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Carlisle, PA: Director Carl Colby, Son of Late CIA Chief William Colby, to Speak at Dickinson College

This is a modified py-6 that occupies the entire horizontal space of its parent.

Carl Colby testified at the preliminary OJ Simpson trial (the latter was framed by the CIA and Mafia). The press covering the pre-trial failed to note that Carl is the son of late CIA Director William Colby, a veteran leader of the Phoenix Program. When Carl – who lived next to Nicole Simpson for a spell – testified against OJ Simpson, there was an embarrassing moment of silence interrupted by a few gasps in the countroom when he made a racist comment: Colby admitted that he once called the police on Simpson for no other reason than he’s black and Colby spotted him in the neighborhood. Very suspicious … Carl, of course, is a CIA propagandist, obviously:

: … The documentary … will utilize the controversial and professional life of William E. Colby as a prism through which to chart the evolution, from World War II to the present day, of the intersection of the CIA and America’s constitutional values. … “

And it isn’t a comedy:

Film director and producer Carl Colby will visit Dickinson College to discuss a documentary he is making about his father, the late Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William E. Colby. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Oct. 9, 3:30 p.m., in the Stern Center Great Room, West Louther Street, between West and College streets, in Carlisle.

Carl Colby is an Emmy Award-winning documentary film director and producer with more than 40 documentary films to his credit. William E. Colby served as director of the CIA from September 1973 to January 1976. He died in May 1996 at age 76 after he collapsed and drowned while canoeing in Maryland.

The documentary, the working title for which is “The Colby Project,” will utilize the controversial and professional life of William E. Colby as a prism through which to chart the evolution, from World War II to the present day, of the intersection of the CIA and America’s constitutional values.

This program is sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. For more information, visit www.clarkeforum.org or call 717-245-1875.

http://www.cumberlink.com/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=6363

“Most well-developed heroin networks very quickly move towards a complementation of interests between the narcotics traffickers and corrupt elements of the enforcement agencies responsible for the suppression of the illicit drug trade.” — Alfred McCoy, 1980. (1)

By Michael Barker
Swans Commentary, October 5, 2009

(Swans – October 5, 2009) For decades, police forces worldwide have worked in cahoots with drug traffickers and government intelligence agencies; such deceitful capitalist enterprises rarely obtain sustained public attention. This injustice owes much to the fact that when evidence of institutionalized corruption, what Peter Dale Scott refers to as deep politics, cannot be contained from the broader populous, capitalist elites jump into damage control to protect the status quo. In this manner, official commissions can be relied upon to provide the requisite scapegoats so that the mainstream mass media can manufacture consent for capitalist prerogatives. However, for those wishing to delve beneath the mass media’s obscurations of the politics of drug trafficking, Australian-based researcher John Jiggens provides a breath of fresh air in his recent book, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay (Network to Investigate the Mackay Murder, 2009). (2) In his book, Jiggens weaves an enthralling story that links institutionalized police corruption to the infamous CIA front-group the Nugan Hand Bank and in turn to the controversial murder of Donald Mackay. Given the media blackout surrounding the publication of this critical book, this article will review its main thesis in an attempt to undermine elite support for the widely publicized and officially sanctioned version of Mackay’s murder: a murder that Jiggens suggests “most surely announced the criminal takeover of the Australian drug scene.” (3)

Murdered in 1977, former Liberal Party local candidate Donald Mackay was a well-respected businessman from the town of Griffith, a farming community situated 600 km southwest of Sydney, Australia. Jiggens argues that Mackay was assassinated after helping bring about a police investigation that led to the largest cannabis seizure in Australian history, and Mackay was one of the few people who would have been able to link the Griffith drug smuggling networks to the CIA’s global drug trafficking network.

Mackay’s story, however, begins in February 1974, when members of two families of Italian descent, the Sergi and Barbaro families, were caught with two pot plantations in Griffith. Despite the seriousness of their offence, with their marijuana crops having a market value of some AU$250,000, the plantation growers incurred only small fines of AU$250 and AU$500. This lenient treatment owed much to the sympathetic detectives dealing with the case — John Ellis, John Robins, and Brian Borthwick, all of whom “would later be charged with conspiring with the growers to pervert the course of justice.” This perversion of justice was upheld in plain view of the residents of Griffith, and was so extreme that the day following the discovery of the plantations, a group including Robert Trimbole and Tony Sergi was seen to be harvesting their crop, apparently with the permission of Detective Ellis. (4) Local grievance with this blatant display of corruption then led locals including Donald Mackay to investigate further, and:

In July 1975, Mackay prepared a dossier to be sent to the NSW [New South Wales] attorney general, Mr. Maddison, accusing Robert Trimbole of being the outlet for the drugs in Sydney, and mentioning that he had “been warned not to report this to the local constabulary.” (p.24)

Unfortunately, “Attorney-General Maddison did nothing about this information,” and Mackay subsequently took his information to an “honest Sydney drug squad detective, senior constable Ron Jenkins.” This in turn led to the November 10, 1975, raid on a property at Coleambally (60 km south of Griffith), where around 375,000 cannabis plants were found, grown on land purchased the year before with money provided by the Sergi and Trimboli families. (5)

During the ensuing court proceedings (that started in March 1977), Mackay was revealed as constable Jenkins’s informant, and Mackay was later assassinated on July 15, 1977. The murder of a well-respected member of the Griffith community then led to a media frenzy demanding justice. However, the type of justice that was actually sought was extremely limited, as “high-level NSW police were determined to blame the ‘Italian’ marijuana growers of Griffith for Mackay’s murder.” (6) The media and police force’s narrow focus on local growers of course missed the broader capitalist infrastructure that more likely demanded the assassination of Mackay (for reasons that become clearer later) — a topic that Jiggens explores in his book. A good explanation for the limited focus for the murder case owes to the fact that the Coleambally seizure demonstrated that Australia was involved in exporting cannabis. Jiggens suggests that such a conclusion would have necessitated a closer examination of drug related activities outside of Griffith, which would naturally lead investigators to the SE Asia-Sydney-US drug route, otherwise known as the Sydney Connection. (7)

Jiggens explored the first Sydney Connection in an earlier book, but it is important to note that “the pioneer” of the Sydney Connection was a New South Wales Special Branch detective named John Wesley Egan, who became involved in heroin smuggling for the CIA after he joined the Special Branch. After pioneering the Sydney Connection, Egan resigned from the police, and over “a six-month period in 1966-1967, Egan and his gang [of 20 couriers “usually NSW police officers on leave”] smuggled $22 million worth of heroin into the USA, before a mistake by a courier led to Egan’s arrest.” After accepting a deal and pleading guilty, Egan spent a few months in a US prison, and on his return to Australia, he “told The Bulletin that the world’s heroin routes were either protected by, or actively participated in, by the police forces of the countries concerned.” (8)

Egan estimated that, in the last ten years, 50 per cent of the narcotics sold in New York had been handled by serving members of the police force. He cited the scandal that erupted when it was discovered that 70 per cent of the elite Special Squad of the New York Narcotics Bureau were dealing in narcotics. (p.47)

In addition to Egan’s Sydney Connection, the second Sydney Connection Jiggens explains began during the vice boom in Sydney, which began in 1967 and coincided with the “rest and recreation” tours for US soldiers on leave from Vietnam. Then when these “R and R” tours ended, “vice entrepreneurs from Sydney’s clubland, led by [ex-policeman] Murray Riley, moved into the trans-Pacific drug trade.” Notably, these inglorious R and R years “coincided with the premiership of Sir Robert Askin (1965-1975), a [Liberal Party] premiership tainted by widespread corruption.” (9) Jiggens writes how…

… the ex-police and police who became heavily involved in the Drug Joke after the criminal takeover of the drug trade, began their corruption with the abortion racket and the illegal casinos during the Askin years. Not only were the detectives in Griffith corrupt, but many other NSW detectives were corrupt, and the corruption went all the way to the top. Rather than suppress the drug trade, the corrupt police sought to control it, which effectively meant giving the drug trade to their good friend, Murray Riley. (p.52)

Here it is fitting to note that Admiral Earl Yates, who around this time served as the president of the now infamous CIA front group the Nugan Hand Bank, “said he accepted the position as Nugan Hand president [in 1977] on the advice of Sir Robert Askin.” (10) Thus Riley, after having disappeared underground during Justice Athol Moffitt’s Royal Commission into Organised Crime in Clubs (which began in 1973), reappeared in Sydney the following year, a day after the commission was finalised. In 1975, Riley then became involved in drug trafficking with the soon to collapse Moylan group, and subsequently met Frank Nugan (of Nugan Hand Bank fame), which aided Riley’s smooth transition from the vice scene to the drugs scene.

At first, Frank Nugan managed the Nugan Hand [Bank’s] relationship with Riley, but when Michael Hand returned in March 1976, he took over the relationship. Perhaps not surprisingly, it was during the period when he was close to Hand when Riley moved into Southeast Asian heroin.

The drug related activities of Murray Riley and the Nugan Hand group were investigated by the Commonwealth-New South Wales Joint Task Force on Drug Trafficking, which concluded that Riley organised five shipments of heroin into Australia in April, June, August, September-October, and November-December 1976, mostly in false bottom suitcases. For each importation the facilities of the Nugan Hand group of companies were used to transfer the purchase money from Sydney to Hong Kong. Over one hundred pounds of heroin was involved, and much of this was shipped on to the US. Riley was also involved in two heroin importations in July and September 1977. (p.66)

To fill in some details, Frank Nugan, who was born in Griffith, was the Australian partner in the Nugan Hand Bank, a bank that was “set up to hide money made from arms smuggling, drug trafficking, money laundering and tax avoidance.” “By 1977, Nugan Hand and its associates dominated the Australian drug trade in a way that had never been achieved before.” (11) Dirty money was then laundered through a dizzying array of shelf companies from the Bank to the Nugan Group, which was Frank Nugan’s vegetable and fruit packing company.

The Nugan Group, it is important to emphasize, was intimately connected to the Mackay story as they “operated a major 5-acre factory complex in Griffith,” and in 1977 “an independent audit turned up secret accounts in the group’s books in the names of local pot growers with the cheques for thousands of dollars made out to member of the Trimboli and Sergi families.” In light of this troubling turn of events (for the Nugan Group), Frank Nugan set out to remove the auditors, and hired ex-NSW detective Fred Krahe to intimidate irksome members of their board of directors. Although ultimately unsuccessful in forcing the auditors to resign, this was the type of task that Fred Krahe excelled in, as his “reputation as an underworld enforcer and hit man [had] earned him the nickname of the ‘Killer Cop.'” (12)

Later in 1978, “[w]ith assistance from the US embassy, Frank Nugan succeeded in closing down” an investigation of Nugan Hand Bank that was set up by the Narcotics Bureau. (13) Similarly, Frank has also worked hard to stave off a NSW Corporate Affairs investigation in the Nugan Group; however, eventually…

… conspiracy charges over the secret accounts were laid against Frank Nugan, Ken Nugan, several Nugan Group employees, and ex-detectives Fred Krahe and Keith Kelly. After a committal hearing before Clarrie Briese SM, the charges against Krahe and Kelly were dismissed and they were awarded costs. The other defendants were committed for trial, a fate that Frank Nugan avoided by suicide. (p.114)

Fortunately for the criminal underworld the Nugan Group’s secret accounts “were never given to the Woodward royal commission, nor to the Joint Task Force,” (14) yet as Jiggens notes, these accounts are critical to understanding the assassination of Mackay.

The suggestion is that shortly after the secret accounts at the Nugan Group became a public scandal in the first weeks of July 1977, someone who suspected that marijuana growing might be the explanation behind the secret accounts went to Donald Mackay with this information, but Fred Krahe learned of this. As we have seen, Frank Nugan had many reasons to kill to prevent exposure, and in Fred Krahe he had the perfect assassin. Up until this point, Donald Mackay knew only of the growers in their grass castles. The secret accounts would have given him the clue that led to the man with the mansion in Vaucluse. As many suspected, Mackay was murdered to protect the financiers and distributors, those higher up the chain of this enormous drug-smuggling network. In a twist worthy of a thriller, the boys from Homicide couldn’t find the killer because he was a former top homicide investigator. (p.131)

Importantly, the murder of Mackay also served to cover up the potential exposure of Frank Nugan’s CIA connections, which was particularly critical given that in “April, May and June 1977, the Australian media and Parliament were awash with allegations of CIA activities in Australia, caused by the allegations of Christopher Boyce and Gough Whitlam.” (15) Other evidence to support Jiggens’s theory comes from Tony Reeve’s book Mr Sin: The Abe Saffron Dossier (Allen & Unwin, 2007). Reeves provided evidence of how Frank Nugan had distributed marijuana from his Griffith packing shed, and how Sir Peter Abele’s trucking company, Thomas Nationwide Transport (TNT), was used “to move — along with huge volumes of legitimate cargoes — large quantities of illegal drugs around Australia and the world.” Reeves also drew attention to the close relations that existed between Abeles and the Nugan Hand Bank: information which is particularly significant because “Bela Csidei, Murray Riley’s partner in the trans-Pacific drug trade, was well known as a front man for Abeles.” (16)

As one might expect, the mainstream media fulfilled a critical function in shielding the police force and the Nugans from critical public scrutiny, and so it is fitting that Frank Nugan’s henchman, “Fred Krahe, was employed at the time of the murder with The Sun newspaper in Sydney.” Moreover the tight relationship between the mainstream media and the criminal underworld was no anomaly, as prior to leaving the police force, Krahe had “carefully cultivated” the support of leading NSW crime reporters like Bill Jenkins, whose “frequent scoops were breathlessly splashed across the… front pages” of Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct Sydney paper The Daily Mirror. Thus while under normal circumstances one might expect that structural factors alone are enough to ensure that the mainstream media manufactures consent for elite interests, in the case of Krahe, it is apparent that individual journalists, like Jenkins, facilitated this process by covering up for the key movers in Australia’s organized crime scene. (17)

Likewise, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking (1980-83) served to manufacture consent for elite interests. “Justice Donald Stewart –‘crime fighter extraordinaire’ as the Sydney Morning Herald billed him in 1998 — was the man selected by the conservative Fraser government to chair the royal commission into the can of worms that was Nugan Hand.” Jiggens points out that:

Many investigators regard Stewart’s report on the affairs of Nugan Hand as a whitewash, not so much of Nugan and Hand (who Stewart conveniently blamed for everything), but of the US government. … Not surprisingly, journalists like [Marian] Wilkinson, [Brian] Toohey, [Jonathan] Kwitny, [Wendy] Bacon and [Alfred] McCoy felt that Stewart inverted Nugan Hand’s real chain of command. (p.165) (18)

Later, as is to be expected, the media acted in concert with the legal system:

Stewart’s conclusion that there was no evidence of links with the CIA was headlined in [Rupert] Murdoch’s Australian as “CIA Link Disproved.” As Brian Toohey commented in the National Times: “Far from being disproved, the extent of the links was not even investigated by Justice Stewart in any normal sense of the world.” (p.170)
This brings my brief review of The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay to an end. Unfortunately, beyond superficial political reforms, little has changed since the dark days that saw the murder of Donald Mackay. The mass media that keep the public misinformed about the true criminality of capitalism have more power than ever, while official government whitewashes of crime continue to protect deep politics from critical scrutiny. John Jiggens penetrates the myopic drug-fuelled hallucinations that emanate from the mainstream media, and provides the necessary context to wake us (the public) from our addiction to the real drug of the nation, the corporate media.

Notes

1. Alfred McCoy, Drug Traffic: Narcotics and Organised Crime in Australia (Harper & Row, 1980), p.30. (back)

2. This book draws upon the research undertaken in John Jiggens’s PhD thesis, “Marijuana Australiana: Cannabis Use, Popular Culture and the Americanisation of Drugs Policy in Australia 1938-1988” (Queensland University of Technology, 2004). Some of the book’s content has been published online in a three-art series in StickyPoint magazine, see “In a Time of Murder” (Issue 2, 2007), “The Banker and The Killer Kop” (Issue 3, 2007), and “The Mystery of Nugan Hand Bank” (Issue 4, 2008). (back)

3. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.22. After the murder of MacKay, there was a marijuana drought, and so with “pot unavailable, heroin sales went through the roof.” (pp.18-9)

The officially sanctioned version of Mackay’s murder resulted in the jailing of Jimmy Bazely, a small-time crim” who had escaped police custody “after one particularly unsuccessful bank robbery where he was caught by a one-legged man.” (pp.174-5) “This is the official version of the murder of Donald Mackay to be found in Underbelly 2, TV documentaries like The Donald Mackay Disappearance and books like [Bob] Bottom’s Shadow of Shame and [Keith] Moor’s Crims in Grass Castles.” (p.180) (back)

4. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.23. The detective on duty in Griffith on the night of Mackay’s assassination, Graham Lawrence Keech, “spent almost the entire shift on what has been described as ‘an extended pub crawl’ with Tony Sergi and Domenic Sergi, two of the principals suspected of ordering Mackay’s murder.” Brian Borthwick had also met them for dinner that night, and with no irony the following morning Keech went on to “play a key role in the investigation of the murder.” (p.31) Later, in 1994, “John Hatton MP blamed the failure of the police investigation on John Whelan, who was appointed second-in-charge of the police assisting the Woodward Royal Commission and then took over as chief investigator. In 1994, Hatton said it was frightening that Whelan, who he called a crook and a member of the “Black Knights,” was the chief investigator into the Mackay murder.” (p.32) Justice Philip Woodward also “fell” for the police generated propaganda and “put all the blame [for the murder] on the Italian-Australians,” a situation that was bound to happen given his “over-concentration on Griffith.” “It was not,” Jiggens continues, “until his Further Report that Woodward investigated the Sydney drug scene and looked at Murray Riley and his gang.” Moreover even then: “At the end of his commission in 1980, Woodward left his outstanding investigations (Murray Riley, Bela Csidei and Nugan Hand!) to the Joint Police Task Force.” (p.33, p.35)

In 2009, in addition to Jiggens’s publication, another book relating to crime in Australia is Clive Small and Tom Gilling’s Smack Express: How Organised Crime Got Hooked on Drugs (Allen & Unwin, 2009). This well-received book is significant because Gilling, a former New South Wales police officer, was an investigator for the Woodward Commission from 1977 until 1980, and then spent the next three years on the Commonwealth-state Joint Task Force which investigated the Nugan Hand Bank. No surprise then that Small’s book whitewashes the historical roots of organized crime in Australia. (back)

5. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.25. (back)

6. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.28. (back)

7. The use of an “export” theory to explain the murder of Mackay was initially followed by Bob Bottom in The Godfather in Australia: Organised Crime’s Australian Connections (Reed, 1979). Jiggens estimates that “the size of the Australian cannabis market in 1975 was about 50 tonnes, indicating that Coleambally alone was bigger than the entire annual Australian cannabis market.” (p.39) Additionally, the seizure should have produced a marijuana drought the following year, but “the Australian marijuana market was healthy right up to July 1977,” which indicates that the Coleambally crop was probably grown for the US market, “the one market that could absorb such a large quantity of cannabis.” (p.42) “The marijuana drought was caused by the murder of Donald Mackay, which was carried out to cover-up Frank Nugan’s role in Griffith. Other factors contributed, such as the launch of the War on Drugs and the massive cannabis seizures, but it was the Mackay murder, and the subsequent police investigations and royal commissions, that created the drought.” (p.192)

“Although this Americanisation of Sydney’s crime scene in the 1960s and 1970s, its penetration by US mobsters and the Mafia, went largely unnoticed by Australian authorities, it formed the subject of books like Bob Bottom’s The Godfather in Australia, Athol Moffitt’s A Quarter to Midnight and Alfred McCoy’s Drug Traffic.” (p.188) In addition, Jiggens observes that: “Although the prevailing wisdom remains that the export or trans-shipment of drugs via Australia is something that ‘can’t happen here,’ it clearly does; and even some members of the Australian Federal Police have begun to admit this following the seizure of four tonnes of ecstasy, valued at $400 million in 2007.” (back)

8. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.46. For a brief review of the CIA’s global involvement in drug trafficking, see William Blum, “The CIA, Contras, Gangs, and Crack,” (pdf) Foreign Policy in Focus, November 1996.

Brian Martin in his important book, The Whistleblower’s Handbook: How to Be an Effective Resister (Jon Carpenter, 1999), discusses the role of customs officers in aiding and abetting drug trafficking in Australia. He writes: “Fred was a customs officer who had just moved to a new posting. He began to notice that certain types of goods were always put through on a particular shift involving the same group of officers. He knew from previous experience that these types of goods were always put through on a particular shift involving the same group of officers. He knew from previous experience that these types of goods were commonly used to smuggle drugs. In the face of much resistance, he managed to get on the shift himself, and uncovered a major drugs shipment. Then he was transferred out to a less desirable job. He went to the media with claims of corruption in customs. But in the face of bland denials by customs officials, nothing could be done.” (p.4) For an account of whistleblowing with regards to police corruption see pp.71-3. (back)

9. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.50, p.51.

On his retirement, in 1975, Askin “joined the board of TNT, and was given 110,000 shares in that company. In January 1978, Mike Hand announced that Sir Robert Askin might be joining Nugen Hand as chairman, though nothing seems to have come of this.” (p.52) Jiggens writes that:” Tony Reeves claimed in Mr Sin that Krahe [according to an informant and contacts in the Commonwealth Police] was given a position on the board of TNT after he retired.” (p.161) Given Askin’s TNT-CIA connection is it interesting to observe that the current chair of TNT’s supervisory board, Piet Klaver, is a board member of the “environmental” African Parks Foundation — a group whose senior counsellors include former US Secretary of State for Africa, Walter Kansteiner, and Wim Kok, a TNT supervisory board member who is a board member of the “humanitarian” International Crisis Group.

For an exhaustive examination of the “central” role that Askin played in institutionalizing crime in New South Wales, see David Hickie’s The Prince and The Premier: The Story of Perce Galea, Bob Askin and the Others Who Gave Organised Crime Its Start in Australia (Angus & Robertson, 1985).

Jiggens writes: “In New South Wales, the Wood commission was told that an officer wishing to become a detective had to commit at least one corrupt act as a test to see if he was fit to be a detective. Those who refused were blackballed from that elite branch of the force because they were seen as being untrustworthy.” (pp.200-1) “This entrenched network of police corruption had many names. In New South Wales the terms ‘The Laugh’ and ‘The Giggle’ were commonly used. In Queensland it was best known as ‘The Joke.’ The Joke flourished in Queensland in the sixties under the supervision of Police Commissioner Frank Bischof. His bagmen were said to be the Rat Pack of Terry Lewis, Tony Murphy and Glen Halloran. The Rat Pack and their friends were central to the corruption uncovered later by Fitzgerald, by which time Lewis was Commissioner. Bischof’s Joke in the 1960s revolved around SP bookmakers and prostitution. This was the corruption that the Fitzgerald inquiry focused on, while giving only a tantalising glimpse of the Drug Joke. By the time of the Wood commission, almost a decade later, the Drug Joke had become central to police corruption.” (p.201) (back)

10. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.103. (back)

11. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.81, p.84.

Black banks are “an import part of… clandestine trade, and the Nugan Hand Bank, like the Castle Bank before it and the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) after it, formed an important part in this Cold War network.” When the Castle Bank — which was set up by “Paul Helliwell, a very senior CIA operative” — was investigated by the US Internal Revenue Service in the late 1970s, the CIA blocked the investigation. Subsequently, when the Castle Bank collapsed, the Australian-based Nugan Hand Bank quickly “acquir[ed] Latin American and European structures that had belonged to Castle Bank” and an array of board members from the US intelligence establishment: for example, the new legal counsel of the Bank was the former CIA Director, William Colby. (p.217-8) (back)

12. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.104, p.105. (back)

13. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.112. (back)

14. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.126. (back)

15. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.194.

Head of the Eastern Division of the CIA, Ted Shackley, played a key role in the November 1975 Pine Gap security crisis, which helped lead to the constitutional coup that led to the removal of Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. (p.95) Thus it is noteworthy that Shackley “was very closely associated with Michael Hand… and nearly all the other Nugan Hand players.” (p.91)

Here it is important to point out that while it is widely alleged that Whitlam’s policies provided a serious threat to sanctity of intelligence agencies, in actual fact they did not pose such threat (although this was most likely misinterpreted by the CIA). Jim Jose writes: “Whitlam accepted the necessity and desirability of agencies like the [Australian Security Intelligence Organisation] ASIO; he also accepted the assumption which legitimized these groups.” Jim Jose, “The Whitlam Years: Illusion and Reality,” in Pat Flanagan (ed.), Big Brother or Democracy: The Case for the Abolition of ASIO (University of Adelaide, 1979), p.40. (back)

16. Tony Reeves, Mr Sin: The Abe Saffron Dossier (Allen & Unwin, 2007), p.84; Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.134.

Sir Peter Abeles “belonged to a powerful, right-wing émigré group which included Alexander Barton, Sir Paul Strasser and Sir Ivan Charody who were referred to as ‘the Hungarian Mafia’ or as ‘Askin’s Knights’ because NSW premier, Sir Robert Askin knighted all of them.” (p.135) David Hickie writes that he was told that knighthoods could be brought “earlier in Askin’s reign at a… modest $20,000 a pop.” He then continues noting that “while such claims are hard to document… a $20,000 cheque from the chief executive of Boral Ltd, Sir Elton Griffin, turned up in the private bank account of Sir Robert Ask in at the time Griffin was knighted.” Boral is now “Australia’s largest building and construction materials supplier.” It is also interesting to note that Bernie Houghton — who played a key role in setting up the Nugan Hand Bank — arranged for Michael Hand to work with Sir Paul Strasser’s Parkes Corporation. Moreover, although little known, in 1969, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) “uncovered the involvement of Lennie [McPherson], Houghton and some NSW police in a massive people-smuggling operation. ASIS had mounted a ‘national security’ exercise to check on illegal immigrants as part of Australia’s Cold War paranoia about communists arriving by stealth and taking over the country. What they found was a massive trade in sex slaves, run by Sydney criminals and backed by a local undercover agent of the CIA.” (For a critical analysis of the links between capitalism and modern-day slavery, see “Combating [Some] Slavery.”)

David Hickie, The Premier and the Prince, p.84; Tony Reeves, Mr Big: The True Story of Lennie McPherson and His Life of Crime (Allen & Unwin, 2005), p.152. (back)

17. Jiggens, The Killer Cop and the Murder of Donald Mackay, p.140, p.141, p.146. (back)

18. With regard to the Nugan Hand inquiry, Don Stewart, in his autobiography Recollections of an Unreasonable Man (Allen & Unwin, 2007), writes that it is “probably not the case” that they had CIA connections, adding: “Certainly there was no real evidence that it did.” (p.167) He then reaches the far-fetched conclusion that former CIA director William Colby “had been sought out to lend credibility to Nugan’s and Hand’s efforts to make people think they were close to power in the United States. In fact, this was not the case.” (p.172)

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/barker32.html

Dear friends and political acquaintances:

Michael Novick is a good guy in this fight. Please read his important commentary pasted in below. Please forward to those who may benefit from his perspective and especially to those who are voting in the KPFK Local Station Board elections by the deadline of Oct 15.

Mike is a very well respected individual in the activist community. I’ve known him for over 20 years. He really knows what’s going on, especially in regard to the deception employed in the LA Pacifica community about what’s happening at Pacifica radio and the degree with which this deception has pulled the wool over many Pacifica listener-sponsors eyes (and ears) not only in LA but especially in other signal areas who would normally recognize such operations.

I believe many of the Pacifica listeners and activists outside of LA are basing their understanding of Grace Aaron’s agenda (with husband & KPFK Local Station Board candidate Ken Aaron) and those of whom are behind her, on very limited information and a narrow analysis of Pacifica’s history.

Ian Masters KPFK program, Background Briefing, is the key to understanding what is in store for the entire Pacifica chain of stations (KPFk – Los Angeles, KPFA – Berkeley, WBAI – New York, KPFT – Houston, WPFW – Washington, DC). Their intention is to make Ian Masters a Pacifica syndicated national Pacifica star, sort of following the model when Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now was launched during a similar putsch in ’95–’97 at Pacifica’s stations by the same political forces in LA, Berkeley & Wash DC. However, Ian Masters’ program is a very sophisticated and clever propaganda outlet for the US national security state in its effort to reinforce US military and intelligence policy. In other words, deception reigns on Background Briefing and has been key to the continued manipulation and containment of Los Angeles political intelligentsia, especially in the entertainment community (a primary target of intelligence community influence).

Within this effort, spearheading Masters’ program to Pacifica National is their parallel objective of forcing on all of the stations more uniform content and in order to do that they will remove many of the important programs that have existed on a single Pacifica station, some for decades. Two of those targeted for removal I believe are: Radio Intifada at KPFK and Taking Aim at WBAI in New York.

Additionally, this political operation is dedicated to transforming Pacifica into largely a non-profit corporation and foundation-funded outlet, thereby avoiding any shred of accountability to it’s listener-sponsors who should be the only source of the network’s income. These foundations have a liberal and even “progressive” veneers but are in actuality adjuncts for US propaganda operations, military and economic destabilization operations and phony or limited (hang out) investigative journalism through NPR and PBS, among other sources.

The other critical objective of this political operation behind Grace Aaron is the reversal of the democratization of the local boards (listener-elected) and a return of Pacifica’s governance structure to an appointed local board model.

Thank you very much for your interest and commitment to protecting Pacifica from those who seek to transform the network into another vapid and useless voice for the (phony) Democratic Party.

Jonathan Markowitz
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 12:09 AM
Subject: Endorsements in the election for KPFK Local Station Board
From: “Michael Novick”
To: “laamn”
Cc: change-links@yahoogroups.com

Michael Novick
Sept 22, 2009

The war of words in the Local Station Board (LSB) elections for KPFK and other Pacifica radio stations is heating up. An open letter from Jim Lafferty, host of The Lawyers Guild (as well as a staffer at the National Lawyers Guild chapter in L.A. and a former interim station manager at KPFK) and a vicious counter-attack from Ian Masters, host of a double-serving of “insider analysis” by intelligence community honchos and academics, Background Briefing and Live from the Left Coast, are the latest salvos in a struggle over the direction of the station and the network that are some of the most valuable assets of the so-called left or progressive movement. As in any election, there is no possibility of bridging the gap — decisive and exclusionarychoices must be made by everyone, no matter how much we may hate the in-fighting, name-calling, and finger-pointing that passes for debate when the left forms up its circular firing squad.

And in fact, in this election, the choice is clear. One side, the side of current LSB member and acting Executive Director of Pacifica Grace Aaron, of her husband Ken, a candidate for LSB, of Ian Masters and other staffers and hosts, is committed to purges, bannings and to ‘rule or ruin’ Pacifica as an adjunct of the Democratic Party under the mantle of ‘fiscal responsibility’. The other side, supporting a platform of a few key principles including loyalty to the Pacifica mission, has backed a list of grassroots activists from various communities around the KPFK listening area who have signed on to the following points of unity:

* Implementing the core values of the Pacifica Mission: voices by and for people not commonly heard in the mainstream media

* Greater autonomy and local decision-making for our radio station

* Fiscal transparency and responsibility: people, not corporate underwriters, supporting people’s radio

* Local, diverse, multilingual, and young voices from and for our communities

* Spanish language programming to bring progressive messages to Spanish language communities

* Effective, participatory governance that is accountable to listener-sponsors and responsive to the diverse needs and interests of the Southern California listening community

I have endorsed these principles, although I am not running for anything myself. I have worked — both in the context of KPFK/Pacifica and in the broader social and political movements of southern California — with a number of the candidates who have endorsed those principles as the basis of their campaign and as their commitment of accountability to the listeners. At www.takebackkpfk.org, you can see the list with the “official” voting order. I am making personal endorsements here, and giving my personal knowledge and experience of many of these candidates. (A word about my own qualifications to make such endorsements — in addition to being a participant in almost every major coalition effort in Los Angeles since I arrived here in 1982, I was elected at a KPFK town hall meeting as a listener member of the News Director search committee some years ago, participated in efforts to rewrite the Pacifica bylaws, and was an elected listener member and elected chair of the KPFK interim Program Council.)

Khallid Al-Alim, a current member of the LSB despite efforts to keep him off, is a parent activist in the Coalition for Educational Justice whom I have worked with as a former member of CEJ myself and as a ‘chapter chair’ (shop steward) in United Teachers Los Angeles. Khallid’s name is printed on the ballot — but you must vote for him as a write-in, because his nominating petition was ruled invalid. I urge you to vote for Khallid (as a write-in on the bottom of your ballot) and ranked number one to insure him the strongest possibility of getting elected under the circumstances that some people may unwittingly vote for by marking the line by his name and thereby waste their vote. Khallid is a survivor/resister of police brutality
by the LAPD which resulted in a police-prosecutorial frame-up; based on that first-hand experience, he has also worked with me in the Jericho Amnesty Coalition to Free All Political Prisoners, defending Mumia, Leonard Peltier, the San Francisco 8 and other victims of injustice and political incarceration.

Lawrence Reyes of the Puerto Rican Alliance, a listener-member of many LSB committees, another ally in the Jericho Amnesty Coalition to Free All Political Prisoners, was singled out for particular vituperation by Ian Masters, probably because Lawrence has been one of the most outspoken and principled internationalist opponents of imperialism, war and colonialism. He, too, is a parent of a LAUSD student, a social worker and union member, a community cultural activist who has brought artists, dancers, exhibits and speakers to Los Angeles to educate the community about the Puerto Rican people and their struggle against US colonialism. Lawrence has fought long and hard for the interests of the listeners, for the needs and voices of the communities of poor, oppressed, working and struggling people in Los Angeles and southern CA to be heard on the air and in the governance of the station and the network.

KPFK and Pacifica have been built with the blood, sweat and contributions of volunteers and listeners like Lawrence, and the station and foundation must not be hijacked by a cabal of well-funded Democratic Party partisans to serve their own narrow interests. Lawrence’s experience and commitment means he would be a bulwark on the Board against any abandonment of Pacifica’s mission, and a spark plug for maintaining the relevance and connection of the station and its programming to a new generation of young people, in the growing demographic groups of
southern California.

Chuck Anderson is stalwart in the struggle for peace, civil liberties and justice. Like me a grandfather, he retains a connection to younger people just coming in to such struggles. Based in Orange County, he is tireless in his efforts to reach out and organize, to connect with the Palestinian and other Arab and Muslim communities, to oppose the USA PATRIOT Act and other manifestations of a police state, and to struggle for democracy within Pacifica, as well as grassroots community activist access to the airwaves.

John Parker may be the best known of the candidates endorsing the principles noted above. He is a leader of the International Action Center, and has been involved for many years in struggles for social and economic justice, against racism and US wars of occupation and aggression, in the effort to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and other political prisoners, and in fighting for the interests of working people. He would bring valuable skills in coalition building to the station board.

Ruby Medrano has a long history of activism and grassroots community work, particularly in East Los Angeles, going back to work with the United Farm Workers. She has many years experience with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. She has also been a leader and activist in the Democratic Party, which honestly is not my cup of tea, but unlike the Aaron slate, she is not trying to turn the station and network into the voice of the Democratic Party, and is willing to work in coalition with others to ensure that KPFK and Pacifica remain committed to free speech and a broad airing of diverse views and debate.

Cuco (Refugio Ceballos) is a danzante with the Danza Azteca Cuautemoc, those tireless multi-generational cultural/political/spiritual workers whose commitment to resistance, internationalism, healing and decolonization inspires and amazes marchers and on-lookers alike at protests around the southland. Cuco is a member of the community board and a teacher at Tia Chucha’s in the north Valley, and he was also involved in community efforts to roll back the horrible budget cuts at LAUSD and to create a liberation school effort when LAUSD slashed summer school classes earlier this year. His commitment to educating and making space for young people is unquestionable.

Tej Grewall is an intellectually-curious young woman of Indian descent who does street level radio journalism as a volunteer, working with the “People Without Borders” collective at KPFK and also serving as a listener-member of the LSB’s Outreach Committee helping build the audience and the station’s connection to new, younger listeners like herself. She has been on Dedon Kamathi’s “Freedom Now” and out on the streets participating in and covering protests for educational justice or against genocide in Africa.

Luis Garcia is a former member of the “Local Advisory Board” under KPFK’s and Pacifica’s former system of governance. He has been a strong advocate for Spanish-language community-based programming on KPFK. I worked with Luis, who is a former probation officer and a “pragmatic prison abolitionist” and member of Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS) in the Criminal Justice Consortium years ago, and more recently in CURB, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, in the effort to slash spending on the prison-industrial complex and release non-violent offenders from brutal and corrupt prisons into community diversion and reintegration programs.

Ian Johnston (c) is a current member of the LSB and participant in LSB and PNB committees who has long roots in the Venice community and has been an activist against CIA criminality and the use by the Bush regime of 9-11 to carry out war and repression. He is a former volunteer board operator and sometime programmer/producer of “Another World View is Possible.” He is running for re-election to the Board as a strong advocate for listener access to the airwaves and the board meetings, and against making the station and network a sounding board for partisan, state or “intelligence community” operatives.

Three other candidates who have endorsed the same principles as the ones I have mentioned here are Fred Klunder, Dutch Merrick, and Sandi Stiassni, but I have no first-hand knowledge or shared political practice with them aside from hearing them speak on-air or in person. I join in endorsing them based on their commitment to the principles and their endorsement by people I know and trust from common work over a long period, such as Leslie Radford, Sherna Gluck, Bernie Eisenberg, and the candidates with whom I have stronger connections.

This election is vital — that sounds like a cliche, but in this case I believe it to be true. My analysis, which I believe has been proven out over a number of years, is that “corporate liberal” forces affiliated with the national Democratic Party had taken over and were prepared to bankrupt and destroy Pacifica a decade ago. That was made possible because too many on the “white left” did not respond when the Pacifica purges began with attacks on revolutionary-minded, grassroots community oriented programming by people of color, such as Dedon Kamathi, Family Tree with Kamal Hassan, Jan Robinson Flint and other Black programmers, Ron Wilkins’ Continent to Continent, Miya Iwataki of East Wind, American Indian Airwaves, homeless radio producer Michael Taylor, who drew the attention of L.A. to Mumia Abu-Jamal when few on the west coast were aware of his existence, and others. That failure to act paved the way for the complete takeover and makeover, so that by the time they came after Amy Goodman, Dennis Bernstein and Larry Bensky, it was almost too late to act. I am
convinced that the Democratic Party forces that had control at that time, via a self-perpetuating board of Pacifica financing itself and national operations out of revenues from commercialization of the stations’ “sideband” frequencies, would have bankrupted the foundation and stations through endless lawsuits — except for the fact that Bush stole the 2000 election. At that point, needing to keep Pacifica alive for their own purposes, they backed down, settled the lawsuit, created a joint interim Board that adopted restrictively-‘democratic’ bylaws, and grudgingly agreed to allow a certain number of grassroots community voices of people of color back on the air. Now, with the Democratic Party enjoying control of the White House, the Congress and Senate, these same forces are prepared to break the social contract and coalition that has sustained KPFK and Pacifica as free-speech community oriented media outlets. They want to rule or ruin, with all power and access in their own hands.

They plan to seek foundation funding and underwriters, big ticket donors and thereby free themselves from concern about or accountability to the listeners. They are following the same strategy of purging programmers and staffers of color who do not toe their line, such as Bernard White in NY and Jerry Quickley in L.A. If you want the station and the network to survive in any meaningful form, let alone to thrive as a breath of fresh air politically, culturally and artistically, you must vote for the list of candidates I have named. Otherwise, KPFK will be doomed to increasing irrelevance, its audience shrinking and aging, its airwaves alienating rather than inviting the new generation of young people in struggle for a better, freer future, for liberation and decolonization.

— Michael Novick, editor “Turning the Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education” Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) 310-495-0299

THE 9/11 STUPIDITY THEORY

Re The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11, by John Farmer

Farmer is not hostile to the 9/11 Truth Movement, exactly – he saw and reported the insidious machinations driving and subverting the 9/11 Commission – but believes that conspiracy is a false conclusion … despite having observed conspiracies first-hand … it looks to be a limited hang-out:

“I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described,” John Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general who led the staff inquiry into events on Sept. 11, said in a recent interview. “The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years. … This is not spin. This is not true.” http://www.washingtonpost

FARMER: “At some level of government, at some point in time, a decision was made not to tell the truth about the national response to the attacks on the morning of 9/11. We owe the truth to the families of the victims of 9/11. We owe it to the American public as well, because only by understanding what has gone wrong in the past can we assure our nation’s safety in the future.”
http://www.examiner.com/x-10438-Human-Rights-Examiner~y2009m9d26-Dupre-HR-Headlines-911-Commission-rejects-its-report-Almost-entirely-untrue

(“Despite the many public statements by 9/11 Commissioners and staff members acknowledging they were repeatedly lied to, not a single person has ever been charged, tried, or even reprimanded for lying to the 9/11 Commission.”
http://911lies.org/former_gov_officials_speak_openly_911-7.html)

New book by 9/11 commission co-chairman – NORAD FAA DOD Pentagon LIED “The fact that they would continue and perpetuate the lie, suggests that we need a FULL investigation of what is going on and what is demonstrably an incompetent and what is worse,a deceitful Federal Government.”Lou Dobbs CNN

Also see: 9/11 Commission Rejects Own Report As Based On Government Lies, by Gordon Duff Salem-News.com, September 28, 2009.

JOHN FARMER BIO:

John Farmer served as Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission from 2003 to 2004 and assisted in writing The 9/11 Commission Report. Cleared to Top Secret/SC1 level, his areas of responsibility included assessing the national response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, evaluating the current state of national preparedness, and assessing the current state of private sector preparedness for terrorist attacks.

As Attorney General for the State of New Jersey from 1999 to 2002, he supervised nearly 10,000 employees (including more than 700 lawyers and nearly 3,000 state troopers) in ten divisions in the Department of Law and Public Safety, including the Divisions of Law, Criminal Justice, Civil Rights, Consumer Affairs, Gaming Enforcement, Highway Traffic Safety, Juvenile Justice, State Police, Elections, and Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Farmer also supervised the state’s Office of Emergency Management and oversaw New Jersey’s response to Hurricane Floyd in 1999; worked to anticipate the Y2K and potential emergency impact of the millennium; and coordinated the State’s response to both the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax attacks later that same year.

Farmer has also served as chief counsel to New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, as a federal prosecutor, and as a security expert to the special envoy for Middle East regional security.

Over the past six years, Farmer has lectured and written extensively on post-9/11 safety and security issues, and published safety and security-related pieces in the Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Newark Star Ledger, the New Jersey Lawyer, and other publications. He has also spoken on panels at Harvard Law School, the University of Southern California, Williamette Law School, and John Hopkins University’s Paul Nitze school of International Relations.

FEMA-certified in all-hazards disaster planning and mitigation, Farmer has consulted with a wide range of institutions and officials on everything from port security issues to private sector preparedness. In July 2009, he left the New Jersey law firm in which he was a founding partner in order to accept an appointment as Dean of Rutgers School of Law in Newark, where he had previously taught national security law.

John Farmer served as Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission from 2003 to 2004 and assisted in writing The 9/11 Commission Report. Cleared to Top Secret/SC1 level, his areas of responsibility included assessing the national response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, evaluating the current state of national preparedness, and assessing the current state of private sector preparedness for terrorist attacks.
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Mr. Farmer is floating an alternative, non-conspiracy “theory” – that 9/11 was the result of a series of hopeless bureaucratic and military mishaps and that these explain the lies and cover-ups. The focus thus remains Al Qaeda … and none of it rings true, is negated by numerous cover-up strategies, torture-coerced confessions, spun stories planted in the media, mountains of unexplained evidence …

The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11 (Hardcover)
By John Farmer

From Mark Crispin Miller:

Hang onto your hats:

John Farmer, Dean of the Law School at Rutgers University and former Attorney General of New Jersey, was legal counsel to the 9/11 Commission, and in charge of drafting its report.

And now, having read through lots of further evidence, he’s come to the conclusion that the official version of the story is almost entirely untrue, based on false testimony by the WhiteHouse, CIA, FBI and NORAD.

His new book, The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America’s Defense on 9/11, makes this case with loads of documentary evidence–and his colleagues on the commission are on board, as the article below makes clear.

So are John Farmer and those other members of that very commission all “conspiracy theorists”? …

Here’s the press release re: Farmer’s book from Rutgers University:

The Ground Truth narrates the government’s growing awareness of and reaction to the al Qaeda terrorist threat in units of time as it was lived – from years down to the final minutes and seconds to intervene and respond, vividly portraying key moments. The final section considers the nature of government in crisis. Dean Farmer offers seven lessons to be learned from the responses to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, with perhaps the most important: “A government reshaped by the lessons of its prior experiences requires candor.”

And the “ground truth”? It’s that the fault for failing to detect or interdict the attacks lay in the nature of modern government itself. “Unless we change government, unless we plan to respond to crises the way we now know they are experienced,” says Dean Farmer, “we will fail to protect ourselves, with horrifying consequences.”

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This is not a book in suppport of 9/11 theorists because it doesn’t propose an alternative conspiracy theory; but rather it makes the bold and accurate claim that the so-called 9/11 Commission was a Whitewash meant to conceal rather than reveal the truth.

But when avenues of investigation are intentionally ignored, we are left speculating as to what the truth really is. Farmer, former legal counsel of the 9/11 Commission, offers some startling theories and information that is a truthful alternative to the Comission’s politically positioned “findings.”

“In revisiting the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks that still haunt America, John Farmer provides a devastating account of how what government and military officials told Congress, the 9/11 Commission on which he served, the media, and the public ‘was almost entirely, and inexplicably, untrue.’ The result is a major, carefully documented and deeply disturbing book, one that deserves the most serious attention of every American concerned about our future.”
–Haynes Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author.

“Physics teaches us that waves of the same frequency amplify each other. That’s what brought down the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The Ground Truth reveals 9/11 as a manifestation of that same phenomenon, with waves of history cresting together. It does so with perfect clarity, thanks to the brilliance of finding, in the examples of two “minor” national security agencies, the dysfunctionality that plagued the mightiest-seeming arms of the government. I made the mistake of not writing down the first two or three times I felt goosebumps. The Ground Truth is superbly conceived and carried out. What a great book.”
–Jim Dwyer, author of 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

And Farmer concludes that a government that conceals the truth puts the nation at great risk.

While it won’t please the diehard conspiracy theorists, this is an enormously important refutation of the 9/11 Commission from its legal counsel! That’s stunning!

Whenever the federal government wants to hide the truth, rather than reveal it, they set up a politically appointed and guided “commission.”

Such was the case, as many of us speculated, with the betrayal of the “9/11 Commission.”

It’s a worthwhile read to have it confirmed in such a bold book by the Dean of Rutgers University School of Law and former Attorney General of New Jersey.

This is an elite insider who was supposed to keep his mouth shut, but who decided to expose the deceit of the “9/11 Commission” instead.

http://www.buzzflash.com/store/reviews/1834

Independent/4 October 2009

Drought could parch close to 70 percent of the planet’s soil by 2025 unless countries implement policies to slow desertification, a senior United Nations official has warned. …
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/un-warns-of-70-percent-desertification-by-2025-1797553.html

Who is responsible for turning the earth into a dried prune? Industry.

But who will pay to counter the desertification trend, if that is possible? Taxpayers.

Anyone who wanted to stop it was an “environmental whacko.”

(I’m on-topic with this, though it probably didn’t seem that way at first glance.)

– AC

” … Peter, when a journalist such as yourself works for a religious cult leader such as Sun Myung Moon, Mr. Moon expects, nay, requires, you to follow the “cult” line. In a review of your work, I have discovered that you have, indeed, followed the Moonie cult line. In exchange for a paycheck, you have written what is expected of you, selling your illegitimate propaganda as objective journalism. … “

“Peter Roff was United Press International’s senior political analyst from September 2000 until June 2005. He joined the now-defunct Free Enterprise Fund (FEF) during summer 2005 and remained there until December. Roff is also the former Political Director of GOPAC, the political committee once headed by House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In that venue, Mr. Roff was a frequent commentator on politics and culture for MSNBC and the Fox News Channel. … ”
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Peter_Roff

Media manipulator: “Peter Roff, a Fellow at the Institute for Liberty and former head of GOPAC, really stretches to blame Self-Help Credit Union for starting the subprime mortgage disaster … ”
http://www.responsiblelending.org/media-center/center-for-straight-answers/roff-s-wrong.html

“Propaganda Disguised as Journalism” – the Media Cover-Up Continues to Pound Convenient, Authoritarian Lies into the Media-Drugged, Programmed Prole Brain

On September 9, “journalist” Peter Roff – a Fox News commentator – opined in US News & World Report):

Charlie Sheen Joins the ‘Truther’ 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Fringe

Peter Roff

“‘Truthers’ are the people who believe the 9/11 terror attacks were an inside job. That the Bush administration had advance knowledge of them and let them occur. In the more extreme version of an already extremist theory, truthers believe the U.S. government itself carried out the attacks as an excuse to take the nation to war. … the truthers are at least as much of a fringe element as the birthers. They are, perhaps, just as influential—in an intellectual and political sense—as the birthers and the Democrats need to deal with them.”
http://www.usnews.com/blogs/peter-roff/2009/09/09/charlie-sheen-joins-the-truther-911-conspiracy-theory-fringe.html

Letter to Peter Roff re His Association with Moonies – a Truly “Fringe” Movement:

by Judith Haney
USNEWSLINK/December 30, 2001

Dear Peter Roff,

Now before you get your hackles up about this very public letter, let me assure you that I have nothing but the best intentions in mind, i.e., to ‘enlighten’. Further, I will remind you that I am not anonymous, I am an accredited investigative journalist with 30+ years of experience. Therefore, if, in response to this letter, you undertake to discredit me as you have others in your piece entitled The Blame Game, be assured you that you will have serious legal problems. Therefore, be warned. If you take cheap, dishonest, shots at me, I’ll shoot back!

Peter, let me ask you a question just between us ‘peers’. Why are you working for the religious cult leader, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who owns UPI and The Washington Times? I know of no respectable journalists who will work for him or any of his companies and organizations. So why do you work for him Peter?

Take a look at the following quotes from various speeches by your boss, Mr. Moon, and tell me why you work for someone like him:

From a June 16, 1997, 15th Anniversary Founder’s Address of The Washington Times, speech by your boss, Sun Myung Moon:

“Today, as we celebrate The Washington Times’ 15th anniversary, I cannot help but feel deep emotion. Fifteen years ago, when the world was adrift on the stormy waves of the Cold War, I established The Washington Times to fulfill God’s desperate desire to save this world. Since that time, I have devoted myself to raising up The Washington Times, hoping that this blessed land of America would fulfill its world-wide mission to build a Heavenly nation. Meanwhile, I waged a lonely struggle, facing enormous obstacles and scorn as I dedicated my whole heart and energy to enable The Washington Times to grow as a righteous and responsible journalistic institution.

Today The Washington Times Corporation can be proud of its development into a world class global media enterprise. Since the end of the Cold War, the world began to realize that the direction taken by The Washington Times was correct. History will not forget our contribution. The efforts of The Times to revitalize the moral and spiritual values of the United States and the world are being recognized as absolutely urgent and necessary at this time.”

From the same speech: “Absolute Sex is centered on God, and free sex is centered on Satan. Historically, world literature and the media have often stimulated free sex. But from now on, you literary figures and journalists should lead the way to prevent free sex. Free sex should completely disappear.”

Now that you have heard Reverend Moon’s speech, you can change your current position 180 degrees and become a new person, new nation, and new world.

“Definitely you are being changed. It is an absolute necessity to change this evil world. This world must be transformed.

“Without recognizing certain realities of the spiritual world, problems will continue to grow. … “

In a piece published in The American Conservative Union, February 15, 2001, you wrote: “For conservatives, CPAC is more than a gathering; it is an institution of importance. From the first meeting in 1973, when liberals dominated both the Democrat and Republican parties, to today, the conservative political and intellectual movement has moved ahead, beyond the wildest dreams of its founders.

“Today, as most anyone at this event will tell you, they count among their number the president of the United States, most of his Cabinet, the majority of Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate, and most of the nation’s governors, along with a large assortment of state legislators and other local elected officials. As anyone here will tell you, it’s a pretty good time to be a conservative.”

In a speech on October 20, 2001, New York City, your boss, Mr. Moon said:

“Last year, I presented my proposals [to the UN] to solve the fundamental problems plaguing the planet Earth, given that the world’s circumstances have changed and the complex situations in which nations find themselves today are unlike those at the time of the United Nations’ founding.

“One of these proposals was to establish a special body that would discuss and evaluate the religious, spiritual and moral dimensions of world problems. The United Nations must serve the world and God’s ideal of creation effectively. To do so, it must transcend the power of politics and national diplomacy, which reflect the motives of nations seeking their own self-interest. Only then can it truly protect the human rights of all peoples and nations and build world peace.

“This is not limited to the United Nations. Maintaining order in the world and protecting public prosperity and peace will be difficult as long as political sovereignty operates on the principle of national self-interest and ignores or undermines moral and spiritual values.”

And in a speech in Harlem, NY, on May 8, 2001, Mr. Moon said:

“When I was sixteen years old I met Jesus early Easter morning, and set out on the path of Heaven’s Will to accomplish the Will of God. I suffered all manner of misunderstanding and persecution, but I never gave up. So I have devoted my life of more than eighty years to the effort of bringing about a world of peace based on the ideal of true families. In 1971, I came to America in obedience to God’s command, and for the past thirty years have invested my full spirit and energy to guide America so that it can fulfill the mission for which it was chosen, that is, the mission of the second Israel. “

From the same speech:

“A man’s reproductive organ is shaped like the head of a poisonous snake. It is always looking for a hole to slither into. A woman’s reproductive organ is concave, like the wide-open mouth of a poisonous snake with fangs. Once this snake bites, poison quickly spreads through the body, bringing eternal death. Adultery does not just destroy the individual, but also the family, clan and nation. In the Garden of Eden, Satan defiled the chastity of youth. He is harvesting the fruit of that crime in the wave of immorality that is engulfing the world’s youth in this time of the last days, when history reaches its conclusion.”

Peter, when a journalist such as yourself works for a religious cult leader such as Sun Myung Moon, Mr. Moon expects, nay, requires, you to follow the “cult” line. In a review of your work, I have discovered that you have, indeed, followed the Moonie cult line. In exchange for a paycheck, you have written what is expected of you, selling your illegitimate propaganda as objective journalism. Further, in an effort to gain credibility, and further Mr. Moon’s psychotic visions of world domination, you have aligned yourself with legitimate right wing organizations.

Peter, you are no journalist. You are a propagandist and nothing more. And, in truth, you are worse. You use your skill to harm and harass other journalists who do not follow the “cult” line. And you malign Democrats to rack up brownie points with your boss, Mr. Moon. So what does that make you Peter? In my opinion, your actions on behalf of Mr. Moon renders you unprincipled.

ADDITIONAL READING:

The following is an example of Roff’s propaganda disguised as journalism:

“With a war abroad and an economic downturn at home, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have struggled to present a show of unity to the general public. What they say in private, amongst themselves when they think no one is looking, is another matter. One only need surf over to a variety of web sites including Buzzflash, Bartcop, Democrats.com and others of the left-of-center variety to see the often-profanity laced vitriol, the derision with which the president and his administration are viewed. These web sites belong to individuals and groups that are generally anonymous, certainly not elected officials in the public eye. Perhaps they should be given some latitude for their abrasive style of communication, as they are not accustomed to the niceties of life and language inside the Washington Beltway.” – Peter Roff, right wing propagandist, Bush apologist, and Moonie appeaser.

MIND CONTROL TACTICS OF THE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, LAWLESS, AND GREEDY MOONIE CULT:
Deception – Exclusivism – Fear and Intimidation – Information Control – Loaded Language – Relationship Control – Personal Identity Replacement

ADDITIONAL READING ABOUT THE DANGEROUS MOONIE CULT OPERATED BY A DANGEROUS CON ARTIST KNOWN AS SUN MYUNG MOON:

Detailed Information on the Moon Organization

They are masters of propaganda and know how to create effective fronts- illusions. Basically, like many mind control cults, the “ends justify the means”. In other words, whatever will help Moon and the organization to achieve its goals is moral. Deception is done systematically either by omitting critical information, distorting information, or outright lying.

Dark Side of Rev. Moon: Hooking George Bush
Moon Shadow, The Rev, Bush & North Korea

When President Bush added North Korea to his list of “Axis of Evil” nations, the influence of the self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, the “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church, loomed largely over the White House decision-making process.

Why is TV news ignoring the relationship between Moon and the Bush family?

THE MOONIES

Sun Myung Moon – Moonies – Cult – Unification Church

Stealth tactics, Moonies and the art of cynicism

The Washington Times – Comments by Sun Myung Moon

Unification Home Page

Unification Church (Moonies) – Christian or Cult?

UPI now owned by Moonies

Is George Bush a Moonie?

CULTWATCH

CIA, Contras, “Moonies” & cocaine

My Life in the Unification Church

A true story of brainwashing and beatings by Moonie “captains”.

Moonies in Japan

Unlawful solicitation of money is the cornerstone of the Moonie cult.
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ALSO SEE: Alex Constantine Series Biblio.: “CIA/Media War Against 9/11 and CIA Assassination ‘Conspiracy Theorists'”

(AFP) – Sep 15, 2009

WASHINGTON — Human Rights Watch has suspended a senior military analyst who has led research teams to the Middle East after a pro-Israel blog said he was obsessed with Nazi German paraphernalia.

“Human Rights Watch has been looking into the matter of senior military analyst Marc Garlasco’s collection of Second World War memorabilia and an inquiry is under way,” the global rights group said in a statement sent to AFP Tuesday.

“Garlasco has been temporarily suspended from his research work with full pay pending the inquiry. This is not a disciplinary measure. Human Rights Watch stands behind Garlasco’s research and analysis,” the statement said.

US doctoral student Omri Ceren last week published on his pro-Israel blog, Mere Rhetoric, a photo of Nazi uniforms which he said were part of Garlasco’s collection of World War II Nazi German military paraphernalia.

Ceren wrote in the story accompanying the photos that the human rights investigator, who has published “shrill attacks on Israel,” was “obsessed with the color and pageantry of Nazism.”

“This is about a guy with a serious thing for Nazi stuff issuing widely read reports on the actions of Jews defending themselves. It’s about judgment, propriety, qualifications… and Human Rights Watch,” Ceren wrote.

In a retort posted on the Huffington Post website, Garlasco concurred that his hobby of collecting World War II memorabilia was “unusual and disturbing to some,” but said he thought it made him a better analyst.

“I’m a military geek, with an abiding interest not only in the medals I collect but in the weapons that I study and the shrapnel I analyze,” Garlasco wrote.

“I think this makes me a better investigator and analyst. And to suggest it shows Nazi tendencies is defamatory nonsense, spread maliciously by people with an interest in trying to undermine Human Rights Watch’s reporting,” he said.

Garlasco is HRW’s senior military analyst, specializing in battle damage assessment, military operations, and interrogations.

He has led research teams to Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, Gaza and Lebanon for HRW, the rights group said.

Among reports Garlasco has worked on for HRW was “Rain of Fire,” published in March.

In the report, HRW accused Israel of violating international law by “repeatedly exploding white phosphorus munitions in the air over populated areas” in Gaza, even though the dangers posed to civilians by the chemical were well known to Israeli military commanders.

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