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Department Of Veterans Affairs – Over 73,000 US Gulf War Deaths

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October 4, 2010: Gary Vey / View Zone 2 – October 4, 2010

More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans. This probably is news to you. But the truth has been hidden by a technicality. So here is the truth…

The casualties in the Vietnam War were pretty simple to understand. If a soldier was dead from his combat tour, he was a war casualty. There are 58,195 names recorded on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. Some of these brave men died in the jungles of Vietnam while others died in Medivac units or hospitals in Japan and America. A dead soldier can surrender his life anywhere in his service to his country. It really doesn’t matter where this happens. The location of a soldier’s death in no way colors his sacrifice to his country. But something odd has happened with the Iraq War.

The government, under the Bush administration, did something dishonest that resulted in a lie that’s persisted since the war began — and continues to this very day. They decided to report the war deaths in Iraq only if the soldier died with his boots on the ground in a combat situation. What’s the difference, you might ask?

The combat in Vietnam was in rural areas, far removed from medical treatment centers. Injured soldiers were treated by a Medic. Most died at the scene of the battle before they could be evacuated. Many died en route or were declared dead at the medical treatment facilities. The situation in Iraq is vastly different.

Fighting in Iraq is mainly in urban areas. Soldiers who are injured are quickly evacuated with armored personnel carriers or helicopters. It’s a much more efficient system than what was possible in Vietnam, but for those that are seriously injured it means that death is more likely to happen while they are in transit or at the treatment facility.

Under the new reporting system, deaths that happen en route or post evacuation are not counted as combat deaths. This is why the number seems unusually low — a little over four thousand as of 2009.

The actual figures have been hidden from the American public just like the returning, flag draped coffins were censored from the press. But the figures are now available and we can only hope that the American people will be outraged when they learn how they have been misled.

According to The Department of Veterans Affairs, as of May 2007, reports in the Gulf War Veterans Information System reveal these startling numbers:

Total U.S. Military Gulf War Deaths: 73,846
* Deaths amongst Deployed: 17,847
* Deaths amongst Non-Deployed: 55,999

The stastics for non-lethal injuries are likewise staggering:

Total “Undiagnosed Illness” (UDX) claims: 14,874
Total number of disability claims filed: 1,620,906
* Disability Claims amongst Deployed: 407,911
* Disability Claims amongst Non-Deployed: 1,212,995

Percentage of combat troops that filed Disability Claims: 36%

I know you probably will think this is another conspiracy theory — I did when I first heard about this — so please read the original report for yourself…

[Source: http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/GWVIS_May2007.pdf Note: Sometimes this link is not active so we have posted the pdf file on viewzone 393 kb.]

More Deaths and Misery to Follow…

More than 1,820 tons of radioactive nuclear waste (i.e. depleted uranium) were exploded in Iraq alone in the form of armor piercing rounds and bunker busters. This represents the worlds worst man made ecological disaster ever. 64 kg of uranium were used in the Hiroshima bomb. The US – Iraq Nuclear Holocaust represents far more than fourteen thousand Hiroshima’s.

The nuclear waste the US has exploded in the Middle East will continue killing for hundreds of years! That’s how long these particles of radioactive dust will continue to blow around, get lodged in someone’s lungs or be ingested. Scientists calculate that there is now enough radioactive material in Iraq to wipe out a third of the world’s current population.

While we never found any WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Iraq, we sure made up for it by importing our own! Birth defects among Iraqi newborns are up a whopping 600% from before the war. The defects are typical of the kind produced by exposure to radioactive poisons. And these injuries are happening to the civilian population of Iraq — the people we were supposedly “liberating.”

This writer happened to visit Iraq back in 2001, at the time Saddam Hussein was still in power. The world’s nations were imposing an embargo on all imports in an attempt to punish the nation for invading the neighboring nation of Kuwait. I remember the good people of Iraq who treated me with kindness and hospitality — even while knowing I was an American.

Despite the embargo on such vital things as medicine and hospital supplies, the markets were thriving with local produce. Children freely played in the streets and there was laughter. To see what this war has done to Iraq is especially painful and speaks loudly of the immorality that has caused these innocent people to suffer. And now, to see that this same immorality extends to the American people in the form of deception and lies, crosses the line.

I live in a small town in New England. We have known of many casualties from Iraq — too many. Yet the numbers being reported in the media make it seem that this is a rare occurrence. Just over 4,000? How can this be? In short — it’s NOT.

What will it take to awaken people and make them angry enough to hold our government responsible for these lies? A democracy is only good if its people are well informed. How else can we make decisions about what’s best for us? If we are fed s*** and kept in the dark, we truly are a nation of mushrooms.

Before I end this I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the vets who put their country and its people before themselves. We are proud of you and believe that you put your lives on the line for something a little better than what we are currently experiencing with our government. Thanks to you we’re still a democracy. So it’s up to us, the people you fought for, to make your effort worthwhile.

What do you think about this? Do you care?

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I do care, and I’m not surprised at the grossly under reported number of casualties. However, these “wars” had, and have, no bearing on whether the US remains a “democracy,” which we are not… We are a Constitutional Republic! Nor is anything “a little better” as a consequence of these war crimes and crimes against humanity. Neither Viet Nam or Iraq ever posed a threat to the US, both were illegally invaded, while a number of troops had, and have, committed atrocious war crimes.

Concerning Iraq, over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have been murdered since the genocide began and now the US military suicide rate is at an all time high as a result of their consciences haunting their dreams, on top of the casualties from these continuing war crimes and the nuclear, biological and chemical holocaust that has been unleashed all in the name of “democracy.” So don’t give me the “we’re proud of our troops” shit… “THANKYOU” for what? Mass murder in the name of America?!

I will say this, that we have known for years that this was the new casualty “accounting” method being used by the government to artificially deflate the actual numbers. On the otherhand, 73,000 is nearly double what most had thought if indeed these numbers are correct, which in itself is a frightening statistic, considering they only account those up through May 2007. Either way, this is far worse than what is being reported by the corporate presstitutes who are covering up the truth for government murderers.

Not only do the American people need to awaken with outrage, but the US military needs to awaken and realize what the hell they’re actually doing to innocent human beings in the name of the transnational corporations and international bankers, and in turn, to themselves! Then, and only then, will these endless “wars” grind to a screeching halt, and those responsible held accountable for their crimes in the face of humanity! – SJH    

Link to original article below…

http://viewzone2.com/wardeaths.html

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – It Is Official: The US Is Now A Police State

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September 28, 2010: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts / Countercurrents.org – September 26, 2010

On September 24, Jason Ditz reported on Antiwar.com that “the FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of raids against the homes of antiwar activists in Illinois, Minneapolis, Michigan, and North Carolina, claiming that they are ‘seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.’”

Now we know what Homeland Security (sic) secretary Janet Napolitano meant when she said on September 10, 2010: “The old view that ‘if we fight the terrorists abroad, we won’t have to fight them here’ is just that – the old view.” The new view, Napolitano said, is “to counter violent extremism right here at home.”

“Violent extremism” is one of those undefined police state terms that will mean whatever the government wants it to mean. In this morning’s FBI foray into the homes of American citizens of conscience, it means antiwar activists, whose activities are equated with “the material support of terrorism,” just as conservatives equated Vietnam era anti-war protesters with giving material support to communism.

Anti-war activist Mick Kelly whose home was raided, sees the FBI raids as harassment to intimidate those who organize war protests. I wonder if Kelly is underestimating the threat. The FBI’s own words clearly indicate that the federal police agency and the judges who signed the warrants do not regard antiwar protesters as Americans exercising their Constitutional rights, but as unpatriotic elements offering material support to terrorism.

“Material support” is another of those undefined police state terms. In this context the term means that Americans who fail to believe their government’s lies and instead protest its policies, are supporting their government’s declared enemies and, thus, are not exercising their civil liberties but committing treason.

As this initial FBI foray is a softening up move to get the public accustomed to the idea that the real terrorists are their fellow citizens here at home, Kelly will get off this time. But next time the FBI will find emails on his computer from a “terrorist group” set up by the CIA that will incriminate him.

Under the practices put in place by the Bush and Obama regimes, and approved by corrupt federal judges, protesters who have been compromised by fake terrorist groups can be declared “enemy combatants” and sent off to Egypt, Poland, or some other corrupt American puppet state – Canada perhaps – to be tortured until confession is forthcoming that antiwar protesters and, indeed, every critic of the US government, are on Osama bin Laden’s payroll.

Almost every Republican and conservative and, indeed, the majority of Americans will fall for this, only to find, later, that it is subversive to complain that their Social Security was cut in the interest of the war against Iran or some other demonized entity, or that they couldn’t have a Medicare operation because the wars in Central Asia and South America required the money.

Americans are the most gullible people who ever existed. They tend to support the government instead of the Constitution, and almost every Republican and conservative regards civil liberty as a coddling device that encourages criminals and terrorists.

The US media, highly concentrated in violation of the American principle of a diverse and independent media, will lend its support to the witch hunts that will close down all protests and independent thought in the US over the next few years. As the Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels said, “think of the press as a great keyboard on which the Government can play.”

An American Police State was inevitable once Americans let “their” government get away with 9/11. Americans are too gullible, too uneducated, and too jingoistic to remain a free people. As another Nazi leader Herman Goering said, “ The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. Tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace-makers for lack of patriotism and for exposing the country to danger.”

This is precisely what the Bush and Obama regimes have done. America, as people of my generation knew it, no longer exists.

Russia Today: Interview With Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Americans had better pull their collective heads out of the sand! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.countercurrents.org/roberts260910.htm

Pot Wars: The Fraudulent Criminalization Of Marijuana In America

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September 16, 2010: William John Cox / Global Research – September 16, 2010

For almost 40 years, the United States has waged a war on its own citizens who have used marijuana as a part of a drug culture originally encouraged by the government.

The war was commenced despite the government’s own findings that marijuana posed less of a risk to American society than alcohol, and that the greatest harm that would result from criminalization would be the injury caused to those arrested for possession and use.

The harm caused by the war extends beyond its 15 million prisoners; its cost has exceeded a trillion dollars, and it has benefitted only those who profit from the illegal cultivation and sale of marijuana.

Government Responsibility for the Drug Culture

Drug use became endemic among U.S. troops serving in Vietnam with more than 80% getting stoned on marijuana and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Many of the secrets are still hidden; however, we now have some information about the extent of the government’s responsibility for the development of the drug culture in the military and in communities across America. These are the highlights:

– Although the U.S. was a signatory to the Geneva Convention protocols banning the use of chemical weapons, the U.S. Army engaged in extensive testing of marijuana and its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as an incapacitating agent in warfare. A secret research program tested these substances, including highly-concentrated derivatives, on thousands of American GIs without their informed consent.

– The CIA engaged in a ten-year secret program to identify and test drugs for use as truth serums during interrogations and as incapacitating agents. Operation Midnight Climax secretly tested LSD on the unwitting patrons of a CIA-financed whorehouse.

– The U.S. Army envisioned “driving people crazy for a few hours” by spiking a city’s water supply and developed a super hallucinogen known as quinuclidinyl benzilate (BZ), which was tested on thousands of soldiers.

Known as “agent buzz,” the Army produced more than 100,000 pounds of the chemical in a facility specifically designed for its incorporation into conventional bombs. Allegations in foreign publications that BZ was deployed against North Vietnam troops have never been confirmed, and all files on the subject remain top secret. However, it is known that the government considered using it for the control of domestic riots.

– To facilitate its alliance with the intelligence agencies of Thailand and Nationalist China, the CIA supported the transportation and refining of opium into heroin in Southeast Asia, including the opening of a cluster of heroin laboratories in the Golden Triangle in 1968-1969. The CIA remained silent as its allies, including officers of the Hmong irregular army, routinely supplied heroin to American troops in Vietnam, resulting in the addiction rates as high as 34%. In a secret report in 1972, the CIA Inspector General said: “The past involvement of many of these officers in drugs is well-known.”

– During classified testimony before a House committee in 1999, CIA Inspector General Britt Snider admitted that the CIA allowed its Nicaraguan Contra allies to smuggle huge quantities of cocaine into the United States during the 1980’s, which was refined into “crack” for sale by street gangs. The House report found that “CIA employees did nothing to verify or disprove drug trafficking information, even when they had the opportunity to do so. In some of these, receipt of a drug allegation appeared to provoke no specific response, and business went on as usual.”

The National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse

In 1971, President Nixon appointed Governor Raymond P. Shafer of Pennsylvania to chair a national commission to “report on the effects of marijuana and other drugs and recommend appropriate drug policies.” Governor Shafer was a former prosecutor, who was known as a “law and order” governor.

The “Shafer” Commission conducted the most extensive and comprehensive examination of marijuana ever performed by the US government. More than 50 projects were funded, “ranging from a study of the effects of marihuana on man to a field survey of enforcement of the marihuana laws in six metropolitan jurisdictions…”

“Through formal and informal hearings, recorded in thousands of pages of transcripts, we solicited all points of view, including those of public officials, community leaders, professional experts and students. We commissioned a nationwide survey of public beliefs, information and experience…In addition, we conducted separate surveys of opinion among district attorneys, judges, probation officers, clinicians, university health officials and free clinic personnel.”

Among the Commissions findings were:

– “No significant physical, biochemical, or mental abnormalities could be attributed solely to their marihuana smoking.”

– “No verification is found of a causal relationship between marihuana use and subsequent heroin use.”

– “In sum, the weight of the evidence is that marihuana does not cause violent or aggressive behavior; if anything marihuana serves to inhibit the expression of such behavior.”

– “Neither the marihuana user nor the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to public safety.”

– “Marihuana’s relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it.”

The Commission concluded that “society should seek to discourage use, while concentrating its attention on the prevention and treatment of heavy and very heavy use. The Commission feels that the criminalization of possession of marihuana for personal [use] is socially self-defeating as a means of achieving this objective…Considering the range of social concerns in contemporary America, marihuana does not, in our considered judgment, rank very high. We would deemphasize marihuana as a problem.”

President Nixon called Governor Shafer on the carpet and pressured him to change the Commission’s conclusion saying, “You see, the thing that is so terribly important here is that it not appear that the Commission’s frankly just a bunch of do-gooders.” Governor Shafer declined to change his conclusions, and Nixon declined to appoint him to a pending federal judgeship.

The War on Drugs

White House tapes reveal that Nixon’s opinions about marijuana were based on his personal prejudices rather than the evidence. He can be heard to make statements such as: “That’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them? I suppose it’s because most of them are psychiatrists…By God, we are going to hit the marijuana thing, and I want to hit it right square in the puss…”

When Nixon was talking with Art Linkletter about “radical demonstrators,” he said “They’re all on drugs.” On another occasion, Nixon compared marijuana to alcohol use saying that marijuana users smoke it to “get high,” while “a person drinks to have fun.” Wanting to be strong, “like the Russians,” and to “scare” marijuana users, Nixon ordered his administration to come down hard on users and to target them as enemies in his “war on drugs.”

The war on marijuana and the false myths associated with its usage have been continued by every president since Nixon. Since 1973, 15 million people, mostly young people who were committing no other crime, have been arrested for marijuana. In just the last ten years, 6.5 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges. Of the 829,625 people who were arrested in 2006, 738,915 of them were in simple possession.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. announced in March 2009 that the administration would discontinue raids on the distributors of medical marijuana, including California – which was the first state to legalize marijuana sales upon a doctor’s recommendation.

Although President Obama backed off on arresting medical marijuana users, his 2010 National Drug Control Strategy continues the hard line: “Keeping drugs illegal reduces their availability and lessens willingness to use them. That is why this Administration firmly opposes the legalization of marijuana or any other illicit drug.”

Contrary to the findings of the Shafer Commission, the only existing comprehensive government study on the subject, Obama goes on to say, “Diagnostic, laboratory, clinical and epidemiological studies clearly indicate that marijuana use is associated with dependence, respiratory and mental illness, poor motor performance, and cognitive impairment, among other negative effects, and legalization would only exacerbate these problems.”

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have now followed California in passing laws permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes; however, no state, thus far, has decriminalized personal possession for recreational use or personal enjoyment.

After spending a trillion dollars in the battle, the war on marijuana has been a complete failure. Although a marijuana user is arrested every 38 seconds, one hundred million people, or about one third of all Americans acknowledge they have used marijuana, and 15 million “criminals” used it in the last month.

The only victors in the war on drugs have been the criminals who have profited from illegal sales. There is an estimated $15 billion in illegal cannabis transactions each year just in California. These transactions are not taxed or regulated.

The cultivation of marijuana in Mexico soared 35% last year to production levels greater than any time in the last 20 years. According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in 2006 more than 60% of the revenue generated by Mexican drug cartels came from cannabis sales in the U.S.

Nixon’s war has been expensive; it has been a failure; and it has caused great damage to the fabric of America society. The harm has been particularly felt by its young people who suffer up to 80% of the marijuana arrests and who are disproportionately African American and Latino.

California’s Initiative to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

The penalty upon conviction for possession and use of less than an ounce of marijuana in California is now restricted to a maximum of a $100 fine. If California voters approve Proposition 19 on their November ballot, such possession by a person over the age of 21 will no longer be a crime under California law.

Just as California and New York ended criminal sanctions against the possession and sale of alcohol before prohibition was repealed, California voters again have the chance to remedy the evils caused by almost 40 years of a war without foundation or cause. The initiative: “Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed.” It includes the following provisions:

– Allows people 21 years or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use.

– Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years or older.

– Prohibits people from possession of marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old, and Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired.

The California Legislative Analyst and the Director of Finance estimate there will be savings of up to several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. In addition, there are unknown, but potentially major tax, fee, and benefit assessment revenues to state and local government related to the production and sale of marijuana products.

Conclusion

In 1972, during the same year of the Shafer Commission, I was a sergeant of police in Los Angeles and had just completed a two-year assignment to write and obtain approval of the Department’s Policy Manual, which defined the principles and philosophy of policing in the city. I was also attending law school and I was “loaned” to the staff of the Police Task Force of President Nixon’s National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, where I was privileged to draft the introductory chapters defining the role of the police in America.

Following graduation the next year and passing the state bar examination, I moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Assistance Administration to implement national criminal justice standards and goals. As a result of these initiatives, the quality of policing in America has been vastly improved over the years, and today, law enforcement is a profession which I am proud to have been a part of.

Several times I had to fight for my life while enforcing the law, and three of my law enforcement friends were murdered in the line of duty. I am not naive. I have walked through too much blood and have seen too much pain and suffering during my career. Everything I have learned during almost 50 years in the justice system compels a conclusion that the criminalization of marijuana was a fraud on the American people from the very inception of the war on drugs.

I am not alone in this conclusion, which has been joined by a large number of active and retired law enforcement officials and judges in the United States and other countries.

Every voter has a duty to honestly consider the issues presented by Proposition 19 and vote as though one of his or her children, a niece or nephew, or a friend’s child will be caught experimenting with marijuana in the future. How will you want the matter handled? By creating a criminal, or by using the occasion as an educational opportunity?

We hopefully remember the danger to society caused by the prohibition of alcohol and we have seen how education and reasonable regulation has substantially reduced the use of tobacco in our society.

Let us rely on the true facts, our experience, our best judgement, and our consciences, instead of our prejudices or the misleading myths that continue to be perpetuated by our government. Let us bring an end to the fraudulent war on marijuana.

American Drug War: The Last White Hope

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Quid pro quo? Who benefits from marijuana being illegal?! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21070

The Imperial Anatomy Of Al Qaeda – CIA Drug-Running Terrorists

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September 5, 2010: Andrew Gavin Marshall / Global Research – September 5, 2010

Introduction: 9/11 False Flag

As the 9th anniversary of 9/11 nears, and the war on terror continues to be waged and grows in ferocity and geography, it seems all the more imperative to return to the events of that fateful September morning and re-examine the reasons for war and the nature of the stated culprit, Al-Qaeda.

The events of 9/11 pervade the American and indeed the world imagination as an historical myth. The events of that day and those leading up to it remain largely unknown and little understood by the general public, apart from the disturbing images repeated ad nauseam in the media. The facts and troubled truths of that day are lost in the folklore of the 9/11 myth: that the largest attack carried out on American ground was orchestrated by 19 Muslims armed with box cutters and urged on by religious fundamentalism, all under the direction of Osama bin Laden, the leader of a global terrorist network called al-Qaeda, based out of a cave in Afghanistan.

The myth sweeps aside the facts and complex nature of terror, al-Qaeda, the American empire and literally defies the laws of physics. As John F. Kennedy once said, “The greatest enemy of the truth is not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, pervasive, and unrealistic.”

This three-part series on “The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda” examines the geopolitical historical origins and nature of what we today know as al-Qaeda, which is in fact an Anglo-American intelligence network of terrorist assets used to advance American and NATO imperial objectives in various regions around the world.

Part 1 examines the origins of the intelligence network known as the Safari Club, which financed and organized an international conglomerate of terrorists, the CIA’s role in the global drug trade, the emergence of the Taliban and the origins of al-Qaeda.

The Safari Club

Following Nixon’s resignation as President, Gerald Ford became the new US President in 1974. Henry Kissinger remained as Secretary of State and Ford brought into his administration two names that would come to play important roles in the future of the American Empire: Donald Rumsfeld as Ford’s Chief of Staff, and Dick Cheney, as Deputy Assistant to the President. The Vice President was Nelson Rockefeller, David Rockefeller’s brother. When Donald Rumsfeld was promoted to Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney was promoted to Chief of Staff. Ford had also appointed a man named George H.W. Bush as CIA Director.

In 1976, a coalition of intelligence agencies was formed, which was called the Safari Club. This marked the discreet and highly covert coordination among various intelligence agencies, which would last for decades. It formed at a time when the CIA was embroiled in domestic scrutiny over the Watergate scandal and a Congressional investigation into covert CIA activities, forcing the CIA to become more covert in its activities.

In 2002, the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Turki bin Faisal gave a speech in which he stated that in response to the CIA’s need for more discretion, “a group of countries got together in the hope of fighting Communism and established what was called the Safari Club. The Safari Club included France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Iran [under the Shah].”[1] However, “The Safari Club needed a network of banks to finance its intelligence operations. With the official blessing of George H.W. Bush as the head of the CIA,” Saudi intelligence chief, Kamal Adham, “transformed a small Pakistani merchant bank, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), into a world-wide money-laundering machine, buying banks around the world to create the biggest clandestine money network in history.”[2]

As CIA director, George H.W. Bush “cemented strong relations with the intelligence services of both Saudi Arabia and the shah of Iran. He worked closely with Kamal Adham, the head of Saudi intelligence, brother-in-law of King Faisal and an early BCCI insider.” Adham had previously acted as a “channel between [Henry] Kissinger and [Egyptian President] Anwar Sadat” in 1972. In 1976, Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia formed the Safari Club “to conduct through their own intelligence agencies operations that were now difficult for the CIA,” which was largely organized by the head of French intelligence, Alexandre de Marenches.[3]

The “Arc of Crisis” And The Iranian Revolution

When Jimmy Carter became President in 1977, he appointed over two-dozen members of the Trilateral Commission to his administration, which was an international think tank formed by Zbigniew Brzezinski and David Rockefeller in 1973. Brzezinski had invited Carter to join the Trilateral Commission, and when Carter became President, Brzezinski became National Security Adviser; Cyrus Vance, also a member of the Commission, became Secretary of State; and Samuel Huntington, another Commission member, became Coordinator of National Security and Deputy to Brzezinski. Author and researcher Peter Dale Scott deserves much credit for his comprehensive analysis of the events leading up to and during the Iranian Revolution in his book, “The Road to 9/11”,* which provides much of the information below… [read more below]

Missing Links

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I will post the documentary Missing Links above with each installment of this essay. Truth is stranger than fiction. Be sure to read the rest of this incredible article at the link below, and then rather than absorbing MSM propaganda, watch this insightful documentary – SJH

“…and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” – Revelation 2:9 KJV

Link to entire article below…

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20907

Government Assisted BP In Covering Up Effect Of Gulf Oil Disaster

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August 10, 2010: Chyrisse Tabone, Ph.D. / Op-Ed News – August 10, 2010

Everyone under the sun is familiar with the fact that BP’s oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded off of the coast of Louisiana on April 20, 2010, resulting in 11 deaths and the spewing of approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

For the last 100+ days the saga of this industrial disaster has revealed the underbelly of secrecy in the media and the cherry-picking of science to suit the industry’s agenda.

The appropriately named “Deepwater” rig thusly uncovered plenty of blame, including links to Halliburton, Transocean, and the salacious relationship between the Minerals Management Services and Big Oil. This melodrama is not “Big Brother” the reality show, but its evil twin known as Corporatism. All the while, as ecological terrorism loomed in the Gulf of Mexico, BP’s CEO Tony Hayward whimpered, “I want my life back!”

Corexit–BP’s Boom And Nature’s Gloom

Let us review some of the events. On May 26, 2010, the EPA produced a memo directing BP to reduce its use of the chemical dispersant Corexit (produced by Nalco) by 75 percent (the maximum allowed was 15,000 gallons/day). The memo requested elimination of surface spraying but allowed a caveat indicating rare exceptions would be considered by submitting a request in writing to the United States Coast Guard’s Federal On-Scene Coordinator. According to the Washington Post, all requests (a total of 74 during a 54 day period) to spray in deep and shallow waters were approved. Lockheed Martin’s July 2010 newsletter “Today” indicates the deployment of C-130s and P-3s to the Gulf region by Air Force and Coast Guard for monitoring, mapping, and dispersant spraying. Yes, and this was per the request of the almighty EPA. To date, approximately 1.8 million gallons of Corexit, primarily a cocktail of 2-butoxyethanol, propylene glycol, and “proprietary ingredients” have been sprayed on the gushing crude oil. Corexit, a Class B carcinogen, has been banned by the European Union. Whilst the hoopla concerning Corexit embroiled, a Nalco’s goggled and gloved representative declares in a video “[the dispersant] is as safe as detergent.”

EPA Chief Lisa Jackson has voiced her “concern” over the use of Corexit but refused to outright ban its use. EPA’s Senior Policy Analyst, Hugh Kaufman, denounced the use of the dispersant and boldly announced on “Democracy Now” that: “Corexit is one of a number of dispersants that are toxic, that are used to atomize the oil and force it down the water column so that it’s invisible to the eye. In this case, these dispersants were used in massive quantities, almost two million gallons so far, to hide the magnitude of the spill and save BP money. And the government–both EPA, NOAA, etc.–have been sock puppets for BP in this cover-up.”

Hugh Kaufman has been employed with the EPA since 1971, was instrumental in development of the Superfund, and is not one to shy away from controversy.

During the EPA’s cover-up of the health hazards at Ground Zero [9/11], Kaufman lodged a whistle blowing complaint. Christie Todd-Whitman subsequently silenced him in 2002 by shutting down the EPA’s National Ombudsman Office, which had been investigating Ground Zero and other Superfund sites across the nation. How Kaufman maintains his employment with the EPA whilst repeatedly blowing the whistle on cover-ups is beyond me! Maybe he knows where the bodies are buried? Nevertheless, he is a hero!

“Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil”

Another disturbing twist in the Gulf Oil Crisis saga is the media blackout which occurred in late May/early June. BP set up clean-up camps along the Gulf coast to remove oil and tar from beaches. During this period reporters were forbidden to talk to clean-up workers–either on or off the clock–or suffer a possible $40,000 fine or Class B felony charge. I started to see videos crop up in alternative news outlets showing Blackwater-type guards forcing news reporters away from the area. I was shocked (mainly because it was allowed) to see mainstream media regular Anderson Cooper discussing the 65 feet distance required between the media and the clean-up response areas (including beaches and vessels) without permission from the Port of New Orleans. The Federal Aviation Authority announced the region encompassing Deepwater Horizon and its plume was “off limits” for flyovers. Rumors indicated that only National Geographic was permitted to film the spill.

During this “blackout” period, alternative news outlets were reporting disturbing findings. Residents of the Gulf region indicated clean-up crews were suffering health issues (e.g., intestinal bleeding, skin lesions). Animals with missing heads were discovered on beaches preventing scientists from possibly analyzing the cause of death. Fishers hoping to receive compensation for lost wages were asked to sign “gag orders.” Independent analyses of surface water by TV stations were showing high levels of oils and dispersants.

Links were being drawn between members of the Obama Administration (Geitner and Summers) and BP executives. The UK Telegraph even reported that CEO Tony Hayward sold 1.4 million of stocks approximately two weeks prior to the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Shortly after the sale, Goldman Sachs sold off $250 million of BP stock.

Alternative news showed “experts” describing possible doomsday scenarios based on methane building from oil leakage beneath the sea floor. Internet newshounds began to notice changes or “blackouts” for North America in NOAA’s tsunami warning website. Between June and July earthquake tremors were noted in odd places like Michigan, Niagara, Maryland, and Louisiana. According to the European Union Times, NATO ordered the U.S. to ship 7,000 Marines to Costa Rica over fear the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico fractured the zone lying between North America and the Caribbean Plates. The Oil Crisis scenario was growing more apocalyptic by the day.

The Best Science Money Can Buy!

All the while, only a couple of university “scientists” and “experts” were being interviewed on mainstream media. I observed in May that the University of South Florida, Tampa, appeared to be on the forefront of reporting the presence of oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Being a scientist, I wondered, “Where is my alma mater, Florida Institute of Technology? Where is the University of Miami? MIT? Woodshole?” The scientific community was totally hush-hush as the worst environmental disaster in the history of the United States progressed–and BP’s crew of stooges attempted to “plug the hole.” What I innately believed to be true and later described on the internet finally upwelled into mainstream news noting BP was “buying up” notable experts at universities for pending lawsuits. Essentially, BP shopped around for experts who were willing to assist BP at hourly rates up to $250/hour in exchange for a three-year gag order on publishing. Universities like Texas A&M, Louisiana State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi jumped at the opportunity. Who else may have sold out to BP will only be known in the future.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t!

As the summer months ensued the ecological and economical effects from the Gulf Oil Crisis appeared bleak. BP commercials using homey language “we’re gonna make things right” and daily full-page ads emblazoned BP’s image campaign. BP has spent millions to protect its image, yet where is the pay-out to the Gulf region it economically affected?

The daily reports of BP’s attempting to cap the well became part of the normal media spectrum (if not a daily joke). Obama and his administration continued to look weak in spite of tough “kick ass” rhetoric. Much to the embarrassment of the “drill baby drill” crowd, the worst case scenario of the result of drilling became a reality. Much to the dismay of the energy industry, additional spills around the globe (including China, Michigan, and Utah) funneled into the news. Fear of eating Gulf seafood and vacationing on tar-covered sands prevailed. On the bright side the summer gas prices began to lower, possibly to create a warm and fuzzy feeling toward the oil industry. After all, it is an election year. By the end of July, BP’s CEO Tony Hayward stepped down from his position with an estimated package worth $18 million.

Low and behold, articles emerged declaring the oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico was cleaned up! WTF? Had the Feds called in David Copperfield to make it disappear like an illusion in his Las Vegas show? New York Times reporter Justin Gillis presented the results of a NOAA study indicating 74 percent of the 4.9 million barrels of oil evaporated or was skimmed, recovered, or dispersed. He noted the testing of fish had “little cause of worry so far” but possible storms could change the scenario. The NOAA report lists the estimates as follows: 17% recovered, 5% burned, 3% skimmed, 25% evaporated or dissolved, 10% dispersed naturally, 8% broken up by Corexit, and 26% remaining at sea or onshore. Truthfully, only the skimmed and burned estimates can be “real” and the rest are assumptions, fuzzy at best. The report was obviously rushed and molded to fit the agenda that the plume had vanished.

I researched Gillis’ articles written about the oil spill in the last couple of months and noticed a trend as follows: May 15–Giant Plume Found Under Gulf Of Mexico; May 19Scientists Fault Lack Of Studies Over Gulf Oil Spill; July 18 After Oil Spills, Hidden Damage Can Last for Years; July 28Gulf Surface Oil Vanishing Quickly; Aug 4Oil In Gulf Poses Only Slight Risk, New U.S. Report Says. Gillis’ changed his writing topics 180 degrees as if the memo came down from above stating, “OK. Take the NOAA study and make it fit so we can kill the spill news.”

A “Time” magazine article “The BP Spill: Has The Danger Been Exaggerated?” written by well-known environmental reporter/author Michael Grunwald derailed the Gulf Oil crisis as hype. Grunwald aligns his opinion with “obnoxious anti-environmental” Rush Limbaugh concurring “although the long-term potential danger is unknowable, it does not seem to be inflicting severe environmental damage.” Throughout the article Grunwald adopts Rush jargon (eco-fear, alarmists, debunking, overblown) used to label environmentalists as fear-mongering exaggerators.

Throughout the article Grunwald quotes industry consultants like geochemist Jacqueline Michel to support his hypothesis concerning the lack of environmental impact. Grunwald further quotes former LSU professor Ivor van Heerden stating: “There’s just no data to suggest this is an environmental disaster. I have no interest in making BP look good–I think they lied about the size of the spill–but we’re not seeing catastrophic impacts.”

Grunwald lays the groundwork to support Heerden’s credibility by explaining his firing by LSU after criticizing the Army Corps of Engineer’s role during Katrina. Van Heerden is currently employed with Polaris, a BP contractor, reminding me of Eric Hoffer’s quote, “People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.” They sell out!

Grunwald’s article pooh-poohs the effects of the oil spill to marshland by noting the area was already damaged by the oil and chemical industry. He quotes former LSU professor and current vice-president of the National Audubon Society, Paul Kemp, stating the vanishing marshlands are like “a sunburn on a cancer patient.”

Grunwald attempts to downplay the spill by indicating the lack of visibly oiled dolphins, dead birds, and turtles. He compared the mortality numbers to those noted during the Exxon Valdez disaster which occurred over 20 years ago. Grunwald notes as many as 435,000 birds perished compared to 3,000 visibly oiled dead birds discovered in the Gulf region. Throwing the numbers around reminds me of the media comparing the deaths that occurred during 10 years of Vietnam compared to our occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan. The loss of soldiers is so much less! Minimal collateral damage! We are so successful!

Grunwald concludes his article with this paragraph which could have come from an AM radio talk show: “Anti-oil politicians, anti-Obama politicians and underfunded green groups all have obvious incentives to accentuate the negative in the Gulf.

“So do the media because disasters drive ratings and sell magazines; those oil-soaked pelicans you saw on TV (and the cover of Time) were a lot more compelling than the healthy ones I saw roosting on a protective boom in Bay Jimmy.

“Even Limbaugh, when he wasn’t down-playing the spill, outrageously hyped this as ‘Obama’s Katrina.’ But honest scientists don’t do that, even when they work for Audubon.”

My interpretation of Grunwald’s article is similar to my intuition about my fellow comrades in academia: shills for industry. My hypothesis is that a scientist working in industry is no different than a reporter working in a particular niche. Once a person builds a resume with solid credentials in the environmental industry, he/she is regarded as having integrity and expert knowledge. If one holds out long enough, he/she can then go to the highest bidder. Being in the environmental industry for 25+ years, I have seen this happen. Many a good people go to the “dark side” and are set for life after selling their soul. This is corporatism at work, folks.

The “dark side” of the scientific industry will be fodder for another article. Let us just sit back and watch the U.S. Government and Big Oil sell us on the wonders of fossil fuels and downplay the minor “leak” that occurred in 2010…

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: As we also watch the rapid degradation of all life in and around the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding coastal regions, while at the same time witnessing the economies and livelihoods of all affected disappear for decades to come. This is unacceptable, America! – SJH 

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http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/GOVERNMENT-ASSISTED-BP-IN-by-Chyrisse-Tabone-P-100809-430.html

The CIA – Beyond Redemption The ‘Agency’ Should Be Terminated

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July 24, 2010: Sherwood Ross / Veterans Today – July 24, 2010

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has confirmed the worst fears of its creator President Harry Truman that it might degenerate into “an American Gestapo.” It has  been just that for so long it is beyond redemption. It represents 60 years of failure and fascism utterly at odds with the spirit of a democracy and needs to be closed, permanently.

Over the years “the Agency” as it is known, has given U.S. presidents so much wrong information on so many critical issues, broken so many laws, subverted so many elections, overthrown so many governments, funded so many dictators, and killed and tortured so many innocent human beings that the pages of its official history could be written in blood, not ink. People the world over regard it as infamous, and that evaluation, sadly for the reputation of America, is largely accurate.  Besides, since President Obama has half a dozen other major intelligence agencies to rely on for guidance, why does he need the CIA? In one swoop he could lop an estimated 27,000 employees off the Federal payroll, save taxpayers umpteen billions, and wipe the CIA stain from the American flag.

If you think this is a “radical” idea, think again. What is “radical” is to empower a mob of covert operatives to roam the planet, wreaking havoc as they go with not a care for morality or, for that matter, the tenets of mercy implicit in any of the great faiths. The idea of not prosecuting CIA interrogators (i.e., torturers), as President Obama has said, is chilling. These crimes have to be stopped somewhere, sometime, or they will occur again.

“The CIA had run secret interrogation centers before—beginning in 1950, in Germany, Japan, and Panama,” writes New York Times reporter Tim Weiner in his book “Legacy of Ashes, The History of The CIA” (Random House). Weiner has won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the intelligence community. “It had participated in the torture of captured enemy combatants before—beginning in 1967, under the Phoenix program in Vietnam. It had kidnapped suspected terrorists and assassins before…”

In Iran in 1953, for example, a CIA-directed coup restored the Shah (king) to absolute power, initiating what journalist William Blum in “Rogue State” (Common Courage Press) called “a period of 25 years of repression and torture; while the oil industry was restored to foreign ownership, with the US and Britain each getting 40 percent.”  About the same time in Guatemala, Blum adds, a CIA-organized coup “overthrew the democratically-elected and progressive government of Jacobo Arbenz, initiating 40 years of military government death squads, torture, disappearances, mass executions, and unimaginable cruelty, totaling more than 200,000 victims—indisputably one of the most inhuman chapters of the 20th century.” The massive slaughter compares, at least in terms of sheer numbers, with Hitler’s massacre of Romanian and Ukranian Jews during the holocaust. Yet few Americans know of it.

Blum provides yet other examples of CIA criminality. In Indonesia, it attempted in 1957-58 to overthrow neutralist president Sukarno. It plotted Sukarno’s assassination, tried to blackmail him with a phony sex film, and joined forces with dissident military officers to wage a full-scale war against the government, including bombing runs by American pilots, Blum reported. This particular attempt, like one in Costa Rica about the same time, failed. So did the CIA attempt in Iraq in 1960 to assassinate President Abdul Kassem. Other ventures proved more “successful”.

In Laos, the CIA was involved in coup attempts in 1958, 1959, and 1960, creating a clandestine army of 30,000 to overthrow the government. In Ecuador, the CIA ousted President Jose Velasco for recognizing the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro. The CIA also arranged the murder of elected Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in 1961 and the installation of Mobutu Seko who ruled “with a level of corruption and cruelty that shocked even his CIA handlers,” Blum recalls.

In Ghana, in 1966, the CIA sponsored a military coup against leader Kwame Nkrumah in 1966; in Chile, it financed the overthrow of elected President Salvador Allende in 1973 and brought to power the murderous regime of General Augusto Pinochet who executed 3,000 political opponents and tortured thousands more.  In Greece in 1967, the CIA helped subvert the elections and backed a military coup that killed 8,000 Greeks in its first month of operation. “Torture, inflicted in the most gruesome of ways, often with equipment supplied by the United States, became routine,” Blum writes.

In South Africa, the CIA gave the apartheid government information that led to the arrest of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, who subsequently spent years in prison. In Bolivia, in 1964, the CIA overthrew President Victor Paz; in Australia from 1972-75, the CIA slipped millions of dollars to political opponents of the Labor Party; ditto, Brazil in 1962; in Laos in 1960, the CIA stuffed ballot boxes to help a strongman into power;  in Portugal in the Seventies the candidates it financed triumphed over a pro-labor government; in the Philippines, the CIA backed governments in the 1970-90 period that employed torture and summary execution against its own people; in El Salvador, the CIA in the Nineties backed the wealthy in a civil war in which 75,000 civilians were killed; and the list goes on and on.

Of course, the hatred that the CIA engenders for the American people and American business interests is enormous. Because the Agency operates largely in secret, most Americans are unaware of the crimes it perpetrates in their names. As Chalmers Johnson writes in “Blowback” (Henry Holt), former long-time CIA director Robert Gates, now Obama’s defense secretary, admitted U.S. intelligence services began to aid the mujahideen guerrillas in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet invasion in December, 1979.

As has often been the case, the CIA responded to a criminal order from one of the succession of imperial presidents that have occupied the White House, in this instance one dated July 3, 1979, from President Jimmy Carter. The Agency was ordered to aid the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul—aid that might sucker the Kremlin into invading. “The CIA supported Osama bin Laden, like so many other extreme fundamentalists among the mujahideen in Afghanistan, from at least 1984 on,” Johnson writes, helping bin Laden train many of the 35,000 Arab Afghans.

Thus Carter, like his successors in the George H.W. Bush government — Gates, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, and Colin Powell, “all bear some responsibility for the 1.8 million Afghan casualties, 2.6 million refugees, and 10 million unexploded land mines that followed from their decisions, as well as the ‘collateral damage’ that befell New York City in September 2001 from an organization they helped create during the years of anti-Soviet Afghan resistance,” Johnson added. Worse, the Bush-Cheney regime after 9/11 “set no limits on what the agency could do. It was the foundation for a system of secret prisons where CIA officer and contractors used techniques that included torture,” Weiner has written. By some estimates, the CIA in 2006 held 14,000 souls in 11 secret prisons, a vast crime against humanity.

That the CIA has zero interest in justice and engages in gratuitous cruelty may be seen from the indiscriminate dragnet arrests it has perpetrated: “CIA officers snatched and grabbed more than three thousand people in more than one hundred countries in the year after 9/11,” Weiner writes, adding that only 14 men of all those seized “were high-ranking authority figures within al Qaeda and its affiliates. Along with them, the agency jailed hundreds of nobodies…(who) became ghost prisoners in the war on terror.”

As for providing the White House with accurate intelligence, the record of the CIA has been a fiasco. The Agency was telling President Carter the Shah of Iran was beloved by his people and was firmly entrenched in power in 1979 when any reader of Harper’s Magazine, available on newsstands for a buck, could read that his overthrow was imminent—and it was. Over the years, the Agency has been wrong far more often than it has been right.

According to an Associated Press report, when confirmed by the Senate as the new CIA director, Leon Panetta said the Obama administration would not prosecute CIA officers that “participated in harsh interrogations even if they constituted torture as long as they did not go beyond their instructions.” This will allow interrogators to evade prosecution for following the clearly criminal orders they would have been justified to disobey.

“Panetta also said that the Obama administration would continue to transfer foreign detainees to other countries for questioning but only if U.S. officials are confident that the prisoners will not be tortured,” the AP story continued. If past is prologue, how confident can Panetta be the CIA’s fellow goons in Egypt and Morocco will stop torturing prisoners? Why did the CIA kidnap men off the streets of Milan and New York and fly them to those countries in the first place if not for torture? They certainly weren’t treating them to a Mediterranean vacation. By its long and nearly perfect record of reckless disregard for international law, the CIA has deprived itself of the right to exist. 

It will be worse than unfortunate if President Obama continues the inhumane (and illegal) CIA renditions that President Bill Clinton began and President Bush vastly expanded. If the White House thinks its operatives can roam the world and arrest and torture any person it chooses without a court order, without due process, and without answering for their crimes, this signifies Americans believe themselves to be a Master Race better than others and above international law. That’s not much different from the philosophy that motivated Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich. It would be the supreme irony if the American electorate that repudiated racism last November has voted into its highest office a constitutional lawyer who reaffirms his predecessor’s illegal views on this activity. Renditions must be stopped. The CIA must be abolished.

(Sherwood Ross is a Miami-based public relations consultant and columnist who formerly reported for the Chicago Daily News, the New York Herald-Tribune, and wire services.)

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And President Obama, along with the rest of these criminals need to all be arrested and charged with treason! – SJH 

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Transcripts Reveal Senators Knew Gulf Of Tonkin Was A False Flag

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July 15, 2010:Steve Watson / Infowars.com  – July 15, 2010

Over 1,100 pages of previously classified Vietnam-era transcripts released this week by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee highlight the fact that several Senators knew that the White House and the Pentagon had deceived the American people over the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident.

The latest releases, which document skepticism over the pretext for entry into the Vietnam War, date from 1968.

Four years into the war, Senators were at loggerheads with Lyndon B. Johnson. At the time Foreign Relations Committee meetings were held behind closed doors.

It would take over thirty years for the truth to emerge that the August 4, 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, where US warships were apparently attacked by North Vietnamese PT boats – an incident that kicked off US involvement in the Vietnam war – was a staged event that never actually took place. However, the records now show that at the time US Senators knew this was the case.

In a March 1968 closed session of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Albert Gore Sr. of Tennessee, the father of former vice president Al Gore, noted: “If this country has been misled, if this committee, this Congress, has been misled by pretext into a war in which thousands of young men have died, and many more thousands have been crippled for life, and out of which their country has lost prestige, moral position in the world, the consequences are very great…”

Senator Frank Church, Democrat of Idaho, said in an executive session in February 1968: “In a democracy you cannot expect the people, whose sons are being killed and who will be killed, to exercise their judgment if the truth is concealed from them…”

Other Senators were keen to withhold the truth about the Gulf of Tonkin in order not to inflame public opinion on the war: Senator Mike Mansfield, Democrat of Montana, stated, “You will give people who are not interested in facts a chance to exploit them and to magnify them out of all proportion.” Mansfield was referring to the proposed release of a committee staff investigation that raised doubts over whether the Tonkin incident ever took place.

The committee decided in the end to effectively conceal the truth, with Senator Church noting that if the committee came up with proof that an attack never occurred, “we have a case that will discredit the military in the United States, and discredit and quite possibly destroy the president.” He also noted that if the Senators were to follow up on their skepticism over the Gulf of Tonkin, “The big forces in this country that have most of the influence and run most of the newspapers and are oriented toward the presidency will lose no opportunity to thoroughly discredit this committee.”

The LBJ Presidential tapes, declassified and released in 2001, prove that LBJ knew the Tonkin incident never happened. After dressing down his Defence Secretary Robert McNamara for misleading him, Johnson then discussed how to politically spin the non-event and escalate it as justification for air strikes. “You just came in a few weeks ago and said they’re launching an attack on us – they’re firing at us,” Johnson tells McNamara in one conversation, “and we got through with the firing and concluded maybe they hadn’t fired at all.”

The NSA also deliberately faked intelligence data to make it appear as if two US ships had been lost in the “attack”. Johnson used the 1964 false flag event to expand dramatically the scale of the Vietnam War by ushering in the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, as well as to rope in much needed domestic support with the Congress and public.

Perhaps if the Foreign Relations Committee hadn’t been so afraid of “the big forces” controlling America, a large percentage of the almost 60,000 American soldiers and 2 million Vietnamese people wouldn’t have lost their lives. Sadly, modern day elected representatives have failed the American people in exactly the same way over the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: It is interesting that these transcripts are released now in the midst of yet another massive propaganda onslaught to attack Iran. Right in your face, America! More on this story from The NY Times at the link below– SJH

Records Show Doubts on ’64 Vietnam Crisis

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/world/asia/15vietnam.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

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