Bush: Freeze or Cut All Program Budgets... Except Defense and Domestic Security :.

Do you get it yet?

The White House is telling federal agencies to expect lean budgets next year, with congressional aides and lobbyists saying President Bush appears ready to propose freezing or even slightly cutting overall domestic spending.

Targeted would be all annually approved programs except for defense and domestic security.



Just when you think you've seen it all...

This is America's Army, a computer "first-person shooter" game, in which players advance through the stages of soldierhood — drilling in basic training, taking target practice with an M-16, studying basic emergency medicine and, finally, going into combat.

It's been such a hit that the Army has recently gone one step further with the game, organizing video-game parties around the country like this one in Woodinville, offering free game play, free "chow" and plenty of exposure to the Army's recruitment tactics. Woodinville and Bellevue recruiters plan to repeat the events every three months.

The Army makes no bones about the fact that it designed the game to attract a new generation of potential soldiers reared on ever-more-realistic video games. Information on joining the Army is a mouse-click away through an Internet link.

Since the Army released the game in July 2002, it has proved to be a low-cost advertising jackpot. The game has been downloaded more than 16 million times, and the Army estimates that nearly a third of all young people of prime recruitment age have been exposed to it.

Related: America's Army, Potential Frontend to MK Program? (Click and scroll down)

Rise of the Amerikan Nazis :.

An unenlightened populace, imputing televised propaganda as its own opinion, ignorant to the true state of the country, conditioned to never question either the monitor or government propagandists, captured by lies, deceits, fears, schizophrenia and obedient to the Amerikan Nazis cannot be said to vote wisely, with neither all available information at their disposal or with a clear understanding of the issues. This is not democracy, this is controlled debauched democracy, reminiscent of the best media propaganda in the now defunct Soviet Union and Iron Curtain, reminding one of the state owned channels available in dictatorships. Today in America, the only thing those in power have to do to win votes is control the television, its content and message. In the United States, nothing is easier to do.

Related: From PSYOP to MindWar: The Psychology Of Victory

The document was written by Michael Aquino, a Lieutenant Colonel (retired) in the U.S. Army and founder of the Temple of Set, a Satanic front organization for U.S. intelligence MK programs, and Paul Vallely, a U.S. Army General (retired) and a military analyst for Fox news (no, I'm not kidding). I refuse to link to the filth at the Temple of Set, but I encourage you to read it on your own.

Research Credit: DG

Nearly Half of Young Men in UK Routinely Drink to Blackout :.

Ahh, it's so easy to control the prols with sufficient amounts of victory gin... and surveillance cameras on every corner:

For a sizeable proportion of Britons, binge-drinking is a weekend institution, with the young especially showing a greater taste for blind inebriation and its side effects than many of their European neighbors.

According to the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), 48 percent of British men and 31 percent of women aged 19 to 24 admit to having been blind drunk at least twice a month during the past year.


Police officers don't have to give a reason at the time they arrest someone, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a ruling that shields officers from false-arrest lawsuits.

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Thanks HM!

I have just sent $5 from this contribution to Ran Prieur. Come on you guys! Help out the people who are actually doing something!

Ran Prieur :.

You guys have heard me making noise about getting land and growing food, etc. for a long time. Recently, I noticed referral hits to Cryptogon emerging from Well, Ran Prieur is doing more than just writing about getting land and living a sane existence. He bought the land, and he's in the process of making it livable!

As far as I can tell, Ran is otherwise homeless and has been living very close to the edge in Seattle. Please check out his site and support Rand's efforts in any way you can. Cryptogon readers in the Pacific Northwest might want to consider networking with Rand and possibly working with him on his land.

If you're interested, here are some of my essays of these topics:

A Shovel, a Wheelbarrow and a Pile of Dead Leaves

A Shovel, a Cell Phone and an Epiphany in the Dirt

Peace Rallies Over, Everyone Back to Work

Cryptogon Organic Garden: First Results

Cryptogon Garden Update

TR Comments on Helen and Scott Nearing

Chinese Try Mobile Death Vans (This is actually about self sufficiency.)

New Honda Asimo Biped Robot Can Run :.

And I can't fire up a yurt with a garden and some chickens.


U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Reads Bush Researcher Statistical Analysis

Perhaps a little lunch break reading over at today? Or was it work related?

This is the original post.

Here's the raw Apache log entry that shows the user from checking out the document: - - [16/Dec/2004:07:34:28 -0700] "GET /docs/cryptogon_bush_prob.pdf HTTP/1.0" 200 28315 "" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.0.1) Gecko/20020823 Netscape/7.0 (CK-NGA)"

Scary Faces Have Subliminal Effects :.

A few days ago, I mentioned the Gary Webb story about the U.S. military's video game called America's Army, and how the game's graphics and audio should be carefully examined. Here's an example of why:

Writing in the journal Neuron, the researchers said they used high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging, a way of scanning brain activity in real time, on 17 undergraduate university students.

While the volunteers were looking at a computer, the researchers displayed a fearful face on the monitor for 33 milliseconds, immediately followed by a similar neutral face.

People all over the world respond similarly to a fearful expression, even a photograph of one. In this case, the face appeared and disappeared so quickly the volunteers could have had no conscious awareness of it.

Irish Who Overstayed Visa Arrested During "Spot Check" On Train :.

This story is interesting for a number of reasons. Most interesting, in my opinion, is how these Irish guys came to be arrested in the first place. According to the Irish Independent article, "The cousins were arrested at the beginning of November by four policemen carrying out spot checks on a Seattle-bound train."

Municipal cops in the U.S. are conducting "spot checks" on trains? If anyone can tell me more about this "spot check" nonsense, please do. I'm very curious about this. What happens to Americans who don't have their "papers"??? Do they get the same shackle and chain treatment as foreigners? (For you Americans who plan on not-identifying yourself, think again.)

Since when did local cops begin checking the Visa status of people at random on trains!?

THE Government was accused last night of not doing enough to help Irish people arrested in the US for visa violations.

Fine Gael TD John Deasy made the charge as attempts were being made to secure the release of two men being held for the past six weeks in a top security Denver prison since being picked up for overstaying on their holiday visas.

The men, cousins Alan and Cliff Whelan, both 23, from Waterford city, are being locked up 23 hours a day, according to their families.

The men say that during their transfer by bus from Montana, where they were arrested, they were shackled and chained with 16 other prisoners and accompanied by heavily armed guards.

The cousins were arrested at the beginning of November by four policemen carrying out spot checks on a Seattle-bound train. Since then, they have been allowed one three-minute phone call a week.

According to new figures Mr Deasy has obtained, 290 Irish people have been deported from the US in the past five years. He plans to raise the men's detention with the US ambassador.

Research Credit: DG

U.S. Military Designs Its Own Bible for Special Ops Forces :.

Although the International Bible Society (IBS) indeed will crank out a limited-run, special edition of the New International Version Bible in the near future, it's unlikely that readers will discover, for example, a previously unreleased surprise ending to the Good Book. Rather, according to, a site for federal government procurement opportunities, the Department of Defense intends to award the IBS a sole-source contract for the production of 10,000 Bibles containing military-specific messages and imagery. The Bibles - which will be distributed to soldiers of the elite U.S. Special Operations Command - will feature a "custom-designed cover" and "Army designed color photographs and text inserts."

It appears that IBS's crafting of the Special Ops Bible will rely on the "new package, same great taste" approach that the commercial sector often takes when introducing a new logo or easy-grip handle for an existing product. It's hopefully safe to assume that though the Bibles are new, they will not be "improved." IBS has an extraordinary task ahead of it, as they must juxtapose, hypothetically, Christ's "Blessed are the peacemakers" pronouncement with army-centric motivational messages and images. A tough job indeed, given the context of 100,000 "excess casualties" - consisting mainly of women and children - that U.S. and British military forces may have caused since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, as indicated in the Oct. 29, 2004, edition of The Lancet, a British medical journal.

War Funding Request May Hit $100 Billion :.

$100 billion here, $100 billion there:

The Bush administration plans to ask for between $80 billion and $100 billion to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan next year, rather than the $70 billion to $75 billion the White House privately told members of Congress before the election, according to Pentagon and White House officials.


Gary Webb: Coroner Calls It a Suicide :.

Two .38 caliber shots to the head and this is officially called a suicide!?

Tell me another one!

Gary Webb was murdered. It's that simple:

Facing a barrage of calls from the media and the public, the Sacramento County Coroner's Office issued a statement Tuesday confirming that former investigative reporter Gary Webb committed suicide with two gunshots to the head.

"The cause of death was determined to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head," the coroner's statement said.

"Information and evidence gathered at the scene of death, including a handwritten note indicating an intention on the part of the decedent to take his own life, resulted in 'suicide' as the determined manner of death.

"The investigation is continuing and will take an estimated additional six to eight weeks to complete."

Bush Researcher Suicides: Statistical Analysis :.

Popular sites, such as and, have posted a statistical analysis of four Bush researcher deaths (Danny Casolaro, J.H. Hatfield, Mark Lombardi and now Gary Webb) that originated from I didn't post these data on Cryptogon because I don't have sufficient skill with statistics to assess the validity of the results.

I passed the numbers by a friend of mine who is highly competent in data analysis and mathematics. He immediately noticed a flaw in the data. Last night, he wrote up his own analysis for all of you to consider. The author of this paper has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Cognitive Science. He has had several articles published in peer reviewed, scientific journals. He is a (full time) computer programmer.

The bottom line of TR's analysis is that, while the chances of four Bush authors committing suicide are not as astronomical as the data seem to show, there is about a 94% chance that these suicides were NOT a coincidence. The result varies by the number of authors we consider to be full time, hard core Bush researchers. TR, erring on the safe side, assumed there are 40, full time, hard core Bush researchers. All in all, this was a fascinating look into the complex nature of citing statistics with regard to this string of deaths.

Weird National Secuity Agency Hit to Cryptogon

The NSA user (host:*, ip: conducted the following Google search: remove hate "live bookmark" die kill

Weird, eh?

What are those guys smokin' over at the NSA these days?

* = National Computer Security Center. This is the NSA.

Rampant Insider Selling Raises Red Flags :.

Link includes commentary by Mike Ruppert:

Talk about a double standard. While corporate leaders tout the benefits of investors owning their stocks, many executives seem to be running for the doors themselves.

Selling of shares by insiders - which includes executives and other top officers and directors at a company - has been rampant in recent months, with sales rising to their highest level in more than four years in November.

While no one can pinpoint an exact reason for that run-up, the implication is troubling since big insider selling is often considered bearish for the overall market as well as for individual stocks.

Kelly 'Could Not Have Died' from Knife Wound, Paramedics Claim :.

POLICE have rejected calls to re-open the inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly, the government weapons expert, after two paramedics who found him at the scene of his death said he could not have died from self-inflicted knife wounds.

Dave Bartlett and Vanessa Hunt, both ambulance workers, yesterday spoke out for the first time since the Hutton Inquiry, which concluded that Dr Kelly had committed suicide and died of wounds to the ulnar artery in his left wrist.

The paramedics disputed the findings of the investigation, claiming there was not enough blood at the scene to merit the official conclusions.

They had raised the same concerns while giving evidence to the inquiry last year.

Propaganda 101: A Message From The Iraq Resistance :.

This is an example of a very effective propaganda film. The fact that much of it is accurate adds to its utility. The insurgency in Iraq is waging war against the U.S. using standard U.S. methods: pure propaganda and terror.

By the way, where did the person on the voice over learn to speak English? I can't place his accent.

Research Credit: DG

The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and the Seed of the Future :.

This is a book by William Kötke. The full text is available for free:

"There appears to be nothing that the controlling elites of the imperial hierarchies will not do to service their greed and their craving for power. Guns, drugs, slavery, torture, massacre, assassination, and the most massive destruction, ecologically and socially is the stock in trade."

Research Credit: GH

Google Wants to Index Entire Libraries :.

In other news, Google blocks news sites for the fascist Chinese regime:

Under a deal announced yesterday between the internet search engine Google and five of the world's top libraries, some of the globe's greatest literary treasures will soon be freely available for all to read on the world wide web.

The Last Straw: Webhost and Both Go Down

My crap webhost went down again. If you emailed me in the last 12 hours, send it again. It went down a black hole. And Blogger was dead for about 12 hours... Again. I've had it. So... I'm going to burn Cryptogon to the ground in order to improve it. New webhost. New content management system. I will make the archives available in some (possibly broken) form, but don't count on them existing as they do now. One possible solution will be a raw, site dump file, with selected stories moved into the new system.

So, how do you want the phoenix to rise?

Which content management system should Cryptogon use?
Movable Type
I don't know which operating system I'm using, help me.

Free polls from

Evidence Begins to Indicate Gary Webb Was Murdered :.

Credible sources who were close to Gary Webb have stated that he was receiving death threats, being regularly followed, and that he was concerned about strange individuals who were seen on multiple occasions breaking into and leaving his house before his apparent 'suicide' on Friday morning.

Iraqi Insurgents Force U.S. Military to Re-Supply Troops via Airdrop Instead of Ground Transport :.

Bush needs to land on an aircraft carrier and declare victory again:

Insurgent attacks on U.S. convoys in Iraq have prompted the Air Force to step up airlifts of supplies to troops, allowing the Army to reduce the number of convoys on dangerous routes, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper authorized the increase in airlifts in November after seeing firsthand the frustration Army officials were having in Iraq with attacks on convoys.

U.S. Trade Deficit Hits Record High :.

America's trade deficit swelled to a record high of $55.5 billion in October as imports -- including those from China -- surged to the loftiest levels ever. Skyrocketing crude oil prices also contributed to the yawning trade gap.

WTC Rescue Workers Silenced After Discovery Of Black Boxes :.


A 9-11 rescue worker recently came forward to say he was told by FBI agents to "keep my mouth shut" about one of the "black boxes" a fellow firefighter helped locate at ground zero, contradicting the official story that none of the flight and cockpit data recorders were ever recovered in the wreckage of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers.

Honorary firefighter Mike Bellone claims he was approached by unknown bureau agents a short time after he and his partner, Nicholas DeMasi, a retired New York firefighter, found three of the four "black boxes" among the WTC rubble before January 2002.

The pair first claimed in an August 2003 book entitled Behind the Scene: Ground Zero to have found the data recorders.

DeMasi said the "black boxes" were found while he traversed "ground zero" in his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with three federal agents.

FBI and New York fire officials have denied ever finding the voice and data recorders.

Now Bellone claims agents were adamant about keeping the discovery a secret.

"They confronted me and told me to not to say anything," recalled Bellone, referring to one of three reddish-orange boxes with two white stripes he saw in the back of DeMasi’s ATV. "I said, 'Give me a good reason.' When they couldn't, I told them I wouldn't shut up about it.

"Why should I? I have nothing to hide and nothing to gain. It's the truth, and Nick and I are sticking to our story as we always have."

Bellone said he and DeMasi were not the only 9-11 rescue workers to see the "black boxes." He said there were several other witnesses and said he knows they have been silenced by federal agents.

"I know two or three others saw what went down, but they are not talking," said Bellone. "They got to those guys after they talked to me. The only reason I can figure they are trying to hide the truth is that the government knows it screwed up, and the recorders would prove it."

School Distributes Satanic Sex Calendar :.

Local school officials in a suburb of Houston, Texas, are investigating how it was possible that a school police officer handed out calendars to students that featured explicit details on satanic and sexual rituals for every day of the month.

Parents in Pearland are demanding answers, according to a news report on KHOU-TV.

The school police officer who handed out the calendars was supposed to deliver a positive anti-gang message to the students last Monday, according to the report.

"September 20th is a 'midnight host' whatever that is," said one unidentified parent reading from the calendar. "You should have a blood-type ritual. September 23rd is the fall equinox – you should have an orgy. Activity group sex, any age, any sex."


Barbara Bush Should Be Held for Questioning in the Murder of Gary Webb

What happens to people who make death threats against other people who then wind up meeting untimely ends? Under normal circumstances, the person who made the threats would be dragged away for for questioning by the cops!

First, Barbara Bush's public death threat: can criticize me, but don't criticize my children and don't criticize my daughters-in-law and don't criticize my husband, or you're dead.

Barbara Bush, on the Larry King Live, 22 October 2003
Comments from Garry Webb, following the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election:
What this election tells me, unfortunately, is that it doesn't matter to most Americans if their government lies to them repeatedly.

They no longer care if their leaders erode their civil liberties, push this country further towards a police state, or shroud their actions in additional layers of official secrecy.

They don't mind if their government operates strictly for the benefit of the rich and the corporate class, as long as their own taxes don't go up.

Nor do they care if their government spends itself to the brink of bankruptcy. As long as they feel threatened by some external evil, everything is permitted.

Since the Bush administration did all of this and more, and still won re-election, my suspicion is that things will only get worse over the next four years.

Bush no longer has the threat of voter disapproval hanging over his head. He is free to pursue his agenda without restraint.

And now, I think, we will find out just how extreme that agenda is.

Anyone who thought the last four years were bad hasn't seen anything yet.

Gary Webb, in the BBC, 5 November 2004
Is Barbara Bush being questioned by the police?


From MindWar to FoxNews :.

Click through to read more about Paul Vallely's connection to Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, Satanist, Nazi occultist (he conducted a black magic ceremony at Himmler's Wewelsburg Castle), and founder of the "Temple of Set."

FoxNews hasn't landed in Canada just yet - the CRTC only recently approved adding its channel to digital cable - so I was spared being scared recently by Fox military analyst, Retired General Paul Vallely. He told Fox house "liberal" Alan Colmes that "we are not going to permit" a Shia majority victory in the forthcoming theatre of a "free" election in Iraq. Worse, he said "Iran and Syria are next. It's easy to do.... Israel is (already) prepared to take Iran down."

Colmes, according to Newshounds, followed up by asking whether he thought a Judeo/Christian holy war against Muslims was such a great idea. Vallely replied "That's what's going on. If you don't understand that, then you don't get it."

Home Cooking :.

The next time you see that BushCheney/Jesus fish/cross/flag sticker nonsense on the ass end of a SUV, drop off a copy of this document for humble servants of Jesus to behold:

Home Cooking

By Chris Floyd
Published: December 10, 2004

When the devil comes knocking on your front door, looking for a way to spread his evil inside, he won't be sporting horns and a tail. He's going to come dressed as your sweetest dream, clean as a whistle, pious, sincere. He's going to speak your lingo, ape your ways -- and when he opens up his little box of poison, it's going to look like the heaven your mama sang about when she rocked you to sleep in your cradle.

Then one day, when the mind-fog lifts, you see him sitting at the head of the table, the walls of the room smeared with filth, dead bodies swelling on the blood-mucked floor, the still-living victims hog-tied and naked, screaming for mercy as the whipcords strike. He beckons you forward with a welcoming smile. You pause for a moment. It seems so strange: All this horror -- it would have once made you sick, but now it just feels like ... home. You shrug, you grin, you take your place beside him at the feast.

In just this way, while Americans were finishing their Thanksgiving dinners and preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a series of stories exposed -- once again -- the torture chamber at the heart of their feast: a government gone insane, embracing terror, atrocity and tyranny. Yet there was no public outcry against these desecrations. Few even noticed; fewer still cared.

Last week, the minions of George W. Bush announced, in open court, that he has the power to seize anyone on earth -- even "little old ladies in Switzerland" -- and imprison them forever if he so chooses, The New York Times reports. The minions said that anyone Bush declared "an enemy combatant" -- even if they never took up arms against America, even if they didn't know their actions were related to terrorism in any way -- could be abducted from any nation, friend or foe, or in the Homeland itself, and held indefinitely, "at the president's discretion," stripped of all rights under the U.S. Constitution or the Geneva Conventions.

Assistant Attorney General Brian Boyle said Bush's captives were entitled only to a single hearing, alone before a military tribunal, without legal counsel or access to the evidence against them -- evidence which Boyle cheerfully admitted could be obtained by torture in foreign countries, The Associated Press reports. Overturning centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence, Boyle said there were no restrictions whatsoever on using torture evidence, as long as the president or his military agents arbitrarily decide it is "credible."

Days earlier, The Sunday Times tracked down the "private" planes of CIA front companies that Bush uses to carry victims of his lawless abductions to torture chambers in Jordan, Egypt, Libya and Uzbekistan, where "credible" evidence can be obtained with fists, cattle prods, rape, drugs and starvation. For example, witnesses told of hooded American agents grabbing captives in Sweden, stripping them, jamming drugs up their rectums, putting them in diapers and chains, and bundling them off to Egypt's hellhole prisons -- whose tortures have already produced generations of violent extremists.

But outsourcing is only one aspect of Bush's Torture, Incorporated; he has plenty of domestic production as well. Last week, the Pentagon released a report -- completed long before the election -- confessing that the "aberrations" of Abu Ghraib were in fact part of a broad system of state terror spread throughout Iraq, the Washington Post reports. Elite squads of "Special Operations" officers and CIA agents beat and abused prisoners across the country, the Pentagon said, while regular troops committed "technically illegal acts" by rounding up thousands of innocent people at random and holding them for months in crowded prisons, where they were often turned over to those same "elite" squads for "special handling." Some of this blood-soaked "intelligence" was "sent directly to the White House," interrogators noted. The report also admitted that American forces had taken innocent people hostage -- especially "female family members" -- in an effort to pressure wanted men to surrender: a clear war crime, as if such things mattered anymore.

Meanwhile, the International Red Cross revealed that Bush has even perverted the healing professions at his concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay, using doctors and nurses to help "set the conditions for interrogation" by withholding medical treatment and using their diagnostic skills to determine captives' "vulnerabilities" to various physical and psychological torments -- "a flagrant violation of medical ethics," said the Red Cross. Its investigators also found that the Guantanamo regime -- "an intentional system of cruel, unusual and degrading treatment, and a form of torture" -- was growing worse over time, reports.

In such a moral sink, it was hardly even news that more photos of prisoner abuse -- taken months before the Abu Ghraib atrocities -- were uncovered last weekend, Reuters reports. This time it was "elite" teams of Navy SEALs mugging for the cameras with bloodied captives -- some with guns to their heads. Nor did anyone blink when Bush military brass announced plans last week to create forced labor camps for all male citizens in "liberated" Fallujah, the Boston Globe reports.

This Satan's Rout of blood and abandon comes directly from the White House, where Bush's legal counsel, Al Gonzales, engineered memos "justifying" torture and exalting unrestricted presidential power, beyond the reach of any law, foreign or domestic. As a reward for this violent outrage of American honor, Gonzales -- sweet-talking, pious and sincere, just like his boss -- will soon become the chief law officer of the land.

And the American people, what do they do about all the horror being wrought in their name? They shrug. They grin. They sit down to the feast.


Wet Work: Four Bush Biographers, All Suicided

Mark Lombardi
J.H. Hatfield
Danny Casolaro
Gary Webb

Reader Comments: Myth and Rumor

A Cryptogon reader wrote in to complain about not having links associated with the assertion (above) that Lombardi, Hatfield and Casolaro were suicided, in addition to Webb. By not providing links, I'm adding to "rumor and myth" that gives true conspiracy research a bad name. HA.

If you've been reading this site for any length of time, you know that, if anything, I provide too many links to backup my assertions. I provide distractive amounts of supporting information. Now, why would I list four non hyperlinked names in a post with no other information? Here's my response to the reader:
I intentionally didn't provide links. I know most of my readers are extremely lazy. I wanted to try to get them curious enough to do their own research. Type the names into google and do some reading on your own.

Rumor and myth? Brother, if you need convincing at this stage, you haven't been paying attention. Feel free to read another site if you don't like the content on mine.



Every once in a while, individuals stumble upon information that simply CANNOT come out. This type of information usually includes prima facie evidence of capital crimes and/or active covert operations.

The murder of Gary Webb is the highest profile political assassination to occur in the U.S. in several years. Hopefully, we will learn about what Gary was working on before he was killed.

As with all political assassinations that cross my radar, I will continue to monitor the situation closely for any further information. Anyone with inside information on this case is encouraged to contact me via PGP encrypted email. My PGP key is here. WARNING: IF YOU DO HAVE INSIDE INFORMATION ON THIS THING, DO NOT USE PLAINTEXT EMAIL OR YOUR HOME OR WORK INTERNET CONNECTION. THIS IS FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. I would encourage you to CC any information to John Young of Cryptome. Scroll down the page for John's PGP key. Everyone needs to keep their eyes and ears open, espcially in the immediate aftermath of this crime. If Webb was onto an active op, there's a chance that it might not have been shut down (or retasked) yet:

The full text of Gary Webb's obituary from the San Jose Mercury News follows:

Gary Webb, a former Mercury News investigative reporter, author and legislative staffer who ignited a firestorm with his controversial stories, died Friday in an apparent suicide in his suburban Sacramento home. He was 49.

The Sacramento County coroner's office said that when A Better Moving Company arrived at Mr. Webb's Carmichael home at about 8:20 a.m. Friday, a worker discovered a note posted to the front door which read: ``Please do not enter. Call 911 and ask for an ambulance.''

Mr. Webb, an award-winning journalist, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, Sacramento County Deputy Coroner Bill Guillot said Saturday.

Mr. Webb's friends and colleagues described him as a devoted father and a funny, dogged reporter who was passionate about investigative journalism.

As a staff writer for the Mercury News from 1989 to 1997, he exposed freeway retrofitting problems in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and wrote stories about the Department of Motor Vehicles' computer software fiascos.

Mr. Webb was perhaps best known for sparking a national controversy with a 1996 story that contended supporters of a CIA-backed guerrilla army in Nicaragua helped trigger America's crack-cocaine epidemic in the 1980s. The ``Dark Alliance'' series in the Mercury News came under fire by other news organizations, and the paper's own investigation concluded the series did not meet its standards.

Mr. Webb resigned a year and a half after the series appeared in the paper. He then published his book, ``Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras and the Crack Cocaine Explosion.''

In the past few years, Mr. Webb worked in the California Assembly Speaker's Office of Member Services and for the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The committee investigated charges that Oracle received a no-bid contract from Gov. Gray Davis. After being laid off from his legislative post last year, Mr. Webb was hired by the Sacramento News and Review, a weekly publication.

Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for state Attorney General Bill Lockyer who has known Mr. Webb for more than a decade, was distraught Saturday when he heard that his friend may have taken his own life.

``He had a fierce commitment to justice, truth and cared a lot about people who are forgotten and society tries to shove into the dark corners,'' Dresslar said. ``It's a big loss for me personally and a great loss for the journalism community.''

Services for Mr. Webb are pending.


Multiple, self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head. Wounds... Self-inflicted...

Gary Webb, a prize-winning investigative journalist whose star-crossed career was capped with a controversial newspaper series linking the CIA to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, died Friday of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, officials said.

Mr. Webb, 49, was found dead in his Carmichael home Friday morning of gunshot wounds to the head, the Sacramento County Coroner's Office said Saturday.

He left a note, but officials would not disclose its contents.

"I'm still in a state of shock," said Tom Dresslar, who works as a spokesman for California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and had known Mr. Webb for 15 years.

"He was a hard-core, no-fear investigative reporter," Dresslar said. "He wasn't afraid to stand up to whatever authority."

The two worked together when the Joint Legislative Audit Committee was investigating the Davis administration over the failed Oracle Corp. software contract.

Dresslar said Mr. Webb brought all the skills and tenacity that he had honed as an investigative reporter to his job as an investigator for the Assembly. "I was proud to work with him and call him a friend," Dresslar said.

Mr. Webb was divorced and had three children, according to Dresslar.

Most recently, Mr. Webb had been reporting for the Sacramento News & Review, covering politics and state government.

Mr. Webb had been working in the California Assembly speaker's Office of Member Services until February, when he was ousted after the new speaker, Fabian Núñez, took office.

Mr. Webb won more than 30 journalism awards in his career, which included stints with the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the San Jose Mercury News.

But it was Mr. Webb's tenure at the Mercury News from 1988 to 1997 that made his name in the business and eventually drove him from daily newspapers.

Mr. Webb, who was based in the newspaper's Sacramento bureau, authored a three-part investigative series in 1996 that linked the CIA to Nicaraguan Contras seeking to overthrow the Sandin ista government and to drug sales of crack cocaine flooding south-central Los Angeles in the 1980s.

The series, "Dark Alliances: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion," was controversial almost from the start.

Even as newspapers nationwide carried versions of Mr. Webb's reporting and congressional leaders called for investigations, the CIA director at the time visited Los Angeles for an unprecedented town hall meeting with area residents at which he denied the allegations and was met with loud jeers.

Three of the nation's leading newspapers, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, followed up with reports questioning Mr. Webb's conclusions, and eventually his own newspaper turned on him.

In a letter to readers published in the Mercury News in May 1997, then-Executive Editor Jerry Ceppos told readers there had been problems with the series and that "we fell short at every step of our process - in the writing, editing and production of our work."

Within a month of that note's publication, Mr. Webb told the Washington Post that he had been pulled off the story, and his editors had told him they would not publish his follow-ups.

He also said he was fighting a transfer from the Sacramento bureau to a posting in Cupertino.

By then, however, his fate at the Mercury News was sealed, and he left the paper that year, eventually taking a job with the Assembly.

Mr. Webb later published a 548-page book based on his series, and in a 1998 interview with The Bee he said he still was befuddled over how he became notorious while the allegations in his stories were dismissed.

"That is an amazing phenomenon," he said. "I'm still not exactly sure how that happened."

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This is a recent story by Gary Webb about the criminal activities related to cities robbing the public blind with traffic cameras.

Maybe the traffic cameras were only the tip of the iceberg. What else did Webb find out?

MORE: The Killing Game

This is another recent Gary Webb article. This one describes disturbing aspects of a video game designed jointly by the U.S. Army and Navy called America's Army. Clearly, this game is the front end of a something that makes the original MKULTRA programs seem innocuous by comparison. I wonder what close analysis of the sound and graphics used in this game would reveal... Are any "extra" image frames inserted into the gameplay? Just what exactly is contained on the audio tracks?

Are you confused? Are you wondering where I'm going with this? Too lazy to read the books, the declassified documents, the victim accounts? Then watch the 2004 version of The Manchurian Candidate again and pay close attention to the scenes where the troops are being modified. Note the video displays. Oh sure, that's just a movie. It's all made up.... Well, how about the 18,000 pages of recently released information related to CIA mind control experiments in the 1950s and 1960s. That's right. The documents describe the creation of information couriers and unsuspecting assassins in the 1950s and 1960s. But all of that research and development ended, you tell yourself, because the government realized how evil all of that stuff was and quit working on it.

Yep. Everything is A-Ok.

Oh yeah, by the way, make sure your children download the latest free first-person-shooter games from the U.S. military, and that they "play" for several hours per day. What's that? The guy who wrote this article is dead of multiple, self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head. Nevermind all of that. Supersize your freedom fries... One last thing. How many of the kids playing this game are taking psychiatric medications? Ahhh, I'd say .mil has a steady stream of choice MK candidates lined up:

From an Army report: “Aptitudes related to information handling and information culture values are seen as vital to the effectiveness of the high-tech, network-centric Army of the future, and young American gamers are seen as especially proficient in these capabilities. More importantly, when young Americans enter the Army, they increasingly will find that key information will be conveyed via computer video displays akin to the graphical interfaces found in games.”

With the vast funding of the U.S. government behind them, the Army/Navy team began developing a game that hopefully would turn some of its players into real soldiers. “The overall mission statement ... was to develop a game with appeal similar to the game Counter-Strike,” wrote Michael Zyda, the director of the Navy think tank. “We took Counter-Strike as our model, but with heavy emphasis on realism and Army values and training.”

An experimental psychologist from the Navy helped tweak the game’s sound effects to produce heightened blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate. It was released in digital double surround sound, which few games are. In terms of game play, it was designed as a “tactical” shooter, slower-paced, more deliberate, but with Counter-Strike’s demanding squad tactics and communications--a “serious” game for kids who took their war gaming seriously.

Research Credit: AV

Six Army Reservists Court-Martialed for Scrounging Equipment in Iraq :.

Support our troops:

At a time when some U.S. troops in Iraq are complaining they have to scrounge for equipment, six Ohio-based reservists were court-martialed for taking Army vehicles abandoned in Kuwait by other units so they could carry out their own unit's mission to Iraq.

Research Credit: GR

Marine Sacrifices Finger to Save Wedding Ring, Military Loses Ring :.

When Marine Lance Cpl. David Battle learned he'd either have to sacrifice his ring finger or the wedding band he wore, he told doctors at a field hospital in Iraq to cut off the finger.

With his approval, doctors severed his finger, but somehow in the chaos that followed, they lost his ring.


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