Brief Note of Introduction to the Economic and Political Forces
Behind Terrorism and "America's New War."
by Dr. Leonard
most excellent investigative report by Michael C. Ruppert deserves
to be widely circulated. Americans concerned about the fate of
their families, this nation, and the world, must understand,
and come to terms with, the economics behind "America's New War." To
date, I have not read a better article that adequately covers
following information, my sources confirm its complete legitimacy.
I would only add some additional background regarding the Carlyle
Group's Chief Executive Officer, Frank C. Carlucci III, and his
connection to biological warfare and terrorism in the Third World.
I have appended this intelligence, excerpted directly from the
national best-selling book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola-Nature,
Accident or Intentional?, at the end of the Mr. Ruppert's
Best Enemies Money Can Buy
From Hitler To Saddam Hussein
to Osama bin Laden - Insider Connections and the Bush Family's
Partnership with Killers of Americans: Brown Brothers, Harriman
- BNL- and the Carlyle Group
Michael C. Ruppert
2001. All Rights Reserved, Michael C. Ruppert and From The Wilderness
May be reprinted or distributed for non-profit purposes only.]
9, 2001 - Since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, major media powerhouses and the increasingly
influential alternative media alike have begun to focus attention
on Bush family connections and a long history of arming and
financing America's attackers in the months and years prior
to the outbreak of war. Recent stories in the Wall Street Journal
(Sept. 27 & 28, 2001), ABC News (Oct. 1, 2001), as well
as a host of reports from so-called alternative news sources
have begun to focus attention on the Bush family's profit-making
role in creating and arming our enemies.
is a more comprehensive look at the documented history of these
relationships that will also open some new avenues of inquiry
for the press, Congress and the American people.
In a world now
filled with biowarfare agents, backpack nuclear devices, and
chemical weapons like Sarin gas -- where there are people in
many countries with reasons to oppose the United States -- the
Bush Administration is following predictable strategies in a
way that redefines the concept of brinksmanship. Human survival
may depend upon the will and the ability of both the Congress
and the press to focus on these relationships and to take appropriate
action. Moreover - and I am not the first to say this - if a
national security priority is to seize the financial assets of
those who support terrorists, then perhaps we should start right
here at home.
including U.S. government records from the era, along with contemporaneous
news stories from the New York Times and other papers are presented
in the 1992 book entitled, "George Bush, The Unauthorized Biography" by
Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin, Published by The Executive
Intelligence Review and located at http://www.tarpley.net/bushb.htm.
The following is sourced entirely from Chapter II of this essential
work. [Note: Although FTW does not always agree with conclusions
reached by the Executive Intelligence Review, or its founder
Lyndon La Rouche, we have never found a single flaw in any of
their factual research. History is history, no matter who presents
it. And this history is essential to understanding our era.]
George W. Bush's
grandfather, Prescott Bush, was the Managing Director of the
investment bank Brown Brothers, Harriman from the 1920s through
the 1940s. It was Brown Brothers, in conjunction with Averell
Harriman, the Rockefeller family, Standard Oil, the DuPonts,
the Morgans and the Fords which served as the principal funding
arm in helping to finance Adolph Hitler's rise to power starting
in 1923. This included direct funding for the SS and SA channeled
through a variety of German firms. Through associations with
the Hamburg-Amerika Steamship line, Nazi Banker Fritz Thyssen
(pronounced Tee-sen), Standard Oil of Germany, The German Steel
Trust (founded by Dillon Read founder, Clarence Dillon), and
I.G. Farben, Prescott Bush used the Union Bank Corporation to
funnel vast quantities of money to the Nazis and to manage their
American interests. The profits from those investments came back
to Bush allies on Wall Street. Thyssen is universally regarded
as having been Hitler's private banker and ultimate owner of
the Union Bank Corporation.
for Hitler came from Prescott Bush through the Hamburg- Amerika
line -- also funded by Brown Bothers -- that funneled large sums
of money and weapons to Hitler's storm troopers in the 1920s.
"In May 1933,
just after the Hitler regime was consolidated, an agreement was
reached in Berlin for the coordination of all Nazi commerce with
the U.S.A. The Harriman International Company. was to head a
syndicate of 150 firms and individuals, to conduct all exports
from Hitler Germany to the United States."
Tarpley and Chaitkin a 1942 U.S. government investigative report
that surfaced during 1945 Senate hearings found that the Union
Bank, with Prescott Bush on the board, was an "interlocking concern" with
the German Steel Trust that had produced:
- 50.8% of Nazi
Germany's pig iron
- 41.4% of Nazi
Germany's universal plate
- 36% of Nazi
Germany's heavy plate
- 38.5% of Nazi
Germany's galvanized sheet
- 45.5% of Nazi
Germany's pipes and tubes
- 22.1% of Nazi
- 35% of Nazi
relationships established by Bush in 1923 continued even after
the war started until they became so offensive and overt as to
warrant seizure by the U.S. government under the Trading with
the Enemy Act in 1942.
In 1942, "Under
the Trading with the Enemy Act, the government took over Union
Banking Corporation, in which Bush was a director. The U.S. Alien
Property Custodian seized Union Banking Corp.'s stock shares.
". all of which
shares are held for the benefit of. members of the Thyssen family,
[and] is property of nationals. of a designated enemy country."
"On October 28,
the government issued orders seizing two Nazi front organizations
run by the Bush-Harriman bank: the Holland-American Trading Corporation
and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation."
in the Silesian-American Corporation, long managed by Prescott
Bush and his father in law George Herbert Walker, were seized
under the Trading with the Enemy Act on Nov. 17, 1942." These
seizures of Bush businesses were reported in a number of American
papers including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
went on to become an influential Republican Senator from Connecticut
who went on to be a regular golfing partner of President Dwight
Eisenhower. His attorneys were the lawyers John Foster and Allen
Dulles, the later became the CIA Director under Eisenhower.
President in January 1989, Prescott Bush's son, George Herbert
Walker Bush - father of our current President - authorized a
series of programs which not only armed Iraqi dictator Saddam
Hussein but also provided him with technology that assisted in
his development of chemical weapons like Sarin gas, and biological
weapons, which he still possesses. Apologists for Bush (the elder)
say that, after the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s left the region
unstable, he was just trying to establish a new balance of power.
Not so. Bush directives and policies, including relationships
with the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), the
Banca Nacional del Lavoro (BNL) were directly and deliberately
responsible for creating the army the U.S. fought in 1991.
In its March/April
issue the Colombia Journalism Review (CJR), in a story by Russ
W. Baker, published the most compelling overview of Iraqgate.
"ABC News Nightline
opened last June 9 with words to make the heart stop 'It is becoming
increasingly clear,' said a grave Ted Koppel, 'that George Bush,
operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980s, initiated
and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military
help that built Saddam's Iraq into the aggressive power that
the United States ultimately had to destroy..."
"Why, then, have
some of our top papers provided so little coverage?."
" The result:
readers who neither grasp nor care about the facts behind facile
imagery like The Butcher of Baghdad and Operation Desert Storm.
In particular, readers who do not follow the story of the Banca
Nacional del Lavoro, which apparently served as a paymaster for
Saddam's arms buildup, and thus became a player in the largest
bank-fraud case in U.S. history.
mind-boggling stories (from Iran-Contra to the S&L crisis
to BCCI) increasingly define our times: yet we don't appear to
be getting any better at telling them."
"Much of what
Saddam received from the West was not arms per se, but so- called
dual-use technology -- ultra sophisticated computers, armored
ambulances, helicopters, chemicals, and the like, with potential
civilian uses as well as military applications. We've learned
that a vast network of companies, based in the U.S. and abroad,
eagerly fed the Iraqi war machine right up until August 1990,
when Saddam invaded Kuwait.
"And we've learned
that the obscure Atlanta Branch of Italy's largest bank, Banca
Nacional del Lavoro, relying partly on U.S. taxpayer-guaranteed
loans, funneled $5 billion to Iraq from 1985 to 1989. Some government-backed
loans were supposed to be for agricultural purposes, but were
used to facilitate the purchase of stronger stuff than wheat.
Federal Reserve and Agriculture department memos warned of suspected
abuses by Iraq, which apparently took advantage of the loans
to free up funds for munitions. U.S. taxpayers have been left
holding the bag for what looks like $2 billion in defaulted loans
". In fact, we
now know that in February 1990, then Attorney General Dick Thornburgh
[appointed by George H.W. Bush] blocked U.S. investigators from
traveling to Rome and Istanbul to pursue the case."
". As New York
Times columnist William Safire argued last December 7, 'Iraqgate
is uniquely horrendous: a scandal about the Systematic abuse
of power by misguided leaders of three democratic nations [The
U.S., Britain, and Italy] to secretly finance the arms buildup
of a dictator."
As Democrat Henry
Gonzales, Chairman of the House Banking Committee during the
period, stood as the lone voice from the wilderness in raising
alarms about Bush's obvious corruption, the rest of the Congress
sheepishly ignored all the signs demanding immediate action.
Gonzales' voice reportedly fell silent after his empty car was
machine-gunned in a Washington suburb in what passed for a drive-by
The CJR continues: "Meanwhile,
The Village Voice published a major investigation by free-lancer
Murray Waas in its December 18, 1990 issue. "That American troops
could be killed or maimed because of a covert decision to arm
Iraq,' Waas wrote, "is the most serious consequence of a U.S.
foreign policy formulated and executed in secret, without the
advice and consent of the American public."
The L.A. Times,
on Feb 23, 1992, dug deep enough to find secret National Security
Decision Directives by the Bush Administration in 1989 ordering
closer ties with Baghdad and paving the way for $1 billion in
new aid. The Times' series, co-authored with Waas, emphasized
that, "buried deep in a 1991 Washington Press piece - that Secretary
of State James Baker, after meeting with Iraqi foreign minister
Tariq Aziz in October 1989, intervened personally to support
U.S. government loans guarantees to Iraq."
The CJR report
also noted, "On October 3, the [Wall Street] Journal reported
[BNL official Christopher] Drogoul's assertion that the director
general of Iraq's Ministry of Industry and Military Production
had told him, 'We are all in this together. The intelligence
service of the U.S. government works very closely with the intelligence
service of the Iraqi government.' Three weeks later, the Journal
reported that [Henry] Gonzales 'produced a phone-book- sized
packet of documents' showing the involvement of U.S. exporting
firms. The documents mentioned one. which designed parts for
Iraq's howitzers and was financed through BNL."
In the wake of
highly suspicious anthrax outbreaks in Florida, just miles form
where several of the WTC suicides pilots trained, we add one
final note. In his 1998 book "Bringing the War Home" author William
Thomas writes, " Under that same [weapons transfer] program,
19 containers of Anthrax bacteria were supplied to Iraq in 1988
by the American Type Culture Collection company, located near
Fort Detrick, MD, the site of the US Army's high security germ
Carlyle Group, the Bushes and bin Laden
about Carlyle Group, the nation's 11th largest defense contractor,
and the Bushes came long before the World Trade Center attacks.
The Carlyle Group is a closely held corporation, exempt from
reporting its affairs to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Little is known of what it actually does except that it buys
and sells defense contractors. As of October 4, 2001, it has
removed its corporate web site from the World Wide Web making
further investigation through that channel impossible. Its Directors
include Frank Carlucci, former Reagan Secretary of Defense; James
Baker, former Bush Secretary of State; and Richard Darman, a
former White House aide to Ronald Reagan and Republican Party
On March 3, 2001,
just weeks after George W Bush's inauguration, the conservative
Washington lobbying group Judicial Watch issued a press release.
D.C.) Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm that investigates
and prosecutes government abuse and corruption, called on former
President George Herbert Walker Bush to resign immediately from
the Carlyle Group, a private investment firm, while his son President
George W. Bush is in office. Today's New York Times reported
that the elder Bush is an "ambassador" for the $12 billion private
investment firm and last year traveled to the Middle East on
its behalf. The former president also helped the firm in South
The New York
Times reported that as compensation, the elder Bush is allowed
to buy a stake in the Carlyle Group's investments, which include
ownership in at least 164 companies throughout the world (thereby
by giving the current president an indirect benefit). James Baker,
the former Secretary of State who served as President George
W. Bush's point man in Florida's election dispute, is a partner
in the firm. The firm also gave George W. Bush help in the early
1990's when it placed him on one of its subsidiary's board of
"This is simply
inappropriate. Former President Bush should immediately resign
from the Carlyle Group because it is an obvious conflict of interest.
Any foreign government or foreign investor trying to curry favor
with the current Bush Administration is sure to throw business
to the Carlyle Group. And with the former President Bush promoting
the firm's investments abroad, foreign nationals could understandably
confuse the Carlyle Group's interests with the interests of the
United States government," stated Larry Klayman, Judicial Watch
Chairman and General Counsel.
now bound to be raised if the recent Bush Administration change
in policy towards Iraq has the fingerprints of the Carlyle Group,
which is trying to gain investments from other Arab countries
who [sic] would presumably benefit from the new policy," stated
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
noted that "even the Clinton Administration called on the Rodham
brothers to stop their business dealings in [The former Soviet
Republic of] Georgia because those dealings started to destabilize
Since the WTC
attacks the Wall Street Journal has reported (Sept. 28, 2001)
that, "George H.W. Bush, the father of President Bush, works
for the bin Laden family business in Saudi Arabia through the
Carlyle Group, an international consulting firm." The senior
Bush had met with the bin Laden family at least twice in the
last three years - 1998 and 2000 -- as a representative of Carlyle,
seeking to expand business dealings with one of the wealthiest
Saudi families, which some experts argue, has never fully severed
its ties with black sheep Osama in spite of current reports in
a mainstream press that is afraid of offending the current administration.
The Nation, on
March 27, 2000 - in a story co-authored by David Corn and Paul
Lashmar - wrote, "In January former President George Bush and
former British Prime Minister John Major paid a social call on
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah." This story confirms at
least one meeting between the elder Bush and Saudi leaders, including
the bin Ladens. That the bin Ladens attended this meeting was
confirmed in a subsequent September 27, 2001 Wall Street Journal
(WSJ) story. The January 2000 meeting with the bin Ladens was
also later confirmed by Bush (the elder's) Chief of Staff Jean
Becker, only after the WSJ presented her with a thank you note
sent by Bush to the bin Ladens after that meeting.
James Baker visited
the bin Ladens in 1998 and 1999 with Carlyle CEO Frank Carlucci.
The WSJ story
went on to note, "A Carlyle executive said that the bin Laden
family committed $2 million through a London investment arm in
1995 in Carlyle Partners II Fund, which raised $1.3 billion overall.
The fund has purchased several aerospace companies among 29 deals.
So far, the family has received $1.3 million back in completed
investments and should ultimately realize a 40% annualized rate
of return, the Carlyle executive said.
"But a foreign
financier with ties to the bin Laden family says the family's
overall investment with Carlyle is considerably larger."
In other words,
Osama bin Laden's attacks on the WTC and Pentagon, with the resulting
massive increase in the U.S. defense budget have just made his
family a great big pile of money.
More Bush connections
appear in relation to the bin Ladens. The WSJ story also notes
that, "During the past several years, the [bin Laden] family's
close ties to the Saudi royal family prompted executives and
staff from closely held New York publisher Forbes, Inc. to make
two trips to the family headquarters, according to Forbes Chairman
Caspar Weinberger, a former U.S. Secretary of Defense in the
Reagan administration. 'We would call on them to get their view
of the country and what would be of interest to investors.'"
Bush pardoned Weinberger for his criminal conduct in the Iran-Contra
scandal in 1989.
Our current President,
George W. Bush has also had -- at minimum -- indirect dealings
with Carlyle and the bin Ladens. In 1976 his firm Arbusto Energy
was funded with $50,000 from Texas investment banker James R.
Bath who was also the U.S. investment counselor for the bin Laden
family. In his watershed 1992 book, "The Mafia, The CIA and George
Bush," award winning Texas investigative journalist Pete Brewton
dug deeply into Bath's background, revealing connections with
the CIA and major fraudulent activities connected with the Savings & Loan
scandal that took $500 billion out of the pockets of American
taxpayers. A long-time friend of George W. Bush, Bath was connected
to a number of covert financing operations in the Iran-Contra
scandal, which also linked to bin Laden friend Adnan Khashoggi,
one of the richest men in the world and the arms merchant who
was at the center of the whole Iran-Contra scandal. Khashoggi,
whose connections to the bin Ladens is more than superficial,
got his first business break by acting as middle-man for a large
truck purchase by Osama bin Laden's older brother, Salem.
Another key player
in the Bush Administration, Deputy Secretary of Defense Richard
Armitage, left his post as an Assistant Secretary of Defense
in the Reagan Administration after a series of scandals connected
to CIA operatives Ed Wilson, Ted Shackley, Richard Secord and
Tom Clines placed him at the brink of criminal indictment and
jail. Shackley and Secord are veterans of Vietnam operations
and have long been linked to opium/heroin smuggling. The Armitage
scandals all focused on the illegal provision of weapons and
war materiel to potential or actual enemies of the U.S. and to
the Contras in Central America.
Armitage, a former
Navy SEAL, who reportedly enjoyed combat missions and killing
during covert operations in Laos during the Vietnam War, has
never been far from the Bush family's side. Throughout his career,
both in and out of government, he has been perpetually connected
to CIA drug smuggling operations. Secretary of State Colin Powell,
in a 1995 Washington Post story, called Armitage, "my white son." In
1990, then President Bush dispatched Armitage to Russia to aid
in its "transition" to capitalism. Armitage's Russian work for
Bush has been frequently connected to the explosion of drug trafficking
under the Russian Mafias, which became virtual rulers of the
nation afterwards. In the early 1990s Armitage had extensive
involvement in Albania at the same time that the Albanian ally,
Kosovo Liberation Army was coming to power and consolidating
its grip, according to The Christian Science Monitor, on 70%
of the world's opium trade. [See FTW Vol. II, No 2 - April 24,
Carlucci are both Board Members of the influential Washington
think tank, the Middle East Policy Council.
continue with Vice President Dick Cheney. Amongst the multitude
of oil pipelines construction running through the new war zone
is one project - according to a Sept. 19, 2001 Wall Street Journal
story - a joint venture in which the bin Laden family joined
with the construction firm H.C. Price. Price subsequently changed
its name to Bredero Shaw, Inc. and is now owned by a subsidiary
of the Halliburton Corporation, Dresser Industries. It was Dresser
industries that gave George H.W. Bush his first post war job
Dick Cheney, who served as Secretary of Defense during Desert
Storm, directing the campaign against Saddam Hussein, was Halliburton's
CEO until last year's election.
to a 2000 story from Harper's Magazine, in 1990 our current President,
through a position as a corporate director of Caterair, owned
by the Carlyle Group - at a time when the bin Laden's were invested
in Carlyle - had additional connections to the bin Laden family.
In addition, on March 1, 1995, when George W. Bush was Texas
governor and a senior Trustee of the university, the University
of Texas Endowment voted to place $10 million in investments
with the Carlyle Group. As to how much of that money went to
the bin Ladens we can only guess. But we do know that there is
a long tradition in the Bush family of giving money to those
who kill Americans.
Now, as the people
of America are beginning to awaken to what is really being unleashed
upon them, as a few brave souls are asking who's going to get
all the money the Bush Administration is "borrowing" from government
coffers and who's going to pay for it - the above history is
more than ominous.
during the 1980s, under the pretext of fighting a Sandinista
regime in Nicaragua that never once launched an attack on the
U.S., these same people oversaw an explosion in U.S. cocaine
consumption that went from 80 metric tons in 1979 to 600 metric
tons in 1989 - considering that the CIA trained and equipped
death squads that tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands
of people from Guatemala to Panama - considering that these same
people have brutalized Iraq, leaving portions of it radioactively
contaminated by depleted uranium for the next 4 billion years
and causing a fivefold increase in the number of childhood leukemia
cases amidst a starving population, one can only wonder what
they will produce for the world now given the context of the
World Trade Center attacks.
"From The Wilderness" http://www.copvcia.com/
by Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, excerpted from the national
best-selling book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola-Nature,
Accident or Intentional? (Tetrahedron, LLC Press,
"A key player
in administering CIA operations in Sub-Saharan Africa was Frank
C. Carlucci III. Carlucci, while advancing through the ranks
of military intelligence, became the point man for CIA-infested "health
care" programs in various parts of Africa. Before becoming deputy
director of the CIA in 1978, deputy secretary of defense in 1980,
and national security adviser during the Iran-contra scandal,
Carlucci served as chief "political officer," in the African
Congo's American Embassy during the early 1960s. There, according
to observers, he "became the brains of the Embassy," and "wrote
from Leopoldville a daily political analysis, a true calendar
of 'destabilization' . . . for the management of the Department
of State." Later, under Nixon, he was promoted to the position
of deputy of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
From here, Carlucci administered covert CIA operations through
the DHEW front. [page 353.]
the [Frank] Church [1975, U.S. Congressional] commission hearings,
Henry Kissinger, and by association Elmo Zumwalt or Melvin Laird,
and Sidney Gottlieb ordered or administered the [illegal] development
and/or stockpiling of biological weapons, including immune-system-destroying
viruses functionally identical to HIV, [the AIDS-virus,] and
the deployment of systems necessary to administer these viruses
to large populations. Frank Carlucci, Joseph Califano, and Alexander
Haig may also have been involved." [pg. 494]
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