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THE BATTLE FOR AUM SHINRIKYO
By David Guyatt
Hiroyuki Jo, a 29 year old ethnic Korean, was flanked by two assistants. As his target approached, Jo turned towards one of his accomplices who handed him a large kitchen knife concealed inside a briefcase. The threesome pushed themselves to the fore, isolating their target. With an expert strike, Jo slashed the victims left wrist - a techniques that opens the victim to a fatal stab. Having rendered his prey defenceless, the assassin lunged for the kill, repeatedly thrusting the knife deep into the abdomen. The entire scene was caught on live TV news cameras and in front of hundreds of journalists from around the world.
His assignment completed, the killer patiently stood waiting to be arrested, as his two assistants melted invisibly into the crowd. The assassination was orchestrated by the Yamaguchi-gumi, part of the feared Japanese crime syndicate known as the Yakuza. The victim was Hideo Murai, the science and technology minister of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo. Just a few weeks prior to the attack, Aum had received international condemnation as the terrorist group that released the deadly nerve gas, Sarin, into the Tokyo subway system.
Murai possessed an IQ higher than Einsteins and was considered to have been the most intelligent Japanese who ever lived. His role within Aum Shinrikyo was the development of extremely sophisticated weapons of mass destruction. These included an advanced laser-powered seismic device capable of generating massive earthquakes. Some weeks before his death, Murai was present at a press conference in Tokyos Foreign Press Club, where Aums guru, Shoko Asahara, claimed that the massive earthquake that devastated the City of Kobe was an act of war. As incredible as these assertions appear, they are not without some substance.
Alarmed at the weapons activities of Aum Shinrikyo, the US Senate conducted an investigation into the cult. Their report published in October 1995 outlined Aums intense interest in the work of Nikola Tesla. At the turn of this century, Tesla had conducted numerous experiments in the realm of advanced electromagnetic weapon systems. In 1896, he accidentally triggered an earthquake across a dozen New York city blocks. Such was the turmoil caused that local police stormed his lab. Realising what had occurred, the inventor hurriedly took a sledge hammer and smashed an offending oscillator to pieces. Later he remarked that the quake was caused "by a little piece of apparatus you could slip into your pocket."
The Senate report describes how representatives of Aum visited the New York based International Tesla Society (ITS) seeking access to Teslas research papers. However, these had been confiscated by the US government in 1943 - the year Tesla died - and classified secret. They remain secret to this day. A spokesman for ITS told Senate investigators that Aums interest focused on Teslas experiments on "resonating frequencies" in connection with the artificial creation of earthquakes. Remarkably, the Senate report goes on to mention Teslas claim that he could "split the world in two." This mind-boggling assertion is believed to have been reflected in the warning given by Russian Premier Nikita Krushchev in 1960. Krushchev referred to " the advent of a new class of Soviet Superweapon, so powerful it could wipe out all life on earth." The comment, made at the height of the cold war, clearly did not refer to nuclear weapons - already an integral component of the feared Soviet arsenal.
Aums Russian connections are of considerable significance, too. Over several years the cult had deeply penetrated Russias military, intelligence, and political establishment. High level contacts included Oleg Lobov, a close confidante of Premier Boris Yeltsin. Lobov later became chairman of Russias Security Council - the nations highest decision making body. Lobov, who was also the chairman of the Russia-Japan College, is believed to have been paid upwards of US$ 100 million for services rendered to Aum Shinrikyo.
The Russia-Japan College was used by Aum as a platform to recruit high level scientists working on sophisticated weapons research and development. This enabled the cult to recruit a top researcher and several employees of Russias foremost advanced nuclear research facility, the Kurchatov Institute. Aums chief weapons dealer, Kiyoide Hayakawa, had, in addition, negotiated for the purchase of a Russian built gas-laser for plasma-weapons. The latter are state-of-the-art technologies which, again, reflect much of Teslas early work. Not least were Aums considerable contacts in the Russian intelligence community.
But what drove a Japanese religious sect to acquire sophisticated weapons of mass destruction? The answer is embedded in obscure Japanese history and also revolves around another Japanese cult - the militaristic Soka Gakkei. The latter is a huge religious sect with 15 million members world-wide and massive finances. According to veteran Japanese investigative reporters, Yoichi Shimatsu Clark and Jack Amano, Soka Gakkei adhere to the teaching of the13th century Buddhist monk and prophet, Nichiren. Nichirens primary teaching involved the active suppression of all other rival sects. In addition he zealously preached a doctrine of "Final War" (saisho senso) to be fought against the Christian west and the Islamic world.
The latter doctrine was revitalised during the 1930s by the chief military strategist for the Japanese Army of Occupation in Manchuria. Kanji Ishihara, an admirer of Adolf Hitler, maintained that a gigantic world conflict was approaching. This war, he believed, would be fought with mind-boggling "weapons from the laboratory" including chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. It was not a matter of chance that Manchuria was the principal location of the now infamous Unit 731 - a top secret biological weapons facility. It was here that unspeakable experiments were conducted on local Chinese and WW11 allied prisoners alike. Japanese expertise in chemical and biological weapons gained during WW11 was not forever lost. In fact it barely caused a mis-stride. Lt. General Ishii, Unit 731s most senior officer continued his work after the war under top secret US control.
Remarkably, the leadership of Aum also adhered to the teachings of the monk Nichiren and his 20th century disciple, Kanji Ishihara. Aum guru, Shoko Asahara was committed to the final war which predicted a prodigious struggle lasting 100 years. The failure of right wing militarists during WW11 to sweep to victory was not viewed as an end of the 100 year war, but merely a tentative beginning. By the early nineties Aum had developed powerful nuclear bombs and were undertaking a "crash" programme to build an earthquake weapon, according to former Senate investigator, Dan Gerber, in a telephone call to Australian Geophysicist Harry Mason.
Mason has been investigating a series of peculiar seismic "events" and other strange phenomena in the vast open spaces of Western Australia. These include 173 tremors registering 3-0 on the Richter scale, the majority of which occurred in the space of just 10 months. Significantly, Mason found that the epi-centres of these quakes were spaced at 10 kilometre intervals. Clearly, they are not of natural origin. Masons interest in the Aum cult followed his discovery of a large unexplained earthquake featuring strange aerial phenomena. This quake, registering 3.7 on the Richter scale took place on 28 May 1993 close to Banjawarn sheep station. Amazingly, Aum Shinrikyo commenced negotiations to purchase the sheep station three days before the earthquake. More importantly, Kiyode Hayakawa, Aums arms dealer set about conducting sophisticated electromagnetic testing in the vicinity of Banjawarn just prior to authorisising the purchase. These included inserting electric probes into the ground and then feeding the accumulated data into a laptop computer.
Meanwhile, the first dogma of the monk Nichiren was also being dusted down with deadly intent. The rivalry between Soka Gakkei and Aum Shinrikyo was bitter. Numerous brawls between rival members had occurred. This appears to have been followed by a period of relative truce. The period of peace has been attributed to a series of delicate negotiations between Russia and Aum that focused on the transfer of sophisticated high-tech weapons and know-how. These were quietly backed by the Japanese government.
Once the agreements had been finalised a new round of violence erupted between the warring sects. The result was the Sarin gas attack on Tokyos subway system which was reported globally. Thereafter, the power of Aum Shinrikyo slid into oblivion. Journalists investigating the Aum affair now conclude that Soka Gakkei were responsible for the Sarin attack. In one fell swoop, they cleverly neutralised their chief rivals and ingeniously acquired the weapons and technological expertise won by Aum during the round of tough negotiations in Moscow.
Soka Gakkei possess tremendous clout inside Japanese government, the prevailing bureaucracy and all of Japans major corporations. According to veteran journalist, Jack Amano, they have covert cells infesting every sector of government and big business. As the deniable face of the Japanese government it is feared they are carrying Aums apocalyptic plans for global war forward.
In a feature article published earlier this year, Journalist Jack Amano, reveals how Japans intelligence community learned of the existence of terrifying new weapons. In 1987, a Japanese satellite known as "Ginga" was launched. Circling the globe in high orbit, the satellite was said to be searching for "X-ray emissions from distant stars." However, its secret mission was to detect gamma radiation from both Russian and Chinese nuclear weapons tests. During June 1987, Ginga registered a massive pulse of gamma rays emanating from below the orbiting satellite. Hasty investigation showed the radiation emissions were coming from Kosmos 1900, a soviet satellite. The satellite was radiating the upper atmosphere Van Allen belts. The conclusion was that the Russians were engaged in weather engineering as well as a developing a space platform for missile defence and earthquake induction.
As information from the satellite "Ginga" filtered through to selected scientists, a graduate student at Osaka Prefectural University reviewed the data. Hideo Murai was one of Japans leading X ray astronomers at the time. Thus began his ill-fated journey into the leading ranks of Aum Shinrikyo - the apocalyptic cult that was secretly sponsored by Toshio Yamaguchi, head of Japans foreign intelligence service.
Murai, who knew all and - following the tragic Sarin attack on Tokyos subway - was preparing to reveal all, had to be silenced. Meanwhile, the US ground-based "mirror" facility in Alaska, called HAARP, that duplicates the Russian abilities - went on-line in 1995.
HAARP - An American Weather Weapon?
In their book, Angels Dont Play this HAARP, authors Dr. Nick Begich and Jeanne Manning, reveal details of the HAARP project that the US military preferred remained secret. The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Project was primarily based on the patents of Bernard J. Estlund, who acknowledged they were partly drawn from the earlier experiments of Nikola Tesla. The numerous patents of Eastlund and later HAARP scientists revealed by the authors demonstrate the project is weapon oriented. Weapon systems include massive missile shields, EM pulse weapons, satellite interrogation, weather modification and earthquake induction. Opposing activists claim the project is inherently dangerous and fraught with potential disasters for the planet.
Aum and the "Moonies"
Aums charismatic guru, Shoko Asahara, may only have been the titular head of the cult, according to an agent of the Public Security Investigative Bureau - Japans equivalent of the FBI. The sects armaments chief, Kiyohide Hayakawa, held allegiance from a "hard core" of Aum operatives. These were involved in "espionage, arms dealing, drug distribution and other crimes " Significantly, Hayakawa was once a high ranking official of the Unification Church, founded by the Rev. Sun Moon. It remains unclear if Hayakawa had changed spots or was merely operating on instructions of his fanatical Korean paymaster. The use of a native Korean to assassinate Aums science chief, Hideo Murai, may speak volumes.
The Judea Cipher
The last utterance of Hideo Murai, following multiple stab wounds was "Yudaya." Translated as "Judea," this led to intense speculation. Aum press spokesman, Fumihoro Joyu later revealed that this was a codeword. According to investigative reporter Yoichi Shimatsu Clark, its significance partly lies in the Jewish states Star of David emblem - the six-pointed star. This is also the symbol of Japans imperial household. Inside the grounds of the Imperial Palace is a guarded facility boasting thousands of six-pointed stars. It was here that representatives of Aum met with other shadowy but powerful individuals then in government to discuss methods of acquiring the most advanced weapons technology. The order to assassinate Murai also originated from this building, it is now believed.
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