Thursday, December 23, 2010


This interview appeared in Saga magazine, 1981

ERINGER: You formed your school about two years ago...

WERBELL: It existed before, but got formalized two years. Its purpose is to train law enforcement people, private bodyguards, security personnel, etc. It's a very concentrated course in which we teach all the countermeasures against poltical assassinations, terrorists--that sort of thing.

ERINGER: Could it not be said that a school for antiterrorists could double as a school for terrorists?

WERBELL: Well, how can you tell?

ERINGER: Precisely.

WERBELL: We investigate everybody that comes here very thoroughly--right down to their socks. They have to furnish us with authentic documents testifying to their good reputation--no criminal activity, not being nuts or alcoholics. Now, everything you do in a countermeasure, of course, teaches you how they're going to do it, so you can counter them. You never know who's going to turn bad. But even the CIA has that same problem.

ERINGER: Have you ever rejected applicants to your school?

WERBELL: Yes, indeed. We have canned a couple. Tossed 'em out.

ERINGER: For what reasons?

WERBELL: Bad attitudes. We felt that some of them were potential danger spots I say some--we're only talking about two people.

ERINGER: You charge $2,500 for your 10-day course, and that doesn't include accommodations and most meals. How much if that do you make in profit?

WERBELL: (Laughs.) I can can tell you, but you'd be horrified at how little it is.

ERINGER: What I'm getting at is this: Is money the motivation for running the school?

WERBELL: Well, naturally, partially, but it really is not a big profit producer at all. We've got too many top-notch, high-priced instructors.

ERINGER: So what is your major motivation?

WERBELL: Well, I guess there's really several things. One of them is, of course, I felt there is a tremendous need for it. Plus the fact that I can't stand just not doing anything.

ERINGER: Do you recruit mercenaries from graduates of your school?

WERBELL: Well, in some cases, yes.

ERINGER: You can find employment for those that have successfully gone through your course?

WERBELL: We don't claim to do that. We can recommend them in certain areas where we get enquiries.

ERINGER: Do you keep track of Cobray graduates?

WERBELL: Oh, yeah.

ERINGER: In what sense?

WERBELL: We have a continuous on-going record of what they're doing because they all check in with us, which is extraordinary, too.

ERINGER: Suppose they don't check in with you. Do you keep track of their activities?

WERBELL: Yeah. So far none of them have turned bad.

ERINGER: That's reassuring, considering what they've been taught.

WERBELL: Well, once again, even in the CIA you have people turn bad.

ERINGER: Do you report the activities of your graduates to any U.S. intelligence agencies?


ERINGER: How about your students from foreign countries? When they return to their respective countries do you report their activities to their governments?

WERBELL: Yep. The government send them.

ERINGER: What government sends them?

WERBELL: You know, there are certain things I really can't talk about. But frankly, we/'re expecting a number of Thai students over the next few months. Others come from Central and South American countries. Most of our students are Americans.

ERINGER: Students sigh a waiver relinquishing Cobray from responsibility in case of injury or death. Have there been any injuries or deaths?

WERBELL: I think one guy got a couple cracked ribs --through his own fault. He was a smart-ass and our martial arts guy tamed him down a little bit.

ERINGER: Let's go back in time. When did you first become involved in this kind of work?

WERBELL: World War II--1942--when I joined the Office of Strategic Services.

ERINGER: What missions did you undertake?

WERBELL: China, Burma, and then I went into French Indochina, before the war was over when the Japanese were occupying it.. Out outfit brought Hi Chi Minh out of hiding. And, of course, Ho Chi Minh was a big buddy of the United Stated States in those days. What spoiled it was our stupidity in going to the aid of the French.

ERINGER: Tell me about one such mission.

WERBELL: I went in on prisoner recovery, and I also took the surrender of General Sumita with 80,000 Japanese the day the atomic bomb was dropped. That was in San Che Province.

ERINGER: What did you do after the OSS was disbanded?

WERBELL: We were in an outfit called SS Unit, which was the next phase of our clandestine operations, before the CIA--which doesn't mean we played in the band.

ERINGER What does it mean?

WERBELL: Special Operations, which is the parachute-behind-the-lines unit. I made a number of jumps.

ERINGER: Did you join the CIA when it was formed in 1947?

WERBELL: I have never been CIA. I have worked very closely with them.

ERINGER: Have you ever been paid any anount of money by the CIA?

WERBELL: Boy, that ios the question that keeps popping up.

ERINGER: What is your response?


ERINGER: But in his book, Spooks, Jim Houghan wrote that you "worked under contract to the CIA in the 1960s, organizing amphibious landings against Cuba from a base in the Dominican Republic."

WERBELL: I was with an entirely different facility.

ERINGER: So when you left the SS Unit, what did you do?

WERBELL: Well, I became a civilian. At that time I was a captain in a parachute unit and I didn't like it. So I transferred into Military Intelligence and stayed in there in reserve and didn't do a damn thing. So I quit and went into the advertising business. I was advertising director of Rich's department store, the biggest department store south of New York. That lasted about a year, and then I got back into geopolitics.

ERINGER: You missed the excitement?

WERBELL: Well let me tell you a little story. You see, a guy went to a house of pleasure. And he picked up this broad and took her upstairs--the $100-a-whack type. And she had a beautiful accent. He said, "My goodness, where are you from?" Well, she was raised in Haverford-Philadelphia, Mainline, you know, comes from a socially prominent family. He says, "Holy Christ, what's a cultured, charming woman like you doing in a whorehouse." And she said, "I guess I just got lucky." You get it? I guess I was just lucky.

ERINGER: So how did you make your comeback?

WERBELL: What do you want me to do, pull down my pants and show you my palms?

ERINGER: I'm just asking how you got back in the business.

WERBELL: Like the babe said, I guess I just got lucky. One of my major assignments--it was about 1957--was to keep Batista in business. Not that everybody was favorable towards Batista, but we knew at that point what Fidel was all about. Actually, Fidel never fought a battle. Fidel never did a goddamned thing. The students did all the fighting. That son-of-a-bitch never fought a battle, he never fired a round. However, my job at the time was to keep Batista in.

ERINGER: What went wrong?

WERBELL: The New York Times, The Washington Post--those no-good crap liberal bastards we have in this country. That's what went wrong.

ERINGER: What do you mean?

WERBELL: The so-called liberal press that is communist bought and owned. The New York Times--what a bunch of crap those guys are. The Washington Post. They're traitors. Quote me on that.

ERINGER: At what point did you start Military Armaments Corporation?

WERBELL: About 1967. It was originally called Sionics. We produced silencers.

ERINGER: To whom did you sell them?

WERBELL: The Philippines. Thailand. South Vietnam. The Israelis. The raid on Entebbe was all done with my weapons and silencers.

ERINGER: Is that company still operational?

WERBELL: I saw the writing on the wall. They wanted to retire me because I was such a prickly thorn.  First, I was president, then I was chairman of the board, and you know what happens when you're chairman of the board at a young age. Next step is the boot. I told 'em, the only way to retire me is buy my stock. So I sold my stock and two years later they folded and went under. Now I've got Defense Systems International.

ERINGER: Have you ever gotten into trouble with the U.S. Government because of your international arms dealings?

WERBELL: The Firearms, Alcohol and Tobacco people are always bugging me. I've had some real battles with those bastards. I think they're all pinheads.

ERINGER: What sort of battles?

WERBELL: Concerning their regulations. And they've come up with the most goddamned stupid ones I've ever heard.

ERINGER: Are you still engaged in mercenary recruitment?

WERBELL: What a question. You know it's illegal in the United States? We don't recruit mercenaries. We recruit security personnel.

ERINGER: You still doing that?

WERBELL: Under certain conditions.

ERINGER: What conditions?

WERBELL: I can't get into that.

ERINGER: Is it true you once bombed Vietnam with live rats infected with bubonic plague?

WERBELL: (Laughs.) Yeah.

ERINGER: Was that bombing sanctioned by the U.S. Government?


ERINGER: It was all on your own?

WERBELL: It was special operations.

ERINGER: For whom?

WERBELL: (Laughs.) The group that I worked for.

ERINGER: And who was that?

WERBELL: That's unimportant.

ERINGER: Are you a religious man?

WERBELL: I don't believe in organized religion. I'm religious in the sense that I committed myself to Jesus a long time ago. I don't make a big stink about it. And the Pope, incidentally, sent me a blessed cross when he was here in the States. And the Pope himself sent word that they were including me on the mass for the sick every week, which is very flattering. The way it happened is this: his major Bishop assistant was the nuncio in the Dominican Republic when I was leading the loyalists in the revolt. I'm rather proud of that.

ERINGER: The Pope realizes you're sick?

WERBELL: Yeah, I've got cancer. We think we've got a piece of it under remission, but I don't know. There's no real way to find out except surgery and I've got a legal document that prevents any of them from doing tricks while I'm in surgery.

ERINGER: Tricks?

WERBELL: No life support and no bags hanging or anything like that. It's not my lifestyle.

ERINGER: Is it true you're taking Laetrile, the controversial vitamin derived from apricot pits banned by the FDA?

WERBELL: Yep. I'm convinced that Laetrile had a major effect pulling me through the first bout. When I came back from five weeks at the clinic in Alabama, one of my conventional doctors said, "I don't know what the hell you'r doing, but keep mit up. it seems top be working." But I couldn't take all the damn vitamin pills. I was taking 50 pills with every meal.

ERINGER: What would you most like to be remembered for?

WERBELL: I don't give a damn about being remembered. But if I've got to be remembered for something, I'd like it to be for being a good military officer and a patriot.

Mitchell WerBell III died in 1983.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


This article appeared in Saga magazine, 1981

He's dropped rats infected with bubonic plague on North Vietnam, recruited mercenaries for hot spots all over the world, and runs the top antiterror school in the country.

Mitch WerBell may seem outlandish--because he is!

"If somebody wants a revolution, they usually wind up talking to me."

These are the words of 63 year-old Mitchell Livingston WerBell, one-time OSS officer, international arms dealer, mercenary recruiter, and commander of Cobray International, an "Antitierrorist Training Center" he operates at his 66-acre estate (called "The Farm") in Powder Springs, Georgia.

At five-foot-seven with little piercing eyes, WerBell is most aptly described as nasty. (How else can one describe a man who once headed an operation to bomb North Vietnam with live rats infected with bubonic plague?) Mitch WerBell spends his days gulping large shots of Chivas Regal, smoking fine cigars, and fondly reminiscing his days as a mercenary extraordinaire.

A fervent anticommunist, WerBell has conducted paramilitary operations--mostly for foreign dictators--in Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. Through the tears he has become known as a sort private CIA for hire.

Coco-Cola sang along with Mitch some yeara back after receiving kidnapping threats in Argentina. Although the cola company now denies this, WerBell observes, "Coca-Cola hasn't had any kidnappings lately." Continuyes Mitch: "I'll tell you how we stopped it. We said, number one, anybody kidnapped, go ahead and kill them, because we're not going to ransom them, not for 10 cents. But we will go after you. We will kill you. We will kill your wife. We will kill your children., you cats and dogs, your pigs and your chickens."

WerBell's intensive 10-day antiterrorist training course is priced at $2,500. He runs two courses a month, each attended by six or eight students. The course offers training in .38 and .45 calibre pistols, rifles and scopes, shotguns, unconventional weaponry, martial arts and counter-terrorist procedures. In addition, there are sessions in bomb search techniques, electronic countermeasures, convoy techniques, and evasive driving.

So far, over 300 students have passed through WerBell's school. It has become so popular that courses for the next six months are fully booked.

Next: The Interview

Saturday, December 4, 2010


This article appeared in Mother Jones in April 1981.

Ask a radical right-winger, "Who's behind the Trilatercal Commission?" Nine out of ten will tell you, "David Rockefeller." Now ask who's behind The Spotlight, the weekly tabloid in which rightists read about the Trilateral Commission. Ninety-nine out of a hundred won't know.

Willis Allison Carto's network is probably more secretive than the Trilateral Commission could ever hope to be. But with a radio show aired on 470 stations daily, a brand new television commentary series seen in 37 cities and a newspaper circulation approaching 340,000, Carto is a formidable force within the Right.

Former Senator Sam Ervin has commended Carto's Liberty Lobby for being "faithful to the concept of the Constitution." Idaho Representative George Hansen says he's "pleased to receiveve The Spotlight and hope all my colleagues have access to it." Carto's propaganda machine is being taken seriously by a growing number of rightists. Here's a thumbnail rundown of his empire and the history of his activities:

Liberty Lobby: This non-profit, ultra-conservative pressure group is the core of Carto's industry, estimated to be a multimillion-dollar operation. Founded by Carto in 1956, the group reached a financial turning point in 1964 with the publication of a character assassination of Lyndon Johnson.

In April 1969, columnist Drew Pearson wrote that the Liberty Lobby was a "neo-Nazi group" and published a letter written by Carto that read, in part: "Hitler's defeat was the defeat of Europe. And America." Furious, Carto went to court but was unsuccessful in his attempt to stop Pearson from writing about Liberty Lobby.

This past June, Robert Bartell became chairman of Liberty Lobby's Board of Policy. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith, Bartell's history includes having presided over a hush-hush 1970 Liberty Lobby fundraiser for a project--"Operation Survival"--to finance a right-wing military dictatorship for the U.S. Barlett denies the charge, saying that the fundraiser was to help prevent the U.S. climate from deteriorating into further "chaos." According to the ADL, which will not reveal its sources but apparently planted an informant in Operation Survival, Bartell asked for help in raising $400,000 yearly from the 50 influential right-wingers in attendance.

The Spotlight: This weekly tabloid is a radically right-wing version of the National Enquirer: "Soviet Spy in White House"; "Rockefeller Named Dope Overlord"; "The Diary of Anne Frank is a fraud." News stories "expose" the conspiracy being perpetrated against hard-working, blue-collar citizens by "Jew-Zionist" international bankers and communists.

Affiliated Fronts: Liberty Lobby front groups can sometimes be identified by their address: 300 Independence Avenue SE, Washington DC or 132 Third Street, a side entrance to Carto's building.

Carto's West Coast operations revolve mainly around The Noontide Press. He also has been affiliated with the once-respected American Mercury magazine and the Institute for Historical Review, an organization designed to promote the belief that the Holocaust was a hoax.

Willis Allison Carto, himself: Carto does not speak in public, refuses to be interviewed and keeps an unlisted telephone number. His name does not even appear on the masthead of The Spotlight.

He directs his operations from a plush penthouse apartment in Torrance, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. According to Spotlight's managing editor, Jim Tucker, Carto conducts Liberty Lobby business by way of conference calls from a public telephone. His occasional surprise appearances at the Liberty Building in Washington are geared to catch employees off-guard. One former employee says the staff fears Carto's stormy temperament, and Robert Bartell confirms that polygraph tests are not uncommon for new employees.

Friday, November 26, 2010


We penetrate Fiery Cross Terror Gangs

Robert Scoggin's den was plastered with posters.

One showed a black man about to stab a frightened white mother embracing her two children, along with the slogan: "The time is coming--will you be ready?" It also showed a Klansman brandishing a rifle.

Another showed a black man with the slogan: "He may be your equal, but he sure isn't ours!"

Yet another portrayed a tearful white girl holding a torn white dress and the slogan: "The black savage must go. Every 14 minutes a woman is raped in the USA. Unite together white men."

Scoggin has a huge business in mail-order Klan paraphernalia. His stock includes emblems, embroidered patches, car bumper and window stickers, belt buckles, earrings, tie pins and neckties. "I send them all over the world," he said.

Klan recruits are measured up and supplied with robes, hoods and masks. After measuring us, Scoggin said, "I'll call the robe factory right now." He said they would be red because he had made us Kleagles (officers) and would cost us 16 pounds each. He also gave us badges to decorate the robes.

In Jail

Scoggin says he has been a Klan member for 26 years and claims to be the longest-serving KKK officer in America. He proved his dedication in the Sixties by refusing to answer questions about the Klan before the un-American activities Committee.

At the time, it was claimed that the Klan was making bombs to destroy stores and restaurants which permitted blacks to eat at lunch counters. For contempt of Congress, Scoggin spent nine months in jail.

Fully robed and hooded, we later took part in a KKK rally and its ritual of burning the cross.


We were accompanied by Emperor Scoggin who took us into a field and presented us with red satin robes, hoods and masks.

Klan members stood around in their robes of white, scarlet, green, purple and black. Many wore masks.

Up to 300 members of the public were harangued by speakers friom different Klan units.

The climax to the rally came as Klansmen were handed flaming torches and circled and lit the 20-feet high pinewood cross.

Klan rallies are held regularly across America, and Klanspeople are often arrested for racial disturbances.

And Emperor Scoggin made it clear that he expects his English disciples to do the same.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


This article appeared in the (UK) Sunday People on February 24th, 1980.


We were led to an altar--a table draped with an American flag which partially covered an unsheathed sword, and holding a glass of water and a Bible.

Imperial Emperor Robert Scoggin then ushered in seven fully-robed Klans-people, including two females. Their flowing robes were of either scarlet, purple, black, white or green satin--and some were hooded and masked.

They formed a solemn circle around us and Scoggin took a position behind a cross facing us.


Then Scoggin performed the initiation ritual.

During this 30 minute "natualisation," as Scoggin called it, we were each made to swear an oath of allegiance to the Klan.

Among our many oaths we had to affirm that we would "faithfully obey" the Klan's constitution and laws and that we would faithfully strive "for the eternal maintenance of white supremacy."

Then he bent forward and warned us that the penalty for treason was death.

He pointed to the skin of a rattlesnake pinned to the wall and said: "I got that rattlesnake before it got me and that's what you've got to do with Klan traitors."

We were applauded by the assembled Klans-people. They removed their masks and hoods and filed past us to congratulate us as fellow Klansmen.

Scoggin then spoke of his secret plans for Britain and showered us with racialist propaganda to take home.

Scoggin urged us: "Organise rallies and meetings to win support. Set up units in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and appoint a Grand Dragon (leader) for each area."

Last week we revealed how John Fisher, of Stockport, Cheshire, a former ice cream salesman who is now an airman, was chosen to lead the operation in Britain.

Scoggin went on to urge the use of arms and showed us part of his personal arsenal.

It included a Smith and Wesson pistol, a Walther P38 pistol, a selection of smaller pistols, which he said could be easily concealed, and a 375 Winchester rifle.

"All Klansmen keep arms over here," he said. "I know it's illegal in Britain, but your members should have them too. Keep them hidden in your homes. You'll never know when you need to use them on the niggers.

"Make sure your members are able to use their weapons," said Scoggin.. "You could train them on rifle ranges quite legitimately by joining shooting clubs."

Scoggin again suggested rallies in Britain and said, "The climax should be a burning cross."

Monday, November 22, 2010


Fidel Castro knew that John and Robert Kennedy wanted him gone and had been plotting to poison him--if not kill him, at least cause his beard to fall out. (A Sidney Gottlieb cocktail.) But Castro also knew that if he tried to turn it around, the United States would enjoin Cuba with Atlantis, deep beneath the sea.

The JFK hit was most likely a home-cooked meal.

I'm not going to bore you with bullet trajectories and the large number of witnesses who died mysterious deaths. All of that is well documented by too many books--and a report issued in 1979 to conclude a congressional investigation that remained inconclusive.

Kennedy's assassination was conceived by two mafia godfathers: Santo Trafficante of Miami and Carlos Marcello of New Orleans.

It was likely coordinated by top mobsters Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana. (Both were murdered after receiving subpoenas to testify before a Congressional committee. Roselli was sawn into pieces and stuffed into an oil canister, then dumped into the Atlantic Ocean; Giancana was shot at close range as he prepared a late-night sausage and pepper sandwich in the basement kitchen of his home.)

The actual trigger-men (two) would have been Cuban; both part of the earlier mafia contract on Castro's head. (The mob used some of CIA's anti-Castro funding to pay them off.) Anti-Castro Cubans, concentrated in the Miami area, hated JFK almost as much as they detested Castro after Kennedy left Cuban troops stranded at the Bay of Pigs in 1961.

The motive?

Old fashioned revenge mixed with self-preservation.

Understand, the mafia helped elect Joe the Bootlegger‘s Boy to the White House. They stole Chicago for Kennedy, arranging for a number of long-dead people to vote, edging out Richard Nixon, the genuine winner.

What was their reward?

A ferocious Robert Kennedy as attorney general who, inexplicably, embarked on a determined crusade to jail or deport top mafia figures.

Perhaps RFK was out to prove his manhood (as the runt of his competitive family), along with trying to erase family connections to the mob. An anti-mafia campaign became RFK's obsession, to the chagrin of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who, for his own reasons, refused to even acknowledge the existence of a cosa nostra.

The mob bosses were outraged. How dare these Kennedys bite the hand that fed them so generously?

RFK went too far when he orchestrated the deportation of Carlos Marcello to Sicily, his homeland.

Humiliated and outraged, Marcello snuck back into the US and began plotting.

At a mob pow-wow, Santo Trafficante proposed that they put a contract on Robert Kennedy.

Marcello would have none of it--only the top enchilada would suffice. "If you cut off a dog's tail, the dog will only keep biting," Marcello told Trafficante. "But if you cut off its head, the dog will die."

When the deed was done, RFK knew very well what had happened, and this compounded his inconsolable grief. RFK blamed himself, for it was he who personally spearheaded CIA's attempts to get Castro, cementing an otherwise tenuous agency relationship with the mafia.

Under President Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy became a lame attorney general. His spirit for the job was all but snuffed out. And he had his children's security to think about.

Johnson, who had referred to JFK in the late 1950s as "that spavined hunchback," had grown weary of the Irish mafia's sobriquet for him, "Uncle Cornpone."

J. Edgar Hoover shed no tears either. He loathed the Kennedy brothers; Robert, especially. He was relieved to have them off his back.

Significantly, the venerable FBI director maintained good relations with mob bosses. He even traded horseracing tips with top New York mobster Frank Costello. The essence of the Hoover-mafia relationship was this: Mobsters had much earlier obtained photographic evidence of Hoover's homosexuality; specifically, J. Edgar's relationship with FBI deputy director and longtime companion Clyde Tolson.

So the FBI investigation evaded every lead that pointed to the mafia.

Lee Harvey Oswald?

A fiery young idealist who drifted from one cause to the next, ultimately allowing himself to be strung into the wrong place at the wrong time by the wrong crowd under the wrong set of circumstances.

Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner and mob associate from way back, was chosen to hit Oswald. The deal to break him out of prison and set him up a millionaire in Mexico went unfulfilled.

A few years later, Ruby was dead from cancer; the Warren Commission whitewashed the event for reasons of national security -- and the mafia became alarmed by Robert Kennedy's rise to popularity. They knew if he got to be president, their long-running situation comedy would be cancelled. RFK's fate was sealed.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


This article appeared in the (UK) Sunday People on February 24th, 1980

We Penetrate Fiery Cross Terror Gangs

Behind the move to set up the Ku Klux Klan in Britain--exposed in last week's Sunday People--is one of most America's most notorious Klansmen.

He is 58-year-old Robert Scoggin, grandly titled "Imperial Emperor" of the Klan in South Carolina, the heart of America's Deep South.

Gun-toting Scoggin, who wears a golden hood and robes of his office, claims to have launched Klans in Australia and New Zealand and boasted to our investigators about his British contacts working to set up the KKK here.

He told us: "We need organisers in England. Come to America for a Klan initiation to prepare yourselves."


So Sunday People investigators travelled 3,500 miles to Scoggin's headquarters in the town of Spartanburg, South Carolina, which has a large number of black citizens descended from slaves.

We were received by Scoggin in full regalia with the sign of a hooded night rider carrying a flaming torch emblazoned on his breast. He wore the Klan's black and scarlet Maltese cross badge, with its centerpiece of a droplet of human blood.

And he wasted no time arranging macabre initiation ceremonies for us--carried out before an assembly of masked Klansmen.

The initiation was followed by practical instruction in the use of pistols and submachine by practical instruction in thebuse of rifles, pistols and submachine guns. "You'll get more niggers using these," said Scoggin.


We had been met on the freeway outside Spartanburg by American Klansmen and bundled into a blue transit van with darkened windows. It was full of Klansmen's robes, swords and a makeshift altar.

Inside the carpeted vehicle we were we were instructed to complete membership cards, then driven to a large ranch-style house on the edge of Soartanburg and led up an unlit narrow staircase into Emperor Scoggin's headquarters, which he calls a "Klavern."

Scoggin solemnly accepted our application forms and membership fee of 10 pounds each.

Friday, November 19, 2010


This article appeared in the (UK) Sunday People (front page and center spread) on February 17th, 1980.


The would-be Klan leader in the west of England was former hospital worker David Austen, who until recently lived in a council house at Hamlin Gardens, Exeter.

Austen was Devon leader of the Nazi-style British Movement in his area and has been in touch with Klan bosses in America.

A letter from Austen to a supposed Klan sympathiser (we have it in our possession) says that he firmly believes the Klan has a great role to play in the U.K.

Austen is particularly experienced in racialism . At one time his British Movement put up wall posters in and around Exeter. They depicted a black man astride a white baby's corpse--with a machete dripping blood on the little body.

Two more of John Fisher's recruits to the Klan were John Smith, who runs Skelton's Pet Supplies at Fratton Road, Portsmouth, and William Kingsford, of Locksway Road, Milton, Portsmouth. Both were British Movement members and ex-members of the National Front.

Kingsford, a heavily-built man in his 50s wrote to Fisher expressing their interest in joining the Klan, he told investigators.

Both Smith and Kingsford said they had lost interest in the National Front because it was not sufficiently militant.

John Smith spoke about the problem of black people "polluting the South Coast." He said, "Busloads of spades come down in the summer from Brixton and Hounslow. The problem's ghoing to get worse."

But Smith was most concerned with getting rid of the Jews.

Smith, who said he was ex-chairman of the National Front in Portsmouth, claimed:

"I'm a weapons expert and I know how to go about fire raising. But it's something you do on your own. If I am going to do a synagogue, I am not going to have anyone else with me. I am 53 now and I'm not going to get put inside through anyone else."

At a later meeting with Smith at a hotel near his shop, he again said that he was anxious to get involved and "see some action" with the Klan.

Smith said at this meeting that William Kingsford, who we had met with him earlier, had been very concerned when he had discussed with him plans for setting fire to a synagogue.

Kingsaford, he said, now "didn't want to know. All he wants to do is talk--he's not interested in doing anything," Smith said.

At another meeting with John Fisher, who is married with a young child at his two-storey terraced home in Cheadle Heath, he said: "I have been selected as Klan leader for Britain. I have sent the organisation in America my views on racial matters here."

We again confronted Fisher last week--and revealed our identities.

He said he had now joined the R.A.F. on a nine-year engagement and was learning electrical and mechanical engineering at a training base at Swinderby, Lincs.

He told us: I am still the British representative for the Klan, but I don't want trouble-makers, people who want to direct physical action."

The main object of the Klan in Britain, he claimed, would be to urge the Government to curb immigration drastically.

He said he still held racist views--"quite definitely"--but they had "moderated a little."

We discovered during our investigations that some racial regalia is sold by a North London firm--Deane and Adams, of Summers Row, Finchley.

An investigator who called at the firm, posing as a Klan supporter, was met by Mr. John Haynes, who said he was running the business.

The investigator reports:

"His wife, Pay Haynes, was behind the counter when I entered, and they showed me the various Klan brass belt buckles on offer by the company.

"Mr. Haynes gave me illustrated brochures and price lists, and I bought some samples."

He said most of the Klan buckles and money clips go to America, but they were now pushing sales in Europe.

Next: Inside America's Klan

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


This article appeared in the (UK) Sunday People (front page and center spread) on February 17th, 1980.


The meeting continued in a pub--and again our investigators tagged along.

John Woods was quick to notice three West Indians having a drink by the saloon's bar door. "Soots, you can't go anywhere without having them creep in," he said. "You go out for a quiet country pub and you've got them."

He said he had a "hundred men," all of them real tough notes, but they "didn't have the bottle" to turn up at an open meeting such as the one we were having.


Woods Senior came up with several bizarre plans to intimidate blacks and people who mixed with them.

He said he had police uniforms and a police warrant card. He suggested that we could "nick a wog" pretending to be police, take him away somewhere quiet for questioning and beat him up.

Another of his ideas was to kidnap a white girl and a black man when they were out together then paint the black man white and the girl black.

He talked several times about what good propaganda it would be to seize a black man, tie him up and paint him white. "It's action that we want--that's what makes people think."

He was keen on an idea proposed by David Fisher to have burning crosses in all major cities to get new recruits, but he felt we should go further and have a "coon" tied up alongside the cross.

He also suggested that Klan members might dress up in hoods and be photographed "hanging" a Klan member painted black.

At one point, Woods said, "We don't want to actually kill any--just maim a few. There's got to be bloodshed."

At another meeting at John Woods' home at which Sunday People undercover investigators were present, Woods and his son, Brian, were again enthusiastic about joining the Klan.

Woods said that he had been area orginser in Highbury of the National Front... but he had left because all they were interested in was talking. "There's no action--they haven't got the gumption for this," he said.

Both his sons, he said, were in the British Movement. He said that his other son had been attacked by a "soot." He added that he was determined to get him., and that at some stage he planned to "blast the coon."

He would use one of the shotguns he had under the bed in his bedroom. "I have three shotguns under the bed. The Old Bill would do their nut if they knew."

Monday, November 15, 2010


This article appeared in the (UK) Sunday People (front page and center spread) on February 17th, 1980.


The People investigates the men who want to see America's race terror here

A plot to set up the banned Ku Klux Klan in Britain was blown wide open by Sunday People investigators.

Posing as Klan sympathizers, we penetrated the British connection of the organisation and uncovered their potentially evil web of hate.

Investigators were actually initiated as robed Knights of the Klan and met English recruits.

We learned of detailed plans masterminded by a Klan boss in America to flood Britain with racialist propaganda.

The campaign was to include:

* A massive membership drive in Britain.

* Training in the use of weapons.

* Arms caches to be hidden in members' homes.

* Burning crosses in major cities.

Terror tactics against blacks and Jews.

A former ice cream salesman from Cheshire is the man chosen as leader--or "Grand Dragon"--of the Klan's Brish branch.

He is John Fisher of Sycamore Street, Cheadle Heath, Stockport.

He declared at a remarkable meeting of Klan supporters held in Clerkenwell, London, that he would "knuckle a nigger any time because that's the way I feel about them."


Fisher boasted that he already had 40 to 50 names of prospective members.

The meeting began at an hotel to which Fisher drove from Stockport.

There to greet him were other racialists, some of whom have already sent membership applications to America.

They included John Woods, a garage worker of Spring Garden, Highbury, London, a father of four who claims he left the National Front because they are "all talk and no action," his sons Brian and Tony and another supporter.

Woods had sent 30 pounds in membership fees to the States--10 pounds each for himself and his sons.

Fisher suggested that burning crosses (the Klan symbol) in Britain's major cities would help to bring in new recruits.

He said sympathisers could get hoods costing 16 pounds each sent over from the States. Klansmen could leap out of cars and confront "soots" (colored people) to terrify them.
Fisher stressed that people should not be attacked indiscriminately.

"Because we are doing it in the name of the Klan, we have to make sure there's a reason," he said.

Fisher and John Woods agreed that it would be a good idea to scan court records and select a "coon" who had been up for assaulting a white girl and then go after him.

In Part II: The Klan meeting carries onto a nearby pub.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


This article was published by the (UK) Daily Mirror on February 12th, 1980.


The man in the crumpled raincoat walked into the luxury Imperial Hotel in Torquay carrying his own suitcases.

He pushed open the door and struggled into the lobby. No one took any notice.

The man was David Rockefeller, one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, arriving for one of his secret conferences.

Rockefeller, 64, is the man they call The Kingmaker.

He is the youngest son of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller II and brother of Nelson Rockefeller, former Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States.

He worked hard for success from the moiment he left Harvard University in his early twenties.

After taking a doctor's degree at the University of Chicago, he served as a U.S. Army captain from 1942-45.

After the war he became an assistant manager in the foreign department of the Chase Manhattan Bank.

It wasn't too hard to get the job. His father owned the bank.

In 1968 he took over as the bank's chairman and chief executive. His massive empire had begun.

Today Rockefeller's financial interests control HALF the U.S. oil industry, a FIFTH of all American banking, a FIFTH of all American industry and more than a QUARTER of private U.S. investment in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Through Chase Manhattan, Rockefeller has a controlling interest in twenty-three massive billion-dollar corporations, including American Express, IBM, Pan American Airways, and Exxon Oil.

Rockefeller spends a good deal of the year flying round the world in his own fifteen-seat Caravelle jet to attend banking conferences or hold private meetings with world leaders.

He is said to keep a file of 35,000 "personal friends" in high places around the world.

Time and again American presidents have tried to persuade Rockefeller to join their Cabinets. He has always refused.

Many believe he rejects their offers of powerful jobs because he is even MORE powerful as a man behind the scenes, able to pull as many strings as he wants.

An example of this can be found in America's involvement with Iran.

When President Jimmy Carter refused to support of Shah's tottering regime--and with it, billions of dollars of Rockefeller investments--the all-powerful tycoon was furious.

He urged Carter to accept nthe ailing Shah into America when he was in need of hospital treatment.

The CIA urged Carter that taking in the Shah would spark off anger in Iran.

Carter took Rockefeller's advice and soon after the American Embassy hostages were taken.

This is the power of David Rockefeller in action.

But there is also another side to the amazing man.

When he is not dabbling in multi-million dollar wheeler dealing, he loves beetles.

It has been a lifelong hobby, and now his collection is believed to be the largest in the world.

More often than not the man who never needs to have money in his pocket, instead carries small plastic containers with his current favourite beetle lying dead, and secured by pins.

And on occasions he has been known to pull one from his pocket to show to a special friend.

An senior official from Chase Manhattan Bank in London telephoned the editor of the Daily Mirror after this article was published to complain that it had exaggerated David Rockefeller's financial interests in the USA.

Documents were provided to substantiate the claim. No further words were exchanged.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


This article was published by the (UK) Daily Mirror on February 12th, 1980.

One of the most remarkable successes of the Trilateral Commission was the election of Jimmy Carter as U.S. President in 1976.

It was duriung a lunch in London the autumn of 1972 that David Rockefeller decided to help the presidential aspirations of the unknown Jimmy Carter.

He invited Carter to join the Commission. Carter leapt at the chance.

But most astonishing of all, once Carter was elected he chose almost his entire Cabinet from the sixty-three original American members of of the Trilateral Commission, including Zbignew Brzezinski, Cyrus Vance, Walter Mondale, Harold Brown, Michael Blumenthal and Andrew Young.

Since then President Carter and David Rockefeller have fallen out.

In April 1978 Carter made his controversial decision not to deploy the neutron bomb for NATO forces, a decision that upset and angered Rockefeller.

The last straw was the row over the Shah of Iran. Carter refused to continue supporting the Shah while civil war was raging. Rockefeller had huge financial interests in Iran.

Rockefeller is not supporting Jimmy Carter in his bid for re-election.

This year David Rockefeller has a new candidate. His name is George Bush, a former American ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador to China and former Director of the CIA.

George Bush is 55, six ft. 2in. tall, lean handsome all-American who made his fortune building an oil drilling company.

After resigning from the CIA in 1977 George Bush joined the Trilateral Commission.

Like Jimmy Carter four years earlier, Bush has risen from nowhere and is treading along the same Rockefeller path.

Rockefeller is the financial muscle behind Bush's election campaign. He has contributed openly to the Bush for President Committee.

And now George Bush, a few months ago considered a 50-1 outsider in the presidency stakes, is President Carter's chief challenger in the November elections.

Bush resigned from the Trilateral Commission just before the Bush for President Committee was formed.

Jimmy Carter, when asked which Republican he would least like to run against, replied, "George Bush."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


This article was published by the (UK) Daily Mirror on February 12th, 1980.

It was July 1972 at a mansion in the beautiful Pocantico Hills sixty miles north of New York City that the Trilateral Commission was born.

Pocantico Hills is owned and run by the five grandsons of the legendary oil magnate John D. Rockefeller.

Around the huge oak table sat sixteen men. David Rockefeller, Chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank and one of America's wealthiest citizens, headed the meeting.

At his side was Zbigniew Brzezinski, then head of the Russian Studies department at Columbia University and who is now President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser.

Together they took it in turns to explain their new brainchild, the Trilateral Commission--so named because they wanted to bring together the economic giants of the USA, Europe, and Japan.

They were determined to make the Trilateral Commission the most powerful private body of mankind the world had ever known. They were to be the Kingmakers.

Since that time the Commission has become in effect the shadow government of the Western world. Its members have either recently held high office in the government or are destined to be the world leaders of tomorrow.

Two of the original members of the Commission in 1973 were the unknown Governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter and the former Tory Minister Peter Carrington.

In three years Jimmy Carter was to leap from nowhere to become President of the United States and Peter Carrington was to become one of Britain's most effective Foreign Secretaries.

Fifteen months after the Pocantico gathering the Commission held its first official meeting in a luxury hotel in the new economic powerhouse of the world, Tokyo.

Two hundred and twenty five of the world's most influential men--bankers, industrialists, diplomats, academics and senior politicians--had been personally invited to become members.

David Rockefeller, inaugurating that first conference, said: "Private citizens are often able to act with greater flexibility than governments in the search for new and better forms of international cooperation."

Rockefeller explained his new idea, which would in reality come to mean global manipulation of economic policies by a powerful group of private citizens.

The Commission works like this: Task Force papers are produced by experts on orders from the Commission.

These range from from economic policies to nuclear power, from the energy crisis to the future of democracy.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


This article was published by the (UK) Daily Mirror on February 13th, 1980.

The Daily Mirror yesterday revealed the power of the Trilateral Commission as a group of global manipulators. The Trilateral Commission--known as the Kingmakers--stands second to none in power, prestige and influence. But not far behind comes the Bilderberg Group, a circle of the elite and wealthy whose hush-hush meetings determine how the Western nations should run their affairs.

C. Gordon Tether, the distinguished former columnist of the Financial Times, wrote: "If the Bilderberg Group is not a conspiracy of some sort it is conducted is such a way as to give a remarkably good imitation of one."

Bilderberg was the concept of a little known Polish political philosopher, the late Dr. Joseph Retinger.

In the late 1940s, Retinger was an active advocate of a unified Europe. With funds mostly supplied by America's Central Intelligence Agency, Retinger helped form the American Committee for a Unified Europe, the European Movement, and the European Youth Congress.

Retinger approached Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in May, 1952, with the suggestion of unofficial meetings among NATO countries to unite the West against the Eastern bloc and discuss European alliances.

After organising such a group Prince Bernhard and Retinger flew to Washington where they sold the idea to Walter Bedell Smith, then director of the CIA.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Bilderberg Group is its steering committee's amazing ability to invite politicians to join the group who later reach the pinnacles of power in their respective countries.

Among Americans who attended Bilderberg conferences before their faces became widely known were President Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter's Vice President Walter Mondale, and his Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance.

One of the driving forces behind Bilderberg has always been the powerful David Rockefeller, chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank.

Prominent Europeans have included French President Giscard d'Estaing and West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt.

Two of the four Britons at the very first conference in 1954 were Hugh Gaitskell and Denis Healey.

Of the present Tory Government, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Lord Carrington, and Sir Keith Joseph all attended meetings of the group.