THE WATCHMAN - A Publication of Mem Research
Vol. II No. 2
December 1, 2002

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CONTENTS
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Editor’s note / Announcements
Headlines
Commentary

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EDITOR’S NOTE / ANNOUNCEMENTS
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The AT&T Broadband site is now closed. The new site is www.memresearch.org. A few additions have been made to the website. The Eye on the Administration page has been updated. A 1965 speech by Ezra Taft Benson has been added; this speech is available nowhere else on the internet to my knowledge.

Watch the web site for updates on a forthcoming book by Kent Heiner with Lt. Colonel Dan Marvin, a retired special forces officer. The book, titled "Smoking Gun," will examine the murder of William Bruce Pitzer, a naval officer whose secret photographs and film footage of the Kennedy autopsy made him a threat to the powers-that-be and led to his assassination by the CIA.

We highly recommend Paul Thompson's 9/11 Timeline. It is absolutely fantastic in its thoroughness, choice of sources, organization, and quality of analysis.

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HEADLINES
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August 13
Agency Hushed Anthrax Scandal
http://www.floridatoday.com/!NEWSROOM/columnstoryA26753A.htm
The plot deepens in the famous 1975 death of Dr. Frank Olson: "'The disinformation campaign was brilliant,' [Olson's son] said several days later by phone from Maryland. 'Everyone was focused on my father's death as a mind-control story, which it never was. This was about biological warfare. My father's specialty was the aerosol delivery of anthrax.'"

September 4
General Ashcroft's Detention Camps
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0236/hentoff.php
The AG  is becoming an ever-more serious political liability for the administration. His latest outrage: suggesting detention camps where U.S. citizens arrested on U.S. soil could be dealt with outside due process of law.

September 5
Police-state tactics in Portland foreshadow the future
http://www.yellowtimes.org/print.php?sid=654

October 2
Anonymous 'Concerned Citizen' calls for U.N. resolution against the United States and ouster of George Bush
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CON210A.html
We'll second that.

October 4
Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin suggests duel between Bush, Hussein; White House scoffs.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/meast/10/03/iraq.bush.duel/
Too bad. 

October 6
Blessed Are The Peacemakers
A speech delivered by Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in Salt Lake City, Utah
http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,49-1-315-13,00.html
"Now, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what does the Lord expect of us? As a Church, we must renounce war and proclaim peace. As individuals, we should 'follow after the things which make for peace.'"

October 10
Congress hands Bush carte blanche for war in Iraq

October 16
Armey: Justice 'out of control'

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2002-10-16-armey-usat_x.htm
"House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, lashed out at the Justice Department Wednesday for what he called its 'lack of regard for personal civil liberties in America' while combating terrorism."

October 27
Gore Vidal claims 'Bush junta' complicit in 9/11
http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,819931,00.html
America's most controversial novelist calls for an investigation into whether the Bush administration deliberately allowed the terrorist attacks to happen.

November 3
Carve-up of oil riches begins

http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,825103,00.html
US plans to force the end of OPEC by occupying Iraq: "Planning for Iraq's post-Saddam oil industry is being driven by a coalition of neo-conservatives in Washington think-tanks with close links to the Bush administration, and with INC officials who have long enjoyed their support. Those hawks have long argued that US control of Iraq's oil would help deliver a second objective. That is the destruction of Opec, the oil producers' cartel, which they argue is 'evil' - that is, incompatible with American interests. "

The U.S. Government, Not the Hijackers, 'Chose' the Date of the 9-11 Attacks
http://www.911pi.com/honneger.htm
"From the start, the Bush Administration has insisted that anything like the 'planes-as-weapons' scenario of 9-11 was 'unthinkable' before 9-11. That's a Huge Lie. On Sept. 11, 2001 they had a brand-new counter-terror emergency response plan in place at the Pentagon for exactly that scenario, and had a counter-terror 'wargame' set to begin on exactly that scenario that very morning in the nation's capitol."

November 20
Homeland Security Dept. passed into law by Senate

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/324/nation/Security_overhaul_OK_d+.shtml

November 23
Federal appeals court rules in favor of increased wiretapping powers

http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_1137.shtml

November 28
Henry Kissinger to head official probe into 9-11
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,849369,00.html

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COMMENTARY
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The following is an excerpt from http://www.american-reporter.com/1981W/2.html

THE AMERICAN POLICE STATE IS NOW COMPLETE
Randolph T. Holhut

We got a preview of what the 108th Congress is going to be like with the Republicans' performance in ramming the Homeland Security Act through this month's lame duck session. . . . In an eerie replay of what happened last October with the USA Patriot Act, Congress overwhelmingly approved a massive law with many far-reaching consequences for Americans' civil liberties without even attempting to read the fine print. Quite simply, put the Patriot Act together with the Homeland Security Act and what you get is the foundation for the creation of the modern equivalent of the Gestapo or KGB.

Think that statement is an exaggeration? Here's a sampler of what to expect from from the new Department of Homeland Security:

Some may say the threat of terrorism demands tougher security measures. I say there's no threat anywhere that justifies such draconian abuse of our civil liberties - especially when you give this power to the most ruthless and unscrupulous presidential administration this nation has ever seen.

It's funny how the "terrorist" threats seem to pop up whenever the Bush administration wants something. Last fall's anthrax-by-mail attacks neatly coincided with the stampede to pass the Patriot Act. Of course, we still don't know who did it and we may never know.

When the stories came out in June about the extent of the advance warning that the Bush administration had regarding the Sept. 11 attacks, suddenly we got a bunch of vague warnings about potential terror attacks on the Fourth of July.

When the corporate scandals started getting too hot and President Bush and Vice President Cheney started to face criticism for less-than-ethical actions they had done during their time in the private sector, suddenly Saddam Hussein became the focus of all evil in the world and an immediate attack on Iraq was needed.

And in this month's home stretch of the debate over the Homeland Security Act, Osama bin Laden - the man who was supposed to be dead - popped up with another one of his propaganda tapes.

The result of this game that the Bush administration has so skillfully played is clear. The fear level gets ratcheted up, the original debate gets forgotten and our elected officials rush to line up behind President Bush so they won't be thought of as unpatriotic. Meanwhile, pay no heed to the loss of your civil liberties. After all, it's only going to be a temporary thing and if you're not guilty of anything, you've nothing to worry about. Right?

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The following is a synopsis of a timeline and commentary found at www.weyrich.com/political_issues/reichstag_fire.html , with additional comments by the editor in bold.

THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT

Ask the average American "man on the street" what the Reichstag Fire was, and chances are he will not be able to tell you. They say that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Review the events listed below regarding Nazi Germany and carefully consider their parallels with contemporary America.

January 30, 1933

Weimar Republic President Paul von Hindenburg appoints Adolph Hitler Chancellor.

February 27, 1933

The German Parliament (Reichstag) burns down. A dazed Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe is found at the scene and charged with arson. [He is later found guilty and executed].

This attack on the national legislature was a highly sensational event. Compare the national shock of 9/11 and the subsequent anthrax mailings to congress.

February 28, 1933

President Hindenburg and Chancellor Hitler invoke Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, which permits the suspension of civil liberties in time of national emergency. This Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the People and State abrogates the following constitutional protections:

Free expression of opinion
Freedom of the press
Right of assembly and association
Right to privacy of postal and electronic communications
Protection against unlawful searches and seizures

The attack on the legislature created an atmosphere of fear which led to the suspension of constitutional government. Compare the USA PATRIOT act passed in October 2001 by a panic-stricken congress. Attorney General John Ashcroft wants to suspend habueas corpus and due process, and put US citizens accused of terrorism - arrested on US soil - in "camps."

A supplemental decree created the SA (Storm Troops) and SS (Special Security) Federal police agencies. Today, we call it the Homeland Security Department. It was created by Congress in November 2002 after lengthy negotiations with the Bush administration. Pres. Bush insisted on having control over the department which amounts to having power to fire employees for political reasons. Can you have any faith in the integrity of this organization?

ANALYSIS

The events in 1933 can be summarized as follows:

Historians do not agree on who is actually responsible for the Reichstag Fire: van der Lubbe acting alone --a Communist plot -- or the Nazis themselves in order to create an incident. Writers such as Klaus P. Fischer feel that most likely the Nazis were involved. It is no more clear than this that the Bush administration is innocent in the 9-11 attacks.

But regardless of who actually planned and executed the fire, it is clear that the Nazis (and the Bush administration) immediately took advantage of the situation in order to advance their cause at the expense of civil rights.

The Decree enabled the Nazis to ruthlessly suppress opposition in the upcoming election. Compare the suspicious death of Sen. Wellstone in 2002 and the near-complete failure of the Democratic Party to offer any opposition to the administration or its current and planned wars of aggression abroad. The Democrats aren't just weak; they are terrified. Shouldn't you be?

While it is not clear whether the Nazis intentionally set the Reichstag fire in order to create a national crisis, or whether the Nazis simply were opportunistic, the event was used as justification for a sharp curtailment in constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties.

The Nazis took advantage of the additional Federal police powers to suppress opponents. It is clear that in other situations, the Nazis did use the tactic of creating a "law and order" crisis so that they could provide a solution which further eroded civil liberties and entrenched their power.

The right-wing Nazis and the left-wing communists were cut from the same cloth -- the point is not that the far right destroyed civil rights. Rather, the point is that a democracy can be destroyed by creating a law-and-order crisis and offering as a 'solution' the abdication of civil liberties and state's rights to a powerful but unaccountable central authority.

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HOW JOHN ASHCROFT MADE ME A CARD-CARRYING MEMBER OF THE ACLU
Kent Heiner

I was a Republican true believer during the 1980s. Up until now, I haven't seen eye to eye with the ACLU on much of anything. So much has changed.

If you need a breath of cool, fresh air, you ought to see the American Civil Liberties Union's new TV spot, depicting John Asjcroft for what he is: an enemy of the Constitution and of the American people. If you haven't had the good fortune to see this spot on your local cable or broadcast channel, you can catch it at http://stream.realimpact.net/rihurl.ram?file=realimpact/aclu/general_video/aclun_ashcroft_02 . I liked it so much I joined the organization; I hope my membership fee will help put this message on many more TV screens.

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INCHING OUR WAY TOWARDS REALITY

We call your attention to the article, "The U.S. Government, Not the Hijackers, 'Chose' the Date of the 9-11 Attacks", at http://www.911pi.com/honneger.htm .

There we read: "From the start, the Bush Administration has insisted that anything like the 'planes-as-weapons' scenario of 9-11 was 'unthinkable' before 9-11. That's a Huge Lie. On Sept. 11, 2001 they had a brand-new counter-terror emergency response plan in place at the Pentagon for exactly that scenario, and had a counter-terror 'wargame' set to begin on exactly that scenario that very morning in the nation's capitol. . .

"Military aircraft had more than enough time - nearly three quarters of an hour - to respond to and intercept the 9-11 Pentagon plane after all key decision makers were 100% certain the Twin Tower hits had been terrorist attacks and that Flight 77 had also been hijacked, but didn't do so 'in time'. This is beyond comprehension over the nation's capital unless some previous piece of information or mental set led them to assume the Pentagon plane could not be a terrorist vehicle, or at least confuse them as to whether it was or not. If those looking on from inside the Pentagon as 9-11 unfolded believed flight 77 was, or might be, part of a 'Red Team' counter-terror exercise set for that very morning, it would explain the otherwise incomprehensible delay, almost to the point of paralysis, in effectively scrambling interceptors."

We have known for several weeks that the Pentagon had scheduled these drills for 9-11. We also have known almost from the day of the attacks that they could not have succeeded in the measure they did without deliberate inaction on the part of the U.S. military and its commander-in-chief. Kudos to Ms. Honneger for arranging these pieces of the 9-11 puzzle in the correct order to make the bigger picture clear.

Unfortunately, this is still only a partial explanation of the tragedy. Before we exclude the Pentagon from suspicion of having taken an active and treasonous role in the events of 9-11, we must answer the following questions:

Who leaked the war-game plans to the hostile forces?

How do we explain the almost complete absence of plane wreckage and scorched earth at the Pentagon crash site? How many Pentagon employees and family members were aboard the "doomed" flight and where are they now?

Eyewitness descriptions of the "plane" that hit the Pentagon agree that the "plane" was much smaller than an airliner. In fact these descriptions, on-scene video footage, and the damage to the Pentagon are all much more consistent with a cruise missile than a passenger jet. Where would such a missile have originated?

Further reading: http://www.koolpages.com/killtown/pentalawn2000.html

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