~ Foreword ~ Earlier this week (of May 14, 2012) on ‘Life, Liberty & All That Jazz‘, I referenced the oft forgotten fact, that President George W. Bush signed into law, the U.S. Homeland Security Act during February 2001 – a full seven months before the fateful day now known as 9/11. What did he know, and when did he know it?
In the words of F.D.R. – “In politics, nothing happens by accident.” – or something to that effect. In November of 2001, the following was offered by a dear friend and contributing writer – Karen Lee Bixman – now retired – but the power of her investigative reports is always worth of a revisit. (Ed.)
Dark Winter Approaches
The Investigative Reporter – The Office of Homeland Security now has its own institute; The ANSER Institute for Homeland Security. ANSER, (Analytic Services Inc.) bills itself as a “nonprofit public service research institute,” nothing, however, could be further from the truth.ANSER is a subsidiary of the Rand Research and Development Corporation, which in kind, is an off-shoot of the Tavistock Institute.
~ A Brief History ~
Based in London, the Tavistock Institute launched its beginnings in 1921, when the Duke Marques of Tavistock donated a building to commission a study on shell-shocked WWI veterans. Under the direction of the British Army Bureau of Psychological Warfare, the intended purpose was to determine the “breaking point” of men under stress. The institute also developed brain-washing techniques which were used on American POWs during the Korean War. Behavior modifications, crowd control techniques and programs which make use of drugs, such as the now famous MK-Ultra program, all have their roots in the institute.
Their influence has spread to a multi-faceted network of US foundations, “think-tanks,” and thousands of subsidiaries and study groups such as: The Stanford Research Institute, The Heritage Foundation, The Brookings Institute, The Institute for Policy Studies, and the Rand Corporation.The Rand Corporation is used to control US government policy by the use of “brain-washing” and works closely with the CIA, Air Force Intelligence, Army and Naval Intelligence, and other government institutions. Major corporations and organizations utilize Rand’s services such as AT&T, TRW, the Republican Party and IBM.
Thus, the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security, is being used to psychologically control the minds and attitudes of the American people to accept the new office of Homeland Security as a positive development. They have “partnered” with other Tavistock conceived organizations such as the American Military University and are now offering undergraduate courses which will lead to a certificate in Homeland Security.
The institute is now releasing position papers on matters deemed important to the homeland, so as to “throw out the old” and “bring in the new.”
~ The Myth of Posse Commitatus ~
One of the most shocking position papers released by the institute is, “The Myth of Posse Commitatus.” Written by Major Craig Trebilcock, a member of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corp of the US Army, this paper will be used to validate the use of military troops in our nation’s cities.
Originating in 1878, the Posse Commitatus Act was created to prevent the Army from acting as domestic law enforcement. While the act has been amended to include the Navy and the Marines, the law does not apply to the Coast Guard or National Guard.
The paper states the Act prohibits the military from “executing the laws,” therefore, if their role in the occupation is passive they are acting within the statute. In essence, under this interpretation, the military can occupy a city, form logistical support, plan law enforcement operations, take part in intelligence activities, make use of equipment and personnel, “as long as the actual arrest of suspects and seizure of evidence is carried out by civilian law enforcement personnel.”
Working with the military, the National Guard will provide the personnel to carry out the job of evidence seizures and arrests.
~ Joint Task Force – Civil Support ~
On October 1, 1999, the Joint Task Force-Civil Support organization was formed to provide military support within the United States. It lends Department of Defense (now under the authority of Homeland Security) support to FEMA and serves as the command and control headquarters for other DOD units. The staged deployment operations for the JTF-CS is similar to the deployment operations of forces as outlined in Operation Garden Plot( role of military under Martial Law). [Editor's note: For information on Operation Garden Plot see The Investigative Reporter, April-May 1997, Civilian Internment Camps in America; Fact or Fiction? Part Three.]
On October 26, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that military commanders are being assigned “to defend the United States homeland.” “The commander of US Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, VA., has been placed in charge of the land and maritime defense of the continental United States, as well as providing military assistance to civil authorities. The commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), in Colorado Springs, CO, has been placed in charge of aerospace defense. US Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO will provide support in the area of computer network operations, while US Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, and the US Southern Command in Miami, FL, are responsible for their respective geographic areas of responsibility.”
The October 8, edition of Pravada headlined the news, “Martial Law Implemented in the US” The article continues, “Troops have entered city streets and administrative and governmental buildings, as well as cultural memorials and famous buildings are being guarded. The cities are divided into responsibility zones; in business districts, check points are being created, which can be crossed only with a special permit. Parking is being redirected near administrative buildings, planes are patrolling the air apace.”
Do they know something we don’t?
It would seem that the elite have been announcing “their” plans for some time, but have we been listening?
The October 27, 1998 issue of the Army Times featured an article by then U.S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen where he predicted a day when the US Army would patrol American streets. “Terrorism is escalating to the point that Americans soon may have to choose between civil liberties and more intrusive means of protection,” says Defense Secretary William S. Cohen. “The nation’s defense chief told the Army Times he once considered the chilling aspect of armored vehicles surrounding civilian hotels or government buildings to block out terrorist as strictly phenomenon. But no longer.”
~ Elective Course 5994 ~
The National War College, for the academic year 2001-2002, is now offering elective course 5994 in Homeland Security. Part of the course study requires participation in DARK WINTER; designed “to highlight the challenges that federal and state leaders would face during a major attack on the American homeland.”
The first DARK WINTER exercise was held this past June and was developed by The Center for Strategic and International Studies, The John Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies, the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. The war game included fourteen participants, 60 observers, five representatives from the national press corps and included a lengthy press conference with the President.
The 13-day exercise began with the deliberate introduction of smallpox in 3 states during the winter of 2002. Players were introduced to the crisis during a National Security Council meeting scheduled to address several emerging crisis, including the deployment of a carrier task force to the Middle East.
Lest anyone is still under the delusion that the Office of Homeland Security is but a “temporary” measure and life in the US will someday return to normal, please note a statement made by Vice President Dick Cheney on October 25, to the Republican Governors Association. “…homeland security is not a temporary measure for the current crisis, but will become permanent in American life. I think of it as the normalcy,” Cheney said.
~ U.S. Patriot Act of 2001 ~
On Thursday, October 24, Congress passed the new anti-terror bill and on October 26, President Bush signed the bill into law. Known as the U.S. Patriot Act of 2001, this bill gives sweeping powers to the federal government and attacks individual rights and privacy on a massive scale. I have just received a copy of this bill, and will do a “major dissection” of its contents in the next issue, however, here are just a few highlights. Law enforcement will now have the power to expand the use of wiretaps and examine an individual’s Email, and Internet usage. It also expands the use of federal search warrants, and authorizes assets search and seizure of suspected terrorists. Law enforcement will now be able to secretly search an individual’s house without revealing it to the homeowner. Through these secret visits, law enforcement will be able to implant a “key-logger” device within that person’s computer. The device then allows authorities to secretly record everything a suspect types into his machine. These new high-tech tools will be employed by the FBI and far exceed the Carnivore program which captures suspect’s emails.
The “writ of habeas corpus” has literally been tossed, as suspects can now be detained 7 days without being charged with a crime, and then can be held indefinitely.
The new law also attacks banking privacy and requires banks to examine accounts more closely. Any change in the banking habits of an individual such as an unusually large deposit or withdrawal must be reported to authorities.
Individuals are not told they are being reported. Therefore, if you receive a gift or inheritance, and you deposit in your local bank, that “suspicious” activity will be noted.
The term, “terrorist,” has now been loosely defined by Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge to include “anyone who would “lash out” at another individual because of racial, or religious difference. Thus, it is not hard to conceive of the day when Christians will be branded as terrorists for sharing their faith in Christ.
~ Economic Tidal Wave Still Approaching ~
A massive manipulation of the stock and gold markets is now being carried out by the Plunge Protection Team.
In an economy that is being plummeted by daily job layoffs, Americans are led to believe unemployment has only increased from 4.9 percent to 5.1 percent within the last month. If unemployment figures were accurately and responsibility calculated, the figure would be closer to 10 percent. Consumer confidence has fallen to it’s lowest point in 7 years, yet, government officials on every level are encouraging Americans to be patriotic and “get out and shop.”
The president has asked Congress to “get busy” and enact a recovery package which would include tax incentives, and benefits for low income workers.
In reality, Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall, and all the king’s horses and all the King’s men CAN’T put Humpty together again.
Consumers are being laid off their jobs, or are having their working hours curtailed, while many others anticipate layoffs. No amount of cajoling by government will make these people spend.
Don’t be fooled by the “sucker’s rally” we have experienced this past month, this economy is sinking and so is the market. The stock market is still over priced and thus has a long way to fall before we reach this correcting plateau. We will see, in the very near future a “crash” which may take the market down to 5000. I then believe, we will see the continued erosion of the market with a bottom occurring in 2003 of approximately 3000.
NOTE: It took until 2008 for Wall Street to dive from its lofty 14,000+ high, down to around 6,800 points. As of the date of this republishing, the DOW has rarely touched 13,000 points. The fundamentals have only worsened. The smoke is thicker now, and it is more difficult to see light at the end of the financial abyss. (Ed.)
~ The Siege ~
If you have not seen the 1998 movie, The Siege, I recommend you check out the video. This movie is uncanny for it’s predictions of a terrorist attack on New York City and the movie dialog accurately projects words we have heard from government officials during the past month.
Publisher, The Investigative Reporter (retired)
Copyright, 2001, Karen-lee Bixman
Originally published on the first generation Federal Observer November 6, 2001.
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