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‘Since the end of World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis. CIA publicists and journalists alike will assert they have few, if any, relationships, yet the seldom acknowledged history of their intimate collaboration indicates a far different story–indeed, one that media historians are reluctant to examine.’
Posted in 9-11, government, media, military, tagged 9-11, 9/11 Commission, 9/11 Truth movement, Al Qaeda, American Deep State, Central Intelligence Agency, Israel, Mossad Job, Osama bin Laden, United States on September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Three major thesis are in competition concerning the culprit of the 9/11 attacks:
1. Islam Job: the official conclusion of the 9/11 Commission, blaming Muslim terrorists in general, and Osama bin Laden in particular;
2. Inside Job: the dominant thesis within the so-called 9/11 Truth movement, which accuses the American government, or a faction within the American Deep State;
3. Mossad Job: the rising alternative thesis within the community of truth seekers, which claim that the masterminds were a Zionist network close to the Israeli Likud.
There are variations on each thesis and middle grounds between them, but three camps can clearly be distinguished: the first ridicule the second as “conspiracy theorists”, while the second loath the third as anti-Semites. Each thus justifies its refusal to weigh the evidence produced by the other. Acknowledging this reality, by renouncing the bipolar vision of an information warfare between official liars and 9/11 truthers, and paying attention to the debate (or absence of the debate) between Inside-jobbers and Mossad-jobbers, is the first step toward a paradigm shift in “9/11ology”.
This article takes the view of the third thesis. The author belongs to those who, after thousands of hours of research, came to the conclusion that the 9/11 false flag operation was planned by a Zionist network, with the aim of dragging the United States into a “war on terror” of their invention, of which the only ultimate beneficiary will be Israel, as Netanyahu well understood from the very day: “It’s very good […], it will generate immediate sympathy […], strengthen the bond between our two peoples.”
I have already listed the evidence against Israel in a previous article and in my book JFK-9/11 (Progressive Press, 2014). The subject of this article is not the truth on 9/11—who did what and how—, but the media war on 9/11: who says what and why. Nevertheless, such an approach requires that we are able to weigh the credibility of each claim, and we will do that on a few key points.
We can notice from the outset that theses 1 and 3 each accuse a foreign power, unlike thesis 2. Before even looking at the evidence, it is obvious that an Outside Job thesis is more credible than the Inside Job thesis. There is something monstrous in the idea that a government can deceive and terrorize its own citizens by killing thousands of them, just for starting a series of wars which are not even in the nation’s interest. By comparison, a foreign power attacking the US under the false flag of a third power almost seems like fair play. This is an important remark, because it makes us wonder how and why the 9/11 Truth movement has been led to endorse massively the outrageous thesis 2 without even considering the more likely thesis 3. This is one of the questions I will tackle here.
The thesis that the masterminds of 9/11 worked for Israel does not mean that the Bush administration is innocent. Thesis 3 admits that thesis 2, unlike thesis 1, is not completely false and rests on hard evidence pointing to US complicity. But it claims that thesis 2 overrates that evidence while ignoring the evidence pointing to Israel. The question is to what extent it does so intentionally, that is, to what extent thesis 2 is a “controlled opposition” intended to cover up the truth of thesis 3.
Asking this type of question does not mean suspecting anyone who defends an erroneous or incomplete theory of being a hypocrite. Most people defending one theory or the other do so sincerely, based on the information they have access to. I have myself been a believer in thesis 1 for 7 years, and in thesis 2 for 2 years, before progressively moving on to thesis 3 from 2010. On the other hand, we can assume that those who lead masses into error on a long term, are not just mistaken but lying —they may also be lying to themselves, i.e., engaged in self-deception. In any case, it is legitimate to investigate the background and the means of opinion makers, and when they are caught lying or distorting the truth, we can ponder about their motivation.
This is what we will do in the first part, so as to demonstrate that liers are not confined to the official storytellers’ camp. It is not enough that someone challenges the official Big Lie for us to believe him blindly; his arguments and allegations should be judged by the same standard. The purpose of the two following examples is, firstly, to show the need for a critical mind when listening to dissenting theses, and, secondly, to show the need for a new paradigm taking into account the several layers of lies stacked on top of the truth. We will outline this new paradigm in a second part, in the form of a working hypothesis. Then, in a third part, we will see if this new paradigm is consistent with certain technical issues currently dividing 9/11 truthers.
Posted in government, media, military, tagged Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Former Prime Minister Of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia, MH-370, Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, satellite data on May 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
It has been over two months since Malaysian flight MH-370 disappeared and still not a single credible trace of its final resting place has been found.
In the ongoing din over the confusion surrounding the recovery effort which has led nowhere, even the current Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak recently described the current rescue effort driven by satellite data of the suggested “location” of purported MH370 debris in the Indian Ocean as ‘bizarre’ and ‘hard to believe’. Further, he told CNN when discussing the satellite data which is the basis for the current search in the Indian Ocean that ‘To be honest, I found it hard to believe…. It’s a bizarre scenario which none of us could have contemplated so that’s why when I met the team…of foremost experts in aviation industry I asked them again and again “are you sure?”
In short: “nobody knows.” Or so the conventional wisdom goes.
One person, however, who thinks someone may know more than they are letting on is none other than the man who was the Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, Mahathir Mohamad, and who in a blog post earlier today has some rather provocative questions and thoughts.
In his article, titled appropriately “What goes up must come down”, the former PM argues that flight did not crash and its current whereabouts may be know to the Central Intelligence Agency and the Boeing aircraft company: “It is a waste of time and money to look for debris or oil slick or to listen for “pings” from the black box. This is most likely not an ordinary crash after fuel was exhausted. The plane is somewhere, maybe without MAS markings.”
But far more provocatively, and daring to utter a three letter acronym few others do, Mahathir said the plane could have been switched onto autopilot remotely by the CIA if it had been hijacked, citing a reference which claims that “The ‘uninterruptible’ autopilot would be activated – either by pilot, by on board sensors, or even remotely by radio or satellite links by government agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency, if terrorists attempt to gain control of the flight deck.”
Mahatir goes back to day one, when the first disclosure surrounding the fateful flight were made, and when it was clear that the pilot, for whatever reason, purposefully shut down the communication system. “The system must have been disabled or else the ground station could have called the plane.”
So putting two and two together, the former PM, who believes that “it is not fair that MAS and Malaysia should take the blame” concludes that “someone is hiding something.”
Posted in economics, foreign policy, government, history, media, military, tagged Al Qaeda, Ambassador Stevens, Barack Obama, Benghazi, Blow-back, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Clandestine, conspiracy, cover up, Covert, Hillary Clinton, Libya, Military Weapons Shipments, Muslim Brotherhood, Qaddafi on May 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
NYT–The chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of improperly removing documents from computers that committee staff members had been using to complete a report on the agency’s detention program, saying the move was part of an effort to intimidate the committee.
Feinstein is showing her stripes
She’s one of those tyranny types
With swastika crotch
Big Sis likes to watch
And ALL information she swipes
The Limerick King
Posted in 9-11, criminal justice system, death, economics, foreign policy, government, history, media, military, politics, tagged Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Central Intelligence Agency, corruption, economy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Iraq, Israel, United States, war, Washington, White House on February 5, 2014 | 2 Comments »
“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America ceases to be great.”
Philosophers tell us that we can reason backwards from our behavior to our First Principles to determine what guides us.
In this memorandum I seek to prove that the behavior of the United States government in the modern era can best be described as being ruled by Pure Evil and that the governing class in America seeks wherever possible to do the greatest harm to the greatest number of people. And I further intend to prove that this harm is in this present generation focused as much on the American people as it is on foreign nationals. Though I do grant that people overseas have cause for complaint.
America was founded upon the belief in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Today life is not cherished, liberty is denied and happiness will soon be unattainable.
I will follow the popular trend and offer a list of ten reasons why I believe America is being ruled by men dedicated to the propagation of Evil.
1) America has used Depleted Uranium weapons in combat since 1991. DU weapons have been discovered in test firing ranges from Hawaii to Puerto Rico. Dick Cheney according to Leuren Moret used to get reports daily on DU air sample levels from Iraq. He ordered DU bombs to be dropped in or near towns like Fallujah if their radiation levels dropped too low.
The above photo is of a foreign baby born in Iraq after the occupation. The image below is from the son of an American who served in Iraq. This American child was likely damaged by the presence of DU in his father’s body. The US House and Senate since 1991 has done nothing to stop the use of DU despite the obvious dangers to Americans who serve in the military and their families or to people living near firing ranges.
2) The United States is funding Al Qaeda. In fact Al Qaeda or the base was never anything but a database or list of Arabs willing to work for America and Great Britain. Zbigniew Brzezinski used Al Qaeda to entice the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan. That policy led to the deaths of more than 4 million Afghans. Mass murder is just one foundation of America’s foreign policy.
Currently, the US is funding Al Qaeda which is torturing and killing Syrians. American taxpayers are paying mercenaries to behead Christians and to gouge out their eyes. They are destroying Christian churches which were founded as far back as 50 A.D. Yet the threat of our Al Qaeda mercenaries is ostensibly why TSA has the right to grope the genitals of airline passengers. The real reason is to acclimate Americans to a future where the police have the right to sexually assault you and your children, to torture you and to kill you.
3) Whenever the American government needs to justify the violation of the Bill of Rights or the commission of an atrocity, mention is made of 911. BBC went on air 22 minutes before the collapse of WTC Tower 7 on 911 to announce that it had already fallen down. The Rothschild owned Reuters news agency had told BBC that WTC 7 had collapsed before it did. Tower 7 was not hit by an airplane. The BBC mentioned debris from Towers 1 and 2. But look at this brief video of the collapse. There is no visible debris damage. This building was obviously taken down by a controlled demolition. The video below would have compelled a nation that had not been occupied by a foreign power to arrest everyone who allowed this atrocity to happen.
4) I mentioned America as being occupied by a foreign power. Some trace the occupation of America to 11-22-1963 and the assassination of President Kennedy. The Occupied media went on air that day and said that the President had been shot by a lone assassin firing from the Texas School Book Depository behind the motorcade. The best Marine Corps snipers from the Vietnam war tried at Quantico to re-create the assassination as dictated by the Warren Commission. Those Marine Corps snipers could not make the fatal shots even with superior weapons. Dan Rather went on CBS radio and described to the radio audience what he saw from the Zapruder film. He said clearly the President’s head was being forced forward by the impact of bullets from behind him. Life magazine took photos of the assassination in the order of 1-2-3 and published them on their cover in the order 3-2-1 so they could convince the people that there was no conspiracy and no coup.
If Mordecai Vanunu were allowed out of Israel, we could have a video of his declaration that Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion order the assassination of JFK because the American President opposed Israel’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. The widespread nature of this conspiracy is easily proven by the following JFK Secret Service stand down video below.
5) Others trace the occupation of America to November 22, 1910 which was the date of the first meeting to draft the legislation that became the Federal Reserve Act. Under America’s banking system the commoners are charged interest on money the banks created out of nothing. This transfers wealth from small businesses, farmers and workers to the Bankers. Under fractional reserve banking every dollar in deposits allows the banker to loan out 10 ten dollars at interest. Please note the Banker is only paying interest on one dollar but is collecting on ten. This interest rate gouging leads to mountains of Unpayable Debts which in turn causes Depressions.
A Depression is a time in history when Unpayable Debts are cancelled. There are three ways to cancel debts. One is Hyperinflation as in the Weimar Republic. This leads to mass starvation and to war. The second is to foreclose on farms and home mortgages and to declare bankruptcy defaulting on debts. This led to the death by starvation of 3 million Americans during the 1930s and to WW II which killed 58 million human beings for no good reason.
There is a third way out of a Depression. The Babylonians canceled Unpayable Debts by law and recovered economically without suffering either mass starvation or war. But that method is unknown to anyone who attends American schools or listens to U.S. media. That is why I have concluded that America has both a Banker Occupied Government and Media.
6) After World War II, General Eisenhower had his troops set barbed wire up around open fields. He placed more than a million Germans into the camps and starved them to death with no protection against rain, snow and cold. Most of these men were soldiers but some were not. General Eisenhower was of Jewish descent.
7) At Yalta in March of 1945, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin who were all of Jewish descent agreed to forcibly repatriate Soviet Gentiles back to Russia where they were to be treated as traitors. Millions of these people were forced laborers who had been taken prisoner by the Germans. Captured Jews were in the concentration camps with the Gentiles. Auschwitz turned Silesian coal into gasoline using a Russian formula patented in 1915. Dachau had a satellite camp inside a mountain that made V2 rockers used to bomb London. The Jewish concentration camp inmates were permitted to go to Israel where they were given weapons and embarked on a genocidal ethnic cleansing program of the Palestinians which has continued to this day.
I remember reading an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal decades ago in which an American veteran wrote about the FOIA documents he received in which the US admitted to turning over 4 1/2 million refugees to the Soviets. One was a Russian who had served in the resistance to Franco and later joined the American Army as a sergeant and fought in North Africa and Italy. He was turned over to the Russians in Austria. American soldiers witnessed mass hangings of refugees they had turned over to the Russians in Germany.
I think this sufficiently demonstrates the Evil Nature of America’s Banker Occupied government. But let us continue as we would like to see what Destiny they have planned for us.
8) Societies can be measured by their ability to protect children from harm. America’s Banker Occupied Government (BOG) has dedicated itself to harming our children to the point of birth defects and even death. The Monsanto corporation has been allowed to produce Genetically Modified Organisms for human consumption. Tests of lab animals have shown that by the third generation the mice are either dear or sterile runts with multiple birth defects or dead. The great harm done to test subjects by GMO did not manifest before 120 days when adult mice began exhibiting tumors relatively large in size to their tiny bodies.
The Banker Occupied Government of the United States (BOGUS) allowed Monsanto to cut off their animal tests of GMO food after 90 days so lawmakers and the administration could deny the poisonous nature of our food. Any society that is willing to allow an Occupying Power to exterminate its children is cowardly. It goes without saying that the Occupying Power is Evil.
9) In 2001 BOG paid $75 million to Epicyte corporation as part of a campaign to sterilize adults and young children. Epicyte corporation of San Diego spliced a protein from infertile Mexican women into corn. This technology was sold to Monsanto and DuPont and could also have been spliced into wheat, soy, rice or any other GMO crop. These international corporations have run amuck and have even spliced the genes of a spider into salmon. They have said they will release this into the wild without any study as Monsanto’s lawyer said it would be safe. The President of Epicyte in 2001 was Matt Hein who was Jewish. The sole reasoning behind splicing the Epicyte gene into our food supply is to carry out Henry Kissinger’s National Security Memorandum 200 of 1975. Henry Kissinger is Jewish and a wanted War Criminal. He has been described as a child molester in the Italian press.
10) 100,000 people a year worldwide die from heroin overdoses. The average age of a first time heroin user in the United States is 14. American taxpayers at great expense invaded and occupied Afghanistan. They also funded Global Hawk drones which are pilot-less versions of the U2 spy plane. Newer versions have compartments which permits BOG’s operatives to fly up to 3,400 pounds (1,542 kilograms) at a time around the world. This has led to an increase in drug purity and overdose deaths. The CIA, which is a primary subsidiary of BOG, flies cocaine and heroin into the US which it distributes to drug gangs along with weapons. This has unleashed a wave of violent crime in the homeland. There are 1.4 million drug gang members in the US.
This distribution of illegal drugs to enrich the ruling class was a fundamental feature of His Majesty’s Jewish Government which fought two opium wars against China in the 19th century. America has also fought two opium wars. The first was Vietnam and the second was Afghanistan. The Bankers launder a trillion dollars a year in illegal drugs and weapons. They also launder $500 billion a year in bribes so the commoners can never get what they need from their politicians.
Any government that sells heroin and guns to children in hopes of unleashing a crime wave against its law abiding citizens in order to make money is by definition Evil.
I think I have proven my point about the Evil Nature of those men who run the government of the United States. I have written elsewhere of Wall Street’s plans to ignite a Race War as soon as this current Depression hits us with full force. Millions of Americans and perhaps half a billion people overseas will die from starvation. At that point, BOG will release a series of plagues to cull the herd of a few billion commoners.
Anyone whether they be a billionaire or a worker or a soldier who does the bidding of this government is insane and could be prosecuted for War Crimes if we survive the plans of the Evil Ones.
Posted in foreign policy, government, military, tagged Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Crisis management, Peter Power, Russia, Russian language, Vladimir Putin, Volgograd on December 31, 2013 | 2 Comments »
CIA BUSY IN RUSSIA? with videos here
The December 2013 bus bombing in Volgograd.
Arthur Atayev, of Russia’s Institute of Strategic Research says that the organisers of the attacks in VOLGOGRAD “are located outside Russia (presumably the CIA and its friends).
“And they have been launching destabilizing attacks in Russia for a long time in order to reduce its foreign policy influence…”
Peter Power, Managing Director of Crisis Management at Visor Consultants, says that the terrorists concentrate on obvious targets.
He says: “Volgograd is a transport hub for this part of Russia…
“So transport, communication, economy – all these issues are pretty obvious targets to hit and produce an immediate impact on the Russian public, and not only Russian but also for those who are travelling there next year.”
Posted in foreign policy, government, history, media, military, tagged Bay of Pigs, Bay of Pigs Invasion, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Federal government of the United States, Fidel Castro, National Security Archive, Obama on December 16, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
14 Dec 2013 Over 50 years after the Bay of Pigs invasion went awry, the US federal government is still attempting to keep secrets about the failed overthrow of the Cuban government, with an Obama administration lawyer arguing this week to keep a document classified. The National Security Archive, a private research institution, has sought to force the government to hand over the fifth of a five-volume internal account of the Bay of Pigs. Penned by a CIA staff historian in the years between 1973 and 1984, the final document chronicles – and presumably critiques – the CIA’s own investigation of how the invasion went wrong.
Posted in foreign policy, government, military, tagged Air Force, Bruce Jessen, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Fairchild Air Force Base, Michael Kearns, Special Mission Unit, United States on December 9, 2013 | 1 Comment »
This diagram was included in a paper written by Dr. Bruce Jessen’s and shows his view of the conflicting psychological pressures bearing down on a prisoner who is held captive by an enemy. (Click here to view full image.)
December 7, 2013
Dr. Bruce Jessen’s handwritten notes describe some of the torture techniques that were used to “exploit” “war on terror” detainees in custody of the CIA and Department of Defense.
Bush administration officials have long asserted that the torture techniques used on “war on terror” detainees were utilized as a last resort in an effort to gain actionable intelligence to thwart pending terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests abroad.
But the handwritten notes obtained exclusively by Truthout drafted two decades ago by Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the psychologist who was under contract to the CIA and credited as being one of the architects of the government’s top-secret torture program, tell a dramatically different story about the reasons detainees were brutalized and it was not just about obtaining intelligence.
Jason Leopold interviews Jessen’s former SERE colleague, retired Air Force Capt. Michael Kearns.
Rather, as Jessen’s notes explain, torture was used to “exploit” detainees, that is, to break them down physically and mentally, in order to get them to “collaborate” with government authorities. Jessen’s notes emphasize how a “detainer” uses the stresses of detention to produce the appearance of compliance in a prisoner.
Indeed, a report released in 2009 by the Senate Armed Services Committee about the treatment of detainees in US custody said Jessen was the author of a “Draft Exploitation Plan” presented to the Pentagon in April 2002 that was implemetned at Guantanamo and at prison facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. But to what degree is unknown because the document remains classified. Jessen also co-authored a memo in February 2002 on “Prisoner Handling Recommendations” at Guantanamo, which is also classified.
Moreover, the Armed Services Committee’s report noted that torture techniques approved by the Bush administration were based on survival training exercises US military personnel were taught by individuals like Jessen if they were captured by an enemy regime and subjected to “illegal exploitation” in violation of the Geneva Conventions.
Jessen’s notes, prepared for an Air Force survival training course that he later “reverse engineered” when he helped design the Bush administration’s torture program, however, go into far greater detail than the Armed Services Committee’s report in explaining how prisoners would be broken down physically and psychologically by their captors. The notes say survival training students could “combat interrogation and torture” if they are captured by an enemy regime by undergoing intense training exercises, using “cognitive” and “exposure techniques” to develop “stress inoculation.” [Click here to download a PDF file of Jessen’s handwritten notes. Click here to download a zip file of Jessen’s notes in typewritten form.]
The documents stand as the first piece of hard evidence to surface in nine years that further explains the psychological aspects of the Bush administration’s torture program and the rationale for subjecting detainees to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
Jessen’s notes were provided to Truthout by retired Air Force Capt. Michael Kearns, a “master” SERE instructor and decorated veteran who has previously held high-ranking positions within the Air Force Headquarters Staff and Department of Defense (DoD).
Kearns and his boss, Roger Aldrich, the head of the Air Force Intelligence’s Special Survial Training Program (SSTP), based out of Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, hired Jessen in May 1989. Kearns, who was head of operations at SSTP and trained thousands of service members, said Jessen was brought into the program due to an increase in the number of new survival training courses being taught and “the fact that it required psychological expertise on hand in a full-time basis.”
“Special Mission Units”
Jessen, then the chief of Psychology Service at the US Air Force Survival School, immediately started to work directly with Kearns on “a new course for special mission units (SMUs), which had as its goal individual resistance to terrorist exploitation.”
The course, known as SV-91, was developed for the Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) branch of the US Air Force Intelligence Agency, which acted as the Executive Agent Action Office for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Jessen’s notes formed the basis for one part of SV-91, “Psychological Aspects of Detention.”
Special mission units fall under the guise of the DoD’s clandestine Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and engage in a wide-range of highly classified counterterrorist and covert operations, or “special missions,” around the world, hundreds of who were personally trained by Kearns. The SV-91 course Jessen and Kearns were developing back in 1989 would later become known as “Special Survival for Special Mission Units.”
Before the inception of SV-91, the primary SERE course was SV-80, or Basic Combat Survival School for Resistance to Interrogation, which is where Jessen formerly worked. When Jessen was hired to work on SV-91, the vacancy at SV-80 was filled by psychologist Dr. James Mitchell, who was also contracted by the CIA to work at the agency’s top-secret black site prisons in Europe employing SERE torture techniques, such as the controlled drowning technique know as waterboarding, against detainees.
While they were still under contract to the CIA, the two men formed the “consulting” firm Mitchell, Jessen & Associates in March 2005. The “governing persons” of the company included Kearns’ former boss, Aldrich, SERE contractor David Tate, Joseph Matarazzo, a former president of the American Psychological Association and Randall Spivey, the ex-chief of Operations, Policy and Oversight Division of JPRA.
Mitchell, Jessen & Associates’ articles of incorporation have been “inactive” since October 22, 2009 and the business is now listed as “dissolved,” according to Washington state’s Secretary of State website.
Capt. Michael Kearns (left) and Dr. Bruce Jessen at Fort Bragg’s Nick Rowe SERE Training Center, 1989. Photo courtesy of retired Air Force Capt. Michael Kearns.
Lifting the “Veil of Secrecy”
Kearns was one of only two officers within DoD qualified to teach all three SERE-related courses within SSTP on a worldwide basis, according to a copy of a 1989 letter written by Aldrich, who nominated Kearns officer of the year.
He said he decided to come forward because he is outraged that Jessen used their work to help design the Bush administration’s torture program.
“I think it’s about time for SERE to come out from behind the veil of secrecy if we are to progress as a moral nation of laws,” Kearns said during a wide-ranging interview with Truthout. “To take this survival training program and turn it into some form of nationally sanctioned, purposeful program for the extraction of information, or to apply exploitation, is in total contradiction to human morality, and defies basic logic. When I first learned about interrogation, at basic intelligence training school, I read about Hans Scharff, a Nazi interrogator who later wrote an article for Argosy Magazine titled ‘Without Torture.’ That’s what I was taught – torture doesn’t work.”
What stands out in Jessen’s notes is that he believed torture was often used to produce false confessions. That was the end result after one high-value detainee who was tortured in early 2002 confessed to having information proving a link between the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, according to one former Bush administration official.
It was later revealed, however, that the prisoner, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, had simply provided his captors a false confession so they would stop torturing him. Jessen appeared to be concerned with protecting the US military against falling victim to this exact kind of physical and psychological pressure in a hostile detention environment, recognizing that it would lead to, among other things, false confessions.
In a paper Jessen wrote accompanying his notes, “Psychological Advances in Training to Survive Captivity, Interrogation and Torture,” which was prepared for the symposium: “Advances in Clinical Psychological Support of National Security Affairs, Operational Problems in the Behavioral Sciences Course,” he suggested that additional “research” should be undertaken to determine “the measurability of optimum stress levels in training students to resist captivity.”
“The avenues appear inexhaustible” for further research in human exploitation, Jessen wrote.
Such “research” appears to have been the main underpinning of the Bush administration’s torture program. The experimental nature of these interrogation methods used on detainees held at Guantanamo and at CIA black site prisons have been noted by military and intelligence officials. The Armed Services Committee report cited a statement from Col. Britt Mallow, the commander of the Criminal Investigative Task Force (CITF), who noted that Guantanamo officials Maj. Gen. Mike Dunleavy and Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller used the term “battle lab” to describe the facility, meaning “that interrogations and other procedures there were to some degree experimental, and their lessons would benefit [the Department of Defense] in other places.”
What remains a mystery is why Jessen took a defensive survival training course and assisted in turning it into an offensive torture program.
Truthout attempted to reach Jessen over the past two months for comment, but we were unable to track him down. Messages left for him at a security firm in Alexandria, Virginia he has been affiliated with were not returned and phone numbers listed for him in Spokane were disconnected.
A New Emphasis on Terrorism
SV-91 was developed to place a new emphasis on terrorism as SERE-related courses pertaining to the cold war, such as SV-83, Special Survival for Sensitive Reconnaissance Operations (SRO), whose students flew secret missions over the Soviet Union, Eastern Bloc, and other communist countries, were being scaled back.
The official patch and coin of the Special Survival Training Program. (Photo courtesy of retired Air Force Capt. Michael Kearns)
SSTP evolved into the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA), the DoD’s executive agency for SERE training, and was tapped by DoD General Counsel William “Jim” Haynes in 2002 to provide the agency with a list of interrogation techniques and the psychological impact those methods had on SERE trainees, with the aim of utilizing the same methods for use on detainees. Aldrich was working in a senior capacity at JPRA when Haynes contacted the agency to inquire about SERE.
The Army also runs a SERE school as does the Navy, which had utilized waterboarding as a training exercise on Navy SERE students that JPRA recommended to DoD as one of the torture techniques to use on high-value detainees.
Kearns said the value of Jessen’s notes, particularly as they relate to the psychological aspects of the Bush administration’s torture program, cannot be overstated.
“The Jessen notes clearly state the totality of what was being reverse-engineered – not just ‘enhanced interrogation techniques,’ but an entire program of exploitation of prisoners using torture as a central pillar,” he said. “What I think is important to note, as an ex-SERE Resistance to Interrogation instructor, is the focus of Jessen’s instruction. It is exploitation, not specifically interrogation. And this is not a picayune issue, because if one were to ‘reverse-engineer’ a course on resistance to exploitation then what one would get is a plan to exploit prisoners, not interrogate them. The CIA/DoD torture program appears to have the same goals as the terrorist organizations or enemy governments for which SV-91 and other SERE courses were created to defend against: the full exploitation of the prisoner in his intelligence, propaganda, or other needs held by the detaining power, such as the recruitment of informers and double agents. Those aspects of the US detainee program have not generally been discussed as part of the torture story in the American press.”
Ironically, in late 2001, while the DoD started to make inquiries about adapting SERE methods for the government’s interrogation program, Kearns received special permission from the US government to work as an intelligence officer for the Australian Department of Defence to teach the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) how to use SERE techniques to resist interrogation and torture if they were captured by terrorists. Australia had been a staunch supporter of the invasion of Afghanistan and sent troops there in late 2001.
Kearns, who recently waged an unsuccessful Congressional campaign in Colorado, was working on a spy novel two years ago and dug through boxes of “unclassified historical materials on intelligence” as part of his research when he happened to stumble upon Jessen’s notes for SV-91. He said he was “deeply shocked and surprised to see I’d kept a copy of these handwritten notes as certainly the originals would have been destroyed (shredded)” once they were typed up and made into proper course materials.
“I hadn’t seen these notes for over twenty years,” he said. “However, I’ll never forget that day in September 2009 when I discovered them. I instantly felt sick, and eventually vomited because I felt so badly physically and emotionally that day knowing that I worked with this person and this was the material that I believe was ‘reverse-engineered’ and used in part to design the torture program. When I found the Jessen papers, I made several copies and sent them to my friends as I thought this could be the smoking gun, which proves who knew what and when and possibly who sold a bag of rotten apples to the Bush administration.”
Kearns was, however, aware of the role SERE played in the torture program before he found Jessen’s notes, and in July 2008, he sent an email to the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin, who was investigating the issue and offered to share information with Levin about Jessen and the SERE program in general. The Michigan Democrat responded to Kearns saying he was “concerned about this issue” and that he “needed more information on the subject,” but Levin never followed up when Kearns offered to help.
“I don’t know how it went off the tracks, but the names of the people who testified at the Senate Armed Services, Senate Judiciary, and Select Intelligence committees were people I worked with, and several I supervised,” Kearns said. “It makes me sick to know people who knew better allowed this to happen.”
Levin’s office did not return phone calls or emails for comment. However, the report he released in April 2009, “Inquiry Into the Treatment of Detainees in US Custody,” refers to SV-91. The report includes a list of acronyms used throughout the report, one of which is “S-V91,” identified as “the Department of Defense High Risk Survival Training” course. But there is no other mention throughout the report of SV-91 or the term “High Risk Survival Training,” possibly due to the fact that sections of the report where it is discussed remain classified. Still, the failure by Levin and his staff to follow up with Kearns–the key military official who had retained Jessen’s notes and helped develop the very course those notes were based upon that was cited in the report–suggests Levin’s investigation is somewhat incomplete.
Control and Dependence
A copy of the syllabus for SV-91, obtained by Truthout from another source who requested anonymity, states that the class was created “to provide special training for selected individuals that will enable them to withstand exploitation methods in the event of capture during peacetime operations…. to cope with such exploitation and deny their detainers useable information or propaganda.”
Although the syllabus focuses on propaganda and interrogation for information as the primary means of exploiting prisoners, Jessen’s notes amplify what was taught to SERE students and later used against detainees captured after 9/11 . He wrote that a prisoner’s captors seek to “exploit” the prisoner through control and dependence.
“From the moment you are detained (if some kind of exploitation is your Detainer’s goal) everything your Detainer does will be contrived to bring about these factors: CONTROL, DEPENDENCY, COMPLIANCE AND COOPERATION,” Jessen wrote. “Your detainer will work to take away your sense of control. This will be done mostly by removing external control (i.e., sleep, food, communication, personal routines etc. )…Your detainer wants you to feel ‘EVERYTHING’ is dependent on him, from the smallest detail, (food, sleep, human interaction), to your release or your very life … Your detainer wants you to comply with everything he wishes. He will attempt to make everything from personal comfort to your release unavoidably connected to compliance in your mind.”
Jessen wrote that cooperation is the “end goal” of the detainer, who wants the detainee “to see that [the detainer] has ‘total’ control of you because you are completely dependent on him, and thus you must comply with his wishes. Therefore, it is absolutely inevitable that you must cooperate with him in some way (propaganda, special favors, confession, etc.).”
Jessen described the kinds of pressures that would be exerted on the prisoner to achieve this goal, including “fear of the unknown, loss of control, dehumanization, isolation,” and use of sensory deprivation and sensory “flooding.” He also included “physical” deprivations in his list of detainer “pressures.”
“Unlike everyday experiences, however, as a detainee we could be subjected to stressors/coercive pressures which we cannot completely control,” he wrote. “If these stressors are manipulated and increased against us, the cumulative effect can push us out of the optimum range of functioning. This is what the detainer wants, to get us ‘off balance.’”
“The Detainer wants us to experience a loss of composure in hopes we can be manipulated into some kind of collaboration…” Jessen wrote. “This is where you are most vulnerable to exploitation. This is where you are most likely to make mistakes, show emotions, act impulsively, become discouraged, etc. You are still close enough to being intact that you would appear convincing and your behavior would appear ‘uncoerced.’”
Kearns said, based on what he has read in declassified government documents and news reports about the role SERE played in the Bush administration’s torture program, Jessen clearly “reverse-engieered” his lesson plan and used resistance methods to abuse “war on terror” detainees.
The SSTP course was “specifically and intentionally designed to assist American personnel held in hostile detention,” Kearns said. It was “not designed for interrogation, and certainly not torture. We were not interrogators we were ‘role-players’ who introduced enemy exploitation techniques into survival scenarios as student learning objectives in what could be called Socratic-style dilemma settings. More specifically, resistance techniques were learned via significant emotional experiences, which were intended to inculcate long-term valid and reliable survival routines in the student’s memory. The one rule we had was ‘hands off.’ No (human intelligence) operator could lay hands on a student in a ‘role play scenario’ because we knew they could never ‘go there’ in the real world.”
But after Jessen was hired, Kearns contends, Aldrich immediately trained him to become a mock interrogator using “SERE harsh resistance to interrogation methods even though medical services officers were explicitly excluded from the ‘laying on’ of hands in [resistance] ‘role-play’ scenarios.”
Aldrich, who now works with the Center for Personal Protection & Safety in Spokane, did not return calls for comment.
The companion paper Jessen wrote included with his notes, which was also provided to Truthout by Kearns, eerily describes the same torturous interrogation methods US military personnel would face during detention that Jessen and Mitchell “reverse engineered” a little more than a decade later and that the CIA and DoD used against detainees.
Indeed, in a subsection of the paper, “Understanding the Prisoner of War Environment,” Jessen notes how a prisoner will be broken down in an attempt to get him to “collaborate” with his “detainer.”
“This issue of collaboration is ‘the most prominent deliberately controlled force against the (prisoner of war),” Jessen wrote. “The ability of the (prisoner of war) to successfully resist collaboration and cope with the obviously severe approach-avoidance conflict is complicated in a systematic and calculated way by his captors.
“These complications include: Threats of death, physical pressures including torture which result in psychological disturbances or deterioration, inadequate diet and sanitary facilities with constant debilitation and illness, attacks on the mental health via isolation, reinforcement of anxieties, sleeplessness, stimulus deprivation or flooding, disorientation, loss of control both internal and external locus, direct and indirect attack on the (prisoner of war’s) standards of honor, faith in himself, his organization, family, country, religion, or political beliefs … Few seem to be able to hold themselves completely immune to such rigorous behavior throughout all the vicissitudes of long captivity. Confronted with these conditions, the unprepared prisoner of war experiences unmanageable levels of fear and despair.”
“Specific (torture resistance) techniques,” Jessen wrote, “taught to and implemented by the military member in the prisoner of war setting are classified” and were not discussed in the paper he wrote. He added, “Resistance Training students must leave training with useful resistance skills and a clear understanding that they can successfully resist captivity, interrogation or torture.”
Kearns also declined to cite the specific interrogation techniques used during SERE training exercises because that information is still classified. Nor would he comment as to whether the interrogations used methods that matched or were similar to those identified in the August 2002 torture memo prepared by former Justice Department attorneys John Yoo and Jay Bybee.
However, according to the Senate Armed Services Committee report “SERE resistance training … was used to inform” Yoo and Bybee’s torture memo, specifically, nearly a dozen of the brutal techniques detainees were subjected to, which included waterboarding, sleep deprivation, painful stress positions, wall slamming and placing detainees in a confined space, such as a container, where his movement is restricted. The CIA’s Office of Technical Services told Yoo and Bybee the SERE techniques used to inform the torture memo were not harmful, according to declassified government documents.
Many of the “complications,” or torture techniques, Jessen wrote about, declassified government documents show, became a standard method of interrogation and torture used against all of the high-value detainees in custody of the CIA in early 2002, including Abu Zubaydah and self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, as well as detainees held at Guantanamo and prison facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The issue of “collaborating” with one’s detainer, which Jessen noted was the most important in terms of controlling a prisoner, is a common theme among the stories of detainees who were tortured and later released from Guantanamo.
For example, Mamdouh Habib, an Australian citizen who was rendered to Egypt and other countries where he was tortured before being sent to Guantanamo, wrote in his memoir, “My Story: the Tale of a Terrorist Who Wasn’t,” after he was released without charge, that interrogators at Guantanamo “tried to make detainees mistrust one another so that they would inform on each other during interrogation.”
Binyam Mohamed, am Ethiopian-born British citizen, who the US rendered to a black site prison in Morocco, said that a British intelligence informant, a person he knew and who was recurited, came to him in his Moroccan cell and told him that if he became an intelligence asset for the British, his torture, which included scalpel cuts to his penis, would end. In December 2009, British government officials released documents that show Mohamed was subjected to SERE torture techniques during his captivity in the spring of 2002.
Abdul Aziz Naji, an Algerian prisoner at Guantanamo until he was forcibly repatriated against his wishes to Algeria in July 2010, told an Algerian newspaper that “some detainees had been promised to be granted political asylum opportunity in exchange of [sic] a spying role within the detention camp.”
Mohamedou Ould Salahi, whose surname is sometimes spelled “Slahi,” is a Mauritanian who was tortured in Jordan and Guantanamo. Investigative journalist Andy Worthington reported that Salahi was subjected to “prolonged isolation, prolonged sleep deprivation, beatings, death threats, and threats that his mother would be brought to Guantanamo and gang-raped” unless he collaborated with his interrogators. Salahi finally decided to become an informant for the US in 2003. As a result, Salahi was allowed to live in a special fenced-in compound, with television and refrigerator, allowed to garden, write and paint, “separated from other detainees in a cocoon designed to reward and protect.”
Still, despite collaborating with his detainers, the US government mounted a vigorous defense against Salahi’s petition for habeas corpus. His case continues to hang in legal limbo. Salahi’s fate speaks to the lesson Habib said he learned at Guantanamo: “you could never satisfy your interrogator.” Habib felt informants were never released “because the Americans used them against the other detainees.”
Jessen’s and Mitchell’s mutimillion dollar government contract was terminated by CIA Director Leon Panetta in 2009. According to an Associated Press report, the CIA agreed to pay – to the tune of $5 million – the legal bills incurred by their consulting firm.
Recently a complaint filed against Mitchell with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists by a San Antonio-based psychologist, an attorney who defended three suspected terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo and by Zubaydah’s attorney Joseph Margulies. Their complaint sought to strip Mitchell of his license to practice psychology for violating the board’s rules as a result of the hands-on role he played in torturing detainees, was dismissed due to what the board said was a lack of evidence. Mitchell, who lives in Florida, is licensed in Texas. A similar complaint against Jessen may soon be filed in Idaho, where he is licensed to practice psychology.
Kearns, who took a graduate course in cognitive psychotherapy in 1988 taught by Jessen, still can’t comprehend what motivated his former colleague to turn to the “dark side.”
“Bruce Jessen knew better,” Kearns said, who retired in 1991 and is now working on his Ph.D in educational psychology. “His duplicitous act is appalling to me and shall haunt me for the rest of my life.
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09 Nov 2013 Journalist Russ Baker, author of the best-selling “Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government,” has unearthed the startling coincidence that Lee Harvey Oswald’s principle handler, after he arrived back in the states from self-imposed exile in the Soviet Union, was George de Mohrenschildt, and that De Mohrenschildt’s nephew had roomed with George H. W. Bush at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts… An unusual assortment of national political figures were in or around Dallas on the day of the assassination or the day prior to it, including J. Edgar Hoover, according to William Penn Jones, an Army Brigadier General and owner of the Midlothian Mirror, Richard Nixon, according to a Pepsi Cola executive whose convention Nixon spoke at the night before, and George HW Bush, at that time a CIA operative. Nixon’s recollections of the day have been inconsistent, and HW Bush initially said that he did not recall where he was on that day, although Russ Baker shows that he was in Dallas but concocting elaborate “alibis.”
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–Billions of US tax dollars would be ‘managed by relevant Afghan institutions’ [Right, because they’ve managed it *so well* (most of it missing) all along!]
19 Nov 2013 While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over [Obusha lied], a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces [and the US mercenaries to train them]. The wide-ranging document [‘Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement Between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan‘], still unsigned by the United States and Afghanistan, has the potential to commit thousands of American troops to Afghanistan and spend billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. The document outlines what appears to be the start of a new, open-ended military commitment in Afghanistan in the name of training and continuing to fight foment al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh].
[USociopaths want to slash Social Security and food stamps, while citizens FOREVER fund the CIA’s poppy fields in Afghanistan? This will not fly.
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