LIBYA’S STRANGE BEDFELLOWS
GWENYTH TODD (Clinton Advisor on Libya and the Middle East): “At that meeting (State Department), one of the agenda items that came up was how we could silence the (Lockerbie) victims’ families by possibly discrediting them – by saying that perhaps they were greedy and that they just wanted money…. and I walked out in disgust. I was outraged”.
By Gordon Duff
Today, Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi is fighting to stay in power, subject to renewed UN sanctions and a NATO air assault. Few know his checkered history and the decades of “cooperation” between Libya and the covert operations of the United States, Britain and Israel, assassinations, arms dealing and, most of all, drugs.
From Monster Makeover (complete transcript below):
GWENYTH TODD: “According to Israeli lobbyists to whom I spoke, Israel felt no threat from Libya’s nuclear programme in the late 90s and beyond. And if it had been a serious concern, Israel would have made it very clear that we needed to keep the sanctions on”.
Americans are flabbergasted, and they should be, at the strange bedfellows the Libyan crisis has uncovered, a Washington divided, not by politics but something baser exposed, signs of past sins and a flood of Gaddafi cash meant to mold public opinion now as it had for decades.
Why is the “anti-war” left behind “madman” Gaddafi with the right, some calling for his ouster and others like Rudy Giuliani, behind him 200%? What we don’t have is the truth, how Gaddafi went from CIA creature during the 1970s to terrorist pariah and back out the other side, Bush-Blair partner in the phony War on Terror.
What could have driven Blair to the kind of outrageous behavior, now exposed and confirmed in the ABC report below?
This week, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), with the help of some of our associates at Veterans Today, tells a good part of that story. This video will not be seen in the United States. They won’t explain some of it, like why Israel wasn’t concerned about Libya’s nuclear program, one we learned they were managing for Gaddafi.
Most remember Tony Blair’s 2004 visit to Libya, arms for oil deals, but Gwyneth Todd, Clinton’s advisor on Libya, remembers Blair taking a stronger position years earlier, threatening to withdraw British support for sanctions against Saddam in Iraq unless America allowed British oil and arms interests a free hand to do business in Libya. American oil interests placed even more pressure on President Clinton but it wasn’t until George “W” Bush got into office that Gaddafi’s money, always floating around Washington, would find the right pockets.
Try to find Rudi Giuliani’s client list if you can. “He never met a brutal dictator he didn’t like….”
Gaddafi’s money had long been flowing into America and Britain and had long penetrated the corridors of power. America’s relationship with Gaddafi began long before, in fact, Gaddafi began life as a creature of the CIA and its friends from that “special country.”
THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS – “WAR THROUGH DECEPTION”
How could any organization have such an innocent name and be involved in so much of the world’s shadowy business? Back in 2004, Howard Davies, head of the London School of Economics resigned after it was discovered he had taken a $500,000 “honorarium” from Gaddafi. Through Libya’s version of AIPAC, the Monitor Group, a Washington conservative “think tank” and public relations agency, Libya has maintained an active role to this day co-managing the London School of Economics through professors like Anthony Giddons. From a Monitor Group letter:
We will create a network map to identify significant figures engaged or interested in Libya today … We will identify and encourage journalists, academics and contemporary thinkers who will have interest in publishing papers and articles on Libya, … We are delighted that after a number of conversations, Lord Giddens has now accepted our invitation to visit Libya in July,
Then there is the issue of George Soros. If anyone wonders the “who and where” of George Soros, they need look no further than the London School of Economics. From the Guardian:
As part of the fall-out, billionaire US financier George Soros last night apologised for having advised the LSE to take Libyan money. Soros studied at LSE as an undergraduate, and had advised the school that it was acceptable to receive the contribution from Gaddafi’s son, Saif, on the grounds that he appeared at the time to be a believer in open society and claimed to be working to move Libya in that direction. A spokesman for Soros said he had come to see that his advice was “a mistake in judgment, which he now greatly regrets”.
Another of the enigmatic characters of that era is Richard Mellon Scaife, perhaps most famous for underwriting the Whitewater investigation into the Clintons and for his curious financial relationship with Ken Starr, the Special Prosecutor whose work led to the impeachment attempt made on President Clinton. The main issue with the Clintons was that they were not “onboard” when it came to drug operations in Libya.
When journalist Steve Kangas, a former Army intelligence officer, tried to tie Scaife to this group, he was found “suicided” outside Scaife’s office:
Kangas ran the Liberalism Resurgent website. This included several articles on the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency. One of his online essays, The Origins of the Overclass, attempted to show “why the richest 1 percent have exploded ahead since 1975, with the help of the New Right, Corporate America and, surprisingly, the CIA.” In the essay he argues that Richard Mellon Scaife ran “Forum World Features, a foreign news service used as a front to disseminate CIA propaganda around the world.
It is believed that Kangas was working on a book about CIA covert activities when on 8th February, 1999, he was found dead in the bathroom of the offices of Richard Mellon Scaife, the owner of thePittsburgh Tribune. He had been shot in the head. Officially he had committed suicide but some people believe he was murdered. In an article in Salon Magazine, (19th March, 1999) Andrew Leonard asked: “Why did the police report say the gun wound was to the left of his head, while the autopsy reported a wound on the roof of his mouth? Why had the hard drive on his computer been erased shortly after his death? Why had Scaife assigned his No. 1 private detective, Rex Armistead, to look into Kangas’ past?”
A better question is why is an institution known to be “ground zero” for the Mossad and Israel’s stranglehold on British politics totally “in bed” with Libya? The LSE has always been able to turn out propaganda “on demand,” as is seen below:
Support for the Afghan Taliban was “official ISI policy”, the London School of Economics (LSE) authors suggest. Pakistan’s military denied the claims. A spokesman said the allegations were “rubbish” and part of a malicious campaign against the country’s military and security agencies.
The LSE report comes at the end of one of the deadliest weeks for Nato troops in Afghanistan, with more than 30 soldiers killed.
‘Double game’Links between the Taliban and Pakistan’s intelligence service have long been suspected, but the report’s author – Harvard analyst Matt Waldman – says there is real evidence of extensive co-operation between the two.
Here, Israel needed to push their message, peddling the thin credibility of the “nest of spies,” the London School of Economics, a story later peddled to the world on by Wikileaks, another Mossad run “disinformation service.” In fact, it has been Israel’s Mossad along with India’s RAW and the CIA, using assets such as Raymond Davis, who have maintained a “double game” of hunting the Taliban and financing and training it as well, particularly against Pakistan. The problem, of course, is that the terrorists trained by the Mossad/RAW/CIA groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan are also killing American soldiers as well. This is the kind of “collateral damage” that intelligence agencies write off with a shrug.
Long seen as a recruiting ground for MI 6 and the CIA, the LSE (London School of Economics) has always stood ready to serve, whether “managing” public opinion, marshaling academics behind propaganda or creating a mosaic of respectability behind political and economic policies designed to fail, part of the “chaos theory” warfare so deftly managed by so many with so much education, so much privilege and so little conscience.
GADDAFI AND THE CIA, ASSASSINATIONS AND DRUGS
“Our president, the leader of the free world, said, ‘A what? That’s hard! A no fly zone is r-r-r-really hard!’ ” Giuliani said to laughter. (AP)
Gaddafi came to power in 1969. Almost immediately, Britain perceived a threat to their interests in Africa and tasked the SAS with his overthrow. However, America ordered a “stand down” and explained that Gaddafi, half Muslim radical and half Marxist was going to be “of use.” There was no safer home ground for moving the CIA’s drug and weapons smuggling business to than Libya.
To accomplish this, CIA insiders, Ted Shackley aided by Edwin Wilson and the Nugan Hand Bank went into business with Gaddafi. They agreed to take care of his “problems” for him, with “extreme prejudice” and he would protect them from extradition if the “climate” changed.
No one knows the exact year, but by 1973, the CIA had established a base of operation in Libya and had begun, not only training and equipping Libya’s army on behalf of Israel but had gone into full partnership with Libya’s secret police and intelligence services as well.
US Special Forces, stationed in Libya under the cover of Vietnam vets working as “mercenaries” assisted Gaddafi in operations against Libyan dissidents in Europe and even the United States. The crew taken to Libya to help Gaddafi were better known for their exploits in Southeast Asia under Operation Phoenix.
The same “mercenaries” under the guise of School of the America’s would begin a Phoenix operation, planned in Miami and put in place in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, partnering with Manuel Noriega and the Reagan administration. Only a small part of this would surface during the Iran Contra hearings, better dubbed, “the Iran-Contra coverup.”
Michael Rupert would expose this operation. From his statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
On November 15, 1996, I stood at a town hall meeting at Locke High School in Los Angeles and said to Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch, “I am a former Los Angeles Police narcotics detective. I worked South Central Los Angeles and I can tell you, Director Deutch, emphatically and without equivocation, that the Agency has dealt drugs in this country for a long time.” I then referred Director Deutch to three specific Agency operations known as Amadeus, Pegasus and Watchtower.
Most Americans have been lead to believe that the purpose of these hearings is to ascertain whether or not there is any evidence that the Central Intelligence Agency dealt drugs during the Iran-Contra era. If these hearings were about evidence, then the most patriotic duty I could perform would be to quote Jack Blum who served as chief investigator for the Kerry Subcommittee on narcotics and terrorism ten years ago. He testified before this committee last year and said, “We don’t have to investigate. We already know.” We could save a lot of taxpayer money by just rereading the records of the Kerry hearings. There is more evidence in there than any court in the world would ever need to hand down indictments.
At best, I could just quote you one entry from Oliver North’s diary dated July 5, 1985, which said that $14 million to buy weapons for the Contras, “came from drugs.” I wouldn’t need to mention the two hundred and fifty other such entries in his diary, which refer to narcotics. Or I could quote Dennis Dayle a senior DEA supervisory agent who said, “In my thirty year history in DEA, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the C.I.A.”
Gaddafi needed assassins, something the US had so many of and, in the wake of the failure in Vietnam, had available for hire.
What was created in Libya was a reign of terror against the Libyan people unprecedented by today’s standards with those even rumored to oppose Gaddafi found hanging from lamp posts or gutted and burned in front of their homes. Keeping this out of the press was the job of organizations like the London School of Economics, the Monitor Group and a series of prominent Washington insiders, one of whom has thrown his hat into the “presidential ring” for 2012 and is now braying about Obama’s “decision making” on Libya.
By 1975, CIA and Special Forces groups were actively working for Gaddafi outside Libya, directly involved in assassinations of dissidents in Germany and even the United States.
After leaving the CIA in September, 1979, Ted Shackley formed his own company, Research Associates International, which specialized in providing intelligence to business. He was also given consulting work with API Distributors, the company established by Thomas G. Clines, Raphael Quintero, and Ricardo Chavez.
In 1979 a gun that Wilson (CIA’s Edwin Wilson) arranged to be delivered to the Libyan embassy in Bonn was used to kill a political dissident. Another dissident was murdered in Colorado by one of Wilson’s men.
According to Alfred W. McCoy (The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade): “Throughout 1979 the Wilson network and the Nugan Hand Bank began to build a close commercial alliance in the netherworld of national security subcontracting”. Ted Shackley and Thomas G. Clines were also drawn into a relationship with the Nugan Hand Bank. Michael Hand wrote to Shackley on 27th November, 1979, suggesting a business meeting. Hand’s latter also referred to Bernie Houghton, who had worked for Shackley in Vietnam.
Michael Hand probably wanted to talk about Edwin Wilson. In 1979 a Washington grand jury began gathering incriminating evidence about his illegal arms sales. To avoid arrest he moved to London. In the winter of 1979, Wilson had a meeting with Bernie Houghton and Thomas G. Clines in Switzerland in an attempt to help him out of his difficulties. This included a non-delivery of 5,000 M16 automatic rifles. The three men discussed ways of using the Nugan Hand Bank to float a $22 million loan to finance the delivery. Hand was obviously concerned that if Wilson was arrested he might begin talking about his dealings with Nugan Hand.
Michael Hand also had talks with William Colby, the former director of the CIA. It is not known what was discussed at this meeting but Colby submitted a bill to Nugan Hand Bank for $45,684 for his legal advice.
“OUTLIVED HIS USEFULNESS,” LIBYA, REAGAN AND IRAN CONTRA AND THE “NEOCONS”
When President Reagan ordered the bombing of Libya in 1986, supposedly in retaliation for the bombing of Berlin “discotheques” by Libyan agents that same year, Gaddafi felt betrayed. The CIA and Mossad had, not only assisted Libya with terrorist operations in Europe but had actually carried them out for Libya. However, by the end of Reagan’s first term, Gaddafi was seen as both uncontrollable and Libya no longer a viable safe haven for managing destabilizing operation in Europe such as those tied to Operation Gladio.
Operation Gladio is the heart of world terrorism, alive and well, and built by NATO, built by the United States and used against America and the world. Gladio, created to save us from communism, quickly became a terrorist organization itself, murdering political leaders, rigging elections, terror attacks to blame on one group or another. The “medicine” became the disease.
“Rogue” CIA agent, Edwin Wilson had a close associate and confidant placed high among Reagan insiders. That partner was General Richard Secord, the man responsible for the mysterious failed rescue attempt of American hostages from Iran in 1980. Had President Carter known more about Major General Secord, he could have predicted the outcome. The cabal that managed the CIA’s Libya operations, old hands from Operation Phoenix and the opium trade of the Golden Triangle, had, by 1981, found a more lucrative trade, “crack cocaine” and the cover of military operations in Central America with ties to Israel, Iran, in fact an operation that would finance a rebirth of “conservative values” that would rewrite the political scene in America. The real roots of “Neocon” America, “family values” and “Christian Zionism” is the CIA and their drug empire.
If there has been anything consistent in the past 45 years of American politics, it has been the influx of drug funding, Golden Triangle, Columbian Cartel and today, Afghanistan heroin.
In June 1972, General Secord was assigned as a staff assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. His duties included serving as desk officer for Laos, Thailand and Vietnam under the assistant secretary of Defense for international security affairs.
“From late 1973 until April of 1975, Theodore Shackley, Thomas Clines and Richard Armitage disbursed, from the secret, Laotian-based, Vang Pao opium fund, vastly more money than was required to finance even the highly intensified Phoenix Project in Vietnam. The money in excess of that used in Vietnam was secretly smuggled out of Vietnam in large suitcases, by Richard Secord and Thomas Clines and carried into Australia, where it was deposited in a secret, personal bank account (privately accessible to Theodore Shackley, Thomas Clines and Richard Secord). During this same period of time between 1973 and 1975, Theodore Shackley and Thomas Clines caused thousands of tons of US weapons, ammunition, and explosives to be secretly taken from Vietnam and stored at a secret “cache” hidden inside Thailand.” This money, with the help of Raphael Quintero, found its way into the Nugan Hand Bank in Sydney. The bank was founded by Michael Hand, a CIA operative in Laos and Frank Nugan an Australian businessman.
In 1975 Richard Secord was transferred to Iran as chief of the Air Force’s Military Advisory Assistance Group (MAAG). With Ted Shackley, Thomas G. ClinesAlbert Hakim, Secord established an arms sales company called Egyptian American Transport and Service Corporation (EATSCO). Later EATSCO was convicted of embezzling millions of dollars from the Pentagon.
In April 1980, Secord was promoted to the rank of major general and was in charge of rescue efforts for U.S. hostages held in Iran. The following year Secord was appointed as deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. Soon afterwards, with the help of Oliver North, coordinated the campaign to win congressional approval for $8.5 billion AWACS sale to Saudi Arabia.
Secord was suspended for three months in 1982 while he was being investigated by the FBI about his links to and EATSCO. He was reinstated by Frank Carlucci but took early retirement from the USAF in May 1983. Secord now established the Stanford Technology Trading Group International (STTGI). According to Lawrence E. Walsh, who carried out the official investigation into the scandal (Iran-Contra: The Final Report): “Using a complex web of secret Swiss bank accounts and shell corporations managed by Willard Zucker at Compagnie de Services Fiduciaires (CSF) in Geneva, they built a lucrative Enterprise from covert-operations business assigned to them by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North.”
In October, 1985, Congress agreed to vote 27 million dollars in non-lethal aid for the Contras in Nicaragua. However, members of the Ronald Reagan administration, including George Bush, decided to use this money to provide weapons to the Contras and the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.