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Monthly Archives: August 2011
MYRIAD MUSINGS: It’s my birthday. Fifty-three. Hurricane Irene’s bearing down on the City. There are obvious analogs to toilet training. Paging, Dr. Freud. Witness the power of the parietal lobe and locus of control. The fear of the hurricane is warranted. It’s also atavistic. It reminds us of when we first ran into the wrath of an unpredictable nature. So we gave it a name: God. And we prayed to it and sacrificed people and things. Anything to gain control. And in all those years, nothing much’s changed. Be careful.
Hell’s Kitchen 26 Aug 2011 CE
You wanna bet? I’ll bet you that you’ve never heard of Tony Gauci but you’ve most probably heard of Lockerbie (Pan Am Flight 103) and maybe Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, whom you probably know him as the “cancer-stricken” terrorist bomber who was released by the Scottish government from prison for humanitarian reasons. Trust me, and I don’t even know you, if you’ve listened to our MSM sock puppet media solely, you know absolutely bupkis about Lockerbie. Herein, I explain the foundations of our nescience with some background facts that will astound you.
Scottish Sun says “top-secret dossier” from review commission that ordered Megrahi retrial shows Maltese witness Tony Gauci could have been paid to keep up testimony.
The report by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, that looked into the evidence against Libyan suspect Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and ordered his appeal to go for retrial, has described the key testimony against him by Maltese witness Tony Gauci as “unreliable”. The SCCRC report suspects that this formed part of a cover-up over the trial that saw Megrahi jailed for killing 270 people in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
Cancer-stricken Megrahi was released from incarceration in 2009 on humanitarian grounds and is now residing in Libya. The news was broken by Marcello Mega, an investigative journalist who has followed the case closely. According to the SCCRC report, shopkeeper Tony Gauci is described as an “unreliable” witness. The SCCRC said the Crown prosecution suppressed from Megrahi’s defence team statements showing how much Gauci changed his mind about crucial details over the years.
Gauci claimed to have recognised Megrahi as the man who bought clothes in his shop Mary’s House on Tower Road, that were linked to the suitcase carrying the bomb that blew up Pan Am flight 103. The SCCRC said: “The effect of all of these inconsistencies is powerful. The court was left with a distorted and different impression of the witness. In this way Megrahi was denied a fair trial.” The SCCRC also found that police said in evidence they first showed Gauci photos of Megrahi on September 14, 1989 – when he had in fact also been shown them on September 8. The report said: “This was not disclosed to the defence. There is no statement from Gauci produced, no police witness statements produced.” The SCCRC said if Gauci had been shown Megrahi’s pic six days before he picked him out as resembling the buyer at his shop, then that ID was totally undermined.
In its report, the SCCRC challenges the integrity of evidence given by retired Strathclyde detective constable Harry Bell, who had a close bond with Gauci. It reveals Bell, DC John Crawford, a retired Lothian and Borders cop, and an FBI agent all made statements claiming that Gauci had talked of a “striking similarity” between Megrahi and the buyer. But Maltese officers revealed Gauci was unsure, was coached and told to age the photos by ten to 15 years. The report says: “This is different to DCI Bell’s evidence at trial. It also implies the witness is unclear.” The SCCRC also obtained evidence from police memos that Gauci was made aware from his first contact with investigators that his testimony could be worthmillions: one undisclosed memo reveals the FBI discussed with Scots cops an offer of unlimited cash to Gauci – with “$10,000 available immediately”.
The SCCRC also said that in court Gauci was vague about the exact date on which the clothes were bought. The date was narrowed to either November 23, 1988, when Megrahi was not on Malta, or December 7, 1988, when he was. Gauci said Christmas lights were not set up yet on Tower Road when Megrahi allegedly visited his shop. Police said they could not find out when the lights were switched on. But the SCCRC easily established it was December 6 – a day too early for Megrahi to have been the buyer. The commission’s report says: “It is clear that the police were in no doubt that Gauci was clear in his recollection.” It adds “no reasonable court” could have concluded Megrahi bought the clothes from Gauci’s shop. The commission also noted that early uncertainty on the part of Gauci was never passed over to the defence, nor was the fact that Scots detectives feared he was trying too hard to please them. The fact a senior Maltese detective also considered Gauci to be an unreliable witness was never disclosed to lawyers representing Megrahi.
A big mystery surrounding key witness Tony Gauci is whether it was true that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) paid him and his brother Paul $2 million over the course of his testimony. The Herald Scotland had claimed recently discovered papers show Scottish police officers investigating the 1988 bombing were aware the US intelligence service had discussed financial terms and witness protection schemes with Tony Gauci and his brother. It has not been confirmed that the brothers accepted any money, but the fact that an offer was made is directly relevant to the credibility of Tony Gauci, who became the lynchpin of the case. Paul was never called as a witness. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission found that document, thought to be from the CIA, during its three-year investigation, which concluded that Megrahi should have a fresh appeal.
As a student of human nature and pop culture expert, I can state that yesterday’s New York reaction to the earthquake made me sick. It was nothing short of pathetic. Our media have abnegated their responsibility to inform. They overreact over a slight tremor and all but ignore the globalist looting of Libya. If I were allowed to reconstruct the media and to dismiss those who are mindlessly tethered and moored to a bygone era, the world would be better off. And we’d be better informed and entertained. Enjoy.
LIONEL PODCAST: I Survived The Earthquake Of 2011, Libyaration, The LIFG/Al Qaeda & The Myth Of UBL’s Murder in Abbottabad
STRATFOR is a global intelligence company and has been cited by media such as CNN, Bloomberg, the Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times and the BBC as an authority on strategic and tactical intelligence issues. Read what they have to say about Ol’ UBL being whacked and being given the Luca Brasi treatment. And on this day, oh yeah, we felt a bit of an earthquake. Can you say HAARP? Relax. The media overreaction was breathtaking. Remember, this was the city that withstood 9/11. A tremor is like a fish fart compared to that.
The Nation (Pakistan) by Azhar Masood | Published: August 19, 2011 [N.B. This is copied “as is” without corrections or notations. And it’s replete with errata. By the way, how’s your Urdu?]
ISLAMABAD – Globally recognised intelligence and forecast STRATFOR has rejected the US Central Intelligence Agency claim that the man killed in Abbottabad’s compound by US Naval SEALs was al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. This was one of the reasons the CIA kept Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in dark.
The STRATFOR says: “The possibility that bin Laden was already dead and in terms of his impact on terrorist operations, he effectively was. That does not mean, however, that he was not an important ideological leader or that he was not someone the United States sought to capture or kill for his role in carrying out the most devastating terrorist attack in the US history.” In its latest intelligence gathering, the STRATFOR claims that aggressive US intelligence collection efforts have come to fruition, as killing of Osama bin Laden was perhaps the top symbolic goal for the CIA and all those involved in the US covert operations. Indeed, President Obama said during his speech on May 1 that upon entering the office, he had personally instructed CIA Director Leon Panetta that killing the al-Qaeda leader was his top priority. The logistical challenges of catching a single wanted individual with Bin Laden level of resources were substantial and while 10 years, the United States was able to accomplish the objective it set out to do in October 2001.
Because of bin Laden’s communications limitations, since October 2001 when he fled Tora Bora after the US invasion of Afghanistan, he has been relegated to a largely symbolic and ideological role in al-Qaeda. Accordingly, he issued audiotapes on a little more than a yearly basis, whereas before 2007 he was able to issue videotapes.
The growing infrequency and decreasing quality of his recorded messages was the most notable when al-Qaeda did not release a message marking the anniversary of 9/11 in September 2010 but later followed up with a tape on January 21, 2011.
The bottom line is that from an operational point of view, the threat posed by al-Qaeda – and the wider jihadist movement – is no different operationally after his death.
“The killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden represents possibly the biggest clandestine operations success for the United States since the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in 2003,” it claimed.
The confirmation of his death is an emotional victory for the United States and could have wider effects on the geopolitics of the region, but bin Laden’s death is irrelevant for al-Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement from an operational perspective.
The operation that led to bin Laden’s death at a compound deep in Pakistan is among the most significant operational successes for the US intelligence in the past decade.
An important local source told this scribe: “If it was not the case why all the evidences leading to the confirmation of Laden’s death were eliminated. His was never subjected to postmortem. Neither the DNA was collected nor it was matched.”
Another important source conceded: “How come one of the wives of bin Laden, Hamal, who remained in the custody of Iranian Intelligence and hidden mole of US intelligence community made her way to Abbottabad. Hamal never appeared in public.”
“Hamal has deep US connections. When she traveled from Iran to Pakistan her movements were under watch and the watchers had decided Hamal to end her journey in Abbottabad”, the sources added.
Senior intelligence analysts in Islamabad argue: “A three trillion worth manhunt concluded very discreetly. Dead body of the ‘man killed” by SEALs had no media mention as was done by the US authorities in case of Iraq’s President Saddam.”
After receiving this vital information, this scribe phoned a senior Pakistani journalist in Washington DC early Thursday. He did not rule out latest findings on this subject saying: “Why the CIA was in hurry to remove all possible evidences of the bin Laden’s killing who dominated world politics for over a decade?”
The Washinton-based journalist termed the crash of US Army’s Chinook helicopter and killings of over 36 US Naval SEALs as a part of the effort to finish left over evidence which could lead to facts of May 2 US action in Abbottabad.”
The STRATFOR further states the primary threat is now posed by al-Qaeda franchise which can attempt to stage an attack in the United States or elsewhere in retribution for bin Laden’s death, but they do not have training or capabilities for high-casualty transnational attacks.
Pakistan’s former spymaster Lt Gen (r) Hamid Gul told TheNation they never challenged credence of the STRATFOR. “I agree with the latest intelligence gathering about May 2 operation’s follow up. This remains one of the reasons the CIA never informed its Pakistan counterpart ISI when it decided to kill a fake bin Laden”, he said.
“After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville in Democracy in America (1835).
Yep, Ol’ Al had it right. As early as 1835 he limned precisely sheeple, and most eloquently, I might add. My friend, two events happened over the weekend. The Kardashian wedding with Kim and that guy (note his irrelevance) and the apparent fall of Tripoli. The latter is impossible to tell because I believe nothing I read or hear in the media. The Kardashian nuptials were real. The MSM’s account of Libya amounts to the repeating, not reporting, of what they’re told to say. They’re stenographers, plain and simple.
LIONEL PODCAST: Incremental, Random, Disparate, Incongruous, Disordered Thoughts — The Discontinuous Continuum
Legend has it that Bob Dylan contributed a few lines to what became “The Weight.” He added them on the community living room typewriter in the Big Pink, the house he shared with members of The Band in 1967 located at 56 Parnassus Lane in Saugerties, New York. What was born was the following contribution verse: Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog. He said, “I will fix your rack, if you’ll take Jack, my dog.” Wow, man. Groovy.
What always intrigued me about this story was the idea of the typewriter that sat for extended periods of time and how band members would contribute lyrics randomly, intermittently and perhaps incongruously. The resultant patchwork and pastiche would be cobbled together and voila! A song. Maybe even a good one.
My digital recorder sits on my desk. The record pause light blinks incessantly. I love the idea of recording thoughts intermittently. Stopping. And recording anew and again. The seamless recording shows no physical partitions as in sound cracks or breaks. The only way the listener would know that recorded pieces or tracks were in fact different might be the nature and subject matter. If done correctly, one could produce, say, 100 separate conversations that are laid end to end with no formal interstitial connectors. The result is either a blended patchwork wave of thought or a confused and schizophrenic mélange of blather.
I must admit, I’m rather partial to the latter.
I podcast herein and have done so for over a year. What I say can only be heard here by subscribing here for a de minimis monthly fee. For the cost of a latte, I bring you me — unedited, unfiltered, unplugged and unapologetic. No mainstream media terrestrial radio program would allow this. It’s not blue or X-rated in the least; it could be broadcast as is on any radio station. What it is is alternative programming, alternative politics and an alternative worldview. Frankly, since it can’t be pigeonholed and dares to challenge the accepted conventions, it would scare most. So be it. Welcome to the future, grasshopper.
In its simplest terms, I want a revolution. Now. I want a bloodless coup, a transfiguration of this country into anything that resembles the antithesis, the antipodes of what he have now. And it seems that only one candidate can even come close to the change that’s drastically needed. Not Obama change, but improvement.
A concilliabule has met and has decided who will be the candidates. The candidates are Obama and Perry. Either one will do. It doesn’t matter. Both have pledged globalist fealty. They’re one and the same. Fungible. Identical. But the questions that must be asked are simple: the implosion of the dollar and who pledges American troops to war. Let me explain.
And in addition, let me attempt to explicate the latest fascination of mine. And I’m not sure what it’s called or how it’s best explained. But it’s the attraction factor that subjects and causes enjoy, an almost Higgs boson analogue. I’ve become fascinated by what lures people spiritually, politically and intellectually. Everything that humans enjoy en masse has that component, that “it,” that thing, that attraction factor that fascinates me. Let me explain that as well.
I love this picture. Mr. T-shirt sizes up sex once and for all. And what’s the whistle for? Notice the extraneous lines and wiggles on the schematic. Is that a gash near the glans? Yikes.
This classic example of Americana shows the ubiquitous pedagogic utility journeyman “coach” teaching the rudiments of sporting wood, pitching a trouser tent. Mr. Chubby. Blue steel, cat couldn’t scratch it. Like a baby’s arm with an apple in its fist. You could cut glass with that baby. The classic boner. A hard on for the hard on. The tumescent and turgid . . . you get the picture.
What’s discussed herein inter alia is the fact that sexual education mustn’t be taught solely. Intimacy education must be taught as well. Preventing pregnancy is great and lowering STD transmissibility is fine also. But there’s more to it than that.