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Originally posted by dawnstar
I was kind of surprised that he names the Jewish operation "Operation Shekhinah" (Shock and Awe). Someone else has made that connection. Shekhinan (or shakina", if the feminine component of God, the "Glory of God".
"Shak-in-ah appeared in Jerusalem after the building of Solomon's Temple and the placement of the Ark of the Covenant within the temple's Holy of Holies. Solomon worshiped her over Yahweh. She is the goddess consort of the king seen as a visible cloud overshadowing or hovering over the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 40:34-38)."
Fascinating, brings me back to studies of my youth. Primarily the concept of Jungian sub conscience, primal mythology. A concept of justification for thought, action, and dreams. I am a believer in Jung, above Freudian desire of fulfillment of animal instinct. The two are a constant battle in the evolution of humanity.
Have to make a beer run and then I will return and explore some more.
[edit on 20-8-2004 by tututkamen]
Originally posted by RedBalloon
Back in February 2004, a ricin scare also closed down three Senate buildings.
The article itself talks mentions a list of symptoms, and how it takes 4 to 8 hours for ricin poisoning to take effect. Also mentions there is no known antidote, and that it is difficult for it to spread through the air, unlike anthrax. Chock full o' helpful general information to file away in our brains.
[edit on 26-8-2004 by RedBalloon]
Benjamin Padilla was not a criminal, but if working in the drugs rather than aviation trade he would have been referred to unkindly as a "mule", i.e. a highly paid but entirely disposable asset because he had no real idea who the actual bosses were.
Benjamin thought he was repossessing a stolen aircraft and delivering it to the new owners, but that is all he knew. After landing in the Republic of Guinea, Padilla was diverted for a while with other jobs, then paid off and allowed to go on his way unsuspecting and unhindered.
As every reader knows, an organization with the massive resources of El AL'eda in New York and Tel Aviv, has no need to steal its own aircraft from a backwoods African airport where it could easily pay the Boeing 727's paltry outstanding landing fees, which brings us to the motive for this phase of the operation.
In the first place, Benjamin Padilla was merely a mule who could not possibly compromise a future operation if caught in the act, because he knew nothing at all about it. Thus the real bosses were assured anonymity, and the operation would remain secure.
Then within 24 hours of this unremarkable and elderly Boeing 727 vanishing from an obscure African airport that almost nobody had heard of, the entire western media inexplicably started speculating that the aircraft might have been stolen by 'terrorists', and in particular by 'al Qaeda terrorists' for use against 'western targets' in a possible 'Rerun of 9-11'.
This seemingly accidental mass media coverage was pure public relation gold, because forever afterwards, N844AA would be linked to 'Muslim Terrorists' allegedly planning to attack America