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In the latest Amazon review for THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy, Connecticut reviewer ‘Cyrano1db’ describes it as an eye-opener and refers to lessons “we” (Americans) should have learned.

Here’s the review (unabridged):

If you were born in the ’20’s, 30’s of even 40’s you know that the country in which we were brought up no longer exists. We should have learned our lesson from the findings of the Vietnam war, but we were hyped up again by our leaders by constant warnings about Iraq’s “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” George W. Bush stole a presidential election (with the help of the Supreme Court) and proceeded to trample the Constitution. Obama promised correction but has not only continued the Bush mess, but has almost eliminated the middle class in America and continues to spy on all citizens. A walk through these 29 Conspiracy Theories is the eye opener we all need. The book is a terrific read, but more importantly, it starts one to thinking (and wondering). It’s a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.

 

The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy is available via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B00J4MPFT6/

The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy

Happy Reading! –Lance & James

 

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Mountain Retreat was the code-name for the secret CIA prison Naylor had instructed Seventeen to transfer Isabelle to. It was situated in the isolated and mountainous Canillo region, in the country of Andorra. The highly secretive Andorran facility was part of the global internment network that had been established after 9/11 to deal with suspected terrorists. Even after the bad press received in 2005, when it was leaked to the world’s media that the CIA had secret prisons all over Europe, new prisons, or black sites, had been set up.The Ninth Orphan

Beyond the Wire

If there is a Splinter Civilization on the planet right now, in addition to having suppressed technologies, underground bases and trillions of dollars in black budgets at their disposal, they may also have secret prisons around the world. These could be used to incarcerate any who threaten to expose this breakaway group’s existence or otherwise thwart their New World Order plans.

Those who buy into this mega conspiracy believe it was uncovered, in part at least, when mainstream media outlets reported that the CIA covertly operates numerous prisons all over Europe that are in defiance of EU laws in every respect.

Many believe those prisons that have been exposed to date are merely the tip of the iceberg. They also warn there are signs the global elite could be building thousands of such incarceration centers – referred to as concentration camps by the most outspoken critics – in preparation for some kind of anarchistic or apocalyptic scenario.

Sounds a bit tinfoil hattish, right? Er…yes we’d have to agree!

Mind you, what do we mere mortals really know about what the global elite get up to when they’re not attending Bilderberg conferences or sailing their luxury yachts? Whenever any of us receive small fragments of news, like intelligence agencies managing illegal prisons in Europe, we assume that’s the extent of their unlawful activities and that justice will prevail now that such practices have been exposed.

But could that be a naïve assumption?

 

Seventeen knew why Naylor wanted Isabelle at this particular black site. Hidden amongst snow-covered mountains, the modern, nondescript Mountain Retreat facility was regarded as the most secure and secretive CIA prison on earth. As the van arrived at the detention center, Seventeen went through a strict security check to confirm she was a CIA employee. Once screened, she was cleared to drive Isabelle inside. The Ninth Orphan

 

The CIA’s global internment network

Much changed after 9/11. Some said the world would never be the same again – and for many that was true…

Wars broke out, international travel became problematic, civil liberties were reined in, and words and phrases like rendition, extraordinary rendition, black sites, WMD, weapons of mass destruction, ghost detainees, unlawful enemy combatants, Guantanamo Bay and the War on Terror came into common usage.

FIGURE 3:  ANONYMOUS IMAGE SENT TO MAINSTREAM NEWS ORGANIZATIONS IN 2002.

‘Ghost detainees’ at a secret detention center.

The term black sites intrigued us. So we looked into these and were alarmed by what we discovered.

In military jargon, a black site is where a classified and unacknowledged defence project, or black project, is conducted. Such sites have earned notoriety following revelations that the CIA operates black sites for the purpose of detaining (illegally in the opinion of many) so-called unlawful enemy combatants – ostensibly to aid its War on Terror.

Mounting mainstream media speculation on the existence of such sites back in the mid-2000’s undoubtedly forced the hand of President George W. Bush who announced in September 2006 that secret CIA prisons did exist. He also confirmed that many of the detainees held in those prisons were to be transferred to GuantanamoBay.

In The Ninth Orphan, our heroine Isabelle is transferred to a black site that may or may not exist in the tiny European principality of Andorra, high in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France.

While the Andorra site was a figment of our collective imagination, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility it could have existed for similar black sites are believed by many to have sprung up post 9/11 throughout Europe and on other continents.

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Countries involved in the CIA’s extraordinary rendition and detention program.

A report by The Washington Post dated January 23, 2014 caught our eye. Here’s an excerpt from that report:

“The CIA prison in Poland was arguably the most important of all the black sites created by the agency after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It was the first of a trio in Europe that housed the initial wave of accused Sept. 11 conspirators, and it was where Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-declared mastermind of the attacks, was waterboarded 183 times after his capture.

“Much about the creation and operation of the CIA’s prison at a base in one of the young democracies of Central Europe remains cloaked in mystery, matters that the U.S. government has classified as state secrets”.

As long ago as 2005, The Washington Post reported that “The hidden global internment network is a central element in the CIA’s unconventional war on terrorism. It depends on the cooperation of foreign intelligence services, and on keeping even basic information about the system secret from the public, foreign officials and nearly all members of Congress charged with overseeing the CIA’s covert actions”.

Poland, the UK and Romania are just three of the European countries black site watchers have named among the 30 countries rumored to hold (between them) scores of detainees on behalf of the US. Those same sources claim American ships have also been used as floating prisons, boosting the likely number of black sites to more than 90 worldwide.

Add to that an EU report stating the CIA operated over 1200 flights ferrying alleged terrorist suspects to and from “detention centers” in Europe, and it’s a no-brainer that EU countries have played their part in this game.

 

Combatting a dearth of information

Exactly how the game is played is open to conjecture as there is no single source of reliable information. Not outside of the CIA at least, and the agency ain’t talking – not to us anyway.

From all reports it appears there could be hundreds of detainees at any given time – the majority being ghost detainees apprehended in Europe and transported to other countries as part of an extraordinary rendition process.

A detainee gets the treatment.

Most interest, however, surrounds those classed as unlawful enemy combatants – the most important of whom are detained at sites that are totally off the grid. Those not so important have been transferred by the CIA to friendly agencies in other countries.

Commonly acknowledged estimates of numbers of detainees could be conservative in the extreme if unsubstantiated media reports are correct. For example, in The Observor, June 13, 2004, South East Asia correspondent Jason Burk reports: “The United States government, in conjunction with key allies, is running an ‘invisible’ network of prisons and detention centres into which thousands of suspects have disappeared without trace since the ‘war on terror’ began”.

The report goes on to mention “secret operations that by-pass extradition laws” and adds that the “astonishing traffic has seen many, including British citizens, sent from the West to countries where they can be tortured to extract information”.

In an item published on PBS.org, reporter Stephen Grey, author of Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Rendition and Torture Program, says the US Government needs to account for the fate of more than 500 prisoners handed over to the United States since 9/11 by Pakistan. “All were rendered into U.S. custody without any extradition procedures,” he says.

As an aside, in the same article Grey claims the CIA’s rendition program is nothing new and has been going on for decades.

“Rendition began in 1883 when Frederick Ker was kidnapped in Peru by the Pinkerton Detective Agency and rendered back to Chicago to face trial for grand larceny,” he says. “The tactic was endorsed by the Supreme Court… These renditions…were renditions to courts of law…very different from the CIA’s current covert program of extraordinary rendition, in which terror suspects are sent not to justice but into the hands of rough allies.”

Prisoners being flown to  Guantanamo.

After the negative press that has surrounded GuantanamoBay, horror stories have emerged of prolonged and intentional use of torture and abuse of detainees. Released prisoners claim they were subjected to many forms of torture, ranging from beatings and sleep deprivation to sexual abuse and temperature extremes. Add to this suicides and attempted suicides by detainees, and you get the idea it’s a sorry state of affairs.

Detainees at the not-so-secret US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. 

The allegations of torture and abuse at GuantanamoBay and other black sites have been given credence by official reports from respectable organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Amnesty International. However, it’s clear much information is being withheld from the public.

 

“Miss Alleget, I’m not going to kid you.” Seventeen pulled up a chair and sat only a meter from Isabelle. “This place makes Guantanamo Bay seem like paradise. But if you co-operate and answer all my questions, I won’t have to torture you.” The Ninth Orphan

 

Other black sites

As mentioned, there are theories that black sites go far beyond the clandestine CIA prisons, and secret prisons can be found all over America and, as also mentioned, throughout the world.

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Satellite photo of an alleged covert CIA prison in Afghanistan.

Many Americans will be familiar with the Federal Emergency Management Agency conspiracy theory that insists FEMA has set up hundreds of secret prisons – also referred to by some as concentration camps – throughout the US to detain anyone deemed to present a threat to national security.

This theory may seem extreme to the common individual, but conspiracy theorists assure anyone who will listen that they have uncovered enough evidence to prove concentration camps are being built on American soil and are being managed by the military.

Apparently, these clandestine facilities will be used to detain dissenting American citizens once the one world government officially swings into action. But not everyone agrees…

According to RationalWiki.org, “FEMA concentration camps exist in the mind of a particularly loopy bunch of conspiracy theorists who believe that mass internment facilities have been built across the continental United States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in preparation for a future declaration of martial law.”

RationalWiki goes on to say: “There are several videos purporting to show footage of the camps, as well as shots of ominous-looking fences and webpages listing locations of over 800 camps, allegedly all fully guarded and staffed full-time despite being completely empty.”

One of the videos RationalWiki undoubtedly refers to is an episode Governor Jesse Ventura made for his Conspiracy Theory television series. Shot in 2010 and titled Police State FEMA Camps,it was unaccountably pulled off air, but (at the time of writing) it can still be viewed on YouTube. It highlights so-called fusion centers and FEMA camps which, according to the program, have been set up “to imprison innocent Americans” who have been spied on and rounded up by “the secret government”.

An offical US prison supposedly converted to a FEMA center.

 

Comparisons with Nazi death camps

Locations of alleged FEMA camps in North America.

One of several informants Ventura’s team interviews describes fusion centers as “command centers for a network of concentration camps – similar to the Nazi concentration camps – for US citizens who don’t toe the line”. This is supported by footage of several modern establishments that do look suspiciously like concentration camps, complete with tight security and razor wire fences.

As the program’s voice-over would have us believe, “Jesse Ventura uncovers a plot to force martial law on law abiding citizens, replace 50 states with 10 giant prison sectors, fill up hundreds of concentration camps with people like you and me, and pull the trigger with a disease pandemic.”

In support of these assertions, Ventura and his TV crew visit one establishment where, from the cover of trees, hundreds of new plastic coffins can be seen stockpiled row upon row inside the perimeter fence, ostensibly in preparation for one of the pandemics referred to above. Soon after the arrival of Ventura’s team, trucks arrive and start transporting the coffins away, leaving viewers to draw their own conclusion.

The coffins, incidentally, are referred to by officialdom as “plastic grave-liners”.

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Plastic coffins or grave-liners…stockpiled for what?

The fact that this particular episode of Conspiracy Theory was pulled off air, allegedly in response to Government pressure, would seem to lend some weight to the message Ventura was trying to get across. Certainly, it does give pause for thought.

HALInterestingly, the name Halliburton keeps cropping up in the video in relation to the coffins and the fusion centers that feature in it. Halliburton Company, of course, is the multinational corporation that George H.W. Bush, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush are connected with. Yes the same corporation involved in controversies dating back to the Iraq War. Anyway, Halliburton is named as the designer of the fusion centers, and one of its (unnamed) associate companies is said to have supplied the coffins.

Ventura interviews retired FBI agent Mike German who is especially critical of the fusion centers and their management. A 16-year veteran of the FBI, where he served as a Special Agent in domestic terrorism, bank fraud and public corruption investigations, German says the centers have no oversight or guidelines, and he agrees with Ventura that their management and purpose are undemocratic.

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The episode of Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory series that was pulled off air.

It should be noted that not all conspiracy theorists have bought in to Governor Ventura’s assertions regarding the FEMA camps and fusion centers.

TopSecretWriters.com’s Ryan Dube calls Ventura’s assertions fear-mongering. Dube says, “True researchers not only track down leads in…documents and by conducting interviews, but more importantly they do not jump to conclusions based on shabby evidence. True conspiracy researchers remain honest with readers and viewers regarding what is actually known, and what remains unknown. Unfortunately, these are lessons that Jesse Ventura…never learned.”

Dube describes as “all lies” claims that the centers are spying on every American who speaks out against the government and that huge piles of “coffins” are being stored for future mass genocides. “It does legitimate conspiracy researchers…a great disservice to spread fear-mongering and disinformation in an effort to increase ratings and create misdirected fear among the American population,” he says.

Using documentation TopSecretWriters obtained, apparently on request, from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Dube attempts to debunk core theories that Ventura highlights in the program.

“In fact, the effort by the DHS in creating these centers,” according to Dube, “was to allow local law enforcement to respond more quickly whenever someone is spotted casing out a bridge, a bank, or a high rise building as part of planning for another terrorist attack.”

Given Homeland Security would be first in the firing line if Governor Ventura’s allegations about the real purpose of the centers and camps were ever proven correct, we are not sure if the department is the most reliable source of information in this debate. Nevertheless, we accede that many Americans – possibly most – will accept Homeland Security’s word as gospel on this issue.

Regardless, images of prison-like camps and stockpiled items that look suspiciously like plastic coffins would appear to undermine the official explanation.

 

Seventeen didn’t even glance at any of the detainees as she pushed Isabelle along. Having worked as an interrogator and torturer at several CIA prisons around the world, she knew all about the secret internment program. She understood some of the detainees were major terrorist suspects while others were considered less important, having limited intelligence value and little direct involvement in terrorism. Isabelle had been classified as among the latter group, the cover story being that she was the former lover of a low-level Al Qaeda figure. This allowed the CIA and Omega to detain the Frenchwoman legally. The Ninth Orphan

 

Martial Law in effect

On February 3, 2014 The Huffington Post reported, “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday that the nation’s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but he wouldn’t be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict”.

Flashback to Japanese-American detainees interned in California during WW2.

The article goes on to mention that Scalia told staff and students at the university “you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again”.

Inspired by Scalia’s comments, Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton, creators of alternative news site TruthstreamMedia.com, wrote in an article dated February 5, 2014, “Martial Law has already been established on paper, and a Supreme Court Justice now warns that the nation’s highest court would back executive orders to intern Americans, as it did during WWII.”

The TruthstreamMedia.com article asks how quickly would the Obama Administration or a future President use the powers of Executive Order to hold Americans in actual camps in the event of future crisis – be it natural disaster, false flag terrorism, economic collapse or a large-scale war.

“This is particularly pertinent,” Dykes and Melton continue, “given that acts of legislation such as H.R. 645 have been introduced to establish ‘National Emergency Centers’ for times of crisis and that hundreds of facilities in major metropolitan areas across the country have been designated for use as FEMA camps and readied for mass population processing and control… these authors have covered several of these facilities and relevant drills, and the intent is becoming very clear.”

 

Formalities over, Seventeen wheeled the prisoner along a corridor which took them past still more cells. Isabelle saw Muslim detainees dressed in orange overalls. Some were praying, others were being interrogated by CIA personnel. She caught a glimpse of a bearded Arab man with fresh wounds on his bare chest. Isabelle sensed this prison was one big torture chamber. She shuddered as the thought of what her abductor and the guards had in store for her. The Ninth Orphan

 

So, who do you believe? The “particularly loopy bunch of conspiracy theorists” RationalWiki refers to, or the politicians who either deny existence of the FEMA camps or assure us their existence is solely to safeguard the interests of law abiding citizens?

Tough choice isn’t it? Not sure the word of any of the above can be fully trusted.

Where do we stand on this? we hear you ask. (Our hearing is highly attuned to such questions even if they’re only whispered in your thoughts)!

On the question of FEMA camps specifically, we’d have to say on the strength of our research there’s no doubt they exist, but their true purpose remains debatable. Certainly, for Americans at least, there are sufficient rumors and innuendo to warrant a degree of nervousness, caution and alertness.

On the question of secret prisons, or so-called black sites, since the veil of secrecy was lifted – in part anyway – off various CIA prisons in Europe, and their true purpose was officially acknowledged, there’s no doubting the existence of these sites. What’s still in doubt is the number of black sites, their locations and how many suspects are detained within their walls.

Britain to compensate former Guantanamo Bay detainees alleging abuse

There’s no doubting the existence of black sites like this one. The question is…how many? 

As for other secret prisons, clandestine containment centers, illegal holding pens – call them what you will – around the world, it would be naïve to deny their existence. We need only consider the fate of political dissidents in countries like North Korea to know there are probably hundreds if not thousands of secret prisons around the globe.

Just between us, we are quietly hoping we don’t end up in such an establishment as a result of the release of this book into the public domain! In case we do, please put in a good word for us. Assure our jailers we are only members of that particularly loopy bunch of conspiracy theorists we referred to earlier and are a threat to no-one but ourselves! We have a long list of friends – and an even longer list of former friends – who can vouch for that.

 

Read more in The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy – available now via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B00J4MPFT6/

A book that’s for the common people.

 

Not all is what it seems! –James & Lance

 

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In the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s vault a description of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is listed as follows: “Saddam Hussein (1937-2006) was the president of Iraq from 1979-2003. In 2003, coalition forces invaded Iraq and deposed Hussein. In 2006, he was tried by the Iraqi Interim Government and convicted of the retaliatory executions of 148 Iraqi Shiites. He was executed on December 30, 2006.”

Saddam Hussein hanging AFP

The FBI summary goes on to mention the “Iraqi Special Tribunal concerning Hussein’s commission of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide.”

This image obtained from an Arab language website and seemingly shot on a camera phone appears to show former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein hanging on a noose after being executed.

Saddam in death.

Describing Saddam as a war criminal and an enemy of the West sounds to us like a fair summary that few would argue with.

As Steve Pickering, then intern with the Washington Peace Center (WPC), wrote for the center in a June 1998 article: “The history of Iraq under Saddam Hussein is one of harsh oppression, with widespread abuses of human rights, and frequent torture and murder of political opponents, or just those who displease him.”

However, even with the knowledge of Saddam’s confirmed atrocities, it seems there’s little doubt the US was in bed with him for decades before his eventual removal from power if the assertions of various independent researchers are correct.

To this day, those assertions remain theories – unproven in the eyes of many.

At the heart of such theories is the idea that the West needs enemies to lambast in the media in order to engineer wars. Once a leader like Saddam has been condemned, or at least heavily derided, through media propaganda the masses hardly blink when false flag attacks are attributed to those who have been labeled dictators, despots and war criminals.

“Saddam’s military machine is partly a creation of the Western powers,” according to American investigative journalist Murray Waas, who extensively researched and wrote about the Gulf Wars and earlier Middle East conflicts.

As is the case with many conspiracy theories, the theories surrounding Saddam Hussein are often extreme and unprovable. Some go so far as to say that Saddam, along with Osama Bin Laden, was CIA-trained; others suggest the real Saddam was killed long before he was officially put to death, and the man who was executed in 2006 was one of the Iraqi leader’s doubles.

There’s enough evidence to suggest the Iraqi leader had at least one double. But to our knowledge there’s no evidence to prove that the man they executed wasn’t the real deal.

However, at the very least, there’s a question that needs to be asked. It is: Why did Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney all have extensive dealings with Saddam Hussein?

                 Above: A US Marine places the American flag over the face of Saddam’s statue.                  

Below: The iconic photo that shows the statue toppling in downtown Bagdhad. 

 

The Iran-Iraq War

During the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), it has been widely reported that governments of the US, Germany, France, the Soviet Union and the UK all sold Saddam vast quantities of weapons, including everything from missiles and armored vehicles to nerve gas and fighter planes.

Again, war is just about business to the global elite. And wars in the Middle East are big business.

Officially, the US was neutral in the Iran-Iraq conflict. Certainly, all White House and Pentagon statements made during that period confirm this supposed stance.

However, a US interests section cable since declassified under the Freedom of Information Act appears to radically contradict the official role of America in the conflict. It describes presidential envoy Donald Rumsfeld’s planned meeting with Saddam Hussein. Expected talking points for the meeting included the Iran-Iraq War – a war which the cable states the US “would regard any major reversal of Iraq’s fortunes as a strategic defeat for the West”.

It wasn’t just the US that profited from the Iran-Iraq War, of course. Numerous sources claim various industrialized nations were arming both sides during the conflict. For example, the Washington Times claimed that “France has been sleeping with Saddam for decades.”

Trench warfare during the bloody Iran-Iraq War.

 

Kentbridge spun around from the blackboard and held up an infamous photograph of former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The special agent gave the photo to Eleven, a stunning brunette orphan who had been genetically engineered for beauty. She looked at the image before sharing it with the other orphans. The Orphan Factory

 

That infamous photograph

One of the potential pieces of evidence that possibly confirms Saddam Hussein was a pawn of the West is a mysterious photograph he appears in with former US Secretary of Defense and then private businessman Donald Rumsfeld. This photo was taken in December 1983, at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, when Rumsfeld met with Saddam on behalf of President Ronald Reagan. The meeting took place in the Iraqi dictator’s Baghdad palace.

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Photos don’t lie…Rumsfeld meets Saddam.

This has become a much talked about photo in conspiracy circles, primarily because Saddam Hussein’s atrocities were known to the US Government by this point and the Reagan Administration claimed it fostered zero ties with Iraq.

Declassified documents reveal the main motivations of Rumsfeld’s semi-secret meeting with Saddam were to discuss how to increase Iraqi oil production via new pipelines in the region and preventing arms sales to Iran by foreign countries – potential outcomes of which were both deemed beneficial to US interests.

In The Orphan Factory, our orphans are shown the photo of Rumsfeld and Saddam during a lecture in the fictitious Pedemont Orphanage. The following excerpt from this passage provides what we believe could be an accurate summation of the background to that historic photo shoot:

“That photo was taken in Baghdad in 1983 during the Iran-Iraq War,” Kentbridge stated. “Officially, Donald Rumsfeld was sent as special envoy of President Reagan. The thing is though, people, Saddam was already a known war criminal by that stage.”

When the revealing photo reached Nine, he studied it before flipping it over. On the reverse side was a handwritten question. It read: Saddam Hussein = CIA Puppet?

Nine turned the photo over again and inspected Rumsfeld’s smiling face. The handshake looked suspiciously like a deal had gone down. Nine couldn’t be certain, but nothing would surprise him given the game he understood secret organizations such as Omega orchestrated on the world stage.

The ninth orphan also understood that game often involved an official story – usually presented to the media via politicians – that created a believable enough smokescreen to conceal the truth. And he was learning the truth nearly always had to do with money and power.

In his 2006 memoir Known and Unknown, Rumsfeld denies any wrongdoing in the 1983 meeting with Saddam. He states his meeting with the Iraqi President “has been the subject of gossip, rumors, and crackpot conspiracy theories for more than a quarter of a century… Supposedly I had been sent to see Saddam by President Reagan either to negotiate a secret oil deal, to help arm Iraq, or to make Iraq an American client state. The truth is that our encounter was more straightforward and less dramatic.”

However, various official US Government documents fly in the face of Rumsfeld’s denials. For example, one declassified document points out that a major issue discussed in the meeting between Rumsfeld and Saddam was the “expansion of Iraqi pipeline facilities”. Another declassified document – a cable from Charles H. Price II to the Department of State retrieved from the US Embassy in the UK – states that Rumsfeld encouraged “arrangements that might provide alternative transshipment routes for Iraq’s oil, including pipelines through Saudi Arabia or to the Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan.”

Beyond the photo itself, video recordings of the 1983 Rumsfeld-Saddam meeting have been posted on YouTube and other Internet sites in recent years. In these videos, Rumsfeld looks surprisingly at home in the Iraqi dictator’s grand palace – as you’ll see for yourself if you check them out.

Rumsfeld and Saddam…old chums.

 

“Conspiracy means there is more than one player knowingly engaged. But with that term (conspiracy), you think of all the people with the tin foil on their heads before you think of what it really means. So these people are often discounted before you even hear them … I think the best way to hide is to do it in broad daylight and in public. So, a lot of your present-day conspiracies are literally major multi-national corporations working with governments, including America’s, to extract minerals from countries with ridiculous contracts to oil.” –Henry Rollins. Excerpt from an interview with the Swerve Magazine.

 

The Gulf Wars

In 1989, President George H. W. Bush signed a National Security Directive ordering closer ties with Iraq. Yet conversely, around the same time, Bush condemned Saddam Hussein in press interviews – like the one in which he accused the Iraqi leader as being “worse than Hitler.”

The following year, in 1990, the First Gulf War began and the US invaded Iraq.

It was one of the most surreal wars ever, and few if any journalists seemed to be able to accurately describe what caused it. Other than the obvious, that is. We refer of course to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait – something countries do to each other with frightening regularity and with little or no interference from the international community.

Iraq invades Kuwait.

Someone said the First Gulf War was like a movie without a screenwriter. Can’t remember who it was who said that. Wait a minute…oh yes, it was us! Certainly, it seemed to lack a coherent storyline or plot.

Some journos observed that the war was about overthrowing a dictator, which didn’t happen if you recall, while others said it was fighting to free the Iraqi people, which didn’t happen either.

As former Pentagon defense analyst Pierre Sprey told Congress, “The shallow, Nintendo view of the war on TV was false. It was created by hand-picked video tapes and shamelessly doctored statistics.”

Let’s return to the June 1998 article Washington Peace Center intern Steve Pickering wrote for the center. It was curiously headlined The Making of an Enemy: Saddam Hussein. In this insightful article, which was written in the interim between the First and Second Gulf Wars, Pickering goes to great lengths to acknowledge the Iraqi leader’s war crimes, but also mentions US “foreign policy propaganda” and states the US had reasons for “demonizing Saddam Hussein”. He claims those reasons had nothing to do with fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi people.

In the article, Pickering goes on to describe how throughout the period of the Iran-Iraq conflict “United States foreign policy was firmly in support of Iraq”. During this time, the Soviet Union, the UK, the US and various other major nations, all saw their (mainly oil) interests being threatened. As “the war shifted in Iran’s favor,” these superpowers and industrialized nations suddenly realized if Iran defeated the Iraqi regime, “Iraq would have become a mirror of the political situation seen in Iran”.

“In order to tip the scales back in the favor of Iraq,” Pickering continues, “the international community began to supply technologically advanced weapons, credit facilities and important military information to Iraq.”

Pickering also explains how the West saw its Middle Eastern interests threatened again in 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. Only this time, Iraq was in the position Iran had formerly been in where they were the ones threatening Western interests.

And thus, Pickering concludes, Western media suddenly informed the public of “the horrors of Saddam Hussein, of his despotic control, of his endless paranoid quest for power”.

 

From the many years he’d spent in the Omega Agency, the special agent understood there were no obvious good guys or bad guys on the world stage. Contrary to the PR spin generated within Congress and spoon-fed to the well-meaning American public by a gullible or at least malleable media, Kentbridge also knew there were no clear sides anymore. As he often told the orphans, patriotism was a useless emotion because the modern world was no longer shaped by countries or governments. In fact, nations had long since been superseded by the vast spider web of elite conspirators spanning the globe. The Orphan Factory

 

The Iraq War

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US tanks enter Baghdad.

The plot thickens when we come to the Iraq War (aka the Second Gulf War). That’s the conflict that followed the George W. Bush Administration’s erroneous allegation that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Conspiracy theorists and opponents of that war are pretty unanimous in their opinion of the WMD allegation. Most view it as a trumped-up justification to invade Iraq. Whether those two factions are right or wrong about that is still up for debate. However, we all know that weapons of mass destruction were never found despite the best efforts of the Bush Administration and the UN weapon inspectors on the ground.

Further allegations leading up to the American-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 included the never-proven and apparently unfounded accusation that Saddam was harboring al Qaeda terrorists and, of course, that old chestnut that the Iraqi Government was responsible for the most despicable human rights abuses.

There’s no doubting the validity of the latter allegation. Under Saddam, Iraq had a terrible and well documented reputation for abuses of human rights. However, the same could be said of numerous other countries – then and now.

Remember Rwanda? In just three months, in 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans (mainly Tutsis) were killed in one of the worst cases of genocide in the 20th Century.

But where were the Coalition Forces then? They were conspicuous by their absence. Could it have something to do with the fact that Rwanda has few natural resources and little strategic value?

Iraq on the other hand was, and is, almost literally swimming in oil. According to Wikipedia, Iraq has 143 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, which ranks it second in the world behind Saudi Arabia for reserves of the precious black gold.

Starting to get the picture?

Even Saddam Hussein’s capture and subsequent execution in 2006 sparked a flood of conspiracy theories, throughout the Middle East in particular.

Theories to emerge from the Arab world have ranged from Saddam being an agent of America, waging war against Iran to help out the US, and even the suggestion that Saddam was already a prisoner of the Americans who, for PR reasons, opted to delay his capture.

This last conspiracy theory was highlighted in WND Weekly’s online news site beneath the heading The mother of all conspiracy theories. In an article dated December 19, 2003, WND quotes Middle East Media Research Institute senior analyst Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli who, it says, “explains the dramatic flowering of fanciful explanations for Saddam’s capture”.

Dr. Raphaeli is quoted as saying, “Almost every calamity that adversely affects the Arab world prompts conspiracy theories that are quickly woven into intricate shapes and patterns to demonstrate innocence and blame others for the calamity. In recent times this was demonstrated by conspiracy theories surrounding the September 11th attack and the terrorist attacks inside Saudi Arabia. The capture of Saddam Hussein served as yet another new cause celebre generating, to paraphrase Saddam’s own words, ‘the mother of all conspiracies’.”

Perhaps the most iconic photo of Saddam…taken in Baghdad in 2000.

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It seems clear there’s enough smoke to indicate the presence of fire regarding the West’s demonizing and usage of Saddam Hussein, in particular by the US. And that fire would prove that at least some of the conspiracy theories regarding the Iraqi leader and the Gulf Wars are true, or at least very close to the mark.

Then again, we’ve never been to Iraq and we don’t have a direct line to the White House. Nor do we know anyone in the Bush family. So again we ask, why listen to us?

 

Read more in The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy – available now via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B00J4MPFT6/

A book that’s for the common people.

 

Not all is what it seems! –James & Lance

 

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