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FTR #801 The Sportin’ Life

Bob­by Rig­gs’ Milieu

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This descrip­tion con­tains infor­ma­tion not in the orig­i­nal pro­gram.

Intro­duc­tion: With much of the human race foam­ing at the mouth over the World Cup com­pe­ti­tion cur­rent­ly under­way in Brazil, we pause to note the pro­found con­nec­tions between the world of sport, inter­na­tion­al fas­cism and orga­nized crime.

The demon­stra­tive links between soc­cer’s pop­ulist fan base and fas­cist gangs and hooli­gans is well doc­u­ment­ed. It was on dis­play in Brazil. In addi­tion to the overt Nazi salutes giv­en by Croa­t­ian fans in the stands, a Ger­man neo-Nazi sup­port­er ran onto the field dur­ing that coun­try’s match with Ghana.

Brazil will also be host­ing the sum­mer Olympics. (CORRECTION: The Sumer Olympics will be held in 2016, not lat­er this year, as stat­ed in the pro­gram. The Sum­mer and Win­ter Olympics are no longer held in the same year.) A recent Nation arti­cle notes the sig­nif­i­cant degree of over­lap between the cor­rupt forces manip­u­lat­ing soc­cer (what most of the world calls foot­ball) and the extra­or­di­nar­i­ly cor­rupt world of the Olympics.

High­light­ing the pro­found­ly cor­rupt world of big-time sport, the sup­pos­ed­ly “ama­teur” Olympics are man­aged by the Inter­na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tee, which has main­tained long-stand­ing dom­i­nance by fas­cists and, as the Nation mag­a­zine arti­cle notes, “ide­al can­di­dates for a perp walk.”

The Inter­na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tee

Cen­tral to the dis­cus­sion is Thomas Bach, long asso­ci­at­ed with the Adi­das firm. (Adi­das and Puma were found­ed by the Dassler broth­ers, with roots in the Third Reich. Lat­er estranged, their CV’s also over­lap the SS. It is alto­geth­er prob­a­ble that they con­sti­tute an ele­ment of the remark­able and dead­ly Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work. Bach was also a for­mer lob­by­ist for Siemens, inex­tri­ca­bly linked with Ger­man intel­li­gence and the Bor­mann group.)

Ele­vat­ed, in part, by his asso­ci­a­tion with the con­sum­mate­ly cor­rupt Al-Sabah rul­ing fam­i­ly of Kuwait, Bach also rose in the IOC ranks because of his close rela­tion­ship with Juan Anto­nio Sama­ranch, the for­mer sports min­is­ter for fas­cist dic­ta­tor Fran­cis­co Fran­co and a long­time loy­al­ist to the Span­ish fas­cist cause.

Sama­ranch chose rough­ly half of the cur­rent mem­ber­ship of the IOC!

The mem­bers of the com­mit­tee under­go a bizarre ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny, the occult-tinged nature of which would con­sti­tute famil­iar turf to the con­sid­er­able num­ber of princes and princess­es on the IOC.

The IOC mem­ber­ship over­laps appar­ent­ly insti­tu­tion­al­ized cor­rup­tion embed­ded in FIFA (soc­cer) and much of the rest of glob­al pro­fes­sion­al sport, net­work­ing in this capac­i­ty with numer­ous pow­er­ful cor­po­rate enti­ties.

In the 1972 Munich Sum­mer Olympics, eleven Israeli ath­letes were killed by Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists, aid­ed by Ger­man Nazis. The Ger­man gov­ern­ment had a tip-off three weeks in advance about the event, but took no action. Lat­er the Ger­man gov­ern­ment main­tained close con­tact with the Pales­tin­ian forces that con­duct­ed the killing.

Next, we turn to the world of Amer­i­can foot­ball. We have dis­cussed gam­bling, orga­nized crime and the NFL in FTR #304. One of the peo­ple dis­cussed at length was for­mer San Fran­cis­co 49ers own­er Edward DeBar­to­lo, Jr. Barred by Major League Base­ball from own­ing the Chica­go White Sox (who per­haps feared a rep­e­ti­tion of the 1919 “Black Sox” scan­dal), DeBar­to­lo was forced to give up own­er­ship of the 49ers after con­vic­tion on a gam­bling charge.

He is now a part­ner with NFL Hall of Fame quar­ter­back Joe Mon­tana. The Mon­tana real estate deal, in which he part­nered with DeBar­to­lo, appar­ent­ly led to the FBI inves­ti­gat­ing the group.

Although every­one involved claims that there was noth­ing sus­pi­cious, a San Jose Mer­cury News arti­cle observes that Kurt Wit­tek was con­vict­ed of bank fraud in a Sav­ings and Loan scam in North Car­oli­na.

The pro­gram con­cludes with a look at the “Bat­tle of the Sex­es” in ten­nis. With the 50th anniver­sary of Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion hav­ing passed, two of the orga­nized crime fig­ures who may well have been involved in that assas­si­na­tion have come back into pub­lic view in the con­text of an alleged fix­ing of the “Bat­tle of the Sex­es” ten­nis match between Bil­lie Jean King and Bob­by Rig­gs.

San­tos Traf­fi­cante and Car­los Mar­cel­lo, both dis­cussed in The Guns of Novem­ber, Part I, are two of the mob­sters alleged in a recent ESPN sto­ry to have been prime movers behind the fix­ing of the King/Riggs match.

Alleged to have run up big debts to the mob, Rig­gs was appar­ent­ly an asso­ciate of the orga­nized crime milieu. His alleged fix­ing of the match was done to pay off his gam­bling debts as well, of course, as mak­ing mon­ey for the mob.

At the time, the King/Riggs match was a media sen­sa­tion. Was it, in fact, yet anoth­er exam­ple of the cor­rup­tion that infects every aspect of Amer­i­can exis­tence?

Pro­gram High­lights Include: FIFA chief Sepp Blat­ter’s nephew Philippe Blat­ter’s involve­ment with a com­pa­ny that appears to have been scalp­ing World Cup tick­ets; Uni­vi­sion king­pin Jer­ry Peren­chio’s role in set­ting up the Riggs/King match; review of the role of Ger­man intel­li­gence agent Hans Lange­mann as secu­ri­ty chief for the 1972 Olympics; review of Lange­man­n’s role cov­er­ing up the Munich 1980 Okto­ber­fest bomb­ing; review of the CIA recruit­ment of Ali Has­san Salameh, mas­ter­mind of the 1972 Olympics mas­sacre; neo-Nazis’ role in the 1972 Olympics mas­sacre; review of the appar­ent roles of Car­los Mar­cel­lo and San­to Traf­fi­cante in the assas­si­na­tion of JFK.

 

Croa­t­ian foot­ball fans at a recent match

1. In FTR #766, we dis­cussed a mem­ber of Croa­t­i­a’s nation­al soc­cer (foot­ball) team and his lead­ing of a crowd in a pop­u­lar Ustachi cheer–the Croa­t­ian equiv­a­lent of “Sieg Heil.” The world of soc­cer and its over­lap with pop­ulist fas­cism is well doc­u­ment­ed. Many soc­cer teams have a strong, explic­it fas­cist ele­ment in their fan base.

In the World Cup under way in Brazil, that fas­cist fan ele­ment has been in evi­dence. A neo-Nazi sup­port­er of the Ger­man team ran on the field dur­ing that coun­try’s match with Ghana. Some Ger­man fans showed up in black­face for that match.

Of note here is the Brazilian/FIFA author­i­ties’ sin­gu­lar inabil­i­ty to pre­vent this type of demon­stra­tion.

“Nazi Sym­pa­thiz­er Invades Pitch Dur­ing Ghana-Ger­many Game” by Gra­ham Wat­son; Yahoo News; 6/21/2014.

 FIFA’s plea to elim­i­nate racism at this year’s World Cup con­tin­ues to fall on deaf ears.

Despite a vehe­ment cam­paign from the orga­ni­za­tion and pleas and pub­lic ser­vice announce­ments from teams and play­ers, it has been one of the over­rid­ing themes of the 2014 World Cup.

The anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion Fare net­work, which made reports to FIFA about the mat­ter on Thurs­day, not­ed that there were sev­er­al neo-Nazi signs at match­es involv­ing Rus­sia and Croa­t­ia.

And on Sat­ur­day, it took cen­ter stage again when a Nazi sym­pa­thiz­er rushed the field dur­ing the Ghana-Ger­many game. No secu­ri­ty attempt­ed to stop him as he took his shirt off to reveal a pro-Nazi mes­sage. He had to be ush­ered off the field by Ghana mid­field­er Sul­ley Muntari.

Sev­er­al Ger­man fans also showed up to the game with their faces paint­ed black.

It sure seems like FIFA and sta­di­um secu­ri­ty per­son­nel could do a much bet­ter job of find­ing these peo­ple and escort­ing them out of the sta­di­um. After all, a cam­paign to elim­i­nate racism isn’t much of a cam­paign if you don’t do some­thing to actu­al­ly help stop it from hap­pen­ing.

2a. High­light­ing the pro­found­ly cor­rupt world of big-time sport, the sup­pos­ed­ly “ama­teur” Olympics are man­aged by the Inter­na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tee, which has main­tained long-stand­ing dom­i­nance by fas­cists and, as a Nation mag­a­zine arti­cle notes, “ide­al can­di­dates for a perp walk.”

Cen­tral to the dis­cus­sion is Thomas Bach of the Adi­das firm. (Adi­das and Puma were found­ed by the Dassler broth­ers, with roots in the Third Reich. Lat­er estranged, their CV’s also over­lap the SS. It is alto­geth­er prob­a­ble that they con­sti­tute an ele­ment of the remark­able and dead­ly Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work.)

Ele­vat­ed, in part, by his asso­ci­a­tion with the con­sum­mate­ly cor­rupt Al-Sabah rul­ing fam­i­ly of Kuwait, Bach also rose in the IOC ranks because of his close rela­tion­ship with Juan Anto­nio Sama­ranch, the for­mer sports min­is­ter for fas­cist dic­ta­tor Fran­cis­co Fran­co and a long­time loy­al­ist to the Span­ish fas­cist cause.

Sama­ranch chose rough­ly half of the cur­rent mem­ber­ship of the IOC!

The mem­bers of the com­mit­tee under­go a bizarre ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny, the occult-tinged nature of which would con­sti­tute famil­iar turf to the con­sid­er­able num­ber of princes and princess­es on the IOC.

The IOC mem­ber­ship over­laps appar­ent­ly insti­tu­tion­al­ized cor­rup­tion embed­ded in FIFA (soc­cer) and much of the rest of glob­al pro­fes­sion­al sport, net­work­ing in this capac­i­ty with numer­ous pow­er­ful cor­po­rate enti­ties.

“Meet the IOC, Ide­al Can­di­dates for a Perp Walk” by Andrew Jen­nings; The Nation; 2.10/2014.

Remem­ber that pub­lic­i­ty shot from the Usu­al Sus­pects with Kevin Spacey in the line­up? The pho­to above is an update, snapped late last year in the board­room of the Inter­na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tee, in a mar­ble palace on the banks of Lake Gene­va. This line­up has thir­teen men, most past mid­dle age, in busi­ness suits and ties, and two women—the big cheeses expect­ing the best seats in Sochi. Dead cen­ter is the new IOC pres­i­dent, Germany’s Thomas Bach. We’ll come back to him, but for now, know that Bach, 60, was a pro­tégé of Horst Dassler, the Ger­man busi­ness­man who bribed more sports offi­cials than most of us ever heard of. Dassler’s fam­i­ly owned Adi­das and a mar­ket­ing com­pa­ny that laid out $100 mil­lion in kick­backs to acquire TV and mar­ket­ing rights to the soc­cer World Cup, the world track and field championships—and the Olympics.

At Bach’s right shoul­der is the Swiss boss of world soc­cer, Sepp Blat­ter. For decades, Blat­ter didn’t notice hefty bribes being trousered by his col­leagues in return for giv­ing World Cup con­tracts to Dassler com­pa­nies. Accused of han­dling a $1 mil­lion bribe intend­ed for Joao Have­lange, for­mer pres­i­dent of FIFA (the inter­na­tion­al soc­cer fed­er­a­tion) and doyen of the IOC, Blat­ter hired inves­ti­ga­tors who report­ed that there was a mis­un­der­stand­ing and that he was no more than “clum­sy.”

Have­lange resigned in dis­grace from the IOC in Decem­ber 2011. Blat­ter survived—despite los­ing eight of FIFA’s twen­ty-three exec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers to scan­dals in the past three years. An FBI-orga­nized crime squad, now dig­ging into FIFA’s embed­ded cor­rup­tion, has a coop­er­at­ing wit­ness in Mia­mi and prob­a­bly anoth­er in New York. Blat­ter, sched­uled to be played by Tim Roth on the big screen lat­er this year, might not make it to Sochi.

At Bach’s oth­er shoul­der is Lamine Diack from Sene­gal, pres­i­dent of the IAAF (the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions) and also on the Dassler gift list. I dis­closed these bribes for the BBC pro­gram Panora­ma in 2010, and a year lat­er the IOC rebuked Diack. But the Lords of Lau­sanne for­give and for­get, so he’s back at the heart of Olympic ide­al­ism.

Loom­ing over the diminu­tive Blat­ter, smil­ing broad­ly, dark curls tum­bling around his shoul­ders, is Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, king­mak­er for Thomas Bach. Fahad is the 50-year-old stripling of the group, a past chair of OPEC, a Kuwaiti roy­al and by far the rich­est. Com­mit­tee mem­bers seemed uncon­cerned by a 2008 US embassy cable, dis­closed by Wik­iLeaks, say­ing he was “wide­ly per­ceived as being cor­rupt.”

Next in line and anoth­er atten­tive sup­port­er of the sheik is Patrick Hick­ey, 68, who has risen from an unre­mark­able back­ground in north Dublin, his rep­u­ta­tion guard­ed by a sharp-tongued lawyer. In pri­vate cor­re­spon­dence in 1991 with one of the bribe pay­ers on the Salt Lake City Win­ter Olympics bid­ding com­mit­tee, Hick­ey revealed that some IOC mem­bers were sell­ing their votes for $100,000 to rival wannabe Olympic hosts from Nagano. At the time, he was gun­ning for mem­ber­ship in the IOC, but said noth­ing to its offi­cials. It has done him no harm that he nev­er snitched.

Hick­ey gets cozy with peo­ple many of us wouldn’t invite home to meet our loved ones. Seek­ing a wealthy patron in Europe to pay for a region­al Olympics to mir­ror the Pan-Amer­i­can Games and not find­ing any tak­ers among rep­utable lead­ers, Hick­ey turned to the pres­i­dent of the nation­al Olympic com­mit­tee of Belarus, whose day job is being Europe’s last dic­ta­tor. Ignor­ing Belarus’s unen­vi­able dop­ing record, Hick­ey pre­sent­ed the thug­gish Alexan­der Lukashenko with a plaque com­mend­ing his “Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the Olympic Move­ment.” But Lukashenko is broke, so Hick­ey pur­sued the oil-rich pres­i­dent of the Azer­bai­jan Olympic Com­mit­tee, anoth­er head of state. A not­ed klep­to­ma­ni­ac and jail­er of reporters, Ilham Aliyev has report­ed­ly offered mil­lions to fund the event in 2015.

A step away—listen up, NHL people!—is a for­mer den­tist, René Fasel, now the Swiss boss of inter­na­tion­al hock­ey and one of the biggest cheeses in Sochi. Three years ago, the IOC’s Ethics Com­mis­sion rep­ri­mand­ed Fasel for a curi­ous deal involv­ing the pay­ment of 1.9 mil­lion Swiss francs ($2 mil­lion) by a Swiss mar­ket­ing com­pa­ny to a for­mer school pal for “advice” on acquir­ing win­ter sport con­tracts. Fasel vig­or­ous­ly denied palm­ing a slice but admit­ted “a case of poor judg­ment.” The CEO of that mar­ket­ing com­pa­ny, which obtains mas­sive con­tracts from FIFA, is Sepp Blatter’s nephew Philippe Blat­ter. The com­pa­ny uses the offices once occu­pied by the Dassler com­pa­ny.

Thomas Bach, who won a fenc­ing team gold medal at the 1976 Mon­tre­al Olympics, spent a cou­ple of years work­ing for Dassler’s quaint­ly named “inter­na­tion­al rela­tions” team. Days before the vote that ele­vat­ed Bach to Olympic lead­er­ship last Sep­tem­ber, Ger­man TV sta­tion WDR aired alle­ga­tions that Bach was involved in—or at least aware of—cheating in the years when he com­pet­ed (appar­ent­ly, if fencers held a wet glove to their elec­tric scor­ing jack­et, their oppo­nents’ strikes didn’t reg­is­ter). Bach refused to com­ment, but his spokesman denies every­thing.

On ele­va­tion to the Olympic pres­i­den­cy, Bach resigned his chair­man­ship of Ghor­fa, a Ger­man-Arab busi­ness group that empha­sizes its boy­cott of parts made in Israel to ensure its lucra­tive exports to the Arab world. An Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al offi­cial has crit­i­cized Ghorfa’s con­sid­er­able involve­ment in arms sales to the region, say­ing it is “not inter­est­ed in pro­mot­ing fun­da­men­tal human rights.”

After the pho­to line­up at IOC HQ, Bach sped to the UN and talked up the Olympic Truce, an IOC fan­ta­sy that claims its sports extrav­a­gan­za spreads world peace. Glob­al war­riors, take note that com­bat is for­bid­den off-piste dur­ing Feb­ru­ary. If this delu­sion ever came to pass, it would depress Olympic “part­ners” like Gen­er­al Elec­tric, whose engines pow­er death-deal­ing F‑16 fight­ers and Apache heli­copters.

Pres­i­dent Bach is at ease with the likes of GE. From the ear­ly 1980s, before join­ing the IOC, he lob­bied for the end of ama­teurism, the start­ing point for the pri­va­ti­za­tion of the Games. He became a favorite of for­mer IOC pres­i­dent Juan Anto­nio Sama­ranch, once sports min­is­ter in Franco’s Spain and a thir­ty-sev­en-year loy­al fas­cist. I attempt­ed to ask Sama­ranch why his right arm was more mus­cu­lar than his left. That got me a sev­en-year ban from IOC press con­fer­ences.

Half of the cur­rent 107 IOC members—eight of them princes or princesses—were cho­sen by Sama­ranch. His final appoint­ment was his son, Juan Anto­nio Jr. New mem­bers are ini­ti­at­ed in a bizarre cer­e­mo­ny, halfway between the style of the mob and the Masons, over­seen by the chief of pro­to­col, who used to be Pal Schmitt. He stood down as Hungary’s pres­i­dent in 2012 after being accused of pla­gia­rism and stripped of his doc­tor­ate. The IOC removed him as chief of pro­to­col, but he remains a mem­ber. The cer­e­mo­ny involves the chief of pro­to­col hold­ing a huge Olympic flag. He swings it down to waist lev­el and the ini­ti­ate, grasp­ing a cor­ner, swears he (or she) will respect “the deci­sions of the IOC, which I con­sid­er as not sub­ject to appeal on my part.”

Off-cam­era are oth­er Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­bers: France’s Guy Drut, con­vict­ed of fraud but amnestied by for­mer French Pres­i­dent Jacques Chirac; Lee Kun-hee, the Kore­an boss of Sam­sung, who was con­vict­ed of evad­ing $39 mil­lion in taxes—but Sam­sung is an Olympic spon­sor and so Lee was for­giv­en. Then there’s Russ­ian mem­ber Shamil Tarpis­chev, once Yeltsin’s ten­nis coach. He has prob­lems trav­el­ing to the Unit­ed States: for the past two US Games, in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, his visas were delayed, and then his trav­el was restrict­ed to the area of the event. In Rus­sia, Tarpis­chev has been accused of mafia associations—which he denies. It has not helped that he has been pho­tographed with Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, the Russ­ian mob­ster accused by the US gov­ern­ment of fix­ing the ice dance medal at Salt Lake City. And Princess Nora of Liechtenstein’s secre­tive fam­i­ly bank has long been the choice of tax felons and mon­ey laun­der­ers.

2b. An arti­cle not includ­ed in the orig­i­nal broad­cast notes FIFA chief Sepp Blat­ter’s nephew Philippe Blat­ter’s involve­ment with a com­pa­ny that appears to have been scalp­ing World Cup tick­ets.

 “FIFA Part­ner, Want­ed in World Cup Tick­et Scam, Is On the Run” by Ben Taven­er; Mash­able; 7/10/2014.

FIFA part­ner Ray Whe­lan gave police in Rio de Janeiro the slip Thurs­day, just moments before offi­cers were set to re-arrest him on charges of ille­gal­ly sell­ing World Cup tick­ets, local media report­ed.

Whe­lan, 64, is CEO of Switzer­land-head­quar­tered Match Hos­pi­tal­i­ty, FIFA’s exclu­sive provider of hos­pi­tal­i­ty pack­ages for the World Cup. He is now offi­cial­ly con­sid­ered a fugi­tive. . . .

2c. The spe­cif­ic involve­ment of Philippe Blat­ter with Match Hos­pi­tal­i­ty is detailed below:

FIFA Hospitality’s Provider Arrest­ed over World Cup Tick­et Scalp­ing”; Mer­co­Press; 7/8/2014.

. . . . Match Hos­pi­tal­i­ty pro­vides deluxe pack­ages to high-end foot­ball cus­tomers and was allo­cat­ed 445,500 of the 3 mil­lion pur­chasable tick­ets for the 2014 World Cup, accord­ing to FIFA. One of its share­hold­er com­pa­nies is owned by Philippe Blat­ter, the nephew of FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter.

FIFA has vowed to clamp down on cor­rup­tion in soc­cer, and in 2012 hired a U.S. pros­e­cu­tor to inves­ti­gate alle­ga­tions includ­ing that Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup was “improp­er­ly influ­enced.” . . . .

3. Der Spiegel gives us anoth­er jolt­ing rev­e­la­tion con­cern­ing the 1972 Olympics Mas­sacre in Munich. Ger­man author­i­ties had been warned almost a month in advance of Pales­tin­ian inten­tions to cre­ate an inci­dent at the Olympics.

Despite a warn­ing from the for­eign min­istry, the Munich secu­ri­ty offi­cials took no sig­nif­i­cant action, this despite the fact that the Black Sep­tem­ber group appears to have been method­olog­i­cal­ly ama­teur­ish.

The secu­ri­ty offi­cials at the games per­mit­ted Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists to walk right past the build­ing where the Israeli ath­letes were quar­tered.

In the past, we’ve exam­ined sev­er­al con­sid­er­a­tions that weigh heav­i­ly on this issue;

  • Secu­ri­ty at the games was under the super­vi­sion of a BND offi­cer names Hans Lange­mann. (BND is the Ger­man for­eign intel­li­gence ser­vice, descend­ed from the Gehlen spy out­fit.)
  • Lange­mann alleged­ly con­spired with Hans Koll­mar (head of the BKA–the Ger­man Fed­er­al Police) to stage ter­ror­ist inci­dents to be blamed on the left.
  • Lange­mann, while work­ing for the Ger­man domes­tic intel­li­gence ser­vice, pro­vid­ed an ali­bi for Karl Heinz Hoff­man, head of the neo-Nazi ter­ror group that per­pe­trat­ed the 1980 Okto­ber­fest bomb­ing in Munich.
  • The Ger­man author­i­ties tried to blame the Okto­ber­fest bomb­ing on the left, despite evi­dence that the crime was part of a series of attacks per­pe­trat­ed by the post­war fas­cist inter­na­tion­al.
  • The Black Sep­tem­ber ter­ror­ists who exe­cut­ed the Olympics mas­sacre were aid­ed by Ger­man neo-Nazis.
  • Ger­man neo-Nazi ter­ror­ists appear to have received assis­tance from the very domes­tic intel­li­gence ser­vice that is sup­posed to keep them in check.
  • Doc­u­ments indi­cat­ing com­plic­i­ty by the domes­tic intel­li­gence ser­vice in Nazi ter­ror were destroyed the day before being turned over to a pros­e­cu­tor.
  • The leader of the Olympics ter­ror squad (Ali Has­san  Salameh) was the son of one of the Grand Mufti’s top aides.
  • At the time of his assas­si­na­tion by the Mossad, Salameh was work­ing for the CIA.

“Ger­many Had a Tip-Off Three Weeks Ahead of Munich Mas­sacre, Der Spiegel Claims” by Raphael Ahren; Times of Israel; 7/22/2012.

Ger­many had a tip-off from a Pales­tin­ian infor­mant in Beirut three weeks before the 1972 Munich Olympic mas­sacre that Pales­tini­ans were plan­ning an “inci­dent” at the Games, a Ger­man news mag­a­zine charged Sun­day.

The For­eign Min­istry in Bonn took the tip-off suf­fi­cient­ly seri­ous­ly to pass it on to the secret ser­vice in Munich and urge that “all pos­si­ble secu­ri­ty mea­sures” be tak­en.

But the Munich author­i­ties failed to act on the tip, which was passed on to Bonn by the Ger­man Embassy in Beirut, and have nev­er acknowl­edged it in the ensu­ing 40 years, Der Spiegel said in a front-page sto­ry to be pub­lished Mon­day but made avail­able online in Ger­man on Sun­day.

The fail­ure to act upon that tip-off at the time, and the sub­se­quent fail­ure to acknowl­edge that it had even been received, Der Spiegel added, is only part of a 40-year cov­er-up by the Ger­man author­i­ties of the mis­han­dling of the 1972 ter­ror attack, in which 11 mem­bers of the Israeli team were mas­sa­cred by Pales­tin­ian Black Sep­tem­ber ter­ror­ists.

“The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment [in Bonn] and the local gov­ern­ment of the state of Bavaria com­mit­ted grave errors in their han­dling of the attack on Israeli ath­letes dur­ing the Olympic Games in Munich, and have kept the true extent of the fail­ure true under wraps until today,” Der Spiegel assert­ed.

For the first 20 years after the mas­sacre in Munich, the Ger­man author­i­ties refused to release any infor­ma­tion about the attack; nor did they accept any respon­si­bil­i­ty for the trag­ic results. . . . .

. . . . On Sun­day, Der Spiegel said it obtained hith­er­to secret reports by author­i­ties, embassy cables and min­utes of cab­i­net meet­ings that demon­strate just how ama­teur­ish the Ger­man offi­cials were ahead of the Sep­tem­ber 5 attack, which also claimed the life of one Ger­man police­man.

Accord­ing to Bonn’s offi­cial doc­u­men­ta­tion of the event, the Pales­tin­ian Black Sep­tem­ber ter­ror group car­ried out its dead­ly mis­sion with “pre­ci­sion.” But the Ger­man author­i­ties knew the Black Sep­tem­ber was a bad­ly pre­pared group that bare­ly man­aged to find hotel rooms in Munich, Der Spiegel stat­ed.

As far back as August 14, 1972, three weeks before the mas­sacre, the Ger­man Embassy in Beirut report­ed to Bonn that an infor­mant had talked about Pales­tin­ian plans for “an inci­dent” dur­ing the Olympics, accord­ing to the report. Four days lat­er, the For­eign Min­istry in Bonn told the secret service’s Munich branch about this and advised author­i­ties to “take all pos­si­ble secu­ri­ty mea­sures.”

Need­less to say, the nec­es­sary secu­ri­ty mea­sures were nev­er tak­en. The report revealed, for instance, that the ter­ror­ists were strolling by the apart­ments of the Israeli ath­letes with­out any­body stop­ping them from doing so.

All these facts are miss­ing from the offi­cial doc­u­men­ta­tion of the Ger­man gov­ern­ment.

The offi­cial doc­u­men­ta­tion also con­ceals the fact that the Munich pros­e­cu­tion inves­ti­gat­ed the city’s police chiefs for sus­pect­ed neg­li­gent homi­cide, the mag­a­zine report­ed.

“Mutu­al accu­sa­tions should be avoid­ed, as well as self-crit­i­cism,” a For­eign Min­istry offi­cial told a spe­cial cab­i­net ses­sion just two days after the dead­ly attack. “From that moment on, this appar­ent­ly became the mot­to of the gov­ern­ments in Bonn and Munich,” the mag­a­zine wrote.

4a. We have dis­cussed gam­bling, orga­nized crime and the NFL in FTR #304. One of the peo­ple dis­cussed at length was for­mer San Fran­cis­co 49ers own­er Edward DeBar­to­lo, Jr. Barred by Major League Base­ball from own­ing the Chica­go White Sox (who per­haps feared a rep­e­ti­tion of the 1919 “Black Sox” scan­dal), DeBar­to­lo was forced to give up own­er­ship of the 49ers after con­vic­tion on a gam­bling charge.

He is now part­ner with NFL Hall of Fame quar­ter­back Joe Mon­tana.

What is not men­tioned is the back­ground of Kurt Wit­tek, their part­ner.

“49ers Leg­ends Mon­tana, Eddie DeBar­to­lo Plan Lux­u­ry Hotel, Enter­tain­ment Venue Across from San­ta Clara Sta­di­um Site” by Mike Swift; San Jose Mer­cury News; 12/12/2010.

For­mer 49ers great Joe Mon­tana and ex-own­er Eddie DeBar­to­lo Jr. are two of the most sto­ried names in fran­chise his­to­ry. Now they’re maneu­ver­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the 49ers’ most ambi­tious real estate ven­ture ever: the $937 mil­lion sta­di­um the team hopes to build in San­ta Clara for the 2015 sea­son.

Mon­tana, DeBar­to­lo and a third busi­ness part­ner, Con­necti­cut devel­op­er Kurt Wit­tek, want to build a lux­u­ry hotel, sports bar and enter­tain­ment com­plex on two parcels of city-owned land adja­cent to the site of the planned 68,500-seat sta­di­um. The Hall of Fame quar­ter­back and his part­ners capped a series of meet­ings with San­ta Clara offi­cials with a writ­ten request last week for an 18-month exclu­sive nego­ti­at­ing agree­ment to com­plete a deal. . . . .

4b. The Mon­tana real estate deal, in which he part­nered with DeBar­to­lo, appar­ent­ly led to the FBI inves­ti­gat­ing the group.

Although every­one involved claims that there was noth­ing sus­pi­cious, a San Jose Mer­cury News arti­cle observes that Kurt Wit­tek was con­vict­ed of bank fraud in a Sav­ings and Loan scam in North Car­oli­na.

Inter­est­ing­ly, this sto­ry does NOT men­tion that Eddie DeBar­to­lo was involved. The San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle arti­cle above–which DOES men­tion DeBar­tolo’s involve­ment, does NOT men­tion Wit­tek’s crim­i­nal back­ground.

“FBI Report­ed­ly Eyed Joe Mon­tana, then Dropped Probe” by Philip Mati­er and Andrew Ross; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 5/5/2014.

The FBI sting oper­a­tion that snared state Sen. Leland Yee and Chi­na­town tong leader Ray­mond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was snoop­ing around an even big­ger Bay Area name — 49ers foot­ball leg­end Joe Mon­tana — but came up emp­ty, accord­ing to informed sources.

Mon­tana, the Hall of Fame quar­ter­back who has dab­bled in devel­op­ment deals since retir­ing from foot­ball after the 1994 sea­son, was con­tact­ed by an under­cov­er FBI oper­a­tive about an unspec­i­fied busi­ness propo­si­tion dur­ing the Yee-Chow inves­ti­ga­tion, accord­ing to one source famil­iar with the case.

“Nobody has said he did any­thing wrong,” said the source, who request­ed anonymi­ty because of the sen­si­tiv­i­ty of the case.

Fear that Mon­tana’s name would bub­ble up as part of the FBI’s cor­rup­tion probe is among the rea­sons U.S. Dis­trict Judge Charles Brey­er plans to issue a pro­tec­tive order bar­ring pros­e­cu­tors and defense attor­neys involved in the cor­rup­tion case from dis­clos­ing cer­tain evi­dence to the pub­lic, includ­ing wire­taps and record­ings, accord­ing to sources. . . . .

. . . . Mon­tana’s busi­ness part­ner on the San­ta Clara deal is Kurt Wit­tek, a devel­op­er who also teamed up with the for­mer quar­ter­back on plans to devel­op the tran­sit vil­lage — 12 acres of hous­ing and com­mer­cial space next to the South Hay­ward BART Sta­tion. . . .

. . . . Wit­tek was con­vict­ed of bank fraud by a fed­er­al jury in 1992 after he helped a busi­ness asso­ciate secure an ille­gal loan to buy a North Car­oli­na sav­ings and loan. He lat­er got part of the case tossed on appeal, and his five-year prison sen­tence was reduced to pro­ba­tion.

5. With the 50th anniver­sary of Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion hav­ing passed, two of the orga­nized crime fig­ures who may well have been involved in that assas­si­na­tion have come back into pub­lic view in the con­text of an alleged fix­ing of the “Bat­tle of the Sex­es” ten­nis match between Bil­lie Jean King and Bob­by Rig­gs.

San­tos Traf­fi­cante and Car­los Mar­cel­lo, both dis­cussed in The Guns of Novem­ber, Part I, are two of the mob­sters alleged in a recent ESPN sto­ry to have been prime movers behind the fix­ing of the King/Riggs match.

Alleged to have run up big debts to the mob, Rig­gs was appar­ent­ly an asso­ciate of the orga­nized crime milieu.

His alleged fix­ing of the match was done to pay off his gam­bling debts as well, of course, as mak­ing mon­ey for the mob.

We also note that Jer­ry Peren­chio, long­time king­pin of the Uni­vi­sion Span­ish lan­guage TV net­work arranged the match.

At the time, the King/Riggs match was a media sen­sa­tion. Was it, in fact, yet anoth­er exam­ple of the cor­rup­tion that infects every aspect of Amer­i­can exis­tence?

“The Match Mak­er” by Don Van Nat­ta, Jr.; espn.go.com; 8/25/2013.

When Hal Shaw heard the voic­es at the Pal­ma Ceia Golf and Coun­try Club in Tam­pa, Fla., on a win­ter night some 40 years ago, he turned off the bench light over his work table and locked the bag room door. He feared bur­glars. Who else would be approach­ing the pro shop long after mid­night? Then Shaw, who was there late rush­ing to repair mem­bers’ golf clubs for the next day’s tour­na­ment, heard the pro shop’s front door unlock and swing open.

Peer­ing through a dia­mond-shaped win­dow, Shaw, then a 39-year-old assis­tant golf pro, watched four sharply dressed men stroll into the pro shop. He says he instant­ly rec­og­nized three of them: Frank Ragano, a Pal­ma Ceia mem­ber and mob attor­ney whose wife took golf lessons from Shaw, and two oth­ers he knew from news­pa­per pho­tographs — San­to Traf­fi­cante Jr., the Flori­da mob boss whom Ragano rep­re­sent­ed, and Car­los Mar­cel­lo, the head of the New Orleans mob. Traf­fi­cante and Mar­cel­lo, now deceased, were among the most infa­mous mafia lead­ers in Amer­i­ca; Mar­cel­lo would lat­er con­fide to an FBI infor­mant that he had ordered the assas­si­na­tion of John F. Kennedy. A fourth man, whom Shaw says he did­n’t rec­og­nize, joined them.

Shaw’s work­room was about 20 feet from the men, who sat at a cir­cu­lar table. Through the win­dow to the dark­ened bag room door, he could see them, but they could­n’t see him. Shaw says he was “pet­ri­fied” as he tried to remain com­plete­ly still, wor­ry­ing that the men would find him lurk­ing there. Then Shaw heard some­thing he’d keep secret for the next 40 years: Bob­by Rig­gs owed the gang­sters more than $100,000 from lost sports bets, and he had a plan to pay it back. . . .

. . . . Ragano explained that Rig­gs “had the first match already in the works … and the sec­ond match he knew would fol­low because of Bil­lie Jean King’s pop­u­lar­i­ty and every­thing that it would be kind of a slam dunk to get her to play him brag­ging about beat­ing Mar­garet Court,” Shaw says Ragano told the men. Shaw also says he heard Ragano men­tion an uniden­ti­fied mob man in Chica­go who would help engi­neer the pro­posed fix.

“Mr. Ragano was emphat­ic,” Shaw recalls. “Rig­gs had assured him that the fix would be in — he would beat Mar­garet Court and then he would go in the tank” against King, but Rig­gs pledged he’d “make it appear that it was on the up and up.”

At first, Traf­fi­cante and Mar­cel­lo expressed skep­ti­cism, Shaw says. They won­dered whether Rig­gs was in play­ing shape to defeat Court or King, but Ragano, now deceased, assured them Rig­gs was train­ing. The men also won­dered whether there would be enough inter­est in exhi­bi­tion ten­nis match­es to gen­er­ate sub­stan­tial bet­ting action. In the ear­ly 1970s, as it does today, ten­nis attract­ed a tiny frac­tion of sports bet­ting dol­lars. Ragano assured them that there was ample time for Rig­gs to get the media to pro­mote the match­es so enough peo­ple would be inter­est­ed to place bets with the mob­sters’ net­work of ille­gal book­mak­ers.

...Final­ly, Shaw says, the men asked about Rig­gs’ price for the fix. “Ragano says, ‘Well, he’s going to [get] peanuts com­pared to what we’re going to make out of this, so he has asked for his debt to be erased.’ ” Rig­gs “has also asked for a cer­tain amount of mon­ey to be dis­cussed lat­er to be put in a bank account for him in Eng­land,” Ragano told the men, accord­ing to Shaw.

After near­ly an hour, the four men stood up, shook hands and agreed they’d move for­ward with Rig­gs’ pro­pos­al, Shaw says.

Lamar Wal­dron, an author of sev­er­al books about the mafia, says Shaw’s account of the meet­ing rings true. “In the ear­ly 1970s, pro­posed deals were usu­al­ly brought to Traf­fi­cante and Mar­cel­lo by oth­er cities’ mob lead­ers, busi­ness­men and lawyers for the mob,” says Wal­dron, whose book “Lega­cy of Secre­cy” is being devel­oped into a film by Leonar­do DiCaprio with Robert De Niro slat­ed to play Mar­cel­lo. “They’d accept some, pass on oth­ers. I know Mar­cel­lo and Traf­fi­cante also met dur­ing that peri­od in the Tam­pa area.”

After the men left the pro shop, Shaw says he stayed hid­den in the dark­ened room for a half hour until he was cer­tain they were gone.

“Mob­sters have been here for cen­turies,” Shaw says of Tam­pa, where he has lived his entire life. “There were gang­land mur­ders on top of one anoth­er. I was brought up with the fear fac­tor. You don’t mess around with these peo­ple. You stay clear of them, and you don’t do any­thing that would make them angry.”

But as he approach­es his 80th birth­day this Decem­ber, Shaw says he is moti­vat­ed to tell his sto­ry. “There are cer­tain things in my life that I have to talk about, have to get off my chest,” he says of the meet­ing, which he says occurred dur­ing the last week of 1972 or the first week in 1973. “It’s been 40 years, OK, and I’ve car­ried this with me for 40 years. … The fear is gone. … And I want­ed to make sure, if pos­si­ble, I could set the record straight — let the world know that this was not what it seemed to be.”

...A box­ing pro­mot­er and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­er named Jer­ry Peren­chio, who pro­mot­ed the Ali-Fra­zier bout in 1971 as “The Fight,” orga­nized “The Bat­tle of the Sex­es” between King and Rig­gs. He put up a $100,000 win­ner-take-all prize for the best-of-five sets match and arranged for it to be played in the Hous­ton Astrodome in prime-time on nation­al tele­vi­sion.

...Dur­ing those weeks, Lar­ry Rig­gs noticed some “unsa­vory char­ac­ters” kept show­ing up at Pow­ers’ house to meet pri­vate­ly with his father. “They weren’t golfers,” Lar­ry Rig­gs says. “I called them shady char­ac­ters with the kind of flashy suits on and the ties and what­ev­er. They just did­n’t fit in.”

After one of the vis­its, Lar­ry Rig­gs con­front­ed his father. “Who are those guys?”

“Friends of mine from Chica­go.”

...That’s when Lar­ry Rig­gs says he rec­og­nized the men as asso­ciates of Jack­ie Cerone, the Chica­go mob hit man with whom his father had played golf and cards back at the Tam O’Shanter Coun­try Club out­side of Chica­go. “Very not upright cit­i­zens of our coun­try,” Lar­ry Rig­gs now says of the men vis­it­ing his father.

“What the hell are those guys doing?” Lar­ry Rig­gs asked his father.

“They’re here to see me. We have a lit­tle busi­ness that we’re doing. Don’t wor­ry about it. Every­thing’s OK.”

But Lar­ry Rig­gs says he wor­ried obses­sive­ly. And he says his father nev­er iden­ti­fied the men or explained why they flew from Chica­go to Los Ange­les to meet with him sev­er­al times before the King match. . . .

. . . . By ear­ly 1974 — only a few months after the loss to King — Rig­gs moved to Las Vegas and worked at the Trop­i­cana Hotel and Casi­no as the res­i­dent ten­nis pro and casi­no greeter. Paid an annu­al salary of $100,000, he moved into a house on the hotel’s golf course.

The Trop­i­cana was the casi­no where mob­sters had skimmed pack­ets of $100 bills from the count­ing room — the crime immor­tal­ized in the film, “Casi­no.” One of the men who ben­e­fit­ed from the Trop­i­cana skim was Rig­gs’ Chica­go golf­ing bud­dy, Jack­ie Cerone. In 1986, Cerone and four oth­er men, from the Chica­go, Detroit and Kansas City mobs, were con­vict­ed of skim­ming a total of $2 mil­lion from the Trop­i­cana dur­ing the mid-’70s. Lar­ry Rig­gs says he is unsure who had arranged the job at the Trop­i­cana for Bob­by Rig­gs. . . . .

6. The pro­gram con­cludes with an excerpt from The Guns of Novem­ber, Part I, detail­ing the appar­ent roles of Car­los Mar­cel­lo and San­to Traf­fi­cante in the assas­si­na­tion of JFK.

Discussion

4 comments for “FTR #801 The Sportin’ Life”

  1. Pick up a copy of “Among the Thugs” by Bill Buford. For­mer edi­tor of Amer­i­can lit­er­ary jour­nal “Gran­ta” “infil­trates” Man­ches­ter Unit­ed foot­ball sup­port­ers. British foot­ball has long been used as a recruit­ing tool by the fas­cist Nation­al Front.

    Posted by Eve Memory of the Third Kind | July 7, 2014, 1:23 am
  2. Today, on ESP­N’s pre-cov­er­age of the Argentina/Netherlands match-up, reporter Jere­my Schaap, in response to a ques­tion about how Argenti­na fans are present in large num­bers in Brazil, opined that it was like Brazil had been invad­ed by a fifth col­umn of Argen­tini­ans. I found that amus­ing, and won­der if Schaap was hint­ing at the Nazi rat lines to South Amer­i­ca.

    Ricky Ger­vais cer­tain­ly was, when yes­ter­day, he tweet­ed after the Brazil loss that it would not be the first time that thou­sands of Ger­mans would have to lay low in Brazil for a while. Togeth­er with Dav­e’s pri­or cov­er­age of Rus­sell Brand’s quip about Hugo Boss a while back, it seems like there is at least an aware­ness of increased fas­cist activ­i­ty, and hence these prods from enter­tain­ers and reporters.

    Posted by Sampson | July 9, 2014, 9:19 am
  3. This reminds me of the dif­fer­ence between the War­ren Com­mis­sion tes­ti­mo­ny and the final report that was issued to the pub­lic. Except that we at least get to read the War­ren tes­ti­mo­ny, with FIFA, you don’t even get that.

    http://deadspin.com/fifa-investigator-blasts-report-based-on-his-own-invest-1658279291

    As expect­ed, the report based on FIFA’s probe has large­ly cleared Rus­sia, Qatar, and all active FIFA offi­cials of claims of cor­rup­tion in the World Cup bid­ding process. But here’s one no one saw com­ing: the man who actu­al­ly con­duct­ed the inves­ti­ga­tion says the report is “incom­plete and erro­neous,” and will appeal its find­ings.

    Michael J. Gar­cia, a for­mer U.S. Attor­ney, spent 18 months look­ing into alle­ga­tions that many of the nine bids seek­ing the 2018 and 2022 World Cups show­ered gifts and mon­ey on FIFA exec­u­tives, inter­view­ing more than 75 witnesses—and gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion on many more who refused to coop­er­ate.

    A few months ago Gar­cia pro­duced a 430-page report, which FIFA’s top judge imme­di­ate­ly declared would nev­er be made pub­lic. That judge, Hans-Joachim Eck­ert, instead put togeth­er his own 42-page sum­ma­ry of Gar­ci­a’s find­ings, which can be found below. It was Eck­ert’s sum­ma­ry that was released today. Gar­cia says that’s insuf­fi­cient and flat-out wrong.

    “Today’s deci­sion by the Chair­man of the Adju­di­ca­to­ry Cham­ber con­tains numer­ous mate­ri­al­ly incom­plete and erro­neous rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the facts and con­clu­sions detailed in the Inves­ti­ga­to­ry Cham­ber’s report,” said Gar­cia.

    (A source who has seen Gar­ci­a’s full report tells Sports Illus­trat­ed that it con­tains harsh­er crit­i­cism for Sepp Blat­ter and for FIFA exec­u­tives than does Eck­ert’s sum­ma­ry.)

    So what we have, in essence, is one of FIFA’s two-head­ed ethics com­mit­tee accus­ing the oth­er of poor ethics. It sounds far­ci­cal, but its true. (The farce is strong here. Today’s report con­demns near­ly every los­ing World Cup bid more strong­ly than it does Qatar’s or Rus­si­a’s, if only because few Qatar admin­is­tra­tors allowed them­selves to be inter­viewed by Gar­cia, and Rus­sia claimed it had thrown out all its records of the bid­ding process.)

    Gar­cia will appeal the deci­sion to close the inves­ti­ga­tion into the World Cup bid­ding. It’ll go before FIFA’s appeals com­mit­tee, and good luck with that being on the up-and-up:

    FIFA Inves­ti­ga­tor Blasts Report Based On His Own Inves­ti­ga­tion

    A few months ago Gar­cia pro­duced a 430-page report, which FIFA’s top judge imme­di­ate­ly declared would nev­er be made pub­lic. That judge, Hans-Joachim Eck­ert, instead put togeth­er his own 42-page sum­ma­ry of Gar­ci­a’s find­ings, which can be found below. It was Eck­ert’s sum­ma­ry that was released today. Gar­cia says that’s insuf­fi­cient and flat-out wrong.

    “Today’s deci­sion by the Chair­man of the Adju­di­ca­to­ry Cham­ber con­tains numer­ous mate­ri­al­ly incom­plete and erro­neous rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the facts and con­clu­sions detailed in the Inves­ti­ga­to­ry Cham­ber’s report,” said Gar­cia.

    (A source who has seen Gar­ci­a’s full report tells Sports Illus­trat­ed that it con­tains harsh­er crit­i­cism for Sepp Blat­ter and for FIFA exec­u­tives than does Eck­ert’s sum­ma­ry.)

    So what we have, in essence, is one of FIFA’s two-head­ed ethics com­mit­tee accus­ing the oth­er of poor ethics. It sounds far­ci­cal, but its true. (The farce is strong here. Today’s report con­demns near­ly every los­ing World Cup bid more strong­ly than it does Qatar’s or Rus­si­a’s, if only because few Qatar admin­is­tra­tors allowed them­selves to be inter­viewed by Gar­cia, and Rus­sia claimed it had thrown out all its records of the bid­ding process.)

    Posted by Tiffany Sunderson | November 13, 2014, 12:53 pm
  4. While soc­cer is the sec­ond most Under­ground Reich sport on the plan­et, For­mu­la One rac­ing is clear­ly Num­ber One...

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/14/us-google-mosley-idUSKBN0KN1TH20150114

    Reuters) — Google Inc. sought on Wednes­day to block a law­suit filed against it by Max Mosley in the High Court in Lon­don over access through its search engine to images of the for­mer motor rac­ing chief tak­ing part in a sex par­ty.

    Google wants to avoid a legal oblig­a­tion to mon­i­tor and lim­it the flow of data on the Inter­net. Mosley, who was present in court, argues the firm is breach­ing his fun­da­men­tal right to pri­va­cy by allow­ing users to access the pic­tures.

    The images were first pub­lished in 2008 by Rupert Mur­doch’s now-defunct News of the World, which said they showed a Nazi-themed orgy — an incen­di­ary sto­ry, as Mosley’s father Oswald Mosley was a British fas­cist politi­cian in the 1930s.

    Max Mosley lat­er won 60,000 pounds ($91,290) in dam­ages from the news­pa­per after a court ruled the par­ty had no Nazi theme and the sto­ry was not in the pub­lic inter­est. Mosley, 74, has remained in the pub­lic eye in Britain ever since, main­ly as a cam­paign­er for pri­va­cy rights and against media intru­sion.

    He launched legal action against Google and its British sub­sidiary in July last year, seek­ing dam­ages and ask­ing the court to com­pel the search engine to pre­vent any user access­ing the sex par­ty images in future.

    Google’s lawyers say it has removed the images from search results in instances where Mosley has noti­fied the firm of spe­cif­ic search terms being used, and has pro­vid­ed the detailed loca­tion of the images.

    How­ev­er, the firm does not wish to go fur­ther and set up a fil­ter­ing sys­tem that would pre­vent users from access­ing the images, argu­ing that would amount to an oblig­a­tion to mon­i­tor the Inter­net.

    At the first court hear­ing in the case, Google’s lawyers argued on Wednes­day that Mosley’s law­suit should be thrown out because the images had been so wide­ly avail­able for so long that he had no real­is­tic expec­ta­tion of pri­va­cy left.

    They also dis­put­ed Mosley’s posi­tion that Google should be con­sid­ered a “pub­lish­er” of the images for legal pur­pos­es.

    The court hear­ing was sched­uled to last two days. Judge John Mit­ting is then expect­ed to rule with­in two to four weeks on whether the case should be thrown out or go to a full tri­al.

    Mosley has won sim­i­lar law­suits against Google in France and Ger­many.

    Posted by Tiffany Sunderson | January 15, 2015, 3:51 pm

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