you canít really focus on them. Golda Meir said, ďThe Palestinians, who are they? They donít exist.Ē We hear, ďThere is no partner for peace,Ē ďThere is no one to talk to.Ē

And so Israel, a modern state with high standards of hygiene, a state rooted in a religion that requires washing your hands before you eat and regular, ritual baths, builds settlements that donít bother to construct sewage treatment plants. They just dump raw sewage onto the Palestinian fields across the fence, somewhat like a spaceship ejecting its wastes into the void. I am truly not making this up≠Iíve seen it, smelled it, and itís a known though shameful fact. But if the Palestinians arenít really real≠who are they? They donít exist!≠then the land they inhabit becomes a kind of void in the psyche, and it isnít really real, either. At times, in those border villages, walking the fencelines of settlements, you feel like you have slipped into a science fiction movie, where parallel universes exist in the same space, but in different strands of reality, that never touch.

When I was on the West Bank, during Israeli incursions the Israeli military would often take over a Palestinian house to billet their soldiers. Many times, they would simply lock the family who owned it into one room, and keep them there, sometimes for hours, sometimes for days≠parents, grandparents, kids and all. Iíve sat with a family, singing to the children while soldiers trashed their house, and Iíve been detained by a group of soldiers playing cards in the kitchen with a family locked in the other room. (I got out of that one≠but thatís another story.)

Itís a kind of uneasy feeling, having something locked away in a room in your house that you canít look at. Ever caught a mouse in a glue trap? And you canít bear to watch it suffer, so you leave the room and close the door and donít come back until itís really, really dead.

Like a horrific fractal, the locked room repeats on different scales. The Israelis have built a wall to lock away the West Bank. And Gaza itself is one huge, locked room. Close the borders, keep food and medical supplies and necessities from getting through, and perhaps they will just quietly fade out of existence and stop spoiling our story.

ďAll we want is a return to calm,Ē the Israeli ambassador says. ďAll we want is peace.Ē

One way to get peace is to exterminate what threatens you. In fact, that may be the prime directive of the last few thousand years.

But attempts to exterminate pests breed resistance, whether youíre dealing with insects or bacteria or people. The more insecticides you pour on a field, the more pests you have to deal with≠because insecticides are always more potent at killing the beneficial bugs than the pesky ones.

The harshness, the crackdowns, the border closings, the checkpoints, the assassinations, the incursions, the building of settlements deep into Palestinian territory, all the daily frustrations and humiliations of occupation, have been breeding the conditions for Hamas, or something like it, to thrive. If Israel truly wants peace, thereís a more subtle, a more intelligent and more effective strategy to pursue than simply trying to kill the enemy and anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity.

Itís this≠instead of killing what threatens you, feed what you want to grow. Consider in what conditions peace can thrive, and create them, just as you would prepare the bed for the crops you want to plant. Find those among your opponents who also want peace, and support them. Make alliances. Offer your enemies incentives to change, and reward your friends.

Of course, to follow such a strategy, you must actually see and know your enemy. If they are nothing to you but cartoon characters of terrorists, you will not be able to tell one from another, to discern the religious fanatic from the guy muttering under his breath, ďF-ing Hammas, they closed the cinema again!Ē

And you must be willing to give something up. No one gets peace if your basic bargaining position is, ďI get everything I want, and you eat my shit.Ē You might get a temporary victory, but it will never be a peaceful one.

To know and see the enemy, you must let them into the story. They must become real to you, nuanced, distinctive as individuals.

But when we let the Palestinians into the story, it changes. Oh, how painfully it changes! For there is no way to tell a new story, one that includes both peoples of the land, without starting like this:

ďIn our yearning for a homeland, in our attempts as a threatened and traumatized people to find safety and power, we have done a great wrong to another people, and now we must atone.Ē

Just try saying it. If you, like me, were raised on that other story, just try this one out. Say it three times. It hurts, yes, but it might also bring a great, liberating sense of relief with it.

And if youíre not Jewish, if youíre American, if youíre white, if youíre German, if youíre a thousand other things, really, if youíre a human being, thereís probably some version of that story that is true for you.

Out of our own great need and fear and pain, we have often done great harm, and we are called to atone. To atone is to be at one≠to stop drawing a circle that includes our tribe and excludes the other, and start drawing a larger circle that takes everyone in.

How do we atone? Open your eyes. Look into the face of the enemy, and see a human being, flawed, distinct, unique and precious. Stop killing. Start talking. Compost the shit and the rot and feed the olive trees.

Act. Cross the line. There are Israelis who do it all the time, joining with Palestinians on the West Bank to protest the wall, watching at checkpoints, refusing to serve in the occupying army, standing for peace. Thousands have demonstrated this week in Tel Aviv.

There are Palestinians who advocate nonviolent resistance, who have organized their villages to protest the wall, who face tear gas, beatings, arrests, rubber bullets and real bullets to make their stand.

There are internationals who have put themselves on the line≠like the boatload of human rights activists, journalists and doctors on board the Dignity, the ship from the Free Gaza movement that was rammed and fired on by the Israeli navy yesterday as it attempted to reach Gaza with humanitarian aid.

Maybe we canít all do that. But we can all write a letter, make a phone call, send an email. We can make the Palestinian people visible to us, and to the world. When we do so, we make a world that is safer for every child.

Below is a good summary of some of the actions we can take.

Please feel free to repost this. In fact, send it to someone you think will disagree with it.

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- - Demonstrations taking place to stop the massacre of Palestinians

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2) Nanothermites 101 Kevin Ryan Ė PSYOPS Ė Did Bush Kill Kennedy?

- - Nanothermites and WTC dust Ė By Kevin Ryan
- - PSYOPS - Psychological Operations Described in Washington Post
- - Did Bush Sr. Kill Kennedy and Frame Nixon?

- - Nanothermites and WTC dust Ė By Kevin Ryan
Posted by Kevin Ryan -

Nanothermites and WTC dust
By Kevin Ryan

This past year I've done some photomicroscopy of samples of WTC dust. A number of examples of the photos can be found in the latest video. The related scientific analyses of the particles found in the WTC dust, in particular the red-gray chips first discovered by Professor Steven Jones, are ongoing.

But I've also spent some time making nanothermites, and igniting them. Here is a slideshow of 26 photomicrographs, half of which are nanothermite residues and half of which are ferromagnetic particles extracted from WTC dust samples. These photos share many things in common, including the presence of metallic microspheres, vesicular formations and red-orange chips. Sometimes it's hard to remember which photo belongs to which category. If the nanothermite residues were mixed with concrete dust and glass fragments, it would likely be much more difficult to notice any differences.

You can see the slideshow here as well.

Interesting stuff, to be sure. And many thanks to Professor Jones, Janette MacKinlay, Shane Geiger, Mike Berger and others for the samples and inspiration. Scientific papers are on the way, of course, but sharing some of the photos now is worthwhile I think. Here's to a truthful New Year!

Complete article:
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[on this thread submitted by Kevin Ryan on Sun, 12/28/2008 - 6:00pm
Thanks for the comments.

More information about nanothermites can be found in my paper here.

A rough description of each photo can be found at the Flickr slideshow, by clicking on "Show info" in the upper right corner. The nanothermites here are sol-gel formulations.

And yes, such sol-gel materials can be explosive. See this reference from the folks at LLNL (p 8-11), on how they were using them to create "high explosives" in the late '90s.

Finally, the phrase "Oh Lucy! - You Gotta Lotta 'Splainin To Do" is the title of one of the most famous of all 9/11 research articles.

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[And at end of thread (when i check 12/31/08), submitted by tanabear Mon, 12/29/2008 - 8:11pm

I agree
The evidence that WTC1,2 and 7 were engineered for destruction is overwhelming(i.e. beyond a reasonable doubt) at this point. All the evidence, observational, experimental, forensic, points to an engineered demolition. I even hesitate to call the official explanation a "theory". I prefer to call it what it is, "Nonsense". There is the nonsensical explanation and the one scientific one.

However, it is not the science, discovered by the 9/11 Truth Movement, that people can't accept. It is the implications of what that evidence would imply.

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- - Kevin Ryan on The Alex Jones Show - 12/29/08

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- - PSYOPS - Psychological Operations Described in Washington Post

"PSYOPS seek to exploit human vulnerabilities in enemy governments, militaries and populations to pursue national and battlefield objectives.... The feasibility had been established of projecting large, three-dimensional objects that appeared to float in the air. has learned that a super secret program was established in 1994 to pursue [this] very technology for PSYOPS application. The 'Holographic Projector' is described in a classified Air Force document as a system to 'project information power from space ... for special operations deception missions.'"
-- Washington Post, 2/1/1999

Psychological Operations Described in Washington Post
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Dear friends,

PYSOPS may be an unfamiliar term to you, yet it is of crucial importance. PSYOPS, or psychological operations, is a term used in military and government intelligence networks to "exploit human vulnerabilities in enemy governments, militaries and populations to pursue national and battlefield objectives," as quoted from the Washington Post article below. Stated more simply, PSYOPS is a means of intentionally deceiving targeted individuals and populations through a variety of sophisticated methods for specified objectives.

Consider that all major countries have developed sophisticated PSYOPS programs such as those described below. Consider also that governments sometimes use PSYOPS technology to deceive their own people in order to achieve certain military or strategic objectives. Learn about Operation Northwoods as one powerful example. If you want to avoid being deceived and to be informed of how public opinion is sometimes manipulated by government, read the below article and explore our Mind Control Information Center. By informing ourselves and spreading the word, we can and will build a brighter future for us all.

With best wishes,
Fred Burks for the Team
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton

When Seeing and Hearing Isn't Believing
By William M. Arkin

"Gentlemen! We have called you together to inform you that we are going to overthrow the United States government." So begins a statement being delivered by Gen. Carl W. Steiner, former Commander-in-chief, U.S. Special Operations Command.

At least the voice sounds amazingly like him.

But it is not Steiner. It is the result of voice "morphing" technology developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

By taking just a 10-minute digital recording of Steiner's voice, scientist George Papcun is able, in near real time, to clone speech patterns and develop an accurate facsimile. Steiner was so impressed, he asked for a copy of the tape.

Steiner was hardly the first or last victim to be spoofed by Papcun's team members. To refine their method, they took various high quality recordings of generals and experimented with creating fake statements. One of the most memorable is Colin Powell stating "I am being treated well by my captors."

"They chose to have him say something he would never otherwise have said," chuckled one of Papcun's colleagues.

A Box of Chocolates is Like War

Most Americans were introduced to the tricks of the digital age in the movie Forrest Gump, when the character played by Tom Hanks appeared to shake hands with President Kennedy.

For Hollywood, it is special effects. For covert operators in the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, it is a weapon of the future.

"Once you can take any kind of information and reduce it into ones and zeros, you can do some pretty interesting things," says Daniel T. Kuehl, chairman of the Information Operations department of the National Defense University in Washington, the military's school for information warfare.

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- - Did Bush Sr. Kill Kennedy and Frame Nixon?
By David Swanson

Russ Baker's new book The Bush Family of Secrets -- The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America presents an account of the U.S. government that is both remarkably new and extensively documented. According to this account, George H. W. Bush, the father of the current president, devoted his career to secret intelligence work with the CIA many years before he became the CIA director, and the network of spies and petroleum plutocrats he began working with early on has played a powerful but hidden role in determining the direction of the U.S. government up to the current day.

New research and newly highlighted information assembled by Baker presents at least the strong possibility that Bush was involved in assassinating President Kennedy, and that Bush was involved in staging the Watergate break-in (and the break-in at Dan Ellsberg's psychiatrist's) with the purpose of having these break-ins exposed and the blame placed on President Nixon. In this account, those in on the get-Nixon plot included John Dean and Bob Woodward. While this retelling of history would make a certain Robert Redford movie look really, really silly, it would -- on the other hand -- make Woodward's performance during Watergate fit more coherently with everything he's known to have done before and since. It would also give new meaning to Dean's recent book title "Conservatives Without a Conscience." I would love to see either of these men's response to Baker's book.

Many readers of this review may now be rushing off to declare Baker either profoundly insane or (probably in fewer cases) indisputably correct in his views regarding the removal of Kennedy and Nixon from the White House, but I would strongly urge reading the book before doing so. It's called "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It In The White House, And What Their Influence Means for America."

Those of us who have pushed for years now to have Bush Jr. impeached or prosecuted have heard all imaginable excuses and then some. One has been this: "Punishing the figurehead puppet president would amount to excusing the real powers behind the throne." And, of course, some of us have never doubted that such powers existed, but considered letting Bush and Cheney walk free as a surer way to protect other guilty parties than punishing them would be. There are guilty parties in Congress too, of course, but how the pervasiveness of guilt justifies letting everyone off the hook has always escaped me. The arrests have to begin somewhere. In any case, I bring up the image of presidents as puppets because Baker provides a new variation on that theme. In his account, Bush Jr. is indeed not the driving force, but a clique centered around his father is.

Baker does not focus on Bush Jr.'s grandfather, Prescott Bush, and does not even mention his role in the plot to overthrow President Roosevelt in 1933 ( Baker's focus is on Poppy, although Prescott and his anger toward Kennedy are in the background. It is not a completely new idea to suppose that Kennedy was killed because he angered the CIA and powerful Americans with business interests in Cuba. It is, as far as I know, new to show, as Baker extensively documents and then summarizes, that:

"Poppy Bush was closely tied to key members of the intelligence community including the deposed CIA head with a known grudge against JFK; he was also tied to Texas oligarchs who hated Kennedy's politics and whose wealth was directly threatened by Kennedy; this network was part of the military/intelligence elite with a history of using assassination as an instrument of policy.

"Poppy Bush was in Dallas on November 21 and most likely the morning of November 22. He hid that fact, he lied about knowing where he was, then he created an alibi based on a lead he knew was false. And he never acknowledged the closeness of his relationship with Oswald's handler George de Mohrenschildt.

"Poppy's business partner Thomas Devine met with de Mohrenschildt during that period, on behalf of the CIA.

"Poppy's eventual Texas running mate in the 1964 election, Jack Crichton, was connected to the military intelligence figures who led Kennedy's motorcade.

"Crichton and D. Harold Byrd, owner of the Texas School Book Depository building, were both connected to de Mohrenschildt -- and directly to each other through oil-business dealings.

"Byrd brought in the tenant that hired Oswald shortly before the assassination.

"Oswald got his job in the building through a friend of de Mohrenschildt's with her own intelligence connections -- including family ties to Allen Dulles."

You start to get a taste of the sort of case Baker builds. It's persuasive, but not conclusive. If you buy into the basic outlines of it, you come up against a history of American politics in which our top "elected" officials are not just chosen through a process openly corrupted by money and media and parties, but are also chosen through a process of covert ops. Kennedy was replaced by Johnson because he was more obedient to Texas oilmen. Nixon was replaced by Ford for similar reasons. Bush Sr. made a deal with Iran not to release American hostages until Reagan defeated Carter. (Baker recounts but adds nothing new to this story, already reported elsewhere.) Bush Sr. and Jr. ran election campaigns that employed CIA-like techniques. It's a compelling narrative with probably a great deal of truth to it, and the viciousness of Republican attacks on President Clinton fits into it. So does the reluctance of Carter, Clinton, Obama, and others to stray too far from positions acceptable to those (like Robert Gates) with places in the more permanent power structure. So does the possibility that Michael Connell was murdered last week.

The interesting thing about Baker's claims regarding Kennedy and Nixon is that they would suggest that the CIA actually succeeded at something, that -- in fact -- the CIA or members thereof managed to keep major secrets for decades. Of course, they were morally reprehensible secrets and provide further rationale for eliminating the CIA and all secret government agencies, not any sort of justification for keeping them going.

While Nixon and Kennedy appear in this account almost exclusively in the role of victims, we should remember that their failures to please a certain powerful group do not absolve them of their own sins, even if that group may have done them in. While Kennedy may have courted the wrath of certain powers by refusing to do to Cuba what Dubya later did to Iraq, Nixon's failing was not any deficiency in the area of war criminality. While part of what Nixon was covering up may have been staged to frame him, his most serious offenses -- those involving the mass slaughter of human beings -- have been marginalized in all accounts, old and new, of our attempts to hold him accountable. And Nixon himself secretly derailed a possible peace agreement in order to get himself into the same White House that he was later chased out of in disgrace.

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