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Lecture Series  

L‑8 The Destabilization of the Clinton Administration

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Ana­lyz­ing the Clin­ton admin­is­tra­tion’s trou­bles from the stand­point of covert action, Mr. Emory spoke about the Bush fac­tion of the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty’s prob­a­ble role in pre­cip­i­tat­ing the scan­dals beset­ting the Pres­i­dent. Not­ing that Clin­ton defeat­ed George Bush (for­mer direc­tor of the CIA and, accord­ing to one school thought, the real “pow­er behind the throne” dur­ing the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tions), Mr. Emory dis­cuss­es a num­ber of evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries con­nect­ing Clin­ton’s mis­for­tunes with the world of “black-ops.”

In par­tic­u­lar, many intel­li­gence-con­nect­ed ele­ments in the Clin­ton scan­dals over­lap the Iran-Con­tra and Iraq­gate scan­dals. Short­ly after George Bush was sub­poe­naed to tes­ti­fy in the tri­al of Chriso­pher Dro­goul (the cen­tral fig­ure in the BNL/Iraqgate affair), Vince Fos­ter was found dead. (Mr. Emory is skep­ti­cal of the “sui­cide” ver­dict in Fos­ter’s death, but con­sid­ers it prob­a­ble that, if Fos­ter was mur­dered, the Bush fac­tion was the most prob­a­ble author of the crime. Fos­ter’s death may have been a sig­nal to Clin­ton. Mr. Emory believes alle­ga­tions that Bill Clin­ton was the author of the deaths of Vince Fos­ter and oth­ers of his asso­ciates, to be pre­pos­ter­ous.)

The last per­son to see Vince Fos­ter alive was Lin­da Tripp, who served him lunch. (A blonde, female hair was found on Fos­ter’s body. Right-wing con­spir­a­cy the­o­rists have posit­ed that it was Hillary Clin­ton’s. Few have con­sid­ered the pos­si­bil­i­ty that it may have belonged to Tripp.) A Bush admin­is­tra­tion appointee, Tripp (who, with the aid of Lucy Gold­berg, pre­cip­i­tat­ed the Lewin­sky imbroglio) had a high secu­ri­ty clear­ance, hav­ing worked for the Army’s Secret Intel­li­gence Com­mand at Fort Meade and for the Delta Force at Fort Bragg, N.C. (Note that the Delta Force func­tions in a counter-ter­ror­ist capac­i­ty. “Counter-ter­ror­ism” is the rubric under which the Bush pri­vate intel­li­gence net­works oper­at­ed.)

One of the cen­tral ele­ments of dis­cus­sion involves the Bush admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials’ deci­sive pres­ence on-site in Waco. Asso­ci­at­ed with an inter-agency net­work admin­is­tered by then Vice-Pres­i­dent (and for­mer CIA direc­tor) George Bush, these offi­cials were from the Jus­tice Depart­ment and FBI. Hav­ing chaired the Vice-Pres­i­den­t’s Task Force on Counter-Ter­ror­ism, Bush over­saw and imple­ment­ed rec­om­men­da­tions issue­ing from the Task Force. In a series of Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Deci­sion Direc­tives, Bush was giv­en com­mand of what authors John Lof­tus and Mark Aarons describe as “His (Bush’s) own pri­vate spy agency,” and “a White House with­in the White House.”

Osten­si­bly cre­at­ed to pro­vide a rapid, pro­phy­lac­tic response to “inter­na­tion­al ter­ror­ism,” these net­works became the pri­ma­ry vehi­cle for the real­iza­tion of the ill-fat­ed, ille­gal, and trea­so­nous Iran-Con­tra and Iraq­gate schemes. Far from being “out of the loop,” as he claimed, George Bush was the pri­ma­ry play­er in both affairs. His “pri­vate spy agency” was the most sig­nif­i­cant ele­ment in their admin­is­tra­tion. Mr. Emory sets forth the par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Waco affair of Jus­tice Depart­ment offi­cials, who had pre­vi­ous­ly been involved in retard­ing inves­ti­ga­tions into crim­i­nal oper­a­tions that were part of the Iran-Con­tra and BNL (Iraq­gate) affairs. Alleged­ly involved with the Branch David­i­an siege was Mark Richard, a long-time Jus­tice Depart­ment offi­cial whose career has involved over­see­ing inves­ti­ga­tions into the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty. Mr. Emory ana­lyzes Richard’s involve­ment with frus­trat­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion into some of the drug-relat­ed, Iran-Con­tra shen­nani­gans, as well as the BNL affair. (The arm­ing of Iraq and Hus­sein’s result­ing mil­i­tary pow­er were accom­plished, in con­sid­er­able mea­sure, through an ille­gal covert oper­a­tion cen­tered on the Atlanta branch of the BNL, a major Ital­ian com­mer­cial bank.) Work­ing with Richard in divert­ing the BNL inves­ti­ga­tion, was Ed Den­nis, who wrote the final report on the Branch David­i­an siege and exon­er­at­ed the Jus­tice Depart­ment of any wrong­do­ing in the affair. Janet Reno con­clud­ed an inves­ti­ga­tion into BNL that,in turn exon­er­at­ed the Rea­gan and Bush admin­is­tra­tions of crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing in that affair. Con­ser­v­a­tive New York Times colum­nist William Safire referred to this as “one hand white­wash­ing the oth­er.”

The dis­cus­sion also high­lights for­mer FBI offi­cial Jack Rev­ell, and oth­er Bureau peson­nel, and their involv­ment in the Iran-Con­tra cov­er-up. Rev­ell was the chief spokesper­son for the Branch David­i­an oper­a­tion. Vet­er­an Wash­ing­ton reporter Sarah Mac­Clen­don has report­ed that Jus­tice Depart­ment offi­cial Richard Scrug­gs over­laps the Waco and Iraq­gate affairs. The pos­si­bil­i­ty that the Waco oper­a­tion may have been delib­er­ate­ly con­duct­ed, in order to dis­cred­it and de-sta­bi­lize the Clin­ton admin­is­tra­tion and to help obfus­cate the Iraq­gate affair, is not one that should be too read­i­ly cast aside.

The lec­ture briefly exam­ines the mar­tial law con­tin­gency plans which, like the Iran-Con­tra and Iraq­gate affairs, had their gen­e­sis with the rec­om­men­da­tions stem­ming from the Vice-Pres­i­den­t’s Task Force. These plans called for the dep­u­ti­za­tion of para-mil­i­tary right-wingers as fed­er­al agents, in the event of the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law. Mr. Emory notes that the Waco inci­dent has served to help coa­lesce the mili­tia move­ment, cre­at­ing the very para-mil­i­tary for­ma­tions that could be uti­lized in a fas­cist takeover. Anoth­er cen­tral ele­ment of dis­cus­sion focus­es on a pos­si­ble link between then Speak­er of the House Newt Gin­grich, the Repub­li­can Par­ty, and a right-wing ele­ment of the Mossad (the Israeli Secret Ser­vice.) Mr. Emory notes that Lewin­sky coun­sel Gins­burg’s stat­ed that Lewin­sky’s sup­port for the Pres­i­dent was rein­forced by Clin­ton’s sup­port for Israel. The dis­cus­sion under­scores that, after Gin­grich trav­eled to Israel to under­mine Amer­i­can sup­port for the peace process and Hillary repeat­ed her sup­port for a Pales­tin­ian state, Lewin­sky switched coun­sel, employ­ing lawyers involved with the defense of peo­ple in the Iran-Con­tra affair. Mr. Emory hypoth­e­sized that Lewin­sky may have been used (per­haps with­out her knowl­edge) as a pawn by a right-wing ele­ment of the Mossad, as well as the Repub­li­cans.

Bol­ster­ing Mr. Emory’s work­ing hypoth­e­sis about the pos­si­ble Gingrich/Lewinsky/Mossad link, a 1999 book recount­ed an alle­ga­tion that the Mossad (the Israeli intel­li­gence ser­vice) had used wire­taps of the Lewinsky/Clinton con­ver­sa­tions to black­mail the Unit­ed States. After alleged­ly tap­ping the White House phone, the Mossad alleged­ly used dam­ag­ing infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing the Clin­ton-Lewin­sky affair to deter an alleged counter-intel­li­gence inves­ti­ga­tion of “MEGA,” an Israeli spy deep inside the White House. This charge was made in Gideon’s Spies, by Gor­don Thomas. The book indi­cates (among oth­er things) that Ben­jamin Netanyahu, was close to being indict­ed for incite­ment in con­nec­tion with the assas­si­na­tion of his pre­de­ces­sor, Yitzhak Rabin.

Lec­ture High­lights Include: Bill Clin­ton’s con­nec­tions to the Mena, Arkansas oper­a­tions of Iran-Con­tra oper­a­tive Bar­ry Seal (these are seen by some ana­lysts as com­pro­mis­ing Clin­ton, even before he took office); Newt Gin­grich’s use of the oper­at­ing par­a­digm of the Wehrma­cht as his func­tion­al polit­i­cal mod­el; Lucy Gold­berg’s role as a polit­i­cal spy in the McGov­ern cam­paign; Gold­berg’s role as Mark Fuhrman’s lit­er­ary agent; the link between the shoot­ing out­side of CIA head­quar­ters and the Iraq­gate cov­er-up; con­nec­tions between the Afghan covert oper­a­tion of the 1980’s and Sheik Rakhman (con­vict­ed in the World Trade Cen­ter Bomb­ing); an evi­den­tiary trib­u­tary con­nect­ing the World Trade Cen­ter bomb­ing and the Okla­homa City bomb­ing; the sus­pi­cious deaths of numer­ous fig­ures asso­ci­at­ed with Clin­ton (as with Fos­ter’s death, Mr. Emory feels that, if any or all of these deaths were unnat­ur­al, that they were intend­ed to weak­en Clin­ton.) (Deliv­ered in Octo­ber of 1998.)


One comment for “L‑8 The Destabilization of the Clinton Administration”

  1. https://www.middleburglife.com/come-experience-magic/

    Sto­ry and pho­tos by Elaine Anne Watt

    Every once in a while, you meet some­one extra­or­di­nary who makes you want to stop and reflect on life and every­thing around you. Dieter Rausch, the dap­per gen­tle­man behind The Christ­mas Sleigh shop in the heart of Mid­dle­burg, will cap­ture a piece of your heart with his kind smile and warm wel­come. Spend a few min­utes in con­ver­sa­tion with him, and you can eas­i­ly see why he is a beloved mem­ber of our com­mu­ni­ty.
    How did a man born in tiny Unter­lieder­bach out­side of the greater Frank­furt region of Ger­many end up in our midst after a suc­cess­ful thir­ty-year career as an archi­tect there and hav­ing trav­elled all over the world?

    Love. The sto­ry goes all the way back fifty-sev­en years to when a nine-year-old boy met Lin­da, the vis­it­ing grand­daugh­ter of his par­ents’ neigh­bor. He built for her a love­ly dec­o­rat­ed wood­en box lined in navy vel­vet “to hold all the let­ters I will write to you while you are away.” They cor­re­spond­ed and vis­it­ed over many more sum­mers and then stayed in touch as adults inde­pen­dent­ly pur­su­ing their careers.

    Dieter and Lin­da Rausch under a sign bear­ing the name of his home­town in Ger­many.

    Sev­en­teen years ago, they recon­nect­ed. Lin­da Tripp had “escaped” to the haven of Mid­dle­burg after being in the lime­light for her piv­otal role in the dis­clo­sure of Pres­i­dent Clinton’s inap­pro­pri­ate behav­ior with Mon­i­ca Lewin­sky. Liv­ing in an adorable rental off of Ato­ka Road and begin­ning to rebuild her life, Lin­da invit­ed Dieter to vis­it in Novem­ber of 2000. He was delight­ed to see the beau­ti­ful land­scape full of col­or­ful leaves, the Shenan­doah Riv­er and near­by moun­tains, the hors­es so much a part of his life back in Ger­many and the won­der­ful peo­ple he met every­where. And, most of all, he was with Lin­da.

    Dur­ing his vis­it, they went to Williams­burg and saw two Christ­mas stores there. They were both sur­prised to see those stores car­ried almost exclu­sive­ly low­er-end mer­chan­dise instead of the beloved wood­en and glass trea­sures they were accus­tomed to see­ing in Ger­many. Lin­da told Dieter how much she loved the “mag­ic” of Christ­mas. They returned to Mid­dle­burg, sat on the stone steps by the Red Fox Inn, and made the deci­sion that would change their lives for­ev­er. Dieter would return to Ger­many, close up his exten­sive busi­ness projects, and join Lin­da in Mid­dle­burg.

    Hav­ing shipped mul­ti­ple con­tain­ers of the finest gar­ments, acces­sories, toys and Christ­mas décor that he could obtain, Dieter at last arrived in Mid­dle­burg the fol­low­ing fall, but still he had no loca­tion in which to open the store. The sad clos­ing of a com­mu­ni­ty fix­ture, Mid­dle­burg Hard­ware, gave them the oppor­tu­ni­ty they need­ed. Work­ing fever­ish­ly to open before the hol­i­days arrived, they spent the night before on the floor of the shop as the front door still did not close and lock com­plete­ly. The store offi­cial­ly opened that Novem­ber of 2001 and is thriv­ing 16 years lat­er despite some ear­ly skep­ti­cism. The store is one of if not the most vis­it­ed store in Mid­dle­burg per the own­ers, being embraced for its sin­gu­lar mer­chan­dise and amaz­ing selec­tion of col­lectibles that are not eas­i­ly found else­where.

    Bryan Buck, Engi­neer and Yesi­ca Beru­men, Assis­tant Man­ag­er of The Christ­mas Sleigh.

    When asked what he most loves about his work, Dieter smiles broad­ly and says: “Every­thing. I love walk­ing in the door in the morn­ing and lock­ing up at night. I love the chil­dren, cre­at­ing the mag­ic. Telling them that I go to the North Pole some week­ends and vis­it San­ta and the rein­deer.”

    He feels hon­ored that he has been a small part of the fab­ric of his cus­tomers lives, hav­ing watched the chil­dren grow up and being a part of their tra­di­tions and fam­i­ly pic­tures.

    Dieter makes dai­ly trips to the Post Office where he has many friends who have watched him build his suc­cess­ful web busi­ness and who help him send his wares all over the world. Tak­ing only Christ­mas and Thanks­giv­ing days off all year long to spend with his fam­i­ly, includ­ing sev­en grand­chil­dren between the ages of two and twelve, you have a very good chance of run­ning into him and shar­ing his joy. Thanks­giv­ing morn­ing is reserved for “rid­ing through the beau­ty of The Plains” with his grand­chil­dren, bask­ing in his adopt­ed home­land.

    He right­ful­ly is proud of the qual­i­ty of his wares. He car­ries the same Alpine wear, après ski, and tra­di­tion­al clothes to be found in the upscale stores of Vail and Aspen, “with a much friend­lier price tag.” In fact, just after Christ­mas you can find him in Salzburg, Aus­tria, along with mer­chan­dis­ers from these com­pa­nies pur­chas­ing for the year ahead.

    Authen­ti­cal­ly craft­ed Christ­mas trea­sures.

    With exquis­ite taste, he selects cloth­ing from Luis Trenker of Italy, “one of the best mak­ers of gar­ments in the world,” and from Meindl, the top leather and suede cre­ator in Ger­many. His eye for archi­tec­ture has trans­lat­ed well into an eye for all sorts of goods includ­ing Erzge­birge KWO Smok­er­men, signed Stein­bach nut­crack­ers, Chris­t­ian Ulbricht hand­made orna­ments, Ger­man crys­tal and porce­lain and a beau­ti­ful assort­ment of Nuern­berg­er wax angels. Collector’s dolls, Euro­pean doll prams, Her­mann Ted­dy Bears and so much more await you, and ful­fill the store’s slo­gan, “Come Expe­ri­ence the Mag­ic.” If you are lucky, you might even see the store mas­cot, Tony, a Ger­man wire-haired point­er that accom­pa­nies Dieter wher­ev­er he goes.

    New this year are the Wendt and Kuhn col­lec­tion of music box­es and carved minia­tures as well as a 250-piece pre­mi­um wood­en jig­saw puz­zle which includes unique whim­si­cal shaped pieces made exclu­sive­ly for The Christ­mas Sleigh depict­ing an icon­ic Christ­mas in Mid­dle­burg parade scene.

    When asked how he feels the day after Christ­mas, Dieter laughs and says: “Just the same, the same as before, the same after. I love my life, my wife, my fam­i­ly, my farm and my store. I have Yesi­ca and Bryan [his employ­ees]. Every­day just the same…I am so hap­py to be a part of this won­der­ful vil­lage of Mid­dle­burg.” ML

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