Big Tobacco and 54 of Utah’s Legislators

In terms of the sum of numbers reflecting a global human tragedy, it is arguably more ethical, moral, practical and safe to take campaign finance donations from Vladimir Putin, ISIS, The Taliban, The Mafia, North Korea or Iran than it should be ethical to finance one’s political campaign with money from Big Tobacco.

The mere act of having a proximity to and connivance with Big Tobacco is a travesty of unconscionable proportions … and … becomes either a study in arrogance and hypocrisy or an exercise in abject stupidity and carelessness by Utah’s legislators.

Special interests gave Utah Lawmakers $9 of every $10 in campaign funds they raised. According to “Follow the Money.org,” the following are Utah Legislators who have raised campaign funds from tobacco companies and from tobacco product sales.  In other words, Big Tobacco has purchased  influence from these 54 Utah legislators:zLegislators

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From the Center for Disease Control, “Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.”

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1,300 deaths every day equals more than the sum of the 2,996 deaths from the 9-11 Twin Towers disaster repeated every third day.

What, which, or where is … the most terrible … or … are the terrorists?

“We have met the enemy and they are us!” – Pogo

Special interests gave Utah Lawmakers $9 of every $10 in campaign funds they raised.
Constituent donations add up to about 3 percent of campaign accounts, raising questions about who’s got legislators’ ears. https://goo.gl/3rLFJA Tribune article by Lee Davidson
January 23, 2018. “Special interests provided 92 percent of all the campaign donations that members of the 2018 Utah Legislature raised last year. Only 3 percent came from individuals who live in the member’s district, a Salt Lake Tribune analysis of disclosure forms shows. This is a pattern seen over several years.”

Utah Legislators’ Big Tobacco finance numbers were taken from … corrected to … Follow the Money.org” to “My Legislature Utah 2018” to “Legislator’s Name” to “As a Candidate” and then to “Top Industries.”  

From the Center for Disease Control (CDC) https://goo.gl/eDqvsm Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. More than 16 million Americans are zLung-Cancerliving with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than zsmoking-parents480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today.

In an article by Lee Davidson of The Salt Lake Tribune, December 12, 2016, “So 88 percent of Utah legislators — eight of every nine — are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  We know of at least one Mormon Bishop on the foregoing roster.

Hypocrisy is the Mother’s Milk of Campaign Financing

WASHINGTON—Two high-ranking lawmakers on the Senate committee that crafts legislation about health and oversees public health agencies disclosed that they or their families traded in tobacco company stock while they were on the committee, according to a STAT review. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reported purchasing at least $15,000 worth of stock in Philip Morris International. Hatch reported that on Oct. 23, 2012, when he was a member of the committee, an account on which he is a joint owner acquired between $15,001 and $50,000 of Philip Morris stock. HatchGlassesHe reported that in 2013, he owned less than $1,001 of the stock and collected dividends between $201 and $1,000. https://goo.gl/NfWrwd

You are invited to review the most corrupt epoch in Utah’s history depicted by a timeline found here https://goo.gl/g9rhbP

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Where is the High Road? Who has the High Road?

Another wonderful Ben Garrison Cartoon.

For anyone born before about 1955, there is a good chance the day of the Kennedy assassination is still vividly in mind … the time and place of remembrance indelibly etched.  September 11, 2001 also brings to mind similar recollections.

For this writer, I was on the ramp at Andrews AFB in Washington D.C.  We had just finished our pre-flight check and were getting ready to taxi for takeoff.  Suddenly, we were ordered to hold while another aircraft took our spot and departed immediately.  I happened to be listening to a commercial channel on the aircraft’s radio and learned of President Kennedy’s assassination.  Later, we learned that the aircraft that had taken off before us was transporting some of the Kennedy family … and as I recall Bobby Kennedy … to Dallas.

zladyWhere was Lady Justice when Kennedy was assassinated?  What happened to The Rule of Law and Good Governance?  Who decides the Greater Good?  Does the situation determine/dictate the ethic?

Finding or rationalizing answers to the foregoing questions plague this Nation and our people endlessly.  Does the greater good justify torture?  Is there a justifiable moral and ethical rationale for taking hundreds of thousands of lives to save a similar number of lives?  When in a situation with no moral, ethical option out, how do we get out? We could argue and “game” these dilemmas “ad nauseam,” but won’t.

The purpose of this posting is simple, single and short.  For over an hour on September 26, 2014, 86-year-old Master Spy Antonio Veciana, with the assistance of an interpreter, participated in a “no holds barred” question and answer session regarding his former Spy Master and CIA handler David Atlee Phillips Chief of Operations for the Western Hemisphere, and regarding Lee Harvey Oswald, and regarding the Kennedy assassination.

We present a clip of the Veciana video wherein he passionately describes the complexities of service in the CIA and other intelligence agencies.  After viewing this clip, we then ask the reader to mentally and emotionally superimpose feelings and impressions gained from Veciana’s impassioned response … impose these feelings and impressions on the situations and circumstances unfolding around us today.  Who … today … in our current situation and circumstance … who do we trust to know the greater good for the Nation and lead accordingly?

 

This writer disbelieves the Warren Commission and does believe that Kennedy was the victim of the Deep State’s hatred of him.  We sense a distressing parallel of hate and vitriol directed at our President today.  And … there is ample evidence that faceless, nameless architects of conflict and confusion working through public proxies will, under contrived circumstances and situations, subvert the rule-of-law all-the-while ensuring greater good for themselves and not for the Republic.

We offer the appended, short Wikipedia sketches of Antonio Veciana and David Atlee Phillips merely for background.

Antonio Veciana Blanch (born October 18, 1928) is a Cuban exile who was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to kill Fidel Castro. He was the founder and a former leader of the anti-Castro group Alpha 66.  At the time of the 1959 Cuban Revolution Veciana was employed as an accountant by Julio Lobo, and well known as the President of the professional accountants’ association.

Veciana was recruited as a spy for the CIA by David Atlee Phillips (also known as Maurice Bishop) in 1959 to kill Fidel Castro. After the initial contact with Bishop, Veciana took a 2-3 week course in psychological warfare and sabotage. After the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion in April 1961, Bishop directed Veciana to help organise an assassination attempt on Castro in Havana from an apartment rented in the name of Veciana’s mother-in-law. Veciana left Cuba the day before the October 1961 attempt, his wife and children having already left some months earlier. The attempt, which involved a bazooka, failed.

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Veciana settled in Miami with his family, and after Bishop contacted him there, at Bishop’s direction Veciana founded Alpha 66 in mid-1962, becoming its civilian chief and principal fundraiser, and recruiting its military chief from another Cuban exile organization. Alpha 66 became one of the most active Cuban exile groups, acquiring guns and boats and launching commando raids on Cuba.

From August 1968 to June 1972 Veciana was active in Bolivia. Formally a banking adviser to the Central Bank of Bolivia on contracts financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development, his office was located in the passport division of the American Embassy, and his primary activity was organising anti-Communist and anti-Castro activities. This included another assassination attempt on Castro in Chile in 1971 involving a plan to put a gun inside a television camera. Veciana’s recruiting of Cuban associates who prepared a plan to blame Russian agents for the assassination led to a falling-out with Bishop and the eventual termination of their relationship. When Bishop broke off the relationship in 1973, he paid Veciana $253,000 in recognition of his services; Veciana had previously refused payment.

1970s, and HSCA interview

In 1974 Veciana was convicted of conspiracy to supply narcotics; he served 27 months, still professing his innocence after his release.

In 1976 Veciana told the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) that at one meeting with Bishop in Dallas in late-August or September 1963 he had arrived to see Bishop talking with Lee Harvey Oswald. Veciana said that several months after the assassination Bishop had offered to pay a relative of Veciana who worked in the Cuban Intelligence Directorate in Mexico City to say publicly that he had met Oswald there. On September 21, 1979 in Miami, Veciana was wounded in the head during a drive-by shooting while he was riding in his car.[5] He was initially admitted to Pan American Hospital with a small-caliber bullet imbedded above his left ear, then transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Veciana’s family and friends said that agents of the Cuban government had attempted to kill him. Veciana was not active in Alpha 66 at the time of the shooting. His wife said he had received death threats eight months earlier, and Nazario Sargen, the then current leader of Alpha 66, said Veciana told a press conference a few months previously that the Cuban government was planning to kill him after he had learned about the plot from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Later years

Veciana was briefly employed as treasurer by Maurice Ferré’s 2004 campaign for mayor of Miami-Dade. He resigned after a few days, as he did not meet the state requirement of being a registered voter.

In 2013 Veciana gave interviews saying that he believed that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was carried out by senior military and intelligence officials.  On January 16, 2016, the Assassination Archives and Research Center published a video on Youtube of a conference in which Veciana unequivocally stated that Maurice Bishop was in fact David Atlee Phillips.

David Atlee Phillips (October 31, 1922 – July 7, 1988) was a Central Intelligence Agency officer of 25 years and a recipient of the Career Intelligence Medal. Phillips rose to become the CIA’s chief of operations for the Western hemisphere.

Conspiracy allegations and lawsuit

In their 1980 book Death in Washington, authors Donald Freed and Fred Landis charged that the CIA was involved in the 1973 Chilean coup d’état and the 1976 assassination of Orlando Letelier.  The authors specifically named Phillips as being involved in a cover-up of the assassination and reiterated Fonzi’s claim that Phillips served as Oswald’s case officer while using the alias “Maurice Bishop”. In 1982, Freed, Landis, and their publisher were named in a $230 million libel suit by Phillips and the AFIO. A settlement was reached in 1976 with Phillips receiving a retraction and an unspecified amount of money.  Phillips donated these proceeds to AFIO for the purpose of creating a legal defense fund for American intelligence officers who felt they were the victims of libel.

After the death of former CIA agent and Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt in 2007, Saint John Hunt and David Hunt revealed that their father had recorded several claims about himself and others being involved in a conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy. In the April 5, 2007 issue of Rolling Stone, Saint John Hunt detailed a number of individuals implicated by his father including Phillips, as well as Lyndon B. Johnson, Cord Meyer, David Sánchez Morales, Frank Sturgis, William Harvey and an assassin he termed “French gunman grassy knoll” who many presume was Lucien Sarti. The two sons alleged that their father cut the information from his memoirs, “American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate and Beyond”, to avoid possible perjury charges. Hunt’s widow and other children told the Los Angeles Times that the two sons took advantage of Hunt’s loss of lucidity by coaching and exploiting him for financial gain. The newspaper said it examined the materials offered by the sons to support the story and found them to be “inconclusive.”

The complete 1hr+ Veciana YouTube video is found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY-psk_aPhU

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Time for some fun … “Golden Hair” … Click between the eyes!

 

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Katie Hopkins —– British woman’s warning! A “Must Watch!”

She is right on target.   America Wake up!

Stay with this video to the very end. No one can deny that it is not happening right before our eyes all over Europe to include England, France, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, etc.  And this same insane attitude is growing tremendously here in American as well.

Lawlessness throughout the vast majority of European countries is common place and their Intelligence services, police, and the European governments, for unknown reasons, have taken the position that they are powerless to protect their law abiding citizens. I wish I could state that there is not a damn chance we will let this happen in America, but, I honestly believe that today’s America will cave just as the Europeans, only it will be a few years later.

We cannot let our country become another United Kingdom. London is lost but other parts of the country are rising up to save what they have left of their freedom.  She is speaking in America…..

 

I personally endorse Katie’s message Wayne Sigs/Wayne L. Wickizer, MSAJ, Major Ret. U.S. Army Special Forces, FBI Agent 1970-76, Grandfather of 28+, MAGA  justice@utahwtp.com

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William V. Cowan … Peerless Special Operations Professional

According to Politico …

The ‘Steely-Eyed Killer’ Who Became a Star on Fox News – Then Lost It All

For years, Bill Cowan ran top-secret programs for the Pentagon and appeared regularly on Fox as a military analyst. Today, he’s on the run.  By KEITH KLOOR August 10, 2018 Politco

On July 21, 2018, our Buzzard’s Blog posting about “Hatch’s Inc” exposed Senator Orrin Hatch’s relationship with his “Skunk Works”…Policy Impact Communications (PIC).  Bill Cowan is named in PIC’s roster as “Senior Advisor.”  Simply put, the importance of this expose and relationship “gaming” is directly related to Hatch’s Global reach, influence, capacity, power and impact … all at his beck and call and will to use.

William V. Cowan, PIC’s operative, makes James Bond look like a piker.

  Anticipating that the following article may influence PIC’s relationship with Cowan, we have cut out a slice of their roster containing Cowan’s partial credential and post it here for safekeeping. zcowanpic

We will have much more to say about Hatch and PIC, but are leading up to it in a logical and systematic way forward with future postings.

In the meantime, here are highlights from the article found at https://goo.gl/UU7inW .

  1. His (Cowan’s) work for the Pentagon was so secret that only about a half-dozen people in the U.S. government were aware of it.
  2. The Pentagon declined to comment about Cowan’s contracts while he was a Fox contributor: “We don’t discuss Special Access Programs with the public,” a duty officer wrote in an email.
  3. Cowan’s career dovetails with some of the most troubled chapters in American military history over the past 50 years, from Vietnam to Iraq. Over the course of that career, as the number of countries where the U.S. military has troops ballooned to some 150, Cowan often found himself in the thick of the fight.
  4. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1966, Cowan was shipped to Vietnam—at the height of the war—as a young Marine officer and platoon commander.
  5. There, Cowan collaborated with the CIA in a notorious counterinsurgency initiative dubbed the Phoenix Program….
  6. In 1983, he was recruited into a super-secret new U.S. Army unit called the Intelligence Support Activity (ISA).
  7. In 1987, he helped write legislation that established the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in Tampa, Florida.
  8. As Cowan describes it, his original SAP contract grew into multiple “tasks.” Some of them were actionable covert missions; others died in the planning stage—for example, an operation against Hezbollah, the militant Islamic group that has dominated Lebanon’s political landscape for decades.
  9. In an unpublished, unfinished autobiography Cowan gave me (the author), he writes that his media perch at Fox was a useful front while working secret government programs in the 2000s. “My public persona was in my being a Fox News Channel contributor,” he writes. “My real persona was something else.”
  10. The ultra-secret work had been Cowan’s livelihood and the primary source of his income: He had made roughly $300,000 that year from the SAP, he told me, clocking in 12-16 hours a day while on his undercover trips in the Middle East.

Enough … you are invited to read it all at https://goo.gl/UU7inW

Cowan in uniform in Vietnam.

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Mitt Romney: Just Another Corrupt Bush Son

via Mitt Romney: Just Another Corrupt Bush Son

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A UNIFIED THEORY OF CORRUPTION – THE DEEP STATE

“Let’s be clear: the Deep State is not six people in hoods muttering incantations. It’s a shifting landscape of those at the top of the heap — not a monolith but a bloody battlefield, with factions breaking both bread and heads.  It includes financiers, industrialists, media titans, generals, spymasters, strategists, and experts in the black arts of mass influence. It even includes a super-verboten topic: how the “overworld” (the legit) do business, albeit usually at arm’s length, with the underworld.” from Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker        “Who, What, Why?”  

For a few of our followers, some of that which you will read and hear … here … will offend.  We offer absolutely no apology for bringing to light and mind alternate perspectives.  Regardless of political preferences,  the challenge is to keep friends close and enemies closer … the clearest understanding of and familiarity with both sides of Road Kill Roundupany equation is essential to getting at the truth.  And … as has been our experience working in the Criminal Justice System … there are many important and vital truths to be found by analyzing propaganda from all sides.  That’s why Lady Justice is blindfolded and holding balance scales.  It all begins as a  heap of road kill that we must winnow and sift to finally get at the truth.  See “As for the Black Arts.” 

Long Time Capitol Hill Insider Exposes the Kind of Government We Really Have!  Now, Mike Lofgren — a long time Capitol Hill insider, Senate and House Budget Committee staffer — shares 28 years of up close and personal insight which has led him to similar conclusions.

Lofgren thinks he has found the unifying theory. From his Washington perch,he has observed deep and intricate connections between Wall Street, the military, defense contractors, political operatives, the treasury, elected leaders, and unnamed others. And he has perceived the presence of a shadow government.

This complex web was made even stronger by 9/11 and the 2008 financial meltdown. And it leaves out ordinary citizens — the patsies — as more and more money is sucked out of the system and denied to those looking for even the most basic government infrastructure and services.

Lofgren is out with a new book and, in this week’s podcast, he’s interviewed by WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman.  He talks the nitty gritty of the Deep State, showing once again that WhoWhatWhy is your Deep State Headquarters.

The book is called The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, and it is published by Viking.

Go here for Lofgren’s 25 minute interview recording  https://goo.gl/489a5d

Deep State Sampler:

Russ Baker on the Media’s Deep State Conversion Moment

Deep State analysis is at the core of what we do at WhoWhatWhy. With that genre apparently no longer simply dismissed as “conspiracy theory,” the corporate media seem to be playing catch up to a game that is already well into overtime. 2/21/2017

A Unified Theory of Corruption — the Deep State

Do you drive your friends nuts talking about the deeper influences beneath the surface of a corrupt society? Have you been accused of being paranoid or a conspiracy theorist because of these views? Now, a former longtime congressional staffer says you are not mistaken. Podcast, 1/8/2016

Peter Dale Scott Explains the Secret Cheney Operation on 9/11

The true significance of what happened on 9/11 goes far beyond what meets the eye. Peter Dale Scott focuses on a secret “Continuity of Government” plan that had been decades in the making. Consequently, he argues, there has been a permanent change to the United States that permeates the lives of all Americans, resulting in the suspension of Constitutional rights and the transformation of America in ways that we are still living with today. Podcast, 9/12/2015

How a Deep State Plot Sank Jimmy Carter

A compelling look at the facts lurking behind the official histories of events to uncover the real dynamics in play. How manipulations by Big Oil and a shadowy alliance of national intelligence agencies called the Safari Club helped Ronald Reagan defeat President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election. Peter Dale Scott, 11/2/2014

A Deep State: The Gun the US Doesn’t Have

The Plame affair reminded us spies are real. And the Trump investigation is reminding us that spying might be necessary … but a sophisticated intelligence apparatus is not necessarily a Deep State. Toni Johnson, 6/11/2018

Trump vs. ‘Deep State?’ That’s How the Light Gets In

From Watergate to Iraq War propaganda, conflicts between the Deep State and the Executive branch have proven helpful to the public. They provided a glimpse into the White House and the nation’s intelligence apparatus, leading to important reforms. So perhaps an open conflict between the Trump administration and the Deep State isn’t such a bad thing. Peter Dale Scott, 3/6/2017

Donald J. Trump and the Deep State, Part 1

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump attacked Wall Street, but now he plans to roll back the recent reforms of the financial sector. This action confirms the importance of his connections to big money, both new (often self-made) and old (mostly institutional). Peter Dale Scott, 2/6/2017

Donald J. Trump and the Deep State, Part 2

The world’s richest are now more likely to be internet billionaires than traditional “captains of industry.” However, these young mavericks are still trying to shape the world in a way that suits them. With regard to the Deep State, the players may have changed, but the game remains the same. Peter Dale Scott, February 7, 2017

Is Anybody Running the Deep State?

Barrett Brown and Barry Eisler examine whether the Deep State even exists today, or is there simply no leadership smart enough to keep it going. Podcast, 8/28/2017

Carl Bernstein on the Deep State and Surveillance

Famed investigative journalist Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward, recently spoke at the SXSW conference. WhoWhatWhy was there to ask him some questions. Jimmy Falls, 3/16/2017

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