Regular readers here know of my persisting suspicions about the Baghdad Museum Looting, and that there is something wrong with the story. My hypothesis has been roughly as follows: While US soldiers were allegedly seen entering, and leaving the Museum with crates in tow, speculations abounded it was an "inside job" and that the USA was behind it, as the robbers apparently knew their way around the museum, and exactly where to go. Subsequent official US led recovery efforts supposedly recovered most of the art objects and returned them to Iraq. Such was the story first broken, incidentally, by Germany's Der Spiegel, and subsequently by US Marine Col. Bogdanovich in his book recounting the recovery operation. I have suggested, however, that anyone could dress up in American uniforms and loot the museum, and that it may have been some independent group, or some other nation, trying to pin the blame on the USA. I have pointed out that the field catalogues of archaeological digs were being kept by the German and French teams the Hussein regime had in Iraq digging up the country for him. One crucial aspect of the story that continues to be an unresolved "dangling thread" is the alleged theft of thousands of untranslated cuneiform tablets, some of which allegedly ended up in Spain, and which Spain, for whatever reason, is refusing to return to Iraq.

That, at least, is the story as far as it has evolved to date, and even then, the sources for these various points remain dubious and suspect, being based on relatively obscure and uncorroborated internet stories (which are themselves difficult to track down).

Then, more recently, of course, we have heard the stories of ISIS destroying ancient sites in Iraq and Syria for their "idolatry," a story which itself raises suspicion meters into the red zone, for the Islamic world was present for centuries around these sites, and left them untampered with. Some Islamic scholars even investiated them, and did so with a view to provide perspectives on their own esoetric traditions. So why the sudden change?

One clue might be provided by this article, shared by Mr. T.L.:

Islamic State isn’t just destroying ancient artifacts — it’s selling them

Consider this:

Islamic State militants have provoked a global outcry by attacking ancient monuments with jackhammers and bulldozers. But they also have been quietly selling off smaller antiquities from Iraq and Syria, earning millions of dollars in an increasingly organized pillaging of national treasures, according to officials and experts.

The Islamic State has defended its destruction of cultural artifacts by saying they are idolatrous and represent pre-Islamic cultures. Behind the scenes, though, the group’s looting has become so systematic that the Islamic State has incorporated the practice into the structure of its self-
declared caliphate, granting ­licenses for digging at historic sites through a department of “precious resources.”

One recalls the first appearance of stories of the destruction of ancient artifacts by ISIS, and almost immediately there were suspicions that circulated on the internet that the artifacts that were allegedly destroyed were not genuine at all, but fake. Now The Washington Post is reporting that the sale of antiquities on the black market is being used as a source of funding.

So here comes the high octane speculation: suppose one wanted to mount a covert operation to recover certain antiquities, for whatever reason. How would one guarantee the success of such an operation? First, one does not look for antiquities that are allegedly destroyed, so one "theatrically destroys" a facsimile, and sells (or steals) the genuine item. Secondly, in order to deprive the Islamic world of its own possession and exploration of such antiquities, one would create an "Islamic" cult of a radical nature, denouncing them as idolatry (and hence off limits).

Why go to all the trouble? I suspect most readers here have guessed at my answer: if one is looking for information about possible hidden and ancient technologies, one would want to restrict access to it as much as possible. Eerily, the actions of ISIS seem to fit the requirements to an extraordinary degree. Just as one does not look for people supposedly dead, similarly one does not attempt to recovery an antiquity supposedly destroyed.

See you on the flip side...

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. Sandygirl on June 17, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Or could be an Anunnaki Stargate is located in Iraq.

  2. Robert Barricklow on June 16, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    No doubt, what they’ve found before, has whetted their appetite BIG TIME!; spurring them on – like there’s no tomorrow.

  3. DownunderET on June 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    It would be an “oops” moment if “somebody” just happened to dig up the “tablets of destiny” wouldn’t it. As Joseph has said many times, we only know what we can read or dig up, so the digging up part is a biggee. There must be a monumental amount of artifacts that are still buried around the world, and I’ll bet a lot of them have a very different tale to tell Vs what the elites have told us. It will only take one small item to turn this world on it’s ear, the sooner the better I say.

  4. marcos toledo on June 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

    This has been spreading worldwide for about at least a millennium and a half. The Library Of Alexandria to the ongoing destruction of the artifacts and human remains throughout the Americas. The cultural destruction during the Cultural Revolution in China and lets not forget Europe the trash job continues there too just witness Western academics put down of pyramids and other archaeological sites in Eastern Europe. He Who controls the Past controls the Future. He Who controls the Present controls the Past Eric Blair under the pen name George Orwell.

  5. loisg on June 16, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I completely agree with your analysis of the situation, but I keep wondering, why Spain?
    I know that you traced the nazis after the war into the Middle East and the Muslim brotherhood and I’m wondering how much control they have of ISIS, or if that’s just a front for their activities, much like the Muslim brotherhood was. If so, then why would they be selling this stuff, or are they just selling what isn’t part of the ancient knowledge they are looking for? And again, why Spain, what do they have to do with all this, or are they more connected to that network than we are led to believe, or is it just a matter of laundering through that channel?

    • marcos toledo on June 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

      loisg guess the first place the loot of the Aztecs, Mayans, Incas went Spain. They seem to have become the hub along with France, England and possible Germany this include Western and Central Asia North Africa and Africa in general as looting sites.

      • loisg on June 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm

        Yes, I can totally understand Spain looting the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas, that was when Spain was powerful. And I can understand Germany and France now, as they’ve been digging there for some time and have lots of associations with wanting that stuff. I can even understand England’s desire for the relics. But Spain doesn’t seem to be on a par presently with those other players you mention, so either I’m really missing something here or there’s more going on behind the scenes. It’s the fact that they are refusing to relinquish the artifacts that has me puzzled, they want them for themselves, so who is it in Spain that wants these things so badly?

        • Robert Barricklow on June 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm

          Perhaps Spain i9s a red herring?

          • marcos toledo on June 16, 2015 at 8:03 pm

            Does the name Otto Skorzeny ring a bell in Spain. Bormann and Hitler in South America NAZI International headquarters.

  6. basta on June 16, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Well, first thing to consider is that ISIS is Al SeeEyeAye-Duh 2.0, another massive PsyOp funded and armed by all the usual ME suspects to finally oust Assad from Syria, give Israel its Lebensraum and above all get that pipeline built.

    The US airdrops supplies and conveniently leaves material from Iraqi units ordered to cut and run, supply lines are run through Turkey (which was exposed by RT), and of course the whole thing is funded and organized by those partners in crime, duplicity and mayhem, the Saudis and the Israelis.

    Of course the whole ISIS = Boogeyman-Under-Your-Bed hysteria being whipped up through the Mighty Wurlitzer of the MSM is just that; look at the slick videos, the slick ISIS magazine whipped up by the boys in Tel Aviv and the supposed global reach of this barely 2-year-old terrorist network, now supposedly threatening the southern US through Mexico and with claimed nuclear/dirty bomb capabilities.

    Huh? Wait just a minute! Hold the propaganda onslaught there partner and back up a bit: Just who IS paying for all this???

    As I see it, the three-letter-boys have pulled out all the stops on this one and have jumped the shark with the propaganda. They are working on overdrive to make ISIS into the biggest and most terrifying terrorist straw man ever to be foisted on the world yet. So heck, let’s throw in cultural plunder along with green-screen beheadings and auto-da-fes — these brown people are pure evil and must be stopped! Be afraid! Be very afraid!

    • Guygrr on June 16, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Oh it is certainly the three letter boys behind this one. You’d think the NSA would have the ability to shut down ISIS’s social networks and propaganda garbage.

      Given the weird military preparation stuff going on in Texas and the drummed up ISIS threats, I worry that we might be seeing a false flag attack/marshal law experiment on the horizon.

    • Don B on June 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      That’s been pretty much my thoughts all along, also.

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