Thursday, December 29, 2011

I demand an explanation

I sent the following message to the SSJ Forum moderator in protest of his decision to refrain from sending my messages to all the members of the forum.
Why did you refuse to send my post to the other members of this forum?

If it was because of the last two sentences – wherein I called Jun a coward – you can remove those two sentences if you want and post the rest of the email.

If it was because I was discussing issues that you would rather not mention publicly then I demand to know what is the purpose of this forum? I thought the purpose of this forum was to discuss important issues related to Japan and America. Is that right? Or is the purpose of this forum to discuss silly and unimportant issues? Or is the purpose of this forum to discuss important issues in a dishonest, confusing, fake way that is built on lies and ignorant of the facts?

I believe very strongly that Japan and America are in the mess that we are in because the truth remains hidden from the public. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lance Truong sends me a reply

The SSJ Forum moderator sent me the following message.
Dear Mr. Murata

(Cc Mr. Troung)

We are forwarding a message which was sent to you by Mr. Troung.

And we recommend both of you exchange messages directly with each other hereafter on this subject.

Thank you and best wishes,

Akira Motegi, Moderator SSJ Forum
Upon reading this message, my outrage soared to new heights. Once again, Motegi had refused to send a message to all the members of the forum. Simply sending these messages to their so-called “recipients” is not acceptable to me. These messages should be sent to every member of the SSJ Forum. And his “recommendation” that Lance and I merely exchange messages with each other was proof in my mind that Motegi wanted to keep the truth hidden away from public view.

The following is the forwarded message sent by Lance.
Dear Mr. Murata,

Thank you for your reply (and to Mr. Motegi for the re-post). Although your answer focused more on US-AfPak relations, your opinion regarding the connection with Japan reconstruction spending post-3.11 is certainly interesting. Do you know any other sources that elaborate on this? Given the report I have to write is for an embassy, I imagine to a certain extent it will have to maintain a diplomatic tone regarding other countries, but if, for example, reconstruction spending is likely to lead to lower ODA to Afghanistan (which looks likely given recent news), that would certainly be of interest to the Embassy.



Monday, December 26, 2011

The SSJ Forum refuses to post my message

I received the following email from the SSJ Forum moderator.
Dear Mr. Murata,

Thank you for your message. We have forwarded it to Mr. Lance.

Thank you and best wishes,
Akira Motegi, Moderator SSJ Forum
Of course, his message implied that he would not post my message on the forum. He merely sent my message to Lance. This made me truly outraged.

First response to Lance Truong

I tried to post the following message on the SSJ Forum but the moderator refused to post it. The moderator did send the message to Lance, however.

I have a blog that lists many of the major events of 2011. This is the url:

I’ll give you a brief description of what happened in 2011 here.

In 2011, Afghanistan was all about the so-called end game. We were supposed to negotiate a peace agreement with the Taliban. But actually, based on what happened, it appears we don’t really want to do that. At every point along the way in 2011 (and actually this extends back into 2010), America or Pakistan or someone else did something to screw up the negotiations. For example, last year, in November, we “discovered” that the person we were negotiating with was not, in fact, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, a high ranking Taliban official. He was actually a shopkeeper from Quetta (I think the probability that our intelligence agencies didn’t know the real identity of this guy right from the beginning is zero). Then, in December, our special envoy to Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke died. That screwed up the negotiations. Then, on January 27, Raymond Davis, a CIA official, killed two Pakistanis in Lahore. This screwed up our relationship with Pakistan (and so screwed up the negotiations with the Taliban, their supposed proxy in Afghanistan). Then, on March 17, an American drone strike killed at least 40 people attending a jirga in North Waziristan. This too really pissed of Pakistan. Then, on May 2, we killed Osama bin Laden. In Pakistan. Guess how the Pakistanis reacted? Then, on September 20, someone assassinated Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the Afghan High Peace Council. This, of course, screwed up the negotiations. Then, on November 26, NATO killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and so Pakistan refused to attend the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan in December.

And so all this begs the question, why doesn’t anyone (America in particular) want peace? One possible explanation is that America needs the war as an excuse to spend money. Japan’s money. As long as the war goes on, America will need to borrow money to pay for the war. Spending money on your military does boost your economy. And so perhaps the American government feels like it needs a war in order to justify its military spending.

But, unfortunately, on March 11, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan. And now Japan needed Japan’s money for her reconstruction efforts. And so throughout 2011 Japan and America fought over who would spend Japan’s money. Actually, this fighting preceded the start of this year. The fighting over this issues goes back, well, I don’t know how far back this goes. At least to the eighties.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my own participation in this idiotic, moronic, sorry piece of theater. To put pressure on all sides to do something, the U.S. government (my government) used me to threaten everyone (including Congress) into shaping up (you can read more about this on my blog). They had me release a bunch of classified information over the Internet and they threatened to show the general public what I had written. This would cause problems for lots and lots of people. Trust me. Of course, in order to get me to say what they wanted me to say, my government had to use all sorts of methods of persuasion (read: torture). Needless to say, I am not pleased about how this year went (and it wasn’t just this year, my involvement in this whole sorry affair goes back to 2009, when the DPJ came to power. If you don’t believe me, ask Jun. No wait, don’t ask Jun. He’s a coward who won’t answer your question if it’s too difficult.)

Mark Murata

Japan-Afghanistan relations: This year and the next

Lance Truong posted the following message on the SSJ Forum.
Dear forum members,

I am university student currently doing my Honours in Japanese studies. I will be doing a 6-week internship at the Afghan Embassy in Tokyo from January next year, and my main project will be to compile a report covering the major political events of 2011, as well as what can be expected in 2012. In particular (though not exclusively), the report will focus on how these developments have and will affect Japan-Afghanistan relations. Not being particularly knowledgeable about Japan and its relations with Afghanistan, I would very much appreciate any advice regarding such events, especially those that were not/are unlikely to be covered in the Japanese and foreign media.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Lance Truong (Monash University, Australia)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My response to Hank Albarelli

I wrote the following email to Hank Albarelli today.
Mr. Albarelli,

I still can’t load that article you published on Truthout (the one about Sally Hartman). But I did manage to find a copy of the article on another site (I think). In your article, you mentioned an incident which I thought I could shed some light on. In that incident, a self-proclaimed victim of Project Artichoke became angry with you when you asked him about why the CIA had targeted him. I don’t know why the CIA targeted that person but based on my experience, he became angry with you because the CIA made him become angry. They made him lash out at you because they wanted you to become less sympathetic towards him. After all, why should you spend your time helping someone who lashes out at you?

Although I can’t tell you why the CIA wanted to manipulate that man, I can tell you why they are interested in me. But first, a little background. Based on what you have learned from your research on Project Artichoke, I imagine you will have no problem believing me when I say that the historical truth is much different than is commonly known. And I would think you would agree with me that were the public to know the truth it would be devastating for those in power. Actually, one of your articles had a good example of this. In that article, you wrote about a meeting between the former general counsel of the CIA and the White House. In that meeting, the CIA general counsel told the White House that his organization, the CIA, would get shut down if the truth about Project Artichoke were revealed. Of course, not only would we close the CIA, but in addition, many CIA officials would get thrown in jail.

Knowledge is power. The power to incarcerate officials. The power to shut down government agencies. From what I have read, your writings focus mainly on illegal activities conducted by our government. However, our government is not the only one who fears the truth. Were the historical truth revealed to the public, it would have extraordinary consequences.

It would certainly affect China and East Asia. The true history of the Communist Party of China is much different than the lies told by the party. But it is also much different from the lies told by historians in the West. You should read an article written by Kazuo Ogoura, a former Japanese diplomat, in which he explained why China keeps telling its people that Japan remains a militaristic society.1 He argued that the Communist Party maintained this position because they believed their legitimacy depended on having their people believe this. According to him, the Chinese people believe that the Communist Party is the legitimate ruling party because they liberated the country. At least that is what the Communist Party believes, according to Ogoura. However, this explanation leaves out a few key details.

In the Chinese Civil War that erupted after World War II, the Communists defeated the Nationalists and became the ruling party in China. But the primary reason why the Communists defeated the Nationalists was because the West wanted the Communists to win. They wanted to maintain the schism between Japan and China.2 In fact, that is what the Cold War was really about. And so to do that, despite the fact that Japan had just fought a war against the West, the West decided that Japan would be on their side and China would be on the other side with Russia. Of course, we wanted Japan on our side because the country on our side would be better off than the country that was allied with Russia. If China was allied with us and became prosperous, she would be a bigger threat than a prosperous Japan because she has more people and more resources (and hence more soldiers, more tanks, etc.).

Though the Cold War has ended, keeping Japan and China separate has remained a primary focus of the West. But much to the chagrin of our leaders in Washington, Japan has repeatedly refused to play by the rules that the West has tried to impose on her. In fact, Japan has spent a lot of time and made great efforts in order to modernize China. But the Communist Party of China does not want their people to know about that either. This is another point mentioned by Ogoura in his article. Again, the reason why the Communist Party wants to suppress this information is because they feel the truth hurts their legitimacy. According to their worldview, the Chinese people accept them as rulers because the Chinese people believe they are responsible for all of the progress made in China over the past three decades. As such, acknowledging contributions from external actors, such as Japan, impinges on their perceived legitimacy as rulers.

Of course, America knows that the Communist Party wants to suppress this information. Remember, knowledge is power, a fact not lost on our government. And they want certain things from China, such as a stronger yuan. And they also want North Korea to behave more responsibly. And they believe that China is the only one who can force North Korea into ending her provocative behavior. North Korea is basically cut off from the rest of the world. That means the rest of the world has no leverage against North Korea. After all, what good are sanctions when you have zero trade with a country? Only China has an economic relationship with North Korea and so only China has the leverage necessary to force them into behaving.

And so in order to convince North Korea to stop engaging in provocative behavior, we started to pressure China.3 We threatened to tell the world the truth about the true history of the Communist Party. And to do that, the CIA used me. They had me disclose information that the Communist Party wanted to remain secret. They had me publish this information online. But at no point did a CIA agent walk up to me and say, “Psst…want a job? All we need you to do is to start posting information on the Internet. Pay is good. Lots of benefits. You’ll like this job. Trusts us.” Had they done that, I would have been a much larger security risk. At any time, I could have told the world that the CIA hired me to pressure the Communist Party. That is not what the CIA wants. And so instead of hiring me, they used their mind control techniques.

And in fact, I know of several times the agency has used mind control to make someone disclose information.

In South Korea, during the financial crisis, a man who went by the username Minerva began posting a series of predictions on one of the country’s largest Internet forums. All his predictions came true. He predicted, among other things, the collapse of Lehman Brothers. At one point, he predicted that the South Korean currency, the won, would collapse. And it did. But it collapsed in part because of the post he had written. By then, Minerva had a large following. People were reading what he posted. Because, by then, he had made a string of successful predictions, the public believed him when he said the won would collapse. And so the public sold the won, fearing that their currency would soon become worthless. His prediction became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The South Korean government was not amused. They found Minerva and arrested him. It turns out that Minerva was a 31-year-old man named Park Dae-sung. The public was shocked when they discovered who he was. The Washington Post referred to him as “an idiot savant.”4 He did not have a degree in economics, he never worked in finance, he had no money, he couldn’t get a job, and he spent most of his time alone in his room. The idea that this guy was able to make so many successful predictions defies all logic. And that is why I believe the CIA used their mind control techniques on him.

The CIA, of course, had the ability to predict many of the events during the financial crisis because they instigated those events in the first place. Certainly, for example, our government had the ability to make the won collapse. Presumably, the reason why our government engaged in this elaborate hoax was to punish the South Korean government. They had the South Korean government in a no-win situation. On the one hand, South Korea could uphold its values and let Park Dae-sung continue to publish his predictions online. But presumably, in that case, the CIA would continue to have Park wreck havoc on the South Korean economy. On the other hand, South Korea could arrest Park (which they did) but that would hurt their prestige as their citizens and governments abroad accused them of violating the principle of freedom of speech.

After the financial crisis was over, Park decided to come to America so he could attend George Mason University, which is located near Washington D.C.5 Presumably, the CIA wanted him to come to America for further indoctrination. In fact, the CIA has a long history of using its Artichoke program in American universities. Of course, the most notorious example of this was the case of the Unabomber.6

But another example was Iris Chang, a Chinese American author. Actually, she is a good example of how the West has tried to split China and Japan. In 1997, she published a book called The Rape of Nanking. The book, of course, was designed to stir up anti-Japanese sentiment in China. It worked. But later on, the CIA decided to get rid of her. In the summer of 2004, she started to write a book on the Bataan Death March. Had this book been published, I’m sure the relationship between Japan and the Philippines would have gone downhill. But during the Bush administration, apparently, America wanted to improve its relations with Japan. And so the CIA decided to stop Iris Chang from writing that book.

According to her Wikipedia page, she suffered from sleep deprivation at that time. From my experience, sleep deprivation is one of the primary components of Project Artichoke. Sleep deprivation prevents a person from carefully considering what they are doing. As such, it makes a person more amenable to suggestion.

Her condition deteriorated rapidly towards the end of summer, during a research trip to Louisville. She had an extreme bout of depression. She could not leave her room. She had a nervous breakdown. She went into a psychiatric hospital and stayed there for three days. And on November 9, she was found dead. The authorities found three suicide notes.7

Excerpts from the first suicide note:
I promise to get up and get out of the house every morning. I will stop by to visit my parents then go for a long walk. I will follow the doctor’s orders for medications. I promise not to hurt myself. I promise not to visit Web sites that talk about suicide.
Not coincidentally, in my case, in an effort to make me feel better, my parents tried to convince me to walk with them too. In retrospect, I think the CIA wanted me (and Iris Chang) to repeatedly take long walks. After all, while we were walking we were not doing the things that the CIA didn’t want us to do. In her case, the CIA didn’t want her to write her book. In my case, the CIA wanted me to stop disclosing information on the Internet. Like Iris Chang, they got me started and at some point later on, they wanted me to stop.

Excerpts from the second suicide note:
It is far better that you remember me as I was — in my heyday as a best-selling author — than the wild-eyed wreck who returned from Louisville... Each breath is becoming difficult for me to take — the anxiety can be compared to drowning in an open sea.
At various points in 2011, I also felt like it was a chore to breathe. However, as for anxiety, at least for me, that mostly happened in 2010.

Excerpts from the third suicide note:
There are aspects of my experience in Louisville that I will never understand. Deep down I suspect that you may have more answers about this than I do. I can never shake my belief that I was being recruited, and later persecuted, by forces more powerful than I could have imagined. Whether it was the CIA or some other organization I will never know. As long as I am alive, these forces will never stop hounding me.

Days before I left for Louisville I had a deep foreboding about my safety. I sensed suddenly threats to my own life: an eerie feeling that I was being followed in the streets, the white van parked outside my house, damaged mail arriving at my P.O. Box. I believe my detention at Norton Hospital was the government’s attempt to discredit me.

I had considered running away, but I will never be able to escape from myself and my thoughts. I am doing this because I am too weak to withstand the years of pain and agony ahead.
In the past five years, there were several times when I felt I was being followed. One time was right after I moved to Las Vegas. The other time was during the middle of 2010, when my car broke down and I had to walk to the grocery store for a while. I did have one important piece of mail that arrived damaged (it was a letter which contained a copy of NSC 13/3, a document I had requested from the National Archives). And, over the years, the CIA has tried to discredit me. Most notably, from time to time, they make me believe things that aren’t true. And then I look like a fool when I say them. In fact, if you read the various stories of Artichoke victims, this is a common thread throughout many of them. The other way the CIA discredits an individual is by making them go insane, which is what happened to Iris Chang.

But on the whole, my experience has been more along the lines of what happened to Park Dae-sung. In both our cases, the CIA used us to disclose information on the Internet. I believe governments have been disclosing classified information on the Internet ever since the Internet first became popularized with the public.

In fact, our government has been trying to figure out how to cope with the online world since at least 1998. That year, the Center for Strategic and International Studies published a report called “Reinventing Diplomacy in the Information Age.”8

The report argued that, due to the emergence of the Internet, America needed to change its approach to diplomacy. Presumably, by the time that report was published, governments were already having people post classified information online in an effort to scare other governments. And so CSIS wrote that report in an effort to come up with a strategy to deal with the emerging situation. Incidentally, this is why France hates the Internet so much. The French have committed quite a few atrocities of their own. I am sure they do not like it when other governments post information about these atrocities online.

In the early days of the Obama administration, our government was eager to play in this game. In fact, right after Barack Obama was elected, Zbigniew Brzezinski made a speech at Chatham House called “Major foreign policy challenges for the next US President.”9 In that speech, Brzezinski said the world was facing two dramatic simultaneous changes. One change was the transfer of power from the Europe and America to China and Japan. The other change was what he termed the “global political awakening.” To my knowledge, he has never publicly explained what that terms means, at least not in a way that made any sense.

But in a recently published op-ed, David Ignatius, who has worked with Brzezinski in the past, said the term was meant “to describe citizen empowerment in the Internet age.”10 And earlier, Ignatius talked about the “global political awakening” in an interview with Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft.11 This is what Bren Scowcroft had to say.
We have a new world being born in front of us. It’s a turbulent world. Information technology is flooding the world with information. What we need to do is guide it in a way that’s useful to all of us.
As these comments suggest, in this day and age, citizens who know the truth now have the ability to send information to any place on earth. More and more people are learning the truth. More and more people are becoming outraged at what their governments have been doing. Needless to say, our government is having a hard time controlling this process. In an op-ed published by the New York Times, Tom Friedman wrote that “the world system is currently being challenged by … a rising collection of superempowered individuals, as represented by the WikiLeakers, among others.”12 In his article, he never identifies who the other superempowered individuals are, but I believe he was referring to me.13

At the end of his speech at Chatham House, Brzezinski said the following.
America is a democracy, and for American foreign policy to be effective, it needs the support of an intelligent and well-informed public. Unfortunately, the American public is woefully undereducated about the wider world. It knows little about it and understands it even less, whether in the form of global geography or the history of other peoples. In the complex new age, it is impossible for the American democracy to conduct an intelligent complex policy if the public is not educated about the world.

The new President will have to respond to the fact that the American public needs systematic education about the world. He will have to strive to make the American public understand the novel dimensions of global realities. That is an essential task that only he can undertake effectively.
And so in his first two years in office, our government, and other governments around the world, released quite a bit of information online. And that information helped educate people like me in the way the world works. Armed with this information, the CIA had me publish various bits and pieces of information online, in an effort to scare other governments. Earlier, I mentioned that I had been posting information about China, but I also posted information about Israel, Palestine, Iran, Europe, and Japan.

Actually, the CIA began manipulating me long before the Obama administration began. To tell you the truth, I don’t know exactly when it started. However, I am convinced they had started using me by the time I left Lockheed Martin.

I graduated from UC Davis in the summer of 1999 as a computer science major. Towards the end of that year, I moved to Colorado to take a job at Lockheed Martin. Prior to that, I had lived in California, first in Silicon Valley and then in Davis where I went to school. My job at Lockheed Martin was the first job I ever had, and it didn’t even last a year. I left Lockheed Martin before I even received my security clearance. I remember getting really angry at what was going on there. In retrospect, I believe the CIA was making me angry so I would quit.

One possibility is that whomever was doing my background investigation decided that they did not want to give me a security clearance. As part of the background check process, the government has to talk to people who can tell them about what you have been doing over the past several years. I was a loner in college and so I didn’t really know anyone who could explain what I was doing at that time. Perhaps the government decided that they couldn’t verify my past history and so I should not be granted a security clearance. But they had no evidence that I had done anything wrong (because I hadn’t). Perhaps, while not wanting to give me a security clearance, they also didn’t want to deny me a security clearance because that might make me look bad.

In any event, after leaving Lockheed Martin, I started working for another company, Lode Data. The next several years were pretty uneventful.14 I would say the CIA didn’t noticeably interfere with my life until some time in 2005.

I was born with a couple of health conditions that have given me fits from time to time. I have allergies and I suffer from a skin condition called eczema (basically, my skin is itchy all the time). When I was young, my family and I used to go to Colorado to see my relatives (my father grew up in a small town northeast of Denver). My allergies always used to bother me whenever I visited Colorado. In some respects, it was amazing that I decided to move to Colorado to take the job at Lockheed Martin.15 For the first several years while living in Colorado, my allergies and eczema did not bother me too much. But by the summer of 2005, they were bothering me a lot. I became convinced that I needed get out of Colorado and so on June 5, I moved to southern California. In retrospect, I believe the CIA was manipulating my health to force me into moving.

I moved to Los Angeles because that is where my brother lives. I got Lode Data to agree to allow me to telecommute and work from my apartment. But my health did not improve. In fact, I felt depressed while living in Los Angeles. In retrospect, I believe the CIA was making me feel that way. Also, while living in Los Angeles, there was a fairly incredible sequence of events involving some of the people I knew. In retrospect, I believe the CIA orchestrated this series of events, perhaps to make me want to leave Los Angeles. And towards the end of 2005, I did just that.

At the end of October, I went to a trade show16 in Las Vegas. While at this trade show, my health was much better. And so immediately after the show, I decided to move to Las Vegas. In retrospect, I believe the CIA was manipulating my health. They made me feel better while I was in Las Vegas in order to convince me into moving there, which I did in November.

Every time I considered calling my family to talk about why I moved to Las Vegas I decided against it. This too, was the work of the CIA. I became paranoid. I believed that someone was entering my apartment when I left it, and so I bought a small video monitoring camera and began recording what went on in my apartment when I left. And now the CIA had me right where they wanted – alone, isolated, and cut off from the people I knew.

My indoctrination program began soon after I arrived in Las Vegas. I started to learn Japanese. Later on, when the Obama administration began, I bought a large number of non-fiction books.17

I started posting comments online at the end of 2006 when I joined Digg. But the really interesting stuff didn’t happen until I discovered a blog written by a former Japanese bureaucrat, Jun Okumura.18 He and I began interacting with each other in the middle of 2009, a couple months before the Democratic Party of Japan came to power. Much of our discussion centered on democracy and the right of the public to know. For a while there, it appeared as though Japan was serious about telling the world the historical truth. But in June of 2010, Yukio Hatoyama, the Japanese prime minister quit.

Over the past few years, my health has fluctuated dramatically. There is nothing that I am doing that should cause this. Sometimes, I feel like I can hardly get out of bed. Other times, I am almost hyperactive. The amount of exercise that I can do has gone through similar fluctuations. I no longer have the ability to sleep through the night. I used to be able to do that. My neighbors often make noises whenever I think certain thoughts that the CIA disapproves of. I used to think that my neighbors were CIA agents, but now I’m not so sure. It may be that the CIA is monitoring my neighbors and is making me think these thoughts right as my neighbors are about to make some noise.

In part, the CIA controls my writing by controlling my ability to write. If they don’t want me to write anything, they can just make me tired. In 2011, I tried to counteract this by ingesting caffeine, but for a while, the CIA made it so that whenever I drank anything with caffeine I became nauseous. They can also make it so I can’t remember things. Obviously, this greatly influences what I write. I often get songs stuck in my head. That inhibits my ability to write and read. Usually, it seems as though they put songs in my head when I am trying to read an article they don’t want me to read. Interestingly, sometimes, when my health is bad, I can still write a decent article. But in that case, I believe, the CIA has already written even single word that I type and they are preventing me from injecting my own opinions.

But right now, at the end of 2011, I am feeling better (at least when compared to a few months earlier). I am writing more and posting more. This means, presumably, once again, the government is threatening to tell the truth. This time, I believe, they are threatening to tell the world truth about me. Not coincidentally, things are happening in the world, things that they want to influence. Soon, Congress will either extend the payroll tax cut or they will not.19 Kim Jong-il just died a few days ago. That means the situation in North Korea could become very unstable. The existing regime could even collapse. The Japanese have a saying, “One inch ahead is darkness.” I think that applies to our current situation.

In Japan, people often hide their true intentions from others. In such a society, determining what is really inside another person’s heart can be difficult. One way of determining the true intentions of another is by giving that person a test. Force that individual into choosing between two options. The individual will have to choose which of the two things he values more.

You can use this procedure on governments as well. In fact, the Japanese government uses this procedure quite often. And right now, I think they are testing China. In a few days, the Japanese prime minister will visit China. And from what I can tell, they haven’t even decided on what they will talk about. I think this visit will be a defining moment for the Communist Party of China. It will show that China is a country that upholds its principles. It will show that China is a country that is worthy of leading the world. Or, it will show that China is just another country based on lies and deceit.

At this meeting, both sides must tell the world the historical truth.

Up until now, I think China has rationalized its lies by using the following argument. Telling the truth could substantially alter the geopolitical landscape in the world and that is risky. It could lead to instability. Maintaining the current world order preserves stability.

But this past year (and indeed the many years before that) shows that this idea is perhaps the biggest lie of all. History has proven that a lack of truth has allowed evil people to repeatedly break the law and commit countless atrocities. There is no stability because the criminals who are responsible for these atrocities have not been held accountable. And the reason why these criminals have been able to evade justice is because the public does not know the truth about what these people have done. China must now listen to the words of Confucius who said, “Return good with good and evil with justice.”

In fact, nothing would damage the legitimacy of the Communist Party of China more than a refusal to tell the truth now. By refusing to tell the truth, the Communist Party is showing that they value their own image more than the suffering of those less fortunate than them. Such a group of individuals is not worthy of leading a nation, much less the world. Ironically, if they don’t tell the truth now, that may leave Japan alone at the top if she decides to tell the world the truth.

There have been several points in time where it seemed as though there was a chance that the public may soon learn the truth. This is one of those moments. I only hope that this time, finally, the public learns the truth and the people responsible for the misery and suffering in the world are held to account.

Actually, another time when it looked as though the public might soon learn the truth was during the summer of 2010. There was a lot going on then. Japan and America were talking about their history and what they wanted to do with a U.S. military base on Okinawa (the base is called Futenma). But in the end, rather than telling the truth, Yukio Hatoyama, the former prime minister of Japan, decided to bail out and quit. Coward.

By the way, not coincidentally, this was about the time when you and Jeffrey Kaye published that article on Project Artichoke. I have looked at some of the videos of you online. While watching the videos, I noticed that your eyes are often bleary. This is probably the number one telltale sign that someone is a mind control victim.

Hopefully, we will soon have a chance to tell the world the truth and change history. May we conduct ourselves properly and make the right decisions in the coming days.

And I have one final request. I would really like a copy of that document which described the hypnotically controlled agents as a “unique, dangerous army” and “mildly hair-raising.” If you can’t send me the document, could you at least give me the title so I could order it from the National Archives?

Mark Murata

1 I wrote a blog post about that article:
You can access the original article from there

2 I won’t go through all the evidence here. You can read my blog if you want to learn more. But consider this. After World War II, America didn’t lift a finger to help the Nationalists, their former “ally” during the war. After the Communists came to power in China, there was a bunch of hollering and complaining about how our government did nothing to prevent this from happening. But that was all political theater. Had we really wanted to prevent the Communists from coming to power, we would have done something, for example, like what we did in Vietnam. There, we spent over two decades trying to prevent Vietnam from going Communist.

3 As for evidence, read the WikiLeaks cable on the meeting between James Steinberg and Taro Aso on June 1, 2009. I wrote a post about this cable, which you can read here:
As WikiLeaks has decided to hide its Cablegate content, you’ll have to find the actual cable somewhere else, for example:
In the cable, James Steinberg said that America had reached an “inflection point” in its relationship with North Korea. He said that unless North Korea changes, America and her allies would “take steps” that China would see as having an impact of its security. The cable did not say what this involved, only that “The U.S. may need to develop an imaginative formula to accomplish this task in an irreversible way.” Having participated in the process, I can tell you how it went.





8 I did a write up of this report on my blog:
You can find the original report in that post.



11 I did a write up on the interview which you can read here:
The article also contains a link to the actual interview.


13 Here’s two more examples: PapaKarl on the Guardian website. And check out the blog run by Our Man in Abiko (he also has a Twitter account).

14 One noticeable exception here is when I got my boss fired. I think, probably, the CIA did try to get me do that.

15 This has led me to believe that perhaps the CIA was interfering with my life before I even took the job at Lockheed Martin. I remember feeling really depressed before I took the job. I even contemplated suicide. At that time, I thought I was depressed because I hadn’t found a job yet. In retrospect, perhaps the CIA wanted to force me into taking the first job offer I got, which was the job in Colorado at Lockheed Martin.

16 I believe it was the TELECOM 2005 which was held at the Venetian.

17 Over the next few years, I would buy a bunch of books. Here’s the list of books, in case you’re interested: (Saving the Sun, Escape from Empire, The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics, Globalization and Its Discontents, Termites in the Trading System, MITI and the Japanese Miracle, Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade, The Wind of the Hundred Days: How Washington Mismanaged Globalization, The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party, Japan’s Open Future: An Agenda for Global Citizenship, Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom, The Logic of Japanese Politics, Rules for Radicals, Governing the Market, Liar’s Poker, Secret Talks Between Tokyo and Washington, The Two Koreas,Secrets of the Temple, Pacific Alliance, The Kissinger Transcripts, The Enigma of Japanese Power, Negotiating with Imperialism, Japan: Who Governs?, US-Japan Alliance Diplomacy 1945-1990, With Japan’s Leaders, The Best Course Available, Afghanistan)

18 You can read about what happened on my blog. You can also look at his blog, which is located at:

19 This issue is significant because extending the payroll tax cut will exacerbate the trade imbalances that the world currently suffers from. It will also force Japan into loaning us more money, which will mean that Japan will have less money to spend on her reconstruction efforts.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Is Jun talking to me?

The SSJ Forum posted a comment written by Jun Okumura. The last two paragraphs of that comment are…
At this point, I'd like to touch on an unrelated matter. Some of you may have noticed that I have not responded to one of the comments directed at me in another thread. Usually, I believe that one gratuitous insult deserves another... and another... and another... but after great thought, I've decided to refrain form insisting that my response be posted, since I do not want to see this forum deteriorate into yet another BBS where cranky old men like me vent their spleen in an incessant game of one-upmanship. I thought that I also made some great points in my draft—you know, the fish that got away--so I will be happy to share a bowdlerized version with anyone who cares.

Finally, let me take this opportunity to thank SSJ and the moderator for their services and express my hope that I will be able to continue to enjoy the forum in the years to come.
My government “told” me that Jun was using these final two paragraphs to respond to the comment I posted on his blog yesterday. In the first paragraph he was saying that he wouldn’t respond to my comment. In fact, he deleted it from his blog. And in the second paragraph, he was saying that he did not want the SSJ moderator to post my comment about NSC 13. And in the final sentence, when he expressed his hope that he would be able to continue to enjoy participating in the SSJ Forum in the years to come, he was admitting that he is partly responsible for what has been happening to me and is therefore a criminal who may be thrown in jail if the truth comes out.

Personally, I do not know to what extent Jun is responsible for what has been happening to me. However, if he is responsible, all I can say is…

Jail ike!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How's it going Jun?

Now that Jun Okumura had started posting on his blog again, I decided to write him a little love note.
So the coward is back. Glad to see you posting again. Not expecting it to last long, so I better get in a few licks before you decide to return to your natural position – hiding behind some rock.

I told you morons (and now I’m referring to the Japanese government as well as you) that we needed to tell the world the truth. But no one listened to me. The only way to stop the violence and suffering caused by the West is to tell the truth and hold those responsible accountable.

After not listening to me, we’ve had civil wars in Libya and Syria, uprisings throughout the Middle East, continued chaos in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unreasonably high yen, an earthquake that destroyed much of the northeast of Japan, a nuclear disaster which has rendered 3% of the total surface area of Japan uninhabitable, American politicians acting like idiots and getting nothing done, European politicians acting like idiots and getting nothing done, and Japanese politicians acting like idiots and getting nothing done.

And amidst all this, you decide to publish a post on ABK48. Perfect.

In your defense, I am sure your government is giving you a bunch of drugs which are making you cower in fear. I assume that is why you can’t complete a sentence in an interview without stuttering. As you know, my government has been torturing me for quite some time now. And they don’t seem to want to stop. So I do have some sympathy for your situation.

And it’s not like you’re the only coward in Japan. Last month, I sent the following email to the SSJ Forum twice.
Ellis Krauss:

Wait, you seem to be implying that America used those three paragraphs to improve relations with Japan. Assuming you're right, how does that answer my original question which was why did America remove those three paragraphs in NSC 13/2?

Mark Murata
Needless to say, SSJ Forum decided against posting this reply.

Just out of curiosity, what happened to Japan? At what point did Japan turn into a nation of cowards? I ask you, whom I assume is an expert on this subject.
Less than a day after I posted this on his blog, he deleted my comment.


DaveTakaki1 stops tweeting

On the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, DaveTakaki1 (who is himself a Japanese American, presumably) posted the following message on Twitter.
Will be off tweet for a few days
He was off Twitter for much longer than a few days. Actually, he never really stopped posting messages on Twitter. But he did reduce the frequency of his posts. By a lot. Over the next month or so, he only posted about one tweet per day (and they were usually about the same thing – OperationSAFE). Before that, he was posting messages like crazy. By my count, he posted more than 80 messages on December 5, for example. A little more than a month after he reduced his Twitter usage, on January 11, he began to increase the frequency of his Twitter posts. He began posting a couple of messages per day.

With him off Twitter, it seemed like once again someone who I wanted to interact with had mysteriously decided to make themselves unavailable. I still don’t know why he decided to reduce his Twitter usage. And to this point (January 20th), he has never responded to any of the tweets I have sent to him. Or if he has, my government has prevented me from seeing those responses.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Earthquake two days after

I have written several articles about the recent earthquakes in the Philippines. In those articles, I argued that those earthquakes were acts of terrorism. Someone must not want me to write these articles because soon after I publish them, there is another earthquake. Two days ago, I posted this article, which argued that the July 26 earthquake in the Philippines was an act of terrorism. Today, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Philippines. Presumably, this latest earthquake was in retaliation for the article I posted two days ago.

It’s a shame no one believes me.

Monday, November 28, 2011

DTakaki writes a second response

DTakaki wrote the following response to my most recent comment on “Obama’s Plan for America’s Pacific Century.”
It's not a mutually exclusive call. He was part of it, regardless of remorse, and the CIA certainly has it's history of failures and ill-advised adventures.

Really, your last comment leaves me nonplussed. Considering my personal history over the past four+ decades, including photographing operatives photographing demonstrators, I hardly think I would get a TS clearance, much less a higher security level. BTW, I know and knew intelligence special agents going back to the ( ) and they would get a kick out of your comment, and maybe buy me a beer for the laugh, but certainly not trust me, nor I them...

Paranoia doesn't become you. Take care, and have a good evening.
The fact that he knew some CIA agents made me even more curious. His comment made it seem like he was affiliated with some protest movements during the sixties. I believe those protest movements were largely created and controlled by the CIA.

Upon reading his comment, I figured that I now had a chance to find out more about how the CIA operated. I hoped to learn the names of the agents he interacted with. And I hoped to learn what those agents told him.

Unfortunately, my government used their mind control techniques to prevent me from responding to his comment quickly.

I find a DaveTakaki1 on Twitter

After writing my response to DTakaki, I searched the Internet to see if I could find more information about this person. I found a Twitter account which had the username DaveTakaki1. After looking at a few of his tweets, I figured that this was the same person who responded to my comment. DaveTakaki1, like DTakaki on the Atlantic website, seemed to be very interested in international relations. In fact, DaveTakaki1 had written a few tweets to Anne-Marie Slaughter, the person who was most identified with the so-called New Diplomacy in the State Department. This convinced me that DTakaki was in fact a participant in the New Diplomacy. I decided to become a follower of DaveTakaki1 on Twitter. Apparently, he appreciated this gesture because he sent me the following tweet.
@BlithelyIdiot Aloha...E komo mai, nou ka hale...Come inside, the house is yours

Sunday, November 27, 2011

S. Korean PM calls for future-oriented ties between Seoul, Tokyo

According to Yonhap, at a meeting of the Korea-Japan Parliamentarians’ Union, the South Korean Prime Minister, Kim Hwang-sik, said Korea and Japan “must move toward the future with a common vision and must face the past squarely.”

“The two countries should strengthen their cooperation for the sake of each other and for the peace and prosperity of Northeast Asia and the rest of the world,” said Kim.

Now’s the time. Put up or shut up.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

DTakaki responds

Someone called DTakaki responded to the comment I posted for the article “Obama’s Plan for America’s Pacific Century” (this was the comment that contained a link to my Unabomber article). Apparently, DTakaki read my Unabomber article and posted the following in response.
You gotta keep fighting for them, from both parties...btw, I don't think the problem was as as much the Office of Strategic Services as much as Murray himself. As for the successor agency, it still has problems. You know the quote about eternal vigilance...
In response to his comment, I posted the following.
A little confused about your comment. On the one hand, you seem to blame Murray but on the other hand you say the successor agency (the CIA) still has problems. In any event, here's some more posts about that successor agency, in case you're interested.

And a word of caution, you are probably working for the U.S. government, whether you know it or not.
I wrote that last sentence after looking at some of the comments DTakaki wrote on the Atlantic website. I also wrote that sentence, presumably, because my government wanted me to write that for some reason. I figured the government was using him in the New Diplomacy just like they were using me and I was anxious to find out more about him. Given his username (which contained the Japanese surname Takaki), I figured that he was a Japanese American just like me. Perhaps our government has a habit of “recruiting” Japanese Americans.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Obama's Plan for America's Pacific Century

The Atlantic published an article written by Stewart M. Patrick, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In the article, Patrick argued that China and America should agree to a “Pacific Charter” which would include, among other things, a requirement that all nations agree to the importance of human rights. I immediately became extremely outraged when I read that. Given what my government has been doing to me, it seemed quite absurd for them to be asking other governments to value human rights. In retrospect, my government “made” me angry because they wanted me to write something in the comments section of the article. This is what I wrote.
How about human rights in America?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Robert Baer changes his tune

In an interview, Robert Baer told ABC News that the CIA had lost its mojo.

“We have lost our touch in espionage,” said Baer.

Ostensibly, he was talking about the captured CIA agents in Iran and Lebanon. But in reality, I think he was talking about what has been happening with me. Apparently, things were not going as planned.


Bow down, CIA. Bow down.

As for the captured CIA agents, I see two possibilities. On the one hand, America may be getting ready to tell the truth. If so, perhaps the CIA wanted to eliminate its assets before that happens (e.g. kill all the witnesses). Or at least say they were killed when in fact they are hiding them. On the other hand, perhaps the CIA will use this event as an excuse for why they “missed” the next terrorist attack.

One inch ahead is darkness.

All I can say is that if it were up to me, I would tell the public the truth. Immediately. The public must, must know the truth.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My government allows me to remember

At 11:28 AM, I started writing a five part tweet. This is what I wrote.1
Want to make sure that housekeeping does not clean room on Sat. Want to take a picture of sink. We’ll see if my government allows me to remember this. Government “told” me something at around 10:30 AM. But then it made me forget it. Now, government “told” me that the Europeans were number 2 at treachery (or maybe even number 1). Oh, just remembered what government “told” me at 10:30 AM. They said Obama can’t possibly believe that he’ll be able to get away with any treachery given how many other governments know the truth. It sounded like a threat (maybe from Japan). At least I think this is what my government told me at 10:30 AM.
After I posted this message, I discovered that a magnitude 6.1 earthquake had recently hit Japan. The earthquake happened about four minutes before I posted this tweet. I was “told” that this was not a coincidence. I was “told” that my government allowed me to remember what they told me at 10:30 AM because of the earthquake.

I was “told” that unless my government stops preventing me from remembering things and writing them down, then another earthquake will hit Japan. This earthquake would cause them to spend more money (meaning there will be less money for America to spend) and Japan would once again be consumed with dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake. They would once again focus on seikei bunri instead of working with America (or Europe for that matter). It would be the Kan administration part deux. And we wouldn’t want that, now would we.

It is a shame that no one believes me.

1 You can see the original messages here (one two three four five).

6.1 earthquake near 3/11 epicenter

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Japan. The epicenter was located off shore, 62 miles away from Fukushima. The earthquake occurred at 4:24 AM Japan time on November 24, or 11:24 AM my time on November 23.

What did you just say?

At around 10:30 AM, while in the kitchen, my government “told” me something. I was going to write it down. But before I could do that, my government “made” me forget what they had just told me.

Lessons learned

In China, Xi Jinping addressed a group of students at a symposium. He told them that government officials must uphold their principles. He told them that government officials must have personal integrity. Personal integrity is the most important quality for a government official, according to Xi.

Remember, back at the beginning of 2010, Japan told America that our two countries should work together to “shape China’s choices.” On one level, that meant we would reveal the truth in order to convince China to revalue the yuan.

But in retrospect, I think Japan wanted to teach China a lesson. You cannot do things the western way and hope to succeed. If you try to reach prosperity by violating your principles, if you lie, if you commit acts of terrorism, if you rip people off, eventually, your trickery will catch up with you. Your actions will invite retribution and they will make you susceptible to extortion, as there are people who know what you’ve done and they can use that knowledge against you. The best way to avoid getting stuck in that situation (which is where the West is now), is to uphold your principles and live with integrity.

I believe Japan wanted to teach China this lesson so that when China becomes more powerful she will behave responsibly. If this recent symposium is any sign, perhaps Japan was successful. Perhaps having the Obama administration show China how not to run the world has encouraged China to pursue “more responsible interactions with the rest of the world.”

By the way, right now someone is “telling” me that Japan also wanted to make sure that I learned this lesson.

Ooh, those treacherous guys. They really take the cake.

Monday, November 21, 2011

South Korea to Hold Military Exercise on Anniversary of North's Attack

Voice of America reported that South Korea would conduct a military exercise on November 23, the one-year anniversary of the attack on Yeonpyeong.

Here we go again.

One inch ahead is darkness.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Suu Kyi to run for Myanmar parliament seat

Reuters reported that Aung San Suu Kyi would run in an upcoming parliamentary by-election. The election would be held before the end of the year.

Buffett Attends Factory Opening In Fukushima

Warren Buffett visited Japan for the first time. During his stay, Tungaloy, a company that Buffet has a stake in, held a ceremony to commemorate the completion of a factory. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on March 22 but was put off because of the earthquake.

The Japanese Diet finally passes the reconstruction budget

Over eight months after the earthquake, finally, the Japanese Diet passed the 12.1 trillion yen reconstruction budget. There is only one word that can describe the performance of the Japanese Diet during that period – mazui.

Japanese politicians have failed for the last time. They need to go. All of them. Japan must, must get a new system of government.

History must end.

5.9 earthquake strikes Myanmar

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Myanmar. This earthquake hit Myanmar the day after Ko Ko-Hlaing told Kyodo News that Myanmar would release all its political prisoners. This earthquake hit Myanmar on the same day the media reported that Aung San Suu Kyi would run for parliament. This earthquake hit Myanmar right before Japan and Myanmar were scheduled to hold negotiations with one another. The two sides were set to talk about restarting the Japanese economic development assistance program for Myanmar.

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

It’s a shame no one believes me.

Ties with Afghanistan

“The burden of history means that Pakistan will have to keep proving, through words and actions, that it is not interested in destablising Afghanistan,” said Dawn. “In the absence of such moves, this crucial relationship, at this crucial juncture, is unlikely to improve.”

EU to Announce Plans on Euro State Finance Control

According to the Sunday Times, on November 23, the European Commission would announce a proposal which would allow EU budget inspectors to examine the budgets of the 17 governments in the eurozone. These inspectors would have the right to suggest changes to the national budgets and would have the right to address any parliament in the eurozone to explain their suggestions.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sharp to invest $1 billion in solar tech in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post reported that Sharp would invest $1 billion in Indonesia.

Myanmar will release all its political prisoners

Kyodo News interviewed Ko Ko-Hlaing, the chief political adviser for Thein Sein. According to Hlaing, Thein Sein wants to release all the political prisoners “sooner rather than later.”

Friday, November 18, 2011

Police pepper spray UC Davis students

The police used pepper spray on student protesters at UC Davis.

I went to college there. Presumably, that is why this happened at UC Davis.

It’s too bad no one believes me.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Missing Tweets

Pretty much ever since I joined Twitter I have been suspecting that my government was secretly manipulating my account. I had that feeling today. Today was the so-called Global Day of Action for Occupy Wall Street. Since I follow several people who are either interested or involved in the movement, I thought for sure my Twitter timeline would be inundated with tweets related to the movement today. But by late afternoon, I had only one Occupy Wall Street tweet in my timeline. As so at 4:14 PM I posted the following on my Twitter account.
On the so-called “Global Day of Action” I’m not getting any tweets in my timeline about the occupy movement (okay, I’ve got one).
Immediately after I posted that message I started seeing a bunch of tweets related to Occupy Wall Street in my timeline. Someone even sent me a message which contained a map of all the tweets related to the movement (the map was of Brooklyn).

I assume that each red bird represents one person who has tweeted about Occupy Wall Street on this day.

Other people have claimed that their timelines are missing some of the messages posted by the people they follow. And Twitter has in fact acknowledged that this has been a problem. This has made me worry that perhaps I am not seeing all of the messages sent to me.

I also worry about another potential problem. In my timeline, I have seen some messages which seemed suspicious to me. I say these messages were suspicious because they said things that I wouldn’t think the writer would say (unfortunately, I did not save a link to any of these tweets so I can’t give you an example). This has made me worry that perhaps it is possible to post messages using someone’s username without that person knowing about it. And so I have been worrying that perhaps my government is posting messages using my username, messages that I don’t know about.

Incidentally, I have similar fears about my blog. I seem to be getting a decent number of pageviews. But no one is writing any comments. And so I wonder if my pageviews were manufactured by my government. Either that or perhaps my government is deleting the comments that people are trying to post. Furthermore, of the few comments that I have on my blog, most are written by people who have chosen to hide their user profile from me. That also seems suspicious to me. I do have one confirmed problem with my blog. I can’t send my followers any messages for some reason.

And remember, I’ve had problems with my email. I’ve been missing notification emails, for example. And I’ve been missing activation emails.

I got the 9/11 call records

I went to the police station and bought a copy of the call records for the shooting at my apartment complex. This is a copy of those documents.

Two people called 9/11 to report the shooting. The first two pages are the call records for the first caller. The third page is the call record for the second caller.

The guy who printed the documents for me redacted any personal information from the documents. To do that, he simply used white out on a copy of the documents. Then he made a copy of those documents and he gave me that second copy.

When I called 311, they told me that the police didn’t find anything. But according to the call records, the police found eleven .45 caliber shell casing in the parking lot on the east side of building 11. I live on the east side of building 11. Two people said they heard a vehicle take off after they heard the shots fired, but neither of them could give a description of the vehicle. The police could not find any impact locations nor could they find a victim.

Suzuki To Double Car Output Capacity In China

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Suzuki would double its output capacity in China. The upgrade would cost 60 billion yen. Once completed, Suzuki would have an output capacity of 500,000 vehicles per year in China.

UK Iraq war report delayed over secret documents

The Chilcot Inquiry published a statement on its website. According to the statement, the inquiry would delay the release of its draft report until the summer of 2012. Originally, the panel was supposed to produce something around the end of this year. But now, the panel claims that it has asked the government to release a set of secret documents which will be used in the report.


Given the nature of Britain and the way the inquiry has done its work so far, does Britain really believe that anyone will fear their pathetic threat to tell the truth?


Germany Advises Korea on Reunification

A committee on the reunification of the Korean Peninsula held its first meeting. There were both South Koreans and Germans on this committee. They talked about Germany’s reunification experience and how that might apply to Korea.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 ASEAN Summit begins

The 2011 ASEAN Summit began on November 17th. The summit would last through the 19th. This year the summit was held in Indonesia.

Obama visits Australia

During a trip to Australia, Obama announced that America would station 250 U.S. Marines in Darwin by the middle of 2012. Over time, America would increase the number of Marines to 2,500. U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal that America made this move to boost our capabilities to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises in the region. They also said the rise of China had something to do with the move too.

“Australians respect the United States and what it stands for and does in the world and doesn’t like to see the U.S. hung out to dry," said Kim Beazley, the Australian ambassador to America.

That’s a very interesting statement.

The ECB buys a lot of Italian bonds

According to Bloomberg News, the ECB bought Italian government bonds today. The purchase size was larger than normal.

Difficulties in leading the Asia Pacific

The Jakarta Post published an op-ed written by Simon Tay. He predicted the APEC meeting and the East Asia Summit would be the high point in “Obama’s efforts to engage Asia.”

“Diplomacy will dictate that the American and Chinese leaders will be photographed, smiling with their counterparts across the region, and shaking hands,” said Tay. “They would do well to do so while they can. Coming events will soon test their smiles and handshakes quite severely.”

I can’t wait.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Normal trade ties with India from February

India and Pakistan agreed to normalize their trade relations in February.

“We have turned the corner,” said Zafar Mehmood, the Commerce Secretary of Pakistan. “We are talking of a complete normalization roadmap.”

The two countries are also discussing connecting their electrical grid between Amritsar and Lahore. The proposed connection would be capable of supplying 500 megawatts of electricity.

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's never easy

I called the LVPD Records Bureau this afternoon. They said police reports cost $9. You can get them at their headquarters which is located at 400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. Their office is open from 7 AM to 7 PM.

Unfortunately, they said they had no record of the incident that happened at my apartment complex on November 10.


Remembering that I had called 311 on November 10 and remembering that they had some information about the incident, I decided to give them another call and ask them if they could provide me with a report of the incident.

They did have a record of the incident. They told me that the event number for the incident was 111110-0153. To get a report of the incident, they told me to go to the police office at 4591 West Russell Road. The office is open from 7 AM to 4 PM from Monday through Thursday and 7 AM to 3 PM on Friday. The report would cost $24 (it’s a little bit expensive because they have to redact information from the report before they can release it to the public). To pay for the report, they only accept checks or money orders (they don’t accept cash or credit cards). They said that if the case is still open, I can’t even buy a redacted version of the report.

They suggested that I call the LVPD Records Bureau again, give them the event number, and see if they have a report that I can buy. So I called the LVPD Records Bureau again. They said they did not have a report for the event number 111110-0153.

So now I have to go to that police station on Russell. And I don’t even know if I will be able to get a copy of the report when I go there.


The LVPD sends me an email

The LVPD sent me the following response.
Dear Mr. Murata,

For information please contact LVMPD Records Bureau at 702-828-3476.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Berlusconi resigns

Reuters reported that Silvio Berlusconi had resigned.

Gilani taken aback by Karzai's curtness

According to Dawn, during the SAARC Summit, Karzai held a meeting with Gilani. During the meeting, Karzai and Gilani talked about reviving a joint commission which fell apart after the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani. However, according to Karzai, the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan would not improve until Pakistan met his two demands which were…
  1. Pakistan must cooperate with Afghanistan’s investigation into the Rabbani assassination.
  2. Pakistan must do more to end the cross-border attacks into Afghanistan.
“The meeting took place in a highly tense atmosphere as the Afghan president was not in a mood to listen to anyone,” said one Pakistani official. “Frankly speaking, Prime Minister Gilani was taken aback because he had expected a friendly gesture from the Afghan president.”

Presumably, Karzai and Gilani engaged in this bit of political theater to make sure that the relationship between their two countries appeared strained. And presumably, they did this to keep the peace process stalled.

Four Pakistani intelligence officials killed in raid

The Pakistani government claimed that militants killed four of its intelligence officials during a raid.

I send an email to the LVPD

I sent the following email to the LVPD.
At around 1:15 AM on November 10, there were about five police cars outside my residence (the Siena Suites located on Boulder Highway and Russell). I called you guys and asked you why they were there. You told me that someone had reported that a gun had been fired. Later on, I was told that you guys never found anyone who fired a weapon.

I would like to obtain a report of this incident. Can you send one to
me? If you can't email it to me, can I pick it up at one of your
police stations?

Mark Murata
I wanted the report so I could prove that the incident really happened. It seems that no one believes me these days. I figured I would post a copy of the report on this blog to prove that the incident really happened.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A rare outing

A little while back, my government “told” me to write down the license plate of an old, maroon Plymouth Acclaim that was parked in front of my apartment. I didn’t do that, at least not at that time.

Tonight, I heard my upstairs neighbor move around and then close her window. Soon after that, I heard a door close. Figuring that she must be leaving her room, I peered out my window and saw her walk down the stairs in a grey hooded sweatshirt (the hood was placed over her head). She had sunglasses on, even though the sun was no where to be seen. As she walked past my apartment below me, she looked up at my window for a brief second then quickly looked away. Perhaps she saw me looking at her, though I doubt it. If I remember correctly, I was looking at her behind my window, which is tinted. I believe I had the lights in my bedroom off, so I don’t think she could have seen me.

In any event, she got into her car, which turns out to be the maroon Plymouth Acclaim that my government wanted me to notice.

Now that I knew which car she owned, in the future, I would often look out my window to see if she was still here. Inevitably, whenever I did that, I saw her car parked in the same location, right across from my window (which, obviously, is right across from her window too).

Apparently, she doesn’t get out much.

Mexico arrests a leader of Sinaloa

Mexico arrested Ovidio Limon Sanchez, a leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Brazil arrests Anotonio Bonfim Lopes

Brazil arrested Antonio Bonfim Lopes, a suspected drug lord.

WTO Working Group Approves Russia's 18-Year Membership Bid

A WTO working group agreed on the terms which would allow Russia to join the WTO. Russia will reduce her average tariff ceiling for manufactured goods from 9.5% to 7.3% and her tariffs on farm products from 13.2% to 10.8%.

“It has been a long journey,” said Pascal Lamy.

Boy, that’s an understatement.

The police look for a gunman where I live

About 8 hours before the Nixon Library was scheduled to release the transcripts of the Nixon grand jury testimony and a day before Obama would fly to Hawaii for the 2011 APEC summit, I heard a series of loud banging noises at the place where I live, the Siena Suites. It could have been gunfire. It could have been fireworks.

Soon after I heard those noises, I noticed there were five police cars parked outside my room with their flashers on. I called 311 and asked why they were there. I was told that someone had called 911 and had told the police that they heard gunshots.

The police looked around my apartment complex but they found nothing. It can’t be a coincidence that this happened right before the government released the Nixon grand jury testimony and right before Obama went to the APEC meeting.

Pakistan, India seek new era in ties

Before the start of the SAARC summit, Manmohan Singh and Yousaf Raza Gilani met with each other for about an hour. After the meeting, the two made a brief appearance before the media.

“The next round of talks will be more positive, more constructive and will open a new chapter in the history of both countries,” said Prime Minister Gilani.

“The time has come to write a new chapter in the history of the relationship of the two countries, because we have already wasted lots of time,” said Prime Minister Singh.

2011 SAARC Summit begins

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) began their annual summit meeting today. The summit was a two day event.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Anglo Sells $5.39 Chilean Stake to Mitsubishi

Bloomberg News reported that Mitsubishi had agreed to buy 24.5% of Anglo American Sur for $5.39 billion. Anglo American Sur produces copper in Chile. Mitsubishi will buy the stake from the parent company, Anglo American.

“Mitsubishi is paying a high price for these assets,” said Anna Kassianos, an analyst with Platypus Asset Management.

The question is why.

The trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri begins

The arraignment of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was held at Gitmo.

Euro Fears Spread to Italy as the Debt Crisis Deapens

Interest rates on Italian government debt soared above 7%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 389 points to 11,781.

“Contagion arrived with brute force,” said the New York Times.

Greece failed to name a new prime minister.

Russia and Georgia sign the WTO agreement

Bloomberg News reported that Russia and Georgia had signed the agreement which would allow Russia to join the WTO.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Group of 20 stumbles

“The G-20 has proven every bit as ineffectual as its predecessor,” said the Japan Times. “Last week’s meeting was no exception.”

“The demand for Beijing to accept market-driven exchange rates would have more credibility if Japan had not been intervening in foreign exchange markets to stem the yen’s historic rise,” said the newspaper.

Once again, Japan intervened in the currency markets to prevent the West from effectively pressuring China.

Ooh those sneaky, treacherous guys. They really the take.


Obama to expand drilling off Alaska, in Gulf

The Obama administration announced a new plan to lease 15 offshore areas for oil and gas drilling. Two of these areas are located in the eastern Gulf. Three of the areas are located off the coast of Alaska.

Nord Stream inaugurated

Angela Merkel and Dmitri Medvedev attended the inauguration ceremony for the Nord Stream pipeline. The pipeline took six years to build.

3,500 dead Syrians

According to the UN, over 3,500 Syrians have been killed in the uprising thus far. At least sixty people have been killed since the November 2 agreement.

“Syrian troops continue to use tanks and heavy weaponry to attack residential areas in the city of Homs,” said one UN official.

Greek Squabbles Delay Selection of New Leader

The New York Times reported that Lucas Papademos would probably become the new prime minister of Greece. He could have been appointed today, except the politicians were still fighting it out over the makeup of his cabinet.

Berlusconi will resign

Reuters reported that Berlusconi would resign after the budget law is passed.

Aeon will build a shopping mall in Cambodia

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Aeon, a Japanese retail company, would build a shopping mall in Cambodia. The mall would cost 10 billion yen to build and would have a total floor space of up to 150,000 square meters.

Britain approves the high-speed rail plan

The British Parliament approved the plan to build a high-speed rail line connecting London to northern England. The rail line, otherwise known as HS2, would cost 32 billion pounds to build.

Monday, November 7, 2011

APEC 2011 begins

This year, the annual APEC summit was held in Hawaii. The summit would begin today and end on November 13. World leaders would not arrive until the weekend, which was the last two days of the summit.

Russia on verge of WTO entry after Georgia announces trade deal

Xinhua reported that Georgia and Russia would sign an agreement. The agreement would allow Russia to join the WTO. The two sides planned on signing the agreement on November 10.

Bolivia, US Restore Full Diplomatic Ties

After three years of estrangement, Bolivia and America agreed to normalize their diplomatic relations.

DBJ Gearing Up To Invest In China

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that the Development Bank of Japan and Japan Asia Investment would work together to help Chinese and Japanese companies form partnerships with each other.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Libya looks to IMF

Now that the Libyan civil war is over, you would think the West would allow Libya to access her overseas assets so she could begin the reconstruction process. You would be wrong. In total, Libya has $170 billion in overseas assets. But foreign governments have allowed Libya to access only $1.5 billion of that.

So after destroying Libya, the West appears to have no intention of allowing Libya to use her own money to pay for her reconstruction. This is presumably because those overseas assets are really loans that Libya provided to the West. Were Libya to liquidate her overseas assets, the West would have to scrounge up the money to repay those loans. And the last thing the West wants to do is repay a loan.

Trash till the end.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Japan will loan Vietnam $1.2 billion

Japan loaned Vietnam $1.2 billion. Vietnam will use the money to build a power plant, a sea port, and a highway.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Digg sends me a cryptic response

Digg sent me the following reply.
Hello rzxc,

We apologize for any inconvenience. This continues to be an on-going issue and cannot comment on when previous Digg histories will be reinstated.

--Digg Support
After reading this reply, I started to get the feeling that Digg was cooperating with the government in an attempt to conceal the truth. Digg should be able to, at least, give me an estimate of how many times something like this has happened.

Perhaps my government is using this episode to pressure other governments. Perhaps, once again, we are threatening to tell the truth. Perhaps my government plans on leaving this issue unsettled until they get something they want and then Digg will post a set of altered comments that do not show that I predicted the collapse of Lehman.

Bad news

In response to my previous tweet, cleliabrigitta sent me a direct message, saying that her father had passed away.

Presumably, that is why she didn’t post anything on Twitter in over a week.

My government tried to use this information to intimidate me.
We killed her father. You’re next.
There are a couple of possibilities here. One possibility is that this is merely a coincidence. Another possibility is that some government really did kill her father. A third possibility is that she is lying. Perhaps she is working together with some government in an effort to intimidate me.

I’m not going to handicap the possibilities here. All I will say is that it is a shame that no one believes me.

Come on, give me something

I sent Digg the following message using their online contact form.
If you can't tell me how long it will be until you restore my comments can you at least tell me how many times something like this has happened to you guys? My comments are important. They may become part of a legal action I may take against my government.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Welcome back

After finding out that cleliabrigitta had started posting on Twitter again, I sent her the following message.
@cleliabrigitta Nice to see you tweeting again. Didn't see anything from you in a week. Was starting to get worried.

Gone for eight days

Today, cleliabrigitta began posting on Twitter again after not having posted anything for the past eight days.

Russia denies deterioration of ties with U.S.

“Claims about deterioration of Russia-U.S. relations are being imposed by those who do not see the real results of huge work done and who are not interested in the real improvement of the relations between Russia and the U.S.,” said Sergei Prikhodko, a Russian presidential aide.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The ADB will loan the Philippines $3.8 billion

The Philippines News Agency reported that the ADB would lend the Philippines $3.8 billion over a six year period. The Philippines will use the money to develop its infrastructure.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

2 Chinese patrol vessels spotted near Senkaku Islands

Once again, in an act of unmitigated loopiness, at 5:15 AM JST on October 24, two Chinese patrol vessels entered the territorial waters of Japan. Once again, I must ask the question. Why so testy, CPC?

I bet France really, really wanted this

The Prime Minister of France, Francois Fillon, met with Noda in Tokyo today. According to Kyodo News, they both signed an agreement “aimed at protecting bilaterally exchanged classified diplomatic information.”

My government “told” me that France really, really wanted this agreement. Apparently, France has told Japan a bunch of things that France wants to remain secret. Apparently, over the past year, France has been busy being France (in other words, France has done a bunch of underhanded, evil things). Because France doesn’t want information about those actions leaked to the public, France needed to sign this agreement with Japan.

Trash till the end.

cleliabrigitta stops posting for a while

After posting something on the FBI, cleliabrigitta would not post anything on Twitter for the next eight days. From what I can tell, up until this point, she had been posting tweets every day.

SJPD shoots a man wielding a toy gun

Police officers shot a man wielding a toy gun at the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel located in San Jose. This was the seventh officer involved shooting in San Jose for 2011.

After having only one officer-involved shooting in the first eight and a half months of 2011, San Jose had six officer-involved shootings during the next 38 days. Hypothetically speaking, if San Jose had six officer-involved shootings every 38 days for an entire year, San Jose would have 57.6 officer-involved shootings during that year.

Remember, in 2010, there were only four officer-involved shootings for the entire year. In 2009, there were only 3. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, San Jose should have 3.5 officer-involved shootings per year (that’s the average of those two years). That means, in that brief 38 day period starting in the middle of September of 2011, the number of officer-involved shootings was over 16 times the normal rate.

7.2 earthquake strikes Turkey

Apparently, someone was not happy with the Turkish assault against the PKK.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Turkey. The earthquake killed over 600 people. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the Iranian border. Remember, just two days ago, Turkey and Iran held a joint press conference in which they agreed to cooperate in their fight the PKK.

Presumably, the West supports the PKK and wanted to send a message to Turkey and Iran.

We’ll see if they get away with it.

Luis Diaz stabbed to death

Using a knife, someone killed Luis Diaz at the 200 block of W. Virginia Street in San Jose, which is less than a mile from where my father works.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Toyota will build a new R&D facility in China

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Toyota will spend $689 million to build a new R&D facility in China. Toyota plans on developing parts for fuel efficient vehicles at this new facility.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Turkey and Iran Agree to Cooperate Against Kurdish Rebels

Turkey continued to attack the PKK for a second day. The foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran held a joint news conference. They said their two countries would work together to crush the PKK.

“We will work together in a common action plan until we entirely eradicate this threat of terrorism,” said Ahmet Davutoglu, the foreign minister of Turkey.

In the first two days of their assault on the PPK, Turkey killed at least 50 members of that organization. Turkey would later claim that the operation killed at least 270 militants.

Mauritania army raid killed al-Qaida group leader

Mauritania claims that their soldiers killed Tiyib Ould Sidi Ali, a leader of AQIM.

Kashmir to Lift Reviled Security Law

The chief minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir said the Armed Forces Special Powers Act will be lifted in some areas in the coming days.

First Mexican Truck Enters U.S. Under Nafta

For the first time, America allowed a Mexican truck to cross the border under the NAFTA trucking program.

President Barack Obama signs three trade deals, biggest since NAFTA

Obama signed the free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A little thank you note

I wrote a message to cleliabrigitta and AMSimo, thanking them for their interest in my article.

Turkey attacks the PKK

In retaliation for the death of her soldiers, Turkey began a major offensive against the PKK today. The operation required the use of more than 10,000 soldiers.

cleliabrigitta thanks me

On Twitter, cleliabrigitta thanked me for sending her those articles on political theater.
@BlithelyIdiot It is very interesting. Thank you!

cleliabrigitta posts a link to one of my better articles

On Twitter, cleliabrigitta posted a link to one of my better articles – “Local DPJ officials support Noda.”

AMSimo finds my article

On Twitter, another user, AMSimo, found the tweet posted by cleliabrigitta which contained the link to my political theater article. Apparently, she clicked on the link, read my article, and added it to a website she maintains. The website is called the AMS Japan (AMS is apparently her initials. Her name is Anna Maria Simonini).