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.

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