"Whenever people who are doing good stop for fear that people will reject
them and ridicule them, it is just because their intention to do good is not genuine and sincere. As an example of being sincere
and not stopping, take the worldly people who crave wealth and sexual pleasure. Not only are they unafraid of being rejected
and ridiculed, they will even risk punishment to continue what they are doing. What is the reason for this? It is because
they are sincere about craving wealth and sexual pleasure. When we do good, we must have this kind of dedication. Only then
can we make progress every day."
---------Xu Jie, (1503-1583),
J. C. Cleary,
Welcome to the
Army and Navy Club of New Ruskin College.
This club has been established for active members of the
armed forces of the United States of America.(Visitors from Langley are also
welcomed and will be registered as anonymous members.) In addition to welcoming you to New Ruskin College we would like to
take this opportunity to thank you for your service to our country.I know that
in the past many members of the uniformed services have been skeptical of our friends from Langley.However, in this new kind of war, in which we are now engaged, we are all, well, we are all members
of the Club.
You will have observed that many web sites
regard visits from domains such as, Pentagon.mil,Army.mil, Navy.mil, or AF.mil, USMC.mil, (Welcome!
What was that you said about the Marines?
please not now . . . It will be misunderstood. Woman!)
SouthCom.mil,Nga.mil, EUCom.mil, (Sirs, an honor), JFCOM.mil (As always a high
honor, Sirs.I am at your service.You
need only ask. Welcome.,
Counselor:Why are you groveling?
I’m not groveling . . . merely paying my respects.Sirs,
thank you for your service.Forgive her she is . . . .foreign born.
Counselor: I came to America when I was
Yes that’s what I mean, . . . you were not born here.
Counselor: . . . .
What?), dia.mil, disa.mil, dfas.mil, dla.mil, cifa.mil, (I have been doing a lot of this myself), ida.org,
or Unresolved (that is why they are called spooks),
or Nipr.mil,with (“Meanwhile
unclassified communications of the U.S..
Armed Services go through NIPRNET (Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network), which uses public Internet communications.”NIPR in nipr.mil stands for Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router. --- Scientific American
article (Oct 2002, p. 45)) NGA.mil suspicion if not out right hostility.
Sirs, you will find none of that attitude here;not here at New Ruskin College.Here,
we are honored by your visits.I can safely say I speak for the entire College
when I say, Welcome,we are at your service.Welcome, welcome, welcome.
Counselor:He doesn’t get very many visitors.
Thank you, Yvonne.As a convenience to you and also to our visitors from, Senate.gov, House.gov, AHRQ.gov, CDC.gov, (a prime
target for bio attack), CENSUS,gov, CIA.gov, DHS.gov, DOE.gov, DOT.gov, DOLETA.gov, DTRA, EPA.gov, FAA.gov,
FCC.gov, FEMA.gov, GSA.gov, GAO.gov, HUD.gov, IRS.gov, JCCBI.gov, NARA.gov, NASA.gov, NCIFCRF.gov,
NOAA.gov, (everyone talks about the weather, why not do something about it?), NSF.gov, OPM.gov, PSC.gov of HHS, SEC.gov, SSA.gov, State.gov,
Treas.gov, UCIA.gov, USCourts.gov, USDA.gov, USDOJ.gov, USGS.gov, USPTO.gov, USUHS.mil, VOA.gov, WorldBank.org, arlington.va.us, state.AR.us, state.AZ.us, state.CO.us,
state.CT.us, state.FL.us, state.GA.us, state.IL.us, state.IN.us, state.KY.us, state.LA.us,
state.MA.us, state.MS.us, state.MN.us, state.MO.us, state.MD.us, state.NC.us, state.NE.us, state.NM.us, state.ND.us,
state.NH.us, state.NY.us, state.OH.us, state.OK.us, state.OR.us, state.PA.us, PWCgov.org, state.SC.us,
state.TN.us, stateTX.us, state.VT.us, state.VA.us, state.WI.us, state.WY.us, and Sandia.gov, Idaho National Lab,
Labs and Argon Lab, Berkeley National Labs,(a distinct honor by your visit.
Very much appreciated.We always hold physics up as a model of clarity of thought
in the sciences. We always endeavor to practice in our own science those qualities we admire in yours, )as well as our foreign guests from the UK andUnited Arab Emirates, Austria, Argentina, Aruba, Australia,
Bahamas, Bahrain,Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria (ЗДРАВИСВАНЕ
БЪЛГАРИЯ), Cambodia, Cayman, Chile, China ( 你好中国
), Cocos Islands, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, (It would
be helpful if the people of Cyprus could share their experience
with a separation barrier.A mass “time out” helped bring peace to
Cyprus and may also in the Middle East.)
Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Germany
(hallo Deutschland), Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, (my great grandmother was from Iceland), India, Indonesia, Iran,
Ireland, Israel, Italy (ciao l'Italia), Japan (こんにちは日本), Jordon
(a great honor), Kenya, Korea (여보세요 한국), Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico
(hola México), Moldavia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines,
Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia (здравствулте!
Россия), Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia,
Slovenia, South Africa, Spain (hola España), Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria,
Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, (the once and future leader of the Moslem World), Uganda,
United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vi-et-nam, Zimbabwe, even
France;we will compile here at the Army Navy Club an index of subjects covered
at New Ruskin College which we think will be of interest to visitors with more, shall we say more practical interests.
You forgot our visitors from Canada.
Oh, well I suppose Canada is a foreign country,
if you want to get technical. Yes welcome Canada. And the Canadian Patent Office, yes, welcome, you may find our discussion of copyright law in 'This is what is wrong with the Republican Party'
of interest, it is located on the main campus.
And Ox.ac.uk and Ruskin.ac.uk.
So?What’s so special?
Well,. . . they haven’t complained and demanded
we change our name.
Counselor: Ah,a great honor…
Yes! This index of ideas will
allow you to quickly review our current research,rather than following the more
leisurely scholastic approach with which these subjects are examined elsewhere at the College and its institutes.
We also will set up an archive of required reading
at the Moynihan to assist young officers as they prepare for the fight.
Index of Subjects at the Army Navy Club @ New Ruskin
Item No. 1:
Our main contribution, here at New Ruskin
College, to the fight on terror is to point out the significance of what we call the 5th Day of Creation.Recombinant Genetics is not a new technique; it represents a fundamental break with
all of History.Nuclear bombs, the invention of the computer, the wheel, the
rise and fall of the Roman Empire, WWII, the discovery of electricity, etc., etc., are all important;but from the perspective that is required to understand Recombinant Genetics all of these things are mere
aspects of Agriculture.All of human history is but one small insignificant phase
in the history of the universe, however, Recombinant Genetics, is something new.Its
development is on the order of the first beginnings of life on Earth.
With Recombinant Genetics we have a fundamental
break with our past.This is why Francis Fukuyama says that History has been “restarted.”As
can be imagined such fundamental changes create entirely new opportunities and also threats.
With respect to threats:one reason this changed circumstance is not generally appreciated is because our Government itself, after
WWII, helped cover up the growing danger by classifying all papers related to Imperial Japan’s bio warfare program as
top secret.Only in the last few years, with the publication of “Factories
of Death” has there been public scholarly examination of bio warfare during WWII.30 million Chinese died as a result of Japan’s military actions in China.Scholars disagree as to the number directly attributable to bio warfare.Certainly
it is millions.
Therefore, let this serve as a lesson and
a warning to our young officer guests.More often than not government secrecy
is used to cover up problems than to protect the people; a point our old Magistor Ludi Daniel Patrick Moynihan would have
understood.And ‘particularly in a democracy,’ he would want us to
add. (Also see Lab 257 : The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island
Germ Labortory, by Michael C. Carroll ISBN 0-060-01141-6. Once the culture of secrecy is started cover up becomes
a way of life.)
we have several generations that have grown up ignorant of what was possibly the greatest crime of the Twentieth Century,
the murder of 30 million Chinese, and also ignorant of the very real danger of bio warfare.
In the future, when historians looking back
at the great plagues of the Twenty First Century, the great die off of the old humans, they will see in the bio warfare of
the Twentieth Century, the beginnings of the destruction of the old human race.Perhaps
they will wonder how the old humans were taken so by surprise. They will think us all a bunch of blockheads!After the die off of the Twenty First Century will come the great age of machines.And with the machines will come the new humans:Homo Sapiens
With them will begin a new Earth.This will be the time of the great families.Parents will
live for hundreds of years and they will raise their engineered children for centuries at a time, generation after generation.Century after century.There will be
great family reunions of tens of thousands of children, many with their own century old families.The world will be organized not around nation states but around these incredibly large and complex families
of genetically engineered people:the new humans.
In other words young officers, I am afraid our
best thinking is that you are going to lose this war.In all likelihood there
will be a massive die off.It is too difficult to organize the old humans, our
fellow men.Elsewhere on this web site you can read about how I tried, in my
own small way to warn, to prepare them, even to lead them, and how they set about to destroy me.
But then perhaps you will have better success in
organizing them than I have had.
However, even if you are successful in this endeavor,
and you are able to organize the defenses against the terrorists, your problems will not be over.
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Item No. 2:
For it is our central and irrefutable finding,
here at New Ruskin College, that Recombinant Genetics will change, must change the human race irreversibly.It is this profound inevitability that causes us to call it the 5th Day of Creation.
Even if you are able to defend against your current
adversaries, this technology will itself completely alter you.This technology
is so powerful that it can lead to only one end:the extinction of the human
race as we have known it.Personally we here at New Ruskin College say, ‘good
riddance to them.’But of course not everyone will agree with this.Yet young officers I think you can agree, based only on what has been said so far,
that a distinction is justifiably made between two kinds of destruction:one,
a blind die off of billions of humans caused by terrorists, and the second one in which, billions of people voluntarily choose
to alter this section of their genetic code that will keep a cancer from forming, or that section that will improve their
cognitive functioning, or keep their heart beating to the age of 250.One is
a die off of scarcely imaginable proportions; the other is called E V O L U T I O N (evolution).
As obvious as this distinction might seem to you,
strange to say, there are many,a great many, for exampleOsama bin Laden, Ted Kaczynski, our Commander in Chief, most Ministers and Priests, Imams, and Rabbis,i.e., nearly everyone, who disagree, and find fault with our evolution.Would stop it if they could.(They can not.)Indeed, our visitors may well be forgiven if they wonder at whether they should agree with the best thinking
from here atNew Ruskin College, or should not rather take the side of everyone
else on the planet?
However, we do not intend to debate the question
here at the Army Navy Club we are only disclosing the terrain for our young officers.We explain how things will be.We are not a debating society.
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Item No. 3:
Returning to the practical:Our first recommendation is that this fight will be determined by how much genetic code can be read and
how quickly.This should be the first number on the matrix.In the new bio warfare, of the Recombinant Genetics kind, everything depends on:detecting code, reading code, analyzing code, manipulating code, inserting code.All of this must be done in real time.Even a one hour delay
in detection could be catastrophic.
As defenders we have some natural advantages.First of all we have a 4 billion year old immune system.Recombinant Genetics does make it obsolete yet still the attacker must first surmount this not insubstantial
obstacle.Secondly, as was said in the Right Stuff, “Our Germans are smarter
than their Germans.”As defenders we will always have better scientists.For example, already at Cambridge University scientists are working on a scheme
to read an entire strand of human DNA in a few seconds.A few seconds?Contrast that with 3.5 million years that it took before hominids were first able to read their genetic
code.They have set up a privately held company called Prizim.
With this technology it will be possible to read
and analyze code in real time.Now gentlemen that is a big advantage for the
defender.Question:How much code
can your read and how fast?Answer:The
entire genome in seconds.Yes.Very
nice.Do you see?
Now the war shifts to the defender’s advantage!This is something we can work with. As for manipulation and insertion that is a ways
off.We need bio labs todaythe
same way a century ago we needed air craft carriers.We need to find programs
and chips that will allow us to write code on the fly.The attacker hacks the
genome and we have to counter it in minutes, certainly hours.
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Item No. 4:
Quarantine Zones.It has been estimated that the AIDS virus could have wiped out the human race by itself
had it been more contagious.For example if it had been pneumonic in transmission
instead of limited to bodily fluids.In other words if someone figures out how
to edit AIDS with a section of the common flu code, die off.Or if Nature on
her own, plays around with the human immune system in one of the millions of AIDS patients in the world, say a patient in
a rain forest some where, and the right connection is made, the right virus mutates the right way and:die off again.
Indeed, young officers, as one considers
all the risk branches that lead to die off,well you can see, this is a big problem.There are many more ways to fail than to succeed.Yet, still, as our President says, we must try!We certainly
are willing to help.But we will not disguise our doubts.Truth is all we have to offer.
The explanation for why AIDS is particularly
a problem is because it is a retrovirus. In military terms we would say it is stealthy.This is why detection is so important.And why we need to be able to read
code so quickly.You can not detect it unless you can read it.In the case of AIDS for example,you need to be able to read
its code and see what it will do to the host after 10 years of incubation!That’s
retro.(The first retrovirus epidemic to be scientifically studied involved the
crew of a U. S. Navy war ship.)Very, very difficult, my young friends.. . .Very. . .difficult.
Counselor:Wasn’t there something else you wanted to say?
Oh, yes, thank you my dear.By the way the Counselor’s fees are not included in the college tuition.You must make your own arrangements with her.Let’s
see where was I . . .Detection and Quarantine Zones go together like hand and glove.The faster the detection the smaller the zone.
What troubles us here at New Ruskin College about
the subject of Quarantine Zones is that it seems to be an example of decline and corruption.America had better Quarantine Procedures in 1900 than it did in 2000.Social decay, gentlemen.The leadership is unwilling to deal with this
Young officers will have read about the ancient
war America fought, far away across the vast Western Sea, in Vi-et-nam.In a
nut shell millions died because the politicians chose to “manage” the war instead of winning it.Their only concern was that they not be accused of “losing Vietnam.”They did not want to win they just did not want to lose, or rather did not want to be accused of “losing.”
You will have heard it said that the strategic
situation would have lead to nuclear holocaust if anything else had been done.This
is all nonsense, sirs.More examples of how ignorance is the handmaiden
of folly.And this is not 20 20 hind sight.William F. Buckley wrote in 1963 that if we were not going to win we should get out.And at that time I proposed that the McNamara Line be extended into Laos and then crossed over the Mekong and thence
up the Western bank to the head waters.
The first objection was that the war can
not be extended to Laos.“Extended?”The war was already in Laos.But I think the real objection was that Americans
do not like to take up the defense.Even after the strategic decision was made
not to advance to China, (see also Korea), still, the American military establishment would not advocate a defensive line,
if for no other reason than that it was advocated by McNamara.
We will not review here the history of defensive
lines and fortifications other than to point out that the Maginot Line performed as it was designed.Like all defensive lines it did force the enemy to concentrate its forces at key points. As B. H. Liddell Hart said, ('Strategy'), all strategy is an attempt to force one’s opponent onto the horns of a dilemma:If he concentrates his force it can be attacked en masse;if he spreads the force out to avoid the attack he lacks sufficient power to take the initiative.The French Air Force was larger than the German Air Force.But the French were unwilling to strike at the concentrating German forces that were strung out for 300
miles of traffic jams into Germany.The problem was not with the Maginot
Line but with the leadership which was unwilling to take advantage of the opportunity the Line created.
Yet among American military officers defensive
positions are only for sissies or the French.Had a Hadrian’s wall been
built through Indochina millions might have been spared but we will never know.In
principle the McNamara line thus extended would have forced the enemy to concentrate his forces and thus play into America’s
strength.(Note, however, the absurdity of a line that stopped at the Laos frontier.Such a policy could only be advocated by a leadership that was out of touch with reality
and playing some political game that only makes since if you are an American politician.) The point here is not to relive
ancient wars but to consider how prejudice clouds our thinking.
Quarantine Zones are another example of a defensive
position.But our leadership is prejudiced against the defense.The need is clear but the base prejudice prevents the examination of this issue.During the SARS outbreak American public health consisted of worried flight attendants calling doctors
in destination cities to come to the air port and examine passengers.There was
no American public health policy.We here at New Ruskin College have developed
the idea of virtual quarantines but these would only be useful for very short time intervals.So we are less prepared to Quarantine an epidemic than we were in 1900
This prejudice against the defense can be seen
an many other examples.In Mogadishu the Black Hawk went down because the armored
vehicles that the local commander had requested were denied.The leadership insisted
on going on the offensive never mind the need for armor.In Iraq an American
General said in reply to a question about arresting suspects, “We are Americans, we don’t just round up people.”Excuse me Mr. General Sir.In Vi-et-nam
America had a policy of relocating whole populations.(This policy was allowed
because it was thought to pose a low likelihood of igniting a nuclear war.)
We don’t just round up people?In America, population 300 million, we have 3 million people in jail or prison or parole or probation or
being watched for future arrest.That is 1%.(It represents a significantly higher percentage of the relevant population.)
Eleanor Holmes Norton:What is that supposed to mean?
Just, . . . you know . . . a higher percentage
of certain. . . groups . . .
Eleanor Holmes Norton:Like Blacks?Are you talking about Black folk?
Well, any way,Iraq, with 25 millionwould have 250,000 in prison if it is assumed that they are as law abiding as. . . ah . . . Americans.The problem
is that the leadership is unwilling to invest the political capital into an order to round up the suspects.This is why we make a poor occupying power.We are unwilling
to do what it takes. And we are unwilling to allow the Governing Council to do what it takes.(However, the strategic goals have been achieved.The only ongoing concern
is to prevent the colonels from taking power again.Again this ismainly a defensive position.Since Iraq is a three way split,
it should be a simple task for America to keep its forces on military reservations and combine with any one of the three groups
to keep the other two from setting up a dictatorship.)Though simple in principle,
because this policy is defensive in nature, we can expect the leadership to quickly tire of it and wonder away.
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Item No. 5:
The Clintons continued to believe in the ideals
of their youth long after most of their generation had grown up.Two of those
ideals were hand gun control and the nuclear test ban.
Hand gun control:
It will be recalled that the Clintons removed
the hand guns from passenger airline flight crews the year before the 9-11 attacks.It has been claimed by hand gun opponents that the guns posed the risk of bringing down a passenger jet if the bullet
should pass through the fuselage causing ‘decompression.’
Not only is this wrong, it is absurdly wrong.
And the plane still landed safely.
Uncle Lee this picture is for you.
Nuclear test ban:
Many questioned why the Clintons assisted the Chinese
in obtaining super computers.The explanation is that the Clintons wanted the
Chinese to agree to a nuclear test ban, and use computer simulations instead of actual tests.However, after obtaining the computers the Chinese discovered, like anyone who has purchased a computer, that they
also needed the software.Unfortunately software which simulates nuclear explosions
is not readily available to the retail consumer.The data sets stolen from the
Los Alamos Lab were needed to assure the Chinese that they could rely on computer simulations.Anoter victory for the nuclear test ban, thanks to the Clintons!
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Item No. 6:
We have identified three types of bio attack:
Type 1, fast acting bio agents used in combination
with conventional weapons and chemical weapons on a large civilian target;Type
2, an advanced bio attack using binary engineered viruses on a military target such as an air craft carrier group;and Type 3, a dooms day attack using a engineered highly contagious retro virus against the general population
to cause a massive die off;(The first two could in principle also use retro
viruses), as follows:
Type 1 bio attack:(see 45 Minutes and the Distortion of History)
So they will fill the battlefield with bio toxins;botulinus, for example.They spray the
bacteria, which has been sealed in water soluble droplets that are invisible to the eye, all over the battlefield, the island
of Manhattan, for example.They spray all morning, from sprayers hidden
in ladder racks on trucks, driving up and down Manhattan streets.A fine invisible
spray.Then, six hours latter they take up positions in building, at bridges.Bombs go off. Subways stop, traffic stops. Snipers open up.Then people start vomiting.
Six hours is the incubationperiod for the toxins to start killing, and nausea is the first symptom.Killing not a few thousand, not a few hundred thousand but millions.Difficult
to save them at any time but now they are pinned down on the battleground of the IV World War.Men in bio suits and respirators and AK 47s are shooting at them.And
bombs.Did I mention the bombs?How
many men?Let’s see.There
are 13 million, unknowns, in America.Take any guess you like.
What if it was only 100 men.There does that make you feel better?Now, after the bombs
comes the poison gas. You know they have poison gas.(You know this but your
police still walk around without their gas masks and bio suits.Why is that?(Not that that would help them against the secret bio attack, but it might help with
the poison gas.)Oh, well, may be they can hold their breath while they empty
their magazine.) The object is to hold the population down while the bio toxins and chemical agents kill every living thing.Ina day or two, or a week, the terrorist
will be gone, one way or the other, so will Manhattan and everyone who now lives there.
This is not a prediction.It is an estimation of what the enemy could do.Every item
mentioned is on a United Nations Weapons manifest of Iraqi arms, some of which are still unaccounted for.They have the technical means, the capability.
There are many counter measures that you could
take; everything from stacking sand bagsat the approaches to the Manhattan bridges,
(bad for real estate prices to say nothing of tourism), to a bio research project similar to the physics research project
of the last century, ironically called the Manhattan Project, (too expensive, I don’t know, just the way you are, no
reason.Apart from bio warfare it would have enormous benefits.The money spent on basic research is never wasted.Oh, well,
I don’t want to argue with you.)Opening all mixed freight containers would
create a lot of labor jobs in our big cities and would limit the importation of weapons.(No.Don’t want to do it, I have no idea why.)Require American flight crews on all high risk air lines entering the U. S., (which is what the Russians
used to do during the cold war).(No, too unfriendly.)Securing our borders would be technically simple.(No,
too . . . something.)I realize all these things cost money but what is the value
of Manhattan and the few millions that will be killed in the third bio attack?
Type 2 bio attack:(see 45 Minutes and the Distortion of History)
Let me describe the battlefield of the IV
World War.The enemy combatants are suicidal.The main criticism of bio weapons is that they kill everyone so who would want to use them?(As if this were a draw back.However this is no longer a
technical problem.They can be designed to kill discriminately.For example a binary virus released up wind of the Norfolk Naval Base would infect those down wind.As it is only a harmless retro virus it goes undetected.(If you do not have a bio detector, you are the bio detector.) Later, in the Persian Gulf the other half
of the virus is released up wind of a carrier task force.Twelve hours later
the carrier task force runs aground on the coast of Iran.The reactor melts down,
because there is no one on board to tend it, and the molten core drops through the hull of the carrier into the sea bed.All hands dead.However, only the Americans
are dead from the release of the second virus.The locals in both locations,
Virginia and the Persian Gulf, are not harmed.Only those who were in both locations
are killed, as a result of the two viruses combining.)Science fiction?You think so because of the distortions of History.You think you exercise the same degree of knowledge about this situation as you do about the history drama.But you are wrong.
The thing to remember about Iraq is thatthe median age is 18 years old.Half
the population is under 18.Do you remember what it was like being 18?Do you even recall that you once were 18?Barbara Tuchman
observed that when she first started reading about the Middle Ages she was struck by how immaturely the statesmen behaved.Then she reflected for a moment and realized that the King was 16.His general in charge of the siege of the city, 18.His most
senior adviser 28.Perhaps you can recall what America was like when the baby
boom boomed?Remember 1968?That
is what it is like in Iraq, Saudi Arabia,and most of the world.
Note that it is not possible to carry out
a policy of massive arrests and a more “liberal” policy of benign neglect simultaneously.Also note that since you must choose, you can not choose massive arrests and then choose benign neglect;the latter can only be tried first.Therefore
it does not follow that the failure to arrest was “wrong” as "benign neglect" could only be done first, if
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Item No. 8:
leave a detailed description of how to shut down and service nuclear reactors and bombs.The instructions should be written for laymen, and in several languages.The
survivors will probably not be trained in nuclear science.
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U. S. Government mail should
me scanned into the computer system and sent to Government offices electronically.The
courts allow electronic images to be submitted into evidence as long as the original is available and there is no dispute.The originals can be warehoused.
businesses scan there mail and store the originals simply for ordinary business reasons.
would prevent a third (3rd!!) attack on the Senate, (at least from being carried out like the last two (2!)).
year of staples should be stored for the American market.This would protect
America from a bio attack directed at our farms.This would also help the rest
of the world by protecting the poor people from having to compete with the rich Americans should there be a global interruption
in food production.
program can replace the current agricultural subsidies, which are in any case a violation of international trade agreements.Several years should be allowed for the completion of the program as new storage
buildings will be required.Long term the food reserve will normalize commodity
markets making planning more accurate.
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Item No. 11
The next time you meet
with the Shiite Clergy, after tea, ask them to tell you what the Prophet, may peace be with him, had to say, when he still
walked this world with us, about gratitude?
Then take down
their words and put them on bill boards and posters all over Iraq in white lettering on dark blue back grounds.
Similarly, ask them
to explain the meaning of the “well worn path?”
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Item Number 12:Insurance
In order to keep the
emergency rooms open the insurance should be reorganized to cover every “mode, means, and instrumentality of harm and
case that presents at an emergency can be identified by the admitting room notes, and or paramedic report, and or police report,
etc.,to have been caused by various modes, means, and instrumentalities (M.M.I).All of these M. M. I. each have insurance, (trust me, they are all insured, ten ways
are that it is not always economical to even identify the harm agent, the M. M. I., much less collect the money.For example a gun shot wound has as its M. M. I. a gun, to
say nothing of the person who discharged the gun. But, dear reader, and honored guest, please consider are their no other
M. M. I.s?There is the alcohol that was consumed?Did you think about that?The place that sold it?A late night place perhaps? Special risk for late night places.Did
you know that?
Again, take my word
for this, there are people, very smart people, people as smart as Dr. Teller,
but who have not used their intelligence thinking about the mysteries of the universe and also, by the way, not thinking of
ways to protect our country, (the way Dr. Teller did), but who are still every bit as smart, who have spent their lives considering
such questions as the reader is now considering, perhaps for the first time.
Does the reader
suppose that these people have as their first concern, how to keep the emergency rooms open, in case the reader should be
injured?They are not principally concerned with you.They are concerned with studying these M. M. I. statistics and using these numbers to make money.I am a conservative.I do not condemn
them.For example Warren Buffett is a fan of insurance and he is himself no dummy.But his business is not your nearest emergency room.
I just want you to
consider that for every injury there are a host of M. M. I.s that are responsible, for which premiums have been collected,
for which risk has been calculated with exquisite precision, and about all of which the reader is completely ignorant.You pay your premiums but what do you know?Did you know that every purchase includes a premium?Ladders cost half
of what you pay.The other half is all premium.Bath
tubs? Another big M. M. I., and they have a lot of insurance.Did you know there
are “med pay” policies on every piece of real estate?$5,000, $10,000, $50,000, small denominations like that, but covering trillions of dollars worth of real
estate.Most policy holders do not even know about it, much less present claims
for their injured guests.
There is a social policy
question for us to consider, but first you need to know about what in health insurance is called “adverse risk selection,”
or in general insurance “morale hazard,” or in Economics “free rider,” or in modern political rhetoric
“welfare bums” or “cheats” or, well you get the idea.
We will not go into
detail here but one can see that with “trauma” injuries this does not present as an important issue.“Trauma” in quotes because the fine print of this proposed insurance policy is that the “trauma”
must be “sudden” and “accidental” and “caused” by a M. M. I. that we have “insured.”Again we are not here going to define each of these terms but suffices to say we expect
few additional “traumas” to be presented at emergency rooms.The
few new ones will be the simple ones that cost little to treat and will more than offset the ones that are presented only
after infection has set in.“Trauma” should be presented and treated
early to save money.
The point is
that I can not solve all the emergency room problems with one policy.Some patients
will have traumas that are not “traumas.”For example the lung cancer
patient who starts to hemorrhage.A trauma but not“sudden” and “accidental.”(Fine print.)However, those big tobacco settlements took care of those cases right?The Clintons helped give huge settlements to their trial attorney
friends, and that solved that problem right?
Here is the social
policy question:When you are brought unconscious to an emergency room
do you want them to wait until your insurance is verified?If you say no, then
you must agree with me that we need to fund the emergency rooms.
To assist the
funding, new policies could be written for say auto accidents, which account for a large number of trauma cases.Some people are “uninsured.”To prevent these
“free riders,” for example, gasoline could be covered by policies.The
premium to close this “uninsured” hole would amount to a penny per gallon.On the other hand the medical payment portion of your aut policy would go down to nothing for
the basic coverage, and would be added to your policy as an “extra” as now there would be no uninsured motorists.
The uninsured motorist and liability
portions of your auto policy and your health insurance policy, in fact all
other policies of all kinds would be reduced by the corresponding savings.
this savings is estimated to be 3 to 4 times the actual cost of the “trauma” medical bills.By rationalizing and eliminating overlapping coverages, the entire society will experience an immediate
increase in discretionary income.(Of course, insurance companies will experience
a similar decrease in their revenue stream.No, no, hold back your tears.)
If you want more than say $100,000 standard coverage you could buy it.(Would
you want to live if you incurred more than $100,000 in emergency room charges?)
Some lawyers and bankers
and insurance vice presidents will want to know how this scheme will be administered.Obviously, as I have said, there are a lot of people who are smarter than me and the reader who will be able to work
out the details.
We need Robert Kudlow, or someone like that to figure it out.(Warren
Buffett probably will not help us because he likes insurance the way it is.)I do not blame him.
I expect the
system would be some sort of system for assessing policies individually, and then with
an algorithm to apportion the loss to an industry group, to spread the risk and
so as to collect from an entire underwriting group, with tiers similar to reinsurance.
But here the reader
should consider this:I am not as smart as Buffett but then I am looking out
for you;which do you prefer?Brains
alone, or do you appreciate having someone helping you when you are wheeled into the emergency room, even if not as smart
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Simplest way to acquire
human, animal, or plant pathogens:set up a low cost testing laboratory in a
tropical third world country.Offer a promotional incentive to doctors and health
workers who provide samples.
Behind the laboratory
set up a “farm” to raise the strains thus acquired.[Recall that
it was the purchase of growth medium, (which was discovered by Israeli intelligence who obtained copies of purchase orders),
plus the defection of his son in law, who ran the “special” weapons program, that caused Hussein to confess to
the manufacture of bio and other illegal weapons, which are still unaccounted for.10,000
liters of botulinumtoxinare
It would take several
generations to weaponizethe pathogens.Not human generation!Months.
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Item Number 15
Most low cost way to
disrupt the American economy in 5 easy steps.
1 Obtain asbestos,(Acquired by setting up low cost “removal service”, or stealing from dump,
or reopening a refinery operation).
2 Grind into fine powder.
3 Spread over city
by driving up and down the streets dropping powder out the bottom of the truck.(A
city like San Francisco
would be ideal.)
4 Then send a
sample with a letter of explanation to local leftwing newspaper.
5Real estate prices burst bubble.
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Item Number 16
Next low cost way to
disrupt the American economy in 7 easy steps.
Combine Item Numbers
14 and 15.
Item No. 17
simplest way to disrupt agricultural production is to put a bio agent in the tanks of a motor home.Motor homes are not subjected to the same scrutiny as trucks and buses.Additional bio agent can be put in fitted plastic bladders in the storage compartments, and on the floor of the motor
home.(The suspension should be modified for the added load.)Pumps and hoses can deliver the agent to roof mounted nozzles that can be concealed in roof antennas and
luggage racks.Drive the motor home upwind of the fields to be infected.Refill at a warehouse where the agent can be grown.Finance operations with commodity speculation. The next simplest is create an aphids production operation with the
bio agent operation.Infect the aphids and release in agricultural area.
measure should include quarantine zones for agricultural districts with inspection of all vehicles.Monitor purchases of lab equipment and materials purchased
Item No. 18
air operations the first targets are enemy radar, anti air capabilities, air fields, and production facilities.In bio warfare the primary target is the science infrastructure.New York, Atlanta, Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area,
are primary targets due to their bio technology infrastructure.
these attacks people will be surprised how much scientific progress was dependent on simply having a great many scientist
working on problems.Every day scientific papers are published because there
are tens of thousands of researchers working on a host of related issues.Once
progress in biological sciences is checked by killing off the leading researchers the general population will be highly vulnerable
to the subsequent attacks.This is why research is so urgent.The research must be completed before the first general attack.(Note:
the next attack will be America’s fourth bio attack.)
warfare naturally targets the medical infrastructure as the casualties are always presented first to the hospitals.(See #19).Recall that Ebola was first called Marburg virus as the researchers at Marburg were its first victims.Then the specialist in tropical diseases at YaleUniversity were called into help investigate the virus and they were its next victims. Children are vectors as most medical attention is directed to them.(Toys, comic books, and candies contaminated with highly contagious agents most likely means.Look for such items sealed in plastic left on walks to playgrounds and schools.)
measures should include placing bio labs outside population centers, quarantine zones with separate emergency rooms, universal
precautions for medical workers.
the first wave most first responders will be dead.Then allied professions will
be called on.Dentists, pharmacists, university and corporate researchers will
be trained in medical practice.These will be killed in the second wave.After the second wave the survivors will be surprised to learn how much of medical
practice was passed on word of mouth from doctor to doctor.
measure:Develop courses on laser disks for medical profession.Design course for laymen survivors.Use the military medic
training program as a model.
Item No. 20
controlled consumer air fresheners are ideal means to aerosolizecontagious bio
measure:look for such units attached under subway train seats, under pay telephone
shelves, in public bathrooms of airports, and other public places.
measure:bio detectors, searches of persons and places, quarantine zones.
growth always surprises.However, in this scientific pursuit, Biology, the surprise
will be enhanced by comparison with the slow progress in Physics. People have grown accustomed to hearing that fusion energy
is always 50 years away, or that physicists have just learned some here before unknown thing, or that they have conflicting
5th day is going to startle with its suddenness.I noted that the
New York Times had a Sunday article about how we have “already begun” to change ourselves.Which is true.But all of this, the discovery of the DNA molecule, the human genome project, even the clinical trials that have begun, are atmospherics.The fingers of dawn in the upper atmosphere.A gradual lightening.Early light.
disk of the sun has not yet risen above the horizon.Indeed there is some fog
so you may not actually see it when it crosses the horizon on June 5, 2006.How complete will be the change will startle you.This is because you
have become accustomed to scientific delays due to the slow progress of Physics.You
have been lulled into a false sense of complacency.
how difficult it is to solve all the problems of Genetics.However difficult
it is we will call: @!.@! is the entirety of the difficulty.Some scientist say that the complete attainment of @! is hundreds of years away.
consider @! times 2.What if the complete resolution of all questions in Geneticsis actually twice as difficult as you first estimated it?Will it take twice as long?Answer: no.Perhaps it will add another month.Why?This is the surprising nature of exponential growth.Even
if it is a 100 times harder than you thought just add another year maybe less.Once
the learning curve starts to near vertical in an exponential growth, time dwindles very quickly, then zero.
consider @! – ? = HSE(minus what portion will equal the information needed to begin creating
Homo Sapiens Engineerus).That is, setting aside complete resolution of all aspects
of Genetics, all the protein molecules, the receptors, how they interrelate, all of that, just consider what remainder is
essential for creatinghomo Sapiens Engineerus?What is the minimum?However difficult you thought @! was, the knowledge
we need to begin creating HSE is less than @!.Much less.Not hundreds of years.We are only months away.
important distinction is that Genetics, unlike Physics, is a finite subject completely contained in our three dimensional
universe, operating at sizes well within the capabilities of our microscopes and instruments.There is no “measurement problem” in Genetics.And our knowledge
is growing exponentially.A finite problem being exhausted exponentially.
used to think, here at the Max Weber Institute for the Study of the 5th Day of Creation,that we should focus on cognition, so the cycle would become self reinforcing.Then we discovered that the advances were so rapid that HSE will arrive before even the first baby could be raised.That is we will begin modifying ourselves, our own genes in our own living cells much
faster than the feed back from those changes can reinforce the growth.
other words advances are coming so quickly thatwe will not need to genetically
design scientists to accelerate the process; at least not for HSE.No doubt advances in cell biology and genetics will
improve cognition, and no doubt this increase in cognitive ability will advance the attainment of @!.However our ordinary human scientist will be more than sufficientfor HSE
to start, to be born, on June 5, 2006.The disk of the sun just comes up over the horizon.Happy birth day. Mark your calendars.
reason you have been mislead by the slow advance of Physics is because the universe is a much bigger subject than the particulars
of Earth based life chemistry: Genetics.They are both sciences but the problems
are not comparable.The latter is in fact trivial by comparison.
our nation directed its resources to this problem earlier the advances could have happened much sooner.There were no fundamental obstacles.(The sole technical limitation
was computational sciences.)Such funding as there has been was directed to government
and academic labs which are notorious for their plodding pace.Recollect that
prior to Dr. Graig Venter’s entry into the Human Genome Project the government scientists predicted a decade to completion.Dr. Graig Venter reduced that time by seven years.
the 1970s when inflation was gutting research budgets Biology funding failed to keep pace with Physics which was driven by
National Defense concerns.Ironically in the late 1980s AIDS activists and Democrats
blamed Ronald Reagan for the AIDS related deaths.They charged he had not requested
enough hundreds of millions of dollars.Yet it now can be seen twenty years and
billions of dollars later that these charges were all lies.There is still no
cure in sight.
activists were no where to be found in the 1970s when the Biology budgets were in need of support.Indeed where are they now when we are so close that a few hundred million truly could make a difference,
if not immediately in AIDS, certainly in all the allied areas of investigation?(We
have previously explained the National Security need for this research.The die
off is coming.)Many lives could still be saved if research was increased.
early warning sign of a pending Bio Warfare attack will be sudden peace offer by an enemy.When a long time enemy learns that a bio attack is soon to be launched, expect the enemy to offer to reconcile all
existing disputes and even offer to allow inspections of its weapons programs.One
of the chief advantages of Bio Warfare is that it can be conducted anonymously.Therefore,
an enemy planning on an attack, or even an uninvolved state, will want to normalize diplomatic relations prior to the victim
state’s realization that it has been attacked.
“We are particularly pleased that Libya is now committed to ending all
military trade with states of serious weapons of mass destruction proliferation concerns," said Mr. John Bolton, Undersecretary of State. May 2004. (Note: Gaddafi first promised to renounce W. M. D. in 1992.)
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Item Number 23:
Biologists, are “scared” but you are not?Oh, I see, that is
because you are so . . . brave?Or stupid?
You have no choice.Our only chance at survival is to move up the learning curve faster than our enemies.We have to master this technology before they do.
Adam Arkin and David Schaffer just $200,000 and a grad student to develop a potential treatment for AIDS. And that scares
the therapy itself is a virus. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory assistant professors created a virus altered . . . (by their design) . . . the researchers could begin animal testing by the end of this year.
I can do it, anyone can do it,” Arkin said. “That's going to be a problem.’”---- Wired Magazine on
line, May 2004.
at Required Reading Army Navy Club, Moynihan Memorial Library.
Quarantine: Rolling Checkpoints
Interstate Highway system should itself be made a Quarantine
Zone, and then subdivided into separate zones.The off ramps should be gated.Service areas should be included in the zones; for example, tractors can disconnect
their trailers and transfer without leaving the zone.
allow traffic to proceed in and out of the zones, when there are no detectable threats, during low warning periods, vehicles
can be monitored and recorded as the enter and leave the zones.Camera can record
license plates, and faces of drivers and passengers, and personal and vehicle transponders can signal names, addresses, dates
of birth, etc. as the vehicles slowly pass through the check points:Rolling
threats are detected, all exposed persons can then be quarantined until testing is completed.These systems can be used in peace time to charge fees for time sensitive use of the roads: i.e., users can be charged
for the time of day that they use the roads, there by bringing market orientation to the surface transportation system.
has been a lot of nonsense about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.Most recently Bill O’Reilly saying he was “wrong” about
WMD.(see “Wrong” at Max Weber Institute, front page)
were you “wrong?”Was your method of analysis wrong?Why would the simple fact that they have not yet been found in quantities, and of the type, in munitions,
etc.that some have imagined to be the way “special” weapons should
look; (such as the “accessory,” as the British called them, when they were last used in the West back in WWI),
cause you to claim all of our analysis of intelligence, collected for over a period of 12 years, was “wrong”?
Given this evidence how could we have decided any other way?
O’Reilly can dismiss all of these other considerations because he is an insincere, shallow, buffoon.But then perhaps he is able to go on the air everyday shouting out, “idiot,” “pinhead,”
etc. just because he is so shallow.Ah, the professional broadcaster.Indeed such easy recourse to such a simpleminded conclusion
suggests a failure of intellect so complete that it can only be described as corruption.
recall the disappointment of one of our media dilatants; (I am sure he had a perfect SAT score, (40 years ago)), when Mr. Hussein was pulled from
his hole.No bunker deep down in a mountain, he moaned, with white coated lab
technicians wandering around with clip boards, like in the James Bond movies.Not
even a satellite phone he lamented.)
quantities of toxic chemicals, some called precursors by chemists knowledgeable in WMD, have been found, in bunkers, (some in long containers the
size and shape suitable for fitting into Iraqi missiles); live strains of bio agents have been found; a large network of clandestine
laboratories and production facilities has been found; evidence of a systematic effort to conceal all of this has been documented.
The British Prime Minister has described this network as being vast in scope,
(though he was immediately contradicted by our genius in Baghdad Mr. Bremer, the III).
more to the point what we hold our leaders accountable for is not the “prediction” of WMD, (predictions are for carnival performers),
rather they ought to be held accountable for that which they do have control over:their
method of reasoning.
nave Bill O’Reilly shouting that he holds Mr. Bush accountable for the WMD in Iraq, for his “performance”in failing to locate the WMD, is typical of O’Reilly’s superficiality.(I
do hold Mr. Bush accountable for his selection of Mr. Bremer, the III.) Mr. O’Reilly is superficial because
he is not systematically applying a system of reason.
example, prior to the war, I wrote in Judgement Day, (see NewRuskinCollege, main campus), that bio weapons were not a very good strategic reason for going into Iraq.At that time, just before the war, they were being hyped as
“the” reason for the war.Immediately after Judgment Day appeared
Mr. Imus, who at the time supported the war and killing Iraqis and was indifferent to our own casualties, (the cruel heartless
bastard), made yet another apparent reference to my argument and so I published Mr. Imus says Good Morning, (see New Ruskin
College, main campus).
point then and now is this:If we find WMD it will not be a strategic victory.If we do not find them it will not be a strategic defeat, only a tactical defeat.Like wise, if al Qaedagot the WMD it was not a strategic victory for them,
only a tactical one. Why?
problem is this:The Fireman’s Problem.
are in a house on top of a hill.On the North side of the hill a fire is racing
up the hill that will burn down the house.On the South side another fire which
also will burn down the house.You only have sufficient fire fighting resources
to fight one fire.What should you do?
the answer is run like hell to the East or West.However, Mr. Bush’s answer
is to fight the fire.Only in the hypothetical do we know that the fires each
will burn down the house.In real life there are no givens.(Think of Alexander cutting the Gordian’s knot.)
al Qaeda does not get bio weapons from Mr. Hussein they will get them some where else.Obviously there are a great many “Husseins” and we can not go an kill or capture them all.This is why the Gulf War II could not be a strategic solution.
too is the fallacy of Laura Ingraham’s repeated arguments, and those of many others, who keep uttering and writing the
nonsense that we are killing the terrorists in Iraq so we do not have to kill them here.The logical fallacy
of this argument is such that it is not worth refuting.(Mr. Bush has recently
also taken up this line of tripe and is now offering it to a gullible public.(And
we can expect that he will cause similar damage to his good name, and consequently to his standing in the polls, that his
Administration’s foolish emphasis on WMD has previously caused.))
can see it coming.There is going to be another terrorist attack in the U. S.
and then it will be asked, (stupidly), “But Mr. Bush, you said if we killed them in Iraq we would not have them here
. . . and now look . . .”It’s like watching a train wreck.And again, as before, the idea that we might change our method of argumentation will
be out of the question.
no I am being ‘disloyal to the GOP,’ it will be claimed.I recall
that I advised Mr. Bush 41 to perfect the Family Leave Bill and was ignored.Back
then it was the same.Then when Mr. Bush 41 lost reelection by the narrowest
of margins, rather than thinking, ‘well that was close, maybe that Family Leave Bill might have made the difference
. . .’ the Republicans have forgotten that they might have won.As it was
they lost the election and got the Family Leave Bill, (which Billy Clinton signed as soon as he entered the White House).And the GOP, (the Party of the American Family), lost what could have been a signature
accomplishment. (Consider Republicans
that you do not look back and reconsider the advise of those who argued against my recommendation, and there by lost the election.Who are your true friends?)
point is that if we do not proceed with reason then we are lost.We have no alternative
means of finding our way.There were many reasons to displace Mr. Hussein.But when it was suggested that capturing his WMD was “the” strategic solution to the dangers of
bio warfare we were misrepresenting the case. Now, again today, when it is suggested that killing some illiterate 20 year
olds in Iraq will save us here in the U. S. from terrorism,we are again misrepresenting the case.
are not being “loyal” to Mr. Bush 43 if you fail to properly advise him.Recall Mark Twain’s point about the disloyalty of letting your blind mother walk off a cliff, just because you
do not want to correct her. (Think also of the fatuous Mr. Mel Gibson claiming it is his “loyalty” to his father
that prevents him from contradicting his father’s lies about the Holocaust:The
ultimate disloyalty to his father. (Note also that Mr. O’Reilly, Mr. Weiner, many others, pass over this failing on
the part of Mr. Gibson.More disloyalty.))These misrepresentations are corrupting our public discourse, because they are corrupting our thinking.
the way to “fight” terrorism in Iraq today is to support the Iraqi government.But for professional
soldiers war is the planned exercise of military force to achieve a strategic end; it is not just killing people. (Laura Ingraham,
Mr. Bush, please take note of the distinction.)To support the new government
of Iraq we may, certainly we will, need to exercise military force. People will get killed.However, it is not their deaths that make us safe, it is the attainment of the strategic end that makes us safe: it
is the stable government of Iraq which will help secure our safety.The killing is not
essential --- the Iraqi government is.
it has taken the Administration two Iraqi governments and over a year to set up the new government of Iraq can easily be seen in the
President’s under 42% approval rating.Mr. Wolfowitz’s admission
that the Administration thought that they could have delayed even longer in setting up the Iraqi government proves that this
failure was not accidental.
poor showing in the polls, however, is the least of our concerns, for the consequence of the failure to install a strong Iraqi
government for over a year, (A Year!), has cost us, is costing us. Meanwhile
you have these young GIs driving around in their Humvies getting shot up.You
have their manic officers proudly boasting about how many thousands of “patrols” they have conducted, “for
the Iraqi people.”
Andhere you can see quite a bit more of the lunacy that passes for considered judgment
in the American military establishment.These are the same half wits who raced
up and down Vi-et-nam in their helicopters, and then in the decades since have stupidly insisted, “ . . . but we won
every battle, . . . how could we lose the war?”Pathetic, if not for the
fact that their stupidity got so many millions killed.
also you can see the superficiality of the shouting, (it can hardly be called a debate), over the troop levels.To do what? Why? For what purpose?These questions are never
asked.If you only gave General Franks 25,000 troops he would have had to make
“deals,” he would have had to call on Mr. Baer to parachute back into Northern Iraq to do some more work for us.
giving the military establishment 125,000 they did not have to consider anything;they
did not have to think:just operate like they always do.The most significant thing about Mr. Bremer’s biography, is not that his previous achievement was
learning Norwegian, but that Mr. Bush only appointed him to his post in March of 2003.
have taken over a year to set up the government because, literally, there was no government until the U. S. Army and Marines started
up their tanks and started rolling North.So the tanks made really excellent
time, 35 miles a day?Now ask your self, how long does it take the Iraqi Special
Weapons Officer to open the safe, remove the two suitcases, load them into the taxi, and make offfor. . . where?Syria?Iran?
now you fools say where are all the WMD?This is why it is call “Asymmetrical Warfare”
Counselor:Peter, remember what President Bush 41 told you . . .
Yvonne.Thank you Yvonne.
Counselor:You are welcome.
is so frustrating dealing with these. . .
. . .
yes.I realize that these are complex questions.WMD were,
are, an important reason for removing Mr. Hussein.The evidence alone, without
the WMD, was
sufficient for this to be counted among the reasons for war.(Just not “the”
only reason, for the war, as is now claimed, (by those who opposed the war in the first place), and certainly not a strategic
solution.Why are they allowed to define the reason this way?Because the Administration itself misrepresented the issue, (as I explained at the time), by suggesting
that it would be a strategic solution. Corruption.)
a tactical level Mr. Hussein will not now be able to control them.(He may yet
be able to order their use.)Partly it is a question of emphasis, but if reason
does not guide us on how much emphasis should be given to which issues then how shall we be guided?
warfare is complex and new.But if you do not start dealing with these questions
in a more thoughtful way you are going to be annihilated.Do you understand?
cant about Mr. Chalabi, that he was the reason we went to war, etc. is yet another example of the corruption of our public
discussion.(Schieffer on the Don Imus show, for example, rattling on about the
“influence” Mr. Chalabi exerted over “them” as if he were a Svengali.(Schieffer it will be recalled was the one who claimed “I don’t know what he is talking about,” when
Mr. Goldberg published his first book about liberal bias in the news business.))
Mr. O’Reilly’s claim that because we “failed to find the WMD” in Iraq,proves
that Mr. Bush failed to “perform,” is, as explained earlier, another example of corruption. Or, for example, the repeated view, both inside and outside of the Administration, that the reason the Iraqi
police have difficulty exercising authority is because they need better equipment or training, is yet another example of corruption.
The Iraqi police need a stable government which is what we have delayed giving
them for over a year.(See
of these examples show just how superficial the nonsense that now passes for informed discussion.
troops deserve better countrymen.Before, (see Psy Ops) I commented that we are
not as secure as we could be because our police are so untrustworthy that we do not dare create a proper intelligence system.More recently we have seen that we can not carryout a policy of massive arrests (see
Army Navy Club Item Number 7) because our military establishment and CIA are so corrupt that they can not be trusted
to hold our detainees. Note also that when the American General said, “We
are Americans, we do not just round up people,” he was showing us not only that he would not carry out such a policy,
but that he had not even considered it.Our leaders had not even considered mass
we have considered that 9-11 occurred because our government is so corrupt that the F.A.A. could not overcome the opposition
to the securing of the cockpit doors even though it was obvious that the danger of hijacked planes being crashed into “office
blocks” and nuclear power plants was real.(I recall a retired Israeli
Colonel, head of el Al security coming to the U. S. in the 1970s and trying to persuade the airlines and manufacturers to
secure the cockpit doors.The networks have the video of the President of the
Airline Pilot’s Association shouting him down with, “our lives are on the line.”You will never see their debate rebroadcast.)
you starting to see a connection?A common thread running through all of these
Corruption.You are not able to protect yourselves, not able to carryout the necessary policies,
because you are so corrupt.
it is the corruption of our public discussion, where cant replaces reason, and the superficial displaces the genuine, that
is the most dangerous to us.Our other systems can be repaired, but not if we
are unable to examine them.
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Item No. 26:
Inflation is skyrocketing in education and medicine and you do nothing to control the costs.Yet in low wage labor, in the bottom 20% of the economy, where real wages have declined, you flood the
market with even more unskilled labor.And yet you do nothing for the new immigrants.No housing programs, education for new citizens, no path to citizenship, no plan of
any kind.You aren’t doing anything in technology in education, reform
of medicine, tax reform, nuclear energy, . . . you are not making any plans for the future.Why?
Then it came to me all of a sudden.Why the whole country is just like
me.It is the end of time.Of course,
it does not matter.
The national debt is $25,000 per person with no effort of any kind to stop the rise let alone draw it down.6 billion people, fresh water supplies being pumped dry.Who
When we started the war with Iraq I was at first concerned then astonished that no precautions were being taken to set up quarantine
zones or screen arrivals, no preparations to fight a bio war. For example, we
had only the crudest bio detectors, and they were checked only once every 24 hours, primitive.
But of course, what difference can it make.
General Franks, (USA Retired), said that he did not expect that the civilian government would survive the first general
Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties,
the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.“... the Western world, the free
world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we’ve seen for a couple of hundred years in this
grand experiment that we call democracy.”
“It means the potential of a weapon of mass destruction and a terrorist, massive, casualty-producing
event somewhere in the Western world – it may be in the United States of America – that causes our
population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass,
casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of our Constitution. Two steps, very, very important.”- John O. Edwards, NewsMax.com Friday, Nov. 21, 2003
Now it makes sense.After the attack the national debt, education, politics,
nothing will matter.Over population?Why
worry about something so easily cured?You are not making plans for the future
because there will be no future.
That’s it isn’t it?I’ve guessed your strategy.I thought there were things that we could do, but I was wrong, it really is hopeless.That’s why you aren’t doing anything.What’s the point?
In nuclear war planning we used to judge the winner by how many hours he outlasted the loser. In bio warfare I thought
that we would judge the winner by what percentage of his population he was able to save.For example, if we lose 100 million people you might think we lost.But
that is only 33%.If the plague draws down the world population by 75% we look
So, what?Can we save 50%?Can
we save 10%?Can we not save anyone?
This summer the Government announced that in the event a “near Earth object” is detected to be on a collision
course the Government will not release the information in order to avoid panic.
However, may I suggest, that the Government should at least appear to be continuing to plan and work for the future.If it appears that the Government has given up, the people may be able to deduce the
cause:the loss of faith that there will be a future.If you are trying to avoid panic you should try to keep up appearances.
Come up with some plans for the future.Oh, do.It will calm us.
“A general with the U.S.
Space Command is calling for a global early warning system for meteor explosions so that nuclear wars aren't started by mistake.
Gen. Simon P. Worden, U.S. Space Command's deputy director for operations at Peterson Air Force
Base in Colorado, said an exploding meteor came close to triggering a nuclear war this summer.
On June 6, U.S. satellites detected a 12-kiloton explosion in
the atmosphere, equivalent to the bomb that leveled Hiroshima. It was a meteor vaporizing over the Mediterranean Sea, but had it hit the Earth's atmosphere a few hours earlier,
it would have been seen as a bright flash and felt as a distant boom by Indian and Pakistani soldiers in the disputed Kashmir region.
At the height of tensions between the two nations, the blast could have been mistaken
for a nuclear blast and started a nuclear war, said Worden.----TCS
Yes, you see, this is encouraging, at least the Air Force is thinking about the future.
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Item No. 27:
The general attack will come when there is an inversion layer over the city, in the summer, when the windows are open
and people are out doors.
Counter measure:Set up whole house fans with HEPA filters and keep the
house under positive air pressure.(This would also help with allergies during
peace time.)However, this would only be effective against direct contamination
foronly a few hours at most, even if there is immediate detection, because most
people will fail to follow proper decontamination procedures.Bio detectors.Quarantine Zones.Refugee camps.
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Item No. 28:
The fifty year rule:Technological solutions only need be effective for
at most fifty years to be considered permanent solutions.
Because technology is changing so quickly it is impossible to make meaningful predictions beyond fifty years.
For example, the often stated proposition that the nuclear power industry must store atomic waste for 10,000 years
is absurd.It is impossible to know what we will be able to do with the material
beyond fifty years.Therefore, containment for fifty years is the most that can
be reasonably expected, for that is as far ahead as we can see.
In the event of a die off the pace of technological change will slow and we will be able to predict technology for
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Item No. 28:
The two year rule:Proposals to secure the nation against bio attacks
need only be effective for the next two years.
If we are able to prevent or contain the damage from a bio attack for even just the next two years, and if we continue
to advance our knowledge of biology, the advances will allow us to increase the safety margin of our protective screens in
a self reinforcing cycle.The next two years are critical.
The public will be more willing to accept bio defenses, such as quarantine zones, if it is explained that
the inconvenience is short lived.(Poor choice of words.)Also it can be explained that within the quarantine zones the rules are
merelythe same rules that applied generally in America in 1943 when restrictions on travel, import and export, were common.
that time a great many restrictions were implemented on individuals and business. We can explain that the requirement thatauthorizations be obtained in order to gain access to certain information (genetics
in our case) and associated equipment are merelya short term war necessity.(Lab technicians are a primary security concern.)
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Item No. 29:race and war
One of the important features of the Vi-et-nam War which has received little comment is the role of race.
It also serves as an example of the role of “objective thinking” (see “Wrong”).
Because the Americans had decided that “race does not matter”, and this was no where more so than in the
American military, which is also typified by “objective thinking” the importance of race in the minds of the people
of Vi-et-nam was overlooked.This is typical:if it should not matter then “objectively” it does not matter.
MacNamara was a pioneer in “objective” management.However,
he was himself as well as his system of managementa perfect example of the limitations
of this philosophy.
Though the stated strategy of the U. S. was “attrition”,(if
this can be called a strategy), when a young Army Major presented MacNamara with a paper in which the numbers, the population
and birthrate etc. were examined and it was proven, in numbers, that the “strategy” could not possibly work, and
even though MacNamara had made his reputation as an “objective” manager, had demanded that all management decisions
be based on the quantization of the “facts”, here, when shown to a mathematical certainty that the stated strategy
could not work ignored the paper.Why?Possibly because the Major was not from M. I. T. or Harvard?
Also with race.Because MacNamara thought “objectively” race
does not matter then it could be ignored.The fact is race did matter, like it
or not.The Left which should have known told us only that we were racists, never
mentioning that racism was an important motivating factor for the other side.
the Right?Oh, “objectively” race does not matter.
technical military term for “exit strategy” is victory.
defined:attainment of strategic objective.
Wecome to Boston
LNG Tanker pays a visit to Boston
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Item No. 31:Welcome to Boston
The thing about vainglory
is that the afflicted do not see themselves as vainglorious. The Czar did not think his prerogatives unreasonable.The Kaiser thought himself only doing his duty.And so we
too, think that we “have to go on with our lives,” even if this “going
on” includes steering a very large vessel filled with highly volatile Liquefied Natural Gas right into the middle of
a major metropolitan area.
As I watched the twin
towers fall and the Pentagon burn it occurred to me that if NSA had information on this attack there could only be one explanation
for allowing it to occur:fear of an even larger one.
In other words, if I
had an intelligence asset that provided information on 9-11 and there was any chance that interference with the attack would
endanger that asset I would not only not act on the information to prevent 9-11, I would try to prevent its accidental detection
by others, in order to protect the asset, if I was concerned about an even larger,
even more catastrophic attack, such as a bio attack.
3,000 casualties is a
loss.A hundred million is a strategic blow.
If this seems fanciful,
consider the amount of ink spilt, the amount of air time consumed in the last year about whether or not the USA
should be in Iraq.If
you think this is “speculation” what is the endless series of “news stories” about intelligence, and
the “failure” of intelligence, and should we, if we knew then what we now know . . .etc. etc. and you say I am
We thought he had bio weapons
because he said he made bio weapons.Because we had the purchase receipts for
the growth medium used to grow the bio weapons.Because Mr. Hussein threatened
to attack us:
“If you use pressure,
we will deploy pressure and force. We know that you can harm us although we do not threaten you. But we too can harm you.
Everyone can cause harm according to their ability and their size. We cannot come all the way to you in the United
States, but individual Arabs may reach you.”--- Saddam Hussein, On July 25, 1990, on the eve of Iraq's
invasion of Kuwait, to US Ambasssador April Glaspie.
Where is Mr. Abdul Rahman Yasin?He is under Federal indictment.Has he
been sent to New York?Do you know?Have we done the genetic testing of all the Baluchi?Are you checking the bio detectors every minute?Have you secured
your borders?Do you know where your visitors are?
You see?You do not feel your discussions, your long tedious discussions about what you would have done two years
ago, if you had known, should you have known, if you had been informed, should
you have been informed, is speculation. Speculation?No, sensible review and consideration you think.
Yes, of course. You do
not see yourselves as idling away your time on trivialities as the coming catastrophe grows all around you.Running LNG tankers into your metropolitan areas is just “going on with your lives.” This is not vainglory?You do not
think yourselves vainglorious.
Yes, Your Majesty, Your Royal
Highness, American Czar.
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Item No. 32:Individual Radiator
The use of bio suits greatly limit the movement of troops.Heat build up inside the suit restricts the soldier’s activities and limits the time they can maintain
bio isolation. Soldiers therefore should be equipped with individual cooling systems.These systems will also help soldiers in desert climates or those inside armored vehicles maintain a safe body temperature.These systems will be especially important for older individuals in police and fire,
as they are less able to tolerate extremes of temperature. The personal cooling system, for example, can include a vest worn
under the uniform consisting of loops of rubber hose that rap under the arms
and around the torso.The hose ends then can be connected to a radiator condenser
unit with a pump and a power unit to pump chilled water through the hose to draw off excess heat thus lowering the body temperature.The 20 feet of insulated hosewill of
course act like a tether as the difficulty of moving the radiator pump and power unit will greatly limit the soldiers movement.However the hose can easily be detached and the power unitjettisoned in an emergency.The now empty vest weighs little.When the opportunity allows, reconnection to the radiator unit will quickly recharged
the vest, and the core temperature can be brought back to a safe and comfortable level.
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Item No. 33:An odd aspect
I recommend the Irish
Famine, the Potato Blight, to anyone wanting to understand the future of Bio Warfare.
It has often
been said that the Irish reluctance to discuss the Famine is because, even today,
century later, there is the sense of “guilt.”
Guilt may sound strange
for the “victim,” yet this is because the reader does not fully understand
the complexity of the circumstance of vicitmhood, or biological warfare.
If you could watch
your sense of strangeness dissolve, you could learn not only about biological warfare, you could grasp the process of your
Why strange?Don’t you think victims can feel guilt? Then you do
not understand victimhood.Part of being a victim is the feeling of guilt for
having become a victim.(Discussion of examples of victims who feel guilt because
of their survival, omitted.)
Imagine yourself in
suppose everyone is equally suffering starvation?Are you a fool?Do you not suppose that some Irish had food?Money?Do you not think that some survived?Most survived?Did the survivors not know about the suffering
of those who starved to death?Think about that.(How many times has the visitor visited this site?)
Now imagine a
herd in the African savanna.Night.A
stampede.An old, perhaps injured member of the herd is left behind.Devoured by predators.What do the other members think about
This is the odd aspect
also ofbiological warfare.The
herd is thinned out;there is loss, yet still, the survivors have an uninterrupted
continuity.Life goes on.Eskimos
always take the sled dog out of view of the team before they slit its throat.Do
you understand?Are you watching your own mind?
Millions are killed.But they are killed not “violently,” not all at once in a single act,
but the virus works slowly.The blood thickens and oozes from the pores under
the arms and groin.The breathing slows.Blackened blood is coughed up.The eyes become still.
This is the odd aspect
of Biological Warfare. It does not cause the same “shock and awe” that conventional warfare causes.(War Planners take note.)(Comparison to normal “economic”
social interactions omitted.)
Fortunately for us,
this also explains why conventional terrorists are not as interested in Biological
Warfare.It is just the “shock and awe” that the traditional, “political,”
terrorist seeks. Political terrorists have some other motive than just killing people.
However, in the
future, terrorists will seek “direct action.”For them killing will
be the only point.Ted Kaczynski , for example, tried to directly stop scientific
progress by killing scientists.(see Rainbow Six)
Osama bin Laden has
often been criticized for “wanting to turn civilization back to the 12th Century.”However, if most people knew what the real issues were, they also would want to turn the process back.(The process can not be reversed.)
Though Biological Warfare
does not offer the same psychological impact, in the future terrorists will find in Biological Warfare the simplest means
of achieving their goal:the elimination of human progress.
most common strategic mistake made by inexperienced guerrillas is the attempt to take and hold territory.
whole point of guerrilla warfare is to develop superior strength at a time and place for an attack and then to disappear back
into the “sea” as Mao put it.
now we have seen Iraqi Guerrillas take and hold ground:al Faluja and now again
in Najaf. The failure to destroy
these exposed forces is regrettable.
some extent the guerrillas, once encircled are forced into their error, because the desert environment does not offer a deep
“sea” in which to flee.
city itself could hide small numbers but their unwillingness to hide among the people may tell us something about their lack
of confidence in themselves and their support among the people.
In the Middle East it is the custom in warfare to destroy everyone.For the US this is not an option, therefore arrest is the alternative.In
al Faluja of the 250,000 residents, 50% are women. Of the 125,000 remaining 50%
are too young or old to pose a threat.Thus 62,500 suspects could have been arrested
if no other means of sorting them out could be found.
Those arrested could be assigned to 30 day, 90 day, 6 month, etc. camps for education and rehabilitation.The city, now a quieter place, could be attacked by women’s liberation squads to meet in small groups
with the women of al Faluja while their men were away, and make life hell for
their men when they returned home. As Sherman said, “War is all hell.”
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“As in all guerrilla
wars, a key challenge was distinguishing insurgents from civilians. The Christian Science Monitor reported from Fallujah on
Thursday that Marines were encountering what they concluded were "sleeper cells" of Iraqis — unarmed civilians squatting
in houses, claiming they had stayed behind to thwart looters. The Marines suspect the men are insurgents waiting for the main
battle to die down so that they can pop up and resume their attacks.
On Wednesday, Marines
encountered four men in a house who said they stayed behind to guard it and had been caught by insurgent fighters who tortured
them. Later that day, Marines searching another building found another four men who told the same story. But further questioning
found no signs of torture, and the Marines knew from experience that when insurgents encounter suspected traitors, they kill
"It was well rehearsed,"
said Lt. Michael Aubry from Arlington Heights, Ill. "The
first time it didn't look suspicious, but the second time ... it did."
"There are sleeper
cells all over the place," said Marine Capt. Gil Juarez, commander of a Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) company. "They
are either going to start coming out of their holes and attack us or (they) will leave."
Posted 11/11/2004 11:09
For victory in
Fallujah, land grab not enough
By John Diamond,
Steve Komarow and Tom Squitieri
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Item:35: ditches, cell phones, Major Wilson, III
Must Defeat Insurgency
12-25-04 By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
“ . . . Rumsfeld used a simple analogy to explain his view that the time is arriving for Iraqis to take responsibility
for their own security. Faced with a chore like digging a ditch, a typical
American, he said, will grab a shovel and start digging. In Iraq
now, however, the task is to step aside and get the Iraqis to dig their own ditches.
He warned against allowing
the Iraqis to become too dependent on the U.S. military. More
independence is what's needed, he said. "That's the only way," Rumsfeld
said during a meeting with top U.S. commanders in Tikrit,
at the northern tip of the so-called Sunni Triangle . . .
. . . Batiste
could use more specialized drone aircraft used for surveillance and reconnaissance, and that he needs more linguists because
many of them have succumbed to the tactics of intimidation used by insurgents..
be given two (2) cell phones to communicate with translators.Call the translator
explain the situation then hand the phone to the subject.Have the translator
call the other cell phone and translate what is being said.
“Next month Sanswire
Networks,”according to The Economist, 12-2-04, “ a company based in Atlanta, Georgia,
is planning to launch the first airship satellite, or “stratellite”. Floating in the stratosphere at an altitude
of about 20km (13 miles), the airship will behave just like a geostationary satellite, hovering over a particular spot and
relaying radio signals to and from the ground. Such airships will, however, be much cheaper to launch and maintain than satellites—and
can do things that satellites cannot.
airship will be controlled autonomously, and will contain nearly 37,000 cubic metres of helium to keep it and its 1.4-tonne
payload aloft, says Michael Molen, Sanswire's chief executive. At such high altitude, above the jet stream, the reduced air
density means that the wind will be about 20 times weaker than at ground level, enabling the airship's solar-powered electric
motors to keep it stationary with very little effort. The craft's aerodynamic shape not only reduces drag but also generates
lift when facing into the wind, says Mr Molen.
Like satellites, these
airships will be able to provide wide-area mobile-telephone coverage, paging and other communications services. The company
is most excited by the prospect of being able to provide wireless broadband coverage, akin to Wi-Fi, over large areas. A single
airship could, says Mr Molen, potentially provide coverage over an area of nearly 800,000 square kilometres, or about the
size of Texas.”
can orbit areas of operation.
War Plan:Major Wilson
lacked formal Iraq post-war plan: Army historian
- The United States invaded Iraq without a formal plan for occupying and stabilising the country and this continues to
undercut the military effort there, the Washington Post has quoted a U.S. Army historian as saying.
of the newspaper quoted Major Isaiah Wilson, an official historian of the Iraq campaign, as saying the overall performance of
the U.S. Army in Iraq has been "mediocre" and it failed to recognise it is engaged in a "people's war."
As a result,
the United States is "perhaps in peril of losing the 'war,'
even after supposedly winning it," the Post quoted Wilson as saying.
critique is significant because it comes from a military insider and strategist who is positioned to be familiar with top-secret
Many Army officers have blamed Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon's civilian leadership for
failing to anticipate and plan for the difficult occupation of Iraq.
But Wilson reserved his toughest criticism for Army commanders.
to the Post, he concluded that these commanders failed to grasp the strategic situation in Iraq
and no one produced a document laying out the strategy to consolidate victory after major combat operations ended.
who planned the war suffered from "stunted learning and a reluctance to adapt," the paper quoted him as saying.
there may have been 'plans' at the national level, and even within various agencies within the war zone, none of these 'plans' operationalised
the problem beyond regime collapse ...," Wilson wrote in an essay delivered at several academic conferences but not published,
the Post said.
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Item:36: The Real
Everyone thinks the
bio-attack will come from Moslem terrorists.This is short sighted.
The book The
Cobra Event has a Ted Kaczynski like character as the attacker.The novel Rainbow
Six has radical environmentalists.In Rainbow Six the Olympics is used as the
vector.However, in the modern world everyday the airports of the world move
more people than attend the Olympics.
And death might
not be the motive.For example the attackers may release an agent that they think
will make the women sterile only to discover the agent mutates into a lethal form.
This is why the
“kill them over there so we do not have to fight them here” is so dishonest.The technology is developing so fast that the attackers could come at us from any quarter, or even by accident.
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How the End Will Come
Death toll from tsunami:150,000
Death toll from resulting disease:50,000
Expected death toll:
From Naturally Occurring Pandemic:500,000,000
From Engineered Military Virus:5,900,000,000
Vietnam (AP) – . . . International health officials at a conference
in Singapore earlier this month warned that the world's next
pandemic was likely to be a potent mix of avian influenza and a human flu virus - and that it was likely to emerge from Asia.
. . .
. . . Animal health officials have recently warned that seasonably cool temperatures and the increased transportation
of poultry between now and the Lunar New Year holiday in early February create conditions favouring the spread of the virus.
. . .
A 16-year-old girl from southern Vietnam has become infected with the bird flu strain that
killed 32 people earlier this year and devastated the poultry industry across Asia, a doctor said Thursday. . . .
Vietnam has suffered recurring outbreaks of the
disease in chicken farms - most recently in southern provinces - since a big wave of infections sickened poultry across much
of Asia earlier this year. The virus has
jumped to people in Vietnam, where it killed 20, and Thailand, where it
The girl from Dong Thap is Vietnam's 29th person confirmed with the disease.
"She is still in critical condition and is being hooked to a respirator," Hien said.
The girl had slaughtered a chicken she brought with her from Dong Thap province to southern Tay Ninh province, where
she was visiting her uncle. She developed the disease's typical symptoms of high fever, coughing and breathing difficulties
on Dec. 19, said Huynh Tan Kiet of the Tay Ninh provincial Preventive Medicine Centre. . . .
During the outbreaks earlier in the year, more than 100 million chickens and ducks were culled or died in 10 countries
and territories in Asia, including more than 40 million in Vietnam.
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Item No.: 38
And every man arrested
has a brother.In Iraq
every man has on average 1.5 brothers.And his father and uncles:
2.5.And 3.75 cousins.That is 7.75
additional suspects.Oh, and then there are the brothers in law, so let
us make it an even dozen.
Arrest the whole clan. What? Bring them in and let’s talk.Tea?
We could call them Prison Campuses
instead of camps.Would that make it better?
What we have in mind is more
in the way of education than punishment.We offer 30 day courses in Civics, 90
day courses, six month courses, and for the real scholars we have our one, two, and five year full degree programs.
National Guards Hold 228 Suspected Insurgents
(Reuters) - Iraqi National Guards detained 228 suspected insurgents in a series of raids this week in
a lawless area south of Baghdad dubbed the "triangle of death," the interim government
said on Sunday.
"National Guard forces
raided the Mahmudiya area and detained 217 suspects and took large quantities of arms ... that were in their possession,"
it said in a statement.
Another unit in the same town
arrested Hatem al-Zawbai, who the statement said was believed to head the 1920 Revolution Brigades, an Iraqi militant group
that has claimed to have kidnapped foreigners in Iraq.
The group, which takes its
name from Iraq's fight against British rule, said last year
it had kidnapped a U.S. Marine of Lebanese origin. He later showed up in Lebanon
amid speculation that he had arranged his own abduction to desert the military.
The group also claimed responsibility
for the abduction of an American of Lebanese origin who worked at Baghdad airport,
and has warned in an Internet statement it would behead any Lebanese working with the U.S.
army in Iraq.
Iraqi National Guards also
arrested 10 suspected insurgents after they returned to Mahmudiya from Mosul,
the statement said.
Mosul, Iraq's third largest
city, began slipping into chaos last year and by November, when the U.S. launched a major assault on the rebel city Falluja,
insurgents were overrunning Mosul police stations and clashing with U.S. forces.
and Iraqi officials say Islamist militants and Saddam Hussein loyalists who had based themselves in Falluja slipped out before
the offensive began, possibly to rebase in Mosul.
Insurgents and bandits rule
the dangerous highways in the "triangle of death," a cluster of towns between Falluja, Baghdad
and the main road south.
U.S. Marines and Iraq's
fledgling security forces have been raiding houses in the area in search of fighters and weapons.
is not too late.
needs to be said is that these expenditures will not be wasted.Even without
biowar we will still want to know about our immune system, our DNA.
for New 'Manhattan Project' to Fight Bioterror
Jan 27, 2005
Switzerland (Reuters) - The world needs an effort similar to that behind the creation of the atomic bomb to tackle the multi-faceted
threat of biowarfare, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Thursday.
need to do something that even dwarfs the Manhattan project," Frist told the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Manhattan project was the codename for the United States's World War II
effort to devise an atomic weapon.
greatest existential threat we have in the world today is biological. Why? Because unlike any other threat it has the power
of panic and paralysis to be global."
predicted that the world would experience another bioweapon attack within the next decade, following the limited casualties
seen when anthrax was sent through the U.S. mail system in 2001.
time, the death rate could be a much, much higher, said Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor John Deutch.
attack using the smallpox virus is overwhelmingly the largest risk, he believes.
disease was officially eradicated three decades ago but Deutch said it was possible former Soviet stocks were still at large
or even that small quantities could be extracted from graves.
country has a vulnerability here," he said.
a bid to protect citizens, the U.S. government has ordered millions of doses of smallpox vaccine as part of a wide-ranging security drive
in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
governments are also following suit in stocking up on smallpox shots. But experts warned that other avenues were open to would-be
terrorists, with diseases such as plague and Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus options for weaponisation.
worryingly still, sophisticated groups might in the future use genetic engineering to produce hybrid microbes against which
there are no defenses.
Collins, director of the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute, said such developments raised the question of whether
there should be restrictions on publication of some scientific research in biology.
are already limited from sharing information on atomic weapons technology.
said openness was the best strategy but he suggested there could be specific information about protocols used to create dangerous
super-bugs that might, in future, be classified.
“WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has asked his chief ally in
Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, to consider the United States as a target for terrorist attacks, a U.S. counterterrorism official said yesterday.
"There has been communication between bin Laden and Zarqawi, with bin Laden suggesting
to Zarqawi the U.S. homeland as a target," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Bin Laden was in touch with al-Zarqawi within the past two months in an effort
to enlist him in attacks.
But the official declined to provide details for fear of compromising U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.
The Department of Homeland Security has warned state officials around the country that
the government had received nonspecific information about al Qaeda's plans to attack the United States.”---- New York Post
My concern about Bio-weapons in the SecondGulf War was that Saddam Hussein would use them on the U.S. at the commencement of hostilities.I was shocked that no quarantine procedures were established prior to the war.
But my worry was that Mr. Bush would be blamed if 100 million Americans were
killed.(A 33% kill rate is a naturally occurring effectiveness, and does not
require genetic recombination.)People are so short sighted that they would tie
the bio attack to the war.
But the bio attack might come at any time from any quarter.Mr. Hussein might have launched it in 2002, or now, or someone else might have launched it then or now.This is the point.These weapons are
uncontrollable.This is why quarantine, defense, is so important.
British Prime Minister Blair took a lot of criticism for saying, a year after
the war that he had understood that Iraq might have been able to strike Britain in forty five minutes with Bio-weapons, not
just the troops in Iraq.
But of course the Prime Minister was perfectly correct.There was no reason that an Iraqi “special weapons officer,” planted in a second floor apartment
overlooking Piccadilly could not have tossed a “viral glass” tray out the window upon receipt of a phone call
from his control.
Indeed, so little has been disclosed that there is no reason to believe the danger has
passed with respect to Iraq or North Korea or Iran or Syria or Al Qaeda.
If I were Al Qaeda and I had put an attack in place I would put out a communiqué
over a compromised network that I was certain was being monitored by the intelligence services.
I would try to tie my attack to the battle in Iraq.All
the more so if I realized that the tide had changed and the new Iraq was emerging victorious.
I would try to cover my defeat there in Iraq, by striking New York, Los Angeles,
Boston, San Francisco, and Washington D. C. with bio agents.
And because no one has talked honestly to the people about the peril we face, they may
well believe that there is a connection to the new Iraq, or the SecondGulf War, or to anything that is put before them.
We really should warn them before the attack, so they will know why they are
being killed . . .
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March 28, 2005
What to look for continued:
Fever spiralling out of control 28/03/2005 - (SA)
Luanda - The death toll after
an outbreak of a deadly Ebola-like disease in Angola has climbed to 122 Monday, as the country turned to civilians and the
military, saying it did not have enough doctors to fight the Marburg virus.
The number of deaths was
one short of the most serious outbreak ever recorded of the haemorrhagic fever, which kills around one in four who contract
it, and a specific treatment is unknown.
"We have not only asked the
military for help, but also from around the world, national and international, in the fight against Marburg," said Luanda's provincial health director Vita Mvemba.
He said Angola faced a shortage of doctors countrywide and specifically in the battle against Marburg, which broke
out in October, killing mainly children, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). [
. . . for more see:
Carefully review any “international medical aid group”funded
by Saudi Arabia or similar source.
The group will offer to set up a field hospital or will offer laboratory facilities.
Or, the “humanitarian assistance” may be only trucks and helicopters and other logistical services.Even if the patients or samples or other materials are not to be removed from the
country,the terrorists will seek simply to have the opportunity of handling
the samples which will allow diversion.
see also Item No. 14
Improved Consolidated World Philosophy
Troops round up
By TOM LASSETER,Knight Ridder Newspapers
Posted on Mon, May.
Much of the early
rhetoric by U.S. officials in Iraq
about defeating the insurgency has been replaced by the Bush administration's goal of training Iraqi forces to carry on the
fight so that U.S. forces can withdraw. Operation Squeeze
Play was the largest joint Iraq-American effort in the capital to date.
intended to separate the Iraqi people from their elected government. From what I can tell, they have merely cut themselves
off from the majority of the Iraqi people," said Maj. Richard Goldenberg, of the 42nd Infantry Division, which is responsible
for a swath of land north of Baghdad that's roughly the size of West
Virginia. "The spectacular attacks against civilians or Iraqi police and army forces reinforce what
most Iraqis already knew. Terrorists, whether foreign born or formerly Baathist, hold no concern for Iraqi or Islamic lives.
They are a common enemy of all Iraqis."
So we have made
some progress with our “rhetoric”good!
Of course it is
more than rhetoric, it is strategy we are talking about.
What is the strategy?
Today it is the
same as the first day.To stand up a new government after removing the old corrupt
one.(Hey, could they do the same here at home for us?)
The Major is quite
right.The car bombs do not help the terrorists with any conceivable political
strategy.They can make the Iraqis miserable, but they will still be miserable
free people.Welcome to democracy.The
only real advantage is that we can laugh at our rulers wile they screw us over, and then we put a bullet in our own head.Of course, as with the old KGB, we have to pay for the bullet ourselves.
The terrorists have
completed the transition to total nihilism.They are the new terrorists.They kill only to kill.Killing is their
political program.Think of Pol Pot, killing anyone with glasses.Think of Chechnya.They had autonomy prior to the “Islamic” fundamentalists militancy.Militancy?Killing.
One thing to think about
is how peaceable the Islamic world is.Internally.It is young, average age 17.It is expansionist.Coming into contact with the world there is violence at the edges of contact.Yet from the point of view of the fundamentalist radicals the Muslims are too passive.True they have repressive governments but why do they have such governments?Where is the history of turmoil, revolution?Why no Cairo
Commune?Consider the sweet pacifism of the people living for generations, a
thousand years, under the dictatorial rule of one potentate or another.You hear
the car bombs, your attention is drawn to the beheadings, but think of all the others, the billion other Muslims who live
every day, as the Shia say, staying on the well worn path.
Being of the West you
do not readily appreciate the point.Not studying philosophy you are ignorant
of the principles.But you can understand this much:after your ignominious retreat from Iraq
after the First Gulf War, 50,000 Shiites were slaughtered by Saddam Hussein.Your
front line troops heard the killing.The best of them wept.You, did not listen to my advise and those good people were slaughtered.Note conservatives how your liberal brethren take no responsibility for this.See the empty expressions on their faces.Kerry.Kennedy.Dodd.Clinton.
(Either one.)Empty headed souless . . .
Yet, and you may
not be able to follow this, the Shia have not rounded up the Sunni.No vengeance
murders of the hundreds of thousands.They have talked only of courts, and law,
and establishing the state.But you should at least pause a moment and reflect
on all you do not understand of the East.
Islam teaches, as
do most Eastern religions, submission.It comes as a surprise to most of you
that Western philosophy has come to agree with the East.While most of you have been watching the M&A action on Wall Street you will be surprised to learn
that Western and Eastern philosophy have decided it is more efficient to merge so there has been a global consolidation.
It is instructive
to note that though West and East started out from different positions working in seemingly different directions they have
arrived at the same place.Many simple minded are vaguely aware of this and have
interpreted it as a failing of the “West.”As if we had given up,
or surrendered, etc., etc.
Rather you should
regard Mr. Alan Watts as a typical English Imperialist who when to the East and plundered its wealth and brought the loot
back home.The fact that the riches he stole were freely given ought not slacken
your revelry in the spoils.
For, Western philosophy
having reasoned itself into an appreciation of the “floating world” decided that it was more efficient to consult
with others who had already had some experience in this philosophy.Why reinvent
the wheel?The best teachers of the East always explain to their students that
there is no reason to give up Judaism or Christianity in their study of what the East has to offer.(Some fundamentalist types will not credit this.‘How
can you be a Buddhist and a Christian?’ they thunder.As if :‘the ball must be red or it must be a ball, it can not be both!’The proper Buddhist reply is not to say ‘well you are not a very good Christian,’rather one should bow and say ‘Ah, yours is such a pure Christianity.Congratulations!’)
Whether this merger
will result in a more “passive” West remains to be seen.Japan,
and all the rest seem to be displaying all the dynamism associated with the Nineteenth Century West in their modern economic
current success has been achieved by throwing off the socialism they learnt from our British cousins.
Islam has been different.The passivity of the people is in a way a provocation to the radicals.Part of what drives the radicals to such stupefying violence is, in their minds, to counterbalance, or
goad, the general population into action.In the end, as has been already observed,
is violence for violance’s own sake.We have seen this sort of radicalism
in the West.President McKinley was killed by one such.This radicalism, who can be most radical, always burns itself out.
The car bombs can
not alter the strategic fact that the new Iraqi government is in power.This
is our strategic aim.
Now the proof of
the superiority of the new consolidated world philosophy:
If you are a typical
simple minded conservative, (and here I must pause to apologize to the simple minded conservatives for years I have been tweaking
you not realizing just how bad the liberal boobs were until I started monitoring Air America),you might think that military science is an ‘objective’ fact.
Your failure to
see the subjective nature of our world has, is, causing much waste in Iraq.
Why are our troops,
armed with the most expensive weapons, the best educated in the world, the best paid, the best trained, etc., working on clearing
road side bombs?
If you believe in
an objective world you say, ‘Because the experts say . . .’which
is not really an answer.I want you to tell me.
Or look at it as a question
of market dynamics.The market is so successful in organizing human action just
because it takes into account, is the consolidation of, subjective opinions.(Dr.
Moynihan:That is what a statistic is, just lots and lots of anecdotes.)Our troops are too expensive to be used in such an unproductive manner.In a market they would not be employed on trivialities no one could afford to use
them this way.My father used to say he thought it a good bargain if he could
replace one sailor on a ship with eight million dollars worth of machinery.Today
the trade off must be in the hundreds of millions.
You must first make
a global analysis.Why are we in Iraq?What is the strategic objective?And
much more.What is the value of one American life verses the objective?You can not make a risk assessment with out these answers.The idea that your military experts can focus only on the objective military facts is a delusion.Moving on Baghdad is not like the final
push on Berlin and that offensive was different than D-Day.The military officer must make a political assessment.You
think not, you think that the military officer must never consider the political, only
because of your limited “rational” foolish belief in “objectivity” and bureaucracy.There is not objectivity there is only subjectivity.
What if, for example,
your experts base their judgments on a draft army?What if they examine all questions
as if their army will always be replenished with conscripts?What if this has
been their experience?All the battles they have read about?All the prior risk assessments they have made have been based on different “realities?”
What if your experts
are as deluded as you, and think that “their”“reality”
Ask the British?They have a considerable experience with small professional armies.For several hundred years their officers worked quite closely with , . . . ah . . . how to say . . . (times
have changed one must be politically correct) . . .indigenous peoples.
Now without listing
all the things you did not do up till now let us just look at what you are not doing now.
In making your assessment
of what to do you are not saying what HAS to be done to stand up the new government?Nothing else matters.Do not tell me
‘but the experts say’ . . . you have to think for yourself there is no objective standard.Your experts think they have a draft army and everything they do is important.
For example, if
a car bomb goes off it is terrible but that is not part of our strategic plan.It
does not even enter the discussion.It has nothing to do with us.
Again without going over
all the things that should already have been done . . . the Iraqi government must control the terror to show the people it
is in charge and can help them.That is the Iraqi government’s objective.But your generals, like you, are still living in a Nineteenth Century Western paradigm
of “objectivism.”If the generals tell you ‘we must . . .’you think, ‘ok, you are the experts, it must be objectively true that we must
. . .’But your generals are as deluded as you.(After MacArthur they fear making personal subjective judgments.They learned the wrong lesson from Mac.)
They too think that
they are not allowed to make subjective political judgments.This is how we end
up with these SNAFUs.Into the big muddy, or Vi-et-nam.The car bomb goes off and the general thinks, ‘something must be done let’s go men.’Yes something but by whom?I say the
Iraqis.(Now we could talk about transponders on allvehicles, cameras, rolling checkpoints, monitoring of the people’s movements, data bases, even strategic
strikes at bomb shops, and terror cells, much can be done, but it is a subjective judgment of whether you go “police”
the crime scene or organize police units.Again in market terms where is the
most value added?)
Our new consolidated
philosophy requires you to think:
is intractable in part because the U.S. military has used
force and not diplomacy, said Abdul Ahmed, a political science analyst at BaghdadUniversity. American officials - who say they won't negotiate with insurgents -
have galvanized insurgents and alienated many Iraqis who might have opposed the insurgency, Ahmed said.”
easy to use your machine guns ... but it is very difficult to pursue a political solution," he said. "They should take some
time to go to Ramadi, to Mosul, to find a peaceful way because violence only pushes
the people away from you. ... The United States negotiates
with North Korea. Why can't it negotiate with the Iraqi insurgency?"”
Most simple minded
conservatives, (the liberals do not think, they only react, this is why we call them knee jerks), will think,‘who is he to tell us what to do . . .”and you
only display again that you have not understood the first thing.Think.Say, ‘Yes, sir, Dr. Ahmed,may
the blessings and the peace of the Profit be with you, kind sir,please . . .
go ahead, please go to Ramadi and make peace . . .”
Again, our strategic
objective is to stand up the government, nothing else is of interest to us.The
primacy of our philosophy, now East AND West, is this, first we must make this subjective
judgment.It is not objective.We,
you and I, we must decide.Think.What
is job one?It is not objective we have to do this.Thinking.
I mentioned the
British, now let us talk Romans.There was no greater libertarian, no one more
committed to human freedom than our dear Ludwig von Mises.Yet even he not only
would not disagree with this next point, he said it himself:At the center
of the state is the double headed ax.Only the state has the right to kill.But around the state’s ultimate power is a bundle of sticks.(His point was that the market works on an entirely different principle, i.e. voluntary associations of
mutual assent.)But it is the state, the law, that makes these other things possible.The Romans delegated the sticks to others.Their concern was to control the ax, from which everything else follows.
the Americans are the double headed ax not the sticks!The sticks, (clearing
roadside bombs, visiting Ramadi), these are the sticks, others can do them because they are not vital, the main issue, the
central point, the core value, ----- they are not strategic.
They are “not
strategic” as an objective “fact”.They are not strategic because
I say they are not.
I assert a value
I do not pretend
an objective reality.
I say so.
IfI did not say so it would not be “true”.For example:
I say you should
not suffer the mentally ill to sleep on the streets.This is not “objective;”
it is true because I say so.
I say you should
not have allowed the rich to use exclusionary zoning and distort the market.Again
And so on.
The subjective judgment
was made in 2002 not to start a “Free Iraq Army.”Even though the
Kurds were ready and able.You could have parachuted Mr. Baer into . . . what?Oh, ok,you could have flown him back
. . .
Let us not go over
what could have been.The Kurds have finally been normalized into the Iraq Army.Finally.
I told you at the
time how to control the population and two years later, the transponders, the face scans, (biometric), the data base, the
intelligence networks, the prison campuses, the rolling checkpoints, etc. have not been done.
It does not matter
because though the new Iraqi government needs to do these things they are not central to our aims.
You have a small
professional army dependent on volunteers, you have commanders who are still acting as if they were running a “Nation
at War”, or “Total War” army.Note that this is a problem of
their subjective judgment about the situational, relative, circumstance they are in.
Tell your generals to
read “Nature, Man, Woman”by Allan Watts.
Do more by doing less.
Listen to the call to
prayers.Think of all the Muslims who go to pray, and do not set off car bombs
next to children playing in the street, or among women in the market,. . . think
of all the rest.
Army Navy Club
Item No.: 43
U.S., Iraqi Forces Complete Operation Spear Near Syrian Border
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2005 – Iraqi security forces and U.S. Marines and sailors with
Regimental Combat Team 2 completed Operation Spear on June 22, concluding a five-day operation in and around the city of Karabilah,
near Iraq's border with Syria, military officials in Baghdad reported today.
Counselor: . . .
The operation . . . .
. . . Yes? . . . Yvonne…?
Counselor: . . .
. . . Dear . . .?
Counselor: . . .
Ah, . . .. . . rooted out terrorist strongholds,
killing 47 and detaining one for questioning, officials said.
While patrolling through the small town along the border, Iraqi security forces and U.S. Marines discovered a terrorist torture house, with four hostages bound and gagged inside,
officials reported. The hostages received medical attention for wounds they suffered at the hands of their captors.
The hostages said they were tortured and held for three weeks. According to media and others
who spoke with the men, officials reported, they said they were neither interrogated by the terrorists nor told why they were
The building where the hostages were held contained an improvised explosive device factory
in the basement. This building was part of a compound containing a school with bomb-making instructions on the classroom's
Three car bomb factories were discovered in separate locations by Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines in western Karabilah. A total of 17 car bombs were located, including a tractor-trailer,
a dump truck and a van rigged with explosives, which were destroyed in place by a Marine tank unit. Large secondary explosions
were observed coming from the explosive-laden vehicles. Iraqi forces and Marines also discovered small weapons caches with
machine guns, mortar rounds and rockets.
There have been no signs or indications of any large-scale displacement of the citizens of Karabilah,
officials said. Marines manning the checkpoints outside of the city, designed to capture fleeing terrorists, did not report
large numbers of citizens leaving the city. (From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)
Car-bomb factories explosives uncovered in Operation Spear raids
Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Wednesday, June 22, 2005
. . .Operation Spear was the latest in a series of actions
near the Syrian border. U.S. military officials have repeatedly said insurgents use the porous borders to smuggle arms, money,
supplies and foreign fighters into Iraq.
Spear was supported by U.S. air power. Monday, residents of Karabilah told the Associated Press that at least three neighborhoods suspected of
housing insurgents were targeted by airstrikes. Some dozen houses, shops, four mosques, two schools and a medical center were
among the buildings hit, according to wire service reports.
U.S. officials said 33 buildings were “damaged or destroyed” in the four days
of the operation.
“The only buildings fired upon were those occupied by terrorists or foreign fighters,”
read a press release from the military’s Baghdad headquarters.
“Several of the buildings were fortified, reinforced and barricaded structures with
the windows bricked up and replaced by small rifle firing ports. The terrorists in the buildings were struck either by the
main gun rounds of Marine tanks or by airstrikes.”
Some 13 Iraqis have been compensated for damage to their property, officials said.
During raids in the area, U.S. and Iraqi forces confiscated foreign passports from countries such as Sudan, Tunisia, Saudi
Insurgents in the area have used large-scale car bombs in a series of audacious attacks.
In one, suicide bombers driving a firetruck tried to attack a Marine outpost; Marines defending the base repelled the assault.
Army Navy Club
And this is why we must arrest large numbers of suspects.This
is the lesson of Kenya,
Algeria, Burma, Malaysia, Vietnam,. . .
Because most of those arrested will be innocent they must all be treated well.Movies shown at night on out door screens, soccer, sun shelters with electric fans and misters, generators
to avoid black outs, three meals a day, prayers five times a day . . .
Truly prison campuses.
But they must be arrested.
There crime?Being related to terrorists.Living next door to terrorists and not reporting it.Etc. etc.
They must be detained for a period of time.There
must be courses of indoctrination.We must break the cycle of violence.
For if you do not get control of the situation there will be civil war.
I say again, perhaps for the last time,let
the Iraqis do what is necessary, let them arrest the suspects, (treat them well), but arrest them.
But I do not expect to be heeded.Race and
gender quotas.Open borders.Unbelievable
deficits.Failure to institute vouchers or technology in education.No Quarantine Zones.Idiotic “biometric”identity . . .“We can not impose
a government on the Iraqi people . . .”So no I do not expect the lessons
will be learned now at this late stage . . . “We are American we do not
just round up people . . .”hopeless
Shiite-Sunni tension rises anew in Iraq
By Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press Writer | July 3,
BAGHDAD, Iraq --The Shiite mourners were crying for blood, threatening to burn down a Sunni
town where dozens of Shiite travelers had been slain. Their rage boiled over after a fresh spate of bombings killed nearly
40 people in Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad.
senior Shiite politician, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, appealed for calm, telling the 2,000-strong crowd that Sunnis and Shiites must
live in peace together. Yet he had sent a very different message just two days before, suggesting Shiites set up vigilante
groups to track down "terrorists" in the Sunni-led insurgency and report them to security authorities, which are dominated
Tensions between Shiite Arabs and the Sunni minority
are rapidly worsening, pushing Iraq closer to a civil war that could disrupt
its young democracy and lead to its breakup.
Since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime
more than two years ago, tensions have flared several times. But each time, historical ties binding the two groups and appeals
for calm from religious leaders have averted conflict.
In the face of spiraling violence, however,
anti-Sunni sentiments among Shiite leaders are being articulated publicly, with impunity and tacit approval from powerful
On Tuesday, a Shiite lawmaker joined al-Hakim's
call for vigilante groups, finding so much support in parliament that some fellow Shiites forfeited their turn to speak so
he could finish.
"The rage of our young people is putting pressure on
us," said Khidir al-Khozai, who warned Sunni Arab political parties not to remain silent over the Baghdad bombings.
The bombings last week in the Shula and Karradah
districts, and the killing Tuesday of a Shiite legislator in his 80s, have pushed anti-Sunni sentiments to levels never seen
since Saddam's ouster. Beside making the rounds of parliament, the issue also had been discussed in the home of Shiite spiritual
leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
"There is a terrifying amount of sectarian tension in
Iraq these days," warned Adnan al-Janabi, a senior Sunni
Arab legislator and a moderate.
Mohammed Abdul-Hassan al-Shammari, a 37-year-old
tennis pro, was among the victims of the Karradah bombings. Mithaq Salem, his Sunni colleague and friend of 13 years, was
with al-Shammari's family for four consecutive days to help with the funeral, sitting with family and friends under an outdoor
tent drinking bitter coffee and listening to Quranic verses.
"Everyone was cursing the Sunnis and praying to God
that He takes revenge on them," Salem recalled. "But what can I do? Not all
of us are terrorists. Mohammed and his brother Fayez taught me everything I know. We are like brothers. This Shiite-Sunni
thing never came up."
In Shula, storekeepers have taken matters
into their hands, prohibiting parking in parts of the neighborhood by placing tires, metal containers and palm tree trunks
There's virtually nothing in looks or speech
to distinguish between ordinary Sunnis and Shiites, yet Salem Lazem Hussein, who runs an electrical supplies store by the
site of one of last week's car bombs, said: "We have become so alert now that we can tell who is an outsider right away."
“I close the store when I hear the call
to sunset prayers. You cannot see your enemy in the dark, so I stay home," said the 37-year-old father of six.
Shiite-Sunni tensions were most palpable at the June
26 ceremony marking the bombing deaths in Karradah and Shula. It was held at the offices of Iraq's biggest
Shiite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.
Many in the 2,000-strong crowd cheered the
Badr Brigade -- a Shiite militia associated with al-Hakim's party and which many Sunnis accuse of targeting their community.
Most of their ire was directed at sheik Harith
al-Dhari, leader of the Association of Muslim Scholars, an influential Sunni group known to have ties to the Sunni-dominated
"Al-Sistani is the sword of the Shiites, if he gives
the order we will burn down Latifiyah," they chanted, alluding to the Sunni town south of Baghdad notorious
for killings of Shiites.
The mood of the crowd appeared to reflect
the angry tone of al-Hakim's June 24 statement in which he called on Shiites to set up "popular committees" in their neighborhoods
to "uncover terrorist cells" and report them to security forces -- most of which are Shiite-dominated.
The call for vigilante groups appeared to
suggest a system very similar to what was used by Saddam's Baath party and security agencies to ferret out critics of the
In a statement Saturday, al-Hakim warned against
sectarian strife and called on the Iraqi government to step up efforts to fight with militants.
"We stress the importance of being alert and
cautious not to be carried away toward the sectarian strife that our enemies want for us," he said. "We ask the Iraqi government,
particularly the security apparatuses, to exert more efforts to strike these terrorist groups."
Shiite tribal sheiks, meanwhile, have been begging al-Sistani
to issue a fatwa, or edict, permitting them to go after Sunnis who kill their fellow Shiites, according to Iraqis familiar
with the meetings held at the cleric's home in the holy city of Najaf.
Al-Sistani, whose word is law for many Shiites,
has refused to grant such permission, but has signaled his concern about the rising tensions.
He told Shiite and Sunni politicians who met him Monday
at the holy city of Najaf that it was "unacceptable" from a religious viewpoint
for Muslims to kill each other.
Over the past century, Iraq's Sunni
Arab minority dominated the country -- pushing the Shiites and Kurds to the sidelines. That ascendancy ended with the ouster
of Saddam, their last patron. The domination by Sunnis of the two-year insurgency, and the rise to power of a Shiite-Kurdish
alliance after elections in January, have deepened the rift.
Sunni Arabs account for up to 20 percent of Iraq's estimated
26 million people. Their inclusion in the political process -- drafting a constitution, putting it to a vote in October and
holding a general election two months later -- is essential for its credibility and success.
If Sunni-Shiite tensions burst into conflict, the process
will be derailed, throwing the country's political future into doubt and possibly causing the breakup of Iraq.
Already, the process is troubled over problems of a
sectarian nature -- Shiite opposition to come of the Sunnis on the committee drafting Iraq's constitution,
and a growing desire in the oil-rich, mainly Shiite south of Iraq for autonomy
modeled on Iraqi Kurdistan.
There, 14 years of self-rule have reduced Baghdad's authority
to virtually nothing. Replicated in the south, it could spell the breakup of Iraq, a country
that has existed in its present shape for less than a century.
For some, the marble plaza outside the Shiite Kazimiya
shrine in northern Baghdad offered some respite from the mounting pressures. Here,
large families of robed women, children and men picnicked on rice, lamb and vegetables as worshippers prepared for the sunset
"Peace and tranquility are found here," said Abu Bilal
al-Basri, a silver-bearded man who came with a friend to pray. "For us, it's the only safe place in Baghdad."
Associated Press reporter Qassim Abdul-Zahra contributed
to this story from Baghdad.
the opportunity before the war to train enough Kurds and other Iraqi exiles to assist the U.S. military, he said. "That didn't happen in the numbers we had hoped," he said.
“A plan to train an estimated 5,000 Iraqi exiles
in Hungary produced instead only a few hundred, in part because U.S. military leaders at Central Command, which oversees the Middle East, were uncomfortable with it. Training Iraqi forces has since emerged as the central thrust of the U.S. exit strategy for Iraq.
“Even more important, Feith said, was the reluctance
among some U.S. officials to transfer power early on to an Iraqi government
and dismantle the U.S.
occupation authority, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA),
headed by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer.”
Washington Post, Pentagon Official Admits Iraq Errors, By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post Staff Writer, July 13, 2005
“BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 13 - A suicide car bomber on Wednesday steered his sport utility
vehicle toward a group of children who had crowded around a patrol of American troops and detonated his payload, killing as
many as 27 people, nearly all of them children, government and hospital officials said. One American soldier was also killed.”
---- New York
Times, Baghdad Bomb Kills Up to 27, Most Children,By KIRK SEMPLE, Published: July 14, 2005
So we never learn.Why should anything be
different now at the end than it was before?
Was the patrol worth the lives of 26 Iraqis and an American?
Did we even ask the question?
The American generals had permission, authorization, to train 5,000 Iraqi troops, before
the war, and they only trained 500?
Remember in Falujha the Marines were said to be “frustrated” because the day
before five Marines had been killed by a terrorist who had pretended to be dead?
First question:Why five?How many Marines does it take to check out a dead Iraqi?
Second:Why not leave the enemy dead and wounded to the
Iraqi Red Crescent?
Because there was no Iraqi Red Crescent accompanying the Marines.Because the 5,000 troops that
could have been trained, before the war, were not trained.
That soldier on the candy distribution mission might have been sent home had the troops
been trained in 2002.
Had the . . .
Oh well, . . .
“Iraq's government acknowledged that some of its new security forces could be resorting to
the sort of torture and abuses of detainees seen under Saddam Hussein as they struggle to put down Sunni insurgents.
Responding to reports alleging the widespread use of irregular arrests and of violence
against prisoners by Iraqi police and other security units, a government spokesman blamed it in part on the brutalizing of
Iraqi society under Saddam and said ministers were addressing the problem.
“ "These things happen. We know that," Laith Kubba said in a news briefing after a report in
Britain's Observer newspaper detailed allegations of death squads
and secret torture centers.
“Six months ago, New York-based Human Rights
Watch documented what it called "routine and commonplace" abuse by Iraqi forces.” ---Iraqi government acknowledges torture of detainees, Spokesman attributes incidents of abuse in part to the brutalization
of society under ousted regime of Saddam Hussein,Compiled by Daily Star staff,Monday, July 04, 2005
And so it goes.Of course our general in charge
of prisons says she is not guilty of mismanagement because she never inspected the prisons.Such was the American example of how to handle prisoners.
“Accounts are common of people being
seized by armed men in the uniforms of the police, army or special units like Baghdad's Wolf Brigade police commandos, and
then disappearing without a trace or being found dead, sometimes showing signs of torture.”
See, this was the strategic objective.Not “kill
them over there so we do not have to fight them here,”nor to “demonstrate
our dominance”, nor to “rough up some rag heads.”The strategic
objective was to deny the terrorists a state sponsor by creating a free Iraq, that could secure its sovereignty and not fall into civil war and genocide.
This was the objective.This was your job.What were you doing?
This is what all our billions were supposed to have bought us.Not just the billions for this war, I’m talking about all the billions.All the training.All the equipment.McCain has been an apologist saying “In North Africa we made mistakes
but---”North Africa!That was an army that had been thrown together in two years!This army has had billons of dollars, decades to prepare.North Africa!What foolishness.
But when you entered the country you did not have even the puny 5,000 you were permitted.You did not accept the surrender of the old army.You did not even photograph and finger print them.Forget programs of
indoctrination, civil reconstruction corps, training battalions.Not even a picture
and a record of who they were, where they served . . . where they lived . . .
Did not care?
Painting classrooms was not the objective.Guarding
gas stations and banks was not the objective.Giving out candy was not the objective.
Just secure the sovereignty of the new Iraq, prevent the new army from seizing control and prevent genocide . . .
But I have to let go.What a confusion.What turmoil.
When I was nine I was informed by my mother that the teachers had determined that I was
And given my personality, ah, you know, I ah, focus on life . . . and yet as I have grown
older I have learned that I am not retarded.I look around at the rest of you
and I am in disbelief . . . I am retarded?
So when things with Marlene started to go down hill, the more things fell apart the more
I thought about a promise I had made to myself that when I grew up I would do something to help in education.
So I kept my promise to the unhappy child.I
tried to get the government interested in the use of technology in education.Then I could die.
But I met Yvonne and perhaps all was not lost.Perhaps
I could . . .
But then Yvonne betrayed me too . . .
I have continued on these last fifteen years as one after another of them, Weiner, Owens,
Krasney, Imus, Swanson . . .
If you don’t take action against them it gets worse . . . if you do take action against
them it gets worse . . . if you do or if you don’t . . .
What have you all been doing?You have destroyed
my life . . . for what?Why?
I don’t understand what you are thinking.Are
you thinking?You had the funding to train 5,000 and you only trained 500?
And I am retarded?I just wrote some
letters to the Senate.Just a few letters.And for this you have followed me for fifteen years . . . destroyed my life for what?
Independent Iraq's top Shia cleric warns of 'genocidal war' By Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad Published:
19 July 2005
The slaughter of hundreds of civilians by suicide bombers shows that a "genocidal war" is threatening
Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the country's most influential Shia cleric, warned yesterday.
So far he has persuaded
most of his followers not to respond in kind against the Sunni, from whom the bombers are drawn, despite repeated massacres
of Shia. But sectarian divisions between Shia and Sunni are deepening across Iraq after the killing
of 18 children in the district of New Baghdad last week and the death of 98 people caught by the explosion of a gas tanker
in the market town of Musayyib. Many who died were visiting a Shia mosque.
There are also calls for the formation of
militias to protect Baghdad neighbourhoods. Khudayr al-Khuzai, a Shia member of parliament,
said the time had come to "bring back popular militias". He added: "The plans of the interior and the defence ministries to
impose security in Iraq have failed to stop the terrorists."
Against the wishes of the Grand
Ayatollah, who has counselled restraint, some Shia have started retaliatory killings of members of the former regime, most
of whom but not all are Sunni. Some carrying out the attacks appear to belong to the 12,000-strong paramilitary police commandos.
Mystery surrounds many killings. A former general in Saddam Hussein's army called Akram Ahmed Rasul al-Bayati and his two
sons, Ali, a policeman, and Omar were arrested by police commandos 10 days ago. Omar was released and one of his uncles paid
$7,000 for the release of the other two. But when he went to get them he saw them taken out of a car and shot dead.
Baghdad hospital doctors on strike against soldiers
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than two dozen doctors
walked out of one of Baghdad's busiest hospitals on Tuesday to protest what they said
was abuse by Iraqi soldiers, leaving about 100 patients to fend for themselves in chaotic wards.
the troubles started when soldiers barged into a woman's wing at Yarmouk hospital, opened curtains and conducted searches
as patients lay in their beds on Monday.
A 27-year-old internal medicine specialist said a soldier began intimidating
and abusing him.
"Before he left he said, 'Why are you looking in disapproval?' Then he came and punched me lightly
on my arm before sticking his rifle into my stomach and cocking it," the doctor, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals,
"I stayed quiet but relatives of the patients told him to calm down before pulling him
out of the room. Just then, four more soldiers came in and pointed a rifle at my head. At that point I became scared and begged
them to leave me alone."
Ministry of Defense officials were not available for comment on the incident despite repeated
The fact that one of the London bombers had on a shirt that had the words,“New York,” should be taken as a clue in as much as the bombers knew that they would be photographed by the London subway cameras.
last attack reveals the falsity of the often heard admonition that :“We
have to be lucky every time the terrorists only have to get lucky once.”
reality is perhaps the opposite.The terrorists only have to make one mistake
and we can identify and arrest them.One slip up might be enough.
For example Atta was said to have been a “professional” and that he had compartmentalized his operation.The facts are in the negative on both accounts:he made many amateurish mistakes, for example the repeated trips to Czechoslovakia, and he lived in the same house as one of the other pilots.If
one or the other had been caught they both would have been caught.
key to catching terrorists is to have lots of data points.Hopefully the first
data point will not be them crossing the border, yet thanks to Mr. Bush’s open borders policy this is exactly the case,
or rather even the border will not provide any information as they are not controled.At the port of entry the illegal is given a “notice to appear” at some future court date and they are gone,
like the wind.
even so, as the terrorist moves about we have hundreds of chances to catch him and we only have to be successful once, while
he on the other hand must avoid our countermeasures successfully every time.But
you are lied to about this because Americans hate defense.All the smart guys
who want to lead you, lie to you because they only want to play on the offensive squad,
they only want to be “the stars.”So they lie to you and tell you
defense is futile.(It is not the only thing we should do but it is important
in its own right.)
How do you know I am right?Just ask yourself do they care about you?If Mr. Bush cared about what happens to you would he be carrying out his open borders
policy?Or for example, in Iraq the generals wanted more troops because they did not want to bother with, be bothered by, having to train and deal
with Iraqi troops.They wanted another 100,000 troops so they could go on offense
themselves, and “do the job” themselves, rather than “merely”
Everyone has known about the movements over the Syrian border yet we can not control that border with double trenches
protecting double fences with mobile remote controlled vehicles in the air and on the ground patrolling the no go zone.Why?How would it look for the US to guard the Syrian Iraq border while carrying out a open border policy in the US, because our borders are, as Mr. Bush says, “so big, our borders are big, they are just so big, . . . they are
big . . .”?So our young people must die in Iraq because we do not want to admit that we can in fact control borders.
I ask my self, just now hours from my own death, why should I care.What a foolish
people.Not just the open borders, but the failure to control KWMD, (i.e. Knowledge
of Weapons of Mass Destruction), the failure to put transponders on your cars
so you can create a safety net, literally a network of sensors to warn of danger, the failure to use laser disk and computer
aided instruction . . .on and on . . . the idiocy of “progressive taxation”
. . .which causes you to think you are being “progressive” . . .well what is the use.I will protest
open borders, and all the rest . . .
a former head of Metropolitan Police who now serves on an advisory panel for Interpol's counterterrorism organization, said
in an interview with the BBC: ''London is under attack. ... are working toward chemical or biological attacks. . .” (Boston.com)
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Item No.: 47
Operation Secure Borders
I hope we have saved some lives.
July 31. 2005
Base Set Up to Curb Rebels
military hopes its first long-term presence near Iraq's
border with Syria
will help stem the flow of suicide bombers.
By John Hendren, N. Y. Times Staff Writer
— American troops have established thefirst long-term military base
along a major smuggling route near the Syrian border in a new effort to block potential suicide bombers from reaching targets
and other major Iraqi cities.
A force of 1,800 U.S.
troops, responding to continuing concerns that foreign fighters are crossing the Syrian border into Iraq,
recently began an operation that includes setting up the base, three miles from the crossroads town of Rawah.
By establishing for the first time a base north of the Euphrates River along the strategic route that connects the
Syrian border to roads leading north toward Mosul and southeast to Baghdad, military strategists hope to prevent foreign fighters,
who they say are aligned with Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab Zarqawi, from reaching their targets.
entering Iraq are a threat to the government. They're being used to do to Iraqis what they are unwilling to do to themselves
— commit mass murder of innocents. [Zarqawi] is trying to use them to foment civil war," Army Lt. Gen. John R. Vines,
the top ground commander for the coalition in Iraq, said in an interview.
"So in addition to assisting the Iraqis in
reestablishing control of the borders," Vines said, the military needs to deny access to "areas that are being used to train,
indoctrinate and coordinate the movement of these religious extremists into areas where they're being used as suicide murderers
in the eastern provinces, including Baghdad and Mosul."
The American forces began arriving July 16 in the region, where
they occasionally have carried out incursions in the last two years to fight insurgents. The region has long been viewed as
a key staging area for insurgent activities, but U.S. intelligence suggests that the problem has increased in recent
months as foreign fighters have used it to smuggle an increasingly lethal variety of explosives, including car bombs.
new offensive comes at a time when Vines and Army Gen. George W. Casey, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, have been talking openly about the
possibility of substantial reductions in U.S. troop levels in Iraq beginning next spring.
The new operation underscores the
difficulty of trying to seal off the lengthy border where foreign fighters are known to frequently cross. Some U.S. military officials acknowledge that
even with the base, they probably will never be able to fully close off the border.
At the same time, the operation
is deemed vital to ongoing efforts to reduce insurgent violence before a planned national referendum in October. American
officials hope that as a permanent Iraqi government is established in coming months, order can be better restored, thus enabling
U.S. forces to begin pulling out.
U.S. military officials in Iraq say the operation near Rawah is their
top priority. In the last two weeks, the military has been building structures at the new base and American troops have begun
arriving at the facility. The base as been set up far enough from the town so that insurgents seeking to launch mortar and
rocket attacks would have to do so from the open desert, where they are more likely to be seen.
A mission statement
viewed by a Los Angeles Times reporter states the military's goal is to disrupt Zarqawi's organization, Al Qaeda in Iraq,
and establish Iraqi government control of the border, driving a wedge between the militants and the Iraqi population and eliminating
a "safe haven" for insurgents.
The battle plan calls for U.S. troops to launch a series of raids, secure the area and bring in
Iraqi security forces. Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun Dulaimi referred briefly to the operation after meeting Thursday with
President Jalal Talabani.
"Our forces will start from the Syrian border … till we reach Ramadi, then to Fallouja,"
he said. "We have taken precise measures on the ground and acquired the president's approval to start the operation."
in Fallouja, in western Iraq, where U.S. forces fought in November to oust insurgents, U.S. military officials have asked the
Iraqi government to issue emergency laws that could include a curfew and a travel ban.
The operation, the largest in western Iraq since May when 100 alleged foreign fighters were killed in Operation
Matador, is key to fulfilling an order from Casey: that Iraq's borders be secured by November.
Foreign fighters are believed
to have been crossing into the country from Syria since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. After a recent crackdown
along the rocky northern border near Mosul, they have been forced to enter farther south, U.S. officials said. Rawah is of strategic importance for insurgents
seeking to reach Baghdad from that portion of Syria because it is just north of a bridge on the EuphratesRiver that links the area to the road to Baghdad.
Smugglers who for years trafficked in cigarettes, gasoline
and sheep are now being paid to bring in foreign fighters, explosives and weapons, senior military officials said. Commanders
are especially eager to seize members of Zarqawi's group who are believed to have escaped there from Fallouja in November.
2nd Infantry Division's Stryker Brigade Combat Team is leading the operation and is the first to take up a permanent presence
in the area. Officials say it has been difficult, if not impossible, for U.S.-led forces to control the region without such
"It's a huge, desolate place and if somebody wanted to hide out it would be a good place to hide out,"
Marine Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson, commander of coalition forces in western Iraq, said in an interview in Fallouja.
the operation unfolds, Marines would continue to hold the region south of the Euphrates, while the Stryker Brigade, which has been based in Mosul, pushes south, putting insurgents
in a "vice," a senior U.S. military strategist said.
The unfamiliar whoosh of helicopter rotors and the sight of the
Army brigade's Stryker vehicles engaged in battles along largely rural roadways have prompted hundreds and possibly thousands
of the estimated 20,000 people in Rawah to flee in fear of an attack similar to the one in Fallouja, officials said.
media have reported that as many as 80% of the residents have left. American military leaders say that the actual number appears
to be far lower.
U.S. military surveillance photos said to be of the area near the town of Qaim separating Syria from Iraq show breaks in a massive berm. U.S. military strategists say the photos
also show "personnel loading trucks" and a lookout point atop one building with a view across the border.
the Stryker Brigade recently chased a suspected car bomber across the river at Rawah and forced him out of the car, a senior
military officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity. A second car arrived and apparently detonated the first vehicle,
killing the bomber before driving off.
A U.S. military official said the incident revealed the extent to which
"handlers" monitored would-be suicide bombers to prevent them from backing out. In the first four days of the military operation,
U.S. troops encountered two car bombers and several mortar and rocket attacks, officials said.
spokesmen did not release any information on whether there had been any injuries or deaths related to the operation.
The effort to install more Iraqi border posts and seal the frontier with
Syria would have its limitations, commanders acknowledged.
Even then, "there'll probably still be smuggling
across the border, as there are on a lot of borders," said Johnson, the Marine commander.
But American military strategists
say insurgents will have to work harder and travel farther as a result of the operation.
"They want an area where they
can plan, train, indoctrinate terrorists before they are employed elsewhere in country. In western Al Anbar they were less
likely to be disrupted before they are ready to be employed, due to the relatively small presence of coalition and Iraqi security
forces," said Vines, the coalition's ground commander. "Insurgents must not be allowed sanctuaries where they feel safe and
operate with impunity. Indicators are that terrorists felt that parts of western Al Anbar had become a sanctuary."
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Item No.: 48
Operation Healthy Borders
Scientists say human bird flu pandemic preventable
Wed Aug 3, 2005 6:48 PM BST
By Patricia Reaney
LONDON (Reuters) - Three million doses of antiviral drugs, vigilance and
reducing social contact could contain an outbreak of human avian flu and prevent a global pandemic that could kill millions,
scientists said on Wednesday.
Health officials fear the H5N1 strain of bird flu circulating in Asia could
mutate into a lethal strain that could rival or exceed the Spanish flu pandemic that killed between 20-40 million people worldwide.
But two teams of scientists who used computer models to simulate an outbreak
of a mutated strain capable of spreading between humans in Thailand believe with careful control strategies and a mobile stockpile
of anti-flu drugs it would be possible to stop an influenza pandemic.
"What our work shows...is that control of a human outbreak of a new strain
of influenza is potentially possible but only when the epidemic is in its earliest stages," Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial
College London, told a news conference.
For the plan to work, Ferguson said the initial cluster of infections would
have to be picked up before it reaches 50 cases.
Healthy people living in the infected area would need to be treated with
Roche Holding AG's antiviral drug Tamiflu. Schools and workplaces may also need to be closed and travel restricted to prevent
the spread of the virus.
"In the worse case we might need an international stockpile of 3 million
courses of antiviral drugs which can be deployed anywhere in the world within three days," said Ferguson, who reported his
findings in the science journal Nature.
If the plan is successful, the researchers estimate it could contain an
outbreak within about 60 days.
Professor Ira Longini and scientists at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia,
constructed a similar computer model.
Instead of using the population of Thailand as Ferguson's team did, their
research was based on a rural population of 500,000 people. Their results, published in the journal Science, came to similar
"To do this it will take very effective international coordination probably
through the WHO (World Health Organisation) and the CDC (Centers of Disease Control) and whatever country is involved in the
initial spread," Longini said via a telephone link from the United States.
Scientists believe the next pandemic, which many believe is overdue, will
probably originate in poultry in Asia. To become a pandemic strain, H5N1 will have to adapt sufficiently on its own, or mix
its genetic material with a human virus to become highly infectious in humans, who have no protection against it.
Without effective controls, Ferguson's team estimate the virus will have
spread internationally within about 2-3 months of the first case. About half of the world's population would be infected within
The scientists cannot predict how deadly a mutated strain would be but
in patients infected with the bird flu virus in Asia there is about a 50 percent mortality rate, according to the researchers.
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Item No.: 49
Times On Line
is abducted and murdered
A freelance American journalist
who wrote about alleged corruption and lawlessness in the Iraqi city of Basra has been abducted at gunpoint and shot dead.
Steven Vincent's body was
recovered at the side of a road south of Basra late last night, several hours after he and his female translator were kidnapped
as they left a currency exchange shop, within sight of a British military checkpoint.
He had been shot three times
in the chest. Nouriya Itais, the translator, who was also his fiancee, was shot four times and seriously wounded, according
to a nurse in a Basra hospital.
The news broke hours before
14 US Marines and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in lawless Anbar province in western Iraq.
There is speculation that
Mr Vincent, who received death threats, was murdered in an attempt to silence him. Four days before his death he had written
an opinion piece in The New York Times in which he said that the police force in the British-controlled city had been
infiltrated by Shia Muslim extremist militias, who were responsible for carrying out hundreds of murders of prominent Sunni
He criticised the British,
whose 8,000 troops in the area are responsible for security in Basra, for turning a blind eye to abuses of power by Shia extremists.
The whole city was "increasingly coming under the control of Shia religious groups, from the relatively mainstream... to the
bellicose followers of the rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr".
In his final blog, he wrote:
"The British stand above the growing turmoil, refusing to challenge the Islamists’ claim on the hearts and minds of
Quoting an unnamed Iraqi
police lieutenant, Vincent wrote: "He told me that there is even a sort of 'death car': a white Toyota Mark II that glides
through the city streets, carrying off-duty police officers in the pay of extremist religious groups to their next assignment,"
Today, Lieutenant Colonel
Karim al-Zaidi of Basra police said that Vincent and the translator were kidnapped by five gunmen in a police car.
James Hider, Times correspondent
in Iraq, was with Vincent in Basra last week when the blogger thought he had spotted the white Toyota and rapped on the window.
Hider wrote today: "We told
him not to point at it. Another journalist reassured him that the word on the street was that a different vehicle was now
being used for assassinations.
"Last night, as he walked
with his translator to exchange some money outside the Merbid Hotel in Basra, he found out what the new 'death car' was: a
brand new white Chevrolet pick-up without registration plates but with the word 'Police' written on it."
Vincent was aware that his
writing put him in danger. On July 9, he flagged up on his blog an article that he had written for the Christian Science
Monitor about the religious parties who he said now dominated Basra. He wrote: "When you read this, keep in mind that for various reasons
- not the least of which were safety concerns - the piece only scratches the surface of what is happening here."
But Hider said that there was another theory about why Vincent died. "He openly criticised the militias, in particular
the influence of the maverick Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr over the police. But he may also have been a victim of the strict
moral codes now imposed on the once libertine southern port: people knew he was having an affair with an Iraqi woman, and
spoke of it disapproving whispers around the hotel."
His murder could be the first targeted killing of
a journalist since the invasion of Iraq. Today
the US Embassy refused to speculate about the motive.
Pete Mitchell, an embassy
spokesman, said: "I can confirm to you that officials in Basra have recovered the body of journalist Steven Vincent. The US Embassy is working with British military
and local Iraqi officials in Basra to determine who is responsible for the death of this journalist. Our condolences go out to the
Police said that Vincent,
a writer who had been living in New York, had been staying in Basra for several months working on a new book about the history of the city. He was
the author of a well-received book describing the breakdown of society in post-invasion Iraq, called In The Red Zone: A Journey
into the Soul of Iraq.
His website describes him
as a freelance investigative journalist and art critic, whose work had appeared in many major newspapers and magazines including
the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s.
Sunni Muslim leaders have
accused the Iraqi Government of turning a blind eye to alleged Shia hit squads that work alongside security and police forces,
in the way that Irish republicans once alleged that loyalist terror groups operated alongside the Royal Ulster Constabulary
in Northern Ireland. The religious Shia-led government denies the accusations.
Meanwhile, the Sunni-led
insurgency in Iraq has mounted hundreds of suicide bombings, killing thousands of mainly Shia Iraqis. Sunni insurgents
have also kidnapped more than 150 foreigners, some of whom have been shot or beheaded.
Until recently, Basra - a predominantly Shia city - has
been relatively free of the violence, but residents say that the security situation has deteriorated as fundamentalists gained
a grip on the city. Hojetoleslam Moqtada al-Sadr's militias have mounted two violent rebellions against US forces.
According to the New York-based
Committee to Protect Journalists, as of June 28, at least 45 journalists and 20 media support workers have been killed while
covering the war in Iraq since March 2003. Insurgent actions by Sunni Muslims are responsible for the bulk of deaths.
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Item No.: 50
Operation Blame the Maginot Line
was said in Army Navy Club 46:
key to catching terrorists is to have lots of data points.Hopefully the first
data point will not be them crossing the border, yet thanks to Mr. Bush’s open borders policy this is exactly the case,
or rather even the border will not provide any information as they are not controled.At the port of entry the illegal is given a “notice to appear” at some future court date and they are gone,
like the wind.
even so, as the terrorist moves about we have hundreds of chances to catch him and we only have to be successful once, while
he on the other hand must avoid our countermeasures successfully every time.But
you are lied to about this because Americans hate defense.
unit tracked hijackers before 9/11' By Sam
Knight, Times Online
Mohammed Atta and three other men who hijacked aircraft on September 11, 2001 were identified by the US Government as possible members of an al-Qaeda cell more than a year before
the attacks, it was reported today.
A highly classified military intelligence unit prepared a chart showing
likely al-Qaeda cells in the summer of 2000, which showed the names and photographs of the four men, according to The
New York Times.
The secret military team, known as Able Danger, recommended that the identities
of the four men be shared with the FBI and other parts of the military, but the recommendation was never taken up, according
to a Republican Congressman, Curt Weldon, quoted by the newspaper.
Mr Weldon's account, and the information provided by an unnamed military official
to The New York Times, constitute the first claim that Atta, the lead hijacker on 9/11, had been identified as a
possible terrorist before the attacks took place.
Until now, only two of the 19 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi,
were known to have been identified by US government agencies as threats to American security.
The CIA tracked the men through 2000 before passing their information to the FBI in the spring
According to Mr Weldon, who said he has tried to share this information since
September 2001, when it first came to his notice, the risk posed by Atta and his cohorts never spread through America'a law
enforcement agencies because of the uneasy co-operation between the FBI and the military.
Mr Weldon, a Congressman from Pennsylvania, is a vice chairman
of both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee.
The 9/11 Commission, appointed to investigate the causes and intelligence failures
that led to the events of September 11, did not include information gathered by Able Danger in its report, which was published
last year, even though the Commission learned of its existence in 2003, according to the newspaper.
The classified military intelligence unit used sophisticated "data mining"
techniques, which process huge amounts of data to find patterns, to identify Atta and the three other men as likely members
of an al-Qaeda cell within two months of their arrival in America in 2000.
According to the article, The New York Times was shown a chart similar
to the one drawn up by the military team in the summer of 2000.
The "floor-sized chart" showed the names and photographs of Atta and Marwan
al-Shehhi, as well as al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi, as making up an US-based al-Qaeda cell known as the "Brooklyn cell".
According to the anonymous military intelligence source quoted by the newspaper,
when the chart was completed it was delivered to the Special Operations Command of the US military, under whose authority
the secret team worked.
"We knew these were the bad guys, and we wanted to do something about them,"
the official told the newspaper.
A spokesman for the US Special
Operations Command told The New York Times, that no one at the command now had "any knowledge of the Able Danger
program, its mission or its findings".
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The hurricane Katrina is estimated to be over southern Louisiana for more than 24 hours.
Ironically the news, which normally hypes even rain showers has not fully informed public
of size of impending disaster.Storm may alter entire national economy for months.
Terrorist action at this point is almost beside the point, would probably be lost in the
enormity of calamity.
Then too the current enemy has been lackadaisical at best.For example there was no serious follow up to 9-11.(Why would you attack the
worlds most powerful country and not have a set of attacks ready to go?)
Explanation lies in fact that for current enemy marshal terms are metaphors from their
religion not actual military terms.For one thing the emphasis on suicide is example
of amateurish or theological understanding of warfare.Suicide is used even when the
attacker could strike and run and prepare for another strike.Suicide not technically
important in war as greatest efficiency gained by repeated action with benefit of growing experience.
But theologically martyrs are important in religion of Islam.
No follow up attacks because they are not really fighting a war.It is theology for them at best.Then too cultural differences put different
emphasis on “efficiency” of “war” effort.Not exactly play
acting but similar.Religious.
Anthrax attacks werethought to be a follow up
to 9-11, a threat to scare nation into acquiescence.The sort of idea that college
kids might come up with.
Yet clearly by now real anthrax attacks could have been carried out if enemy was seriously
concerned with war making in Western sense.
The dikes of New Orleans are long term problem but explosives now planted in key locations,
or vessel ladened with explosives allowed to crash ashore, would during peak tides guarantee what storm may on its own achieve.
Bio agents or even chemical agents in shelters or released during confusion and mixing
of population during the recovery could now be devastating on entire East Coast region.
But due to enemies attitudes to war these attacks seem unlikely.
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Item No. 52
BAGHDAD: An Iraqi monitoring group said
Wednesday that detention centers have become severely overcrowded since a
security crackdown began six weeks ago in Baghdad, and it said most of the
inmates were innocent.
Khadum, the deputy head of the governmental legal oversight group, said one of
the facilities on the western edge of Baghdad held 272 inmates although it was
only designed for 75, while one south of the capital — with room for 75 —
reportedly held nearly 800 prisoners.
five years and we still have trouble dealing withprisoners.Recall that at the beginning
no provisions were made for prisoners of
war.The old army was allowed
without any supervision or program of indoctrination let alone employment.Recall also the scandals with the
prisoners at Abu Ghraib.