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>>Mr Casolaro made himself deeply unpopular with elements in the murky world of U.S. defence by probing too deeply into their activities.<<

I was under the impression that Casolaro's investigations revolved chiefly around the "Franklin Affair", especially at the time of his death. ...Barry


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casolaro's octopus

by Kenn Thomas (kennthomas@umsl.edu) - June. 07, 2001

Casolaro's informant Michael Riconosciuto claimed that he had made his modifications to PROMIS on the tribal lands of the Cabazon Indians in Indio, California as part of a joint project the tribal administrators had with a private security firm known as Wackenhut.

Wackenhut provides security services to the notorious secret airbase Area 51. After Danny Casolaro turned up dead and his current research file missing, other notes found at his apartment later clearly indicates his interest in the famed Nevada super-spook facility. The history of the base, of course, is now well-known: it had been around since before it was used to develop the U2 spy plane in the late 1950s and early 1960s, later the SR71 Blackbird and later still, the mysterious Aurora super-plane. As Casolaro made his notes about it, however, it had not yet become the subject of popular lore that it is today. Nevertheless, Casolaro devoted pages of notes to Area 51.

One theory had it that Casolaro's death had less do with the Octopus than it did with manufacturing fraud at Hughes Aircraft, a company that has a long history of exclusive and secret deals with the US government for aerospace technologies, many almost certainly involving Area 51. Casolaro had brushed up against this corruption in his pursuit of his Octopus spook group. A contact he made the day before he died, Bill Turner, gave him documentation of the fraud at Hughes. Turner noted that Casolaro added these papers to the ever-present accordion file of current research. After they found Casolaro's body, Turner got himself arrested on a bank robbery charge in order to remove himself from any further involvement.

The joint venture between the Cabazon Indian tribe and Area 51's Wackenhut did exist, at least between 1981 and 1983, and Michael Riconosciuto certainly was involved with it at least in some capacity. A report from a task force of the sheriff's office of Riverside County, California placed Riconosciuto at a weapons demonstration with Earl Brian ("of the CIA") put on by the Cabazons and Wackenhut.

Riconosciuto also claimed that he had a tape documenting threats made against him by another Justice Department official, but he had thrown it in a marsh near Puget Sound the night he was arrested on trumped up methamphetamine charges. Casolaro spent many days searching the Puget Sound bog to no avail, looking for the tape that ostensibly could verify the claims of "Danger Man," Casolaro's nickname for Riconosciuto.

The Puget Sound location was significant because of its proximity to a famous early UFO event, the 1947 Maury Island incident. That event--six flying saucers seen by harbor seamen that left behind slag debris-had been witnessed, or hoaxed, by the business partner of Riconosciuto's father, a man named Fred Lee Crisman. In the 1960s, Crisman was subpoenaed by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison as part of his investigation of the Kennedy assassination. Some researchers claimed that Crisman was one of the "railyard tramps" arrested near Dealy Plaza on November 22, 1963; others note that he possibly gave refuge on his Oregon ranch to a member of the Minutemen, an early militia group investigated by the Warren Commission.

Little suggests that Casolaro knew of the Crisman connection, or of the significance it might hold for what he already knew about Area 51 and the other secret airbase that held his attention, Australia's Pine Gap.

Pine Gap is the top secret American underground base located near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of the land down under, officially known as the Joint Defense Space Research Facility. It was built in 1968 officially to share program data with the Australians.

Renowned intelligence defector Victor Marchetti, who served in the CIA director's office from 1966 to 1969, now acknowledges that he co-authored the secret agreement between the agency and the Australian Department of Defence on the establishment of the Pine Gap station. Officially, it monitors spy satellites and intercepts and decodes broadcast communications between foreign powers unfriendly to the US. One of Pine Gap's important functions is to monitor geostationary satellites for wide ranging information on enemy telemetry, radar emissions and telecommunications.

Opposition from the Australians to the base grew as its nature as an espionage facility outside of Australian control became clear. In his book Crimes of Patriots (New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1987), author Jonathan Kwitny demonstrates that covert manipulation led to the early end (in Australia of the administration of Labor Party prime minister Gough Whitlam because of his opposition to Pine Gap. Casolaro noted with aggravation Kwitny's inability to see the tentacles of the Octopus in the affair. "It didn't take many people to design the apparatus that would insure the renewal of the lease for the Pine Gap installation near Alice Springs, Australia," Casolaro wrote.

"After all, how could a democracy spit up a Prime Minister that could sack the security of the Western Alliance?"

Indeed, Whitlam was rousted after his public complaints about intelligence agency deceptions over the tragic US policy in East Timor, and the CIA's funding of Australia's right-wing Country Party [AKA National Party], as well as his opposition to Pine Gap. Whitlam was not driven from office by an election, but was removed [this event is known as "The Dismissal"], on a technicality--just as George Bush, Jr. "won" the 2000 election in the US on a court-imposed technicality--by a governor-general he had appointed, one who had strong ties to the CIA [and represented the British Commonwealth].

No doubt the paranoia about this destabilization of the Australian government by the US fueled rumors about the underground Pine Gap base involving alien/government collaborations, rumors that Danny Casolaro knew about that were very similar to what he was hearing about Area 51. Certainly the base's potential for surveillance also triggered his interest as well. PROMIS had been used in tracking Soviet submarines; might it also be used to track Soviet satellites? One report told of a Moscow summit conference in 1972 during which an early Pine Gap satellite picked up limousine radio-telephone conversations between Soviet missile designers, Andrei Gromyko and Leonid Brezhnev that revealed a missile secretly being kept from SALT negotiations.

Back on the Area 51 front, Casolaro was hearing rumors that Michael Riconosciuto had worked for Lear Aircraft in Reno, Nevada. This connected him to Bill Lear, creator of the Lear jet, who is often claimed by UFO buffs as having done research on anti-gravity for the government as well as John Lear, a former CIA pilot who also hit the UFO circuit with tales of saucers and aliens in cahoots with the US government. It is now becoming distant history, but back in 1989, a man named Bob Lazar went public with his claims that he had back-engineered alien spacecraft at Area 51. Lear and Lazar lectured widely on the UFO circuit in the late 1980s and early 1990s, along with other UFO lecture celebrities like Bill English and William Cooper. Cooper's classic, Behold A Pale Horse (Flagstaff AZ: Light Technology Publications, 1991), shared the title of the first draft proposal of Casolaro's manuscript that eventually became The Octopus.

After Casolaro's death, Michael Riconosciuto made claims that Casolaro had learned nothing more than what one of two intelligence factions wanted him to know in order to embarrass the other faction. One faction was called Aquarius and had a leadership sub-group called MJ-12, the name, of course, of the supposed secret group founded by Harry Truman in the wake of the Roswell flying saucer crash. Riconosciuto even told one writer that he had witnessed the autopsy of an alien body. This was long before the famous [Ray Santilli] alien autopsy film began to circulate. Some have suggested that the tales of extraterrestrials that surround areas like Area 51 and Pine Gap serve as disinformation to deflect attention away from serious issues such as gun-running and black project weapons development. Casolaro's own view, and the extent of his knowledge and interest in this tributary from the Octopus research, and whatever he learned that might have brought the truth closer to the surface of the murky waters in which he swam, may have died with him.


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by Sherman H. Skolnick 2/24/02


Some, like this writer, prefer to call them collectively, the oil-soaked, spy-riddled, pro-British monopoly press. If you hope to be a well-paid functionary, within their circle, you better not mouth off like that, so employers, or would-be employers, link those stones as being hurled by you.

Part of destroying the American Republic can be divided into two parts.

[1] Ambitious types who want to get up the media ladder and are not that particular how. Especially, if they somehow, accidentally, or otherwise, become privy to data about high-level instigated political assassinations. Those include Dan Rather, Cokie Roberts, and Robert MacNeil owner of the Robert MacNeil/JimLehrer News Hour on PBS Network. They have been part of the Big Lie, that President John F. Kennedy was murdered by a "lone assassin". [Visit our website story, "The Liars and Whores of the Press" and compare that to the lies in Dan Rather's book "The Camera Never Blinks", paperback reprinted 1988.]

[2] Journalists who are in, or have ambition to be in, the monopoly press. One such was Danny Casolaro. He had great hopes of becoming financially well-off from a sizeable media publisher going with his book about "The Octopus", his title to tie together one giant criminal/espionage group of enterprises, including the following

===The Inslaw Affair. There was a company with that name that had developed and owned the exclusive rights to software originally designed for federal prosecutors to manage their caseload, called PROMIS (pronounced PRO-MISS, not like PROMISE). Reagan Administration U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese and other high-level White House officials had stolen the Inslaw software and re-sold it, secretly, to various foreign intelligence agencies, some friendly, some enemies or would-be enemies. In the process, they had built into it a secret "trap door", capable of sending out or up, signals to be monitored by the American CIA. This enabled American officials to spy on, and blackmail other intelligence agencies, including those in Canada, Sweden, Israel, Iraq, among others.

==="The October Surprise". Running in 1980 under Ronald Reagan for President, was George Herbert Walker Bush, as Vice President. Daddy Bush was part of a scheme together with Bill Casey, campaign chief, later to be made Director of Central Intelligence. The trick? In September, 1980, to support the price of oil expected otherwise to decline, the Rockefeller Family instigated a war between two major oil producers, Iran and Iraq. The purpose was to prevent what happened later, drastically low prices for petroleum.

The Reagan/Bush ticket was worried that their presidential election opponent, incumbent Jimmy Carter, would somehow, right before the November election, get the release of the 52 U.S. Embassy hostages held by Iran since 1979. That would enhance Carter's chances of winning in a recession year like 1980. Hence, the worry was about an "October Surprise".

In October, 1980, in or near Paris, France, Daddy Bush worked a secret deal---clearly, treasonous---to reward top Iranian officials there meeting with him, to delay the release of the hostages until the Reagan/Bush ticket won the Election and was safely inaugurated. In January, 1981, at high noon, just as Reagan/Bush were inaugurated, the 52 hostages were released. The Iranian top officials had been paid off even before the Election, with clandestine weapons shipments to Iran via Portugal and trans-shipped through Israel. The Prime Minister of Portugal and another cabinet member there, disgruntled at what Daddy Bush got them into, were later assassinated by Bush's airplane sabotage murder team in the American CIA. (Recently, a hot topic in the Portugeuse press.)

===The Iran-Contra treasonous dealings implicating Reagan/Bush and the new Director of Central Intelligence, Bill Casey. Reputed spy-agency operative, Bob Woodward, supposedly a writer for the Washington Post, posing as a priest, got into the hospital where Casey was ailing and may have had a part in what some contend was the murder of Casey in 1987. [For the spy background of Woodward, visit our website story, "The Grand Dragon of the Washington Post".] Members of Congress later admitted, off the record, that they had sufficient data to impeach Reagan, but hesitated, in view of the Nixon/Watergate example of a commotion.

Danny Casolaro had come up with what he and his publishing industry confidants thought was the "smoking gun" of these and other details of the vast treasonous combine he labeled as "The Octopus". Casolaro's fatal mistakes? He trusted his findings and his notes of his interviews, and the outline of his planned book, too much to friendly-seeming spy-types who were supposedly aiding him in his book venture. Danny needed to be bailed out of his financial woes. He was too proud to continue thinking to get financial help from his brother, a Doctor. Danny Casolaro's mindset was entirely too much like a journalist thinking he was about to strike it rich, nail down his career, within the monopoly media and CIA-aiding publishing field for books and magazines.

Our examination of his notebooks causes us to reach what some might call an unfair conclusion about someone who can no longer respond to what we say. Danny seemed, at least from his notes, not to be sufficiently sophisticated to deal with this type of subject matter. On the other hand, circumstances that argue in favor of the idea that he was on the right track? That in the summer of 1991, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, he was "suicided". That is, murdered and made to look like a suicide. [In September, 1992, a Congressional Report on the Inslaw Affair, agreed that Casolaro was most likely murdered.]

As we have written about the Rockefeller Family, they like to dominate states with sizeable geography and small populations, that also tend to be lawless, and where the Rockefellers can buy out and dominate the top state officials, such as West Virginia and Arkansas. Note that the great grandson of old John D. Rockefeller, founder of the infamous bloody Standard Oil Trust, namely John D. Rockefeller 4th, has been U.S. Senator from West Virginia. Senator Rockefeller's wife, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, plays a key role with NPR, which we call National Petroleum Radio and PBS Network. Once Arkansas Governor was William Rockefeller Clinton [elsewhere we explain why we use that as his middle name]. See our website series, "Wal-Mart and The Red Chinese Secret Police".

So, if you have a business partner you want to get rid of, lure him, so you can conveniently have him knocked off with no investigation expected, some cynics contend, to Martinsburg. Danny Casolaro was embalmed apparently without an autopsy or informing his family of his death by the authorities in Martinsburg. Background data is in the book "The Octopus The Secret Government and Death of Danny Casolaro" by Kenn Thomas [editor of Steamshovel Press and Magazine] and Jim Keith, hardcover, 1996.

Danny Casolaro had come up with damning proof, possibly the smoking gun, showing Daddy Bush committed treason against the U.S. Constitution and the American common people. Danny was likewise tying up the details of the corrupt upper level of IRS officials shackled to and operating with the American CIA, to carry out treachery against the American people. Danny had secretly met in Martinsburg with some of his IRS sources. Did he drink too much while in that town and began bragging to others in a cocktail lounge? Some think so.

To us, a comparable example is Danny Pearl, South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal. In a post-murder story in the Journal, he was described as "A skeptic of all institutions, from big government to big business...." Wall St. Journal, 2/22/02. Despite that description Danny Pearl was, or obviously had to be, a great believer in the monopoly press. Otherwise, what was he, a supposed "skeptic", working for a known financial industry faker and censorship machine like the Dow Jones & Co. unit, The Wall Street Journal? For example, tied like his brother Raul to major dope trafficking was Mexico President Carlos Salinas. The former Mexican strongman went on to become a DIRECTOR OF DOW JONES & CO. Sarcastic sorts wonder how much did it cost the reputed dope king to BUY such a Directorship? When it became too-well known about the dope cover up, Carlos Salinas apparently fled into exile in Dublin, Ireland. Sheepishly, the Journal tried to explain away his role at the parent firm, Dow Jones & Co. "Carlos Salinas, who is a board member of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing." Quoting from The Wall Street Journal in "Left Business Observer", #68, March, 1995. Also see various Journal stories, such as 3/8/95. Several hundred stories about Carlos Salinas and the dope trafficking, are listed by search engine, www.google.com See, for example, www.narconews.com/salinasagain.html Also, Time Magazine, 2/10/97.

As the Journal's South Asia bureau chief, Danny Pearl was well aware that the Bush Family were greatly implicated with the massive flow of drug trafficking from the poppy production in Afghanistan to the ethnic Albanian traffickers masquerading as the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, who according to law authorities are flooding Europe with dope. Bush Family cronies in the American CIA have been supervising the KLA. [View our website series, "Greenspan Aids and Bribes Bush" and the attached documents showing hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars being washed through a Bush Family joint account with the Queen of England at her private bank, Coutts Bank London.]

Like Danny Casolaro, Danny Pearl's fatal mistakes included the following ===Trusting the higher ups at the Journal, same ones that covered up for Dow Jones Director Carlos Salinas, to know what Pearl was working on as stories. Such as some of the following---Among the little known details, is that India was the subject of a beginning of the 20th Century pact, with complex provisions, to give up a portion of their territory by the advent of the 21st Century, to Afghanistan. This pact was worked out by the British, experts on divide and conquer. By 1948, the British decided to give up direct control of their colony, India, because ot the activist commotions of Mohandas K. Gandhi. For the benefit of the British, however, Gandhi was assassinated in 1948 and blamed onto "religious fanatics". Carved out of India territory by the British in 1947, was Pakistan, out of predominantly moslem areas of India. In the partition of India, the British created the perpetual irritant, Kashmir, to forever keep India and Pakistan fighting each other.

Because of the century-old pact, removing some of the territory now called Pakistan, expiring more or less at the beginning of the 21st Century, Pakistan had an interest to dominate Afghanistan and their more or less lawless government in Kabul. About 1996, the Pakistan secret political police, Inter-Services Intelligence agency, the ISI, arranged for the Taliban to control Afghanistan with stringent and backward supposedly "religious" mandates. In 1997, Union Oil of California, Unocal, in which the Bush Family has huge financial interests, was part of a consortium of firms planning as a short-cut, to build a natural gas/oil pipeline from Central Asia across Afghanistan, to oil and natural gas-hungry Pakistan, India, and eventually, points east, such as Japan. Unocal invited top Taliban officials to be wined and dined at Unocal facilities in the Houston suburb, Sugarland, with Daddy Bush residing, among other places, in Houston. Unocal was getting set to train Afghans for the building of the pipeline.

The problems that developed included Osama bin Laden and the Taliban demanding a bigger cut of the pipeline deal than Unocal and the Bush Family were prepared to pay. In fact, the George W. Bush White House were continuing to negotiate with Osama right up to within a few weeks of the September 11, 2001 "terrorist" events supposedly instigated by Osama. [Knowledgeable sources believe a faction in the American aristocracy actually created the violence of September 11.]

For related details, visit our website story,"The Pipeline Plots".

===Danny Pearl, no fool, nevertheless trusted the Pakistan secret political police, the ISI, and Danny's bosses, to be in a position to know Danny's itinerary. A further fatal mistake, like Danny Casolaro made with his publishers, was to trust the Journal brass to know about the stories Pearl was developing about the Pakistan-India situation, about the possibility of a Journal story, bylined by Danny Pearl, about the resumed Afghan poppy production to flood Europe to raise much needed cash for the Kabul government.

Danny Pearl, like the mindset of other mass media journalists, was not sufficiently skeptical of what the digging into these matters would trouble Daddy Bush and DUB-YA. After all, Daddy Bush and his cronies in the American CIA have created ISI and continue to dominate them.

The new head of the Kabul government is Hamid Karzai, a consultant for Unocal/Bush on the pipeline deal. The Bush White House has appointed as Special Envoy to Kabul (not yet ready to receive a U.S. Ambassador) another Unocal consultant.

===Danny Pearl trusted the Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal brass to know what Danny was doing which might tend to embarass the Bush White House. Would the Journal even agree to publish such items by Danny Pearl?

===Off the record, some of Danny's colleagues at the Journal blame the two-faced higher ups for what happened to Danny. Outwardly, for public consumption, and to keep their jobs, his pals at the Journal go along with blaming "extremists" for the murder. A few of his pals have confided these matters to just a very few trusted persons pledged to never, never divulge the sources.

Supposedly thinking himself clever, Danny Pearl was nevertheless in a position to understand these things just as Danny Casolaro knew, or was in a position to know, some of the matters he was poking into. Each of them, in their own way, made a series of fatal mistakes to advance, or attempt to advance their careers, financially and otherwise. An entirely independent-minded journalist, despite their talent, cannot expect or plan to have a well-fixed financial career, telling the truth, within and among the news-fakers with their conflicting interests. In plain English, writing and telling the truth would not get you rich.

Can a candid populace expect a large circulation monopoly press Journal to print what is really happening? How many years will it take before the murders of Danny Casolaro and Danny Pearl are rightfully put at the door where the blame belongs, of America's secret political police and their assassin accomplices in the spy-riddled press?

More coming. Stay tuned.
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