By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

“Forces well outside any political system envisioned by the Founding Fathers control America, forces capable of side-stepping or overruling any elected official or any law, up to and including, even especially, the Constitution of the United States of America.”

A little over 2 weeks ago, John Wheeler III, former Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, a man whose Washington resume put him in contact with presidents, was found in the back of a garbage truck.  Two week later, there is no police investigation, no cause of death, no questions from the press, just silence, deafening silence.

Nothing is said of Wheelers career, a high profile Vietnam veteran, a man much admired, even loved.  Work, bio-chem warfare, nuclear programs, now totally blacked out.  All that remains is a moment or two of video, very inexplicable, Wheeler, the consummate disciplined professional drifting in what seems to be an LSD induced haze.  There, the curtain was drawn, the door was closed, no further cover story, no prepared lie, the “imagineers” responsible for such things caught off balance, this time at least.

John Wheeler was clearly, “The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Wheeler was also a “contractor,” part of the army of private citizens that now control everything that the Department of Homeland Security does not.  We call this “privatization.”


“Privatization,” another word for “parallelization” put control of most defense and intelligence functions into the hands of unaccountable “no-bid” private contractors, invariably politically partisan and many uniquely willing to engage in criminality on a level heretofore unimagined.

What the marriage between a private sector, tasked with the most sensitive functions of national security, those requiring the most oversight, those subject to the most hideous abuses and an administration no clearly longer in control of the reins of government, have done to the world is a disaster, unique even by 20th century standards.

The largest military power in the history of man would become a defacto mercenary force, virtually seizing Central Asia, pre-staging it for systematic enslavement, for stripping it of resources.  The economic model is amazing in scope.  $300 billion a year are spent in Afghanistan.  $200 billion of that is stolen.  The only result of America’s military action?  Destruction of the region, impoverishment of America and $65 billion in heroin production.

Wheeler’s death leads us down several avenues.  They twist, they turn, they interweave, but they all end up one place, one inexorable place, another factoid making up the mosaic, the pattern revealing the fact, now unavoidable to so many, that a secret government exists.  Government may be the wrong word, as “chaos” is hardly “government” and chaos is where that mosaic is taking us.  A senseless and almost childish alternative reality has been created by the press and pop culture, groups that Helen Thomas would tell us are one in the same.

Hiding behind a veil of secrecy, protected by Kafkaesque bureaucracies, one upon another, shielded by a total breakdown of societal responsibility, each sector, be it pubic education, finance, news and media, government and defense, each more complicit than the last, an overwhelming hunger for truth and a feeling of solidity, of “believability” has driven millions to follow conspiracy as the new religion.

Even that, itself, is now managed, Wikileaks and its “press partnerships,” the alternative media drowned in a cacophony of rubbish, co-opted, infiltrated, influenced and bought.


Since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, there have been continual whispers about a “shadow government” running the United States.  This cabal is said to have taken America into Vietnam, its most disastrous war and planned, with Israel,  the “false flag” USS Liberty attack in 1967 to push America into invading the Middle East.

The first undeniable public signs of a “shadow government” came to light under Reagan with Iran Contra, when a White House based group, selling  arms to our enemies, running drugs on a massive scale, was discovered.  Dozens of top officials were tried, convicted, some convictions were overturned on manufactured technicalities, others, including a Secretary of Defense, received presidential pardons.  The claim was “fighting communism in Central America.”  The truth, the communists left power after losing free elections, ones the communists, themselves held, while our “patriots,” the secret government, filled our cities with crack cocaine by the ton, lined their own pockets and built an organization that would later be used to rig elections and derail America’s freedoms.


Normally, the ‘shadow government’ is never spoken of.  We saw the hand of a shadow government when, then ‘first lady” Hillary Clinton talked about a “vast right wing conspiracy.” She was immediately crushed by the press for this and her attempt to break the stranglehold the pharmaceutical industry has on congress, one recently re-instituted with vigor.  It was the shadow government that unleashed Monica Lewinsky and later used private financing to impeach President Clinton.

Hillary, in an act of incredible bravery, had stepped on the real “third rail” of American power.  No, it isn’t the typical sacred cow, Israel.  Today we say that Carter was “anti-Israel” but it was Reagan that had the character to stand up to them, a power long disappeared from American politics.

Hillary threatened the pharmaceutical industry, then at the height of its influence.  Today, with up to 40% of America’s military forces on anti-psychotic medications, the dream of mind control and “MK Ultra” has been exceeded beyond any but the wildest imagination.  With typical “side effects” being suicidal ideation, chemical castration, tremors, delusion, loss of will, loss of judgement, loss of employability, generations of “zombies” walk, drive, stumble, many in a semi-dreamlike state, through America’s 21st century landscape.

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Censorship and secrecy are needed less and less and pharmacology and “dumbed down” public education takes its inevitable toll.


The “shadow government” gained form in 2000.  The Republican nomination was rigged, John McCain was crushed by manufactured scandals, all with one purpose, to put the team of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, cohorts since the Nixon years, into power.  The vehicle was the hapless dupe, George “W” Bush.

The 2000 election, rigged voting machines, a “strict construction” Supreme Court picking a president based on a “wildly liberal” interpretation of the constitutions “equal protection” theory, was the opening salvo in a war, the “globalists” against humanity.  Implementation of the agenda began with 9/11 and the phony terror wars.

The mechanism of entropy,  corruption, economic  collapse  and the drug empire in Afghanistan, there is little doubt anymore.  Forces well outside any political system envisioned by the Founding Fathers control America, forces capable of side-stepping or overruling any elected official or any law, up to and including, even especially, the Constitution of the United States of America.

Normally, the “shadow government” covers its tracks we, as members of the 9/11 Commission have been shouting from the rooftops for years.  Even when it doesn’t, secrecy and censorship step in, always “protecting” the public from the problems created by, well, created by censorship and secrecy.


In August 2007, at least 6 nuclear warheads were stolen from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.  The moment they were loaded, they disappeared from America’s nuclear inventory, “location unknown,” something that is not supposed to happen.  There is no possible “misinterpretation” of orders, no mistake, no “wrong label” issue.  These weapons were stolen, pure and simple.  Discussions of individual commanders having authority to deploy weapons, stories of accidents, confusion or political alignments within the Air Force are “red herrings.”

Nothing is more controlled, more secure, more restricted, more classified, more protected than the nuclear arsenal of the United States.  However, on that fateful day in 2007,  a half dozen or more, hydrogen bombs,  were plucked out of a secure bunker with no paperwork, no orders, nothing.

This is the military.  People are jailed for losing flashlight batteries.

They were loaded into the weapons bay of a B-52 long range bomber for transport to places unknown, for purposes unknown. The plane had no orders, was part of no mission, operated under no legal command structure, in fact, the moment the weapons were loaded, was no longer an American plane at all.  A mission, even under the most innocent possible circumstances, that would have required the knowledge of the President and his staff, certainly the Joint Chiefs of Staff and likely the National Security Council as well, seems to have authorized itself, out of “thin air.”

Though the plane later landed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, there is no evidence supporting this as the intended destination, far from it.

The theft, hijacking, you pick the term, these are the best two so far, happened outside the command authority of the United States government, contravening all protocols for the storage, handling and deployment of nuclear weapons.  The incident was also a violation of treaties requiring America to safeguard her stockpile of nuclear weapons, not just from environmental disasters but, as with this incident, from a mutiny by members of the military and civilian branches of our government, acting outside authority, acting as civilians, an act of piracy, mutiny, an act of insurrection.

All the things Israel warns America about every day, radical groups in Iran and Pakistan getting control of nukes really happened, but not with Muslim radicals and not in the Middle East, it happened here at home.  The radicals were Christians, of a sort at least, possibly intent on Armageddon, maybe planning to sell the weapons to Iran or North Korea or, more likely, tucking them away for “a rainy day.”

The Minot-Barksdale “incident” demonstrated, not only that a secret government exists but it is capable of waging, not only foreign policy but of mounting a credible thermonuclear threat to the world.


When a planeload of nuclear weapons is hijacked by an extremist organization tied to the highest levels of power in America, we might ask, why then?  What was going on in America in August 2007?  Did something happen then?  Why were 6 nuclear weapons stolen at the exact same time America suffered the largest financial collapse, became the victim of the largest financial crime in world history?  Is this a coincidence?

We know these things for sure:

  • This was the 11th hour, the last minutes of the 11th hour, the last chance to begin a war with Iran.  Iraq had been temporarily “stabilized” by massive bribes paid out under General Petraeus’ “Sunni Awakening” program, a ‘band-aid’ fix that would soon come apart, Afghanistan had become a hopeless quagmire and the public had turned on President Bush, giving him the lowest approval ratings of all time, leaving his presidency failed and discredited.
  • What had begun as a minor mortgage crisis had revealed a deeper disease, the “toxic derivitives” schemes that would collapse America’s entire financial system.  Only 5% of the mismanaged funds were mortgage related, 95% was a massive Ponzi scheme by “banks” that had taken to creating wealth out of thin air, underwriting the entire American economy, bond and stock markets, corporate earnings, pension plans, all backed by nothing at all.  The money most American’s thought they had wasn’t even the “counterfeit” trash spewed by the Federal Reserve.  It was, in fact, imaginary, soon to be gone, “poof!”
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How could 6 nuclear weapons, providing this was the only theft, something we may never learn, be used to cover the crimes of America’s entire financial community?  What use of weapons of mass destruction would have changed the public’s perception, a public increasingly suspicious of the other great coincidence of all time, 9/11?

Were weapons to be taken outside the country to attack others or to be brought back, a container in a seaport, a vending machine in a stadium, atop a missile, brought home?  For years, the front men for the secret government, the ones easily recognized, had done little but prepare America for such an eventuality.  With $12 trillion dollars “missing,” would the incineration of an American city be enough?


Professional law enforcement personnel, where such things still exist, look at any criminal act in three stages, Means, Motive and Opportunity.  Means and motive are not obvious at all, not unless one is willing to accept that top commanders of the United States Air Force are traitors.

Let’s take a second to examine a frightening trend that may have led to this seeming vulnerability.  How could the United States Air Force have been infiltrated with commanders loyal to power structure outside any accepted norm?  What kind of values would make this possible?  To understand the breakdown in command in the Air Force, we must look at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.


Several months ago, Veterans Today was contacted by a delegation of officers candidates attending the Academy.  They told us that the Academy was run by a religious cult, known as Dominionists.  This group, this cult, violent, predatory, accused of “brain washing” recruits, tormenting, intimidating, is rapidly gaining total control of the officers corps of the United States Air Force.  Their agenda is a strange version of Evangelical Zionism, subservience of women, bizarre beliefs in nuclear apocalypse and, worst of all, a total disregard for Constitutional authority and legal command structure.

Is this group capable of stealing nuclear weapons which might be used against the United States?  The only answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Can the beliefs of a bizarre religious cult constitute motive for nuclear theft?  Does this cult have enough “means” and “opportunity” to attempt this kind of operation, one possibly meant to bring about a nuclear apocalypse and trigger the ‘end times’ as required by their beliefs?

What American has proven to the world, at least those nations with a free press and a people still capable of critical thinking is that, not only is the nuclear arsenal of the United States the most vulnerable, those guarding it are the most radicalized and the most prone toward acts of terrorism.

America’s nuclear arsenal has been guarded by a Taliban for decades.  What could the motive for this be?


An American B-52 was forced to land and hand over its cargo of nuclear weapons at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and 80 Air Force personnel were forced to resign. Problems with “discipline” were listed as the reason.  The Air Force calls the incident a “bent spear,” a simple violation of procedure.

Despite the public whitewash, the “bent spear” was clearly, not only a “broken arrow” but as Senator Levin indicated, “no breach  of nuclear procedures of this magnitude has ever occurred.”  Senator Bill Nelson called it “sloppy.”  What it wasn’t was the first time such a thing has happened.

In 2006, what we are told were “nuclear fuses” for the Minuteman III missile were sent to Taiwan, packaged as “helicopter batteries.”

At that time, the Minuteman was undergoing major upgrades, not only in safety mechanisms but in targeting capability also.  The “fusing” units that were available for shipment weren’t simply fuses, they were designed to upgrade our aging fleet of Minuteman missiles, America’s state of the art targeting technology for our most important deterrent system.

What really happened?  Certainly not what we were told.  Does Taiwan have the technology, having adapted it to systems they have purchased elsewhere, nuclear triggers, perhaps they have one or more of the nuclear weapons believed to be missing from the Israeli-South African arsenal?  Did they keep the technology or sell it to China or India?  Was this another accident,?

In October, 2010, 50 Minuteman III missiles, 1/9th of those in America’s arsenal, went “walkabout” for 45 minutes, under the control of, well, we don’t really know.  We only know that the official government of the United States didn’t have them, enough megatonage to turn Europe into a cinder.

A month later, an ICBM was launched from a submarine 35 miles off Los Angeles.  The US claimed it was an airplane, a weather balloon but missile technicians identified it as a large ICBM, unknown origin, unauthorized and, as with the murder of John Wheeler III, something Americans are asked to overlook, forget, pretend never happened.

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Normally, hubris, the ego that makes criminal sociopaths want their work appreciated, whether it is looting banks or raping and murdering busloads of small children, has negative consequences.  When Vice President Cheney established a special operations command inside his own office, one that directed military and intelligence operations without budget approval or legal oversight of any kind, he was demonstrating the hubris of a criminal psychopath.

Look at the legality, even by “Alberto Gonzales’ standards.

It is one thing for a nation to order torture, kidnapping or even acts of military aggression, backed by attempts at justification such as those seen in 2003 by Colin Powell at the United Nations.  Powell lost his career, the respect of the world and America was branded a rogue nation and aggressor.

When an elected official, such as the Vice President, an office tasked with attending funerals and, in actuality, nothing else, begins, not only formulating policy outside the office of the presidency but conducting military operations on its own authority, an authority that does not exist, no law, certainly not the constitution, then the individual holding that office is in insurrection against the government of the United States.

The vice president can’t order kidnappings, killings by the dozen, maybe hundreds or more, can’t command troops in the field, the vice president is the Commander in Chief of nothing whatsoever.  There is no command authority of any kind, real or implied, in that office nor can any be assigned or transferred there unless the President of the United States is incapacitated.

The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1967, contains the following language:

Section 3.Whenever the President transmits to the President pro-tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Section 4.Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

Outside of these specific circumstances, the Vice President acts in an advisory capacity only with no authority other than that outlined in the Constitution, which specifies that the Vice President presides over the Senate and may cast tie-breaking votes if and when circumstances dictate.

The issue of Vice President Cheney is only germane based on his public assumption of clear presidential and super-presidential authority, extra-constitutional authority, during the administration of George W. Bush.  The actions involved, aggressive war, operation of secret prisons, assassinations and more are capital crimes as outlined during the Nuremberg War Tribunals and subject to international jurisdiction.

Do these acts, the ones Cheney (and Rumsfeld) publicly acknowledge, the ones we can prove, combined with coincidences, so many of those, give adequate reason for us to assume a conspiracy, a secret globalist cabal, is acting in place of the intended government of the United States?  Has the brush of history, itself, left little room for assumptions otherwise?

Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. His career has included extensiveexperience in international banking along with such diverse areas as consulting on counter insurgency, defense technologies or acting as diplomatic officer of UN humanitarian groups. Gordon Duff’s articles are published around the world and translated into a number of languages. He is regularly on TV and radio, a popular and sometimes controversial guest. He is a regular contributor to Opinion Maker