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HOLY SMOKE & MIRRORS
By David Guyatt
Vincent Carone is one of those people who spent his life dancing between
raindrops and turning invisible wherever a shadow lingered.
He existed and also didn’t exist.
Al Carone - unlike his near namesake, Al Capone – truly was a
paradox wrapped in a mystery concealed behind an enigma.
was a detective in the New York Police Department, but this didn’t stop
him from becoming a “made” man in the Genovese crime family.
He knew all the leading Mafiosa of his day, including Vito Genovese,
Sam Giancana, Santos Trafficante, Joe Colombo and Pauley Castellano
amongst others. To Carone’s
daughter, Dee, they were all known as “Uncle.”
When she got married, her father arranged two different reception
rooms to separate the “mob” guests, from the NYPD guests.
But this was more window-dressing than anything else.
One of Carone’s principal functions in the NYPD was to act as
the “bagman” in protecting shipments of CIA drugs to the various Mafia
Carone died in 1990 under mysterious circumstances. This followed a period of great personal disenchantment with his life following a secretive mission to Mexico in 1985 when a large number of innocent women and children died unnecessarily. His death was horrific, reports Mike Ruppert, editor of “From The Wilderness” newsletter, who has investigated Carone’s life story and written a special report on it (see acknowledgements).
another “Uncle” was Bill Casey, the former Director of the CIA during
the Reagan administration. Casey
had been with the OSS during WW11.
During the “seventies” he became Chairman of the Securities &
Exchange Commission (SEC) that regulates the US investment industry. During his tenor in that role, Casey used Carone as a “cut-out”
to pass sensitive insider information to mob Capo, Pauley Castellano,
says his daughter, Dee.
was also a full Colonel in the US Army where he had operated in the
Army’s Counter Intelligence Corp (CIC).
Unsurprisingly, in view of his close friendship with Bill Casey,
he was also a covert operative for the CIA.
But that wasn’t half of it.
Carone was also a Grand Knight of the Sovereign Military Order
of Malta (SMOM) – which historically has been the military arm of the
Vatican and is regarded as separate “state” with full powers of statehood
including issuing its own diplomatic passports.
more recent decades SMOM has acted as a funding conduit, a black market
gold channel and money-laundry for the CIA, amongst others – and is
known to act as the Vatican’s intelligence arm.
It was, for example, alleged to be involved in the disappearance
of Russia’s gold reserves – over 2000 metric tonnes - that vanished
during 1991, around the time that Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev was
ousted from office.
knighthoods are awarded to many leading individuals who are part of
the military and intelligence community.
The CIA’s Bill Casey, for example, was Knight of Malta.
Former NATO General (and later US Secretary of State) Alexander
Haig is also a Malta Knight. Another is General Vernon Walters, the former Deputy Director
of the CIA under DCI George Bush and later appointed a roving Ambassador
during the Reagan administration.
The legendary head of the OSS – the WW11 precursor of the CIA
– was “Wild” Bill Donovan, who was made a Knight along with his wartime
compatriot and later CIA chief of counter-intelligence, James Jesus
Angleton. And John McCone, another prominent member of the US “spook”
agency was also distinguished with a Malta knighthood.
The list goes on. Most interesting was Reinhard Gehlen the former Nazi intelligence
expert recruited by the US in 1945-46 to head the “Gehlen Org” – a secret
German-based intelligence arm of the United States that was composed
of former SS & Gestapo agents – many of whom, including Klaus Barbie,
were wanted Nazi war criminals.
The foregoing names amount to a listing of some of the most powerful
and influential members of the western intelligence community over the
last five decades.
Vatican group that has extremely close ties to the Knights of Malta
is the ultra right wing Opus Dei.
This is an immensely powerful faction in the Vatican today, whose
public “do good” activities eclipse a plethora of the darkest political
and financial machinations known to man.
It will not come as a surprise, perhaps, that Carone was closely
associated with Opus Dei and, in particular, a covert operation that
had its origin back in 1944.
This was Operation Amadeus.
THE DULLES FACTOR
highly secretive operation was part of the Operation Sunrise
negotiations conducted between Allen Dulles – the then senior wartime
OSS officer in Switzerland, but later to become the Director of the
CIA – and SS General Karl Wolff.
This debonair and well-connected SS officer commanded the SS
and Gestapo contingents in Italy at the time.
The result of these negotiations (at least those parts that are
now known about) was an agreement affording amnesty to an extensive
roster of SS-Gestapo forces - in exchange for their agreement to shift
their allegiance to the West in the pre-planned covert battle aimed
at defeating the Soviet communist “menace.”
In other words the “cold war.”
spin-off of these Dulles-Wolff arrangements were the Vatican run “rat-lines”
that aided wanted Nazi war criminals to slink to safety.
Tens of thousands of SS and others Nazi’s escaped capture as
a result of the ratlines. These
included such figures as Franz Stangl, commandant at Treblinka extermination
camp and his friend, Gustav Wagner, who ran the Sobibor death camp.
Others to escape in this manner included Adolf Eichmann, the
architect of the Holocaust. Eichmann
was later captured by Israeli intelligence agents, smuggled to Tel Aviv
where he stood trial and was eventually executed.
In comparison, Dr. Joseph Mengele – known as the “White Angel”
– a war criminal wanted for his cruel and inhuman experiments on death
camp inmates at Auschwitz, escaped to Argentina and lived a long life.
Amadeus was exclusively
concerned with the flight of SS and Nazi war criminals to the South
American continent and their later ferocious covert actions against
the indigenous populations justified under the banner of “anti-communism.”
One individual engaged in Amadeus activities was former Gestapo
officer, Klaus Barbie, known to the world as the “Butcher of Lyon.”
principal means of funding Operation Amadeus activities was the hugely
profitable narcotics business.
Large stocks of SS Morphia had been smuggled out of Europe and
into “catholic,” South America at the end of the war in accordance with
the “Sunrise” agreement. The
Morphia was accompanied by looted SS gold and large quantities of counterfeit
British banknotes forged in concentration camps by captive but skilled
counterfeiters as part of an SS scheme known as “Operation Bernhardt.”
escape “lines” used to move wanted men around South America away from
the prying eyes of Israeli agents also proved ideal as smuggling routes
for drugs. Decades later
the stocks of Heroin smuggled to the United States for distribution
by the CIA protected Mafia, would be complimented with locally grown
Cocaine. One of the figures
to emerge in to the spotlight during the 1980’s who was deeply involved
in this narcotics traffic was Colonel Oliver North – who authorised
the exchange of guns for drugs to finance Contra operations.
curious and usually concealed connections between governments – in the
form of the military and intelligence community – organised crime, the
Vatican and Nazi war criminals have some significant history.
Not least was the secret agreement reached between US Naval intelligence
officers, and Mafia don, Charles “Lucky” Luciano, during WW11.
This resulted in the Mafia’s decision to aid and assist the Allies
by contacting mob figure, Vito Genovese, in 1943 to prepare the way
for the Allied landing in Sicily. As earlier outlined, it was primarily those SS-Gestapo units
located in Italy under command of SS General Wolff that were initially
concerned in the Operation Sunrise negotiations.
while large numbers of former Nazi’s were fleeing south to fight the
communist menace is Latin America – and, more importantly, to personally
profit from their involvement in the lucrative drug and gun business
- in Europe, the spadework was being laid to overthrow, or thwart, democratically
elected governments via a network of fascist-manned “Stay Behind Units,”
organised under the aegis of Operation Gladio.
Not surprisingly this would also lead to certain involved figures
making personal fortunes out of other people’s misery – a circumstance
that is so common-place it is barely worth mentioning.
neo-fascist activities would come to prominence in the early eighties
following the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano and the death of Italian
banker, Roberto Calvi who was “suicided” and left hanging under London’s
Blackfriars bridge. This
would lead to sensational disclosures about the role of the Vatican
bank, the IOR, in Calvi’s financial empire and would quickly grow to
include the activities of Mafia financier, Michele Sindona – who’s activities,
in turn, would implicate leading blue-blood banks in Europe and America
in Mafia activities. Both
Sindona and Calvi were close to Opus Dei who lost around $55 million
when Sindona’s empire crashed.
According to his family, Roberto Calvi was deeply engrossed in
helping Opus Dei take control of the IOR when he was killed.
both Calvi and Sindona were members of the secretive Propaganda Due
(P2) Masonic lodge, that is said to have been a “parallel government”
in waiting and which planned to effect a coup d’etat in Italy following
a communist party victory at the polls.
was run by former Italian fascist and member of the Nazi SS, Licio Gelli
– dubbed the “Puppet Master” by the Italian press. Gelli’s connections to the ultra hard right and fascists in
Europe and Latin America were extensive.
In fact, he had been deeply involved in establishing the Vatican
run Ratlines that aided the worst Nazi war criminals to escape Allied
justice at the end of WW11. All
told an estimated 50,000 Nazi’s were helped to freedom.
had numerous powerful friends including former Italian dictator, Benito
Mussolini. He was also
a personal friend of Argentina’s General Juan Peron and his close associations
with Argentina would later lead him to be a key figure in shipping a
supply of French made Exocet missiles to sink British Task Force ships
during the Falklands war. In
this endeavour he worked closely with Ronald R Rewald, founder of the
Hawaiian based financial institution Bishop, Baldwin, Rewald, Dillingham
& Wong – a CIA proprietary company and forerunner of the CIA owned
Nugan Hand bank.
involvement of a CIA front company engaged in financing and providing
weapons to be used against a key American ally (Britain) that had the
whole-hearted public support of the US government, may seem somewhat
duplicitous. However, in
the world of “black ops” “friends” and “enemies” are interchangeable
words and working both sides of the fence is accepted practice.
terms of hierarchy, Gelli reported to Umberto Ortolani, described by
one writer as “the great Vatican door opener” and a “secret chamberlain
of the Papal Household.” In
addition to his P2 connections, Ortolani is also a member of the inner
council of the Knights of Malta and has military intelligence connections
that date back to WW11.
THE OCTOPUS AND THE SPIDER
are numerous other Masonic groups and secret societies in Europe that
move in and out of focus at various times.
Almost all of them are catholic in nature. One of these is the Priory of Sion – a secretive order that
first came to public attention in the best selling book “Holy Blood
– Holy Grail,” published in 1982.
The Priory is closely connected with the alleged treasure of
Solomon that is said to have found its way to the small village of Rennes
Le Chateau in south western France where it is said to have been buried
by the Knights Templars; forerunners of the Knights of Malta.
Priory, whose headquarters were located at Annemasse, near Geneva on
the Swiss border, are styled as the “Guardians” of Solomon’s treasure
but most interestingly, they have numerous subterranean connections
to fascists and those on the far right that date back to WW11.
Meanwhile, it has to be noted in passing, that Annemasse is said
to have been the centre for the anti-communist “Stay Behind” units of
this is not intriguing enough, another fact stretches co-incidence to
the point of bursting. In
recent years the Priory of Sion has moved its headquarters to Barcelona
and now boasts a Spanish Grand Master.
This, one could conclude, is to enable it to be physically closer
to the historical heartland of Opus Dei, which was founded in Spain
Otto Skorzeny was a leading force in running the SS Brotherhood escape
routes (Der Spinne – the Spider) after the war, and SS General Karl
Wolff was the lead negotiator with OSS Swiss Chief, Allen Dulles, then
another Nazi, Walter Rauff - head of the Milan SD - was one of two liaisons
with the Vatican involved in the establishment of the Nazi smuggling
system. Earlier in his career, Rauff had overseen the development of
the Nazi mobile gas vans, known as “Black Ravens” that gassed to death
around 100,000 Jews – mostly women and children - by pumping exhaust
fumes into the back of a hermetically sealed van.
important link between the Vatican and SS escape routes was Friedrich
Schwendt, who was also the man in charge of laundering forged SS banknotes.
Before the war, Schwendt was an international arms dealer shipping
weapons to China and Russia. He
was also the investment manager of the family fortune of his first wife’s
aunt, Baroness Gemmingen-Guttenberg, of the vastly wealthy Argentine
based Bunge family of the massive transnational firm Bunge Corporation
that is also known as the “Octopus.”
title is interesting for it may connect to the so called “Octopus” that
ties-in to murdered Freelance journalist, Danny Casolaro who at the
time of his death was investigating a number of high level illegalities
including the theft by the Department of Justice, of a “tracking” computer
programme known as PROMIS. Casolaro
was writing a book about what he had discovered.
He originally titled it “Behold, a Pale Horse” but later modified
it to “The Octopus.” In
a draft page of the book he described this group as an:
cabal who freelance services covered parochial political intrigue, espionage,
sophisticated weapon technologies that included biotoxins, drug trafficking,
money laundering and murder-for hire.”
Casolaro further stated that this cabal had its origins “spawned thirty years ago in the shadow of the cold war.” After Casolaro’s death, journalist Carol Marshall (a pen name) followed up his investigation and wrote an [as yet] unpublished manuscript titled The Last Circle. In this, Marshall describes her investigation of Robert Booth Nichols – one of the central figures of the Octopus whom she describes as being part of a secretive group known as “The Chosen Ones” and who wore “skull and crossbones rings, and shared a common interest, if you could call it that, in the old German SS occultism, its tribal and inner circle rites.”
During her continuing investigation into the Octopus, Marshall found that the SS occultism outlined above was connected to Lt. Col. Michael A. Aquino, a former US “Green Beret,” who is a self professed Satanist – and who held a top secret security clearance for his work in military intelligence and on classified psychological warfare matters. Aquino officiated at SS black magic ceremonies held at Wewelsburg, the Castle once used by SS chief Heinrich Himmler to create an SS order of Teutonic Knights based on the Knights Templars.
The foregoing connections lend themselves to a larger picture of global interlocking right wing fascist groupings that operate in the shadow-land of deniable military and intelligence operations associated with profit during WW11 and, later, throughout the cold war. In this respect it is intriguing to note that the Priory of Sion, one of the foremost Catholic groups under discussion use as a symbol something that is variously described as an octopus or a spider (l’araignee) on their documents.
The Priory association with the octopus could easily relate to the so-called “Octopus” described above where organised crime work hand in glove with operatives from US intelligence and the military. If one decides, on the other hand, that the Priory symbol is a spider, there is the intriguing notion of the Vatican run Nazi escape lines of Austrian Catholic, Otto Skorzeny – and his SS Brotherhood’s “Der Spinne” – the spider.
THE BUSINESS OF GOD
Al Carone was, as mentioned earlier, a “made man” of the Genovese mob in addition to his other associations. It is curious, therefore, to note that one of the leading lights of the “Octopus,” according to writer, Carol Marshall, was ultra right-wing oil tycoon, Clint Murchison – owner of the Dallas Cowboys football team. Murchison’s oil company, “Murchison Oil Lease Company” was 20% owned by Gerardo Catena, the chief lieutenant of the Genovese crime family.
Throughout the second world war and thereafter there was, according to author Charles Higham, in his book “Trading With The Enemy,” a “general agreement of certain major figures of American, British and German commerce to continue their relations and associations after Pearl Harbour.” Higham adds that he had also learned that “certain figures of the warring governments had arranged to assist in this [activity].” Higham’s subsequent research proved the existence of this high cabal that he dubbed “The Fraternity” not only existed but benefited handsomely throughout WW11. This led the author to ask:
“What would have happened if millions of Americans and British people, struggling with coupons and lines at the gas stations, had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New jersey managers shipped the enemy’s fuel through neutral Switzerland and that the enemy was shipping Allied fuel? Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbour was doing millions of dollars’ worth of business with the enemy with the full knowledge of the head office in Manhattan? Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in France with authorisation from Dearborn, Michigan? Or that Colonel Sothenes Behn, the head of the international American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from New York to Madrid to Berne during the war to help improve Hitler’s communications systems and improve the robot bombs that devastated London? Or that ITT built the Focke-Wulfs that dropped bombs on British and American troops? Or that crucial ball bearings were shipped to Nazi associated customers in Latin America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Goring’s cousin in Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of them? Or that such arrangements were known about in Washington and either sanctioned or deliberately ignored?”
Higham’s “Fraternity” has similar characteristics to the so-called “Octopus” and also shows certain similarities to Colonel Oliver North’s “Enterprise.” All have engaged in the most dubious and illegal activities for profit and all operate hand in glove with organised crime. All lean so far to the right, ideologically speaking, that the word “fascist” can be used without reservation. Meanwhile, none of them care very much for the woes of humanity and, indeed, appear committed to stomping on ethics and moral values wherever they meet them.
The Octopus – or “Oct Opus” as one European documentary film producer renders the spelling when referring to Opus Dei (which began life on 2 October 1928) - has eight arms that surround its mouth (ensuring a constant supply of food) and three hearts and is not, therefore, conducive to starving or dying. But it can also be identified by these oddities. Opus Dei, the group that are now in control of the Vatican are undoubtedly one arm of this global criminal network, in this writers view.
Or are the three hearts of the Octopus more vital to identify? Could they be analogous to the “Church, State, and Mafia, the forces that prevail beneath the play of the shadows of the world…” as described by Nick Tosches in his book “Power On Earth” that tells the life story of murdered Mafia financier Michele Sindona?
There is yet another interesting twist to this accumulation of associations: Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The prince was the founding chairman of the publicity shy western power elite, the Bilderbergers. This shadowy and secretive group meet over a weekend in May each year under an almost total media blackout. Powerful and very influential figures from the world of banking, business, politics, the media, trades unions and academia are invited. Included regularly, for example, are Dr. Henry Kissinger, David Rockerfeller, Italy’s kingmaker Gianni Agnelli and other illustrious figures. The first meeting took place in May 1954.
This, strangely, was the same year that Prince Bernhard became head of the Johanitter Orde in Nederland, one of four Orders that make up the Chivalric Alliance of Orders of Saint John (Alliance de Chevalerie des Hospitaliers de Saint Jean de Jerusalem). The stated purpose of these four, known as the “Alliance” that are composed of North European nations (Germany, Nederland, Sweden and Great Britain (the latter being an ancient order known as the “Most Venerable Order”) is to:” to reduce to silence the enemies of Christ." The headquarters of the Alliance is located in Switzerland.
These are protestant orders rather than catholic, but it is of significance that 26th November 1963, the Alliance was “consolidated with the signing of a joint declaration between the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Most Venerable Order, at St John's Gate, London, by the Grand Chancellor of the SMOM, the Prince of Resuttano, and Lord Wakehurst, Lord Prior of the Most Venerable Order.” In other words the Catholic and Protestant Orders bound themselves to work together to “silence the enemies of Christ” – a clear reference to Communism.
Interestingly, it has been suggested that the Knights Templars were “infected” with the Johannite or Mandaean heresy that denounced Jesus as a “false prophet” recognising, in his place, John the Baptist, as the true Messiah. Meanwhile, two early Grand Masters of the Prieure of Sion are said to have had Johannite tendencies. These were Leonardo Da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton. Not-with-standing that, the famous founder of the Knights Templars, Hughes de Payens has been accused by the Vatican to have been a Johannite.
Leaving aside this brief foray into esoteric history it is as well to note that Prince Bernhard, in addition to his Bilderberg role and as head of the Dutch Johannite Order was also an honorary member of Himmler’s SS and worked in NW7 the global intelligence arm of I.G. Farben that acted in the interests of the Nazi cause. The activities of NW7 in Latin America before, during and after WW11 deeply interweave with this story.
In facilitating and aligning itself with many of the foregoing activities, the Vatican aimed to help eradicate a communist ideology that despised Christianity. Opus Dei and a host of other Catholic-cum-fascist secret groups engaged in a litany of murder, money laundering, drug peddling, arms trafficking, concealing WW11 loot, embezzlement, manipulation of financial markets and many other consummate illegalities. The purpose of all these activities was, arguably, to allow the Vatican to remain the spiritual bulwark of the Christian west.
But if such business is the business of a church preaching of a God in Heaven, then Cesar on earth had better watch out… a new landlord has fallen into town.
The foregoing essay drew from an indispensable group of published work listed as follows.
1) A full account of the unique story of Al Carone, by Mike Ruppert, is available to order online at www.copvcia.com
2) Trading With The Enemy – Charles Higham (St. Edmundsbury Press – Suffolk -1983)
3) Their Kingdom Come – Robert Hutchison (St. martin’s press – new York, 1997)
Web of Gold – Guy Patton & Robin Macness (Sidgwick &
Jackson – London, 2000)
Ratlines – Mark Aarons & John Loftus (Mandarin, London 1991).
The Bormann Brotherhood – William Stevenson (Arthur Baker – London,
Unpublished Manuscript by Peter Dale Scott on Barbie, Dulles
and Operation Sunrise and which details how the OSS-SS preserved each
other while serving their true masters – transnational corporations.
The Last Circle – an unpublished manuscript by Carol Marshall
that investigates the so called “Octopus.”
9) My thanks also go to Catherine Austin Fitts ( www.solari.com) for her invaluable help.
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