- Let us return briefly to the question of Saddam Hussein's
employment of the poison gas he developed with the help of those lovers
of humanity, Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush. Hussein is alleged
to have bombarded Iraqi Kurds with poison gas in 1987 and/or in 1988, in
the midst of his long and ferocious war with Iran.
- There are conflicting accounts of the incident. Some
say thousands were killed; some say hundreds; a few say none. Some say
the Kurds were actually caught in a murderous crossfire of noxious fumes
between the Iranian and Iraqi armies. Others say the Kurds -- long persecuted
by Saddam, as they are persecuted by NATO stalwart Turkey -- were fighting
alongside the Iranians and thus made themselves "lawful combatants."
The official story is that Hussein simply gassed the Kurds in a paroxysm
of ethnic cleansing (for which he was later rewarded by the aforesaid GHWB
with even more American money and material).
- Whatever the facts, the charge that Hussein "gassed
his own people" has been the bloody shirt repeatedly waved by George
W. Bush in his frantic bid to build support for an invasion of Iraq. Such
an action, we are told, puts a nation beyond the pale of civilization and
sends it hurtling into the abyss of ultimate evil. Any state that would
"gas its own people" is, we're told, a rogue state, a terrorist
- What then to make of the revelations last week that the
United States "gassed its own people" during the Vietnam War?
The Defense Department has admitted that the Pentagon sprayed more than
4,000 U.S. sailors with various substances, including the deadly nerve
gas sarin and a gruesome biological toxin, in a four-year operation (1964-68)
called Project SHAD, The New York Times reports.
- The Pentagon said its records do not show that the sailors
gave their "informed consent" to participate in the secret tests.
(And how exactly would that consent process have worked, anyway? "Avast,
ye swabs! Can we spray ye salty dogs with poison gas?" "Arrr,
Cap'n, that ye may. We herewith absolve ye of all legal responsibility
for this immoral act!")
- The purpose of these terrorist attacks on patriotic Americans
serving their country was to test defenses against biochemical warfare
-- so said the Pentagon brass at the time. That would be the same Pentagon
brass that two years earlier had sent a plan to President John Kennedy
calling for a series of terrorist attacks to be launched against the American
people -- by the United States government -- in a frantic bid to build
support for an invasion of Cuba.
- But we live in more enlightened times now, of course.
For example, even though most experts say that the fatal anthrax unleashed
upon the American people last fall was almost certainly developed by the
U.S. military, we know that things like Project SHAD don't happen anymore.
We know that the unelected "shadow government" headed by Vice
President Dick Cheney in secret caves and undisclosed locations -- along
with the cadre of Iran-Contra terrorist conspirators back in power in Washington,
and the FBI chieftains mysteriously rewriting field reports to downplay
the danger of terrorist attacks from Islamic radical groups once cultivated
by the CIA -- will surely keep the American people safe from all harm.
- Even from governments that gas their own people.
- Shadow Warriors
- On the other hand, Shadow Cheney and other Defenders
have spent an inordinate amount of time lately insisting that they cannot
keep the American people safe from all harm -- or any harm, evidently.
- While President Bush was wowing Europe last week with
endearing displays of sleep-deprived crankiness (him not used to staying
up so late like Pootie-Poot do; that's why him got so grumpy, The New York
Times lovingly reported), Cheney led a series of top officials in declaring
that more terror attacks are "inevitable." In fact, Shadowman
said they will be "even worse" than Sept. 11. The "great
success" of the "war on terror" has apparently left the
American people in far greater danger than before.
- (But if the United States is even more threatened now,
then what was all that fighting in Afghanistan about? Would Hamid Karzai,
former consultant for Texas oil giant Unocal, have some idea? Just asking.)
- In this atmosphere of leader-spawned national panic,
imagine what would happen if a heavily armed, black-clad prowler were found
planting a bomb at a civilian power plant. Surely the story would be 24-7
in the national media, right? Tabloids, networks, talking heads would be
screaming the news to high heaven: "America Under Attack! Terrorists
in Our Midst!"
- Unless, of course, the heavily armed prowler happened
to be -- wait for it -- a member of the U.S. military. And unless the incident
occurred in Jeb Bush's satrapy of Florida. Then all you would see is small
story in a provincial paper, the Savannah Morning News, which last week
told the curious tale of Specialist Derek Lawrence Peterson, 64th Armor
Division, who was nabbed for planting a bomb in a power station in Jacksonville,
- Police spotted Peterson pulling out from the plant in
his pick-up truck, which was laden with knives, guns, ammo and explosives
gear. They later found the bomb he'd left at the plant.
- Peterson said he'd been "practicing reconnaissance
techniques." Or maybe he was just "testing defenses," SHAD-like,
in the best Pentagon tradition? We'll probably never find out; he's being
held incommunicado in one of Jeb's jails -- and the Army's not talking
- Perhaps the Shadow knows?
- From Mike
- I am so sick of hearing this same old line of bullsh*t...
'He gassed his own people'...
- I heard it first when I was 25 years old...from the current
White House resident's father. It made me sick then because I was naive
and thought, "What kind of horrible person could do that?"
- Then again, 12 years ago I never really considered that
a U.S. president could be just as full of sh*t as any other. I've changed
alot over those 12 years...but some things haven't.
- Today, I get to hear the same li(n)es from Junior. But
now it only sickens me because I know how many Americans believe his manifold
- How many is that you ask??? Fewer and fewer every day...
- The story above should help clarify for those who care
to know the truth... I also provide source, background and reference links
to verify details...in no particular order...
- "Sailors Sprayed With Nerve Gas in Cold War Tests,
New York Times, May 24, 2002
- "Is a U.S. Bioweapons Scientist Behind Last Fall's
Salon.com, February 8, 2002 http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2002/02/08/anthrax/index.html
- "Department of Defense Releases SHAD Project Fact
U.S. Department of Defense, May 2002 http://www.defenselink.mil/news/May2002/b05232002_bt264-02.html
- "Coleen Rowley's Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller,"
Time.com, May 21, 2002
- "How the FBI Blew the Case,"
Time.com, May 21, 2002
- "FBI Agent Says Superior Altered Report, Foiling
New York Times, May 25, 2002
- "Fort Stewart Soldier Jailed in Florida,"
Savannah Morning News, May 16, 2002 http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/051602/LOCsoldierarrest.shtml
- "FBI Accused of Blocking Probe,"
MSNBC.com, May 27, 2002 http://www.msnbc.com/news/757819.asp?0si=-&cp1=1
- "Friendly Fire: US Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize
ABCNEWS.com, Nov. 7, 2001 http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/jointchiefs_010501.html
- "Iran-Contra Alumni in Bush Government," New
York Times, March 13, 2002 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Iran-Contra-Alumni.html
- "Skipping Borders, Tripping Diction," New York
Times, May 28, 2002 http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/28/international/europe/28ITAL.html
- "Rumsfeld Says Terrorists Will Use Weapons of Mass
New York Times, May 21, 2002 http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/21/politics/21CND-TERROR.html
- "Suicide Attacks Certain in US, Mueller Warns,"
New York Times, May 21, 2002 http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/21/national/21TERR.html
- "Terror Warnings Puzzling to Many," Associated
Press, May 28, 2002 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Attacks-Hand-Wringing.html
- "Cheney Expects More Terror for US," New York
Times, May 20, 2002
(Archive - fee required)
- "Final Report of the Independent Counsel for Iran/Contra
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Aug. 4, 1993 http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/walsh/
- "Iran-Contra Retread," The Nation, Feb. 20,
- "The Ghost of Terror Past," Salon.com, Jan.
11, 2002 http://salon.com/politics/feature/2002/01/11/reich/index.html
- "Firewall: Inside the Iran-Contra Coverup,"
Consortiumnews.com, 1997 http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/story34.html