Oh yeah, and before anyone tries to call me an Anti-Semite for daring to suggest that Israel is more than an innocent little non-player on the global stage; please pick up a fucking dictionary and update yourself on the meaning of the word before hurling mindless, ignorant and offensive abuse at people who only wish to speak their minds!
Someone in Washington has a lot of explaining to do!
by Joe Vialls
By now we have all been saturated with the standard “War on Terror” blurb about the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in downtown Jakarta on 5 August 2003. Speaking with a single corporate voice, the western media stated surprisingly quickly that the bomb was the work of a lone suicide bomber working for the “feared terrorist organization ” Jemaah Islamiah, which allegedly and very brazenly drove a Toyota van up to the front of the hotel, where the Toyota obligingly and predictably exploded with a loud and unmistakable bang.
Warming to this incredibly inaccurate and deceitful theme, the corporate media then ran thousands of feet of video footage showing smoke billowing out of the hotel, people running around in circles, “experts” from three different continents saying how evil these Muslim Jemaah Islamiah folk really are, and so on and so on. Then in less than 48 hours we were told that the guilty bomber was called “Asmal”, who was unfortunately killed in the blast, making embarrassing trials like those in Bali completely unnecessary in the future.
Alas, the corporate media was lying through its teeth as usual, with none of its “facts” standing up to even the most casual of scrutiny. The first Mega clue to the deception was the magnitude of the blast, which blew the windows out of all 25 floors of the condominium building next door. Do you have any idea how much overpressure in p.s.i. is needed to shatter reinforced laminated glass more than 450 feet away from ground zero? Adding to this huge problem was the reinforced concrete slab roof of the hotel lobby, through which the shock wave first had to travel before it could even begin to affect the tall condominium building. Check out the approximate blast vector shown in the center photograph below.
The second Mega clue was the crater, or rather the lack of one. Though I searched diligently this proved impossible to find on the western corporate video footage, but I was finally sent a picture by a contact in Indonesia. Now then people, remember the corporate media has told you that the “Toyota Van” was parked in the driveway outside the front of the Marriott hotel, meaning that the media bomb must have generated a surface blast, which is incapable of digging any crater at all because the shock wave always takes the line of least resistance, i.e. to atmosphere. Remember also that the only bombs which make craters are pointy ones dropped at high velocity from aircraft, or those located underground in advance of [remote] detonations.
It is here that we bump into our most monstrous problem, and also uncover the explanation of why no aerial photographs of the Marriott Hotel have managed to find their way into your living room. The explosion was not in the driveway outside the hotel, but inside the lobby itself, as shown in the photographs below. Worse still, the explosion actually occurred BELOW the lobby in the hotel basement, proved by the emergency services worker climbing down a ladder in the crater to get closer to ground zero. Also note the unmistakable pattern of the glass shattering outwards, away from the interior of the hotel lobby.
Believe me when I say that this was a weapon of staggering power, with an awesome shock wave to match. First the shock wave had to burst up through the 24” reinforced concrete floor of the lobby, then retain enough power to continue upwards and punch and even bigger hole through the 12” reinforced concrete lobby roof. Even after doing all of that work, the shock wave was still travelling fast enough to trash all of the reinforced laminated windows in the 25-floor condominium building next door to the hotel.
Within hours the Australian Federal Police were on the scene, reporting that the bomb was made of the same puny materials alleged to have killed more than 200 people in Bali on 12 October 2002. So there we were again, with Australian “experts” claiming that pathetically slow potassium chlorate detergent had just behaved like a sophisticated American bunker-busting micro nuke. Obviously puny potassium chlorate can do no such thing, and those who want a detailed description of this low explosive should click on the “Bali Bomb” link at the bottom of this page.
Most dangerous for the American Administration are rational and verifiable claims that the US Embassy and others in Indonesia had advance knowledge of the explosion, and took avoidance measures. Sky News has a man in Jakarta who interviewed hotel senior management, then reported, “Hotel bosses said staff and guests had been evacuated before the blast, which happened during the busy lunch hour”. Though they managed to evacuate the hotel and main areas, there was no time for the restaurant, where many of the fatalities occurred. This claim has been verified by Indonesian television, but was not even mentioned by the western corporate media. Why not?
Certainly the timely evacuation explains the apparent miracle that no American, British or Australian politicians or officials died or were even injured in the Marriott Hotel, which is situated at the very heart of the diplomatic district in Jakarta. The Marriott opened in September 2001 and is the five-star hotel of choice for western diplomats and others snuffling around in the taxpayer-funded trough, yet not one of them received so much as a simple scratch. Unbelievable!
The corporate media appeared to be worried that someone somewhere might notice this glaring discrepancy, so paraded a couple of “Australian businessmen” who had been “in their hotel rooms when the bomb exploded”, thereby immediately covering up the reality of the early evacuation by senior management. One of these witnesses claimed to have been hurled right across his hotel room by the blast, though his appearance said exactly the opposite: Snowy white T shirt with not a mark on it, combed hair with no dust or glass fragments marring its perfect appearance, and not a single scratch anywhere on his body. Naturally enough, the flying glass alone should have turned him into a ragged and blood soaked mess.