Friday, March 16, 2007

My Lai

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March 16th, 2007

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in 1968, an act of sheer horror was halted by the bravery and humanity of three soldiers in the small village of My Lai, Vietnam. Pilot Hugh Thompson and his crewmen Glenn Andreotta and Lawrence Coburn flew into what looked like a massacre of civilians by US soldiers. Even though the three were outranked by several of the officers in the village, Thompson ordered his men to shoot anyone who went after a civilian while he called in backup and medical helicopters. Only one officer, a Lt. Calley, challenged them, and a bullet in his kneecap convinced him to stand down. All of the officers on the scene were arrested and taken into custody, and the surviving villagers were evacuated – Calley and the others had killed dozens before Thompson came along to stop the attack. When backup arrived with MPs to arrest the soldiers, Thompson led his men through the village, taking pictures of what had occurred here when men had completely lost their humanity. His pictures were used as evidence in the court-martial trials of Calley and his superior officer, Captain Ernest Medina, and his emotional testimony sealed their fates. President Lyndon Johnson personally apologized to the people of Vietnam for the attack, and presented Thompson, Andreotta and Coburn with medals in a White House ceremony celebrating their honor and heroism.

Saami People
Saami People
In 1919 the greatest necromancer of the age Grigory Rasputin planned a second and final attempt to control the Mesh, that irresistible group consciousness between First Nations linking the Turtle Island to the Dreamtime. The Mad Monk had closely studied the Saami people of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula ..
.. of Russia, popularly known as the Laplanders. By a process of deductive logic he reasoned that their connection with the natural world rendered the Saami people immune to the melancholy of exclusion. Whilst other Europeans suffer melancholy when they approach the group consciousness, the Laps could be the vanguard of a European invasion force. His plan is to use the Laps in a Trojan Horse manoeuvre, gaining access to the Turtle Island at Manna-hata (Manhattan) to disable the Mesh. The gamble is that the plan could backfire, if the Laps really are compatible, he might inadvertently create a Mesh Node right here in North-western Europe. And how will the Mad Monk get them to participate in this plot? Hmm.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1988 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Vice President George Bush had hoped to recover the Extraterrestrial Technology (ET) buried in Iraq under cover of the Iraq-Iraq War, but his Iranian proxies had failed him despite .. Oliver North
Oliver North
.. being beneficiaries of Colonel Oliver Norths Arms for Extraterrestrial Technology exchange. It was looking increasingly likely that the plan he had envisaged in 1975 whilst CIA Director would require an invasion, and for that he needed to win the presidency that very year. Trouble is Iran-Contra Affair might either force his boss' resignation giving him the Presidency too soon or indeed lose the '88 election for Bush.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson
In 1976 James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, PC, Labour Prime Minister of Great Britain, resigned. Queen Elizabeth II came to dine at 10 Downing Street to mark his resignation, an honour she has bestowed on only one other Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Both events concealed a secret civil war..
.. that was being fought out with the Queen siding decisively against the establishment. A BBC programme The Plot Against Harold Wilson broadcast in 2006 gives strong suggestions that the country came closer to military government than previously believed. In a series of secret tapes recorded just after his shock 1976 resignation, Harold Wilson explained that for 8 months of his premiership he did not feel in full control and didn't 'feel he knew what was going on, fully, in security'. He alleged that ex-military leaders had built up private armies in anticipation of 'wholesale domestic liquidation' and Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle and mentor, would be installed as interim Prime Minister. Two plots, in the late 1960s and mid 1970s, were alleged by Wilson. Lord Louis Mountbatten was assassinated by agents who planted a bomb in his boat at Mullaghmore, County Sligo in the Republic of Ireland 27 August 1979 ending the threat of this coup d'etat.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1935 - Adolf Schicklgruber ordered Germany to rearm herself in violation of the .. Anscluss
.. Versailles Treaty. Conscription was reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht however the Austrian Chancellor felt that the pace of reform from Fuehrer und Reichskanzler Kurt von Schleicher was too slow to deal with the Red Threat from Stalin's Russia. He lost patience three years later and in 1938 Austrian troops occupied the Weimar Republic. Annexation known as Anschluss (Union) was declared the following day - My good friends, for the second time in our history, an Austrian Chancellor has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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