- "Advisor" to the pope?
THIS is KEY- Spread EVERYWHERE
-<Kissinger's Pre-9/11 Money Moves<
>FED Covered Up Money Laundering>-
The MOST Under Reported Story
(Excerpts) In other words,
part of their paychecks was derived from fees paid by BNL.
The fact that BNL was a client of Kissinger Associates also raises
the question of how Mr. Eagleburger and Mr. Scowcroft reacted to
the BNL scandal once it became known to them in the fall of 1989
- We have also learned their was a dramatic spike in diamond market
transactions prior to 9/11. Diamonds have been used by "Al Qaeda"
and the Russian-Israeli Mafia to launder cash to evade detection
by financial surveillance authorities.
Many of the diamond transactions occurred in West Africa,
a center for terrorist-related financing according to a former chief
of the Mossad, who spoke to the editor on background.
Kissinger Fingerprints all over
Suspicious Pre-9/11 Money Movements
December 14, 2006 -- On Dec. 11, WMR reported the following:
"WMR has learned from one of its sources in New York that the
- Federal Reserve Bank of New York
actively Covered Up Massive Money Laundering
by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)
United Arab Emirate branch through its branch in New York.
The money laundering consisted of questionable money movements
through Dubai that involved individuals linked to "Al Qaeda," including
those connected to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States."
We have now learned that the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago
was made aware of possible terrorist-related money movements
in a Federal Reserve Board of Governors letter sent to all
Federal Reserve Banks a little over a month before the 9/11 attacks.
The letter, dated August 1, 2006, requested all cognizant
Federal Reserve components, including the bank's Financial Payments
and Risk Analysis branches, to pay special attention to Suspicious
Activity Reports (SARs) being submitted by component banks.
In fact, some Federal Reserve Banks did Notice
< Something Very Suspicious prior to 9/11.>
a dramatic downdraft in Federal Reserve note currency holdings
in July and August 2001 (this is referred to as the M1 money supply).
In fact, the decrease in Federal Reserve note inventory was
35%, equating to billions of dollars.
Essentially, there was a run on cash at the banks in the months
< before 9/11, an event not seen since December 1999, >
in the weeks before Y2K, and in January 1991,
prior to the commencement of Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf.
In addition, there is also evidence that the run on cash was masked
by using Argentina, which was experiencing a banking crisis,
to evade detection by United States authorities.
The spotlight on suspicious cash transactions was
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) SpA of Argentina,
an Italian bank whose Atlanta branch featured prominently in the
BCCI and U.S. Iraq weapons transfer scandals of the 1980s.
In January 2006, BNL Argentina was acquired by none other than
HSBC, the subject of attention by UAE Central Bank authorities
for suspicious transactions prior to 9/11. In addition,
Kissinger and Associates employed
Timothy Geithner from 1985 to 1988.
Geithner is now the 9'th president and Chief Executive Cfficer
of the Second District Federal Reserve Bank of New York,
the entity that stands accused of covering up information
about suspicious "Al Qaeda" money flows
from the UAE, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia
for possible terrorist-related purposes prior to 9/11
"BNL was a client of Kissinger Associates.
In addition, the late Democratic Rep. Henry Gonzalez of Texas
stated the following on the floor of the House on April 26, 1991:
"Henry Kissinger was a Paid Member of the Banca Nazionale
del Lavoro Consulting Board for International Policy.
Mr. Kissinger held this position during the height
of the biggest banking scandal in United States history
- $4 billion in unreported loans to Iraq by the Atlanta branch of BNL . . .
Another interesting point to note is the timing of Mr. Kissinger's
supposed resignation from BNL on February 22, 1991.
That date is just days before the Justice Department announced
a 347 count indictment against the former employees of BNL
after an exhaustive 18-month investigation.
This is quite a coincidence.
BNL was actually a client of Kissinger Associates at the same time
BNL's former employees in Atlanta were providing
Iraq with billions in Unreported Loans.
This solidifies Mr. Kissinger's link to BNL
and raises the question of whether Mr. Kissinger
had knowledge of the BNL loans to Iraq.
As I stated last week, many Kissinger Associates clients
were doing business with the Iraqis as a direct result of
the unreported $4 billion in BNL loans to Iraq.
Volvo, whose chairman serves on the Kissinger Associates
board of directors, was doing big business in Iraq
and it was the beneficiary of BNL loans.BNL was also
the largest participant in the $5.5 billion CCC program for Iraq.
Between $800 and $900 million in BNL loans to Iraq were guaranteed
by the CCC. BNL was also the second largest participant in the
Export-Import [Eximbank] program for Iraq.
Over $50 million in BNL loans to Iraq were guaranteed by Eximbank.
Through these programs it became common knowledge in the export
community that BNL was Iraq's prime banker in the United States.
I also reported last week that Mr.Lawrence Eagleburger had ties
to BNL. While he was serving as president of Kissinger Associates,
Eagleburger was a board member of a Yugoslavian bank
that had a substantial and even incestuous relationship with BNL.
BNL was a main factor in the growth of that
Yugoslavian bank's operations in the United States.
Despite the many linkages between Kissinger Associates and BNL,
Mr. Kissinger still maintains that he had no knowledge
of the $4 billion in BNL loans to Iraq.
The fact that BNL was a client of Kissinger Associates a
lso solidifies the link between BNL and 2 very high ranking
Bush administration employees, NSC Director Brent Scowcroft
and Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger.
Mr. Lawrence Eagleburger and Mr. Brent Scowcroft were both
high ranking employees of Kissinger Associates during the period
BNL was a client of Kissinger Associates.
part of their paychecks was derived from fees paid by BNL.
The fact that BNL was a client of Kissinger Associates also raises
the question of how Mr. Eagleburger and Mr. Scowcroft reacted to
the BNL scandal once it became known to them in the fall of 1989.
I wonder if either thought it necessary to recuse himself from
making decisions on Iraq once the BNL scandal was uncovered?"
Eagleburger is a member of the Iraq Study Group,
replacing Robert Gates, Defense Secretary-designate, who was
CIA deputy director at the time of the BNL loans to Saddam Hussein.
Scowcroft is a close friend of group chairman James Baker.
There are still many questions about the strange suicide death
earlier this year of Phillip Merrill, the head of the Eximbank
We have also learned their was a dramatic spike in diamond market
transactions prior to 9/11. Diamonds have been used by "Al Qaeda"
and the Russian-Israeli Mafia to launder cash to evade detection
by financial surveillance authorities.
Many of the diamond transactions occurred in West Africa,
a center for terrorist-related financing according to a former chief
of the Mossad, who spoke to the editor on background.
# posted by Macu @ 12/14/2006 02:18:00 PM
- Henry Kissinger - Bloody
Hands Full of Gold
By Cheryl Seal
- c. 2002 The News Insider & Cheryl Seal
- Posted With Permission
- It has become the joke of the day that the Bush
Administration is stuffed full of "political dinosaurs" from the Cold War era
who want to rattle their sabers and make one last stand like geriatric John Waynes.
- They are everywhere, both in front of the curtain
-Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, et al.- and behind it -Bush, Sr., James Baker, Henry Kissinger,
and God only knows who else. However, what these men truly represent is no joke at all.
- Behind the smokescreen of patriotism, national
security and ideology, they are driven by just one motive: greed. Every single one of
these players is a politician for reasons of expediency (power can buy more power). First
and foremost, they are corporate tycoons whose primary goal is to advance the cause of
corporations. Each one is worth millions and each one is now in a position to engineer
policies that will insure they will ultimately be worth millions more.
- These policies are now in the process of being
pushed forward, and have so far being met with an astonishing lack of resistance. This may
be because many Americans, including some Congress members, are too young to recall the
true nature of the Cold War era. It may also be that some have simply failed to make
themselves sufficiently informed on the nation's political history. It is impossible to
believe that anyone armed with the facts would fail to see the ugly template that is now
being forced down over the face of the nation.
- This article presents a chunk of political history
that we hope will serve as a cautionary tale. It clearly exemplifies what the
"political dinosaurs" now in charge of our nation are all about, how they
operated in the past, and how they still hope to operate. The main figure, Henry
Kissinger, personifies to a T the snake-like combination of unscrupulousness and
superficial charm that characterizes all of these players, from Bush, Sr. to G.W. The
setting, Indonesia, personifies all areas of Earth where any natural resources may be left
for a greedy few to exploit in the name of "patriotism" and "national
security," be it Africa, the Amazon, Ukraine, or northern Alaska.
- An Opportunist's Dream Come True
- Indonesia has long been a dream come true for
opportunists (until this century they were called "explorers"). With its 17,000
islands sprinkled across the equator in the South Pacific atop a zone of tectonic
upheaval, it is a land of incredible biodiversity and dramatic landscapes. Among its main
islands are Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Timor (East and West), and Bali (of "South
Pacific" fame). Its forests and mountains are treasure chests of exotic plants and
animals, while its human population is just as diverse -as recently as the 1980s, an
estimated 250 different languages were spoken there.
- The first westerners to exploit the region were
the Portuguese (although the Dutch had a smaller settlement earlier). In the 17th century,
the Portuguese began to "mine" the forests for spices while dominating the
natives with a heavy hand. These fragrant exports earned the region the name of "the
Spice Islands." Since then, this land, whose native inhabitants in some regions have
lineages extending back as much as one million years, has been the focus of a greedy
tug-of-war between different foreign powers and between these powers and the Indonesian
native peoples. Gold aside, no Indonesian resources have been at the center of more
collective strife, bloodshed, and environmental damage than oil and natural gas.
- After World War II, Indonesia made a determined
stand for its autonomy. By 1950, they had thrown off domination by the Japanese (who had
commandeered the oil and liquid natural gas supplies during the war), then pushed away the
control of the British and Indian armies, and, finally, the Dutch. The new Indonesian
leader Sukarno (not to be confused with the later brutal dictator Suharto) eventually
became the country's first president. Sukarno was a visionary who pursued an ideal he
called "Pancasilo," a state of Indonesian unity in which ethnic and religious
tolerance would prevail. It was a dream that was doomed to failure; halfway round the
globe, forces were massing that would ultimately topple Sukarno and his government.
- In the United States, after World War II, the age
of the automobile had dawned. Americans in geometrically growing numbers were heading off
to "See the USA in their [great big gas-guzzling] Chevrolets". They came home
from their cruises to modern oil-heated homes in proliferating suburbs. Existing US
sources, already heavily exploited, soon could not match the demand for abundant, cheap
fuel and so the oil companies looked elsewhere, to places such as Indonesia. At the same
time, oil-rich Southeast Asia was struggling for autonomy, urged on by the growing Asian
communist party, which wanted to distribute Asian wealth more evenly and shake off western
control. For western oil and mineral companies, an independent Asia was a major impediment
to the exploitation of Indonesia's resources. To address this "impediment," as
early as 1953, the US National Security Council had adopted a policy of "appropriate
action in collaboration with friendly countries to prevent permanent communist control of
Indonesia." However, the only real threat to the US that communism in Southeast Asia
posed at that time was as a hindrance to corporations hoping to tap into cheap labor,
land, and natural resources.
- The history of Indonesia from 1957 on is the
history of the struggle of corporations, aided and abetted by the CIA and the corrupt
puppet governments they helped to set up, to maintain control over Indonesia's resources.
In 1957, the Indonesian state company Pertamina was created under Sukarno for the purpose
of developing and controlling oil and natural gas for the advancement of Indonesia. This
development was viewed with alarm by US petroleum companies, who themselves wanted control
over the country's oil and gas resources. Until the mid-1960s, most of Pertamina's
business partners were Chinese, not American.
- In 1958, the CIA began to secretly finance, as
well as create, political factions aligned against Sukarno. The agency also funneled money
to a handful of corrupt, ambitious generals. Thus "fed," these generals quickly
began to grow in power and influence, both in the government and in business wheeling and
dealing. Meanwhile, Sukarno was in the midst of his "Guided Democracy Movement."
Although he himself identified most closely with the communist group called the PKI, there
were at that time three important political parties in Indonesia -the PKI, the
nationalistic PNI and the conservative Muslims. This represented a greater democratic
diversity than could be found in America at that time.
- By 1964, Sukarno had grown completely disgusted by
American efforts to buy influence in Indonesia and announced that he would no longer
accept any aid from the US. That was when the CIA, now operating chiefly through the
ambitious, greedy general Suharto, began to push forward with a relentless, carefully
orchestrated plan to topple Sukarno.
- The Corporate Takeover of Indonesia
- In the US a Harvard professor named Henry
Kissinger was steadily scooping up experience in international affairs and high-level
corporate wheeling and dealing -a combination that was to later prove deadly for the
people of Indonesia. From 1954 to 1969, Kissinger had his fingers in a number of juicy
pies. From 1954 until 1971 he was a professor at Harvard University -though it is hard to
see how he found time to teach- and was in the college's Department of Government and its
Center for International Affairs From 1955-56, he served as Study Director of Nuclear
Weapons and Foreign Policy for the Council of Foreign Relations. From 1956-58 he was
Director of the Special Studies Project for the Rockefeller Brothers and was also Director
of the Harvard Defense Studies Program from 1958 to 1971.
- By the time Kissinger embarked on his career as a
master "diplomat" (i.e. corporate intriguer), he was extremely well versed in
espionage tactics. From 1943 (the year he came to the US from Nazi Germany) to 1946, he
served in the US Army Counter-Intelligence Corps and from 1946 to 1949 was a Captain in
the Military Intelligence Reserve. After the war he was Director of the Psychological
Strategy Board and of the Operations Research Office. In the late 1950s, his influence in
Washington really began to send out tentacles. . Between 1959-68, Kissinger was, at
different or overlapping times, a consultant to: the US Arms Control and Disarmament
Agency, the Department of State, the Rand Corporation, the National Security Council, and
the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Through this spider's web of connections,
Kissinger was privy to a bonanza of inside international information, both political and
corporate and was fast becoming especially well groomed in those pertaining to Southeast
Asia. By 1965, it is obvious Kissinger was using this information to speculate for
personal gain in Indonesia. It is also obvious that by 1965 many top corporate execs in
the US mining, logging, oil, and gas industries who had staked out potential claims in
Indonesia, somehow knew that Sukarno was going to be muscled out and were circling like
- In 1965, Freeport Sulfur, a company based in New
Orleans, cut a private deal with the Indonesian government, through Suharto (who by now
had immense power in the government) to create a copper-gold mine in West Papua. Who was
the deal broker, making sure Freeport got in on the "ground floor"? There is
little doubt this middle man was Henry Kissinger. At the same time, Mobile Oil Indonesia
was also entering into contracts with Pertamina. It has been alleged that Kissinger also
served as a deal broker in this alliance. Over a dozen other oil companies were waiting
for their chance to pounce.
- All that was needed to complete the scheme was to
get rid of Sukarno. To engineer a coup, the CIA took a page from Hitler and the 1950s GOP
and turned the PKI into the "monster under the bed." The agency composed and
printed lurid, and largely false propaganda about the communist "menace" and
disseminated it throughout Indonesia. Some of the literature called for all Muslims to
declare a religious Jihad against the PKI -even asserting that it was "God's
will" that all communists be killed. The coup engineers targeted young Muslim men
19-20 years of age, whom they whipped into a fear-filled, religious frenzy, then armed
with weapons supplied by the US
- What was most despicable about this plot was that
until the party began to be persecuted in 1965, the PKI had maintained a strict policy of
remaining within the law, conducting only legal protests and remaining unarmed, so as not
to provoke the Indonesian military. The "crime" the PKI had committed in the
eyes of corrupt generals and their western landowning allies was to urge poor peasants to
demand more rights and just compensation from wealthy landowners. The PKI also demanded
that the big landowners cease violating the ancient Indonesian rules of crop sharing. The
peasants' land was being used to grow sugar and rubber -not the rice that was vital to the
survival of the poor. In some areas, the PKI created "armies" of farmers, who
took over tracts of land and planted rice. Many of these farmers had been left without any
access to land at all due to the eruption of the Ganungagung volcano.
- In 1966, having set the stage by spreading
suspicion, anger and fear against the communists, the CIA and Suharto went into the next
act of what was to become known as the Untung Coup. Six generals still considered loyal to
Sukarno were brutally murdered by Suharto and his cohorts. The communists were then framed
for the crime, thereby providing Suharto with the excuse he needed to unleash a wholesale
"purge" of the PKI. Hitler did much the same thing in Germany in the 1930s -he
framed a young Dutch man who belonged to the communist party for blowing up the Reichstag,
and thus was able to declare outright war on all communists, which constituted the only
faction in Germany that had posed a serious roadblock to his complete domination.
- The largely unarmed PKI members were hunted down
and slaughtered in one of the most appalling bloodbaths of the 20th century. The poor
farmers who had taken a few acres of land were shot down by landowners like turkeys in a
shoot. Entire families in which a single member was suspected of being a communist were
murdered, including children, some while they slept. Between 1965-1966 an estimated
500,000 to one million men, women, and children were massacred -most with weapons supplied
by the US. "Time" magazine reported during this period that "travelers from
[some] areas tell of small rivers and streams that have been literally clogged with
bodies." However, "Time," like all media in the US in that pre-Vietnam War
era (the US presence in Vietnam was still a "police action" then) was still
well-indoctrinated by the anti-communist, pro-corporate dogma created by the GOP in the
1950s and sustained by the CIA and a cluster of powerful insiders through the decades ever
since. In the July 15, 1966 issue of "Time," the bloody Untung Coup was hailed
as "the West's best news in years."
- In the final step of the coup, Suharto deposed
Sukarno. What followed was a feeding frenzy by Suharto, his henchmen and US corporations.
Like a warlord, Suharto appropriated the best of everything he could for himself and his
family -oil wells, timberlands, and sugar plantations. Thousands of acres of land were
seized by companies with the blessings of Suharto. Tens of thousands of native people were
killed, displaced, or "disappeared" to make way for mining, logging, and
drilling operations. Suharto and the other corrupt officers of the Indonesian military
were involved in every imaginable money-generating scheme, including smuggling -"a
range of activities limited only by the imaginations of the military commanders." In
1966, Suharto declared himself committed to aiding the West in its exploitation of
Indonesia. In 1967, the "Foreign Investment Law" was passed, which officially
threw Indonesia's doors wide open to foreign exploitation. In 1967, guess what western
company was the first to be licensed under this new, corrupt and bloodstained regime: The
Freeport gold operation.
- A Feudal Regime Where Enough is Never Enough
- While the US companies ripped billions of dollars
out of the Indonesian landscape, over 60% of the nation lived below the poverty line, many
at the point of starvation. Yet, the Suharto government would always point to a handful of
new schools as proof of his compassion for his country. Even in 2001, Freeport-McMoRan
offers a slick propaganda brochure that shows scrubbed natives in front of a single
school, and describes a smorgasbord of corporate largesse, which doesn't really exist. The
few crusts thrown to the Indonesian natives by Freeport have been in spite of the company;
most real advances in the treatment of natives has occurred between 1999-2001 and then
only because of the growing public outcry.
- As always, when it comes to corporate greed,
enough is never enough. By 1974, the US had lost Vietnam and, under Suharto's rule, there
were constant outbreaks of rebellion in Indonesia. Nowhere was the push for independence
more well-organized and persistent than in East Timor. The progressive governor there
decided to allow the formation of multiple political parties, which in turn lead to an
intensified push for independence from the oppression of Suharto and from foreign
interests. The prospect of East Timorese autonomy dismayed Suharto because he and his
friends had very valuable holdings in the region, including three oil wells. If the push
for independence succeeded, he might lose his "investments". Worse yet, the push
for independence could easily spread into nearby West Papua, threatening Suharto's other
interests and Kissinger's gold mine (in which Suharto had a hefty share).
- Evidence examined recently by researchers,
including investigative reporter Christopher Hitchens strongly indicates that in 1975,
Kissinger helped orchestrate a surprise invasion of East Timor by the Indonesian military.
. Beyond any likely coincidence, Kissinger and Gerald Ford were visiting Suharto on
December 6, 1975, the night before the invasion (although Ford may have been Kissinger's
dupe, used as a legitimizing "front" -or even fall guy). The next day, just an
hour or so after Air Force One had cleared Indonesian air space, carrying Kissinger and
Ford back to the US, the attack on East Timor was launched and the region was soon
declared Indonesia's 27th province. In the process, over 200,000 East Timorese people were
slaughtered outright; tens of thousands more died of starvation and disease later.
- For the next two decades, for the oil and mining
industries in Indonesia, and for Henry Kissinger, it was to be business as usual.
- The Rape and Murder of Irian Jaya
- Henry Kissinger has one sweet deal in the
Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold Co (FCX on the NYSE). Not only does he make well over
$500,000 a year just for sitting on the board of directors, his "consulting"
firm, Kissinger & Associates (Now Mclarty & Kissinger) rakes in $300,000-500,000
per year as the company advisors, making sure no pesky environmental regulations can ever
be enforced and no poor native group can ever win a settlement for having their land
poisoned. But best of all for him, he is also the majority stockholder in a company with
reserves estimated at $60 billion, making it the single largest gold deposit in the world
and third largest open-pit copper mine. That is, he was the majority stockholder as of a
few months ago -he may now be unloading certain damning assets as fast as he can dump them
in the face of the growing international scrutiny by a list of countries he has harmed in
the past 40 years. To also throw the public off the scent, in January 2001, he named Roy
J. Stapleton, a former US ambassador to Singapore as "managing director" (i.e.
head lobbyist) of Kissinger & Associates. This accomplished two strategic things for
Kissinger: it got his name off the "masthead" as legal rep. for FCX, and it will
help carry on his own tradition of using inside government information to insure he gains
an unfair advantage as a lobbyist
- Yep, Kissinger's got a pretty good deal all right.
Especially when you consider that FCX has never had to pay much of anything to anybody but
a handful of stakeholders, which includes Kissinger, good ole boy Jim-Bob Moffett (who
came on board as CEO in 1981) and their golf-playing pal Suharto (although I imagine his
grip on the club might be a bit slippery, what with all that blood on them from the over
one million men, women and children he has been responsible for slaughtering. If you want
to get a feeling for just what sort of person "Jim-Bob" is, check out this link.
- -but take your airbag along. Under Suharto's
odious Contract of Work, slapped together in 1967, Suharto handed 100,000 hectares of land
in the southern area of West Papua, also called Irian Jaya, to FCX for its gold mine.
Neither FCX nor Suharto cared that this was not their land to carve up, but belonged to
the Amaungme and Komoro people, whose lineages go back as much as one million years,
according to some anthropologists. The corporation simply seized the land and booted off
the natives. An estimated 2,000 people were shoved into concentration camp-like
"settlements" over the next few years so their land could be turned into a giant
gold mine, waste pits, processing buildings, airfields, roads, etc. (In FCX's website,
they claim no more than 1,000 people lived in the mine region at the start, but the
statistics indicate this is a minimizing lie).
- As the years went by, FCX gobbled up more and more
forestland. Today, the operation consumes a monstrous 5.75 million acres. Instead of a few
thousand natives scattered throughout the forest, able to sustain themselves off their
land, FCX actually boasts in its website that Irian Jaya is now "home" to
100,000 people from all over the Indonesian region. It doesn't add that most of them were
displaced by other corporate or military operations or that they now live in congested,
filthy shantytowns on the edge of the mining operation. The website says these people were
drawn by the economic opportunity offered by the mine. What economic opportunity? There
are only 7,000 or so jobs associated with the mining operation; most of which are filled
by imported workers. The few jobs held by natives are unskilled.
- But any protests by native peoples against the FCX
"improvements" to Irian Jaya have been handled brutally. Thanks to Suharto and
the steady supply of US weapons, FCX has been well-protected from uprisings. In fact,
Irian Jaya is the most militarized zone in all of Indonesia, with a greater, more heavily
armed military presence than even East Timor. There have been numerous human rights
reports of atrocities by FCX's "security forces." Natives have been shot along
the road as if they were objects for target practice, pulled off buses and murdered,
others have been tortured, some have had their villages torched, yet others report being
held kidnapped and held prisoner in FCX packing crates. In one particularly horrendous
instance, when natives blew up a slurry pipe carrying contaminated mine wastes, the
military retaliated and slaughtered an estimated 900 people.
- There is no doubt at all that Kissinger is
completely aware of these atrocities. But then, according to a growing body of evidence,
he was also aware of the atrocities in Chile, Cambodia, Argentina, and elsewhere -not only
aware but, in some cases, was actively involved in helping orchestrate them. In any case,
there is no doubt he has been fully aware of the routine, environmentally devastating
practices going on at the mine.
- Freeport-McMoran, which derives its name from its
relationship with Rio Tinto, a British/Australian mining conglomerate that owns a 12%
share in the operation, is outrageously wasteful by American standards (which themselves
leave something to be desired). For every 300,000 tons of ore, only 0.42 parts per million
in gold is extracted. This means that to get at the tiny fraction of gold, the mountain
must, literally, be chewed to pieces. By 1996, nearly 400 feet had been ripped off the top
of Puncuk Jaya Mountain, a mountain that was not only sacred to local natives, but also
the highest peak between the Andes and the Himalayas.
- Today, the rubble from FCX's vast giant Grasberg
Mine is dumped into two neighboring valleys. In the next few decades, the company expects
to blast and bulldoze THREE BILLION TONS of rock, which will form vast mounds of
dangerous, slide-prone rubble. Although it is illegal to dump tailings- slurry of crushed
ore, water, cyanide, arsenic, and other toxic chemicals used in ore processing - into
American rivers, in Indonesia it is a routine practice. That's because Kissinger and
Jim-Bob are calling all the shots -they share equal billing at the FCX website, each being
both CEO and chairman of the board of directors. Every week, millions of tons of tailings
are dumped into the Ajkwa River.
- The accumulated waste has blocked and flooded the
river several times, contaminating (cumulatively) over 100 square kilometers of once
productive land. The contamination is, for all intents and purposes (as it may take
hundreds of years to abate naturally) permanent. A recent study of abandoned gold and
copper mines in the American west shows that land flooded by water laced by tailings is
still contaminated decades after the end of mining operations. Some patches have become
wastelands, while waters in some areas downstream of the origin of contamination are still
barren. The toxics accumulate in tissues of animals, so the contamination level of fish
and birds can gradually climb instead of abate.
- The Freeport-McMoran operation has now thoroughly
contaminated the region's watershed, an area that is home to the Lorentz Reserve, a region
rich in wetlands that contains one of just three equatorial glacier zones left on Earth.
As far as 80 miles downstream from the mine, villagers have had to be relocated because of
the danger that the dam holding back the huge, noxious lake of tailings might break. Some
people have refused to leave. Said one elderly native: "God gave this land. I will
not be moved from it. If I go, what is there for my children?"
- The water in the Ajkwa river, which is the
lifeblood of Irian Jaya, is now unfit to drink along much of its length. Native people,
especially the elderly, who do not understand why they can no longer drink the water or
eat the fish from their father's and father's father's river, stubbornly persist. As a
result, many have been poisoned and many have died from what the Indonesian medical
personnel now call "mystery diseases." Much like Gulf War Syndrome (which is
believed to be caused by a mix of toxic chemicals), natives with "mystery
diseases" develop strange skin lesions and rashes, chronic nausea, and may cough up
blood. The natives have said that the sweet potatoes and taro they traditionally eat now
have ominous discolorations, while the skin of the wild pigs that serve as meat appears
diseased. To avoid being poisoned, natives must travel sometimes many miles to commercial
markets and purchase food they once hunted and gathered for free, thus fueling their
poverty even more.
- Perhaps the harshest plight of all is that of the
"relocated." These once free, proud people of the forest are forced to live in
squalid, crowded shantytown settlements, little better than concentration camps. There,
they are plagued by high rates of malaria, cholera, tetanus, sexually-transmitted
diseases, and malnutrition. Infant mortality is high -twenty percent of infants do not
survive- while the average life expectancy of adults is about 50 years (FCX's
"brochure" touts an increase in life expectancy in recent years, but, tellingly,
fails to mention just what it is). Yet, West Papua's central highlands have just ONE
70-bed hospital to serve 400,000 people. Despite the health risks posed by poverty coupled
with a toxic environment, the Amaungme and Komaro people who chose to remain in their
forest land near the mine have no access to any government medical care.
- At the FCX website, there is a very long (too long
-methinks they doth protest too much) section on how great things are going for the
natives, how wonderful the environmental standards of the company are, how much the
company has done for the natives. However, you will also notice that the "good
example" being held up is not Freeport-McMoRan, but the Indonesian government's
smaller operation called Freeport-PI. But even the Freeport-PI accomplishments are
somewhat pitiful. For example, we are supposed to be impressed that a whole $166 million
was spent over an 11-year period on at least 100,000 people? That's less than $200 per
year per person. Meanwhile, Jim-Bob and HK probably hauled home at least $166 million
between them from FCX during the same time!
- The standard of life for the natives has little
hope of improving. Freeport-McMoran's labor practices systematically exclude natives,
despite what their rosy little brochure would have you believe. Of over 17,000 workers (in
2000), just 100 or so were local natives, who were paid 70 cents per hour. FCX claims that
as of 2001, just over 1,500 jobs are now held by natives -however, it doesn't specify if
those are local natives or just natives of Indonesia (i.e., workers imported from urban
centers like Jakarta). The 1% fund the company set up for local natives has caused more
problems and conflicts than it has helped -intentionally, say some human rights observers.
Those overseeing the distribution of the funds are often corrupt; little of the money
actually ever reaches those it was intended to help, and payments from FCX have been
called arbitrary at best.
- FCX's approach to environmental outrages has
consisted of liberal coats of whitewash. For example, FCX tried to make a $248,000 grant
to HAMAK (Foundation for Human Rights Anti-Violence), an organization directed by Ms.
Josepha Alomung, an activist who won the Goldman environmental prize in 2001. But Alomung
was angered by the grant and refused to accept it. First of all, she had never applied for
the grant, so it was obvious that FCX was trying to grab some "gain by
association" it did not deserve through deceitful means. Even more glaringly, Alomung
said she would never accept cash from an outfit whose activities ran so completely counter
to her principles. Yet, in their website, FCX boasts that Ms. Alomung has been written
them a letter of appreciation!
- To date, FCX has never spent a dime on cleaning up
the past devastation wrought by the mine -which is the equivalent in its extent of several
of the largest "superfund sites" in the US. The local people receive what
amounts to $300 a piece per year compensation from profits -a gesture even more pitiful
than Bush's $300 per head tax rebate. Meanwhile good ole boy turned gold baron Jim Bob
Moffett once scoffed at the idea that the monster mine was poisoning the river -dumping
tailings into the Ajkwa's waters was no big deal said Jim-Bob: "It's the equivalent
of me pissing in the Arafua Sea." But Jim Bob's pampered, self-aggrandizing view of
reality, spouted from the comfort of his stateside mansion, isn't worth the breath it's
- The evidence of Freeport-McMoran's gross
environmental negligence and human rights abuses had grown so overwhelming by the
mid-1990s, that the Overseas Private Investment Corps. (OPIC) canceled the company's $100
million insurance policy in 1995, citing severe environmental problems. According to the
OPIC report, FCX had "created and continues to pose unreasonable or major
environmental, health, or safety hazards to the rivers that are being impacted by the
tailings, the surrounding terrestrial ecosystem, and the local inhabitants." But like
all classic robber barons, Kissinger and Jim-Bob went on a vicious offensive to protect
their ill-gotten gains. Immediately following the cancellation announcement, FCX brought
out its big guns: money. Millions and millions of dollars were spent buying up magazine
ads, TV time, and on strategic charitable donations. In short, they poured money into
everything EXCEPT righting their wrongs. The company bought an entire half hour
infomercial, which aired in Austin and New Orleans. In an incredible slap in the public's
face, the Public Broadcasting System station WLAE-TV in Texas aired the slot as an
"educational special" at NO CHARGE! Warm-fuzzy full-page ads ran in Newsweek and
US News & World Report.
- When journalists started writing articles or
airing stories critical of Freeport-McMoran, it simply bought most of them off (a black
eye to the field of honest environmental journalism). Among the sellouts: Bill Collier,
formerly of the "Austin American-Statesman," who became FCX's Austin spokesman,
and WWL's Garland Robinette, who took a cushy job in FCX's PR department. It must be noted
that one journalist who wrote for the "Austin Chronicle," Robert Bryce, not only
turned down a lucrative bribe job from FCX, he went onto to write more hard-hitting FCX
exposes, including an extremely thorough investigative report in "Mother Jones"
- Kissinger & Co. also scrambled to call in
every favor and twist every arm they had access to. When Suharto tried to pressure Bill
Clinton into intervening on FCX's behalf against OPIC, Clinton, to his great credit,
refused. A former CIA chief, with access to all sorts of ammunition it should have been
unthinkable to use, was called into help fight OPIC. Swiss bankers, international
insurers, and environmental regulators were flown into Irian Jaya all-expenses paid and
given free luxury vacation-like visits and carefully choreographed tours of selected areas
of the mine complex. In the end, it is not too surprising (though incredibly disappointing
to those who believe in justice) that Kissinger's clout once more prevailed and the mine's
- So, in the wake of such a close call and a growing
public spotlight on FCX, did the company make sweeping remedial changes in the way it
handled environmental and human rights issues? Hardly. Instead, in 1997, the company asked
permission to expand the operation to TWICE the size it was at the time. One of the last
things done by Suharto (who owned a substantial share in the mine) before he was forced to
resign by a nation burned out by his corruption, was to approve the expansion. This
approval was granted following a cozy little private conference between him and Jim-Bob
Moffett. Once Suharto was gone, the company had a harder time completing their outrageous
request due to the resistance of the minister in charge of mining, Kuntoro, and the
Indonesian intelligentsia, who were outraged by the flagrant concessions and benefits
already showered on FCX by Suharto.
- However, good ole Jim-Bob just waited until the
hopelessly weak new leader Habibie was installed in office, then started wheeling and
dealing full force. Habibie, a pushover from day one, caved in readily. By now, Kuntoro
was being pressured relentlessly by western corporations used to being given special
above-the-law treatment by their "buddy" Suharto. Kuntoro was finally forced to
agree to the expansion, but demanded that the mine clean up its environmental act and pay
a higher royalty rate to the government. Unfortunately, most environmentalists say any
environmental standards imposed on FCX remained on paper only.
- The next "crisis" for FCX came when
Habibie was ousted and replaced by Wahid, whom many Indonesians hoped would nationalize
operations such as FCX, demoting such western gold and oil barons to the "paying
guest" status which should have been theirs from the start. But Wahid, just like
Habibie, proved to have feet of clay when pressured by Jim-Bob and Kissinger. In early
2000, shortly after Wahid took over, Kissinger went to Indonesia and began a process of
combined intimidation and corporate bribery aimed at extracting a promise from Wahid that
he would not nationalize FCX.
- Rather than act in Indonesia's best interests and
demand that Kissinger completely overhaul FCX's environmental and labor practices, in
February, 2000, the corrupt Wahid made Kissinger an advisor on foreign affairs! Not only
that, but he apparently gave FCX more concessions than ever. In its blurb on the NY Stock
Exchange site, FCX boasts that the cost of producing gold and copper at FCX is just about
the cheapest in the world (of course it is! They have no overhead, no fines, minimal
taxes, pay less than $1.00 per hour for laboring jobs and never really paid for their
land). It also boasts that production is at an all time high (we can just picture the
devastation this translates into!), while the costs of production and delivery are
"lower than ever" (this hardly sounds promising for the local economy and
workers!). It is also noted in the blurb that the company was "relieved of" its
$6 million per year commitment to West Papua. This sounds suspiciously as if Wahid
absolved the corporation of fulfilling their obligation to return some of its profits to
the people of West Papua. In any case, the company's revenues between January and July of
this year were an astounding $985 million -almost one billion dollars.
- The graph for FCX stock closely mirrors the course
of US and Indonesian political events -proving that the company's wealth is based heavily
on political favor. Last summer, with the unsympathetic Clinton still in office and
Wahid's reign weakening, the stock was hovering at a lowish point. Then, toward December
1, when it became apparent Bush would succeed in stealing the White House, the stock
steadily climbs again, only to fall again in late May and June when Wahid toppled from
power. By the way, in 1999-2000, FCX made election donations in the US amounting to over
$262,000, an estimated 2/3 of which went to the GOP. (Much of the money spent on the
Democratic Party over the years has been done with an eye to insuring that FCX's close
ally (and bad apple Democrat) John Breaux of Louisiana would keep winning his senate seat,
which, of course, he has.) It should also be pointed out that within days of Bush's
inauguration, Kissinger was dining with the new White House resident and Cheney at the
home of former CIA "mockingbird" Katharine Graham. It should also be noted that
well-grounded rumors allege that one of the names topping Cheney's secret energy task
force list is Henry Kissinger. No wonder the White House wants to keep it secret!
- Now that Wahid is gone and Sukarno's daughter,
Megawati, has been made president of Indonesia, it will be very interesting to see what
sort of intimidation, calling in of favors, bribes and pressures Kissinger and good ole
Jim-Bob try to unleash and how dedicated to the welfare of her people and her father's
memory Megawatti will prove to be.
- SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
- "The Mining Menace of Freeport-McMoRan"
by Pratap Chatterje, "The Multinational Monitor," April 1996
- "Freeport Obtains Indonesian Approval to
Expand World's Largest Gold Mine," Mike Head, World Socialist Website, February 20,
- "Former Secretary of State Kissinger
Remembers," East Timor Action Network (Etan); Site provides large excerpt from
"The Case Against Henry Kissinger" by investigative reporter Christopher
- "Realpolitik, " Robert Bryce,
"Austin Chronicle," May 19, 2000
- Statement by John Rumbiak, the West Papua
Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy (submitted at the annual general meeting of
Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Cold, Inc.) May 3, 2001
- Drillbits and Tailings, March 17, 2000 News update
- "Spinning Gold," by Robert Bryce,
"Mother Jones Magazine", Sept/Oct 1996
- "Gus Dur: Don't Sell Papua's Future to Henry
Kissinger," Statement by Emmy Hafild, Exec. Director of WALHI-Indonesia Forum for
Environment, Friends of the Earth Indonesia
- "Old State, New Society: Indonesia's New
Order in Comparative Historical Perspective," Benedict R. O'G. Anderson,
"Journal of Asian Studies," May, 1983
- "Generals and Business in Indonesia,"
Harold Crouch, "Pacific Affairs", Winter 1975/76
- "People Were Shot, Bleeding, and Lying on the
Ground," Mike Head, World Socialist Web Site," Nov. 28, 1998
- "We Saw Terrible Slum-Like Conditions and a
Very Strong Army Presence," Mike Head, World Socialist Website, Dec. 1 1998
- "US Mine Gouges For Gold," Danny
Kennedy, "Earth Island Institute Journal," Spring 1997
- "Lawsuit in New Orleans," Statement of
Lawsuit of Irian Jaya natives versus FCX
- "Election Donations of Freeport,
- "Statement of John Rumbiak"
- CorporateWatch: Statements by Jim-Bob Moffett
- Photo of Gouged Out Mountain at FCX Mine in Irian
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KISSINGER OUT OF THE CLOSET
Nothing much shocks this writer anymore. The misnamed Patriot Act,
the Orwellian Office of Homeland Security, Bush's alliance with ex-KGB Putin, the
trampling on our God-given rights through UN treaties, the United Nations Lifelong
Education Plan referred to by the National Alliance of Business as Kindergarten-Age 80.
Today, the day before Thanksgiving, it is snowing here in Maine,
and very beautiful. I had decided to live my other life, the normal one which finds me
staring out the window at the gorgeous ships captains houses on our street, enjoying the
smells of the woodstove and my husband's pumpkin pies emanating from the kitchen, taking
my dachshund for a walk in town.
Today I was just going to pretend I live in the America of
yesteryear... America, the envy of the rest of the world that has decided it wants to
emulate the rest of the world by becoming part of a totalitarian international order based
on the "failed" and "cruel" system of socialism, fascism, communism. I
was going to try to forget how our country is being taken from us, without firing a shot.
(This stealing of our free political and economic system can perhaps be attributed to the
"deliberate" dumbing down of America since if one does not know what form of
economic and political system one has one doesn't care if it is taken away from him.)
And then, all of a sudden, I was jolted by news that our
conservative, born-again Christian (member of The Order...Skull and Bones... Yale
University) President Bush has appointed "enemy of all enemies of America",
former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, to lead an investigation of the September 11
Of all people! Truly, Dubya, couldn't you have found someone a bit
less controversial, someone whose track record does not include the following information?
What a nasty "in your face" thing to pull on us the day before Thanksgiving.
As a writer, I have remained quiet for many years holding onto the
following information regarding Kissinger since I hoped that he had completed his dirty
work (wrong) and was no longer a threat (wrong).
In 1974 a very important little book entitled "Henry
Kissinger... Soviet Agent" was written by the late Frank A. Capell, one of America's
great patriots. Some background information on Capell follows:
Capell was an Associate Editor of The Review of the News and
American Mercury magazine and his articles appeared intermittently in over forty
publications. Beginning as an undercover criminal investigator (tight-roper) for District
Attorneys and Police Commissioners, he later became Chief Investigator of the Westchester
County (N.Y) Sheriff's Office. In this capacity he established a Bureau of Subversive
Activities and supervised the investigation of thousands of individuals and organizations,
including Nazis, Fascists, and Communists.
For the benefit of younger readers who know little about Henry
Kissinger, let me give them some background information on Kissinger and his world
government policies taken from Capell's book.
"Kissinger has stated, 'Ending the war (in Vietnam), [which
by the way was a United Nations War, ed] honorably is essential for the peace of the
world. Any other solution may unloose forces that would complicate prospects of
international order.' And this is what Kissinger and his intellectual colleagues want:
international order, which would consist of World Government in a World of Disarmament.
Kissinger recommended a start toward this in "The Troubled Partnership" in 1965
in which he found a need for improved consultation among the allies. He advocated a
'United Europe with federal supranational institutions as the precondition for an Atlantic
partnership,' or regional government. (p 21)
Iserbyt Note: Former President of the Soviet Union Gorbachev,
during a visit to London in March 23, 2000, referred to the European Union as "The
New European Soviet". The New American, June 17, 2002.
"Professor Henry Paolucci, of St. John's University, wrote a
study about Kissinger which appeared in the Congressional Record of August 4, 1971, a
portion of which states: 'Henry Kissinger, too, expressed as recently as 1965 the
conviction that the time was at hand for a surrender of nationhood because 'institutions
based on present concepts of national sovereignty are not enough.' The ultimate goal of a
supranationalist world community, he wrote, 'will not come quickly; many intermediate
stages must be traversed before it can be reached. It is not too early, however, to
prepare ourselves for this step beyond the nation-state.'" (p 21)
"The shape of the New World Government was foretold in
Commentary, the official magazine of the American Jewish Committee in New York, which
stated in 1958: 'The international government of the United Nations, stripped of its legal
trimming, then is really the international government of the United States and the Soviet
Union acting in unison.' (p 5)
Iserbyt Note: This comment by the AJC in N.Y. reflects clearly
what Norman Dodd, the Research Director of the Reece Committee to Investigate the Tax
Exempt Foundations was told in 1953 by Rowan Gaither, President of the Ford Foundation:
"Mr. Dodd, all of us here at the policy making level of the foundation have at one
time or another served in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, CIA (forerunner) or the
European Economic Administration, operating under directives from the White House. We
operate under those same directives...The substance under which we operate is that we
shall use our grant making power to so alter life in the United States that we can be
comfortably merged with the Soviet Union." (p 46-47), the deliberate dumbing
down of america... A Chronological Paper Trail, Iserbyt. President Eisenhower signed the
first agreements with the Soviet Union in 1958 during the peak of the Cold War. Ronald
Reagan and the Carnegie Corporation signed extensive agreements with the Soviet Union
merging the United States and Soviet education systems. These agreements are still in
effect even though the Soviet Union and communism are supposedly dead.
Now to the meat of this story, much of which has been copied from
Capell's "Henry Kissinger...Soviet Agent" published in 1973.
"An anti-Communist who infiltrated Polish Communist
Intelligence and rose to the equivalent rank of general has now named Henry Kissinger as a
Soviet agent, recruited into a special group known as ODRA while he was a sergeant in the
U.S. Armed Forces in Germany during World War II. The information obtained from this
general was found to be accurate in all cases where it was checked out. He was responsible
for uncovering a long list of KGB (Soviet intelligence) and GRU (Soviet Military
Intelligence) agents and officers. Among these were Soviet colonel Koilon Molody, alias
Gordon Lonsdale, and his four agents, Henry Houghton, Ethel Gee, and Peter and Helen
Kroger, alias Cohen, operating in Great Britain. Through Houghton was developed the case
of KGB agent John Vassal of British Naval Intelligence official connected with MI-6 in
London. Another case was that of George Blake, a very high British Intelligence official
connected with MI-6 in London. (p 2-3)
"Firmly entrenched KGB and GRU networks in many parts of the
Free World were not only uncovered by this informant but the individuals were arrested,
tried and convicted. In the United States, however no action was taken on his information.
"It was in 1961 and 1962 that our source informed the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) about Kissinger who at that time appeared to be an unimportant
Harvard professor. In 1973 he again brought the matter to the attention of the British
Security Service and American Intelligence since Kissinger was no longer
"unimportant," having become President Nixon's National Security Adviser. Since
the controlled press and communications media have given no publicity to the charges
concerning Kissinger, only those persons with access to small independent publications
have learned that Kissinger has been named as a Soviet agent. Many persons, however, have
come to the conclusion based solely on his activities. (p 4)
"It was while Kissinger was serving with the U.S. Armed
Forces in Germany during World War II that he became a member of a secret Soviet network,
one of a series of intelligence and counterintelligence groups, some of which were
reorganized at the end of World War II and continue in place to this day. This information
had been furnished to U.S. and British intelligence services in 1961 and 1962, and 1973,
only to see it completely ignored. The Review of the News of March 20, 1974 first
published the story which was also recounted in the Confidential Intelligence Report of
The Herald of Freedom in April, 1974. The source was Col. Michael Goleniewski whose real
name is Aleksei Nicholaevich Romanoff. The true identify of Aleksei as the heir to the
All-Russian Imperial Throne is known to the governments of the United States, Great
Britain, and other countries. On June 11, 1971, the New York Daily Mirror announced the
exclusive publication of "Reminiscenses and Observations" by H.I.H. Aleksei
Nicholaevich Romanoff, the heir to All-Russian Imperial Throne, Tsarevich and Grand Duke
of Russia, and head of Russian Imperial House. In introducing him as a columnist, the
Daily Mirror stated: "Herman E. Kimsey, former Chief of Research & Analysis of
the Headquarters of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, in an affidavit signed June 3,
1965, said 'I m convinced, and I continue to be convinced, that the person referred to as
Col. Goleniewski is in fact the Tsarevich and Grand Duke Aleksei Nicholaevich Romanoff of
Russia, and son of Emperor Nicholai II of Russia.' (p 74-75)
Note: (The author of this article [Iserbyt] corresponded with Col.
Goleniewski in the mid- seventies. Unfortunately, my very important file on this case was
destroyed in a fire, including correspondence with Goleniewski and an article in The
Bangor Daily News regarding Gardner Cowles, Look Magazine, planning to publish a book by
Goleniewski, which never happened!)
"The story of ODRA and Henry Kissinger's connection with it
was disclosed by Col. Goleniewski as follows: 'ODRA's principal purpose was the
infiltration and penetration of military intelligence services in the West. ... In 1954 an
important courier, a woman of Greek-Russian nationality, had been murdered under
mysterious circumstances and important material, together with approximately $80,000 of
intelligence funds, disappeared.'" (p 77-78)
To make a long story short, "Col. Goleniewski had access to
1500 pages of documents related to this mysterious murder, which included a list of the
names and code names and short data on the principal agents of ODRA. (p 79)
"Under the code name of "Bor" and described as an
agent of ODRA was U.S. Sergeant (and later Captain) Kissinger, counterintelligence
interrogator of the U.S. Army and instructor at the Military Intelligence School in
Oberammergau. (p 80)
"The information concerning Henry Kissinger could be verified
and confirmed by independent sources as there was no doubt he was in touch with Communist
intelligence during his military service in Germany. Since his phenomenal rise to power in
the United States government, Kissinger has been accompanied during his visits behind the
Iron Curtain by staff officers of intelligence or counterintelligence of the KGB, which
raises the question as to whether he is still in the service of the KGB. (p 81)
"The accuracy of information supplied by Aleksei (Col.
Goleniewski) was attested to during the Senate Internal Security hearings entitled
"State Department Security." The committee's chief counsel questioned a witness
(John Norpel, Jr.) who had been with the FBI and State Department Security. He was asked,
'Do you know of any information ever furnished to the U.S. Government by Goleniewski which
turned out to be untrue or inaccurate?' The witness answered, 'I do not. No sir,' and also
testified that the considerable information supplied by Col. Goleniewski had been checked
out and proved to be true in every case." (p 82)
The following info is in addition to the above information
regarding President Bush's bizarre appointment to the Ccommission to Investigate 9/11.
In the mid-seventies when the SALT II (Strategic Arms Limitation
Treaty) was being discussed by the U.S. Senate, the author of this article (Iserbyt)
arranged for a Soviet defector by the name of Igor Glagolev to come to Maine to
participate in a debate with Secretary of Defense Paul Warnke. This debate was arranged by
Maine's Chamber of Commerce. Glagolev did a superb job presenting reasons why the United
States should not sign onto this Treaty. At dinner the same evening Glagolev informed me
that prior to his defection, when he held a very high position in the Kremlin, he sat in
on meetings at which David Rockefeller Sr. and Henry Kissinger were often present. At one
of these meetings Kissinger shocked his Soviet audience by informing it that the United
States was planning to pull out of Vietnam. This information, of course, was transferred
to the North Vietnamese and put United States military forces at a great disadvantage.
Americans should demand of their Congressional representatives an
investigation of Henry Kissinger's track record before he is allowed to serve in any
capacity on any committee for any purpose.
ï¿½ 2002 Charlotte T. Iserbyt - All Rights Reserved
Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate
whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational
Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan
Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which
would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board
director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of
Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross
on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in
Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known
for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and
her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which
covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which
remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in
Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of
Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt Author The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America...A
Chronological Paper Trail. Website: www.deliberatedumbingdown.com
Henry Kissinger: War Criminal or Old-Fashioned
By Toby Harnden in Washington
THIRD WORLD TRAVELER
WASHINGTON reacted furiously yesterday to a request by Chilean judges for
Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, to answer questions
about an American journalist killed during the 1973 coup in Chile.
A Bush administration official condemned the Chilean supreme court decision
to send questions to Dr Kissinger, saying the move increased unease about the
proposed International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The administration source said: "It is unjust and ridiculous that a
distinguished servant of this country should be harassed by foreign courts in
this way. The danger of the ICC is that, one day, US citizens might face
arrest abroad and prosecution as a result of such politically motivated
Dr Kissinger, 78, who was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, has acted as
an informal adviser to President Bush and is still heavily involved in
American foreign policy issues.
In its ruling, Chile's supreme court said a list of questions should be sent
to the US supreme court with regard to Dr Kissinger's knowledge of the
circumstances surrounding the death of Charles Horman, a journalist arrested
by troops loyal to General Augusto Pinochet. His body was identified in a
mortuary weeks later.
The case was made famous by the 1982 film Missing. Mr Horman's family
believes that Dr Kissinger and US diplomats in Chile knew of his detention,
but did not press for his release.
The Chilean order came less than two months after French detectives delivered
a court summons to Dr Kissinger, who was visiting Paris, asking him to
testify about the disappearance of French nationals in Chile.
In another case, a judge in Argentina has ordered Dr Kissinger to testify in
a human-rights trial about a 1970s plan by South American governments to
kidnap and kill Left-wing critics.
Mr Horman's widow, Joyce, filed a civil lawsuit against Dr Kissinger in the
1970s, but it was dismissed due to lack of evidence. She has now
instigated legal action in Chile against Gen Pinochet and several other army
Dr Kissinger's office declined to comment about the Chilean request, but
sources have said he is "considerably irritated" by it.
When he was in Paris, he said he was too busy to speak to a French judge and
the US embassy said the information being sought was confidential. A
request for similar information was sent to the State Department during the
Clinton presidency, but did not receive a response.
Such requests have heightened US scepticism over world bodies that may
diminish national sovereignty.
America has said it will not take part in a United Nations conference on
racism next month if the issue of reparations for slavery is on the agenda.
Both Washington and London have expressed concerns about the conference
adopting wording about slavery being a "crime against humanity".
Mr Clinton delayed supporting an ICC, which is strongly backed by Britain.
But in January, he signed the treaty setting it up, saying America should
shape it to try cases of genocide and war crimes.
Republicans complained that the treaty was flawed beyond repair. Marc
Thiessen, a Senate foreign relations committee official now a Pentagon
speechwriter, said it should be "aggressively dealt with" by the White House.
He said: "The president of the United States has endorsed a court that claims
illegal jurisdiction over the American people and that's not a situation that
can just sit out there."
The ICC will be formed after 60 nations ratify the treaty. So far, 27 have
31 May 2001: Kissinger shuns summons
4 May 2001: [Feature] Is this man a war criminal?
26 January 2001: Kissinger urges Bush to shore up Nato
28 June 1999: [Feature] Cold War warrior scorns 'new morality'
4 April 1999: Kissinger joins call to release Pinochet
4 February 1999: [Feature] The power of one
Henry Kissinger: War Criminal or Old-Fashioned Murderer?
Can Henry Kissinger be Extradited?
by Martin McLaughlin
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There are NO Statutes of Limitations on the Crimes of Genocide!
THIRD WORLD TRAVELER
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The death of Carlos Guiliano, free speech and democracy in Italy