What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?

Updated 6/10/2019

Quite often, Memorial Day sucks for me. Let me be clear, this blog post has some general truth but is about a set of circumstances highly particular to my background and experience which includes old Iran and U.S. military.

Memorial Day is about remembering fallen soldiers — not just dead soldiers — but killed by violence. Some came back home in one piece, some in parts, some in an empty coffin. Death sucks. Some death is peaceful and painless like in sleep, some  prolonged and painful like mortal disease. Unexpected death is the worst and these are all unexpected deaths.

It is also a celebration of heroism and a sacrifice. I am not sure how one can celebrate sacrifice and life of people they did not and do not know without some some point of common pain and suffering that the fallen, family and friends share, and not just on Memorial Day.

It sucks because it reminds me of people I knew, people I loved, role models I grew up with. I sucks because it is a reminder of the evil and garbage that took  their lives. It suck because it highlights a past and present range of behavior that I observe and particularly abhorrent and repugnant in this context: hypocrisy, moral-leeching and self-serving opportunism.

I am not being harsh on people; with busy lives and problems, may be sticking magnetic “Support Our Troops” ribbons on cars, observing moments of silence and saying “thank you for your service” when they see someone in the uniform are not bad gestures. What else would one normally do and how many of our gestures are genuine and not socially programmed behavior anyways ?

For me, it not about most people. It is not even about some level of expected hypocrisy when people get a free ride of moral common-good highroad by participating in mass ritualistic association and talking the talk without walking the walk.

My issue is specifically with behavior that goes beyond a “victimless” taking credit without having earned it, or even something akin to stolen valor. It is when those pretenses take on a form and morph into something exactly opposite and in conflict with what it was supposed (or even pretend) to represent. Using respect for  heroes as a tool to advance agendas that are in conflict with what the fallen stood for are much worse deeds than the enemy who did the killing.

Here it goes doing some remembering.

Family Military Lives … & Deaths

I had a few military and non-military members who made the ultimate sacrifice and targeted for leadership/military reasons. This includes my father which is a rather special case.

Some of this is mentioned elsewhere in the context of biographical summary and some I have not disclosed before but the benefits of disclosure outweigh harms of non-disclosure and I am not subject to any government classification on these matters.

I grew up in a tight knit family environment where what is usually considered extended family were physically close by, a few houses way, in the same neighborhood, or a close drive away.  For 13 years, my maternal grandparents’ house was in the adjacent lot, connected from the interior and we all shared meals there. On the weekend the extended family was always over or stop by  randomly, for the evening, dinner and talk.

My grandfather was a military general, judge and a scholar and artist. I spent a lot of time with and was very close to him. He went to the French military academy, was one of the Shah’ teachers, wrote books and painted well. I used to seen go to and come back from work in his military uniform. His military rank advancement stopped when he refused a back channel suggestion to  condemn some socialist soldiers to death in his military court, for their beliefs not matter how abhorrent, and out of the process. He kept his rank and continued in the military until the revolution. He was known for his honesty and not using his position to amass wealth as many did. A family story is during a ceremony at the Royal court, the Shah took the lapel of his tuxedo by  hand and whispered in his ear: did you rent this? A life of bravery, integrity, service and sacrifice for principles.

My mother’s maternal uncle was Iran’s first 4 star general who by some accounts was framed and dismissed for direct contacts with the Eisenhower administration about U.S. military aid being plundered by corrupt military generals in the Iranian army. He was also awarded U.S. Legion of Merit during the Cold War. A life of bravery, integrity, service and sacrifice for principles.

A relation by marriage, my mother’s uncle in law was a military leader who became a prime minister. He was assassinated by a Muslim fundamentalist group whose founder was linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, a mentor to Ayatollah Khomeini and a hero of the current Ayatollah Khamenei. A life of bravery, integrity, service and sacrifice for principles.

On may father’s side, his cousin’s husband, whom I did not see often or know well, and who was the last commander of the army under the Shah, was assassinated in Paris by the Islamic Jihad. A life of bravery, integrity, service and sacrifice for principles.

My Father

My father was a business executive in then the largest agricultural complex in the region. He was imprisoned, tortured and executed for trying to overthrow the revolutionary government.

He was not in the military or the previous government. Unlike political activists and, unusual for civilians, he was tried in a military court. Despite various pleas for his release through our extensive networks, my family was told this is an impossibly high order that no one seems to be able to question. An extremely high level ayatollah who had taken some bribes to give out, apologized and gave the money back.

The sticking points were not my mother’s family background. The summary of execution published  in the newspapers mentioned the coup attempt, contacts with his cousin’s husband in the U.S. (the last commander of the army) which were recorded, collaboration with foreign powers (i.e. U.S.) and membership in the Masonic fraternity and brotherhood.

What is not told is a story that is known to a few.

We had other family and friends in the military some of whom went through training with various U.S. military branches. There were also U.S. military officers we knew. Given my father’s side U.S. college education he had ranking U.S. military friends and some lived in the neighborhood.

At the height of the revolution, when crowds were in the street, setting cars and buildings on fire, shouting death to America (which led to the taking of U.S. embassy hostages for 444 days,) my father received a call from his U.S. military friend. He was afraid and asked my father to take him to where he wanted to go too flee Iran. He was in such a hurry that he left without his passports. My father dropped him off, sold some of his property in absentia, packed the rest of his stuff and had it shipped to the U.S.

I am not mentioning this to imply that my farther saved his friend but, for those who did not get it, 1) he was the man to call and trust with your life and 2) he was the kind of person who helped, and at the risk of his own peril, when others would not move a finger or answer the phone. What is one less fallen soldier or a star on a wall worth?

A life of bravery, integrity, service and sacrifice for principles.

I believe I have articulated well, a rather high bar and my lack of tolerance for bullshit on this subject.  It takes more than verbalization of thoughts and prayers and vulgar pretense of care to get respect from people who actually go through this types of pain and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, over time, some people in both the Persian community and government agencies, have used and are using, abused and are abusing, the circumstances, respect for my father and the weight his actions carry, the rest of my family and I, and links in exclusive, high level, or popular, known networks, for personal gain and advancing self-serving agendas that go against every thing he stood and we stand for. This is particularly true for Vancouver, B.C. which is riddled with corruption, influence operations by the Iranian intelligence and organized crime proxies, fronts or rackets, and with spill-overs and expansion to Seattle, L.A. and other cities. Agencies in Seattle have seized on the opportunity and have been trying to come up  narratives or fronts for lead generating, sting or intelligence gathering purposes.

This is not a post to articulate further as it is better done in the Lux ex Tenebris: Light from Darkness program blog which I am managing and, incidentally, circumstances where same or similar “fuck the dead and the victims, what is in it for me” crowd circle like vultures.

So, it is (also) in the memory of these blood related fallen soldiers (and for not related others who were killed in line  of duty,) what they stood for and why they did it, that I do what I do. Not just today but every day. There is no better way to remember.

And as for dealing with the trash that has been, and is pushing an agenda using, but in conflict with our and other people’s sacrifices, I am not the type of person who does a military style threat or call for a sniper on them, but do what I do best: shine the light of truth, name, praise, or shame people who helped, people who did not and those who stand on the way. My thoughts and prayers are with them all.

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Lux Ex Tenebris: Light from Darkness

Low angle view of a statue lit up at night, Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York, USA

Lux ex Tenebris

Lux ex Tenebris is a Latin expression meaning  light from darkness. Since ancient times knowledge is equated with light and truth, in a conflict with darkness, deceit and ignorance. There are related variations to the expression such as Fiat lux: let there be light, Lux et Veritas: light and the truth, and Lux Libertas: light and liberty.

Statute of Liberty is a great embodiment of truth, liberty and justice which are essential elements any democracy.

What – in a Nutshell

We are putting together the big picture, digging for the truth, solving some crimes, curious mysteries and addressing what has become a systemic problem.

New site up

Integrated Posts Updates

Post replicated on Lux ex Tenebris site

It is about disrupting and holding accountable entrenched actors and conduct that have reared their ugly heads again and again over the years continuing to present.

The following have been updated and added to the integrated slides:

Posts:

Only Following Orders

Seattle Federal Corruption Slides Integrated:

Content Guide
Baseline Facts (Agencies)
Baseline Facts (USAO/DOJ)
U.S. Knowledge & Presence
Create U.S. Angle
Surveillance Expectation
Legal Actions
Sample Intimidations, Threats, Attempts
2010-2017 Sample Timeline
Other Current & Targeted Narratives
Optics & Implications

This post is the 8th addendum to (previous limited information 9 posts) and  integrated post for documentation and reference purposes. Information, context and statements were previously and contemporaneously documented and independently verifiable. Conclusions and assessments are self-evident or clearly marked and separately identified. Related efforts are not recent and have been ongoing for a significant period.

A Cryptic Addition to a Long-Standing Murder Mystery

Post replicated on Lux ex Tenebris site

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein flew to Seattle for a press conference at which he announced little, but may have said a great deal.

The DOJ and FBI’s biggest and yet bizarre case. 

A major case with thousands of investigated leads that generated more documents than the Enron case. For over 17 years.

There is one lead suspect subject to the most exhaustive investigation by the world’s premier law enforcement agency and with no charges. High level DOJ officials such as Eric Holder and Rod Rosenstein have flown to Seattle for updates and asking public’s help or encouraging someone to talk.

The latest announcement in 2018 was an appeal to decency and greed, asking a newly discovered small circle of suspect conspirators to confess for the right reasons and money.

Every possible path, reasonably expected to generate a result, has been exhausted and potential witnesses and evidence keep degrading over time. 

And none of that can explain the initial official conduct.

Articles by capable journalists, including former US Attorney Jeffrey Toobin and James Fallows, struggled with what are normally signs of a cover up: slow walking, continued resource denial, and organizational display of indifference if not disrespect by not attending the funeral — except they came from the FBI headquarters and main Justice at the time. Someone made a comment about trying hard not to solve a crime.

FBI does not normally or intentionally accuse and chase murder suspects without sound hypothesis, but it also does not fail to solve one of a kind high priority case sound hypothesis for 16 years. There are exceptions caused by lack of alternative suspects, bias and error like the Amerithrax case. Wrong hypothesis which was too vested in.

What does explain all of the above incongruities is secret compartmentalization routinely associated with undercover operations whose elements continued engaging in criminal conduct. He had knowledge of the conduct, did not approve of it, and any infighting or public revelation posed risks to individuals, operations and agency(s) image. Case investigators would not have encountered evidence of such activity to follow up on.

May be the DOJ hierarchy at the time was sending a message by not having a representative attend the funeral, seemingly placing some blame on him for pushing for unpopular outcomes with public exposure implications.  Mueller did not behave to cover up but acted within constraints imposed on him, and firing McKay was highly likely impacted if not directly related to pushing for a full investigation which was the problem in the first place.

While the allegations of misconduct blamed the initial problems on the Bush administration, the last administration did not perform much better. 

There were more subsequent deep-sixing attempts as leads surfaced and as recent as 2017 and 2018 to fully assess yet. Meanwhile, other overlapping major stings and investigations became diversions where resources were distracted and squandered on irrelevant wild goose chases, encouraging bureaucratic build ups and intra-agency disconnects run amok.

The nature of challenges were not purely political but institutional, procedural, sensitive to multiple interests, and not confined to Seattle or Washington State.

May be the lead suspect was actually involved, or maybe some one already in jail for life, or a persona, will confess to being the hit man to put an end to the investigation.

Even so, the above is still independently true. 

If there ever was a (bigger picture) case that can benefit from an outside push or audit, this seems to be it.

Source: A Cryptic Addition to a Long-Standing Murder Mystery

Integrated Posts Updates

Post replicated on Lux ex Tenebris site

It is about disrupting and holding accountable entrenched actors and conduct that have reared their ugly heads again and again over the years continuing to present.

The following have been updated and added to the integrated slides:

Posts:

Never Too Late
Crossing the Line
Only Following Orders

Seattle Federal Corruption Slides Integrated:

Content Guide
Federal Knowledge & Presence
Legal Actions
2010-2017 Sample Timeline
Provoke Queries
B.C. Support, Coordination & Convergence
Attempted Entanglements
Publicly Propagated Attributions
Escalations & Narrative Adjustments
Internal Justifications & Benefits
Narrative Transformation Strategy
Narratives (veracity not asserted)
Optics & Implications

IEG (brief)
Four Star Financial (brief)

This post is the 7th addendum to (previous limited information 9 posts) and  integrated post for documentation and reference purposes. Information, context and statements were previously and contemporaneously documented and independently verifiable. Conclusions and assessments are self-evident or clearly marked and separately identified. Related efforts are not recent and have been ongoing for a significant period.

Integrated Posts Updates

Post replicated on Lux ex Tenebris site

It is about disrupting and holding accountable entrenched actors and conduct that have reared their ugly heads again and again over the years continuing to present.

The following have been updated and added to the integrated slides:

Posts:

Seattle Federal Corruption Slides Integrated:

Table of Contents and link in slide footers
Content Guide
Crossing the Line
B.C. Support, Coordination & Convergence
B.C. Hells Angels Targeted 2005-2018
D & D
False Narrative Management
Entanglements
Benefits
Publicly Propagated False Attributions
Escalations & Narrative Adjustments
Narrative Balancing Acts
Internal Justifications
Narrative Maintenance
Narrative Transformation Strategy
Current & Targeted Narratives

This post is the 6th addendum to (previous limited information 9 posts) and  integrated post for documentation and reference purposes. Information, context and statements were previously and contemporaneously documented and independently verifiable. Conclusions and assessments are self-evident or clearly marked and separately identified. Related efforts are not recent and have been ongoing for a significant period.

Integrated Posts Updates

Post replicated on Lux ex Tenebris site

It is about disrupting and holding accountable entrenched actors and conduct that have reared their ugly heads again and again over the years continuing to present.

The following have been updated and added to the integrated slides:

Posts:

Words & Perceptions Matter
Crossing the Line

Seattle Federal Corruption Slides Integrated:

Updated Slides 15, 16, 21, 22, 34, 35 ,36 ,37, 42, 43
7/18/2018: 54, 55
7/18/2018: 54, 56, 58

This post is the 5th addendum to (previous limited information 9 posts) and  integrated post for documentation and reference purposes. Information, context and statements were previously and contemporaneously documented and independently verifiable. Conclusions and assessments are self-evident or clearly marked and separately identified. Related efforts are not recent and have been ongoing for a significant period.