Thursday, June 30, 2005

Laws That Should Be Enforced, But Aren't

United States Code, Title 18

Section 2381. Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.


Section 2382. Misprision of treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both.


Section 2383. Rebellion or insurrection

Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.


Section 2384. Seditious conspiracy

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.


Section 2387. Activities affecting armed forces generally

(a) Whoever, with intent to interfere with, impair, or influence the loyalty, morale, or discipline of the military or naval forces of the United States:

(1) advises, counsels, urges, or in any manner causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty by any member of the military or naval forces of the United States; or

(2) distributes or attempts to distribute any written or printed matter which advises, counsels, or urges insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty by any member of the military or naval forces of the United States - Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

(b) For the purposes of this section, the term "military or naval forces of the United States" includes the Army of the United States, the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Naval Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve of the United States; and, when any merchant vessel is commissioned in the Navy or is in the service of the Army or the Navy, includes the master, officers, and crew of such vessel.


Section 2388. Activities affecting armed forces during war

(a) Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully makes or conveys false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies; or Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or willfully obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, to the injury of the service or the United States, or attempts to do so -Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

(b) If two or more persons conspire to violate subsection (a) of this section and one or more such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be punished as provided in said subsection (a).

(c) Whoever harbors or conceals any person who he knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe or suspect, has committed, or is about to commit, an offense under this section, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

(d) This section shall apply within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States, and on the high seas, as well as within the United States.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Night Shift Option

Back in the days of the Cold War, a scenario was played out hundreds of times:

- Soviet Union starts a ground war in Europe.
- Group of Soviet Forces-Germany (East Germany) attack, with echelon after echelon of tanks and artillery, through Fulda (the infamous Fulda Gap scenario).
- American, British, West German and other Western units, badly outnumbered, defend and delay (buy time) and launch a counteroffensive.
- The mission: to stop the Soviet hordes before they pull a Patton and start pissing in the Rhine River. (which might not sound like a bad idea nowadays -- letting the Russians have Germany, that is).

The battles were almost always predictable and the war was almost always fought to a stalemate. The war games, in other words, were boring.

It was during one of these war games, that the Night Shift Option was excercised to the fullest.

The place was the Battle Simulation Center (BSC) at Fort Hood, Texas. The time was ... well, before the widespread use of computers.

At the BSC were various officers and NCOs representing the Blue Forces (BLUEFOR) and Opposing Forces (OPFOR). The BLUEFOR and OPFOR cells were partitioned off from one another to cut down on cheating that usually went on by both sides. In other words, you weren't supposed to slip a peek at the other person's cards -- it'd mess up the controlled simulation.

Anyway, these soldiers would move unit icons, in accordance with battle plans and orders, across mapboard tables. The plans and orders came from the command posts that were deployed in the field and practicing the art of warfighting in Europe. Making the battle seem real for the command post people was one of the objectives of the BLUEFOR and OPFOR cells.

To make a long story short, some BLUEFOR night shift players/controllers (don't worry, Buddy, Craig and Lou, I'll never tell. Oops.) got bored. SOS. Same Old Scenario. They figured out away to pop nukes without proper authorization -- and in doing so, express their real sentiment.

So, BLUEFOR launched some small tactical nukes -- at the 2nd Guards Tank Army and 3rd Shock Army. Ha! Crispy Critters. That'll teach those Russian bastards.

That was soon followed by OPFOR's retaliatory launch of even more and bigger tactical nukes at BLUEFOR.

Dang.

The results were impressive, if not what the day shift and the senior controllers and generals had in mind when the exercise started.

The night shift players and controllers were in a frenzy -- especially the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) players/controllers who felt they never got all the play that they wanted (sick puppies, they were). Well, that night was different. They got plenty of action as they ran from mapboard table to mapboard table -- from BLUEFOR to OPFOR -- drawing circles around units and assessing blast effects and fallout.

Before the war could escalate into intercontinental nuclear exchanges, a night shift senior controller came back from whatever he was doing (probably eating pizza) and the real shit hit the fan. And it really hit the fan when the generals came in the next morning and wondered aloud (something like WHAT THE FUCK!) as they observed day shift people hastily re-cocking the war game.

Nobody lost their jobs that I know of, but damn it was a close thing.

So, I was thinking back on that and it got me thinking about the War on Terrorism and the question:

What would the Night Shift do?



Well, ya can't fault them for a lack of audacity.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Thinkin' On Bobo

We were at the ball diamond watching the big kids practice when trouble came my way -- ignorant, mean, white trash trouble. Why me? I guess I looked like an easy target. Maybe it was because I had a relatively clean shirt and looked like I had taken a bath in the last 2 weeks and his shirt was filthy and he smelled like a polecat. I dunno, but the shit started. He was about a year older and bigger than me but not much bigger. Here it came -- the shove in the back, the taunts.

A couple of the teenagers took note and said: lookaheah, if ya'll gon' fight use these heah boxin' gloves. I had never seen boxing gloves before except for the pair displayed in the high school's trophy case. The gloves offered by the teens weren't exactly regulation. They were nothing more than cheap vinyl gloves with no padding, but they had drawstrings and one pair was blue and the other red and that was good enough for me and my opponent. We proudly put those gloves on. I wore the red ones.

More teens took notice and soon a crowd was around us. Somebody in the crowd suggested that the boxing match not be held at the ball diamond or the town marshal might catch us as he made his rounds. So we went across the highway and into the ville to the grounds of a church. It was the black side of town. Before you start to think we were being disrespectful, we knew the black kids well before integration and they viewed it as fine entertainment to watch two white boys go at it. And anyway the town marshal wasn't very vigilant about patrolling that part of town. It's just the way it was back then.

So now we're in the church yard and the crowd is bigger and more diverse. It was a hot, humid, dusty summer day. Even the dogs knew better than to get out from under the shade. I mean it was so hot the chickens didn't give a cluck. There was an old hand-pump water pipe nearby and boys were taking turns pumping and drinking and dousing their heads.

There was a lot of good-natured anticipation of the bloodletting that was about to begin. Somebody suggested that somebody else should ring the church bell to mark the beginning and end of each round. Somebody else said it'd be a good idea if each boxer had a coach.

And that's when a couple of the really older teens stepped forward and volunteered and that's when I first met Bobo, my first boxing coach. (By the way, the guy who coached the cretin was named Booger. Even then I thought that was a fitting name for my opponent's coach). I don't remember the exact advice Bobo gave me before the start of the first and only round. I just remember it was good advice and it made me a little less nervous as I looked across the way at my snaggle-tooth, scarface opponent.

That church bell rang and out of our "corners" we came. Dancing and shuffling and generally not throwing any punches. The crowd was hootin' and hollerin' and laughin' and basically encouraging us to get it on. Somebody hollered: sissies! Well damn, neither me or the moron was gonna have any part of that and we came at each other at the same time. And I hit him square in the mouth. I'm glad he didn't have many teeth because it hurt like hell and if he'd had all his teeth, it would've hurt worse -- I mean my fist hurt from hitting him. But damn did the blood flow! It was crowd-pleasing to be sure.

And then the gloves came off. His anyway. I started to rip mine off, but Bobo advised me to keep them on -- that it didn't really matter one way or the other because the gloves didn't have any padding. Just about the time I turned to make eye contact with Bobo to make sure he really meant it, that bloody bitch kicked me between the legs and I went down. He tried to kick me again, but Bobo stopped him, picked me up and declared me champion. You know what else Bobo did? He took his belt off and whipped that boy for cheating. And nobody, not Booger and not the boy's older brothers, got in Bobo's way.

Not long after that, Bobo went to Vietnam. I don't remember him leaving or really remember him being away, but I do remember when he came home.

Bobo's little sister, Sue, and I were the same age. Sue was a quiet, shy, cute, tiny girl with olive skin, black hair and big brown eyes. When she spoke it was almost a whisper. We were in class when Bobo showed up at the door, in uniform (I later came to know that the uniform that Bobo was wearing identified him as an Army paratrooper). The door was one of those that had a window in the top half. I don't know how long he had stood there looking in at his little sister, but eventually kids started taking notice and then Sue looked up and saw him. Her face lit up and she flew from that desk toward her brother and when Bobo opened the door, she leapt into his arms.

I will never ever forget that scene. I carry it with me. It is medicine for the soul. It has always made me smile even in the darkest times. And yeah, I get choked up when I think about it.

Years go by and you lose contact with people you grew up with -- especially if you're away making a career in the Army. It's hard to get home sometimes. I'd see Bobo every once in awhile. After he came home from Vietnam, he went about living life, working hard -- hard, hard work. I probably saw Sue once or twice, but essentially I had no contact.

Last week, I learned Sue died about 3 years ago. She died without me ever telling her what that scene has meant to me. I also learned that Bobo is fighting an enemy that he wasn't ever trained to fight. Bobo is fighting cancer and cancer is winning. There are mason jars around our hometown asking for contributions. They have Bobo's picture on them. I don't know if I'll be able to tell Bobo what he means to me, but maybe he'll hear me through my prayers.

One thing I do know: Sue is waiting for Bobo -- waiting to leap into his arms once again.

I Read The News Today Oh Boy

News Flash 1. We're all gonna die. In the meantime, we lead lives based on our beliefs of what comes next which, in turn, causes most of us to try to be good.

News Flash 2. We are at war -- not at a picnic.

News Flash 3. The savages who attacked us are evil. Don't think so, just watch the 9-11 videos or those beheading videos.

News Flash 4. A war zone is a dangerous place. People shoot at each other. They don't sit around campfires singing kumbaya.

News Flash 5. We have an ALL-VOLUNTEER military. Nobody can make anybody join this ALL-VOLUNTEER military.

News Flash 6. Soldiers are warriors. War, not peace, is their profession. It is a highly dangerous profession.

I'm getting sick and tired of reading about parents of soldiers killed in action lashing out at the President, pointing the finger of accusation at our nation's policies. Truth be told, their son/daughter probably joined the military, in part, to get away from their lame-ass, willy-nilly parenting.

They probably never really knew their children in the first place. They are certainly not honoring their son's/daughter's selfless service to this nation by pissing and moaning about how we should give peace a chance. Give peace a chance. Of course. Wouldn't that be nice? Yes. But this ain't peacetime. This is a time to kill. A time to destroy. After we've killed enough of them and destroyed their will to ever again fuck with the United States, we can talk about peace.

Have we gotten that soft as a nation? What will it take to toughen up people? Will it really take the deaths of millions of Americans before people wake up to the threat that's out there?

And what about the killing and violence that takes place every single day in our cities? Hell, they just had 20 shootings the other day in Chicago, alone. Where are all the peaceniks? Why aren't the MSM talking more about what's happening in the inner cities? They're killing one another over basketball shoes and crack. Talk about senseless loss of life! But it would be insensitive to make too much of that, wouldn't it?

Meantime, our soldiers are fighting for this country, fighting for one another. Yet, many in the MSM would have us believe that those who are killed in action die senseless deaths. As if what they were doing was not important. As if what they died for was basketball shoes and crack!

Those soldiers who have died did so while doing greatly. They believed in something larger than themselves. They believed in doing the right thing. They believed in the goodness of this country. They believed in watching their buddies' backs.

They deserve to be honored.

Blubbering about how life is not fair, whining about how cruel war is, blaming this nation for the evil of our enemies, etc etc does NOT honor our fallen. It is an attempt to bring disgrace and dishonor upon what they believed in, what they died for.

It is pathetic.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Stress Test

The picture below has 2 almost identical dolphins in it.

It was used in a case study on stress level at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center-Gulf Shores, Alabama.

A closely monitored, scientific study of a group revealed that in spite of the fact that the dolphins are nearly identical, a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins.

If there are many differences found between both dolphins, it means that the person is experiencing a great amount of stress.

Look at the photograph and if you find more than one or two differences you may want to take a vacation.





By the way, that's the Monk on the shrimpboat in the background. See me waving?

Saturday, June 25, 2005

I'm Back In Bama

I didn't get near a puter the whole time I was away. Well, maybe for just a couple of blog peeks, but not long enough to blog. The liberry's internet puter filtered out all the good sites. It's the f-word and ya'll say it and ya'll blog it (uh huh, that especially includes you ladies linked on the right) .. or a lot of ya'll do .. and the liberry's puter blocks sites with the f-word, but the filtering software can be cracked unfiltered (just kiddin', Ms Librarian) .. ahem .. sooooooo, if ya'll see some strange IP address on your site stats such as, say, libraries.have.tight.asses.la.us, that was me visiting.

I'm gonna spend the rest of the afternoon catching up on blog reading -- from A to V on my blog links.

I'm in the A's right now. Hold your horses. It's gonna take me awhile.

A Single Southern Guy tells us what he's been up to lately and urges Southern bloggers to send their entries for the book project.

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And check out Jett's submissions for the above mentioned book.

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An American Housewife links to a very interesting story about saving penises in a 5-gallon can . . .

...uhm, wait...

that's "saving pennies in a 5-gallon can".

My bad.

Now here's a Housewife must-read. And another one ratchere. It's real.

Note to AAH: And the "R" is for racing. Backwards. :p

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Wretchard and his readers, at The Belmont Club, are talking about quagmires and the Senate.

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I feel a nap coming on. I swear it has nothing to do with The Belmont Club discussion.

More later.

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It's later. Good nap.

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You can find the latest on the sham Iranian elections at BLOG-IRAN. For indepth discussions visit their forum.

I think Iran is 2nd only to North Korea as a threat to the national security of these United States. It's in our interests to see the mullahs gone. Remember when President Bush said the War on Terrorism would be like none we had seen before and that some operations would be carried out in secrecy? Well, there's probably more going on in Iran than meets the eye.

It's best that change comes from within. Iran is not Iraq. Not the same people, not the same politics, not the same religion (they are Shiites and detest the Sunni Wahhabism born and nurtured in Saudi Arabia and practiced most fervently by the likes of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda). Iran has the potential to be one of our greatest allies in the Middle East, second only to Israel. The dickhead mullahs need to be gotten rid of -- from within if possible. The clock is ticking, though. We simply cannot allow the current regime to have nuclear weapons and it is that point that may ultimately bring the full might and fury of the United States against Iran.

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Hugh Hewitt on the Dem leaders and national security:
The leadership of the Democratic Party is now committed to a strategy of retreat that will inevitably lead to disastrous defeat and the deaths of Americans here at home. They have reverted to type, and the type is naive and dangerous. Their intentions don't matter, and their predictions can't be trusted. The voters have taken away most of their matches. In 2006, they should take away the rest.


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Jo writes that Bubba can once again play tug-of-war with Otis. Not a small feat considering what Bubba has endured. Dogs are such heroic animals.

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Kingdom of Chaos on flag burning and the sham Iranian elections. Good reading. I'm at about the same place re: flag burners. If they want to do it, let 'em. It identifies them as the cowardly America-haters they are. I understand why a lot of Americans would like to see an amendment, but I personally don't think it will amount to much, except to make martyrs out of meatheads.

I can't help but think that there are a lot of senators and representatives grandstanding on this issue and that pisses me off. We've got a war to fight and the U.S. Congress hasn't always demonstrated that they understand this. Little else will matter if we don't stop the sonsofbitches that mean to destroy this country. Social Security sure as shit won't matter; neither will any number of other programs and issues. So, I'd like to see them get their asses in gear on the war first. They might start by rebuilding the military that they helped Clinton decimate.

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LGF reports:
Republican and Democrat politicians toured Guantanamo Bay today, and even the looniest of the bunch (i.e. Sheila Jackson Lee) had to grudgingly admit it didn't seem all that bad


Even Sheila Jackson Lee? Hmmm. She probably thought she was in Guadalajara. She really is an idiot. Ask anyone who has had the "pleasure" of briefing her.

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Media Slander fisks Foley:

While Hiawatha Bray and Glenn Reynolds both note the many "if's" and the all-important "maybe", somehow through it all they seem to disregard the tone of the column to arrive at the misguided conclusion that Foley has backed down.

I cannot. Nor will I attempt to.

Let's just move right past the title ("Confronting right-wing hysteria") and jump head first into the opening paragraph where the [backing off] tone is [not] set.

"Note to the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (or whatever you're calling yourselves these days): I was just re-elected president of The Newspaper Guild-CWA, and I'm not resigning."

Why go any further? Apology accepted, Ms. Foley.

With an opening like that, let's just take the gloves off.


At Possumblog, the Ogelsbys get an offer from Nigeria (one guinea hen for one possum) and make a counteroffer.

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tequila mockingbird's office is moving. Hey, it's funny. It really is.

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And there goes Beth sugarcoating it again. If you're at a library forget about it.

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A letter and a prayer from The Anchoress. A good place to end this blog scan.



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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Off To The Swamps



Back in a few days ... I might blog from there if I get to a puter w/net access.

Have a great weekend!

Senator Dick Durbin

Dick Durbin on the Senate floor on Tuesday comparing our troops to the Nazis, the Soviets and the Khmer Rouge:

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.


Is this the same Dick that compromised one of our nation's most sensitive secrets -- so sensitive that its unauthorized disclosure reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States?

Is this the same Dick that disclosed information so sensitive that had one of our guys in the military intelligence community done the same, he would, as a minimum, lose his security clearance and his job and would most likely be "re-assigned" to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth to spend about 10 years doing, shall we say, less intelligent work?

Is this the same Dick?

Why yes, it is that Dick.



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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

North Korea: Ten Years of DCI Testimony

This is a very, very long post. Excerpts (re: North Korea) from 10 years of DCI testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (open briefing, i.e. not classified). I post it here, with links to the full unclassified testimony at the CIA's website.

I wanted it all in one place for easy reference... and less mouse clicks.

I get awfully tired of Democrat hyperbole and propaganda. There's no need for it, especially in matters pertaining to national security. As the folks at Foggy Bottom like to say: it is not helpful.

So this post is made for the record. I might later add 1990 to 1995 (those are harder to find) in another post.

DCI is Director, Central Intelligence. That's a title and function that the CIA director had until the recent creation of a new intelligence czar -- Director, National Intelligence (yet, another layer of bureaucracy between the President and the intelligence analysts, in my humble opinion).

The DCI testimony below represents the assessments of not just the CIA, but the U.S. intelligence community as a whole, i.e. National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Treasury Department's Office of Intelligence Support, State Department's Bureau of Intelligence & Research, United States Secret Service, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Intelligence services and others.

Unclassified DCI Briefings to the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence

Note 1: Kim Chong-il = Kim Jong Il. The intelligence community uses a different naming convention than what you may be accustomed to.

Note 2: All emphases are the Monk's.

1996

Worldwide Threat Assessment Brief to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence by the Director of Central Intelligence, John M. Deutch, 22 February 1996

North Korea. Under Kim Chong-il, North Korea remains isolated, xenophobic, militaristic, and resistant to reform and its hostility toward the South is unabated. Since the early 1980s, P'yongyang has devoted perhaps a quarter of its Gross National Product to building a 1.1 million-man military machine. The army's force structure, deployment, and training emphasize offensive operations and it is positioned and equipped to launch an aggressive attack southward with little or no warning. Late last year North Korea deployed numerous combat aircraft to bases near the DMZ, and since the early 1990s, it has deployed long-range artillery and rockets near the DMZ, threatening Seoul and reducing allied warning time.

While the military buildup continues, North Korea's economy is in a downward spiral that will be difficult to reverse. The best harvests fall far short of needs and food shortages are widespread. China continues to provide vital commodities such as oil and food on concessionary terms, despite P'yongyang's large and growing trade debt. Nevertheless, last year for the first time P'yongyang was forced to accept food aid from traditional enemies, including Japan and South Korea, to fill nearly half of its estimated food shortfall of more than 2 million tons.

The regime is thus far unwilling to take the steps necessary to improve economic conditions. P'yongyang continues to reject economic reform and is likewise unwilling to divert resources away from the military. Indeed, North Korea's large conventional force is a organ of internal security that is critical to the survival of the Kim Chong-il regime.

Without deep cuts in military outlays, market-based reform, or significant new economic aid, the economy will probably continue to deteriorate and the decline in living standards will further undermine social stability. The North will find it harder to maintain military capabilities, and to insulate the armed forces from worsening economic problems. If food shortages should spread to front-line military units, it could undermine regime stability.

Proliferation. Ballistic missile systems that can deliver nuclear, chemical, or biological warheads are available to more countries. China, North Korea, the industrialized states in Europe and South America, several Third World countries, and private consortiums, supply ballistic missile technology -- and in some cases entire missile systems -- to developing countries around the world. North Korea, for example, has sold its SCUD B's and C's -- with a range of 300 and 500-km respectively -- to Iran, Libya, Syria and other countries. P'yongyang is now developing a 1,000-km No Dong missile that could be deployed in the near future. A Taepo Dong missile, which could reach as far as Alaska, is in development and could be operational after the turn of the century.

In confronting proliferation, the first task of intelligence is to discover the hidden plans and intentions of countries of concern well before we have to confront the devastating power of the weapons themselves. The Intelligence Community, for example, was instrumental in uncovering North Korea's nuclear ambitions, its violation of safeguards, and its production of enough plutonium for at least one and possibly two nuclear weapons. We are now monitoring North Korea's compliance with the October 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework, freezing P'yongyang's nuclear program. Fifteen months after the agreement, North Korea has not refueled its 5 Mwe reactor at Yongbyon or operated its reprocessing plant and it has halted construction on two larger reactors.


1997

Statement By Acting Director Of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet Before The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Hearing On Current And Projected National Security Threats To The United States, 5 February 1997

Let me turn to those states that can undermine our security interests and the security of our friends and allies in their respective regions. I'll begin with North Korea, then discuss Iran and Iraq.

North Korea

The continued deterioration of the North Korean economy is weakening the stability of the regime. North Korea's grain harvest last fall was less than half of its projected need for this year, and industrial operations in December fell to less than half the pace of 1992. The declines are the result of poor weather, a lack of fertilizer, raw materials shortages, aging factories and infrastructure, the inefficiencies stemming from central planning, and the large share of non-food output that goes to the military.

The decline in living conditions is eroding popular faith in the regime. Shortages of food and fuel in the military are becoming common and causing morale and discipline problems. Potential dangers to the regime could include: food shortages becoming widespread among front-line military units, the security services becoming reluctant to crack down on dissent, or elites concluding that their fortunes were no longer inextricably linked to Kim Chong-il. While we have no evidence that any of these conditions are present at this time, we remain concerned about how the regime's evolution will play out.

The North's economic difficulties make it even more dependent on external assistance -- most of which comes from China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Food aid, for example, last year totaled nearly 700,000 tons. Without additional imports or aid, the North probably will face worse food shortfalls this spring.

What makes us especially concerned about the future evolution of North Korea is its military strength. Its 1.1 million-strong military retains the ability to inflict enormous destruction on Allied forces, including the 37,000 US troops deployed in South Korea. North Korea's long-range artillery and surface-to-surface missiles near the DMZ can hit forward defenses, US military installations, and Seoul. We are increasingly concerned about North Korea's exports of major weapons systems.

On a more positive note, regarding the October 1994 Agreed Framework, the IAEA has maintained a continual presence at Yongbyon since the May 1994 defueling of the reactor. North Korea has not refueled its reactor or operated its reprocessing plant at Yongbyon and has halted construction of additional, larger reactors.


1998

Director of Central Intelligence, George J. Tenet, Before the Senate Select Committee on Inteligence Hearing on Current and Projected National Security Threats, 28 January 1998

Turning to North Korea, we also face a more complex challenge than last year--some progress but in the face of a worsening economic and social situation and a continued real military threat.

The North is still observing the terms of the Agreed Framework that directly relate to freezing its nuclear reactor program. The IAEA has maintained a continued presence at Yongbyon since the May 1994 refueling of the reactor, and P'yongyang and the IAEA continue to discuss steps the North needs to take to come into full compliance with its safeguards commitments.

Amidst these signs of progress, however, a combination of economic stagnation and social decay continues to raise doubts about North Korean stability.

North Korea's spreading economic failure is eroding the stability of the regime of Kim Chong-il. Industrial and agricultural output continues to drop. The North's most recent fall grain harvest was far less than the 4.5 million tons the North needs to meet even minimal rations. Crime, corruption and indiscipline, including in the security services and military, are increasing, and people are more willing to blame Kim Chong-il for their plight.

While Kim reportedly is aware of the economic problems and their impact on soldiers and civilians, his legitimacy remains closely tied to his father's legacy. As a result, P'yongyang likely will avoid an avowedly reformist agenda and will try to package any reform experiments in traditional ideological terms. As such, significant improvements in the economy do not seem to be in the cards.

Its economic weaknesses notwithstanding, North Korea retains a military with the capability to inflict serious damage on South Korea and the 37,000 US troops deployed there.

* The North's offensive posture along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) means that it could go to war with little additional preparation.

* And North Korea's long-range artillery and surface-to-surface missiles near the DMZ, some of which could deliver chemical warfare agents, can hit forward defenses, US military installations, airfields and seaports, and Seoul.


1999

Statement of the Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet As Prepared for Delivery Before the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on Current and Projected National Security Threats, 2 February 1999

There is little positive I can say, Mr. Chairman, about North Korea, the third major global proliferator, whose incentive to engage in such behavior increases as its economy continues to decline. Missiles and WMD know-how are North Korean products for which there is a real market. North Korea's sales of such products over the years have dramatically heightened the WMD threat in countries of key concern, such as Iran and Pakistan. Meanwhile, countries, such as India, Pakistan, and Iran that traditionally have been seen as technology customers, have now developed capabilities that they could export to others.

Looking at the demand side, Mr. Chairman, let's focus first on nuclear programs. Last spring dramatically made clear that both India and Pakistan are well positioned to build significant nuclear arsenals. Meanwhile, Iran, too, seems to be pushing its program forward. With regard to North Korea, the Agreed Framework has frozen P'yongyang's ability to produce additional plutonium at Yongbyon, but we are deeply concerned that North Korea has a covert program. The key target for us to watch is the underground construction project at Kumchang-ni, which is large enough to house a plutonium production facility and perhaps a reprocessing plant as well.

The missile story is no more encouraging. Indeed, we expect the high level of launch activity in 1998 to continue in 1999. Last year's activity included the first launches of the North Korean Taepo Dong 1, the Pakistani Ghauri and the Iranian Shahab-3, the latter two based on North Korea's No Dong. With a range of 1,300 km, the No Dong, Shahab-3, and Ghauri significantly alter the military equations in their respective regions; each is probably capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction.

In short, theater-range missiles with increasing range pose an immediate and growing threat to US interests, military forces, and allies—and the threat is increasing. This threat is here and now.

More disturbing, Mr. Chairman, is that foreign missiles of increased range and military potential are under development. North Korea's three-stage Taepo-Dong 1, launched last August, demonstrated technology that, with the resolution of some important technical issues, would give North Korea the ability to deliver a very small payload to intercontinental ranges—including parts of the United States—although not very accurately.

P'yongyang is also working on another missile—the Taepo Dong-2. With two stages, the Taepo Dong-2, which has not yet been flight-tested, would be able to deliver significantly larger payloads to mainland Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands and smaller payloads to other parts of the United States. In other words, the lighter the payload, the greater the range. With a third stage like the one demonstrated last August on the Taepo Dong-1, this missile would be able to deliver large payloads to the rest of the US. The proliferation implications of these missiles are obviously significant.

The Threat from North Korea

Dangerous as Saddam is, Mr. Chairman, I can hardly overstate my concern about North Korea. In nearly all respects, the situation there has become more volatile and unpredictable. The regime is still struggling with serious food shortages, last year's grain harvest having been more than 1 million tons short of minimum grain needs. Very few heavy industrial plants are in operation. Living conditions for most North Koreans are miserable. Incredibly, this misery coexists with the robust WMD program I mentioned a few minutes ago.

Fresh signs of social decay have increased our concern about stability in North Korea. Crime and indiscipline are commonplace even in the military and security services. Citizens from all walks of life, including members of elite groups, are more apt to blame Kim Chong-il for systemic problems, including poor living conditions.

All of this will encourage the North to rely still more heavily on risky brinkmanship in its dealings with the United States. P'yongyang has a history of precipitating crises that it thought it could control to increase US engagement in bilateral relations.

A key area where this will play out in the coming year is US efforts to inspect the underground construction project at Kumchang-ni, which may be intended to house a nuclear facility.

The key point, Mr. Chairman, is that North Korea remains a serious military threat, despite dire economic conditions. In addition to the WMD capabilities I mentioned earlier, P'yongyang continues to devote considerable resources to its mainline military, which can still initiate a full-scale war on the Peninsula and inflict massive damage on South Korea and the 37,000 American troops deployed there. We see no indication that Kim Chong-il has abandoned the goal of ultimately bringing the entire Peninsula under his control.



2000

Statement by Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet Before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on The Worldwide Threat in 2000: Global Realities of Our National Security, 2 February 2000

Over the next 15 years, however, our cities will face ballistic missile threats from a wider variety of actors — North Korea, probably Iran, and possibly Iraq. In some cases, this is because of indigenous technological development, and in other cases, because of direct foreign assistance. And while the missile arsenals of these countries will be fewer in number, constrained to smaller payloads, and less reliable than those of the Russians and Chinese, they will still pose a lethal and less predictable threat.

* North Korea already has tested a space launch vehicle, the Taepo Dong-1, which it could theoretically convert into an ICBM capable of delivering a small biological or chemical weapon to the United States although with significant inaccuracies. Moreover, North Korea has the ability to test its Taepo Dong-2 this year; this missile may be capable of delivering a nuclear payload to the United States.

* As alarming as the long-range missile threat is, it should not overshadow the immediacy and seriousness of the threat that US forces, interests, and allies already face overseas from short- and medium-range missiles. The proliferation of medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs)—driven primarily by North Korean No Dong sales—is significantly altering strategic balances in the Middle East and Asia.

North Korea's propaganda declares 1999 the "year of the great turnaround." This is a view not supported by my analysts, however. Indeed, we see a North Korea continuing to suffer from serious economic problems, and we see a population, perhaps now including the elite, that is losing confidence in the regime. Mr. Chairman, sudden, radical, and possibly dangerous change remains a real possibility in North Korea, and that change could come at any time.

The North Korean economy is in dire straits. Industrial operations remain low. The future outlook is clouded by industrial facilities that are nearly beyond repair after years of under-investment, spare parts shortages, and poor maintenance.

* This year's harvest is more than 1 million tons short of minimum grain needs. International food aid has again been critical in meeting the population's minimum food needs.

* Trade is also down. Exports to Japan—the North's most important market—fell by 17 percent from $111 million to $92 million. Trade with China—the North's largest source of imports—declined from nearly $200 million to about $160 million, primarily because China delivered less grain.

Kim Chong-il does not appear to have an effective long-term strategy for reversing his country's economic fortunes. Kim's inability to meet the basic needs of his people and his reliance on coercion makes his regime more brittle because even minor instances of defiance have greater potential to snowball into wider anti-regime actions.

* Instead of real reform, North Korea's strategy is to garner as much aid as possible from overseas, and the North has re-energized its global diplomacy to this end. It is negotiating for a high-level visit to reciprocate Dr. Perry's trip to P'yongyang. It has agreed to diplomatic talks with Japan for the first time in several years. It has unprecedented commercial contacts with South Korea, including a tourism deal with a South Korean firm that will provide almost $1 billion over six years.

* But P'yongyang's maneuvering room will be constrained by Kim's perception that openness threatens his control and by the contradictions inherent in his overall strategy — a strategy based on hinting at concessions on the very weapons programs that he has increasingly come to depend on for leverage in the international arena. Squaring these circles will require more diplomatic agility than Kim has yet to demonstrate in either the domestic or international arenas.


2001

Statement by Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the "Worldwide Threat 2001: National Security in a Changing World", 07 February 2001

I would like to shift gears to North Korea. P'yongyang's bold diplomatic outreach to the international community and engagement with South Korea reflect a significant change in strategy. This strategy is designed to assure the continued survival of Kim Chong-il's regime by ending P'yongyang's political isolation and fixing the North's failing economy by attracting more aid. We do not know how far Kim will go in opening the North, but I can report to you that we have not yet seen a significant diminution of the threat from the North to American and South Korean interests.

P'yongyang still believes that a strong military, capable of projecting power in the region, is an essential element of national power. P'yongyang's declared "military first" policy requires massive investment in the armed forces, even at the expense of other national objectives. North Korea maintains the world's fifth largest armed forces consisting of over one million active-duty personnel, with another five million reserves. While Allied forces still have the qualitative edge, the North Korean military appears for now to have halted its near-decade-long slide in military capabilities. In addition to the North's longer-range missile threat to us, P'yongyang is also expanding its short and medium range missile inventory, putting our Allies at greater risk.

On the economic front, there are few signs of real systemic domestic reform. Kim has recently shown interest in practical measures to redress economic problems, most notably with his trip to Shanghai. To date, however, Kim has only tinkered with the economic system.

External assistance is essential to the recovery of North Korea's domestic economy. Only massive food aid deliveries since 1997 have enabled the country to escape a recurrence of the famine from the middle of the last decade. Industrial operations remain low. The economy is hampered by an industrial base that is falling to pieces, as well as shortages of materials and a lack of new investment. Chronic energy shortages pose the most significant challenge.

Aid and investment from the South bring with them increased foreign influences and outside information that will contradict propaganda from the regime. Economic engagement also can spawn expectations for improvement that will outrace the rebuilding process. The risk for Kim is that if he overestimates his control of the security services and loses elite support, or if societal stresses reach a critical point, his regime and personal grip on power could be weakened. As with other authoritarian regimes, sudden, radical change remains a real possibility in North Korea.


2002

Testimony of Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet Before The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on "Worldwide Threat - Converging Dangers in a Post 9/11 World", 6 February 2002

North Korea continues to export complete ballistic missiles and production capabilities along with related raw materials, components, and expertise. Profits from these sales help P'yongyang to support its missile—and probably other WMD—development programs, and in turn generate new products to offer to its customers—primarily Iran, Libya, Syria, and Egypt. North Korea continues to comply with the terms of the Agreed Framework that are directly related to the freeze on its reactor program, but P'yongyang has warned that it is prepared to walk away from the agreement if it concluded that the United States was not living up to its end of the deal.

Staying within East Asia for a moment, let me update you on North Korea. The suspension last year of engagement between P'yongyang, Seoul, and Washington reinforced the concerns I cited last year about Kim Chong-il's intentions toward us and our allies in Northeast Asia. Kim's reluctance to pursue constructive dialogue with the South or to undertake meaningful reforms suggests that he remains focused on maintaining internal control—at the expense of addressing the fundamental economic failures that keep the North mired in poverty and pose a long-term threat to the country's stability. North Korea's large standing army continues to be a priority claimant on scarce resources, and we have seen no evidence that P'yongyang has abandoned its goal of eventual reunification of the Peninsula under the North's control.

The cumulative effects of prolonged economic mismanagement have left the country increasingly susceptible to the possibility of state failure. North Korea faces deepening economic deprivation and the return of famine in the absence of fundamental economic reforms and the large-scale international humanitarian assistance it receives—an annual average of 1 million metric tons of food aid over the last five years. It has ignored international efforts to address the systemic agricultural problems that exacerbate the North's chronic food shortages. Grain production appears to have roughly stabilized, but it still falls far short of the level required to meet minimum nutritional needs for the population. Large numbers of North Koreans face long-term health damage as a result of prolonged malnutrition and collapse of the public health network.


2003

DCI's Worldwide Threat Briefing: "The Worldwide Threat in 2003: Evolving Dangers in a Complex World", 11 February 2003

Mr. Chairman, last year—in the wake of the September 11 attack on our country—I focused my remarks on the clear and present danger posed by terrorists who seek to destroy who we are and what we stand for. The national security environment that exists today is significantly more complex than that of a year ago.

The recent behavior of North Korea regarding its longstanding nuclear weapons program makes apparent to all the dangers Pyongyang poses to its region and to the world. This includes developing the capability to enrich uranium, ending the freeze on its plutonium production facilities, and withdrawing from the Nonproliferation Treaty. If, as seems likely, Pyongyang moves to reprocess spent fuel at the facilities where it recently abrogated the 1994 IAEA-monitored freeze, we assess it could recover sufficient plutonium for several additional weapons.

* North Korea also continues to export complete ballistic missiles and production capabilities along with related raw materials, components, and expertise. Profits from these sales help Pyongyang to support its missile and other WMD development programs, and in turn generate new products to offer to its customers.

Indeed, Mr. Chairman, Kim Chong-il's attempts this past year to parlay the North's nuclear weapons program into political leverage suggest he is trying to negotiate a fundamentally different relationship with Washington—one that implicitly tolerates the North's nuclear weapons program.

* Although Kim presumably calculates the North's aid, trade, and investment climate will never improve in the face of US sanctions and perceived hostility, he is equally committed to retaining and enlarging his nuclear weapons stockpile.


2004

Testimony of Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on "The Worldwide Threat 2004: Challenges in a Changing Global Context", 24 February 2004

NORTH KOREA is trying to leverage its nuclear programs into international legitimacy and bargaining power, announcing its withdrawal from the Nonproliferation Treaty and openly proclaiming that it has a nuclear deterrent.

Since December 2002, Pyongyang has announced its withdrawal from the Nonproliferation Treaty and expelled IAEA inspectors. Last year Pyongyang claimed to have finished reprocessing the 8,000 fuel rods that had been sealed by US and North Korean technicians and stored under IAEA monitoring since 1994.

* The Intelligence Community judged in the mid-1990s that North Korea had produced one, possibly two, nuclear weapons. The 8000 rods the North claims to have processed into plutonium metal would provide enough plutonium for several more.

We also believe Pyongyang is pursuing a production-scale uranium enrichment program based on technology provided by AQ Khan, which would give North Korea an alternative route to nuclear weapons.


Of course, we are concerned about more than just North Korea's nuclear program. North Korea has longstanding CW and BW capabilities and is enhancing its BW potential as it builds its legitimate biotechnology infrastructure. Pyongyang is sending individuals abroad and is seeking dual-use expertise and technology.

North Korea also continues to advance its missile programs. North Korea is nearly self-sufficient in ballistic missiles, and has continued procurement of raw materials and components for its extensive ballistic missile programs from various foreign sources. The North also has demonstrated a willingness to sell complete systems and components that have enabled other states to acquire longer-range capabilities and a basis for domestic development efforts earlier than would otherwise have been possible.

* North Korea has maintained a unilateral long-range missile launch moratorium since 1999, but could end that with little or no warning. The multiple-stage Taepo Dong-2—capable of reaching the United States with a nuclear weapon-sized payload—may be ready for flight-testing.

I'm going to comment now on three countries we obviously pay a great deal of attention to: North Korea, China, and Russia.

The NORTH KOREAN regime continues to threaten a range of US, regional, and global security interests. As I've noted earlier, Pyongyang is pursuing its nuclear weapons program and nuclear-capable delivery systems. It continues to build its missile forces, which can now reach all of South Korea and Japan, and to develop longer-range missiles that could threaten the United States.

The North also exports complete ballistic missiles and production capabilities, along with related components and expertise. It continues to export narcotics and other contraband across the globe.

Moreover, the forward-deployed posture of North Korea's armed forces remains a near-term threat to South Korea and to the 37,000 US troops stationed there. Recall that early last year as tensions over the nuclear program were building, Pyongyang intercepted a US reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace.

Kim Chong-il continues to exert a tight grip on North Korea as supreme leader. The regime's militarized, Soviet-style command economy is failing to meet the population's food and economic needs. Indeed, the economy has faltered to the point that Kim has permitted some new economic initiatives, including more latitude for farmers' markets, but these changes are a far cry from the systemic economic reform needed to revitalize the economy. The accumulated effect of years of deprivation and repression places significant stresses on North Korean society.

* The Kim regime rules largely through fear, intimidation, and indoctrination, using the country's large and pervasive security apparatus, its system of camps for political prisoners, and its unrelenting propaganda to maintain control.


2005

Testimony of Director of Central Intelligence Porter J. Goss Before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on "Global Intelligence Challenges 2005: "Meeting Long-Term Challenges with a Long-Term Strategy", 16 February 2005

On 10 February 2005, Pyongyang announced it was suspending participation in the six-party talks underway since 2003, declared it had nuclear weapons, and affirmed it would seek to increase its nuclear arsenal. The North had been pushing for a freeze on its plutonium program in exchange for significant benefits, rather than committing to the full dismantlement that we and are our partners sought.

* In 2003, the North claimed it had reprocessed the 8,000 fuel rods from the Yongbyong reactor, originally stored under the Agreed Framework, with IAEA monitoring in 1994. The North claims to have made new weapons from its reprocessing effort.

* We believe North Korea continues to pursue a uranium enrichment capability drawing on the assistance it received from A.Q. Khan before his network was shutdown.

North Korea continues to develop, produce, deploy, and sell ballistic missiles of increasing range and sophistication, augmenting Pyongyang's large operational force of Scud and No Dong class missiles. North Korea could resume flight-testing at any time, including of longer-range missiles, such as the Taepo Dong-2 system. We assess the TD-2 is capable of reaching the United States with a nuclear-weapon-sized payload.

* North Korea continues to market its ballistic missile technology, trying to find new clients now that some traditional customers, such as Libya, have halted such trade.

We believe North Korea has active CW and BW programs and probably has chemical and possibly biological weapons ready for use.

Monday, June 13, 2005

A Quiet FBI Takedown

Calhoun, Louisiana is not much more than a truck stop halfway between Monroe and Ruston on Interstate 20, in the pine forests and rolling hills of Ouachita Parish. Blink and you miss it.

Those who regularly travel that 30-mile section of I-20 know that it is a rare thing not to see one or more Louisiana State Troopers writing speeding tickets (they hide in the median, amongst the pine trees and sometimes have spotters on overpasses -- even been known to use radar-equipped helicopters).

But what very few people know (even the citizens of Ouachita Parish) is what went down in Calhoun a few weeks ago. Some, if they read the Monroe or Shreveport papers, may think they know, but if they relied on newspaper reporting they only got part of the story. The story didn't run on the wire services. It was a pretty bland story as stories about conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery go.

And a pretty bland Department of Justice press release.

April 29, 2005

Monroe, Louisiana . . . A federal grand jury in Shreveport has returned an indictment charging MORRIS LYNN GULETT, age 49, of Calhoun, Louisiana, and CHARLES SCOTT THORNTON, age 23, of Piedmont, Alabama, with conspiring to commit armed bank robbery, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced today. GULETT and THORNTON are scheduled to be arraigned in United States District Court in Monroe on May 6, 2005, at 9:00 a.m.

GULETT and THORNTON were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery; one count of conspiracy to possess, carry and use a firearm to rob a bank; one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and one count of forfeiture of a firearm.

The indictment alleges that between April 8 and April 21, 2005, GULETT directed THORNTON to leave the State of Louisiana and travel to the State of Alabama to locate a bank to rob. It is also alleged in the indictment that GULETT, who is a convicted felon, and THORNTON had numerous firearms in their possession, including two SKS semi-automatic rifles, a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, and a Firestorm .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.


What's not in the news stories or press releases is that Morris Gulett is a leader in the Aryan Nations and a Christian Identity pastor --



nor are there details about his felony conviction: in 1997, he rammed a Dayton, Ohio police department cruiser with his van. He was charged with two counts of felonious assault on a police officer.


The Moody Aryan
Intelligence Report, Southern Poverty Law Center

Morris L. Gulett, 48 | DAYTON, Ohio

Vietnam veteran Mo Gulett has been associated with the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations* for many years, almost all of them as a lieutenant of Ray Redfeairn (see The Cop-Shooter), the long-time Ohio state leader who became famous in the movement for shooting a police officer repeatedly but failing to kill him (see Death's Door). Gulett had his own violent run-in with police on March 2, 1997, when officers spotted him heading his van the wrong way down a one-way street.

In a 12-mile chase that finally ended in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Gulett crashed his vehicle into a police cruiser, tried to run one officer off the road and attempted to run down another officer. In the end, he crashed and his van landed in a creek. Later, Gulett would say he fled because he didn't have a driver's license and, anyway, he "was just in one of those moods." He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on a police officer.


He faced up to twenty years in prison, but a plea bargain allowed him to serve only about a year.



After his release in 2000, Gulett moved to Calhoun, LA and became the Louisiana Aryan Nations leader. (see MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base)

Shortly after his arrival in Calhoun, Gulett founded the Church of the Sons of YHVH / Legion of Saints. (Warning: this link takes you to Gulett's website.) The church is internet-based, complete with streaming (screaming) audio of Pastor Gulett's hate-filled rants against anybody who is not white and whites who do not accept the Christian Identity faith. He reserves his most venomous attacks for Jews and Blacks and Catholics. He just barely refrains from crossing the "Kill 'Em All" line -- just barely. He can hardly contain himself as he preaches his hate. (The FBI imaged (copied) his harddrives -- hopefully, they can use what they find to bolster their case against him).

The Aryan Nations splintered into various sub-groups after two major setbacks: the successful SPLC case, Keenan v. Aryan Nations, against the Aryan Nations in 2000 and the death of its founder, Richard Butler, in September 2004.

Since then, leaders of various white supremacist groups, have been "campaigning" to become the new leader of the Aryan Nations and to rebuild it. Until his arrest by the FBI this past April, Morris Gulett seemed poised to do just that. It appeared to me that he was winning "the hearts and minds" of the majority of sub-groups. Self-proclaimed Aryan Nations leader August Kreis would probably disagree.

Gulett's arrest has thrown the Aryan Nations into further disarray, but Gulett is not done. From his jail cell at the West Monroe Correction Center, Gulett seems to have appointed an acting senior pastor for the Church of the Sons of YHVH / Legion of Saints, and ordained two new ministers, one of whom is Martin Lindstedt -- Warning: this link takes you to Lindstedt's website -- a nutcase familiar to Missouri residents. Shortly after his promotion to minister, Lindstedt was arrested for first degree statutory sodomy (sex act with a child under the age of 12).

And evidently, Gulett is also issuing instructions on how best to proceed with the Church's business, to include:

- keeping morale up: "What I do want is for the Church of the Sons of YHVH / Legion of Saints to continue the most important work we have embarked upon. It must continue and not fall by the wayside. The Jews and their ZOG agents fear our work or they would not have me where I am" (ZOG = Zionist Occupation Government)

- administration of the church's website: "I need to get the website in secure hands...Right now the website is paid up for the next 2 - 3 months so we have a little time in that respect. It only costs $20 per month for the site not including the Radio portion..."

- church snailmail: "She (Gulett's mother) does have the key to the P.O. Box and has been retreiving the Mail. I do not think ZOG can touch the mail but will check with my lawyer." (Yeah, Gulett, age 49, lived with his mama in Calhoun, LA)

- church bank account: "The Church bank account to the best of my knowledge is still in tact and the Pay Pal account at the web site should still be intact also. I will be maintaining control of the bank account just as I will be ownership and control of the church website as you suggested. However we may need to make some sort of provisions for a second person besides myself to have access to the bank account and Pay Pal for Church expenditures"

NOTE: the quotes above are supposedly from Gulett's snailmail -- they can be found at the church's forum. You've been warned.

So while Gulett may be going to prison for a long time, succession has already begun.

Yet another troubling thing about these white supremacists is their proclivity to reach out to Islamofascists, a point that is certainly not lost on the FBI. I'm not aware of any evidence that the Aryans have met with al-Qaeda, but I would not be the least bit surprised to learn that they have.

There are hundreds of hate groups out there. Some are more active than others, but they're all bad for America.

Thankfully the FBI and state and local law enforcement are aided by such organizations as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League and the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. While I do not necessarily share some of their politics (for example Morris Dees can fairly be called liberal), I applaud their efforts in helping our nation live up to its highest ideals.

And oh by the way, Calhoun, Louisiana is not a bad place. It's pretty countryside and good people live there (spread out a bit, probably a neighbor every 1/2 mile). They just had a venomous snake coiled up in a shack out on Zodie Sims Road and didn't know it.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Why Hillary Might Win


She Thinks She Can

She first has to be nominated, of course. And that's not a given as long as Howard Dean is out there alienating over half the country while pandering to the hard left who believe Hillary, at best, is Republican Lite.

I suspect Dean is not long for the job -- out after a year's pay.

If the Dems are foolish enough to keep Dean around through 2006, they will suffer another failed attempt to gain control of the House and Senate -- and only 2 years out from electing a new president.

I expect someone more in tune with Mudcat to be leading the DNC well before then.

Mudcat sees no reason why Hillary can't win over the "bubbas". Me neither -- or at least enough of them to make the difference between Senator Hillary Clinton and President Hillary Clinton.

If Mudcat is bullish on her chances, I'm bullockish. She carries enough baggage to require several Mudcat-type porters -- but stupid she is not. And she will have the Elvis of Politics in her corner.

It also helps that she works her ass off (not enough of it, judging by some photos) to not only understand issues, but to master them. (alright, alright -- the previous parenthetical was a cheap shot. Seriously though, it wouldn't hurt her to work on that as well).

I know this is only anecdotal, but friends who have sat in on Hillary visits to Fort Drum, Afghanistan, and Iraq have been surprised and impressed with her grasp of issues such as readiness. And I hear this a lot: in person, she's entirely likeable. That's coming from some pretty conservative men and women.

If she listens to Mudcat and continues to move toward the center, I would not bet on anyone except George Allen or Fred Thompson to beat her. And even then, I think it would be a very close thing.

So who the hell is Mudcat?

He's the focus of Matt Labash's long article, Hunting Bubba. Worth reading every word. Below are excerpts:

Our revelry is interrupted by a rap at the door. One of Mudcat's neighbors has come over with a friend who wants to meet him. Seeing I'm a reporter, the neighbor introduces himself as Cravin Moorehead, a name I use all evening. Not until later when I'm transcribing my tapes, and sound out the name real slow, do I realize I've been had. His friend is Bobby the Eye Doctor. They are both deep into vodka tonics, which they've brought with them in plastic cups. They are celebrating Cravin's first kill of turkey season, which ends in only two days. "I've got the monkey off my back," Cravin says, after going 27 straight mornings without pulling the trigger.

When Cravin tells Bobby I'm profiling Mudcat, Bobby asks if I work for a hunting magazine. He has no idea of Mudcat's political involvements. Bobby just wanted to meet him, because Mudcat is something of a legendary hunter in the area. The winner of numerous "big-buck" contests, Mudcat likes to spend every day of deer season up on the mountain, one of the reasons he says he honestly doesn't care if he ever touches another campaign. And he's known to scout the terrain months before the season opens. "Rednecks drink beer and watch their big-screens," says Mudcat. "Bubba scouts."

We adjourn to the porch, and talk hunting for what seems like several hours, while Mudcat encourages the boys to finish off the damson, "cause after this story comes out, I can't have this shit in the house." After hearing about my magazine, Bobby identifies himself as a "fuckin' die-hard Republican. I love W. He's the man!" Mudcat settles in with his iced tea, and goes to work on Bobby's head. He drills him over the Contract With America, not because Mudcat disagrees with it, but because he says power-drunk, decadent Republicans have largely forsaken their principles and quit acting like Republicans.

Bobby takes strong issue, saying you can't blame Republicans for the deficit, since the economy is partly responsible. "Well they write the goddamned budget!" says Mudcat. "And the president is a Republican--who else do I blame?" Mudcat tells Bobby he may be a Democrat, but he's a fiscal conservative who believes in the sanctity of the Constitution and has a poor opinion of the Patriot Act. Furthermore, he tells Bobby that "there ain't 50 cents difference in you and I politically." Sure, Bobby's a good Baptist who thinks gays have no right to get married, while Mudcat thinks it's a states-rights issue, and takes a more laissez faire attitude toward homosexuals, as long as he's not the object of their attentions.

But much as he did during the Warner campaign, when he and Jarding neutralized the NRA by forming their own pro-gun sportsmen's committees, Mudcat sings the glories of gun rights, and tells Bobby that as a sportsman he should be grievously offended that Bush relaxed standards on coal-fired generators. "They're throwing 3.2 percent more acid rain in our streams," he emphasizes. "They're killin' our fuckin' brook trout. They're gone!"

Bobby, who earlier said he didn't want to talk politics, by now is nodding furiously. Hitting an array of other cultural issues -- mostly Democratic planks formulated in Bubba English -- Mudcat's about ready to draw the net. He says that to keep their rural children home, they need to give them a reason to stay, through investment and better education. "We need to keep our culture," says Mudcat.

"Yeah," amens Bobby, and "what's the bullshit with the ban on Sunday hunting?"

"You're not a redneck," says Mudcat. "You're the spirit of Bubba, son. Just like Cravin sitting over there." He tells them that inside every rural Republican is a Democrat trying to get out. If a Democrat "would give you a reason to vote for him, you'd vote for him," promises Mudcat. "But they don't know how to shoot at Bubba."

He brings up Sportsmen for Kerry as an example, saying that the group's number one initiative was fully funding national parks. "Why the fuck do we want to fully fund parks we can't hunt?" screams Mudcat. Even Cravin, who's gone completely mellow in his vodka-tonic stupor, but who periodically interrupts with outbursts in which he refers to himself in the third person, interjects, "Cravin Moorehead says that don't make any sense!"

By now, Mudcat is feeding off his audience. "I can take you down the road to Damascus in about four hours," he tells the boys.

"C'mon, Paul," says Bobby, "Bring it!"

"I can't make you vote for a Democrat," Mudcat continues, "But I can make you look at one." By the time we all take the fraternal leak in Mudcat's yard, Bobby the Eye Doctor, the former die-hard Republican, is ready to look, assuring Mudcat, "You know what? I vote for the person, not the party."

After hours of listening to Mudcat talk about how he hates foreign interventions but supports a robust military, about how he detests high taxes and profligate spending, about how he can't stand demonizing all rich people as greedheads, and how he's fervently pro-Second Amendment, I tell him he sounds an awful lot like an old-school Republican. Why not save some time and just become one? "Because since the beginning of time, the big sonofabitch has kicked the little sonofabitch's ass," he says. "Republicans are the big sonsofbitches. And I happen to like the little sonsofbitches. They're my people."


I bet Mudcat loves Zell Miller.

BACK IN MUDCAT'S ROANOKE LIVING ROOM, the hour is late, and the political handicapping is underway. Surprisingly, Mudcat is rather bullish on Hillary Clinton's prospects, saying that while other Republicans and Democrats will "be banging on the left and right rails" throughout their primaries, it's in her interest to run down the center all the way through, meaning she'd have a leg up on the general election.

I ask him if she could make inroads with the Bubbas, since her "Sooey!" calls at Razorback football games when she was first lady of Arkansas probably won't cut much ice. Wouldn't Bubba rather hit her with rotten fruit than see her name on a stock car?

"But why couldn't she?" asks Mudcat. Bubba doesn't need to know you're one of him, he just needs to know you appreciate him. She already swung enough in upstate New York to become senator. And after all, he says, Bubbas aren't just southerners. "What is Pennsylvania?" he asks. "It's Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and it's Alabama in the middle."

Read it all -- it's Labash at his best


If Hillary is as smart as her friends say she is, she'll try to convince the bubbas and bubbettes that they're the heart of the Democratic Party. A long row to hoe, but if she only partially succeeds, it'll be a dark day in Black Rock for the GOP.


UPDATE (9:04pm CDT):

If Drudge is not being fed a line of bull, then Edward Klein is a despicable man. I'll never read Klein's book, much less buy it. I usually don't read books like this anyway.

This is just so over the top. You better have eye-witnesses when you make this type of charge. Even if it were true and could be proved beyond ANY doubt, what is to be gained by publishing this?

Republicans, run (don't walk) away from this one.

God, help us.
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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Arlene Blows

She's wet and breathing heavily, but she hasn't worked her way up to ... eyebrow-raising status.

You gotta do better than that, honey, to get Monk to write more than two sentences about ya.

UPDATE (4:25pm CDT):

I think Arlene took offense. She just blew my neighbor's Alabama Crimson Tide yard ornament(?) -- yeah, it's a beaut -- into my yard.

I'm sure he'll come huntin' for it just as soon as he notices that it's gone missing. Afterall, it's his nicest yard decoration -- really complements his plastic buck which does double duty as Rudolph at Christmas time.

So Arlene has earned the additional sentences... now if she'd just blow that buck away, she'd get the full blog treatment.



Laura Phillips carries her running shoes along the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama Saturday June 11, 2005. Phillips continued her normal running routine and did not let the effects of Tropical Storm Arlene bother her --my kinda girl.(AP Photo/Bill Haber). -- Ol' Bill's got a tough job, huh?


Track as of 10am (CDT)

Sweeter Carrots, Stronger Sticks

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun met with President Bush yesterday at the White House. One of the topics supposedly was the best way to proceed to get North Korea back to the negotiating table.

Ralph Cossa, President of Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic & International Studies has a "must-read column" in the Wednesday edition of The Korea Times.

Excerpt:



Washington and Seoul both seem to agree that rewards are in order if Pyongyang cooperates. Their main difference is in the timing. Seoul is prepared to give rewards up front while Washington objects to payments in advance, given Pyongyang's previous track record. But both agree that there is and should be a considerable pot of gold at the end of the diplomatic rainbow _ in the form of economic benefits and security guarantees _ if and when North Korea starts irreversibly down the path of nuclear disarmament.

Less recognized is the benefit Pyongyang sees in not cooperating. To date, North Korea's stonewalling has created problems not between Seoul and Pyongyang but between Washington and Seoul, with South Korea continually calling for increased U.S. "flexibility" and understanding, while generally resisting direct criticism of North Korea's actions (despite the fact that it is Pyongyang and not Washington that refuses to return to the negotiating table). A side benefit, from Pyongyang's perspective, has been increased bickering between Washington and Beijing. North Korea has survived for decades by successfully playing its neighbors against one another and seems to be doing it yet again.

As long as its refusal to negotiate continues to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul/Beijing, it is in the North's benefit not to cooperate. This is why it is essential that Presidents Roh and Bush reach a common understanding regarding how to proceed . . . and it is equally essential that President Roh or subsequent ROK spokesmen do not immediately contradict or water down whatever agreement comes out of the summit. The continued failure of Washington and Seoul (and Beijing) to speak with one voice in dealing with the North adds immeasurably to the benefits Pyongyang sees in not cooperating.

The perceived cost associated with cooperating also needs to be lowered for the North. Giving up its nuclear card deprives Pyongyang of its primary (perhaps only) bargaining chip _ it will not do so without credible security assurances, including a U.S. commitment not to pursue regime change, since regime (read: personal) survival remains North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's number one priority.

This leaves us with the area of greatest disagreement between Washington and Seoul: identifying and articulating the costs of not cooperating. One can argue that not getting the promised pot of gold is cost enough, but it is clear that this has not been sufficient to draw North Korea back to the table, especially since many of the benefits that it enjoyed prior to walking away from the negotiating table have been sustained (and arguably even increased) despite a year of stonewalling and unilateral escalation.

Read it all



Full transcript of President Bush/President Roh press conference:

PRESIDENT BUSH: It’s my honor to welcome the President of our very close ally to the Oval Office. I’ll have a statement; the President will have a statement. Then I’ll answer two questions from the American press.

I first want to express my country’s deepest condolences for the accident that took place, where a U.S. military vehicle killed a Korean woman. And we send our deepest sympathies to the woman’s families. And, Mr. President, I just want you to know our heart -- our hearts are sad as a result of this incident.

The President and I had a very long discussion about very important issues. And we’ll continue this discussion over lunch. And the reason why we’ve had a serious discussion on important issues is because we’re strategic partners, and allies, and friends.

I appreciate the President’s good advice, and we share the same goals -- peace on the Korean Peninsula, and peace throughout the world. We share the same goals -- we want our peoples to grow up in a peaceful society that’s a prosperous society.

And so, Mr. President, welcome. Thank you for coming, and thank you for your friendship.

PRESIDENT ROH: I thank you for your warm welcome, and I also thank you for the opportunity for us to engage in extensive discussions on various issues. I also thank you, Mr. President, for your warm message of condolence regarding the unfortunate incident involving U.S. forces Korea.

This is my fourth meeting with you, Mr. President, and my second visit to the United States. And every time we meet together, Mr. President, questions abound regarding the possible existence of differences between Korea and the United States surrounding the North Korea nuclear issue. But every time I meet you, Mr. President, in person, I come to the realization that there, indeed, is no difference between our two sides with regard to the basic principles. In fact, we’re in full and perfect agreement on the basic principles. And whatever problem arises in the course of our negotiations and talks, we will be able to work them out under close consultations.

There are, admittedly, many people who worry about potential discord or cacophony between the two powers of the alliance. But after going through our discussion today, Mr. President, I realize once again that with regard to all the matters and all the issues of great importance, we were able to deal with them and we were able to bring closure to them smoothly. And I am very certain that our alliance remains solid, and will continue to remain solid and staunch in the future, as well.

To be sure, there are one or two minor issues, but I’m also quite certain that we will be able to work them out very smoothly through dialogue in the period ahead.

How do you feel, Mr. President? Wouldn’t you agree that the alliance is strong and everything is working --

PRESIDENT BUSH: I would say the alliance is very strong, Mr. President. And I want to thank you for your frank assessment of the situation on the peninsula. And I’m looking forward to having lunch with you. I’m hungry, like you are. (Laughter.)

So I’m going to answer two questions -- first from Tom.

Q Mr. President, just two days ago, the Vice Foreign Minister of North Korea said they do have a nuclear arsenal and they’re building more. Doesn’t statements like that make it -- suggest that North Korea will not come back to the bargaining table? And doesn’t it make it harder to bridge the kinds of differences that do remain between the U.S. and South Korea?

PRESIDENT BUSH: No, I -- South Korea and the United States share the same goal, and that is a Korean Peninsula without a nuclear weapon. And that’s what we’ve been discussing, how best to do that. And the President and I both agree the six-party talks are essential to saying to Mr. Kim Jong-il that he ought to give up his weapons. We’re making it very clear to him that the way to join the community of nations is to listen to China and South Korea and Japan and Russia -- and the United States -- and that is to give up nuclear weapons. And we’ll continue to work, to have one voice.

We laid out a way forward last June that is a reasonable proposal, and we’re still awaiting the answer to that proposal. But today’s meeting should make it clear that South Korea and the United States are of one voice on this very important issue.

Steve.

Q Sir, are there any inducements you’re willing to offer to get North Korea back to the talks? And if I could ask about Syria, as well.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Steve, first of all, the first part of your two-part question is this: Last June we did lay out a way forward. And it’s just not the United States; this was a plan that the United States and South Korea and China and Japan and Russia put on the table. And the plan is still there, and it’s full of inducements.

The second part, on Syria --

Q Is it your feeling that Syria still has intelligence operatives in Lebanon, and are they carrying out targeted political killings?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, I’ve been disturbed by reports I read in today’s newspaper that said that Syrian intelligence officers might still be in Lebanon, and might still be there. And our message -- and it’s not just the message of the United States; the United Nations has said the same thing -- is that in order for Lebanon to be free, is for Syria to not only remove her military, but to remove intelligence officers, as well. And obviously, we’re going to follow up on these troubling reports, and we expect the Syrian government to follow up on these troubling reports.

Listen, thank you all very much.

Damn, I'm Almost A Genius

Your IQ Is 130

Your Logical Intelligence is Exceptional
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius
Your General Knowledge is Exceptional



I don't know what good it does me, except that I can pour piss out of a boot without instructions on the heel. But then that begs the question of why I would need to have that particular knowledge. Just be quiet. It's an old Army saying.

But I reckon I oughta go buy me some of these.

Anyway, I can't resist these little blogthings. Hat Tip: The Anchoress

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Gary and The Wombats

I love music -- just about all genres, except rap and some of that Euro-Electronic-Thumping-Club music.

I also like reading artist biographies. One of my favorites is Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz, a longtime friend of Marvin Gaye's.

My favorite decade is the 80s, but I'm not stuck there. I listen to a lot of the new stuff and even like some of it. I lean heavily towards rock, then country, then jazz. And I really like the late 50s/early 60s.

I listened to 50s/60s music while growing up, but didn't really appreciate that era until years later. What renewed my interest was one song (video actually) in particular. It was 1985 -- back when MTV was still good (and VJ Martha Quinn was driving me wild) -- and Eddie Money was singing "Take Me Home Tonight". Who IS that babe singing background vocals?! And that walk. Look at that woman walk!

Eddie would belt out:

"Just like Ronnie saaaaaaaaaaaaaaang"

and she would answer in that sultry, sensuous voice:

"Be my little babeeeeeeee"

She is, of course, Ronnie Spectre. And she and the Ronettes had lit up the charts with "Be My Little Baby" back in 1963. I was hooked. I tried to get my hands on everything Ronnie ever sang.

I also started paying more attention to that time period. A time when:

Hershey bars and Stage Planks cost a nickel; "Little Cokes" came in 6½-ounce bottles -- ice cold on a hot summer day; old gas pumps had glass bubbles with colored balls inside that bounced about as the gas was pumped and the service station attendant actually performed a service. John Glenn was orbiting the earth; JFK was integrating Ole Miss; Martin Luther King was dreaming of mountaintops; Andy Warhol was painting the Campbell's soup can; Sam Walton was opening his first Wal-Mart; Jack Nicklaus was winning his first U.S. Open; Tommy R. Franks was in Midland chasing girls and racing cars; George W was doing the same in New Haven -- well, probably not racing cars; and Gary and The Wombats were rocking the socks off the teens of New England and points beyond.

And it's The Wombats and bands like them that fascinate me. The Wombats are still rocking today. And that is impressive, but even more impressive is who these men are.

The 60s generation has taken a pretty good beating of late. And I don't have to 'splain much more than that. Bill & Hill have certainly not helped the image. But then Bill & Hill only define that generation to the extent that one buys into the MSM hype.

If you aren't old enough to remember, you might think the entire country back then was one big bubbling, communal cauldron of Berkley and Madison hippies. Not that I have anything against hippies. Some of them make pretty nice turquoise jewelry in places like Bisbee, Arizona.

The Wombats are much more representative of that era. Friends in school and friends for life; men whose love for life and love for country have kept this nation great.

And they don't get enough credit. They are too often overshadowed by the MSM-manufactured icons of the 60s.

I'll take The Wombats anyday. There's Gary, Proprietor of Tivoli Gardens Restaurant, St. Croix; John, Founding Partner, Capital Benefits Group; Lee, Director of Corporate Communications for Weyerhaeuser Corporation; Richard, President of Evergreen Capital; Brooke, Director of Foundry Engineering, The Jones Group; and Steve, Chairman of New Mexico Finance Authority.

Not bad for a bunch of 60s rock n rollers.



Gary and The Wombats
Safari Beach Motel, Daytona Beach, 1964