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I Need to Tell You the Strangest Thing Doug Casey and I Learned in Ukraine
international man ^ | Posted 21FEB18 | Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor

Posted on 02/20/2018 7:03:53 PM PST by vannrox

This is not fiction…

It’s not a conspiracy theory…

It’s a plausible explanation for a mysterious event that actually happened.

On the evening of May 28, 1993, an enormous blast rocked the Australian Outback. It measured 3.9 on the Richter scale and sent shock waves out hundreds of miles. Truck drivers and gold prospectors in the area saw the dark sky light up with a bright flash.

I only heard about the incident last year, when Doug Casey and I met a shadowy figure with deep connections to the US government in a café in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

He and his colleagues within the US military and intelligence community were 100% convinced that this strange event was actually Aum Shinrikyo—a Japanese doomsday cult—testing a nuclear weapon.

If he was right, then it was the first time a non-state actor had ever detonated a nuclear bomb.

It was such an extraordinary claim that, at first, I didn’t even think it possible. No one I knew had ever heard of it. And I’d never seen it in the news, though I later discovered that outlets like The New York Times did cover it decades ago—buried somewhere in the back pages.

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Aum Shinrikyo, which means Supreme Truth, is a religious movement that started in Japan in 1984. They believe in a doomsday prophecy where World War 3 ushers in a nuclear Armageddon. Of course, only their group survives, and they go on to rule the world.

Aum gained global notoriety in 1995 when it attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent. The attack, which was meant to spark a Japanese civil war, killed 13 people and injured thousands. It was the first chemical weapons attack by a non-state actor.

The Tokyo subway attack surprised Japan and other world governments, and they rushed to learn more about the group.

It turns out Aum was not just a small group of vulnerable people with strange views. The cult had ballooned to over 50,000 converts in at least six countries and acquired over $1 billion in assets.

The US government learned that the cult had recruited at least two Russian nuclear scientists and tried to buy a Russian nuclear warhead.

As investigators unraveled Aum’s international web, they found it had purchased a 500,000-acre ranch at Banjawarn Station, about 400 miles northeast of Perth in remote Western Australia.

They discovered Aum had set up an advanced laboratory there, where it manufactured sarin gas and tested chemical weapons on sheep. There were known uranium deposits in the area, and Aum was mining them. (Uranium is a main ingredient for making atomic weapons.)

But what disturbed and puzzled them the most was that Aum’s ranch was in the exact same area as the mysterious 1993 explosion.

Investigators calculated that the explosion had the force of 2,000 tons of high explosives, or that of a small nuclear device. For perspective, the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima had the force of around 15,000 tons of high explosives.

The bizarre blast happened two years before the Tokyo subway attack. At the time, Aum wasn’t really on anyone’s radar. Most people simply wrote it off as a strange explosion in the middle of nowhere. No one really thought much of it, until they connected the dots years later…

Investigators feared that Aum had somehow acquired and tested a massive weapon—possibly the ultimate weapon. After all, they’d successfully recruited at least two Russian nuclear scientists to their cult. And they’d tried to buy nuclear weapons.

Investigators hoped they could rule out Aum by proving the blast was something else—an earthquake, a mining explosion, or possibly a meteor.

Instead, they found themselves ruling out all the possibilities they had hoped to prove.

It’s highly unlikely the blast was a mining explosion. The detonation was over 170 times more powerful than the biggest mining explosion ever recorded in Australia up until then.

The blast was consistent with a meteor strike… except for one key element: With an explosion of that force, they’d expect to find an enormous crater with a diameter of at least three football fields. They never found a crater.

Earthquakes are rare in the region. And it wouldn’t explain the loud noise or bright flash on a pitch-black night in the Australian Outback.

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1 posted on 02/20/2018 7:03:53 PM PST by vannrox
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To: vannrox

More likely that Australia was testing a bomb.

And that isn’t all that likely.

2 posted on 02/20/2018 7:07:30 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: vannrox

Must have been a neutron bomb with no detectable radiation.

Doesn’t every cult have one?

3 posted on 02/20/2018 7:11:22 PM PST by Rebelbase ( Hillary, DNC, DOJ and FBI colluded with a British National to influence the 2016 Pres. election)
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To: vannrox

I’m going to tell you something weird:

Though it was a cult originating in Japan, Aum in fact had MUCH more believer recruiting success in RUSSIA than it ever did in Japan (though it was pretty successful there, too).

And Aum did pick up one or two believers in a very secretive Russian weapons lab.

Their growth came at a point when in the former Soviet Union it sometimes appeared that ANYTHING was for sale.

At a compound in Yamagata Prefecture they were manufacturing AK’s, training in small unit tactics like crazy with airsoft, they had a huge Mi-26 Soviet transport:

You won’t believe this but they even had berthed up somewhere an Oscar-class NUCLEAR SUB they had somehow bought.

They had other stuff, too.

Their plan was to help usher in Armegeddon by spraying all of Tokyo with NERVE GAS.

The total plan isn’t very well known but there were even CRAZIER parts to it.

4 posted on 02/20/2018 7:18:17 PM PST by gaijin
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To: vannrox

This is 100% pure, unadulterated bullshit.


5 posted on 02/20/2018 7:19:20 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: vannrox

Sorry, hate to be a wet blanked, but this story does not fly.

Uranium is one thing, and it requires extensive purification to be anywhere near weapons grade. That takes huge plants.

For example, the one Hiroshima bomb consumed all the U235 Oak Ridge produced throughout WWII.

Pu is another matter. Not obtainable.

As far as residual radiation, there would be extensive contamination in the aftermath of any type of fission explosion.

Finally, fission explosions do not have a bright flash. They have a very bright DOUBLE flash unique to atomic explosions.

6 posted on 02/20/2018 7:20:13 PM PST by Strac6 ("Mrs. Strac, Pilatus, and Sig Sauer: All the fun things in my life are Swiss!")
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To: Mariner

Agree totally. See #6

7 posted on 02/20/2018 7:21:32 PM PST by Strac6 ("Mrs. Strac, Pilatus, and Sig Sauer: All the fun things in my life are Swiss!")
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To: gaijin

Please tell us more. This is insane!

8 posted on 02/20/2018 7:23:56 PM PST by T-Bone Texan
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To: Strac6

As far as I know, only PU can make a bomb of 2kt.

And that must be purified from spent reactor fuel.

A U235 bomb would have scattered radioactive contamination for hundreds of miles, at least and would be detectable to point of origin from the air...from at least 100 miles.

9 posted on 02/20/2018 7:25:38 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Strac6

Meteor blast in the atmosphere also plausible. But, you see, Trump mentioned Russia!

10 posted on 02/20/2018 7:26:24 PM PST by Robert A Cook PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: T-Bone Texan

Please tell us more. This is insane!

Ah... listen to the soundtrack of ‘Grease’ ??

11 posted on 02/20/2018 7:29:50 PM PST by Texaspeptoman (Even cannibals... get feed up with people sometimes.)
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To: Robert A Cook PE


12 posted on 02/20/2018 7:30:21 PM PST by Strac6 ("Mrs. Strac, Pilatus, and Sig Sauer: All the fun things in my life are Swiss!")
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Sniffer modified C135 would have evidence within hours.

13 posted on 02/20/2018 7:31:19 PM PST by Strac6 ("Mrs. Strac, Pilatus, and Sig Sauer: All the fun things in my life are Swiss!")
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It could have been a clean fusion implosion with slow neutrons.

14 posted on 02/20/2018 7:35:19 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ((((("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")))))))
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To: Mariner

Not only that, it’s one of those “one weird trick” sites, only trying to get you to invest in their uranium stocks that they don’t identify for you unless you keep clicking.

15 posted on 02/20/2018 7:37:08 PM PST by Defiant (I may be deplorable, but I'm not getting in that basket.)
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To: T-Bone Texan

The cult-leader’s name was Asahara Shoko, a fat guy with a whispy beard who gradually went blind; he would sometimes say he could float or fly.

Aum is a weird blend between Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism; paradise on earth involves helping Armageddon along, somehow, probably in a really scary way (which did play out, though they had tried unsuccessfully several times earlier).

The average believer was just a credulous dupe, but as with the Branch Davidians you had some really accomplished people going in for it, also.

They’d empty your bank account, cut off your contact with all your outside relatives, then the brain-washing would begin.

A lot of their people walked around with what looked like water-polo caps, numerous wires thereto affixed, the better to “pipe the Great Ones teachings directly through your skull, even when sleeping”.

Oh yeah, they also sometimes drank his bath water and PEE.

Get your engine revving yet..? Yeah, blechhhhhh...!

Japanese society is pretty rule-bound so sometimes if you’re a brainy, creative type that can’t hang with the whole straightjacket-society thing, then a kooky outfit like Aum can sometimes prove Just The Ticket.

Aum even had chemists from Tokyo University (Harvard of Japan), so when experts contended there was NO WAY Aum could home formulate SARIN, people were scared.

Their leader’s teachings had a scary penchant for mentioning VX, Sarin, Tabun and other agents, and there are rumors they made those, too.

They had carried out several tests in open-air, hoping to cause casualties but the effectiveness of such agents are highly subject to wind, etc., that is why they finally chose the closed airspace of the Tokyo subway system for another attack (which sent something like 10,000 panicky people to the hospital).

The agents were suspended in ~ 1 liter sealed liquid bags placed on subway car floors, then pierced with umbrella tips, the perps then making good their escape.

People above are saying an Aum nuke would be impossible but as long as they could get ahold of the HEU, I’m not totally sure I could agree.

There is an outside chance the story heard in the Ukraine might be true.

16 posted on 02/20/2018 7:42:48 PM PST by gaijin
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A shot of one of the kooks:

Funny there are so few photos left, I remember when it was the ONLY news story on TV.

(notice the water polo cap)

When they would walk around, most of them favored Osama-esque nightshirt/man-dress type apparel.

17 posted on 02/20/2018 7:49:54 PM PST by gaijin
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Asahara Shoko is STILL in jail awaiting execution! He was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging but it looks like the real sentence is death by old age!
18 posted on 02/20/2018 8:16:00 PM PST by Nateman (If the left is not screaming, you are doing it wrong.)
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To: vannrox

Interesting the the Nazi party evolved from a plan to set up secret societies of ideologically dedicated elites to rule German society, modeled on the Black Dragon society in Japan. .. by a German diplomat and spy recruiting agent, Karl Haushofer, who spent time studying in Japan post WW1. He did a great deal of work uniting Germans and Japanese into an axis, rebuilding a military counter to the USA and set up spy networks to collsborate. One of Haushofer’s German spies collected intelligence about the disposition of the fleet in Pearl Harbor and installations all over Oahu that was passed to Japan to facilitate their attack.

These secret societies use (d) mysticism as a bond. History Channel had a show about this: “ Last Secrets of the Axis”. Can we really say that Japan - and other nations - do not still have elites in secret societies bound by mysticism and fanaticism and dedicated to the old ways.

We even have evidence of a secret society aka “ deep state” pervading the top levels of our own government and other institutions

So is this story about a secret base in Australia believable? I would say yes. Perhaps in other countries, too. Inheritors of the research done by Japanese and German fanatics in WW2 Manchuria and elsewhere.

Why hasnt it been investigated and countered? Draw your own conclusions.

19 posted on 02/20/2018 8:22:56 PM PST by silverleaf (A man who kneels for the national anthem doesn't stand for much of anything)
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“Asahara Shoko is STILL in jail awaiting execution!”

ALL condemned prisoners are awaiting execution in Japan. The execution date is unannounced to all, including the prisoner. Every day could be the last one. The prisoner is just taken out of his cell and sent to the gallows. The public is only informed after the execution, sometimes days later.

20 posted on 02/20/2018 8:52:18 PM PST by VanShuyten ("...that all the donkeys were dead. I know nothing as to the fate of the less valuable animals.")
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