|"Prediction is the highest skill for a military intelligence officer, and it's the one that I've used most successfully in the last four years. By following military events and staying tuned to media patterns -- which we read correctly as propaganda patterns -- Ghost Troop has compiled an amazing record of predicting petrochemical refinery explosions that have consistently created world record profit levels."
with Captain Eric
by Dr. Fredrick Toben
23 January 2008
Fredrick Toben: Eric May, you call yourself Captain. You came upon the international email scene in 2003 with the then outlandish claim that a nuclear weapon was used by the US when in March it and its coalition of the willing invaded Iraq. Who are you and what right have you to call yourself a captain?
Eric May: I began my career as a US soldier as a 17-year-old private in 1977, and was commissioned a lieutenant in 1983. I was promoted to captain in 1990, and served at that rank for the next eight years. Using the title now is hardly a novelty for me! My areas of expertise as a captain were military intelligence and public affairs. I was multilingual, and had focused my Russian skills on the old Soviet Union. My background made me quite aware of the possibility that a government could gain control over its national media, and afterwards announce that two plus two equals five.
I put the captain’s rank back on, so to speak, as part of a "mission of conscience" against the Bush administration's criminal Middle East war and criminal conduct supporting the war. As you noted, the invasion of Iraq was the turning point for me. The American media and military colluded to distract the American people with a bogus story about Private Jessica Lynch, when the real story was strenuously avoided – four days of bloody fighting in the Battle of Baghdad, April 5-9, 2003, which began at the Baghdad airport and was initially briefly reported. At the time all I knew was that the executive branch was controlling the so-called Free Press, and coverups were the order of the day. Calling attention to my military/media expertise by using the nom de guerre/nom de plume of "Captain May" invested me with credibility when I contradicted the official propaganda used to prop up our ongoing world war abroad and our expanding police state at home.
As for the US use of a neutron warhead to counter overwhelming Iraqi resistance at Baghdad airport, there were hints of that in early news reports. I didn't ascertain my suspicions, though, until I met both Arab media and US Iraq war veterans at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, where Cindy Sheehan and most of the effective antiwar was collected in the summer of 2005. Both Arabs and Americans confirmed the use of a nuke, and that explained the reason for the big cover-up of the Battle of Baghdad. On the four year anniversary of the Battle of Baghdad, Iraqi General al-Rawi, who commanded Republican Guard forces at Baghdad airport, confirmed my report in his interview with Al Jazeera.
Captain Eric May Ghost Troup Commander doing
knuckle-push-ups at Camp Casey, August 2005
FT: You refused the invitation to address the planned – failed - Sacramento Revisionist Conference for April 2004. Why?
EM: April, 2004, marked one year for my mission of conscience, and by then I had good cause to be a bit paranoid about meeting anyone anywhere. I had just spent six of the last 12 months in hiding after being tipped off by intelligence contacts that I was in danger of assassination. The first time I ducked out of sight, incidentally, was only a few hours before the assassination of Dr. David Kelly in the UK, on July 17, 2003. There were several assassinations in mid-July, and I was supposed to be one of them, I think.
In March, 2003, just before you and I corresponded for the first time, and you invited me to the conference, I had made many official enemies in the Houston area, where I live. Houston, Texas is the capital city for the Bush family, and before the Iraq war in 2003 I published military analysis for the Houston Chronicle arguing that Houston was the most likely target for the next Al Qaeda attack. By March, 2004, I was aware of the real nature of 9/11 as a terroristic pretext for global war by the Bush administration. Further, I was convinced that Houston would indeed be the target for the next 9/11 attack -- although the attack would be carried out not by Al Qaeda, but by Al CIA-duh.
Working with an Internet group, named Ghost Troop in honor of the covered up US dead from the Battle of Baghdad, I began to lead an intense Internet public affairs campaign to alert the Houston area about the possibility of an attack. Based on the information I was receiving constantly, I made a prediction date of March 31, 2004 against the Houston area petrochemical target. There was a major Houston area explosion on March 30, 2004 -- 24 hours away from my prediction. Afterwards the Houston FBI began threatening me against issuing warnings. At the point that you contacted me I believed I was in imminent danger. So there is no way I was going to risk flying to Sacramento for your revisionist conference.
FT: OK. Having established your credentials and your expertise in analysing significant military operations, could you briefly detail what resistance you had to overcome to get your message across, that is, how did your Ghost Troop enterprise get off the ground and, again, what hurdles did you have to overcome in order to continue with your mission?
EM: Just forming Ghost Troop took a good deal of work. I cobbled the unit together with help of various activist and veteran groups, but it took me a while to implement the military model of command. It's not just that the Internet is an anarchic medium, it's also that the people who use the Internet to research and refute official propaganda are anarchic as well! There was dissension in the ranks in the early days, and we later found out that some of the people stirring it up were working for the FBI as infiltrators of groups like ours.
Both the media and the government have, for the most part, tried to ignore us. From time to time, though, we have been targeted by police agencies, mainstream media, alternative media and a large number of government operatives who pose as Internet activists. It has been strenuous to say the least, and as a result Ghost Troop has experienced turnover both in the ranks and at the leadership level.
What has saved us from being dismissed as irrelevant is the enduring quality of the analysis we have done. In 2003, I was one of the rare mainstream media writers who openly predicted a quicksand war in Iraq -- and the possibility of a world war in the near future. Today it's obvious that Iraq is quicksand, and it's also obvious that the Globalist/Zionist cabal behind 9/11 and the Middle East war is aiming to expand that war to Iran. Ghost Troop maintained for years that there had been a Battle of Baghdad cover-up, even though media worldwide participated in that cover-up until Al Jazeera let the cat out of the bag less than a year ago. It's been that way, in one area of analysis after another: Ghost Troop has dared to utter the unutterable truths while other information sources kept their heads down and their mouths shut.
More than anything, we’ve been helped along by our ability to anticipate events in advance. Prediction is the highest skill for a military intelligence officer, and it's the one that I've used most successfully in the last four years. By following military events and staying tuned to media patterns -- which we read correctly as propaganda patterns -- Ghost Troop has compiled an amazing record of predicting petrochemical refinery explosions that have consistently created world record profit levels. We've done it as a continuation of my belief, going back to 2003 with my military analysis for the Houston Chronicle, that the petrochemical sector was the most likely target for the next 9/11, which we call "911-2B."
FT: From The Bagdad cover-up you moved to 9/11, to Cindy [Sheehan's] Crawford’s cause, and the world media saw you doing push-ups outside Bush’s ranch – I think? Why would you feel strongly enough to go there and support her cause?
EM: In July, 2005, we were once again conducting a public affairs mission to the Houston area. We warned of a likely 7/27 petrochemical 911-2B. We were off by one day, since there was a major explosion at the BP refinery in nearby Texas City on 7/28 a day after our prediction. At the time we were working to protect the nation against another 9/11 we were being opposed by the FBI, Secret Service and various military commands. Much of the gutless mainstream media believed that we had averted a strike that they were going to take a chance by investigating or telling the real story.
A couple of weeks later, in August, 2005, Cindy Sheehan set up Camp Casey, just outside Bush's "Western White House," his property in Crawford, Texas. Since that seemed to be the only place in America were genuine radicals were assembling against Bush, it was an irresistible objective for me to follow – I joined the camp. There were a few dozen people there on any given day, increasing to a few hundred on weekends. On one weekend, with celebrities like Joan Baez and Martin Sheen paid a visit, there were a few thousand. It was my earnest wish that there would have been tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, that Camp Casey would become the beginning of a popular revolt against a criminal Bush regime.
FT: By this time we were already in email contact and I unreservedly addressed you as MY CAPTAIN because I sensed you were on to something that exposed a deep-seated flaw within US foreign policy. The suggestion was made that within the US establishment, especially within the military establishment, there is a raging civil war going on that is all about US foreign policy in the Middle East. Any comment on that?
EM: It's hardly novel to point out that the US is largely under Zionist control, and that what has come to be called the Israel Lobby is a fifth column that considers non-Jewish citizens as cannon fodder for anti-Arab and anti-Muslim wars. Of course, consumers of the mainstream US media would never imagine that such could be the case. They have gradually absorbed a worldview that makes them eager to discuss something as nonsensical as "Islamo-fascism," but just as eager to avoid discussing something as commonsensical as the "Zio-nazism." To put it simply, the American mass media has effectively brainwashed the American masses.
I think you're right that there is an internal struggle in the US establishment now, which has been brought on by the failure of our military adventures in the Middle East and the victories at home of the Internet, which conducts real analysis and distributes real information, thereby penetrating the media knowledge blockade. I think the majority of our top leaders knew very well that 9/11 was an inside job intended to carry us into a world war for oil and Israel, but they went along with it, thinking that finishing a global fight would be as easy as starting one.
Now these leaders, our treasonous establishment, face the disturbing realities abroad of an un-subdued Iraq, an unsubdued Afghanistan, a defiant Iran backed up by an exasperated Russia, and Islam that has been so provoked as to indeed become "radical." At home, they are confronted by a 9/11 truth movement they tried to label -- with less and less effectiveness -- as a lunatic conspiracy theory fringe. Dr. Ron Paul, a populist political candidate for the 2008 presidency, has cobbled together a political movement calling itself "The Ron Paul Revolution," and he is dedicated to dismantling of the Global War apparatus and the Homeland Security state. In recent months the stock market has plunged, and students of history will remember that the most radical periods have been during periods of economic decline, whether we're talking about Depression-era communism, or French Revolution Jacobinism.
The magic solution to all of these problems would be a 911-2B event to justify full military mobilization for the global war and full implementation of the Homeland state -- but the Internet community has become more and more adept at reading the signs that must precede another inside-job attack. The 9/11 cabal is caught between a rock and a hard place -- and it serves the bastards right!
All this provides much-needed context for the 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate, released a couple of months ago, which debunked the Bush pretext for preemptive war against Iran by denying that there was an Iranian nuclear threat. The 2007 NIE shows that the establishment "realists" have turned against the Israel-first Zionists, or "neocons" in current political terms. The realists were always primarily interested in the oil, and the neocons were always primarily interested Israel. To the realists the global war supposed to be an imperial war, and it is now undermining the American Empire; while to the neocons the global war was supposed to be an "existential" war, in the US served as an Israeli proxy to subdue a Muslim world that is opposed to the Jewish world.
FT: About six to eight months ago some fellow from an alleged white supremacist group called Tim White sent an email around accusing you of faking your debilitating condition something, if true, would have destroyed your credibility and your whole expose of the Bush machinations. Any comments?
EM: Alas, as you found when you visited me a few months ago, my condition is all too real. I only wish I were faking it all! In the US, what I'm suffering from is called Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive neuromuscular condition named after a famous baseball player. The medical name for it is "amyotrophic lateral sclerosis," or ALS. As for Tim White, he is an FBI infiltrator working against key American Internet writers and broadcasters. There are dozens like him, who have from time to time attempted to undermine Ghost Troop and me.
Dr. Fredrick Toben visiting Captain Eric H. May, stricken
by terminal ALS, at May's home in Houston, TX, Oct 2007
FT: Where did you get that moral and intellectual strength to stay on the proverbial straight and narrow path of truth-telling without throwing in the towel?
EM: From the beginning I have relied on my military training in everything I have done. To the U.S. Army's great credit, it taught me and every other officer that if there were on abuse or crime that we could not in good conscience tolerate, that it was our duty to oppose the abuse or crime no matter what the consequence. This is called a "mission of conscience," and describes what I have been doing for the last five years very well. If I were thinking and acting as Eric May, civilian writer, I wouldn't be willing to challenge treason and traitors; but I'm thinking and acting as Captain May, military officer. Accordingly, I must live up to a high standard, regardless of the cost. I've always maintained that if other officers had known what I knew when I knew it, then they would have done as I did.
FT: You, as a soldier, have accepted your fate that all of us sooner or later must embrace – death. Your condition is unusual in that other soldiers have also contracted it. Is this a mere coincidence?
EM: The odds of contracting ALS in any given year are around one in 50,000. For former military men and women, the odds of contracting ALS are two in 50,000. In other words, former military personnel are twice as likely as the remaining population to contract ALS.
This could be because of the many injections given military personnel to vaccinate them against various illnesses. It could be because of inadvertent exposure to neurotoxins in the course of our service. It could be because of government experimentations on its military personnel, something that has become routine in modern times. In my own case, I believe that my ALS has been brought about deliberately as a means of silencing me.
FT: Do you fear death? Do you have any regrets?
EM: The closer I get to death, the less I fear it. This seems to be the psyche's natural way of accepting an inevitability that it can't resist. After being diagnosed with ALS in October, 2006, I greatly curtailed my activities as Ghost Troop commander. Since then I've been completely active, though, as writing articles and giving interviews on such topics and in such venues as I thought would be effective.
As for regrets, I have many. While I have lived an active and consequential life, I have not shared enough of it with those whom I have loved best. I remember once reading that regret could be defined as the knowledge that there are things you should have done but didn't, and things you shouldn't have done but did. Yes, I have many regrets.
The one thing that I strangely find myself unable to regret, though, is the mission of conscience on which I have spent the last five years, in which I believe has cost me many years that I otherwise would have had ahead of me. I did my duty, and could not honorably have done otherwise.
FT: When I visited you in October 2007 I was delighted and impressed to see you were attended to by so many ladies who all fussed over you with care, which is a good sign of a man of character, of moral and intellectual integrity. What message have you to those who are in need, to those who are hurting and to those who are dying?
EM: I have indeed been fortunate to have had so many women of quality come to me during my illness. You met my two sisters, one of my nieces, and my daughter when you visited me in Texas. They have been diligent and loving, and I must say that perhaps the best thing about declining health is it brings us closer to our loved ones. Then of course there is Gretchen, my wife, who has stood by me throughout my mission of conscience. I think it's fair to say that few of us will ever enjoy such devotion as she has given me.
I can only wish that others who are afflicted might be surrounded by such angels as mine. I can only advise that they invite them, welcome them and embrace them.
In your case, Fredrick, you hardly qualify as an angel, but you are a most elegant and erudite devil, and I have embraced you as well. We have lived in interesting times together, affecting them for the better when and where we could. It has been an honor to have befriended you.
FT: My Captain, Eric, I personally derived great strength from your perceptive self-reflections on what ails the western democracies, in particular the USA, and for that I thank you.
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