|I am writing this from the Frankfurt, Germany airport where I have a three-hour layover on the way back to Boston. I flew early this morning from Kiruna to Stockholm and then Frankfurt.|
One of our new Global Network Advisory Board members, Luis-Gutierrez-Esparza (President of Latin-American Circle of International Studies) from Mexico was met with a big surprise after he left Kiruna. Early this morning our board convener Dave Webb from the UK received an email from Luis saying that prior to boarding his flight in Stockholm Luis was pulled aside by United Airlines security and interrogated for 45 minutes about our Global Network conference. He was asked who paid for his trip to Sweden, who organized the conference, how the conference was funded, and for a list of all conference participants. Luis did tell them how his own trip was funded (by sources inside Mexico) but he refused to give any names of anyone else involved in the event.
This unusual interrogation of Luis indicates just how closely the military industrial complex is watching the work of the Global Network. They do fear the spreading of knowledge and resistance to US-NATO efforts to use the “High North” of Sweden, Norway, and Finland for space radars, satellite downlink stations, and testing areas for drones and other high-tech weapons. This incident should give us all full confidence that we are on the right track and the determination to continue, and to expand, our efforts.
I want to offer some observations from my conference notes that I think were particularly interesting and important. They are not in any particular order but all equally valuable.
The event was attended by people from the following nations: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, England, Russia, US, Mexico and Japan.