Brussels shootings; Obama & the social sciences

June 18-19, 2014 — Israel Lobby reacts negatively to Israeli press accounts about Brussels shootings

The Israel Lobby’s media operations in Europe are reacting negatively to Israeli press accounts that the two Israeli “tourists” shot to death allegedly by French national Mehdi Nemmouche at the Jewish Museum in Brussels were active Mossad agents. Nemmouche is accused by French authorities of killing two alleged Israeli tourists, Emanuel and Miriam (Mira) Riva, as well as two employees of the museum. Although Nemmouche was reportedly found with the murder weapons after traveling from Brussels to Marseille on an express bus, his lawyer claims that Nemmouche stole the alleged murder weapons, an AK-47 and a handgun, from a parked car in Brussels. Belgian police originally arrested two other men in connection with the museum shootings but later released them. Nemmouche was conveniently described by the French and Belgian media as a “lone wolf,” who was a veteran of the Islamis State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) insurgent army, which has been fighting against the governments of Bashar al Assad in Syria and Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq.

It is now being reported that Miriam Riva was anything but an Israeli “tourist” visiting Brussels with her husband. The Israeli media is reporting that Miriam Riva had served as an “attaché” at the Israeli embassy in Berlin but was actually using diplomatic cover to mask her identity as a Mossad agent. Riva had been assigned to the Berlin embassy in 2007. Emanuel Riva was identified as an agent for the Israeli agency Nativ, a specialized intelligence agency that facilitates the transfer of Jews from Eastern Europe to Israel. Nativ was very active during the Cold War when it arranged for the covert immigration to Israel of Jews from the Soviet Union. Nativ, along with Mossad and Shin Bet, report directly to the Prime Minister’s Office.

WMR previously reported that the museum attack may have been a “false flag” operation designed to discourage Europeans from voting for right-wing Eurosceptic political parties in the elections for the European Parliament. The shooting took place just before the elections and, more significantly, there were no claims of responsibility for the attacks from either neo-Nazi groups or Islamist jihadist organizations.

On June 4, 2014, WMR reported: “German police reportedly spotted Nemmouche on March 18 at Frankfurt airport after he returned from Syria where he spent a year. The French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur is reporting that French authorities, upon beng tipped off by the Germans that Nemmouche was an “S File” threat to France, which would have placed him under police surveillance, misfiled his name. Nemmouche was entered into the French surveillance system not as “Mehdi Nemmouche” but “Ammar” Nemmouche, the suspect’s uncle. The error is what allowed Nemmouche to freely travel to Brussels, according to the magazine. Moreover, police in Marseille did not arrest Nemmouche based on information that he was the museum shooter but in a random search for drugs at a Marseille bus station . . . The coolness of the shooter has led many observers to believe the murderer was a professional hit man. It is also noteworthy that within 12 hours of the attack, two transmitters of the Belgian state radio and television network, one for the Flemish VRT service at Veltem, near Louvain, and the other for the French RTBF service located at Wavre, southeast of Brussels, were targeted in arson attacks.”

Israel’s Channel 10 reported that Emanuel Riva, in addition to working for Nativ, also worked in Israeli “government service” in Germany since 2007. The term “government service” is often used in Israel to describe those who work for Israeli intelligence.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the museum shootings as an excuse to conflate European opposition to Israel’s policies on the West Bank and in Gaza to historical European “anti-Semitism.” Netanyahu made his comments as Pope Francis I arrived in the Holy Land.

Israeli-connected European media outlets are describing reports that the Rivas were Mossad agents, including, ironically, those from the Israeli media, as “anti-Semitic” speculation and propaganda. 



June 19-20, 2014 — Ann Dunham/Soetoro part of CIA social science program in Indonesia

WMR has obtained additional documents describing the Central Intelligence Agency’s role in establishing the anthropology research program in Indonesia that was later used by President Barack Obama’s mother to mask her intelligence work in the world’s most populous Muslim country. WMR obtained the CIA documents from the Harry S. Truman library in Independence, Missouri.

The Indonesian program that saw CIA-supported anthropologist descend on Indonesia was formulated as a result of the report by President Truman’s Psychological Strategy Board (PSB) member Henry M. Loomis, known as the “Loomis Report,” that recommended enlisting social scientists to carry out U.S. propaganda activities around the world. A January 16, 1952 memo states that Loomis’s work was highly classified and that he possessed Top Secret, “Q,” and OPC (Office of Policy Coordination) clearances. The PSB reported to the White House’s National Security Council and was made up of a number of veterans of the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and its successor, the CIA. Loomis, who was a later director of the Voice of America, saw many of his recommendations included in NSC directive 171/1 of November 10, 1953. The directive dealt solely with Indonesia and was mentioned in the classified Pentagon Papers released by Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg. Loomis continued serving President Dwight Eisenhower as a member of the White House’s Commission on International Information.

NSC 171/1 also laid the groundwork for the U.S. Defense Department to begin training Indonesian military officers in Indonesia and the United States, including Hawaii. It was NSC 171/1 that established the officer training program that saw Obama’s stepfather. Lt. Col. Lolo Soetoro, brought to the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii for intelligence and military doctrine training. In 1953, the National Security Council proposed airlifting Indonesian military officers to the United States via the Military Air Transport Service (MATS) but the Pentagon balked at the idea of using MATS to bring Indonesian officers to the United States. Eventually, officers like Lolo Soetoro were flown to the United States on commercial flights.

A PSB memo, dated September 28, 1951, recommends relying on pools of talent at both Harvard and Columbia Universities to augment the work of the social science programs conducted by the Psychological Strategy Board. Obama is a graduate of both universities.

A PSB memo dated October 1, 1951 reveals the names of some of the key players involved in recruiting and running social scientists, including anthropologists, in various field work. These individuals include the CIA’s Max Millikan, who established the Center for International Studies (CENIS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). An October 23, 1951 PSB memo identifies additional members of the CIA’s social science operations, including Dr. Cora Du Bois, who would become a mentor for Ann Dunham. The memo describes Du Bois as follows:

“Dr. Cora Du Bois, director of a study for the Institute of International Education (Ford Foundation money) on the “educational needs” of foreign countries, in terms of their aspirations and ability to fulfill them. She is in the stage of planning two pilot studies in India and Syria; when they are done, this will be put on a regional basis on the following (tentative) priorities: Middle East and South and Southeast Asia; non-Arab Africa; Northeast Asia; and the Western Hemisphere.”

Like Stanley Ann and Madelyn Dunham, Du Bois was a veteran of the OSS who transitioned to the CIA. Du Bois worked for the OSS’s Research and Analysis Branch as the chief of its Indonesia section. A cultural anthropologist like Ann Dunham, Du Bois conducted pre-war research from 1937 to 1929 on the Dutch East Indies island of Alor, which would later become part of Indonesia. Du Bois conducted psychological tests of the inhabitants of Alor, which included the use of Rohrschach ink blot tests. In 1944, Du Bois published The People of Alor: A Social-Psychological Study of an East Indian Island, a tract that would become a must-read for Ann Dunham before she conducted similar “research” on the island of Java in the late 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

In 1944, Du Bois was deployed to Ceylon where she was the chief of research and analysis for the U.S. Army’s Southeast Asia Command. Du Bois helped organize the Free Thai movement against Japanese occupation forces, an assignment that put her in touch with the first OSS/CIA station chief in Bangkok, Jim Thompson, who would later be accused of involvement in pederast rings in Southeast Asia. In Ceylon, Du Bois met another OSS agent, Jeanne Taylor. Du Bois and Taylor began a long term lesbian relationship that lasted well into the 1970s. Du Bois and Taylor also became close friends with another OSS-turned-CIA couple in Paris, Paul and Julia Child. Julia Child is better known as public television’s “French Chef.” 

Obama’s mother’s mentor was Dr. Cora Du Bois, OSS and CIA veteran and lesbian.

From 1945 to 1949, Du Bois was the Southeast Asia Branch Chief for the State Department’s Office of Intelligence Research. From 1950 and 1951, Du Bois was assigned to the World Health Organization. Du Bois became the first tenured female professor in Harvard’s Anthropology Department. Du Bois served as

president of the American Anthropological Association from 1968 to 1969 during the time the Beals Report, written by UCLA’s Dr. Ralph Beals, was prepared by the organization. Ironically, the Beals Report, which criticized the CIA’s use of anthropologists for intelligence activities, was issued while an ex-CIA agent headed the organization. From 1969 to 1970, Du Bois was president of the Association of Asian Studies.

Du Bois’s colleagues on the PSB included Louis Olom of the State Department’s Office of Intelligence Research. Olom, a social scientist, conducted pre-war research for the Rockefeller Foundation and during the war analyzed German and Italian propaganda for the Foreign Broadcast Monitoring Service, along with John Gardner, the founder of the liberal group Common Cause. Another Du Bois colleague was Hadley Cantril, a social psychologist and the director of the Office of Public Opinion Research at Princeton university and President of the Institute for Associated Research. Daniel Lerner of the Hoover Library Institute at Stanford was an expert on the “psychological world of the Czech people,” according to the October 23 memo.

Another PSB member, Dr. Richard Heindel, was with the Social Science Research Council but, in actuality, was a U.S. influence agent working for the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Dr. Karl Ettinger was the head of the new Propaganda Research Center, a CIA front, at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Other CIA fronts involved with social science are also identified in the memo, including the Hazen Foundation of New Haven, which handled student exchanges with India; the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Foundation at Princeton, which used Rockefeller Foundation money to fund educational exchanges with Belgium; and the Conference Board of Associated Research Councils, which selected student participants for Fulbright exchanges.

Du Bois’s and Ann Dunham’s CIA work in Indonesia were high priorities for the CIA. The major task of CIA cultural anthropologists in Indonesia was outlined in a February 6, 1952 CIA Office of Policy and Plans memo, subject: Indonesia. The number one priority as seen by the CIA was “strengthening the non-communist political orientation of the Indonesian Government.”



A progress report on the implementation of NSC 171/1 cites the training of Indonesians “in almost every technical field” was the goal of the U.S. aid program for Indonesia. [Clicking on that link will download the graphic to your computer. ]Ann Dunham’s later work in Indonesia was a direct result of the importance applied to NSC 171/1 by six successive administrations: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. 


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