A Prologuemon, Preface, or Foreword
Inspired by the works of Daniele Ganser, Nick Bryant, Richard Sharpe Shaver and James Shelby Downard, amongst others, I have decided I must share the knowledge I have accumulated on esoteric, occult and covert matters. Obviously, as an indigent, scruffy idler it's unlikely this will ever take the form of a published volume, so it will appear here. Piece by piece, one would hope day by day.
Consider this post a mere placeholder.
Although this endeavour will never see paper, I would like to give it a title, which can be only one thing: The Rise and Fall of Democratic Socialism.
Introduction, Preface, Foreword and Prologuemon
Thus the greatest drive and the greatest war in history which has been paid for by men and organizations owning a vast part of the world's wealth and covetous of all of it, will come to an end with the destruction of the world's special interests. A world ends for Privilege, the great day dawns for the peoples of the earth.
-- George Seldes, Facts and Fascism
I am by inclination a historian. What fascinates me is those areas neglected by historians. Graeco-Bactrians, Icelandic sagas, the Axumite Ethiopes, pre-Islamic Arabia. However the most neglected period of all is that in which we live. Never are the techniques of the historian properly applied to the present day world. History hasn't ended, no delimitations exist between today and yesterday.
It's easy to make judgements about the past which may be uncomfortable when made about the present. Our about far off lands which may be equally applicable to our own. We''ll have none of that.
Briefly their was hope. But hope was the last thing left in Pandora's box of evils because it was the greatest evil. Those who hope can withstand whatever life throws at them in the vain expectation of better things to come. Those who don't hope may be driven by despair to do things for themselves.
Between 1945 and 1979 there was hope. The greatest evil of the twentieth century, the fascist alliance, had been defeated, or such things were said at least. In Britain a Labour government had been elected, a grateful nation not even waiting for the war to end before summarily evicting â€œGreatest Briton Everâ€ Winston Churchill from No. 10. The people has spoken and, despite Churchill's accusation that his own wartime deputy would set up a socialist Gestapo, the vote was for a brighter future. In the Soviet Union the post-War period was marked by the greatest period of economic growth in Soviet history. In Japan a system of works councils was briefly instituted to introduce industrial democracy and worker's control. Throughout the civilised world universally and freely available healthcare was introduced, full employment promised and provided, peace and prosperity and homes fit for heroes. A bit of jam today, a lot of jam tomorrow.
For thirty years things got better. Wages went up faster than the cost of living. Income growth was unprecedented, especially in the newly independent countries. The gap between rich and poor narrowed. Sons of coal miners became government ministers. The poor had the hope of giving their children university education without bankrupting themselves. The balance of power between labour and capital, the vendors and consumers of Labour, seemed to have tilted in favour of its providers permanently.
Of course there is now a different consensus view of this period. Excessive union activity, rapid inflation, budgetary crises. And this is one aspect of what we will be looking at. History is not an impartial science. It's not chemistry. It is a weapon. What is claimed to have been and what actually was are different. The truth is that wage increases consistently topped inflation for the entire period, leaving those disadvantaged by inflation being the holders of capital: banks. Even the liberal Craig Murray concedes that a worker who can't withdraw his labour is nothing more than a slave. As for budgetary crises, as with the fall of the French Socialist government in 1981/2 the gnomes of Zurich and controllers of international finance can engineer such a thing with ease. That's what they do for a living. Democracy requires education, and as Marx said, when equal right are present force prevails, true whether the force is physical or financial. Nonetheless the Labour government, already showing signs of the right-wing, middle-class and liberal inclinations which created the devil-spawned Scotophile New Labour we suffered through for so long, left surpluses and receiving deficits during both its periods in government in the sixties and seventies.
But people accept these lies because it's what those in power tell them. Those who apparently provided the great benefits of the last century. Forgotten is the role played by the people themselves in forcing these changes on the political class, whose community of interest is far more with their fellows in the other party than with the mugs who vote for them.
The truth is different, and less pleasant. The destruction of the post-war consensus did, however, have its roots in the society it had created. Not debt and immorality and excessive spending coming home to roost, though. Rather fascism, that old enemy of all people everywhere, has never been properly extirpated from the world.
Fascism was never a mass movement. It gained power everywhere through deceit and violence. Hitler was not, contrary to the impression you may have gained from his modern day inheritors, elected. His party not only didn't win a majority, it wasn't even the biggest party and had lost a significant share of its vote in the last election before the burning of Reichstag conveniently allowed the Nazis the seize power. The Spanish fascists even took to getting their soldiers drunk before sending them off to start the revolution, other officers telling their men it was an exercise or that they were defending the Republic against a Communist uprising.
Fascism, in fact, has always been the International of Capital. Capital may have lost the war, but capital also won the war. And then set about winning the peace. That supposed guarantor of post-war peace NATO was a prime tool in the effort. Secretly inserted in the founding agreement was the requirement of all member nations to set up a secret force to be activated in the event of a Soviet invasion, complete with secret arms caches and money supplies. These were recruited from the most enthusiastic anti-Communists. Who were war-criminals, fascists, Nazi collaborators.
A common sense strategy, but not a wise one, these fascists would be the first up against the wall in any revolution of invasion. One source of man power not in short supply after the war was emigrees from the former Nazi nations newly under Communist rule. Of course these movements were thoroughly infiltrated by the NKVD and administered by western intelligence services themselves infiltrated by Soviet spies.
The Marshall Plan was also used as a weapon, despite the mistaken modern belief that it was a generous and selfless act on the part of the American government to redevelop war-torn economies of Europe. Funds were distributed only on condition that Communists were excluded from government in those countries. Communists were ejected from Government in France, despite their dominant role in the Resistance, elections were rigged in Italy with the collaboration of the native government, Germany was prevented from accepting the Soviet plan for unification and neutralisation along the lines of Austria.
Ultimately the foundation of NATO led to the establishment of the secret conspiracy against democracy labelled Gladio. In the NATO charter was a secret provision that all member nations must establish a covert armed force to form a resistance movement in the event of a Communist invasion. This network, the Gladiators, working for their domestic intelligence services and the American intelligence services, were equipped with caches of arms and money. No Communist invasion ever took place but the arms and explosives were put to good use by the Gladiators perpetrating terrorist atrocities designed to slander the Left and subvert democracy, the so-called Strategy of Tension. Similar networks were set up in other parts of the world, most importantly the South American Operation Condor, which worked internationally throughout the region to protect the dictators of its member nations against dissidents in their own peoples. These networks, with what I would consider a natural capitalist disregard for the rule of law, the common good and freedom and democracy for individuals, formed alliances with networks of right-wing terrorists, organised crime, big-business and even religious bodies, from the Vatican's administration of Nazi escape routes after the War to the modern right-wing financing of the â€œReverendâ€ Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.
These networks, their masters and their incredible crimes form the basis of our area of investigation.
Chapter One: The Unacceptable Face of Capitalism
I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
-- Major General Smedley Butler
Chapter One will follow in pieces. Segments, in fact.
The Lives and Loves of a Doctor's Wife
August 30th, 1979, Belgium. A psychiatrist and his wife speak on the banks of Lake Genval. He is Andre Pinon, a doctor of psychiatry in Brussels. She is Josiane Jeuniau, â€œsecretary of Adviser to the Cabinet of the Minister Donneaâ€. Her new lover is a Dr Bettens, a colleague of her husband. She wants a quick divorce to do a midnight flit with him. Pinon twirls what seems to be a pen but is in fact a disguised microphone transmitting to a nearby private detective.
â€œI know everythingâ€, says our intrepid hero, that budding Bond, Dr Pinon.
â€œEverything?â€, the shocked wife, suddenly afraid. She confesses, every Friday her new man organises orgies in which she has been involved, performing deviant sex acts with with at least a dozen people of different sexes and persuasions.
Pinon is rumbled. Not so much by his deft handling of the microphone but by his wife's spotting of the private eye hiding behind a nearby tree. A blazing row breaks out, she storms off.
Dr Pinon is a happy camper. Secretly motivating his espionage antics is the desire to win custody of his children from the local family court. Now, he thinks, he has evidence that may give him his victory. Not important to him at the time is the identities of several of the orgiasts, a Doctor Crokaert, another man a member of the Belgian intelligence services. On September 7th he is burglarised. Nothing is taken but the tape, something that will be familiar to those who have crossed the intelligence services. Nothing hindered, he receives a copy of the recording from the private dick.
The police pass the prosecution to the relevant authorities in Nijvel, the location of the family court in front of which our Pinon was appearing.
Pinon's optimism is misplaced. The Nijvel prosecutor man, Depretre, having a position not analogous to any in this country that I'm aware of, forbids the use of the tape in the family court. The judge gives custody to his wife. Now Pinon is not a happy camper. He gets talkative.
He enlists a sympathiser, one Christine Doret, who tells him that she was involved in the orgies with his wife and, incidentally, a long list of Belgian luminaries, figure that will be familiar to anyone who knows about the Gladio networks. Mathot, vanden Boeynants, Beaurir, Prince Albert, various corrupt businessmen associated with vanden Boeynants (such as de Pauw and Blaton, developers we'll hear about again later). She tells him children were involved. She says the family court judge has selected children from care homes and brought them to the orgies. She claims the wife of Doctor Crokaert, officially claimed to have commited suicide, was murdered. She was found in a locked hotel room with an empty bottle of pills. Another lover of Dr Bettens, it's alleged, driven to suicide.
Doret claims two of the under age participants in the orgies, the ballets roses, commited suicide.
Unwisely she repeats her allegations before a journalist, although once she discovers his true identity she says she will deny everything. Unluckily it was all recorded on tape. This was June 18th 1981.
The journalist is from the left wing magazine Pour, a man called Garot. His editor thinks the story is far fetched but this interview with Doret provides details that can be checked and confirmed. Circumstantial evidence that makes the story workable. Garot gets a phone call from a highly placed source. Panic in political circles, it says.
On July 5th 1981, just before publication of this story in the magazine the offices and printing premises were burned down by Molotov cocktails. Christine Doret, once confronted by investigators, claimed she had dreamed it all up to make Pinon feel better. Give him the comfort of his conspiracy theory, she says. A list was found in the possession of Bettens and revealed by De Morgan, apparently a list of the orgiasts. vanden Boeynants and Mathot don't appear thereon.
Local bigwig Depretre decides on the case: no further actions to be taken. Case closed.
â€œForâ€ was burned down by the Front de la Jeunesse, a hard right group used for dirty work by the Gladiators. Supposedly they were upset with the magazine for revealing their secret paramilitary training facilities in the Ardennes.
So, it would seem, ends the sordid divorce tale of psychiatrist Andre Pinon.
Big Trouble in Little Belgium
April 25th, 1984. A man is hanging by the neck from a light fitting in his cellar. Six months earlier he had complained about â€œdeath threats in the Pinon fileâ€ (De Morgan). From that point onwards rumours fly. It's said that the Pinon file is being used to blackmail politicians to ensure adherence to some unspecified agenda. Commissioner of the Brussels Judicial Police Marnette claims the rope is too short. The man is Paul Latinus, head of the Westland New Post. Formerly Section G of the Front de la Jeunesse, the WNP was made up entirely of members of the national Gendarmerie who wished to be kept separate from the rest of the Front and for their identities to be kept secret from their employer. Ultimately their employer was the Belgian military intelligence system, of which the Gladiators were SDRA8, the Gendarmes SDRA6.
Between 1982 and 1985 a series of senseless massacres were perpetrated in Belgium, mostly in the province of Brabant. In another link to the Pinon dossier this gang became known as the Gang of Nijvel. Rather than indulging in a bit of wanton murder as a side effect of their crime spree, their modus operandi was predicated solely upon causing as much mayhem and destruction as possible. They would go into a supermarket and kill people first, then grab a bit of loot quickly and disappear. In one case they robbed a shop and lay in wait for the police to arrive, ambushing them and killing a policeman. That being a gun shop they also made off with a handful of guns.
Twenty people were killed by the Gang of Nijvel. If it is to be accepted that the death of Latinus was a murder, as has been believed by many people, we can almost certainly add to that total.
One of the founding members of Group G of the Front de la Jeunesse, later the Westland New Post, was one Lekeu, Martial of the Gendarmerie. Suffering something like an attack of conscience he informed his superiors in the Gendarmerie of the existence of this fifth column of potential traitors in their midst. Talking about the Brabant massacres he says â€œSo I told a gentleman that I met: 'Do you realise that members of the Gendarmerie of the Army are involved in that?' His answer was 'Shut up! You know, we know. Take care of your own business. Get out of here'. What they were saying was that democracy was going away [...] and they wanted more power.â€
But was the WNP directly linked to the intelligence services? Were they Gladiators or just thugs?
Michel Libert may supply the answer. On trial for the theft of secret military and NATO telexes for the WNP he claimed â€œWe only followed the wishes of authority.â€ One way or another he and his co-conspirators evaded conviction, being acquited by the highest military court in Belgium. Libert claimed that the fittest members of the WNP formed an â€œaction branchâ€ tasked with secret missions ordered directly by Latinus. â€œFrom 1982 to 1985â€, he says, he was told â€œYou, M Libert, know nothing about why we're doing this. Nothing at all. All we ask is that your group, with cover from the Gendarmerie, with cover from Security, carry out a job. Target: the supermarkets. Where are they? What kinds of locks are there? What sort of protection do they have that could interfere with our operation. Does the store manager lock up? Or do they use and outside security company?â€œ Some people have thought the WNP carried out these attacks on their own. If so, it would have been this group killing, not merely reconnoitring.
Libert says: â€œWe carried out the orders and sent in our reports. Hours of opening and closing. Everything you want to know about a supermarket. What was this for? This was one amongst hundreds of missions. Something that had to be done. But the use it was all put to, that is the big questionâ€.
The killing were carried out with stolen Gendarmerie weapons. The stolen goods, including sums of untraceable cash were often found dumped not far from the crime scene. Terrorism in its purest form.
Libert took his orders from Latinus. Latinus, according to his own story, was paid by the US DIA. He was an informer for both the DIA and the Belgian Surete, a nuclear science technician and an adviser to various government bodies. He was revealed by Pour, the magazine that covered the Pinon affair, to the public as a right winger and fled to Pinochet's Chile. He was soon back in Belgium, recruited by the Surete to provide intelligence on left wing movements. He arrived back just in time for the Brabant killings.
According to Garot, editor of Pour, â€œLatinus had been implanted into Front de la Jeunesse with a specific task.â€
At that time General Beaurir was head of the Gendarmerie, another from the Pinon file.
December 16th 1983, a late night petrol station. A businessman and his mistress in a Mercedes saloon. They're returning from Paris. Both have been unfortunate in business but they've somehow acquired the money for a big chunk of the Ardennes which they've just bought.
A few moments later they, and an unlucky policeman, lie dead, three more victims of the Brabant massacres. The Mercedes is later found dumped by the killers with their pitiful loot in the boot, a few chocolates, some coffee and some cans of oil.
The mysterious influx of cash to the two was rumoured to be from de Pouw, one of the orgiasts in the Pinon case and a developer associate of vanden Boeynants. A payment of blackmail, as the pair had claimed just before their death-trip to possess tapes of this man in an orgy with children. Not publicity his company would benefit from.
The woman, Elise Dewit, worked for an associate of vanden Boeynants, and again Depretre appears as investigator. Finne, van Camp, Chabab and other orgiasts were also amongst the "random" victims of the Killers, and Dewit was known to be an orgiast.
The Independent on Sunday 24/1/1990: â€œIt is now believed that the Brabant killings were part of a conspiracy to destabilise Belgium's democratic regime, possibly to pave the way for a coup d'etat.â€
In this aim they were helped by the US Marines. In 1984 a squad of marines with special training in Eastern European languages was despatched to parachute into Belgium. Their mission: to attack a Belgian police station, causing the Belgian police to become more vigilant and the population to believe in the imminence of a Red revolution. They were met by a local bank manager, a Gladiator, who was their guide. They lived off the land for two weeks, evading the population. They stormed a police station, killed the cop manning the place. They stole the guns in the armoury, giving them to local extremist groups.
The ultimate target of the Gladiators was never a potential Soviet invasion force but the population of their own countries. In Belgium this was clear from the first. Immediately after the World War the President of the Belgian Communists was Julian Lahaut. He had been interned by the Nazi occupation forces. When the Belgian right recalled the King to the country, successor to that King of the Belgians who wiped out half the population of the Congo, relative of that prince Albert who was later implicated in the plots of the orgiasts, Lahaut shouted in Parliament â€œLong live the Republic!â€. Two weeks later he was shot dead outside his home. The Nazis one-time collaborators had struck back against their one-time captive.
Not only was the leader of the Communists, and their most popular figure, killed, but the entire movement was victim of the terrorists' attack There is a book which has been quite popular in liberal circles, The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. It's premise is that the rich take advantage of shocks to society such as revolutions and natural disasters to line their own pockets. The make power grabs while organisations which may oppose them are in disarray.
These is a mistake in this hypothesis. The rich and powerful don't just wait for events to unfold, hoping that things will go their way. They act. They cause attacks. They hire assassins. They bring about revolutions. They use terrorists as cats-paws. If they don't cause natural disasters it's only because they haven't figured out how. As workers form unions to represent their communal self interest, so the rich form criminal conspiracies to represent theirs. The conspiracies of the European ruler class, the businesses, aristocrats and their tools in government have waged their covert wars against left wing and popular movements. The removal of Lahaut allowed the infiltration and control of the socialist party in Belgium.
These secret scandals aren't possible to keep secret forever. One example was the Agusta Dassault affair, a scandal of the socialist party and the habitual corruption of the arms trade.
Cool (Gun) Running
Even before the Pinon affair broke, as early as 1976, a Belgian ruling class scandal was underway. A consortium of Belgian companies, Eurosystems, had bribed their way into a construction job in Saudi Arabia. Readers of John Perkin's Economic Hit Men may remember that he was required by certain Arab gentlemen to procure for them young blonde girls they could have their way with while in the west. The consortium had hired, as a public relations executive, one Fortunato Israel, a prostitute and leader of a ring of high class call girls. They jetted around the globe, dealing with Saudi big wigs. Surprisingly neither this strategy nor the thousands of millions of dollars in bribes won them the contract and Eurosystems went bankrupt.
The reason this sordid little affair enters our story, other than that or story is one of sordid little affairs, is the people involved. A certain subsidiary of the Eurosystems consortium was run by Baron Bonvoison of the Front de la Jeunesse. The leaser of the call girls had been implicated by Christine Doret in the organisation of orgies. The orgiast Minister of Defence vanden Boeynants was involved, and one of the lobbyists was Prince Albert, who only attended the orgies when underage girls were present.
Also we have one Roger Boas of a corrupt defence company, as if there were any other kind on merchant of death, a company called Asco. We'll have more about him later.
Andre Cools was a well established Belgian politico. He had been budget minister, deputy Prime Minister, head of the Socialist party and so forth. He was eventually shot dead in Liege in 1991, ever since which his death had been linked to illegal and illicit arms deals, corruption and so forth. The Merchants of Death. The man who replaced him in his role within the party was one Alain van der Biest. He unfortunately and, for us, inconveniently, suicided just after becoming the main suspect in the death of Andre Cools, having been briefly imprisoned. Mr Taxquet, the chauffeur of van den Biest, was convicted of the murder of Cools, not alone, and sentenced to twenty years. The story of Taxquet's arrest is and interesting one. He was arrested with a businessman in Liechenstein trying to cash millions of dollars of bearer bonds stolen from Zaventem airport in Belgium. Only after his arrest was he subject to allegations of murder.
But the prosecutions were years after the death.
According to the ATLAS dossier, a result of the Belgian investigation into their nationals' involvement in Iran/Contra, Cools was personally involved in illegal weapons shipments to the Contras. As was the aforementioned Roger Boas of the ASCO company, again to be returned to later. Also mentioned in the ATLAS dossier as providing weapons for the Contras and Iran are Mathot, vanden Boeynants, Beurir... the usual Belgian crowd.
Cools himself was also implicated in the Agusta affair, by contrast a relatively minor thing although it's been speculated that his resentment at the paucity of his bribes led to his decision to blow the whistle, which in turn led to his death. Certainly he said he would reveal all, that there would be ties to organised crime and so forth. Certainly he never got the chance. Certainly Minister of Defence Coeme, NATO secretary-general Claes and the chairman treasurer and secretary of the Socialist Party were all convicted and fined. Connerotte, later to find fame investigating the Dutroux case, was involved here, ordering a raid on the Parti offices to investigate their finances, which is what led to the surfacing of the Agusta affair.
Among the names Cools named were billionaires from Canada and America, major figures in the American government such as Rumsfeld and Cheney, Neal Bush and our very own Jonathan Aitken and Mark Thatcher. Cools had been off to Switzerland doing research, meeting Iraqi financiers and South American gun runners.
One of the reasons it took so long for justice to be done, over half a decade between the deaths of Cools and van der Biest, Connerotte was called off, as he would later be sacked from the Dutroux case.
The two men arrested for actually committing the Cools murder were Tunisians, former members of the Afghan Mujahideen at that time working for the violent Islamists of Algeria. They were part of a gun-running ring tied to the movement, other members of which have supposedly joined up with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda in more recent years, although on should always take claims like that less than seriously.
â€œI do not peddle in jam!â€
-- Paul vanden Boeynants
Things began to tumble into the open with Maud Sarr. Naming vanden Boeynants, the magistrate Depretre who had killed the investigations into Pinon and Eurosystems, and senior members of the gendarmerie as orgiasts and child sex abusers.
Of course they have ways of making you not talk, or at least of making people not listen. She was paid by the journalist to make her TV appearance, which was blown up into a scandalous piece of fraud.
Eventually several witnesses came forward, the X-Witnesses who claim knowledge and victimhood of the paedophile cabal of orgiasts. Details match up. We have a massive conspiracy: of paedophiles determined to do what they like and keep their power or of fake victims, believe what you want. Here, though, conspiracy is no theory but fact.
One of the X-Witnesses, X-1, had something to say about the aforementioned ASCO company. She claimed she had been taken to a factory for child sexual abuse and the occasional manufacture of snuff films. She led investigators to the ASCO factory near Brussels. She claimed she had seen vanden Boeynants there, Michel Nihoul who was a confederate of Marc Dutroux, Baron de Bonvoison and Roger Boas, head of the company.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible. -- Lawrence of Arabia
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