Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Attempted Assassination of President Reagan

2:27PM Eastern Standard Time.  Monday afternoon.

The Washington Hilton.  Eight minutes from the White House.

Six shots from a Rohm RG-14 0.22 revolver. 

"Rawhide down."

John Warnock Hinckley Jr. fired every bullet his pistol would hold but each of the six missed his intended target, President Ronald Reagan -- codenamed "Rawhide" by the Secret Service.  His first shot struck Press Secretary James Brady in the left temple.  Shot number two struck DC Police Officer Thomas Delahanty in the back as he was shielding Reagan with his body.  Bullet three was wild and struck a nearby building but the fourth found a target in Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy.  Hinckley's final two shots were aimed in the direction of the Presidential limousine, #5 hitting the bullet-proof glass of the door but #6 gave Hinckley some small measure of success.  The final bullet ricocheted off of the car's armor-plating and was diverted upward, striking Reagan in the armpit and puncturing his lung.

Reagan was the first US President to survive being shot while in office.  Due to his age and the severity of his injuries, Reagan's health was in doubt at least temporarily and the situation was serious enough that the emergency plan for Presidential succession was enacted with Secretary of State General Alexander Haig famously telling the press, "I am in control here" while Vice-President Bush was en route from Texas.  The Oscars were even post-poned. 

It took little time for the furor surrounding the assassination attempt to dissipate, however, after the press began exploring Hinckley's background.  Or, at least, parts of it.  Hinckley's obsession with actress Jodie Foster soon dominated headlines and soon the assassination became a mere footnote in the bizarre story of a lonely, obsessed man and beautiful starlet he stalked.  Reagan's assassination became something of a joke; one that was compounded when Reagan himself made light of it and Hinckley's subsequent successful insanity defense.  In most people's opinion, a crazy man shot the President, who lived... so no story, right?

There are, however, a number of highly suspicious aspects of the shooting.  So many, in fact, that the one-in-a-million chance shot that struck Reagan -- another "magic bullet" -- isn't even the most curious element of the attempted assassination.  We'll take these point by point and also investigate the strange synchronicities between this and other famous assassinations.

The element that received the most attention in the wake of the shooting was the connections between the Hinckley family and George H.W. Bush, the man who would have reaped the most benefits from Reagan's assassination.  The Bushes and Hinckleys both made their fortunes in the oil business in Texas.  Many theorists have pointed to a particular, peculiar event as evidence of something more sinister:  John Hinckley's brother, Scott, was scheduled to have a meeting with Bush's son Neil the day after the shooting took place.  The Bush-Hinckley connections are strange, for sure, and when coupled with Bush's previous post as CIA director and the vicious attacks Reagan and Bush launched at each other prior to the RNC, the assassination seems to be an open-and-shut case.  But it is almost too neat.  The idea that Bush would pick a young man from a family that could be easily connected to him strains credulity and rightly so.  It seems so improbable because it is most likely untrue.  George HW Bush has been accused of a litany of crimes by conspiracy theorists -- from being a reptilian alien to the Antichrist -- but no one accuses him of being a dummy, so the likelihood that he would have made such an obvious error is infintesimly small.

Far more intriguing than the Bush links is the saga of a man all but forgotten by history.  So obscure that he isn't even mentioned on the Wikipedia page on the shooting: Edward M. Richardson.  Richardson was an unemployed man from Pennsylvania who was arrested in Manhattan by Secret Service agents on April 7th.  Richardson had sent a letter threatening to "finish what Hinckley started" by assassinating Reagan, Secretary of State Haig, and ultra-conservative Senator Jesse Helms in attempt to, in his words, "turn the country to the 'Left'."  The story of Richardson could be dismissed as simply a copy cat were it not for the numerous and disturbing links between him and Hinckley.  Both men were obsessed with Jodie Foster, with both men writing letters, phoning her, and even stalking her on Yale's campus during 1980.  Richardson and Hinckley even stayed at the same hotel in Connecticut on separate occasions while stalking Foster.  Richardson also mirrored Hinckley's pattern of aimlessly wandering around the US, although the unemployed Richardson didn't have a wealthy family to support him.  At one point, the two men were living withing a half hour's drive of one another in Colorado.  The Richardson story faded from headlines quickly, but the similarities between the two men are too provocative to ignore.

Hinckley's path to the assassination took a myriad of twists and turns, but ultimately reads like a "greatest hits" of political murder in the 20th Century.  One could call all of these connections "scripted" but I'll leave that for you to decide.  To wit:
  1. Martin Scorsese's film Taxi Driver was based in part on Arthur Bremer, the would-be assassin of then-Presidential candidate George Wallace. 
  2. Hinckley reportedly saw Taxi Driver 15 times, which was the beginnings of his obsession with Jodie Foster and the idea that assassinating a political figure would make him famous.
  3. Like Bremer and Sirhan Sirhan, Hinckley began keeping a diary of very incriminating information.
  4. We all know about his obsession with Foster, but Hinckley's fixation on the actress was strengthened by the death of his other obsession, John Lennon
  5. Instead of hating Mark David Chapman, he seems to have been trying to emulate him.  Seldom reported at the time, Hinckley left behind an apartment full of incriminating evidence, including a copy of Catcher in the Rye.
Of course, that wasn't the only thing Chapman and Hinckley had in common.  Chapman had spent a few years as a YMCA counselor, and the Hinckley family were big supporters of the CIA-connected World Vision Intl, with his father acting as president at the time of the shooting.

Like most serial killers and assassins, law enforcement practically bent over backwards to ensure Hinckley made it to his target.  Hinckley was arrested in a Tennessee airport in October 1980 for carrying two handguns in his luggage.  Why was Hinckley in Tennessee you ask? He was there to kill Jimmy Carter, who was visiting the city.  Despite arresting an out-of-towner with concealed weapons during a Presidential visit, Hinckley was held for 5 hours and allowed to leave after paying $62.50.  Hinckley's attorney would later be Edward Bennett Williams, a CIA-Mafia connected lawyer with ties to the JFK assassination.  Bennett was at one time in contention for the CIA directorship that Bush received and, ironically, was good friends with Ronald Reagan.  So suffice it to say the "insane" young man in love with the movie star got the best cover-up man in the United States to defend him in what, on the surface, was an open and shut case. 

Lastly, despite the fact that the media portrayed Hinckley as a loner, the fact of the matter is that he had a lot of acquaintances.  In fact, he was in with a lot of our old friends that have turned up in the investigations of the JFK, RFK, MLK, and even the Larry Flynt shootings: the American Nazis.  Hinckley's association with the Nazis dates back to his college years; he even submitted essays on Mein Kampf to his professors.  The government went out of their way to squelch the Hinckley-Nazi links, even after leaders of neo-Nazi groups in multiple states admitted that Hinckley had been a member.  The Nazi's didn't mind being linked to the man who shot the President because they had actually kicked Hinckley out for being "too violent."  Let's think about that for a moment.  Hinckley was drummed out of the neo-Nazis because the things he was suggesting they do were too violent and the leaders thought it would hurt their cause.  That is practically the definition of an agent provocateur and it seems at least one Nazi leader was smart enough to figure it out (eventually), admitting in hind sight, he now suspected that Hinckley was working for the government.

Reagan's assassination attempt faded quickly from the headlines when another beloved figure, Pope John Paul II, was shot in May of the same year.  Like Hinckley, the assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, had numerous links to the Nazis both Neo- and original as well as to Italian intelligence agencies and the CIA.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Deeper Mysteries

Last time I detailed five strange deaths in the financial industry that had been attributed to suicide or accidents.  This trend has continued since that writing as there are now five more to add to the list.

#6 Karl Slym (missed previously) died January 27th after a fall from the 22nd floor of a Bangkok hotel.  Slym was the managing director for Tata Motors and had previously been an executive at General Motors.  Mr. Slym reportedly committed suicide after a fight with his wife.

#7 Tim Dickenson died sometime between January 19th & 25th. (Link here, second paragraph).  Cause of death has not been revealed yet.  Dickenson was a communications director for Swiss Re.  Despite the cause of death not being known publicly, financial journalists including the Wall St. Journal are including Dickenson in lists of banker suicides. 

#8 Li Junjie jumped off the JP Morgan building in Hong Kong on February 18th.  Junjie was an investment banker.  Junjie is the third JP Morgan employee to die via suicide/accident since the start of the year, and the second to do so by jumping/falling from a JPM building. 

#9 James Stuart Jr. was found dead in his Arizona home on February 25th.  Since Stuart was just two days from his 71st birthday, I think it's safe to say "natural causes" are to blame unless information surfaces pointing otherwise.  Stuart was originally from Lincoln, Nebraska and was prominent in their banking scene for most of his career.  Lincoln, Nebraska's banking industry takes us down a rabbit hole due to the Franklin Scandal involving child prostitution, satanic cults, drugs, snuff films, and the Republican party.  Those of you who read Conspiracy Cinema -- the book -- will remember that the Discovery Channel's documentary on the Franklin Scandal -- Conspiracy of Silence -- was pulled right before airtime and has never been officially released.

#10 takes us to the world of unconventional finance and so-called crypto-currencies.  Autumn Radtke, CEO of Singapore-based Bitcoin trading platform First Meta, was originally reported to have committed suicide on February 26th, but that article was later revised to state that investigations were ongoing.  Whether or not Radtke committed suicide remains to be seen, but the timing of her death is provocative regardless.  It occurred one day after Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange, disappeared from the Internet, taking with it $300 million dollars of real-world money.  If you're unfamiliar with Bitcoin, the NY Times article on Mt. Gox has a good summary and an explanation of why their disappearing act was likely the beginning of the end for Internet funny-money.

To me at least, Bitcoin and its fellow Internet-based currencies have always been a pretty obvious "honey pot" operation.  A honey pot is an intelligence/law enforcement gambit usually involving sex but can mean anything that is seductive enough to entice someone into incriminating themselves or committing a crime.  A prime example of a honey pot is a bait car -- a car left unlocked and unattended by police to see who will try to steal it.  Bitcoin was originally touted as an "untraceable" currency, which encouraged users to use it to pay for illegal goods and services.  The "deep web" site Silk Road allowed users to purchase illegal drugs using Bitcoins and was shut down by the government in October of last year.  So all those "untraceable" transactions are now in the hands of the US Government, that is if they weren't already.  The blog Easy Questions are Boring has an excellent write up of the well-founded suspicions surrounding Bitcoin. 

If all of these financial suicides and Bitcoin craziness wasn't enough, Newsweek "outed" the founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, today.  The only problem is that Mr. Nakamoto denies it.  It has long been believed that "Satoshi Nakamoto" was an alias used by the real creator(s) of Bitcoin, but it was Newsweek's position that it was a real individual, namely the 64-year-old man living in Temple City, California.  Nakamoto vehemently denied that he was responsible for the currency (and a multi-millionaire because of it) but, as it turns out, Nakamoto is pretty interesting on his own.  Quoting from the article:

"[Nakamoto had] shadowy dealings with US military technology contractors, [and] his mysterious work for the FAA in the aftermath of 9/11"

and, just to get more strange, Nakamoto's history is filled with intelligence links.  His first job out of college was working for Hughes Aircraft -- as in Howard Hughes -- during the time they were the largest contractor of the United States government.  This is also the time when Hughes was "in seclusion" and most likely already dead, but that's a story for another time.  Nakamoto eventually left Hughes Aircraft to take a job with the Recording Corporation of America working on more military projects.  For what it's worth, Nakamoto's brother isn't as reluctant to talk, calling Satoshi "an asshole" and stating that he's worked on "classified stuff," adding that his life was "a complete blank for a while." 

Definitely a story worth following.

In other news, the mainstream media has completely forgotten about Edward Snowden, so he's finally releasing some interesting information.  His latest, "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations," won't be news to anyone who has their eyes open, but it is nice to have confirmation of what we've all believed to be true.  It is worth reading in its entirety, but here's the part you need to know:

"Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the Internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the Internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Money Murder Mysteries

It is a misconception that conspiracy research is always concerned with the past.  When done correctly, trends can be recognized in current events that will have importance in the future, or alternately, give us a glimpse into the secret, rarely-reported world of the rich and powerful.

On January 26, 2014, former Deutsch Bank executive William 'Bill' Broeksmit was found dead in his London home.  Broeksmit was found hanging -- an apparent suicide -- and Metro London police are treating as "non-suspicious."  Broeksmit's specialty was risk analysis of derivatives markets; a role he performed for Merrill Lynch from 1984 to 1996.  It should be noted that it was during this period that Merrill Lynch expanded its derivative swaps business which directly lead to the financial crisis that begin in 2007, the ramifications of which continue into the present day..  A more comprehensive look at Merrill Lynch's risky activities can be found here.

Two days later on January 28, JP Morgan executive Gabriel Magee fell to his death from the bank's 33-story building in London's financial district.  Metro London police initially ruled Magee's death as "non-suspicious" but later revised their position to state they were investigating the death as of February 7th.  Magee worked in technology, not banking or trading, but 1,000 JP Morgan employees were involved in the so-called "London Whale" trading loss of $2 billion in 2012.  And another JP Morgan executive, Ryan Crane, died February 3rd. Cause of death has not been released, but he was an Executive Director of JP Morgan's Global Trading Desk according to Zero Hedge

On January 29, Russell Investment's Chief Economist Mike Dueker was reported missing.  His body was later found along the side of the highway in Tacoma, Washington, in another apparent non-suspicious suicide.  An Associated Press article gives several details left out of other reports, such as the fact that Dueker's clothing led authorities to believe that his death was not a jogging accident -- despite the fact that his family believed that he had been jogging when he disappeared.  Police also ruled out foul play, but did not specify why.  Dueker had once been an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank and was considered to be among the top 5 percent of active economists.

On February 4, American Title CEO Richard Talley was found dead, another apparent suicide.  It should be noted that of all the men mentioned in this article, Talley had the most obvious reason to commit suicide: his firm was under investigation by the state of Colorado. No stranger to investigations, Talley was a former employee of Drexel Burnham Lambert, the disgraced firm forced into bankruptcy in 1990. Talley's method of suicide was most unusual, however.  Talley apparently died from "seven or eight self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head."  Suicide by nailgun is more common than you might think, but is rarely a successful method of suicide.  The study cited in the article does not make mention of how many of those subjects were able to shoot themselves more than once, much less seven or eight times.  Talley's desire for death would have to have been almost supernatural to sustain the first impact of the 425 meters-per-second projectile to be able fire seven more times.

Why are America's bankers killing themselves? 
Are these deaths truly suicides; a string of macabre coincidences? 

Each of these men was related -- directly or indirectly -- to a recent financial scandal and perhaps also to future scandals; ones which haven't surfaced yet.  On January 30th, PBS published an article by a former Harvard economist who stated your money wasn't safe in a bank, and promptly withdrew over $1 million from Bank of America.  Forbes published an article in early January subtitled "Why another financial crisis is inevitable."  These are just two of the most recent articles that have flown under most people's radar but warn of an impending financial crisis.

Who can say what, if anything, these deaths may portend.  One is reminded of an incident over thirty years ago involving a famous banker who, like the first two gentlemen, was the victim of a "non-suspicious" suicide in London.

June 17, 1982: "God's Banker" Roberto Calvi was found hanging from the Blackfriars Bridge in London's financial district.  Calvi had bricks in his pockets and over 10,000 GBP on him when found.  His death was ruled a suicide; a decision that was reversed in 2002.  Calvi's death lead to the exposure of the Banco Ambrosiano scandal which, in turn, exposed the machinations of the Propaganda Due or P2 Masonic lodge.  Some short-sighted conspiracy theorists are quick to point to the P2 scandal as proof of a global Masonic conspiracy, failing to miss the incident's real importance.  The P2 were attempting to establish a fascist government in Italy (and later, the world) through the manipulation of Italy's intelligence services and financial markets.  The fact that they were Masons is merely coincidental to the point of irrelevance.  What was incredibly relevant was the fact that lodge operated in conjunction with US intelligence services and had direct links to officials in the Reagan administration.

What will the next banker death reveal?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Those Who Do Not Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It.

The sign above was hanging over Jim Jones' seat on that fateful day in 1978.  This image -- sometimes expanded to show a pile of bodies beneath it -- was a fixture of news coverage of the event.  It was shown without explanation or context because it is unknown exactly how it fit into Jones' "apostolic Socialism" or how it figured into Jonestown's "revolutionary suicide."  The People's Temple's theology was an evolving one, changing over time but retaining the dual focus on radical politics and Jones' cult of personality.  One wonders what explanation, if any, Jones offered his followers for the quote's prominent placement in their commune.

The sign takes on a deeply ironic note for those who peel back the layers of the Jonestown story to see the curious links beneath the surface.  Jones' life was riddled with intelligence ties -- CIA operatives were present at the time of the suicide -- and Jonestown has the appearance of an intelligence operation.  By the start of the People's Temple's migration to Guyana in 1976, the Church Committee had revealed the CIA's domestic spying and assassination programs, the FBI's COINTELPRO campaign against radicals and minorities had been exposed, and the publishing of the CIA's Family Jewels in 1974 revealed a litany of crimes committed in the name of national security.  By 1978 all of this had been wiped from the American public's memory, however, so few were able to connect the dots between the horrible things the government had already admitted they'd done to Jonestown.

Regardless of how Jones presented the quote to his followers, there remains more than a little truth to the statement.  It is ample justification for being a researcher like myself.  It is the answer to the question, "Why does it matter who killed JFK/RFK/MLK?"  The answers to these questions have incredible relevance to our world today.  The only way to understand how we got to where we are -- and how we can fix it -- is to continue to search for the answers to these questions.

How we got here
The Warren Commission Report is one of the most analyzed documents of the twentieth century.  Believers and skeptics alike have dissected every page of the WC Report, selecting the parts which support their personal theories.  One of the most overlooked portions of the Report begins on page 454 of the Report itself, the "Recommendations" section. 

The first four recommendations and several thereafter deal directly with the legal ramifications of the assassination and how the President's safety would be ensured in the future.  Recommendation Five -- Preventive Intelligence -- is the one that fundamentally changed the shape of American society.  The recommendation called for broader surveillance of any group or individual the government perceives as a threat and increased Federal involvement in local law enforcement, which began the "federalization" of the police that has come to fruition in the past decades.  Beginning on page 464, the Commission recommends a single-source database of intelligence information to be used between all agencies and local law enforcement.  Although the Warren Commission technically had no legal standing in the government, according to the June 28, 1970 edition of the New York Times, this recommendation was "widely cited in the government as the authority for citizen surveillance."  This was just four years after the Report had been published.  And now, fifty years later, few could argue that the Warren Commission's call for a unified database of intelligence data on private citizens hasn't been realized. 

Those Who Do Not Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It
Since 2008, the NSA has secretly planted devices in over 100,000 personal computers. These devices can be accessed via radio waves and were apparently placed at random.