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A Descent into the Abyss

Two programs from October 1998 provide a glimpse into the profound darkness characterizing much of the clandestine American political landscape. In this journey into the abyss, we view major narcotics trafficking and gold smuggling by elements of the intelligence community uniting figures from the military, organized crime and the Vatican in a consortium of evil. That consortium authored political assassinations, coups d’etat and the fundamental corruption of American social fabric. It remains to be seen if the citizens of this country can alter the seemingly irreversible slide into fascism stemming from these events and the powerful forces behind them.

In FTR #115 (10/10/1998), Mr. Emory interviewed attorney Ray Kohlman in a conference call with former LAPD narcotics detective Mike Ruppert on the subject of the Tyree suit. Mr. Kohlman is representing former Special Forces soldier Bill Tyree in his lawsuit against George Bush, the CIA, Oliver North and Bill Clinton, among others. The discussion centers on the structure of the lawsuit itself, the current status of the suit (as of the Fall of 1998) and the possible impact of the publication of Volume Two of the CIA Inspector General’s report on the agency’s involvement in the drug trade.

The main element connecting the disparate aspects of the lawsuit is the remarkable career of Albert Vincent Carone, who worked variously for the New York Police Department, the U.S. Army, the CIA and the Mafia. (Carone is pictured in his military uniform at top, right.) One item of information of particular interest (and not included in the previous broadcasts on the subject) is the allegation Carone made (during a deathbed confession) that he had paid money to Ruth Paine, one of the people who shepherded Lee Harvey Oswald around in the Dallas area. Carone also alleged that he paid money to Jack Ruby on 11/21/63 and that he was on a rooftop on a building at Love Field in Dallas with a rifle in order to kill President Kennedy on 11/22/63 but was unable to get a clear shot.

Two days later, Ruppert and Kohlman were joined by Carone’s daughter for FTR #116. After a brief discussion of the military career of former Special Forces soldier Bill Tyree and the lawsuit he has filed, most of the program centers on the career of Col. Carone, whose activities could be said to be “the glue” that ties the various elements of the lawsuit together.

Ms. Ferdinand detailed her father’s career, beginning with his boyhood on the streets of Brooklyn, where he became a protege of Vito Genovese (the role model for the title character in the movie The Godfather, pictured at left). During the war, Col. Carone worked for OSS (The U.S. World War II intelligence agency) and continued working on the “covert side” after the war.

An intimate of many of the most important figures in organized crime, Carone was heavily involved with a series of activities subsumed under the code name “Amadeus”. According to Ms. Ferdinand, “Amadeus” covered activities going back to World War II and involved gold smuggling (allegedly in conjunction with, or through, the Vatican) and the smuggling of Nazi SS men out of Europe and into Latin America after the War, as well as drug smuggling. (The Amadeus activities went on up through the mid 1980s, according to Ms. Ferdinand.) The “Amadeus” activities were also connected to George H.W. Bush.

In addition to his connections to Oliver North, Col. Carone was also closely connected to the late William Casey, with whom Carone allegedly arranged lucrative insider trading deals for various organized crime figures. (Casey also served in the OSS during WWII, served as Nixon’s chief of the SEC, managed the 1980 Reagan/Bush campaign and was Reagan’s director of the CIA. Casey and Reagan are pictured at left.) The interview concludes with more discussion of Col. Carone’s alleged participation in the assassination of President Kennedy. Ms. Ferdinand alleged that Col. Carone called the assassination “a coup” and that the Army was told to “stand down” and that Col. Carone was in Dallas with Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis (then known as Frank Fiorini. Sturgis is pictured at left).

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