We used to believe that people who believed in conspiracy theories were crazy.

We must have been crazy.


  A good introduction for beginners: www.zeitgeistmovie.com

 A gaiaguys' article which is NOT for beginners: Knowledge and Wisdom Spell the End to Anti-Semitism


In late September 2001, when we first started studying the Disclosure Project, and started to realise the sheer SIZE of the obvious U.F.O. coverup, we started looking into some of the other things that seemed fishy. We were APPALLED at what we found!

Now the night has come.

Our special U.S. election section, which was updated, has been moved here.

The above link contains the entire article excerpted below.

 Jan 22 - AMERICAN TERROR - "In our original (Nov.02) report on the Pentagon's terror scheme, we wrote: "Bush and his cohorts are plunging the world into an abyss, an endless night of murder and terror -- wholesale, retail, state-sponsored, privatized; of fear and degradation, servility, chaos, and the perversion of all that's best in us." Now the night has come. Now the United States stands openly -- even proudly -- for terrorism, torture and the Hitlerian principle of aggressive war. America has fallen into the pit -- and the hopes of the world go with it."


"We must speak the truth about terror. Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September 11th. Malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty." - George W. Bush

Please click here for the full text of the speech at the UN on November 10th, 2001 from which the above quote is excerpted

Bush tells the TRUTH for once!

"The same people that attacked us on September the 11th is the crowd that is now bombing people, killing innocent men, women and children ..." http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/07/20070710-6.html

(Please note that the entire outraged World Wide Web is slowly becoming aware of what's really been going on behind closed doors, and this website is no exception. Therefore, a lot of the material which could go here, remains as front page news on our opening index page. Please study it carefully.)

There's material here in our 2004 US election intro which will be moved into this page as time permits

The daughter of all conspiracies.

The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion

(This is her mother.)

The truth will set you free.


Kay Griggs' report of world events and the power elite paints a picture that begins to explain the hows and whys of our current global scenario.



 and the war on Iraq

Cartoon by Kathy Wilcox courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald




Above: The official Crest of the United Grand Lodge of England, depicting angels with cloven hooves.

The Latin motto "AUDI VIDE TACE", above, translates roughly as "To hear. To see. To remain silent."



Cartoon by Australia's Living National Treasure Michael Leunig courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald


The Iranian-born engineer says he was encouraged to come here by officials from Investment Australia, who promised he could continue his research and manufacture the car in either NSW or Victoria. But the dream is over as Jim Arian flies out tonight for the UK. He blames Federal and Victorian government officials for not giving him any support and, more critically, blocking him putting the electric car on the road for further testing.

JIM ARIAN: They don't say, "We don't have a standard for electric car or hybrid fuel cell electric car". They say, "We have our own standard." And their own standard is for fuel car, it is not for electric or for electric fuel cell car.

 From Australia's Sydney Morning Herald

 Who killed Nick Berg?


A website well worth studying very carefully:

There is now a 2007 update of our September 11th, 2001 coverage.

Where did all those huge buildings GO???

PATAKI: It's just -- and you look, and you see, and there's no concrete. There is very little concrete. All you see is aluminum and steel.

REPORTER: What happened to the concrete?

PATAKI: The concrete was pulverized. And I was down here Tuesday and it was like you were on a foreign planet. All of lower Manhattan, not just this site, from river to river there was dust, powder, two, three inches thick. The concrete was just pulverized.

- New York Governor, George Pataki, CNN transcript


This is a VERY interesting article laid out in slide format.


Sydney Morning Herald

Yale bones dug up in fight to be president

February 2nd, 2004

By Charles Laurence in New York

Senator Kerry, the Democratic frontrunner, and Mr Bush belong to the 172-year-old society, which aims to get its members into positions of power. This presidential election seems destined to become the first in history to pit one Skull and Bones member against another.

George W. Bush is standing just left of the clock in this remarkable old photograph.

A little hello to those who have eyes to see.


This War On Terror Is Bogus 

The (U.K.) Guardian - Saturday September 6, 2003

The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination

by former U.K. Environment Minister, Michael Meacher MP

Sydney Morning Herald


Is America sick?

December 15th, 2003

"... the symptoms can be traced to a powerful cocktail of ignorance, hypocrisy and obedience ... "

after the 2004 U.S. "election"



From the press conference in Iraq, March 26th, 2003

(Former) Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan


"Even people on other planets, if they exist, they have condemned the aggression right before it started."

BBC Television News relayed by Australian SBS Television (English translation)

August 20, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald

Saddam's vice president captured


Sydney Morning Herald

Saddam sidekick hanged as war enters fifth year

Date: March 21 2007

Christian Berthelsen in Baghdad

SADDAM HUSSEIN'S vice-president was hanged before dawn yesterday despite the objections of human rights groups who said the evidence was weak and sentence unfair.

His hanging coincided with the fourth anniversary of the US-led war that toppled Saddam.

Taha Yassin Ramadan was convicted in November along with six others, including Saddam, for his role in the 1982 massacre of 148 Shiites in Dujail, a small town north of Baghdad, after an assassination attempt on Saddam. The trial court that sentenced Saddam to death sentenced Ramadan to life in prison, but an appeals court ruled the punishment was too light. The trial court then sentenced him to death last month.

Bassam Ridha, a legal adviser to the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said the hanging occurred without the problems that marred the executions of Saddam and his half-brother. The judge, the prosecutor and the defence lawyer witnessed the execution.

Despite serving for 12 years as vice-president in the Saddam regime, Ramadan, who was born in 1938, was a relatively minor figure in the trial. The accusations against him centred largely on his order that orchards and fields in the Dujail area be bulldozed, and evidence was presented about his participation in meetings with other leaders who were more culpable in the massacres. Ramadan was also the commander of a militia that was involved in rounding up the massacre victims.

The US President, George Bush, marked the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war pleading for patience. "There will be good days and bad days ahead," he said.

As the war entered its fifth year, Democrats were preparing to introduce to Congress a $US124 billion ($155 billion) war spending bill which, besides funding wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, would require the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq by October 2008.

Mr Bush, who has threatened to veto the legislation, urged politicians to avoid trying to force an end to the war. "It can be tempting to look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude our best option is to pack up and go home," he said. "I believe the consequences for America's security would be devastating."

Los Angeles Times



The real Bali bombers.

"I was responsible for the bombing at the US Consulate [which killed or injured no one] and I'm proud of it, but most of the people were killed by an Israeli micronuke that was targeted at the Sari Club at the same moment. You know, to make Islam look bad." Amrozi , Convicted Indonesian ‘Mass Murderer’
14 Jul 2003 Australian Associated Press 

US nuke bomb caused Bali: Amrozi 

Accused Bali bomber Amrozi bin Nurhasyim claimed an American or Israeli nuclear device, rather than his own explosives, may have been used in the October 12 attack which killed 88 Australians.

Amrozi proposed the elaborate conspiracy theory as he opened his defence against charges that he helped plan and carry out the bombing.



Fascism in today's Australia

"The Government's original stance on ASIO's powers included: indefinite secret detention, no legal representation, no judicial supervision, no age limit, no protocols, no right to silence, no sunset clause to limit the duration of the bill, no reporting mechanism to Parliament of any kind and no parliamentary review. "

The only age limit in the original bill - announced in March last year - was a lower age limit of 10 for detainees who could be strip-searched. That's right - 10! I mean, how draconian can a Government be and still pretend it's democratic? (Sub-10-year-olds, I remind you, were to be, or could have been, legally detained by ASIO indefinitely, with not even their parents told. The whole purpose of this police state power was to pick up kids to get them to inform on family members - and to go on holding them, in secret, so they couldn't alert anyone to what was going on.)" June 21st, 2003 By Alan Ramsey

Your website author pulls ALL the threads together in this Feb 3rd, 2003 email to Australia's National Security Hotine. 

Was the Canberra firestorm


rare earthquakes in south eastern Australia

demonstrations of scalar weapons?

Sydney Morning Herald

Private Lynch, symbol of a fictitious war

Date: July 14 2003

The rescue of Jessica Lynch defined the Iraq war - and now defines what it was not, writes Malcolm Knox.

June 20th, 2003

Global warming 'threatens Earth with mass extinction'

June 21th, 2003

Bush team takes global warming off the agenda
Go to our Climatic Mayhem Page



Who did it?

The Enemy Within

by Gore Vidal

London, 27 October 2002

The Observer

Gore Vidal is America's most controversial writer and a ferocious, often isolated, critic of the Bush administration. Here, against a backdrop of spreading unease about America's response to the events of 11 September 2001 and their aftermath, we publish Vidal's remarkable personal polemic urging a shocking new interpretation of who was to blame.

A cure for cancer and all other cellular diseases and an answer to radwaste

And conspiracy is alive and well in Australia too. Click here, but be advised that this link deals with violence, sexual references and adult themes.

With so many politicians and elected officials in blind lockstep with the USA's apparent desire to attack Iraq, it's time to think outside of the box. How resourceful would we be if we had the ability to see the future and it didn't look like we thought it would? If you wish to contemplate something and share it with others, in order to initiate more resourceful thinking, you may ask: If you knew that attacking Iraq would somehow ultimately lead to the destruction of the USA, what would you do?


What would you do instead of attacking?

Spread the question!

(Very special thanks to Michael Horn, a very special Human Being, with very special insight.)
 Of course the attacks went ahead as planned all those years ago, but the war is far from over.

Please scroll down for the April 16th, 2004 confirmation of this fact.

Cartoon by Australia's Living National Treasure Michael Leunig courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald


"Well, they continued the conversation about how they were going to antagonize these enemies and that at some point, there was going to be a war in the Gulf, a Gulf War. Now this is 1977, 1977! And they were talking about creating a war in the Gulf Region when there was 25 billion dollars in the space-based weapons program that had yet to be identified. It wasn’t called the Strategic Defense Initiative, at least. Not until 1983. This weapons system, then, had obviously been going on for some time and I didn’t know anything about. So I stood up in this meeting in 1977 and said, “I would like to know why we are talking about space-based weapons against these enemies. I would like to know more about this. Would someone please tell me what this is about?” Nobody answered. They just went on with this meeting as though I hadn’t said anything.

Suddenly I stood up in the room and said, “If nobody can tell me why you are planning a war in the Gulf when there is a certain amount of money in a budget so that you can create the next set of weapons systems that will be the beginning of the sell to the public about why we need space-based weapons, then consider this: my resignation. And you will not hear from me again!” And nobody said a word, because they were planning a war in the Gulf and it happened exactly as they planned it, on time. - Dr. Carol Rosin

WAR ON IRAQ by Maj. (Ret) Scott Ritter U.S.M.C.

Click here to go to Amazon and buy this book

Armageddon: (probably Hebrew: “Hill of Megiddo”), in the New Testament, place where the kings of the Earth under demonic leadership will wage war on the forces of God at the end of world history. Armageddon is mentioned in the Bible only once, in Revelations, or The Revelation to John (16:16). The Palestinian city of Megiddo was probably used as a symbol for such a battle because of its strategic importance in Palestinian history. Because it controlled a pass that cut through the Mount Carmel ridge from the coastal Plain of Sharon into Esdraelon, Megiddo commanded the road leading from Egypt and the coastal plain of Palestine into Galilee, Syria, and Mesopotamia. Megiddo was the scene of many battles, and Revelations seems to imply that the “hill” on which the city fortress stood, or the “mountain” heights behind it, had become a symbol of the final battlefield where God's heavenly armies will defeat the demon-led forces of evil. Other biblical references suggest Jerusalem as the site of this battle.

Copyright © 1994-2002 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

PITT: Brent Scowcroft recently described it as Armageddon.

RITTER: It could get that way. There's a real potential for that. We'll be racing two factors: time and casualties. If we go into Iraq, we're going to have to win quickly. We aren't going to have the latitude for a long, drawn-out campaign. If the Iraqis can delay our action for any amount of time - a month, two, if Saddam can hang on - the Arab world will explode in a way we've never seen, a way that will make 9/11 look like a kid's game.
PITT: You think oil doesn't have very much to do with this.

RITTER: No. Oil is everywhere in that part of the world. We can get all the oil we want from Iraq. The Iraqi Oil Minister has made it clear that, once the sanctions are lifted, Iraq will do whatever they can to ensure the strategic energy requirements of the United States are met. It's not that Iraq is denying us access to oil.
Read this book! Don't be suicidally ignorant!


In an "instant book" entitled War On Iraq author William Rivers Pitt talks to former Marine and U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter (a self-described conservative Republican) and debunks the key arguments for war with Iraq. These are: that Iraq has a viable stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and will soon have nuclear capabilities, that Saddam Hussein is an ally of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, and that any new Iraqi regime would be friendlier to the West than Hussein's.

War On Iraq argues that, unlike the televised in-and-out Persian Gulf War, the current conflict will cause heavy casualties on both sides, the destabilization of the Middle East, and a terrible backlash of terrorist attacks on the United States. Scott Ritter argues that a war on Iraq will give rise "to exactly the kind of Islam vs. the West al Qaeda sought when it attacked the World Trade Center a year ago."

The book offers a non-partisan analysis of the current situation, including a brief history, and conducts a pointed interview with former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter to dismantle the myths about Iraq’s present weapons program and to uncover the neo-conservative forces behind the White House’s fixation on Iraq.

War on Iraq argues that the threatened conflict will be playing into the hand of Osama bin Laden (who would like to see Saddam Hussein deposed as much as the Bush administration) and that any attack at this moment in history would be both unprovoked and illegal. It then lays down the framework for a reasonable, informed debate. The book closes with a stark forecast for American troops if a ground war ensues and urges the nation’s leaders to seek a diplomatic solution before it is too late.

• Weapons of mass destruction unlikely

• No tie between Al Qaeda and Hussein

• The problems with regime change

• Possible devastating consequences of going to war
War on Iraq consists of a small introduction detailing the recent history of Iraq and Western intervention in the country and then a 50-page interview with ex-weapons inspector Scott Ritter (carried out by William Rivers Pitt). It is a testament to such a small (79 pages) book that after reading it one, in some sense, feels that one has read a full and detailed account of the issues and, perhaps more importantly, a considered refutation of the excuses, exaggerations, misunderstandings and lies that make up far to much of the media froth helping to push us all into a war that Ritter, for one, thinks could be hugely dangerous. Ritter knows more about the recent history of Iraq than most anyone else having for seven years been part of the UN weapons inspectorate team that was charged with finding and destroying weapons of mass destruction inside Saddam's Iraq. This team was kicked out of Iraq when it became clear the US were indeed using the UN teams to gather intelligence.

Ritter makes it perfectly clear that his position concerning Iraq is not ideological--he is a card-carrying Republican after all and an ex-marine which immediately suggests he can not really be described as a liberal pacifist! He simply suggests that the excuses being given for the drive to war have not and can not be corroborated. This is an explosive little book and those who oppose any and all wars or those who support them would do well to see if they can respond to Ritter's challenges. --Mark Thwaite

"Others [terrorists] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves… So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations…It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our [counterterrorism] efforts."

Secretary of Defense William Cohen at an April 1997 counterterrorism conference sponsored by former Senator Sam Nunn. Quoted from DoD News Briefing, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Q&A at the Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy, University of Georgia, Athens, Apr. 28, 1997.
And WHY did THIS get no press coverage at the time?

Because the mainstream media was more interested in diverting us with Monika Lewinski's stained blue dress.


If you look, no matter where you look, you find the most astonishing information about the true nature of reality, which is UTTERY at odds with 20th Century "science". You'll discover that the nature of time and consciousness is so bizarre that most of us are quite capable, at a deep "gut" level of .... predicting the future.

How's this for evidence of a conspiracy of silence from the so-called "scientific community"?

Anomalous baseline effects in mainstream emotion research using psychophysiological variables

(It's a 123kb .pif file)

(Here's a tip. Right-click and "save target as")

Here's where I found it: http://www.psy.uva.nl/resedu/pn/PUBS/BIERMAN/2000/pa2000.pdf.

Humans could not possibly sprinkle PLUTONIUM on orphans' oatmeal, just to see what would happen, could they?
More support from Austrian Dr. Helmut Lammer for the fact that so-called "alien abductions" are criminal Human activities.

NASA officially announces extraterrestrial structures and ruined cities on the Moon, and the program to remove the photographic evidence!


search: operation northwoods

Find out how in the '60s the U.S.A. planned to kill masses of its own citizens in a hoaxed "Cuban" invasion, to justify a war against Cuba. Sound familiar?

No such thing as a free lunch? That's what YOU think. Our masters are lying to us!

The Unneccesary Energy Crisis and How to Stop it Quickly, by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. Thomas Bearden


Here's our recent email correspondence with SHELL OIL, which clearly demonstrates just what we're up against.


The (1st) Great "Osama Bin Laden" Video Hoax.

Click here for the 2nd one

When the German press announced the next day that the Arabic audio differed substantially from the English subtitles, I naturally assumed that the video must be genuine for it to be mis-translated.

What cunning! Sure fooled me!

 In August, 2001, U.S. "60 MINUTES" television show audaciously FALSIFIED another translation!

And they got away with it, because a couple of weeks later it was September 11th.

UPDATED on January 2nd, 2005

Left: the real big eared, big nosed, Osama Bin Laden. ---------------------------------------Right: some guy with a beard, a turban, and a small nose, as seen on the infamous 3rd video, fortuitously "discovered" by U.S. invaders, which proved the gloating "Osama Bin Laden's" foreknowledge of the terrible World Trade Center attacks. And has this damning video been seen since? Why not, if it's so convincing?

Many thanks to http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osamatape.html


 The Great Pentagon "Airplane Crash" Hoax.


Above : close-up of the above first frame of the five released by the U.S. Department of Defense from their Pentagon security camera.

I snagged these from Jim Leher's P.B.S. News, but our Australian "60 Minutes" showed the same clip here a week later.

Here it is from CNN : http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/03/07/gen.pentagon.pictures/index.html

So where's the airplane? The fact that the airplane is nowhere to be seen is less interesting to me than the fact that these astonishing five frames of imagery was shown widely on television, but only 6 months after it was made.

Interestingly, when our Australian Broadcasting Corporation did their September 11th, 2002 memorial, they quoted a nameless lady who was sitting looking out the window of her West wall Pentagon office, who said, "I never even saw the plane coming." There was no other comment, and no footage of the attack.

 I got this 144kb .pdf file PentagonDamage.pdf from the U.S. Department of Defense website in order to try to resolve my confusion after realising that our Sydney Morning Herald originally described the aircraft as coming from the opposite direction and colliding with the centre of the building.

But this satelite photograph (below) made shortly after the fire was extinguished reveals a very different story to the official explanation. Damage is visible far right, in the outermost ring, unlike the description in the above .pdf file. The U.S. D.o.D. claims that the aircraft entered the 12 foot hole it punched into the outside wall with it's nose, and then its wings were folded against the side if the fuselage and pulled through the hole. Hence the total lack of visible debris. Shades of swamp gas?


Many thanks to http://www.asile.org/citoyens/numero13/pentagone/erreurs_en.htm 


A very timely quote from

Hermann Goering  

(Hitler's most loyal supporter and one of the primary architects of the Nazi police state in Germany and the Holocaust. It was Göring who led the economic despoliation of the Jews in Germany and in the various territories that fell under Hitler's power.)

"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." 

 History repeats itself because nobody listens!


A picture says a thousand words.



Immediately following the posting of the above photograph, your website author received a torrent of outraged emails from loyal Bush supporters claiming that no serving President could be so stupid as to hold a book upside down like that, and I had obviously been hoodwinked by the results of a cunning bit of computer image manipulation which actually inverted the image of the book in the President's hands simply to make him look like a fool.

I decided an investigation was called for into this matter, so I eventually managed to track down the original photograph from which this insidious image manipulation was produced.

I can now show you the original image (below) before it was manipulated which does indeed show the book in question as being right-side-up.







"I knew what would happen if people thought we were developing a potential war plan for Iraq," Bush is quoted as telling Woodward. "It was such a high-stakes moment and ... it would look like that I was anxious to go to war. And I'm not anxious to go to war."



Woodward: Bush ordered Iraq war

April 16th, 2004


President George W Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less than two months after US forces attacked Afghanistan, says a new book on his Iraq policy.

And the president was so worried the decision would cause a furore he did not tell everyone on his national security team, journalist Bob Woodward writes in "Plan of Attack," a behind-the-scenes account of the 16 months leading to the Iraq invasion.

Bush feared that if news got out about the Iraq plan as US forces were fighting another conflict, people would think he was too eager for war.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the book, which will be available in book stores next week.

"I knew what would happen if people thought we were developing a potential war plan for Iraq," Bush is quoted as telling Woodward. "It was such a high-stakes moment and ... it would look like that I was anxious to go to war. And I'm not anxious to go to war."

Bush and his aides have denied accusations they were preoccupied with Iraq at the cost of paying attention to the al-Qaeda terrorist threat before the September 11, 2001, attacks.

A commission investigating the attacks just concluded several weeks of extraordinary public testimony from high-ranking government officials.

One of them, former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke, charged the Bush administration's determination to invade Iraq undermined the war on terror.

Woodward's account fleshes out the degree to which some members of the administration, particularly Vice President Dick Cheney, were focused on Saddam Hussein from the onset of Bush's presidency and even after the terrorist attacks made the destruction of al-Qaeda the top priority.

Woodward says Bush pulled Defence Secretary Donald H Rumsfeld aside on November 21, 2001, - when US forces and allies were in control of about half of Afghanistan - and asked him what kind of war plan he had on Iraq. When Rumsfeld said it was outdated, Bush told him to get started on a fresh one.

The book says Bush told Rumsfeld to keep quiet about it and when the defence secretary asked to bring CIA Director George Tenet into the planning at some point, the president said not to do so yet.

Even Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, was apparently not fully briefed. Woodward said Bush told her that morning he was having Rumsfeld work on Iraq but did not give details.

In an interview two years later, Bush told Woodward that if the news had leaked, it would have caused "enormous international angst and domestic speculation."

The Bush administration's drive toward war with Iraq raised an international furore anyway, alienating long-time allies who did not believe the White House had made a sufficient case against Saddam.

Saddam was toppled a year ago and taken into custody last December. But the central figure of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, remains at large and a threat to the west.


The Guardian 

  GIs want to go home, and they want to go now

Date: July 19 2003

By Jonathan Steele in Falluja

The doodles on the desk at the guardhouse tell it all. "Stuck here forever," an angry sergeant at the sand-blown US Army base outside the desert town of Falluja has scrawled with a felt-tip pen, alongside some scatological sketches.

As convoys of Humvees with bored and sweaty soldiers manning roof-mounted machine-guns trundle remorselessly past them - out for yet another circular patrol, in for another grim night of Fox TV and no alcohol - the sergeants who man the gates mutter over the glum news.

Ten months after they left their home base in Hinesville, Georgia, for what they thought was going to be a six-month peacetime jaunt in Kuwait, they are in Iraq and staying.

This is the headquarters of the 2nd brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. Their combat teams have roughly 4500 soldiers and all were plunged into gloom this week with the announcement by their commander, Major-General Buford Blount, that their tour of duty was not yet over. Their promised return by the end of this month had been postponed again.

The reason? The growing attacks on US forces in Iraq and the manifest unwillingness of other professional armies, such as the Germans and French, to share the burden.

Staff Sergeant Anthony Joseph, the brigade's press liaison officer, said: "We are the only division which fought this entire war and is still in Iraq. We never knew there would be a war when we left home in September last year. We fought all the way up from Kuwait through southern Iraq. 'The quickest way home is through Baghdad', they told us. So we took the city, and here we are still."

No unit took more casualties than the 3rd Infantry during the war, 36 in all. Yet one of the division's early sources of bitterness was that the marines took credit for capturing the Iraqi capital.

"The 3rd Division's 1st Brigade took Baghdad airport and our 2nd Brigade was in Baghdad on April 5," Sergeant Joseph said. "We did a 'thunder run' with tanks that day, and on April 7 we went into Baghdad with 2000 troops and took it. But it was only when the marines came in on the east side of the river on April 9 and took up positions outside the Palestine hotel where all the media were that people thought Baghdad had fallen."

The brigade's second blow came when it was told to move to Falluja instead of go home. Falluja, Fifty kilometres west of Baghdad, has been a hotbed of tension since US troops killed 14 demonstrators in April.

The tension is always high, routine is oppressive, and isolation from home grows longer by the day. Phone calls are limited to 10 minutes, and there is a three-hour queue to make one. Letters take a month. Internet access is restricted to 10 minutes.

Officers claim the men's fighting morale is unaffected by the latest delay in going home.

"When we heard General Blount telling us on the radio we had to stay, we shook our heads and said, 'We knew, we knew it'," Captain John Ives said. "I left home just after my son's first birthday. If we go home in September, as they promise, he'll have had a year without me. But that date is like Jell-O; you know, it wobbles back and forth, no stability."

Vast vehicle parks are spread out across the sand, full of awesome rolling stock. Giant warehouses for ammunition have been built. The massive investment suggests the US plans to stay.

But the 3rd Infantry wants out now. Sergeant Joseph said: "Our motto is 'Send me'. We are adding the word 'home'. Hinesville is the armpit of the world. Right now, I'll take the armpit."

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio News

Last Update: Saturday, July 19, 2003. 6:34am (AEST)

US believes no plan could have stopped Iraqi chaos

United States Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz has admitted the United States was unprepared for the collapse of law and order in post-war Iraq.

But Mr Wolfowitz, who is visiting Iraq, says not a single plan could have contained the problem.

Mr Wolfowitz is travelling around Iraq under tight security and in some secrecy.

His visit was not announced and he has given little public comment.

He has said that he has come to thank US troops and to see for himself what it is, in his words, for the Iraqi people to be liberated.

He will find a situation that differs around the country.

A recent report by a team of US experts described the security situation as volatile.

The number of American casualties in Iraq has surpassed those experienced in the Gulf War of 1991, with the death of another soldier in the town of Falluja.

In the area to the north and north-west of Baghdad, US troops are coming under an increasing number of ever more sophisticated attacks.

The soldier from the Third Infantry Division was killed when his vehicle ran over what a US spokesman said was "an improvised explosive device".

His death is the 148th in combat since the beginning of the war.

It is estimated more than 2,000 members of the Iraqi military have died in combat, as well as 6,000 or 7,000 civilians.

Sydney Moning Herald

After a war half won, the peace is deadly

July 22nd, 2003

The Herald's Paul McGeough returns to Iraq to examine the bloody aftermath of a conflict that never quite ended.

Private Joel Bertoldie is dead. As the sun set on a hot, sticky evening, his name rang out three times over the floodplains of the Euphrates River. His 300 comrades sang a lumpy-throated Star-Spangled Banner and the bugler's haunting rendition of Taps, followed by a 21-gun salute, stirred their hearts and messed with the questions in their minds.

Bertoldie, 20 years old and the father of a nine-month-old boy he hardly knew, was from Independence, Kansas. He had signed up as a boy soldier, hoping that the military would fund his studies in marine biology.

But last Friday he became another American victim of the guerilla war taking hold in Iraq. A remote-controlled roadside bomb exploded next to the Humvee he was driving near Falluja, a pocket of stiff Iraqi resistance about 100 kilometres north-west of Baghdad.

The Pentagon doesn't want to admit it, but this is guerilla war. Debate in the US is preoccupied with the risk of repeating the Vietnam experience - a gruelling foreign engagement for a huge American force which cannot be won.

But as the American media space fills with emotional reports on young soldiers who don't want to be here and who have been seen crying openly at the death of their colleagues, there are signs that the US-led forces are confronted with the key ingredients of two other intractable conflicts - in Northern Ireland, and the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.

Going on patrol with an American raiding party in the early hours of Saturday, it washard not to think of West Bank hell holes, like Jenin, as more than 20 US soldiers in pursuit of two suspected resistance fighters crowded into an alleyway so narrow that their outstretched hands could touch both sides. A well lobbed explosive might have killed the lot of them, and in a 3am interview after the patrol - which captured the two men - a senior officer volunteered that it was only a matter of time before the Iraqis would attempt to lure the Americans into such traps.

It's the same with the Iraqi attacks that are killing Americans travelling in convoys. So far the deaths have been in ones and twos, but each strike has been only seconds away from hitting a truck with 20 soldiers, instead of a Humvee with two or three.

In the absence of a masterstroke that would crush the Iraqi resistance, it is inevitable that there will be many more ceremonies like Sunday night's farewell for young Bertoldie.

In the fading light after the ceremony - filmed for his family - Captain Peter Johnson, the chaplain for the 464 Armoured Battalion, said of the troops who were heading back to their posts: "These guys are tired and weary and we have a lot of unanswered questions. They have taken the death hard and they want to know what's next and when are we going home. But it'll not change overnight - it will take at least five years to get stability here."

However, the battalion's executive officer, Major Mark Rasins, stuck with the Pentagon mission statement: "The more good things we do [for the Iraqi people], the more information we will get on the people behind these attacks. It's going to take time, but we'll be able to do it - we have to keep doing our job."

Last week the new head of the US Central Command, John Abizaid, broke Pentagon ranks when he described the Iraq conflict as a "classic guerilla-type" war and frustration showed when the US-appointed administrator of Iraq, Paul Bremer, told reporters: "We've got a strategy - it's just damned hard to implement it."

At the same time an extensive, on-the-ground report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, warned: "The next three months are crucial to turning around the security situation . . . the Iraqi population has exceedingly high expectations, and the window for co-operation may close rapidly if they do not see progress."

That's what the resistance is banking on. There are now clear signs of a sophisticated command structure behind the attacks, which are targeted to cause disruption on the issues that most distress the wider population in post-Saddam Iraq - law and order, power, fuel and water.

The elements of the Northern Irish and Palestinian conflicts that can be seen in Iraq are:

Weapons and training: Despite hundreds of arrests and the seizure of weapons caches, Iraq is awash with weapons, from AK-47s to mortars and surface-to-air missiles.

Fighters: Recruiting is easy when more than 400,000 disgruntled former members of the Iraqi military have been dismissed by their US overseers.

Money: There seems to be no shortage. A senior American officer said he was working on the presumption that a significant portion of an estimated $US1.7 billion ($2.6 billion) taken from banks in the dying days of the Saddam regime was being directed to the resistance, which was offering a bounty of $US1500 for each dead American.

Hearts and minds: Most Iraqis are glad to see the back of Saddam, but many are anti-American and are likely to be so in greater numbers if the US cannot make the rudiments of daily life at least as good as they were under the dictatorship.

Informers: The Americans are pleased with the level of information they are getting. But extensive informant networks run by the British in Northern Ireland and the Israelis on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, merely disrupted the guerillas. They never halted the attacks.

Religion: It's a powerful addition to the cocktail - that is why Iraqis in their thousands gathered at Sunni mosques in Baghdad on Friday and at Shia mosques in Najaf on Sunday to hear powerful anti-American sermons and calls to arms.

Baghdadis - and this reporter - are confused by the meaning of a new monument in Fidross Square, where American forces stage-managed the demolition of a huge statue of Saddam on April 9.

But there is little confusion about the message daubed in red paint on the plinth on which the dictator once stood. Probably it was written by an Iraqi, but increasingly, Private Bertoldie's comrades share the sentiment: "All donne (sic). Go home".



Subject: Subject: Letter from our President

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 14:36:22 -0600

A Letter From Our President.

Dear Voter,


just so you know:


*I attacked and took over 2 countries.


*I spent the U.S. surplus and bankrupted the US Treasury.


*I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history (not easy!).


*I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.

*I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.


*I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.


*In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history (tough to beat my dad's, but I did).


*After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.


*I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history.


*In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.


*I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.


*I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period.


*I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.


*I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since the advent of TV.


*I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other US president in history.


*I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.


*I cut health care benefits for war veterans.


*I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.


*I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.


*I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.


*Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history.

(The poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has Chevron oil tanker named after her.)

*I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.


*I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.


*I am the first president in US history to order a US attack AND military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against

the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.


*I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in thehistory of the United States, called the "Bureau of Homeland Security"(only one letter away from BS).


*I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history (Ronnie was tough to beat, but I did it!!).


*I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.


*I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations removethe US from the Elections Monitoring Board.


*I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.


*I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant. I withdrew from the World Court of Law.


*I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.


*I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.


*I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.


*The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history ... Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).


*I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.


*I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)


*I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.

*I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).


*I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.


*I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.


*I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees whoviolated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for gov't contracts.


*I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.


*I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.


*RECORDS AND REFERENCES: I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).


*I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time of war.


*I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use. (wink,wink)


*All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.


*All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.


*All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.


*Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.


With Love,

GEORGE W. BUSH (Future President of USA)

The White House, Washington, DC

Note: this information should be useful to voters in the 2004 election.

Circulate to as many U.S. citizens you think would be helped to be reminded about this record

Bush among the casualties of war

Date: August 19 2004


Nine months of chaos and casualties in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's capture have taken a heavy toll on American opinion of President George Bush's decision to go to war.

Last December, when Saddam was caught, public support for Mr Bush's decision to go to war was two to one in favour. Now the public is evenly divided on whether the war was the right thing to do or whether it was a mistake, Associated Press polling has found.

Older people, minorities, people with lower incomes, residents of the north-east and Catholics were among those increasingly sceptical of the war effort, the poll found.

In contrast, despite the presumed political damage suffered by the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, over Iraq, British voters are largely unconcerned at events in the country, a separate opinion poll has found.

Voters ranked Iraq as the least important of 10 issues that might affect how they vote at the next general election, a poll published in The Guardian said.

Associated Press, The Guardian




 BBC News Online

August 1st, 2003

Media focus falls on Kelly inquiry


"He [Lord Hutton] revealed how the scientist had been found in Harrowdown Hill, just three short miles from his Oxfordshire home, with, mysteriously, four electrocardiogram electrode pads on his chest and a cut to his left wrist."


Inquiry clears Blair: leaked report

January 28th, 2004

A judicial probe into the suicide of a weapons expert at the centre of claims that Downing Street "sexed up" intelligence prior to the Iraq war has cleared British Prime Minister Tony Blair of "dishonourable conduct", The Sun tabloid said in its Wednesday edition.

But the probe into David Kelly's death, whose result is due to be officially announced (2330 Wednesday AEDT), carried a "devastating indictment" of the BBC, and its reporter Andrew Gilligan, the author of the controversial allegations, said the paper.

The Sun said it had obtained a leaked copy of the inquiry's report.

 What about the "... four electrocardiogram electrode pads"??




People of the United States of America!

What is being done in the name of your god?


Sydney Morning Herald

Bush moves to mend a chink in his armour

 December 11th, 2004

By George Edmonson in Washington

President George Bush has led an Administration-wide public relations effort to quell a controversy triggered when a soldier sharply questioned the Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, about shortages of armour for combat vehicles in Iraq.

However, the manufacturer of Humvees for the US military and the company that adds armour to the vehicles say they are not running near production capacities and are making all that the Pentagon has requested.

"If they call and say, 'You know, we really want more,' we'll get it done," said Lee Woodward, a spokesman for AM General, the Indiana company that makes Humvees and the civilian Hummer versions.

At O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt, the Ohio firm that turns specially designed Humvees into fully armoured vehicles at a cost of about $US70,000 ($93,000) each, a spokesman, Michael Fox, said it, too, can provide more if the Government wants them.

Senator Evan Bayh, a Democrat, said on Thursday that the companies could increase production of armoured Humvees from 450 per month to 550 per month by February.

Blaming the shortage on a lack of production capacity, as Mr Rumsfeld did on Wednesday, is "just not true", Senator Bayh said. He said he had told the Pentagon as early as April that more armoured Humvees could be built.

The House of Representatives armed services committee released statistics on Thursday showing that while many Humvees are armoured, most transport trucks, which criss-cross Iraq to supply the troops, are not.

The committee said that more than three-quarters of the 19,854 Humvees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait carry protective armour, which can vary in quality. The most secure are factory-armoured Humvees, and the US military has received 5910 of the 8105 of those Humvees that commanders say they require there. But only 10 per cent of the 4814 medium-weight transport trucks have armour, and only 15 per cent of the 4314 heavy transport vehicles do.

Mr Bush said at a White House photo session on Thursday: "The concerns expressed are being addressed. We expect our troops to have the best possible equipment."

Army Specialist Thomas Wilson, 31, sparked roars of approval and applause from about 2300 military personnel in Kuwait when he questioned Mr Rumsfeld on Wednesday about chronic shortages of armour for combat Humvees widely used on patrols in Iraq.

Congressional estimates indicate that up to half of the 1281 troops killed and 9000 troops wounded in Iraq were victims of hidden roadside bombs that penetrated poorly armoured Humvees or trucks in ambushes of convoys.

"We do not have proper armoured vehicles to carry with us north," the soldier told Mr Rumsfeld at the gathering.

Shortages have prompted soldiers to scrounge for steel and ballistic glass, improvising shields that have come to be nicknamed "hillbilly armour".

Cox News, Hearst Newspapers, The New York Times

From the Los Angeles TIMES

"Between January 1996 and June 1999, I was in charge of running operations against Al Qaeda from Washington. When it comes to this small slice of the large U.S. national security pie, I speak with firsthand experience (and for several score of CIA officers) when I state categorically that during this time senior White House officials repeatedly refused to act on sound intelligence that provided multiple chances to eliminate Osama bin Laden — either by capture or by U.S. military attack."

  --  Michael Sheuer, 22-year veteran of the CIA who recently resigned


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