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January 31, 2013


Did he really die form cancer in Georgetown University hospital in the summer of 1973, at the age of 40 and having published with Simon Schuster at least 3 politically and culturally critical non-fiction books of a most serious-deadly serious-intellectual and investigative competence?

If you use Google, and don’t know the titles of any of his books, George Thayer, for you, is a sexual offender from the state of Florida.

And if you do use any of the titles of his books along with his name, you will be returned a very limited confirmation of only that: that he did in fact publish a serious of books between 1967 and 1974; that it he is referenced only on a few occasions in connection with his book The War Business, most frequently by people who write about the arms trade or guns, and by US military (Army and Navy) writers who most frequently, I have found, try to deny the very image that book paints of the Pentagon as plunderer of US tax dollars in the form of military spending budgets.

And you know when you got somebody denying something in an unsolicited fashion, you got something; that the military is most wary of the works of this individual and if they be talkin’ about him, he be something!

But there is not a single biographical detail about the man himself-na’tiiiing, NA-DA, zilch and squat-on Internet, and you can only get his date of birth from the Library of Congress catalogue which still lists him as having been born in 1933 and with no decease date as of yet.

And there is not a single comprehensive vision of even Thayer’s works by not a single writer or academic after 1974-according to what is on Internet-to the present; not a single posterior logical inference by any other individual based on Thayer’s thoughts and vision, as if he were truly a ghost and had never in fact existed.

But if you can get into the NYT news archives because you can pay for it or through an institutional connection, you can learn that in the newspapers of the late 1960s and the first couple of years of the 1970s, his book the War Business was frequently referenced, in the NYT and in other regional papers that, I assume, paid for NYT wire news; and he was almost always mentioned whenever Henry Kuss’ name came up in different articles regarding the stellar economic results of the Pentagon’s arms sales’ sales department.

And finally, in June of 1973 (I believe, or July or August) his obituary appears in the NYT the day after his funeral or death; and the obituary piece gives a brief recounting of his life, his education and professional activity and states that it is in Washington DC where he lived and finally died, although he was originally from Philadelphia.

And yes, there is a lot of data in which you can make inferences about regarding details in his books, and that overall, it appears to check out.

But still, I don’t know if the NYT obituary is authentic, that it was not written years later and introduced into the NYT database as way of giving hindsight, narrative specific coherence to a most interested vision of history on  the part of somebody.

I am, in fact, not sure if it would technically be possible to do that, but I assume that it would be.

And because I know damn well that there are certain sinister agendas within the shadows of American power, held by individuals who will stop at nothing to see these agendas through, I don’t even trust you when you give me the time of day!

Another example:

Was there in fact a subliminal reference to Teddy Roosevelt as San Juan Rough Rider in the background of Clinton’s Pentagon-directed address to the nation (and world) on August 20, 1998, after the Monica Lewinski-Tomahawk Missile attack on Afghanistan and Sudan?

I cannot confirm this because this address, in video form, is not available on Internet; not in the CNN public archives or even on the BBC’s web page.

Both these pages do offer the option to see the videos in articles dating from that time, but the links are not functional.

The only place you can see, apparently, ol’ Slick Willy on the Pentagon catwalk, is at the Clinton presidential library, that does list, among many others, this particular video.

But you have to make an appointment, and you have go to Little Rock, Arkansas to see it!

And what first materializes in your mind is the following John McEnroe phrase: “You can’t be serious!”


And you think of the fact that he was probably the only professional tennis player ever that could systematically deliver an ace on a second service; that having nerves of steel is really what is meant when people talk about having balls.

And that this ain’t over by a long shot.

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