by Captain Eric H. May Special Military Correspondent The Lone Star Iconoclast March 30, 2008
Capt. Eric H. May Military Analysis
Houstonians driving north on US Highway 59 were alarmed to see
a nuclear fireball engulfing downtown Houston and the nearby ship
channel. They were looking at the just erected campaign sign of
Naval Reserve intelligence officer Commander Brian Klock:
The Threat Is Real
—Ask Brian Klock:
Klock For Congress [See archived web page formerly at
Klock, who mobilized for secret military missions shortly after 9/11, has spent most of the last six years abroad in various countries in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (the invasion of Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (the invasion of Iraq). According to campaign manager Charlie Sena, Klock will not discuss the particulars of his activities or locations. He is the Republican candidate for Texas Congressional District 22, formerly occupied by Tom DeLay, former Republican House Majority Leader, a.k.a. "The Hammer."
To some Houstonians the whole thing sounds spooky, and the presence of retired Army intelligence Lt. Col. Gordon Fowkes among Klock's campaign insiders doesn't soothe their nerves. Fowkes was a pro-Bush military expert appearing on local TV during the invasion of Iraq some five years ago, and is connected with area Homeland Security.
Commander Klock's nightmare scenario for Houston is an echo of my own work as a military analyst for the Houston Chronicle, where I wrote a target analysis of the city from a terrorist perspective shortly before the invasion of Iraq. The project was easy enough for me, given my background in military intelligence and nuclear, biological and chemical warfare. After the publication of my strategic op-ed on February 23, 2003, I was proud to find that its chief premises anticipated what would later be taught to Houston law enforcement and first responders.
So five years later—almost to the day—Cmdr. Klock has quite graphically reiterated my long-time position that Houston is the number one terror target in the nation. Ironically, I still hold to my position of 2003 in all but one critical particular: I don't believe the danger comes from foreign terrorists known as Al Qaeda, but from domestic terrorists, known as the Bush administration.
Having spent nearly half my officer years with the Army as an opposing forces (OPFOR) specialist, it's easy enough for me to understand that sometimes the military pretends to be the enemy for training purposes. It may seem a bit cynical to suggest that the military could, under orders and without specific knowledge of what it was doing, be used by a pro-war government to carry out an attack on its own people, while pretending to be an enemy force. This kind of operation, though, known as a "false flag," has been used throughout history—including US history—as a down and dirty way to trick an otherwise quiescent public into launching a war with the flow preselected by the politicians who perpetrated the false flag.
The idea that such a thing could happen in these United States is hardly Jihadist; in fact, it's rather Jeffersonian. None of the founding fathers, who had just fought a revolution against their George for unconscionable abuses of their liberties and criminal war against them, would be surprised if one day unscrupulous powers found a new George to oppress them again. I suppose the Revolutionary thinkers of America are increasing daily. Countless thousands of them have been reading my most recent analysis of the top terror targets in the United States, widely published Sunday and still naming Houston as the nation's most endangered place:
I don't know if Navy intelligence officer Commander Klock was reading the work of former Army intelligence officer Captain May the day before he put up his nuclear Houston campaign sign, but it's gratifying to find that he and I are thinking along parallel lines, even if we are traveling in different directions.