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UT Researchers Discover Water on the Moon is Widespread, Similar to Earth’s

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

KNOXVILLE — Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are once again turning what scientists thought they knew about the moon on its head.

Thin slice of lunar basalt with a petrographic (geologic) microscope in plane-polarized light.Last fall, researchers, including Larry Taylor, a distinguished professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, discovered “lunar dew” on the moon’s surface — absorbed “water” in the uppermost layers of lunar soil. This discovery of water debunked beliefs held since the return of the first Apollo rocks that the moon was bone-dry.

Now, scientists, including Taylor and Yang Liu, research assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, have discovered that water on the moon is more widespread — on the outside and inside of the moon — with some similarities to water in volcanic systems on Earth.

Their research will be featured in the article, “Lunar Apatite with Terrestrial Volatile Abundances” in the July 22 edition of the scientific journal, Nature.

Unlike lunar dew which is believed to come from an outside source such as solar wind which brings hydrogen into contact with the Moon’s oxygen, the water discovered by Taylor and Liu is internal, arising from an entirely different origin. How it got there is not yet known. The water may have been added by impacting comets, which contain ice, during or after the formation of the moon and Earth.

Thin slice of lunar basalt with a petrographic (geologic) microscope. This is the same view with crossed polarizers, revealing the complicated chemistry of the lunar minerals.The existence of volcanoes on the moon more than 4 billion years ago gave the researchers a clue that water might exist inside the body, since the dynamics of volcanoes on Earth are mostly driven by water. Therefore, the scientists made their novel discovery by examining a lunar basalt brought back from the 1971 Apollo 14 mission. Using secondary ion mass spectrometry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., scientists determined volatile elements in a calcium phosphate mineral are very similar in the same mineral found on Earth.

The scientists said this provides “robust evidence for the presence of water in the interior of the moon from where some lunar rocks were derived. This demonstrates a closer chemical and geologic relationship between the Earth and moon than previously known. We must now re-evaluate the volatile inventories of the moon, relative to the Earth.”

The finding of volatiles on the moon has deep implications for how it, and the Earth, formed. It is generally believed that the moon was created when the early Earth was hit by a Mars-sized proto-planet called Theia, melting and vaporizing itself and a large chunk of the Earth. The cloud of particles created by the impact later congealed to form the moon, which supposedly was devoid of highly volatile elements such as hydrogen and chlorine. However, the researchers’ discovery of these volatiles challenges this theory.

“If water in the Moon was residue water kept during the giant impact, it is surprising that water survived the impact at all because less volatile elements, such as sodium and potassium, are strongly depleted. The details of the impact theory need to be re-examined,” Liu said.

The discovery of abundant and ubiquitous water on the moon could mean a human settlement on the moon is not so far-fetched. Currently, the endeavour would be very expensive. For example, it costs $25,000 to take one pint of water to the moon. However, if scientists devise processes to easily recover this water from the lunar rocks for drinking water and fuel, a human settlement is not out of reach.

“Now we have ready sources of water that can be consumed by plants and humans but also electrolyzed into liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to develop rocket fuel,” Taylor said. “Until the recent discovery of water in and on the moon, it was going to be a very energy-intensive endeavor to separate these elements from the lunar rocks and soil.”

Taylor and Liu collaborated with George Rossman, Yunbin Guan, John Eiler and Edward Stolper at CalTech, as well as Jeremy Boyce at CalTech and the University of California, Los Angeles. Their research was funded by NASA Cosmochemistry, the National Science Foundation and the Moore Foundation for Support of the Caltech Microanalysis Center.

CONTACT:

Whitney Holmes (865-974-5460, wholmes7@utk.edu)

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles

http://eraofpeace. org

There are a lot of challenging things taking place on the planet at this time, but on July 17th and 18th, 2010, hundreds of thousands, and most likely millions, of people around the world participated in various activities of Light that were dedicated to cocreating a template for Unity Consciousness.  The Company of Heaven has assured us that our unified efforts were God Victorious, and now there is a template for Unity Conscious pulsating in, through, and around every particle and wave of Life on this planet. 

So where do we go from here? Well, our responsibility now is to focus on the Light and to continually empower our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions with Divine Love and Reverence for ALL Life. Today I would like to share some information with you that is being given to us by the Beings of Light in the Realms of Illumined Truth. The intent of this information is to help us see the bigger picture, so we can navigate through these wondrous but very confusing times. 

As the Light of God increases on Earth, it pushes everything that conflicts with that Light to the surface to be healed and transmuted into its original perfection. We have just experienced a tremendous influx of Light through the global activities involving the cocreation of the template for Unity Consciousness. Now everything that conflicts with Unity Consciousness is being pushed to the surface to be healed. This includes the obsolete fear-based patterns of separation and duality.

This phenomenon can make it appear as though the accelerated influx of God’s Light is making things worse, but nothing could be further from the Truth. That is an illusion. The Beings of Light have given us the following information because it is very important that we clearly understand what happens when we invoke the Light of God. They do not want us to become discouraged. They want us to “keep on keeping on,” even in the face of apparent adversity.

Once again, it is vital that we remember we are all One. There is no separation. In order for us to move forward in the Light, we must first transmute the human miscreations we created in the past. That means that anything that conflicts with the Light of God must come to the surface to be healed and transmuted back into its original perfection. This is what is meant by the statement “All that is hidden must now be revealed.”

Regardless of how deplorable our human miscreations are, the energy that comprises those gross mutations was originally pure Light from the Heart of God. You and I and every other person responsible for creating those miscreations must transmute that energy back into pure Light. This is true for every single human miscreation. Anything that is not reflecting the harmony and balance of the patterns of perfection in the Causal Body of God is a human miscreation. This includes poverty, disease, hatred, prejudice, corruption, greed, violence, war, religious fanaticism, abuse of power, and every other physical manifestation that is less than the perfection of Heaven on Earth. 

When we invoke the Light of God through our prayers, meditations, invocations, decrees, affirmations, or any other way, our Father-Mother God respond and the Light of God increases on Earth. This frequency of God’s Infinite Perfection floods the planet and enters the core of purity in every atomic and subatomic particle and wave of Life. 

Regardless of how dark or contaminated our human miscreations are, the energy within the core of that miscreation still pulsates with its original Divine Potential. That is true for every person, place, condition, or thing existing on this planet. For instance, in the core of every expression of poverty still pulsates the Divine Potential for God’s Infinite Abundance. Within the core of every facet of disease still pulsates the Divine Potential of vibrant health. Within every manifestation of war is the Divine Potential of peace. Within every electron of hatred is the Divine Potential of love. This is true for people as well. No matter how far a person has fallen or how depraved or degenerate he or she may seem, that person still has the full Divine Potential of a Beloved Child of God blazing in their Heart Flame.  

The reason it sometimes appears as though things are getting worse after we invoke the Light of God is because of what happens when the Light enters the core of purity. When the Light of God enters the core of purity, it activates the original Divine Potential that is still encoded within that particle of Life. Everything that conflicts with that potential is then pushed to the surface to be healed and transmuted back into Light. This is a necessary part of the process that has to be successfully accomplished in order to clear the way for the tangible manifestation of the Divine Potential. 

What this means very practically is that when we invoke prosperity, the Light of God enters the core of purity in every electron of energy in our lives that conflicts with prosperity. This Light activates the Divine Potential in that energy, which is God’s Infinite Abundance. Then the vibration of God’s Abundance pushes to the surface every thought, word, action, or feeling that is responsible for manifesting our poverty. As the patterns that created our poverty surface to be healed, it often looks like things are getting worse, but that is never the case.

This illusion is caused by the fact that we can easily see the patterns associated with our poverty that are being pushed to the surface to be healed. What we cannot see as easily, is the powerful Light of God that is pushing those distorted patterns to the surface in order to clear the way for our prosperity. With the limited perception of our fearful human egos, we end up focusing our attention on the surfacing patterns of poverty instead of the patterns for God’s Infinite Abundance. 

Now with the influx of Unity Consciousness that is flooding the Earth, the patterns that conflict with that wondrous Light are being pushed to the surface. Those are the obsolete patterns of our fear-based separation and duality. We must be cognizant of this fact and pay close attention to what we are empowering with our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions.

It is critical for us to remember that we create our Earthly experiences through our thoughts and feelings. If we focus on fear, separation, and duality, that is what we empower and sustain in our lives. It is just that simple. Through our lack of understanding, we have created a vicious circle for ourselves. That is why these “end times” have been referred to in many teachings as “The time of screaming and the gnashing of teeth.” 

It is time for us to learn how to transmute the surfacing negativity in a more effective way, while staying focused on the positive things we are invoking. The Company of Heaven has given us guidance and wonderful tools that will help us to do just that. One of those tools is the Violet Flame of God’s Infinite Perfection.

In the Earth’s natural orbital process known as the Precession of the Equinox, we have moved into the forcefield of Aquarius. This constellation resonates with the Violet Flame of God’s Infinite Perfection. This will be the predominant activity of Light on the Earth for the next 2,000 years. 

The Violet Flame is comprised of the Sapphire Blue Ray of our Father God’s Divine Will, Power and Authority, and the Crystalline Pink Ray of our Mother God’s Transfiguring Divine Love, Adoration and Reverence for Life. This Sacred Fire reflects the perfect balance of our Father-Mother God. 

The Violet Flame is a tool more powerful than our finite minds can conceive. When used consistently, it will transmute every electron of precious life energy we have ever misqualified at any time, in any existence, both known and unknown. It works as an atomic accelerator. It raises the frequency of all discordant energy into vibrations of healing and harmony. When we invoke the Violet Flame and empower it with feelings of forgiveness for our own mistakes and those of others, it works miracles.   

You do not have to fully comprehend every facet of the Violet Flame in order to use it effectively. All you have to do is ask your I AM Presence to take command, and then invoke this wondrous gift from the Heart of our Father-Mother God. 

Let’s join together in Unity Consciousness and invoke the Violet Flame of God’s Infinite Perfection on behalf of ourselves and every, man, woman, and child on Earth. I have stated this activity of Light in the first person, so that you will experience this individually and personally, but KNOW that you are also serving as a surrogate on behalf of every person evolving on this planet 

INVOCATIONS FOR THE VIOLET FLAME

Through the Beloved Presence of God, I AM, now blazing in my heart and the hearts of all Humanity, I invoke the Legions of Light throughout infinity who are associated with God’s Violet Flame of Infinite Perfection. 

Beloved Ones, blaze the full momentum of the Sacred Violet Fire in, through, and around every electron of precious Life energy I have ever misqualified in any time frame or dimension both known and unknown. Transmute these patterns of imperfection cause, core, effect, record, and memory into God’s Harmony and Balance. 

Beloved I AM, I invoke your Divine Intervention to blaze the Violet Flame through every thought, word, action, or feeling I have ever expressed that reflects anything less than my full Divine Potential. 

Look into my life and see what yet remains to be balanced by me to any person, place, condition, or thing I may have wronged at any time, in any way, for any reason whatsoever.

Reach your great loving hands of Light into all of the good energy I have released throughout my Earthly sojourns, and draw forth a thousand times as much perfection as I have ever done wrong.

Fashion from this substance of perfection a Gift of Love, whatever is necessary to balance every debt I have created which still remains unpaid to any part of Life. 

Beloved I AM, I ask you to forgive every person, place, condition, or thing which may have wronged me in any way, and balance all debts owed to me by Life everywhere.

I accept this God Victoriously accomplished through the Power of God, I AM.   And so it is!

NOW, I INVOKE THE VIOLET FLAME WITH THE POWER AND MIGHT OF A THOUSAND SUNS!

I invoke the Goddess of Liberty, the Goddess of Divine Justice, the Goddess of Freedom, the Goddess of Victory, and the Silent Watchers, Mighty Guardians, and Cosmic Beings who are assisting Humanity at this time from Inner levels with the cocreation of the New Earth. 

Blessed Ones, come now, and blaze forth the most powerful cleansing activity of the Violet Flame that Humanity and the Earth are capable of receiving during this Cosmic Moment. 

I open the Stargate of my Heart, and I AM instantly the Open Door for the most powerful 5th-Dimensional frequencies of the Violet Flame of God’s Infinite Perfection the Earth has ever experienced. 

The Violet Flame pulsates through my Heart Flame and blazes in, through, and around all inharmonious actions, all lower human consciousness, and all obstructions of the Light that any person, place, condition, or thing has ever placed in the pathway of Life’s perfection. 

Through the Divine Power of God’s Infinite Perfection the Violet Flame Transmutes this discordant energy cause, core, effect, record, and memory NOW and FOREVER.

The Silent Watchers over every country, state, city, town, village, and hamlet on the planet now reach out their great loving arms and raise up a limitless number of people in every location who are willing to participate in the faithful use of the Violet Flame of God’s Infinite Perfection. 

Each of these Lightworkers understands the full importance of this sacred gift of the Violet Flame that is being offered by our Father-Mother God to help free Humanity from all human distresses.

The conscious use of this mighty power from the Heart of God will cause to be established within every one of these places great foci of the Violet Flame, which will continually bathe every person in each vicinity.

Now, through the Clarion Call of the I AM Presences of ALL Humanity and the Legions of Light throughout infinity, the Violet Flame begins to expand and expand. 

It merges with the Divinity in every person’s Heart Flame and expands into a tremendous Starburst of Light. This influx of the Violet Flame increases to the intensity and power of a thousand Suns.  

Beloved Legions of Light associated with the Violet Flame of God’s Infinite Perfection.. .

1.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through the thoughts, words, actions, and feelings of every man, woman, and child evolving on Earth until every person individually acknowledges and accepts the Divinity within ALL Life, and every expression is a healing benediction.

2.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through all incoming babies, the children, their parents, and guardians until ALL youth are raised up in energy, vibration, and consciousness to carry out the directives of their I AM Presence.

3.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through all youth centers and activities; all schools, colleges and universities; all leaders, teachers, instructors, and professors in every line of endeavor until the Flames of God Illumination and Enlightenment are manifest and eternally sustained.

4.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through all religious and spiritual teachings, so that Divine Love, Truth, Tolerance, and Universal Sisterhood and Brotherhood will quickly manifest.

5.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through all doctors, nurses, healers, hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical conglomerates, and every institution associated with healing of any kind until Divine Mercy, Compassion, and Healing are tangible realities for every person.

6.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through all banking and financial institutions, all economic systems, all money, and the people associated with monetary interactions of any kind until every person on Earth is openly demonstrating true integrity, honesty, generosity, fairness, abundance, and the God supply of all good things. 

7.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through all places of incarceration and all employed there, through every correctional institution and every judge, jury, and court of law until Divine Justice is manifest and eternally sustained.

8.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through all space activities throughout the world until every nation unites in cooperative service, so that God’s Will may be manifest with our sisters and brothers throughout the Universe.

9.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through the physical, etheric, mental, and emotional bodies of Humanity until all disease and human miscreation, its cause and core, is dissolved and transmuted into purity, vibrant health, and physical perfection.

10.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns through the food and water industries and through all of the food and water used for human consumption until every particle of food and every molecule of water is filled with Light. Empower this Elemental substance to raise the vibratory action of Humanity’s physical, etheric, mental, and emotional bodies until physical perfection becomes a sustained manifest reality for every Human Being.

11.  Blaze the Light of a thousand Suns in, through, and around every remaining electron of precious Life energy until the Immaculate Concept of the New Earth is manifest, and all Life evolving here is out picturing the perfection of God’s Infinite Physical Perfection and the patterns of perfection for the New Earth.  

And so it is, Beloved I AM.

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Big Oil makes war on the Earth

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

Big Oil makes war on the Earth
By Ellen Cantarow

If you live on the Gulf Coast, welcome to the real world of oil – and just know that you’re not alone. In the Niger Delta and the Ecuadorian Amazon, among other places, your emerging hell has been the living hell of local populations for decades.

Even as I was visiting those distant and exotic spill locales via book, article, and YouTube, you were going through your very public nightmare. Three federal appeals court judges with financial and other ties to big oil were rejecting the Barack Obama administration’s proposed drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. Pollution from the BP spill there was seeping into Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans. Clean-up crews were

discovering that a once-over of beaches isn’t nearly enough: somehow, the oil just keeps reappearing.

Endangered sea turtles and other creatures were being burnt alive in swaths of ocean (“burn fields”) ignited by BP to “contain” its catastrophe. The lives and livelihoods of fishermen and oyster-shuckers were being destroyed. Disease warnings were being issued to Gulf residents and alarming toxin levels were beginning to be found in clean-up workers.

None of this would surprise inhabitants of either the Niger Delta or the Amazon rain forest. Despite the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 and the Exxon Valdez in 1989, Americans are only now starting to wake up to the fate that, for half a century, has befallen the Delta and the Amazon, both ecosystems at least as rich and varied as the Gulf of Mexico.

The Niger Delta region, which faces the Atlantic in southern Nigeria, is the world’s third-largest wetland. As with shrimp and oysters in the Gulf, so its mangrove forests, described as “rain forests by the sea”, shelter all sorts of crustaceans. The Amazon rain forest, the Earth’s greatest nurturer of biodiversity, covers more than two billion square miles and provides this planet with about 20% of its oxygen. We are, in other words, talking about the despolation-by-oil not of bleak backlands, but of some of this planet’s greatest natural treasures.
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Transformation Part 1

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

The messages at this site are the result of communications between Mark Kimmel and beings who are not the current indigenous humans of this planet. The communications have been verified as coming only from those who are of the highest Christ Consciousness. There are now 134 messages on this site; they build on each other. For their full impact, read them in sequence beginning with September 2008 (archived below). They detail the transformation of this planet, our place in the universe, and a positive outlook for our future – if we are willing to act. I hope, by presenting them to you, that they spark your curiosity, and a decision to join with others to create a new civilization on Earth. As always I encourage you to seek your own unique truth, and live it.

This is my 14th posting to Mark’s Corner for 2010 that involves communications from off-planet beings and other non-humans. It is with great pleasure that I welcome back Adrial, a celestial of this universe. This communication will commence a series of messages dealing with the transformation of Earth’s civilization.


Greetings to all. Some of this may seem like a repetition of things already discussed, but I believe they lay a necessary foundation. There are several facets to the transformation that affect Earth’s human guests. First of all, Earth is transforming herself to a planet of higher frequency. She is asserting herself against the fear-based energies that are being generated by her human and non-human occupants. Her alternative was annihilation of the planet and all upon her.

The process of Earth’s transformation to a planet of light began about 70 years ago when she cried out for assistance. Many beings around the universe responded. They came aboard their gigantic ships to transmit light to assist Earth in raising her frequency. This process has been successful; Earth is now well on her way to become a brilliant planet with a pristine ecology. Her frequency is rising at an increasing rate. She has a few steps to complete. These will take place in these the final moments of the transformation.

Earth now is cleaning herself of the damage inflicted on her by her human guests. Think of Earth as a patient who has been grievously wounded. The wounds must be tended to so that she may successfully heal herself. That is the process she is now undergoing. This will entail extreme weather, earth shifts, volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Like the cauterizing of a wound, some of this cleansing will be painful to those involved. No area of the planet will be unaffected; all humans will feel some effects. Areas where violence and fear are endemic, or where chemicals and munitions are manufactured, will experience the most extensive cleansing.

Part of this process is so that Earth may attain a more pleasant and salubrious climate worldwide. She is warming from her core as the result of radiation directed to her from the sun, which is being impacted by energies from the galaxy. Earth’s glaciers are melting as a result of this new warmth. Her seas are rising with water contributed by the melting. Her tectonic plates will adjust as part of this process. She is returning to a pristine planet of beauty – she once had such beauty, you know, before the dark energy plunged her into darkness.

Another aspect of attaining a more pleasant and salubrious climate is the correction of Earth’s tilt. The dark energy moved her from a vertical axis to the tilt that produced seasons. This is being corrected as a part of creating a more pleasant climate worldwide. Another aspect of Earth’s transformation will be the removal of the artificial satellite that you call the moon. The dark energy placed it here many, many years ago as an observatory, and as a control mechanism. Your space brothers and sisters will remove it.

So what do these things mean to the human inhabitants of Earth? If earth is raising her frequency, then Earth’s human inhabitants will be required to raise theirs also. All animals, plants, and rocks are welcoming the beneficial frequencies directed to Earth from the galaxy, the sun, and from your space brothers and sisters. These beneficial energies are directed to helping humans ascend along with the planet. Many people are experiencing disorientation, headaches, and sleepiness. Those that fear these beneficial frequencies and resist them will make themselves sick. Those who welcome the frequencies will find themselves living in a more relaxed state, free from fear and anxiety. This is what you call the 4th dimension.

Many, many years ago, the dark energy removed part of the DNA of the human residents of Earth. The new energies are now restoring this lost DNA. Humans of Earth now have the opportunity to function at a level of consciousness unknown until recently. This higher level of consciousness is available to all on the planet – if they accept it. If they resist it, if they fight to remain in their conventional lives, whatever those may be, the frequencies cannot perform their intended uplifting. Humans who resist the call to raise their consciousness will not attain sufficient frequency to ascend with the planet. Those who choose to resist will be allowed to continue in 3rd density lifetimes on other 3rd dimension worlds until they choose to ascend along the path of soul growth.

Thank you Adrial, your message helps to explain some of what is occurring about us, and to us. I look forward to further messages.

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In Truth, Love and Joy,

Rev. Mark Kimmel

http://www.cosmicparadigm.com/Marks_Corner/

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A Divine Syntax

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

I’ve just had a very pleasant discussion with a reader doing graduate work in biology. I don’t feel I have permission to use her name. But discussing matters with her suggests that it may be time to have another discussion I haven’t had in any detail for years.

That other discussion is to connect a few dots cross-culturally, to provide a possible syntax of terrestrial spirituality and enlightenment studies.

For many, this discussion will not resonate and I ask you just to ignore it and pass on to the next post. But for some it may provide another piece of the spiritual jigsaw puzzle.

David Wilcock has suggested that Ascension may happen for some of us before Dec. 21, 2010.  (1) Ascension implies reaching the zero point of time.

I know little about the Fibonacci sequence, golden ratio, etc. David appears to know a great deal about it. But if we discuss the sine wave that the divine energy is, that becomes another matter.

As far as I’m aware, Hindus call that sine wave “Aum,” the Divine Energy, personified as Shakti by Hindus and as the Holy Spirit by Christians. That sine wave is the primordial creative vibration, the light that called everything into being, the breath (spiritus) that moved upon the waters, Wisdom who created her temple with seven pillars (the body with seven chakras).

Hindus say that the sine wave that Om is has three phases – creation, preservation, and transformation – which they call the three Gunas – rajas, sattwa, and thamas – and which, in my view, are personified as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma presides over creation; Vishnu over preservation; and Shiva over transformation.

This means that the Trimurthy of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva is itself a subset of Shakti, the Divine Energy, Aum/Amen, Procreator/Prakrithi. Sri Ramakrishna says that it is Shakti who has become the gunas. (2)

Shakti or the Holy Spirit is itself part of the Trinity of Brahman, Atman and Shakti to Hindus and Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to Christians.

The difference between Shakti and Brahman is the difference, as Jesus said, (3) between a movement and a rest, or between the formless Void and form-birthing Energy. The Father or Brahman is still; the Holy Spirit or Shakti is movement.

There is no gender at that level of phenomena. The ancients used gender to differentiate between stillness (masculine) and motion (feminine). Notice that the spiritual assignment of gender is the opposite of the psychological, where motion or penetration is called masculine and stillness or receptivity is called feminine. All owe much more to convention than to reality.

The third member of the Trinity is the individuated Formless or Atman, the Son of God, the Christ. The individuated Formless resides in the heart of the being as the Prince of Peace, the treasure buried in a field, the pearl of great price, the mustard seed that grows into a great tree, the meal that leavens the whole loaf.

Three other ways to think of the Trinity that may be suggestive are:

God the Father can be thought of as the Transcendental; God the Holy Spirit as the Phenomenal; and God the Son as the Transcendental in the Phenomenal.

The three can also be conceived of as the Father, Mother, and Child.

And, speaking in terms of a divine syntax, they can be thought of as the Universal Subject (God is “US”), the Holy Verb, and the Divine Object.

The purpose of life is to allow the Formless an opportunity to experience itself. The Formless being One and All There Is is without a second and thus cannot experience itself. But creating illusory forms which, when they lose their ignorance in Self-Realization, know that they are God allows the Formless a chance to meet itself. God meets God in enlightenment.

To create this drama or lila in which illusory forms are created and journey out into a physical world to travel from God to God, the Motionless stirred, the Void became light, energy, love, sound. And a world of objects was born.

Shakti created the body and the Formless inhabited the heart as the Son of God, the Child of God, the Christ or Atman.

All created objects, from the lowliest atoms to the mightiest angels, are stirred by the three gunas and move from the lowest or thamas to the middle or rajas and finally to the highest or sattwa, until they are freed from all three and merge again in the Formless Void.

Enlightenment, the purpose of life, has many levels. Sri Ramakrishna used to discuss these by talking about the rising of the kundalini. When the kundalini reached the Fourth or Heart Chakra, one experiences spiritual awakening. I would call that the vision of the Son of God, Atman, or Christ. It’s seen as a discrete point of light, which we know we are and know as well that we are immortal.

When the kundalini reaches the Sixth or Brow Chakra or Third Eye, we see the light in all creation. I would call that the vision of the Holy Spirit, Divine Mother, Shakti. I would also call it cosmic consciousness or savikalpa samadhi. We now know that we are one with the world.

When the kundalini reaches the Seventh or Crown Chakra, we see the light transcending creation. I would call this the vision of Brahman or the Holy Father. I would also call it God-Realization, Self-Realization, Brahmajnana, or kevalya nirvikalpa samadhi. We now know that we are one with God.

Now I am guessing because no one sage makes all the following points so I’m not sure I’m correct in equating all that I do here. When the kundalini moves beyond the Crown Chakra and reaches the Heart (not the Heart Chakra, but the hridayam or spiritual heart), we pass beyond the chakra system. I would call this the vision of Parabrahman, vijnana, or sahaja samadhi. We now know, not just that I am God, but that God is everything and everything is God.

Having walked to the roof (the Crown Chakra), we have come down from the roof again (to thehridayam). When we reached the roof, we knew “I am God.” When we came down from the roof and looked at the stairs and the lime on the wall, we saw that “It is God who has become everything.” (4) These are levels of unitive consciousness.

Enlightenment at the Seventh Chakra is not permanent; the heart opens and shuts again. Enlightenment at the Spiritual Heart is permanent; the heart opens and stays open. This level is what I call “Ascension.” This is the Fifth Dimension.

This level of enlightenment is what I believe Adyashanti has attained. It is what Ramana Maharshi pointed to. It is what Sri Ramakrishna called the highest enlightenment attainable by humans.

There are many, many levels above it, attained by beings who have passed out of the human level and into levels beyond, such as Angels, Elohim, etc.

Thus even so-called “unitive” consciousness has levels to it. We may experience unity with the world, with God, with everything. And we will experience levels of unity beyond that which defy imagination.

Thank you for allowing me to comment on a subject with fills me with great joy.

Footnotes

(1)  “My readings have told me, for what it’s worth, that some of us will be able to have ascended abilities, I mean full-on ascended abilities, prior to the actual shift happening [in 2012].” (David Wilcock, 2012 Enigma, Part 10, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-d7DfsJrHU&feature=related.)

(2) “Mother [i.e., Shakti] is all – She has become the three gunas.” (Sri Ramakrishna in Visions of Sri Ramakrishna, 22.)

Note as well: “When the Godhead [Parabrahman] is thought of as creating, preserving, and destroying, It is known as the Personal God, Saguna Brahman, or the Primal Energy, Adyasakti. Again, when It is thought of as beyond the three gunas, then it is called the Attributeless Reality, Nirguna Brahman, beyond speech and thought; this is the Supreme Brahman, Paramatman.” (PR in GSR, 218.)

(3) Gospel According to Thomas, 29.

(4) “The vijnani … realizes that the steps [leading to the roof, by which he ascended to God] are made of the same materials as the roof: bricks, lime, and brick-dust. That which is realized intuitively as Brahman, through the eliminating process of ‘Not this, not this,’ is then found to have become the universe and all its living beings. The vijnani sees that the Reality which is nirguna, without attributes, is also saguna, with attributes.” (Paramahansa Ramakrishna inGospel of Sri Ramakrishna, 103-4.)

References

“Christianity and Hinduism are One,” at http://sbeckow.wordpress.com/spiritual-essays/christianity-and-hinduism-are-one/ .

“On the Nature of the Divine Mother,” at http://sbeckow.wordpress.com/spiritual-essays/on-the-nature-of-the-divine-mother-or-holy-spirit-2/ .

From Darkness Unto Light: A Cross-Cultural Dictionary of Enlightenment, athttp://www.angelfire.com/space2/light11/fdl/index100.html .

The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment, “Chapter 3” begins at http://sbeckow.wordpress.com/the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment/ch-3-the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment/

Selections from the Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, athttp://www.angelfire.com/space2/light11/diction/ramak1.html

Sri Ramana Maharshi on Self-Enquiry, athttp://www.angelfire.com/space2/light11/diction/ramana.html

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What Might Jesus Have Meant by Saying “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

It’s interesting that I’m starting to get a few spiritual questions, rather than questions exclusively on the galactics, 2012, etc. What an interesting and enjoyable development.

If you ask me a general question that others may benefit from considering, I may share it online. I won’t mention you (so I don’t embarrass you).   This question is definitely one that I’m sure other people have wrestled with. Thank you for asking.

The question was on how one can reconcile Jesus’ apparent statements that he was the only way to God with everything else that the galactics and ascended masters are saying.  A supplementary question was how I regarded Jesus. What follows are just my views, not “the truth.”  (I don’t know the truth, though knowing it is all that motivates me.)

Jesus, in my view, is deserving of all praise and respect as an avatar or “descent of God into form.”  He is not an ascender like you and me, but a descender.  He embodies the energy of God in ways that you and I do not. Most specifically he is able to forgive sin.

In my view, he said he was an avatar when he taught that “Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” (1) In my view, this is a statement that only an avatar can make.

Besides that, Sri Ramakrishna declared him to be an avatar. And perhaps you’d enjoy reading that passage:

A few other examples of avatars include Buddha, Shankara, Rama, Krishna, and Sri Ramakrishna himself.

But Jesus spoke metaphorically, in the language of what some people call the “Biblical code.”  (3)

When he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” in my opinion, he did not mean, I Jesus. He meant “the I,” “the Self”, the Soul or the Spirit, which is one with God, which IS God.

Knowing the “I,” or the “I am” as some prefer to call it, is indeed, as I understand it, the only way to God. We cannot know God unless and until we know the Self because the Self is God. (4) That’s what is meant when Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is within. The Self is within. Knowing the Self is knowing God.

In my view, God set up life so that He (She or It) could only be known by an individual knowing him or herself.

Knowing the Self is knowing the truth. Knowing the truth frees us from having to be reborn into physical life at the Third Dimension. We ascend to the Fifth Dimension, free of one level of physicality, to use the language of the 2012 scenario.

Thus knowing the “I” is truly the way, the truth, and the life.

The “I” or “Self” is the treasure buried in the field, the pearl of great price, the mustard seed that grows into a great tree, the measure of meal that leavens the whole loaf. The “I” or “Self” is the Christ, the Son of God, the messiah, the savior, the prince of peace.

Hindus call the “I” the Atman or Brahman (the Father) within the individual. Nothing Jesus said does not fit in with what Krishna or Buddha said. We just have to understand the context in which he was speaking.

But Christians have taken this statement and interpreted it as meaning that Jesus of Nazareth is the only way to God. I don’t think Jesus ever meant it that way or he would not have said “Ye shall do greater than I.” If he is the only way, how could we do greater than he?

So I believe that one has to divest oneself of an exclusivist, narrow interpretation of Jesus’s words for his teachings to be wide-open and unrestrictive. Once one does, what Jesus says lines up with what all the major spiritual teachers have said.

I myself am (nominally) Jewish but I love Jesus more than many Christians I know. His words are endlessly profound once they are released from the narrow interpretive limits that have been imposed on them for centuries. I have never ceased to thrill reading the Gospels. I live my life by a few sentences contained in the Sermon on the Mount, beginning with “Take no thought for the morrow, what ye shall eat and what ye shall wear.” I never stop enjoying talking about Jesus.

Make that one alternation in Jesus’s teachings and they line up with those of Sri Krishna, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Rumi, etc.  Make that one alteration and the basis of religious wars falls away.

Matthew Ward has said that many fundamentalists will have difficulty letting go of narrow views like Jesus being the only way to God. They will choose to leave this life instead:

What a shame when only a single adjustment might remove the difficulty and increase the range and embrace  of Jesus’ teachings by an order of magnitude.

Footnotes

http://sbeckow.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/what-might-jesus-have-meant-by-saying-i-am-the-way-the-truth-and-the-life/

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Hilarion: Allow Your Loved Ones to Go Through Their Process

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

July 18-25, 2010

Beloved Ones,

As you look around you, the World as you have known it is rapidly changing. All that once seemed solid is now in the process of dissolution and transformation.

This is bringing many of you great sadness and pain but also great growth in spiritual perceptions and a total re-evaluation of your purpose here on Earth.

Grieve not, Beloved Hearts, for as the dissolution comes, there is also great potential for growth and transformation that is taking place within the hearts, minds and Souls of those who are giving you such difficulties at this time. All is as it should be from the higher perspective. We say to you not to give up on your relationships with those whom you love, for all is not yet lost.

Your Beloved Ones need giant wake up calls at this juncture and each of you have agreed to accept the roles that you are now playing and what is now playing out in each of your lives and relationships has required each of you to experience a ‘dark night of the Soul’ and, as Lightworkers, you are helping them to open up to their higher potential.

To you it seems as though all is lost and never ‘the twain’ shall meet, yet you will find that down the road you are each traveling, there will occur great transformations within your Loved Ones and as these transformations begin to take place, a greater realization of your value and worth to them will begin to take place within them and they will realize how blessed they have been with your presence in their lives and there will be opportunities for reconciliation.

What is needed now for those of you going through these experiences is to love and nurture yourselves. Go within as often as you are able and spend as much time in Nature as possible, for this will help keep you grounded and will help soothe your Soul.

Allow your Loved Ones to go through their process and try and detach yourselves from any expectations. Sometimes a temporary time away will create greater clarity within your minds and hearts and bring your situations into greater focus and you will get a sense of your next step and your way will become clearer.

As this happens, be open to receiving guidance and the synchronicities as they occur in your daily lives, for your personal Guides and Angels will do everything they can to give assistance. We are ever ready and will answer your calls with alacrity. Stand in your Light, Dear Ones, and stand tall. Speak your truth and be not afraid, for all will work out in a way that will leave you gasping with incredible joy.

It will require further and great patience on your part, for you must allow the time for this to manifest. You may have to spend this time removed from the situation, in order for order and harmony to be restored. Have faith and hold onto the Love that you hold in your hearts, for the Love IS the answer.

Until next week….

I AM Hilarion

©2010 Marlene Swetlishoff

http://www.therainbowscribe.com

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BP Paying Off Universities and Gulf Scientists En Masse to Hide Oil Spill Research Data from the Public

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

Posted by Alexander Higgins

July 16, 2010

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2010/07/16/bp-paying-off-universities-and-gulf-scientists-to-hide-oil-spill-research-data-from-the-public/

If the people of the Gulf have had one advocate throughout the BP Gulf Oil Spill it has been the scientific community.

They have not been afraid to step and challenge BP and The Federal Government over the existence of underwater plumes, the dangers of the dispersants BP is using, or the safety of Gulf waters.

The scientific community has sounded the alarm on skyrocketing arsenic levels in the Gulf while the Government has kept quiet and has exposed the improper BP cleanup practices that are contaminating Gulf beaches.

Scientist have come forward to reveal the real location of the oil spill, exposed the lies about oil and methane plumes, and have alerted the public to severely low-balled flow rates.

The list goes on and on.

However those days may soon becoming to an end.

A startling new report from the Alabama Register reveals BP is trying to buy up Gulf scientists and Universities in mass to prevent them from releasing research data to the public.

For the last few weeks, BP has been offering signing bonuses and lucrative pay to prominent scientists from public universities around the Gulf Coast to aid its defense against spill litigation.

BP PLC attempted to hire the entire marine sciences department at one Alabama university, according to scientists involved in discussions with the company’s lawyers. The university declined because of confidentiality restrictions that the company sought on any research.

The Press-Register obtained a copy of a contract offered to scientists by BP. It prohibits the scientists from publishing their research, sharing it with other scientists or speaking about the data that they collect for at least the next three years.

“We told them there was no way we would agree to any kind of restrictions on the data we collect. It was pretty clear we wouldn’t be hearing from them again after that,” said Bob Shipp, head of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama. “We didn’t like the perception of the university representing BP in any fashion.”

BP officials declined to answer the newspaper’s questions about the matter. Among the questions: how many scientists and universities have been approached, how many are under contract, how much will they be paid, and why the company imposed confidentiality restrictions on scientific data gathered on its behalf.

More than one scientist interviewed by the Press-Register described being offered $250 an hour through BP lawyers. At eight hours a week, that amounts to $104,000 a year.

Scientists from Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University and Texas A&M have reportedly accepted, according to academic officials. Scientists who study marine invertebrates, plankton, marsh environments, oceanography, sharks and other topics have been solicited.

The contract makes it clear that BP is seeking to add scientists to the legal team that will fight the Natural Resources Damage Assessment lawsuit that the federal government will bring as a result of the Gulf oil spill.

The government also filed a NRDA suit after the Exxon Valdez spill.

In developing its case, the government will draw on the large amount of scientific research conducted by academic institutions along the Gulf. Many scientists being pursued by BP serve at those institutions.

With its payments, BP buys more than the scientists’ services, according to Wiygul. It also buys silence, he said, thanks to confidentiality clauses in the contracts.

Richard Shaw, associate dean of LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment, said that the BP contracts are already hindering the scientific community’s ability to monitor the affects of the Gulf spill.

“The first order of business at the research meetings is to get all the disclosures out. Who has a personal connection to BP? We have to know how to deal with that person,” Shaw said. “People are signing on with BP because the government funding to the universities has been so limited. It’s a sad state of affairs.”

“This is not an agreement to do research for BP,” Wiygul said. “This is an agreement to join BP’s legal team. You agree to communicate with BP through their attorneys and to take orders from their attorneys.

“The purpose is to maintain any information or data that goes back and forth as privileged.”

The contract requires scientists to agree to withhold data even in the face of a court order if BP decides to fight such an order. It stipulates that scientists will be paid only for research approved in writing by BP.

The contracts have the added impact of limiting the number of scientists who’re able to with federal agencies. “Let’s say BP hired you because of your work with fish. The contract says you can’t do any work for the government or anyone else that involves your work with BP. Now you are a fish scientist who can’t study fish,” Wiygul said.

Perhaps even more startling is the scientists that BP isn’t paying off to keep quiet the Federal Government is.

A scientist who spoke to the Press-Register on condition of anonymity because he feared harming relationships with colleagues and government officials said he rejected a BP contract offer and was subsequently approached by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with a research grant offer.

He said the first question the federal agency asked was, “‘is there a conflict of interest,’ meaning, ‘are you under contract with BP?’”

Other scientists told the newspaper that colleagues who signed on with BP have since been informed by federal officials that they will lose government funding for ongoing research efforts unrelated to the spill.

NOAA officials did not answer requests for comment. The agency also did not respond to a request for the contracts that it offers scientists receiving federal grants. Several scientists said the NOAA contract was nearly as restrictive as the BP version.

The state of Alaska published a 293-page report on the NRDA process after the Exxon Valdez disaster. A section of the report titled “NRDA Secrecy” discusses anger among scientists who received federal grants over “the non-disclosure form each researcher had signed as a prerequisite to funding.”

“It’s a very strange situation. The science is already suffering,” Shaw said. “The government needs to come through with funding for the universities. They are letting go of the most important group of scientists, the ones who study the Gulf.”

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Second UFO Sighting Baffles China

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

Second UFO sighting baffles China

Another Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) has been reportedly detected in Chongqing province
By xinmsn, 16/07/2010

http://news.xin.msn.com/en/top-stories/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4222536

UFO

Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)

Another unidentified flying object (UFO) has been spotted hovering over a part in southwestern China’s Chongqing province after a similar sighting last week caused massive flight delays at a municipal airport, according to latest Chinese media reports.

All alleged witnesses of the latest sighting spoke of “four lantern-like objects”, according to Chinese state-controlled news agency Xinhua.

Watch:VIDEO: UFO over Chinese airports

The witnesses claimed that the objects “formed a diamond shape and hovered over the city’s Shaping Park for over an hour,” Xinhua said.

One witness, Mr Chen, said, “I stared at it and it did not move. After hovering for an hour, the thing started to fly higher and finally out of people’s sight.” He also added that it must have been a UFO and people began to notice it around 8pm Wednesday.

Last week, Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan Airport shut down operations for an hour after a UFO appeared, affecting up to 18 flights and affecting 2,000 passengers, various Chinese media reports said.

No official explanation has been given for the strange sightings and investigations into the first UFO sighting failed to reach a conclusion.

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In Abu Zubaydah’s Case, Court Relies on Propaganda and Lies

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

In Abu Zubaydah’s Case, Court Relies on Propaganda and Lies

Tuesday 20 July 2010

by: Andy Worthington, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis

http://www.truth-out.org/in-abu-zubaydahs-case-court-relies-propaganda-and-lies61547

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Abu Zubaydah. (Illustration: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t)

In the history of the “War on Terror,” few stories are as disturbing as that of Abu Zubaydah. Seized in Pakistan in March 2002, Zubaydah was initially regarded as a “high-value detainee” of such significance that the Bush administration conceived its torture program specifically for use on him. But the case against him has steadily unraveled over the years, as officials — first in the Bush administration, and then under President Obama — have conceded that his significance was monstrously overstated, and that he was not a member of al-Qaeda, was not involved in planning any international terrorist attacks, and had no advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks.

With this in mind, it is distressing to note that, last month, in the case of Sufyian Barhoumi, an Algerian seized with Zubaydah, who lost his habeas corpus petition last September, the Court of Appeals in Washington DC drew on discredited information about Zubaydah to overstate his importance, and to justify Barhoumi’s ongoing detention. The Circuit Court also drew on the diary of a previously unknown associate of Zubaydah’s to present another view of Zubaydah — as the leader of a militia allied with al-Qaeda — to justify Barhoumi’s detention, and, by extension, that of Zubaydah himself, even though there are doubts about the government’s interpretation of the diary, and the whereabouts of the diary’s author are unknown.

On June 22, when a panel of judges led by Judge David S. Tatel upheld Barhoumi’s detention, the ruling was superficially unsurprising. Barhoumi was not only seized in the house raid in Faisalabad, Pakistan, on March 28, 2002, that led to the capture of Abu Zubaydah, along with other alleged terror suspects, but he had also conceded, in publicly available documents from Guantanamo, that he had attended military training camps in Afghanistan.

This, on its own, may not have been sufficient for Barhoumi’s detention to be upheld, but last September, when his habeas petition was denied, Judge Rosemary Collyer provided another reason. Although she noted that Barhoumi “said that he is not now and has never been a member of al-Qaeda,” and added, “I have no reason not to believe that,” she nevertheless concluded that “he was with an associated force that was engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners and therefore was properly detained.”

At the time, Judge Collyer’s unclassified opinion was not made publicly available (and has still not been made available), and the quotes above are from the court transcript that was eventuallyunearthed by researchers at ProPublica. It was not, therefore, until the Circuit Court upheld his detention last month that the details of this “associated force” were revealed as a militia that was allegedly maintained by Abu Zubaydah, and it was also revealed that the Circuit Court was relying on a long-discredited opinion of Zubaydah as the leader of a training camp in Afghanistan and an associate of Osama bin Laden.

How the Case Against Abu Zubaydah Collapsed

What is troubling about this is the fact that since Zubaydah’s capture (when Donald Rumsfeld described it as “well established” that he was “a close associate” of Osama bin Laden, “and if not the number two, very close to the number two person in the organization”), the government has steadily backed away from these claims, as accounts have emerged that thoroughly discredit the allegations.

These include devastating statements by Dan Coleman, the FBI’s senior expert on al-Qaeda. Coleman and his FBI colleagues had access to Zubaydah’s diaries, in which they found entries in the voices of three people — a boy, a young man and a middle-aged alter ego — which recorded in numbing detail, over the course of 10 years, “what people ate, or wore, or trifling things they said,” and Coleman’s conclusion, which he told his superiors, was, “This guy is insane, certifiable, split personality.”

That was reported in 2006, and in December 2007, Coleman followed up, describing Zubaydah as a “safehouse keeper” who “claimed to know more about al-Qaeda and its inner workings than he really did,” and explaining how Coleman and others at the FBI had concluded not only that Zubaydah had severe mental problems — particularly because of a head injury he had suffered in 1992 — but also that this explained why he was regarded with suspicion by the al-Qaeda leadership. “They all knew he was crazy, and they knew he was always on the damn phone,” Coleman said. “You think they’re going to tell him anything?”

This analysis was, essentially, reinforced by a Justice Department official who spoke anonymously to the Washington Post last March. As I reported at the time:

[Abu Zubaydah] was not even an official member of al-Qaeda, and was, instead, a “kind of travel agent” for would-be jihadists. A former Justice Department official, who knows his case, explained, “He was the above-ground support. He was the guy keeping the safe house, and that’s not someone who gets to know the details of the plans. To make him the mastermind of anything is ridiculous.” What happened, it transpired, was that because his name often turned up in intelligence traffic linked to al-Qaeda transactions, some within the intelligence community presumed that he was a significant figure, whereas the truth was that, although committed to the idea of jihad, he did not share Osama bin Laden’s aims, and regarded the United States as an enemy principally because of its support of Israel. The officials explained that he “had strained and limited relations with bin Laden and only vague knowledge before the Sept. 11 attacks that something was brewing.”

The Circuit Court’s Reliance on Discredited Intelligence

Alarmingly, despite these concessions on the government’s part, both the District Court and the Circuit Court drew on another source in Barhoumi’s habeas petition in an attempt to demonstrate that Zubaydah was “the person in charge” of the Khaldan training camp, and that he was “an associate of [Osama bin Laden]” who “coordinates and cooperates with [bin Laden] in the conduct of training and trainee movements between [redacted] camps and al-Qaeda camps.”

As the judges explained, the source of this information, which also fooled the authors of the 9/11 Commission Report, who referred to “Abu Zubaydah’s Khaldan Camp” (p. 175), was Ahmed Ressam, the failed “Millennium Bomber” who is currently serving a 22-year sentence in the US. The problem with Ressam’s evidence is that, although he initially cooperated with the authorities in exchange for a reduced sentence, and provided information about dozens of alleged terrorist suspects, including Zubaydah, he then stopped cooperating and withdrew his statements. As a result, numerous cases involving Ressam’s statements have collapsed (including that of Ahcene Zemiri (aka Hassan Zemiri), falsely fingered by Ressam as an associate in the bomb plot, who was freed from Guantanamo in January this year), and the portrayal of Zubaydah accepted by the judges is fundamentally at odds with the one now accepted by the Obama administration.

The Government Concedes That Abu Zubaydah Was Not a Member of al-Qaeda

As Jason Leopold explained in an article for Truthout in March this year, in a federal court filing the government officially endorsed the view put forward by the anonymous Justice Department official to the Washington Post in March 2009, “back(ing) away from the Bush administration’s statements that Zubaydah was the No. 2 or No. 3 official in al-Qaeda who had helped plan the 9/11 attacks, as well as even earlier claims from the Clinton administration that he was directly involved in planning the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa,” and admitting for the first time that “Zubaydah did not have ‘any direct role in or advance knowledge of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,’ and was neither a ‘member’ of al-Qaeda nor ‘formally’ identified with the terrorist organization.”

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The government also appeared to have accepted that that “the military camp he was alleged to be affiliated with, Khaldan, was closed by the Afghan Taliban after refusing to let it go under the formal control of bin Laden and al-Qaeda,” conceding, in its court filing, that Khaldan was “organizationally and operationally independent” of al-Qaeda’s camps.

This corresponds with Zubaydah’s own revelation, during his Combatant Status Review Tribunal at Guantanamo in 2007 (in a passage that was only unclassified in June 2009, in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU), that, after his extensive torture, his interrogators told him, “sorry we discover that you are not number three [in al-Qaeda], not a partner, even not a fighter.” It also confirms other accounts about Khaldan, which was actually run by Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a former CIA “ghost prisoner,” who died in mysterious circumstances in a Libyan jail last year. Al-Libi, notoriously, was tortured in Egypt, on behalf of the CIA, until he produced a false confession about links between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq, and his death means that a key witness has been lost who might have been able to explain the strained relationship he had with bin Laden, and how Khaldan was closed in 2000 after he refused to allow it to come under bin Laden’s control.

Dubious Allegations About Abu Zubaydah’s “Militia”

While these revelations indicate that the Circuit Court is lamentably out-of-date in its consideration of Abu Zubaydah, it is also noticeable that the judges relied on another document, the diary of an alleged associate of Zubaydah, Abu Kamil al-Suri, to demonstrate that Zubaydah was in charge of a militia, which included Sufyian Barhoumi. Whether there is any truth in this is difficult to ascertain, as Abu Kamil al-Suri is not available to ask about his diary, His whereabouts are unknown, but he may have died in the raid that led to Zubaydah’s capture, or he may be one of a handful of men — and boys — seized with Zubaydah who were rendered to Syria, and have never been heard of since.

This is deeply troubling, of course, in the wider context of “disappearances” in the “War on Terror,” but its relevance to Sufyian Barhoumi’s case — and to that of Abu Zubaydah — is also significant. The diary purports to identify the movements of various men, including Barhoumi, to and from Tora Bora, where a showdown between al-Qaeda and the US took place in December 2001, and from Afghanistan to Pakistan, although it should be noted that, in Guantanamo, Barhoumi strenuously and repeatedly denied ever being in Tora Bora. Al-Suri’s diary also identifies 15 members of what is described as “Zubaydah’s militia,” although, in the translation of al-Suri’s own words, it is described, less spectacularly, as a “group,” and a fractious one, moreover, with al-Suri noting that several of the members were “trying to take over this group,” to “lead us to join Sheikh Osama bin Laden.”

The interpretation of the diary is clearly of importance not only to Sufyian Barhoumi but also to Abu Zubaydah, as it seems to form part of the government’s revised claims about Zubaydah, mentioned in the court filing in March, in which the Justice Department maintained that Zubaydah should still be detained based on his “actions” as an “affiliate” of al-Qaeda, and alleged that he “supported enemy forces and participated in hostilities” and “facilitat(ed) the retreat and escape of enemy forces” after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001.

His lawyers have countered this by stating that “the persons whom [Zubaydah] assisted in escaping Afghanistan in 2001 included ‘women, children, and/or other non-combatants’ ” and that the government has “evidence to support those assertions,” which contrasts starkly with the Circuit Court’s conclusions about both Sufyian Barhoumi and Abu Zubaydah. The scope of Zubaydah’s involvement with securing the escape of non-combatants from Afghanistan is unknown, because the government has not provided any information about this publicly, and Zubaydah’s lawyers are prevented from discussing almost anything about their client’s case because of sweeping classification rules relating to the “high-value detainees.”

However, it seems clear that one non-combatant whose escape from Afghanistan was facilitated by a network in which Zubaydah played a part is Ravil Mingazov, a Russian seized in a guest house in Faisalabad (with over a dozen other men, mostly students) on the night Zubaydah was seized. Mingazov recently won his habeas corpus petition, and he explained in Guantanamo that, after fleeing Afghanistan, where he had traveled in search of a new life free from religious persecution, he had spent three months at a religious center in Lahore run by the missionary organization Jamaat-al-Tablighi, until he and two other men accepted an offer of safe passage to a house in Faisalabad, where, they were told, it would be easier for them to leave the country.

This example of a civilian helped out of Afghanistan as part of some sort of loose transportation network, in which Zubaydah was involved, is starkly at odds with the Circuit Court’s assertion of Zubaydah’s role as the head of a militia, in which Barhoumi was implicated. In their ruling, the judges noted that Barhoumi does not “dispute that Zubaydah’s militia qualifies as an ‘associated force’ that engaged in hostilities against US or coalition forces. The only dispute, then, is whether Barhoumi was, as the district court found, ‘part of’ Zubaydah’s organization.”

Ulterior Motives?

In light of the failed claims about Zubaydah’s status as a senior figure in al-Qaeda, and the government’s revised analysis of him as someone who “supported enemy forces and participated in hostilities” and “facilitat(ed) the retreat and escape of enemy forces,” it is obviously alarming that the Circuit Court clung to a discredited view of Zubaydah’s role in upholding Sufyian Barhoumi’s detention, and it is, moreover, no less alarming that the allegation about Zubaydah’s purported “militia” was allowed to pass unchallenged.

In contrast to this claim, all the evidence suggests that, in its desperation to find charges that will stick to Zubaydah, the government has every incentive to dress up a fractious group of men, nominally led by Zubaydah, as an organized “militia,” and to ignore counter-claims that he was not involved in fighting US forces, but was involved in facilitating the escape from Afghanistan of a variety of individuals, including “women, children, and/or other non-combatants.”

In establishing this picture of Zubaydah as the leader of a militia — based on a translation of a diary by a man who appears to have vanished off the face of the earth — the government, with the support of the Circuit Court, appears determined to use it in a last-ditch attempt to cover up the much more distressing fact that the US government brutally tortured someone who was never part of al-Qaeda at all.

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UFO in China’s Skies Prompts Investigation

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2010

UFO in China’s Skies Prompts Investigation

Eighteen Flights Delayed, Theories Abound

by MARY HUANG

BEIJING, July 14, 2010

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An unidentified flying object (UFO) forced Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou, China to cease operations on July 7. A flight crew preparing for descent first detected the object around 8:40 p.m. and notified the air traffic control department. Aviation authorities responded within minutes, grounding outbound flights and diverting inbound ones to airports in Ningbo and Wuxi.

Eighteen flights were affected. Though normal operations resumed an hour later, the incident captured the attention of the Chinese media and sparked a firestorm of speculation on the UFO’s identity.

“It is a hidden U.S. bomber flying toward China,” one Internet user wrote on Monday. Another wrote on Sunday night, “In my opinion, the UFO is neither a U.S. missile nor a Russian satellite. Suggestions that it is extraterrestrial are even more preposterous.

“Everyone, use your head. This is clearly a man-made phenomenon. Would the U.S. or Russia risk provoking China’s anger by firing a missile or satellite rocket in Chinese skies, without warning? I believe the Chinese military is responsible for the UFO. It is a new missile or aircraft being tested out.”

Fueling speculations further, Hangzhou residents released photos, taken in the afternoon before the delays, of a hovering object bathed in golden light and exhibiting a comet-like tail. Less than an hour before the Xiaoshan airport shut down, residents said they also saw a flying object emitting red and white rays of light.

Resident Ma Shijun was taking a nighttime stroll with his wife when he saw the object.

“I felt a beam of light over my head. Looking up, I saw a streak of bright, white light flying across the sky, so I picked up the camera and took the photo. The time was 8:26 p.m. However, whether the object was a plane, or whether it was Xiaoshan Airport’s UFO, I don’t have a clear answer,” Ma told the Xinhua news agency.

The photos taken by Hangzhou residents may be unrelated to the UFO that shut down Xiaoshan Airport. According to Hangzhou meteorological authorities, residents in the afternoon probably saw light reflecting off of an airplane. As for Ma’s nighttime photo, Beijing Planetarium curator Zhu Jing told Xinhua that the object looks just like a plane shining its strobe lamps.

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