S.O.S. William Pelham Barr … Attorney General of The United States of America

Before anyone gets too gleeful, giddy and giggly about William Barr as the Attorney General for the United States of America,

to the S.O.S.

Listen to the Same Old S**t  that Barr is serving up as the Next Cleaner, Fixer, and Special Operator … General.

Bush-Clansman Barr is the next “Off the Bench,” Attorney General Doppelganger now into the game for the Fired Sessions and his Failed “Cleaner” Utah’s United State Attorney John Huber.

(See Where’s the Justice? It’s gone to the Cleaners!)

Bush-Clansman Barr’s nomination has quietly yet revealingly surfaced as one of the many unending strategies to insidiously acculturate the President of The United States to the Deep State.  The Oligarchs, Clans and Elites from the Swamp are having their way with The President.

The “Devil is in the details” and dates. We’ll connect the dots below …

  1. William Barr U.S. Attorney General 1991-93
  2. Robert Mueller United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division
    In office 1990–1993
  3. The Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) often characterized as, “The most corrupt bank in the history of the World.”  Founded 1972 & Defunct July 1991.  
  4. On Barr’s watch, Muller had responsibility for pursuing and prosecuting BCCI.  Instead, Mueller “cleaned up” the BCCI mess that was on the cusp of involving the Deep State’s elite and ensnaring a host of United States Senators and Representatives. (See (purported) Bribes List)  Mueller “Made his Bones” at BCCI with and for the Deep States’ elite.   Although Barr reportedly directed Mueller to pursue and prosecute BCCI Et al. vigorously, we allege this was the Same Old S**t  in-as-much-as Barr’s aggressive public pronouncements gave him deniability. If the scheme unravelled, Mueller would “pay the dues.”  If the “jig” were ever to be up Mueller would be the fall guy.  The ice was thin. 
  5. Mueller, the Deus ex Machina  (God in the Machine) of the Deep State, went on to become the Director of the FBI …September 4, 2001 – September 4, 2013.  At his confirmation hearing, Mueller was warmly welcomed by all and deified by the two most Senior Senators (see Bribes list), Hatch and Chairman Leahy, and challenged by no one.  Hatch had his own individual problems with BCCI and got caught with his pants down.   Logic dictates that he was rescued by his friends on the Senate’s “Unethical Committee” and rescued by Mueller.  The Senate Ethics Committee is oft characterized as, “… a black hole
    where allegations linger indefinitely or are dismissed without
    public statement.”  See also, “Mr. President … Senator Orrin G. Hatch and his confidant Robert Mueller are NOT your friends!”
  6. Barr, Mueller, Hatch, Leahy and all the Goodfellas knew the whole enchilada … bet on it … they have survived and thrived on it. 
  7. Click on the following visual and be taken to an amazing collection of Deep State Corruption involving Robert Mueller, Orrin Hatch Et al.  In the visual, there are individual nodes that are hyperlinked to underlying videos, visuals, and documents.  Each time your mouse turns into a hand, there’s a Mother Lode of information underneath.  Although “rough cut” as it is, this visual exposes Mueller for what he truly is.  And as outlined above, Mueller’s connection to Barr is inextricable.

So the foregoing, for starters, is what the Ole’ Buzzard has to say about  Barr and his cronies.  Read on for other perspectives.

William Barr’s Deep State Resume: Cover-Ups, Covert Ops, and Pardons by 

A close examination of Barr’s legal career indicates a high tolerance for presidentially sanctioned law-breaking  by 

“I started off in Washington at the Central Intelligence Agency and went to law school at night while I was working at CIA,” recalled William Barr in a 2001 oral history for the University of Virginia.

Trump’s nominee to be attorney general has what Trump might call “deep state” credentials. Barr came to Langley in 1973. He was a 23-year-old graduate of Columbia with a master’s in political science and Chinese studies. His resume shows he toiled at the CIA by day and attended George Washington University law school at night. The Watergate scandal was ravaging the agency’s reputation and destroying the presidency of Richard Nixon.

A close examination of Barr’s legal career indicates a high tolerance for presidentially sanctioned law-breaking.

Barr spent four formative years in the Intelligence Directorate and the Office of Legislative Counsel. He even made the acquaintance of CIA director George H.W. Bush. In 1977 Barr moved on to a prestigious clerkship for a federal judge and then a series of jobs in private practice and the Justice Department. In 1991, Bush, now president, appointed Barr to be attorney general.

At age 41, Barr was one of the youngest men ever to hold that office. He left after one year and went on to a long career in corporate law and public service. Barr now returns to his old job at the behest of besieged President Trump.

Barr’s confirmation hearings open this week amid questions about the legality of the president’s conduct toward Russian state agents and FBI investigators.

Will Barr protect the investigation of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller? Or will he act on a tightly argued memo in which he claimed Mueller has already exceeded his authority?

In his first turn as attorney general in 1991, Barr handled three legal issues of deep concern to the CIA. He helped resolve all three issues favorably for the agency’s leaders and the president. Barr’s decisions were unfavorable to law enforcement, Congress, and the voters.

Bank of Fear 

The first deep state fiasco handled by Attorney General Barr was the mother of all scandals, known by the sibilant initials, BCCI.

The Bank of Credit and Commerce International was a global institution, which deputy CIA director Robert Gates described, slightly more accurately, as “the Bank of Crooks and Criminals.” David Ignatius dubbed it “The Bank of Fear.”

BCCI was a shadowy but very real institution with connections to governments and intelligence services all over the world. BCCI’s owners specialized in evading regulators so that they could speculate and bribe with the depositors’ money. As the fraud mounted and spread, law enforcement officials and bank regulators the world over discovered what the CIA had been trying to hide.

Senate investigators, led by John Kerry, found the agency had numerous BCCI accounts. Kamal Adham, the former chief of Saudi intelligence and a CIA collaborator, played a leading role in the bank’s dealings.

The final report of the Kerry Committee captures the mind-boggling scale of BCCI’s corruption. It was the kind of true story that makes people believe there is a “deep state.”

In 1991, federal prosecutors in Tampa launched an investigation of money laundering at BCCI. The District Attorney of Manhattan investigated a broad array of bank activities and found itself getting zero cooperation from colleagues in the Justice Department and CIA. Barr sat on the influential deputies committee of the National Security Council, which controlled the paperwork.

“We couldn’t get records. We couldn’t get witnesses. We could barely get a meeting,” said John Moscow, the lead BCCI prosecutor in Manhattan, in a recent interview.

Barr was up for confirmation as attorney general. Moscow said he heard that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee made Barr promise to let the BCCI investigation go ahead.

“We didn’t have a problem once Barr was in there,” Moscow said. “We got cooperation. We prosecuted seventeen people here in New York. Of course, the biggest guys got away.”

Several of the BCCI ringleaders were indicted, but they got away. Barr did not press Pakistan for their extradition, nor did his successors in the Clinton administration.

Iraq-Gate

Barr played a more direct role in sidelining an investigation into an Italian bank that the CIA used to funnel aid to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The scandal was known, briefly, as Iraq-gate.

The backdrop was the geopolitics of the horrific war between Iran and Iraq in 1980-88, which killed millions. In the interests of harming Iran, President Bush authorized a program of covert support for Iraq, including the provision of targeting intelligence and commercial loan guarantees. The latter were made via the Atlanta branch of the Banco Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL).

The story was politically potent because Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had just invaded Kuwait in August 1990. President Bush had to raise an international military coalition to drive him out.

The Iraq-gate story illustrated how, once again, a U.S. covert operation had backfired. The Iraqi dictator had been emboldened by the covert support of the CIA to launch a war on a weaker American ally.

Barr, more than anyone, made sure the Iraq-gate scheme was not fully investigated.

“Were the intelligence services of the U.S., Britain and Italy all aware of—and participants in—the West’s secret, unlawful arming of Saddam?”asked New York Times columnist William Safire. “Of course; but the stonewalling strategy of the departing Justice politicians is to have the C.I.A. take the gaspipe for all the wrongdoers.”

One of those “departing Justice politicians” was Barr. He made sure CIA did not “take the gaspipe,” i.e., commit suicide. Under pressure to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate, Barr slyly appointed a special examiner, a magistrate with much less time and money. A retired judge conducted a cursory investigation and absolved both the CIA and Justice Department of wrongdoing.

Incoming president Bill Clinton was not interested in investigating the CIA, and the BNL case was forgotten.

Barr later dismissed the Iraq-gate allegations as “nonsense.” But there was no doubt Hussein had received billions of dollars’ worth of loan guarantees via the U.S. branch of BNL. How that happened was never determined.

Barr, more than anyone, made sure the Iraq-gate scheme was not fully investigated.

Iran-Contra Pardons

With President Trump reserving the possibility that he might pardon former aides indicted by Mueller, Barr’s handling of the Iran-Contra pardons of 1992 is revealing.

President Bush had been defeated for reelection; Barr urged Bush to use his pardon power freely before leaving office. Like Trump today, Bush was under investigation by a special prosecutor, Judge Lawrence Walsh, for his role in the Iran-Contra conspiracy.

Also under investigation were former defense secretary Caspar Weinberger and two top CIA officials, Clair George and Dewey Clarridge. They had all plotted to evade a congressional ban on aid to the counterrevolutionaries in Central America by illegally selling weapons to Iran.

Barr had no respect for the special prosecutor’s work and no regrets about consigning it to history.

The CIA was in real danger. The trials of George and Clarridge promised to be a public relations nightmare or worse. Sen. Pat Moynihan, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had introduced a bill to abolish the clandestine service. The Cold War was coming to an end, and the agency’s future was in doubt.

In his oral history, Barr says he urged Bush to pardon the CIA men on the grounds that they were victims of the “criminalization” of foreign policy. When it came to pardon power, Barr said he “favored the broadest” use.

“There were some people arguing just for Weinberger, and I said, ‘No, in for a penny, in for a pound.’”

Bush took his advice. Barr had no respect for the special prosecutor’s work and no regrets about consigning it to history. Walsh accused Bush of hiding criminal misconduct, but the former president and aides escaped justice.

In all three cover-ups, Barr sacrificed the interests of transparency and accountability to the political needs of Langley and the White House.

Can President Trump count on the same if Barr is confirmed? Yes, he almost certainly can.

This article was produced by the Deep State, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

William Barr, the Bush clique, and their friends at Dope , Inc.
by Anton Chaitkin

Two members of George Bush’s covert action team, former U . S . Attorney  General William Barr and Lt. Col. Oliver North, both plunged into Virginia politics this year . Barr was head of the governor’s commission to abolish parole,
proposing to make prison inmates slaves under private corporate control . North was promoted for the U . S . Senate as a “law and order” candidate.

Oliver North became world famous in the 1980s as a smuggling manager in the Iran-Contra drug-running and gunrunning affairs. William Barr, though little known to the public, is a top lawyer for the same criminal covert action team. He was also Attorney General in the Bush administration, when Lyndon LaRouche, then a political prisoner, submitted six volumes of new evidence proving that the government always knew he was innocent, evidence which the Justice Department and the courts refused even to look at . We shall report here on Barr’s unusual career, protecting the political and financial managers of the world narcotics trade.

William P. Barr was born in 1950. But he has certainly been seen before on the world stage.   It was no doubt Mr. Barr who, under a different name, appeared in Plato’s “Gorgias” dialogue. The character Callicles, an aristocratic thug, arrogantly confronts Socrates on the question of Justice . Callicles claims that “those who framed the laws are the weaker folk, the majority . And accordingly they frame the laws for themselves and their own advantage . . . to prevent the stronger . . . from gaining the advantage over them . . . . Seeking an advantage over the many is by convention said to be wrong and shameful, and they call it injustice. But in my view nature herself makes it plain that it is right for the better to have the advantage over the worse . . . . And both among animals and in entire states and races of mankind it is plain that . . . right is . . . {the] advantage of the stronger over the weaker. ”  Callicles asserts that anyone who pursues philosophy, i . e . , the truth, must be “entirely unacquainted with all the accomplishments requisite for a gentleman and a man of distinction,” and such a truth-seeker should expect to be falsely accused and put to death. Let us now observe William Barr on the modem stage, playing a leading role in the biggest criminal banking fraud case in world history .

Blocking the BCCI investigation

Executives of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) were indicted in October 1988, on charges they conspired with cocaine traffickers to launder millions of dollars in narcotics profits . Forty U . S . and foreign banks,
evidently complicit in the international drug trade, were subpoenaed to produce records before a Tampa, Florida grand jury. A majority of those subpoenaed had earlier been named in EIR ‘ s best-selling book, Dope, Inc . , as among those leading British and allied Wall Street banks in the business of washing dope money .  BCCI was further exposed as an instrument for the transactions
of Oliver North and his associates, who had been criminally employed by Vice President George Bush in the Iran and Contra operations .  But George Bush was elected U . S . President just weeks after the BCCI indictments . In December 1989, Bush ordered the U . S . bombing and invasion of Panama, killing thousands. Panamanian Gen. Manuel Noriega, who knew the dirtiest drug-pushing secrets of BCCI, Bush, and North, was kidnapped and imprisoned in Florida.
Under the leadership of Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and William Barr, who was then an official in the Bush Justice Department, the BCCI investigations were stopped.  Plea bargains protected the world’s top drug bankers, and protected President Bush and his criminal employee North. In exchange for leniency, officials of BCCI agreed to help Bush prosecute General Noriega for alleged drug trafficking .  Barr, who had a startling private relationship to BCCI, and who had drawn up the spurious legal rationale for the attack on Panama, was then appointed U . S . Attorney General. He reached a final settlement of the BCCI case, foreclosing all further investigations of the BCCI-linked drug apparatus.

Initiation into the Bush team  

We shall now trace Barr’s route to political power, observing his early initiation into the Bush covert action machine.  Barr reportedly decided, while still a high school student, that he would one day be the head of the Central Intelligence
Agency . He joined the CIA’s internship program while he Feature 29 was a Columbia University graduate student in 1 97 1 , and went to work full time for the CIA when he left Columbia in 1 973.  During his first two years with the Agency, Barr worked for the intelligence directorate in the China department . He would soon cross paths with George Bush, who went to Beijing in 1974 as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s liaison chief to the Communist Chinese government .  Barr was already in the CIA ‘ s legal office in 1976 when Bush became Director of Central Intelligence . Bush promptly brought back assassinations manager Theodore Shackley as associate deputy CIA director for covert operations, along with Shackley ‘ s deputy Thomas Clines . Shackley had been the head of the CIA Miami Station in the early 1 960s , following the disastrous invasion of Cuba . Shackley and Clines had assembled the Cuban irregulars , who had been trained as assassins and smugglers , into a permanent covert action force. Men like Felix Rodriguez had served under Shackley as he ran the opium-growing projects in Laos and the Operation Phoenix mass murder project in Vietnam.  Shackley’s Cubans had turned up as the 1972 Watergate burglars, paid by George Bush ‘ s Texas political machine .  Shackley would later serve as George Bush’s speech writer in Bush’s campaign against Ronald Reagan for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination . When Bush got in as vice president instead , Felix Rodriguez and Oliver North together would supervise the Contras ‘ drug running , out of 30 Feature William Barr is heading the drive in Virginia to turn prisons into slave labor camps. Here he is shown during a hearing at the Senate as Attorney General in the Bush administration .

Here he is shown during a hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nov. 12, 1991, on his nomination as Attorney General in the Bush administration.  Left to right: Sen. strom Thurmond, Sen. Joseph Biden, Barr, Sen. Patrick Leahy.

William Barr joined this as it matured under George Bush’s hand at the CIA . prepared briefs for Bush’s stonewalling responses to probes, led by Sen. Frank Church and Rep. Otis that attempted to bring the Bush and Kissinger covert under the rule of American law .

George Bush made one  change at the Agency which was never publi beyond the ranks of the intelligence community . Bush permitted the United States to share with Great Britain satellite surveillance.  This dismayed many in the American who had seen traitors such as Kim Philby as the heart of the British Crown’s
leadership grouping . But  official intelligence policy change reflected his ties to Britain , from his father, Prescott Bush’s , banking partnership with Averell Harriman in British geopolitical schemes from the 1920s to the 1950s . This Anglo-Bush faction of the intelligence community would soon fashion BCCI into a global criminal instrument.  Jimmy Carter won the 1976 presidential election , and refused Bush’s request to stay Jr as CIA director.  Barr was one of the many CIA men who left the Agency after Bush’s departure i n 1977.  Shackelford led the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and corralled these men into a private intelligence clique around George Bush .

On George Bush’s recommendation, the 27-year-old Barr was hired in 1977 as clerk to Federal Circuit Court Judge Malcolm Wilkey. During the 1960s, Wilkey had been general counsel to a copper-mining conglomerate operating in Chile under the political management of Prescott Bush’s banking partner, Spruile Braden. Salvador Allende became Chile’s President and confiscated Braden’s huge El Teniente mine; Allende was soon overthrown and murdered in 1973. In 1976, Chilean opposition leader Orlando Letelier had been blown up by a car bomb in Washington, D.C. Though the U. S. media generally blamed the Chilean secret police for the killing, it is well established that then-CIA director George Bush had penetrated the Chilean agency and had squelched all U. S. police investigation into the murder.  Barr’s new boss, Malcolm Wilkey, later served as George Bush’s ambassador to Uruguay and arranged cool-out payments to Chileans who might have fingered Bush’s CIA for the Letelier bombing.  Later, in 1992, Chile’s Supreme Court decided that President Bush could be legally ordered to appear in Chile, to testify on the role of the CIA in the Letelier case;  Chilean generals claimed they have been wrongly blamed for the killing, and that Bush’s CIA ordered the 1976 bombing. The U. S. chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General William Barr, did not respond. But what he did, was to hire
Malcolm Wilkey as a special prosecutor to intimidate the Democratic Congress in the House Post Office affair. On Judge Wilkey’ s recommendation, Barr started in October 1978 as an associate of the Washington, D.C. law firm Shaw, Pittman, Potts, and Trowbridge. Barr immediately took up the representation of B.F. Saul II, a Maryland real estate magnate who only a few months earlier had become
chairman of Financial General Bankshares. In his later testimony to the Senate hearings on his confirmation for Justice Department posts, Barr revealed that he had represented B.F. Saul beginning November 1978, and in 1979, 198 1, and
1982.

This was an extraordinarily important stretch of time in his client’s life. During this period, Financial General was taken over in stages by BCCI, a London-based bank with Arab and other principal investors tied to Anglo-American intelligence. Saul’s Financial General Bankshares changed its name to First American Bankshares, and functioned as the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia arm of the British spook-bank BCCI.

What did Barr really know about BCCI?

Click on the visual below for the ArticleA decade later, the worldwide scandal would begin with the British taking regulatory action against BCCI in London.  British newspapers called BCCI a front for the CIA. The scandal culminated in the prosecution of the elderly Clark
Clifford, who at a certain point replaced Saul as chairman of First American.
In America, much of the scandal centered around the  “secret” ownership of First American by the BCCI group of investors, in violation of U.S. banking laws requiring transparency of bank control. William Barr told the Senate that the government could not have prosecuted BCCI earlier, because it had not discovered this secret BCCI involvement in First American until a decade after the fact.

But to whom was it secret? Had it really been a secret to Attorney General Barr?

Regardie’ s magazine of May 1990, quoted Clifford that B.F. Saul “had occasion to go to London, maybe more than once. He had occasion to go to the Middle East, the Persian Gulf countries. I remember later on his talking with me, and he said, ‘I have looked into the reputation, particularly of the leader of the group, of His Excellency Sheikh Kamal Adham’ [chief of Saudi intelligence]. And he said, ‘ It’s difficult to recall a time when I have heard such universal commendation
for an international businessman. I hear it in London. I’ve heard the most commendatory comments. I’ve heard about him in the countries of the Persian Gulf. I have not heard one whisper of criticism against this man. ‘ And he said, ‘ I feel perfectly comfortable about this group, headed by this man, coming in and taking over our banks.”  Attorney William Barr’s client during the takeover, B.F.
Saul, tried to put a different spin on the matter . He told Regardie’s: “I never did go to the Middle East to meet him. I think I met Kamal Adham in Washington once. I don’t think I ever met him in London. I met him for 20 minutes. I did not try to make a judgment whether they should own a bank. That was something for the Federal Reserve to do. All I was concerned about was whether this was in the best interest of the shareholders, and I thought it was” (emphasis added).

Barr told the Senate that he had represented B.F. Saul through March 1982. By this time, the BCCI takeover of First American was completed. In April 1982, Clifford replaced B.F. Saul as First American’s chairman, although Saul stayed on the board. In May 1982, Barr ceased being a private attorney, and joined the White House legal staff, becoming an intimate collaborator of Vice President George Bush’s counsel C. Boyden Gray.  Bush’s covert action apparatus.

Barr was officially back in government at the precise time that the Bush team was consolidating extraordinary power, and the new BCCI arrangements would be useful for their global offensive.

On May 14, 1982, Vice President Bush’s position as chief of all U . S. covert action was formalized in a secret memorandum (signed “for the President” by Ronald
Reagan’ s National Security Adviser William P. Clark and declassified during the congressional Iran-Contra hearings).  The memo explained that “National Security Decision Directive 3, Crisis Management, establishes the Special situation Group (SSG), chaired by the Vice President. The SSG is Vice President Bush’s legal counsel, C. Boyden Gray, and was part of the Bush “covert action” team. Barr joined his staff at the White House in 1982 charged . . . with formulating plans in anticipation of crises.”  The memo also announced the birth of the Standing Crisis Pre-Planning Group (CPPG), to work as an intelligence-gathering agency for Bush and his SSG . This new subordinate group, consisting of representatives of Vice President Bush, National Security Council (NSC) staff members, the CIA, the military , and the State Department , was to “meet periodically in the White House Situation Room.” They were to identify areas of potential crisis and “present . . . plans and policy options to the SSG” under Chairman Bush.  And they were to provide to Bush and his assistants, “as crises develop, alternative plans,” “action/options,” and “coordinated implementation
plans” to resolve the “crises.”  Finally, the subordinate group was to give to Chairman Bush and his assistants “recommended security, cover, and media plans that will enhance the likelihood of successful execution.” It was announced that the CPPG would meet for the first time on May 20, 1 98 2 , and that agencies were to “provide the name of their CPPG representative to Oliver North, NSC staff’;  North would henceforth function under Bush’s direction in the smuggling of drugs and weapons.  Felix Rodriguez, North’s cohort in the massive cocaine
smuggling of the Contras, began operating through George Bush’s office in August 1982, and appeared in Bush’s office no later than March 17, 1983.  Barr left the administration in September 1983, returning to Shaw, Pittman . Two years later, the illegal shipment of missiles to the Khomeini regime in Iran was planned , officially, at an Aug. 8, 1985 meeting of Vice President Bush with the National Security Planning Group in the residence section of the White House.  The work of Bush and his cadres bore fruit in what became known, years later, as the first transactions of the Iran scandal. The London Financial Times on July 29, 1991 described the way BCCI had become “a magnet for covert operations in the 1980s.” U . S . anti-tank missiles during [Iran’s] war with Iraq were used to finance the ex Iran’s revolutionary guards “The export of the TOW missiles together with other weapons in 1985 was arranged an Indian-born British arms
dealer who figured in the Irangate arms-for hostages scandal and was up in February of this year.  “The man at the center of deal was Mr. Ben Banerjee ,
a London-based businessman , who boasted of his links with Col. Oliver North , the disgraced former White House official at the center of Irangate . Mr. Banerjee died of a heart attack in May 1990.  “The $ 18.8 million deal in 1985 was disguised as a shipment of  1,250 lift trucks “Mr. Arthur Liman , former chief counsel of the Senate’s Iran-Contra committee told the FinanciaL Times that Mr. Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi arms dealer who was one of the main figures in the scandal , made payments from his accounts at BCCI to the Enterprise Fund of Oliver North. “The story of how Mr. Banerjee arranged for the shipment of arms provides a revealing insight into the way in which BCCI became a magnet for covert operations in the 1980s.  A U. S . investigator said BCCI could have been involved in the beginning and the end of the TOW missile transactions.
“According to the document , some of the weapons were shipped through Poland.

Barr in power

As a member of the Bush team since 1976, Barr was the first Assistant Attorney General installed at the Justice Department after Bush’s 1988 election to the presidency. He was chief of the Office of Legal Counsel . During one late night session, Barr drafted the brief justifying the kidnapping of Panama’s General Noriega; he also supplied legal pretexts for the bombing and invasion of Iraq . Barr further developed the astonishing legal theory, which came to be known as the Thornburgh Doctrine, that the FBI could kidnap people in foreign countries, even against those countries’ laws and regardless of U.S. obligations under international law. Some congressmen were reportedly angry with Barr for keeping confidential the text of the brief upon which this legal doctrine was based.  In May 1990, Barr was elevated to Deputy Attorney General, was in charge of the day-to-day management of the Justice Department. As a Bush insider, Barr gradually took over much of the power of his nominal boss, the discredited Attorney General Thornburgh. In August 1991,  Thornburgh resigned; Barr became acting Attorney General and was soon officially nominated for the post.  In his Senate confirmation hearings , Barr was asked by Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), “What are your goals during your tenure as Attorney General?”  In reply , Barr first made it clear that an attack on the leadership of the world narcotics trade, or any top-down approach to the drug problem, was strictly ruled out: “Obviously, drugs has to continue as a top priority. In my view, it is a long-term struggle.  We are talking here about the cold war. We are not talking about Desert Storm. This problem took decades to come about, and it is going to take decades to cure . But part of my responsibility and my priority will be to keep the pressure on , so we continue to  make progress.” What progress? The money-laundering bankers, the covert-action drug smugglers , and the corrupters of the security and military services, are all untouchable by law enforcement, because they are “gentlemen and men of distinction” for Barr, as they were for the ancient Callicles.  What did Barr have in mind, when he told the senators that he would be “attacking criminal organizations”? It was not the Dope, Inc. apparatus, which criminally employs and feeds the drugs to America’s youth. Rather, Barr would target the street-level criminals. He was crudely hyping up victims of violent crime, speaking of “street gangs, many of which are involved in drug trafficking themselves , and I think there are some initiatives we can take in that area. We are focusing more on those kinds of organizations like the Cripps and the Bloods . You may have read about the FBI anti-gang squad that was established in Washington, and I think you will be seeing more of that nationwide.  “[Then there is] the problem of career criminals, armed career criminals. We have strong firearm statutes . . . and we are seeking some additional statutes and we realize that a very high proportion of violent crime is committed by a very small group , a cohort of hardened criminals, career criminals, and we can use the firearm laws to apprehend these individuals and put them away in federal prison for long periods of time.”

How the dope trade was saved

Just before Bush’s 1988 election to the presidency, as the Iran-Contra scandals continued to boil, executives of BCCI were indicted for conspiracy to launder millions in cocaine profits.  Recently a former high-level U. S. government official
with intimate knowledge of the BCCI case told EIR that the Reagan-Bush-era CIA had initiated the bank’ s trafficking in drugs and arms. This source said that the CIA had assured BCCI associates that these practices were in accord with U. S. national security.  Here was the operation of the Bush “Special Situation” executive, briefly thrown into public view with the BCCI indictments.  The records of at least 40 banks were subpoenaed in connection with BCCI’s drug-money laundering, including Bank of America, which helped finance the founding of BCCI’s start-up company , and at one point owned 30% of BCCI . Customs agents scrutinized Bank of America accounts used by people linked to Roberto Alcaino, a Colombian arrested in 1 988 in New York on cocaine-smuggling charges . Alcaino was named in BCCI indictments as “a major
trafficker” of cocaine to New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Executives of BCCI allegedly helped him launder his profits.  Other major banks targeted by the federal probe included: Marine Midland Bank, since 1978 owned by the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp., so notorious since the British Opium Wars of the nineteenth century as a drug bank, that the New York State Banking Commission blocked its buyout of Marine Midland; Republic National Bank, the New York City flagship firm of Israeli mafia figure Edmond Safra, whose banking
empire stretches from the eastern Mediterranean to Ibero America; Bank of Nova Scotia, the Canadian banking giant, which was identified in EIR’s Dope, Inc. as the institution that opened up the Caribbean as an offshore money-laundering
center, in collusion with the Meyer Lansky syndicate; Another Florida bank subpoenaed, Dadeland Bank, was owned by a group of anti-Noriega Panamanians.

But these investigations were sabotaged and shut down.

And in December 1991, Attorney General Barr announced that BCCI had entered a guilty plea to certain racketeering charges, in return for which the U.S. Justice Department agreed to drop all other federal and state charges that might be brought against BCCI entities in the future. In the plea bargain arrangement, BCCI forfeited all of its estimated $550 million assets in the United States, and there were some minor jail sentences . But the global drug apparatus, which
had for a time been publicly challenged , was safe.

Once upon a time ago and in another OZ, John Kerry actually served a purpose in the Senate by “heavy lifting” in the BCCI investigation and expose’.

See, “When John Kerry Was a Lone Hero in Congress”
DAVID CORN JANUARY 24, 2013

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