Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 10 Num. 02

("Quid coniuratio est?")


By Sherman H. Skolnick

The Italian firm was getting a bigger and bigger presence in the soybean markets, such as on the Chicago Board of Trade. Fair and square, following the rules, they had cornered the market in 1989 when there was a drought expected. There was a shortage of soybeans.

Ferruzzi Finanziaria S.p.A., the agro-chemical holding firm, was run by what some called a wizard, Raul Gardini, who had married the daughter of the firm's founder, Serafino Ferruzzi. Their operation was called Central Soya Co., of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Ferruzzi U.S.A., Inc., with principal offices in Louisiana.

Those who understood business realized Ferruzzi was more actually owned and operated by the Vatican Bank; over the years by Vatican Bank Chief, Bishop Paul Marcinkus; and earlier by "St. Peter's Banker," Michele Sindona.

Ferruzzi's main competitors were primarily Cargill, the secretive, privately owned firm, headquartered in Minnesota, and the highly political -- some say highly corrupt -- Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., darling of the mass media. (Some have long grumbled that ADM's long-time chief, Dwayne Andreas, should have been fingered, with Nixon, in the Watergate Affair for corrupt practices and dirty tricks.)

In view of the circumstances in 1989, Cargill and ADM had taken the wrong position in respect to soybeans. To fill orders, both domestic and for export, they would have to come to terms with Ferruzzi, and the Italian firm rightfully could and would push them into default and own them.

To save themselves, Cargill and ADM reportedly had a malign influence on the Chicago Board of Trade. The chairman of that commodity exchange, by Emergency Resolution, July 11, 1989, changed the rules in the middle of the game. Ferruzzi was ordered to drop most of their position in soybeans.

Ferruzzi brought a suit seeking injunction against the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago's highly corrupt federal district court. (Ferruzzi Trading International, et al., vs. Board of Trade of Chicago, No. 89 C 5469). The case was assigned to Chicago U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel, a close crony of former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson. (In November, 1994, on our one-hour public access cable TV show, we demonstrated how Big Jim and his circle are kingpins in the "China White" high purity heroin smuggling into the U.S. through Chicago.)

Judge Zagel was not about to let Ferruzzi default Cargill and ADM and end up owning their business. The judge with little fanfare denied the injunction. Ferruzzi was forced to dump their contracts and positions on soybeans. Thousands of innocent soybean farmers were ruined, some bankrupted.

How did this happen? That at a time of soybean shortages, with not enough to meet domestic demand and for export, soybean prices collapsed instead of going up.

In the U.S. District Court in Chicago was brought a purported class action by angry soybean farmers: American Agriculture Movement, Inc., et al., vs. Board of Trade of City of Chicago, case No. 89 C. 8467. It was assigned to Chicago Federal District Judge George M. Marovich, a long-time banker whose bank, South Holland Trust & Savings Bank (in a Chicago suburb), was a correspondent bank of Continental Bank of Chicago, mother ship of the commodity markets and the Chicago Board of Trade.

Presidential campaigns are planned four or more years in advance. Hillary Rodham Clinton was linked to a group of bankers, lawyers, and others from Fayetteville, Arkansas and elsewhere in that state. The Chicago Board of Trade was part of a money laundering apparatus, washing illicit funds for the 1992 campaign of Bill Clinton -- such as washing dope money from the CIA's operation at the Mena, Arkansas airport.

In previous articles, I told how I and an associate of mine, Joseph Andreuccetti, who helps with our cable TV show, are on Hillary Rodham Clinton's "enemies list," and are and have been targeted for a long list of dirty tricks, threats, and harassment, by the FBI, the IRS, and others. Our suit seeking damages against the First Lady and others acting with her is entitled Sherman H. Skolnick and Joseph Andreuccetti, plaintiffs, vs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, et al., defendants, No. 96 C 4373, in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, filed 7/18/96, and pending before the selfsame Judge George M. Marovich (a coincidence?).

In court papers filed recently by us, are contained the following -- some excerpts:

-- "that the financial interests of defendant Hillary Rodham Clinton, and her law partner, Vincent W. Foster, Jr., were interwoven with certain lawyers, bankers, and agents, representatives, and investigators, from Fayetteville, Arkansas and elsewhere."

-- "On December 1, 1991, defendant [Hillary Rodham] Clinton, in conjunction with her business partner, Vincent W. Foster, Jr., by and through bankers, lawyers, and representatives, agents, and investigators, sought and obtained a meeting with plaintiff Skolnick. Said group being from Fayetteville, Arkansas and elsewhere in Arkansas, and other places... Skolnick was informed that said group had a financial interest in the billions of dollars of transactions in a class action in the federal courts in Chicago, entitled American Agriculture Movement, Inc., et al., plaintiffs vs. Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, et al., defendants. No. 89 C 8467, in the U.S. District Court... At a later date, Skolnick became aware that said transactions were part of a massive, illicit enterprise, laundering dope funds such as from Mena, Arkansas, to raise funds for the 1992 Presidential election of Bill Clinton, in which defendant Clinton played a key role, along with Vincent W. Foster, Jr., and defendant Amy Zisook, chief fund-raiser for the '92 campaign."

-- "Skolnick was informed that the investigations of said group showed that the presiding judge in said litigation, U.S. District Judge George M. Marovich, was acting in a corrupt manner and under a malign influence, to favor the defendants therein, including the Chicago Board of Trade."

-- "Said group acknowledged and confirmed to Skolnick that corrupt federal commodity regulators, such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, permitted and condoned this corruption including the Chicago Board of Trade and their officials being in a position to work a malign and corrupt influence on George M. Marovich as banker and judge. The following colloquy took place:

Question by Skolnick: Do you wish to 'go public' with this, to finger Judge George M. Marovich, such as being guests on my show?

Answer: Not just yet.

Question by Skolnick: Or do you wish to strong-arm and blackmail Judge Marovich for your own financial advantage?

(No answer was given.)"

"By said acts and doings, by and through said group, defendant Clinton and Foster mis-used plaintiff Skolnick, an electronic journalist and court reformer; for defendant to blackmail Judge Marovich, to gain a financial advantage, and to cover up the defendant's massive illicit transactions through the Chicago markets and massive tax evasion; and for the purpose of defendant covering up the related matters of the 50 million dollar transfer referred to herein... Said group acknowledged and confirmed to Skolnick that Judge Marovich, individually and through persons financially associated with him and through banks acting in conjunction with him and them, speculates in the commodity markets in the selfsame commodities in said litigation."

-- "That on January 16, 1993, certain persons sought, and obtained, a meeting with Skolnick and Andreuccetti. Said meeting included a director of the Chicago Board of Trade and principals of two trading member firms. They informed plaintiffs they were undecided whether they wanted to appear as guests on Skolnick's public access cable TV program, "Broadsides," in which Andreuccetti assists in the production and distribution. During the meeting, the following took place, with Skolnick asking the questions, Andreuccetti observing, and a director of the Chicago Board of Trade answering:

Question: In the case against you, American Agriculture Movement, Inc. versus The Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, is it true Judge Marovich was somehow corrupted?

Answer: Yes, it cost us 62 million dollars between the judge and those in the appeals court.

Meaning to be understood by said director and was so understood by plaintiffs that it included Judge James B. Zagel and Joel M. Flaum among others... Thereupon, a trading firm member principal reached across the table and said to the director of the Chicago Board of Trade: You shouldn't be telling him (pointing to Skolnick). Whereupon the Chicago Board of Trade director answered:

Answer: I am telling him (meaning Skolnick) because he probably already knows and it is bound to come out and we're all going to get blackened. You (referring to the principal of the trading firm member) know we had to do it.

Further question by Skolnick: Are you confirming you paid off the judges, including Judge Marovich?

Answer: Yes. (Meaning to be understood by said director and so understood by plaintiffs that the bribery included Judges Zagel, Flaum, Ripple, and Eschbach. At a later date, Skolnick found out that said group at said meeting used the happening of said meeting to blackmail a financial advantage of CFTC and Marovich.)"

-- "Whereupon, in July, 1993, defendant Clinton, by and through directors and officials of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange sought, and obtained a series of meetings with Skolnick and Andreuccetti, as follows:

On July 14, 1993, in the presence of those officials and directors, and an Exchange security official, Andreuccetti pushing Skolnick in his wheelchair, plaintiffs were escorted around the entire floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, during a trading session. Skolnick was told that this was the first time a person in a wheelchair was on such a tour. Many of the Exchange's employees stopped their activities when Skolnick was rolled past, and asked Skolnick and Andreuccetti, 'Are you investigating us' and followed by 'We watch your show.' Skolnick simply smiled and responded, 'I am enjoying the tour.' Thereafter, Skolnick and Andreuccetti met with the directors and officials of the Exchange in a snack shop. Skolnick was told: There is no basis to you investigating and raising questions about the Merc and the First Lady and her associates (meaning Vincent W. Foster, Jr., the then newly appointed Clinton White House deputy counsel.) There is no basis to it. Everything's out in the open here. Skolnick, in the presence of Andreuccetti, simply smiled and responded, 'I am enjoying the tour.' Whereupon there followed a luncheon with the Merc's directors at a nearby restaurant. Substantially the same dialogue took place at said meeting also. Some six days later, Foster was found mysteriously dead, some say murdered."

-- "that Assistant U.S. Attorney William R. Hogan, Jr., was, in effect, the representative in the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago of (1) the office of Catholic Archbishop of Chicago; (2) the Vatican Bank and Bishop Paul Marcinkus who was Vatican Bank chief up to November, 1991; (3) The Pope. Marcinkus' nephew/godson, Christian Henning, Jr., by falsely claiming to be Joseph Andreuccetti's business partner, caused Andreuccetti to be defrauded of many millions of dollars as hereinbefore stated... Yet, at a time of soybean shortage, because of this corruption, soybean prices went down when they should have gone up. The result of the corruption: thousands of soybean farmers were ruined, some bankrupted. Another result of the judicial corruption: Ferruzzi lost upwards of a billion dollars and the chief of their holding firm, Raul Cardini, who had married into the Ferruzzi family, and was considered a wizard, committed suicide, July 1993."

-- "It was no mere coincidence -- for the related benefit of defendant Hillary Rodham Clinton, who along with her business partner Vincent W. Foster, Jr., had massive interests, the Clinton Justice Department torpedoed Ferruzzi's informal representative in the U.S., William R. Hogan, Jr., an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago. Hogan, the lead prosecutor in a group of cases against the El Rukns, a narco-terrorist street gang in Chicago, was accused by the Justice Department of alleged misconduct in the El Rukn cases in 1993 and put on administrative leave."

"Hogan countered that the Justice Department knows full well, but takes no action, that six federal judges in Chicago are corrupt and take bribes, including Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John D. Schwartz."


  1. Large sums of illicit monies, for Bill Clinton's 1992 Presidential campaign, have been laundered through the Chicago Board of Trade.
  2. To cover up such matters, and massive illicit dealings of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her business partner, Vincent W. Foster, Jr., the judge in the soybean cases is among several federal judges in Chicago, who were corrupted with bribes of some 62 million dollars; as admitted by a director of the Chicago Board of Trade.
  3. Six days after the director and officials of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange tried to persuade me and an associate of mine to terminate our investigations of Hillary and Foster -- Foster is found dead, apparently murdered.
  4. In the same July, 1993, the head of Ferruzzi, Raul Gardini, is found dead -- is it possible, like Foster, Gardini's death was written off as a suicide when, in fact, it might have been murder?
  5. A group of bankers, lawyers, and others from Arkansas, tied to Hillary Rodham Clinton's financial interests, sets out to blackmail Judge George M. Marovich in the soybean cases, from the other side.
  6. A related matter is the secret transfer of 50 million dollars of federal funds parked with the Vatican-linked Household Bank and Household International; transferred to Little Rock, to attempt to cover up the embezzlement of 47 million dollars from Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, for which embezzlement Bill and Hillary Clinton are subject to federal criminal indictment.
  7. Nothing has been done to remedy innocent soybean farmers who were ruined, some bankrupted by this judicial corruption.
  8. Nothing is said in the monopoly press about the corruption of Cargill and ADM implicitly involved in the Chicago Board of Trade bribery of the federal judges in Chicago -- Ferruzzi was smashed, and Cargill and ADM escaped default and take-over of their companies by Ferruzzi.

Quoted excerpts are from Case No. 96 C 4373 that has been pending before Chicago Federal District Judge George M. Marovich who is protecting defendant Hillary Rodham Clinton and others that are defendants in the case, including defendant Amy Zisook, chief fund-raiser for President Clinton's 1992 campaign, consultant to Hillary and Bill, and, according to the issues raised in the lawsuit, tied to fund-raising from criminal foreign interests as well as mafioso union bosses, and tied to Ron Brown, the late corrupt Secretary of Commerce and his crooked trade deals, national and international.

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