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“Collapse” Author, Michael Ruppert on Dorner, Peak Oil and more

Michael Ruppert is an investigative journalist and author of two books, Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil and Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World. In the 1970s, Ruppert was a narcotics officer for the LAPD. While there, he discovered evidence that the CIA was complicit in the illegal drug trade. He alerted his superiors with this information and soon found himself dismissed even though he had an honorable record. These events spurred Ruppert to begin a new career for himself as an investigative journalist. He was the publisher/editor of the From The Wilderness newsletter which, until its closure in 2006, examined government corruption and complicity in such areas as the CIA’s involvement in the war on drugs, the Pat Tillman scandal, the 2008 economic collapse and issues surrounding Peak Oil. Ruppert has lectured widely on these topics and was the subject of a documentary,Collapse, in 2009 which was based on one of his books. Currently, he hosts the radio show, The Lifeboat, on the Progressive Radio Network.



Michael Ruppert let’s fly with both barrels as he speaks on Peak Oil, who the media are serving, and the truth behind Pat Tilman and Christopher Dorner. Ruppert’s candor is so strong that it is clear to see why he has been persecuted for his journalism, and he also shows why he is resilient enough to keep on speaking his truth.

00:01 Coming up on Media Mayhem.
00:50 Welcoming Michael Ruppert
01:44 Getting persecuted as a journalist over Pat Tilman.
04:35 Bringing down the Bush administration.
08:55 The Pat Tilman cover-up.
15:01 Getting push back from controversial stories.
23:14 Media red herrings and distractions from the Right and Left.
27:54 Collapse, peak oil and the Iraq War explained.
36:17 The cognitive dissonance swirling around Christopher Dorner.
45:04 Investigative journalism appears through the cracks.


Collapse mastermind Michael Ruppert joins Media Mayhem to continue his conversation about the dirty secrets of the US government. This time he pulls out the big guns when discussing 9/11, the Bush administration, and why Dick Cheney was such an important (and nefarious) figure.
He also gives his thoughts on President Obama, and the overwhelming force that keeps the machine of US government ticking in the direction of criminality.

00:01 Coming Up on Media Mayhem
00:41 The Collapse network of outside media.
03:34 30 years of experience in skepticism.
05:24 Osama Bin Laden and the truth.
09:44 9/11 was orchestrated by Dick Cheney.
11:24 Evidence for his case.
16:33 How Cheney consolidated power so effectively.
20:56 The excuse for the Iraq War, and the connection to Pearl Harbor.
26:12 Halliburton and the C.I.A.
31:44 Working with the LAPD and C.I.A. and coming from a background related to security.
34:34 The C.I.A. drug shipment conspiracy.
36:35 Has the LAPD changed since Rodney King?
40:14 Obama and the machine.
43:52 The balance of power and the executive.



13 Comments on "“Collapse” Author, Michael Ruppert on Dorner, Peak Oil and more"

  1. J-Gav on Wed, 2nd Oct 2013 9:45 pm 

    Not sure I’d call Ruppert a “mastermind.”

    He’s sacrificed and contributed a lot, make no mistake about that, but I’d suggest going to someone like Nafeez Ahmed for a more rounded and easily accessible approach to these questions.

    NB: I admit to a personal info debt to Ruppert on more than one issue (his From the Wilderness site) – CIA drug-running (the “boys on the tracks” in Arkansas, the links to Celerino Castillo’s book, his early understanding of peak oil) etc. So this is probably worth a watch for those unfamiliar with his take (in fact, I think I’ve already seen it). As for 911, I also have my doubts about any so-called ‘official version’ (there are 3 or 4 ‘official versions’) but I’m not (yet) convinced his version is the best. I won’t go into details.

  2. Arthur on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 12:00 am 

    “As for 911, I also have my doubts about any so-called ‘official version’ (there are 3 or 4 ‘official versions’)”

    There is only one official version, as described in the official report of the 9/11 commission (“19 Arabs with box-cutters did it”). According to the chairman of the committee Lee Hamilton the inquiry was ‘set up to fail’ and the conclusions predetermined by a Philippe Zelikow (not exactly an Arab).

    Fascinating that in May 2000 I was living and working in Hamburg/Germany, for a Manhattan based company at the height of the dotcom craze… at very short distance of Marienstrasse 54, where Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah lived at the same time (the alleged pilots of AA11, UA175, UA93 resp.):

    While I kept myself busy in the evening in the hotel with topics like EJBs and transaction processing, 10 miles south these three guys were cooking, studying and having fun rather than plotting the 9/11 attacks. I think that in May 2000 they were paid a visit by agents from a certain secret service, were murdered on the spot, their passports taken (to be ‘found’ 16 months later in a Manhattan street), their bodies thrown in the Elbe river or whatever body disposal method, and that agents of said secret service used these passports to show up in a Florida flight school 1 month later, run by a Dutchman named Rudy Dekkers, to set up a trail with fake identities that would be used later to put the blame on these Arabs.

    Yes, Dick Cheney was involved. He was responsible for enforcing the stand down order, so the hijacked planes could be telecrashed undisturbed into their destinations, with everybody on board gassed.

    Only WTC-1&2 were a ‘success’, F77 failed to hit the Pentagon and was probably shot down over the Atlantic, F93 was destined for WTC7, but was intercepted (despite Cheney) by a local commander, who had seen on his TV what the ‘hijacked’ planes were used for in NYC, had send pilots up to take a look, after which the pilot Eric Gibney had noticed that everybody on board was dead, he got the order to shoot the plane down; this is the story as told by colonel Donn de Grand-Pre to Alex Jones in 2004:

    tinyurl . com / c3b3k7x

    The failure of F93 to show up in Manhattan was the cause of the embarrassment for co-plotter Silverstein and his WTC7 building, stuffed with explosives. In the end they decided to ‘pull’, as the least risky option.

    The real mastermind of 9/11 was not bin Laden (who had denied and condemned the operation) nor poor waterboarded KSM, but Dov Zakheim. He headed the firm SPC International, specialized in remote control of airplanes. No doubt it was his idea to let F77 crash into the Pentagon, in his own office no less, to finish off a bunch of comptrollers, who had just begun to clean out the administrative mess around the missing 2 trillion, caused by the very same Zakheim, years earlier (expect the missing 2 trillion to lie around somwhere in London or Tel Aviv). Now how about that! Wasn’t that nice of Hanni Hanjour to solve Zakheim’s problems in one blow! The very fact that F77 did not reach it’s intended destination, caused a panic with FBI agents confiscating every cam video, which would have shown that no plane hit the Pentagon facade, but that the facade was blown up from the inside. In all 4 cases explosives were used to cause the real damage that allegedly was initiated by the planes.

  3. action on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 1:10 am 

    Michael Ruppert is a God damn hero, seriously huge balls on that man. The ‘average citizen’ would cry while peeing their pants if they knew a fraction of the information he shares (I cried when I first found out but didn’t pee 🙂 , or enter denial mode and take shelter in ignorant stupidity. I hate people!

  4. BillT on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 2:03 am 

    Reality is so very different from the world most live in. He lives in the real one and opens the door for those of us who want to join him. Were it not for the internet, we would not have any idea what is really happening and how it all relates. THAT is why they are working so hard to take it down. I don’t see the public internet lasting much longer. Not because of energy shortages but because the One Worlders cannot allow it. Obama is trying hard to get an excuse to turn it off. If he succeeds, then the world will go into darkness.

    If you disagree, give me a good reason why it cannot be controlled/limited. After all, Apple and Microsoft can still sell programs and computers to do calculations and book-keeping as they did before the internet. Banking can still interconnect with branches and their ATMs by land line. You don’t have to talk to Aunt Mary in Australia. They have telephones and snail mail for that. The internet is NOT forever.

  5. PrestonSturges on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 3:33 am 

    If you seen the 1996 Geena Davis movie “Long Kiss Goodnight,” be sure to catch the conversation between Davis (“Mitch”) and evil CIA guy, LeLand

    Leland: 1993. World Trade Center bombing, remember? During the trial, one of the bombers claimed the CIA had advanced knowledge. The diplomat who issued the terrorists’ visas was CIA. It’s not unthinkable that they paved the way for the bombing, purely to justify a budget increase.
    Mitch: You’re telling me that you’re going to fake some terrorist thing, just to scare some money out of Congress?
    Leland: Well, unfortunately, Mr. Hennessey, I have no idea how to fake killing four thousand people, so we’re just going to have to do it for real. Blame it on the Muslims, naturally. Then I get my funding.

  6. Arthur on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 7:47 am 

    Bill, you have no idea how interconnected the private, public and corporate world now is. There is no way any government can afford to switch off the internet. The economy would break down immediately. No politician has the power to do such a thing. The internet is here to stay, like nuclear weapons and taxes. And the more energy starved the world becomes, the more indispensable the internet will prove to be. No government has absolute power, there is always the risk of an uprising. The NWO is certainly not going to survive the internet.

  7. Hugh Culliton on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 10:19 am 

    Arthur: I’m surprised by your comment. Regardless of how indispensable the internet might be to current civilization, it still runs on electricity. How can it possibly continue to work if we’re having trouble keeping the lights on in the post peak oil world? To borrow from Leonard Cohen, the internet is ‘just a shining artifact of the past’.

  8. BillT on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 10:58 am 

    Arthur, I have a very good idea how it is all interconnected and I know that it will end anyway. And why do you think a politician will do it? The Banksters run the world or haven’t you noticed. The government can take it down in a heartbeat and blame it on ‘terrorists’. Would you prefer a nuclear war? That is the alternative. Total control means just that TOTAL.

    Or they can take down the power grid and the internet ends automatically. A solar flare could do it also. Gone forever in the blink of an eye. The internet is NOT indispensable as you will find out before you die.

  9. Arthur on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 11:55 am 

    “Regardless of how indispensable the internet might be to current civilization, it still runs on electricity.”

    We are probably going to run out of energy to drive in 1200 kg metal jackets, but not to power a simple 3 watt tablet. Apple is busy to release a 13 inch tablet that should phase out laptops and desktop for private people (not for professionals). Besides, tablets can power themselves via solar cells on the back. The internet current consumes ca. 1.5% of all electricity, including embedded energy of all devices involved. This is bound to become less and less with improving technology and ever more energy efficient components. If you realize that driving an average car takes 25,000 times as much energy as using a tablet, it is not difficult to see what will be going first and what never. For IT the rule is that there is no other downside limit in energy consumption than 0. Amazon kindle screens use 0 energy if it displays a static screen.

    And I am less pessimistic about the inevitability of ‘total control by bankers’. Nobody is all-powerfull.

  10. J-Gav on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 4:51 pm 

    I’m not sure any group anywhere wants to really take out the internet, though that could happen independently of human intentions. What they (and THEY here have names and addresses i.e. the companies that provide the connections) definitely want to rein it in. That means a 2 or even 3-tiered access arrangement. Pay to play will be the name of the game if they get their way.

  11. J-Gav on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 5:06 pm 

    Oh, by the way, Arthur, when I spoke of several ‘official versions,’ I was referring to the multiple changes in the US administration’s narrative of how events played out that day. “Euh, no, in fact he wasn’t there at 9:30 am, he arrived at 10 o’clock” etc, etc the list of cantradictory blathering is long …

    To clarify my minor quarrel with Ruppert re: 911, it comes from his loud insistance to “Forget about physical evidence, explosives in the buildings, etc …” A few years later, at least two studies revealed they’d found nano-thermite in the rubble samples they had … (the Danish one by Niels Harrit is the one that comes to mind).

  12. Arthur on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 8:53 pm 

    Sovereign interview Niels Harrit gave to the BBC and reporter Michael RuDin (he could have been named Michael RuBin, but he isn’t):

    Rudin tries to attack Harrit but fails miserably.

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