of Supervillains, Terrorist Organizations, Petty Thugs, and Evil Plots

Maintained by Rogue, SHAFT's Database Manager

Yellow text indicates information gleaned from Above Top Secret SHIELD intelligence files that is being released to the public for the first time by former SHIELD Director Nick Fury.

The Legion of Terror and its 5 most recent Supreme Commanders are listed first.  

The rest of the entries are alphabetical.  

Entries are cross-referenced by way of hyperlinks.


LEGION OF TERROR

Aliases:  The Octopus, the "Anti-Terrorism" Coalition (See: War on Terror).

The Legion of Terror is the most nefarious cartel of supervillains ever to menace the Earth, and the most successful, as it is the first to ever actually accomplish the goal of world domination. It long ago eclipsed or absorbed all other fascist organizations of global reach, such as HYDRA and AIM, and is putting the finishing touches on its worldwide authoritarian regime. Its greatest victory was accomplished through the use of propaganda, creating for itself an image legitimacy that duped even the Earth's mightiest heroes.

An evil alliance of tyrants with most of the world's armies and resources at their disposal, the Legion of Terror combats terrorism the way the Mafia fights crime -- by mercilessly crushing the competition. It is one of the greatest threats to humanity in history.

The Supreme Commander of the Legion of Terror is known as the POTUS. George Dubya Bush is the current Supreme Commander, having been appointed by the Supreme Court to rule over America and the so-called "Free World," a clever euphemism for the Legion's subjects.

The Legion retains its iron stranglehold over the population of Earth with the ultimate weapon of mass destruction, a doomsday device known simply and cryptically as The Machine

The Machine is comprised of an as-yet unknown number of components, although some are easily identifiable, such as the world governments and their alphabet soup of covert agencies; international banks, the military-industrial complex, mass media, global corporations, organized crime, and organized religion.

Some of the more notorious cells within these components include the CIA, the Vatican, the Mafia, Wall Street, ECHELON, the IMF (International Monetary Fund), G7/G8, and the WTO (World Trade Organization), just to name a few. Commonly employed tactics include warmongering, government gangsterism, and terrorism.

While the Legion of Terror has become expert at manipulating it, in actuality The Machine is such a well-oiled mechanism that it runs itself, perpetuating misery on a global scale while it preserves the power and wealth of the elite masters.

Most humans have been assimilated into The Machine as drones and never see the manner in which it manipulates their lives. And because the dark forces of the Legion of Terror are broken up into factions that have infiltrated every level of every nation on Earth, they provide no single front against which to launch and attack or mount a defense.

Also, the Legion is able to hold onto power by employing the single most effective strategy in history: Divide and conquer. The people of the world are kept busy fighting among themselves -- over race, religion, sex, morality, politics, you name it -- and never realize they share a common enemy.

The rest of this database is devoted to analyzing the the Legion of Terror's minions and the myriad components of The Machine. These elements function as a network of conspiracies that work together at certain times and function independently at others. It is only by truly understanding our society that we can ever hope to change it for the better.

The Legion of Terror tries to paint the world in black and white, present every conflict as a battle of good versus evil, and justify its actions in the name of national security. However, a brief skimming of this database should make it plainly obvious that the Legion's goals are 2 simple things: Money & Power. The System they have created is for the rich and powerful, by the rich and powerful. The rest of us are a means to an end.


PRESIDENT CARTER  Reign of Terror: 1976-1980

Defeated Howard the Duck in the 1976 presidential race.

Secretly approved CIA plans to overthrow the government of Afghanistan in July 1979 in order to provoke a Soviet intervention.  The Soviets invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979.


PRESIDENT REAGAN  Reign of Terror: 1980-1988

Fun Factoid:

“Between 1980 and 1989, some 138 appointees of the Reagan administration either resigned under an ethical cloud or were criminally indicted. This marks the largest collection of political wrongdoers in the nation’s history.”

--Elite Deviance, David R. Simon & D. Stanley Eitzen

Assassinated in 1980 by John Hinckley and replaced with a faulty SHIELD LMD (Life Model Decoy) that was controlled like a puppet by Vice President George Bush throughout "Reagan's" two terms in office.

The LMD's head has since been mounted on a table in the War Room of the Pentagon, where it spurs military personnel to action by saying "Win one for the Gipper" whenever anyone passes in front of it and sets off its motion sensors.

It eagerly awaits the opportunity to be installed as the guidance system in an SDI "Star Wars" satellite.

See also Iran-Contra, October Surprise, Saddam Hussein.


PRESIDENT EVIL  Reign of Terror: 1988-1992

Legal Name: George Herbert Walker Bush

Aliases: Huge Berserk Rebel Warthog; Poppy Bush

Group Affiliation: The Carlyle Group

Former CIA Director and Vice President of the US.

As Vice President under Reagan in the '80s, covertly initiated and supported financing, intelligence, and military aid to build up Saddam Hussein's Iraq. As President, authorized funding in 1989 that allowed Saddam Hussein to build an army and develop biological and chemical weapons (Sarin gas, etc.). Sent troops to Iraq in 1991 to fight that army.  See Persian Gulf War.

Former President & CEO of Zapata Oil.

See also The Bush Dynasty.

Quote: "I will never apologize for the United States of America -- I don't care what the facts are." 

Quoted in Newsweek, August 15, 1989, he was commenting on the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by the U.S. warship Vincennes, killing 290 passengers.


PRESIDENT BUBBA  Reign of Terror: 1992-2000

Legal Name: William Jefferson Clinton

Following Khalilzad's advice, funded the Taliban through Pakistani Intelligence (ISI) and paid the salaries of high-ranking Taliban officials, in order to support a regime that would safeguard UNOCAL's oil interests.

Constitutional Violations:

Quotes:  

President Bubba said the relative calm in the day after the gunfire inside Columbine was a good time for parents everywhere to reassure children of their safety - and “to take this moment once again to hammer home to all the children of America that violence is wrong.”

 He also beseeched parents to “ask what else they can do to shield our children from violent images and experiences that warp young perceptions and obscure the consequences of violence - to show our children by the power of our own example how to resolve conflicts peacefully.”

 A week earlier, President Bubba discussed the bombing of Kosovo by the US, explaining his efforts to beat Milosevic into submission:

Clinton said NATO airstrikes that began March 24 will continue until Milosevic's Serb forces are too weak to fight in Kosovo or until he agrees to peace and autonomy for the Serbian province's ethnic Albanians.

 “Our campaign will continue, shifting the balance of power against him until we succeed,” Clinton said in an opinion piece in the Sunday Times. “Ultimately, Mr. Milosevic must either cut his mounting losses or lose his ability to maintain his grip on Kosovo.”


PRESIDENT EVIL 2

Legal Name: George Walker Bush

Aliases: Ultimate Dubya, The Shrub, Generalissimo El Busho, President Evil's "Mini Me"

Group Affiliation:  Legion of Terror

“I am literally comparing Bush and his cronies to Hitler, only Hitler had a smaller vision.” --Patch Adams

After getting appointed to the White House, immediately resumed relations with the Taliban, which was officially a rogue regime in the final months of the Bubba administration.

Illegally changed an Executive Order, declaring that in the state of "national emergency" caused by the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, he was going to prevent the release of papers from the Reagan presidency, even though their release is mandated by The Presidential Records Act of 1978. These papers would probably shed some light on the criminality of the Reagan-Bush (the elder) years of Iran-Contra, the savings-and-loan plundering of American taxpayers and the hand-over-fist drug dealing by the CIA at the direction of Dubya's Dad. But now, in violation of the law, you will never see them.  Nor will you likely ever see the papers from the 89-93 Bush presidency, or the Clinton years, not to mention those of the current administration. A neat and clean method for covering up criminal actions.

P.E.2 has consistently used the War on Terror as an excuse to increase the power of government, eliminate civil liberties, and divert attention (and deflect criticism) from his current and past crimes.

Quotes: “There ought to be limits to freedom!”

“If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.”  

“Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”

See also Bush Dynasty and Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones.


AL-QAEDA

International terrorist network of Islamic fundamentalists. A spin-off of the mujahideen, it was founded in 1988 by Osama bin Laden to carry the holy war beyond Afghanistan. Responsible for the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, and the bombing of the destroyer U.S.S. Cole in Yemen in 2000. Offered ideological guidance and financial assistance to the Taliban. Blamed for the September 11 Terrorist Attacks.


AMERICAN OIL INTERESTS

For the sake of global oil acquisition, the US supports some of the most repressive, anti-democratic, oil-friendly regimes in the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. That is the essence of US foreign policy.

The US supplied Colombia with $100 million to train and equip an army brigade to protect an oil pipeline belonging to Occidental Petroleum. The US is also increasing military aid to Nigeria, our leading source of African oil, and a country with a dismal human rights record.

In Central Asia, the US is establishing military bases and training local defense forces. The Caspian Sea basin holds the world’s largest reserves of oil after the Persian Gulf. Plans for Trans-Afghanistan pipelines to transport oil and gas have a new lease on life with the defeat of the Taliban.

The US military has been used to promote private oil interests throughout the history of the oil business. Major General Smedley Butler of the U.S. Marine Corps put it bluntly in 1935: “I helped make Mexico . . . safe for American oil interests in 1914. . . . In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.” A self-described “gangster for capitalism” who “helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street,” Butler experienced a conversion in later life, and became an outspoken critic of U.S. military interventions.

Dick Cheney's national energy plan to obtain increased supplies of foreign oil will require more than trade deals and diplomacy - - it will also require the threat of or the use of force to dissuade hostile forces from attempting to obstruct the flow of petroleum to the United States. This, in turn, will require an enhanced U.S. capacity to operate militarily in areas of likely fighting over oil. It is for this reason that Washington is expanding the American military presence in the Persian Gulf area and beginning to establish such a presence in the Caspian basin (notably in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan). And while these efforts have been accelerated since Sept. 11, it is important to note that they began well before that date.


RICHARD ARMITAGE

Deputy Secretary of State

A career covert operative and former Navy Seal. Formerly an Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan until he was connected to various CIA scandals that involved providing weapons to enemies of the US.  Connected to CIA drug-running operations throughout his career, including Iran-Contra.

Colin Powell, the Secretary of State, once referred to Armitage as "my white son."

President Evil sent Armitage to Russia in the 1990s to help it make the transition to capitalism, resulting in an explosion of drug trafficking by the Russian Mafia, which effectively seized control of the country immediately afterwards.   

In 1997, UNOCAL contracted Armitage to work on Central Asia pipeline interests, along with Robert Oakley, former US ambassador to Pakistan and US special envoy to Somalia.

Armitage, along with The Carlyle Group's Frank Carlucci, is a board member of the Middle East Policy Council, an influential Washington think tank.


STORMTROOPER ASHCROFT

Attorney General of the United States of America

Legal Name: John Ashcroft

Seems to be operating according to the time-honored military strategy of destroying a place to save it from the enemy... in this particular instance, the place is America.

Has urged various federal agencies to actively resist Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. 

Six weeks before President Evil 2 picked him for Attorney General, Ashcroft failed to get reelected to the Senate when he was defeated by a dead man. (He's obviously not popular with voters in Missouri).

At the 2002 "Big Brother Awards," Privacy International, a London-based activist organization made up of privacy experts and human rights organizations from several dozen countries, presented Ashcroft with the "Worst Government Official" award. Privacy International said the top U.S. law enforcement officer is responsible for a massive increase in wiretapping of phones and other electronics and for the imprisonment without charge of as many as 1,200 people in the United States in the wake of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks.

Quote:

“To those ... who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists — for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America’s enemies and pause to America’s friends. They encourage people of goodwill to remain silent in the face of evil.”


JAMES BATH

Texas investment banker who funded Dubya's Arbusto Oil firm with $50,000 in 1976 ("arbusto" means "shrub" in Spanish! Isn't that great?). Bath was the U.S. investment counselor for the bin Laden family at the time. Bath has also been connected to the CIA, Iran-Contra, and the Savings & Loan scandal.


BAY OF PIGLETS

April 12, 2002 coup in Venezuela in which the democratically-elected president (Hugo Chavez) was ousted by conspirators (trained at the US's School of Assassins) after they met with senior members of the Bush Administration. Venezuela, the world's 4th largest oil producer, provides 15% of America's oil supply.

Chavez was replaced with "interim president" Pedro Carmona Estanga, the chief of a national businessman's association, after Chavez repeatedly defied US business interests. Estanga immediately suspended scheduled elections, tossed out laws regulating big business, and dissolved Venezuela's National Assembly and Supreme Court, actions that the US media described as pro-democracy. The coup, which was supported by the IMF (International Monetary Fund), was condemned by every country in the Western hemisphere except for the US.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Venezuela, and Chavez was back in power on April 13. Several coup leaders reportedly fled to Miami.


BCCI

Bank of Credit and Commerce International (a.k.a. Bank of Crooks and Criminals International)

British-Pakistani bank which used secret offshore accounts for global money laundering and which victimized many to the tune of $8 billion before it was shut down in 1991. It was the conduit for funding of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

The CIA also used BCCI to facilitate a host of other covert operations, including funding of the Contras, illegal arms sales to Iran, George Bush's efforts to pump weapons to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and Edwin Wilson's "unauthorized" arming of Libya. 

"B.C.C.I. is the largest corporate criminal enterprise ever, the biggest Ponzi scheme, the most pervasive money-laundering operation and financial supermarket ever created for the likes of Manuel Noriega, Ferdinand Marcos, Saddam Hussein, and the Columbian drug lords." --Time magazine

Roughly $20 billion of BCCI's assets remain unaccounted for.


BIN LADEN FAMILY

Alias:  The Binladin Family (alternate spelling)

Controls the Saudi Binladin Group, a multibillion-dollar conglomerate based in Saudi Arabia.

Investors in the Carlyle Group, on whose behalf President Evil visited the Binladin Family twice in Saudi Arabia.

Shafig bin Laden, one of Osama’s many brothers, attended a Carlyle conference at a Washington hotel on September 11, 2001, illustrating the fact that President Evil works for a firm that was helping make the Binladin family richer.

The FBI was not allowed to investigate the Binladin Family prior to September 11, 2001, for political reasons, because the US government was involved in negotiations concerning the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline.


OSAMA BIN LADEN

CIA-trained and funded terrorist. Founder of Al-Qaeda

Member of the bin Laden Family of Afghanistan. As one of the 50+ children of Muhammad bin Laden, who made a fortune building palaces for the royal family in Saudi Arabia, Osama inherited an estimated $30-$300 million.  

Given credit for masterminding the September 11 Terrorist Attacks.


THE BUSH DYNASTY

Prescott Bush: Dubya's grandfather. With the help of George Herbert Walker (Dubya's great-grandfather), provided early support for Hitler through the Hamburg-Amerika Steamship line that funneled large sums of money and weapons to Hitler's storm troopers in the 1920s. Used the Union Bank Corporation to funnel vast quantities of money to the Nazis and to manage their American interests. The profits from those investments came back to Bush allies on Wall Street.

According to classified documents from Dutch intelligence and US government archives, Prescott Bush made considerable profits off Auschwitz slave labor. Dubya himself is an heir to these profits from the holocaust which were placed in a blind trust in 1980 by his father, former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

Prescott Bush went on to become an influential Republican Senator from Connecticut and a regular golfing partner of President Dwight Eisenhower. His attorneys were the lawyers John Foster and Allen Dulles. Dulles later became Eisenhower's CIA Director.

Jeb Bush: Governor of Florida, where he aided Dubya in usurping the presidency. During the 2000 Presidential Election, Jeb illegally excluded at least 50,000 voters (94% Democrats) from voting at the polls in Florida. 80-100,000 people total, most of them black, were prevented from voting in Florida in that election, which means that the determining factor in the election wasn't so much the Florida count, but the Florida "no-count."


THE CARLYLE GROUP

Washington, DC Defense Contractor and Private Equity Investment Firm, unofficially valued at 3.5 billion dollars.

Owns the companies which make weapons, vehicles, and equipment for the US Military, i.e. the $150-billion-a-year U.S. Defense Industry.

Example: United Defense, a Virginia-based contractor which makes vertical missile launch systems currently on board US Navy ships in the Arabian sea, as well as a range of other weapons delivery systems and combat vehicles. United Defense went public in November 2001, turning Carlyle's $130 million investment into $900 million. 

Also works as a financial adviser to the government of Saudi Arabia.

Known Employees:

Known Investors:

Spokesmen:

One of Carlyle's first purchases was an airline food business called Caterair. George Bush Jr. was appointed to the board of Caterair in 1990, and served until 1992. After becoming Governor of Texas, he appointed several members of the board of  the Texas teachers pension fund, which invested $100 million of public money in the Carlyle Group. At the time, he was also a senior trustee of the University of Texas, which invested $10 million with Carlyle. Sweet.


CARNIVORE

A hardware-software device the FBI secretly developed at its lab in Quantico, Va. Dubbed Carnivore because of its ability to find "the meat" among millions of e-mails, Carnivore scans every incoming and outgoing e-mail message on a network looking for telltale words or names, and saves those messages for later retrieval by law enforcement. Carnivore can also track instant messages, visits to websites, and Internet relay chat sessions.

The FBI admits that Carnivore will scan millions of e-mail messages from innocent people to find a tiny number of messages from people suspected of crimes. That's no different than if the FBI opened everyone's mail hoping to find a letter from a criminal, or listened in on everyone's phone calls just in case a crime was being discussed.

The FBI has already installed the device at dozens of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) around the country, and claims it has used it "fewer than 50 times" so far. In many cases, the FBI keeps the device in a locked cage on the ISP's premises, with agents making daily visits to retrieve the captured data.

Many ISPs have refused to allow the FBI to install Carnivore, citing concerns that the privacy of all their customers could be violated. But earlier this year, a federal judge ruled against one such ISP, leaving it no choice but to allow the FBI access to its system.

Predictably, the FBI promises to limit surveillance to messages from suspected hackers, terrorists, or drug dealers. But considering that this is the same agency that quietly inserted "roving telephone tap" authority into federal law and illegally turned over confidential personnel files to the Clinton White House, you shouldn't be expected to trust it with your confidential e-mails.

Carnivore is more than a threat to your ordinary e-mail correspondence -- it also gives government bureaucrats the ability to spy on your online banking transactions, because it has the ability to monitor all digital communications. The bottom line is that your privacy won't be protected as long as Carnivore is on the loose.

See also ECHELON.


DICK CHENEY 

Vice President of the United States of America

Assets: $81.7 million

Served as Secretary of Defense during the Persian Gulf War.

Former Group Affiliation: Halliburton

Before leaving with a $34 million bonus, Cheney was CEO of Halliburton, during which time the company was doing millions of dollars worth of business with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein

During Iran-Contra Congressman Dick Cheney of the House Intelligence Committee was a rabid supporter of Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North.

Quote: “You've got to go where the oil is.... I don't worry about it a lot.”

Cheney has his own award named after him: the DICK, which "honors outstanding achievements in the art of duping the masses and using public resources for personal gain."

See American Oil Interests.


CHEVRON

Oil giant that operates in 25 countries scattered over six continents. Accused of complicity with the Nigerian military and Mobile Police — a force so brutal it is known locally as the "Kill ’n Go" — in perpetrating human rights abuses, including extrajudiciary killings, beatings and detentions against local communities who have protested Chevron’s production activities in Nigeria’s delta region.

Chevron is involved throughout Central Asia, and has invested more than $20 billion in Kazakhstan alone. From 1989 to 1992 National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was on the board of directors of Chevron, and was its main expert on Kazakhstan. Chevron has an oil tanker named the Condoleezza Rice.

See also Kazakh State Oil Board.


CIA

The Central Intelligence Agency

When a US president or an American corporation needs a foreign democratic government overthrown, who do they call to get the job done? The CIA! 

A full accounting of the CIA's crimes would fill an entire database on its own. Following are some recent highlights.

Secretly aided the mujahideen in their efforts to topple the government of Afghanistan in the 1980s. Trained them as terrorists and sent them arms and money.  Saudi Arabia sent matching funds.  A quote from Bill Casey, who was Director of the CIA during the Reagan years:

“The conduit of arms was running smoothly... Arms were being purchased on the international market with Saudi money and the CIA was flying them from Dhahran to Islamabad... The CIA was also flying in weapons and ammunition... Ten thousand tons of arms and ammunition were going through the channel every year. By 1985, this would rise to 65,000 tons.”

(Quoted in Peter Schweizer's book, Victory—The Reagan Administration’s Secret Strategy that Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union.)

Pressured President Evil 2 not to send ground troops into Afghanistan to support the Northern Alliance, in order to placate Pakistan and the Taliban.  The alternative -- carpet-bombing Afghanistan -- resulted in thousands of civilian deaths (exceeding the September 11 death toll in the US, in case you're keeping score).

The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, 6 million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations.

The CIA: Keeping the world safe from democracy.

A nightclub in Langley, Virginia:

They just smuggled 20 tons of heroin and cocaine into the US, overthrew a democratically-elected government, tortured some civilians, and planted a car bomb that killed dozens of men, women, and children...

Now CIA agents Jason Bourne and Jack Ryan are going to celebrate a job well done.

Photo taken by CIA agent Frank Lowell the night before Bourne & Ryan received their official commendations and job promotions.

See also CIA Directors, School of Assassins, Operation Paper Clip, Nazification of the CIA


CIA DIRECTORS

"It's not the principle of the thing. It's the money." 

Count the Bankers & Wall Street Lawyers:

William "Wild Bill" Donovan: Wall Street lawyer who ran the OSS (the World War II Office of Strategic Services, from which the CIA sprang). He hand picked Ivy League graduates and Wall Street figures (including Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, and William J. Casey -- see below) to form an East Coast intelligence elite. Donovan recruited so many of the nation's rich and powerful that eventually people joked that "OSS" stood for "Oh, so social!" or "Oh, such snobs!"

Clark Clifford: Wall Street lawyer and banker who wrote the National Security Act, which created the CIA. Clifford was instrumental in getting the corrupt CIA drug bank BCCI a license to operate on American shores.

Frank Wisner: Wall Street lawyer who led the Office of Policy Coordination, the covert-action wing of the CIA created in 1948.

Allen Dulles: CIA Director, Wall Street lawyer from the Sullivan and Cromwell firm.

John Foster: President Eisenhower's Secretary of State, brother of Allen Dulles, Wall Street lawyer from the Sullivan and Cromwell firm.

Nelson Rockefeller: President Eisenhower's personal liaison with the CIA.

William Raborn: CIA Director under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Sat on the board of E-Systems, Inc., a secretive Dallas-based defense contractor well known for maintaining the electronic gear on Air Force One. E-Systems bought Air Asia from the CIA in 1975.

Richard Helms: CIA Director under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Allegedly started the BCCI. See also Laili Helms.

William Colby: CIA Director during the Nixon Administration. Officer and lawyer for the Nugan Hand Bank of Sydney, which helped the CIA topple the government of Australia. With branches in Saudi Arabia, Europe, Southeast Asia, South America and the U.S., Nugan Hand Bank financed drug trafficking, money laundering and international arms dealings. In 1980, amidst several mysterious deaths, the bank collapsed, $50 million in debt.

William J. Casey: CIA Director during Iran-Contra. Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Nixon. Former Wall Street lawyer and a stockbroker.

Robert Gates: CIA Director during the first Bush Administration. Joined the board of defense contractor Scientific Applications International Corp (SAIC), which was indicted in 1990 by the Justice Department on 10 felony counts for fraud in its management of a Superfund toxic cleanup site. (SAIC pleaded guilty.) In 1993 the Justice Department sued SAIC for civil fraud on an F15 fighter contract. In May 1995 SAIC settled a suit that charged it had lied about security system tests it conducted for a Treasury Department currency plant in Fort Worth, TX. (SAIC paid the government $125,000 to cover the cost of the investigation as part of that settlement.)

James Woolsey: CIA Director during the Clinton Administration. Vice President of consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

John Deutsch: CIA Director during the Clinton Administration. In 1996 he joined the board of Citigroup, the nation's second largest bank, bringing with him the former Executive Director of the CIA, Nora Slatkin. Citigroup has been repeatedly and overtly involved in the documented laundering of drug money. This includes their 2001 purchase of  Banamex, a Mexican bank known to launder drug money. Deutsch is now on the board of Schlumberger (the second largest oil services firm after Halliburton) which does business with Iraq through subsidiaries.

A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard: Executive Director of the CIA, former CEO of Deutschebank-Alex Brown (the nation's oldest investment banking firm) and Vice Chairman of the Board of Bankers Trust.

David Doherty:  Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange, retired General Counsel of the CIA.

The CIA is now operating a university somewhere in northern Virginia. According to an entry in a June 24 newsletter published by an association of former intelligence officers, some of the courses taught at the university are “economic trends, international banking, the world oil market, and how the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, etc. and other non-governmental organizations work.”


CONDO

National Security Advisor 

Legal Name: Condoleezza Rice

Former Group Affiliation:  Chevron

A former Board Member and Central Asian Envoy of  Chevron, who named an oil tanker after her.

As National Security Adviser, Condo inevitably will be confronted with decisions that directly affect the business of her former company; oil has been the key factor in U.S. foreign relations for the past 50 years. From containing Iraq in the Middle East to dealing with separatist movements in Southeast Asia to setting African policy, Chevron’s interests will come into play at almost every turn.

Quote: “I don’t think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another airplane and slam it into the Pentagon.” 


CONSPIRACY


CONSUMERISM

One of the many methods that citizens of the USA are bonded into slavery.

"I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy."

--George W. Bush, 9 days after the September 11 Terrorist Attacks. (It's all about priorities, people.)

The response to Bush's speech, including his plan to save America from terrorists by shopping 'til you drop, was overwhelming. Even extraterrestrial immigrants demonstrated their solidarity with the president, taking to the malls and chanting, "Consume Mass Quantities!"


ECHELON

Secret project that enables the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor domestic phone lines and Internet traffic.

ECHELON is a surveillance network under which the governments of the US, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand routinely circumvent prohibitions on domestic electronic spying by having the agencies of the other governments do it for them. (Operating on the "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" principle).

ECHELON captures staggering volumes of satellite, microwave, cellular and fiber-optic traffic -- in other words, the world's telephone calls, faxes, and emails. This vast quantity of voice and data communications are then processed through sophisticated filtering technologies.

Although its existence has been common knowledge in other countries for years, the National Security Agency (echoed by American mass media) has consistently denied it. Even after the European Union confirmed ECHELON's existence last year, it is still not acknowledged by the US government.

The European Parliament is up in arms over reports that ECHELON is used, not for the sake of national security, but to boost the competitive edge of US corporations against their European counterparts. Imagine that.

That sound you hear is this mammoth information blackholesun sucking up your privacy and civil liberties.

"National security is the cause of national insecurity."

--Hagbard Celine

See also Carnivore.


ENRON

The Enron Scandal, which implicates the Bush Administration, revolves around the company's bankruptcy, after which the executives were all still rich, and the employees were either living on the street or posing for Playboy.

Enron invested $3 billion in a power station in India that was losing money because Enron could not get natural gas from Turkmenistan without a Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline. Enron also had contracts to test the feasibility of constructing pipelines throughout the region.

Major contributor to the Bush-Cheney campaign and Ashcroft's 2000 Senate campaign.

In early 2001, held numerous secret Energy Task Force meetings with VP Cheney.


FBI

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jackbooted thugs of the US federal government, involved in such debacles as Waco and Ruby Ridge. More on these bastards later.

See also Carnivore.


FISC 

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Secret Star Chamber in the Justice Department that consistently whores itself out to the intelligence community by signing search warrants and granting permission for electronic surveillance on request. FISC is completely anonymous and unaccountable; it rulings are sealed forever, and the identities of the judges who sit on it are unknown. Since its formation in 1978, it has rubberstamped 11,999 requests out of the 12,000 applications it received from federal agents.


GOVERNMENT

An organized crime syndicate perpetuating a scam that makes them the most successful mob in human history: They set themselves apart from other thugs by self-righteously claiming the moral high ground and by holding periodic popularity contests which allow their victims to vote on which gangsters they would prefer to have extorting money from them. 

See: Government Gangsterism.

Governments utilize 5 basic rules to retain power:

1. Keep the people in fear of losing their protection from unspeakable evils (see Terror Warnings);

2. Keep the people afraid of each other by means of race, sex, age, language, culture, etc; 

3. Create conflict so that the powers that govern can be seen to solve the conflict, thus keeping people submissive; 

4. Isolate and destroy any independent thinkers; and 

5. Always deny the truth.


GOVERNMENT GANGSTERISM

One of the best models for use in understanding US foreign policy is the Mafia. The US is essentially a Mafia godfather on a global scale, who occasionally finds it necessary to whack former clients, such as Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda, etc. 

All of the above were funded and trained by the CIA, and remained in the godfather's good graces until they stopped obeying orders. At that point it became necessary to make an example of them so that other clients didn't get any ideas.

These examples always come in the form of "demonstration wars," using murder and torture to drive home the point to these Third World countries that they are not independent of The Machine.

President Evil 2 shows the kids an employee management technique he picked up from Al Capone.


HALLIBURTON

World's largest oil-drilling company; an international oil-field, petrochemical, nuclear, and construction services corporation; 5th largest military contractor and the biggest non-union employer in the US.

Routinely enters into partnerships with the dictators and despots of the world's most notorious governments, including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Burma, Croatia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Nigeria, and Somalia.  Skirts or eliminates US sanctions in order to do business in countries that consistently violate human rights, use forced labor, or engage in ethnic cleansing.

Major contributor to the Bush-Cheney campaign.  Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton until the election.

Did $28.8 million in business with Saddam Hussein while Cheney was CEO.

Made hundreds of millions of dollars cleaning up Kuwait and Iraq's oil fields after Operation Desert Storm.

Contributor to John Ashcroft's 2000 Senate Race.

The Halliburton Company will be a major benefactor in the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline deal.


LAILI HELMS

Relative of former CIA Director Richard Helms and King Zahir Shah. She was the Taliban’s unofficial envoy to the US and arranged for various Taliban officials to visit the United States.


SADDAM HUSSEIN

President of Iraq; pawn of President Evil and President Evil 2

Funded and armed by the US government in the '80s in his war against Iran, which would consume a million lives before the cease-fire in 1988. At the advice of CIA Director William Casey, in 1982 President Reagan ordered the Defense Department and the CIA to contribute to the carnage by supplying the Iraqi military with intelligence information, advice, and hardware for battle. Casey "personally spearheaded the effort to insure that Iraq had sufficient military weapons, ammunition and vehicles to avoid losing the Iran-Iraq war," according to one of Reagan's National Security officials. A vast network of companies, based in the U.S. and abroad, eagerly fed the Iraqi war machine right up until August 1990, when Saddam invaded Kuwait.

Described by President Evil as the "Butcher of Baghdad" and "worse than Hitler" in order to sell the American people on the Persian Gulf War when "defending our oil interests" wasn't enough to get them hot and bothered.


IRAN-CONTRA

U.S. political scandal in the mid-1980s. 

Iran was holding American hostages in Lebanon.  President Reagan said we would not negotiate with terrorists.

At the same time, the CIA wanted to support a rebel army (the Contras) in the overthrow of the Nicaraguan government.  Congress said, "Absolutely not."

Robert McFarlane, head of the National Security Council, illegally authorized sales of weapons to Iran in an attempt to secure the hostages' release. Part of the $48 million paid by Iran for the arms was funneled to the Nicaraguan Contras with the assistance of Rear Admiral John Poindexter and Oliver North, directly violating a 1984 law banning aid to the Contras. A Senate investigation resulted in convictions for Ollie North and others (later overturned because of immunity agreements). CIA Director William Casey died of brain cancer before Congress could question him.

The affair, which dominated news coverage for months, significantly damaged the Reagan administration.

Reagan called the Contras the moral equivalent of America's founding fathers, while everyone else called them terrorists.


ISI 

Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence 

In the summer of 2001, Pakistani ISI Chief General Ahmad ordered an aide to wire transfer $100,000 to Mohammed Atta who was, according to the FBI, the lead terrorist in the suicide hijackings. Ahmad resigned after the transfer was disclosed in India and confirmed by the FBI. The individual who made the wire transfer at Ahmad’s direction is Ahmad Umar Sheik, the lead suspect in the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was investigating the ISI.

See:  Hamid Karzai, Mujahideen, President Bubba


HAMID KARZAI

Puppet Prime Minister of the US's Puppet Government in Afghanistan

Former Group Affiliation: UNOCAL (top advisor)

Former supporter of the Taliban.

Former top mujahideen contact for the CIA, at which time he maintained close relations with CIA Director Bill Casey, VP George Bush, and the Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence (ISI).

Worked with Zalmay Khalilzad on the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline project.


ZALMAY KHALILZAD

President Evil 2's Special Envoy to Afghanistan; reports to Condo.

Former Group Affiliation: UNOCAL

Former liaison between UNOCAL and the Taliban and consultant for the RAND Corporation. Wrote op-eds in the Washington Post in 1997 supporting the Taliban.

As UNOCAL's chief consultant on the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline scheme, he worked with Hamid Karzai

As a State and Defense Department official under President Reagan, supplied the mujahideen with weapons (which they proceeded to use against American soldiers in the War in Afghanistan).

Quote:  “Afghanistan could prove a valuable corridor for this [Caspian Sea] energy as well as for access to markets in Central Asia.” In The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2000


ADNAN KHASHOGGI

Arms merchant in the middle of the Iran-Contra scandal. One of the richest men in the world, he got his first big break working for Salem bin Laden (Osama's older brother).


KAZAKH STATE OIL BOARD

Between 1991 and 1997, major U.S. oil companies including ExxonMobil, Texaco, UNOCAL, BP Amoco, Shell and Enron directly invested billions in cash bribing heads of state in Kazakhstan to secure equity rights in the huge oil reserves in these regions. The oil companies further committed to future direct investments in Kazakhstan of $35 billion. Unwilling to pay exorbitant prices to Russia to use Russian pipelines, the major oil companies had no way to recoup their investments.

As CEO of Halliburton, Dick Cheney sat on the Kazakh State Oil Board when it was receiving bribes from the ExxonMobil and BP-Amoco oil companies. Two grand juries have been investigating these allegations, as well as evidence that Mobil engaged in an illegal swap of oil from Kazakhstan through Iran in 1997. (The illegal oil swap was apparently a desperate attempt by Mobil and Chevron to make money off the Kazakh oil, which they couldn't get to market by any other means because, thanks to the Taliban, there was no Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline.)

Other American companies with heavy investments in this region’s oil fields included  Chevron, Phillips, and Total/Fina/ELF.

Dick Cheney is now the US Vice President, of course, and his Energy Task Force has been meeting with these oil companies since the grand juries were convened.

"The fact that these known targets of criminal investigations had access to the vice president’s energy task force would be comparable to having allowed Manuel Noriega, while under indictment for drug smuggling, to consult in the war on drugs."  -- Michael C. Ruppert


MUJAHIDEEN

Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization, a guerrilla army of Islamic extremists, created by the CIA in the 1980s under President Reagan. The mujahideen forces, trained by the CIA, the ISI, and Saudi Arabia,  murdered teachers, doctors and nurses, tortured women for not wearing the veil, and shot down civilian airliners with US-supplied stinger missiles.  Later split into the Taliban Regime and the Northern Alliance.

"CIA-supported Mujahideen rebels engaged heavily in drug trafficking while fighting against the Soviet-supported government and its plans to reform the very backward Afghan society. The Agency’s principal client was Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the leading druglords and a leading heroin refiner. CIA-supplied trucks and mules, which had carried arms into Afghanistan, were used to transport opium to laboratories along the Afghan/Pakistan border. The output provided up to one half of the heroin used annually in the United States and three-quarters of that used in Western Europe. U.S. officials admitted in 1990 that they had failed to investigate or take action against the drug operation because of a desire not to offend their Pakistani and Afghan allies."  

— The Real Drug Lords  


NAZIFICATION OF THE CIA

After World War II, while other American agencies were hunting down Nazi war criminals for arrest, the US intelligence community was smuggling them into America, unpunished, for their use against the Soviets. The most important of these is Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler's master spy who had built up an intelligence network in the Soviet Union. With full US blessing, he creates the "Gehlen Organization," a band of refugee Nazi spies who reactivate their networks in Russia. These include SS intelligence officers Alfred Six and Emil Augsburg (who massacred Jews in the Holocaust), Klaus Barbie (the "Butcher of Lyon"), Otto von Bolschwing (the Holocaust mastermind who worked with Eichmann) . The Gehlen Organization supplies the U.S. with its only intelligence on the Soviet Union for the next ten years, serving as a bridge between the abolishment of the OSS and the creation of the CIA. However, much of the "intelligence" the former Nazis provide is bogus:

 

Gehlen inflates Soviet military capabilities at a time when Russia is still rebuilding its devastated society, in order to inflate his own importance to the Americans (who might otherwise punish him). In 1948, Gehlen almost convinces the Americans that war is imminent, and the West should make a preemptive strike. In the 50s he produces a fictitious "missile gap." To make matters worse, the Russians have thoroughly penetrated the Gehlen Organization with double agents, undermining the very American security that Gehlen was supposed to protect.

See also Project Paperclip.


MANUEL NORIEGA

Former Leader of Panama

While on the CIA payroll in the 1980s, he helped the U.S. run drugs, launder money and ship arms to its operations in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Indicted in 1988 for these crimes. 

The US had provided Panama with $33.5 million worth of weapons, and spent $8.2 million to train Panamanian military personnel at the Pentagon's International Military Education and Training program. 

In December 1989, President Evil sent in the Green Berets to arrest him for drug dealing. This was known as Operation Just Cause ("Just 'Cause We Want To." -- The Legion of Terror). An entire Panama City barrio was leveled in the process, with a body count somewhere between 500 and 4000. 

In 1992, Noriega was convicted on eight counts of racketeering, drug trafficking and money laundering and sentenced to 40 years in a federal prison in Miami.


NORTHERN ALLIANCE

Formerly part of the mujahideen.  Consists largely of ethnic Uzbeks and Tajiks. 


OCTOBER SURPRISE

Allegedly, William Casey led a secret Reagan campaign delegation to Europe to strike a secret deal with Iran, a nation with which the United States was virtually at war because of the 42 hostages Iran had seized from the U.S. embassy.

In the alleged deal, Iran agreed not to release the hostages until the U.S.  presidential race was over, thus denying President Carter the political benefit of getting the hostages back. Reagan agreed that, if elected, he would help Iran acquire certain weapons. Well, for a few bucks here and there, too, of course, and something for Israel, but the basic deal was U.S. Arms for U.S. hostages held by Iran.


OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY

See also:

USA-PATRIOT Act 

Terror Warnings

Operation Tips

A handy color-coded guide developed by the Office of Homeland Security to help you quickly and easily determine just how far the government wants you to bend over.


OPERATION TIPS

Terrorism Information and Prevention System

President Evil 2's volunteer snitch program. Aims to recruit millions of American workers to be alert to "suspicious" activities they encounter in their workday routines, and report them to a toll-free, federal hotline. The government is looking for "truck drivers, bus drivers, train conductors, mail carriers, utility meter readers, ship captains and port personnel," according to the program's Web site.

"What this means for the average citizen is that whatever you read, eat or do -- in the privacy of your home or out in public -- will now be suspect in the eyes of your cable repairman, postal carrier, meter man or others who, by way of the services they provide, will have access to your home." 

--John W. Whitehead, founder and president of the Rutherford Institute

You too can be a government informant!


ORGANIZED CRIME  

See: Government Gangsterism


PERSIAN GULF WAR

Kicked off in 1990 when Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait to seize control of its oil fields. When Hussein ignored the UN Security Council's deadline for withdrawal, the US led a massive air offensive against Iraq, aided by NATO allies and supported by a coalition of Arab nations. Hussein responded by pumping millions of gallons of Kuwaiti oil into the gulf. By early 1991 ground troops were victorious over Iraqi forces, and Hussein had set scores of oil wells on fire. Some of the blazes burned for 8 months, until finally being extinguished with the 500 million dollars worth of firefighting equipment that Jeb Bush sold to the Kuwaitis.

During the course of the war, the US used cancer-causing depleted uranium weapons, buried soldiers alive, and bombed retreating troops and civilians. Once it was over, the US turned  its back on the Kurds and other anti-Saddam forces.

Sanctions against Iraq are still in effect. Saddam remains in power, while the sanctions and continued bombing keep food, medicine, and clean water from everyday Iraqis. According to the UN, over one million Iraqis have died, half of them children.

See also American Oil Interests.


COLIN POWELL

Secretary of State

A lifelong operative of the CIA/military-industrial complex. While working for the Pentagon he helped cover up the My Lai massacre, the Iran-Contra deal and Gulf War Syndrome.

Powell pushed President Evil  into invading Panama to capture Manuel Noriega, a move that violated international law. Indiscriminately using force in civilian areas, the effort to arrest Noriega resulted in the deaths of many civilians. The US government admits to hundreds of dead innocents, and various observers and human rights groups say the true total is in the thousands.

Gave $43 million in aid to the Taliban regime in May, 2001, purportedly to assist hungry farmers who are starving since the destruction of their opium crop in January on orders of the Taliban regime.

Father of the head of the FCC.


PROJECT PAPERCLIP

After World War II, the US Army wanted German rocket scientists both for its own interest and to keep them out of the hands of the Soviets, who had the same ambitions. United States law forbade these scientists’ entry into the US, however, because they were all Nazis and members of the SS, including Dr. Werner von Braun. The Army acted unilaterally, therefore, in bringing the rocket scientists to the United States as prisoners of war and defining the Redstone rocket laboratory in Huntsville as a POW compound. Later the Paperclip scientists were de-Nazified by various bureaucratic means and emplaced at the center of the military space program. What is not well understood is that hundreds of additional Nazi SS members who had nothing at all to contribute to a scientific program were also admitted. 

See Nazification of the CIA.


JOHN RAMBO

In 1988, Viet Nam veteran John Rambo's former commanding officer, Colonel Trautman, went on a mission to aid the mujahideen in Afghanistan and was captured by the Soviet military occupation force.

John Rambo took it upon himself to rescue Trautman, and met with mujahideen in Pakistan, who helped him cross the border into Afghanistan.  Rambo later fought alongside the mujahideen against the Soviet army. 


RENDON GROUP

A global PR firm, contracted by the Pentagon at $100,000/month, to engage in psychological warfare abroad. Details are classified, but in the past, the company has provided focus groups, Web sites, news leads for foreign reporters, and government contacts for an exclusive, international client list that includes the CIA, Monsanto, and the trade agencies of Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, and Russia.

During the Gulf War, Rendon furnished Kuwaiti citizens with American flags, and also boosted the CIA's effort to oust Saddam Hussein from power, producing videos, radio skits mocking Hussein, and a traveling photo exhibit. The campaign urged Iraqi officers to defect, according to PR Watch, a Washington nonprofit. Rendon also worked closely with the Iraqi National Congress—they even crafted the anti-Hussein group's name—and according to a 1998 ABC News report, channeled it over $12 million in covert CIA aid during Clinton's tenure.

JANET RENO

Former US Attorney General, under President Bubba.

Janet Reno approached law enforcement with the same gusto as officer Eugene Tackleberry in the Police Academy movies. Faced with the dilemma of an old woman's cat caught in a tree, Tackleberry takes out his gun and shoots it down.  Reno's challenges were slightly more complex, such as children allegedly at risk in the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, but her solutions were just as elegant in their simplicity... in the case of the Waco compound, she simply had the FBI burn it to the ground. 

Slightly less dramatic was the child custody dispute involving Elian Gonzales, which she felt called for the deployment of INS troops in riot gear to Little Havana, Florida, where the residents were gassed and beaten while the Gonzales family had machine guns shoved in their faces. 

Reno recently sought to run for governor of Florida. Her opponent would have been Jeb Bush, a prominent member of the Bush Dynasty who helped his brother steal the 2000 Presidential Election. Wow, Kobayashi Maru.


DONALD RUMSFELD

US Secretary of Defense

Personal Assets: $242.5 million

Enron Stockholder.

Served as Reagan's special representative to the Middle East.

In 1983, during the Iran-Iraq war, Rumsfeld was sent to Baghdad as a special presidential envoy to strengthen relations between Iraq and the United States. This was at a time when Saddam Hussein was violating international conventions on a daily basis by using chemical weapons against Iranians and Iraqi Kurds... a crime that now necessitates a regime change in Iraq, according to George W. Bush


SCHOOL OF ASSASSINS

Aliases:  School of the Americas, SOA, WHISC (Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation),  School of Coups, School of Dictators

Location:  Fort Benning, Georgia

SOA is the US government's own terrorist training camp. Established in 1946, it has trained more than 60,000 Latin American soldiers and policemen. SOA's graduates, the continent's most notorious torturers, mass murderers, dictators, and state terrorists,  have ripped Latin America apart.

School of Assassins Alumni:

SOA Training Manuals include such tips for terrorists as blackmail, torture, execution and the arrest of witnesses' relatives.  

“Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there.  It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”

“If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocents, they have become outlaws and murderers themselves.”

So long as training camps operate, so long as nations harbor terrorists, freedom is at risk.

--George W. Bush

The purpose of the School of Assassins in a nutshell:

CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader. The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment.

So, on behalf of American business, and often with their help, the CIA mobilizes the opposition. First it identifies right-wing groups within the country (usually the military), and offers them a deal: "We'll put you in power if you maintain a favorable business climate for us." The Agency then hires, trains and works with them to overthrow the existing government (usually a democracy). It uses every trick in the book: propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes, purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, sexual intrigue, false stories about opponents in the local media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political parties, kidnapping, beating, torture intimidation, economic sabotage, death squads and even assassination.

These efforts culminate in a military coup, which installs a right-wing dictator. The CIA trains the dictator's security apparatus to crack down on the traditional enemies of big business, using interrogation, torture and murder. The victims are said to be "communists," but almost always they are just peasants, liberals, moderates, labor union leaders, political opponents and advocates of free speech and democracy. Widespread human rights abuses follow.

This scenario has been repeated so many times that the CIA actually teaches it in a special school, the notorious "School of the Americas."

--Steve Kangas


SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS

On September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden allegedly launched the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, resulting in a massive increase of US defense spending, thereby making the Binladin Family and the Bush Dynasty a lot of money through their investments in The Carlyle Group, one of America's largest defense contractors.

The events of 9/11/01 were horrible and tragic and, sadly, the natural outcome of the manner in which the USA does business internationally. Once again, common, decent people were caught in the crossfire of the rich and powerful.

See also Al-Qaeda, Taliban Regime, War in Afghanistan, War on Terror.

Eye of the Beholder: Spider-Man on September 10. Photo by Peter Parker.


S.H.I.E.L.D.

Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate

Previously: Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division

The international security agency SHIELD presents itself as the preeminent defender of world security. Examining the propaganda on their website, one would think that its top priorities are preventing global terrorism and alien invasions. Unfortunately that is not the case.

Originally established to counter HYDRA, a neo-fascist organization bent on world domination, SHIELD has in recent years become that which it once opposed.

Unable to change or combat the System from within, agents of SHIELD could not stop the Legion of Terror's rise to power, and instead became collaborators by default. Realizing this, Nick Fury left to form a group that would stand a chance of making a real difference in the world: SHAFT.

Using funds diverted from the military's budgets, SHIELD initiated the Ultimates program, which brought together existing superheroes and sought to create new ones in order to defend the US from supervillain and terrorist attacks.

Most of the Ultimates and many longtime SHIELD agents, tired of aiding and abetting the government's empire-building, left the agency to join up with Nick Fury's SHAFT.

SHIELD agents Nick Fury and Contessa Valentina de Allegro Fontaine.


TALIBAN REGIME

Formerly part of the mujahideen.  Until recently, the ruling faction in Afghanistan.  Consists largely of Pashtun tribesman.

Financed by the U.S. government until 1998, when they threw UNOCAL out of Afghanistan.  After President Evil 2 was appointed by the Supreme Court, the Taliban visited the State Department, CIA, and National Security Council, and maintained a diplomatic office in New York. 

Just months prior to the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, the Taliban offered to hold on to Osama bin Laden long enough for the U.S. to capture or kill him, but the Bush Administration refused.  They later offered to turn him over to a third country to stand trial, but that offer was dismissed as well.  The Bush Administration really wanted to bomb Afghanistan.

While outwardly criticizing the Taliban, behind the scenes the CIA and American oil companies were jockeying for leverage to build a Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline across the country. The Taliban received $125 million in foreign aid from the US in 2001.

“Impressed by the ruthlessness and willingness of the then-emerging Taliban to cut a pipeline deal, the State Department and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency agreed to funnel arms and funding to the Taliban in their war against the ethnically Tajik Northern Alliance. As recently as 1999, U.S. taxpayers paid the entire annual salary of every single Taliban government official...” 

-- Central Asian expert Ahmed Rashid, in his book, Taliban.


TERROR WARNINGS

The FBI equivalent of the “Thought for the Day,” frequent warnings of impending and “inevitable” terrorist attacks in the US are issued to keep American citizens in a state of panic. Forty-three (43) were issued between September 2001 and March 2002; after that we lost count.

Terror warnings are Ashcroft’s way of saying “bend over.”

“…the Guardian quoted senior British official complaints about Washington’s ‘vague and meaningless’ anti-terror warnings that were so exaggerated they only caused panic and amounted to gratuitous propaganda victories to the terrorists.”

--Paul McGeough, Herald Correspondent in New York

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed—and thus clamorous to be led to safety—by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

--H. L. Mencken

"It's second nature for any system of power to try and inspire fear. Bush's managers realize they only have one card to play. Would you direct him to focus the attention of the population on tax cuts or other gifts for the rich? Or on the Enron scandal, or the deliberate destruction of a decent environment for our grandchildren? Or would it be preferable to construct the image of a noble hero driving evil from the world while the population huddles in fear of monsters from whom our dauntless savior will rescue us? No choice."

--Noam Chomsky

See also Government, Office of Homeland Security.


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