Wednesday, June 10, 2009


The Heritage Foundation created a video that explains the critical need to re-initiate and completely fund a Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program... a anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense program. With countries like North Korea (Photo 1: below) and Iran acquiring the capability to launch ICBM's, our negotiation positions in the future will be severely weakened.
(Note: the "Research recommendations" section at the end of this article lists proven books, DVD's and audio tapes on this article topic. All have been reviewed and are recommended by DECLASSIFIED SECRETS.)

Such countries, as they build and develop their ICBM numbers, payloads, and accuracy have the capacity to change life as we know it in the U.S. in less than 33 minutes. The documentary 33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age is a one-hour documentary produced by the Heritage Foundation that tells the story of the fastly developing threat foreign enemies pose to every one us. The truth is brutal - no matter where on Earth a missile is launched from it would take 33 minutes or less to hit the U.S. target it was programmed to destroy.

Nuclear proliferation around the world, and the threat of a ballistic missile attack of some kind is mounting as more and more countries obtain rocketry and nuclear technology. The ongoing threat toward America is also accelerating due to the fact that there are many rogue nations and non-state terrorist organizations who either have or are seeking ballistic missiles and nuclear technology.

The challenges of protecting America and its citizens for President Obama's administration are great. Featuring rare footage and in-depth interviews with leading experts in the field, 33 Minutes is the definitive documentary exposing the untold vulnerability we all face and the action plan necessary to revive a strategic missile defense system that America uniquely can develop, maintain, and employ for its own defense and the peace-loving world's security. Note: View THADD videos in upper left Yellow margin
The Heritage Foundation video demonstrates that our technology has advanced so much since President Reagan's "Star Wars" SDI days, that we now can not only hit a bullet with a bullet, but we can hit a spot on a bullet with a bullet. Still, the SDI program is lacking in adequate funding and is incapable of defending the U.S. against ICBM attack. Watch "33 Minutes" trailer video below:

(Above photo 2) Pine Gap- a joint U.S./Australia anti-ballistic missile system
DECLASSIFIED SECRETS COMMENT: How about a global SDI system? After all, won't we have one in the Czech Republic soon? (Scroll down to Photos 8 & 9). As North Korea sells ICBM and nuclear technology to rogue nations and threatens to use her ICBM's; as Iran continues to develop ICBM capabilities (photos below); and as the world frets over the Taliban taking over in Afghanistan, DECLASSIFIED SECRETS believes a Global Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program should be developed fully. Yes, while writing this piece, North Korea has threatened use of her missile warheads offensively if the world places sanctions upon her and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan voices concern on the danger of his country's nuclear weapons falling into Taliban hands. At the same time, he states that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is safe and in good hands.
Some in India say this is just a "ruse to garner as much funds as possible from the US and the West to spirit away to his accounts." True, we gave billions of military aid to Pakistan to better arm the Frontier Corps army so they could drive the Taliban and al Queda out of their provinces. As we know, it was never spent for the purpose it was intended. Instead, U.S. military funding to Pakistan was spent on offensive weapon systems aimed at our friend, India. A Pentagon document disclosed that aid given by the U.S. has been used to build up and strengthen Pakistan's armed forces armory against India. As one man from India stated, "Pakistan is so obsessive with India."

So, why not develop a fail-proof, anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system...soon? The current ABM system that protects America's shores will be simply intensified qualitatively with the new failure-proof technologies and quantitatively. However, overseas, the U.S. could install fail-proof 2nd and 1st layer ABM systems in the "weaker," less-developed countries to negate their well-intentioned desires to acquire nuclear technolgies and rocket propulsion systems to protect themselves, through mutually-assured destruction capabilities, from threat-mongering neighbors. (Please view videos and books on THAAD in Yellow margin to the right).

Here are four futuristic reasons why we should:
(1) Diplomatic upside: We could install this fail safe SDI program to our nervous friends around the world...which would include on-station American specialists and advisors. Such a system would be installed as a missile defense program tailored-made for each countries individual needs and threat status. Scroll down to Photos 4 & 5, which show map of countries within Iran's Sahab-3 missile range. By installing a U.S. failure-proof ABM system in each of them, Iran's hegenomy goals would be negated. Countries yearning for security by developing or importing (from N. Korea?) missile technologies alongside nuclear capabilities would realize they didn't have to pursue these options.

(2) Economic feasibility and Self-sustainment. The system would be free from unstable U.S. federal funding and political whims. We could lease or 'rent out" such a system to our nervous allies. The copious amounts of monies taken in would pay for not only the cost of operation, but for massive and continual R&D to improve the SDI system. It would be an enduring and self-sustaining system, funded from foreign clients.

(3) Nation-Empowerment. No longer would “weaker” nations acquiesce to the desires of rogue neighbors. As the heavyweight prizefighter Jack Dempsey once said, “The best offense is a good defense.” Such a system, certainly, would be a peaceful, defensive venture, but would carry a deadly message to rogue regimes who see their power, dominance and threat-mongering capabilities grow useless. Many "weaker" nations would be more inclined to join the world community's push for peaceful existence rather than stay neutral and crouch before a derelict neighbor. (Photo 3 above)- Test launch of Pakistan's Hatf-3 {Ghaznai} SRBM in October, 2003. It's capable of delivering 20 kiloton nuclear warhead.

(4) Create Agenda for Global Peace Agenda. Participating countries would meet regularly to discuss connectivity, since each SDI system could communicate with another. The worldwide SDI system would be installed and managed by the U.S., so administrative and daily managerial difficulties could be worked out. There would also be a treaty binding participating nations together: they must protect each other with this system. For example, if a rogue nation launched a missile attack against another, and their missile passed over several participating countries, each would attempt to destroy it, even though it wasn’t targeted at them. On the same note, participating countries that do not possess long-range missiles or nuclear technology, will have have the ABM installations removed if they pursue these ventures.

Hopefully, a fully-funded, full-proof ABM system will be perfected by the U.S.

Robert Morton
Declassified Secrets

(Photo 4 above) Iran displaying Sahab-3 MRBM in September 3, 2003 parade
(Photo 5 below) Visual of 2,000 km range of Iran's Sahab-3 missile fired from within Iran
(Photo 6 below) SDI! Martin Marietta Corp. rocket-propelled missile accelerating toward collision with nuclear-tipped missile ICBM.

President Reagan’s SDI Speech - The Announcement of Strategic Defense Initiative (Photo 7 left)
March 23, 1983
Excerp from speech:
"I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace, to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.
Tonight, consistent with our obligations of the ABM treaty and recognizing the need for closer consultation with our allies, I'm taking an important first step. I am directing a comprehensive and intensive effort to define a long-term research and development program to begin to achieve our ultimate goal of eliminating the threat posed by strategic nuclear missiles. This could pave the way for arms control measures to eliminate the weapons themselves. We seek neither military superiority nor political advantage. Our only purpose -- one all people share -- is to search for ways to reduce the danger of nuclear war.

My fellow Americans, tonight we're launching an effort which holds the promise of changing the course of human history. There will be risks, and results take time. But I believe we can do it. As we cross this threshold,

I ask for your prayers and your support.
Thank you, good night, and God bless you.
President Ronald Reagan

(Photo 8 above) 5-step U.S. anti-ballistic missile plans for Czech Republic

(Photo 9 below) What step-4 will look like when Czech-based radar system directs U.S. interceptor missiles
(Photo 10 below) The Iskander-E is among the ballistic missiles Russsia exports

Friday, June 5, 2009


Dear Declassified Secrets:

I am married to the widow of a deceased E-6 cryptologist whose plane exploded enroute from Cubi Point, PI to the Tan Son Nhut facility just outside Saigon, Vietnam. My question why his mission would still be classified? I contacted NSA to get information because I am trying to get his name and the other 9 in the crash on the Vietnam Memorial Wall here in Washington, D.C.

The lady I spoke with said she couldn't give me more information because I was not next-of-kin. What I really don't have is something saying the mission the cryptologists were on was an operational mission in support of the fleet or an operation somewhere in the world. Since he was flying on a C2A from Cubi Point, PI to Tan Son Nhut it appears on the surface he was just on a ordinary "logistics support mission" (something like a mail run) but I know cryptologists don't just fly around (6 of them) to deliver mail. I believe he was enroute to Tan Son Nhut to pick up a different aircraft for further transfer to the USS Enterprise which had just been turned around and headed back towards the Indian Ocean. I believe the 6 cryptologists were going to pick up another plane and fly to the Enterprise where they would then begin their cryptologic mission. I need something official that will say that, because the C2A is not a plane the cryptologists would be conducting operational mission tasks from. That's why they needed to get to Tan Son Nhut to pick up a plane that could fly them to the Enterprise where they could begin their mission once aboard.

One of his two surviving daughters will have to use the FOIA to see what they can find out. Lastly, the lady at NSA told me that the mission that CTR1 Walter Ray Woods Jr. was on has not yet been declassified. His name does appear on the NSA Memorial Wall along with 5 other cryptologists who died that day. This tragic accident occurred on December 12, 1971. You would think it would have been declassified by now. I know what the mission was and where he was going. However, I do not have proof of my knowledge.

Is there any way you could assist by pointing me in the direction of someone who could provide help? I have already written to our congressmen and senators from the state of Maryland and that proved fruitless. I have been supplying information to a man down in Tennessee who puts the packages together to forward up to the Washington area where it is reviewed and if accepted the man in Tennessee is given the word to make the arrangements for his name to be put on the wall, where a ceremony is held every Memorial Day. I really need all the help I can get to crack this one. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. His daughters are grown now with children of their own.

By all means, do anything you need to find people to help us.


Dick Willis
Stanley Associates, Inc
Senior Analyst
1100 New Jersey Ave. SE Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 314-4244 Office
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COMMENT FROM DECLASSIFIED SECRETS: Mr. Dick Willis mentions The National Security Agency/Central Security Service Cryptologic Memorial honors E-6 cryptologist Walter Ray Woods Jr. and the five other cryptologists who were killed on that ill-fated flight bound for the Tan Son Nhut facility just outside Saigon, Vietnam. I found the name of Willis and the other cryptologists who died with Woods on that tragic flight on December 12, 1971. They are listed below:

CT03 James M. Coon, USN 12 Dec 1971
CTISN John M. Deremigio, USN 12 Dec 1971
CTO1 Donald E. Dickerson, USN 12 Dec 1971
CTOSN Stephen H. Elliott, USN 12 Dec 1971
CTRI Walter R. Woods, Jr., USN 12 Dec 1971
CTM2 Gregory K. Zeller, USN 12 Dec 1971

In total, there are 153 names on the black granite memorial, which stands 8 feet tall and rests inside the NSA complex. The words, “THEY SERVED IN SILENCE” are etched into the polished stone at the cap of a triangle (Photo above). I attended a seminar inside the CIA HQ not long ago. Just like the memorial inside the NSA HQ, I paused to look at the CIA memorial (Photo below), which has stars for each man and woman who died while in service of country.
To me, both memorials possess a shared voiceless hush of secrecy: men and women who breathed their last breath in the line of duty…little mention of their names……guarded discussions of their undertakings…no public fanfare or shiny medals to wear on ticker tape parades upon arriving under false identities…operating under a cloak of darkness, even after they give their lives in the line of duty.

Any members of the AFIO who are familiar with the mission the six cryptologists undertook when the plane they were on exploded may want to contact Mr. Dick Willis, the writer of the above letter. Perhaps, their assignment should still remain classified- I do not know. However, the NSA still keeps the operation they were on classified. So, any one who knew CTRI Walter R. Woods, Jr., USN or his five cryptologist friends flying with him may want to contact Mr. Willis (and Woods’ widow) and simply share with them your memories of CTRI Walter R. Woods, Jr., USN ...declassified ones, of course!

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S.

Related links:

C2A unsuccessful landing on aircraft carrier:

C2A aircraft landing successfully on USS Nimitz:

Note: Aboard ship, Cryptologic Technicians control the flow of messages and information. Their work depends on their special branch: CTAs or Administration Cryptologic Technicians (As of 01 OCT 07 CTA merged with the YN rating) perform administrative and clerical duties that control access to classified material. CTIs or Interpretive Cryptologic Technicians handle radiotelephone communications and foreign language translation. CTMs or Maintenance Cryptologic Technicians maintain electronic and electromechanical equipment. CTNs or Networking Cryptologic Technicians handle computer communication. CTRs or Collection Cryptologic Technicians handle all Morse code communications and operate radio direction-finding equipment. Finally, CTTs or Technical Cryptologic Technicians handle all communications by means other than Morse code and electronic countermeasures. (1)

(1) U.S. Navy Enlisted Ratings". University of California Berkeley, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. U.S. Navy.