Here's an article about Interpol Assassin David Bannon
he has gone public (put his life on the line) to get this information out
I have read his book and it gave me chills down my spine
He has done an interview with Alex Jones on the subject
here's the link
Controversial child advocate to sign book at Barnes & Noble
By Jason Putnam
On Sept. 2, 1998, David Bannon decided he could take no more. For 20 years, his work for Interpol, the shadowy international police organization, had
sent him across the world as a "cleaner" for a secret sub-directorate called Archangel. It was his job to hunt down and assassinate those who
trafficked and exploited children for use in the global sex trade. Bannon excelled at his vocation, yet he was burdened by a heavy weight- feelings of
guilt, bloodlust, despair and fear.
In April 2003, Bannon and his retired superior at Interpol, Commissioner Jacques Defferre, gave a rare interview to explain their motives for working
in Archangel. Sitting in a coffee shop in Charlotte, the two plainly described how the underground kiddie porn industry is used to fund terrorist
cells, and of the vast international networks of kidnappers and pornographers.
The numbers are staggering: United States missing children reports are up 750 percent over the last five years; one million children are forced into
prostitution in Asia each year; 900,000 people are sold as sex slaves around the world annually, with a fifth of them smuggled into the US; 7,616
children were reported missing in North Carolina in 2002; 10 percent of missing children in the U.S. are believed to have been abducted for sex trade,
sold for as much as $30,000 each.
"With these eyes, I've seen it- infants tortured, sexually abused, murdered," Bannon said. "Those memories, those thoughts stick with you all your
A respected child advocate, Bannon has sat with senators on round tables, addressed global technology conferences, and published extensively on
history, computers and translations from two Asian languages. His work has paid off. Last September, in a speech before the United Nations General
Assembly, George Bush became the first U.S. president to name sex trafficking "a special evil," a multi-billion-dollar "underground of brutality
and lonely fear."
Bannon is six-feet-tall and 200 pounds with a lithe, watchful ease that is an eerie clone of his slightly smaller superior, Defferre. Known in the
trade as "grey men" for their ability to blend, they swap stories about Charlotte with studied normalcy.
"I love it here," said Bannon. "The relaxed Sundays, friends, church, even the weather- Charlotte is my home." Defferre agreed. "It is big but
small, perfect for the retirement."
Now living in Charlotte, Bannon has written "Race Against Evil: The Secret Missions of the Interpol Agent Who Tracked the World's Most Sinister
Criminals." Released last year, the book has garnered national attention in such venues as National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, TechTV and in
magazines and newspapers. Bannon holds diplomas in computer science and history, and a third-degree black belt in hapkido. On Friday, he will sign
copies of the book from 7 to 9 p.m., at Barnes & Noble in Birkdale.
Bannon's book has also met opposition. Interpol vehemently denied his account and attempts have been made to keep him quiet- including threats to his
family and supporters. A month after this initial interview, Bannon's comrade, friend and mentor, Defferre, became a victim of the same
cloak-and-dagger violence he once practiced.
Defferre had hunted child sex slavers for Interpol since 1978, after convincing his superiors that the only way to win was to match the enemy's
cunning and ruthlessness.
His secret Archangel team had one mission: identify child sex slavers and eliminate them. At the elite training facility in La Verpillere, France, he
recruited members from all walks of life: ex-military, law officers, even criminals. Past histories were altered by Interpol's intelligence arm,
We were given fake cover identities, known as 'legends,'" Bannon explained. "Cleaners had to be able to fit in anywhere. There wasn't a Sly
Stallone in the bunch."
Though tiny by Pentagon standards, Archangel assassination teams were soon planted in Asia, Europe and even the United States. Local law enforcement
cooperation and subsequent supervision of "incidents" by Interpol "washer/dryers" helped keep many of these bloody assignments out of the public
eye. "These people operated every day around the world," says Lee Hyung-jin, 20-year veteran of South Korea's National Intelligence Service. "They
were inserted quickly, clandestinely, without our knowledge or with it, working for or against us."
Such tactics outraged many international law enforcement and intelligence agencies. "All of the Interpol guys were always working undercover," said
Captain Henri Wolper with the French Directorate of Territorial Security. Wolper has known Bannon for years but loathes Interpol's secret army.
"Vigilantism is a crime, no matter what the justification."
New Orleans police officer Thomas Parker experienced the brutal nature of Interpol. In September 1998, Parker worked on surveillance of a global ring
of Internet child pornographers called The Wonderland Club. "I met two of these Interpol guys," he recalled, naming Bannon. When they raided their
suspects, Parker and the Interpol team stormed the room and killed four of the seven traffickers. "These guys, they don't take no prisoners,"
Parker says. "They ain't legit cops, they're killers."
This life took a toll on Bannon.
"The worst was the brain-numbing banality of living under siege," he says. "Killing and fear of being killed, undercover pretending to enjoy the
grotesque crimes against children, it all took something from me."
Bannon decided to expose the horrors of the child sex trade. His book came out in January 2003 and was met with denial. Michael Rose, Interpol's
chief press officer, released a statement: "If the claims in Mr. Bannon's book are in fact as have been reported to Interpol, they can only be seen
as deceptive and irresponsible fantasy."
By April, Interpol officers were beating down the ex-agent's door in Charlotte, demanding that he recant his tale. Defferre and Lee Hyung-jin rushed
to Bannon's aid. "Leaving the secret world," Defferre said, "is never easy." Defferre estimated that each of his operatives accounted for "three
digits" worth of arrests or assassinations.
Now almost all of the original 250 cleaners are dead or missing.
As the enemies of Interpol, the world's second largest international organization (behind the UN), Bannon and Defferre needed help. "Interpol is
furious that I betrayed them," says Bannon, "but my loyalty is to my family and to the friends who sacrificed so much over the years." The US
Department of Justice and the European Council had once condemned "the secretive nature of Interpol," and so in May 2003, Defferre and Bannon flew
to France to meet with US and European officials. Three unidentified men confronted them in Marseilles. Defferre, 67, was killed.
Bannon lived to appear at the all-important meeting, but with cracked ribs and a dislocated right knee. "Jacques was father, friend, enemy, boss,"
Bannon says. "Labels are too weak to describe the years sharing sweat and blood."
Now Bannon is a church-going family man and a vocal child advocate. His career as a killer, though, has left deep scars. "When you've felt the dull
throbbing horror of taking another human's life," Bannon says, "it's difficult not to feel remorse. Every day I echo David's lament [in Psalms]:
'Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God.'"
Jason Putman's new book, "Secret Armies: The World's Elite Intelligence Forces," will be released by Random House in 2005.
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