The scandal unfolding around David Petraeus may well be remembered as a kind of modern day Profumo affair when all is said and done. For those of you living under a rock, here's a brief breakdown of the scandal that brought down the head of the CIA and the most well known general of our time:
Petraeus' name came up in a FBI investigation of cyber stalking allegations made by Jill Kelley, a Tampa Bay resident described as a 'socialite' and volunteer social liaison to the MacDill Air Force Base in several press accounts. Mrs. Kelley, who complained to the FBI of being sent a series of vaguely threatening anonymous emails, is apparently a 'friend' of Petraeus. Another friend of Petraeus is Mrs. Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserve officer and author who penned a biography of the former general entitled All In. That Mrs. Broadwell was having an affair with Petraeus while she wrote said biography makes the title all the more apt indeed.
Mrs. Broadwell is allegedly the one that sent Mrs. Kelley the threatening emails that spurred the investigation that ultimately brought down Petraeus. Apparently Mrs. Broadwell became concerned that Petraeus was about to begin an affair with Kelley and was rather upset about this, compelling her to warn Kelley away. Petraeus is not the only high ranking military official that Mrs. Kelley is friendly with either --Emails between her and General John Allen, the current commander of United States forces in Afghanistan, that also turned up in the Petraeus investigation have been described as inappropriate and in one instance, flirtatious. At least one defense official has insisted that there was no affair between Allen and Kelly, however.
|General john Allen (left) and Jill Kelley (right)|
This is the broad jest of the Petraeus sex scandal but there are all kinds of peculiarities surrounding it. The most overt one was the timing of the whole thing: Petraeus resigned suddenly on Friday, November 9, just three days after the 2012 U.S. elections that saw Barack Obama re-elected to the presidency. Besides its closeness to the elections, the date of November 9 is also curious on more esoteric levels. For one, there's the appearance of nine and eleven --November is the eleventh month in a calender year and Petraeus' resignation occurred on the ninth day of this month. Both nine and eleven are highly significant in the occult, which I've written more on here. In the American consciousness they will forever be associated with the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. More recently 9/11 witnessed the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, which shall play a part in the Petraeus saga, so keep it in mind.
|Christopher Stevens, the US State Department official killed in the highly controversial Benghazi attack|
There are even more esoteric associations with November 9 than nine and eleven, however. For instance, November 9, 1888 was the day on which the final (official) victim of Jack the Ripper, Mary Jane Kelly, was murdered. Over the years conspiracy theories have cropped up alleging that the Ripper murders were in fact a bloody Masonic ritual. Probably the most famous of such accounts was author Stephen Knight's 1975 work Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution. Of it the highly controversial revisionist historian Michael A. Hoffman writes:
"Knight's book contains the making manifest of what is hidden in these masonic Ripper murders. Knight demonstrates that the women were butchered according to masonic ritual...
"Four of the five Ripper victim's throats were cut from left to right in accordance with the masonic Entered Apprentice 'penal sign.' In some cases their intestines were severed, lifted out of the body and placed over the poor victim's shoulder. In masonic ritual, the three 'Juwes' --'Jubela, Jubelo and Jebelum,' are all killed by having their bodies ripped opened and the entrails thrown over their shoulders.
"The Ripper murder ritual also pertained to the significance of siting in masonic immolation. Catherine Eddowes' body was arranged in Mitre Square, London. Mitre Tavern, at No. 3 Mitre Street, at the entrance to the square, was the meeting place of the masonic lodges of Hiram, Union and Joppa. According to masonic mythology, it was on the coast of Joppa that the three 'Juwes' were captured.
"Eddowes' apron, soaked in blood, was discovered on Goulston Street in a hallway of a building. Above the bloody apron, on the wall, a message had been written in chalk by the masonic perpetrators: 'The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing.'
"The double negative reference is not to Jewish people but to the aftermentioned three Entered Apprentices of masonic mythology, who were both ritually murdered and themselves ritual murderers. The trio form the 'ruffians' or 'three unworthy assassins.' They are masonic assassins."
(Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare, pgs. 59-60)
|What was left of Mary Jane Kelly's body after Jack the Ripper murdered her on November 9, 1888|
In the case of the Ripper murder on November 9, 1888 we also find an appearance of the name Kelly. This name has obviously played a major role in the current scandal that broke on November 9, 2012. Whether there is some kind of Masonic significance to November 9 other than the appearance of the heavily occultic numbers of nine and eleven is something I have not been able to uncover. The same can not be said of the Nazi reverence for this date.
It was on November 9, 1923 that the notorious Beer Hall Putsch came to an end. This event was an attempt by the Nazi Party to seize control of Munich and spur a coup d'etat. It marked the emerge of the Nazi Party as a major force in Germany. The revolt was unsuccessful and the Nazi upper brass that led the ordeal, including Adolf Hitler, were briefly incarcerated. It was during this time that Hitler penned Mein Kampf. The Fuhrer would later turn the Beer Hall Putsch into a kind of mythological event in Nazi Germany that was celebrated yearly on November 9.
"And so it was the day of the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923, a day that Hitler commemorated forever after with speeches and festivities, and sanctified with the creation of the Blood Order: a society of those men who marched with him on that fateful day, and symbolized by the Nazi flag that they carried and with which all other Nazi flags were 'blessed' by being touched with it in impressive ceremonials presided over by Hitler himself. It was the day of a failed assassination attempt in 1939 on Hitler's life at a meeting commemorating the Putsch... And it was also the day of Kristallnacht, when roving Nazi gangs went on a rampage in 1938, smashing shop windows and destroying Jewish homes, businesses, and temples. If anyone in Hitler's Germany believed in numerology, they would have spent considerable time in analyzing this most pregnant of dates for the Third Reich."
(Unholy Alliance, Peter Levenda, pg. 142)
|Hitler posing with the 'blood flag' of the failed Beer Hall Putsch, which became a kind of Nazi holy relic|
Johann Georg Elser's assassination attempt on Hitler actually occurred on November 8, 1939, but otherwise Levenda is correct. By all accounts November 9 was a highly significant date in Hitler's Nazi Germany, taking on a kind of quasi-religious status, and continues to be revered by modern neo-Nazi organizations. For instance National Socialist-leaning British First Party is also referred to as the November 9th Society.
|members of the British First Party, otherwise known as the November 9th Society in honor of the Beer Hall Putsch|
Thus the date of Petraeus' resignation is most curious, but it's hardly the only thing. Petraeus resigned before questions surrounding the CIA's role in the 9/11/12 Benghazi attacks were to be put to him by Congress. MSNBC reports:
"Lawmakers question the timing not just because the news was delivered so soon after the elections, but because Petraeus was scheduled to testify Thursday about the attacks on the Benghazi, Libya consulate that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.Some elements of the right wing have alleged that the Petraeus sex scandal was an attempt to keep the former general from testifying on Benghazi. If so, it hasn't worked very well as Petraeus will still be brought before Congress on Thursday to discuss such matters. This is not the only tie the Petraeus sex scandal has to the Benghazi attack, however. Prior to the scandal breaking Paula Broadwell had made comments in Colorado alleging that the Benghazi 'Consulate' was in fact a CIA detention center. The Company has been quick to deny these charges, naturally. Again with MSNBC:
"Those lawmakers argue that Petraeus is the key to receiving answers about the attacks."
"The CIA is denying an assertion made by David Petraeus' biographer and girlfriend that the agency held militants in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack.I daresay Mrs. Broadwell is seriously regretting this little slip up now. She is apparently still in the cross hairs of the FBI, who recently conducted a search of her home without a warrant. Said search was supposedly 'consenual.' The New York Times notes:
"During a talk last month at the University of Denver, author Paula Broadwell said the CIA had detained people at a secret facility in Benghazi, and the attack on the U.S. Consulate there was an effort to free those prisoners."
"On Monday night, F.B.I. agents went to Ms. Broadwell’s home in Charlotte, N.C., and were seen carrying away what several reporters at the scene said were boxes of documents. A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the case remains open, said Ms. Broadwell had consented to the search."
|the FBI removing boxes of things from Paula Broadwell's home after a warrantless, 'consenual' search|
There are more than a few hints of political intrigue in the Petraeus sex scandal that goes beyond Benghazi. The most overt evidence of this comes in the form of an FBI agent who was apparently a prior associate of Jill Kelley that became involved in the investigation in an unofficial capacity. This individual later passed information along to a prominent Republican congressman. Continuing with the same Times article:
"Ms. Kelley, a volunteer with wounded veterans and military families, brought her complaint to a rank-and-file agent she knew from a previous encounter with the F.B.I. office, the official also said. That agent, who had previously pursued a friendship with Ms. Kelley and had earlier sent her shirtless photographs of himself, was 'just a conduit' for the complaint, he said. He had no training in cybercrime, was not part of the cyber squad handling the case and was never assigned to the investigation.
"But the agent, who was not identified, continued to 'nose around' about the case, and eventually his superiors 'told him to stay the hell away from it, and he was not invited to briefings,' the official said. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday night that the agent had been barred from the case.
"Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, the official said — that the case had stalled. Because of his 'worldview,' as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell him of the agent’s concerns."
|Congressman Eric Cantor, who was aware of Petraeus investigation well before many of his colleagues|
Was the Petraeus scandal a kind of 'October surprise' that Obama's handlers were able to keep under wraps before the election? Certainly Mrs. Kelley's associations with Petraeus, General John Allen (both of whom are also involved in her sister's child custody woes) and the currently anonymous FBI agent mentioned above have all the makings of a 'honey trap' --a sex ring designed to entrap prominent politicians and businessmen. When the FBI failed to move on the Petraeus allegations before the elections on November 6 Kelley's FBI 'friend' even contacted Eric Cantor in a bid to likely force his employer's hand.
On the other hand, it's entirely possible that Petraeus was brought down by the CIA itself for its own purposes. Certainly having a director whose mistress nonchalantly mentions covert and illegal detention centers couldn't have endured the former general very well to long time Company men. According to the neo-con propaganda organ otherwise known as World Net Daily Petraeus was apparently undone by his outsider status. In a recent article from there Wayne Simmons, formerly a part of the CIA's Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Group, called Petraeus a sell out. The article went on to state:
"Petraeus was almost universally respected as a military commander and strategist, but Simmons said the general was not the right fit at the CIA.Possible translation: Petraeus was not part of the CIA's good ole boy network and if one of said good ole boys doesn't succeed him more shenanigans will follow.
“'There are no tears being shed today for his resignation,' said Simmons. 'He’s not an intelligence professional. He is a military professional.'
"Simmons said the next director should definitely be an intelligence professional, but he anticipates Obama nominating someone 'out of left field.'
"But the chaos over Benghazi and now this Petraeus scandal suggest to Simmons a stunning lack of national leadership.
“'This is absolutely indicative of what has been going on for four years around the world, in the military, in the intelligence community, in the State Department,' said Simmons. 'We are in shambles. And that is because of the lack of leadership coming out of the White House.'”
A few months ago, in the wake of the Benghazi attack, I wrote a piece entitled "The Fall of 11." In this article I speculated that the Benghazi attack of 9/11/12 might be the first shots fired in another wave of Islamic uprisings such as those that happened during Arab Spring of 2011. Clearly I was wrong on this account --No further revolutions have as yet broken out in the Islamic world.
|images from the Arab Spring|
But is it possible that the Benghazi attack was a revolutionary event, one of the domestic kind? Petraeus' resignation has been closely linked with the Benghazi attack, typically in the context of a cover up by the Obama administration. And yet it seems Petraeus will testify before Congress on this event despite his resignation. Was the sex scandal simply a bid at discrediting him or is he being pushed out of the way?
I find it most ominous that Petraeus resigned on 11/9. The numbers nine and eleven have become closely associated with tragedy and conspiracy in American culture in recent years. Beyond that, the date of 11/9 is highly significant in Nazi mythology, as noted above --Indeed, the Beer Hall Putsch of 11/9/23 can be seen as the beginning of the Nazi revolution that nearly conquered all of Europe and left millions dead in its wake. Further, this date is still highly significant to many neo-Nazi movements that have appeared since the end of World War II.
I seriously hope that the events of 11/9/12 will not play a part in another such revolution.