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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Another tactical blunder for Bush?

In 2001, a flawed but intriguing book called "The Hunt For Zero Point" took a peek at America's longstanding efforts to harness antigravity propulsion. No shortage of material on that subject, but British author Nick Cook's credentials are impressive. Cook is the award-winning aviation editor for Jane's Defence Weekly, one of the world's top military-industry magazines.

Cook was mystified over what happened to the antigravity research conducted by Martin Aircraft, Bell Aircraft, avionics designer Bill Lear, General Electric, and Sperry-Rand -- among others -- after 1956. That's when subsequent progress reports in the public domain went completely black. Cook's 10-year investigation unearthed, among other things, disturbing patterns of research scientists being bullied and intimidated into silence by authorities; however, Cook couldn't nail down proof of the hardware.

The reason this matters today -- aside from the obvious fact that whomever controls renewable free energy rules the frickin' world -- is that the Bush administration is on the brink of making yet another tactical blunder.

The Justice Department wants to extradite a 40-year-old, confessed British hacker named Gary McKinnon to the United States for breaking into and damaging NASA and military computer systems. Among other things, he allegedly deleted 1,300 user files in seven states and wreaked $1 million worth of havoc. Federal prosecutor Paul McNulty calls McKinnon "the biggest military computer hacker of all time."

But here's the twist:

McKinnon, who scoured American databases in 2001-02, claims he was looking for classified information on antigravity and UFO technology. Based on his disclosures in recent media interviews, the guy didn't get far. Most of what he discovered has been in the public arena for years.

Last month, British courts cleared the way for extradition to the U.S., where McKinnon could face more than 50 years in prison if convicted. A secret "enemy combatant"-like trial probably won't work in this case, because McKinnon is something of an underground cause celebre in the UK, and you can check out the buzz at

In 1996, another British citizen named Matthew Bevan found himself in a similar jam. Then a teenaged computer geek, Bevan got busted for trying to extract classified UFO data from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base files. The Justice Department wanted to extradite Bevan to the States, but he was acquitted in England, where continued pursuit through the courts was ruled "not in the public interest."

Bevan told the BBC last month that America was hot for McKinnon because, despite who-knows-how-much-$$$ the Yanks invested in beefed-up computer security since his own escapade, "It just shows that in 10 years, nothing has changed."

Glandular and punitive responses are hallmarks of the current administration, but this is a fight officialdom isn't smart enough (yet) to realize it doesn't want.

Ten years after the Bevan affair, the Brits are our most reliable partners in the "war on terror." Give McKinnon his day in the UK courts and let it go; they're capable. Otherwise, a sharp American defense lawyer could turn it around and put the classification of our antigravity assets on trial -- definitely not a discussion this most secretive presidency wants to conduct in the light. After all, dark-project technology research conducted without accountability for 50 years could be misinterpreted for taxation without representation.


Anonymous said...

Why would the USA not want the public to know the truth about OUR space exploration?

Is it because of the possible public fear? Is it because we have an alliance with something that we could never have imagined? So that's where the microwave came from!

7:27 PM  
Anonymous said...

So if the intimidation of the anti-gravity man went back 10 years would the condemnation include fair-haired Pres. Bill Clinton with hated Bush or is Bill on a lifetime free pass.
If I could just find an old X-ray machine I know I can get it into the air.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous said...

The reason this would be a problem for the government is that it took tax dollars to develop this technology, but it is being used for corporate cronies and the military instead of the people.

How do you think people would feel knowing that their government has been hyping global warming and peak oil while sitting on technology that makes both a moot point? Now you begin to understand why they passed the Patriot Act, young grasshopper.

12:46 PM  
Steven T. Smith said...

I'm not overly fond of the phrase "you people" and relying on movie quotes for "wisdom." I'll make an exception in this case regarding "...this most secretive presidency...":
"You people have no idea how to defend a country."
On another note; you're a talented and educated writer. " energy rules the fickin' world" is beneath you. It may be worthy of Florida Today but not you.

5:37 AM  
Billy Cox said...

Steven – Thanks for the suggestion about “frickin’.” I’m sure I can find a committee around here that can hook me up with remedial language skills. Re your “you people” thang:

Defending a nation demands accountability. The antigravity/UFO conundrum has bedeviled Republican and Democratic administrations alike, and both are equally culpable in the coverup. But the pathology of secrecy that courses the veins of this White House is unequalled in memory.

Long before 9/11 gave them permission to fasten arbitrary “national security” toe tags on everything they didn’t like, these guys were waging war on the public’s right to know (Cheney’s energy policy committee, suspending the Presidential Papers Act, gag orders on dispensing birth-control information, etc.). The floodgates roared open after 9/11, and now the Office of Science and Technology has the ability to declare information Top Secret. Unprecedented. Ditto for the Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Environmental Protection Agency, whose administrators now have the power to classify whatever they want.

And how about the congressional act – following the Ford-Firestone roller/blowout disasters in 2000 – that required auto manufacturers to file safety reports with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? That database been eviscerated, too. Warranty developments, consumer complaints, dealer field reports? Sorry – that’s secret. Don’t feel so safe about your wheels anymore? Too bad. It’s for your own good.

What’s legitimate? What isn’t? We don’t even know how much the National Security Agency charges to mow its lawn.

Contrast this info clampdown with what happened under Clinton, particularly with regard to the Department of Energy. From 1993-96, in an initiative called the Openness Project, DOE declassified 11 million pages of documents, mostly from the Atomic Age. Some 1.6 million of these concerned human radiation experiments. Unflattering revelations, but critical to our understanding of history.

Now go to the Organization of American Historians Web site and read “The Secret Reclassification Program” article in its May newsletter. It details how at least six government agencies, beginning in 1999 and accelerating since 2001, have visited the National Archives and Records Administration to reclassify 55,000 pages of documents previously released through the regular screening process. The analysis describes the nature of the revoked documents as “somewhere between mundane and banal on the . . . sensitivity scale.”

Steven, if you want to submit to government paternalism on “national security,” more power to you. My bumper sticker says Trust But Verify.

9:56 AM  

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