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FTR #778 The OUN/B File, Part 2

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Introduction: Continuing our examination of the history of the OUN/B, this program begins by highlighting more information about the links between the assassination of JFK and the supposed KGB murder of Stephan Bandera. Bandera was the Third Reich collaborator whose killing was linked to the supposed KGB assassin Oswald. That disinformation was performed by elements associated with what was to become the World Anti-Communist League.

One of the principals involved in the insertion of the Oswald/Bandera/KGB disinformation was Senator Thomas Dodd (at right.)

The broadcast then traces the evolution of the OUN/B through its incorporation into the Republican Party’s ethnic outreach organization. After Ronald Reagan became President, the OUN/B played a central role in the destabilization of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, through the Free Congress Foundation.

Reagan’s Deputy Director of Public Liaison, Ykaterina Chumachenko, went on to become the first lady of the Ukraine, marrying Viktor Yuschenko.

Program Highlights Include: Review of the Crusade for Freedom–the illegal domestic intelligence operation that brought the OUN/B fascists into the U.S.; review of the roles of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, William Casey and George H.W. Bush in the Crusade for Freedom; Ykaterina Chumachenko’s role as one of the leaders of the top OUN/B front group in the United States; the strong areas of overlap of between the Free Congress Foundation and the GOP’s “ethnics;” the association of Senator Thomas Dodd with the milieu of WACL and Charles Willoughby; the possibility that Oswald was working for Dodd’s Senate Subcommittee investigating the mail order purchase of firearms.

(The first audio excerpt is from FTR #158, recorded on 6/6/1999. The documentation is from Deep Politics and the Death of JFK by Peter Dale Scott.)

The disinformation that Oswald was a KGB assassin was inserted into a Senate Subcommittee report by Sen. Thomas Dodd.

A mem­ber of the U.S. pros­e­cu­to­r­ial staff at Nurem­berg., this for­mer FBI agent (Dodd) was close to the Amer­i­can Secu­rity Coun­cil (ASC), a domes­tic fas­cist group.  With its roots in the Hitler-Goebbels Anti­Com­intern, the Amer­i­can Secu­rity Coun­cil was a key Amer­i­can link to the for­mer World Anti-Communist League or WACL. Cre­ated by for­mer FBI agents dis­grun­tled at the demise of Sen­a­tor Joseph McCarthy’s “inves­ti­ga­tions,” the Amer­i­can Secu­rity Coun­cil coa­lesced around the files of Harry Jung’s Amer­i­can Vig­i­lance Intel­li­gence Fed­er­a­tion. Vir­u­lently anti-Semitic, Jung’s orga­ni­za­tion was part of the Anti-Comintern prior to World War II.

Count­ing among its ranks some of the most promi­nent names on the far right, the orga­ni­za­tion kept track of peo­ple it con­sid­ered “sub­ver­sive,” shar­ing polit­i­cal intel­li­gence with prospec­tive employ­ers (par­tic­u­larly defense con­trac­tors). The ASC hated Kennedy and it is not, there­fore, alto­gether sur­pris­ing that Dodd helped to dis­sem­i­nate the dis­in­for­ma­tion that Lee Har­vey Oswald had been trained in assas­si­na­tion by the KGB. With CIA assis­tance, Dodd inserted thie Bandera-linked dis­in­for­ma­tion into a Sen­ate Sub­com­mit­tee report. This dis­in­for­ma­tion, with roots in the same WACL milieu as the ASC, led lib­er­als to cover-up the assas­si­na­tion out of fear that pub­lic per­cep­tion that a com­mu­nist killed the Pres­i­dent would lead to a Third World War.

It is also interesting and very possibly relevant that the disinformation about Oswald/Stashynsky and the KGB was first called to the attention of Julien Sourwine by OUN/B operative Lev Dobriansky, who later served as Reagan’s ambassador to the Bahamas, while his daughter Paula served on Reagan’s National Security Council. Paula Dobriansky later served as an Assistant Secretary of State under George W. Bush and headed the Tibet desk for a time.

Deep Politics and the Death of JFK by Peter Dale Scott; University of California Press; p. 216.

. . . . [General Charles] Wiloughby, in particular, was also part of the leading defense-industrial lobby the American Security Council, along with politically active army reserve officers like Lev Dobriansky, who first brought the issue of Bogdan Stashynsky and the alleged murder training school to the attention of Sourwine and the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. . . .

. . . . Senator Dodd was on the ASC payroll when he generated the Senate subcommittee report on Stashynsky’s supposed murder training school. . . . 

Dodd’s role in this affair is all the more inter­est­ing when one con­sid­ers the pos­si­bil­ity that Oswald may have ordered his weapons while work­ing for Dodd’s Sub­com­mit­tee. Inves­ti­gat­ing the mail-order firearms busi­ness, the Dodd com­mit­tee focused on the two firms from which Oswald allegedly pur­chased his weapons. Both Seaport Traders and Klein’s sporting goods, from which Oswald allegedly ordered his weapons, were under investigation by the Dodd Subcommittee. Oswald was appar­ently extra­or­di­nar­ily inter­ested in mail-order guns, a strange way for a prospec­tive assas­sin to acquire weaponry. In 1963 in Texas, he could have pur­chased his guns over the counter with no trace of the transaction.

After discussion of the Oswald/Bandera/KGB disinfomation gambit in the JFK assassination cover-up, the program reviews the role of the OUN/B in the Republican Ethnic Outreach organization. The latter was an outgrowth of an illegal covert operation in the U.S. called the Crusade for Freedom.

Conceived by Allen Dulles, the CFF was overseen by Richard Nixon. Its chief spokesperson was Ronald Reagan. The State Department official responsible for bringing “fascist freedom fighters” like the OUN/B into the United States was William Casey (Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager in the 1980 Presidential race and later Reagan’s CIA director.) The Nazi wing of the GOP was installed as a permanent branch of the Republican Part when George H.W. Bush was the head of the Republican National Committee.

The OUN/B was a key element of the GOP’s ethnic outreach organization. It is noteworthy that the organizations that were represented in the GOP subgroup were all affiliated with the SS during World War II. Prior to the commencement of hostilities, the SS formed effective liaison with the Hungarian Arrow Cross, the Rumanian Iron Guard, the Bulgarian National Front and the OUN/B, among other organizations. This relationship was cemented and strengthened during the war and remained operational when these elements jumped to U.S. intelligence and, through that relationship, to the Republican Party. (This tape excerpt is from the September 6, 1992 installment of AFA #37. The text is excerpted from “The Republican Party and Fascists: The Old Nazis and the New Right” by Russ Bellant, published in Covert Action Information Bulletin Issue #33.

Next, the broadcast excerpts AFA #36 and notes the role in the de-stabilization of the former Soviet Union of the OUN/B and the other SS-connected fascist organizations incorporated into the GOP ethnic organization. Heavily overlapping the Free Congress Foundation of Paul Weyrich, the GOP “ethnics” and the OUN/B, in particular, played a leading role in the political tutoring of Boris Yeltsin’s IRG organization. Ultimately, Yeltsin’s forces were instrumental in breaking up the U.S.S.R.

We note that the head of the liberation sub-group of the Free Congress Foundation was Hungarian Arrow Cross veteran Laszlo Pasztor, the head of the GOP “ethnics.” (This audio excerpt is from AFA #36. The text is from “The Free Congress Foundation Goes East” by Russ Bellant and Louis Wolf, from Covert Action Information Bulletin Issue #35.

“The Free Congress Foundation Goes East” by Russ Bellant and Louis Wolf; Covert Action Information Bulletin #35; Fall/1990.

With the rapid pace of political change sweeping Eastern Europe and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, many opportunities have emerged for western interests to intervene in the politics of  that region. In some cases, such a vacuum has been created that virtual strangers to the area several years ago are now able to actively participate in changing those societies from within.

These interventions are not only being practiced by mainstream organizations. The involvement of the United States Far Right brings with it the potential revival of fascist organizations in the East. One U.S. group, the Free Congress Foundation, has been playing a role in Eastern European and Soviet politics and has ties to Boris Yeltsin and the Inter-Regional Deputies Group (IRG) in the U.S.S.R.

The Free Congress Foundation (FCF) was founded in 1974 by Paul Weyrich as the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress. Weyrich, who had started the Heritage Foundation the year before, was heavily funded by the Coors family for both organizations.

Weyrich has kept one foot in the right wing of the Republican Party while dallying with the racist Right and the extreme Christian Right. In 1976, for instance, he and a handful of other New Rights (William Rusher, Morton Blackwell, Richard Viguerie) attempted to take over the segregationist  American Independent Party (AIP), formed by George Wallace in 1968. The AIP was an amalgam of Ku Klux Klan and John Birch Society elements. . . .

. . . . The IRG was established by Andrei Sakharov, Boris Yeltsin and others in the summer of 1989. By the end of that year, a training school had been established for candidates to put forward the IRG program. Their electoral success this year propelled Yeltsin to the leadership of the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic. He immediately began forging collaborative relationships with the deeply reactionary leaders of the Lithuanian Sajudis party. The IRG has also served as a source of right-wing pressure on Gorbachev to dismantle socialism and the Soviet Union itself.

One of the key dangers in this agenda is the political vacuum it creates, allowing ultra-nationalist forces in a number of republics to take power. Such nationalist and fascist elements are already evident in Lithuania and the Ukraine. In the latter republic, the pro-Nazi Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) has gained influence in several parties and has mobilized large demonstrations that honor OUN leaders who abetted Hitler’s war on the Eastern Front. Similarly, several Sajudis deputies served in German military units in 1944, and Sajudis has made declarations against ethnic Russians living in Lithuania. According to some reports, Poles have also been denigrated.

It should also be noted that the “radical reformer” Boris Yeltsin has dallied with Pamyat, the foremost Russian fascist group to emerge in the last several years. Pamyat’s virulent anti-Semitism compares to the crude propaganda of the early German Nazi Party in the 1920’s.

The FCF is not entirely disconnected from the history of the OUN. The Treasurer of the FCF board is Georgetown University Professor Charles Moser. Moser is also serves on the editorial advisory board of the Ukrainian Quarterly, published by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, a group dominated by the OUN. The Ukrainian Quarterly has praised military units of the German SS and otherwise justified the OUN alliance with the Third Reich which reflects the fact that the OUN was politically and militarily allied with Hitler and the Nazi occupation of the Ukraine.

The OUN, an international semi-secret cadre organization headquartered in Bavaria, has received financial assistance from the late Franz Joseph Strauss, the rightist head of the Bavarian state. Strauss also had a working relationship with Weyrich. . . .

. . . . Finally, FCF’s insinuation into the politics of the East must be judged by their selection of Laszlo Pasztor to head their Liberation Support Alliance, “which seeks to liberate peoples in Central and Eastern European Nations.”

Pasztor’s involvement in East European politics began in World War II when he joined the youth organization of the Arrow Cross, the Nazi party of Hungary.

When the Arrow Cross was installed in power by a German commando operation, Pasztor was sent to Berlin to help facilitate the liaison between the Arrow Cross and Hitler.

Pasztor was tried and served two years in jail for his Arrow Cross activities after an anticommunist government was elected in 1945. He eventually came to the U.S. and established the ethnic arm of the Republican National Committee for Richard Nixon. He brought other Nazi collaborators from the Eastern front into the GOP. Some were later found to have participated in mass murder during the war.

The dormant Arrow Cross has surfaced again in Hungary, where there have been attempts to lift the ban on the organization. Pasztor spent several months in Hungary. When Weyrich later conducted training there, he was provided a list of Pasztor’s contacts inside the country. Weyrich reports that he conducted training for the recently formed and now governing New Democratic Forum.

Pasztor claims to have assisted some of his friends in Hungary in getting NED funds through his advisory position with NED. In 1989 he spoke at the Heritage Foundation under the sponsorship of the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations (ABN), a multinational umbrella organization of emigre fascists and Nazis founded in alliance with Hitler in 1943. It is led by the OUN. Pasztor spoke for the “Hungarian Organization” of ABN, which is the Arrow Cross. . . . .

The final audio segment in this broadcast is excerpted from FTR #529:

1. In late 2004 and early 2005, much of the world’s atten­tion was focused on the so-called “Orange Rev­o­lu­tion” in the Ukraine, in which a challenger—Victor Yuschenko—ousted a cor­rupt and auto­cratic pre­de­ces­sor after the pop­u­lace demanded that evi­dent elec­toral fraud be inval­i­dated. The bloom has since gone off the fruit, so to speak, as Yuschenko’s entire cab­i­net has either resigned in protest over cor­rup­tion or been fired. This pro­gram begins with dis­cus­sion of Yuschenko’s wife—a Ukrainian/American with a polit­i­cally tainted past. A Wall Street Jour­nal edi­to­r­ial lauded the for­mer Kather­ine Chumahc­neko:

“In the most peace­ful rev­o­lu­tion since South Africa ended its apartheid regime by elect­ing Nel­son Man­dela pres­i­dent in 1994, Ukraine has just elected oppo­si­tion leader Vik­tor Yuschenko pres­i­dent of the for­mer Soviet satel­lite repub­lic. The vic­tory comes for the pro-Western leader after a dirty cam­paign that saw him poi­soned and only after hun­dreds of thou­sands of demon­stra­tors filled the streets to protest voter-fraud. ‘We peace­fully, beau­ti­fully, ele­gantly and with­out any drops of blood changed Ukraine,’ Mr. Yuschenko told cheer­ing sup­port­ers.”

(“From Amer­ica With Love” by John Fund; Opin­ion Journal—from The Wall Street Jour­nal Edi­to­r­ial Page; 12/27/2004; p. 1.)

2. “What many West­ern­ers do not real­ize, how­ever, is when Mr. Yuschenko takes the seat of power, at his side will be a tough minded, savvy American-raised busi­ness­woman. His wife, Kateryna Chu­machenko Yuschenko, is the daugh­ter of Ukrain­ian immi­grants who grew up steeped in the tra­di­tions of her ances­tral home­land. . . .” (Idem.)

3. Mrs. Yuschenko’s back­ground is more than a lit­tle inter­est­ing, and gives a pos­si­ble hint to a source of cor­rup­tion: the for­mer Ms. Chu­machenko was the head of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, a front group for the OUN/B, a Ukrain­ian fas­cist group that worked with the SS under the Third Reich and has been an inte­gral ele­ment of the post­war Under­ground Reich. The OUN/B worked closely with the Gehlen spy out­fit and affil­i­ated orga­ni­za­tions, such as the ABN (see below.)

“One Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist group was the Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists (OUN) which split into two orga­ni­za­tions: a less mil­i­tant wing, led by Andrew Mel­nyk and known as OUN-M, and the extrem­ist group of Stepan Ban­dera, known as OUN/B. The Nazis pre­ferred the rad­i­cal nation­al­ist OUN/B. Dur­ing the Ger­man mil­i­tary occu­pa­tion, the Ukraine wit­nessed ter­ri­ble atroc­i­ties against Jews and other groups tar­geted by Nazi poli­cies. The OUN/B orga­nized mil­i­tary units that par­tic­i­pated in these atroc­i­ties. With the col­lapse of the Third Reich, many Ukrain­ian col­lab­o­ra­tionists fled their home­land.”

(Old Nazis, The New Right, and the Repub­li­can Party; by Russ Bel­lant; South End Press [HC]; Copy­right 1988, 1989, 1991 by Russ Bel­lant; ISBN 0–89608-419–1; p. 69.)

4. The OUN/B, like the ABN, became a big part of the Repub­li­can eth­nic her­itage branch—a Nazi/fascist wing of the GOP with its roots firmly planted in the Third Reich. In the pas­sage that fol­lows, note for the pur­pose of the present dis­cus­sion the UCCA, the main OUN/B front group in the U.S.

“After the war, the Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nationalists-Bandera (OUN/B), a clan­des­tine group financed in part by Ger­man intel­li­gence and led by [Jaroslav] Stet­sko, accel­er­ated its work in the West. A secre­tive group, OUN/B’s tracks are dif­fi­cult to fol­low. ‘You have to under­stand. We are an under­ground orga­ni­za­tion. We have spent years qui­etly pen­e­trat­ing posi­tions of influ­ence,’ explained an OUN/B mem­ber who insisted on anonymity. The posi­tions of influ­ence under dis­cus­sion were Rea­gan Admin­is­tra­tion appoint­ments. All of the OUN/B’s key Admin­is­tra­tion con­tacts were through an orga­ni­za­tion called the Ukrain­ian Con­gress of Amer­ica (UCCA), head­quar­tered in New York City. . . .”


5. The pro­gram presents more infor­ma­tion about the ABN and its rela­tion­ship with the for­mer World Anti Com­mu­nist League.

“ . . . The ABN is the high coun­cil for the expa­tri­ate nation­al­ist groups that formed the police, mil­i­tary and mili­tia units that worked with Hitler dur­ing World War II. Some were orga­nized as mobile killing teams that exter­mi­nated vil­lages and sought to mur­der whole eth­nic, racial, and cul­tural groups. These mobile killing teams are the fore­run­ners of the mod­ern death squad. It is con­sis­tent, then, that the Latin Amer­i­can Anti-Communist Con­fed­er­a­tion (CAL) (for many years the Latin Amer­i­can branch of WACL) has a great affin­ity for the ABN and its mem­bers, accord­ing to sev­eral ABN mem­bers. CAL his­tor­i­cally has served as an umbrella group for the regional death squads.”

(Ibid.; p. 75.)

6. “A meet­ing of the youth sec­tions of CAL and ABN in 1983 took place in Fedorak’s Ukrain­ian Cul­tural Cen­ter in War­ren, Michi­gan. The result­ing 16-point res­o­lu­tion bore state­ments that might sur­prise some of their con­ser­v­a­tive U.S. sup­port­ers. Not only were the usual anti-communist sen­ti­ments expressed, but also anti-capitalist posi­tions were taken. One point, for instance, called for ‘rejec­tion of all mate­ri­al­ist doc­trines (author’s empha­sis) which defile the human indi­vid­ual by treat­ing peo­ple as ego­tis­ti­cal, cov­etous and self­ish beings. . . .’ The res­o­lu­tion called for a ‘faith in Rev­o­lu­tion­ary, lib­er­a­tion nation­al­ism . . . .’ and ‘unbend­ing oppo­si­tion to col­lec­tivist slav­ery, against com­mu­nist and cap­i­tal­ist alien­ation of human labor. . . .’”

(Ibid.; pp. 75–76.)

7. “These for­mu­la­tions mir­ror the clas­sic out­lines of National Social­ism, which simul­ta­ne­ously fought the Com­mu­nist and West­ern Cap­i­tal­ist pow­ers ide­o­log­i­cally and mil­i­tar­ily. The Third Way, reject­ing East and West, is still a posi­tion taken by sig­nif­i­cant ele­ments of the con­tem­po­rary neo-Nazi move­ment.”

(Ibid.; p. 76.)

8. “The Stet­skos were not only lead­ers of OUN but the multi-ethnic ABN as well. The July-August, 1983 ABN bul­letin ABN Cor­re­spon­dence car­ries sev­eral cover pho­tos which show the Stet­skos and other ABN lead­ers as White House guests in July 1983, per­son­ally meet­ing with Rea­gan, George Bush and Jeanne Kirk­patrick.”


9. “After the Stet­skos vis­ited the White House, Yaroslav Stetsko’s wife Slava Stet­sko, who lives in Munich, West Ger­many, called on the ABN to sup­port Reagan’s re-election. She car­ried that mes­sage to ABN chap­ters dur­ing 1984 as well. The Rea­gan cam­paign coop­er­ated with ABN, includ­ing sched­ul­ing an appear­ance by Michel Sotirhos, head of Eth­nic Vot­ers for Reagan-Bush Cam­paign of 1984 as well as the Repub­li­can Her­itage Groups Coun­cil, at the 1984 ABN con­fer­ence in New York City.”


10. “The Goal of the ABN is to pres­sure the U.S. gov­ern­ment toward a ‘lib­er­a­tion’ pol­icy aimed against the USSR, with ABN lead­ers as the lib­er­a­tors. Although ABN mem­bers say they only need tech­ni­cal assis­tance from the West, they want the U.S. mil­i­tary to put them in power in East­ern Europe and the USSR. This is the for­mula they tried under Ger­man Nazi spon­sor­ship. Their manip­u­la­tions of the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal sys­tem are toward that end.”


11. “The emi­gres of the ABN still dream of one more chance to cre­ate a new order in Europe. They even got Michi­gan Repub­li­can Con­gress­man Paul Henry to enter a state­ment into the Con­gres­sional Record in July, 1986, com­mend­ing the ‘inde­pen­dence’ of the Ukraine under Stet­sko in 1941.” (Idem.)

12. “Accord­ing to Henry ‘a rep­re­sen­ta­tive assem­bly of the most promi­nent Ukrain­ian lead­ers from all walks of life issued a Procla­ma­tion of the Restora­tion of Ukraine’s Inde­pen­dence. . . . The procla­ma­tion received enthu­si­as­tic sup­port of the Ukrain­ian peo­ple’ Henry referred to the ‘free­dom fight­ers’ of the ‘Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists (OUN), led by Stepan Ban­dera.’ When ques­tioned about his praise for a doc­u­ment which included the line ‘Glory to the Heroic Ger­man Army and its Fuhrer, Adolph Hitler,’ a spokesper­son for Henry said he’d ‘not been aware of the fine print. . . .’”


13. Notice Yuschenko’s wife’s posi­tion in this fascist/Nazi con­cate­na­tion. The for­mer Ms. Chu­machenko had been direc­tor of the UCCA’s Cap­tive Nations Com­mit­tee and (as of 1988) been Deputy Direc­tor for Pub­lic Liai­son at the White House!

“On July 20, 1988, George [H.W.] Bush reaf­firmed the ties between the Repub­li­can Party and the ABN by mak­ing a cam­paign stop at Fedorak’s Ukrain­ian Cul­tural Cen­ter in War­ren, Michi­gan. Bush deliv­ered a hard-line for­eign pol­icy speech to those attend­ing the annual Cap­tive Nations ban­quet spon­sored jointly by the Cap­tive Nations Com­mit­tee and the ABN. Shar­ing the dais with Fedo­rak and Bush was Kather­ine Chu­machenko, for­merly the direc­tor of the UCCA’s Cap­tive Nations Com­mit­tee and cur­rently the Deputy Direc­tor for Pub­lic Liai­son at the White House. [Empha­sis added.] Ignatius M. Billinsky, Pres­i­dent of UCCA, had already been named Hon­orary Chair of Ukraini­ans for Bush, and Bohdan Fedo­rak named National vice-chair of Ukraini­ans for Bush. . . .”

(Ibid.; pp. 76–77.)


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