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Well, it was to be expected, sooner or later, and many people brought this story to my attention (thanks to all of you). And since this is a story we've been following here, it's only appropriate to throw in my two cents' worth of high octane speculation. The story? Commander Bryce Benson, captain of the USS Fitzgerald, and Commander Alfredo Sanchez, captain of the USS John McCain, are facing courts martial, and rather stiff charges of negligent homicide, dereliction of duty, and hazarding a vessel:

Former Fitzgerald, McCain COs Face Negligent Homicide, Dereliction of Duty Charges Over Fatal Collisions

US Navy To Charge Ex-Destroyer Commanders With Negligent Homicide Over Deadly Collisions (Updated)

In other words, the US Navy is going for the "incompetence and dereliction" explanation of the McCain and Fitzgerald incidents.

But there are problems, as anyone following these stories will recall, and I have blogged about them previously on this site. In the Fitzgerald incident, there are indications that there were systems failures, and perhaps even crew confusion (mind manipulation?).  More recently, as I have blogged before, there have been ship collisions between a Russian and a Sierra Leonese ship, and a Chinese and Iranian ship, and these stories came after articles about global positioning "spoofing" cyber warfare technologies emerged. And then, of course, there was the story of the missing seaman Mims, who was reported missing, and then subsequently discovered on his ship.

If one adds all these things together, an intriguing speculative picture emerges, encompassing not only incompetence, but much more sinister possibilities behind these events. Now, I don't for a moment rule out the incompetence explanation as at least part of the possible explanation for some of these events. After all, American culture is in a downward spiral of narcissism and galloping stupidity, and this can only effect operational readiness and efficiency of the American military negatively, as the Mims incident indicates.

But this does not, in my opinion, explain the odd details that emerged during the Fitzgerald incident. Missing from virtually all "explanations" of that incident are what, precisely, was happening on the bridges of the commercial ships doing the ramming? About this we've been told exactly nothing. One can, for example, go on YouTube and watch videos of ship collisions, and in some cases, these are clearly deliberate acts as one ship will turn suddenly and inexplicably, and literally ram another. Yet, with these incidents, we're told nothing. It's as if the US Navy is in a rush to repeat the scapegoating of the captains Admiral Kimmel-style, who was blamed for the Pearl Harbor disaster, when he had tried repeatedly to warn Washington about the dangers to the fleetand the lack of adequate long-range reconnaissance.

Or... is the Navy really doing that? I suspect not, since courts martial will allow the captains to present evidence in court that could mitigate the circumstances or exonerate them. And for that, information about the ramming ships, and the states of their own systems and crews, will be crucial.

Why do I mention that? Because the possibility exists, given the strange details that surrounded the first reporting of the Fitzgerald incident, that some of those courts martial might have to take place in closed session, for reasons of "national security." If that happens, then the possibilities of exotic electromagnetic warfare, or mind manipulation technologies, as I first speculated on these incidents, cannot be ruled out, and as I reported subsequently, neither can global positioning spoofing cyber warfare capabilities. Only incompetence will remain as a public explanation. And a lot will be said by what sorts of punishments, if any, are meted out on specific charges.

In short, the story isn't over, and if my high octane speculation about all of these incidents is correct, that we are watching some sort of covert war at sea, then the story is only beginning.

See you on the flips side...



  1. The trials will be embarrassing, certainly [but for who?], but if I were one of these captains I wouldn’t sweat it; no one in the US gubmint has been held responsible for anything in living memory. They sure aren’t going to set a bad precedent now.

  2. Those Captains are about to become ‘sacrificial goats’, similar to after Pearl Harbor:

    Atlantic magazine (July 1948):
    “Pearl Harbor in Retrospect”, by Sherman Miles (page 3)

    “The last twenty-four hours in Washington before the bombs fell have come in for much scrutiny. Why did the President, with most of the Japanese final answer before him, conclude that it meant war and then, after a fitful attempt to reach Admiral Stark by telephone, quietly go to bed? Why was he in seclusion the following morning? Why was no action taken on the Japanese reply by the Secretaries of State, War, and Navy when they met on that Sunday morning? Why did they not consult the President, or he send for them? Where was everybody…”

    — and —

    “Reassessing the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom” (2001), by John V. Denson (p.510)

    “The transcript of the Joint Congressional Committee hearings in 1945-1946 shows that General Marshall testified he had been riding his horse during the early morning hours of December 7, and that he did not arrive at his office until about 11: A.M. at which time he was given the complete, fourteen-part message by two of his most senior intelligence officers, Brigadier General Sherman Miles and Colonel Rufus Bratton. Marshall also had a scrambler on his desk that would have allowed him to make a direct call to General Short [in Hawaii], but instead of making the call he slowly and deliberately read through the message while both Miles and Bratton frantically tried to tell him about the crucial delivery message and the time limitation of 1:00 P.M. Washington time. Finally, with the office clock showing nearly noon, Marshall wrote out a warning message in pencil in nearly illegible handwriting and then told Miles and Bratton that the message was to be sent to Admiral Kimmel [in Hawaii] on a nonpriority basis. The message, therefore, went by normal Western Union telegram and arrived at Kimmel’s office after the attack had occurred. General Marshall then returned the call to Admiral Stark, who had been waiting for about two hours to talk to him.”

    “Admiral J.O. Richardson, the original commander at Pearl Harbor who was relieved by Roosevelt, wrote his memoirs in 1956 but delayed publication until 1973, a year after his friend Admiral Stark died and a year before Richardson’s own death.”

    “He gave his opinion that Stark and Marshall were under orders from President Roosevelt not to warn Kimmel and Short. Elsewhere Richardson has written:

    ‘I am impelled to believe that sometime prior to December 7, the President had directed that only Marshall could send any warning message to the Hawaiian area. I do not know this to be a fact and I cannot prove it. I believe this because of my knowledge of Stark and the fact that his means of communications with Kimmel were equal to, if not superior to those available to Marshall for communication with Short. He made no effort to warn Kimmel on the morning of December 7, but referred the matter to Marshall.’ ”

    (One suspects a deeper ‘plot’ in the case of the collisions with the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John McCain. Like Kimmel and Short, Benson and Sanchez are to be ruined in the name of ‘deep state politics’…)

    1. if my read sources are correct Kimmel and Short were dead (well that, too, but that came later) against moving the main base of the Pacific fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, not only because of the shallowness/narrowness of the harbor but because of the hills to the north preventing any kind of vision if a surprise attack came from that direction;

      after their courtmartialing and subsequently being found guilty due to being “asleep at the switch,” both men supposedly committed suicide…

      Larry in Germany

  3. In both collisions, the USS McCain and the USS Fitzgerald were the ships that were struck. They did not do the “hitting”. If the depictions of the paths taken by the ships are to be believed, the Crystal actually changed course as it approached the US ship, taking it more directly at the Naval vessel. In the case of the USS McCain, it was the Naval vessel that turned into the path of the merchant ship Alnic where it was struck by that ship. The Alnic captain claims to have blinked its lights in warning. It is unclear if the Crystal gave any warning. The two naval ships seem to have given no warnings. I have heard the warning horn sounds of merchant ships all night from living in San Francsico where ships maneuver entering and leaving the Bay. Yet no mention is made of even one of these four ships sounding their horn. This makes no sense. If the Alnic Captain was aware enough to blink his lights, surely he would hit that horn too. At least some officers on the Fitzgerald saw the collision approaching. But they did not sound their horn either. Can this all be written off to incompetence? Is there a seaman subscriber who can explain this?

  4. If there was some sort of electronic “interference”, then obviously they want to keep it secret. So what happens, the poor captains get it in the a**. This is the establishment keeping the truth hidden. The once great USA has descended into a country that is now in a state of chaos, and the rest of the world are laughing at it.

  5. There exists a strong possibility Chinese manufactured IC’s allowed back door commands to be executed affecting those ships’ critical systems. Having an “International MIC” has serious consequences. Where they don’t care who’s being shot. Just as long as they can sell more arms and equipment is the only goal.. I’m sure there are very expensive retrofits on the drawing board.

  6. Never know when the High & Mighty Scum of the Earth will demand those of honor to fall on their swords.
    All this kabuki theatre is being played-out to keep those pesky truths from seeing the light of day.

  7. There can never be democracy on board a ship, only supreme patriarchy. When in dire straits, one man and one safety rule applies.

    Nations are like vessels, and when they are beheaded by democracy, they sink, and Odysseus will never return, when lost at sea.

    Also the smallest boat, called family, sinks, when the man of the house is beheaded by feminist sirens. Keelhauling is justified.

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