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How can anyone possibly suggest
that our government had a role in a tragedy
that cost thousands of American lives?

Most of the links below no longer work, but there is enough
information in each excerpt to find the article
at the Internet archive's WayBack Machine or in LexisNexis.


Time for government to reveal truth about Pearl Harbor, Lee Gaillard, Baltimore Sun, December 7, 2001 (archived at Propaganda Matrix):

“Numerous reports and warning signs all pointed toward the coming debacle, and the sheer mass of transcribed radio intercepts bordered on overwhelming. The problem? Tactical surprise exacerbated by incredible incompetence and miscommunication. The cover-up continues to this day.”

Friendly Fire, David Ruppe,, May 1, 2001:

“U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba”  

The Coldest Warrior, Ted Gup, Washington Post, December 16, 2001:

…[CIA chemist Sidney] Gottlieb had emerged as a kind of Dr. Strangelove. He had overseen a vast network of psychological and medical experiments conducted in hospitals, universities, research labs, prisons and safe houses, many of them carried out on unsuspecting subjects-mental patients, prostitutes and their johns, drug addicts, and anyone else who stumbled into the CIA's web. Some had been subjected to electroshock therapy in an effort to alter their behavior. Some endured prolonged sensory deprivation. Some were doped and made to sleep for weeks in an attempt to induce an amnesia-like state. Others suffered a relentless loop of audiotape playing the same message hundreds of thousands of times.”  

Pentagon Slow To Aid Troops In Secret Tests, Thomas D. Williams, Hartford Courant, December 24, 2001 (archived at

“[T]he Pentagon acknowledged that thousands of U.S. soldiers, sailors and Marines might have been exposed to dangerous chemical or biological agents during top-secret tests in the 1960s.”

30-Year Anniversary: Tonkin Gulf Lie Launched Vietnam War,  Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, July 27, 1994:

“But there was no ‘second attack’ by North Vietnam -- no ‘renewed attacks against American destroyers.’ By reporting official claims as absolute truths, American journalism opened the floodgates for the bloody Vietnam War.”

LBJ: The White (House) album (a review of Reaching for Glory by Michael Beschloss), Douglas Cruickshank,, November 28, 2001:

“In a Sept. 18, 1964, conversation with McNamara, Johnson's instincts are spot on as he listens, and continually expresses skepticism, while his secretary of defense tells him that two American destroyers may be under attack in the Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam. The month before, the Tonkin Gulf incident had occurred (on August 4), and as McNamara and LBJ talk about this new ‘attack,’ it becomes clear that the president already suspects that the August event was a false report (a suspicion that would later be confirmed). ‘Now, Bob,’ Johnson says, ‘I have found over the years that we see and we hear and we imagine a lot of things in the form of attacks and shots ... Take the best military man you have, though, and just tell him that I've been watching and listening to these stories for 30 years before the Armed Services Committee, and we are always sure we've been attacked. Then, in a day or two, we are not so damned sure. And then in a day or two more, we're sure it didn't happen at all!’”

When U.S. attacked itself: Government tested germs, drugs on unsuspecting citizens, David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle, October 28, 2001:

At least three times in the past, San Franciscans and other Americans have been inadvertent victims of efforts designed to help shield citizens against attacks.”  

HANDLING OF SOURCES, School of the Americas (archived at School of the Americas Watch), 1989 (the manual is for training foreign government agents, but could just as well apply to American government agents):

“This chapter has as objective to present the procedures that must be followed on obtaining and utilization of personnel required to gather information with intelligence value for the government.”

Employees sue CIA for 'abuse of power', Rupert Cornwell, The Independent of London, December 4, 2001 (archived at the Internet Archive):

“The case, filed by 15 past and present mid-to-upper level CIA employees, claims that the spy agency has used illegal tactics to prevent them pursuing legitimate grievances against the CIA, including altering and destroying documents, and eavesdropping on privileged discussions with their lawyers.”

THE RISE OF THE FOURTH REICH,, undated (posted here December 6, 2001):

When the Reichstag burned down, most Germans simply refused to believe suggestions that the fire had been staged by Hitler himself. They were afraid to…

When Hitler staged a phony invasion from Poland, the vast majority of the German people, their own self-image dependant on continuing blindness to Hitler's deceptions, did not question why Poland would have done something so stupid, and found themselves in a war.”  

Is it in Bush's political interest to prolong the war?, Mickey Kaus, Slate, December 6, 2001:

[A] longer war is ‘objectively’ in Bush's political interest, as a Marxist would say—and that's hardly irrelevant. All human decisions tend to be subtly and unconsciously influenced by self-interest.”

The Pentagon Mindset: Poison Them!, Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, February 18, 2002:

“Why this wasn't a major story in itself is beyond me: The Secretary of Defense wanted to propose to the President that he poison Afghanistan's food supply!”

[If it’s true.  I don’t believe a word that comes from the White House.  This may have been a ploy to show how “humane” Bush is—that Rice wouldn’t even THINK of showing him such an option.—Caro]

Congress Hears A Sordid FBI Tale, Edmund H. Mahony, Hartford Courant, February 28, 2002 (archived at

“‘It is clear that major organized crime figures operating as informants were permitted to engage in racketeering activities with a wink from, if not the tacit approval of, federal agents,’ [Austin J.] McGuigan [former chief Connecticut prosecutor] said.”

Sailors Sprayed With Nerve Gas in Cold War Test, Pentagon Says, Thom Shanker with William J. Broad, The New York Times, May 24, 2002:

“The Defense Department sprayed live nerve and biological agents on ships and sailors in cold war-era experiments to test the Navy's vulnerability to toxic warfare, the Pentagon revealed today.

“The Pentagon documents made public today showed that six tests were carried out in the Pacific Ocean from 1964 to 1968. In the experiments, nerve or chemical agents were sprayed on a variety of ships and their crews to gauge how quickly the poisons could be detected and how rapidly they would disperse, as well as to test the effectiveness of protective gear and decontamination procedures in use at the time.”

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