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The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.

 

These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.

The investigation’s other findings include:

* Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.

* An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.

* In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings – about 17 million square feet of space.

* Many security and intelligence agencies do the same work, creating redundancy and waste. For example, 51 federal organizations and military commands, operating in 15 U.S. cities, track the flow of money to and from terrorist networks.

* Analysts who make sense of documents and conversations obtained by foreign and domestic spying share their judgment by publishing 50,000 intelligence reports each year – a volume so large that many are routinely ignored.

These are not academic issues; lack of focus, not lack of resources, was at the heart of the Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead, as well as the Christmas Day bomb attempt thwarted not by the thousands of analysts employed to find lone terrorists but by an alert airline passenger who saw smoke coming from his seatmate.

They are also issues that greatly concern some of the people in charge of the nation’s security.

“There has been so much growth since 9/11 that getting your arms around that – not just for the CIA, for the secretary of defense – is a challenge,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in an interview with The Post last week.

In the Department of Defense, where more than two-thirds of the intelligence programs reside, only a handful of senior officials – called Super Users – have the ability to even know about all the department’s activities. But as two of the Super Users indicated in interviews, there is simply no way they can keep up with the nation’s most sensitive work.

“I’m not going to live long enough to be briefed on everything” was how one Super User put it. The other recounted that for his initial briefing, he was escorted into a tiny, dark room, seated at a small table and told he couldn’t take notes. Program after program began flashing on a screen, he said, until he yelled ”Stop!” in frustration.

“I wasn’t remembering any of it,” he said.

Underscoring the seriousness of these issues are the conclusions of retired Army Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, who was asked last year to review the method for tracking the Defense Department’s most sensitive programs. Vines, who once commanded 145,000 troops in Iraq and is familiar with complex problems, was stunned by what he discovered.

“I’m not aware of any agency with the authority, responsibility or a process in place to coordinate all these interagency and commercial activities,” he said in an interview. “The complexity of this system defies description.”

The result, he added, is that it’s impossible to tell whether the country is safer because of all this spending and all these activities. “Because it lacks a synchronizing process, it inevitably results in message dissonance, reduced effectiveness and waste,” Vines said. “We consequently can’t effectively assess whether it is making us more safe.”

The Post’s investigation is based on government documents and contracts, job descriptions, property records, corporate and social networking Web sites, additional records, and hundreds of interviews with intelligence, military and corporate officials and former officials. Most requested anonymity either because they are prohibited from speaking publicly or because, they said, they feared retaliation at work for describing their concerns.

The Post’s online database of government organizations and private companies was built entirely on public records. The investigation focused on top-secret work because the amount classified at the secret level is too large to accurately track.

Today’s article describes the government’s role in this expanding enterprise. Tuesday’s article describes the government’s dependence on private contractors. Wednesday’s is a portrait of one Top Secret America community. On the Web, an extensive, searchable database built by The Post about Top Secret America is available at washingtonpost.com/topsecretamerica.

Defense Secretary Gates, in his interview with The Post, said that he does not believe the system has become too big to manage but that getting precise data is sometimes difficult. Singling out the growth of intelligence units in the Defense Department, he said he intends to review those programs for waste. “Nine years after 9/11, it makes a lot of sense to sort of take a look at this and say, ‘Okay, we’ve built tremendous capability, but do we have more than we need?’ ” he said.

CIA Director Leon Panetta, who was also interviewed by The Post last week, said he’s begun mapping out a five-year plan for his agency because the levels of spending since 9/11 are not sustainable. “Particularly with these deficits, we’re going to hit the wall. I want to be prepared for that,” he said. “Frankly, I think everyone in intelligence ought to be doing that.”

In an interview before he resigned as the director of national intelligence in May, retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair said he did not believe there was overlap and redundancy in the intelligence world. “Much of what appears to be redundancy is, in fact, providing tailored intelligence for many different customers,” he said.

Blair also expressed confidence that subordinates told him what he needed to know. “I have visibility on all the important intelligence programs across the community, and there are processes in place to ensure the different intelligence capabilities are working together where they need to,” he said.

Weeks later, as he sat in the corner of a ballroom at the Willard Hotel waiting to give a speech, he mused about The Post’s findings. “After 9/11, when we decided to attack violent extremism, we did as we so often do in this country,” he said. “The attitude was, if it’s worth doing, it’s probably worth overdoing.”

Outside a gated subdivision of mansions in McLean, a line of cars idles every weekday morning as a new day in Top Secret America gets underway. The drivers wait patiently to turn left, then crawl up a hill and around a bend to a destination that is not on any public map and not announced by any street sign.

Liberty Crossing tries hard to hide from view. But in the winter, leafless trees can’t conceal a mountain of cement and windows the size of five Wal-Mart stores stacked on top of one another rising behind a grassy berm. One step too close without the right badge, and men in black jump out of nowhere, guns at the ready.

Past the armed guards and the hydraulic steel barriers, at least 1,700 federal employees and 1,200 private contractors work at Liberty Crossing, the nickname for the two headquarters of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and its National Counterterrorism Center. The two share a police force, a canine unit and thousands of parking spaces.

Liberty Crossing is at the center of the collection of U.S. government agencies and corporate contractors that mushroomed after the 2001 attacks. But it is not nearly the biggest, the most costly or even the most secretive part of the 9/11 enterprise.

In an Arlington County office building, the lobby directory doesn’t include the Air Force’s mysteriously named XOIWS unit, but there’s a big “Welcome!” sign in the hallway greeting visitors who know to step off the elevator on the third floor. In Elkridge, Md., a clandestine program hides in a tall concrete structure fitted with false windows to look like a normal office building. In Arnold, Mo., the location is across the street from a Target and a Home Depot. In St. Petersburg, Fla., it’s in a modest brick bungalow in a run-down business park.

Each day at the National Counterterrorism Center in McLean, workers review at least 5,000 pieces of terrorist-related data from intelligence agencies and keep an eye on world events. (Photo by: Melina Mara / The Washington Post)

Every day across the United States, 854,000 civil servants, military personnel and private contractors with top-secret security clearances are scanned into offices protected by electromagnetic locks, retinal cameras and fortified walls that eavesdropping equipment cannot penetrate.

This is not exactly President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “military-industrial complex,” which emerged with the Cold War and centered on building nuclear weapons to deter the Soviet Union. This is a national security enterprise with a more amorphous mission: defeating transnational violent extremists.

Much of the information about this mission is classified. That is the reason it is so difficult to gauge the success and identify the problems of Top Secret America, including whether money is being spent wisely. The U.S. intelligence budget is vast, publicly announced last year as $75 billion, 21/2 times the size it was on Sept. 10, 2001. But the figure doesn’t include many military activities or domestic counterterrorism programs.

At least 20 percent of the government organizations that exist to fend off terrorist threats were established or refashioned in the wake of 9/11. Many that existed before the attacks grew to historic proportions as the Bush administration and Congress gave agencies more money than they were capable of responsibly spending.

The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency, for example, has gone from 7,500 employees in 2002 to 16,500 today. The budget of the National Security Agency, which conducts electronic eavesdropping, doubled. Thirty-five FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces became 106. It was phenomenal growth that began almost as soon as the Sept. 11 attacks ended.

Nine days after the attacks, Congress committed $40 billion beyond what was in the federal budget to fortify domestic defenses and to launch a global offensive against al-Qaeda. It followed that up with an additional $36.5 billion in 2002 and $44 billion in 2003. That was only a beginning.

With the quick infusion of money, military and intelligence agencies multiplied. Twenty-four organizations were created by the end of 2001, including the Office of Homeland Security and the Foreign Terrorist Asset Tracking Task Force. In 2002, 37 more were created to track weapons of mass destruction, collect threat tips and coordinate the new focus on counterterrorism. That was followed the next year by 36 new organizations; and 26 after that; and 31 more; and 32 more; and 20 or more each in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

In all, at least 263 organizations have been created or reorganized as a response to 9/11. Each has required more people, and those people have required more administrative and logistic support: phone operators, secretaries, librarians, architects, carpenters, construction workers, air-conditioning mechanics and, because of where they work, even janitors with top-secret clearances.

With so many more employees, units and organizations, the lines of responsibility began to blur. To remedy this, at the recommendation of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, the George W. Bush administration and Congress decided to create an agency in 2004 with overarching responsibilities called the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to bring the colossal effort under control.

While that was the idea, Washington has its own ways.

The first problem was that the law passed by Congress did not give the director clear legal or budgetary authority over intelligence matters, which meant he wouldn’t have power over the individual agencies he was supposed to control.

The second problem: Even before the first director, Ambassador John D. Negroponte, was on the job, the turf battles began. The Defense Department shifted billions of dollars out of one budget and into another so that the ODNI could not touch it, according to two senior officials who watched the process. The CIA reclassified some of its most sensitive information at a higher level so the National Counterterrorism Center staff, part of the ODNI, would not be allowed to see it, said former intelligence officers involved.

And then came a problem that continues to this day, which has to do with the ODNI’s rapid expansion.

When it opened in the spring of 2005, Negroponte’s office was all of 11 people stuffed into a secure vault with closet-size rooms a block from the White House. A year later, the budding agency moved to two floors of another building. In April 2008, it moved into its huge permanent home, Liberty Crossing.

Today, many officials who work in the intelligence agencies say they remain unclear about what the ODNI is in charge of. To be sure, the ODNI has made some progress, especially in intelligence-sharing, information technology and budget reform. The DNI and his managers hold interagency meetings every day to promote collaboration. The last director, Blair, doggedly pursued such nitty-gritty issues as procurement reform, compatible computer networks, tradecraft standards and collegiality.

But improvements have been overtaken by volume at the ODNI, as the increased flow of intelligence data overwhelms the system’s ability to analyze and use it. Every day, collection systems at the National Security Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications. The NSA sorts a fraction of those into 70 separate databases. The same problem bedevils every other intelligence agency, none of which have enough analysts and translators for all this work.

The practical effect of this unwieldiness is visible, on a much smaller scale, in the office of Michael Leiter, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Leiter spends much of his day flipping among four computer monitors lined up on his desk. Six hard drives sit at his feet. The data flow is enormous, with dozens of databases feeding separate computer networks that cannot interact with one another.

There is a long explanation for why these databases are still not connected, and it amounts to this: It’s too hard, and some agency heads don’t really want to give up the systems they have. But there’s some progress: “All my e-mail on one computer now,” Leiter says. “That’s a big deal.”

To get another view of how sprawling Top Secret America has become, just head west on the toll road toward Dulles International Airport.

As a Michaels craft store and a Books-A-Million give way to the military intelligence giants Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, find the off-ramp and turn left. Those two shimmering-blue five-story ice cubes belong to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which analyzes images and mapping data of the Earth’s geography. A small sign obscured by a boxwood hedge says so.

Across the street, in the chocolate-brown blocks, is Carahsoft, an intelligence agency contractor specializing in mapping, speech analysis and data harvesting. Nearby is the government’s Underground Facility Analysis Center. It identifies overseas underground command centers associated with weapons of mass destruction and terrorist groups, and advises the military on how to destroy them.

Clusters of top-secret work exist throughout the country, but the Washington region is the capital of Top Secret America.

About half of the post-9/11 enterprise is anchored in an arc stretching from Leesburg south to Quantico, back north through Washington and curving northeast to Linthicum, just north of the Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport. Many buildings sit within off-limits government compounds or military bases.

Others occupy business parks or are intermingled with neighborhoods, schools and shopping centers and go unnoticed by most people who live or play nearby.

Many of the newest buildings are not just utilitarian offices but also edifices “on the order of the pyramids,” in the words of one senior military intelligence officer.

Not far from the Dulles Toll Road, the CIA has expanded into two buildings that will increase the agency’s office space by one-third. To the south, Springfield is becoming home to the new $1.8 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters, which will be the fourth-largest federal building in the area and home to 8,500 employees. Economic stimulus money is paying hundreds of millions of dollars for this kind of federal construction across the region.

Construction for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield (Photo by: Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post)
 

It’s not only the number of buildings that suggests the size and cost of this expansion, it’s also what is inside: banks of television monitors. “Escort-required” badges. X-ray machines and lockers to store cellphones and pagers. Keypad door locks that open special rooms encased in metal or permanent dry wall, impenetrable to eavesdropping tools and protected by alarms and a security force capable of responding within 15 minutes. Every one of these buildings has at least one of these rooms, known as a SCIF, for sensitive compartmented information facility. Some are as small as a closet; others are four times the size of a football field.

SCIF size has become a measure of status in Top Secret America, or at least in the Washington region of it. “In D.C., everyone talks SCIF, SCIF, SCIF,” said Bruce Paquin, who moved to Florida from the Washington region several years ago to start a SCIF construction business. “They’ve got the penis envy thing going. You can’t be a big boy unless you’re a three-letter agency and you have a big SCIF.”

SCIFs are not the only must-have items people pay attention to. Command centers, internal television networks, video walls, armored SUVs and personal security guards have also become the bling of national security.

“You can’t find a four-star general without a security detail,” said one three-star general now posted in Washington after years abroad. “Fear has caused everyone to have stuff. Then comes, ‘If he has one, then I have to have one.’ It’s become a status symbol.”

Among the most important people inside the SCIFs are the low-paid employees carrying their lunches to work to save money. They are the analysts, the 20- and 30-year-olds making $41,000 to $65,000 a year, whose job is at the core of everything Top Secret America tries to do.

At its best, analysis melds cultural understanding with snippets of conversations, coded dialogue, anonymous tips, even scraps of trash, turning them into clues that lead to individuals and groups trying to harm the United States.

Their work is greatly enhanced by computers that sort through and categorize data. But in the end, analysis requires human judgment, and half the analysts are relatively inexperienced, having been hired in the past several years, said a senior ODNI official. Contract analysts are often straight out of college and trained at corporate headquarters.

When hired, a typical analyst knows very little about the priority countries – Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan – and is not fluent in their languages. Still, the number of intelligence reports they produce on these key countries is overwhelming, say current and former intelligence officials who try to cull them every day. The ODNI doesn’t know exactly how many reports are issued each year, but in the process of trying to find out, the chief of analysis discovered 60 classified analytic Web sites still in operation that were supposed to have been closed down for lack of usefulness. “Like a zombie, it keeps on living” is how one official describes the sites.

The problem with many intelligence reports, say officers who read them, is that they simply re-slice the same facts already in circulation. “It’s the soccer ball syndrome. Something happens, and they want to rush to cover it,” said Richard H. Immerman, who was the ODNI’s assistant deputy director of national intelligence for analytic integrity and standards until early 2009. “I saw tremendous overlap.”

Even the analysts at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), which is supposed to be where the most sensitive, most difficult-to-obtain nuggets of information are fused together, get low marks from intelligence officials for not producing reports that are original, or at least better than the reports already written by the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency or Defense Intelligence Agency.

When Maj. Gen. John M. Custer was the director of intelligence at U.S. Central Command, he grew angry at how little helpful information came out of the NCTC. In 2007, he visited its director at the time, retired Vice Adm. John Scott Redd, to tell him so. “I told him that after 41/2 years, this organization had never produced one shred of information that helped me prosecute three wars!” he said loudly, leaning over the table during an interview.

Two years later, Custer, now head of the Army’s intelligence school at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., still gets red-faced recalling that day, which reminds him of his frustration with Washington’s bureaucracy. “Who has the mission of reducing redundancy and ensuring everybody doesn’t gravitate to the lowest-hanging fruit?” he said. “Who orchestrates what is produced so that everybody doesn’t produce the same thing?”

He’s hardly the only one irritated. In a secure office in Washington, a senior intelligence officer was dealing with his own frustration. Seated at his computer, he began scrolling through some of the classified information he is expected to read every day: CIA World Intelligence Review, WIRe-CIA, Spot Intelligence Report, Daily Intelligence Summary, Weekly Intelligence Forecast, Weekly Warning Forecast, IC Terrorist Threat Assessments, NCTC Terrorism Dispatch, NCTC Spotlight . . .

It’s too much, he complained. The inbox on his desk was full, too. He threw up his arms, picked up a thick, glossy intelligence report and waved it around, yelling.

“Jesus! Why does it take so long to produce?”

“Why does it have to be so bulky?”

“Why isn’t it online?”

The overload of hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports is actually counterproductive, say people who receive them. Some policymakers and senior officials don’t dare delve into the backup clogging their computers. They rely instead on personal briefers, and those briefers usually rely on their own agency’s analysis, re-creating the very problem identified as a main cause of the failure to thwart the attacks: a lack of information-sharing.

A new Defense Department office complex goes up in Alexandria. (Photo by: Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post)
 

The ODNI’s analysis office knows this is a problem. Yet its solution was another publication, this one a daily online newspaper, Intelligence Today. Every day, a staff of 22 culls more than two dozen agencies’ reports and 63 Web sites, selects the best information and packages it by originality, topic and region.

Analysis is not the only area where serious overlap appears to be gumming up the national security machinery and blurring the lines of responsibility.

Within the Defense Department alone, 18 commands and agencies conduct information operations, which aspire to manage foreign audiences’ perceptions of U.S. policy and military activities overseas.

And all the major intelligence agencies and at least two major military commands claim a major role in cyber-warfare, the newest and least-defined frontier.

“Frankly, it hasn’t been brought together in a unified approach,” CIA Director Panetta said of the many agencies now involved in cyber-warfare.

“Cyber is tremendously difficult” to coordinate, said Benjamin A. Powell, who served as general counsel for three directors of national intelligence until he left the government last year. “Sometimes there was an unfortunate attitude of bring your knives, your guns, your fists and be fully prepared to defend your turf.” Why? “Because it’s funded, it’s hot and it’s sexy.”

Last fall, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly opened fire at Fort Hood, Tex., killing 13 people and wounding 30. In the days after the shootings, information emerged about Hasan’s increasingly strange behavior at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he had trained as a psychiatrist and warned commanders that they should allow Muslims to leave the Army or risk “adverse events.” He had also exchanged e-mails with a well-known radical cleric in Yemen being monitored by U.S. intelligence.

But none of this reached the one organization charged with handling counterintelligence investigations within the Army. Just 25 miles up the road from Walter Reed, the Army’s 902nd Military Intelligence Group had been doing little to search the ranks for potential threats. Instead, the 902’s commander had decided to turn the unit’s attention to assessing general terrorist affiliations in the United States, even though the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s 106 Joint Terrorism Task Forces were already doing this work in great depth.

The 902nd, working on a program the commander named RITA, for Radical Islamic Threat to the Army, had quietly been gathering information on Hezbollah, Iranian Republican Guard and al-Qaeda student organizations in the United States. The assessment “didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know already,” said the Army’s senior counterintelligence officer at the Pentagon.

Secrecy and lack of coordination have allowed organizations, such as the 902nd in this case, to work on issues others were already tackling rather than take on the much more challenging job of trying to identify potential jihadist sympathizers within the Army itself.

Beyond redundancy, secrecy within the intelligence world hampers effectiveness in other ways, say defense and intelligence officers. For the Defense Department, the root of this problem goes back to an ultra-secret group of programs for which access is extremely limited and monitored by specially trained security officers.

These are called Special Access Programs – or SAPs – and the Pentagon’s list of code names for them runs 300 pages. The intelligence community has hundreds more of its own, and those hundreds have thousands of sub-programs with their own limits on the number of people authorized to know anything about them. All this means that very few people have a complete sense of what’s going on.

“There’s only one entity in the entire universe that has visibility on all SAPs – that’s God,” said James R. Clapper, undersecretary of defense for intelligence and the Obama administration’s nominee to be the next director of national intelligence.

Such secrecy can undermine the normal chain of command when senior officials use it to cut out rivals or when subordinates are ordered to keep secrets from their commanders.

One military officer involved in one such program said he was ordered to sign a document prohibiting him from disclosing it to his four-star commander, with whom he worked closely every day, because the commander was not authorized to know about it. Another senior defense official recalls the day he tried to find out about a program in his budget, only to be rebuffed by a peer. “What do you mean you can’t tell me? I pay for the program,” he recalled saying in a heated exchange.

Another senior intelligence official with wide access to many programs said that secrecy is sometimes used to protect ineffective projects. “I think the secretary of defense ought to direct a look at every single thing to see if it still has value,” he said. “The DNI ought to do something similar.”

The ODNI hasn’t done that yet. The best it can do at the moment is maintain a database of the names of the most sensitive programs in the intelligence community. But the database does not include many important and relevant Pentagon projects.

Because so much is classified, illustrations of what goes on every day in Top Secret America can be hard to ferret out. But every so often, examples emerge. A recent one shows the post-9/11 system at its best and its worst.

Last fall, after eight years of growth and hirings, the enterprise was at full throttle when word emerged that something was seriously amiss inside Yemen. In response, President Obama signed an order sending dozens of secret commandos to that country to target and kill the leaders of an al-Qaeda affiliate.

In Yemen, the commandos set up a joint operations center packed with hard drives, forensic kits and communications gear. They exchanged thousands of intercepts, agent reports, photographic evidence and real-time video surveillance with dozens of top-secret organizations in the United States.

That was the system as it was intended. But when the information reached the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington for analysis, it arrived buried within the 5,000 pieces of general terrorist-related data that are reviewed each day. Analysts had to switch from database to database, from hard drive to hard drive, from screen to screen, just to locate what might be interesting to study further.

As military operations in Yemen intensified and the chatter about a possible terrorist strike increased, the intelligence agencies ramped up their effort. The flood of information into the NCTC became a torrent.

Somewhere in that deluge was even more vital data. Partial names of someone in Yemen. A reference to a Nigerian radical who had gone to Yemen. A report of a father in Nigeria worried about a son who had become interested in radical teachings and had disappeared inside Yemen.

These were all clues to what would happen when a Nigerian named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab left Yemen and eventually boarded a plane in Amsterdam bound for Detroit. But nobody put them together because, as officials would testify later, the system had gotten so big that the lines of responsibility had become hopelessly blurred.

“There are so many people involved here,” NCTC Director Leiter told Congress.

“Everyone had the dots to connect,” DNI Blair explained to the lawmakers. “But I hadn’t made it clear exactly who had primary responsibility.”

And so Abdulmutallab was able to step aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. As it descended toward Detroit, he allegedly tried to ignite explosives hidden in his underwear. It wasn’t the very expensive, very large 9/11 enterprise that prevented disaster. It was a passenger who saw what he was doing and tackled him. “We didn’t follow up and prioritize the stream of intelligence,” White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan explained afterward. “Because no one intelligence entity, or team or task force was assigned responsibility for doing that follow-up investigation.”

Blair acknowledged the problem. His solution: Create yet another team to run down every important lead. But he also told Congress he needed more money and more analysts to prevent another mistake.

More is often the solution proposed by the leaders of the 9/11 enterprise. After the Christmas Day bombing attempt, Leiter also pleaded for more – more analysts to join the 300 or so he already had.

The Department of Homeland Security asked for more air marshals, more body scanners and more analysts, too, even though it can’t find nearly enough qualified people to fill its intelligence unit now. Obama has said he will not freeze spending on national security, making it likely that those requests will be funded.

More building, more expansion of offices continues across the country. A $1.7 billion NSA data-processing center will be under construction soon near Salt Lake City. In Tampa, the U.S. Central Command’s new 270,000-square-foot intelligence office will be matched next year by an equally large headquarters building, and then, the year after that, by a 51,000-square-foot office just for its special operations section.

Just north of Charlottesville, the new Joint-Use Intelligence Analysis Facility will consolidate 1,000 defense intelligence analysts on a secure campus.

Meanwhile, five miles southeast of the White House, the DHS has broken ground for its new headquarters, to be shared with the Coast Guard. DHS, in existence for only seven years, already has its own Special Access Programs, its own research arm, its own command center, its own fleet of armored cars and its own 230,000-person workforce, the third-largest after the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Soon, on the grounds of the former St. Elizabeths mental hospital in Anacostia, a $3.4 billion showcase of security will rise from the crumbling brick wards. The new headquarters will be the largest government complex built since the Pentagon, a major landmark in the alternative geography of Top Secret America and four times as big as Liberty Crossing.

Staff researcher Julie Tate contributed to this report.

Article Source Link: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/a-hidden-world-growing-beyond-control/print/

JP

ARTICLE TAKEN FROM: http://www.tribulation-now.org/2011/09/16/proclamation-46/

by John Baptist

Occult Blasphemy
The Abomination Declares

The 911 memorial speech that Obama made this last weekend was not only blasphemy to the Most High God, our Heavenly Father, but it was a proclamation of “who he is” and what is coming upon the earth on short notice.

Well Glory to Jesus we live in the MOST exciting times ever.  Praise our Heavenly Father.  Glory to the Most High!  Amen Amen Amen!

For those of us “watching” these amazing events unfold, with a keen eye to being “wise as a serpent” (our enemy), we see unbelievable events happening in real time.  The hidden mysteries of the Bible are jumping off the page.  But you MUST be smart and you must be “tuned in” to everything that is happening.  Otherwise you will miss it.

Let’s begin by examining some scripture.

 

Bite Sized Chunks

I was speaking with Kenneth, Tribulation-Now’s own “Jack Van Impe” and “science adviser” of sorts, discussing how important it is to re-read the scriptures as new events unfold.  Quite frankly Kenneth was impressed with the approach I was recommending and got excited.

For example, when you study Revelation you don’t want to let yourself get too bogged down in details.  This is why even I tend to get lost when I study under Chuck Missler.  His teachings are awesome but the level of detail he goes into leads to a type of “disconnect” from the timeline of events.

Each one of us has been given special talents.  Part of those talents and skills come from our career, our training, and other environmental influences.  The divine providence of God has a play in our entire lives and helps to lead us to where God wants us to be in this fluid “God at War” dynamic.   Where this potentially comes into play with me personally, is that I have had to manage multi-million dollar projects in “big business”.   When you manage “humongous” projects, you have to break them into little organized pieces and create “block diagrams” of organized activities.

While I admit, time and time again, that I could very well be wrong; I don’t think so.  But the cool part is that we don’t need a “theological” degree (heaven forbid) to be the “Bereans” (Acts 17:11)  that our Heavenly Father wants us to be.  At the same time, being a good Berean doesn’t mean you are doing what Jesus said to do either.  This isn’t about being “smart” about the Bible, this is about being obedient to our King Jesus Christ and saving souls, preaching the gospel, healing the sick, giving to the poor and living the life of  Jesus Christ each of us were told to live!

That being said, there are two ways to analyze scripture using this “project management methodology”.  The first way is to take an entire book of the Bible, such as Revelation, and create “thought blocks” out of the entire book.  This is important because there are parts of Revelation that retrofit into other sections of the Bible (Rev. 12 for example).  For example the Revelation 12 “wars in the heaven” fit nicely into the “gap” between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.  Moreover, the entire chapter of Revelation 12 (in particular) needs to be organized in blocks since “the woman” metaphor takes on a different persona throughout.  In the beginning of 12 it is Eve.  Toward the end “the woman” becomes “the Bride of Jesus Christ”, and shortly thereafter even becomes “her offspring” which is “the Tribulation Saints”.  How awesome!

Like I’ve said before, the Bible reads a lot like a Quentin Tarantino or a Martin Scorsese film. Remember Pulp Fiction?   Often times, particularly when dealing with prophetic scripture, you have to create “blocks of thoughts” or “blocks of events” and organize them.  Then you can classify them accordingly.  You can label them as FYIs, (for your information), or you can classify them as TIMELINE related.

Applying this methodology to the Book of Revelation allows you to separate “timeline” related thought-blocks from FYI thought-blocks.   The Trumpets and Bowls are timeline related.  They happen in sequence.  One – Two – Three – Four – Five, etc.  The exception to this rule are the “Seals” which open “Eras” or periods of events (and one Seal is only an FYI).   While they (the seals) are evidently sequential, they do not necessarily help understand the overall timeline so much.  We have to remember that John had the Revelation vision on Patmos, almost 2,000 years ago.  Since we know that there is a HUGE BROWN DWARF star in our Solar System, then it’s reasonable to estimate that the Trumpet Judgments are about to begin at any moment.  You MUST weave empirical data into your assumptions to build your hypothesis or you are NOT being a good “watchman”.

However this is not the focus of this article, Praise Jesus, let’s move on.

 

The 1 Thessalonians 5 Warning

In light of the 911 blasphemous proclamation, let’s take a look at part of 1 Thess. 5, which the New King James subtitles “The Day of the Lord”.

1 Thess 5:1-5
5 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5
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As you may already know, folks out there have been making You Tube videos for years warning people that “they” are shouting “peace and safety”.  Indeed “they” are.  But that’s really not the reason why I am showing you this text.  The first important point to ponder is that the day of the Lord comes like a “thief”.  So it is a huge surprise to those Christians who are “not watching”.  Oh boy.  That’s an awful lot.

The second thing to ponder is that this sudden destruction “comes UPON them”.  Who are these “pronouns” referring too?  THEM?  Who is THEM?  And this destruction comes UPON “them”.  Interesting.  That doesn’t sound like a “war” to me.  That doesn’t sound like a nuclear attack to me.  It comes “upon” them.  Sounds like it comes from “somewhere” else, perhaps not of this world.  This sounds an awful lot like Luke 21:26

Luke 21:26
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
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(Important Note: I received an email, that a recent guest on Coast to Coast AM, claimed he is talking to demons.  This “guest” said he was instructed by the demons to “watch the skies”.  This email came in AFTER I had told people on the Sunday Night radio show to stop worrying about the “financial collapse” (and all the other stuff) and instead “LOOK UP” because your redemption draws nigh!)

I submit the pronoun “them” is referring to those who are not paying attention AND simultaneously referring to “the enemy”.  However since Paul was talking to the Christians, it is clear the warning is to those who are caught “unaware”.   Indeed that would be 99% of the global population.  And the “enemy” is keenly aware of what’s happening, as you will see in a moment.

But remember!

1 Thess 5:6-7
Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
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and

1 Thess 5:9
For God did not appoint us to wrath (…)
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What is WRATH?  Trumpet and Bowl Judgments!  Isaiah 24.  The earth wobbling like a drunkard.  The earth shaking.  A pole shift.  Planet X.  AND the “Dragons of Arabia” from 2 Esdras 15 UFO war.  All those things are a type of wrath that encompass the Great Tribulation, which is a test.

2 Thess 2:11-12
And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie (that the Sumerian gods are our creators), 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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And …

Rev 3:10-11
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
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To “TEST” those who “dwell upon the earth”.   Philadelphia is NOT on the earth.  The Great Tribulation is to TEST those who were not ready to meet their King Jesus Christ.  And notice this “hour of trial” (a metaphor for the Great Tribulation) shall “come upon” the earth.  WOW.  That is the same “style of meaning” used in 1 Thess. 5:3 and Luke 21: 26.  Come UPON.  Come UPON.

Hello …  is this mic on?

PRAISE AND GLORY TO JESUS!!

 

The Proclamation of Abomination

Now that I’ve “greased the rails” (of thought), let’s take a high-level look at what happened at the 911 Obama memorial speech.  First remember that members of the clergy were NOT allowed to speak at this event.  Remember?  Remember what a stink that caused?   There’s a good reason for that.  This Psalms 46 reading was a proclamation of blasphemy against our Heavenly Father.  It was an official announcement of WHO Obama is before our GOD in Heaven.   Indeed the speech (reading) even warns of the forthcoming cataclysms facing the earth.  And it was spoken in utter defiance “to” the Most High God.

And don’t forget in the book “Tranceformation of America”, Cathy O’Brien, who was abused as a child and raised as a “mind control slave”,  stated she saw George W. Bush shape-shift into a reptilian being.  (This “mind control” horror used on Cathy O’Brien and thousands of other victims, employs the MK-Ultra “methods”, that Dr. Joseph Mengele, aka. Dr. Green, brought to the U.S. through Operation Paperclip).   The reason I emphasize this is because immediately after Obama finished his demonic speech (straight from Hell), the camera immediately focused on George W. Bush.  These are “perfectly possessed” entities.

Let’s take a look at the speech.  Remember this was an intentional reading of Psalms 46 by a Muslim, who does not wear his wedding jewelry during Ramadan.

Ps 46

46 God is our refuge and strength,  A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed,  And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.  Selah

4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. 6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.

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Remember Who We Are Dealing With

Now before I proceed, I can assure you that I am mentioning only the “tip of the iceberg” here.  Okay?  There is no question that I will receive emails from all over the world about additional “symbolism” I missed.  Amen?   Keep the emails coming, Praise Jesus our King.   By the grace of God, I will update people on the Radio Show’s as the information flows in.

Remember WHO we are dealing with here.  Okay?  You have to understand who these people (entities) are before our Heavenly Father.  You have to understand this reading of Psalms 46 was an “in your face” statement of blasphemy directly to our Heavenly Father.

This was an “I dare you” statement.  This was a “bring it on” statement.

Remember the “Sumerian gods” are returning to earth now!  Lucifer, the Illuminati, and their pathetic minions, such as Bush and Obama KNOW THIS.  Lucifer is THEIR “god”.  Lucifer has his “pawns” convinced that our Heavenly Father is going to lose this war.  These “entities” believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will ultimately win this battle.

Lucifer knows better.  But he is going to see to it that he destroys everyone (and every entity) he can along the way.  Lucifer will make certain that even his own “minions” die in eternal damnation.  The Illuminati filth are doomed and Lucifer knows it.

They are all “pawns in the game”.

 

The First Solomon’s Temple Took 23 Years to Build

While this is not obvious, evidently the first Temple “building” (Solomon’s Temple) took 23 years to build.  Here is a snippet from some of Kenneth’s research confirming this information.

As Kenneth points out in an email:

I think you have to count dates in scripture to get the 23 years….

In the time of the Babylonian Exile, the last three kings of the southern kingdom of Judah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim and Zedekiah, committed atrocities and defiled the Temple. Finally, on the 9th of Av (a date in the Jewish calendar) in 586 BC, God allowed Nebuzaradan, captain of Nebuchadnezzar’s guard, to burn the Temple to the ground. 2 Kings 25:9 Yet, even with their great profanation of the Temple, God sent Cyrus, king of Persia, to begin rebuilding the Temple in 539 BC, just 47 years later. The reconstruction took 23 years, and in 516 BC

Here is the finish date on the rebuild…

Ezra 6:15
15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

23 years after King Cyrus had commanded it…

 

The Second Solomon’s Temple took 46 Years to Build

Here you see the evidence that the second Solomon’s Temple took 46 years to rebuild.  NOTE the number 46!

John 2:19-22
19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”  20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”  21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
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Hidden Blasphemies and Proclamations

Here are the MAIN POINTS to ponder regarding what was said in this speech.

  • Evidently the first Solomon’s Temple took 23 years to build.
  • The “second” Solomon’s Temple took 46 years to build.
  • There will NOT be a Third Solomon’s Temple.  The temple Jesus referred to is the “temple body“.  This is the home of the HOLY SPIRIT of God in those who are “born again” and Baptised (and those Baptised in the Holy Spirit).  This is why the Roman Catholic Inquisition sought to destroy and murder any group that preached and taught the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”.  (And look around you, what an awful success).
  • There are 23 Chromosomes in the human body.
  • 2 x 23 = 46 (think “Twin Towers” here)
  • Don’t forget Genesis 11:1-9 = 911“now nothing they propose to do will be withheld from “THEM””.  Get it?
  • The “twins”, Romulus and Remus, are suckling the teets of the Capitoline Wolf.  This is symbolic of “humans” being the “creation” of the Sumerian “gods” coming from the “DogStar Sirius”.   The term “dog” is a metaphor for the Land of Canaan.  Canaan = Canine = Dog.
  • E Pluribus Unum (on the US dollar bill) = “Many into One” = Many “gods” into “one god” = Lucifer
  • The Egyptian Pharaoh, Akhenaten, was a “star god” hybrid, (an Obama “look alike”) who was known for collapsing the worship of “many gods” into “one god”.
  • The term “Catholic” means “Universal” = Ecumenical = “one god” / “one faith” = worship of Lucifer.
  • The destruction of the “Twin Towers” is symbolic of destroying the “twins” (humanity) and making “one” entity worshiping “Lucifer” as GOD.
  • Reading Psalms 46 allowed Akhenaten (whoops I mean Obama) to state that “HE IS GOD” directly back to our Heavenly Father.  This speech was directed at our Father.
  • The Reading of Psalms 46 allowed Obama to tell our Heavenly Father that HE KNOWS Planet X is going to cause cataclysms upon the earth in the form of “seas roaring” and great earthquakes.

Now let’s compare to 2 Thess. 2 in Jesus Name.

 

Comparing this Blasphemy to 2 Thess. 2

Now let’s take a look at 2 Thess. 2.  To help drive home these points for you to consider, I will place my comments into the text below inside parenthesis.

2 Thess 2:1-12
2 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

(The Thessalonians were freaking out because people were passing away and Jesus hadn’t come back yet – so Paul was telling them to “chill” and giving them guidance on what to watch out for)

3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first,

(This is obviously a HUGE event.  This “falling away” is colossal in nature.  It is NOT GRADUAL.  It is not happening little by little.  Paul told them that they would SEE IT.  This is applicable to the entire world’s population.  This will be caused by the forthcoming UFO WAR!)

and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God,

(The “temple of God” is the TEMPLE BODY, not a “building” as Jesus made perfectly clear.  What is “inside” of Obama’s body?  I know.  Do you?)

showing himself that he is God.

(Don’t get me going on all the times Obama was portrayed as some type of “savior”.  He was on the front page of a magazine shown as a Hindu “god” (Shiva “the destroyer”).  But during this speech, in a blasphemous statement to our Father (YHWH God) and mankind alike, he proclaimed that He is God, using scripture)

5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.

(“that which restrains” includes not only the Holy Spirit, but those “holy watchers” (God’s messenger angels) who are fighting right now to keep these freaks from murdering the Bride until the time is right for God to “give the command” to swoop in and rescue “the woman” and take her into the wilderness for one thousand, two hundred and sixty days (Rev 12:6 – this is the rescue of the Bride during the 3.5 years of the Great Tribulation).

7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

(The mystery of lawlessness is the infection of the human genome through interbreeding with hyrbids (Land of Canaan), “chemtrails”, poisons, and even the genetic manipulation of mankind by the grey aliens through the creation of hybrid human beings.  This is why Jesus Christ insisted you MUST be “born-again”.  This “changes your DNA” (see Dr. Caroline Leaf on It’s Supernatural)

8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

(Note: The “wonders” are real wonders.  They are “lying wonders” because they perpetuate “the lie” that “they” (the Sumerian gods) are OUR creators.  These Pleiadians are helping to perpetuate “the lie” by deceiving the “New Agers” into thinking they are part of this “cosmic family”.   That is why God mentions the “sweet influences” of the Pleiades in JOB!)

11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

(Our Heavenly Father, in essence, “unbinds the cluster of the Pleiades and loosens the belt of Orion” (See Job 38:31) allowing these “freaks” to come to earth. He calls back his fighting angelic forces (that which restrains) and withdraws His protection).
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Summary in Jesus Name

Well praise Yahushua Jesus Christ, our King of Kings.  There just isn’t enough time to bring all this information forth in these articles.  We have earthquakes going crazy at an all time high.  Planet X (Nibiru) is obviously in our Solar System and beginning the “Judgement of the Earth” (Isaiah 24).  We are OBVIOUSLY on the precipice of the Great Tribulation and the start of the Trumpet Judgments that are foreshadowed by a global earthquake mentioned in Revelation as the Sixth Seal (Rev. 6:12).

This matches 100% of all the “ancient writings”.  This matches the Sumerian texts.  This matches the Egyptian text.  This matches the Mayan “lore” given to them by the “star gods” who they said will return after a global earthquake.

This matches the visions and dreams of “Our Father’s” children here on earth.

EVERYTHING MATCHES.

 

Why did Barack Hussein Obama make CIA director Leon Panetta the new Secretary of Defense?  The CIA needs to be in control of the United States military in order to carry out more false flag attacks against the United States.  By placing the U.S. military under CIA (Jesuit Knights of Malta) control they can intercept and deny U.S. military response to another false flag attack on U.S. soil.  The U.S. government knows that the U.S. military was fooled once but won’t be fooled again.  Obama put the U.S. military under CIA control.

The CIA is now planning for and coordinating another 9/11 against the United States. FEMA (under Jesuit Knights of Malta control) will control the response to those attacks and they will be in charge of coordinating the forced “evacuations” to internment camps.  The DHS will become the new SS (Protection Squadron ordefense corps) under the imposed martial law.

Obama isn’t in control of the United States of America.  He thinks he is.  He is made to believe he is.  He is a puppet president.  Jesuit Knights of Malta Joe Biden is the real president of the United States.  Obama was made president in order to create mass civil unrest in the United States post false flag attacks against the United States.  Obama will be killed in the CIA false flag attacks against the United States.  He will be the last elected president of the United States.

Killing Obama is essential to the Vatican plans for a New World Order with Vatican City as the only government in the World and the Catholic deity religion as the only Religion on Earth.  Killing the black president of the United States will cause a Race War.  Who can deny what will happen in the U.S. if Obama is killed.  The1992 Los Angeles Riots should give you an idea of what will happen when the CIA kills Obama. The Jesuit Knights of Malta wants to deceive the people of the World.  It is essential that Obama be scarified in the CIA attacks against the United States.  It is key to detracting the American people and the World from the truth.

CIA Domestic Operations elements operating from their base under Denver International Airport are planning for and preparing for a number of false flag attacks against the United States.  On August 23, 2001 the United States Air Force intercepted and thwarted the transfer of several suitcase size nukes.  Several nukes were detonated underground during the U.S. Air Force recovery mission.  The underground nuclear detonations caused two large earthquakes inland of the United States.  The two major earthquakes that rocked the United States on August 23, 2011 (84 miles SW of Washington DC and  180 miles S of Denver Colorado.) occurred hundreds of miles away from any known fault lines.  The seismograph for the Washington DC area earthquakes proves that the earthquake was caused by a massive and sudden underground detonation.

A self professed Jesuit has revealed that he and and the CIA are “collaborating” in mass attacks (plural meaning more than 1) against the United States before the 10th anniversary of the CIA false flag attack on September 11, 2001.  This Jesuit confesses that ” INTEL confirmed … 7 (nukes). Two out of commission leaves 5unaccounted for (meaning they still have 5 which the U.S. Air Force are still looking for). One is in NYC.” Probably brought in during FEMA’s Hurricane Irene mandatory evacuation.  This Jesuit goes on to state, “I know that they are legit … The Threat is Real and ongoing.“  Who is this person?  He is a graduate of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and earned a Master of Divinity, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. In other words a Catholic soldier from the Jesuit Knights of Malta.  He was considered by the school authorities of the United States as a “child prodigy or genius” from which he was admitted into a special government program in which he demonstrated his innate ability to decipher and break codes. In other words he is CIA.

In an attempt to enlighten me as to what they are capable of doing they gave up this information:

“I have recorded testimony from a Mexican CT Agent who confirms that the Mexican outbreak of AH1N1 was in fact a biological terrorist attack upon Mexico.”

“Fact> The Virus is a 7-strand cocktail that involved the CIA exhuming bodies in 1997 from the permafrost in Alaska that died from the 1914 Spanish Swine Influenza.”

“Fact> The Swine Flu was created in a biological lab in Kansas, administered as an inoculation to soldiers that went to fight in WWI. Secondary and Tertiary Waves triggered the pandemic.”

“Fact> MITRE Corp out of San Diego with CIA, JASON Intelligence Committee and SMOM (Sovereign Military Order of Malta) developed it with the Approval of the WHO and Baxter (CEO is a Member of Skull & Bones).”

“Obama was infected intentionally to carry the Virus and spread it aside from deploying it in the Ventilation system of the Mexican National Museum of Anthropology when he was brought to Mexico to show off his new armored limo called “The Beast”.”

Their last communication (08/31 21:54) states – “let the walking spiritually dead bury the dead bodies that are going to start to pile up when all these events explode in September.

 Source Article Link: http://presscore.ca/2011/?p=4153