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I asked some our frequent and newest contributors to give us a bio of themselves. Aside from being grateful to have attracted this caliber of writer, each with a unique skill set, I am amazed also at the quality of human being drawn to FTW's pages. So much of our success is attributable to them.

(Being the editorial “control freak” that I am, I just couldn't resist adding a few comments of my own to round out your picture of what makes FTW so special.)

-- Mike Ruppert

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Frequent Contributors

Stan Goff
FTW Military and
Veteran's Affairs Editor

Stan retired as a Master Sergeant from the US Army in 1996, his last assignment being 3rd Special Forces Group.  He entered military service January, 1970, and his first assignment was as an infantryman with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam.  His service took him to seven more conflict areas after Vietnam, including Guatemala, Grenada, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, Somalia, and Haiti.  His assignments included 2nd Ranger Battalion, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, 7th Special Forces, the Jungle Operations Training Center, and the US Military Academy at West Point, where he taught military science.

He is the former Organizing Director for Democracy South and is currently a freelance writer, speaker, and consultant. He is on the coordinating committee of Bring Them Home Now, a campaign of Veterans for Peace and Military Families Speak Out, both of which he is a member. He is the author of two books, one about the 1994 US military intervention in Haiti, called “Hideous Dream: A Soldier's Memoir of the US Invasion of Haiti” (Soft Skull Press, 2000), and one about the Bush Doctrine and the military called “Full Spectrum Disorder – The Military in the New American Century” (Soft Skull Press, 2004).

Comment: Stan is such a brilliant and passionate writer that I frequently have to sit down and smoke a cigarette after reading one of his stories. For me good writing is nothing without passion and good journalism becomes great journalism when passion turns the mechanics of journalism into the art of true teaching. This man is deep and human and trustworthy and my friend; a cross between Jackson Browne, Clint Eastwood and the big brother with a heart every kid should have.

Catherine Austin Fitts

Currently founder and President of Solari, Inc. ( ), Catherine served as Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street investment bank, Dillon, Read & Co., Inc in the 1980s. She then served as Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at HUD in the first Bush Administration and was the President and Founder of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc., a broker-dealer/investment bank and software developer that successfully completed $12 billion of transactions and $500 billion of portfolio strategy prototyping the “Solari model”. Catherine has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from The Wharton School, and studied Chinese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Catherine serves on the advisory board of Sanders Research Associates in London and publishes a column, Mapping the Real Deal, in Scoop Media in New Zealand ( ).

Comment: Fitts is an economic Da Vinci. There's not a single FTW story discussing economics and money where her voice isn't in my head. She has taught me so much about economics, about courage, about optimism and about faith. She is one of the few who has stood, face into the wind, against government corruption and has never wavered. We may not publish many articles by her but she is in every article that we publish.


Jamey Hecht, PhD
Assistant Managing Editor

Jamey Hecht, PhD is a scholar and artist living in Brooklyn. His articles on poetry, politics, and the history of ideas have appeared in a variety of scholarly, literary, and popular journals and periodicals, including The Sycamore Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Cloverdale Review, Nerve, English Literary History (ELH), The Sixteenth Century Journal, River City, Poetry Calendar, Forschungen zur Frühen Neuzeit, The Progressive Populist, Counterpunch, Sundry, Berlinerkunst, Media Monitors Network, The Kennedy Assassination Chronicles, and American Book Review. His book, Plato's Symposium: Eros and the Human Predicament, (Macmillan, 1999) is about ancient Greek philosophy. Hecht's translation of Sophocles' Three Theban Plays will be published by Wordsworth Editions in early 2005. He has created the first Hip-Hop tribute to Senator Robert Kennedy. Music, paintings, and a resume are available at Dr. Hecht wishes to salute whistleblowers everywhere.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ” --RFK

“Happiness is not amusement. It is good activity.” –Aristotle

“The Whistleblower is a political person in an apolitical world.” – C. Fred Alford

And here's Shakespeare on Bush:

A murderer and a villain;
A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe
Of your precedent lord; a vice of kings;
A cutpurse of the empire and the rule,
That from a shelf the precious diadem stole,
And put it in his pocket …

A king of shreds and patches.

Julian Darley

Julian Darley MA, MSc, is the author of High Noon for Natural Gas, forthcoming from Chelsea Green Publishing Co ( ). He is also the director of the Post Carbon Institute, )

More information and live interviews about global oil peak and North American gas peak can be found at

Comment: Don't let the short bio fool you. This loquacious and charming Brit expatriate who lives in Vancouver can talk your ear off and leave you asking for more. He truly understands energy and he walks the way he talks. When mankind comes to see that having less will mean survival, it will be people like Julian to show us how to do it.

Michael Kane

Michael Kane, 25, is a Social Sculptor working in the tradition of Joseph Beuyes, the artist who declared "everyone is an artist". He fronts the progressive hip-hop group CLARITY whose latest CD "THIS IS NOT A TEST" features the song "buddy buddy" detailing the morning of 9-11-01. Kane reluctantly stepped into journalism as one of a handful of independent researchers to honestly investigate the 411 Blackout. This culminated in a public comment given in front of the U.S-Canadian joint task force to investigate the blackout in New York on December 5, 2003. Currently he is working on a book titled What's the 411 Blackout? - War Games, and 9-11.

Kane is the only journalist actively covering the New York 9-11 Truth Movement. This group has been at the footprint of Ground Zero every Saturday since January of 2004. He is an associate producer for Shadow Government Television, the production team that produced "BUSH KNEW", which was a finalist in the Move On "Bush in 30 Seconds" ad contest. Kane has also worked with Public Citizen's "Water for All" Campaign on a CD Rom which details the facts surrounding the world water crisis.

Comment: There's too many “old” people around this place. The world that's coming is the world that needs to be seen through the eyes of the young. Mike Kane is a gregarious and truly perceptive talent, just starting out as a writer the same way I did; not out of choice but out of necessity. He's someone who has looked at the world around him and said, “I have to do something about this.” A year and a half ago I saw that he was someone to be watched and supported. He has the makings of a leader and a teacher, and the energy to do great things.

Wayne Madsen
Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. He has written for The Village Voice, The Progressive, Counterpunch, Online Journal, CorpWatch, Multinational Monitor, News Insider, In These Times, and The American Conservative. Mr. Madsen is the author of The Handbook of Personal Data Protection (London: Macmillan, 1992), an acclaimed reference book on international data protection law; Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999 (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999); co-author of America's Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II (Dandelion, 2003).

He is a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testifty as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government.

Mr. Madsen has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation.

Active in politics, Mr. Madsen was a volunteer for John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign and established an exploratory committee to run in the 2004 Democratic primary for Virginia's 8th Congressional District.
Gregson Vaux
Gregson Vaux currently works as a power/energy engineer in private industry. His education reflects the years he spent in different professions: M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering (Carnegie Mellon University), B.S. Physics - minor in Geology (University of Pittsburgh), M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language (Penn State), B.S. Science (Penn State). He recently finished his graduate work in Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and before that taught Physics and Technical English at Kuwait University's School of Petroleum Engineering.