THE WATCHMAN - A Publication of Mem Research
LONG LIVE THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Vol. II No. 1
September 1, 2002

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CONTENTS
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Editor’s note / Announcements
Headlines
Commentary
Letters

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EDITOR’S NOTE / ANNOUNCEMENTS
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It's been a long time . . . but that means that there's a whole lot more to report this time around. The Watchman is back, at least on a quarterly basis.

As of July 2002, Mem Research has been incorporated as a non-profit organization and has a new web address of www.memresearch.org . Be sure to bookmark this address, because the AT&T Broadband site may be gone by October.

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HEADLINES
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May 16
http://www.msnbc.com/news/753359.asp?0bl=-0 (This link is no longer valid; full text follows)
U.S. planned for attack on al-Qaeda (MSNBC)
FULL TEXT:
WASHINGTON, May 16 —
President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, U.S. and foreign sources told NBC News..
THE DOCUMENT, a formal National Security Presidential Directive, amounted to a “game plan to remove al-Qaida from the face of the Earth,” one of the sources told NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski.
The plan dealt with all aspects of a war against al-Qaida, ranging from diplomatic initiatives to military operations in Afghanistan, the sources said on condition of anonymity.
In many respects, the directive, as described to NBC News, outlined essentially the same war plan that the White House, the CIA and the Pentagon put into action after the Sept. 11 attacks. The administration most likely was able to respond so quickly to the attacks because it simply had to pull the plans “off the shelf,” Miklaszewski said.
The United States first would have sought to persuade other countries to cooperate in the campaign by sharing intelligence and using their law enforcement agencies to round up al-Qaida suspects.
The plans also called for a freeze on al-Qaida financial accounts worldwide and a drive to disrupt the group’s money laundering. The document mapped out covert operations aimed at al-Qaida cells in about 60 counties.
In another striking parallel to the war plan adopted after Sept. 11, the security directive included efforts to persuade Afghanistan’s Taliban government to turn al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden over to the United States, with provisions to use military force if it refused.
PLAN WAS READY TO GO
Officials did not believe that Bush had had the opportunity to closely review the document in the two days between its submission and the Sept. 11 attacks. But it had been submitted to national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, and the officials said Bush knew about it and had been expected to sign it.
The couching of the plans as a formal security directive is significant, Miklaszewski reported, because it indicates that the United States intended a full-scale assault on al-Qaida even if the Sept. 11 attacks had not occurred.
Such directives are top-secret documents that are formally drafted only after they have been approved at the highest levels of the White House, and represent decisions that are to be implemented imminently.
Such a directive would normally be approved with the president’s knowledge by his Principals Committee, which in Bush’s White House includes Rice, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and CIA Director George Tenet, among other senior administration officials.

May 18
http://www.americanfreepress.net/051302/FBI_Admits__No_Evidence_/fbi_admits__no_evidence_.html (American Free Press)
FBI Admits: No Evidence Links 'Hijackers' to 9-11
EXCERPT: "In an April 19 speech delivered to the Common wealth Club in San Francisco, Mueller said that the purported hijackers, in his words, 'left no paper trial.' The FBI director stated flatly:
'In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper—either here in the United States or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere—that mentioned any aspect of the Sept. 11 plot.'

August 10
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/INT208A.html   (Interfax)
US HAARP Weapon Development Concerns Russian Duma
EXCERPTS: "MOSCOW (Interfax) - The Russian State Duma has expressed concern about the USA's programme to develop a qualitatively new type of weapon.
'Under the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme (HAARP) [website address: http://server5550.itd.nrl.navy.mil/projects/haarp/ ], the USA is creating new integral geophysical weapons that may influence the near-Earth medium with high-frequency radio waves,' the State Duma said in an appeal circulated on Thursday [8 August].
"'The significance of this qualitative leap could be compared to the transition from cold steel to firearms, or from conventional weapons to nuclear weapons. This new type of weapons differs from previous types in that the near-Earth medium becomes at once an object of direct influence and its component.'
"The USA plans to carry out large-scale scientific experiments under the HAARP programme, and not controlled by the global community, will create weapons capable of breaking radio communication lines and equipment installed on spaceships and rockets, provoke serious accidents in electricity networks and in oil and gas pipelines and have a negative impact on the mental health of people populating entire regions, the deputies said."

August 13
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/08/12/1029113895506.html (Sydney Morning Herald)
Troops to become undercover killers in Rumsfeld plan
FULL TEXT FOLLOWS:
United States special forces may be sent to operate under cover throughout the world, under proposals being discussed by the Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, and senior military officers.
Mr Rumsfeld is anxious to expand the role of Special Operations in the campaign to capture or kill al-Qaeda leaders, Pentagon and intelligence officials say.
The plans could lead Special Operations units to get more deeply involved in long-term covert operations in countries where the US is not at war and, in some cases, where the local government is not informed of their presence.
This expansion of the military's involvement in clandestine activities could be justified, Pentagon officials said, by defining it as "preparation of the battlefield" in a campaign against terrorism that knows no boundaries.
Some officials outside the Pentagon have expressed concerns that the proposals could ultimately lead the military into covert operations that have traditionally been conducted by the CIA under tightly controlled legal conditions set out by the president and monitored by Congress.
The discussion whether to give Special Operations forces missions to capture or kill individual al-Qaeda leaders may at some point conflict with the presidential ban on assassinations.
In past administrations there was a clear effort to distinguish between the combat activities conducted by Special Operations forces and missions handled by the CIA.
But the line has gradually blurred as the campaign against terrorism required greater co-operation between law enforcement, intelligence and military officials.
Some senior advisers to Mr Rumsfeld said a legal finding allowing a mission to resort to murder against an al-Qaeda leader might not be necessary because the terrorist network's attack on September 11 created a state of armed conflict.
No formal plans have yet been written for Mr Rumsfeld, who is described by aides as frustrated over the failure of military operations in and around Afghanistan to eliminate al-Qaeda.
At least one Pentagon official said discussions were under way with intelligence agencies on how to co-ordinate new arrangements among them and Special Operations forces.
A number of Pentagon and Administration officials said a central goal of stepping up Special Operations missions would be to seek out terrorist leaders themselves in their safe houses or as they travelled the world to co-ordinate attacks or seek havens.
With a stealthy, mercurial adversary like al-Qaeda, which learnt quickly and adapted its tactics to the US response, the military had to be allowed to react just as quickly, a senior administration official said.
The head of the Special Operations Command, General Charles Holland, has briefed Mr Rumsfeld and a small group of senior Defence Department and military officers on initial proposals.

August 19
http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=913772002 (the Scotsman)
Afghan opium crop back to record levels
EXCERPT: "
The new Afghan government has 'largely failed' in its effort to eradicate the opium poppy crop in Afghanistan, which in recent years became the world’s biggest producer of the raw material for heroin, United Nations crop experts reported yesterday.
The 2002 crop was close to the record levels of the late 1990s and could be worth more than $1 billion (650 million) at the farm level in Afghanistan. The nation’s GDP for 1999 was put at $21 billion.
By the late 1990s, Afghanistan was supplying 70 per cent of the world’s opium. Then, in 2000, the Taleban government banned poppy cultivation and UN and US drug agencies determined that this led to an almost total - 96 per cent - reduction in acreage devoted to the crop in the 2001 growing season.
However, the US-led war that ousted the Taleban late last year prompted Afghan farmers to plant poppies again over tens of thousands of acres. . ."

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COMMENTARY
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This time around, the headlines speak for themselves. The 19 so-called 'hijackers" did not necessarily play any part in the conspiracy. The US was planning to go into Afghanistan anyway, and 9-11 was just the pretext. Opium production in Afghanistan is now at an all-time high.

I dearly wish I could devote more time to the HAARP story. HAARP is a tremendous can of worms. At first glance, the story may be reminiscent of Bart Simpson's paranoid ramblings about Major League Baseball trying to read his thoughts, but it must be serious if the Russian Duma takes it this seriously. For further reading, I would refer the reader to these other articles at Global Research:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO201A.html
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/FIT203A.html

You don't need me to tell you that we're going to war with Iraq soon and that it will have major consequences. Be prepared for the worst; hope for the best. And when I say "be prepared," I mean, make peace with all your neighbors, set aside some food, water, and fuel against a time of need, and ask yourself what's really important in life and what you really believe in.

Shalom.

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