Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror



A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror–Part I. A Preview


”A global economic system erected on inhuman and predatory values, where a few possess more wealth than the billions of hungry put together, will end, but the end will be painful and bloody.”–Prof. Mujahid Kamran, 2011

Summary: This first posting (i) introduces a six-part essay on fake terror, (ii) provides the rationale for the holistic orientation of this essay, and (iii) previews forthcoming Parts II-VI.

by Prof. Moti Nissani

Current postings of “A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror”:

II. Backdrop of Terror

III. The Gladio Conspiracy

IV. 19 Telltale Signs of Fake Terror

V. History: Read it and Learn

Future Posting:

VI. Give me Logic or Give me Terror

Hassan al Sabbah, a brilliant Iranian polymath and tactician, was the founder of the Order of the Assassins. This Shia Order flourished for about 200 years, mostly in Iran and Syria, starting in the late 11th century. The Order delivered tangible assassination threats (e.g., placing a dagger on a target’s bed) to rulers contemplating pogroms and persecutions of Shia Muslims. If the threats were ignored, the target was killed. Al Sabbah’s strategy of asymmetrical warfare was astoundingly effective, minimizing bloodshed and bringing to heel such figures as the Sultan Salah A’din. The connection between this strategy and the bogus war on terror will be explored in Part V.

Aims and Scope of this five-part essay

Dissident discourses, for the most part, analyze single incidents, or a group of incidents, in the political, economic, military, or environmental spheres. Hourly, the banking Syndicate controlling the western world and its colonies goes on committing unimaginable robberies, murders, and assaults on civil liberties and the biosphere. And so dissident writers (myself included, e.g., see here andhere) react in shocked surprise, dissect each and every outrage, often furnishing near-conclusive evidence of the Syndicate’s heartlessness and culpability. Such indictments reinforce the worldview that western governments and their colonies are nothing more than puppets of a criminal syndicate (bankers for short), counteract cradle-to-grave indoctrination, and help recruit needed converts to the view that we live in an upside-down world.

Such exposures must be complemented by a broader view. The present six-part-essay takes such a broader view of the political landscape, thereby helping:

  • Conclusively show that 21st century terror is traceable, for the most part, to the Syndicate (acting in part through its principal outposts in Washington DC, London, and Jerusalem),
  • Convince us that we live in an upside-down world,
  • Reverse our expectations—we will be shocked and surprised if the Syndicate, just once, serves the interests of humanity as a whole—not when it doesn’t.
  • Divert our precious resources from the Syndicate’s daily crimes to the question and actions whose importance supersedes all others: How can we save humanity and remove this Syndicate from power?

Citadel Of Broken Dreams–Jim Kirwan (“Humanity has chosen to build its Citadel of Dreams upon the backs of those less fortunate. The weight of this impossible fantasy has turned the bulk of humanity into petrified stone, as symbolized [in the painting]. The only thing left for us, is to listen to the dragon-fire of private conscience, so that we can rise again and throw off this tyrannical prison.”)

Preview of Forthcoming Essays
II. Before proving the ubiquity of state-sponsored terror, we need to take a brief look at the matrix supporting such terror. The second part of this pentalogy shows that this matrix (i) leads us to the false belief that the USA was once free, peaceful, just, and sustainable; (ii) viciously undermines language (and hence, our ability to think clearly); (iii) limits our access to accurate information; (iv) compels us to needlessly hedge our public discourse; shifts our attention from the handful of families who control the world (=the Syndicate or international bankers) to the dual fictions of (v) front men as powerful political figures (e.g., President of the USA, chairman of the Federal Reserve) and  (vi) countries as sovereign actors (e.g., the USA, France).
III. The third part of the Gladio-USA pentalogy recalls the horrors the Syndicate visited on Europe in the 1960s through the 1980s. These horrors, now conveniently subsumed under the Gladio rubric, involved killing hundreds of civilians (“women, children, unknown people far from any political game”), the overthrow of democratically-elected governments, and assassinations of heads of state and other high-profile friends of the people. Gladio’s shock and awe strategy, its reliance on propaganda, bribes, blackmail, fascists, and agents provocateurs, sought “to discredit left-wing groups and politicians,” confuse and enfeeble the people, and cause mayhem. It thereby induced people to look to the very entity that terrorized them so—the state—for their security. The Gladio Conspiracy—among countless other proven conspiracies throughout the ages—makes a mockery of conspiracy scoffers, once again corroborating Mark Twain’s view that fools make up “a big enough majority in any town.” Gladio also proves that Western governments have long ago fallen under the spell of diabolical Machiavellians. The key take-home lesson from this part is this: All things being equal, the known involvement of Western governments in Gladio suggests that it is these governments (and not fanatic Muslims or other extremists) that are behind the hyped wave of 21st century terror.
IV. Everyone agrees that The old Gladio Conspiracy had been a Syndicate-sponsored terror campaign falsely attributed to left-wing terrorists. This, in turn, raises the possibility that contemporary terror is likewise Syndicate-sponsored, falsely attributed to Muslim and other radicals. To further support this likelihood, the fourth part of our pentalogy outlines 19 general characteristics of contemporary terror. For the sake of brevity, the discussion is restricted to the Syndicate’s most powerful handmaiden–the American government, to the terror operations of this handmaiden in just one country–the USA, and it illustrates each characteristic with just one act of domestic terror–the April 2013 Boston Marathon Explosions. Taken together, these 19 characteristics (i) provide a theoretical framework of fake terror, (ii) facilitate identification of past and future incidents of fake terror, (iii) throw light on such incidents, (iv) afford near-conclusive proof for the ubiquity of government-sponsored terror in the USA, and, as a side benefit, (v) compellingly confirm the suspicion that the Boston explosions were orchestrated by the Syndicate (working primarily through its Washington DC outpost).

V. The fifth posting continues to compare the plausibility of two alternative views of the origins of contemporary terror.  The official view ascribes all terror incidents to radical, half-crazed, militants while the dissident view traces most terror incidents to the American government and its masters, the international bankers (=the Syndicate).  Two historical patterns throw additional light on this controversy:  1. To convince reluctant Americans to go to war, the bankers typically resort to false-flag operations (government conspiracies involving deliberate murders of dozens, hundreds, or thousands of Americans), lies, and fabrications.  2.  A survey of hundreds of influential American dissidents over the last 150 years or so points to an incontrovertible generalization: The government maligned, harassed, incarcerated, and executed almost all such dissidents.  Although these two patterns of mass murder and deceit cannot by themselves decide between the two alternatives views, they are far more congruent with the dissident view.

VI.The sixth and final posting is more theoretical in nature and furnishes additional grounds for the conviction that virtually all 21st century acts of terror in the USA are acts of state. This part argues, first, that the Syndicate and its agents in places like Washington DC, London, Ottawa, Mexico City, Bogotá, or Paris, are manifestly capable of any crime whatsoever; hence, we can summarily dismiss the naïve belief that “they” would not sink as low as inflicting terror against their own people. There follows a discussion of two reasons for believing that the Syndicate is behind most 21st century terror. The first reason focuses on the question: who benefits? Genuine Islam has clearly been the victim of terror: Whole countries have been demonized, conquered, colonized, looted, impoverished, fragmented, handed over to psychopaths and sycophants, torn apart by a vicious divide-and-conquer policy, and suffered environmental degradation whose effects would probably outlive humanity itself. For their part, the alleged architects and perpetrators of terror have suffered shattered dreams, persecution, incarceration, torture, and death. The Syndicate, by contrast, has made a killing. For the Syndicate, each act of terror serves as a valuable laboratory exercise, an experiment, from which it draws lessons about preempting, co-opting, and stifling dissent and revolution, enslaving humanity, and destroying the biosphere. This stepwise approach has already yielded a rich satanic crop. As a result of 21st century terror, the Syndicate is closer than ever to achieving its goal of merging Western countries into one police state and of encircling Russia and China. It has been making trillions selling death machines, and it has gained access to vast oil and gas fields and other resources. The Syndicate has been able to prolong the life of its chief fiat currency (the American dollar), it successfully diverted public attention from its heinous crimes, and, as part of its beloved shock and awe strategy, it has sown seeds of chaos, discord, and misery the world over. The second reason for believing that the Syndicate is behind contemporary terror is that the alleged Muslim strategy of killing innocent bystanders, American and foreign, is not only morally repulsive but also strategically half-witted. It is inconceivable that radical Muslims or other “terrorists” would resort to it for decades, miserably shooting themselves in the foot, while a highly effective and far less painful and costly strategy is on hand. To bring the bankers and their puppets to their knees, a real terrorist would have copied the bankers’ own astoundingly successful strategy of deterring or killing powerful opponents. Likewise, a real terrorist, especially if she happened to be a Muslim, need look no farther than her backyard and apply a near-identical ancient variation: The brilliant intimidation/decapitation strategy of Hassan Al-Sabbah and his followers.


(Part II of: A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror)


“It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison and yet not free–to be under no physical constraint and yet to be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and act as the representatives of the national State, or of some private interest within the nation, want him to think, feel, and act. . . . The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim.  To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.”—Aldous Huxley, 1958

Summary: Before proving the ubiquity of state-sponsored terror, we need to take a brief look at the matrix supporting such terror.  This second posting of a six-part essay shows that this matrix (i) leads us to the false belief that the USA was once free, peaceful, just, and sustainable; (ii) viciously undermines language (and hence, our ability to think clearly); (iii) limits our access to accurate information; (iv) compels us to needlessly hedge our public discourse; shifts our attention from the handful of families who control the world (=the Syndicate or international bankers) to the dual fictions of (v) front men as powerful political figures (e.g., President of the USA, chairman of the Federal Reserve) and (vi) countries as sovereign actors (e.g., the USA, France).

Current postings of “A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror”:

I. Preview

III. The Gladio Conspiracy

IV. 19 Telltale Signs of Fake Terror

V. History: Read it and Learn

Future Posting:

VI.  Give me Logic or Give me Terror

By Prof. Moti Nissani

Hassan al Sabbah, a brilliant Iranian polymath and tactician, was the founder of the Order of the Assassins. This Shia Order flourished for about 200 years, mostly in Iran and Syria, starting in the late 11th century. The Order delivered tangible assassination threats (e.g., placing a dagger on a target’s bed) to rulers contemplating pogroms and persecutions of Shia Muslims. If the threats were ignored, the target was killed. Al Sabbah’s strategy of asymmetrical warfare was astoundingly effective, minimizing bloodshed and bringing to heel such figures as the Sultan Salah A’din. The connection between this strategy and the bogus war on terror will be explored in Part V.

Six Key Ingredients of the Matrix of Terror

The contemporary war on terror in America (=the Gladio-USA Conspiracy) is just one element within a larger framework of parasitism, treachery, and indoctrination.  Before moving on to Gladio-Europe and Gladio-USA, we must become fully cognizant of at least six key attributes of this larger framework.

1. The USA has Never been Free, Just, Peaceful, or Sustainable

There is a common misconception in dissident circles about America’s past.  This misconception, in turn, has profound implications.  If this is indeed a misconception, then our goal should not be the restoration of the old dysfunctional union, but the breaking up of that union into thousands of small direct democracies or, at the very least, forming a more perfect union, of a type that never existed before in American history.

Let me give you just three examples of America’s perennial malfeasance:

A. To my knowledge, the greatest and most thorough book ever to appear on media bias in the United States (Upton Sinclair’s The Brass Check–a book that is hardly ever mentioned by media scholars whose work is a mere update of that older book) was self-published in 1919.  Suppression of the truth, prostitution, and bias were as dire then as they are today.

Here are just a few typical excerpts:

Our newspapers do not represent public interests, but private interests; they do not represent humanity, but property; they value a man, not because he is great, or good, or wise, or useful, but because he is wealthy, or of service to vested wealth.

I was determined to get something done about the Condemned Meat Industry. I was determined to get something done about the atrocious conditions under which men, women and children were working the Chicago stockyards. In my efforts to get something done, I was like an animal in a cage. The bars of this cage were newspapers, which stood between me and the public; and inside the cage I roamed up and down, testing one bar after another, and finding them impossible to break.

Sinclair also quotes from a speech of John Swinton, editor of a major New York newspaper of that era.  The occasion is a toast for an independent press.  The audience: fellow editors:

The business of the New York journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his race and his country for his daily bread. You know this and I know it, and what folly is this to be toasting an “Independent Press.” We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping-jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.

B. I mention later on in this terror series one contemporary example among thousands of the treason of the U.S. senate (contravening the Constitution by trying to regulate gun powder).  In that case, I borrowed the phrase “treason of the Senate” from the title of David Graham Phillips’ great 1906 manifesto with that title.  Here is one quote:

”The treason of the Senate!  Treason is a strong word, but not too strong, rather too weak, to characterize the situation in which the Senate is the eager, resourceful, indefatigable agent of interests as hostile to the American people as any invading army could be, and vastly more dangerous; interests that manipulate the prosperity produced by all, so that it heaps up riches for the few; interests whose growth and power can only mean the degradation of the people, of the educated into sycophants, of the masses toward serfdom.”

The interests Phillips refers to are, for the most part, the ubiquitous Rockefellers and their underlings.  We may note in passing that you can’t anger the Rockefellers now (e.g., as Martin Luther King or Aaron Russo found out), just as you couldn’t anger them a century ago: Phillips was assassinated in 1911, at age 43.

C. A 1900 quote from America’s greatest novelist:

“We do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem. It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”

Elsewhere Mark Twain describes the blood-curdling Moro Massacre.  We may note in passing that this masterpiece of ironic writing, which rivals Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” is rarely taught in our schools and universities.  Such omissions explain in part common misconceptions about America’s real past.

These are not isolated examples.  Yes, America of the 1910s or 1970s was a better place than America in the 2010s, but only marginally so.  If you need more examples to convince yourself, read Dr. Paul Atwood’s real history of the USA (War and Empire, 2010)—and hang down your head and cry.

2. Syndicate-Sponsored Linguistic Terrorism

As Orwell noted, totalitarian governments attack language itself, deliberately making us think in their terms, not ours.  Such attacks are critically important to those wishing to liberate themselves from contemporary shibboleths like the “war on terror” and who possess the courage, decency, commitment to holistic thinking, open-mindedness, and rare intellectual ability to do so.  We must always be aware of such attacks and protect ourselves, whenever possible, by using our own terms, not the Syndicate’s.

It is no accident that just when the USA became the most aggressive and militant nation on earth, the “War Department” became “the Defense Department.”  It is no accident that some of the greatest monetary thefts in world history are referred to as a “bail out” and “quantitative easing,” and that another future gigantic theft will be called “bail-in.”  It is no accident that a deliberate enslavement of countries like Greece in 2013 is called a “rescue operation.”

Or, to give another example, the designation “Department of Homeland Security” clearly follows Nazi and Stalinist examples, with their abuse of the world “homeland” and their talk about “security,” instead of stating that Department’s obvious goal—undermining the Constitution and setting the groundwork for our enslavement and indigence.

The whole specter of Orwellian double speak is truly nauseating.  A clever psychologist comes up with such linguistic distortions as “green shoots,” “sequestering,” “tapering,” or “prism” (I shall never forgive the bankers and their psychologists for smirching this last beautiful word) and, with enough repetitions, the vast majority mindlessly recites these distortions, apparently believing that they signify something other than window dressing or attempts to control our thought processes. Godzilla runs over an infant, and calls it “war.”  Godzilla kills half a million toddlers in one country, labeling these murders “liberation,” pats himself on the back, and is celebrated by the majority of historians and journalists.  The bankers—demonstrably the most powerful enemies of direct democracy the world has ever seen—while protecting their fiat currency monopoly, encircling Russia and China, making money selling death-killing machines, inundating the world with drugs, and expropriating other people’s petroleum—justify their actions via such linguistic perversions as “weapon of mass destruction” and “democracy.”  We cannot entirely shed off such filth, but we must try.

So in this six-part essay I shall avoid the Syndicate’s euphemisms whenever I can.  When such terms must be used for the sake of clarity and readability, I shall retain, for instance, the same DHS acronym, but, when spelling it out, will talk about the Department of Home Surveillance.  I shall talk about the War (not Defense) Department and the Injustice (not justice) Department.  The CIA, for now, is best called the Central Institute of Assassination and the FBI the Federal Bureau of Intimdiations.  Together, these “intelligence” organizations and their dozens of sisters will be referred to as government death squads.

In the same vein, “Operation Gladio” is a deceptive epithet for government-sponsored murder of 1000s of innocent civilians, framing innocent people for such murders, toppling governments, murdering leaders, and sowing anxiety, chaos, and discord in an entire continent.  Conspiracy is not strong enough for such cloven-footed actions, but it will have to do.  So here too I’ll try to match language to reality by talking about “the Gladio Conspiracy.”

These are just preliminary linguistic stabs.  I leave the task of creating a complete “People’s Catalog of Public Terms” to someone else.

3. In a World Ruled by a Secretive Cabal, Truth Seekers Must at Times Stand Behind Reasonable Conjectures

It is much easier, in this bankers’ world of ours, to discover nuggets of gold hundreds of feet beneath the surface of a cesspool, than to uncover political truths.  In a world where disinformation, manipulation, and co-option rule, even dedicated seekers of truth are often led astray.  Moreover, when truth seekers wish to move from one incident or another to an integrative view of all such incidents, the number of errors multiplies.  To further aggravate matters, truth seekers are vastly outnumbered, outgunned, and outspent by a vast array of bought-and-paid-for officials, academics, and journalists.  So, any attempt to understand the matrix contains, by its very nature, inaccuracies.

Hence, truth seekers must concede in advance the existence of inevitable errors in their public discourses and must be ever ready to modify their views.  At the same time, they ought to realize that these errors do not as a rule discredit the writings of which they are a part.  In almost all cases, you might be mistaken about a few details, but absolutely on the mark in your general conclusions.  For instance, if only 50% of the information in the present six-part series is accurate, the main inferences—that the War on Terror is masterminded and carried out by the Syndicate itself (of which the USA government is one important branch) and that this “war” obeys its own diabolical logic—still stand.

4. Calling a Spade a Spade

With a few notable exceptions, most independent writers are reluctant to openly express their views.  They might, for instance, marshal evidence that 9/11 was an inside job, but demur from explicitly committing themselves to that standpoint.

In part, this reluctance might be traced to an understandable fear of the adverse personal costs of stridency.  In part, it might be traced to discomfort about that dreaded hobgoblin of being labeled a conspiracy theorist.

But the most important reason for this reluctance, I suspect, is a misunderstanding of the nature of scientific proof.  When Charles Darwin falsely implied that he (and not Wallace) discovered the theory of natural selection, the probability of this theory being correct was about 90%, perhaps, and even today it only hovers around 95%.  When Watson and Crick disclosed their (partially stolen) DNA model, the chances that this model was correct were probably 95%.  When Banting gingerly appropriated insulin from its true discoverer (Best), he too had something like a 95% chance of being correct.  In fact, such uncertainty is the norm in science: By convention, a statement about the natural world is considered true if it has at least a 95% probability of being true.  We can never be certain about anything in this world: Every respectable belief is either a moral conviction, a logical inference from an axiomatic framework, or a probability statement.

The same rule ought to apply to history and politics.  Yes, we must always bear our fallibility and proneness to errors in mind.  At the same time, we ought to take for granted statements whose probability of being true exceeds 95%.

For revolutionaries, in particular, this is an important point, for you can’t hedge your way to overthrowing the system.   So, in this six-part essay and elsewhere, I shall attempt to follow the outspoken examples of contemporary historians who dare call a spade a spade (e.g., Michael Parenti, Gordon Duff).

5. Puppets ≠ Puppeteers

We must likewise train ourselves to bypass the fictional narrative of endowing presidents, legislators, judges, or titular heads of the (miscalled) Federal Reserve or (miscalled) World Bank any power, for all these jefes are mere cutters of wood and carriers of water for the Syndicate.  Even the notorious Bilderbergers, the Council on Foreign Relations, and such, are mere instruments of the real Controllers (Huxley’s term).  Instead, when talking about power wielders, I shall often skip the puppets and talk about the Syndicate or bankers (=the Banking-Militarist Complex, the misnamed Military-Industrial Complex, the Controllers, the shadow government, the Cabal, the International Bankers, or the Rothschilds and Rockefellers), for it is in this handful of people, as far as we can divine, that real power resides.

Let me note in passing that for me, the near-universal tendency of treating puppets as power-wielders is nothing short of amazing.  The bankers nominate their lackeys to head the (miscalled) Bank for International Settlements or the (miscalled) World Bank, and they pre-select lesser lackeys to the position of president of the USA, prime Minister of the UK, speaker of the house, Supreme Court judge, or commissioner to investigate contradictions in the official 9/11 fairytale.  The actions of these doormats clearly expose their subservience.  Moreover, history clearly shows that disobedience leads to sacking and disgrace if the doormats are lucky, and premature loss of life if they are not.  And yet almost everyone, honest dissidents included, is talking as if servants like Greenspan, Bernanke, Lagarde, or Obama are sovereign or even influential actors.

I explore elsewhere (and also in part V) the profound strategic implications of shifting our focus from the puppets to the puppeteers .  If mercenaries are invading your republic, your most logical target is their financial sponsor. Once you effectively shine the light on, impoverish, arrest, intimidate, or assassinate this sponsor, the looting of your country will cease.  Likewise, reformers and revolutionaries must shift their attention from the likes of Monsanto, British Petroleum, President of the United States, Senior Senator from Arizona, Governor of Wisconsin, to the handful of their financial sponsors and controllers.

6. The Fiction of Sovereign Nations

Another fictional backdrop of the Gladio-USA Conspiracy is the fiction of sovereign nations, i.e., the belief that the likes of the American, British, Australian, Canadian, French, German, Colombian, Chilean, Japanese, or Thai, governments are autonomous and serve the interests of their own people.  Germany, Japan, Colombia, or Chile are mere protectorates—at the very least until foreign-controlled central bankers and imperial garrisons are uprooted from their soil.  Their supposed master (the USA) is a colony too—of the bankers.    One proof of this is the otherwise inexplicable convergence in the policies of all these countries.  This convergence is perhaps most striking in the case of the Anglsophere and, especially, in the case of the USA and UK.  Thus, you have a terror operation in the USA, you often have, shortly thereafter, a terror operation in the UK.  You engage in the most massive fraud in the history of the planet in one, you follow suit in the other.

After these lines were written, I came across this example of convergence:

What do New York City and London have in common?   Both are eliminating their public libraries against the will of the public and replacing them with luxury housing, using secretive, deceptive tactics. . . .  It is almost as if the authors of the London and NYC articles copied each other and substituted different libraries, one from London, the other from NYC.

Some people trace this convergence to British subservience to America.  Others trace it to America’s subservience to its old colonial mistress.  Both views are mistaken.  The parallelism is traceable, rather, to the fact that both governments serve the same master.

We may note in passing that, if this analysis is correct, those writers who dread the arrival of one-world government sadly fail to realize that it already is a reality in the West and its 100+ colonies.

It will be too confusing to bypass altogether the fiction of independent nation states in the Anglosphere, the West, and their colonies, so here I will conform at times to this fiction, sometimes talking about the USA or Israel as if they were sovereign nations.  At other times, I shall minimize the use of such misleading fictions as the USA, UK, or Japan and directly shine the light on the master puppeteers themselves.


The Gladio Conspiracy (Part III of: A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror)


“We have a group of people who have the power to act with impunity.  They are above the law.”–Catherine Austin Fitts, 2013

Summary: This third posting of the Gladio-USA six-part essay recalls the horrors the Syndicate visited on Europe in the 1960s through the 1980s.  These horrors, now conveniently subsumed under the Gladio rubric, involved killing hundreds of civilians  (“women, children, unknown people far from any political game”), the overthrow of democratically-elected governments, and assassinations of heads of state and other high-profile friends of the people.  Gladio’s shock and awe strategy, its reliance on propaganda, bribes, blackmail, fascists, and agents provocateurs, sought “to discredit left-wing groups and politicians,” confuse and enfeeble the people, and cause mayhem.  It thereby induced people to look to the very entity that terrorized them so—the state—for their security.  The Gladio Conspiracy—among countless other proven conspiracies throughout the ages—makes a mockery of conspiracy scoffers, thereby corroborating once more Mark Twain’s view that fools make up “a big enough majority in any town.”  Gladio also proves that Western governments have long ago fallen under the spell of diabolical Machiavellians.  The key take-home lesson  is this: All things being equal, the known involvement of Western governments in Gladio suggests that it is these governments (and not fanatic Muslims and other “extremists”) that are behind the hyped wave of 21st century terror.

A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror:  I.–Preview ; II.–Backdrop of Terror; IV.–19 Telltale Signs of Fake Terror;  V.  History: Read it and Learn;  Forthcoming: VI.  Give me Logic or Give me Terror.

by Moti Nissani

Hassan al Sabbah, a brilliant Iranian polymath and tactician, was the founder of the Order of the Assassins. This Shia Order flourished for about 200 years, mostly in Iran and Syria, starting in the late 11th century. The Order delivered tangible assassination threats (e.g., placing a dagger on a target’s bed) to rulers contemplating pogroms and persecutions of Shia Muslims. If the threats were ignored, the target was killed. Al Sabbah’s strategy of asymmetrical warfare was astoundingly effective, minimizing bloodshed and bringing to heel such figures as the Sultan Salah A’din. The connection between this strategy and the bogus war on terror will be explored in Part V.

Before moving on to the contemporary phony war on terror, we must remind ourselves of its earlier clone, the Gladio Conspiracy.

To my knowledge no one denies the historical reality of the original Gladio Conspiracy.  The New York Times, Japan Times, The Times of India, Ha’aretz, PBS, CNN, BBC, or Der Spiegel, naturally ignore or underplay this conspiracy and its earth-shaking implications—but even they do not dare deny its existence (thereby, incidentally, making a mockery of their outright dismissal of “conspiracy theories”).

I shall introduce the old Gladio with a few quotes:

Makinde Adeyinka:

“The existence of these secret armies and the malevolent role they played in contributing to politically motivated violence in many of the Western European nations was not officially revealed until November 1990. . . . Most shocking about the revelation was how the secret armies had been used to foment violence and bore responsibility for several terrorist outrages against the people of their nations. The secret armies were also used in various plots to subvert and overthrow democratically elected governments, and are also suspected of having been involved in the assassinations of some European leaders.”

According to one participant in this CIA-orchestrated acts of terror,

“You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, unknown people far from any political game. The reason was quite simple — to force the people to turn to the state to ask for greater security.”

Another source:

“Operation Gladio is undisputed historical fact. Gladio was part of a post-World War II program set up by the CIA and NATO . . . a state-sponsored right-wing terrorist network, involved in false flag operations and the subversion of democracy.

“The existence of Gladio was confirmed and admitted by the Italian government in 1990, after a judge, Felice Casson, discovered the network in the course of his investigations into right-wing terrorism. Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti admitted Gladio’s existence but tried to minimize its significance.

“The main function of the Gladio-style groups . . . seems to have been to discredit left-wing groups and politicians through the use of “the strategy of tension,” including false-flag terrorism. The strategy of tension is a concept for control and manipulation of public opinion through the use of fear, propaganda, agents provacateurs, terrorism, etc. The aim was to instill fear into the populace while framing communist and left-wing political opponents for terrorist atrocities. . . .

[Gladios is] “a confirmed precedent of the US and western governments participating in ruthless terrorist attacks against their own people in order instill fear, control the population, and frame left-wing political opponents. People who believe that such things do not or cannot happen should be forcefully made aware of such examples as Operation Gladio.”

This is not the place to portray each gory aspect of the Gladio Conspiracy, the innocent lives lost, the limbs, hearts, and brains blown up or contorted, the democratically-elected leaders executed by the CIA and MI6 and their fascist continental vassals.  Nor is this the place to decipher the true meanings of such euphemisms as “stay behind armies” or “strategy of tension.”  Instead, let me attempt to capture the diabolical nature of the original Gladio by relating four undisputed specimens:

Piazza Fonatana, 1969: “In Italy the Piazza Fontana massacre in Milano kills sixteen and injures and maims 80 and is blamed on the left. Thirty years later during a trial of right-wing extremists, General Giandelio Maletti, former head of Italian counter-intelligence, claims that the massacre had been carried out by the Italian stay-behind army and right wing terrorists on the orders of the US secret service Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in order to discredit the Italian Communists.” [Source: Richard Cottrell]

The Bologna massacre, 1980: “Unfortunate Italians were selected as the main brunt of a campaign of deadly violence that stretched over the better part of two decades. They shudder when they recall the ‘years of lead’ – the anni di piombo. They remember the smoking ruins of Bologna railway station one summer day in 1980. On the morning of 2ndAugust, 85 Italians eagerly setting off for their annual vacations were blown up by a huge bomb placed in the main station waiting room. It was air-conditioned, unusually for Italy, and crowded in the heat; which the perpetrators callously calculated would maximize casualties. Two hundred passengers and railway staff were injured. A train waiting to depart was completely wrecked, and a large part of the station collapsed. A pair of English sweethearts fresh with graduate laurels was among the victims. The government rushed to claim the device was planted by the Brigate Rosse – the Red Brigades, Italy’s legendary band of self-proclaimed urban revolutionaries. Almost within hours, the truth emerged, subsequently confirmed by the courts. The atrocity at Bologna was conceived in the bowels of the Italian Deep State, in short by the Italian government itself.” [Source: Richard Cottrell]

A candidate for a post-revolutionary justice tribunal: Stansfield Turner headed the CIA during the Bologna Railway Massacre, the Munich Oktoberfest Massacre, and many others conspiratorial maneuvers, too numerous to list here.

Munich Oktoberfest, 1980: A blast blamed on neo-nazi Gladio sub-contractors kills thirteen and injures hundreds, at Germany’s iconic Munich beer-swill Oktoberfest. [Source: Richard Cottrell]

Belgian Supermarkets Shoppers, 1985: In Belgium, a secret army attacks and shoots shoppers in supermarkets randomly . . .  killing twenty-eight and leaving many wounded. Investigations link the terror to a conspiracy among the Belgian stay-behind SDRA8, the Belgian Gendarmerie SDRA6, the Belgian right-wing group Westland New Post, and the Pentagon secret service Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). [Source]

To sum up.  The masterminds of Gladio are now attributing post 9/11/2001 terror to radical Muslims.  Given the agreed-upon involvement of the Syndicate and its American, British, and European death squads in the Gladio Conspiracy, it appears more likely (although at this point in this six-part essay far from certain) that the Syndicate is behind the 21st century’s wave of hyped terror.

A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror:  I.–Preview ; II.–Backdrop of Terror; IV.–19 Telltale Signs of Fake Terror



19 Telltale Signs of Fake Terror (Part IV of: A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror)


“The tragedy of historical investigations: The confirmation of diabolical hypotheses by ugly facts.”

“The only means of being able to protect yourself will be to understand the answer to the question, ‘What is the final end game for the most powerful families that are in fact running countries and markets?’”—Jim Sinclair

“Governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.”–Niccolo Machiavelli

Summary: Everyone agrees that the Gladio-Europe Conspiracy had been a Syndicate-sponsored terror campaign falsely attributed to left-wing terrorists.  This, in turn, raises the possibility that contemporary terror is likewise Syndicate-sponsored, falsely attributed to radical Muslims and others.  To further support this possibility, the present posting outlines 19 general characteristics of contemporary terror.  For the sake of brevity, this outline focuses exclusively on the Syndicate’s most powerful handmaiden—the American government, the terror operations of this handmaiden in just one country—the USA, and it illustrates each characteristic with just one act of domestic terror—the April 2013 Boston Marathon Explosions.  Taken together, these 19 characteristics (i) provide a theoretical framework of fake terror, (ii) facilitate identification of past and future incidents of fake terror, (iii) throw light on such incidents, (iv) afford near-conclusive proof for the ubiquity of government-sponsored terror in the USA, and, as a side benefit, (v) compellingly confirm the suspicion that the Boston explosions were orchestrated by the Syndicate (working primarily through its Washington DC outpost).

By Moti Nissani

Other postings of “A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror:”

I. Preview;

II.  Backdrop of Terror;

Hassan al Sabbah, a brilliant Iranian polymath and tactician, was the founder of the Order of the Assassins. This Shia Order flourished for about 200 years, mostly in Iran and Syria, starting in the late 11th century. The Order delivered tangible assassination threats (e.g., placing a dagger on a target’s bed) to rulers contemplating pogroms and persecutions of Shia Muslims. If the threats were ignored, the target was killed. Al Sabbah’s strategy of asymmetrical warfare was astoundingly effective, minimizing bloodshed and bringing to heel such figures as the Sultan Salah A’din. The connection between this strategy and the bogus war on terror will be explored in Part V.

III. The Gladio Conspiracy

V. History: Read it and Learn

VI. Forthcoming (to be posted before July 20, 2013):  Give me Logic or Give me Terror


One month after the April 2013 Boston Marathon explosions, explosions which had been officially classified as acts of terror and which killed three people and injured dozens, Richard Cottrell, an expert on Gladio-Europe, wrote:

“In the 1960′s through to the 1980′s NATO’s Gladio secret armies with their consorts in organized crime and among extreme right organizations carried out what became known as the ‘Strategy of Tension.’ . . . The strategy was intended to convince Europeans of the ‘enemy within’ – sleeping communist cells bent on overthrowing the established system.

“Now Muslim fanatics are the order of the day. Each new atrocity, then a new round of chains prepared to bind Americans to the loss of civil liberties and freedoms granted by the Constitution.

“You have been warned.”

Writers such as Richard Cottrell, Gordon Duff, James Fetzer, Stephen Lendman, Kevin Barrett, Christof Lehmann, or Michael Rivero, insist that the so-called “war on terror” is in fact a continuation of Gladio.  Here I should like to substantiate their claim by looking at the Gladio-USA Conspiracy as a whole.

Gladio continues nowadays in dozens of countries, but, given time’s chariot wings, the discussion below is centered for the most part on a key outpost in the bankers’ Machiavellian designs—the United States of America.  The discussion will be restricted to domestic terror, even though such terror is only a fraction of a fraction of the terror that country visits on the entire world.  Finally, each of the 19 salient characteristics of government-sponsored terror will be illustrated with just one recent example of an officially-designated act of terror—the April 2013 Boston Marathon Explosions.

Lu lingzi, a 22-year-old Chinese national and a statistics graduate student at Boston University, was one of the three people killed in the Boston April tragedy. The other two victims were Martin Richards, an 8-year-old American, and Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old American restaurant manager.

That tragic incident took place on April 15, 2013, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  The government avers that three people were killed and 264 injured.  The government first traced the explosions to a Saudi national, but, reportedly, after impromptu separate face-to-face meetings of the Saudi ambassador to the USA with the American president and Secretary of state, and after the president’s wife visited this suspect in the hospital, the case against him had been dropped and he was summarily deported.  The government then moved on to pin these two senseless explosions on two ethnically Chechen brothers, living in Boston. By April 18, the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was captured and killed.  A day later his younger brother, Dzhorkhar Tsarnaev, was captured and injured, but, as of this writing, the government avers that he is recovering well from the severe physical injuries it inflicted on him.

Throughout this discussion, readers should keep in mind one elementary feature of the natural sciences.   In genetics or astronomy, for instance, you often have two competing views of reality.  Are proteins or DNA the hereditary material?  Is the earth flat or round?  To decide such issues, you reason, observe, and conduct experiments.

As you move along, you ask: Is this line of reasoning, or observation, or experiment, more consistent with the traditional view or with its challenger?  At times you reach a point where you must discard the traditional view and embrace its competitor (psychologically, this process is an excruciating task; see here and here).

That is what you might wish to do as you peruse the arguments and evidence marshaled in this long posting.  Beyond a certain point, self-respect and logic should drive you (if you are not already there) to two ugly conclusions: 1. Almost all 21st Century hyped terror operations are government-sponsored.  2. The Boston 2013 explosions, in particular, are one incontestable example of concocted terror.

1. Warnings and omens of impending terror are ignored

Acts of terror involve meticulous preparations.  Often, someone not privy to their true authorship notices them and alerts the government.  As might be expected from the Gladio-USA hypothesis (but not from its “Jihadist” rival), such alarms are invariably ignored: Would Al Capone heed alerts that someone was planning to kill one of Al Capone’s lieutenants, when that someone was Al Capone himself?

We now live in a land where peaceful and idealistic whistle blowers are incarcerated, tortured, and driven insane; a land where the dying 73-year-old idealist Lynne Stewart is imprisoned and chained to her hospital bed because she dared provide a spirited legal defense to a fraudulently-accused blind Muslim cleric; a land where a careless joke can bring upon you the wrath of the Cheka.

In this land, there are tens of thousands of ordinary, law-abiding, citizens who may or may not hold dissident views but who, without the benefits of a judge or jury, without a trial, without an explanation, without advance warning, arrive at American airports only to be told that they are on a secret, typically arbitrary, Orwellian no-fly-list.  The list includes terrorists such as Mikey Hicks, an 8-year-old frequent traveler from New Jersey who “has seldom boarded a plane without a hassle because he shares the name of a suspicious person.”

Tens of millions of others are mercilessly harassed, irradiated, physically abused, and humiliated before boarding an airplane.  If these boarders happen to have an Arabic name, or if they are men, women, or children enough to show displeasure at governmental abuses, all the more so.   All this harassment, mind you, often takes place on the basis of the flimsiest evidence–or no evidence at all.

So you would naively expect the death squads (e.g., FBI) to jump out of their bulletproof vests when informed by reliable sources that someone is contemplating blowing up an airplane or two.  And yet, they hardly ever react.

In Boston, advance warnings about Tamerlan Tsarnaev came in fast and furious, including two Russian wake-up calls:

”According to US officials, they were twice warned by Russia that he may have been tied to Caucasian militants. In 2011, Russians security officials requested that the US investigate Tamerlan’s activities. The FBI would make a brief investigation and then close the case leading to unsatisfied Russian security officials making the same request four months later in September 2011. Tamerlan was actually being watched by the Russian secret services whenever he visited the Russian Federation.”

The Saudi theocracy, and even the CIA, also issued warnings.  The Saudi dictatorship practiced what theypreached and “denied an entry visa to the elder Tsarnaev brother in December 2011, when he hoped to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.”

As a result, the entire family was under watch:

“about 18 months before the Boston Explosions, the CIA added the mother of the two suspects to a terrorism database after Russian authorities raised concerns that she and her oldest son were religious militants.“

The adjacent Napolitano photo and caption have been copied from the corporate media:

”Did she know? Janet Napolitano . . . sits atop the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that allegedly received a detailed letter from the Saudi kingdom about Tsarnaev.”

Despite the warnings, the Boston would-be “terrorists” were apparently exempted from the harassments that the rest of us are subject to.  The late Tamerlan Tsarnaev, especially, was a Muslim, a mixed martial arts fighter, a non-citizen, a subject of multiple warnings, and altogether a highly-suspicious character, if we are to take several governments at their own word.  Yet, unlike the rest of us, that alleged would-be detonator of the Boston pressure cookers was never harassed.  He was allowed to fly out of the USA, attend a CIA-sponsored militant conference in Russia, and then was welcomed back to America—no questions asked.

I have run across two excuses for this seeming lapse of security.

The first is “the threadbare and all-purpose mantra of a ‘failure to connect the dots.’”

The second was recited by the cat’s paw-in-chief:

“Well, and the FBI followed up on them, but the FBI can’t arrest somebody because of a rumor, and that is our system of law.”

This excuse is even lamer than the first, given that our Constitution keeled over in 2001.  Our system forbids torture, and yet this cat’s paw’s subordinates practice torture every day, on a massive scale everywhere, including on millions of American prisoners.  Our system advocates free speech, yet it controls the masses’ sources of information, tries to take over the most important free-speech forums left (universities and the internet), and tortures or executes those who practice free speech to help save the world from slavery and environmental destruction.  In theory, our system forbids bribery, theft, police brutality—yet all of these and more happen daily, in broad daylight.

I shall let the reader decide whether such inactions in the face of repeated notifications are more consistent with the government’s version of events or with its “tinfoil” rival.

2. The Syndicate enjoys a suspiciously-stellar record of identifying and apprehending terrorists

The Syndicate typically knows who the perpetrators of terror are within days and it is astoundingly successful in capturing or killing them.

This impeccable record defies common sense.  To see this, stand aside for a second and think:  If you were depraved enough to contemplate the killing of, say, one American boy, an American restaurant manager, and a Chinese statistician, and if you wanted to injure a couple of hundred Americans and foreigners, couldn’t you figure out a way of doing so without getting caught within days?  Isn’t it a common assumption in crime novels and the very best police departments that months or years are sometimes needed to pinpoint blame?  Did Sherlock Holmes ever solve a crime in three days?

This superlative record is also at odds with the Syndicate’s apprehension record as a whole:

A. When it comes to identifying the killers of friends of humanity, the bankers invariably fail to notice that a crime has been committed, fail to identify the criminals, or misidentify them.  We shall set aside here the bankers’ ineffectuality in ever noticing their own, gargantuan, financial crimes (see, this for example), or massive drug laundering operations, and shift our gaze to the deaths of people they deem inconvenient but influential.  To this day, the bankers fall short of explaining the premature deaths of numerous union strikers and ordinary black folk; influential anti-fascist, one-of-a-kind, Major-General Smedley Butler at age 58; enemy of the Federal Reserve (that is, enemy of the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and related banking families) Congressman Charles August Lindbergh Sr., 65; his grandson Charles August Lindbergh Jr. (“the crime of the century”), 20 months; enemy of the Federal Reserve and powerful congressman Louis McFadden, 60 (the third unsolved attempt on his life finally succeeded); opponent of Iraq’s neo-colonization Army Ranger and ex-footballer Pat Tillman, 24; would-be bankers’ accuser Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 52; “Dark Alliance” journalist Gary Webb, 49; financial muckraking journalist Mark Pittman, 52; former Pentagon Generals and CIA’s nemesis, journalist Michael Hastings, 33; Nick Rockefeller’s nemesis movie producer Aaron Russo, 64; union leader Walter Reuther, 62 (following at least two unsolved earlier attempts); journalist and would-be senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr., 38; anti-poverty and anti-war crusader Martin Luther King, 39 (following a miraculous survival from at least one other bizarre attempt); peace-loving Senator Paul Wellstone, 58, peace-loving Folksinger Phil Ochs, 35 (who survived two unsolved earlier attempts); peace-loving Jamaican singer Bob Marley, 36–and thousands other unsolved murders of our heroes.  And it’s not like the death squads (FBI, CIA, DIA and their dozens of sisters) were taken by surprise by these deaths.  On the contrary, most or all of these victims had been followed and had a massive death squad file before their untimely death.

B. The bankers dread selfless revolutionaries like Thomas Paine, Che Guevara, or Malcolm X, often forcing them to go underground or seek asylum in a country not yet parasitized.  And although such idealists, in sharp contrast to officially-labeled terrorists, do pose minor threats to the reign of the bankers, and although the bankers are desperately thirsting for their blood, many of these revolutionaries manage to vanish without a trace or escape to a Syndicate-free country.

A recent news story illustrates this point.  Assata Shakur, a member of the Black Liberation Army, is on the bankers’ most wanted list.  She had been framed in 1973, sentenced to prison in 1977, escaped and vanished in 1979, and managed to reach Cuba in 1984, where she still lives (70 other American fugitives live in that island nation too).  Even though the bankers offered to print $2,000,000 out of thin air and hand them over to any Judas willing to betray her, Assata “flaunts her freedom,” continues her activism, and stirs “supporters and groups to mobilize against the US by any means necessary.” The bankers sizzle and foam at the mouth, and yet have been unable to lay their sticky fingers on her.

C. Third, and most obvious, are ordinary crimes.  They too, in contrast to alleged acts of terror, often go unsolved.

In Boston, it took four days or less to attribute the explosions to a Saudi national, retract this attribution, come up with a new positive identification, then proceed to murder one of the new suspects (Tamerlan Tsarnaev) and shoot, slash the throat of, and almost kill, the other (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev).

3.  No getaway plans

A related telltale sign focuses on the terrorists themselves.  Because terrorism is a particularly risky calling, a terrorist would naturally do anything to minimize her chances of getting caught.  Before committing misdirected murders, she would have a getaway plan.  The world is a very big place, and, as we have just seen, it is still possible to vanish without a trace.  She would then hide for a year or two, make sure the coast is clear, change her appearance, start a new life—or plan her next outrage.

We are not talking theory of relativity here, but elementary common sense:  She develops a getaway plan, plants the bombs, and escapes–preferably long before they blow up.  And yet, most official terrorists have yet to figure this out.  The poor schlemiels kill themselves, get caught, and generally do not behave as common sense suggests they should.

In Boston too, the “terrorists” didn’t try to vanish until—to their surprise and shock—they realized they were the wanted killers.  In fact, the younger brother, smart enough to receive a scholarship from the University of Massachusetts, was apparently too dumb to cut and run.  On the first three days between the explosions and his capture, he appeared relaxed, worked out, partied, and attended classes.

4. No disguises

It is common knowledge that criminals and revolutionaries, in an effort to dodge capture and retribution, often assume an identity or appearance radically different from their own.  If you were planning random homicides, wouldn’t you wish to minimize your chances of being caught, trampled to death, waterboarded, dumped in a solitary cell for years and years, given mind-altering drugs, and forced into degrading subservience?

Sherlock Holmes, for instance, was a master of disguise.  Even the good Dr. Watson couldn’t recognize his cocaine-addicted partner when Holmes creatively relied on deceptive garb, gait, posture, voice, wig, and dyes.  Or, speaking of Boston, didn’t some of the original Tea Party terrorists find it necessary to conceal their identities, long before the age of surveillance cameras, computers, and a cop on every street corner?

Just in case you think disguises belong to fictional narratives or are relics of the past, let me relate one of many contemporary examples.  As I was writing these lines, I came across a story of a death squad (CIA in this case) agent trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer.  Now, by the strange conventions of our spooky world, this agent, formally an American diplomat in Moscow, only risked humiliation, deportation, and re-assignment, not his career or life.   Yet he was detained with a spy arsenal of wigs and glasses.

By contrast, Gladio-USA “terrorists” rarely if ever bother to change their appearance.  We must therefore conclude that all Syndicate-designated terrorists are suicidal, morons–or scapegoats.

In Boston, in particular, the two brothers made no effort to disguise themselves before, during, or after the bombing.

5. Doctoring the crime scene and evidence

The perpetrators of every single incident of the Gladio-USA Conspiracy control the crime scene and evidence, and are thus in a position to make it fit the Procrustean bed of their fictional narrative.

This point is so straightforward, one example from Boston should suffice.  Tamerlan’s autopsy was performed by Syndicate agents, thereby permitting the government to come to whichever conclusion suited its interests.

6. Disproportionate quasi-military response to officially-designated terror

Once the bankers’ marionettes designate a tragedy as a “terror” incident, the physical response on the ground is out of proportion to the magnitude of the incident and to the subsequent risks to the public.  Hence, one must surmise that the goal of such overkill is not to protect the public or capture criminals.  The goal, rather, must be to reduce the number of eyewitnesses to what is actually taken place, doctor the crime scene, provide an excuse to undermine the Second Amendment (which amendment, alongside the internet, is one of the few remaining checks to an immediate fascist take-over), get Americans to cower by such awesome displays of raw power, make them forget that no man is an island, inures them to brutality and hooliganism, and force “the people to turn to the state to ask for greater security.”

Paul Craig Roberts:

“That response in Boston, I mean it was absurd to have 10,000 troops and tanks on the streets looking for one 19 year old.  Close down an entire metropolitan area, one of our major cities, because they are looking for one kid?”

John Whitehead:

“For those like myself who have studied emerging police states, the sight of a city placed under martial law—its citizens under house arrest (officials used the Orwellian phrase ‘shelter in place’ to describe the mandatory lockdown), military-style helicopters equipped with thermal imaging devices buzzing the skies, tanks and armored vehicles on the streets, and snipers perched on rooftops, while thousands of black-garbed police swarmed the streets and SWAT teams carried out house-to-house searches . . . of two young and seemingly unlikely bombing suspects—leaves us in a growing state of unease.

“Mind you, these are no longer warning signs of a steadily encroaching police state. The police state has arrived. . . . We have in actuality allowed ourselves to be bridled and turned into slaves at the bidding of a government that cares little for our freedoms or our happiness.”

7. Denying “terrorists” the opportunity to meaningfully defend themselves

In high profile “terror” cases (“high profile” not because the crimes stand out but because the Syndicate tagged them as acts of terror and used its media to drive the people into a paroxysm of fear, confusion, and anger), there is the conundrum that the televised people still vaguely remember the days when the accused could at times defend himself.  With Gladio-USA, since the accused is typically a fall guy, the Syndicate is stuck with an uncomfortable dilemma of losing face by trampling over vestiges of judicial norms, or risking embarrassment by letting the fall guy tell his side of the story.  The solution:  Silence him, so that his version is never heard.  You deprive him of the power of speech; incarcerate him indefinitely without trial; torture, humiliate, and drug him; “classify” the trial itself; deny him a civilian or jury trial–or any trial at all.  If nothing works, you have long ago mastered the techniques of suiciding or killing him.

In short, you deny your patsies the right to defend themselves, and deny the public the right to hear their version of events.  Right from the start, this suggests Syndicate’ culpability.  If the accused were indeed guilty, wouldn’t the Syndicate’s interests be served by letting his testimony refute millions of “conspiracy theorists?”  If the Bin Laden official accounts were not a fairytale, wouldn’t it be in the Syndicate’s interests to have him confess or convicted by a jury of his peers instead of supposedly killing him and dumping his corpse at sea?  By contrast, didn’t the state of Israel give the Adolf Eichmann trial the greatest possible publicity, allowing him to defend himself the best he could?  When the accused is guilty, the Syndicate has nothing to fear and much to gain from a fair trial.  When the accused is innocent, a fair trial can only cause an unwelcome (albeit minor) headache.

Boston fits perfectly into this pattern.

Tamerlan was probably captured alive, needlessly stripped naked, executed—and silenced forever.

The Syndicate’s stooges tried to kill the unarmed younger brother too, but he miraculously survived.  So according to one death squad (SWAT) team member at the scene, Dzhorkhar’s throat was cut with a knife, leading the Israeli (just another odd coincidence, to be sure) chief of the hospital where he was being tortured to the view that Dzhorkahr “may never speak again.”   True, a mute person can still defend himself, but clearly not as movingly and well.  (A few weeks later, against all odds, Dzhokahr apparently regained the ability to speak.)

After his capture, this 19-year-old had

“endured an unconstitutional 16-hour interrogation by the FBI’s crack interrogation team . . . all of it conducted while he was hospitalized in serious condition, sedated and chained to his bed, and despite having his repeated requests for an attorney blatantly denied.”

Commenting on Tamerlan’s execution, the attempted murder of her other son, Dzhorkhar, and the subsequent shooting in the back of the head of Tamerlan’s friend Ibragim Todashev (even the co-opted ACLU felt compelledto “monitor the case”), Tamerlan and Dzhorkhar’s grief-stricken mother asked the question that every American, and certainly every journalist covering the case, should have asked:

“Now another boy has left this life. Why are they killing these children without any trial or investigation?”

There are other ways of denying innocent people the right to defend themselves.  Thus, the Syndicate had enough money to have 9,000 cops and an undisclosed number of “rent-a-special forces-soldier people,” but, the Rockefeller media tell us:

“Budget Cuts Could Delay ‘Boston Bomber’ Trial:  Defense lawyers for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could be “severely affected” by federal budget cuts, resulting in potentially lengthy delays to his eventual trial, said federal court officials.”  And it’s not budget cuts across the board, you understand:  “Though both the public defender and U.S. attorney prosecuting the case are federal employees, only the defense lawyers will be subject to furloughs.”

As far as I can tell, this is not meant as a joke.  If such an outlandish claim had indeed been made, the most likely explanation is this:  They need the delay to make sure—by driving Dzhorkhar crazy or destroying his memory with drugs and torture, by brainwashing him, by threatening incarceration or death of a family member, or by simply suiciding him—that he never gets a chance to tell his version of events.

And what about Dzhorkhar’s multiple, bizarre, past and future, alleged confessions, you might ask?  In the unlikely event that such confessions were made, believing them is nothing more than another affirmation of Bertrand Russell’s aphorism that “there is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.”  As Arthur Koestler showed in his Darkness at Noon, and as every professional interrogator knows, under no-holds-barred physical and mental torture you can get anyone to admit to anything.  Chase down Evelyn Rothschild with 9,000 heavily-armed brawny yes-sayers, slash his throat, and then subject him to a 16-hour-interrogation accompanied by mental and physical torture.  In that case, I can assure you, said Rothschild will not only admit to engineering global chaos, millions of deaths, needless hunger for billions of human beings, and environmental cataclysm, but to taking out Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the founder of the dynasty who died long before Evelyn was born (and whose draconian child-rearing modus operandi, by the way, imprisons his unfortunate descendants to this very day).

Dzhorkhar’s case is still young, but there is every reason to suspect that this teenager—who had already been tried and found guilty in the court of bankers-controlled public opinion—will never get a chance, while still of sound mind and body, to defend himself against his Machiavellian accusers.

8. Presumption of guilt

A basic rule of criminal justice is this:  You are presumed innocent until guilty.   It is common knowledge that all policemen, prosecutors, and judges are fallible, that many are corrupt, and that countless innocents spent decades behind bars.  And yet, when it comes to hyped terror, the corporate politicians and media unanimously and hysterically presume guilt.

In Boston,

“The overarching principle here should be that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is entitled to a presumption of innocence until he is actually proven guilty. As so many cases have proven – from accused (but exonerated) anthrax attacker Stephen Hatfill to accused (but exonerated) Atlanta Olympic bomber Richard Jewell to dozens if not hundreds of Guantánamo detainees accused of being the “worst of the worst” but who were guilty of nothing – people who appear to be guilty based on government accusations and trials-by-media are often completely innocent. Media-presented evidence is no substitute for due process and an adversarial trial.

9. Demonizing suspects

The Rockefeller police and media immediately demonize the accused of fake terror, selecting for instance photos that make them look unkempt and uncouth.

Two examples of many would suffice to illustrate this obvious point in Boston.

A. The corporate media (parroting the police) first accused the two brothers of being common criminals and robbing a convenience store, only retracting this story at the insistence of the brave (or naïve) director of communications of that convenience store chain who actually bothered to examine the surveillance video of the robbery.

B. The police and media were also trying to implicate the two brothers and Todashev in a gruesome and unrelated earlier murder, an extreme example of one of the Rockefellers’ favorite tactics: Scandal-mongering (to borrow Upton Sinclair’s 1919 phrase).

10. Media frenzy

Once an occurrence has been tagged TERROR, it is covered massively, incessantly, and hysterically by the bankers’ media, totally out of proportion to what actually happened.

This generalization is too obvious to require documentation.  Even in foreign lands, American terror is disgracefully covered as if American lives are of far greater significance than the lives of citizens of those lands themselves.  To convince yourself, following the next act of “terror,” turn on your TV (if you haven’t yet reached the point of trashing it), read the headlines of a corporate newspaper as you walk down the street (but please don’t buy it), or eavesdrop on your neighbor’s radio in the flat above yours.  Or better still, don’t expose yourself directly to this rubbish at all: Conversations with ingenuous friends and relatives would be proof enough.

11. The corporate media misrepresent each and every act of terror, collude in stifling of dissenting voices, and treat official pronouncements as the gospel

This generalization is merely another way of saying that investigative journalism in America is comatose, and that the media are a mere mouthpiece of the Syndicate.  Even though independent historians and economists have documented 1000s of government lies, distortions, and about-faces, and even though each act of “terror” is indisputably entangled in a web of deceit and retractions, the media always act as if the latest government say-so must be true.

Indeed, the mass media in America serve as a conveyor belt between the Syndicate and the people, transmitting incessant crass propaganda, lies, half-truths, and distractions.  We don’t have journalists (many outstanding internet bloggers excepted), only messenger boys.

[According to a report circulating today in the Kremlin, on April 1, 2013 the White House averred that on March 31 the sun refused to shine.  As might be expected, this grim report continues, each and every corporate media outpost repeated the message--and over 90% of the citizens believed them.]

As we have seen in the second part of this six-part essay, presstitution was already rampant in 1919.  Sinclair’s conclusions have been repeatedly documented (probably before he wrote his book too) and updated, most notably perhaps by Michael Parenti and Ben Bagdikian.  I too had the misfortune of writing scholarly diatribes on media coverage of the greenhouse effect and the Cold War, and was forced to the same conclusion.

In my research of the Boston explosions, I obtained a few isolated facts from the corporate media.  Almost everything else in the current posting, including considerable amount of indisputable facts and brilliant deductions, and including, specifically, any effort to connect the dots, was derived from alternative sources.

Or take Stella Tremblay, a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, who claimed that the Federal Government plotted the Boston explosions.  Jim Fetzer quotes Tremblay’s naïve query to the media:

“Why are you leaving it to some dumb representative to ask questions, when the reporters should be doing their job? Are you that blind that you’re not willing to ask questions of your government?”

Indeed, the media and fellow legislators overwhelming response to this courageous member of the legislature had been the silent treatment.  On the rare occasions she had been mentioned, they “pilloried and belittled” her.

Mark Twain solemnly observed (and his audience thought he was joking!):

“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.”

Stella is finding out the costs of imprudence.  By mid-June she sold her house. By June 19, 2013, she “emailed the entire 424-member legislature to reiterate her claims and suggested the need for more investigation into the April attacks.”  By June 20, she resigned.  The worst, I fear, is yet to come.

12.  Silencing witnesses

It is inevitable in cases of fake terror that some people—in addition to the patsies themselves—must be silenced.  After all, most MI6, or Mossad, or FBI, agents operate under the misguided notion that what they are doing is for the common good.  When such people discover they have been had, they face a grim choice: remain silent and be granted a temporary or permanent stay of execution, or tell the truth, have that truth be effectively blocked by the Syndicate’s media, and be executed.  It is to the great credit of humanity that quite a few people prefer to sacrifice their lives for truth, freedom, justice, peace, decency, and humanity’s long-term survival.  As a result, most Gladio-USA incidents are accompanied by injuries to and untimely deaths of insiders and witnesses.

So far in the 2-month-old Boston case, the number of such tragedies is modest:

A candidate for a post-revolutionary justice tribunal: Robert Mueller was acting director of the FBI while the Boston Gladio episode was unfolding

A. On May 22, 2013, in Orlando, FL, police were interrogating an acquaintance of Tamerlan, Ibragim Todashev, and—executed him.  He told a friend that they were going to kill him, but even this unarmed man did not foresee that he was going to be “shot SEVEN times during questioning — including once in the back of the head.”

Todashev’s probable crime?

“He did not believe the Tsarnaevs did this.  He said they had been set up. These were his exact words.”

At times, it takes a foreigner to see America for what it has become:  “I have questions for the Americans,” said Zaurbek Sadakhanov, a lawyer who has worked with the Todashev family as well as the family of Mr. Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, the other suspect in the Boston bombings:

“Why was [Ibragim] questioned for the third time without a lawyer? Why wasn’t Ibragim’s questioning recorded on audio or videotape, seeing as he was being questioned without a lawyer? What was the need to shoot Ibragim seven times, when five fully equipped police officers with stun guns were against him . . .  We will never know whether Ibragim Todashev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were criminals, because the investigation ends with their death.  If that’s what happens in American democracy, then I am against the export of that democracy to Russia.”

David Martin provides an excellent update of Todashev’s assassination.

B. It would be hard to directly silence Tamerlan and Dzhorkhar’s outspoken mother, given her outraged bereavement and given that the tragedy found her in the Russian Federation, but there are indirect ways of muzzling almost anyone. It just so happened, you see, that, in May 2013 “the sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev faces a drugs charge in New Jersey.”  Another coincidence?  Was she arrested so that Dzhorkhar, reportedly a teenager with a heart of gold, might falsely confess in return for her release?  Or was the mother the real target, forcing her into a Sophie’s Choice: Her daughter’s life or her son’s?

C. Three days after the bombing, a university police officer, Sean Collier, was fatally shot.  As in the JFK assassination, Russ Baker argues, it was the

“killing of a police officer that turbocharged the police pursuit—and that, once the suspect was apprehended, convinced the public quickly that the police had their man. . . . the shooting of the police officer did not make a lot of sense in the context of the “main event” – but nevertheless gave the pursuit a jolt of adrenaline. Only later would crucial details of the narrative be changed—at a time when few would notice. . . .  In the case of Officer Collier, if we look carefully, we can see that the script was rewritten after most people stopped paying attention. Early reports left the impression that Collier had some kind of active interaction with his killers.

D. And this chapter of the official narrative, in this looking-glass world of ours, gets curiouser and curiouser.  One of the first officers to arrive at the scene of Sean Collier’s mysterious and serviceable murder, Richard Donohue, was himself a cop and a close friend of Collier.

“A few hours later, he would be critically wounded in the Watertown shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers.”  Russ Baker comments on this “coincidence:”  “What are the odds? Of all the law enforcement people who could get shot in Watertown, only Donohue was.”

“And then, more….We learned later that Donohue was hit not by the Tsarnaevs, but by “friendly fire.  [Here we seem to repeat, step by step, the assassination of Pat Tillman] That is, an early witness on the scene of the mysterious shooting of Officer Collier shortly thereafter became himself the victim of a strange shooting— by fellow law enforcement officers.”

“Donohue survived and, according to the Boston Globe on May 19, is saying nothing about that night because he . . . can’t:”

‘Officer Richard “Dic” Donohue of the MBTA Transit Police remembers almost nothing of the night he was shot during chaotic gunfire on a normally quiet Watertown street, or of the murder of his close friend, MIT police Officer Sean Collier, hours before in Cambridge.’”

E. On May 17, 2013, two members of the FBI’s elite counter-terrorism unit “fell” from their helicopter during a training exercise.  The perceptive reader would not be surprised to learn that these two men belonged to the team that “was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.”

This last episode of falling from an airplane into the sea in turn calls for four brief comments:

  • I have been involved in similar exercises, and only ever heard of just one such incident involving a single person.  So I can assure you that when professionals are involved, accidents are highly improbable.
  • A bit of heartfelt advice to surviving members of this counter-terrorism unit:  the murder of your two colleagues, if you are lucky, is meant in part to convince you that silence is your best policy.  Even if you say nothing, from the Syndicate’s point of view, you are a loose and loaded cannon, they have a license to kill, and they might use it one day.  If I were you, I’d use my training to vanish without a trace.  Better be alive in a remote Amazonian village than fall off a helicopter, is my way of looking at it.  Then, when we finally get the revolution going, be sure to join us:  We badly need people like you.
  • The CIA—through its Argentine surrogates for example—had been dropping people a “significant distance” (as the FBI put it) over troubled waters for years.  In the Argentine late 1970s version, the victims were often chained together and stripped naked (stripping humiliates victims and rewards perverse tendencies of some bankers and their thugs).  It remains to be seen whether this was the case with the two dead members of the team.
  • The number of dead witnesses (4) already exceeds the number of deaths (3) in the original Boston explosions.

If most of your friends and relations (like most of mine), dear reader, are indoctrinated conspiracy scoffers, present them with the naked emperor fable, then with this “mystery of the vanishing Boston Marathon witnesses,” and inquire of them:  What would Sherlock Holmes’ first working hypothesis be?  Better still: How would an alert TV-free eight-year-old approach this mystery?

13. Aftermath of terror incidents: Institutionalized attacks on liberty

With lightning speed, every alleged act of terrorism is followed by coordinated, seemingly pre-planned, attacks—through the bankers-owned police, presidents, legislators at all levels, mayors, and, above all, the media–on the Constitution and everything it stands for, including the right to physically defend oneself from uniformed thugs.  This post-terror treason points to the obvious:  The Constitution is precisely one target of the phony war on terror.

Within hours of the Boston tragedy, for instance, there have been well-publicized calls by public puppets and naïve citizens for more surveillance cameras in our cities, more drones in our skies, and less guns and gunpowder to defend ourselves with against an increasingly corrupt, vicious, arbitrary, and lawless government.

To find a single, wounded, scared, unarmed, plausibly innocent, 19-year-old kid, the Syndicate declared martial law in an entire city (actually, they used the lying euphemism, as is always their wont, of a “lockdown”) and, ignoring the 4th amendment of the Constitution, conducted gunpoint house-to-house searches.

14. Secrecy, secrecy every where and not a drop of transparency

A partial veil of secrecy surrounds each and every act of official terror, leading inexorably to the question:  What are they hiding?  The most likely answer: Their complicity in terror.

Here is a Boston sampler:

  • Authorities say the medical examiner has determined the cause of death for the Boston Explosions suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but the information will remain private until his remains are released and a death certificate is filed.”
  • Two weeks after the execution of Ibragim Todashev in an “interview,” the executioners (FBI) refused to officially disclose what led to the shooting or if Todashev had a weapon (as if the FBI conducts interviews with armed men) and “have said they will not be releasing any further information on the shooting.  An FBI spokesman in Washington, D.C., did not respond to requests for comment” [from the corporate media].
  • Dave Lindorff recounts his attempts to obtain information about the suspicious private military contractors working the marathon—only to hit a brick wall.  Somebody hired them, but no one anywhere would tell him who and why.
15. Many “terror” attacks are known to be facilitated and planned by the government itself—allegedly in order to trap terrorists

“There is a well established history of the government using entrapment to facilitate terror plots. The New York Times reported on several “lethal terrorist plots” which were “facilitated by the F.B.I, whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists… They list the use of dummy missiles, fake C-4 explosives, disarmed suicide vests, and inert chemical bombs as tools provided to naive suspects in order to fabricate these operations.”

At the very least, this would suggest that the Syndicate is intimately associated with terror, which, at best, should be viewed with suspicion.  At worst, it would suggest that terror is conceived let loose by the syndicate itself.

In Boston, as of now, there is only indirect evidence of entrapment.

“Virtually every terror case in the US since 9/11 has had the FBI’s fingerprints all over it, and the Boston bombings are no exception.”

If the general analysis provided in this essay is on the mark, a more direct government facilitation of the Boston explosions might eventually emerge.

16.  In many bankers-designated acts of terror, a parallel military or police “exercise” had been planned, closely resembling the act of terror itself

This parallelism is obviously more consistent with a government-sponsored conspiracy than with an anti-government conspiracy.

There are reasons to believe that this applies to the Boston Explosions as well.

“US security forces were conducting a terrorist drill at precisely the same place and time as the real terror act unfolded. Security cameras have showed US Security personnel with black backpacks all over the scene earlier, but dispersed just a minute or two before the explosion occurred.”

An eyewitness reports:

“At the Athlete’s Village, there were people on the roof looking down onto the Village at the start. There were dogs with their handlers going around sniffing for explosives, and we were told on a loud announcement that we shouldn’t be concerned and that it was just a drill. And maybe it was just a drill, but I’ve never seen anything like that — not at any marathon that I’ve ever been to. You know, that just concerned me that that’s the only race that I’ve seen in my life where they had dogs sniffing for explosions, and that’s the only place where there had been explosions.”

Two weeks after the above lines were written, another truly bizarre drill surfaced.  Long before the 2013 Boston marathon, the government was planning for a “massive police exercise” to take place on June 8-9, 2013.  The exercise “funded by a $200,000 Homeland Security grant,” would have involved a “terrorist group prepared to hurt vast numbers of people around Boston” by leaving “backpacks filled with explosives.”  “The basic plot was this: [the fake terrorists] . . . would plant hoax devices.” “Months of painstaking planning had gone into the exercise.”  “Officials from a dozen agencies had been meeting for months to plan the scenario. They behaved much like movie producers, recruiting students from Northeastern University and the Boston Police Academy to play the parts of terrorists and witnesses.”  Conveniently for the Gladio-USA masterminds, in this exercise, very few actual participants if any would know what was actually going on:  “The people who participate in this don’t know what the scenario is.” “The planned exercise has eerie similarities to the police investigation that led to the capture of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers.”  “But two months before the training exercise was to take place, the city was hit with a real terrorist attack executed in a frighteningly similar fashion.” (Italics are mine)

All this secrecy, eerie parallelism, rank-and-file ignorance of the larger picture, is perfectly compatible with the Gladio hypothesis—and absolutely, irrevocably, inexplicably irreconcilable with its Muslim terrorist rival.

17. Shady links between alleged terrorists and government death squads (e.g., CIA, FBI, DIA, DHS, TSA, MI6, Mossad)

In many cases of faked terror (going at least as far back as the assassinations of J. F Kennedy Sr. and John Lennon, and the near-assassination of Ronald Reagan (by the son of a close associate of the Bush clan), the purported perpetrators are linked to official death squads (e.g., FBI, CIA).

In Boston, we observe at least three such connections.

A. Until 1999, Tamerlan and Dzhorkhar’s uncle was married to the daughter of a high-ranking CIA operations officer  (in fact, her father was, as F. William Engdahl notes, the man who recruited Osama Bin Laden and other extremists, Chechen and otherwise, to undermine the secular, comparatively civilized, government that ruled Afghanistan in the early 1980s.  Moreover, the uncle had worked for companies with ties to Haliburton, and ran an outfit that has all the markings of a CIA front organization.  As well, said uncle lived in the house of that top-level CIA official for one year:  even while his “company was sending aid to Islamic terrorists in Chechnya (in an effort to destabilize Russia), its listed address was in the home of the uncle’s father-in-law.”

Engdahl asks:

“Is it mere “coincidence” that the uncle of the two young men accused of the Boston bombings was related in marriage to the CIA figure who advocated using the networks which were later named ‘Al Qaeda’ across Central Asia including Chechnya where the Tsarnaev brothers had roots?”

B. Tamerlan’s wife is the “granddaughter of Richard Warren Russell, Skull and Bones member and entrepreneur in the energy industry.”

According to Anthony C. Sutton, the Skull and Bones order “is powerful, unbelievably powerful,” comprising such “Old Line American families” as the Tafts, Sloanes, Harrimans, and the ubiquitous Rockefellers.  Other bloodlines and individuals implicating a fascist ideology and a chokehold on America include William Buckley (a CIA officer and later a Rockefeller propagandist), Nazi collaborator Preston, his sons Jonathan and George H., grandson George W. Bush, and 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry.

Logo of the Skulls and Bones Society, an undergraduate senior secret society of Yale University closely connected to the Syndicate.

C. According to a major Russian newspaper, Tamerlan might have been a US intelligence asset.  In 2012, for instance,  “he attended a US-sponsored workshop in the Caucasus, the goal of which was to destabilize the southern regions of Russia.” Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya observes:

“All the small details that have come up about him show that he had been interacting with US authorities and that he was suspected of espionage in Russia.”

18.  Financial backers are ignored

Official versions often ignore the fact that many terror operations require money.  We are always told who the perpetrators are, but hardly anything is ever said about their financial sponsors.  We are thus left with the nagging suspicion that something is being covered up.

In Boston,

“also begging an answer is the question of where the two brothers, neither of whom had obvious access to wealth, got the money to spend on fancy clothes or, in the case of Tamerlan (who with his wife and small daughter, on the basis of his publicly available information, qualified until this year for welfare assistance), owned a late model Mercedes-Benz sedan.”

19. The Gladio-USA Conspiracy is plagued by contradictions, inconsistencies, lies, retractions, and dubious occurrences

“Western governments, intelligence agencies and mainstream media have proven to be untrustworthy sources of information on alleged “terrorist attacks” or “foiled terrorist plots.”

“Within days of the bombings in Boston, massive contradictions have opened up in the official accounts given by the Obama administration, the FBI and other state agencies as to how this terrorist attack transpired.”

When it comes to such oddities, there is strength in numbers.  Diehard conspiracy scoffers could perhaps explain away a couple of unsavory episodes, but could they explain away the following A through M alphabet soup?

A. The Tsarnaev brothers were born in Chechnya and then moved to the USA.  Chechnya, a republic of the Russian Federation, inhabited largely by Muslims.  Chechens, even more than ethnic Russians, suffered unspeakable horrors during Stalin’s reign.  Also, they had often been discriminated against by the Soviet government and ordinary Russians.  The banking Syndicate feasts on this kind of justified discontent in the same way that leeches in the Kathmandu valley feast on human blood.   As in Afghanistan and elsewhere, as part of Syndicate’s efforts to destabilize and fragment Russia—perhaps the only significant nuclear challenge to the bankers—and as part of its deliberate program to destabilize the entire world (including the USA), the Syndicate, via its CIA and MI6 death squads, orchestrated and supported a secessionist movement in Chechnya.  As part of this support, the death squads actively created, encouraged, and facilitated acts of terror in Chechnya and in the non-Chechen parts of Russia.

Like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn before his first visit to the USA, and later, like his tragically-misinformed backing of the Vietnam war, naïve Chechen militants witlessly view the CIA and the USA as their benefactors; it defies common sense that they would perform acts of terror against America.  Before receiving the official script, blackshirt in good standing Rudy Giuliani, for example, correctly observed that Chechen extremists only wished to terrorize Russia and harbored no animosity toward the U.S.   Supporting this, in 2013, among foreign mercenaries tasked with bringing genocide, chaos, fanaticism, and religious strife to Syria, Gordon Duff notes the presence of “Chechen mercenaries working with the CIA and Al Qaeda.”

Similarly, “Wayne Madsen and other journalists have established that the ‘Chechen terror groups’ linked to the elder Tsarnaev brother, by way of his CIA controllers  . . .  were actually pro-USA terror groups run by the US government against the Russian government.”

And yet we are asked to believe that two Chechens, including a Chechen who actually attended a CIA-sponsored “conference” in Russia, would hate America enough to risk death in order to kill one Chinese woman, one little American boy, and one American restaurant manager, and in order to injure scores of other American and foreign innocents.  All this, moreover, in an international athletic event where the top three prizes, in both the men and women categories, went to Kenyans and Ethiopians.

B. In a masterpiece of detective work, Dave Lindorff put to the test a simple question: How would the shoulder straps of a backpack filled with nails and explosives look like?  The answer:  It definitely would not look like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s backpack!  This simple scientific experiment—comparing a backpack with comparable weight of explosives to a photo of Dzhorkhar’s backpack—allowed Lindorff to conclude that whatever Dzhorkhar “is carrying, it is clearly not a 30-lb., or even a 20-lb. cylinder.”  A similar comparison holds for Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s backpack.

C. Lindorff notes that the backpacks of both brothers appeared gray, but that the damaged backpacks the FBI says belonged to them were black.

D.  “Meanwhile, there were people on the scene near the finish line who were wearing backpacks that were both very dark black and large enough and full-enough looking to be containing a loaded pressure kettle. These men were observed and photographed wearing baseball caps and shirts bearing the uniquely drawn white skull logo of a Houston, TX-based mercenary-for-hire firm called Craft International Security (whom no governmental agency will admit to having hired).”

It so happens that this private mercenary firm has “a close and incestuous relationship to the CIA.”  The backpacks of these private mercenaries do match perfectly the backpacks the FBI alleges carried theexplosives.

E.  “The FBI originally feigned ignorance over the identity of the two Boston bombing suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as they appealed to an unwitting public to help them ‘identify’ and ‘find’ the suspects, but they later retracted this statement, following disclosures that the older brother—and indeed the entire family—were under constant surveillance.”

F. The FBI also deliberately lied about the circumstances leading to the capture of the suspects.   For example, the FBI falsely accused the two brothers of robbing a convenience store.  And, if this was not enough, the FBI raised the specter of a fierce, armed battle, with these desperados, asserting that they had killed a policeman. As we have seen, it turned out however that the unfortunate policeman was assassinated by another policeman (they call it “friendly” fire, again playing with our minds and delaying the realization that one cop might be ordered to shoot another).

G. “Contradicting claims by authorities that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ran over his own brother, an eyewitness to the incident said that police ran over Tsarnaev with an SUV and then pumped bullets into him.”

H. As we have seen, “US security forces were conducting a terrorist drill at precisely the same place and time as the real terror act unfolded.”  Naturally, at first the government denied this drill.

I.  “Officials now claim that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed as he hid in [a] boat in Watertown [a suburb of Boston].”  This new version contradicts (i) Boston Police Commissioner’s account of hour-long firefight with Tsarnaev, (ii) a New York Times report that an ‘M4 rifle had been found’ on the boat where he was hiding, and the (iii) claim that “Tsarnaev shot himself onboard”–since he had no gun, he couldn’t possibly suffer from a self-inflicted gunshot.”  And besides, it’s likely that his throat and vocal cords were slashed by a knife, not by a gun.

J. And then there is the execution of Tamerlan’s friend, Ibragim Todashev, during his death squad (FBI) interrogation (see above).  At first, the squad claimed that Todashev “went for the agent with a knife while being interrogated in his home.”  The squad later retracted that statement and conceded that Ibragim was unarmed.

K. Or take the matter of who’s to blame.  As we have seen, according to the police, the original suspect was a young Saudi national with familial links to al-Qaeda.  The investigation of this suspect was suddenly dropped,after “the Saudi ambassador held one unscheduled meeting with Barack Obama and another with Secretary of State John Kerry, and after Obama’s wife visited that mysterious Saudi national in the hospital.”  That man was deported post-haste for “terrorist activities.”

This expulsion makes no sense:  Why deport him so fast, depriving themselves of the light this man might be able to throw on the case?  Also, we have imported into the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp “terrorists,” but now we are exporting a possible suspect before we can even be sure about his connection to the bombings in Boston?   Could it be that this deportee was the intended sitting duck but that our dictatorial friends from Riyadh had made it clear that the 9/11 Saudi patsies were enough, and that they would no longer abide the Syndicate implicating one more Saudi national in the Syndicate’s own acts of terror?  Could it be that the Saudi rulers’ defiance forced the Syndicate to revise the narrative at the last moment and that the Syndicate settled on the Tsarnaev brothers (as it turned out, the Tsarnaevs belonged to the same mosque as that Saudi deportee)?  If indeed they had to improvise, that would explain the larger-than-usual gaps in the official narrative.

L. We have seen earlier, when discussing the curious cases of dead Officer Collier and injured and amnesic Officer Donohue, that the police lied—and was forced to issue retractions—about the circumstances of Collier’s death and of Donohue’s serious injuries.

M. New Hampshire’s “State Rep. Stella Tremblay (R-Auburn) [said] that she knows the federal government was behind the attacks because Jeff Bauman, a bombing victim who helped identify the suspects, was not ‘screaming in agony’ after both his legs were blown off.”

In support of this view, Jim Fetzer’s put forward evidence suggesting “that the loss of Bauman’s legs below the knees appears to have been faked.”  Following such a trauma, there should have been blood everywhere, but none was observed.  The victim should have been unconscious, but he remained alert throughout.  “When he is subsequently rushed off in a wheel chair, a prosthesis (with the extending bone) falls off and they have to stop and reattach it.”

Parting Words

This posting no doubt overlooked some telltale signs of contrived terror and misinterpreted or misjudged others.  The take-home point, though, is not factual errors, omissions, and oversights, but the incontestable point that officially-designated terror does conform to a general pattern.  It is this pattern, not its numerous details, which forcefully suggests Syndicate involvement.

Let me put this a bit more strongly.  Our 19 telltale signs,  taken together, are open to two, and only two, interpretations.  The first is that we live in a bizarre topsy-turvy world in which rules of evidence and logic no longer apply.  The second is government-sponsored terror.

After reviewing the available evidence of the Boston tragedy, Prof. James Petras writes:

“The most likely hypothesis is that the FBI facilitated the bombing in order to revive the flagging fortunes of the ‘war on terror’ foisted on a war-weary and economically depressed American public.”

The 19 signs above, I daresay, convert this likelihood into a virtual certainty.

Time and emotional strength do not permit me to show that most of these signs apply to just about any act of terror, at least since 9/11.  The reader can check for herself by applying the above 19 telltale signs of Gladio-USA to any past incident.  Better still, she can check their usefulness by applying them to the next act of hyped terror.

You may ask: Will the terror continue?  My answer: Will the sun rise tomorrow?  Will the international bankers steal from you tens of thousands of dollars in the coming years?  Will the bankers, via their governments and media messenger boys, continue to lie about inflation, unemployment, gold prices, imperial wars budget, casus belli—and everything else?  Will they go on treating their own soldiers, police, and assassins in line of duty, wounded, or dead, with indifference and contempt?  Will they continue to call their drug-running operations “the war on drugs?”  Will they continue to call their war on the American middle class and the poor “free trade agreements?”  Will they continue to “liberate” countries by killing a significant fraction of their people, handing them over to genocidal maniacs, deliberately raising, forever and ever, the incidence of birth defects and malformations, and setting in motion ethnic and religious strife?   Will they go on murdering influential American dissidents?  Will they keep doctoring the past, warping the present, and robbing our grandchildren of their future?  Of course they will—unless we forcibly remove them from power.

Yes, they will terrorize, parasitize, and suck us dry again, and again, and again. And, since we, their meek zombified subjects, let them get away with it, they will fire up their terror and agenda—until there is nothing left of freedom, holistic or critical thinking, justice, peace, compassion, spirituality, and common decencies.  And since the blueprints they follow have been provided by Orwell and Hitler, there is every reason to believe that the terror they will visit upon us would persist not only until they enslave us, but long after: Until, in fact, the whipped Pachamama collapses and takes with her humanity and the philistine bankers who now lord over it.


Part V of: A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror


by Prof. Moti Nissani

“The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation.  At the head is a small group of banking houses…This little coterie…runs our government for their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a self-created screen…seizes…our executive officers… legislative bodies… schools… courts… newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.”––John F. Hylan, Mayor of New York, 1918-1925

“The US Government – operating today under the control of an international banking cartel – is running a global empire whose sole aim is to exploit the many for the benefit of the few.”—Gordon Gekko, 2013

(Summary: This fifth posting of the Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror series continues to compare the plausibility of two alternative views of the origins of contemporary terror.  The official view ascribes all terror incidents to radical, half-crazed, militants while the dissident view traces most terror incidents to the American government and its masters, the international bankers (=the Syndicate).

Two historical patterns throw additional light on this controversy:  1. To convince reluctant Americans to go to war, the bankers typically resort to false-flag operations (government conspiracies involving deliberate murders of dozens, hundreds, or thousands of Americans), lies, and fabrications.  2.  A survey of hundreds of influential American dissidents over the last 150 years or so points to an incontrovertible generalization: The government maligned, harassed, incarcerated, and executed almost all such dissidents.  Although these two patterns of mass murder and deceit cannot by themselves decide between the two alternatives views, they are far more congruent with the dissident view.)


Current postings of “A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror”:

I. A Bird’s Eye View of Contrived Terror–Part I. A Preview

II. Backdrop of Terror

Hassan al Sabbah, a brilliant Iranian polymath and tactician, was the founder of the Order of the Assassins. This Shia Order flourished for about 200 years, mostly in Iran and Syria, starting in the late 11th century. The Order delivered tangible assassination threats (e.g., placing a dagger on a target’s bed) to rulers contemplating pogroms and persecutions of Shia Muslims. If the threats were ignored, the target was killed. Al Sabbah’s strategy of asymmetrical warfare was astoundingly effective, minimizing bloodshed and bringing to heel such figures as the Sultan Salah A’din. The connection between this strategy and the bogus war on terror will be explored in Part VI.

III. The Gladio Conspiracy

IV. 19 Telltale Signs of Fake Terror

Future Posting:

VI.  Give me Logic or Give me Terror

This one-before-last posting explores two historical patterns which lend additional—albeit circumstantial—support to the view which imputes most incidents of terror to the international bankers and to their scullions in such places as the White House, the Pentagon, and Langley.

Historical Pattern #1:  How the Bankers Drag us into Wars

“Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”–Martin Luther King

The bankers would have us believe that most Americans love war.  The historical evidence, however, supports Dwight Eisenhower’s view:

“I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.”

The international bankers, generals, and spooks, however, love war.  War gives these amoral rulers of ours more power and riches.  Moreover, by brutalizing, disempowering, and impoverishing the vast majority, war satisfies the bankers and their lackeys’ blood lust, spitefulness, and sense of self-importance.  War costs these perverts nothing in personal terms:  it is the people, and only the people, who pay for wars with their blood, sweat, tears, liberties, and tax dollars.

It should not surprise us, therefore, that Americans had to be conned into just about every war of the last 160 years or so.

The Mexican “War” (1846-1848)

Dr. Paul L. Atwood of the University of Massachusetts (War and Empire, 2010, pp. 70-71):

“In 1844, James Polk, a wealthy slave owner and cotton planter, was elected president and quickly became the agent of war and more expansion. Pretext would again be the method as it would for virtually every war thereafter.  The first stage of the war against Mexico, the real aim of which was to annex all of what is now the American south-west, California and Oregon, began by bringing what was then called the independent republic of Texas into the Union. . . .

“Both Mexico and the United States had recognized the Nueces River as their common border but now Polk insisted that the boundary was the Rio Grande, about 150 miles to the south.  He sent a large American force under General Zachary Taylor to that river. . . .  All that remained was to wait for an incident that could then be used to justify war.  It was not long in coming.  On April 25, 1846 an American patrol was ambushed by Mexican forces and 16 soldiers were killed, the rest wounded and captured.  Polk had his pretext.”  (italics mine)

The Spanish-American “War”

Historian Atwood again:

“As in many other cases of American conflicts the Spanish-American War was fomented on outright lies and trumped up accusations against the intended enemy, and was foisted by politicians, press and pulpit on a public reeling from the grim consequences of a lengthy depression. . . .

“War fever in the general population never reached a critical temperature until the accidental sinking of the USSMaine was deliberately, and falsely, attributed to Spanish villainy. . . .

“In a cryptic message . . .  [influential] Senator lodge wrote that ‘There may be an explosion any day in Cuba which would settle a great many things.  We have got a battleship in the harbor of Havana, and our fleet, which overmatches anything the Spanish have, is masked at the Dry Tortugas.’  Then on February 15 the prescribed explosion occurred, killing over 250 sailors and marines. . . .  While it is generally agreed today that the USS Maine was sunk by the internal buildup of coal dust, war hawks at the time rapidly blamed the sinking on Spanish treachery.

As a result of this cynically imperialistic war, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam “became de factoAmerican colonies, exploited as bases for the American navy and for their resources, their people now serving American masters. . . . When Filipinos rose in rebellion against the army that had claimed to free them, the US had its first counter-insurgency jungle war which it waged with utmost brutality, killing upwards of 200,000 civilians, the greatest number of civilian deaths up to that time.” (excerpted from War and Empire, pp. 98-103)

One Pretext for World War I: The Lusitania Conspiracy (1915)

“And I can’t help but wonder, now Willie McBride,

Do all those who lie here know why they died?

Did you really believe them when they told you ‘The Cause?’

Did you really believe that this war would end wars?

The suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame

The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,

For Willie McBride, it all happened again,

And again, and again, and again, and again.”–Eric Bogle

Listen:  No Man’s Land

Gary Allen:

“The same crowd which manipulated the passage of the income tax and the Federal Reserve System wanted America in the war. J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, ‘Colonel’ House, Jacob Schiff, Paul Warburg and the rest of the Jekyll Island conspirators were all deeply involved in getting us involved. Many of these financiers had loaned England large sums of money. In fact, J. P. Morgan & Co. served as British financial agents in this country during World War I.”

The sinking of the Lusitania, May 7, 1015. 1195 people lost their lives, including 128 Americans.

This view is corroborated by none other than then-Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan: “The large banking interests were deeply interested in the world war because of the wide opportunities for large profits.”

We have seen already the role the USS Maine played in instigating the Spanish-American “War.”  The Rothschilds and Rockefellers, it would seem, have a penchant for sinking ships.  The next ship to go down—and to serve as one of the pretexts for World War One, was the Royal Mail Ship Lusitania.

The Lusitania was a British ocean liner which, during the first year of World War I, served in the dual role of carrying passengers and British Government cargoes.  During that year, the British Navy carried out an illegal blockade of Germany, thereby depriving Germany of much-needed imports, and reducing much of the German population to conditions of under-nutrition.  In retaliation, Germany relied on U-boats to create a blockade of the British Isles.  In 1915 the Lusitania was torpedoed as part of this overall campaign.   Its sinking “provoked great outrage in the United States and helped create the climate of public opinion that would later [1917] allow America to join the war.”

Almost a century later, there is overwhelming evidence that, although the Germans did sink the Lusitania, the UK and the USA did everything they could to help them do so.  Moreover, the Wilson Administration deliberately and willfully suppressed German warnings to American citizens not to board the Lusitania on its last voyage.

Historian and former British naval intelligence officer Patrick Beesly sums up:

“There was a conspiracy deliberately to put the Lusitania at risk in the hope that even an abortive attack on her would bring the United States into the war. Such a conspiracy could not have been put into effect without Winston Churchill’s express permission and approval.”

Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941): How the USA was maneuvered into World War II

“The question was how should we maneuver them [Japan] into firing the first shot… it was desirable to make sure the Japanese be the ones to do this so that there should remain no doubt as to who were the aggressors.” (Henry Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War prior to WWII, Nov. 25, 1941 in a journal documenting his conversation with President Roosevelt)

As in the case of all previous wars touched upon here, in 1941 the bankers, weapons-makers, and generals wanted war, badly.  By then, however, (i) the USA was too powerful for anyone to dare fight it and (ii) the majority of Americans (83%) had no wish to meddle in European affairs.

Independent historical scholarship has shown since that bankers and their agents in Washington got the war they wanted by their time-honored trick of maximally provoking the Japanese to attack, knowing about the attack in advance and doing nothing about it to con the American people to support war, unfairly blaming the Pearl Harbor commanders, and sacrificing valuable 2402 lives, valuable war gear, and the reputations and careers of at least three innocent commanders.”

Major Escalation of the Vietnam Neo-Colonization: The Tonkin Gulf Conspiracy (1964)

Historian Paul Atwood:

“Despite every conceivable military advantage the [South Vietnam Army] enjoyed in weapons provided by the US the South Vietnamese government was about to fall . . . .   Realizing that the regime the US had created . . . was about to fall to the very citizens it purported to represent, Johnson’s only hope of preventing that lay in inserting American troops.

“On August 2, 1964 Johnson suddenly interrupted television broadcasting with a live speech to the American public charging North Vietnamese communists with an attack on a naval vessel, the USS Maddox, in international waters.  Two days later he charged them with an attack on another ship, though both charges were false.  In response Johnson ordered the first bombing of North Vietnam and won from Congress the Tonkin Gulf Resolution effectively giving him a blank check to wage war in Vietnam.  Most Americans reflexively believed their president.

“But Johnson was lying.  American naval vessels had long been assisting South Vietnamese . . . forces to attack northern coastal facilities and were thus violating North Vietnam’s territorial waters under international law.  The North Vietnamese were simply defending their territory and wanted to create an incident that would demonstrate that the US was covertly waging war against their regime.  . . .

[The Johnson’s] “administration had been looking for a pretext to bring American firepower to bear and got it by falsifying what had really occurred in the Gulf of Tonkin, and he was aided and abetted by the American press which reported only his version of events.”  (War and Empire, pp. 193-4)

For a more recent appraisal, see Kieran Kelly.

Iraqi Genocide #1: 1990-1991

Paul Atwood:

“In his endeavor to seize Kuwait Saddam Hussein had reason to believe that the US would take no position and would refrain from interfering.  The American ambassador to Baghdad had said as much herself.  Whether this was a trap set for Saddam to provide a pretext for American troops to enter the Middle East in force is open to debate.“ (p. 218).

In fact, the entire invasion was based on a tissue of lies.  In one much-publicized incident and accepted at face value by the entire banker media, a young Kuwaiti girl who only provided her first name as Nayirah appeared as a witness before Congressional Human Rights Caucus.  Teary-eyed, she related seeing Kuwaiti babies cruelly being taken out of incubators and left to die.

“Though reporters did not then have access to Kuwait, her testimony was regarded as credible at the time and was widely publicized. It was cited numerous times by United States senators and the president in their rationale to back Kuwait in the Gulf War.”

Like Pearl Harbor, the whole episode was a shameless conspiracy.  She was in fact the daughter of Al-Sabbah, a member of the ruling clan and the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States (that is why she was only referred to by her first name).  She had been coached in the art of lying and acting by an American public relations firm.

The real reason for the invasion of Iraq, as John Perkins observed, is that Saddam, albeit a ruthless dictator, felt that Iraq should control its own destiny and riches.  He refused to succumb to the pressure of economic hit men, and he committed the unforgivable crime of slighting the bankers’ favorite fiat currency, the American dollar.  As an ex-CIA operative, he knew that the next step would be assassination attempts, and wisely took extreme precautions.  Sooner or later, such cases call for direct invasion of the recalcitrant country.

Iraqi Genocide #2:  2003-2011

Most of us still remember the official rationales for the 2003-2011 neo-colonization of Iraq.  It is common knowledge now that the occupation can be traced to the imperial ambitions of the USA, to long-term attempts to subjugate China, Russia, and a few other countries not yet entirely subservient to the American government and its masters, to the fact that Iraq possesses vast oil fields that the bankers wished to control, and to the fact that Iraq sought to undermine the petrodollar–a key pillar of America’s hegemonic edifice.

Machiavellianism would however fail to persuade American people to go to war.  Instead, the bankers’ presstitutes led the naïve public to believe that Iraq had nuclear weapons which posed a threat to the American people (a proven lie), that Saddam Hussein was a particularly vicious dictator and that we had a moral duty to liberate the Iraqi people (a lie, he was a dictator alright, but comparatively better than some of the dictators we installed and patronized and, anyway, the presstitutes forgot to mention that USA put him in power in the first place), and that he supported the CIA creation that went by the name of Al Qaida (another lie, he detested militant Muslims).

Implications for Contemporary Terror

Since the bankers and their allies (i) routinely and brazenly lied us into wars that killed millions and harmed billions;  (ii) were at times willing to massacre hundreds or thousands of Americans, attribute the massacres to an imaginary enemy, and drag the country to war against that “enemy,” (iii) are the main beneficiaries of the “war on terror,” (as will be shown in forthcoming Part VI of this series), is it unreasonable to suspect that they employ similarly vicious tactics to perpetrate terror?

Historical Lesson #2: The Bankers Routinely Assassinate their Opponents.

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”–President Woodrow Wilson

Who Killed Michael Hastings? (June 18, 2013)

Michael Hastings belonged to that privileged handful of mainstream journalists who are permitted to expose the underbelly of a hopelessly corrupt system.  He was a “fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal,  . . . Hastings’ unvarnished 2010 profile of McChrystal in the pages ofRolling Stone, ‘The Runaway General,’ captured the then-supreme commander of the U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan openly mocking his civilian commanders in the White House.” Elsewhere, Hastings accurately described McChrystal’s staff as “a handpicked collection of killers, spies . . . political operators and outright maniacs.”

“The maelstrom sparked by [Hastings]. . . concluded with President Obama recalling McChrystal to Washington and the general resigning his post.”

Hastings was critical of other powerful Generals.  Here is what he said about another prominent traitor, General David Petraeus:

“He’s … a world-class bullshit artist . . .  He essentially armed and trained what later became known as ‘Iraqi death squads.’  He … took the Shiites’ side in a civil war, armed them to the teeth, and suckered the Sunnis into thinking we’d help them out too . . .  Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis lost their lives during a sectarian conflict that Petraeus’ policies fueled . . .  The reputations of the men who were intimately involved in these years of foreign misadventure, where we tortured and supported torture, armed death squads, conducted nightly assassinations, killed innocents, and enabled corruption on an unbelievable scale, lie in tatters.”

Michael knew that he was playing with psychopaths and told a friend that “he would be hunted down and killed over [the] McChrystal story.”

So, like the late Hugo Chavez, the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey, and so many others, Hastings naively tried to protect himself by identifying his would-be killers, recounting the following conversation with several McChrystal staff members:

“You’re not going to f*ck us, are you?” asks one staff member.

Hastings responds: “I’m going to write a story; some of the stuff you’ll like, some of the stuff you probably won’t like.”

Another staffer then says: “We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write.”

Hastings’ humanism took him to places where only few dare to tread.  Thus, he was “a vocal critic of the surveillance state, referring to the restrictions on the freedom of the press by the government as a ‘war’ on journalism.”

As if all these intrepid acts of investigative journalism were not enough, by June 2013 Hastings ventured deep into the hyena’s den.  By then, he was muckraking the mother of all death squads (the CIA) along with the NSA, setting the ground for what he felt was his “biggest story yet.”

This, naturally, did not endear him to the generals or death squads.  By mid-June, despite the death squads’ (FBI’s) assertions to the contrary, the FBI was “investigating” and harassing him.  Hastings was getting worried, and told his friends (which means, in this upside-down surveillance world of ours, that he also alerted the death squads that time was running out for them) that he planned to go into hiding.

Michael’s plans of going “off the radar for a bit,” were tragically cut short.  On June 18, 2013, just a few hours after the NSA learned about these plans (presumably, by illegally reading his correspondence), Michael, aged 33, died in a car “accident.”

Let it be noted here that this was a rather peculiar car “accident.”  One witness said that “it sounded like a bomb went off in the middle of the night.  My house shook; the windows were rattling.” Another witness said that an engine flew from the car about 50 yards away.

Such testimonies make a mockery of the death squads’ (FBI’s) version of events, raising instead the specter of explosion caused by a bomb placed in the in the car itself or hurled at it.

Sgt. Joe Biggs, Michael’s close friend, said that “something didn’t feel right” after Hastings sent a panicked email saying the authorities were on his tail, adding that the story of Michael driving at high speed in the early hours of the morning was completely out of character.  Hastings, Biggs said, was “very paranoid that he was being watched by the FBI.”

Biggs went public because Hastings’ other friends and colleagues who received the e-mail about going off the radar just hours before his death were “too scared” to do so.  After the email was released, Hastings’ wife thanked Biggs and vowed to “take down whoever did this.” Biggs, who met Hastings when he was an embedded journalist in Afghanistan in 2008, added,

“I won’t let a man die in vain because I’m too scared of what will happen to me. If I sent that email to Mike he wouldn’t rest, he would fight.”

Now, let us put this story in context.

1.      Let us recall a short phrase from the death squad’s (CIA’s) 1954 Assassination Manual:  “For secret assassination, either simple or chase, the contrived accident is the most effective technique. When successfully executed, it causes little excitement and is only casually investigated.”

2.      Indeed!  And let us recall too, that nowadays, “The Obama administration and the Justice Department have openly claimed the authority to assassinate American citizens anywhere in the world if they are deemed a national security threat. A number of American citizens have already been killed as a result of this policy. Is it really that crazy to suggest that Michael Hastings was merely the latest victim of this doctrine?”

3.      Next, note that everyone in the USA knows, deep down, that the CIA and FBI are in fact official death squads.  How else could you explain the fact that Hastings sent his “off the radar” e-mail to many friends and yet, even though this e-mail was critically important to any impartial investigation of the case, only one person, fully knowing that he was risking his life, came forward and divulged the content of that letter?  What exactly were they afraid of?  Muslim terrorists?  Defenders of the Second Amendment? Or the bankers, death squad alphabet soups (FBI, CIA, NSA . . ), and the generals?

A Pattern of Assassinations

OK, you might say, all this raises the possibility that the invisible government killed Michael Hastings, but can one be sure?

The answer, very simply, is: yes one can.  No one claims 100% certainty, for such certainty does not exist anywhere, including the natural sciences.  Scientists conveniently accept a statement with at least 95% probability as in fact true, and this is what assassination theorists claim in the Hastings case.

This seemingly outrageous claim is not based on the circumstances of Hastings’ death, although these circumstances are suspicious enough.  Rather, the key to this conviction is a historical pattern of harassments, lies, incarcerations, and assassinations, going at least as far back as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

When I used to play with elephants, I mistakenly prided myself on being a member of the most dangerous profession. In fact, the professionals under the greatest possible threat (close to 100% chance of intrusive surveillance, incarceration, character assassination, or murder) are either (i) influential humanitarians like Marley, King, Einstein, Ghandi, and Lennon (shown above), or (ii) hapless thorns on the sides of the bankers.

For decades, a few historians have been researching a simple question:  What is the likely fate of anyone who, intentionally or through happenstance, is a thorn in the side of the international bankers, multinational corporations, generals, and spooks?  To throw light on this question, they have by now collated an extensive list of inconvenient persons and found out that almost all met with  an unfortunate fate.  This pattern forcefully suggests that, to maintain their power, the bankers and their allies routinely and consistently murder or silence inconvenient people.

I too have been compiling a list of hundreds of influential enemies (and thorns in the sides) of the bankers, and so far have been able to identify only 3 who managed to reach old age fairly unscathed: Upton Sinclair, Albert Einstein, and Pete Seeger .

It will take a book-length manuscript (available at no cost in a few months and bearing the title License to Kill:The Decisive Role of Political Murders, Scandal-Mongering, and False-Flag Operations in American Politics) to corroborate the existence of such a pattern.  Here, let me try to convince the reader via a shortcut.

The Predictive Power of the Assassination Hypothesis: The Curious Case of Imran Khan

The appeal of any theory is derived in part from its predictive power.  After delving into the gory field of political assassinations, researchers find themselves in the uneasy position of being able to answer the question “who is next?” for they know by then where the bankers draw the line.  When anyone crosses that line, accidentally or by design, it is just a matter of time before the bankers spring into action:  arrest her or someone she cares about on phony charges, destroy her reputation, or kill her.

Instead of proving the existence of a pattern by reproducing my entire dead-men-walking list, let me illustrate the predictive power of the assassination theory in just one documented case.

That case in point involves Imran Khan, a highly accomplished ex-cricket player and a decade-long captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team.  Khan planned to run for the top political office in Pakistan in the first half of 2013.  Among other things, he promised to challenge Pakistan’s neo-colonial master, the USA, on its massive drone assassination program in his country.  The Pakistani government then, he said, was complicit in this violation of Pakistani sovereignty and the murder of numerous innocent civilians.  By October 2012, Khan was “planning to lead peace activists on 300-mile, two-day rally to South Waziristan, scene of dozens of drone strikes, to draw world attention to the plight of civilian populations living in fear of the drones buzzing overhead.”  Moreover, Khan promised that “at first I will strive to convince the US to stop these attacks but if they refuse to do so I will ask our air force to shoot down drone intruders.”

Imran Khan: Wounded and unbowed

As usual, the bankers tried to intimidate Khan.  By October 27, 2012, during a stopover in Toronto, Canada, Khan was forcibly removed from his flight by the Unites States Customs and Border Protection agency and interrogated for over an hour.  The State Department has moreover let it be known that it views Mr. Khan as “an enemy of the United States.”

When he arrived in the USA, this probable head of state of a major American ally was, as might be expected from our dear bankers, exposed to a belittling and offensive corporate media interview.  On October 29, 2012, I added the following reflections to a Gordon Duff’s description of this menacing interview:

“Pakistan is a colony of the USA, and the USA doesn’t take kindly to colonial insubordination. Can you imagine the losses to American weapon makers if Khan is allowed to become president of his country? And what about the plans to encircle Russia and China and achieve ‘full spectrum dominance’? And if Pakistan is allowed to prove the superiority of peace over war, what will happen to the bankers, generals, and drug runners? What about the Orwellian war on terror? And what would happen to American and Israeli plans of fragmenting and dehumanizing Islam?

“I suspect that Khan was detained in Toronto and not in the New York City (his destination) because the purpose of the whole exercise was not interrogation but a death threat. Khan was detained in order to remind him that the USA is powerful enough to have him arrested (or assassinated, if need be) anywhere on this planet. His detention and the belligerent corporate media interview constitute a death threat, pure and simple. The CIA and the Mossad are presenting him with a choice: Betray your people and serve as our lackey and we’ll make you even richer than you are already. Refuse, and we’ll kill you.

“I’m thus filled with foreboding and dread. Thousands of foreign and American leaders and activists have already been assassinated by our Invisible Government, including probably Benazir Bhutto, her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq.  Imran Khan, or perhaps a family member or a close associate, could very well be next.”

Sadly, it didn’t take long for the prediction—which was based on the empirical generalization that the international bankers have a license to kill their foreign and domestic intentional and accidental enemies and that they use that license freely and often—to come true:

“Leading Pakistani politician Imran Khan injured his head and back on Tuesday at a campaign rally when he fell from a make-shift mechanical lift in Lahore just four days before the much-anticipated May 11 elections. Television footage from local TV station Geo TV showed Khan and his two bodyguards fall 15 feet, and then followed with footage of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader being carried away into a private car with his eyes closed and blood smearing the side of his face.”

This assassination attempt failed to intimidate Khan:

After the “fall” that nearly killed him, Khan, by then the leading candidate for the post of Pakistani prime minister, “has again vowed to shoot down American drones if elected.”

By June 11, 2013, Khan correctly described his fall as a “plot to assassinate him.”

And again as predicted, given Khan’s courage and defiance, by May 19, 2013 the bankers made the next moveon their bloodstained chessboard:

“A senior female Pakistani politician has been shot dead in the southern port city of Karachi.  Zahra Shahid Hussain was the senior vice-president of Pakistan’s Movement for Justice party (PTI), led by former international cricketer Imran Khan.”

Allow me in passing to stick my neck out and make another prediction.  If Imran stays true to his vow “to release Pakistan from US slavery,” and if at any time in the future he appears likely to win the elections or to have a significant impact on Pakistani politics, the bankers will go after him again and this time around, terminate Imran Khan’s dream to free Pakistan from the bankers and set it on a course of justice and peace.  The cause of death?  The bankers’ favorites, history shows, include suicide, car or plane accident, assassination by a crazed individual, cancer, or heart attack.

Implications for Contemporary Terror 

Now, since it would appear that the bankers, their allies, and underlings, routinely murder their influential opponents or those who accidentally stand in their way, doesn’t it make sense to view the bankers as the prime suspects in each and every circumstance of terror?  To be sure, by itself, this pattern of assassination does not prove that most terror episodes are acts of state.  Nonetheless, this pattern is more compatible with that assertion than with the official mantra (which traces all terror incidents to fringe groups or individuals).

Parting Words

You may ask:  Besides life in an upside-world, besides Gladio-Europe, besides 19 telltale signs of fake terror, besides conclusive evidence that the government detonated the Boston bombs, besides the government’s proven record of lying us into war or killing hundreds or thousands American to drag us into war, besides government assassinations of hundreds of influential Americans who threatened the status quo or of people who just happened to be caught in the maelstrom of the government’s malfeasance, are there still more ways of giving the lie to the “war on terror?”  Yes there are.  Moreover, as will see in the next and final segment of this series, the last two refutations are the strongest.






A decade ago, the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq on the premise that the country was hiding weapons of mass destruction. Despite worldwide protest and a lack of UN authorization, 200,000 thousand troops deployed into Iraq in March of 2003, following massive airstrikes. The coalition faced minimal opposition, and Baghdad quickly fell. For years after President George W. Bush's "mission accomplished" speech, the war raged on, fueled by sectarian conflicts, al Qaeda insurgencies, outside agencies, and mismanagement of the occupation. Ten years later, we look back in a three-part series. Today's entry focuses on the March 20, 2003, invasion of Iraq, and the weeks immediately following.

Smoke covers Saddam Hussein's presidential palace compound during a massive US-led air raid on Baghdad, Iraq on March 21, 2003. Allied forces unleashed a devastating blitz on Baghdad, triggering giant fireballs and deafening explosions and sending huge mushroom clouds above the city center. Missiles slammed into the main palace complex of President Saddam Hussein on the bank of the Tigris River, and key government buildings.(Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images)


U.S. President George W. Bush, watched by Vice President Dick Cheney, speaks before signing a $355 billion military spending bill in the Rose Garden of the White House October 23, 2002. The bill gave the Pentagon a nearly $40 billion boost as it prepared for possible war with Iraq, the White House said. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #


Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, center, talks with elite Republican Guard officers in Baghdad, on March 1, 2003. Iraq began destroying its Al Samoud 2 missiles Saturday as ordered by the United Nations and agreed with weapons inspectors on a timetable to dismantle the entire missile program, U.N. and Iraqi officials said. (AP Photo/INA) #


Iraqi soldiers march in the courtyard of the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad, on February 16, 2003. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem) #


Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial he said could contain anthrax as he presents evidence of Iraq's alleged weapons programs to the United Nations Security Council in this February 5, 2003 photo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) #


Protests against war in Iraq erupted around the world in March of 2003. This combination photo shows (from top left) large demonstrations in Madrid, New York, Jakarta, Calcutta, Rome, (2nd row) London, Berlin, Marseille, San Francisco, and Montevideo. (Credit, in same order: Reuters, AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Reuters/Pipit Prahara, Reuters/Sucheta Das, Reuters/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters/Peter Macdiarmid, AP Photo/Franka Bruns, AP Photo/Claude Paris, AP Photo/Noah Berger, and AP Photo/Marcelo Hernandez) #


British Royal Air Force personnel wait in a bunker wearing full Nuclear Biological and Chemical suits after a warning of a Scud missile attack on their base in Kuwait March 20, 2003. (Reuters/Russell Boyce) #


U.S. President George W. Bush announced the start of war between the United States and Iraq during a televised address from the Oval Office, on March 19, 2003. The United States said it had began its war against Iraq just minutes after several explosions were heard over Baghdad. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #


US Marines from the 2nd battalion/8 MAR, prepare themselves after receiving orders to cross the Iraqi border at Camp Shoup, northern Kuwait, on March 20, 2003. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images) #


An explosion rocks Baghdad during air strikes on March 21, 2003. The attacks far exceeded strikes that launched the war the previous day, Reuters correspondents said. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #


An assault convoy of trucks and armored vehicles of the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team prepare to cross into Iraq, on March 21, 2003. (Reuters/US Army/Robert Woodward) #


An aviation ordnance man observes rows of bombs on the hangar bay of the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier in the northern Gulf, on March 30, 2003. The carriers airwing flew 104 total sorties over Iraq on March 29, and dropped bombs on targets including air defense sites, a train loaded with tanks and a surface-to-air missile site. (Reuters/Paul Hanna) #


A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber returns from a mission over Iraq, after refueling from a KC-10 plane over the Black Sea, on March 28, 2003.(AP Photo/Jockel Finck) #


Palls of black smoke from raging oil fires billow over Baghdad, on March 27, 2003. The oil-filled trenches were set off by Iraqis to try and block the visibility of U.S. warplanes and missiles. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #


Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division rest in foxholes by their convoy in a staging area in the Kuwaiti desert, on, March 21, 2003. (AP Photo/Jean-Marc Bouju) #


Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf reads a message to the Iraqi people from President Saddam Hussein broadcast on Iraqi television, April 1, 2003. In the message Saddam said that jihad was a religious duty and he urged the Iraqi people to fight invading U.S. and British troops wherever they found them. (Reuters/Iraqi television) #


An Iraqi officer is held by US Marines with India Company 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division following a gunfight at the headquarters of the Iraqi 51st and 32nd mechanized infantry divisions near Az Bayer, Iraq on March 21, 2003. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch) #


Coalition forces commander U.S. Army General Tommy Franks tells reporters that the military campaign is on track during a press conference in the media center at Camp As Sayliyah, outside Doha, Qatar, on March 30, 2003. (Reuters/Tim Aubry) #


Iraqi soldiers stand together with their arms raised, silhouetted against a sky covered with black smoke as they surrender to U.S. Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in southern Iraq, on March 21, 2003. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) #


British Household Cavalry Scimitar tanks drive past burning oil wells in Southern Iraq, on March 20, 2003. (Reuters) #


U.S. Marine Lt. Ben Reid from 1/2 Charlie Company of Task Force Tarawa waits to be medivaced after being hit with shrapnel and a machine gun round, in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, on March 23, 2003. The Marines suffered a number of deaths and casualties during gun battles throughout the city. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #


Iraqi civilians scream for help as they are caught in the crossfire while marines from the U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit Fox Company "Raiders" push into southern Iraq to take control of the main port of Umm Qasr on March 21, 2003. (Reuters/Desmond Boylan) #


U.S. Marines from the 15 Marine Expeditionary Unit fire a shoulder-launched Javelin missile during a battle with Iraqi troops at the port in Umm Qasr, Iraq, on March 23, 2003. (AP Photo/Simon Walker, The London Times) #


U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, return fire after coming upon a mortar attack during an orange sandstorm on a road south of Baghdad, on March 26, 2003. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch) #


Ray Jacques reads the San Francisco Chronicle's war special section inside a Starbucks coffee shop in San Francisco, in this March 20, 2003 photo. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #


A statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, at his palace, damaged during a U.S. led air strike in Baghdad, on March 23, 2003.(Reuters/Faleh Kheiber) #


Lit by Hummvee headlights, a soldier from the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division guards Iraqis who were intercepted during dust storm on the perimeter of the division's forward base in south Central Iraq, on March 26, 2003. (AP Photo/Jean-Marc Bouju) #


Two Iraqi children look through their window in New Baghdad, a suburb of Baghdad, on March 24, 2003. Oil fires burned across the city as a defense against incoming US missiles and bombs. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) #


A U.S. Army combat engineer enjoys a cigarette as he relaxes between the cities of Najaf and Karbala as another sandstorm turned the daylight orange, on March 26, 2003. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach) #


A body of Iraqi man lies by the road side north of Al Nassiriyah, on March 25, 2003. More than 30 men of military age were killed on the key northern highway by an apparent U.S. air strike on the vehicles carrying the Iraqis. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #


A British Warrior armored combat vehicle knocks over a picture of Saddam Hussein in the city of Basra, in southern Iraq, on March 24, 2003. (Reuters/Mark Richards) #


In this image from video seen on Iraqi television on March 27, 2003, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein meets with high-ranking Ba'ath party officials. (AP Photo/Iraqi TV via APTN) #


An Iraqi soldier fires his AK-47 rifle into reeds on the banks of the Tigris river in Baghdad, on March 23, 2003 after reports that U.S. or British pilots may have ejected over the city. Television reports showed Iraqi soldiers shooting into the Tigris river and in boats, apparently searching the water for pilots. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #


U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq, on March 29, 2003. Confused front line crossfire ripped apart an Iraqi family after local soldiers appeared to force civilians towards positions held by U.S. Marines. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #


A U.S. Army soldier atop a Humvee armed with a heavy machine gun secures an area by a burning oil well in Iraq's vast southern Rumaila oilfields, on March 30, 2003. U.S. engineers moved through the oilfields on Sunday shutting down wellheads in an operation that could take months to complete. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis) #


U.S. Marines from Lima Company, a part of a 7-th Marine Regiment, walk in front of the Martyrs Monument, during an operation to secure securing the center of Baghdad on April 9, 2003. (Reuters/Oleg Popov) #


A wounded Iraqi girl is treated by U.S. marines in central Iraq, on March 29, 2003. The four-year old girl, blood streaming from an eye wound, was screaming for her dead mother, while her father, shot in a leg, begged to be freed from the plastic wrist cuffs slapped on him by U.S. marines, so he could hug his other terrified daughter. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #


Smoke billows from a building hit during coalition forces air raid in Baghdad, on Monday March 31, 2003. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) #


An Iraqi man comforts his 4-year-old son at a regroupment center for POWs of the 101st Airborne Division near An Najaf, Iraq in this March 31, 2003 photo. The man was seized in An Najaf with his son and the U.S. military did not want to separate father and son.(AP Photo/Jean-Marc Bouju) #


The inside of the Sheraton Hotel, scene of alleged looting, in Basra, southern Iraq, on April 8, 2003. (Reuters/Simon Walker) #


U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld speaks to the press at a Pentagon briefing in Washington, April 9, 2003. Rumsfeld praised the progress of American-led forces fighting in Iraq but warned the fighting would continue and the military still needed to account for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) #


Kuwaiti firefighters secure a burning oil well in the Rumaila oilfields, on March 27, 2003, set ablaze by Iraqi military forces.(USMC/Mary Rose Xenikakis) #

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The charred remains of dead Iraqi soldiers lay outside a bus hit by a U.S. tank shell on a highway between Baghdad's international airport and the city center, on April 7, 2003. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach) #


The damaged "Al Mansur", Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's private yacht, anchored in central Basra, on April 10, 2003.(Reuters/Simon Walker) #


Six-year-old Tyler Jordan is hugged by his mother Amanda while U.S. Army Chaplain Captain David Nott looks on during the funeral of the boy's father, United States Marine Gunnery Sgt. Philip Jordan, at Holy Family Church in Enfield, Connecticut, on April 2, 2003. Sgt. Jordan was killed during fighting outside Nasiriyah on March 23 in the early days of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq. (Reuters/Chip East) #


A U.S. Marine covers the face of a statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein with a U.S. flag in Baghdad, on April 9, 2003. U.S. troops briefly draped an American flag over the face of a giant statue of Hussein, as they prepared to topple it in front of a crowd of Iraqis.(Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #


Iraqi Kurds wave banners and U.S. and British flags in the northern Iraqi town of Dohuk, on April 9, 2003, to celebrate the arrival of U.S. led coalition forces' in Baghdad. Iraqi Kurds shouted for joy and fired in the air on Wednesday after U.S. forces entered Baghdad. "It's all over in Baghdad," said 29-year-old Rafiq Baway, who heard the news on satellite TV in the city of Sulaimaniya. He believed it would lead to the fall of Kirkuk, the northern oil hub where Kurds accuse Saddam of expelling Kurdish inhabitants and replacing them with Arabs.(Reuters) #


U.S. Marine helicopters patrol the skies over Baghdad, on April 13, 2003. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich) #


President Bush gives a thumbs-up sign after declaring the end of major combat in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast, on May 1, 2003. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) #


Smoke from burning oil fires set ablaze by Iraqis as a shield against incoming missiles and air raids obscures Baghdad, on April 1, 2003.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)


Manhunt Underway, Boston Under Lockdown


Hours after the FBI released images of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, a response to a robbery in nearby Cambridge led to the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer. The shooting became a carjacking, then later a dangerous chase reportedly involving dozens of gunshots and explosive devices, ending up in neighboring Watertown. Authorities reported the shooting suspects were indeed the same men sought in the Boston Marathon bombing, identifying them as brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev "Suspect #1" and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev "Suspect #2", both Kyrgyz nationals living in Cambridge. They later stated that Tamerlan, age 26, had been shot and killed, but younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was still at large. The manhunt intensified as the night went on, and the entire Boston area woke to find itself on lockdown, with public transportation shut down and citizens advised to stay indoors. Shortly before 7 p.m., shots were heard in Watertown, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered hiding in a boat in the backyard of a residence. A brief standoff ended with the live capture of Dzhokhar, who is now in custody, 22 hours after the start of the manhunt, four days after the bombing

Police in tactical gear conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Massachusetts.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


Police officers walk near a crime scene in Watertown, Massachusetts, on April 19, 2013. A tense night of police activity that left a university officer dead on campus just days after the Boston Marathon bombings and amid a hunt for two suspects caused officers to converge on a neighborhood outside Boston, where residents heard gunfire and explosions. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #


Police work a crime scene, on April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #


Officials search a dark area near Massachusetts Institute of Technology following reports of a shooting, on April 18, 2013, in Boston.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez) #


Police with guns drawn search for a suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #


This photo (left) released by the FBI early Friday, April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling suspect 1, in black cap, and suspect number 2, in white cap, walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013, before the explosions at the Boston Marathon. The photo at right, also released Friday, shows a suspect that officials identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, being sought by police in the Boston Marathon bombings Monday. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation) #


Officials brief the media on a standoff in Watertown, Massachusetts, on April 19, 2013. Authorities say one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another in the Boston suburb of Watertown early Friday morning April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) #


Metro SWAT members hang off the back of a truck as they prepare to search the School and Walnut Street neighborhood for one remaining suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images) #


A law enforcement bomb technician walks away after preparing the controlled detonation of a suspicious object during a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #


A woman looks out a window at her home as police start to search an apartment building while looking for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) #


Police run with their weapons drawn as they conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013, in Watertown. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #


A neighbor is escorted to safety as police surround a home while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) #


Heavily armed FBI agents, on the scene on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 19, 2013. Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during a getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) #


An MBTA transit official closes a door at Malden Center station in Malden, Massachusetts, on April 18, 2013 as area MBTA commuter trains are suspended, while police search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) #


Police patrol through a neighborhood in Watertown, while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013. All residents of Boston were ordered to stay in their homes Friday morning as the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings continued after a long night of violence that left another suspect dead. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) #


A barefooted woman runs for cover as police surround a home while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) #


A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child as members of law enforcement conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013, in Watertown. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #


With his weapon drawn, an officer inspects dumpsters behind an apartment building in Watertown, Massachusetts, on April 19, 2013.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez) #


A resident of Norfolk Street in Cambridge talks with police during a manhunt in the area, on April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) #


A police officer runs with his weapon drawn as he conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013, in Watertown. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #


Police in tactical gear surround an apartment building while looking for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. All residents of Boston were ordered to stay in their homes Friday morning as the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings continued after a long night of violence that left another suspect dead. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) #


A U.S. military helicopter lands behind Watertown Mall as law enforcement agencies search for 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #


An empty street is seen near the historic Faneuil Hall (on left, with white cupola) and City Hall (back, center) in Boston, on April 19, 2013, as the area is under a lockdown during the manhunt for Dzhokar Tsarnaev. (Reuters/Neal Hamberg) #


SWAT officers from suburban communities aid Boston police officers in keeping guard at the nearly deserted South Station area of Boston, on April 19, 2013. (Reuters/Neal Hamberg) #


In Montgomery Village, Maryland, Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the suspected Boston Marathon bombing suspects, speaks to reporters in front of his home, on April 19, 2013. Tsarni asked the still at large bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to turn himself in.(Allison Shelley/Getty Images) #


A member of the Cambridge police bomb squad deploys a robot on Norfolk Street during a search for searching a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Cambridge, on April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) #


Residents view police in tactical gear as law enforcement conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013, in Watertown. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #


This photo shot through a window screen provided by Samantha England, shows police in tactical gear outside England's home in Watertown, Massachusetts, on April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Samantha England) #


Members of a SWAT team search for 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev on April 19, 2013 in Watertown.(Mario Tama/Getty Images) #


A sign calling for citizens of Boston to "Shelter in Place", on I-93 in Boston, on April 18, 2013. Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) #


Police officers search house to house for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in a neighborhood of Watertown, on April 19, 2013. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #


A resident records the scene around Norfolk Street in Cambridge, on April 19, 2013 as authorities search for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tamerlan. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) #


West New York Police officers collect evidence from the apartment of Alina Tsarnaeva, sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, in West New York, New Jersey, on April 19, 2013. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz) #


Anzor Tsarnaev, who calls himself father of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, gives an interview in Makhachkala in this video grab from the footage via Reuters TV, on April 19, 2013. The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are ethnic Chechen brothers who spent much of their lives away from the breakaway Russian republic and showed few signs of radicalism in the United States, friends and relatives say. Much is still unknown about Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Cambridge residents identified by a national security official as suspects in the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded 176 on Monday.(Reuters/Reuters TV) #


Law enforcement officers place themselves in an overhead position on Arsenal Street, in the search area for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #


Members of the media take cover on the instruction of law enforcement officers while covering a police reaction to a suspect on Arsenal Street, in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #


A person watches from inside a home as a SWAT team member keeps watch while searching for 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #


Police SWAT team members run towards a police assault on a house as gunfire erupts on Franklin Street during the search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #


Law enforcement respond to shots at a scene reportedly where a suspect was hiding in Watertown, on April 19, 2013.(Darren McCollester/Getty Images) #


Law enforcement evacuate people near where a suspect was hiding on Franklin Street in Watertown, on April 19, 2013.(Darren McCollester/Getty Images) #


An officer evacuates a child from an area where a suspect was hiding in Watertown, on April 19, 2013.(Darren McCollester/Getty Images) #


A police SWAT team member readies his weapon in the middle of Franklin Street as gunfire erupts during the search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #


Rosie Meyer, who said she heard gunshots, reacts while watching police respond on April 19, 2013 in Watertown.(Mario Tama/Getty Images) #


Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin street where there was an active crime scene search for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #


A light beam from a helicopter, top right, aims in the direction of Watertown, Massachusetts, where officials searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon explosions, on April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) #


People watch as police search for suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, in Watertown, on April 19, 2013.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #


Police watch as an ambulance leaves Franklin Street at the end of the search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, in Watertown, on April 19, 2013. Boston Police said on Friday they have taken custody of the second suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and are sweeping the suburban Boston neighborhood where he was captured after a massive manhunt.(Reuters/Shannon Stapleton) #


Members of different law enforcement agencies, in an area around Franklin Street in Watertown, Massachusetts, on April 19, 2013, at the end of a 22-hour manhunt. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was captured later the same night, after being found hiding inside a boat in the backyard of a Watertown residence. The two men are suspects in the bombings of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)


Flames erupt from the South Tower of the World Trade Center, after it was struck by hijacked United Airlines Flight 175, in New York City, on September 11, 2001. The aircraft crashed into the tower traveling at a speed of approximately 586 miles per hour.(Reuters/Sean Adair)


Moments after United Airlines Flight 175, with 56 passengers (including the 5 hijackers) and 9 crew members, struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center between floors 77 and 85 on September 11, 2001, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


Some of the estimated 10,000 gallons of jet fuel aboard United Airlines Flight 175 erupts in a fiery blast from the side of the South Tower of the World Trade Center after the plane crashed into it on September 11, 2001, in New York City. (AP Photo/Ernesto Mora)


Two women hold each other as they watch the World Trade Center burn following a terrorist attack on the twin skyscrapers in New York City on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Ernesto Mora)


The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)


Smoke billows from the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan in this image taken by a U.S. Geological Survey satellite that flew over the region at about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/USGS) #


People hang from the windows of the North Tower of the World Trade Center after a hijacked airliner hit the building September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images) #


A man leaps to his death from a fire and smoke filled North Tower of the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001 in New York City after terrorists crashed two hijacked passenger planes into the twin towers. (Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images) #


A man jumps from the upper floors of the burning North Tower of New York's World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Richard Drew) #


A man jumps from the North Tower of New York's World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) #


This photo from a Pentagon surveillance camera shows the fireball that resulted when the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, with 58 passengers and 6 crew members aboard, slammed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo)


Debris rains down on the street as the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses after hijacked planes crashed into the towers on September 11, 2001 in New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) #


Police and pedestrians run for cover during the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower, on September 11, 2001 in New York.(Doug Kanter/AFP/Getty Images) #


People covered in dust walk over debris near the World Trade Center in New York City, on September 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova) #


Mark Stahl of Somerset, Pennsylvania displays a photo he took early on September 11, 2001 after United Airlines Flight 93 crashed just outside of Shanskville. Stahl heard the crash and wandered up to the site where he took the photo before the area was cordoned off by rescue workers. The plane crashed shortly after two hijacked commercial planes slammed into the twin towers of the New York's World Trade Center, causing both 110-story landmarks to collapse. (Reuters/Jason Cohn) #


An FBI aerial photograph shows the crash site of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 12, 2001. The Boeing 757 was headed from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco when it made an abrupt turn near Cleveland and veered back east across Pennsylvania before crashing in Shanksville, killing all 44 aboard. Flight 93 was the fourth plane to crash in a coordinated terrorist attack that included New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the only one that didn't take lives on the ground.(AP Photo/FBI) #


Firefighters and emergency personnel investigate the scene of the fatal crash of United Airlines Flight 93, on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Tribune-Democrat/David Lloyd) #


At 10:28 a.m., after burning for 102 minutes, the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses on September 11, 2001 in New York City. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff) #


One of the World Trade Center Towers crumbles as it collapses on September 11, 2001 in New York City.(Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images) #


This photo taken September 11, 2001 by the New York City Police Department shows smoke and ash engulfing the area around the World Trade Center as the North Tower collapses in New York. (AP Photo/NYPD, Det. Greg Semendinger) #


Dust, smoke and debris fill the air as one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City collapses in this September 11, 2001 photo.(Reuters/Shannon Stapleton) #


Dust, smoke and ash engulf buildings around the World Trade Center in New York City, after the collapse of both towers on September 11, 2001. Photo taken by the New York City Police Department. (AP Photo/NYPD, Det. Greg Semendinger) #


People run from the collapse of World Trade Center towers in New York, on September 11, 2001, after terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and brought down the twin 110-story towers. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)


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