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Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the U.S.
Halliburton’s subsidiary KBR
(formerly Kellogg, Brown and Root) announced on January 24, 2006 that
it had been awarded a $385 million contingency contract by the
Department of Homeland Security to build detention camps in the United
According to a press release posted on the Halliburton
website, “The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for
establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment
existing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention and
Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities in the event of an
emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid
development of new programs. The contingency support contract provides
for planning and, if required, initiation of specific engineering,
construction and logistics support tasks to establish, operate and
maintain one or more expansion facilities.”
What little coverage the announcement received focused on
concerns about Halliburton’s reputation for overcharging U.S. taxpayers
for substandard services.
Less attention was focused on the phrase “rapid
development of new programs” or what type of programs might require a
major expansion of detention centers, capable of holding 5,000 people
each. Jamie Zuieback, spokeswoman for ICE, declined to elaborate on
what these “new programs” might be.
Only a few independent journalists, such as Peter Dale
Scott, Maureen Farrell, and Nat Parry have explored what the Bush
administration might actually have in mind.
Scott speculates that the “detention centers could be
used to detain American citizens if the Bush administration were to
declare martial law.” He recalled that during the Reagan
administration, National Security Council aide Oliver North organized
the Rex-84 “readiness exercise,” which contemplated the Federal
Emergency Management Agency rounding up and detaining 400,000
“refugees” in the event of “uncontrolled population movements” over the
Mexican border into the U.S.
North’s exercise, which reportedly contemplated possible
suspension of the Constitution, led to a line of questioning during the
Iran-Contra Hearings concerning the idea that plans for expanded
internment and detention facilities would not be confined to “refugees”
It is relevant, says Scott, that in 2002 Attorney General
John Ashcroft announced his desire to see camps for U.S. citizens
deemed to be “enemy combatants.” On February 17, 2006, in a speech to
the Council on Foreign Relations, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
spoke of the harm being done to the country’s security, not just by the
enemy, but also by what he called “news informers” who needed to be
combated in “a contest of wills.”
Since September 11 the Bush administration has
implemented a number of interrelated programs that were planned in the
1980s under President Reagan. Continuity of Government (COG)
proposals—a classified plan for keeping a secret
“government-within-the-government” running during and after a nuclear
disaster—included vastly expanded detention capabilities, warrantless
eavesdropping, and preparations for greater use of martial law.
Scott points out that, while Oliver North represented a
minority element in the Reagan administration, which soon distanced
itself from both the man and his proposals, the minority associated
with COG planning, which included Cheney and Rumsfeld, appear to be in
control of the U.S. government today.
Farrell speculates that, because another terror attack is
all but certain, it seems far more likely that the detention centers
would be used for post-September 11-type detentions of rounded-up
immigrants rather than for a sudden deluge of immigrants flooding
across the border.
Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg ventures,
“Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next
September 11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters.
They’ve already done this on a smaller scale, with the ‘special
registration’ detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and
Parry notes that The Washington Post reported on February
15, 2006 that the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) central
repository holds the names of 325,000 terrorist suspects, a fourfold
increase since fall of 2003.
Asked whether the names in the repository were collected
through the NSA’s domestic surveillance program, an NCTC official told
the Post, “Our database includes names of known and suspected
international terrorists provided by all intelligence community
organizations, including NSA.”
As the administration scoops up more and more names,
members of Congress have questioned the elasticity of Bush’s
definitions for words like terrorist “affiliates,” used to justify
wiretapping Americans allegedly in contact with such people or entities.
A Defense Department document, entitled the “Strategy for
Homeland Defense and Civil Support,” has set out a military strategy
against terrorism that envisions an “active, layered defense” both
inside and outside U.S. territory. In the document, the Pentagon
pledges to “transform U.S. military forces to execute homeland defense
missions in the . . . U.S. homeland.” The strategy calls for increased
military reconnaissance and surveillance to “defeat potential
challengers before they threaten the United States.” The plan
“maximizes threat awareness and seizes the initiative from those who
would harm us.”
But there are concerns, warns Parry, over how the
Pentagon judges “threats” and who falls under the category of “those
who would harm us.” A Pentagon official said the Counterintelligence
Field Activity’s TALON program has amassed files on antiwar protesters.
In the view of some civil libertarians, a form of martial
law already exists in the U.S. and has been in place since shortly
after the September 11 attacks when Bush issued Military Order Number
One, which empowered him to detain any noncitizen as an international
terrorist or enemy combatant. Today that order extends to U.S. citizens
Farrell ends her article with the conclusion that while
much speculation has been generated by KBR’s contract to build huge
detention centers within the U.S., “The truth is, we won’t know the
real purpose of these centers unless ‘contingency plans are needed.’
And by then, it will be too late.”
UPDATE BY PETER DALE SCOTT
The contract of the Halliburton subsidiary KBR to build
immigrant detention facilities is part of a longer-term Homeland
Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of
“all removable aliens” and “potential terrorists.” In the 1980s Richard
Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld discussed similar emergency detention powers
as part of a super-secret program of planning for what was
euphemistically called “Continuity of Government” (COG) in the event of
a nuclear disaster. At the time, Cheney was a Wyoming congressman,
while Rumsfeld, who had been defense secretary under President Ford,
was a businessman and CEO of the drug company G.D. Searle.
These men planned for suspension of the Constitution, not
just after nuclear attack, but for any “national security emergency,”
which they defined in Executive Order 12656 of 1988 as: “Any
occurrence, including natural disaster, military attack, technological
or other emergency, that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the
national security of the United States.” Clearly September 11 would
meet this definition, and did, for COG was instituted on that day. As
the Washington Post later explained, the order “dispatched a shadow
government of about 100 senior civilian managers to live and work
secretly outside Washington, activating for the first time
What these managers in this shadow government worked on
has never been reported. But it is significant that the group that
prepared ENDGAME was, as the Homeland Security document puts it,
“chartered in September 2001.” For ENDGAME’s goal of a capacious
detention capability is remarkably similar to Oliver North’s
controversial Rex-84 “readiness exercise” for COG in 1984. This called
for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to round up and
detain 400,000 imaginary “refugees,” in the context of “uncontrolled
population movements” over the Mexican border into the United States.
UPDATE BY MAUREEN FARRELL
When the story about Kellogg, Brown and Root’s contract
for emergency detention centers broke, immigration was not the hot
button issue it is today. Given this, the language in Halliburton’s
press release, stating that the centers would be built in the event of
an “emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S.,” raised eyebrows,
especially among those familiar with Rex-84 and other Reagan-era
initiatives. FEMA’s former plans ‘for the detention of at least 21
million American Negroes in assembly centers or relocation camps’ added
to the distrust, and the second stated reason for the KBR contract, “to
support the rapid development of new programs,” sent imaginations
While few in the mainstream media made the connection
between KBR’s contract and previous programs, Fox News eventually
addressed this issue, pooh-poohing concerns as the province of
“conspiracy theories” and “unfounded” fears. My article attempted to
sift through the speculation, focusing on verifiable information found
in declassified and leaked documents which proved that, in addition to
drawing up contingency plans for martial law, the government has
conducted military readiness exercises designed to round up and detain
both illegal aliens and U.S. citizens.
How concerned should Americans be? Recent reports are conflicting and
* In May, 2006, U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) began “Operation Return to Sender,” which
involved catching illegal immigrants and deporting them. In June,
however, President Bush vowed that there would soon be “new
infrastructures” including detention centers designed to put an end to
such “catch and release” practices.
* Though Bush said he was “working
with Congress to increase the number of detention facilities along our
borders,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, ranking member of the House Homeland
Security Committee, said he first learned about the KBR contract
through newspaper reports.
* Fox News recently quoted Pepperdine
University professor Doug Kmiec, who deemed detention camp concerns
“more paranoia than reality” and added that KBR’s contract is most
likely “something related to (Hurricane) Katrina” or “a bird flu
outbreak that could spur a mass quarantine of Americans.” The
president’s stated desire for the U.S. military to take a more active
role during natural disasters and to enforce quarantines in the event
of a bird flu outbreak, however, have been roundly denounced.
Concern over an all-powerful federal government is not
paranoia, but active citizenship. As Thomas Jefferson explained, “even
under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in
time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” From John
Adams’s Alien and Sedition Acts to FDR’s internment of Japanese
Americans, the land of the free has held many contradictions and
ironies. Interestingly enough, Halliburton was at the center of another
historical controversy, when Lyndon Johnson’s ties to a little-known
company named Kellogg, Brown and Root caused a congressional
commotion—particularly after the Halliburton subsidiary won enough
wartime contracts to become one of the first protested symbols of the
military-industrial complex. Back then they were known as the “Vietnam
builders.” The question, of course, is what they’ll be known as next.
Source: Project Censored
A SEPARATE PLACE DEPARTMENT -
The Mind Outside the Brain
By now everyone is familiar with advances in brain imaging and the
fascinating insights being produced in many areas of brain research.
Much less known are advances in locating the mind outside the brain.
Long considered paranormal and therefore easy to dismiss, the reality
of many phenomena is being verified. For a long time there has been a
popular belief in ESP, clairvoyance, and related abilities. I thought
it would be interesting to devote a series of posts to some intriguing
studies, but more importantly, there is a major discovery waiting
around the corner. Science is about to realize that intelligence is a
field effect and that this "mind field" surrounds us on all sides, like
the earth's magnetic field. It is thanks to the mind field that our
brains are able to think and also to connect with other minds, not by
physical means but invisibly, the way one magnet is connected to every
other on earth.
The latest findings, which got wide publicity in the media, have to do
with our ability to sense what is going to happen in the future. Is
this REALLY proof that man can see into the future?
London's Daily Mail reports on a Dutch professor of psychology, Dr.
Dick Bierman, who is using real-time brain scans to see if people sense
things before they happen. "Sense" is different from "envision."
Bierman is working with "presentiment," the physical or emotional
feeling that something unusual is about to happen. Anecdotally,
presentiments have been associated with many if not most great
disasters. Some people didn't go to work at the World Trade Center on
9/11 because they felt suddenly sick or uneasy. Similar symptoms have
kept passengers from flying on planes that later crashed. The French
crew of the Concorde had dark premonitions before one of the supersonic
jets crashed in 2000. Children felt uneasy going to school the day a
coal-mine disaster engulfed a school in Wales in 1966, killing 144
people. One mother reported that her young daughter had a dream the
night before of a black mass burying the school, which is exactly what
Bierman wants to quantify such presentiments, following up on a
revealing experiment done by Dr Dean Radin, a former researcher on the
military project Stargate, which looked into the phenomenon of 'remote
viewing' and psychic premonition. Radin hooked ordinary subjects to a
lie detector in order to measure changes in galvanic skin response. He
then flashed at random a series of photos, some of which were violent
or erotic. One would expect galvanic skin response to spike when such
pictures appeared, but Radin discovered a strange phenomenon. Subjects
tended to respond a few seconds in advance of the actual image flashing
on the screen. In other words, they sensed an event before it occurred.
Subsequently the experiment was successfully replicated, startling even
a Nobel Prize winner who acted as a subject. Dr. Bierman in Amsterdam
is verifying that specific brain areas light up when presentiment
occurs. He is certain that the phenomenon is real; now he wants to
determine if certain people are more gifted at presentiment than
others. This is the best glimpse to date that anyone has had of the
mind field's existence as an everyday affair, for it would appear that
to some extent all of us have experienced hunches, intuitive flashes,
sudden premonitions, and other hints of foreknowledge. How far does
this phenomenon extend, and what is its deeper significance?
If it is true that intelligence arises in a "mind field" that surrounds
us on all sides, we must all be participating in it. Almost a century
ago Carl Jung proposed that our participation takes place in a
"collective unconscious," from which the human race derives its myths
and archetypes. The fact that cultures widely separated in time and
place produce the same kind of stories about questing heroes,
transformation, and hidden worlds suggests that Jung is right. But what
about active participation? Do we consciously use the mind field? One
reads of Australian aborigines who view the world in "dream time" and
map according to invisible "songlines" that cross the boundary between
intuition and the five senses. There's an East Indian island culture in
which the members discuss their dreams collectively every morning, with
the belief that in this way they shape the events that will unfold for
them in the future.
Everyday life in our society feels far from away form those examples.
How do we use the mind field? Such a link was provided by Helmut
Schmidt, a researcher working for Boeing's aerospace laboratory in
Seattle. Beginning in the mid-Sixties, Schmidt set out to construct a
series of "quantum machines" that could emit random signals, with the
aim of seeing if ordinary people could alter those signals using
nothing more than their minds. The first machine detected radioactive
decay form Strontium-90; each electron that was given off lit up either
a red, blue, yellow, or green light. Schmidt asked ordinary people to
predict, with the press of a button, which light would be illuminated
At first no one performed better than random, or 25%, in picking one of
the four lights. Then Schmidt it on the idea of using psychics instead,
and his first results were encouraging: they guessed the correct light
27% of the time. But he didn't know if this was a matter of
clairvoyance -- seeing the result before it happened -- or something
more active, actually changing the random pattern of electrons being
So he built a second machine that generated only two signals, call them
plus and minus. A circle of lights was set up, and if the machine
generated a plus, a light would co on in the clockwise direction while
a minus would make one light up in the counter-clockwise direction.
Left to itself, the machine would light up an equal number of pluses
and minuses; what Schmidt wanted his subjects to do was to will the
lights to move clockwise only. He found two subjects who had remarkable
success. One could get the lights to move clockwise 52.5% of the time.
An increase of 2.5% over randomness doesn't sound dramatic, but Schmidt
calculated that the odds were 10 million to one against the same thing
occurring by chance. The other subject was just as successful, but
oddly enough, he couldn't make the lights move clockwise. Hard as he
tried, they moved counter-clockwise, yet with the same deviation form
randomness. Later experiments with new subjects raised the success rate
to 54%, although the strange anomaly that the machine would go in the
wrong direction, often persisted. (No explanation was ever found for
this.) In effect, Schmidt was proving that an observer can change
activity in the quantum field using the mind alone.
Inspired by Schmidt's results, a Princeton engineering professor named
Robert Jahn developed extremely more sophisticated trails, involving a
machine that could generate zeros and ones five times a second. In the
Princeton experiments, each participant went through three types of
tests. First he would will the machine to produce more ones and zeros,
then more zeros than ones, and finally he would try not to influence
the machine at all. Each test was repeated until there was between
500,00 and 1,000,000 results, a staggering number that in a single day
outdid all the previous trials done by Schmidt or various
parapsychologists before him.
After 12 years of study, it was found that about two-thirds of ordinary
people could influence the outcome of the machine, unlike in Schmidt's
study, where only talented psychics were used. Yet like the psychics,
ordinary people could will more zeros than ones, or ones than zeros,
about 51-52% of the time. This seems like a slim margin, but it turns
out to defy chance by a ratio of a trillion to one. It's the utter
certainty of the outcome that is so staggering, since random chance is
a bedrock of quantum physics, Darwinian evolution, and many other
fields. (A dozen other studies, when wrapped into the Princeton ones,
also came up with results in the 51-52% range.)
The assertion that we are embedded in the mind field seems more
credible, and if that is the case, then it is more credible that
everything we think and do is actually a fluctuation in the field.
Source: The Huffington Post/Deepak Chopra
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF GOD DEPARTMENT -
Heroes, Holiness &
Recently, NBC wrapped up its first season of an interesting television
series called Heroes . For those who haven’t seen it --and you should
see it--the show centers around a group of people who discover they
have special abilities beyond the ordinary, including superhuman powers
like telepathy, time travel, flight, invisibility, the ability to walk
through walls, to heal, and to paint the future, among others. These
“superheroes,” one by one, come to realize that they each have a
particular role to play in preventing a catastrophe and “saving the
world.” It is science fiction, to be sure. But this concept is not
without precedence in the real world throughout history. The Catholic
Church has had its own “heroes” – like the Cure d’Ars, Padre Pio,
Joseph of Cupertino and Mother Teresa of Calcutta--who were, at least
through parts of their lives, blessed with “supernatural powers.” The
Church calls them “mystical phenomena,” and those saints who have
wielded these inexplicable powers understood their role in advancing
the kingdom of God.
Though the modern world is fascinated by the idea of men and women
possessing unique superhuman powers, as evidenced by the huge success
of Heroes and movies like Spiderman and Unbreakable , the modern world
has little room to accommodate the idea of mystical phenomena,
especially in connection with religious concepts like evil and
holiness, blessings and curses. Even in a time when belief in UFOs,
Elvis sightings, and animated gnomes is on the increase, most people
remain highly skeptical of any claims of mystical phenomena in the
lives of the saints. They believe these claims are in the realm of
myth, even though numerous examples of mystical phenomenon have been
studied and examined by modern scientific methods.
It is instructive to note that the Catholic Church has always
approached claims of mystical phenomena with a healthy dose of
skepticism. By design, Church officials throughout history have not
accepted at face value any phenomenon which purports to be from God.
The Church carefully weighs all the circumstances, evidence and
personalities of those connected with the phenomenon to determine
whether or not there is any possibility of either a natural explanation
or a psychological explanation such as hysteria, schizophrenia, or some
other form of insanity. The Church also attempts to determine whether
or not there is the possibility of fraud or demonic activity, both of
which are not uncommon.
If, after all, the facts and evidence of a particular mystical
phenomenon lend themselves to God’s supernatural intervention, then the
Church will accept a particular phenomenon as having no other
explanation than the supernatural. In many cases, especially with
phenomena that are specifically connected with manifestations of
holiness, the Church waits until after the person dies to determine
that the phenomena associated with them were truly manifestations of
their heroic virtue and holiness. Then and only then will the Church
confirm that a particular phenomenon, even when witnessed by hundreds
of people, was truly from God.
Here are just a few examples of the mystical phenomena exhibited by the
saints throughout the ages:
The suspension of the human body in the air without aid of outside
physical forces is known as levitation. There are many accounts of the
saints being lifted up during prayer or during the Holy Sacrifice of
the Mass. This has been witnessed by hundreds of people at a time. One
of the most famous cases of a saint levitating is that of St. Joseph of
Cupertino (d. 1663), an Italian Franciscan Friar who seemed to fly all
over the place. He would rise not rise just a few inches but would
actually be suspended in the air 18 to 35 feet and remain suspended in
this ecstatic manner for fifteen minutes to as long as six hours at a
time. Because of his many flights of ecstatic levitations, St. Joseph
is the patron of airplane passengers.
There are a number of documented saints who have stopped eating any
food whatsoever and lived on the Blessed Sacrament alone --not for days
or weeks or even months, but for years and decades. Many of those given
the gift of stigmata (bearing the wounds of Christ) also exhibit the
phenomenon of Eucharistic fasting. The bed-ridden Theresa Neumann in
our own day was a good example. She abstained from all food and liquid,
except for one small Eucharistic host a day, after receiving a
miraculous healing from paralysis while praying to St.
Thérèse of Lisieux. She lived thirty-nine years, until
she died in 1962, without any earthly sustenance.
One of the more unusual gifts of mystical phenomena is the ability to
smell the stench of sin when coming into contact with someone in the
state of mortal sin. It can be a very terrible thing which in some
cases has caused not only uncontrollable vomiting by the saint but even
passing out because the stench is so overwhelming to him. St. Philip
Neri was known for this ability and its side-effects. In his Life of
Hilarton , St. Jerome says that St. Hilarion had the gift of knowing
what sins or vices anyone was inclined to by simply smelling either the
person or his garments.
The odor of sanctity
It has been reported in many cases, especially of those who have been
given the stigmata, that an overwhelmingly beautiful and “heavenly”
perfume seems to exude from the bodies of some saints, both living and
dead. Often described like roses or delicate flowers, it seems to
permeate everything around them. This happened quite frequently with
St. Theresa of Avila. Her body threw off this scent even after her
death in 1582. When her body was exhumed during the canonization
process the odor of perfume coming from her incorrupt body was so
strong that it permeated the room and everything in it for three days.
All will agree that “being in two places at once” is physically
impossible. That’s what makes bilocation another mystical phenomena
that has been granted to certain saints. This is one of the many gifts
attributed to Padre Pio, and is corroborated by witnesses all over the
world. Among the most remarkable incidents was Padre Pio’s appearance
in the air over the city San Giovanni Rotondo during World War II. As
American bombers were preparing unload their munitions on the
Nazi-occupied city, Padre Pio appeared before their aircraft, and
attempts to drop the bombs failed.
There are many more different authentic mystical phenomena that
reflect, in this world, properties of the resurrected body in the world
to come such as the faculty of distinguishing between holy and profane
objects or between priests and laymen, the reading of hearts, the gift
of prophecy, the gift of healing, glossolalia, and even the ability to
walk on water, to name but a few. The saints blessed with these
supernatural abilities were all heroes in another sense, too. Not only
did they willingly participate with the will of God, they also
exhibited heroic virtue-- in one way or another. In some cases,
observers believe that their heroic acts of virtue led to the mystical
phenomenon and not vice versa.
Perhaps the most hopeful bit of all this is that, even though most of
us will not be able to bilocate, levitate, or (Heaven forbid) smell the
stench of sin, we all have the opportunity to take hold of virtue and
practice that virtue in a heroic way. We can, in a matter of speaking,
play our part in advancing the Kingdom of God and, help “save the
Michael S. Rose is author of several books including Benedict XVI: The
Man Who Was Ratzinger and Goodbye Goodmen .
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WHAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW -
Finnish Researchers Obtain
Pictures published in UFO magazine claimed to be taken by authorities.
Images published by the Finnish UFO Research Association FUFORA have
lead to an internal investigation at the Guard Service.
The infrared video images, which according to FUFORA depict
unidentified flying objects, were published in an issue of the Ultra
magazine and on the FUFORA Internet pages, as well as in the
association’s publication Uforaportti 13 (UFO Report 13). The images
are claimed to have been filmed by the authorities.
According to the Gulf of Finland Coast Guard Commander Marko Tuominen,
however, no images have been officially issued by the authorities for
the use by the press.
The pictures were already published in April 2006, but they only became
an issue within the Border Guard Service at the beginning of May this
year, after an inquiry by a private citizen.
"Similar [IR imaging] equipment is in use by other instances as well,
and therefore this first went unnoticed", head of unit Juha-Mikko
The Border Guard Staff is looking into whether an employee has misused
official monitoring equipment and images and thus rendered himself
guilty of malfeasance. According to Tuominen, the texts accompanying
the published images claim that the official who handed over the images
was employed by the Coast Guard. "The actual content of the images we
have no need or ability to evaluate", said Marko Tuominen.
Superintendent Pihla Keto from the Coast Guard Staff explains that a
clarification on the matter has been ordered, after which, if need be,
an examination will take place. "If there is a question, the question
is whether an employee has committed some wrongdoing."
FUFORA has no intention of revealing the identity of the person who
handed over the infrared images.
The chairman of the organisation Tapani Koivula says it was agreed with
the person who handed over the images that they could be made public
once the individual had retired. "His only objective was to find out
what the images were portraying."
According to Koivula, FUFORA was not aware of who knew about the
handing over the pictures at the time it took place. "We felt this
matter was the responsibility of the individual who handed them over to
Source: Suomen Ufotutkijat
IN SEARCH OF THE HOLY GRAIL DEPARTMENT -
The Nanteos Cup
One of the most interesting facets of Grail lore is the number of cups
that exist that lay claim to being the Holy Grail. I can think of at
least a dozen different cups and dishes that are in existence now that
lay claim to the mantel of the Grail. Lore of these different objects
is as varied as theories of the Grail itself. The Antioch Chalice even
was exhibited at the 1933 World’s Fair as the true Grail. Of these
Grail contenders, the Nanteos Cup has generated as fair a claim to the
cup used at the Last Supper as any other. As the cup exists today, it
is a chipped olive wood bowl that measures five inches in diameter and
two and a half inches tall. The following is a history of the cup and
its lore. The legend of the Nanteos Cup begins during the reign of King
Henry VIII. In the late 1520’s, Henry began making steps to separate
England from the spiritual authority of the Catholic Church. The
disagreement between the Church and King centered round Henry’s desire
to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragorn. The Pope opposed Henry’s
request for both dogmatic and political reasons.
In 1533, Henry took matters into his own hands and secretly married the
pregnant Boleyn. Parliament then passed an act that dissolved Papal
authority in England. The Parliament’s actions annulled Henry’s
marriage and made Henry as the spiritual leader of the newly formed
Church of England. The doctrine of the Church of England was the nearly
identical to Catholic doctrine with the exception of the Pope’s
absolute authority in matter of faith. By 1536, all public and
ecclesiastical officials had to publicly denounce the authority of Rome
in accordance with the Reformation Parliaments acts.
To Henry, the Catholic Abbeys and Monasteries represented pockets of
resistance to his reign. Pragmatically, they also represented a stream
of income to the crown. Most Abbeys had large tracks of farmable land
and other material assets that could be put to the King’s use. At the
King’s request, Thomas Cromwell organized groups of commissioners to
ferret out those still loyal to the Catholic Church. These
commissioners were task with also seizing assets of any Catholics they
It is during this back drop that the Nanteos Cup legend surfaces. In
1539, the King’s commissioners were sent to check on the Abbey of
Glastonbury. The Abbot of Glastonbury had evidently never denounced
Papal authority. Some loyal Catholic had tipped the Abbot off that the
commissioners were in the area. Upon hearing this, the Abbot made plans
to hide the Abbey’s most prized possession. Along with what ever gold
and silver wares the Abbey possessed, an olive wood cup measuring about
five by three inches was hidden. The legend states that the Abbot
accompanied the monks and barely escaped the commissioner’s ravages of
The monks then fled to the Abbey Strata Florida in Cardiganshire At the
Abbey, the monks found momentary refuge. While there, the monks hid
their treasure under a loose floor board in the Abbey’s main chapel. It
wasn’t long before the commissioners picked up the monk’s trail. For a
second time, the former Glastonbury Monks were informed that their
position was in jeopardy. The group of seven could not go to ground
forever. They had to find a patron to shield them from the King’s
agents or leave the country.
The monks then made contact with the Powell family. It was also rumored
that the Powell family was partners with the neighboring Stedman family
in a rather extensive smuggling operation. There was said to be a
tunnel running nearly a mile from the coast to the Powell’s manor. The
local tavern talk was that the Powell’s loyalties to the King were
bought with bribes to the local magistrates. Possibly it was the
smuggler nature to turn a profit or secret Catholic ties that connected
Lord Powell with the monks. For whatever reason Powell’s decisions, the
seven monks were directed to flee to the Powell estate of Nanteos.
When the monks reached Nanteos, the terms of their safe haven was
struck with Lord Powell. In exchange for sanctuary, the Abbot would
become personal chaplain to the family and the remaining monks would
become servants around the estate. Lord Powell agreed and let the monks
remain at the estate for as long as they liked. This arraignment went
along for years. The monks lived their days with little difference than
they had at Glastonbury. The only exception being, hiding in the costal
tunnel when prying eyes came to the estate. The monks kept their part
of the bargain for a number of years. All the while, keeping the secret
of the cup they had spirited away from Glastonbury.
The ravages of age or disease began taking their toll on the monks,
until only one remained. On his death bed, the lone Glastonbury monk
called for Lord Powell. It was there he entrusted Powell with the olive
wood cup and it’s secret. Lord Powell was told that this was the cup
used at the Last Supper. It had been brought to Brittan by Joseph of
Arimathea after the crucifixion. It must have been with some
trepidation he took the cup from the dying monk. Viewing what he had
been told was the Holy Grail. The monk charged the Powell Family to
guard the cup, until the “Church shall claim her own.”
Lord Powell must have taken his charge seriously, because it stayed in
the family for nearly 400 years.
In 1739, the Nanteos House was rebuilt by Thomas Powell. The cup was
housed in a glass container of an upstairs room. Visitors to Nanteos
were even told the generations old tale of how this cup came into the
family’s possession. The cup stayed there for another 200 years,
attracting pilgrims hoping to receive miraculous healing from the cup.
Water that had rested in the cup was sent to serious ill friends and
family members all over the world. Richard Wagner made a trip to
Nanteos in 1855 to see the cup while writing Parsifal, at the
invitation of George Powell. George recounted tales of the cup’s
healing powers to Wagner. It even convinced Tom Mac Donald of Western
Mail and South Wales News to write an article on the cup. On 5 July
1934, he recounted the story of an 80 year old man who was healed of
some unnamed sickness after drinking from the cup.
The pilgrims that traveled to Nanteos House to drink from the cup have
taken a physical toll on the artifact. Those desperate enough to
receive the blessings of the cup took to taking bites out of it. Hoping
that by ingesting some of the cup, they would be made well again. At
some point after the 1934 article was written, a silver ring was placed
around the rim to hold the cup’s cracked pieces together. Some say that
it was then the miraculous benefits of the cup ceased.
When the last of the Powell family passed away in 1952, the Nanteos
House was sold to the Mirylees family. The Mirylees were somewhat
private about the cup. They no longer publicizing the fact they were
the owners of the “Holy Grail”. The family did allow a few interviews
regarding the cup. One was a 1997 BBC Television documentary and
another was an interview granted to the Martinist Review in 1959. In
the Martinist Review article, Marjory Mirylees hinted that the cup was
still being used to some extent to heal the sick. She also mentioned
that sometimes the water that was poured in the remaining portion of
the cup turned a yellowish color, and tasted almost like wine. Mrs.
Mirylees also assured the reporters that experts had told her the wood
had absolutely nothing to do with the color change.
The Mirylees have moved from Nanteos House. The once proud House has
turned into a run down bed and breakfast. Choosing to preserve both the
cup and their privacy they moved to Herefordshire and deposited this
contender for the true Grail in a Lloyd’s Bank safety deposit box. The
only time the Nanteos Cup has been displayed was in 2001, at the
launching of a book Nanteos and their Families. At that time, Mrs.
Mirylees said that she still sends water out from the cup to heal those
with life threatening illnesses.
The veracity of these claims have been put in question by Welsh
historian Juliet Woods. Woods article Healing Cup of Nanteos, Dyfed –
Is the Holy Grail in Wales? theorizes that the Nanteos Cup is a common
Mazer bowl made of witch elm. However Wood’s evidence to this claim in
the article is simply theory. She never mentions examining the cup.
Wood’s also knocks the legends saying that there are no connections
that can be made by the monks at Strata Florida and the Stedman/Powell
family. But given the circumstances of the monks’ flight, why would
there be any records?
So is the Nanteos Cup the cup used at the Last Supper? That’s for you
to decide. Other cups make similar claims with equal veracity. In the
end, it’s up to each of us to find out what the truth of the Grail is
for him/her self.
Brian Kannard is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason that lives in
Nashville, Tennessee. His keen interest in topics on the Holy Grail,
the Knights Templar, and Freemasonry are also chronicled his blog Grail
Seekers. Brian can be contacted here at Unexplained Mysteries under the
user name of Grail Seekers.
Source: Unexplained Mysteries/Brian Kannard
MOON MADNESS DEPARTMENT -
More Violence During Full
Moons, Say Police
A full moon doesn't just encourage werewolves. It also brings out the
worst in the Great British Hooligan, police have discovered.
Cases of anti- social behaviour rose noticeably on the brightest
nights, according to a study by the Sussex force.
"There is definitely a trend," said Inspector Andy Parr, who is
responsible for patrols in Brighton at weekends. "With each full moon
the number of disturbances recorded increased significantly."
The force is now preparing to put extra officers on the streets during
full moons in a bid to curb unruly behaviour.
Inspector Parr, who led the study, said its findings are too striking
to dismiss as coincidence.
He compared the number of violent crimes recorded in the region last
year with the date of each full moon and discovered a distinct
"I'm aware that this is just one of many things that can influence
public disorder but if you speak to ambulance staff they will tell you
exactly the same," he said.
"It may be dismissed as an old wives' tale but there's plenty of other
research to suggest that the moon has an impact on human behavioural
"Last weekend we had a full moon and it was busier in Brighton than it
has been previously."
This is not the first time that a link between full moons and extremes
in human behaviour has been identified. A study published by German
scientists in 2000 claimed the full also sparked a rise in binge
They checked the police arrest reports and blood-alcohol tests of
16,495 offenders. Most of those with an excess of 2ml of alcohol per
100ml of blood - drunk, under German law - had been caught during the
five-day full moon cycle.
Another study, published in 1998, discovered a rise in violent
incidents among the 1,200 inmates at Armley Jail in Leeds during the
days either side of a full moon.
During the first and last quarter of each lunar month there was a
marked increase in aggressive incidents. But during the other period of
every lunar month, there were far fewer incidents and none at all on
The Daily Mail's astrologer Jonathan Cainer said Inspector Parr had
shown "great courage" by publicly making the link between anti- social
behaviour and a full moon.
"Privately it's not just the police who acknowledge that more dramatic
things happen around the full moon," he said.
"The fire brigade and ambulance service will both say exactly the same.
"The ocean tides rise and fall with the moon and so do the tides of
human emotion. At new moon our inner seas are deep but still.
"At full moon it is as if they are being furiously whipped up by a
wind. Full moon aggression can, however, be turned into motivation.
That's why many people achieve more during a full moon.
"But the reason why we have the word "lunatic" is because people
famously go crazy when the moon is full. So, now that we have official
confirmation of how a full moon can provoke violent crime, the only
solution is to give the moon an Asbo.
"It's clearly inciting people to disobey the law and behave in a
Source: Daily Mail
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