Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Professor Ward Churchill of the University of Colorado at Boulder opposed the U.N. sanctions on Iraq that were intended to curb Saddam's weapons programs. Churchill also celebrated the 9-11 terrorists in his infamous article "Some People Push Back."
The goulish Churchill even told a reporter that he read the NYT obituary of every person who died in the World Trade Center on 9-11
and satisfied himself that they were overwelmingly "Little Eichmanns":
"The New York Times shortly began publishing photos and biographical sketches of everyone who died in the Trade Center; I read every one of them, and the demography was about what I'd expected." http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Oct05/Frank1010.htm
Because of Churchill's assumption of Indian identity, some people may think American Indians are supporting Middle Eastern terrorists. In fact, Mohawk Indians have historically been employed building New York's skyscrapers, not blowing them up! I read in an Indian publication that on 9-11, an Indian construction team was working on one of the towers and even rescued people:
"Mohawk ironworkers helped build the World Trade Center and other monuments of the New York City skyline, and one crew was actually at work in the flight path of the plane that struck the second tower. St. Regis Mohawk Chief James Ransom noted that they joined rescue teams at great personal risk." http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096410295
Congress is holding hearings about a Pentagon program called Able Danger. This program used something called data mining to track Al Qaeda.
According to Congressional testimony on Wednesday, February 15, 2006, one of the Able Danger heroes may be an Indian policeman named J.D. Smith. I will try to find out more details about this and post updates on this thread.
The testimony just said that Mr. Smith was a retired Indian police officer who used traditional law enforcement investigative techniques plus data mining.
According to Congressional testimony, Smith developed a new form of intelligence collection that identified M. Atta and other terrorists a year or more before the 9-11 attacks.
The faux Indian Ward Churchill will only be remembered for talking through his hat, but real American Indians will always be remembered for their contributions to signals intelligence during both world wars. They were famous as code talkers who spoke languages that the enemy could not understand.
"At Iwo Jima, Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer, declared, "Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima." Connor had six Navajo code talkers working around the clock during the first two days of the battle. Those six sent and received over 800 messages, all without error.
The Japanese, who were skilled code breakers, remained baffled by the Navajo language. The Japanese chief of intelligence, Lieutenant General Seizo Arisue, said that while they were able to decipher the codes used by the US Army and Army Air Corps, they never cracked the code used by the Marines. The Navajo code talkers even stymied a Navajo soldier taken prisoner at Bataan. (About 20 Navajos served in the US Army in the Philippines.) The Navajo soldier, forced to listen to the jumbled words of talker transmissions, said to a code talker after the war, "I never figured out what you guys who got me into all that trouble were saying."
In 1942, there were about 50,000 Navajo tribe members. As of 1945, about 540 Navajos served as Marines. From 375 to 420 of those trained as code talkers; the rest served in other capacities."
One of the Navajo code talkers, Albert Smith, was only 15 years old. "Late in his life, Albert Smith explained, the code word for America was, "Our Mother." Our Mother stood for freedom, our religion, our ways of life, and that's why we went in. " http://usgovinfo.about.com/blwhrelease15.htm
Here is a recent interview with Albert Smith:
"I was enlisted in 1943, in April. I had to fib about my age, 'cause my brother and I, we wanted to go into the war together... we wanted to stay together… He was seventeen, so he move his age up two years and I move mine from 15 to 17. http://www.thenavajocodetalkers.com/bios_albertsmith.htm
Another code-talker was Samuel Jesse Smith:
"My purpose for joining the Marine Corps was to get even with the Japanese for December 7, Pearl Harbor attack." http://www.thenavajocodetalkers.com/bios_smith.htm
Ward Churchill attended a September 23, 2005 conference about Able Danger even though he celebrated 9-11 as a victory for America's historical "victims." The organizers of the September "conspiracy theory" conference even suggested that President Bush had warnings about 9-11 because of Able Danger but allowed the attack to happen so that Bush cronies could make war profits.
Churchill's views about 9-11 are not characteristic of American Indians. Here is how the Navajo Code Talkers Association responded to the 9-11 attack:
NCTA Proclamation In Response to Sept 11, 2001 Attack ---
In response to the terrorist attack on America, September 11, 2001, the Navajo Code Talker Association, at their NCTA meeting Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, a proclamation was read and approved:
"PROCLAMATION OF THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS ASSOCIATION DECLARING THE READINESS AND DESIRE OF THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN HIS ANTI-TERRORISM STANCE AND TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO OUR GREAT AND BELOVED COUNTRY IN THIS TIME OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY."
HELPFUL LINKS: Here is the testimony of Mr. Smith
Here is a general article about the contributions of American Indians to the American military
Here is the link to the famous Navajo Code Talker's Dictionary, which was once classified:
The lawyer for JD Smith, Mark Zaid, says that a typo was made in Shaffer's Congressional testimony.
According to a blogger:
One thing I need to correct. On the program, I referred to JD Smith as a "retired Indian police officer" which I read on Page 15 of Tony Shaffer's written testimony, but it turns out that was a typo Tony made. It should read "Indiana" not "Indian". http://abledangerblog.com/
[See post on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 titled "Stay tuned"]
As it happens, Mark Zaid and an aid for Congresman Weldon told me the same thing when I asked about the "retired Indian policeman" a few minutes before they spoke in public at a conference on Sunday, February 19, 2006. They said that unfortunately typos can't be fixed once entered in the Congressional testimony and posted on the Internet.
Still, it ought to be possible to correct an error in the official record in future testimony. Instead of taking the lawyer's word for it, I am going to see if JD Smith, Tony Shaffer, or Congressman Weldon set the record strait about this "typo" in subsequent hearings. I have seen the lawyer and heard what he said, but I have never seen JD Smith.
I'd like to hear more about how a retired Indiana policeman used traditional law enforcement and data mining to uncover M. Atta.
And I am still curious about why the likes of Ward Churchill, a fake Indian, attended an Able Danger conference hosted by Cynthia McKinney.