Thursday, August 13, 2020

Will a Viable Nuclear Plasma Energy Generation Technology Be Strangled in Its Crib? - By Yvonne Lorenzo (Text only)

What if everything you’ve been told about the nature of the sun, from elementary school, to universities, to Wikipedia, is wrong? What if true science, using technology based on a paradigm shift in understanding the nature of stars proves it? What if this technology has the capabilities to actually implement viable plasma reactors and if funded and developed, can produce clean energy without radioactive waste, and to the contrary, actually dispose of radioactive waste? In fact, there is ample evidence that the answers to these questions is in the affirmative. What started as a project to verify an alternative theory of stars and our sun has developed into a technology that has the potential to better the quality of life for all the people of the world by providing clean, pollution free energy. But there is also the possibility that the powers, much discussed on this website, will never allow it to happen.

First, as to the theory. As discussed in this article posted on The Secular Heretic:

The Electric Sun Experiment

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In 1972 an article in an obscure journal caught my eye. It was written by engineer Ralph Juergens from Flagstaff, Arizona. He wrote:

I can find no way to state this diplomatically, so let me be blunt: The modern astrophysical concept that ascribes the sun’s energy to thermonuclear reactions deep in the solar interior is contradicted by nearly every observable aspect of the sun.1

Ralph Juergens

By attending to all of the most obvious features seen on the Sun; the photospheric granules, spicules, sunspots, chromosphere and corona, Juergens produced a detailed engineer’s model of an electrically powered Sun that seemed to account logically and simply for all the phenomena. The fixed belief that stars are isolated bodies in space, demanding internal thermonuclear energy to power them for billions of years, has resulted in untold waste in astrophysics and nuclear energy research.

In 2012 experienced Canadian engineer Montgomery Childs proposed an experiment to be done independently to test Juergens’ electric sun model. He said he could “find no disparities” in the model, which is unusual. Looking at the night sky, the process had to be simple and well-controlled. Otherwise the sky would look like the fourth of July. So was born the SAFIRE (Stellar Atmospheric Function in Regulation Experiment) Project. As the name might suggest, it was designed to mimic the critical features of the Sun and its plasma environment in a continuous and easily controlled way. Meanwhile the thermonuclear Sun model remains theoretical and unpredictive. Attempts to produce fusion energy like the Sun on Earth have [gone] nowhere. The field of fusion energy is chronically unstable and unproductive.

In 2019 at the Electric Universe UK conference at Bath University, the SAFIRE experiment was declared a success. The SAFIRE team did a number of high-energy experiments, which met predictions such as transmutation of elements and extremely high energy levels, but also showed the potential for remediation of radioactive waste. The Sun’s energy is produced right before our eyes by electrical energy from the galaxy producing benign nuclear energy in the Sun’s atmosphere. Sunspots are dark simply because the body of the Sun is cooler beneath the photosphere! And as uncommon sense suggests, all bright stars continually produce heavy elements, albeit in their atmospheres! So the recent discovery by ESA’s Cluster mission of highly ionised iron atoms in the solar wind is not a surprise.2

The below video (around eleven minutes long) details the potential of the SAFIRE project and it is also on VIMEO on the Aureon homepage.

From the YouTube description:

THE SAFIRE PROJECT has become a commercial venture. Based on the discoveries of the last six years, the SAFIRE team is currently developing a nuclear-plasma reactor that will have the capacity to both generate electrical power and remediate radioactive waste.


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THE SAFIRE SUN is an 11-minute film designed to give potential collaborators a quick overview of the project. The $20+ million USD to be raised covers the entire five-year project: kick-off — $240K USD; Phase 1 — $5 mil USD; Phase 2 — $9 mil USD; and Phase 3 — $6 mil USD.

From the website of Aureon Energy, these graphics are available.

The explanation of the process from the link above on SAFIRE’s technology:

We introduce hydrogen into the chamber.

The anode is a metal alloy.

The power going in is electrical.

The reaction produces high-energy levels which translate to thermal heat.

The heat creates steam to run a turbine to generate electricity.

The Hydrogen can be captured and reused.

The output is electricity: the majority going to an external grid, and the rest routed back to the power input.

To date, after the reactions, all measurements and analyses show this to be a clean process, producing no negative radioactive side-effects.

In fact, note that nuclear radioactive materials are not required.

SAFIRE creates excess heat in a clean process which all tests and analyses to date reveal does not produce any radioactive emissions or waste.


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There is a major fly in the ointment. If you watch the above video, which summarized SAFIRE, at the 9:26 minute mark the narrator states:

“SAFIRE is an international team, which has been collaborating with individuals of Aureon energy, Lockheed MartinUS DODLos AlamosLawrence Livermore Laboratories…”

And this is why I think this most likely viable plasma energy generation technology will never see the light of day in the West. As we can observe with the COVID-19 agenda, the Western “elites” are intent on creating a depopulated planet and feudal society and have absolute contempt for the majority of the people living in their nations; they have no intention of helping humanity, only themselves. Articles such as these establish my contention as convincing:

I could go on, but I won’t. As to Lockheed-Martin, its engineering “competency” has been demonstrated with Washington’s magic stealth fighter, the F-35, as in depth information provided via show; certainly they could have funded the entire SAFIRE project if truly interested in minutes, whose proposed budget is probably less than what Lockheed spends on coffee and coffee makers. In addition, as articles on this and other “dissident” websites make clear, dependence on oil allows wars in the Middle East to ruin entire nations that Washington and Tel Aviv view as enemies, and allow permanent military bases to further enrich the elites.

The unanswered question is whether the Russians, who as Orlov notes here, have conventional nuclear energy capabilities more advanced than any nation, and with Putin’s statements indicating a desire to develop fusion, despite the problems facing the nation that The Saker documents, would consider this technology and bring it to fruition.

Matt Ehret wrote in the above article on Strategic-Culture regarding Putin’s vision for fusion:


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Attacking the anti-growth technocrats who are promoting a halt to progress and decrease of the world population, Putin said, “it comes down to appeals to give up progress which will make it possible at best to perpetuate the situation and create local well-being for a select few. At the same time, millions of people will have to settle for what they have today, or it would be more appropriate to say what they don’t have today: access to clean water, food, education and other basics of civilization.”

Separating himself from that cynical worldview, Putin stated “It is impossible and pointless to try to stop human progress. The question is; which base can this progress realistically be built upon to achieve the millennium development goals set by the United Nations?” Answering his own question, Putin laid out the important role of fusion power as the foundation for a harmonization between the realm of nature (the biosphere) and the realm of creative reason (the technosphere): “super-efficient scientific, engineering and manufacturing solutions will help us establish a balance between the biosphere and the technosphere… fusion energy which in fact is similar to how heat and light are produced in our star, the sun, is an example of such nature-like technologies.”

Putin went onto describe the driving role of the Kurchatov Institute which has already begun a project on a fission-fusion hybrid reactors which will be operational by 2020 and its role in driving advanced science which will be a creative force for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) program in France which is scheduled to go online with its first plasma by 2025.

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Although I am not a scientist or engineer, I think the SAFIRE project shows the most potential of these two methods. Are any Russian physicists aware of SAFIRE’S existence and the physics behind it? Or are they, as in their central bank, too indoctrinated in the Western paradigms including not just monetary theory but physics (nonstop black hole stories on the front page of, for example) to consider such a radical idea given what Putin proposed above? Sanctions notwithstanding, is Aureon now a slave to the establishment, the “military industrial complex” that has not funded the project at all, to my knowledge? Obviously, sanctions will apply and Russian investment and cooperation won’t be allowed by the military industrial complex “collaborators” Aureon named. Will these SAFIRE units just be built to power aircraft carriers, military bases, underground bunkers, laser weaponry, and the estates of the elites, if they are built at all? I don’t see this technology “trickling down” to the peons.

Sadly, in my opinion, this is yet another example of human innovation that most likely won’t see the light of day, although I give every credit to the “dreamers” who dared to challenge “scientistic” orthodoxy. But perhaps the Russians will surprise us if their sources on Western technological developments are modestly competent; the only problem is, in the new cold war Washington started against them, we won’t see any SAFIRE reactors to power American cities. I don’t think, Russia notwithstanding, we ever will.

I’d like to, with respect, offer the Electric Universe team, many of whom appear to be pagans, pantheists and atheists, the wisdom of this proverb: “If you dance with the devil, you’ll be pricked by his horns.”

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2020-2021 Public Schools: the Accelerated Indoctrination and Health Destroying System of Child Control Due to a ‘Virus’ - By Gary D. Barnett

“Children learn what they live. Put kids in a class and they will live out their lives in an invisible cage, isolated from their chance at community; interrupt kids with bells and horns all the time and they will learn that nothing is important or worth finishing; ridicule them and they will retreat from human association; shame them and they will find a hundred ways to get even. The habits taught in large-scale organizations are deadly.”  

John Taylor Gatto (2017). “Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling”, p.53, New Society Publishers

And so the coronavirus schooling stage begins, not as advertized to help children and keep them safe, but to mold them in the transhumanism ideology that will train them to think and act as if they are programmed. This is the new schooling that has been purposely created in order to advance the conspiracy called Covid-19. Whether this so-called virus actually exists matters not, because it can be used to not only design and weaken the minds of the young and innocent, but can at the same time alter future generations so that they cannot naturally protect themselves from biological, viral, and bacterial infection and disease. This is the current agenda of the ‘Public’ school system, and if allowed to go forward will help to build a society of fully dependent drones.

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Besides these and other horrible effects on the children in the school system, this new program of indoctrination will be used to also control the parents and the rest of the family, as well as those that may come in contact with them. For purposes here, I am using the 2020-2021 plan put forward by the school system in my hometown.

If a positive Covid test shows up in the school, and this could happen at any time a student is tested with a faulty and worthless PCR test, the school can be closed down for 48 hours, and children sent home. Any that had close contact will immediately be quarantined for 14 days, and of course when sent home, all in the home would immediately be considered as close contacts, and be quarantined as well. At the very least, if a student tests positive, the entire class will have to be isolated, and (false) logic dictates, that all those families will be isolated as well. In addition, any student with a temperature of just 100.4 or higher will also be isolated and sent home.

The risk of these policies can be far-reaching, and could affect very many people if just one child in school tests positive for an alleged virus that has still never been isolated, identified, and therefore proven to exist. Besides the child and his family, all others that come into contact with any of them, whether before or after a positive test reading, will be caught in the coronvirus web of deception, and could be forced into quarantine and mandated monitoring.

Depending on which phase is claimed by the school district in question, protocols will be very invasive, will be based on isolation, will include constant washing and chemical-based disinfecting solutions, and even government-created student hygiene education, which is anything but healthy. Washing and ‘sanitizing’ before every entry and exit of a classroom will be mandated as well. Bleach solutions will be used to sanitize constantly throughout the day, and all students will be forced to ‘sanitize’ every time they leave a classroom. Distancing will be mandatory and constant. Temperature checks will happen upon arrival and throughout the day when ‘necessary.’ Any movement of students inside or outside the school will be administered by ‘movement specialists,’ if that nonsense is even believable?

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Masks will be required in classrooms for those in grades 7 through 12, and highly recommended for K through 6. All common areas inside the walls of the school and all transitions will require 100% compliance of mask wearing regardless of age, and the schools have to follow all state and local guidelines. There will be assigned play areas limited to a particular class, fully separated from all other children.

Keep in mind that these requirements are for the ‘public’ school system in my small town in Montana. Some areas may not be quite this strict, but most will likely be even worse, especially in larger cities and in states that have more draconian rules. It is essential for any caring parents to find and study their school or district guidelines for this coming school year, as regardless of location, the measures being implemented are straight out of the communistic playbook.

There are many issues that should be of major concern for parents sending their children back to school, but two areas stand out.

First, there is not only a great risk, but also more likely a certainty, that the psychological damage to children placed in this environment will be devastating. Isolation, total regimentation, constant temperature checks, distancing, no gathering, very restricted play, and all in all a prison atmosphere, will leave these children scarred for life. It will be little different than were Adolf Hitler schools for youth.

Secondly, the health ramifications are monstrous to say the least, and possibly deadly. Constant hand washing, constant ‘sanitation’ with chemical-based ‘disinfectants,’ little if any close contact with other children, a sterile environment, and less sunshine and play will lead to what could be considered an assault on the immune systems of all children in school. Their natural immune systems are still in the development stage, and with this very unnatural behavior, they will be much more susceptible to sickness and disease, something I believe to be desired by the state. In addition, long-term mask wearing will steal vital oxygen causing very high rates of Co2 for extended periods, as they rebreathe tainted and oxygen depleted air.

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I realize that many parents are ignorant of medical, psychological, and other health matters, and many have to work in order to get by, but is it worth the risk to your children to allow such undue harm to come to them in this atrocious public school setting? Is the destruction of your children’s mind and body worth it?

All this is due to a fraudulent ‘virus’ being used to accomplish a global reset, and your children are not the concern of the powerful claimed elites that are in total control of this ongoing conspiracy. Protect yourselves and your children, and opt out of the insanity and madness called ‘public education.’

“The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.”

John Taylor Gatto, Thomas Moore (2013). “Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling”, p.30, New Society Publishers

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"Disastrous Economic Situation" - Small Firm Bust Goes Unnoticed As Economy Flounders | Zero Hedge

With small businesses going bust at breakneck speeds and a quarter of all US income derived from the government, it just makes you wonder if this was all planned...


The virus-induced recession has resulted in deep economic scarring that will be seen for years. Tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed, broke, and hungry. US bankruptcies of large companies are on pace to hit a 10-year high, with even more devastation seen among smaller firms.

The collapse of small business is absolutely shocking, considering firms with under 500 employees account for about 44% of US economic activity. 

Bloomberg notes a "wave of silent failures goes uncounted in part because real-time data on small business is notoriously scarce, and because owners of small firms often have no debt, and thus no need for bankruptcy court." 

"Probably all you need to do is call the utilities and tell them to turn them off and close your door," said William Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business. 

Dunkelberg warned: Small business closures "are going to be well above normal because we're in a disastrous economic situation."

Yelp's latest data on business activity shows more than 80,000 companies permanently shuttered operations from March 1 to July 25. What's concerning is that 60,000 of these closings were small firms. 

We recently pointed out small restaurants across the country have listed their eateries for sale on Facebook Marketplace. The number of listings is stunning, a clear indication the bust cycle is far from over. Another round of closures could be seen later this year, or into next, as the recovery reverses and fears of a double-dip recession materialize. 


A July report from the US Chamber of Commerce survey showed 58% of small business owners are worried about permanently closing. The problem today is that the economic recovery stalled in June and has started to reverse, a fiscal cliff has been festering underneath the surface in August, which could result in lower consumption among tens of millions of Americans that would pressure businesses sales. 

A combination of firms going bust and depressionary unemployment levels have tremendous spillover effects in the mostly dominated consumer-driven economy.

President Trump's orders to provide more direct transfer payments to broke Americans have tremendous consequences; first, a quarter of all US income is derived from the government, and second, this transfer of wealth creates unsustainable artificial growth. 


We outlined, in late July, how a decline or ending helicopter drops via President Trump's stimulus checks will have more significant fiscal cliff impacts on small towns with a lower standard of living than large metro areas.

With small businesses going bust at breakneck speeds and a quarter of all US income derived from the government, it just makes you wonder if this was all planned... 

Chauvin, Lane, Kueng, and Thao: The George Floyd Fall Guys | by GEORGE PARRY

The four policemen charged in George Floyd’s death acted entirely according to the training and guidance provided them by the Minneapolis Police Department.


It is said that, in every large organization, the fecal matter flows downhill. Anyone who has ever worked in government can attest to the truth of that statement. But, for dramatic proof of that proposition, take a look at this picture.

Minneapolis training slide, illustration for piece on George Floyd case

This is an illustration from the Minneapolis Police Department’s official training materials on how to safely and properly subdue a suspect suffering from “excited delirium,” a potentially lethal medical condition which, due to the rising use and abuse of illicit drugs, has grown to epidemic proportions on the streets of America.

Look closely. The depicted suspect is flat on the ground with his head turned to the side in what the illustration calls “the recovery position to alleviate positional asphyxia.” The officer on the left is kneeling on the side of the suspect’s neck.

Look familiar?

Could this and related parts of the officially approved and mandated Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) training curriculum be why former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin saw fit to kneel on the side of George Floyd’s neck? And could it be the reason why former officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao assisted Chauvin as he knelt on the side of Floyd’s neck?

As will be explained in detail below, throughout Floyd’s confrontation with the police, he was at imminent risk of death from sudden cardiac arrhythmia caused by excited delirium. So it was that these officers followed the MPD’s official procedures for how to properly and safely subdue someone in that life-threatening condition. In doing so, they were not only keeping Floyd in the prescribed “recovery position” to alleviate his risk of asphyxiation, they were also keeping an agitated and delirious Floyd from harming himself as they awaited the arrival of the ambulance that they had twice summoned to provide medical aid to him.

So where are these well-intentioned, well-trained, and dutiful public servants today? They are in jail awaiting trial on murder and aiding and abetting charges after having been universally condemned in the news media and used by neo-Marxists and opportunistic criminals across the country as a pretext to riot, loot, and burn. And, while they sit in their cells, not one Minneapolis official, from Mayor Jacob Frey to Police Chief Medaria Arradondo or any member of City Council, has come forward to acknowledge that, in subduing Floyd, these law officers were acting in meticulous accordance with the MPD training and directives designed to reduce the risk of harm to persons suffering excited delirium.

In fact, after Chauvin, Lane, Kueng, and Thao were summarily fired by the MPD, Chief Arradondo apologized to Floyd’s family and acknowledged his department’s purported role in creating “the deficit of hope” that he claims existed in Minneapolis even prior to Floyd’s death.

“I am absolutely sorry for the pain, the devastation and trauma that Mr. Floyd’s death has left on his family, his loved ones, our community in Minneapolis and certainly across the country and the world,” Chief Arradondo announced in a news conference.

For its part, the Minneapolis City Council has acted to defund and dismantle the police department.

All of this, mind you, from the very officials who are ultimately responsible for the training and directives that the defendant officers followed to the letter in their attempt to safely subdue Floyd, who was under the influence of a massively lethal overdose of fentanyl and exhibiting the unmistakable signs of the deadly excited delirium.

By their hypocrisy and cowardice, these blame-shifting public officials, desperate to preserve their political careers and places at the public trough, have tossed these police officers to the howling mob.

As I explained in my recent American Spectator article “Who Killed George Floyd?,” “the physical, scientific, and electronically recorded evidence in the case overwhelmingly and conclusively proves that these defendants are not guilty of the charges and, in fact, played no material role in bringing about Floyd’s death.”

That article spelled out in detail certain key facts, including, but not limited to, the following:

(Read full text at link below.)

As I have tried to make clear, by calling twice for an ambulance, the officers did all that they could to, in the words of the above training illustration, combine their “law enforcement control measures” with “immediate sedative medical intervention to attempt to reduce the risk of death.” In short, the brief and disturbing video that launched a thousand riots did not show police officers brazenly and sadistically killing Floyd. It in fact showed them following their training to do the best they could to save Floyd from the consequences of his own self-destructive behavior and drug abuse.

In terms of the criminal charges against them, the very existence of the foregoing MPD training materials and protocols and the defendants’ strict adherence to them in their treatment of Floyd refute any notion that they had criminal intent or desire to cause him harm. The officers’ compliance with their official training proves just the opposite.

Despite the fact that these wrongfully accused men deserve to have all charges dismissed immediately, it would be the rare judge indeed with enough courage and integrity to call a halt to this hideously ill-conceived and corrupt prosecution. Their fate most likely will come down to the roll of the dice in a jury trial. That they will be forced to gamble their liberty in such a torturous and unpredictable game of chance is in and of itself an outrage and disgrace.

But, beyond the fate of these innocent defendants, there are broader questions to be asked. To what extent did Minneapolis officialdom’s cowardly and hypocritical rush to abandon and condemn these police officers lend credibility to the neo-Marxist lie that “All Cops Are Bastards” and fuel the anti-police passions that have been stoked by professional agitators across the nation? Would the agitators have been so successful in causing nationwide mayhem if Mayor Frey, Chief Arradondo, or even a single member of the Minneapolis City Council had publicly acknowledged the plain, undeniable truth that, far from murdering Floyd, these police officers were acting pursuant to their official MPD training to reduce his risk of sudden death? Could that possibly have given the frenzied news media pause or helped to counter the anti-police propaganda?

Think about those questions and the possible answers the next time another George Floyd memorial riot breaks out.

George Parry is a former federal and state prosecutor. From 1978 to 1983 he was the Chief of the Police Brutality/Misconduct Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, which investigated and prosecuted use of deadly force by police. He blogs at and may be reached by email at 

If You do it, It's Spying. If I do it, It's Research., by Larry Romanoff - The Unz Review

In the late 1950s and early 1960s there was an American TV series called “The Naked City”, set in NYC. The opening for each episode began with the intoned words, “There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This is one of them.” Well, there are probably 8 million American spy stories that have taken place in China during the past few decades. Here are two of them.


Several years ago it was reported that the Pentagon was building an international spy network that might become even larger than that of the CIA, planning to have at least 1,600 “collectors of information” spread around the world. In addition to military attaches and others who do not work undercover, more clandestine operatives would be trained by the CIA and deployed overseas to undertake tasks the CIA was unwilling to pursue. It was duly confirmed that China was among the Pentagon’s top intelligence priorities, reflecting the American affinity for espionage and covert action, evidence of which we no longer need. Americans are frequently conscripted by the CIA or the US military into espionage service in China, operating with the assistance of the US State Department.

Foreign individuals in China, ostensibly acting independently, are regularly apprehended by Chinese authorities for carrying out illegal surveys and mapping, marking the location of key military and other facilities. Almost 40 illegal surveying and mapping cases were detected in China in the past several years alone, mostly surrounding some of China’s military bases and installations, and in sensitive border areas such as Xinjiang and Tibet, the data almost certainly used in planning the foreign-sponsored unrest that occurred in those provinces.

In one recent case, an American citizen was found using two professional surveying and mapping GPS receivers on which he had recorded more than 90,000 coordinates, 50,000 of those near military installations. He travelled to XinJiang on a pretext of registering a travel agency to offer outdoor tours to foreigners in Urumqi, and clearly was there on assignment from the US government when he was caught. This is the reason Google’s mapping service was killed in China. Google was busy collecting high-resolution intelligence for the CIA, again images of sensitive military areas.

It is widely-known in China that literally thousands of the staff of the US Embassy in Beijing and its various Consulates are engaged in activities which are clearly espionage. This was the reason the Chinese government selected the closure of the US Consulate in Chengdu. Chinese authorities had repeatedly objected to the US Embassy and the US Government that the staff in Chengdu were engaged in activities “not commensurate with their diplomatic designations”. That’s Chinese understatement.

The American media are fond of accusing the Chinese of “seeing a conspiracy around every corner”, but these events are sufficient in number to justify China’s concern, these same media neglecting to note that anyone collecting hundreds of thousands of GPS coordinates near American military bases, would have a very short future.


The Coca-Cola Company has always been involved in espionage for the US military and the State Department.[1] Oddly, neither the Coca-Cola company website nor Google have any knowledge of this, and the State Department had no one available to discuss this with me. Since at least the 1940s, when the company established bottling plants in a new country, OSS or CIA spies were automatically sent in as part of the staff. It wasn’t even much of a secret: when the US Senate held their famous Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, the link between the CIA and Coca-Cola was fully exposed.

And it isn’t only Coca-Cola, but let’s look at this company first. In March of 2013, Laurie Burkitt of the WSJ wrote a pleasantly uninformed article[2] about Coca-Cola having been charged with espionage in Western China, her curious but typically American media spin being that this highlighted “the perils of doing business in China”. Let’s look at the facts.

On 21 separate occasions, 21 different Coca-Cola trucks were apprehended while conducting what the Western media called ‘surveying’ or ‘mapping’ of some of China’s more politically-sensitive areas that included borders and military bases. The first question coming to mind is why drivers of Coca-Cola delivery trucks would be conducting “mapping operations” or “surveying” anywhere in the world, much less in Yunnan and other politically-sensitive areas of China, and especially of border areas and those surrounding military bases. Even more to the point, why would Coca-Cola drivers doing this ‘mapping’ be as much as 600 kilometers off their normal delivery routes?

Coca-Cola said the GPS units its employees used were “digital map and customer logistic systems commercially available in China”, a claim that was an outright lie. It is true that many truck fleets around the world install GPS devices in their vehicles to help track locations and improve their logistics efficiency, but these GPS units are permanently mounted and are generally ‘dumb’ units able to do no more than record and transmit their location to a central source, and indeed that is their only use. But in the case of the Coca-Cola trucks, the GPS devices were not mounted but were hand-held units of military grade and were so sophisticated in their programming that Chinese military officials at first had considerable difficulty in precisely determining all their functions. Many of those units contained nearly 90,000 coordinates of military bases and other sensitive areas. In her article, Burkitt ignored all of this with the foolish claim that the GPS units were “only being used to improve fuel efficiency and customer service”, her claim immediately picked up by the US media to paint Coca-Cola as the victim and portray China as sensitive to the point of paranoia.[3]

An official government statement was as follows:

“What we can say for now is that many subsidiaries of Coca-Cola are involved and this happens in many provinces. Due to the sheer scale of the case, the complexity of the technology involved and the implication to our national security, we are working with the Ministry of State Security on this.”

If the Ministry of State Security is involved, you can be sure this is a damned serious matter, and it was due to the use of what were called “devices with ultra high sensitivity” and GPS units containing “mapping technology with military-level algorithms” that got them involved.[4] The reason of course is that such geographical data is primarily used by cruise missiles directed against sensitive military facilities. These data must be obtained on the ground because, while observation satellites can provide very high resolution, their photos have no frame of reference and cannot provide sufficiently accurate location targeting data – no matter what the New York Times tells you. At the time, Han Qixiang, director of the administration’s law enforcement department, claimed that Coca-Cola was doing more than just improving its supply chain, and was using mapping technology so sophisticated that the administration had difficulty adequately analysing the company’s system. And, while it wasn’t widely reported at the time, these same “Coca-Cola drivers” were simultaneously conducting aerial photography of military bases with drones.

No further information was released, but it was clear from government statements that this Coca-Cola espionage event was much more serious than portrayed in the Western media. And, with due apologies to Laurie Burkitt, none of this was about “the perils of doing business in China”.

Another item may provide some insight into Coca-Cola’s involvement. One is that the Chinese media published stories at around the same time that appeared unconnected but that were almost certainly part of this same process. The stories involved Coca-Cola employees who had been arrested for accepting bribes. One such individual surnamed Zhu who worked in Coca-Cola’s Shenmei marketing department had apparently accepted more than 10 million RMB, about US$1.5 million, with several others having been accused and detained for the same offense.[5][6] It is true that employees of Coca-Cola and other American firms in China often demand bribes, but these are usually small-scale extortion attempts from company suppliers where the individual has authority to grant business contracts, and the police are generally uninterested in these matters unless the company itself requests a police investigation. But these payments were two orders of magnitude above the commercial extortion level, leaving the more logical conclusion that these additional Coca-Cola employees had received their payments from the same source as the truck drivers performing the GPS ‘mapping’, in other words, from some agency of the US government, with the money dispensed in cash through the Coca-Cola company from the US Embassy, but were caught before they could execute their espionage duties.

This is a good place to note that in a typical year (at least until recently) the American consulates in China were receiving about 800,000 visa applications per year from Chinese citizens, mostly for studying or tourism. The US Embassy and consulates charged a fee of 1,000 RMB for each application, with a stipulation that the fee be paid only in cash. To save you the math, that’s about 800 million RMB per year, or about US$130 million that by-passed the banking system and was available for black ops. A more recent but undated website page claims application fees can be paid by Visa or Master Card, American Express, Discover and Diners Club, of course every Chinese citizen carrying these American credit cards to the same extent that every American carries Bank of China credit cards.

The Interesting Case of Xue Feng

In 2010, a Chinese Court charged Chinese-American geologist Xue Feng with attempting to obtain and traffic in state secrets and sentenced him to eight years in prison with a 200,000 RMB fine, for his attempts at purchasing data on the Chinese oil industry. Naturally, the US government reacted with “dismay and puzzlement” at the prison sentence imposed and, just as naturally, the American media presented a distorted description of the surrounding events while withholding most of the crucial information. Let’s look at the facts.

From various sources, Feng had collected documents and proprietary data on the geological conditions of China’s on-shore oil wells, as well as a database providing the GPS co-ordinates of more than 30,000 oil and gas wells belonging to CNOOC and PetroChina. The information was then sold (or about to be sold) to US-based IHS Energy for US$350,000.

The primary issue is that without oil, a country has no military capability. Without a consistent supply of oil, ships cannot sail, aircraft cannot fly, tanks cannot move, and troops cannot be transported. The US, being one of only two nations in the world always looking for yet another war, is the only country that amasses data on the petroleum supply capability of all other nations. It does so because, in the event of an armed conflict, it wants to know the enemy’s military fuel capacity. This includes not only tanker supply routes but the production capability of all producing wells, the duration of maximum production and, perhaps most importantly, the precise GPS coordinates for launching missiles to destroy this capability. This is why information on China’s oil wells is of great interest to the US military, and of course why the information is considered by the Chinese government to be sensitive and confidential. It could be crucial to China’s survival.

Let’s look at Feng’s supposed employer, the mysterious IHS Energy, identified in the US media as an “information-services company” providing data on worldwide petroleum production to customers around the world. Not quite true. IHS is a secretive company primarily engaged full-time in espionage for the US military, and in fact IHS was born in the US military although neither Google nor Bing seem aware of this. This company was originally created to serve the US aerospace weapons manufacturing industry and to coordinate purchases from weapons contractors. The company publishes many books and military trade magazines that are used by Western governments as a prime source of military intelligence and information on defense and warfare. One company owned by IHS is Jane’s Information Group[7][8], perhaps the prime source of global aerospace and defense industry information and intelligence to all Western government agencies. IHS also owns a company named Cambridge Energy Research Associates[9], which is a military intelligence-gathering firm that advises the US and other Western governments on military strategy and what we might call ‘geopolitics’, related to the energy availability of foreign militaries, certainly including China.

More to the point is that one of IHS’s most critical assets is a massive database that contains all the production and technical information on the vast majority of oil and gas wells in the entire world[10], an asset collected exclusively for use by the US military, the CIA and the State Department. This information is a critical part of American war-planning since a prime objective in an armed conflict would be to neutralise or destroy an opponent’s energy supplies. And, since the US has for years been planning war scenarios involving China, this is why IHS was so interested in obtaining all that information.

From this, you can understand why IHS had Feng collecting information on such an enormous and detailed scale. For its war planning, the US military needs to know the precise production capacity of all China’s oil wells and whether their yields are increasing or declining, in order to estimate the ability of China’s military to function during a conflict if the US navy cuts off imported supplies of tanker petroleum to China through the South China Sea. IHS was tasked with obtaining this information, including the precise GPS coordinates of all producing wells of any consequence so the US military could target and destroy them with cruise missiles. And that’s why the information was worth $350,000 to IHS; they would have re-worked and resold it for millions to various departments of the US military and other government agencies.

Feng was not an employee of IHS. He was a freelancer who had been hired and trained by the CIA in espionage and data collection in China, then turned over to IHS under contract to collect the necessary information. The WSJ made a coy statement that Feng “had switched jobs shortly before he was detained for his work for IHS.” This was the reason.[11] Feng was not doing ‘research’ in any sense in which we use that word, nor was he collecting information that was already in the public domain as the Western media tried to portray him. Instead, he was engaged in an important program of espionage for the US military in an area crucial to China’s defense, and should have been executed for his actions. I cannot understand why he was not.

The information Feng attempted to collect was neither commercially available nor in ‘the public domain’ as the Western media suggested. Other media reports stated this information is publicly available in the US, a claim that may be true, but irrelevant. The US is not in danger of military attack and nobody is collecting GPS coordinates on American oil wells so as to direct cruise missiles in their direction. In any case, I could hardly escape arrest or imprisonment in the US by claiming that my ‘market research’ on their military assets was legal in some other country and therefore the US had no right to detain me, though Feng attempted this defense in the Chinese courts.

In one of its articles on this issue, the WSJ made this observation: “Mr. Xue was born in China, a reminder that ethnic Chinese may be more vulnerable to pitfalls of the country’s legal system than other foreigners. Like IHS, many multinationals have come to rely on people like Xue to run their China operations.” IHS had no “China operations” nor any presence in China, but the above comment is true in the sense that in such circumstances the Chinese authorities have tended to be more lenient with foreigners than with ethnic Chinese whom they deem traitors to their homeland.

The US invests considerable effort to locate and indoctrinate Chinese-born Americans who can be sufficiently “turned” to betray their own country. Feng was undoubtedly one of these, his attraction to the CIA based on the assumption that, being ethnic Chinese, he would attract less attention than other foreigners and might better understand how to fit into the cultural environment without drawing attention to himself.

The US government took a very strong interest in Feng’s case, and mounted a prolonged diplomatic campaign to have him released on “humanitarian” grounds. Former US ambassador Jon Huntsman visited Feng in prison, and even President Obama met with China’s President to beg for Feng’s release, while many other US government officials raised the issue privately. Just so you know, when the US government exhibits such keen interest in the fate of one such individual, it is only because those same officials were actively involved in placing the person in that situation, and feel some responsibility to save their “asset”. It was interesting that this case must have involved more than merely oil well production and location data because anyone from the US government was barred from the hearing[12], which would indicate there were additional and serious classified matters involved.

For your reading entertainment, here are some of the Western distortions:

The UK Independent carried a headline screaming, “US geologist jailed for eight years in China for oil research”[13], in a case that “highlights the government’s use of vague secrets laws to restrict business information”. The Wall Street Journal told us that “Mr. Xue’s case is the latest to highlight stark questions about the legality in China of conducting market research”, claiming “Mr. Xue’s case stems purely from his attempt to purchase commercially available data on the oil industry”. Notice the choice of words. Feng was imprisoned for conducting ‘market research’, in which capacity he attempted to purchase ‘commercially available data’, leaving an impression that was quite different from the facts. The UK Guardian[14] and the Telegraph[15] chimed in as well, and Fox News told us that “Chinese officials have wide authority to classify information as state secrets.” Unlike the Americans.[16] The US government played its part in the media circus, claiming Feng simply “received” information that “should be in the public domain”, and “was just doing his job”.

More amusingly, the WSJ claimed that China’s court announcing its verdict during an American holiday weekend, “appeared to be a calculated act of defiance” against the US[17], meaning that China should conduct its internal affairs with one eye on a calendar of US holidays to ensure Americans are properly informed. A Jewish-American law professor in New York, Jerome A. Cohen, who purports to be “an authority on China’s legal system”, claimed that this was a case of China’s “thumbing its nose at the US government” – apparently an unforgivable act of defiance against the Imperial Master. And the act of sending Feng to conduct espionage in China would be the US government’s ‘thumbing their nose’ at whom?