m“Almost all people are hypnotics.      The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced and the people believed properly.” — Charles Hoy Fort

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

INFO's FortScape 2006 Aug 18-20 in Fredericksburg, VA!

Here is the official program for the upcoming FortScape conference to be held in ghost-laden Fredericksburg, Virginia on August 18 through 20, with the program itself starting on the 19th. I think we have a good lineup and it will be big fun for sure to see old friends and make new ones!

I do hope to meet some of you there... that'd be very cool.

A Weekend of Anomalous Phenomena!



THE INTERNATIONAL FORTEAN ORGANIZATION (INFO)

presents an unbelievable hiatus of fun and mischief in
haunted Fredericksburg, VA!

FortScape 2006!

Hilton Garden Inn, Fredericksburg, VA

August 19th & 20th, 2006

! FRIDAY, PRE-CONFERENCE:

Join us for a Social with music after dinner-on-your-own in the hotel or a nearby haunted restaurant. We will also have a Tarot card reader on hand for the adventurous. Bring your strangest story or published clip to share.

! SATURDAY, 10:00 A.M.-6 P.M.:
LECTURE PROGRAM and BOOK SALE, Plus CANDLELIT PHANTOMS OF FREDERICKSBURG GHOST WALK WITH A COSTUMED 19th-CENTURY GHOST. And Later, TALL TALES & FORTEAN STORIES in a haunted pub.


Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Ph.D., Vampires Among Us: True and Shocking Stories. Historical facts and bizarre cases collected from decades of field reseach. Find out the real facts behind the vampires of Highgate Cemetary in London and more! Rosemary Ellen Guiley is author of more than 30 books on the paranormal and related topics, including the bestselling Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits and the Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters. She is a dedicated field researcher who participates in numerous paranormal investigations. She is a life member of The International Fortean Organization, a member of the American Ghost Society and Ghost Club of London, and serves as an advisor to the board of the Baltimore Society for Paranormal Research.

Cheryl Costa, a charismatic, ordained Tibetan tradition Buddhist yogi and director of a remote-viewing consultancy, will present “Rebirth and Reincarnation.”

William Fellows, Ph.D., will speak on “The Occult and the Hidden Story of the Rosicrucians.” A student and seeker of the mystical arts and sciences, Will has written articles and given many lectures on Astrology, Hand Analysis, Hermetic Sciences, Tarot, and Freemasonry. He is a Physicist, Professional Engineer, and Inventor,with professional degrees in Engineering, Physics, and Management. Additionally, he is a Freemason and a Rosicrucian who applies these teachings to his studies of the metaphysical.

Sue Swiatek, is a government contractor and is a long-time member and activist/lecturer for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). She will present “A Stange Miix: Falls and Weird Things from the Sky along with new News from the Cryptozoo.”

Phyllis Benjamin, journalist/artist/poet, President of the International Fortean Organization (INFO) and Chair of over twenty years of FortFest and FortNite Conferences on “Phantom Cats,” a short discussion of a recent peculiar, mystery cat case that has baffled
both researchers and the authorities.

Larry Arnold, the world’s leading authority on SHC (Spontaneous Human Combustion), acclaimed author of Ablaze, Director of ParaScience International will amaze you with “SHC, Lies and Videotape 2.0."

Adam Fausey
, fortean researcher, will knock your socks off with “Amazing Anomalous Archaeology," strange artifacts from a fortean with an extensive background in anthropology!

Plus:
***Phenomenal-I-Would-Almost-Sell-My-Mother-To-Pay-For-Books Sale of Books, Tapes and Periodicals!

! SUNDAY:

Go ghost hunting and visit a winery for a 9-wine tasting with hosts Al and Phyllis; Morning free: explore beautiful, historic Fredericksburg. Gather at NOON and tour a huge haunted mansion and grounds with their calendrical gardens dedicated to Pan and then on to HARTWOOD WINERY FOR A COOL GROTTO TOUR (bring a picnic lunch if you like).

*Reservations a must for all events!


Celebrating Charles Hoy Fort, Early 20th Century Chronicler of Strange Events



The International Fortean Organization (INFO) is a non-profit, educational corporation, a 501.c.3, donations are tax-deductible!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Interview with Rex Heflin, who got his pictures back after 28 years.

Twenty eight years is a long time to wait, but Rex Heflin finally got his extraordinary sequence of original photos back from those who had confiscated them. I think it's fascinating that the return was very nearly as surreal as the encounter itself. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

More Documents from Craig Murray: Bloggers, You Know What to do!

Here is an email I received today from Blairwatch.co.uk. I told these folks a while ago that I'd help them in the cause of truth and freedom in the face of the psychopaths that control both our lands. Consequently, submitted for your approval is this email and attached pdf of the letter in question.

Freedom means freedom to me, and I don't like when it's usurped by governments for the purposes of evil. In 1999, in response to an anti-Bush website, our own psychopath clearly stated that his belief that freedom should be limited. What?! I strongly disagree. OK, here we go...

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Dear all,

This mail does not concern the al-Jazeera Memo, your pledge to publish it being the reason your email address is on this list, but another plea for help from Craig Murray.

For those of you not familiar with him, Craig was formerly the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, until he took a stand over our use of intelligence obtained by torture that is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Murray

The British government have been trying to silence Craig since his departure from the Foreign Office, and many of you on this mailing list did a superb Job of publicising the documents he released over Christmas when the government threatened him with the Official Secrets Act.

Craig's book, Murder in Samarkand has just been published. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1845961943/026-4266193-9868425?v=glance&n=266239 This has happened despite the best efforts of the British Government to suppress it. In support of the points he makes in his book, Craig has published a number of documents online that the British Government does not want you to see.

http://dahrjamailiraq.com/murray/ http://www.craigmurray.co.uk/documents/docs.html
http://www.blairwatch.co.uk/murray/docs.html

Yesterday Craig received a letter [attached] from lawyers acting on behalf of the Foreign Office demanding that he remove the documents from his website by 4pm Monday 10th July or he will be issued with a high court injunction. [We at Blairwatch are awaiting our letter.]

Do take the time to have a look through the documents. The above link to Dahr Jamail's website is likely to be the most stable mirror to link to as Craig and ourselves are located in the UK and therefore within the reach of the British courts.

If you feel that this information is something that should not be taken offline by Monday, well, you know what to do...

ringverse
www.blairwatch.co.uk

The following is from Craig Murray:
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I am sorry to trouble you, but believe that we now face a threat both to the Web and to Freedom of Information in the UK which must be challenged. The British government is arguing that government documents, even if released under the Freedom of InformAtion Act or Data
Protection Act, cannot be published, on the web or elsewhere, as they remain Crown Copyright. They have required me to remove documents from my website on that basis, under threat of legal action - see the attached letter from the Treasury solicitors.

If you think about it for a moment, the government could thus cancel out almost the whole purpose of the Freedom of Information Act; information released would be just for the private use of an individual. Newspapers - or bloggers - could not publish it in any detail.

If accepted, this extraordinary use of copyright could keep literally everything - everything - produced by government a secret.

The documents in question are the supporting evidence for my book, Murder in Samarkand, which has just been released. The government continues to claim my story is untrue. There is one important advance in all this. Up until now the government refused to acknowledge the
documents were authentic. Now Buttrill's letter specifically acknowledges all of the documents and claims copyright over them.

Some of these documents have already been published widely on the web (not least due to the efforts of many of you on this list), particularly the "Tashkent telegrams" on CIA and MI6 use of intelligence obtained under torture in UZBEKISTAN. Those are now admitted as authentic.

Some are new to the web. Perhaps the most important is the chart of the changes the British Government insisted be made to the book. These are extremey revealing for what they admit to be true - for example, only minor changes are requested in the key meeting between senior officials on the legality of using intelligence from torture, at which it was confirmed that this is US and UK policy.

Perhaps still more revealing is the insistence on removal of the assertion that "Colin Powell knowingly lied" when he claimed that bombs in Tashkent were the work of al-Qaida. The British government insisted on removal not because it was untrue - as detailed in the book, they know full well it is true - but because it would "Damage UK-US relations". The changes requested were made in the book, because my publisher would not publish without. That is why the truth needs to be out there on the web.

It is on the face of it very strange that the British Government is going after me over the Copyright Act and not the Official Secrets Act. The answer is simple - under the Copyright Act there is no jury. A jury would never convict for campaigning against torture, and be most unlikely to accept that documents released cannot be published. The of changes requested by the government is not even a classified document in the first place. But a single judge may be more malleable - John Reid had put a huge effort lately into browbeating judges over anything connected to the so-called War on Terror. As the government know very well I have no money to pay a small, or even large fine, they can get the book and documents banned and me in jail without having to convince any jury of pesky citizens.

How to fight back?

Well, we must not let the documents disappear from the web. There is as yet no legal ruling on these matters, Mr Buttrill's claims are only highly controversial legal contentions. So if you post the documents pending a court ruling, there is a danger you may be contravening the - civil, not criminal - law, but then again you may not. You would quite likely receive a threatening letter from Mr Buttrill. Now you have this from me, NSA and GCHQ are almost certainly tracking you, (they can, incidentally, reciprocally spy in the other country for each other and then swap the info, because neither needs a warrant to spy abroad), but then they probably were already.

The publisher had firm and very expensive legal advice that it was not contravening any civil or criminal law to publish in the book links to web pages containing the documents. So you are almost certainly on safe legal ground in publishing this link to the Dahr Jamail site if you do not wish to mirror the docs yourself. http://dahrjamailiraq.com/murray/

Feel free to publish this email and the letter from Mr Buttrill [attached].

It might also be helpful if we urged people to contact him, by phone, email or letter, and ask him complex questions about the fascinating and difficult legal and ethical questions thrown up by the government's position. As a government servant he's obliged to reply.

Finally, the government made plain to parliament that it would act against the book itself if it was published. As it only came out on Friday, no injunction yet but it could happen any time. So if you are interested in getting it, buy now and beat the injunctions! It is available from most online booksellers, though bookshops seem very reluctant to stock it.

Many Thanks,
Craig Murray
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ringverse
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