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But B.C.C.I. is more than just a criminal bank. From interviews with sources close to B.C.C.I., TIME has pieced together a portrait of a clandestine division of the bank called the "black network," which functions as a global intelligence operation and a Mafia-like enforcement squad.
But the CIA may have used B.C.C.I. as more than an undercover banker: U.S. agents collaborated with the black network in several operations, according to a B.C.C.I. black-network "officer" who is now a secret U.S. government witness. Sources have told investigators that B.C.C.I. worked closely with Israel's spy agencies and other Western intelligence groups as well, especially in arms deals. The bank also maintained cozy relationships with international terrorists, say investigators who discovered suspected terrorist accounts for Libya, Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organization in B.C.C.I.'s London offices.
In his 1977 book 'The Night Watch', former CIA officer David Atlee Phillips wrote on page 123 (according to Lobster): "...that small circle of well-bred, highly educated adventurers who were known to some in the CIA as the 'Knights Templars' - Allen Dulles, Frank Wisner, Kermit Roosevelt, Tracey Barnes, Dick Bissell, and kindred spirits. Other CIA veterans have confirmed the existence of similar associations within the agency, with names like the "Century group" and the "Gold Key group".
Allen Dulles: Served under William Donovan in the OSS, in charge of providing assistance to resistance groups in occupied France. Worked closely with the founding of the CIA, and initiated Operation Paperclip. In 1953, he became CIA director, and MK-ULTRA was established under his reign. Established Operation Mockingbird, which was used to “influence domestic and foreign media” in the early 1950s. Mockingbird would be involved in the CIA project PBSUCCESS, which overthrow the President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán in Guatemala in 1954. After Castro overthrew Batista, Dulles created Operation 40, which was overseen by Richard Nixon. Members include E. Howard Hunt, Barry Seal, and Frank Sturgis, and later Ted Shackley I believe this group conducted the JFK assassination. Dulles sat on the board of United Fruit, which was closely connected to the Cuban cause. In the same year as PBSUCCESS, Dulles created Operation Ajax, which overthrew Iranian prime minister Mohammed Mosaddeq after he nationalized Iranian oil. After Bay of Pigs, Dulles and Richard Bissell were forced to resign by John F. Kennedy. After the assassination, Lyndon Johnson placed Dulles on the Warren Commission.
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Frank Wisner: Worked in the OSS in Romania, where he would spy on the actions of the Soviet Union. He was transferred to Germany, where he served under Allen Dulles. He later established the Office of Policy Coordination (OCP), which became the espionage and counter intelligence branch of the CIA. Under Dulles, he helped establish Operation Mockingbird. He also started Operation Bloodstone, which recruited former Nazis into the covert war against the Soviet Union. He then worked with Allen Dulles to overthrow Mohammed Mosaddeq, using funds from the CIA and MI6. He also involved himself in PBSUCCESS, working closely with United Fruit. He recruited Operation 40 man E. Howard Hunt to run Voice of Liberation Radio in Guatemala, as propaganda against Communism. In 1956, he had a mental breakdown, and unable to man his post, Dulles strangely in charge of the London CIA station chief. In 1965, he killed himself with a shotgun.
Kermit Roosevelt: Grandon of Theodore Roosevelt. Worked with the OSS in the middle east. In 1950, he was recruited by Wisner into the OCP. Along with Dulles and Wisner, he was a key plotter in the overthrowing of Mosaddeq, on personally briefed Eisenhower on the results. In 1958, he left the CIA to create Gulf Oil. In 1976, alongside French intelligence chief Alexandre Mareches, he established the private intelligence network known as the Safari Club. Members included the Shah of Iran, Saddam Huessein, and Anwar Sadat. Interestingly, the Shah was a member of the 1001 Club alongside Agha Hasan Abedi, who established the BCCI. Roosevelt was also a member of the African Wildlife Fund, which was closely connected to the 1001.
Tracey Barnes: Served in the OSS under David Bruce, the head of SOS operations. He was recruited into the CIA in 1950 by Frank Wisner, and was involved in Operation PBSUCCESS in Guatemala. In 1954, he became head of the CIA station in Frankfurt, Germany. Working there were future Operation 40 connected CIA personal Ted Shackley and David Morales. In 1956, he was transferred to London, and in 1960, he started working with Richard Bissell in organizing the Bay of Pigs. Bissell, Wisner, and Dulles were forced to resign due to the failed operation. In 1963, Barnes contacted CIA man Robert Marrow and asked him to purchase several weapons, including Mannlicher-Carcanos. Morrow was then to deliver the guns to David Ferrie, who had been in the Civil Air Patrol unit with Operatin 40 operative/drug runner Barry Seal and Lee Harvey Oswald. In 1966, Barnes was fired from the CIA, and went to work at Yale. He died in 1972.
Richard Bissell: Bissell started out working at Ford, but Wisner recruited him into the CIA. In 1954, he was placed in charge of overseeing the development and operations of the U-2 spy planes. Keep in mind that prior to “defecting”, Lee Harvey Oswald was stationed at the base in Atsugi, Japan, which was the main base of the U-2 spy planes operating in Russia. In 1960, using Howard Hughes right hand man/ex-FBI agent/CIA operative Robert Maheu, Dulles, Barnes, and Bissell enlisted Mafia members Johnny Rosselli, Sam Giancana, Carlos Marcello (who employed Jack Ruby), Santo Trafficante, and Meyer Lansky into the CIA’s war on Castro. Bissell recruited the team members of the Guatemalan coup into Operation 40. After Kennedy rejected the initial invasion plans, Bissell chose the spot of the Bay of Pigs for the second attempt. In the aftermath of the failed invasion, Kennedy forced Bissell, along with Dulles, to resign from the agency.
This “Knights Templar” group shows many overlaps with the “Georgetown Set”. Allen Dulles, Frank Wisner, Richard Bissell, and Tracey Barnes were all members of the Georgetown Set. The Georgetown Set:
After the Second World War a small group of people began meeting on a regular basis. The group. living in Washington, became known as the Georgetown Set or the Wisner Gang. At the first the key members of the group were former members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). This included Frank Wisner, Philip Graham, David Bruce, Tom Braden, Stewart Alsop and Walt Rostow. Over the next few years others like George Kennan, Dean Acheson, Richard Bissell, Joseph Alsop, Eugene Rostow, Chip Bohlen, Desmond FitzGerald, Tracy Barnes, Cord Meyer, James Angleton, William Averill Harriman, John McCloy, Felix Frankfurter, John Sherman Cooper, James Reston, Allen W. Dulles and Paul Nitze joined their regular parties. Some like Bruce, Braden, Bohlen, McCloy, Meyer and Harriman spent a lot of their time working in other countries. However, they would always attend these parties when in Georgetown.
There are several people in this list which very closely fit the bill for the “Knights Templar”:
John McCloy: At the Berlin Olympics, McCloy shared a box with Adolf Hitler, a result of dealings perhaps with McCloy’s firm representing I.G. Farben. In 1944, various reports on concentration camps were sent to McCloy, but his response was simply “kill the matter.” After the war, McCloy’s firm represented Chase Manhattan, and in 1947, he was elected president of the World Bank. Soon after taking office, he was involved in a scandal in which he covered up the location of Klaus Barbie, due to his “value as an informant”. In 1950, Frank Wisner and John McCloy placed Reinhard Gehlen in charge of the BND, the west German intelligence services. Gehlen and the CIA together got many former Nazis to South America, to use in the war against Soviets. In 1954, he became a business partner of Clint Murchinson, who was a friend of Carlos Marcello. Marcello, of course, employed Jack Ruby, and was involved with the CIA in Cuba. After the JFK assassination, Lyndon B. Johnson placed McCloy on the Warren Commission. He started off as a strong opponent of the “Oswald as a lone nut” scenario, but when it came time to testify, he flip-flopped and sided with Dulles in dismissing the “magic bullet” theory. If you follow McCloy into 1970s, you’ll see that his attempts to destabilize Jimmy Carter led to the Iran Hostage crisis, and thus October Surprise and Iran-Contra, bringing us back to BCCI.
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James Jesus Angelton: Served with the OSS, but trained by MI5. In 1951, he traveled to Israel to help establish Mossad. In 1954, Allen Dulles placed Angelton in charge of the CIA’s counter intelligence section. When the Kennedy assassination occurred, it would later be revealed the Angelton had sent Guatemalan coup/Operation 40 man E. Howard Hunt to Dallas. After the assassination, Angelton began to monitor the mail of George de Mohrenschildt, the CIA-connected Nazi spy who seems to have acted as Oswald’s handler in the time leading up the assassination. He also provided the information to the Warren Commission, but spread the belief that the Soviet’s were behind the whole thing. H.R. Haldeman who later write:
"After Kennedy was killed, the CIA launched a fantastic cover-up. The CIA literally erased any connection between Kennedy's assassination and the CIA... in fact, Counter intelligence Chief James Angleton of the CIA called Bill Sullivan of the FBI and rehearsed the questions and answers they would give to the Warren Commission investigators."
Cord Meyer: In 1947, Cord Meyer became the president of the United World Federalists, and two years later, he was recruited by Allen Dulles into the CIA. Meyer worked directly under Frank Wisner in the OPC, and was involved in the creation and running of Operation Mockingbird. He was also in the IOD – the International Organizations Division, which established anti-Communit groups in Europe, presumably with Gehlen and ex-Nazis. In 1954, the Kennedy family moved next door to Meyer and his wife, Mary Pinchot Meyer. In this time, he ran Radio Free Europe, alongside Reinhard Gehlen. According to Nina Burleigh, Meyer was
overseeing a vast 'black' budget of millions of dollars channeled through phony foundation of a global network of associations and labor groups that on their surface appeared to be progressive.
This sounds a lot like the later allegations against the BCCI and its “black network”.
In 1961, while Meyer was becoming involved in the anti-Castro movement, his wife Mary began having an affair with JFK, and kept a diary on the affair. In 1962, she became friends with the then Harvard professor Timothy Leary, who supplied her with '___'. She would record in her diary that her and Kennedy took the '___' before making love. James Jesus Angelton later admitted that he had the CIA bugging her room and telephones, and had learned of the affair. E. Howard Hunt, on his deathbed, would state that Meyer was involved in the JFK assassination due to both the failed Bay of Pigs and his rage at Kennedy for sleeping with his wife:
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E. Howard scribbled the initials "LBJ," standing for Kennedy's ambitious vice president, Lyndon Johnson. Under "LBJ," connected by a line, he wrote the name Cord Meyer. Meyer was a CIA agent whose wife had an affair with JFK; later she was murdered, a case that's never been solved. Next his father connected to Meyer's name the name Bill Harvey, another CIA agent; also connected to Meyer's name was the name David Morales, yet another CIA man and a well-known, particularly vicious black-op specialist. And then his father connected to Morales' name, with a line, the framed words "French Gunman Grassy Knoll."
Later that week, E. Howard also gave Saint two sheets of paper that contained a fuller narrative. It starts out with LBJ again, connecting him to Cord Meyer, then goes on: "Cord Meyer discusses a plot with [David Atlee] Phillips who brings in Wm. Harvey and Antonio Veciana. He meets with Oswald in Mexico City. . . . Then Veciana meets w/ Frank Sturgis in Miami and enlists David Morales in anticipation of killing JFK there. But LBJ changes itinerary to Dallas, citing personal reasons."
This group is mentioned in Simon Regan's book 'Who killed Diana?'. The author was informed about this group through his intelligence contacts, including the one who advised him to look into Le Cercle. I quote from his book:
"My own security contacts, including the Baroness, had also told me about a highly mysterious organization called the Committee of 26, which is apparently based in Bristol, in England’s West Country. I have never heard of this and can find no other official reference in any file. But it is apparently a super-secret "liaison desk" between the highest echelons of British and American agencies and has the "co-operation" of the French. I was told it was "Old Guard" and worked unilaterally. That is, it was a kind of uncontrolled "super-agency" which answered to no one. I cannot show that this agency even exists... I trust the Baroness, but she was unable to give me any feasible further "chapter and verse."
Committee of 300 aka The Olympians:
The group former MI6 agent John Coleman talked about back in 1992. It's interesting if you compare the name with the Committee of 26 from a different source. I read chunks of the book, looking for evidence of the committee's existence, but couldn't find it. Virtually all of the information could be found in the work of EIR (without the Committee of 300 term) and Eustace Mullins, and most of the names he mentions have at least once visited Bilderberg. Especially since Coleman gathered so many names of this alleged Committee of 300, you'd guess he could at least point you in the right direction for proof of its existence. Instead, he's more worried about copyrights on a book that doesn't back up any of its claims. Personally, I'm quite convinced that Colemen made up the Committee of 300 story, for whatever reason.
Riggs Bank was a participant or observer in the following events:
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On Friday, April 21, 1961, for example, two days after the surrender of the exile invasion force [in Cuba], two men in workclothes—they might have been taken for window washers, say, if not for their neat Ivy League haircuts—approached a teller in the DuPont [sic] Circle branch of the Riggs National Bank in Washington with an unusual request. They asked the teller for six to eight bank checks totaling well over $100,000 to be made out in the name of Arthur Avignon. The teller was not as surprised as he might have been. Men from the CIA often arrived quietly to inspect the financial records of certain local embassies, and the teller was also familiar with several oddly active accounts in the name of groups like the National Association of Loggers, the Dry Cleaners' Association, and so on. When he had asked about these strange accounts after first going to work at the branch he had been told frankly, "Oh, those are dummy accounts."
In 1977, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward tied Riggs Bank to payments in a CIA operation in Iran, where the shah had contracted for a $500 million border surveillance system. That same year, the Washington Post's Robert Meyers reported from the espionage trial of former CIA employee Edwin Gibbons Moore. A defense psychiatrist who examined Moore and thought him paranoid told the court that the defendant claimed to have spoken to the "CIA liaison officer at Riggs bank." (Moore was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 15 years in prison.)
Unable to secure all the money needed to wage covert wars around the world, the CIA has maintained front companies, banks, and illegal trades to supply the needed revenue. Connections and leverage in the outland world of drugs and weapons allows for factions within the agency and like minded interests to act outside the confines of laws to influence the futures of countries in the process of defining themselves.
The Nugan Hand Limited was established in 1973 with $80 in the company's bank account and $5 in paid up capital. Frank Nugan went ahead and wrote the company a $980,000 check out of his personal account to purchase $490,000 in shares of its stocks. Since he did not have $980,000 in his personal account, he wrote himself a check from the bank's account to cover it, claiming at the same time the company's paid up capital was a million dollars. This is not advanced accounting fraud, however it worked, and the bank continued to bring funds in through crude methods of deception.
Houghton enabled the resources of shady Edwin WIlson, a CIA agent working for Task Force 157, a covert arm of the Office of Naval Intelligence, to set up shipments out of Boston for South Africa and a spy ship for the Shah of Iran. Wilson, who bought a thousand acre farm in northern Virginia, supplied Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi with thousands of CIA designed bomb timers, more than 21 tons of Composition C-4 and years of training for his commandos by U.S. Green Berets, was finally sentenced in 1982 to life in prison.
Bernie Houghton also brought on board Admiral Earl F. Yates, a retired chief strategist for the U.S. Pacific Command, who became the president of the bank stationed out of Sydney Australia, where it was founded. This opened the gates for more from the military intelligence communitiy to fill posts: General Leroy J. Manor (manager of the Manila branch); General Edwin F. Black (president of Hawaii branch); General Erle Cocke, Jr. (president D.C. branch); Dr. Guy Parker (an expert from the RAND Corporation who came on as a bank consultant); Richard Secord; Walter McDonald (retired CIA deputy director, headed Annapolis branch); Dale Holmgreen (former chairman CIA's Civil Air Transport, manager Taiwan branch); Theodore Shackley (former CIA deputy director for clandestine operations); Richard L. Armitage (was special consultant to the Pentagon in Thailand who oversaw the transfer of heroin profits from Indonesia to Shackley's account in Tehran, Iran); William Colby (former director of the CIA as legal counsel).
Although the CIA did not bother to mention it, many of these refineries are located in areas totally controlled by paramilitary groups closely identified with American military operations in the Golden Triangle area. Mae Salong is headquarters for the Nationalist Chinese Fifth Army, which has been continuously involved in CIA counterinsurgency and intelligence operations since 1950. According to a former CIA operative who worked in the area for a number of years, the heroin laboratory at Nam Keung is protected by Maj. Chao La, commander of Yao mercenary troops for the CIA in northwestern Laos. One of the heroin laboratories near Ban Houei Sai reportedly belongs to Gen. Ouane Rattikone, former commander in chief of the Royal Laotian Army-the only army in the world, except for the U S. army, entirely financed by the U.S. government.(22) The heroin factories near Tachilek are operated by Burmese paramilitary units and Shan rebel armies who control a relatively small percentage of Burma's narcotics traffic. Although few of these Shan groups have any relation to the CIA today, one of the most important chapters in the history of the Shan States' opium trade involves a Shan rebel army closely allied with the CIA.
“From late 1973 until April of 1975, Theodore Shackley, Thomas Clines and Richard Armitage disbursed, from the secret, Laotian-based, Vang Pao opium fund, vastly more money than was required to finance even the highly intensified Phoenix Project in Vietnam. The money in excess of that used in Vietnam was secretly smuggled out of Vietnam in large suitcases, by Richard Secord and Thomas Clines and carried into Australia, where it was deposited in a secret, personal bank account (privately accessible to Theodore Shackley, Thomas Clines and Richard Secord). During this same period of time between 1973 and 1975, Theodore Shackley and Thomas Clines caused thousands of tons of US weapons, ammunition, and explosives to be secretly taken from Vietnam and stored at a secret "cache" hidden inside Thailand."
Salvador Allende died during the coup. When the smoke cleared, General Augusto Pinochet, the head of a military junta, was in dictatorial control... Elections were suspended. The press was censored. Allende supporters and opponents of the junta were jailed. Torture centers were established. Executions replaced soccer matches in Santiago's stadiums. Bodies floated down the Mapocho river. Due in part to the hard work of Shackley and dozens of other Agency bureaucrats and operatives, Chile was free of the socialists."
The Secret Team (Shackley, Thomas G. Clines, Richard Secord, Ricardo Chavez, Rafael Quintero, Albert Hakim, Edwin Wilson, and Richard L. Armitage set up several corporations and subsidiaries around the world through which to conceal the operations of the "Secret Team". Many of these corporations were set up in Switzerland. Some of these were: (1) Lake Resources, Inc.; (2) The Stanford Technology Trading Group, Inc.; and (3) Companie de Services Fiduciaria. Other companies were set up in Central America, such as: (4) CSF Investments, Ltd. and (5) Udall research Corporation. Some were set up inside the United States by Edwin Wilson. Some of these were: (6) Orca Supply Company in Florida and (7) Consultants International in Washington, D.C. Through these corporations the "Secret Team" laundered hundreds of millions of dollars of secret Vang Pao opium money.
Great post a giant collaboration of information, I still havent digested it all. I'm just wondering if this was from a new Time article? I remember hearing about this back in 1999 but haven't heard much since.
"After the collapse of Hamilton Bank of Miami, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), an entity that WMR has reported has been transformed by the Bush administration from a regulatory agency into an investment center, and the Israel Discount Bank assumed liability for the insured accounts. The FDIC assumed liability for half the accounts and the Israel Discount Bank took over the other half. Three Hamilton branches were reopened by the Israeli bank as "IDC." Insiders report that Hamilton Bank was involved in joint (and possibly rogue) U.S.-Israeli intelligence and money laundering operations."
this whole bank system works for them. and wonder where the "crisis" came from....