BUSH’S PROJECT HAMMER AND THE 9/11 DECEPTION

20 02 2010

BUSH’S PROJECT HAMMER

[Lee Wanta is not mentioned here but he was pivotal in the intelligence operations against the Soviet ruble from 1988!]

Deanna Spingola February 8, 2010

The Bush family’s project hammer

By Deanna Spingola

 

Hammering the USSR’s Economy

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/spingola/100208

In 1989 President George H. W. Bush began the multi-billion dollar Project Hammer program using an investment strategy to bring about the economic destruction of the Soviet Union including the theft of the Soviet treasury, the destabilization of the ruble, funding a KGB coup against Gorbachev in August 1991 and the seizure of major energy and munitions industries in the Soviet Union. Those resources would subsequently be turned over to international bankers and corporations. On November 1, 2001, the second operative in the Bush regime, President George W. Bush, issued Executive Order 13233 on the basis of “national security” and concealed the records of past presidents, especially his father’s spurious activities during 1990 and 1991. Consequently, those records are no longer accessible to the public. [1] The Russian coup plot was discussed in June 1991 when Yeltsin visited with Bush in conjunction with his visit to the United States. On that same visit, Yeltsin met discreetly with Gerald Corrigan, the chairman of the New York Federal Reserve. [2]

Because of numerous Presidential Executive Orders, the ethically questionable Project Hammer was deemed legal. Of course, even Hitler’s acts were “lawful,” as he had manipulated the laws to accommodate his actions. Many of Reagan’s executive orders were actually authored by Vice President Bush or his legal associates, and it is possible that Project Hammer was created by Reagan’s CIA Director, William Casey, who had directed OSS operations through Alan Dulles in Europe during World War II. Prior to his OSS affiliation, Casey worked for the Board of Economic Warfare which allegedly targeted “Hitler’s economic jugular.” [3] Allen Dulles, brother of John Foster Dulles, was the Director of the CIA from 1953 to 1961. He was a senior partner at the Wall Street firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, which represented the Rockefeller Empire and other mammoth trusts, corporations and cartels.

Project Hammer was staffed with CIA operatives and others associated with the National Security apparatus. Covert channels were already in place as a result of other illegal Bush activities. Thus, it was a given (1) that the project would use secret, illegal funds for unapproved covert operations, and (2) that the American public and Congress would not be informed about the illegal actions perpetrated in foreign countries. The first objective was allegedly to crush Communism, a growing political philosophy and social movement that was initially funded by the usual group of international bankers who now supported their demise. To this end, the “Vulcans,” under George H. W. Bush, waged war against the Soviet Union. [4]

The Return of the Vulcans

In their reincarnation in the administration of George W. Bush, the Vulcans functioned as a supposedly benign group, led by Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) member Condoleezza Rice, who attempted to augment and compensate for the Bush’s lack of experience and education concerning foreign policy during his presidential campaign. Rice had been President George H. W. Bush’s Soviet and East European Affairs Advisor in the National Security Council during the Soviet Union’s dissolution and during the German reunification (July 1, 1990). The resurrected Vulcan group included Richard Armitage, Robert Blackwill, Stephen Hadley, Richard Perle, Rabbi Dov S. Zakheim, Robert Zoellick and Paul Wolfowitz. Other key campaign figures included Dick Cheney, George P. Shultz and Colin Powell, all influential but not actually a part of the Vulcan Group. All of these people, associated with the George H. W. Bush administration, returned to powerful, strategic positions in George W. Bush’s administration.

Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz have been accused of being agents for the Israeli government. Investigations by Congress and the FBI have substantiated those allegations. Zakheim and his family were heavily involved in Yeshivat Sha’alvim, an educational organization in which students are taught to render absolute commitment to the State of Israel. [5]

Many of these individuals were also members of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) which was established in the spring of 1997 with the intention of promoting American Global leadership at any cost. The chairman and co-founder was William Kristol, son of Irving Kristol (CFR), considered the godfather of neo-conservatism which promotes the ideas of Max Shachtman and Leo Strauss, a noted Zionist and professor of political science at the University of Chicago. Kristol’s co-founder was Robert W. Kagan (CFR). Kristol is also the editor and co-founder, along with John Podhoretz, of the Weekly Standard Magazine, established September 17, 1995 and owned by Rupert Murdoch until August 2009. This “conservative” magazine is edited by William Kristol and Fred Barnes and promotes Middle East warfare and a huge military budget, a mentality that infects the most popular “conservative” talk show radio hosts. Kristol is a trustee for the Manhattan Institute which was founded by CIA Director William Casey and was staffed with former CIA officers.

The Vulcans had almost limitless financing from a cache known by several names — the Black Eagle Trust, the Marcos gold, Yamashita’s Gold, the Golden Lily Treasure, or the Durham Trust. Japan, under Emperor Hirohito, appointed a brother, Prince Chichibu, to head Golden Lily, established in November 1937 before Japan’s infamous Rape of Nanking, to accompany and follow the military. The Golden Lily operation carried out massive plunder throughout Asia and included an army of jewelers, financial experts and smelters. [6] While the Nazis also engaged in plundering the countries they invaded, they were not as organized and methodical as the Japanese. After the Allied blockade, Golden Lily headquarters were moved from Singapore to Manila where 175 storage sites were built by slave laborers and POWs. Billions of dollars worth of gold and other plundered treasures were stockpiled in these underground caverns, some of which were discovered by the notorious Cold Warrior, Edward G. Lansdale who directed the recovery of some of the vaults. Truman and subsequent presidents, without congressional knowledge, have used those resources to finance the CIA’s chaotic clandestine activities throughout the world. Much of the Middle East chaos is financed by those pillaged funds. A tiny portion of that treasure was the source of Ferdinand Marcos’ vast wealth. Marcos worked with the CIA for decades using Golden Lily funds to bribe nations to support the Vietnam War. In return, Marcos was allowed to sell over $1 trillion in gold through Australian brokers. [7]

In July 1944, the leaders of forty-four nations met at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to plan the post-war economy and to discuss organizing a global political action fund which would use the Black Eagle Trust ostensibly to fight communism, bribe political leaders, enhance the treasuries of U.S. allies, and manipulate elections in foreign countries and other unconstitutional covert operations. Certainly, those politicos who managed the funds also received financial benefits. This trust was headed by Secretary of War Henry Stimson, assisted by John J. McCloy (later head of the World Bank) and Robert Lovett (later Secretary of Defense) and consultant Robert B. Anderson (later Secretary of the Treasury). [8] Anderson later operated the Commercial Exchange Bank of Anguilla in the British West Indies and was convicted of running illegal offshore banking operations and tax evasion. Investors lost about $4.4 million. Consequently, he was sent to prison for a token amount of time, one month. He was also under house arrest for five years. He could have received a ten-year sentence but Judge Palmieri considered Anderson’s “distinguished service” to the country in the “top levels of Government.” [9]

Between 1945 and 1947 huge quantities of gold and platinum were deposited in prominent banks throughout the world.

 

These deposits came to be known as the Black Eagle Trust. Swiss banks, because of their neutrality, were pivotal in maintaining these funds. These funds were allocated to fighting communism and paying bribes and fixing elections in places like Italy, Greece, and Japan. [10] Stimson and McCloy, both retired from government service, continued their involvement in the management of the Black Eagle Trust. Robert B. Anderson, who toured the treasure sites with Douglas MacArthur, set up the Black Eagle Trust and later became a member of Eisenhower’s cabinet. [11] In order to maintain secrecy about the Trust, Washington officials insisted that the Japanese did not plunder the countries they invaded. Japanese officials who wanted to divulge the facts were imprisoned or murdered in a way that made it look like suicide, a common CIA tactic. [12] The Germans paid reparations to thousands of victims while the Japanese paid next to nothing. Military leaders who opposed foreign policies that embraced exploitation of third world countries were suicided or died from mysterious causes, which includes individuals such as George S. Patton, Smedley D. Butler and James V. Forrestal.

The Vulcan’s effort to crush Communism and end the Cold War was largely funded by that Japanese plunder.

The Vulcans were resurrected when George W. Bush was installed as president in 2000, facilitated by election maneuvers, probably lots of payoffs, and Jeb Bush’s purge of Florida voters. They conducted other illegal operations, like securities fraud and money laundering. This entailed murder and false imprisonment to prevent penitent participants from divulging the activities of the group. During the process of accomplishing the main objective of destroying the Soviet Union, the operatives made massive profits.

In September 1991, George H. W. Bush and Alan Greenspan, both Pilgrims Society members, financed $240 billion in illegal bonds to economically decimate the Soviet Union and bring Soviet oil and gas resources under the control of Western investors, backed by the Black Eagle Trust and supported later by Putin who for the right price purged certain oligarchs.

 

The $240 billion in illegal bonds were apparently replaced with Treasury notes backed by U.S. taxpayers. [13] To conceal the clearance of $240 billion in securities, the Federal Reserve, within two months, increased the money supply to pre-9/11 numbers which resulted in the American taxpayer refinancing the $240 billion. [14]

The Takeover of Russia’s Oil Industry

BP Amoco became the largest foreign direct investor in Russia in 1997 when it paid a half-billion dollars to buy a 10 percent stake in the Russian oil conglomerate Sidanko. Then in 1999, Tyumen Oil bought Sidanko’s prize unit, Chernogorneft which allegedly made BP Amoco’s investment worthless. Tyumen offered to cooperate with BP Amoco on the development of Chernogorneft but BP Amoco was not interested. [15] In October 1998, Halliburton Energy Services had entered into an agreement with Moscow-based Tyumen Oil Company (TNK). Their efforts were focused on the four western Siberia fields, the first one being the Samotlorskoye field. [16] TNK has proven oil reserves of 4.3 billion barrels and possibly as many as 6.1 billion barrels, with crude oil production and refining capabilities of 420,000 barrels/day and 230,000 barrels/day, respectively. TNK markets gasoline through 400 retail outlets. [17] In 2002 Halliburton and Sibneft, Russia’s fifth largest crude oil producer, signed an agreement. Sibneft will use Halliburton’s new technologies to improve well construction and processing while Halliburton directs all project management. [18]

Tyumenskaya Neftyanaya Kompaniya (Tyumen Oil Company) was established in 1995 by government decree. It is now TNK-BP, the leading Russian oil company and ranks among the top ten privately owned oil companies worldwide in terms of crude oil production. The company, formed in 2003, resulted from the merger of BP’s Russian oil and gas assets and the oil and gas assets of Alfa, Access/Renova group (AAR). BP and AAR each own fifty percent of TNK-BP. The shareholders of TNK-BP own almost fifty percent of Slavneft, a vertically integrated Russian oil company. [19] This transaction was the biggest in Russian corporate history and was managed by Vladimir Lechtman, the Moscow partner for Jones Day, a global law firm with thirty offices and 2,200 lawyers worldwide. TNK-BP, Russia’s second-largest oil company employs almost 100,000 people and operates in Samotlor. [20]

Putin was financially rewarded by the collaborators and was happy to purge some annoying industrialists who stood in the way.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the manager of Yukos, the company that he built into Russia’s second-largest oil company after acquiring it for $168 million when his Bank MENATEP, the first privately owned but notoriously corrupt bank since 1917 and wiped out in August 1998, purchased it through a controversial government privatization auction in 1995. MENATEP was named as a defendant in the Avisma lawsuit which was filed on August 19, 1999. [21] The bank may have facilitated the large-scale theft of Soviet Treasury funds before and following the USSR‘s collapse in 1991. [22] His company had borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars from western banks. [23] He was arrested on October 25, 2003 and sentenced in June 2005 to eight years on fraud and tax evasion charges. He was allegedly targeted as a political enemy by President Vladimir Putin who went after other big business owners who apparently made money by acquiring states assets. Yukos was sold piecemeal to pay off $28 billion in back tax charges. Yukos was seized and given to Rosneft. [24]

When Khodorkovsky was arrested, his secretive business arrangement with the Rothschild family was exposed as Jacob Rothschild assumed Khodorkovsky’s 26% control of Yukos while Khodorkovsky’s directorial seat on the Yukos board went to Edgar Ortiz, a former Halliburton vice president during Dick Cheney’s reign as CEO at Halliburton. Cheney, as President and CEO of Halliburton, automatically had an association with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). [25] In November 1997, Dick Cheney, in anticipation of imminent events, had appointed Edgar Ortiz as president of Halliburton Energy Services, their global division. [26]

The Yukos Oil Company merged with the smaller Sibneft Oil Company on October 3, 2003 which created Russia’s largest oil and gas business and the world’s fourth-largest private oil company. [27] On May 11, 2007 Halliburton announced they had made an agreement with the Tyumen State Oil and Gas University to open a new employee-training center in Russia to grow their business in that country and in the surrounding region. They are currently training students from five countries, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia and the United Kingdom. [28] Halliburton was awarded a $33 million contract by TNK-BP to provide oil field services to develop the Ust-Vakh field in Western Siberia. [29]

September 11 — Black Op Cover-up

Three top securities brokers had offices in the World Trade Center, Cantor Fitzgerald, Euro Brokers and Garbon Inter Capital.

Flight 11 struck just under the floors where Cantor Fitzgerald was located. Cantor Fitzgerald, with possible connections to the U.S. Intelligence apparatus, was America‘s biggest securities broker and apparently the main target. Within minutes, an explosion in the North Tower’s vacant 23rd floor, right under the offices of the FBI and Garbon Inter Capital on the 25th floor caused a huge fire from the 22nd through the 25th floors. At the same time, there was an explosion in the basement of the North Tower. [30]

A vault in the North Tower basement held less than $1 billion in gold, much of which was reportedly moved before 9/11. However, the government had hundreds of billions of dollars of securities which were summarily destroyed.

The Federal Reserve, untouched by the crisis at its downtown offices (as they had everything backed up to a remote location), assumed emergency powers that afternoon. The $240 billion in securities were electronically cleared. [31] Then, at 9:03, Flight 175 slammed into the 78th floor of the South Tower just below the 84th floor where Euro Brokers were located. [32] Brian Clark, the manager at Euro Brokers, heard numerous explosions, apparently unrelated to what he referred to as the oxygen-starved fire caused by the plane crash.

The September 11 attacks related to the financial improprieties during the preceding ten years which spurred at least nine federal investigations which were initiated in 1997-1998, about the same time that Osama bin Laden, after twenty years as a CIA asset, announced a fatwa against the U.S. The records of many of those investigations were held in the Buildings Six and Seven and on the 23rd floor of the North Tower. Those investigations were sure to reveal the Black Eagle Trust shenanigans. [33] Building Seven, not hit by a plane, collapsed at 5:20:33 p.m. but was vacated as early as 9:00 when evacuees claimed to see dead bodies and sporadic fires within the building.

By 2008 and even earlier the covert securities were worth trillions.

 The securities used to decimate the Soviets and end the Cold War were stored in certain broker’s vaults in the World Trade Center where they were destroyed on September 11, 2001. They would have come due for settlement and clearing on September 12, 2001. [34] The federal agency investigating these bonds, the Office of Naval Intelligence was in the section of the Pentagon that was destroyed on September 11. Renovations at the Pentagon were due to be completed on September 16, 2001. However, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), the entity that often monitors war games, was hurriedly moved. If they were monitoring the simultaneous war games that morning, they would have realized that the games were used as a distraction from the actual assault.

Whatever hit the Pentagon struck the Navy Command Center and the offices of the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot (CNO-IP). [35] There were 125 fatalities in the Pentagon; thirty-one percent of them were people who worked in the Naval Command Center, the location of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Thirty-nine of the forty people who worked in the Office of Naval Intelligence died. [36]

On September 10, 2001 Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon couldn’t account for $2.3 trillion,

 “We are, as they say, tangled in our anchor chain. Our financial systems are decades old. According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions. We cannot share information from floor to floor in this building because it’s stored on dozens of technological systems that are inaccessible or incompatible.” [37] It was forgotten the following morning. Accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts who were in the section of the Pentagon being renovated met their unexpected deaths. The destruction of accounting facts and figures will prevent discovery of where that money went. I am quite certain someone knows where it is. Certainly this is not merely gross incompetence but private seizure of public funds. [38] At the time Rabbi Dov Zakheim was chief-financial officer for the Department of Defense. [39] In 1993, Zakheim worked for SPS International, part of System Planning Corporation, a defense contractor. His firm’s subsidiary, Tridata Corporation directed the investigation of the first “terrorist” attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. [40]

Certain National Security officials who had participated in the Cold War victory in 1991 thus comprised the collateral damage of the Cold War.

 

 They, along with hundreds of innocent people were in the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. Their deaths were presumably required to conceal the existence of the Black Eagle Trust, along with the numerous illegal activities it had funded for over 50 years. This massive destruction, and the lost lives, constitutes a massive cover-up and continued lawlessness by the brotherhood of death, Skull and Bones, and their accomplices, the Enterprise. [41] The Enterprise was established in the 1980s as a covert fascist Cold Warriors faction working with other groups like Halliburton’s private security forces and the Moonies. Citibank is connected to the Enterprise, along with all the CIA front banks, Nugen Hand and BCCI.

Double Dipping

Alvin B. “Buzzy” Krongard was elected Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Brown and Sons in 1991 and Chairman of the Board in 1994. Bankers Trust purchased Alexander Brown and Sons in 1997 to form BT Alex Brown. Krongard relinquished his investments in Alex Brown to Banker’s Trust as part of the merger. He became Vice Chairman of Banker’s Trust where he personally interacted with wealthy clients who were intimately linked to drug money laundering. After a year of possible networking, Krongard joined (or as Michael Ruppert suggests, rejoined) the CIA in 1998 where his friend, Director George Tenet, concentrated his skills on private banking ventures within the elite moneyed community. Senate investigations verify that private banking firms frequently engage in money laundering from illicit drugs and corporate crime operations. [42] On January 28, 2000 the Reginald Howe and GATA Lawsuit was filed which accused certain U.S. bullion banks of illegally dumping U.S. Treasury gold on the market.

The lawsuit named Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, the U.S. Treasury, Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve, and Citibank, Chase, as defendants. Gerald Corrigan was accused of having private knowledge of the scheme. [43] Krongard became the Executive Director of the CIA, essentially the Chief Operating Officer, and the number three man on March 16, 2001. Krongard, while at the CIA, arranged for Blackwater’s Erik Prince to get his first contract with the U.S. government, and later joined its board.

Richard Wagner, a data retrieval expert, estimated that more than $100 million in illegal transactions appeared to have rushed through the WTC computers before and during the disaster on September 11, 2001.

 A Deutsche Bank employee verified that approximately five minutes before the first plane hit the tower that the Deutsche Bank computer system in their WTC office was seized by an outside, unknown entity. Every single file was swiftly uploaded to an unidentified locality. This employee escaped from the building, but lost many of his friends. He knew, from his position in the company, that Alex Brown, the Deutsche Bank subsidiary participated in insider trading.

 Senator Carl Levin claimed that Alex Brown was just one of twenty prominent U.S. banks associated with money laundering. [44]

Andreas von Bülow, a Social Democratic Party member of the German parliament (1969-1994), was on the parliamentary committee on intelligence services, a group that has access to classified information. Von Bülow was also a member of the Schalck-Golodkowski investigation committee which investigates white-collar crime. He has estimated that inside trader profits surrounding 9/11 totaled approximately $15 billion.

Von Bülow told The Daily Telegraph “If what I say is right, the whole US government should end up behind bars.”

Further, he said, “They have hidden behind a veil of secrecy and destroyed the evidence…they invented the story of 19 Muslims working within Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda in order to hide the truth of their own covert operation.” He also said, “I’m convinced that the US apparatus must have played a role and my theory is backed up by the [Washington] government’s refusal to present any proof whatsoever of what happened.” [45]

On September 26, CBS reported that the amount was more than $100 million and that seven countries were investigating the irregular trades. Two newspapers, Reuters and the New York Times, and other mainstream media reported that the CIA regularly monitors extraordinary trades and economic irregularities to ascertain possible criminal activities or financial assaults.

 In fact, the CIA uses specialized software, PROMIS, to scrutinize trades. [46]

Numerous researchers believe, with justification, that the transactions in the financial markets are indicative of foreknowledge of the events of 9/11, the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. One of the trades, for $2.5 million, a pittance compared to the total, went unclaimed. Alex Brown, once managed by Krongard, was the firm that placed the put options on United Airlines stock.

President Bush awarded Krongard by appointing him as CIA Executive Director in 2004. [47]

Between September 6 and 7, 2001, the Chicago Board Options Exchange received purchases of 4,744 put options on United Airlines and only 396 call options. If 4,000 of those options were purchased by people with foreknowledge, they would have accrued about $5 million. On September 10, the Chicago exchange received 4,516 put options on American Airlines compared to 748 calls. The implications are that some insiders might profit by about $4 million. These two incidents were wholly irregular and at least six times higher than normal. [48]

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Company, who occupied floors 43-46, 56, 59-74 of the World Trade Center, Tower 2, saw 2,157 of its October $45 put options bought in the three trading days before Black Tuesday. This compares to an average of 27 contracts per day before September 6. Morgan Stanley’s share price fell from $48.90 to $42.50 in the aftermath of the attacks. Assuming that 2,000 of these options contracts were bought based upon knowledge of the approaching attacks, their purchasers could have profited by at least $1.2 million.

The U.S. government never again mentioned the trade irregularities after October 12, 2001. [49] Catastrophic events serve two purposes for the top criminal element in society — the perpetrators seize resources while their legislative accomplices impose burdensome restrictions on the citizens to make them more submissive and silent.

NOTES:

[1]  Collateral Damage: U.S. Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 by E.P. Heidner, pp. 4-5

[2]  Ibid, p. 20

[3]  Ibid, pp. 4-5

[4]  Ibid

[5]  September 11 Commission Report by E. P. Heidner, 2008, p. 108

[6]  Gold Warriors, America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, Verso Publishing, 2003, pp. 32-43

[7]  Ibid, pp. 318

[8]  Ibid, pp. 14-15

[9]  Ex-Treasury Chief Gets 1-Month Term in Bank Fraud Case by Frank J. Prial, New York Times, June 28, 1987

[10]  Gold Warriors, America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, Verso Publishing, 2003, p. 5

[11]  Ibid, p. 98

[12]  Ibid, p. 102

[13]  Collateral Damage: U.S. Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 by E.P. Heidner, pp. 4-6

[14]  Ibid, p. 29

[15]  Tyumen Oil of Russia Seeks Links to Old Foes After Winning Fight By Neela Banerjee, New York Times, December 2, 1999

[16]  Halliburton Energy Services Enters Into Alliance Agreement With Tyumen Oil Company, Press Release, October 15, 1998, http://www.halliburton.com/news/archive/1998/hesnws_101598.jsp

[17]  Ibid

[18]  Halliburton Press Release, Halliburton And Russian Oil Company Sibneft Sign Framework Agreement, February 7, 2002, http://www.halliburton.com/news/archive/2002/corpnws_020702.jsp

[19]  TNK-BP, Our company, http://www.tnk-bp.com/company/

[20]  Russia’s largest field is far from depleted By Jerome R. Corsi, Word Net Daily, November 04, 2005, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47219

[21]  Collateral Damage: U.S. Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 by E.P. Heidner, p. 28

[22]  Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, Source Watch, http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Mikhail_B._Khodorkovsky

[23]  Russia’s Ruling Robbers by Mark Ames, Consortium News, March 11, 1999, http://www.consortiumnews.com/1999/c031199a.html

[24]  “Sovest” Group Campaign for Granting Political Prisoner Status to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, February 7, 2008

[25]  Halliburton Man to Sub for Khodorkovsky, Simon Ostrovsky, Moscow Times, April 30, 2004 as noted in the September 11 Commission Report, p. 233; See also Arrested Oil Tycoon Passed Shares to Banker, Washington Times, November 2, 2003

[26]  Halliburton Press Release, Ortiz Named President Of Halliburton Energy Services, November 19, 1997, http://www.halliburton.com/news/archive/1997/hesnws_111997.jsp

[27]  Russia: Yukos-Sibneft union forms world’s No. 4 oil producer, Global Finance, Jun 2003, http://mikhail_khodorkovsky_society.blogspot.com/

[28]  Halliburton Opens Russia Training Center, International Business Times, May 11, 2007, http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20070511/halliburton-training.htm

[29]  Halliburton gets Russia work, Oil Daily, January 26, 2006, http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0199-5579583_ITM

[30]  Collateral Damage: U.S. Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 by E.P. Heidner, p. 2

[31]  Ibid, p. 29

[32]  Ibid, pp. 2

[33]  Ibid, p. 28-29

[34]  “Sioux City, Iowa, July 25, 2005 TomFlocco.com , According to leaked documents from an intelligence file obtained through a military source in the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), on or about September 12, 1991 non-performing and unauthorized gold-backed debt instruments were used to purchase ten-year “Brady” bonds. The bonds in turn were illegally employed as collateral to borrow $240 billion — 120 in Japanese Yen and 120 in Deutsch Marks — exchanged for U.S. currency under false pretenses; or counterfeit and unlawful conversion of collateral against which an unlimited amount of money could be created in derivatives and debt instruments…” from Cash payoffs, bonds and murder linked to White House 9/11 finance, Tom Flocco, tomflocco.com

[35]  Collateral Damage: U.S. Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 by E.P. Heidner, p. 45

[36]  Ibid, p. 2

[37]  Rumsfeld’s comments were on the Department of defense web site but have been understandably removed, http://www.defenselink.mil/speeches/2001/s20010910-secdef.ht

[38]  The War On Waste Defense Department Cannot Account For 25% Of Funds — $2.3 Trillion, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/29/eveningnews/main325985.shtml

[39]  September 11 Commission Report by E. P. Heidner, 2008, p. 108

[40]  Following Zakheim and Pentagon Trillions to Israel and 9-11By Jerry Mazza, July 31, 2006, http://www.rense.com/general75/latest.htm

[41]  Collateral Damage: U.S. Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 by E.P. Heidner, p. 6

[42]  Crossing the Rubicon, the Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael C. Ruppert, New Society Publishers, Canada, 2004, p. 56

[43]  Collateral Damage: U.S. Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 by E.P. Heidner, p. 28

[44]  Crossing the Rubicon, the Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael C. Ruppert, New Society Publishers, Canada, 2004, pp. 243-247

[45]  USA staged 9/11 Attacks, German best-seller by Kate Connolly, National Post & London Telegraph, November 20, 2003

[46]  Crossing the Rubicon, the Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael C. Ruppert, New Society Publishers, Canada, 2004, pp. 243-247

[47]  Ibid, pp. 243-247

[48]  Ibid, pp. 243-247

[49]  Ibid, pp. 243-247

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Deanna Spingola has been a quilt designer and is the author of two books. She has traveled extensively teaching and lecturing on her unique methods. She has always been an avid reader of non-fiction works designed to educate rather than entertain. She is active in family history research and lectures on that topic. Currently she is the director of the local Family History Center. She has a great interest in politics and the direction of current government policies, particularly as they relate to the Constitution.

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THE WANTA PLAN & THE GLOBAL SECURITY FUND

18 02 2010

The “Wanta Plan” & The Global Security Fund

 Posted: on February 11, 2010  

The “Wanta Plan” & The Global Security Fund

Posted in Finance, Geo-Political Warfare, Politics by earthlink on February 7, 2010

Ashley Mote raises an issue in EU Parliament:

“Mr. President, I wish to draw your attention to the Global Security Fund, set up in the early 1990s under the auspices of Jacob Rothschild. This is a Brussels-based fund and it is no ordinary fund: it does not trade, it is not listed and it has a totally different purpose. It is being used for geopolitical engineering purposes, apparently under the guidance of the intelligence services.

I have previously asked about the alleged involvement of the European Union’s own intelligence resources in the management of slush funds in offshore accounts, and I still await a reply. To that question I now add another: what are the European Union’s connections to the Global Security Fund and what relationship does it have with European Union institutions?”

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=NEQyakpsv5E&feature=player_ embedded

Again, and again, we see the hand of the Rothschilds.

Ashley Mote is then set up and accused of fraud.

So what exactly is the Global Security Fund? And what was/is it’s purpose?

Well, believe it or not, the so-called ‘Global Security Fund’, consisting of off-balance sheet USG (U.S. Government) funds originally worth $27.5 trillion raised from 200+ international banks, is a fund which was set up to finance the ‘management’ of the ‘post-Cold War’ environment.

The accumulated value of these funds, held offshore in bank accounts linked to Title 18, Section 6 US Government intelligence corporations established under President Reagan’s Executive Order 12333, is now believed to exceed $70 trillion.

The original $27.5 trillion was raised from the 200+ banks at a deep discount for 20 years at 7.5% per annum.

Introducing LEO WANTA:

 

Particularly big when various foreign countries are rooting for the “Wanta Plan” to rescue the U.S. like the Marshall Plan did for Europe post WWII, because it will help save them as well. This is a key event of our lives going on right here: the missing 70 TRILLION dollars connected to the criminal endeavors of Clinton-Bush crime team Presidents with the Federal Reserve. That side of the group wants a destruction of the U.S. to continue the NWO. The other side–all the rest of U.S. with many foreign countries and banks–wants the injection of the U.S. 70 trillion that would wipe out U.S. debt in literally weeks.

 If the U.S. is taken down, the nefarious blocking of the “Wanta Plan” shows that it is intentional.

 

There is no doubt that this is one of the great enigmas of our time. The existence of a fabulous fund of money, whose administrator is the former agent of the US Federal Reserve and Somali ambassador, Leo Wanta, has the investigators divided.

In the nineteen eighties, under the Reagan Administration, Leo Wanta worked as a consultant and secret agent of the Federal Reserve. The absolute confidence which came to be placed in him during his career led the Administration to put him in charge of an immense fund of money, set aside for a hypothetical war with the Soviet Union or for helping to destroy it. At the end of the Cold War, the money should be used for the benefit of the general population. The figure was 25 trillion dollars at the outset, but, with interest owed over the years, the amount today is 75 trillion dollars.

To avoid these funds being liberated, Leo Wanta, who afterwards became Somalian ambassador, was imprisoned in Switzerland and the United States, and was repeatedly poisoned when in prison. None of this deterred Leo Wanta when he was released from prison, from continuing to claim his legal right as administer of this immense fund, through the AmeriTrust Group Inc. The reference which shows this is title 18 USC Section 6 offshore bank accounts, authorized under President Reagan’s Executive Order 12333.

In 2003, a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, confirmed Wanta’s status as frontman administrator, and recognized the rights of the American people over this immense amount of money. Among his many opponents in the higher spheres there was a certain CIA agent, Hillary Roadham Clinton and former president of the United States and ex-director of the CIA, George Bush senior, both of whom manage accounts derived from these funds. The first mentioned, known in the CIA by the code name Witch, was in charge of the Foundation for the defense of infancy under President Reagan’s executive order 12333, the same one as that authorizing the Wanta funds. Secret service agents were authorized to manipulate these funds by order of title 16, section 6 USG relating to corporations for the manipulation of funds for intelligence purposes operations. They could do so and deny any link with these services, in order to safeguard their status as secret service agents. According to Christopher Story, the [British] journalist closest to Wanta, “it is known that Hillary is accustomed to use these funds as her private fortune”.

An international issue

This money, originally intended for anticommunist action, as we have said, does not belong to the United States alone.

Under the Protocols dictated by the Reagan Administration, each of the following states should receive five thousand million dollars: Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico and Spain. Additionally, thirty thousand million dollars were to be paid to the Russian Federation. China, in turn, is owed thirty billion dollars by virtue of other agreements reached with the United States Tax Office relating to the Leo Wanta funds. Apparently this arises from China’s purchase of treasury bonds from the United States.

The Funds, it should be explained, are handled by means of instruments known as CHIPS (New York Clearing House Interbank Payments System). During the years of negotiations and court cases, when agreements were reached on various occasions both with Leo Wanta and with the countries involved, the CHIPS turned out to be hollow. That is, they existed as accountancy entries but when it came to liquidate them there was no money backing them. This was because the banks holding them had siphoned off the money to other accounts by means of the false payees we have mentioned, angering the countries who were to be beneficiaries. During the years that Wanta was denied access to the funds, Clinton, Bush and accomplices had used complex financial systems to spirit them away.

Reports from British analyst Christopher Story indicate that these funds were on the agenda at recent G-8 summits, and that their non-payment has led to China ceasing to use the dollar its oil transactions, essentially, with its main supplier, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Particular reports by Story reveal that last June these funds, supposedly to be used in state terrorism operations should have been returned to Wanta’s jurisdiction, under the supervision of the International Court of Justice of The Hague, Ever since then, however, an endless succession of delays and interruptions have occurred, involving the Rockefeller family, , the Rothschild family, Queen Elizabeth II, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, lawyers, judges and political heads of various other countries, all placing obstacles in the way of the liberation of these funds, which would be sufficient to solve the greater part of the problems in the world.

Currently, many banks worldwide have frozen the secret accounts of these 1,500 operators,

so that the conspirators can no longer operate with the funds as before, when they traded using the tax free accounts. British member of the European Parliament, Ashley Mote, is the only such figure to speak out publicly on the issue of these funds. Story’s reports further indicate that these funds, hidden away in secret accounts, are being paid to terrorist organizations.

Could it be that the money that is being suggested to be paid to the Taliban to stop fighting (PATHETIC) is taken from this “Global Security Fund”?

Leo Wanta: SOMALIAN Ambassador to Switzerland?

[These laundered Funds through the Central Bank of Iraq have been used to finance Blackwater/Ee bombings in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, along with ‘FALSE FLAG’ terorrist BLACK OPS, as well as DIRECT funding for the Somalia pirates.

The Somalia pirates work in concert with major foreign intelligence agencies, including rogue U.S. CIA, which is comprised of old Iran-Contra players.

The grave possibility is that various nation states, such as Holland and Spain, actually tip off the Somalia pirates to raid their own ships so that the Somalia pirates can take weapons aboard the vessels, sale them to alleged terrorist cells in Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan and then kickback the Spanish and Dutch monarchies a massive commission derive from black market arms sales.

Just look at those highly sophisticated ships of war:

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While the Pirates get their intelligence from London:

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“But most of that money does not stay in Somalia. These young men carrying guns are just foot soldiers. Their leaders are in Kenya, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Canada. It is not easy for a common man in Africa to afford a motorboat with an 80-horsepower engine. It takes people out of Somalia to finance these activities.”

How does the money find its way from the shipping companies to the warlords?

“The payment of ransoms is often done in Nairobi, Mombasa and European capitals, London in particular. I’ve heard cases involving both bank transfers and old-style suitcases filled with cash carried by air or by sea.”

The-London-connection-to-the- Somali-pirates.

Is there a connection between Leo Wanta being an ex Somali Ambassador to Switzerland (Bank of International Settlements) and what is going on in and around Somalia and the Gulf of Aden?

Federal Reserve Board Impedes The Wanta Plan:

* Bernanke Defies The US Treasury & The People

* New ‘Marshall Plan For America’ Sabotaged By The Fed

7-20-2006

The Federal Reserve Board, a private corporation owned mainly by foreign interests dominated by Germany, is dubiously blocking the [opening small] crediting of $4.5 trillion of repatriated offshore funds that were transferred into the United States in May and June 2006, in fulfillment of an agreement reached last year between the US authorities and the US financial engineering genius, Leo Wanta, which would transform the financial and economic outlook for the US Treasury, the US economy, the American people, and the whole world.

In so doing, the Federal Reserve, which under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 [H.R. 3723]* “protecting proprietary economic information, and for other purposes”, is not even entitled to knowledge of the agreements and intended transactions, is in breach of a large number of statutes rendering the Fed’s Chairman, Dr Ben Bernanke, an American of German extraction, and senior Fed officers, liable to severe consequences, not excluding being picked up in front of TV cameras by Federal Marshals.

At the G-8 Meeting in St Petersburg, one subject dominated the discussions behind-the-scenes: The Wanta Plan.

This is the new name for the long-awaited Settlement with Leo Wanta, the distinguished US Treasury/Secret Service financial genius chosen by President Reagan to develop and implement financial strategies for the transformation [ahem, the financial destruction] of the USSR under Gorbachëv.

[The origins of the money was a U.S. state terrorism cache that has been illegally held from being repatriated- -and it was siphoned off to help only the Clinton and Bush families demolish the U.S. instead. Wanta however still is fighting for its repatriation, which would change the U.S. and global financial arrangements overnight. With interest, the billions for it have become mega-trillions sitting there, legally U.S. Treasury money property all this while.

 The treasonous network called the Federal Reserve wants to keep this saving of America–and the world economy–from happening.

Under a revised agreement reached with the White House and the US Treasury, finalized in November 2005 and signed in December, Leo Wanta, the Trustor of giga-funds raised internationally and held offshore, agreed to implement a financial strategy to rehabilitate the finances of the US Federal Government.

The Wanta Plan is of greater relative importance, by an order of magnitude, even than the Marshall Plan, under which war-torn Europe was rehabilitated in the later 1940s.

PROSPECTIVE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA’S PROSPECTS

For as soon as it is implemented, the US Treasury/Internal Revenue Service, will begin to receive a stream of ‘windfall’ funds organized by Leo Wanta’s AmeriTrust Group. Inc. which will result in the transformation of the American Government’s underlying debt position while at the same time delivering a profound and lasting shot-in-the- arm to the US economy that will reverberate around the world.

COMPROMISE SO THAT EVERYONE ‘CAN MOVE ON’

The Wanta Plan represents a compromise arrangement which will facilitate the transfer of originally off-balance sheet funds, onto the US Treasury’s books and the generation of further taxable transactions enabling the Treasury to pay down debt, while at the same time freeing up funding resources for an unprecedented boost to the US economy, attainable through tax reductions, infrastructure projects and programs to address some of the intractable problems facing the American people.

It also provides the compromise context for a veil to be drawn over rampant past financial corruption embroiling both the corrupt intelligence cadres and the compromised banks.

If this window of compromise is closed, all concerned will be vulnerable to systematic exposure, and worse, without future let or hindrance.

For the alternative to The Wanta Plan would be the repatriation of the full $70 trillion worth of financial assets held in US Government corporate accounts abroad, some of which has been stolen by corrupt intelligence operatives and banking sector co-conspirators.

Other components of the funds have been cross-collateralized and otherwise tied up during Leo Wanta’s illegal incarceration and confinement. Hence, certain institutions’ continued existence might be jeopardized if the Trustor were to exercise his right to call for 100% disgorgement of the funds and the closure of the corporations and their accounts, as confirmed by US Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 15th April 2003, in a Memorandum Opinion.

This stated that “Plaintiff’s sole remedy in this matter is to proceed with the liquidation of the corporations and report these transactions to the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code and then challenge the assessment of any taxes in a refund proceeding”.

In his compromise accord, Leo Wanta concurred with the transfer of $4.5 trillion, being a fraction of the original $27.5 trillion, and of course a much smaller proportion of the $70 billion, which, as indicated, is the estimated value of these financial assets today.

However the Trustor has made it plain that he will be left with no option but to collect the aggregate $70 trillion if the long-delayed Wanta Plan is not implemented by close of business on Monday 31st July 2006.

Given that the Federal Reserve, which is simply a clearing house, cannot now be trusted to release funds, the resulting USG accruals may have to be stored temporarily offshore until the tensions between the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve, which have come into the open as a result of this crisis, have been resolved or the Fed has been nationalized, as most knowledgeable observers now consider to be essential.

Certainly, there is no way that the United States can continue to tolerate its financial affairs being compromised by a private financial institution which British intelligence sources inform International Currency Review is taking orders from Germany, and blocking the new US ‘Marshall Plan’.

FOREIGN INTERESTS HOLDING AMERICA TO RANSOM?

The conclusion reached by knowledgeable observers is that the United States is being held to ransom by foreigners through the Federal Reserve. The primary culprit is Germany, and its secret ‘Black’ Nazi Continuum agency, Deutsche Verteidigungs Dienst (DVD), Dachau.

(see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Story

On 13th July, an Iron Mountain document storage warehouse located at Bow, East London, adjacent to the City of London, caught fire and continued burning for three days. And on the preceding evening (12th July), the Iron Mountain warehouse located in the Cyrville Industrial Area, Ottawa, Canada, also mysteriously burned to the ground. These fires were ‘no coincidence’.

Iron Mountain fires:

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British intelligence sources have confirmed to the Editor of International Currency Review that a substantial volume of Deutsche Bank files perished in the London warehouse fire. Deutsche Bank and German institutions have dominated the heavy high-yield investment programs and financial trading operations that characterize hidden financial activity in the intergovernmental financial sector (to which the mainstream financial media is blind), since the late 19th century.

BURNING THE RECORDS AND COVERING FOR BUSH SR. The Iron Mountain fires have been described as panic measures by criminal foreign cadres to destroy the evidence of the massive serial financial fraud that has been exposed by International Currency Review and its associated intelligence publications. If so, the arson was wholly in vain, as duplicate and original copies of the relevant documents are stored in 25 special locations worldwide. These frauds have been driven by criminal gangs operating within the US official structures, allegedly led by George Bush Sr., who has been exposed by British and other intelligence informants as the actual head of Deutsche Verteidigungs Dienst.

According to these sources, Bush (Busche) Sr., who allegedly holds dual German and US nationality, succeeded the long-term German (Nazi) Abwehr chief, Admiral Canaris, after Canaris fell ill in 1976 (he died in 1978).

The interim head of DVD, to cover Bush Sr. while he occupied the post of Director of Central Intelligence, is alleged to have been Dr Henry Kissinger whose Soviet codename is BOR, but who has also been identified by sources as allegedly the head of DVD, pending Bush Sr.’s accession.

In January 2005, Jack Roach, a CIA officer, was brutally murdered and tortured in the basement of the head office of Union Bank of Switzerland in Zürich. British intelligence sources have confirmed to Christopher Story that instructions for this murder were allegedly given by the head of the DVD: George Bush Sr. The Editor of ICR has also been informed that the assassination was allegedly approved by the President of Switzerland. The late brave Mr Roach, who was tortured with cigarette butts, was carrying banking codes that were seized from him to the benefit of German banks and ‘Black’ intelligence, and to the detriment of the United States.

In October last year, a contingent of US intelligence officers attended the Münich Beer Festival. However the purpose of their presence was not to quaff amber liquid, but rather to stake out the headquarters of Deutsche Verteidigungs Dienst, at Dachau, which is close to Münich.

A satellite was positioned above the nondescript building, and on the basis of the evidence of comings-and- goings obtained, the existence and significance of DVD was indeed confirmed; and the White House was finally, reluctantly, belatedly brought to understand at last that the Nazi Continuum ‘Black’ intelligence strategic intelligence centre in Dachau exists. The British had been trying to make the Bush Jr. Administration understand this, previously without success since the President is the son of the alleged actual Head of the DVD.

The head of the DVD resides in the United States because America is the largest component of the ‘Main Enemy’. Britain is targeted by DVD via the European Union, which is dominated by the long-range penetration, subversion and control strategy laid down by the Nazis in 1942, in a compendium of papers published in Berlin entitled ‘Europaische Wirtschaftsgemeinsc haft’ [European Economic Community].

In the early 1950s, the Allies captured a Nazi document that was en route from the German Geopolitical Centre in Madrid the long-range Nazi planning apparat established there when the Nazi intellelligentsia realized that Germany might lose the war. Called ‘The Madrid Circular Letter’, this document promulgated two themes for the attention of the 200,000 Nazis by now scattered around the globe. They were:

1. ‘For us, the war never ended’: ‘Fur uns, der Krieg ist niemals vorbei’;

 

and:

 

 2. ‘We shall build the Thousand-Year Reich on the ruins of the United States’.

The issues run deep.

http://earthlinggb. wordpress. com/2010/ 02/07/the- wanta-plan- the-global- security- fund/





The Night The Berlin Wall Tumbled – Twenty Years Ago

17 12 2009

 

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 THE WALL THAT PUSHED THE
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 by David Dastych, Warsaw Correspondent

 Originally published by the Canada Free Press and reproduced by the Polonia Media Network with permission of the author

“A stone from the broken Berlin wall
Whispered last night;
Don’t look at me with such hatred
My wounds are the mark of history…
(From an anonymous poem “Berlin Wall”)

 Warsaw, Poland: That night, November 9-10, 1989, I slept in a Communist prison unaware of what had happened in Berlin. It was my third year in a special prison ward at Barczewo Penitentiary, near Olsztyn in Northeastern Poland. In 1989, and especially after the historic parliamentary elections of June 4 marking the regime change in our country, prisoners called the “enemies of the state” were treated more liberally. We had access to newspapers and a TV set, to religious services and we could meet each other and talk. Compared to a strict regime I had to endure in the Warsaw Central Jail, at its special ward for political convicts where we were deprived of any news media and completely isolated for many months of the investigation, this prison really merited its popular nickname: “Barczewo Hilton.”

On June 12, 1987, when President Ronald Reagan made his famous speech at the Brandenburger Tur [Brandenburg Gate] in West Berlin, I was kept in confinement for the third consecutive month with no access to any news, Polish or foreign. Ronald Reagan was the U.S. President then and on that day he appealed to a new, elected in 1985, Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev:

“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” And then he added a few prophetic words: “As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner: ‘This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.’ Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.”

 THE BERLIN GHETTO

 The erection of a wall in Berlin was a big surprise to all. Still on June 15, 1961, the communist East German leader, Walter Ulbricht, declared in a press conference: “Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten!” [“No one has the intention of erecting a wall!].” But two months later, after many phone calls to Nikita Khrushchev, on Saturday, August 12, 1961, the leaders of the GDR attended a garden party at a government guesthouse in Dollnsee, in a wooded area to the north of East Berlin, at which time Ulbricht signed the order to close the border and erect a wall. The records of these talks between Ulbricht and Khrushchev indicate that the construction of the Berlin Wall was an idea that came from the Soviet leader.

Jumping the Berlin Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At midnight, the Police and units of the East German Army began to close the border and by Sunday morning, August 13, 1961, the border with West Berlin was closed. At first there were only barbed wire entanglements and fences, but then over a longer period a barrage of reinforced concrete walls was extended to 156 kilometers (97 miles), encircling West Berlin and dividing the city on a length of 43 kilometers (27 miles). Turrets of the armed guards, minefields, complicated system of barriers and chain fences, iron gates separating railways and roads divided East Berlin from West Berlin for the next 28 years to come. With the passing of time, the Berlin Wall was protected by self-shooting devices, strong search-lights and ultra-red sensors. But still people tried to force it by ingenuous tricks or just bravery. But many of the escapees lost their life when they acted on a natural and very human instinct – a quest for liberty. During the 28 years of the Wall’s existence, over 5,000 attempts to escape were noted, and the confirmed death toll of the victims reached 136.

 One of the victims was Peter Fechter, 18, wounded by guards at an attempt to escape and bled to death without being helped on no-man’s land. In a short story about that boy, its author pretended Peter wrote his own memoir:

 “If you come to Berlin, you can see the spot where I died. I was only eighteen years old when, on the 17th of August 1962, I tried to cross the Berlin Wall into West Germany, with my friend Helmut Kulbeik. He made it into the West and survived, whereas I was shot in the stomach and lay dying in the sand in the death strip, shouting Hilfe! Hilfe!’ [Help! Help!] until I had no breath left to shout with. Hundreds of people stood in the West by the wall, shouting ‘Murderers’ at the guards who had shot me, although I was not yet dead. Had one of them come to help me, perhaps I would have survived, and there would have been no murder. Instead I slowly bled screaming to death while they shouted. Neither my screams or their shouts did anything to save me (…) In life, I was a brick-layer. I built walls. But on that day in 1962, nothing would have made me happier than to tear down the wall that tore me and my country apart.”

 For the first time I visited East and West Berlin in summer of 1960. Then, after 1961, I came back many times looking at the infamous Wall that reminded me of the high walls surrounding the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War (in fact, I only could look at the pictures of these walls and watch films about the Warsaw Ghetto, but its view stayed on in my memory forever.)

 POKING THE WALL

 My several visits to East Berlin before 1989 could have ended badly. In the first and second half of the 1960s, after coming back from the United States, I got in touch with some young East Germans (I was also in my 20s then,) who carefully planned an escape to the West. During some visits to East Berlin, we “inspected” the frontier installations. One night, near the passage to West Berlin at Heinestrasse, I stepped on something that caused alarm in the area. Guards were rushing to the place of the intrusion, but we managed to escape by a fast car waiting with a running engine nearby. On another occasion, traveling on a city surface train (the S-Bahn), I tried to stop the train at a place where there was still no wall, but some barbed fences. The emergency brake in the wagon did not stop the train, but it signaled “danger” to the guards. We couldn’t stay on the train until the next stop, so we jumped out of it when it slowed down, and escaped … unfortunately back to the Eastern side. After “poking the wall” several times, we were discouraged to try to cross the frontier in Berlin, and my German friends had to wait for freedom until 1989, when they were allowed to leave the FRG [Federal Republic of Germany-The West] Embassy in Warsaw and traveled by a special GDR [German Democratic Republic—The East] train to West Germany, after an agreement reached with the East German government. I also had to wait, but until the year 1990, when, after being freed from prison, I made my first trip to the West after 19 years, exactly to the (already united) Berlin.

 Yet, in the past years many Berliners and other East Germans got out safely by using all kinds of tricks and various vehicles. I remember a story about a young West German, who came to East Berlin to “ex-filtrate” his Eastern girlfriend. He used a low sports car, got his girl in to lay on the floor and sped up under bars at the Heinestrasse checkpoint busting his car’s rooftop, but reaching the West side without any injury. This and some more escapes by cars caused the frontier guards to adopt concrete-enforced zigzagging throughways at the checkpoints. But the ingenuity of the freedom-loving escapees was always a step forward from the frontier guards’ engineering improvements. People dug long tunnels or used undiscovered cellar passages and sewers, some constructed hot-air balloons to fly over the wall, and Thomas Krueger, a sports pilot, flew a Czech-made Zlin light aircraft to the RAF [Royal Air Force] Gatow airfield in West Berlin. I don’t remember the name of a sportsman, who jumped over a lower section of the Wall in a pole vault. Still another man, an engineer and experienced swimmer, swam over the sea frontier to the shore of the Federal Republic from a beach in East Germany. One even bolder attempt to cross over the GDR-FRG land frontier was made by an operator of a bulldozer, using its thick steel shovel as a bullet-proof shield.

 But, only a small number of the escapes were successful. The last escapee to be shot while trying to flee to West Berlin across the Berlin Wall on February 6, 1989, was Chris Gueffroy. But, the last to die was Winfried Freudenberg, who died in the crash of an improvised balloon aircraft, by which he crossed the border into West Berlin on March 8, 1989.

 There is a Memorial in Berlin to all the victims of the damned Wall.

 THE CRUCIAL NIGHT

 I would love to be in Berlin on the historic night of November 9-10, 1989 but, alas, I was still confined to prison at that time. In the “Barczewo-Hilton” we had newspapers and a TV and during the months preceding the fall of the Berlin Wall we could follow the events. I also made notes in a diary to commemorate the unusual and happy events that turned the page of history in Europe.

 There are some conspiracy theories about the collapse of the Berlin Wall and of the East German Communist regime. On last Saturday and Sunday, I watched some television documentaries about these events. In a new documentary, produced by Jens Nicolai, “The Fall of the Berlin Wall – from Divided Germany to Reunification,” the German post-war history was presented in a credible way. As to the events preceding November 9, 1989, the documentary reported:

 “By East Germany’s 40th anniversary celebration in the autumn of 1989, the rage and discontent among the population had reached critical mass. After the decades of fear and intimidation, the masses dared to protest openly. The communist regime scrambled to keep the situation under control. At a press conference on November 9, 1989, the politburo announced new travel regulations. The East German people heard it on live television and streamed to the checkpoints along the Berlin Wall. There was no holding them back. Toward 22:30 [10:30 p.m.], the border guards at the checkpoint on Bornholmerstrasse opened the gates. It was one of the happiest moments in German history. But things could have come very differently.”

 Helmut Kohl, then the Chancellor of the FRG, was visiting in Poland when the Wall tumbled and he rushed to Berlin, happy and completely surprised. Earlier in October, 1989, the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, participated in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic and warned its supreme leader, Erich Honecker, that those who are late (at reforms) would have to pay. Poland’s military and state leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, disclosed in his recent (November 8, 2009) interview to an Italian daily La Repubblica [The Republic] that Gorbachev phoned him many times in fall of 1989. seeking his advice to calm the rage of Soviet top generals over the nearing fall of the Berlin Wall, a sure collapse of East Germany and the crumpling of the Soviet zone in Eastern Europe. Jaruzelski said that the Soviet leader trusted him as he was the only military man at the top of the Communist party and state at that time. U.S. President George W.H. Bush was also deeply involved in talks about reunification of Germany, both with Gorbachev and Kohl.

 In a debate, organized by the Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, before the 20th anniversary of the November 9-10, 1989, events, all three former leaders of states – Bush, Gorbachev and Kohl – admitted that there was no “conspiracy” in 1989 or earlier, leading to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and to reunification of Germany in the next year. To the contrary, the negotiations between Mikhail Gorbachev and Helmut Kohl were tough and difficult, backed by support of President Bush (to Kohl) and of General Jaruzelski to Gorbachev. All three former leaders concluded that the Berlin Wall fell in the consequence of German people’s pressure for reforms and change, their quest for freedom and peace.

 On the crucial day, November 9, 1989, a GDR Politbureau member, Walter Schabowski, announced new travel regulations allowing East German citizens to freely travel to the West. Before any official regulations were issued, thousands of East Berliners took their cars out and drove to the checkpoint on Bornholmerstrasse. After some arguing, the border guards opened the gate about 10:30 p.m. and crowds of people moved Westwards, stopped by nobody. The news spread quickly and in the next few hours crowds of people started to jump on the Wall and dismantle it at many places. The “flood” of people opened the frontier, and the later events led to the reunification of Germany. All that couldn’t be possible without the success of the Solidarity Movement in Poland and the regime change in Poland after the elections of June 4, 1989. Lech Walesa in his recent interview to Der Spiegel Online [The Mirror Online], published in English, said that “It’s good that Mikhail Gorbachev was a weak politician” (which is the title of the interview). I don’t agree with him. Gorbachev was a wise politician and he could properly judge the consequences of the toppling of the Berlin Wall. It took the wisdom of many politicians, military leaders and also of intelligence chiefs, including the Top Three (Bush, Gorbachev and Kohl) to avoid a dramatic conflict, even a war about the Wall, and to guide Europe and the world to a peaceful end of the Cold War.

 But Lech Walesa was right when claiming that, “The first wall to fall was pushed over in 1980 in the Polish shipyards. Later, other symbolic walls came down, and the Germans, of course, tore down the literal wall in Berlin. The fall of the Berlin Wall makes for nice pictures. But it all started in the shipyards.”

 On Monday, November 9, 2009, in Berlin Lech Walesa pushed the first one of a thousand of the symbolic dominos, commemorating the great efforts of the freedom-loving people who pushed the Berlin Wall and the Communist dominos down. And still let me recall one more story about ordinary people in East Berlin, who crushed the Berlin Wall:

 “Luckily by chance, my father and one of his cousins approached the concrete of the wall and was close enough to touch it. Then my father had just one wish, to take part in changing history himself. So in a blink of an eye, he climbed on his cousin’s shoulders with a splitting claw in his right hand. With a tight grip and immense energy he started smashing the splitting claw into the wall. Just like any other German revolutionary, he was actually destroying the wall. The lumps of the wall taken out by my father’s splitting claw were falling on the ground. The wall was losing its matter and was weakened moment by moment by both the emotions and physical strength of the people.”

 Because “We, the People” are the sovereign and the hard core of the changing history, I can’t add more.

 


[David Dastych is a former Polish intelligence operative, who served in the 1960s-1980s and was a double agent for the CIA from 1973 until his arrest in 1987 by then-communist Poland on charges of espionage. Dastych was released from prison in 1990 after the fall of communism and in the years since has voluntarily helped Western intelligence services with tracking the nuclear proliferation black market in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. After a serious injury in 1994 confined him to a wheelchair, Dastych began a second career as an investigative journalist covering terrorism, intelligence and organized crime. He can be reached at davids@aster.pl.
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PROMIS SOFTWARE SCANDAL – some documents

12 11 2009

Inslaw and PROMIS

Oversight by Congress of the Justice Department in the PROMIS Dispute

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A Canadian government official says that Canada is using the PROMIS software, according to Inslaw owners William and Nancy Hamilton. The Hamiltons pass the information on to the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating allegations that the US Justice Department has misappropriated an enhanced version of the software from Inslaw and passed it on to other governments. The official, Marc Valois of the Canadian Department of Communications, apparently says that PROMIS is being used to support 900 locations around the Canadian government. (US Congress 9/10/1992) Another Canadian official will soon make a similar statement (see January 1991), but both he and Valois will later say they were not referring to Inslaw’s PROMIS, but to a product of the same name from a different company (see March 22, 1991).

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The House Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law holds a hearing about the failure of Attorney General Richard Thornburgh to provide full access to all documents and records about the Inslaw case. At the hearing, Inslaw owner William Hamilton and its attorney Elliot Richardson air their complaints about an alleged criminal conspiracy in the Justice Department’s handling of a contract with Inslaw and its alleged theft of an enhanced version of the PROMIS application. Steven Ross, the general counsel to the clerk of the US House of Representatives, refutes the Justice Department’s rationale for withholding documents related to possible wrongdoing by its officials involved with the Inslaw contract. In addition, Government Accountability Office representatives describe deficiencies in the Justice Department’s Information Resources Management Office and its administration of data processing contracts.
Bason’s Allegations – Judge George Bason, a bankruptcy judge who had found in favor of Inslaw in a dispute with the department (see September 28, 1987), testifies that he believes his failure to be reappointed as bankruptcy judge was the result of improper influence on the court selection process by the department because of his findings. Bason cites information provided to him by a reporter (see May 1988) and negative statements about him by departmental employees (see June 19, 1987 and June 1987 or Shortly After). After investigating these allegations, the committee will find: “The committee could not substantiate Judge Bason’s allegations. If the Department of Justice had influence over the process, it was subtle, to say the least.” Bason will point out that Norma Johnson, the judge who chaired the meeting at which he was not reappointed (see December 15, 1987), had previously worked with departmental official Stuart Schiffer, who was involved in the Inslaw case. However, the committee will comment that it has “no information that Judge Johnson talked to Mr. Schiffer about Inslaw, Judge Bason, or the bankruptcy judge selection process.”
Thornburgh’s Reaction – Following this hearing, Thornburgh agrees to cooperate with the subcommittee, but then fails to provide it with several documents it wants. (US Congress 9/10/1992)

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A second Canadian government official says that Canada is using the PROMIS software, according to Inslaw owners William and Nancy Hamilton. The Hamiltons pass the information on to the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating allegations that the US Justice Department has misappropriated an enhanced version of the software from Inslaw and passed it on to other governments. The official, Denis LaChance of the Canadian Department of Communications, apparently says that PROMIS is being used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to support its field offices. (US Congress 9/10/1992) Another Canadian official had previously made a similar statement (see November 1990), but both he and LaChance will later say they were not referring to Inslaw’s PROMIS, but to a product of the same name from a different company (see March 22, 1991).

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A Canadian government official tells the US House Judiciary Committee that Canada is reluctant to cooperate with the committee’s inquiry into the alleged theft of a version of the PROMIS software by the US Justice Department and its subsequent passage to Canada. This is in response to a letter sent on February 26, 1991, in which the committee asked Canadian Ambassador Derek Burney for help determining what version of the software the Canadian government was using. The official, Jonathan Fried, counselor for congressional and legal affairs at Canada’s Washington embassy, says that “Canadians had been burned once before by Congress,” and imposes conditions on Congressional questioning of Canadian officials. The conditions are that interviews of individuals be conducted only in the presence of lawyers for the relevant departments and their superiors and that no Canadian public servants would be witnesses in any foreign investigative proceedings. The committee accepts these conditions in mid-March, and identifies the two Canadian officials it wants to speak to (see November 1990 and January 1991). (US Congress 9/10/1992)

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Shortly before the US House Judiciary Committee interviews two Canadian officials who have said Canada has the allegedly stolen PROMIS software (see November 1990 and January 1991), the Canadian government contacts the committee and imposes a further condition on the interviews. The Canadians had already insisted the officials be accompanied by minders (see Shortly After February 26, 1991), but now says that, in addition, they will only answer questions specifically related to the software. They will not answer questions about any allegations that four software programs that may have been acquired by the Canadian government may be derivates of the PROMIS software. If the committee wants information about such alleged derivatives, it will have to submit a written request. (US Congress 9/10/1992)

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Two Canadian officials who had previously said that the Canadian government was using Inslaw’s PROMIS software now tell the US House Judiciary Committee that it is not. In an interview with the committee, officials Denis LaChance and Marc Valois of the Canadian Department of Communications say that they had incorrectly identified software used by the Canadians as being Inslaw’s PROMIS (see November 1990 and January 1991), whereas in fact it was actually project management software from a company called the Strategic Software Planning Corporation that is also called PROMIS. Despite an objection by the Canadians to them being asked about PROMIS derivatives in Canada (see Before March 22, 1991), the two officials also say they do not use or know of a derivative of Inslaw’s PROMIS in Canada. The president of the Strategic Software Planning Corporation will later acknowledge in a sworn statement to committee investigators that his company had sold a few copies of his firm’s PROMIS software to the Canadian government in May 1986. (US Congress 9/10/1992)

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Attorney General Richard Thornburgh informs the House Judiciary Committee that he will not attend a committee hearing the next day, despite previously saying he would. The hearing is to discuss the committee’s access to departmental documents and the Inslaw affair, in which the department had allegedly stolen an enhanced version of the PROMIS application. According to a report by the committee, Thornburgh refuses to appear because a “press release announcing the hearing had been unduly aggressive and contentious and not in keeping with the tenor of an oversight hearing.” (US Congress 9/10/1992)

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The House Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law votes 10 to six to authorize the issuance of a subpoena to the Department of Justice for documents related to the Inslaw affair. The subpoena follows on from a refusal by Attorney General Richard Thornburgh to appear before the House Judiciary Committee (see July 17, 1991). (US Congress 9/10/1992) Some of the documents will be forthcoming, but others will be reported missing (see July 31, 1991).

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Responding to a Congressional subpoena (see July 25, 1991), the Justice Department sends most documents requested about the alleged theft of a version of the enhanced PROMIS software to the House Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law. However, the department says that 51 documents or files are missing and cannot be found. A report issued by the House Judiciary Committee in September 1992 will say that the subcommittee has still not received an adequate explanation on how the documents came to be missing. (US Congress 9/10/1992)

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Canada’s ambassador to the US, Derek Burney, writes to the House Judiciary Committee saying that neither the Canadian Royal Mounted Police nor the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) have the PROMIS software developed by Inslaw or derivatives thereof. The statement is in response to an October letter from the committee, which is investigating the alleged theft from Inslaw of a version of the software and its subsequent passage to Canada. According to Burney, both the Mounties and the CSIS told him that not only do they not use Inslaw’s PROMIS or any software believed to be a derivative of it, but that they do not use any case management software at all. The committee will comment: “The ambassador’s conclusory statement did not provide an offer or an opportunity for further verification of the allegations received concerning the government of Canada. Without direct access to [the Mounties], CSIS, and other Canadian officials, the committee has been effectively thwarted in its attempt to support or reject the contention that Inslaw software was transferred to the Canadian government.” (US Congress 9/10/1992)

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BERLIN WALL FELL 20 YEARS AGO

9 11 2009
BERLIN DOMINO WALL Nov.9, 2009

BERLIN: COMMUNIST DOMINOS WILL FALL AGAIN NOVEMBER 9, 2009

 
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The Night Berlin Wall Tumbled – twenty years ago

The wall that pushed the communist dominos down

 

 By David Dastych  Monday, November 9, 2009

 

 Motto: “A stone from the
broken Berlin wall
Whispered last night;
Don’t look at me with such hatred
My wounds are the mark of history…
(From an anonymous poem “Berlin Wall”)

Warsaw, Poland: That night, November 9/10, 1989, I slept in a Communist prison unaware of what had happened in Berlin. It was my third year in a special prison ward at Barczewo Penitentiary, near Olsztyn in North-Eastern Poland. In 1989, and especially after the historic parliamentary elections of June 4 marking the regime change in our country, prisoners called the “enemies of the state” were treated more liberally. We had access to newspapers and a TV set, to religious services and we could meet each other and talk. Compared to a strict regime I had to endure in the Warsaw Central Jail, at its special ward for political convicts where we were deprived of any news media and completely isolated for many months of the investigation, this prison really merited its popular nickname: “Barczewo Hilton.”
On June12, 1987 when President Ronald Reagan made his famous speech at the Brandenburger Gate in West Berlin, I was kept in confinement for the third consecutive month with no access to any news, Polish or foreign.

RONALD REAGAN, Berlin, June 12, 1987

Ronald Reagan was the U.S. President then and on that day he appealed to a new, elected in 1985, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev:

“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” And then he added a few prophetic words: “As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner: “This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.” Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.”

The Berlin Ghetto

The erection of a wall in Berlin was a big surprise to all. Still on June 15, 1961 the communist East German leader, Walter Ulbricht, declared in a press conference: “Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten!” (No one has the intention of erecting a wall!).” But two months later, after many phone calls to Nikita Khrushchev, on Saturday, the12th of August 1961, the leaders of the GDR attended a garden party at a government guesthouse in Döllnsee, in a wooded area to the north of East Berlin, at which time Ulbricht signed the order to close the border and erect a wall. The records of these talks between Ulbricht and Khrushchev indicate that the construction of the Berlin Wall was an idea that came from the Soviet leader.

BERLIN WALL 1961 being built
At midnight, the Police and units of the East German Army began to close the border and by Sunday morning, 13 August 1961, the border with West Berlin was closed. At first there were only barbed wire entanglements and fences, but then over a longer period a barrage of reinforced concrete walls was extended to 156 kilometers (97 miles), encircling West Berlin and dividing the city on a length of 43 kilometers (27 miles). Turrets of the armed guards, minefields, complicated system of barriers and chain fences, iron gates separating railways and roads divided East Berlin from West Berlin for the next 28 years to come. With the passing of time, the Berlin Wall was protected by self-shooting devices, strong search-lights and ultra-red sensors. But still people tried to force it by ingenuous tricks or just bravery. But many of the escapees lost their life when they acted on a natural and very human instinct – a quest of liberty.  During the 28 years of the Wall’s existence, over 5,000 attempts to escape were noted, and the confirmed death toll of the victims reached 136.

berlin-wall-memorial, victims

One of the victims was Peter Fechter, 18, wounded by guards at an attempt to escape and bled to death without being helped on no-man’s land. In a short story about that boy, its author pretended Peter wrote his own memoir:

“If you come to Berlin, you can see the spot where I died. I was only eighteen years old when, on the 17th of August 1962, I tried to cross the Berlin Wall into West Germany, with my friend Helmut Kulbeik. He made it into the West and survived, whereas I was shot in the stomach and lay dying in the sand in the death strip, shouting Hilfe! Hilfe!’ until I had no breath left to shout with. Hundreds of people stood in the West by the wall, shouting ‘Murderers’ at the guards who had shot me, although I was not yet dead. Had one of them come to help me, perhaps I would have survived, and there would have been no murder. Instead I slowly bled screaming to death while they shouted. Neither my screams or their shouts did anything to save me (…) In life, I was a brick-layer. I built walls. But on that day in 1962, nothing would have made me happier than to tear down the wall that tore me and my country apart.” 

For the first time I visited East and West Berlin in summer of 1960. Then, after 1961, I came back many times looking at the infamous Wall that reminded me of the high walls surrounding the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War (in fact, I only could look at the pictures of these walls and watch films about the Warsaw Ghetto but its view stayed on in my memory forever).

Poking the Wall

My several visits to East Berlin before 1989 could have ended badly. In the first and second half of the 1960s, after coming back from the United States, I got in touch with some young East Germans (I was also in my 20s then) who carefully planned an escape to the West. During some visits to East Berlin, we “inspected” the frontier installations. One night, near the passage to West Berlin at Heinestrasse, I stepped on something that caused alarm in the area. Guards were rushing to the place of the intrusion, but we managed to escape by a fast car waiting with a running engine near by. On another occasion, traveling on a city surface train (S-Ban), I tried to stop the train at a place where there was still no wall but some barbed fences. The emergency brake in the wagon did not stop the train but it signaled “danger” to the guards. We couldn’t stay on the train until the next stop, so we jumped out of it when it slowed down, and escaped…unfortunately back to the Eastern side. After “poking the wall” several times, we were discouraged to try to cross the frontier in Berlin, and my German friends had to wait for freedom until 1989, when they were allowed to leave the FRG Embassy in Warsaw and traveled by a special GDR-train to West Germany, after an agreement reached with the East German government.  I also had to wait, but until the year 1990, when – after being freed from prison – I made my first trip to the West after 19 years, exactly to the (already united) Berlin. 

berlin_wall before

Yet, in the past years many Berliners and other East Germans got out safely by using all kinds of tricks and various vehicles. I remember a story about a young West German, who came to East Berlin to “ex-filtrate” his Eastern girlfriend. He used a low sports car, got his girl in to lay on the floor and sped up under bars at the Heinestrasse checkpoint busting his car’s rooftop but reaching the West side without any injury. This and some more escapes by cars caused the frontier guards to adopt concrete-enforced zig-zagging throughways at the checkpoints.  But the ingenuity of the freedom-loving escapees was always a step forward from the frontier guards’ engineering improvements. People dug long tunnels or used undiscovered cellar passages and sewers, some constructed hot-air balloons to fly over the wall, and Thomas Krueger, a sports pilot, flew a Czech-made Zlin light aircraft to the RAF Gatow airfield in West Berlin. I don’t remember the name of a sportsman, who jumped over a lower section of the Wall in a pole vault. Still another man, an engineer and experienced swimmer, swam over the sea frontier to the shore of the Federal Republic from a beach in East Germany. One even bolder attempt to cross over the GDR-FRG land frontier was made by an operator of a bulldozer, using its thick steel shovel as a bullet-proof shield.

But only a small number of the escapes were successful. The last escapee to be shot while trying to flee to West Berlin across the Berlin Wall on February 6, 1989, was Chris Gueffroy. But the last to die was Winfried Freudenberg, who died in the crash of an improvised balloon aircraft by which he crossed the border into West Berlin on March 8, 1989.
There is a Memorial in Berlin to all the victims of the damned Wall.

The crucial night

BERLIN WALL 1989 Young people on

I would love to be in Berlin on the historic night of 9-10 November 1989 but, alas, I was still confined to prison at that time. In “Barczewo-Hilton” we had newspapers and a TV and during the months preceding the fall of the Berlin Wall we could follow the events. I also made notes in a diary to commemorate the unusual and happy events that turned the page of history in Europe.
There are some conspiracy theories about the collapse of the Berlin Wall and of the East German Communist regime. On last Saturday and Sunday, I watched some television documentaries about these events. In a new documentary, produced by Jens Nicolai, “The Fall of the Berlin Wall – from Divided Germany to Reunification,” the German post-war history was presented in a credible way. As to the events preceding November 9, 1989 the documentary reported:

“By East Germany’s 40th anniversary celebration in the autumn of 1989, the rage and discontent among the population had reached critical mass. After the decades of fear and intimidation, the masses dared to protest openly. The communist regime scrambled to keep the situation under control. At a press conference on November 9th, 1989, the politburo announced new travel regulations. The East German people heard it on live television and streamed to the checkpoints along the Berlin Wall. There was no holding them back. Toward 22:30, the border guards at the checkpoint on Bornholmerstrasse opened the gates. It was one of the happiest moments in German history. But things could have come very differently.”

On the way to freedom

Helmut Kohl, then the Chancellor of the FRG, was visiting in Poland when the Wall tumbled and he rushed to Berlin, happy and completely surprised. Earlier in October 1989, the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, participated in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic and warned its supreme, Erich Honecker, that those who are late (at reforms) would have to pay. Poland’s military and state leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, disclosed in his recent (November 8, 2009) interview to an Italian daily “La Repubblica” that Gorbachev phoned him many times in fall of 1989. seeking his advice to calm the rage of Soviet top generals over the nearing fall of the Berlin Wall, a sure collapse of East Germany and the crumpling of the Soviet zone in Eastern Europe. Jaruzelski said that the Soviet leader trusted him as he was the only military man on top of the Communist party and state at that time. U.S. President George W.H. Bush was also deeply involved in talks about reunification of Germany, both with Gorbachev and Kohl.

In a debate, organized by the Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, before the 20th anniversary of the November 9-10, 1989 events, all three former leaders of states – Bush, Gorbachev and Kohl – admitted that there was no “conspiracy” in 1989 or earlier, leading to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and to reunification of Germany in the next year. To the contrary, the negotiations between Mikhail Gorbachev and Helmut Kohl were tough and difficult, backed by a support of President Bush (to Kohl) and of General Jaruzelski to Gorbachev. All three former leaders concluded that the Berlin Wall fell in the consequence of German people’s pressure for reforms and change, their quest for freedom and peace. 

On the crucial day, November 9, 1989, a GDR Politbureau member Walter Schabowski announced new travel regulations allowing East German citizens to freely travel to the West. Before any official regulations were issued, thousands of East Berliners took their cars out and drove to the checkpoint on Bornholmerstrasse. After some arguing, the border guards opened the gate about 10:30 p.m. and crowds of people moved Westwards, stopped by nobody. The news spread quickly and in the next few hours crowds of people started to jump on the Wall and dismantle it at many places. The “flood” of people opened the frontier, and the later events led to the reunification of Germany.

All that couldn’t be possible without the success of the Solidarity Movement in Poland and the regime change in Poland after the elections of June 4, 1989. Lech Walesa in his recent interview to SPIEGEL ONLINE (published in English), said that “It’s good that Mikhail Gorbachev was a weak politician” (this is the title of the interview). I don’t agree with him. Gorbachev was a wise politician and he could properly judge on the consequences of the toppling of the Berlin Wall. It took the wisdom of many politicians, military leaders and also of intelligence chiefs, including the Top Three (Bush, Gorbachev and Kohl) to avoid a dramatic conflict, even a war about the Wall, and to guide Europe and the world to a peaceful end of the Cold War.

But Lech Walesa was right when claiming that: “The first wall to fall was pushed over in 1980 in the Polish shipyards. Later, other symbolic walls came down, and the Germans, of course, tore down the literal wall in Berlin. The fall of the Berlin Wall makes for nice pictures. But it all started in the shipyards.”

On Monday, November 9, 2009 in Berlin Lech Walesa will push the first one of a thousand of the symbolic dominos, commemorating the great efforts of the freedom-loving people who pushed the Berlin Wall and the Communist dominos down.

And still let me recall one more story about ordinary people in East Berlin, who crushed the Berlin Wall:

“Luckily by chance, my father and one of his cousins approached the concrete of the wall and was close enough to touch it. Then my father had just one wish, to take part in changing history himself. So in a blink of an eye, he climbed on his cousin’s shoulders with a splitting maul in his right hand. With a tight grip and immense energy he started smashing the splitting maul into the wall. Just like any other German revolutionary, he was actually destroying the wall. The lumps of the wall taken out by my father’s splitting maul were falling on the ground. The wall was losing its matter and was weakened moment by moment by both the emotions and physical strength of the people.”

Because “We, the People” are the sovereign and the hard core of the changing history,  I can’t add more.
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David Dastych is a former Polish intelligence operative, who served in the 1960s-1980s and was a double agent for the CIA from 1973 until his arrest in 1987 by then-communist Poland on charges of espionage. Dastych was released from prison in 1990 after the fall of communism and in the years since has voluntarily helped Western intelligence services with tracking the nuclear proliferation black market in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. After a serious injury in 1994 confined him to a wheelchair, Dastych began a second career as an
investigative journalist covering terrorism, intelligence and organized crime.

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GENERAL JARUZELSKI’S INTERVIEW FOR IZVESTIA

23 10 2009

 

 

 

GENERAL WOJCIECH JARUZELSKI, 86, AT HIS WARSAW OFFICE

PHOTO: General Wojciech Jaruzelski, 86, at his Warsaw Office

GENERAL JARUZELSKI’S INTERVIEW FOR IZVESTIA

Wojciech Jaruzelski: “American missile shield was not to enhance Poland’s security”

 On Tuesday, October 20, 2009, American Vice President Joe Biden came to Warsaw to assure that the United States would embrace Poland by its new system of missile defense (BMD). On the same day, a popular Russian daily Izvestia printed an interview of General Wojciech Jaruzelski. The interview granted to Izvestia’s foreign correspondent Oleg Shevtsov was made in Paris, on September 18, 2009. The title was taken from the response of the General to a final question: “How do you assess the American withdrawal from deployment of a BMD system in Poland?” A coincidence? Rather not. From the very beginning, the Russians strongly opposed a planned building of a U.S. missile receptor base in Poland and of a U.S. forward radar system in the Czech Republic and they ditched it with the help of the Obama Administration. The interview of the last communist leader of Poland presents his biography and his views on Polish–Russian relations. It is very interesting and that’s why I decided to translate it from Russian to English and to publish it. – David Dastych    

Full text of the interview:

  Former President of Poland, Wojciech Jaruzelski, is one of the most controversial figures in the current history of his country. For some people he is almost a criminal, an organizer of a military coup d’etat, a strangler of democracy in full and of the activists of the “Solidarity” trade union in particular. For other, he is a patriot who had saved his country from an armed intervention of the Warsaw Pact, and a man, who helped to dismember the world communist system. And how he, himself, appraises his part in the history? About this and a number of other questions discusses with General Jaruzelski an Izvestia’s correspondent in Paris, Oleg Shevtsov.

”Polish ‘troglodytes’ incited Brezhnev to intervene”

 Question: You have entered history as “the last dictator of Poland”, the one who imposed the martial law on the 13th of December 1981. Now there is going on a criminal trial, where responsibility is put on you for all that has happened in these years. Do you feel culpable?

Photo: Former communist leaders Jaruzelski and Kania at court in Warsaw.

  Photo: Former communist leaders Jaruzelski and Kania at court in Warsaw.

 Answer: I confess for twelve years now. And then, in 1981, I knew: the decision to introduce the martial law will hang on me to the end of my days. I talked about it during the trial. The martial law was a nightmare for me. But at that time, in my opinion, there was no other variant which could be better for Poland. I knew the realities of that epoch. I knew what could menace to us in case we resigned of the introduction of the “law of war” [martial law]. I can remind to you the known words of Brezhnev: “If the Polish communists would submit themselves to counter-revolutionary public feeling, then the fate of Poland, the fate of peace in Europe would be solved by force.” If I, or you, were a Soviet general and could see the developments in Poland, I would have decided to intervene.

 Q: Was there any other decision? What your comrades of the Party leadership suggested to you?

 A: The martial law – it was an evil, but a smaller evil in comparison to that catastrophe we stood at the threshold of. There were particular political reasons for this catastrophe [to happen]. In the Polish Communist Party there were dogmatists – “troglodytes”, as I named them – who did not want any reforms and were ready to get rid of them at any price. They maintained secret contacts with the leaders of the USSR, incited them to military intervention. In the inner circle of Brezhnev there also were old dogmatists – Romanov, Grishin. Well, I should be careful [pointing to] old sclerotics: Brezhnev died at 75, and I am already 86 years old.

WOJCIECH JARUZELSKI NOW, AT 86

  WOJCIECH JARUZELSKI NOW, AT 86

 There were also economic reasons. At that time USSR, Czechoslovakia and GDR [East Germany] offered main help to Poland – we needed all: products, energy, raw materials. Beginning from the 1st of January 1982, all supplies of natural gas were to be cut off. Already in December 1981, we suffered big downfall of the supply of energy-portents. And, finally, the third threat – the military one. Being the Commander-in-Chief I knew: Soviet armies were concentrated at our frontiers. I understood too well what that meant.

 I couldn’t forget about still one more factor. Following Yalta, after the year 1945, the [Western] frontier of Poland changed favorably for us. At that time, the only guarantor of our Western frontier territories was Stalin, who pushed frontiers Westward to enlarge the zone of Soviet influence. Western Germany [FRG] opposed this. In 1967, General de Gaulle was the only one among the Western European politicians, who came to Poland from the West, entering ten kilometers deep into former [German] Silesia. By this [move] he confirmed that it was the territory of Poland nowadays. From Moscow we always received reminders about who guaranteed our [Western] frontier. And [Russians] let us think: as long as you remain a socialist state, your [national] territory will not be curbed. And if not, then…

 “Our country was mediaeval– still in 1945”  

 Q: As you are coming from a family of landed gentry, don’t you feel nostalgic about the old, before-the-war Poland?

 A: In fact, I have been born to a Catholic family of small land-owning gentry. I graduated from a private Catholic college. Well, and then followed – Siberia, the war, I was wounded twice at the front, when I fought against Germans. The ancestry of our house dates back to the thirteenth century. Many people in the West don’t realize to what extent our country was mediaeval [backward] – still in 1945. When my father visited the places where our estate was located, [peasants] kissed his hand. Even when I occurred to be there after the war, the villagers addressed me [by a title] of “my lord” and took off their caps. But there is no nostalgia in me about that before-the-war past.

 One may criticize socialism at free will, but no one can deny that: after the war Poland made a great social leap forward. [After WWII

] we inherited a country of 24 million inhabitants –- six million perished during the war. But by 1970 there were counted [in Poland] 38 million people – it was a real demographical dash. As to the reproductiveness, we outdistanced GDR [East Germany], and also Czechoslovakia. But social provisions for such a big population growth began to crumble in the 1970s. As people used to tell then, in [Polish] shops one could find only vinegar. But [sarcastically] that vinegar was a strong aphrodisiac, as it brought about the birth of 14 millions of new Poles.

 Q: Did the introduction of the martial law accelerate the fall of communism, or delay it?

 A: On the one hand, the martial law delayed the fall of the Berlin Wall by eight years. But there’s also an opposite view. The entering of the Warsaw Pact armies to Poland [in the 1980s] certainly could have solidified the position of the partisans of a brutal policy line in the leadership of the USSR. In such case, Gorbachev wouldn’t have assumed power and he couldn’t begin his reforms. I don’t justify that forced decision [of the martial law] but it was the least of all evils. There is no subjunctive mood in history. But we know how ended the coup d’etat of Jozef Pilsudski in 1926, and how ended an unprepared Warsaw Uprising of 1944. 

 Q: Don’t you think of yourself as of a usurper?

 A: No, my decision was truly legitimate. The Polish Parliament (The Sejm) voted for the introduction of the martial law [in 1981]. It was not a coup d’etat at all.

 “I love Russians, Russian nation, Russian culture”

 Q: Are normal relations between Poland and Russia possible, considering our complicated common history?

 A: Let me begin from [the fact] that presently there are many divergences between Poland and Russia – especially on the higher level, in the academic circles and so on. All that makes me bitter. I will never stop repeating: I have high respect for Russia, I love Russians, Russian nation, Russian culture. The Russian nation is close to us, a Slav nation. Russia – it’s a huge, multi-national country, the whole continent.

 In spite of [the fact that] there was a forced exile to Siberia in my life, that there was taiga – where my Father remained for ages, I am very grateful to Vladimir Putin for making possible to me to travel to Altayskiy Kray to pay a visit at the grave of my Father. But regardless of my difficult life history, I still love Russia, and I think that our mutual relations may be and can be good. It’s a pity that it isn’t so now. I don’t want to judge which party is more culpable for that. Now I am far away from politics and I don’t dispose of full information to be able to formulate a judgment. But, to begin with, in my opinion, we have to get rid of emotions, of which, unfortunately, there is a lot in Poland. One can’t build normal relations on emotions. Different countries can’t understand history in the same way. But this should not prevent them from living in harmony, moreover when they are neighbors.

JARUZELSKI IN MOSCOW 2005

  JARUZELSKI IN MOSCOW 2005

 “Myself – I am a staunch Bonapartist”

 Q: Now, twelve years after the crush of the Berlin Wall, are there still any dividing lines in Europe?

 A: There will be no wall between Russia and the rest of Europe. All [countries] have their own traditions and ways to democracy and all need different timing to walk that long way [to the end]. After the fall of the USSR, there was necessary to bring together [again] what had been dispersed. A time will come, and we will be close [with Russia] again. Gorbachev didn’t want any new barriers to rise in Europe, and he didn’t want to disrupt the Soviet Union either. After all, there are other geopolitical realities – China, the Islamic world. Perhaps in twenty, thirty years to come we will be together again. 

Q: And in 1939, who invaded Poland?

 A: Poland was subjected to aggression from both sides [Germany and the Soviet Union]. And then there was Katyn Massacre, which is very painful for the Polish national identity. Assessments of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact had been made from our and from the Russian side. Putin himself admitted that the agreement with Hitler was immoral.

 But this Pact should be examined in the political context of that epoch. At that time, I was 16 years old and I remember the bitter, unfortunate things that have been committed, also by us. But the history, the wounds inflicted by it are not to be quickly healed.

 Let me give you an example. When I was President [of Poland], I flew for a visit to England. In a castle outside London Margaret Thatcher took me to the attic, where there were stacked on the table old things, some documents. She picked up an old, worn out thin brown leather folder and said: “Do you know who it belonged to?” I didn’t know. “To Napoleon. But I wouldn’t bring a Frenchman to this place!” See: two hundred years have passed, and the British cannot forget. They live with the French in alliance, two world wars fought together. Nevertheless, each country retained its diametrically opposite view of Napoleon, its own version of history. But this should not prevent cooperation. I am, incidentally, a staunch Bonapartist myself.

 “Gorbachev called Poland ‘a laboratory of reforms’”

 Q: Was is possible to act in a different way, not to disrupt to the end – of the Warsaw Pact, the socialist system, the USSR?

A: Truly, all that could be made in a different way, perhaps something could be done differently, but it was impossible to solve that differently then. There are laws of the development of social order, but we stayed behind schedule. To move to a new [higher] level of civilization, we needed a qualitative leap forward. Of course, it had to be controlled not to allow such high social costs, but quite painless it could not have happen. And communism – in its ideal version, which was badly damaged by the historical practice – had to be considered as a social experience.

 The government of Tadeusz Mazowiecki, which acted when I was he head of the state, began deep reforms. And, theoretically, they could have been successful. We took a path of a mixed economy. To introduce the principles of capitalism would end in massive unemployment, which was not to be allowed for. To conserve the [dominant] role of the state would lead to stagnation. So we were searching a third way. We hit upon the possibility of introducing a third economic factor – cooperatives. All documents of that time were not only signed by Mazowiecki, but also by myself. [That’s why] Gorbachev called Poland a “laboratory of reforms.”

 Since that time our country has changed very much. I would be lying if I said: everything that is happening now, I like it. Now no one takes into account the social costs. Therefore many problems have accumulated.

 Q: How do you appraise the refusal of Americans to deploy the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system in Poland?

 A: As a professional soldier, from the very beginning I doubted about the efficacy of that plan. The most of questions evoked its [alleged] targeting against Iran. Of course, this was [only] a pretext for strengthening the [U.S.] strategic position against Russia, what gave rise to such nervousness in the relations between Moscow and Washington.

An [eventual] deployment of [elements] of the American BMD in Poland by no means would enhance Poland’s security. One way or the other, we are members of NATO. And, according to the agreement, each country – member of the alliance – has the right to collective defense. Therefore a U.S. bilateral agreement with Poland on missile defense – could be an unnecessary duplication of the existing security system. So the [acceptance of the American] missile defense system could be truly a manifestation of [Poland’s] distrust of NATO. And in the conditions of the present [economic] crisis, it became still prohibitively expensive.

 Translated from Russian by David Dastych

 

The original Russian version: http://www.izvestia.ru/world/article3134426/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL WOJCIECH JARUZELSKI, 86, AT HIS WARSAW OFFICE




OBAMA NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

10 10 2009

EXCLUSIVE TO CANADA FREE PRESS

 

Nobel Peace Prize 2009 for President Obama

 

Apeasing the Great Usurper

 

By David Dastych     Friday, October 9, 2009

 

Warsaw, Poland: Out of the blue, President Barack Hussein Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. ‘Peace Prize to Obama – big mistake by Nobel committee’ commented a Russian RT television station in St.Petersburg and a conservative American columnist Michelle Malkin noted on her blog: “Story of Obama’s life: “Rather than recognizing concrete achievement…”

 

Sure, what achievement could be counted for when the deadline for nominations to the Nobel Peace Prize 2009 passed in January, just two weeks after Barack Obama had been sworn as the 44th President of the United States. Christopher Oei, a reader of Michelle Malkin’s blog put it even more straight: “”If you hate the USA and are a Progressive, you too can win the Nobel Peace prize.” That’s maybe too exaggerated but Greg de Mocskonyi, also a reader, noted that “My alma mater wouldn’t give him an honorary doctorate. Said he had to achieve something first…” Melinie Richards remarked: “With the nomination coming shortly after his taking office having achieved nothing and the announcement coming 9 months after achieving nothing I agree that this “honor” is no longer an honor the World still turns their noses up at us.”

 

And finally my own opinion: ”MICHELLE: the Nobel Peace Prize should be granted (and sometimes is) to people acting for peace and humanity, such as MOTHER THERESA, LECH WALESA, MS.AUNG SAN SUU KYI, ANDREI SAKHAROV, MARTIN LUTHER KING,Jr  and not to powerful politicians like KOFI ANNAN, AL GORE, HENRY KISSIGER, JIMMY CARTER. So you might be right that: “It’s the final nail in the Nobel Peace Prize Committee’s coffin.””

 

The Nobel Peace Prize has a history going back to the year 1901 (108 years ago), when the first Prize was given to Henry Dunant and Frederic Passy. Jean Henry Dunant of Switzerland was “Founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva; Originator Geneva Convention (Convention de Genève),” and a Frenchman Frederic Passy was “Founder and President of first French peace society (since 1889 called Société française pour l’arbitrage entre nations).” Ever since that, until 2008, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 89 times to 119 laureates – 96 times to individuals and 23 times to organizations.

 

It was also awarded to influential politicians, like Theodore Roosevelt ( 1906), Woodrow Wilson (1919), Cordell Hull (1945), George C. Marshall (1953), Dag Hammarskjoeld (1961), Willy Brandt (1971), Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho (1973), Anwar el Sadat and Menachem Begin (1978), Mikhail Gorbachev (1990), Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk (1993), Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin (1994), Kim Dae-jung (2000), (United Nations) and Kofi Annan (2001), Jimmy Carter (2002), Martii Ahtisaari (2008) and other.

 

While some of the awards to politicians were really well placed and honestly documented, some other were just tributes to states or organizations (Kissinger, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan) or appeased terrorists (Arafat) in hope that they become peace-lovers. I could defend the choice of two politicians I have met: Willy Brandt and Mikhail Gorbachev. The former German Chancellor contributed to peace in Europe, also by recognizing the post-war Polish-German frontier, still contested by some German politicians, at least until the early 1990s. The last Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, in fact dismantled the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and much contributed to peace in Europe and in the world by allowing deep reforms in the communist-dominated countries, by agreeing to the reunification of Germany and reducing the threat of nuclear war. By irony of history, Gorbachev was deprived of his powers and had to allow a peaceful dismantling of the USSR in 1991, outwitted by Boris Yeltzin .

 

As powerful politicians usually have enough influence and money, granting to them Nobel Peace Prize seems to me a great waste of moral values and of Nobel’s funds. Take an example of the late Yasser Arafat, the real “owner” of the PLO and later of the Palestinian Autonomy — an Arab quasi state neighboring Israel. Arafat was a cunning fox and a talented liar. He knew too well that a lasting peace with Israel would dry out big funds from Muslim countries he was personally receiving at his disposal to…fight Israel. According to former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, Arafat told him ‘we can wait 150 years to push the Jews into the sea’. Arafat, once (and incredibly, until his death) touted as a peacemaker by world leaders, has proven over and over again that he is still a terrorist, with no regard for human life. In 1975, Yasser Arafat told the UN General Assembly, ‘I hold the olive branch of a peace-maker in one hand, and the gun of a freedom fighter in the other.’ The only thing that was clear then and has been obvious ever since, is that Arafat never truly intended to hold the olive branch.

 

And now a former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter (Nobel Peace Prize 2002). When he was elected, on November 2, 1976, I published a column in Czas weekly, entitled “Jimmy Carter – a New Style,” circulated by the Department of State. I met him in Warsaw in December 1977 during his official visit to Poland. He seemed to present a “new style” of American politics, a kind, open-minded man with a broad knowledge of the nuclear matters.

 

[From Carter’s official bio] “He was educated in the public school of Plains, attended Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and received a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1946. In the Navy he became a submariner, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets and rising to the rank of lieutenant. Chosen by Admiral Hyman Rickover for the nuclear submarine program, he was assigned to Schenectady, N.Y., where he took graduate work at Union College in reactor technology and nuclear physics, and served as senior officer of the pre-commissioning crew of the Seawolf, the second nuclear submarine.”

 

That knowledge helped him to assess the situation in Poland and around Poland in late 1980. He warned the Soviets that their invasion of Poland to crush Solidarity Movement could end by a nuclear confrontation. And, in fact, the Soviet Polit-Bureau understood the force of his warning and cancelled a military operation of the Warsaw Pact forces planed for early December 1980.

 

Looking at what Jimmy Carter was doing after 2002 Nobel Peace Price award, many people may have doubts about his “peace-promoting” activity, though they recognize his noble intentions.

 

 In his Nobel Lecture on December 10, 2002 in Oslo Jimmy Carter said: “…But instead of entering a millennium of peace, the world is now, in many ways, a more dangerous place. The greater ease of travel and communication has not been matched by equal understanding and mutual respect. There is a plethora of civil wars, unrestrained by rules of the Geneva Convention, within which an overwhelming portion of the casualties are unarmed civilians who have no ability to defend themselves. And recent appalling acts of terrorism have reminded us that no nations, even superpowers, are invulnerable.”

 

People ask: should a former U.S. President meet the enemies of the United States and of the American people? Should he meet Hamas leaders killing Israelis and also their own Palestinian opponents? Should he talk to Iranian and North Korean regimes?

 

There are many similarities between Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. As one columnist wrote before the November elections: “For Jimmy Carter in 1976, the operative word was trust. For Barack Obama in 2008, it is hope (…) Most significantly, both men came along at exactly the right time. Carter’s peanut-farmer-from-Plains simplicity and his oft-repeated promise that he “will never lie to you” were powerful political weapons after Nixon and his wiretapping, his plumbers and his pardon from Ford. And Obama’s message of hope—and his own life story—resonates with an electorate that, after these past eight years, feels utterly disconnected from its government and simply wants to believe in someone again (….) It is not enough to say, ‘Trust me,’” Ford said at one rally. “Trust must be earned. Trust is not having to guess what a candidate means. Trust is leveling with people before the election about what you’re going to do after the election. Trust is not being all things to all people, but being the same thing to all people.”

 

Why does Carter matter? Because in many ways, Carter is the archetype for Barack Hussein Obama. Like Carter, Obama is an unknown who has come out of nowhere. Like Carter, Obama is a creature of the leftist media.

 

And now left-wing members of the Nobel Prize Committee have chosen President Obama for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize — only a few weeks after the beginning of his presidency, without any assessment of his true achievements.  As Don Swartz commented on Michelle Malkin’s blog: “”A socialist committee from a socialist country. I guess we should expect nothing less from the Nobel folks.”

 

A half a year ago, there were already some hints that President Barack Obama might become a 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner. A recent gossip is: “Obama will give his Nobel prize money to ACORN.”

 

Really? Why not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 OBAMA-JESUS?