Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The going got weird

I'm reminded, constantly, of the two-year old remark by the anonymous State Department official: "I just wake up in the morning and tell myself, 'There's been a military coup,' and then it all makes sense."

If only it were that simple, and modestly malevolent. That used to make sense of this world for me, too. Now, it doesn't make enough sense. Now, I'm waking with the crazy notion, "There's been a coup by esoteric Nazis, and it didn't happen yesterday." Or perhaps I'm not truly awake yet. Could be. Hope so. Because my inner life has taken on the complexion of a lucid nightmare.

In other words, what's a poor blogger to do, when Hellboy begins to appear more "reality-based" than Wolf Blitzer Reports?

So please tell me, and I'll repeat after you: It's only a movie...it's only a movie...it's only a movie....

The Gannon/Guckert/Gosch puzzle pieces keep refusing to be put back in the box. For what it's worth, Sherman Skolnick - no stranger to hyperbolic and unverifiable pronouncements - weighs in with this:

A group of elite investigators, for many years now documenting the operation of the male prostitution ring [in] Omaha, Chicago, and District of Colombia, have told a very small, trusted group of old-assistants, some of the following:

That the person using the name "Jeff Gannon" is most likely Johnny Gosch. And that the name is a tip-off in that it is the name of an editor [actually, "James Gannon"] of a major newspaper in Iowa that originally severely condemned Noreen Gosch for making an issue of the kidnapping of her twelve-year old son in 1982 who delivered newspapers for that paper.

That Gannon alias Gosch was selected at an early age because of his cleverness and adaptability to espionage work, as the intelligence agencies are inclined to do. And that Gannon alias Gosch is part of a spy agency team so secretive its name or title is not known by those otherwise knowledgeable about secret teams.

And from childsearch.org, here is another age-enhanced picture of Gosch, as he may appear at 30, next to a photo of Guckert/Gannon:

Then there's the business of Hunter S Thompson, whose name appears in this one passage of The Franklin Cover-Up , at the end of a particularly bloody account by victim Paul Bonacci. (The "Larry King" here, of course, is not that Larry King.)

In other testimony, Bonacci said that Larry King was smiling and laughing the whole time the film was being shown, and that "the men with the hoods" were a Satanic group which planned to use the dead boy in some sort of ceremony. He also named the director of the snuff film, whom they had picked up in Las Vegas, as "Hunter Thompson."

The whole Franklin scandal beggars belief, and when I read those words, nearly two years ago, I just about gave up on it. I already didn't want any of it to be true, because if it were, then I needed to reappraise every assumption about how the world worked, and of its rulers. And reluctantly, I came to the conclusion that enough at least must be true, for me to do just that.

Because even if we don't like it, we have to admit stubborn facts of the Franklin story. Lawyer and former State Senator John DeCamp, author of The Franklin Cover-Up, did that himself, after having initially discounted survivor testimony of rites performed before a giant stone owl in a California retreat. He'd never heard of Bohemian Grove.

And a stubborn fact such as how, in 1999, King quietly abandoned his legal defence against Bonacci, who was awarded compensation valued at a million dollars for damages suffered in King's service. From the judgement of the District Court:

Between December 1980 and 1988, the complaint alleges, the defendant King continually subjected the plaintiff to repeated sexual assaults, false imprisonments, infliction of extreme emotional distress, organized and directed satanic rituals, forced the plaintiff to "scavenge" for children to be a part of the defendant King's sexual abuse and pornography ring, forced the plaintiff to engage in numerous masochistic orgies with other minor children. The defendant King's default has made those allegations true against him. The issue now is the relief to be granted monetarily.

The now uncontradicted evidence is that the plaintiff has suffered much. He has suffered burns, broken fingers, beating of the head and face and other indignities by the wrongful actions of the defendant King. In addition to the misery of going through the experiences just related over a period of eight years, the plaintiff has suffered the lingering results to the present time. He is a victim of multiple personality disorder, involving as many as fourteen distinct personalities aside from his primary personality. He has given up a desired military career and received threats on his life. He suffers from sleeplessness, has bad dreams, has difficulty in holding a job, is fearful that others are following him, fears getting killed, has depressing flashbacks, and is verbally violent on occasion, all in connection with the multiple personality disorder and caused by the wrongful activities of the defendant King.

With respect to the Thompson allegation, even should Bonacci have been telling the truth as he recalled it, the truth may be only that someone was called "Hunter Thompson." I can imagine that in such company, when perpetrating such crimes, pseudonyms, perhaps tinged with black humour, would be fairly common.

Still, there is the business of Thompson's apparent suicide - in the middle of a prosaic phone conversation with his wife of two years, no less - and at the height of the Gannon flap, as some speculation turned to Gosch.

Whatever the truth regarding Thompson and the Franklin scandal, he sized up Bush and Cheney in stark, occultic terms, and described their ascendancy with apocalyptic dread. It was the "big darkness, soon come - take my word for it." On November 20, 2000, just as the Bush team was stealing its first election (second, if we count Bush Sr's "October Surprise" of 1980), this column of Thompson's appeared, entitled "Prepare for the Weirdness" (and thanks to Jon for forwarding it):

We have seen Weird Times in this country before, but the year 2000 is beginning to look super weird. This time, there really is nobody flying the plane. ... We are living in dangerously weird times now. Smart people just shrug and admit they're dazed and confused.

The only ones left with any confidence at all are the New Dumb. It is the beginning of the end of our world as we knew it. Doom is the operative ethic.

The Autumn months are never a calm time in America. Back to Work, Back to School, Back to Football Practice, etc. ... Autumn is a very Traditional period, a time of strong Rituals and the celebrating of strange annual holidays like Halloween and Satanism and the fateful Harvest Moon, which can have ominous implications for some people.

Autumn is always a time of Fear and Greed and Hoarding for the winter coming on. Debt collectors are active on old people and fleece the weak and helpless. They want to lay in enough cash to weather the known horrors of January and February. There is always a rash of kidnapping and abductions of school children in the football months. Pre-teens of both sexes are traditionally seized and grabbed off the streets by gangs of organized Perverts. [Gosch was abducted Sept 5, 1982]
Guaranteed Fear and Loathing. Abandon all hope. Prepare for the Weirdness. Get familiar with Cannibalism.

What, if anything at all, should we make of Thompson alluding to the organized abduction of children, as he describes the dawning of the "dangerously weird" Bush/Cheney era?

Then, like some weird icing on his memorial cake, last Saturday's Globe and Mail mentioned that at his death, Thompson was working on a story concerning demolition charges in the World Trade Center. Paul William Roberts goes a little gonzo himself in the first paragraph, but in the second, admits which of his words are founded in fact:

Hunter telephoned me on Feb. 19, the night before his death. He sounded scared. It wasn't always easy to understand what he said, particularly over the phone, he mumbled, yet when there was something he really wanted you to understand, you did. He'd been working on a story about the World Trade Center attacks and had stumbled across what he felt was hard evidence showing the towers had been brought down not by the airplanes that flew into them but by explosive charges set off in their foundations. Now he thought someone was out to stop him publishing it: “They're gonna make it look like suicide,” he said. “I know how these bastards think...”

That's how I imagine a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson should begin. He was indeed working on such a story, but it wasn't what killed him. He exercised his own option to do that. As he said to more than one person, “I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn't know I could commit suicide at any time.”

Hopefully - hopefully - Hellboy may prove, in the end, to be just a movie. But saying Hunter S Thompson was just a journalist is like calling Leonard Cohen only a poet.

Some folks, somehow - they just know.

And now the wheels of heaven stop
You feel the devil's riding crop
Get ready for the future:
It is murder.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It gets more convoluted as it goes along, doesn't it? You are right; Hellboy makes more sense. My God, we need divine intervention to sraighten things out here.

Mary R.

4:13 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It gets more convoluted as it goes along, doesn't it? You are right; Hellboy makes more sense. My God, we need divine intervention to sraighten things out here.

Mary R.

4:13 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's something that struck me as odd.

The next day, after Thompson's death, his widow was quoted in several news reports as saying of H.S.T. - "He stomped terra."

What an odd freakin' phrase. I know it's his initials and all, but could this mean anything else? Or am I just too paranoid? Can you even BE "too paranoid"?

4:35 p.m.  
Blogger T.R.U. said...

Check out Clyde Lewis' take on this.

Thanks, Jeff, for synthesizing these threads so well.

I would pose one thing:

That this quote by HST's son Juan has some sort of meaning beyond the obvious: "He stomped terra", which on the surface says Hunter stomped the ground. But the word play is obvious. He STomped has HST's initials encoded. If you re-arrange it, it can say: "He's Tom PED Terra". Geez, given the Gosch/Gucket thing, what could that PED refer to? As for terra, you can combine it with PED to get Ped-Terra, which is similar to pederast. Pederast = pedterra? From the Oxford English Dictionary:

"Ibid. 332 A boy alleged to have been abused *pæderastically."

"Socially the paederast is the most isolated of homosexuals. "

From HST's Kingdom of Fear:

"The difference between an outlaw and a war criminal is the difference between a pedophile and a Pederast: The pedophile is a person who thinks about sexual behavior with children, and the Pederast does these things. He lays hands on innocent children, he penetrates them and changes their lives forever.

Being the object of a pedophile’s warped affections is a Routine feature of growing up in America, and being a victim of a Pederast’s crazed “love” is part of dying. Innocence is no longer an option. Once penetrated, the child becomes a Queer in his own mind, and that is not much different than murder."

It might be a stretch, but if Gannon is conveying a coded message by titling his first comeback column with "fear and loathing" in it, it's not much of a stretch to think that Juan may have been saying something.

4:44 p.m.  
Blogger T.R.U. said...

whoa, someone was thinking the same thing, just as I was writing that last post. ...... The going is really getting weird.

4:45 p.m.  
Blogger c.e.shinola said...

So, two things - I think - playing devil's advocate.

1. I think H.S.Thompson's involvement in this would be non-existent, though for no good reason do I say that, I didn't know the guy (though I knew one other kid in grammer school named Hunter Thompson). But I think Gannockert's re-blogg post is because "fear and loathing" is a phrase of the zietgeist.
1a. I think the link of Gosh/Gannon is not an insane one. Though an almost overwhelmingly sad one. Bishop was arrested for making movies in Va. at the begining of Feb. (specifically), and frankly that all strikes me as sadly too coincidental.

2. I have, of course been tumbling these ideas around my head for the past week, about, and I remembered something else, besides _The Cold Six Thousand_ which was the _200 Nights of Sodom_ (I think) by M.deSade. It's a not very titilating cataloging of sexual perversity as practised by a loosely-knit group of prostitutes, procuress' and patrons.
I bring it up because of the incredulity at the notion of an international paedophile sex-ring. It seems to only make sense - you aren't likely to meet any other of your ilk at the church social, are you? (and again, I think perversity (real perversity) is a kind of 'esoterica.')

Thanks for the hard work Jeff.

5:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the synthesis of ideas.
I had a very similiar conversation with a friend this morning. We are all definately WAKING UP and it's not easy or pretty, but there is no other choice - unless you want a prescription (or another prescription) for Prozac. I don't want to be a zombie so I'm finding that I need to continue to learn about all the layers of illusion. Some days I process this stuff very slowly internally and other days I just rip through all the reading of pertinant books and blogs. I like waking up, even if it's difficult. If we are going to change things - long term - this is what needs to be done. We may be screwed anyway, but we are for sure if we don't (wake up). Thanks again to Jeff and everyone else who is out front on this. You are amazing people.

5:34 p.m.  
Blogger Unknown said...

"he stomped terra" maybe a mispronounciation of "he stopped terror"?

7:49 p.m.  
Blogger spooked said...

First-- wow, Jeff, I think you are getting closer and closer to something big here. I hope you keep at this, it is starting to make more sense to me, anyway.

Second, I didn't feel like subscribing to the Globe and Mail, but what did the rest of the piece say about HST? Was he really working on a story about the WTC demolition?

8:19 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

Thanks spooked. I dunno, though; I actually hope I'm wrong. And not just about this. It's all too big and scary.

After the first two paragraphs of the Globe and Mail article, Thompson's WTC story wasn't mentioned again. The remainder was pretty stock tribute stuff.

8:28 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more connections:

in fear + loathing in las vegas at one point the thompson character has some adrenochrome, which has is extracted from (necesarily human?) adrenal glands (if I recall correctly).

I'm out of my element now but rumors are now apparently claiming that Hunter at some point had some affiliation / business with the process church of the final judgment (of Charles Manson fame) in order to get human glands...which if true would make his involvement in a snuff film a bit less outrageous...anyone with more background care to fill in the details here?

8:39 p.m.  
Blogger Prof. Hex said...

Great illustration.

9:19 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And they keep on getting darker...
Here's a follow-up to Skolnick's previous editorial:

9:37 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He stomped terra"

Run it through the Internet Anagram Server, and you get:

Mother Pederast

Adept Smotherer

Deep Earth Storm

Hmmmm. . . .

As an aside, that first part of the Skolnick Gannon piece starts out promising, but skidders out of control at the end. Maybe the abyss does stare right through you.

10:15 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, "Military Coup" doesn't cut it. I agree that Skolnick is hyperbolic but at this point his over the top analysis accounts for all the truly bizarre pieces of the puzzle. I'm glad to see I'm not the only person who reads him and takes him seriously, however with liberal helpings of salt. The follow up mentioned above is VERY interesting.

10:33 p.m.  
Blogger erlenda said...

Jeff while you were connecting dots, have you ever thought, that some dots might be plain disinformation?
If you then take the real information-dots, and connect them with the other false dots, the picture, that appears will be totally misleading.
In the last few weeks some of your posts speculate on the whole world being ruled (for many centuries or even milleniums?) by aliens (maybe the shape-shifting kind of David Icke?)who use satanic organisations as their proxies.
If you were right, then by definition, we as human beings had no chance whatsovever to oppose the current rulers of the world, since through their technoligical superiority, they will always be more powerful than all of human kind combined.
So we might just as well give up trying.
But if you are wrong, then all the stuff about satanic groups, illuminati, aliens and mind-control by sexual abuse, is just put out there to make many critical thinking people feel helpless and unable to organize for change, and also discredit all conspiracy-theorists.
If Gannon is Gosch, it´s really only important for Gosch´s poor mother.
And for the Bonacci case, maybe the sexual abuse did trigger schizophrenia, if he was genetically vulnerable. However, more likely is, that the multiple personality was a kind of flight from reality Bonacci was introduced to during therapy.
The multiple personality angle makes his claims, in my opinion, rather doubtful.

And one other thing, when people come to the conclusion, that we are all ruled by unbeatable satanic monsters, they might consider their reason for holding on tho life rather slim.
So, if Thompson was such a person, suicide might have looked like a reasonable option to him.
On the other hand, I doubt that somebody like Gary Webb actually committed suicide.
So I´d say, better get out of satanic hell and start walking on earth again.

11:07 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

erlenda, I agree: disinformation abounds. And I don't want to be any alphabet agency's useful idiot, spreading it here, so I hope you continue to hold my feet to the fire.

But you misrepresent me in your comment. I haven't speculated aliens are ruling the world. I think that's absolute nonsense. Icke is classic disinfo, mixing truth with a poison pill big lie.

My studies instead have led me to consider the evidence for an occultic subtext to the National Security State. The interest is there in declassified files, in the testimony of survivors, in the Nazi philosophy of Project Paperclip recruits.

They're not "unbeatable satanic monsters." They remain human, with vulnerabilities, as I described in yesterday's post concerning Sibel Edmonds. But I think we enhance our chances of victory if we consider the nature of our foes. And part of that nature is spiritual, and seemingly very dark. And it seems to be very important to them. So it should be to us. Anyway, I think so.

11:45 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One obvious error of the 'undefeatable masters of the darkness' is the internet.

Obviously the D'Arpa (misspelled on purpose) magic ball didn't see the rapid expanding consciousness on the way, getting ready to flush the toilet on these freaks.

I wouldn't worry personally, the sheer volume of us who have connected the dots should scare these Nazi’s. Sure they did 9/11 but they had a much easier time with Germany didn't they?

The information is out there, we can prevent a holocaust. One person at a time.

Just wait. The tighter the squeeze the more diamonds are made.

12:55 a.m.  
Blogger T.R.U. said...

Erlenda: You should read the stuff by Colin A. Ross on Satanic Ritual Abuse.

I know that this stuff is real, and it is such a dark topic that it triggers mass cognitive dissonance. If you listen to Cloak & Dagger, the hosts Sherman and Lenny use Gonzo Journalism quite well (along with satire) to lighten the topic and make it easier to take.

I agree Erlenda, you are misrepresenting Jeff completely and are lumping him into the disinformants. Everything I have read of his, I can tell you that he is a seeker. I appreciate that he isn't inoculated with the mind-viruses that plague many of us - we dismiss the whole thing when the topic of mind control comes up. Rigorous intuition is the antidote to the mass cognitive dissonance afflicting any serious inquiry into these topics.

If you want misinformants, look to people like George Noory who put on their show bonafide people on from time to time and then throw in something about alien space cats or whatever.

As for the occult roots of the security state, see Peter LEvenda's "Unholy Alliance".

1:08 a.m.  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

Just found some interesting remarks on Democratic Underground, posted by "flyarm" on Feb 23:

in fla here we have a progressive station out of tampa..wmnf

they just played snips from interviews with Hunter..sorry i got in car and interview had already begun..but then they played one from

>>>>>>>>>>>jan 2003

i was in shock after listening to wonderful Hunter..this is what i heard !!

he said at the end of a segment they were playing...

(this is not verbatum..its out of my memory of what i just heard..sorry i didnt have it taped so this is memory only!~!!!)

Hunter>>>>" i dont't hate bush i knew him at one time, i did drugs with him."

H>>>i won't be surprised if they take my head off , or suicide me

( he then said ) H>>>thats their new way of murder now ,

(i think he said) H >>> that way its clean and no one knows

(then he said ) H>>>>i have to restrain myself now of what i say.

something like that..sorry this is just from memory...i felt like i was punched in the stomach!!

i don't know if anyone can get a transcript of their tapes or an audio from them of this interview...

but this is the station it was on..

http://www.wmnf.org /

from tampa

1:37 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

watch this trailer. Deeper down the hole we go

Originally created for executives at one of the largest and most respected US cable networks, GNN's trailer for The Most Dangerous Game developed into of cult hit all on its own. With its uncannily mysterious protagonists and controversial subject matter, the film looked like a good bet for a late night slot in the powerful documentary division. Especially after the network invested cash and sent some its top producers down to Tennessee to shoot the riveting medical examination that was to form the basis for the film's climax.

However, after reviewing the trailer and holding several discussions about the film's potential, GNN was told that the feature would not be financed . The reason? The subject matter was too marginal in interest for the network's core audience. Not an unrealistic conclusion. Ironically, after the network passed on the deal to develop the content into a feature film, the trailer began to circulate discreetly, among industry insiders, many of whom have commented on the high level of intrigue that is created by the trailer itself.

1:48 a.m.  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

And here's the link to the transcript and audio of that Democracy Now interview with Thompson from 2003:


HUNTER S. THOMPSON: ... See, I don't hate Bush personally. I used to know him. I used to do some drugs here and there.


Yeah. I mean to say something and I think a lot of people in this country agree with me. A lot more never say anything. We'll see what happens to me if I get my head cut off in the next week by -- it's always unknown Bush [inaudible] strangers who commit suicide right afterward. No witnesses. They have a new kind of crime.

MARY SUMA: Is that the CIA kind of crime?

HUNTER S. THOMPSON: Oh, absolutely. Anyone who’s a successful criminal has got a crime. Absolutely no witnesses, no records. We can go on and on. I have to be restrained on the subject.

1:51 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't the interview you want, but here's one where he strongly suggests 9/11 was an inside job. It was from 2002, before much of the 9/11 coverup evidence came out. He really knew how things worked.

1:54 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HST also had this to say:

"Houston is a cruel and crazy town on a filthy river in East Texas with no zoning laws and a culture of sex, money and violence. It's a shabby sprawling metropolis ruled by brazen women, crooked cops and super-rich pansexual cowboys who live by the code of the West -- which can mean just about anything you need it to mean, in a pinch."

- in Rolling Stone
As for the alchemy/esotericism stuff, I don't buy it. Even assuming there are rituals, I think the "advanced" esotericism we are talking about is at about the level of a crackerjack-box decoder ring... I'm sure the ancient Pharaoahs had some pretty elaborate rituals for interpreting their nilometers too - big deal. Don't confuse the spiritual elite with the socio-political elite. Since we're recommending movies, watch the Godfather Trilogy again - it's all about power.

3:10 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gannon/Guckert's DNA can't be that difficult to acquire; a little harmless dumpster diving might do the trick. Let's put this Gosch theory to the test.

10:48 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course you'd need Gosch's mother's DNA as well.

10:51 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Levenda's new book comes out June 1, 2005.
"Sinister Forces - The Nine- A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft"
you can pre-order, I did.

11:31 a.m.  
Blogger bin'dare said...

Sometimes things are made more complicated than need be.

Is Gannon Gosch?
Noreen Gosch was given the pictures of Gannon and asked that question. She did not answer, instead saying she would have her "PI" look into it. Noreen claims she was visited by Gosch a few years ago so there is the expectation she could recognise the old Gosch. Simply focus on Noreen and get a definitive answer from her instead of wandering off to Timbuktu.

The meaning behind Stomped the Terra.
In referring to Timothy Leary, HST wrote: "We sometimes disagreed, but in the end we made our peace. Tim was a Chieftain. He stomped on the terra, and he left his elegant hoof prints on all our lives." I'm sure its a phrase he said often which is why his family used it as an epitaph.

Was HST suicided?
HST wrote mostly about himself and his exploits, he was not an investigative journalist in the usual sense. It is highly improbable that he "discovered" new info about 9/11 that the community doesn't already know. He was selfish and narcissitc. Suicides leave the survivors (especially the close ones) devastated and this was his final act of aggression on his young wife; in all probability he could no longer get it up and she wasn't happy. That phone call to her was probably him begging her to come back.

1:31 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting how many of the lefty blogs that were creaming their pants over this Gannon story have now all gone suspiciously silent now that it has moved on into this weird new territory. Karl Rove OWNS them. Once again, they fear getting discredited. They have no ability to chart new territory because they can't think outside of the box Rove has forced them in. I guess the wingnuts really are corrrect when they say they are the ones creating reality and the left is simply observing it.

3:13 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no takers on Hunter's tie-ins with the process church? The director interview on the fear + loathing DVD says the adrenochrome bit is all hyperbole (ie, fictional), but even so I still gotta wonder...

Other anonymous: there's also not a whole lot more forthcoming re: gannon that's verifiable. what has come up is very sketchy: a couple yearbook photos, maybe a stint in cinncinati, etc., but beyond what's already out in public there's been no additional information forthcoming, hence the ease with which the gannon vacuum can be filled by anything, like johnny gosch...and as interesting as the gannon-gosch tie-ins until they're verified those paths lead way off the reservation.

what's potentially more interesting though is that if we ignore the tawdry backdrop of gannongate and just look at the journalistic implications -- whitehouse-planted reporters -- it makes the admin's several-years-running efforts to "get past the filter" and talk directly to local newspapers much more suspect:

it would not suprise me if the "let's use local papers" started as an attempt to control the media in the following sense:
i) we'll give an exclusive pass to some small town paper and let it be known that they're expected to provide favorable coverage of whatever it is
ii) the shut-out majors -- like the nyt -- then have either no direct source or to just report whatever's in the small papers

and then thje level of control tihs technique offered proved insufficient / too awkward to use -- you'd have to be setting up friendly relationships over and over again -- and so gannon (and maybe others) were brought in to make the pr office's lives easier.

A good research project would be to start culling the bylines on direct reports from the president's and vice president's last few years' itineraries and building up a database of local reporters, or at least look at which reporters for minor publications have been getting way more access than their stature merits, and then start looking for evidence that some of the reporters have been compromised...a big project but I'd imagine something would turn up. at the very least it'd help the gannongate story stay in focus without diving too deep down the rabbithole for joe q public to find it believable.

3:42 p.m.  
Blogger Unknown said...

Why do "progressives" stomp all over the very idea that such things are possible? (I'm kk897 over at DU, BTW). The threads where people come on to "debunk" pedophile rings, for instance, anger and depress me. It's like talking to a conservative, for cryin' out loud!

Do you think there's anything we can do other than bite our tongues? Obviously presenting facts and using logic seem to only make them more vociferous in their objections. They seem quite threatened, and they seem to be taking a perverse joy out of saying these people must be FOS, that it's all made up in crazy people's minds, etc. They think it's a Christian thing to "believe" in these "myths" or "hoaxes." Of course they cite the same cases, the same "experts," etc. all the time, without seeing the ambiguities or recognizing that research can be as slanted as any piece of propaganda.

I don't know what to believe, but there's so much evidence that seems to support it that I'm willing to at least think about it seriously. Thank you, Jeff for being willing to apply your rigorous intuition to this problem, despite what the self-righteous debunkers throw down.

4:07 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fat Lady,
could you provide some links to the DU threads involving the pedophile rings? You can't search the DU forums unless you pay :-/

4:29 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous says:

'no takers on Hunter's tie-ins with the process church? '

ok;hunter & the process church;
sketchy at best

this angle is interesting; some curious comments about the George Harrison stabbing as well

scroll down to 'The Voice of the White House' article posted by anonymous coward

Killing Thompson was a distraction for keeping THIS quiet:

The Voice of the White House

February 19, 2005 ; “The internet anti-Bush people are completely right about the Karl Rove/Gannon love affair business. I have been repeatedly told by people on the inside that would know, that Rove, who is a closet queen, has had an affair with this creep (it´s all over now thanks to the heat generated by the alternate media. )Karl likes to be dominated and Gannon, an ageing weight lifter, likes to be around the seat of power...if you will forgive a terrible pun. Also, Fat Karl is the one, informed sources have repeatedly advised me, that leaked the name of Frau Wilson to Novak.'



4:48 p.m.  
Blogger Unknown said...

Anon. asked for DU links.


that's the one that really set me off today, but there have been others. I'll look them up in a bit.

5:47 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff I can't thank you enough for what you do ,,,don't ever stop. Thanks again. from dalia watkins

5:58 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a bit too much clutching at ghosts and painting them black as evidence here for my liking. but there are some interesting and solid points. however (1) Satanic Ritual Abuse has been thoroughly discredited in recent years (2) saying one Hunter Thompson made snuff films is at best coincidental and and worst defamatory, as is purported links with The Process (3) pedophilia, drug trafficing, and other crimes are deeply embedded in and controlled from political cultures all over the west. its endemic and epidemic. see http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1313950.htm for a recent australian example where two homosexuals were murdered after revealling the name of a politician involved in such nasty business. attempts to expose these crimes are extremely dangerous and many die trying or are themselves discredited. i note the recent attempts to discredit HST in this light. but saying the enemy are satanists is to be distracted severely from the fact that most known abuse perpetrators in recent years tend indeed to be the most decent upstanding citizens on the face of it - think of the catholic church's own problems in say boston. nobody much carries on with campaigns against christian ritual abuse do they? but at least CRA is documented as fact, whereas SRA is not, or very very rarely. [not that i am defending satanists, but hell its an easy target to distract with.] (4) he stomped terra is almost certainly a personal reference as a son would make on losing a father and nothing more I would say. the integrity of Juan Thompson's postmortem statements on his dad seems absolute to a stranger like me, the affection is obvious. If there were statements to be made about pedophilia or conspiracies to suicide his father, i think that JT and or family would be more than capable of making them in an upfront public manner. it does noone any good to say things like "ped" is a code. is "bi" a code for "bisexual" if he talks about riding a "bicycle"? calm down folks. (5) snuff films are likewise extremely discredited and research shows little if any evidence for them. adding adrenal extracts to the mix is too far gone, and i severely doubt the average satanist or whatever would know how to extract and prepare it from a victim in any case. (6) be aware that by passing on rumour and conjecture as apparent facts only discredits yourselves and those like HST who do not deserve it, it is playing right into the hands of those who like to obfuscate to protect their interests. but good on all of you for at least thinking about and debating these issues, but the answer is not in conjectures. this is cognitive dissonance at work people, step back and take another look.

7:19 p.m.  
Blogger T.R.U. said...

Thanks. I prefer to set out testable hypotheses and have them de-bunked. Such is the nature of dialectics. The cognitive dissonance you refer to is how new info enters into our frame of reference. IF the stuff is true, the world runs on principles much different from what we assume. As for your claim that it is likely "upstanding citizens" who are outed in abuse scandals, it is still possible that many of these people are enthralled with the power aspects to be found within darker branches of the occult, or hidden wisdom.

As this website indicates, many of these people are Members of Representative bodies.

"to discredit HST in this light. but saying the enemy are satanists is to be distracted severely from the fact that most known abuse perpetrators in recent years tend indeed to be the most decent upstanding citizens on the face of it - think of the catholic church's own problems in say boston. nobody much carries on with campaigns against christian ritual abuse do they? but at least CRA is documented as fact, whereas SRA is not, or very very rarely. [not that i am defending satanists, but hell its an easy target to distract with.] "

As for SR Abuse, it hasn't been discredited. The details are inconclusive. I would reccomend Colin A. Ross, who has an MD and researches it from a scientific light. To understand how SRA and CRA are equivalents, read up on Malachi Martin - winswept house especially. There is a little something about the "enthronement of the Archangel Lucifer" ceremony in the Vatican which ties into a lot of this abuse. The pedo-clergy is a manifestation of this same spiritual condition. No wonder the Apostle Paul stated that these powers and principalities cannot be fought against through physical means. Solving the problem of cognitive dissonance requires of us to think outside the box, not to dismiss it and write it off as mumbo-jumbo, but to engage the powers.

9:54 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us try to tie more threads together. How does it fit together with how the "Left-hand Path" operates?
What is the objective of all this mayhem on planet Earth? Is it really about world control or is that also merely a red herring? If there are EBE's perhaps they are from this Solar System. Perhaps indeed even from this world. Of course the interdimensional aspect is of interest also. Let us think together about what it means to have a Patriarchial sexual control system built on exploitation of children and women.

2:32 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous One,Jeff you are getting warmer.The movie Hell Boy was a clue,most people never even stoped to think of all the clues that were thrown at them.First the opening scene at the church,a special location,the lay lines,the power place,the opening of the portal. This resembles the castle at Wewelsburg were Himmler and the SS performed rituials.Check out Clyde Lewis's -Grimoires Of The Entity,Behind The Scant Veil,this high lights a rare occurrence of Venus apperance in front of the sun.During this event ,there will be an awakening of the sprit world,weird that our boy GW just happened to be in Europe at this time,did he stop over to the castle? Would like to know if he might have used this event to add a little more power,or maybe bring something through,later.

6:59 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An anagram for "George Bush" is "Buggers Hoe"


11:21 a.m.  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

FYI, Noreen Gosch is scheduled to be interviewed tonight on this Internet show:


(I've never listened to it myself, so I can't vouch for the content.)

If you can't listen live, it appears they have good archives, and shows get put up pretty quickly.

11:54 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Gannon as Gosch is a stretch;
that Gannon would be aware of the kidnapping & assorted nasties is a given as he's tied into the Repub's male prostitutes for hire escort service; there is a connection there as Jeff has thoroughly documented (e.g.,citing DeCamp, etc.)
It's instructive to keep in mind, if only for contextual reasons, the true nature of the Xian edifice.

From Exegesis, by Philip K. Dick

'The Gnostic Christians of the second century believed that only a special revelation of knowledge rather than faith could save a person. The contents of this revelation could not be received empirically or derived a priori. They considered this special gnosis so valuable that it must be kept secret. Here are the ten major principles of the gnostic revelation:

From Exegesis, by Philip K. Dick

1. The creator of this world is demented.
2. The world is not as it appears, in order to hide the evil in it, a delusive veil obscuring it and the deranged deity.
3. There is another, better realm of God, and all our efforts are to be directed toward
a. returning there
b. bringing it here
4. Our actual lives stretch thousands of years back, and we can be made to remember our origin in the stars.
5. Each of us has a divine counterpart unfallen who can reach a hand down to us to awaken us. This other personality is the authentic waking self; the one we have now is asleep and minor. We are in fact asleep, and in the hands of a dangerous magician disguised as a good god, the deranged creator deity. The bleakness, the evil and pain in this world, the fact that it is a deterministic prison controlled by the demented creator causes us willingly to split with the reality principle early in life, and so to speak willingly fall asleep in delusion.
6. You can pass from the delusional prison world into the peaceful kingdom if the True Good God places you under His grace and allows you to see reality through His eyes.
7. Christ gave, rather than received, revelation; he taught his followers how to enter the kingdom while still alive, where other mystery religions only bring about amnesis: knowledge of it at the "other time" in "the other realm," not here. He causes it to come here, and is the living agency to the Sole Good God (i.e. the Logos).
8. Probably the real, secret Christian church still exists, long underground, with the living Corpus Christi as its head or ruler, the members absorbed into it. Through participation in it they probably have vast, seemingly magical powers.
9. The division into "two times" (good and evil) and "two realms" (good and evil) will abruptly end with victory for the good time here, as the presently invisible kingdom separates and becomes visible. We cannot know the date.
10. During this time period we are on the sifting bridge being judged according to which power we give allegiance to, the deranged creator demiurge of this world or the One Good God and his kingdom, whom we know through Christ.

To know these ten principles of Gnostic Christianity is to court disaster.
(now he tells us?)'




3:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i posted the 6 or so points yesterday, including on SRA and CRA. i should probly qualify by saying i spent more than a decade deeply involved in the "occult underground" in my country (though not as a satanist). i've had direct threats against myself and family for some of the questions i asked, over some of the identities i discovered. hence i'm no longer there, for several reasons, but in matters like this i post anonymously. but i do know something of which i and others speak, and its important to be calm and balanced and open. and i do know that serious abuse is perpetrated by some upstanding citizens. some of these people's crimes would cause major uproar. disappeared kids, drug dealing on a massive scale, corruption of political institutions, insider trading, you name it. and its very hard to expose because you tend to end up threatened or dead. nevertheless i applaud this column and the correspondants, all of you. and i am very very heartened to see PKD being discussed. there is much in his work that merits our attention.

7:06 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


thanks to anonymous for the Clyde Lewis 'Grimoires' article.
Following are a couple of quotes:

'A reporter named Walter Storch allegedly filed a memo as to the extreme paranormal or inexplicable activities that the President experiences. There is no way to confirm the allegations but they raise some interesting questions.

"In the current White House, attendance at daily Christian Evangelical prayer meetings is mandatory. It is reliably reported that Bush has a thick pad of lined, yellow notepaper on his desk, placed there just before the Vice President arrives.

Notes taken by the President are transcribed and prepared as talking points for the President. At some time in the past, the President suffered what one of his aides called "a very minor seizure" and as a result of this, the President has a very difficult time following any unscripted conversations. For this reason, his staff carefully and aggressively protect the President from "unexpected" questions that he is not capable of answering."

At one point during a staff conference, the President stood up and began to speak in an unknown language. Mr. Rove was able to stop the President and get him to resume his seat. It was reported that for a period of time (about fifteen minutes) after this incident, the President appeared to be 'somewhat confused and very inarticulate."

Bush has also declared that he speaks directly to God. There have been many instances where he has declared that his talks with God have resulted in attacks on countries and the crusade that everyone fears is happening in the Middle East.'

and further along:

'In the book "Extraterrestrial Friends and Foes", George Andrews wrote about the occult powers that Hitler tapped into. Andrews writes that the real power behind the Nazis was allegiance to dark powers and control of entities similar to those spoken of by Aleister Crowley.

According to Andrews, the Nazis teamed up with a group called the Initiated Brothers of Asia. These groups would gather together and they would attempt to open a portal to the other side attempting to contact a powerful entity that Andrews says looked similar to Crowley's "secret chief" called Lam, a balding grey entity that appears to be similar to the alien grey.

Just picture the opening scenes of the movie Hellboy without the cute little demon that eats Baby Ruths for breakfast.

Andrews goes on to say that Hitler was also prone to horrific bouts of paranoia. He would become dazed and inarticulate. He would speak in gibberish and then would scream at this invisible being. The entity allegedly commanded Hitler to continue the experimentations upon and the slaughter of millions of innocent Jews and other peoples.

Could there be some sort of strange cosmic chain of command from an entity that is presumed to be God?

This could mean that occult contact with entities runs deep in the collective that governs us.'


strange days indeed

thanks Jeff


12:15 p.m.  
Blogger Editor said...

You may have heard by now that Hunter's suicide note was a one-worder on "Fourth Amendment Foundation" Letterhead with 'counselor' typed in the middle of the page. He died sitting on a stool opposite it.

The purpose of the foundation, which he co-founded, was to have a heavy hitting lawyer in each state to sue the government for damages against citizens who were wrongly treated by the government. As quoted in High Times, "[I] formed the Fourth Amendment Foundation. The purpose was to have a lawyer—a big one—available at all times in all fifty states...[The] purpose was to make it a fact in law that the state had to pay the legal expenses of anybody the state accused of a crime and failed to convict." The fourth amendment is against government search and seizure of private property and persons. His foundation's purpose is not one to win friends in high places.

I assume that in his last piece he was either addressing his counsel, as he did during Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, for some rights issue, or that he was addressing himself as counselor to our nation -- in which case his prognosis for our future is pretty scary, considering that he wasn't supposed to be in much pain from his 2001 accident.

A couple of wrinkles in the story include that the night before his death, Thompson called a Toronto Globe and Mail Journalist* who helped break the Falluja Massacre story, sounding scared, stating that he was working on a 9/11 expose in which he had evidence that the Twin Towers were felled by planted explosives.** He stated that he felt that someone wanted him not to publish this piece and might kill him to make it look like a suicide, which is a common covert murder tactic.

Something I would like more information on is Prince Bandar of the Saudi ruling family who lives in Aspen, and if the Prince or a close associate was in touch with Thompson that the Doctor mentioned in his ESPN.com columns. This is someone he described "a close relative of the Saudi Ambassador" with whom he had some high stakes betting. When we last hear of him in late 2001 the Saudis planted a spy, "The Princess" in his home for nearly two weeks under the guise of a gambling marker for a $40,000 who was so quiet that they didn't realize that she spoke perfect English, which he discovered as the police raided his house, since she was on a terror list.

Was Thompson's house really raided? Who is this Princess Omin? Did Thompson ply her brother with alcohol to get him to reveal something about a royal Saudi or even Bush Administration Connection to the plane bombings of Washington D.C. and the World Trade Center on 9/11/01? Did Thompson ever get paid? What happened to Omar and Omin? Was Hunter the fall guy to keep his family safe if his 9/11 conspiracy case was covered up?

http://espn.go.com/page2/s/thompson/011023.html :

"Last week was extremely busy. I spent most of it doing top-secret surveillance work on some of my neighbors who are obviously up to no good and need to be watched closely. I have always hated Evil-doers, and now that the President has given us a green light to crush them by any means necessary, I see my duty clearly. Dangerous creeps are everywhere, and our only hope is to neutralize them with extreme prejudice. These freaks have taken their shot(s), and now it is our turn.

Any Evil-doer with the brains to plot lethal damage against our national infrastructure will also be degenerate enough to protect his Evil cover by faking great enthusiasm for watching and gambling on American football games.

He will not want to talk about his job, but ask him anyway. "How is it going at work, Omar? Are you cool with it? Are you meeting enough girls? Are you a gambling man? Do you have any extra hashish? Why are you looking at me that way? What's eating you?" It is better to load him up with booze and goofy chatter than to make him suspicious by staring at his hands and constantly taking notes.

Whoops! I think I see him jogging out there on the road, right in from of my gate."


http://espn.go.com/page2/s/thompson/011112.html :

Hunter won a Saudi Princess as a marker for a big bet that took weeks to get paid off. Who was investigating whom?

""You fool!" he barked. "He left her deliberately. She's a human listening-device. One of these days you will wake up with a bomb in your mouth. You should call the police and have her locked up."

I stared at him, feeling a shudder in my spine. Ye gods! I thought. What if he's right? Is it possible that I am willfully harboring a Terrorist? Could this woman be making a jackass of me? ... "That's ridiculous," I said to Mr. Penn. "This is Princess Omin -- little sister to Omar, who owes me $40,000."

He sneered at me. "That's rich," he chuckled. "Isn't Omar that creep you've been investigating for war crimes?"
I said nothing, struggling to digest it all. The mere possibility that Omar had run a game down on me was repulsive. "What are you saying?" I demanded -- "that some foreign freak has bamboozled me?"

"Yes," he answered. "He has planted a Mole in your life. This bitch will destroy you!"

Just then the Coroner came into the room and laughed brazenly in my face. "You are too dumb to live," he cackled. "

When this stuff came out I thought it was some wierd parody on anti-arab hysteria, much like the common paranoia about communist infiltration in the 1950s and 1960s. The following week was the denouement of the Princess in the Attic series:

http://espn.go.com/page2/s/thompson/011120.html :
"Every time I pick up a newspaper, I see grim headlines about Bombs, Economic disasters and unknown foreigners being put on trial and even Executed by ad hoc Military Tribunals for secret reasons. The White House laughs it off, but we are creating what looks oddly like a police state. Secret trials with secret evidence are not what George Washington had in mind at Valley Forge.....
I'll tell you what happened with Princess Omin. It was just before halftime of the Indianapolis-New Orleans game on Sunday when Police invaded my house. I paid no attention to them, at first -- Peyton Manning was running for a touchdown with no time left on the clock, and people were getting excited -- but the cops refused to stop hammering on my door. "Get away!" I shouted. "We are asleep." It was a weak thing to say, but I needed a few seconds to sweep a pile of money off the table and hide the Jimson Weed.
I heard a jiggling noise in the lock. Whack! The door flew open, and they swarmed in. "Hello, Hunter," said Grady, who seemed to be in charge. "Don't worry, we're not after You this time -- but where is that woman you're hiding?"
....None of it made any sense -- the game or the invasion of my home..
The cop laughed. "She is on the White House list of suspected terrorists....
Yes, sir, and if I hadn't flipped out over Terrorism, I wouldn't be having these hideous problems that plague me today...It seems impossible, but it could happen to anybody. I was only trying to be a good citizen... "

After that November 2001 column, no mention of the Princess or the $40,000 owed to him was ever mentioned, although he was nervous in the following weeks about being down $75,000 to some Boston bookies.

The following week he had a head injury, went to Honolulu with Sean Penn, went to the winter Olympics, and continued to excoriate Bush. However, he dropped mention of the Saudis and mostly stuck with Sports, the purpose of his column. Perhaps the Princess was just a dream and Hunter's ESPN editor had had enough. Perhaps Hunter had enough.

*I do find it strange that Paul William Roberts, who claims to have talked with Hunter the night before he died, does not take seriously Hunter's words that he was investigating a 9/11 inside job and that someone wanted to prevent him from publishing it and would make it look like a suicide.

His piece is pretty much a good writer's obituary:

Alexander Pope in a prose convertible
What mattered wasn't the 'gonzo' myth, writes PAUL WILLIAM ROBERTS, but Hunter S. Thompson's writing -- hilarious, honest and full of insight into power

Saturday, February 26, 2005 Updated at 10:51 PM EST

Hunter telephoned me on Feb. 19, the night before his death. He sounded scared. It wasn't always easy to understand what he said, particularly over the phone, he mumbled, yet when there was something he really wanted you to understand, you did. He'd been working on a story about the World Trade Center attacks and had stumbled across what he felt was hard evidence showing the towers had been brought down not by the airplanes that flew into them but by explosive charges set off in their foundations. Now he thought someone was out to stop him publishing it: "They're gonna make it look like suicide," he said. "I know how these bastards think . . ."

That's how I imagine a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson should begin. He was indeed working on such a story, but it wasn't what killed him. He exercised his own option to do that. As he said to more than one person, "I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn't know I could commit suicide at any time."

It is an ironic end for one who deplored above all things the media trend toward self-censorship, often citing Orwell on the subject. Now, he exists only in a dozen books and countless magazine and newspaper articles. Did the good doctor write himself into literary immortality? This is all that matters now.

I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles -- a restless idealism on the one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other -- that kept me going. -- Paul Kemp, in The Rum Diary, 1959 (published 1998)

These words, from Mr. Thompson's only novel, written when he was 22, are more than a prescient epitaph. They contain his own assessment of the qualities of character required of a great writer. The Hells Angels, in his first published book, put it differently:
"Well, we don't ask for nothin' but the truth. Like I say, there's not much good that you can write about us, but I don't see where that gives people the right to just make up stuff. . . . Ain't the truth bad enough for 'em?" -- Hells Angels, 1965

That tension between restless idealism and impending doom characterized the postwar generation in America, living in the shadow of nuclear apocalypse and the ignominy of the Vietnam War and Watergate, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.. It was during this era that the American Dream of a true republic came unravelled and it was briefly possible to see through its glittering façade to where the corporate éminences grises pressed buttons and pulled strings. The sight profoundly disturbed both those who saw it and those caught, as it were, in the act. The latter vowed such a thing would never occur again. The former, mostly, tried to forget what they had seen. Hunter Stockton Thompson never forgot what he had seen. It informed everything, and his addiction to honesty in the telling of it is what will grant his work timeless relevance. That we even know of his other addictions is merely an example of that honesty.

Too much is made of Mr. Thompson as the pioneer of "gonzo" journalism. The form -- the writer as a central character in what he writes about -- is as old as writing itself. Even the idea of writing through the prism of a psychotropic drug goes back to antiquity. Innovation matters little in literature -- indeed, it is ultimately a distraction. What counts is writing quality.

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like, "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive." And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?"
Then it was quiet again. My attorney had taken his shirt off and was pouring beer on his chest, to facilitate the tanning process. "What the hell are you yelling about?" he muttered, staring up at the sun with his eyes closed and covered with wraparound Spanish sunglasses. "Never mind," I said. "It's your turn to drive." I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway. No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough. -- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1972

It is one of the great openings in literature, setting a tone and pace hard to follow, yet often exceeded by the rest of the book, which in reality is a novel, not journalism at all. What Mr. Thompson perceived in late-20th-century literature was an essential dishonesty, where authors wrote about themselves and their acquaintances without consequences If the narrator or main character is yourself, then why not give him your name?

In a book like Fear and Loathing, one finds all the great themes of postwar writing -- anomie, being and nothingness, existential terror. But Mr. Thompson supersedes authors like Kafka, Sartre and Camus by instinctively grasping that their themes are personal and subjective and thus more powerfully -- not to mention more honestly -- handled as subjective non-fiction. He was not alone among American writers in seeing this, but where people like Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe were writing subjective narratives from an almost genteel distance, Mr. Thompson flung himself on the page the way Jackson Pollock flung paint on canvas.

Finding this kind of writing not just accepted but keenly embraced was, in his words, "like being thrown down an elevator shaft and landing in a pool of mermaids." Like Chaucer discovering he didn't have to write in Latin and thus had a whole new language to himself, the effect on Mr. Thompson's work was liberating.

He was not a novelist masquerading as a journalist. Fear and Loathing is only a novel by virtue of the fact that its subject is itself -- unlike his other books, no event is covered and no one is interviewed. Privately, he could deplore this emptiness, and found it all but impossible to translate it into a screenplay. Yet when it was published, you could divide the world into those who could dig HST and those who couldn't.

No other writer is more emblematic of that period. Mr. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone, which in those days was an indie paper devoted to the true voice of the Sixties, music. But having Mr. Thompson as a fellow traveller on music's tour bus helped a generation in danger of turning its back on mainstream politics to channel the disgust and disillusionment brought to a head by Watergate more productively.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas paved the way for what is probably Mr. Thompson's greatest work, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, in which he covered the 1972 presidential elections that saw Richard Nixon re-elected and the confidence of liberal America sapped in a way only matched by last year's election. Once you read the savage, unforgiving portrait of Mr. Nixon in Campaign Trail, he ceased to be an object of fear; it seemed in no time at all he was in tears apologizing for Watergate on TV. Before long, a genuinely decent human being was president -- Jimmy Carter.

The other hallmark of Mr. Thompson's work is humour. He can make you piss your pants, roll on the floor, choke -- he's that kind of funny. Where I come from, they used to say that the bogeyman will go away only when you can laugh at him. First and foremost, Mr. Thompson was a satirist. He was Lenny Bruce in print, Alexander Pope in a prose convertible. His political invective and over-the-top style were a central influence on what proved to be the golden age of American humour -- the period when it was actually funny. The political sketches on shows like Saturday Night Live were frequently lifted straight from his Rolling Stone pieces.

Yet his own interest in politics was more pragmatic than is immediately obvious. He knew that the person who occupies the White House is the one who wants it most and is willing to do anything to get there. Decent men rarely make it. So it is a citizen's duty to play close attention to those jockeying for the position of chief executive.

The blandness of political writing when Mr. Thompson first began to publish was, in his eyes, part of the problem. Its fake objectivity permitted the most diabolical deeds to be recounted without comment, as if the writer had no opinion -- so the reader need not have one either. This style is still pervasive, lulling voters into believing politicians were all honourable men with the country's best interests at heart, instead of grasping greedy thugs.

Mr. Thompson was among the first to realize that the same corporations that owned the media also bankrolled the politicians. He had been to Oz and seen the nervous little man who was its wizard, and he never ceased to see the skull beneath a politician's smooth tanned skin.

For all of this, however, his political ideas were more libertarian than liberal. He was a frontiersman, a cowboy, believing in an individual's right to live any way he wished as long as it didn't interfere with the rights of others. A government's job was to stay out of the way. Terms such as "right" and "left" meant little to him. As a consequence, he numbered among his friends as many conservatives as he did liberals, finding as much to like about, say, Pat Buchanan as he did about Allen Ginsberg, and even finding Richard Nixon preferable to Bill Clinton.

To my mind, it was a political stance firmly planted in the soil of the American Founding Fathers, and in common sense. As such, it is something we could do with a lot more of, both there and here.

Besides obvious exceptions such as P.J. O'Rourke, Mr. Thompson's influence is, I fear, doomed to be minimal, if only for the reason that, to editors, the term "gonzo" means outrageously inflated expense accounts and a piece they can't use. All the same, his work did help to loosen the moribund print medium's reliance on a spurious objectivity and its fears that subjective reporting meant fictionalizing. His accessibility to experience certainly emboldened people like myself.

When you're within the events you describe, you cannot help but influence them. And if the subject is volatile, like the war in Iraq, no writer is going to be without a strong opinion about what he sees. It seems only natural to tell the story as it actually occurred, as I did when I wrote about getting caught up in looting in Baghdad during the invasion of Iraq. As I have always said to those who think I'm fictionalizing: Come along next time and see for yourself. Nothing can ever be stranger than the truth.

Mr. Thompson's unerring instinct for spotting political bullshit never left him. But disillusionment set in when Ronald Reagan was elected president. He had nothing but scorn for so-called Reaganomics: " 'Trickle-Down' means that when the pots of the rich are filled they'll overflow and the rest of us will be so hungry we'll be content to feed on their scraps . . ."

He could see the difference between faux conservatism and real conservatism, just as he was quick to disown liberals he believed phony, such as Mr. Clinton. In general, anyone intent on making more rules or increasing the sizes of bureaucracies, whether Democrat or Republican, was the Enemy. His fondness for guns and drugs -- exaggerated by himself as much as by others -- were really just emblems of his belief in his rights as a citizen -- rights that, some might say, he died defending.

In his later years, like many Americans, he found it hard to reconcile the fact that much of the country existed in all-but-feudal conditions of toil and ignorance with his own relative prosperity and enlightenment. A Southerner by birth and a gentleman at heart, Mr. Thompson believed above all else in the freedom of the individual. He just could not understand why that freedom was expended on voting for someone intent on ending it, nor how that freedom also translated into the right of big corporations to strangle politics.
We didn't vote for these cheap, greedy little killers who speak for America today -- and we will not vote for them again in 2002. Or 2004. Or ever. Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? -- Kingdom of Fear, 2003

With the advent of George W. Bush, who brought with him the most reactionary elements from the Reagan administration, Mr. Thompson was all but lost for words. He was able to see the further betrayal of conservatism the new regime entailed, and bemoaned the fact of a prosperous peaceful country turned back into a debtor nation at war.

Yet his sense of fun had deserted him. He forgot his own maxim: "When things get weird, the weird turn pro." If Fear and Loathing, and the general sense of times being so out of joint you couldn't make it up, had effectively killed the American novel, then Mr. Thompson's reclusion and the sense of times getting too weird to be believed could have augured well for a new Thompson novel. It turned out to be a film he was trying to develop, Polo Is My Life. I don't think we'll miss it.

"I think Thompson has remained a writer of significance because, essentially a satirist, he displayed utter contempt for power -- political power, financial power, even showbiz juice," novelist Paul Theroux wrote in 2003. It is hard to imagine Mr. Thompson compromising that contempt by peddling a mediocre love-goes-sour story to Hollywood studios even more venal than Washington politicians.

Yet the fact that he knew he could no longer write about politics shows he still understood where he was at as a writer. He left this world with no illusions.

Goodbye, Doc. We'll not see your like again.

Paul William Roberts's latest book is A War Against Truth: An Intimate Account of the Invasion of Iraq.

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** My first impression when the towers fell was that they were detonated. Perhaps the puffs of smoke as the building's floors pancaked were bolts popping, but it still resonates strangely for me for me to believe that the planes did it on their own.

Also, I could never understand how some nearby buildings stood, while WTC Tower 7 fell, too, even though it wasn't hit by a plane.

The lack of military response to defend the WTC and, especially, the Pentagon also seems strange, especially considering that the attacks lasted about 90 minutes. I can't imagine the US letting China attack Tokyo or Pyongyang attacking Seoul for that long without a US response. There were also three war games happening that day, including one that involved training military pilots to deal with a plane hijacking scenario. This was in the context of 52 FAA warnings for months about plane hijackings and intelligence reports about 'spectacular' domestic suicide plane attacks.

Finally, how was Mohammed Atta's passport found on top of the rubble, but the flight data recorders, 'black boxes,' were never officially recovered?

Certainly, there is some room for more investigative reporting of what hapened on that day and leading up to it. Someone of HST's caliber of patriotism and skill at getting people to talk could have gotten some disturbing answers to some of these questions. Considering that the U.S. adminstration of Japan banned images of Hiroshima and Nagasacki years after World War II ended until the 1950s, and considering that the some Kennedy assassination files were sealed until 2013 because they were considered to damaging for the nation, and considering that forced or faked suicide is a common disposal method of 'inconvenient' people, perhaps HST's story was going further than some folks wanted him to go at this or any time.

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Blogger Editor said...

As for Gannon/Guckert and Gosch, there is a serious age discrepancy between Gannon/Guckert and Gosch, about 10-15 years.

Daily Kos is rigorously pulling together a Gannon/Guckert timeline here


and it seems likely that he was the same Guckert who graduated college in 1980, joined a fraternity, and had some tax evasion troubles.

My take on it is that Guckert/Gannon was a male escort while working for the White House, that he had connections with the White House for access and for scoops,

* that the forged memos about Bush' actual abandonment of the National Guard (that did in CBS News and Dan Rather) came from the White House, since Gannon/Guckert debunked them before they were aired on CBS,

* and that Gannon/Guckert was used by the WhiteHouse to interview the hero Ambassador Joseph Wilson to spy on him and perhaps as a gay honey pot to try and entrap him sexually. The timing of the Gannon Wilson interview suggests that Gannon/Guckert may have been linked to the illegal outing of Wilson's CIA operative wife, since Gannon cited the classified information contemporaneously with its release.

As for earlier posts on this thread about Hunter S Thompson being a pedophile or a pederast, I just don't see it.

"He stomped terra" means: 'he walked the earth forcefully,' which is figuratively true, and it is his initials: HST. If he was a pederast then why would his son, Juan, and grandson be visiting with him on their own volition?

If you want to be poetic with He Stomped Terra, you could also take it the homonym way: He Stomped Terror. That is, he used fear/paranoia/awareness to stomp out the terror that comes from tyranny, or the tyranny that comes from Terrorism and the War on Terror. His interviews about the War on Terror consistently stated that it had more to it than the public version.

His cited piece about gangs of perverts abducting children in autumn were part of a halloweeny litany of nightmarishly bad things. Once again, bringing up the Fear to combat greater terrors.

Jeff Gannon cited Hunter Thompson not because Thompson was his pederast but because Thompson pioneered personalized journalism that stressed intensity. Gannon confused his being outed as a homophobic homosexual prostitute and outed as a phony prostitute 'journalist,' a new breed of homosexual and a new breed of 'journalist' with Thompson's innovative personal journalism. Gannon is lucky to have done this after Hunter was dead or HST would have turned his words, lawyers, or bullets against Gannon.

Some people like bad things because they are bad. I think HST liked things that made him see the Truth in a new vivid way. There is no evidence that HST was a bad man who did bad things. All evidence was that he had high morality, patriotism, and was a good man working for the public good at some risk to himself.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do your freakin research Anonymous...the quote that hunter stomped terra is obviously a reference to the eulogy speech that Hunter gave for his friend Oscar Zeta Acosta when he died!

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