Thursday, July 31, 2008

AL JAZEERA journalist free to report

Sami El Haj, Al Jazeera Journalist, Tells His Story

Silvia Cattori

Translated for Cageprisoners by Sue Bingham

Standing straight and tall, an impressive and deeply introspective man, Sami El Haj walks with a limp and the help of a walking stick. Neither laughter nor smiles light up the refined face of this man, old before his time. A deep sadness pervades him. He was 32 years old when, in December 2001, his life, like that of tens of thousands of other Muslims, became a horrific nightmare.

He endured horrendous suffering. Weakened by a hunger strike which lasted 438 days, set free on the 1st May 2008, he greets you attentively and with a gentle manner. He calmly tells you of a world whose paralysing, suffocating horror is beyond your comprehension.

He is the first of the released detainees from the camps built by the Bush administration at the Guantánamo Bay naval base to be authorised to travel.

"I came to Geneva, the city of the United Nations and freedom, [1] to ask for the law to be respected, to demand the closure of the Guantánamo camp and secret prisons, and to demand that this illegal situation be brought to an end", he says calmly. The word has been uttered. Everything is "illegal"; everything is false, manipulated, absurd and Kafka-esque in this war waged essentially against those of the Muslim faith.

We now know many things; most notably that many of the terrorist attacks since 1996 which have been attributed to Muslims were financed and manipulated by secret agents of MI6, the CIA and Mossad.


With neither pencil nor paper, Sami El Haj forced himself to memorise everything in order, even in a cage, to carry on his work as "an Al Jazeera journalist covering a story", as he put it.

Today he is driven by the idea of bringing to the world.s attention these tens of thousands of prisoners who are still suffering inhuman treatment in the prisons of Guantánamo, Bagram and Kandahar. He replies tirelessly and with good humour to all the journalists who interview him, hoping that his words will allow those who no longer have a voice to be heard.

His account is crucial. Like the other detainees, also wrongly labelled as "terrorists", Sami El Haj was never tried and was never informed of the charges against him. Which demonstrates that President Bush, and the journalists who supported his theories, must have invented the "Islamic terrorists". Human beings like Sami El Haj could never have been arrested or remained hostages of this barbarism, for the simple reason that they are Muslims, without the complicity of European governments and those Islamophobic propagandists under the orders of Tel Aviv and Washington who, for decades, have been disinforming public opinion and influencing the powers that be with their lies.

Silvia Cattori: How do you feel, just a few short weeks after your liberation?

Sami El Haj: I feel fine, thank you. When I see people committing themselves to saving human beings and fighting to defend their rights, it gives me great comfort. Of course, when I left Guantánamo, two months ago, I was in a very bad way. But now I feel better, discovering that people outside are fighting and not losing sight of the main goal . achieving peace and freedom for everyone.

SC: After those painful years spent in the camps, what are your strongest feelings and greatest hopes?

SEH: Of course, I am happy to be free again. I have been reunited with my family, my wife and my son. For six and a half years he did not see me, and had to go to school without me. He waited for me and said," Dad, I have missed you for so long! I was so unhappy, especially when I saw my school friends, with their fathers, and they asked me where my father was. I had no answer to give them. That.s why I asked my mum to take me to school in the car, because I didn.t want them to keep asking me that question".

I said to my son, "Now, I could take you to school, but you must understand that I have a message to give, a just cause to defend. I want to fight for the cause of human rights, for those who have been deprived of their freedom. I do not want to fight alone. There are thousands of people who are standing up and fighting wherever human dignity is attacked. Do not forget that we are fighting for peace, to defend rights whenever they are denied, for a better future for you. Perhaps one day we will achieve this, and then I will be able to stay with you and take you to school".

I do not know if he understood, because he is still very young, but he smiled at me. My wife did not want me to leave again either. But when I reminded her of the horrific situation those imprisoned in Guantánamo find themselves, and that they also have a family, sons, daughters, a wife whom they miss terribly, and that if I do not fight these people will remain imprisoned even longer, she understood that I must carry on travelling, adding my voice to all the other voices, so that the detainees can return home as soon as possible. She gave me her full support. On the way to the airport she said to me, "I will pray for you".

SC: So, by going to Afghanistan to film the massacres of civilians, victims of President Bush.s war, you yourself became one of his victims? Are you not afraid of what could happen to you again?

SEH: For me, there is no question - I will continue my work as a journalist. I must continue carrying a message of peace, no matter what. For my part, I have spent six years and six months in prison, far from my family, but for others it was so much worse. I lost a very dear friend, a journalist with Al Jazeera: he died in Baghdad, killed when the hotel where he was staying was bombed. I also lost a colleague who was working with me at Al Jazeera, whom I consider a sister: she too died in Baghdad.

Many people have lost their lives because of this war. You must know that the Bush administration wanted to prevent coverage by the free media, like Al Jazeera, in the Middle East. The Al Jazeera offices in Kabul and Baghdad were bombed.

In 2001, when I left my son and my wife to film the war initiated by the USA against Afghanistan, I had to expect finding death during a bombing raid. I went there fully aware of the risks. Every journalist knows that he is carrying out a mission and must be ready to sacrifice himself in order to bear witness to what is happening, through his films and writing. And to help people understand that war brings nothing but the death of the innocent, destruction and suffering. It is on the basis of this conviction that my colleagues and I went to countries at war.

Now, after all these years in captivity, I can once again do something to help bring about peace. I am going to commit myself to this goal, until it is achieved. I am sure that one day, even if I do not personally reap the fruits, we will succeed in achieving peace and the respect of human rights, as well as the protection of journalists throughout the world. I am sure that we will see the day when journalists are no longer tortured or injured doing their job, defending people.s rights to information and highlighting human rights abuses.

SC: You said at the beginning that you are feeling fine. But after such a terrible experience, and given that you were released with no apology whatsoever from your torturers, how are you able to talk about all this without resentment or bitterness?

SEH: Of course, what happened to me was very hard and my personal situation is difficult. But when I think of those who are still in Guantánamo, and their families that they miss very much and who have no news at all of them, I tell myself that my situation, as difficult as it is, is better than theirs.

I cannot forget that in Guantánamo I have left behind brothers who have been crushed, who have gone mad. I am thinking in particular of a Yemeni doctor who now lives naked in his cell because he has lost his mind.

SC: What kind of torture did they subject you to?

SEH: All kinds of physical and psychological torture. As all the detainees were Muslim, the camp administration subjected them to many forms of harassment and humiliation linked to religion. With my own eyes I saw soldiers tearing up the and throwing it in the toilet. I saw them, during interrogation sessions, sitting on the until their questions were answered. They insulted our families and our religion. They made fun of us by pretending to ring our God, asking him to come and save us. The only Imam at the camp was accused of complicity with the detainees and was sent away, in 2005, for refusing to tell visitors that the camp respected religious freedom.

They beat us up. They taunted us with racist insults. They locked us in cold rooms, below zero, with one cold meal a day. They hung us up by our hands. They deprived us of sleep, and when we started to fall asleep, they beat us on the head. They showed us films of the most horrendous torture sessions. They showed us photographs of torture victims . dead, swollen, covered in blood. They kept us under constant threat of being moved elsewhere to be tortured even more. They doused us with cold water. They forced us to do the military salute to the American national anthem. They forced us to wear women.s clothes. They forced us to look at pornographic images. They threatened us with rape. They would strip us naked and make us walk like donkeys, ordering us around. They made us sit down and stand up five hundred times in a row. They humiliated the detainees by wrapping them up in the Israeli and American flags, which was their way of telling us that we were imprisoned because of a religious war.

When a detainee, filthy and riddled with fleas, is taken out of his cell to be submitted to more torture sessions in an attempt to make him collaborate, he ends up not knowing what he is saying or even who he is any more.

I was interrogated and tortured more than two hundred times. 95% of the questions were about Al Jazeera. They wanted me to work as a spy within Al Jazeera. In exchange, they offered American citizenship for myself and my family, and payment based on results. I refused. I told them repeatedly that my job is a journalist, not a spy, and that it was my duty to make the truth known and to work for the respect of human rights.

SC: Today, can you find it within yourself to pardon your torturers?

SEH: Of course I will pardon them if they close Guantánamo. But if they continue to cause suffering, I will go to the courts and take action against them.

Although I know that the Bush administration has done so much harm, I still think that it.s not too late for these people to make up for their mistakes.

A distinction must be made between the administration and the people. The Guantánamo detainees know that they have friends in America, like the lawyer who came to Guantánamo and fought for my case.

SC: Am I right in thinking that they were not able to break you?

SEH: Because I am not alone, and there are people supporting me, this feeling gives me strength. In prison, I drew my strength from the belief that no free man can accept being in this position of inferiority and dehumanisation. You feel pain and sorrow but you are determined to keep alive the hope that there will be an end to it; and the idea that even in prison, it is possible to carry on your work as journalist, makes suffering easier to bear.

SC: When you were in Guantánamo, did you know that outside there where people who were fighting for you to be released?

SEH: In fact I didn.t know about them, because in prison it is very difficult to receive news, even if you have a lawyer, because he is not allowed to tell you anything. Now I do know those who work for human rights, and those who do not agree with the Bush administration. I think that every day their voice becomes stronger.

SC: Your brother, when he saw you again, said that you looked like an old man. Is that how you feel?

SEH: Personally, it is my heart that counts, and not my face or my body. I feel that my heart is as young as ever, and stronger than before.

SC: So it was a very painful experience, but in fact you have emerged from it with unforeseen benefits?

SEH: That.s right. I have been able to reap some benefits from my time spent in Guantánamo. Before going there, I only had a small family. Now I have a large family as I have gained hundreds of friends from around the world. This is very positive: I may have lost six and a half years but now, I have more friends.

SC: Are you still considered an "enemy combatant" [3]?

SEH: I don.t know, but when they released me, they said: "Now you are no longer a danger to America".

SC: And your name is not on the "terrorist list" any more?

SEH: I don.t know. I think that for them, all the people they labelled as "terrorists" will remain so. And that now they are afraid of us because they made us suffer for no reason.

SC: Do you think CIA agents will still spy on you?

SEH: Yes. The truth is that I have nothing against the country and its people. If the Bush administration makes amends for its errors, I will have nothing to complain about.

SC: Were you surprised when, as you were leaving, an officer from the Pentagon who saw you with a walking stick accused you of being manipulative?

SEH: The Pentagon officials claim that the Guantánamo detainees were criminals, but in fact five hundred of them have now returned home. How could they have been allowed to leave if they really were criminals? They are still lying.

SC: Two other Sudanese men were released at the same time as you . Amir Yacoub Mohamed al Amin and Walid Mohamed. How are they now?

SEH: The Sudanese government has treated them very well. They greeted all three of us personally at the airport. Despite the fact that the Americans had taken my passport, I was given a new one within two hours, and they did not prevent me from travelling outside Sudan.

SC: In Guantánamo, did the soldiers call you by your name or by your detainee number, "number 345"?

SEH: They never called me by my name, just "three, four, five", my prison number. Towards the end they called me "Al Jazeera". Only the Red Cross officials called me by my name.

SC: Did these officials visit you often?

SEH: When they were authorised to visit us, every two or three months. I talked to them and they brought me letters from my family.

SC: The Bush administration and the officers who had the job of torturing you knew that you were a good man, a journalist merely trying to expose the brutality with which they were treating the Afghan people, not a "terrorist". Do you know why they treated you so badly?

SEH: Most of the soldiers there were following orders from their superiors. They carried out torture with no conscience. But to be true to what happened I must say that some of them were good men. Some soldiers did use their brains.

SC: The CIA agents wrote a report on the torture in Guantánamo. When they were torturing you, did you feel that they were observing you, carrying out experiments on you?

SEH: We were under the constant supervision of military psychologists. They were not there to treat us, but to take part in the interrogations, observing the tortured prisoners so that no detail of their behaviour would escape them. The interrogations were the responsibility of Colonel Morgan, a specialist psychiatric doctor. This colonel was stationed in Guantánamo from March 2002. He had served at the Afghan prison in Bagram from November 2001. He gave instructions to the officers who were torturing us, studied our reactions, then noted every detail in order to be able to adapt the torture techniques to each detainee, which had profound pyschological consequences.

I spoke to them. I told them that the mission of a doctor is an honorable one, to help people, not torture them. They replied, "We are military personnel and we must follow the rules. When an officer gives me an order, it is my duty to carry it out, otherwise I will be imprisoned just like you. When I signed a contract with the army, I realised at the time that I must obey all orders".

SC: Amongst the torture techniques used at Guantánamo, I see similarities with those used in Israel on Palestinian political prisoners. Sleep deprivation, for example, is their speciality.

SEH: I think that most of the world.s intelligence services came to Guantánamo. I saw British and Canadians. They came to find out about the interrogation techniques, and also to supply the CIA and FBI with advice on how to torture and interrogate from what they had learned.

SC: Are you able to sleep easily?

SEH: Not like before Guantánamo. I only sleep 3 to 4 hours now. Today, when I met people from the Red Cross, I asked them to help me to overcome my problems and recommend a doctor who could help me. Seven years is not a short period of time.

SC: Wasn.t going on hunger stike a kind of self-inflicted torture? Why did you do it for such long periods, while your jailers took advantage of it to inflict even more suffering and humiliation on you?

SEH: Because we felt we couldn.t stay silent . we had to do something. That is the only way we had of making our voices heard. Going on hunger strike is of course a very painful way of taking action and is difficult to endure. But when your freedom is taken away you have to fight to restore it. It was our last resort for telling the Bush administration that a detainee has dignity, that he cannot live on bread alone and that freedom is more important.

SC: What was it like when they force-fed you?

SEH: When there were more than forty detainees on hunger strike, the administration of the camp tried to break our resistance by subjecting us to more torture. We were locked in cold rooms, stripped naked, and prevented from sleeping for long periods. Twice a day the soldiers tied us to a special chair. They put a mask over our faces and inserted a large tube into our noses, not into the stomach. The normal ration was two cans but they punished us by injecting twenty four cans and six bottles of water. Having shrunk through long hunger strikes, the stomach cannot hold such quantities. They added products which induce diarrhoea. The detainee, now sitting on that chair for more than three hours, would vomit continuously. They left us in the vomit and excrement. When the session was over they would rip the tube out violently, and when they saw the blood flowing they laughed at us. As they use infected tubes which are never cleaned, the detainees suffer from untreated illnesses.

SC: Is it thanks to that long hunger strike that you were released?

SEH: Not only because of that, but it was one of the factors that led the administration to release me.

SC: What should one make of Khaled Sheik Mohamed.s confessions [4], where he admits to organising more than thirty terrorist attacks in seventeen countries?

SEH: It is possible that they tortured him to the point where he was no longer himself. I never met him because they put him in a special camp. An officer told me that he was very badly injured. I.m sure you can imagine . they subjected him to horrific torture.

SC: When America says that he is the "number 3 Al Qaida terrorist", does that bear any resemblance to the truth?

SEH: Quite honestly I believe nothing that comes from the Bush administration. Because I was also accused of being a "terrorist". And I know better than anyone what the truth is. Those people lie too much. I never believe a single word coming from that government. I know a prisoner who was tortured so much that in the end he said, "I am Osama Bin Laden". He said what they wanted to hear so that the torture would end.

SC: So, is Al Qaida a creation of the western intelligence agencies?

SEH: As far as I.m concerned, I have never in my life met anyone who has said to me, "I belong to Al Qaida".

In Guantánamo, I met most of the detainees because the policy of the guards was not to allow the prisoners to live together for a long time in the same cell. They transferred us every week. So we got to know other people. The men I met there are all peaceful people.

Since I left, I have spoken to over a hundred of them. Those who were married have picked up their lives again and the others have got married.

SC: Do those who draw strength from prayer have a better chance of escaping madness?

SEH: Of course! If you feel that someone is there with you, especially God, you will be patient and always aware that God is more powerful than human beings. I must pray to God and thank him. I must also thank all those who supported me. I think that even if I spent my whole life saying thank you, I would not manage to thank them all. Now, through my work concentrating on human rights, perhaps I will be able to contribute to making other people.s lives happier.

SC: I feel that the media and the NGO.s in this country have not given the importance that was due to defending the rights of these Muslim prisoners[5]. For a long time denouncing the abuses committed against them was seen as a sign of sympathy for the "terrorists". Did you know that the leaders of "Reporters without borders", for example, whose mission is to protect journalists, were criticised for waiting five years before talking about your case [6]?

SEH: Unfortunately people believed whatever the Bush government told them Now they know this wasn.t true, they will put the record straight. As I have already said, if someone makes a mistake, it.s not a problem: the problem lies in pursuing the mistake.

If journalists do not feel concerned when other journalists are imprisoned carrying out their job, perhaps one day those very journalists will find themselves in prison and there will be nobody to defend them. We must work together, taking up each and every case. So if we find out that a journalist has been imprisoned it is our duty to support them, no matter what their colour or religion.

As a journalist, I want to commit myself to supporting journalists who work to defend rights and freedom. There is an enormous amount of work to do. We must stop at nothing to ensure the liberation of those who are locked away in Guantánamo and the countless secret prisons where the Bush government is depriving tens of thousands of others of their rights.

That experience in Guantánamo affected us profoundly. What I want to focus on is the need for and the importance of the defence of human rights. After all the damage that has been done, everyone now feels more concerned, I think. It is not acceptable to abandon these people who are suffering. We have an urgent responsibility to show solidarity with them.

Al Jazeera hopes to work with the free media to gather information relating to human rights and freedoms. I ask all journalists to cooperate with us in this. There were more than fifty nationalities in Guantánamo - it is a worldwide issue, and not just about individual detainees.

It is shameful that in our society, innocent people who have been sold find themselves locked in cages, and that this violation of basic rights should be the doing of a country which claims to be the guarantor of rights and freedoms.

I feel no hatred. We respect the citizens of the USA. It is their present government which should take responsibility for the consequences of these actions.

Human rights and security are inseparable . there can be no security without the respect of fundamental rights.

SC: You are right to call on decent people and journalists not to accept the violation of international laws and the cruel and degrading treatment of human beings. But this policy could not have lasted if it had not had the tacit support of the superpower governments . it was with their consent that those labelled "enemy combatants" were tortured [7]. The "Patriot Act", for example, passed after the 11th September in the US, was supported by all the European countries. It was within the framework of these secret agreements that CIA and FBI agents were able to kidnap and torture thousands of innocent men like you in Europe.

SEH: I want to say this to you: I do not believe in the actions of governments. Because any government, in any country, prefers to govern without confronting the people.s real problems. It may, at times, speak out in support of a certain cause, but in reality it does not support it. It is only for opportunistic political reasons that governments speak out. And they may even, through political expediency, claim to support something in which they do not believe. Forget governments, because they have their own agenda. Yes, we must keep working hard to defend the rights and freedoms of everyone.

SC: Is it fair to conclude that the "terrorists" as presented to us by the Bush administration and the media do not exist?

SEH: I can assure you that the Guantánamo detainees that I met are not "terrorists". I had the opportunity to talk to them and get to know them . they are pacifists.

SC: So you were arrested then, because it had to be proven to the other European countries that the Muslim "terrorists" really existed?

SEH: We were arrested after the attacks of the 11th September, for which no one has yet been able to find those responsible. President Bush did not want to say, " I have made mistakes, I was not able to maintain national security". He said, " We are going to start a war against terror". The outcome is that he has brought security to no one.

He bombed Afghanistan, sent soldiers to wage war against whole nations, but did not arrest the people that he set out to arrest. He paid the Pakistanis in return for starting to arrest people and hand them over to his administration.

89% of the prisoners in Guantánamo were bought, for hard currency, from the Pakistani authorities. Where did they find them? They found them in Pakistan, not Afghanistan.

SC: These prisoners were then tortured with the promise that it would end if they accepted becoming spies for the CIA!? What a terrifying system!

SEH: Yes. Let.s wait for President Bush to leave power. When he has left his seat, I am sure that many people will have something to say about his wrongdoing.

SC: Your testimony is very important. Your youth has been destroyed. And yet you have the magnanimity to transform this disaster into something constructive. You refuse to see yourself as a victim. You are truly amazing! So many prisoners must be hoping for help from people like you.

SEH: We must work hard, so that all those who continue to support the Bush administration feel ashamed of their actions. At that point, no one will help them. And when no one helps them, they will stop.

The whole Guantánamo episode is a huge black stain. The Bush administration tried to deceive the public by saying we were terrorists. But the great majority of those men who were imprisoned, are innocent, like me.

SC: Thank you for giving us this interview.

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Monday, July 28, 2008


Check out this amazing story of THE POWER OF MONEY having
totally corrupted the catholic church.


Early September 1978: Pope John Paul I asks his secretary of state, Cardinal Jean Villot, to initiate an investigation into Vatican bank operations.

September 28, 1978: John Paul I presents Cardinal Villot with a list of people who are to be transferred, asked for their resignations, or reassigned. All the people on the list are suspected to be members of the Freemason's group "P2." The reshuffle of power will have major implications for the existing Vatican power structure and its financial dealings.

September 29, 1978: John Paul I found dead in his bed. Villot issues false statements to the press about the circumstances surrounding the death, removes key evidence from John Paul's room, and orders the body to be embalmed immediately without an autopsy.

October 1978: John Paul II to replace John Paul I. None of John Paul I's instructions to Villot before his death are carried out.

January 21, 1979: Murder of Judge Emilio Alessandrini, the Milan magistrate investigating the activities of Banco Ambrosiano, whose director, Roberto Calvi, has close ties with Michele Sindona and the Vatican.

March 20, 1979: Murder of Mino Pecorelli, an investigative journalist in the process of publishing articles exposing the membership and dealings of "P2" -- a powerful group of Freemasons whose membership was involved in Vatican financial dealings, and whose founder, Lucio Gelli, was deeply connected with Roberto Calvi.

March 25, 1979: Arrests on false charges of Mario Sarcinelli and Paolo Baffi of the Bank of Italy. The two men were pressing for action on the investigation of the financial dealings of Roberto Calvi and Banco Ambrosiano.

July 11, 1979: Murder of Giorgio Ambrosioli following his testimony concerning Michele Sindona's financial dealings with Calvi and other Vatican interests, the activities of P2 and its members among powerful government and business circles, and the connections between Calvi, Sindona, and Bishop Paul Marcinkus of the Vatican Bank.

July 13, 1979: Murder of Lt. Col. Antonio Varisco, head of the Rome security service, who was investigating the activities and membership of P2 and had spoken with Giorgio Ambrosioli two days before Ambrosioli's death.

July 21, 1979: Murder of Boris Guilano, the Palermo police deputy superintendent and head of Palermo CID. Guilano had spoken with Giorgio Ambrosioli two days before Ambrosioli's death concerning Sindona's laundering of Mafia money through the Vatican Bank into Switzerland.

October 1979: Bomb explosion at the apartment of Enrico Cuccia, managing director of Mediobanca and witness to Sindona's threat to the life of Giorgio Ambrosioli.

February 2, 1980: The Vatican withdraws at the last moment its agreement that Cardinals Guiseppe Caprio and Sergio Guerri and Bishop Paul Marcinkus will provide videotaped depositions on behalf of Michele Sindona in his trial in the US on charges of fraud, conspiracy and misappropriation of funds in connection with the collapse of Franklin National Bank.

May 13, 1980: Michele Sindona attempts suicide in jail.

June 13, 1980: Michele Sindona sentenced to 25 years.

July 8, 1980: Roberto Calvi attempts suicide while in jail on charges of fraud, etc. Later released on bail and reconfirmed as chairman of Banco Ambrosiano.

September 1, 1981: The Vatican Bank, apparently at the request of Roberto Calvi, issues "letters of comfort" acknowledging its controlling interest in, and assuming responsibility for, a more than 1 billion dollar debt of a number of banks controlled by Calvi.

January 12, 1981: A group of shareholders in Banco Ambrosiano send a letter to John Paul II outlining the connections between the Vatican Bank, Roberto Calvi and the P2 and the Mafia. The letter is never acknowledged.

April 27, 1982: Attempted murder of Roberto Rosone, general manager and deputy chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, who was trying to "clean up" the bank's operation.

June 17, 1982: Roberto Calvi found hanged to death from a bridge in London. A few days later, a 1.3 billion dollar "hole" is discovered in Banco Ambrosiano, Milan.

October 2, 1982: Guiseppe Dellacha, executive at Banco Ambrosiano, dead of a fall from a window of Banco Ambrosiano, in Milan.

March 23, 1986: Michele Sindona found dead of poisoning in the Italian jail to which he had been extradited on charges of ordering the murder of Giorgio Ambrosioli.

digitalis Albino Luciano, Pope John Paul I

"On September 28, 1978, he had been pope for thirty-three days. In little more than a month he had initiated various courses of action that, had they been completed, would have had a direct and dynamic effect on us all. The majority in this world would have applauded his decisions, a minority would have been appalled. The man who had quickly been labeled "the smiling pope" intended to remove the smiles from a number of faces on the following day."

"The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Jean Villot... studied the list of appointments, resignations to be asked for and transfers the pope had handed him. He had advised, argued, and remonstrated, but to no avail. Luciani had been adamant."

"It was by any standards a dramatic reshuffle. It would set the Church in new directions - directions that Villot, and the others on the list who were about to be replaced, considered highly dangerous...."

"There was one common denominator, one fact that linked each of the men about to be replaced. Villot was aware of it. More important, so was the pope. It had been one of the factors that had caused him to act, to strip these men of real was Freemasonry."

"The evidence the pope had acquired indicated that within the Vatican City State there were over one hundred Masons, ranging from cardinals to priests."

"Luciani was further preoccupied with an illegal Masonic lodge that had penetrated far beyond Italy in its search for wealth and power. It called itself P2. The fact that it had penetrated the Vatican walls and formed links with priests, bishops, and even cardinals made P2 anathema to Albino Luciani."

"That evening, September 28, 1978, thirty-three days after his election, Pope John Paul 1, "the smiling pope", was declared dead. No official death certificate has ever been issued. No autopsy ever performed. His body was hastily embalmed. Cause of death: Unknown. And Vatican business continues..."

"The facts are here in meticulous detail, documenting widespread corruption within the Vatican and presenting a compelling case that six powerful men, to protect their vast financial and political operations, decided on a shocking course of action -- Pope John Paul I must die."

David Yallop
In Gods' Name
Bantam Books, 1984

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a little MEXICO history

Carlos Salinas de Gortari - President 1988 - 1994

The election that brought Miguel de la Madrid's successor to power was clearly fraudulent. On July 6, 1988, when the first results began to arrive at the interior ministry's office on Avenida Bucareli, a shockingly high proportion was marked for the main opposition candidate. He was Cuauhtemoc Cárdenas, son of former President Lázaro Cárdenas, the most left-wing and, along with Benito Juárez, the most honest president in Mexican history.

In a panic move that in the end proved effective, a computer glitch was created, one long enough to manipulate results in favor of the government candidate, who was declared the winner.

That candidate was a forty-year-old technocrat named Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Like de la Madrid, he was a Harvard graduate. He also resembled his predecessor in having little practical political experience. Though he had served in de la Madrid's cabinet as minister of planning and budget, he never held elective office.

Things did not look good as the new president took office. Along with the economic crisis, there was a marked decline of public confidence in the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Where the PRI percentage of votes in presidential elections had been 90 percent for López Mateos and almost to 100 percent for López Portillo, it declined to 72 percent for de la Madrid and barely 50 percent for Salinas -- and that in a blatantly fraudulent election.

Then Salinas's fortunes took a dramatic turn for the better. As the Berlin Wall tumbled and former socialist countries now decided that capitalism was the wave of the future, Salinas made a bold move: he effectively canceled the Mexican Revolution.

His rejection of revolutionary principles, known by press pundits as salinastroika, took place in several areas -- political, economic, even religious. Where anticlericalism had long been a leading principle of the Mexican Revolution, Salinas completely reversed course. Nuns and priests could once more appear publicly in clerical garb, they could vote, the Church could own property, diplomatic relations were re-established with the Vatican, and religious schools were once more authorized.

Salinas also struck at the hitherto all-powerful unions. The measure was generally popular because the main target was a clique of labor bosses who had become virtually a law unto themselves. The most powerful of these was Joaquín Hernández Galicia ("La Quina"), head of the oil workers union. Though the ostensible reason was fraud and corruption, Salinas had a strong personal reason for arresting and jailing La Quina. During the presidential campaign the union had distributed leaflets accusing Salinas of murder. This referred to an incident that took place when the president was a little boy. In the course of a war game in which she was an unwilling participant, he had shot and killed a teenage servant girl. What followed was a depressingly typical case of social injustice. The Salinas family was powerful and the victim was a poor Indian girl from the slums. So little Carlos got off with counseling. Salinas also went after the heads of the Veracruz dock workers union and the Journeymen and Industrial Workers Union. The latter was charged with tax evasion -- on the eve of calling a strike against thirty-three maquiladora plants owned mainly by North American interests.

Another act in the drama of a Revolution reversed took place in the countryside. For a long time a sacred tenet of the Revolution had been support for the ejido system of agricultural cooperatives. The ejidos were at the center of the land reform program and to attack them was something like coming out against Motherhood and the Flag. But now Salinas did exactly that. "In the past," he declared in a 1992 speech, "land distribution was a path of justice; today it is unproductive and impoverishing." Technically, this represented an advance because the campesinos (peasant farmers) were now free to rent, sell, trade or mortgage their lands. But, predictably, it was the wealthy who bought up all the land that had become available.

Privatization was also a leading priority in the new president's program. State control was out and by early 1992, 85 percent of companies formerly owned by the government had been sold to the private sector. Among major companies privatized were Banco Nacional de Mexico (BANAMEX), Banco de Comercio (BANCOMER) and Telefonos de Mexico (TELMEX).

There is no doubt that these measures paid off. By 1993 inflation had been lowered to 10 percent and the foreign debt reduced by some $25 billion. This set the stage for fulfillment of Salinas's most cherished dream: inclusion of Mexico into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The old revolutionaries (whom Salinas dubbed "the new reactionaries") believed that NAFTA would strike a crippling blow to Mexico's lower-middle class, wiping out Mom and Pop establishments all over the country as the WalMarts, McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chickens proliferated.

Salinas partisans countered that NAFTA would attract more capital investment and result in more well-paying jobs for Mexicans. The president's dream was realized on November 17, 1993, as the U.S. Congress approved NAFTA. Within a week Salinas revealed his choice to succeed him as president in 1994: a handsome, articulate Northwestern graduate and fellow economist named Luis Donaldo Colosio.

Salinas's prestige had never been higher. He was only forty-four and a brilliant future was predicted for him -- in the international arena. Having achieved an economic miracle in Mexico, who would be better suited to become president of the World Trade Organization?

On the opening day of 1994 everything fell apart. Santayana wrote that those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. When Echeverria's term ended, everybody hailed López Portillo as a savior. With the end of the disastrous Echeverria-López Portillo-de la Madrid cycle, it looked for a while like Salinas would be the new Moses. History was about to teach the Mexican people another harsh lesson.

It began on January 1, 1994, with an Indian revolt in Chiapas. With Salinas's version of agrarian "reform," with the implementation of NAFTA, the campesinos in Chiapas had reached a nadir of despair. No longer protected by the ejido system, their lands were being taken over by creditors and landlords. And how could they possibly compete with their new international "partners," the farmers of America's prosperous Middle West? So they sold whatever they had, bought guns, and took to the hills. Their leader, who called himself Subcomandante Marcos, was a white, upper-middle-class furniture magnate's son from Tampico who had absorbed French-style Marxism at UNAM and served with the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.

Though fighting gave way to negotiation within a week, and remains at this stage today, Marcos has won one propaganda victory after another over his foes in Mexico City. In defeating Napoleon and Hitler, the Russians had an indispensable ally in General Winter. With Marcos, it is Generals Fax and the Internet that have made him a global Robin Hood -- along with his own skills as a media manipulator. The ski-masked Zapatista leader has hosted international conferences in his jungle retreat and appeared on such programs as "Sixty Minutes," getting his message across in accented but highly articulate English.

As the Salinas myth continued to wane, the president now faced a snag in his relations with the Church. In the revolutionary past, the Church had always been associated with the generals, the landowners and big business. But a considerable segment of the Catholic clergy has embraced liberation theology -- and many churchmen now oppose the government from the left. Most prominent of these mavericks is Samuel Ruiz García, bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas, capital of Chiapas. Though Ruiz has served as a negotiator in that troubled state, it is clear that his sympathies are with the downtrodden Indians.

Then came a cycle of high profile political murders.

In March 1994 Luis Donaldo Colosio, who surely would have been the next president of Mexico, was shot to death in Tijuana. Two weeks earlier, on March 6, he had made a speech that distanced him from the Salinas government. Stating that Mexico was still a Third World country, he pledged to implement political reform and to separate the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) from the government. Though a half-crazed young man, instantly labeled as "the lone gunman," was arrested for the shooting, Mexicans are still asking themselves whether or not this was a political execution. As presidential candidate, Colosio was replaced by Ernesto Zedillo, who had been his campaign manager. The son of a poor family who once shined shoes but proved sufficiently upwardly mobile to get an education at Yale, Zedillo won in what was considered by international observers to be a fair election. A competent and intelligent technocrat, honest but colorless, Zedillo has been referred to by political satirists as "Nerdedillo."

In September 1994 there was another high-level political assassination that tarnished the prestige of the Salinas family. The victim was PRI secretary general José Francisco Ruiz Massieu, Salinas's former brother-in-law. The marriage to the president's sister had terminated in a bitter divorce. Charged with masterminding the murder was Raill Salinas, the president's older brother. (He was recently found guilty of the crime and sentenced to fifty years in prison.)

Raul Salinas proved to be a detriment to his brother in more ways than one. It was discovered that he was at the center of a vast web of corruption and influence peddling and that the Salinas economic "miracle" consisted more in creating twenty-one new billionaires than in raising the general standard of living.

The Salinas reputation continued to slide as the end of 1994 was marked by another of those disastrous devaluations Mexicans hate so much. Worst of all, the devaluation was performed in a singularly clumsy manner by the new finance minister, Jaime Serra Puche, coming when nobody was expecting it.

Two other blights on the national scene have been an increase in violent crime and in the influence of powerful drug dealers. Mexico City, once considered safe, has been hit with a wave of kidnappings -- some of the victims have been millionaires and high level foreign executives, but also some ordinary tourists. Foreigners coming to Mexico have been warned never to take any but authorized taxis that are at a sitio (cab stand) or which can be summoned by telephone. There have been too many cases of tourists being picked up by freelance taxis (mostly VWs) and having the cab boarded by the driver's confederates at a designated spot. The tourist is then forced to cough up his/her credit card to the kidnappers and to authorize outrageous charges (This type of kidnapping is called an "Express Kidnapp"). There have also been assaults on intercity buses, with instances of female tourists being raped as well as robbed.

The most disturbing aspect about the drug trade is the way it has reached into political life. Governors, including a potential PRI candidate for president in 2000, are regularly accused of being on the drug lords' payroll. These accusations have gone as high as a general who was appointed to be Mexico's drug czar. All this has induced tremendous cynicism among ordinary citizens. Should drug king "A" be arrested, it is widely believed that he was set up by his rival, drug king "B," and a compliant political leader who can then masquerade as an anti-drug crusader. The baneful influence of the drug lords has provided fuel to enemies of NAFTA. Under the agreement, Mexican trucks can cross the border to destinations within the U.S. NAFTA critics claim that many of these vehicles carry drugs and that inspection by U.S. border officials is deplorably lax. Some even suggest that this laxity is deliberate and that the enormously wealthy narco dealers may have gotten to the inspectors.

Today, the Salinas family is in total disgrace, with Raul beginning his fifty-year prison term and Carlos a political exile in Ireland. Though the former president is surely not hurting financially, gone are all dreams of becoming president of a prestigious international monetary association or of a professorship at Harvard.

On the bright side is what may be the emergence of a multi-party system. The relatively conservative National Action Party (PAN) holds several governors' seats and the left-of-center Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) has installed its standard bearer, Cuauhtemoc Cárdenas, as mayor of Mexico City.

As Mexico closes in on the millenium, what we are looking at is not answers, but a series of baffling questions.
Will dialogue continue in Chiapas?
Or will the government compensate for its defeats in the propaganda war by waging a long postponed campaign of extermination against the Zapatistas?
Does PAN have a chance in 2000 to unseat a party that will have been in power over seventy years?
Or will PRI again rig the election?
Will street crime and assaults on tourists be brought under control?
Will there be serious and effective action against the drug kingpins?
Or will Mexico risk becoming "Colombianized"?

In 1917, Winston Churchill described Russia as a riddle in a mystery wrapped inside an enigma. He could have been talking about Mexico in 1999.


Don Benito Pablo Juárez García (1806-1872)

Mexico's national hero and its first president of Indian descent was Don Benito JuárezBenito Juárez. During his years in the Government, he succeeded in undermining the power of the Roman Catholic Church and the wealthy landlords in order to make Mexico a constitutional democracy.

Juárez was born at San Pablo Guelatao in the state of Oaxaca on March 21, 1806. He studied law at the Oaxaca Institute of Arts and Sciences, receiving his degree in 1831. Within a few years he had served in both state and national legislatures. In 1841 he became a judge and served as governor of his state. From his government service he gained many ideas for political and economic reform.

When liberals defeated conservatives in the elections of 1855, Juárez became minister of justice and public instruction. The new administration abolished special courts for the church and the military, forced the church to sell its enormous property holdings, and created a new, liberal constitution. In 1857 Juarez was chosen to preside over the Supreme Court and, in effect, to serve as vice-president. During a conservative revolt from 1858 to 1860, he acted as president.

He was forced to flee Mexico City but held the government together until he died at the age of 66.

Church property WAS NOT CONFISCATED but bought???

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

911 Radar Data -- US fascism

9/11 radar data disputes author on key points, July 15, 2008

By Mark H. Gaffney (Chiloquin, OR USA)

July 15, 2008

I have been studying Lynn Spencer's book through the lens of the RADES radar data from 9/11, now freely available thanks to a FOIA release in 2007. The radar data is an equal opportunity employer. It has no agenda and does not discriminate. For this reason it is a powerful tool and could have been used as a "fact check" to confirm the testimony of Spencer's witnesses. Unfortunately, it seems the author did not make use of it.

It is well known that as time passes, memory fades. There is a tendency for eyewitnesses to embellish or exaggerate what happened, and 9/11 is no different. I exchanged several emails with the author, all of them cordial. I was interested to learn if Spencer had interviewed Laura Brown, the FAA official who in 2003 told the 9/11 Commission that the FAA set up phone bridges to the Department of Defense shortly after the first WTC impact.The Brown memo flatly refutes the official story that the DoD was out of the loop. The memo was even read into the official record, but it never appeared in the 9/11 Commission Report. Spencer replied that she did NOT interview Brown. Then she volunteered the following editorial comments: "it seems that two years after the fact, she [Brown] remembered the bits and pieces but not in a cohesive way. Sometimes in such circumstances, they blend (like Mineta's inadventant [sic] comments regarding AAL 77 - he was actually referring to UAL 93)."

In short, Spencer discounted the testimony of Brown and Mineta for the reasons I cited above. All of this is ironic, because Spencer conducted her own interviews with the pilots and NEADS staffers in 2006, that is, FIVE YEARS AFTER 9/11. She informed me of this in an email.

Well, what does the radar data show? It shows that Spencer's own witnesses embellished and/or confused the facts---the very thing she accused Brown and Mineta of doing. From the 9/11 radar data it is possible to calculate the flight speed of the NORAD fighters. The radar data shows that the flight speed of the Langley F-16s was NOT 700 mph as they approached Washington, as Spencer states in her book (p. 182), but only 400 mph. The reader gets the impression that the fighters were burning leather, but in fact they were poking along. In another case, Spencer writes that one of the Otis pilots broke the sound barrier en route to NY (p. 43). But the radar data proves otherwise. We must conclude that parts of Spencer's book are just as much fable as the 9/11 Commission Report. Spencer needs to listen to her own counsel. By her own reasoning the testimony of Laura Brown and Norman Mineta, given only two years after 9/11, is more credible than the testimony she collected five years down the road.

Spencer's book has even more serious problems, but space here is short. For a full critique of Touching History see my forthcoming book, THE 9/11 MYSTERY PLANE, to be released this September. Among other disclosures, the book will feature the first published analysis of the radar data from 9/11.

and here is another EXCELLENT book review by the same author...

AMERICA'S SECRET WAR is a blow by blow account of the Bush regime's "war on terrorism." And while several chapters do offer valuable insights -- particularly the author's discussion of the war in Afghanistan -- overall, the book is a mine field. I cannot recommend it because the author, George Friedman, is either incredibly stupid in believing that a rag tag bunch of 19 jihadists using cell phones outsmarted the most sophisticated security establishment in the world on 9/11 -- or he is just downright devious.

In the intelligence world deception is a finely honed art. The game is played by subtly spicing truth with falsehood -- and there are enough examples in AMERICA'S SECRET WAR for us to suspect that George Friedman is spinning yarns. Allow me to be blunt: He is quite skillful in the art of lying.

Here are some examples:

Friedman mentions the US-Iran discussions that followed 9/11 -- but he fails to acknowledge that in 2003 Iran made a bona fide peace offer to the US that could have resulted in a comprehensive Middle East peace settlement -- IF the US had responded. Iran offered to cooperate in the Gulf, to disarm Hezbollah, to accept stringent IAEA oversight of its nuclear program, and even signed onto the 2002 Arab peace offer, indicating that Tehran was willing to live in peace with Israel -- provided the Palestinians received a measure of justice -- in the form of a state.

As we know, the National Intelligence Estimate in November 2007 provides strong evidence that the 2003 Iranian offer was genuine. The NIE concluded that Iran abandoned work on its BOMB program in 2003, which -- notice -- coincides with the date of the peace offer. The real question, which Friedman never mentions, is why the US rejected the Iranian peace offer out of hand.

Friedman also poo-poohs the 2002 Saudi peace offer, characterizing it as nothing but political posturing. He writes: "The Saudis had consulted nobody about the idea. which meant that this radical proposal didn't even have the backing of [prince] Abdullah's own government." (p. 244)

This is total BS. In fact, the 2002 Arab peace offer had the backing of every member of the Arab League -- and again -- could have become the basis for an Isareli-Palestinian peace settlement -- IF Israel and the US had responded favorably. Both, however, simply ignored it.

The Saudi Prince Abdullah actually went so far as to personally confront Bush about the Palestinian issue during his June 2002 visit to Crawford Texas. At that meeting Bush promised Abdullah that he would take steps to solve the Palestinian question. Of course, as we know, Bush did nothing of the kind -- because his idol Ariel Sharon opposed a peace settlement.

Friedman is also dishonest when he writes about an Iranian BOMB --as if Iran already had nuclear weapons. When in fact they did not -- and do not. There is no excuse for his getting this wrong. As a self-described intelligence expert Friedman should have known this. We must interpret this "error" as a case of calculated deception on his part.

Friedman's confused analysis of why the neo cons invaded Iraq fails to persuade -- and again -- we must conclude that the author is simply fibbing to us. Friedman fails to mention the obvious: that the war was largely about controlling Iraq's oil -- and had nothing to do with fighting terrorism. I would argue: It was also about destroying Iraq as a nation -- leaving Iraq prostrate so that it could never again challenge Israeli hegemony in the region. Now why couldn't an expert like Friedman simply tell the truth and state the obvious? Clearly, he has an agenda.

Friedman gives a really bizarre justification for the US policy of arming BOTH Iran and Iraq during the bloody war which raged between these two nations between 1980-1986. He states that if either Iran or Iraq gained "the upper hand in the region it would try to sieze part or all of Saudi Arabia." (p 253) Which, again, is total nonsense. Why couldn't the author simply state the obvious: The US pursued a wicked policy of bleeding and weakening both nations for its own selfish reasons -- and also to divert attention from Israel's continuing illegal occupation of Palestinian lands. It had nothing to do with protecting Saudi Arabia.

Friedman also repeats the lie that Saddam Hussein kicked out the UNSCOM inspectors in 1998. This lie has been told so frequently that it has taken on a life of its own. But Scott Ritter, the chief UNSCOM weapons inspector, knows what actually happened because he was there. According to Ritter it was Bill Clinton who ordered out the UN inspection team, on the eve of a major US bombing campaign in late 1998, Operation Desert Fox, which was an attempt by the US to assassinate Saddam Hussein. Indeed, this is why the Iraqi leader then refused to allow the inspectors to return. He correctly accused the US of using the UN inspection effort to gather intel about Saddam's whereabouts in an attempt to take him out. Ritter affirms this is what actually happened. Now, why couldn't Friedman get this right?

What is Friedman's agenda? We get a clue from the author's discussion about the Madrid bombings in March 2004, which he attributes to al Qaeda. Yet, today, we know al Qaeda had nothing whatever to do with that attack, which ocurred shortly before major elections in Spain. The bombing was almost certainly staged by operatives of the ultraconservative Spanish government then in power -- as a way of terrorizing the Spanish people into re-electing that same government. They blamed it on Basque separatists. Fortunately, the false flag attack failed. The Spanish people saw through it -- and voted out Bush's allies -- in the process, electing a new populist government that immediately fulfilled its promise to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq -- consistent with the strongly anti war sentiment in Spain. Here, again, by misfiring, the author shows his true colors.

Friedman is the founder and chairman of STRATFOR -- which claims to be an independent intelligence agency. However, I suspect he has links to the Israeli Mossad and maybe even to the CIA. The reader should beware: Read the book with a discerning eye -- because the author weaves many falsehoods between the lines. He is a liar

Some Mental Midgets have found flaws.. but cannot express them like real men, they nag and moan like little children:

Jul17, 2008
Paul Worcester says:
This is not a book review - it's an attack for self-serving reasons. This critique smells of 9/11 conspiracy theorism. The tip off was the denial of Spencer's investigatory work without supportive data - radar tapes are not conclusive. Cockpit tapes (for those of us privileged to see them) tell the truth. The pilots Spencer interviewed stand by their story as do those of us that know it from the "inside."

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 9:08 AM PDT
Jeff Peirce says:
I agree that this is not a book review, its an attempt to sell a conspiracy based book on 9/11.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 11:35 PM PDT
M. Kirkpatrick says:
Go figure that he rips on this book, then promotes his own. If you look at the other books that he has reviewed, it tells the whole story of his thoughts about 9/11.

my answer would be:

Yes, lets forget 9/11! The arabs got everything they wanted, and what did we get? Iraq, Afghanistan, airbases, domestic control worthy of the STASI, electoral corruption, unsolved anthrax, bank bail outs, record profits and not a single challenge to the status quo. Nope, 9/11 was just coincidentally convenient for this power-grab. We are the good guys, we'd never do that. We honestly wanted to save the world from Saddam. We don't need the Oil, honestly!

It's just a coincidence that Bush was hell-bent to invade iraq before 911 ... just google 3 words bush iraq 2000. OK? No! Conspiracies do not exist. Our agencies and their billions do not think, never mind conspire.. they just bumble along. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have never planned deceptive psy-op wet jobs. Nobody ever thought of using civilian airliners to deceive (WIKIPEDIA Operation Northwoods ... "Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."). Nobody ever could image civilian airliners crashing into buildings.. (google PENTAGON MASCAL). Nobody was rehearsing the 911 scenario on 911 (google APOLLO GUARDIAN). Rest ... assured, we are the good guys. Now go shopping, the devil may care!
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Monday, July 21, 2008

Real Flight 175 was template for Hologram

Holograms? Towers demolished by space beams?

Air-pressure does not eject steel!

Yep. In order to pull of such a heinous stunt and have the capability to cover it up until the perpetrators are all dead... they used THE BEST TECHNOLOGY, just like the best illusionist would. And just like the best illusionists, the trick-technology is quite safe amongst fellow illusionists.

In Hezarkhani's video we see a CGI-plane disappearing inside the building in the same way that a knife goes through warm butter. That cannot be reality.

Since the very same image is CONSISTENT on other videos CHANCES ARE that the cameras's film recorded the image of a passenger jetliner aeroplane.


Charlie Rose program as aired on 10/31/01 on PBS at:

"Then out of nowhere came this noise. This loud, high-pitched roar that seemed to come from all over, but from nowhere in particular. And the second tower just exploded. It became amazingly obvious to anyone there that what we all had hoped was a terrible accident was actually an overt act of hostility. I didn't see the plane hit, although I was looking at the tower at the time."

"Then this noise filled the air that sounded like a high-pressure gas line had been ruptured. It seemed to come from all over, not one direction. Everyone was looking around thinking, "What was that?" And the second tower explodes."

I re-investigated the technology behind the hologram that "crashed" into the Word Trade Center. I know the technology must be REAL TIME HOLOGRAHY and the physics are known well. However, the (top secret!) technology must be powerful and from 1999 or so.

And then it occured to me!!

Remember the low flying big jet flying over New York just prior to the "wtc 2 ua 175 impact"? OF COURSE!!

The mystery plane was "optically scanned" to enable "optical computation"!!

Remember "amputee planes" and my

"in that the 3-D scene appears distorted if viewed from locations other than those the scene was generated for."

CHECK OUT the Luc Courchesne VIDEO


Havla and amputee planes are well documented on Killtown's 2nd hit web page:

Killtown's: WTC Crash Videos

And then there is the NOSE OUT:

Simple explanation: The laser illuminator was still powered-on!!
The simply did not expect that the missile carrying the projection-screen would exit the WTC building on the other end and the projection-vapor would still create an opaque image. (The technology is TRUELY ROBUST! ;-)

You can see the laser projector in theDavid Thom pictures

more explanation: HOLO-TVF ...

How they did the gash? kinetic weapons!
for August Dunning 2.jpg

So where did the engine come from?
plane engine NY WTC murray st

Figure 25(a): Landing gear amid dust, adjacent to old scaffolding, not on a street corner, close to curb, just left of the mid-point of a dusty Greco-Roman pillar lying in the gutter. Figure 25(b): Landing gear amid dust, adjacent to old scaffolding, not on a street corner, close to curb, just left of the mid-point of a dusty Greco-Roman pillar lying in the gutter. The crime-scene ribbon is oriented differently and the axel hanging over the curb more than in Fig. 25(a). [cut from this picture.]

Figure 25(c): Landing gear on a dust-free street corner near shiny new scaffolding, set back from the curb and no Greco-Roman pillar visible. The tire and brakes look different too. Note the failure surface of the shaft. It's sharp, not appearing to have bounced around on the pavement. It also appears to be a torsion failure. How can an explosion cause that? Figure 25(d): Landing gear in new photo op: tire looks in better health, no extensive dust, new scaffolding, further from the corner, further forward toward the top of a dust-free Greco-Roman pillar. We suspect tampering with evidence J . Actors gape (no one walking on their way, a suitcase on the morning of 9/11?) at nice tire and shiny shaft, wondering why the tire, brake housing and shaft would be unburned despite ejection through a "jet fuel conflagration" high atop a tower.

Figure 25(e): This piece also has an affinity for canopy-covered scaffolding. Figure 25(f): And yet another view.

Scrutiny of alleged eyewitness testimony, however, may not be entirely worthless. As far as we can tell, there is a dearth of testimony from disinterested witnesses affirming airliner flights into the WTC towers. Consider the first plane that allegedly flew into the North Tower: many thousands of people in Central Park plus northbound drivers, passengers and pedestrians along First, Second and Third Avenues, Lexington Avenue, Park Avenue, Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Avenue of the Americas, Broadway, etc., would have seen a low-flying AA Boeing 767 thundering south/southwest down the island of Manhattan. At high speed it would have been incredibly noisy, extraordinary and scary. It would have echoed down the canyons. The direction or source may not have been obvious at first. At 400+ mph the jetliner would have taken approximately one minute to fly less than seven miles from just north of Central Park into the North Tower, plenty of time for witnesses to see and track a plane go by but not hit the tower. Thousands of disinterested eyewitnesses could have confirmed a Boeing 767 flying overhead if the official story were true but I’ve not seen such interviews. The internet lacks credible "street interviews" and the controlled media did not go there. That is a telling fact.

The witnesses offered are usually media people.. see September Clues VCD (911 TV Fakery)

But here now the article that inspired me this morning...

Holography - Real-time holography

The discussion above describes "conventional" holography, whereas the steps of recording, developing and reconstruction are performed independently or at different times in sequence. Also, the recording medium for conventional holography is typically film so that the hologram is permanently formed. This static recording notion is, in fact, similar to a photograph, which is also a permanent recording of image information. Thus, once formed, the hologram is "fixed," or unchangable.

Beyond conventional holography, there exists a technique whereby all the steps used to form a hologram are performed simultaneously in a material that can be refreshed. That is, the steps of recording, developing and reconstruction all take place at the same time (not sequentially). Moreover, the material used for this novel hologram is not film, but a material with properties which allow continuous updating of the hologram making the hologram dynamic so that the image information which records the hologram can change and the reconstructed output can also track, or change, simultaneously.

Such a dynamic hologram is called a "real-time hologram." The material that replaces film must also be capable of changing in response to a varying set of recording beams and input image information. Examples of such materials are referred to as "nonlinear optical materials," and can be realized using a variety of media such as photorefractive crystals, atomic vapors and gases, semiconductors (including "quantum wells"), plasmas and, even liquids. In this case, the local absorption and/or phase in the nonlinear material will be "exposed," and will "track" changes in the interference pattern formed by the recording beams. As the interference pattern changes, the local absorption and/or phase pattern in the material will also change and replace the original pattern. Beyond these "passive" materials, the dynamic media can also be in the form of "active" electro-optical devices, such as spatial light modulators (SLMs). In this case, the pixelated image-bearing input port serves as the "dynamic recording material," whereas the pixelated output of the device (e.g., the output display, or projection port) functions as the effective holographic reconstruction port. Currently, SLMs involve the use of liquid crystal layers as well as micro-electrical mechanical (MEMS) technologies as the pixelated image-bearing output (projection) port. The pattern imposed onto the input port of the SLM will give rise to a corresponding output pattern, as read out by the reconstruction beam. By virtue of the SLM, the output, or reconstruction, beam will be spatially encoded as a corresponding amplitude, phase or polarization pixelated mapping of the input image.

Around 36 "private" videos exist of a plane hitting WTC-2, all of them excluding one anothers genuineness. Here we see frames from Michael Hezarkhani's video

Carmen Taylor and M. Hezarkhani stood side-by-side on a ferry boat in Battery Park

The speed, or, frame-rate, of such real-time media -- that is, the number of independent holograms that can be formed, erased, updated and reconstructed by this process -- can be in the range of many seconds to picoseconds of faster. In the case of high-definition (about one million resolvable pixels) high-speed video-rate information (about 1 ms frame rate), this implies an effective optical processing rate of a gigahertz (GHz). In the case of an advanced spatial light modulator (with a frame-rate in the microsecond range), the effective computational rate of a real-time holographic processor can exceed a terahertz (THz).

In the jargon of nonlinear optics, this operation that involves the simultaneous recording and reconstruction of a hologram in a material is referred to as "degenerate four-wave mixing" ("DFWM"). This follows, since there are four optical beams that interact to form the real-time hologram: a pair of recording beams, a readout beam, and, the resultant output, or reconstructed beam. The search for novel nonlinear optical materials for real-time holography is a very active area of present-day research.

Potential applications of such real-time holograms include phase-conjugate mirrors ("time-reversal" of light), optical cache memories, image processing (pattern recognition of time-varying images), and optical computing, among others (see below). As an example, in an outdoor laser communication system across an atmospheric path, one must compensate for atmospheric turbulence (the phenomenon that gives rise to the "twinkling" of starlight as well as beam wander) to enable a high-quality optical channel to exist. That is, without such atmospheric compensation, the optical receiver at the end of the link cannot distinguish between useful data transmission (such as modulation of the laser beam) and that of the random "twinkling" of the laser beam as it propagates from the sender to the receiver. By using a real-time hologram to form a "phase-conjugate" mirror at one or both ends of the link, the effects of atmospheric turbulence can be "undone" ("untwinkling the starlight"), resulting in an optical channel without random noise. Hence, the optical link, even across an atmospheric path, will behave as if the link is established in the vacuum of space, where the stars do not twinkle. In one example, a phase-conjugate mirror with a modulation capability at one end of the optical link, can be used to simultaneously compensate for propagation distortions and encode information (data) to be beamed to the other end of the link. This device is referred to as a "retro-modulator."

The current leader in the development in real time holography is MIT's Spatial Imaging Group, having created machines that allow interactivity between a user and a 3D mid air projected image, such as a virtual lathe.

Holography - References

1. Scientific American, December 1985, "Phase Conjugation," by Vladimir Shkunov and Boris Zel'dovich.
2. Scientific American, January 1986, "Applications of Optical Phase Conjugation," by David M. Pepper.
3. Scientific American, March 1987, "Optical Neural Computers," by Demetri Psaltis and Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa.
4. Scientific American, October 1990, "The Photorefractive Effect," by David M. Pepper, Jack Feinberg, and Nicolai V. Kukhtarev.
5. Scientific American, November 1995, "Holographic Memories," by Demetri Psaltis and Fai Mok.

Holography - Real-time holography: Encyclopedia II - Holography - Real-time holography
The discussion above describes "conventional" holography, whereas the steps of recording, developing and reconstruction are performed independently or at different times in sequence. Also, the recording medium for conventional holography is typically film so that the hologram is permanently formed. This static recording notion is, in fact, similar to a photograph, which is also a permanent recording of image information. Thus, on ...
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Holography, Holography - Overview, Holography - Technical description, Holography - Holographic recording process, Holography - Holographic reconstruction process, Holography - Materials, Holography - Mass replication, Holography - Real-time holography, Holography - References, Holography - Digital holography, Holography - Computer Generated Holographic Cinema, Holography - Holography in art, Holography - Holographic data storage
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Holography: Encyclopedia II - Holography - Real-time holography


Dynamic holography

In static holography, recording, developing and reconstructing occur sequentially and a permanent hologram is produced.

There also exist holographic materials which do not need the developing process and can record a hologram in a very short time. This allows to use holography to perform some simple operations in an all-optical way. Examples of applications of such real-time holograms include phase-conjugate mirrors ("time-reversal" of light), optical cache memories, image processing (pattern recognition of time-varying images), and optical computing.

The amount of processed information can be very high (terabit/s), since the operation is performed in parallel on a whole image. This compensates the fact that the recording time, which is in the order of a µs, is still very long compared to the processing time of an electronic computer. The optical processing performed by a dynamic hologram is also much less flexible than electronic processing. On one side one has to perform the operation always on the whole image, and on the other side the operation a hologram can perform is basically either a multiplication or a phase conjugation. But remember that in optics, addition and Fourier transform are already easily performed in linear materials, the second simply by a lens. This enables some applications like a device that compares images in an optical way.[15]

The search for novel nonlinear optical materials for dynamic holography is an active area of research. The most common materials are photorefractive crystals, but also in semiconductors or semiconductor heterostructures (such as quantum wells), atomic vapors and gases, plasmas and even liquids it was possible to generate holograms.

A particularly promising application is optical phase conjugation. It allows the removal of the wavefront distortions a light beam receives when passing through an aberrating medium, by sending it back through the same aberrating medium with a conjugated phase. This is useful for example in free-space optical communications to compensate for atmospheric turbulence (the phenomenon that gives rise to the twinkling of starlight).

Four-wave mixing

is an intermodulation distortion in optical systems, similar to the third-order intercept point in electrical systems.

Four-wave mixing can be compared to the intermodulation distortion in standard electrical systems. When three wavelengths interact in a nonlinear medium, they give rise to a fourth wavelength which is formed by the scattering of the incident photons, producing the fourth photon.

Volumetric display

A volumetric display device is a graphical display device that forms a visual representation of an object in three physical dimensions, as opposed to the planar image of traditional screens that simulate depth through a number of different visual effects. One definition offered by pioneers in the field is that volumetric displays create 3-D imagery via the emission, scattering, or relaying of illumination from well-defined regions in (x,y,z) space.

Although first postulated in 1912, and a staple of science fiction, volumetric displays are still under development, and have yet to reach the general population. With a variety of systems proposed and in use in small quantities — mostly in academia and various research labs — volumetric displays remain accessible only to academics, corporations, and the military.

(The US military did 911. Henry Hugh Shelton must be jailed for life.)

Several static-volume volumetric 3-D displays use laser light to encourage visible radiation in a solid, liquid, or gas. For example, some researchers have relied on two-step upconversion within a rare earth-doped material when illuminated by intersecting infrared laser beams of the appropriate frequencies.

A pulsed laser creates points of glowing plasma in air
A pulsed laser creates points of glowing plasma in air

Another technique uses a focused pulsed infrared laser (about 100 pulses per second; each lasting a nanosecond) to create balls of glowing plasma at the focal point in normal air. The focal point is directed by two moving mirrors and a sliding lens, allowing it to draw shapes in the air. Each pulse creates a popping sound, so the device crackles as it runs. Currently it can generate dots anywhere within a cubic metre. It is thought that the device could be scaled up to any size, allowing for 3D images to be generated in the sky.

It is often claimed that volumetric displays are incapable of reconstructing scenes with viewer-position-dependent effects, such as occlusion and opacity. This is a misconception; a display whose voxels have non-isotropic radiation profiles are indeed able to depict position-dependent effects. To-date, occlusion-capable volumetric displays require two conditions: (1) the imagery is rendered and projected as a series of "views," rather than "slices," and (2) the time-varying image surface is not a uniform diffuser. For example, researchers have demonstrated spinning-screen volumetric displays with reflective and/or vertically diffuse screens whose imagery exhibits occlusion and opacity. One system (Cossairt et al, 2004; Favalora, 4 Aug. 2005) created HPO 3-D imagery with a 360-degree field of view by oblique projection onto a vertical diffuser; another (Otsuka et al, 2004) projects 24 views onto a rotating controlled-diffusion surface; and another (Tanaka et al, 2006) provides 12-view images utilizing a vertically oriented louver.

So far, the ability to reconstruct scenes with occlusion and other position-dependent effects have been at the expense of vertical parallax, in that the 3-D scene appears distorted if viewed from locations other than those the scene was generated for.

One other consideration is the very large amount of bandwidth required to feed imagery to a volumetric display. For example, a standard 24 bit per pixel, 1024×768, flat/2D display requires about 165 MB/s to be sent to the display hardware to sustain 70 frames per second, whereas a 24 bit per voxel, 1024×768×1024 (1024 "pixel layers" in the Z axis) volumetric display would need to send about three orders of magnitude more (165 GB/s) to the display hardware to sustain 70 volumes per second. As with regular 2-D video, one could reduce the bandwidth needed by simply sending fewer volumes per second and letting the display hardware repeat frames in the interim, or by sending only enough data to affect those areas of the display that need to be updated, as is the case in modern lossy-compression video formats such as MPEG. Furthermore, a 3-D volumetric display would require two to three orders of magnitude more CPU and/or GPU power beyond that necessary for 2-D imagery of equivalent quality, due at least in part to the sheer amount of data that must be created and sent to the display hardware

Actuality Systems Perspecta Volumetric 3D Display

Actuality Systems, Inc. has developed an incredibly high performance three-dimensional display nearly 100 million voxels and interactivity at your fingertips. Professionals in pharmaceutical design, MCAD, and medical imaging can see data floating inside of the clear viewing dome. Your volumetric imagery can be viewed from any angle, without cumbersome goggles.

Perspecta Display 1.9
Perspecta Display 1.9

Actuality Systems is making the 3-D Display compatible with several popular software packaged for molecular visualisation and mechanical CAD. Want to drive the display yourself? The Actuality 3-D Display API is based on Mesa, the open-source graphics library.

The prototype offers both brains and beauty - inside the sleek package is Actuality's custom designed rasterization and processing system crunching your 3-D geometry data with a Texas Instruments™ digital signal processor. A gargantuan 6 gigabits of double data rate SDRAM holds double-buffered R, G, and B channels for the most demanding visualisation work.


  • Real, volume-filling 3-D
  • 8 vibrant colours
  • 768 pixel x 768 pixel x 198-slice resolution
  • Nearly 100 million voxels
  • Visible by multiple simultaneous users
  • 360° horizontal viewing angle
  • 180° vertical viewing angle
  • Realistic 3-D without goggles

Hardware/Software Capability
Connects to standard Windows NT® and SGI ® systems via SCSI.
Automatically projects your data into 3-D from many software packages.
Revolutionary Design

The only high-resolution solution for viewing your 3-D information in lifelike, walk-around format.
Transparent viewing dome lets entire design team collaborate.
Small footprint allows the Actuality 3-D Display to fit on your desktop.

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Background & Innovations in True Volumetric 3D Imaging

Welcome to the world of Volumetric Imaging where we attempt to create the practical "crystal ball" of the soothsayers -- a volume in which all space and time may be displayed at your command. We have not been alone in this quest but have followed the path of the early pioneers and visionaries. Gauge your analysis by the curl of your thoughts as we venture into the color and charm of the chromosphere.

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The Early Pioneers

One of the earliest functional volumetric imagers was this excellent design by Schipper from 1960. It set the standard for the rotating screen technologies which were to follow -- including x-y addressing, a speed control motor, and a stationary enclosure.

At the time, high speed light emitters were extremely costly serious hindering the development of large prototype systems for the study of the human visual system response.

Ketchpel Patent Ketchpel's 1960 Cathode Ray Tube Imager represents a major step in the integration of television technology and volumetric imaging. Although the electron beam steering technology was at its infancy he clearly anticipated systems which would embody complex, computer-controlled single and multiple guns within an evacuated enclosure.

Moving to Solid State Systems

The Swainson Laser Imager in the mid 1970's represents a conceptual breakthrough in volumetric systems. For the first time, the concept of a volume comprised of a homogeneous media and illuminated by intersecting beams was proposed. Swainson enumerated a broad spectrum of excitable composites. Swainson Patent
In 1990, Eastman Kodak researcher, E.L. Morton, devised a method for eliminating the defocusing effect of the change in optical path length in the helical screen volumetric imagers.

Digital Volumetric Systems

As a student at MIT in the late 1970's, Edwin Berlin developed a innovative approach to data flow problem which had been constraining early systems. He placed the display electronics on a rotating matrix of light emitters and used a high-speed optical link to connect to the outside world.

The technology was exiled from MIT by myopic visionaries.

In 1990, Volumetric Imaging licensed the patent and developed a low cost system which displays 1,000,000 voxels simultaneously.

Volumetric Imaging Projects

The Volumetric Matrix Imager Model 200

The Model 200 is a 18" diameter x 36" high Matrix Imager System. All the computational components are contained within the enclosure of aluminum and polycarbonate.

This Imager was designed for lower cost experimentation and demonstration. It found success as a research platform in academia and government as well as in the "high art world" when Jenny Holzer chose it as the centerpiece for her Süddeutsche Zeitung exhibit "Lustmord" in 1994. In addition to wide visibility in the European press, the Imager was included in a Sunday New York Times Art Section article on her exhibit.

This Model Imager has found a place at SIGGRAPH, trade shows and symposia for general advertising purposes.

HoloVerse has acquired certain rights to Volumetric Imaging, Inc. technologies including:

Other Volumetric Researchers

  • Stanford University
  • Texas Instruments
  • U.S. Navy

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