News You May Have Missed
An "impending computer catastrophe" is said by many to loom,
in the year 2000. When the year 2000 hits, most computers as now
configured will register the year as 1900. Says Rep. Constance
Morella (R-Md.): "We are right now competing in a race against
time to avert an impending computer catastrophe... When that
happens, millions of computers, billions of dollars, and just
about every human on the planet may be affected."
And, Conspiracy Nation has heard fears expressed that such a
computer catastrophe may be used by President Clinton as an
excuse to invoke martial law.
Reportedly, major industries with the potential to help avert
the disaster (like Bill Gates and Microsoft, for example) are
"solving" the problem by closing their eyes to it. And what will
President Bozo the Clown do? He will probably be in office when
the meltdown occurs. Maybe he could get a "symbolic computer,"
go on national television, fix it, and thereby solve the problem
through symbolism. -- (AP, 6/9/97) and (Conspiracy Nation)
A new book dealing with the crash of a UFO near Roswell, New
Mexico (*The Day After Roswell*), contains a foreword written by
Senator Strom Thurmond (R.-S.C.). The author of the book, Philip
J. Corso, served on the National Security Council under President
Eisenhower. Corso reportedly claims the UFO crash at Roswell
*was* an alien spacecraft and that the government "clandestinely
fed the alien technology to the military and industry." Senator
Thurmond disavows any personal belief in alien spacecraft, saying
he thought Corso's book was an autobiography. -- (New York Times
A federal trial has begun in Tampa, Florida, charging members
of a jury nullification group with conspiracy to mail threatening
letters to jurors. "Jury nullification" involves the idea that
"jurors may choose not to hold defendants accountable under a law
they oppose." In other words, if jurors think a particular law
is unjust, they may find the defendant "not guilty," even if the
defendant has actually broken that law.
As noted, the feds have charged the group with "conspiracy."
Hah, hah, hah. Oh you feds, you "conspiracy nuts" you. Why is
it the feds can say "conspiracy" and no one smirks and laughs,
but when the common people say "conspiracy" they are ridiculed?
-- (UPI, 6/5/97) and (Conspiracy Nation)
Gary Webb, the reporter for the San Jose Mercury News whose
"Dark Alliance" series linked the CIA to sales of crack cocaine
in the U.S., is being transferred by his newspaper 150 miles
away, to a small suburban bureau. Like Dr. Whitehurst, the FBI
whistleblower, Webb's "reward" for essentially honest reporting
is transfer to Siberia. Get the message, all budding journalists
and potential whistleblowers?
Claims Webb: "This is just harassment. This isn't the first
time that a reporter went after the CIA and lost his job over
it." Although some criticism has arisen over Webb's series on
CIA-drug connections, he would not back down from his basic
story. This editor is of the opinion that Webb's story *is*
essentially correct. And Rep. Maxine Waters (D.-CA) apparently
feels there is something to the charges also; she continues to
lead a congressional investigation into the matter.
In further developments, Webb now claims he was threatened
with losing his job unless he stopped work on the series of
reports, "Dark Alliance." -- (AP, 6/11/97 & 6/12/97) and
Frank Olson, who was slipped LSD in a CIA experiment in 1953,
may not have jumped to his death. A forensic examination of his
skull indicates he died of "blunt trauma" that could not have
been caused by a subsequent fall from a 13th-floor window. As
background, readers should know that during the 1950s (and
reportedly beyond) the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) was
importing massive quantities of LSD, an hallucinogenic drug, from
Sandoz laboratories. This LSD was used in CIA attempts to create
mind-controlled assassins -- "Manchurian candidates." Many
Americans were surreptitiously given the drug and then observed
by CIA, often through 1-way mirrors. If Frank Olson did not jump
to his death, was he in fact murdered, either intentionally or
otherwise, and then tossed out the window to cover up the crime?
-- (AP, 6/11/97) and (Conspiracy Nation)
Tests have been performed on the rifle with which James Earl
Ray allegedly shot Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Results of the
tests are scheduled for release on June 18, 1997. But more tests
have reportedly been sought by one of the firearms testers, hired
by Ray's lawyers. Robert A. Hathaway claims "a misunderstanding
on how the rifle was to be cleaned before firing may have
affected the testing outcome." For the real story of why and how
Dr. King was murdered, read *ORDERS TO KILL* by William F.
Pepper. -- (AP, 6/11/97) and (Conspiracy Nation)
Vice President Al Gore has condemned "extreme individualism."
As usual, Gore's further comments were wishy-washy; no one would
accuse *him* of being an "extremist." (AP, 6/12/97) and
Associated Press reports Congressman Gerald Solomon (R.-NY)
saying electronic intercepts confirm that Clinton ally John Huang
"committed economic espionage." It is now corroborated that
Huang passed classified info to the Lippo Group while working as
a high-level Commerce Department employee. The Lippo Group, says
AP, "has substantial dealings with [Red] China."
Solomon also claims Huang "may have had even more exposure to
classified information than we had previously known."
Here is what probably happened. Huang, connected to Lippo
Group (and to Red China?), leaves Lippo and raises funds for
Clinton. Clinton gets elected, and Huang's reward is a
high-level security clearance and Commerce Department job. Then
Huang sends classified info to the Lippo Group, and at least some
of that information gets passed along to Red China. AND: Was
John Huang actually an agent for Red China, or do you think the
"chinks" are too dumb to have hatched such a plot?
The Chinese are wonderful people; I have known several. But
what is Red China up to? And why, incidentally, are they helping
to arm street gangs here in the U.S.?