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FTR #612 Miscellaneous Articles and Updates

Recorded September 23, 2007
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Beginning with discussion of Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s recent appearance at Ivy League Columbia University in New York, the program highlights the disturbing similarity to a past president of that university’s embrace of fascism. Just as Nicholas Murray Butler was dismissive of concerns that fascism could lead to war, so, too, many contemporary observers fail to note that Ahmadinejad also represents a real threat. After noting the growing relationship between Ahmadinejad’s inner circle and neo-Nazi elements in Europe, the broadcast reviews the historical relationship between the Iranian Islamist government and Nazi elements associated with key Nazi spy, banker and terrorist godfather Francois Genoud—an individual whose operations spanned the World War II, postwar and contemporary periods. Turning to a major focal point of Mr. Emory’s work over the decades—the assassination of President Kennedy—the broadcast details a recent study calling into question the validity of the Warren Commission’s forensic investigation. Noting that failure to properly investigate the JFK assassination has left the United States with a legacy of political murder, the program highlights the recent killing of several Republican political operatives in Florida, as well as the death of a Tony Blair ally in what was described as an “accidental” fall. Beginning side 2 with an update on the resuscitation of the Fischer-Tropsch hydrogenation process, the program notes that the coal industry is hoping that military demand for the synthetic fuel developed through that process will prove beneficial to its profit profile. Mr. Emory has long predicted that the I.G. Farben-developed hydrogen process would be revived as the rising price of oil made synthetic fuel more competitive with petroleum pumped out of the ground. Revisiting the subject of the bombing of Pan Am 103 in December of 1988, the program highlights the falsification of a key piece of testimony that led to the conviction of a Libyan intelligence agent for the crime. Finally, the program concludes by highlighting an appearance by both Vice President Dick Cheney and Czech President Vaclav Klaus at the secretive Council on National Policy, a powerful far-right think tank and policy instrument.

Program Highlights Include: Review of the role of FBI director Robert Mueller in covering up the bombing of Pan Am flight 103; review of the links between the Iran/Contra scandal and the bombing of Pan Am 103; review of the development of a catalyst that makes the Fischer-Tropsch process much more efficient; discussion of Vaclav Claus’s privatization of the Czech economy—a development that provided a significant opening to major Eastern European and Russian crime figures like Viktor Kozeny and Semyon Mogilevich, both with links to the world of Islamist terrorism, as well as to powerful interests in the United States.

1. Much of the discussion on the first side of the program centers on a column about Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia in New York. In addition to noting that the U.S. misadventure in Iraq thoroughly discredited the U.S. at a time when there is a real threat to be addressed, Mr. Emory highlights the disturbing parallels with a past president of that university’s embrace of fascism. Just as Nicholas Murray Butler was dismissive of concerns that fascism could lead to war, so, too, many contemporary observers fail to note that Ahmadinejad also represents a serious threat. In past programs, Mr. Emory has detailed the ideological and operational links between Iran, its current Islamofascist government and the Third Reich. Of particular interest is the relationship between the Islamist government of Iran, the Bank Al Taqwa, neo-Nazi and neo-fascist elements around the world and key Nazi operative Francois Genoud. The thought of political forces of this kind in possession of dirty bomb technology or worse is terrifying to contemplate. (For more about the Nazi/Iranian/Islamist connection, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 352, 456, 564, 583, 584.) “One of the world’s truly dangerous men, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left New York a clear winner this week, and he can thank the arrogance of the American academy and most of the U.S. news media’s studied indifference for his victory. If the blood-drenched history of the century just past had taught American academics one thing, it should have been that the totalitarian impulse knows no accommodation with reason. You cannot change the totalitarian mind through dialogue or conversation, because totalitarianism — however ingenious the superstructure of faux ideas with which it surrounds itself — is a creature of the will and not the mind. That’s a large lesson, but what should have made Ahmadinejad’s appearance at Columbia University this week a wholly avoidable debacle was the school’s knowledge of its own, very specific history . . . In the 1930s, Columbia was run by Nicholas Murray Butler, to whose name a special sort of infamy attaches. Butler was an outspoken admirer of Italian fascism and of its leader, Benito Mussolini. The Columbia president, who also was in the forefront of Ivy League efforts to restrict Jewish enrollment, worked tirelessly to build ties between his school and Italian universities, as well as with the powerful fascist student organizations. At one point, a visiting delegation of 350 ardent young Black Shirts serenaded Butler with the fascist anthem. Butler also was keen to establish connections with Nazi Germany and its universities. In 1933, he invited Hans Luther, Adolf Hitler’s ambassador to the United States, to lecture on the Columbia campus. Luther stressed Hitler’s ‘peaceful intentions’ toward his European neighbors, and, afterward, Butler gave a reception in his honor. As the emissary of ‘a friendly people,’ Luther was ‘entitled to be received with the greatest courtesy and respect,’ the Columbia president said at the time. It was such a transparently appalling performance all around that one of the anonymous authors of the New York Times’ ‘Topics of the Times’ column put tongue in cheek and looked forward to the occasion when ‘the Nazi leaders will point out that they were all along opposed to any measures capable of being construed as unjust to any element in the German population or as a threat to peace in Europe.’ Arrogance, though, is invincible — even to irony. Three years later, Butler sent a delegation of Columbia dignitaries to participate in anniversary celebrations at the University of Heidelberg. That was after Heidelberg had purged all the Jewish professors from its faculty, reformed its curriculum according to Nazi educational theories and publicly burned the unapproved books in its libraries. . . .”
(“Ahmadinejad Walks Away with a Win” by Tim Rutten; Los Angeles Times; 9/29/2007.)

2. One of the subjects that has long occupied a major portion of these broadcasts is the assassination of President Kennedy. An article from the spring of 2007 further impugns the official version of the killing. Mr. Emory notes that the story ignores the massive body of information thoroughly disproving the Warren Commission hypothesis. (For more about the JFK assassination, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 19, 47, 503, 577, 579, as well as the Guns of November, and AFA#’s 11, 12, 13, 37, available from Spitfire.) “Tests on the type of ammunition used in the 1963 assassination of US president John F Kennedy raise questions about whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, according to a new scientific study. The Warren Commission concluded in 1964 that Oswald fired three shots from the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas at Kennedy’s motorcade. A further government inquiry agreed in 1979, finding that the two bullets which hit Kennedy came from Oswald’s rifle. The committee’s findings were based in part on the testimony of the late forensic chemist Vincent Guinn, who said the recovered fragments came from only two bullets. Mr Guinn testified that the bullets Oswald used were individually unique and that it would be possible to distinguish one from another even if they both came from the same box. But in the new study researchers found that fragments were not nearly so unique and that bullets within the same box could match one another. One of the test bullets also matched one or more of the assassination fragments. . . .”
(“Questions on Killing of JFK” by Juan A. Lozano [AP]; San Francisco Chronicle; 5/26/2007; p. A2.)

3. Part of the outcome of America’s failure to deal adequately with the truth about the assassination of President Kennedy and this country’s other political assassinations is a legacy of political murder. The program highlights the murders of Republican operatives in Florida. What might have occasioned this? Were any of these individuals involved in the electoral shenanigans that gave the 2000 election to George Bush? Were they involved with some of the other dirty tricks and electoral irregularities in other states? Might they have been connected to some of the operations covered by Daniel Hopsicker? “A Republican political consultant and two other men were found dead in a home in an apparent double-murder and suicide, authorities and relatives said. Authorities have not determined a motive for the deaths of Ralph Gonzalez, 39, his roommate, David Abrami, 36, and a friend, Robert Drake, 30. Investigators found weapons and signs of a struggle in the house, but they did not say what the weapons were or which man they believe was the killer. The men are believed to have died several days before the bodies were discovered Thursday. Gonzalez was executive director of the Georgia Republican Party from 2001-2002. He managed U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney’s 2002 campaign and was president of Strategum Group, an Orlando-based political consulting firm that represents Republican candidates. . . .”
(“GOP Consultant, 2 Men Found Dead in Fla.” [AP]; 8/24/07.)

4. The first side of the program concludes with examination of the death of a political ally of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Officially categorized as an accidental death, “Nico” Lethbridge died in an apparent fall after parting ways with Blair over the Iraq war. The possibility that the death might have been something other than accidental is one to be seriously considered. “A wealthy banking friend of Tony Blair has died following a freak accident at his fabulous French chateau where he entertained the former prime minister and his wife Cherie. Multi-millionaire Nicholas Lethbridge – known as Nico – fell two weeks ago from a landing at the house in southern France he had lovingly restored. He died eight days later in hospital. . . .”
(“Tragic End for Blairs’ Chum Nico”; Daily Mail; 8/20/2007.)

5. Revisiting the subject of the revitalization of the Fischer-Tropsch process used to make oil from coal, the program notes that the coal industry is counting on the military to create demand for liquid fuel produced by this technology. (The revitalization of this technology was predicted by Mr. Emory in—among other programs—FTR#’s 385, 544, 552.) “The coal industry wants the U.S. military to jump-start a major new market for its product: liquid transportation fuels derived from coal. The effort, however, faces skeptics who say the Pentagon shouldn’t be subsidizing the high cost and potential environmental harm of what is known as coal-to-liquids technology. The debate, unfolding in Washington, underscores the difficulty of finding alternatives to oil in a time of global supply concerns. Unconventional sources — from Canada’s vast tar sands, to natural-gas liquids, to ethanol — promise to supplement supplies of crude from difficult-to-reach or politically unstable regions. Yet these sources face their own challenges, with cost often a major stumbling block. . . . The coal-to-liquids process, known as Fischer-Tropsch, is a proven technology, proponents say. Nazi Germany derived about half the military fuel it used in World War II from the Fischer-Tropsch process. . . .”
(“Coal Industry Hopes Pentagon Will Kindle a Market” by Matthew Dalton; Wall Street Journal; 9/11/2007; p. A15.)

6. Turning to the subject of the bombing of Pan Am 103 in December of 1988, the program highlights a development in the case that undermines the conviction of a Libyan intelligence agent in the case. In past discussion of Pan Am 103, Mr. Emory has noted the involvement in the bombing of elements and individuals embroiled in the Iran/Contra scandal, including the elder George Bush and Monzer al-Kassar. (For more about this subject, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 248, 310, as well as AFA#’s 35, 38, available from Spitfire.) “The key piece of material evidence used by prosecutors to implicate Libya in the Lockerbie bombing has emerged as a probable fake. Nearly two decades after Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Scotland on 21 December, 1988, allegations of international political intrigue and shoddy investigative work are being leveled at the British government, the FBI and the Scottish police as one of the crucial witnesses, Swiss engineer Ulrich Lumpert, has apparently confessed that he lied about the origins of a crucial ‘timer’ – evidence that helped tie the man convicted of the bombing to the crime. The disaster killed 270 people when the London to New York Boeing 747 exploded in mid-air. Britain and the US blamed Libya, saying that its leader, Colonel Muammar Gadaffi, wanted revenge for the US bombing of Tripoli in 1986. At a trial in the Netherlands in 2001, former Libyan agent Abdulbaset al-Megrahi was jailed for life. He is currently serving his sentence in Greenock prison, but later this month the Scottish Court of Appeal is expected to hear Megrahi’s case, after the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission ruled in June that there was enough evidence to suggest a miscarriage of justice. Lumpert’s confession, which was given to police in his home city of Zurich last week, will strengthen Megrahi’s appeal. . . .”
(“Vital Lockerbie Evidence ‘Was Tampered With’” by Alex Duval Smith [The Observer]; Guardian; 9/2/2007.)

7. Concluding with discussion of the secretive Council on National Policy, the program highlights the fact that among the invitees is Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic. It was Klaus who privatized the Czech economy, thereby enabling the activities of Viktor Kozeny, the criminal associate for whom Wolfgang Bohringer worked. Recall that Bohringer was one of the German associates of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta in Florida. The remarkable and sinister Semyon Mogilevich also availed himself of the Czech assets freed up by Klaus’ privatization program. (For more about Mogilevich, see FTR#611. For more about Kozeny and Bohringer, see FTR#’s 573, 574, 593, 594.)“Vice President Dick Cheney will speak to a super-secret, conservative policy group in Utah on Friday during his second trip to the state this year. Cheney will address the fall meeting of the Council for National Policy, a group whose self-described mission is to promote “a free-enterprise system, a strong national defense and support for traditional Western values.” The organization – made up of few hundred powerful conservative activists – holds confidential meetings and members are advised not to use the name of the group in communications, according to a New York Times profile of the group. ‘The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before [or] after a meeting,’ a list of rules obtained by The Times showed. The group did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment. Czech Republic President Václav Klaus is also expected to address the Council for National Policy’s meeting in downtown Salt Lake City. After his speech, Cheney will meet with Klaus, the vice president’s office said Tuesday. . . .”
(“Cheney to Address Secret Group” by Thomas Burr; Salt Lake Tribune; 9/26/2007.)

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