- On September 29th, 2004, our world will experience a
close-encounter of the brown-stain-inducing kind. According to official
NASA projections, Asteroid 4179 - more commonly known as Toutatis - will
pass within a mere 963,000 miles of Earth eight days from this writing.
- Not surprisingly, Toutatis' approach has created enormous
internet buzz, and I must take partial and somewhat dubious credit for
this. I had vowed never again to comment on this publicly, but since I
have already been assailed by numerous internet agent provocateurs - from
brain-dead debunkers, to the most fanatical "believers" who think
I work for the Illuminati - I see no harm in again repeating my position
- In my internet essay "Why I Fear Toutatis,"
I referenced a conversation I had a year ago with a person who claimed
to have worked on a secret missile defense project in Alaska. (It's worth
noting that a couple of months ago, the first "missile interceptor"
went active at Fort Greely in Alaska.) He asserted that the real purpose
of this project was to thwart an incoming asteroid that would supposedly
threaten the earth on September 29th of this year. But if you read my article
(link: http://www.rense.com/general54/whyIfear.htm) you know that I presented
this hear-say testimony with a huge caveat. I pointed out that this person
almost certainly would not have had DIRECT access to "sensitive"
info, and most likely formed his own OPINIONS about the true purpose of
the Fort Greely missile interceptor independently.
- Over the past few months, I've seen my comments on Toutatis
roundly mischaracterized, distorted, and flat-out LIED about. For the record,
I have NEVER predicted that Toutatis will directly impact the Earth, and
I have NEVER claimed to have "insider knowledge" about the "true"
course of Toutatis. I offered anecdotal testimony, combined with free-flowing
speculation and THEORY. I did this as an exercise to postulate an opinion
that I have had for years: if the "powers that be" new of an
impending asteroid impact, they would not tell us about it. Instead, they
would feed us phony data and distorted projections. Why do I say this?
Because we have ALREADY HAD close fly-bys with potentially threatening
bodies from space, and we have never been told of them until AFTER they
have safely passed. Do you think I am wrong? If so, I reference you to
the following excerpt from Space.com author Robert Roy Brittís piece,
ìNASA Works on Asteroid Alert Procedureî:
- ìAn unprecedented asteroid scare in January had
astronomers worried for a few hours over a rock that had a 1-in-4 chance
of hitting Earth during the next few days. At the time, some of the scientists
were unsure who should be notified. The event has prompted NASA to set
up a formal process for notifying top officials in the future of any impending
impacts, Space.com has learned.î (Link: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4581132/)
- These comments reveal two things: 1) NASA previously
did not have any formal ìprocessî to inform the general public
of a threat from space. 2) NASA STILL apparently has no intention of informing
the public of a threat from spaceÖbut rather to notify ìtop
officials...of any impending impacts.î And what would our ìtop
officialsî do with this information? The only responsible thing they
COULD do would be to suppress it. Again, as I stated in "Why I Fear...îit
is currently IMPOSSIBLE to project the precise impact location of an incoming
asteroid. So how would the public BENEFIT from being informed? Additional
lives would be lost due to hysteria and chaos. This DOES NOT NECESSARILY
MEAN that the "truth" about Toutatis is being covered up. I have
simply raised the THEORETICAL possibility that we haven't been given the
whole picture. If you can't handle that...that's your problem.
- If you don't believe my characterization of my own words...go
back and review "Why I Fear Toutatis" (See link near top.) I
gave my article this somewhat alarming title because I will ALWAYS feel
some trepidation when we face the close approach of an asteroid the size
of a small city. Again, how you choose to feel is up to you.
- With eight days to go until Toutatis' close approach...am
I afraid? Frankly, no. At the risk of sounding almost barbarically cynical,
if Toutatis were to hit (and aside from the reasons I've already listed,
I have no reason to think it will) I would not necessarily view this as
a bad thing. Historically, the Apocalypse is a continuously repeated and
generally healthy event - the death of old and destructive ways, followed
by regeneration and rebirth - the dawn of a New Age. In America, we are
already facing a cultural apocalypse far more grim than anything that might
be reaped by the most awesome body from space.
- With all that said, I am offering one final anecdotal
item that could conceivably relate to Toutatis (though it PROBABLY DOES
NOT). This week, Fort Bragg is tightening security around its base. On
Monday, they are beginning a semi-annual training exercise called, ironically
enough, "Orbit Comet, to test soldiers' response to "threats
ranging from weapons of mass destruction to mass casualties." Again,
I am presenting this because I trust that every individual reading this
is intelligent, discerning, and adult enough to form his or her own rational
- Orbit Comet begins at Fort Bragg
9/20/2004 9:29 AM
By: News 14 Carolina Staff
- Fort Bragg is tightening security around the base this
- Starting Monday, the post is conducting its semi-annual
terrorist training exercise called "Orbit Comet".
- The exercise tests soldiers' response to threats ranging
from weapons of mass destruction to mass casualties.
- Extra security measures include full vehicle inspection
and ID checks at all gates during the operation.
- Fort Bragg warns drivers to expect delays. Officials
say people who don't need to be on post should avoid the area.