Monday, October 24, 2011

Wayne Madsen Report: From national security incident to harmless prank; How the media is covering up another Israeli intelligence operation against the United States

Shades of Watergate:  The so-called American "mainstream media" and their criminal lackeys passing for "journalists" had better retain good lawyers when indictments are handed down for treason, obstruction of justice

Wayne Madsen Report
By Wayne Madsen

First treated as a major national security and terrorism-related incident, the early morning break-in of the Bexar County Court House in San Antonio, Texas on October 19 by five French passport bearers is now being relegated by the corporate media to a prank. The nation has been deceived before after small groups of young Israelis, posing as movers, art students, and mall kiosk operators were initially arrested across the United States in the months prior to after after the 9/11 attacks for national security-related reasons but they were quietly deported to Israel for mere visa violations.

Wayne Madsen
According to WMR's intelligence sources in Texas, there is every reason to believe that five French passport holders arrested in a break-in of the Bexar County Court House were part of another Israeli security penetration team. Mossad is infamous for using passports, real and counterfeit, of Western nations, including France.

    The news media first reported that the five arrested after breaking into the court house were "French-Moroccan Muslims" in their 20s. That report, itself, was suspicious since there has not been a "French Moroccan" nationality since 1956, when Morocco ceased being a French protectorate, and one of the five arrested had a French name not common to Muslims. Also, immediately after their arrest, the nationalities of the men were not released by police. It was later reported that two of the five men were "French Moroccan," although three had the same last name.

    The men were officially identified as Adil Ajjaid, 27; Hicham Ajjaid, 25; Mehdi Ajjaid, 21; Me├»ssa Luc Mithra, 24; and Camille Huet, 25.  Mithra's Facebook page claims he is from New Kingston, St. Andrew, Jamaica, not France, as alleged by the FBI, Homeland Security, and San Antonio law enforcement agencies. It is possible that Mithra arrived in Miami on September 10 from Jamaica and rendezvoused in Miami with the other four who arrived in New York from London Heathrow the same day.

    The five men were traveling across the country in a rented recreational vehicle and were in the country on 90-day tourist visas. Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz brushed off the incident by claiming the five men were drunk and that three of them were walking through the court house wearing sombreros stolen from a Bar Association closet while waving a gavel and playing with judicial robes stolen from a court room. On July 7, 2011, the San Antonio News-Express reported: "For one week last month, Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz swapped his cowboy hat for a yarmulke as he visited Israel on an organized trip with other law enforcement leaders. 'I’ve always had an interest in Israel,' he said in an interview Tuesday. 'It was a great conference.' Ortiz joined 16 other sheriffs, police chiefs and organization heads, including Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, on a week-long trip, courtesy of the Jewish Institute for National Security’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program . . . The junket was Ortiz’s second organized trip to Israel: last year, Bexar County footed the bill to send him to an international conference on homeland security, he said. During last year’s conference, Ortiz and Special Operations Commander Lt. Dennis Casillas learned about Israel’s hostage negotiation tactics, among other things . . . Ortiz said, adding that he plans to pass on information he learned during this year’s trip to his officers."

Surveillance camera image of "robbers"
Local reports said three of the men entered the court house from a fire escape through a fourth-floor window, hardly an amateur break-in procedure. However, the three men were captured on the court house video surveillance system, which appeared to operate normally. The other two men waited at the RV while the three entered the court house. A court house burglary alrm was tripped by the team at 1 am local time. The police reportedly did not show up at the court house until 1:40 am, forty minutes after the fire escape alarm was originally tripped. The three men wandered the court room hallways for thirty minutes before police arrived.

    After the arrest of the five men on burglary and criminal mischief charges, tactical units closed off the street and bomb-sniffing dogs from the San Antonio Police Department and two other agencies were brought into check the court house and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center where a geospatial intelligence conference on the intelligence use of spy satellites, sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, was taking place. Attending the conference along with some 4000 other participants was Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers.

    Also, photographs of U.S. critical infrastructures, including dams, court houses, water systems, other public buildings, as well as shopping malls were found in the RV. Also discovered in the RV were maps, cell phones, computers, and "visas." U.S. visas are normally pasted into passports. The "visas" listed addresses in France but the nationalities of the men were not made clear after their arrest.

    Four of the men had arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport from London Heathrow on September 10, the eve of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and rented the RV bearing California license tags from Road Bear RV Rentals and Sales in Middleton, New Jersey. The men all had French driver's licenses and they paid $10,000 for the RV using cash and credit cards. The four picked up the fifth man, Mithra, in Miami, before driving to San Antonio. The fifth man arrived at Miami International Airport. The men claimed to speak little English and had to speak to police through a translator, although ther language was not made clear by authorities. However, Adil Ajjaid's Facebook page states he speaks English, Spanish, Arabic, French, and, more interestingly, Hebrew. Adil Ajjaid had also apparently been in Augusta, Georgia, the location of National Security Agency Georgia where Arabic, Farsi, and MENA (Middle East North African) linguists monitor Middle Eastern communications.

Outside courthouse
Corporate media then began to tamp down the story, surprising in itself because of the initial reports that the five men were "Muslim" and "Moroccan." Chief among those pushing the "prank-gone-wrong" story were The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff also began to play down the incident in interviews with the media.
    The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security responded to the break-in but they quickly decided the men posed no national security threat, the standard procedure for the FBI when native Israeli intelligence agents are apprehended in the course of committing espionage in the United States. FBI spokesman Erik Vasys told the San Antonio Express-News that "it is not common to break in to a county court house.” Bexar County Sheriff's Department spokesman Louis Antu told the Associated Press, "We don’t know exactly who they are  . . . Just because they have their visas … who are they really?” First Assistant District Attorney Chris Herberg told the Express-News, "“Why would a bunch of tourists choose a court house to break into? That is the part that's very hard to reconcile."

    The three men who broke into the court house claimed they wanted to take in a scenic view of San Antonio. The FBI San Antonio office, the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Homeland Security Department cleared the five men for any national security breaches. However, area military bases increased their security as a result of the incident. These include National Security Agency Texas, which conducts surveillance of Latin America; a major base with nuclear weapons at Lackland Air Force Base, and another, more secret base at the Army's Camp Bullis/Camp Stanley complex, where the CIA is also present.

    Sheriff's Deputy Chief Dale Bennett told the Los Angeles Times that three of the men's names, which he described as "not common," matched those on an FBI watch list. The French Consulate in Dallas was informed of the incident. There is also the oddity that a search warrant for the RV was not obtained until the afternoon following the early morning arrest of the men.

    A WMR U.S. intelligence source in nearby Houston remarked, "Has anyone considered that they [the five men] may be a cell and were showing off for the cameras as a cover story -- if they would be caught. Doesn't everyone enter through a 4th floor window? Why no discussion about what all was found in the cars? I don't believe in coincidences and I do not believe that they were just sightseeing.  The first clue was not that they were wearing sombreros but the fact that they had to have knowledge of the building to know that there was a fourth floor door through which they could enter. Did someone leave the window open?"

    More to the point, where was frequent flyer to Israel Sheriff Ortiz during the break-in?


    Although they broke into a court house and were, allegedly, French citizens of Moroccan descent, charges against three of the five "tourists" were dropped by Bexar County Magistrate Judge Amalia "Molly" Cavazos. The decision, according to the Express-News, rankled the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, which wanted criminal charges of intended theft and criminal mischief brought against all five. Two of the three Ajjaid brothers, Hichan and Mehdi, remained jailed.

    First Assistant District Attorney Chris Herberg revealed to the paper that the search of the RV and computers had not yet been completed before Cavazos, a former Bexar County prosecutor, dropped charges against three of the five court house burglars. Herberg said, "we haven't completed the search of the RV and computers, and as a foreign nationals, they're a flight risk.”

    The frustration of Bexar County law enforcement is similar to that of several local and state police agencies after Israeli movers and "art students," suspected of espionage and terrorist-related activities, were arrested but allowed by federal authorities to return to Israel without criminal charges being filed.

    The Express-News also reported that the three not charged with any crime were conversing with reporters in Spanish, a language they know, along with French and some English. However, earlier reports claimed that San Antonio law enforcement officers had to use ostensibly a French translator to speak to the five, surprising, since there is no lack of Spanish-speakers in a city like San Antonio.

    Later reports made no mention of Mithra's Jamaica connections, but instead, claimed he was a salesman in Bordeaux. The treatment of the five French nationals, said to be of Moroccan descent, is surprising, since Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th hijacker," was also a French citizen. The neocon media in the United States highlighted the fact that Moussaoui was a French Moroccan Muslim, something the Israeli-influenced media, in general, have not done in the case of the "San Antonio Five."

Israel, Libya, U.S. and Pseudo-News Events

American sheep hypnotized by Obama's propaganda machine; turned into pathetic, frightened, nutless, gutless, homeless dog food eating peasants that refuse to fight for their liberty

World News
By Dallas Darling

In "The Image: A Guide To Pseudo-Events In America," Daniel Boorstin writes how the world has recently experienced momentous changes in its news and perception of reality. According to Boorstin, much of the world's wealth, technology, so-called progress, and modernism have created a "thicket of unreality which stands between us and the facts of life."(1) He further warns how such illusions can lead to a kind of national self-hypnosis which is induced by individual addiction to the market place of images and a demand for the illusions which flood human experience.

Obama and AC/DC lover "Fuzz Bun"Ghadafi
This came to mind when a prisoner swap was made between 1000 Palestinians and Gilad Schalit, an Israeli soldier who had been held captive by Hamas. Pseudo-news and events emphasized Schalit's whereabouts and conditions during his captivity, if Israeli leaders would benefit from the prisoner exchange, and how Schalit's interview on Egyptian television was insensitive, coerced and a war crime. Sadly, the real news about why Israeli forces had jailed 1,000 Palestinians and why there are 4,000 still imprisoned, some juveniles and children, escaped the world's attention.

Reality:  Israel owns America
Also absent were questions surrounding Israel's punitive economic blockades against Palestinians and Israel's military incursions into Occupied Territories. Little coverage was given to how families and supporters of both Shalit and Palestinian prisoners had campaigned and marched for years to release their loved ones, pressuring governments and leaders to put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The Shalit family had lobbied the Israeli government and world claiming: "Gilad could by anyone's son." Palestinians, falsely imprisoned by Israel, could also be anyone's sons or daughters.

    Thursday witnessed the end of an era in Libya, one dominated by Moammar Gadhafi and his supporters. Instead of analyzing and calling attention to why and how Western nations provided billions of dollars in weapons to support Gadhafi, or the illegalities of the NATO-US military-resource campaign that killed thousands of innocent civilians, pseudo-news reported on Gadhafi's extravagant lifestyle, cosmetic surgeries and wig, and his final moments. Graphic images of a bloodstained body manufactured an event, an illusion that omitted Western criminality and continued weapons sales and a volatile rebuilding effort. 

Reality:  Thousands of dead Americans; all for nothing
Three years into his presidency, Barack Obama just announced the unpopular US-Iraq War III will be over. But it was another pseudo-news and event. The war cost Americans tens of thousands of casualties and trillions of dollars. Nearly one millions Iraqis were killed and millions more became refugees. The "war is over" is a ruse, specifically since thousands of U.S. military trainers and corporate security personnel will occupy Iraq. This pseudo-news did not assess the lies of a U.S. preemptive war, immoral war crimes, the destruction of American democracy, nor a political party that is desperate to win in 2012. 

Reality:  Obama, Bush legacy Abu Grahib
 Boorsten writes, "We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in place of reality.(2) News and information is distorted. There is a disparity between what an informed citizen needs to know and what their rulers want them to see and believe. Real events and issues and crises, including their causes, are seldom addressed. In front of the real news and events are manufactured stories and images, pseudo-news and events that are developed by the Few and then interpreted for the Many. In this not-so-quite-real world, people fill their lives not with experience, but with the images of experiences.

    Unless questioned, challenged and critically analyzed, images mistaken for reality will only lead to more false imprisonments and torture, more preemptive wars and military occupations, more military support and bloodshed.

Dallas Darling (

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace.

(1) Boorstin, Daniel. The Image: A Guide To Pseudo-Events In America. New York, New York: Random House Publishers,1992., p. 3.

(2) Ibid., p. 8.

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STRATFOR: Intelligence Guidance: Gadhafi's Death in Libya, Israel's Prisoner Swap

Editor’s Note: The following is an internal STRATFOR document produced to provide high-level guidance to our analysts. This document is not a forecast, but rather a series of guidelines for understanding and evaluating events, as well as suggestions on areas for focus.



New Guidance


Libya After Gadhafi’s Last Stand


Former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is dead. After the celebratory mood recedes, there will remain serious issues in the country. Is the National Transitional Council (NTC) truly the “sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people” as it claims to be? STRATFOR no longer believes the NTC can be used to describe all of the anti-Gadhafi groups, but are any of these groups on the verge of outright severing ties with the NTC? What are the various elements seeking power, wealth and influence in the country? Is a new competition arising between Tripoli and Benghazi? Can the various elements of what was once the opposition hold together, or will their competition degrade into conflict? Who controls oil contracts? How are Western powers dealing with the loss of weapons, particularly surface to air missiles, from Gadhafi’s arsenals?


Israel, the Palestinians and the Prisoner Swap Deal


     A prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel has returned captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Hamas’ move to strike the deal, rather than try to exacerbate tensions with Israel amid Fatah’s attempt to gain recognition for a Palestinian state at in the United Nations, requires us to continue to reassess the status of the Palestinians and their views not only of Israel, but the regional situation. In particular, we need to look at Hamas’ views of Egypt, and the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military. Inside the Palestinian territories, how does this impact Fatah and its political strength? What are the countermoves by Fatah? Now that the deal is done, what are the implications for internal Israeli politics?


U.S. Forces in Iraq


U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. troops will complete their withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2011. How is this perceived in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states? What are the next steps for Iran regarding its influence and projection of power into Iraq? The Syrian regime appears to be holding despite domestic protests. The U.S. withdrawal would seem to pave the way for a continuous arc of Iranian influence through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. What options do the Saudis and the Turks see to address this? What actions are they preparing, if any?


Eurozone Crisis, continued


    French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s last-minute trip to Frankfurt combined with Germany’s announcement that additional eurozone and EU summits beyond those taking place this weekend would be necessary before a solution to the financial crisis could be announced indicate two things. First, they indicate the Europeans are serious about devising a plan to address the Continent’s financial crisis, and second, that Germany and France have heretofore failed to come to a consensus on what that plan is. Whatever the solution, we need to start shifting our attention away from the financial details, which are becoming increasingly meaningless, and concentrate on understanding the political consequences of the crisis in Europe. Identify the political and social vulnerabilities across the Continent. How susceptible are individual states to radicalizing forces? Where is nationalist sentiment the strongest? Where is social tolerance the weakest? Which countries have the institutional strength to administer and withstand massive economic restructuring? Europe has been experiencing political cycles since the Magna Carta — this is just the latest chapter. We need an assessment of these variables in each member state so we can identify the potential breakpoints. 

    This STRATFOR Intelligence report republished with permission and thanks from The 5th Estate.

Medical Advisory : Intestinal Parasitic And Other Infections Of The Gut, Parasitic Worms - Precautions, Treatments

This weeks advisory: The Jakarta Grippe; Southeast Asia intestinal parasites, dysentery -  diagnosis and treatments
By Robert S. Finnegan

I always tell visitors to Indonesia to add on at least five days to your stay, as you WILL get sick on arrival, no matter what precautions you take.  The simple facts are that visitors, no matter where from (with the exception of some Southeast Asians) will have their immune systems stretched to the limit here and will initially wind up flat on their backs.  How long you stay down is determined by what precautions you take and what medicines you have on hand when the creeping crud strikes.

This also goes for most of Southeast Asia.

Even returning Native Indonesians, if overseas for a long time and especially in a Western country will also get sick again, each and every time, as my wife did upon returning from America after a five year involuntary exile in the U.S.  Your body must have time to acclimatize to the pathogens here.

Amoebic dysentery
It does not matter where you eat, be it a food cart in Tebet or a Five Star hotel on Jalan Sudeirman, you are going to get nailed within 5 days of your arrival.  

Don't bother trying to use frozen or deep fried food, just accept the fact that you will be sick and prepare for it.

A fellow investigator from America came to visit recently, and initially scoffed at our warnings to be ready to get hit with intestinal problems and to let us know at the first signs.  When it finally got him three days later, he attempted to tough it out, which the worst possible thing you can do.  

This gives whatever nasty bacteria or other pathogen(s) time to really dig into your intestinal walls and they are a hardy bunch, the product of decades of being doused with every antibiotic known to man and resistant to most at some level... and the longer you wait to begin treatment the longer you are going to be out of the action.  Those are the facts, and as always this old Marine had to prove it to himself, and lost big time.  So did our guest from America, who after trying to stuff it spent an extra three or four days in agony and exhausted on the toilet  (and if you think its exhausting on a sit-down toilet, just try a squatter - if you are a Westerner unused to the nomenclature and functionality of these beauties, you could very well wind up taking a bath in liquid shit.)

Lean forward.. far forward
Squat toilets outside of airports and major hotels are an affair every Westerner should experience at least once in a lifetime, this little jewel will leave you with indelible fond memories and provide hours of entertaining stories for parties and social functions. 

It can also leave you a mess.

Unless you manage to escape this Western man-eating loo completely unscathed, a thorough shower and change of clothes is recommended following your ordeal. It could very well save you a trip to the hospital, or worse.

One trick I came up with was obtaining a spray bottle (dump contents) and filling it with chlorine, then spraying down the area after each use. This cuts down on bacteria you pick up on your feet. Also, you may have to put buckets of water on the toilet seat or on a board over the toilet - the rats can get into the house from these, also the floor drain. Make sure to close the door to the head also when not in use, just in case the roaches and rats manage to gain entrance. You can spray down the drains with insect killer to stop the bastards, even if only as a temporary measure.

You will find that Indonesian customs are very often rooted in practicality; the removal of shoes before entering a residence besides being polite also cuts down on street bacteria coming into the house. The consumption of chili at breakfast, lunch and dinner is more than just a local custom, the scorching chili has properties that kill intestinal parasites. I sure wouldn't want to be a bacteria or worm in a Native Indonesian's colon, being burned to death non-stop by chili. Try it. It is hot as hell, but somehow you feel better and even more awake after a consuming the little green peppers. One of my favorites is a local type of sweet cake, Bika Ambon, chilies and Jasmine tea. 

While toilet paper is sometimes provided, washing is your key to good health and a hedge against all flesh-eating bacteria. Take the time to wash off every time, no matter what. The tiniest amount of fecal matter left to fester in the anal-crotch area just may kill your entire visit, or you. Always try to pack alcohol swabs or a small bottle of alcohol to rub hands (and perhaps genital areas) off with after your toilet adventures. This is why the wise Indonesians and other Southeast Asian residents wash with water.

Remember: All water in Indonesia must be boiled to become potable, some not even then. 

Cryptosporidium is rampant, and it is better to drink carbonated water in any circumstances if you can get it. Equil is used widely here by those that can afford it and it is well worth the price. Take it from one who knows.

Never swallow water in the shower or brush your teeth from the tap in the bathroom. 

Almost all hotels provide free bottled water for brushing. Make sure your ears are also completely dried out; Q-Tips do the job well. You will find that spending a few extra minutes using these cautionary procedures well worth the time and effort against spending days in a hotel bed or hospital.

Begin antibiotic treatment immediately
 Foods to avoid:  Uncooked duck.  It somehow always manages to be undercooked in all restaurants and is best avoided, however if you insist cut it open at the joints and look for signs of pink.  If it is even slightly pink, don't eat it.  It has the potential to kill you if you get hit away from a hospital or medical treatment.  That goes also for any meat, make absolutely sure it is thoroughly cooked.  Never eat rare steak, you will surely pay for it.

O.K., time for treatments.  Initially, and in the absence of a hospital lab diagnosis of fecal material, start with the killer of many bacteria, amoebae and fungi:  The mighty Flagyl (Metronidazole), or Fladex Forte.

Adult dose:  at onset of cramps 500mg twice a day for five days, moving to three times if symptoms continue.  Use the five-day rule, even if your symptoms clear on the first.  If by chance you terminate treatment because you feel great again and there are any residual bacteria left behind, they may come back with a vengeance and be twice as hard to treat and take twice as long as they are now resistant.   This goes for all antibiotic regimen.  Take this medication with food if possible, it really has the propensity to tear your stomach up.  Patients with compromised renal or liver function use half doses and discontinue if urine output slows dramatically, becomes tea or coffee-like in color or you experience pain in the right side where the liver is located..  Drink plenty of water, even if you have to force it down.

Bad News
If Flagyl  does not kill it, discontinue and begin treatment with the other big guns: Trimethoprim Sulfamethozazole (Bactrim DS) or Primadex, and Ciprofloxacin (Cipro). Same regimen, dosage (most doses come in 400mg tabs) and begin at the onset of cramps.  Don't wait, don't screw around.  Get your ass into bed and take your medicine, it may just save your life.  

If you are traveling alone, have someone at the hotel look in on you every few hours.  Most hotels have on-site doctors, and are more than happy to assist you in any way - the last thing they want is a dead tourist in their hotel.  Use the staff to assist/monitor you, they will be more than pleased to do so.

On my first visit to Jakarta, I came down with the grippe after eating bad duck out in town.  Almost panicking (I had already been hit before) I called ahead to my Hotel, The Jakarta Kepinski (now Intercontinental) to let them know I was coming in, sick as a dog and to alert the doctor.  The business manager told me to sit tight, they were sending a car for me.  I couldn't believe it.  They were there within 20 minutes, picked me up and whisked me back to the hotel where the doctor was waiting in my room.  After working me over for about 10 minutes and giving me a sedative to ease the pain, I fell asleep under the doctor and business managers' watchful gaze.  I was moved almost to tears by their kindness and solicitude, and consider the hotel my home away from home.  This is Indonesian hospitality at its' best, and was one of the main reasons in my decision to live here forever.  I never looked back and am grateful to these kind people to this day.  You can expect the same treatment, that's just the way it is here in Indonesia no matter where you are.

For parasitic worms (from cat, rat, dog feces, going barefoot) in the event you cannot get a hospital test:  The nuke of anti-parasitics, Albendazole.  It is so powerful, extreme caution is advised.  Self-administer ONLY IN AN EMERGENCY and when you are positive (worms in stool) you have the symptoms of parasitic worm infection.

From the the Mayo Clinic:

Albendazole works by keeping the worm from absorbing sugar (glucose), so that the worm loses energy and dies.

Albendazole is used to treat:

Hydatid disease (echinococcosis); 

Infection of the nervous system caused by pork tapeworms (neurocysticercosis). 

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling in the U.S., albendazole is used in certain patients with the following infections:

Common roundworms (ascariasis); 

Tapeworms (taeniasis); 

Whipworms (trichuriasis). 

For patients taking albendazole for hookworms:

In hookworm infections, anemia may occur. Therefore, your doctor may want you to take iron supplements. If so, it is important to take iron every day while you are being treated for hookworm infection. Do not miss any doses. Your doctor may also want you to keep taking iron supplements for at least 3 to 6 months after you stop taking albendazole. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor. 

For patients taking albendazole for pinworms:

In some patients, pinworms may return after treatment with albendazole. Wear pajamas and underwear to sleep, take a bath every day, and wash (not shake) all bedding and nightclothes (pajamas) after treatment to help prevent reinfection. Treatment may be repeated after 3 weeks. 

Pinworms may be easily passed from one person to another, especially among persons in the same household. Therefore, all household members may have to be treated at the same time to prevent their infection or reinfection.

 Again, exercise extreme caution when taking this medication.  Dosage is the same regimen:  2/400mg tabs daily, for five days.  If adverse conditions are experienced immediately terminate treatment and try to get to a hospital.

Jakarta feral garbage cats
Also, some cities like Jakarta have a multitude of rats and "garbage kitties" in residence; they are putrid, stinking, pestilent carriers of all kinds of diseases and are wild as hell to boot; never attempt to touch or feed them. They are carriers of rabies and just about every known pathogen known to man. NEVER touch them, dead or alive.

They are extremely hard to kill, avoiding poisoned food like telepaths and almost impossible to hit with anything but a gun, which are outlawed in most countries in this region, including Indonesia. They live short, nasty lives in any event and killing them is a humane gesture.  If there is a hell for cats, this is it.

In addition, never feed or otherwise encourage contact with the monkeys here, in the topeng monyet "monkey shows" or otherwise. 

They are aggressive, filthy, pestilent carriers of many blood-borne diseases, including Hepatitis, A, B, C,  rabies and many types of herpes and simian HIV.

Get bit by one of these bastards and you could be in real trouble.

Severe dehydration is always a huge problem with intestinal diseases and can cause hallucinations.  Your hotel staff will get you medical assistance if this happens so make damn sure they are aware of the seriousness of your condition.

Again, it may make the difference between living or becoming worm food in a far-off country.  The chances of getting your carcass transported back to your country of origin for burial are damn near nil.  Your corpse is now contaminated, and no official in their right mind would allow it's removal from the country.  Remember, you are not in the West.  Things take time to do here, so make sure you have on hand a brief medical history and next of kin contact information placed where staff can see it on a nearby table.  Also list all allergies, medical conditions such as diabetes.

If you are immune compromised, (Type 1 diabetes), make sure you check ahead for availability of insulin.

Never leave (as I have) without your insulin, you know what will happen without it.  If your insulin is misplaced or stolen overseas, make sure you have a lot of test strips for your glucose meter, and if you are ambulatory, walk it off.  If this is not possible, check yourself into the nearest hospital immediately, they will know what to do.  DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES.  It's going to be rough enough as it is being immune compromised.

You will be able to deal easily with most intestinal parasites and infections if you are aware and act immediately upon the onset of symptoms.  

Always play it safe, the life you save just may be your own.

Agents of disease - stuff that makes you sick 

I hate feeling sick. I’m one of those whingy blokes that always feels worse than symptoms may suggest. Yes, I’m a firm believer in the man-flu.

Disease is a condition an organism has or contracts that causes it to function at a less than optimal level. This disease causes a negative change in an organism’s state of health. Disease can be placed into two broad categories; infectious and non-infectious. An infectious disease is something that can be caught or transmitted, while, by definition a non-infectious disease cannot be transmitted. Non-infectious disease includes things like some cancers and genetic disorders. I will discuss non-infectious genetic disease or disorders during Unit 4. Remember that some cancers can be transmitted and are infectious, such as the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that can lead to cervical cancer, and this is why it is important for everyone, guys and girls, to have the HPV vaccine. Why guys? What is the point of immunising everyone for this disease except for the carriers?

This rant will focus on agents of disease – the things that make you sick. The term for something that causes an infectious disease is pathogen. These are usually living, such as bacteria, but can be non-living, such as prions. I’m not going to get into the ‘are viruses living or non-living debate’ here. I believe they are living but that is for another day and another blog. I’m going to divide pathogens up in this blog into micro-organisms, including bacteria, protists and fungi, macro-organisms, such as arthropods, annelids and nematodes, and non-cellular agents that will include viruses, viroids and prions.


Bacteria are an amazing group of organisms. The majority of life on this planet is bacterial. It was here before all other life and I believe it will be the last form of life to finally die off on this planet, many billions of years into the future. Bacteria inhabit just about every conceivable niche this planet provides, from kilometres under the surface within rock, to near-boiling hotsprings, in hyper-saline solutions and environments without oxygen, from the Antarctic to inside your gut. Yes, your gut. We are just another habitat for some bacteria, and most of the time we get along in a happy symbiosis. Bacteria is so good at surviving that some astrobiologists have suggested that life on Earth originated from Martian bacteria getting to Earth in a meteor ejected by some Martian super volcano. 

While there is no evidence for this - there is no evidence that life once occurred on Mars in the first place - it’s still a cool little theory. The trouble with talking about bacteria as a group is that they’re not a homogenous group. There is more diversity in what we call bacteria than is all other forms of life. In general terms they are divided by shape: spherical cocci, rod-like bacillus, and spiral-shaped spirochaetes. But this is like saying a tall people are in one group, fat people in another and a third group made up by short red-heads. These gross morphological similarities do not necessarily mean they are related. Another way they are categorised is in the composition of the cell wall and how these respond to different types of dyes and stains. Those that can be stained are called Gram Positive, those that can’t Gram Negative. The final way bacteria can be grouped is by gaseous requirements: those that require oxygen (aerobic), those that thrive in the absence of oxygen (anaerobic) and those that don’t really care either way (facultative). It is a huge group that is all clumped together. 

The one thing that separates them from everything else is they are all prokaryotic. Despite our near pathological fear of bacteria, most bacteria leaves us alone or is beneficial and there are relatively few bacteria that make us ill. I mean there is so much of this stuff everywhere, it’s all over our bodies, the pillows we place our heads on, the utensils we eat with, if bacteria was ‘bad’ we would be in deep, deep trouble. As a rule, bacteria becomes a problem from a human point of view when in colonises a new habitat where it normally does not occur. An example of this may be bacteria entering a cut and forming a colony within the wound, or bacteria that is normally found in the lower intestine getting into the gut, usually by drinking water contaminated by faecal matter. Or not cooking food properly. There is a bacterium called Campylobacter sp that normal occurs in the intestines of chickens and causes them no problems at all. In fact, it is beneficial for chickens. The problem for us occurs in the processing of chooks for meat. Sometimes the meat becomes contaminated and, if you don’t cook your food properly, this bacterium is introduced into your gut. Where it will make you very sick. So how do these microscopic organisms actually make us sick? One of the key factors is the virulence of the pathogen and how quickly they reproduce. In lay terms virulence refers to how good bacteria is at spreading and making you sick. The more virulent a pathogen is the better it is at making you sick. You need to remember here that bacteria aren’t trying to make you sick, that is not their purpose. They aren’t aware of you as anything other than habitat. Some bacteria make you sick by actively invading and destroying cells. Salmonella typhimurium will do this. 

We get Salmonella sp from contaminated food, and refer to its effects as food poisoning. It survives the acid of our gut and enters our colon where it destroys the epithelial cells of the intestine causing diarrhoea and vomiting. Another way that bacteria can make us sick is via their waste products. Like all life, bacteria eat and produce wastes. 

Some of the wastes from some bacteria are toxins and these make us sick and trigger responses in our bodies such as fever. As the bacteria colony grows and multiplies, the amount of toxin produced increases exponentially causing the host to become sick.

Protozoans - Amoebas And Their Friends 

In general terms, protozoans such as amoeba make us sick in a similar way to the bacteria previously mentioned. This Kingdom, again extremely diverse, is comprised mainly of single celled eukaryotes. The two examples I will give of disease caused by these protozoans is amoebic dysentery and ciguatera poisoning. Amoebic dysentery is caused by the amoeba Entamoeba histolytica. Humans are the host of this amoeba and it is spread by drinking water or eating food contaminated by the cysts of this protozoan. It is much more common in developing nations. It is nasty, I’ve had it. 

Many years ago when travelling through Nepal I made the mistake of drinking from a mountain stream high in the Himalaya. The problem was this stream was contaminated by this amoeba. Nepal is a developing country and no matter where you go you will find people up to, and beyond, the snow line. There were no roads where I was, I had walked for days to get there. Needless to say there were no flushing toilets either. Human waste is transported by rain or snow melt into the streams and carry the amoeba cysts with it. And that’s how the cysts got into me. I was luckily back in Kathmandu when the cysts hatched and the amoeba multiplied. It affected me in a similar way to the Salmonella (sp) mentioned before, eating away at the cells lining my intestine and has the same impact on your body. I lost many kilograms over several days before I was able to crawl into a rickshaw and get to a doctor. Holidays...

To go off on a wee tangent, my favourite species name of all time belongs to an amoebia. It is called Chaos chaos. 

Another protozoan that can make you sick is the dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus toxicus, which is responsible for ciguatera poisoning. Dinoflagellates are single celled marine plankton. These are ingested by small fish at the base of the food chain and here, it is not the plankton that causes illness it is the toxins produced by it. These toxins are bioaccumulative and are magnified as they are passed up the food chain; small fish is eaten by big fish which is eaten by bigger fish until you catch yourself a large snapper or coral trout for dinner. You then ingest the toxins – which are heat resistant and not destroyed by cooking and you become sick yourself.

Apicomplexans are another protozoan that causes the disease malaria. I’ll discuss this later when I talk about vectors. Maybe, time and space dependent.


I’ve spent too long talking about stuff I wasn’t going to mention so I will keep the last of the micropathogens, fungi, to a short paragraph. Ringworm, athlete’s foot and thrush are fungal infections they colonise the external surface and digest your dead skin cells. External environment? Thrush? Thrush often occurs in the vagina and the mouth. Technically these are external environments. Vagina, etymologically speaking, means a fold and that’s what a vagina is. It is an envagination of the skins surface. These infections occur when a colonising cell reproduces successfully and produces many thousands of daughter cells. Enough said.

I’ve just looked at the word count and hit 1,500 so I’m going to skip over macro-organisms briefly. I’ll write another short blog about multiple-host life cycles of things like tapeworms tomorrow. Pathogenic macro-organisms are things like pubic lice, ticks, tapeworms... they are varied as are the effects and the impacts. They can be internal or external parasites. I’ll leave the details to your teacher. An interesting note though is that while rates of sexually transmitted bacterial infections such as Chlamydia are rising rapidly in the community, rate of pubic lice infections have decreased. The reason suggested? The popularity of Brazilians.

Non-Cellular Pathogens 

Finally: non-cellular agents of disease. Viruses, viroids and prions. These pathogens are all non-cellular and technically non-living – remember that cells are the smallest independently functioning unit of life. I’m not going to argue that viruses are living here.


Viruses are comprised of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protein coat. Some of these are further covered in a modified membrane. Smallpox, herpes and warts are examples of DNA viruses, hepatitis, influenza and HIV are examples of RNA viruses. Usually DNA viruses are double stranded but can be single and RNA viruses are single stranded but can be double. Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites. This means they must infect a host cell to reproduce. As they lack ribosomes and other organelles they hijack these in the host cell and force the cell to make viruses. How they do this is pretty cool. They insert their genetic information into the host cell and this interrupts the cells normal functioning. Two things can happen: the genetic information is spliced into the host’s cells genome where it lurks until later OR it forces the cell to make many, many virus particles until the cell eventually undergoes lysis (bursts) spreading these to infect new cells. I’ll use herpes as an example. The common cold sore is caused by the herpes virus. For example, if you kiss someone with a cold sore the virus passes to you where it inserts its information into your lip’s cell’s genome where it lurks. As your lip cells under mitosis and divide, the virus is also copied. This is called a lysogenic cycle. Then as a result of some trigger, your infected cells start producing virus particles, swell and burst. This is the lytic cycle and results in cold sores.

Viruses mutate and evolve regularly and rapidly, changing the markers on the outside of them to confuse your immune system. This is why it is hard to build immunity to some viruses such as influenza. Remember a few years ago we were worried about bird flu and SARS? Viruses can and do mutate and jump species. Fantastic evidence for evolution. It IS evolution.

Viroids are small virus-like pathogens that infect plants. That’s all I’m saying about them.


And to end this we have prions. Prions are abnormal proteins that change, denature, normal proteins by changing their shape. Eventually this leads to cell lysis which spreads the prions to infect other cells. Prions are usually found in neurons. The most well known prion disease is spongiform encephalitis. This disease causes huge holes in your brain (spongiform) and is commonly known as Mad Cow Disease, the only disease to be named after my ex-wife. This disease became a huge problem in England when infected sheep’s brains were mushed up and fed to cows, and then in turn fed to people. And you thought cows were vegetarians... Other prions disease include Kuru, a disease from PNG that came from eating the brains of dead relatives, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

And this from Sick on the Road:

How to Prevent and Treat Amoebic Dysentery 

While traveling Northern Mali in the fall of 2010, I came down with a horrific case of amoebic dysentery. When the symptoms began, I assumed I had traveler’s diarrhea, which would last a day or two – uncomfortable and inconvenient, but nothing serious. When I started shitting blood, I realized something more sinister was at work.

I took ciprofloxacin, thinking it was likely a bacterial issue. 1000mg of cipro will typically decimate enough of the bacteria to normalize your stools. But the cipro did nothing. At the time, I was in Timbuktu (literally), one of the worst places on earth to come down with an intestinal issue of this magnitude. After three days of dry heaving, pooping blood, and not eating, I took a miserable 12 hour overland journey to get to Sevare, a village in the middle of Mali.

In Sevare, I went to a clinic. I was asked to give a stool sample. This involved crapping pure fluid (with some blood mixed in for good measure) into a plastic shot glass. I also had to have my blood drawn. After a few hours I had my result: amoebic dysentery.

You may remember amoebas from science class. They are nature’s single celled organisms, weirdly shaped, cute under a microscope. Inside your intestines, they are a nightmare. They destroy the intestinal wall, resulting in bloody stools. In some cases, they enter the bloodstream and travel to other organs in the body.


For treatment, I was prescribed Metronidazole, which I took for ten days. Metronidazole destroys amoebas in the intestinal tissue. I was then instructed to take Paromomycin, which will destroy amoebas that may have invaded the bloodstream and other parts of the body.

I had never taken either of these drugs, but they were both effective. I was very grateful when the symptoms dissipated and I could sit on the toilet without fear. I had lost a lot of weight, and it took me a couple of weeks to get my strength back.


I am pretty certain I know exactly where I got amoebic dysentery. I drank lukewarm tea that was made with water from the Niger River. I knew the water had not been boiled, but I drank it because I did not want to offend my hosts. Never again.

You can get amoebic dysentery from contaminated food and water. Like many other forms of diarrhea and dysentery, you come down with the disease after consuming someone else’s fecal matter. Nice thought, right? Here are a few standard precautions to take to avoid getting amoebic dysentery as well as any bacteria-caused diarrhoea: 

Wash hands with hot soap and water, especially before eating. 

Eat fruits and vegetables that are washed thoroughly, boiled, or peeled. 

Eat food that is served hot and preferably, food that you can see being prepared. 

In hindsight, I would have politely declined the tea, or asked for the teamaker to heat the water longer.

This is an experience I never want to repeat.

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10 Years On Yet Another Bali Bombing "Mastermind"

Jakarta Globe buys into non-existent Bali bullshit "masterminds" responsible for Bali bombings of 2001; pimps for CIA, Mossad operatives peddling story for a decade

By Robert S. Finnegan

Parroting a long advanced parade of supposed "Bali bombing masterminds," the Jakarta Globe has joined the sycophants and international intelligence agencies attempting to muddy the waters of the Bali bombings of 2001 by announcing yet another "mastermind," as if there were not enough already:

There was also approximately 1,500 pounds of human remains and body parts unaccounted for. How many people does this represent? How many were just "vaporized" and left uncounted?

 Here is what former President Megawati had to say on it:

November 25, 2001: Indonesian President Refuses to Denounce Theories of CIA Involvement in Bali Bombings

The New York Times reports that Indonesia’s intelligence agency and its director are well regarded by the US.

“But there are still senior intelligence officers here who believe that the CIA was behind the bombing,” according to a Western security official.

As a result, the Bush administration has asked Megawati Sukarnoputri, president of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004, to publicly refute theories, popular in Indonesia, that the CIA was involved in the Bali bombings that took place one month earlier.

Former Indonesian President Megawati
Megawati refuses to do so, and in fact condemns the US, saying, “a superpower that forced the rest of the world to go along with it,” adding, “We see how ambition to conquer other nations has led to a situation where there is no more peace unless the whole world is complying with the will of the one with the power and strength.” [New York Times, 11/25/2002]. Entity Tags: Bush administration, Megawati Sukarnoputri, Central Intelligence Agency

And here is what former Indonesian President Gus Dur had to say:

Indeed, Patek must have conducted his nefarious plotting from Pakistan, where he was during the 2001 Bali bombings.

Make up your own mind, don't let Nuri cage liner rags like the Jakarta Globe try to do it for you or pump you full of bogus, foreign intelligence-serving propaganda.  It also begs the question, just exactly who does the Jakarta Globe work for and who funds them and their very expensive, full glossy (never heard of before) "newspaper?"

The simple facts are that there is no way an undereducated motorcycle mechanic (Amrozi) and mixed bag of illiterate zealots (Samudra and company) pulled off this very sophisticated bombing.  Just ask any cab driver in Jakarta.  Indeed, they WERE involved, but were only "cut-outs" for the CIA and other foreign intelligence operatives, designed to be patsies and draw attention away from the real perpetrators.

The question that also is foremost on many interested parties minds today: Just exactly why are more and more Bali bombing "masterminds" being dredged up even today, after all these years? 

The real masterminds of these bombings belong to the international intelligence agencies (CIA, Mossad), are still at large and they are very alive and well.

Robert S. Finnegan is the former investigative editor for The Jakarta Post and the lead investigator on the Bali bombings for the paper.



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