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The World’s Greatest Con (Chapter 2): Yank Barry’s Global Village — Mobsters, Boxers, Frauds and the FBI’s Most Celebrated Hero

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The World’s Greatest Con (Chapter 2): Yank Barry’s Global Village — Mobsters, Boxers, Frauds and the FBI’s Most Celebrated Hero


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The story of Yank Barry’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, begins in the 1990s, when Yank Barry established a company called Global Village Market.

In one of several phone conversations with me, Yank went to lengths to say that the Global Village Champions Foundation and Global Village Market are “two very separate things,” but the Global Village Champions Foundation certainly grew out of Global Village Market, which Yank advertised as being not only a profit-seeking company, but also a charity whose goal was to deliver one billion meals to needy people everywhere.

Currently, when the Global Village Champions Foundation claims to have delivered nearly one billion meals to needy people, most of them children, included in that tally are meals that were allegedly delivered back in the 1990s by Global Village Market. In a moment, we will closely examine the claim that Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered nearly one billion meals to needy children, and we will see that the claim is a massive fraud, but first let us learn more about Global Village Market, which was also a massive fraud, later to be known as the Global Village Champions Foundation.

While Global Village Market advertised itself as a company that was also a charity (its motto was “Doing Good by Doing Well”) with a goal to feed one billion people, Yank Barry listed Global Village Market’s shares on the World Investors Stock Exchange. Also listed on the World Investors Stock exchange was a firm called the Global Prosperity Group, and Yank Barry was involved with that outfit as well.

According to Offshore Alert, a prominent publication that covers the world of offshore crime, Yank Barry was also involved with the World Investors Stock Exchange itself. In one of several phone conversations that I had with Yank, he denied having any involvement with the World Investors Stock Exchange, other than to have listed his company (Global Village Market) on the exchange, and he said Global Village Market sold only “around $79” worth of stock on the exchange.

It seems doubtful that Global Village Market sold less than $100 worth of stock (indeed, we will see that Yank is not being honest on that score), and multiple of Yank’s associates have told me that he was more closely involved with the World Stock Investors Stock Exchange than he is letting on. But even assuming that Yank was not a principal with the World Investors Stock Exchange, it tells us something that Yank chose to list Global Village Market on this particular exchange, and it is worth discussing the exchange briefly to understand why.

The World Investors Stock Exchange was, of course, different than, say, The New York Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ stock exchange. In fact, the World Investors Stock Exchange, based in the offshore money laundering haven of Grenada, was a sham stock exchange that specialized in listing sham companies. Most of the ordinary people who were induced to invest in these sham companies, including Global Village Market, lost all or most of their money. Some people lost everything they had.

The World Investors Stock Exchange was a unit of the First International Bank of Grenada, which was later indicted because it was a Ponzi scheme that stole $175,330,911 from hapless investors, at which point Gilbert Allen Ziegler, the founder of First International Bank of Grenada, changed his name to Van Brink and moved to Uganda. After moving to Uganda, Van Brink and the First International Bank for Grenada (which remained in business for a time despite the indictment) held a conference for 60 Congolese rebel leaders, and promised the rebel leaders millions of dollar in aid, according to a report from the U.S. State Department.

The First International Bank of Grenada and its subsidiaries (including the World Investors Stock Exchange) also had extensive dealings with organized crime. For example, another of the First International Bank of Grenada’s principals was a man named Gerald Burns, who was also a principal with the World Investors Stock Exchange and with an outfit called Cambridge International Bank and Trust, which was an offshoot of the First International Bank of Grenada, complicit in the Ponzi scheme. At the time, Burns controlled several brokerages, including an outfit called Centex Securities, in partnership with a man named Eugene Slusker. While Burns was a key figure behind First International Bank of Grenada and its subsidiaries, Slusker was involved with First International Bank of Grenada, using the bank to launder money, while trading in stock of companies listed on the World Investors Stock Exchange.

Slusker was sometimes known as Semyan Altman. At other times, he went by the names Evgeny Slusker, Eugene Kozin, Evgeny Lozin, Evgeny Kozin, and Eugene Shuster and Slushke and Sousker and Schuster and Shuskar and etc. Which is a lot of names.

His real name, however, was Evgeny Dvoskin, and he was a major Russian organized crime figure. He was, in fact, the chief lieutenant of Vyacheslav Ivankov, also known as Yaponchik (which translates as “the Little Jap”). Ivankov was, during the 1990s, the top boss of the Russian mafia in the United States.

Both Dvoskin and Ivankov were arrested in 1995 (they shared a prison cell together), but they were both quickly released. It has since been widely reported that when Ivankov was arrested, Ivankov told the FBI that there was, in fact, no such thing as the Russian mafia. Instead, according to Ivankov, there was only “one uninterrupted criminal swamp” controlled by the Russian intelligence services.

The Ivankov syndicate had gotten its start in the United States perpetrating fuel scams in partnership with a DeCavalcante Mafia family capo named Phil Abramo, who was known in some circles as “The King of Wall Street” because he operated numerous brokerages, and leaders of the Genovese Mafia family, including a Genovese Mafia capo named Alan “Baldy” Longo, who was Abramo’s brother-in-law. When Ivankov was briefly jailed in 1995, it was on charges of having perpetrated a fuel scam in league with his top lieutenant, Dvoskin (who was, in fact, a relative of Ivankov) and members of the Genovese Mafia family (including Longo).

As I mentioned, when Ivankov was jailed, he shared a prison cell with his lieutenant, Dvoskin, but as I also mentioned, both of these mobsters were quickly released. After they were released, Ivankov returned to Moscow, but Dvoskin remained in the United States and became involved with multiple U.S.-based brokerages.

Because the documentation to which I am linking describes Dvoskin by various different names, and I wish to avoid confusion, I will repeat that Dvoskin is the same person as Eugene Slusker. He has, at various times, also gone by at least 33 other aliases. By reading through the documents to which I have linked, you will see that in addition to controlling (partially) Centex Securities, Dvoskin (or the various aliases listed above) secretly controlled (with Burns) more than a dozen U.S. brokerages. The most famous of the brokerages secretly controlled by Dvoskin was an outfit called Barron Chase.

Barron Chase was later indicted for not only the usual crimes (i.e., market manipulation, securities fraud, and extortion), but also for conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Dvoskin, meanwhile, was implicated in multiple murders, and the boss of his crime syndicate, Ivankov, was widely known as one of the most ruthless killers in organized crime. It was even reported that Ivankov boiled his victims in vats of hot oil, and while those reports might have been apocryphal, it tells us something about these mobsters that Ivankov himself boasted that the reports were true.

However, with the exception of Robert Kirk (who served as president of Barron Chase, and who went to prison) none of Barron Chase’s principals suffered any fate worse than having to pay small fines, and most of them remained in business during the years that followed. Among Barron Chase’s other principals (aside from Dvoskin and Burns) were (as noted in the indictment) the following: Arthur Gunning, an associate of the Colombo Mafia family; Craig Marino, a soldier in the Genovese Mafia family; and Ronald Giallanzo, a soldier in the Bonanno Mafia family.

Those mobsters were also involved with Centex Securities and other brokerages secretly controlled by Dvoskin and Burns, while other organized crime figures involved with those brokerages included Abramo and his brother-in-law, Alan “Baldy” Longo.

Still others involved with those brokerages (including Centex and Barron Chase) were key figures in the Persico faction of the Colombo crime family, including a Colombo Mafia capo named Danny Persico and a Colombo Mafia capo named Joseph Baudanza. Danny Persico was the son of Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico, the top boss of the Colombo crime family.

Yank Barry was not, to my knowledge, associated with all of those mobsters, but he did have ties to organized crime (see Chapter 1 of this article), and by way of introduction to our further discussion of Yank Barry’s ties to not only organized crime, but also people who have worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it is worth nothing at this point that the chief of the FBI’s organized crime unit during the 1990s was a fellow named Lindley DeVecchio, a close associate of Yank Barry.

DeVecchio led the FBI’s investigation of First International Bank of Grenada and the World Investors Stock Exchange. DeVecchio also led the FBI’s investigation of numerous brokerages (including all those named above) that were linked to the First International Bank of Grenada. In addition, DeVecchio led all FBI investigations of the organized crime figures involved with those brokerages.

However, most of those organized crime figures were never jailed while DeVecchio was still with the FBI, and the few who were jailed (e.g. Dvoskin and Ivankov, the top two Russian mafia bosses in the United States, both implicated in multiple murders, in addition to securities fraud, conspiracy, extortion, and kidnapping, etc.) were quickly released from prison and allowed to remain in business.

This is perhaps unsurprising given that DeVecchio was later indicted on charges of having corrupt relationships with members of the Persico faction of the Colombo crime family (principals with the above-mentioned brokerages). DeVecchio was even charged with helping a Colombo Mafia capo named Greg Scarpa perpetrate (on orders from the above-mentioned Danny Persico) multiple murders during the so-called “Colombo Wars” that elevated Danny Persico’s father, Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico, to the leaderships of the Colombo crime family.

However, the FBI brass and the DOJ rallied to DeVecchio’s support, and he was acquitted on all charges. In a subsequent interview on the 60 Minutes program, DeVecchio stated that he considered some Colombo crime family bosses to be his friends and that he was proud of those relationships, though he said the relationships were not corrupt. Therefore, we may assume that he was innocent, though it appears he let mobsters literally get away with murder.

And when DeVecchio was acquitted on all charges of corruption, one person who congratulated him for his victory was Buck Revell, who, during the 1990s, was the FBI’s associate deputy director (i.e. he was second in charge at the FBI). We will return to Revell in our discussion of Yank Barry’s charity.

It needs to be stressed that all of the organized crime figures involved with Barron Chase were also involved with Centex Securities and other brokerages principally controlled by Dvoskin and his partner Gerald Burns. It also needs to be stressed that those brokerages were linked (as were Dvoskin and Burns themselves) to the First International Bank of Grenada scandal. One component of that scandal was the World Investors Stock Exchange, a sham stock exchange that specialized in listing sham companies, including Yank Barry’s Global Village Market, a company that purported to be a charity (later known as Global Village Champions Foundation).

By way of further introduction to our discussion of Yank Barry’s ties to organized crime (and also Yank Barry’s ties to multiple intelligence officials), it is important to note that in 2009, Ivankov was gunned down on a Moscow street just days after he publicly announced that members of his crime syndicate had long been employed by elements of the Russian intelligence apparatus. A few months later, in June 2010, the FBI arrested ten Russian spies who had long been operating in the United States, at which point Novoya Gazeta, a prominent newspaper in Russia (actually one of the best newspapers in the world, far better than any U.S. newspaper) was the first to report that former Russian intelligence officials alleged that the ring leader of those ten Russian spies had been none other than Dvoskin.

In other words, Dvoskin was not just a major organized crime figure, but also a Russian intelligence agent, and as the Russian media has since reported, one of Dvoskin’s jobs was to perpetrate financial crimes in the United States on behalf of the Russian intelligence apparatus. That was also one of the jobs of the ten Russian spies who were arrested in 2010, and while there is not unanimous agreement that Dvoskin was, in fact, the ring-leader of the ten Russian spies, at least two of those spies, Mikhail Semenko and Christopher Metsos, were involved with Dvoskin’s brokerages.

The fact that the two Russian spies were involved with Dvoskin’s brokerages (including Centex Securities) was first reported to DeepCapture by one of Dvoskin’s business associates (also a business associate of Yank Barry), and later confirmed to me by an FBI agent who investigated Dvoskin (and who also investigated Yank Barry, though that investigation did not result in any charges being leveled against Yank).

Dvoskin had close ties to elements of the U.S. government, and many people, including that FBI agent, believe that Dvoskin was protected by FBI management. It is, at any rate, certain that Dvoskin never did more than a few months in prison, and operated in the United States with impunity for many years.

Much of this will prove pertinent when we discuss some of Yank Barry’s more recent business ventures, but first we need to continue reviewing the history of Yank Barry’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, which, of course, grew out Global Village Market, described by Yank as having been both a charity and a business.

As we know, Global Village Market listed its shares on the World Investors Stock Exchange, as did another firm called the Global Prosperity Group. The World Investors Stock Exchange listed only a small number of companies, and Yank Barry was involved with at least two of those companies, namely Global Village Market and the Global Prosperity Group, the latter of which was a company that specialized in holding conferences at which “motivational” speakers instructed attendees in various get rich-quick-schemes.

Prior to publishing this story, I spoke with Yank Barry by phone on multiple occasions over the course of one week, and in one of our phone conversations Yank stated that he was never involved with the Global Prosperity Group, but this was another case where Yank was not being entirely forthcoming. Offshore Alert reported that Yank was involved with the Global Prosperity Group, and one of Yank’s associates described to me in some detail Yank’s involvement with the Global Prosperity Group.

Offshore Alert also reported that Yank had been directly involved with the First International Bank of Grenada (and its subsidiary, the World Investors Stock Exchange), but in a phone conversation with me, Yank denied that he was directly involved with First International Bank of Grenada, just as he denied that he had been directly involved with the World Investors Stock Exchange. Yank did, however, admit that he listed his company, Global Village Market, on the World Investors Stock Exchange, and in a later phone conversation with me he conceded that he did have some involvement with the Global Prosperity Group’s motivational speakers.

The Global Prosperity Group was, as I just mentioned, in the business of holding conferences where “motivational” speakers gave attendees investment advice. The attendees of these conferences were, more specifically, convinced that they could get rich quick by investing in various companies, including Global Village Market, that were listed on the World Investors Stock Exchange. And those companies, like the World Investors Stock Exchange itself, were scams.

Global Village Market (in addition to being a charity) was a multi-level network marketing scheme ostensibly set up to sell Yank’s dehydrated meat substitute, known as Vitapro. The dehydrated meat substitute was actually manufactured by other companies, none of them owned by Yank (Yank says they were “subcontractors”), but the dehydrated meat substitute was branded Vitapro, and Yank controlled a company called Vitapro International, also known as Vitapro Foods.

The operations of Vitapro International/Vitapro Foods were, of course, closely intertwined with the operations of Global Village Market (which was set up ostensibly to sell Vitapro’s dehydrated meat substitute).

A multi-level network marketing scheme is a scheme whereby a product is sold through distributors, rather than through retailers, and the distributors are encouraged to recruit other distributors, while each distributor in the chain earns commissions on the product he or she has sold, and additional commissions on the product sold by the distributors whom he or she has recruited. Global Village Market’s supposed product, of course, was the Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute.

Although neither Global Village Market nor Vitapro actually produced or sold much dehydrated meat substitute, Yank Barry told both his distributors and his investors that the more money that Global Village Market made, the more meals (in the form of Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute) Global Village Market would deliver as charity to needy children in underdeveloped nations all around the world.

It must be stressed that neither Global Village Market nor Vitapro produced much  dehydrated meat substitute. It also did not donate much in the way of dehydrated meat substitute or anything else to the needy. It is, in fact, apparent that Global Village Market was not established principally to distribute dehydrated meat substitute or to donate meat substitute to charity. Global Village Market was pure scam, set up principally to lure in hapless investors, whose money was simply pocketed by Yank.

Meanwhile, Yank Barry paid the famous boxer Muhammad Ali to promote Global Village Market and Vitapro. Other celebrities, including the famous singer Celine Dion, were convinced to endorse Global Village Market believing that Global Village Market was not a business, but a charity that had been co-founded by Muhammad Ali, and whose goal was to deliver 1 billion meals to needy people around the world.

As of 1998, Yank was reporting that Global Village Market had already delivered 133 million meals to hungry children in poverty-stricken nations around the word, but that claim was false and Global Village Market was, to repeat, a massive scam.

In 1998, journalist Rod Macdonell of the Montreal Gazette (a rare journalist who actually practiced journalism) published (in the Montreal Gazette) a 3,300 word front-page story about Yank Barry, and this story reported that Global Market Village was a scam. Numerous investors in Global Village Market had been unable to get their money back, and many of those investors had invested thousands of dollars.

That is, many of these investors had purchased thousands of dollars of stock that Global Village Market sold on the World Investors Stock Exchange, and though it is not known precisely how much Global Village Market took in, it was certainly more than $79 (the maximum amount  Yank Barry told me that Global Village Market had sold on the World Investors Stock Exchange).

The story in the Montreal Gazette (the same story that was briefly discussed in the first chapter of the story you are now reading) has since been wiped from the internet, but it can now be read in full here at DeepCapture.com, and it reports that while Yank Barry pocketed the money that unwitting investors invested in Global Village Market, that company (contrary to its advertising) did not deliver many meals to charity.

Macdonell, the author of the story in the Montreal Gazette, wrote: “Barry is nowhere near the 100 million meals he says he is delivering to those children this year—the philanthropic side of his company that he uses to attract the celebrity endorsements, which he uses in turn to promote the investment side. There is very little documentation of donated food.”

In fact, even the documentation that Yank Barry provides as supposed evidence that he had delivered large quantities of food to needy children shows that Yank and Global Village Market had delivered almost nothing to charity as of 1998, when Macdonell published his story.

Yank told me during one of our phone calls that he had filed a complaint against Macdonell before the Quebec Press Council, and Yank suggested to me that Macdonell had been fired from his job for having published his story in the Montreal Gazette, but Macdonell had not been fired from his job, and while it is true that Yank filed a complaint before the Quebec Press Council, the Quebec Press Council ruled in Macdonell’s favor because Macdonell’s story was true and MacDonnell had done what journalists are supposed to do by exposing Yank as a fraud.

By contrast, as we saw in Chapter 1 of this story, most journalists have done nothing other than take dictation from Yank and his public relations operatives. Nearly all of the major news organizations have, on multiple occasions, described Yank Barry as a billionaire and noted “humanitarian” who has donated most of his money to charity, who has fed nearly one billion needy children, and who is most deserving of the nominations that he has received for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In his story for the Montreal Gazette, Macdonell reported further that “Celine Dion’s lawyer has put Barry on notice to cease and desist in his claims that the singer endorses his investment scheme or anything beyond his campaign to feed children. Muhammad Ali’s lawyer also warns that if people have been led to believe that Ali is endorsing Barry’s investment plan, they are mistaken.”

Nonetheless, the website of Yank’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation (which grew from the earlier Global Village Market), continues to this day to show a picture of Celine Dion, along with the claim that the singer endorses the Global Village Champions Foundation. Yank told me that Celine Dion is a friend of his, and that her photograph would not be on the Global Village Champions Foundation website if she did not endorse the Global Village Champions Foundation and its work.

Meanwhile, of course, Muhammad Ali continues to endorse the Global Village Champions Foundation, and the warning of the champ’s lawyer notwithstanding, it is likely that Muhammad Ali knew all along that he was “endorsing Barry’s investment plan” because, after all, the former boxer had been paid to do just that.

Muhammad Ali’s photograph appeared on all of Vitapro’s marketing materials and packaging (while Global Village Market was ostensibly in the business of distributing Vitapro, also ostensibly delivering a portion of its profits and product to charity).

In recent times, the only journalist to recall that earlier story in the Montreal Gazette was John O’Conner, author of the story (title: “The World According to Yank”) that raised doubts about the seriousness of Yank’s first nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize by a lawyer in Bulgaria. As discussed in the last chapter of this story, Yank has filed a libel lawsuit against The National Post, but every word of that story was true.

In that story, O’Conner also cast doubt on Yank’s “alleged good deeds,” and reported some of what had appeared in the earlier Montreal Gazette story. When O’Conner asked Yank about the earlier Montreal Gazette story, Yank suggested that Macdonell, the author of the story, had been fired, and Yank was quoted by O’Conner as saying that Macdonell “had his license pulled.”

Yank, of course, told me almost the same thing, but the truth was that Macdonell’s former editor at the Gazette had nothing but good things to say about Macdonell, and, again, after Yank complained about Macdonell’s story to the Quebec Press Council, the council returned a verdict in Macdonell’s favor because Macdonell’s story was true, and the public had a right to know about Yank’s obviously fraudulent schemes.

Macdonell never had his “license pulled” (journalists do not have licenses), and he was not fired. After receiving multiple awards for his work with the Montreal Gazette, Macdonell moved on to other jobs, and was recently employed by the United Nations Development Program to create a guide for journalists covering corruption and criminality in underdeveloped nations.

However, Macdonell’s 1998 story about Yank Barry’s “charity” has, of course, been flushed down the memory hole and it could be found nowhere on the internet until now. Readers are encouraged to read the story in full (it is posted here at DeepCapture.com).

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As of this writing in November 2014, we know, Yank Barry is operating the Global Village Champions Foundation, which evolved from his earlier company Global Village Market. Actually, Yank has removed himself as a director of Global Village Champions Foundation, and he has also removed himself from the incorporation documents of his various companies, perhaps because Yank was recently named in a lawsuit alleging that Yank was part of a racketeering enterprise that sold millions of dollars’ worth of stolen and counterfeit art—a lawsuit to which we will return later in this story.

But Yank is still the man who operates the Global Village Champions Foundation.

Unlike Global Village Market, which was a for-profit corporation (listed on the World Investors Stock Exchange), the Global Village Champions Foundation is registered as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt charity, but just as Global Village Market was a multi-level network marketing scheme ostensibly set up to sell Vitapro (the dehydrated meat substitute), so too are the operations of Global Village Champions Foundation closely intertwined with the operations of Vitapro International.

Vitapro International was, at least until recently, based in Canada and controlled by Yank, but presently Vitapro’s website lists only two addresses for Vitapro, one in Bulgaria and one in Belize. The website provides no telephone number for Vitapro, and as I mentioned in Chapter 1 of this story, the photograph on the website purporting to be a picture of Vitapro’s corporate headquarters is a fake photograph, apparently made with Photoshop or some similar software.

When the Montreal Gazette published its front page story about Yank in 1998, that story reported that many of the supposed customers named on Vitapro’s website were not, in fact, customers, and a former employee of Vitapro says that at that time in 1998, Vitapro had sold no more than $133,000 worth of dehydrated meat substitute, though it had recently obtained the $33 million deal to supply Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute to the Texas state prisons (a deal that was voided when Yank was indicted for paying bribes to the director of the Texas state prisons).

The supposed “clients” presently listed on Vitapro’s website are mostly the same clients that were listed on Vitapro’s website back in 1998. Some of those clients were never actually clients of Vitapro, and it has proven impossible to verify whether the others (most of them identified only vaguely as, for example, “the government of Libya” and various other governments) are actually clients of Vitapro.

Yank also failed, despite my requests, to provide me with any documentation showing that Vitapro has actually sold large amounts of dehydrated meat substitute, much less the billions of dollars’ worth of product that Yank claims to have sold, and Yank did not reply to requests for documentation showing that Vitapro had any meaningful revenues or profits.

Nonetheless, the media often describe Yank as a “soy products tycoon” (a reference to the dehydrated meat substitute, which is made from soy). Meanwhile, as evidence that Yank is a philanthropist of the first order, the media and Yank report that Vitapro International donates 60 percent of its profits (or all of its profits, according to some of Yank’s statements to the media) to the Global Village Champions Foundation, which, according to Yank, uses the money to feed needy children, much as Yank previously reported that a significant percentage of Global Village Market’s profits from sales of Vitapro were delivered to charity.

Yank, of course, does not provide evidence that Vitapro has significant profits, so the question remains, 60 percent of what? As of this writing, the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website , meanwhile, reports that the Global Village Champions Foundation has donated 988,911,330 (nearly a billion) meals to needy people around the world, most of them children.

When I asked Yank if he had evidence that he had delivered large sums of money to charity, and that the Global Village Champions Foundation had delivered nearly a billion meals to needy people, he said all of the evidence could be found on the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website. When I told Yank that the evidence on the Global Village Champions Foundation website does not prove that Yank has donated much to charity, he promised to send me additional evidence, but he never did so, and in a subsequent conversation he said again that all of the evidence is on his website.

This is important because most “humanitarian” organizations willingly and quickly respond to any request to show proof of their charity, and again, neither Yank nor the Global Village Champions foundation was forthcoming with any proof other than the documents on the Global Village Champions Foundation website. Those documents, as will see momentarily, are nothing more than proof that the Global Village Champions Foundation and Yank have made only small donations to charity, while fraudulently describing the Global Village Champions Foundation as an organization that is striving to become “the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining life, and helping to eradicate world hunger…”

Yank operates another company, ProPectin, which, like Vitapro, claims to donate 60 percent of its profits to charity. ProPectin is based in Bulgaria, and ProPectin manufactures an apple pectin product under the brand name ProPectin.

It is, in fact, clear that one reason why Yank Barry operates Global Village Champions Foundation (a reason that has nothing to do with charity) is to convince distributors to sell more of his ProPectin product, much as he operated Global Village Market to convince distributors to sell his Vitapro product. Yank has sold much of his ProPectin product in partnership with a company called Jeunesse Global, which is a multi-level network marketing scheme similar to Global Village Market.

In November of this year (2014), Yank told me that he had cut off all relations with Jeunesse Global because the company is, according to Yank, crooked and it rips off its customers and distributors. He said, “I wouldn’t touch them [Jeunesse Global] with a ten foot pole.”

When I called the phone number that Jeunesse Global’s website lists as the number of its corporate headquarters, I got a recorded message that said “Thank you for your patience, we should be with you soon,” but no real person ever picked up the phone, and so I was unable to ask anyone about Yank’s comments, or confirm whether Yank was telling me the truth when he said he had cut off all relations with Jeunesse Global.

In any event, it is certain that Yank was working closely with Jeunesse Global as of early this year (2014), if not also later, and Jeunesse was closely involved with the Global Village Champions Foundation’s supposed charity. To this day, videos on the Global Village Champions Foundation website purporting to show Global Village Champions Foundation delivering food to needy people state that these missions of charity were conducted in partnership with “Jeunesse Kids,” an initiative of Jeunesse Global.

As of early 2014, if not also later, Jeunesse distributors sold just a few products, namely a few skin care products that allegedly could make your face look younger, and Yank’s ProPectin, which is also advertised as an anti-aging product.

Yank and his hired spokesmen say that ProPectin has various miracle properties. Not only is it an anti-aging product, Yank says, but ProPectin is able to cure diabetes, it is able to protect the body from cancer, and it is able to eliminate radioactive contamination from human bodies that have been exposed to radioactive fallout (and everyone, according to Yank, is a potential customer for such a product because everyone has been exposed to radioactive fallout from the Fukushima disaster in Japan, as well as other sources).We will see, though, that no credible medical professional has provided evidence that ProPectin has any of those miracle properties.

Jeunesse Global regularly holds conventions for its distributors, and Yank has appeared at those conventions. At all of these conventions, Yank has repeated the fraudulent claim that he was once the lead singer of the Kingsmen (see Chapter 1 of this article for more on Yank’s false claim to have been a member of the Kingsmen), and at some of the conferences, Yank has sung the famous Kingsmen song “Louie Louie,” backed up by famous musicians, including Gary U.S. Bonds (who endorses the Global Village Champions Foundation). See the following video of Yank singing “Louie Louie” at Jeunesse’s 2012 annual convention.

Yank has also given speeches at these conventions, telling Jeunesse distributors that the more ProPectin they sell, the more meals the Global Village Champions Foundation will deliver to needy people around the world. Have a look at this video of Yank speaking at another recent Jeunesse convention, held in early 2014:

As you can see in that video, Yank announced that the Global Village Champions Foundation had joined forces with Jeunesse (which, of course, was selling ProPectin via its multi-level network marketing scheme), and Yank stated: “Global Village started by mistake. I spent 33 years in the music business. Most of you are too young to remember ‘Louie Louie.’ I sang that when I was nine years-old.”

That was, perhaps, a veiled confession because far from having anything to do with “Louie Louie,” that song was written (by Richard Berry) way back in 1959, when Yank was indeed nine years old. The band known as the Kingsmen, which recorded the song “Louie Louie,” was formed in 1963, when Yank was 13, and the Kingsmen bought the song “Louie Louie” from Richard Berry, who, unlike Yank, was an elderly black man.

At the Jeunesse convention, Yank continued: “For some reason I ended up in the food business, and wanted a spokesperson, and at that time Muhammad Ali had become a recluse…I said, ‘Ali we’ve got this great food product, and if we take a portion of our profits, we can feed kids’….Ali opened up the world for us. We started feeding children really from the heart…All of a sudden we got a call from Celine. We got a call from Michael Jordan. And Bill Clinton. Buzz Aldrin…all of these people wanted to be part of this organization.”

When Yank said he got a call from Celine, he, of course, referred to her only by her first name, but everyone in the audience knew he meant Celine Dion. It was true that Celine Dion endorsed Yank’s “charity” back in the 1990s, when she thought it was purely a charity, but recall that in 1998, her lawyers issued a warning to Yank, telling him to stop using her name to promote his business (which was the same thing as his charity, a multi-level marketing scheme similar to the one Yank was promoting at the Jeunesse convention).

It was also true that astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was involved with Yank’s charity, but more on him later in this story.

As for Michael Jordan, I have found no evidence that he was involved with Yank’s charity, but Yank does know Michael Jordon personally, and Yank has convinced other sports celebrities, including Muhammad Ali, to become involved with his charity.

And how about Bill Clinton? Did Yank “get a call” from the president of the United States back in the 1990s, when Yank founded Global Village Market (now known as Global Village Champions Foundation), and did the president subsequently become involved with Yank’s charity?

I have found no evidence that Bill Clinton has been involved with Yank’s charity in any way, but Yank’s scams are of such magnitude, and such is the depravity of our government, that I would not rule out the possibly that even multiple U.S. presidents, past and present, are involved in some way with Yank Barry. After all, multiple members of the U.S. Congress nominated Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize. And I can’t help but repeat that there was, for a time (and this tells us all we need to know about our Congress), an officially designated “Yank Barry American Flag” flying on top of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

At the Jeunesse convention, Yank continued: “The unique thing about Global Village is that we have never accepted a donation.” Which was not true; Yank has held all manner of raffles and charity fundraising events where he has sold stuff for his “charity,” though it might be true that the people who bought stuff from Yank were not so much donating to charity as donating to Yank Barry. Yank also told me that his charity had numerous “corporate sponsors,” the suggestion being that corporations were donating money to the Global Village Champions Foundation.

Later in his speech at the convention, Yank said, “Now, I said we don’t accept donations. But I’m going to tell you about this contest were having.” The contest being a contest to see who could sell the most ProPectin for “charity,” along with a raffle of various items Yank was selling for “charity.”

Yank continued: “We are the only 501-c [non-profit charity] that has zero administration. A dollar comes in, a dollar goes to the children…We’ve been approached by many, many, network marketing companies in the past….We’ve never accepted a network marketing company [with the exception of Jeunesse].”

Neither of those statements were true. If “a dollar comes in, and a dollar goes to the children” (he was referring to dollars coming in from sales of ProPectin), that means Yank is donating 100 percent of his revenues (i.e. every dollar) to “the children.” And, again, we will see that Yank hasn’t donated large amounts of anything to charity.

Yank says “we’ve never accepted a network marketing company” with the exception of Jeunesse, but, of course, the Global Village Champions Foundation was formerly known as Global Village Market, which was itself a “network marketing company.”

At the convention, Yank went on to say, “Some of our partners around the world are Rotary International, International Red Cross, Salvation Army, church groups around the world…”

That also wasn’t true. I called those organizations, and their spokesmen confirmed that none of those organizations are “partners” of Global Village Champions Foundation. We will, in addition, see that Yank has not been involved with those organizations in any way that would suggest that he is striving to be “the undisputed world leader” in providing nutrition to needy people.

At the Jeunesse convention, Yank continued, “We document it all. We don’t document it all because of the publicity. We document it all because no good deed goes unpunished. There’s always an investigative reporter that’s gonna go ‘Well, how do we know you fed this many people?’ So please go to our website: we have manifests, shipping documents, field reports, pictures, it’s all there. We have fed more than that [i.e. more than the nearly one billion people claimed on the Global Village Champions Foundation website]. We don’t keep count of all that we have done.”

I went to the Global Village Foundation Champions website and did not find shipping documents and manifests showing that the Global Village Champions Foundation had donated close to one billion meals to needy children. Instead, I found a number of shipping documents and receipts, along with letters from various charities and others, all of which, taken together, proved the scope of Yank Barry’s fraud.

It is evident from the documents on the Global Village Champions Foundation website that the Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered some food and other items to needy people, and I do not mean to disparage any act of charity, no matter how small, but it is also evident that the Global Village Champions Foundation has donated only just enough to keep up appearances–that is, to enable Yank Barry to portray himself as a leading humanitarian and to enrich himself by exploiting the plight of hungry children.

I will now provide a description of everything that I found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and as I do so, keep in mind that the Global Village Champions Foundation and the media have repeatedly reported that the Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered nearly one billion meals to needy people, most of them children, and that the Global Village Champions Foundation is (to quote the Global Village Champions Foundation website) striving to become “the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining life, and helping to eradicate world hunger…”

As we go through the evidence that I found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, also keep in mind that the work of the Global Village Champions Foundation was the ostensible reason why Yank Barry has received multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, along with other honors, such as the “Yank Barry American flag” flying on top of the U.S. Capitol building.

As we saw in Chapter 1 of this article, the first person who nominated Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize was Kiril Gorianov, a Bulgarian lawyer who was the Global Village Champions Foundation’s representative in Bulgaria, so that nomination did not quite count as a real nomination, but this year (2014) Yank received nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize from no less than three members of the U.S. Congress, including   Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who, in a speech on the floor of Congress honoring Yank Barry, repeated the claim that the Global Village Champions Foundation was (to quote the congresswoman precisely) “striving to become the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining life, and helping to eradicate world hunger…”

As we go through the evidence that I found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, keep in mind also that Yank Barry told me that this was all the evidence that he had, and that this was all the evidence I needed. When I asked Yank if he could provide additional evidence, he said that he would, and when he failed to do so, he repeated, in a subsequent phone conversation, that all the evidence that I needed could be found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website.

What I found on that website was supposed evidence sorted by year. I have downloaded all of the evidence that I found on that website, and am providing here links to documents that I found on that website. I encourage readers to view my links, and then view the Global Village Champions website, as there is a chance that Yank Barry will alter the website after I publish this article.

The evidence on the Global Village Champions Foundation was located in two sections, one entitled “Making a Difference” (which you can view by clicking this link), and one entitled “Letters of Appreciation” (which you can view by clicking this link).

The “Making a Difference” section of the website has a “Relief Timeline” link that takes you to a large number of documents sorted by year, so I will begin by discussing what was found under each of those years.

By far the most extensive documentation was provided for the year 2014, and most of the documentation was in the form of numerous receipts for items that the Global Village Champions Foundation allegedly purchased for charity. I have created a document (posted here at DeepCapture.com) that lists purchase prices found on each of the receipts, and provides links to the receipts themselves.

Most of the receipts are in Bulgarian currency and for relatively small purchases, ranging from less than a dollar to around $1,000 (converted from Bulgarian currency). The only exceptions are two receipts, one for around 24,000 Bulgarian Leva (around $15,000 U.S.), and one for around 22,000 Bulgarian Leva (around $14,000). The remaining receipts (more than 100 of them) add up to a total expenditure in 2014 of around $48,000 (converted from Bulgarian currency).

Most of those receipts were not for purchases of food (many of the receipts are for items like fuel and printer cartridges), but even if all the receipts were all for purchases of food, and even if all that food had been delivered to needy people, the total expenditures evidenced by those receipts suggest that the Global Village Champions Foundation, in 2014, spent around what one would pay for a high-end automobile. To put this in further perspective, consider that just one Rotary club, on average, can be expected to raise far more than $1 million for charity in any given year, and there are thousands of Rotary clubs around the world, while Rotary International, unlike the Global Village Champions Foundation, does not advertise itself as an “undisputed leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition…”

In addition, there is no evidence that the items purchased by the Global Village Champions Foundation in 2014 were actually delivered to needy people. Even if they were delivered, it must be stressed that the receipts provided by the Global Village Champions Foundation add up to what one would pay for a single high-end automobile, and most of the receipts were not for food. Again, though I do not mean to disparage any act of charity, I do mean to suggest that the Global Village Champions Foundation has taken in a lot more than $50,000 with its fraudulent claim to have fed nearly one billion needy people, and most of the money that the Global Village Champions Foundation took in was not delivered to charity.

Remember that Yank tells his distributors, among others, that he uses at least 60 percent of his profits from his sales of ProPectin alone to buy food for needy children. Yank also told me that he is selling ProPectin in 52 nations around the world, and he has suggested that he earns huge profits from his sales of ProPectin. But he is lying to his distributors when he says that at least 60 percent of those profits are used to buy food for needy children and that the evidence of this can be found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website.

Aside from the receipts shown for 2014, the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website contained a few shipping documents purporting to be evidence of items shipped for charity in 2014. One of these documents (posted here at DeepCapture.com) was a shipping document showing that Yank’s company, Vitapro, had shipped 500 kilograms of ProPectin product to ProPectin’s office in China.

The Global Village Champions Foundation website reports that this ProPectin was “donated to China for Radiation/Pollution victims,” but there is no evidence that it was, in fact, “donated” (rather than sold), and it is hard to imagine that any legitimate charity in China would accept a donation of ProPectin, which, contrary to Yank’s claims, has not been proven by any credible medical scientist to rid the body of radioactive fallout and pollution. ProPectin also is not food.

Aside from that, the Global Village Champions Foundation website shows, as evidence of its charity work in 2014, one shipping document (posted here at DeepCapture.com) indicating that around 20,000 kilograms of Vitapro was shipped from Aliments Ed Foods, a subcontractor that manufactures the Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute, to the Global Village Champions Foundation in Bulgaria under the name of Kiril Gorianov, the Bulgarian lawyer who nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Gorianov is also Vitapro’s representative in Bulgaria.

A document purporting to show that Vitapro’s subcontractor shipped 20,000 kilograms of Vitapro meat substitute to Vitapro’s representative in Bulgaria is not evidence that the Vitapro was donated to needy children. If it had been donated to needy children, Yank would have provided me with additional evidence to prove that it had been donated.

Even if we are to assume that it was donated, that 20,000 kilograms of Vitapro was the largest shipment of food in 2014, judging by the evidence on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and 20,000 kilograms of Vitapro costs less than $20,000. It is also a lot less than a billion meals.

As further evidence of its charity in 2014, the Global Village Champions Foundation includes on its website a shipping document (posted here at DeepCapture.com) addressed to “Saint Vincent de Paul” in Arizona from a company called Vican Trading. The space on this shipping document where one would normally write in what was shipped and at what price is entirely blank, and the shipping document is not signed, meaning it is likely, in this case, that nothing at all was shipped. This is just a random, blank document that Yank posted as supposed evidence of his charity.

Another document on the Global Village Champions website, purporting to be evidence of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s charity in 2014, is a shipping document (posted here at DeepCapture.com) showing that the same company, Vican Trading, shipped 1,270 pounds of “New Commercial Goods” to a man in Miami. Shipping new commercial goods to Miami is not an act of charity, and this document, like the one mentioned above, does not name the Global Village Champions Foundation.

Yet another shipping document for 2014 (downloaded from the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and posted here at DeepCapture) is also from Vican Trading, this one addressed to the “Las Vegas Rescue Mission.” But again, the space on the document that is supposed to identify what was shipped is entirely blank, and the signature line is blank as well, meaning that this document is not evidence that anything at all was shipped, and could well be just a random, blank document that Yank included as supposed (and entirely unconvincing) evidence of his charity.

Also posted as evidence of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s charity in 2014 is a certificate from the Red Cross in China thanking Yank personally for donating around $60,000 worth of rice, and a letter from an outfit in Bulgaria thanking the Global Village Champions Foundation for donating 50,000 gallons of water. Those are the two most convincing documents on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and that $60,000 worth of rice, along with 50,000 gallons of water, is not evidence that Yank is the “undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition.”

The only other documents that the Global Village Champions Foundation posts as evidence of its charity in 2014 are documents from a “charity” called the Universal Aide Society purporting to show that the Universal Aide Society received from Yank Barry and distributed to the needy 1,440 buckets of Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute. The Universal Aide Society, based in Yank’s hometown of Montreal, was operating illegally because the Canadian Revenue Agency, back in 2009, revoked the Universal Aide Society’s license to operate as a charity, and reported that the Universal Aide Society could not show that its activities were charitable.

The Canadian Revenue Agency stated in part that the Universal Aide Society “has not shown that through its programs and arrangements for the undertaking of activities, it devotes all of its resources to its own charitable activities.” The Canadian Revenue Agency stated further that the Universal Aide Society “has not shown that [its] activities are charitable…” According to the Canadian Revenue Agency, the Universal Aide Society’s principals were using money from their donors to fund their vacations in the south of France and other popular vacation destinations. The Universal Aide society also used money from donors to buy hand bags, smoked salmon, duty-free cigarettes and various luxury items unrelated to charity.

Soon after its registration was revoked, the Universal Aide Society was exposed in a big Forbes magazine article as a fraud that had falsely claimed to be delivering food to Serbian residents of Kosovo. Rather than rehash all of the facts contained in that Forbes Magazine article, I will simply encourage readers to see the article themselves (click here to read the article). See also a lengthy document from the Canadian Revenue Agency (posted here at DeepCapture.com) providing details of the reasons why the Canadian Revenue Agency determined that the Universal Aide Society was not engaged in any actual charitable activities, and why its license was revoked.

We will see that in years prior to 2014, far more of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s alleged deliveries of food to the needy was, more specifically, delivered (or not delivered at all) through the Universal Aide Society.

When, during one of my phone conversations with Yank, I mentioned to Yank that the Universal Aide Society’s license had been revoked in 2009, he assured me that its license had been quickly reinstated. But when I contacted the Canadian Revenue Agency to ask whether the Universal Aide Society’s license had been reinstated, I received an email from a Canadian Revenue Agency spokeswoman (the email is posted here at DeepCapture.com) confirming that the Universal Aide Society’s license had most certainly not been reinstated.

The Canadian Revenue Agency spokeswoman also confirmed that the Universal Aide Society’s license had been revoked because the Canadian Revenue Agency had determined that the Universal Aide Society was not engaged in any actual charity work. The spokeswoman sent me a long document (i.e. the document to which I provided a link above) outlining the many reasons why the Canadian Revenue Agency determined that the Universal Aide Society was not engaged in any actual work that could be described as “charity.”

I have just described to you every piece of documentation that the Global Village Champions Foundation provides as evidence of its charity in 2014, and keep in mind that Yank says that 60 percent of his profits from sales of not only ProPectin, but also Vitapro are delivered to charity through his foundation. When asked to provide documents showing what his profits were, Yank failed to do so, but he has stated that Vitapro alone has annual revenues of more than $1 billion dollars, and that he donates “most of it” to charity.

Clearly, Yank donated nowhere close to that amount of money to charity in 2014.

The documentation that the Global Village Champions Foundation website provides as evidence of its charity in earlier years is considerably sparser than even the paltry documentation that it provides for 2014. The evidence for charity in 2013, for example, includes little more than a number of random receipts for random purchases, and though the total expenditure is more than in 2014, while some of the purchases were of food, there is no evidence that most of the items purchased were delivered to charity.

One of the 2013 receipts is from a Subway sandwich shop. There are also: 1) several receipts for purchases of hamburgers from the local McDonald’s hamburger restaurant in Bulgaria; 2) a receipt for an extra-large pizza; 3) grocery store receipts showing purchases of potato chips and other junk food, and 4) a receipt from the luxurious Grand Hotel in Sofia, which is presumably where Yank stays during his visits to Bulgaria. (Yank has told the media that he is housing Syrian refugees in luxury hotels, and many journalists actually believed that Yank was housing Syrian refugees in luxury hotels,  but that receipt for the Grand Hotel was not for housing Syrian refugees, and there are no other receipts from hotels that housed refugees of any kind).

The above receipts, it should be stressed, are presented as evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation has fed close to a billion people. Yank’s companies, Vitapro and ProPectin, are based in Bulgaria, and it should be recalled that most of the receipts that Yank provides as evidence of his charity in 2014 are in Bulgarian currency, despite the fact that Yank claims to be feeding needy children in nations all around the world, “eradicating hunger from the face of the planet Earth.”

In addition to those receipts, the Global Village Champions Foundation provides as evidence of its activities in 2013 receipts from a Walmart in Sarasota, Florida, where Yank has a house. Those receipts show that Yank purchased at Walmart various items of clothing, including a pair of women’s panties, and a magazine.

Oddly, the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website posts multiple receipts for purchases of women’s panties at various stores. It could be that Yank was delivering panties to the girls in Bulgaria, but panties weren’t meals, and girls wearing panties are not hungry children.

Most of the other documents that the Global Village Champions Foundation provides as evidence of its “charity” in 2013 are shipping documents showing that Aliments Ed Foods, the subcontractor that manufactures the Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute product, shipped various quantities of Vitapro to Yank and/or his business partners, but there is no evidence that the Vitapro was donated to charity.

Again, most humanitarian organizations provide evidence that their shipments of food was actually delivered to hungry people, and shipping documents showing that Yank’s subcontractor shipped product to Yank does not count as evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered significant quantities of food to hungry people, much less nearly one billion people, most of them children.

One of the shipping documents for 2013 shows that Aliments Ed Foods shipped around 17,000 kilograms of “Seasoning” to a company in India called Viva Enterprises. There is, of course, no evidence that the seasoning was delivered to hungry people, and it is, in any case, hard to imagine that hungry people would benefit much from seasoning rather than actual food. A large shipment of seasoning does not count as nutrition, much less show that the Global Village Champions Foundation is an “undisputed leader of private humanitarian deliver of nutrition to needy people everywhere.” And a shipping document showing that Yank’s subcontractor shipped product to Viva Enterprises, which is not a charity, does not count as evidence of anything.

The documentation that the Global Village Champions Foundation provides as evidence of its supposed charitable activities between the years 1999 and 2012 is even sparser (and you can find the full compendium of documentation posted here at DeepCapture.com). All told, the Global Village Champions Foundation website posts 42 documents purporting to be evidence of its charitable activities between 1999 and 2012, and of those 42 documents, a full 20 are documents provided by the above-mentioned Universal Aide Society, which, recall, was deemed by the Canadian Revenue Agency to be fraud..

It should be stressed that the Canadian Revenue Agency determined that the Universal Aide Society was engaged in no actual charitable activities, and so it is probably safe to assume that the Global Village Champions Foundation’s dealings with the Universal Aide Society did not, in fact, involve feeding hungry children. It should also be stressed that nearly half the documents provided by the Global Village Champions Foundation as evidence of its charity between 1999 and 2012 are Universal Aide Society documents.

Aside from those, there are only the following documents (all of which can be viewed here at DeepCapture.com): 1) a few more shipping documents showing that Yank’s subcontractor shipped Vitapro to Yank; 2) a few blank shipping documents that show that nothing was shipped; 3) a letter from a charity thanking Yank for donating a pair of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves (and nothing else); 4) a document showing that Yank donated around $500 worth of canned sardines to charity; and 5) documents showing that Yank did business with a company called United International, which was not a charity.

Aside from that, the only documents provided by the Global Village Champions Foundation as evidence of its charity between 1999 and 2012 (all of these documents can be viewed here at DeepCapture.com) are: 1) a few letters thanking Yank for attending charity events at various country clubs; 2) a letter thanking Yank for playing in a golf tournament that was for charity; and 3) numerous letters thanking Yank for attending parties at the Crystal Palace casino and nightclub in the Bahamas.

In other words, Yank has posted a bunch of letters showing that he went to parties at a casino as evidence that he has fed nearly one billion people, most of them children. We will see that Yank had other business with the management of the Crystal Palace casino in the Bahamas (some of the above-mentioned letters are addressed to “Yank Barry, c/o of the Crystal Palace”), and though the parties that Yank attended at the Crystal Palace were ostensibly fundraisers for charity, attending parties at a casino does not make Yank Barry an “undisputed leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition” worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize.

It is literally the case that aside from the documents showing his dealings with the Universal Aide Society, which was, according to the Canadian Revenue Agency, not involved in any activities that were actually charitable, and aside from documents showing that he attended various functions at country clubs and the Crystal Palace casino, Yank has provided almost nothing in the way of evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation donated to charity between the years 1999 and 2012.

The documentation for the year 2014 was a bit more substantial, but only a bit, and not more than what I have described above, with little evidence that even those expenditures were for food that was delivered to needy children. In other words, we have shown that Yank’s charity is a massive fraud, but there is more.

As I already mentioned, there are documents showing that in 2014, for example, Aliments ED Foods, which manufactures Yank’s Vitapro product, shipped Vitapro product to Global the Village Champions Foundation in Bulgaria. There were no other shipping documents for 2014, other than those documents showing that Vitapro had been shipped to Bulgaria in the name of the Global Village Champions Foundation and its local representative Kiril Gorianov (who, recall, is also Vitapro’s representative in Bulgaria, and who was the first person to nominate Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize).

Since Bulgaria is where Yank’s company, Vitapro International, has its headquarters (Vitapro International being the company that markets and sells the Vitapro product, manufactured by, among other subcontractors, Aliments ED Foods), it is likely that these shipping documents show nothing other than the fact that the manufacturer of Yank’s product sent some of that product to Yank in Bulgaria, while Yank had the product shipped in the name of the Global Village Champions Foundation so that he could claim the product was for charity and not pay import or export taxes on the shipment of Vitapro product, which Yank then sold for a profit.

There is only one other shipping document that, if genuine, seems to show that the Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered at least some meals to charity. That document shows, more specifically, that around 38,000 kilograms of Vitapro was shipped to the government of the Philippines, and that document, at least, was evidence that the Vitapro product had been sent to someone other than Yank himself.

It might well be that the government of the Philippines delivered that Vitapro product onwards to hungry people, but that one shipment of 38,000 kilograms of Vitapro during 2013 is not evidence that Yank or the Global Village Champions Foundation has fed close to one billion people. (The Global Village Champions Foundation website does have a video showing Global Village Champions Foundation volunteers delivering some Vitapro to people in the Philippines, and maybe that was the Vitapro that Yank shipped to the government of the Philippines, but there is no evidence that the full 38,000 kilograms went to needy people).

Aside from what I have just described, the only other documentation provided by the Global Village Champions Foundation website (and, remember, Yank told me this was all the documentation we need, and he failed to deliver any additional documentation, despite multiple requests) were a number of letters and certificates, some of them from charitable organizations, others from friends of Yank, thanking the Global Village Champions Foundation (or, quite often, thanking just Yank alone) for donations. All told, there were 113 letters and certificates thanking Global Village Champions Foundation (or, in many cases, just thanking Yank Barry).

Presumably, these 113 letters and certificates (all of them to be found, as of this writing, in the Global Village Champions Foundation website’s “Letters of Appreciation” section (which you can view by clicking this link) represented the entirety of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s work over more than two decades since the 1990s, when the foundation was established, along with its supposed goal to feed one billion people.

A few of these letters and certificates at least appeared to be genuine, so, for example, there was a certificate from the Red Cross Society of China thanking Yank Barry for donating 377,000 Rmb (around $62,330) worth of rice to victims of an earthquake, namely the same $62,000 worth of rice mentioned above. But that donation of $62,330 worth of rice was one of the largest donations cited in the various letters and certificates, and while it was a generous donation, it didn’t quite add up to the one billion meals.

A number of the letters were handwritten notes, purportedly written by children, each child thanking Yank in general terms for being a nice guy. It was impossible to verify whether these children had really been helped, and it was impossible to verify whether the children even existed. Supposing that they did exist, their letters (13 letters out of the 113 letters posted on the website were these handwritten notes from children) certainly did not constitute evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation had delivered nearly one billion meals to needy children.

Many of the certificates and letters on the website were the sorts of certificates and form letters that one receives simply for donating a few dollars to a charity on the charity’s website. As a typical example, the Global Village Champions Foundation posted a letter (the letter is reposted here at DeepCapture.com) from CARE Canada that begins “Dear Yank Barry” (suggesting that CARE Canada was not on familiar enough terms with Yank to address him as Dear Yank, or even Dear Mr. Barry). The letter thanks “Yank Barry” for making a donation (it doesn’t say how much was donated) and provides instructions on how one can donate more over the internet.

Anybody can obtain such a letter by donating $10 to CARE Canada, and if Yank had donated a large sum, he surely would have received a more formal letter. Certaintly, this letter and the many others like it posted on the Global Village Champions Foundation website are not evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation has donated significant sums to charity, much less enough to buy one billion meals for needy children.

The Global Village Champions Foundation did post a somewhat more formal letter, allegedly from CARE Canada, thanking Yank Barry generally for delivering Vitapro food to Rwandan refugees, but this letter (which is posted here at DeepCapture.com) was written on Vitapro stationery (i.e. Yank’s stationery, not CARE Canada stationery). In other words, it is likely that someone at Vitapro wrote this letter, and Yank is trying to pass it off as a letter from CARE Canada.

A number of other letters were from various of Yank’s friends, including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and though Congresswoman Jackson Lee, in her speech on the floor of Congress, reported that Yank’s charity had fed nearly a billion children, her letter posted on the Global Village Champion Foundation website (and reposted here at DeepCapture) thanked Yank for nothing more than donating some undisclosed amount to a “Toys for Kids” event that was hosted by the congresswoman.

Some of the other letters were vague letters of commendation from various government officials in underdeveloped countries, and none of those letters cited any specifics as to what, if anything, Yank had donated to those countries. One of the letters was not a letter at all. It was just a business card of one Andre Azoulay. The business card identified Azoulay as “The Counsellor to His Majesty the King” of Morocco, but a business card is not, of course, evidence that Yank donated anything to charity.

One of the letters on the Global Village Champions website is a letter from a charity in Britain thanking Yank for donating a piece of paper with Evander Holyfield’s thumbprint (and nothing else). Another of the letters, from a general in the Thai army, was merely commending Yank for being a friend of the Thai armed services. Yank has also posted on his Facebook page letters of commendation from other foreign armed services, including a letter thanking him for being a friend of the Mexican Army.

Having lived in Thailand for a number of years myself, I know that it is possible to buy a letter of commendation from a Thai general, and it doesn’t cost much at all. I myself have received commendations from the Vietnamese military, and to earn these commendations, I had to do nothing more than promise to introduce American businessmen to the Vietnamese military. (I was, at the time, a consultant who specialized in helping U.S. companies do business in Vietnam).

Some of the other letters, as I mentioned, seemed to be standard “Dear Yank Barry” form letters that charities send to donors, no matter how small their donation, and the letters did not specify how much Yank had donated, much less constitute evidence that Yank had fed nearly one billion people.

The letters that did specify how much Yank and his charity had donated did not portray Yank as an “undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition.” One letter thanked Yank for helping the Calgary Food Bank feed 65,330 bowls of soup to homeless people in Canada, but again, that was one of the largest acts of charity cited in the various letters and certificates on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and around 65,000 bowls of soup (along with all the rest described above) does not add up to one billion meals.

Another letter, from a gospel church in Tokyo, thanked Yank for donating 33 boxes of ProPectin, and 33 boxes of ProPectin is a lot less than a billion meals. Indeed, ProPectin is not a meal at all, and nor is ProPectin in any other way useful to needy people. There was also a letter on the Global Village Champion Foundation website thanking Yank for buying a $2,533 ticket to the “Celebrity Chef and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge” at the Long Boat Key Club and Resort.

In other words, Yank paid $2,500 to drink wine and play golf at a country club, and this (along with his many letters thanking him for attending charity fundraisers at other country clubs and at the Crystal Palace casino in the Bahamas) is what Yank means by “shipping documents” and “manifests” documenting that he has delivered nearly one billion meals to needy children everywhere.

Other letters posted on the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website as supposed evidence of Yank Barry’s charity came from the Young Presidents Organization and another outfit called The Russian Children’s Relief Fund Inc. Elsewhere, the Young Presidents Organization had stated its suspicions that Yank Barry was a fraud, and The Russian Children’s Relief Fund was not a real charity.

In 2002, the Young Presidents Organization withheld payment of $150,330 in contributions that it raised at a Yank Barry fund-raiser for the Russian Children’s Relief Fund because the Young Presidents Organization learned that the Russian Children’s Relief Fund did not legally exist anymore, having been dissolved the year before. In other words, the Russian Children’s Relief Fund was a fraud, and Yank attempted (but failed) to abscond with $150,330 that he raised for this “charity.”

The Russian Children’s Relief Fund had been operated out of a Miami condominium by a man named Gordon Stula, whose name appears on many of the Universal Aide Society documents discussed above.

Other letters on the Global Village Champions Foundation website were from charities that thanked Yank for nothing more than showing up at their premises with famous boxers, including Evander Holyfield and Mohammed Ali, and though those charities expressed hope that Yank was actually going to donate something to the charities, there is no evidence on Yank’s website that Yank made the hoped-for donations.

Notably, after I asked Yank whether there was evidence, aside from that posted on his website, that Yank had donated close to one billion meals to needy children, Yank posted a letter from the head of the Liberian consulate in Atlanta stating that the Liberian consulate had received from Yank a “bill of lading” for “5 million meals” that Global Village Market had ostensibly donated to Liberia.

It is doubtful that the Liberian consulate actually received a “bill of lading” for “5 million meals” (a typical bill of lading would specify the weight or size of the food that was shipped, not the number of meals that could be made with that food, and Yank did not post a copy of the actual bill of lading). Furthermore, the letter from the head of the Liberian consulate was dated 1999, when the Global Village Champions Foundation was still known as Global Village Market, and not long after the Montreal Gazette had reported that Global Village Market was a fraud that was not delivering significant quantities of food to charity.

Among all the remaining letters posted on the Global Village Champions Foundation website as supposed evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation had donated close to a billion meals to charity, only a few thanked Yank for donating specific amounts of food. Three of the letters thanked Yank for donating “one container” of Vitapro, but again, those letters were dated between 1998 and 2001, when the Global Village Champions Foundation was still known as Global Village Market, and a few containers of Vitapro did not add up to 1 billion meals.

One of the letters on the Global Village Champions Foundation website was from a company in India called Viva Enterprises, namely the same company, mentioned above, that took a large shipment of “seasoning” from Vitapro’s subcontractor, if we are to believe the shipping document that Yank posted. When I first checked the Global Village Champions Foundation website, the letter from Viva Enterprises thanked Yank Barry for delivering “144 boxes” of Vitapro and “33 boxes” of ProPectin.

After I began asking Yank about the evidence on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, though, Yank removed that letter from Viva Enterprises and replaced it with another letter from Viva Enterprises, this one thanking Yank for shipping “154 containers” (a lot more than 144 boxes) of Vitapro and “13 boxes of Propectin (over 11,000 kilograms).” Yank also posted a letter from the “Late Shri. Vishnu Waman Thakur Charitable Trust” referring to this same alleged shipment of 154 containers of Vitapro and “13 boxes (over 11,000 kilograms)” of ProPectin.

The letter from the Late Shri. Vishnu Waman Thakur Trust stated that the Trust would “ensure that our volunteers distribute this aid to the most in need. We are also making arrangements for ProPectin to be included for distribution to type 2 diabetes patients through the mobile hospitals. We have been instructed…to ensure that pictures and video of the recipients of the products are taken and data on their reactions etc. are captured which we can send to you. We will ensure that this is done.”

Given that Yank removed the earlier letter from Viva Enterprises, and replaced it with a new letter, changing “144 boxes of Vitapro” to “154 containers of Vitapro,” it is likely that Yank simply asked his business partner to produce a new letter with different numbers. It is, in any event, highly unlikely that that the Late Shri. Vishnu Waman Thakur Trust, which is not a significant charity, had the resources to distribute “154 containers” of Vitapro, and nor is it likely that any “mobile hospitals” would accept ProPectin as a cure for type 2 diabetes.

Yank has also yet to show me the alleged video of needy people in India receiving their 154 containers of Vitapro or even evidence that Vitapro’s subcontractor has ever manufactured that much Vitapro meat substitute.

In addition, Yank has not posted any shipping documents showing that he actually shipped 154 containers of Vitapro to Viva Enterprises in India. He has posted only that one shipping document, discussed above, showing that he allegedly shipped “seasoning” to his business partners at Viva Enterprises, a company affiliated with the Late Shri Vishnu Waman Thakur Trust. If Yank actually delivered 154 containers of Vitapro to needy people in India, there would be far more evidence than a suspect letter from his business partner, and Yank has provided no such evidence.

The most impressive letters in Yank’s whole collection, meanwhile, were letters from the Universal Aide Society. The Global Village Champions Foundation posted a total of eight letters from the Universal Aide Society, one of which thanked Yank for donating 2 million meals worth of Vitapro, and another of which thanked Yank for donating 15 million meals worth of Vitapro.

There are good reasons to doubt any documentation provided by the Universal Aide Society or its affiliates because, as we know, the Universal Aide Society’s license had been revoked after it was shown to have been involved in no work that was actually charitable. (I called the Universal Aide Society’s number in Canada and left a message saying that I wished to give the Universal Aide Society a chance to respond to allegations in this story, but my call was not returned. A Universal Aide Society representative has stated elsewhere that the organization believes it was treated unfairly by the Canada Revenue Agency, and that the Universal Aide Society would have its name cleared in the courts).

It must be stressed that most of the letters and certificates posted on the Global Village Champions Foundation website either provided no numbers or suggested that Yank donated between “33 boxes of ProPectin” [which is not a meal) to one container of Vitapro, or, in no more than a few cases, around $60,330 worth of soup or rice, and a few containers of Vitapro back in 1998-2001 when the Global Village Champions Foundation was known as Global Village Market (a fraudulent company).

Those donations, assuming that they were real donations, were better than nothing, but they were a lot less than one billion meals, and a lot less than the billions of dollars that Yank says he has delivered to charity. It must, in addition, be stressed that the most important letters in Yank’s collection were the letters from the Universal Aide Society, including the letter stating that Yank had donated 15 million meals to charity.

No other letters stated that Yank or the Global Village Champions Foundation had donated anywhere close to 15 million meals, and with the exception of the letter from the head of the Liberian consulate (which was authored way back in 1999), and the dubious letter from Viva Enterprises, no other letters gave the impression that Yank was a major donor of anything.

It must also be stressed that in 2009, the Canadian Revenue Agency revoked the registered charity status of the Universal Aide Society because the Universal Aide Society was not engaged in any real charity work. Recall that not only those eight letters (namely, the only letters that thanked Yank for donating anywhere close to “2 million” or “15 million” meals), but also half of the documents posted by the Global Village Champions Foundation as evidence of its charity work between 1999 and 2012 came from the Universal Aide Society (which was engaged in no real charity work).

I will repeat that when I asked Yank Barry about this, he assured me that the Universal Aide Society’s license had been reinstated, and that the Universal Aide Society was now in good standing. He said if there were any suspicions that the Universal Aide Society were a fraud, the documentation from the Universal Aide Society would not appear on the Global Village Champions Foundation website. But I will also repeat that when I contacted the Canadian Revenue Agency, the Canadian Revenue Agency confirmed that the Universal Aide Society’s license had not been reinstated, and that the Universal Aide Society was still regarded as a fraud that had not engaged in any work that the Canadian Revenue Agency deemed to be charitable.

The Universal Aide Society’s fraud, though, pales in comparison to the massive fraud perpetrated by Yank Barry and the Global Village Champions Foundation, which has taken in a lot of money, but which has not used much of that money to feed the poor. If Yank Barry really had fed nearly a billion people, there would be evidence that he had done so, and Yank would make that evidence available to the public.

Assuming that the letters on the Global Village Champions Foundation website are authentic, Yank has made a few donations to charity, and again, I do not mean to disparage those donations, as some needy people probably benefited from them. But again, there is no evidence on that website that Yank has donated anywhere close to a billion meals to needy people, and though the Global Village Champions Foundation has taken in a lot of money with its claims to have fed close to a billion people, it is not clear what happened to that money, most of which was certainly not used to feed the needy.

Yank’s statements (at Jeunesse conventions and elsewhere) that his website contains such evidence is itself a fraud because the only evidence posted on that website is as I have described it. That is to say, there is no evidence whatsoever that Yank is “striving to become the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere.” That statement, too, is a case of fraud, because it suggests that the Global Village Champions Foundation ranks up there with other undisputed leaders, such as Save the Children.

It is true that a few celebrities, including not only Mohammed Ali, but also the famous boxer Evander Holyfield, have endorsed Global Village Champions Foundation and its claim to have delivered nearly a billion meals, but it is possible that those celebrities were either duped, or that they are themselves conspiring with Yank to perpetrate the fraud. Yank certainly seems to have convinced other celebrities and prominent people (e.g. members of the Kingsmen and several members of the U.S. Congress) to make fraudulent statements on his behalf. (Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield did not reply to questions that I sent for this story to their official websites).

It is also true that the Global Village Champions Foundation appears to boast an illustrious board of advisors, all of whom endorse the claim that the Global Village Champions Foundation is “striving to become the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere.” However, on closer inspection, the Global Village Foundation’s board of advisors is not so illustrious, and the few genuinely illustrious people on that board of advisors are arguably “illustrious” only in the light of our culture’s warped values.

The chairman of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s advisory board at the time of this writing is Oliver “Buck” Revell, who is the most decorated FBI hero in history.

Buck Revell was formerly the associate deputy director (second-in-charge) of the FBI, meaning he was formerly one of the highest-ranked law enforcement officials in the land. Surely, the Global Village Champions Foundation must be legit if the chairman of its advisory board is Buck Revell.

But another possibility is that Buck Revell’s position as chairman of the advisory board might partially explain why others involved with Global Village Champions Foundation, including Yank Barry, have not yet been arrested by the FBI. And while Buck Revell is the most decorated FBI hero in history, he was, more specifically, decorated for having led some of the more notorious FBI investigations in history.

For example, Buck Revell led the FBI’s investigations of: 1) the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), an outfit that had business with numerous terrorists and organized crime figures, including Yank’s mobster associates in Canada. (See earlier DeepCapture stories for more on the BCCI enterprise, including details of BCCI’s business with the Commisso crime family in Canada. We will discuss Yank’s dealings with Cosimo Commisso in greater detail); and 2) the Iran-Contra scandal, which saw U.S. officials, in league with the BCCI enterprise, among others, selling sophisticated weaponry to the regime in Iran and using the proceeds to arm the so-called “contra” rebels in Nicaragua, while the contras and their business partners, including the leading Colombian drug cartels, laundered drug money through the BCCI enterprise.

Buck Revell also led the FBI’s investigation of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, perpetrated by terrorists, including a terrorist named Omar Abdul Rahman, otherwise known as the Blind Sheikh, who had extensive involvement with the BCCI enterprise. The Blind Sheikh (who was not just a terrorist, but also a banker)  co-founded BCCI’s most important affiliate, Faisal Islamic Bank, and earlier DeepCapture stories provided details of the FBI’s attempt to protect the Blind Sheikh from prosecution.

Revell also led the investigation of the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which was the most deadly terrorist attack in history prior to the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. It is now almost universally accepted that the perpetrators of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing were terrorists with ties to the BCCI enterprise, though the FBI found otherwise, and a strong taint of scandal hung over not only the FBI’s investigation of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, but also all of the other FBI investigations mentioned above.

That is to say, all of those investigations were dogged by allegations that the FBI, under Buck Revell’s direction, had perpetrated cover-ups, protected criminals and terrorists, and persecuted honest U.S. government officials and others who tried to report the truth. It is not the purpose of this article to discuss all of those FBI investigations in detail, and others besides myself have already done excellent reporting on this subject, so it will suffice if I encourage readers to educate themselves by reading: 1) the many books reporting on the FBI’s protection of the BCCI enterprise, and subsequent cover-up of the BCCI scandal; and 2) the many books noting FBI management’s deliberate obstruction of attempts by others to investigate the Iran-Contra scandal

While the more famous protagonist Oliver North was the key figure in the Iran-Contra enterprise, Buck Revell oversaw an FBI operation to harass, surveil, and terrorize ordinary American citizens who opposed the U.S. government’s support of the contras and dictators in Latin America. For more on this subject, see the book “Break-ins, Death Threats and the FBI,” by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ross Gelbspan. That book details Buck Revell’s involvement in a program that saw FBI agents terrorizing and surveilling thousands of innocent Americans.

See also the extensive literature (including three books on this subject by prominent journalist Peter Lance) about the FBI’s attempts to protect some of the terrorists linked to the 1993 WTC bombing; and the extensive literature that has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that FBI management and other U.S. officials protected the terrorists (including a BCCI figure named Monzer al-Kassar, who was also a U.S. government agent and key figure in the Iran-Contra enterprise) most widely suspected of involvement in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, while falsely pinning the blame on the Libyan government and persecuting all who tried to tell the truth. (The numerous books on this subject are cited in a DeepCapture story entitled “Monzer al-Kassar, Model Citizen;” the most recent book is “Cover-up of Convenience, The Hidden Scandal of Lockerbie”).

It was, of course, also Buck Revell who hired Lindley DeVecchio, chief of the FBI’s organized crime task force during the 1990s, later indicted for having allegedly corrupt relationships with members of the Colombo crime family. DeVecchio, like Buck Revell, is a close associate of Yank Barry.

It is, in addition, certain that Buck Revell knows that Yank Barry is a convicted criminal (recall that Yank Barry did jail time for his involvement in a Mafia extortion scheme), as does Chin Ho Lee, another member of Global Village Champions Foundation’s advisory board. Chin Ho Lee is a former FBI special agent and a partner in the Revell Group, a company founded by Buck Revell that specializes in “intelligence” gathering for corporate and government clients, though the Global Village Champions Foundation website names Chin Ho Lee only as “Chairman, Hyundai Aluminum Industries.” (He says he formerly worked as a high-level executive for that company).

When I contacted Buck Revell and told him that there were good reasons to believe that the Global Village Champions Foundation was making fraudulent claims, and that Yank Barry was a criminal, he said he had seen no evidence to support my allegations. I then asked Revell if he would disassociate himself from Yank Barry and the Global Village Champions Foundation if I were to send him evidence that Yank Barry was engaged in criminal activity and that the Global Village Champions Foundation was a fraud.

Revell said, yes, he would certainly do so.

I then asked Revell if he would report Yank Barry to his associates at the FBI if I were to send him evidence that Yank Barry was engaged in criminal activities, and he, Revell, said, yes, he would certainly do so. This was good news, and it suggested that maybe Buck Revell was going to do the right thing.

But when I sent Revell an email containing a great deal of evidence that Yank Barry was engaged in criminal activity and that the Global Village Champions Foundation was a fraud, Revell never answered my email. To this day, Revell has not disassociated himself from Yank Barry, and he continues to serve as chairman of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s “illustrious” advisory board.

In other words, the former associate deputy director of the FBI (formerly one of the highest ranked law enforcement officials in the nation) is failing to report Yank Barry to the authorities, and continuing to promote Yank Barry’s charity, knowing that Yank is a criminal and that his charity is a fraud. We will review much more evidence that Yank is currently engaged in criminal activity, and I sent this evidence to Buck Revell, but he ignored it.

Other members of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious board of advisors are not who they say they are. A screenshot from the Global Village website listing the members of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s advisory board and their supposed professions is posted here at DeepCapture.com, and make sure to have a look because this information might be removed from the Global Village Champions Foundation website soon after publication of the story you are now reading.

It might be removed because this story will now expose most of the members of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious advisory board as frauds and imposters. For example, The Global Village Champions Foundation’s website lists one Dr. Ibrahim Achmed Al-Sharef as a member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s advisory board, and the website describes Dr. Ibrahim Achmed Al-Sharef as the “Coordinator, Doctors Without Borders, Tripoli, Libya.”

Doctors Without Borders is a prominent charity, but when I called Doctors Without Borders, a spokesman for that charity stated that the charity’s computers held no record of a Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed al-Sharef working in any capacity for Doctors Without Borders When I asked Yank Barry about this, he assured me that Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed al-Sharef was, in fact, the Coordinator of Doctors Without Borders in Libya, and that Doctors Without Borders would confirm this. He said I should check with Medecins Sans Frontiers, which, according to Yank, was the “original French organization” because maybe the French organization was different from the organization with the same name in English (“Medecins Sans Frontiers” translates as “Doctors Without Borders”).

Medecins Sans Frontiers is, in fact, the same organization as Doctors Without Borders, but I checked again with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers, and a spokesmen for that organization confirmed again that Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed al-Sharef had never worked for Doctors Without Borders. The spokesmen sent me an email (the email is posted here at DeepCapture.com) stating that “There is no individual by the name Dr. Ibrahim Achmed Al-Sharef with the Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) team in Libya.”

As to what Dr. Al-Sharef’s real job might be, that is unknown, since his name is mentioned nowhere on the internet, other than on various Yank Barry websites that identify him as “Coordinator of Doctors Without Borders, Tripoli, Libya.”

Meanwhile, the Global Village Champions Foundation lists a man named James Shelley as being a member of its “illustrious” advisory board, and the Global Village Champions Foundation website describes James Shelley as “Former President/CEO, Bank of America Canada.” But James Shelley has never worked for Bank of America in any capacity whatsoever, much less as president of Bank of America in Canada.

When I asked Yank Barry about this, Yank assured me that Shelley had been president of Bank of America Canada, and Yank stated that Bank of America would certainly have records showing that Shelley was, at a minimum, president of Bank of America’s “farm and real estate” division in Canada. Yank said, “We have no reason to exaggerate.”

Clearly, Yank was telling me that Shelley really had been president of at least an important division of Bank of America, the big financial institution, so I did some further research, and I can now confirm that Shelley absolutely never worked for Bank of America in any capacity, much less as president of an important Bank of America division. However, I did discover that Shelley and few other people had incorporated a small company called Bank of America Canada Realty.

The fact that Shelley incorporated a small company called Bank of America Canada Realty is recorded on a website called businessprofiles.com (a screenshot from that website is posted here at DeepCapture.com), but the Bank of America Canada Realty incorporated by Shelley has absolutely nothing to do with Bank of America, the big financial institution. Most likely, Shelley incorporated this company precisely so that he could say that he was “President, Bank of America Canada,” while fraudulently suggesting that this means he was a president of Bank of America, the big financial institution. (He has stated in multiple forums that he was president of Bank of America, the big financial institution, and this statement is fraudulent).

To repeat: both Shelley and Yank Barry have stated unequivocally that Shelley was president of at least an important division of Bank of America, the big financial institution, but Shelley has never worked in any capacity for Bank of America, the big financial institution, and I have been made aware that Bank of America is going to go after Shelley for incorporating a company in the name of Bank of America, and fraudulently describing himself as being affiliated with Bank of America.

Yet another member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious advisory board is Tony Lichaa, who is described on the Global Village Champions Foundation website as the President of the Lebanese Association for the Prevention of Disease. That sounds impressive, but there is no record that any such organization exists. If it does exist, it is not active in any way, much less in the prevention of disease, and it was founded by Tony Lichaa himself.

Elsewhere (see this screenshot from a company that Tony Lichaa co-founded, for example), Tony Lichaa is, at the time of this writing, describing himself as the “former head of internal medicine and cardiology” at the Montreal Heart Center, one of the most prestigious hospitals in Canada. When I called the Montreal Heart Center, I was told that Tony Lichaa never worked there in any capacity, much less as the “head of internal medicine and cardiology.” When I asked Yank Barry about this, Yank assured me that Tony Lichaa really had been the head of cardiology at the Montreal Heart Center, but again, I can confirm (and the Montreal Heart Center confirms) that Tony Lichaa never worked in any capacity for that prestigious hospital, much less as its head of cardiology.

Whether or not Tony Lichaa is even a doctor is unknown, but he seems to have spent most of his career working for fraudulent companies, offering products that fraudulently claimed to have various miracle health benefits. For example, Tony Lichaa co-founded a company called BioAesthetica, which purports to have a miracle anti-aging treatment that eliminates wrinkles and grows new hair.

While BioAesthetica is operated by, among a few others, Tony Lichaa, who claims to be president the Lebanese Association for the Prevention of Disease (which sounds like a big Lebanese medical association, though it seems to have no other members other than Tony Lichaa, and there is no evidence that this association is active in any way), the only address shown on BioAesthetica’s website is an address in Bangkok, Thailand (where Yank Barry has a house).

On the BioAesthetica website, Tony Lichaa, of course, describes himself not only as the president of the Lebanese Association for the Prevention of Disease, but also as the “former head of internal medicine and cardiology” at the Montreal Heart Center. Making false claims concerning medical treatments and professional experience in the medical world is a federal crime in the United States, and in Bangkok, where Tony Lichaa appears to have his base of operations, it is a crime as well.

But while Tony Lichaa is a frequent visitor to the United States, and offers his miracle anti-aging treatments to patients in the United States while falsely claiming to be the former head of cardiology at Montreal’s most prominent heart hospital, it is unlikely that he will be prosecuted in this county, where Buck Revell is the most decorated FBI hero in history, much admired by top officials of the American “justice” system.

It is unclear what products BioAesthetica uses to rejuvenate people, but one of BioAesthetica’s proprietors, Michael Nobel, also promotes ProPectin, the Yank Barry product that purports to have anti-aging properties. Yank, of course, says that the more ProPectin that his distributors sell, the more meals for the children are provided by Global Village Champions Foundation, and Michael Nobel is key figure in this scam, as we will see momentarily.

It is, in addition, probably no coincidence that Tony Lichaa (who never worked for the Montreal Heart Center, though he claims to have been “head of cardiology” at that prestigious hospital) was formerly chairman of a company called Biochem Solutions, which was co-founded by Yank Barry. We will return to Biochem Solutions when we discuss some of Yank’s business dealings with people linked to organized crime, but suffice it to say that Biochem Solutions was another massively fraudulent company that claimed to have a cure for AIDS and a cure for arthritis.

Biochem Solutions never had any product whatsoever other than a fake potion that had, according to Biochem press releases, been tested under “FDA protocols,” though it had never been tested by anyone other than a doctor in Kenya named Davy Koech, who falsely claimed that Biochem’s potion was an effective treatment for AIDS, and who was subsequently (in 2012) indicted for fraud and grand theft.

Again, we will discuss Biochem in more detail (and I will provide more links to documentary evidence supporting all that I have just reported), but for our present discussion, it is enough to know that Davy Koech was another member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious board of advisors until he was indicted for fraud and grand theft. (Yank Barry told me that he did not know that Koech was a fraud and a thief until after he was indicted).

Yet another member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious advisory board is the above-mentioned Michael Nobel, whom the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website describes as the “Executive Chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust.” That is clearly meant to sound as if Michael Nobel is the chairman of a prestigious “charitable” organization affiliated with both the Nobel Prize and the Nobel Foundation, a philanthropic organization operated by the famous Nobel family.

Elsewhere, Michael Nobel has described himself as the “patriarch of the Nobel Prize.” Michael Nobel has also described himself (and Yank Barry has described him) as a direct descendent of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Peace Prize. But Michael Nobel was born Michael Oleinkoff (he only recently changed his name to Nobel, which was his grandmother’s maiden name, or so he says), and he has nothing to do with the Nobel Prize or the Nobel Foundation.

While it is true that he is chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust, which he founded, that is not a prestigious organization, and nor indeed is it even active in any way.

Michael Nobel’s fraud has been exposed by various media organizations. Few of those media organizations were in the United States, which has no functioning media, but The Times of India, for one, reported that “Michael Nobel is the executive chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust—which has nothing to do with the Nobel Foundation. He is not “the patriarch of the Nobel Prize” as his PR machinery describes him….Michael has had a number of run-ins with the [real] Nobel Foundation when he tried to institute a parallel award using the famous name. The [Nobel] Foundation even threatened legal action.”

The Times of India continued: “In an exclusive interview…executive director of the Nobel Foundation Michael Sohlman wrote from Stockholm: ‘Michael Nobel has no relation whatsoever with the Nobel Foundation…He is in no way entitled to represent or give any official information about the Foundation. He has taken several initiatives which could be seen as infringements on the goodwill built over 100 years by the Nobel Prize awarding institutions.’”

When the Times of India confronted Michael Nobel, he responded as follows: “I must admit that several advantages come with my new last name. However, I do not require the permission of the Foundation to use it, after all, my paternal grandmother was born a Nobel. There is no controversy. It is a civil matter that can easily be solved in the courts by arbitration.”

The Times of India reported that Michael Nobel was giving awards, suggesting they were related to the Nobel Peace Prize, and when asked about this, Michael Nobel said “Well, we do not have to call it the Nobel Prize, we could name it the Michael Nobel Award or Medal.”

No doubt, Yank Barry will win that award if he doesn’t win the real Nobel Peace Prize, for which he has, in fact, been nominated by three members of Congress.

When the real Nobel family began voicing complaints about Michael Nobel using the Nobel name, Michael Nobel stopped making the claim that he was a direct descendent of Alfred Nobel (founder of the Nobel Prize), though somebody recently  informed The New York Times that he is, in fact, the “great grandnephew” of Alfred Nobel.

More often, now, he says he is a descendent of someone named Ludwig Nobel, and there have suddenly appeared dozens of websites (possibly created by Yank Barry and associates), along with a convincing Wikipedia entry (Wikipedia is routinely manipulated by con-artists and propagandists) describing Ludwig Nobel as having once been the richest man in the world because he single-handedly built the oil industries in multiple countries, including Russia and Azerbaijan.

Michael Nobel has also claimed to be one of the world’s most esteemed doctors and scientists, responsible for having invented magnetic resonance imaging, and Yank Barry has repeated that claim, but there is no evidence that Michael Nobel was the inventor of magnetic resonance imaging, and his most prestigious job was a stint at an obscure university in Azerbaijan (or possibly, he found a university in Azerbaijan that was willing to vouch for him when he said he was a resident scientist at that university).

The Global Village Champions Foundation, of course, describes Michael Nobel as the chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust, which sounds impressive, but to repeat: not only does the Nobel Charitable Trust have nothing to do with the Nobel Prize or the Nobel Foundation, but there is no evidence that the Nobel Charitable Trust has ever done anything at all, other than give dubious awards, pretending that those awards have something to do with the Nobel Prize. There certainly is no evidence that the Nobel Charitable Trust has done much of anything that is “charitable.”

Presently, the Nobel Charitable Trust is not active in any way, other than to be affiliated with the Global Village Champions Foundation. (The Nobel Charitable Trust has no website or contact information listed on the internet, and I was unable to reach Michael Nobel for comment, nor even determine his present whereabouts).

Michael Nobel describes himself as a world renowned doctor, but like Tony Lichaa, the other supposedly prominent doctor on the Global Village Champions Foundation advisory board, Michael Nobel’s medical practice has consisted mostly of promoting bogus (fake) medical cures and fraudulent companies. Recall that Michael Nobel is involved, along with Tony Lichaa, in BioAesthetica, the outfit in Bangkok that offers miracle anti-aging treatments, while falsely claiming that Lichaa is the former head of cardiology at Montreal’s most prestigious heart hospital.

Aside from that, Michael Nobel’s most important job, apparently, is to promote Yank’s ProPectin product. I will repeat that no credible doctors have ever suggested that ProPectin has any health benefit whosoever.

Yank did find three supposed doctors in Bulgaria to produce reports stating that ProPectin might help prevent diabetes, but not even the Bulgarian doctors would hazard any proof of that, other than to note that ProPectin is made of apple-pectin, and some studies have suggested that eating apples might help prevent diabetes. The Bulgarian stooges also did not go so far as to say that ProPectin can actually cure diabetes, a claim that Yank has made repeatedly, and there is zero evidence from anyone that ProPectin has anti-aging properties, that it prevents cancer, or that it rids the body of radioactive contamination—three claims that Yank has made repeatedly, even telling people that ProPectin has saved millions of people from Fukushima’s radioactive fallout.

The only doctor who has endorsed ProPectin as having any of those miracle properties is, naturally, Michael Nobel. In a typical video, produced by Yank Barry’s publicists, a woman announcer repeatedly introduces Michael Nobel as a descendent of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Peace Prize, and describes Michael Nobel as an “award winning scientist and humanitarian.”

Then Michael Nobel (whose most impressive credentials include a supposed professorship at the “National Academy of Science in Azerbaijan”) appears in the video to confirm that ProPectin is “incredibly effective” and that it should be used to decontaminate people all around the world who have been exposed to the Fukushima nuclear fallout. Watch the video here:

Another member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious advisory board is Dr. Ali Gadayye, whom the Global Village Champions website describes as the “Secretary General of the Community of the Sahel-Saharan States.”

Yank Barry and the Global Village Champions Foundation have also filled the internet with photographs of Yank and Dr. Ali Gadayye, always described as the Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, meeting with officials in Libya, and purportedly negotiating the release of five Bulgarian nurses whom the Libyan government jailed after convicting the nurses of infected 433 children with HIV. (Recall from Chapter 1 of this story that Yank’s supposed efforts to secure the release of those Bulgarian nurses was cited as a reason why Gorianov, also of the Global Village Champions Foundation, had nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize).

While “Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States” sounds like an impressive position, Dr. Ali Gadayye was never the secretary general of that organization, and has not been involved with the organization since 2008. Furthermore, I have been unable to find much information about what this organization does.

The few places on the internet where the Community of Sahel-Saharan States is mentioned (see, for example, this website, allegedly created by the African Union, Advisory Board on Corruption) lists the Community of Sahel-Saharan States official website at cen-sad.org, but as of this writing, that website shows nothing other than marketing for a dodgy looking currency exchange company in Germany.

Aside from that, there are few descriptions of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States to be found anywhere on the internet other than on Wikipedia, which describes the Community of Sahel-Saharan States as working to establish a free trade area among Sahel and Saharan countries. Wikipedia also reports that this organization has observer status with the United Nations.

After a month of phone calls and emails to people at the United Nations, I could find only one person at the United Nations who had ever heard of the organization. This person was unsure of the organization’s purpose, but she was kind enough to give me the contact information of somebody who works for the Community of the Sahel Saharan States, a man who asked to be named only as a certain Mr. Issa.

I sent Mr. Issa an email asking if Dr. Ali Gadayye was the Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, and after a few hours, Mr. Issa called me from Libya. When Mr. Issa called me, he said that Dr. Ali Gadayye was not the secretary general of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States. Then he called me again, this time in a rage, because, he said, Mr. Ali Gaddaye “is NOT secretary general of Community of Sahel Saharan States. He NEVER was secretary general of CEN-SAD [apparently, the acronym for the Community of Sahel-Saharan States].He never was secretary general of our organization. He is not secretary general! He never was secretary general!”

Mr. Issa continued, shouting into the phone, “This man going all around everywhere saying he is secretary general. He is not secretary general! Why do you ask me if he is secretary general? What did he do? What trouble is he finding? Mr. Ali Gaddaye only worked for CEN-SAD many years ago. Not since 2008 does he work for CEN-SAD.”

“Was he secretary general in 2008?” I asked.

“Not secretary general! This man was never secretary general! He was, in 2008, deputy secretary general, but he is leaving our organization in 2008. And I am telling him, stop and desist to say he is secretary general! He is meeting people in Libya! Government officials of Libya! I see the photographs from the Mr. Yank Barry—he is saying he is secretary general, but he is NOT secretary general! He is nothing with CEN-SAD.”

“And what, exactly, is CEN-SAD? What does it do?” I asked.

“It is nothing!” said Mr. Issa. “We try to make something, but we have no success. Can you help us?”

So it went, another strange conversation in pursuit of the surreal truth so far as it concerns the famous Yank Barry, another stop on the magical mystery tour–and make no mistake: The Global Village Champions Foundation really is (to quote its website more fully) “striving to be the undisputed world leader in private, humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining human life and eradicating hunger from the entire face of the planet Earth.’”

To be continued….Click here to read Chapter 3 of this story

The next chapter of this story will discuss some of Yank Barry’s recent business ventures with people tied to organized crime, showing that those business ventures were affiliated with the Global Village Champions Foundation. All claims in this story will be backed up with documentary evidence.

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The Global Bust-Out Series (Chapter 5): Monzer al-Kassar, Model Citizen

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The Global Bust-Out Series (Chapter 5): Monzer al-Kassar, Model Citizen


This is Chapter 5 of a multi-chapter series. On your right is a Table of Contents to all chapters so far published.

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In this chapter of the Global Bust-Out Series, we learn more about the Bank of Credit and Commerce and International (BCCI) and its business partners (the “larger BCCI enterprise”). Although this might seem like ancient history, it is history that we must not forget because the people who were involved with the BCCI enterprise did not simply disappear when BCCI collapsed in 1991. To the contrary, most of them remained in business and only one BCCI figure (Abbas Gokal) did any jail time. This despite the fact that Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau had described BCCI as “the largest banking fraud in world financial history.”

Recall, too, that the larger BCCI enterprise did more than operate “the largest banking fraud in world financial history.” It also deployed a variety of schemes to “bust-out” publicly listed companies, some of them among the largest savings and loan banks in the United States. This contributed to the savings and loan crisis that began in the late 1980s, and which ultimately cost American tax-payers upwards of $1 trillion in bail-outs—a portent of bigger and better things to come.

The larger BCCI enterprise “busted out” (i.e. looted and destroyed) other national economies as well, and when a few BCCI principals were brought to trial (they were sentenced to pay nothing more than fines that were fraction of what they had looted), the sentencing judge correctly remarked that the BCCI enterprise had single-handedly “shattered the integrity of the global financial system.”  They had also shattered the integrity of Washington, where officials went to lengths to protect them from prosecution.

Because the BCCI enterprise was never seriously prosecuted (or exposed in the media), the people who had been involved with BCCI and the larger BCCI enterprise continued during all the years that followed not only to remain in business, but also to operate an almost precisely similar enterprise, the only difference being that the enterprise came to include some new and younger players, while people involved with the enterprise innovated new and more destructive financial schemes. More specifically, they innovated new ways to “bust-out” publicly listed companies and national economies.

Indeed, as we will see, they contributed to the great meltdown of 2008, and they are presently threatening to deliver a repeat performance.

It is no overstatement to say that miscreants who were formerly involved with BCCI and the larger BCCI enterprise presently pose the single biggest threat to the stability of the global financial system and our economic well-being.  More than that, they pose a serious threat to the future of our democracy and to political stability in many other nations as well.  This is, in other words, the history that accounts for our present predicament, and it is the history that has (already to the great detriment of our democracy) been covered up by officials in Washington, and ignored by the major U.S. news organizations (some of them owned by people previously linked to the BCCI enterprise).

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The BCCI enterprise, we know, had extensive business with a great many of the most prominent fixtures of the American establishment. That is to say, some of the world’s most destructive financial criminals (i.e. people formerly involved with BCCI and the larger BCCI enterprise) have had extensive business with not only some of the leading lights on Wall Street, but also with numerous politicians and officials in Washington, including nearly every U.S. politician who has ever so much as considered running for president, every politician who has ever served as president, and multiple people who have held cabinet-level positions in Washington.

In earlier chapters of this series, we discussed relationships between the BCCI enterprise and two sitting presidents, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. As has been well-documented elsewhere, the BCCI enterprise also had extensive dealings (the Iran-Contra affair being only one example) with the administration of President Ronald Reagan, and his vice president (later President) George Bush, Sr.

Meanwhile, in the 1980s, various BCCI figures had business with George Bush, Jr., who would, of course, later serve as president. For example, a businessman named James Bath fronted investments that a Saudi sheikh and billionaire named Khalid bin Mahfouz made in an oil company called Harken Energy, which was then controlled by George Bush, Jr. Sheikh Mahfouz was the largest shareholder in BCCI, and he served as executive director of the bank throughout the 1980s. In 1985, Sheikh Mahfouz also purchased (at a premium to the market price) the Texas Commerce Bank Tower, which was then Houston’s tallest skyscraper, from James Baker, who was then President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Treasury, and later Secretary of State under President George Bush, Sr.

We have already seen that key figures in the larger BCCI enterprise later played a key role in delivering the presidency to Bill Clinton. One of those BCCI figures, we know, was an American oligarch named Jackson Stephens. Another was a man named Michael Steinhardt, known as one of the nation’s most prominent hedge fund managers, and also known as the son of Sol “Red” Steinhardt, said by a Manhattan district attorney to be the “biggest Mafia fence in America.” It was at Steinhardt’s urging that President Clinton pardoned a criminal oligarch named Marc Rich, who had previously had extensive involvement with the BCCI enterprise, and who had been sentenced to prison for doing business (through BCCI figures) with the Iranian regime during the 1979-1980 Iran hostage crisis.

We can add to this list of captured presidents our present leader, Barrack Obama, who has faced allegations of shady dealings with a man named Nadhmi Auchi, who is widely regarded as representing the interests of Adnan Khashoggi, formerly one of the most important figures in the larger BCCI enterprise (and one of history’s most destructive financial criminals). We will return to Auchi, but it suffices to say that his business (which continues to be conducted without interference from the Obama administration) has not been good for the country. Hedge fund manager George Soros, who played a key role in delivering the presidency to Obama, also previously had dealings with the BCCI enterprise.

Therefore, it is important for us to remember that the BCCI enterprise (which had extensive links to the Muslim Brotherhood) was notable for having waged a “Financial Jihad” against Western civilization (albeit a jihad waged in partnership with some of the self-anointed leaders of Western civilization). I will remind the reader that Yossef Bondansky, who served a director of the House Task Force on Terrorism from 1988 to 2005, described the BCCI mission as follows: “providing ‘special services’ in support of worthy causes—from laundering money for terrorists, Muslim intelligence services, and mujahedeen; to clandestinely funding deals for conventional weapons, weapons of mass destruction…to shipping around and laundering huge sums embezzled by corrupt leaders.”

As we also know, the BCCI enterprise’s larger mission (i.e. “The Financial Jihad”) was: 1) to build a global financial empire that could compete with Western financial institutions; and 2) to deploy financial weapons of mass destruction to undermine the global financial system that was perceived as being dominated by the West.

Recall that numerous global terrorists (also known as prominent bankers) were directly involved with the larger BCCI enterprise, and among them were Osama bin Laden and his associate, the Blind Sheikh. Osama bin Laden, of course, was later alleged to have perpetrated the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Blind Sheikh was alleged to have been involved in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. In addition, we know, the Blind Sheikh (co-founder of Faisal Islamic Bank, which was the most important affiliate of BCCI during the 1980s) issued a famous fatwah suggesting that it would be a good idea for his fellow jihadis (and bankers?) to “tear down the edifices of capitalism” and to “destroy their (our) economies.”  Which, of course, the BCCI enterprise had already done.

In 1991, the same year that BCCI collapsed, we know, a Muslim Brotherhood leader named Hasan al-Turabi appointed Osama bin Laden to help lead a Muslim Brotherhood initiative to replace the BCCI enterprise with a global financial network that would exceed the BCCI enterprise in scope and destructive power. Bodansky (then director of the House Task Force on Terrorism) reported in 2000: “Turabi urgently needed an expert to salvage whatever was possible and rebuild a global financial system [to replace the BCCI enterprise]. By then Osama bin Laden was the most qualified individual in Khartoum to untangle this financial mess. In late summer 1991, Turabi approached bin Laden and asked for help.”

Osama bin Laden agreed to help—and he pursued his task with enthusiasm. By 2000, he had played a key role in helping the Muslim Brotherhood rebuild a global financial network and he had done more than merely replace the BCCI enterprise. He and other Muslim Brotherhood billionaires had built what was, without doubt, one of the greatest financial empires the world has ever known. That financial empire remains in business today—and it is not only one the most powerful financial empires on the planet, but also one the world’s leading transnational organized crime syndicates, involved in all of the activities—from narco trafficking and the smuggling of radioactive materials, to the perpetration of destructive financial crime—that characterized the BCCI enterprise of the 1980s.

In addition, the global financial network/organized crime syndicate that Osama bin Laden helped build, like the BCCI enterprise before it, was operated in partnership with some elements of the American establishment, and with the full connivance of officials in Washington.

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The director of the House Task Force on Terrorism reported (in 2000) that Osama bin Laden built a global financial network in collaboration with what he referred to as “The Brotherhood Group,” a close-knit network of no less than 130 extremely wealthy financial operators in the Persian Gulf states. The director of the House Task Force on Terrorism reported further that: “The key members of the Brotherhood Group have a well-known and established financial presence in the West—sixty five of them have major companies and businesses in the United States.”

In Chapter 2 of this series, we met some of those billionaires, noting that some of them (e.g. Sheikh Mahfouz) had not only been involved with the BCCI enterprise in the 1980s, but had been among the founding fathers of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organization. In later chapters of this series, we will learn more about the global financial network that Osama bin Laden helped build, but by way of introduction to that discussion, we should meet another former BCCI figure—a man named Monzer al-Kassar—because Monzer al-Kassar veritably epitomized both the BCCI enterprise and the global financial network that Osama bin Laden and other billionaires (including Monzer al-Kassar) built to replace the BCCI enterprise.

Monzer al-Kassar was not officially an executive of BCCI, but he brokered many of BCCI’s most important business relationships (including relationships with leading figures of the American establishment), and he played a key role in many of the initiatives (including the “Financial Jihad”) that made the BCCI enterprise so special. That is to say, Monzer al-Kassar was not only a global terrorist, but also the world’s leading narcotics kingpin, a dangerous mobster, a mercenary, a murderer, an arms dealer, an intelligence asset, a sophisticated financial operator, a billionaire several times over, and one of the world’s most prominent oligarchs, famous for the lavish cocktail parties that he held for the rich and famous.

Monzer al-Kassar was, indeed, one of the most important people in the world.

Therefore, the remainder of this chapter will be devoted to Monzer al-Kassar’s long and amazing career–his immense influence over the course of world events and his many assaults on the stability of the global financial system. And we can begin by examining the contents of every single article that was published about Monzer al-Kassar by the major U.S. news organizations during the years leading up to 2008, when Monzer al-Kassar’s career came to a strange and untimely end.

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The major U.S. news organization did not publish any articles about Monzer al-Kassar.

One exception to this rule was my favorite publication, People magazine, which published fairly regular reports about the fabulous parties—attended by Hollywood celebrities, glamorous billionaires, European royalty, Saudi princes, sheikhs and emirs, not to mention Western diplomats and some of Wall Street’s leading lights–that Monzer al-Kassar hosted at his white, Parthenon-like mansion in the Spanish resort town of Marbella. People magazine described Monzer al-Kassar as “The Prince of Marbella,” and that is how he was known to his powerful and influential friends, all whom were, no doubt, avid readers of People magazine.

Another exception to the rule was Forbes Magazine, which regularly listed Monzer al-Kassar as one of the 50 “Most Powerful” people in the world. However, the Forbes list of “Most Powerful” people didn’t include much information about what, exactly, made those people so powerful. Indeed, Forbes Magazine didn’t even provide its readers with any information about Monzer al-Kassar’s parties in Marbella, and unlike People magazine, Forbes Magazine did not inform its readers as to the purchase prices of Monzer al-Kassar’s sports cars, beautiful lady friends, and cutlery.

To be fair, Forbes Magazine is, in fact, the best mainstream business publication in the United States. It is also the only major news publication to devote space (see, for example, ground-breaking stories by Forbes reporters Nathan Vardi and Liz Moyers) to some of the most important issues (e.g. manipulative short selling and the involvement of organized crime) affecting the markets. In addition, aside from its list of “Most Powerful” people, Forbes Magazine did publish one story that at least mentioned Monzer al Kassar’s name in passing, noting that he had ties to Osama bin Laden.

Aside from that, though, the major U.S. news organizations reported nothing about Monzer al-Kassar prior to 2008, when Monzer al-Kassar’s career came to a strange and untimely end, at which point the U.S. media published a few stories about him, most of those stories being false. Not just false, but false to the extent that the major U.S. news organizations completely covered up the true (and scandalous) story of Monzer al-Kassar. Indeed, this cover-up was a conspiracy of significant proportions, or at least it was a cover-up to rival the media’s cover ups of just about every other major scandal in recent history.

That is not to say that the media has been a witting accomplice to any conspiracy. To the contrary, the American media has no wits. It is also, of course, not to say that the media has ever investigated or published any story about a conspiracy. Most major media journalists simply have no time to do anything other than take dictation from official government spokesmen and other professionals in the fields of black propaganda and disinformation. (I confess, I was once a mainstream journalist, and in that capacity, I unwittingly authored plenty of disinformation and devious party lines, though I did, at least, manage to have myself permanently ousted from that profession, thereby saving myself, were it not for so many other sins, from the eternal fires of hell).

At any rate, it is inadvisable to rely on the major U.S. news outfits for stuff like…news.

Fortunately, there are other sources of information, and there is, indeed, a vast amount of information about Monzer al-Kassar contained in the following: 1) mainstream publications of just about every civilized nation other than the United States;  2) a variety of documents that can be found in the public record; 3) some excellent American blogs (see, for example, BoilingFrogsPost.com, whose authors include former U.S. national security officials turned whistleblowers, all of whom are known to rant about the abysmal state of the American media).

In addition, many of the more salient facts concerning Monzer al-Kassar can be found in books by (among others) the following people: former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor John Loftus, former Defense Intelligence Agency employee Lester Coleman; former Israeli intelligence official Ari Ben Menashe; former Israeli intelligence official Victor Ostrovsky; and Patrick Seale, the most eminent biographer of a terrorist named Abu Nidal, who was sponsored by Monzer al-Kassar. In addition, former Israeli intelligence official turned private investigator named Juval Aviv has revealed some important information about Monzer al-Kassar.

The best book on Monzer al-Kassar is a book written in the German language, and aptly titled “Des Pates des Terrors” (translation: “The Godfather of Terror,” which is different from “The Prince of Marbella”). This book (available on Amazon to anyone who can read German) was authored under a pseudonym by a German intelligence official who quotes extensively from the files of the German intelligence services, Interpol, and other intelligence agencies that tracked (and, in some case, employed) Monzer al-Kassar. There exists an English-language translation of this book, but it has been acquired by the U.S. government, which seems disinclined to allow the translation to be published in the United States.

In other words, so far as the English-speaking citizens of the U.S.A. are concerned, this book has not yet been burned, but it has, effectively, been banned.

We will get to the story of Monzer al-Kassar in a moment (and this might seem like an overly long prelude to that story) but it is first necessary to stress that every one of the above sources has been smeared in one way or another by official U.S. government spokesmen and major U.S. news organizations. These smears are always ad hominem—the facts themselves are never addressed. And others who have attempted to relate some of the facts have been accused of weaving outlandish conspiracy theories. But because this is such an important story, it must be stressed: all of the above sources have (independently of each other) related many of the same facts, and I myself have been able to confirm certain facts to be true.

There is, moreover, a near consensus among just about everyone who has investigated Monzer al-Kassar (including many earnest employees of the U.S. government’s national security agencies, though not the official U.S. government spokesmen) as to the broad outlines of the Monzer al-Kassar story.

The story goes like this:

Monzer al Kassar was the son of a Syrian government official and a close confidant of both Hafez al-Assad, who served as president of Syria from 1971 to 2000, and Bashar al-Assad, who replaced his father as president in 2000. As of this writing in 2013, Bashar al Assad is still president, but his army is fighting “Arab Spring” rebels who are (with the support of the U.S. government and its allies) attempting to overthrow the government of Syria. The “Arab Spring” rebels have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and associated jihadi terrorist organizations, some of which were sponsored by the Syrian government until 2008, at which point the jihadi outfits (and Washington) turned on the Syrian government, and Monzer al Kassar’s career came to strange and untimely end—but we are getting ahead of ourselves.

In the beginning, Monzer al-Kassar and his family, in partnership with, and with the protection of the Syrian government, became involved in the heroin trade out of Syria and Lebanon. By the 1980s, Monzer al-Kassar was not only the world’s leading narcotics kingpin, but also a global terrorist and the proprietor of an organized crime syndicate that was closely intertwined with the operations of leading terrorist organizations (which is to say that the terrorists were also key figures in Monzer al-Kassar’s transnational organized crime syndicate).

Among the terrorist organizations intertwined with Monzer al-Kassar’s organized crime (and terrorism) syndicate were several that had been founded by people who had once been key figures in the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), but who had split with PLO leader Yasser Arafat to found their own, more radical, terrorist outfits. These included: the Palestinian Liberation Front; the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine–Special Command (PLFP-SC); the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine–General Command (PLFP-GC); and Fatah, Revolutionary Council (also known as Black September and the Arab Revolutionary Brigades), whose leader, Abu Nidal, was the world’s most notorious terrorist before Osama bin Laden achieved notoriety in the 1990s.

Monzer al Kassar’s closest friend (going back to their childhoods together) was Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Front. Meanwhile, Monzer’s brother, Ghasshan, was a top official of the PLFP-SC, and various other members of Monzer’s family were members, at various times, of the PLFP-SC and the other PLO splinter outfits (i.e. all of the above). In addition, Monzer al-Kassar, in his capacity as a Syrian intelligence asset, played an important role in directing the operations of at least one faction of Hezbollah, the world’s largest terrorist organization, based in Lebanon, with operations in numerous nations across the globe, most notably in Latin America and Africa, though Hezbollah also operated (and still does operate) quite openly in a few major U.S. cities, such as Detroit and my hometown, Chicago.

All of the leaders of these terrorist organizations, and Monzer al-Kassar himself, had close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and in 1991, they all became key figures in the Islamist International, the outfit that was founded that year by Muslim Brotherhood leader Hasan al-Turabi, and whose chairman, of course, was Osama bin Laden. This runs contrary to the official party line that Osama bin Laden’s organization and the Muslim Brotherhood were comprised entirely of Sunnis who could not tolerate other Muslim sects. The truth is that the Muslim Brotherhood membership includes Muslims of many different sects, and the Islamist International, which was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, included some people who were not even Muslims. For example, the leader of the PLFP-SC, George Habash, was a Marxist and an atheist.

Some accounts suggest that Hezbollah, which is a Shiite outfit, may even have been founded as a Shiite wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, and it is certainly the case that Hezbollah was a key component of the Islamist International. In addition, Hezbollah has carried out at least one violent terrorist attack (in 1996, on a building housing U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia) on the orders of Osama bin Laden. Presently, Hezbollah claims to have sided with the Syrian government against the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda (i.e. Muslim Brotherhood) rebels in Syria, but for reasons to be discussed, there are excellent reasons to believe that Hezbollah and the rebels share a common interest in fomenting chaos in that country.

Monzer al-Kassar, meanwhile, ascribes to Marxist tenets, and he might properly be regarded as an atheist, though he was born a member of the Alawite sect. According to most accounts, Sunni Muslims regard the Alawites as heretics, which might be true, but such theological differences are largely academic. For the purposes of our discussion, it is enough to know that the heretics, atheists, Sunnis, Shiites, and other figures in the Islamist International (one of them being Monzer al-Kassar) were united behind what a famous Muslim Brotherhood document (authored upon the founding of the Islamist International in 1991) described as a “Grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the [sic] Western civilization from within…”  Perhaps more important, they were all businessmen and criminals who understood that there was money to be made by undermining not just Western civilization, but all civilization, as that concept is universally understood by law-abiding people in every nation of the world.

As for Monzer al-Kassar, he was a key figure in the jihad, as were the other terrorists in his organized crime syndicate. In addition, of course, he played a key role, along with Osama bin Laden and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, in building a global financial network to replace the BCCI enterprise. And one purpose of that global financial network was to launder money that Osama bin Laden, Monzer al Kassar’s organized crime syndicate, and other key figures in the Islamist International, including a jihadi warlord named Gilbuddin Hekmatyar, were making from the trafficking of heroin and other narcotics.

As the director of the House Task Force on Terrorism (in 2000) reported in 2000: “Hekmatyar was getting ready to ship drugs from Afghanistan to the West and divert profits from this drug trade to support the fledgling terrorist networks [of the Islamist International]. Another system of money laundering was required for this. Bin Laden adopted a twin-track approach [using standard money laundering techniques through major banks and brokerages]…”

During the 1980s, Hekmatyar had received the greater share of the weapons and money that the U.S. government supplied for the mujahedeen’s war against the Soviets. The official party line from Washington has it that U.S. support for Hekmatyar was a basically innocent blunder, with naïve U.S. government officials unaware that Hekmatyar was not only the most virulent and anti-American warlord in Afghanistan, but also one of the world’s leading narcotics kingpins. However, many researchers (see, for example, the work of University of California-Berkley professor Peter Dale Scott) have provided ample evidence that U.S. officials were, in the 1980s, well aware that Hekmatyar and other jihadi warlords who received support from Washington were leading narco-traffickers.

By the end of the 1980s, more than 80 percent of the world’s heroin traffic originated (and still does originate) from just a few countries, namely Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Lebanon. In addition, most of that heroin was (and still is) supplied by a relatively few people, namely the leading jihadi warlords, terrorists, and organized crime bosses in those countries. Throughout the 1980s, most of these narco-traffickers were closely involved with the BCCI enterprise. And the role of BCCI was not merely to launder money for these narco-traffickers. During the 1980s, many of those narco-traffickers (e.g. Monzer al-Kassar) were themselves key figures in the larger BCCI enterprise.

Meanwhile these same narco-traffickers, along with other key BCCI figures, formed business relationships with many of the world’s leading transnational organized crime syndicates, including the Sicilian Mafia, La Cosa Nostra, and the Columbian drug cartels, all of which were themselves closely involved with the BCCI enterprise. In addition, as of the 1980s, there existed a global network of brokerages linked to the BCCI enterprise, and many of these brokerages were operated in partnership with leading organized crime figures. Later chapters of this series will examine these brokerages in greater detail (not least because their proprietors presently operate some of the biggest brokerages in the world), but for now it is enough to know that they specialized in perpetrating so-called “pump and dump” schemes.

See Chapter 1 of this series for fuller description of pump and dump schemes, but the short of it is that the objective is to first “pump” up the stock price of a public company, and then “dump” the stock into the market while attacking the stock with manipulative short selling. Sometimes the companies are fraudulent companies to begin with. Sometimes they are legitimate companies until such time as miscreants gain a degree of control over the company and/or its stock price. Either way, the end result is the same: the target company is “busted out” (i.e. destroyed), with the miscreants making most of their money on the “dump” end of the equation.

For reasons that are discussed in Chapter 1, the “bust-outs” of public companies not only undermine the financial system (one goal of the “Financial Jihad), but they have the added advantage of being a highly effective way in which to launder money for terrorists, drug traffickers, and other organized criminals.

Therefore, it is not surprising that some terrorist organizations, jihadi warlords, drug traffickers, and organized criminals were involved with the global network of brokerages that were linked to the BCCI enterprise in the 1980s. The terrorist organizations and jihadi warlords had grown immensely wealthy from the drug trade, and, of course, they used some of this money to fund their wars and violent terrorism. However, many terrorists and warlords were also businessmen involved not only in the trafficking of drugs, but also in the full panoply of crimes that we normally associate with transnational organized crime syndicates.

In addition, many of these terrorists were sophisticated financial operators who not only laundered money through BCCI, but also were among the BCCI figures who, along with the larger BCCI enterprise, perpetrated the various crimes that ultimately “shattered the integrity of the global financial system.”

And again: one of the most important of these BCCI figures was Monzer al-Kassar.

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As already mentioned, Monzer al-Kassar was, as of the 1980s, the world’s leading narco-trafficker. In the mid-1980s, Monzer al Kassar formally merged his drug trafficking cartel (which, of course, included leading terrorist organizations) with the operations of the Ochoa family, co-founders of the Medellin cartel in Colombia. Monzer-al Kassar had, to some extent, also integrated his narco-trafficking and associated banking operations with those of other leading syndicates, including the Sicilian Mafia, the Corsican Mafia, Turkish and Israeli syndicates, the leading syndicates and jihadi warlords in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the multiple crime families collectively known as La Cosa Nostra, and others to be discussed.

All of these syndicates operated independently of each other, and all of them, to some extent, competed with each other, but they also collaborated to such an extent that it is proper to describe them as having established what amounted to a global cartel that controlled much of the world supply of heroin, coke, crack, hashish, pot, pills, and other drugs, much as the big oil companies of the early 20th century were independent businesses that competed with each other to some extent, but also collaborated to establish a cartel that effectively controlled the global supply of oil.

Meanwhile, of course, Monzer al-Kassar, being a global terrorist, was, along with others in his syndicate, linked to multiple terrorist atrocities that killed hundreds of people, including many Americans.

Some of these terrorist attacks were perpetrated to advance political agendas (i.e. in the name of jihad, Karl Marx, the destruction of Israel, socialism, the destruction Lebanon, and various other agendas, depending on the occasion), but we will see that at least some of the terrorist attacks were perpetrated for money. That is to say, terrorism was another line of business, and the terrorists in Monzer al-Kassar’s syndicate were more than happy to rent themselves out as mercenaries to the highest bidder, whatever the bidder’s politics or religion might be.

At other times they perpetrated violent acts of terrorism to create conditions that were more conducive to their other criminal enterprises, especially the trafficking of drugs out of Afghanistan and Lebanon (where the narco-trade expanded exponentially as the nation descended into chaos during the 1980s, with much of the chaos caused by Monzer al-Kassar and his terrorist associates). Meanwhile, Monzer al-Kassar and his global crime syndicate (including those terrorist organizations), along with the syndicates that cooperated with Monzer al Kassar to control the drug trade, were involved together in other lines of business, including grand theft auto, sex slavery, murder for hire, and the trafficking of liquor, cigarettes, sophisticated weaponry, radioactive materials, and components for the manufacture of nuclear bombs.

In addition, of course, Monzer al Kassar and associated organized crime syndicates were involved together in the perpetration of destructive financial crime. Not only were Monzer al-Kassar involved with the global network of brokerages linked to BCCI, but Monzer al-Kassar (often in league with associated organized crime syndicates) perpetrated everything from securities fraud and market manipulation to mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes, and sophisticated derivatives scams. All of which is to say: Monzer al-Kassar was precisely the sort of fellow one would expect to be employed by the government of the U.S.A.

And Monzer al-Kassar was employed by the regime in Washington. Or perhaps it is more correct to say that the regime in Washington was employed by Monzer al Kassar.

In any event, officials in Washington and Monzer al Kassar’s syndicate (including some of those terrorist organizations) had a profitable business relationship, going back to at least the late 1970s, when an American official named Edwin Wilson cut a deal with Monzer al Kassar that saw Monzer supplying American weapons to the regime of Moammar Qadaffi in Libya, while Wilson and other U.S. government officials (all of whom, notably, were also operating private businesses that profited from these deals) were supplying American troops (recruited from within the ranks of the American military) to help the Qadaffi regime train the PLFP-GC, one of the terrorist organizations in Monzer al-Kassar’s syndicate.

In 1981, Wilson was indicted for supplying explosives (indeed, he supplied almost the entire existing stockpile of C-4 military explosives then available in the United States) to the Qaddafi regime, at which point the regime in Washington denied that Wilson was an employee of the U.S. government, and also denied that Wilson had been acting in any official capacity, much less at the direction of Washington. The major U.S. news organizations, taking their cues from U.S. officials, reported that Wilson was a “former” U.S. government employee who had gone rogue, and that the U.S. government had nothing to do with Wilson’s dealings with Qaddaffi, terrorists, and Monzer al-Kassar.

It is important for us to specifically identify the U.S. officials who were most closely involved in the investigation of Wilson and the party line that was fed to the media, because these same officials have been the central players in numerous other events that will feature in later sections of the story that you are now reading, and these events will pertain to our later discussion of the global financial system in its present and deteriorating condition. There are, in fact, numerous officials whom we need to discuss in this context, but for now it will suffice for the reader to remember three names: Oliver “Buck” Revell, who was the FBI’s chief of counter-terrorism; a DOJ and FBI official named Robert Mueller (who is now director of the FBI); and Lindley Devecchio, who was chief of the FBI’s organized crime task force, and who led the FBI’s investigation of Wilson.

These were the officials who reported that Wilson was a “former” U.S. government employee who had gone rogue, and that the U.S. government had nothing to do with Wilson’s dealings with Libya and Monzer al-Kassar. And when Wilson attempted to correct the record, the FBI and the DOJ (at the direction of those same three officials) went to all lengths to discredit and destroy him. As a result, Wilson was sentenced to prison in 1982, and he remained in jail for the next 22 years, all the while protesting that his activities had been conducted in his capacity as an employee of the U.S. government, and all the while filing Freedom of Information Act requests for documents that, he said, would prove that he was telling the truth.

Ultimately, Wilson obtained enough documents to convince a judge that he was, in fact, telling the truth, and in 2004, the judge ordered his release from prison. Since then, it has been established that Wilson (who died in 2012) had, in fact, been employed as an agent of the U.S. government, and that many of his dealings—including his dealings with Monzer al-Kassar and associated terrorists—had been sanctioned by officials working at the highest levels of government in Washington. It has also been established that the Department of Justice and the FBI, among other U.S. government agencies, covered up the truth regarding Edwin Wilson and his dealings with Monzer al-Kassar.

In addition, it is now more than evident that other officials of the U.S. government continued to maintain increasingly profitable business relationships with Monzer al-Kassar in all the years following Wilson’s indictment in 1981. For example, not long after Wilson was sentenced to prison, the U.S. government hired Monzer al Kassar to work with a man named Bill Buckley, who was then the chief of the CIA station in Lebanon. Buckley seems to have been an honorable man, and it is possible that he was unaware of Monzer al-Kassar’s pedigree, but one day he found himself instructed by his superiors to work with Monzer al-Kassar to devise a scheme to kidnap militia leaders who were operating in Lebanon and Syria. As it happened, though, that plan was not carried out and Buckley himself was kidnapped by terrorists.

More specifically, Buckley was kidnapped by a Hezbollah faction that took its directions from none other than Monzer al-Kassar. And soon after kidnapping Buckley, the same terrorists kidnapped many other Americans. But that did not deter Washington from continuing to work with Monzer al-Kassar. To the contrary, Monzer al Kassar became the single most important partner of the U.S. government in the many business dealings and machinations that later culminated in what is now known as the Iran-Contra scandal. That scandal was, in fact, largely covered up by the major U.S. news organizations and by top officials in Washington—including the same DOJ and FBI officials who covered up the earlier Wilson scandal. However, much of the truth can be found elsewhere in the public record. We are especially indebted to a former DOJ prosecutor named John Loftus for some of the key facts that follow, though the facts come from a variety of sources (including those named above), and the reader is encouraged to seek out the dozens of books about the Iran-Contra scandal for a fuller picture.

In any event, it is not the purpose of this story to discuss the Iran-Contra scandal at length, but the short version is that somebody hatched a plan for the U.S. government to sell (through brokers) sophisticated American weaponry to the regime in Iran, ostensibly in exchange for the Iranian regime’s agreement to secure the release of the Americans (including Bill Buckley, the former CIA chief in Lebanon) who had been taken hostage by terrorists—namely Hezbollah terrorists, all presumed to be proxies of the Iranian government. Meanwhile, U.S. officials, having sold the weapons to the regime in Iran, used some of the proceeds to illegally fund and arm the so-called “Contras,” a collection of rebel armies that were fighting to overthrow an ostensibly Marxist regime in Nicaragua.

That, anyway, is the official story as it has been related by the major U.S. news organizations, which have provided little in the way of detail, and which have left the American public with only a vague awareness that the Iran-Contra scheme involved some mild skullduggery on the part of a few otherwise patriotic American officials who desired nothing more than to secure the release of American hostages and secretly lend support to rebels who were fighting the Communist menace in Latin America. There is, however, more to the story—and it is principally a business story. It is a story about a dubious cast of characters who made a boatload of money. That is to say, it is story about (what else?)—the famous and ever-present BCCI enterprise. Indeed, the Iran-Contra scheme was one of BCCI’s most successful initiatives.

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It is difficult to discern through the haze of disinformation who, precisely, masterminded the Iran-Contra scheme, but most accounts cite the involvement of the Saudi billionaire and BCCI figure Adnan Khashoggi and an Iranian arms dealer named Manucher Gorbinafar. They were no doubt at the center of the Iran-Contra dealings, but so too was Monzer al-Kassar, and it was certainly Monzer al-Kassar who earned the greatest profits from the Iran-Contra dealings, though the larger BCCI enterprise (and multiple U.S. government officials who were also proprietors of private companies that were in business with Monzer al-Kassar and the larger BCCI enterprise) profited as well.

In addition, there is no doubt that U.S. officials regarded Monzer al-Kassar not only as their most important business partner, but also as their point man for the political machinations that were necessary for the proper effectuation of the Iran-Contra disaster.

Indeed, Monzer al-Kassar handled every end of the operation, and from every end of the operation, he earned a massive profit for himself and his partners. It was Monzer al-Kassar who sold most of the American weapons that U.S. officials supplied to the Iranian regime, and it was Monzer al-Kassar who sold most of the weapons that U.S. officials supplied to the Contras in Nicaragua. In supplying weapons to the Contras, Monzer al-Kassar also expanded his drug empire, with the Contras and associated drug cartels supplying him with ever greater quantities of cocaine, and the coke smuggled into the United States on the same airplanes that were transporting weapons to the Contras in Latin America. The planes would fly into Latin America with weapons, and return to the U.S. loaded with coke.

All of this business was transacted in partnership with other BCCI figures as well, and much of Monzer al-Kassar’s arms dealing was conducted in partnership with not only BCCI, but also with U.S. government agents who had established private companies as proprietaries of the U.S. government (though the government agents themselves, and not the taxpayers, pocketed the profits from these companies). Monzer al-Kassar was also the man who handled the vast money laundering operation associated with the Iran-Contra dealings, and most of that money laundering was transacted through BCCI.

Meanwhile, of course, BCCI was conspiring with a cast of criminal oligarchs and mobsters to “bust out” major savings and loan banks in the United States. Some of the loot from those “bust-outs” was used to finance the Iran-Contra dealings, and a lot of that loot ended up in the pockets of Monzer al-Kassar. Still greater sums of the money that BCCI looted from the global financial system was, of course, also delivered to the world’s leading terrorist organizations, including the terrorist outfits that were intertwined with Monzer al-Kassar’s organized crime syndicate.

At the center of all this activity, we know, was Adnan Khashoggi.

At Khashoggi’s urging, U.S. officials appointed Monzer al-Kassar as the point man in the supposed effort to secure the release of the U.S. hostages (i.e. the hostages whose capture by terrorists justified the massive Iran-Contra enterprise to begin with). And, naturally, the terrorists had originally taken the American hostages on the orders of…Monzer al-Kassar.

Unsurprisingly, most of those hostages were not released, and indeed, the more weapons that U.S. officials delivered (mostly through Monzer al-Kassar and his BCCI associates, though others arms dealers were involved) to the Iranian regime, the more hostages were taken. Ultimately, a few hostages were released, but the most important of them (including Buckley, the CIA chief) were tortured and killed.

There is, moreover, some doubt as to the sincerity (or at least, some doubt as to the wisdom) of the U.S. officials who believed that they would secure the release of the hostages by supplying the Iranian regime with weapons because the Iranian regime had no control over the Hezbollah terrorists who had taken the hostages. The terrorists who took the hostages all belonged to a Hezbollah faction that took its orders not from Iran, but rather from Syria, and more specifically, from one of Syria’s most important intelligence assets…Monzer al-Kassar.

Meanwhile, Monzer al-Kassar was employed by the Soviet intelligence service, the KGB, and he was, of course, keeping the KGB apprised of Washington’s dealings with the Iranian regime and the Contras. In addition, Monzer al-Kassar and others in the BCCI enterprise, including Adnan Khashoggi, were helping the Soviets in their efforts to prop up the ostensibly Marxist regime in Nicaragua (i.e. the regime whose existence ostensibly justified the massively profitable enterprise to support the Contras by selling them guns, and buying their cocaine for resale at marked up prices in the United States).

Some chroniclers of these machinations, including former U.S. prosecutor John Loftus and the author of the German-language biography of Monzer al-Kassar, suggest that Monzer al Kassar had also taken “deep capture” to new levels—i.e. that he not only had lucrative business relationships with U.S. officials, but had also blackmailed some top U.S. officials. That is, he threatened to expose everything from their early involvement in the Edwin Wilson affair and the illegal scheme to kidnap people in Lebanon, to the subsequent Iran-Contra adventure. And to avoid exposure, officials in Washington were obliged to not only provide full protection and immunity to Monzer al-Kassar and his organized crime syndicate, but to pursue policies that were favorable to the Palestinian terrorist movement.

It might or might not be true that U.S. officials were blackmailed, but there is a vast body of evidence to support the contention that the regime in Washington did, in fact, afford its protection to not only Monzer al-Kassar but also the terrorist outfits that were part of his organized crime syndicate. This first became apparent in 1985, at the height of the Iran-Contra dealings, when Monzer al-Kassar was linked to multiple terrorist atrocities, including the hijacking that year of a luxury cruise ship called the Achille Lauro. Multiple foreign governments and news organizations reported that Monzer al-Kassar had sponsored the hijacking, and that the hijacking was perpetrated by Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Front (and Monzer al-Kassar’s closest friend since childhood).

After the Palestinian Liberation Front terrorists seized control of the ship, they killed an elderly and handicapped American passenger named Leon Klinghoffer, and dumped his body into the sea. Subsequently, the ship docked at Port Said, in Egypt, and from there the terrorists were able to negotiate safe passage for themselves on a flight that was scheduled to land in Tunisia. The flight was reportedly intercepted by U.S. fighter jets, which forced the plane to land at Sigonella, a NATO base in Italy. But for some reason, Abu Abbas, who had been on the plane, was not arrested when he landed at the NATO base. And for reasons that were never explained, the Italians permitted Abu Abbas to board another civilian passenger flight, and this flight reached its scheduled destination in Yugoslavia.

The regime in Washington publicly requested the extradition of Abbas from Yugoslavia, but U.S. officials did not pursue their request with any particular enthusiasm, and Abu Abbas remained a free man. Abbas later ended up in Iraq (then an American ally) but still he was not arrested.

Some years later, Ari Ben Menashe, a former top Israeli military intelligence official, among others, alleged that the Achille Lauro hijacking and other terrorist attacks had been paid for by Israeli intelligence as part of an ongoing propaganda campaign aimed at gaining sympathy for Israel’s sometimes brutal war against the Palestinians. Meanwhile, a large cast of Israeli officials and arms dealers were involved with Monzer al-Kassar in the Iran-Contra dealings.

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Some have cast doubt on Ari Ben Menashe’s claims regarding the Achille Lauro, but there is no doubt the Israeli government was at the time funding and even arming some of the terrorist outfits that were part of Monzer al-Kassar’s crime and terrorism syndicate. The Israelis sponsored these terrorist outfits (most of them PLO splinter groups) believing (correctly as it turned out) that the more radical terrorists would harass and suck support away from Yasser Arafat and the mainstream PLO, which the Israeli government regarded as Enemy Number One.

For the same reasons, the Israelis (and their allies in Washington) sponsored the Muslim Brotherhood, and in 1988, they began to sponsor Hamas, which had been founded that year by the Brotherhood. Both the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, of course, had stated that their most important mission was to eliminate the state of Israel, but Israel anticipated (correctly, as it turned out) that the Brotherhood and Hamas would not only steal support from the PLO, but also destabilize countries (e.g. Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Jordan) that Israel considered to be enemy states.

Presently, Israel is expressing concern that the Muslim Brotherhood has seized power in some of those countries, but Israel’s prior support for the Brotherhood and Hamas is not surprising, and many analysts suggest that there was more to it than just a desire to derail the PLO and enemy states. Indeed, there is much to give credence to reports that right-wing Israeli politicians and the more radical Palestinian terrorist organizations agree that maintaining the status quo of low-intensity conflict is not just politically advantageous, but also financially lucrative for both Israeli politicians and the Palestinian terrorists.

One reason to believe this might be the case is related to the emergence of powerful Russian organized crime syndicates that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union, beginning in the late 1980s. Many leaders of these Russian organized criminals set up shop in Israel and obtained Israeli citizenship, and as detailed in diplomatic cables made public by Wikileaks, the major Russian organized crime syndicates quickly became among the largest funders of the same Israeli politicians who have provoked conflicts in Palestine and Lebanon. Those Russian crime syndicates were (and are) also important partners (involved in all of the lines of business already discussed) of the Palestinian terrorist outfits, including those that were part of Monzer al-Kassar’s organized crime operation.

The Russian mobsters are, in addition, big players in Israel’s flourishing “homeland security” industry, which profits from selling services that purport to provide Israel with protection from those same terrorists. The homeland security businesses (and many other businesses, including narco-trafficking and financial crime), of course, benefit from the continuing state of low-intensity conflict and chaos in Palestine and neighboring Lebanon. They also benefit so long as the Israeli government remains focused on conflict, rather than cracking down on organized crime.

Beginning in the 1980s, Monzer al-Kassar himself had developed relationships with Israeli intelligence, and this relationship might similarly have been as much about business as politics. Among other ventures, Monzer al-Kassar brokered deals (financed by BCCI) that saw Israeli intelligence selling weapons to Iran at the same time when he was leading BCCI efforts to provide a full suite of services to Palestinian terrorist organizations that were ostensibly fighting Israel.

Owing to Monzer al-Kassar, BCCI had a particularly strong relationship with Abu Nidal, who was the most murderous of all the terrorists operating at that time. Over the course of few years in the 1980s, Abu Nidal’s terrorist organization killed more than 900 innocent people (some of them Americans) in more than 20 separate terrorist attacks. During some of that time, Abu Nidal was working out of an office at BCCI headquarters in London.

Abu Nidal’s most in-depth biographer, Patrick Seale, has written that Abu Nidal had, for a time, been employed by the Mossad (Israel’s intelligence service), and that some of his terrorist attacks had been paid for by the Israelis. Indeed, by all accounts, Abu Nidal was a mercenary willing to hire himself out to the highest bidder. During the 1980s, Abu Nidal was paid by Syrian intelligence to help the Syrian government crush a rebellion that was led by the Muslim Brotherhood, and a few years later, Abu Nidal, who had been mentored by leading Muslim Brotherhood clerics, was among the terrorists who had joined the Islamist International, the outfit that was founded by Muslim Brotherhood leader Hasan al-Turabi, and whose chairman was Osama bin laden.

In subsequent years, Syria’s government became a key sponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas (which of course was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood), though, of course, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are now once again (with the support of the U.S. government and its allies, including Israel) fighting to overthrow the Syrian government.

During the late 1980s, many of the top leaders of Hamas were involved with the BCCI enterprise, and during most of the 1980s and 1990s, many of them resided in the United States. For example, Mousa Abu Marzook, political chief of Hamas (and a key figure in the Islamist International) resided in Texas, and operated quite openly there even though earnest FBI agents had linked him to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. In 1996, the FBI briefly arrested Marzook, but he was immediately released at the request of the Israeli government, which issued a statement saying that Marzook was “important to the peace process.”

The truth was that those earnest FBI agents had learned in 1993 that Marzook and other Hamas leaders in the United States had undertaken a major initiative to sabotage the peace process, and more specifically to undermine the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords that the Israeli government had signed with the PLO. Many Israeli politicians were similarly displeased with the Oslo Accords because they believed the Accords granted too much legitimacy to Yasser Arafat, the PLO leader. In other words, many Israeli politicians shared the ambition to sabotage the peace process. Meanwhile, of course, the Israeli government, or at least one faction of the Israeli government, was providing support in the form of money and even weapons to Hamas, hoping that a stronger Hamas would undermine Arafat’s authority.

Presently, Marzook resides in Qatar (one of Washington’s closest allies), where he not only has the full protection of the Qatari ruling family, but is also helping the Qataris (and Washington) support the activities of the “Arab Spring” rebels in Syria. However, back in 1996, Marzook was more friendly with the Syrian government, and at that time, Washington also had friendly relations with Syria. After he was released by the FBI in 1996, Marzook moved to Syria, where (at the request of Washington) the Syrian government provided him with full protection.

As of 2000, the director of the House Task Force on Terrorism was reporting that Marzook was among those who, along with Osama bin Laden and other key figure in the Islamist International were plotting to perpetrate a “spectacular” terrorist attack inside the United States. At the time, of course, Marzook and other key figures in the Islamist International had already been linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. One of them was the Blind Sheikh (co-founder of Faisal Islamic Finance, formerly BCCI’s most important affiliate). Others were terrorists who were part of Monzer al-Kassar’s organized crime syndicate, the most notable among them being Abu Nidal.

Abu Nidal had dispatched one his deputies, Mohammed Ajaj, to participate in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, after which the distinguished journalist Robert Friedman reported in the Village Voice that Ajaj was, at that time, an agent of the Israeli intelligence service. Also linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was a fellow named Mohammed Salameh, and the International Herald Tribune reported that the telephone number and apartment address used by Salameh were registered in the name of one Josie Hadas, who had been identified as an agent of the Mossad. This is not to say that Israel was necessarily involved in the 1993 WTC bombing, but it is to say that numerous terrorists were on the payroll of not only the Israeli government, but also the U.S. government (which was, at the time, funding not just Monzer al-Kassar, but also Abu Nidal and the Blind Sheikh).

Some years later, in 2000, Abu Nidal was reported to be among those who were, along with Osama bin Laden and others in the Islamist International, plotting to perpetrate a “spectacular” terrorist attack inside the United States. After a spectacular terrorist attack occurred on September 11, 2001, some major news organizations reported that Abu Nidal had been operating an Al Qaeda training camp in Iraq in cahoots with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. According to these reports, Abu Nidal had personally overseen the training of Mohammed Atta, identified by U.S. officials as the terrorist who piloted the first airplane that had crashed into the World Trade Center. We can, however, hope those reports were not true because it has since been revealed that Abu Nidal was, at the time, an employee of the United States government.

That Abu Nidal was an agent of the U.S. government was first reported by prominent British journalist Robert Fisk, whose reporting on terrorism and the Middle East should be required reading for all Americans because Fisk is one of several mainstream journalists (too few of them Americans) whose reporting is usually true. In 2009, Fisk, then writing for The Independent, a newspaper in England, reported that he, Fisk, had obtained a report from Iraq’s “Special Intelligence Unit M4” confirming that Saddam’s regime had killed Abu Nidal after discovering that Abu Nidal was employed by the U.S. government.

According to Fisk, the regime in Washington (using Kuwaiti and Egyptian intelligence as intermediaries) paid Abu Nidal to provide information to the American government about Iraq’s ties to Al Qaeda. Fisk did not specify as to the nature of the information provided by Abu Nidal, but we might assume that Abu Nidal either provided authentic information that Mohammed Atta received training in Iraq, or that he, Abu Nidal, helped fabricate this information, which U.S. officials proceeded to leak to the media in support of their contention that Saddam had ties to Al Qaeda.

A similar story was subsequently published by Janes, a respected national security journal, which revealed that Saddam Hussein’s regime sentenced Abu Nidal to death in 2002 after discovering that Abu Nidal had in his possession classified U.S. government documents outlining plans for the U.S. invasion of Iraq–leading Saddam to conclude that Abu Nidal was an American spy. Which was a reasonable assumption in light of all we know about the U.S. governments relationship with Monzer al-Kassar’s organized crime and terrorism operation, which, of course, included Abu Nidal.

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Back in 1988, Monzer al-Kassar was linked to another terrorist atrocity—the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The fact that al-Kassar was linked to the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing was reported at the time by a collection of mainstream journalists, most of them in Britain, but those journalists were viciously smeared by some U.S. government officials and journalists who were bent on pinning the bombing on Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffi.

To this day, the cowed U.S. media reports that only “conspiracy theorists” believe that anyone other than Qaddaffi was involved in the Flight 103 atrocity, but the evidence is overwhelming that terrorists who worked for Monzer al-Kassar’s organized crime syndicate were the perpetrators.

In fact, it was not just “conspiracy theorists” who believed that al-Kassar was involved in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. It was, among others, numerous U.S. government officials, government investigators in Germany (where the bomb was loaded on to Flight 103), lawyers for Pan Am, members of Congress, a private investigator named Juval Aviv (formerly of the Mossad, with extensive experience tracking terrorist organizations) who was hired by Pan Am to investigate the bombing, and a former Defense Intelligence Agency asset named Lester Coleman.

When Coleman blew the whistle on the true story of Flight 103, he was indicted by the DOJ on trumped up charges that he had applied for a passport using false documents, and then he was smeared relentlessly by U.S. officials and journalists who described him as a con-man and a criminal. Meanwhile, U.S. officials denied that Coleman had anything to do with the U.S. intelligence community. As a result, he was forced to flee the United States, and he became the first American ever to receive political asylum in a foreign country (Sweden).

A reporter named Steve Emerson was among those who did the most to discredit Coleman, leading some to accuse Emerson of being a government stooge. Since then Emerson has done excellent research into terrorism (some of which I have borrowed for my own stories), so I don’t think he is a stooge, but he probably got the Flight 103 story wrong. Coleman has since proven that he did, in fact, work for the Defense Intelligence Agency (and that it was CIA officials who ordered him to apply for a passport using false documentation).

Coleman’s story about Pan Am Flight 103 (laid out in book called “Trail of the Octopus”) is more than plausible, and is, in fact, now widely acknowledged to be true. Meanwhile, the official story from the U.S. government has been thoroughly discredited–and notably, the official story emanated from many of the same officials—e.g. FBI counter-terrorism chief Oliver “Buck” Revell, Robert Mueller (now director of the FBI), top FBI official Lindsey Devecchio– who were involved in covering up the Edwin Wilson and Iran-Contra affairs.

The official story was that a Libyan intelligence officer named Abdelbaset al-Megrahi (on orders from Muammar Qaddafi) planned and carried out the bombing of Flight 103. This story was based almost entirely on the claims of the FBI and MI5 (Britain’s domestic spy service) that a shop-keeper in Malta had sold clothes that were found in the same suitcase that contained the bomb. The shop-keeper, Tony Gauci, was located by the FBI, and he fingered al-Megrahi as the man who had bought the clothes.

However, several documentaries have presented evidence that the U.S. Department of Justice paid Gauci, the shop keeper, at least $1 million in exchange for his agreement to name al-Megrahi. In 2009, lawyers for al-Megrahi (who was serving a life sentence in Scotland, owing largely to information provided by the FBI and DOJ) were about to present evidence of the pay-off and additional evidence pointing to the real perpetrators, but before they were able to do so, the Scottish released al Megrahi on compassionate grounds, saying that he had advanced cancer and only weeks left to live. (Three years later, al Megrahi died of cancer, in Libya).

In addition, it has since been widely acknowledged (as Pan Am’s lawyers, Coleman, German authorities, some CIA officers, Juval Aviv, and many others argued at the time) that the Pan Am 103 atrocity was the work of terrorists who were linked to Monzer al-Kassar, and who were also important figures in a heroin trafficking ring that was overseen by al-Kassar and protected by the U.S. government.

According to former Defense Intelligence Agency officer Coleman and others, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI had made arrangements at the Frankfurt Airport that allowed al Kassar’s terrorist network to smuggle heroin on to airplanes (including Flight 103) without problems from airport security. There is no evidence that the DEA itself was (as some have said) dealing in heroin. These were so-called “controlled deliveries.” In other words, the DEA and other American government agencies (including the Defense Intelligence Agency) had recruited al-Kassar’s men as agents, allowing them to smuggle heroin into the United States in exchange for their cooperation in other investigations. Once the heroin was smuggled into the U.S., the DEA monitored its distribution to learn more drug dealers who were operating in the United States.

Meanwhile, of course, the U.S. government had employed Monzer al Kassar in many other capacities.

Unfortunately, according to Coleman and many others, one of the controlled deliveries contained not only the usual narcotics, but also a bomb—namely, the bomb that blew up Flight 103. That is, U.S. government agencies had created the conditions that allowed terrorists (who were, meanwhile, working as DEA informants and were employed by the U.S. government in other capacities ) to smuggle a bomb onto an airplane. In a frantic effort to cover up the U.S. government’s negligence, the FBI’s chief of counter-terrorism and the Department of Justice persecuted just about everyone who tried to reveal the truth.

Eventually, Coleman was convicted of perjury, at which point he publicly apologized and said that he had made up some elements of the story to get attention for himself. But his conviction was overturned on appeal, and Coleman recanted his apology. The court documents outlining the reasons why the conviction was overturned were sealed. Meanwhile, a general consensus emerged that Coleman was, at a minimum, correct to say that terrorists with links to Monzer al-Kassar were responsible for the bombing, and that top officials of the U.S. government covered up the involvement of Monzer al-Kassar and associated terrorists.

We might never know the full truth about the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, but if we are to believe the majority opinion of former national security officials who investigated the bombing, and who have since come forth to challenge the official party line, Monzer al-Kassar was hired by either the Iranian regime or Syrian intelligence to organize the terrorist attack, and the terrorists who (on Monzer al-Kassar’s orders) carried out the attack were members of either Abu Nidal’s Black September or the PFLP-GC (the latter being the outfit that had, in the late 1970s, been trained by Edwin Wilson’s operation).

Whatever the truth, the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and the resulting liabilities soon resulted in Pan Am declaring bankruptcy. And it might or might not be noteworthy that Monzer al-Kassar and some key figures in the larger BCCI enterprise (whom I will not name because I cannot say with certainty that they should be implicated in a terrorist atrocity, though it is perhaps a possibility worthy of further investigation by others more capable than I am) earned a handsome profit from the bankruptcy of Pan Am, and these same BCCI figures made money on the later bankruptcy of TWA airlines.

TWA was forced into bankruptcy as a result of liabilities that it accrued from a series of disasters between 1985, when a TWA airliner was hijacked (by the Hezbollah faction that took orders from Monzer al-Kassar) en route from Cairo to Athens, and 1996, when TWA Flight 800 exploded soon after taking off from New York’s JFK international airport, destination Paris. The FBI and DOJ ruled that the explosion of TWA Flight 800 was the result of mechanical failure, but the general consensus among former U.S. government investigators is that TWA Flight 800 was bombed by terrorists whose identities remain unknown.

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In 1991, we know, Monzer al0Kassar and the other terrorists in his syndicate had joined the Islamist International, whose chairman was, of course, Osama bin Laden. The first order of business was to replace the BCCI enterprise with something even better, and, of course, Monzer al-Kassar played a key role in this effort—the effort known as “The Financial Jihad.” Monzer al-Kassar also lent his full support to the more general “Grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization,” meanwhile establishing new business relationships with major banks and hedge funds in the United States, and committing a host of destructive financial crimes with some of Western civilization’s leading oligarchs.

As Monzer al-Kassar continued to perpetrate eminently destructive financial crimes and operate his terrorism and organized crime syndicate, he apparently remained protected by the U.S. government, which certainly did nothing to stop him until 2008, when he was arrested in Spain and extradited to the U.S., where he presently faces trial for the one crime that he did not commit. That is to say, the DOJ has charged Monzer al-Kassar only with selling weapons to the FARC (a narco-terrorist paramilitary outfit in Colombia), but he did not actually sell weapons to the FARC. He merely agreed to sell weapons to undercover DEA agents who were posing as FARC representatives.

It is nice to know that Monzer al-Kassar has been arrested and that he is no longer described as the “Prince of Marbella,” but in charging him only with the one crime that he did not commit, the DOJ seems to be covering up (or at least neglecting to publicize, much less prosecute) the many crimes (from terrorist atrocities to narco-trafficking and destructive financial crime perpetrated against the American economy) that he did commit during his long and colorful career as one of the world’s most prominent oligarchs.

In addition, it is possible that Monzer al-Kassar was finally arrested in 2008 only because of his importance to the Syrian government (he was, indeed, one of Syrian President Assad’s most important associates), and because the U.S. government had decided at that point to lend its support to the jihadi guerrillas who were then already gearing up to overthrow the Syrian government. Those jihadis, of course, are now (with U.S. support) fighting the Syrian military under the banner of an “Arab Spring” campaign for freedom and democracy.

In any event, Monzer al-Kassar accomplished much over his career, and with few exceptions, the major U.S. news organizations have yet to give him any credit for these accomplishments. One exception, as I mentioned before, was Forbes Magazine. In 2004, Forbes (without otherwise providing the details of Monzer al-Kassar interesting biography) reported that Monzer al-Kassar not only had ties to Osama bin Laden, but was involved, along with two British citizens—Jared Brook and Lincoln Fraser—with a “high flying financial outfit” called Imperial Consolidated Group.

Imperial Consolidated was involved in multiple destructive financial crimes, most of them involving pump and dump schemes and the “bust-outs” of publicly listed companies in Europe and the United States. All told, Imperial Consolidated looted at least $300 million from the Western financial system. The British miscreants were charged for their involvement in this monumental criminal enterprise, and, meanwhile, they had sued Monzer al Kassar for slander, accusing him of telling people that Imperial Consolidated had fronted arms sales to Osama bin Laden. The merits of that lawsuit remain unclear, but it is clear that Monzer al-Kassar was himself involved with Imperial Consolidated (though he has never been charged on any count other then selling weapons to undercover DEA agents).

Meanwhile (to cite just one more accomplishment), Monzer al-Kassar had long been one of the world’s leading counterfeiters of American currency. His fake U.S. $100 bills were of such high quality that they were known as “Supernotes,” and he created such vast quantities of them that they had a negative impact on the value of the U.S. dollar. As early as 1996, Kenneth Timmerman, a reporter for Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal, prepared an official document for U.S. Congressman Spencer Bacchus outlining the details of Monzer al-Kassar’s counterfeiting operation. This report was promptly deposited in a trash can somewhere in Washington.

In addition, so far as I can tell, Timmerman’s employers at Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal did not see fit to publish any stories about Timmerman’s important findings.

To be continued…Click here to read Chapter 6

Mark Mitchell is a journalist who spent most of his career working as a correspondent for mainstream media publications before joining DeepCapture.com. He is the author of the book entitled “The Dendreon Effect: How Felons, Con-Men and Wall Street Insiders Manipulate High-Tech Stocks”.

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