9/11 & Gold, Money and Power
(Excerpt from Light In A Dark Place, 2 ed. 2012)
With the rise of central banking, gold as money began a three century decline. Gold as power, however, continued on as usual.
In 1971, when the US cut the ties between money and gold, gold as money ceased to exist. Gold as power, however, continued. But because gold is power there is little real information on the connection between the two; and that information is often misleading as the powerful prefer secrecy and the true movements of gold are no exception.
I would like to share some information I discovered about the world of gold and power that will shed light on some very critical issues; and, because of power's purposefully hidden path, the truth here can only be approached obliquely.
What I offer is a name. The name is Bruce Rappaport. Twenty-five years ago, in extenuating circumstances I had met Howard Hughes' private banker, Dr. Norman Bernard Thirion. Prior to working for Hughes, Dr. Thirion had worked for Daniel K. Ludwig, a man even wealthier and more secretive than Hughes.
Because of the unique circumstances under which we met, Thirion told me about events he had told few others, events that led to, among others, the name of Bruce Rappaport. The events centered on the embezzlement by the Reagan White House of funds Thirion had solicited from the Saudi royal family.
The funds, $500 million, intended to aid the Afghan freedom fighters never reached them. Instead they were later discovered in a secret CIA Swiss bank account co-mingled with proceeds from the Iran-Contra arms scandal, another illegal Reagan operation. The bank account was controlled by an Israeli-Swiss banker, Bruce Rappaport, later connected to the events surrounding 9/11.
It was because of what Howard Hughes' private banker told me in 1987 that I recognized Rappaport's name when it came to my attention last year in 2011, this time in connection with 9/11 and events far from Norman Thirion and the Reagan White House; events that will reveal the continuing connection between gold, money and power.
SECRET LIES AND HIDDEN TRUTHS
The name of Bruce Rappaport brings together events, nations and individuals tangled in interlocking webs of deceit and deception. The covert life of Bruce Rappaport is similar to a USB hub that connects crime, power, politics and money; and it was Rappaport's relationship with William Casey—Nixon's Chairman of the SEC, Reagan's Director of the CIA and Rappaport's golfing buddy—that gave Rappaport his lubed entry into the international sewers of power and money.
On August 22, 1999, an article in the New York Times, Russian Money-Laundering Investigation finds a Familiar Swiss Banker in the Middle, focused on Russian money- laundering being carried out at Rappaport's bank, the Bank of New York. http://www.nytimes.com/1999/08/22/world/russian-money-laundering-investigation-finds-familiar-swiss-banker-middle.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
The New York Times' article on Bruce Rappaport, i.e. the 'familiar Swiss banker', and his bank, the Bank of New York, did not, however, mention Rappaport's close ties to Israel, the Reagan administration and to US intelligence.
Regarding these omissions by the New York Times, Robert Parry wrote: …the article sketched Rappaport's biography from his birth in Haifa, now part of Israel, through his founding of Inter-Maritime Bank in Geneva to his acquisition of the Bank of New York
But left out was an important piece of the mystery: Rappaport's close relationship to Israel's Labor Party, the Reagan administration and U.S. intelligence… Rappaport had been linked to some of the Reagan administration's most controversial actions…These included: the Iran-contra affair; an Israeli bribery case that involved a U.S.-backed oil pipeline in Iraq; the scandal over the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; a curious shipment of weapons through a melon farm in Antigua to Colombian cocaine kingpins; and the October Surprise mystery, the allegations that the 1980 Reagan campaign sabotaged Carter's negotiations to free 52 American hostages held in Iran. http://members.fortunecity.com/editor_oj/Special_Reports/RussianMoney/russianmoney.html
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW EXPLAINS WHAT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND
On September 24, 2011, the name, Bruce Rappaport, was mentioned on the website Veterans Today. Bruce Rappaport and Lee Wanta, a former US intelligence operative, who, like Rappaport, was involved with Reagan's illegal Iran-contra activities, had also been active in US covert efforts to destabilize the Russian economy.
Wanta's story along with Bruce Rappaport's offers a telling glimpse into the secretive world of power, politics, money and gold. The story in Veterans Today, titled "Classified: The Wanta Chronicles, the Covert Economic War" connects Lee Wanta and Bruce Rappaport to:
The financial crimes and events that revolved around US efforts to destabilize the Russian ruble are myriad and complex; and include far more than the activities of Rappaport and Wanta.
They not only explain the events surrounding 9/11, they also reveal the source of funding for America's covert activities after WWII, thousands of tons of gold stolen from China by the Japanese—and later again stolen by the US.
CHINA'S STOLEN GOLD
Professor Chalmers Johnson's review of Gold Warriors: America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's Gold by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave tells of the widespread looting of China's riches by Japanese forces before their defeat in WWII.
"Yamashita's gold" describes the vast wealth looted from China then hidden by General Yamashita. Countless tons of gold, precious stones and stolen treasures were secretly buried by General Yamashita in the Philippines prior to Japan's surrender. Ferdinand Marcos, later president of the Philippines, also had found "Yamashita's gold". (see http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/secretgoldtreaty/secret_treaty_part%202.2.htm
The Americans moved quickly to suppress any knowledge of this vast hoard of gold; and, rather than returning it to its rightful owners, Chalmers Johnson writes,
Among these clandestine activities was the destabilization of Russia's ruble in which Rappaport and Wanta were involved, in which $240 billion of 10-year securities were issued on September 10, 1991 to buy up Russia's industrial base; and it was to destroy evidence of these covert securities and their source that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked on September 11, 2001.
According to Veterans Today, the primary targets on 9/11 in the World Trade Center were Cantor Fitzgerald and Eurobrokers, major dealers in US securities. The primary target at the Pentagon was the Office of Naval Intelligence which had been investigating the covert securities.
The Veterans Today article notes: The federal agency mostly involved in investigating those transactions was the Office of Naval Intelligence. On September 11 those same three organizations: the two largest government securities brokers and the Office of Naval Intelligence in the US took near direct hits.
It is not a coincidence that the bank in question, the Bank of New York, was owned by Bruce Rappaport; the 'familiar Swiss banker' in whose secret Swiss bank account the Iran-Contra proceeds were deposited along with the $500 million Saudi-Afghanistan fund skimmed by the Reagan White House.
The article in Veterans Today concludes:
Bruce Rapport's Bank of New York along the Federal Reserve was at the very epicenter of the events behind 9/11. Once again, gold, money and power were at stake and the bankers provided sufficient cover for the guilty to make sure no one knew what had happened; and no one did—at least not until the document that explained 9/11, Collateral Damage, appeared on the web.
ILLICIT POWER ILLICIT GOLD
The source material for the allegations in Veterans Today is a remarkable 58-page document, Collateral Damage, US Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 attributed to "EP Heidner".
Heidner's document is a covert Rosetta Stone, shedding light on the hidden world of power and intrigue; where death and destruction are considered collateral damage. See http://www.scribd.com/doc/9442970/Collateral-Damage-US-Covert-Operations-and-the- Terrorist-Attacks-on-September-11-200128062008
Collateral Damage contains information that the media ignored, buried or denied. Today, societal control in America is maintained through the media. In the media, the American public—the unknowing, unwitting and gullible—read lies, half-lies and half-truths believing them to be fact. But to find the truth, especially where power's concerned, it's necessary to look hard, deep and elsewhere.
Deep Black Lies, http://www.deepblacklies.co.uk/deepblacklies_new.htm, the website of former UK banker, David Guyatt is such a place where one can find the dark truths that belie the claims of legitimate power proffered on behalf of those who rule.
Guyatt delves deeply into the dark machinations of power surrounding gold, money and power; and like Heidner's Collateral Damage, Guyatt's website, Deep Black Lies, provides answers to questions the powerful would wish to remain unasked and unanswered.
The story of Howard Hughes' banker, Dr. Norman Bernard Thirion, is an example of such. It involved the Reagan White House embezzlement of funds solicited for the Afghanistan muhajadin, funds later discovered in a secret CIA-Swiss bank account controlled by an Israeli-Swiss banker, Bruce Rappaport, owner of the Bank of New York later involved in the financial machinations surrounding 9/11.
According to Thirion, representatives of Transglobal Productions, ostensibly a New York movie production company, approached Thirion in 1983 to solicit funds from the Saudi royal family to support the Afghan resistance movement.
The chairman of the alleged movie production company was General Robert E. Cushman ret., former Commandant of the US Marine Corp, former Deputy Director of the CIA and a member of the Reagan White House inner circle.
Why was a former Commandant of the US Marines Corps approaching a private banker to solicit funds for the Afghan resistance? And why was Cushman, the former Deputy Director of the CIA, using the cover of a New York movie production company to do so?
The story, told to me by Thirion, explains the covert front behind which members of the Reagan White House solicited, then embezzled, millions of dollars meant for the muhajadin; believing that as private citizens using a private company and a private banker to approach the Saudis, they could legally divert money from public funds where as public servants they could not.
Because of his close ties to the Saudi royal family, Norman Thirion successfully raised the $500 million, but none of the money was to reach the Afghan resistance and Thirion himself was to be cut out of the deal after he strongly objected to General Cushman's proposal to buy captured Soviet arms with Saudi money from Israel.
When Thirion later told the Saudis what had happened, that General Cushman through Transglobal board member, Rabbi Morton Rosenthal, had bought Soviet arms from Israel captured after the Six-Day War using Saudi money and then resold them at a profit to the Afghan resistance—Thirion said the Reagan White House moved swiftly against him.
Thirion was arrested in Switzerland one year later on trumped-up charges of receiving illegal loan fees, then extradited to the US where he was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison.
Thirion was convinced the Reagan White House was responsible for his arrest and imprisonment and immediately filed an appeal. When his appeal was denied, Thirion put his story in the hands of a third party and threatened to release the information unless the Reagan White House released him; and while Thirion's bid for freedom failed, I was 'the third party' to whom Thirion had entrusted his story for safekeeping.
I now had the details about covert corruption at the highest levels in the US government. I soon discovered, however, that the media had no interest in a story involving the White House, the CIA, Afghanistan, the Saudis and the embezzlement of millions of dollars by Reagan insiders. The media was interested in protecting power, not questioning it.
Nonetheless, during the years that followed I couldn't forget what Thirion had told me and in 2004, I became curious about one of the participants, Dr. Nake Kamrany, a professor at the University of Southern California. Thirion had been introduced to Dr. Kamrany in 1983 as a means of contacting the former King of Afghanistan, Zahir Shah, then living in exile in Paris, under whose auspices the funds were to be raised.
Thirion believed Professor Kamrany was a 'true Afghan patriot' and did not believe Kamrany knew about the White House use of the Afghan cause to embezzle funds meant for the muhajadin.
In June, 2004 I contacted Professor Kamrany to find out what he knew about Thirion's story. Kamrany confirmed he knew Norman Thirion and had heard rumors about a 'private venture' but strongly denied any knowledge of a White House skim.
Professor Kamrany then asked why I was inquiring about events that had happened so long ago. When I told him I was doing research for a book, Kamrany unexpectedly asked me if I knew anyone in the movie business.
Kamrany's question would lead to us meeting in person. His son, a USC film school graduate, was looking to enter the film industry, and Rawson Marshall Thurber, the son of my close friend from law school, Marshall Thurber, had recently written and directed a soon-to-be mega-million-dollar hit movie, Dodgeball.
Marshall had arranged for a private pre-premiere showing in Los Angeles and Martha and I were flying in for the event. Marshall extended our invitation to include Professor Kamrany's party and, after the movie, Professor Kamrany confirmed some of what I had been told two decades before by Norman Thirion.
Kamrany said he had seen Russian weapons in Afghanistan used by the muhajadin and wondered how they had come by them. These were the weapons responsible for General Cushman cutting Thirion out of the deal and, ultimately, for Thirion ending up in a US prison where those in power hoped his story about Republican corruption in the White House would be buried forever along with him.
The story wasn't buried, at least not forever. I now had it; but like all stories that implicate the powerful, the media didn't want to tell it.
MARSHALL THURBER'S POSITIVE DEVIANT NETWORK AND NORMAN THIRION'S STORY
In 2005, Marshall Thurber created the Positive Deviant Network, the PDN, an experiment that would bring 'positive-deviants' together in a networks; and Marshall asked us—Martha, my wife, and I—to join. See www.posdev.net
In 2006, Martha and I gave the PDN a book I had written but had not published, Light in a Dark Place. We then published it and presented it to the PDN. The book was filled with stories, commentaries, poetry and spiritual observations written during my 10-year federal prison sentence on drug-related charges. Norman Thirion's story was in the book as were the circumstances under which our unlikely paths had crossed in 1987.
If no one else would tell Norman's story, I would. However, we did not promote Light in a Dark Place because a book I had never planned to write but did intervened. That year I wrote How to Survive the Crisis and Prosper in the Process, a book about the coming economic crisis.
In March 2007, I presented that book to the PDN predicting a severe economic crisis was about to happen; and within months, my predictions began to come true, I began writing on economic issues and How to Survive the Crisis and Prosper in the Process was ordered by readers in 25 countries.
My emergence as a writer on issues of money, banking and economics delayed my intent to reveal the story Thirion had told me; but there is another far more fundamental reason Norman Thirion's story hasn't been told in the media.
Today, after the contrived emergency of 9/11 and the repeated disillusionments in its wake, perhaps Americans are now willing to consider that those who lead our nation, those entrusted with sending Americans into battle and making decisions that will affect the nation for generations to come have not been concerned about what's best for America—as they have led us to believe—but, instead, as Norman Thirion's story shows, they've been concerned with what's best for themselves.
THE BANKER'S GRAVE
The victims of 9/11 are considered collateral damage by those who pursue gold, money and power to no other end. Howard Hughes' banker, Norman Thirion, was fortunate to have escaped with his life when he crossed the powerful elites who controlled the Reagan White House.
Other bankers, e.g. Roberto Calvi, Michele Sindona and Edmund Safra, were not so lucky. Roberto Calvi, former chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, was hung by the neck beneath Blackfriar's Bridge in London in 1982. Michele Sindona, former owner of Franklin National Bank, died after drinking coffee laced with arsenic in an Italian prison in 1986; and Edmond Safra, owner of Republic National Bank, burned to death barricaded and trapped in his heavily guarded penthouse in Monaco in 1999.
Each banker knew the secrets of the powerful who ultimately determined their interests were best served with the three bankers dead. Calvi and Sindona were murdered after their banks collapsed but Safra's death was different. Safra died with his financial empire intact—but, of the three, Safra's death was the most curious as the prosecution's explanation was both convoluted and unconvincing in the extreme.
The commonly-accepted—and highly improbable—version of Safra's death can be found at Wikipedia; where Safra's attorney alleged in court that Safra's killer, nurse and former Green Beret, Ted Maher,
A far more plausible explanation for Safra's fiery demise is found at The Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics (ISGP) website regarding the secretive 1001 Club of which Safra was a member.
One year before his death, Safra's Republic Bank had also provided information to the FBI on Russian money-laundering activities at the Bank of New York [Bruce Rappaport's bank]. The night Safra was killed, Safra's Israeli-trained bodyguards were conveniently off-duty. Dead bankers don't talk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Maher
THE 1001 CLUB
Edmond Safra was a member of The 1001 Club, a highly secretive organization founded by Prince Bernhard, the former president of the Bilderberg Group. The membership of The 1001 Club reads like a Who's Who of those on whose behalf the Bilderbergers toil. https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/1001_Club_members_list.htm
When I came across the 1001 Club's membership list, I looked for Bruce Rappaport's name. Though not a member, Rappaport was mentioned in relationship to 1001 Club member, Dr. Alfred Hartmann, Swiss gnome extraordinaire, former director of Rothschild banking group and former high ranking executive at the notoriously corrupt and infamous Bank of Credit and Commerce, BCCI.
Dr. Hartmann's provenance makes Bruce Rappaport look like Mother Teresa. If Bruce Rappaport was a USB hub of covert criminality, illusory respectability and political sociopathy, Dr. Alfred Hartmann was an über-hub. David Whitby and Alan A. Block in The Organized Criminal Activities of the Bank of Credit and Commerce, BCCI, refer to Dr. Hartmann as follows:
More on the activities of Dr. Hartmann is found at David Guyatt's Deep Black Lies website:
The information on The 1001 Club and Edmond Safra came from the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics (ISGP). ISGP also has information on the highly secretive Le Cercle, a group composed of pan-European nationalists, white racists, extreme right-wing Catholics (Opus Dei), and right-wing Americans, e.g. General Vernon Walters (suspected of involvement in the assassination of JFK), William Colby (Director of the CIA), William Casey (Director of the CIA, Chairman of the SEC and Bruce Rappaport's golfing buddy), etc. https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/Le_Cercle.htm#uscercle
For more information on Le Cercle, ISGP recommends reading Rogue Agents by David Teacher. For free download, see http://mediafire.com/?2qvkx4nvdj9zyk6.
Another member of the exclusive 1001 Club—along with Edmond Safra, Dr. Alfred Hartmann and various Rothschilds, e.g. Baron Edmund de Rothschild, Baroness Nadine de Rothschild, Edmund L. de Rothschild, Baroness Guy de Rothschild, etc.—is the founder and chairman of Barrick Gold, Peter Munk.
The ostensible purpose of The 1001 Club is to raise funds and support the World Wildlife Foundation. Whether The 1001 Club is a true service organization or the Rotary Club for the Dark Side is unknown.
AMERICA, AMERICA WHAT HAS BECOME OF THEE
My generation came of age during the 1960s, an era of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll, fueled in no small part by LSD, the psychedelic elixir introduced to America by the CIA's ultra- secret MKULTRA program. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA .
Personal note to the CIA for the introduction of LSD to the youth of America: Thanks!!
Our generation's opposition to the Vietnam War, our support of civil rights for all— including blacks and women—and our desire for peace was considered by some to be un- American.
Un-American does not describe who or what we are nor does it in any way define America. Ronald Reagan's ronin, his errant cold-war warriors now deeply embedded in America's power structure hijacked America, depleted its financial resources and robbed the nation of its future…and 9/11…well, now that's un-American.
What happened on 9/11 constitutes high treason; and if America doesn't have the courage to demand the truth of those responsible at the point of imprisonment and death in a public forum, this once-great nation will suffer the fate of those who lack the courage to face their past in order to face their future.
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