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CIA Kryptos Identity Logo

Having read only to dismiss as irrelevant an extensive teaser about this new logo, my first thoughts instead went somewhere else. And that’s because the design makes me think of the palimpsest folios of Kryptos, ever being pealed back as one might do with any palimpsest as technology increases. First with the eye, then a microscope, then with chemicals, then with various types of really weird microscopes that pick up different chemical reactions with papyri or any kind of vellum. The folios in the new logo about equal the number of years of the CIA’s existence IF, that is, IF we go back to the life and times of the one I hold to be the forerunner of the CIA, the great Catholic Poet, Joyce Kilmer, who ably and bravely demonstrated the very best of forward reconnaissance when he was killed by a sniper over in France. Anyway, you remember the artful Kryptos in the CIA’s courtyard, broken cross, sepulcheric rock, the waters of death and life:

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The coriolis effect represented as a key to fulsomeness…

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Hmmm… Lot’s of questions about using the laws of nature against the laws of nature – yup – and all that which supersedes fallen human nature in the midst of continuing free will and consequences one way or the other.

I hope the new logo isn’t all about braggadocio. Any reflection of that in the CIA would about end any effort to go more deeply into human nature and fallen human nature and beyond. “We’re in conTROL!!!” is a statement that is all out of control. Questions about overarching historical indications of escaping the reality of who we are before God are discarded at our peril. Once you see that, the reality of who we are as fallen creatures before our Creator, it can’t be unseen, just escaped.

“The center cannot hold.” ??? Answer:


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Counterintel Vultures vs Crux Kryptos


The locals call these guys turkey buzzards, which buzz around big as wild turkeys. I just call them vultures. I’ve seen as many as seventy in a “kettle” (as if swirling in a kettle up in the sky) above an active landfill that handles household garbage. But in the midst of the back forest ridges near the hermitage on any day off  I might see just a few on the road, like bandits. They’ve been here at the exact same spot on the gravel one-lane hermitage mountain road near the waterfall for the seven or eight years I’ve been driving this road, never with road kill, just owning the place. They’ll move just off the road for a vehicle that dares approach them. I’ve wondered what they would do if I were walking alone on the road and acted with timidity, skittish, hesitant, backing up a step, and then another. What I don’t have to wonder about is that acting with confidence is 99% of any success in dealing with any would-be adverse encounter, and can pretty much control any outcome. Bravely walk up to these monsters and they’ll run away.

Dealing with the dark side is one thing. Quite another is dealing with human beings who are not perceptive to mind tricks, but are instead wasted on drugs, especially the drug of, say, counterintel, and it is a drug, with all the same effects, unless… And, by the way, we’re all lost to mind games on every level of our lives, unless… unless we have a constant which cuts through all mind games, that which is more powerful than mind games, more powerful than anything we hold dear in this world, including life here. That Constant is the Cross. Love, like Wisdom, cuts through idiocy. The world spins about while the Cross remains a constant.

Solving Kryptos – Part 4 – Coriolis effect – Crux stat dum volvitur orbis

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Don’t be lost to a palimpsestic faith. Truth is Love is God, ever ancient, ever new, always the same, always full of Life. Our thinking that we can edit Truth, edit Love, edit Life is where all our shattered ways bring darkness. In our stupidity, we think that spreadsheeting analysis of stats based on fallen human nature takes account of all reality and is the key to unlocking mysteries. Pffft. Soooo NOT. When it comes to Truth who is Love who is Life, so that we walk with Truth, with Love, with Life, then it’s no longer an iffy confidence manipulating success 99% of the time, then there is success 100% of the time, with success not being measured in this world, but by being drawn into eternal life.

There’s no greater joy before the angels of heaven than when…

Didn’t expect that, did you?




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Trent, Kryptos, coriolis, treasure maps, religion, analysts, security, strategy

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Why is it that analysts ignore that which is the context for the key, for text without context is pretext. Ideology over reality? A bit of power, self-congratulation, no humility before the massive sweep of history?  While everything seems to blow apart what is the one thing that stays the same? Crux stat dum volvitur orbis. Where to find that? The context, the coriolis effect, as it were, can be found in the introductory bits of the first decree Sacrosancta of Session IV of the Council of Trent of 8 April 1546, that is, the bits before the list of books and the laying out of the treasure map. If one doesn’t know what the treasure is, in finding it, one won’t even know one is looking at it, and will bypass it.

The arrogance, impatience, spitting cynicism, bitterness of the rejection of all that which is important while calling it irrelevant and sheer idiocy is astounding, and should put on guard those who don’t have so much baggage to deal with. Purity of heart and agility of soul and humble thanksgiving before the Most High is the only way. It’s not mathematics, encoding or decoding, statistics or any other mind games so available to manipulation. It’s the reality of what is actually happening. And there are those who are open to this, also analysts. They need to be encouraged. For the long game. And the short. But life is difficult. There are bullies. So be it. That’s O.K. The coriolis effect plows through all that. ;-). Anyone want to analyze the introductory bits of the first decree Sacrosancta?


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This is why KRYPTOS should be easy

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“I don’t do evidence,” Brennan replied, speaking instead of “intelligence.” Gowdy gets the distinction perfectly. Brennan replied with perfect clarity. Great. Now, if we could only get all the field crowd of the Company to deeply understand that, we would have something. I always fall back on the perfectly logical statement of Donald Rumsfeld:

Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.

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Pope to CIA and FBI: Be ever so Kryptos

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The description of this blog includes a reference to terrorism analysis. I do know something about terrorism as it happens. Just part of my unrepeatable history in the Middle-East and in Central America and in Rome, Italy, and in Columbus, Ohio, and in Chicago, Illinois, et al. We don’t all have to have direct contact with terrorists to understand terrorism, however. Pope Francis opines about this:

“We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.” (Pope Francis on Islamic Terrorism orchestrated by ISIS at the Pulse gay nightclub 12 June 2016.)

The “ways” are always staring us in the face

The biggest mistake one can make in reckoning how it is that someone does something is to figure THEM out. Ain’t gonna work, not now, not ever. Don’t walk in someone else’s shoes, having the pretense to see what you would be like IF you were them. No. That’s just a bit too self-congratulatory, condescending, blinding one to the reality before you. You just end up projecting your own idiocy onto others and totally miss who they have become. Instead, just go ahead and understand yourself as the perpetrator of the horror.

“Oh no! I could never do that! I grew up in a good family. In fact, I was checked out with background checks to prove that I was good and would never do bad stuff!” (Perpetrator of ISIS terrorism at the Pulse gay nightclub 12 June 2016 even while contracting for years with the Department of Homeland Security.)

Here’s the deal: We all start out without unrepeatable histories, which then develop. But we’re all the same at the beginning, all a bit susceptible to circumstances if we have no solid identity developed amidst all the changing unrepeatable circumstances. It is only in having that identity that one loses the nervousness about actually understanding oneself as being ultimately capable of doing the worst of terrorist or other criminal acts. While not losing one’s identity for a second, one can actually let oneself become the terrorist, as it were, not just walking in his shoes, or flip-flops as the case may be. So a bit of humility is needed, and also honesty and integrity even in the face of political correctness and the danger of losing one’s popularity.

To “identify and contrast” is impossible if one seeks favor

If one insists that Islam is “the religion of peace” so as to seek favor with popular opinion, one will not be able to identify anything except one’s own political correctness. To do this is simply to seek more violence. “Contrast”? “Contrast” with what? A mistaken ISIS type of Islam with the Islam one imagines to be “the religion of peace”? To do this is simply to seek more violence.

There is no such thing as “radical” Islam. It is what it is. Islam is a political religion of pure conquest also on the political side of things, obliterating any possibility of a religious side of things. See Pope Benedict’s Regensburg address. If one is true to Islam, one will follow up with what we call terroristic incidents, which are to Islam merely the proper exercise of their so-called religion.

If we don’t want to see that truth, then we only want to project our own cowardice onto the situation; we only want to see more violence. Take people where they are at, not where we are at. Get rid of cowardice and fear.

About the whole “interreligious” thing

Solidly knowing our identity of who we are before the Creator and Sustainer of all things is necessary. Only before Him is it possible to have no fear of knowing that we ourselves are capable of absolutely any crime. Without being in reverence before God we simply will not be honest about it. This is because we have an analogy of reason between creature and Creator, He who gives us pardon if we desire this in His grace.

The problem with Islam is that an analogy of reason between creature and Creator is denied and forbidden under pain of death, as it is a blasphemy, for this would be perceived as questioning Allah. Not to be done. One merely congratulates oneself for being submissive to whatever death Allah demands in whatever situation.

The difficulty with the self-congratulatory West is that we live in a culture which rejects reason in favor of irrational running after that which is immoral to call it moral. Will we have the humility to see that we murder our children in sacrifice to our self-referential gods of self (with abortion and infanticide) just like Islam sacrifices its children with suicide bomb vests to the sadistic Allah?

But I’ll tell you this: no humility, no understanding of terrorism. Can’t be done.


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Solving Kryptos – Part 4 – Coriolis effect – Crux stat dum volvitur orbis

Update: Some guy teaching cryptology, I suppose, at both Amirkabir University of Technology and Islamic Azad University Shoustar Branch, seems to be making some strides in figuring out Part IV, taking hints from this very article. That’s Kryptic evangelization, an apocalypse. ;¬)

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Hey, I mean, two pieces of petrified wood looking ever so much like a cross, with the rock looking as if it had been quarried from Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher. If the severed palimpsest palimpsest codex folios were closed, they would all come together, right? Continue reading


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