Thursday, February 17, 2005

This White House Don't Operate That Way

Oh Really?

Are you sure the White House doen'st operate that way Mr. President? I would say that such a thing is endemic for the way any kind of Republican club operates as I have discussed in this blog before. See this blog November 2004: More Tales Of The Prairie How could a gay online prostitute gain access to a hard pass to the White House press core and top secret information concerning Valerie Plame? How did Michael MacManus and Maggie Gallagher get paid to shill for the President?

A good theory is networking. Someone knew somebody, or a group of somebodies. That entity was important enough to get things done for itself that you and I can't conceive of doing.

If you can't see an immediate connection between names you throw them together in Google to cross reference them. Now I couldn't get anywhere with either "Jeff Gannon", or James Guckert, but I did get somewhere with the name of Gannon-Guckert's boss Morton Blackwell, and Jack Abramoff, the friend of Tom DeLay and and Ralph Reed, and who is now in a bit of trouble concerning Indian gambling casinos. They have a history. They are the The Conservative Caucus, they have the Council for National Policy. A culture of networking means a collegial atmosphere where everyone knows everyone, and has at his or her disposal the means to accomplish their ends. You know someone, who knows someone, and a brother Bonesman will always help a brother Bonesman. And therre are layers upon layers complicity. If you think you found a connection between two people, look again because that connection is but a tentacle of something more mysterious.

For instance, at first I found only one connection between Robert Eberle, Morton Blackwell, and Press Secretary Scott McClellan. That was The Conservative Caucus. In the Eighties The Conservative Caucus. showed what an ultra Right-Wing club it was by opposing the Panama Canal Treaty, was an active lobbyist for contra aid in Nicaragua. TCC was very active in Africa as well in places like South Africa and Namibia. For the most part they are an externally oriented organization, but they always weigh in on any issue important to conservatives:

"TCC helped to line up 18 co-sponsors for Rep. Philip Crane's 10-percent Flat Tax bill (H. R. 111). (13) "*

"TCC Research, Analysis and Education Foundation conducts research and analysis on public policy questions. Information compiled by the group is used by congressmen, senators, federal government officials, White House personnel, and others. Publications of the foundation include: Senate Report, Senate Issues Yearbook, Eye on Bureaucracy, and Inside Bureaucracy. (50) In 1989 the Reunion Conference of the Council on Southern Africa was a benefit for the TCC Foundation. Speakers at the reunion included Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub (ret) and Jardo Muekalia of UNITA, the Angolan rebel group led by Savimbi."*

Members include: Major General John Singlaub (ret.), Howard Philips, Terry Dolan founder of NCPAC, Richard Viguerie (he of direct mail venture), Jack Abramoff, Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, and The Moral Majority, Senator Jesse Helms.

Each of these people control various enterprises and ventures for the Right. But the TCC is only the tip of the iceberg. TCC is a subsidiary of the Council For National Policy.

The Council For National Policy is that iceberg, the octopus to The Conservative Caucus's tentacle. It is a rather secretive organization, and I won't call them necessarily sinister, after all the Rosicrussians are very secretive too. So are the Freemasons. It's just that the nexus of such an organization and public policy bears a great deal of examination.

According to ABC's Marc Ambinder:

"In 1999, candidate George W. Bush spoke before a closed-press CNP session in San Antonio. His speech, contemporaneously described as a typical mid-campaign ministration to conservatives, was recorded on audio tape.

(Depending on whose account you believe, Bush promised to appoint only anti-abortion-rights judges to the Supreme Court, or he stuck to his campaign "strict constructionist" phrase. Or he took a tough stance against gays and lesbians, or maybe he didn't).

The media and center-left activist groups urged the group and Bush's presidential campaign to release the tape of his remarks. The CNP, citing its bylaws that restrict access to speeches, declined. So did the Bush campaign, citing the CNP.

Shortly thereafter, magisterial conservatives pronounced the allegedly moderate younger Bush fit for the mantle of Republican leadership.

The two events might not be connected. But since none of the participants would say what Bush said, the CNP's kingmaking role mushroomed in the mind's eye, at least to the Democratic National Committee, which urged release of the tapes.

Partly because so little was known about CNP, the hubbub died down."


"According to one of its most prominent members (who asked that his name not be used), the CNP is simply and nothing but a self-selected, conservative counterweight to the influential center-left establishment."

Some say the CNP was founded by Nelson Bunker Hunt, Herbert Hunt, and T. Cullen Davis. Others say that Richard Viguerie created it to act as a counterweight to the liberal Council on Foreign Relatons. The list of present and former members is a who's who of the American Right. From the military you have General Singlaub, Gen. Albion Knight and Lt. Col. Oliver North. For foreign relations you have Phyllis Schlafly and Jean Kirkpatrick. Congress is represented by Tom DeLay, Gary Bauer, Richard Armey. Business brings the caliber of Lou Lehrman, Howard Ahmanson, the Coors family. Religion is represented by people such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed. Journalism has the honored presence of Charles Krauthammer, Jonah Goldberg.

So what does this have to do with a simple gay prostitute who had priviledged information concerning the war in Iraq, Valerie Plame and a press pass to the White House? These are people who, when they want something done, they know where to go, and whom to call on to get it done.

For instance, here is something on an alleged former member:

"John Lenczowski - CNP Membership Roster (1984-85). Consultant to the Council for Inter-American Security...[which] played a pivotal role formulating Washington's program for counter-revolutionary war and mass murder in Central America during the 1980s... The group functioned in a dual-capacity; as an alarmist "public policy institute" and as a domestic spy ring, a "privatized" version of the FBI's infamous COINTELPRO operations. Having staked-out Latin America as their geopolitical niche, CIS targeted Central America solidarity activists, progressive clergy, and the Salvadoran exile community. The group gathered intelligence and disseminated disinformation, funneling data on foreign policy opponents to the FBI and the intelligence service of the Salvadoran death squad state...In 1980, they published the influential A New Inter-American Policy for the Eighties, generally known as the "Santa Fe Document." [A Small Circle of Friends]".

One of the Hunt Brothers has an interesting tale:

"Herbert William Hunt- CNP Board of Governors (1982). Multimillionaire and brother to Nelson Bunker Hunt. In 1981, William Herbert and Nelson Bunker Hunt provided the start-up money for the Council for National Policy.

A subsidiary of the pro-Nazi German American National Congress [DANK], the council is headed by Karol Sitko...Sitko was also the organizer for the West German branch of the Western Goals Foundation, a far-right political organizing and research group which, until the death of its founder, Congressman Larry MacDonald, was essentially a front for the John Birch Society's private intelligence network. In Germany, Sitko organized rallies in Nuremberg and Hanover drawing 240,000 people. He was supported by billionaire H.L. Hunt and General John Singlaub. His activities were conducted in concert with the Anti-Bolshevik Block of Nations.

Renamed Conservative Alliance (CALL), this group was organized by the late Terry Dolan's National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC is Laos in the Coalition for Peace Through Strength). CALL has received major funding through groups affiliated with Rev. Sun Myung Moon, according to the Wall Street Journal and other reports. CALL started the National Coalition for America's Survival, which includes the newly-reincarnated America First Committee...One of the three groups in the Coalition headed by Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, who is also on the board of the American Security Council Foundation. Her deceased husband, part of the British aristocracy, was the brother of Rudolph Hess when, in 1940, Hess made his secret flight to England. Hess, a top aide to Hitler and Nazi Party official, sought to meet with the British aristocratic circles known as the Cliveden Set. Sympathetic to Hitler's war aims, the Cliveden Set tried to get England out of the war it had declared against Germany in September 1939, after Germany invaded Poland. Hess was arrested and imprisoned. After Lord Douglas came to the U.S., he established an American branch of a racial eugenics group headquartered in Scotland. The oil billionaire Hunt brothers and Jesse Helms are members of this group. It was headed by Robert Gayre, who published the racialist Mankind Quarterly until Roger Pearson took it over in 1978. [Bellant, ON 45-6]"

Now I'm not completely sure about some of these sources. Some of them are religious websites, but even those look like fairly reasonable sites, respectful of the people's right to believe or not. Given what all of the sites impart to me that the people who are members of such organizations as the CNP, can generally arrange for things, like getting secret intelligence to a "news stringer" like Gannon-Guckert should be easy. And Gannon-Guckert's little secrets, of little matter. It was Gannon - Guckert who made the mistake of being obvious.

Americans For The Separation of Church And State - Council For National Policy
Council For National Policy
The Conservative Caucus.*

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