Thursday 31 March 2005

Brain-damaged Terri Schiavo dies

I haven't commented on this case because I had no desire to add to the multitude of voices already bleating about it. Now that the poor woman has finally made her journey to a place far better than this Earth, I think one comment is worth making; the fact that she was starved to death is an indication of how sick America has become, to force her to endure two weeks of hunger and thirst is quite simply disgusting and is the best testament that I can think of to a society which is dying a slow death itself. America, you should be ashamed of yourself. This is not a debate about Euthenasia it's about fucking cruelty, but then it's not suprising coming out of the country that gave us Abu Ghraib! The biggest joke is that most of those cocksuckers call themselves fucking Christians! That's very Christian, forcing someone to starve to death. America, today you make me more sick that you normally do. Shame on all of you!

Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman at the heart of a bitter legal dispute, has died, a spokesman for her parents said.

Mrs Schiavo's feeding tube was disconnected on 18 March, following a seven-year battle through the courts.

Her husband Michael Schiavo had said his wife would not have wanted to live in her current condition.

The 41-year-old's parents fought to the highest level of the US courts system to keep their daughter alive.

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Both Blair and Howard echo the rhetoric of fascism

Talk to most people in the UK about fascism and they think of Nazi Germany not their own glorious Brittania. Mark my words, if we are not careful then one day will will wake up in a fascist state and there will be nothing we can do about it. Like I keep saying, "1984" was a typo!

Labour and the Tories must curb their totalitarian flirtations

by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

With the election not yet even officially called and still five weeks away, this is already the most sterile, empty and intellectually insulting campaign in memory. It also looks like turning into the nastiest, with dirty tricks, bugging, smears, and both parties vying in demagoguery. But even voters dismayed by the mendacity of the Blair government over Iraq and disgusted by Michael Howard's rabble-rousing may have failed to detect the full degree to which our politicians are veering towards totalitarian rhetoric.

When the Labour MP Kevin McNamara detected "a whiff of the gas chamber" in Howard's attack on Gypsies, he was exaggerating, just as the Tories who damned Labour for anti-semitism over its poster showing Howard as Fagin. Blair was right when he said that Howard isn't a racist, just an opportunist; equally, the New Labour team aren't Jew-baiters, just oafishly thick-skinned and unreflective.

Both sides are using the most infantile posters ever dreamed up by the affluent mountebanks of the advertising business, and it's a cynical consolation that the parties are almost certainly burning their money. Lord Leverhulme, the soap magnate, used to say that of every pound he spent on advertising, 10 shillings was wasted, but he didn't know which 10. This year, there's more reason than ever to think that close to 100p in the pound will be thrown away.

Wasted money or not, Howard's conduct has taken an ugly turn, beyond his previous reputation for having something of the night. There are audible totalitarian echoes to be heard from Tory headquarters, though funnily enough they aren't by any means all from the far right. In dealing with his own party, the leader of the opposition follows the old Muscovite principle of democratic centralism.

After sending Boris Johnson to Liverpool to make a recantation worthy of a defendant in a show trial, he has now demanded the removal of a Tory MP and a prospective parliamentary candidate in politburo fashion. Deselecting Adrian Hilton in Slough was bad enough, but Howard's treatment of Howard Flight raises graver issues.

Labour used to have a ferocious system for purging fellow travellers from the party but exercised it with some show of respect for constitutional niceties; Major Attlee didn't just click his fingers at a dodgy customer and say, "Off with his head." Until the prime minister asks for a dissolution, Flight is a Member of Parliament, and no MP should be ejected in this way. His local party is in turmoil, and he has consulted an expensive QC, but more to the point it looks like an infringement of the rights of parliament, and a case for the standards and privileges committee.

Again, it's consoling to reflect that this strong-arming cannot possibly be doing the Tories much good, or their leader's standing. While Howard may think he cuts a formidable figure, his behaviour is anything but a sign of strength, and he more and more resembles an earlier rightwing Tory leader. As the historian Sir Robert Ensor described him, "Bonar Law, not a strong man at any time, was in a weak position; and violent courses are the easiest for a politician so placed."

More chilling in terms of historical resonance is the slogan "Are you thinking what we're thinking?" This was doubtless dreamed up by Lynton Crosby, the Australian Svengali whom the Tories have imported, but it has ominous antecedents. Before his assassination in 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane bestrode the wilder shores of American, and then Israeli, political life. He was an undisguised racist who got elected to the Knesset until its embarrassed members expelled him, but not before he had tried to introduce laws forbidding sexual relations between Jews and Arabs, and advocated the expulsion of all Palestinians from the West Bank in language even the Tories haven't yet used about asylum seekers: "Let me become defence minister for two months and you will not have a single cockroach around here."

And he campaigned on the slogan "I am telling you what each one of you thinks deep in his heart: there is only one solution"; or, more simply, "I say what you think." The clear implication is that the leader alone has the courage to voice the bitter resentments and dark thoughts that others are too squeamish to express out loud. Which is just what every extremist, left or right, has always said.

All this is noxious stuff, but can Labour really complain? Over the years of Blair's leadership, he and his cabal have themselves regularly echoed the rhetoric of fascism, from "New Labour" (as in Neue Ordnung) to "the third way", a phrase much used by fascists in the interwar years. At one time, the Blairites liked to tell us that we lived in a Young Country. Quite apart from the fact that this is simply wrong in terms of history or demography, it recalled Giovinezza, or Youth, the marching song of Mussolini's Blackshirts. We were endlessly told about the People's Government, People's Wimbledon, and even the People's Princess. It is terrifying that anyone should have been quite so tone deaf to memories of a Third Reich with its People's Courts and People's Car (Volkswagen).

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Did America Sabotage Airbus Flight 961?

Special vitriole is reserved for Boeing from Mr Vialls, kind of makes one think that maybe he worked for them at one point. Very little is known about this author and readers should always think carefully and objectively about these articles. At the end of the day I don't "know" if any of it is "true" but it makes for an interesting read and an alternative reality tunnel. Don't forget that you're in Chapel Perillous where nothing is as it seems.

When part of the rudder on Air Transat Flight 961 apparently 'fell off' the aircraft 30 minutes north of Cuba, the captain requested an emergency landing at the nearest suitable airport, which was Fort Lauderdale International. Then inexplicably and in violation of international aviation treaties and law, America refused, forcing the crippled Canadian jet to return to Cuba.

by Joe Vialls

It is more than a little convenient for Boeing that the crash of American Airlines 587 in New York, and the near-crashes of Transat 236 and 961 in Cuba and the Azores, all permitted the media to hysterically point the finger at advanced carbon fiber composites used by Airbus but not by Boeing. If foul play was involved in these incidents, the subliminal suggestion appears obvious: All Americans should fly in thirsty old-fashioned riveted American Boeings, the airborne equivalents of US Army Abrams battle tanks, and stay far far away from 'flimsy European Airbus rubbish'.

Before we wade into the distinct possibility of direct American sabotage of European Airbus aircraft in general, first get one essential fact straight in your head, and get it straight right now: Pilots are not politicians, and they do not play political games in emergency situations at 35,000 feet. The actions of aircrew in emergency situations like losing part of the rudder or elevator, are well-rehearsed and virtually automatic, including terse messages to the passengers during the emrgency, attempting to explain the inexplicable.

Such was the case as Canadian Air Transat Flight 961 headed north from Cuba to Canada on March 6, when the aircraft suddenly went into a steep dive without warning. Though the Captain managed to recover, he swiftly discovered that the rudder, part of the vertical stabilizer responsible for turning the aircraft left and right, was not responding to control inputs. Clearly the rudder or vertical stabilizer had suffered significant damage, meaning that the aircraft needed to land as straight ahead as possible, thus avoiding any lateral strain on this essential vertical structure.

The airport best suiting this emergency requirement was Fort Lauderdale International in Florida, but to his astonishment, the American authorities refused him permission for an emergency landing, in direct violation of international law. Continuing another 2,000 nautical miles north to Canada without knowing the level of the damage was impossible, so after conferring briefly with Air Transat headquarters, the captain made the following verbatim announcement on the aircraft public address system, heard by everone on board.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have a minor problem with the aircraft but the American authorities have denied us landing permission in Florida. We are therefore returning to Cuba and should be landing in about forty minutes." Please note that the use of the word "minor" is normal on the public address system, designed to disguise the severity of the emergency and minimize panic amongst the passengers.

Then the captain very slowly and very carefully reduced his forward airspeed, before commencing a 180 degree turn back towards Cuba, using only his elevators and ailerons. But regarless of how gentle he was, the unnecessary turn he was forced to make as a direct result of the American refusal, placed enormous strain on that piece of the aircraft he already knew to be seriously damaged - the rudder.

Any slight miscalculation during that forced turn, could have exceeded the shear stress limits on the damaged vertical stabilizer, causing complete separation and a chilling death plunge into the Florida swamps for 270 passengers and crew.

Depending on exactly where the Airbus came down, you can confidently add a few dozen or hundred American dead on the ground in Florida, either crushed by falling debris or turned into screaming human roman candles by blazing jet fuel in their own back yards.

This 'terrible tragedy' would then have generated enormousy adverse publicity for Airbus in general, and in particular for the maiden flight of the giant double-decker Airbus A380 'Super Jumbo', scheduled for mid April 2005. But it would have been very good news for Boeing, wouldn't it?

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The Cyclical Character of All Ireland's Troubles

by Trowbridge H. Ford

Most viewers must be completely confused by what is happening now in Northern Ireland. Just four months ago, its long, drawn-out peace process seemed on the verge of completion, with the humbled Provisionals finally agreeing to the decommissioning of all their weapons, and in return the Democratic Unionists, under the Reverend Ian Paisley's hardline leadership, agreeing to the resumption of power-sharing in the province with Sinn Fein - the political wing of the PIRA - though no one could be sure because the media had long lost interest in reporting miniscule movements by the various parties on the assumption that the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) was really a done deal.

Then the whole process fell apart, once it became known last December that the London and Dublin governments had added a secret protocol to the agreement about the handling of paramilitary operatives in prison and on the run once peace was agreed to. Then there was an unprecedented robbery of the Northern Bank - apparently an inside job since it was carried out so effortlessly - which the Chief Constable of the PSNI Hugh Orde soon blamed on the Provisionals, corroborating what Paisley had immediately contended - but without either of them providing any evidence or indictments to back up their claims.

Then an Irish blogger in Dundalk, with apparently the highest government connections, trashed the Republic's Gardai police force as little more than a tool of the PIRA, allowing the Provisionals to carry out criminal activities there with impunity, and, on at least one occasion, setting up troublesome RUC SB investigators from the North for assassination by the Provisionals. The site was allegedly administered by Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern, brother of the country's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern who had agreed under the terms of the secret protocol to an amnesty for the four PIRA killers of Garda Jerry McCabe during an earlier bank robbery, two of whom had been convicted in absentia, and were still on the run.

Then an American blogger with the best whistleblowing credentials, John Young of,
published allegedly the complete lists of Provisional membership, showing that its leaders and those of Sinn Fein were one and the same, and, if true, made the political wing a criminal one since membership in the PIRA is proscribed by law. As if to prove the point, there was the timely killing of a Catholic, Robert McCartney, in a bar frequented by Provisional operatives in Belfast which the governments in Dublin, London, and Washington used against Sinn Fein to see to the indictment of his killers while destroying itself in the process.

While this series of events seemed unconnected, the process was apparently a coordinated one to separate Sinn Fein, the Republican party, from its paramilitary wing, PIRA, through institutional, political, legal, law-enforcement, and social means - clearly intended to fragment Ulster's nationalist community in ways which would assist its more moderate elements, especially the Social Democratic and Labour Party, in up-coming elections, making the possibility of restoring provincial government with the Unionists at Stormont Castle much more likely while Sinn Fein was confined to the political wilderness, and its military wing left to law-enforcement to finally eliminate.

The whole process seems reminiscent of how Britain has reacted to the threat of Irish self-rule, going back, at least, 125 years ago to the rise of Charles Stewart Parnell's Nationalists. After the Conservative government in London had tried unsuccessfully to suppress Parnell's movement through coercion acts, William Gladstone of the Liberals, given a parliamentary majority in the 1880 General Election, was toying with the idea of giving Ireland self-rule instead - the assassinations of the Prime Minister's son-in-law, Viceroy Lord Frederick Cavendish, and Under Secretary Thomas Burke in Dublin's Phoenix Park on May 6, 1882 by a forerunner of the IRA, the Invincibles, having proved the necessary catalyst for radical change.

It was soon thought that the growning alliance between the Liberals and the Nationalists would end Irish political cycles of frustrated constitutional change between the islands; followed by violent, indigenous action in Ireland to change the relationship unilaterally, and finally periods of economic palliatives to satisfy agitation for reform in Ireland in the hope that they would kill off demands for self-rule - what threatened not only independence for the island but also imperial decline throughout the world.
Successful passage of Irish Home Rule required the Prime Minister to mount another popular campaign in the constituences for radical change - like his Midlothian campaign against continental despotism in 1879 to regain power.

The only trouble with Gladstone's effort was that a most important leader of it, Oxford's Vinerian Professor of Law A. V. Dicey, decided on most suspect evidence - the reprinting of an article he wrote for E. L. Godkin's The Nation in New York in favor of the change in Patrick Ford's Irish World, a mouthpiece of the Invincibles, with his denunciation of the Phoenix Park murders left out - leaving the professor to conclude that Parnell was no parliamentarian but a supporter of the Irish-American paramilitaries, the Clan na Gael. To counter Parnell's alleged terrorism, Dicey, with the help of The Times, Liberal sceptics of Home Rule, especially Joseph Chamberlain, officials at Dublin Castle, particularly District Inspector W. H. Joyce, and Edward Caulfield Houston's Irish Loyal and Patrick Union, mounted a crusade to kill the campaign. Its centerpiece was forgeries, prepared by the ILPU's Richard Pigott and others, making it look like Parnell supported the Clan's terrorist bombing campaign.

While Dicey's campaign was ultimately proven to be fraudulent by the Parnell Commission, though, he himself escaped exposure, so much dirt had been thrown up in the process, especially claims of adultery by Sir Charles Dilke, a vigorous Liberal supporter of Home Rule, and Parnell himself, that he was destroyed politically by the blowback. Dicey tried to make amends for what he had done by supporting a renewed effort for Home Rule without Parnell, but it failed because of too many competing agendas. The Times was particularly effective in this regard, advertising Dicey's earlier efforts in its columns, Parnell's adultery with the wife, Kitty, of Captain Willie O'Shea, and his aquiesence in it. Parnell lost the resulting power struggle within the Nationalist Party, dying in the process. Pigott had committed suicide after his role in making the forgeries had been exposed before the Commission.

The plan, though apparently not conceived consciously in toto from its inception, was a classic example of divide and rule, a process which guaranteed that constitutional relations between Great Britain and Ireland would remain the same. Just the slightest inkling that Parnell was not the parliamentary gentleman he professed to be than important institutions, individuals, and ideas were given prominence which fractured the alliance the Nationalists had with the Liberals, Gladstone's leadership of the English party, Parnell's independence from the Irish physical force parties, and his control over his own followers.
Proposed radical reform in well-entrenched, traditional societies needs fragmented opposition to what is attempting, and few competing aims not to be blown completely off course if it is to be successful.

When the next chance for Irish Home Rule came around during Campbell-Bannerman's Liberal government early in the 20th century, it failed just before the opening of WWI because of the Lords' opposition - what required passage of the Parliament Act first to surmount their absolute veto - thanks to Dicey's helping mobilize Unionists and the British Army against the move, and Campbell-Bannerman's successor, Herbert Asquith, deciding, consequently, to postpone its implementation until the war's conclusion. By this time, the British party system, bureaucracy, media, and society had become well enough organized to stop any easy establishment of Irish home rule.

The war proved so long, and costly, though, that the Irish Republican Army ultimately decided to achieve self-rule by force - thanks to the catalyst provided by Padraic Pearse's 1916 Easter uprising - what was achieved for all but Ulster after the Anglo-Irish War. The Government of Ireland Act, 1920 - Dicey's legal legacy for the conflict - established the institutional framework for the new governments in Dublin and Belfast.

During the next half-century, Northern Ireland became a microcosm of what had existed for the whole island before - only with the roles of Unionists and Nationalists in government and society essentially reversed and institutionalized. Northern Ireland became a Protestant statelet - with the Catholic minority politically impotent, socially ghettoized, and economically discriminated against - though the nationalist community began to see improvement, and experience a sense of rising expectations during and after WWII. The IRA had been increasingly mariginalized during the process, with its support centered in the South, and its operations directed more against the Dublin government and the British mainland.

To correct the grievances of the Catholic minority in the North, the Civil Rights Movement got started in the late 1960s, taking advantage of the groundwork Northern Ireland's Prime Minister Captain Terrence O'Neill had laid for economic and social reform. The demands for it, of course, aroused the deepest fear among Unionists, especially Paisley, that their political dominance could soon be in jeopardy, and the marches for reform in Dungannon and Derry resulted in increasing civil disorder - thanks particularly to the Ulster Volunteer Force's declaration of war on the IRA and the Catholic minority on May 21, 1966. The first victims of The Troubles were Peter Ward and John Sullivan, Catholics assassinated by Gusty Spence's UVF's killers.

In light of the increasing inability of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to keep order, and prevent Protestants and Catholics from killing one another, Harold Wilson's Labour government called in 15,000 British troops, including SAS special forces, in August 1969 to help the police keep order, and to bolster the regime. In doing so, the British military resorted to heavy-handed policies it had used in the colonies -like breaking up No-Go areas in nationalist ghettoes, instituting curfews, and implementing internment without trial but with mistreatment for suspect Catholics - and too aggressive security operations, notably 'Bloody Sunday', for dealing with disorder in a post-industrial, democratic society. Consequently, the troops' peacekeeping soon degenerated into containing increasingly hostile Catholic areas, as the IRA and expansive Irish nationalism were revived in the process. The political fallout resulted in the end of the Stormont regime in March 1972.

Direct rule from London, contrary to all expectations, just compounded Britain's Irish problems. While central control made military operations more effective, the alienation and blowback from the Nationalists just continued to rise, making the resortation of provincial rule, and a permanent ceasefire by the Provisionals - despite some hopeful signs, especially the National Executive to be established under the terms of the Sunningdale Agreement - increasingly difficult. The Ulster Workers' Council, Paisley's
Unionists, and Spence's paramilitaries prevented its implementation by bringing the province to a halt with a general strike which the British Army, reminiscent of Dicey's days, refused to quash.

Behind the scenes, though, counterterrorist officials continued to believe that more effective use of the British Army, especially the Mobile Reconnaisance Force (MRF) and the SAS, and less reliance upon the RUC's Special Branch could bring about the military defeat of the PIRA. Through soldiers operating in plain clothes, and assuming local identities and roles, MRFsquads, along with the help of 'turned' Provisionals, and touts they recruited within the movement, were able to so frustrate IRA operations, and decimate its ranks that by the time the Thatcher government came along, it thought military victory probable, deciding to crush its imprisoned members complaining about being treated as common criminals.

The Callaghan government had instituted the policy the Gardiner Committee had recommended to undermine popular support for the Provisionals, and its prisoners had responded by mounting their famous 'dirty' campaign - fouling their new cells with their own excrement, and wearing only blankets. By this time, British covert operations on both sides of the border had been so effective in capturing terrorists, and stopping bombings in the province that the Provisionals, like the IRA had done before WWII, resorted to taking their campaign to the mainland while the Northern Ireland Peace Movement was making inroads against the appeal of the Republican paramilitaries.

The consequent effort by London to turn responsibilites increasingly over to officials back in Northern Ireland - 'Ulsterization' - was stymied, though, by the refusal of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to be seriously reformed, the rise of the Provisional Hunger Strikers, and Britain's embroilment in the Falklands War. While London resorted to the greater use of informers among both republican and loyalist paramilitaries, so-called supergrasses, and Diplock courts, special ones without the usual safeguards for defendants, to keep the extremists at bay, the election of dying Hunger Striker Bobby Sands to a seat in the British parliament more than compensated for covert setbacks among Nationalists - a shot in the arm of the republican movement much like the Easter Uprising of 1916.

London compounded its problems by reacting to the PIRA bombings in Hyde Park during July 1982 by beefing up RUC's Headquarters Mobile Support Units with British Army personnel, especially Life Guards Captain Simon Hayward who lost several colleagues in the bombings - what led to the so-called Shoot-to-Kill murders in South Armagh during the fall. To stem the fallout, London was obliged to seek greater cooperation with the government in Dublin to stop cross-border attacks by Republicans, greater commitment among Nationalists for working out a deal with Unionists to re-establish provincial government without the Provisionals, and to appoint Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police Force John Stalker to investigate the killings of the six unarmed volunteers.

During 1985, The Troubles became internationalized into the Cold War in the response to the Provisionals' bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton at the Conservative Party Conference the previous October. London was becoming increasingly concerned about the heavy arms they were receiving from Libya on Adrian Hopkins' Casamara, and their ability to carry out increasingly deadly attacks - especially the one on the Newry police station on February 28, 1985, killing nine police officers - that Thatcher was finally willing to work in a coordinated way with Dublin and Washington to stem the threats. While most commentators saw the mortar attack as the RUC's equivalent of the 1979 Warrenpoint attack which killed 18 soliders of the Parachute Regiment - along with Lord Mountbatten on the same day in a separate assassination - it was actually a milestone of things to come.

The Anglo-Irish Agreement was signed in the middle of November 1985 to insure that any constitutional change in Northern Ireland would only be achieved by the consent of its people, though the Anglo-Irish Conference would help coordinate policy for the whole island, especially in counterterrorism. In Washington, similar hush-hush consultations with Reagan's National Security Council resulted in a coordinated policy for getting rid of the Soviet Union in a non-nuclear conclusion to the Cold War, but at the expense of its apparent surrogates, Sweden and Libya, who helped the Provisionals in their terrorism. Statsminister Olof Palme, who was providing a platform for its operations, and apologies for similar terrorists worldwide, would be killed as compensation for Mountbatten's murder on the first anniversary of the deadly Newry RUC station bombing, and Muammar Qaddafi's troublemaking regime would be consigned to history's dustbin in the process.

While 1985 - The Year of the Spy - provided the means for most of this, fortunately, not happening - the Soviets were supplied with all kinds of warnings from spies Aldrich 'Rick' Ames, Robert Hanssen, Jonathan Pollard, and others in order to take appropriate counter measures (See my articles in the Trowbridge Archive about them.) - the fallout from all the plotting had a deadly effect upon the province. The most important problem was caused by the falling out of the personnel involved with killing Palme with those who were most responsible for conducting counterterrorism, especially the Army's successor to the MRF, the Force Research Unit. The catalyst for the explosion was supplying Palme's apparent assassin, Captain Hayward - aka Captain James Rennie, the Ops Officer of the 14 Intelligence Company's South Detachment - to help the FRU capture the Eksund, Hopkins' latest ship filled with 150 tons of Libyan arms.

To cature the Eksund, the FRU was highly dependent upon the information that its highest informer within the PIRA Council, code-named 'Steak knife' aka DUKE, provided, and he would not tolerate Hayward's continued freedom - given what he had done in N. I. and Sweden - if the operation was to succeed. By this time, Stalker's inquiry had been stalled by connecting him falsely to Hayward's brother, Christopher, and his drug smuggling, and 'Steak knife' had learned of Simon's shooting through PIRA prisoners in Brixton Prison from what convicted spy Michael Bettaney had told them about MI5 operations with him. The result was a war within a war: while the terrorists and counterterrorists were doing their thing, a war between Hayward and his followers was being conducted yet more behind the scenes with 'Steak knife' and his supporters.

In the process of capturing the Eksund - what required a few murders in N. I. to protect 'Steak knife's role, and the Provisionals used to settle a few old scores - especially the assassinations of Lady and Lord Chief Justice of Appeal Sir Maurice Gibson who had been so protective and promotive of Hayward's killings - he was locked up in Sweden on a trumped up drug smuggling charge despite his effort to kill 'Steak knife' for setting him up. The result was the killing of a substitute by the FRU, Francisco Notarantonio, and this caused the blowback killing of the loyalist leader, John McMichael, for fear that he had protected 'Steak knife' from assassination.

Soon the war within the war just became part of a grander war which lost all focus, and limitations.
Downing Street, once Hayward had been safely locked up in Sweden, tried finally to get 'Steak knife' fatally betrayed to his Provisional associates in the operation involving the PIRA volunteers in Gibraltar to blow up troops during the changing of the guard in March 1988, but so overdid it that his role in the process escaped notice while he returned to the PIRA fold to carry out much more effective killings.

And Hayward just made matters worse from prison by trying to kill 'Steak knife' again - what the FRU re-directed against Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane in February 1989 - and wrote his autobiography Under Fire: My Own Story, with official support, which was so damaging of Thatcher's government in its treatment of him that the Prime Minister sacked the ministers most responsible, Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe, and SOD George Younger, and started seeking peace with the Provisionals with her reformed Cabinet.

It took the better part of a decade to start to achieve. Thatcher's ministry collapsed because her initiative got nowhere with the increasingly revivified PIRA Council, thanks to 'Steak knife's renewed efforts, and threatening the use of suicide bombers, while the London government was wracked by alarming revelations about British Army collusion, centered around FRU Brian Nelson in the Ulster Defence Association, in the increasing sectarian terror campaigns - what Sir John Stevens, Deputy Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, was appointed to investigate. While Sinn Fein desperately tried to regain control of the PIRA, its volunteers were so confident of victory that their operations were rarely vetted, and the leaderless loyalists, thanks to Stevens' long inquiries and limited prosecutions, reciprocated in kind.

The Army Council only agreed to a temporary four-month ceasefire in 1994 - what John Major's government assumed, as it was extended, it could make into a permanent one, and what it thought it could finagle into a permanent decommissioning of all PIRA weapons. It was only after the Canary Wharf, and NI HQ bombings, though, that Sinn Fein had prevailed upon the Army Council to allow it to agree to the Good Friday Declaration in 1998. Another 18 months later, once the last of the paramilitaries in prison had been granted early release by November 1999, a power-sharing executive was started, and a North-South ministerial council had been appointed.

Though the power-sharing executive was suspended time after time because of the Provisionals' failure to decommission finally its heavy weapons, it seemed they would, once Chris Patten's plans for reforming the RUC into a new police service, the PSNI, began to be implemented. Then the signatories of the Good Friday Agreement agreed at Weston Park to make a serious effort to solve the still outstanding
murders, and disappearances - in which British Army collusion in sectarian killings, especially of Catholics, and Belfast solicitors Finucane and Rosemary Nelson, was the centerpiece.

Of course, everyone, especially the media, assumed that this was the beginning of the end of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. The basic framework had been set up - and was in the process of being filled in, and functioning - so, it seemed, it was just a matter of time before the process was completed. Concessions were being granted by the various parties, and reforms being effected which would lead to more compromises apparently - what would mean a power-sharing, democratic government which had finally bridged the sectarian divide, and was starting to use its powers on an equitable basis.

Actually, these expectations were most unfounded, as none of the parties believed that they were in the process of achieving an acceptable compromise. Sinn Fein (aka the PIRA), the British government, and the DUP all believed that they had achieved victory. Lesser players, like the Dublin government, SDLP, and David Trimble's Ulster Unionists, thought that they had come through a most difficult process in far better condition than they had expected, and were confident that future developments would only improve their prospects. In sum, instead of the context having been a flexible one where everyone could expect a bit more of an expanding pie, it was still a most bitter zero-sum contest in which winners were confident of taking most, if not all.

The unraveling of expectations began almost immediately when the Provisionals tried to rein in backaway elements, especially the 'Real' IRA after the deadly bombing at Omagh on August 15, 1998 which killed 29 people and injured over 300. To prevent Trimble from wrongly blaming a similar incident on the PIRA, the Army Council sent 'Steak knife' in August 2001 to Colombia to collar three loose volunteers who were apparently there to train FARC rebels in guerrilla tactics, but they were arrested while trying to make their escape. Securocrats in Dublin and Belfast were most eager to make the most of the intrusion into Washington's backyard, and the efforts finally succeeded late last year with the men receiving stiff sentences for travelling under false passports.

Then two years ago, on St. Patrick's Day, three unmasked men, using British Army identity cards, walked into the Castlereagh police security complex in East Belfast, made straight for the Special Branch office on the first floor which is manned around the clock, knocked out the constable on duty, and then made off with all kinds of documents and notebooks concerning operations, informants, and agents. While it was originally seen as a inside job, given the ease with which the operation was carried out, and the demoralized state of SB in the new PSNI, they were quick to change the focus of their investigation upon the Provisionals, though no one has even been indicted, and convicted of the crime.

The Blair ministry, already convinced that Sinn Fein was conducting a spying operation upon the other parties in the power-sharing government from its offices in Stormont Castle, decided that this was the last straw when it came to alleged double-dealing by the Provisionals, suspending the provincial government until they either finally decommissioned their weapons, or new elections provided an assembly whose parties could work better together. London's gamble failed miserably, however, with only Sinn Fein and Paisley's DUP benefiting by the poll.

The Prime Minister's dealing with his increasingly disgruntled securocrats, past and present, fared no better. They, not having been a party to the Weston Park agreement, were upset that the unsolved killing of former colleagues was not given a higher priority, and more was not being done to give former agents, like Hayward and Nelson, new identities and lives. Downing Street seemed more interested in solving embarrassing killings, like those of Finucane and Nelson. To rid people of this misconception, retired Canadian judge Peter Cory was appointed to look into murders in which British collusion was suspected, Downing Street assuming that he would find none, only for him to recommend six such inquiries despite the greatest impediments from British officials.

The recommended inquiry into the murders of RUC SB Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan when they were returning from the Republic in 1989 after consultations with the Gardai only spread the problems to Bertie Ahern's government in Dublin, as it was claimed that they had been betrayed to the Provisionals, like the Gibsons two years earlier, by Garda SB detective
sergeant Owen Corrigan. The Ahern government had never been comfortable with the peace process - what threatened to benefit Sinn Fein at Finna Fail's expense - and now an inquiry was to take place which would politicize his own securocrats since it was bound to investigate Corrigan's cross-border activities in great detail.

To turn things completely around, London and Dublin agreed to release the secret protocol to the GFA which only they had agreed to, and would only anger the Gardai more since it promised anmesty for Jerry McCabe's killers - two of whom were still on the run, and had never been incarcerated. Then the unprecedented robbery of the Northern Bank raised the matter of how to treat robbers to new heights, as it was quickly blamed upon the Provisionals by the PSNI's Chief Constable Orde, though he declined to provide evidence or indict anyone for the crime. The fraudulent Dundalk Blogger, having no connected to Foreign Secretary Demot Ahern, then connected the Provisionals' alleged criminal activites to the Dundalk area where the retired Corrigan was running his own pub in Drogheda. John Young's web site than lumped Sinn Fein, the Provisionals, and their supporters all together by publishing lists of alleged IRA members. The process was completed by London, Dublin and Washington blaming them for the murder of Robert McCartney in a Belfast, barroom brawl a few weeks later.

Whether this winner-take-all approach to settling the troubles works, remains to be seen. If the upcoming elections in Britain and Ireland strengthen FF, the SDLP and modernate Unionists, then the gambit will have succeeded. If history is any guide, though, it won't as relations seem doomed to go round in circles in Ireland.

Tuesday 29 March 2005

U.S. Military Civil Disturbance Planning: The War At Home

Utterly frightening. Make sure you click on the link at the end to read the whole thing, it's long but worth reading.

By Frank Morales

Uncle Sam wants YOU to die for big business Under the heading of "civil disturbance planning", the U.S. military is training troops and police to suppress democratic opposition in America. The master plan, Department of Defense Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2, is code-named, "Operation Garden Plot". Originated in 1968, the "operational plan" has been updated over the last three decades, most recently in 1991. The plan was activated during the Los Angeles "riots" of 1992, and more than likely during the recent anti-WTO "Battle in Seattle."

Current U.S. military preparations for suppressing domestic civil disturbance, including the training of National Guard troops and police, are part of a long history of American "internal security" measures dating back to the first American Revolution. Generally, these measures have sought to thwart the aims of social justice movements, embodying the concept that within the civilian body politic lurks an enemy that one day the military might have to fight, or at least be ordered to fight.

Equipped with flexible "military operations in urban terrain" and "operations other than war" doctrine, lethal and "less-than-lethal" high-tech weaponry, US "armed forces" and "elite" militarized police units are being trained to eradicate "disorder", "disturbance" and "civil disobedience" in America. Further, it may very well be that police/military "civil disturbance" planning is the animating force and the overarching logic behind the incredible nationwide growth of police paramilitary units, a growth which coincidentally mirrors rising levels of police violence directed at the American people, particularly "non-white" poor and working people.

Military spokespeople, "judge advocates" (lawyers) and their congressional supporters aggressively take the position that legal obstacles to military involvement in domestic law enforcement civil disturbance operations, such as the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, have been nullified. Legislated "exceptions" and private commercialization of various aspects of U.S. military-law enforcement efforts have supposedly removed their activities from the legal reach of the "public domain". Possibly illegal, ostensible "training" scenarios like the recent "Operation Urban Warrior" no-notice "urban terrain" war games, which took place in dozens of American cities, are thinly disguised "civil disturbance suppression" exercises. Meanwhile, President Clinton recently appointed a "domestic military czar", a sort of national chief of police. You can bet that he is well versed in Garden Plot requirements involved in "homeland defense".

Ominously, many assume that the training of military and police forces to suppress "outlawed" behavior of citizens, along with the creation of extensive and sophisticated "emergency" social response networks set to spring into action in the event of "civil unrest", is prudent and acceptable in a democracy. And yet, does not this assumption beg the question as to what civil unrest is? One could argue for example, that civil disturbance is nothing less than democracy in action, a message to the powers-that-be that the people want change. In this instance "disturbing behavior" may actually be the exercising of ones' right to resist oppression. Unfortunately, the American corporate/military directorship, which has the power to enforce its' definition of "disorder", sees democracy as a threat and permanent counter-revolution as a "national security" requirement.

The elite military/corporate sponsors of Garden Plot have their reasons for civil disturbance contingency planning. Lets' call it the paranoia of the thief. Their rationale is simple: self-preservation. Fostering severe and targeted "austerity", massive inequality and unbridled greed, while shifting more and more billions to the generals and the rich, the de-regulated "entities of force" and their interlocking corporate directors know quite well what their policies are engendering, namely, a growing resistance.

Consequently, they are systematically organizing to protect their interests, their profits, and their criminal conspiracies. To this end, they are rapidly consolidating an infrastructure of repression designed to "suppress rebellion" against their "authority". Or more conveniently put, to suppress "rebellion against the authority of the United States." And so, as the Pentagon Incorporated increases its¹ imperialist violence around the world, the chickens have indeed come home to roost here in America in the form of a national security doctrine obsessed with domestic "insurgency" and the need to pre-emptively neutralize it. Its' code-name: "Garden Plot".

Recently, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth H. Bacon "acknowledged that the Air Force wrongfully started and financed a highly classified, still-secret project, known as a black program without informing Congress last year." The costs and nature of these projects "are the most classified secrets in the Pentagon."(1) Could it be that the current United States Air Force Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2 Garden Plot is one such program financed from this secret budget? We have a right to know. And following Seattle, we have the need to know.

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Thursday 24 March 2005

The Iranian Threat: The Bomb or the Euro?

Tony Blair today said today that no-one was planning on attacking Iran given Blair's record for veracity I think this means that a US invasion of Iran is probably inevitable, afterall I wouldn't believe Phony Tony if he said that rain was wet! The Iranians will probably be blamed for some new horrific "terrorist" attack that the Powers that Be have in the making and which will happen sometime fairly soon and will make 9/11 look like a car crash...

Uncle Sam wants YOU to die for big business Iran does not pose a threat to the United State because of its nuclear projects, its WMD, or its support to "terrorists organizations" as the American administration is claiming, but in its attempt to re-shape the global economical system by converting it from a petrodollar to a petroeuro system. Such conversion is looked upon as a flagrant declaration of economical war against the US that would flatten the revenues of the American corporations and eventually might cause an economic collapse.

In June of 2004 Iran declared its intention of setting up an international oil exchange (a bourse) denominated in the Euro currency. Many oil-producing as well as oil-consuming countries had expressed their welcome to such petroeuro bourse. The Iranian reports had stated that this bourse may start its trade with the beginning of 2006. Naturally such an oil bourse would compete against London’s International Petroleum Exchange (IPE), as well as against the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), both owned by American corporations.

Oil consuming countries have no choice but use the American Dollar to purchase their oil, since the Dollar has been so far the global standard monetary fund for oil exchange. This necessitates these countries to keep the Dollar in their central banks as their reserve fund, thus strengthening the American economy. But if Iran — followed by the other oil-producing countries — offered to accept the Euro as another choice for oil exchange the American economy would suffer a real crisis. We could witness this crisis at the end of 2005 and beginning of 2006 when oil investors would have the choice to pay $57 a barrel of oil at the American (NYMEX) and at London’s (IPE), or pay 37 Euros a barrel at the Iranian oil bourse. Such choice would reduce trade volumes at both the Dollar-dependent (NYMEX) and the (IPE).

Many countries had studied the conversion from the ever weakening petrodollar to the gradually strengthening petroeuro system. The de-valuation of the Dollar was caused by the American economy shying away from manufacturing local products — except those of the military -, by outsourcing the American jobs to the cheaper third world countries and depending only on the general service sector, and by the huge cost of two major wars that are still going on. Foreign investors started withdrawing their money from the shaky American market causing further devaluation of the Dollar.

The keen observer of the money market could have noticed that the devaluation of the American Dollar had started since November 2002, while the purchasing power of European Euro had crept upward to reach nowadays to $1.34. Compared to the Japanese Yen the Dollar had dropped from 104.45 to 103.90 yen. The British pound climbed another notch from $1.9122 to $1.9272.

Economic reports published at the beginning of this month (March) had pointed towards the deep dive of the American economy and to the quick rise of the deficit up to $665.90 billion at the end of 2004. The worst is still to come. These numbers worried the international banks, who had sent some warnings to the Bush administration.

In its economical war Iran is treading the same path Saddam Hussein had started when he, in 2000, converted all his reserve from the Dollar to the Euro, and demanded payments in Euro for Iraqi oil. Many economists then mocked Saddam because he had lost a lot of money in this conversion. Yet they were very surprised when he recuperated his losses within less than a year period due to the valuation of the Euro. The American administration became aware of the threat when central banks of many countries started keeping Euros along side of Dollars as their monetary reserve and as an exchange fund for oil (Russian and Chinese central banks in 2003). To avoid economical collapse the Bush administration hastened to invade and to destroy Iraq under false excuses to make it an example to any country who may contemplate dropping the Dollar, and to manipulate OPEC’s decisions by controlling the second largest oil resource. Iraqi oil sale was reverted back to the petrodollar standard.

There is only one technical obstacle concerning the use of a euro-based oil exchange system, which is the lack of a euro-denominated oil pricing standard, or oil ‘marker’ as it is referred to in the industry. The three current oil markers are U.S. dollar denominated, which include the West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI), Norway Brent crude, and the UAE Dubai crude. Yet this did not stop Iran from requiring payments in the euro currency for its European and Asian oil exports since spring 2003.

Iran’s determination in using the petroeuro is inviting in other countries such as Russia and Latin American countries, and even some Saudi investors especially after the Saudi/American relations have weakened lately. This determination had also invited an aggressive American political campaign using the same excuses used against Iraq: WMD in the form of nuclear bomb, support to "terrorist" Lebanese Hezbollah organization, and threat to the peace process in the Middle East.

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Iraq war: The smoking gun?

What I find amazing is that anyone actually believes a word of anything this government says. They, and all governments preceding them, are a bunch of lying cocksuckers. This war was illegal and all the evidence now emerging merely serves to confirm what we on the Internet have been saying for YEARS! That we were lied to in order to back Bush's insanity, probably because someone has some dirt on Tony that he doesn't want revealed. The truth is that we're all guilty aby association, and if we don't chuck these bastards out at the next election then we're a) Stupid Fuckwits and; b) Guilty of war-crimes by the fact of not having done jack-shit to stop this homicidal government. Put that in your bong and smoke it!

Foreign Office official's resignation letter reveals that Attorney General did change his mind on legality of Iraq war

Documentary evidence has emerged showing that the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, changed his mind about the legality of the Iraq war just before the conflict began. The damning revelation is contained in the resignation letter of Elizabeth Wilmshurst, a legal adviser at the Foreign Office, in which she said the war would be a "crime of aggression". She quit the day after Lord Goldsmith's ruling was made public, three days before the war began in March 2003.

The critical paragraph of her letter, published yesterday under the Freedom of Information Act, was blanked out by the Government on the grounds that it was in the public interest to protect the privacy of the advice given by the Attorney General. But last night the contents of the paragraph were leaked, and Tony Blair was facing fresh allegations of a cover-up. There has long been speculation that Lord Goldsmith was leant on to switch his view, and to sanction the war - and confirmation of that would be devastating for the Prime Minister. The Wilmhurst letter stops short of explaining what caused Lord Goldsmith to change his mind.

The revelations come two weeks after it emerged that there had never been a detailed dossier from the Attorney General setting out the case for military action before troops were committed, and that Britain went to war on the basis of nine paragraphs on a single sheet of A4 paper.

Last night's revelations - broadcast on Channel 4 News - showed that Ms Wilmshurst said the Attorney General had initially agreed with the Foreign Office legal team that a war on Iraq would be illegal without a second UN resolution.

In the blanked-out paragraph from her letter of resignation on 18 March 2003, she wrote: "My views accord with the advice that has been given consistently in this office before and after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1441 and with what the Attorney General gave us to understand was his view prior to his letter of 7 March. (The view expressed in that letter has of course changed again into what is now the official line)."

The revelations were seized upon by critics of the Iraq conflict. Menzies Campbell, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, said: "The Government blacked out that section not in the public interest but in the government interest. The Government is severely embarrassed by the fact that there is continuing controversy about the legal advice given by the Attorney General and the way in which he arrived at his final opinion."

Clare Short, who resigned from the Cabinet after the invasion, said last night: "I think the Government had to try and cover it up because it's so devastating. The bit that was blocked out shows that the Attorney General changed his mind twice in a matter of days before he gave his advice to the Cabinet when he just said, unequivocally, 'My view is the legal authority for war' and kept from the Cabinet any suggestion that he had had doubts about it." She added: "I didn't think there was anything left that would shock me but to have that in black and white and to know that is what he did is really shocking. He said he wasn't leant on, but he certainly turned head over heels a couple of times."

As efforts to get a second UN resolution were stalling in the approach to the 2003 conflict, Lord Goldsmith produced a lengthy legal opinion arguing that a case could be made for war without a second UN resolution, but it could be open to legal challenge.

On 13 March, he told ministers that war without a UN second resolution was legal. But there have been claims that six days earlier, on 7 March, he presented Tony Blair with a legal opinion in which he warned that military action could be challenged in the courts.

The emergence of Ms Wilms-hurst's allegation is likely to prove to be embarrassing for ministers in the run-up to an expected general election in May.

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Wednesday 23 March 2005

The End For GM Crops In Britain

Final British Trial Confirms Threat To Wildlife

Yet another nail was hammered into the coffin of the GM food industry in Britain yesterday when the final trial of a four-year series of experiments found, once more, that genetically modified crops can be harmful to wildlife.

The study was the fourth in a series that has, in effect, sealed the fate of GM in the UK - at least in the foreseeable future. They showed the ultra-powerful weedkillers that the crops are engineered to tolerate would bring about further damage to a countryside already devastated by intensive farming.

Only one of the four farm-scale trials, which have gone on for nearly five years, showed that growing GM crops might be less harmful to birds, flowers and insects than the non-GM equivalent - and even that was attacked as flawed, because the weedkiller the particular conventional crop required was so destructive it was about to be banned by the EU.

Even so, a year ago the Government gave a licence for that crop - a maize known as Chardon LL, created by the German chemical group Bayer - to be grown in Britain, thus officially opening the way for the GM era in Britain, to loud protests from environmentalists.

However, only three weeks later Bayer withdrew its application, suggesting the regulatory climate would be too inhibiting. That followed the withdrawal from Europe of the world leader in GM crops, the American biotech giant Monsanto, which also seemed to have tired of the struggle.

Since then, the GM industry in Britain has withered on the vine, despite the fact that some members of the Government, and Tony Blair in particular, were privately great supporters of it from the outset. Official policy is portrayed as being neutral and based simply on scientific advice.

But yesterday's results make it even less likely that other big agribusiness firms will want to come forward and go through the extensive testing process - and public opposition - that bringing a GM crop to market in Britain would involve.

Last night, the Conservatives spotted a political opportunity from the latest test results and, this morning, the shadow Environment Secretary, Tim Yeo, will pledge to prevent any commercial planting of GM crops until science showed it would be safe for people and the environment, and there was a liability regime in place to deal with any cross-contamination.

Observers saw that as yet another Tory attempt to win over Middle England voters in the pre-election campaign.

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U.S. Using Anti-Terror War to Gain World Oil Reserves

No shit, Sherlock! Now tell me something I don't already know! Sorry! I know! It's my site and I put this story up and I'm preaching to the converted but it's still a good story and more of an explanation to this war-war thing we have going on than all the BS about Al-Quaidaeeee-da-dee-da-dee-da-dee and Osama "I work for the CIA" Bin Laden and how there's these hoardes of nasty Mooslim (aka fake religious twits) fanatics hell-bent on destroying "our way of life". All this "terrorism" is fearmongering bullshit and everyone who harps on about it is either a complete misguided moron, or they are making money out of it by writing books, stealing oil or taking political "donations".

On the pretext of fighting international terrorism the United States is trying to establish control over the world’s richest oil reserves, Leonid Shebarshin, ex-chief of the Soviet Foreign Intelligence Service, who heads the Russian National Economic Security Service consulting company, said in an interview for the Vremya Novostei newspaper.

Using the anti-terrorist cause as a cover the United States has occupied Afghanistan, Iraq and will soon move to impose their “democratic order” on the Greater Middle East, Shebarshin said. “The U.S. has usurped the right to attack any part of the globe on the pretext of fighting the terrorist threat,” Shebarshin said.

Referring to his meeting with an unnamed al-Qaeda expert at the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization in the U.S., Shebarshin said: “We have agreed that [al-Qaeda] is not a group but a notion.”

“The fight against that all-mighty ubiquitous myth deliberately linked to Islam is of great advantage for the Americans as it targets the oil-rich Muslim regions,” Shebarshin emphasized.

With military bases in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, Shebarshin said, the United States has already established control over the Caspian region — one of the world’s largest oil reservoirs.

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Indian X-Files

A collection of very interesting articles relating to ET published in the India Daily newspaper. If ANYONE has any more information or can corroborate any of the material in these stories then please leave a message on the guestmap and I'll get back to you.

India Cancels Manned Moon Mission - Warned By ET?

India announces no manned lunar mission - like in Russia and America did Extraterrestrial UFOs tell India not to go to moon with humans on board?

According to the head of Indian Space Program G Madhavan Nair, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), India has no plan to send human beings to moon. This is in direct contradiction to what ISRO and Government of India officials have been saying so far. Up till this time, media reports were very clear that for the sake of Indiaís pride and prestige, lunar mission was a must and India was looking forward to an accelerated schedule to land human beings on the moon.

The sudden reverse turn in Indiaís plan and action is interesting. According to many international space research think tanks, American and Russians were told by the Extraterrestrial world body of the Universe that they should not send any human beings to moon. Many even go to the extent of suggesting that Apollo 11 never landed on the moon. Some have suggested that Apollo 11 did land on the moon only to find UFOs and other advanced civilizations using moon as a space station.

ISRO announcement provides some light on the fact that there were several reports in the media that UFOs and Extraterrestrial civilizations were contacting Indian Government. Several UFO sightings still continue in the Himalayas region. There are also reports of underground UFO bases in Indo-China border areas.

India now plans an unmanned lunar mission. According to Mr.Nair the priorities have changed.

Since the Apollo missions, no country in the world has ventured into the moon or any where above the immediate atmosphere of the earth with human beings. Some point out hazards of radiation. Recently, President Bush has announced an American manned lunar mission in twenty years. Why should it take twenty years to go there if we human beings have already achieved the same thirty-five years back?

India will launch a two-year Lunar probe but has no plan to land a man or woman on moon in the near future. It is also looking for research institutes wanting to piggyback their scientific equipment on the Indian satellite, head of Indian Space Programme G Madhavan Nair, has said. Nair, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Space Commission, is in Brussels to attend two international space conferences and discuss India's participation in the European Union's satellite radio navigation programme, Galileo.

"India has no plans to land a man on the moon in the near future," he told the India news in Europe program. Nair, who is also the Secretary of the Government's Department of Space, said the agreement on Galileo was finalized a week ago.

"It will be signed in a few weeks time, either in New Delhi or Brussels," he said adding during the agreement's second phase "India will decide how much money it will invest in the project."

Pointing out the major differences between India's space program and that of other countries, he said, "Their applications are generally military or commercial, while in India they are aimed at improving the quality of life of the people, including the 75 per cent living in villages."

Asked if the Indian space industry feared competition from China, Nair said, "There is nothing like that. They have their own program and we have ours. National priorities are set, and we work according to them."

Stating that India's space industry has a bright future, Nair said, "The greatest achievement of India's space industry has been self-reliance. We are self-sufficient in weather and communication satellites."

The Indian space industry, he said, was "as good as any other space industry in the world in terms of quality and cost effectiveness."

Indeed, "European industries can find a lot of sources in India for the supply of parts, whether for aircraft, satellites or spacecraft." He underlined the importance of cooperation in earth observation.

"Each country has its own space craft engaged in various kinds of missions. We should now look how the data can be meaningfully utilized," he said. Nair said, "India is seriously considering establishing a tsunami warning system for the region, even though such destructive ocean waves are a very rare phenomenon in the Indian Ocean, whereas they occur almost every month in the Pacific Ocean."

Thanks to its efficient communication channels, "India distributed its satellite data to Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia the very next day after the tsunami struck on December 26," he said.

First published 2-19-5

India - New Theory Of Worldwide Underground UFO Bases

Geologists in the East and West coasts (India) are busy understanding a new theory that shows possible underground UFO bases all around the world.

According to this theory the UFO bases are along the interface of the seven large and many small tectonic plates meet each other. According to the UFO researchers, the underground UFO bases are deep under the ground where multiple tectonic plates push on top of each other. For example the Indian plate and Eurasian plates colliding against each other along the Himalayas makes it an ideal locations.

According to this theory, the UFO bases need to be deep under the ground because the UFO crafts need to be close to the mantle of the earth. Servicing of these crafts can be done in that electromagnetic environment only. In addition according to this theory the crust must be as thick as possible in that area. That is only available where one tectonic plate moves on top of another tectonic plate.

The UFO researchers are now predicting that there are many UFO bases at the sub-tectonic level. Most of these are in remote areas or under the ocean.

The UFO vehicles according to these researchers are fuelled and serviced in an environment that has much higher electromagnetic flux.

First Published 3-17-5

UFO Propulsion System - Bending Time & Space

Defense Scientists and Engineers are finally starting to understand the ultimate propulsion system that can make instantaneous space travel possible. The UFOs use this propulsion system to travel great distances instantaneously.

The speed of light is 670,000,000 miles per hour ñ a number no human being can ever stand in any craft for a long time. Does that mean UFOs are unmanned or extra-terrestrial beings are totally different? It is possible but not likely. Theory of evolution in the Universe says that intelligent life forms are abundant in the Universe but they have evolved in a similar way.

Traveling even at the speed of light (670,000,000 miles per hour) is just not enough to cover distant destinations in the Universe. For example even at that speed traveling from one constellation to another may take hundreds of years.

Then how can one travel such great distances in a short span of time? This is the million-dollar question that has made every country in the world keep quiet about UFOs and cover up their existence and interaction. Every country believes they will be the first to uncover the technology of "flash travel" which is the term used in traveling from point A to point B in the Universe instantaneously.

To understand the concept, imagine you have to travel from New York to New Delhi, two points in the opposite sides of the globe. Now think you have the technology of freezing time and then get back to current time. At 9AM (or any other time of a particular day), you take the instance of the globe and freeze it for travel. Now assume the globe is made of paper or some other flexible material. Now you deform the globe and bring NY and New Delhi touch each other. Then travel from NY to New Delhi instantaneously because the distance is really very little since you deformed the globe. After completing the travel you put the globe back to its original configuration. And you transfer yourself to the current time.

This may seem complex but actually once the technology is mastered it is really simple. Another way to understand this is to hold a piece of rectangular paper in your hand. Bring the two opposite corners of the rectangular piece of paper together and make them touch each other. Now the distance between the two opposite corner is really zero.

Bending space and time is the concept where you do not travel to the destination; you bring the destination close to you. This is exactly how UFOs travel from one destination to another. That is the reason why those who are waiting with their telescope in the open sly to find UFOs will never find them.

Scientists and Engineers are now perplexed trying to understand how that kind of space travel is possible. The answer lies in using something known as dark energy. The dark energy allows disintegration or deformation of space. There are some early indications that dark energy also allows isolating time dimensions.

Physicists and Engineers are researching the use of dark energy. The purpose is to understand the process of bending the space and time. That requires UFO flight patterns; sighting information and a mathematical algorithm to back calculate their flight positions in a more than three dimensional geometry. Computer models are helping. We do not have the technologies to capture or isolate time dimension. Can you draw a block or a cube on a piece of paper? Yes, you can. It is called an isometric drawing

It is the process of drawing a three-dimensional drawing on a two dimensional paper. Similarly, complex algorithms are allowing reverse engineering the UFO Time and Space bending in a medium that is three-dimensional. The resulting map is showing the space and time (four dimensions) in a three dimensional environment.

Sometimes you wonder what any one can gain spending so much time and money to hide and cover up all the UFO information? Why so much ridicule around something every country in running after since 1890? The answer is the fact that any one who can master this time and space bending technology will be ahead of others by many years.

There are early indications that scientists and engineers have got the clue to the concept of bending time and space using dark energy. Interestingly, the whole concept starts with Einsteinís Theory of Relativity.

First Published 3-17-5

India Studies UFO Flights Patterns, Nav Systems

Indian space scientists and technologists closely watch the UFO flight pattern and navigation systems. The extra-terrestrial flight patterns are quite different from terrestrial systems days the experts.

The flight patterns and navigation systems are input into computer models to extrapolate points of disappearances. The computer model uses predictive analysis to interpolate and extrapolate the flight patterns and navigation systems.

The involved engineers do not like to talk. But they do indicate that certain surveillance systems can occasionally view these bizarre flight patterns.

Replicating their navigation systems and flight patterns are impossible. But there are indications that the UFOs change their propulsion systems from optical levels to sonic levels after entering the earthís atmosphere. After that a new propulsion system, guidance and navigation systems as well as flight pattern are followed.

The scientists in India working on these projects also mention that the UFOs have the capabilities of creating illusions and disappearing into the clouds of electromagnetic flux any time. That complicates the observation and at that point only the complex computational algorithms can only come to help of the technocrats.

In a particular case, an UFO was tracked and followed out of earthís atmosphere. That follows though extrapolation provided excellent information on efficient guidance, navigation and propulsion systems.

Again the daunting problem is really believing these flight patterns because the extra-terrestrial UFOs can create illusions and virtually disappear any time.

First published 3-7-5

Worldwide Reverse Engineering Of UFO Propulsion Systems

Most advanced countries have ongoing civilian as well as military projects that watch the extra-terrestrial UFO flight patterns and characteristics; possible UFO contacts and similar techniques to reverse engineer the navigation and propulsion systems.

Reverse engineering is the process of analyzing a finished product and creating a process of manufacturing a replica or similar technologies.

In many countries, the militaries are rushing towards reverse engineering stealth and propulsion systems of aircrafts and spacecrafts from extra-terrestrial UFOs.

This is not a new phenomenon. Germans before the Second World War started the process. Sometimes the reverse engineering of advanced unknown technologies becomes futile experimentation and results in something advanced but not quite the replica of the end product. Many technology think tanks in the world believe that the rocket propulsion systems and generic stealth technologies were reverse engineered by the Germans before the Second World War.

In recent days, America, Russia, China, France, Britain and India are trying to reverse engineer the anti-gravity propulsion systems. The problem is that they all see the same end products and try to speculate in a reverse direction as to how the Flying Objects are getting the thrust or flight patterns.

Obviously the goal is to reach vary high speed ñ speed way faster than light so that intergalactic space travel can become a reality.

Not all propulsion systems are really fast. Sometimes endurance is given higher priorities.

Deep Space 1 was launched in October 1998 as part of NASA's New Millennium Program, which is managed by JPL for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA. It works of an Ion propulsion system. Many believe the Ion propulsion system was reversed engineered.

Unlike the fireworks of most chemical rockets using solid or liquid fuels, the ion drive emits only an eerie blue glow as ionized (electrically charged) atoms of xenon are pushed out of the engine. Xenon is the same gas found in photo flash tubes and many lighthouse bulbs.

The almost imperceptible thrust from the system is equivalent to the pressure exerted by a sheet of paper held in the palm of your hand. The ion engine is very slow to pick up speed, but over the long haul it can deliver 10 times as much thrust per pound of fuel as more traditional rockets.

There are growing evidence that India and China are in the advanced stage of development of anti-gravity propulsion systems following the trail of the Americans and the Russians.

Nuclear propelled propulsion systems are common in many countries. But what is really perplexing is the advanced secret research on propulsion systems reaching very fast speed and traction without speed.

First published 3-6-5

ET UFOs Use More Than Anti-Gravity

Engineers involved with flight mechanics and propagation of next generation advanced combat aircrafts finally came to a very interesting conclusion.

Complex computer algorithms allow analyzing extra-terrestrial UFO dynamics. Engineers took the flight patterns, algorithmically interpolated and amplified them to avoid points of "statistical unknowns" and found something very interesting.

The simple common belief that UFOs propagate with anti-gravity lift and "known gyroscopic" principles is not correct. That is what may have misguided country after country as they have tried to mimic UFO propulsion and navigation.

What really induced engineers to develop the computer models is that simple anti-gravity lift and propulsion systems were not taking them anywhere. Soon they realized that anti-gravity is the secondary dynamic force. The computer models were showing that the flight trajectories were too flexible for any gyroscope driven just with anti-gravity lift.

The model brought engineers to look into something called "inertia of an ellipsoid". They soon found that the laws of motion and inertia just does not apply to a "freely" spinning ellipsoid where gravity can be manipulated and simulated.

In simple language, the extra-terrestrial UFOs can travel freely violating all the laws of inertia in the earth. That provides them the ability to propagate and disappear instantaneously into the cloud of electromagnetic flux.

The computer models are helping analyze these complex model of dynamics. The models now are showing sign of dynamic forces from other unknown dimensions that cause the complex and totally flexible propagation system.

Engineers are slowly realizing how complex these extra-terrestrial UFOs are and how difficult it is to replicate them based on our very limited knowledge of three dimensional or at best four dimensional physics.

First published 3-20-5

Reverse Engineering Stealth Technologies From UFOs

Defense scientists and engineers are closely following the recently revealed UFO flight patterns and associated stealth technologies. They are finding that many current stealth technologies were actually reverse engineered in a crude way from the UFOs.

UFOs according to experts have two types of stealth mechanisms. One mechanism is the conventional radar evading stealth that we normally see in terrestrial aircrafts. The other one is much more complex.

UFOs have two types flight patterns. First they enter the earthís atmosphere slowing down their speed from many time that of light to supersonic levels (many time that of sound). Stealth used during ultra high speed is not the same as stealth used in supersonic levels. Many countries have copied the supersonic stealth and reverse engineered them into Air Force planes. Many countries now are struggling to understand the stealth the UFOs use during their intergalactic flights at a speed many times that of light.

Interestingly, no one thus far has claimed that they saw any UFO in the space. Based on thousands of witnesses in almost every countries of the world, it is very clear that UFOs become visible only when they transform their speeds from many times that of light to may times that of sound. At the time of this transformation for a very short period of time the UFOs lose their stealth. At that moment some see them but cannot prove it ever again. The Governments also get foxed. The radar picks them up for few seconds or minutes and then they disappear.

The stealth at ultra high speed levels is different. An electro magnetic flux covers the vehicle at those speed levels. The electromagnetic flux really causes the vehicle to become completely invisible.

After the UFOs bring their speed down to super sonic levels, the electromagnetic flux is put back. The conventional terrestrial radar evading stealth serves as a secondary shield.

Defense engineers and scientists are working hard to reverse engineer the electro magnetic stealth for terrestrial aircrafts. This can make it virtually impossible for the terrorists to use missiles against a commercial plane. Air Force will have super stealth that will make the enemy positions totally vulnerable.

First published 3-14-5

Thousands Unseen UFOs Hidden By Magnetic Flux

Scientists in India finally understands how UFOs hover all around us without being visible. In Pune, India, some DRDO (Indian Defence Research & Development Organization) engineers are busy experimenting with a device that can see through the stealth effects of intense electromagnetic flux. According to some of these super smart brains of India, the final stealth effects come from creating an intense electromagnetic flux around any object. The Russians have been experimenting with similar stealth mechanisms.

The electromagnetic flux can be created through very advanced applications of super conductors. There are paranormal means of creating this flux that make anything invisible in true sense. The electromagnetic flux can be created through spiritual concentration by any human being. When such an event takes place, strange phenomena happen. And people call it miracle, heavenly effects and so on.

The scientists are getting very early indications that electromagnetic flux is used to keep the UFOs invisible from human eyes. Some animals have sensors that can sense energy levels beyond the electromagnetic flux. Probably dogs or cats are seeing UFOs all the time. But they cannot express what they see.

According to these scientists, a device that can see through electromagnetic flux is able to see UFOs all the time. The reason why UFOs are visible only in very rare cases and for a short time is as follows: When a UFO enters the earthís atmosphere and approaches an object or a destination in the earth, the UFO has to transform from ultrasonic speed (speed of light times n) and maneuvering techniques to sonic or supersonic levels and adjust to earthís electromagnetic and gravitational effects. Right at that moment, to avoid electromagnetic interference, the artificial flux is withdrawn for a very short span of time. After reaching speed levels that the UFO can use in earthís atmosphere, the electromagnetic flux or cloud is regenerated and put all around the UFO. That explains why in many countries the Air Force Pilots have chased an UFO only to have them disappear in front of their own eyes.

Based on this new discovery, there can be innumerable UFOs all around us. There are early indications that teleport mechanisms will also come from advanced research of electromagnetic flux.

First published 3-12-5

ET Can Disable ALL Nuclear Missiles

A new finding in India: Extraterrestrial UFOs have the capabilities to disable all nuke missiles in the world including those of India, Pakistan and China...

Indian scientists are slowly understanding that the Extraterrestrials have very unique power of jamming the operational characteristics of any device made by human beings. If they wish they can disable any equipment instantaneously. That may be one of the reasons why the UFOs are never really caught on the non-manipulated authenticate camera that can really prove their existence.

They can easily jam the operations of any nuke missiles in the world including that of India, Pakistan and China. They may have informed the same to all nuke powers of the world and that may be one of the reasons, major powers understand that owning nukes does not make any special strategic advantage.

In recent days, when Pakistan-India border tensions escalated, both India and Pakistan had difficulty in understanding why their nuke loaded missiles were disabled. American and Russians have experienced the same phenomenon several times in the last sixty years. The Chinese have experienced the effect and have in the past suspected Americans and others causing the problem. They have moved their nuke operational theater way below the earthís surface but the jamming effect have not gone away.

According to Indian scientists, if the extra-terrestrials ever get to know that a country is trying to use nuke missiles that will impact over the whole world to a catastrophic extent, they will immediately disable the nukes.

Reports from UK say that the extraterrestrials know very well every nuke installations and their exact locations in the world. The main reasons why these unmanned robotized UFOs visit in so many numbers on the earth is to locate all nukes that human being are making including the one made and carried by the terrorists like suitcase radiological bombs.

According to sources, all the Governments with nuke capabilities know that their delivery systems can be disabled by these extra-terrestrials and that is a major concern for them.

First published 2-20-5

ET Trying To Avert Sumatra Super Volcano?

Geologists and astrophysicists are slowly getting convinced that the Sumatra epicenter of the earthquake that caused the landslide and Tsunami in late December and caused the Tsunami is in the same area where a mega volcano erupted 74,000 years back and killed almost all living beings on the earth. The ash and volcanic cloud engulfed the earth for years, most vegetation suffered, all living being suffered from hunger and was almost at the point of extinction.

The 74,000 year cycle is supposed repeat within a few years. The underwater behavior in the area of Sumatra, Andaman an Nicobar islands is strange. The number of aftershocks and the pattern of socks point towards some organized activities at the tectonic levels.

According to some Geological engineers and scientists, the tectonic plate movement may have been artificially created to avoid another mega volcano. It is possible and probable that the extra-terrestrials or some one is trying to save the earth from that same kind volcanoes and reslting calamities.

By manipulating the tectonic plates, it is possible to avoid massive volcanoes. The cuurent technologies in human possession are not advanced yet so that we can really neutralize earthquakes or volcanoes. But according to UFO researchers, the extra-terrestrials do. They probably want our civilization to move forward and not evaporate into dark space.

It is possible for that they have created a series of earthquakes in December and January to save us from a massive volcanoe later on. The analogy is similar to the way the firefighters fight the forest fires. In order to cut off the oxygen source, they select an area encircling the fire and set a protective fire. The same can be done at the tectonic plate level.

Only time will say what we are going to face in 2012. It seems based on what is happening in different parts of the world, some one or some entities are trying to avert some calamity.

First published 3-11-5

India Says ETs Are From M15 Star Cluster

Some Astrophysicists are running back to the drawing table in recent days. They are busy looking at a Star Cluster called M15 discovered years back by Hubble Telescope. This mosaic of the globular cluster M15 (fifteenth object in the Messier catalog of star clusters and nebulae) contains over 30,000 stars. The Hubble Space Telescope probed the core of M15, the most tightly packed cluster of stars in our galaxy, to look for evidence of either a massive black hole or another remarkable phenomenon: a "core collapse" driven by the intense gravitational pull of so many stars in such a small volume of space.

Rumors are rampant in India and China that the respective Governments have been contacted and the origin of the UFOs and intelligent life forms are from this M15 Star Cluster. This Star Cluster is the densest part of the Universe. The same people are also talking about the fact that this so called M15 Core Cluster is the Capital of Universe. This is where the Federation of Universe is. .

Other intelligent life forms are scattered all over the Universe. But they act as colonies with different life forms. New colonies are created all the time by transporting different forms of intelligent life forms from one solar system to another. .

According to some Astrophysicists, this M15 Star Cluster is also the source of largest density of Black Holes and gateway to many other Universes. This is also the source of huge concentration of dark matters.

The UFO sightings in the earth are either from this Federation of Universe or from the "Local Administrators" from the nearby Star Clusters. Every Star Cluster is a local Government managing the nearby civilizations.

No Government confirms the recent rumors but none of Governments has decided to deny such rumors either.

The larger picture shows the central portion of M15, photographed with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The image is about 28 to 30 light-years across. Images in ultraviolet, blue, and visual light were combined for this picture, so that the colors roughly correspond to the surface temperatures of stars in M15. Hot stars appear blue, while cooler stars appear reddish-orange.

The density of stars rises all the way into the cluster center, marked by a green cross. Careful analysis of the distribution of these stars suggest that at some point in the distant past, the stars converged on M15's core, like bees swarming to their hive. This runaway collapse, long theorized by researchers but never seen in such detail, may have lasted a few million years--a flash in the 12-billion-year life of the cluster. A precise reading of the speeds at which stars move near M15's core would reveal whether the stars are packed so tightly because of the influence of a single massive object, or simply by their own mutual attraction. Stars would orbit more quickly in the gravitational grip of a black hole, which would be several thousand times more massive than our sun.

First published 3-6-5

Evidence Of ET Help In Human Survival

Computer Models predict Magnetic pole reversal in Earth and Sun can bring end to human civilization in 2012.

According to some computer scientists working together with a group geophysicists and astrophysicists, Earth and Sun both will go through a process of Magnetic Pole Reversal in 2012. This last happened millions of years back when the Dinosaurs disappeared. A private research and analysis company in Hyderabad is predicting a major upheaval in 2012.

Magnetic Pole reversal is a process when North Pole and South Pole reverse positions. When this happens, at some point of time Earth's magnetic field reaches zero Gauss which simply means, Earth at that point of time has zero magnetism. When this coincides with a eleven year cycle of Sun's Polar reversal, a major problem arises.

In the modern human history, such happenings are not recorded. Only Computer Models can predict the outcome. NASA recently has brought the public fear down by saying the Polar reversal will make Earth's Magnetism weak and erratic but not zero.

According to the Hyderabad Computer Model, the polar reversal of Earth and Sun can cause the following serious problems other than electronic malfunction, migrating birds losing sense of direction and so on:

- the immune system of all animals including the humans will weaken substantially

- the earth's crust will experience increasing volcanoes, tectonic movements, earthquakes and landslides

- Earth's Magnetosphere will weaken and Cosmic Radiation from Sun will increase many folds making radiation hazards like cancer and so on inevitable

- Large Asteroids will be drawn towards the Earth

- the Earth's gravitational field will experience a change though no one knows how it will change

If you add up all these possible devastating scenarios, you can easily see that in simple words, Earth may become not suitable for human civilization by 2012 and those who live on or near earth's crust.

The organisms living deep in the Earth well below the crust will survive. Without any intervention in this natural process, millions of years later we will see some other form of intelligent or large life forms are dominating the earth on its crust.

A large number of Extra-terrestrial UFO sightings in recent days, according to many UFO researchers in the world is connected to saving the human civilization form extinction. It is possible in absence of our knowledge they are trying to provide a counter measure that can save the human civilization.

As it happened during the time of Tsunami, it is possible that we will be perplexed and stare at the unthinkable happening and wiping us out.

If this model is true, the only way for us to survive will be to take our civilization well below the Earth's crust or move to another planet. It may have happened to Mars millions of years back.

Recent extra-terrestrial UFO activities (in the last 100 years) point out that someone out there knows that something severe will happen. They may be creating a scenario where they can silently help us or even remove us to an unknown destination.

First published 3-1-5

ET Dark Energy Propels Faster Than Light

Bangalore is the city of computer scientists. In the middle of hustle and bustle of cyber research and development, a group of engineers and astrophysicist are close to announcing a most major breakthrough in the history of the mankind.

They are working on a concept that can provide cheap source of anti-gravity propulsion though the use ìdark energyî ñ a controversial subject matter in the world of astrophysics. Sources tell us that the secret project is funded by the Indian Space research Organization (ISRO) and DRDO, the defense research establishment in India. We could not confirm the source of the funding and who are really involved in the project.

According to this group of scientists, obtaining anti-gravity propulsion through dark energy is the ultimate goal of any Space research Organization in the world.

The dark energy percolates from the vacuum of space. Laboratory experiments show that seemingly empty space is actually seething with virtual particles that wink in and out of existence. This perpetually bubbling vacuum provides energy that could take the form of a repulsive "negative gravity," The dark matter or energy is embedded in the Universe that is working against the gravity to pull the galaxies apart.

The concept of dark energy is nothing new. What this group of engineers and scientists are about to announce (if they are really successful) is how they really got access to the dark energy or negative gravity. Theoretically it is just not possible to create dark matter in the laboratories. The energy needed to boil the space or vacuum is just astronomical and we just do not have that mechanism in place based on technological advances.

The project leader of this group laughs at the critics and the universal skepticism. According to them, if you keep an open mind you will get an answer. All extra-terrestrial UFOs use dark energy to perform intergalactic travel at a speed faster than light. Do you believe they are sitting and boiling space in their UFOs? Dark matter is all around us and the parallel multidimensional Universes associate them. All that you need for anti-gravity propulsion is creating an environment where gravity takes a back seat and dark matter takes over the propulsion system. That is how the Universe is expanding and as a matter of fact accelerating in its expansion. Those who are not skeptics and closely observe the UFO flight patterns should get some clues in implementing such propulsion systems.

Many countries are working on dark energy propulsion systems. Most militaries in the world try to convince the public that UFOs and Extra-terrestrials are all hoax while quietly watching them to learn the next level of techno-military superiority over other countries. That is the reason why we believe that even if this group of engineers and scientist are successful they may keep quite for a long time.

First published 2-27-5