Dick Cheney and the Dead Pool
Column by Douglas Herman.
Exclusive to STR
“It is a universal trend for peoples to unite in a national emergency.” ~ Uri Avnery
Dick Cheney rarely reads my columns here at STR. Certainly I’m glad that millions of Winston Smiths over at NSA read my stuff. I want them to read my stuff. I want young and impressionable minds, like Edward Snowden, to read STR and have ideas implanted in their heads. But I doubt that Dick read “Kindness Generates Kindness,” my recent STR photo feature. Kindness is a foreign concept to sociopaths. Sociopaths don’t do kindness.
But Deadheart Dick and I do have a prediction in common.
When I wrote The Dead Pool - Pick the Next City Attacked nine years ago, I felt certain that our vast and secretive military state would one day justify, permit or create an Ultra-Gladio event. Or several of them simultaneously.
Operation Gladio was conducted to terrorize the disarmed population of a country in order to create a greater police state. Problem. Reaction. Solution.
I felt certain then, and feel more certain now, that our vast and secretive military police state will one day justify, permit or create an Ultra-Gladio event, a greater 9-11 here in America. And now Dick Cheney openly admits I’m correct.
Cheney got the print. But I spoke of specifics. I hope and pray we are both wrong.
Cheney, one of the prime masterminds of the Iraq destruction, was asked if he believed the United States could “get through this decade without another massive attack on the homeland.”
“I doubt it,” Cheney replied. “I think there will be another attack and the next time I think it’s likely to be far deadlier than the last one. You can just imagine what would happen if somebody could smuggle a nuclear device, put it in a shipping container, and drive it down the beltway outside Washington D.C.”
When I wrote a follow-up column called: Next Attack? Readers Respond to the Dead Pool in 2005, the response was not surprising. Lots of readers emailed me with their intelligent and well-reasoned insights. The premise I outlined considered which high-value target might be struck next by clever terrorists, in order to ramp up the fear and propaganda.
“Don't be too quick to write off Portland as a target,” wrote Steve from Stumptown. “Every strike in this country thus far, going back to the first WTC bombing, has been an escalation in severity from the time before. from Waco to Oklahoma City, on up to WTC. It's reached a point now that requires 'upping the ante' to such a degree that martial law will be unavoidable . . . . Here we are, (Portland), up in the corner, out of the way. Perfect target.”
Dick Cheney mentioned a smuggled bomb. Many astute, former military writers, like Gordon Duff at Veterans Today, believe these small but powerful bombs are already here, already in place.
These suitcase nuclear weapons, called SADMs, actually exist, according to one highly decorated US veteran. In an interview I did for STR, An American Samurai: A Special Forces Warrior Speaks, Colonel Bo Gritz said: “Since the Arab world has no international ballistic nuclear weapons to reach America, they will even the score using a SADM (Small Atomic Demolition Munition), AKA Suitcase Nuke, to take out Washington, D.C. The SADMs are already in America, placed there as unconventional warfare caches during the Kennedy-Khrushchev years. Even as we planted SADMS throughout Europe awaiting the Red Army to overrun, Special Forces would emerge deep behind the lines to destroy Command, Control, and Communications with SADMS, leaving the advancing armies helpless; the USSR was prepared to do the same thing to America. All the first generation SADMs--I was a SADM team leader in the 7th Special Forces Group--were completely mechanical with unlimited shelf life. Each SADM is 5KT, approximately one million pounds of TNT.”
When you or I theorize about the next horror movie the state will likely release on the public, the mainstream media simply ignores us. When a nasty Neocon does it, the media rolls out the red carpet.
The American media is the enemy of the American people. The predictable Bernaysian media takes its orders from the state. Whether nightly news, opinion or entertainment; it makes no difference. Propaganda is job #1. Every facet of the media and entertainment business is cleverly employed. Ramp up war mentality.
Don’t believe me? Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow rolls out the state version of the alleged capture of Osama bin Laden by Navy Seals. Zero Dark Thirty wins several Oscars. Ben Affleck rolls out an entertaining hooray-for-the-Company movie. Argo wins a couple Oscars for it. All of the awards were as predictable as the Neocon agenda. The American media is the enemy of the American people.
The Devil & Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney knows all about 9-11 attacks. Dick was there that day. Indeed, Dick Cheney profited by the enormous death and destruction of the Iraq War with a no-bid contract for Halliburton. In another lifetime, Dick might have penned the quote below, for an earlier Clean Break manifesto.
“Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship . . . . the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”
The war-decorated fellow who wrote those words, Hermann Goering, was executed at Nuremberg for war crimes against humanity. Millions worldwide are still waiting for a Nuremberg moment in America.
A bigger Operation Gladio? Don’t bet against it.
Never bet against a Neocon, or an insider with connections. You wonder if any of these possible (probable) futuristic attacks inside America would be investigated. After the devastation and the dust settles and martial law is firmly and violently in place, would a full and unbiased investigation happen? Probably not. The 9-11 investigation was snowballed for a couple of years until a suitable clique could be assembled. The Kean Commission never addressed any of the many suspicious anomalies of that day.
"The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflection," wrote Tom Paine. "Our present condition is legislation without law; wisdom without a plan; a constitution without a name."
Be watchful. Forewarned is forearmed.