The Sathya Sai Baba main man on the Internet, Gerald Joe Moreno of Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, repeatedly condemns himself by his own fanatical irrationality and baseless smears.
Moreno claims that Barry Pittard, a foremost critic of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide sect, incited to Islamic terrorism!
This is a complete reversal of the truth. In fact, read by a number of authorities in counter-terrorism, and based on his time as a lecturer in Sai Baba’s educational wing and his long acquaintance with Puttaparthi, Pittard wrote a painstakingly careful submission (not posted to the Internet) pointing out a number of vulnerabilities of Puttaparthi to terrorist attack. This was well before the uprush of terrorist attacks in India of the sort referred to in my blogged article: Sai Baba bomb claim demolishes his credibility
Receipt of the paper was acknowledged by the head of Interpol in Australia, Paul Weller (whom he also spoke personally with) as were his submissions to the then head of the India Desk in the South Asia section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Canberra, Australia, Brett Hackett, who is now Australia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan. He also had a phone discussion with an international authority on counter-terrorism Professor Dr Clive Williams. These matters can be confirmed by independent, competent investigators – the very antithesis of what Moreno stands for, who will not have it for one moment that the Sai Baba and his cult leaders need to be accountable to proper and democratice best practices, and punctilious in such matters as duty of care.
Still further, Pittard wrote to the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia, thinking that the Webmaster of the official Sathya Sai Organisation site, Chris Parnell, whom Pittard had known when they worked together at Sai Towers publishing company in Puttaparthi, would ensure that the document got to the peak Sathya Sai Organisation leaders. Parnell did not reply. (Yet again, as Pittard is tireless in pointing out, such facts are available for the confirmation of media, scholars, and other proper investigators).
The leaders did not in the slightest, whether by letter or by phone, acknowledge his concerns – although, to his surprise, he received an email from the Superintendent of Police, Puttaparthi.
In looking at how criminal minds – e.g., those of terrorists – might work, a time-honored aspect of analysis – is to ‘step into the shoes’ or look from the likely angle of the foe, who extensively rely on the elements of shock and surprise, owing to public ignorance, as key elements of attack. This is the technique of imagining from conceivable point of view of an offender. It is clear to any rational and non-bigotted reader, that this technique was one which Pittard applied. His assumption, taking into regard the opinion of many experts, was that bringing matters out into a degree of openness is, on the strange balance that obtains in this era of terrorism, far better, because for a public to be fore-warned is for it to be fore-armed. Of course, whether terrorists are as intensely avid readers of Pittard’s writings as Moreno has for some long been may be open to question.
The naivities or the deliberate and cynical ruses of a Moreno would indeed be dangerous for today’s public to practise. One of the prime public vulnerabilities terrorists rely on so as to instill maximum terror is public ignorance and unreadiness. As so frequently, Moreno took some Pittard references to the vulnerability of Puttaparthi, calling them “chilling”, etc., and misrepresenting the remarks to an extreme and tortuous degree, for example at Indiainteracts.com and in his bloggings. It is his typical practice in such ways to attack any who stand forth in dissent from Sathya Sai Baba and his movement.
As ever, in his massive defense of the indefensible, Moreno presents carefully cherry-picked information and propaganda about Sathya Sai Baba and his organization. He everywhere avoids the overwhelming evidence that it is an altogether unaccountable personality cult and one whose figurehead is subject to a wealth of documentation that points to major criminal as well as ethical and spiritual offenses, though he is protected by the powers-that-be in India, many of whom, irrespective of political party, worship him as God Incarnate!
See independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s article: The Sathya Sai Baba Cordon in Wikipedia
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