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By Sharon Churcher and Peter Sheridan
Daily Mail | October 24, 2010
It is one of the most intriguing chapters in the history of the Rolling Stones.
The drugs raid on a party at guitarist Keith Richards’s Sussex home, Redlands, more than 40 years ago very nearly destroyed the band. And one of the 1967 episode’s unexplained mysteries was the identity of the man blamed by Richards and Mick Jagger for setting them up, a young drug dealer known as the Acid King.
Crime scene: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards outside Redlands, the home that was raided by police in 1967
Jagger and Richards were arrested and jailed for possession of cannabis and amphetamines, though later acquitted on appeal.
Richards claimed last week in his autobiography, Life, that the Acid King was a police informant called David Sniderman.
The truth appears to confirm Richards’s long-held belief that the band was targeted by an Establishment fearful of its influence over the nation’s youth.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Sniderman was a Toronto-born failed actor who told his family and friends he was recruited by British and American intelligence as part of a plot to discredit the group.
After the Redlands bust, he slipped out of Britain and moved to the States where he changed his name to David Jove, and lived in Hollywood, later working as a small-time producer and film-maker.
Maggie Abbott, a Sixties talent agent, met him in Los Angeles in 1983 and became his lover. He told her how he infiltrated the group but said he was now ‘on the run’.
She said: ‘David was a heavy drug user but had a quick wit. He was the perfect choice to infiltrate the Stones.’
He never showed any remorse for what he did. It was all about how he had been “the victim”. He was a totally selfish person.
‘Mick had been my friend as well as a client and I thought about trying to persuade David to come clean publicly.
‘But he was always armed with a handgun and I feared that if I gave him away, he’d shoot me.’
His identity was confirmed by a scion of a family of American philanthropists, James Weinstock.
Two years after the Redlands raid, ‘Dave Jove’ married Mr Weinstock’s sister, Lotus, in Britain.
‘They’d come up with some new way to make acid and decided to go to the UK and sell it,’ she said. But David was caught carrying pot by Customs.
‘Some other guys turned up – he implied they were MI5 or MI6 – and they gave him an ultimatum: he’d get out of prison time if he set up the Stones.’
The British agents were in cahoots, he told Miss Abbott, with the FBI’s notorious Counterintelligence division, known as Cointelpro, which specialised in discrediting American groups deemed to be ‘subversive’.
On Christmas Day in 1969, ‘Jove’s’ new wife, Lotus, gave birth to a daughter, Lili. Their marriage lasted 18 years, though they never lived together.
‘I first met David when I returned to California from Bali, where I had gone searching for God,’ said James Weinstock, Lotus’s brother.
‘One New Year’s Eve, he showed me a gun and said he’d just killed a man who was messing with his car.’ Later he was rumoured to have murdered a TV personality, Peter Ivers, the presenter of a TV show that ‘Jove’ produced.
Miss Abbott said: ‘There was talk that Peter had decided to leave the show and David was angry. ‘I discovered “Jove” wasn’t David’s real name when he shot himself through his heel with his gun.
‘When we checked him into hospital, he used a made-up name and later I found out his real name was Sniderman.’
His first half-hearted admission was to Mr Weinstock: ‘He told me he was tight with the Rolling Stones in England, but had a falling-out with them,’ he said.
‘He was arrested for some serious offence, but managed to extricate himself, and he said it all looked very suspicious when the police busted the Rolling Stones. They froze him out after that.’
In 1985, Miss Abbott and an old friend, Marianne Faithfull, went out for dinner in Los Angeles.
Miss Abbott introduced her to ‘Jove’ – but Ms Faithfull soon told her she wanted to leave.
Miss Abbott says: ‘When we got into my car, she said, “It’s him, the Acid King. He set up the Redlands bust. Don’t ever see him again”. ’
Miss Abbott added: ‘Two months after the evening with Marianne, I finally had it out with him.
‘To my amazement, he told me everything. He said, “It’s a relief to be able to talk about it”. ’
‘Jove’s’ final confession was made to his daughter, Lili Haydn, now a 40-year-old rock violinist. She said: ‘Shortly before his death he said he was the Acid King.
‘He told me he wasn’t a drug dealer. He felt he was expanding the consciousness of some of the greatest minds of his day.’
Later in his life he was ostracised by his glamorous LA set after his drug use became ‘voluminous’.
He died alone in 2004.
By Mahtab Alam
Countercurrents.org | 11 May, 2010
Book: Evidence Of Suspicion: A Writer’s Report On The War On Terror
Author: Amitava Kumar
Publisher: Picador India, 223 pages,
Year of Publication: 2010
Book: Rounded Up: Artificial Terrorists and Muslims Entrapment After 9/11
Author: Shamshad Ahmad
Publisher: The Troy Book Makers, USA, 267 pages
Year of Publication: 2009
The two books—Rounded Up: Artificial Terrorists and Muslim Entrapment After 9/11 by Shamshad Ahmad and Evidence of Suspicion: A writer’s report on the war on terror by Amitava Kumar; under the review are illustrative examples of the same. The books profiles and documents two different case each, of entrapment, racial profiling, communal witch-hunt and creating artificial terrorists in the name fighting terror primary by United States of America especially in the wake of triadic events of September 11, 2001 and by its allies including our country India. Amitava Kumar is an author of global fame and various books including the famous one Husband of a Fanatic.
He is currently teaching literature of 9/11 at Vassar College of New Work State, USA. Shamshad Ahmad is founder and President of the As-Salam mosque, Albany. He is teaching Physics at the University at Albany/ State University of New Work. His book is about entrapment of two of his mosque members (including Imam).
Both the books details about two interesting but ridiculous cases—one in India, in the city of Mumbai another in USA, in the city of Albany of ‘terrorists’ are made. It might come to you as surprise but reality is that- the modus operandi is almost same. Let’s take India first, Amitava Kumar in his book talks about Iqbal Haspatel, who had been falsely arrested on the charges on terrorism a month after the Bombay bombings in 1993. The charges against him were that, twenty five projectiles and seventeen pipe bombs and ammunition were recovered from his room. About which four days later recovered, the ‘projectiles’ found were actually parts of textile machinery and were called bobbins or twists-blockers. (p.2) Like Amitava, Shamshad too have a story—the story of ‘Commander’, Yassin Aref. Aref Hussain was arrested 5th August 2004 on the charges of having terror connections. Shamshad details about an incident of ‘mistranslation’ by FBI in Aref case, to prove that, the person they have caught is the ‘Commander’ of a terror outfit in Iraq and is serious threat to the country. The ‘proof’ they had, his name and original Albany address and telephone number were found in notebook discovered in a terrorist camp in Rawah, northern Iraq. And in that note book he was referred to as Commander. (p.55) But later it was found that, the translation was wrong. The details written in Kurdish but ‘mistaken’ as Arabic by FBI translators and ‘mistranslation’! It’s important note that, in both the cases due—both Iqbal and Aref was victimised.
While Iqbal was brutally tortured, Aref was denied bail.
Creating Bogus Familiarity
One of the important aspects of the so-called war against terror these books discusses is the creating bogus familiarity between terrorists and common man. Amitava gives example of a common poster—Have you seen this Man?, which call out to us from the walls of our cities. If you have seen this man, please contact the police. He might be armed and is dangerous. The writer is surprised by the description of the Man— Wears pant and T-shirts. Hence, “As a writer, I wonder whether in a novel, the poster would have said something like, ‘Likes Hindi films and perfume’,” he notes. (P.14)
He further notes, “Given that familiarity with terrorists is really only based on his (and, on rare occasion, her) appearance on the screen, it makes sense to ask what we can learn from the way in which that representation works. For the past two decade and a half, Hindi films like Roja, Mission Kashmir, Sarfarosh, Jaal, Maachis, Dil Se, Maa Tujhe Salaam, The Hero…have been trying to save the Indian nation-state from terrorists. Over and over again. Hidden in the stories proffered by the films is the claim that they are giving the terrorists a human face. So that we understand. In the more tolerable of these productions, empathy is doled out in equal, democratic measure by film-makers in a situation that is essentially undemocratic and brutal.” (p. 15)
Media Frenzy and Trial
Shamshad Ahmad in his book recollects his memories about the role of media just after the arrest of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain on 5th August 2004 and notes, “I jumped from one channel to the other and from one radio station to the other. The news flashes were short, sharp and tense bur frequent and frightening.” (p.33)
He further recalls, “In the morning, I heard a radio talk show host blustering very loudly. ‘The FBI should be given credit,’ he said. ‘They’ve busted a case where these two guys were selling illegal licensees and running around with missiles shooting airplanes.’ A caller to the station, a very provoked elderly lady. demanded, ‘We should find out how many mosque members are state workers. They must be fired.’ I shivered. I was a state worker, teaching at a state university!” (p. 40)
Global Migration of Torture
Amitava in his book quotes a very interesting, sensible statement of a person called Abul Jalal, a poultry farmer from Walavati, suburb of Mumbai, which the author visited in 2006 to meet Iqbal. “When I was listening to Mubeen, a man leaned closer to me and, speaking in a confidential tone, said, What the Americans were doing in Abu Ghraib, they learned from our policemen here’. The man’s name was Abul Jalal.” (p. 4) “In a way, Jalal, a poultry farmer plus harmless fabricator of history, turn out to be right. Preempting later celebrated testimonies about the war on terror—for example, the Academy Award-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, about an Afghani taxi driver Dilawar who was murdered in custody by American soldiers at the Bagram Air Base—Jalal had spoken to me about the global migration of torture. His judgment has come to the pass,” he concludes. (p.8)
Networks of Informers
What combines both the books essentially—the role of informers in the entrapment. How security agencies uses networks of informers to entrap the innocents and manufacture ‘terrorists’. While Amitava profiles two cases namely, of Henat Lakhani and Shawar Matin Siraj, Shamshad Ahmad profiles cases of Yassin Aref and Mohammad Hossain. All the four people are immigrants and come from either lower middle class or middle-middle class. Interestingly, informers are also immigrants, probably to gain confidence and entrap easily. What is very freighting such networks are also very in India, in fact as prevalent as in USA or elsewhere. And that I can assure you from my personal experiences and observation of different cases.
Though most of the incident, narration and stories are really unfortunate and heart rending in reading but both the books are extremely important. It invites not only think but question. It provides the bases for to be reluctant. It is a must read for all those who are interested to understand the politics of terror and establish a just and equitable world.
(Reviewer is a Delhi based Civil Rights’ Activist and Journalist. He can be reached at email@example.com)
Why? Because what the wily Thyssen deposed was, in a sense, true. What the Allied investigators never understood was that they were not asking Thyssen the right question. Thyssen did not need any foreign bank accounts because his family secretly owned an entire chain of banks. He did not have to transfer his Nazi assets at the end of World War II, all he had to do was transfer the ownership documents – stocks, bonds, deeds and trusts–from his bank in Berlin through his bank in Holland to his American friends in New York City: Prescott Bush and Herbert Walker. Thyssen’s partners in crime were the father and father-in-law of a future President of the United States.
The allied investigators underestimated Thyssen’s reach, his connections, his motives, and his means. The web of financial entities Thyssen helped create in the 1920’s remained a mystery for the rest of the twentieth century, an almost perfectly hidden underground sewer pipeline for moving dirty money, money that bankrolled the post-war fortunes not only of the Thyssen industrial empire…but the Bush family as well. It was a secret Fritz Thyssen would take to his grave.
It was a secret that would lead former US intelligence agent William Gowen, now pushing 80, to the very doorstep of the Dutch royal family. The Gowens are no strangers to controversy or nobility. His father was one of President Roosevelt’s diplomatic emissaries to Pope Pius XII, leading a futile attempt to persuade the Vatican to denounce Hitler’s treatment of Jews. It was his son, William Gowen, who served in Rome after World War II as a Nazi hunter and investigator with the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps. It was Agent Gowen who first discovered the secret Vatican Ratline for smuggling Nazis in 1949. It was also the same William Gowen who began to uncover the secret Dutch pipeline for smuggling Nazi money in 1999.
A half-century earlier, Fritz Thyssen was telling the allied investigators that he had no interest in foreign companies, that Hitler had turned on him and seized most of his property. His remaining assets were mostly in the Russian Occupied Zone of Germany (which he knew were a write-off anyway). His distant (and disliked) relatives in neutral nations like Holland were the actual owners of a substantial percentage of the remaining German industrial base. As innocent victims of the Third Reich, they were lobbying the allied occupation governments in Germany, demanding restitution of the property that had been seized from them by the Nazis.
Under the rules of the Allied occupation of Germany, all property owned by citizens of a neutral nation which had been seized by the Nazis had to be returned to the neutral citizens upon proper presentation of documents showing proof of ownership. Suddenly, all sorts of neutral parties, particularly in Holland, were claiming ownership of various pieces of the Thyssen empire. In his cell, Fritz Thyssen just smiled and waited to be released from prison while members of the Dutch royal family and the Dutch intelligence service reassembled his pre-war holdings for him.
The British and American interrogators may have gravely underestimated Thyssen but they nonetheless knew they were being lied to. Their suspicions focused on one Dutch Bank in particular, the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart, in Rotterdam. This bank did a lot of business with the Thyssens over the years. In 1923, as a favor to him, the Rotterdam bank loaned the money to build the very first Nazi party headquarters in Munich. But somehow the allied investigations kept going nowhere, the intelligence leads all seemed to dry up.
If the investigators realized that the US intelligence chief in postwar Germany, Allen Dulles, was also the Rotterdam bank’s lawyer, they might have asked some very interesting questions. They did not know that Thyssen was Dulles’ client as well. Nor did they ever realize that it was Allen Dulles’s other client, Baron Kurt Von Schroeder who was the Nazi trustee for the Thyssen companies which now claimed to be owned by the Dutch. The Rotterdam Bank was at the heart of Dulles’ cloaking scheme, and he guarded its secrets jealously.
Several decades after the war, investigative reporter Paul Manning, Edward R. Murrow’s colleague, stumbled across the Thyssen interrogations in the US National Archives. Manning intended to write a book about Nazi money laundering. Manning’s manuscript was a dagger at Allen Dulles’ throat: his book specifically mentioned the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart by name, albeit in passing. Dulles volunteered to help the unsuspecting Manning with his manuscript, and sent him on a wild goose chase, searching for Martin Bormann in South America.
Without knowing that he had been deliberately sidetracked, Manning wrote a forward to his book personally thanking Allen Dulles for his “assurance that I was “on the right track, and should keep going.'” Dulles sent Manning and his manuscript off into the swamps of obscurity. The same “search for Martin Bormann”scam was also used to successfully discredit Ladislas Farago, another American journalist probing too far into the laundering of Nazi money. American investigators had to be sent anywhere but Holland.
And so the Dutch connection remained unexplored until 1994 when I published the book “The Secret War Against the Jews.”As a matter of historical curiosity, I mentioned that Fritz Thyssen (and indirectly, the Nazi Party) had obtained their early financing from Brown Brothers Harriman, and its affiliate, the Union Banking Corporation. Union Bank, in turn, was the Bush family’s holding company for a number of other entities, including the “Holland American Trading Company.”
It was a matter of public record that the Bush holdings were seized by the US government after the Nazis overran Holland. In 1951, the Bush’s reclaimed Union Bank from the US Alien Property Custodian, along with their “neutral” Dutch assets. I did not realize it, but I had stumbled across a very large piece of the missing Dutch connection. Bush’s ownership of the Holland-American investment company was the missing link to Manning’s earlier research in the Thyssen investigative files. In 1981, Manning had written:
“Thyssen’s first step in a long dance of tax and currency frauds began [in the late 1930’s] when he disposed of his shares in the Dutch Hollandische-Amerikanische Investment Corporation to be credited to the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart, N.V., Rotterdam, the bank founded in 1916 by August Thyssen Senior.”
In this one obscure paragraph, in a little known book, Manning had unwittingly documented two intriguing points: 1) The Bush’s Union Bank had apparently bought the same corporate stock that the Thyssens were selling as part of their Nazi money laundering, and 2) the Rotterdam Bank, far from being a neutral Dutch institution, was founded by Fritz Thyssen’s father. In hindsight, Manning and I had uncovered different ends of the Dutch connection.
After reading the excerpt in my book about the Bush’s ownership of the Holland-American trading Company, retired US intelligence agent William Gowen began to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Mr. Gowen knew every c orner of Europe from his days as a diplomat’s son, an American intelligence agent, and a newspaperman. William Gowen deserves sole credit for uncovering the mystery of how the Nazi industrialists hid their money from the Allies at the end of World War II.
In 1999, Mr. Gowen traveled to Europe, at his own expense, to meet a former member of Dutch intelligence who had detailed inside information about the Rotterdam bank. The scrupulous Gowen took a written statement and then had his source read and correct it for error. Here, in summary form, is how the Nazis hid their money in America.
After World War I, August Thyssen had been badly burned by the loss of assets under the harsh terms of the Versailles treaty. He was determined that it would never happen again. One of his sons would join the Nazis; the other would be neutral. No matter who won the next war, the Thyssen family would survive with their industrial empire intact. Fritz Thyssen joined the Nazis in 1923; his younger brother married into Hungarian nobility and changed his name to Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza. The Baron later claimed Hungarian as well as Dutch citizenship. In public, he pretended to detest his Nazi brother, but in private they met at secret board meetings in Germany to coordinate their operations. If one brother were threatened with loss of property, he would transfer his holdings to the other.
To aid his sons in their shell game, August Thyssen had established three different banks during the 1920’s — The August Thyssen Bank in Berlin, the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart in Rotterdam, and the Union Banking Corporation in New York City. To protect their corporate holdings, all the brothers had to do was move the corporate paperwork from one bank to the other. This they did with some regularity. When Fritz Thyssen “sold” the Holland-American Trading Company for a tax loss, the Union Banking Corporation in New York bought the stock. Similarly, the Bush family invested the disguised Nazi profits in American steel and manufacturing corporations that became part of the secret Thyssen empire.
When the Nazis invaded Holland in May 1940, they investigated the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart in Rotterdam. Fritz Thyssen was suspected by Hitler’s auditors of being a tax fraud and of illegally transferring his wealth outside the Third Reich. The Nazi auditors were right: Thyssen felt that Hitler’s economic policies would dilute his wealth through ruinous war inflation. He had been smuggling his war profits out through Holland. But the Rotterdam vaults were empty of clues to where the money had gone. The Nazis did not know that all of the documents evidencing secret Thyssen ownership had been quietly shipped back to the August Thyssen Bank in Berlin, under the friendly supervision of Baron Kurt Von Schroeder. Thyssen spent the rest of the war under VIP house arrest. He had fooled Hitler, hidden his immense profits, and now it was time to fool the Americans with same shell game.
As soon as Berlin fell to the allies, it was time to ship the documents back to Rotterdam so that the “neutral” bank could claim ownership under the friendly supervision of Allen Dulles, who, as the OSS intelligence chief in 1945 Berlin, was well placed to handle any troublesome investigations. Unfortunately, the August Thyssen Bank had been bombed during the war, and the documents were buried in the underground vaults beneath the rubble. Worse, the vaults lay in the Soviet Zone of Berlin.
According to Gowen’s source, Prince Bernhard commanded a unit of Dutch intelligence, which dug up the incriminating corporate papers in 1945 and brought them back to the “neutral” bank in Rotterdam. The pretext was that the Nazis had stolen the crown jewels of his wife, Princess Juliana, and the Russians gave the Dutch permission to dig up the vault and retrieve them. Operation Juliana was a Dutch fraud on the Allies who searched high and low for the missing pieces of the Thyssen fortune.
In 1945, the former Dutch manager of the Rotterdam bank resumed control only to discover that he was sitting on a huge pile of hidden Nazi assets. In 1947, the manager threatened to inform Dutch authorities, and was immediately fired by the Thyssens. The somewhat naive bank manager then fled to New York City where he intended to talk to Union Bank director Prescott Bush. As Gowen’s Dutch source recalled, the manager intended “to reveal [to Prescott Bush] the truth about Baron Heinrich and the Rotterdam Bank, [in order that] some or all of the Thyssen interests in the Thyssen Group might be seized and confiscated as German enemy property. “The manager’s body was found in New York two weeks later.
Similarly, in 1996 a Dutch journalist Eddy Roever went to London to interview the Baron, who was neighbors with Margaret Thatcher. Roever’s body was discovered two days later. Perhaps, Gowen remarked dryly, it was only a coincidence that both healthy men had died of heart attacks immediately after trying to uncover the truth about the Thyssens.
Neither Gowen nor his Dutch source knew about the corroborating evidence in the Alien Property Custodian archives or in the OMGUS archives. Together, the two separate sets of US files overlap each other and directly corroborate Gowen’s source. The first set of archives confirms absolutely that the Union Banking Corporation in New York was owned by the Rotterdam Bank. The second set (quoted by Manning) confirms that the Rotterdam Bank in turn was owned by the Thyssens.
It is not surprising that these two American agencies never shared their Thyssen files. As the noted historian Burton Hersh documented:
“The Alien Property Custodian, Leo Crowley, was on the payroll of the New York J. Henry Schroeder Bank where Foster and Allen Dulles both sat as board members. Foster arranged an appointment for himself as special legal counsel for the Alien Property Custodian while simultaneously representing [German] interests against the custodian.”
No wonder Allen Dulles had sent Paul Manning on a wild goose chase to South America. He was very close to uncovering the fact that the Bush’s bank in New York City was secretly owned by the Nazis, before during and after WWII. Once Thyssen ownership of the Union Banking Corporation is proven, it makes out a prima facie case of treason against the Dulles and Bush families for giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war.
The first key fact to be proven in any criminal case is that the Thyssen family secretly owned the Bush’s Bank. Apart from Gowen’s source, and the twin American files, a third set of corroboration comes from the Thyssen family themselves. In 1979, the present Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza (Fritz Thyssen’s nephew) prepared a written family history to be shared with his top management. A copy of this thirty-page tome entitled “The History of the Thyssen Family and Their Activities”was provided by Gowen’s source. It contains the following Thyssen admissions:
“Thus, at the beginning of World War II the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart had become the holding of my father’s companies – a Dutch firm whose only shareholder was a Hungarian citizen..Prior to 1929, it held the shares of .the August Thyssen Bank, and also American subsidiaries and the Union Banking Corporation, New York.The shares of all the affiliates were [in 1945] with the August Thyssen Bank in the East Sector of Berlin, from where I was able to have them transferred into the West at the last moment”
“After the war the Dutch government ordered an investigation into the status of the holding company and, pending the result, appointed a Dutch former general manager of my father who turned against our family.. In that same year, 1947, I returned to Germany for the first time after the war, disguised as a Dutch driver in military uniform, to establish contact with our German directors”
“The banking department of the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart, which also functioned as the Group’s holding company, merged in 1970 with Nederlandse Credietbank N.V. which increased its capital. The Group received 25 percent.The Chase Manhattan Bank holds 31%. The name Thyssen-Bornemisza Group was selected for the new holding company.”
“The situation of the Group gradually began to be resolved but it was not until 1955 that the German companies were freed from Allied control and subsequently disentangled. Fortunately, the companies in the group suffered little from dismantling. At last we were in a position to concentrate on purely economic problems — the reconstruction and extension of the companies and the expansion of the organization.”
Thus the twin US Archives, Gowen’s Dutch source, and the Thyssen family history all independently confirm that President Bush’s father and grandfather served on the board of a bank that was secretly owned by the leading Nazi industrialists. The Bush connection to these American institutions is a matter of public record. What no one knew, until Gowen’s brilliant research opened the door, was that the Thyssens were the secret employers of the Bush family.
But what did the Bush family know about their Nazi connection and when did they know it? As senior managers of Brown Brothers Harriman, they had to have known that their American clients, such as the Rockefellers, were investing heavily in German corporations, including Thyssen’s giant Vereinigte Stahlwerke. As noted historian Christopher Simpson repeatedly documents, it is a matter of public record that Brown Brother’s investments in Nazi Germany took place under the Bush family stewardship.
When war broke out was Prescott Bush stricken with a case of Waldheimers disease, a sudden amnesia about his Nazi past? Or did he really believe that our friendly Dutch allies owned the Union Banking Corporation and its parent bank in Rotterdam? It should be recalled that in January 1937, he hired Allen Dulles to “cloak” his accounts. But cloak from whom? Did he expect that happy little Holland was going to declare war on America? The cloaking operation only makes sense in anticipation of a possible war with Nazi Germany. If Union Bank was not the conduit for laundering the Rockefeller’s Nazi investments back to America, then how could the Rockefeller-controlled Chase Manhattan Bank end up owning 31% of the Thyssen group after the war?
It should be noted that the Thyssen group (TBG) is now the largest industrial conglomerate in Germany, and with a net worth of more than $50 billion dollars, one of the wealthiest corporations in the world. TBG is so rich it even bought out the Krupp family, famous arms makers for Hitler, leaving the Thyssens as the undisputed champion survivors of the Third Reich. Where did the Thyssens get the start-up money to rebuild their empire with such speed after World War II?
The enormous sums of money deposited into the Union Bank prior to 1942 is the best evidence that Prescott Bush knowingly served as a money launderer for the Nazis. Remember that Union Banks’ books and accounts were frozen by the U.S. Alien Property Custodian in 1942 and not released back to the Bush family until 1951. At that time, Union Bank shares representing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of industrial stocks and bonds were unblocked for distribution. Did the Bush family really believe that such enormous sums came from Dutch enterprises? One could sell tulip bulbs and wooden shoes for centuries and not achieve those sums. A fortune this size could only have come from the Thyssen profits made from rearming the Third Reich, and then hidden, first from the Nazi tax auditors, and then from the Allies.
The Bushes knew perfectly well that Brown Brothers was the American money channel into Nazi Germany, and that Union Bank was the secret pipeline to bring the Nazi money back to America from Holland. The Bushes had to have known how the secret money circuit worked because they were on the board of directors in both directions: Brown Brothers out, Union Bank in.
Moreover, the size of their compensation is commensurate with their risk as Nazi money launderers. In 1951, Prescott Bush and his father in law each received one share of Union Bank stock, worth $750,000 each. One and a half million dollars was a lot of money in 1951. But then, from the Thyssen point of view, buying the Bushes was the best bargain of the war.
The bottom line is harsh: It is bad enough that the Bush family helped raise the money for Thyssen to give Hitler his start in the 1920’s, but giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war is treason. The Bush’s bank helped the Thyssens make the Nazi steel that killed allied soldiers. As bad as financing the Nazi war machine may seem, aiding and abetting the Holocaust was worse. Thyssen’s coal mines used Jewish slaves as if they were disposable chemicals. There are six million skeletons in the Thyssen family closet, and a myriad of criminal and historical questions to be answered about the Bush family’s complicity. ___
John Loftus, a Fox News contributor, is a former U.S. Department of Justice Nazi War Crimes prosecutor, the President of the Florida Holocaust Museum and the highly respected author of numerous books on the CIA-Nazi connection including The Belarus Secret and The Secret War Against the Jews, both of which have extensive material on the Bush-Rockefeller-Nazi connection.
First published September, 2000
Brown Daily Herald | September 30, 2010
The recent launch of “Understanding the Iran-Contra Affairs,” a website created by Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Ross Cheit and five undergraduate students, is aiming to improve the range of information available to students and instructors regarding the Reagan-era scandal.
The project “provides information about the rise of the contra rebels in Nicaragua and about the Iranian Revolution,” as well as the context needed to evaluate long-term government issues such as transparency and executive power, according to the website.
Cheit, who teaches PPAI 1700T: “Good Government,” decided to build the site primarily to create an academic resource about the scandal for his class. The only other related source is Theodore Draper’s “A Very Thin Line,” a book that is now out of print, Cheit said.
“I was never satisfied with the material out there to teach Iran-Contra,” Cheit said.
Cheit recruited students for the project from his “Good Government” course and through the Political Science Department listserv. The team spent nearly a year doing research, writing summaries and editing each section.
“I wanted to get involved in a big project like this before I graduated,” said Ingrid Pangandoyon ’10, who designed the website.
“Understanding the Iran-Contra Affairs” is organized topically and explores the scandal, the congressional hearings investigating government misconduct and the legal consequences of the trials. The “Enduring Issues” section examines additional thematic topics, such as lying to Congress and executive wrongdoing.
“The website is a user-friendly way to understand a complex scandal,” said Jeremy Feigenbaum ’11, a former Herald opinions columnist who was involved with the project.
The team has a “public education mission,” according to Cheit. By highlighting a variety of articles written about the topic and providing concise summaries of events, those who worked on the project hope to spread information and maintain an effective resource for the classroom.
“I was thinking beyond the needs of my class,” Cheit said.
Recognizing that the current website is only a preliminary edition, the team seeks continuous improvement. After presenting the site to his students, Cheit gave his class a survey to ascertain useful aspects and areas for improvement.
“We are trying to make the site more functional and broader in scope,” Cheit said. “It will be a fantastic site when we take it to the next level.”
by Pamela Powers
Tucson Progressive | October 21, 2010
Right here in our own backyard, small government advocate Grover Norquist created a $230,000 TV attack ad for politically-untested, 28-year-old, Tea Party darling Ruth McClung, who is challenging CD7 Congressman Raul Grijalva.
If you connect the dots, you can see that local big businesses are using money and influence to change our local government, change the way we hold local elections, control key political positions, and basically take over Tucson. Here is the evidence…
- The Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), a group made up of the richest businessmen in Southern Arizona, is sponsoring Prop 401. This proposition– if passed by voters on November 2– would change to the Tucson City Charter and make the unelected city manager the most powerful person in Tucson; increase the power of the Mayor; diminish the power of the City Council (while giving them a 155% pay raise to roll over); and change the City Council election cycle, enabling all Council members to be elected in the same year (and also enabling people with enough money to sweep the Council).
- If you follow the Prop 401 money trail, you will see that there are several donations of $1000-$10,000 and almost no donations under $100. The moneyed backers include Tucson Association of Realtors, Diamond Ventures, Jim Click, several other car dealers and developers, and many other businesses. (Although the Yes on 401 advertising says that unions back Prop 401, there are no union donations.)
- It was revealed this week in the Tucson Citizen that Raytheon’s political action committee made one campaign contribution in this election cycle– $15,000 to Yes on Prop 401. (Raytheon belongs to SALC. Ov course, thanks again to the Roberts’ Court, Raytheon probably also made other anonymous donations.)
- On last week’s All Things Political talk radio show hosted by former City Councilman Steve Leal on AM 1330 we learned that SALC sided with the Arizona Legislature in a lawsuit against the City of Tucson. (Click the link to hear the audio from the radio show.) In the last legislative session, the Arizona Legislature passed a law forcing the City of Tucson to hold non-partisan elections. The City of Tucson is suing the Legislature over this law that specifically targets Tucson, and SALC is a co-defendant in the suit. Tucson voters have rejected non-partisan, ward-only elections more than once at the ballot box. Now the Arizona Legislature and SALC are trying to shove it down our throats. (Unfortunately, this is nothing new; SALC has a history of trying to manipulate Tucson and Southern Arizona.)
- SALC is in the process of installing their vice president, John Pedicone (1, 2), as the new superintendent of Tucson Unified School District. SALC has a side project– Tucson Values Teachers– which encourages private citizens to buy schools supplies and gift cards for teachers. Helping and valuing teachers is a noble cause, but I find it ironic that the richest men in Southern Arizona are asking the rest of us for financial support. Also, no where on the TVT website does it say that they value public education. What would Pedicone do as superindent of TUSD? Will he be a champion for public education? This is unclear. Who does SALC back for state superintendent of public instruction? I have hunted around for the answer to that question but couldn’t find the answer. Do they favor Republican John Huppenthal, who as a state legislator worked to dismantle public education? Or Democrat Penny Kotterman, a life-long educator and advocate for children?
- Not stopping with trying to take over city government and TUSD, a Raytheon employee– Ruth McClung– is running for Congress in Congressional District 7. McClung and her husband both work for our local defense contractor. (Interestingly enough, McClung campaigns against big government spending, while being supported 100% by big government spending.) I’m sure it would be a sweet deal for SALC and Raytheon to have an inexperienced, young Congresswoman at their disposal. (Also, don’t forget that Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup is a retired Raytheon big-wig.)
Personally, I think this is chilling evidence of a local coup in the making. It shows that these local moneyed forces are working behind the scenes at several levels to change Tucson. Is democracy for sale? I hope not. For more on this topic, check out this link to today’s version of All Things Political.
Australia.to News | 23 October 2010
While most of us Virginians don’t feel we have a tight grip of control over our national government, Virginia’s Koch Royalty have a very different perspective. While many states are completely unrepresented at the Koch Brothers’ gatherings that determine the agenda for moneyed interests in our politics each year, Virginia has a major presence, more than any other state, and that’s not counting the sizeable contingent from across the Potomac in Washington, D.C. Here’s the full list.
Two dozen Virginians are members of the House of Lords. Here’s the Virginia list in more detail, starting with those near Washington who tend to be professional rightwing advocates, and working our way out to the further reaches of the state where the royalty tend to be people who are just filthy rich.
Whitney Ball of Alexandria, an advocate for less government with more religion in it, and the president of a foundation that funnels money to those causes. Here’s her bio.
Ramesh Ponnuru of Alexandria, a rightwing pontificator for the National Review, Politico, Time, Washington Post, etc., who seems to frighten even “conservatives.” Here’s his bio.
David Chavern of Falls Church, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here’s his bio.
Steve Moore of Falls Church, Founder of the Club for Growth and member of the Wall Street Journal ‘s editorial board. Here’s his bio.
Karl Crow of Arlington, who must be a Duke or a Bishop. He actually works for Charles Koch. Here’s his bio.
Veronique de Rugy of Arlington. She works for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University which was founded by a former president of Koch Family Foundations and is funded by the Kochs. It pushes rightwing views. De Rugy has worked for the American Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute as well. Here’s her bio.
Russ Roberts of Arlington. He’s another Mercatus Center professor. Here’s his bio.
Richard Fink of Centreville. He’s a founder and a member of the board of directors at Mercatus and also works for Koch. Here’s his bio.
Gretchen Hamel of Arlington, former top communications official for President George W. Bush’s trade policy. She recently launched a new organization to help dismantle anything useful the government does. She doesn’t say who funds her group, but I have a guess. Here’s more info on her. Here’s Hamel’s auto-bio.
Mark Mix of Springfield, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a group that advocates against the right to unionize. Here’s his bio.
Kurt and Nancy Pfotenhauer of Oakton. Here’s how they’re described in the Washington Monthly as one of Washington’s “Sizzlingest Power Couples”: “Kurt Pfotenhauer senior vice president, Mortgage Bankers Association; Nancy Pfotenhauer conservative activist. He’s a former chief of staff to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). At the age of 24, she served on President George H. W. Bush’s transition team, and was appointed by the current president as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She is a director emerita of the Independent Women’s Forum, an antifeminist organization funded by conservative philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife. In 2004, Washingtonian magazine named her one of the city’s most important conservative leaders.” In 2008 Kurt became CEO of ALTA (American Land Title Association). Nancy comes out of George Mason University and has worked for Koch for years, pushing for more oil drilling and pollution, and serving as a top advisor to candidate John McCain while Kurt lobbied for bankster bailouts. More info.
Tim Phillips of Leesburg. He’s president of Americans for Prosperity, an astroturf frontgroup set up by Koch and Fink to provide a veneer of “populism” to the promotion of the same agenda the rest of these people are paid to promote. Here’s his bio.
Bill and Sarah Walton of Washington. That’s Washington, Virginia, not Washington, D.C. They have money from Real Estate, Allied Capital Corp.
Rick and Sherry Sharp of Richmond. Rick has been president and CEO of Circuit City Stores, chairman of CROCS, and of Foam Creations Inc., co-founder and chairman of CarMax Inc., as well as of Flextronics International Ltd., and of Maxjet Airways, Inc. Here’s his bio.
Richard and Leslie Gilliam of Keswick. Richard has been President of Cumberland Resources Corporation since 1993, which makes money mining for coal while violating safety laws, resulting in the death of miners.
Manley and Mary Johnson of Upperville. Manuel H. “Manley” Johnson served as the vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the mid-1980s. Since 1990, he has been co-chairman and senior partner at Johnson Smick International, Inc., an investments, economic, and political consulting firm. Here’s his bio.
Merritt Johnson of Upperville. She is single and a Virgo and likes fast cars according to her MySpace page. Her motto is “Anything worth doing is worth getting hurt for.” Presumably she’s a daughter of Manley and Mary.
Marshall Johnson of Upperville is presumably another sibling.
And, finally, Ken Crutchfield of Abingdon is another coal baron.
If you learn anything more about these people, please post it here: http://davidswanson.org/koch
Inside Costa Rica | 23 October 2010
“Coup leaders, you are the terrorists,” chanted the demonstrators, who demanded the immediate departure of Montaner, whom they accused of conducting a campaign of interference to the detriment of popular processes of change in the region.
“Coup leaders shall not pass,” said several speakers from the Salvadoran Committee of Solidarity with Cuba, the University of El Salvador and representatives of other sectors, such as the Catholic priest Tilo Sánchez.
Montaner’s presence shows that national ties with the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles still exist, the Committee warned in a statement.
The text also claims that Posada Carriles, Montaner and the Cuban American National Foundation maintain systematic terrorist actions against the Cuban people and a destabilizing role against other nations in the region.
But at the same time, five Cubans — “Ramón Labañino, René González, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez — remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States for fighting terrorism,” the statement said.
By Alex Pareene
Salon | October 20, 2010
The more articulate/acceptable-to-the-mainstream supporters of the Arizona law usually point out that the law forbids police from racial profiling. The proposed bill doesn’t really bother pretending.
What few observers seem to have noticed, though, is a bizarre clause Snyder included on page 3. Even if an officer has “reasonable suspicions” over a person’s immigration status, the bill says, a person will be “presumed to be legally in the United States” if he or she provides “a Canadian passport” or a passport from any “visa waiver country.”
What are the visa waiver countries? Other than four Asian nations, all 32 other countries are in Western Europe, from France to Germany to Luxembourg.
Others detained by the police would need to carry papers proving that they’re in the U.S. legally. Because, I guess, Canadians and Europeans are never in the U.S., on expired or no visas, working jobs illegally. It’s just the Mexicans.
(One more thing that will be tough for Florida’s law enforcement: Cubans that make it to the U.S. — including those who enter from Mexico — are allowed to be here. Just no Mexicans!)