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The Assassination of Olof Palme

In our ongoing series of interviews with Peter Levenda, the author of “The Hitler Legacy,” we have highlighted points of discussion relating to WACL, Operation Condor, the Iran/Contra scandal and other elements that might not be familiar to recent/younger readers and listeners. Peter detailed his hair-raising visit to Colonia Dignidad in FTR #839. While going through some boxes in storage, we came across an old essay by the brilliant Danish journalist Henrik Kruger, author of “The Great Heroin Coup,” analyzing the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme. We present that article here, in order to familiarize younger readers and listeners with individuals and institutions we haven’t covered in decades. All of the contents of this website as of 12/19/2014–Dave Emory’s 35+ years of research and broadcasting–as well as hours of videotaped lectures are available on a 32GB flash drive. Dave offers his programs and articles for free–your support is very much appreciated.


FTR #836 The Death of Alberto Nisman and the AMIA Bombing

After recapping some threads in the tangled web of the 1994 AMIA bombing in Argentina, this program takes up the suspicious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head the weekend before he was to testify before that country’s congress about the bombing. Nisman was reportedly going to indict Argentine president Kirchner in connection with a cover-up of the bombing, allegedly stemming from a “grain-for-oil” deal with Iran. Nisman had previously expressed fear for his own life and for the safety of his two young daughters. In addition to the presence of the DNA of a second person in Nisman’s apartment, the program covers: Nisman’s fear of his own bodyguards; apparent irregularities in the handling of the physical evidence in the case; president Kirchner’s attack on Nisman and her characterization of his death as a “suicide;” a female witness in the case expressing fear for her life after the charred body of another woman was found across the street from Kirchner’s apartment; irregularities in the statements of Nisman’s security personnel.


FTR #835 Tangled Web: Overview of the AMIA Bombing Investigation

In this program, we detail some of the deep politics surrounding the AMIA attack, preparatory to a discussion of developments in the investigation of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in FTR #836. The dizzying melange of individuals, institutions and events connected to the AMIA bombing involves: several people linked to former Argentinian president Carlos Menem; individuals linked to the Iran-Contra scandal; neo-Nazi elements in Argentina; investigations into fugitive Nazi war criminals; the resignations of two justice ministers involved in the AMIA investigation; the suspicious deaths of numerous individuals linked to one or another of the elements figuring in several related investigations; evidentiary tributaries linking the AMIA bombing to the Oklahoma City Bombing, the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and the Achille Lauro hijacking in 1985.


Tricky Treats: Is This Mitch McConnell’s Idea of “Affordable Health Care”?

As the off-year elections approach, with the GOP projected to take control of the Senate, Senate Majority Leader-to-be Mitch McConnell’s family is in the news for the wrong reasons. (Most of McConnell’s fortune apparently comes from his in-laws.) His father-in-law (James Chao) has prospered because of his founding and proprietorship of a shipping line, The Foremost Group. That company has an opaque structure, with many of its ships registered in countries that make compliance with maritime regulations easier to skirt. Now, one of Foremost’s ships (the Ping May) has been busted sailing from Colombia for Amsterdam with 40 kilograms of cocaine aboard. How much of Foremost’s largesse (and, by extension, the McConnell clan’s wealth) is derived from shady enterprises? All of the contents of this website as of 10/2/2014–Dave Emory’s 35+ years of research and broadcasting–as well as hours of videotaped lectures are available on a 32GB flash drive.


FTR #805 Miscellaneous Articles and Updates

As our title indicates, this program brings a number of paths of inquiry up to date, as well as highlighting some new points of interest. Beginning with the onslaught of ISIS–The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq–the broadcast sets forth information generally ignored in media coverage of the event. Chief of Saudi intelligence Prince Bandar–nicknamed “Bandar Bush” for his close relationship to the Bush family–may well have been the driving force behind the Iraqi and Syrian Sunni jihadists comprising ISIS. Perhaps that occasioned Bandar’s recent replacement as head of Saudi intelligence. Much of the program focuses on the formation of lethal right-wing military formations in both the United States and Germany. The recent standoff between Cliven Bundy’s paramilitary supporters and federal agents portends a more expanded and deadly militia and neo-secessionist landscape. The Bundyites did not operate in a vacuum, with ideological and journalistic support from the GOP and its amen chorus in the media. A clandestine army in early 1950’s Germany composed of Wehrmacht and Waffen SS veterans enjoyed the support of the Adenaurer government and the Gehlen-dominated BND. It was networked with the SS–still clearly active in the 1950’s.


How Hip Can You Get? Grover Norquist Heads to Burning Man

Previously, we have mused about GOP promotion for the Burning Man Arts Festival and the possibility that “Haight Ashbury II”–as we dubbed it–might actually be another “op” with elements of the intelligence community and organized crime collaborating to experiment on the unwitting adherents of the so-called counter-culture. Now, we learn that none other than Grover Norquist is planning on attending this year’s gathering.


FTR #796 Sterling Example: Another Visit with Daniel Hopsicker

Recently, soon-to-be-former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has garnered much media attention for his “off the rails” comments about African-Americans and former NBA great Magic Johnson, in particular. What has NOT garnered much attention at all is his background. An associate of mob straw man Allen Glick and his buddy, the late Al Davis of Oakland Raiders fame, Sterling’s rise in the real estate business suggests that there is more to the story than meets the eye.One of the aspects of Sterling’s career that has received little scrutiny is his curious behavior with regard to a non-existent project for the homeless and the apparently non-existent “assistance” to that project provided by Ramy El-Batrawi. Batrawi was a long-time associate of arms dealer and money-man Adnan Khashoggi, a major player in the shadowy world of intelligence community covert operations, gun-running and dope trafficking. Khashoggi has been a major financier of the “controlled demolition of the World Trade Center” disinformation operation, crafted by some of the 9/11 conspirators to cover-up their attacks.


FTR #785 Bit[coin]burg, Part 4: Fool’s Gold, Part 2

The fourth of our programs about Bitcoin, this broadcast further documents the predictable chaos and malfeasance resulting from a valuable monetary entity that is totally unregulated and open to all of the vagueries and criminality to which internet business is subject. Much of the program focuses on the collapse of the Mt. Gox exchange in Japan, one of the world’s largest Bitcoin marketplaces. Blamed initially on hackers, it may well be that the operators of Mt. Gox were engaged in deliberate malfeasance, as were anonymous hackers who called attention to the sins of the company’s management. The program notes that the concentration of ownership in the Bitcoin community is even more pronounced than it is in the regular economy.


FTR #775 Ratzinger Leaves the Ship–The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

The star­tling res­ig­na­tion of Pope Bene­dict XVI (nee Joseph Ratzinger) brings to mind a num­ber of considerations. Ratzinger was some­thing of a caretaker, charged with sus­tain­ing the Opus-Dei style reac­tion grip­ping the Vat­i­can and keep­ing the lid on poten­tially dam­ag­ing inquiries.. He took office with the Holy See engulfed in scan­dal and inquiry, includ­ing the bur­geon­ing priest molesta­tion inves­ti­ga­tions, renewed inquiries into money laun­der­ing by the Vat­i­can Bank and inquiries con­cern­ing the Vatican’s behav­ior dur­ing and after World War II. Might some of those issues overwhelmed his papacy, forcing the first Papal resignation in history?


FTR #771 The Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook, Part 13: Beware of Libertarians Bearing Gifts (1934 Coup Attempt Redux)

Summing up his political outlook, Snow­den wrote that the elderly ‘wouldn’t be fuck­ing help­less if you weren’t send­ing them fuck­ing checks to sit on their ass and lay in hos­pi­tals all day.’ The forces for which he fronts are: ” . . . rooted in a the­ory that, in James Madison’s words, would “speed­ily put an end to the Union itself.”