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On 10 October 1995, Aum Shinrikyo was ordered to be stripped of its official status as a "religious legal entity" and was declared bankrupt in early 1996. However the group continues to operate under the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion, funded by a successful computer business and donations, and under strict surveillance.
Operatives tried to release botulin near the Diet in 1990, and near the imperial palace in 1993. An anthrax release from its Tokyo office building in 1993 caused foul smells, brown steam, pet deaths and stains on cars and sidewalks. None of these attacks is known to have caused death or injury.
"Several reported seeing a large fireball streak across the sky and disappear beyond the horizon, followed by a near-blinding burst of light accompanied by a loud blast, a massive seismic ground wave, and a huge red flare that shot into the sky. This in turn was followed by "a deep red-orange coloured hemisphere of opaque light" that hovered above the apparent explosion site for hours, then suddenly disappeared; another fireball an hour after the first one; and possibly a third one still later (or earlier--the observers didn't remember).
a “huge red coloured flare” shot vertically skyward into the dark night sky. Immediately afterwards the ground shook, so violently apparently, that some of the few witnesses in the remote area reported being knocked to the ground while standing around a campfire. A loud explosive blast was then heard over a massive 250 km x 150 km area and some “minor quake damage” was reported as far as 150 km south east of what would later be pinpointed as “ground zero” – an area within or adjacent to Banjawarn Station!
“170 times larger than the largest mining explosion ever recorded in the Australian region”
“the force of a small nuclear explosion, perhaps equal to up to 2,000 tons of high explosives”
”Eventually, we got information that led us to believe the group was out of the country at the time of the blast,”
”That pretty much eliminated the possibility of a weapons test.”
The New York Times reported on the cult’s interest in the work of Tesla in an article published in January 1997. “The cult apparently sent a party of its members to the former Yugoslavia to study the work of Nikola Tesla, the discoverer of alternating current who toyed with the theory of seismic weapons before he died in 1943. At the Tesla Museum in Belgrade, the members seem to have reviewed Tesla’s thesis and other research papers concerning such [electromagnetic] weapons.
The Nunn report, in addition to outlining Aum’s large international membership and massive finances of over US$1 billion, also revealed the cult’s fascination for Tesla weapons.
The Senate report describes Aum’s visits to the New York based International Tesla Society (ITS), where they sought to obtain a number of his books, patents and papers.
A representative of the ITS told Senate investigators that Aum’s interest focused on Tesla’s experiments with "resonating frequencies," in connection with artificially "creating earthquakes." Significantly, the report also states that Tesla claimed "...with his technology he could ’split the world’ in two."
"high energy voltage transmission and on wave amplification, which Tesla asserted could be used to create seismological disturbances."
Over several years the cult had deeply penetrated Russia’s military, intelligence, and political establishment. High level contacts included Oleg Lobov, a close confidante of Premier Boris Yeltsin. Lobov later became chairman of Russia’s Security Council - the nation’s highest decision making body.
Lobov, who was also the chairman of the Russia-Japan College, is believed to have been paid upwards of US$ 100 million for services rendered to Aum Shinrikyo.
"This is a country . . . so vast and empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world's first nongovernmental atomic bomb on its mainland and almost four years would pass before anyone noticed."
Originally posted by Skyfloating
Now there's a potential real conspiracy. This goes way beyond what I read in the news about them. Good job
Originally posted by ALOSTSOUL
Seems the cult changed it's name in 2000 to 'Aleph'. I can't seem to find much on that name though.
The ultimate objective of this website is to make ourselves understood and accepted by the society. And for that purpose we have been reforming our system and have been disclosing, through many channels including this website, the internal information of Aleph as much as possible.
Dec. 1, 1999 Aum Shinrikyo makes an official comment
Jan. 18, 2000 Aum Shinrikyo announces "The Outline of its Comprehensive Views on the Aum Incidents and its Drastic Reforms."
Mar. 20, 2000 Aleph apologizes to the victims and bereaved families of the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack.
Jun. 27, 2000 Aleph apologizes to the victims and bereaved families of the 1994 Matsumoto sarin gas attack.
Aleph has been struggling to step forward in making more apologies and more compensation.
At the end of July 2011, the cult reported its membership as 1,030. The group was reportedly active in trying to recruit new members among Japan's youth via social media websites and proselytizing on college campuses.
Originally posted by 1nOne
reply to post by Misterlondon
I was on that train in Tokyo at the time of the sarin attack, on my way to see my mother, father and sister off to Narita Airport. The trains were stopped and people began falling to the floor. Paramedics were there for hours treating victims on the platform. Quite the memory.
All residents were shocked by what they had observed, eventually believing that someone deliberately wanted them to see these fireballs as some sort of test over an isolated outback town. They confirm that the object appeared to have no solid mass when seen close up, but from a distance many thought they were seeing an aircraft on fire - but the second and third fireballs disabused them of this idea. No one could align their sighting with anything within their experiential memory. Some thought that "it was like the end of the world" - that same expression yet again!
The two policemen were taken the next day to a point halfway to the Paraburdoo townsite (residents there also saw the fireballs to their north that night), located some 50 km south of Tom Price. The policemen were briefed by "officials" on what had occurred and thereafter refused to discuss the evening’s events with their friends in Tom Price. Being a small town with few inhabitants, and pretty lonely if the other residents cold-shoulder you, one policeman later admitted that he would like to say what it was all about but had been ordered to keep his mouth shut and it was more than his job and life were worth to say more.
The residents of Tom Price discussed these events for days, but attempts to go public on Perth TV were met with ridicule and loony epithets. They noticed that the fireballs had flown from the direction of the Exmouth Peninsula "US radio communications base" and knew that, in spite of recent newspaper publicity claiming that "this base has been deserted by the USA and handed over to the Australian government", there were still many Americans to be seen in the town of Exmouth who continued to live and work at the base (as is the case even now, in early 1997). Many suspect that there is a secret underground part to this base which contains peculiar, large aerial systems at ground level.
It was later discovered that the Dampier power station, further northeast, went off line at the time of the Tom Price fireballs due to a huge overvoltage pulse on the transmission lines. Residents of this district have commonly seen or even been followed by bright white lights whilst traversing roads at night near the coast and adjacent to the Exmouth base area. They report that these lights move at low or high speed, at low or high altitude and commonly alter their courses. Very bright white glows have been observed at night emanating from uninhabited bushland just to the east of Tom Price. Fireballs have been reported on several occasions in the period 1973 to 1994 as flying from Exmouth towards the east and the Great Sandy Desert.