By Clyde Lewis

No matter what your attitude is about the war, no matter what people are saying about the war, no matter how safe you might think you are there will be an event that will shake the very hearts of Americans. This will be a very frightening reminder that this is no game. The men at the controls of the earth are somehow under the power of the trickster. They are manipulating all of us. The lies are being spun out of control and being glossed over with a fresh coat of Apocalipstick.

The other night I was contemplating my life. I am approaching my 39th year on this planet and my 39th year as an American. I really didnít realize the importance of being an American until 1976. During the Bicentennial year I was cast in patriotic play called "The Title of Liberty."

I was cast as a young boy who is listening to a teacher named Mr. Samson. He is speaking about the importance of liberty. As he is speaking to us there are two British Soldiers who are overhearing Mr. Samson and his tirade against the British crown.

They approach Mr. Samson pushing us out of the way and with their guns drawn they declare that he is under arrest because what he says is interpreted as treason against the crown. My only line in the play was "Tell them Mr. Samson, Tell them this is a free country!"

The soldiers silenced Samson. He is later hanged and is thrown into a handcart.

I push it into the Town Square where the people are distressed to see that a man who was an upstanding patriot was killed because he spoke out against the magistrate. His death changed everyoneís attitude about war. The men later gather and discuss their plan of action to fight against the British throne.

During the play I was curious about the revolution. I wanted to read about the rebellion against King George. I became interested in history. I studied it all the time and I took Advanced History classes. I was a good American boy, went to church on Sunday, was raised in a conservative household, and became an Eagle Scout.

I was safe, healthy, comfortable, well fed, and happy.

People I knew were relatively wealthy and Christmas was always memorable, as toys would be piled from the tree to the other side of the living room.

When I lived in South America I realized that Americans were spoiled with the comforts of certain technologies that made life easier. I couldnít wait to return to my home with centralized heating and air conditioning. I wanted my MTV and wanted to get the morning paper on my doorstep and drive my own car.

Then I knew why everyone wanted to come to America. I wanted to come back to America. I returned and I immediately had a job. There were women I could date. There were still drive-ins to make out in. I had money to blow on nightclubs, and good beer. I had snickers bars, and Big Macs, Kool Ėaid , and Junior mints. I could always count on the best coffee, the best music, and the information that I got from news sources was not diluted with all kinds of sidetracks and focus group antics such as polls, and social engineering.

It was all about Consistency.

America was consistent.

We took for granted that food was prepared in a healthy and safe manner. We knew that if we called the doctor he could cure most of those minor problems with a shot or the popping of a pill. We knew that our neighbors would be there for us. We knew that if an old woman needed her yard cleaned we would go in and do it.

We could count on the words of Uncle Walter, when he closed the night with "thatís the way it is."

Thatís the way it was.

I reached an epiphany.

America has lost its consistency.

Itís not some huge conspiracy. Itís one big cooperative endeavor in denial.

Many people donít want to admit that our quality of life has diminished. We have been beaten mentally, and financially. We have been left behind mired in our problems and deficit.

We have been depleted by the new spirituality. The new religion that is a mixture of politics and prophetic pseudo religious gerrymandering. We have been overwhelmed by diluted information that is spread so wafer thin that it lacks substance.

The problems can be blamed on the September 11th attacks on the country, they can be blamed on the Bush presidency, but the truth is that the decline began a lot earlier than this. In my lifetime I have noticed in people a trait that is most unbecoming. It is the trait of being over anxious and over aggressive. It is as if they have been given so much and now that it is slipping away people are trying to get it back at any cost.

Even to the point of humiliation.

Many people are becoming self important and self absorbed. It is as if they do not want to believe that they are just running in place. They have been given so much in the past and they continue to believe that the milk and honey will continue to flow no matter how irresponsible or incorrigible they become. In reality Americans have become greedy, unhappy, and more often than not mentally and physically ill.

"If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick..." - John Steinbeck

This is the new America and we are going about taking over the world with guns loaded and bombs on the ready to shape the world into our own image.

An image that many people still believe is bright and fruitful, only because it has been made over by generous amounts cover ups, and a fresh coat of apocalipstick that implies that no matter what battle, no matter what conflict, the United States will be victorious because it is foretold in apocalyptic scripture that we are the promised land.

The thing to be reminded of is that this victory and manifest destiny only happens when the country that is blessed above all others remains righteous and forthright in its dealings with its people. As we look to war with other countries perhaps it is wise to ask ourselves if we are worthy of a victory?

Are we worthy to receive the benefits of manifest destiny.

Are the leaders that represent us being forthright and honest with their speeches? Is war so sweet and is victory assured when we give into the exaggerations of leaders who know that the people are putting their trust in them?

Leaders determine the policies and they use whatever means necessary to gain support from the people of their agendas, even if it is at the expense of the peopleís peril.

"Why of course the people don't want war. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, And it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." -- Hermann Goering, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, President of the Reichstag, Prime Minister of Prussia and Hitlerís designated successor.

I have been seeing the trickster again. I have named the trickster "Stitches. " He is my metaphoric archetype that I have created to explain the ability I have to read into chaos.

I have mentioned Stitches the Clown in a previous article.

Stitches is the clown that haunts me. He is the clown with an eye for the peculiar nature of man. He rules in times of war, and loneliness. His pale face stitched on tight. I have felt his presence lately and he is laughing behind my back. He is laughing because he knows just what pushes my buttons. He puts me at the crossroads and expects me to choose a path. He tells me that what ever path I choose I will experience a sense of loss. I ask him what will I lose? He smiles and hands me a red balloon.

"I hold you on string just like this balloon," he says.

"On top of the string this balloon is the world, you have allowed it to sit on your shoulders."

He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a pin.

"The world is fragile and it can disappear," he pokes the balloon and it pops.

The string falls at his feet.

"There you are, and your world is gone."

He then walks into the nebulous night and then looks back.

"I will always be here in your nightmares and I will leave you signs and wonders that you will tell the world about. The majority will laugh their cruel laughs of indignation and they will make you out to be a clown like me. You are doomed to see the tricks of my trade and you will speak for the critical mass who see them too."
ó"Cosmic Trickery: Not knowing what the other hand is up to"©2001 By Clyde Lewis

Stitches has returned and he continues to play with my head showing me all kinds of coincidences and pointing me to some portents that convince me that something devastating will happen and it will have some of those spooky little signatures.

After I was seeing coincidences with the word COLUMBIA, there were people who were also noticing that wherever I went the word Columbia would pop up in strange places. I was at my friend Jimís house and his roommate wanted to show me a card that she received. It was a dove with gold trim with white paper on it.

We later sat down to dinner and retired to the living room to watch a video. The video that was chosen was Pink Floydís "The Wall." In the movie there was a scene where a dove turns into a hawk during the song "Good Bye Blue sky."

Did you see the frightened ones?
Did you hear the falling bombs?
Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter When the promise of a brave new world Unfold beneath the clear blue sky?
Did you see the frightened ones?
Did you hear the falling bombs?
The flames are all long gone But the pain lingers on

Goodbye blue skyóGood Bye Blue Sky

Goodbye."


We were all laughing at the experience, but I was getting paranoid. This type of thing always happens to me before something significant is about to happen.

The next morning I was invited to see the movie Daredevil at a local theater. I had picked up a girlfriend of mine and we both went by bus to the theatre. As we walked from the stop to the theater there was a newer building sitting on the corner. In one of the columns was a brass name plate. It said Columbia Sportswear and the plaque next to it said 911 SW Broadway.

Columbia and 911 were in bold letters and I mentioned it out loud so thatthere was no mistake that I was seeing these things.

Columbia and 911 both in the same place!

First came the Columbia column and then the 911 column.

I was thinking about what it all meant.

Maybe it was a message relating to me that after Columbia is lost there would be another tragedy similar to 911. Maybe I am crazy, but this same bit of strangeness happened to me before and after 911.

I thought is America ready for 911 Dťjŗ vu? Was I ready for it?

With all of the alerts and threats of war it stands to reason that we are edging ever closer to another tragedy similar if not more devastating than 911.

I thought that I donít want to live through that all over again. I was feeling a similar paranoia prior to 911 and now I am feeling it again.

I was sitting in the studio preparing a Traffic report when a news story flashed on the screen, MINNESOTA GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA HOSPITALIZED WITH BLOOD CLOT IN HIS LUNG.

I thought to myself that someone needs to get him some blood thinners because it has happened to him before. I went back to my work and about an hour later there was a bulletin from the associated press stating that the story of Governor Ventura was seven months old and that the story was accidentally transmitted to the networks.

I was chuckling about it because mistakes are made. Then the top of the hour news came on again "Governor Jesse Ventura is in stable condition after being admitted to the hospital Tuesday with a blood clot in his lung. "

This was reported after the retraction was sent to news organizations.

I decided to run a search in Google about breaking news and the story was there. I was thinking how many people heard the story, and how many people believed it? How many people were unaware that it was a mistake, and how many times have stories been released that are erroneous and yet believed by a country who doesnít understand how news is reported?

It didnít take long before I noticed some news tinkering a day later.

I arrived late to the office.

When I walked in I noticed a file was open to a news story that was written and ready for one of the local news updates:

Secretary of State Colin Powell, appearing on Capitol Hill, told a Senate panel that a statement from a person believed to be Osama bin Laden will be carried on an Arab satellite station later today. He says bin Laden will be speaking to the Iraqi people -- and about "how he is in partnership with Iraq."

The story was actually put on hold.

I asked if it was useable and one of the producers told me not to use it because the stories that were released from the associated Press and Reuters did not say the same thing.

Tim Riley told me that the tape that features the sometimes dead, sometimes living Osama Bin Laden has him supporting the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

I was laughing because I had commented that Bush has tried so hard to convince Americans that Saddam Hussein and Bin laden are buddies that this will immediately make Bush look like an Idiot.

Well I spoke too soon.

While MSNBC reported:

"The message also called on Iraqis to rise up and oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who is a secular leader."

And while Reuters reported Bin Laden said:

"The fighting should be in the name of God only, not in the name of national ideologies, nor to seek victory for the ignorant governments that rule all Arab states, including Iraq."

ABC news even admitted that Bin laden called Hussein and Infidel:

"The speaker on the tape said nothing about direct ties between al-Qaeda and the Iraqi government saying his followers only share a common interest with Iraq, even though he denounced Saddam's secular, socialist al-Baath party as "infidels."

The headlines and the body of the story were excised and doctored to look as though Bin Laden was in cahoots with Saddam Hussein.

The Headlines were confusing:

Bin Laden Tape Urges Iraqi Suicide Bombs ABC News

Bin Laden urges Iraqis to attack Americans LA Times

Bin Laden Condemns Iraq Plans BBC

Jazeera: Bin Laden Urges Muslims to Defend Iraq ĖReuters

It must be said that MSNBC first claimed that their translation of the alleged Osama bin Laden tape contained an appeal to the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

That story was immediately changed.

This proves to me that the truth is not important to the news media and in order to save face they can spin anything to make war look appealing.

It is no secret that Osama Bin laden has been vocally against Saddam Hussein calling him an apostate Muslim.

Pay no mind to the fact that the alleged Osama Bin Laden tape has the king of terror saying that any Iraqi who follows Hussein are hypocrites and "infidels,"

He also denounced any other government that is hypocritical such as the governments of Yemen, Pakistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Nigeria, and any other group that associates with the United States.

The first casualty of war is the truth and this is the worst example of news tampering I have ever seen.

I was saddened about the whole affair because I thought I could write about it I could talk about it and no one would believe me.

If I linked to the stories they would be changed.

Of course they were changed.

MSNBC:

"MSNBC.com initially cited an extemporaneous translation that mistakenly quoted the speaker as calling on Iraqis to overthrow Saddam Hussein."

Then of course Reuters decided to change their story too:

"The statement did not express support for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Ė it said Muslims should support the Iraqi people rather than the country's government. The fighting should be in the name of God only, not in the name of national ideologies, nor to seek victory for the ignorant governments that rule all Arab states, including Iraq,' the statement said."

So now I was able to somehow salvage a few of the paragraphs in order for you to look over and decide for yourself if Powell is correct:

"In the name of God most merciful, a message to all brothers in Iraq. Peace be on you. All you believers fear God as he should be feared and say we will die as Muslims."

"We have been following anxiously the preparations of the crusaders to conquer the former capital of Islam and steal their wealth and impose a puppet regime that follows its masters in Washington and Tel Aviv, just like these Arab governments, in order to create what is called greater Israel. This is a war led by the infidels, by America and its spies and agents. ..."

"We need your intention to be to fight for the sake of God, not for nationalism or any infidel regime, including Iraq. ... "

"We have recorded through our fight with the enemy that they concentrate on psychological warfare. They rely on intensive air bombardment, but their soldiers are cowards, and convinced that their government is lacking a just cause. They fight for those capitalists and arm dealers, led by the criminal gang in the White House. ..."

"Their smart bombs failed to help them (at Tora Bora, Afghanistan). They will be wasting their weapons and their money, so build trenches. As Caliph Omar said, 'seek refuge in the soil.'"

"We also advise you to drag the forces into fighting you in street fights. Take them into farms, into cities, and fight them in there ... they will be losing a lot of lives. We also encourage the suicide attacks against the enemy. Just look at what happened to the U.S. and Israel."

"We also want to clarify that whoever helps America ... either if they fight next to them or give them support in any form or shape, even by words, if they help them to kill the Muslims in Iraq, they have to know that they are outside this Islamic nation. Jordan and Morocco and Nigeria and Saudi Arabia should be careful that this war, this crusade, is attacking the people of Islam first. It doesn't matter whether the socialist (Baath) party or Saddam disappear. ..."

"We want to ask the good Muslims to help in any way they can to join the forces and ... overthrow the leaderships that work as slaves for America. ... "

"And it doesn't harm in these conditions the interest of Muslims to agree with those of the socialists in fighting against the crusaders, even though we believe the socialists are infidels. For the socialists and the rulers have lost their legitimacy a long time ago, and the socialists are infidels regardless of where they are, whether in Baghdad or in Aden. ... "

"In conclusion, I advise you and myself to be pious to Allah and (inaudible) in open, and to be patient and persevere in the jihad so the victory is patient for one hour. And I also advise myself and you to mention God and pray to him. God Almighty said, 'All you who believe, if you meet the enemy hold fast and mention the name of God often so that you may win.' "óAllegedly taped from Osama Bin laden.


Another question that remains to be seen is why are we still hearing from Bin Laden when there have been several reports that have stated that the Al Qaeda leader is dead.

The Associated press reported that when asked about Osama Bin laden Secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld stated "We haven't heard hide nor hair of him for about, oh, since December, in terms of anything hard."

Israeli Intelligence reported on October 16th, 2002 that Bin Laden probably died in the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan in December. They said the emergence of new messages by Bin Laden are probably fabrications.

Yet every time a new tape comes out with a new message we most definitely know that it is Bin Laden and that he is speaking on the tape.

The Observer of Pakistan even reported the death of Bin laden and his Funeral. The report claimed that Bin laden suffered serious complications in his lungs and died peacefully. The funeral was attended by 30 of his Al Qaeda fighters, family and friends attended. His body was buried with no marker because of Wahhabi tradition that forbids it.

If by some miracle he is still alive why have we not gone in and taken him out? After all he is the terror mastermind of the attacks on September 11th, 2001.

Bush said himself On September 13th, 2001

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our Number one Priority and we will not rest until we find him!" ĖGeorge W. Bush

Then after sleeping on it for about six months and 6 billion dollars Bush later said

"I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." ĖGeorge W. Bush March 13,2002.

Can anyone explain why there are confusing messages being sent here?

I as a former reporter canít even figure out why these stories have not changed public opinion.

The majority of Americans support military action against Iraq even though the job has not been finished in Afghanistan.

I was told that the Bush administration has convinced the American people that Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are the same person. At the same time they are sending the message that Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden are two different people that are the same in purpose.

In the confusion Americans are getting erroneous information that for some reason is being quoted as gospel.

Salon.com polled Twelve Hundred US citizens about their knowledge of current events. They were asked the following question:

"To the best of your knowledge, how many of the September 11 hijackers were Iraqi citizens?"

Only 17 percent knew the correct answer: Forty-four percent of Americans believe that most or some of the hijackers were Iraqi; another 6 percent believe that one of the hijackers was an Iraqi. 33 percent did not know the correct answer.

Do you know the correct answer?

If you donít know you are not paying attention.

In their efforts to produce the proof that Americans need to justify carnage the government will spin whatever they can to create enough confusion that people have no choice but to either go along or run the risk of being called a traitor or worse.

Yet the majority of Americans have decided that it is best to drop bombs and jeopardize their lives all for a cause that is predicated upon a mountain of lies, and half-truths.

There are many people who believe it when they see it and the Whitehouse was well aware of this. That is why Colin Powell had to make his case to the United Nations. This time he was armed with charts, sketches, and photographs that would be the smoking gun, or the Holy Grail for the hawks. The overriding purpose of the exercise was to shift public opinion within the US.

The network media spin promoted Powellís speech as the pivotal moment where proof beyond a shadow of doubt would be delivered that Iraq was defying the UN and had to be disarmed by force. This came as no surprise as the media has invested all kinds of time and money in promoting this war. They certainly did not want this to be some lame presentation and so the buildup for the speech was promoted like a new movie. It ran several times during the day. Something rare for a speech by a secretary of state. The media took the stance that the evidence was irrefutable proof that the Bush administration needed to kill the anxiety about Isolated Americans who see no reason to attack Hussein.

The speech contained nothing that hasnít already been refuted.

He played very badly recorded tapes that were unintelligible to the vast majority of those who heard them he could not verify who the voices belonged to.

Everything could have been made in some studio.

Powell then displayed enlarged blow-ups of Satellite Images.

He said that these pictures were yet more proof that active chemical weapons bunkers are in use and that trucks are hiding weapons of mass destruction.

So letís figure this out.

Powell had phone messages that were intercepted, and there are pictures of alleged weapons of mass destruction. This would mean that we are monitoring every inch of Iraq. We are tapping phones, we have CIA and other agencies gathering intelligence on the ground, and we have UN Inspectors arriving unannounced for inspections.

So with all of these methods to gather information, how is it that we are only able to produce pictures that Powell himself said were difficult to interpret? Another question that the media fails to ask is that if these pictures prove that Iraq is hiding weapons, then why have we not sent our forces in to destroy the facility.

We have forces in the region, we have CIA, intelligence gatherers, and we have bombed several installations in Northern Iraq without a formal declaration of war so why are we waiting to get permission to bomb this area? If we know of one or two installations why donít we just send in agents already on the ground to take it out?

Why spend billions of dollars on a war when we can take out two or three installations using forces that are already in the region?

Who is taking this stuff seriously?

Then a bombshell was dropped on the evidence that was produced by Powell.

British Papers reported that the dossier that was relied upon so heavily by Colin Powell in his speech before the United Nations was a fraud, plagiarized from a student's thesis.

Has Bush's case for war in Iraq been shattered? This news should destroy the credibility of Colin Powell's entire case. Are the photos and intercepts real? Are the translations exact?

If this were a UFO Investigation or a Bigfoot investigation none of the so-called proof would stand up and immediately the skeptics would swarm around "believers" and eviscerate them.

But the mainstream media polls have shown that Colin Powell's speech convinced a majority of Americans of the need for war.

The Bush Administration is playing us with "moral law," something from Sun Tzuís Art of War.

Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected. The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field.
  • The Moral Law;
  • Heaven;
  • Earth;
  • The Commander;
  • Method and discipline.
The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.

The evidence or the lack of evidence shatters moral law.

So once again I pose the question,

Are we worthy of a victory?

If we break the moral law, then is it easy to predict that any confrontation will be met with a loss of life, and a loss of respect?

"The Commander stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerely, benevolence, courage and strictness." ĖSun Tzu

Before the allegations of fraud were leveled against the dossier provided by the British Colin Powell made this statement:

"My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we are giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence. I would call my colleagues attention to the fine paper that the United Kingdom distributed yesterday which describes in exquisite detail Iraqi deception activities." -- Secretary of State Colin Powell to the United Nations Security Council, Feb. 5th, 2003

When the Space Shuttle Columbia fell to earth and the seven astronauts were killed. President Bush spoke eloquently and gave words of comfort to a nation mourning the terrible loss. As a president who acts like a prophet he quoted Old testament scripture. He quoted the Prophet Isaiah.

It is coincidental that Isaiah spoke of Moral law.

"For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver, the LORD is our King; He will save us" ĖIsaiah

I wish that the many Christians who berate me would berate those who deserve it.

I learned when I was young that without morality there is no promise with God, and the covenant he makes with us as a people is null and void.

Does anyone remember when I predicted that we would be living in a time similar to what Nietszche wrote about?

"Have you heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place, and cried incessantly, "I seek God! I seek God!" As many of those who do not believe in God were standing around just then, he provoked much laughter. Whither is God," he cried. "I shall tell you. We have killed him - you and I. All of us are murderers. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. óNietszche

When morality is sacrificed with lies and half-truths the next step is murder and destruction.

How are we to be saved? How are we going to escape the eternal grave?

What will be put on the tombstone of the United States?

Here Lied America? I am suspecting that the trickster wants us to forget history. The trickster wants us to believe in a lie in order to further the agenda of bloodshed and pain.

When the event takes place you can bet that the Trickster will leave his signature and those who are aware of the symbology will point it out and those who scoff at it will laugh and point fingers.

I just had to write all of this down for the record.

Maybe someday when the medication kicks in and when age takes its toll I can look back at all of this and wonder what I was thinking.

Maybe when this war is all over and the thoughts of all the dead come back to haunt us we will collectively ask ourselves the same question.

The world wonít end with a roar, nor a whimper, it will end with the laughter of a heartless clown.

The Trickster.


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