THE WATCHMAN - A Publication of Mem Research
Vol. I No. 3
November 18, 2001
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"Except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." - Ps. 127:1
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CONTENTS
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Headlines
Must-Read
Commentary
Poems

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HEADLINES
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November 16
http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1116/p2s1-uspo.html
Why Congress is quiet on liberties (Christian Science Monitor)

November 9
NSA, NRO to CIA? (Christian Science Monitor)
A presidential commission was to recommend that three major Pentagon intelligence agencies be shifted to the CIA, a move that would represent the largest shake-up in the intelligence community in decades, The Washington Post reported. The plan aims to reduce rivalries and consolidate programs. Agencies that would be transferred include the National Reconnaissance Office, which develops intelligence satellite systems, the National Security Agency, and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.

November 7
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=3&art_id=qw1005113520874B221&set_id=1
FBI told to "Back Off" from bin Ladens (Independent Online)

November 3
http://www.snopes2.com/rumors/north.htm
Contrary to rumor, Oliver North did not warn about Osama bin Laden during Iran-Contra hearings


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MUST-READ
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"Narco-Dollars for Dummies, Part 3" by Catherine Austin Fitts
http://www.narconews.com/narcodollars2.html
How dominant is the black market in the American economy? How much influence does it have over U.S. politics? It's a simple matter of mathematics. Part three of a series.

"Atta, Dekkers & the Venice Flying Circus"
http://www.madcowprod.com
Mad Cow Press continues to follow leads in Venice, Florida.

"Chilling Effects of Anti-Terrorism"
http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Surveillance/Terrorism_militias/antiterrorism_chill.html
Electonic Frontier Foundation's ongoing list of websites and inviduals censored in wake of 9/11 tragedy.

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COMMENTARY
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A THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

With all its faults, America is a grand country. It may be getting more difficult to see it that way, but if we take a quick look around the world, we might realize that we have it pretty good, comparatively speaking. Most precious of all is our Constitution, which is becoming more precious with every passing day, as pressures grow to increase law enforcement powers at the expense of individual liberties. On Thursday, as you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday (may you also enjoy the company of family, friends, and loved ones) and reflect on all you have to be thankful for, keep this in mind.

This year's Thanksgiving has a dual significance. It will also mark the 38th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Having just experienced another national tragedy, now would be a good time to reflect on the events of November 22, 1963 and what we might learn from them.

News of the assassination spread quickly and exclusively held the nation's attention for several days. Within hours, a suspect was identified and his life story was examined in the media. Lee Harvey Oswald, as it turned out, had spent time in the Soviet Union. Oswald never made it to trial because he was killed in Dallas Police headquarters two days later. This didn't sit well with the American public and speculation of conspiracy has persisted ever since.

After so many years, it is clear to anyone who wishes to make a thorough and open-minded study of the case that Oswald was a mere pawn in a conspiracy masterminded by an American drug cartel. Various "conspiracy theorists" have pointed fingers at the CIA, the mafia, or Texas oil tycoons, but these have usually failed to see the larger picture or the common thread. The illegal drug business has been big business for many years. To put matters simply, the Kennedy administration threatened the most powerful drug syndicate in the US - which included many "legitimate" businessmen, politicians, and intelligence officers as well as "mobsters" - and this syndicate responded in a very decisive fashion. (Further reading: http://members.home.net/memresearch/econ/rogue.htm)

After Kennedy's death, President Johnson led this country into a war in Vietnam during which the very same syndicate expanded its operations in the opium-growing regions of Southeast Asia.

Can we find any parallels between November 22 and September 11?

Let's begin with the days and moments preceding the tragedies. In both cases, US authorities received very explicit warnings coming from credible sources that something of that nature is about to happen. What was the government's response? The 112th Military Intelligence Group near Dallas, which was planning to participate in routine security support for the president, was ordered to stand down. Security at Dealey Plaza was practically non-existent. Will we find that similar orders were given at Andrews Air Force Base regarding the attack on the Pentagon? Despite nearly an hour of advance warning, are we to believe that the military was unable to use an Air Force base a mere ten miles away to defend the very symbol of America's military might? (Further reading: http://www.tenc.net/indict/indict-1.htm)

Secondly, let us look at the circumstances surrounding the President during each crisis. Lyndon Johnson could just about reach up and touch the bullets going over his head in Dallas. It made quite a lasting impression on the man. From that day forward he had no delusions regarding who was really in charge. In the September 11th case, threats were made against Air Force One using White House codes. These threats were phoned in to the President's plane as the attacks were unfolding. Was this a similar reminder to George Bush of who is really in charge? (Further reading: http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=24594)

Next let us examine where speculation of state sponsorship is pointing. Immediately after the 1963 assassination, President Johnson and others hinted that the evidence pointed in the direction of Cuba and reminded government officials of the 1962 missile crisis in order to make them willing and eager to accept any alternate explanation from the FBI, no matter how weak. (Further reading: http://members.home.net/memresearch/econ/ndoverview.htm)

Parallels between US relations with Cuba in 1963 and Iraq in 2001 are striking. Just as the Bay of Pigs invasion left Castro standing stronger than ever and provided the U.S. with an enemy for many years to come, Desert Storm gave Saddam Hussein something to crow about - he stood up to the United States and lived to tell about it - and provided the U.S. with someone to fear after the end of the Cold War. George Bush is thought to have had a role in the Bay of Pigs invasion and the earlier secret arming of Fidel Castro as well as Desert Storm and the earlier secret arming of Iraq. Iraq and Hussein have endured US-sponsored sanctions and bombings for many years , even rumored assassination attempts just as Cuba and Castro have. Speculation that Iraq was responsible for the Oklahoma City Bombing - which speculation is well-supported and has circulated on the internet for many years - have recently found their way in to the mainstream press. Is Oklahoma City the Cuban Missile Crisis that the Bush administration is holding over the heads of a fearful Washington? (Further reading: http://www.spotlight.org/05_06_01/ FBI_Falsified_Reports__Ignored/ fbi_falsified_reports__ignored.html)

Do we recognize a similarity between the current "War on Terrorism" in the Central Asian heart of the opium-growing industry on one hand, and on the other hand President Johnson's "War on Communism" in opium-growing Southeast Asia so soon after the assassination of the president by an alleged communist? Do we see Mohammed Atta's "Islamic extremist" legend falling apart in the South Florida's bars and strip joints just as Oswald's "communist" legend fell apart in light of his presence at anti-Castro paramilitary camps in Louisiana? How many people have noticed that Southern Air Transport, the successor to the CIA's opium-transport airline, Air America, is active in Afghanistan's opium-growing neighbor Uzbekistan? How many of us find something disturbing about Richard Secord's reported visit to Tashkent? Secord and Southern Air Transport . . . from Saigon to Tashkent with a stopover in Ilopango.

Finally, after all is said and done will we realize only years later that we have been had and it was all about drug profits?

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