Monthly Archives: June 2008

Retired Scientist Reports UFO Sighting Over Nuclear Power Plant In Surry, Virginia May 19, 2008


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SURRY COUNTY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, SURRY, VIRGINIA, MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008

NUFORC received a very interesting report this morning, on May 19, of a sighting of a strange disc allegedly seen in the vicinity of the Surry Nuclear Power Plant, in SURRY COUNTY, VIRGINIA. We provide below a link to a page, which describes that facility: http://www.virginiaplaces.org/energy/nuclearpower.html

Traditionally, we do not post reports immediately upon receipt, given that even dramatic sightings often end up having some terrestrial explanation. However, in this case, the witness is a skilled scientist (retired), and he was able to observe the object for a considerable length of time, up to 20 minutes, he estimates.

The original report, submitted before we spoke to the witness via telephone, can be read here:

Date: 05/19/08T
Time: 12:20
Duration: 12-20 minutes
Sighting City: Surry County
Sighting State: va
Sighting County: USA
Witnesses: 1
Shape: Disk
Number of Craft: 1

Description: Disk Sighted Over Surry Nuclear Power Station, Surry Co., VA

At about 12:20 pm, 19 May 2008, I observed what appeared to be a large, metallic disk hovering very near the Surry Nuclear Power Station. (This is a little more than hour from the time of this writing, so the memory is still fresh and vivid).

I was on my bicycle riding east on the Colonial Parkway (James City County) when I spotted an object over the James River, moving from east to west at a very slow speed. At first I thought it may have been a kite because it was a very windy day (the winds were gusting out of the SW at 20-30mph) and people do come out and fly their kites from the beaches when the winds are good. But when I came to an open spot in the road unobstructed by trees I stopped to get a better look and decided it was much too large to be a kite. It is a about a mile across the channel to the Surry Station and what I saw appeared to be very near the station’s twin domes and it must have been at least as large as they are, and perhaps larger. Besides that the object was moving very slowly against the wind, left to right from my vantage point, and its upper surface caught the sunlight and reflected like a sheet of aluminum foil. Its underside was dark. Then I thought that it might be an advertising balloon or dirigible, but the shape did not seem right. This was definitely a flattened disk. And, because it was so windy it did not seem like a good day to take a blimp up. (And, with security so high these days it does not seem logical that anyone would be permitted to get that close to power station. I have seen military helicopters on training missions over the river, but even they keep a wide berth from the power plant.)

I have eliminated the possibility of helicopters and small aircraft because, as I say, this object was hovering/drifting and appeared to be making a very leisurely circuit of the power plant. I walked down to water’s edge to see if I could get a better look, but without binoculars I couldn’t make out any other useful details. I watched it like this for a good 15-20 minutes. In that time it completely circled the station, moving against the wind. It appeared to correct its angle at times, very slowly rocking up and down.

I then decided to hurry home, grab my binoculars and camera and see if I might get a better look. It took me about ten minutes to bike home from there and another fifteen to get back on the Parkway by car. But, by the time I returned to my original position the object was gone. I drove a few miles down the Parkway hoping that it might have drifted elsewhere, but the sky was empty except for a few white clouds. Now, I wish I had stayed until it left. It would have been interesting to see which way it went.

((END ORIGINAL REPORT))

We had several communications with the witness, following receipt of his written report, and following our first telephone conversation with him. We are impressed with the thoroughness with which he has pursued an explanation for the sighting. We provide below one of his follow-up communiqués to our Center:

((FIRST FOLLOW-UP COMMUNICATION FROM WITNESS))

Mr. Davenport,

I’ve already done some of the things you suggested. I called the Ft. Eustis Public Affairs Office and was told by a very helpful female officer that there are no Osprey flying out of Ft. Eustis at this time. She knew of none even being stationed at the base, though their fleet of SAR helicopters is slated to be replaced by Osprey at some future date. She then told me that she’d heard from some fellow soldiers that they’d seen what they thought was the Goodyear blimp flying near Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News. Could it have been a blimp, I wondered? I did not see any writing on its sides, but who knows, I might have missed it. I checked the online photos and I think that I would have seen those bold, yellow letters even from that distance. And, if it was a blimp, why would it be hanging out near a nuclear power plant?

I then called the Patrick Henry Mall management office and asked them what they knew of the Goodyear blimp being in their area and was told they’d heard nothing about it, and that their security personnel did not report seeing one. The spokesperson said that if the blimp had been in their area they would have known about it, because of the publicity it would have generated. I then tried to get in contact with Goodyear, but they, unfortunately do not have a contact phone number. I left them an email message.

Perhaps they’ll respond.

The local police have no reports of UFOs over the river and were not interested in taking mine down. (I could hear the borderline ridicule in the dispatcher’s voice).

I called our two local papers, but to date I’m the only one to have reported anything unusual at Surry. They also know nothing of the Goodyear blimp being in our area. The reporter at the Virginia Gazette (our local paper) was very receptive to the story and pumped me for every tidbit. She may run the story. She also lives on the other side of the James River where the Surry Station is located and is going to ask her contacts down there if they’ve heard/seen anything. She’s also been to the station and says that their security is extremely professional and quasi-military to the point of paranoia. But, she also knows that the plant is surrounded by very tall trees and if a silent craft were hovering just at the treeline a hundred or so yards out from the perimeter, it is very unlikely that anyone on the ground would have seen it. I can attest to the fact that I only saw the object through gaps and clearings in our own treeline.

As I said before it was/is very windy, and though it was a bright, sunny day, there were not as many people out on the river beaches as usual. I found it enlightening that even though dozens of cars passed by me as I was observing the object not one of them stopped or even acted as though they saw what I was seeing.

From a distance it may have appeared to be a helicopter. I was the only cyclist crazy enough to brave those high winds this morning (and it was murder, let me tell you).

I went back down to the river late this afternoon and scanned the Surry Station with my binoculars from a half dozen different vantage points. The wind was still blowing hard and the river was churning with whitecaps. Nothing was in the air. Not a single plane or aircraft. No kiters. Even the large birds one usually sees this time of year (it is Spring) were lying low. It was then that I realized that I may indeed have seen something far out of the ordinary.

I tend to agree with you that the response from Surry security may have been canned. They returned my call within 20 minutes and, though I cannot be certain, there was something in the man’s voice that told me that he really didn’t enjoy what he was doing. It seemed to come as relief to him when it appeared that I was buying his explanation. I did not argue, thanked him, and hung up.

One final, unanswerable question: if it was the Goodyear blimp, where did it go? I was back at the river by 1:15 with my binoculars and the sky was empty as far as I could see. Surely it could have not gone that far in such a high wind. Damn, if only I had waited, I might have seen the thing fly off.

((END FIRST FOLLOW-UP))

We post the report, principally because of the high-quality of the witness, and also because of the seemingly dramatic nature of the event. Also, if anyone in the area of the Surry Nuclear Facility witnessed this event, we would be most grateful if he or she would submit a short, written report of the sighting, using our Online Report Form, found here: ((LINK TO REPORT FORM)). If anyone knows for certain whether a blimp was airborne in that area at about noon on May 19, we would welcome a report to that effect, supported by whatever evidence the witness may be able to provide.

Washington D.C. Cops To Lock Down Parts Of City, Demand ID From Citizens

Michael Neibauer and Bill Myers
The Examiner
June 4, 2008

D.C. police will seal off entire neighborhoods, set up checkpoints and kick out strangers under a new program that D.C. officials hope will help them rescue the city from its out-of-control violence.

Under an executive order expected to be announced today, police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will have the authority to designate “Neighborhood Safety Zones.” At least six officers will man cordons around those zones and demand identification from people coming in and out of them. Anyone who doesn’t live there, work there or have “legitimate reason” to be there will be sent away or face arrest, documents obtained by The Examiner show.

Lanier has been struggling to reverse D.C.’s spiraling crime rate but has been forced by public outcry to scale back several initiatives including her “All Hands on Deck” weekends and plans for warrantless, door-to-door searches for drugs and guns.

Under today’s proposal, the no-go zones will last up to 10 days, according to internal police documents. Front-line officers are already being signed up for training on running the blue curtains.

Peter Nickles, the city’s interim attorney general, said the quarantine would have “a narrow focus.”

“This is a very targeted program that has been used in other cities,” Nickles told The Examiner. “I’m not worried about the constitutionality of it.”

Others are. Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the D.C. police union and a former lawyer, called the checkpoint proposal “breathtaking.” Shelley Broderick, president of the D.C.-area American Civil Liberties Union and the dean of the University of the District of Columbia’s law school, said the plan was “cockamamie.”“I think they tried this in Russia and it failed,” she said. “It’s just our experience in this city that we always end up targeting poor people and people of color, and we treat the kids coming home from choir practice the same as we treat those kids who are selling drugs.”The proposal has the provisional support of D.C. Councilman Harry “Tommy” Thomas, D-Ward 5, whose ward has become a war zone. “They’re really going to crack down on what we believe to be a systemic problem with open-air drug markets,” Thomas told The Examiner. Thomas said, though, that he worried about D.C. “moving towards a police state.” Staff Writer Scott McCabe contributed to this report.

The Trilateral Commission: North American Group 2008 Member List

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The Trilateral Commission: North American Group 2008

TRILATERAL COMMISSION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Thomas S. Foley North American Chairman
Peter Sutherland European Chairman
Yotaro Kobayashi Pacific Asia Chairman
Allan E. Gotlieb North American Deputy Chairman
Herve De Carmoy European Deputy Chairman
Han Sung-Joo Pacific Asia Deputy Chairman
Lorenzo H. Zamibrano North American Deputy Chairman
Ainijrzej Olechowski European Deputy Chairman
Shijuro Ogata Pacific Asia Deputy Chairman
David Rockefeller Founder And Honorary Chairman
Paul A. Volcker North American Honorary Chairman
Georges Berthoin Chairman European Honorary
Otto Graf Lambsdorf European Honorary Chairman
Michael J. O’Neil North American Director
Paul Revay European Director
Tadashi Yamamoto Pacific Asia Director

NORTH AMERICAN GROUP

Madeleine K Albright The Albright Group LLC Washington, D.C.
Graham Allison Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Cambridge, Mass.
Richard L. Armitage Armitage International Washington, D.C.
James L. Balsillie Co-Chief Exec. Officer, Research in Motion Waterloo, Ontario
Charlene Barshefsky Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering Washington, D.C.
Alan R. Batkin Eton Park Capital Management New York, N.Y.
Lael Brainard The Brookings Institution Washington, D.C.
Doug Bereuter The Asia Foundation San Francisco.
C. Fred Bergsten Peterson Institute for Int’l Economics Washington, D.C.
Catherine Bertini Syracuse University Syracuse, N.Y.
Robert D. Blackwill Former Deputy Asst, to the President Washington D.C.
Dennis Blair, USN (Ret.) Institute for Defense Analyses Alexandria, Va.
H. Blanco Mendoza Private Office of Herminio Blanco Mexico City
Stephen W. Bosworth Dean, Tufts University Medford, Mass.
David G. Bradley Atlantic Media Company Washington, D.C.
Harold Brown Center for Strategic and Int’l Studies Washington, D.C.
Zbigniew Brzezinski Center for Strategic and Int’l Studies Washington, D.C.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell President Global Development Program Hinton, WV
Louis C. Camilleri Altria Group, Inc New York, N.Y.
Kurt Campbell CEO Center New American Security Washington, D.C.
Raymond Chrétien Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Montreal, Quebec
William T. Coleman III Cassatt Corporation San Jose, Calif.
Timothy C. Collins Ripplewood Holdings New York, N.Y.
Richard N. Cooper Harvard University Cambridge, Mass.
F. Gerald Corrigan Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, N.Y.
Michael J. Critelli Pitney Bowes Inc. Stamford, Conn.
Lee Cullum “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” Dallas, Texas
H. Lawrence Culp, Jr CEO of Danaher Washington, D.C.
Gerald L. Curtis Columbia University New York, N.Y.
Douglas Daft The Coca Cola Company Atlanta, Ga.
Lynn Davis The RAND Corporation Arlington, Va.
Arthur A. DeFehr Palliser Furniture Winnipeg
André Desmarais Power Corporation of Canada Montréal, Quebec
John M. Deutch Mass. Institute of Technology Cambridge, Mass.
Jamie Dimon JP Morgan Chase & Co. New York, N.Y.
Peter C. Dobell Parliamentary Centre Ottawa, Ontario
Wendy K Dobson University of Toronto Toronto
Kenneth M. Duberstein The Duberstein Group Washington, D.C.
Robert Eckert Mattel, Inc. El Segundo, Calif.
Jessica P. Einhorn The Johns Hopkins University Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey Epstein J. Epstein & Company, Inc. New York, N.Y.
Dianne Feinstein U.S. Senate (D-Calif.) Washington, D.C.
Martin S. Feldstein Harvard University Cambridge, Mass.
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. Swiss Re America Holding Corp. Washington, D.C.
Stanley Fischer Bank of Israel; frmr president, Citigroup New York, N.Y.
Richard W. Fisher Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Dallas, Texas
Thomas S. Foley Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Washington, D.C.
Kristin J. Forbes Associate Prof. of Int’l Management Cambridge Mass.
Michael B.G. Froman Citigroup Inc. New York, N.Y.
Francis Fukuyama The Johns Hopkins University Washington, D.C.
Dionisio Garza Medina ALFA Mexico
Richard A. Gephardt Former member House of Reps. (D-Mo.) Washington, D.C.
David Gergen Harvard; Editor, USN&WR Cambridge, Mass.
Peter C. Godsoe Scotiabank (ret.) Toronto, Ontario
Allan E. Gotlieb Bennett Jones LLP Toronto, Ontario
Bill Graham Canadian House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario
Donald E. Graham CEO of The Washington Post Company Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey W. Greenberg Aquiline Capital Partners, LLC New York, N.Y.
Richard N. Haass President, Council on Foreign Relations New York, N.Y.
James T. Hackett Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Texas
John J. Hamre Center for Strategic and Int’l Studies Washington, D.C.
William A. Haseltine Haseltine Global Health, LLC Washington, D.C.
Richard F. Haskayne University of Calgary Alberta
Charles B. Heck Senior Adviser, Trilateral Commission Washington, D.C.
Carlos Heredia International Affairs Mexico
Carla A. Hills Hills & Company, Int’l Consultants Washington, D.C.
Richard Holbrooke Perseus LLC New York, N.Y.
Karen Elliott House Dow Jones & Co. & Wall Street Journal Princeton, N.J.
Alej. Junco de la Vega Grupo Reforma Monterrey, Mexico
Robert Kagan Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace Washington, D.C.
Arnold Kanter The Scowcroft Group Washington, D.C.
Charles R. Kaye Warburg Pincus LLC New York, N.Y.
James Kimsey Founding CEO of AOL Washington, D.C.
Michael Klein Citigroup Inc. New York, N.Y.
Steven E. Koonin British Petroleum London
Enrique Krauze Editorial Clio Libros y Videos, S.A. de C.V. Mexico City
Robert Lane Deere & Company Moline, Ill.
Fred Langhammer The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. New York, N.Y.
Jim Leach Former U.S. Representative (R-IA) Washington, D.C.
Gerald M. Levin AOL Time Warner, Inc. New York, N.Y.
Winston Lord International Rescue Committee New York, N.Y.
E. Peter Lougheed Bennett Jones, Banisters & Solicitors Calgary, Alberta
Roy MacLaren Former High Commissioner to the UK Toronto, Ontario
John A. MacNaughton Frmr CEO Canada Pension Plan Invest. Brd Toronto, Ontario
Antonio Madero San Luis Corporacion, S.A. de C.V. Mexico
John Manley McCarthy Tétrault LLP Ottawa, Ontario
Sir Deryck C. Maughan KKR Asia, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. New York, N.Y.
Jay Mazur Union of Needletrades, Textile Employees New York, N.Y.
James Moore Canadian Parliament Ottawa, Ontario
Marc H. Morial National Urban League New York, N.Y.
Heather Munroe-Blum McGill University Montreal, Quebed
Brian Mulroney Ogilvy Renault Montréal, Quebec
Indra K. Nooyi PepsiCo, Inc. Purchase, N.Y.
Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Cambridge, Mass.
David J. O’Reilly Chevron Corporation San Ramon, Calif.
Meghan O’Sullivan Former Deputy National Security Adviser Washington, D.C.
Richard N. Perle American Enterprise Institute Washington, D.C.
Thomas R. Pickering Consultant, The Boeing Company Arlington, Va.
Martha C. Piper The University of British Columbia Vancouver, B.C.
Richard Plepler Executive Vice President, HBO New York, N.Y.
Joe Ralston, USAF (Ret) The Cohen Group Washington, D.C.
Charles B. Rangel U.S. House of Representatives (D-N.Y.) Washington, D.C.
Susan Rice Brookings Institution Washington, D.C.
Hartley Richardson James Richardson & Sons, Ltd. Winnipeg, Manitoba
Joseph E. Robert, Jr. J.E. Robert Companies McLean, Va.
John D. Rockefeller IV U.S. Senate (D-W.V.) Washington, D.C.
Kenneth Rogoff Center for Int’l Development, Harvard Cambridge, Mass.
Charles Rose The Charlie Rose Show, PBS New York, N.Y.
Irene B. Rosenfeld CEO Kraft Foods Northfield, Ill
Dennis Ross Ambassador Counselor and Ziegler Washington, D.C.
David M. Rubenstein The Carlyle Group Washington, D.C.
Luis Rubio Center of Research for Development Mexico City, Mexico
Arthur F. Ryan Prudential Financial, Inc. Newark, N.J.
Jaime Serra SAI Consulting Mexico City, Mexico
Dinakar Singh TPG-Axon Capital New York, N.Y.
Anne-Marie Slaughter Princeton University Princeton, N.J.
Gordon Smith Centre for Global Studies, U. of Victoria Victoria, B.C.
Donald R. Sobey Empire Company Ltd. Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ronald D. Southern ATCO Group Calgary, Alberta
James B. Steinberg LBJ School of Public Affairs, U. of Texas Austin, Texas
Jessica Stern Program on Terrorism & the Law, Harvard Cambridge, Mass.
Barbara Stymiest RBC Financial Group Toronto, Ontario
Lawrence H. Summers Harvard University Cambridge, Mass.
John J. Sweeney AFL-CIO Washington, D.C.
Strobe Talbott The Brookings Institution Washington, D.C.
George J. Tenet Georgetown Univ., former CIA Director Washington, D.C.
John Thain New York Stock Exchange, Inc. New York, N.Y.
G. Richard Thoman Columbia University New York, N.Y.
Paul A. Volcker Wolfensohn & Co., Inc., frmr Fed. Res. Chair.New York, N.Y.
William H. Webster Former CIA Director Washington, D.C.
Fareed Zakaria Newsweek International New York, N.Y.
Lorenzo H. Zambrano CEMEX Monterey, Mexico
Ernesto Zedillo Former president of Mexico; Yale Univ. New Haven, Conn.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Chairman, U.S. News & World Report New York, N.Y.
William T. Coleman, Jr. Lifetime Trustee, Trilateral Commission Washington, D.C.
Henry A. Kissinger Lifetime Trustee, Trilateral Commission Washington, D.C.
Robert S. McNamara Lifetime Trustee, Trilateral Commission,
frmr pres., World Bank; frmr sec.of Defense; frmr pres., Ford Motor. Washington, D.C.
David Rockefeller Founder, Lifetime Trustee, Trilateral Comm. New York, N.Y.

NEW TRILATERAL MEMBERS ATTENDING FROM EUROPE

Patricia Barbizet CEO Artemis Group, France
Dermot Gleeson Chairman, AIB Group, Ireland
Elisabeth Guigou French National Assembly, France
Nigel Higgins Senior Partner N M Rohschild & Sons, UK
Jerzy Kozminski President & CEO Polish-American Freedom, Poland
Thomas Leysen CEO Umicore, Belgium
Manfred Bischoff Chairman, SNCF, France
Arpad Kovacs Pres. State Audit Office Hungary, Budapest
Friedrich Merz Member of the German Bundestag, Germany
Pietro Modiano Mng. Director CEO Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy
Hans Reisenhuber (returning) Member of the German Bundestag, Germany
Jeroen van der Veer Chief Executive, Royal Dutch Shell, The Netherlands

Senate Panel Says Bush Administration Based Iraq Invasion On Exaggerations


By Warren Mass Published: 2008-06-06 14:24
jbs.org

ARTICLE SYNOPSIS:

The Senate Intelligence Committee on June 5 accused President Bush and Vice President Cheney of making exaggerated, unsubstantiated claims that Saddam Hussein had links to al Qaeda in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The committee charged further that the Bush administration used these charges to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Follow this link to the original source:Senate Panel Finds Iraq Intelligence Exaggerations

COMMENTARY:

“The president and his advisers undertook a relentless public campaign in the aftermath of the attacks to use the war against Al Qaeda as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein,” said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D.-W.Va.) in a statement accompanying the committee’s report.

The 171-page report cited several instances where the Bush administration issued policy statements that were either unsupported by intelligence or misrepresented the truth, including suggestions that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had provided the al Qaeda terrorist network with weapons training and that one of the 9-11 hijackers had met an Iraqi intelligence operative in Prague in 2001. Also challenged were statements made by Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and other top administration officials before the invasion alleging the existence of an Iraqi arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.

Though the first phase of the committee’s inquiry was completed in July 2004, partisan disagreements delayed release of its conclusions, and during that period control of the committee switched from Republican to Democratic leadership. Even now, Republicans on the committee have dissented from some of the report’s findings and attached a detailed minority report that cited recognition of Saddam’s supposed threat among some Democrats, including Senator Rockefeller.

The minority report, signed by the Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman, Christopher S. Bond of Missouri and three other Republicans, noted: “The report released today was a waste of committee time and resources that should have been spent overseeing the intelligence community.”

With the release earlier this week of the administration “insider” exposé What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception by former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, the committee report is the second widely publicized document in just three days to charge that support for the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq was based on false information.

As it usually does, the truth will continue to be revealed. Wars are generally not popular endeavors, and those who attempt to make a case to go to war often engage in deception of one sort or another. The easiest way to galvanize public support for war is to goad the intended enemy into firing the first shot, usually by applying insufferable economic pressure, engaging in diplomatic saber-rattling, or both. If the would-be enemy is still reluctant, dangling a carrot before his eyes or deliberately (and obviously) letting down a nation’s guard, often does the trick. Think of the sinking of the Lusitania, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the terrorist attacks of September 11. It is not a difficult maneuver to comprehend, as every bratty little brother learns how to taunt an older sibling into smacking him so he can promptly tell Mom!

Writer James Perloff observed this phenomenon in his article on Pearl Harbor, “Hawaii was surprised; Washington was not” in The New American magazine for December 8, 1986:

  • In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor. Although the explosion has never been satisfactorily explained, “Remember the Maine” became the rallying cry that spurred us into the Spanish-American War.
  • In 1915, a German submarine torpedoed the British passenger ship Lusitania, and 128 Americans perished. In the United States, the incident was used to fan anti-German sentiment and to beat war drums. What the American public did not know was that the Germans sunk the Lusitania because it had in its hold six million rounds of ammunition bound for England. Subsequent official inquiries suppressed this fact, and Woodrow Wilson even ordered the ship’s manifest to be sealed and placed in U.S. Treasury archives.
It is instructive to note that when the ship went down, Franklin D. Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Winston Churchill was head of the British Admiralty. Before the incident, Churchill had ordered a study to determine the political impact if an ocean liner were sunk with Americans on board. According to Commander Joseph Kenworthy, then in British Naval Intelligence, “The Lusitania was sent at considerably reduced speed into an area where a U-boat was known to be waiting and with her escorts withdrawn.” Some 25 years later, FDR and Churchill would again be principals during the engineering of an Anglo-American war effort. See Colin Simpson’s book, The Lusitania (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1972).
  • In 1964, an alleged attack by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin was used by President Lyndon Johnson to secure authority from Congress to escalate the Vietnam War. The incident was long steeped in suspicion and controversy.

Thus Pearl Harbor lies in a broad context of “Look what they’ve done to us” scenarios.

The story of how the Roosevelt Administration first squeezed Japan economically by imposing a trade embargo on Japan, closed the Panama Canal to her shipping, and froze her assets in America; then applied diplomatic pressure on the Asian nation by implying military threats if Tokyo did not change its Pacific policies and also demanding — as prerequisites to resumed trade — that Japan withdraw all her troops from both China and Indochina, and end her Tripartite Treaty with Germany and Italy; and then not only set up our Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor as sitting ducks, but failed to warn Hawaii’s military commanders of the impending attack, has been the subject of many credible documentaries and books.

In all likelihood, as reports about our “War on Terror” and subsequent invasion of Iraq continue to come out, it will be revealed that the Clinton and Bush administrations’ security lapses, and the latter’s failure to stop the 9-11 terrorists, will rank right up there on the treachery meter with the Roosevelt White House’s failure to prevent (or at least warn our commanders about) the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Furthermore, as more and more information about the Bush administration’s pretexts for invading Iraq surfaces, we will almost certainly have yet another case of American lives being sacrificed to wage an unnecessary war to further the empire-building ambitions of unscrupulous leaders.

Had the Bush administration been able to wrap up business in Iraq neatly and quickly, the American public would probably be as disinterested in the behind-the-scenes intrigue leading up to it as it has typically been regarding previous wars. But the botched-up and prolonged way that this war has been playing out has given too many people too much time to ask too many questions.

The time for the American people to demand credible answers is long overdue.

Infowars Team Harassed At Marriott Covering Bilderberg Group In Chantilly, Virginia

Kurt Nimmo
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Calling into his show today from the Bilderberg confab in Chantilly, Virginia, Alex Jones told stand-in Jason Bermas that the Infowars team — bearing press credentials and obviously part of the media — were incessantly and repeatedly harassed by security personnel at the Westfield Marriott where the Bilderberg meeting is scheduled to take place.

Weimar Republic
Infowars records the coming and going of the Bilderbergers and their security goons at the Westfield Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia.

As noted earlier, this campaign of harassment and intimidation was timed to interrupt Alex’s interview with Coast to Coast AM last night. At approximately the moment Alex was scheduled to begin the interview with George Noory, a fire alarm went off in the Marriott. Fifteen minutes prior to this oddly timed event, Alex had an encounter with the head of night security in the lobby of the hotel. “Hey, have you every heard of people pulling fire alarms?” the head of security asked, adding that people often pull fire alarms in hotels as a diversion in robbery attempts. Alex believes security was attempting to set him up, but admitted he was unable to confirm this.

Upon exiting the building in response to the fire alarm, the head of security, noticing the Infowars team had cameras, “ran up and said, ‘I’m gonna f— you both up if you video tape, do you hear me Alex and Rob?’” Meanwhile, other hotel guests exiting the building in response to the fire alarm were shooting video and taking photos and they were not approached by the head of security, who specifically singled out Alex and Rob Jacobson.

Hotel
Bilderberg car with the letter “B” in the window.

As Alex noted, it was peculiar the head of security would address Rob by name, as his name was not registered with the hotel. Aaron Dykes had registered with the hotel and had not mentioned Rob by name. “He knew our names, he knew everything. He said, ‘I’ve called the police, they are coming, and they are going to f— you up.’” At this point Alex pointed out that other guests were videotaping and the security man repeated his threat.

Earlier in the evening, as they sat in a restaurant at the Hilton, where Alex had secured a room for the safe stowage of equipment, they were approached by a man, a “big guy who looked just like, acted just like a cop,” who attempted to provocateur them into “infiltrating some federal buildings” and asked if they wanted “to get really serious and go into the State Department.” Alex told him he is non-violent and the Infowars team was there as reporters to cover the Bilderberg event, not engage in violence.

Weimar Republic
Limos and security arrive at the Marriott.

The following morning, security continued its orchestrated campaign of harassment, approaching Alex and telling him they knew who he was and declaring they would throw the Infowars crew out of the hotel before check-out at noon. In addition, the security goon made a point of threatening them with arrest.

At noon check out, black sedans began arriving with large letter B’s affixed to the windows, a sign that the limousines were delivering Bilderberg security to the hotel. When Alex and crew left the hotel grounds in their rented van, security followed close behind. “Coming out the main entrance, we saw about seventy five great infowarriors out there videotaping, police everywhere… there is just like a fog of infowarriors out there totally overwhelming them, there are all these huge army intelligence guys, average six foot two, six foot three, two hundred fifty, two hundred seventy pounds, running around with earpieces everywhere in suits and in plain clothes watching us, following us, they’re all over the streets… this is a complete spectacle.”

As the experience with security at the Marriott demonstrates, minions of the Bilderbergers have absolutely no respect for freedom of the press or the First Amendment — that is unless the press is corporate and following the New World Order script consisting of obfuscation and diversion. Over the years, the corporate media has refused to acknowledge the existence of the Bilderbergers, but now that the cat is out of the bag and the agenda of our globalist rulers increasingly faces the light of day due to the work of Alex Jones and others, the lapdog corporate media declares the annual Bilderberg meetings be nothing more than business people harmlessly gathering to talk shop and refuse to cover their events, an absurd joke now revealed for the world to see.

Official 2008 Bilderberg Participant List

Infowars
June 6, 2008

DEU “Ackermann, Josef” “Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG”
CAN “Adams, John” Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence and Chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada
USA “Ajami, Fouad” “Director, Middle East Studies Program, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University”
USA “Alexander, Keith B.” “Director, National Security Agency”
INT “Almunia, Joaquín ” “Commissioner, European Commission”
GRC “Alogoskoufis, George” Minister of Economy and Finance
USA “Altman, Roger C.” “Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.”
TUR “Babacan, Ali ” Minister of Foreign Affairs
NLD “Balkenende, Jan Peter” Prime Minister
PRT “Balsemão, Francisco Pinto” “Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister”
FRA “Baverez, Nicolas” “Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP”
ITA “Bernabè, Franco” “CEO, Telecom Italia Spa”
USA “Bernanke, Ben S.” “Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System”
SWE “Bildt, Carl” Minister of Foreign Affairs
FIN “Blåfield, Antti ” “Senior Editorial Writer, Helsingin Sanomat”
DNK “Bosse, Stine” “CEO, TrygVesta”
CAN “Brodie, Ian ” “Chief of Staff, Prime Minister’s Office”
AUT “Bronner, Oscar” “Publisher and Editor, Der Standard”
FRA “Castries, Henri de ” “Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, AXA”
ESP “Cebrián, Juan Luis” “CEO, PRISA”
CAN “Clark, Edmund” “President and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group”
GBR “Clarke, Kenneth” Member of Parliament
NOR “Clemet, Kristin” “Managing Director, Civita”
USA “Collins, Timothy C.” “Senior Managing Director and CEO, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC”
FRA “Collomb, Bertrand” “Honorary Chairman, Lafarge”
PRT “Costa, António” Mayor of Lisbon
USA “Crocker, Chester A.” James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies
USA “Daschle, Thomas A.” Former US Senator and Senate Majority Leader
CAN “Desmarais, Jr., Paul ” “Chairman and co-CEO, Power Corporation of Canada”
GRC “Diamantopoulou, Anna” Member of Parliament
USA “Donilon, Thomas E.” “Partner, O’Melveny & Myers”
ITA “Draghi, Mario” “Governor, Banca d’Italia”
AUT “Ederer, Brigitte” “CEO, Siemens AG Österreich”
CAN “Edwards, N. Murray ” “Vice Chairman, Candian Natural Resources Limited”

DNK “Eldrup, Anders ” “President, DONG A/S”
ITA “Elkann, John” “Vice Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.”
USA “Farah, Martha J.” “Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience; Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences, University of Pennsylvania”
USA “Feldstein, Martin S.” “President and CEO, National Bureau of Economic Research”
DEU “Fischer, Joschka” Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
USA “Ford, Jr., Harold E.” “Vice Chairman, Merill Lynch & Co., Inc.”
CHE “Forstmoser, Peter” “Professor for Civil, Corporation and Capital Markets Law, University of Zürich”
IRL “Gallagher, Paul ” Attorney General
USA “Geithner, Timothy F. ” “President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York”
USA “Gigot, Paul ” “Editorial Page Editor, The Wall Street Journal”
IRL “Gleeson, Dermot ” “Chairman, AIB Group”
NLD “Goddijn, Harold” “CEO, TomTom”
TUR “Gögüs, Zeynep ” “Journalist; Founder, EurActiv.com.tr”
USA “Graham, Donald E.” “Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company”
NLD “Halberstadt, Victor” “Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings”
USA “Holbrooke, Richard C. ” “Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC”
FIN “Honkapohja, Seppo” “Member of the Board, Bank of Finland”
INT “Hoop Scheffer, Jaap G. de” “Secretary General, NATO”
USA “Hubbard, Allan B.” “Chairman, E & A Industries, Inc.”
BEL “Huyghebaert, Jan” “Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group”
DEU “Ischinger, Wolfgang” Former Ambassador to the UK and US
USA “Jacobs, Kenneth” “Deputy Chairman, Head of Lazard U.S., Lazard Frères & Co. LLC”
USA “Johnson, James A.” “Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC” (Obama’s man tasked with selecting his running mate)
SWE “Johnstone, Tom ” “President and CEO, AB SKF”
USA “Jordan, Jr., Vernon E.” “Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC”
FRA “Jouyet, Jean-Pierre ” Minister of European Affairs
GBR “Kerr, John ” “Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc.”
USA “Kissinger, Henry A.” “Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.”
DEU “Klaeden, Eckart von” “Foreign Policy Spokesman, CDU/CSU”
USA “Kleinfeld, Klaus” “President and COO, Alcoa”
TUR “Koç, Mustafa ” “Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.”
FRA “Kodmani, Bassma” “Director, Arab Reform Initiative”
USA “Kravis, Henry R.” “Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.”
USA “Kravis, Marie-Josée” “Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.”
INT “Kroes, Neelie ” “Commissioner, European Commission”
POL “Kwasniewski, Aleksander ” Former President
AUT “Leitner, Wolfgang” “CEO, Andritz AG”
ESP “León Gross, Bernardino” “Secretary General, Office of the Prime Minister”
INT “Mandelson, Peter” “Commissioner, European Commission”
FRA “Margerie, Christophe de” “CEO, Total”
CAN “Martin, Roger” “Dean, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto”
HUN “Martonyi, János” “Professor of International Trade Law; Partner, Baker & McKenzie; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs”
USA “Mathews, Jessica T. ” “President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace”

INT “McCreevy, Charlie ” “Commissioner, European Commission”
USA “McDonough, William J.” “Vice Chairman and Special Advisor to the Chairman, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.”
CAN “McKenna, Frank” “Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group”
GBR “McKillop, Tom ” “Chairman, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group”
FRA “Montbrial, Thierry de” “President, French Institute for International Relations”
ITA “Monti, Mario” “President, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi”
USA “Mundie, Craig J. ” “Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation”
NOR “Myklebust, Egil” “Former Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, Norsk Hydro ASA”
DEU “Nass, Matthias” “Deputy Editor, Die Zeit”
NLD “Netherlands, H.M. the Queen of the”
FRA “Ockrent, Christine” “CEO, French television and radio world service”
FIN “Ollila, Jorma” “Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc”
SWE “Olofsson, Maud ” Minister of Enterprise and Energy; Deputy Prime Minister
NLD “Orange, H.R.H. the Prince of”
GBR “Osborne, George” Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
TUR “Öztrak, Faik” Member of Parliament
ITA “Padoa-Schioppa, Tommaso ” Former Minister of Finance; President of Notre Europe
GRC “Papahelas, Alexis” “Journalist, Kathimerini”
GRC “Papalexopoulos, Dimitris” “CEO, Titan Cement Co. S.A.”
USA “Paulson, Jr., Henry M.” Secretary of the Treasury
USA “Pearl, Frank H.” “Chairman and CEO, Perseus, LLC”
USA “Perle, Richard N.” “Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research”
FRA “Pérol, François” Deputy General Secretary in charge of Economic Affairs
DEU “Perthes, Volker” “Director, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik”
BEL “Philippe, H.R.H. Prince”
CAN “Prichard, J. Robert S.” “President and CEO, Torstar Corporation”
CAN “Reisman, Heather M.” “Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.”
USA “Rice, Condoleezza” Secretary of State
PRT “Rio, Rui ” Mayor of Porto
USA “Rockefeller, David ” “Former Chairman, Chase Manhattan Bank”
ESP “Rodriguez Inciarte, Matias” “Executive Vice Chairman, Grupo Santander”
USA “Rose, Charlie” “Producer, Rose Communications”
DNK “Rose, Flemming” “Editor, Jyllands Posten”
USA “Ross, Dennis B.” “Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy”
USA “Rubin, Barnett R.” “Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, Center for International Cooperation, New York University”
TUR “Sahenk, Ferit ” “Chairman, Dogus Holding A.S.”
USA “Sanford, Mark” Governor of South Carolina
USA “Schmidt, Eric” “Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO, Google”
AUT “Scholten, Rudolf ” “Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG”
DNK “Schur, Fritz H. ” Fritz Schur Gruppen
CZE “Schwarzenberg, Karel ” Minister of Foreign Affairs
USA “Sebelius, Kathleen” Governor of Kansas
USA “Shultz, George P.” “Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University”

ESP “Spain, H.M. the Queen of”
CHE “Spillmann, Markus” “Editor-in-Chief and Head Managing Board, Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG”
USA “Summers, Lawrence H.” “Charles W. Eliot Professor, Harvard University”
GBR “Taylor, J. Martin” “Chairman, Syngenta International AG”
USA “Thiel, Peter A.” “President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC”
NLD “Timmermans, Frans ” Minister of European Affairs
RUS “Trenin, Dmitri V.” “Deputy Director and Senior Associate, Carnegie Moscow Center”
INT “Trichet, Jean-Claude” “President, European Central Bank”
USA “Vakil, Sanam” “Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University”
FRA “Valls, Manuel ” Member of Parliament
GRC “Varvitsiotis, Thomas” “Co-Founder and President, V + O Communication”
CHE “Vasella, Daniel L.” “Chairman and CEO, Novartis AG”
FIN “Väyrynen, Raimo” “Director, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs”
FRA “Védrine, Hubert” Hubert Védrine Conseil
NOR “Vollebaek, Knut” “High Commissioner on National Minorities, OSCE”
SWE “Wallenberg, Jacob” “Chairman, Investor AB”
USA “Weber, J. Vin” “CEO, Clark & Weinstock”
USA “Wolfensohn, James D. ” “Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC”
USA “Wolfowitz, Paul ” “Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research”
INT “Zoellick, Robert B. ” “President, The World Bank Group”

Rapporteurs
GBR “Bredow, Vendeline von” “Business Correspondent, The Economist”
GBR “Wooldridge, Adrian D.” “Foreign Correspondent, The Economist”

AUT Austria HUN Hungary
BEL Belgium INT International
CHE Switzerland IRL Ireland
CAN Canada ITA Italy
CZE Czech Republic NOR Norway
DEU Germany NLD Netherlands
DNK Denmark PRT Portugal
ESP Spain POL Poland
FRA France RUS Russia
FIN Finland SWE Sweden
GBR Great Britain TUR Turkey
GRC Greece USA United States of America

Homeland Security’s Space-Based Spies

Antifascist Calling
June 5, 2008

When The Wall Street Journal broke a story last August on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to provide state and local authorities access to information gathered by the U.S. military’s fleet of spy satellites, it ignited a minor firestorm in Congress.

The National Applications Office (NAO) according to published reports, would coordinate how domestic law enforcement and “disaster relief” agencies such as FEMA utilize imagery intelligence (IMINT) generated by U.S. spy satellites. But as with other Bushist “security” schemes there’s little in the way of “oversight” and zero concern for the rights of the American people.

Indeed, in a scathing letter from House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, Thompson wrote,

Unfortunately, I have had to rely on media reports to gain information about this endeavor because neither I nor my staff was briefed on the decision to create this new office prior to the public disclosure of this effort. …

I am also concerned about the Department’s failure to vet this program with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which was specifically created to ensure that concerns with respect to privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in the implementation of executive branch policies related to protecting the Nation against terrorism. The failure to consult the Board on a matter as controversial as using spy satellites for domestic homeland security and law enforcement purposes is particularly worrisome.

Worrisome perhaps, but standard operating procedure for the corporatist gang setting “homeland” security policy in Washington: “You don’t ask, we don’t tell, comprende?”

The ACLU weighed in last September when Barry Steinhardt, Director of the Technology and Liberty Project in testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee stated:

“Congress needs to act before this potentially powerful surveillance tool is turned inward upon the American people. The domestic use of spy satellites represents a potential monster in the making, and we need to put some restraints in place before it grows into something that will trample Americans’ privacy rights.”

The program, originally slated to “go live” October 1, 2007, had been delayed by DHS’s refusal to address concerns raised by congressional and civil liberties critics over the NAO’s legal basis, not to mention its potential for abuse. But those misgivings have apparently been jettisoned out of the proverbial airlock.

The Washington Post reported April 12, “The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation’s most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea’s legal authority.”

But during the September hearing cited above, Jane Harman (D-CA), the architect of the Orwellian “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007” (H.R. 1955), certainly no slouch when it comes to expanding repressive state power said: “It will terrify you if you really understand the capabilities of [military] satellites.”

Citing criticism raised by Thompson and Harman, Chertoff claimed,

“There is no basis to suggest that this process is in any way insufficient to protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans,” Chertoff wrote to Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Jane Harman (D-Calif.), chairmen of the House Homeland Security Committee and its intelligence subcommittee, respectively, in letters released yesterday.

“I think we’ve fully addressed anybody’s concerns,” Chertoff added in remarks last week to bloggers. “I think the way is now clear to stand it up and go warm on it.” (Spencer S. Hsu, “Administration Set to Use New Spy Program in U.S.,” The Washington Post, April 12, 2008)

Why are these “assets” so terrifying?

Unlike commercial satellites that beam TV programs, forecast the weather or provide global positioning services, their military cousins are far more flexible, have greater resolution and therefore, more power to monitor human activity. By utilizing different parts of the light- and infrared spectrum, spy satellites, in addition to taking ultra high-resolution photographs to within a meter of their “target,” can also track the heat signatures generated by people inside a building.

Perfectly suited for handing local SWAT teams “actionable intelligence” to bust up a meeting by antiwar, union or environmental activists, we have no criteria for assessing how the use of IMINT by “law enforcement” will impact our lives since DHS won’t say. Considering that the full-capabilities of these systems are unknown outside the intelligence “community” and are among the most closely-guarded state secrets, only those inside NAO will actually know who is being monitored from space.

Simply put, if Chertoff’s plan passes congressional muster NAO will greatly enhance the formidable technological police state architecture already in place through current “warrantless wiretapping” and data mining programs. As it stands, use of imagery and geospatial intelligence is limited to scientific agencies with zero responsibility for “homeland” security or law enforcement. Why these capabilities couldn’t continue to be used for legitimate scientific purposes–or disaster assessment, for that matter–have not been addressed by Chertoff and his minions.

But perhaps, other, more pressing “commercial concerns” are being catered to here. As investigative journalist Tim Shorrock wrote,

The NAO was created under a plan tentatively approved in May 2007 by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell. Specifically, the NAO will oversee how classified information collected by the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and other key agencies is used within the U.S. during natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other events affecting national security. The most critical intelligence will be supplied by the NSA and the NGA, which are often referred to by U.S. officials as the “eyes” and “ears” of the intelligence community. …

The study group that established policies for the NAO was jointly funded by the ODNI and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), one of only two domestic U.S. agencies that is currently allowed, under rules set in the 1970s, to use classified intelligence from spy satellites. (The other is NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.) The group was chaired by Keith Hall, a Booz Allen vice president who manages his firm’s extensive contracts with the NGA and previously served as the director of the NRO.

Other members of the group included seven other former intelligence officers working for Booz Allen, as well as retired Army Lieutenant General Patrick M. Hughes, the former director of the DIA and vice president of homeland security for L-3 Communications, a key NSA contractor; and Thomas W. Conroy, the vice president of national security programs for Northrop Grumman, which has extensive contracts with the NSA and the NGA and throughout the intelligence community.

From the start, the study group was heavily weighted toward companies with a stake in both foreign and domestic intelligence. Not surprisingly, its contractor-advisers called for a major expansion in the domestic use of the spy satellites that they sell to the government. Since the end of the Cold War and particularly since the September 11, 2001 attacks, they said, the “threats to the nation have changed and there is a growing interest in making available the special capabilities of the intelligence community to all parts of the government, to include homeland security and law enforcement entities and on a higher priority basis.” (“Domestic Spying, Inc.,” CorpWatch, November 27, 2007)

As is readily apparent the problem here, as with nearly all of the Bush administration’s “counterterrorist” schemes since 9/11, is that NAO will largely be a creature operated and managed–at a steep price–by defense, intelligence and security privateers.

According to Washington Technology’s “2008 Top Government IT Contractors,” The Boeing Company clocks in at No. 2, with $9,706,621,413; No. 3, Northrop Grumman Corporation at $7,914,924,473: No. 5, SAIC, at $4,919,829,998; No. 8, L-3 Communications Corporation at $3,944,840,524; No. 12, BAE Systems, the third largest military contractor in the world, at $2,019,931,520.

However you spread the taxpayer-generated grease around, it adds up to one giant incentive to see NAO “go warm,” as Chertoff colorfully explained in April.

But as Alice Lipowicz wrote,

Satellite communications and intelligence activities are a major source of federal contracting activity, and expansion of those programs into homeland security and law enforcement is likely to lead to greater contracting support. Information was not immediately available on the proposed budget for the National Applications Office for fiscal 2009 and beyond. (“CRS: Satellite surveillance raises privacy questions,” Washington Technology, April 1, 2008)

We can only imagine how, under the stewardship of opaque corporations answerable to no one but their boards of directors, NAO would greatly enhance the corporatist “growth potential” into the ever-more lucrative “homeland security” market!

Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama In Secret Bilderberg Meeting Rendezvous

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Friday, June 6, 2008

According to news reports, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went out of their way to hold their long-awaited private meeting in a very specific location – not at Hillary’s mansion in Washington – but in Northern Virginia, which also just happens to be the scene of the 2008 Bilderberg meeting.

Clinton and Obama
Both Hillary and Obama have deep rooted connections to the Bilderberg elitists.

Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs told the media that Obama and Clinton held a private meeting last night but he refused to disclose where it taken place, except that it was not at Clinton’s home in Washington, as had been widely reported. Hillary campaign managers also refused to disclose the location of the rendezvous.

“Reporters traveling with Obama sensed something might be happening between the pair when they arrived at Dulles International Airport after an event in Northern Virginia and Obama was not aboard the airplane,” reports the Associated Press.

Dulles just happens to be walking distance from the Westfields Marriott hotel in Chantilly where Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller and the rest of the Bilderberg globalists are convening.

“Asked at the time about the Illinois senator’s whereabouts, Gibbs smiled and declined to comment,” the reports adds.

What is the only political “event” taking place in Northern Virginia at the moment? The Bilderberg Group meeting of course. Rather than taking the easier option of meeting at Clinton’s Washington mansion, Obama and Hillary went out of their way to grace the Bilderberg elitists with their presence.

The neo-liberal website Wonkette, which had previously ridiculed “conspiracy theorists” for ascribing power to Bilderberg, seemed to take a somewhat different tone when it made the connection between Obama and Hillary’s meeting and the Bilderberg Group.

“Guess who had a very private talky-talk in (maybe) romantic Northern Virginia tonight, probably at the Bilderberg Group meeting in Chantilly? Your Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton!,” states the blog. “They really met and talked, in private, Thursday night. And really, it sounds like they did this at that creepy Bilderberg Group meeting, which is happening now, and which is so secret that nobody will admit they’re going, even though everybody who is anybody goes to Bilderberg.”

To have the potential future President and Vice-President of America attend a conference that debunkers have dismissed as a mere talking shop for old white men once again underscores the real influence that Bilderberg enjoys.

Not one U.S. corporate media outlet has made the connection between the location of the Bilderberg Group conference this year and Obama and Hillary’s decision to venture out to Chantilly for their confidential “tet a tet”.

Not one U.S. corporate media outlet has yet uttered one word about 125 of the world’s most influential power brokers meeting behind closed doors to discuss the future of the planet on U.S. soil – while being met by the probable future President of the United States.

Both Hillary and Obama have deep rooted connections to the Bilderberg elitists.

Bill Clinton attended the 1991 meeting in Germany shortly before becoming President and he attended again in 1999 when the conference was held in Sintra, Portugal (despite Clinton’s lie that he had not attended in 15 years).

Hillary herself was rumored to have attended the 2006 meeting in Ottawa, Canada.

As we reported last month, Bilderberg luminary and top corporate elitist James A. Johnson will select Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s running mate for the 2008 election and in turn potentially act as kingmaker for America’s future President.

Johnson also selected John Kerry’s running mate John Edwards in 2004 after Edwards had impressed Bilderberg elitists Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller with a speech he gave at the globalist confab in Italy that year.

Johnson, who attended last year’s Bilderberg meeting in Turkey, is a representative for Friends of Bilderberg, an offshoot group that organizes Bilderberg’s annual meeting.

Hillary and Obama’s attendance of the 2008 Bilderberg meeting, and the complete failure of the mainstream media to report on the fact, once again betrays the super-secretive nature and influential reputation that the 54-year-old organization still maintains.

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