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"The `Executive Assassination Ring' and Several Deaths" caption: "Dr David Kelly died suddenly in 2003. Kelly worked for the UK Ministry of Defence and he had revealed to the BBC that there was something wrong with the British dossier on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."
   


Chapter 4


The July Jumble and
Going Underground for the First Time



Capt May packed up his touring bike at Ft Stewart and returned home to Houston by bus. He refrained from criticizing the Bush regime through late May and into June.  
Then on June 25th General Wesley Clark made a fateful television appearance that marked a major turning point and drew May back into the Info War.  
By now American casualties and Iraqi resistance had picked up to the point they warned of the possibility of another Vietnam .   In addition, many macro political and social indicators reinforced this concern. 
At this point, I think it is worthwhile to devote a couple of pages to outline to the reader how the overall grand strategic situation appeared to Captain May, a highly astute individual who was actually liberal on many social issues, as well as to many traditional American conservatives on the right.
It is also important to provide an explicit overview so that the reader understands the dark side of Bush policy.  Once the sinister side becomes apparent, no one should be particularly surprised that bad leaders would require bad henchmen using bad tactics to carry out bad policy.

Prior to America ’s invasion, Saddam Hussein had pre-positioned vast quantities of arms and ammunition for follow-on resistance activities across the country. In addition, once Americans took Baghdad , they dissolved his Ba’ath party and other remnants of the Iraqi state and sent the Iraqi military home.  This created an army of unemployed and disaffected Iraqis who swelled the ranks of insurgents.
If America ’s major goal had simply been to get a bigger chunk of Iraq ’s oil wealth or establish logistical bases, it would have made more sense in to create a “ Vichy ” collaborationist government out of the former Iraqi state apparatus.  Military analyst William S. Lind observed that this would have at least left in tact a central authority that could simultaneously negotiate agreements with Americans and then enforce them among Iraqis. 
Instead the Bush administration dissolved the Iraqi government, the supporting Baath Party, and sent the military home.  It wound up creating fractured opposition movements united mainly by their common hatred of American occupation  ―in the long run a potentially much more complicated and difficult situation to manage in what Lind calls a “4th generation warfare” environment.   
As another very unwise move, the Bush administration blatantly allied itself with Israel―the openly declared religious and cultural enemy of the Arab world through its global intrigues, seizures of land, and savage treatment of Palestinians.  It employed Israeli advisors in torture centers like Abu Ghraib.  It resorted to heavy-handed house search practices and blocked off Iraqi neighborhoods with separation walls very similar to Israel practices on the West Bank and Gaza .  Not surprisingly, Iraqis called American soldiers “the Jews.”
The Bush administration also blatantly undermined its moral authority by playing “crony capitalist.” Among other things, it awarded obscenely lucrative no bid contracts to specially favored big oil industry companies such as VP Dick Cheney’s former company Halliburton.  It also approved outrageous contracts for mercenary armies such as Blackwater as a ploy to circumvent the need to renew the draft and also to utilize ruthless measures outside normal military and civilian law.
In terms of serving the general American national interest, it is highly debatable that the U.S. ever had to invade either Iraq or Afghanistan to procure relatively cheap oil for its citizenry at large. In 1998, while America showed a vastly more even-handed policy between Israel and the Arab world, OPEC countries tried to outbid each other to sell America cheap oil, bidding the price of oil down to a 50 year inflation-adjusted low of around $10.75 a barrel.  In contrast, after invading Iraq , the price of oil did nothing but rise in price over the next five years, peaking out at around $145 a barrel in July 2008. 

Even if procuring better strategic energy sources were a legitimate national policy goal, one might argue that it still would have much wiser for America to have taken the trillions squandered on the Iraq and Afghanistan military adventures and instead invested this money on alternative energy sources, to include cleaner, more fail-safe technological uses of coal, nuclear energy, and hybrid gas-electric cars.  In fact, it would have been easier for America to simply restock its strategic oil reserves by spending this money to procure oil on the open market.
Many experts reject the peak oil hypothesis, namely that the world is running down a finite supply of oil.  They believe that the Russians have proven that oil can be produced “abiotically” deep within the earth.  One example is the article “War and "Peak Oil" Confessions of an ‘ex’ Peak Oil believer, by F. William Engdahl, Global Research, September 26, 2007.
Whether or not the peak oil theorists are right or not, I believe that the mobile robotics revolution is vastly more strategic.  Mobile robots vastly amplify the ability to extract natural resources.  Robots are absolutely critical for manufacturing industries.  They are exactly what America needs to rebuild its ability to create quality exportable goods to solve its chronic balance of trade deficit problems. Furthermore, we will be in big trouble as a society if fifteen years from now, a foreign country has millions of robots with human-level intelligence, which are capable of mass-reproducing millions of replicas of themselves, and we have nothing to compare with this.
There is one other very important oil-related strategic issue I need to address. The Zionist neo-cons argue that Saddam Hussein threatened global hegemony of the dollar by no longer selling Iraq's oil in dollars, but by instead switching to Euros. Iran subsequently did the same thing. This trend, left unchecked, could precipitate a "run on the dollar" by central banks around the world that could eventually lead to a collapse in the value of the dollar and precipitate hyperinflation within America. Therefore, the neo-cons reasoned, America needed to use its military power to prevent oil-producing countries from defecting from selling their oil in dollars.
For those new to classical economics, let me try to explain the long term economic fallacy behind this neo-con reasoning.
First let us set the stage. Following World War II, America was left as both the industrial and military superpower of the world. Its might and prestige were such that central banks around the world were willing to use the dollar as their reserve currencies.
Normally in the long run, inflation is directly related to growth in the money supply. Normally when a foreign government starts inflating its currency to live beyond its economic means, other central banks around the world refuse to accept the excess currency, wash it back, and the impact of the inflation is felt right away in the profligate country.
For many decades, the U.S. was able to evade the normal consequences of its inflationary policies because foreign central banks were willing to "eat" growing accumulations of excess dollars without washing them back at America. In addition, the U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve Central Bank, and allied investment banks were able to manipulate currency trading markets and the price of gold in order to suppress the symptoms of inflation and create false confidence in the dollar. The U.S. government also used the CIA and U.S. military to bully foreign governments into accepting its depreciating dollars.
All of this brings us back to the de-industrialization of America issue, because in the long run, the most critical factor for national economic success involves the ability of a country to produce market-competitive tradable goods with a superior ratio of quality to price at a profit. In the long run, free markets, manufacturing productivity, and quality always triumph over market manipulation.
Back in the 19th century, when "the business of America was business" (as President Calvin Coolidge once put it), America created an industrial base that was greater than Germany, England, and much of France combined. The steady rise in manufacturing productivity continually drove down costs. It steadily improved real average living wages and strengthened the dollar. With the exception of occasional military incursions into Latin American banana republics, and its wars of conquest against the Confederate States of America and American Indian tribes ("domestic" imperialism), the U.S. Government tended to mind its own business on the global stage and refrained from playing global cop and superpower intriguer. With the exception of inflationary policies used to finance the War of 1812 and the Union side of the War Between the States, the dollar generally did not inflate, but remained pegged to gold and silver and actually appreciated in its long term purchasing power by over 50% between 1812 and 1912.
In other words, rebuilding a competitive industrial base is a much healthier and vastly more sustainable way of preventing the ill effects of inflation than using military force against foreign countries and their central banks.



 

 



This diagram from Joe Viall’s 15 June 2004 “American Taxpayer’s Donate Oil to Iraq!” shows how even one year into the Iraqi invasion the idea that the campaign would promise cheaper and more plentiful oil to Americans was already a joke.  Oil would eventually work its way up to $145 a barrel by July 2008, before finally dropping back down to the $60 range around the time of the November 2008 presidential election.  



 

 


In summary, most of the officially stated reasons for the invasion of Iraq and Afghan reflect obsolete 19th century grand strategic thinking by Zionist neo-cons.  Central Asia had once been the focus of “The Great Game” between Britain , Russia , and other powers during the Victorian era.  However, the new center of the chess board is not central Asia nor its oil resources, but rather maintaining technological and manufacturing leadership in such strategic industries as mobile robotics, computers, and alternative energy. 
In his book In Praise of Hard Industries, Eumonn Fingleton explains why a healthy economy maintains heavy manufacturing at about 33% of GDP, and why this typically comprises the bedrock of the truly productive part of the economy.  In contrast, in the last three decades America has outsourced so much industry to Third World countries that manufacturing has dropped to below 12%.  For those who agree with Fingleton’s interpretation of economics, this has been both a very dangerous and irresponsible policy foisted by America ’s Zionist power elite.  It suggests that Americans have lost about 75% of their “real” economy and are surviving mainly by creating and swapping financial assets rather than by creating quality exportable real goods.
Maintaining a healthy manufacturing base also implies maintaining the same healthy and productive white middle class in America that once made America the greatest and most innovative industrial nation on the earth in the 19th century. However, Zionist neo-cons long ago subverted these domestic policy options.  They have subverted the integrity of the white middle class by supporting massive Third World illegal immigration, affirmative action, forced racial integration, multiculturalism, political correctness repression, and other radical leftist, anti-nationalist programs.  Not surprisingly, one can find economic graphs online (for example at the Grandfather economic report) that show a steady decline in American labor and education productivity as the quality of the labor force, not to mention the overall population, has been diluted as a consequence of leftist social programs.
Over a period of many decades, innately criminal Zionists and their corrupt gentile confederates have made a mess out of America , and they know full well that there could be hell to pay for their compulsive desire to subvert white ethnic-genetic interests and create a casino economy that reflects their innate speculative approach to life.  
One can hence see how reinvoking the “Great Game” has served as “cover” for pouring vast resources into Middle Eastern military adventures that can also be siphoned off to Israel or used to flatten Israel ’s enemies. 
The “Global War on Terror” is a ploy to distract Americans away from their burgeoning domestic problems.  It gives Zionist neo-cons an excuse to install a Homeland Security state inside America to keep anti-Zionist Americans under control, especially as the signs of economic distress begin to mount. 
Arguably, the real grand strategic objective has had more to do with repressing American domestic resistance to Zionist power in America than repressing Iraqi resistance to American occupation troops ―hence the continuing need for Bush cabal false flag operations to keep the American population continually off balance with terror “fixes.” 
One of the cardinal tenets of Right Wing 101 is that as a particular racial or ethnic group grows in power, it tends to reshape the social environment around itself to fit its own peculiar characteristics.  Contrary to the glowing image portrayed by America ’s national media that the Jewish state of Israel exemplifies some kind of “sole democracy” and “gallant ally” in the Middle East, many Israeli dissidents complain that the real Israel is in actuality a highly corrupt and authoritarian police state run by the gangsterish Mossad.   Former Mossad officer Victor Ostrovsky, author of By Way of Deception, is an example of one such dissident.  So was the late Professor Israel Shahak, author of  Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight Of Three Thousand Years, who explained how Talmudic Judaism is fundamentally a totalitarian religion.  
Perhaps we see a subconscious move by Zionist neo-cons to “Israelize” domestic America in the same way that they have “Israelized” the U.S. military in Iraq by baiting American commanders into using Israeli “West Bank” and “Gaza” tactics.
On top of all this, let us consider the political impact on the Iraqi population from the use of torture, the contamination of vast areas of Iraq and Afghanistan with aerosolized depleted uranium, the unwillingness of America to protect cultural and archeological treasures, and the failure to repair bombing of water plants, sewage lines, and other infrastructure.  These and hosts of other ills signaled to Iraqis and Afghans alike that the main American-Israeli goal was exploitation and reductionism, and not any form of mutual progress.  They were faced with an oppressive occupier, not a liberator, and hence needed to act accordingly.
Paradoxically, without reinstating the draft, most studies show that America has always lacked anything near the number of troops required in both Afghanistan and Iraq to enforce any kind of total lock-down occupation policy amidst a highly resentful population.  Even prior to the invasion, Army Chief of Staff, General Eric Shenseki once testified before Congress that the post-invasion Iraq would require "something in the order of several hundred thousand soldiers.” 
If forced to ratchet up repression to the nth degree, America generally lacked the psychological preparation and political ideology to ruthlessly go all the way like Mongol conquerors who once wiped out the population of Baghdad .  Nor has America ever been particularly interested in seriously colonizing occupied Middle Eastern areas as permanent American provinces. 
Short of such extreme measures, the Iraqis and Afghans could be expected to re-enact their proven historical track records in waging very expensive long term insurgencies against foreign occupiers.  
Gen Douglas McArthur once warned America about getting bogged down in Asian land wars, and it is hard to imagine anything more strategically untenable than for America to try to subjugate many tens of millions of Asians in countries that are flanked by multiple hostile countries that can serve as sanctuaries for insurgents as well as conduits of endless armaments for them.
Therefore, American policy was neither fish nor fowl.  It was unable to decisively move in any direction except towards disaster. It was neither winning the voluntary compliance (or “hearts and minds”) of occupied Muslim populations, nor was it capable of ruthlessly applying the force necessary to maintain coercive control over an incorrigibly hostile population.
Astute observers could clearly see as early as July 2003 that the America’s strong-armed military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan was living on borrowed time, bleeding off valuable national resources and going nowhere at the same time that America’s highly indebted and gutted industrial economy could least afford it. 
Indeed, even “liberal Establishment” academicians would eventually start sounding alarm bells.   Stephen Walt, former Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (left), and John Mersheimer, Professor at the University of Chicago co-authored "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" in 2006 which contained the following passages:

The  U.S.  national interest should be the primary object of American foreign
policy.   For the past several decades, however, and especially since the Six Day
War in 1967, the centerpiece of U.S. Middle East policy has been its relationship
with  Israel .  The combination of unwavering  U.S.  support for  Israel  and the
related effort to spread democracy throughout the region has inflamed Arab and
Islamic opinion and jeopardized  U.S.  security.
This situation has no equal in American political history.  Why has the  United
States
 been willing to set aside its own security in order to advance the interests
of another state?  One might assume that the bond between the two countries is
based on shared strategic interests or compelling moral imperatives.  As we
show below, however, neither of those explanations can account for the
remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the  United States
provides to Israel .
Instead, the overall thrust of  U.S.  policy in the region is due almost entirely to
U.S.  domestic politics, and especially to the activities of the “Israel Lobby.” Other
special interest groups have managed to skew  U.S.  foreign policy in directions
they favored, but no lobby has managed to divert  U.S.  foreign policy as far from
what the American national interest would otherwise suggest, while
simultaneously convincing Americans that  U.S.  and Israeli interests are
essentially identical.

After publishing initial studies in 2005 depicting vast long term war-related liabilities, Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda S. Bilmes of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government came out with The Three Trillion Dollar War in 2008. This title alone speaks volumes about the likely long term costs incurred by America ’s Zionist neo-con ill-inspired military adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq .
LtGen William Odom, former director of the National Security Agency, wrote in his Oct. 3, 2005 essay, "What's Wrong with Cutting and Running"?

"The invasion of Iraq will turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in US history."

"The wisest course for journalists might be to begin sustained investigation of why leading Democrats have failed so miserably to challenge the US occupation of Iraq ."

"The war was never in the US 's interests and has not become so. It is such an obvious case to make that I find it difficult to believe many pundits and political leaders have not already made it repeatedly."

     

It really was a quicksand war ― exactly as Captain May predicted.   Meanwhile, America ’s chronic balance of trade deficits continued to grow, and its total government and corporate debt continued to escalate into very dangerous levels.   
In the worst case scenario, if this bleeding did not stop, America could eventually implode much like the former Soviet Union .   It could face a nation-shattering event.  

Let us now return to July 2003 when war critics faced a heavy climate of fear and intimidation despite early evidence of national policy incompetence and betrayal. 
It is worth emphasizing that these “first in” war critics deserve a measure of glory for creating a beach head of dissent. Their brave efforts helped to defang and beat back Bush covert terror.  They created just enough breathing room so that the aforementioned academic critics could later enter the fray without risking their lives.
Captain May described the overall sequence of events triggered by Gen Clark’s 25 June interview in his 12 Oct 2005 Cloak and Dagger interview:  

The first week loyalist Constitutional forces were on the march. The second week Boy George runs off to Africa and his henchman started setting it up. The third week they started killing people outright, and Boy George almost fell off the throne.

May explained the significance of Clark’s criticisms in his 8 July 2003 article “Worried About the Quicksand of War in Iraq

When we were about to begin our war against Iraq , we expected to soon capture, control and convert it – then make a lot of money in its Reconstruction. Erstwhile allies complained that we were playing with matches in the world’s most flammable region, but we told them that they could go to Helsinki .
When our bombs started falling March 20, the United Nations made a silent protest by putting a shroud over Pablo Picasso’s famous painting Guernica , which encanvassed the horror of modern war. That story didn’t get around much, though. After all, we had already dismissed the UN as even less relevant than NATO.
On May 1 President George W. Bush stood on the deck of USS Abraham Lincoln and proudly declared an end to major combat operations, but just this week Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld stood before reporters and testily told them that while major combat operations are indeed at an end, the United States is still at war. The president’s words were naiveté; the secretary’s were nonsense.
Since we began the war in Iraq , the Bush administration has threatened (in order) Turkey to the north, Syria to the west, Saudi Arabia to the south and Iran to the east. Many Americans think we need to get more aggressive. This week in the Chronicle, Bush apologists loudly banged the war drums: Austin Bay opined that it was a good thing we recently attacked Syrian border guards in Syrian territory, since respect for national borders only hinders us in the war on terror. Sometimes it seems like we’re at war – or may soon be at war – with lots of folks. Columnist Thomas L Friedman stated his belief that we should double our troop commitment to Iraq . Throughout the piece, he skillfully avoided the disturbing word escalation.
The LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP! George Bush/Powell Doctrine has been replaced by the JUMP RIGHT IN! George W. Bush/Rumsfeld Doctrine. The results so far suggest that the father picked his strategy and his strategist better than the son. The First Gulf War required a mere 100 hours of ground operations to end, while the Second Gulf War has passed its 100th day, and is just beginning. The forces that were supposed to be home by summer are still over there, and we’re committing ourselves to a long occupation.
The Pentagon now admits that we have an Iraqi insurgency on our hands. Insurgency is what we tried to deal with in Vietnam , and what the Soviet Union tried to deal with in Afghanistan . Both attempts failed, after around ten years of war and around 50,000 deaths, showing that superpowers don’t necessarily get super results.
OK, I’m worried. In fact, I was worried on April 3, when my essay “Visions of Stalingrad: Claim victory in Iraq now” appeared in the Chronicle’s Outlook Section. That piece earned me the nickname of “the April Fool,” because in it I wrote that Operation Iraqi Freedom was a bold leap forward – straight into quicksand…
Nowadays I take some comfort because General Wesley Clark is worried, too. In a June 25 CNN Crossfire interview, Clark launched a broad attack on the president who attacked Iraq:

· Asked about recent reports that the Bush administration had pressured intelligence officials to mangle data and justify war, Clark went even further than the question: “There was a predetermination that started back in the 1990s to go after Saddam Hussein. 9/11 provided the opportunity to mobilize public opinion to do that.”
· Asked why the Bush administration had invaded Iraq in the first place, Clark cited “belief that somehow there was a window of opportunity, that the United States had a period of maybe 10 or 15 years before China would become too strong, where we could use our unchallengeable military muscle and clean up the area.”
· Asked about the problems of our occupation of Iraq , Clark repeatedly stressed that we needed to make our presence “legitimate,” a reminder that the reasons we gave for going there in the first place seem illegitimate today. He suggested a major role for the United Nations and other international organizations.
· Clark made another good suggestion: “I think that the American people deserve a hearing on Iraq . I think it needs to be openly, transparently presented as to what exactly the issues were.”  

Critics may say that Clark is merely another Democratic presidential wannabe taking pot shots at the Bush administration, but the general has acted with courageous integrity before: As NATO commander, he repeatedly pushed a vacillating President Clinton to stick it out in war torn Bosnia, and in doing so helped bring that country under control. After the job was done, Clinton canned Clark out of spite, thus earning the general praises from Republicans for being a true patriot. It’s hard to see why the man who uprightly talked sense to Democrat Clinton is crooked when he talks sense about Republican Bush.
Clark seems more like a voice of sanity to worriers like me, and as a former Army intelligence officer and Desert Storm volunteer, I worry a lot: I worry about wobbly war plans; I worry that Rumsfeld is canning generals who fail to tell him what he wants to hear; I worry that the US body count could climb from one per day to one per hour; and I worry that the president who as a young American prudently avoided the sweltering jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia will send a generation of young Americans to the sweltering deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. In short, I worry that we are sinking deeper into the quicksand – and we’re trying to thrash our way out.
I believe that the next presidential election will be about the missteps and misstatements that have misled us into this war. In that case, a victorious general might be as welcome a candidate in 2004 as General Eisenhower was in 1952, when voters liked Ike for promising to get us out of Korea .
I hope we will soon have the public hearings that General Clark has called for. In the meantime, I’ll continue to worry when the Bush administration says that things are well in hand. Maybe what we have well in hand is a time bomb.

May sent his full article  Worried about the quicksand of war in Iraq  to the Houston Chronicle,  which held on to it. As he noted in his 13 Oct 2005 Cloak and Dagger interview:

Capt May: …I gave it to my editor on the 29th of June, and my editor, Frank Michel, the associate editor of the Chronicle, and his assistant David Langworthy, the op-ed editor of the Chronicle, did not want to touch it. They wanted me to send it –in fact I remember very specifically that they asked me to send it to the general op-ed email address, and not to their particular email addresses. At the time I did not think much of that. But I realize now that they knew it was going to be very hot. Hotter than I did. They sat on it over the 4th of July weekend, after telling me in the case of Frank Michel, that we should wait for developments because a lot of stuff could happen over a weekend. At this distance I realize that that was the weekend when you might say the moderates or the anti-Bush faction of the establishment was trying to replace leaders, or was trying to rework the war plan. Because that is the same time that Joe Wilson, after trying for three months to get someone to publish his op-ed, undercutting the Bush rationale on WMD nuclear material from Niger, finally got the New York Times to give him the green light. So I realize now that my Hearst Corporation editors probably had an inside word from the national media that there was going to be a run made at Bush. That run occurred on the 6th of July with the publication of Joe Wilson’s “What I Didn’t Find in Niger ” op-ed for the New York Times.
Lenny Bloom: Right.
Capt May: The next day I kind of hit a home run down here in Houston . I called up our Clear Channel affiliate, ironically, right wing talk show, KPRC 950 and got Chris Baker, the local right wing talk show host to actually interview me for ten minutes about Baghdad . And I started out, by he said “What do you think about the war,” and I said “It is great. Think of how low the battle deaths are.” And he said “Why do you think that is?” And I said, because I think they are not reporting the people who died.” And then he of course said, “Give me specifics” and that of course let the door down. And I just started talking Baghdad . And we talked Baghdad for ten minutes. Within five minutes of that call, Chris Baker was announcing to the public that he was going on a two week leave of absence and would not be back, and they did not talk about Iraq for the rest of the day. The next –within an hour of that–my Houston Chronicle editor called me and said they were going to run the op-ed the next day. The way I interpret that is that Wilson got his strike in on the 6th of July, my Clear Channel strike, Houston market, came the 7th of July, and at that point some of the editors at the Chronicle thought it was time to go ahead and run the op-ed and we would be the Southern flank of this attack on the White House for its boggled illegal war. My piece ran on the 8th of July. Now we know that on the 8th of July, [Bush advisor Scooter]  Libby was lobbying heavily to counterattack Wilson for his life, Bush was on the way to Africa, which the media will never say it, but the deal was he wanted to get clear of what was going to happen, and what was going to happen was massive retaliation. So on the way Colin Powell notes that a file giving Valerie Plame particular identity and duty status was being circulated among the White House staff. So we can pretty much see deeds most foul being plotted on the 8th.

Capt May observed in the 13 Oct 2005 Cloak and Dagger interview that the real reason for the deliberation about outing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative may have been to set both her and her husband up for assassination.   If they had been killed by Bush operatives, the Bush administration could then blame it on Al Qaeda.
Amidst this high level plotting for revenge against Bush critics, The Houston Chronicle ran May’s article “Worried About the Quicksand of War in Iraq ” on 8 July.    Captain May later remarked to talk show host Lenny Bloom in the 13 Oct 2005 Cloak and Dagger interview:

…That piece was I think the strongest, most severe criticism of the Bush incompetence to date. Not just to that date, to this date, because it was run by fairly brave editors and long time friends of mine who knew that I had hit the ball out of the park by catching their pants down on Baghdad . I had broken that story, and everyone figured that with Wilson ’s piece coming out, that it might be the end of the Bush regime.     

Meanwhile, Bush also came under attack in England .  Around the 6th,  Dr. David Kelly, a Weapons of Mass Destruction expert, told BBC that Blair had “sexed up” the intelligence to go to war.  His assertion would later be confirmed by the Downing Street memorandum that got leaked to the public.  However, at the time it was another kick in the knee for the Bush-Blair alliance.

Not long after Kelly’s statement, rumblings of retaliation began. They culminated in Dr. David Kelly’s assassination and Captain May’s run for cover.
In his 13 Oct 2005 Cloak and Dagger interview, Capt May stated:

Capt May:  …The 8th, Kelly was confronted by the Ministry of Defense, I think the 9th, 10th, and 11th he was basically worked over by the Ministry of Defense, you can tell me, but I think it was the next week –I think the 14th, yes the 14th, I think when Robert Novak took the shot at Valerie Plame and outed her in the Chicago Tribune, and I think about the same time that David Kelly started getting fed to Parliament. And you will remember that kind of rending interview that he had with the Parliamentary figure when one after another said “You feel like you are being set up, don’t you?” And he said, “I can’t say.”
Lenny Bloom: Yes. Exactly.
Capt May: “You feel like a fall guy, don’t you?” And he said, “I can’t say.”
LB: Yes.
Capt May: And it had been pretty clear that he had been intimidated and cowed into compliance.
LB: Yes, exactly.
Capt May: OK, again, none of this was reported in the American press.
LB: Well no, of course not. But pretty much all of us who follow the world press and watch back stage on the global theater were aware of what was going on. Go ahead.
Capt May: Well you are the kind of people who saved my life, Lenny, because what happened is I had two contacts and it is fair to use both their names now that both were octogenarian World War II veterans and both are since deceased. The one was a Mr. Joseph Cullman, an American soldier from the Pacific of World War II, and the other was a professor Peter Guenther who was a Wehrmacht officer on the Eastern front. And these two gentlemen had a global perspective on events, and were watching things very carefully. Both of them on the morning of the 17th of July told me that I had better get out of sight or I was going to die. And I so implicitly believed their advice that I was actually home –and a lot of this is easy enough to document – everyone saw that I was the oddity of the neighborhood. My doors were barricaded, my windows were blacked out, and I was underground eight hours before Dr. Kelly’s death. Kelly died at about midnight our time here, and I have been underground since about 3:00 PM here. So about eight or nine hours that I beat the Kelly assassination.

Captain May’s 2 April 2007 Iconoclast interview concisely summarized the entire retaliatory phase of the “July Jumble.”

It was at this point — July 2003 — that the retaliations we’re now hearing about vaguely in the Scooter Libby trial occurred. The Libby trial is like an iceberg. Five percent of reality is above the surface and everything else didn’t get mentioned. It’s hiding under the surface.
For two weeks beginning on the 8th of July, the White House was in full-scale damage control through retaliations against its critics. They were about to lose their war and that meant they were going to lose the presidency because the only reason for the presidency of Bush was the war. He called himself the war president and he got it right. That’s what they put him in for, so he was in danger of being politically emasculated, if not, ultimately impeached for different things, among them being the cover-up of Baghdad Airport .
That’s why, after we war dissenters attacked him, Bush took an abrupt trip to Africa in the second week of July. It was remarkable! Here we were, in the middle of a failing war, and he runs off to Africa!
It’s impossible to understand what was happening unless you realize that there were major retaliations about to come down through hatchet-men Cheney, Rove, Libby, and Rumsfeld. Bush got out of town for the retaliations of July 2003 the same way that Al Capone got out of Chicago for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre — to avoid blame for what was to follow.
Those retaliations started on the same day my op-ed, “Still Worried About Quicksand Of War In Iraq,” ran in the Chronicle, July 8. This was the day the British government arrested and detained Dr. David Kelly. Ministry of Defense officials kept him for three days, then they released him. Here in the U.S. , on July 14, Robert Novak ran the column blowing Valerie Wilson’s CIA cover as a retaliation for Joe Wilson’s op-ed of July 6.
The next couple of days, in the UK , Kelly was fed to the wolves, testifying before Parliament, where, basically, Parliament said, “Who’s really behind this, and don’t you feel like you’re being set up?”
Kelly was clearly frightened, and he meekly sat there and said, “I can’t say, I can’t say, I can’t answer.”
It was after he finished talking to Parliament that he, that he told friends he might be assassinated. On the night of the 17th he was found dead, with his wrist slashed in a park where he routinely took a walk.
“Coincidentally,” this was when George Bush came back from his African junket and Tony Blair, “coincidentally,” met Bush for the first time since the war started for a joint statement in front of the United States media. A reporter asked Bush what he was going to do about opposition to the war, and Bush stared at the camera and said, “We’re going to address the issue.” Then Bush looked at Blair and Blair looked back at Bush and the two of them turned around and walked offstage without saying another word. It was ominous.
The next morning, July 18, the British media was noting “how ironic it is that at the very moment that Tony Blair is meeting with George Bush, at exactly that moment, Dr. Kelly is found dead.” But 12 hours later, after initially suggesting murder, they were saying, “suicide.” Now, four-fifths of the British public, according to polls, still think that Kelly was murdered, but their media won’t investigate. Kelly’s death was the beginning of Bush and Blair’s promise to “address the issue.”
In the middle of all this, on July 16, my contacts in Houston told me my life was in danger, and there were fatal retaliations coming. I went underground at about noon on the 17th, half a day before the Kelly assassination, and I believe that it’s only because of this that I’m alive today. After all, right after the Kelly assassination, Bush and Company were coming to Houston .
On Sunday, the 20th, the LA Times ran an editorial cartoon that quickly went around the nation, which was a picture of Bush with a gun to his head, like the picture from the Tet offensive in 1968, where the general was executing the Viet Cong guerrilla out in the street. The arm holding the gun in the cartoon said, “Politics.” So, that weekend it looked like the war might be ending, and the Establishment might be pulling the plug on Bush.
On Monday, the 21st, Bush had left Houston for his ranch in Crawford, and he was falling apart. Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, came out here to visit him. They always bring Berlusconi out to bolster Bush, to make him look presidential. At a press conference that day, Bush couldn’t read his remarks, they were read for him. His hair was uncombed, he did not have a tie on, and his hands were shaking. The reason I noted that was because at the same time I was in hiding and my hands were shaking. It was a very crucial time.
CNN, at about the same time that Bush was falling apart in Crawford, began to break the story about Jessica Lynch, saying, “…about the Jessica Lynch story …. At the time we were misled by military officials …” They were saying, in effect, “Oh, no fault of ours, but we were bullsh*tted, we were deceived.”
About 30 minutes later, suddenly the storyline shifted to “Jessica’s coming home, she’s being released.” Evidently that was a play for time. They changed the storyline, but they had come that close to telling the truth about Jessica — which meant telling the truth about the Battle of Baghdad cover-up.
The bottom was falling out of the Bush boat on July 21st, Monday, that’s why he was falling apart in Crawford. That evening, Donald Rumsfeld fired his Special Forces commander back at the Pentagon, and Tuesday morning, July 22, Rumsfeld showed up at the Pentagon for a sudden conference with his new Special Forces commander, and the first question out of his mouth is, “Have you killed anybody yet?”
By the end of the day, the two Hussein boys were killed in Iraq , which held the news cycle for the rest of the week. Remember those ghoulish three days, when all we saw was Uday’s and Qusay’s bodies?
Councilman James Davis of New York City was assassinated in his office that same day by somebody who walked in with a gun, but “fortunately,” a New York police department intelligence detective who had never been there before was filling in for his buddy, as security, and right at the moment that the assassin shot Councilman Davis, the police sergeant shot the assassin, thereby preventing questions and answers. About a week later the New York City council promoted that sergeant to lieutenant, which sure looked like a payoff.
Shortly after the assassination, Councilman Davis’ brother was out in the street saying, “they killed him,” “they killed him.” And when asked who, those friends around him said, “Shut up. They’ll kill you, too.”
So on the 22nd of July, the day after it looked like the bottom was dropping out of the Bush boat, the Hussein boys both end up dead in Iraq and Councilman Davis winds up dead in New York . I still have a question mark on Davis ’ death. I don’t know whom it served. But a lot of people were making noise about the war, and what caused it. That may be why they punched his ticket.
There you have it, from July 17th through the 22nd: there was a purge in the U.S. and UK . In Ghost Troop we call this the July Jumble of 2003.
By the end of the summer, you had the Gitmo-ization of Iraq . It was in September, in fact, that there was another story the media was complicit in covering up. Remember Army Captain James Yee, the Muslim chaplain out of Guantanamo Bay ? He was a West Point graduate and war veteran from Operation Desert Storm. Captain Yee was busted in Florida , carrying documents from Gitmo, and the Bush Administration hinted that they were going to try him for treason, a capital offense. In all likelihood, Captain Yee was probably coming back to the United States to spill his guts about how they were mistreating people in Guantanamo Bay . I suspect he called up a Congressman or a news media person, who ratted him out to the Department of the Army so they could figure up a plan to go after him and shut him up.
That was at the same time the Bush Administration transferred the commander at Guantanamo Bay , Major Gen. Geoffrey Miller, to take over Abu Ghraib. A few days later, Spec. 4 Alyssa Peterson, a Mormon missionary who had gone into the military out of matters of principle, who was an interrogator, a language specialist in the detention center, wound up dead with “an accidental weapons discharge” to her skull. Here you have Chaplain Yee, who behaved according to principle, and tried to blow the whistle, and he winds up in the brig with a treason charge over his head, and Alyssa Peterson, a girl whose personal character is very high, who apparently tried to make too much noise about detention center abuses and was assassinated.
The turning point of the summer extended from July, when the Establishment was seriously thinking about unplugging the Bush presidency and the Bush world war, to the fall, when Bush got the green light to go ahead. That’s when we started torturing prisoners and breaking the Geneva Convention. The summer of 2003 was the pivotal time in the Iraq war. With the recent revelations about how the Bush gang operates, who can be shocked? Nowadays people see Bush for what he is, not a “war president,” but a war-monger, and a war criminal. “

As a post script to the Dr. David Kelly affair, news surfaced four years later that his fingerprints were not found on the knife that he allegedly used to kill himself, once again reinforcing strong suspicion of assassination. (Ketroversey interview 2008).  In addition, a Member of Parliament concluded from a year-long investigation that he was murdered:
The fear of getting assassinated was so intense for Captain May that he tried some very unorthodox maneuvers to save himself.  A sympathizer for Capt May might recollect Odysseus in the Iliad, who sowed his field with salt as he plowed, feigning madness in a vain effort to avoid getting drafted into the Trojan War. (13 Oct 2005 Cloak and Dagger interview)

Capt May: The next morning I woke up, found out that Kelly was dead, I did not know when he died, of course, and the word then was that the Bush people were making a sudden campaign stop in Houston unannounced. Now Houston , by the way, was my town. So I remained under cover, got as many witnesses as I could, wrote my will, all this being at my Ghost Troop introduction which they can find under Captain May at Google, as a top item, and in fact that evening at midnight, had my lawyer wife --I am fortunate to have a lawyer and a wife being the same person-- checked me into a little place called the West Oaks Hospital, which is a place where people who are mentally disturbed go. And my thought at that point was that the best possible chance that I had was to have myself enrolled so that my attorney wife would have control of me under habeas corpus. And to get into the West Oaks Hospital all I did was tell you exactly what I told you in the last ten minutes. I said I am an intelligence officer and a public affairs officer. I know things that are illegal they are trying to be covered up in real time, and I think I am going to be killed tonight. Do you have a place where I can stay? And they said, "Yes, yes, yes, come here and sit between Jesus and Buddha. Jesus, Buddha, Captain May." Now I took Napoleon's place. Napoleon had been released a week earlier. And that is where I spent the night of July 18th, 19th. And after that went into a three month period of underground writing and, well, I was underground [until September 21st]. I stayed inside a barricaded house with witnesses constantly. Didn't leave. I actually turned white. It was an interesting thing. And that was an underground existence, during which time I began to write intensively for the Internet as a cyber reporter. That is when the idea of Ghost Troop really came. Because the idea was Ghost Troop was the unquiet souls of the dead who had not been acknowledged from the Battle of Baghdad. Ghost Troop was all about the cover-up of the dead people. And of course I had been a ghost writer, so it seemed an appropriate title.

During the July Jumble Captain May had direct contact with Thom Shanker, chief Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times.  He also closely observed Shanker’s colleague, Judith Miller. His experience and observations provide invaluable insights into the real character of the New York Times, especially since it has served as America ’s primary Establishment propaganda organ for the last century.
In his Cloak and Dagger interview, Captain May described how he tried to offer his material on the Battle of Baghdad cover-up in July:  

Capt May:  …The Times received information from me on July 15th 2003 that the U.S. Department of Defense under White House orders was covering up the Battle of Baghdad [See email to Thom Shanker], the thing that happened while they were broadcasting Jessica Lynch. And the Times, I think, turned me over to the Bush boys. Because I talked to Thom Shanker, the Chief Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times, peer and coequal with Judith Miller. And he took my information after I sent him about a five page email laying out all that had been done and my background, and he sent back to me the next day a curt, cryptic little note saying that "I turned this over to my editor." And about now I have come to realize that when you talk to a reporter in the United States , what they do is turn you over to the editor, and that is as good as turning you over to the CIA. Because the government has got its hands inside all the media pies. That is why they call them embedded. And nobody lives up to it better than Judith Miller.
Lenny Bloom: Right. So she is basically probably a government agent, Mossad or Israeli agent working in the New York Times and she helped out in --let us talk about what it was that she really --she was a point person for them to continue to ring the drums of war. To keep the drums of war.
Capt May: Yes, she did the leg work between the flat assertion that there were evil Moslem terrorists who had knocked down the towers to the realization of an invasion of Iraq . So Judith Miller was working one half for Israeli interests, because the war as we say is a Yiddish-British axis. Half the interests are Israeli geo-political interests, killing the Moslems off to control the Middle East . And the other half was U.S. corporate interests and of course those corporate interests are represented fully in the modern mega media which as you know fewer and fewer people are owning more and more of. So she was a pinup girl for the war cabal. She was somebody whom they put journalistic integrity on by giving her a Pulitzer for writing propaganda pieces about Al Qaeda, who then they believed and gave to the front page of the Chronicle. And I like I say, she was a total thug to the military. Her view was that the military would jump and get in line and no one is going to make arguments or I will go straight back to the White House. So it is not at all surprising that she was involved in what we call the July Jumble of 2003 where Joe Wilson published an Op Ed, and by the way I published an OpEd in the Houston Chronicle two days later, July 8th, both attacking the Bush war plan. Joe Wilson wound up with his life exposed the 14th of July, and I wound up in the underground the 17th of July, eight hours before Dr. David Kelly wound up killed. So that is the kind of journalistic climate that these people are now throwing a heroic journalist First Amendment defender award on Judith Miller for, and it is just outrageous.

This then set the stage for one of May’s most surreal and paranoid experiences in the Info War.

Capt May: Now the most outrageous thing for me may be that I asked a flat out question to Thom Shanker, my media contact during July. I asked him whether or not they had been given security clearances, meaning whether or not they had been allowed to have access to secret material in exchange for a promise to control their reporting and make it conform to the government line. And he flat out told me no. And that is the only time I have caught him in a flat out lie. Usually journalists are good enough liars to lie their way around it without doing it directly.
LB: And just for our audience, he is a --what is his connection to the media?
Capt May: He is the chief Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times.
LB: OK.
Capt May: So he is part of the same apparatus of propaganda that was intended to sell this war. Now he got scared as the Dickens when David Kelly got killed. Valerie Plame was outed. When all hell broke loose in July of 2003 after Joe Wilson and I published our OpEds, and David Kelly was busted by the Ministry of Defense, all of this being the first week of July. Thom Shanker, the next time I called him, late July, the 29th I believe, he was so scared Lenny of what was going down --because this was right after the assassinations of the third week of July-- that the minute that he got my call, my language was none too genteel, at first he made little excuses about journalistic integrity, "We have standards this time, I can't talk about it," and then he said, "Captain May!" and then I said, "Damn right it is Captain May!" and I used some more choice words. And immediately Thom Shanker went into Russian. And we talked about the U.S. Constitution, the war cabal, and his being scared to death for fifteen minutes in Russian. And I thought of all the surreal moments of a surreal mission of conscience that I have been on, the idea that a top reporter for the New York Times, dealing with the Pentagon beat, would be talking to an American officer on a mission of conscience, and that they would have to talk Russian to be able to talk with any security about what was going on in the United States of America, I mean, that is beyond Orwell, isn't it?
LB: Yes, absolutely.

According to May, “During our conversation, [Shanker] kept saying, `I’m scared. I’m scared to death. They’re killing people.’ He was talking about the Bush people.”  
Backing up Shanker’s fears, in Dark Lord of the Ring?” on Friday, March 13, 2009,  Keith Olbermann of MSNBC discussed with Howard Fineman of MSNBC the recent public disclosures by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh that Dick Cheney ran his own assassination ring.  Dick Cheney was in charge of a covert executive assassination ring approved by President Bush, but unknown to Congress, of which Cheney was the creator and director--in blatant opposition to the Ford Presidential executive order still standing prohibiting U.S. administration involvement in covert executions. According to Hersh, "hit" orders were issued from the office of V.P. Cheney and agents reported back to him personally and not to the President. Congress was not included in any of the activities, nor did they have knowledge of these covert, criminal actions, according to Hersh.

Hersh: It's a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. They do not report to anybody except in, in the Clinton , in the uh, Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney, Cheney office. They do not report to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or to Mr. [Robert] Gates, the Secretary of Defense. They report directly to him. They are, uh, uh, they have absolutely no. Congress has absolutely no oversight of it. It's an executive assassination ring essentially that has been going on and on and on. And just today in the Times there was a story saying that its, its leader, a three star Admiral named [William H.] McRaven, ordered a stop to certain activities because there were so many collateral deaths. It's been going into, in -- under President Bush's authority --they've been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That's been going on, well, in the name of all of us.

Two nights previously, in a Minnesota forum, Seymour Hersh commented, “"They ran a government within the government," adding "eight or nine neo-conservatives took over our country."
In a subsequent Olbermann interview with former Nixon advisor John Dean, claimed there were reports that Donald Rumsfeld also operated his own assassination ring as well.
Wayne Madsen also reported an earlier version of this story in the March 11, 2005 Online Journal.  He called Cheney’s unit “Task Force 121.”
Madsen also commented:

A number of intelligence sources have reported that assassinations of foreign leaders like [former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik] Hariri and [Lebanese Christian leader Elie] Hobeika are ultimately authorized by two key White House officials, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliot Abrams. In addition, Abrams is the key liaison between the White House and Sharon's office for such covert operations, including political assassinations.
'Abrams is the guy they [the Israelis] go to for a wink and a nod for such ops,' reported one key source."

It does not take a great deal of imagination to see how a private assassination force being used abroad could also be used at home.
In his 18 Oct 2005 Cloak and Dagger interview, May described how Judith Miller played a key role in disseminating its lies about bogus weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq . Her stories made the front pages around the country.  She also participated in Bush covert operations as a false victim.  The power elite awarded her the  Pulitzer Prize to give her false credibility.  According to May, she exploited her special security clearance system for journalist, using it to trump other journalists. May also believes that she betrayed confidential contacts directly to the White House.

Capt May: OK, well the height of chutzpah is that Judith Miller is going to be receiving some kind of prize from the New York Times for valiant defense of the First Amendment. And that will be given to her, or was given to her, today. And that is the best thing --you know Lenny, I studied Russian and used to translate Russian media for the U.S. Army when I was in intelligence, and that is the kind of crap that they used to do, where they take someone as guilty as sin dipped in misery and put a gold star on them and say that somehow they are a hero.
LB: Right.
Capt May: If you look back at it, Judith Miller, and we call her Judas Miller in Ghost Troop
LB: Yes.
Capt May: Judas Miller, she is saying she is defending the First Amendment freedom of speech, but the fact of the matter is she was really pleading the Fifth Amendment when she went to jail saying that she wouldn't talk. Because if she told a tenth of what she knows and what they did through her to America , she would be standing trial for treason today.
LB: Let us go into it. What did she do? What did she do that was treasonous?
Capt May: Let us take it all back from the start, Lenny. She was one of the journalists that they selected to get those magic Anthrax letters that we thought at the time were made by Al Qaeda, but it turned out at the time were manufactured at Fort Dietrich, Maryland.
LB: Right.
Capt May: That set Judith Miller --Judas Miller-- up for being the victim, and being a sympathetic figure while she was in bed with the White House. You might say she was the queen of the embedded journalists, because from the day she got that letter, Judith Miller started writing, first off, expose stories about Al Qaeda, and then she got a sympathetic Pulitzer Prize from the American Judas journalist society, the Pulitzer people. For basically making a high step propaganda argument.
LB: Yes.
Capt May: Then we find out that all the way on the lead up to the war it turned out that Judith Miller had a security clearance, meaning that she was allowed to know official military secrets but was not allowed to tell her editor where she got them. So she had carte blanche, she had a total open slate--
LB: Is that is a security clearance from the American --what, the Pentagon? What is it?
Capt May: Yes, it is issued through the military. And what it does is it says you can know secrets or top secrets, but remember the old joke, "If you tell anybody, we have got to kill you."
LB: Yes.
Capt May: So she was allowed to know things, but even her editors and publishers could not ask her how she knew them or where she knew them. That is shameful journalism you know for an editor not to have the right to question a journalist, but I think with the New York Times it was pretty much that they didn't want to know where she got it. They wanted to keep her separate from them. But they knew what she was doing. She was using the front page of the New York Times to drum up the war propaganda to lead us into the Middle East .
LB: OK, that is the point. The motive is, get somebody in the New York Times who can start to drum up the war drums.
Capt May: Sure. And now she has come out I think on Sunday did a piece for the New York Times about who knew what and when in which she kind of sort of said that she kind of sort of got information from all over White House and the upper levels of the Pentagon, but the truth of the matter is that Judith Miller was in this from the gitgo. She was from the start an operative. A quisling journalist who was working to establish a war criteria. And then we go into the war itself when she was put over in Iraq and the word I get from people I know in public affairs is that she acted like Catherine the Great. She thought she was just the Czarina and she had carte blanche. And she told people like me, little captains and colonels and even generals that if they did not jump when she said jump, she would turn them into the Pentagon and the White House and whatnot. She was a thug. Part of the intellectual Thuggery that sold this war.
LB: Right.
Capt May: When people talk about how Cheney, Rove, and Libby, boy they play hard ball and they really know how to get their way, Judith Miller was right in there in bed with them. And she was their number one girl. So let us go to what happened in July, now that we know even June 2003, Joe Wilson, the ambassador, had been trying to publish a piece, which he wound up publishing in the New York Times, that said that the whole argument about weapons of mass destruction, specifically uranium, therefore nukes, was bogus. Contrived. And he investigated it way before Bush ever started selling that point and told him it was contrived. The first person they went to was Judith Miller because they knew she was a go-to girl. And they tried to get her to slam dunk Joe Wilson. Now she has come out with little half-truths in the New York Times, but the fact of the matter is, and this is where I start, she is saying that she went to jail to protect her sources, therefore to protect the first Amendment. The fact of the matter is that she went to jail to protect her own butt because she needed the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. She just covered it up hypocritically and said that she was doing a great job. But there has never been a more shameful case of Judas journalism than Judith Miller, because she sold her country out to paint a picture that simply was not true. And the New York Times, giving her an award, it just beggars description to use words that describe how low down that is.
LB: Exactly.
Capt May: Now one of the reasons Judith Miller did not go along with the Valerie Plame outing, in my opinion, is something that simply won't be covered, any more than the Anthrax letters, the bogus 9-11 event, the Ft. Dietrich anthrax, none of that can be discussed because it is out of the picture. In the same way they are not going to discuss what Judith Miller was really busy with in July, and that was she was setting David Kelly up to be assassinated. You know and I know Lenny, because we have talked about it, but the last person on earth David Kelly who "committed suicide" --in reality was suicided by MI6 --David Kelly, the last person on earth he was in touch with was Judith Miller.
LB: Ah!
Capt May: And I have got a feeling that he made the same mistake that I made at the beginning of the Info War, and you probably know a lot of people who have made [the same mistake]. We bought the line that somehow the way to be safe and talk was to get in touch with the journalists. And the more distinguished and prestigious the journalist, the safer you were. That is the myth. But the truth of it is David Kelly was in touch with Judith Miller throughout this thing, and guess who I think turned him over to Blair?
LB: Yes?
Capt May: It was Miller.
LB: Yes.
Capt May: So that takes care of what she was doing in July. Since then, she has been wiggling and waggling and going one way and the other and the Times has been trying to distance itself from her by one means after another. But the fact of the matter is that when push comes to shove, they are going to cover her tail, because they can't rat her out anymore than she can rat the White House out. Everybody's implicated. If Judith Miller says "They knew what I was doing and they let me," they just wanted me to have a security clearance so that I could say that they couldn't check my work, that would be the utter truth. So everybody right now is covering their own rear end. That is the way this whole war cabal was set up from the gitgo, Lenny. And there she is right in the middle of it. So I have --
LB: You think she is a foreign government agent as well?
Capt May: Let us put it this way, she is Jewish, but her name doesn't show it, and she is married to the number one publishing magnate in the United States . Yes, she is Info War--
LB: Who is she married to?
Capt May: I don't know his name. That is a research question. But I got that from my book publisher Carol Adler at Dandelion Books.
LB: She is probably an Israeli Mossad agent.
Capt May: Yes, in fact the word I am getting, what is going around the Internet, and you know I keep my sources the way you keep your sources, and by the way you are one of my sources, what is going around the Internet is that she is straight up Operation Mockingbird material. All the way. And she has lived it out…

When Captain May went “underground,” it meant always staying inside his house, and always keeping his curtains drawn so that he could not be taken out by a sniper.  As mentioned in Chapter One, he had been through this drill once before when as a high school teacher he identified a punk gunman to police and was waiting for the little criminal to get picked up. 
This go around, the gunmen were more likely to be hardened Special Forces professional killers, as promised by Col Neil Dennington.  Worse yet, as we will see in the next chapter, the top civilian law enforcement authority in America who was supposed to reign in criminals was in fact a leader of the rat pack.
Captain May definitely had a problem.  Nevertheless, he hardly became inactive.  In fact, he became a full blown cyber-activist, busily sending out emails and further developing his web of contacts and cadre of Internet protestors who would eventually call themselves “Ghost Troop.”
On August 15th, the East Coast got hit with a massive power outage.  The Bush Administration immediately blamed it on Al Qaeda.
This blackout conveniently coincided with the arrival of the 3rd infantry division back in the U.S.   It also conveniently coincided with Bush’s visit to the West Coast.
Reinforcing his suspicions that there may have been malevolent motives behind this blackout, Captain May was influenced by the late independent Internet journalist Joe Vialls based in Australia .  Vialls dropped hints about having an intelligence background.  He wrote: 

As most of the world now knows, at precisely 16:11:09 on Thursday 14 August 2003, every electrical device dependant on overhead or below ground power lines, went completely dead in New York and across most of eastern America and Canada . So sudden was the massive resistance to flow through the eastern electrical grid, that 9 nuclear and 13 other power stations were forced into critical shutdown, and 7 oil refineries stalled in the middle of the catalytic cracking process.  Within minutes, millions of people felt bewildered and alone, with many suffering severe flashbacks to the events of 11 September 2001.
Caught completely unawares, the Bush administration said the shutdown had been caused by a power station "“fire", a claim swiftly rebutted by the power utilities. Desperate to deflect public attention away from the possibility of an “attack” on America, the Bush Administration then said the shutdown was due to a “lightning strike” at Niagara Falls, a claim immediately scoffed at by the Canadian Government, which pointed out there wasn’t so much as a single wisp of cloud within 100 nautical miles of Niagara.

Captain May discussed his suspicions in his 5 July 2006 Hal Turner interview: (5 July 2006),

Capt May: …Remember that East Coast black out?
Hal Turner: I remember, 14-1550 Hours we were without electricity here, and it was very hot.
Capt May: Well that one was easy for me because I picked that up at the time for what it was, a classified operation. That was another Federal false flag attack. That was a Federal knock down of the power grid. It was a way of Bush flexing his muscles in the summer of 2003 when everybody knew he had gotten us into quick sand after promising us an easy war. So when they started blaming the Madrid bombing [of 3-11-2004] on the same group that did the East Coast black out --and I knew the East Coast black out was bogus at the time it happened --that just happened to be one of the things that was easy for me to understand--all of a sudden it started clicking for me real fast.

Other sources have claimed that the blackout was deliberate, such as a Long Island activist named Michael Kane cited in the PrisonPlanet article by Oliver Midelson "Joint Task Force Told Face to Face, Blackout was a Military Test."
Capt May penned a cleverly sarcastic letter on 15 Aug 2003 titled “A Wake Up Call to New York City” in which he expressed his strong suspicion –still strong years later—that this was the first false flag operation he uncovered prior to February 2004 when it finally registered with him that 9-11 was the biggest false flag operation of them all:

Dear Citizens of New York City ,

It’s three o’clock in the afternoon Eastern Time, Friday, August 15, and Governor George Pataki is thanking President Bush for promising to pay you back for the costs that have been incurred by the power outage – only at the end he changed the true word, incurred, to the cover word, occurred. Pretty smart man, Governor Pataki, to change his wording like that. You see, I’ve got a pretty good idea that he was thinking of expenses incurred because nothing just occurred by chance.

You have just participated in a federal crisis exercise, that’s all, and the governor knows it. I’m just speculating, mind you, but we Texans are noted for the crazy lengths to which we’ll go to make a point…There was no terrorist attack against the Big Apple, so be at ease. It can’t be terrorism when it’s your own government that’s doing it, and like I said, this was just an exercise. Relax, you all did fine.

An important point to remember: the exercise was not psychological warfare executed by the commander in chief against the citizens of the nation’s financial and media capitol. Heck, saying that would be like saying that you have been tyrannized, and I can assure you that nowadays no responsible journalist would say a thing like that.
The prez just had a little fire drill, that’s all. And anyhow, the way he timed it was ever so nice, seeing as how you got to take Friday off and make a three-day weekend of it. I suppose he’ll get around to telling your media what to tell you about the reasons and results for the exercise. Maybe not, though; it depends on what he thinks is best for you….

….If the emergency test scared you, or if, say, you panicked a little while you waited in hot elevators and subways, think of the greater public good. The ends justify the means, after all, and anyway, deaths were predictably light. I say we need a little crisis now and then to keep America on the Bush Team, and that’s really where all freedom-loving Americans need to be, just ask the prez. When your country is fighting a worldwide war, you have to stay together at all costs. And anyway, like your governor said, the feds will pick up the costs. Thankfully, you have a born-in-Connecticut Texan to tell you what’s really important in a climate of crisis. Shucks, the prez loves you like a big brother.

So should we start having blackout drills all over the country, maybe even have a nation-wide one for Halloween night? Naw, I guess it wouldn’t be as much fun now that it has already been done once. This trick-or-treat caper had to be a surprise! You got the trick, (especially the folks who died, RIP), but it should be a real treat for big energy, which isn’t making nearly as much money as it thought it would in Iraq. Thankfully, it will now have plenty to do here at home. This crisis exercise will convince most Americans that the silly people obstructing America ’s

energy industries must get out of the way. I’m talking about people like environmentalist and peace activists, actors and editors with un-American activities going on. It was Barry Goldwater who said it, but it is the prez who’s proving it to the world: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” Leftwing paranoia about the right course of action has to be suppressed at all costs. We’re in the middle of a worldwide war, after all.
Captain May is a former Army Intelligence and Public Affairs officer.
He served on the general staff of the US Army’s 75th Division

 

Update References:

2011-06-30 'War on terror' set to surpass cost of Second World War by Rupert Cornwell, independent.co.uk, "The total cost to America of its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the related military operations in Pakistan, is set to exceed $4 trillion – more than three times the sum so far authorised by Congress in the decade since the 9/11 attacks."
2011-06-25 Episode 192 – Requiem for the Suicided: Dr. David Kelly, corbettreport.com. [Editor's Note: This sources has an extensive documentation page with valuable links and references on the Dr. David Kelly tragedy].
2010-08-14 Dr David Kelly was on a hitlist, says UN weapons expert as calls grow for full inquest, "Dr Spertzel said he and Dr Kelly were told that they were 'numbers three and four' on the list during an inspection trip in Iraq. by Miles Goslett and Arthur Martin, dailymail.co.uk. A leading UN weapons inspector last night added his voice to the growing clamour for a full inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly. Dr Richard Spertzel claimed Dr Kelly was on a 'hitlist' in the final years of his life. The former head of the UN Biological Section, who worked closely with Dr Kelly in Iraq in the 1990s, has written to Attorney General Dominic Grieve about the 'mysterious circumstances' surrounding the death. The weapons inspector's body was found after he was unmasked as the source of a damaging BBC news report questioning the grounds for the Iraq war."
2010-07-26 Law chief to probe KGB agent's claim that David Kelly was 'exterminated' by Neil Sears, MailOnline
2010-07-10 Why I am certain my friend Dr. David Kelley was murdered by Andrew Malone, MailOnline.
2010-07 David Kelly, the KGB and conspiracy theories by Dark Politricks.
2009-08-07 RT interview with Wayne Madsen, "US Assassination Squad revealed," "`Targeted assassinations were part of the [US] ‘Defensive Intervention’ program,' says investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, referring to details of an alleged JSOC Assassination Ring revealed by Pentagon officials."

 

RT, 7 Aug 2009 "US Assassination Squad revealed"

 

2009-03-31 The "Executive Assassination Ring" and Several Deaths
2007-03-02 The Plan (Video) (1:39) Gen. Wesley Clark, interviewed by Democracy Now, March 2, 2007.

 

Gen. Wesley Clark: About ten days after 9/11 I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary [of Defense] Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in and said "Sir, you have to come in and talk to me a second." I said, "Well, you are too busy. I said "No, no." He says, "We made the decision we are going to war with Iraq." This was on or about the 20th of September. I said, "We're going to war with Iraq, why?" He said "I don't know." He said, "I guess they don't know what else to do." So I said, "Did they find some information connecting Saddam to Al Qaeda?" He said "No, no, there is nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq." He said "I guess it is like we don't know what to do about terrorists, but we have got a good military and we can take down governments. So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?" He said, "It is worse than that." He reached over on his desk, he picked up a piece of paper. He said, " I just got this down from upstairs," meaning the Secretary of Defense's Office today, and he said "This is a memo which describes how we are going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off Iran.
Interviewer: Go through the countries again.
Gen. Clark: Well starting with Iraq, then Syria and Lebanon, then Libya, then Somalia and Sudan, and then back to Iran.

 

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