This is how modern day secret combinations work. The example of East Timor.

It’s all coming back now.  East Timor has been packed into the recesses of my temporal lobe for a while now after Indonesia ended its occupation and the massacres stopped.  The murders of over 200,000 people, caused by Suharto and massive support by the US for nearly 25 years, had been tucked away.  However, with the death of Suharto recently, it’s all coming back.  No, I was not a firsthand witness or anything, but I grew to hate what the US stood for by studying the support the US gave to genocide in East Timor.  There is this, for example, coming from Amy Goodman and Alan Nairn at

JOAO CARRASCALAO: I arrived at Jakarta one hour before President Ford and Henry Kissinger landed in Jakarta. And on the same night, I was informed by Colonel Suyanto—he was a top officer in the Jakarta administration—that America had given the green light for Indonesia to invade Timor.

AMY GOODMAN: The United States, Suharto’s main backer, supplied 90% of Indonesia’s arms. The story of East Timor is a story few know about, except those who have lived through it. Six foreign journalists who were there as Indonesia attacked were executed by the Indonesian military. Australian TV correspondent, Greg Shackleton sent this report the night before the frontier town where he was visiting was seized by the Indonesian troops.

GREG SHACKLETON: Why, they ask, are the Indonesians invading us? Why, they ask, if the Indonesians believe that Fretilin is communist, do they not send a delegation to Dili to find out? Why, they ask, are the Australians not helping us? When the Japanese invaded, they did help us. Why, they ask, are the Portuguese not helping us? We’re still a Portuguese colony. Who, they ask, will pay for the terrible damage to our homes?

My main answer was that Australia would not send forces here. That’s impossible. However, I said, we could ask that Australia raise this fighting at the United Nations. That was possible. At that, the second in charge rose to his feet, exclaimed, “Camerado journalist!,” shook my hand, the rest shook my hand, and we were applauded, because we are Australians. That’s all they want: for the United Nations to care about what is happening here.

AMY GOODMAN: The following day, Indonesian troops moved in and executed Shackleton and his crew.

ALLAN NAIRN: The soldiers marched straight up to us. They never broke their stride. We were enveloped by the troops, and when they got a few yards past us, within a dozen yards of the Timorese, they raised their rifles to their shoulders all at once, and they opened fire. The Timorese, in an instant, were down, just torn apart by the bullets. The street was covered with bodies covered with blood. And the soldiers just kept on coming. They poured in, one rank after another. They leaped over the bodies of those who were down. They were aiming and shooting people in the back. I could see their limbs being torn, their bodies exploding. There was blood spurting out into the air. The pop of the bullets, everywhere. And it was very organized, very systematic. The soldiers did not stop. They just kept on shooting until no one was left standing.

AMY GOODMAN: A group of soldiers grabbed my microphone and threw me to the ground, kicking and punching me. At that point, Allan threw himself on top of me, protecting me from further injury. The soldiers then used their rifle butts like baseball bats, beating Allan until they fractured his skull. As we sat on the ground, Allan, covered in blood, a group of soldiers lined up and pointed their M-16s at our heads. They had stripped us of all of our equipment. We just kept shouting, “We’re from America!” In the end, they decided not to execute us.

ALLAN NAIRN: The soldiers beat us, but we actually had received privileged treatment. We were still alive. They kept on firing into the Timorese. We were able to get onto a passing civilian truck, went into hiding, but the Timorese, who had been with us there on the cemetery road, most of them were dead.

And why did the US support the murder of 200,000 people in East Timor and a million murders in Indonesia in 1965?  John Pilger supplies the answer:

A party is in progress, and two men in suits are toasting each other in champagne. “This is an historically unique moment,” says one of them, “that is truly uniquely historical.” This is Gareth Evans, Australia’s foreign minister. The other man is Ali Alatas, principal mouthpiece of the Indonesian dictator, Gen. Suharto. It is 1989, and the two are making a grotesquely symbolic flight to celebrate the signing of a treaty that allowed Australia and the international oil and gas companies to exploit the seabed off East Timor, then illegally and viciously occupied by Suharto. The prize, according to Evans, was “zillions of dollars.”

The deal was that Indonesia under Suharto would offer up what Richard Nixon had called “the richest hoard of natural resources, the greatest prize in southeast Asia.” In November 1967, the greatest prize was handed out at a remarkable three-day conference sponsored by the Time-Life Corporation in Geneva. Led by David Rockefeller, all the corporate giants were represented: the major oil companies and banks, General Motors, Imperial Chemical Industries, British American Tobacco, Siemens, U.S. Steel, and many others. Across the table sat Suharto’s U.S.-trained economists who agreed to the corporate takeover of their country, sector by sector. The Freeport company got a mountain of copper in West Papua. A U.S./ European consortium got the nickel. The giant Alcoa company got the biggest slice of Indonesia’s bauxite. America, Japanese, and French companies got the tropical forests of Sumatra. When the plunder was complete, President Lyndon Johnson sent his congratulations on “a magnificent story of opportunity seen and promise awakened.” Thirty years later, with the genocide in East Timor also complete, the World Bank described the Suharto dictatorship as a “model pupil.”

This is the deal people.  Our US government is part of the great secret combination of the last days.  You know, the one that is spoken of by Moroni in Ether 8 when he said:

  23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.

  24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

  25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.
Wake up people.  This is the secret combination of the last days that seeks to overthrow freedom and will bring to pass the destruction of all people.  The devil truly is its founder and he has, as promised, bought up armies with gold and silver and reigns with blood and horror on this earth.  If we do not awaken to a sense of the awfulness of our situation, we are as good as card-holding members of the Gadianton Society.

8 Responses to “This is how modern day secret combinations work. The example of East Timor.”

  1. 1 Miguel January 29, 2008 at 10:15 am

    As a Portuguese citizen, I loved this article. Very few Americans know what their government did in those dark days…

  2. 2 theradicalmormon January 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    The reason Americans don’t know much about US involvement in these murders is because the news media didn’t report on it much. Noam Chomsky has gone into pretty good detail in his book, “Manufacturing Consent” about why this occurred. Summarized, the boards and ownerships of the news media are populated by the same folks who own GE, Boeing, Oil companies etc., the same folks who gain from the pillaging of countries like East Timor (and many others like it… our imperialism has a pretty wide swath). Therefore, Pol Pot’s murders get all the column space while Suharto’s murders hardly get mentioned, or worse are turned into a “gleam of light in Asia.” Our news media are complicit in these murders too.

  3. 3 John January 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network/U.S. continues to seek justice for the East Timorese and Indonesian murdered, imprisoned and tortured under Suharto and after.

    Our statement on Suharto’s death and the need to hold accountable those who acted in his name to loot and murder can be found at

  4. 4 theradicalmormon January 29, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks John. Much appreciated.

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