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Captain Courageous
and the Shockingly
Awful Quicksand War

by Maj William B. Fox
Special Correspondent
March 26, 2008

Honors Recognition

As much as I may feel humbled as a former Marine officer to grant “first in” honors to an Army cavalry and intelligence counterpart (after all, “First To Fight” has always been a U.S. Marine Corps motto), we must give credit to those who lead the charge.
It is now the fifth anniversary of America’s invasion of Iraq, and of the extraordinary intellectual evolution by Captain Eric May. He peeled back layers of deception to expose America’s real enemies (from within) -- and possibly sacrificed his own life in the process.

Captain May published five military op-eds in the Houston Chronicle. They are most impressive in their prescience. In 1992 the junior general staff officer accurately predicted the course of the future Iraq War. He also accurately predicted forthcoming events in Somalia. In 2003 he wrote a terror target analysis of the Houston petrochemical district that became standard text for local first responder training within a year. His two early Iraq War essays anticipated a quicksand war in the Middle East that might well turn into World War III. This viewpoint seemed outlandish at the time, but now it is standard among mainstream Bush critics. Four out of five essays have been spot on, and he has worked tirelessly to prevent the fifth forecast, namely the nuking of Houston, from becoming true.

1992 Success of Desert Storm Being Judged Unfairly 1
1992 Somalia Intervention Not As Simple As It Seems 2
2003 Don’t Laugh At Duct Tape; It Saves Lives 3
2003 Visions of Stalingrad; Claim Victory in Iraq Now 4
2003 Worried About Quicksand of War in Iraq 5

In his 2003 op-eds for the Houston Chronicle, Captain May implicitly accepted the official version of 9-11. Like most Americans, he subscribed to the Establishment's "modern liberal" ideological matrix. On many social issues, he was decidedly Leftist. He married his wife in 2002, and lived in a black neighborhood. As a black belt he instructed black students in martial arts as a way of teaching discipline and self-development. He hardly fit the Establishment stereotype of a Right Winger.

Tae Kwon Do instructor Captain May, Master Yu, and students

The Ghost Troop of Baghdad

Captain May's awakening started when he detected and confirmed the Battle of Baghdad coverup. The American people, misled by a controlled embedded media, never even knew there was a Battle of Baghdad, let alone a coverup. Captain May's trust in Establishment integrity began a precipitous decline.
What the American people saw, heard, and read was that there was a fracas over the Baghdad Airport in the early morning of April 5, 2003 between Iraqi forces and elements of the 3rd Infantry Division. In actuality, Saddam's forces inflicted heavy casualties on U.S. forces. There is strong evidence from both sides that U.S. Forces in turn destroyed Saddam's forces with a neutron bomb. General Saifeddin Fulayh Hassan Taha al-Rawi, who commanded Iraqi forces at Baghdad Airport, made this claim in his Al Jazeera interview 6 on the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.

Al-Rawi describes U.S. neutron bomb use to Al Jazeera

And all of this was covered up, as were significant casualties involving U.S. soldiers and Marines during three days of street fighting for Baghdad. National media deflected attention by running a human interest story about the alleged heroic exploits of Private Jessica Lynch in another place in Iraq. Captain May's op-ed "3/7 Cavalry, Tragedy and Travesty," 7 sent to his friend Houston Chronicle associate editor Frank Michel, provides an example of what told the real story, as did suppressed foreign stories.8
Once the war was over, the suppression remained in place in defiance of Department of Defense Principles of Information. 9 Captain May filed a complaint to the Army Inspector General. He saw his report stonewalled year after year.
He turned to the Internet and found out that the Battle of Baghdad coverup was just the tip of an iceberg. He formed "Ghost Troop" in honor of the uncounted, unreported dead soldiers and Marines from the Battle of Baghdad.
Military veterans and Internet activists began to rally to the Ghost Troop banner, and soon Captain May commanded the world's first cyber intelligence militia unit. Within a year it grew to 200 members. Using Internet user groups as a communications media, Ghost Troops branched out into many related political, historical, social, and economic lines of inquiry.
It quickly became apparent that there was a lot more that was wrong than just the Battle of Baghdad coverup. The Bush Administration made no serious effort to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure, but instead allowed the quality of life for most Iraqis to steadily deteriorate. It implemented Israeli torture and West Bank search-and-seizure techniques. It did nothing for hundreds of thousands of American servicemen who were exposed to depleted uranium, not to mention even larger numbers of Iraqi civilians.
Ghost Troops realized that prior administrations had also committed major horrors and deceptions. The depleted uranium problem was already known in the Balkans Wars and the First Gulf War. Hundreds of thousands of servicemen and civilians were also ignored as victims of Agent Orange during the Vietnam era. There were tens of thousands of forgotten POWs/MIA's spanning the Vietnam War, Korean War, and World War II eras. In 1967 Israel carried out a false flag attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, attempting to sink the ship and kill all the crew, blame it on Egypt, and draw the U.S. into a Middle Eastern war on its side.
All these things were covered up by the U.S. executive branch, Congress, the Pentagon, and national media.

Ghost Troops saw the need to completely rethink our history as taught by the Establishment education system.

Captain May during an interview with the Lone Star Iconoclast

Lurking Dangers

As Captain May furthered his own analysis, he discovered that we do not have to go very deep to quickly find ourselves outside the politically correct herd mentality and in potentially serious trouble.

In his Ghost Troop introduction essay 10, Captain May described his encounter with Colonel Dennington, a Special Forces chaplain, when he visited Ft. Stewart, Georgia on 14 May 2003 to confirm first hand the details of the battle at the Baghdad Airport.
The colonel "acknowledged the Battle of Baghdad and its dead, telling me that more soldiers than just the 3/7 cavalry had perished. He urged me to cover it up for the greater good of the war effort, and said a few things that a reasonable person might have thought menacing."
Captain May's last Houston Chronicle op-ed, "Worried About Quicksand of War in Iraq," 11 appeared 8 July 2003, just two days after Ambassador Joe Wilson's New York Times op-ed brought about Bush administration reprisals. This frightened Houston Chronicle editors and associates.
Captain May wrote: "Afterwards, I believed that I had caused a fair amount of anger in the White House with my words and deeds, because my editors carried no letters to the editor in response to someone who had called George W. Bush a liar. They avoided my calls, and stopped publishing my op-eds — even going so far as to take sudden vacations to be away when my essays arrived for editing. On the advice of friends and family I ducked out of circulation for a while. Between July 17 and September 21, I stayed inside my home. The timing of my move underground was fortunate, perhaps, because other critics of the war (e.g., David Kelly of England and Ambassador Joe Wilson of the U.S.) became targets for retaliation by leaders of their respective countries during July. As a matter of fact, Kelly’s strange death came the evening of the day when I went into hiding."
Captain May regrouped and self-mobilized himself and Ghost Troop on a mission of conscience. He began an intensive correspondence campaign with influential people in the summer and fall of 2003, which was published on the web as the Ghost Troop Report. 12 This is a valuable resource for researchers, since it documents the Captain's interactions with members of the political and media elite.


Captain May joins anti-war protestors in Houston, Texas in June 2003.

Preventing 911-2B

In early 2004, Captain May met former Marine Captain Jeff Cross, who was within blocks of the World Trade Center during 9-11. He told Captain May that he had heard and felt controlled demolitions going off. He immediately believed that the official government story was a complete lie, and that official efforts made to silence him were proof positive of this.
In my 8 October 2007 Lone Star Iconoclast article "Thwarting Nuclear Terror in Texas" 13 I describe how Captain May morphed into a full blown 9-11 activist by the time of the Madrid bombing on March 11, 2004. This article also describes his first successful public campaign to expose and interdict a possible Establishment false flag nuclear "terrorist" strike on Texas City, Texas.
Based upon his observations, Captain May had predicted a March 31st Houston area attack, and had alerted local police, the FBI, and the Houston media. Officials in Washington, D.C. placed the Gulf coast under terror alert on March 25th, and insiders were astounded when the BP refinery, Texas City, TX, suffered a major explosion on March 30th, within a day of Captain May's prediction, resulting in world record gasoline prices.
In the ensuing four years, Captain May predicted four more petrochemical explosions in the Houston area.

His track record prompted the Lone Star Iconoclast to publish a March 3, 2008 14 editorial "Time To Investigate Houston Is Now." In part it read, "The Iconoclast exhorts local and national political, military, and police leaders — if any with a conscience remain — to look into Captain May’s results in predicting petrochemical incidents in southeast Texas."

Terminal Mission

Captain May's evolution and efforts carried a price. Each new level of analysis gave rise to renewed fears for his own safety. Following his first Ghost Troop mission to save Texas City, Captain May tried to go completely underground and escape to Canada, but was stopped and arrested at the border.
His worst fears may have been confirmed when he contracted the incurable and always fatal Lou Gehrig's disease some time in 2006. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, he was in superb physical condition. Somehow he came down with a terminal disease with normal odds somewhere on par with getting hit by lightening.
Undaunted, he still continues his activism, even though he now relies on voice commands to operate his computer and periodically requires oxygen to assist his breathing.
Captain May's 17 Sept 2007 Lone Star Iconoclast article "Petraeus With A Kiss" 15 describes Army insiders whose untimely deaths coincided with whistle blower activities. They include Specialist Pat Tillman, the ex-NFL player who joined the Army after 9/11 who received several M16 rounds in the face at close range in Afghanistan. They also include former West Point ethics professor Colonel Ted Westhusing, who mysteriously "suicided" himself with a shot to the head after making strong allegations of corruption and careerism against senior personnel, including his boss, General David Petraeus.

Captain May at Cindy Sheehan's Camp Casey outside the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, in August 2005.

Saluting a Brother Officer

It is frankly dismaying to track Captain May's steadily declining condition. One way to overcome feelings of sorrow is to focus on his valor. When all is said and done, it is quite possible that Captain May's cyber cavalry operations have preempted World War III by defusing certain false flag "terror" schemes.
And it is not over yet. We are still faced with a relentless campaign to drag America into a very destructive and senseless war with Iran. We must also deal with escalating domestic economic problems and threats to our civil liberties.

We have the highest per capita prison population in the world. We have been hit with innumerable "national security" and "Patriot Act" directives designed to take away our civil liberties. The Orwellian "Department of Homeland Security" is pushing for Real ID, domestic passports and increased government control over domestic travel. Hundreds of FEMA camps have already been prepared "in the event of an emergency" -- like another 911.
National Security Presidential Directive 51, issued by Bush in May 2007, contains provisions for dictatorship. The Bush Administration refuses to explain NSPD-51 to Congress. Its most likely targets are American patriots, Constitutionalists, members of the 9-11 Truth Movement, and others willing to stand up against tyranny.
In short, things look grim.

The natural tendency for most individuals is to lay low in the face of such circumstances. However, if everyone does this, then tyrants and criminals win. There is no hope for openly and honestly addressing our problems and turning them around.
Similarly in a combat zone, there is a natural tendency for many soldiers to stay huddled in their fox holes and let others stick their heads up, take the initiative, and move forward.
This brings us back to why we need to give special credit to those with the initiative to move forward, to serve as aggressive public activists, and to be "First In" during tough times.
Even with his terminal disease and declining energies, Captain May continues to move forward and fight the good fight.
For this he has earned our respect and gratitude.

[Editor's Note: Please see the Lone Star Iconoclast editorial which comments on this article in the Addendum below]

Author's Note

I have posted two of my books online that provide extensive background on Capt. May and his intelligence operations. They comprise the series titled: Mission of Conscience: Captain Eric May, The Info War, and Amazing Predictions Come True. The following are links to their table of contents:

Book I: Waking Up to the Ultimate Mission This covers the early life of Capt. May and events leading up through his mission to prevent a false flag nuke attack on Texas City in late July 2005. This latter event was accompanied by startling atmospheric effects and the strange firing of a four star general. Book I also includes discussion of 9-11 as a false flag Rosetta Stone, and a number of bombings very likely conducted by Mossad-CIA around the world.

Book II: Fighting For Freedom, One False Flag Threat at a Time This covers events from Camp Casey in August 2005 until Operation TOPOFF in October 2007, the largest civil defense exercise in American history, in which the Russian President Vladimir Putin acted as a human shield in Iran on the second day.


1. Success of Desert Storm Being Judged Unfairly
2. Somalia Intervention Not As Simple As It Seems
3. Don't Laugh At Duct Tape; It Saves Lives
4. Visions of Stalingrad; Claim Victory in Iraq Now
5. Worried About Quicksand Of War In Iraq
6. "US accused of using neutron bombs" 9 April 2008 Aljazeera:
7 . 3/7 Cavalry, Tragedy and Travesty
8. Appendices A-E; In Search of the Truth About the Battle of Baghdad Coverup
9. Appendices A-E; In Search of the Truth About the Battle of Baghdad Coverup
10. Capt. Eric H. May Biography and Early Iraqi Freedom Published Essays
11. Worried About Quicksand Of War In Iraq
13. Thwarting Nuclear Terror In Texas
15. Petraeus With a Kiss

To see the online version of this article published by the Lone Star Iconoclast, please click here.

William B. Fox is a former Marine Corps Major with experience in logistics, public affairs, and military intelligence. He is an honors graduate of the Harvard Business School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Southern California. He is also Publisher of America First Books, a vendor of ebooks, at

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Lone Star Lone Ranger

by W. Leon Smith
Lone Star Iconoclast

March 26, 2008

There are only two possible views of Captain Eric H. May, who has been the Iconoclast intelligence correspondent for the last two years.
The first, cogently presented by Marine Corps Major William B. Fox in his article, "Captain Courageous: The Infowar of Eric H. May", is that he is brilliant and brave officer of historic consequence. According to this view, Captain May self-mobilized to answer the call of duty and country at a time when such dedication was most needed.
The second is that Captain May is either delusional or deceitful, or both. According to this view, he has consistently written, spoken and acted on the most controversial events and issues of our times in a vainglorious attempt at self aggrandizement.
Captain May, an Army-trained military intelligence officer, should be judged on the basis of his analysis and predictions, which have consistently been considered outspoken, outrageous and outlandish by his former comrades in the military and former colleagues in the media.
Eleven years before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he predicted that Iraq would be another Vietnam, miring U.S. forces in an inconclusive Mideast guerrilla war. He went so far as to warn that U.S. involvement in the Middle East might pull us into the Third World War. Five years of an Iraq fiasco have vindicated his prediction.
Three weeks after the invasion of Iraq, while the mainstream media was pushing the distracting story of Private Jessica Lynch, he vociferously argued that the Battle of Baghdad was occurring, unknown to the American people, who were deliberately kept in the dark. Five years later we regularly see images of Saddam’s statue falling down, and hear about the "fall of Baghdad" without learning just why the statue and city fell. If there was not a Battle of Baghdad, then what happened?
Since March 2004, he has consistently predicted Bush administration attempts to carry out a "911-2B," or "next 911" against Houston-area petrochemical targets. His alerts to Houston and the nation have not been frequent, but they have been accurate. As the Iconoclast pointed out in its editorial of March 3, Time To Investigate Houston Is Now, he has issued six warnings that have been validated by explosive events.
Finally, and sadly, Captain May regularly predicted that the consequences of his mission of conscience would be fatal. Shortly after beginning his commentaries for the Iconoclast he was diagnosed with terminal neurological disorder, Lou Gehrig’s disease.
It is incumbent on anyone who argues against this unique officer’s intellect or integrity to confront the fact of his consistent correctness in such diverse matters. If Captain May is perpetrating a hoax in any of this, then it is a historic hoax indeed.
The Iconoclast applauds his accomplishments that go to the heart of protecting our country, above and beyond the call of duty.. We believe that an interested public would do well to read his work, past, present, and future.

Captain May completes a martial arts demonstration at the Crawford Peace House

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