Mr. S.D. shared this article with me, and it's concerning a story that we've been tracking here - as occasion arises - for the last three to five years. The story is the looting of antiquities from Iraq during the West's military interventions, beginning with the 1991 Gulf War, and culminating in the now infamous looting of the Baghdad Museum in the Bush II invasion of Iraq. (See the following stories on this site:

The Baghdad Museum Looting: Some More Thoughts;

Looting the Tablets)

The gist of my concerns ever since hearing of the Baghdad Museum looting, and the return of the stolen objects of art, was that the operation had all the hallmarks of an "inside job." This much everyone is basically agreed upon, but where we part company is over who was ultimately the "perp", and what they were ultimately after. I have long maintained my own high octane speculation on this whole event, which may ultimately be summarized as follows:

  1. The "perpetrators" may not have been participants in any nation's "military-industrial" complex, but rather, representatives of private interests aiming to acquire ancient knowledge;
  2. As such, the real goal of the theft was not the artworks, most of which were recovered and returned to Iraq by Marine Col. Bogdonavich to the Iraqi government, but rather, a vast haul of cuneiform tablets unearthed during the Hussein regime, largely by French and German teams of archeologists that Saddam had been sponsoring.
  3. Thus, the theft of artworks was planned as a cover for the theft of cuneiform tablets (in my opinion the real goal) of the theft, and could have been done by just about anyone who had inside knowledge of what tablets may have been uncovered, which could just as easily have been French or Germans dressed in US uniforms, as anyone else.

Well, in partial confirmation of this high octane scenario, we now have "backhanded admission" that cuneiform tablets in their thousands were "somehow" spirited out of Iraq beginning in the First Gulf War and that they "somehow" ended up in the hands of private collectors and American universities:

Cornell to return 10,000 ancient tablets to Iraq

Granted, the tablets referred to here do not contain vast fonts of "ancient high knowledge," but rather the more mundane daily activities of ancient Mesopotamia. But there are a number of peculiarities about the article that raises as many questions as it answers:

  1. Granted that many thousands of artifacts and antiquities find their way to universities or private collectors via black marketeers and smugglers, who is at the beginning of this chain of activity? This is perhaps the crucial question, since in a military occupation, one can only presume the involvement of the occupying military in the chain of custody at some point, or a willingness on the part of that military to "look the other way";
  2. This possible or even perhaps probable involvement of occupying military in the chain of custody, or a "willingness to look the other direction," implies at some deep level, a policy in place to do so;
  3. Where are the inventories or catalogs of these tablets? Are there any summaries of their contents? If there are catalogs? Do the Iraqi government's catalogs square with those of universities, or other nations?

None of these questions, as far as I am aware, have ever been adequately addressed or answered. Indeed, there remains a suspicious pall of silence over even voicing them. That suggests that even the universities and academics involved in sifting antiquities may not know the whole story, and that, if such catalogs exist, they too may be in the possession of those anonymous figures at the beginning of the chain custody. In that respect, it is perhaps an intriguing clue that the article itself mentions that the investigation of the theft of the tablets fell under the purview of the Department of Homeland (In)Security, the Amerikan Reichssicherheithauptamt. In my opinion, that in itself raises many red flags, rather like having the fox investigate the raid on the chicken coup.

See you on the flip side.


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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. simonjester on November 11, 2013 at 9:47 am

    They probably kept the good stuff and are returning the ones with the “mundane daily activities.”

  2. LSM on November 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    “and the return of the stolen objects of art”- what, return?!- assuming this report contains truth-

    now I have a really stupid question (and I mean stupid): if the original bounty was that valuable to begin with why would one want to suddenly have a change of heart (since when do thieves have an conscience?) and return the original items to the point of origin of theft?- this makes no sense to me whatsoever- unless the returned items are falsifications of the originals- but then even IF they are falsifications of the originals, I hardly doubt any astute archeologist (or have the experienced ones been removed and replaced by rookies?) can’t at least suspect “an anomaly”


  3. DownunderET on November 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve always thought the “full story” about the Anunnaki has yet to be told. I do believe that they shoehorned us by genetic manipulation into existence. I mean the other two ideas of us evolving from apes or some guy in a book making us is ridiculous to anyone with half a brain.

    We know the story by the translations of Samuel Noah Kramer and Stephanie Daley and others, but the quantity of tablets that have been translated is small compared to the total number of tablets that have been found.

    Another weird thing about the Anunnaki is that if they could fly around the solar system in space craft, why are they sometimes depicted wearing swords?

    There is something very dark about the Anunnaki and I just cant put my finger on it, but there are people who share my view, if the tablets are on the “wanted list” by elites then you have to ask yourself the same question, WHY?

    As Joseph has indicated on many occasions, these tablets may hold the ultimate information which has been hidden form us, this information may hold the key, as in the Hermetica, to the science of the physical medium, and that information is the key to everything.

  4. nobodyouwantoknow on November 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Return my looted artifacts ? NO WAY ! I waited decades for the opportunity and the moment, I was in the first team through the door, and I went straight to the basement, to Case # BB3346. There I found the treasure, my Precious! Now I travel between the dimensions, riding on the back of my own Djinn, terrorizing all and sundry in my path, looting and pillaging ! I rule ! Ha ha ha ! You want it ? Come and get it !

  5. marcos toledo on November 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Could our elites also be afraid of the social information contained in these cuneiform tablets. At the beginning of the article it mention that a Sumerian princess retain power after the death of her spouse in light of all the anti women rights legislation being pass in the USA that might be another reason besides technological information the tablets were stolen.

  6. Jon on November 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I noticed that the article was a bit fast and loose with numbers. At first they say 10,000 tablets, then later say 1,679 tablets.

    The article was obviously focused on academia, not on the larger case of all the missing tablets.

    They also say 150,000 tablets a year were being looted, but they didn’t say for how many years. If this started as early as 2000, we could be talking potentially millions of tablets.

    And whatever happened to the hundreds of thousands of tablets admitted to be in Spain?

    10,000 out of at least 500,000 or a million sounds more like interest payment than principle . . . a tidbit of less important items to provide a smokescreen to critics of the “attempts” to locate and return the tablets.

    I bet there are a bunch of very busy scholars in nice, dark programs just studying their little heads off. I can visualize rooms full of 3D scanners just chugging away . . . .

    Makes me wonder about the death of a world-class Sumerian expert several years ago – perhaps he just went deep black? (Or maybe knew too much?)

    Then again, do they even need such scholars? The kind of information they are looking for would most likely be missed by mainstream academics. I’m sure that the folks behind such projects would have been recruiting bright students, or even having their own people educated enough to do the basic work necessary for the research in hidden information to move forward. Perhaps there are even computer AI programs to translate cuneiform.

  7. henry on November 10, 2013 at 8:05 am
    perhaps unrelated but to certain extent perhaps related news, the return of symbolic animal heads looted from the Old Summer Palace by Anglo-French forces during the opium wars early this year contrast sharply to the ‘political quarrel’ between France and China because of these looted relics back in the days when Nicolas Sarkozy was the French president.
    the return of looted relics from various parts of the world could be another sign the power of the Western oligarchy is waning.

  8. DanaThomas on November 10, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Looting by armies (& interested third parties) is something that never seems to change over the millenia. The Balkan wars of the 1990s apparently led to a a flood of artefacts having “uncertain provenance”, under the varied labels of Greco-Roman, “Scythian” and of course Byzantine. Then there are the archives…

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