Saturday, March 3, 2012
During the first Gladio revelations in front of the Italian Senators on August 3, 1990 'the uncle' had with reference to the secret stay-behind army cunningly claimed that 'such activities have continued until 1972' in order to limit the personal damage which loomed. For in 1974 as acting Defence Minister Andreotti had gone on the record stating to a judicial inquiry investigating right-wing massacres: 'I can say that the head of the secret services has repeatedly and unequivocally excluded the existence of a hidden organisation of any type or size.'19 In 1978 he made a similar testimony in front of judges investigating a right-wing bombing in Milan. When the Italian press revealed that the secret Gladio army, far from having been closed down in 1972 was still active Andreotti's lie collapsed. Thereafter in August and September 1990, like seldom before during his time in office, Andreotti very actively transferred international messages, searched contacts and had meetings with numerous ambassadors.20 As international support was not forthcoming, the Prime Minister, fearing for his power, went into the offensive and attempted to highlight the responsibility of the White House in the
Friday, March 2, 2012
In a forest near the Italian village Peteano a car bomb exploded on May 31, 1972. The bomb gravely wounded one and killed three members of the Carabinieri,
's paramilitary police force. The Carabinieri had been lured to the spot by an anonymous phone call. Inspecting the abandoned Fiat 500, one of the Carabinieri had opened the hood of the car that triggered the bomb. An anonymous call to the police two days later implicated the Red Brigades, a Communist terrorist group attempting to change the balance of power in Italy at the time through hostagetakings and cold-blooded assassinations of exponents of the state. The police immediately cracked down on the Italian left and rounded up some 200 Communists. For more than a decade the Italian population believed that the Red Brigades had committed the Peteano terrorist attack. Italy
Raised in the hills of eastern
, I grew up with the legend of the “petrified girl.” Set in the little farming Kentucky , near my hometown in village of Ezel , the story evokes religious accounts of “incorruptible” corpses as well as ghoulish tales of the “undead.” Late in the last century—one account says “in 1880,” another “the 1880s,” still another “around 1900”—workmen were moving graves from the old Ezel burying ground to a new cemetery site. In some accounts, the reason for the relocation is not recalled, but most state it was due to a typhoid epidemic that stemmed from the graveyard’s pollution of local wells. In the course of the disinterment's, the men uncovered the grave of a young girl. Some vague accounts have neither name nor age for her, while others reach near agreement that she was “a 17-year-old daughter of a Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler” or more specifically “Minnie Wheeler, a seventeen-year-old girl.” Morgan County
When her casket was reached, it was reportedly too heavy to be lifted. But more men and ropes were obtained, and a hole was drilled in the coffin to let water out.
Paranormal phenomena are events, circumstances, or things whose existence has not been proved by science. Such phenomena include psychic abilities like telepathy and precognition; experiences that suggest the spirit survives the body’s death, such as reincarnation and ghost sightings; encounters with unknown beasts such as bigfoot or the Loch Ness monsters; and sightings of extraterrestrials and their spacecraft. Some of these phenomena have been reported on multiple occasions, perhaps in several locations, whereas others are apparently one-time events. For example, whereas ghost sightings have been reported throughout history and throughout the world, sightings of creatures like the Flatwoods Monster—a large-headed creature that supposedly emerged from a crashed alien spaceship near Flatwoods,
, in September 1952—appear to be one-time events. Virginia
When reported, such sightings are typically met with skepticism regarding whether the person claiming to have encountered the phenomenon really did see or experience something unusual, to the point of the most ardent skeptics accusing the person making the claim of being mentally unstable. In other cases, the witnesses are simply said to have been mistaken in identifying what they observed.
Strange mysteries—UFO and haunted-house reports, claims of spontaneous human combustion and weeping icons, and even more bizarre enigmas—continue to fascinate. We call them paranormal because they are beyond the normal range of nature and human experience. It is a broad term that includes not only the “supernatural” but also such reported anomalies as the Loch Ness monster and extraterrestrials, which—if they exist—could be quite natural creatures.
I have investigated such alleged phenomena for thirty years. I joke that I’ve been in more haunted houses than
and have even caught a few “ghosts.” I have gone undercover to attend table-tipping séances, obtained police warrants against a mediumistic purveyor of fake spirit pictures, exposed bogus “x-ray clairvoyants,” tested dowsers, interviewed UFO eyewitnesses and alien “abductees,” examined “weeping” icons, and much, much more. Casper
Whenever possible, I have taken a hands-on approach in my investigations.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is arguably one of the most fascinating, yet least understood, intelligence gathering and covert-action organizations in the world. The mere mention of “CIA” evokes images of foreign based spies maneuvering in a shadowy “cloak and dagger” world, or, perhaps, small teams of parachuting commandos operating in some remote region of Latin America, Africa, or
In its brief history, the CIA has been all of that. But it is much more. As the federal government’s incarnation of the world’s second-oldest profession, the CIA employs tens of thousands of workers, with only a fraction serving at the agency’s clandestine “tip of the spear.” Those numbers, like much of the CIA’s inner workings, remain classified. But the Agency’s reputation, stemming from its direct involvement in some of history’s most important events, has earned those men and women who serve at the tip a place among the pantheon of great American heroes and heroines.
conspiracies) have played a vital role in shaping the course of American history, from the Puritans to the present. Although often dismissed as the delusions of extremists, the possibility of a conspiracy has repeatedly been at center stage in
politics and culture. From the Revolutionary leaders’ suspicions about British plots to the Anti-Masonic Party of the 1830s, and from the anticommunism of the 1950s to the alien abduction narratives of the 1990s, ideas of conspiracy have made a vital contribution, for better or for worse, to the story of U.S. political life. In short, conspiracy theories are a popular explanation of the workings of power, responsibility, and causality in the unfolding of events. They have appealed to both the Left and the Right, both the uneducated and intellectuals, and have been told both by and about those at the very heart of power. Sometimes they take the form of racist scapegoat, and at others counterattacks on the powerful. They have offered alternative explanations of a vast range of topics, from the economic to the religious, and the political to the cultural. U.S.