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You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. (and the Company the company keeps)

Report: McCain Had Private Meeting with Pinochet in 1985

The website Huffington Post has revealed John McCain traveled to Chile in 1985 to have a private meeting with Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. According to a declassified US embassy cable, McCain described the meeting with Pinochet as "friendly and at times warm.” At the time of the meeting, the US Justice Department was seeking the extradition of two close Pinochet associates for an act of terrorism in Washington, D.C., the 1976 assassination of former Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and his colleague Ronni Moffitt. During his trip to Chile, McCain made no public or private statements critical of the dictatorship, nor did he meet with members of the democratic opposition in Chile. Meeting with a bloody dictator, without preconditions Wink - ah, but he was our Company dictator....

(He and Palin would be just a wonderful duo for America's Swan Song...!)
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I wonder what they talked about.

Probably the "free market."
I mean, what else would those two talk about?
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#3
I think McCain got an up-close view of Otto Skorzeny's dueling scar and promised himself that somehow, someday he'd have one of his own.
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The Republican presidential campaign has tried to make a big issue of Barack Obama at one time associating with Bill Ayers, a member of the 1960s Weathermen who engaged in political bombings. Governor Palin has accused Obama of “palling around with terrorists”, although Ayers' association with the Weathermen during their period of carrying out anti-Vietnam War bombings in the United States took place when Obama was around 8-years-old. Contrast this with who President Ronald Reagan, so beloved by the Republican candidates, associated with. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was an Afghan warlord whose followers first gained attention by throwing acid in the faces of women who refused to wear the veil. This is how they spent their time when they were not screaming "Death to America". CIA and State Department officials called Hekmatyar "scary," "vicious," "a fascist," "definite dictatorship material".1 None of this prevented the Reagan administration from inviting the man to the White House to meet with Reagan, and showering him with large amounts of aid to fight against the Soviet-supported government of Afghanistan.

Reagan's successor, George H.W. Bush, palled around with characters almost as unsavory during his first campaign for the presidency in 1988. His campaign staff included a number of genuine pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic types from Eastern and Central Europe. Several of these worthies were leaders of the Republican campaign’s ethnic outreach arm, the Coalition of American Nationalities, despite the fact that their checkered past was not a big secret. One of them, Laszlo Pasztor (or Pastor) had served in the pro-Nazi Hungarian government’s embassy in Berlin during the Second World War. This had been revealed in a 1971 page-one story in the Washington Post.2 When this past was again brought up in September 1988, the Republicans were obliged to dump Pasztor and four others of his ilk from Bush’s campaign.3

And who has John McCain been palling around with? Who has been co-chair of McCain's New York campaign and a foreign policy adviser to McCain himself? None other than the illustrious unindicted war criminal and mass murderer Henry Kissinger, who must be very careful when he travels to Europe for there are committed and serious people in several countries there who will again try to have him arrested for the crimes against humanity he's responsible for ... Chile ... Angola ... East Timor ... Vietnam ... Laos ... Cambodia ...

By contrast, there is no evidence that Bill Ayers was involved in any Weathermen bombing that killed anyone; nor have I seen any evidence that on the very rare occasion that an anti-Vietnam War bombing in the United States resulted in a casualty that it could be ascribed to the Weathermen.

John McCain's bombings certainly killed – some two dozen aerial attacks upon the people of Vietnam, people who had neither done nor threatened any harm to him or his country. What label do we give to such acts, to such a man? His level of violence is matched by his degree of hypocrisy. Speaking of Ayers, McCain asked: “How can you countenance someone who was engaged in bombings that could have or did kill innocent people?”4

In his 2001 memoir, “Fugitive Days,” Ayers writes: “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” This is something very few Americans can accept, and I wouldn't even make the attempt to persuade them. But I personally didn't blame the Weathermen then, and I don't blame them now. The Vietnam War was in its eighth year of barbarity. I and the rest of the army of the powerless needed a few points up there on the scoreboard against the lords of the national-security corporate state. A bombing, with a suitably war-criminal target – like the State Department or the Pentagon – and taking care to prevent any casualties, told the bastards that we were still out there, that their impunity was not total, that this is how it feels to be bombed. Armed propaganda. It told the public that there was something more serious going on than a town-hall difference of opinion that could be reasonably resolved by reasonable people discussing things in a reasonable manner. And like an unhappy child having a temper tantrum, we needed some instant gratification. We were struggling against the most powerful force in the world.

The Weathermen were on the right side of that war. John McCain on the wrong side.

And who has Sarah Palin herself been palling around with? John McCain, and the Alaska Independence Party, a secessionist party her husband belonged to for seven years. “My government is my worst enemy. I’m going to fight them with any means at hand,” Joe Vogler, who founded the party, once declared. Earlier this year Governor Palin shouted out to party members: ”Keep up the good work. And God bless you.”5

I do believe that secession of a state from the union is somewhat frowned upon by the powers that be, and if memory serves me, the last time it was seriously tried the government actually went to war. Who do these Alaskans think they are, the Kosovo gangsters whose secession from Serbia was immediately recognized by Washington?

This just in: John McCain (yes, the same one), as a congressman, met in 1985 in Chile with General Augusto Pinochet, one of the world's most notorious violators of human rights, credited with killing more than 3,000 civilians, jailing tens of thousands of others, and torturing a great many of them. McCain met with Pinochet apparently without any preconditions, which is what McCain has repeatedly criticized Obama for saying he would do with certain present-day foreign leaders whom McCain doesn't like. At the time of the meeting, the US Justice Department was seeking the extradition of two close Pinochet associates for an act of terrorism in Washington, DC – the 1976 car-bomb assassination of former Chilean ambassador to the US, Orlando Letelier, a prominent critic of Pinochet, and his American assistant. McCain made no public or private statements critical of the dictatorship, nor did he meet with members of the democratic opposition in Chile. Senator Edward Kennedy arrived only 12 days after McCain in a highly public show of support for democracy, meeting with Catholic church and human rights leaders and large groups of opposition activists.6

The John McCains of America, in and out of Congress, would much sooner pal around with Augusto Pinochet than Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro or Bill Ayers.

from Bill Blum's Anti-Empire Report http://www.killinghope.org/bblum6/aer63.html
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#5
Peter Lemkin Wrote:You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. (and the Company the company keeps)

Report: McCain Had Private Meeting with Pinochet in 1985

The website Huffington Post has revealed John McCain traveled to Chile in 1985 to have a private meeting with Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. According to a declassified US embassy cable, McCain described the meeting with Pinochet as "friendly and at times warm.” At the time of the meeting, the US Justice Department was seeking the extradition of two close Pinochet associates for an act of terrorism in Washington, D.C., the 1976 assassination of former Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and his colleague Ronni Moffitt. During his trip to Chile, McCain made no public or private statements critical of the dictatorship, nor did he meet with members of the democratic opposition in Chile. Meeting with a bloody dictator, without preconditions Wink - ah, but he was our Company dictator....

If you want to understand history, you have to follow the money. That can be a very confusing task, as the following excerpts reveal. You have to forget whose name shows up in public records; keep in mind that the game is to keep the name of the person claiming the money secret at all cost. The money can be moved from one account to another, from one bank to another, put into real estate, sold and then redeposited. Following the money requires you to keep your eye on the money, not the man who holds it. (Maybe I could design a game that would give "Monopoly" a run for the money!:p

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Do the words 1985, Pinochet, and Riggs Bank...ring any bells?
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/12/busine...gewanted=3

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Mr. Aitken described Mr. Allbritton, who remains the single largest shareholder of Riggs, as "Pinochet's biggest admirer in the banking world," and Senate investigators in the United States have found numerous examples of his intervening personally on the general's behalf over the years. Mr. Allbritton, Mr. Aitken said, "promised, and delivered, rates of return that doubled General Pinochet's capital every three years."

A Riggs spokesman said that Mr. Allbritton did not personally manage the general's accounts and that the two men met in person on only two occasions. "The comments published in the El Mercurio newspaper are fundamentally wrong and materially inaccurate," the spokesman said.

Riggs's own records indicate that most of the general's accounts were earning interest of only 2 percent or 3 percent. The general's lawyer, spokesmen for his nonprofit foundation and individual members of the foundation's board either declined interviews or did not respond to repeated requests for interviews about his finances.

"If a high-level public servant tells you he is going to accumulate $10 million to $15 million by the time he is 65 years old, you need to denounce him to the authorities, because most likely he is stealing," Nicolas Eyzaguire, Chile's finance minister, told reporters here recently. "The only way to have achieved those high rates of return," he added, would be "if Pinochet himself and his children were financial geniuses, something which is very doubtful."

In the United States, federal investigations of Riggs's management of the general's funds suggests that the bank was more interested in masking the existence of his accounts than in producing high-octane financial returns. Riggs, according to American investigators, did not inform regulators, as required, about the existence of the accounts when asked about them four years ago. Moreover, the bank, in a maneuver that it has conceded was improper, changed the names on the accounts of the general and his wife from "Augusto Pinochet Ugarte & Lucia Hiriart de Pinochet" to "L. Hiriart &/or A. Ugarte," ensuring that computer searches for Riggs accounts with the name "Pinochet" would not find them. While banking at Riggs, the general also went by the names Ramon Ugarte and Daniel Lopez, two of the aliases that General Pinochet's financial and legal advisers said he used.

General Pinochet became a Riggs client in 1985, according to bank records. Before that, he apparently used Citibank. "In 1964, my father opened an account at Citibank, which was closed in the 1980's," one of the general's sons, Marco Antonio, said in a recent interview with a Chilean newspaper. "In 1984, that bank asked him to close the account, saying that they no longer wanted to have him as a client." Citigroup, Citibank's parent company, declined to comment.

Riggs seemed less concerned about doing business with the dictator. When the bank reviewed the propriety of maintaining the general's accounts after his arrest in Chile in 2001, a memo prepared for Steven B. Pfeiffer, a Riggs board member, observed that the general's indictment "describes with excruciating detail in over 270 pages the facts and lists thousands of people who were assassinated, tortured or disappeared during Mr. Pinochet's tenure." Still, Riggs kept the accounts open.

Some of the Riggs funds, according to Senate records, were registered in the Bahamas under two corporate shells, the Althorp Investment Company and Ashburton Company Ltd. The mailing address for one of the general's Riggs accounts, it turns out, is a park in downtown Santiago, across the street from military headquarters.

WHILE Riggs threw various cloaks around the general's accounts, the spigots filling them have drawn renewed scrutiny in Chile. In addition to the outsized fees and honorariums that General Pinochet may have received from his activities abroad, Chilean officials are now examining whether the general expropriated large sums from government "reserved expenditure" accounts used to carry out covert operations and investigations. General Pinochet's supporters, including members of his own family, have suggested that the reserves may be legitimate sources of the Riggs funds, but others say no.

"If, as some have maintained, one source of Pinochet's wealth is reserved expenditure accounts of the army or the presidency, then we are facing an extreme irregularity," said Mr. Letelier, the head of the congressional commission. "Reserved expenditures have to do with policy actions, and in no case can the person in charge of the military or the presidency just stick that money in a drawer or in his own pocket. That is absolutely illegal."

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Do these names--Keating, Connally, McCain--in 1985 ring a bell?

http://osdir.com/ml/culture.discuss.cia-...00214.html
...On the deed of Keating's HQ property it stated "When recorded mail to AMERICAN CONTINENTAL 2621 East Camelback Road, Suite 150, Phoenix, Arizona." This was just across the hall from General John Singlaub's U.S. COUNCIL FOR WORLD FREEDOM, the American affiliate headquarters of the WORLD ANTI-COMMUNIST LEAGUE.

General Singlaub's long CIA career goes all the way back to when he was an OSS agent under the direction of William Casey in France and China during WWII. By purchasing UNITED BRANDS Carl Lindner set himself up to become the world's greatest financial beneficiary of the CONTRA/HONDURAN aid program which poured billions in U.S. aid into Honduras to the direct enrichment of Lindner's plantations. Did Lindner send his water boy, Charles Keating, out to Phoenix to facilitate the Contra war with General Singlaub so that Lindner could multiply his fortune?

The summer preceding Keating's purchase of his headquarters property, Keating headed the media relations group for the JOHN CONNALLY FOR PRESIDENT campaign. With Keating in this section was Jim Brady (soon to become Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary) and Joyce Downey. Upon arriving in Phoenix, Downey went across the hall to become General Singlaub's top executive. Former Texas Governor Connally's son Mark later became an AMERICAN CONTINENTAL executive after serving as an aide to "Keating Five" Senator John McCain.

In a very complicated way all this bleeds into Keating's transactions with BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL (BCCI). It is beyond dispute that before it was exposed, BCCI was the largest corporate crime network the world had ever known.

Even TIME MAGAZINE ran a cover story explaining how BCCI had become the favored means of moving dirty money for not only the Medullin Cocaine Cartel, but for the PLO, MOSSAD, Abu Nadal and the CIA as well as various countries like Saudi Arabia and North Korea.

For anyone looking for the possibilities that Keating was laundering illegal funds for Singlaub's Contras campaign, any transactions with BCCI would set off all kinds of bells and whistles.

In early 1986 Keating met a Pakistani in Switzerland named Abbas Gokal. Gokal belongs to a family of shipping magnates who started the downfall of BCCI by defaulting on $700 million in loans. Gokal introduced Keating to Alfred Hartmann, a BCCI director and president of the Bank's Geneva branch.

Steven Pizzo reported in the NATIONAL MORTGAGE NEWS that Hartmann provided $3 billion in loans to Saddam Hussein for nuclear, chemical and ballistic missile programs just preceding the Gulf war and is the director most closely linked to the laundering of Meddelin Cartel drug money.

In 1986, Keating, Hartmann and other BCCI directors met in London, Paris, Zurich, Phoenix and the Bahamas where they founded a corporation known as TRENDINVEST. All this was well known by lower level federal regulators who could not get an appropriate response from higher ups. ...

In summary, did Keating have both the motive and the opportunity to launder illegal funds for CIA operations in Latin America and elsewhere? Yes. Yes. Yes.

It is worth mentioning that when Keating moved out of suite 150, POST\NEWSWEEK moved in. Remember, this was just across the hall from where General John Singlaub ran the Nicaraguan Contra campaign. This was the operation that led Ollie North and General Secord into so much temptation. With the parade of mercenaries that processed through Singlaub's office one must conclude that POST\NEWSWEEK was one amon g many news organizations that never had the slightest inclination to cover any of these stories.

In as much as an animal is undefinable apart from its environment, it is worth analyzing the political setting of Charles Keating. During the high points of Keating's reign the big man in Arizona was Kemper Marley. Marley was the first and only billionaire in Arizona. His wealth was based originally on a liquor monopoly conferred upon him by Sam Bronfman of the SEAGRAMS family.

In Arizona Marley was all powerful.

In 1948, fifty-two employees of Kemper Marley's wholly-owned company, UNITED LIQUOR, went to prison on federal liquor violations ? including Gene Hensley, the father-in-law of Arizona Senator John McCain.

Gene Hensley was Kemper Marley's UNITED LIQUOR general manager. On the basis of so many prosecutions some people might feel UNITED LIQUOR could qualify as organized crime. The slick attorney who kept Marley out of this trial and sent McCain's father-in-law to prison in his place was William Rehndquist ? currently the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

It was the judgment of the court that Gene Hensley would be prohibited from ever working in the liquor industry. Of course such judgments meant nothing to Marley. When Gene Hensley got out of prison Marley arranged a BUDWEISER distributorship for Hensley which is now in the hands of Senator John McCain and reported to be worth $50 million!

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So here's the question: Were Allbritton and Keating just two hands of the same hydra--competing for control of Pinochet's money when Citibank kicked him out in 1985? Was that hydra the World Anti-Communist League?

Second: Were Allbritton (a man from Houston, who was close to Connally and a wealthy network of Texas oilmen Connally courted in 1968 under the umbrella "Democrats for Nixon" in 1968 and 1972 that won Connally the job as Secretary of the Treasury and the privilege of separating gold from the dollar in 1973, allowing the value to float) and Keating (Connally's campaign manager when he ran for President in 1980). Wiki says: "Connally quickly endorsed Reagan and helped him win a narrow primary victory over Bush in the latter's adopted home state of Texas." So that would have put Connally-Keating-McCain at odds against the Bush-Baker faction of Republicans, no?

The real maverick spirit.
"History records that the Money Changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." --James Madison
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Ah Linda, so many interesting names in your post resonate with me.

Pinochet: of which I have a copy of a gold bullion certificate in his name - part of the Secret Treaty stash of certificates. I'd have to crawl in the attic to retrieve it to check dates, but it would be somewhere in that period.

Singlaub: well known for his involvement with the Pentagon/Langley entity "Nippon Star" in trying to recover WWII gold stashed in the Philippines by the Japanese. His recovery effort was circa 1987.

Citibank: plunderd gold, plundered gold and yup, more plundered gold -- the "big cheese" of plundered gold.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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I'm assuming people know about McCain's father's parapolitical connections? If not, in brief: Admiral John "Jack" Sidney McCain, Commander in Chief Pacific Forces 1968-1972 during early Vietnam War, mid-seventies American Security Council Board with Generals Richardson and Graham, attended 6 Nov 1974 launch of Paris disinformation institute funded by the apartheid S. African BOSS and run by the Cercle Pinay complex (Violet of the Cercle Pinay and Crozier of the London ISC), 1975 Member of US Committee of the ISC (with Ball, Brzezinski, Kermit Roosevelt, Komer, Pipes etc), attended the 3 March 1975 launch of the Washington Institute for the Study of Conflict, the US offshoot of the London ISC. Details in my book on the Cercle Pinay in the Organisations and Cults section, and apologies if I'm teaching grandmothers to suck eggs - mine never taught me how.
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Thanks David, it's news to me. I was aware that McCain was connected but not that connected.

It never ceases to amaze how the same old names keep coming round again and again, very often it seems to be a generational thing. I recall Jan showing me a copy of a book he was reading last summer that was written by Miles Poindexter, a US Senator and a US Representative and US Ambassador to Peru. I believe (but am not absolutely certain?) that his son is better known to most of us these days, because Admiral John Poindexter inhabited the Reagan Administration as national Security Adviser. Admiral Poindexter graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958 -- as did his fellow graduate John McCain.

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Miles Poindexter

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Admiral John Poindexter
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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Hi David, yes indeed, seems to run in the blood ... e.g. Bilderberger Pierre Bonvoisin > Black Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin. Also, the dinosaurs never die .. really didn't expect apartheid stooge c. 1970-75 Gerald Howarth to turn up 35 years later as current Tory Shadow Junior Defence Minister for RAF and procurement (cf. footnote 404, Rogue Agents). Gawd help us if all these guys had kids ....cheers for now, DT.
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David Teacher Wrote:I'm assuming people know about McCain's father's parapolitical connections? If not, in brief: Admiral John "Jack" Sidney McCain, Commander in Chief Pacific Forces 1968-1972 during early Vietnam War, mid-seventies American Security Council Board with Generals Richardson and Graham, attended 6 Nov 1974 launch of Paris disinformation institute funded by the apartheid S. African BOSS and run by the Cercle Pinay complex (Violet of the Cercle Pinay and Crozier of the London ISC), 1975 Member of US Committee of the ISC (with Ball, Brzezinski, Kermit Roosevelt, Komer, Pipes etc), attended the 3 March 1975 launch of the Washington Institute for the Study of Conflict, the US offshoot of the London ISC. Details in my book on the Cercle Pinay in the Organisations and Cults section, and apologies if I'm teaching grandmothers to suck eggs - mine never taught me how.

When I looked up John McCain's father in newspaperarchive.com, what I found instead was the grandfather, who was also an admiral in WWII and headed the naval aeronautics section at the time George H.W. Bush got his navy wings! Adm. McCain Sr. was present with MacArthur at Tokyo Bay when the Japanese officially surrendered. Then his eldest son also became an admiral.Newspapers announced in 1967 that "Vice Adm. John Sidney McCain Jr., who has been commander of the Eastern Sea Frontier and vice chairman U.S. delegation, United Nations Military Staff Committee at the U.N. for the past 21 months, has just been assigned to London as commander in chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, to succeed Adm. John S. Thach." Another article stated: "operational commander, Admiral John Sidney McCain, Jr.,
London-based, Iowa-born, one of the most seaward-minded men in the service. When McCain, a wiry, energetic one-time submariner, was Navy
chief of information in Washington, he often lectured the press with warnings about Russia's oceanward push. He spoke at length about the need for doing on water what the NATO ground forces have done down the middle of Europe. He foresaw the Soviet flanking movement which materialized in July, and which backs up the one large geopolitical gain by the Russians in the Johnson Presidency."

In America it appears that what we have in our "democratic republic" is a system of different levels of political circles built on name recognition. One circle picks a representative to voice its views in a larger circle and financially supports that representative to campaign for office. It is by no means a foregone conspiracy of who will eventually win, but who can garner the most votes by any means available which that group and its henchman are willing to exercise. In order to expand this influence on a global scale, members of this circle have to deal with men (most often; I see few women involved) from different cultural and political backgrounds. The common thread that joins them seems to be some historical connection involving international trade and finance. It seems J.S. McCain Jr. was committed to the NATO structure as well as UN. The question is whether that was the influence that bore down on his son the Senator.
"History records that the Money Changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." --James Madison
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