Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 6 Num. 83 ====================================== ("Quid coniuratio est?")
The following article appeared in The Japan Times Weekly, December 2, 1995. It is written by Sherman H. Skolnick. After thinking things over, I have decided that regardless of any doubts I personally have as to some of Skolnick's material, still -- who am I to prevent readers with a possible interest from hearing what he has to say? Conspiracy Nation operates (or at least believes so) in the public interest. Hence, my own perceptions amount to nothing when weighed against the vast reading public. Conspiracy Nation also operates under the radical assumption that its readers are perfectly capable of thinking for themselves; that they do not need to be "shielded" from news that might challenge or upset them -- would that other so called "news" outlets adopted a similar basic assumption as to the intelligence and good judgement of their readers, viewers and/or listeners.
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The Rabin assassination's links to Vince Foster's death. By Sherman H. Skolnick
(From The Japan Times Weekly, 12/02/95)
[Preliminary paragraphs from The Japan Weekly:]
In our Aug. 19 issue, the Weekly predicted an imminent upheaval in Israel: "A reporter for an Israeli radio station recently told (Sherman) Skolnick that the revelations would 'cause the top officials of the Mossad to be murdered.'"
Now, three months after that ominous prediction, Chicago-based investigator Skolnick provides readers of the Weekly a behind-the- scene report on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. In the weeks before a Shin Bet-trained gunman shot him to death, the Israeli prime minister was preparing to go public about Mossad-related scandals, as a first step toward reforming the nearly autonomous Israeli intelligence agency. Skolnick suggests that a rogue network of Mossad agents, fearing criminal charges and possible termination of their operations, as the Israeli radio journalist had earlier suggested, decided to launch a pre-emptive strike against Rabin.
"On July 4, I received three phone calls: the conversation with a journalist with Israel National Radio's Washington bureau, an inquiry from the White House staff and Israel's Maariv newspaper," Skolnick recently told the Weekly.
The Israeli radio journalist, who had predicted a bloodletting at Mossad, had called the Chicago investigator because that morning's edition of The Washington Post had published a front- page article listing some of Skolnick's allegations about the connection between the mysterious death of White House vice counsel Vince Foster and its connection with the Jonathan Pollard spy case as well as other scandals involving the Israeli intelligence service Mossad.
The links between the Rabin assassination and Foster's possible murder shed light on the infighting between different factions of the CIA and Mossad, which intensified following revelations of secret transfers of U.S. nuclear technology to Israel, covert military dealings with Saddam's Iraq and Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran, and the alleged delay in the release of American hostages in Tehran, which enabled Ronald Reagan to win the 1980 presidential election. The murder of the leader of Islamic Jihad, just weeks before Rabin's assassination, certainly indicates that rogue Mossad operatives have been working overtime to destabilize the Mideast peace process.
Skolnick is still furious that, at the time of his earlier revelations, the Post and other establishment newspapers characterized his investigative findings as a "conspiracy theory." (Since then, the mainstream press has come to acknowledge the serious discrepancies in and far-ranging implications of the Foster case.) Here, he provides an expanded report on the background to Rabin's assassination.
[Skolnick's article begins here:]
The American connection to the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister is evident in the political background to the killing.
Vincent W. Foster, Jr., was part of an espionage team that allegedly included Hillary Rodham Clinton and Webster Hubbell, who was convicted in the Whitewater case.
Foster's team reportedly worked through Systematics, a reputed front for the U.S. National Security Agency, whose actual mission was reportedly code cracking and satellite spying. Though Systematics denies this allegation, a significant amount of data supports the case. The firm, a major player in computer services, used software, called PROMIS, ostensibly pirated from its true owner, INSLAW (a provider of encodation and communication software for banks and financial services).
Under the direction of high officials in the Reagan and Bush administrations, Foster's project electronically eavesdropped on foreign banks and intelligence agencies, who were provided or sold the software with a secret "trap door" (which permits the code to be broken by whoever possesses a master code). Major banks in Sweden, Israel, Iraq and Canada are among many others that have used the software.
The stated objective of Foster's project was to track international flows of funds by CIA-backed drug cartels, illicit weapons peddlers and assassination paymasters. Banks, spies and drug traffickers all sleep together. The probe targets included central banks, including the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan, according to highly confidential government documents.
In the NSA, Foster held the equivalent military rank of general. On behalf of the NSA and the CIA, he ran a bank in the Grand Caymans and, according to sources in the financial security services industry, supervised secret international gold shipments.
Over the years, his bosses included George Bush, during his years as vice president and later as president, and Caspar Weinberger, Reagan's secretary of defense. Foster's superiors owed Israel a favor for assisting the trans-shipment of U.S. weapons to Iran. The deal with Ayatollah Khomeini, which was perceived by many U.S. Mideast analysts as a treasonous act, allegedly delayed the release of U.S. hostages as a tactic to defeat then president Jimmy Carter's bid for re-election to the presidency and install the Reagan-Bush ticket in the White House. The hostages, as part of the deal, were released in January 1981, a few minutes after Reagan was inaugurated. Some call it the "October Surprise," a part of the Iran-Contra Affair.
Foster continued the project of tracking, and allegedly dipping into, dirty money. From time to time, he reportedly was also a "bagman," a conduit for illicit funds, for international bankers headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, who had long supported then Gov. Bill Clinton. Foster apparently continued these activities even after he became, in 1993, deputy counsel at the Clinton White House.
In the 1980s, Bush and Weinberger pressed Foster into service as the middleman to release nuclear missile launch codes and tracking data -- the highest U.S. strategic military secrets -- to Israel. Through Foster, Bush and Weinberger reputedly used as a conduit a low-level naval intelligence analyst, Jonathan Pollard, who sold the secrets to Israel to finance his lavish lifestyle. The U.S. technology helped Israel jump ahead with their own nuclear development and become a Mideast bulwark against Soviet threat in the Middle East.
For this purpose, some investigative reports in Britain and the United States have claimed that Israel set up accounts of millions of dollars for Foster in banks in Switzerland, the Caymans and elsewhere. A beneficiary purportedly was Hillary Rodham Clinton, Foster's law partner, who went on to become first lady. Either these bank deposits actually occurred, or else the NSA created false records to blackmail Foster, Hillary and top Israeli officials into silence.
A look at the timetable: 1986, one year after Pollard was arrested, the Prime Minister of Sweden, Olaf Palme, wanted to go public on how the Swedish weapons maker Bofors was involved in the October Surprise, and the soon-to-be-revealed Iran-Contra scandal. In 1986, Palme was assassinated, and the hit was blamed on a "lone assassin." A suspect was caught but later released, and Palme's death remains an unsolved mystery.
The Bofors affair involved high officials in Swedish intelligence agencies and other government officials, was related to private business ventures between George Bush (while he served as vice president and later president) and Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein. These sorts of three-way private deals were known to top Israeli officials, including Yitzhak Rabin, and they reportedly wanted to get, or were promised, a piece of the action.
Palme had apparently learned that these dealings were under surveillance, reportedly through the INSLAW "trap door" into the computers of foreign intelligence agencies. Revealing any of these issues during the Persian Gulf War would have made then President Bush a target of treason charges.
In July, 1993, Foster found out that the secret accounts, which he was led to believe were in his name and those of the first lady and others, were somehow plundered by computer hackers with access to sophisticated software. Foster foolishly thought that as head of the bank-spying project, he himself would be immune from being targeted. As part of a vast cover-up trail, the hackers created false records purporting to show that some $10 million of Foster's secret payoffs from Israel were (as alleged in The Sunday Telegraph by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard) funneled into U.S. Treasury holding accounts overseas. (Treasury sources later denied the U.S. government ever actually received the plundered Foster loot.)
In April 1994, a behind-the-scenes furor erupted when a major newspaper began following up this writer's accusations that a three-man Israeli team murdered Foster in July 1993 to prevent him from carrying out his apparent plan to publicly reveal (that is, disclose to President Clinton) the true details of the Jonathan Pollard spy mess. Widespread publication would have caused Pollard to be released from his lifetime jail term, and his NSC superiors charged belatedly with treason.
As part of the 1993 deal, consummated in 1995, Prime Minister Rabin agreed to turn over certain pieces of land to the Palestinians, primarily Christians. The Vatican with the Vatican Bank and supported by Western bankers funneled large sums to Israel to finance the deal.
Was Rabin, despite getting the funding, going to renege on the land deal sometime in the future?
To support his position and that of Israel, Rabin wanted to clear the air with public disclosures explaining his country's role in the October Surprise, Iran-Contra and, most of all, the Pollard affair. If the Western press was prepared to reveal the role of an Israeli team in the assassination of Foster, Rabin was prepared to disclose that the team was not acting on behalf of the Israeli government but on a private murder contract arranged by American bankers who stood to lose billions of dollars if Foster went public.
Rabin, like Olaf Palme, was assassinated, and the blame was assigned to a lone assassin. Since these revelations and the assassination, various Mossad operatives -- in Chicago, Virginia and California -- have been detained or deported by the U.S. and are awaiting punishment by the Israeli government.
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