The Curious One

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Jimmy Carter - Speaking frankly about Israel and Palestine

Speaking frankly about Israel and Palestine

By Jimmy Carter
LA Times
December 8, 2006
I signed a contract with Simon & Schuster two years ago to write a book about the Middle East, based on my personal observations as the Carter Center monitored three elections in Palestine and on my consultations with Israeli political leaders and peace activists.

We covered every Palestinian community in 1996, 2005 and 2006, when Yasser Arafat and later Mahmoud Abbas were elected president and members of parliament were chosen. The elections were almost flawless, and turnout was very high - except in East Jerusalem, where, under severe Israeli restraints, only about 2% of registered voters managed to cast ballots.

The many controversial issues concerning Palestine and the path to peace for Israel are intensely debated among Israelis and throughout other nations - but not in the United States. For the last 30 years, I have witnessed and experienced the severe restraints on any free and balanced discussion of the facts. This reluctance to criticize any policies of the Israeli government is because of the extraordinary lobbying efforts of the American-Israel Political Action Committee and the absence of any significant contrary voices.

It would be almost politically suicidal for members of Congress to espouse a balanced position between Israel and Palestine, to suggest that Israel comply with international law or to speak in defense of justice or human rights for Palestinians. Very few would ever deign to visit the Palestinian cities of Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, Gaza City or even Bethlehem and talk to the beleaguered residents. What is even more difficult to comprehend is why the editorial pages of the major newspapers and magazines in the United States exercise similar self-restraint, quite contrary to private assessments expressed quite forcefully by their correspondents in the Holy Land.

With some degree of reluctance and some uncertainty about the reception my book would receive, I used maps, text and documents to describe the situation accurately and to analyze the only possible path to peace: Israelis and Palestinians living side by side within their own internationally recognized boundaries. These options are consistent with key U.N. resolutions supported by the U.S. and Israel, official American policy since 1967, agreements consummated by Israeli leaders and their governments in 1978 and 1993 (for which they earned Nobel Peace Prizes), the Arab League's offer to recognize Israel in 2002 and the International Quartet's "Roadmap for Peace," which has been accepted by the PLO and largely rejected by Israel.

The book is devoted to circumstances and events in Palestine and not in Israel, where democracy prevails and citizens live together and are legally guaranteed equal status.

Although I have spent only a week or so on a book tour so far, it is already possible to judge public and media reaction. Sales are brisk, and I have had interesting interviews on TV, including "Larry King Live," "Hardball," "Meet the Press," "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," the "Charlie Rose" show, C-SPAN and others. But I have seen few news stories in major newspapers about what I have written.

Book reviews in the mainstream media have been written mostly by representatives of Jewish organizations who would be unlikely to visit the occupied territories, and their primary criticism is that the book is anti-Israel. Two members of Congress have been publicly critical. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for instance, issued a statement (before the book was published) saying that "he does not speak for the Democratic Party on Israel." Some reviews posted on Amazon.com call me "anti-Semitic," and others accuse the book of "lies" and "distortions." A former Carter Center fellow has taken issue with it, and Alan Dershowitz called the book's title "indecent."

Out in the real world, however, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I've signed books in five stores, with more than 1,000 buyers at each site. I've had one negative remark - that I should be tried for treason - and one caller on C-SPAN said that I was an anti-Semite. My most troubling experience has been the rejection of my offers to speak, for free, about the book on university campuses with high Jewish enrollment and to answer questions from students and professors. I have been most encouraged by prominent Jewish citizens and members of Congress who have thanked me privately for presenting the facts and some new ideas.

The book describes the abominable oppression and persecution in the occupied Palestinian territories, with a rigid system of required passes and strict segregation between Palestine's citizens and Jewish settlers in the West Bank. An enormous imprisonment wall is now under construction, snaking through what is left of Palestine to encompass more and more land for Israeli settlers. In many ways, this is more oppressive than what blacks lived under in South Africa during apartheid. I have made it clear that the motivation is not racism but the desire of a minority of Israelis to confiscate and colonize choice sites in Palestine, and then to forcefully suppress any objections from the displaced citizens. Obviously, I condemn any acts of terrorism or violence against innocent civilians, and I present information about the terrible casualties on both sides.

The ultimate purpose of my book is to present facts about the Middle East that are largely unknown in America, to precipitate discussion and to help restart peace talks (now absent for six years) that can lead to permanent peace for Israel and its neighbors. Another hope is that Jews and other Americans who share this same goal might be motivated to express their views, even publicly, and perhaps in concert. I would be glad to help with that effort.

By Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States. His newest book is "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," published last month. He is scheduled to sign books Monday at Vroman's in Pasadena.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Interesting articles about John F. Kennedy and his legacy

Long time no post... been busy and didn't feel motivated much to write anything.

But recently, I've been reading some interesting articles that have awesome research on the John F. Kennedy legacy and why he was probably assasinated (whether that be by the mafia, the military industrial complex, or the government). It's amazing to see how Kennedy came from a rich family but worked so hard to try to help create equality in this nation.

The article is from Laura Knight Jadczyk 's blog.

It is pretty long at 8 parts but well worth the reading as most of her series!

The first post in the series on John F. Kennedy is entitled "The Debris
of History."

Second post: The Gladiator: John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Third Post: Is the Bush family implicated in the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

Fourth Post: Sim City and John F. Kennedy

Fifth Post: John F. Kennedy and All Those "isms"

Sixth Post: John F. Kennedy, J. Edgar Hoover, Organized Crime and the Global Village

Seventh Post: John F. Kennedy and the Psychopathology of Politics

Eighth Post: " 'John F. Kennedy and the Pigs of War' discusses John F. Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs invasion..."

Monday, June 05, 2006

Enron scandal, it goes deeper, and it hasnt really been prevented!

I found this link on the Signs of the Times Page

Enron guys get convicted, but there is a secret where companies don't have to follow the laws that would prevent another Enron scandal. Also funny is how the law firm that was working to get California back the money that was robbed from them, got indicted. Wow, someone must not want the companies that worked WITH Enron to be exposed. Heck, didn't Dick Cheney meet with Ken Lay, and also Arnold, who is now the CA governator?


- The Circle of Greed: The Cloak of Invisibility
by Mark Faulk
"Assignment of Function Relating to Granting of Authority for Issuance of Certain Directives: Memorandum for the Director of National Intelligence."

While just today, Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeffery Skilling have been convicted of conspiracy, fraud, insider trading and making false statements in deceiving their shareholders and employees, and while advocates for stock market reform continue to call for more transparency in our financial system, the federal government continued to opt instead for invisibility, granting intelligence czar John Negroponte the authority to “exempt companies from certain critical legal obligations. These obligations include keeping accurate ‘books, records, and accounts’ and maintaining ‘a system of internal accounting controls sufficient’ to ensure the propriety of financial transactions and the preparation of financial statements in compliance with ‘generally accepted accounting principles.’"

President Bush, and in fact, every president since Carter, has had the authority to allow publicly-traded companies to be exempt from the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, purportedly to hide information about top-secret defense contracts. How many times has the exemption been used? Who knows? The administration isn’t telling, and since the companies who are exempt don’t have to “keep accurate books, records, and accounts,” there is no way to know whether any…or whether all…defense contractors, or even companies who are loosely-related to defense spending, are playing by the rules. It is effectively a corporate cloak of invisibility.

And with these ambiguous words: "Assignment of Function Relating to Granting of Authority for Issuance of Certain Directives: Memorandum for the Director of National Intelligence," President Bush passed on the absolute authority to exempt whatever companies he deemed worthy of being above the law to Negroponte.

Want to know whether Halliburton’s financial records are accurate, or even if they’re required to keep records at all? Sorry, the administration won’t tell you that. Wonder if Boeing or Lockheed, or any of a thousand other publicly-traded companies, is telling you the truth about their financial condition? Nope, that’s top secret (refer to section 13[b][3][A] of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, thank you very much).

There might be one company who’s exempt from telling the truth to their shareholders about their financial well being…or there might be thousands. And every one is a potential Enron waiting to happen.

In a BusinessWeek Online article yesterday, former SEC enforcement chief William McLucas, suggested that “the ability to conceal financial information in the name of national security could lead some companies ‘to play fast and loose with their numbers.’ McLucas, a partner at the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr in Washington, added: ‘It could be that you have a bunch of books and records out there that no one knows about.’”

This bears repeating: for every company that the federal government has exempted from following the same laws that every other publicly-traded company has to adhere to, there is another potential Enron waiting to happen. Except this time, we might never know about it, we might never see justice served to those who are robbing their shareholders. Because this time, those companies, whoever they might be, don’t have to follow the rules. Don’t want another Enron to happen? Simple, just allow companies to quit following the rules altogether. Problem solved.

In the meantime, the state of Utah, after growing tired of waiting on a federal government that favors invisibility over transparency in almost every aspect of our financial system, overwhelmingly passed their own law dealing with another type of stock market fraud, stock counterfeiting, also known as “naked short selling.” HB3004 passed both the State Senate and the House with little debate, giving state securities regulators, publicly-traded companies, and individual investors legal recourse against brokers, clearing firms, hedge funds, and anyone else who fails to deliver stock purchased by shareholders. It is a practice that has flourished unabated for years, costing companies, communities, taxpayers, and individual shareholders trillions of dollars, due largely to…you guessed it…a lack of transparency in the stock market system. It’s just another version of the federal cloak of invisibility.

The Utah bill is a landmark piece of legislation, one that hopefully will be enacted in one form or another in every state in the country, since the federal government has done absolutely nothing to stop rampant fraud in the stock market. In fact, our leaders in Washington have shown time and again that when it comes to protecting the small investor against fraud on both sides of the market, that they would rather change the rules to hide the crime then arrest the criminals who are robbing America blind.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Jeff Rense: A Reinvention of What?

Jeff Rense: A Reinvention of What?

Jeff Rense: A Reinvention of What?
by Lisa Guliani



Patsy Smullin has run KOBI-TV for the last 30 years, and her father founded it. If anybody would have known Jeff Rense and the supposed 5,000 newscasts he claims to have made, it would be Patsy.

As it happens, Patsy Smullin does remember Jeff Rense, and in two different telephone conversations I had with her over the past few days, she confirmed that he did have a position at her television station for a brief time as a reporter and news anchor. Smullin stressed that Jeff Rense, or “a guy calling himself Jeff Rense” (her words), was employed at KOBI (an NBC affiliate) from June 1983 to May 1984, and she is not aware of him working at any other station in the state of Oregon either prior to his employment at KOBI-TV or afterward. [I would think if he'd worked at other stations previous to his KOBI position, these would be listed on his job application or resume when given to KOBI-TV.]

Patsy had more to say. She revealed that in her experience as Jeff Rense’s employer (and this is a direct quote), “He was not known for his honesty.” Think about it. Patsy Smullin was Rense’s employer some twenty-odd years ago. After all this tiime, the characteristic that has remained clearly in her memory is that “he was not known for his honesty”. What does that say to you? According to Ms. Smullin, at that time Jeff was also involved in several court battles with other people. One wonders if it has anything to do with him not being known for his honesty?

When asked if she could elaborate on the comment she'd made regarding Rense not being known for his honesty, her response was: "Sure. He was a compulsive liar." Also, when questioned as to the claim that Jeff anchored and produced “5000 newscasts,” Patsy Smullin laughed heartily and stated, “This is absolutely false. He never did that here.” Okay, if not at KOBI-TV, then where? Perhaps Jeff Rense will reveal this to us all at some point so we can check it out.

But on his own website, Jeff Rense claims to have been an award winning news director and TV news anchor for 10-12 years (accounts vary). If not at KOBI, then where?

continued here

Thursday, May 25, 2006

What the Pentagon Video Should Have Shown

What the Pentagon Video Should Have Shown

Signs of the Times
May 18, 2006

Thanks to Leonard Spencer at Serendipity, we can finally present you with what the Pentagon video would have shown... if a Boeing 757 had really been involved.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

More Pentagon info

Here's some good stuff from the Signs of the Times site about the video... especially the part near the end on how the camera was a similar distance from the videos of WTC being hit, meanwhile those videos clearly show the plane, and this one shows an "amorphous blob". Funny stuff as they are so convinced that this is proof of a 757. I repeat, why aren't they releasing the other videos that were filmed in the area????

Heres the link:

New Doctored Video of Pentagon Attack Release - Confirms Boeing Was Not Involved

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The New Pentagon Video- comments and questions

Just a few days ago, a few new frames of the video of the plane hitting the pentagon.
Video here

Keep in mind this video was originally released shortly after 9/11 minus those few frames. Why were they missing in the first place? Also, why are the other videos taken in the area still NOT RELEASED? That is retarded, to release this "new" video, and yet still keep the other filmed footage in the area secret.

They don't show anything new, and it looks to me it was just released to be used as propaganda to discredit the 9/11 conspiracists. Now, if they had clear evidence, I would be welcome to this video. However, it doesn't show anything different from the original video.

The conclusion that I have come up with is that the Pentagon Strike video is still the best analysis yet, IMHO.

Friday, March 17, 2006

US Military Murders Eleven Members of an Iraqi Family - Five Children Four Women and Two Men

Iraqis say US raid on home killed 11 family members

I found it on the Signs of the Times page
http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/editorials/signs20060316_USMilitaryMurdersElevenMembersofanIraqiFamilyFiveChildrenFourWomenandTwoMen.php

which got it from this article.
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyid=2006-03-15T143959Z_01_COL544311_RTRUKOC_0_UK-IRAQ-RAID.xml

US Military Murders Eleven Members of an Iraqi Family - Five Children Four Women and Two Men
By Amer Amery
Reuters
Wed Mar 15, 2006
TIKRIT, Iraq - Eleven members of an Iraqi family were killed in a U.S. raid on Wednesday, police and witnesses said. The U.S. military said two women and a child died during the bid to seize an al Qaeda militant from a house.

Television pictures showed 11 bodies in the Tikrit morgue -- five children, two men and four women. A freelance photographer later saw the bodies being buried in Ishaqi, the town 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad where the raid took place.

The U.S. military said in a statement its troops had attacked a house in Ishaqi early on Wednesday to capture a "foreign fighter facilitator for the al Qaeda in Iraq network".

"Troops were engaged by enemy fire as they approached the building," U.S. spokesman Major Tim Keefe said. "Coalition Forces returned fire utilising both air and ground assets.

"There was one enemy killed. Two women and one child were also killed in the firefight. The building ... (was) destroyed."

Keefe said the al Qaeda suspect had been captured and was being questioned.

RUBBLE

Major Ali Ahmed of the Ishaqi police said U.S. forces had landed on the roof of the house in the early hours and shot the 11 occupants, including the five children.

"After they left the house they blew it up," he said.

Another policeman, Major Farouq Hussein, said all the bodies had gunshot wounds to the head.

Pictures of the house targeted in the raid showed it had been reduced to rubble, while next to it lay the burnt-out wreckage of a truck.

Iraqi police said the U.S. military had asked for a meeting with local tribal leaders.

Photographs of the funeral showed men weeping as five children were wrapped in blankets and then lined up in a row next to freshly dug graves.

Police in Salahaddin province, a heartland of the Sunni Arab insurgency and the home region of Saddam Hussein, have frequently criticised U.S. military tactics in the area.

In January a U.S. air strike on a house in Baiji, further north, killed several members of a family. In December U.S. fighter jets dropped two 500-pound bombs on a village, also in the region, killing 10 people. The U.S. military said the people targeted had been suspected of planting roadside bombs.

Flashback:'The Salvador Option'

The Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping teams in Iraq

AP Jan. 14, 2005

What to do about the deepening quagmire of Iraq? The Pentagon’s latest approach is being called "the Salvador option"—and the fact that it is being discussed at all is a measure of just how worried Donald Rumsfeld really is. "What everyone agrees is that we can’t just go on as we are," one senior military officer told NEWSWEEK. "We have to find a way to take the offensive against the insurgents. Right now, we are playing defense. And we are losing." Last November’s operation in Fallujah, most analysts agree, succeeded less in breaking "the back" of the insurgency—as Marine Gen. John Sattler optimistically declared at the time—than in spreading it out.

Now, NEWSWEEK has learned, the Pentagon is intensively debating an option that dates back to a still-secret strategy in the Reagan administration’s battle against the leftist guerrilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 1980s. Then, faced with a losing war against Salvadoran rebels, the U.S. government funded or supported "nationalist" forces that allegedly included so-called death squads directed to hunt down and kill rebel leaders and sympathizers. Eventually the insurgency was quelled, and many U.S. conservatives consider the policy to have been a success—despite the deaths of innocent civilians and the subsequent Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal. (Among the current administration officials who dealt with Central America back then is John Negroponte, who is today the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

CENTCOM Eyes Blogs to Shape Opinion

CENTCOM Eyes Blogs to Shape Opinion

http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,89811,00.html



In a bid to find new ways to influence public opinion about U.S. operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan, a small media affairs team in Tampa has burrowed
into the mushrooming cyber world of blogs and persuaded hundreds of Web
sites -- which then link to thousands of other sites -- to post content
prepared by military public affairs officials.

Since last July, the Florida-based U.S. Central Command's public affairs
staff -- in an effort recently praised by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
for its innovation -- has been initiating contact with editors of Web sites
that cover operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, offering the same news
releases and stories written by military officials that are made available
to journalists affiliated with traditional media outlets.

In addition, this CENTCOM “electronic media engagement team” encourages
these blogs to post a direct link -- along with the command's insignia --
back to CENTCOM's main Web site.

To date, more than 300 blogs have posted links to the command's public
affairs page, which have directed millions of viewers to CENTCOM's site,
command officials say. The blogs with direct links to CENTCOM's site are
linked to another 9,300 blogs. This second band of Web sites then link to
another 270,000 blogs, providing a potentially exponential reach.

“It's an incredible way to communicate with the public,” said Lt. Col.
Richard McNorton, a CENTCOM spokesman, who oversees a team of two young,
enlisted staff members who work full time on the blogs.

It has generated new traffic to the CENTCOM Web site, he said, and paved a
new path for pushing content to the public that bypasses traditional print
and broadcast media outlets.

CENTCOM's Web site now gets more visitors through these linked blogs than it
does from search engines like Google and Yahoo. Since the outreach effort
began, online subscriptions to the command's weekly newsletter have tripled,
and the command has observed that items it sends to bloggers ripple across
the Internet, directly reaching thousands of viewers, McNorton said.

These results have attracted high-level attention.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in a speech last month to the Council on
Foreign Relations on the need for the government to improve its strategic
communications capabilities, highlighted CENTCOM's project as an exampl
e of an innovative outreach effort.

McNorton, the CENTCOM spokesman, said the command has reached out to blogs edited by
people who support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as to those who oppose it.
To date, the vast majority of the blogs that re
gularly post CENTCOM content and provide a direct link are run by what he calls
“supporters.”

“They will pretty much post anything,” he said. “The problem with that is the readers
are already pro-military. It's almost like we're preaching to the choir.”

Fewer than 10 blogs written by those who oppose U.S. operations, which CENTCOM calls
“determined detractors,” have established links, he said.

Along with these two categories, the public affairs team targets two other
blog categories, McNorton said: Those run by pundits like Bill Bennett, who
on occasion has posted CENTCOM content, and sites that are focused on
current affairs.

Based on its experience with blogs, the command is laying plans to revamp
its main Web site to provide more varied content that could be easily
exported for use on blogs, he added. CENTCOM officials are looking to take
advantage of new multimedia tools to provide video clips and podcasts --
individual sound files -- of speeches by senior command leaders like
commander Gen. John Abizaid, he said.

All CENTCOM-generated content provided to blogs is in English. A real
counter-propaganda campaign, McNorton said, would require engaging in other
languages, particularly Arabic and Farsi.

“Right now our mission is to provide information to the public,” he said.
“This is just another method of engaging directly.”

While military leaders may consider the blog outreach effort pioneering,
McNorton noted that U.S. adversaries are demonstrating effective uses of
this new medium.

“The enemy is so good at using Web sites and blogs to communicate and to
recruit. They even have virtual Caliphates. We were so far behind the
curve,” he said.

CENTCOM Eyes Blogs to Shape Opinion

CENTCOM Eyes Blogs to Shape Opinion

http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,89811,00.html


In a bid to find new ways to influence public opinion about U.S. operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan, a small media affairs team in Tampa has burrowed
into the mushrooming cyber world of blogs and persuaded hundreds of Web
sites -- which then link to thousands of other sites -- to post content
prepared by military public affairs officials.

Since last July, the Florida-based U.S. Central Command's public affairs
staff -- in an effort recently praised by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
for its innovation -- has been initiating contact with editors of Web sites
that cover operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, offering the same news
releases and stories written by military officials that are made available
to journalists affiliated with traditional media outlets.

In addition, this CENTCOM “electronic media engagement team” encourages
these blogs to post a direct link -- along with the command's insignia --
back to CENTCOM's main Web site.

To date, more than 300 blogs have posted links to the command's public
affairs page, which have directed millions of viewers to CENTCOM's site,
command officials say. The blogs with direct links to CENTCOM's site are
linked to another 9,300 blogs. This second band of Web sites then link to
another 270,000 blogs, providing a potentially exponential reach.

“It's an incredible way to communicate with the public,” said Lt. Col.
Richard McNorton, a CENTCOM spokesman, who oversees a team of two young,
enlisted staff members who work full time on the blogs.

It has generated new traffic to the CENTCOM Web site, he said, and paved a
new path for pushing content to the public that bypasses traditional print
and broadcast media outlets.

CENTCOM's Web site now gets more visitors through these linked blogs than it
does from search engines like Google and Yahoo. Since the outreach effort
began, online subscriptions to the command's weekly newsletter have tripled,
and the command has observed that items it sends to bloggers ripple across
the Internet, directly reaching thousands of viewers, McNorton said.

These results have attracted high-level attention.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in a speech last month to the Council on
Foreign Relations on the need for the government to improve its strategic
communications capabilities, highlighted CENTCOM's project as an exampl
e of an innovative outreach effort.

McNorton, the CENTCOM spokesman, said the command has reached out to blogs edited by
people who support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as to those who oppose it.
To date, the vast majority of the blogs that re
gularly post CENTCOM content and provide a direct link are run by what he calls
“supporters.”

“They will pretty much post anything,” he said. “The problem with that is the readers
are already pro-military. It's almost like we're preaching to the choir.”

Fewer than 10 blogs written by those who oppose U.S. operations, which CENTCOM calls
“determined detractors,” have established links, he said.

Along with these two categories, the public affairs team targets two other
blog categories, McNorton said: Those run by pundits like Bill Bennett, who
on occasion has posted CENTCOM content, and sites that are focused on
current affairs.

Based on its experience with blogs, the command is laying plans to revamp
its main Web site to provide more varied content that could be easily
exported for use on blogs, he added. CENTCOM officials are looking to take
advantage of new multimedia tools to provide video clips and podcasts --
individual sound files -- of speeches by senior command leaders like
commander Gen. John Abizaid, he said.

All CENTCOM-generated content provided to blogs is in English. A real
counter-propaganda campaign, McNorton said, would require engaging in other
languages, particularly Arabic and Farsi.

“Right now our mission is to provide information to the public,” he said.
“This is just another method of engaging directly.”

While military leaders may consider the blog outreach effort pioneering,
McNorton noted that U.S. adversaries are demonstrating effective uses of
this new medium.

“The enemy is so good at using Web sites and blogs to communicate and to
recruit. They even have virtual Caliphates. We were so far behind the
curve,” he said.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Finally, somebody who isn't bought and paid for by the Repubs and Dems has proposed a solution that could really work against the Washington gang!

Finally, somebody who isn't bought and paid for by the Repubs and Dems has proposed a solution that could really work against the Washington gang!

http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/editorials/signs_WhatCanYouDo.php

What Can You Do?
Signs of the Times and Cassiopaea

The other day SOTT received an email from a popular “Activist” website soliciting funds. The message said:

Dear member,

Yesterday 6,613 of us contributed $389,900 towards our $3.5 million field organizing plan for the election, smashing our goal of $250,000 for the week. Amazing. This generosity gives us a great deal of hope--and we've got to keep the momentum going. Can we make it to $600,000 by Friday?

A contribution of $100 from 2,100 more of us will get us there. Can you pitch in? You can contribute by credit card or check at the link below—it takes just a minute.

Wow! In one day they were able to raise $389,900.00 !!! And they are shooting for Three and a Half MILLION? What for?

Well, for their political ads and campaigns.

We wondered just what planet the people live on who gave this kind of money? Haven't they been paying attention? Don't they know that there is absolutely NO possibility that buying political ads or backing political candidates is going to make one bit of difference?

Think about it: Bush and the Neocons have been spying illegally for over a year now, and he has the gall to brag about it and shove it in our faces, and to declare that he's going to continue. In the midst of this uproar, he even gets his court pick accepted ensuring that no legal action will ever be taken against him. And while we are on the subject, just WHO have the Neocons been spying on that were such sensitive targets that they couldn't even be bothered with getting a rubber stamp approval?

The object of the illegal spying wasn't really to target innocent Americans as the Neocons would like us all to think.

Does anyone actually think that Bush and Gang would spend their time listening in on conversations between Junior and his granny in Pakistan? Does anyone seriously think that the arrogant Karl Rove is going to waste his time on “average Americans?” Do you think he - or ANY of them - really think that there are "terrorists" in America?

Of course not. They know that the whole "terrorist threat" is manufactured. They aren't going to waste their time looking for something that they created in their sick imaginations.

So, WHO are they REALLY spying on? And why did they out themselves as Bush did just before Christmas?

Sure, we read that it was done because the NY Times was going to publish a story that they had withheld for over a year. "President George W. Bush was so desperate to stop The New York Times' secret spy program story he summoned Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Executive Editor Bill Keller to the Oval Office to try to talk them out of running it, Newsweek reported on its Web site on Monday."

That smacks of smokescreen. Does anyone really believe that if the President wanted the NY Times to keep quiet that there would be a problem? After Judy Miller? Not a chance.

The whole thing stinks of a smokescreen. So, what are they trying to hide? What are they trying to distract attention away from? As Paul Craig Roberts has written:

We have reached a point where the Bush administration is determined to totally eclipse the people. Bewitched by neoconservatives and lustful for power, the Bush administration and the Republican Party are aligning themselves firmly against the American people. Their first victims, of course, were the true conservatives. Having eliminated internal opposition, the Bush administration is now using blackmail obtained through illegal spying on American citizens to silence the media and the opposition party.

Before flinching at my assertion of blackmail, ask yourself why President Bush refuses to obey the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The purpose of the FISA court is to ensure that administrations do not spy for partisan political reasons. The warrant requirement is to ensure that a panel of independent federal judges hears a legitimate reason for the spying, thus protecting a president from the temptation to abuse the powers of government. The only reason for the Bush administration to evade the court is that the Bush administration had no legitimate reasons for its spying. This should be obvious even to a naif.[...]

The years of illegal spying have given the Bush administration power over the media and the opposition. Journalists and Democratic politicians don't want to have their adulterous affairs broadcast over television or to see their favorite online porn sites revealed in headlines in the local press with their names attached. Only people willing to risk such disclosures can stand up for the country.

So, what other journalists, congressmen, judges, various other government officials are they REALLY spying on? After all, considering the nature of these creatures that have taken over the U.S., you have to know that they are only going to expend their energy on things that will bring them the biggest rewards of money and power. The hoopla about spying on innocent Americans to ferret out terrorists is just a smokescreen; it was, purely and simply, to spy on political opponents, journalists, and to obtain material for blackmail so as to completely control the political process.

And that means that all those hundreds of thousands of dollars, millions of dollars even, that are flowing into the coffers of various “Political Action” groups are all going to waste. It's all for nothing. Nothing will change. They will spend your money, make a big show, make a good living off of it, and nothing, NOTHING, will change.

Yes indeed, the desire for change in the country is intense – 60% think America is on the wrong track.

Yes, President Bush is very unpopular. Only 39% approve of him in one poll – his polls are as bad as Nixon's were around Watergate.

No, the news isn't any better for Congress; 63% of Americans want Congress to move in a new direction. Based on very good information it seems that many members of Congress did NOT approve of the confirmation of Samuel Alito. But he was confirmed anyway with some notable Democratic switchovers! (A little domestic spying bearing fruit?)

Yes, it is true that the Republican-controlled Congress' approval ratings are at 29%, but don't think for a minute that the wheels are coming off the right-wing machine. Sure, Karl Rove is under scrutiny, Tom DeLay is under indictment and the Abramoff scandal keeps everyone titillated while the Neocon juggernaut just keeps on stomping across America.

Yes, it is true that everywhere, on all the issues, the people are rejecting the Bush/Neocon agenda from Iraq to Social Security to budget cuts, to funding the war machine, to drilling in the Arctic. But none of it makes one bit of difference to an administration that owns the media, the Intelligence agencies, the military, the Congress and now, the Supreme Court. While the pundits tell us Bush is in trouble, he continues to get his victories on the ground.

Nothing that the political activists have done or said or advertised about has made one whit of difference. Nothing. The same game is being played with Iran that was played with Iraq, and if something doesn't change in a very fundamental way very, very soon, America IS going to be embroiled in a global war that may, indeed, be the end of America.

With so many of our readers writing to us asking “What to do?”, we thought that we would make an experiment. We fought like hell against the Alito confirmation for weeks. We activated our group members, wrote letters, sent emails, made phone calls, sent FAXes, day after day after day. We blogged, we posted to internet forums, we listened to the agreement of hundreds of thousands of people who stood with us against the confirmation of Alito.

We KNOW we were having an effect because, toward the end, there WERE notable congressional reps responding to this pressure and calling for the filibuster. We don't think for a minute that they were serious, we think that rather they were giving lip-service to the idea to calm down all the activists.

The facts “on the ground” are that Alito was confirmed. He was confirmed because the Neocons OWN everything, including the Democrats. It's that simple.

As it now stands, the Republican juggernaut is unbreakable. The corruption scandals, the admitted lying, the low approval ratings, none of that makes any difference. This fall, there is absolutely NO chance of ending the Republican stranglehold on Congress. Anybody who does not see this is deluding themselves and taking you for your money. It's that simple.

As long as the Neocons own the media, the intelligence agencies, the military, the courts, congress AND the voting machines, NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE.

Would it make a difference if the Democrats returned to power?

MoveOn.org, the organisation who's email we cited above, is a front for the Democratic Party in the US. They serve to rally and deflect liberals who want to do something in the face of the Bush gang into doing exactly the kinds of activities that can change nothing. Their latest plan is to try and raise money to fight the Republicans in the next election. What? So that the spineless and equally corrupt Democrats, who have allowed Bush to capture the Supreme Court, illegally spy on Americans, get away with phoney commissions about 9/11, allowed the neo-cons and Israel to get away with 9/11, allowed Israel to continue its genocide of the Palestinians, who say that Bush needs to get serious about the war in Iraq and win it, who may not have received as much money from Abramoff as the Republicans, but who have their own lobbyists and slush funds, be put into power in order to improve things??? Is it really going to change anything? Is any dollar given to this cause going to be better spent than if it were thrown into a fire and burned?

You might as well imagine that Ariel Sharon going to rise from his sickbed and lead the Palestinians to a just and equitable one-state solution.

If there is no political opposition in the United States, if none of this anti-Bush busy work can have any beneficial affect, we come back to the question "What can I do?"

We receive many emails from people asking us this question. They can objectively see the situation in the United States, they understand that the Bush gang are imposing fascism, that the neo-cons and Israel were behind 9/11, that the administration lies, that the US Constitution has been torn into tiny pieces... they understand all that. So they ask us, "What can we do?"

As John Kaminski says with his usual eloquence in his article "Pain in the Brain":

Over and over I keep repeating: It doesn't matter who gets elected. All that stuff is a waste of time. America will continue to bomb and poison the world no matter who's in the White House.... The conversation on the radio show was about peace demonstrations. I commented that large peace events were nice for meeting people, but didn't accomplish anything, except reinforce the hollow illusion that we have free speech in the USA.

Indeed. Letters to the editor, peace marches, petitions, phone calls to your congressmen, these are only symbolic acts, moments when one can take a stand for the truth, doing so with no thought or anticipation to the outcome. They will change nothing... yet.

No amount of money that you give to any political organization is going to make any difference whatsoever.

That's the bad news. Activism based on the old model simply doesn't work against fascism.

Is there any good news? What does work? Can anything work? What can we DO?

We think there IS something that can be done, but it is going to require something that we talk about a lot on this website: Networking, colinearity and nonlinear dynamics. To just briefly explain, colinearity is when a lot of people are networked together, all going in the same direction. Nonlinear dynamics are the laws of physics that tell us that constantly applied pressure can keep building and building until it reaches a “popping” point when EVERYTHING shifts, and no one can know beforehand exactly when, where or how that critical mass will be reached.

We think that the solution to the problems facing America today can't yet be seen because there aren't enough people going in the same direction, all applying the pressure to the same goal/point.

That has got to change. And that can only change by a mass change of thinking. Americans needs to stop wasting energy on the wrong things and start spending it on the right things in the right way at the right time. We think that those who are sincerely working for change need to network together, to support each other not only in word and deed, but financially.

Yes, we have a plan. But like any plan, it requires funding. And unlike useless political plans, we can't reveal all the details because we want the plan to work. For those of you who have figured it out, yes, this is an information war, and we don't have the trillions of dollars that the Pentagon has to wage it. We have very limited funds, in fact.

In order to begin to implement our plan, we are going to need a lot of money. But we aren't asking you for that money, we aren't asking you for $3.25 million like certain political activist groups that don't accomplish anything. We are asking for something quite different. We are asking you to help us fund a real, significant Conscience Network. We already contribute financially to several 9-11 researchers and Activists who are struggling to stay afloat. We need to do more. Every day we see the sincere one, the ones that can't be bought off or co-opted, falling by the wayside, giving up in frustration and despair. Everyday we see the agents of COINTELPRO spreading their clever lies wrapped in truths over an ever widening sphere of influence, and those who can see, those who KNOW, are helpless. If they say a word, the small income they have will be cut off and they will have no further means of continuing to speak out.

That's how it works. First they try to buy off the sincere Truth seeker and speaker. If that doesn't work, then they try to destroy them financially. If that doesn't work, then they try to destroy your reputation. We've seen it and experienced it.

If you read these pages, it is likely to be because you get something from them. Readers of Signs of the Times and the Cassiopaea sites, as well as Laura's books, tell us how much our work means to them. You have come across this work, and it has touched you. It may even have changed you.

You know this to be true.

What if you could help us to support others of like mind, and then to help more and more people to have access to that work? And then, what if those others began to open their eyes and minds to what a true NETWORK is all about?

Up until now limited financial resources have meant that we have not been able to compete with the Pentagon COINTELPRO and Propaganda Budget. We've had to bootstrap every phase of our activity for the past eight years. You, the reader, can see the changes, the development of the site, the spreading influence and increasing readership. That has been due mostly to steady and consistent work, word of mouth advertising, and extremely positive feedback. But, it has now become clear that unless we can get make some serious moves, we will never reach those millions of people that are asking serious questions, thirsting for answers and receiving only lies and disinformation from their government and mainstream media. We won't reach them in time. And if we don't reach them in time, the rest of our plan cannot be put into effect. It all depends on a shift in mass consciousness.

Last year, we asked our readers to help to us raise the money to buy new computer and sound recording equipment in order to improve the services that we offer to our readers free. Thanks to your generosity, the Signs Team has been equipped with the necessary tools to increase our ability to give back, to reach more people, and it has caused a dramatic increase in our readership. More and more people are looking for exactly what Signs of the Times offers: a daily charting of the changing face of our world that keeps our readers abreast of essential information, the news behind the news, that may literally save their lives.

Now, more than ever, as galloping fascism stalks the world, there is a need for as many people as possible to be appraised of the reality of the world in which they live so that this knowledge can be utilised to protect themselves and those they love. It is clear that there is absolutely no chance that the mainstream media will ever provide this service to the people of the world.

It is also clear that there are plans afoot to shut down the Internet as a source of alternative news and points of view that point out the lies, that give people an accurate account of what is happening on our planet, and that demand that the will of the majority be respected. When that happens, sites like Signs of the Times will no longer be available, the information that you get today for free will not even be available if you were willing to pay. To prepare for this, we have been publishing as much of our material as possible as books. To date, we have books totalling over 4000 pages. We have plans for much more during the coming year.

But the books serve no purpose if they sit on shelves or boxed up in cartons. They need to move, they need to get out into bookstores, and from bookstores into homes. For that, we need to advertise. And that costs money. People thirsty for knowledge need the opportunity to learn about our work so that they, too, will understand the gravity of the situation we face and can see the possibility of a different way of living, of be ing.

We CAN make a difference; we just have to go about it in an altogether different way than has been tried up to this point. We need a bootstrap to the next level. That's what we are asking you for.

But we don't have much time. We need to work fast. The Darkness is falling and we need a lot of fuel to keep the lighthouse going. As Bob Dylan put, “It's not dark yet, but it's getting there”.

If every one of our daily readers could give $100.00 to help us counter the propaganda of the dark forces occupying America and open the eyes of others to the infinite possibilities of a colinear network pushing the envelope, we could create a network of Light and Truth that will shine from Sea to Shining Sea.

At this point, none of us have anything to lose anymore, except the last vestiges of our freedom. So, please, dig as deep as you can TODAY. If you can't possibly afford $100, then give what you can. It's time to Rock and Roll!

To Donate click here:
http://www.qfgpublishing.com/

Finally, somebody who isn't bought and paid for by the Repubs and Dems has proposed a solution that could really work against the Washington gang!

Finally, somebody who isn't bought and paid for by the Repubs and Dems has proposed a solution that could really work against the Washington gang!

http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/editorial

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What Can You Do?
Signs of the Times and Cassiopaea

The other day SOTT received an email from a

popular “Activist” website soliciting funds.

The message said:

Dear member,

Yesterday 6,613 of us contributed

$389,900 towards our $3.5 million field

organizing plan for the election, smashing

our goal of $250,000 for the week. Amazing.

This generosity gives us a great deal of

hope--and we've got to keep the momentum

going. Can we make it to $600,000 by Friday?

A contribution of $100 from 2,100 more of

us will get us there. Can you pitch in? You

can contribute by credit card or check at the

link below—it takes just a minute.

Wow! In one day they were able to raise

$389,900.00 !!! And they are shooting for

Three and a Half MILLION? What for?

Well, for their political ads and campaigns.

We wondered just what planet the people live

on who gave this kind of money? Haven't they

been paying attention? Don't they know that

there is absolutely NO possibility that

buying political ads or backing political

candidates is going to make one bit of

difference?

Think about it: Bush and the Neocons have

been spying illegally for over a year now,

and he has the gall to brag about it and

shove it in our faces, and to declare that

he's going to continue. In the midst of this

uproar, he even gets his court pick accepted

ensuring that no legal action will ever be

taken against him. And while we are on the

subject, just WHO have the Neocons been

spying on that were such sensitive targets

that they couldn't even be bothered with

getting a rubber stamp approval?

The object of the illegal spying wasn't

really to target innocent Americans as the

Neocons would like us all to think.

Does anyone actually think that Bush and Gang

would spend their time listening in on

conversations between Junior and his granny

in Pakistan? Does anyone seriously think that

the arrogant Karl Rove is going to waste his

time on “average Americans?” Do you think he

- or ANY of them - really think that there

are "terrorists" in America?

Of course not. They know that the whole

"terrorist threat" is manufactured. They

aren't going to waste their time looking for

something that they created in their sick

imaginations.

So, WHO are they REALLY spying on? And why

did they out themselves as Bush did just

before Christmas?

Sure, we read that it was done because the NY

Times was going to publish a story that they

had withheld for over a year. "President

George W. Bush was so desperate to stop The

New York Times' secret spy program story he

summoned Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and

Executive Editor Bill Keller to the Oval

Office to try to talk them out of running it,

Newsweek reported on its Web site on Monday."

That smacks of smokescreen. Does anyone

really believe that if the President wanted

the NY Times to keep quiet that there would

be a problem? After Judy Miller? Not a

chance.

The whole thing stinks of a smokescreen. So,

what are they trying to hide? What are they

trying to distract attention away from? As

Paul Craig Roberts has written:

We have reached a point where the Bush

administration is determined to totally

eclipse the people. Bewitched by

neoconservatives and lustful for power, the

Bush administration and the Republican Party

are aligning themselves firmly against the

American people. Their first victims, of

course, were the true conservatives. Having

eliminated internal opposition, the Bush

administration is now using blackmail

obtained through illegal spying on American

citizens to silence the media and the

opposition party.

Before flinching at my assertion of

blackmail, ask yourself why President Bush

refuses to obey the Foreign Intelligence

Surveillance Act. The purpose of the FISA

court is to ensure that administrations do

not spy for partisan political reasons. The

warrant requirement is to ensure that a panel

of independent federal judges hears a

legitimate reason for the spying, thus

protecting a president from the temptation to

abuse the powers of government. The only

reason for the Bush administration to evade

the court is that the Bush administration had

no legitimate reasons for its spying. This

should be obvious even to a naif.[...]

The years of illegal spying have given

the Bush administration power over the media

and the opposition. Journalists and

Democratic politicians don't want to have

their adulterous affairs broadcast over

television or to see their favorite online

porn sites revealed in headlines in the local

press with their names attached. Only people

willing to risk such disclosures can stand up

for the country.

So, what other journalists, congressmen,

judges, various other government officials

are they REALLY spying on? After all,

considering the nature of these creatures

that have taken over the U.S., you have to

know that they are only going to expend their

energy on things that will bring them the

biggest rewards of money and power. The

hoopla about spying on innocent Americans to

ferret out terrorists is just a smokescreen;

it was, purely and simply, to spy on

political opponents, journalists, and to

obtain material for blackmail so as to

completely control the political process.

And that means that all those hundreds of

thousands of dollars, millions of dollars

even, that are flowing into the coffers of

various “Political Action” groups are all

going to waste. It's all for nothing. Nothing

will change. They will spend your money, make

a big show, make a good living off of it, and

nothing, NOTHING, will change.

Yes indeed, the desire for change in the

country is intense – 60% think America is on

the wrong track.

Yes, President Bush is very unpopular. Only

39% approve of him in one poll – his polls

are as bad as Nixon's were around Watergate.

No, the news isn't any better for Congress;

63% of Americans want Congress to move in a

new direction. Based on very good information

it seems that many members of Congress did

NOT approve of the confirmation of Samuel

Alito. But he was confirmed anyway with some

notable Democratic switchovers! (A little

domestic spying bearing fruit?)

Yes, it is true that the

Republican-controlled Congress' approval

ratings are at 29%, but don't think for a

minute that the wheels are coming off the

right-wing machine. Sure, Karl Rove is under

scrutiny, Tom DeLay is under indictment and

the Abramoff scandal keeps everyone

titillated while the Neocon juggernaut just

keeps on stomping across America.

Yes, it is true that everywhere, on all the

issues, the people are rejecting the

Bush/Neocon agenda from Iraq to Social

Security to budget cuts, to funding the war

machine, to drilling in the Arctic. But none

of it makes one bit of difference to an

administration that owns the media, the

Intelligence agencies, the military, the

Congress and now, the Supreme Court. While

the pundits tell us Bush is in trouble, he

continues to get his victories on the ground.

Nothing that the political activists have

done or said or advertised about has made one

whit of difference. Nothing. The same game is

being played with Iran that was played with

Iraq, and if something doesn't change in a

very fundamental way very, very soon, America

IS going to be embroiled in a global war that

may, indeed, be the end of America.

With so many of our readers writing to us

asking “What to do?”, we thought that we

would make an experiment. We fought like hell

against the Alito confirmation for weeks. We

activated our group members, wrote letters,

sent emails, made phone calls, sent FAXes,

day after day after day. We blogged, we

posted to internet forums, we listened to the

agreement of hundreds of thousands of people

who stood with us against the confirmation of

Alito.

We KNOW we were having an effect because,

toward the end, there WERE notable

congressional reps responding to this

pressure and calling for the filibuster. We

don't think for a minute that they were

serious, we think that rather they were

giving lip-service to the idea to calm down

all the activists.

The facts “on the ground” are that Alito was

confirmed. He was confirmed because the

Neocons OWN everything, including the

Democrats. It's that simple.

As it now stands, the Republican juggernaut

is unbreakable. The corruption scandals, the

admitted lying, the low approval ratings,

none of that makes any difference. This fall,

there is absolutely NO chance of ending the

Republican stranglehold on Congress. Anybody

who does not see this is deluding themselves

and taking you for your money. It's that

simple.

As long as the Neocons own the media, the

intelligence agencies, the military, the

courts, congress AND the voting machines,

NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE.

Would it make a difference if the Democrats

returned to power?

MoveOn.org, the organisation who's email we

cited above, is a front for the Democratic

Party in the US. They serve to rally and

deflect liberals who want to do something in

the face of the Bush gang into doing exactly

the kinds of activities that can change

nothing. Their latest plan is to try and

raise money to fight the Republicans in the

next election. What? So that the spineless

and equally corrupt Democrats, who have

allowed Bush to capture the Supreme Court,

illegally spy on Americans, get away with

phoney commissions about 9/11, allowed the

neo-cons and Israel to get away with 9/11,

allowed Israel to continue its genocide of

the Palestinians, who say that Bush needs to

get serious about the war in Iraq and win it,

who may not have received as much money from

Abramoff as the Republicans, but who have

their own lobbyists and slush funds, be put

into power in order to improve things??? Is

it really going to change anything? Is any

dollar given to this cause going to be better

spent than if it were thrown into a fire and

burned?

You might as well imagine that Ariel Sharon

going to rise from his sickbed and lead the

Palestinians to a just and equitable

one-state solution.

If there is no political opposition in the

United States, if none of this anti-Bush busy

work can have any beneficial affect, we come

back to the question "What can I do?"

We receive many emails from people asking us

this question. They can objectively see the

situation in the United States, they

understand that the Bush gang are imposing

fascism, that the neo-cons and Israel were

behind 9/11, that the administration lies,

that the US Constitution has been torn into

tiny pieces... they understand all that. So

they ask us, "What can we do?"

As John Kaminski says with his usual

eloquence in his article "Pain in the Brain":

Over and over I keep repeating: It

doesn't matter who gets elected. All that

stuff is a waste of time. America will

continue to bomb and poison the world no

matter who's in the White House.... The

conversation on the radio show was about

peace demonstrations. I commented that large

peace events were nice for meeting people,

but didn't accomplish anything, except

reinforce the hollow illusion that we have

free speech in the USA.

Indeed. Letters to the editor, peace

marches, petitions, phone calls to your

congressmen, these are only symbolic acts,

moments when one can take a stand for the

truth, doing so with no thought or

anticipation to the outcome. They will change

nothing... yet.

No amount of money that you give to any

political organization is going to make any

difference whatsoever.

That's the bad news. Activism based on the

old model simply doesn't work against

fascism.

Is there any good news? What does work? Can

anything work? What can we DO?

We think there IS something that can be done,

but it is going to require something that we

talk about a lot on this website: Networking,

colinearity and nonlinear dynamics. To just

briefly explain, colinearity is when a lot of

people are networked together, all going in

the same direction. Nonlinear dynamics are

the laws of physics that tell us that

constantly applied pressure can keep building

and building until it reaches a “popping”

point when EVERYTHING shifts, and no one can

know beforehand exactly when, where or how

that critical mass will be reached.

We think that the solution to the problems

facing America today can't yet be seen

because there aren't enough people going in

the same direction, all applying the pressure

to the same goal/point.

That has got to change. And that can only

change by a mass change of thinking.

Americans needs to stop wasting energy on the

wrong things and start spending it on the

right things in the right way at the right

time. We think that those who are sincerely

working for change need to network together,

to support each other not only in word and

deed, but financially.

Yes, we have a plan. But like any plan, it

requires funding. And unlike useless

political plans, we can't reveal all the

details because we want the plan to work. For

those of you who have figured it out, yes,

this is an information war, and we don't have

the trillions of dollars that the Pentagon

has to wage it. We have very limited funds,

in fact.

In order to begin to implement our plan, we

are going to need a lot of money. But we

aren't asking you for that money, we aren't

asking you for $3.25 million like certain

political activist groups that don't

accomplish anything. We are asking for

something quite different. We are asking you

to help us fund a real, significant

Conscience Network. We already contribute

financially to several 9-11 researchers and

Activists who are struggling to stay afloat.

We need to do more. Every day we see the

sincere one, the ones that can't be bought

off or co-opted, falling by the wayside,

giving up in frustration and despair.

Everyday we see the agents of COINTELPRO

spreading their clever lies wrapped in truths

over an ever widening sphere of influence,

and those who can see, those who KNOW, are

helpless. If they say a word, the small

income they have will be cut off and they

will have no further means of continuing to

speak out.

That's how it works. First they try to buy

off the sincere Truth seeker and speaker. If

that doesn't work, then they try to destroy

them financially. If that doesn't work, then

they try to destroy your reputation. We've

seen it and experienced it.

If you read these pages, it is likely to be

because you get something from them. Readers

of Signs of the Times and the Cassiopaea

sites, as well as Laura's books, tell us how

much our work means to them. You have come

across this work, and it has touched you. It

may even have changed you.

You know this to be true.

What if you could help us to support others

of like mind, and then to help more and more

people to have access to that work? And then,

what if those others began to open their eyes

and minds to what a true NETWORK is all

about?

Up until now limited financial resources have

meant that we have not been able to compete

with the Pentagon COINTELPRO and Propaganda

Budget. We've had to bootstrap every phase of

our activity for the past eight years. You,

the reader, can see the changes, the

development of the site, the spreading

influence and increasing readership. That has

been due mostly to steady and consistent

work, word of mouth advertising, and

extremely positive feedback. But, it has now

become clear that unless we can get make some

serious moves, we will never reach those

millions of people that are asking serious

questions, thirsting for answers and

receiving only lies and disinformation from

their government and mainstream media. We

won't reach them in time. And if we don't

reach them in time, the rest of our plan

cannot be put into effect. It all depends on

a shift in mass consciousness.

Last year, we asked our readers to help to us

raise the money to buy new computer and sound

recording equipment in order to improve the

services that we offer to our readers free.

Thanks to your generosity, the Signs Team has

been equipped with the necessary tools to

increase our ability to give back, to reach

more people, and it has caused a dramatic

increase in our readership. More and more

people are looking for exactly what Signs of

the Times offers: a daily charting of the

changing face of our world that keeps our

readers abreast of essential information, the

news behind the news, that may literally save

their lives.

Now, more than ever, as galloping fascism

stalks the world, there is a need for as many

people as possible to be appraised of the

reality of the world in which they live so

that this knowledge can be utilised to

protect themselves and those they love. It is

clear that there is absolutely no chance that

the mainstream media will ever provide this

service to the people of the world.

It is also clear that there are plans afoot

to shut down the Internet as a source of

alternative news and points of view that

point out the lies, that give people an

accurate account of what is happening on our

planet, and that demand that the will of the

majority be respected. When that happens,

sites like Signs of the Times will no longer

be available, the information that you get

today for free will not even be available if

you were willing to pay. To prepare for this,

we have been publishing as much of our

material as possible as books. To date, we

have books totalling over 4000 pages. We have

plans for much more during the coming year.

But the books serve no purpose if they sit on

shelves or boxed up in cartons. They need to

move, they need to get out into bookstores,

and from bookstores into homes. For that, we

need to advertise. And that costs money.

People thirsty for knowledge need the

opportunity to learn about our work so that

they, too, will understand the gravity of the

situation we face and can see the possibility

of a different way of living, of be ing.

We CAN make a difference; we just have to go

about it in an altogether different way than

has been tried up to this point. We need a

bootstrap to the next level. That's what we

are asking you for.

But we don't have much time. We need to work

fast. The Darkness is falling and we need a

lot of fuel to keep the lighthouse going. As

Bob Dylan put, “It's not dark yet, but it's

getting there”.

If every one of our daily readers could give

$100.00 to help us counter the propaganda of

the dark forces occupying America and open

the eyes of others to the infinite

possibilities of a colinear network pushing

the envelope, we could create a network of

Light and Truth that will shine from Sea to

Shining Sea.

At this point, none of us have anything to

lose anymore, except the last vestiges of our

freedom. So, please, dig as deep as you can

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Bridge Over Troubled Waters
SOTT
Laura Knight-Jadczyk
January 30, 2006

http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/editorials/signs_BridgeOverTroubledWaters.php

Smoking Mirrors: And Down Will Come Baby, Cradle and All.

Reading the above linked blog nearly made me cry. Why? Well, because I have heard the same frustration and despair expressed by other sincere

activists for World Peace in the past couple of weeks. The despair of the front line is setting in. Yes, it looks like COINTELPRO is winning.

The depression is spreading among those who have been keeping up the good fight for so long; we are succumbing to the disease. But is that

really true?

Perhaps with understanding we can find a remedy, a Bridge Over Troubled Water.

When you're weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all. I'm on your side, oh, when times get rough and friends

just can't be found, like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down. Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.

When you're down and out, when you're on the street, when evening falls so hard, I’ll comfort you. I'll take your part, oh, when darkness

comes and pain is all around, like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down. Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.

Sail on silver girl, sail on by. Your time has come to shine, All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine, oh and when you need

a friend, I'm sailing right behind Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind. Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease

your mind. [© 1969 Paul Simon]

First of all, I think that Lobaczewski has produced about the most valuable document for our times (or any times) that I have ever

encountered. Every activist needs to read this material and read it carefully. You can't go into battle without studying the opposition,

knowing their strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and so on. Lobaczewski and those other activists and resistance fighters have already been

through this. They studied it and mapped it. And the fact is, if you don't study what you are up against, you will make stupid mistakes, you

will think you are winning when you are losing, and conversely, you will think you are losing when the opponent is just bluffing.

This information is crucial. A good activist can NOT ignore it. He or she does so only at his or her own peril. Yeah, sure, it seems like a

huge burden to have to deal with accusations and counter-accusations in the COINTELPRO world, but if we don't, we are toast. As Lobaczewski

tells us:

"If physicians behaved like ethicists, i.e. left in the shadow of their personal experience of relatively un-esthetic disease phenomena

because they were primarily interested in studying questions of physical and mental hygiene, there would be no such thing as modern medicine.

Even the roots of this health-maintenance science would be hidden in similar shadows. In spite of the fact that the theory of hygiene has

been linked to medicine since its ancient beginnings, physicians were correct in their emphasis upon studying disease above all. They risked

their own health and suffered sacrifices in order to discover the causes and biological properties of illnesses and, afterwards, to

understand the patho-dynamics of the courses of these illnesses. A comprehension of the nature of a disease, and the course it runs, after

all, enables the proper curative means to be elaborated. "[Political Ponerology]

Just now, activists are the physicians of society. We can't do a thing if we don't know the nature of the disease and that is what

Lobaczewski lays out for us in all its horrible detail. We don't want to give up in despair thinking we have incurable cancer when it is just

the measles or something that must run its course and can lead to full recovery if proper nursing is applied.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Free trade - is it good for us or the cause of the bad economy?

I have been reading Signs of the Times and saw this article posted by someone (sorry don't have the link) and wow it paints the same picture.. but from a while back, and how come these Senators and Congressmen allowed it? Maybe they want us to fight for crumbs!


Adam Smith, a British economist who has been quoted by American statesmen, and Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, wrote, in his book Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, "If the free importation of foreign manufactures were permitted, several of the home manufactures would probably suffer, and some of them, perhaps, go to ruin altogether...". He noted that "two great engines for enriching the country, therefore, were restraints upon importation, and encouragements to exportation." Mr. Smith had studied under Professor Francis Hutcheson, who had written, in his book System of Moral Philosophy, in the chapter Of the Nature of Civil Laws and their Execution: "Foreign materials should be imported and even premiums given, when necessary, that all our own hands may be employed; and that, by exporting them again manufactured, we may obtain from abroad the price of our labours. Foreign manufactures and products ready for consumption should be made dear to the consumer by high duties, if we cannot altogether prohibit the consumption;..."

What Adam Smith and Francis Hutcheson are saying is: If you do A, then B will happen.

A) Eliminate duties and tariffs on goods imported into this country from the lesser developed countries.

B) Manufactures will increase in the lesser developed countries, and will decrease in this country; some manufactures here will close down; they will move their businesses to the lesser developed countries; workers in this country will lose their jobs; the economy in this country will shrink.

Well, the Congress did A, and B happened.

Back in 1992, my Congressman, William D. Ford, Democrat, Michigan, sent out a flier to his interested constituents about the pending free trade agreements in the Congress, requesting our views on the legislation. I wrote back: "It is well known in this country that the United States has a well advanced economic system and society; advanced beyond the economies of some of the other countries with which we trade. Our working people are protected in the workplace by legislation which requires a safe workplace environment. Our manufacturers are required to clean discharges into the environment to limit pollution. Many working people have contracted with employers a retirement program, and health insurance. Compensations for labor have advanced commensurate with the liberties and freedoms of the Americans, allowing Americans to have a more autonomous lifestyle. The United States is being invaded by goods from foreign countries that have provided a haven to our manufacturers who wish to avoid the costs of a clean environment, and a free people. Some of these countries have manufacturers of their own who avoid these responsibilities. The Americans cannot compete on this type of "free trade" basis. To compete, the Americans would have to regress back fifty to one hundred years, a move hardly acceptable by the American people.

According to the Constitution of the United States, the United States Congress was granted the power to "lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States". The Congress was also granted the power "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations". With these powers, the Congress, and their staff, have the capacity to determine, for instance, an equivalent automobile, comparing one from a foreign manufacturer to one of our own, and, considering the price differential between the two, lay a tax upon the imported good to balance it with our own. In this way the money could be used to "pay the Debts and provide for the ...general Welfare" of all of the States of the United States, rather than harassing the States' inhabitants with direct taxes, and the accompanying grief."

I mentioned also the writings of Adam Smith and Francis Hutcheson. Congressman Ford voted against the free trade and fast track legislation, but too many of his fellow Democrats voted in favor of the legislation, as did the many Republicans. The changes didn't happen overnight, but they did happen, and will continue to happen; and now we are reaping the harvest of this shame.

On the date 27 September 1992, 60 Minutes' Ed Bradley reported on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a taxpayer funded agency that promoted the movement of manufacturing in this country to foreign lands -- El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, China, and etc. This agency actively advertised to the American companies that they could get low interest loans to close down their American manufacturing interests and establish manufacturing overseas, and at labor costs of 57 cents per hour rather than the high wages in the US.

These trade agreements and manufacturing movements to foreign lands are designed to drive down wages in the US. Our Congressmen new this all along, as noted by several businessmen and Congressmen on talk shows during these procedures in the period of 1991 through 1993. Democrats and Republicans alike voted for these agreements. It was noted in a discussion on a program called "It's Your Business", in 1990, by Congressman Don Pease, Democrat, Ohio, who favored the NAFTA, that the American worker will just have to learn to accept a lower standard of living.

So, while the country was basking in profligacy, our economy was being undermined. Good, solid tax bases have fled the country and now the States are attempting to lay the burden of support on the victim: employees who have been left to scrounge for crumbs and to seek much lower paying jobs.

During the 1980's, the W. R. Grace Company aired a rather bleak outlook advertisement depicting the outcome. The scene was an abandoned factory with some bleachers set up inside. Some small children were huddled together; raggedy clothes, old worn out blankets, dirty, bleak faces. Up front was a table set up with a teen-age judge. The prosecutor was a teen-ager also. He was asking the defendant, who was an old man, the question: "And when you saw what was happening, what did you do?" The old man looked out at the children, then hung his head and said: "Nothing".

Senator David Vitter (R) Louisiana was on CNN, the Lou Dobbs program, on 28 September explaining his request in Congress for "a quarter of a trillion dollars in taxpayer money to rebuild after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita." Mr. Dobbs inquired of him about the wages of those working the reconstruction project since the Davis-Bacon rollback by government, and also about eliminating the requirement for documentation that workers are even American citizens. Senator Vitter declared: "Lou, I'm a free market person."

The Washington Post had an editorial entitled: "Louisiana's Looters", in which they depicted the money grab by the Senators "Like looters who seize six televisions when their homes have room for only two, the Louisiana legislators are out to grab more federal cash than they could possibly spend usefully." If Louisiana's Looters were really interested in "free market", and letting worker's wages float to the level of the undocumented worker, then Louisiana's businesses should be borrowing money from Louisiana's banks to rebuild their businesses, and let the "free market" take care of business.

We were told: "Give your job to the underdeveloped countries so that they can have the wherewithall to purchase the products that you are making." Now, I'm not a Nuclear Physicist, but does anyone else see the Catch 22 in this???

The premise that Adam Smith noted was written by him over 200 years ago, but is lost on present day American society as they stumble blindly through economic chaos toward an economic ruin. Were we warned??? Of course we were, over 200 years ago. Now we will pay the price. It will be too dear for many, but pay we will. When will we learn???

Sunday, January 15, 2006

THE NEXT WEEK WILL DECIDE IF DEMOCRACY WILL SURVIVE

THE NEXT WEEK WILL DECIDE IF DEMOCRACY WILL SURVIVE

Bush is now completely and certifiably out of control. But to remove the
last restraint on the creation of a new American dictatorship they must
install one more lock down vote on the Supreme Court, in the person of Sam
Alito.

Despite Alito's extreme right wing voting record and lifelong ideological
agenda, nobody expects him to show up at his hearing sporting a tail and
horns wearing a red suit. Instead he will lie and evade like some Wal-Mart
smiley face, just as he did when in his confirmation for the Court of
Appeals he promised to recuse himself from cases involving his own
investments. Then he fought to do precisely otherwise. He will make
absolutely any misrepresentation of his views and his agenda to try to sneak
past public accountability yet again, while his record shouts otherwise. And
only your voices speaking out now can turn the tide against this judicial
coup.

http://www.usalone.com/alito.php

We are planning a two-stage action. First with the action page above we
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hands on, and keep speaking out until we prevail, just as we did on ANWR and
the torture prohibition.

But remember that Alito was the author of the tactic of Bush trying to spin
acts of Congress with so-called "signing statements" in hopes that some
future Supreme Court (including now guess who) would give them weight over
the will of the people. And Bush did just that with the anti-torture bill,
declaring that he really didn't consider himself bound at all. Every day
from now on must be STOP Alito day, otherwise our democracy is doomed.

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Even if you have submitted something else recently, please go to the page
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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Backlash About the Pentagon Strike Article... from Above Top Secret



Joe's article about the Pentagon strike got some heat, but Laura Knight Jadczyk shows how the powers that be want it removed.... interesting to say the least!

Things have been pretty interesting around here in the past week. Seems that Joe Quinn's critique of the Above Top Secret forum posting about the 757 that did NOT hit the Pentagon has hit a nerve.

The first indication that we had that something was up was the fact that the Signs of The Times site statistics had a bit of a surge.

Now we keep a pretty good eye on our site statistics because we like to know what subjects really interest our readers. So when there is a surge, we know we are doing our job. This is most particularly true with the publication of the Pentagon Strike video: obviously, so many people "resonated" to the facts presented in this video that the current number of viewers is approacing 600 million.

Yes, that's right: 600 MILLION. It will soon be one of the most widely disseminated items ever to be published on the internet.

For the "Powers That Be," that's a problem.

Enter: Above Top Secret Forum.

Well, actually, we hadn't really paid too much attention to the ATS forum until it became almost a daily event for someone to send us, or post to our modest discussion forum, the link to this ATS post by "CatHerder." Gee, even the name of the poster gives a COIINTELPRO impression; imagine someone trying to herd cats?! That's probably how the PTB view people - a bunch of disorderly cats that need to be herded in a particular direction.

Anyway, after the first time or two that the link was posted to our forum, then people began to try to post the entire article. Well, the fact is, we are in the news publishing business because we intend it as a teaching tool, and we try to check material for validity and to weed out as many lies as possible so our readers don't have to waste a lot of their valuable time reading garbage. Unlike sites such as Rense.com and others, we DO try to publish responsibly. If we utilize mainstream articles that we suspect are "agenda slanted," we try to add comments pointing out the obvious, or at least publish such an article juxtaposed against another that makes clear the agenda. We also use flashbacks to remind readers that a current article may be sayig something exactly the opposite of what was said a few weeks, months, or even years ago. In short, our idea is to help readers learn to think, to spot the deceptions, and to develop or refine their own internal BS meters. So, as a result of our approach, we DO keep a close eye on our statistics so that we know what items interest the greatest number of people which then prompts us to do more research on those items so as to bring to our readers more material that will satisfy that desire for information.

The result of this statistical analysis is the fact that we KNOW that hundreds of millions of people do NOT believe that a 757 hit the Pentagon. They would not be avidly sharing the Pentagon Strike video with their family, friends, acquaintances, to the extent that they have done so if they were not trying to use it as a way of communicating something that is difficult to put into words, not to mention dangerous considering the Fascist takeover of America by Bush and the Neocons.

Getting back to Above Top Secret Forum: as I said, we hadn't really paid a lot of attention to them at all up to this point in time when a cadre of what we think of as COINTELPRO "floaters" hadn't been repeatedly trying to force us to publish the ATS CatHerder piece on our own website. Based on our assessment of the piece, it would have been the same thing as publishing - and giving credibility to - disinformation. We simply weren't going to do it - without commentary as we do when we publish any piece that we consider to be "agenda directed."

In the end, that was exactly what we did: we published it with commentary.

I rather think that if we had published it as a regular news piece on the Signs of The Times daily pages with NO comment, what happened next would not have happened.

But first, let me mention that we did get a lot of positive feedback on the article from readers, including several entries to our discussion forum, one of which really made us laugh:

I want a bumper sticker and a t-shirt that reads.... Evidence That a Frozen Fish Didn't Impact the Pentagon on 9/11 and Neither Did a Boeing 757

We just may see what we can do about that! I expect that such an item would sell in the millions based on the popularity of the Pentagon Strike video dissemination stats!

Now, off to the side, I was, at that moment in time, involved in a discussion with a couple of well-known Anti-war activists about my previous blog post: How to Spot COINTELPRO Agents I had written on Jan 3rd:

I have been thinking about a lot of things over the past few days and decided to make an experimental post to my blog. It was an interesting exercise because re-reading and re-thinking always leads to new understanding.

One of the things that stood out for me in the section about Rick Ross and his "cult awareness network" was this from the Cletus Nelson piece I included (published on The Lew Rockwell site):

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"Evidence suggests that these unsubstantiated claims which continue to shade our perception of the events at Mt. Carmel can be attributed to a small cadre of para-political "watchdog" groups.

.....

... in the lucrative realm of public policy activism lurk a number of pro- government advocacy groups whose very existence rests upon the notion that cult activities, political extremism or some other unnamed evil constitutes a dangerous threat to state power.

In order to identify the alleged thought criminals in our midst, operatives aligned with these private surveillance networks infiltrate unconventional spiritual or religious movements, maintain files on American citizens, and work closely with both media and law enforcement to target individuals and organizations whose beliefs run counter to establishmentarian beliefs.

In essence, these ersatz defenders of human rights act as de facto spokesmen for our emergent surveillance society. It’s COINTELPRO redux, only this time with help from a network of dubious, yet-well compensated agents.

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Even though I already *knew* that it was so at some level, I hadn't really given much conscious thought to the fact that so-called "watchdog groups" that rant "cult, cult, cult" [or a Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon] are evidently aligned with the National Security State as this article suggests.

In short, any group or individual who goes around with the kinds of rants that Weidner, Bridges (and his buddy Storm Bear Williams and gang)do, are clearly "operatives" that work closely with media and law enforcement to target individuals and organizations whose beliefs run counter to the state sanctioned Mind Control System.

We have to learn how to sort the true from the false.

Nobody was greener than I was back in summer 2001 when it all began... and if it hadn't been for the C's, I would already be toast. But I learned a lot while skirting the edges of disaster and one of the things that has stood me in good stead is a little hint from Gurdjieff:

"A decent man will behave decently even if he thinks that he has been treated unjustly or wrongly. But many people in such circumstances show a side of their nature which otherwise they would never show. And at times it is a necessary means for exposing a man's nature. So long as you are good to a man he is good to you. But what will he be like if you scratch him a little?"

When dealing with COINTELPRO, you don't even have to treat someone unjustly or wrongly, generally just disagreeing with them will do. Or doing something they don't want you to do. Just small "scratches" usually sort people out.

The very next thing that happened was that we received an email from Above Top Secret as follows:

Mark - mark@abovetopsecret.com From : USA wrote : I am disgusted by your accusation that AboveTopSecret.com, LLP is a "Government funded damage control outlet" I ask that you retract that lie.

My partners and I have spent the last several years building that site and have NEVER received a nickel from ANY government, never been asked to do ANYTHING for or by ANY government and NEVER WILL.

The fact we attract logical members who present THIER analysis and ask that other members treat them with COURTEOUSNESS and keep the discussion at an ADULT level sans flames and rediculous off topic commentary does NOT make us anything more or less than what we are. The number ONE destination on the internet to FREELY Deny Ignorance.

It is truly SAD that when a site allows ALL sides of an issue to be heard people like YOU who believe hook line and sinker there is a conspiracy where there may or may not be one, feel the need to falsely accuse us of being crooked. It makes me SICK and SAD for you.

You obviously haven't read the THOUSANDS of posts that actually SUPPORT your perspective on our site, no that would be too much work wouldn't it?

Much easier to cast a negative light upon our site in the hopes of getting yourself some attention isn't it?

Thoroughly disappointed in and DISGUSTED with YOU.

Springer...

Partner,

AboveTopSecret.com, LLP

Note: the IP that was logged from this post tracks back to Geary,Oklahoma.

I forwarded the email to the group of Anti-war activists I was discussing COINTELPRO with along with the following comments:

...here is a perfect example of the principle I mentioned last night: how a person behaves when you "scratch" him a little.

"A decent man will behave decently even if he thinks that he has been treated unjustly or wrongly. But many people in such circumstances show a side of their nature which otherwise they would never show. And at times it is a necessary means for exposing a man's nature. So long as you are good to a man he is good to you. But what will he be like if you scratch him a little?"

Yes, we have read the posts that supported the conspiracy view of 9/11 on their site, but we also read their own posts where they worked very hard to make those who supported the insider complicity argument feel stupid.

This [email from AboveTopSecret reveals the same kind of outrage that comes from people like Vinnie and Jay and the gang... they are "outraged" and "sick and sad" for us and so on and so forth. Smoke and mirrors.

And of course, we are "invited" to feel guilty by accusing us of us "casting a negative light" in order to "get attention."

What he is most exercised about seems to be the suggestion that Above Top Secret is a "government funded damage control outlet." Methinks he protests too much.

Now, what would have happened if he had written to me and said: "Hey, I read your piece and even though we disagree on the subject, I would like to object to being labeled a disinfo source. I set up the site for the same reasons you have your site: to find the truth. I just don't see any evidence of what you are saying... " etc etc...

But, since he is not there to argue the evidence, but rather to promote the lies, he can't do that. And people like that only know one way to function: to seek to destroy the other views by ridicule, shaming, playing guilt cards, aggressive insults, etc. Even if they try to mask their behavior by platitudes about being adult and courteous, they belie it by their own words. In other words, they know the words, but not the music. They are blind to their own lack of courtesy to the truth.

Or, they are disinfo...

My money is on the latter.

Ark responded to Mark/Springer of AboveTopSecret as follows:

To: mark@abovetopsecret.com
Date sent: Wed, 04 Jan 2006 08:10:18 +0100
Subject: Re: Your false accusation

On 4 Jan 2006 at 0:08, mark@abovetopsecret.com wrote:
> You obviously haven't read the THOUSANDS of posts that actually SUPPORT your
> perspective on our site, no that would be too much work wouldn't it?
>
> Much easier to cast a negative light upon our site in the hopes of getting
> yourself some attention isn't it?
>
> Thoroughly disappointed in and DISGUSTED with YOU.

Well, if you are welcoming posts supporting our perspective, than you should be also happy (rather than disapointed and disgusted) that there is another view supporting our perspective - namely OUR view.

Regards,

ark
##################################################
Dr Arkadiusz Jadczyk
http://quantumfuture.net/quantum_future/homepage.htm

The next day, an email came from another AboveTopSecret "partner" - to Ark's private email address rather than the site address. Obviously, he got this from Mark/Springer, above.

To: Arkadiusz Jadczyk
Subject: Your 9/11 article on your website...
Send reply to:
From: "SkepticOverlord"
Date sent: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 07:56:16 -0600

Greetings...

It has come to our attention that your article here:
http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/Above_Top_Secret_article.htm Is in violation of our clearly stated Creative Commons Deed, linked here:
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/cc.php?tid=79655&pid=816414 You have developed a derivative work (your content, integrated with our content) for commercial purposes (to promote the sale of a book.)

This is in clear violation of our stated license. The concept of "fair use" does not apply in this case since your current utilization of our material is in clear violation of our stated use rights.

However, in the interest of balanced debate on this subject, we do not necessarily desire the material to be removed from your site. We would be happy to see it to remain if you would kindly make the following changes: 1) Comply with the "BY:" attribute of our Creative Commons Deed (proper link and attribution). 2) Alter the HTML file name so that it does not contain our site name. 3) Alter the images directory so that it does not contain our site name. 4) Remove the text link at the bottom that promotes the sale of a book in context with your article (the banner link at the left for the same book can certainly remain since it is not in context with the text of your article).

Thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation.

Bill,
aka "SkepticOverlord"
Community and Technology Director
Partner in AboveTopSecret.com, LLP

Note: Skeptic Overlord's email came from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nothing unusual about that.

Since there was already clear identification of the author and source of the article in the first paragraph of our article, including an ACTIVE LINK to same, it seemed to us that the primary issue that AboveTopSecret had with us was the naming of the file and images folder on our website. Anyone familiar with our website knows that there are thousands of files, most of which are named after the subject matter they contain, which is the easiest way for us (or anyone) to keep track of them. If we want to find a file and make a correction, addition, or whatever, that's how we find it in the list.

Now why, we asked ourselves, would AboveTopSecret be concerned about the name of the file and the name of the images folder on our website?

There was only one obvious answer: they were concerned about search engines, that a search engine would display a link to our damning analysis of their Pro-government agenda among the returns given to anyone searching for "Above Top Secret." In short, they wanted to "own" the phrase and to monopolize the views of readers.

Not a very good example of their claimed desire to present "all sides of a question," now is it?

So, Ark replied:

To: skepticoverlord@abovetopsecret.com
Subject: Re: Your 9/11 Article
Date sent: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 18:14:36 +0100

On 5 Jan 2006 at 14:16, skepticoverlord@abovetopsecret.com wrote:
> It has come to our attention that your article here:
> http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/Above_Top_Secret_article.htm
>
> Is in violation of our clearly stated Creative Commons Deed, linked here:
>
> http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/cc.php?tid=79655&pid=816414
>

Hi,

Sorry to say, but what you say does not make any sense whatsoever.

Can you explain? Do you mean that it is your policy to be a governement agency? Or what?

Regards,

ark

Skeptic Overlord was fast on the draw. He responded:

From: "SkepticOverlord"
Copies to: simon.gray@abovetopsecret.com
Date sent: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 11:54:17 -0600

For now I'll ignore the insult and try to remain cordial.

From our vantage point, the manner in which you presented the content of your article here:
http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/Above_Top_Secret_article.htm

Appears to be designed to capitalize on our content both for commercial purposes (the selling of a book) and user confusion (file and directory names "above_top_secret").

For now, we're hoping to assume that non-compliance with our Creative Commons License (http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/cc.php?tid=79655&pid=816414 ) is accidental. And that no malicious intent is behind using our unique site name in the naming conventions of your content.

(More information on creative commons here: http://creativecommons.org/ )

The non-compliance is related to two issues:

1) Your author, Joe Quinn, and has developed a derivative work based on our material. This is not allowed under the terms of the linked CC deed. 2) Our content is used in conjunction with solicitation for the sale of a book titled, "9/11: The Ultimate Truth". This is also a violation of the terms in our linked CC deed.

The CC deed link is provided at the bottom of every piece of content on our site, and clearly provides information on how our material can be reused.

In addition, including our site name as a part of the naming system for the HTML file and subdirectories is indicative of potential malicious intent to confuse web surfers and search engines. We hope this is accidental.

We believe our request for changes to be in the spirit of collaborative debate on these important issues. Rather than insist our content be removed (which is within our rights under the clearly stated usage guidelines), we're asking for the following: 1) Comply with the "BY:" attribute of our Creative Commons Deed (proper link and attribution). 2) Alter the HTML file name so that it does not contain our site name. 3) Alter the images directory so that it does not contain our site name. 4)Remove the text link at the bottom that promotes the sale of a book in context with your article (the banner link at the left for the same book can certainly remain since it is not in context with the text of your article).

Thank you.
"SkepticOverlord"
Community and Technology Director
Partner in AboveTopSecret.com, LLP

So, we were right: there is was, explicitly stated: "including our site name as a part of the naming system for the HTML file and subdirectories is indicative of potential malicious intent to confuse web surfers and search engines. We hope this is accidental."

They apparently do NOT wish for any alternative view of what they are promoting to be available. Control of search engine results is what they are after. That suggests some serious COINTELPRO thinking has gone into the website AboveTopSecret, especially in terms of vectoring websearches and seekers of information. Ark was curious about these two approaches, the "good cop, bad cop" routine. So, he wrote back to "Skeptic Overlord," (geez, that "handle" is sure suggestive too!)

Notice also that a CC of the above email has been sent to a "Simon Gray." Hmmmm.... Who is Simon Gray? We'll get to that soon enough...

From: Arkadiusz Jadczyk
To:
Subject: Re: Your 9/11 Article
BCC to: sott@signs-of-the-times.org
Date sent: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 19:20:21 +0100

> For now I'll ignore the insult and try to remain cordial.

Hi,

Does that mean that you do not agree with the Mark (mark@abovetopsecret.com ) who wrote to us:

"Much easier to cast a negative light upon our site in the hopes of getting yourself some attention isn't it?

Thoroughly disappointed in and DISGUSTED with YOU."

I undestand from his letter that he (or you?) was not happy with our criticism, but he did not provide any argument why our tentative conclusion was incorrect.

Now you seem to provide arguments that our tentative conclusion was correct, right?

So, if I am correct, in a sense you are arguing with mark@abovetopsecret.com.

Can't you guys solve these problems within your institution?

Regards,

ark

Skeptic Overlord replied:

From: "SkepticOverlord"
Copies to: simon.gray@abovetopsecret.com
Date sent: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 12:41:10 -0600

I'm not aware of what Mark had sent you. However, is has no bearing on the reality that your article violates our published usage rights.

In my position as Community Director, I have no desire to debate which point of view is more valid or not, only to resolve the issues I've outlined in both of my emails.

Pleased indicate your intent specific to the concerns I've communicated.

Thank you.

Ark forwarded the comments of Mark/Springer to Skeptic Overlord who then responded:

From: "Arkadiusz Jadczyk"
To: "SkepticOverlord"
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 06:01 PM
Subject: Your 9/11 Article

> I'm not aware of what Mark had sent you.

OK,
Here it is:
[Mark/Springer's email snipped]
And here is what I wrote back to him:

"Well, if you are welcoming posts supporting our perspective, than you should be also happy (rather than disapointed and disgusted) that there is another view supporting our perspective - namely OUR view."

I still keep the same attitude. Only through an open discussion and analyzing all the available data there is any hope of ever getting to the truth.

Kind regards,

ark

One thing that was becoming abundantly clear was that AboveTopSecret.com was NOT the least bit interested in really searching for the truth of anything. So far, their only issues were commercial and suppressing competition of information. We next received an email from another stranger who wrote:

Date sent: 5 Jan 2006 18:23:38 -0000
To: Arkadiusz Jadczyk
From: computerbball23@yahoo.com
Subject: ATS catherder article rebuttal

Amar - computerbball23@yahoo.com From : USA : California wrote :

I was wondering if you would please comply with ATS's terms of service and creative commons license so that we can discuss your debunking article of Catherder's Pentagon plane crash article. I am not a government agent and neither is Skeptic's Overlord of AboveTopSecret. I am just a normal human being that is wanting a fair argument on what really happened at the pentagon and using your article to discuss the controversy at ATS will help a lot, but we can only use your website if you comply with ATS's rules.

thank you,

Amar

Well, since we had, as far as we knew, from the beginning, complied with the legal requirements of Fair Use for criticism and analysis,(including source and link), it seemed that the AboveTopSecret forum Overlords were putting pressure on members of their own forum to put pressure on us so they could discuss our analysis of CatHerder's disinfo piece in the forum that claimed to be willing to discuss all sides of an issue! Ark decided to see if he find out what was really going on:

To: skepticoverlord
Date sent: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 20:26:10 +0100
Subject: Re: Your 9/11 Article

On 5 Jan 2006 at 13:05, SkepticOverlord wrote:
> As requested, please focus on the issues I've itemed in my emails.
>
> Thanks.

Hi,

Just a while ago I got the following:

[Amar's message, quoted above, snipped]

Can you tell me who is "Amar"? Or is it you in disguise? The IP suggest the second conjecture...

ark

At the same time, we decided, in the spirit of cooperation, to see if we could come to an agreement. Ark wrote the following:

From: Arkadiusz Jadczyk
To: skepticoverlord@abovetopsecret.com,
mark@abovetopsecret.com,
computerbball23@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Your 9/11 Article
Date sent: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 21:13:44 +0100

Hi,

here is the more technical part:

On 5 Jan 2006, at 11:54, SkepticOverlord wrote: > > >From our vantage point, the manner in which you presented the content of > >your article here: > http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/Above_Top_Secret_article.htm > Appears to be designed to capitalize on our content both for commercial > purposes (the selling of a book) and user confusion (file and directory names > "above_top_secret").

The intent of the article is self-evident: education and, to some extent, parody.

> > For now, we're hoping to assume that non-compliance with our Creative Commons > License ( http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/cc.php?tid=79655&pid=816414 ) > is accidental. And that no malicious intent is behind using our unique site > name in the naming conventions of your content.

"Above Top Secret" is a common phrase, long in use.

> > (More information on creative commons here: http://creativecommons.org/ ) > > The non-compliance is related to two issues: > 1) Your author, Joe Quinn, and has developed a derivative work based on our > material. This is not allowed under the terms of the linked CC deed.

Joe Quinn's work is not "derivative." It is transformative commentary and parody. In a 1994 case, the Supreme Court emphasized Transformative in Character as being a primary indicator of fair use.

* Has the material been transformed by adding new expression or meaning?

* Was value added to the original by creating new information, new aesthetics, new insights and understandings?

In a parody, for example, the parodist transforms the original by holding it up to ridicule. Purposes such as scholarship, research or education may also qualify as transformative.

All of these apply in this instance.

2) Our > content is used in conjunction with solicitation for the sale of a book > titled, "9/11: The Ultimate Truth". This is also a violation of the terms in > our linked CC deed.

It is not a violation of copyright law.

> > The CC deed link is provided at the bottom of every piece of content on our > site, and clearly provides information on how our material can be reused.

Thanks. We'll stick with standard copyright law.

> > In addition, including our site name as a part of the naming system for the > HTML file and subdirectories is indicative of potential malicious intent to > confuse web surfers and search engines. We hope this is accidental.

From our point of view, it is the simplest way to identify the file in the many thousands of files on our website(s).

> > We believe our request for changes to be in the spirit of collaborative > debate on these important issues. Rather than insist our content be removed > (which is within our rights under the clearly stated usage guidelines), we're > asking for the following: 1) Comply with the "BY:" attribute of our Creative > Commons Deed (proper link and attribution).

As soon as the webmaster returns from Ireland, we'll have him make the requested changes.

2) Alter the HTML file name so > that it does not contain our site name.

Sorry, but that is not possible. As noted above, it is the easiest way to identify the file among the many thousands of files on our website(s).

3) Alter the images directory so that > it does not contain our site name.

Sorry, but that is not possible. As noted above, it is the easiest way to identify the files among the many thousands of files on our website(s).

4) Remove the text link at the bottom that > promotes the sale of a book in context with your article (the banner link at > the left for the same book can certainly remain since it is not in context > with the text of your article).

In the spirit of cooperation, we will agree to this request.

Regards,

ark

The only response was the following:

To: Arkadiusz Jadczyk
Subject: Re: Your 9/11 Article
From: "SkepticOverlord"
Date sent: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 21:40:13 -0600

Please confirm if this is your correct mailing address:
Laura Jadczyk
Dluga 40 m3
Castenau Barbarens, 32450
FR

(Obtained from the public domain record)

Thank you.

Now, let's come back to the all-important question: Who is Simon Gray???

As it happens, a little investigation produces the following WhoIs information about AboveTopSecret.com:

Registrant:

Gray, Simon
1 Sackville Close
Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3EJ
UK

Domain Name: ABOVETOPSECRET.COM

Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Gray, Simon simon.gray@abovetopsecret.com
1 Sackville Close
Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3EJ
UK
+44 1793 486619 fax: 999 999 9999

Record expires on 19-May-2013.
Record created on 18-May-1997.
Database last updated on 6-Jan-2006 08:22:18 EST.

Domain servers in listed order:

NS4.DNSMADEEASY.COM 216.88.44.132
NS3.DNSMADEEASY.COM 64.246.42.123
NS2.DNSMADEEASY.COM 66.80.146.131
NS1.DNSMADEEASY.COM 69.10.137.166
NS0.DNSMADEEASY.COM 66.80.146.130

What is MOST interesting is that the information on this WhoIs entry was updated on 6 January 2006. Wonder what triggered that? I also wondered what it said before January 6, 2006?

There happens to be an interesting post on a discussion forum named BELOWTopSecret.com (thread name: ABOVETOPSECRET.COM CIA)as follows:

I did a trace route on http://www.abovetopsecret.com/, the Node Name is listed and maintained by the government.

IP Address
213.206.128
213.206.129
213.206.130

Node Name
Gov-bb21-lan-14
Gov-bb22-lan-15
Gov-bb23-lan-16

Location
Langley, Virginia

MS
60

Network Used
whois.nic.mil (for military network information)

It was difficult to get the IP Address, It was spoofed and looped over 9 times. Anyway Langley, Virginia is where the CIA headquarters is. I�m more than concerned.

The discussion on that board is interesting because we notice "Springer" there and a general "ha ha that was a great joke" attitude about the above quoted "find." More interestingly, we discover the raw whois output for belowtopsecret.com:

Registrant:
Gray, Simon
1 Sackville Close
Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3EJ
UK

Domain Name: BELOWTOPSECRET.COM

Administrative Contact:
Gray, Simon simon.gray@abovetopsecret.com
1 Sackville Close
Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3EJ
UK
+44 1793 486619 fax: 999 999 9999

Technical Contact:
Network Solutions, LLC. customerservice@networksolutions.com
13200 Woodland Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20171-3025

US
1-888-642-9675 fax: 571-434-4620

Record expires on 21-Oct-2013.
Record created on 21-Oct-2003.
Database last updated on 7-Jan-2006 06:48:53 EST.

Domain servers in listed order:

NS3.DNSMADEEASY.COM 64.246.42.123
NS4.DNSMADEEASY.COM 216.88.44.132
NS2.DNSMADEEASY.COM 66.80.146.131
NS1.DNSMADEEASY.COM 69.10.137.166
NS0.DNSMADEEASY.COM 66.80.146.130

Again we notice that the WhoIs database was updated just today, January 7, 2006. Seems that the issue of whether or not AboveTopSecret may be COINTELPRO has provoked a flurry of "updating" activity.

Again we wonder: Who is Simon Gray?

On the AboveTopSecret website you will find the following:

ATS Weekly: Edition 001 July 19, 2005

A Word From Our Founder This is a fantastic time for AboveTopSecret.com. Over the past few years we have seen tremendous growth in many ways, most notably in terms of the sheer amount of people who visit the ATS websites. These people have formed together into a collective virtual community, and together have expanded the wealth of information on our website to nearly a quarter of a million accessible pages, making us one of the most highly regarded websites of our genre.

Moderator's Musings When thinking about what to write here, the first thing I thought about was how much I personally appreciate ATS. So this little article is a BIG thank you to everyone that makes ATS what it is. Thanks to Simon for creating ATS. Thanks to SkepticOverlord for the continued work to improve and protect the site. Thanks to the Staff who do a wonderful job keeping the quality of input here the best on the Net.

The Council Report Hi! This is the first of a series of short columns the Council staff will be contributing in the coming months. Here we will seek to give you an overall view of what the Council is up to. I've volunteered to kick off the column with my thick prose, but other Council staff members will be presenting their comments in future columns.

What's New at ATS ATS is happy to announced a long anticipated foray into the incredibly divisive and heady world of the Creationistm and Evolution controversy. Many threads relevant to creationism, evolution, and origins in general have been moved out of their original forums and transplanted into this new forum, where they have been actively revived, while new threads on new subjects are adding up at a great pace.

From the Front Office Welcome to the first edition of the newly tooled and re-imagined ATS newsletter. Just twelve days ago one of your board adminstrators, William One Sac, thought it might be a good idea to resurrect Simon's old email newsletter. It ended up being such a good (and obvious) idea, several people worked diligently behind the scenes to make sure it happened in a way everyone could be proud of. And for members of the AboveTopSecret.com discussion board community, there's a great deal to be proud of.

Interestingly, a search on google for Simon Gray brings up the following result:

Who besides Simon Gray and the 'Bildebergers' can you source regarding US concentration camps stowing & drugging 2 million americans? & tell us Simon's credentials? TIA

Registrant:
Gray, Simon (ABOVETOPSECRET-DOM)
1 Sackville Close
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Domain Name: abovetopsecret.com

Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Gray, Simon (SG2699) simon@ABOVETOPSECRET.COM
1 Sackville Close
Swindon
Wilts
SN3 3EJ
UK
(01793) 486619

Record expires on 19-May-2001.
Record created on 18-May-1997.
Database last updated on 24-Aug-2002 12:09:13 EDT.

Domain servers in listed order:

NS.LIQUIDWEB.COM 64.91.224.2 NS1.LIQUIDWEB.COM 64.91.228.2

Did you notice that Sackville Close is partly in California and partly in UK? How interesting! Well, we are not going to criticize anyone for fudging on their home address. Considering the kinds of attacks that we have experienced in this "business," we don't hold it against anyone for wanting to protect themselves from lunatics.

Figuring out just who Simon Gray is has actually been turned into a promotional enterprise at AboveTopSecret.com. It looks like they are trying to create a legend.

WIN 10,000 POINTS! "Who is Simon Gray?"

William posted on 26-8-2003 at 09:50 PM

Now that we have a nice shiny new points system... let's have some fun!

Who is Simon Gray?

What does he do? What does he look like? What are his hobbies? What does he eat? Does he shave? Perhaps he fancies a certain kind of ladies under-arm deodorant?

These are the burning questions that have tormented the denizens of Above Top Secret for years-on-end.

Well, now is your chance to add the fiction that has become legend that will become myth. Help us paint the complex tapestry of the person known as, "Simon Gray" so that the legend may become larger than life... nay, larger than the planet... nay, larger than the solar system!

Post your best prose. Find your best photos. Describe your best "Simon Gray".

The winner, as judged by forum staff, will receive 10,000 bright shiny new points directly from the ATS mint. These points are good for any merchandise in the ATS store and may not be redeemed for ladies under-arm deodorant.

Well, AboveTopSecret.com begins to look like a dramatically STAGED "experiment." And I use the word "staged" deliberately. Have a look here:

Deja vu, all over again

2005 has been a year of the sequel, the remake and the revival - and no bad thing for all that

Mark Lawson
Friday December 30, 2005
The Guardian

Was 2005 the year when art ran out of ideas? December always encourages retrospection but looking back at the culture of the last 12 months constantly involves a double jump as every new idea seems to have an old one behind it.

[...] Looking at these pictures of familiarity across television, film and theatre, it's possible to argue that imagination has come to a standstill and that, from now on, writing is rewriting and the job of director becomes truly deserving of the French word répétiteur.[...]

But a more optimistic view would be that good artists have a sense of the history of their medium and that these old stories are often retold with originality: Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, though a continuation of a franchise, saw the series through new eyes, while Spielberg's War of the Worlds was a conscious post-9/11 take on alien invasion rather than a case of a film-maker borrowing inspiration from the video-shop.

A similar generosity is possible towards the number of repeats in theatre this year. These were not lazy restagings but exuberant rediscoveries, including an improbable pair of Schiller hits (Don Carlos and Mary Stuart), little-known Ibsens (Pillars of the Community) and John Osbornes (Epitaph for George Dillon), and a neglected Simon Gray (Otherwise Engaged.) All of these productions imbued the word "revival" with an almost medical meaning.

Is the Simon Gray of AboveTopSecret.com the playwright, Simon Gray?

Encyclopedia Brittanica tells us:

Simon Gray born Oct. 21, 1936, Hayling Island, Hampshire, Eng.

in full Simon James Holliday Gray British dramatist whose plays, often set in academia, are noted for their challenging storylines, witty, literary dialogue, and complex characterizations.

Gray alternately lived in Canada and England, attending Westminster School in London; Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (B.A., 1957); and Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1961). While working as a university lecturer in both countries, he wrote satiric novels and farcical plays for stage and television. His first stage play was Wise Child (1968), which features a criminal transvestite.

Gray's first international success was Butley (1971; filmed 1974), a play about a petulant university professor whose venomous wit masks an inner emptiness. Similarly, Otherwise Engaged (1975) concerns a sardonic publisher who strives to isolate himself but is prevented from doing so by a series of dramatic interruptions. Quartermaine's Terms (1981) is the sadly comic story of a gentle, ineffectual English teacher. Among Gray's other plays are Spoiled (1971), The Rear Column (1978), The Common Pursuit (1984), Hidden Laughter (1990), Cell Mates (1995), Fat Chance (1995), and Simply Disconnected (1996).

But actually, as I pursue the man, I come to the idea that the playwright, Simon Gray, is NOT the "Simon Gray" of AboveTopSecret - unless he is having a good laugh at everyone's expense:

Disgruntled drollery

Saturday March 5, 2005
The Guardian

The Smoking Diaries, by Simon Gray (Granta, £7.99)
It may be hopelessly vulgar to bring up the subject of a successful television programme when discussing this book, but when reading The Smoking Diaries there are times when it seems impossible not to think that Simon Gray is the Grumpy Old Man's Grumpy Old Man. Take, for instance, his impatient eye-rolling when he describes how a Frenchman who smacked his unruly son on the bottom in Edinburgh was jailed for a few days to teach him a lesson. "Some good may come of this," he writes; "it might teach the French to stop romanticising the Scots". Half-Scot himself, he wonders how to describe this inheritance in the most offensive manner, so disillusioned is he with them. And if disillusionment with one half of yourself is not enough, he is even impatient with synonyms: "if a synonym will do instead of the word you're using then you're probably not using the right word."

Of course, there is much more to The Smoking Diaries than grumbling. One expects a man who has, shall we say, lived fully (three bottles of champagne a day for how many years?) to be dissatisfied with the state of his hands, but there is more than one note here. In these apparently free-floating pensées-cum-memoirs (they are presented as having been written straight off - Gray loves the line "When this warm scribe my hand is in the grave" from "Hyperion", conjuring up as it does the very act of writing, the physical immediacy of it) we are also given, as well as a little snapshot of his state-of-the-nation address, any number of memories, from pederastic teachers, to childhood crimes of his own, to the closing down of his favourite restaurant.

Previous memoirs of his, such as Enter a Fox and Fat Chance, have been more theatrically minded; Gray is, after all, a playwright. Dramatists can sometimes be more fascinated with the details of their profession than non-dramatists - this is what makes Fat Chance, about Stephen Fry's disappearance from Gray's Cell Mates, more interesting to us than Enter a Fox, which has not so dramatic an incident at its core. But The Smoking Diaries is much more about what it is to be a 60-something human being than a 60-something dramatist.

There is something splendidly universal about this, and it is the core of its charm and success. One can entertain a healthy scepticism as to how off-the-cuff this stuff is, compared to how much it declares it is. In her review of the book for this paper, Jenny Diski said it was "fashioned to within an inch of its life. Not untrue, by no means untrue, but carefully formed to appear naturalistic." I am not quite so sure: it has all the fresh tang of immediate and expert recall, and there is no smell of the lamp about it.

Neither did I find this book as laugh-out-loud funny as many of the reviewers quoted on the back claim it is. To make people, well, me, laugh out loud you have to fashion jokes - which takes time. Yet it is by some way the most substantial of Gray's memoirs, with a continuous tone of disgruntled drollery that is hugely and consistently entertaining. If you were hearing him reading this out, or better still, coming out with it in real time round a dinner table, for instance, then you would, I'm fairly certain, be gasping from laughter long before the end.

Ultimately, though, it doesn't matter if it is artless or artful, as it is so full of life, even as Gray stares mortality, his own and his friends', in the eye. At times his sentences gain the dizzy momentum of Burton's in The Anatomy of Melancholy or of Beckett's more accessible prose, and if a reminiscence that starts at point A suddenly leaps to point Q without having rested anywhere near point B, then we are happy to be taken on the journey. Pace Richard Sheridan, the easy writing's not vile hard reading. It's a book to curl up with.

Then there are excerpts from a review of the play mentioned in the above quoted Guardian article:

Otherwise Engaged By Simon Gray
Criterion Theatre

Review by Philip Fisher (2005)

In his notes in the programme, Simon Gray is at pains to deny that the protagonist in Otherwise Engaged, Simon Hench is autobiographical. Apparently, the choice of the name Simon was made because it was "the first name that came into my head". One imagines that Freudian psychologists might quite easily explain why this was the case.

One hopes that the denial really is correct as this self-centred - or, more accurately, self-obsessed - publisher is not the pleasantest of men and with 30 years perspective, the writer might reasonably be embarrassed if he really did behave like this.

There is at least one big difference between writer and subject in this production, as on opening night, Gray was to be seen just outside the theatre fervently puffing away on a beloved cigarette while Richard E Grant playing the other Simon was abstemious in this respect, if in no other.

Revivals of plays from this period are currently in vogue, especially those that look at middle-class sexual freedom amongst the intelligentsia. There is clearly a nostalgia for the 1970s which is perhaps fitting as the main players of the day are now approaching or just beyond retirement age.[...]

Director Simon Curtis is brave to take on this play in view of the fact that it was so successful when it launched in 1975 with Alan Bates playing Simon under the direction of Harold Pinter, who then took it to Broadway a couple of years later for a long run with Tom Courtenay taking over from Bates.[...]

Eventually, one realises that Simon Gray views people very much in black-and-white. His men are either happy-go-lucky philanderers, for whom success is a given, or struggling workhorses who can be used as the butt of jokes or a reminder that society has an underside. The women fare little better, being either brazen sex objects offering one night stands or sensitive but downtrodden victims.

Richard E Grant plays Simon as a cold fish who is absolutely indifferent to human kindness and has an air of permanent boredom as the world revolves around him. Humanity only begins to impinge on this man's outward impassivity towards the end of the play, following Beth's appearance.

Otherwise Engaged is beginning to show its age and some of the jokes miss completely before a 21st century audience. As a piece of social history, it may well prove successful and with well-known names in the leads and some very funny moments, could run for some time.

So much for Simon Gray, the playwright. He lives in London, as one source mentions, not Sackville Close. Problem is, NO Simon Gray lives in Sackville Close that I could discover.

So, just WHO is Simon Gray???

We find tracks of AboveTopSecret's Simon Gray rather early on the web:

Topic in alt.magick.sex

Simon Gray
Jul 6 1999, 8:00 am
Newsgroups: alt.magick.sex
From: "Simon Gray"
Date: 1999/07/06
Subject: GREAT WEBSITE

www.abovetopsecret.com !!!

Under "free.uk.info" we find another:

Newsgroups: free.uk.ufo
From: "Above Top Secret"
Date: 2000/03/22
Subject: www. Above Top Secret .com - The UK's ultimate website for US conspiracies

http://www.AboveTopSecret.com

This is the UK's ultimate conspiracy website for those interested in Area 51, secret government projects, aircraft programs including a very detailed Aurora page, agencies, and even hacking information.

Multi-award winning information.

-- Simon Gray - Webmaster/Researcher of www.AboveTopSecret.com E-Mail - s...@abovetopsecret.com

And so on. If you go to the above links, you can click "find messages by this author" and you will get 184 returns, among which are the following:

Movies http://www.hotmoviez.com -- Simon Gray - Webmaster/Founder of http://www.AboveTopSecret. com E-Mail - s...@abovetopsecret.com Get Paid For Nothing! ... alt.2600.hackerz - Jul 13 2000, 8:10 pm by Above Top Secret - 6 messages - 6 authors

Cheat AllAdvantage If you're interested in getting paid for NOTHING, then check out http://paid4surf.abovetopsecret.com alt.2600.hackerz - Jul 13 2000, 10:53 am by Above Top Secret - 3 messages - 3 authors

Make $100s surfing the net!!! How would you like to earn $100sa month by surfing the internet? A brilliantly simple form of income that requires no effort at all. ... alt.best.of.internet - Apr 1 2000, 7:21 am by Above Top Secret - 1 message - 1 author

Earn $100s surfing the web!!! How would you like to earn $100sa month by surfing the internet? A brilliantly simple form of income that requires no effort at all. ... alt.make.money - Apr 1 2000, 6:27 am by Above Top Secret - 2 messages - 2 authors

Make money surfing the net!!! How would you like to earn $100sa month by surfing the internet? A brilliantly simple form of income that requires no effort at all. ... free.uk.ufo - Mar 31 2000, 9:01 pm by Above Top Secret - 1 message - 1 author

www. Above Top Secret .com - The UK's ultimate website for US ... http://www.AboveTopSecret.com This is the UK's ultimate conspiracy website for those interested in Area 51, secret government projects, aircraft programs ... free.uk.ufo - Mar 23 2000, 3:27 am by Above Top Secret - 1 message - 1 author

www. Above Top Secret .com Check out this website for information about Area 51, UFOs, secret facilities, organisations, government projects, the New World Order, and more. ... alt.paranet.ufo - Mar 21 2000, 3:43 pm by Above Top Secret - 1 message - 1 author

MYSTERIOUS CALIFORNIA TEST FACILITIES McDonnell Douglas "Llano" Facility Lockheed "Hellendale" Facility Northrop "Tejon Ranch" Facility www.abovetopsecret.com/southcal.html alt.alien - Jul 26 1999, 5:07 am by Simon Gray - 1 message - 1 author

MYSTERIOUS TEST LOCATIONS McDonnell Douglas "Llano" Facility Lockheed "Hellendale" Facility Northrop "Tejon Ranch" Facility www.abovetopsecret.com/southcal.html alt.alien.wanderers - Jul 25 1999, 5:07 pm by Simon Gray - 1 message - 1 author

29 PROTOTYPE STEALTH AIRCRAFT BLACK PROJECTS , SECRET UNDERGROUND DULCE FACILITY , 29 PROTOTYPE STEALTH PLANES , ALIEN/GOVERNMENT COLLABORATION http://www.abovetopsecret.com/lecture.html alt.alien.wanderers - Jul 22 1999, 3:56 pm by Simon Gray - 1 message - 1 author

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I leave it to the reader to draw their own conclusion about whether or not AboveTopSecret was set up to make money, or to be a "vacuum cleaner" operation. Of course, the two objectives are not mutually exclusive! One thing is certain, this "Simon Gray" was way too busy and energetic to be the playwright. Whoever it was, it looks like he's out to make a million bux one way or the other.

I would also suggest that the reader go to the webarchive and go back over the history of AboveTopSecret.com and notice that it is quite obviously set up to draw in alternative researchers. Why? Obvious answer is to vector ideas. Re-read my post on COINTELPRO.

I'm still amused at the idea that Simon Gray of AboveTopSecret.com - obviously a Brit "specializing" in American conspiracies - being Simon Gray the dramatist. It seems that this is not exactly an isolated case. In recent times the Pentagon's contract with another Brit, for the purposes of spreading disinformation, came to the attention of the mainstream media. Let's look at the strange case of "Christian Bailey.":

So, just who is Christian Bailey?

A 30-year-old Oxford graduate with no public relations experience was the recipient of a $100m (£56m) contract from Donald Rumsfeld's Department of Defence for buying space in Iraqi newspapers to place deliberately one-sided stories written by US "psy-ops" troops, at a time when the chaos of Iraq makes genuine journalism all but impossible and when journalists risk their lives on a daily basis to report the truth.

The office building situated at 1420 K Street NW has nothing obvious to commend it other than its prime location. Just a couple of streets from the north-west gates of the White House, it sits in the heart of lobbying land - the K Street corridor that represents one of the most crucial centres of power, influence and money in the United States.

This grey building, neighboured to one side by an off-licence and to the other by a travel agent, is home to the Lincoln Group, a previously little-known "business intelligence" company headed by a heretofore little known young Briton, Christian Bailey, an Oxford graduate and consummate net worker. He is at the centre of a mounting storm of controversy surrounding the Bush administration's covert propaganda war in Iraq.

It was recently revealed that Bailey's company was the recipient of a $100m (£56m) contract from Donald Rumsfeld's Department of Defence for buying space in Iraqi newspapers to place deliberately one-sided stories written by US "psy-ops" troops, at a time when the chaos of Iraq makes genuine journalism all but impossible and when journalists risk their lives on a daily basis to report the truth.

As part of the project - in which the US military hid its involvement - Lincoln Group staff paid Iraqi journalists to write similarly misleading stories about US forces and the Iraqi government that ignored anything negative about the occupation. One headline read: "Iraqis Insist on Living Despite Terrorism."

The revelations have created a furore. President Bush is said to be "very troubled" by the news, while on Capitol Hill members of both the Senate and House armed services committees demanded inquiries. The Pentagon said it would launch an immediate investigation.

Much is unclear about the Lincoln Group, its youthful executive vice-president and his string of previous companies that have left only the faintest paper trail. Indeed, Christian Bailey may not be his real name: a number of student associates said at some point during his four years that he changed his name from Yusefovich - an unlikely surname for someone called Christian.

The Independent has been unable to confirm this. Yet the details known about Bailey and the contract his company won provide a remarkable insight into the way influence and power operate in Washington. Just two years after arriving here, Bailey, 30, who has a penchant for socialising, has apparently developed contacts both within the Republican establishment and the world of private intelligence.

Senator John Warner, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said of the false news operation: "I remain gravely concerned about the situation." Since the controversy broke Bailey has kept a low-profile and has offered just the fewest public words about his organisation and what it does. (He failed to respond to requests for an interview.) It also appears a number of internet references linking him to the Republicans can no longer be found.

Yet it is clear the Lincoln Group and its contract with the Joint Psychological Operations Support Element, part of the Pentagon's Special Operations Command, is inextricably linked with Bailey. He apparently named the company and its various offshoots after Lincoln College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1997 with an MA in economics and management. [abovetopsecret.com was registered in 1997]

Many observers have been surprised Bailey, from Surrey, has been awarded such a sizable contract, give that he appears to have no experience in public relations. Indeed, since he moved to the US in the late 1990s, he has spent much of his time in private finance, working in hedge funds in San Francisco and New York.

It appears he has been especially interested in new technology markets. A brief biography presented by the organisers of a conference held earlier this year in Dubai at which Bailey was listed as a speaker, said he had worked in Palo Alto, California, "where he advised portfolio companies and identified, evaluated and developed emerging technology investments".

The Briton has always enjoyed a reputation for business. Several Oxford associates said it was rumoured that the popular student kept two computers in his room to monitor the stock markets. Bailey has said he founded and sold two companies while an undergraduate. "He was quite enterprising, I believe," said Graham De'ath, of Winchester, who was in the same year.

Kate Smurthwaite, who is now a stand-up comic but shared a flat with Bailey in his third year, told The Independent that the young entrepreneur hired a personal assistant to work for him in his student digs as he ran an operation selling self-help advice on cassettes.

He also had a reputation as a hard-working networker. While in New York he became treasurer of the Oxonian Society, a club for graduates of Oxford and other universities, which invites high-profile figures to speak. He was involved in at least one charity fundraising effort with other hedge-funders. Perhaps of more significance, Bailey became the co-chairman of the New York chapter of Lead21, a networking group for young Republicans. At least a dozen of its members have gone on to work for either the Bush administration, Congress or the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

During a Lead21 trip to the Republican National Convention in New York last autumn, Bailey said of his colleagues to one reporter: "These are going to be the big supporters, the big donors, to the Republican Party in five years."

According to other members, Bailey was very popular. Auren Hoffman, chair of Lead21 and chairman of the Stonebrick Group, a San Francisco-based consulting firm, said Bailey was a good friend. "Christian is a terrific guy personally. Everyone I know that has ever met him instantly likes him. He is very likeable and charming. Very intelligent. Very interesting."

When he moved to Washington, his reputation as a networker continued. He often hosted parties at home and mixed with a set of young, up-and-coming journalists and congressional staffers. He enjoyed a reputation as a good cook, a welcoming host and for making cappuccinos with a machine in his kitchen. He also enjoyed flying: Federal Aviation Administration records show that he is qualified to fly aeroplanes and helicopters.

How and when did Bailey make the switch from hedge funds to private intelligence and PR? One clue is provided by the Alternative Investment News newsletter of 1 March 2003, just weeks before the invasion of Iraq. It reported Bailey's hedge fund, Lincoln Asset Management Group, had launched a buyout fund to start buying companies in the defence and security industries. Bailey said he had obtained commitments of $100m from six institutional investors, whom he declined to name.

Apparently with an eye to the preparations for war being made in the deserts of northern Kuwait, he added: "[The] timing is extremely good to look at defence companies." Shortly afterwards, a subsidiary called Lincoln Alliance Corp was established, offering what it called "tailored intelligence services [for] government clients faced with critical intelligence challenges".

By last autumn Bailey had formed another Lincoln subsidiary, called Iraqex, which seems to have formed a partnership with another American PR firm called Rendon, famous in Washington for having promoted Ahmed Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress.

At some point Bailey also went into business with Paige Craig, 31, a former US Marine who served in Iraq and elsewhere. [Bailey and Craig are flatmates in a fashionable part of Washington, close to U Street. The flat is just yards away from Café Saint- Ex, popular with young professionals.]

In September, Iraqex won a $6m Pentagon contract to design and execute "an aggressive advertising and PR campaign that will accurately inform the Iraqi people of the Coalition's goals and gain their support". It appears one project was an attempt to persuade the Iraqi and US public that Iraqi troops played a vital role in last year's effort to clear Fallujah.

A strategy document obtained by ABC News revealed the Lincoln Group was seeking to promote the "strength, integrity and reliability of Iraqi forces during the fight for Falujah". In reality, most assessments suggest the small number of Iraqi troops present were minimally involved.

But the real breakthrough came this summer when Bailey's company, having again changed its name to the Lincoln Group, secured a $100m contract for information and psychological operations. Part of the contract was for placing "faux" news stories in some of the 200 Iraqi-owned newspapers that now exist.

Pentagon officials have said that, while not factually incorrect, these stories only presented one side of the story and would not include anything negative about the occupation. It was reported this week that the $10Om was part of a larger $300m "stealth PR effort" in a number of countries around the world.

One PR consultant with experience of the private-intelligence sector, said: "Doctrinally, this is all part of what the military calls information superiority. It is part of the plan for what they call, rather upsettingly, full-spectrum dominance. The truth is that it is just propaganda. And there has always been propaganda in a war. And this is a war, so ... thus runs the thinking."

According to reports from former Lincoln employees, their main task was to take news dispatches, called storyboards, which had been written by specially trained psy-ops troops, have them translated into Arabic and then distribute them to the newspapers. They would also deal directly with members of the Iraqi media through something called the Baghdad Press Club, a group of journalists who were paid to write and publish positive stories. Typically, Lincoln paid newspapers between $40 and $2,000 to run the articles as either news or adverts.

To help it carry out its work, Bailey and Craig - the latter is apparently responsible for most of the Iraq-based end of the business - have reached out to some of the foremost specialists in security and intelligence. Among "advisers" listed on their website is Andrew Garfield, a former British military-intelligence officer and specialist in psychological warfare who has advised the Ministry of Defence. In an e-mail to The Guardian Garfield confirmed his collaboration with Lincoln but gave no details.

Another adviser is Colin Rees Mason, who two years ago received an OBE for his service as a lieutenant-colonel in the Territorial Army, and who for almost 20 years has been a consultant to the Centre for Operational Research and Defence Analysis, a subsidiary of BAE Systems.

The Lincoln Group also has Republican links. Among lobbyists registered to represent it are Charles Black, an adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr and Marlin "Buzz" Hefti, who served as a director at the Pentagon.

Lincoln Group also lists as a partner the Virginia-based private intelligence group WCV3 Security. Last year that company's executive vice-president took unpaid leave to produce Stolen Honour: Wounds That Never Heal, a film that, at a critical time in the presidential election campaign, condemned the Democrat John Kerry and questioned his version of events in Vietnam.

Despite the concern on Capitol Hill about the placing of false stories in foreign media outlets - a practice that dates back to the Cold War - it is unknown what will be the outcome of the Pentagon's investigation. It is also unclear how the controversy has affected the ability of the Lincoln Group or Bailey to fulfil its contract. In a statement the company said: "Lincoln Group has consistently worked with the Iraqi media to promote truthful reporting across Iraq. We counter the lies, intimidation, and pure evil of terror with factual stories that highlight the heroism and sacrifice of the Iraqi people and their struggle for freedom and security."

The London Times had more revelations about "Christian Bailey."

British geek made millions running the Pentagon's propaganda war in Iraq

IT WAS astounding enough for Washington’s political elite: last month they discovered that the man at the heart of a scandal over the planting of US propaganda in Iraqi newspapers was a dapper but unknown 30-year-old Oxford graduate who had somehow managed to land a $100 million Pentagon contract.

What is even more remarkable however, after an investigation by The Times, is that just ten years ago Christian Bailey, whose US company is under investigation for planting fake news stories in Iraqi newspapers, was a nerdy, socially awkward English school-leaver called Jozefowicz.

The transformation of the geeky but ambitious Christian Jozefowicz, who just a few years ago was growing up in a modest terraced house in Godalming, Surrey, to the charming, baby-faced multimillionaire Christian Bailey now rubbing shoulders with some of the most powerful figures in Washington — and who next year will probably face questions on Capitol Hill about his company — is one of the more extraordinary stories to have emerged from the Iraq war.

This month it was revealed that Mr Bailey’s US company, the Lincoln Group, was the recipient of a Pentagon contract to help to fight the information war in Iraq. It then emerged that the company was paying Iraqi journalists to plant optimistic news “stories” in Iraqi papers that had been written by the US military.

Interference with the press touches a raw nerve in America. The fake stories revelation provoked a furore among Republicans and Democrats. President Bush said he was “very troubled” by it. Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, has promised a Pentagon investigation. Congress plans hearings into the scandal.

The journey from the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, which Mr Bailey left in 1994, to the heart of K Street in Washington, the centre of money and influence in the US capital, has been remarkably rapid. Today he has a reputation in Washington for being a socialite with links to influential Republicans. He is a helicopter and aircraft pilot and his home is in a fashionable area.

Through a Lincoln Group spokesman, Mr Bailey answered questions from The Times to help to explain how, at just 30, he landed the Pentagon as an important client. He was born Christian Martin Jozefowicz on November 28, 1975, in Kingston upon Thames, to Jerzy and Anne Jozefowicz.

His father, a Polish architect, died in April 1998. His mother, who has since reverted to her maiden name of Seifert, was born in West Germany. The family lived in East Molesey, southwest London, before moving to Godalming, Surrey.

Mr Bailey’s Royal Grammar School contemporaries recall a business-obsessed, “geeky” individual with few friends. “He was a nerd at school,” one told The Times. Another described him as a “school joke” who told everyone he was going to be a millionaire. He was the first at school to have a mobile phone and was interested in early versions of the personal computer.

He founded a Young Enterprise company, Chameleon, which led to his selection as one of the top six Young Enterprise participants in Britain.

His school yearbook records Christian Jozefowicz as “Mr Business himself” and that he was elected vice-president of the International Student Forum, a business gathering in the US. In 1994 he won a place at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read economics and management. He kept computers in his room, thought for monitoring the stock markets.

In his third year at Oxford he hired an assistant to help him to run his first proper company, Linck Ltd, which sold self-help tapes. In 1998, he changed his name to Bailey. “Following his father’s death, Bailey assumed the name for family reasons, something which children commonly do,” a Lincoln Group spokesman said.

In the late 1990s he moved to San Francisco to try his hand as a dotcom entrepreneur, and then to New York, where he became treasurer of the Oxonion Society, a club for intellectual Anglophiles. He became co-chairman of a networking group for young Republicans. With his Republican contacts growing, Mr Bailey moved to Washington, where he spotted a golden business opportunity: the looming war in Iraq. He formed a partnership with Paige Craig, a former US Marine who served in Iraq.

In early 2003, just before the invasion, Mr Bailey formed a Lincoln subsidiary, the Lincoln Alliance Corp, offering “tailored intelligence services [for] government clients faced with intelligence challenges”. He also formed another subsidiary, Iraqex, which won a $6 million Pentagon contract to launch “an aggressive advertising and PR campaign that will accurately inform the Iraqi people of the coalition’s goals and gain their support”.

The big breakthrough came in June this year when the Pentagon awarded the Lincoln Group a contract worth up to $100 million over five years to support the US military’s “joint psychological operations”, known as “psyops”.

Lincoln group defended the planting of stories and the company has emphasised that none of them were factually incorrect. “By not speaking through the local media, the coalition would allow a vacuum for rumours and untruths perpetrated by the insurgents’ thuggery and threats,” a spokesman said.

LIFE AND WORK

November 28, 1975: Born Christian Jozefowicz, Kingston upon Thames

1987-94: Attends the fee-paying Royal Grammar School, Guildford

1993-94: Listed on electoral roll as Christian Jozefowicz-Seifert

1994-97: Obtains a 2:1 in economics and management from Lincoln College, Oxford. While at university, runs Linck Ltd.

October 1998: Founds Linck Corporate Finance under the name of Christian Bailey. Fails to declare previous surname or other directorship

1999: Moves to America

2003: Co-founds Lincoln Group, now subject to investigation into planting of US military propaganda in Iraqi newspapers

We consider it a possibility that someone is using the name of the playwright, Simon Gray, to "dramatize" disinformation via the AboveTopSecret.com website and that someone may be "very close" to "Christian Bailey." Looking at all the clues, comparing the dates, we notice that abovetopsecret.com domain was first registered in 1997, on May 18. The site was unused throughout 1997 and 1998. "Christian Bailey's" father died in April 1998. That gave him the freedom to change his name, to launch all kinds of activities that he otherwise might not have been able to do under the watchful gaze of his parent.

Bailey traveled to the U.S. "in the late 90's" and we notice that abovetopsecret.com finally gets an "entry page" in 1999. Later in the year, a very professional looking website suddenly appears sometime between February and October of 1999.

"Simon Gray" was off to a running start...

To finish of this little survey, let's look at one of "Christian Bailey's" co-horts in crime which will show that setting up AboveTopSecret.com as far back as 1997 is entirely in character with the "way things are done."

See: The Man Who Sold the War: John Rendon, Bush's general in the propaganda war

"Rendon is a man who fills a need that few people even know exists. Two months before al-Haideri took the lie-detector test, the Pentagon had secretly awarded him a $16 million contract to target Iraq and other adversaries with propaganda. One of the most powerful people in Washington, Rendon is a leader in the strategic field known as "perception management," manipulating information -- and, by extension, the news media -- to achieve the desired result. His firm, the Rendon Group, has made millions off government contracts since 1991, when it was hired by the CIA to help "create the conditions for the removal of Hussein from power." Working under this extraordinary transfer of secret authority, Rendon assembled a group of anti-Saddam militants, personally gave them their name -- the Iraqi National Congress -- and served as their media guru and "senior adviser" as they set out to engineer an uprising against Saddam. It was as if President John F. Kennedy had outsourced the Bay of Pigs operation to the advertising and public-relations firm of J. Walter Thompson."

I reckon I'll put my money on Christian Bailey and his gang being the "Simon Gray" behind "AboveTopSecret.com".