In the last month a number of major developments have
begun to indicate the next stage in the evolution of the
post-9-11 world is at hand. Forget the polls. The Bush
Administration's position, whether viewed from a political
or a military standpoint, is weakening across the board.
Dissent is rising all over the country and around the
world. At the same time there are signs everywhere, both
on a global and at my personal level, that the hand of
tyranny has been stirred into action as a response to
this rising dissent. What is coming -- what has already
begun -- is neither pretty nor pleasant. But the fear
of what is coming is the only real thing that needs to
be faced. A brave and experienced soldier once told me
that the real surrender always occurs a long time before
the defeated ones raise their hands. "It happens,"
he said, "at the instant their minds succumb to fear."
In the spring 2002 issue of "Correspondence: An International
Review of Culture and Society," published on the
website of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), writer
Kenneth Maxwell -- the Nelson and David Rockefeller senior
fellow for inter-American studies and director of Latin
America studies at the CFR -- published an angry critique
of an opinion expressed by a Brazilian economist, Celso
Furtado, that the attacks of Sept. 11 had been an American
Reichstag fire perpetrated by the American right. Furtado
is a close friend of Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso,
and his views are shared by a large majority of the Brazilian
population. The problem is apparently serious enough for
the CFR to take notice of it.
In the meantime a French book, "The Frightening Fraud"
by Thierry Meyssan, has afterburnered to the top of the
best-seller lists in Europe. Its premise: there was no
flight 77 that smashed into the Pentagon. The author is
the president of the Voltaire Network, which Britain's
The Guardian described as, "a respected independent
thinktank whose left-leaning research projects have until
now been considered models of reasonableness and objectivity."
I have looked at just about all the pictures and film
footage of the Pentagon crash on the Internet, and I have
seen no airliner in them, and I am still left with one
big question that needs to be explained. Where's the airplane?
But that is not the point. The point is that so many people,
so overwhelmingly believe what Meyssan writes. Within
the first two hours the book was on sale, 20,000 copies
were sold. Fox News was alarmed enough to do a story on
On March 25, Britain's The Guardian also noted that the
FBI had raided an alleged U.S. terrorist support group,
the Safa Trust, which had reportedly been sending money
to both terrorist interests and to the Republican Party
through a Republican political action committee called
The Islamic Institute.
In this issue, FTW exposes the fact that
Attorney General John Ashcroft has potentially criminal
conflicts of interest with two grand juries investigating,
among others, ExxonMobil and BP-Amoco on charges of bribery
and an illegal oil swap with Iran in 1997. Both grand
jury targets were heavy Ashcroft 2000 campaign donors,
and both got behind closed doors into Vice President Dick
Cheney's energy policy task force. In a half-measured
cover-up, the White House complied this month with a court
order to release task force records, but they were so
heavily redacted as to be virtually useless. That noose,
connected to Enron and deeper criminality, is slowly tightening
around the Bush Administration's imperial neck.
On March 30, the Associated Press reported that 3,500
angry protesters took to London streets to protest likely
U.S. military intervention in Iraq.
Around the nation, the fear-driven rush to enact the draconian
Model Emergency Health Preparedness Act has slowed. The
act has only been passed in one state and has been introduced
in what appears to be a peak number of 24 states. Mississippi
has actually defeated it. People have disconnected from
Last weekend I watched a Fox News program. It was a call-in
poll asking, "Who do you think is responsible for
the anthrax?" The first caller on the air said, "I
think it was the CIA. They did it to get more power."
The strange thing is that not one of the news commentators
openly disagreed with the caller. A couple of them nodded
A new newspaper, the War Times, (http://www.war-times.org/index.html)
will soon make its debut. They have already expanded a
planned original printing from 7,500 to 100,000. What
remains to be seen about this paper is whether it will
fulfill its promise of telling us what the mainstream
media won't, or whether it will be a well-funded wolf
in sheep's clothing designed to corral and misdirect criticism
of the U.S. government and its real role in 9-11. This
is one of the oldest and best-known tactics of the power
elite -- the creation of a "respectable" opposition
voice to effectively control both sides of a debate. But
the War Times' slick list of contributors gives proof
to the fact that there is serious opposition. We will
pray for a miracle with this new paper.
And the ubiquitous Michael Moore, author of the runaway
best-seller "Stupid White Men," is bouncing
around the country on a tour that continues to stop traffic
and threaten civilization. The searing and hilarious critique
of American industrialists and politicians, with some
heavy swipes at the Bushes, is proof that the presidential
approval rating poll numbers are lies. The book has been
out for only two months, and already has more than 20
It seems the bad guys have noticed. After many revelations
that last fall's military-grade anthrax had originated
from within the U.S. military and CIA-related programs,
hyperbolic news stories began to appear insinuating that
the nasty old Islamic terrorists had been making the stuff
after all -- with simple chemistry kits.
Earlier this month, it was leaked that the Pentagon was
developing plans for the use of tactical nuclear weapons
in battlefield situations against non-nuclear powers.
Israel and the Palestinians are driving the world mad
as tensions, carnage and death mount. The insanity builds
fear everywhere as people remember Israel has nukes. And
Iraqi strongman Saddam Houssein may also have weapons
of mass destruction, as the remainder of the Arab world
-- especially Iraq, Syria and Lebanon -- get drawn closer
to the point of committing to rescue Arafat or else seriously
lose all respect. If Saddam moves to support Arafat, then
the U.S. will no longer face a world opposed to the U.S.
invading -- or nuking -- Iraq. Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon knows this, and he'll play it until the string
breaks. I believe powers larger than Israel and the Palestinians
are pouring coals on that fire.
Tension is building everywhere. It has been the same here
at FTW. In this last month we have had a
locked, garage storage area burglarized. Our website has
been hacked. Whoever did it took out 200 websites just
to get to us. An Internet stalker has been following the
repostings of my stories about Delmart "Mike"
Vreeland in Canada around the Web, in order to post hate
mail. Several articles have appeared with deliberately
falsified information about FTW. Pro-government
administrators inside the Pacifica Radio network have
pulled me from scheduled broadcasts. I have been attacked
by The Nation Editor David Corn in a silly attempt to
disparage my reporting. So severe was the criticism of
his unfounded missive, that he received what might be
several thousand e-mails and had to lament in a Sunday,
March 24 Los Angeles Times OpEd interview. Corn described
his run in with me, that all of us conspiracy junkies
were hopelessly demented, and there was nothing he could
do to save us. Thank you, God! This was in the same week
that a writer in the L.A. Weekly described me as a "nutball
conspiracy theorist" and a "defrocked"
I have previously written for both of these papers and
am in negotiations with the news editor of the Weekly
over how they are going to correct the libelous term "defrocked."
along in my lectures and radio appearances I have been
saying this fight is winnable, but it will not be won
without some discomfort. So therefore I must, in order
to serve you and remain true to my beliefs, take this
as a measure of the success of FTW, which
you have made possible. I must walk the walk and say,
"These are good signs."My opinion is that things
will get worse for all of us who love the truth -- and
soon. My caution to you is to be prepared for the next
big lie and to jump on it with both feet when it comes.
A sign of its imminence was a comment made by avid hawk,
Bush speechwriter, and political crony William Kristol
on a C-SPAN Brookings Institute political forum. It was
memorialized on an internet discussion list by an astute
watcher who wrote, "Kristol is a motor-mouth and,
therefore, stuff leaks out. When confronted with this
poll of people disengaging in this war, he said that in
6-12 months they will have war as the top most in their
mind as we get into a much bigger war than we have now.
At one point he slipped into another tense
about Bush in front of the Congress asking for a declaration
of war against Iraq as though he was a reporter talking
about something that happened yesterday -- that got their
attention. And then it slipped. He talked about the terrorist
attack that is going to happen in the next four (I believe
-- or around there) months; caught himself, turned red
and added, 'God forbid.'"
As we enter our fifth year of publication, FTW
is now in 29 countries with almost 3,000 subscribers.
Our website averages 4,000 visitors a day and our acceptance
as a respected and responsible news source continues to
grow. I thank all of you for believing in me, and I pray
we will continue to be worthy of your faith and trust.
Things are just starting to get interesting.