Saturday, August 7, 2010

Information leaks

There are two major cases of information leaks concerning US war efforts in the recent past. The former is the publication of the Pentagon Papers, an offical historical account of the Vietnam war, by Daniel Ellsberg in the summer of 1971. The latter is material on the Iraqi and Afghan wars that has been published by Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, in the summer of 2010. Both events have in common the opposition aspect of Saturn and Jupiter, which occurs every 20 years or so. Moreover, an affliction involving the transit nodes is also present.

On December 31, 2009 the following was predicted on this blog

"As Ketu is placed in the 12th house of foreign matters it is likely that some sudden foreign situation will develop that will disturb the communal harmony in the USA, possibly a military conflict or a related event ... It is however in the summer, from mid May to mid August 2010 when the nodes become stationary at 18° Sagittarius and Gemini that signficant problems are expected."
Pentagon Papers
The Pentagon Papers, officially titled United States–Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, was a top-secret United States Department of Defense history of the United States' political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. The papers were first brought to the attention of the public on the front page of the New York Times in
February 1971 by Daniel Ellsberg, who discussed the study with New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan, and gave 43 of the volumes to Sheehan in March. The Times began publishing excerpts on June 13, 1971; the first article in the series was titled "Vietnam Archive: Pentagon Study Traces Three Decades of Growing US Involvement". The name "Pentagon Papers" for the study arose during the resulting media publicity. Street protests, political controversy and lawsuits followed. To ensure the possibility of public debate about the content of the papers, on June 29, US Senator Mike Gravel entered 4,100 pages of the Papers to the record of his Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds. These portions of the Papers were subsequently published by Beacon Press, the publishing arm of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

Astrology of the event
The Saturn major period and Jupiter sub-period were operating. Saturn as 8th lord rules obstacles and endings while Jupiter as 6th lord rules conflict. At the time of the publication of the Pentagon Papers, transit Saturn and transit Jupiter were in close opposition aspect, while the nodal axis was conjunct natal 2nd lord Sun. These events came during the Jupiter sub-period, which brought further obstacles to the war effort. Moreover, the publication intensified the ending of the Vietnam War. In this regard, we can not that it came on the eve of the Mercury period. As such, the Pentagon Papers are seen as being instrumental in the foreign policy shift that took place in 1972, with increased efforts by the US government to negotiate peace in Vietnam.


In the summer of 2010, Wikileaks, a secretive international organization, published anonymous submissions and leaks of otherwise unavailable documents about the US war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, while preserving the anonymity of sources. The publication was aimed at bringing out the truth about the war effort and to increase the transparency of the public debate about the US foreign policy.

Baghdad airstrike video
On 5 April 2010, Wikileaks released classified U.S. military footage from a series of attacks on 12 July 2007 in Baghdad by a U.S. helicopter that killed 12, including two Reuters news staff, Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen, on a website called "Collateral Murder". The footage consisted of a 39-minute unedited version and an 18-minute version which had been edited and annotated. Analysis of the video indicates that one man was thought to have been carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and another an RPG (rocket propelled grenade), though "none were assuming a hostile posture." The military conducted an "informal" investigation into the incident, but has yet to release the investigative materials (such as the sworn statements of the soldiers involved or the battle damage assessment) that were used, causing the report to be criticized as "sloppy."

Afghan War Diary
In July 2010, Wikileaks released to The Guardian, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel over 92,000 documents related to the war in Afghanistan between 2004 and the end of 2009. The documents detail individual incidents including friendly fire and civilian casualties. The scale of leak was described by Julian Assange as comparable to that of the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. The documents were released to the public on July 25, 2010.

Astrology of the events
The Venus major period and Saturn sub period are operating in the SAMVA USA chart. Venus is 4th lord in the chart, ruling communal harmony. It is placed in the 6th house of conflict, suggesting that communal harmony is disrupted during its period. Saturn is 8th lord of obstacles and endings in the chart.

On April 5, 2010, transit 8th lord Saturn was stationary afflicting natal 6th lord Jupiter, which rules conflict or war in the SAMVA USA chart. At the same time, transit Rahu was conjunct natal 4th lord Venus in the 6th house, indicating exposure that upsets the communal harmony. Transit Ketu in the 12th house was also afflicting transit 6th lord Jupiter in the 8th house. All of the above contacts suggest the revelation of secrets, causing an embarassment for the US war effort.

On July 25, 2010, the transit Saturn and transit Jupiter had moved into opposition aspect while the transit nodes were stationary afflicting the natal nodes. This transit situation coincided with a massive leak of 92,000 journals concerning the US war effort in Afghanistan, causing further problems for it. These events happen during the Saturn sub-period, with the focus being placed on obstacles to the war efforts, rather than the inherent validity of the efforts themselves. That said, with the Mercury sub-period to start in April 2012, it is likely that the US government will increased efforts at that time to foster the commercial development of the war torn regions.

It is no coincidence that the dynamics in the SAMVA USA chart show important similarities for these two linked events. They have in common the twenty year cycle of the transit opposition of Saturn and Jupiter, as well as the transit influence of the Moon's nodes, Rahu and Ketu in the US national chart. At the same time, the transit and period influences reveal important dissimilarities to the two episodes. Importantly, such events can be explained without recourse to a "Cardinal Cross" including invisible bodies of the solar system, such as the puny and distant Pluto or the remote giant Uranus.


1 comment:

Cosmologer said...

Major "leak" development 1:
5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.

Major "leak" development 2:
The Guardian - 25 July 2010 22.03 BST
Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation
• Hundreds of civilians killed by coalition troops
• Covert unit hunts leaders for 'kill or capture'
• Steep rise in Taliban bomb attacks on Nato

Crisis in the summer of 2010:
The Deepwater Horizon Spill began on April 20, 2010 and was decleared sealed on September 19, 2010.