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Thursday, March 30, 2017

As Treasonous Bush-Clinton-Obama Pedo Cabal Dynasty Gets Exposed, Desperate Elite Steps Up War against Humanity

 

A Walk down the Rabbit Hole of New World Order History

Every day the world seems to be spinning faster out of control. What appears to be unfolding is an epic battle between subversive forces within deep state America vying for dominance and control. Up till now the international crime cabal government led by the ruling elite has enjoyed unbroken, virtually unchallenged power and authority in Washington. The current ruling cabal easily stretches all the way back to the 1980 presidential election, when Ronald Reagan as a figurehead idol on a pedestal covertly secured the real globalist powerbroker into position – his Vice President George H. W. Bush.

That year Reagan beat incumbent Jimmy Carter only because of the October Surprise, a top secret deal overseen by former CIA Director Bush negotiated with Iran’s Khomeini to delay the release of the 52 American hostages in Tehran until after Reagan was elected and became president. Had Carter been able to free the hostages prior to his November election reducing their 444 day ordeal, he would have secured his second term in office. So it’s only by treasonous subterfuge that the puppet occupying the White House changed that year.

This totally sinister pattern already had a precedent when a dozen years earlier Richard Nixon made a secret agreement with then South Vietnamese President Nguyen van Thieu to sabotage peace talks with North Vietnam that President Johnson had been negotiating, convincing Thieu to hold off from signing any peace treaty in 1968 on a broken promise of a better deal to come. This subversively treasonous ploy won Nixon the presidency, extending America’s then longest running war another four plus years, killing 22,000 more American lives and over a million more Southeast Asians. But hey, what does it matter to the ruling elite that has only contempt for human life while deciding who becomes president every four or eight years? The planetary rulers control both political parties in America and regularly take turns selecting the Republican or the Democrat who comes to power as they see fit. Illegal secret deals determining who the White House puppet will be are just how the diabolical game is played. And the game’s been rigged for many decades.

The globalists historically prefer selecting a president with the full card carrying elitist credentials, a member of multiple private inner clubs like the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Skull and Bones Society, Committee of 300 and Freemasonry becomes the bona fide inductee into the satanic hall of shame – the New World Order’s Illuminati. And the elite’s George H. W. Bush had every credential covered as a lifetime secret society member possessing all of the above. The son of a US senator and confirmed financier to Hitler, it was a young George Bush as a CIA operative who’d worked closely with the anti-Castro-turned anti-Kennedy Bay of Pigs Cubans. It was also George Bush who was photographed in front of the Dallas bookstore depository on the very same day that JFK’s brain got splattered on his slow moving, “sitting” target in November 1963.

And it was this same George Bush that the elite teamed up with a Hollywood B actor when Ronald Reagan was relegated to his final acting role as White House front man. Just two months into his presidency, Reagan was struck down by a deranged lone gunman (direct from the false flag playbook) John Hinckley, whose family just happened to be very close oil friends with the Bushes. Needless to say, everyone played dumb and true to Mockingbird collusion, the rabbit hole “coincidences” between the Bush-Hinckley family connections all rapidly vanished. Never mind the fact that HW’s son Neil was scheduled to have dinner with the would-be assassin’s brother the day after the shooting. Never mind that among John Hinckley’s longer psychiatric stays during the 1970’s was at St. Elizabeth’s mental hospital, famous for CIA MK Ultra experimentation using drugs to program guinea pig assassins. Never mind that the Reagan-Bush Energy Department notified the Hinckley’s Vanderbilt oil company on the very same day of the shooting that the family business owed the feds $2 million in penalties. But once the unspeakable deed was done, that stiff penalty suddenly vanished into thin air as well, just like all of Hinckley’s psychiatric records and 22 FBI pages of the “lone” gunman’s “associates and organizations.” Bush ensured the truth behind the Reagan shooting was sealed CIA tight… a dry run rehearsal for George junior’s poor imitation 20 years later with his own sloppily botched 9/11 coup cover-up.

The eerie parallel is striking between this suspicious Bush affair and the one two decades later when HW dined with bin Laden’s brother on the same morning of 9/11, while the CIA-spawned and funded Osama sitting in an Afghan cave half a world away to take the full rap as Bush and Cheney’s arranged mastermind patsy. In any event, the attempt on Ronnie’s life left George senior to assume virtual control over the White House, wielding the real power behind US Empire exploits throughout the 1980’s right into the 1990’s.

This still alive but frail 92-year old Illuminati gangster who helped carry out the tragic American JFK coup so many decades ago, to this day enjoys the elevated stature of a “senior statesman,” doing the honor of the coin toss at this year’s Super Bowl. Bush is joined by two other aging NWO gangster gurus – Kissinger and Brzezinski, revered by dumb Americans, still pulling the strings from afar, overseeing yet another illegal deep state coup being currently waged against Donald Trump.

Having controlled deep state as the CIA director (1976-77), then CFR director (1977-79) leading up to his [vice] presidency (1981-1989), then as the first out of the closet New World Order president (1989 to 1993), and then even continuing behind the scenes under Bill Clinton since Bush senior had employed the youngest Arkansas governor as his cocaine dealer out of USA central in rural Mena, Arkansas throughout Bill’s crime-filled dozen year run as state governor. During Bush’s Iran-Contra era, Bill Clinton laundered over a billion dollars a year in CIA drug money through his little airport. Profits from the “war on drugs” catapulted the rise of both the Bush and Clinton crime families as they busily paid off and appointed enough court judges, federal and state attorneys, state police and FBI officials, in order to effectively keep at bay all their scandals of countless murders, serial rapes and child sex trafficking investigations while financing their lucrative, off-the-books, CIA black budget.

As a result, the Bushes and Clintons have permanently installed a corrupt international crime cabal-drug cartel operating out of Washington DC that seamlessly recycles its ruthless centralized power and influence from Republican to Democratic administrations under the same organized crime machine families for nearly four decades and still counting. Bush-Clinton-Obama appointed judges and the rogue forces have saturated deep state and are still firmly entrenched in both the judicial branch and all the US intelligence agencies operating within New World Order’s political dynasty. The Bush-Clinton-Obama dynasty has faithfully followed the elite’s marching orders, nearly destroying America as a sovereign nation, killing off its once vibrant middle class, crumbling its infrastructure, decimating its manufacturing and tax bases with offshore cheap labor outsourcing. Establishing a permanent wartime economy, within a few decades this same satanic worshipping dynasty has transformed the US from the world’s largest creditor nation into world history’s biggest debtor nation, currently drowning at $20 trillion in the red. The drained, near lifeless US national economy has been bled dry by a lethal war machine whose global mission is to destabilize and destroy any sovereign nation that exerts independence, one by one raping and pillaging turning them into failed states. The Empire of chaos and destruction possesses its trademark effect – King Midas in reverse.

With the stolen 2000 election and the Cheney-Bush Jr. neocons at the helm at the turn of the century, and their 9/11 their “new Pearl Harbor,” they established a pretext for their endless war of terror, murdering over 4 million Muslims in the process while turning our constitutional republic into a totalitarian oligarchic police state and Third World banana republic. Incredibly all these years later in 2017, those same criminally destructive forces are still in power and are currently bent on destroying the Trump presidency from within, closing in for the kill to finish America off for good. From CIA Bush senior though CIA Manchurian Obama, the assigned NWO puppet destroyers of America have used their deep state gangsters to seize and expand their centralized authoritarian control over the span of a full half century. Bottom line, since the JFK assassination, the shadow government that Kennedy warned us about just months ahead of his murder, are the same traitors who never left Washington.

With last year’s debacle of a political circus fully exposing America’s corrupt rigged two party system, resulting in the surprising Trump victory and Hillary loss, the world ostensibly witnessed the defeat of globalism and the end of the crime family dynasty. Though Trump’s New York City roots are steeped in family slumlord discrimination and later mentored and shaped by his longtime Mafioso consigliere, the ruthless red-baiting Roy Cohn, Trump’s rise as real estate-gambling mogul generously profiteering from multiple shady deals with partners in organized crime, surviving four bankruptcies as the bailed out benefactor of Wall Street banksters, Donald Trump can hardly be called a self-made man, a maverick, or least of all an outsider.

And his womanizing exploits have always been on full display. Just three years before his pedophile buddy Jeffrey Epstein was investigated, in 2002 the Donad’s gushing admiration towards his child rapist friend runneth over:

I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life.

Clearly Trump knew his fellow billionaire had the eye for “the younger” ones on the underage “side” of the law. And with multiple past lawsuits accusing Trump of sexual assault or sexual harassment as well, who really knows if the Donald’s past is equally tainted. Is he simply the elite’s next chosen, equally compromised politician to occupy the highest office, just as manipulated and controllable to high roller blackmail as the rest of them? The satanically run system wouldn’t have it any other way.

Our Current Battlefield Landscape

Speaking of Trump’s convicted pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein, Florida’s US attorney Alexander Acosta at the time was in charge of Epstein’s prosecution. Acosta’s blatant mishandling of the case had him caving into the pit-bull attack of the Epstein defense team led by Lolita Express frequent flier Alan Dershowitz by handing the billionaire the sweetheart deal of a lifetime. Thirteen months of six days a week allowing Epstein to leave the local jailhouse to be able to work during the day while enabling Epstein to cop a guilty plea of soliciting prostitution from a minor and avoid being tried on federal charges in a federal court where normally any other offender would serve a ten year to life sentence was a grotesque travesty of justice.

But the Epstein case is not over yet. At the Epstein defense team’s behest, attorney Acosta willfully withheld notifying the two underage victims of the plea bargained deal he’d agreed to until months after the fact. When the re-victimized girls finally learned that their rapist was basically awarded a get out of jail card, they filed a civil suit against him that’s been stalled in court for nearly eight years. But it is now finally due to move to trial, forcing Epstein to be subjected to cross examination by the plaintiffs’ attorneys. The basis of their civil suit is that Acosta denied them their civil right under the Victims Crime Act that compels prosecutors to inform victims of any plea bargained arrangements made between the prosecutor and defense. So Acosta was not forthrightly honest in legally complying with both the letter of the law nor his own legal and ethical obligation.

Last week Alexander Acosta as Trump’s choice for Labor Department secretary underwent questioning at his senate confirmation hearing. Several Democratic senators did grill him over his incompetent mishandling of the Epstein case. In response, Acosta simply reiterated his feeble argument defending his decision to neither take the case to federal court nor push for a trial, stating it would risk Epstein going free, which is both unlikely and absurd. Merely rehashing his old weak rationalization sufficed to get him through the first committee vote. All the Republican and most Democratic senators gave Acosta a free pass, entrusting him to be in charge of our national labor force, directly overseeing both legal and illegal labor practices in America, including the forced labor of child sex slavery and human trafficking. Most of the committee was shamefully complicit to ignore the global epidemic and Acosta’s disgraceful history regarding it. The Republicans all went easy on the nominee, assured that he will be our next Labor Secretary. This week Acosta’s committee vote went strictly along partisan lines with the dozen Republicans approving and the eleven Democrats not, thus moving the nominee to the final full senate vote likely coming next week.

The dubious past ties that both Trump and Acosta share with the same infamous registered sex offender reflect poorly on both our president as well as his next labor secretary. Protecting the serial child rapist of which both Acosta and Trump have been guilty, and then as such a serious and salient current issue, those senators deeming it unworthy of serious questioning renders them also complicit in protecting pedophiles along with the horrors of modern day slavery.

At one point during the hearing, Acosta claimed that he would not bow to “inappropriate” political pressure, yet a decade earlier he did exactly that, completely bowing to the pressure from Epstein’s attack dog defense team. For being remiss in challenging the former US attorney on his abominable judgment in the biggest legal case of his professional career, shame on those committee members who failed to meet their ethical responsibility to confront the nominee who is unfit for the job. Shame on Trump for selecting him, but mostly on Acosta for his gross misconduct that should have disqualified him.

With Washington’s morally vacant swamp full of quicksand, President Trump has numerous enemies utilizing all their collective will and power to remove him from the White House despite his semi-legitimate election (electronic rigging occurred on both sides). If Trump was a pedophile like so many of his sworn enemies are, it would seem probable that by now hardcore evidence would have already been produced to incriminate and destroy him. But despite his checkered past, like other deep state demonized enemies Putin and Assad, in comparison Trump appears to be a saint next to the degenerate diabolical cabal poised and ready to move in for its final solution kill, not only against the standing US president but against humanity as well, victims of the genocidal, pedophilia-infested swamp determined to rid Trump before he rids it. After all, his signature campaign promise is to drain the booby-trapped swamp.

Or perhaps another even more plausible scenario is that Trump’s been chosen and set up to be the presidential fall guy when the elite’s meticulously calculated perfect storm of events erupts with the American Spring uprising about to spill blood and violence in the streets across America (the latest angry mob episode on a Southern California beach), co-timed with the demonically controlled West’s launching of WWIII against manufactured enemies Russia, China, Iran, Syria and North Korea, triggered to blast off just as the elite’s house of cards global economy is overdue for collapse. Trump may well have been handpicked by the planetary controllers once they realized Hillary’s exposed crimes made her too damaged a liability. Thus, deep state’s manufactured enemy – the demonized Donald Trump, along with Putin and Assad, is the target of the rulers’ treasonously orchestrated insurrection taking place from within, now unfolding as sleight of hand, cloak and dagger theater, the stage has been set to propel America and the entire globe into apocalyptic upheaval and ultimate ruin.

The criminal Bush-Clinton-Obama forces in recent weeks are apparently growing more recklessly desperate in their raw aggression to push humanity off their doomsday cliff as a last ditch effort to save their own skins from ruin. This presentation will cover the more blatant breaking current events and significant developments that illustrate the elite’s do-or-die desperation with the criminal enterprises from both the Clintons and Obama exploding on a near daily basis now.

Hillary’s Crimes Unfolding…

New evidence shedding light on Hillary Clinton again emerges from Weiner’s confiscated laptop, proving that Hillary and Weiner’s former wife Huma Abedin knew that the pedophile husband was once again engaging in criminal behavior four full months before he was caught by New York police. Yet Hillary and Huma did nothing to protect the underage girl from being further victimized by Weiner’s abusive sex crimes, which is a criminal statute violation in and of itself. At the time NYPD wanted to charge Hillary but the FBI and Justice Department pulled rank insisting that it was a federal case. It was even disclosed that the teenager was struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. But when the girl expressed a desire to kill herself to Weiner, his only response was to send yet another picture of his wiener.

With this latest press release of damning information, NYPD decided to break with the FBI silence that has withheld evidence protecting Hillary for over a year now. The only concern expressed by Hillary at the time was if the word got out, it would damage her chance of winning the presidency. So she self-servingly recommended that Huma distance herself from Weiner and get a divorce. Of course that move would decisively free Huma up to both work and play together fulltime for the benefit of both Hillary’s professional as well as her personal gratification. Only briefly in the agonizing throes of her lost election did Hillary cast her longtime aide and companion aside. But not only has post-election Huma at least temporarily reunited with her old boss, she also is reportedly working hard on reconciliation with her pervert hubby after the fourth time perv’s been caught cheating on her. Much to Hillary’s chagrin, current sources maintain that Weiner spends 80-90% of his time these days at the New York apartment they’ve shared with their child. How this all legally plays out against the Clintons as the Weiners try to save themselves from doing serious time remains to be seen.

Other PedoGate developments that keep resurfacing in the never-ending saga of Hillary’s criminal cover-ups is her US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman while she was his secretary of state boss. The heavy Obama fundraiser (a half million for his 2008 campaign) who was rewarded with an ambassadorship was caught red-handed in Brussels soliciting sex from young boys, and repeatedly caught until leaving his post “unblemished” in July 2013. Gutman’s acting out got so bad that Hillary the sex crime enabler sent her state department fixer Patrick Kennedy to order the Inspector General to cease investigation, allowing Gutman to continue his sex crimes protected by diplomatic immunity. Eventually the IG became a whistleblower only to have Hillary sic the FBI on her for continual harassment, break-ins to destroy evidence and suppress another scandalous cover-up. Ultimately Kennedy finagled a deal with the FBI to look the other way to allow the ambassador to serve his full diplomatic tenure in Brussels. And as a result of Hillary’s protective shield, Gutman has never been charged. In a number of other cases involving sexual misconduct by Hillary’s diplomatic corps, her criminal protection of them flagrantly remains on record. So she’s established a longstanding pattern of always protecting the pedophiles and letting the child victims suffer.

Of course this wasn’t the first or last time the Clintons intervened to help allied criminals off the hook. Shortly after the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Clintons went into their best damage control mode, running to the rescue of convicted child kidnapper Laura Silsby when caught trying to traffic 33 Haitian girls out of the country. And now remarkably enough, the convicted child kidnapper is actually employed under her husband’s name at the software company responsible for issuing Amber Alerts on suspected abducted children.

Then several days after Hillary lost her November election, journalist Monica Petersen was mysteriously found dead in Haiti after allegedly uncovering more incriminating evidence exposing the Clintons’ child trafficking involvement, not to mention the $2 billion she and Bill ripped off from the forsaken Haitian earthquake victims. For the last dozen years the Clinton Foundation has been masquerading as a multibillion dollar charitable organization ostensibly committed to supplying global humanitarian relief plentifully donating to noble causes. But the record shows in 2015 only 4% of the money actually went to helping those in need and the rest illegally fed the greedy coffers of the Clinton family cartel that for decades has engaged in crime cabal operations, destroying millions of innocent victims’ lives planet-wide.

The Clinton story provides a fitting analogy to the global pedophilia epidemic. An extremely common pattern pervades where known child predators are allowed to continue working careers set up to protect children against pedophile trafficking rings. Examples are Child Protective Services employees who actually sell children into sex trafficking networks. Or federal US attorneys whose job is to prosecute against child pornography and child trafficking instead of engaging in pedophilia while protecting the crime cabal from exposure and accountability. Or police sworn to investigate pedophile rings to protect children but are actually sexually abusing more child victims themselves. Or famous and powerful enough entertainers who become legends working for many years in children’s charities, all the while raping and pimping child victims for other powerful pedophiles (as in UK’s Jimmy Savile case). These global networks are allowed to flourish worldwide because these soulless sex offenders are rampantly in position to operate with total impunity within the very same demonic system set up to protect our most defenseless population. It’s the most egregiously grotesque illustration of the predatory foxes guarding the henhouses of the world.

Another recurring Clinton connection that won’t go away is their ongoing joint enterprises with Frank Giustra, the Canadian mining billionaire and founder of Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation. Currently China virtually owns Hollywood, in recent years the richest man in China behind his Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda has bought up controlling interests in a number of entertainment corporations and studios, Lions Gate among them. Fear of China’s oppressive censorship as the world’s economic powerhouse and largest creditor nation monopolizing both the film industry as well as the internet (over domain naming rights) is a sobering thought, considering how the mind of the global masses can be so easily programmed, conditioned and brainwashed by centralized control.

Though globalist Frank Giustra’s Lions Gate has produced some excellent films, two extremely sick Lions Gate offerings are “Hostel” and “Hostel 2.” Both showcase sadistic torture and ritualistic murder, the first involving male victims and the sequel gives equal time to female victimization. In the second Hostel the coed trio is abducted and in captivity one is decapitated, hung upside down and her blood is drained, an identical image of which has recently been recreated on a large multistory building mural in Brussels, the home of the EU and NATO headquarters. Also on display in the same city is another controversial mural, featuring an adult hand holding down a terrified child’s head while the other hand grips a sharp knife heading towards the child’s neck. The diabolical brainwash through Hollywood, popular music and art permeates our cities in Brussels, our own Washington DC, Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, airports like Denver or the Georgia Guidestones where the Illuminati’s Agenda 21 calling for human genocide and one world government is spelled out clearly for all to see.

Just to graphically expose what’s been secretly going on now all over this planet, breeder babies are being brought into this world by either victimized child sex slaves, incest victims or Luciferian types as part of insulated demonic cults and secret societies. These babies born without birth certificates or public records are actually being thrown on satanic sacrificial altars, raped, cut up, eaten and burned alive by lowlifes in high places and low places alike, protected for centuries by elite rulers combined with public ignorance and denial. An eyewitness former Hollywood producer and insider Jon Robberson has described in horrid detail the ritualistic child sacrifice practice going on in Malibu. Thank God people like Jon as well as former Los Angeles FBI bureau chief Ted Gunderson and many others are courageously coming forth to expose the shocking evil. As we become aware, it’s our ethical and moral duty to spread the word and take a stand against our hidden enemies.

Returning to elitist Clinton partner Frank Giustra, through his Radcliffe Foundation, he perhaps is the Clinton Foundation’s biggest pay-to-play player. Starting over a decade ago Giustra and the Clintons began their working partnership that ended up selling off 20% of America’s uranium deposits to Putin, giving away nukes’ main ingredient to nuclear powered Russia. Talk about treasonous Russian collusion! And then Hillary the candidate and her minions have turned around to constantly use her platform to falsely blame Putin for everything gone wrong in her life, in America and entire world. In the last decade Hillary’s hubris, duplicity, hypocrisy and pure evil done to this world can only be matched by her husband and Obama.

Their Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership also shielded both donors’ identities and amounts they gave to the Clinton Foundation, a violation of Hillary’s “transparency” as secretary of state. As part of the Clintons’ pay-to-play foundation, Giustra was able to buy in for an initial $31 million as a Clinton Foundation gift in January 2008 in order for Bill to intercede to make a deal mining uranium in Kazakhstan. As a reward, a few months later Giustra donated another $100 million to the Clinton Foundation, earning himself a seat on the Clinton Foundation’s board of directors. His Radcliffe Foundation owns a home for refugees in northern Greece called Elpida that maintained a near identical logo to the FBI’s pedophilia symbol; that is, until the heat from Pizzagate suddenly induced Giustra’s company to change its logo, just like Besta pizza.

Former child actor Brock Pierce as a young adult with two other partners formed an early video sharing site called Digital Entertainment Network, garnering a total investment of $72 million from Hollywood heavy hitters even prior to its 1999 opening or generating any profit. But the following year in 2000 the company began going bust after Pierce and his partners were accused of feeding underage boys in Hollywood with booze and drugs at parties and then raping their victims in a child sex ring. Their child sex network was prominently featured in the documentary “An Open Secret.” Ultimately Pierce and company escaped to Spain to avoid legal ramifications.

A few years later Brock Pierce reemerged as an active Clinton Global Initiative member, speaking on its behalf and raising funds for the Clintons. With the dark cloud hanging over Pierce’s not so distant past, combined recently with direct ties to the Clintons and their own child sex trafficking involvement (through pedophiles Jeffrey Epstein, Anthony Weiner as well as Podesta and Pizzagate), and the larger PedoGate epidemic in Hollywood, Washington DC and the world, criminal depravity appears to permeate and bind all these associations. The latest Brock Pierce reinvention is his position as chairman of the board of the Bitcoin Foundation that has had a number of members resigning in protest.

Another recent related entertainment link to pedophilia involves Late Night host Stephen Colbert, who apparently takes his Pizzagate-bashing orders directly from the Clinton camp. After all, he’s been best buds with John Podesta for several years and is eternally grateful for the Podesta boys generously supporting his sister’s failed bid for Congress in 2013. So the least the high profile entertainer can do at the behest of a Clinton Foundation rep is to feature Bill Clinton on a Colbert Report episode pontificating the glorious wonders of the world, compliments of his “charitable” Clinton Global Initiative. And then when such powerful close allies as the Podestas and Clintons get implicated in a DC child sex trafficking ring, the least Colbert can do is be the first celeb out of the gate to tear into anyone who even thinks Pizzagate might be worth further investigation, much less actually be real.

Obama’s Latest Emerging Crimes

Turning to Hillary’s other crime cabal partner, besides Bill – Barack Hussein Obama, in response to all the recent allegations of criminal activity committed by our former president, Attorney General Jeff Sessions just stated that he is open to appointing an independent special prosecutor to review and investigate the multiple scandals involving Obama’s infamous Department of Justice, from Obama’s confirmed IRS discrimination against conservative political opponents to former AG Eric Holder’s mishandling and cover-up of the disastrous Fast and Furious gun running operation to a Mexican cartel, to AG Loretta Lynch’s obstruction of justice in refusing to indict and prosecute Hillary and her pay-to-play foundation’s blatantly criminal operations. And now there’s Obama’s indisputably illegal Trump surveillance. The list of forthcoming crimes seems endless.

Obama used foreign spy agencies in UK’s intelligence services (through its GCHQ Intercepts) and likely Canada’s as well to spy on Trump without either a warrant or the US intelligence community’s knowledge. On March 4th Trump tweeted that Obama spied on him at his Trump Towers long before he was even elected or obtained his October FISA warrant. Last week Trump delivered his uncovered evidence to the congressional house intelligence committee after it concluded that there’s no evidence that Trump ever colluded with Moscow to influence the election. In recent days the tables have finally begun to turn and now it’s Obama who’s on the defensive and run out of Washington. Despite the recent lies from mainstream press, past articles written by MSM rag reporters at the New York Times have even corroborated that Obama placed Trump, his family members and his surrogates under close unconstitutional surveillance. A CIA whistleblower even maintains that Trump was under “systematic illegal” surveillance over two years ago but Comey’s FBI chose to sit on it.

An Obama official that served as undersecretary of defense for Russian affairs matter-of-factly let it slip out that last summer, again months prior to the October FISA warrant that made Trump surveillance technically legal, she was listening in on Trump and his surrogates’ private conversations, all part of the Democratic Party strategy to catch Trump “fixing” the election with the demonized enemy Russia. So more evidence is forthcoming daily that it was the Obama-Clinton camp all along who was criminally interfering with the election, the very same charge that he, she, deep state and their MSM minions have falsely, hypocritically and nefariously been raking Trump over the coals for more than a year now.

Latest PedoGate Developments

On the final day prior to still being susceptibly libel for a defamation lawsuit regarding his publicity coverage on the Pizzagate scandal, InfoWars’ “warrior” Alex Jones recently issued a formal apology to Comet Ping Pong’s owner James Alefantis. This CYA move came to light on the very eve of the national PedoGate march on Washington to bring further attention to the seemingly unbreakable global pedophilia network. Jones blamed other “irresponsible websites” and a couple of now terminated InfoWars’ employees for his mistake. Pretty pathetic to witness perhaps America’s most prominent, outspoken activist who’s been challenging government false narratives for over two decades suddenly groveling as an apologist for the pedophilia epidemic, no less on the day before the PedoGate march on the nation’s capital.

Obviously this only goes to show that GQ Magazine’s 49th most powerful person in DC – the owner of a pizza joint – can’t possibly attribute his acknowledged power due to making really good pizza. And now seeing his power shut down and silence America’s infamously loudest dissident voice from speaking out against the pedophilia empire confirms Alefantis’ pecking order clout. As abundantly reported online, the pizza shop owner’s power has everything to do with his inside connections with the Podestas, Hillary and Obama. His Instagram account, caught prior to escaping to private mode, more than suggests a far more dark and sinister reason how he and his establishment’s been abusing his power in Washington.

On the heels of Alex Jones’ apology comes another attack on Pizzagate investigation as “fake news” from – of all places – an on-again off-again Breitbart reporter named Lee Stranahan. This guy goes on a half hour diatribe ranting in circular argument denying the veracity of a Washington child sex trafficking ring connected to the Clintons and the Podestas. He claims that now famous tweet that founder Andrew Breitbart as Stranahan’s former boss was taken totally out of context:

How prog-guru John Podesta isn’t household name as world class underage sex slave op cover-upperer defending unspeakable dregs escapes me.

… And that it had nothing to do with Podesta covering up a DC pedophilia network. Just over a year after Breitbart’s tweet, the 43-year old suddenly turned up dead from an alleged heart attack that many believe was murder. The coroner in the case died of arsenic poisoning within hours of the release of Breitbart’s suspicious autopsy results. But Stranahan says there’s nothing here folks so just move on.

… Just like the Catholic Church scandal of priests for centuries raping youth around the world met by an official Vatican policy of spreading sex crimes to the next priestly assignment while continually covering up their criminality. And how that’s all now just become yesterday’s news, hardly heard from again after a near $4 billion payout in settlement suits as of 2015.

But while Stranahan denies and the declawed Jones apologizes, videographer DABOO777 released his recent YouTube video (which Google-owned YouTube has begun banning him), disclosing that a map that shows the extensive underground tunnel system beneath Washington DC predominantly lies directly underneath properties owned by the usual [pedophile] suspects – the Clintons, James Alefantis and John Podesta. How conveniently coincidental. And most notably an ordnance has just gone into effect making it unlawful for anyone to examine or inquire into DC’s tunnel system layout as an overt move to protect current real estate owners [and perps] from any further scrutiny. Cutting off public access to information and knowledge about the capital’s subterranean world now declared legally off limits obviously demonstrates deep state’s increasing secrecy and censorship surrounding its underworld activity. Crimes committed by Washington’s elite running a child sex trafficking ring allegedly linked to the Clinton-Podesta-Alefantis nexus is further insulated and protected by this sudden newly enacted law, rendering the sleuths in pursuit of truth and justice now the criminals for trying to hold the DC child rapists accountable. Satanic sickos will stop at no limit to continue their evil ways.

Still another recent related news item coming out of Washington DC is the more than a dozen young girls gone missing within the first couple weeks in March, reopening the burning question are they just the latest Pizzagate victims? This news only underscores the alarming number of reported minors gone missing in DC just since the beginning of this year – 501 mostly Latino and black girls. And per capita, DC and surrounding vicinity of Virginia rack up more children who annually disappear than any other state in the union. Again, child sex trafficking is an out of control epidemic that must be stopped, and it appears nowhere is it more defiantly in our face than our nation’s capital. Meanwhile, lame stream news just keeps pretending no child trafficking network even exists in Washington, ridiculing it as fake news and those acknowledging the truth as conspiracy nuts.

Last month actor Ashton Kutcher testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee touting his foundation for rescuing child trafficking victims around the globe after Homeland Security contacted him pleading his assistance in tracking down dark web perps, as if the feds’ deep pocketed DARPA that came up with the internet long before Google don’t have the technological capacity to track down the bad guys. The actor dramatically claimed that his hi-tech company Thorn, started by his now ex-wife Demi Moore and him contains the [likely AI] software logarithm that permits law enforcement to prioritize sex offender caseloads to track down traffickers. His company is funded by Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon, all the same companies that ban even talking about pedophilia. At one point during the congressional hearing, Ashton Kutcher blows a kiss to his favorite politician Senator John McCain, suggesting they’re more than just a passing acquaintance. That’s because Kutcher is a board member on the McCain’s Foundation, a think tank with a stated objective of combating child sex trafficking.

Only McCain’s organization is under current investigation for misallocating funds for providing zero donations toward anti-trafficking. More than one government insider has fingered McCain as a suspected pedophile, alleged to be on the pending FBI arrest list. Among Trump’s most venomous enemies, John McCain may well be Trump’s bullseye target for most wanted in his swamp draining operation. Additionally, several of McCain’s key campaign staffers have been convicted of pedophilia and sexual misconduct and McCain himself has a long controversial history of corruption and treasonous aiding and abetting the enemy, caught yucking it up in photo-ops with known terrorist leaders after illegal visits to their headquarters.

Another notably revealing story making the rounds is a recent episode from Dr. Phil’s show featuring a woman who calls herself Kendall. She disclosed that her parents sold her at birth to a rich and powerful owner who as a member of the elite for many years used her for pedophiles to sexually abuse as his sex slave. Her owner would hire makeup artists and furnish her with fashionable attire just to hide the reality that she was an orphaned sex slave. Constantly raped since birth before she could even speak, Kendall was regularly tortured as a forced participant in sadistic satanic rituals involving child sacrifice. She grew up thinking it was normal for children to be brutally assaulted for adult sexual gratification and describes herself being kept in a cage observing other kids in cages sold to highest bidders.

Kendall stated that similar to the film Hunger Games (another Lions Gate release), children are actually hunted down like animals for sport by the rich, then systematically caught and raped. As a woman currently in her late twenties, only three years ago Kendall managed to escape from her horrific life in chronic bondage. Her appearance on mainstream television serves an important function of bringing increasing levels of public awareness to the worldwide PedoGate phenomenon of child sexual slavery and global human trafficking.

The Multi-Front War – How Deep State Plans to Kill Trump, Independent Media, Free Speech, the Truth and Us

Fearing the wrath of angry masses catching onto their evildoing, the globalists are stepping up their attacks on humanity. The Atlantic has planted the seed as if it’s already a done deal or soon to be, featuring an article entitled “Rewriting the Rules of Presidential Succession,” invoking post-Trump continuity of government (COG) parameters. The “not-my-president” minions are openly calling for assassination, violent overthrow and impeachment as legitimately justified means within the COG protocol for promoting the unlawful removal of a sitting US president. And with the debt ceiling crisis as of mid-March allowed to remain unresolved this time around, by sinister design without a willing way for the feds to keep kicking the can down the road, the business of government will soon be shutting down in syncopated coordination with the planned American Spring insurrection. Another George Soros funded regime change operation that with impunity he’s been executing for decades on every other continent has finally come home to roost, unfolding right here and right now on US soil. The countdown to chaos and implosion is upon us. And on the propaganda front centered on controlling the news, we’re also witnessing an equally unprecedented parallel process of deep state ratcheting up its multi-tentacled war waged against us the people, against our First Amendment rights, and against the truth exposing the elitist perpetrators’ crimes.

The CIA’s cold war Operation Mockingbird designed to control mainstream media by spewing out fake news propaganda never left, even after the Senate Church investigation forced it out into the open and then CIA Director George Bush lied publicly decreeing its end in 1976. But it only submerged into the deep state swamp where it’s subversively festered ever since. Today colluding with six oligarchs, the CIA still owns and controls MSM. But in response to the American public’s growing distrust towards the media, deep state in its information and propaganda war is out to own and control both our mind and our population. Gallup poll results from a half year ago reported the distrust has spread to an all-time high of 2 out of 3 Americans not believing the mainstream press at all anymore.

So the CIA’s deep pocket strategy has been to escalate its so called “anti-fake news” campaign, deploying hundreds if not thousands of paid shills to plant and disseminate disinformation to willfully discredit, smear, confuse and ultimately censor and eliminate the independent alternative news media as the last chance for the American people to access the truth about the egregious crime violations taking place. With the CIA’s Vault 7 listening and watching both our every move as well as candidate turned President Trump’s every move, deep state is deceitfully utilizing every weapon of mass destruction in its ungodly arsenal to subdue, imprison and destroy us.

The internet giants on social media have introduced the slippery slope of various thinly disguised censorship measures, whereby links and articles deemed as fake news by anyone who registers a complaint joined by a couple others, concluding that something on the internet rings either untrue or objectionable, can then be arbitrarily deleted and removed. Use of third party fact checkers like Snopes as “truth arbiters” is being implemented, in itself arguably a highly biased source of so called truth. In the electronic age online censorship is equivalent to burning books. We’re being attacked on all fronts because New World Order autocrats, in reaction to losing their grip of power and control over the growing legions of awakened citizens, must destroy all their designated enemies that of course begin with Trump, Putin, Assad, and 90% of us people on this planet who refuse to either be owned or eugenically eliminated. We the “useless eating deplorables” are now in the fight of our lives, standing up for both truth and our freedom in an epic battle of the ages to take down the demonic Satan worshipping cabal once and for all.

A growing percentage of the population recognizes mainstream media as the actual purveyors of fake news, subsequently fast losing its dwindling readership and viewing audience due to far more honest and accurate news accounts from selected alt media sites. Similarly, because Trump is posing such a threat to new world disorder, deep state is escalating its assault on him, calling for his overthrow in a nationwide insurgency while targeting independent news sources for elimination. Using Google and Facebook as social media censors, deep state totalitarianism is ultimately achieved only when people’s access to the truth is completely sealed and cut off, thereby enabling absolute control over the flow of [mis]information and news to the thoroughly brainwashed, kept in the dark, ignorant masses.

How Disinformation Shills Have Saturated the Internet: One Case Story

As a case in point, to undermine alternative news credibility, websites like “America’s Last Line of Defense” have been springing up spewing out false stories and lies so that designated censors like Snopes can debunk it. It’s a tag team enterprise ultimately designed to eliminate blacklisted independent media. This bogus site recently ran a series of totally fictional, sensationalized stories that inevitably got picked up by either other shills or a number of gullible online sites. A week ago “Last Line of Defense” began reporting that deceased onetime Hillary boyfriend and Clinton confidant Vince Foster’s body was ordered to be exhumed by a federal judge in response to Congressman Trey Gowdy’s request. The supposed explanation for this court decision came minutes after alleged evidence that a murdered journalist working on the case had a letter written on his behalf sent to his Washington Examiner editor. Allegedly Gowdy was able to quickly convince the judge to order Foster’s exhumed body from his Fairfax, Virginia graveside. Despite Snopes’ claim that it was meant to be “tongue-in-cheek” satire, the real agenda is to undermine the credibility of online alternative media, justifying censorship and elimination of fake news.

The biggest delivered lie from this story was the bogus announcement that the official cause of Foster’s death was abruptly changed from suicide to homicide, based on two alleged bullet holes found in the back of his skull, making it virtually impossible for his 1993 death to be self-inflicted (not unlike reporter Gary Webb who unearthed H.W. Bush’s Iran Contra scandal but later also paid for it with two bullet holes to the head “suicide”). And just to add fuel to the fake fire, once Foster’s body was examined, the ambulance carrying his body was reportedly set ablaze to destroy all further evidence linking the Clintons to the crime. The hoax was further spun with reports that when Trump found out, he went directly to FBI headquarters and allegedly fired the supervisor in charge of the original investigation.

This deceptive game is played by occasionally interspersing actual news events in with embellished fake accounts. One such supposed “kernel of truth” was MSM’s recent coverage of scandal-ridden cover-upper FBI Director James Comey suddenly dispatched for an impromptu meeting at the White House, of course immediately accompanied by online speculation over whether Trump fired Comey on the spot. Muddying the waters so the public doesn’t know what to believe is also the name of the game.

By cherry-picking and “exposing” so called fake news stories amongst the numerous alt media sites, MSM desperately attempts to win back its lost credibility while opportunistically convincing an unsuspecting, now minority public that independent and social media need to be reined in with increasing censorship for the public’s own good. This same deceptive message was conveniently spread in early December, fully exploiting what was yet another false flag after the Comet Ping Pong trigger-happy “lone gunman” showed up in order to smear the Pizzagate investigation and label its believers as tin foiled “conspiracy theorist” nuts. As mainstream media falls into non-relevant oblivion and out of business as lying, desperate propaganda whores and criminal accomplices, thoroughly exposed as the actual fake news, its panicking resolve to ban the real truth through planting fake news stories by way of its bogus alt news shill sites is skyrocketing now. The all-out war for our minds, bodies and souls is in full assault.

This Century’s Biggest CIA Drug Bust in the Atlantic and its Potential Link to Obama

Another story that broke in recent weeks is the largest Atlantic Ocean drug bust since 1999. On February 16th, 2017 a 70 foot fishing vessel named Lady Michelle registered out of a small Caribbean island nation that’s part of the British Commonwealth called St Vincent and Grenadine was busted attempting to transport a whopping 4.2 tons of cocaine worth $125 million. The Coast Guard and DEA working with local Caribbean authorities detected the suspicious boat located in a sea lane too deep for fishing and often used by drug smugglers. This much of the story is confirmed to be true, including the names of the captain and his three crewman all from Guyana.

But an article from Sorcha Faal at whatdoesitmean.com has taken the liberty to link the ship’s name to Barack Obama’s wife Michelle, concluding that the former president is now the criminal mastermind behind an international drug smuggling operation, that has forced him to subsequently flee to French Polynesia for safe refuge against extradition back to America. Meanwhile, MSM has announced that without his wife Michelle, Obama’s vacationing “alone” for the next month at the posh Brando resort island located in Tahiti. A couple weeks ago the site explained that sources from the Kremlin’s Foreign Intelligence Service provided the details to this part of the story, which the site admittedly has been known to spread disinformation propaganda. Thus, claiming that Obama has a new job as a drug dealing fugitive may well be just more sensationalized fake news on the heels of the already explosive incriminating revelations that Obama as president ordered illegal surveillance of Trump shared by virtually all the US intel agencies with a constant flow of leaks to MSM. Unscrupulous FBI Director Comey’s been outed, recently caught lying [again] insisting that the Trump Tower was not surveilled despite the latest congressionally released testimony confirming that Trump in fact was.

A strange anomaly surfacing from the Caribbean drug arrests is the Argyle International Airport as a brand new $259 million international investment from Cuba, Taiwan and its biggest investor Venezuela as St Vincent’s largest land development in history. The airport’s construction had been nine long years in the making, and to great national fanfare, it had just been opened and begun operating only two days prior to the huge drug bust in international waters 70 nautical miles from Suriname. That timing in and of itself has to raise a degree of red flag suspicion, especially since the reported very first flight to land at the airport was a chartered private aircraft from Mexico while Lady Michelle was allegedly docked close by, awaiting its cargo pickup. A month prior to leaving the White House, Obama signed the US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act, alleged to essentially permit the CIA to lease both the Argyle airport and nearby fishing port for drug smuggling operations, a long established fact that the world’s biggest drug dealer for many decades since the Vietnam War has been none other than America’s CIA.

Another emphasized point connecting the dots between the historic drug bust and Obama is the Lady Michelle’s captain, a Guyana national named Mohamed Nazin Hoseain. According to Russian intelligence, Hoseain is “an organizational member of the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood,” which Trump is considering a designated terrorist group, joining the UK, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Syria. Obama threw longtime US ally Egyptian dictator Mubarak under the bus in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, now serving a life sentence in an Egyptian prison. Plus, aside from Obama’s half-brother Malik’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama signed a secret directive identifying the organization as a “moderate” Islamist group rather than classifying it as radical. Additionally, Barack Hussein’s been accused of allowing Muslim Brotherhood members to infiltrate a number of key positions throughout his administration.

An added piece of info is the Obamas happened to be vacationing in the geographic area with billionaire Richard Branson in the Virgin Islands just before the Caribbean bust went down in February. Around that same time in a related matter, a dozen TSA agents were arrested for smuggling 20 tons or $100 million worth of cocaine coming into US via Puerto Rico over the last 18 years under both Bush and Obama’s watch. Upon learning of the TSA arrests, alleged Obama surrogates and possible accomplices allegedly attempted to contact the drug vessel captain but to no avail. Obama and his people then fled the Virgin Islands just days prior to the four arrested crewman taken into custody aboard the Lady Michelle and flown directly to the US Virgin Islands immediately after Obama’s departure. Another coincidence?

At that point Barack and Michelle went their separate ways. Once back in DC, in a frantic 36-hour time lapse, Obama embarked on an unscheduled whirlwind journey conferring with important players within his powerful support system network. He first flew to New York City to meet with his lawyers and take in a Broadway play for fake news CNN, then onto meet with his multibillionaire globalist friend and ally Warren Buffet in Omaha to no doubt discuss Obama’s mounting legal problems, from stealing millions from Fannie May and Freddie Mac in order to illegally bankroll his Obamacare, to his warrantless (till October) illegal spying on Trump and perhaps even his latest Caribbean headache, then onto Silicon Valley to meet with more strategic A-list intelligentsia, many of whom worked in his administration, likely soliciting their much needed support prior to flying on to Hawaii to say goodbye to his family before escaping on to Tahiti.

Obama’s entire whirlwind tour across the globe was unplanned, but the stopover in Hawaii wasn’t just a “hi-goodbye” to his family. An old Harvard law school buddy who also graduated with him in 1991 that Obama later appointed as federal judge just so happened to make a major ruling to block Trump’s travel ban less than 48 hours after Obama breezed through town, right by the judge’s home and courthouse. Very likely the two met. Obama moved from the White House taking up residence two miles from his former home with his closest advisor Valerie Jarrett moving in to the makeshift war room where operation dump Trump would vow to remove him from office by any and all means necessary.

But with all the public disclosures of Obama’s recent legal improprieties piling up fast, his meeting with his legal defense team to his key powerful influential allies before rushing off to a location where he cannot be extradited, all suggest that perhaps he is a fugitive on the run, be it for drug running or otherwise. After his near lethal damage to America, millions of citizens are no doubt hoping that all his treasonous crimes against humanity are finally catching up to him. Same goes for Hillary, Bill and the Bushes.

What’s Next?

And so it goes, the infamous diabolical cabal players who’ve been raping our children and planet for centuries are now running like cockroaches naked and exposed from the glaring spotlight. But in retaliation for their all too visible crimes against humanity, they are launching their long schemed, converging perfect storm – take out people’s access to the truth while trying to take out their elected leader who’s allegedly determined to take them out first, using their trusty stand-by – false flag terrorism last week in London to distract from the US-UK GCHQ Trump wiretap scandal. The next terrorism will most likely be on US soil, all designed to foment the national emergency and crisis needed to trigger emerging civil war violence on America’s blood-stained streets, amidst global military showdowns against the manufactured enemies of the Eastern alliance, intended to ignite World War III, all coordinated and timed with their central banking system dominoes falling as the collapsing global economy is detonated to crash in a resultant mushroom cloud of apocalyptic destruction. With nine months still left in 2017, this war of the ages could even go nuclear as the deranged elite fight for their lives by snuffing out our entire planet we call home. While we have them panicking and on the run, now is our time to fight to take back our mother earth for the sacred, God given life we still cherish. For the sake of our children and our children’s children, our time to act is now!

 

 Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field with abused youth and adolescents for more than a quarter century. In recent years he has focused on his writing, becoming an alternative media journalist. His blog site is at http://empireexposed.blogspot.co.id/.

http://empireexposed.blogspot.co.id/2017/03/as-treasonous-bush-clinton-obama-pedo.html 

 

The entire article is available as a pdf here: What’s Next

sobriety

sobriety

In order “to understand where we are going as a country and what the worst case scenario for a civil war without limits will look like”, Mike Vanderboegh 

— a favored villain at the Southern Poverty Law Center, visible focal point and lightning rod for the Three Percenter movement and one of five panelists who participated in a sobering discussion via podcast entitled  What’s Next for the Liberty movement? — 

will be reading three books by a leading figure in the Yugoslavian resistance movement

The podcast was hosted by Samuel Culper (likely a pseudonym), author of SHTF Intelligence: An Intelligence Analysts’s Guide to Community Security (now on my desk) who recommended Joseph Martino’s book “Resistance to Tyranny” , now also on my desk, where they reverberate with the more historical pdf version of “Total Resistance”, a Swiss Army Guide Guerilla Warfare and Underground Operations

All these books are getting the attention of increasing numbers of people.

I’m sure the subject matter will be sneered at derisively by many in the stenographic media, rejected as preposterousness, magical thinking, or some form of tomfoolery, as exemplified by the use of the term ‘self-radicalization’.

But that in and of itself would be foolish, even if only handfuls of people are bloodied as examples.

Admitting that I have such information will draw attention from one or more organizations within the Federal government which repeatedly and increasingly identify the most severe threat as the ones coming from Americans who have “self-radicalized” (Newspeak for “awoken”, “read more deeply and broadly that the MSM”, and/or are disgusted with the fact that what was once perceived as a great nation has lost its moral compass and fallen into traps set by evil and foreign interests). 

For those who are unfamiliar with me and my background, let me state that I’ve had a long-standing interest in military tactics and strategy which has interplayed with a lot of reading and some simulation gaming. I rejected the opportunity extended to me in the mid-60’s for soldiering not because I didn’t want to get killed, but because I didn’t want to kill. I probably wouldn’t have survived long anyway. I’m no Rambo-in-waiting. 

I don’t own a firearm. I don’t train, or meet with, anyone.  I don’t practice.  Beyond some extra cans of veggies and some rice, I’m not a prepper.  

But that didn’t stop me from reading the military histories of the American Revolution, the American Civil War, and many more, or various versions of Sun Tzu.  It didn’t stop me from reading and annotating Sir B. H. Liddell-Hart’s book “Strategy” (on the art of the indirect approach), or about Boyd’s OODA Loop. 

I diverted from the pretend Army games into an interest in communciations, political science, and the art and science of saving lives.  I burrowed deeply into mass casualty incident management and performance psychology. I’m a blogger, a sweatsuit journalist in the sense that I write about politics, culture, the media and more; over at OccurrencesForeignandDomestic, I read multiple news sources voraciously each day, and I too am curious where we are going as a country. 

I think our political leadership is at the very least misguided, corrupted, and quite arguably treasonous. 

We are being herded into civil war. If it should arrive, I’m more than likely to be involved in rolling bandages and using them than engaged in more direct activity.  And I’ll be a journalist, keeping a journal and, when and if the time comes and it is necessary, doing more. I recognize my limitations.  I’m approaching my seventies, have seen better days in terms of health and fitness, but I work on my health, keep my mind as sharp as possible and  read a lot. 

So I too can and must recommend that you do some homework and spend some time in serious thought and reflection. Your mind, your family, your community will tell you what to do with what you know, have learned, and can do. 

As is my wont and in sync with my interests, I browsed Joseph Martino’s book “Resistance to Tyranny”, read the first chapter, then the 18th, and then the last chapter and especially Appendix B. 

Sobering stuff…. 

If you do not think we are teetering on the brink of tyranny, I recommend you take a “snow day” and walk through the past two and a half years’ worth of entries at occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/.

As a nation and a people, no matter “what side of the aisle” you sit on, no matter what your spiritual or religious or political beliefs, we’d all better sober up soon. 

It would be refreshing if we saw some of the political candidates, political leadership, bureaucrats, corporate enterprises and media pundits show us the path to sobriety.

through a lens coated

You have heard of whistleblowers, but in the manner of mockingbirds, wurlitzers and cogntive infilitration, the movie “Kill The Messenger” is more akin to a soft, mellifluous piccolo. It purports to tell the story of Gary Webb, but it’s like those movies with the aging Hollywood star filmed through a lens coated with Vaseline. 

Here’s a look at the film, the print story, the press coverage then and now. 

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Official Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW4XO-52ubE

 

External links[edit]

Official website

Kill the Messenger a@ Internet Movie Database [ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216491/ ]

Kill the Messenger at Box Office Mojo

Kill the Messenger at Rotten Tomatoes

Kill the Messenger at Metacritic

Kill the Messenger at History vs. Hollywood

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_the_Messenger_(2014_film) 

 

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“… The movie is, in its details, relatively discreet about laying blame but fairly definite in depicting a media culture now so entrenched in the establishment that it doesn’t even have to be coerced into serving the interests of the powerful…. The death of print and the death of journalism are two different phenomena, but they’re not unrelated; if you’re of the opinion that it’s all because of the Internet, well, “Kill The Messenger” has some perhaps disturbing news for you—about the news you are now getting, and the news you are now not getting.”

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/kill-the-messenger-2014 

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https://maxcdn1.laprogressive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Gary_Webb-450.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft_DGm26sQg

NewWorldNextWeek report covering the film

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccaj-NJrXH8

Two minutes on the real Gary Webb

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0DAKBz2Sp0

The Next News Network coverage of “the true story”

with an interview with Robert Parry (13:25)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKE2XL24FG4

(80-minute interview with Gary Webb)

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A mirror of the original articles:

http://www.whale.to/b/dark_alliance.html 

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“… Webb’s story made the extraordinary claim that the Central Intelligence Agency was responsible for the crack cocaine epidemic in America. What he lacked was the extraordinary proof. But at first, the claim was enough. Webb’s story became notable as the first major journalism cause celebre on the newly emerging Internet. The black community roiled in anger at the supposed CIA perfidy.

Then it all began to come apart. The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, in a rare show of unanimity, all wrote major pieces knocking the story down for its overblown claims and undernourished reporting…..”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gary-webb-was-no-journalism-hero-despite-what-kill-the-messenger-says 

“… Competing newspapers criticized Webb for his lurid presentation, thin sourcing, and lack of evidence to support his claims…..”

http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/kill-the-messenger/ 

[Ed.: Of course, those same papers allow thinly-sourced claims and lack of evidence to drive us into war and make us give up our rights without so much as a raised eyebrow.]

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Wayne Madsen on the movie, Gary Webb, and investigative journalism

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20141014

PDF:  Madsen on the movie

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“… I haven’t seen Kill the Messenger yet, but there’s no doubt that it sides with Webb. That seems to have unsettled David Carr, the media critic for The New York Times. Last week, in an anguished, deeply ambivalent assessment of Webb’s legacy, Carr admitted that the thrust of what Webb wrote about “really happened,” making passing reference to Kerry’s “little-noticed 1988 Senate subcommittee report.” Carr tentatively suggests that perhaps journalists should have better spent their energy reporting the larger story, rather than relentlessly fact-checking Webb. At the same time, though, he presented the campaign that ultimately drove Webb to his death as a “he-said-she-said-who-can-ultimately-say?” matter of interpretation, given ample space to Webb’s tormentors, like Tim Golden, who wielded the hatchet for The New York Times, and the odious Jerry Ceppos, the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News who, faced with unrelenting pressure from the big boys in NY, LA and Washington, betrayed Webb.

Such is the state of media criticism that Carr could make notice of Kerry’s “little-noticed” Senate report without pointing out the obvious: it was “little-noticed” because newspapers, like his, little noticed it…..”

“… Webb provides a fascinating account of his “hours-long conversations with editors that bordered on the surreal” in an essay titledThe Mighty Wurlitzer Plays On,” in which they relentlessly presented him with unprovable hypotheticals: “’How do we know for sure that these drug dealers were the first big ring to start selling crack in South Central?’ editor Jonathan Krim pressed me during one such confab…. ‘Isn’t it possible there might have been someone else and they never got caught and no one ever knew about them? In that case, your story would be wrong.’ I had to take a deep breath to keep from shouting. ‘If you’re asking me whether I accounted for people who might never have existed, the answer is no,’ I said.”

http://www.constantinereport.com/new-york-times-wants-gary-webb-stay-dead-nation/ 

By Greg Grandin / The NationOctober 23rd, 2014

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Posted on 4 Sep, 2015

By Nicholas Cheng IACC Young Journalist

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Whistleblower Martin Woods. Image: Nicholas Cheng

When ex-policeman turned bank anti-money laundering officer Martin Woods found out his workplace, one of the biggest banks in the United States, was helping Mexican druglords to launder billions of US dollars, his employers expected him to “shut up”.

But Woods, born in “strong-minded” Liverpool, England and driven to law enforcement after seeing the horrible effects of drugs, could not take that sitting down.

“What was the alternative? Do I turn my face away like everyone else did? Just live off the proceeds of drug trafficking, go to the ATM and take out money covered in blood?

“It was Edmund Burke who said, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’. I’m not going to let evil triumph,” he said at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The 51-year-old ended up whistleblowing to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2007.

His stand against corruption led to the US Justice Department charging the Wachovia bank with the largest Bank Secrecy Act violation in the country’s history and compelled it to pay US$160 million in 2010. The bank no longer exists in name, after being bought by financial services company Wells Fargo.

Woods, now the head of financial crime at Thomson Reuters, joined the police at age 17. He worked in drug enforcement and then anti-money laundering investigations for the London Metropolitan Police.

He left after nearly two decades with the force and worked in anti-money laundering units in several banks before his gig as the head of that department in Wachovia in 2005.

It wasn’t long before Woods found something fishy at Wachovia: suspicious transactions related to the Mexican cross-border currency exchange Casa de Cambios (CDC) as well as sequentially numbered, large-summed traveller’s checks with little to no identification details on them were flowing through Wachovia.

Woods issued a series of suspicious activity reports (SAR) to try and block the transactions. Instead, he explained, he was reprimanded by his bank.

And the more he sounded warning bells, the more the bank became hostile and began to “marginalise, isolate and intimidate him”.

In 2008, Wachovia issued a disciplinary proceeding against him over alleged professional misconduct, arguing that his actions exposed the bank to “regulatory jeopardy”.

“It changed me forever. It destabilises your belief system. You can’t believe that such intelligent, smart and nice people – goods dads, husbands, they go to church – are laundering money and helping drug dealers kill hundreds of thousands of people,” Woods said.

Woods struggled with illness and psychiatric treatment for over a year before filing a civil suit with the bank.

He then made the decision to attend a public event at Scotland Yard ,where he struck up a conversation with a DEA agent and told him what was happening in Wachovia.

“A couple of months later he called me up and asked if I could fly to Miami and present in front of their hearing what was going on at the bank,” he said.

The DEA began looking into Woods’ SARs and discovered that about US$13 billion in drug money was funneled through the Mexican CDC into Wachovia bank accounts and were linked to purchases of jets used to traffick drugs.

US Federal prosecutors filed charges against Wachovia in 2009 and Woods was finally vindicated.

But despite that, Woods claims he is still feeling the isolation from his experience at Wachovia. He has approached nearly 100 banks and government regulators for a job, and none would hire him.

“Basically, they did not want me to do what I did at Wachovia in their bank. What does that say about banks that they do not want to employ a guy that will call out your wrongdoings?

“It’s a sad indictment of an industry that at its core relies on trust. It’s bizarre really. Illogical and irrational,” he lamented.

Woods contends world leaders are not doing enough to protect whistleblowers like himself.

He says whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, who is now in exile in Russia, make incredible personal sacrifices and face vilification by governments for doing what they do.

The only thing people can do for whistleblowers, he said, is to pile public pressure on leaders and politicians to pardon them.

http://16iacc.org/blog/2015/09/04/whistleblower-martin-woods-tells-his-story/ via http://www.t-room.us/

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“Gary Webb’s “Dark Alliance” story documenting the explosion of cocaine coming from Latin America into South Central Los Angeles during the 1980s was originally published by the San Jose Mercury News in the summer of 1996 and then published in book form in 1998. The story and its supporting documentation was persuasive that the U.S. government and their allies in the Contras were involved in narcotics trafficking targeted at American children and communities.

All the usual suspects did their best to destroy Webb’s credibility and suppress his story. This included the Washington Post, which had pulled Sally Denton and Rodger Morris’ story on Mena at the last minute in 1995 — leaving it to run later in the summer in Penthouse Magazine. Luckily, Webb had arranged to have significant amounts of legal documentation substantiating his story posted on the San Jose Mercury News website. By the time that the News was pressured to take the story down, thousands of interested people all over the world had downloaded overwhelming evidence. Thanks to the Internet, the crack cocaine Humpty Dumpty could not be put back together again.

In response to citizen concern inspired by Webb’s story, then Director of the CIA, John Deutsch, agreed to attend a town hall meeting in South Central Los Angeles with local Congressional representatives in November 1996. Confronted by allegations in support of Webb’s story, Deutsch promised that the CIA Inspector General would investigate the “Dark Alliance” allegations.

This resulted in a two volume report published by the CIA in March and October of 1998 that included disclosure of one of the most important legal documents of the 1980s — a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the CIA dated February 11, 1982 in effect until August 1995.[23] At the time it was created, William French Smith was the U.S. Attorney General and William Casey, former Wall Street law partner and Chairman of the SEC was Director of the CIA. Casey, like Douglas Dillon, had worked for Office of Strategic Services (OSS) founder Bill Donovan and was a former head of the Export-Import Bank. Casey was also a friend of George Schultz. Bechtel looked to the Export-Import Bank to provide the government guarantees that financed billions of big construction contracts worldwide. Casey recruited Stanley Sporkin, former head of SEC Enforcement, to serve as general counsel of the CIA. When Schultz joined the Reagan Administration as Secretary of State, such linkages helped to create some of the personal intimacy between money worlds and national security that make events such as those which occurred during the Iran Contra period possible.

No history of the 1980s is complete without an understanding of the lawyers and legal mechanisms used to legitimize drug dealing and money laundering under the protection of National Security law. Through the MOU, the DOJ relieved the CIA of any legal obligation to report information of drug trafficking and drug law violations with respect to CIA agents, assets, non-staff employees and contractors.[23] Presumably, this included the corporate contractors who, by executive order, were now allowed to handle sensitive intelligence and national security outsourcing.

With the DOJ-CIA Memorandum of Understanding, in effect from 1982 until rescinded in August 1995, a crack cocaine epidemic ravaged the poorer communities of America and disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of poor people into prison who, now classified as felons, were safely off of the voting roles. Meantime, the U.S. financial system gorged on what had grown to an estimated $500 billion-$1 trillion a year of money laundering by the end of the 1990s. Not surprisingly, the rich got richer as corporate power and the concentration of investment capital skyrocketed on the rich margins of state sanctioned criminal enterprise.

Yale Law School trained Stanley Sporkin was appointed by Reagan in 1985-86 to serve as a judge in Federal District court, leaving the CIA with a legal license to team up with drug dealing allies and contractors. From the bench many years later, he helped engineer the destruction of my company Hamilton Securities while preaching to the District of Columbia bar about good government and ethics. He retired from the bench in 2000 to become a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Enron’s bankruptcy counsel.

Gary Webb died in 2004, another casualty of an intelligence, enforcement and media effort that keeps global narcotics trafficking and the War on Drugs humming along by reducing to poverty and making life miserable for those who tell the truth. At the heart of this machinery are thousands of socially prestigious professionals like Sporkin who engineer the system within a labyrinth of law firms, courts and government depositories and contractors operating behind the closely guarded secrets of attorney client privilege and National Security law and the rich cash flows of the U.S. federal credit.[24]

http://www.dunwalke.com/4_Narco_Dollars.htm 

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Former Bush Assistant Secretary for HUD Reveals “Ethnic Cleansing”

Connected to CIA Drug Dealing in Los Angeles

Government Spends Millions in Campaign to Silence Former Wall Street Banker, Cover Up Connections to Dark Alliance Stories & CIA Inspector General Report on Drug Trafficking

by

Catherine Austin Fitts

I was ten years old when the combined action of HUD housing investment and heroin trafficking destroyed my West Philadelphia neighborhood. The combined real estate and drug play destroyed the equity in our homes and businesses. Many of us left. Those who stayed were embroiled in the increasing stress of what happens as neighborhoods deteriorate into crime and decay. I decided that I would learn how money worked. I was too young to understand fully how the combination of HUD investment and drugs could move control and ownership from the many people who lived in a community to a few people who lived outside the community.   — C.A.F.

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I’m an investment banker. In the eighties I was a Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors at the Wall Street investment bank Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. I managed the firm’s large municipal and government clients. My projects included the financing of billions of dollars of improvements in New York City’s subway, bus and commuter rail systems. I also organized the financing for hundreds of millions in renovations to the infrastructures of New York and New Jersey. I regularly handled hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions.

I also helped to make tens of millions of dollars in profits for my firm and I raised tens of thousands of dollars for the George Bush Presidential campaign in 1988. Nicholas Brady, who became George Bush’s Treasury Secretary, had been my partner and boss at Dillon Read.

I was a Wall Street insider and a political insider – or so I thought. I was successful at Dillon Read because I created new investment models that helped ordinary people while making a profit. I thought “outside the box.” When Iran-Contra came and went I was oblivious. I had no idea about the drugs. It never entered my mind. Yet today I am convinced that the illegal drug trade, the enormous cheap capital it generates, and the CIA’s role as enforcer/protector for the profits of that trade is a dominant factor in the economy of this country. It is a factor, which is destroying the entire American culture and is utterly out of control. As an investor and banker and as a former Cabinet level appointee, I tell you this is true.

My evolution came slowly. In 1989 I was named Assistant Secretary of Housing-FHA Commissioner under Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp. I managed  $300 billion of mortgage insurance, mortgages and properties of the Federal Housing Administration and, as Commissioner, I advised the Secretary on another $1 trillion of mortgage financing. I was fired by Jack Kemp in late 1990 because I would not go along with the questionable political practices, which seem to be built into HUD’s machinery a

nd purpose. But still I did not see the bigger picture.

In 1990, after leaving HUD, I started my own investment company, The Hamilton Securities Group, and I devised new and creative ways to save taxpayers billions of dollars. In 1993, Hamilton secured contracts with HUD through Secretary Henry Cisneros. Hamilton saved taxpayers billions of dollars by taking defaulted HUD housing mortgages, repackaging them and auctioning them on the private market. Hamilton began putting wealth back into inner city projects by hiring women living in HUD housing and teaching them how to use computers to build data bases on how money works in 63,000 neighborhoods throughout America. Hamilton started a data processing company with these women in a HUD project (Edgewood Terrace) in Washington. The women who lived there earned stock in the company. The company made money and proved the concept of what on-line access in communities could do to build jobs and businesses.  We used the success of that effort to persuade HUD to fund computer learning centers in other housing projects. Hamilton was extremely successful. We made millions and we saved the government billions.

Fulfilling my childhood dream, Hamilton also created new software and money management tools, which were, for the first time ever, able to map down to the neighborhood, exactly how HUD and other federal money worked, who profited when loans defaulted, and how money came into or left a community. For example, we were often able to see where HUD was spending $100-250,000 per unit on apartment buildings when there was single family housing available within walking distance for $25-50,000.

Secretary Cisneros had been extremely supportive of our work. We had unrestricted access to rich quantities of government financial data that was supposedly public but hard to understand. We were translating that into useable information so that people in any community could see how the money flowed through their neighborhood. We helped HUD get increasing amounts of data up on its web site. An unforeseen side effect for the women at Edgewood, and for Hamilton, was that by seeing clearly how the clean money worked, we also began to see how the dirty money worked.

As an investor for more than twenty years, I believed that it was actually more profitable for people to own their own neighborhoods and businesses and to know exactly how the money worked. The MONEY MAPS we made were so simple to understand that they looked like comic books

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As it turns out we mapped a great deal more than we knew.

In 1996, as reporter Gary Webb was busy writing a series of stories connecting CIA and the Contras to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, I was busy using the money maps in a way that would help people move people from government subsidies to home ownership and entrepreneurship.

I was also advocating that U.S. government investment in communities should be subject to the same public disclosure rules that private companies are obligated to follow under the Securities and Exchange Commission Rules. If you are a shareholder in a company, that company is using your money. The law requires that they use your money legally and that they do their best to protect your money and make you more. To earn money, and to do so in a fair, honest and competitive way, federal and state laws require companies to report performance and key transactions to you, the shareholder. Every citizen is a shareholder in the government. If governments worked like they require corporations to work, they would be required to report to you, in the sunshine, exactly how the money was working, in your neighborhood, and you could either approve – or disapprove of the fairness and effectiveness of that, based upon your understanding of your own needs. That is very threatening to those who have used agencies like HUD as a trough to pay off political cronies.

On August 1, 1996, I gave the keynote address at a Neighborhood Networks conference in Boston, Massachusetts to 500 owners, managers and tenants in private HUD housing.  As part of the speech I showed a slide of one of our money maps of Los Angeles. As I put the slide up I made the following statement:

One of the products that has been most successful for the first data servicing sites, Edgewood Technology Services, has been “geo-coding” databases and mapping. I wanted to show you this map; it’s up on the World Wide Web. This is a map of Los Angeles. Can anyone figure out where south central LA is from looking at where the HUD properties are on this map? This is the same thing as the Washington DC map I showed earlier. The little red dots are single family properties that were financed by (now) defaulted HUD-held mortgages. This map was geo-coded and designed and programmed by a woman who, four months before, had been on unemployment compensation and is a tenant in HUD housing”

If you compare this map with the fact that Freeway Ricky Ross – the crack cocaine kingpin described in Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance was known for buying up real estate along the Harbor Freeway and selling drugs throughout this exact area – the mathematical correlation is staggering. Every dot represents a HUD mortgage where the taxpayers lost money in a defaulted FHA loan and where somebody else bought the property for pennies on the dollar. Most of those loans defaulted as the crack cocaine epidemic ravaged Los Angeles. The taxpayers bear the costs of not only the defaulted mortgages, but also deterioration in property value, the crime, and ultimately the depopulation due to very expensive prison warehousing and welfare.

Exactly who bought and traded in properties throughout this area should be the subject of congressional hearings looking into corrupt HUD practices from the period and continuing to this day. I suspect that many of the same players connected to the Savings and Loan scandals, who have also been tied to Iran-Contra and CIA’s drugs will surface yet again.

Demographically it is also easy to see now that the racial composition of South Central has changed radically and that African-Americans have been geographically and politically fragmented as, I believe, an intended result. Their political power has been weakened.

Just days after showing this first map, I received a subpoena from the Office of the Inspector General of HUD asking for extensive data and records from Hamilton. Suddenly, the loan sales and Hamilton were under investigation. The HUD IGÕs actions were doubly surprising given their intimate involvement in and positive feedback about the loan sales program and because a HUD OIG audit team had just finished an audit of the loan sales program and had informed our project manager and HUD that our performance was excellent and there were no problems whatsoever.

At the same time, we got calls from a team of reporters from US News & World Report. They had been assured “at the highest levels” of the HUD Inspector GeneralÕs office that we were guilty of criminal action and that I and would soon be indicted. The recent favorable audit disappeared.

Investigators started doing interviews where they did more seed planting than information gathering.

The “investigators” at HUD started suggesting to reporters that bid rigging had occurred in the loan sales. This was just after members of the HUD IG audit team had actually sat in on one sale, and concluded that bid rigging was impossible. They had also concluded that there was no way that “rigging” could have taken place because in a sealed-bid auction, you cannot favor one bidder when all bidders have access to the same information. That audit report was suppressed while the IG investigators pushed the exact opposite notion to reporters.

On August 10, Bob Dole announced Jack Kemp as his running mate. Meantime, the Republican appropriations committee, chaired by Republican Congressman Jerry Lewis of San Bernardino, gave Susan Gaffney, the HUD IG a large appropriations increase for her program Operation Safe Home, which targeted black communities for visible media “wag-the-dog” roundups of drug offenders. At the same time, our model for computer learning and data processing by people who had a stake in the company that did the work was adopted by Unicorp. Unicorp is the Department of Justice private business that markets prison labor to federal agencies.

Suddenly, the black people who were apparently not smart enough to do database and software development near their children and parents were more than competent enough to do it in prison. The prison investment boom was taking off, fueled by new and longer mandated sentences. We at Hamilton felt like we were walking around with a big bullseye on our back because we wanted the communities of America to know what we knew, which was how to make maps that tracked the money flow in their own home towns.

I was not the only one dealing with Inspector General inquiries. The HUD officials working with me were also inundated with an investigation marked by leaks and dirty tactics. The former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily at HUD, Helen Dunlap, was one of the people targeted. She was from California and had previously run the California Housing Partnership. She had lots of experience in real estate and community development in Los Angeles. Gary Squier, the Housing Commissioner of LA, on loan from Los Angeles, who was not involved in mortgage sales with Hamilton, nonetheless found himself dealing with similar probes from the HUD OIG. He was later to be turned down for a position by the White House despite impeccable credentials. No one could figure out why.

Suddenly I was persona non grata to long time friends and business relations in and around the government. I believe the leak campaign was far more sophisticated than something the HUD Inspector General could or would do on her own. It appeared that major economic and political powers had ordered that Hamilton be destroyed. More importantly, they wanted the evidence of what we knew – the maps – destroyed. That is also why, to this day, we believe the Federal government has destroyed many, but not all, of our tools and databases.

We didn’t realize it at the time, but I am now convinced that in the summer of 1996, our software and mapping techniques uncovered evidence of ethnic cleansing on Los Angeles. Hamilton’s map revealed that one of the most significant effects of the crack cocaine epidemic was that black homeowners, faced with payments on unlivable and unsellable properties, simply defaulted and fled the city to get away from the shootings and the drugs. Those properties: industrial, residential and commercial were scooped up for pennies on the dollar. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to know who bought the properties and how much money has been made on them since?

Thanks to people like Gary Webb, Peter Dale Scott (Cocaine Politics), Alex Cockburn (Whiteout), Mike Ruppert, brave DEA Agents like Celerino Castillo – and now to the CIA’s own reports  – we can prove that the CIA knew full well what it was doing.

ETHNIC CLEANSING IN LOS ANGELES

Ethnic cleansing is a bit trickier in South Central Los Angeles than it is in South Central Europe. It is essential in a “democracy” to have people do it in a way that makes it look like they’re “doing it” to themselves. You need a socially induced suicide.

So how do you get people to commit suicide? You make it very attractive for their children to make money doing something illegal. Then you arrest them for it in a very visible way (Remember the battering rams and armored cars?).  You design stories to make people blame themselves for what has happened. This is how branding works. Pepsi = tastes good, Black people = cause illegal drugs and crime.  Support all this by a national media owned by defense contractors and other corporate interests. That way the nightly news has lots of moneymaking incentives to cover HUD OIG sponsored drug raids in black communities rather than doing a story on CIA drug trafficking.

The most efficient ethnic cleansing is self-financed or, better yet, profitable. Drugs and alcohol are excellent tools toward this end, especially when they are combined with easy access to guns. Sell large amounts of addictive substances to a group of people in an area you want to take over, then use the cash flow to buy up their homes and commercial real estate for 10 cents on the dollar, without much competition, while you enjoy the full value of their cash flow. You can then afford the long holding period required to make the land profitable again after the cleansing period is over.

I believe that if the Federal government would make citizens’ data (and it is our data) available, instead of trying to suppress it, it would prove that taxpayers are losing money to fund ethnic cleansing while the people in South Central LA are losing their lives.  And I believe that it was the effectiveness of our maps which threatened to expose the deeper financial agendas of the eighties. I believe our current model, the Solari Investment Model,  (www.solarivillage.com) which I am still developing, may well tie Iran-Contra, The Savings and Loan Scandals and the HUD scandals of the late 1980s into one big economic package designed to benefit a very few. The way to start to do this is to look closely at all the government investment, credit and regulations in Los Angeles since 1980.

Our maps suggest to me and others that the crack cocaine epidemic, created by the CIA was, I believe, just as much a program of ethnic cleansing and land grabbing economic warfare as it was about a bunch of rebels in Central America who were not the equivalent of our Founding Fathers. But this kind of ethnic cleansing was hard to contain and it spread to other races and classes. It reached the rural and suburban neighborhoods of places like Iowa, Ohio and Tennessee. By the end of the 1980Õs it had reached all my friends and relatives who listen to Rush Limbaugh, voted for George Bush and donated money to Oliver North – not knowing that, according to CIA’s own reports, the networks he controlled were the key to the supply of drugs flowing to their kids and communities.  As Michael Ventura once wrote, “We all live in the South Bronx now.” White families all across America were hurt by drugs and violence and their pocketbooks also got drained, even as the media reinforced the notion that drugs were a black problem.

MAP SHOWN BY C.A. FITTS AT BOSTON HUD Neighborhood Networks Conference – 8/1/96

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MOST OF THESE HUD/FHA SINGLE FAMILY LOANS DEFAULTED BETWEEN 1982 AND 1990.

THE HARBOR FREEWAY, WHICH GAVE “Freeway” RICKY ROSS HIS NAME, IS THE VERTICAL LINE RUNNING STRAIGHT THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE MARKS COVERING SOUTH CENTRAL

After the 1996 election, Secretary Cisneros was asked to resign from HUD. The choice of Cisneros’ successor seemed strange and somehow connected to Hamilton’s predicament. The Afro-American mayor of Seattle was widely considered to be a shoe-in. After the White House floated his name, another investigation by the HUD OIG into possible misuse of HUD monies in Seattle caused him to be dropped. Two days later we were assured that an Afro-American woman from Los Angeles, Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke, was the President’s leading candidate. Then suddenly, she disappeared from the radar screen and Andrew Cuomo was announced with surprisingly strong bipartisan support for someone with such a partisan history.

Cuomo moved into the Secretary’s office at HUD from his then current position as Assistant Secretary for Community Development and Planning. Rumors started to float around the HUD networks about minorities and people sympathetic to minorities being moved out. Meantime, the new Secretary made it clear that his top priority was enforcement and it appeared that the Secretary and the OIG were going to compete for an ever-growing budget via media-worthy enforcement actions. So, then came the Urban Fraud Initiative and increased funding for Operation Safe Home, targeting tenants, real estate owners and managers in black communities. At the time, we made no connection between these actions and the promotion of prison privatization by Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review. New Federal sentencing guidelines helped increase black inmates to approximately 50% of a rapidly expanding prison population. All this at an extraordinary cost to taxpayers.

As the audits of Hamilton continued, forcing us to spend hundreds of thousands on legal fees, Secretary Cuomo and the Inspector General’s staff, who were later to withhold $2 million in payments, became obsessed with seizing our data and software.  This was software we were planning on giving away via the web! The critical issue from October 1997 through the following March seemed to be – our knowledge! In October, great emphasis was placed on our returning all of our HUD databases, including those that were supposed to be publicly available, and certifying that we had done so. In the following months, the HUD OIG tried to seize all of our documents, including originals, with no basis in law. After demanding physical access to our computers, government employees made back-ups of our data which, whether intentionally or not,  seriously damaged it.

And no one has yet officially accused us of any wrongdoing. We were, and are to this day, only being investigated. It is clear to us that the intent of this campaign was to drive the company into bankruptcy. The leak campaign against the company and me has since reached new heights of absurdity. As the HUD IG keeps assuring the media that that I am guilty of criminal violations they now have investigators focusing on my sex life!  Worse still, HUD IG agents recently showed up at the home of my 72 year old uncle with a subpoena for records of a family owned farm house that doesn’t even have indoor plumbing, implying some kind of fraudulent transaction. Members of my family have reduced or cut off communications, fearing they could be targeted too.

After court battles and negotiation, in March of 1998 HUD insisted that all of our computers be scrubbed. We were not going to be allowed to transfer our own proprietary data and the Federal District Court Judge, Stanley Sporkin, appointed a Special Master as trustee to manage all our digital and paper records. Inexplicably, HUD was quite upset when they found we had taken our main server with us and not sold it, in spite of the government’s destruction of its files. The HUD investigator made it clear that we could not keep the server because – “We were not allowed to have any of the knowledge”. We could not explain this bizarre position and neither could they.

What I did not know until approximately a year later was that hearings were held on Volume I of the CIA Inspector General’s report on the Dark Alliance allegations on March 16 of 1998. At the same moment the government was trying to steal Hamilton’s data and knowledge.

We also did not notice in February when Vice President Al Gore announced that Secretary Cuomo was bestowing an empowerment zone and $300 million in tax credits on Maxine Water’s congressional district.  That was just before the March 16th hearing where Maxine Waters performed brilliantly against CIA in a show that nobody watched. We were busy, at the time, moving our computers over to our law firm to protect the MONEY MAPS from a series of break-ins and other harassment around my home.

Our growing fear of being set up in an asset forfeiture case, after the Department of Justice threatened my assets personally, dominated our lives and does so to this day.

And so we did not notice when the damning Volume II of the CIA Inspector General’s report was released on October 8th, one hour after Henry Hyde’s Committee started the Impeachment inquiry.  And we did not notice that Maxine Waters’ voice suddenly fell almost silent as Bill Clinton saved his presidency by blackmailing the Republicans with Volume II and its contents. I made efforts to communicate with Maxine Waters in November and December 1998 about possible connections between our case and CIA drug dealing but, aside from an initial contact, our calls were not returned.

To date we estimate that the HUD Inspector General investigation targeting my companies and me has cost the American taxpayer $35MM. To date we have not been successful in getting the Department of Justice or the HUD OIG to tell us what they are investigating or even who is in charge of the investigation. The investigation continues with no end in site. We have multiple lawsuits filed against HUD and are filing more. We continually hear Judge Stanley Sporkin, rule against us with statements that he disagrees with the law so we should take it up with Congress.

The company I founded, Hamilton, was liquidated a year ago to pay the bills of the ongoing campaign to discredit us. As a result of the persecution we have lost more than millions in equity value. I have sold my home, lost millions of dollars in unpaid HUD contracts, endured eighteen audits, burglaries, physical harassment and an unending smear campaign which has produced not a single complaint or indictment after almost three years. I believe this is because I have the pieces to help prove that what Gary Webb stumbled upon was ethnic cleansing – American style.

My bottom-line? For those of you pushing for testimony on Volume II, let’s try another tactic. Let’s push for a Congressional and GAO investigation on how all the federal investment, credit and regulation worked in Los Angeles from 1980 to 1994. Let’s look at how our government was used, from CIA to DEA to HUD, to destroy and loot our communities. The key is HUD. Let’s look at how the Section 8 owners, managers and tax partnership beneficiaries worked along side the drug traffickers. Let’s look for patterns of loan brokering, money laundering, cleansing and other relationships between real estate, land, prison growth and privatization and the kind of investors who control CIA and intelligence networks. Then let’s look how this ties in to campaign fundraising.

The present economic and political system is not workable and must  change. New investment models in the information age will show us that integrity, honesty and win-win investment models, rooted in community and place based autonomy are actually more profitable than the liquidate and destroy models currently operating. Like the auto mechanic said to the car owner who needed repairs, “You can either pay some now – or pay a lot more later.”  But we have to solve some problems first. Finding the will to do that is made easier for me as I recall the words of Bishop Alfred Owens of the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church, “If we can face it. God can fix it.”

After a lifetime of study, from Wharton to the inner sancta of government, I believe there are solutions. All of them require, however, that we begin with an honest assessment of where we are and where we want to go.

https://solari.com/blog/hud-ethnic-cleansing-the-dark-alliance-allegations/ 

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THE DEATH OF GARY WEBB

[Is the government sending us a message?]

Special Article

January 4, 2005

by: S.R. Shearer

PDF: The Death of Gary Webb (Shearer)

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It’s Time To Ignore Michael Ruppert

http://www.rense.com/general62/ignore.htm 

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Remembering Mike Ruppert—and John Judge

By Wayne Madsen

Posted on April 18, 2014

“… I disagreed with Mike on the circumstances surrounding Gary Webb’s death. I had been in email contact with Webb shortly before his death and we were investigating the same company albeit for different reasons. I did not detect any deep depression with Webb. Mike concluded that Webb had, in fact, shot himself (twice at it turned out). I believed and still believe that Webb was murdered. Our late colleague John Judge also believed that Webb was murdered….”

http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/12765 

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NEWSLETTER #84

August 27, 2006

Mike Ruppert’s Harrowing and Heroic Flight to Freedom (or Flight from Justice, or Reassignment, or Whatever the Case May Be)

http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/nwsltr84.html

“… Let me begin by stating that, except in the minds of a devoted few, there is little reasonable doubt that Michael Ruppert is, and always has been, a government agent. Everything about the man – from his family and employment history to his stand on numerous issues – points unwaveringly in that direction. His assigned mission for the last several years has been to unrelentingly push the lie of ‘Peak Oil,’ while occasionally taking a break from that to do such things as sabotage the 9-11 movement and run interference for the government after Gary Webb’s ‘suicide.’ .…”

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/mcgowan84newsletter27aug06.shtml 

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SOURCE: CONSORTIUM NEWS

Special Report: The corrupt connections between U.S. intelligence and drug enforcement go back more than seven decades as American spies and drug investigators routinely crossed paths and collaborated — with the interests of average citizens never high on the agenda, as author Douglas Valentine describes.

BY DOUGLAS VALENTINE

The outlawing of narcotic drugs at the start of the Twentieth Century, the turning of the matter from public health to social control, coincided with the belief that the U.S. government had an obligation to American industrialists to create markets in every nation in the world, whether those nations liked it or not.

Civic institutions, like public education, were required to sanctify this policy, while “security” bureaucracies were established to ensure the citizenry conformed to the state ideology. Secret services, both public and private, were likewise established to promote the expansion of private American economic interests overseas.

It takes a book to explain the economic foundations of the war on drugs, and the reasons behind the regulation of the medical, pharmaceutical and drug manufacturers industries. Suffice it to say that by 1943, the nations of the “free world” were relying on America for their opium derivatives, under the guardianship of Harry Anslinger, the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN).

Narcotic drugs are a strategic resource, and when Anslinger learned that Peru had built a cocaine factory, he and the Board of Economic Warfare confiscated its product before it could be sold to Germany or Japan. In another instance, Anslinger and his counterpart at the State Department prevented a drug manufacturer in Argentina from selling drugs to Germany.

At the same time, Anslinger permitted “an American company to ship drugs to Southeast Asia despite receiving intelligence reports that French authorities were permitting opiate smuggling into China and collaborating with Japanese drug traffickers,” according to Douglas Clark Kinder and William O. Walker III in their article, “Stable Force In a Storm: Harry J. Anslinger and United States Narcotic Policy, 1930-1962.”

Federal drug law enforcement’s relationship with the espionage establishment matured with the creation of CIA’s predecessor organization, the Office of Strategic Services. Prior to the Second World War, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was the government agency most adept at conducting covert operations at home and abroad. As a result, OSS chief William Donovan asked Anslinger to provide seasoned FBN agents to help organize the OSS and train its agents to work undercover, avoid security forces in hostile nations, manage agent networks, and engage in sabotage and subversion.

The relationship expanded during the war, when FBN executives and agents worked with OSS scientists in domestic “truth drug” experiments involving marijuana. The “extralegal” nature of the relationship continued after the war: when the CIA decided to test LSD on unsuspecting American citizens, FBN agents were chosen to operate the safehouses where the experiments were conducted.

A Formal Relationship

The relationship was formalized overseas in 1951, when Agent Charlie Siragusa opened an office in Rome and began to develop the FBN’s foreign operations. In the 1950s, FBN agents posted overseas spent half their time doing “favors” for the CIA, such as investigating diversions of strategic materials behind the Iron Curtain. A handful of FBN agents were actually recruited into the CIA while maintaining their FBN credentials as cover.

Officially, FBN agents set limits. Siragusa, for example, claimed to object when the CIA asked him to mount a “controlled delivery” into the U.S. as a way of identifying the American members of a smuggling ring with Communist affiliations.

As Siragusa said, “The FBN could never knowingly allow two pounds of heroin to be delivered into the United States and be pushed to Mafia customers in the New York City area, even if in the long run we could seize a bigger haul.”

[For citations to this and other quotations/interviews, as well as documents, please refer to the author’s books, The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America’s War on Drugs (Verso 2004) and The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics, and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA (TrineDay 2009). 

See also www.douglasvalentine.com]

And in 1960, when the CIA asked him to recruit assassins from his stable of underworld contacts, Siragusa again claimed to have refused. But drug traffickers, including most prominently Santo Trafficante Jr, were soon participating in CIA attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro.

As the dominant partner in the relationship, the CIA exploited its affinity with the FBN. “Like the CIA,” FBN Agent Robert DeFauw explained, “narcotic agents mount covert operations. We pose as members of the narcotics trade. The big difference is that we were in foreign countries legally, and through our police and intelligence sources, we could check out just about anyone or anything. Not only that, we were operational. So the CIA jumped in our stirrups.”

Jumping in the FBN’s stirrups afforded the CIA deniability, which in turn affords it impunity. To ensure that the CIA’s criminal activities are not revealed, narcotic agents are organized militarily within an inviolable chain of command. Highly indoctrinated, they blindly obey based on a “need to know.” This institutionalized ignorance sustains the illusion of righteousness, in the name of national security, upon which their motivation depends.

As FBN Agent Martin Pera explained, “Most FBN agents were corrupted by the lure of the underworld. They thought they could check their morality at the door – go out and lie, cheat, and steal – then come back and retrieve it. But you can’t. In fact, if you’re successful because you can lie, cheat, and steal, those things become tools you use in the bureaucracy.”

Corruption from the Top

Institutionalized corruption began at headquarters, where FBN executives provided cover for CIA assets engaged in drug trafficking. In 1966, Agent John Evans was assigned as an assistant to enforcement chief John Enright.

“And that’s when I got to see what the CIA was doing,” Evans said. “I saw a report on the Kuomintang saying they were the biggest drug dealers in the world, and that the CIA was underwriting them. Air America was transporting tons of Kuomintang opium.” Evans bristled. “I took the report to Enright. He said, ‘Leave it here. Forget about it.’

“Other things came to my attention,” Evans added, “that proved that the CIA contributed to drug use in America. We were in constant conflict with the CIA because it was hiding its budget in ours, and because CIA people were smuggling drugs into the U.S. We weren’t allowed to tell, and that fostered corruption in the Bureau.”

Heroin smuggled by “CIA people” into the U.S. was channeled by Mafia distributors primarily to African-American communities. Local narcotic agents then targeted disenfranchised blacks as an easy way of preserving the white ruling class’ privileges.

“We didn’t need a search warrant,” explains New Orleans narcotics officer Clarence Giarusso. “It allowed us to meet our quota. And it was ongoing. If I find dope on a black man, I can put him in jail for a few days. He’s got no money for a lawyer and the courts are ready to convict. There’s no expectation on the jury’s part that we have to make a case.

“So rather than go cold turkey, the addict becomes an informant, which means I can make more cases in the neighborhood, which is all we’re interested in. We don’t care about Carlos Marcello or the Mafia. City cops have no interest in who brings dope in. That’s the job of the federal agents.”

The Establishment’s race and class privileges have always been equated with national security, and FBN executives dutifully preserved the social order. Not until 1968, when Civil Rights reforms were imposed upon government bureaucracies, were black FBN agents allowed to become supervisors and manage white agents.

The war on drugs is largely a projection of two things: the racism that has defined America since its inception and the government policy of allowing political allies to traffic in narcotics. These unstated but official policies reinforce the belief among CIA and drug law enforcement officials that the Bill of Rights is an obstacle to national security.

Blanket immunity from prosecution for turning these policies into practice engenders a belief among bureaucrats that they are above the law, which fosters corruption in other forms. FBN agents, for example, routinely “created a crime” by breaking and entering, planting evidence, using illegal wiretaps, and falsifying reports. They tampered with heroin, transferred it to informants for sale, and even murdered other agents who threatened to expose them.

All of this was secretly known at the highest level of government, and in 1965 the Treasury Department launched a corruption investigation of the FBN. Headed by Andrew Tartaglino, the investigation ended in 1968 with the resignation of 32 agents and the indictment of five. That same year the FBN was reconstructed in the Department of Justice as the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD).

But, as Tartaglino said dejectedly, “The job was only half done.”

First Infestation

Richard Nixon was elected president based on a vow to restore “law and order” to America. To prove that it intended to keep that promise, the White House in 1969 launched Operation Intercept along the Mexican border. This massive “stop and search” operation so badly damaged relations with Mexico, however, that National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger formed the Ad Hoc Committee on Narcotics (the Heroin Committee), to coordinate drug policy and prevent further diplomatic disasters.

The Heroin Committee was composed of cabinet members represented by their deputies. James Ludlum represented CIA Director Richard Helms. A member of the CIA’s Counter-Intelligence staff, Ludlum had been the CIA’s liaison officer to the FBN since 1962.

“When Kissinger set up the Heroin Committee,” Ludlum recalled, “the CIA certainly didn’t take it seriously, because drug control wasn’t part of their mission.”

Indeed, as John Evans noted above and as the government was aware, the CIA for years had sanctioned the heroin traffic from the Golden Triangle region of Burma, Thailand and Laos into South Vietnam as a way of rewarding top foreign officials for advancing U.S. policies. This reality presented the Nixon White House with a dilemma, given that addiction among U.S. troops in Vietnam was soaring and that massive amounts of Southeast Asian heroin were being smuggled into the U.S. for use by middle-class white kids on the verge of revolution.

Nixon’s response was to make drug law enforcement part of the CIA’s mission. Although reluctant to betray the CIA’s clients in South Vietnam, Helms told Ludlum: “We’re going to break their rice bowls.”

This betrayal occurred incrementally. Fred Dick, the BNDD agent assigned to Saigon, passed the names of the complicit military officers and politicians to the White House. But, as Dick recalled, “Ambassador [Ellsworth] Bunker called a meeting in Saigon at which CIA Station Chief Ted Shackley appeared and explained that there was ‘a delicate balance.’ What he said, in effect, was that no one was willing to do anything.”

Meanwhile, to protect its global network of drug trafficking assets, the CIA began infiltrating the BNDD and commandeering its internal security, intelligence, and foreign operations branches. This massive reorganization required the placement of CIA officers in influential positions in every federal agency concerned with drug law enforcement.

CIA Officer Paul Van Marx, for example, was assigned as the U.S. Ambassador to France’s assistant on narcotics. From this vantage point, Van Marx ensured that BNDD conspiracy cases against European traffickers did not compromise CIA operations and assets. Van Marx also vetted potential BNDD assets to make sure they were not enemy spies.

The FBN never had more than 16 agents stationed overseas, but Nixon dramatically increased funding for the BNDD and hundreds of agents were posted abroad. The success of these overseas agents soon came to depend on CIA intelligence, as BNDD Director John Ingersoll understood.

BNDD agents immediately felt the impact of the CIA’s involvement in drug law enforcement operations within the United States. Operation Eagle was the flashpoint. Launched in 1970, Eagle targeted anti-Castro Cubans smuggling cocaine from Latin America to the Trafficante organization in Florida. Of the dozens of traffickers arrested in June, many were found to be members of Operation 40, a CIA terror organization active in the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico.

The revelation that CIA drug smuggling assets were operating within the U.S. led to the assignment of CIA officers as counterparts to mid-level BNDD enforcement officials, including Latin American division chief Jerry Strickler. Like Van Marks in France, these CIA officers served to protect CIA assets from exposure, while facilitating their recruitment as informants for the BNDD.

Many Cuban exiles arrested in Operation Eagle were indeed hired by the BNDD and sent throughout Latin America. They got “fantastic intelligence,” Strickler noted. But many were secretly serving the CIA and playing a double game.

Second Infestation

By 1970, BNDD Director Ingersoll’s inspections staff had gathered enough evidence to warrant the investigation of dozens of corrupt FBN agents who had risen to management positions in the BNDD. But Ingersoll could not investigate his top managers while simultaneously investigating drug traffickers. So he asked CIA Director Helms for help building a “counter-intelligence” capacity within the BNDD.

The result was Operation Twofold, in which 19 CIA officers were infiltrated into the BNDD, ostensibly to spy on corrupt BNDD officials. According to the BNDD’s Chief Inspector Patrick Fuller, “A corporation engaged in law enforcement hired three CIA officers posing as private businessmen to do the contact and interview work.”

CIA recruiter Jerry Soul, a former Operation 40 case officer, primarily selected officers whose careers had stalled due to the gradual reduction of forces in Southeast Asia. Those hired were put through the BNDD’s training course and assigned to spy on a particular regional director. No records were kept and some participants have never been identified.

Charles Gutensohn was a typical Twofold “torpedo.” Prior to his recruitment into the BNDD, Gutensohn had spent two years at the CIA’s base in Pakse, a major heroin transit point between Laos and South Vietnam. “Fuller said that when we communicated, I was to be known as Leo Adams for Los Angeles,” Gutensohn said. “He was to be Walter DeCarlo, for Washington, DC.”

Gutensohn’s cover, however, was blown before he got to Los Angeles. “Someone at headquarters was talking and everyone knew,” he recalled. “About a month after I arrived, one of the agents said to me, ‘I hear that Pat Fuller signed your credentials’.”

Twofold, which existed at least until 1974, was deemed by the Rockefeller Commission to have “violated the 1947 Act which prohibits the CIA’s participation in law enforcement activities.” It also, as shall be discussed later, served as a cover for clandestine CIA operations.

Third Infestation

The Nixon White House blamed the BNDD’s failure to stop international drug trafficking on its underdeveloped intelligence capabilities, a situation that opened the door to further CIA infiltration.

In late 1970, CIA Director Helms arranged for his recently retired chief of continuing intelligence, E. Drexel Godfrey, to review BNDD intelligence procedures. Among other things, Godfrey recommended that the BNDD create regional intelligence units (RIUs) and an office of strategic intelligence (SI0). The RIUs were up and running by 1971 with CIA officers often assigned as analysts, prompting BNDD agents to view the RIUs with suspicion, as repositories for Twofold torpedoes.

The SIO was harder to implement, given its arcane function as a tool to help top managers formulate plans and strategies “in the political sphere.” As SIO Director John Warner explained, “We needed to understand the political climate in Thailand in order to address the problem. We needed to know what kind of protection the Thai police were affording traffickers. We were looking for an intelligence office that could deal with those sorts of issues, on the ground, overseas.”

Organizing the SIO fell to CIA officers Adrian Swain and Tom Tripodi, both of whom were recruited into the BNDD. In April 1971 they accompanied Ingersoll to Saigon, where Station Chief Shackley briefed them. Through his CIA contacts, Swain obtained maps of drug-smuggling routes in Southeast Asia.

Upon their return to the U.S., Swain and Tripodi expressed frustration that the CIA had access to people capable of providing the BNDD with intelligence, but these people “were involved in narcotics trafficking and the CIA did not want to identify them.”

Seeking a way to circumvent the CIA, they recommended the creation of a “special operations or strategic operations staff” that would function as the BNDD’s own CIA “using a backdoor approach to gather intelligence in support of operations.” Those operations would rely on “longer range, deep penetration, clandestine assets, who remain undercover, do not appear during the course of any trial and are recruited and directed by the Special Operations agents on a covert basis.”

The White House approved the plan and in May 1971, Kissinger presented a $120 million drug control proposal, of which $50 million was earmarked for special operations. Three weeks later Nixon declared “war on drugs,” at which point Congress responded with funding for the SIO and authorization for the extra-legal operations Swain and Tripodi envisioned.

SIO Director Warner was given a seat on the U.S. Intelligence Board so the SIO could obtain raw intelligence from the CIA. But, in return, the SIO was compelled to adopt CIA security procedures. A CIA officer established the SIO’s file room and computer system; safes and steel doors were installed; and witting agents had to obtain CIA clearances.

Active-duty CIA officers were assigned to the SIO as desk officers for Europe and the Middle East, the Far East, and Latin America. Tripodi was assigned as chief of operations. Tripodi had spent the previous six years in the CIA’s Security Research Services, where his duties included the penetration of peace groups, as well as setting up firms to conduct black bag jobs. Notably, White House “Plumber” E. Howard Hunt inherited Tripodi’s Special Operations unit, which included several of the Watergate burglars.

Tripodi liaised with the CIA on matters of mutual interest and the covert collection of narcotics intelligence outside of routine BNDD channels. As part of his operational plan, code-named Medusa, Tripodi proposed that SIO agents hire foreign nationals to blow up contrabandista planes while they were refueling at clandestine air strips. Another proposal called for ambushing traffickers in America, and taking their drugs and money.

Enter Lucien Conein

The creation of the SIO coincided with the assignment of CIA officer Lucien Conein to the BNDD. As a member of the OSS, Conein had parachuted into France to form resistance cells that included Corsican gangsters. As a CIA officer, Conein in 1954 was assigned to Vietnam to organize anti-communist forces, and in 1963 achieved infamy as the intermediary between the Kennedy White House and the cabal of generals that murdered President Diem.

Historian Alfred McCoy has alleged that, in 1965, Conein arranged a truce between the CIA and drug trafficking Corsicans in Saigon. The truce, according to McCoy, allowed the Corsicans to traffic, as long as they served as contact men for the CIA. The truce also endowed the Corsicans with “free passage” at a time when Marseilles’ heroin labs were turning from Turkish to Southeast Asian morphine base.

Conein denied McCoy’s allegation and insisted that his meeting with the Corsicans was solely to resolve a problem caused by Daniel Ellsberg’s “peccadilloes with the mistress of a Corsican.”

It is impossible to know who is telling the truth. What is known is that in July 1971, on Howard Hunt’s recommendation, the White House hired Conein as an expert on Corsican drug traffickers in Southeast Asia. Conein was assigned as a consultant to the SIO’s Far East Asia desk. His activities will be discussed in greater detail below.

The Parallel Mechanism

In September 1971, the Heroin Committee was reorganized as the Cabinet Committee for International Narcotics Control (CCINC) under Secretary of State William Rogers. CCINC’s mandate was to “set policies which relate international considerations to domestic considerations.” By 1975, its budget amounted to $875 million, and the war on drugs had become a most profitable industry.

Concurrently, the CIA formed a unilateral drug unit in its operations division under Seymour Bolten. Known as the Special Assistant to the Director for the Coordination of Narcotics, Bolten directed CIA division and station chiefs in unilateral drug control operations. In doing this, Bolten worked closely with Ted Shackley, who in 1972 was appointed head of the CIA’s Western Hemisphere Division. Bolten and Shackley had worked together in post-war Germany, as well as in anti-Castro Cubans operations in the early 1960s. Their collaboration would grease federal drug law enforcement’s skid into oblivion.

“Bolten screwed us,” BNDD’s Latin American division chief Jerry Strickler said emphatically. “And so did Shackley.”

Bolten “screwed” the BNDD, and the American judicial system, by setting up a “parallel mechanism” based on a computerized register of international drug traffickers and a CIA-staffed communications crew that intercepted calls from drug traffickers inside the U.S. to their accomplices around the world. The International Narcotics Information Network (INIS) was modeled on a computerized management information system Shackley had used to terrorize the underground resistance in South Vietnam.

Bolten’s staff also “re-tooled” dozens of CIA officers and slipped them into the BNDD. Several went to Lou Conein at the SIO for clandestine, highly illegal operations.

Factions within the CIA and military were opposed to Bolten’s parallel mechanism, but CIA Executive Director William Colby supported Bolten’s plan to preempt the BNDD and use its agents and informants for unilateral CIA purposes. The White House also supported the plan for political purposes related to Watergate. Top BNDD officials who resisted were expunged; those who cooperated were rewarded.

Bureau of Narcotics Covert Intelligence Network

In September 1972, DCI Helms (then immersed in Watergate intrigues) told BNDD Director Ingersoll that the CIA had prepared files on specific drug traffickers in Miami, the Florida Keys, and the Caribbean. Helms said the CIA would provide Ingersoll with assets to pursue the traffickers and develop information on targets of opportunity. The CIA would also provide operational, technical, and financial support.

The result was the Bureau of Narcotics Covert Intelligence Network (BUNCIN) whose methodology reflected Tripodi’s Medusa Plan and included “provocations, inducement to desertion, creating confusion and apprehension.”

Some BUNCIN intelligence activities were directed against “senior foreign government officials” and were “blamed on other government agencies or even on the intelligence services of other nations.” Other BUNCIN activities were directed against American civic and political groups.

BNDD officials managed BUNCIN’s legal activities, while Conein at the SIO managed its political and CIA aspects. According to Conein’s administrative deputy, Rich Kobakoff, “BUNCIN was an experiment in how to finesse the law. The end product was intelligence, not seizures or arrests.” CIA officers Robert Medell and William Logay were selected to manage BUNCIN.

A Bay of Pigs veteran born in Cuba, Medell was initially assigned to the Twofold program. Medell was BUNCIN’s “covert” agent and recruited its principal agents. All of his assets had previously worked for the CIA, and all believed they were working for it again.

Medell started running agents in March 1973 with the stated goal of penetrating the Trafficante organization. To this end the BNDD’s Enforcement Chief, Andy Tartaglino, introduced Medell to Sal Caneba, a retired Mafioso who had been in business with Trafficante in the 1950s. Caneba in one day identified the head of the Cuban side of the Trafficante family, as well as its organizational structure.

But the CIA refused to allow the BNDD to pursue the investigation, because it had employed Trafficante in its assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, and because Trafficante’s Operation 40 associates were performing similar functions for the CIA around the world.

Medell’s Principal Agent was Bay of Pigs veteran Guillermo Tabraue, whom the CIA paid $1,400 a week. While receiving this princely sum, Tabraue participated in the “Alvarez-Cruz” drug smuggling ring.

Medell also recruited agents from Manuel Artime’s anti-Castro Cuban organization. Former CIA officer and White House “Plumber” Howard Hunt, notably, had been Artime’s case officer for years, and many members of Artime’s organization had worked for Ted Shackley while Shackley was the CIA’s station chief in Miami.

Bill Logay was the “overt” agent assigned to the BUNCIN office in Miami. Logay had been Shackley’s bodyguard in Saigon in 1969. From 1970-1971, Logay had served as a special police liaison and drug coordinator in Saigon’s Precinct 5. Logay was also asked to join Twofold, but claims to have refused.

Medell’s and Logay’s reports were hand delivered to BNDD headquarters via the Defense Department’s classified courier service. The Defense Department was in charge of emergency planning and provided BUNCIN agents with special communications equipment. The CIA supplied BUNCIN’s assets with forged IDs that enabled them to work for foreign governments, including Panama, Venezuela and Costa Rica.

Like Twofold, BUNCIN had two agendas. One, according to Chief Inspector Fuller, “was told” and had a narcotics mission. The other provided cover for the Plumbers. Orders for the domestic political facet emanated from the White House and passed through Conein to “Plumber” Gordon Liddy and his “Operation Gemstone” squad of exile Cuban terrorists from the Artime organization.

Enforcement chief Tartaglino was unhappy with the arrangement and gave Agent Ralph Frias the job of screening anti-Castro Cubans sent by the White House to the BNDD. Frias was assigned to International Affairs chief George Belk. When Nixon’s White House chief of staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman sent over three Cubans, Frias interviewed them and realized they were “plants.” Those three were not hired, but, Frias lamented, many others were successfully infiltrated inside the BNDD and other federal agencies.

Under BUNCIN cover, CIA anti-Castro assets reportedly kidnapped and assassinated people in Colombia and Mexico. BUNCIN’s White House sponsors also sent CIA anti-Castro Cuban assets to gather dirt on Democratic politicians in Key West. With BUNCIN, federal drug law enforcement sank to new lows of political repression and corruption.

Novo Yardley

The Nixon White House introduced the “operations by committee” management method to ensure control over its illegal drug operations. But as agencies involved in drug law enforcement pooled resources, the BNDD’s mission was diluted and diminished.

And, as the preeminent agency in the federal government, the CIA not only separated itself from the BNDD as part of Bolten’s parallel mechanism, it rode off into the sunset on the BNDD’s horse. For example, at their introductory meeting in Mexico City in 1972, Ted Shackley told Latin American division chief Strickler to hand over all BNDD files, informant lists, and cable traffic.

According to Strickler, “Bad things happened.” The worst abuse was that the CIA allowed drug shipments into the U.S. without telling the BNDD. “Individual stations allowed this,” SIO Director John Warner confirmed.

In so far as evidence acquired by CIA electronic surveillance is inadmissible in court, the CIA was able to protect its controlled deliveries into the U.S. merely by monitoring them. Numerous investigations had to be terminated as a result. Likewise, dozens of prosecutions were dismissed on national security grounds due to the participation of CIA assets operating around the world.

Strickler knew which CIA people were guilty of sabotaging cases in Latin America and wanted to indict them. And so, at Bolten’s insistence, Strickler was reassigned. Meanwhile, CIA assets from Bolten’s unilateral drug unit were kidnapping and assassinating traffickers as part of Operation Twofold.

BNDD Director Ingersoll confirmed the existence of this covert facet of Twofold. Its purpose, he said, was to put people in deep cover in the U.S. to develop intelligence on drug trafficking, particularly from South America. The regional directors weren’t aware of it. Ingersoll said he got approval from Attorney General John Mitchell and passed the operation on to John Bartels, the first administrator of the DEA. He said the unit did not operate inside the U.S., which is why he thought it was legal.

Ingersoll added that he was surprised that no one from the Rockefeller Commission asked him about it.

Joseph DiGennaro’s entry into the covert facet of Operation Twofold began when a family friend, who knew CIA officer Jim Ludlum, suggested that he apply for a job with the BNDD. Then working as a stockbroker in New York, DiGennaro met Fuller in August 1971 in Washington. Fuller gave DiGennaro the code name Novo Yardley, based on his posting in New York, and as a play on the name of the famous codebreaker.

After DiGennaro obtained the required clearances, he was told that he and several other recruits were being “spun-off” from Twofold into the CIA’s “operational” unit. The background check took 14 months, during which time he received intensive combat and trade-craft training.

In October 1972 he was sent to New York City and assigned to an enforcement group as a cover. His paychecks came from BNDD funds, but the program was reimbursed by the CIA through the Bureau of Mines. The program was authorized by the “appropriate” Congressional committee.

DiGennaro’s unit was managed by the CIA’s Special Operations Division in conjunction with the military, which provided assets within foreign military services to keep ex-filtration routes (air corridors and roads) open. The military cleared air space when captured suspects were brought into the U.S. DiGennaro spent most of his time in South America, but the unit operated worldwide. The CIA unit numbered about 40 men, including experts in printing, forgery, maritime operations, and telecommunications.

DiGennaro would check with Fuller and take sick time or annual leave to go on missions. There were lots of missions. As his BNDD group supervisor in New York said, “Joey was never in the office.”

The job was tracking down, kidnapping, and, if they resisted, killing drug traffickers. Kidnapped targets were incapacitated by drugs and dumped in the U.S. As DEA Agent Gerry Carey recalled, “We’d get a call that there was ‘a present’ waiting for us on the corner of 116th Street and Sixth Avenue. We’d go there and find some guy, who’d been indicted in the Eastern District of New York, handcuffed to a telephone pole. We’d take him to a safe house for questioning and, if possible, turn him into an informer. Sometimes we’d have him in custody for months. But what did he know?”

If you’re a Corsican drug dealer in Argentina, and men with police credentials arrest you, how do you know it’s a CIA operation? DiGennaro’s last operation in 1977 involved the recovery of a satellite that had fallen into a drug dealer’s hands. Such was the extent of the CIA’s “parallel mechanism.”

The Dirty Dozen

With the formation of the Drug Enforcement Administration in July 1973, BUNCIN was renamed the DEA Clandestine Operations Network (DEACON 1). A number of additional DEACONs were developed through Special Field Intelligence Programs (SFIP). As an extension of BUNCIN, DEACON 1 developed intelligence on traffickers in Costa Rica, Ohio and New Jersey; politicians in Florida; terrorists and gun runners; the sale of boats and helicopters to Cuba; and the Trafficante organization.

Under DEA chief John Bartels, administrative control fell under Enforcement Chief George Belk and his Special Projects assistant Philip Smith. Through Belk and Smith, the Office of Special Projects had become a major facet of Bolten’s parallel mechanism. It housed the DEA’s air wing (staffed largely by CIA officers), conducted “research programs” with the CIA, provided technical aids and documentation to agents, and handled fugitive searches.

As part of DEACON 1, Smith sent covert agent Bob Medell “to Caracas or Bogota to develop a network of agents.” As Smith noted in a memorandum, reimbursement for Medell “is being made in backchannel fashion to CIA under payments to other agencies and is not counted as a position against us.”

Thoroughly suborned by Bolten and the CIA, DEA Administrator Bartels established a priority on foreign clandestine narcotics collection. And when Belk proposed a special operations group in intelligence, Bartels immediately approved it. In March 1974, Belk assigned the group to Lou Conein.

As chief of the Intelligence Group/Operations (IGO), Conein administered the DEA Special Operations Group (DEASOG), SFIP and National Intelligence Officers (NIO) programs. The chain of command, however, was “unclear” and while Medell reported administratively to Smith, Conein managed operations through a separate chain of command reaching to William Colby, who had risen to the rank of CIA Director concurrent with the formation of the DEA.

Conein had worked for Colby for many years in Vietnam, for through Colby he hired a “dirty dozen” CIA officers to staff DEASOG. As NIOs (not regular gun-toting DEA agents), the DEASOG officers did not buy narcotics or appear in court, but instead used standard CIA operating procedures to recruit assets and set up agent networks for the long-range collection of intelligence on trafficking groups. They had no connection to the DEA and were housed in a safe house outside headquarters in downtown Washington, DC.

The first DEASOG recruits were CIA officers Elias P. Chavez and Nicholas Zapata. Both had paramilitary and drug control experience in Laos. Colby’s personnel assistant Jack Mathews had been Chavez’s case officer at the Long Thien base, where General Vang Pao ran his secret drug-smuggling army under Ted Shackley’s auspices from 1966-1968.

A group of eight CIA officers followed: Wesley Dyckman, a Chinese linguist with service in Vietnam, was assigned to San Francisco. Louis J. Davis, a veteran of Vietnam and Laos, was assigned to the Chicago Regional Intelligence Unit.

Christopher Thompson from the CIA’s Phoenix Program in Vietnam went to San Antonio. Hugh E. Murray, veteran of Pakse and Bolivia (where he participated in the capture of Che Guevara), was sent to Tucson. Thomas D. McPhaul had worked with Conein in Vietnam, and was sent to Dallas. Thomas L. Briggs, a veteran of Laos and a friend of Shackley’s, went to Mexico. Vernon J. Goertz, a Shackley friend who had participated in the Allende coup, went to Venezuela. David A. Scherman, a Conein friend and former manager of the CIA’s interrogation center in Da Nang, was sent to sunny San Diego.

Gary Mattocks, who ran CIA counter-terror teams in Vietnam’s Delta, and interrogator Robert Simon were the eleventh and twelfth members. Terry Baldwin, Barry Carew and Joseph Lagattuta joined later.

According to Davis, Conein created DEASOG specifically to do Phoenix program-style jobs overseas: the type where a paramilitary officer breaks into a trafficker’s house, takes his drugs, and slits his throat. The NIOs were to operate overseas where they would target traffickers the police couldn’t reach, like a prime minister’s son or the police chief in Acapulco if he was the local drug boss. If they couldn’t assassinate the target, they would bomb his labs or use psychological warfare to make him look like he was a DEA informant, so his own people would kill him.

The DEASOG people “would be breaking the law,” Davis observed, “but they didn’t have arrest powers overseas anyway.”

Conein envisioned 50 NIOs operating worldwide by 1977. But a slew of Watergate-related scandals forced the DEA to curtail its NIO program and reorganize its covert operations staff and functions in ways that have corrupted federal drug law enforcement beyond repair.

Assassination Scandals

The first scandal focused on DEACON 3, which targeted the Aviles-Perez organization in Mexico. Eli Chavez, Nick Zapata and Barry Carew were the NIOs assigned.

A veteran CIA officer who spoke Spanish, Carew had served as a special police adviser in Saigon before joining the BNDD. Carew was assigned as Conein’s Latin American desk officer and managed Chavez and Zapata (aka “the Mexican Assassin”) in Mexico. According to Chavez, a White House Task Force under Howard Hunt had started the DEACON 3 case. The Task force provided photographs of the Aviles Perez compound in Mexico, from whence truckloads of marijuana were shipped to the U.S.

Funds were allotted in February 1974, at which point Chavez and Zapata traveled to Mexico City as representatives of the North American Alarm and Fire Systems Company. In Mazatlán, they met with Carew, who stayed at a fancy hotel and played tennis every day, while Chavez and Zapata, whom Conein referred to as “pepper-bellies,” fumed in a flea-bag motel.

An informant arranged for Chavez, posing as a buyer, to meet Perez. A deal was struck, but DEA chief John Bartels made the mistake of instructing Chavez to brief the DEA’s regional director in Mexico City before making “the buy.”

At this meeting, the DEACON 3 agents presented their operational plan. But when the subject of “neutralizing” Perez came up, analyst Joan Banister took this to mean assassination. Bannister reported her suspicions to DEA headquarters, where the anti-CIA faction leaked her report to Washington Post columnist Jack Anderson.

Anderson’s allegation that the DEA was providing cover for a CIA assassination unit included revelations that the Senate had investigated IGO chief Conein for shopping around for assassination devices, like exploding ashtrays and telephones. Conein managed to keep his job, but the trail led to his comrade from the OSS, Mitch Werbell.

A deniable asset Conein used for parallel operations, Werbell had tried to sell several thousand silenced machine pistols to DEACON 1 target Robert Vesco, then living in Costa Rica surrounded by drug trafficking Cuban exiles in the Trafficante organization. Trafficante was also, at the time, living in Costa Rica as a guest of President Figueres whose son had purchased weapons from Werbell and used them to arm a death squad he formed with DEACON 1 asset Carlos Rumbault, a notorious anti-Castro Cuban terrorist and fugitive drug smuggler.

Meanwhile, in February 1974, DEA Agent Anthony Triponi, a former Green Beret and member of Operation Twofold, was admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital in New York “suffering from hypertension.” DEA inspectors found Triponi in the psychiatric ward, distraught because he had broken his “cover” and now his “special code” would have to be changed.

Thinking he was insane, the DEA inspectors called former chief inspector Patrick Fuller in California, just to be sure. As it turned out, everything Triponi had said about Twofold was true! The incredulous DEA inspectors called the CIA and were stunned when they were told: “If you release the story, we will destroy you.”

By 1975, Congress and the Justice Department were investigating the DEA’s relations with the CIA. In the process they stumbled on, among other things, plots to assassinate Torrijos and Noriega in Panama, as well as Tripodi’s Medusa Program.

In a draft report, one DEA inspector described Medusa as follows: “Topics considered as options included psychological terror tactics, substitution of placebos to discredit traffickers, use of incendiaries to destroy conversion laboratories, and disinformation to cause internal warfare between drug trafficking organizations; other methods under consideration involved blackmail, use of psychopharmacological techniques, bribery and even terminal sanctions.”

The Cover-Up

Despite the flurry of investigations, Nixon’s successor, Gerald Ford, reconfirmed the CIA’s narcotic intelligence collection arrangement with DEA, and the CIA continued to have its way. Much of its success is attributed to Seymour Bolten, whose staff handled “all requests for files from the Church Committee,” which concluded that allegations of drug smuggling by CIA assets and proprietaries “lacked substance.”

The Rockefeller Commission likewise gave the CIA a clean bill of health, falsely stating that the Twofold inspections project was terminated in 1973. The Commission completely covered-up the existence of the operation unit hidden within the inspections program.

Ford did task the Justice Department to investigate “allegations of fraud, irregularity, and misconduct” in the DEA. The so-called DeFeo investigation lasted through July 1975, and included allegations that DEA officials had discussed killing Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega. In March 1976, Deputy Attorney General Richard Thornburgh announced there were no findings to warrant criminal prosecutions.

In 1976, Congresswoman Bella Abzug submitted questions to new Director of Central Intelligence George H.W. Bush, about the CIA’s central role in international drug trafficking. Bush’s response was to cite a 1954 agreement with the Justice Department gave the CIA the right to block prosecution or keep its crimes secret in the name of national security.

In its report, the Abzug Committee said: “It was ironic that the CIA should be given responsibility of narcotic intelligence, particularly since they are supporting the prime movers.”

The Mansfield Amendment of 1976 sought to curtail the DEA’s extra-legal activities abroad by prohibiting agents from kidnapping or conducting unilateral actions without the consent of the host government. The CIA, of course, was exempt and continued to sabotage DEA cases against its movers, while further tightening its stranglehold on the DEA’s enforcement and intelligence capabilities.

In 1977, the DEA’s Assistant Administrator for Enforcement sent a memo, co-signed by the six enforcement division chiefs, to DEA chief Peter Bensinger. As the memo stated, “All were unanimous in their belief that present CIA programs were likely to cause serious future problems for DEA, both foreign and domestic.”

They specifically cited controlled deliveries enabled by CIA electronic surveillance and the fact that the CIA “will not respond positively to any discovery motion.” They complained that “Many of the subjects who appear in these CIA- promoted or controlled surveillances regularly travel to the United States in furtherance of their trafficking activities.” The “de facto immunity” from prosecution enabled the CIA assets to “operate much more openly and effectively.”

But then DEA chief Peter Bensinger suffered the CIA at the expense of America’s citizens and the DEA’s integrity. Under Bensinger the DEA created its CENTAC program to target drug trafficking organization worldwide through the early 1980s. But the CIA subverted the CENTAC: as its director Dennis Dayle famously said, “The major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA.”

Murder and Mayhem

DEACON 1 inherited BUNCIN’s anti-Castro Cuban assets from Brigade 2506, which the CIA organized to invade Cuba in 1960. Controlled by Nixon’s secret political police, these CIA assets, operating under DEA cover, had parallel assignments involving “extremist groups and terrorism, and information of a political nature.”

Noriega and Moises Torrijos in Panama were targets, as was fugitive financier and Nixon campaign contributor Robert Vesco in Costa Rica, who was suspected of being a middle man in drug and money-laundering operations of value to the CIA.

DEACON 1’s problems began when overt agent Bill Logay charged that covert agent Bob Medell’s anti-Castro Cuban assets had penetrated the DEA on behalf of the Trafficante organization. DEACON 1 secretary Cecelia Plicet fanned the flames by claiming that Conein and Medell were using Principal Agent Tabraue to circumvent the DEA.

In what amounted to an endless succession of controlled deliveries, Tabraue was financing loads of cocaine and using DEACON 1’s Cuban assets to smuggle them into the U.S. Plicet said that Medell and Conein worked for “the other side” and wanted the DEA to fail. These accusations prompted an investigation, after which Logay was reassigned to inspections and Medell was reassigned and replaced by Gary Mattocks, an NIO member of the Dirty Dozen.

According to Mattocks, Shackley helped Colby set up DEASOG and brought in “his” people, including Tom Clines, whom Shackley placed in charge of the CIA’s Caribbean operations. Clines, like Shackley and Bolten, knew all the exile Cuban terrorists and traffickers on the DEASOG payroll. CIA officer Vernon Goertz worked for Clines in Caracas as part of the CIA’s parallel mechanism under DEASOG cover.

As cover for his DEACON 1 activities, Mattocks set up a front company designed to improve relations between Cuban and American businessmen. Meanwhile, through the CIA, he recruited members of the Artime organization including Watergate burglars Rolando Martinez and Bernard Barker, as well as Che Guevara’s murderer, Felix Rodriguez. These anti-Castro terrorists were allegedly part of an Operation 40 assassination squad that Shackley and Clines employed for private as well as professional purposes.

In late 1974, DEACON 1 crashed and burned when interrogator Robert Simon’s daughter was murdered in a drive-by shooting by crazed anti-Castro Cubans. Simon at the time was managing the CIA’s drug data base and had linked the exile Cuban drug traffickers with “a foreign terrorist organization.” As Mattocks explained, “It got bad after the Brigaders found out Simon was after them.”

None of the CIA’s terrorists, however, were ever arrested. Instead, Conein issued a directive prohibiting DEACON 1 assets from reporting on domestic political affairs or terrorist activities and the tragedy was swept under the carpet for reasons of national security.

DEACON 1 unceremoniously ended in 1975 after Agent Fred Dick was assigned to head the DEA’s Caribbean Basin Group. In that capacity Dick visited the DEACON 1 safe house and found, in his words, “a clandestine CIA unit using miscreants from Bay of Pigs, guys who were blowing up planes.” Dick hit the ceiling and in August 1975 DEACON I was terminated.

No new DEACONs were initiated and the others quietly ran their course. Undeterred, the CIA redeployed its anti-Castro Cuban miscreant assets, some of whom established the terror organization CORU in 1977. Others would go to work for Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a key National Security Council aide under President Ronald Reagan in the Iran-Contra drug and terror network.

Conein’s IGO was disbanded in 1976 after a grand jury sought DEACON I intelligence regarding several drug busts. But CIA acquired intelligence cannot be used in prosecutions, and the CIA refused to identify its assets in court, with the result that 27 prosecutions were dismissed on national security grounds.

Gary Mattocks was thereafter unwelcomed in the DEA. But his patron Ted Shackley had become DCI George Bush’s assistant deputy director for operations and Shackley kindly rehired Mattocks into the CIA and assigned him to the CIA’s narcotics unit in Peru.

At the time, Santiago Ocampo was purchasing cocaine in Peru and his partner Matta Ballesteros was flying it to the usual Cuban miscreants in Miami. One of the receivers, Francisco Chanes, an erstwhile DEACON asset, owned two seafood companies that would soon allegedly come to serve as fronts in Oliver North’s Contra supply network, receiving and distributing tons of Contra cocaine.

Mattocks himself soon joined the Contra support operation as Eden Pastrora’s case officer. In that capacity Mattocks was present in 1984 when CIA officers handed pilot Barry Seal a camera and told him to take photographs of Sandinista official Federico Vaughn loading bags of cocaine onto Seal’s plane. A DEA “special employee,” Seal was running drugs for Jorge Ochoa Vasquez and purportedly using Nicaragua as a transit point for his deliveries.

North asked DEA officials to instruct Seal, who was returning to Ochoa with $1.5 million, to deliver the cash to the Contras, according to a 1988 House Judiciary subcommittee report. When the DEA officials refused, North leaked a blurry photo, purportedly of Vaughn, to the right-wing Washington Times in a ploy to discredit Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government.

So, for the Reagan administration’s political purposes, North blew the DEA’s biggest case at the time, and the DEA did nothing about it, even though DEA Administrator Jack Lawn said in testimony before the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime that leaking the photo “severely jeopardized the lives” of agents.

The circle was squared in 1989 when the CIA instructed Gary Mattocks to testify as a defense witness at the trial of DEACON 1 Principal Agent Gabriel Tabraue. Although Tabraue had earned $75 million from drug trafficking, while working as a CIA and DEA asset, the judge declared a mistrial based on Mattocks’s testimony. Tabraue was released. Some people inferred that President George H.W. Bush had personally ordered Mattocks to dynamite the case.

The CIA’s use of the DEA to employ terrorists would continue apace. For example, in 1981, DEA Agent Dick Salmi recruited Roberto Cabrillo, a drug smuggling member of CORU, an organization of murderous Cuban exiles formed by drug smuggler Frank Castro and Luis Posada while George Bush was DCI.

The DEA arrested Castro in 1981, but the CIA engineered his release and hired him to establish a Contra training camp in the Florida Everglades. Posada reportedly managed resupply and drug shipments for the Contras in El Salvador, in cahoots with Felix Rodriguez. Charged in Venezuela with blowing up a Cuban airliner and killing 73 people in 1976, Posada was shielded from extradition by George W. Bush in the mid-2000s.

Having been politically castrated by the CIA, DEA officials merely warned its CORU assets to stop bombing people in the U.S. It could maim and kill people anywhere else, just not here in the sacred homeland. By then, Salmi noted, the Justice Department had a special “grey-mail section” to fix cases involving CIA terrorists and drug dealers.

The Hoax

DCI William Webster formed the CIA’s Counter-Narcotics Center in 1988. Staffed by over 100 agents, it ostensibly became the springboard for the covert penetration of, and paramilitary operations against, top traffickers protected by high-tech security firms, lawyers and well-armed private armies.

The CNC brought together, under CIA control, every federal agency involved in the drug wars. Former CIA officer and erstwhile Twofold member, Terry Burke, then serving as the DEA’s Deputy for Operations, was allowed to send one liaison officer to the CNC.

The CNC quickly showed its true colors. In the late 1990, Customs agents in Miami seized a ton of pure cocaine from Venezuela. To their surprise, a Venezuelan undercover agent said the CIA had approved the delivery. DEA Administrator Robert Bonner ordered an investigation and discovered that the CIA had, in fact, shipped the load from its warehouse in Venezuela.

The “controlled deliveries” were managed by CIA officer Mark McFarlin, a veteran of Reagan’s terror campaign in El Salvador. Bonner wanted to indict McFarlin, but was prevented from doing so because Venezuela was in the process of fighting off a rebellion led by leftist Hugo Chavez. This same scenario has been playing out in Afghanistan for the last 15 years, largely through the DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD), which provides cover for CIA operations worldwide.

The ultimate and inevitable result of American imperialism, the SOD job is not simply to “create a crime,” as freewheeling FBN agents did in the old days, but to “recreate a crime” so it is prosecutable, despite whatever extra-legal methods were employed to obtain the evidence before it is passed along to law enforcement agencies so they can make arrests without revealing what prompted their suspicions.

Reuters reported in 2013, “The unit of the DEA that distributes the information is called the Special Operations Division, or SOD. Two dozen partner agencies comprise the unit, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security. It was created in 1994 to combat Latin American drug cartels and has grown from several dozen employees to several hundred.”

The utilization of information from the SOD, which operates out of a secret location in Virginia, “cannot be revealed or discussed in any investigative function,” according to an internal document cited by Reuters, which added that agents are specifically directed “to omit the SOD’s involvement from investigative reports, affidavits, discussions with prosecutors and courtroom testimony.”

Agents are told to use “parallel construction” to build their cases without reference to SOD’s tips which may come from sensitive “intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records,” Reuters reported.

Citing a former federal agent, Reuters reported that SOD operators would tell law enforcement officials in the U.S. to be at a certain place at a certain time and to look for a certain vehicle which would then be stopped and searched on some pretext. “After an arrest was made, agents then pretended that their investigation began with the traffic stop, not with the SOD tip, the former agent said,” Reuters reported.

An anonymous senior DEA official told Reuters that this “parallel construction” approach is “decades old, a bedrock concept” for law enforcement. The SOD’s approach follows Twofold techniques and Bolten’s parallel mechanism from the early 1970s.

To put it simply, lying to frame defendants, which has always been unstated policy, is now official policy: no longer considered corruption, it is how your government manages the judicial system on behalf of the rich political elite.

As outlined in this article, the process tracks back to Nixon, the formation of the BNDD, and the creation of a secret political police force out of the White House. As Agent Bowman Taylor caustically observed, “I used to think we were fighting the drug business, but after they formed the BNDD, I realized we were feeding it.”

The corruption was first “collateral” – as a function of national security performed by the CIA in secret – but has now become “integral,” the essence of empire run amok.

Douglas Valentine is author of The Phoenix Program, which is available through Amazon, as well as The Strength of the Wolf and the new book Strength of the Pack.

His Web sites are http://www.douglasvalentine.com/index.html,

http://www.members.authorsguild.net/valentine/,  and

http://trineday.com/paypal_store/product_pages/Strength_of_the_Pack.html

http://www.blacklistednews.com/CIA_and_the_Drug_Business/46135/0/38/38/Y/M.html 

This article also appears here:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/11/creating-a-crime-how-the-cia-commandeered-the-dea/ 

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The Real Afghanistan Surge is in Heroin Production and Tripled Opium Cultivation since the US military arrived/ UN and US Government documents

Posted on September 13, 2015 by WashingtonsBlog

By Meryl Nass, M.D.  Dr. Nass is  a board-certified internist and a biological warfare epidemiologist and expert in anthrax.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/09/the-real-afghanistan-surge-is-in-heroin-production-and-tripled-opium-cultivation-since-the-us-military-arrived-un-and-us-government-documents.html 

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This section is about the now-old film “Killing The Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News”.

If no story is worth a life, then why is murder the number one cause of journalists’ deaths worldwide?

Murder is the leading cause of work related deaths for journalists as censorship increases worldwide. In addition to those who have been killed, dozens have been attacked, kidnapped, or forced into exile in connection with their coverage of crime and corruption.

Journalists reporting from Mexico, Russia and the conflict zones of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria tell their personal stories of kidnapping, intimidation, and beatings. They’ve experienced the loss of colleagues in the field and have been close to death themselves. Their stories are heartfelt, captivating, engaging and at moments – unbelievable.

The targeting of Journalists worldwide affects anyone who believes that information and accurate reporting play a part in healthy societies.

http://www.killingthemessengerfilm.com/

Watch the trailer. http://www.sidewaysfilm.com/killing-the-messenger/

Navigate the web site to read about the film makers, the cast, the press about the movie, and to read the ongoling blog and its archives. There’s more. Get involved.

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Find your own material on Don Bolles and Veronica Guerin.

 

Authority

By now, you may have seen this:

http://goodnewscommunications.net/you-are-mentally-ill-if-you-question-authority-report-states/ 

[…] an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.

Music fanfare:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVgs38tpMhs (6:45) 

 

Here’s why I am angry about authority:

I have a deep sense of having been betrayed.

Everything I have been told by authority since I can remember has tuned out to be a lie.

 

Were my parents uninformed, deluded, in denial?  I’ll be kind and say that they were misled. I could be more harsh and say that they were complicit, at least through their own willful inattention.  That they were the victims of a poor education, or from having drunk the Koolaid, is a possibility.  But my father grew up within rock-throwing distance of Yale, and my step-mother belonged to a family whose patriarch is alleged to have been involved in MK-Ultra ritual sex abuse circles.

Can I prove that?  No, the references have been scrubbed off the Internet, but his picture grabbed from that article, the one that sent autonomic shivers of recognition down my persona the first time I saw it, still stares out at me from deep inside my hard drive. Was I directly involved?  Not to my conscious knowledge.  Indeed, it can be argued that my step-mother did what she could to keep me safely away from such depredations, and perhaps that is the deep dark inner family secret no one wants to talk about. But she still whupped me regularly, and abused me psychologically, and one person with the requisite experience and knowledge told me one thing she had done went dangerously near a line that no adult should ever cross.

Were my teachers uninformed?  No, but individuals can’t do much in a system in which they are constantly watched, guided, harangued, and given boundaries.

Were my community officials complicit? Perhaps, but complicity is the group norm; otherwise your earning potential, career or lives will be made to suffer. We were all good Germans at one point in time or another.

We were the recipients of that golden glow that emanated from post-World-War-II economics; don’t rock the boat when the sea is still and placid.

Was the truth about the Illuminati and Skull and Bones available to them?  I didn’t learn about this stuff until I was into my 50’s.  Why didn’t they question what had happened in Dallas?  In the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel? On the balcony of the Lorraine Motel? In the Gulf of Tonkin? The communal elders  dutifully packed their first-born to a quick death or a lifetime of hell on the say-so of an obviously corrupt leadership. Their children did the same a generation later.

The hints that there was a hidden structure to American polity were available, though suppressed and, I’d guess, ridiculed. The experience of American politics and culture has been to move to the middle, to be herded. Although I didn’t discovered it until he died in the late 80’s, my father had two textbooks on propaganda on his bookshelf (neatly titled for the field of public relations).

But the legislative history of the great snookering was available to them; at that point in time, I was still two decades or more from being born, but the creature came out of the seaside swamps where the robber barons secretly gathered (and the requisite legislation) occurred on their watch (albeit with covert means and subterfuge).

[More recently we were told by the Speaker of the House that Congress had to pass the bill in order to know what was in it.]

Off they went to another war, to Federal income taxes, to a debt-based system run by a bunch of foreigners. Emma Lazarus, that sheltered aristocratic Jewish poetess daughter of an Ashkenazi, and Augustus Bartholdi, a French Freemason who married his wife in that same town celebrated by Lazarus in other poems, sold us a trojan horse known as Liberty Enlightening The World.

Lazarus was “an important forerunner of the Zionist movement. She argued for the creation of a Jewish homeland thirteen years before Theodor Herzl began to use the term Zionism.[12]]

Liberty was made gentle, the French themes of revolution and armed mobs having been made to evaporate by the idea’s progenitor, French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye, according to the history published in 2003.

Authority in the forms of political, social and cultural leadership made it fashionable, even de rigeur, to be something other than what you held yourself out to be.  (This while I attended a school with the motto Nosce Te Ipsum. )

This started with the hypocrisy of the church-goers, extended into those who purported to be of various religions but were really godless and intent on destroying spiritual faith, jumped into the world of politics where it appeared to be (erroneously) an occasional aberration, oozed its way into academia, and finally subsumed politics and diplomacy to the point where the only functional approaches in use today involve theatrical performances of news-making events, and false flags. Open manipulation of personal sovereignty through MK-Ultra-like adaptation of pharmaceutical and psychological/psychiatric intervention was still an unknown but has now come sharply into focus.  On one hand, we have robots to do the work and we have kidnapped and trafficked adolescents to provide sex and other services. The latter, of course, is in the news as a service provided by governmental intelligence operatives to royal families, presidential-caliber politicians, and the like for the mans of controlling them, but I am certain our parents knew of such things; they simply averted their eyes, covered ours, but made available the salacious by-products.

In many cases, our governments have been actively engaged in profiting from and providing to the composers the deadly products of narcotic drugs, the illicit types and those prescribed by the friendly people in white lab coats, samples easily provided in bulk by BigPharma, usually delivered by some handsome and attractive “rep” along with a pricey dinner and some high-class marketing handouts.

“In government, the term authority is often used interchangeably with power. However, their meanings differ: while power is defined as “the ability to influence somebody to do something that he/she would not have done”, authority refers to a claim of legitimacy, the justification and right to exercise that power.”

As children here in the USofA, we were immersed in the history and verbiage of the Declaration of Independence and brought to a state of veneration and worship for it and the government it eventually birthed. Right behind that was an almost equal veneration of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, both now badly eroded to the point of absence, like a barrier beach in the face of waves of assault by people who seized power through stolen elections, subterfuge, and the sheer power of massed money, much of it itself illicitly gotten through investment trickeries, cheating, or flat out control of the system of currency to the point where quarter-million-dollar loans at the rapscallion rate of far less than a percent are given out privately to friends like an extra slosh of a fine wine at a cocktail party in the Hamptons.

No such loan was made available to the commoners, of course; we had to pay 29.9% APR for the several hundreds we charged on one of their credit cards when we had no other choice, and then deal with the humiliation of repeated phone calls from their hired attorney/collector until we acquiesced with a check drawn from savings. But any dumb pumpkin could turn a handsome profit with a quarter-million at 0.0001% interest in a few short weeks, if only by paying off their house instead of being foreclosed upon.

“… authority has become a subject of research in a variety of empirical settings: the family (parental authority), small groups (informal authority of leadership), intermediate organizations such as schools, churches, armies, industries and bureaucracies (organizational and bureaucratic authorities), and society-wide or inclusive organizations….”

Where were these people in the last twenty years? How was their silence and complicity bought? What legitimacy (especially true of the mainstream media) can they now command?  They are apparently all out watching celebrating the use of “naked force exercised on false pretenses” by watching “atrocity porn”

A more recent and immediate example is that the condo manager in the condo-glump where I last resided insisted that solar power hadn’t yet been proven to be of value, but this report is just the most recent indicator that she was lying, incompetent, or at worst uninformed.

To appear to be ignorant while maintaining that others are mentally ill because they are better informed is a sign of duplicitousness, or psychopathology, or self-delusion.

https://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/statue-of-liberty-inside.jpg

 

conflict in parallel

Foggy Memories Obscure Forebears Of Ferguson Unrest

By Bob Hennelly on Aug 30, 2014

http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/08/30/foggy-memories-obscure-forebears-of-ferguson-unrest/

[Re-posted in its entirety without change or addition.]

Forty-seven years ago, the African-American population of New Jersey’s largest city took to the streets after a violent encounter between white police officers and an unarmed black man. While the body count in Newark—26 people dead and 1,500 injured—was far greater than in the recent disturbances in Ferguson, Missouri, the parallels between the two tragedies are too clear to be ignored.

 

Collective amnesia about past eruptions of racial conflict has left Americans with a false sense that what happened in Ferguson is somehow new. But the only thing new is the technology. The attitudes on display are sadly familiar.

Forty-seven years ago, the African-American population of New Jersey’s largest city took to the streets after a violent encounter between white police officers and an unarmed black man. While the body count in Newark—26 people dead and 1,500 injured—was far greater than in the recent disturbances in Ferguson, Missouri, the parallels between the two tragedies are too clear to be ignored.

After the terrible events of July 1967, New Jersey Governor Richard Hughes was faced with the same formidable challenge that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon faces now: How to avert future eruptions along the racial fault line that has undermined the American experiment in democracy since before the nation was founded.

“Newark and Ferguson are absolutely linked,” says Paul McLemore, a front-line witness to the five days of rage that shook not just Newark and New Jersey but the entire nation. McLemore, the first African-American to become a New Jersey State trooper, was the only black trooper in Newark during what the media of the day called “the riots.” He later became a civil rights attorney and recently retired as a municipal court judge. Looking back at Newark through the lens of Ferguson, he told WhoWhatWhy: “Very little has changed between the police and the community over all these years. We still have a very deep divide along racial lines.”

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The parallels are numerous:

In both Newark and Ferguson, a mostly African-American population was policed by an overwhelmingly white police force that reported to a white political power structure.

In both communities African-American families were struggling economically. Neighborhood tensions were exacerbated by a sky-high youth unemployment rate.

In both places the powers-that-be made a last-minute effort to promote a black man from within the ranks of law enforcement in hopes of placating a distrustful black population.

And in both Newark and Ferguson an aggressive response by the authorities to an initial incident triggered the prolonged period of civil unrest.

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Racial tensions had been percolating in Newark for months before the summer of 1967. As the national civil rights movement gained momentum, the city’s black community was becoming more assertive. Heavy-handed land use decisions by the white municipal power structure, such as the decision to locate a new medical school in the heart of the black community, displacing long-time residents, generated organized push-back. African-Americans felt they were being taken for granted by the white politicians they had supported for a generation and had little tangible to show for their loyalty.

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On July 12, 1967, police pulled over John W. Smith, an African-American cab driver, for what started out as an alleged traffic violation. Police contend Smith cursed at them when they encountered him and that when the police went to take Smith into custody he assaulted them. According to the police, they got Smith into their squad car but when they got to the precinct they maintain Smith continued to resist. This time, passersby who witnessed the altercation heckled the police, demanding that they take the handcuffs off Smith.

Large crowds formed outside the precinct house where Smith was held. Community leaders demanded to see him and when they were granted access, they discovered he needed immediate medical attention. Smith was sent to the hospital for treatment for a skull injury and broken ribs.  By 7 p.m. the next day, Smith was released to his lawyer but the damage was done. Word on the street was that Smith had been fatally beaten.

Over the next 24 hours, the Newark Police Department tried to keep a lid on a very dynamic situation. Cab drivers were mobilized to protest the treatment of their colleague, community members were protesting police brutality, and street conditions were deteriorating. Police were being pelted by debris and looting started to break out.

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It wasn’t until 2:20 a.m. on the third day that Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio called Governor Hughes to ask for the State Police and National Guard to be deployed to his city.

McLemore was ordered to report to the New Jersey State Police barracks at Hightstown in his riot gear. According to media accounts, fires were burning out of control in the central city. He joined a caravan of state police cars with hundreds of trooper heading up the New Jersey Turnpike, lights flashing. “The guys with me were just ecstatic, like they were going off to war,” McClemore says of the white troopers he rode with. “We got to where the Newark airport is. You could see Newark’s skyline and all you could see was smoke and flames. I thought `Lord, what is going to happen here?’”

“When we drove through the central district of Newark things had gotten so bad——Newark police community relations had deteriorated so much, people were out on their porches applauding us. `Hooray! The troops have arrived.  Everything will be fine. They will restore order.’ Black folks were welcoming the troops in.”
This welcoming attitude did not last long. Within days, Governor Hughes ordered the National Guard and the New Jersey State Police out of Newark. “When we left there,” McLemore says, “we were like a dog with its tail between its legs. People threw piss at us.”

What accounted for the New Jersey State Police and the National Guard’s precipitous fall from community grace?

The Lilley Report

The tragic details are laid out in an official account compiled by “The Governor’s Select Commission on Civil Disorder.” This document, known as the Lilley Report after its chairman, then AT&T President Robert D. Lilley, has slipped into undeserved obscurity.

In fact, the Lilley Report can serve as a model for anyone hoping to understand the troubles in Ferguson and other racially divided communities.

In August of 1967, a month after Newark burned, Governor Hughes convened a blue-ribbon panel of religious, political, and legal leaders and charged them with generating “a realistic analysis of the disorders….and practical proposals” to help prevent a recurrence of the unrest.

“They were not a bunch of bleeding-heart liberals,” says McLemore. “They came out with a very strong indictment of how the State Police and National Guard actually made a bad situation worse.”

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Over months of investigation, the panel took sworn testimony from more than 100 witnesses ranging from the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police to Amiri Baraka, a poet and playwright whose activism had made him a frequent target for the local police. The Commission also heard from John W. Smith, whose arrest was the flashpoint for events that would haunt Newark for decades.

After speaking with scores of Newark store owners and residents, the Commission concluded that members of both the police and the National Guard, motivated by racial prejudice, had used “excessive and unjustified force” on Newark residents, and had specifically targeted African-American-owned businesses for destruction. “These raids resulted in personal suffering to innocent small businessmen and property owners who have a stake in law and order and who had not participated in any unlawful act. It embittered the Negro community as a whole when the disorders had begun to ebb,” concluded the Commission.

Perhaps the most volatile issue raised by the breakdown of order in Newark was that of sniper fire.

Phantom Snipers

During the days of unrest law enforcement and the National Guard claimed that they were fired on by snipers, whose shots led to the deaths of a Newark police detective and a Fire Captain responding to a fire call.  While not outright rejecting this claim, the Lilley Report noted the doubts of Newark’s own Police Director at the time, Dominick Spina: “A lot of the reports of snipers was due to the, I hate to use the word, trigger-happy Guardsmen, who were firing at noises and firing indiscriminately, it appeared to me, and I was out in the field at all times.”

McLemore’s own experience shows how indiscriminate shooting by the police and National Guard resulted in dangerous “friendly fire” exchanges. He recalls walking in a patrol formation at dusk when a street light came on and a Newark cop on patrol with him reflexively shot it out, prompting another patrol to blindly return fire in his direction. “It was the Keystone Cops. You had a situation where the National Guard and police were shooting at each other.”

Out of the 26 fatalities during the five days of unrest, 23 (including a number of innocent bystanders) were from gunshot wounds. The Lilley report estimated that the National Guard and N.J. State police fired some 13,000 rounds in all. No total was available for the local police, who reported killing people, seven “justifiably” and three “by accident.”

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What makes the Lilley Report required reading today is not just its detailed summary of what happened during the five days of civil unrest in Newark. Like the Kerner Commission, which then-President Lyndon Johnson created to look into the issue of urban unrest on a national scale, the Governor’s Select Commission took pains to place the 1967 disturbances in historical perspective.

The 200-page Lilley Report cast a critical eye on the City of Newark’s economic and political power structure. It identified a widening gap between the white-dominated municipal government and the overwhelmingly black electorate the city’s leaders were supposed to serve. It documented how African-American businesses and local contractors were systematically excluded from public contracts, and it characterized the pervasive corruption of Newark’s officialdom by quoting the words of one informant: “There is a price on everything in City Hall.”

Among the statistics the report laid out to describe Newark’s endemic poverty: the city had the highest maternal and infant mortality rate in the nation and the highest rate of tuberculosis infection, and it ranked ninth out of 302 American cities in severity of air pollution.

If further confirmation of the Lilley Report’s jaundiced view of Newark’s elected leadership were needed, not long after the report was released the city’s Mayor Hugh Addonizio was indicted and convicted on multiple corruption charges at a trial that linked him to organized crime.

Ignoring History

In contrast to the thoughtful, judicious Lilley Report, post-Ferguson analysis has so far failed to dig much deeper than perceived flaws in police tactics  Legal  scholar Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, a professor at John Jay College, says the current level of discourse around the issues raised by Ferguson is sadly diminished by the media’s short attention span. “You can’t get into a deeper conversation about race and the law with four people sharing a three-minute panel format.”

Rutgers Professor Clement Price, Newark’s official historian and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on black history, is more blunt. The analysis requires looking at St. Louis and white flight from an anthropological perspective, he said.

For Price, a common thread of enduring discrimination and resulting alienation from the political system links the Newark of 1967 and the Ferguson of 2014: “They’re predominately black towns but you would not know it from walking into City Hall, the Police Station or the Fire Department.”

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Even today, in both Newark and Ferguson, African-American homeowners are in the midst of a foreclosure crisis that continues to undermine their neighborhoods. While economists proclaim the end of the Great Recession, 54 percent of mortgages in Newark are underwater, with the homeowner owing the bank more than the property is worth. In Ferguson, nearly half the households are underwater.

And yet the fate of the original Lilley Report, and of President Johnson’s Kerner Commission, shows that investigations by themselves can have no effect without the political will to act on their findings.

Two Societies 

In 1968 the Kerner Commission warned the country that “our nation” was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white—-separate and unequal.”  The Commission placed much of the blame for urban unrest on systemic white racism. It called for a massive Marshall Plan-like approach to improve economic conditions in African-American communities.

Dr. Martin Luther King hailed the Kerner report as a “physician’s warning of approaching death, with a prescription for life.”  But the report failed to gain traction with President Johnson, who was wholly pre-occupied with the Vietnam War. In April of 1968, after King’s assassination, rioting broke out in over 100 American cities. Yet Johnson still rejected the Kerner Commission’s recommendations. And of course, the Lilley Report failed to get the attention it merited.

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The bizarre images of Ferguson police confronting civil disobedience with Army surplus heavy weaponry may have no direct historical antecedents. But focusing on what is superficially unique, as all too many reporters do, creates a kind of a Narcissism of Now that cuts us off from the lessons of our own history.

Today, tanks and automatic rifles; yesterday, police dogs and fire hoses.

Yes, we have been here before, and with a much higher body count. And we will be here again unless we stop pretending that the racial divide in Obama’s America is a thing of the past.

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