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  • Iran Placing Medium-Range Missiles in Venezuela; Can Reach the U.S.

    12/09/2010 11:42:55 AM PST · 69 of 101
    shanec to MissesBush

    Why would anybody be surprised?

    Chavez has long courted all our enemies, funding al quida after 9/11, bringing in russian arms
    and libyan katushka missles & technicians, funneling middle easterners through their passport
    office before sending them onto north america, doing more business with china than all the
    rest of south & central america combined, envoys visiting and praising n korea, first head of
    state to personally visit and stand tall supporting saddam hussein after first iraq war, receiving
    secret c-130 shipments from iraq right before last iraq war. Chavez narco for arms trading with
    columbian narcoterrorists FARC/ELN. And, of course, castro is his mentor and chavez is cuba’s
    essential oil supplier. Oh, yeah, did I also mention he’s been for years pushing france to release
    ‘carlos the jackal’, brother of Raphael Ramirez, Chavez’s Minister of Energy & Mines, to venez
    authorities to ‘serve out’ his prison term there, yaa right.

    I’d gotten most of the above direct from his top military staff; head of army, air force, navy,
    coast guard and military academy and civil ministers down there, including the head of the
    passport office and his personal airbus pilot Major Diaz, who all quit him in disgust & public
    protest in late 2002. Got Diaz, in fear for his life, secreted out to Miami and arranged for
    extensive debriefing by FBI there, along with lots of documentation provided then, too.

    Tried to reveal some of what I’d learned back in 2002 & 2003 to media up here, but only
    got traction via internet...





    And, of course, reported first right here at FreeRepublic...

    Most of the photos from the two sites above don’t come up, as the protest site
    militaresdemocraticos run by a friend of mine is now down, but the archive
    here shows many of them from then when I was there of what all was going on...

    That archive site also links to more in-depth of all of Chavez diverse shenanigans.

    Stunned to see lack of interest by our major media and our govt back then, but got
    confirmation about insider ‘circles within circles’ and unseen agenda’s behind the
    scenes leaving us intentionally vulnerable. Love to see some wikileaks from back then.

    Shane Connor

  • Dr. Art Robinson for Congress (Oregon 4th District)

    09/21/2010 6:41:32 AM PDT · 2 of 8
    shanec to palmer
    I've known him for about 10 years, he's the real deal and deserving of all our support.

    Shane Connor

  • Russian SPETSNAZ arrested at powerplant by I-95 possibly with a tactical nuke?

    09/17/2010 6:11:25 AM PDT · 286 of 293
    shanec to Kabud
    I wrote and asked them yesterday when report would be done, they replied; "We are currently anticipating report delivery to Congress by the end of September. We expect the report to be available on the website in October."

    BTW, out of the 266 ideas submitted there at the National Dialogue on Preparedness, our proposal calling for renewed nuclear civil defense training of the public was voted #1. See it atop the list there at

    I've no illusions they will fully adopt it, or in-time, but it will help individuals to see that they could & should prep for nukes on their own and that it is not futile to do so.

    Shane Connor

  • Ron Paul Draws Passionate Support

    01/24/2008 11:35:49 PM PST · 30 of 39
    shanec to Sun

    I’m Catholic and voting for RP, too.

    And, while I’ve been a member here since 1998, I have not posted since fall of 2006, much less donated here again, with the neo-con shoutdowns and censoring.

    So, here’s a lengthy posting to make up for all that lost time, if any still reading...

    I know Ron Paul better than most, as I’ve been supporting and voting for him for close to a decade down here in Texas, as he’s been my Congressman, or was until the last re-districting mapped me out of his district.

    Most all politicians are liars, telling you whatever you want to hear and bribing you with promises to get your vote, but once in a while there comes along a Statesman. A person with integrity and principles. Occasionally seen on the local level, though very rarely arriving and surviving on the national level.

    How does anyone know with confidence who somebody really is and stands for and believes and would do when elected compared to what they say during the election?

    What you do is look/see closely at what they’ve done in the past, what their track-record is, not just what they’ve recently said, but actually done. The longer the track-record the better and clearer the picture of where they’d really be heading next.

    If you do so regarding Ron Paul, you’ll see why he has the nickname of “Dr. No”, for his consistent 20 years of voting against anything Un-Constitutional, voting against big government and higher taxes, voting against expanding police state powers and erosions of our freedoms and liberty, over and over again. For ten consecutive years he was awarded, out of all Congress members, the ‘Taxpayers’ Best Friend’ for these consistent efforts.

    Other candidates have a real disconnect between what they say today and have done yesterday, if you look. And, that says a lot about their integrity and principles, too, or rather lack thereof.

    You can also come to know any candidate by who their supporters are. In Ron Pauls’ case it has been uncontested that he has the most active duty military and veteran donors of any campaign. In fact, it’s his single largest group! Individual Americans, and lots of them, breaking all-time historic donation records, not PAC’s, bundlers, industrialists, lawyers, unions, and all manor of special interests that crowd the tops of other candidates donor lists. Look and you’ll see for yourself.

    You can also come to know any candidate by who their enemies are, and here everybody in the establishment status quo govt, political parties, special interests, banking, and media, that has had a hand in ruining this country, empowering and enriching themselves, while eroding our wealth and freedoms, is and has been blatantly tripping all over themselves to silence Ron Paul.

    Not just now, but for years this has been going on. He’s been one of the all time least popular and marginalized Congressmen on the hill, for so often voting Constitutionally and against his party and/or being the lone dissenter when all of Congress has embraced some feel-good or politically expedient resolution that was not Constitutional. He did not get the ‘Taxpayers’ Best Friend’ award for voting the party line, but for voting his conscience to always uphold his oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. Shame on Congress that it has been such a lonely stand.

    Ron Paul is all about re-instating the Constitution in practice, not just campaign rhetoric, and he should be ranked amongst the hero’s of our Founding Fathers for his decades long lonely stand against most all that we have hated seeing going on in this country all these many years. If he’s not ignored, he’s vilified, marginalized and ridiculed. And, has been for years in staying the course for what is Constitutional while fearlessly rejecting whatever was not.

    Most fair people that are not Ron Paul supporters, IMO, have been influenced or prejudiced by the media that he is not worth looking closer at, so they never have.

    It’s also why many who most need to be reading this are not, because they won’t bother to waste their time, as the media bias has already made up their mind for them.

    Even if you don’t support Paul, yet, you’ve got to admit that the fairness of the media and establishment GOP is horrendously biased against Ron Paul ever getting a fair airing of his positions, as seen here...

    And, consider, where would RP be ranked today if his positions had a fair airing, or at least as much media coverage as Rudy has enjoyed, whom Ron Paul has beaten 4 out of 5 times! Remember that every time you see Rudy mentioned on the air, but not a hint of Ron Paul or his sound proposals.

    That’s what stings, that we might never get to see if enough Americans would have come together supporting Ron Paul this election if they had, and that is a real shame for all America.

    What are they so afraid of you finding out, of possibly even have catch on nationally?

    But, don’t take my word for any of this, go find out for yourself.

    If he truly is who I say he is, you’d certainly be glad you did, for yourself, your children, your country, wouldn’t you?

    Go look/see at his record and stands for yourself at...

    Also, go look/see at his grassroots supporters here, too...

    If you do, you’ll discover that Ron Paul and his campaign are alone calling for a return to the Constitution and limited government.

    All the other candidates would maintain the current status quo and growing leviathan govt with all of us in the bus being driven right off and over the cliff’s edge. Their weight on the gas pedal might vary, but their track towards inevitable destruction surely would not.

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised, considering the hugely powerful and entrenched vested interests he is threatening to dismantle, that we are doing as well as we are with this rare historic opportunity to undermine TPTB via this campaign to regain our Constitutional based limited govt and freedoms.

    I was, admittedly, skeptical early on that there were enough un-apathetic American patriots left. Many, though, who had long ago opted out in disgust of the system, are jumping back in seeing the Ron Paul campaign as a last ditch attempt to wrestle back our country from the brink of destruction. The grassroots effort is truly and historically, record-breaking, amazing in their resolve and sacrifice to save their country.

    For me, I’ll be vigorously supporting Ron Paul getting his message out far & wide for as long as his star burns brightly illuminating the masses to the loss of their Constitutional freedoms and liberties.

    Win or lose, we are winning converts every day that are being inoculated by the Good Doctor for-life to never again settle for anything less.

    When it comes time to take this country back, whether he had won or not, we’ll have thousands more fellow patriots standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us then because of him and this historic campaign having awakened them.

    I hope/pray we can do so in-time, via the ballet box... before it’s gone.

    - Shane

    PS - It’s been personally enlightening for me these past months supporting Ron Paul in this Presidential bid. As one who would normally prefer to associate with people most like myself already, like most of us naturally do, I’ve found myself also rubbing elbows on occasion with fellow RP supporters that I’d consider pretty opposite of what I believe in spiritually and/or embracing lifestyles I don’t condone. There’s some of them, too, that just plain don’t look, act, talk, or live anything like I do.

    This was all a little disconcerting at first, to say the least, and required some introspection and then growth on my part, as I asked myself whether some of these people are whom I really want to be associated, so opposite a few of them appeared to me and my values.

    Except for that one big value that brought us together in the first place and unites us all, that one value that assures all our freedoms to be different from each other, we were all in agreement on preserving the Constitution, and that, for me anyways, eventually trumped any & all of the other usual personal differences.

    My conception of freedom and liberty has since been expanded to enthusiastically include that they, too, of course, have the same right to pursue happiness as they see fit, too. I don’t have to agree with how they use their freedom, and I will argue with some of them about their bad personal life choices if given half a chance, but I do now recognize more today than ever that it is their choice and that that is what we can all work together to preserve and regain, each our own freedom to live as we each see fit with minimal govt interference.

    Anyways, bottom line, really and substantially having America again embrace the Constitution via this campaign might first require many of us expanding and growing internally first our conception of what freedom and liberty for all really means in practice before we can all come together effectively. I know I’ve had to and my appreciation now of our interrelated reliance upon securing each others freedom has transcended any abstract theory of it and I’m better for it!

    Where in years past I’d of been first attracted to the Evangelical leader in the race, all else being equal, now though, after more than a few disappointments, here’s what I consider most important in a President to best secure both my personal religious freedom along with assuring an environment that’s least restrictive for all religious persuasions:

    #1 - In exercising his oath of office duties as President, I want a President that is foremost focused and dedicated to supporting, defending, and upholding the Constitution.

    #2 - If he does #1, then my religious freedom to worship as I see fit without interference will be most assured and protected and prone to flourish, regardless of the Presidents own religious beliefs, or lack thereof.

    #3 - A candidates religious beliefs and practices are of interest to me only to the degree that they might help illuminate or reveal his character and integrity to be, and remain, steadfastly committed to embrace #1 above, if elected.

    Make sense?

    Is America ready to fully embrace again the Constitution?

    We’ll see soon enough and enjoy or suffer the consequences for generations to come!

    If you don’t vote, you don’t count, and your children could suffer greatly for it while you stood by! Shame on you!

    If you do vote, but had failed to become fully informed about the candidates, your vote then is at risk of actually having helped darken their futures, too.

    Make sense?

    - Shane

  • US unprepared for nuclear terrorist threat, report says

    09/03/2006 10:30:56 AM PDT · 28 of 31
    shanec to FairOpinion

    This long standing disarmament supporter is doing a CYA move here with this inititive now calling for civil defense. They and others like them are responsible for much of the derision directed at minimizing civil defense over the last 40 years.

    The problem and the cure were posted at FR a week before their recent media grabbing 'revelations' at "The Good News About Nuclear Destruction" here...

  • Our Fallout-Shelter Future (What if there is no preemptive strike on Iran?)

    08/28/2006 8:52:04 PM PDT · 31 of 36
    shanec to IrishMike
    I found this paragraph especially interesting...

    "This leads us to what may be Rosen’s most striking recommendation. “Duck and cover” is back! In a post-proliferation world, we are going to be raising another generation of children (probably several generations of children) marked by nerve-wracking “retention drills.” And get ready...the fallout shelter is coming back, too. Given the Soviets’ overwhelmingly large nuclear arsenal — capable of turning the entire United States to dust in the event of a major nuclear exchange — fallout shelters came to seem like a joke. But when dealing with a possible strike from a single weapon, or at most a mere handful of weapons, the logic of the fallout shelter is compelling. We’re going to need to be able to evacuate our cities in the event of a direct attack, or to avoid radiation plumes from cities that have already been struck. Tens or hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved by such measures."

    Read my recent article entitled "The Good News About Nuclear Destruction" posted here...

    ...a few days ago to see why.

  • The Good News About Nuclear Destruction

    08/25/2006 9:01:52 AM PDT · 70 of 83
    shanec to All
    A little backgrounder on the guide "What To Do If A Nuclear Disaster Is Imminent!" referred to in the article.

    We'd written that for a future nuclear crisis and resultant mass panicked audience that has not yet arrived. As mentioned in it; "This guide was purposely designed with the sober realization that the overwhelming majority of our fellow Americans would not be compelled to read such a guide until a nuclear crisis was imminent and, unfortunately, their preparation options and time to prepare then would be very limited."

    We wanted something that'd be a simple step-by-step basics that was practical for the masses then that they might still be able to do and acquire locally, and for the media to distribute, when an event happened that had us, and other sources, again sold-out. Like after 9/11 when the Federal Office of Emergency Preparedness dispatched a Lear Jet down here and scooped up our last 300,000 doses of KI or when FEMA bought out our last 13 truckloads of MRE's for Katrina last year.

    The point is, as also mentioned in that guide; "If you are fortunate enough to be exploring your family preparation needs and options before such a future national crisis, there is much more that you can and should do now to insure that they are even better prepared."

    That guide is a starting point and the links in it will further deepen your nuke prep knowledge and expand your family preparation options and odds of survival.

    The original article posted here "The Good News About Nuclear Destruction" will, hopefully, now have many more seriously considering actually doing so, and well before a nuclear crisis unfolds and their options/time then had run out.

    - Shane

  • The Good News About Nuclear Destruction

    08/24/2006 6:08:31 PM PDT · 25 of 83
    shanec to Wiseghy

    The following four drawings show what level of blast damage (at different psi overpressure) and fire ignition from the thermal pulse might be expected for different strength nuclear explosions (both ground and air bursts) at different distances from ground zero. Take note of the damage range distances from GZ - ground zero. (Courtesy of Nuclear Attack Environment Handbook, FEMA - August, 1990)

    Nuclear Blast Distance Effects

    Nuclear Blast Distance Effects

    Nuclear Blast Distance Effects

    Nuclear Blast Distance Effects

    Obviously, the bigger the weapon yield the larger the area of overpressure damage from the blast wave. But, notice that the damage range does not increase in a linear fashion with the more powerful explosions. For instance, comparing the 200 KT air burst with the five times more powerful 1 MT air burst, the range of moderate damage and initial fires increased from only 4.3 miles to 7.3 miles. This is because the reach of blast and fire effects varies as the cube root of the weapon yield ratio and the cube root of 5 is 1.71. So, instead of a five-fold increase or 500% we have only about a 70% increase in this comparison.

    A readily portable terrorist nuclear bomb would likely be only a fraction as powerful as the examples above, but for reference, the Hiroshima nuclear bomb was only a 15KT air burst. (The RA-115 backpack nukes reported missing from Russian stockpiles are one kiloton yield each, and they would most likely be surface exploded.)

  • The Good News About Nuclear Destruction

    08/24/2006 5:48:56 PM PDT · 22 of 83
    shanec to MD_Willington_1976

    Best single nuke prep book, IMO, is "Nuclear War Survival Skills" published originally by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Free on-line copy is here...

  • The Good News About Nuclear Destruction

    08/24/2006 5:21:57 PM PDT · 18 of 83
    shanec to Argus

    Some suggestions on keeping your Livestock, Farm, Crops & Land Safe from Fallout are here...

  • The Good News About Nuclear Destruction

    08/24/2006 4:37:59 PM PDT · 1 of 83
  • Chechen terrorists rumored to possess nuclear weapons provided by disgraced Russian oligarch

    10/19/2005 9:05:18 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    shanec to ASOC
    Many erroneously figure they will see coming the Soviets intention of launching WWIII, before they unleash their nukes on the USA and our allies, when they first commence to evacuate their cities and shift their ample Civil Defense into high gear.

    I see, instead, a scenario where they could orchestrate that evacuation, prior to unleashing WWIII, in plain view of the world to where none would notice at all its true intentions and what was really coming.

    With supposed growing terrorists threats inside Russia, by Chechyan and/or others, the Soviets could have a supposedly terrorists small nuke set off out in their countryside or even sacrifice a small city. As all nations then gasped and explicit news video flashed around the world, this would be accompanied by formal public threats by the supposed terrorists that additional nukes were already pre-positioned within various major Soviet cities and if the terrorists (outrageous) demands were not met by a certain time they would then be unleashed, too.

    Then the Soviets could evacuate all their cities and go on full alert with all the world watching, praying, and offering them their support in their time of 'dire need'.

    Bottom Line; Evaluate carefully any supposed increasing terrorism reported within Russia and especially for any potential excuse the Soviets then present for their internal national emergency need to defensively 'go to ground'. It could just be a deviously orchestrated excuse that hides their 'coming soon to a town near you' true offensive intent.

    - Shane

  • Ashcroft: Nuke Threat (nuclear terrorism) the Largest Danger

    02/17/2005 8:00:39 AM PST · 25 of 26
    shanec to All
    Another quote, this by former secretary of defense William Perry yesterday...

    ...where he said in part...

    "I fear that we're headed toward an unprecedented catastrophe where a nuclear bomb is detonated in an American city," Perry said. "The bomb will not come in a missile at the hands of a hostile nation. It will come in a truck or a freighter at the hands of a terror group."... A truly nightmare scenario would involve a terror group using nuclear weapons acquired clandestinely, he said: "After 9/11 that threat seems all too real."


    BTW, good family prep guide to read, bookmark & pass along is What to Do If A Nuclear Disaster Is Imminent!

    - Shane

  • WND 'Why First Responders Won't Respond'

    02/15/2005 2:34:15 PM PST · 39 of 54
    shanec to ExSoldier
    Another big variable involved here in determining the blast damage area is whether the nuke is detonated at ground level or is an air burst. The following is from where it's readily evident that a 500kt ground blast is not as destructive as the much smaller 200kt air burst...

    Nuclear Blast Distance Effects

    Nuclear Blast Distance Effects

    A readily portable terrorist nuclear bomb would likely be only a fraction as powerful as the examples above, but for reference, the Hiroshima nuclear bomb was only a 15KT air burst. (The RA-115 backpack nukes reported missing from Russian stockpiles are one kiloton yield each.)

    As noted above, blast effects drop off quickly with distance. At Hiroshima a brick building survived only 640 feet from ground zero. And less than a mile away a trolley car remained intact and on its tracks.

    For concerns of a future Soviet attack, the current thinking is that with the continuing trend towards more accurate MIRV'ed (multiple, independently targetable, re-entry vehicles) nuclear weapons, they are now mostly smaller than in the past, averaging on the order of 500 KT or less and for submarines only 200 KT. Of course, there are now more warheads per missile (4-10) and they are substantially more accurate than during the height of the cold war. Also, any targeted military installations can expect to receive multiple hits.

    Again, we are exploring here only the initial direct effects of a nuclear explosion, and specifically, the shock wave and blast effect. (Thermal Pulse effects will be covered below.)

    All buildings will suffer light damage from the shock wave at even 1 psi peak overpressure--shattered windows, doors damaged or blown off hinges and interior partitions cracked. The maximum wind velocity would be only about 35 miles per hour. As the overpressure increases, so does the blast wind--exceeding hurricane velocities above about 2 psi.

    So, how much blast or overpressure is too much to survive?

    It, of course, depends on where you are when it comes charging through, but from a 500 KT blast, 2.2 miles away, it'll be arriving about 8 seconds after the detonation flash. (An even larger 1 MT blast, but 5 miles away, would give you about 20 seconds.)

    Like surviving an imminent tornado, utilizing those essential seconds after the initial flash to 'duck & cover' could be the difference between life & death for many. Both the overpressure in the blast shock wave and the blast wind are important causes of casualties and damage.

    ...continued on

    - Shane

  • WND 'Why First Responders Won't Respond'

    02/15/2005 1:23:44 PM PST · 34 of 54
    shanec to All
    My posted comments that followed the WND article got pulled because I had a commercial link in my signature, so here they are again without it...

    I'm the original author and though WND did edit this a tad, the basic theme is intact that the 'first responder' community has been pushed towards overly sensitive radiological instruments. This will someday be seen as a major tragic blunder when it unfolds live atop the emergency response to a future nuclear disaster. These instruments are better suited for interdiction, the discovering of a bomb before it has gone off, as they are totally unsuited for use in Civil Defense after a bomb has detonated and contaminated an area. These instruments pegged out at these low levels make it impossible to then determine whether the local intensity is a little above it's detectable range or 100 or 1,000 times more so. That could be the difference between a local population being safe to stay put for a month or needing to get out within minutes. First responders will be hard pressed then to determine which areas should shelter in-place, or most need evacuation first and even what the safest routes out are. They will be crippled to confidently enter, respond or direct anybody anywhere! This will be the 'big story' of the needless loss of life via the failed emergency response that'll erupt shortly after that day 'none will ever forget'.

    BTW, this free guide is both worthwhile reading and bookmarking for when a future nuclear crisis is brewing... What to Do If A Nuclear Disaster Is Imminent!

    - Shane

  • WND 'Why First Responders Won't Respond'

    02/14/2005 3:21:46 PM PST · 19 of 54
    shanec to Modernman
    I live no more than 3 miles from the White House and the Capitol. If someone nukes DC, I figure I have about a 0% chance of surviving, so I'm kind of fatalistic about the whole thing.

    The biggest surprize to the greatest number of people will be that they actually did survive the inital blast. But, they will then need to know what to do next, and quickly, or they risk not surviving for too long. Ideally, they need to have found out well beforehand, figured out their sheltering/evacuation best options and already acquired some minimum preps, mostly stuff they can someday use anyways even if nothing bad ever does get unleashed. Read the guide linked above, and discover how many more families could survive than currently think so.


  • WND 'Why First Responders Won't Respond'

    02/14/2005 2:34:08 PM PST · 14 of 54
    shanec to Modernman
    The damage from a dirty bomb are mostly psychological, unless you happen to be standing next to it when it goes off.

    True, but there are a couple things to know to minimize radiation inhalation exposure downwind.

    There's not much the authorities can do if a nuke goes off in a US city.

    True, but more families could start to become better prepared the sooner they grasp the reality that they've always been on their own. Also, from the guide What to Do If A Nuclear Disaster Is Imminent! we state; Government information and guidance is a vital resource in your response to a nuclear crisis, but for many reasons it may be late, incomplete, misleading or simply in error. While evacuation might be prudent for individuals who act quickly in response to a threat, governments will be slow to call for mass evacuations because of their potential for panic and gridlock. As the recent government calls for duct tape and plastic sheeting led to sold-out stores, anxiety, and derision from the press, there will be great reluctance to issue similar alarms. If you want to assure that you have adequate food and supplies for your family you must act BEFORE the panic without first waiting for government instructions that may never come or as urgently as warranted. You alone are ultimately responsible for your family.

    People within the blast zone will die quickly, people within a certain radius will die slowly and people within a certain radius will have their cancer rates go up.

    True, for the ground zero blast zone victims, but there is really 'Good News' awaiting that larger vast majority that will be downwind that will only have to deal with radioactive fallout. See the guide linked above for effective and practical tactics to dispel those widely held and self-defeating nuclear un-survivability myths. They are what will have many families tragically failing to even try for lack of well proven basic knowledge.


  • Boston terror threat probed

    01/19/2005 3:48:01 PM PST · 101 of 308
    shanec to All
    A great practical family response guide, well worth bookmarking for if/when one of these threats starts getting too real, is;

    - Shane

  • Boston receives threat from Dirty Bomb: ABC radio news

    01/19/2005 3:44:21 PM PST · 601 of 875
    shanec to brooklin
    "A so called "dirty bomb" has nothing to do with a nuclear explosion."

    A distinction too few understand, brooklyn.

    A great practical response guide, well worth bookmarking, is;

    - Shane

  • Venezuela Says It Has Evidence of Plot to Assassinate Leaders

    05/11/2004 7:42:55 PM PDT · 7 of 16
    shanec to livius
    Many tried to rein Robert in, but it's understandably frustrating for some to sit still and bide their time as they know the noose continues to tighten daily.
  • Venezuela Says It Has Evidence of Plot to Assassinate Leaders

    05/11/2004 6:54:58 PM PDT · 2 of 16
    shanec to Tailgunner Joe; wagglebee; Cincinatus' Wife; AnnaZ; MEG33; mtntop3; Libertarianize the GOP
  • Venezuela Says It Has Evidence of Plot to Assassinate Leaders

    05/11/2004 6:46:26 PM PDT · 1 of 16
    What actually happened there is this...

    An acquintance of ours, Robert Alonso, had a plan to bring in some mercenaries. He is a radical anti-Castro Cuban who has lived in Venezuela ever since fleeing Cuba in his mother's arms as a child. We know him because of his opposition activities, and we also know him socially. His mother lives next to mutual friends of ours there and his sister is a Hollywood B-movie actress, Maria Conchita Alonso.

    Anyways, Robert was shopping his crazy plan around and no one really gave him the light of day. We personally thought it was harebrained. Even the opposition generals (most all of them, at least) thought so, too. He got the support of a few businessmen -- very few -- and one (only one) Guardia Nacional colonel. (Who the opposition military officers are that are trying to oust the Chavez regime can be seen here at

    Despite almost everyone else shaking their heads, he went forward with his wild plan. He hired 130 mercenaries in Colombia and brought them into the country. They were young army recruits, fresh out of military service and unemployed.

    For the past two months, he kept them on his farm, training them and feeding them while trying to get them some/any weapons. They had none. All they had were some knives, low quality boots and about one hundred counterfeit Venezuelan Army uniforms.

    My contacts there kept avoiding him, and so did everyone else. He couldn't get any hardware from anyone, because we all thought his idea was nuts, lots of enthusiasm, but a doomed strategy.

    So in the end, unbeknowest to us, around fifty or so of his bravest commenced to raid the armory of a Chavez-held garrison. I have no idea what they were smoking. But this past Sunday, they donned their counterfeit uniforms and set out, un-armed, in two busses to get arms.

    On their way, they ran into a roadblock set up by the opposition-friendly local sheriff's office to do a routine check for stolen cars. They called in the also opposition-friendly metro police, who then in turn, unfortunately, called in the Chavez-friendly secret police.

    The secret police service had no clue about any of this, but were very surprised to see a full fake platoon appear out of nowhere and assigned to no legitimate commanding officer. So they arrested the kids and then started a big splash in the local news media.

    They are claiming that the kids were "paramilitares", in other words, part of Colombia's right wing AUC "auto defensas" anti-guerilla guerillas. This is of course not true. They also claim that they were here to overthrow the Chavez govt. This is technically true. Now, how a bunch of, at best 'reservists', could do this in lousy boots and with no weapons is beyond me... Totally nuts & desperate.

    So an 'all points bulletin' was put out on Robert Alonso and he had to go to ground, after this all imploded. He has since gotten safely out of the country, and he arrived yesterday in Miami and has friends getting him re-established there now.

    As for his mercenaries, most of them got rounded up. Two of them lost their lives. Some forty others are on the run.

    This is not a setback for the true opposition, because Robert Alonso's private little army was never part of the opposition's plans. Everyone I spoke to never counted on him being able to make a difference, tried to rein him in, and as you can tell, he failed because it was ill-concieved and thus no one was willing to give him any support.

    By the way, people high up in the Chavez govt publicly claims that this was a US govt or agency project, or in other ways connected to "the empire" as they refer to the States these days. Victoria Alvarado at the embassy in Caracas had to put out a statement to the press refuting this. Fact is, Alonso tried to get any backing he could find, but he was turned down pretty much everywhere he went, including by the military opposition. It's a shame and a waste that he went off half-cocked.

    It is a big story down there these days, and this afternoon, it was the subject of a congressional debate.

    Regardless, I think the damage he did is now largely under control so they (opposition) can get back to business.

    Just wanted to share with you all what really happened there in the last 48 hours.

    Never boring...


  • Sell Oil for Gold, Mahathir tells Saudi Arabia

    01/18/2004 4:07:17 PM PST · 72 of 79
    shanec to The Westerner
    1) Is it illegal for the little coin shop on the corner to sell you gold without telling the government your name and address?

    Currently, no, as long as the purchase is not so large it'd trigger them filing an IRS currency transaction, which I think is $10,000. Some coin dealers want a name/address for their own internal records or mailing list, just shop around for another, if they do.

    2) Is it feasible in this day and age to store one's numismatics at home where government police can use high tech machines to find it?

    I think so, better if there in a house safe or good hidey hole, or 'midnight gardening' out back, rather than not taking physical possession of it or having in a safe deposit box, IMO.

    3) Is there enough gold left in Ft. Knox to support returning to a gold standard or is the United States basically bankrupt?

    I don't know.


  • Sell Oil for Gold, Mahathir tells Saudi Arabia

    01/18/2004 1:19:06 PM PST · 57 of 79
    shanec to dljordan
    " we stuck with the investment funds and got wiped out."

    As did many more who'd prefer to not mention it.

    BTW, it's interesting that while the stock market has gone up again recently in $'s, it's been much less impressive when based on most other major currencies as the dollar has lost value relative to them. Especially fascinating to see how un-impressive the stock market has been lately via the DJIA/Gold ratio...

    If dollars, and their value and buying power in the world, was truly stable and could be counted on to stay so, we might could ignore most all the above. But, if not, and especially when we are having to buy things, like oil, from outside the U.S., we are at risk for legitimate price increases to compensate for when the $'s purchasing power dips further.

    Too bad most of those winners in today's stock market both won't get out in time, when it lurches downward again, nor will they later be exchanging some of those $ profits for gold/silver. They will likely need to do both, this go-around, to escape being another losing statistic...


  • Sell Oil for Gold, Mahathir tells Saudi Arabia

    01/18/2004 11:59:29 AM PST · 45 of 79
    shanec to waterstraat
    The portability and security issue of holding lots of physical silver is a problem, I agree, but one that might be well worth the hassle, if really seen to potentially double faster than gold would/could. Also, for most Americans, they likely can not afford to buy and hold $50,000 worth anyways, so they don't have that challenge. (And, those that do will figure a way to.) Also, when the price does first double and finally gets everybodies attention and they start buying and acquiring it, even buying that $50,000 worth then will only be half as big a pile to cart home!

    BTW, while there's a lot of hype surrounding all the commodity markets, here's a pretty good recent article, IMO, about the prospects for silver, for anybody interested... here.

  • Sell Oil for Gold, Mahathir tells Saudi Arabia

    01/18/2004 10:58:04 AM PST · 36 of 79
    shanec to antaresequity
    I agree, also for personal wealth/savings diversification & protection, I would not ignore silver. While gold gets most of the attention in the media and the flack from Central Bankers trying to tarnish its competing with their paper, silver has even greater upside potential than gold does. IOW, it'll likely have a shot at doubling easier than gold would.

    Berkshire Hathaway's Feb 3, 1998 press release was where Warren Buffett first disclosed his initial large silver purchases of 1997/1998. These were actual physical have & hold purchases of the metal. It would appear that Buffett indeed expects there to be large supply shortages in the future & that he is in his silver investment for the long-term. I may not shadow everything he says and does, but he's a guy I would not readily bet against either.

  • Sell Oil for Gold, Mahathir tells Saudi Arabia

    01/18/2004 10:28:30 AM PST · 30 of 79
    shanec to All
    Shopping around at local coin shops, figure on 1 oz Krugerrands going for about $10 over the spot price of gold at that moment and, the more popular, U.S. Eagles around $20 over spot. (Try to find and stay well under a 3% premium.)

    You should not have to give any personal information on purchases under 10K, I believe, at this time, though new law was supposedly signed recently that would require all future purchases to be recorded and it'll be effective soon, is what I've been told. Selling, though, to dealers often have lower limits requiring I.D., and sometimes even municipal requirements, same as pawn shops, to discourage stolen property being easily sold off through them.

  • Sell Oil for Gold, Mahathir tells Saudi Arabia

    01/18/2004 9:31:39 AM PST · 10 of 79
    shanec to montag813
    "Gold may see a nice boost Monday."

    Especially now that we've had this recent correction and many of the shorts have gotten themselves covered and the weak longs have been flushed out. Was also interesting to see how well silver recovered, too. Lot of buyers there, not just in futures, but taking the physical. While the world focuses on gold and the Central Banks continue to try and tarnish it as a viable alternative to their paper, silver has the potential to double much quicker than gold, IMO. -Shane

  • Sell Oil for Gold, Mahathir tells Saudi Arabia

    01/18/2004 9:04:33 AM PST · 1 of 79
    I would not discount this possibility too readily just because it's coming here from one former Prime Minister of Malaysia. Talk amongst OPEC members considering Euro's over shrinking dollars has been going on for quite awhile, including from Chavez in Venezuela. Others have suggested it was another reason we are in Iraq today.

    Bottom Line: Whether or not OPEC eventually does switch to Euro's or gold, over dollars, for their oil, just the increasing talk about it will likely weaken the dollar and further support gold and oil price increases.

    As consumers here, the dynamics could be fascinating, to say the least. The price of an ounce of gold today ($406), would buy about 270 gallons of gasoline at $1.50/gallon. In the future, if/when gas has doubled in price, that same ounce of gold would probably still get you a whole lot closer to that original 270 gallons, once again, rather than only half that, or 135 gallons @ $3.00/gallon that that same $406 would only then buy.


  • Gold dips as dollar rebounds on euro

    01/17/2004 4:53:51 PM PST · 33 of 33
    shanec to All
    It's a pretty safe bet that if/when the dollar loses value, it'll likely take more of those weaker dollars to then acquire the same amount of gold.

    While it may be risky as an investment (physical, futures, or mining stocks) it's a pretty fair & stable diversification alternative, store of value, for a portion of one's wealth/savings, especially if weakness in the dollar is seen as possible.

    Also, it's interesting that while the stock market has gone up recently in $'s, it's been much less impressive when based on most other major currencies as the dollar has lost value relative to them. Especially fascinating to see how un-impressive the stock market has been lately via the DJIA/Gold ratio...

    If dollars, and their value and buying power in the world, was truly stable and could be counted on to stay so, we can ignore most all the above. But, if not, and especially when we are having to buy things, like oil, from outside the U.S., we are at risk for legitimate price increases to compensate for when the $'s purchasing power dips.

    The price of an ounce of gold today ($406), would buy about 270 gallons of gasoline at $1.50/gallon. In the future, if/when gas has doubled in price, that same ounce of gold would probably still get you a whole lot closer to that original 270 gallons, once again, rather than only half that, or 135 gallons @ $3.00/gallon that $406 would only then buy.


  • A Man, A Plan, A Tin Can - Homemade Fallout Meter Could Be the New Duct Tape

    04/14/2003 11:46:11 AM PDT · 13 of 14
    shanec to GovernmentShrinker
    "...he demonstrated at four Senate offices..."

    "Just curious: did he bring his own radioactive fallout source into the Senate building for this demo?"

    Yes, but it was just a common smoke detector.


  • A Man, A Plan, A Tin Can - Homemade Fallout Meter Could Be the New Duct Tape

    04/14/2003 11:10:03 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    shanec to goodnesswins
    "Couldn't I just take notice of "birds dropping?"

    Depending on the strength of the radioactive fallout you might not notice anything, at that time, while you are absorbing a dangerous dose. Also, many that might contract a lethal dose could survive for days or even weeks before succumbing to it, again possibly without noticing anything till after they had already accumulated that lethal dose.

    The following can be seen at and is compiled from FM 3-7. NBC Field Handbook, 1994, FM 8-9. NATO Handbook on the Medical Aspects of NBC Defensive Operations, 1996 and FM 8-10-7. Health Services Support in a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Environment, 1996. It is instructive in outlining the levels of radiation and their delayed health effects...

    Expected health effects for an adult assuming the cumulative total radiation exposure was all received within a weeks time. For children, the effects can be expected at half these dose levels.

    30 to 70 R	From 6-12 hours: none to slight incidence of transient headache and nausea; 
    		vomiting in up to 5 percent of personnel in upper part of dose range. Mild 
    		lymphocyte depression within 24 hours. Full recovery expected. (Fetus damage
    		possible from 50R and above.)
    70 to 150 R	From 2-20 hours: transient mild nausea and vomiting in 5 to 30 percent of 
    		personnel. Potential for delayed traumatic and surgical wound healing, 
    		minimal clinical effect. Moderate drop in lymphocycte, platelet, and 
    		granulocyte counts. Increased susceptibility to opportunistic pathogens. 
    		Full recovery expected.
    150 to 300 R	From 2 hours to three days: transient to moderate nausea and vomiting in 
    		20 to 70 percent; mild to moderate fatigability and weakness in 25 to 60 
    		percent of personnel. At 3 to 5 weeks: medical care required for 10 to 50%. 
    		At high end of range, death may occur to maximum 10%. Anticipated medical 
    		problems include infection, bleeding, and fever. Wounding or burns will 
    		geometrically increase morbidity and mortality.
    300 to 530 R	From 2 hours to three days: transient to moderate nausea and vomiting in 50 
    		to 90 percent; mild to moderate fatigability in 50 to 90 percent of personnel. 
    		At 2 to 5 weeks: medical care required for 10 to 80%. At low end of range, 
    		less than 10% deaths; at high end, death may occur for more than 50%. 
    		Anticipated medical problems include frequent diarrheal stools, anorexia, 
    		increased fluid loss, ulceration. Increased infection susceptibility during 
    		immunocompromised time-frame.  Moderate to severe loss of lymphocytes. 
    		Hair loss after 14 days.
    530 to 830 R	From 2 hours to two days: moderate to severe nausea and vomiting in 80 to 
    		100 percent of personnel; From 2 hours to six weeks: moderate to severe 
    		fatigability and weakness in 90 to 100 percent of personnel. At 10 days to 
    		5 weeks: medical care required for 50 to 100%. At low end of range, death 
    		may occur for more than 50% at six weeks. At high end, death may occur 
    		for 99% of personnel. Anticipated medical problems include developing 
    		pathogenic and opportunistic infections, bleeding, fever, loss of appetite, 
    		GI ulcerations, bloody diarrhea, severe fluid and electrolyte shifts, capillary 
    		leak, hypotension. Combined with any significant physical trauma, survival 
    		rates will approach zero.
    830 R Plus	From 30 minutes to 2 days: severe nausea, vomiting, fatigability, weakness, 
    		dizziness, and disorientation; moderate to severe fluid imbalance and headache. 
    		Bone marrow total depletion within days. CNS symptoms are predominant at 
    		higher radiation levels. Few, if any, survivors even with aggressive and 
    		immediate medical attention.


  • A Man, A Plan, A Tin Can - Homemade Fallout Meter Could Be the New Duct Tape

    04/14/2003 10:09:47 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    shanec to backhoe
    Better, more accurate, to-scale templates for making the KFM are linked off of on their copy of the NWSS book found there.


  • A Man, A Plan, A Tin Can - Homemade Fallout Meter Could Be the New Duct Tape

    04/14/2003 8:59:33 AM PDT · 1 of 14
    I've been working with Steve Jones above, and others, to get the Dept. of Homeland Security to take a look at, and hopefully to embrace, the KFM. It's a fascinating story of how the plans for the KFM were originally designed by Oak Ridge National Laboratories to go up in every newspaper in America on the eve of WWIII. It has the potential to do a lot more good, for more American families, than all the plastic & duct tape that's been stashed away in closets today, IMO.



    01/30/2003 8:37:40 AM PST · 48 of 49
    shanec to Cincinatus' Wife
    I'm glad for anything or anybody that might help better expose to more people here in the USA what the Chavez regime has been up to.


    01/29/2003 3:32:34 PM PST · 13 of 49
    shanec to Eva
    New from the top military that had recently left the Chavez regime Militares Democraticos...

    Insider Speaks: "Chavez's $1M To Al Qaeda Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg"

    "I was close to Chavez,
    but now he wants me dead."
    The million dollars from Chavez to Al Qaeda is just the tip of the iceberg in a long series of connections between worldwide terrorist organizations and the Venezuelan strongman, according to one of those who knows most about Chavez and the inside of his presidential palace: His former personal pilot.
    Major Juan Diaz Castillo is the man who flew the equivalent of Air Force One. In this interview with Venezuela's weekly news-magazine Zeta, he reveals formerly unpublished details of the operations that Chavez had him organize.

    By Maria Angelica Correa, in Washington

    Juan Diaz Castillo is a major in the Venezuelan Air Force. He graduated from the Air Force Military Academy July 5, 1986, taking second place of the Order of Merit in the Class of Juan Crisostomo Ledezma Santaella. Sixteen years later, in October 2002, he declared himself in civil disobedience and joined the military resistance movement for free and democratic elections in Venezuela.

    It seems like every one of the officers who joined the resistance and declared civil disobedience in Plaza Altamira had a piece of an enormous puzzle. As they joined forces, and each officer started putting the pieces together, a surprising picture started appearing.

    A million dollars from the Chavez government to the Taliban government of post-9/11 Afghanistan is one of the cases linking the Venezuelan regime to terrorism states and to sponsors of terrorism.

    "We know that Marquez worked with the Taliban government"

    Zeta: " - How do you know that Diosdado Cabello sent this money to the Venezuelan ambassador in India?"
    Diaz Castillo: " - First, because I was present at the meetings where everything was coordinated, and this was where the decision was taken. Second, because as the events transcurred, we got a positive answer from ambassador Walter Marquez. He confirmed that he had received the money and it was mentioned in the press. He himself gave these press interviews. We have the press clippings here. They are publicly available, so he can not deny this. And, what's more: Not only the ambassador told the press, even the president himself did so, which proves that it happened. Chavez specifically mentioned Walter Marquez's name, both on TV and in the press. Of course, they did not say it was for the Taliban and for Al Qaeda. They said it was humanitarian aid for the government of Afghanistan. But the government of Afghanistan in those days was the Taliban, the radical islamist regime which harbored Bin Laden and Al Qaeda."

    " - How was the transfer made?
    " - It was done through the normal financing channels, just as when the Foreign Ministry sends money to the various Venezulan embassies. There are various ways of doing this; one is the transfer of ordinary funds, but there is also a route for additional money. This is completely normal and would not raise any eyebrows. Sometimes an embassy asks for an additional transfer because of an activity, a visit ... normally there is money available for that. Through this method, the Afghanistan money was sent."

    " - Was this the reason that an ambassador was chosen?"
    " - An ambassador was chosen because he was the Venezuelan government official who was closest to the area. Because, before the ambassador, the idea was than an emissary should go to Pakistan and from there start the operation. But, because there was an ambassador nearby and that he was willing to do it, while we were in the planning stage, we decided that it was easier to let him do it."

    " - Is there no Venezuelan representation in Pakistan or in Afganistan?"
    " - No, there never was. The closest embassy is the one in India."

    " - Did you yourself know the logistics of how the ambassador would get the money to Al Qaeda?"
    " - We have a series of documents that we have been sharing with the appropriate international authorities. They determine the truth of this evidence."

    " - There being proof, would the strongest be the steps that ambassador Marquez took to have the money reach the Taliban government?"
    " - Naturally. And this is why he is denying it today. The Venezuelan government even set up a cover story, using separate funds, for involving UNHCR. But despite the cover, remember that sometimes there are acts which the whole world sees, and of those, you must count the very visible and notorious act of open solidarity that the Chavez government took with certain terrorist events."

    " - How did Walter Marquez deliver this money? Do you know if he sent an emissary or ordered it transferred?"
    " - There was a direct line of communication between Walter Marquez and the collaborators that he uses and the Taliban government. There is proof of this. Plus, for the cover story, Citibank was used."

    " - So, embassy employees were involved too?"
    " - Yes. We have their names. If the case goes to court in the United States, certain persons will be called as witnesses. We will not call them in a Venezuelan kangaroo court, because we can not guarantee their safety there. I also think it is important to note that there was no direct contact to Al Qaeda, as far as we can tell. The contacts was always by way of the Taliban government."

    " - But, of the one million, there was a smokescreen for humanitarian aid?"
    " - Humanitarian help with a value of one hundred thousand dollars was for the Taliban to keep. The remaining nine hundred thousand was for Al Qaeda."

    Chavez wanted to send troops to Afghanistan

    " - Can you tell us more about the $900,000?"
    " - Chavez originally wanted to do much more than just send money to Afghanistan. He wanted to help with a military presence: Venezuelan troops on Afghan soil, helping the Taliban of course, and not the U.S. forces ... or, as Chavez put it, helping the Afghan people in a spirit of solidarity and humanitarian assistance. That was the first idea that came to his mind, but also the first idea to be abandones, for obvious reasons. We studied the proposal and came to the conclusion that it was simply not feasible to send one hundred men there. In fact, we concluded that it was actually inhumane to send the Venezuelan soldiers over there."

    " - Venezuelan soldiers in Afghanistan? Explain that."
    " - The first instructions I got was that we would be sending one hundred men to Afghanistan, one hundred troops, in a sort of company, speaking in military terms. They would go with their officers, basically to make up a presence on Afghan soil, to help the people of Afghanistan. But this supposed help had a political undertone. Don't forget that Afghanistan at the time was the Taliban, and the Taliban was facing the U.S. invasion. By sending Venezuelan military there, Chavez wanted to show the world which side he was on. He did not want to fight the U.S., but he wanted the world to see that he was standing up to the U.S. - apparently he figured that he could get important political capital out of that.
    But when we started planning the logistics, we found out that it would be nearly impossible in practical terms to make it happen. Apart from the 100 soldiers, we also needed to carry another 40 men from Civil Defense plus we needed to transport cargo. All told, we needed three 330 airplanes and something like 35 hours in the air, continously. This would be impossible without stops for refueling. Now, the conditions in which a Hercules travels are not the best. I suggested to Chavez that we should fly just eight hours at a strech, with stops for refueling. That would give us approximately four separate legs of the journey. Basically, we calculated that it would take us between three and four days to get our men from Venezuela to Afghanistan. And not just that. They would travel three or four days, in poor conditions not fit for human transport. In a Hercules, since it is a cargo plane, there are no formal seats and no bathroom, no food facility, and due to the altitude, it is cold. The plane is not heated in the cargo hold. So think about it: our troops would be arriving on the other side of the world, in a hostile war-torn climate, after having travelled in totally exhausting conditions for many days. They would arrive too tired to complete a mission which was not even clearly defined. In Afghanistan, we already knew that the International Red Cross had their own people on the ground, and Afghan government officials. So we came to the conclusion that it was best to just send a small group or a single person there, in a commercial plane, with money for whatever was needed. Rather than sending Venezuelan military there."

    " - So, did that one person or a small group go instead?"
    " - No, that too was changed. The ambassador in India offered to handle the contacts, so when he became part of the plan, we decided not to send anyone from Caracas."

    " - When you still wanted to send troops to Afghanistan, was it going to be official?"
    " - Yes, of course. Chavez even announced his intention of doing so in his weekly TV program Alo Presidente in late September, 2001. You can get a transcript of that program and a lot of curious surprises will appear. For instance, he said that the United States deserved the attack, that they had brought it upon themselves. He also called the U.S. president a criminal, and accused him of killing children. He talked about the help that he was going to give to the Afghan people. Chavez also offered to receive Afghan refugees in Venezuela. We think that we he really wanted to do was to harbor Al Qaeda, under the guise of them pretending to be Afghan refugees. In in fact, they got the message. Because in the months that followed, an increasing number of Arabs came to Venezuela and found a safe haven here. Some even got new identity papers, from the Venezuelan government. None of them were refugees, but rather radical islamist. He received people from a group which was already accused of terrorism by the U.S. and this is a problem that Venezuela is still suffering from."

    Bin Laden is Chavez's hero

    " - Apart from Al Qaeda, can you name other terrorist groups that Chavez to your knowledge has helped?"
    " - The links that Chavez has established with well known worldwide terrorist groups are notorious. Directly or through Fidel Castro, Chavez has contact to major terrorist leaders worldwide. The groups that he most works with, however, are the leftist Colombian guerrillas. FARC, in particular, is a favorite of his. We have a big problem in Venezuela, and it is the civil war in Colombia. There is strongly documented proof that Hugo Chavez has given all sorts of help to these terrorist cells. He has given them weapons, financing, and has let them have training camps on the Venezuelan side of the border. What's more, several of their leaders have found a safe haven in Venezuela, and he has met with many of the guerilla bosses in Caracas, with his DISIP secret service acting as their personal bodyguards. These terrorists enter the country through the airport and pass undetected through immigration. They have inside help by Chavez."

    " - We have seen information about radical islamist terrorist organizations operating out of Margarita. Is that true?"
    " - Yes, absolutely. The military resisters in the pro-democracy opposition movement have compiled a dossier with information about this. General Marcos Ferreira has, with proof, fully documented how muslim terror groups entered the country and how Chavez harbored them. Various individuals from guerilla and terrorist organizations have been given Venezuelan passports and cedulas by the Chavez regime."

    " - Do you know what happened to Hakim Mamad Ali Diab Fattah? [Hakim Mamad Ali Diab Fattah was an Arab with connections to the 9/11-bombing who, among other things, trained at New Jersey flight schools along with Hani Hanjour who crashed the American Airlines flight into the Pentagon. After Hakim Mamad Ali Diab Fattah was detained by the FBI, he flew to Venezuela on Delta flight # 397, and was helped enter the country by Venezuela's DISIP Secret Police without passing through immigration.]"
    " - He is currently safe in Venezuelan territory, specifically Margarita. We are blowing the whistle on the way that Chavez helps radical muslim terrorists. Hakim Mamad Ali Diab Fattah was given refuge by the Venezuelan government. They are harboring him, and many other highly trained operatives. But officially, as far as border control is concerned, this individual and many others are not even in the country. He entered with government help and bypassed the normal controls so that no record of his presence would appear. Now the government should explain why they are doing this. In cases like these, what is it exactly that Venezuela is covering up? Explain this not just to Venezuela's own citizens, but to the world, because these individuals have strong and proven terrorist connections and it is hard to comprehend why Chavez would want to shelter them like this. Just give us an explanation."

    " - For how long have you been an eye-witness to Venezuela's government connections with known terrorist groups?"
    " - From September 2001 onwards. I thought it was strange that he would give these sort of orders, and have us work on plans like helping the Taliban regime in Afghanistan."

    " - But when was the first time?"
    " - I personally found out only in September 2001. I think this was when Chavez realized the importance of terrorism in world politics."

    " - What did you hear about Al Qaeda at that time?"
    " - Chavez was impressed with the 9/11 attacks, it was clear that he admired this great master stroke, and he also admired Osama Bin Laden as a person, in fact, Bin Laden was like an idol to him. I was personally disturbed and puzzled by this. In fact, I even thought for a while that Hugo Chavez was joking. But after the million dollars was sent, I found out that he wasn't. Chavez was deadly serious."

    " - From what you could tell, from your presence in the meetings, what was the purpose of the help that Chavez wanted to give?"
    " - A number of those of us who participated discovered that Chavez had ulterior motives which went far beyond merely a desire to help those leaders [the Taliban, and Osama Bin Laden]. I would call it a compulsive obsessions, like the attitude which you expect from a person who is not normal and mentally stable. And this coming from a country who has no relations whatsoever with Afghanistan, and no sort of involvement at all in any of the issues that those people were dealing with."

    " - What were Chavez's compulsive obsessions about?"
    " - He wanted to get close to those leaders."

    " - There is evidence of terrorist cells in Panama, in northern Brazil, and in Margarita which is Venezuelan territory. When you talk about getting close, what type of closeness do you refer to?"
    " - Simply the contacts that have been established, and the continuation of a future working relationship. What else could be expected?"

    " - What other Chavez-activities, related to national or international terrorism, do you possess knowledge of?"
    " - Too many to mention, so let me give you just the more important highlights: Arms trafficking from Asia to the Colombian narco-terrorists. The help given to radical Middle Eastern networks, and harboring muslim terrorists. Assistance and advice between these terrorist groups and the Venezuelan government. Training of Venezuelan government employees in Libya, Argelia and Syria, which are countries known as state sponsors of terrorism."

    " - You mentioned arms trafficking from Asia. Where, speficially?"
    " - From various parts of Asia, but mostly Chinese-made."

    " - What is the Chavez connection to China?"
    " - Extremely significant. It is not coincidence that Chavez meets with the top of the Chinese leadership so easily and so often. He has been to China more than once and the Chinese president has toured Venezuela, too. Remember that the Chavez government keeps huge sums of money in Chinese banks, specifically in Shanghai and Hong Kong. In turn, China has invested more in Venezuela than in all other Latin American countries combined."

    " - How do you know that the illegal weapons came from China?"
    " - Thanks to investigations that some of us made. For instance, another one of the dissident military officers is the man who was the head of all transport shipping on the Orinoco River until November 2002. When we came together in Plaza Altamira, we each had different inside knowledge and we then started putting the pieces together. A disturbing picture emerged. The puzzle is still not complete, but we know enough to say with absolute certainty that what is known so far about the Chavez terrorist connections is just the tip of the iceberg."

    " - In your opinion, to which extent does Chavez aid and abet international terrorism?"
    " - The help that Chavez gives to terrorism is enormous. In his first year of taking power, Chavez became a penpal with one of the founders of violent Middle Eastern terrorism, Carlos The Jackal. Chavez himself wanted to be a guerilla fighter. He considers terrorism to be a worldwide guerilla movement. This is why he expresses solidarity and offers help to terrorists: He considers himself to be one of their kind. Now, remember also that the million dollars for Al Qaeda is merely one single item of proof. It is by no means the only evidence. When you start investigating, you will find that this is only the tip of the iceberg. Chavez has consciously helped not just Al Qaeda, but several other terrorist organizations. I can name at least five: Al Qaeda, ELN, EPL, ETA and FARC. But judging from the information which the Militares Democraticos resistance movement is now collecting in Plaza Altamira, they are by no means the only ones. By the time we get to the bottom of this, I fully expect to see at least a dozen of the world's major terrorist organizations represented. They are all receiving financing and other assistance from the Hugo Chavez regime."

    "Stop or I will shoot you"

    " - Besides Diosdado Cabello, who were present in the planning meetings?"
    " - Jose Vicente Rangel and representatives of the presidential Ministerio de Secretaria."

    " - Can you give me the names of some of those with lower ranks?"
    " - I can, but this is not about a witch-hunt. Right now, it is important to focus on the big players, because they are the ones who gave the orders. People like Jose Vicente Rangel, Diosdado Cabello, and Hugo Chavez. The others are just following orders. In Venezuela's armed forces and in the ministries, if we start to look for who is guilty, all of us are guilty in one way or another. But that is the wrong way to handle this. Because lots of people are just doing their job. They don't particularly want to support terrorists, but they do what they are told or they will lose their job ... or worse. So they carry out the orders, regardless of whether or not they agree with them. In my case, I personally worked until the 26th of October 2002, assigned to active duty for the presidential Airbus. And if you start to look at my work, I myself also took part in irregularities, but so have everyone else who is working for the Venezuelan government under Chavez, and I fully understand why some of my colleagues prefer to not come forward. We all just followed orders. I don't think it is right to point fingers or assign responsibilities at those who just carried out what the leaders at the top ordered them to do."

    " - Have you flown a terrorist?"
    " - To my knowledge, no. As pilots, we have very little information about the passengers in the planes we fly. In my case, as the presidential pilot, I can say that others handled the passengers. However, I have eyes in my head, and I can tell you that very often we carried passengers who were armed. They brought their weapons into the cabin with them, and this was not something I was very fond out. On some occasions, I was even forced to fly with armed passengers present in the cockpit itself."

    " - Are you aware that the Chavez government today considers you their enemy?"
    " - Of course. They don't want the truth to come out. I was close to Chavez, but now he wants me dead. On December 16th, 2002, I was in a car with General Nestor Gonzalez on the Caracas-Valencia freeway, and we were being followed by DISIP Secret Police patrols. They wanted us to pull over at a very isolated spot. I tried to speed up so that we could get close to the toll booths which is an area where there would be people around and therefore witnesses. But six DISIP patrol cars intercepted us, more or less 20 uniformed officers. I was driving. One of the patrol cars pulled up next to me, and a DISIP officer pointed his machinegun straight at my head and violently yelled 'STOP or I will shoot you!' So I had to stop. When we faced the officer in charge, he was very nervous and sweating. Other people started arriving too. This was right on the main freeway of Venezuela. All of a sudden, out of the blue, he told us 'Leave, quickly'. It is clear that even inside the most secret security forces, there are split loyalties. Some officers want to follow orders, but most are on our side without clearly saying so. They had orders to arrest us, and shoot us dead if we tried escaping."

    " - You are risking your life by making the terrorist revelations public. Why are you doing this?"
    " - This is not about me personally, it is just about reaching the goal of the Democratic resistance movement. Our goal is for free and democratic elections in Venezuela, nothing else. We want Venezuela to wake up from the nightmare that started when Chavez got power in 1998."

    January 29, 2003


    01/29/2003 3:23:07 PM PST · 6 of 49
    shanec to Carry_Okie; livius; cocopuff; HAL9000; Cincinatus' Wife; Tailgunner Joe; support venezuela; ...

    01/29/2003 3:17:18 PM PST · 1 of 49
    The story of Chavez 1 Million $ support to the Taliban was first reported here at FR with the expose of his personal pilot detailed here...


  • Horror in Venezuela

    01/23/2003 10:45:42 AM PST · 10 of 10
    shanec to Pokey78
    Thank you for posting this.

    Explore more revelations of the Chavez regime by his top military brass that have recently denounced him here.


  • Venezuela through a tilted lens?

    01/22/2003 12:06:25 PM PST · 11 of 13
    shanec to conservativecorner
    Thanks for posting, gratifying to finally see the truth beginning to percolate to the top.

    For all those eager-beaver young investigative reporters that want to make their name in the news biz, the expose of the Chavez regime terrorist connections/support could be their ticket to fame.

    And, it would be so easy, as they need only explore the revelations of the Chavez top military that have recently denounced him here.



    01/20/2003 5:52:25 PM PST · 103 of 109
    shanec to All
    There are many valid reasons the USA needs to be outspoken about the Chavez regime far beyond his human rights abuses and us re-establishing stable oil supplies from Venezuela.

    Go see/read the expose's from his top ranking military officers that have only recently left him and are now publicly denouncing his regime here...

    I stayed with and interviewed last month these brave officers that, at great risk to their own lives, are daily, openly and together exposing to all what Chavez is both up to and is planning for their beloved country and all our hemisphere. This crazy should be of more concern to us here in the USA than Saddam Hussein, IMO. Discover and judge for yourself!


  • Venezuelans in Miami Protest Chavez [50,000 Protestors Ignored by National Media]

    01/19/2003 7:54:42 AM PST · 19 of 25
    shanec to marron
    "If memory serves, this and other generals planted themselves at a major city plaza, announcing that they would not leave until Chavez was gone. They have been camped there ever since, and have become the focal point for the movement to force him from office."

    Quite true, that's at the Plaza Altamira. I was down there last month and met and interviewed many of these Generals who recently left the Chavez regime. They know what he has been up to and his plans (USA has much more to worry about than just stable oil from Venezuela) and are telling all here...


  • Venezuela's Opposition Hopes for Effort - Chavez looks to Russia, France, Algeria, and China

    01/18/2003 6:17:18 AM PST · 7 of 10
    shanec to Cincinatus' Wife
    Chavez is certainly looking to his friends for help. We know, for instance, that...

    "He also got a big IRANIAN contingent, as well as ALGERIANS and INDIANS. The Iranians got a big official government reception, and included high-level government officials from Iran. The Algerians, when they came, got in through customs through a special door and did not have to show passports or pass immigration controls in any way. I have this on tape (filmed by a passenger on the same, from Holland, two days ago)."

    "Chavez is stepping up his dependance on Tripoli for help, too. 18 specialist Libyans arrived here 3 days ago, to supposedly restart the oil refineries because he can not find local workers, who are skilled and willing to break the strike, to do so.

    They were received by top-level MVR party bosses, so
    they might be more than mere oil workers. I am enclosing
    a list of names and the route they took to get here, for
    whatever it is worth..."


    Flight plan -
    01/09/03: LX 2585 Tripoli > Zurich
    01/10/03: LH 3755 Zurich > Frankfurt
    01/10/03: LH 534 Frankfurt > Caracas

    Received in Maiquetia (Caracas airport) by:
    Ali Ahmed, of the "Libyan Commission"
    Cilia Flores, member of Congress, "MVR"-party
    Nicolas Maduro, member of Congress, "MVR"-party
    Juan Barreto, member of Congress, "MVR"-party

    Arrivals (last name, first name):
    Alghariy, Alsudik
    Najjar, Elmabruk
    Adun, Koaled
    Adel, Zeguera
    Nagib, Sherif
    Benelfgh, Abubaker
    Bentahir, Nabiel
    Enbia, Abdulfat
    Majrab, Waldi
    Elkom, Amhamed
    Nashnush, Abdulgha
    Romia, Mohamed
    Shwich, Abduraoo
    Elghanud, Abdulnas
    Barhmi, Ezzedin
    Seleni, Abdulssa
    Gwile, Hasan
    Besha, Mhemmed

    Current place of residence: Hotel Eduard, Macuto, Vargas state
    Stated Mission: Reactivation of various PDVSA oil refineries

    You may also find some of the following of interest, too...

    Selected (dealing with Venezuela), transcribed from tape, remarks of...

    General James T. Hill, Commander of United States Southern Command, on Thursday, January 9th, 2003 at 'The Americas Society' and 'Council of the Americas' in New York City.

    "Narco-Terrorism fuels radical Islamic groups associated with Hamas, Hezbollah, Algamat, and, yes, Al Qaeda. These groups operating out of the tri-border area of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, and other locales, like Margarita Island off Venezuela, generate hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars through drugs and arms trafficking with Narco-Terrorists. Simply put, direct drug sales and money laundering fund world-wide terrorist operations. That is not speculation, that is fact. These groups operate in and out of Southern Panama, Northern Ecuador, Northern Peru, Bolivia, portions of Venezuela and the tri-border area. They are involved in kidnappings in Venezuela, Ecuador and Paraguay."
    "There is a huge and growing market for forged and illicit immigration documents. Narco-Terrorists and radical Islamic groups are feeding this market."

  • Venezuela's Tyrant Hugo Chavez Must Go

    01/17/2003 5:40:52 AM PST · 9 of 19
    shanec to Tailgunner Joe; Carry_Okie; livius; cocopuff; HAL9000; Cincinatus' Wife; support venezuela; ...
    Good catch!

    BTW, it's a myth that Chavez ever did enjoy the overwhelming support attributed to him, with some claiming as high as 90% in earlier elections, etc.

    Read here the following article:

    Myth Unmasked: Chavez Never Won By "Landslide"

    Of the 24 million Venezuelans, less than 4 million ever voted for Chavez. In the five elections where Chavez participated, he never got more than thirty-five percent of the eligible votes. Venezuelan elections

    By Johan Freitas, in Caracas

    To hear Chavez tell it, he has the support of the vast majority of the Venezuelan people. He was elected in 1998 by a landslide, then re-elected over and over again. - Or was he...?

    The Chavez myth is easily broken. Numbers don't lie. Chavez between 1998 and 2000 only won by default -- not because the Venezuelans supported him, but simply because they didn't bother to vote. In the last five elections, the absentee vote was the big winner.
    What elected Hugo Chavez was not an overwhelming majority, as his supporters like to claim, but overwhelming apathy and disillusionment with the political system.

    Venezuela has approximately 24 million inhabitants. The number of potential voters vary from election to election, but roughly 11 million are registered to vote. Of those, Chavez voters numbered between 2.8 million and 3.7 million, equivalent to between 26% and 35% of the registered voters.

    Hugo Chavez won his strongest triumph in the 1998 presidential elections. 38% of the electorate abstained from voting, 27% voted for the opposition, and the remaining 35% voted for Chavez.
    After that vote, Chavez consistently got less. At the best of times, 3.7 million out of the 24 million Venezuelans voted for Chavez. That's 3 out every 20.
    The people of Venezuela never gave Chavez an overwhelming support. In terms of voters, Chavez always just got a third. The remaining two-thirds of voters either stayed at home or voted for the opposition.

    Today, after more than four years of mismanagement and record-breaking corruption, Chavez is worse off than ever. Having never had a landslide or any substantial support to speak off, Chavez has no solid base to build on. And what little support he had before is nearly gone. All reliable opinion polls indicate that less than one-fifth of the country's voters are still with Chavez. Of intensions to vote, Chavez polls not even 2 million or 15% of the electorate.

    For all his talk of popular support and landslides, Chavez is painfully aware of these numbers. This, more than anything, explains why he is not willing to allow free and democratic elections in Venezuela today.
    If the Venezuelans were allowed to vote democratically, Chavez would no longer be their president.

    1 - Dec 1998: Presidential Election1
    Opposition 2.863.619 (27%)
    Chavez 3.673.685 (35%)
    Abstained 3.972.226 (38%)

    2 - Apr 1999: Constitutional Referendum
    Opposition 289.718 (3%)
    Chavez 3.500.746 (34%)
    Abstained 6.543.062 (63%)

    3 - Jul 1999: Constitutional Assembly

    Opposition 2.227.287 (21%)

    Chavez 2.839.573 (26%)
    Abstained 5.766.274 (53%)

    4 - Dec 1999: Vote on new constitution

    Opposition 1.298.105 (12%)

    Chavez 3.301.475 (31%)
    Abstained 6.121.540 (57%)

    5 - Jul 2000: Presidential Election2
    Opposition 2.530.278 (22%)
    Chavez 3.757.773 (33%)
    Abstained 5.081.449 (45%)

    1: Not counted: Invalid votes, 1998: 450.987
    2: Not counted: Invalid votes, 2000: 311.618

    C.N.E., Consejo Nacional Electoral (Caracas)

    January 17, 2003

    See the revealing expose's from his top military officers that have left him in the last few months here...


  • Venezuela's Chavez Woos Support of Latam Leaders - "Fighting the same campaign as Jesus Christ"

    01/16/2003 12:34:49 PM PST · 14 of 15
    shanec to Cincinatus' Wife
    If all the Freepers here knew Chavez like we know Chavez, they'd of been out there, too, as eagerly protesting him as they have Clinton in the past!

  • Atlas Shrugs in Venezuela

    01/16/2003 9:11:05 AM PST · 18 of 18
    shanec to cmak9
    "I think if you could "jack her philosophy up" and slide Christianity underneath it, you would really have something."

    I agree, Christianity, IMO, is very compatable with her basic philosphy. After all, you can't direct your resources to help others if the state steals most of it first and also removes most individuals responsibility (In their minds) to right the wrongs of society personally if/when the govt has supposedly taken on that moral task for us all already.

    And, we all know the govt has only a fraction of our tax money get to the real underlying social problems (with huge bureaucracies, waste, fraud, corruption, pork barrel and dependence creating rules all draining it) while private charities are generally much more efficient tackling them. But, we can't hardly excercise our Christianity and support charities as we might with the high taxation and drain on the general economy created by the govt funding programs that are wasteful and unconstitutional, too.

    I'd like to see the Federal Govt reach reduced to #1) - Protecting our borders, and #2) - Assuring a sound legal system for criminal and business contract law. Period. That would get rid of most of the lobbies and campaign funding abuses overnight, too, with little left to buy and influence politicians for. Current social programs, like Social Security, would have to be phased out gradually to where charitable organizations had some time to get up to speed filling the legitimate void remaining.

    Too bad the majority of our fellow citizens are hooked onto the govt tit, we'll likely have to endure the US govt and ourselves all going broke first, and with the collapse of the $, before we'd ever have a shot at reclaiming the original intent of the Founding Fathers. I'm not optimistic we've got enough fellow voting Americans free of the govt spigot left anymore to steer this bus away from that cliffs edge.


  • Venezuela's Chavez Woos Support of Latam Leaders - "Fighting the same campaign as Jesus Christ"

    01/16/2003 8:24:13 AM PST · 11 of 15
    shanec to Cincinatus' Wife
    Chavez has come to the USA to make his case...

    The banging of pots & pans has become the hallmark of the Opposition marchers protesting Chavez regime there.

    See the revealing expose's from his top military officers that have left him in the last few months here...


  • Atlas Shrugs in Venezuela

    01/16/2003 7:21:40 AM PST · 16 of 18
    shanec to All
    BTW, rent and watch the movie based on her book; "The Fountainhead" with Gary Cooper, released in 1949. One of my top three all-time favorite flicks. It demonstrates an integrity of the individual rarely seen in movies, IMO.

  • Atlas Shrugs in Venezuela

    01/16/2003 6:54:26 AM PST · 13 of 18
    shanec to Prodigal Son
    Yes, great book, really nails those (govt & guilt based charities) who act like they own our/my production.

    Two things I'd of preferred was that she had not repeated herself quite so often, she makes her argument well and I got the point and was in agreement with it pretty early on and it would have been a little thinner book more might then have picked up.

    Also, I'd of liked her to have left a little more room for those who insist on volunteering their own time/money to be compassionate to the less fortunate, were shown that was a personal option that could be legitimately excercised without the evils of govt participation. She makes an excellent case for why the govt should not be involved in forcing our participation in social programs, I agree with it, but she stops there. For all the bleeding heart liberals it would have gone down better with more of them to also show where that desire to help others could/should be excercised personally, if so desired.

  • Call an ambush by Venezuelan government thugs by its true name

    01/15/2003 6:19:55 AM PST · 3 of 5
    shanec to Cincinatus' Wife
    Great post, and typical of what I saw when there last month and hear from Caracas almost daily now, too.

    For anyone new to the Opposition struggle against the Chavez regime, the following may be illuminating...

    Chavez has lost most of the support of the poor, too, with five years of empty promises that has them clearly in worse shape now than when he arrived on the scene.

    The oil money he might have helped them with has gone to filling his own pockets and those of his top supporters and financing dictators and international terrorism.

    Chavez, and his unbridled praise for, active alliances and support with, and openly proclaimed desire to have Venezuela become like; Cuba, Iraq, Libya, and China does not equate to helping his own people, nor to a sustainable future supporter of U.S. interests, not by a long-shot. But, very dangerously, just the opposite! (BTW, too, China has made more 'investments' in Venezuela than in all of the rest of South America, including Mexico, combined! And, Chavez is on record proclaiming himself a maoist!)

    This is not empty rhetoric from Chavez to simply be ignored, and the people opposing him today know it.

    Chavez, according to the top military that have recently left him, is an active supporter of the FARC/ELN Columbian revolutionists, that US is currently fighting, and they are supported materially in exchange for lucrative drug trade that's transported via official health dept vehicles here across Venezuela with Puerto Rico as the foreign destination.

    Just yesterday (1/14/03) U.S. Customs agents have made what's believed to be the biggest cocaine seizure ever made at the Port of Corpus Christi and that oil tanker smuggling the $6 million worth of coke was from Venezuela.

    And, Chavez donated 1 million $'s to Al Queda in Afganistan shortly after 9/11. He also publicly excused his Chavista supporters burning USA flags then by saying USA brought 9/11 upon itself.

    If U.S. does nothing, or worse, supports Chavez for illusion of stable oil in the short term, this administration will eventually be seen to have facilitated another, much more dangerous, Cuba in this hemisphere!

    The millions of Venezuelans, along with his top military that have deserted him, and are now striking and in the streets protesting Chavez's cubanization of their beloved country know it all too clearly, they've been having to live through it...

    Variations of that same "NO CUBA HERE!" sentiment is on a lot of those banners being carried down there right now...

    We all here in the U.S.A. better get up-to-speed on this historic fight for freedom in Venezuela that'll surely impact us here, and quick, too!

    Attitude-wise, we could hope here in the USA for no better allies than the Venezuelan people. According to the just published 2002 Global Attitudes Survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington; 82% have a favorable opinion of the USA, and that is amongst the highest ratings of all the 44 countries surveyed. And, in regard to supporting the US led war on terrorism, 79% favor it while only 20% oppose it! (What's the current %'s for that question here in the USA?)

    Clearly, no country in South America holds more promise for being a strong and effective ally and supporter of the USA, perhaps none better in this entire Hemisphere, *when* Chavez is gone and remnants of his regime are fully rooted out.

    Also, though, there is no current government in this hemisphere that is a more "Clear & Present Danger" to the USA with the continuation and expansion of Hugo Chavez type initiatives. Unchecked, Chavez will be able to do throughout this hemisphere what Fidel has only dreamed/wished he could do!