Was Michael Hastings murdered?

imagesChalk up another investigative journalist, one of the last of a dying breed, the best have which have been sacrificed by the evil sorcerers in uniform to keep America calm so we don’t have to confront the stinking rot of corruption that fills their corridors of power. I have to wonder if this death was an accident.

Let us count the ways:

1) no skid marks

2) engine and drive train 200 feet behind rest of car

3) police and fire dept. told not to comment on case to press

4) car manufacturer offered free consulting with their engineers to better understand fire but was ignored

5) Hastings had just told people he was on a big story

6) Hastings had been warned if Pentagon didn’t like his story on Iraq, they “would hunt him down and kill him” and that story actually got a general fired

7) the car fire was far too hot to be just regular car fire

According to his brother, however, Hastings was in the midst of a drug-induced bipolar meltdown. Since there are so few investigative journalists left in American, it’s always sad when we lose one, whatever the reason.


The NSA needs to be reigned in by Congress

ff_nsadatacenter_fI have no doubt there are terrifying secrets lurking at the top of the National Security Agency, an agency badly in need of reorganization and reform.

Thirty years ago, no one even knew this agency existed. But in 1982, James Bamford published The Puzzle Palace, the first time a journalist mentioned an agency that had grown larger than all other intelligence agencies combined. The growth and influence of the NSA over the decades has been astonishing. This concentration of secret power is not a good thing for democracy and neither is the NSA’s new $2 billion data center in Utah (above), scheduled to go online in September.

Right before 9/11, Bamford released an update on the NSA and exposed a 1960’s Pentagon plan to kill innocent Americans so the deaths could be blamed on Cuba (Operation Northwoods). The idea was to use this incident to justify a full-scale invasion of Cuba. The plan was never implemented and JFK refused to go along, but there were plenty of Chiefs ready to implement. Freedom of Information Act requests had revealed the plot.

Back in 1986, when I first learned about the NSA, I was in Salk City, Wisconsin, on assignment for High Times. A police officer named Robert Mueller had been charged with executing a man after handcuffing and throwing him to the ground in his driveway. The man was a suspected marijuana user. During the trial, some interesting facts emerged: Mueller had worked for the NSA in England where he’d had a nervous breakdown. He believed he was a secret agent working directly for President Ronald Reagan, who was sending coded messages through newspaper headlines. Mueller believed Reagan had instructed him to start killing drug users in a recent nationally-televised speech, one that delivered the famous message: “Just say no.”

I was traveling alone in Wisconsin, interviewing anyone who would talk to me about Mueller’s case, and I got pretty paranoid since I felt super exposed in that small town and worried some local cops, friends of Mueller’s, might take an interest in me. I had no idea how far the rabbit hole went, but it seemed possible Mueller was subject to mind control beyond the usual boot camp, which is pretty advanced mind control on its own as it spits out teenagers ready to kill strangers on command, an act that runs against the grain of humanity. I was deep into Iran/Contra at the time, and watching Ollie North testify on TV with great interest. I did not yet realize John Kerry was a member of Skull & Bones though. It would take years for me to come up to speed on deep politics.

There was only one freelance reporter trying to unravel the secrets of the NSA back then and his name was Danny Casolaro. Danny had developed sources inside the NSA that were helping him, which just goes to show the corruption is not institutional, but the work of a cabal at the top of the pyramid. After Danny began documenting the hidden history of trading in guns, drugs and pirated software, he was “suicided” after several warnings failed to scare him off the trail.

I was stunned when a former High Times writer, Ron Rosenbaum, wrote an article in Vanity Fair claiming Danny was paranoid and chasing ghosts and actually did commit suicide, even though Danny was receiving constant death threats and had recently told his family not to believe he would ever kill himself. Ron could have exposed the NSA at the time but instead slagged off Danny? In fact, all claims Danny was making have either turned out true or gained more traction over time.

Even if an investigation of NSA abuses could happen, it would likely become quickly compromised, just as the previous Congressional investigations into political assassinations were sandbagged from the inside. These cases are not that hard to crack if honest efforts are made. The NSA is guarding a treasure trove of government misconduct and the unlocking of its files would provide a clear view of corruption at the highest levels of government, as well as answer vital questions concerning every major conspiracy story of our time.

If we ever want to return to a real democracy, we’ll have to shed the concept governments need secrets. Freedom and transparency go hand in hand. Every single piece of government business should be available to view on the internet the second it is concluded. This is the only way to disarm the secret societies operating on the inside. Of course, the old money establishment will never give up their secret police and many professional spooks are already operating outside government control, but their power would shrink immensely if they could no longer hatch plots from inside the Federal security apparatus.

When the Franklin Credit Union got busted out by CIA black ops, the local state senator, John DeCamp, wanted an Omaha police chief investigated by the FBI. Only when he visited the FBI office, he quickly learned that police chief was a prominent official in the Mormon religion and untouchable. (In case you didn’t know, the Mormons have taken over much of the FBI, and they watch each other’s backs.)

It just makes me wonder why this new data center had to be built in the heart of Mormon country. The Church of Latter Day Saints was born at the same time a wave of fear concerning Freemasonry swept across America and the secret rituals and rites of those two organizations are similar in many respects. In fact, the first alternative third party in America was the Anti-Masonic Party, which blew through the country like a breath of fresh air. It would be great if someone would launch an Anti-NSA party, but any operation like that would not exist long without getting completely co-opted.

New Book Remembers Danny Casolaro


Who was that military man who arrived at Danny Casolaro’s funeral in 1991 and laid a medal on the casket as it was lowered into the ground? No one knew him. He disappeared as quickly as he came.

Danny was a journalist for the emerging computer industry when he stumbled into a lawsuit that changed his life forever. A legal battle going on inside the NSC over ownership of a software named PROMIS, which could merge government databases. Although designed to track case files for prosecutors, PROMIS had possible applications in banking and intelligence. Danny discovered the software had been fitted with a secret backdoor that reported everything the host computer was doing. This software was then secretly distributed to almost every USA-friendly intelligence agency in the world. This operation may have transferred immense power to the highest levels of the NSC.

Right before he died, Danny made some mindblowing discoveries, including the truth about the black gold stolen by the Nazis and Japanese, most of which was simply transferred to secret bank accounts controlled by CIA selected operatives. We’re talking trillions of dollars worth of gold and precious gems. This reservoir of black loot has been used to foment operations and stage dialectics ever since. WWII may have been staged to set-up the United States as a new empire to police the world while maintaining the dominant central bank’s monopolies.

une_dan_casolaro1I wrote a magazine article that referenced Danny, and included it in my book, Octopus Conspiracy. “Octopus” is the name Danny gave to the entity he was chasing because it seemed to touch everything.

Daniel Estulin has just written an entertaining novel involving Danny’s research called The Octopus Deception (Trine Day), and it sure is a lot closer to the truth about the world situation than anything written by Dan Brown, who I always suspected was a manufactured media creation designed to create smoke and mirrors to hide real secret societies, since his stories are so absurd. In Estulin’s view, a major center of Octopus energy is located inside the Rockefeller-controlled Citibank, which he refers to as Citybank to avoid a lawsuit.

Although Estulin lives in Spain, he’s Russian and the best parts of this book describe his homeland, like the cemetery in Moscow where Chekhov is buried, a wonderfully-written passage. I loved his previous book on CIA connections to Wikileaks, but have to admit, I would have enjoyed this book better had he just updated and investigated Danny’s story for real. He has connections into the KGB, and some of the info he presents may actually be real, but since it’s a novel, I have no way of telling fact from fiction.

I hope a competent film can be made on Danny someday. I know a play has already been written by a family member. Danny was on to something big, and someday the rest of the country is going to catch up.

Guide to the Disinfo Matrix

I was on facebook the other day when one of my unknown friends posted a link to a book titled Big Oil by Dean Henderson. It didn’t have a single review on Amazon so I thought it was something new. In the promo material, some person from South America said it deserved the Pulitzer Prize. It was super expensive at $25, but often the most reliable books on deep politics cost money, so I thought I was ordering a real book and bought it without really looking into the author at all.

Unfortunately, when the book arrived yesterday, I quickly discovered it was filled with misinformation and quoted people like David Icke and William Cooper as if they were serious journalists, which they are not. I opened it at random and came to a quote saying Allen Dulles was a member of Skull & Bones, a secret society at Yale, when, in fact, Dulles had gone to Princeton. Soon, I realized Dean Henderson is either a knowing agent of disinfo or a brainwashed stooge of the disinfo matrix (more on that later).

Paul Krassner, the dean of underground journalism, began printing conspiracy research in the 1960s in his national magazine, The Realist, forging a trail few in journalism would ever follow. Pretty soon, researchers were crawling out of the woodwork and sending Paul stories. Even today, when he no longer publishes conspiracy research, these characters are still peppering him with their nutty theories. I know because Paul forwards the wackiest stuff to me, as if to say, “see how crazy your compatriots are?” Many of these people are undoubtedly plants. Of course, the most famous of these characters was Mae Brussell, whose research seemed authentic at first, but pretty soon Paul realized Mae was leading him down a rabbit hole and connecting dots that didn’t really connect, leading him on a wild goose chase to nowhere. That’s when Paul stopped trusting conspiracy researchers [Paul adds: I felt it necessary not to have predisposed perception, to distinguish coincidence from conspiracy, and not let what might be perceived as evidence be tainted by ego or agenda]. After most people get burned after falling in a rabbit hole, it becomes really difficult to get past the noise to the real info that noise is designed to conceal. The game is to sheep-deep all deep political research as crackpot nonsense by flooding the field with crack-pot nonsense. Unfortunately, this game has worked very well for over 50 years now.

I’m too old and too wise to fall for this crapola, although I can’t say the same for a lot of people I meet, who seem to gobble up the latest pronouncements by Icke, Rense, Jones and the rest of the captains of disinfo. Henderson’s book wasn’t just sourced through these dubious characters, though. He also quoted a number of more reliable conspiracy researchers, some of whom have suspicious axes to grind. In this list, I’d include anyone from the Lyndon LaRouche organization, Alex Constantine, and Mike Ruppert. These are probably disinfo agents, but at least they’re journalists who deal with verifiable facts and not baseless rumor and innuendo. The rabbit holes they lead you into (like Ruppert’s “Peak Oil” scam), are more credible than the shapeshifting aliens in Icke’s manifestos, although ultimately, I don’t think these sources can be trusted any more than their obviously crackpot counterparts.

After I got Henderson’s book, I learned he’s a regular on the Icke/Rense/Jones disinfo circuit. He also seems to be an activist in the Green movement. The environmental movement is heavily seeded with agents because the oil companies have to keep in eye on environmentalists to make sure they don’t do anything damaging to their bottom line, which is why they’ve installed an oligarchy insider like Al Gore as their chief lightening rod. It’s a dialectical game, just like almost everything else that goes on inside deep politics.

Once you get past those two levels of disinfo, you get to real journalists with no visible axes to grind, a list that includes Antony Sutton, Gary Webb, Daniel Hopsicker, Dick Russell, Alfred McCoy, Danny Casolaro, and Peter Dale Scott. These are the authors you have to read and if I find their names and books in a bibliography, then I know I’m dealing with a serious researcher. The more serious a researcher is, however, the more ignored they will become over time. Deep political research is a great way to “break your rice bowl,” which is how they put it to Antony Sutton when he veered off the designated rails. You can put me in this category too, as I once had a flourishing journalism career, but after I began publishing deep political research in High Times, I soon realized I no longer had a journalism career. My book, The Octopus Conspiracy, got exactly one review when it came out—in a local publication in Woodstock, New York.

Shortly after 9/11, Retired General Mirza Aslam Beg, former chief of staff of the Pakistani Army, said 9/11 was an operation of the American intelligence agencies. Beg also claimed Wikileaks is a tool of psy-war, and not a real whistle-blowing operation, and that Osama bin Laden died in 2009, and that the Seal Team killed a lookalike stand-in. Of course, researchers like me know Beg is probably telling the truth.

Oh, and by the way, I left my review of Big Oil on Amazon. It wasn’t very favorable.