presented at the 2009 Personal Democracy Forum at Jazz at Lincoln Center. About 10 minutes of it is a minor update (rehash) of An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube, but the rest is new. The gathering may have been the highest concentration of amazingly creative and concerned global citizens I have ever been around. Hallway conversations were different than your typical conversations. Instead of lots of people saying, 'You know, somebody should ...' there were lots of people saying, 'So I did this, this, and this, and now Im working on doing this, this, and this and we should collaborate ...' In other words, it was a bunch of people blessed with what I once heard Yochai Benkler and Henry Jenkins call critical optimism. Nobody there was blindly optimistic, thinking technology was going to make everything better. They were all continually trying to figure out where we are, where we might be going, and the possible downsides and dangers of new technologies so we can use the new technologies to serve human purposes. In other words, it was my kind of crowd. Special thanks to Micah Sifry and Andrew Rasiej for organizing the conference.
The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity
Are wars to make citizens slaves to debt? The below video is a dramatization of that premise. China can produce cheap small arms in massive numbers. China might be more honorable than the US Government is currently in how they treat other citizens of the world. I found the video and the link to it in the below video in the first comment in the previous post on this blog.
The story is being carried live on CNN right now, and I assume is also on other networks. The authorities will immediately test the device as an explosive. If a plane was blown out of the sky, the debris would be tested for explosive residue as a matter of procedure. My thoughts are on how come no debris related to the 3 buildings that "fell" from fire were not tested for explosive residue?
The spooks can't pull another 9-11 type event. Too many people would be collecting evidence. The government couldn't just quickly remove the evidence, guard it, and then destroy it the next time. They have to switch up their black ops mode of operation for a whole new idea to terrorize the populace.
Hearing "Al Qaeda", "Al Qaeda", "Al Qaeda" just pisses me off. Al Qaeda was simply a CIA program, up until 9-11, or even continuing. Insider Sibel Edmonds seems to spell that out. [video and text, scroll down in post]
My Friday, pre-election rant:
I, Steven G. Erickson, believe all of this is possible because all courts and policing is rigged for the insiders. From my latest personal experience, I brought about a small claims case last year, I can see it even more clearly.
I had to serve the individual, a Vermont used car dealer, 3 times, the case was delayed, and delayed. Other salesman working for the dealer were also ripped off for thousands, also male/male sexually harassed, and they too, took the used car dealer's threats of being beaten up or murdered seriously. They informed me that the car dealer had hired heavily tattooed thugs to come up from New York City to kill me. My former neighbors in Putney, Vermont, told me there were people actively looking for me. Brattleboro and Vermont State Police didn't seem interested in doing an investigation or doing any follow up calls after I made the complaint. Making a false statement to police is illegal. So, their silence says something.
When I finally got a court date after much time, the judge recused himself just before the hearing. Another hearing was scheduled at the Newfane Vermont Small Claims Court over the Brattleboro car used car dealer case. Just before that hearing, that judge recused himself. Then just shy of 2 months ago a hearing was actually held, the court has not yet sent me an answer to the case, and when I called the clerk of the court, she said a judge can take as long as he wants to answer a case so I have to wait. Do you see a pattern? Information on that case: http://judicialmisconduct.blogspot.com/2010/10/us-court-blacklisting.html
In the mid 1990's I was attacked by a Stafford Springs, Connecticut, powdered cocaine dealer, Peter Panciera. He told me to leave the area, as I was well known by criminals in town and their partners in crime, the cops, for co-founding the Stafford Springs Crime Watch. I dialed 911 after Panciera picked me up by my neck beat me about my face and then bit into my ear. When police arrived I was bleeding down my neck to my underwear. Pancieara fled the scene because he was holding a huge amount of cash and drugs. Witnesses told police they didn't know who attacked me in their statements to police.
Stafford Police Officer Frank Prochaska "re-investigated" the case, the witnesses then changed their stories, suddenly remembering "their friend" and then said I had attacked Peter Panciera, unprovoked, bullshit! That still doesn't explain my face beaten in, and the bite into my ear where I bled down my neck and chest to my underwear. I was arrested in front of my wife, a former European lingerie model [picture], at my home. I faced a year and a half in prison for this "offense". I had refused to get a lawyer, so I was able to get the case nolled, as I did have a lawyer to rig the case behind my back after I paid him, or her, tens of thousands of dollars to defend myself.
Should any citizen in the United States of America, lose their job, their home, their children, their credit, life savings, to be permanently estranged from most friends and family, serving a prison sentence because a drug dealer bites their ear?That is how ridiculous YOUR US "Justice System" is. [Another example of how ridiculous]
Upset with the constant Keystones Cops bullshit, and rigged civil courts in Connecticut, I wrote Bush [this letter, scroll down in post], 9-15-01, and got word back that Bush actually read it. Police got a copy of the letter days after, and commented to me personally, "... leave the State, or you are going to get arrested and go to prison."
I then had a different druggie violent felon Connecticut State Police Confidential Informant at each of my properties threatening my life, leaving threatening voicemails, telling my tenants that I was to be killed, and chasing me into my house, keys in hand, knowing that if either violent felon caught me out in my yard and beat me, I'd get prison for the "offense".
Connecticut State Police had refused to protect and serve. A Somers Connecticut Police Officer told me that if he helped me, he'd lose his job, as I was "on the list", and could only be arrested and prosecuted, not helped. 10-11-01 I was attacked on my property. I pepper sprayed my knife wielding attacker after being jumped in my dark driveway after a double shift of work. Only I was arrested and received a year in prison for this "offense".
At the same time a man already in trouble got probation for raping a 3 year old. My tenant, a father of four, caught his wife cheating on him. He was on probation, kicked a guy's door in, committed a home invasion, beat the guy breaking his nose causing facial disfigurement, beat his wife and dragged her home. My former tenant was even violated on probation for this. An Ellington bartender on probation tested 8 times dirty for hard drugs and alcohol, then attacked a man while drunk because the man had talked to the bartender's girlfriend, police arrived to him jumping on top of the man, almost beating him to death, breaking his jaw, causing facial disfigurement. Again, at the same court, the bartender wasn't even violated on probation, as jails at that time were too overcrowded, dangerous, and unsanitary to send more citizen in.
So, I was sentenced to a year in prison for resisting being mugged on my own property, using pepper spray!
I am proof positive that ANY CITIZEN CAN BE BLACKLISTED AGAINST GETTING ANY POLICE PROTECTION AND ANY REMEDY IN COURT.
Arianna Huffington wants to cover up 9-11 "Events"
Jesse Ventura talks about his tiff with Arianna Huffington in the below video. Ventura takes exception to the Huffington Post not covering 9-11 "Events". When thousands of professionals and engineers meet, it is an event. When leaders and experienced intelligence operatives from around the world are willing to state their names saying 9-11, was an inside job, it is also an "event" not a conspiracy theory.
Picture of Arianna Huffington re-posted [from here]
Is Arianna Huffington covering some news mainstream media propaganda, use your big money to squash the truth, program?
EXCLUSIVE: Uncovered 9/11 Footage Shows FBI Director Asking Firefighters About "Secondary Hits" On WTC
Amazing video also shows city officials hurriedly leaving after South Tower collapse
Steve Watson Infowars.com Wednesday, Oct 27th, 2010
An intriguing video has appeared on You Tube that appears to show a FDNY film crew being interviewed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks by the the director of the FBI's New York office, who has suspicions that one of the World Trade Center towers took a "secondary hit" before collapsing.
The video appears to be part of NIST's recent FOIA releases and therefore has not been seen before now.
On first viewing it appears to be nothing special, just the horribly familiar scenes of dust and rubble from the aftermath of the attacks. However, it contains a stunning exchange between officials and firefighters.
The action appears to be taking place immediately after the collapse of the South tower and before the collapse of the North tower.
The film crew exits a building and make their way along the dust and debris littered streets.
At around 2 mins 50, a man in a suit approaches the crew and announces himself as "FBI, Barry Mawn."
Mawn (pictured below with Rudy Giuliani) was at that time the director of the FBI's New York office.
Mawn then asks the FDNY crew a question in the form of a statement -- "That tower got a secondary hit?"
The firefighters respond by saying they are unsure but they heard a rumbling and ran for their lives as the tower then collapsed.
The audio is difficult to hear but one of the firefighters then says he "saw it blow right out the side of the building" to which Mawn asks "that was the plane right?".
The firefighter then states "I don't know if it was a plane or an explosion."
As they continue their description of events the noise of a jet overhead interrupts them as people begin to panic. Someone, presumably another FBI agent shouts "is that ours?" to which Mawn replies "yeah that should be ours".
At this point a large gathering of suited individuals walks into view and a woman in the group yells "go to city hall."
Mawn then asks "where is the mayor?", from which it can be deduced that this group is affiliated with Rudy Giuliani and they are hurriedly leaving the scene.
The woman leading the mayor's group then curses at reporters telling them to "get the f*** out of here".
One commenter has speculated that the reporters are with Pat Dawson, the first NBC News correspondent to report from the scene of the attacks at the World Trade Center. http://www.infowars.com/exclusive-unc...
This blogger's email: stevengerickson AT Yahoo Dot Com
I went to the site in New York City about 6 months later. I was choked from the smoke from the fires still burning underground so many months later. That alone, arose my suspicion that something just wasn't right with the "story" of 9-11. I have never heard of buildings continuing to burn underground for months. What was added to the buildings to help then explode and continue to burn? Ask yourself that question. Who would most benefit from the "disaster"? Ask yourself that question. Open your mind up to the truth. It hurts.
A catchy tune to mock the CIA and domestic spying arm, The FBI:
Kenneth Krayeske was critical of Republican Governor [M. Jodi Rell] in his blog. Rell's staff runs google alerts for Rell's name. Those who are critical of Rell in blogs have their names sent to the Connecticut State Police. I was critical of Rell in this blog. A Stark Raving Viking blog post was printed out and sent to police. My name was then placed on the Connecticut State Police Secret Enemies Arrest on Sight List. If I had shown up in public in Connecticut at the time Ken Krayeske did, I would have been arrested on sight, and treated probably even more roughly than Krayeske. The "Terrorist Threat" is overrated if the top threats in a state of three and a half million are two bloggers critical of a governor in their blogs.
Max Keiser, Alex Jones, and others are guests talking with James Corbett
This blogger's email: stevengerickson AT yahoo Dot Com
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During Ronald Reagan's watch, the US officially became a drug dealing economy.
If there are no real checks and balances left in the US, we are under armed occupation. The below video is the "101" for mainstream media propaganda in "War Zones". Are we getting similar news in the US while under armed occupation?
Before the Iraq war there was Grenada, 27 years ago the United States sent 7,000 troops to invade the tiny country. The US media hyped up the invasion and made it appear necessary that the US invade to get rid of Cuban occupiers. Author Glen Ford says corporate media continues to prove how it can better spread war propaganda.
Grenada has almost the identical population to [Fargo, North Dakota]. Under Ronald Reagan, the world sees the Corporate Bankster Imperialist Nation "Colonize" yet another part of the world. What could a little island nation really have done to warrant a full scale super power military invasion?
Grenada was about to export "terror", you can hear Reagan showing us all what was to come in the below video.
27 years ago today, 7,000 U.S. troops invaded a tiny island nation of 95,000 under the guise of fighting an imminent communist threat. The reality was a brutal invasion and a high human cost because of the US's use of overwhelming force against largely unarmed civilians. But in many ways, the invasion of Grenada was a litmus test for post-Vietnam War interventions and imperialism—a legacy that lives on today in the Iraq War.
As former head of the CIA, George H. W. Bush may have been the biggest drug lord, "The Kingpin", for cocaine in history. Was Panama invaded because the dictator on the CIA cocaine dealing payroll reneged on payments for drugs due Bush?
The film explores the rise of cocaine and resulting crime epidemic that swept the American city of Miami, Florida in the 1970s and 1980s
Yes, the invasion of Afghanistan was about the CIA cornering the world's heroin market.
What's going on worldwide with the real power behind the US Government? Is it a worldwide Parker Brothers game of "Monopoly" or is it "Risk"? As long as the US is sending soldiers out to catch bullets, be exposed to depleted uranium radioactive rounds, and absorb bombs in areas of occupation, they can't just pay soldiers with what they eat. If the US Dollar tanks, troops would be paid in military meals "ready to eat", MREs. So, as long as the US is out being an imperialist dick, the dollar won't completely tank.
Despite the truce that G20 countries made this weekend agreeing not to devalue currencies to tackle financial imbalances, some fear the US has been long involved in a currency war. The US has waged well-known wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet some say it is also waging a lesser-known battle that is just as costly and much larger in scale.
The World Justice Project released a report that stated that the United States ranks extremely low on many polls. It seems that the US has fallen from grace as it lags behind in these world rankings, demonstrating that the US is crumbling. Author and activist David Swanson says that the United States' "super power" status is in jeopardy when compared to the European Union, which is bigger and stronger than the US.
US falling from grace
Is the US a world "Problem Solver" or the "World Problem"?
Would American taxpayers agree with all the international law breaking of the US Government if it were taken to a referendum vote? Would Americans vote for the two ground wars of illegal occupation if a vote were taken? If there is no honest investigations, policing, courts are rigged, and if there is no real representation for our taxation, this is what we get:
'WikiLeaks exposed US, British govt lies about Iraq casualties'
U.S. commanders in Iraq ignored evidence of torture and often failed to investigate the killing of civilians. These are the major findings from the leak of 400,000 secret American military files from the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. For more insight, RT talks to Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan who's alleged his country's complicity in human rights abuse.
More videos wikileaks and other videos in this post:
What type of choices do Americans get in an election? Well in Connecticut you get a lying lawyer Connecticut Attorney General Richard "Dick" Blumenthal against a WWE executive willing to spend 10 million dollars, or so, to buy the US Senate seat now held by bankster enabler and international criminal, Connecticut US Senator Chris Dodd.
Vince McMahon, CEO of the Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment franchise, the WWE. Blumenthal allegedly awarded former law partners millions of dollars in no bid contracts. He calls himself "the people's lawyer" in his official Connecticut Attorney General's webpage but ignores or blocks lawsuits and investigations against publicly corrupt official Connecticut, the entity he really protects, not the people. Blumenthal also lied about his military service and then got caught.
The latest Wikileaks documents reveal that over a thousand Iraqis were tortured and America turned a blind eye. We knew this years ago and turned a blind eye. Now we are reminded, and again America turns a blind eye. I wish I could say I was shocked. But I'm not.
Christian Peacemaker members, including some of those who have been taken captive, had been investigating abuses at the hands of special police and military groups months before the Nov. 15 discovery of 173 detainees in the basement of an Interior Ministry building. American soldiers who liberated the prisoners said some appeared to have been tortured by their Iraqi government captors.
At the time I knew the quote was too kind. At the time I knew US trained Death Squads were active in Iraq. The 173 liberated hostages did not "appear to have been tortured" as the American press so delicately put it. The BBC was much more honest:
The return to torture and killing by the security forces is another embarrassment for the American and British governments
The list compiled by Human Rights Watch includes beating detainees with cables, hanging them from their wrists for long periods and giving electric shocks to sensitive parts of the body.
From a video given to the BBC by the Association of Muslim Scholars (a Sunni Muslim organisation), it seems another particularly brutal form of torture can also be added - drilling into the knees, elbows and shoulders of victims
That quote used in the title is not some lefty peacenik talking. That is Major General Joseph Peterson. He heads the training of Iraqi police forces for the US Army.
I then went on to note this was important for the following reasons:
This is the first official confirmation by the US of Death Squad activity in Iraq.
Death Squad activity has been alleged for over a year now.
The "Police Commando Units" you read about are Death Squads.
Those "Police Commando Units" were trained by US and UK contractors with the full knowledge of John Negroponte and the Pentagon.
The policy is colloquially known as "The Salvador Option"
This story has been reported before, but every one of the reporters covering it was killed.(UPDATED LINKS BELOW)
This is why the Christian Peacemaker Team went to Iraq.
This represents proof positive that the insurgents are not the only ones with competing factions.
This marks a shift in US military strategy.
The men who built these operations need to be brought to justice.
The last point was the most important. It never happened. America turned a blind eye. A few years later, David Petraeus, like Brutus, was labeled an honorable man. The truth was otherwise, but even Ted Westhusing's suicide note was not enough to convince a wilfully blind America.
Now the bodies and the stories behind the bodies are buried. The Wikileaks documents have surfaced belatedly, like the bones of victims in a mass grave silently clawing their way towards the light. But even now America still turns a blind eye.
Tom Fox may have died for our sins, but his death didn't absolve us of anything.
Most of the links in my original pieces have been wiped away and all of this criminal activity -- done in our name, with our money, by our government, enabled by our silence, and pardoned by our indifference -- is washed down the memory hole like blood from a crime scene after they hose down the sidewalk.
Even President Obama enables this whitewash when he plays the role of America's Lot and tells us "...we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards." I'm sorry Mr. President, but I can't take that journey with you. I have not mastered Umberto Ecco's Ars Oblivionalis, the Dark Art of Forgetting. I cannot ignore the bitter taste memory leaves in my mouth. I know it will never go away as long as we shut our eyes to the fact we are covered in blood.
Steve Vincent (New York Time), Yasser Salihee (Knight Ridder) and Fakher Haider (New York Times).
All three journalists have this in common: That was the last story these journalists covered before they were shot to death in Iraq in 2005.
All the links have been wiped clean. In response to a comment questioning this claim, I used the Way Back Machine to find the original stories and offer them to anyone else who doubts the veracity of this claim. Here they are:
About the author: For starters, I am not the Henry Porter who writes for the Observer in Britain. I'm a native New Yorker living in Maryland. I used to believe knowledge was power. Now I know knowledge translated into action is power.
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I visit the Kenny's Sideshow blog regularly. I figured he would post on this subject too. He did.
"We're going to make this much more difficult for you if you don't cooperate."
This stereotypically thuggish threat issued from a stereotypical thug named Vincent, an FBI agent who was among a half-dozen Feds and local police who descended on the Santa Clara home of 20-year-old Yasir Afifi earlier this month. A few days before that visit, Afifi had discovered a government-issue GPS tracking device attached to his car during an oil change.
The below video says it all. America's "Justice System" is the lowest rated in the industrialized world. There is no life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness if your government is doing all it can to put you in jail, break up your family, take your possessions, destroy small business, completely eliminate small family farms, and spy on you to make all this possible.
The below is from the Russia Today Network, probably more honest than any mainstream US media. Medea Benjamin of Code Pink is interviewed. I met her in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the NCMR Free Press Event, June 2008, and very much enjoyed all that she had to say. [Video I shot of Medea and Code Pink, 2008]
No Justice for All: Hand of law heavy in 'Warfare State'?
If you blog critical of a politician, such as Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell, you are considered more dangerous than Al Qaeda, the KKK, White Supremacists, the Taliban, the PLO, the Black Panthers, and criminals who would sodomize an 11 year old, rape a mother and daughters, and burn a house down during a home invasion [that story].
Was the Dr. William Petit family made unsafe by police and courts concentrating 24/7 on bloggers, not criminals? Why would a blogger get 2 cruisers following him, or her, around 24/7, in pairs burning huge quantities of gasoline and tax dollars, emails hacked, phones tapped, and police informants paid tax dollars to harass, terrorize, and set him, or her, up for false imprisonment and loss of the sum total of their life's work, not real criminals who are a danger to society, not to an out of control government?
Steven G. Erickson, Ken Krayeske campaign manager for the Green Party and a journalist, and divorced father Chris Kennedy, were on an arrest on sight list in 2007, not terrorists, known gang members, drug dealers, dangerous criminals, or anyone who should be on the list. Should Free Speech in America result in you being Blacklisted and arrested on sight, losing everything, and being railroaded to prison?
Secret Police memos obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, scroll as a pdf in video. Police aren't interested in members of the KKK, skinheads, hate groups, actual criminals, and others. They're after journalists and bloggers critical of government. The police are actively out to false arrest anyone on the list. With false arrests sometimes comes prison. So political prisoners are being held in the US. There is no mention of terrorists, mainly Steven G. Erickson, Ken Krayeske, Chris Kennedy, and those who are journalists, bloggers, or who just wrote letters critical of public corruption and police misconduct and brutality in the State of Connecticut.
US President Richard M. Nixon had an enemies list for dealing with political rivals and those with "Big Mouths". Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell seems to think the same way. Target citizens for political reasons and see to it that they are ruined, arrested, and left penniless facing prison. More information: http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com...
- To all US legislators, is the above the country that you want to leave to YOUR future generations?
stevengerickson AT yahoo DOT com
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A substitute teacher who was issued a laptop with possible computer viruses, lost her baby while pregnant, and faces, or faced, decades in prison, for the laptop having a pop up showing porn. Should this woman face life in prison for this "offense"? At the time this blogger was sentenced to a year in prison for resisting being mugged and stabbed on his own property, a rapist of a 3 year old on probation got no jail time. Current America might be best described by the Julie Amero saga (click on title for post):
Bill Still, documentary producer, "The Secret of Oz"
If you don't understand the unholy alliance between politicians and banks, watch the below free version of an award winning documentary.
Don't complain if you don't understand.
Do you want to throw off the yoke of corporate bankster serfdom?
Did Foreign Corporate Banksters, then based in England, decide in 1891 to make US farmers tenants on their own land? Did the banksters learn a valuable lesson on how to engineer economic depressions to further their control and increase their profits?
The corporate bankster subversion of courts began from the 1890's. Their ironclad grip continues today. It is time to reform the courts in order to eliminate corporate criminal banking. Was the 1913 Federal Reserve Bank Act the ultimate coup for the corporate banksters?
The 1939 movie version of, "The Wizard of Oz", disposed of the key to the symbolism. Dorothy's slippers were originally silver, representing silver money. The scarecrow represented the farmer, not so dumb in his march on Washington, DC, the Emerald City. The Tin Woodsman was representative of the factory worker. The Cowardly Lion represents William Jennings Bryan in his handling of the silver movement. The international banking crime of 1873 is represented. The Witches of the East and West were J. P. Morgan and Rockefellers. The power on Dorothy's feet, the slippers, represent the right to print money. Falling asleep in the poppy fields represents the Opium Wars.
The corporate banksters are out again to strangle the world's money supply. Americans are tenants on their own land, borrowing money at interest to pay tribute to banksters, rewarding them yet again for their worldwide organized crime syndicate dirty deeds.
What lessons can be learned from Iceland, the failing banks, and public revolt? What does the EU represent? Should North Dakota's successful banking system be used as a new model?
Wars are a bankster tool to further rip us off and enslave us.
I don't agree with all Mr. Still has to say, but please consider his points and educate yourself.
Plutocracy is rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth. The combination of both plutocracy and oligarchy is called plutarchy.
- Is Connecticut silent wall of public corruption going to fail, exposing the retaliation policing and court system keeping citizens terrorized into silence? If checks and balances are re-installed, will the corporate banksters be able to continue to rip us off and enslave us? Should we have representation for our taxation? The scab is possibly being ripped off the infection in Connecticut:
If you have a working mind of your own and are willing to inform others of what you know, the government wants to detain you. If you question the illegal operations of government, and lack of oversight, the government wants to detain you. If you inform others of the abuse and facts, the government wants to detain you. If you are a threat to the profiteers puppeteering governments, there could be torture, your confinement, and your covert disposal.
Jesse Ventura "Conspiracy Theory" on TruTv videos, a video where Jesse lets a Fox News host have it over the 9-11 conspiracy and more: http://thesrv.blogspot.com/2010/10/corporate-9-11-coup-detat.html Was Lyme Disease an accidental, or a bio-weapon released, on purpose from Plum Island, a bio research lab on an island between Long Island, New York, and Connecticut.
This post is narrated. Scroll down for liveleak.com video at bottom.
Imagine these swimming in your brain, your spinal cord, in your blood stream. This basic form of life is hard to kill, that is why Lyme Disease is expensive to be treat, and if not caught hours after infection, is not curable.
This blogger knows of two women, mothers, with scientific backgrounds who connected the dots on Lyme Disease testing and treatment fraud, Big Pharma shenanigans, an insurance scam, and involved the FDA. Both women had their kids taken away, were arrested, and thrown in mental institutions. That happened to Lisa Masterson in the UK and Kathleen Dickson in the USA. Piss off Big Pharma and government spy goons will be sent to your door. Check out the link immediately below.
The world of Lyme disease medicine is split into two camps – the US government-backed “Steere camp”, which maintains the disease is hard-to-catch, easily cured, and rarely causes chronic neurological damage, and the “ILADS camp”, which maintains the opposite. The Steere camp is intricately bound up with the American biowarfare establishment, as well as with giant insurance and other corporate interests with a stake in the issue. The ILADS doctors lack such connections, but are supported instead by tens of thousands of patients rallying behind them.
Because the Steere camp has been massively funded and promoted by federal agencies, its view has dominated Lyme medicine not just in the US, but across much of the world. The result has been suffering on a grand scale. Below is a concise history of the military aspects of this cover-up.
The development of biological weapons has never been confined to dictatorships or “rogue” regimes. During the Second World War America, Britain and Canada collaborated closely on developing offensive bioweapons, and offensive research continued as an openly acknowledged activity of the US scientific establishment during the Cold War. Only in 1972 was this work banned by international treaty. Meanwhile the Maryland-based labs at Fort Detrick, for example, had produced millions of mosquitoes, ticks and other vectors for the purpose of spreading lethal germs.[i]The island of Gruinard, off the coast of Scotland, was only declared habitable again in 1990, nearly fifty years after the British first contaminated it during anthrax experiments. [ii]
Ticks, which vector Lyme disease, have been studied as biowarfare instruments for decades. Such well-known biowar agents as tularaemia and Q-fever are tick-borne. The Borrelia genus of bacteria, which encompasses the Borrelia burgdorferi species-group (to which Lyme disease is attributed), was studied by the infamous WW2 Japanese biowar Unit 731, who carried out horrific experiments on prisoners in Manchuria, including dissection of live human beings. [iii] Unit 731 also worked on a number of other tick-borne pathogens.
After the war, the butchers of Unit 731 were shielded from prosecution by the US authorities, who wanted their expertise for the Cold War. [iv] The US government also protected and recruited German Nazi bioweaponeers under the aegis of the top-secret Operation Paperclip. [v]
Borreliosis, or infection with microbes belonging to the borrelia genus, had been dreaded during the Second World War as a cause of the often-fatal disease relapsing fever. The new post-war era of penicillin meant that many bacterial infections could now be easily cured. However, borrelia were known for their ability to adopt different forms under conditions of stress (such as exposure to antibiotics). Shedding their outer wall, (which is the target of penicillin and related drugs), they could ward off attack and continue to exist in the body.
Lyme disease is not usually fatal, and it is sometimes argued that, with rapidly lethal agents like smallpox and plague available, an army would have no interest in it. However, what is important to understand here is that incapacitating or “non-lethal” bioweapons are a major part of biowarfare R&D[vi], and have been for decades. For example, during the Second World War, brucellosis, chronically disabling but not usually fatal, was a major preoccupation. Military strategists understand that disabling an enemy’s soldiers can sometimes cause more damage than killing them, as large amount of resources are then tied up in caring for the casualties. An efficient incapacitating weapon dispersed over a civilian population could destroy a country’s economy and infrastructure without firing a shot. People would either be too sick to work, or too busy looking after those who were.
The EIS and the “Discovery” of Lyme
Modern Lyme history begins in 1975 when a mother in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut reported the outbreak of a strange, multi-system disease. The town lies directly opposite the Plum Island biowarfare research lab where, according to former Justice official John Loftus, Nazi scientists brought to the US after WW2 may have test-dropped “poison ticks”. [vii] It should be noted that Loftus’ reputation for gathering accurate, hard-hitting information is strong – strong enough to bring down in disgrace the former Chancellor of Austria and Secretary-General of the UN Kurt Waldheim, after the latter’s wartime SS record was revealed.
While it’s not yet known if Plum Island experimented on Lyme-causing borrelia, the lab’s directors openly admitted to Michael Carroll, author of a recently-published book which is endorsed by two former State Governors, that they kept “tick colonies”. The “hard tick” Amblyomma americanum, a known carrier of Borrelia burgdorferi, was one of the subjects of the Island’s experiments. [viii]This tick is not the one most commonly associated with transmitting Borrelia burgdorferi, but it is implicated in harbouring Borrelia lonestari, believed to be the cause of a “Lyme-like illness” in the American south. [ix]
Carroll’s book reveals a shocking disregard for safety, in this lab handling some of the most dangerous germs on earth. Eyewitnesses described how infected animals were kept in open-air pens. Birds swooping down into the pens could have picked up and spread infected ticks worldwide.
When Polly Murray made her now-famous call to the Connecticut health department to report the strange epidemic among children and adults in her town, her initial reception was lukewarm. However, some weeks later, she got an unexpected call from a Dr David Snydman, of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), who was very interested. He arranged for fellow EIS officer Dr Allen Steere to get involved. By the time Mrs. Murray turned up for her appointment at Yale, the doctor she had expected to see had been relegated to the role of an onlooker. Allen Steere had taken charge – and his views were to shape the course of Lyme medicine for the next thirty years, up till today. [x]
To understand the significance of all this, we need a closer look at the Epidemic Intelligence Service, the EIS.
The EIS is an elite, quasi-military unit of Infectious Disease experts set up in the 1950’s to develop an offensive biowarfare capability. Despite the banning of offensive biowar in the 1970’s, the crack troops of the EIS continue to exist, ostensibly for non-offensive research into “emerging disease” threats, a blanket phrase covering both bioweapon attacks and natural epidemics at the same time. Graduates of the EIS training program are sent in to occupy strategic positions in the US health infrastructure, taking leadership at federal and state health agencies, in academia, industry and the media. The organisation also extends its influence abroad, training officers for public health agencies in Britain, France, the Netherlands etc. [xi][xii]
In fact a high proportion of Steere camp Lyme experts are involved with the EIS. Given that the EIS is a small, elite force, (in 2001 the CDC revealed there were less than 2500 EIS officers in existence since the unit was first created in 1951 [xiii]), it seems incredible that so many of America’s top Infectious Disease experts would devote their careers to what they themselves claim is a“hard-to-catch, easily-cured” disease.
Within a few years of Steere’s “discovery” of Lyme disease (the unique Lyme rash, and certain associated symptoms, had been recognised in Europe nearly a century before), it was announced that its bacterial cause had been identified. The microbe was accidentally found by biowarfare scientist Willy Burgdorfer and was subsequently named for him. Burgdorfer has championed the Lyme patients’ movement and is not suspected of any wrongdoing. However it is not impossible that he was unwittingly caught up in a chain of events that were not as random as they might have seemed.
Burgdorfer was a Swiss scientist who had been recruited by the US Public Health Service in the 1950’s. He was highly experienced with both ticks and borrelia, but after being told that the government were not interesting in funding work with the latter, he switched to work with Rickettsia and other pathogens. [xiv] In 1981, Burgdorfer was sent a batch of deer ticks by a team studying Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever on the East Coast. In charge of the team was one Dr Jorge Benach. [xv] Benach subsequently spent much of his career as a Steere camp Lyme researcher. In 2004 he was chosen as recipient for a $3 million biowarfare research grant. [xvi]
Cutting open some of Benach’ ticks, Burgdorfer noticed microfilaria (microscopic worm young). This was a subject he had been studying recently, only these microfilaria were different. They were exceptionally large, large enough to be seen with the naked eye.[xvii] His curiosity naturally piqued, he opened up several more ticks. There he was surprised to find the spiral-shaped germs of borrelia.
Cultivation is necessary in order to isolate bacteria for study, so that diagnostic tests, vaccines or cures can be developed. Borrelia are very difficult to grow in culture. However, by “lucky coincidence”, another scientist had recently joined the lab where he worked, and had apparently been involved in an amazing breakthrough in this area. So naturally Burgdorfer handed the infected ticks over to him. [xviii]
That scientist was Dr. Alan Barbour, an officer, like Steere and Snydman, of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, with a background in work on anthrax, one of the most terrifying biowarfare agents known. [xix]
EIS man Barbour therefore became the first to isolate the prototype organism on which all subsequent Lyme disease blood tests would be based. [xx] This is very significant, as a huge body of evidence [xxi] indicates the unreliability of these tests, which are routinely used to rule out the disease. Additionally, all DNA detection of the Lyme agent in ticks and animals is ultimately based, directly or indirectly, on the genetic profile of the strain first isolated by Barbour.
Shortly after Barbour’s discovery, other species and strains of the Lyme-causing bacteria were isolated, especially in Europe. They were all classified based on their resemblance to Barbour’s organism, and have been grouped into a category called Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato or “Bbsl” for short. However, a borrelia was subsequently found in the southern US (referred to briefly above) which appears not to be a member of Barbour’s Bbsl group at all.[xxii]
The bacteria, named Borrelia lonestari, often evades detection on Lyme blood tests, is not found using DNA tests, and does not grow in Barbour’s culture medium which is used world-wide for lab study. [xxiii]And yet, it appears to cause an illness identical to Lyme – down to the “bullseye rash”, which, though not present in all patients, is considered unique to Lyme disease.
In 2005 Barbour, who spent much of his career studying the “hard-to-catch, easy-to-cure” Lyme disease, was placed in charge of the multi-million new biowarfare mega-complex based at University of California at Irvine (UCI). [xxiv] Barbour is joined there by his close colleague and fellow Steerite Jonas Bunikis, author of recent papers calling for a restrictive approach to Lyme diagnosis.
The Spread and the Spin
By the late 1980’s it was realised that Lyme disease was rapidly spreading out of control. Cases were reported across America, Europe and Asia. Federal health agencies launched a major propaganda effort to limit diagnosis and so artificially “contain” the epidemic. The National Institute of Health (NIH) appointed biowarfare expert Edward McSweegan as Lyme Program officer. [xxv] Under his leadership the diagnostic criteria was skewed to exclude most sufferers, especially those with chronic neurological illness. McSweegan’s successor at NIH, Dr Phil Baker, is an anthrax expert [xxvi], and has continued his policies.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is another federal body which has had a major impact on how Lyme is diagnosed and treated. Its influence extends abroad, with European public health departments drawing up policies based on CDC guidelines. It should be remembered that it is the CDC which trains the Epidemic Intelligence Service, and much of the leadership of CDC has traditionally been drawn from EIS ranks. Therefore it comes as no surprise to learn that David Dennis, the head of vector-borne diseases at CDC, with massive influence over Lyme issues, was involved with the EIS.However, we could legitimately wonder why, at lower levels of the CDC hierarchy, EIS officers- the nation’s heavyweight infectious disease experts - continue to play such a major role in investigating the supposedly “hard-to-catch, easily cured” Lyme. (For example, EIS officers Martin Schriefer and Captain Paul Mead.) [xxvii].[xxviii]
In 2001, responding to the protest of thousands of patients that standard two or three-week antibiotic courses were not sufficient, the NIH commissioned biowarfare scientist Mark Klempner to study persistence of Lyme infection. ILADS doctors had found that patients left untreated in the early phase often needed long courses of antibiotics, [xxix] sometimes for years. Klempner, however, concluded that persistent Lyme infection did not exist. In 2003Klempner was appointed head of the new $1.6 billionbiowarfare top-security facility being developed at Boston University. Shortly after, the news emerged that there had been an escape of the deadly bug tularaemia which was not properly reported to the authorities. [xxx]
In 2005the author discovered a document on the NIH website listing Lyme as one of the potential bioterrorism agents studied in BSL-4 (top security) labs. After this was publicised, the NIH announced they had made a “mistake”, and removed the words “Lyme disease” from the page. (At the time of writing, the original is still available in cached Internet archives. [xxxi]) However, at around the same time, a CDC source leaked the identical information to the Associated Press. [xxxii] Moreover, the Science Coalition, comprising entities as prestigious as the American Medical Association, Yale University, and the American Red Cross, maintain a website which, at the time of writing, also lists Lyme as a disease studied for its biowarfare potential. [xxxiii] Could these three major organisations all have, co-incidentally, made the same “mistake”?
In 2004 the UK government denied that Lyme was a threat in Britain and told Parliament that no Lyme research had been conducted since 1999. [xxxiv] Yet the report of the official UK delegation to an international conference on the prevention of bioterrorism revealed that Lyme was being studied at Porton Down, Britain’s top biowarfare facility.[xxxv] Britain, and many other European countries, take their lead on Lyme from a body called EUCALB, rooted in Steere camp methodology. NATO has also been directly involved in moves to “harmonise” European Lyme diagnosis along Steerite lines
A Bug of Many Talents
Lyme’s ability to evade detection on routine medical tests, its myriad presentations which can baffle doctors by mimicking 100 different diseases, its amazing abilities to evade the immune system and antibiotic treatment, would make it an attractive choice to bioweaponeers looking for an incapacitating agent. Lyme’s abilities as “the great imitator” might mean that an attack could be misinterpreted as simply a rise in the incidence of different, naturally-occurring diseases such as autism, MS, lupus and chronic fatigue syndrome (M.E.). Borrelia’s inherent ability to swap outer surface proteins, which may also vary widely from strain to strain, would make the production of an effective vaccine extremely difficult. (A vaccine developed for the public by the Steere camp in collaboration with Glaxo Smithkline was pulled from the market a few years ago amid class action lawsuits [xxxvi].) Finally, the delay before the appearance of the most incapacitating symptoms would allow plenty of time for an attacker to move away from the scene, as well as preventing people in a contaminated zone from realising they had been infected and seeking treatment. Often in the early period there is no rash, only vague flu-like or other non-specific symptoms which might be dismissed by GP’s, or ignored by the patient.
The 2003 proposal for a rapid-detection method for biowarfare by Dr JJ Dunn of Brookhaven National Lab seems to add further grounds for suspicion. It is based on the use of two “sentinel” germs – plague and Lyme. [xxxvii]
In 1999 Lyme patient advocacy leader Pat Smith was amazed to find, on visiting an Army base at an old biowar testing ground in Maryland, that the US Dept. of Defence has developed a satellite-linked system that enables soldiers to read, in real-time, off a display on their helmet’s visor, information about the rate of Lyme-infected ticks wherever they may be on earth. Unit commanders could update the database using state-of-the-art portable PCR machines, which test for Lyme DNA in soldiers bitten by ticks. [xxxviii] The use of such cutting-edge technology for a supposedly “hard-to-catch, easy-to-cure” illness seems odd, to say the least!
Lyme is often complicated by the presence of co-infecting diseases in the same tick, e.g. those caused by the microbes of babesia, bartonella, mycoplasma (believed by some researchers to be the cause of Gulf War illness), ehrlichia, microfilaria and encephalitis viruses. Investigations into some of these, too, have been led by American biowar experts.
It could be argued that some of these Lyme researchers have been awarded biowar-related grants simply because they are Infectious Disease specialists, which is a natural terrain from which to recruit. After all, research budgets for biowar have ballooned massively since the anthrax attacks of 2001; there is a demand for large numbers of personnel to work on such projects.
Well, there are two things that could be said here. First, researchers who have spent much or most of their careers studying a “hard-to-catch, easily-cured” disease would not appear to be the best choice as recipients of this type of grant, unless the “easily-cured” disease had some relation to biowarfare. Second, while some infectious disease specialists began to study biowarfare organisms for the first time after 2001, this is not necessarily the case with the Steerites. Klempner, for example, was studying ways to increase the virulence of Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague, over 20 years ago [xxxix]; Barbour researched anthrax for the Army in the 1970’s. [xl]
The defeat of Saddam Hussein in the 1991 Gulf War was followed by the drawing up, by the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) of a list of microbes to be monitored in Iraq. Among them - the borrelia genus in general, and Borrelia burgdorferi in particular. [xli] UNSCOM also included organisms such as ehrlichia and babesia, which are often present in Lyme-infected ticks, and are acquired as concurrent illnesses when a person is bitten.
There are other organisms on the UN list not generally associated, in the public mind, with biowarfare, and it could be argued that the UN was simply being extra cautious by casting a wide net. However, whether Lyme bacteria were present in Iraq at that time or not, they certainly are today, and US Army manuals warn soldiers to protect themselves from the disease [xlii] If we are to accept the traditional Steerite explanation for the rise of Lyme – that it is a natural consequence of a recent population explosion of deer due to reforestation, combined suburbanisation, bringing humans into contact with forests – then the presence of Lyme in the dusty sand dunes of Iraq seems perverse.
And what of the doctors of the opposing camp, those associated with ILADS? ILADS doctors and researchers increasingly find themselves persecuted, victims of spurious charges made against them to Medical Boards, and are hounded out of their professions. At the time of writing, paediatrician Dr Charles Ray Jones, credited by thousands of parents with restoring the health of their disabled children, is under trial, accused of misconduct. A few years ago, Dr Lida Mattman, a Nobel Prize nominee who worked on an alternative culture medium for Lyme, was ordered to shut down operations by police who arrived at her lab with handcuffs. Dozens of doctors who had been treating Lyme successfully according to their clinical judgement, rather than relying on insensitive blood tests or arbitrary limits on antibiotic duration, have been forced to stop. The president of ILADS, Dr Raymond Stricker, has told the press he believes Lyme disease is a bioweapon.
Lyme disease is the subject of hot controversy, with the “Steere camp” claiming it is an easily cured ailment, while the ILADS camp views it as a severely disabling, multi-symptom neurological disease.
The number of Steere camp Lyme researchers with a background in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and/or biowarfare research is too numerous to be pure co-incidence. Two scientists who have played a central role in the Lyme story, Barbour and Klempner, have been placed in charge of new biowar super-labs set up in the aftermath of 9-11, where they are aided by some of their Steerite colleagues. Others, while not in charge of super-labs, are nevertheless in receipt of substantial grants for biowarfare research.
The United States and some of its NATO allies have a long and sordid history of experimentation into biological weapons of mass destruction and mass incapacitation. The Borrelia genus and ticks as biowar vectors have been studied for decades, and recent revelations about the Plum Island disease lab, across the water from old Lyme, Connecticut are worrying. The development of the so-called “non-lethal weapons” has been a major part of biowar science for decades.
Suspicion is further fuelled by the declaration by America’s National Institute of Health that a document on their website listing Lyme as a microbe studied for bioterrorism potential was a “mistake”, just at the time that a CDC source leaked the same “mistake” to the Associated Press. British delegates at an international conference on the prevention of bioterrorism revealed that intense work on Lyme and other tick-borne disease is conducted at the UK’s top biowar lab at Porton Down.
Lyme has been chosen as a “sentinel organism” in a method of rapidly detecting bioweapons, and the whole genus, or category, of borrelia was included among those to be monitored by the UN in Iraq after the first Gulf War. US soldiers in Iraq today are warned by the military to protect themselves against the disease.
It’s possible to see the modern history of Lyme as a string of events with an EIS member at every crucial node. The discovery of new Lyme-causing borrelia, genetically distinct from the Borrelia burgdorferi group first cultured by EIS officer Alan Barbour, throws up the question as to whether the Bbsl organisms he introduced to medicine was the only, (or even the most) relevant borrelia. The testing and diagnostic regimens based on the views of Barbour, Steere, etc and backed by federal health agencies such as CDC and NIH currently condemn huge numbers of Lyme patients to a medical limbo, without treatment or recognition for their disease. The cost in human suffering may be unimaginable.
[i] Williams P, and Wallace D, “Unit 731, the Japanese Army’s Secret of Secrets”, Hodder and Stoughton 1989, p284
[ii] BBC news website http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1457035.stm
[iii] Howard Cole, Chief of Intelligence at America’s Chemical Warfare Service, reported in “Unit 731” , p105 Op cit.
[ix] Bacon et al, “Glycerophosphodiester phosphodiesterase gene (glpQ) of Borrelia lonestari identified as a target for differentiating Borrelia species associated with hard ticks”, J Clin Microbiol 2004 May;42(5):2326-8.
[x] Murray, Polly, “The Widening Circle”, St Martin’s Press 1996
[xxxix] Pollack C, Straley SC, Klempner MS, “Probing the phagolysosomal environment of human macrophages with a Ca2+-responsive operon fusion in Yersinia pestis” Nature. 1986 Aug 28-Sep 3;322(6082):834-6.
[xl] Rees et al, “Epidemiologic and laboratory investigations of bovine anthrax in two Utah counties in 1975” Public Health Rep, 1977 Mar-Apr;92(2):176-86.
[xli] “Note by the Executive Chairman of the Special Commission established pursuant to paragraph 9 (b) (i) of Security Council resolution 687 (1991)” Document date: 17 March 1995 Ref- S/1995/208http://www.fas.org/news/un/iraq/s/s1995-0208.htm
[xlii] First Infantry Division Soldier’s Handbook to Iraq, Unclassified Document 2003