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The Official Biography of Leo Emil Wanta
The Twenty-Seven Trillion Dollar Man
The TRUTH About the Infamous Wanta-Reagan-Mitterand Funds
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The Twenty-Seven Trillion Dollar Man
The TRUTH About the Infamous Wanta-Reagan-Mitterand Funds
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MEMO TO: Paul Thompson
FROM: Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
DATE: September 19, 2012
SUBJECT: PUBLICATION DECISION REGARDING LEO/LEE WANTA BOOK
I am very excited about the prospect of publishing on your website my “in process” book about
Leo/Lee Emil Wanta, America’s most successful intelligence operative who served as President
Ronald Regan’s personal Intelligence Coordinator
As I have discussed with you on your radio broadcasts on numerous occasions, I believe we are
on a short path to ruin as a nation. When Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced
Quantitative Easing 3, it became very apparent to me that one of two things will happen and
happen fairly soon: 1) The funds he intends to invest in those worthless mortgage-backed
derivatives created from 2005 until the present time – the ones that should have bankrupted the
too big to jail banksters on Wall Street long ago – will further depreciate the dollar and we will
soon have rampant inflation. Or, 2) The bottom will fall from under the markets as the world
recognizes the worthless mortgage-backed derivatives for what they are and the economy will
contract severely, causing prices to fall, banks to fail, etc. Neither is a good scenario.
If I go the usual publishing route with the Lee Wanta book, it will take at least 18 months to get
it into print. I don’t think we have 18 months… and if people have this information available to
them, it could make a big difference in our economic future. Most people are unaware of the
Wanta-Reagan-Mitterrand Protocols… funds that would put an immediate $1.575 trillion in
America’s treasury, over $200 billion in the treasury of the State of Virginia, and would be used
to build a national high-speed railway that would create an immediate 2,000,000 (that’s two
million) well-paying jobs with full benefits for workers. Lee also has plans to use his funds to
train our veteran’s as they return from service in the Middle East. He wants to help them by
helping America re-establish its manufacturing base and will train tradesmen, some of whom
will further their educations and learn how to produce basic plumbing, electrical, carpentry and
other tools needed by tradesmen… tools Made in America!
Your readers will find the Introduction and Chapter One contain personal information about how
Ambassador Wanta and I met and how I ended up being his official biographer… it certainly was
not a planned event at my end. Beyond that, the book explains how Lee Wanta created the
largest fortune ever created by one human being – yes, much greater than George Soros has ever
even thought of (and he didn’t create his fortune… the Communist Party of Hungary sent him
into the world with Party funds when they realized the Soviet Union was going to fall): $27.5
trillion.
The book explains how Ambassador Wanta ended up being Reagan’s “boots on the ground” guy
to bring down the Soviet Union Ruble (SUR) and how he created that fortune. I explain how $23
trillion of those funds were given directly to the American people by Ambassador Wanta – and
then how the funds were stolen from the people by “agent provocateurs,” as Wanta calls them.
So I want to tell the story and I want to tell it fast because we are running out of time – and I
don’t want to wait the usual 18 months for publication of a print book. I’ve had enough of them
published and I understand the process. And, as the old saying goes, “Been there, done that.” I
don’t need a book to hold in my hand to know that I’ve created something worth reading…
something that gives people information that may enable them to save their nation. Better late
than never just doesn’t apply here.
Too, publishing the book online gives me some wonderful alternatives that are otherwise
unavailable to authors: Primarily, I can place links in the text that will give readers access to
documents that prove the story being told is real life, not fiction. Your readers will know that
what they are reading is the absolute truth gathered from four years of very hard research work
and it comes from court transcripts, letters to and from people like President George H.W. Bush,
President Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, and many others. Field
reports sent by Wanta to intelligence officials – and to the President of the United States – were
found and documents were provided by the Reagan Library.
I’m scrambling like crazy trying to find the documents to link to the manuscript so your readers
will have the best possible information available… but I hope to have Chapters One and Two in
your hands by Thursday, September 20, 2012. I promise you this: Readers won’t just learn of the
life of Leo/Lee Emil Wanta by reading this book. They will learn of the perfidy and corruption in
our government and how it has been, in a very calculated way, implemented in small steps to get
us to where we are now: End Game.
I’m sending the Introduction along with this explanation so you can publish the two together.
Next will come Chapters One and Two… I’m sending them together because Chapter One is
quite different from the rest of the book and I don’t want people to think the rest of the book will
be like that particular chapter. Chapter Two jumps right into the explanation of what President
Ronald Reagan’s Task Force planned and how Reagan put into play the things intelligence
operative Leo Emil Wanta needed to successfully ruin the Soviet Union Ruble and bring down
the Iron Curtain, ending the Cold War.
I’ll be interested to hear reader comments… maybe they can help me think of a good name for it
(I haven’t done that yet). I’m thinking of END GAME FOR THE $27.5 TRILLION MAN, LEO
EMIL WANTA. |See 5/16/2013 update ¸ http://theglobalnewsandviews.com|
Regards,
/s/ Marilyn M. Barnewall
INTRODUCTION
Whenever I talk or write about Ambassador Lee/Leo Emil Wanta, I know people will scoff. I
know they will shake their heads in disbelief. “Good heavens,” they will say in disbelief, “no
one man has ever created a $27.5 trillion fortune!”
And when I talk about Leo Wanta, I know I’m placing myself in danger. The people who stole
Lee Wanta’s money have held the highest offices in the land… in the political and intelligence
worlds and in our system of justice in our courts… and in our Congress and our military. They
don’t like having this story told.
This is the life story of a real man… a story that challenges anything Ian Fleming ever wrote
about a man called “James Bond.” Well, let me expand on that thought. There will be no “Pussy
Galore” characters or scenes where Wanta skis down a hill on one ski (just a winter’s foggy
breath ahead of expert archers shooting at his shadowy figure which gleams against the white
snow on a moonlit night). Though Pussy or the snow scene exemplify wonderful Hollywood
fiction, in this case truth is far more interesting. And yet, it’s a story based on lies… the lies of
government versus the integrity and honesty of one man who loves his country. The lies involve
what happened to Manuel Noriega in Panama, (Noriega AP Articles 1988) the Iran Contra
Scandal, Osama bin Laden and stinger missiles, a Vice President who, according to America’s
top spy, Leo Emil Wanta, became President and brought with him into office an organized
criminal cabal that resulted in the theft of trillions of dollars belonging to the American people.
These lies (and there are many, only three are mentioned here) have been verified by
international journalists who are currency experts.
If you are alive, you need to understand what happened to Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta. His life
has had a major impact on yours, even if you’ve never heard his name. It will continue to impact
the lives of your children and grandchildren. Why? He’s the guy who brought down the economy
of the Soviet Union and, while doing it, lawfully purchased 2,000 metric tones of gold from the
Soviet Union’s Central Bank. He’s been called the $27.5 Trillion Man and it’s an apt title. He got
that name through savvy investing that resulted in the fall of the Iron Curtain and by putting
together money from over 200 banks around the world to pay off the debt that is currently
driving the United States into unnecessary bankruptcy.
Unnecessary? Yes… if that portion of the American government that has gone rogue hadn’t
stolen the funds President Ronald Reagan had the foresight to have Leo Emil Wanta put aside for
the American people, there would be no debt for you, your children, your grandchildren – and
their children for generations to come – to pay. His life has, indeed, impacted yours though you
may never hear the name Leo Wanta spoken. Our economy would be humming. Everyone who
wanted a job would have one. Foreclosures – 46 percent of which are fraudulent, according to
the experts – wouldn’t openly practice fraud that kicks so many Americans out of their homes.
The entire world wouldn’t be heading into slavery via the “New World Order.” You remember
the “New World Order” comments first voiced by George Herbert Walker Bush, don’t you?
Many Americans have figured out that the New World Order of which George H.W. Bush spoke
is a two-class system… an oligarchy destined to end in socialism (which is always destined to
end in communism): An elitist class and a labor class.
It’s not an easy task to write about a covert intelligence operative. The entire purpose of such a
person’s life is secrecy. Finding facts that support the story can be difficult. I know because I’ve
spent years digging them up, researching them, and either abandoning them or trying to figure
out just where in the story they belong. Here are some things to keep in mind as you read this
book.
This is the man who, by bringing down the Soviet Union Ruble (SUR), caused the Iron Curtain
and the Berlin Wall to come tumbling down. This is the man who generated the largest fortune
ever amassed by one person with the intent of giving almost all of it to his country… to America.
Leo Wanta created a $27.5 trillion fortune and wants to give $23 trillion of it to you… to pay off
the irresponsible debt of the Federal Reserve and numerous corrupt politicians, debt that was
created as a means to tearing down our Republic.
You may hear references to the “Wanta-Reagan-Mitterrand Protocols.” Those funds represent
money Wanta has personally agreed to pay from his own funds – the $4.5 trillion he earned in
commissions for risking his life day-after-day for so many years in service to his government. He
wasn’t paid a salary. He worked on commission and the $4.5 trillion represents commissions due
him for 30 years of very dangerous work. From that sum, Wanta has agreed to pay billions of
dollars to several European nations… most notably, $30 billion goes to the Russian Federation.
Other nations involved in the Protocols include $5 billion each to the Governments of Canada,
France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico and Spain. The Protocols will settle the rocky financial
markets so close to failure in Europe and that, in turn, will go a long ways toward settling the
markets of the United States.
The point is, when he served as President Ronald Reagan’s personal intelligence coordinator, he
promised Reagan he would bring down the Soviet Union Ruble – which he did – and he would
save the profits from that endeavor to pay America out of debt when the overspending crooks in
government put the nation into bankruptcy – that would be now. He is one of the nicest people
you will ever meet… truly a gentleman.
Lee Wanta’s story involves well-known people like Hillary Clinton, Vince Foster, George
Herbert Walker and George W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, Barrack Obama, Dick Cheney,
Dan Quayle, Al Gore, George Soros, Vladimir Putin, and many other recognizable names. The
story is filled with intrigue that involves the Soviet Union, stinger missiles, Osama Bin Laden –
or, Tim Osman as he was known when he was a CIA agent.
I don’t think I’ve ever talked or written about Lee/Leo Wanta without being asked if he is for
real. So let’s talk some Wanta World history. The things Leo Wanta has done fall into the realm
of the unreal… but he did them. As his official biographer, I have verified the things you will
read on the following pages to the degree it’s possible to verify things about a super secret
intelligence operative. When I talk about court cases, I have every court transcript involving
every court action involving Leo Wanta. I know with certainty when I speak of the court cases
that the information is absolutely accurate because my source is court transcripts.
When I write about the secret intelligence operations Leo Wanta was involved in, I have
documents that support what I’m saying. Do I have all of the documents? No. The things Leo
Wanta was involved in were highly secret operations, but I do have copies of Wanta’s field
reports, his letters to Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney and to Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill
Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barrack Obama. I have documents from the Ronald Reagan
Library. I have copies of the answers Leo gave under penalty of perjury to those questioning him
(from various intelligence agencies) while he sat on the floor of his prison cells, handwriting
responses. Lee has a very distinctive script and I don’t believe anyone could copy it to write the
hundreds of pages involved. And, generally speaking, when I received those documents he
verified on the telephone that he was the one who sent them.
The most logical question any reader might ask me is: How do you know that the person you talk
with on the telephone and those handwritten records belong to the real Leo Wanta? I have copies
of the mortgage papers Leo Wanta signed when he and his wife purchased their home in
Appleton, Wisconsin in 1977… before he became President Reagan’s personal intelligence
coordinator, before he got involved in Reagan’s Presidential Task Force to take down the Soviet
Union Ruble. I have copies of other documents he signed long before his status as a secret agent
involved the Office of the President of the United States which placed him at the top of the list
maintained by people who want to destroy our Republic. I have copies of his handwriting from
legal documents signed by Leo Emil Wanta when he was a partner at Aneko Credit Point
Limited in Singapore, as Chief Executive Officer of New Republic in Austria, as Chief
Executive Officer of AmeriTrust in Virginia. I had his handwriting analyzed by two experts
trained by the FBI.
I have pictures of him. How do I know they’re him? Last year, I sent him a baseball cap with the
words “Wanta University” embroidered on it. He had a picture taken of himself wearing the cap
in front of the Federal Reserve Building. I sent a copy to the woman who was his case manager
when he was in prison in Oklahoma and she verified that it is Lee/Leo Wanta. How do I know
she is who she says she is? I made two trips to Oklahoma to meet and spend days talking with
her. I met her friends and family. She is who she says she is. I met a second case manager while
in Oklahoma who also made verifications.
My background is that of banking. I was a commercial banker with Denver’s largest bank,
United (now Wells Fargo). I believe only someone schooled in banking (I hold a graduate degree
in that subject from the University of Colorado School of Business) would be capable of
understanding the significance of what Leo Wanta accomplished and be able to write about it.
Prior to beginning my career as a banker, I was a journalist and while a banker I wrote numerous
articles for national bank publications. After becoming disabled in 1993 and leaving my banking
career behind, I once again began writing. You can find my editorials at World Net Daily, News
With Views, Canada Free Press, and others online. I also write for print publications you won’t
find online.
I have hesitated to write this book because the material contained in it is so difficult to believe.
As I begin, I’m 75 years old. I have spent a lifetime working to make sure my reputation was
built on truth. I spent 20 years as a banker and another 20 years as a journalist and I do not, at
this late stage, want to write anything that would damage my reputation for truth and honesty.
Seniors will understand what I’m saying… there’s no more time available to go out and right a
mistake you might make. Thus, I have hesitated to write this book. But it is an important book
and the story of Lee/Leo Emil Wanta needs to be told. Americans need to know that our nation
still breeds patriots worthy of being called hero but who remain in the hidden shadows of the
unrecognizable.
Lee/Leo Emil Wanta is one such hero.
It has taken almost four years of daily conversations with Lee Wanta and thousands of pages of
documents, most from him but thousands I received from outside sources like courts and
lawyers, Wanta’s friends, investigative reporters and currency experts… and the Reagan Library.
It has required reading some of the most obscene court documents from the State of Wisconsin I
have ever read – and I hope to never see the likes of again.
Lee Wanta and I have never met and probably never will – it wouldn’t be safe for me and he
refuses to endanger me – but I know him.
As I take the first step of writing this very important story, I pray the Lord will enable me to hold
the interest of readers and keep my feet on the path of truth and facts. Though I have written non-
fiction books about banks and banking (some of which were published by the American Bankers
Association and at least two of which are archived at Oxford and Cambridge University
Libraries), I hope my writing skills are up to the subject matter. You, the reader, will hand down
the verdict on that subject.
This is one of the most important stories ever told and I hope to tell it well. The life of Leo Emil
Wanta is complex and filled with details. I have made every effort as an author to include only
the details and the complexities required to tell the story thoroughly. If I put all of the material
available in this manuscript, it would take you four years to digest it – just as it has taken me.
I wish you a pleasant journey into the life and times of Leo Emil Wanta… though think it
doubtful you will find many of the details surrounding his life and the treatment of this American
hero by the government he served anything but pleasant.
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
January 2012
Back
Noriega AP Articles 1988
The Associated Press
The materials in the AP file were compiled by The Associated Press. These materials may not be
republished without the express written consent of The Associated Press.
March 24, 1988, Thursday, PM cycle
SECTION: Washington Dateline
LENGTH: 643 words
BYLINE: By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega is trying to arrange through a U.S. arms
dealer for the immediate delivery of 5,000 semi-automatic pistols to his military forces,
according to a secret document.
Coupled with the reported acquisition of large quantities of weapons from Cuba in recent
days, the proposed purchase of the pistols indicates that Noriega may be intent on using force to
remain in power, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
A proposal by the U.S. dealer promises delivery of an additional 25,000 pistols at the rate
of 2,000 a month. A Panamanian Defense Force major who defected last Friday said over the
weekend that Cuba recently had provided Panama with 94,000 pounds of weapons, including
large numbers of AK-47 rifles. A general strike protesting Noriega's continued rule has left the
country virtually paralyzed, but Noriega has given no sign that he intends to step down as
commander of the Defense Forces.
The dealer which is arranging for the export of the Belgian-made Browning 9mm pistols
is AmeriChina Global Management Group of Appleton, Wis.
A copy of the proposed transaction, marked "urgent" and "confidential" was provided to
The Associated Press by Panamanian Ambassador Juan B. Sosa. He was informed of the
possible transaction last Saturday by AmeriChina President Leo Wanta.
Sosa said Wanta discussed the deal with him unaware that Sosa had broken with Noriega
almost a month ago and has remained loyal to ousted President Eric Arturo Delvalle. At Sosa's
request, Wanta sent him a telecopy of the proposed deal, which was addressed to Noriega and to
his chief of Ordnance Services, Lt. Col. Eugenio Corro. The arms package is worth more than
$10 million.
State Department officials said there was no legal way the U.S. government could block
the transaction because the pistols are not of U.S. origin.
But they expressed keen interest in a reference at the bottom of proposal to an apparent
request by the Panamanian military for M-16 rifles. The reference asked whether Panama had
reached any decision on the "procurement-delivery" of the M-16's.
Any such request would require U.S. approval and would be rejected, said the State
Department officials, insisting on anonymity.
The M-16 is manufactured by Colt Industries, based in New York City. A Colt official,
who asked not to be identified, said Colt would never export the M-16 without U.S. government
approval.
The State Department officials said they had no record of any company by the name of
AmeriChina. They said all companies that manufacture or export weapons must register with the
government and that failure to do so carries stiff penalties.
Reached by telephone at his Wisconsin office, Wanta asked how the AP had obtained a
copy of his memo to Noriega and was indignant when he was told of Sosa's role.
"You tell Sosa he will have a lot of explaining to do in about 12 minutes," Wanta said. He
then hung up.
Sosa said that in his conversation last Saturday with Wanta, the arms dealer had asked for
Panama's military attache but Sosa took the call himself because the attache no longer shows up
at the embassy.
Sosa said he felt it was his duty to make the proposed deal public because of the
possibility that the weapons might be used against the Panamanian people.
The pistols are to be sent to Panama from Antwerp, Belgium, the country where the
weapon was originally commissioned more than 50 years ago.
The weapons are described as "high-power" with fixed sights. The price listed is $398
each.
The delivery schedule calls for shipment of 5,000 of the pistols immediately and an
additional 2,000 units per month thereafter "until 25,000 units are delivered."
There are an estimated 10,000 to 11,000 members of Panama's Defense Forces. They are
supplemented by undisclosed numbers of paramilitary forces and militia.
The Associated Press
The materials in the AP file were compiled by The Associated Press. These materials may not be
republished without the express written consent of The Associated Press.
April 8, 1988, Friday, AM cycle
SECTION: Washington Dateline
LENGTH: 597 words
HEADLINE: Secret Memo on Arms Deal Leaked by Panamanian Military
BYLINE: By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
A secret memo outlining a plan by Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega to
acquire thousands of semi-automatic pistols has been leaked to an opposition leader by a rebel
member of Panama's military.
The proposed acquisition of the Browning 9mm pistols is part of a sizable weapons
buildup by Panama's Defense Forces that got under way shortly after Panama's crisis began six
weeks ago with Noriega's ouster of President Eric Arturo Delvalle.
The memo was sent to Noriega on April 1 by Leo Wanta, president of AmeriChina
Global Management Group Inc., an arms exporting firm based in Appleton, Wis. Wanta told
Noriega in the memo that the supplier of the weapons had advised that "they are ready to finalize
the delivery" of the pistols.
The schedule called for the delivery of 5,000 pistols immediately and 2,000 per month
thereafter until "all units are delivered."
The memo did not specify how many weapons were to be sent all told. But a previous
memo by Wanta, obtained by The Associated Press last month, said the purchase involved
30,000 pistols, including the 5,000 to be sent immediately. The list price is $398 each.
The earlier memo was given to the AP by Panamanian Ambassador Juan B. Sosa. Wanta
had sent a telecopy of the memo to Sosa, unaware that the envoy had broken with Noriega and
continues to regard Delvalle as the legitimate president of Panama. Sosa has refused to relinquish
the embassy to a replacement envoy named by the new government in Panama.
Wanta sent the April 1 memo directly to Noriega, bypassing the embassy here. A stamp
in the upper left hand corner of the communication said it was received by the Defense Forces on
April 5.
The memo was leaked by a Defense Force officer to a Panamanian opposition leader,
who turned over a copy to the AP on condition he not be identified either by name or location.
The pistols are manufactured by Fabrique Nationale, S.A., of Belgium and are to be
delivered from that country to Panama, according to the memo. The State Department raised the
issue late last month with the Belgian firm, which said that it had not had contact with anyone
from AmeriChina, a U.S. official said.
The U.S. government cannot legally block the sale because the weapons are not of
American origin. The U.S. official, insisting on anonymity, said AmeriChina has not registered
with the U.S. government, a requirement he said applies to all American arms dealers.
Wanta could not be reached for comment. The company phone number that appeared on
the first memo was deleted from the second memo. The phone has been "temporarily
disconnected," according to a recorded announcement. The only address listed is a post office
box.
Concerning Panama's arms buildup, a Panamanian pilot who defected from the Defense
Forces last month said he and two other pilots flew 94,000 pounds of weapons to Panama from
Cuba on Noriega's behalf a few days after the political turmoil in Panama erupted.
Another aspect of the military buildup is a training program for thousands of
Panamanians, who have formed into volunteer units known as "Dignity Brigades" to repel what
the government says is an imminent U.S. invasion.
Some of the brigades are being trained in the use of M-16 rifles. The two memos sent by
Wanta make reference to a possible deal with the Defense Forces involving M-16s.
A U.S. official said the transfer of M-16s to Panama would require U.S. government
approval because they are manufactured by an American company, Colt Industries. He added
that the government would disapprove any such request.
April 9, 1988, Saturday, PM cycle
SECTION: Washington Dateline
LENGTH: 488 words
HEADLINE: Proposed Gun Deal Exposed by Panamanian Officer
BYLINE: By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
A rebel member of Panama's Defense Forces has smuggled out a memo detailing the
efforts of military strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega to buy thousands of pistols from an
American arms dealer.
The memo, marked "urgent" and "confidential," was sent to Noriega on April 1 by Leo
Wanta, president of AmeriChina Global Management Group Inc., an arms exporting firm based
in Appleton, Wis.
The document offered fresh evidence of Noriega's intention to ride out Panama's
prolonged political crisis partly with help of a large infusion of foreign weapons. A Defense
Forces defector said last month he had helped fly to Panama 94,000 pounds of weapons from
Cuba. In what appeared to be a major security breach aimed at blocking the purchase by his boss,
the unidentified officer leaked the memo to a Panamanian opposition leader. The memo was
turned over to The Associated Press on condition the leader be identified neither by name nor
location.
Wanta told Noriega in the memo that the supplier of the weapons had advised that "they
are ready to finalize the delivery" of the Browning 9mm semi-automatic pistols made in
Belgium.
The schedule called for the delivery of 5,000 pistols immediately and 2,000 per month
thereafter until "all units are delivered."
The memo did not specify how many weapons were to be sent all told. But a previous
memo by Wanta, obtained last month by the AP, said the purchase involved 30,000 pistols,
including the 5,000 to be sent immediately. The list price is $398 each.
The earlier memo was given to the AP by Panamanian Ambassador Juan B. Sosa. Wanta
had sent a telecopy of the memo to Sosa, unaware that the envoy had broken with Noriega and
continues to regard ousted President Eric Arturo Delvalle as the country's constitutional leader.
Sosa has refused to relinquish the embassy to a replacement envoy named by the new
government in Panama.
Wanta sent the April 1 memo directly to Noriega, bypassing the embassy here. A stamp
in the upper left hand corner of the communication said it was received by the Panamanian
Defense Forces on April 5.

The pistols are manufactured by Fabrique Nationale, S.A., of Belgium and are to be
delivered from that country to Panama, according to the memo. The State Department raised the
issue late last month with the Belgian firm, which said that it had not had contact with anyone
from AmeriChina, a U.S. official said.
The government cannot legally block the sale because the weapons are not of American
origin. The U.S. official, insisting on anonymity, said AmeriChina has not registered with the
U.S. government, a requirement he said applies to all American arms dealers.
Wanta could not be reached for comment. The company phone number that appeared on
the first memo was deleted from the second memo. The phone has been "temporarily
disconnected," according to a recorded announcement. The only address listed is a post office
box.
Copyright 1988 The Times Mirror Company
Los Angeles Times
March 27, 1988, Sunday, Home Edition
SECTION: Part 1; Page 27; Column 1; Foreign Desk
LENGTH: 654 words
HEADLINE: RIVAL FACTIONS SHARE BUILDING;
PANAMA'S U.S. EMBASSY: IT OPERATES ON TWO LEVELS
BYLINE: By DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
Panama's embassy here is a house divided – even subdivided – by the struggle for
national leadership at home.
Ambassador Juan B. Sosa, loyal to deposed President Eric A. Delvalle and recognized by
the Reagan Administration, holds the keys to the building and has an office on the upper floor.
He also controls the first-floor entry area, where a portrait of Delvalle is prominently displayed
on the wall.
At the rear of the lower floor, however, is the office of Roberto Leyton, Panama's envoy
to the Organization of American States. Leyton remains loyal to Panama's military strongman,
Gen. Manuel A. Noriega, and his office displays a large poster of a smiling Noriega wearing
fatigues. Even the second floor is not all Delvalle's. Capt. Jose S. Motta continues to function on
the upper floor as Panama's military attache, although he does not acknowledge Sosa as his boss.
"It's peaceful coexistence," Flavio Mendez, second deputy to Sosa, said in an interview
Friday.
"We like him (Motta) and we talk," Mendez said. "All of us in the building are on good
terms -- after all, we're Panamanians."
But nobody, no matter whose side he's on, is getting paid.
Leyton gets a check from the government of President Manuel Solis Palma, who was
installed by Noriega's compliant legislature when Delvalle was fired after he tried and failed to
dislodge Noriega.
But Leyton said that his paycheck is drawn on a New York bank account that, along with
other Panamanian assets in the United States, has been frozen by a U.S. court at Delvalle's
request.
Sosa, Mendez and other embassy staff members who have declared for Delvalle get no
checks at all.
"It's only been 20 days," Mendez said, "and we're living on savings."
Leyton said he was annoyed that U.S. courts allowed Delvalle to control Panama's assets.
"It sets a bad precedent because the (Panamanian) constitution does not give the
executive total financial power," Leyton said. "We have an elected comptroller, and the national
legislature has a voice in money decisions also."
Leyton said that Panama's ambassador to the United Nations, Jose Eduardo Ritter, is
seeking legal counsel to contest the freeze order. Ritter is a Noriega loyalist, but another
Panamanian diplomat in New York -- the consul general -- backs Delvalle.
"Incidentally," Leyton said, "I don't like being called a Noriega man, because I represent
the government of my country. I am the ambassador of my country to the OAS."
Leyton, who retained his seat in the OAS in the face of a challenge from a Delvalle
representative, said he hopes that the political dilemma will be resolved before the "destruction
of the economy." All the political parties must be brought into a national dialogue, he said.
"The only way is if we all sit at the same table," Leyton said. "Time is running out and
national elections are coming in 1989."
The divided loyalties of the Panamanian diplomats in Washington have bred some semi-
comic cases of mistaken identity.
A Wisconsin arms exporter called the embassy last week, for example, to discuss an
order by the Noriega regime for up to 30,000 Belgian semiautomatic pistols. But the exporter,
Leo Wanta, president of AmeriChina Global Management Group, was connected not to a
Noriega loyalist but to Sosa, who asked for a copy of the arms deal.
Sosa promptly told the U.S. government about the deal. "I'm not going to give Panama
nothing now," Wanta was quoted by the Milwaukee Journal as saying.
Although earlier reports said that Wanta lacked State Department authorization to sell
arms abroad, Wanta said that he had applied to the department for a license that would have
allowed him to earn $10 per weapon.
State Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said Friday that the sale had been
investigated but that, because the weapons would actually be shipped from Belgium to Panama,
the United States could not legally bar the deal.
Copyright 1988 U.P.I.
March 25, 1988, Friday, BC cycle
SECTION: Washington News
LENGTH: 345 words
BYLINE: By NEIL ROLAND
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
Panamanian Ambassador to the United States Juan Sosa said Friday he was informed last
week of a proposal by a Wisconsin dealer to deliver as many as 25,000 pistols to Panamanian
strongman Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega.
In a telephone interview with United Press International, Sosa said he was informed of
the proposal by an official of AmeriChina Global Management Group of Appleton, Wis.
''This is one more proof he (Noriega) is digging in and has no intention of leaving''
Panama, Sosa said. Noriega, who faces criminal drug charges in the United States, continued to
resist the mounting economic and political pressures from the opposition in his own country and
the United States.
Sosa said an official of AmeriChina, at his request, sent him a telecopy of the proposed
arms deal on Monday.
The proposal involved the shipment 5,000 semi-automatic pistols to Noriega
immediately, followed by an additional 25,000 pistols at 2,000 a month. The guns were to be
sent from Antwerp, Belgium.
Sosa has remained loyal to Eric Arturo Delvalle, who was ousted as president by
Noriega. He said the telecopied arms proposal had been sent by AmeriChina President Leo
Wanta and addressed to Noriega. Sosa said Wanta apparently was under the impression he was
still loyal to Noriega.
Wanta was not immediately available, but he was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal
Thursday as saying, ''I'm just upset that Sosa is lying like hell. I'm not going to give Panama
nothing now.''
Wanta, describing himself as an independent contractor, told the Journal he had applied
for the gun deal with the State Department and that he had a classification that allowed him to act
as the middleman to sell weapons to ''recognized countries sanctioned by the United States.''
Wanta said he would make $10 on each gun, which had been priced at $398 for Noriega.
At the State Department, spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said her agency has looked into
the matter. She said although ''it is not a healthy, positive development,'' the United States lacks
legal authority to stop the sale. JUAN SOSA (95%); MANUEL ANTONIO
NORIEGA (94%); LEO WANTA (90%);
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STINGER MISSLES
Following is a long quote from Veterans Today, written by Gordon Duff, Senior
Editor. I quoted this portion of the VT article in my Memorial Day article written
for News With Views. It can be found at
http://www.newswithviews.com/Barnewall/marilyn165.htm
“STRANGE CIA TWISTS – INTERVIEW WITH EMIL LEE WANTA 5/15/2011
“Emil Lee Wanta (Note: The correct name is Lee Emil Wanta – MB), the White House official
designated to repatriate Stinger missiles still in Afghanistan and Pakistan after the Soviet
withdrawal, first met ‘Tim Osman,’ the CIA code name for Osama bin Laden in 1989. Wanta,
along with William Casey and Bill Colby (CIA Directors) made up the ISA (Intelligence Support
Agency), a group tasked with eliminating rogue intelligence operations, CIA and others that had
sprung up resulting from operations in Central America and the Af-Pak theatre.
“REDACTED WANTA MEMO
“Wanta was originally named by Reagan as Inspector General of the Department of Defense,
eventually slated to take over as Defense Secretary from Casper Weinberger (later convicted
during Iran Contra and pardoned). That appointment was blocked by Secretary of State George
Schultz.
“Wanta, then working out of Vienna, was approached by Osama bin Laden, the CIA’s prime
intermediary with both Saudi Arabia and resupply operations in Afghanistan, with replacing
Stinger missiles claimed to have been expended in combat with both Soviet forces and those of
the Afghan government. Wanta describes his meeting with ‘Tim Osman,’ Osama bin Laden’s
‘working identity,’ along with James Chi, the then station chief in Islamabad.
“Stinger missiles had been found for sale in the Peshawar arms bazaar, offered to any and all
takers. The first order of business was to recover these weapons before they fell into the hands of
real terrorists, those not in the employ of the CIA.
“Wanta and Chi put out a ‘buy order’ and repurchased several missiles for cash. They then met
with bin Laden. They confronted bin Laden with the fact that some of the missiles they
recovered bore the serial numbers of units listed by bin Laden as ‘expended.’ Bin Laden then
indicated that the remainder of the Stingers were stored in Peshawar. (Note: Pakistan -- MB.)
“Bin Laden was very specific on how he was to be paid and more specific on how unpleasant
things would get if money wasn’t forthcoming.
“Payment was arranged directly to bin Laden who had the missiles loaded on trucks. Bin Laden
is described as in traditional garb, shod in sandals and very unkempt. Meetings were held in
English.
“The bin Laden Stinger inventory, 116 missiles, were flown into Frankfurt, Germany and turned
over to Customs and Treasury there. Secretary of State Schultz complained that the use of
Germany in this transaction violated the prerogative of Secretary of State and filed a formal
complaint.
“Wanta reports that bin Laden was considered the CIA’s most trusted and reliable asset. That
relationship continued, part of the complex interaction between the Bush family, the bin Laden
family and their son, Osama bin Laden. At no time was Osama bin Laden ever considered
‘rogue’.” (End of Duff quote.)
In his article, Duff raises a most interesting – or, damning – question: Is the reason for the
mysterious “at sea” burial of Osama bin Laden necessary because his body had been frozen for
ten years? Lee Wanta told me long ago that bin Laden died in Tora Bora on December 13, 2001.
Duff’s article quotes other Intelligence Operatives who confirm it.
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CHAPTER ONE
FATE: Plant a thought, reap an act; plant an act, reap a habit.
If you’re an American citizen, Leo Emil Wanta is probably someone of whom
you’ve never heard. If you Google his name, you’ll get from 1 to 3 million hits
(depending on the search engine you use). Thus, a lot of people know something of his
story.
Most think of him as the $27.5 trillion man. Wanta was involved in Iran-Contra,
the Panama arms sting, Red Mercury (RM 20-20) and many other headline-making news
stories that have nothing to do with the $27.5 trillion… but people are people (and
everyone’s interested in trillions of dollars). Most of his actions as America’s most
successful covert intelligence operative remain secret. He was a busy man operating at
the highest levels of intelligence work.
Let me quickly tell you how I became aware of Ambassador Wanta. I knew
nothing of him until September 2008. After my experience, I have no doubt whatsoever
that we were two people fated to meet one another. I with a background in banking and
writing had unique qualifications to understand Wanta’s life story, and he had the story of
a lifetime to tell me. Perhaps that’s what God had in mind?
I wrote a book called When the Swan’s Neck Breaks. I live in an agricultural
valley in Colorado where each winter the snow on a large mesa to the east of town is
formed into a giant swan. Colorado is known for its snow one day and 90-degree-
temperature-the-next-day climate and none of the farmers in the valley plant each spring
until “the swan’s neck breaks.” It is the harbinger of spring… a quiet but historic truth
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that when the snow in the neck of the swan melts (as it is the first part of the swan to melt
every year), it indicates frosts for the year are done. I loved the allegory behind the
meaning of the story and wanted to include it in a book plot. Though I had written
numerous non-fiction books about banking, I had never before undertaken the challenge
of writing a novel.
Fiction, I found, is hard work! But I saw what was happening to the economy of
this nation as early as 1991. I saw how the commercial banking industry was changing –
and it wasn’t for the better. I figured the only way the average person might be
convinced that something unpalatable was occurring not just in banking but within the
very roots of the government which regulated the industry was to write some kind of
thriller with a banking theme.
My plan was to gently explain things like fiat currency, fractional-reserve
banking, the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Reserve System, the World
Bank… all of the things that were leading us towards the precipice over which our
economy now hangs. I wanted to entertain people into understanding the seriousness of
what was about to befall them.
I found that I’m not a very good fiction writer… but people liked the book. They
liked the characters and I got good feedback. Interestingly, of the 22 predictions I made
in the book about what would happen to our economy once the unwinding of the system
began, 21 of them happened. I wrote the book in 2006 and it was published in July 2008.
About halfway through the manuscript, I had a sudden compulsion to create a new
character… a man named William Leonard. He was a covert intelligence operative who
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had earned $13 trillion by bringing down the Soviet Union Ruble. His character was
totally unplanned.
About two months after Swan’s Neck was published, someone sent me an article
about a man named Leo Emil Wanta. I gasped when I read it. Wanta’s life was in some
ways a blueprint of William Leonard’s.
Four months after receiving the September surprise and learning of Wanta, I
received an email from a fellow writer on News With Views, one of the Internet
publications for which I write. C.J. Williams and I had become good friends. She lives
in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has always been a fabulous source of hard-to-
find information. Too, she was an expert on Agenda 21, an international movement
backed by the United Nations that I believe is behind most of the disinformation we
suffer in nations around the world involving climate, carbon footprints, sustainable
development, and many other things. C.J. is one of the best researchers around.
Anyway, I scrolled to the bottom of her email (as we all do) and there, at the bottom of
the page, sitting all by itself was an email address for Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta. I
hadn’t said anything to her about the likenesses between my character William Leonard’s
life and some other guy of whom I’d never heard.
“Where did you get the email address for Lee Wanta?” I asked her, probably a bit
breathlessly.
She’d never heard of him and had no idea how the address had gotten on her
email to me. “Someone probably sent him a copy of what they sent me,” she replied
vaguely, searching for an answer. “I didn’t see it so I didn’t delete it.”
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I argued with myself for a day but then wrote an email message to Ambassador
Wanta. I told him of the similarities between William Leonard’s life and his, and how I
had known nothing of his life before writing the book. He wrote back; he was very
understanding about it. I breathed a sigh of relief. I was worried that he would sue me
for defamation, or something… he would be Valerie Plame and I would be Scooter
Libby, that kind of thing.
From: Marilyn Barnewall
Subject: Book About Wanta
To: Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 4:08 PM
Dear Ambassador Wanta:
I unknowingly fictionalized the Wanta story and it became part of my recent novel, When
the Swan's Neck Breaks. Ambassador Wanta becomes a hero in that book -- but is a
super-hero in the follow-up (which I'm currently writing), Flight of the Black Swan. I've
always wanted to tell someone who knows Mr. Wanta about it (since I found out he is a
real person)... I don't know if you're truly Leo Emil Wanta, but if you know him (or are
him), I hope you get a chance to read the book. I'll be glad to send you a copy if you send
an address. I note the Washington, D.C. area code -- my book puts "William Leonard" in
Salzburg, Austria. Marilyn B.
Lee, of course, lived in Vienna (which I knew from the article I read about him).
We kept corresponding because I would find things I thought might be of interest to him.
Then one day he sent me an email and suggested I call him on a secure telephone line.
From: Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta
To: marilynmacg@xxxx.com
Subject: contact or call 202 XXX-XXXX x 001 thks
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 07:27:20 -0700 (PDT)
pls adv secure telefon number ... thks, lee
Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta
The Principality of Snake Hill Central Bank
Office of the Chairman
PO Box No. 488, Baulkham Hills
NSW 2153, Australia
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IT IS TIME .......................... " Never Let The Magic Dim "
That raised the hair on the back of my neck a bit and I decided I wouldn’t do that.
The next day I came home to a beeping answering machine to find a message from him
awaiting me. He had found my telephone number. I called him the next day and we had
a pleasant conversation. Even in that, our first telephone conversation, we found we had
a lot of similar life experiences. This is his story, not mine, so I won’t go into them. It
surprised me. There was some kind of energy link between us. I know this will sound
strange but it is part of the story and you, the reader, should know of it. Let me give you
an example.
By the time Lee contacted me, I had already written 20 chapters of the follow-up
book to Swan’s Neck. William Leonard had become the central figure in Flight of the
Black Swan. I sent him the manuscript with a note telling him that I could rewrite it…
worried that what I had written in both books might result in negative blowback against
him.
Several days later as I prepared for bed – on Friday night – I knew that he was
going to call me the next morning. Don’t ask me how I knew. I have no idea. I had
cordless telephones everywhere in my house except my bedroom. I work until 2 a.m. and
sleep until 10 a.m. When I went to bed, I knew he would call me before I woke up the
next morning. He did. I had taken the cordless phone to bed with me (highly unusual for
me) so I wouldn’t have to get up to answer the phone.
He liked Black Swan… but had some interesting questions about it.
“How do you know so much about my personal life?” he asked.
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“I don’t know anything about your personal life,” I responded, quite astonished at
the remark. “What are you talking about?”
“My favorite hotel in Chicago… Whitehall. I used to take my grandchildren there
for Sunday brunch. Most people have never heard of it.”
I explained that when I consulted for the First National Bank of Chicago, I stayed
at Whitehall… and agreed with him that their Sunday brunches were among the best
available anywhere. “What else?” I asked him.
“William Leonard is eating my favorite foods in your book. How did you know?”
I had no answer for that one. He asked several other questions. At the time, I
wasn’t thinking in terms of this man being a covert intelligence operative who was
wondering just who the hell I was and who had sent me to spy on him. Evidently, my
answers sufficed because our telephone conversations continued and, after a period of
time, he began sending attachments to his emails. Slowly, the story of his life as an
intelligence operative began to emerge. Our telephone conversations became research
sessions. It went on for more than three years… as did the strange occurrences.
As our friendship evolved, so too did our trust of one another. In June of 2009,
Lee Wanta asked me if I would like to include some of his real life adventures in Flight
of the Black Swan. What author in his or her right mind was going to say “no” to that
offer? It was truly an offer I couldn’t refuse, even if it meant a lot of rewriting (and it
did… it meant postponing the publication of Black Swan for several months). Lee did
one other amazingly kind thing. He offered to write the Foreword for the book. You
can find it here. Lee’s foreword
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When I “met” Ambassador Wanta, I was pretty well schooled in business and
finance. I hold a graduate degree in banking and I had started the first wealth creation
private bank in the United States. The concept I developed at United Bank of Denver
attracted bankers from around the world who would come to Denver, pay the bank
$1,000 for spending the day with me… and the entrepreneur in me took over. I left the
bank and started my own consulting company so those banks from around the world
could pay the $1,000 to me for spending that day. For the next 15 years, I implemented
this new form of banking throughout the United States and then my company went
global.
Most private banks (especially those in Europe) manage existing wealth. Affluent
clients go to them for trust accounts, help with wills and retirement planning, etc. Wealth
creation private banking is a highly specialized area of lending that helps people create
wealth. It is a concept that supports the development and expansion of a strong middle
class. Generally speaking, I was usually on the opposite side of traditional bank policies
and procedures.
In short, Lee Wanta and I had a lot to talk about. It was wonderful talking with
someone whose banking experiences far exceeded my own.
So that’s how I found out about this exceptional man. I’ve never met him and I
probably never will. Perhaps it’s the invisible link between us – the kind of link that
makes you question your family DNA and how his parents in Wisconsin had him while
my parents in Indiana had me, but we ended up with the same DNA – or, perhaps I just
recognized an important story that needed to be told. Or, perhaps it was fate. I will never
know the answer to those questions.
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What I do know is this: The story of what happened to intelligence operative Leo
Emil Wanta is the biggest financial story in world history. It is the story of a man whose
government stole from him $23 trillion intended to be given to citizens of America, not
its government and the political crooks, who would use it against us.
If you are interested in knowing why the American way of life is changing so
drastically and why a former covert intelligence operative keeps looking in the face of
obvious defeat but stays the course of fighting for America, you’ll enjoy the time you
spend reading his story. If you are at all like me, you will find yourself shaking your
head in disbelief many times – until the evidence becomes so overwhelming you cannot
deny the truth of what happened to Lee Wanta. We don’t hear much about patriots
today… unless someone stands in front of us to tell us they are a patriot (which
eliminates them from qualification to begin with).
Leo Emil Wanta made a promise to President Ronald Wilson Reagan; and, he
took an Oath of Office. Our economy is (along with the economies of many other
nations of the world) hanging over a steep precipice. Wanta has fought from the heights
of success and from the deeply depressed valleys of the place “they” decided to put him
so he could be muzzled – prison – those who are working to enslave the world. He has
managed to slow them down. Everyone wonders about the words “they” and “them” –
me included. Who the hell are they? Some call the one-worlders the Illuminati, some
call them Freemasons, some call them P-2, and others call them Opus Dei or Vatican
Jesuits. Or, you may just refer to them as the Rothschild banking cabal (or, as I have
called them for years, “the banksters”).
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Probably the most frequent question I get asked is this: “Is Leo Wanta for real?
Or, is he just an imaginary character?” You will be able to find some letters from very
well-known people here:
George H.W. Bush
Gerald Ford
Charles Grassley
Orrin Hatch
Republican Party
Toby Roth
If you want to understand what happened to America and look at the land on
which your particular sun rises every morning – something you thought would always be
representative of freedom before watching creeping tyranny begin grabbing it from your
expectant hands – you’ll find much of the information you need to fill in the blanks in the
story of Leo Wanta’s life.
The significance of how different your life might be today had a criminal political
cabal not grabbed the reins of power in numerous nations of the world cannot be
overstated. Had Wanta not been prevented from fulfilling the promise he made to
President Ronald Reagan, that criminal cabal would have been defeated years ago…
before the depreciation of our currency and the loss of the middle class source of wealth:
our primary residences.
Leo Wanta’s life has been felt from Russia to Paris to London to Berlin to Greece
and to Jerusalem. Even those “Down Under” have been impacted by him. People who
have lost their pensions or had their homes foreclosed anywhere in the world can thank
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the powerful elites who have since 1993 prevented Leo Wanta from fulfilling that
promise to President Reagan for their troubles. What kind of power does a Polish-
Catholic kid from Wisconsin wield to impact the entire world like this? The thing Wanta
controls that impacts so many hundreds of millions of lives is called “The Wanta-
Reagan-Mitterrand Protocols” and the core of the power base was – still is – trillions and
trillions of dollars – and rubles and francs and pounds and Deutsch marks and shekels.
Leo Wanta, you see, was the weapon of mass destruction American patriots like
President Ronald Reagan put in place to prevent the elitist plan to enslave the free
peoples of the world.
His name even suits the duality of his life as a covert intelligence operative. He
has two real names: Lee (birth certificate) and Leo (baptism certificate).
In the shadowy world of covert intelligence operatives, he is “Leo.” To his
personal friends, he’s “Lee.” Leo/Lee Emil Wanta has never been employed by an
American intelligence agency, but has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Department of the Treasury
(including the Secret Service), U.S. Customs Service (et al), US State Department, the
National Security Council, US Department of Defense, the US Department of Justice,
Office of Strategic Investigations (OSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),
among others. Wanta is – or was, depending on your perspective – what is termed “a
junkyard dog” – a covert intelligence operative, a Secret Agent. He reported directly to
President Reagan. In fact, he was Ronald Reagan’s favorite “junkyard dog.” His official
title was Personal Intelligence Coordinator to the President of the United States.
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On June 11, 1940 (the Chinese Year of the Dragon) in Stevens Point, Portage
County, Wisconsin, Ethel Mary Aanonsen and her husband, Emil Wanta, brought into
this world a baby, one of four children. He had a sister and two brothers. Stevens Point
sits in the middle of Wisconsin and offers green space, numerous waterways, and cross-
country ski trails. It’s a great place to hike, bike, or play golf. Lee’s father, Emil, was a
student at Teacher’s College, at the time. After Emil’s graduation, the family moved to
Sheboygan.
Lee Wanta doesn’t talk about what happened between his mother and father in
Sheboygan… his father became a Journeyman tool and die maker and they lived there
long enough for Lee to attend nursery and some parochial school. He attended Holy
Name School, where the Sisters of Notre Dame discovered the handful of impish energy
they had on their hands. The nun who taught him in 7
th
grade once suggested a Bible Lee
had in his personal possession was not his. He told her to look inside the Bible. It was
dated May 23, 1944, and it was signed to him by Mother Superior Mary Rose… she (the
nun who questioned him) had given it to him in 1944 for his First Holy Communion,
when he was four.
Lee also doesn’t talk about why his parents separated, but does talk about his
mother, Ethel Mary, leaving Emil and taking him and his brothers and sister to Metairie,
Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. He
talks about what a good, hard-working woman she was and how she worked to protect
her children. It was about this time Lee developed a stutter. He attended St. Christopher
Catholic School while in Louisiana and remembers little about the overall experience but
has pleasant memories of the time spent there. His sharp wit and sense of humor caused
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many a ruler to be brought down on his knuckles… well, at least attempts were made.
Lee had (and still has) excellent instincts and reflexes… almost as if he can see what’s
coming and avoid it. He is keenly focused and highly intelligent… along with his
photographic memory and strong creative drive, he had all of the basic elements to be a
first-rate spy.
After a year in Louisiana, Ethel moved the children back to Wisconsin – to
Milwaukee. There Lee attended St. John’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Sisters of
Dominion. He graduated from Washington Senior High School, located in the Sherman
Park neighborhood on the North side.
He became involved in a youth group and at age 15 was heard giving a speech by
Wisconsin Senator Alexander Wiley who served in the United States Senate from
Wisconsin for 24 years – from 1939 to 1963. At the time Senator Wiley and young Lee
Wanta met, Wiley was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1953-
1955). He had served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (1947- 49) prior to
that. Wiley was impressed with young Wanta… a teenager with a stuttering problem
who wouldn’t let embarrassment over what some would perceive as a disability prevent
him from being actively involved in youth activities, especially public speaking. As you
read the Wanta exploits that follow this introduction to Leo Wanta, you’ll find that same
kind of determination and positive outlook in many of his actions. It is apparent what a
driving force it has been in his life.
He is a diverse personality, this Leo/Lee Emil Wanta. One of my favorite
newspaper articles about him comes from the Milwaukee Journal business section on
Sunday, July 24, 1960. There is a picture of the 20-year old Wanta sitting in his car with
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the door wide open. The picture caption reads: “Lee Wanta has little chance of being hit
by a car or stepping into a mud puddle when he gets out of his automobile at night. The
small light inside each front door illuminates the area near the door and warns oncoming
motorists that the door is open. Wanta, 20, of 1457 N. 37
th
St., said he installed the lights
at very little expense. He believes automobile manufacturers should consider his idea as
a new safety feature.”
Milwaukee Newspaper Clipping
Most people who drive cars in 2012 are unaware that in 1960 when a car door was
opened, there was no light in the door. This was Lee Wanta’s first patent… and the auto
manufacturers did install his new safety feature. It all came about because Wanta was
wearing blue suede shoes that, when he stepped into a puddle and got his shoes wet,
caused his white socks to turn blue… and his mother complained. The lights in the car
doors were Lee’s solution to the problem.
I don’t include that story just because it says something cute about a young man
who was fated to be so important to American history. I include it because it should tell
you something about who this man is: When you find a problem, find the solution and
don’t just think about it; implement it.
Milwaukee was the first place where, at the tender age of 15, Leo Wanta worked
for a government alphabet agency… the FBI. At night, he cleaned offices for the John
Birch Society on West Vliet Street. He emptied trash, swept floors, collected handbills
and books and other literature. Each night, the trash from John Birch meetings was
placed in a large green bag which Lee Wanta carried to the #18 street car line – the Vliet
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Street run – where he handed the trash over to FBI agent Joe Kriofsky. When he got to
37
th
Street in the 53208 zip code, he departed and went home for the night.
Though I rather suspect that Senator Wiley had a hand in putting young Leo in
touch with the FBI and coordinating his job at the John Birch Society, Wanta has never
confirmed that idea as fact. I’ve never mentioned it to him. It just makes sense to me.
Wiley spoke to Lee’s mother, Ethel Mary, and was able to convince her to let
him pay to send Lee to a Dale Carnegie training course that would help the young man
stop stuttering. Within a year, 16-year old Lee Emil Wanta was managing the adult Dale
Carnegie group he attended. He is a dominant man, a charming man, and a quietly
powerful one, too.
Six years later, Wanta would swear his Oath of Office before Judge John J.
Reynolds. At the time, Reynolds wasn’t the Chief Judge of Wisconsin’s U.S. District
Court, but Lee has commented that when he took his Oath, he couldn’t help but wonder
what the hell he’d gotten himself into. Perhaps it was the following words from his Oath
that made Wanta wonder what he’d gotten himself into:
“We must learn to subvert, sabotage, and destroy our enemies by more
sophisticated, and more effective methods than those used against us.”
Swearing an Oath to subvert, sabotage and destroy enemies by more sophisticated
means and effective methods than those used against us would certainly make me
question what I’d gotten myself into… especially as I look at the Middle East and the
means and methods being employed there.
I will only say this once in this entire book: I have never met anyone, man or
woman, who takes an Oath more seriously than does Leo Emil Wanta. As you read the
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story of his life and want to shout at him to give the information to the Wisconsin
persecutors – I mean, prosecutors – and get yourself out of this mess, ask yourself in what
ways he would have been violating his Oath of Office regarding secrecy issues had he
done so. His Oath is a huge motivating factor in Leo Wanta’s life. So is truth.
The adventure of this $27.5 trillion American began before January 20, 1981,
when Ronald Wilson Reagan took his Oath of Office to become the 40
th
President of the
United States of America. It began in planning sessions between William Colby (CIA
Director, 1973-76), and William Casey (CIA Director 1981 to 1987 – Ronald Reagan’s
appointment), and Leo Emil Wanta.
Bill Colby was known by friend and foe alike as being very capable and highly
effective. During the time he was CIA director, Colby testified before Congress 56 times.
Members of the intelligence community disliked him because Colby did the
unpardonable: He gave Congress direct answers. Bill Colby once said "The lack of
oversight and accountability was the basic (CIA) weakness then. Now," he said
"Congress is energized, and there is congressional oversight." Henry Kissinger who
believed it was the responsibility of the CIA chief to lie, joined with President Gerald
Ford who believed William Colby revealed "the family jewels" and fired him in
November 1975.
While running the international intelligence operations of the United States,
Colby was the focus of the investigation by the Senate into illegal clandestine activities
on intelligence, chaired by Frank Church (D–Idaho). One witness before the Committee
who knew Colby well described him as "a private man in a very private business, who
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has apparently decided to lift some of the secrecy that has shrouded his business for so
many years.”
As for the second member of the Presidential Task Force, William Casey, he
served in the O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services) in WWII where he got a Bronze Star
for coordinating French Resistance forces on D-Day. He became head of the Secret
Intelligence Branch of the O.S.S. in Europe. A graduate of Fordham University (1934),
he attained his law degree from St. John’s University and joined the Research Institute of
America. A very bright man, Casey became the Institute’s Board of Editors Chairman.
He later became Chairman of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) and served
under the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs. He was president and chairman of the
Import-Export Bank of the United States. If anyone ever had a perfect background to
work on the problem of destabilizing the economy of the Soviet Union, it was this man,
Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) William Casey.
Casey directed the political presidential campaign for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and
with his sterling background it was no surprise that Ronald Reagan put him in charge of
the Central Intelligence Agency. It was no surprise that he would also be tagged to
become a member of this special team Reagan put together to determine the best way to
destabilize Soviet influence around the world. Nor was it a surprise that Leo Emil Wanta
who had been a Wisconsin Republican Delegate for years and was part of the Reagan
Presidential Task Force should be chosen for this special, secret team.
These are the three men who initiated the actions that would bring down the
Soviet Union Ruble (SUR) and make Check Point Charlie and the Iron Curtain things of
the past. Their team expanded to include other members of the intelligence community
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(including military). And it all began when a recommendation was made to President
Ronald Reagan who agreed with his team and began the process of putting into action a
plan that would bring down the Soviet Union and end the Cold War.
It would take time, but the job would get done. It was apparent from the
beginning that Leo Wanta would be the “leg” man. He was a skilled investment analyst
who also held a degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Technology in Engineering.
Most of all, Leo Wanta was a charmer. He could charm the skin off a snake. He can also
be a kind and gentle person when he has the opportunity to let his guard down… which
isn’t often.
In the book Thieves’ World (Simon & Schuster, 1994), Claire Sterling gives full
credit to Wanta for being “the key figure in bringing down the ruble” and with it the
Soviet Union, but she refers to him as a “snake oil salesman.” Ms. Sterling has written an
excellent book for anyone who wants a basic understanding of the criminal cabal that
runs the world – call it Mafia (or, if you’re in Russia, “Mafiya”), call it the Illuminati, call
it Freemasons or P-2, but one thing we know for sure: It is a criminal cabal that runs the
world of banking, finance – and politics. The military-industrial complex of which
Eisenhower warned us can be included in that definition, as well.
Sterling made some interesting errors as it relates to Leo Emil Wanta. For one
thing, she obviously wasn’t a student of business as she calls an offer by Wanta’s
company, New Republic/USA Financial Group, GES.m.b.H (a long way to say Inc., in
Austria), to purchase 2000 metric tonnes of gold (AU) bullion an offer to sell when,
indeed, it was an offer to purchase 2,000 tons of gold. Ms. Sterling’s analysis also says
that one document she displays in her book was a sell document which, again, overlooks
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the obvious. Instead, the document is an offer to purchase… Order No. AU.910116.75
(2x) from a New Jersey source by New Republic, Wanta’s company. These are what
might be called ”convenient” errors… like the assumption that Leo Wanta was some kind
of international Mafia Don because a computer record said so – and a guy who provided
her with information and wanted a starring role in her book said he was. It was naïve.
Did Ms. Sterling expect intelligence operatives to go marching onto the battlefields of
Soviet Russia with sparkling, clean backgrounds to deal with the Russian Mafiya?
Sterling’s assumptions about Leo Wanta were, in a word, wrong. I ask “what did she
expect” in the past tense because Ms. Sterling died unexpectedly after meeting with an
American intelligence agency about her book (“they” wanted to take it out of the public
marketplace and she refused). THIEVES WORLD
But we’ll talk more about that when discussing precisely how Leo Emil Wanta
worked his magic in the Soviet Union. One of the most important things about
understanding how a nation can be brought to its economic knees by outsiders who want
to destroy it is to apply the concepts behind what Wanta did to the Soviets to what hidden
world forces have been doing to the Dollar (or Federal Reserve Note) in America for
many years. It’s an important lesson and another reason Wanta’s story needs to be told.
One of the more interesting things to ponder is the future that awaited each of
these three men: Colby, Casey, and Wanta.
Bill Colby died Saturday, April 27, 1996 – twenty years after his days as CIA
Director and three years after Leo Wanta was unlawfully arrested in Lausanne,
Switzerland.
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Colby was spending the weekend alone at his home across from Cobb Island,
Maryland. He was 76 years old at the time and had been working all day on his sailboat
at a marina. He called his wife from home. She was in Houston, Texas, visiting her
mother. He had purchased some clams – which he loved – and was going to steam them,
take a shower, and go to bed. That was at 7:00 p.m. His next door neighbors saw him
through their window at about 7:15 p.m., watering his trees. He went inside to have
dinner. The sun set 42 minutes later. His body was found in the water nine days later.
The story was, he went out in his canoe after dark, had a heart attack, or a stroke, and
drowned. Since he left the clam dinner (his favorite) only half eaten on the kitchen table
– and his computer was live – it is highly unlikely.
As for William Casey, he appeared before the U.S. House Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) on November 21, 1986. The next day, two
investigators working for Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese (February 1985 to
August 1988; prior to that time, he was Reagan’s Chief of Staff), found important
documents in Oliver North’s office. Those old enough to remember have fond memories
of how Ollie North kept the paper shredders hot all night. It was this finding by Meese
that caused the disappearance of so much paper. The documents exposed the profits on
Iranian arms deals amounted to $16.1 million but showed that the Contras had only
received $4 million. The rest of the money was missing. It was discovered that Major
General Richard V. Secord and his partners had taken at least $6.6 million in profits and
commissions. On March 16, 1988, Secord was indicted on six felony charges. On May
11, 1989, a second indictment handed down nine counts of Impeding and Obstructing the
Congress Select Iran Contra Committee.
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On November 8, 1989, Secord pled guilty to one felony count of False Statements
to Congress and on January 24, 1990, he was sentenced to two years probation. In 1992,
the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia expunged the conviction on the
grounds that the U.S. Supreme Court had earlier found the underlying indictment to be
illegal and without effect from the beginning. Meese had not taken into account the
covert operative contract costs to initiate and complete the Contra Operation. General
Secord was innocent of any wrong doing. The money the HPSCI couldn’t find was
money that had to be paid to covert intelligence operatives for their services.
Men who risk their lives who are not government employees don’t come cheap…
especially when they are successful at the dirty, dangerous jobs given them and the
American government profits hugely from their actions. They get a percentage, or, as
they term it, a “commission” representing a percentage of the profits.
How interesting to hear a history from such a short time ago while watching
President Obama’s suggested U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (as the Senate
went through its role playing of Advise and Consent), admit to the Subcommittee how he
avoided income taxes – with no legal repercussions. To see an honorable man like
General Richard Secord punished when he was innocent and watch crooks like Geithner
excuse his non-payment of taxes – it was the fault of the software program he used –
indicates just how we as a nation have lost our moral compass. It is okay for Ben
Bernanke to lend $16.1 trillion in secret loans to “too big to jail” bankers not just in
America, but across the globe, and watch Wall Street stock brokers (who like to call
themselves bankers) openly perpetrate fraud on the people of the United States… and
Congress is helpless to do anything about it.
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Would U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have been able to get away with lying
about providing guns to Mexican drug cartels under the program called “Fast and
Furious” just 25 years ago? No. And people wonder why the business community has
no confidence in the federal government? They wonder why independent business
owners won’t expand their businesses and create American jobs? Only those who
believe the lies wonder. Those who do not believe them know why.
After his November 21, 1986 appearance before the HPSCI, on Monday,
December 8th, DCI Casey was called to testify before the House Defense Appropriations
Subcommittee. He was called back the next day for further testimony. On that day,
Casey stumbled and fumbled, at times having difficulty speaking. He was carried out of
the room.
It was determined that DCI William J. Casey had a brain tumor. It was removed
on December 18th but brain cells were damaged and Casey lost his ability to speak. His
biographer, Joseph E. Persico, points out that “one school of rumors ran, the CIA or the
NSC or the White House had arranged to have a piece of the brain removed from the man
who knew the secrets.”
Interestingly, an attempt to destroy the brain’s memory cells was also made
against Leo Emil Wanta by the State of Wisconsin… just before then-Governor Tommy
Thompson was given an appointment by President Clinton as Cabinet Secretary at Health
and Human Services. By that time, Leo had become Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta and
he had been arrested in Lausanne, Switzerland, on a totally specious charge. But that
story will be told later.
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The opposition – the ever present shadow “they” that runs governments around
the world – began setting Wanta up for a fall from the moment he became part of the
Reagan Special Task Force and it became evident Wanta would be the one to implement
the US$150,000,000,000.00 (seed money) plan… the price tag for recommendations
made by President Reagan’s secret Task Force. It was the price for bringing down the
Soviet ruble which, in return, would bring down the entire Soviet Union. Wanta would
be the “leg man,” the implementer.
Since the Cold War cost America over $6 trillion, it was a bargain at twice the
price. It was especially a bargain because Leo Emil Wanta, having been made Trustor of
the $150 billion in funding, returned the $150 billion to the U.S. Treasury within six
months. It was obviously a good strategic plan… one that worked.
As for Wanta, “they” brought him down, too. But with him, they had to be a bit
more careful. He, after all, is the one who knows where all of the money has been hidden
around the world. He is protected by the Rogers-Houston Memorandum. They can’t
throw him out of a canoe or remove part of his brain. After all, we’re talking about $27.5
trillion… something “they” want!
One of the great problems with America’s moral compass today is that the
nation’s people do not seem to realize that if those in the shadows – those behind the
mirrors where left becomes right and right becomes left – will do this to one man, they
will do it to any of us. For those who ask, “How can they be so bold, so blatant, about
their violations of the law?” the Leo Wanta Story answers that question. Look what
“they” were able to do to him… and no one even raised an eyebrow.
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We’ve all heard the stories about the German people who didn’t do anything
about the abuses done to the Jews because it wasn’t happening to them… and by the time
it was being done to them and they called out for help, no one was there.
That’s what’s happening in America today and that’s one of the biggest reasons
the life story of Lee/Leo Emil Wanta is important to all of us. What happened to Wanta
in the 1980s with all of the phony tax filings in Wisconsin, what happened to him in the
1990s in Switzerland, what happened to him in New York and Madison, Wisconsin, and
in Oklahoma… well, it’s what happened to all Americans on 9-11; it’s what happened to
us in 2007 when the economy was intentionally crashed; it’s what is still happening with
all of the unlawful foreclosures that are occurring.
If the American people could have learned about Lee/Leo Wanta in 1993 and
demanded the unlawful prosecution of this good man stop, cease and desist, it would
have allowed Wanta to maintain total control of the entire $27.5 trillion… and America
wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today. Wanta has always said that $23 trillion of those
funds belong to the American people, and he wants to use the remaining $4.5 trillion
which belongs to him, personally, to re-build the country via a high-speed rail system, to
provide housing for the families of seriously injured veterans returning from the
unnecessary wars in the Middle East where America has no business building nations.
Getting from the plan created by William Colby, William Casey and Leo Wanta
to the actual implementation of the plan would take time. Massive world change is not
wrought overnight. And some very interesting things happened to Leo Wanta on his way
to the Soviet Union to bring down the Iron Curtain.
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FOREWORD
By Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta
The following comments are offered on behalf of a friend… the author of Flight
of the Black Swan. Though Marilyn Barnewall and I have never met, we became
acquainted via email after her last book, When the Swan’s Neck Breaks. She discovered
she had, quite by accident, created a fictional character whose life paralleled some of my
personal experiences when I was a covert operative for US intelligence agencies. Upon
discovering that I was a real rather than a fictional character, she contacted me and
offered me a copy of Swan’s Neck. I accepted her kind offer, read the interesting book. I
wrote the following Book Review:
“It is interesting to note that a highly successful American banker
writes a full exposure about domestic and international banking
failures and highly questionable/unlawful activities, corruption and
malfeasance in public office, espionage and continuing massive
economic and sinister plots with on-going financial programmes
against The American Populace, and the American Rule of Law.
Swan’s Neck is stark realism exposed in written form that once again
brings to the forefront – interesting memories of the past, and the
sad and regrettable continuance ‘by others’ to destroy Our Great
Nation”…” – Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta
As you can tell from my Review, I found Swan’s Neck interesting and of value to
people seeking answers to what caused America’s financial crisis. The book focuses
mostly on central banking and how the Federal Central Bank, a non-government agency-
vendor, damages the entire financial system in America as well as Internationally.
Bearing in mind that Mrs. Barnewall wrote Swan’s Neck in 2006, the number of
predictions she made and the accuracy of them is somewhat startling. She obviously
understands the business of banking and saw very early on what was going to happen.
Her understanding of the world of finance and the fraud and corruption that has caused
and continues to cause Our Great Nation and the American Populace so much continuing
pain and needless suffering is put to good use in Flight of the Black Swan.
When Mrs. Barnewall and I talked almost two years ago, she had already written
twenty chapters of Black Swan. Because William Leonard, the character whose life
experiences readers found similar to mine in When the Swan’s Neck Breaks, becomes the
main character in Black Swan, she wanted me to read the new revealing manuscript.
Upon finding out that someone named “Lee Wanta” really existed, she wanted no
negative view of this fictional character to result in blowback against me in real life. I
read the partly-completed manuscript and encouraged her to continue. It’s a good read –
a valuable read to those seeking real life answers to our economic questions, and a
genuine lack of recovery. The problems and answers to them are explained by an expert
in language understandable by the average person – real people who don’t have a college
degree in banking, business or finance.
For the thousands of thoughtful people who have for years contacted me in
support of my cause in my personal endeavors within our United States Government
through their appointed representatives and/or agents to stop, cease and desist in their
continuing fraudulent and political activities and theft of my personal monetary funds and
personal property, Mrs. Barnewall and I want to make one thing very totally clear to
her readers: William Leonard is a fictional character. He is not me and I am not him.
On the other hand, her readers who are familiar with the history of Ambassador
Leo/Lee Emil Wanta will recognize in William Leonard’s story many facts you know to be
true about me – the $4.5 trillion of my personally earned monetary funds continue to be
fraudulently in play elsewhere by unlawful conversion through state agent provocateurs,
government bureaucrats, inter alia. Mrs. Barnewall asked for and received my permission
to use factual informational data… most of this information is readily available in public
and court documentation available to any probing Internet researcher. Some information
contained in Flight of the Black Swan is personal and has not been previously published.
In the past, Mrs. Barnewall has publicly and truthfully written of her support of me and my
ongoing interaction within the federal and state governments in her News With Views bi-
weekly editorials. She has written of my interest in actual high-speed rail programmes –
submitted to our USGovn/White House since 1995 – and how I view it as a much-needed
economic stimulus that will provide a minimum of two million American jobs and career
opportunities – well paying jobs complete with fully paid employee benefits packages.
She has told of how the government is denying this overall opportunity to the American
Recovery Movement by not allowing me lawful access to my own monetary funds to build
the high-speed rail programmes with full construction development/employment
opportunities within Our Great Nation’s borders – and Alaska to our East Coast
communities, upon Canada’s Department of transportation approvals, inter alia: with
absolutely no American Taxpayer USDollars required or railroad grants and set-aside
allocations. Just American and Canadian Career Job Opportunities, and so much more, as
previously submitted to the American and Canadian Governments, Foreign Governments
and Diplomatic Representatives in writing – and copied to: - The White House, US
Department of State, US Department of the Treasury, US Department of Transportation,
United States Congress, et al, Washington, DC, USA.
In Flight of the Black Swan, the character named William Leonard is both
fictional and non-fictional. Those who do not know my story will find the character to be
an interesting intelligence operative similar to other fictional Intelligence Operatives.
Those who know my continuing saga will recognize the truth when they read it – and will
most likely scratch their heads wondering about some of the things he does in this book.
“Did this really happen to Lee Wanta? Or, didn’t it happen that way – is this fictional?
Is this just part of a fictional plot?”
That’s what a good book does. It makes you really wonder. One thing you will
not wonder about after reading Black Swan is what caused America’s economic crisis to
begin with years ago, which could have been avoided, and the lack of actual and
immediate Economic Recovery on behalf of The American Populace and Our Distant
Neighbours. Thank you ….
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CHAPTER TWO
Today’s loom, tomorrow’s future
FATE: “We are weaving the future on the loom of today.”
Grace Stricker Dawson
On Tuesday, January 20, 1981, Ronald Wilson Reagan took the Oath of Office as
given by Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and became the 40
th
President of
the United States. The announcement was made that the Americans taken hostage by
Iran under the Carter Administration had been released; and, for the first time, the
Inauguration ceremony was held on the terrace of the West Front of the Capitol.
It was a new beginning.
In August of 1980, Polish shipyard workers went on strike and the Solidarity
Union was formed. Americans learned the name Lech Walesa, elected head of the
Union, but had no idea of the significant role he was to play in helping to end the Cold
War. Americans did not learn that the Reagan Administration was financially supporting
Polish Solidarity.
In 1983, President Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and in
October of that same year U.S. troops invaded Grenada, overthrowing the regime in
power.
In a March 23
rd
speech about SDI, Reagan pointed to all of the obvious reasons
Star Wars (as it became known) was an important project: The U.S., he said, had “nearly
abandoned efforts to develop and deploy defenses against nuclear weapons, relying
almost exclusively on the threat of nuclear retaliation.” He was correct.
SDI, though, was important for more reasons than Reagan stated publicly. It was
a costly technology and a race evolved – as Reagan knew it would – to see whether
America or the Soviet Union would go bankrupt first by developing SDI. When we
compare the cost of what Reagan wanted to do in 1983 to our $16 trillion debt of 2012, it
was a pittance… but it gave Washington something to complain loudly about, and then
do what they always do: Turn it over to a Committee for evaluation. Reagan won the
argument. Thus, the importance of tilting the soundness of the Soviet economy – which
wasn’t very sound to begin with – became paramount. You see, for the Reagan Special
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Task Force Plan to work, the closer to the tilt point the Soviet economy was, the better
the chances of success. SDI was part of the Task Force plan for destabilization.
Enter Operation Stillpoint: William Colby, William Casey and Leo Emil Wanta.
At the time it started, President Reagan wanted to get a better handle on ways to
keep the Soviets from expansionary tactics used to spread Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
Lenin’s philosophy of communism around the world. He looked to his Special Task
Force to provide a means of doing so. One thing was certain: The economy of the
Soviets had never been strong and corruption, always present in government and always
growing at least as fast as a government grows, made the USSR vulnerable to outside
interference… just as the United States is in 2012.
According to Gorbachev's Prime Minister, Nikolai Ryzhkov, the "moral
[nravstennoe] state of the society" in 1985 was its "most terrifying" feature: “[We] stole
from ourselves, took and gave bribes, lied in the reports, in newspapers, from high
podiums, wallowed in our lies, hung medals on one another. And all of this – from top to
bottom and from bottom to top.”
Again, it sounds like America, 2012, doesn’t it?
Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze made equally painful comments about the
lawlessness and corruption dominating the Soviet Union. During the winter months of
1984-85, he told Gorbachev that “Everything is rotten. It has to be changed."
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong,” Frantz Fanon said in
his 1952 book Black Skin, White Masks (originally published in French as Peau Noire,
Masques Blancs). “When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief,
the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely
uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the
core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit with the
core belief.” http://web.mst.edu/~psyworld/cognitive_dissonance.htm
During their final days as a world power, the Soviet Union allowed cognitive
dissonance to rule its better judgment… as so many Americans are doing in 2012. The
handwriting on the wall was pretty clear for Gorbachev. The Soviet economy was
failing. They did none of the necessary things to save their economy. In 2012, the
handwriting on the wall is pretty clear for the American people. The economy is failing.
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The people and the Congress do none of the necessary things to save their economy.
Why? Go re-read the definition of cognitive dissonance. That’s why. We have a classic
fight going on between those who want government to take care of them who will pay the
price of lost freedom to get that care, and those who value freedom above all else.
On one day we have 50 state attorneys general suing Bank of America for making
fraudulent mortgages, and on the next we have M.F. Global losing billions upon billions
of customer dollars because they got mixed with the firm’s funds – which is against the
law – or we have J.P. Morgan Chase losing $2 billion (or is it $5 billion?) in bad
investments. As Eduard Shevardnadze said, “Everything is rotten. It has to be changed.”
As I would say it, “There is no Rule of Law in America today. There has been no real
Rule of Law since George Herbert Walker Bush took office.”
No one listened then; no one is listening in America now. The primary reason?
Cognitive dissonance.
Regimes and cabals and all other forms of power-based groups end when old
beliefs die… whether the cabal is called Rothschild, Rockefeller, Bush… or the United
States of America (or united States of America, Inc.). When the right moment comes,
those who have maintained security for the group will join the revolutionaries – at least,
historically that is true. And that is how Boris Yeltsin was brought to power. I say “was
brought to power,” because getting rid of Gorbachev and the Soviet Union in favor of
electing Yeltsin and a Russian Federation was part of the plan. Was it the plan of the
American government or that of the Soviets? Time will tell. Most people who watch
former GRU Colonel Putin (Lee Wanta says he is not former KGB, he is former GRU –
military intelligence) have said loudly and often: “No one in the Russian government
switched communism for a democratic society. They merely pushed communism below
the shadows to be brought out later.”
There are quiet revolutions and there are loud ones. The American Revolution
was a loud one; the Russian Revolution in 1917 was pretty quiet, by comparison – though
the communists killed 40 million Russians during that “quiet” time. Mao Zedong also
made a lot of noise in 1949… and Mao killed even more Chinese in the process of
revolting and establishing a communist regime than did the Russians. Estimates run as
high as 80 million Chinese were murdered by their government. The point is, when those
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who suppress the people against the cabal or regime or government defect and join the
rebellion, the cabal or regime or government dies.
Such comments as those from Soviet leaders Nikolai Ryzhkov and Eduard
Shevardnadze a mere half-dozen years before the failure of what Reagan termed “the Evil
Empire” should cause chills down the spines of any American reading the quotes for in
many ways our government has become “the Evil Empire.” The words spoken by Soviet
politicians just before their fall are a mirror image of this nation’s social and political
disorder as I write these words.
As Reagan’s Task Force began meeting in late 1980, Bill Casey decided Leo
Wanta should work with him. Casey would become Reagan’s CIA Director and Wanta
would become Reagan’s personal intelligence coordinator – and, his favorite “junkyard
dog.”
A “junkyard dog” in the world of intelligence operatives is someone who is not
employed by any alphabet agency (like the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.). A covert operator
works under contract for various intelligence agencies as the need arises. “Need” is
defined as “plausible deniability” in the political arena. If a “covert intelligence
operative” is caught while performing the duties assigned him or her, the contracting
government can truthfully deny any involvement of their intelligence agency personnel.
Thus, the more delicate the operation required, the greater is the need for a “junkyard
dog” that can maneuver around government policies to get a job done quickly, well, and
quietly. The covert intelligence operative truly puts his or her neck on the line because if
caught, the government for which they work will deny even knowing the operative’s
name… a little James Bond-ish.
The task force group, which had been expanded to include other intelligence
agency and military resources, agreed that if they had $150 billion, they could destabilize
the Soviet Union economy. Leo Wanta became Trustor of President Reagan’s
Presidential Task Force funds and, in that capacity, was officially responsible for the
$150 billion grant President Reagan approved. The funds came from the Defense
Department budget. Wanta was also responsible for returning all of that money to the
U.S. Treasury – which he did, within six months.
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The Wanta Saga leads us into the uncharted territory of government corruption
that raised its ugly head when this American hero was arrested in Switzerland, held for
over four months with no charges filed against him and no appearances in Court
provided, then returned to the United States where any charges that were pending were
immediately dismissed by Federal District Court Magistrate Allyne Ross (see New York
Court Dismissal form, below), and was then re-arrested by New York Detectives on the
courthouse steps. He was to be sent to Wisconsin… but was held in a Brooklyn federal
prison for close to a month (still no charges filed). He was held in prison in Wisconsin
before criminal charges were filed – spurious charges. The final charges did not appear
in the court records against Wanta until just a month before his criminal trial. He had
been held in a Wisconsin prison since December 1993 – his trial did not occur until May
8, 1995. He was imprisoned for a non-existent unpaid, estimated civil income tax in a
state where he hadn’t been a resident for seven years by the time he was tried.
NY Court Documents
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This was the set-up planned for Wanta in the early 1980s – during the task force
days – when it became apparent Secret Agent and Covert Intelligence Operative Leo
Wanta was the person on whom President Reagan was relying to cause the fall of the
SUR (Soviet Union Ruble). He relied on Wanta to amass the largest fortune ever created
by one human being. America would need to be brought out of the debt planned for her
by agent provocateurs hiding in political shadows behind the skirts of those elected to
office. From the perspective of the agent provocateurs, in the early 1980s they needed to
plant the seeds of guilt regarding Wanta’s non-existent tax evasions so when charges
were filed ten years later, they would be believable. They had to win at least one tax case
against him in Wisconsin in the 1980s to make what they planned for the 1990s
believable.
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Leo Wanta’s story involves other familiar names – like Vince Foster and Hillary
Clinton and Marc Rich whose pardon by President Bill Clinton in the final hours before
Clinton left office caused extreme displeasure among the media and other political
animals of Washington, D.C. Leo Wanta has assured me that Marc Rich was (and still
is) is one of the biggest money launderers in the world.
But as all things secret go, nothing really stays secret. Someone on the
Presidential Task Force had to leak the information to another highly secret group which
leaked it to Wisconsin… perhaps made it worth the while of those who worked to
discredit Wanta. Bearing in mind that Reagan’s vice president, George Herbert Walker
Bush, was the former head of the CIA, and bearing in mind that Reagan so distrusted
Bush that he told Wanta never to answer any questions the Vice President might ask
(rather he should refer Bush to the President’s office), it is not difficult to calculate which
agency leaked. Wanta was going to be the money guy. He would be the “legs” man
implementing a very daring, bold plan which could (and did) hand America victory in the
Cold War. If the hand dealt was well played, Wanta’s actions could also generate
trillions of dollars to pay American debts when Congressional spending got even further
out of control than it was during the Reagan Administration.
Because of what happened to Wanta next, it seems obvious a plot was hatched in
1982 to bring him down when the time was right… down the road when a fortune had
been amassed and Wanta was most vulnerable. When a government plans to steal
trillions of dollars from the people of America, it requires advance planning – and when
you see how ridiculous the tax charges filed by the State of Wisconsin in the 1980s were,
this “theory” makes sense. In fact, it is the only thing that makes sense.
Is the entire Wisconsin Department of Revenue corrupt? Read the court
transcripts in the next two chapters about what appears to be fraud perpetrated on Leo
Emil Wanta by Wisconsin’s Department of Revenue. Decide for yourself. Legal
documents clearly prove Wanta was burned by the government he served. In my opinion,
they Al Caponed him. They went to the tax code and took him down… not for anything
he did, but for what they said he did ten years earlier – which court records make clear he
didn’t do. That he was innocent of tax wrongdoing in Wisconsin in the 1980s will be
proven in Chapters Three and Four with analyzed copies of court documents. You will
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likely do as I did – shake your head and ask how any State Department of Revenue could
get away with this… but they did. Were the Wisconsin courts complicit in what
happened? Read the documents for yourself and decide.
It’s important to keep in mind that the original investment made by the U.S.
government – the $150 billion – was repaid within six months by Wanta. The reason it’s
important is to answer any question about who owns the money earned after Leo Wanta
repaid the $150 billion. Does money earned belong to the government? Or, is the money
he earned after repaying the government Leo Wanta’s money? To answer that question,
use the example of a simple car loan. When you borrow money to buy a car, when the
loan is repaid, who owns the car? You? Or the bank?
There is a difference, however, between the car loan example above and the
money earned by Leo Wanta. It is called Title 18 Section 6 – or Executive Order 12333
signed by Ronald Reagan.
One critical step had to be put in place by President Reagan before the carefully-
planned plot of his Task Force could be unleashed. Less than a year into his Presidency,
December 4, 1981, Reagan signed Executive Order 12333, known as “Title 18, Section
6.” This EO authorized U.S. intelligence services to establish cadres of corporations
owned by the US Government for intelligence purposes and allows (still today) agents to
deny their intelligence community connections. American spies could, thanks to
Executive Order 12333, covertly establish and operate at taxpayer expense what are
referred to as “Title 18, Section 6 corporations.” It is a venture that sounds a lot like the
too big to jail banksters on Wall Street: The taxpayers are on the hook on the downside –
if there is a loss, taxpayers get hit with it; if there is a profit, it remains secret.
Specifically, 12333 says: “Article 2.7: Contracting. Agencies within the
Intelligence Community are authorized to enter into contracts or arrangements for the
provision of goods or services with private companies or institutions in the United States
and need not reveal the sponsorship of such contracts or arrangements for authorized
intelligence purposes. Contracts or arrangements with academic institutions may be
undertaken only with the consent of appropriate officials of the institution.”
Leo Wanta’s Title 18 Section 6 corporations were numerous and they were
audited regularly (quarterly, I believe) by the United States government. Costs for
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running the companies were deducted from profits. Leo Wanta’s companies resulted in
no cost to taxpayers; they were, indeed, highly profitable. It is important to remember
that his cost of living was paid from corporate income. That was part of the “work on
commission rather than salary” deal.
There is a lot of room to argue that Executive Order 12333 does not specify who
owns the funds raised through the establishment of the corporations created for the
purpose of gathering intelligence information. If an operative is an agent of the FBI or
the CIA, it is easy to establish ownership as belonging to the government because the
agent is a paid employee of the government. If you work for MacDonalds, receive a
salary from them, and they ask you to go open a new MacDonalds in another city and pay
you a salary for doing so, it’s pretty obvious that MacDonalds owns the new burger-
flipping place. You own the agreed upon salary they paid you to do the work. The same
would be true of a paid intelligence operative employed by the FBI, CIA, State
Department, etc., but it is not true of a commissioned, independent intelligence operative.
Leo Wanta worked on a cost and commission basis. The government paid the
costs of opening and running the corporation until it broke into the black at which time
the government recouped its start-up costs. Part of the costs of running the corporation
included Wanta’s living costs. He was not paid a salary. He got a percentage of the
profits he provided the government via his Title 18 Section 6 companies. He was a
covert agent and was never employed by any intelligence agency. He worked under
contract for a majority of them but was never employed by any. Thus, the funds raised
by Wanta’s Title 18 Section 6 corporations represented a profit to the United States
Government. The government has refused to pay Wanta from the corporate profits the
commission it agreed to pay him. Leo Wanta generated Title 18 Section 6 corporate
income – profits to the government which, in turn, was supposed to pay the agreed upon
costs and commissions to Leo Emil Wanta. The government broke its contractual
agreements with Wanta when they refused to pay him his commissions and Wanta
declared the total amount of his corporate profits to be his money. The corporations were
– still are – in his name, not the government’s. He owns all of the stock in each – and he
may be right. The total amount of money earned by the corporations could easily be
Wanta’s.
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To his credit, Wanta agreed to settle with the government for $4.5 trillion… his
agreed upon commission. He verbally gave the remaining $23 trillion to the American
people, not to the politicians trying to steal it. In doing so, he made a lot of very
important people quite angry… and there is nothing more dangerous than an angry elitist
with an ego that needs to be fed from the garbage heap of perceived personal power.
Under EO 12333, if an intelligence agency was involved in drug running or
money laundering for drugs it could establish a company on foreign soil and set up a
tracking operation and a money laundry. At the same time, it could provide goods and
services, doing business with private companies or institutions in the United States. And,
while doing it, would not have to reveal that they were gathering intelligence
information.
It has been over 30 years since President Reagan signed Executive Order 12333
and a large number of Title 18, Section 6 corporations exist as intelligence operatives
have busily created them. Some estimates are as high as 5,000. When one considers the
contacts agents have and their access to confidential information about the world’s
important and famous – not always the same people – it is not difficult to project a large
percentage of the American economy being part of the underground Title 18 Section 6
world of finance. Many of these companies have bank accounts with large sums of
money accrued – money that, minus commissions to the operative, belongs to the people
of the United States.
Because the government will not agree to pay the commissions due to the covert
operators who established them, usually under extreme personal risk, the money sits and
does nothing for the nation because of the greed of a few. Covert operatives do not work
free of charge and they are the ones putting their lives on the line for the money earned.
The government wants it all… a new level of greed, even for bureaucrats and politicians.
Leo Wanta’s New Republic/USA in Vienna was a Title 18 Section 6 corporation.
It was through New Republic in Vienna that the Soviet Union Ruble transactions were
accomplished. Wanta had numerous such corporations and it is into those corporations
the $27.5 trillion flowed. Here, in his own handwriting, is a list of some of the Title 18
Section 6 corporations belonging to Leo Emil Wanta:
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…and there were others. If one man can achieve so much within 10 or 20 years
– companies that banked $27.5 trillion – what can numerous other covert agents do over
30 years? The question American taxpayers need to ask themselves is this: If one
operative – a Polish-Catholic kid from Wisconsin – could accumulate $27.5 trillion in
Title 18 Section 6 companies, how much could there be in the remaining corporations
established by other U.S. covert operatives around the world? Another good question is:
Are these funds being used to fund rogue intelligence operations around the world? It
would be one good way to keep the Congress from knowing what intel ops were
occurring around the world because none of the alphabet agencies – or military intel, for
that matter – would have to present budgets for approval. Congress wouldn’t be funding
them. Funds from Title 18 Section 6 corporations would be footing the bills. Are the
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funds being used to create the infamous “Plunge Protection Team” or to manipulate the
stock market… the precious metals markets?
Of the total, $4.5 trillion of the funds belong to Wanta; $23 trillion belongs to the
American people. That statement is true only because Leo Wanta says it is. The money is
his… just like the car is yours after you pay the car loan. But this is the way Wanta
wants it. It represents a promise fulfilled to a man he considered his friend: Ronald
Wilson Reagan. Photo
To date, the U.S. Government or the Federal Reserve – or both – appears to have
“taken” (or at the very least put under their control) both sums. One or more of the “too
big to jail” Wall Street banks also appear to have their fingers in this jar.
Leo Wanta has been unable to gain lawful access to his funds – and the American
people have done nothing to gain access to theirs. How can they when they don't know
the funds exist? Instead, while the government of Wisconsin, which could have been
working hand-in-hand with the United States government to hide Wanta in various
prisons from 1993 through most of 2001, the money intended for the American people
was kidnapped by what Wanta calls “agent provocateurs.”
Interestingly, though his Department of Prisons record indicates he was held in
New Orleans, his case manager at North Fork Prison in Sayre, Oklahoma, assures me that
he was housed there every day from mid-1998 until his release in 2001. Since I have
known this person for three years and have visited her twice in Oklahoma, I believe her.
He was, she says, the only single-celled inmate at North Fork, his costs paid for by the
State of Wisconsin (which the State of Wisconsin denied). He had no cellmate. He was,
however, removed from his cell with periodic regularity and while he was gone his cell
was searched and documents were removed.
Using Promis software to identify the hiding places of his massive fortune,
Wanta says the CIA went around the world telling banks where the funds had been
hidden that he was dead. As you can tell from the Promis links, this is a massive story
that has been hidden from the public. The purpose of Wanta’s imprisonment since his
unlawful arrest in Lausanne on July 7, 1993 was precisely this: to hide him, find the
money, and take it. His death was an easy lie to sell to bankers around the world. They
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couldn’t suicide him – they hadn’t yet gotten all of the money… and some of the codes
Wanta used to hide it were even too complex for Promis.
The following comments about Promis Software are those of the author, not of
Leo Wanta. It is impossible for a career banker to not come to conclusions of her own
while reading the researched material, but I want to make clear that these are my own
opinions. I have no wish to cause Lee Wanta problems because of my guesswork…
qualified guesswork, but a “guess,” nonetheless. If the information I provide you is my
opinion rather than a fact from a legitimate source, I will tell you.
Promis software? The following statement was inserted in the middle of an
article by Catherine Austin Fitts titled “The Myth of the Rule of Law: or How the Money
Works: The Destruction of Hamilton Securities Group.” Fitts was the managing director
and member of the board of directors of Dillon, Read & Co., Inc, a Wall Street
investment firm, and served as Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner
at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Presidency of George
H.W. Bush. She was president of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc., an investment bank.
You may wonder why this article is linked here. It has nothing specifically to do
with Leo/Lee Wanta. But it has everything to do with the fact that this is the way
government ignored the Rule of Law. It has everything to do with the corruption so
involved today with unlawful foreclosures and Housing and Urban Development – which
is a part of the Wanta story. It has everything to do with the arrogance of government
gotten too big and the importance of the Wanta story which is where it all began. It
wasn’t stopped when it happened to him… and it just keeps re-playing itself, destroying
more and more people, more and more jobs and businesses. The Myth Rule of Law
by Catherine Austin Fitts
It is impossible to provide the name of the author of the following comment
injected into the Fitts article (when she referenced Promis software in her story – Fitts did
not write the following Promis comment). This quiet comment precedes the quoted
material: “A note from our founder on PROMI S software...”
The original Fitts article was published in SRA Quarterly, London, November
2001 and has since, undoubtedly, been re-published by many organizations – each with
a “founder.” The comment not only provides information to those who have a basic
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understanding of the complexities involved in the intelligence world, it should cause a
shiver to go up your spine because the comment is quite accurate in its description of the
capabilities of this software that was co-opted by government agents for use against the
general public and, specifically, within commercial banks.
“The significance of PROMIS software is that it was sold to banks, who wittingly or
otherwise bought it with a trap door that allowed those with the requisite codes to get in.
The software was allegedly developed in the 70s by a company called Inslaw. We say
allegedly because there are those who believe that William and Nancy Hamilton, the
owners of Inslaw, stole it themselves in the first place. The Hamiltons sued the
government for stealing it. They charged that the government modified it to enable
intelligence agencies to access bank records, accounts, and databases.
“The Promis affair is a difficult one to research, with much mis- or disinformation
floating about. A reporter, Danny Casolaro who was investigating the story, was killed
and officially ruled a suicide. Casolaro had however, told friends that he was working on
something dangerous and if he died he would have been murdered.
“While the PROMIS potential alone is worrisome, the fact that intelligence agencies
might have a software entry to most of, if not all, the banks around the world, is truly
sobering. The implications are enormous. Aside from the obvious issues raised by the
possession by spooks of entry into your bank account, there are other, mundane,
questions raised. What is all the fuss about money laundering if the government has, and
has had, such access to the financial systems records? Who is kidding whom here?
“You can read about the PROMIS story at the website of Insight Magazine
(www.insightmag.com) in a series of articles written by Insight investigative
journalist Kelly Patricia O’Meara. For our own part, considering the number of US
espionage cases in recent years, which often seem to involve the sale of software
codes to foreign powers, we wonder about who else around the world has access to
our bank accounts, and why?”
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Title 18 Section 6 covers the establishment of onshore or offshore corporations by
American intelligence operatives from any of the 18+ agencies ‘controlled’ by the
Central Intelligence Agency and also such U.S. intelligence participations that are not
supervised by the CIA, which is subordinate to the National Security Agency (NSA) in
practice. Within the enormous US intelligence community, the colossal offshore fund
accruals belonging to the US Government were waiting in mid-2006 for the legal
environment to be adjusted to facilitate their repatriation to the U.S. Treasury, and for
funds stolen by various parties to be traced.
Leo Wanta’s $4.5 trillion was supposed to be given to him. It was his money; he
had earned it and the Chinese central bank SWIFT wired it to him to be deposited in his
bank account at Bank of America in Richmond, VA. The money disappeared.
Had Wanta been given access to his money, it would have signaled other
contractors that government attitudes towards paying the commissions due on Title 18
Section 6 corporate profits had changed and those heading up such companies could
repatriate their funds and pay taxes on them to the U.S. Treasury. Bear in mind, if the
government paid Wanta his money, it would put $1.575 trillion in the U.S. Treasury via
taxes he’s agreed to pay. Multiply that amount by all of the other covert intelligence
operatives who could repatriate their funds and pay taxes on them if the government
would only live up to its agreements.
The way government has treated Wanta, however, is a flashing red light to the
owners of Title 18 Section 6 companies. These are people who have risked their lives to
get intelligence information for the United States of America. They have generated
profits for the government and only ask to be paid the commissions from funds they have
earned through their skill and risks taken to which the government agreed before it asked
them to go stick their neck across a railroad track… with a train not too far away.
And so the money America needs to end its economic woes remains unable to be
repatriated, sitting in banks in foreign countries throughout the world. Leo Wanta’s
experience proves that a criminal cabal, intent on one world government, will not deal
honestly with those it hired to serve it. It will not pay the commissions due on the funds
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these men have earned… the cabal wants it all. Though the funds in question do involve
Leo Wanta’s money, they also involve the money of other covert operators.
It is said that some of the warring US Intelligence factions are committing treason
by working for foreign powers. Knowing if that is true is above my pay grade as an
author.
The American people should demand that all funds sitting in accounts belonging
to Title 18 Section 6 companies be repatriated to the United States. Commissions earned
by covert intelligence operatives should be paid and taxes should be paid on the funds.
Executive Order 12333 should then be made a part of history… it should be repealed and
no longer active. We, as a nation, would find ourselves in far less hot water
internationally – we would spill far less American blood on foreign soil – if covert
intelligence operatives were incapable of funding surreptitious, off-the-books operations.
Are the Title 18 Section 6 funds being used for such purposes? There is no way
to know. One way to make sure they are not is to stop the practice put in place to destroy
the economy of the Soviet Union: Repeal Executive Order 12333. It served its purpose –
and is now possibly being used against the United States of America by agent
provocateurs with grand plans to destroy our nation’s economy. After all, if it could ruin
the Soviet economy, why not the economy of America?
This we learned from Leo Emil Wanta’s experience with Title 18 Section 6
companies and the government theft of the funds he earned through those companies.
Back
Back
Executive Order 12333--United States intelligence activities
Source: The provisions of Executive Order 12333 of Dec. 4, 1981, appear at 46
FR 59941, 3 CFR, 1981 Comp., p. 200, unless otherwise noted.
Table of Contents
Preamble
Part 1.Goals, Direction, Duties, and Responsibilities With Respect to the National
Intelligence Effort
1.1 Goals
1.2 The National Security Council
1.3 National Foreign Intelligence Advisory Groups
1.4 The Intelligence Community
1.5 Director of Central Intelligence
1.6 Duties and Responsibilities of the Heads of Executive Branch
Departments and Agencies
1.7 Senior Officials of the Intelligence Community
1.8 The Central Intelligence Agency
1.9 The Department of State
1.10 The Department of the Treasury
1.11 The Department of Defense
1.12 Intelligence Components Utilized by the Secretary of Defense
1.13 The Department of Energy
1.14 The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Part 2.Conduct of Intelligence Activities
2.1 Need
2.2 Purpose
2.3 Collection of Information
2.4 Collection Techniques
2.5 Attorney General Approval
2.6 Assistance to Law Enforcement Authorities
2.7 Contracting
2.8 Consistency With Other Laws
2.9 Undisclosed Participation in Organizations Within the United States
2.10 Human Experimentation
2.11 Prohibition on Assassination
2.12 Indirect Participation
Part 3.General Provisions
3.1 Congressional Oversight
3.2 Implementation
3.3 Procedures
3.4 Definitions
3.5 Purpose and Effect
3.6 Revocation
Timely and accurate information about the activities, capabilities, plans, and
intentions of foreign powers, organizations, and persons and their agents, is
essential to the national security of the United States. All reasonable and lawful
means must be used to ensure that the United States will receive the best
intelligence available. For that purpose, by virtue of the authority vested in me by
the Constitution and statutes of the United States of America, including the
National Security Act of 1947, as amended, and as President of the United
States of America, in order to provide for the effective conduct of United States
intelligence activities and the protection of constitutional rights, it is hereby
ordered as follows:
Part 1
Goals, Direction, Duties and Responsibilities With Respect to the National
Intelligence Effort
1.1Goals. The United States intelligence effort shall provide the President and
the National Security Council with the necessary information on which to base
decisions concerning the conduct and development of foreign, defense and
economic policy, and the protection of United States national interests from
foreign security threats. All departments and agencies shall cooperate fully to
fulfill this goal.
(a) Maximum emphasis should be given to fostering analytical competition
among appropriate elements of the Intelligence Community.
(b) All means, consistent with applicable United States law and this Order, and
with full consideration of the rights of United States persons, shall be used to
develop intelligence information for the President and the National Security
Council. A balanced approach between technical collection efforts and other
means should be maintained and encouraged.
(c) Special emphasis should be given to detecting and countering espionage and
other threats and activities directed by foreign intelligence services against the
United States Government, or United States corporations, establishments, or
persons.
(d) To the greatest extent possible consistent with applicable United States law
and this Order, and with full consideration of the rights of United States persons,
all agencies and departments should seek to ensure full and free exchange of
information in order to derive maximum benefit from the United States
intelligence effort.
1.2The National Security Council.
(a) Purpose. The National Security Council (NSC) was established by the
National Security Act of 1947 to advise the President with respect to the
integration of domestic, foreign and military policies relating to the national
security. The NSC shall act as the highest Executive Branch entity that provides
review of, guidance for and direction to the conduct of all national foreign
intelligence, counterintelligence, and special activities, and attendant policies and
programs.
(b) Committees. The NSC shall establish such committees as may be necessary
to carry out its functions and responsibilities under this Order. The NSC, or a
committee established by it, shall consider and submit to the President a policy
recommendation, including all dissents, on each special activity and shall review
proposals for other sensitive intelligence operations.
1.3National Foreign Intelligence Advisory Groups.
(a) Establishment and Duties. The Director of Central Intelligence shall establish
such boards, councils, or groups as required for the purpose of obtaining advice
from within the Intelligence Community concerning:
(1) Production, review and coordination of national foreign intelligence;
(2) Priorities for the National Foreign Intelligence Program budget;
(3) Interagency exchanges of foreign intelligence information;
(4) Arrangements with foreign governments on intelligence matters;
(5) Protection of intelligence sources and methods;
(6) Activities of common concern; and
(7) Such other matters as may be referred by the Director of Central
Intelligence.
(b) Membership. Advisory groups established pursuant to this section shall be
chaired by the Director of Central Intelligence or his designated representative
and shall consist of senior representatives from organizations within the
Intelligence Community and from departments or agencies containing such
organizations, as designated by the Director of Central Intelligence. Groups for
consideration of substantive intelligence matters will include representatives of
organizations involved in the collection, processing and analysis of intelligence. A
senior representative of the Secretary of Commerce, the Attorney General, the
Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and the Office of the
Secretary of Defense shall be invited to participate in any group which deals with
other than substantive intelligence matters.
1.4The Intelligence Community. The agencies within the Intelligence Community
shall, in accordance with applicable United States law and with the other
provisions of this Order, conduct intelligence activities necessary for the conduct
of foreign relations and the protection of the national security of the United
States, including:
(a) Collection of information needed by the President, the National Security
Council, the Secretaries of State and Defense, and other Executive Branch
officials for the performance of their duties and responsibilities;
(b) Production and dissemination of intelligence;
(c) Collection of information concerning, and the conduct of activities to protect
against, intelligence activities directed against the United States, international
terrorist and international narcotics activities, and other hostile activities directed
against the United States by foreign powers, organizations, persons, and their
agents;
(d) Special activities;
(e) Administrative and support activities within the United States and abroad
necessary for the performance of authorized activities; and
(f) Such other intelligence activities as the President may direct from time to time.
1.5Director of Central Intelligence. In order to discharge the duties and
responsibilities prescribed by law, the Director of Central Intelligence shall be
responsible directly to the President and the NSC and shall:
(a) Act as the primary adviser to the President and the NSC on national foreign
intelligence and provide the President and other officials in the Executive Branch
with national foreign intelligence;
(b) Develop such objectives and guidance for the Intelligence Community as will
enhance capabilities for responding to expected future needs for national foreign
intelligence;
(c) Promote the development and maintenance of services of common concern
by designated intelligence organizations on behalf of the Intelligence Community;
(d) Ensure implementation of special activities;
(e) Formulate policies concerning foreign intelligence and counterintelligence
arrangements with foreign governments, coordinate foreign intelligence and
counterintelligence relationships between agencies of the Intelligence
Community and the intelligence or internal security services of foreign
governments, and establish procedures governing the conduct of liaison by any
department or agency with such services on narcotics activities;
(f) Participate in the development of procedures approved by the Attorney
General governing criminal narcotics intelligence activities abroad to ensure that
these activities are consistent with foreign intelligence programs;
(g) Ensure the establishment by the Intelligence Community of common security
and access standards for managing and handling foreign intelligence systems,
information, and products;
(h) Ensure that programs are developed which protect intelligence sources,
methods, and analytical procedures;
(i) Establish uniform criteria for the determination of relative priorities for the
transmission of critical national foreign intelligence, and advise the Secretary of
Defense concerning the communications requirements of the Intelligence
Community for the transmission of such intelligence;
(j) Establish appropriate staffs, committees, or other advisory groups to assist in
the execution of the Director's responsibilities;
(k) Have full responsibility for production and dissemination of national foreign
intelligence, and authority to levy analytic tasks on departmental intelligence
production organizations, in consultation with those organizations, ensuring that
appropriate mechanisms for competitive analysis are developed so that diverse
points of view are considered fully and differences of judgment within the
Intelligence Community are brought to the attention of national policymakers;
(l) Ensure the timely exploitation and dissemination of data gathered by national
foreign intelligence collection means, and ensure that the resulting intelligence is
disseminated immediately to appropriate government entities and military
commands;
(m) Establish mechanisms which translate national foreign intelligence objectives
and priorities approved by the NSC into specific guidance for the Intelligence
Community, resolve conflicts in tasking priority, provide to departments and
agencies having information collection capabilities that are not part of the
National Foreign Intelligence Program advisory tasking concerning collection of
national foreign intelligence, and provide for the development of plans and
arrangements for transfer of required collection tasking authority to the Secretary
of Defense when directed by the President;
(n) Develop, with the advice of the program managers and departments and
agencies concerned, the consolidated National Foreign Intelligence Program
budget, and present it to the President and the Congress;
(o) Review and approve all requests for reprogramming National Foreign
Intelligence Program funds, in accordance with guidelines established by the
Office of Management and Budget;
(p) Monitor National Foreign Intelligence Program implementation, and, as
necessary, conduct program and performance audits and evaluations;
(q) Together with the Secretary of Defense, ensure that there is no unnecessary
overlap between national foreign intelligence programs and Department of
Defense intelligence programs consistent with the requirement to develop
competitive analysis, and provide to and obtain from the Secretary of Defense all
information necessary for this purpose;
(r) In accordance with law and relevant procedures approved by the Attorney
General under this Order, give the heads of the departments and agencies
access to all intelligence, developed by the CIA or the staff elements of the
Director of Central Intelligence, relevant to the national intelligence needs of the
departments and agencies; and
(s) Facilitate the use of national foreign intelligence products by Congress in a
secure manner.
1.6Duties and Responsibilities of the Heads of Executive Branch Departments
and Agencies.
(a) The heads of all Executive Branch departments and agencies shall, in
accordance with law and relevant procedures approved by the Attorney General
under this Order, give the Director of Central Intelligence access to all
information relevant to the national intelligence needs of the United States, and
shall give due consideration to the requests from the Director of Central
Intelligence for appropriate support for Intelligence Community activities.
(b) The heads of departments and agencies involved in the National Foreign
Intelligence Program shall ensure timely development and submission to the
Director of Central Intelligence by the program managers and heads of
component activities of proposed national programs and budgets in the format
designated by the Director of Central Intelligence, and shall also ensure that the
Director of Central Intelligence is provided, in a timely and responsive manner, all
information necessary to perform the Director's program and budget
responsibilities.
(c) The heads of departments and agencies involved in the National Foreign
Intelligence Program may appeal to the President decisions by the Director of
Central Intelligence on budget or reprogramming matters of the National Foreign
Intelligence Program.
1.7Senior Officials of the Intelligence Community. The heads of departments and
agencies with organizations in the Intelligence Community or the heads of such
organizations, as appropriate, shall:
(a) Report to the Attorney General possible violations of federal criminal laws by
employees and of specified federal criminal laws by any other person as
provided in procedures agreed upon by the Attorney General and the head of the
department or agency concerned, in a manner consistent with the protection of
intelligence sources and methods, as specified in those procedures;
(b) In any case involving serious or continuing breaches of security, recommend
to the Attorney General that the case be referred to the FBI for further
investigation;
(c) Furnish the Director of Central Intelligence and the NSC, in accordance with
applicable law and procedures approved by the Attorney General under this
Order, the information required for the performance of their respective duties;
(d) Report to the Intelligence Oversight Board, and keep the Director of Central
Intelligence appropriately informed, concerning any intelligence activities of their
organizations that they have reason to believe may be unlawful or contrary to
Executive order or Presidential directive;
(e) Protect intelligence and intelligence sources and methods from unauthorized
disclosure consistent with guidance from the Director of Central Intelligence;
(f) Disseminate intelligence to cooperating foreign governments under
arrangements established or agreed to by the Director of Central Intelligence;
(g) Participate in the development of procedures approved by the Attorney
General governing production and dissemination of intelligence resulting from
criminal narcotics intelligence activities abroad if their departments, agencies, or
organizations have intelligence responsibilities for foreign or domestic narcotics
production and trafficking;
(h) Instruct their employees to cooperate fully with the Intelligence Oversight
Board; and
(i) Ensure that the Inspectors General and General Counsels for their
organizations have access to any information necessary to perform their duties
assigned by this Order.
1.8The Central Intelligence Agency. All duties and responsibilities of the CIA
shall be related to the intelligence functions set out below. As authorized by this
Order; the National Security Act of 1947, as amended; the CIA Act of 1949, as
amended; appropriate directives or other applicable law, the CIA shall:
(a) Collect, produce and disseminate foreign intelligence and counterintelligence,
including information not otherwise obtainable. The collection of foreign
intelligence or counterintelligence within the United States shall be coordinated
with the FBI as required by procedures agreed upon by the Director of Central
Intelligence and the Attorney General;
(b) Collect, produce and disseminate intelligence on foreign aspects of narcotics
production and trafficking;
(c) Conduct counterintelligence activities outside the United States and, without
assuming or performing any internal security functions, conduct
counterintelligence activities within the United States in coordination with the FBI
as required by procedures agreed upon by the Director of Central Intelligence
and the Attorney General;
(d) Coordinate counterintelligence activities and the collection of information not
otherwise obtainable when conducted outside the United States by other
departments and agencies;
(e) Conduct special activities approved by the President. No agency except the
CIA (or the Armed Forces of the United States in time of war declared by
Congress or during any period covered by a report from the President to the
Congress under the War Powers Resolution (87 Stat. 855)
1
) may conduct any
special activity unless the President determines that another agency is more
likely to achieve a particular objective;
(f) Conduct services of common concern for the Intelligence Community as
directed by the NSC;
(g) Carry out or contract for research, development and procurement of technical
systems and devices relating to authorized functions;
(h) Protect the security of its installations, activities, information, property, and
employees by appropriate means, including such investigations of applicants,
employees, contractors, and other persons with similar associations with the CIA
as are necessary; and
(i) Conduct such administrative and technical support activities within and outside
the United States as are necessary to perform the functions described in sections
(a) through (h) above, including procurement and essential cover and proprietary
arrangements.
1.9The Department of State. The Secretary of State shall:
(a) Overtly collect information relevant to United States foreign policy concerns;
(b) Produce and disseminate foreign intelligence relating to United States foreign
policy as required for the execution of the Secretary's responsibilities;
(c) Disseminate, as appropriate, reports received from United States diplomatic
and consular posts;
(d) Transmit reporting requirements of the Intelligence Community to the Chiefs
of United States Missions abroad; and
(e) Support Chiefs of Missions in discharging their statutory responsibilities for
direction and coordination of mission activities.
1.10The Department of the Treasury. The Secretary of the Treasury shall:
(a) Overtly collect foreign financial and monetary information;
(b) Participate with the Department of State in the overt collection of general
foreign economic information;
(c) Produce and disseminate foreign intelligence relating to United States
economic policy as required for the execution of the Secretary's responsibilities;
and
(d) Conduct, through the United States Secret Service, activities to determine the
existence and capability of surveillance equipment being used against the
President of the United States, the Executive Office of the President, and, as
authorized by the Secretary of the Treasury or the President, other Secret
Service protectees and United States officials. No information shall be acquired
intentionally through such activities except to protect against such surveillance,
and those activities shall be conducted pursuant to procedures agreed upon by
the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General.
1.11The Department of Defense. The Secretary of Defense shall:
(a) Collect national foreign intelligence and be responsive to collection tasking by
the Director of Central Intelligence;
(b) Collect, produce and disseminate military and military-related foreign
intelligence and counterintelligence as required for execution of the Secretary's
responsibilities;
(c) Conduct programs and missions necessary to fulfill national, departmental
and tactical foreign intelligence requirements;
(d) Conduct counterintelligence activities in support of Department of Defense
components outside the United States in coordination with the CIA, and within
the United States in coordination with the FBI pursuant to procedures agreed
upon by the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General;
(e) Conduct, as the executive agent of the United States Government, signals
intelligence and communications security activities, except as otherwise directed
by the NSC;
(f) Provide for the timely transmission of critical intelligence, as defined by the
Director of Central Intelligence, within the United States Government;
(g) Carry out or contract for research, development and procurement of technical
systems and devices relating to authorized intelligence functions;
(h) Protect the security of Department of Defense installations, activities,
property, information, and employees by appropriate means, including such
investigations of applicants, employees, contractors, and other persons with
similar associations with the Department of Defense as are necessary;
(i) Establish and maintain military intelligence relationships and military
intelligence exchange programs with selected cooperative foreign defense
establishments and international organizations, and ensure that such
relationships and programs are in accordance with policies formulated by the
Director of Central Intelligence;
(j) Direct, operate, control and provide fiscal management for the National
Security Agency and for defense and military intelligence and national
reconnaissance entities; and
(k) Conduct such administrative and technical support activities within and
outside the United States as are necessary to perform the functions described in
sections (a) through (j) above.
1.12Intelligence Components Utilized by the Secretary of Defense. In carrying
out the responsibilities assigned in section 1.11, the Secretary of Defense is
authorized to utilize the following:
(a) Defense Intelligence Agency, whose responsibilities shall include;
(1) Collection, production, or, through tasking and coordination, provision
of military and military-related intelligence for the Secretary of Defense,
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, other Defense components, and, as appropriate,
non-Defense agencies;
(2) Collection and provision of military intelligence for national foreign
intelligence and counterintelligence products;
(3) Coordination of all Department of Defense intelligence collection
requirements;
(4) Management of the Defense Attache system; and
(5) Provision of foreign intelligence and counterintelligence staff support
as directed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
(b) National Security Agency, whose responsibilities shall include:
(1) Establishment and operation of an effective unified organization for
signals intelligence activities, except for the delegation of operational
control over certain operations that are conducted through other elements
of the Intelligence Community. No other department or agency may
engage in signals intelligence activities except pursuant to a delegation by
the Secretary of Defense;
(2) Control of signals intelligence collection and processing activities,
including assignment of resources to an appropriate agent for such
periods and tasks as required for the direct support of military
commanders;
(3) Collection of signals intelligence information for national foreign
intelligence purposes in accordance with guidance from the Director of
Central Intelligence;
(4) Processing of signals intelligence data for national foreign intelligence
purposes in accordance with guidance from the Director of Central
Intelligence;
(5) Dissemination of signals intelligence information for national foreign
intelligence purposes to authorized elements of the Government, including
the military services, in accordance with guidance from the Director of
Central Intelligence;
(6) Collection, processing and dissemination of signals intelligence
information for counterintelligence purposes;
(7) Provision of signals intelligence support for the conduct of military
operations in accordance with tasking, priorities, and standards of
timeliness assigned by the Secretary of Defense. If provision of such
support requires use of national collection systems, these systems will be
tasked within existing guidance from the Director of Central Intelligence;
(8) Executing the responsibilities of the Secretary of Defense as executive
agent for the communications security of the United States Government;
(9) Conduct of research and development to meet the needs of the United
States for signals intelligence and communications security;
(10) Protection of the security of its installations, activities, property,
information, and employees by appropriate means, including such
investigations of applicants, employees, contractors, and other persons
with similar associations with the NSA as are necessary;
(11) Prescribing, within its field of authorized operations, security
regulations covering operating practices, including the transmission,
handling and distribution of signals intelligence and communications
security material within and among the elements under control of the
Director of the NSA, and exercising the necessary supervisory control to
ensure compliance with the regulations;
(12) Conduct of foreign cryptologic liaison relationships, with liaison for
intelligence purposes conducted in accordance with policies formulated by
the Director of Central Intelligence; and
(13) Conduct of such administrative and technical support activities within
and outside the United States as are necessary to perform the functions
described in sections (1) through (12) above, including procurement.
(c) Offices for the collection of specialized intelligence through reconnaissance
programs, whose responsibilities shall include:
(1) Carrying out consolidated reconnaissance programs for specialized
intelligence;
(2) Responding to tasking in accordance with procedures established by
the Director of Central Intelligence; and
(3) Delegating authority to the various departments and agencies for
research, development, procurement, and operation of designated means
of collection.
(d) The foreign intelligence and counterintelligence elements of the Army, Navy,
Air Force, and Marine Corps, whose responsibilities shall include:
(1) Collection, production and dissemination of military and military-related
foreign intelligence and counterintelligence, and information on the foreign
aspects of narcotics production and trafficking. When collection is
conducted in response to national foreign intelligence requirements, it will
be conducted in accordance with guidance from the Director of Central
Intelligence. Collection of national foreign intelligence, not otherwise
obtainable, outside the United States shall be coordinated with the CIA,
and such collection within the United States shall be coordinated with the
FBI;
(2) Conduct of counterintelligence activities outside the United States in
coordination with the CIA, and within the United States in coordination with
the FBI; and
(3) Monitoring of the development, procurement and management of
tactical intelligence systems and equipment and conducting related
research, development, and test and evaluation activities.
(e) Other offices within the Department of Defense appropriate for conduct of the
intelligence missions and responsibilities assigned to the Secretary of Defense. If
such other offices are used for intelligence purposes, the provisions of Part 2 of
this Order shall apply to those offices when used for those purposes.
1.13The Department of Energy. The Secretary of Energy shall:
(a) Participate with the Department of State in overtly collecting information with
respect to foreign energy matters;
(b) Produce and disseminate foreign intelligence necessary for the Secretary's
responsibilities;
(c) Participate in formulating intelligence collection and analysis requirements
where the special expert capability of the Department can contribute; and
(d) Provide expert technical, analytical and research capability to other agencies
within the Intelligence Community.
1.14The Federal Bureau of Investigation. Under the supervision of the Attorney
General and pursuant to such regulations as the Attorney General may establish,
the Director of the FBI shall:
(a) Within the United States conduct counterintelligence and coordinate
counterintelligence activities of other agencies within the Intelligence Community.
When a counterintelligence activity of the FBI involves military or civilian
personnel of the Department of Defense, the FBI shall coordinate with the
Department of Defense;
(b) Conduct counterintelligence activities outside the United States in
coordination with the CIA as required by procedures agreed upon by the Director
of Central Intelligence and the Attorney General;
(c) Conduct within the United States, when requested by officials of the
Intelligence Community designated by the President, activities undertaken to
collect foreign intelligence or support foreign intelligence collection requirements
of other agencies within the Intelligence Community, or, when requested by the
Director of the National Security Agency, to support the communications security
activities of the United States Government;
(d) Produce and disseminate foreign intelligence and counterintelligence; and
(e) Carry out or contract for research, development and procurement of technical
systems and devices relating to the functions authorized above.
Part 2
Conduct of Intelligence Activities
2.1Need. Accurate and timely information about the capabilities, intentions and
activities of foreign powers, organizations, or persons and their agents is
essential to informed decision-making in the areas of national defense and
foreign relations. Collection of such information is a priority objective and will be
pursued in a vigorous, innovative and responsible manner that is consistent with

the Constitution and applicable law and respectful of the principles upon which
the United States was founded.
2.2Purpose. This Order is intended to enhance human and technical collection
techniques, especially those undertaken abroad, and the acquisition of significant
foreign intelligence, as well as the detection and countering of international
terrorist activities and espionage conducted by foreign powers. Set forth below
are certain general principles that, in addition to and consistent with applicable
laws, are intended to achieve the proper balance between the acquisition of
essential information and protection of individual interests. Nothing in this Order
shall be construed to apply to or interfere with any authorized civil or criminal law
enforcement responsibility of any department or agency.
2.3Collection of Information. Agencies within the Intelligence Community are
authorized to collect, retain or disseminate information concerning United States
persons only in accordance with procedures established by the head of the
agency concerned and approved by the Attorney General, consistent with the
authorities provided by Part 1 of this Order. Those procedures shall permit
collection, retention and dissemination of the following types of information:
(a) Information that is publicly available or collected with the consent of the
person concerned;
(b) Information constituting foreign intelligence or counterintelligence, including
such information concerning corporations or other commercial organizations.
Collection within the United States of foreign intelligence not otherwise
obtainable shall be undertaken by the FBI or, when significant foreign intelligence
is sought, by other authorized agencies of the Intelligence Community, provided
that no foreign intelligence collection by such agencies may be undertaken for
the purpose of acquiring information concerning the domestic activities of United
States persons;
(c) Information obtained in the course of a lawful foreign intelligence,
counterintelligence, international narcotics or international terrorism investigation;
(d) Information needed to protect the safety of any persons or organizations,
including those who are targets, victims or hostages of international terrorist
organizations;
(e) Information needed to protect foreign intelligence or counterintelligence
sources or methods from unauthorized disclosure. Collection within the United
States shall be undertaken by the FBI except that other agencies of the
Intelligence Community may also collect such information concerning present or
former employees, present or former intelligence agency contractors or their
present or former employees, or applicants for any such employment or
contracting;
(f) Information concerning persons who are reasonably believed to be potential
sources or contacts for the purpose of determining their suitability or credibility;
(g) Information arising out of a lawful personnel, physical or communications
security investigation;
(h) Information acquired by overhead reconnaissance not directed at specific
United States persons;
(i) Incidentally obtained information that may indicate involvement in activities
that may violate federal, state, local or foreign laws; and
(j) Information necessary for administrative purposes.
In addition, agencies within the Intelligence Community may disseminate
information, other than information derived from signals intelligence, to each
appropriate agency within the Intelligence Community for purposes of allowing
the recipient agency to determine whether the information is relevant to its
responsibilities and can be retained by it.
2.4Collection Techniques. Agencies within the Intelligence Community shall use
the least intrusive collection techniques feasible within the United States or
directed against United States persons abroad. Agencies are not authorized to
use such techniques as electronic surveillance, unconsented physical search,
mail surveillance, physical surveillance, or monitoring devices unless they are in
accordance with procedures established by the head of the agency concerned
and approved by the Attorney General. Such procedures shall protect
constitutional and other legal rights and limit use of such information to lawful
governmental purposes. These procedures shall not authorize:
(a) The CIA to engage in electronic surveillance within the United States except
for the purpose of training, testing, or conducting countermeasures to hostile
electronic surveillance;
(b) Unconsented physical searches in the United States by agencies other than
the FBI, except for:
(1) Searches by counterintelligence elements of the military services
directed against military personnel within the United States or abroad for
intelligence purposes, when authorized by a military commander
empowered to approve physical searches for law enforcement purposes,
based upon a finding of probable cause to believe that such persons are
acting as agents of foreign powers; and
(2) Searches by CIA of personal property of non-United States persons
lawfully in its possession.
(c) Physical surveillance of a United States person in the United States by
agencies other than the FBI, except for:
(1) Physical surveillance of present or former employees, present or
former intelligence agency contractors or their present of former
employees, or applicants for any such employment or contracting; and
(2) Physical surveillance of a military person employed by a
nonintelligence element of a military service.
(d) Physical surveillance of a United States person abroad to collect foreign
intelligence, except to obtain significant information that cannot reasonably be
acquired by other means.
2.5Attorney General Approval. The Attorney General hereby is delegated the
power to approve the use for intelligence purposes, within the United States or
against a United States person abroad, of any technique for which a warrant
would be required if undertaken for law enforcement purposes, provided that
such techniques shall not be undertaken unless the Attorney General has
determined in each case that there is probable cause to believe that the
technique is directed against a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power.
Electronic surveillance, as defined in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of
1978, shall be conducted in accordance with that Act, as well as this Order.
2.6Assistance to Law Enforcement Authorities. Agencies within the Intelligence
Community are authorized to:
(a) Cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies for the purpose of
protecting the employees, information, property and facilities of any agency
within the Intelligence Community;
(b) Unless otherwise precluded by law or this Order, participate in law
enforcement activities to investigate or prevent clandestine intelligence activities
by foreign powers, or international terrorist or narcotics activities;
(c) Provide specialized equipment, technical knowledge, or assistance of expert
personnel for use by any department or agency, or, when lives are endangered,
to support local law enforcement agencies. Provision of assistance by expert
personnel shall be approved in each case by the General Counsel of the
providing agency; and
(d) Render any other assistance and cooperation to law enforcement authorities
not precluded by applicable law.
2.7Contracting. Agencies within the Intelligence Community are authorized to
enter into contracts or arrangements for the provision of goods or services with
private companies or institutions in the United States and need not reveal the
sponsorship of such contracts or arrangements for authorized intelligence
purposes. Contracts or arrangements with academic institutions may be
undertaken only with the consent of appropriate officials of the institution.
2.8Consistency With Other Laws. Nothing in this Order shall be construed to
authorize any activity in violation of the Constitution or statutes of the United
States.
2.9Undisclosed Participation in Organizations Within the United States. No one
acting on behalf of agencies within the Intelligence Community may join or

otherwise participate in any organization in the United States on behalf of any
agency within the Intelligence Community without disclosing his intelligence
affiliation to appropriate officials of the organization, except in accordance with
procedures established by the head of the agency concerned and approved by
the Attorney General. Such participation shall be authorized only if it is essential
to achieving lawful purposes as determined by the agency head or designee. No
such participation may be undertaken for the purpose of influencing the activity of
the organization or its members except in cases where:
(a) The participation is undertaken on behalf of the FBI in the course of a lawful
investigation; or
(b) The organization concerned is composed primarily of individuals who are not
United States persons and is reasonably believed to be acting on behalf of a
foreign power.
2.10Human Experimentation. No agency within the Intelligence Community shall
sponsor, contract for or conduct research on human subjects except in
accordance with guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human
Services. The subject's informed consent shall be documented as required by
those guidelines.
2.11Prohibition on Assassination. No person employed by or acting on behalf of
the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in,
assassination.
2.12Indirect Participation. No agency of the Intelligence Community shall
participate in or request any person to undertake activities forbidden by this
Order.
Part 3
General Provisions
3.1Congressional Oversight. The duties and responsibilities of the Director of
Central Intelligence and the heads of other departments, agencies, and entities
engaged in intelligence activities to cooperate with the Congress in the conduct
of its responsibilities for oversight of intelligence activities shall be as provided in
title 50, United States Code, section 413. The requirements of section 662 of the
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2422), and section 501
of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended (50 U.S.C. 413), shall apply to
all special activities as defined in this Order.
3.2Implementation. The NSC, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General,
and the Director of Central Intelligence shall issue such appropriate directives
and procedures as are necessary to implement this Order. Heads of agencies
within the Intelligence Community shall issue appropriate supplementary
directives and procedures consistent with this Order. The Attorney General shall
provide a statement of reasons for not approving any procedures established by
the head of an agency in the Intelligence Community other than the FBI. The
National Security Council may establish procedures in instances where the
agency head and the Attorney General are unable to reach agreement on other
than constitutional or other legal grounds.
3.3Procedures. Until the procedures required by this Order have been
established, the activities herein authorized which require procedures shall be
conducted in accordance with existing procedures or requirements established
under Executive Order No. 12036. Procedures required by this Order shall be
established as expeditiously as possible. All procedures promulgated pursuant to
this Order shall be made available to the congressional intelligence committees.
3.4Definitions. For the purposes of this Order, the following terms shall have
these meanings:
(a) Counterintelligence means information gathered and activities conducted to
protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or
assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations or
persons, or international terrorist activities, but not including personnel, physical,
document or communications security programs.
(b) Electronic surveillance means acquisition of a nonpublic communication by
electronic means without the consent of a person who is a party to an electronic
communication or, in the case of a nonelectronic communication, without the
consent of a person who is visibly present at the place of communication, but not
including the use of radio direction-finding equipment solely to determine the
location of a transmitter.
(c) Employee means a person employed by, assigned to or acting for an agency
within the Intelligence Community.
(d) Foreign intelligence means information relating to the capabilities, intentions
and activities of foreign powers, organizations or persons, but not including
counterintelligence except for information on international terrorist activities.
(e) Intelligence activities means all activities that agencies within the Intelligence
Community are authorized to conduct pursuant to this Order.
(f) Intelligence Community and agencies within the Intelligence Community refer
to the following agencies or organizations:
(1) The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA);
(2) The National Security Agency (NSA);
(3) The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA);
(4) The offices within the Department of Defense for the collection of
specialized national foreign intelligence through reconnaissance
programs;
(5) The Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the Department of State;
(6) The intelligence elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine
Corps, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of the
Treasury, and the Department of Energy; and
(7) The staff elements of the Director of Central Intelligence.
(g) The National Foreign Intelligence Program includes the programs listed
below, but its composition shall be subject to review by the National Security
Council and modification by the President:
(1) The programs of the CIA;
(2) The Consolidated Cryptologic Program, the General Defense
Intelligence Program, and the programs of the offices within the
Department of Defense for the collection of specialized national foreign
intelligence through reconnaissance, except such elements as the Director
of Central Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense agree should be
excluded;
(3) Other programs of agencies within the Intelligence Community
designated jointly by the Director of Central Intelligence and the head of
the department or by the President as national foreign intelligence or
counterintelligence activities;
(4) Activities of the staff elements of the Director of Central Intelligence;
(5) Activities to acquire the intelligence required for the planning and
conduct of tactical operations by the United States military forces are not
included in the National Foreign Intelligence Program.
(h) Special activities means activities conducted in support of national foreign
policy objectives abroad which are planned and executed so that the role of the
United States Government is not apparent or acknowledged publicly, and
functions in support of such activities, but which are not intended to influence
United States political processes, public opinion, policies, or media and do not
include diplomatic activities or the collection and production of intelligence or
related support functions.
(i) United States person means a United States citizen, an alien known by the
intelligence agency concerned to be a permanent resident alien, an
unincorporated association substantially composed of United States citizens or
permanent resident aliens, or a corporation incorporated in the United States,
except for a corporation directed and controlled by a foreign government or
governments.
3.5Purpose and Effect. This Order is intended to control and provide direction
and guidance to the Intelligence Community. Nothing contained herein or in any
procedures promulgated hereunder is intended to confer any substantive or
procedural right or privilege on any person or organization.
3.6Revocation. Executive Order No. 12036 of January 24, 1978, as amended,
entitled "United States Intelligence Activities," is revoked.

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Promis
by Michael C. Ruppert
[The following story appeared in the September, 2000 Special Edition of From The
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"U.S. journalist Mike Ruppert, a former Los Angeles police officer who now runs a Web
site that seeks to expose CIA covert operations, said he met with RCMP investigator
McDade on Aug. 3 in L.A. Ruppert said the RCMP officer was anxious to see documents
he received three years ago from a shadowy Green Beret named Bill Tyre [sic] detailing
the sale of rigged Promis software to Canada." - The Toronto Star, September 4, 2000.
Only the legends of Excalibur, the sword of invincible power, and the Holy Grail, the
chalice from which Christ took his wine at the Last Supper begin to approach the
mysterious aura that have evolved in the world of secret intelligence around a computer
software program named Promis. Created in the 1970s by former National Security
Agency (NSA) programmer and engineer Bill Hamilton, now President of Washington,
D.C.'s Inslaw Corporation, PROMIS (Prosecutor's Management Information System)
crossed a threshold in the evolution of computer programming. Working from either huge
mainframe computer systems or smaller networks powered by the progenitors of today's
PCs, PROMIS, from its first "test drive" a quarter century ago, was able to do one thing
that no other program had ever been able to do. It was able to simultaneously read and
integrate any number of different computer programs or data bases simultaneously,
regardless of the language in which the original programs had been written or the
operating system or platforms on which that data base was then currently installed.
In the mid 1970s, at least as far as computer programs were concerned, the "universal
translator" of Star Trek had become a reality. And the realm of Star Trek is exactly where
most of the major media would have the general public place the Promis story in their
world views. But given the fact that the government of Canada has just spent millions of
dollars investigating whether or not a special version of Promis, equipped with a so-
called "back door" has compromised its national security, one must concede that perhaps
the myths surrounding Promis and what has happened to it need to be re-evaluated.
Myths, by definition, cannot be solved, but facts can be understood and integrated. Only a
very few people realize how big the Promis story really is.
It is difficult to relegate Promis to the world of myth and fantasy when so many tangible
things, like the recently acknowledged RCMP investigation make it real. Canadians are
not known for being wildly emotional types given to sprees. And one must also include
the previous findings of Congressional oversight committees and no less than six obvious
dead bodies ranging from investigative journalist Danny Casolaro in 1991, to a
government employee named Alan Standorf, to British Publisher and lifelong Israeli
agent Robert Maxwell also in 1991, to retired Army CID investigator Bill McCoy in
1997, to a father and son named Abernathy in a small northern California town named
Hercules. The fact that commercial versions of Promis are now available for sale directly
from Inslaw belies the fact that some major papers and news organizations instantly and
laughably use the epithet conspiracy theorist to stigmatize anyone who discusses it. Fear
may be the major obstacle or ingredient in the myth surrounding modified and
"enhanced" versions of Promis that keeps researchers from fully pursuing leads rising in
its wake. I was validated in this theory on September 23
rd
in a conversation with FTW
Contributing Editor Peter Dale Scott, Ph.D. Scott, a Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley
and noted author. Peter, upon hearing of the details of my involvement, frankly told me
that Promis frightened him. Casolaro, who was found dead in a West Virginia motel
room in 1991, had Scott's name (Scott is also a Canadian) in a list of people to contact
about his Promis findings. He never got that far.
A close examination of the Promis saga actually leads to more than a dozen deaths which
may well be why so many people avoid it. And many of those deaths share in common a
pattern where, within 48 hours of death, bodies are cremated, residences are sanitized and
all files disappear. This was certainly the case with my friend Bill McCoy, a legendary
retired Army CID investigator who was also the principal investigator for Hamilton in his
quest to recover what may be hundreds of millions in lost royalties and to reunite him
with the evolved progeny of his brain child. Those progeny now have names like
SMART (Self Managing Artificial Reasoning Technology) and TECH. I will never forget
hearing of McCoy's death and his immediate cremation and then trying to reconcile that
with the number of times he had told me, while sitting in his Fairfax Virginia home, that
he wanted to be buried next to his beloved wife in spite of the fact that he was a Taoist.
I have tried to avoid becoming involved in Promis even though I have been in possession
of documents and information about the case for more than six years. Reluctantly, as I
realized that recent developments gave me a moral imperative to write, I gathered all of
my scattered computer files connecting the case into one place. When assembled they
totaled more than seven megabytes and that did not include maybe 500 printed pages of
separate files.
In researching this story I found a starkly recurring theme. It appeared first in a recent
statement I tape recorded from probably one of the three best informed open sources on
the story in the world, William Tyree. I also came across the same theme, almost
verbatim, in a research paper that I discovered while following leads from other sources.
Tyree is no stranger to FTW. A former US Army Green Beret, framed in 1979, he has
been serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife Elaine outside of Fort Devens
Massachusetts, then home of the 10
th
Special Forces Group. I have written of him in no
less than six prior issues of FTW. He has, from his prison cell in Walpole Massachusetts,
been a central if little known figure in the Promis case for many years, like a monk
mysteriously possessed of information that no one else could obtain. If the story is ever
fully told his role may be even more significant than anyone has ever supposed.
The information from Tyree, recorded in a phone conversation on August 28, and the
research work on "block-modeling" social research theory uncovered while researching
other leads both describe the same unique position or vantage point from hypothetical
and actual perspectives. Tyree described an actual physical point in space, further out
than ever thought possible and now used by US satellites. This distance is made possible
by Promis progeny so evolved that they make the original software look primitive. The
social research, which included pioneering mathematical work - apparently facilitating
the creation of artificial intelligence - postulated that a similar remote hypothetical
position would eliminate randomness from all human activity. Everything would be
visible in terms of measurable and predictable patterns - the ultimate big picture. Just one
of the key web sites where I found this information is located at
http://web.syr.edu/~bvmarten/socialnet.html.
One of FTW's guiding principles is our incessant drive to separate that which is
important from that which is merely true. The purpose of this article is to provide leads
and insights, some very concrete, for the continued investigation of the Promis saga.
While we do not claim to be worthy of pulling Excalibur from the stone we do hope to be
divorced enough from egotistical motivations and dreams of Pulitzers or glory to avoid
being led into the trap that has befallen so many seeking the Holy Grail. FTW believes
that the Promis story will only be solved by a group of people working together selflessly
for a greater good. Maybe there is legend here after all. Put simply, from the vantage
point of a child actor in 1970s Burger King commercials, "It's too big to eat!"
What would you do if you possessed software that could think, understand every
language in the world, that provided peep holes into everyone else's computer "dressing
rooms," that could insert data into computers without people's knowledge, that could fill
in blanks beyond human reasoning and also predict what people would do - before they
did it? You would probably use it wouldn't you? But Promis is not a virus. It has to be
installed as a program on the computer systems that you want to penetrate. Being as
uniquely powerful as it is this is usually not a problem. Once its power and advantages
are demonstrated, most corporations, banks or nations are eager to be a part of the
"exclusive" club that has it. And, as is becoming increasingly confirmed by sources
connected to this story, especially in the worldwide banking system, not having Promis -
by whatever name it is offered - can exclude you from participating in the ever more
complex world of money transfers and money laundering. As an example, look at any of
the symbols on the back of your ATM card. Picture your bank refusing to accept the
software that made it possible to transfer funds from LA to St. Louis, or from St. Louis to
Rome.
The other thing to remember is that where mathematics has proved that every human
being on the earth is connected to every other by only six degrees of separation, in covert
operations the number shrinks to around three. In the Promis story it often shrinks to two.
It really is a small world.
The First Rip Off
Reagan confidant and overseer for domestic affairs from 1981 to 1985 Ed Meese loved
Promis software. According to lawsuits and appeals filed by Hamilton, as well as the
records of Congressional hearings, the FBI and dozens of news stories, the legend of
Promis began in 1981-2. After a series of demonstrations showing how well Promis could
integrate the computers of dozens of US attorneys offices around the country, the
Department of Justice (DoJ) ordered an application of the software under a tightly
controlled and limited license. From there, however, Meese, along with cronies D.
Lowell Jensen (also no stranger to FTW's pages) and Earl Brian allegedly engaged in a
conspiracy to steal the software, modify it to include a "trap door" that would allow those
who knew of it to access the program in other computers, and then sell it overseas to
foreign intelligence agencies. Hamilton began to smell a rat when agencies from other
countries, like Canada, started asking him for support services in French when he had
never made sales to Canada.
The Promis-managed data could be anything from financial records of banking
institutions to compilations of various records used to track the movement of terrorists.
That made the program a natural for Israel which, according to Hamilton and many other
sources, was one of the first countries to acquire the bootlegged software from Meese and
Company. As voluminously described by Inslaw attorney, the late Elliot Richardson, the
Israeli Mossad under the direction of Rafi Eitan, allegedly modified the software yet
again and sold it throughout the Middle East. It was Eitan, the legendary Mossad captor
of Adolph Eichmann, according to Hamilton, who had masqueraded as an Israeli
prosecutor to enter Inslaw's DC offices years earlier and obtain a first hand demonstration
of what the Promis could do.
Not too many Arab nations would trust a friendly Mossad agent selling computer
programs. So the Mossad provided their modified Promis to flamboyant British
publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, a WWII Jewish resistance fighter who had assumed
the Anglo name and British citizenship after the war. It was Maxwell, capable of
travelling the world and with enormous marketing resources, who became the sales agent
for Promis and then sold it to, among others, the Canadian government. Maxwell
drowned mysteriously in late 1991, not long after investigative reporter Danny Casolaro
was "suicided" in West Virginia. Maxwell may not have been the only one to send
Promis north.
In the meantime, after winning some successes, including a resounding Congressional
finding that he had been cheated, Bill Hamilton hit his own buzz saw in a series of moves
by the Reagan and Bush Justice Departments and rigged court decisions intended to
bankrupt him and force him out of business. He survived and fought on. In the meantime
hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties and sales fees were going into the wrong
pockets. And, as was later revealed from a number of directions, this initial tampering
with the software was far from the only game in town. Both the CIA, through GE
Aerospace in Herndon Virginia (GAO Contract #82F624620), the FBI and elements of
the NSA were tinkering with Promis, not just to modify it with a trap door, but to
enhance it with artificial intelligence or AI. It's worth it to note that GE Aerospace was
subsequently purchased by Martin-Marietta which then merged to become Lockheed-

Martin the largest defense and aerospace contractor in the world. This will become
important later on.
Confidential documents obtained by FTW indicate that much of the AI development was
done at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia Labs using research from other
US universities, including Harvard, Cal-Tech and the University of California. And it
was not just Reagan Republicans who got their hands on it either. As we'll see shortly,
Promis came to life years before the election of Ronald Reagan. It was also, according to
Bill Tyree, an essential element in the espionage conducted by Jonathan Pollard against
not only the US government but the Washington embassies of many nations targeted by
Israel's Mossad.
The Last Circle
For more than a year and half, members of the National Security Section of the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have been travelling through the US, often in the
company of a savvy female homicide detective from the small California town of
Hercules named Sue Todd. Even now questions linger as to what the Canadians were
really after. But there is absolutely no question that while surreptitiously in the U.S. the
Mounties spent more time with author and investigative reporter Cheri Seymour than
with anyone else. And for good reason.
Seymour, under the pen name of Carol Marshall is the author of a meticulously
researched e-book entitled The Last Circlelocated at http://www.lycaeum.org/books/
books/last_circle/. So meticulously researched and documented is the book that FTW's
researcher "The Goddess" has fact checked it and found it flawless. Same with Bill
Hamilton and the Mounties, who have also told me of its precision. Anyone seeking to
understand the Promis story must include this book as a part of their overall research.
I first met Cheri in person this spring after she had contacted me via the Internet. I
traveled to her home, some three hours outside of Los Angeles and viewed acres of
documentation for a saga that started with drug related murders and police corruption
around methamphetamine production in northern California in the 1980s. That
investigation later connected to politicians like Tony Coelho and major corporations like
MCA and eventually led to a shadowy scientist named Michael Riconosciuto. Familiar
names like Ted Gunderson and relatively unknown names like Robert Booth Nichols
weave throughout this detailed epic that takes us to the Cabazon Indian Reservation in the
California Desert and into the deepest recesses of the 1980s Reagan/Bush security
apparatus.
Gunderson, a retired FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) from Los Angeles, and Nichols,
a mysterious Los Angeles man, exposed through court documents obtained by Seymour
as being a career CIA operative, connected with scientist/programmer, Riconosciuto in a
sinister, yet now very well documented phase of Promis' development. In affidavits
Riconosciuto claimed that one of the tasks he performed at the Cabazon reservation was
to install a back door in the version of Promis that was sold to Canada. In August of this
year the RCMP investigators told both Seymour and me that they had traveled to the
reservation several times and had confirmed many details of Seymour's research. They
had also interviewed Riconosciuto on more than one occasion. As with everyone else I
have ever met who has spoken with him, both the Mounties and Seymour kept a reserved
distance from him and always "counted their fingers after every hand shake."
By using treaties between the U.S. Government and Native American peoples that
recognize Native American reservations as sovereign nations, the CIA has long and
frequently avoided statutory prohibitions against operating inside the United States. The
financial rewards for tribal nations have been significant and the extra security afforded
by tribal police in remote areas has been a real blessing for covert operatives. The Last
Circledescribes in detail how Promis software was modified by Riconosciuto to
allegedly include the back door "eavesdropping" capability but also enhanced with one
form of AI and subsequently applied to the development of new weapons systems
including "ethnospecific" biowarfare compounds capable of attacking specific races.
Riconosciuto, now serving time in a Federal prison in Pennsylvania has a cell a very short
distance from fellow espionage inmates Edwin Wilson and Jonathan Pollard. While his
tale is critical to understanding what has happened to Promis, the fact remains that
Riconosciuto has been out of the loop and in legal trouble for eight years. He has been in
a maximum security prison for at least six. What was surprising was that in 1998 he
contacted homicide detective Sue Todd in Hercules and told her that the murder of a
father and son, execution style, was connected to the Promis story. One connection was
obvious. Hercules is a "company town" connected to a weapons manufacturer described
in Seymour's book that also connects to the Cabazon Indian Reservation.
The Three Bills
I lived in Washington, D.C. from August 1994 until late October of 1995. It was during
that time that I was a semi-regular visitor at the Fairfax, Virginia home of Bill McCoy, a
loveable sixty-something giant, always adorned with a beret who complained ruthlessly
about what had happened to the United States since "The Damned Yankee Army" had
taken over. Writers were "scribblers." People who thought they knew something about
covert operations without ever having seen one were "spooky-groupies." "Mac," as we
called him, had his investigative fingers in almost everything but he was most involved
with Promis. McCoy was a retired Chief Warrant Officer from the U.S. Army's Criminal
Investigation Division. He had broken some of the biggest cases in Army history. It was
Mac who first introduced me to both Bill Tyree and to Bill Hamilton in 1994. I recall
scratching my head as I would be sitting at Mac's dinner table when a call would come in
from Hamilton asking if there was any new information from Tyree. "Not yet, " McCoy
would answer, "I'll call as soon as I get something."
"How," I asked, "could a guy in a maximum security prison like Walpole State
Penitentiary in Massachusetts be getting information of such quality that someone like
Hamilton would be calling urgently to see what had come in?" "That," answered McCoy
was the work of someone known only as "The Sergeant Major," and alternately as "His
Eminence" who fed the information to Tyree, who in turn fed it to McCoy, who then

passed it on to Hamilton. Sometimes however, Tyree and Hamilton communicated
directly. To this day the identity of the Sergeant Major remains a mystery and the puzzle
piece most pursued by the RCMP when they visited me in August, 2000.
It was also not by coincidence then that, in the same winter of 94-95, McCoy revealed to
me that he was using former Green Berets to conduct physical surveillance of the
Washington, D.C. offices of Microsoft in connection with the Promis case. FTW has,
within the last month, received information indicating that piracy of Microsoft products
at the GE Aerospace Herndon facility were likely tied to larger objectives, possibly the
total compromise of any Windows based product. It is not by chance that most of the
military and all of the intelligence agencies in the U.S. now operate on Macintosh
systems.
In late 1996 Tyree mailed me a detailed set of diagrams and a lengthy narrative
explaining the exact hows and whys of the murder of Danny Casolaro and an overall
view of the Promis saga that is not only consistent with what is described by Seymour in
The Last Circle but also provides many new details. Asked about Mike Riconosciuto for
this story Tyree would say only that, "He's very good at what he does. There are very,
very few who can touch him, maybe 200 in the whole world. Riconosciuto's in a class all
by himself." Those documents, as later described to me by RCMP Investigator Sean
McDade, proved to be "Awesome and right on the money."
The essence of those documents was that, not only had the Republicans under Meese
exploited the software, but that the Democrats had also seen its potential and moved
years earlier. Nowhere was this connection more clearly exposed than in understanding
the relationship between three classmates from the U.S. Naval Academy: Jimmy Carter,
Stansfield Turner (Carter's CIA director), and billionaire banker and Presidential
kingmaker (Carter's Annapolis roommate), Arkansas' Jackson Stephens. The Tyree
diagrams laid out in detail how Promis, after improvement with AI, had allegedly been
mated with the software of Jackson Stephens' firm Systematics. In the late seventies and
early eighties, Systematics handled some 60-70% of all electronic banking transactions in
the U.S. The goal, according to the diagrams which laid out (subsequently verified)
relationships between Stephens, Worthen Bank, the Lippo Group and the
drug/intelligence bank BCCI was to penetrate every banking system in the world. This
"cabal" could then use Promis both to predict and to influence the movement of financial
markets worldwide. Stephens, truly bipartisan in his approach to profits, has been a
lifelong supporter of George Bush and he was, at the same time, the source of the $3
million loan that rescued a faltering Clinton Campaign in early 1992. There is a great
photograph of Stephens with a younger George "W" Bush in the excellent BCCI history,
False Profits.
In the fall of 1997, Bill McCoy, having recently gone off of his heart medication was
found dead in his favorite chair. In the days and weeks before he had been advised by
Tyree that a Pakistani hit man, on an Israeli contract had been in the states seeking to
fulfill a hit on McCoy. There had been other hints that someone closer to McCoy might
do the job. Tyree recently told FTW that just before his death, he had given McCoy
information on "Elbit" flash memory chips, allegedly designed at Kir Yat-Gat south of
Tel Aviv. The unique feature of the Elbit chips was that they worked on ambient
electricity in a computer. In other words, they worked when the computer was turned off.
When combined with another newly developed chip, the "Petrie," which was capable of
storing up to six months worth of key strokes, it was now possible to burst transmit all of
a computer's activity in the middle of the night to a nearby receiver - say in a passing
truck or even a low flying SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) satellite. According to Tyree
this was the methodology used by Jonathan Pollard and the Israeli Mossad to
compromise many foreign embassies in Washington.
Within 48 hours of his death Bill McCoy had been cremated and in less than four days all
of Mac's furniture, records and personal belongings had been removed from his home by
his son, a full Colonel in the Army. The house had been sanitized and repainted and,
aside from the Zen garden in the back yard, there was no trace that McCoy had ever lived
there.
Harvard and HUD
Former Assistant Secretary of Housing, Catherine Austin Fitts has had about as much ink
in FTW as anyone else. A feisty, innovative thinker she has seen raging success as a
Managing Director of the Wall Street investment bank Dillon Read and she has been
"nuked" into near poverty after devising software strategies seeking to optimize financial
data and returns for the US taxpayer. While acting as a HUD consultant in 1996, selling
defaulted HUD Mortgages into the private market through her own investment bank,
Hamilton Securities (no relation), she achieved unheard of taxpayer returns of around 90
cents on the dollar. In doing so she ran afoul of an entrenched Washington financial
power structure feeding uncompetitively at the HUD trough.
Last month we described how Fitts devised a data optimization method using hand
coding by residents of a HUD Housing project in Washington to produce Promis-like
results. She successfully "mapped" the flow of HUD money and was about to create
proprietary software that would make the job easier. That software would have integrated
billions of pieces of disorganized HUD financial data. Suddenly, in August 1996, DoJ
and HUD InspectorÕs General investigations started that seized her computers and
resulted in a four-year blatantly illegal campaign to crush everything she stood for. No
charges were ever brought, Fitts, her money and her data are still viciously separated.
One of the empires Fitts threatened was that of the Harvard Endowment. The Harvard
Endowment is not really a benevolent university fund but an aggressive investment
predator with $19 billion in assets, some from HUD subsidized housing. Harvard also has
a number of other investments in high tech defense operations and had a big hand in
investing George W BushÕs lackluster firm Harken Energy. "W" has a Harvard MBA.
FittsÕ chief nemesis at Harvard, Herbert "Pug" Winokur, head of Capricorn Investments,
and member of the board of the Harvard Endowment is also a PhD mathematician from
Harvard where the mathematical breakthroughs that gave rise to Artificial Intelligence
using block-modeling research were discovered. In the 60s Winokur had done social
science research for the Department of Defense on causes of inner city unrest in the wake
of the 1967 Detroit riots.
The pioneering research at Harvard that allegedly gave rise to the Artificial Intelligence
installed in Promis later moved north. According to a Harvard website
(www.analytichtech.com/mb119/chap2e.htm) "Much of the effort of the Harvard group -
no longer based solely at Harvard - was centered on the International Network for Social
Network Analysis (INSNA) at Toronto...". Things grew more suspicious as FittsÕ
research disclosed that Winokur, through Capricorn Investments, had a decisive role in
the 1980s management of the intelligence/government outsourcing mega-firm DynCorp,
of Reston, VA. Winokur served as DynCorp CEO from 1989 to 1997. DynCorp handles
everything for Uncle Sam from aircraft maintenance, to sheep-dipping of combat troops
into private assault forces in Colombia, to the financial management of HUD records, to
the maintenance of computer security at government facilities. One of DynCorpÕs most
interesting contracts is with the DoJ for the financial management of assets seized in the
drug war. DynCorp also counts among its shareholders former CIA Director James
Woolsey. Pug Winokur made DynCorp what it is today and he still sits on the board.
In juxtaposition, Harvard and HUD differ in one striking respect according to Fitts. The
Harvard Endowment has enjoyed wildly uncharacteristic above market tax-free returns
for the last decade, (33% in 1999), while HUD, in the same year, was compelled to do a
"manual adjustments" to reconcile a $59 billion shortfall between its accounts and the
U.S. Treasury account. [This is not a typographical error]. Where did all that money go?
$59 billion in an election year is a staggering amount of money. Why is no one
screaming? HUD's explanation is that it was loading a new accounting system that did
not work and then did not bother to balance its checkbook for over a year.
I was not surprised when Bill Hamilton confirmed to both Fitts and to me that
WinokurÕs DynCorp had played a role in the evolution of Promis in the 1980s. One
other surprise was to come out of FittsÕ investigations that had months earlier led her to
conclude that she was up against Promis-related interests. On the very day that DoJ and
HUD shut her down she was discussing software development with a Canadian firm that
is at the heart of the Canadian space program, Geomatics. The term Geomatics applies to
a related group of sciences - all involving satellite imagery - used to develop geographic
information systems, global positioning systems and remote sensing from space that can
actually determine the locations of natural resources such as oil, precious metals and
other commodities.
Apparently centered in Canada, the Geomatics industry offers consulting services
throughout the world in English, German, Russian, French, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese.
Geomatics technology, launched aboard Canadian satellites via US, European or
Japanese boosters can help developing or industrialized nations inventory and manage all
of their natural resources. There are also several Geomatics related companies in the U.S.
including one not far from the Johnson Space center in Houston.
This situation is custom made for enhanced Promis software with back-door technology.
What better way to map and inventory all of the worldÕs resources than by making each
client nation pay for the work. By providing the client nation Promis-based software it
would then be possible to compile a global data base of every marketable natural
resource. And it would not be necessary to even touch the resources because commodities
and futures markets exist for all of them. An AI enhanced, Promis-based program would
then be the perfect set up to make billions of dollars in profits by watching and
manipulating the worldÕs political climate to trade in, letÕs say Tungsten futures. Such a
worldwide database would be even more valuable if there were, for example, a sudden
surge in the price of gold or platinum.
Bill Hamilton readily agreed that this was an ideal situation for the application of Promis
technology. In furthering our research on Geomatics we discovered that almost
everywhere Geomatics technology went we also found Lockheed-Martin.
Enter The Mounties
Thanks to a strong push in my direction from Cheri Seymour, the Mounties and Hercules
PD Homicide Detective Sue Todd arrived at my door on August 3
rd
. They had already
consumed most of the FTW web site and were well familiar with my writings. I had let
them know, through Cheri, that I did have information on Promis from Bill Tyree and
that I would be happy to share it. Before getting into details we all went out for lunch at a
nearby Chinese restaurant.
In setting basic outlines for our conversations that day I indicated that, as a journalist, I
viewed our discussions as off-the-record. I took no notes and did not tape record any of
the discussion. I am recounting the events now only after corresponding with McDade
and advising him of my intention to write. He responded and did not object. I took the
same position with Detective Todd. I warned the Mounties and Todd at the outset that a
sudden termination of their investigations was likely and that they would all become
expendable. It happened to me once.
Over lunch the Mounties were quite candid about the fact that the RCMP had Promis
software and that it even went by the name Promis. I think they may have also mentioned
the name PIRS which is an acknowledged system in the RCMP network. They stated that
they had been given their version of Promis by the Canadian Security and Intelligence
Service (CSIS).
CSIS was an intelligence breakaway from the Mounties in 1984, intended to be a pure
[sic] intelligence agency. It was created largely with the expertise and assistance of the
CIA. All of us understood two things about that arrangement and we discussed them
openly. First, there was a question as to whether or not any intelligence service created by
the CIA could be completely loyal to its native country. Secondly, it was also understood
that there was a rivalry between the two agencies similar to the one that existed between
the FBI and the CIA, or in a larger context, the Clinton gang and the Bush gang in the
US. The chief concern of the Mounties, clearly, was to ascertain whether or not their

version of Promis was one that was compromised. McDade also described in detail how
he knew that supposedly secure RCMP communications equipment had been
compromised by the NSA. The Mounties acknowledged regular meetings with Cheri
Seymour but evinced none of the interest she said that they had previously shown in the
Mossad. With me their single-minded focus was Bill Tyree and where and how he
obtained his information.
Sue Todd, confirmed for me suspicions that there was an unspoken alliance between the
RCMP investigators and the FBI. She said that during the course of her three years of
efforts to solve the double murder in Hercules, she had routinely visited FBI offices and
enjoyed access to FBI files relative to both the Promis investigation and anything
connected to her victims. That information was obviously being shared with the Mounties
and that implied the blessings of the FBI. In short, a domestic law enforcement officer
was sharing information with agents of a foreign government. In some cases that could
provoke espionage charges but in this case it was apparently sanctioned. The Hercules
murder victims had no apparent connection to Promis software in any way except for the
fact that Riconosciuto had possessed knowledge about the murders which he had
provided to Todd from prison. The Hercules Armament Corporation, featured in The
Last Circle, was an obvious link. I also noted that the father in Todd's case had been a
computer engineer with passions for both geological research and hypnosis and no other
visible connections to the Promis story.
As we copied Tyree's papers and went through other materials the next day I was aware
that the Canadians expressed special interest in Jackson Stephens and anything having to
do with the manipulation of financial markets. They asked for copies of news reports I
had showing that General Wesley Clark, the recently retired NATO Commander, has just
gone to work for Stephens, Inc. in Little Rock Arkansas. I also provided documents
showing that Stephens' financial firm Alltel, heir to Systematics, was moving heavily into
the mortgage market. As the Mounties repeatedly pressed for information on the identity
of the Sergeant Major I referred them to Tyree directly through his attorney Ray
Kohlman and to Tyree's closest friend, the daughter of CIA bagman and paymaster
Albert Carone, Dee Ferdinand. [For more on Carone visit the FTW web site].
McDade did eventually contact Ferdinand by phone and shortly thereafter one of the
most bizarre twists in the whole story took place.
About a week after meeting the Mounties I heard back from Sean that the Tyree
documents and flow charts from 1996 had been right on the money. A special recurring
theme in those documents that meshes with Seymour's research is the fact that modified
versions of Promis software with both artificial intelligence and trap doors were being
smuggled out of Los Alamos nuclear labs in containers labeled as radioactive waste.
According to Tyree and other sources, after an Indian reservation, the safest place in the
world that no one will ever break into is a nuclear waste dump. This also applies to
containers in transit between countries. The radioactive warning label guarantees
unmolested movement of virtually anything. Promis software is apparently no exception.
Bill Casey and Al Carone from the Grave
Albert Vincent Carone has also been covered exhaustively in FTW, both in the newsletter
and on the web site. A retired NYPD Detective, also a made-member of the Genovese
crime family, Carone spent his entire working career as a CIA operative. (FTW has
special reports on both Bill Tyree and Al Carone available from the web site or at the end
of this newsletter). For more than 25 years before his mysterious death in 1990, Al
Carone served as a bagman and liaison between George Bush, CIA Director Bill Casey,
Oliver North, Richard Nixon and many other prominent figures including Robert Vesco,
Manuel Noriega and Ferdinand Marcos. The Carone-Tyree connection, covered in detail
in the Sept. 1998 issue (Vol. I, No.7) goes back to operations in the mid 1970s when
Tyree, serving with the Special Forces, engaged in CIA directed missions for which
Carone was the paymaster.
Carone's death from "chemical toxicity of unknown etiology" in 1990 resulted in the
sanitizing of all of his military and NYPD records as well as the theft and disappearance
of nearly ten million dollars in bank accounts, insurance policies and investments.
Virtually overnight, almost every record of Carone disappeared leaving his daughter and
her family nearly bankrupt under the burden of tens of thousands of dollars in medical
bills. In 1996, Carone's daughter, Dee Ferdinand, discovered that Tyree and Carone had
known each other and that Tyree could prove instrumental in helping to restore Carone's
lost fortune. Ferdinand filed suit in U.S. District Court this spring seeking to recover
pensions, insurance policies and benefits in a case which has no known connection to
Promis. I have known Ferdinand and her family for more than seven years. Never once
has she mentioned a connection between her father and Promis although she was well
familiar with the case from Tyree and conversations with Bill Hamilton. I had referred
the Mounties to her because of my belief that she could possibly help identify Tyree's
source, the Sergeant Major.
On August 10
th
, exactly one week after the Mounties came to see me, the DoJ mailed
Ferdinand a response to her suit seeking dismissal. Included in the paperwork was a
bizarre document, now in FTW's possession, that, by the account of both Ferdinand and
her lawyer, had absolutely nothing to do with her case. The document in question was a
March 29, 1986 Declaration from CIA Director William Casey, a close friend of the
Carone family. Paragraph 6 of that document (prepared for another case) stated, "Two of
the documents responsive to Plaintiffs' Request No 1, specifically the one-page letter
dated 28 March 1979 and a one-page letter dated 8 January 1980, have been released in
the same excised form as they were previously released by the Government of Canada. I
independently and formally assert the state secrets privilege for the information excised
from these two documents."
Dee Ferdinand called me immediately. The letter had nothing to do with her suit. It
mentioned Canada. Canada was not even mentioned in her suit. What was going on?" she
asked. "It's blackmail," I answered. "CIA, which is monitoring everything the Canadians
do, everything I do, everything you do, knows that I will tell the Mounties of these
letters." McDade didn't grasp the concept at first. He was a straight-ahead street cop. But

I had been through something similar when serving as the press spokesman for the Perot
Presidential campaign in 1992. I explained it to Sean, "Sean, you and I are just the
messengers. But I guarantee that at some level of your government the CIA's reference to
these letters will scare people to death. It is a reminder that CIA has them."
A week later McDade told me that the dates were indeed significant - very significant.
That's all he would say.
FTW has what may be a possible explanation for the dates in question. The President and
CIA Director on these dates the letters were written were Jimmy Carter and Stansfield
Turner. Aside from the then recent Russian invasion of Afghanistan, a saga in which the
Canadian government played a minor role, the largest drama on the world scene was the
overthrow of the Shah of Iran in January 1979, the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini and
the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Teheran later that year. The Canadian government and
the CIA worked very closely in Iran, the Canadian Embassy even housing some CIA
personnel who had escaped the crowds of students. But that kind of assistance is not
something to hide. Another explanation was needed to explain shock waves in Ottawa.
Recently, a source using a code name known to FTW has surfaced with information
relating to Promis. In his communiqués he describes the use of Promis software by the
Bush family to loot the secret bank accounts of Manuel Noriega and Ferdinand Marcos.
Promis is able to do this because funds can be transferred out of accounts without a trace.
Remember the trap door? The rule of thumb here is that crooks, especially CIA
sponsored crooks, don't usually go to the cops when somebody steals their stolen money.
From my personal experience in the era, and direct exposure to two members of the
Iranian Royal family, both before and after the overthrow, I am acutely aware that the
Shah, then perhaps the richest man in the world, was actually targeted by the CIA. His
downfall was no accident. Once worth more than $20 billion, the Shah ended his life a
refugee in Egypt. Many of his billions disappeared and the family was very upset about
it.
Could the financial power of Promis have been turned loose first through Canada when
Carter was President in the US? The Shah did a lot of banking in Canada. We may never
know the answer. But if the downfalls of wealthy US supported dictators Noriega and
Marcos are any indication the answer is likely, yes. And the Shah was wealthier than both
of them put together. Where'd all that money go?
Headlines
On August 25
th
the Toronto Star broke what was to become a series of stories by Valerie
Lawson and Allan Thompson. The cat was out of the bag. Various figures known to have
direct connections to Riconosciuto had been virtually dogging the Mounties' every move
as they traveled in the US. One even contacted me just days after the Mounties left LA. It
was a story that could not be kept under wraps forever. Most of the Star story was
accurate. It was going to be difficult for the RCMP to move quietly now. A Reuters story
the same day closed with the following paragraphs, "CanadaÕs national
counterintelligence agency said in a June report that friendly nations were making
concerted efforts to steal sensitive technology and information.
"The Canadian Security Intelligence Service said outsiders were particularly interested
in aerospace, biotechnology, chemicals, communications, information technology, mining
and metallurgy, nuclear energy, oil and gas, and the environment." That was Geomatics,
at the heart of Canada's space program, Canada's flagship space technology. I checked the
Star story. There had been no mention of high tech or space related issues. What did
Reuters know? In mid September, after receiving confidential source documents related
to the case telling me that one version of Promis, modified in Canada was handled
through the Canadian firm I.P. Sharp, I got an answer. A quick search on the web
revealed that Sharp, a well documented component of the case, had been bought by a
Reuters company in the early 90s. Hamilton later told me that he had heard that Reuters
possibly had the Promis software. That would explain how they knew about the
aerospace connection.
Michael Dobbs of The Washington Post called and asked what I knew. I confirmed that I
had met with the Mounties but didn't know much else other than giving them the Tyree
flow charts. The Post was never going to tell the truth. Their business was keeping
secrets, not revealing them. The Mounties had made waves.
On August 28 the phone rang and it was a collect call from Tyree. "Get a tape recorder
and turn it on," he said. Over the course of the next half an hour Tyree, obviously reading
from detailed and copious notes, named individuals and companies dealing with Promis
software and its progeny. The tape was specific down to naming specific engineers in
military and private corporations doing Promis research. Tyree described specific
Congressional committees that had been infiltrated with "enhanced" Promis. Tyree
described how Promis progeny, having inspired four new computer languages had made
possible the positioning of satellites so far out in space that they were untouchable. At the
same time the progeny had improved video quality to the point where the same satellite
could focus on a single human hair. The ultimate big picture.
Promis progeny had also evolved to the point where neural pads could be attached to
plugs in the back of the human head and thought could be translated into electrical
impulses that would be equally capable of flying a plane or wire transferring money.
Names like Sandia, Cal-Tech, Micron, Tech University of Graz, Oded Leventer and
Massimo Grimaldi rolled from his lips as he tore through the pages of notes. Data, such
as satellite reconnaissance, could also now be downloaded from a satellite directly into a
human brain. The evolution of the artificial intelligence had progressed to a point where
animal behavior and thought were being decoded. Mechanical humans were being tested.
Animals were being controlled by computer.
Billy saved Canada for last.
"Here's how we fuck Canada," he started. He was laughing as he facetiously described
what was coming as some sort of bizarre payback for the War of 1812. Then, placing the

evolutions of Promis in context with the Canadian story Tyree asked a question as to why
one would really now need to go to all the trouble of monitoring all of a foreign country's
intelligence operations. "There's an easier way to get what I want," he said. "I access their
banks. I access their banks and I know who does what and who's getting ready to do
what," he said. He described how Canada had been provided with modified Promis
software which Canada then modified, or thought they had modified, again to eliminate
the trap door. That software turned loose in the financial and scientific communities then
became Canada's means of believing that they were securing the trap door information
from the entities to whom they provided their versions of Promis. But, unknown, to the
Canadians the Elbit chips in the systems bypassed the trap doors and permitted the
transmission of data when everyone thought the computers were turned off and secure.
Tyree did not explain how the chips physically got into the Canadian computers.
"This," Tyree said "is how you cripple everything Canada does that you don't like. And if
you want proof I offer you the fact that we toppled the government of Australia in 1980."
"[Prime Minister] Gough Whitlam and Nugan Hand [Bank]," I answered. Tyree affirmed.
The Labor Government of Whitlam had been suddenly unseated after making
nationalistic noise and questioning the role of US intelligence agencies in Australian
affairs.
The issue of a coming feud between the dollar and the Euro came up. I suggested that
rapidly vanishing support in South America and Europe both were threatening the
military operations of "Plan Colombia" and the economic boost it would give the US
economy. Tyree jumped in, "If I can put Canada in line and show the Eurodollar, the
'Eurotrash' what I have already done to my neighbor, whom I value to some degree -
remember, these are not nice people - these are financial thugs at their worst. So what
they are going to do is sit down discreetly and say, 'Look, this is what we did to Canada.
Now, would you like us to do this to the European market as well?' Mike, they're not
going to think twice about itÉ A weapon is only good if someone knows what its
capability is. Prior to using the atomic bomb it was irrelevant." He continued, "They refer
to it as the Nagasaki Syndrome."
After describing in some detail how the financial powers-that-be had gutted American
manufacturing productivity through globalization he described a strategy intended to halt
any move by the Euro to overshadow the dollar or even compete with it. It was pure
economic hostage taking and Canada would be the object lesson. Then, chillingly, he
described something familiar to any military strategist. The penetration and looting of
HUD was the test bed, the proving ground, the "White Sands" of the Promis economic
Atom bomb. Once the CIA and the economic powers-that-be had proven that, over a
period of years, they could infiltrate and loot $59 billion dollars from HUD, they knew
that they could do it anywhere. Said Tyree, "Then they knew they had what it took to go
abroad and create mayhemÉ It was planned twenty years ago."
It took several days to reach Sean McDade who had been on vacation. I played the Tyree
tape for him over an open phone line into RCMP headquarters. He asked me to make a
physical copy right away and send it to him. After he had had time to listen to it he
cautioned me against sending it anywhere else. I told him that as long as his investigation
was active that I would do nothing more than make the standard copies I make of any
sensitive documents as a precaution. I could tell that the tape had rattled him. Though I
had known from the start that the large and energetic Mountie, whom I believed to be a
dedicated an honest man, would never be allowed to ride his case out to the end, I still
had hopes. But in my heart I knew that Tyree was right. In all the years he had been
feeding me information I had never known him to be wrong and, apparently, neither had
Bill Hamilton. I did not send a copy of the tape to Hamilton because I knew how difficult
and potentially dangerous McDade's job was going to be now that the press had exposed
him. Having been a cop in dangerous political, CIA infested waters I knew what it was
like to not know who you could trust.
If keeping the tape quiet would give the Mounties and edge I would do it - but only as
long as they had a case.
Sudden Death
Then it was over.
On September 16
th
the Toronto Star announced that the RCMP had suddenly closed its
Promis investigation with the flat disclaimer that it did not have and never did have any
version of Bill Hamilton's software. That was as shocking a statement as it was absurd.
"The only way that you can identify Promis," said a perplexed Bill Hamilton, "is to
compare the code. Sean McDade said that he was not an engineer and couldn't read code
so how did he know?" Hamilton was as emphatic as I was that McDade had said that
RCMP had Promis. So was Cheri Seymour. I offered a fleeting hope that the Mounties
were playing a game, saying that they had terminated the investigation to shake some of
the incessant probing that had been taking place around McDade's every move.
I was finally convinced when McDade e-mailed me and said that it was his view that the
Mounties did not have any version of Promis and that he had no objections if I decided to
write a story. I then agreed with Seymour that, whether they had said so or not, both the
Mounties and Sue Todd had left enough visible footprints that it was their intention for us
to go public. It might be the only protection they had.
As I had predicted from the start, they had come too close to bigger issues and been shut
down ruthlessly. I called Sue Todd who lamented that she was marking her three year
homicide investigation, "Closed by the press." Even though she was convincing I had the
feeling that she was playing back a rehearsed script. I told her that I was not satisfied with
the statements that there was no Promis in the RCMP. I recalled our lunchtime
conversation of August 3
rd
. She agreed with me that the RCMP mission was to determine
whether or not RCMP Promis was a stolen or compromised version. She knew that they
had it. So did I. I e-mailed McDade one last time saying that I was going to write it like I
remembered it. He never got back to me.
Bill Hamilton added one last twist when he told me in a conversation that the Mounties
claimed to have developed their software on their own. That, he said, was nonsense
because the Mounties did not have that kind of sophistication or ability. He thought that
the RCMP program had been specially prepared FBI. That would explain the role of
retired FBI agent Ted Gunderson. Though I didn't tell him at the time I knew that he had
obtained that information from Bill Tyree. And Bill Tyree and his provider, the Sergeant
Major, are two people that Bill Hamilton and I both have learned to respect.
Diplomacy
Just three days after the Toronto Star announced the abrupt termination of the RCMP
investigation the Canada based International Network on Disarmament and Globalization
(INDG) posted an electronic bulletin on a speech by former Canadian Ambassador to the
US. In an address the night before, less than 48 hours after the termination of the RCMP
investigation, Derek Burney, current President of CAE, a Canadian firm manufacturing
flight simulators, criticized the U.S. aerospace industry for being overly-protectionist
under the guise of national security. In addressing the Aerospace Industries Association
of Canada, according to large stories that appeared in CP (Canadian Press) and Toronto's
Globe and Mail, Burney was characterized as sounding unusually tough in his criticism
of American policy that was freezing Canadian firms out of aerospace contracts. Both
stories were ambivalent in that they alternately made Burney sound critical of the U.S.
while championing Canadian interests and at the same time weak as he noted that Mexico
stood poised under NAFTA to replace Canada as the U.S.'s number one trading partner.
The CP story made two telling observations. It quoted Burney as saying that Canada
needed to do more to "preserve and enhance its access to the American market." Then it
closed it's story on Burney's speech, advocating a compromise agreement between the US
and Canada, by saying that Burney's position "risks being perceived here at home as a
sellout or worse."
A close examination of Burney's remarks, published in the INDG bulletin revealed
something more like an obsequious surrender rather than a mere sellout. While there were
a few tough-talking paragraphs that saved Canadian face, the essence of the speech was
that Burney believed that American defense firms, the largest of which is Lockheed-
Martin, were poised to transfer the bulk of their contracts to companies in Mexico. Citing
Canada's dependence upon access to American avionics and "databases," Burney painted
a picture that seemingly left Canada over a barrel. Without access to American
technology the Canadian aerospace industry could not function.
Buried deep in the text of Burney's speech we found the following paragraph which is,
we believe, the best place to end this story.
"That does not mean that we have to agree with everything Washington does or says or
do things exactly as the Americans do. On the contrary, one of the advantages of being a
good neighbor and close ally is that we can speak freely and forthrightly to the
Americans - provided we have a solid case and are seeking to influence their position
and not simply capture a quick headline. And, never forget, it is always more effective to
be frank in private. Otherwise your motive can be somewhat suspect."
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VINCE FOSTER -- ISRAEL -- PROMIS -- ESPIONAGE
Posted By: Rayelan Date: Thursday, 7 September 2000, 8:33 p.m.
This article appeared in the August issue of The Media Bypass magazine and is reposted here with the
permission of James R. Norman. Subscriptions of Media Bypass can be obtained by calling 1-800-4-
BYPASS
FOSTERGATE
Was White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster Selling U.S. Secrets to
Israel? The CIA Suspects He Was.
By James R. Norman
Two weeks before his death on July 20, 1993, White House Deputy Counsel Vincent W. Foster went into a
deep funk. The official cause of death, given by former Independent Counsel Robert Fiske Jr., was suicide
driven by depression over, among other things, several newspaper editorials. But Vince Foster had a much
bigger and darker reason to be seriously burned out. He had just learned he was under investigation for
espionage.
Outrageous? To say the least. But a lengthy investigation has located over a dozen sources with
connections to the intelligence community who confirm a shocking story of money laundering and
espionage connected to the highest levels of the White House. Without grants of immunity, the sources risk
going to prison for violation of the National Security Act. Virtually all have demanded anonymity.
According to a veteran Central Intelligence Agency operative close to the Foster investigation, Foster's first
indication of trouble came when he inquired about his coded bank account at Banca Della Svizzera Italiana
in Chiasso, Switzerland and found the account empty. Foster was shocked to learn from the bank that
someone using his secret authorization code had withdrawn all $2.73 million he had stashed there and had
moved it to, of all places, the U.S. Treasury.
Then, according to credit card records reviewed by a private investigator who has revealed them, Foster
canceled the two-day round-trip TWA and Swiss Air plane tickets to Geneva he had purchased on his
American Express card through the White House travel office on July 1.
Discretely he began asking what was afoot, says the CIA source, confirming that someone in the White
House tipped him off. It was bad news. The CIA had Foster under serious investigation for leaking high-
security secrets to the State of Israel.
For months, a small cadre of CIA computer hackers known as the Fifth Column, armed with a Cray
supercomputer, had been monitoring Foster's Swiss account. They had located it by tracking money flows
from various Israeli government accounts after finding Foster's name while secretly snooping through the
electronic files of Israel's Mossad. Then by snooping through the bank files, they gathered all the
information needed to withdraw the money.
Foster was just one of the first of scores of high level U.S. political figures to thus have their secret Swiss
accounts looted of illicit funds, according to both this veteran CIA source and a separate source in another
intelligence agency. Over the past two years, they say, more than $2 billion has been swept out of offshore
bank accounts belonging to figures connected to the U.S. government with nary a peep from the victims or
their banks. The claim that Foster and other U.S. figures have had offshore accounts has been confirmed
by a separate high-ranking CIA source and another in the Department of Justice.
Various sources, some of them controversial, have contributed other pieces to this puzzle. Whatever their
motivations, those sources have proven remarkably consistent. Their stories jibe well with known facts and
offer a most plausible explanation for Foster's mysterious depression. It would also explain Washington's
determined effort to dismiss the Foster affair as a tragic but simple suicide.
Vince Foster a spy? Actually, it is much worse than that, if the CIA's suspicions are confirmed by the
ongoing foreign counterintelligence probe. He would have been an invaluable double agent with potential
access to not only high-level political information, but also to sensitive code, encryption and data
transmission secrets, the stuff by which modern war is won or lost. That is because for many years,
according to nine separate current and former U.S. law enforcement or intelligence officials, Foster had
been a behind-the-scenes manager of a key support company in one of the biggest, most secretive spy
efforts on record, the silent surveillance of banking transactions both here and abroad.
This bank snooping effort began in earnest soon after Ronald Reagan became president in 1981. Its
primary aim was to track the money behind international terrorist groups and soon came to be dubbed,
"Follow the money ", according to the originator of the program Norman A. Bailey. Now a private
Washington consultant on international banking, Bailey was an economist and Reagan advisor on the
National Security Counsel. It was Bailey's idea to begin using powerful new computer and electronic
eavesdropping technologies then emerging to let the intelligence community monitor the previously
confidential flow of bank wire transfers. This was no small task; more than $1 trillion a day moves through
New York alone.
Bailey, himself constrained by the National Security Act, claims he doesn't know exactly how the data was
collected. But he confirms that within a few years The National Security Agency, the signals intelligence
arm of the government, had begun vacuuming up mountains of data by listening in on bank wire traffic. It
became a joint effort of several Western governments with the Israelis playing a leading role, since they
were the main targets of terrorism.
Other intelligence experts say the flow of bits and bytes was captured by various means; from simply
tapping phone lines to implanting customized chips in bank computers to store up and periodically burst-
transmit data to a passing van, or low-flying "sig-int" or signals intelligence satellite. Another part of the
problem was to get the world's banks to standardize their data so that it could be easily analyzed. And that
brings up to PROMIS, a powerful tracking software developed for the U.S. Government and then further
enhanced by a little company called Inslaw Inc.
PROMIS stands for Prosecutor's Management Information Systems and was designed to manage legal
cases. In 1982, just as Bailey's follow-the-money effort was gaining steam, the Reagan Justice Department
eagerly snapped up Inslaw's newest version of PROMIS. But the government refused to pay the $6 million
owed for it, claiming part of the contract was not fulfilled. Inslaw, forced into Chapter 11 reorganization,
and nearly driven to quick
liquidation by the government and its former partner AT&T, hotly denied that claim. Ultimately, a
bankruptcy judge ruled the government stole the PROMIS software by "trickery, fraud and deceit".
Why PROMIS? Because it was adaptable. Besides tracking legal cases, it could be easily customized to
track anything from computer chip design to complex monetary transactions. It was especially useful for
tracking criminals or just plain political dissidents. Inslaw claims the software was eventually illegally sold
to as many as 50 countries for use by their police, military or intelligence agencies, including such bloody
regimes as Guatemala, South Africa and Iraq (before the 1990 invasion of Kuwait). Profits on these sales,
Inslaw claims, went mainly into
the private pockets of Republican political cronies in the 1980s, including Reagan confident Earl Brain,
former part-owner of UPI and FNN.
Among the biggest profiteers on PROMIS, according to the 1992 book by former Israeli anti-terrorism
staffer Ari Ben-Menaseche, was former British publisher Bob Maxwell. On behalf of the Israelis, Maxwell
aggressively marketed a doctored version of PROMIS equipped with one or more "back doors" to allow an
outsider to tap into the user's data base without leaving an audit trail. In fact, it may have been such rigged
programs that allowed noted Israeli spy Jonathon Pollard, from his computer terminal at the Office of
Naval Intelligence in Washington, to
download vast amounts of top secret U.S. nuclear weapons and code data in the mid-1980s.
According to a heavily-redacted New Mexico FBI counterintelligence report, Maxwell was apparently
allowed to
sell two copies of PROMIS back to the U.S. weapons labs at Sandia and Los Alamos, for what Inslaw
claims was a hugely inflated price of $37 million. That would have allowed Pollard, if he was using the
rigged program, to obtain U.S. missile targeting data long before Israel had its own satellite capability, thus
making it a real nuclear threat to the Soviet Union. Pollard was convicted of espionage and sentenced in
1986 to life imprisonment. U.S. officials have vehemently opposed efforts to gain his early release.
Maxwell, according to Ben-Menaseche and nine other sources, was also selling pirated versions of
PROMIS to major world banks for use in their wire transfer rooms to track the blizzard of numbers,
authorization codes and confirmations required on each wire transaction. Don't expect any banks to admit
running PROMIS software. They probably now know it was pilfered. But they readily took it both
because it was the best tracking software
available at the time and because the U.S. government was tacitly leaning on them to go along with the
surveillance effort or face regulatory reprisals or prosecution on money laundering charges. With the
widespread adoption of PROMIS, the data became standardized and much easier to analyze by the NSA.
It took some effort to install and support PROMIS in the banking industry. That's where Vince Foster
came in. Sources say that since at least the late 1970s, Foster had been a silent, behind-the-scenes overseer
on behalf of the NSA for a small Little Rock, Ark., bank data processing company. Its name was
Systematics Inc., launched in 1967 and funded and controlled for most of its life by Arkansas billionaire
Jackson Stephens, a 1946 Naval Academy graduate along with Jimmy Carter. Foster was one of Stephens'
trusted deal makers at the Rose Law Firm, where he
was partner with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Webster Hubbell and William Kennedy (whose father was a
Systematics director). Hubbell also played an overseer role at Systematics for the NSA for some years
according to intelligence sources.
Systematics has had close ties to the NSA and CIA ever since its founding, sources say, as a money-
shuffler for covert operations. It is no secret that there were billions of dollars moving around in "black"
accounts - from buying and selling arms to the Contras, Iran, Iraq, Angola, and other countries to paying
CIA operatives and laundering money from clandestine CIA drug dealing. Having taken over the computer
rooms in scores of small U.S. banks as an "out-sourced" supplier of data processing, Systematics was in a
unique position to manage that covert money
flow. Sources say the money was moved at the end of every day disguised as a routine bank-to-bank
balancing transaction, out of view of bank regulators and even the banks themselves. In short, it became
cyber-money.
One man who uncovered the link between Systematics, Foster and covert money movements from arms
and drugs was Bob Bickel, who was an undercover Customs investigator in the 1980s. "We found
Systematics was often a conduit for the funds" in arms and drug transactions, says Bickel, now living in
Texas: "They were the money changers." His story is corroborated by a former CIA employee who says it
was well known within the agency in the late 1970s that Foster was involved with Systematics in covert
money management.
Another source is Michael Ricoposciuto, former research director of the covert arms operation at
California's tiny Cabazon Indian Reservation in the early 1980s. Ricoposciuto claims his crew of computer
programmers helped customize PROMIS there for banking and other uses. He is now serving 30 years in a
South Carolina federal prison ostensibly on drug charges. Though maybe not a credible source on his own,
his story fits well with other sources.
Systematics' money-laundering role for the intelligence community might help explain why Jackson
Stephens tried to take over Washington-based Financial General Bankshares in 1978 on behalf of Arab
backers of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. BCCI's links to global corruption and
intelligence operations has been well documented, though many mysteries remain.
According to a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Stephens insisted on having
then-tiny Systematics brought in to take over all of FGB's data processing. Representing Systematics in that
1978 SEC case: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Webster Hubbell. Stephens was blocked in that takeover.
But FGB, later renamed First American, ultimately fell under the alleged domination of BCCI through
Robert Altman and former Defense Secretary Clark Clifford. According to a technician who worked for
First American in Atlanta, Systematics
became a key computer contractor there anyway.
In the 1980s, Systematics' business boomed. When it first sold stock to the public in 1983, revenues were
$64 million. That had risen to $230 million by the time Stephens arranged Systematics' sale to Alltel
Corp., a telephone holding company which then moved its headquarters to Little Rock. Last year,
Systematics sales hit $861 million - a third of Alltel's total. Stephens now owns more than 8 percent of
Alltel and wields ignificant influence over the company.
When Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, bringing Foster, Hubbell and Kennedy to the White
House staff, Systematics' foreign bank business flourished. It began to announce a flood of data processing
deals with major banks in Moscow, Macao, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Trinidad and elsewhere.
According to veteran bank software vendors, and computer intelligence specialist Wayne Madsen, co-
author of a book about the NSA called "The Puzzle Palace", it is inconceivable any U.S. company could
land such lucrative work without the intimate
participation of the NSA. Domestic business took off as well, with giants like Citibank and Nations Bank
signing big data processing deals.
Working alongside Systematics in this spooky world of bank computer spying appears to be a cluster of
other curious, loosely-affiliated companies. For instance, there is Boston Systematics, headed by former
CIA officer Harry Wechsler, who controls two Israeli companies that also use the name Systematics.
Wechsler denies any connection to the Arkansas company (now named Alltel Information Services) and
claims to know nothing of PROMIS. Odd, then, that Inslaw claims it got two inquiries in 1987 from
Wechter's Israeli company seeking
marketing data on PROMIS.
Many of the intelligence sources who provided information for this story insist that Boston Systematics and
the Arkansas company are, in fact, related in some way. And based on his own source in the Justice
Department, Inslaw's founder William A. Hamilton says he believes Boston Systematics was also closely
linked with both Maxwell and Rafl Bitan, the former head of Israel's anti-terrorism effort. Hamilton says
Bitan, using a false name, showed up at Inslaw's Washington, DC office one day in 1983 for a private
demonstration of PROMIS.
Another curious company is Arkansas Systems, founded in 1974 by Systematics employee and formerly
U.S. Army "analyst" John Chamberlain. Located just down the road from Systematics. Arkansas Systems
specializes in computer systems for foreign wire transfer centers and central banks. Among its clients:
Russia and China, according to Arkansas Systems president James K. Hendren, a physicist formerly
involved with the Safeguard anti-missile system. Arkansas Systems was one of the first companies to
receive funding from the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, an agency created by Bill Clinton that
is now coming under Congressional scrutiny.
What does Alltel have to say about all of this? "I've never heard anything so asinine in all my life," steams
Joe T. Ford, Alltel's chairman and the father of Jack Stephen's chief administrative aide.
John Stouri, a former IBM executive who is chief executive of Alltel Information Services, says he had
never heard of Boston Systematics before this inquiry. He declares that the Arkansas company does almost
no work for the government, scoffs at the idea his company is tied to the NSA and says Foster has never
had any connection to Systematics. As for the fact he sold half his 700,000 Alltel shares in February at
$34, just before it began skidding to under $24, he says that was merely to pay for the exercise of options.
Why is it then that Hamilton claims sources in two separate intelligence agencies say documents relating to
Systematics were among those taken from Foster's office immediately after Foster's death? Indeed, a
private investigator close to the continuing "Whitewater" probe by Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr
says he has learned that Hubbell has delivered those documents - including papers related to Systematics -
to Starr. Hubbell
pleaded guilty last December to two felony counts related to over-billing at the Rose Law Firm and has
been sentenced to 21 months in prison.
If Foster knew the U.S. was spying on foreign banks, why would he let himself be caught red-handed with
a Swiss bank account? The answer may be that the Israeli transactions were, in fact, well concealed,
according to the veteran CIA source. And Foster would have known that, unless a prober knew exactly
what to look for, finding his payoffs in the torrent of routine wire transfer data would be a hopeless task.
Besides that, greed could explain a lot, if not Foster's then for whomever else he might have been playing
bagman. The CIA source says Foster was not the only one in the White House under suspicion for
peddling state secrets.
All of which helps explain Foster's odd behavior before his death. He was a tough, smart trial attorney at
the peak of power in Washington. Only 48 years old, he was in excellent health. Suddenly, according to the
Fiske report, he couldn't sleep. He complained of heart palpitations and high blood pressure. His sister
arranged for him to see a Washington psychiatrist, who later told the FBI he had been instructed not to take
notes because Foster's depression was "directly related to highly sensitive and confidential matters" tied to
his "top secret" government work.
Foster never saw a shrink. Instead, about a week before he died, he hired a lawyer: high-powered DC
criminal attorney and political fix-it man James Hamilton. Foster's wife claims his reason was the White
House Travel Office controversy, which was expected to lead to congressional hearings.
On the weekend of July 17 and 18, Foster drove with his wife to the eastern shore of Maryland to relax. By
"coincidence", according to the Fiske report, so did Hubbell. They met at the posh estate of Michael
Cardozo, head of Clinton's legal defense fund and son-in-law of prominent Democratic fund raiser Nathan
Landau. Hubbell later claimed the weekend was a laid-back gathering of tennis and poolside chit-chat.
But according to sources connected to the CIA, Justice Department and another intelligence agency, the
meeting was under surveillance. The agenda? Heavy duty damage control. Foster was grilled. To whom
else could the Swiss money be traced? How could the scandal be contained?
Foster's wife admitted he returned to Washington even more depressed. On Monday night, he turned down
an invitation by the President to drop by the White House to supposedly watch a movie. On Tuesday,
Foster left his office at the White House about 1 p.m. and said he'd be back later. At 5:45 p.m., his body
was found neatly laid out at Fort Marcy Park, a bullet wound in his mouth. Suicide, the Fiske report
promptly declared, echoed by a cursory Senate inquiry.
Still, nagging questions remain: Why was there no blood on the ground, no bone fragments or brain tissue?
Why were there rug fibers all over the clothes? Why no dust on his shoes despite the long dirt path from
his car to his body?
The answer seems painfully clear; a cover-up of immense proportions for reasons of "national security".
And don't expect Whitewater prober Kenneth Starr to spill any beans. He was in-house counsel to Reagan
Attorney General William French Smith at the time the Inslaw PROMIS software was expropriated for
intelligence use. Later, as Solicitor General, he recused himself from an Inslaw-related matter without
explanation. It seems likely Starr would have been personally involved in launching the covert bank spy
effort, which Washington is still so nervous to keep secret.
All in the family, you might say.
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US Govt Spy Program: Main Core, PROMIS and the
Shadow Government: Part I
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[Editor’s Note: On Monday, 2 February 2009, OEN premieres Ed Encho’s newest
update of his investigative series, “Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government
(Pt. 3), which brings to the forefront recent revelations on the expansion of the US
government’s surveillance apparatus and the stolen technology that makes it all
possible. On the heels of NSA whistleblower Russell Tice allegations of a government
intelligence community that has crossed the line and trashed the Constitution, Ed Encho
covers a span of investigations throughout the years that reads like a Tom Clancy
suspense thriller. OEN is republishing Part I and Part II. You will want to catch up.]
“Over the last two weeks I have encountered just such an apocalyptic situation,
where I and the Department of Justice have been asked to be part of something that is
fundamentally wrong.” (Excerpt from Deputy Attorney General James Comey’s draft
letter of resignation to President Bush, dated March 16, 2004, which Comey did not in
the end send.)
"Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull" (George
Orwell: 1984)
I: Main Core and PROMIS
Suppose that the United States Government, or more likely an unaccountable
privatized intelligence colossus empowered by the reaction to the 9/11 attacks and fueled
by the rampant cronyism of a system long ago gone rotten had a surveillance tool capable
of peering into the most private aspects of American lives on a whim. Now suppose that
the new growth industry of a previously unthinkable futuristic police state was already in
place, fully operational and has been online and has actively been being utilized for
domestic spying for years before those two airplanes slammed into the World Trade
Center. The 'terrorist' attacks were used as the justification for every unconstitutional
reigning in of civil liberties ever since that heinous September morning seven years ago
when the reset button was hit on two and a quarter centuries of American history and we
all stepped forth into the brave new world of perpetual war, fear, suspicion and
vengeance into a parallel reality in a place that would come to be known as The
Homeland. What if this surveillance industrial complex was in possession of a database
that was so large and so powerful that not only could it instantly process and retrieve the
most minute or intimate aspects of a citizen’s lives but was also able to utilize extremely
sophisticated artificial intelligence capabilities to actually predict likely patterns of future
behavior.
Such a huge database would be able to use cutting edge technology funded with
taxpayer dollars and awarded to unaccountable private corporations largely through
‘business as usual’ no bid contracts to create the most invasive tool of oppression this
country has ever seen. This database would rely on software that was capable of
performing social network analysis based on block modeling technology to monitor all
forms of electronic communications, all internet searches, all debit and credit card
transactions, all travel arrangements, all library records, all bank activity and all
telephone records. It would then be able to use the data to not only find links between
persons who already know and interact with each other but to categorize each individual
into a particular group that possess similar behavioral and purchasing habits. These
groups could then be further divided into subgroups and further analyzed in order to
determine under some loosely defined and largely unknown guidelines whether they
could potentially represent a threat. While all of this may sound like some sort of
futuristic dystopian nightmare straight out of Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report and
"Precrime" it is very real and it goes by the name of Main Core. For example, if you are
selling a bicycle and run an advertisement in your local newspaper and you happen to
receive a call from a Muhammad who is interested in your bicycle and Muhammad
happens to have certain friends who have relationships with an organization that is
determined by some unknown criteria to be a potential terrorist organization then the call
that you received from Muhammad would then in all likelihood place you in the database
and subject to an increased level of scrutiny at best and at worst in jeopardy of being
picked up and held indefinitely without any sort of judicial review.
This technology is being used today absent any form of legitimate oversight, with
a Constitution that has been eviscerated by the Bush-Cheney-Rove Axis of Evil, a vast
gulag network of top secret prisons and 'detention facilities' and the decidedly anti-
American new phenomenon of state sanctioned torture. Throw in an overworked,
systematically dumbed-down populace that has been propagandized by the corrupt
institution that is the corporate media machine with it's clever use of fear and loathing
and scientific development of advanced mind control techniques who despite the infinite
wisdom of our forefathers would gladly sacrifice their liberty for the any sort of
temporary safety (no matter that it is fleeting) and there exists today in 'The Homeland' a
perfect Petri-dish for an authoritarian fascist society.
It is though a very sophisticated form of fascism unlike more outwardly
obvious regimes that we have known in the past. Author Bertram Gross published a
book back in 1980 that was entitled Friendly Fascism, Jim Garrison once said that
"fascism would come to America in the name of national security", and author Kevin
Phillips in his 1983 book Post-Conservative America warned of the potential of an
"apple pie authoritarianism" and a coming society in which: "the Star Spangled
Benner would wave with greater frequency and over many more parades; increased
surveillance would crack down on urban outbreaks and extreme political dissidents".
This very accurately describes post 9/11 America where any semblance of reason
has been abandoned for cheap flag-waving pimped off as patriotism, criticism of
authority has made into potential treason by the highly paid shills for
neoconservative doctrine, sloganeering and demagoguery have replaced discourse,
critical thinking is becoming extinct and just as George Orwell so accurately
predicted Big Brother is now watching over us, protecting us and ensuring that we
understand that war is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.
But I digress...
Main Core has received attention in two 2008 articles, one a piece by
investigative journalist Christopher Ketcham entitled The Last Roundup (which also
looks at Continuity of Government programs but more on that in a little while) and
Tim Shorrock entitled Exposing Bush’s Historic Abuse of Power. Both articles tie Main
Core to the now legendary PROMIS software, an extremely advanced program
designed to aid federal prosecutors in case management tracking. PROMIS could pull
and put together a wide range of data from disparate sources into a single record.
The PROMIS software was created by INSLAW Inc., a company owned by a former
NSA intelligence officer named William Hamilton. PROMIS was to have been licensed
to the U.S. government in the early 1980’s before the technology boom became
widespread but was then stolen by the seamy officials in Ronald Reagan’s Justice
Department. The software was modified for espionage purposes to include a ‘back
door’ that could be used for spying on those that it was sold to and in a detail that
should be especially relevant with the economic crisis that threatens to crash the
global financial system, the software could also be used to track in real time (in
order to manipulate?) stock market transactions, once can certainly speculate as to
how such a tool could have contributed to an economic catastrophe as we are now
facing if it were used for such a thing. It is important to keep in mind the period
when PROMIS was stolen in the early 1980's and the fact that the technology boom
was still years in the future which should give one an idea to just how far advanced
and therefore how important that it was to those who would use it in order to
promote a sinister agenda.
Mr. Shorock's piece goes into the relationship between PROMIS and Main Core
in some detail: According to William Hamilton, a former NSA intelligence officer who
left the agency in the 1970s, that description sounded a lot like Main Core, which he
first heard about in detail in 1992. Hamilton, who is the president of Inslaw Inc., a
computer services firm with many clients in government and the private sector, says
there are strong indications that the Bush administration's domestic surveillance
operations use Main Core.
Hamilton's company Inslaw is widely respected in the law enforcement
community for creating a program called the Prosecutors' Management Information
System, or PROMIS. It keeps track of criminal investigations through a powerful
search engine that can quickly access all stored data components of a case, from the
name of the initial investigators to the telephone numbers of key suspects. PROMIS,
also widely used in the insurance industry, can also sort through other databases
fast, with results showing up almost instantly. "It operates just like Google,"
Hamilton told me in an interview in his Washington office in May.
Since the late 1980s, Inslaw has been involved in a legal dispute over its
claim that Justice Department officials in the Reagan administration appropriated the
PROMIS software. Hamilton claims that Reagan officials gave PROMIS to the NSA and
the CIA, which then adapted the software -- and its outstanding ability to search
other databases -- to manage intelligence operations and track financial transactions.
Over the years, Hamilton has employed prominent lawyers to pursue the case,
including Elliot Richardson, the former attorney general and secretary of defense who
died in 1999, and C. Boyden Gray, the former White House counsel to President
George H.W. Bush. The dispute has never been settled. But based on the long-
running case, Hamilton says he believes U.S. intelligence uses PROMIS as the
primary software for searching the Main Core database.

Hamilton was first told about the connection between PROMIS and Main Core
in the spring of 1992 by a U.S. intelligence official, and again in 1995 by a former
NSA official. In July 2001, Hamilton says, he discussed his case with retired Adm.
Dan Murphy, a former military advisor to Elliot Richardson who later served under
President George H.W. Bush as deputy director of the CIA. Murphy, who died shortly
after his meeting with Hamilton, did not specifically mention Main Core. But he
informed Hamilton that the NSA's use of PROMIS involved something "so seriously
wrong that money alone cannot cure the problem," Hamilton told me. He added, "I
believe in retrospect that Murphy was alluding to Main Core." Hamilton also provided
copies of letters that Richardson and Gray sent to U.S. intelligence officials and the
Justice Department on Inslaw's behalf alleging that the NSA and the CIA had
appropriated PROMIS for intelligence use.
Hamilton says James B. Comey's congressional testimony in May 2007, in
which he described a hospitalized John Ashcroft's dramatic standoff with senior Bush
officials Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card, was another illuminating moment. "It
was then that we [at Inslaw] started hearing again about the Main Core derivative of
PROMIS for spying on Americans," he told me.
Through a former senior Justice Department official with more than 25 years
of government experience, Salon has learned of a high-level former national security
official who reportedly has firsthand knowledge of the U.S. government's use of Main
Core. The official worked as a senior intelligence analyst for a large domestic law
enforcement agency inside the Bush White House. He would not agree to an
interview. But according to the former Justice Department official, the former
intelligence analyst told her that while stationed at the White House after the 9/11
attacks, one day he accidentally walked into a restricted room and came across a
computer system that was logged on to what he recognized to be the Main Core
database. When she mentioned the specific name of the top-secret system during
their conversation, she recalled, "He turned white as a sheet."
An article in Radar magazine in May, citing three unnamed former
government officials, reported that "8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core
as potentially suspect" and, in the event of a national emergency, "could be subject
to everything from heightened surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and
even detention."
The INSLAW/PROMIS story reached deep into the darkest bowels of an increasingly
secretive and malevolent National Security State that had manifested itself in the Reagan
administration, the arms for hostages ‘October Surprise’ deal that sank Jimmy Carter's
bid for re-election leading to the Reagan-Bush hostile takeover of America, Iran-Contra,
BCCI, media manipulation (see Robert Parry’s excellent special report for Consortium
News entitled Iran Contra’s ‘lost chapter’), Oliver North’s swashbuckling adventures
with C.O.G., drugs for guns and subversion of Congress all were components of
Reagan’s government, a government that he hypocritically railed against for its
intrusiveness and yet presided over while the shadow government that would rise again
with the Supreme Court installation of George W. Bush as president with many of the
key operatives of Reagan and George H.W. Bush’s dark shops of oppression being given
key positions in this brazenly lawless administration that has brought America to the
brink of fascism. Many of these hard-liners remain in place throughout the bureaucracy in
order to do whatever is necessary to preserve the power of the shadow government.
Ketcham's The Last Roundup is particularly of interest in that he examines the
now infamous 2004 visit of Bush administration officials Alberto Gonzalez and Andrew
Card to the hospital room of Attorney General John Ashcroft who had been stricken with
pancreatitis after acting A.G. James Comey refused to sign off on the reauthorization of
what was an illegal surveillance program related to Continuity of Government. The story
is fascinating in that it not only illustrated the length to which the Bush-Cheney junta
would go to in order to keep their dirty little programs in place but also for the high speed
chase through the streets of Washington and the race up the hospital stairs that Comey
engaged in to beat Gonzalez and Card to the sedated Ashcroft to take advantage of a sick
man, when John Ashcroft actually comes out looking like a heroic figure it becomes very
apparent of just how grossly un-American that this flagrantly criminal administration
truly is. James Comey went on to give testimony to Congress over the hospital room
showdown and more details are available from blogger Glenn Greenwald in his piece
entitled What illegal "things" was the government doing in 2001-2004? and in Barton
Gellman's book Angler and excerpts were published in the Washington Post which part
one and part two can be read for more information on the back story behind the
surveillance reauthorization. Murray Waas also has done a story on whether former
Attorney General Gonzalez created a set of falsified notes to provide a cover story for
what occurred while trying to bully Comey and Ashcroft into signing off on the
obviously illegal surveillance program.
Excerpts from Ketcham's story are chilling:
According to a senior government official who served with high-level security
clearances in five administrations, "There exists a database of Americans, who, often for
the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of
panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived 'enemies of
the state' almost instantaneously." He and other sources tell Radar that the database is
sometimes referred to by the code name Main Core. One knowledgeable source claims
that 8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect. In the event
of a national emergency, these people could be subject to everything from heightened
surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and possibly even detention.
Of course, federal law is somewhat vague as to what might constitute a "national
emergency." Executive orders issued over the past three decades define it as a "natural
disaster, military attack, [or] technological or other emergency," while Department of
Defense documents include eventualities like "riots, acts of violence, insurrections,
unlawful obstructions or assemblages, [and] disorder prejudicial to public law and order."
According to one news report, even "national opposition to U.S. military invasion
abroad" could be a trigger.
Let's imagine a harrowing scenario: coordinated bombings in several American
cities culminating in a major blast—say, a suitcase nuke—in New York City. Thousands
of civilians are dead. Commerce is paralyzed. A state of emergency is declared by the
president. Continuity of Governance plans that were developed during the Cold War and
aggressively revised since 9/11 go into effect. Surviving government officials are shuttled
to protected underground complexes carved into the hills of Maryland, Virginia, and
Pennsylvania. Power shifts to a "parallel government" that consists of scores of secretly
preselected officials. (As far back as the 1980s, Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of a
pharmaceutical company, and Dick Cheney, then a congressman from Wyoming, were
slated to step into key positions during a declared emergency.) The executive branch is
the sole and absolute seat of authority, with Congress and the judiciary relegated to
advisory roles at best. The country becomes, within a matter of hours, a police state.

And –
Under law, during a national emergency, FEMA and its parent organization, the
Department of Homeland Security, would be empowered to seize private and public
property, all forms of transport, and all food supplies. The agency could dispatch military
commanders to run state and local governments, and it could order the arrest of citizens
without a warrant, holding them without trial for as long as the acting government deems
necessary. From the comfortable perspective of peaceful times, such behavior by the
government may seem far-fetched. But it was not so very long ago that FDR ordered
120,000 Japanese Americans—everyone from infants to the elderly—be held in detention
camps for the duration of World War II. This is widely regarded as a shameful moment in
U.S. history, a lesson learned. But a long trail of federal documents indicates that the
possibility of large-scale detention has never quite been abandoned by federal authorities.
Around the time of the 1968 race riots, for instance, a paper drawn up at the U.S. Army
War College detailed plans for rounding up millions of "militants" and "American
negroes," who were to be held at "assembly centers or relocation camps." In the late
1980s, the Austin American-Statesman and other publications reported the existence of
10 detention camp sites on military facilities nationwide, where hundreds of thousands of
people could be held in the event of domestic political upheaval. More such facilities
were commissioned in 2006, when Kellogg Brown & Root—then a subsidiary of
Halliburton—was handed a $385 million contract to establish "temporary detention and
processing capabilities" for the Department of Homeland Security. The contract is short
on details, stating only that the facilities would be used for "an emergency influx of
immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs." Just what those "new
programs" might be is not specified.
In the days after our hypothetical terror attack, events might play out like this:
With the population gripped by fear and anger, authorities undertake unprecedented
actions in the name of public safety. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security
begin actively scrutinizing people who—for a tremendously broad set of reasons—have
been flagged in Main Core as potential domestic threats. Some of these individuals might
receive a letter or a phone call, others a request to register with local authorities. Still
others might hear a knock on the door and find police or armed soldiers outside. In some
instances, the authorities might just ask a few questions. Other suspects might be arrested
and escorted to federal holding facilities, where they could be detained without counsel
until the state of emergency is no longer in effect.
Despite the departure of the Bush regime, martial law is a very serious possibility
with it having now been established that the executive branch can exercise dictatorial
powers during a "catastrophic emergency" (as put forth in the Bush administration's
NSPD-51) which is defined as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in
extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S.
population, infrastructure, environment, economy or government functions". With events
unfolding as they currently are it is especially troubling to note that the "economy" is one
of the criteria that would trigger the declaration of martial law, the current economic
crisis along with the lack of will to do what it takes to make corrections rather than
bailing out and essentially giving amnesty to the Wall Street looters who are responsible
for it only guarantees that the collapse when it does come will be much more devastating.
An article in The Army Times that was published last fall reveals that as of October troop
deployments will include 'Homeland' duty under the command of NORTHCOM.
Assignments will allow for an increased public visibility (translation: getting Americans
used to seeing troops on the streets) and will have a stated purpose as follows: "They may
be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially
horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical,
biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack." If action by
the military (and the unaccountable mercenaries from privatized 'security' firms like
Blackwater) is decided to be merited by the unitary executive and a state of martial law
declared then what exactly is going to happen to those "8 million" names that Ketcham
writes of as "potentially suspect" who are in the Main Core database?
That Main Core and PROMIS are linked raises some extremely provocative
questions in regards to intent on the subversion of the Constitution and the overthrow of
the legitimate government by a shadow government using the Continuity of Government
infrastructure. Ketcham also references a massive 1993 piece for Wired Magazine
entitled The INSLAW Octopus that none other than the infamous rogue operative Lt.
Col. Oliver North was using PROMIS for illegal surveillance purposes:
Lt. Col. Oliver North also may have been using the program. According to several
intelligence community sources, PROMIS was in use at a 6,100-square-foot command
center built on the sixth floor of the Justice Department. According to both a contractor
who helped design the center and information disclosed during the Iran-Contra hearings,
Oliver North had a similar, but smaller, White House operations room that was connected
by computer link to the DOJ's command center.
Using the computers in his command center, North tracked dissidents and
potential troublemakers within the United States as part of a domestic emergency
preparedness program, commissioned under Reagan's Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), according to sources and published reports. Using PROMIS, sources
point out, North could have drawn up lists of anyone ever arrested for a political protest,
for example, or anyone who had ever refused to pay their taxes. Compared to PROMIS,
Richard Nixon's enemies list or Sen. Joe McCarthy's blacklist look downright crude. This
operation was so sensitive that when Rep. Jack Brooks asked North about it during the
Iran-Contra hearings, the hearing was immediately suspended pending an executive
(secret) conference. When the hearings were reconvened, the issue of North's FEMA
dealings was dropped.
North’s involvement with Continuity of Government programs including REX 84
has long been known and while Col. North no longer is active in such programs (at least
not to the knowledge of anyone) a larger part of the C.O.G./shadow government
infrastructure continued to breed in darkness and secrecy and on that most glorious day
for American fascism, 9/11/2001 went live under the guidance of one of its most ardent
and longtime architects, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney.
The secrets of Main Core, PROMIS and other variations of the monstrous tools of
an out of control shadow government are the veritable crown jewels of the police state
and every effort has and will continue to be vigorously employed to stifle any
investigations through the official channels. Is there really any doubt that these
surveillance systems aren't being used for raw political purposes and for blackmail? How
much serious opposition did the Bush-Cheney-Rove Axis of Evil meet in their systematic
dismantling of the Constitution over the past eight years? How much of it will the Obama
administration undo? In the ongoing exploitation of the 'terrorist' attacks of 9/11 that have
been used to justify each and every incursion on American civil liberties and thugs like
Dick Cheney and David Addington acting as the muscle for the shadow government (as
is evident in the stories linked to above) the footfalls of those little cat feet grow louder
and louder.
Now if PROMIS was being used by Colonel North as a part of Rex 84 back in the
1980's when the Continuity of Government plans were being tweaked, FEMA being set
up for the eventual incorporation into the Department of Homeland Security and financial
transactions as well as communications already being monitored what does that say about
the current state in which we all find ourselves in? Every new police state measure has
been implemented largely after being conceived in secrecy under the premise of 'national
security' and NSPD-51 has allowed for the executive branch to issue a declaration of
martial law under which the roundup of dissidents for detention (or worse) will be
conducted. And this has all been non-reviewable by Congress, a supposedly (at least
according to the Constitution) a co-equal branch of government. When a Congressman
named Peter DeFazio was last year denied access to the NSPD-51/C.O.G. plans by the
Bush administration it was yet another example of what has been a disturbing pattern.
The Main Core list of potential 'enemies of the state', the assignment of troops to
NORTHCOM, the ongoing frantic efforts of the neocons to launch a war with Iran, the
threat of the Cheney cabal being further exposed, the deteriorating economy and the
growing public anger at government along with a loss of faith in public institutions all
add up to something very dark that is about to come to fruition after decades of planning.
None of this is about terrorism at all, it never has been. It is all about the
implementation of a fascist style dictatorship in America. It is imperative that it be
brought to light now that there is a window of opportunity and a new administration, the
police state and the illegal surveillance system must be dismantled and our intelligence
system be put under honest and principled oversight.
(This is the first installment of what will be an ongoing series. Tomorrow,
Sunday 1 February 2009, Part II. Part III follows on Monday, 2 February 2009.)
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February 2, 2009
US Spying: Main Core, PROMIS, and the Shadow
Government (Pt. 3)
By Ed Encho
Photo by Steve Rhodes
I: WATCH LISTS, BLACK LISTS, ENEMIES LISTS.....HIT LISTS?
With the long overdue departure of the Bush administration from the White House it
is the hope many that the myriad of transgressions against the Constitution and the
people of America will begin to seep out into the public domain. It took a remarkably
short time. The day after the helicopter hauled ole George away like so much rubbish
a major story broke. In an astonishing shot across the bow directed at the shadow
government the first significant whistleblower has already come out with a story
(once again ignored by the corporate media) and delivered a devastating blow to the
premise that the massive illegal domestic spying programs of the Bush
administration were undertaken in order to protect America from terrorism in the
aftermath of September 11th, 2001.
Former NSA analyst Russell Tice during two recent interviews on MSNBC’s
Countdown with Keith Olbermann (pt 1, pt 2)confirmed that the Bush-Cheney-Rove
phony war on terror was as people like myself have always strongly suspected in
actuality a war on America itself. According to the patriotic Mr. Tice the targets of the
domestic spying included news organizations and journalists and that the
surveillance for specific targets was not limited to professional matters alone, they
were spied on 24/7.
"The National Security Agency had access to all Americans' communications,"
he said. "Faxes, phone calls and their computer communications. ... They
monitored all communications."
Tice said the NSA analyzed metadata to determine which communication
would be collected. Offering a hypothetical example, he said if the agency
determined that terrorists communicate in brief, two-minute phone calls, the
NSA might program its systems to record all such calls, invading the privacy
of anyone prone to telephonic succinctness.
Tice was involved in only a small part of the project, that involved trying to
"harpoon fish from an airplane."
He said he was told to monitor certain groups in order to eliminate them as
suspects for more intense targeting. Those groups, he said, were U.S.
journalists and news agencies. But rather than excluding the news
organizations from monitoring, he discovered that the NSA was
collecting the organizations' communications 24 hours a day year
round.
"It made no sense," he said.
Tice did not identify the reporters or organizations allegedly targeted.
Olbermann asked if this means there's a file somewhere containing every e-
mail and phone conversation these reporters ever had with sources, editors
and family members.
"If it was involved in this specific avenue of collection, it would be everything,
yes." Tice answered.
(Excerpted from Wired's Kim Zetter's blog)
The Tice interviews followed another former insider speaking out on the gross
illegality of the Bush administration programs, a former DOJ employee named
Thomas Tamm was featured in a Newsweek magazine cover story by Michael Isikoff
entitled The Fed Who Blew the Whistle from which I excerpt the following:
In the spring of 2004, Tamm had just finished a yearlong stint at a Justice
Department unit handling wiretaps of suspected terrorists and spies—a unit
so sensitive that employees are required to put their hands through a
biometric scanner to check their fingerprints upon entering. While there,
Tamm stumbled upon the existence of a highly classified National Security
Agency program that seemed to be eavesdropping on U.S. citizens. The unit
had special rules that appeared to be hiding the NSA activities from a panel of
federal judges who are required to approve such surveillance. When Tamm
started asking questions, his supervisors told him to drop the subject. He
says one volunteered that "the program" (as it was commonly called within
the office) was "probably illegal."
The name of the program was Stellar Wind and please pay particular attention to
this next excerpted piece from Isikoff's story:
The NSA, with the secret cooperation of U.S. telecommunications companies,
had begun collecting vast amounts of information about the phone and e-mail
records of American citizens. Separately, the NSA was also able to access, for
the first time, massive volumes of personal financial records—such as credit-
card transactions, wire transfers and bank withdrawals—that were being
reported to the Treasury Department by financial institutions. These included
millions of "suspicious-activity reports," or SARS, according to two former
Treasury officials who declined to be identified talking about sensitive
programs. (It was one such report that tipped FBI agents to former
New York governor Eliot Spitzer's use of prostitutes.) These records
were fed into NSA supercomputers for the purpose of "data mining"—looking
for links or patterns that might (or might not) suggest terrorist activity.
This latest glimpse beneath the facade at the massive, secretive and highly illegal
surveillance campaign against the American people is an outrage. Given the
proclivity of those who run the system in this country to exert raw power to advance
their own agendas it is no leap in logic that journalists alone were the only group
targeted. There remains the question of whether blackmail, especially sexual
blackmail is routinely used as a tool to keep government and media officials from not
straying too far from the dirty business of imperialism and financial chicanery of the
sort that has brought the economy to its knees. I personally found the media
spectacle of the fortuitously timed prostitution bust of former New York Governor
Elliot Spitzer who incidentally had just announced his intention to declare war on the
banksters and their accomplices in the Bush White House in a February 14, 2008
Washington Post piece entitled Predatory Lenders Partner in Crime to be extremely
suspicious. The rogue Bush regime and the NSA have been using their big lie of the
war on terror as an excuse to scrutinize credit card use and Spitzer would have been
an obvious target as is indicated by the above excerpt from the Newsweek story. It
also makes skeptics such as myself wonder whether the witch hunt to impeach
former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may at least in part be attributed to his
threat to suspend state business with Bank of America, 'Blago' was arrested the day
afterwards.
In light of the Tice revelations as well as an already long and extremely sordid
history of U.S. government surveillance into the activities of dissidents and reporters
that predated the Bush regime, we also need to ask some very serious questions of a
much more troubling and nefarious nature. For example, how does such spying tie
into not only the manipulation of the news but the now standard lack of spine from
the Democratic congress when it comes to prosecuting the Bush administration
criminals? Notorious fixer Karl Rove has already announced his intent to defy yet
another subpoena for his testimony that was to have been delivered on Monday in
front of the House Judiciary Committee. As of this writing, John Conyers has once
again caved and the date has now been pushed into February and likely will soon
disappear down the same memory hole where similar attempts to enforce the law
have been flushed.
Intense political pressure, threats of unemployment in a time of economic crisis and
potentially embarrassing sexual acts subject to blackmail are all entirely made
possible by the rampant unaccountability of the domestic spying programs, but are
there measures that go far beyond just the spiking of stories, the discrediting or the
ruining of careers alone? Think back to the vicious institutionalized slander directed
former San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb for example for his Dark Alliance
series. The savagery with which Webb was taken down by the establishment was
stunning and it ultimately resulted in his suicide, a broken and haunted man who
only dared to try to tell the truth.
There is a long trail of untimely demises of investigative journalists and other
insiders whose knowledge represents a threat to very existence of the shadow
government and those who it as a matter of routine does business with in order to
avoid legitimate channels. Perhaps the most terrifying of all question is exactly what
actions do end up being taken in order to prevent the exposure of widespread
criminal activity, systemic grand scale fraud and extra-constitutional black operations
that have been conducted for decades.
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen wrote of an NSA database that was at one
time named FIRSTFRUITS that was maintained to engage in surveillance against
journalists and that was renamed after its discovery. Some of the names in this
database allegedly included Christiane Amanpour, Seymour Hersh, James Bamford,
James Risen and Madsen himself. According to chatter in the blogosphere that were
it not consistent with the historical trail of dead bodies could easily be dismissed as
paranoia and disinformation. One story floating around the internet mentioned an
unnamed NSA security officer allegedly mused about ‘just killing’ troublesome
bloggers. This may be a product of paranoia (one would think paranoia would be a
natural state in a land of fear and loathing such as that which the United States has
become post 9/11) but there is great progress currently being made by internet
researchers and such reputed threats should not simply be waved off as the rantings
of tin foil hatters or the favorite of all pejoratives directed at those who dare to ask
inconvenient questions, conspiracy theorists. The fact that the alternative media and
many bloggers are slowly starting to put the pieces together one can only reasonably
suspect that such behavior scares the living hell out of the establishment, and after
all, there is a history of that sort of thing. While this is not a comprehensive list the
Committee to Protect Journalists keeps a database to track the prematurely
deceased in a most dangerous profession.
The bizarre absence of any reporting of this very serious violation of civil liberties has
received absolutely no coverage in the corporatized, mainstream pocket media. This
is unconscionable that there is apparently no interest in exposing these crimes,
especially considering that those targeted could actually save their own hides (and
perhaps instill some dignity) by outing this program. It's a sad testament to the state
of today's 'journalism' that is shameful by comparison to that of days of yore when
reporters were intrepid souls determined to speak the truth to power.
Writer Eric Alterman puts it spot on in his recent Center for American Progress piece
entitled Think Again: Spying on Journalists? Why the Silence? when he notes the lack
of intestinal fortitude in the mainstream media:
Clearly something deeply disturbing lurks beneath these revelations, and with Bush
gone from office, it’s hard to understand just what is preventing journalists from
seeking the truth about this program more energetically. The only thing they have to
fear is fear itself.
This sad state of affairs brings to mind the following:
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
- Pastor Martin Niemöller
And the silence by those tasked by the First Amendment’s now quaint and
antiquated imbuing upon them a responsibility for a free press as an essential check
on authoritarianism is deafening in its absence. Quislings, cowards and public
relations flacks seem to be the one thing that our journalism schools never failed to
produce over the past several decades, feckless and spineless careerists with neither
a sense of honor nor of their place as defenders of precious liberty. There shall be no
refuge for the weasels nor the rats in the end therefore their mass abrogation of
their chosen profession along with their acute absence of courage is even more
damnable for when the time comes they will perhaps live to lament that they did not
speak out when they had the chance.
II: NIGHT AND FOG
“Death Solves All Problems, No Man, No Problem”
-Joseph Stalin
The National Security State has a history of silencing those who would speak out and
especially reporters deemed to have become a nuisance. This is done either through
intense pressure brought down on media corporations through organized harassment
of sponsors, brutal coordinated smear campaigns much like the one that took down
the aforementioned Gary Webb or when all else fails, the reporters often just happen
to turn up mysteriously dead. The list of ‘suicides’ and accidents is a long one and in
the view of the ruthless psychopaths who both run and profit from a high-tech
snooping network seems to be that any means are to be undertaken to keep their
games going even if it ultimately results in termination with extreme prejudice. I
believe that I will have to put together a list myself but when I just started writing
down names off the top of my head of strange deaths I came up with over thirty
right off the bat.
The ugly truth is that none of these police state powers are being used to protect the
United States from foreign enemies, terrorism or any other excuse that is being
made in order to get Americans to submit their rights. It is all in the name of power,
money and to protect the interests of the oligarchy and the power elite who run the
establishment and it needs to be stopped because it is out of control.
Take the strange case of Danny Casolaro for example...
Perhaps the closest to get at the truth about PROMIS and how it was an integral
piece of the shadow government was investigative journalist Danny Casolaro.
Casolaro had been working on research for a book on a shadowy transnational power
group that seemed to run through the postwar era and had connections to many of
the major scandals including Iran-Contra, BCCI, the Nugan Hand Bank, international
drug cartels, weapons dealers and intelligence operatives in not only the U.S.

government but internationally as well. Casolaro dubbed this group, one that largely
rose out of a ‘dirty old boy network’ of the OSS/CIA out of the ashes of World War II
as The Octopus. Casolaro began to become aware of the more sinister aspects of
what Professor Peter Dale Scott refers to as the deep state but is more commonly
known as either the shadow government, the parallel government and even arguably
the permanent government while investigating the theft of the PROMIS software
from the Inslaw corporation.
On Saturday, August 10, 1991 a maid at a Martinsburg, West Virginia Sheraton Inn
was horrified to find the nude body of Joseph Daniel Casolaro in the bathtub, the
victim of an apparent ‘suicide’. It was by accounts a particularly grisly scene and a
strangely violent ‘suicide’ with both of his wrists slashed deeply multiple times with a
razor blade. There was a very short and impersonal note, blood splattered on the tile
walls and a pair of bloody towels that were shoved under the sink away from the
bathtub.
Strange circumstances followed in the aftermath of the discovery of Danny
Casolaro’s corpse in a blood filled bathtub. His body was hastily taken away and
embalmed (making any subsequent autopsy much more difficult) before family
members were officially notified (a violation of state law by accounts) and room 517
had been professionally cleaned thereby removing critical evidence prior to any sort
of thorough forensic investigation could be performed. Compounding doubts about
the official ‘suicide’ story are contradictory statements made by friends and family
that Casolaro was NOT suicidal at all but was actually quite exited over the prospect
of publishing his book on the findings of his investigative work, even to the extent
that he had scheduled a party to celebrate. He was in the final stages of nailing down
the story of the century and had gone to West Virginia in search of the evidence that
would prove his theory, make the connection to PROMIS and ‘bring back the head of
the octopus’. The sudden ending (yet another hotel room 'suicide') was especially
suspicious because when the body was discovered, his files were missing.
In addition to the shadowy players in the global arms and narcotics trades the
Octopus also appeared to have had as tentacles rogue elements of U.S. intelligence
Casolaro found connections to not only Iran-Contra but also BCCI, the Nugan Hand
bank, the October Surprise, money launderers and organized crime as well as a
continuous thread of involvement in dirty dealings both domestically and abroad. The
roots of this milieu of malevolence stretched back to the post World War II era when
a collection of spooks, corrupt bureaucrats and extremist right wing ideologues
began to operate as a faction within the intelligence apparatus, a state upon
themselves to profit financially while engaging in the darks forms of clandestine
activities and black operations.
Author Joel Bainerman in his 1992 book entitled The Crimes of a President wrote the
following (some of this ostensibly quoting William Hamilton of Inslaw as well as a
1991 story from the St. Louis Dispatch) that has a very good description on
Casolaro's theory:
“Casolaro had discovered a common denominator to the theft of Inslaw’s
software and other recent scandals” says Hamilton who worked very closely
with Casolaro right up to his death in helping him to uncover the dirty dealing
behind the theft of Inslaw’s software. A group of individuals trained in covert
intelligence operations and aligned with the U.S. political leadership who were
allegedly profiting from each of these scandals.
These veterans of U.S. covert intelligence operations had also allegedly been
selling pirated copies of Inslaw’s software to foreign intelligence and law
enforcement agencies and funneling the funds through BCCI. Casolaro
believed that some of the profits from these illegal sales made their way into
a slush fund used for political payoffs and covert intelligence operations not
authorized by congress.
Danny Casolaro is far from the only one to whom mysterious death had befallen after
their investigative work got them too close to the real power structure or presented
an obstacle to its need for the cloak of secrecy. Too many rising politicians,
uncooperative politicians and judges, hostile witnesses, whistle blowers and
reporters have met with no small number of strange and untimely deaths often
attributed to accidents (small plane crashes in particular), ‘suicides’( a good deal of
them in hotel rooms), sudden heart attacks or seizures (many in people with no
history of such problems) and random acts of extreme violence that go unsolved by
authorities.
In addition to Casolaro, other suspicious deaths of investigators of this particular
nexus of evil include Financial Times reporter Anson Ng, reportedly a friend of
Casolaro who was found dead from a gunshot wound in his Guatemala City
apartment where he was reportedly working on a story related to BCCI and to try to
interview a guy named Jimmy Hughes who according to the writer Rodney Stitch had
information regarding shady dealings at the Cabazon Indian Reservation near Palm
Springs, CA as well as Jonathan Moyle whose body was found hanging in a closet in a
Santiago hotel room where he had been investigating the CIA and the arms trade.
Joel Bainerman also noted in his book that the Cabazon Indian Reservation where
the PROMIS software was allegedly modified for espionage purposes by a very
interesting character, a technical genius named Michael Riconosciuto to include the
‘back door’ feature (to allow for secret access) was in fact a “CIA cutout”. The
government contracting firm Wackenhut, a Florida based corporation alleged to have
been involved in sensitive 'private security' matters (Blackwater before Blackwater)
was involved at the time in a joint-venture with the Cabazon tribe to use the
sovereign land status of the reservation to work on a variety of endeavors including
the development and testing of arms including a fuel air explosive, biochemical
warfare agents and other armaments that could be provided to third world regimes,
primarily to right wing governments in Latin America. The Cabazon Indian
Reservation was allegedly transformed into veritable spook nest as well as a staging
ground for covert military industrial complex purposes. Wackenhut incidentally is
back in the news (or at least the alternative media) with Ellen Brown's recent story
about the mysterious prison buses spotted in Arizona so they are still a player and a
big one at that. I would venture to speculate that the truth about Wackenhut
Corporation and its longtime involvement in the prison industrial complex that has
become so very, very lucrative to this fascist society is something that deserves one
hell of a good deal of scrutiny.
III: INDIO 2008
Interestingly enough there was a local news investigation in the Palm Springs area in
2008 that had focused on the 2005 multiple murder-suicide of Riverside County
District Attorney Investigator David McGowan and five members of his family. As the
series continued questions began to arise on whether McGowan had been digging a
bit too deeply into a cold case file regarding a 1981 triple murder on the Cabazon
Reservation that had ties to the covert activities that Danny Casolaro was
investigating. Subsequent installments in the KESQ series by news reporter Nathan
Baca began to ask questions about PROMIS as well as the other mysterious activities
at the reservation and began to delve into the 1981 murders of tribal leader Fred
Alvarez who resisted those behind the Cabazon-Wackenhut joint venture as well as
two friends. An interview was conducted with the daughter of one of the victims who
is to this day seeking justice for the murder of her father Ralph Boger. Rachel Begley
(her website is called desertfae) very accurately described what has been going on at
Cabazon as follows:
"I'm more shocked than anything. I had no idea these things were going on. Most of
America doesn't know these things are going on," said Begley. "It's still going on to
this day. It's a big web of corruption."
The series ended abruptly in October after an installment that began to delve into
whether other local Indian tribes may have been involved in dealings with
Wackenhut and mentioned “an experimental electromagnetic weapon called a
"railgun" as being one of the projects. That the KESQ story has not continued is
disappointing but certainly not surprising given the history of what has happened to
those digging too deeply into affairs involving the PROMIS software - I would hope
that it will eventually be resumed. In my own opinion, I would suspect that fear may
a motivating factor in the suspension of this series, especially after the detective who
had been investigating the case stated that he: "doesn't want to continue on the
case based on the number of people who have met an untimely demise while doing
so". Who knows, I hope that that isn't the case and that a new installment will be
forthcoming in the near future, as a concerned American it is extremely important
that it at some point continue because Mr. Baca is onto something BIG.
Now, since I feel that it is particularly relevant I am posting an email from said
detective to an unnamed third party who he was seeking advice from and specifically
for the comments of said detective that I have highlighted that should send a chill up
the spine of all who read this:
----- Original Message -----
From: X
To: X
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 1:44 PM
Subject: Alvarez Triple Homicide
Hello X
My name is X and I'm with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. I'm a
homicide detective assigned to the cold case division. The Alvarez triple
homicide was assigned to me a couple of months ago.
For the past two months I have reviewed nearly a thousand documents of
police reports, and spent many hours browsing the Internet for additional
sources of information. As I am sure you can imagine, I feel a bit like Alice in
Wonderland after falling down the rabbit hole. I no longer have a complete
grasp on the real world.
You should know first off, that I am an experienced investigator with 18 years
on the Sheriff's Dept. and I consider myself pretty intuitive when it comes to
filtering out the BS. After my first review of the police reports in this case, I
wasn't sure why it remained unsolved for over 26 years. All of the players
were identified and the Modus Operandi seemed to be well established. I
couldn't understand why every few years the case was suddenly dropped and
put back on the shelf.
That's when Rachel Begley introduced me to the rabbit hole. After the
countless hours I have now spent on her website and the numerous other
conspiracy theorists websites, I'm having a very difficult time sifting through
the BS.
I have also spent much time on your website and I have found your
investigations impressive and your opinions refreshing. That is why I am
writing to you now. I do not make it a habit of talking to journalists about
open homicide investigations, however, it appears you are much more
educated about this particular case than I am.
I know you are very busy and I understand the Alvarez triple homicide is a
very small part of the Octopus, but I would be very interested in spending
any time with you that you have available, in order to get some perspective
on what I've read.
Just so you understand where I am in this case. I am currently
preparing a review and summary for my Sergeant. My conclusion will
be that I do not wish to continue investigating this case, based on the
number of people who have met an untimely demise while doing so.
My actions in this matter go against everything I believe in, and this case is
very difficult for me to walk away from, especially with the allegations that
involve the deaths of Investigator Dave McGowan and his family. But I am
conceding to a higher power (my wife) and trying to give her some
peace of mind. I cannot look her in the eyes and tell her that I am
willing to risk the life of my family by pursuing this.
I am interested in your opinion. Am I just another lamb to the slaughter? Is
the Puppet Master pulling my strings via Rachel Begley? Is this just a simple
case of murder by Jimmy Hughes at the direction of John P. Nichols, or is it
really much more than that?
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you,
Detective X
RSO - Central Homicide
(951) X desk
(951) X cell
IV: Conclusion:
It is with the hope of this humble blogger that this series as well as other damning
information such as that put forth by Mr. Tice, Mr. Tamm and other patriotic
Americans who have risked all (and at times paid with their careers and lives) all in
order to get the truth out will encourage others to do the same. It is long past time
to bring attention to the history of grossly immoral and criminal acts that have been
perpetrated against the people of the United States by the very institutions that are
supposed to be protecting us. It is imperative that others begin to work
independently (and together whenever possible) to mount their own investigations
into how the government has been weaponized by a pack of fascist thugs so that
they may reap the benefits at the expense of those who are not connected to an
elitist ruling class that is hell bent on maintaining the status quo.
Danny Casolaro did not have the most powerful tool against injustice and corruption
available while he was alive, the internet was only in its nascent stages and had he
the ability that we enjoy due to advances in technology he may very well still be
alive and the criminal usurpers of our democracy and violators of our constitution
could be where they belong – in prison. It is my hope that one with more influence,
internal knowledge and resources than I have at my disposal begin to not only do
very serious investigative work but to also petition the new administration of
President Barack Obama for the following:
1: An immediate cessation of all illegal, unconstitutional surveillance and data-
mining that has been ongoing against law abiding American citizens.
2: The creation of an independent investigative body along the lines of the Church
Committee imbued with sweeping powers to investigate abuses of intelligence both
within the government as well as with private contractors who have collaborated in
crimes against the republic and its citizens.
3: A case by case federal investigation into ALL suspicious deaths of reporters and
other individuals either directly or indirectly involved in the investigation of what has
been done with the PROMIS software, NSA spying and Continuity of Government
programs. Especially now that it has been revealed that the NSA has been actively
spying on journalists and news organizations.
4: A restoration of the rule of law as a bulwark against tyranny as was intended by
our founding fathers who having full knowledge of how unaccountable despots
behave risked all to lay the foundation of a free society where the highest ideals of
liberty can be enjoyed by all.
5: In iron tight regulatory system to ensure that such flagrant abuses of power
never be allowed to occur again in the future. The cloak of secrecy needs to be
removed and all government must be open to the scrutiny of those who it is
supposed to serve.
6: The prosecution to the full extent of the law of those who are currently or who
have in the past been involved in any criminal activity in relation to the
aforementioned.
Truly, nothing else will suffice if we are to have any credibility as a nation based on
laws.
To Be Continued....
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Original Content at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Main-Core-PROMIS-and-the-
by-Ed-Encho-090718-587.html
July 19, 2009
Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government (Pt. 4)
By Ed Encho
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that
relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration
instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free
choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has
conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit,
highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic,
scientific and political operations.
- President John F. Kennedy
Secrecy is the slayer of liberty, it is the essence of which dictatorships are made, of
which free societies are suffocated by and of which people are subjugated by. When
that secrecy becomes institutionalized in the most powerful corridors of government
then it is only a matter of time until that government becomes a weapon of the
powerful to be used against the people. Today, in mid-2009 we here in the United
States of America (or at least those of us who are awake) are bearing witness to the
last vestiges of a once vibrant democracy slowly strangled to death by a deeply
embedded culture of secrecy. There has been a hijacking of the intentions of the
founders who envisioned a free people by a corrupt and immoral oligarchy and those
who serve it. It is backed by the rise of a high-tech police state built on on our backs
and enforced by Big Brother style surveillance, incessant propaganda and the vicious
undercurrent of social manipulation in order to sow the seeds of hatred necessary for
divisiveness and ignorance that are protection for the gangster state. Our last great
leader, President John F. Kennedy once warned of the danger of secrecy in a 1961
speech to the American Newspaper Publishers Association:
The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a
people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to
secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and
unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are
cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed
society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in
insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is
very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon
by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and
concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control.
And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or
military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to
stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public
the facts they deserve to know.
Contrast those words with the acts of the government today, and of the government
and of its agents (both official and clandestine) since Kennedy's public brutal murder
in Dealey Plaza which served as a crystal clear message to all that if he could be
executed publicly in such a manner that nobody was safe. In the subsequent
administrations following that of JFK's, the power of the state was slowly,
incrementally increased so as to not alarm a somnolent citizenry. The rise of the
authoritarian fascists who now are at the very pinnacle of their meticulously planned
police state did not occur either quickly or without warning, it has been a well
thought out, intricately constructed plan that has succeeded largely due to the
immersion of official business in a cloud of secrecy.
The early days were largely the work of a small cabal, a few rogue networks run by
the real owners of America to implement a system that would serve their interests
alone and to brutally put down challenges. They would count on the ability of the
media and the lies to anesthetize the public at large, amuse them, distract them with
emotional appeals, ball games, contests and triviality to provide distractions and to
remove the necessary civic involvement for democracy to exist. Today, as we
stumble about in a fog amidst the wreckage of the Bush years, the trap is almost
closed, facilitated by that holiest of holies that is 9/11, jusfification for everything.
Our newly minted Emperor Barack Obama has continued the repressive policies of
the post 9/11 fascist state. Our bondage is now sold to us by a charismatic pitchman
with the gleaming smile instead of a sneer, the iron fist is covered by a velvet glove.
Obama is the bookend to JFK, the flipside of the coin, most of the dirty work has
already been done and he will close the deal now that the hostile takeover has been
completed. He will now carry out the policies of war, oppression, debt slavery and be
a guardian of the oligarchy. Change has indeed come to America, we are now a
lawless, modern feudal state ruled by corporations, banks, arms manufacturers,
extortionists, gangsters and corrupted politicians who are protected by paramiltary
police forces and a media that no longer even pretends to tell the truth.
This is the story of the Octopus...
I: Cabazon
I am going to begin this installment where I left off with part three , the story of the
strange dealings and murders at the Cabazon Indian Reservation in the California
desert. Emmy award winning investigative reporter Nathan Baca of KESQ, a Palm
Springs television station has just come out with his latest installment in the
excellent series The Octopus Murders. The series developed out of a Riverside
County Sheriff's Department cold case squad investigation into the 1981 execution
style murders of three people in a Rancho Mirage home and the swirling dark
dealings that have been associated with those murders. Cabazon Indian tribe Vice
Chairman Fred Alvarez had grown suspicious of shadowy government operatives and
arms dealers using the reservation as a testing and development ground from which
to profit through the supply of weapons to third world regimes, the type of countries
in which the U.S. funded vicious thugs, death squads, assassinations, black ops and

in which the American intelligence services such as the CIA played a hand in training
the torturers and killers. The recent Honduran coup and the revelations that some of
the leaders received training at Fort Benning's notoriously vile School of the
Americas puts this sort of destabilization (which was especially in vogue during the
era of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush) back into the headlines albeit several
layers below the ongoing Michael Jackson saturation coverage.
Fred Alvarez was going to blow the whistle on how Cabazon sovereign land was
being used for nefarious purposes by national security state operatives and the
contracting outfits (CIA fronts?) Wackenhut Corporation and Meridian Arms
Company. When interests of this nature are threatened there is a long history of the
'meddlers' ending up dead (typically suicides, accidents or 'heart attacks') but the
chances of Alvarez blowing up this particular operation which would prove to be huge
and multi-faceted, a veritable nexus of clandestine activity during the Reagan years
had to be halted with extreme prejudice. So on July 1, 1981 Alvarez along with two
friends were professionally executed. The names of the other victims were Patty
Castro and Ralph Boger, just collateral damage to the ice cold killers, professionals
when it came to protecting the interests of those they were hired by. But sometimes
things like this come back to haunt, Mr. Boger's daughter, Rachel Begley has
tirelessly investigated the murder of her father (her website is Desertfae and she
also maintains The Octopus Wiki) and the cold case investigation had worked it's way
through the system to the California Department of Justice where it is now effectively
stalled. These murders are the key to a dangerous Pandora's box that if opened
would implicate numerous top political figures, expose the way that the deep state
really operates and offer a true glimpse behind the star spangled façade of false
morality that America exists behind. It would also show that the PROMIS software,
the legendary, highly advanced program that has been integral in the formation of
the police state infrastructure was modified for espionage and profit on Cabazon
Indian land. To say that this is the story of the century is not mere hyperbole, the
trail of dead bodies over the years can attest to that and it is time that it be told.
II: Danny Casolaro and the Octopus
How much violence was there in Nazi Germany...before the old Germany, the center
of theatre, opera, philosophy, poetry, psychology and medicine was destroyed? How
many incidents took place that were not coincidental before it was called Fascism?
What were the transitions? How many people? Was it when the first tailor
disappeared? Or librarian? Or professor? Or when the first press was closed or the
first song eliminated? Or when the first political science teacher was killed coming
home on his bike? How many incidents happened that were perfectly normal until
people woke up and said, 'Hey, we're in a police state!'
-Mae Brussell
According to the book The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny
Casolaro by Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith Casolaro had identified a core group of
individuals operating within the national security apparatus and their influence in
post WW II political history:
Danny Casolaro believed the Octopus responsible for criminal conspiracies, which,
linked, formed a virtual history of intelligence double dealing from 1950 to the
present. These events, in Casolaro's view, included the ousters of US President
Richard Nixon, Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, the Shah of Iran, and the
murders of Chilean President Allende, and of course, of President John F. Kennedy.
Casolaro saw the Octopus' tentacles entwined throughout the creation of the Golden
Triangle and the Latin American drug trade, the Cuban Bay of Pigs debacle, the
October Surprise, the BCCI banking scandal, and, almost as an afterthought, the
theft of PROMIS software.
Casolaro found a "Secret Team", a high cabal of players operating a clandestine,
parallel government, identified previously by other writers [Col. L. Fletcher Prouty].
The cabal had operated beyond the control or scrutiny of elected government,
financed by drug-running from Southeast Asia and the Americas.
Other researchers tended to see the Octopus as a fog of political crimes ascribed to
the alphabet soup of intelligence agencies, institutions or even the modern terrorist
state and its citizenry. Casolaro's Octopus, however, was no grand, unified mega-
conspiracy theory. Casolaro believed the crimes could best be identified by linking
them to a small network of named individuals that made up his Octopus. He outlined
their hierarchy and provided specific detail about their behind-the-scenes role in
contemporary political history.
Casolaro named people both familiar and unfamiliar to other researchers. He deemed
the "first level" operatives to be Richard Helms, George Pender, John Philip Nichols
and Ray Cline. The second level included Robert Chasen, E. Howard Hunt, Edwin
Wilson, Thomas Clines and Ted Shackley. Working backward from the PROMIS theft,
Casolaro saw them in a new relationship, a nearly organic entity that impacted both
past and then current events.
When it comes to the mysterious deaths related to this story, free lance investigative
journalist Danny Casolaro, who was 'suicided' in a Martinsburg, West Virginia hotel
room in August 1991 is the most notable for he was getting close to the truth. His
body was found by a maid in the bathtub in a grisly blood-spattered bathroom, his
wrists had been deeply slashed numerous times. In what is a discernible pattern,
many of those who threaten the hidden power are found in hotel rooms, allegedly
the victims of suicides even though as in Casolaro's case the victim did not appear to
friends, family and associates as being despondent or otherwise suicidal. In his case
it was quite the opposite, Casolaro had been devoted to an investigation into a
covert network of spooks, criminals and government officials that he had called 'The
Octopus.' He had been working on a book and according to sources, had gone to
West Virginia in pursuit of a final piece of evidence that would break the case. His
files, which he carried everywhere, were missing when his body was discovered.
Adding to the suspicious circumstances, the room where he was found was
professionally cleaned preventing further investigation and the body was illegally
embalmed before the family could claim his remains.
Casolaro had been putting together connections involving some of the most critical
and dangerous elements of the deep state and he was threatening powerful
interests. He had traced an 'dirty old boy' network of the OSS/CIA that had gotten
together for profit in the aftermath of WW II. That critical period for the U.S.
presented an unprecedented opportunity for some to profit from the military
industrial complex (which has never been dismantled despite the ominous warnings

from President Eisenhower in his farewell address) and the wave of anti-communist
paranoia that would be used in order to justify the most extreme and immoral
conduct by elements connected to the U.S. Government.
It is well documented that the CIA assimilated former Nazi war criminals into the
ranks ostensibly to be used in the fight against the red menace but many of the
scientists ended up participating in the darkest forms of research involving mind
control techniques and the evolution of the American space/defense sector where
they worked on weaponry. Rescued Nazis were also sent to South America where
they would assist in supporting right-wing regimes against the rise of popular
movements that could threaten western business interests. In addition to the merger
with some of the most foul remnants of Hitler's Reich such as the Gehlen Org, the
bogeyman of an international communist conspiracy also gave rise to networks of
money laundering, drug trafficking and arms dealings that would make the business
of the warfare state into a very lucrative trade. Corrupt insiders were able to play
both ends against the middle and had no qualms about cutting deals with some of
the most unsavory and violent types.
But I am getting ahead of myself so I digress...
Danny Casolaro had been able to find a common denominator, a thread that ran
through some of the most prevalent schemes and scandals of the time. Iran-Contra,
Reagan's secret wars in Latin America, BCCI, The October Surprise, the INSLAW case
and PROMIS and was set to visit Indio, California and the Cabazon reservation. He
was onto something and it was big enough to put the fear into some very serious
people. Not only was he investigating ties between global arms dealers and
government operatives tied to Iran-Contra (one of the greatest scandals of the 20th
century in both audacity and magnitude one which is still not completely understood)
but the very ascension of Reagan to the presidency (along with the true power that
was George H.W. Bush) which was facilitated when a deal was cut to prolong the
Iran hostage crisis until after Jimmy Carter was defeated. This is high treason of
course, something that the Bushes and their ilk are intimately familiar with but the
manipulation of the 1980 election could be viewed as a bloodless coup in that it
brought the deep state and the shadow government into the White House itself. Now
another person of interest involved in the Iran hostages deal includes a figure named
Earl Brian, an intimate of Reagan who was in on the Paris sessions to delay hostage
release for political benefit. For a payment he was allegedly allowed to profit from
the sale of the stolen version of INSLAW's PROMIS software.
Brian's Hadron Inc, in which he was allied with longtime Reagan crony Edwin Meese
would be instrumental in the misappropriation, modification and subsequent sale of
PROMIS to foreign governments. The entire sordid business of what was done is a
proverbial snakepit without a bottom and it taps into many elements of the vast
criminality that had infected the system. There is a very good reason for the trail of
dead bodies (including Casolaro), wrecked careers, ginned up charges leading to
imprisonment and disinformation that has orbited the PROMIS scandal.
The foreign governments included Israel (a country with a long running symbiotic
relationship with the National Security State) which now has a massive intelligence
and telecommunications infrastructure in place in the United States and it's all
legitimate. I am not going to get into this right now but for the sake of reference
please see the following pieces by Gordon Thomas on PROMIS and the Mossad,
Christopher Ketcham (whose article The Last Roundup was instrumental in breaking
the news on the Main Core database) on the ongoing programs of Israeli espionage -
Trojan Horse and Breaking the Taboo on Israel's Spying Efforts in the United States)
as well as the following from James Bamford (author of The Shadow Factory) - a
Democracy Now interview and the Haaretz article on Bamford Is Israel's booming
high-tech industry a branch of the Mossad?. It is no secret that Israel plays a major
part in the PROMIS saga and that will be covered in the next part of this series in
more depth.
Again, PROMIS plays an integral part in the subversion of the system itself in order
to allow the relatively few with juice who are connected to profit obscenely due to its
at the time highly advanced technological capabilities to implement it as a tool of
control in order to engage in monitoring and spying on potential threats. In part one
of this series I mentioned that according to a Wired Magazine piece entitled The
INSLAW Octopus that none other than rogue Colonel Oliver North was using the
PROMIS software to support his extra constitutional programs like REX 84:
Lt. Col. Oliver North also may have been using the program. According to several
intelligence community sources, PROMIS was in use at a 6,100-square-foot
command center built on the sixth floor of the Justice Department. According to both
a contractor who helped design the center and information disclosed during the Iran-
Contra hearings, Oliver North had a similar, but smaller, White House operations
room that was connected by computer link to the DOJ's command center.
Using the computers in his command center, North tracked dissidents and potential
troublemakers within the United States as part of a domestic emergency
preparedness program, commissioned under Reagan's Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), according to sources and published reports. Using
PROMIS, sources point out, North could have drawn up lists of anyone ever arrested
for a political protest, for example, or anyone who had ever refused to pay their
taxes. Compared to PROMIS, Richard Nixon's enemies list or Sen. Joe McCarthy's
blacklist look downright crude. This operation was so sensitive that when Rep. Jack
Brooks asked North about it during the Iran-Contra hearings, the hearing was
immediately suspended pending an executive (secret) conference. When the
hearings were reconvened, the issue of North's FEMA dealings was dropped.
Casolaro had been concentrating on the INSLAW case around the time of his demise.
He had been receiving information from insiders within the intelligence community
that would bring to light the use of PROMIS by the government. One source was a
civilian employee of the NSA named Alan Standorf whose body was found in the back
seat of his car in an airport parking lot, it was set up to look like he was the victim of
a robbery. Sources say that he may have been providing Casolaro with proof that the
NSA was using PROMIS but as with so many others who crossed paths with The
Octopus he became collateral damage.
As to who 'suicided' Danny Casolaro and most importantly why, there may never be
an answer. Casolaro had his fingers in too many pies and the nexus of evil that he
was untangling was just too huge for the investigation to have ended any way but
badly for him.
III: Common Threads
When researching the shadow government or Deep State it is amazing how so many
of the same names keep popping up. One of those names belongs to Robert Booth
Nichols, a longtime player who was recently back in the news. Mr. Nichols, who died
under strange circumstances back in February was involved with the current financial
crisis through Sam Israel, one of the thousands of Bernie Madoffs that have been
using intricately structured financial instruments, shady hedge funds and offshore
banking to destabilize America from within as though it were just another banana
republic. The opaque, above the law, rigged games that have brought the country to
the brink of ruination for the benefit of a corrupt oligarchy have working blueprints in
CIA/shadow government fronts of the past such as BCCI and the Nugan Hand Bank
and there is no reliable way of knowing just how much of the finance, insurance and
real estate (F.I.R.E.) economy is derived from such shady organizations.
I would strongly suspect that the amount of money laundering, involvement with
organized crime, narcotics and weapons dealing that is being currently conducted is
stunning. Only the recent high profile cases like that of Alan Stanford who has been
tied to such dirty activities as well as Madoff and Israel get the attention but they are
the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Without digressing too much I just want to point out
that much of the post WW II intelligence apparatus including the cowboys who were
at the heart of the original Octopus were directly tied to the Eastern establishment,
Skull and Bones types from which the OSS/CIA was comprised of. This being said, it
is only natural that such grand scale financial chicanery and speculation has come to
dominate both the U.S. economy as well as the government itself which is so
thoroughly intertwined with the pirates that the schemes of the Wall Street high
rollers are preserved at the expense of the millions of lesser beings whose lives are
being destroyed by the ongoing greed and the subsidizing of such by a system gone
cancerous.
Now back to Robert Booth Nichols who prior to his death was involved in a complex
financial scheme with Samuel Israel and Bayou Investments involving a fee of $10
million to be paid to Nichols for services rendered for assistance in the locating of a
mysterious $250 billion U.S. treasury note that is secured by 2,500 metric tons of
gold that sits in the Atlanta Federal Reserve. Israel, who after being convicted for
large scale financial fraud faked his own suicide, allegedly jumping off of a bridge
and leaving on the hood of his SUV traced in dust the words "Suicide is Painless"
never was able to obtain the T-Note (which was sitting in a London Safe Deposit
Company and has been seized) subsequently sued Nichols for get this, cheating him.
Now here is the kicker, according to papers filed by Nichols the transaction was
conducted under the premise of "matters of national interest" and according to a
Bloomberg story (Bayou's Israel Was Cheated in Scam Investigator Says) was
vouched for by a member of the Bush family, John P. Ellis whose previous claim to
fame was calling the rigged 2000 election for George W. Bush while working for FOX
News. When doing an objective review of the myriad scandals and dirty deeds in
America over the past 50 or so years it is astounding just how many times that a
member of the Bush crime family is involved but more on them later.
Now what is of greater interest pertaining to Nichols is that he was deeply involved in
the Cabazon Reservation activities as well as tied in to Danny Casolaro's doomed
investigation of The Octopus. Nichols had contributed much to Casolaro and he had
previously worked as a partner of political prisoner Michael Riconosciuto on projects
on weapons development at the Cabazon Indian Reservation and the ongoing
activities there through the company Meridian Arms.
Riconosciuto was the technical wizard who performed the alteration of the PROMIS
software on the reservation to include the "back door" feature that would go on to
figure so prominently in the espionage activities that it was later used for - political
and financial. With the activities at the reservation including weapons development,
training of paramilitaries and money laundering it was a veritable spook nest and the
use of sovereign Indian lands for unauthorized purposes is something that needs to
be seriously investigated. Author Joel Bainerman, in his book The Crimes of a
President referred to the reservation as a "CIA cutout", with the revelations in Baca's
KESQ series that three other local Indian tribes were also being investigated in the
Alvarez murders and the weapons testing activities at the Cabazon reservation the
question is to what extent has this sort of piggybacking of black ops on sovereign
land existed throughout the and for how long.
With Nichols being a connected guy he would be a hugely important source for
Casolaro, or was he a disinformation agent? According to sources, Nichols and
Casolaro spoke often and at length in the month before Casolaro's demise. Nichols, it
must be noted also allegedly had organized crime ties to the Gambino crime family
as well as to the Japanese Yakuza. It has already been established that the CIA and
Shadow Government had regularly worked with organized crime figures (see
Operation Underworld) including those who had been burned by Castro's takeover of
Cuba. Again, the war against communism, Cuba in this case provided blanket
justification for lawlessness, nefarious alliances and the deviation from accepted
American ideals.With Nazi war criminals already on board with the CIA, ties with The
Syndicate were consistent with the pattern. In this context, the question must be
asked regarding Robert Booth Nichols and whether he was sanctioned as a contact
with the organized crime elements on behalf of the establishment. It should be
recognized that the mob played a part in forging the political careers of many an
influential U.S. figures, Ronald Reagan and Richard M. Nixon to name a few. and, it
would be naïve to not believe that many of our elected representatives are not just
as much in the pockets of organized crime as they are with other interests that
threaten the system as a whole. (I would recommend this piece as food for thought
as it references a current influential politican who has been a party to much of the
overt criminality of the past several years, primarily as an accomplice).
The presence of Robert Booth Nichols in the milieu surrounding Casolaro's research
as well as with Bayou Investments and the $250 billion treasury note is just another
example of the interconnectivity between the underworld and the overworld. The
financial aspects of this cannot be downplayed in the wake of the global meltdown
that is largely due to the shadow banking system comprised of offshore banks largely
exempt from U.S. laws, money laundering, pools of black money, narcotics/weapons
dealing profits and speculative finance that have been a permanent fixture of the
oligarchy's financial matrix. Any legitimate investigation of power in the U.S. must
include an analysis of intricate financial institutions, layered in Enron style subversion
and patterned after CIA/Wall Street front companies expressly created for the
purpose of funding off the books operations.
IV: Tentacles of the Octopus
"We will know that we have succeeded when everything the public believes is false."
- William J. Casey
It must be understood that there has always been a powerful segment of this

country that has been enamored with fascism as the perfect sort of government that
would support the long-term evolution of capitalism itself. Fortune Magazine once
featured a fawning cover story extolling the virtues of Benito Mussolini's
corporatist/fascist state in pre-WW II Italy and even Hitler had ardent admirers in
America. It cannot be emphasized strongly enough that the precursors to today's
Wall Street ruling elite were perfectly willing to do business with the Nazi regime as
long as it was in their short term financial interests to do so. Let me be emphatic
that this is NOT an attack on capitalism itself but rather on those who are able to use
the system to advance their interests and agendas and to destroy any and all
impediments and obstacles. I would like to opine that the system is fatally flawed
and like communism, contains the seeds of its own demise, what is going on right
now is a testament to that.
In order for the bastardized form of capitalism that exists today (largely through the
machinations of those that I am addressing in this section) to continue to evolve it
mush become much more authoritarian in nature, the early forms of fascism are too
ostentatious for the more sophisticated era in which we now live so we need to look
more to China as the current role model. For profit prisons, all encompassing
surveillance, a militarized police state, compromised courts and above all the
possibility of disappearance into a gulag system with no trial and the nearly codified
indefinite detention along with torture must be a tool for which to exercise control
over the dissenters and the rabble.
The conditions for the creation of the Octopus, or as Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty would
refer to it, a Secret Team were set into motion with Harry S. Truman's much
maligned creation of the National Security State with the signing into law of the
National Security Act of 1947. This set up the post WW II world and allowed for the
use of the intelligence services to be used to perpetuate their wartime stance into a
permanent fixture of U.S. policy. The act also created the CIA although its original
mandate would be expanded to include the anti-democratic functions that it has
since become known for. In creating the CIA, the successor of the wartime Office of
Strategic Services (OSS) there would be no end to the warfare state, only a
redirection into clandestine and covert activities that would include destabilization of
governments deemed 'unfriendly' to U.S. interests, propaganda, sabotage, training
and support of paramilitary forces and above all snooping.
Being that the OSS largely grew out of the Eastern Establishment and the Skull and
Bones types (from which it drew recruits) it would naturally serve the interests of
Wall Street finance oligarchs, corporations, industrialists, oil barons and other
moguls.It would also, due to the very nature of secrecy under which it existed, be a
fertile ground for rogue elements, private CIA's within the CIA so to speak.
I do want to state that the CIA is far from the only U.S. intelligence agency, there
are many and too often they are lumped in with the CIA as it is the most prominent.
There are at least sixteen separate intelligence agencies and those are only the ones
that we know about and there is often collaboration with foreign intelligence to
circumvent laws and ensure plausible deniability. The CIA, though, is unique in that
it was created to serve as an enforcement arm for the Wall Street elite and the
money power, its primary obligation is not to the United States itself but that
element that exists in the shadows. I recommend reading: How the CIA Created a
Ruling, Corporate Overclass in America for some very good examples.
BAD IMAGE - click here
Former Nazi CIA Asset Reinhard Gehlen
The Wall Street cultivated OSS was established in 1942 by the hated Franklin D.
Roosevelt, a man whom the financial elite once tried to overthrow(see the Business
Plot) to consolidate intelligence during the war. William 'Wild Bill' Donovan, a
powerful member of the Eastern Establishment and a Wall Street lawyer would head
it up. Other OSS luminaries with elite pedigrees would include Allen Dulles (of firm
Sullivan and Cromwell, another Wall Street business that didn't shy away from doing
business with the Nazis) who would go on to play an integral role in the CIA as it
developed. Dulles would be a key force in Operation Paperclip, the assimilation of
Third Reich refugee war criminals into the CIA and sciences where their Nazi
experience could be drawn upon to serve what would one day become The
Homeland. Dulles, who would later become head of the CIA was unceremoniously
forced out after the botched Bay of Pigs invasion by John F. Kennedy who was
sufficiently aware of the dirty deeds of America's unofficial terrorist organization
would threaten to "splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the
winds". The accompanying blowback took care of Kennedy and in what should go
down as one of the greatest conflicts of interest in American history. Allan Dulles
would go on to become a member of the Warren Commission 'investigating' the
assassination and coming up with the crazed lone gunman conclusion.
It also should be recognized that the fight against Fidel Castro for his takeover and
subsequent nationalization of Cuba's resources as well as property 'owned' by U.S.
interests, including that of organized crime figures who operated casinos out of
Havana, represented opportunity. With the common interests of both the mob and
U.S. oligarchs threatened it would provide a good excuse for the CIA and mob to join
forces against Castro. The precedent for alliances with organized crime had already
been set during the war and the CIA would welcome with open arms such notorious
mobsters as Johnny Roselli, Sam Giancana, Carlos Marcello, Santos Trafficante,
Charles 'Lucky' Luciano and Meyer Lansky brokered by veteran operative Robert
Maheu who would later go on to work for Howard Hughes in Las Vegas. The joint
venture against Castro would allow the mob to get the proverbial camel's nose under
the tent with certain elements of the government and very likely would lead back to
domestic black operations associated with the JFK assassination.
Now let me make it clear that I personally have an attitude of ambivalence towards
mob and organized crime in general, it's just another line of work as far as I am
concerned. So with that out of the way, what I do have a problem with are
government bureaucrats, U.S. military and intelligence and elected officials crossing
the line into where they become gangsters themselves by working with organized
crime. This is a very important aspect in what has gone seriously wrong in America
post-WWII in that the lines were not only blurred but the shadow government and
the mob (as well as international organized crime syndicates) actively joined forces,
knowingly and willingly for an agenda that ran counter to long term American
interests and the CIA was responsible for allowing this to happen.
But I digress....
The OSS was also a breeding ground for virulent right-wingers, military men and
dyed in the wool fascists with axes to grind against the communist devils. One of
these men was General Edward Lansdale, a serious reactionary who was involved in
anti-Castro plotting and allegedly, according to some, notably L. Fletcher Prouty was
in Dallas on the day of the Kennedy assassination (as were others including Richard
M. Nixon and George H.W. Bush but more on that in the next section) where he was
allegedly seen in the vicinity of the 'three tramps'. Other prominent spooks from the
OSS would include future CIA chiefs William Colby (also of the Phoenix Program) and
William Casey whose tenure under Reagan would occur during the Iran-Contra period
and intersect with the PROMIS software ordeal.
General Lansdale, as legend has it, was involved with gold taken from vanquished
WWII enemies (see Yamashita's Gold) and using it to provide funding for black
operations. The illegal narcotics trade would also prove to be a useful source in
providing operational money for secret wars and off the books operations. Lansdale's
work against the Castro regime would bring him into contact with Theodore Shackley
aka The Blond Ghost out of the Miami JMWAVE headquarters [note that George
Bush's Zapata Corporation also allegedly had ties to this operation, likely a CIA
front]. Ted Shackley would go on to turn up in an astounding number of scandals
and shadow government operations over the years. Shackley was identified by
Danny Casolaro as a part of the dirty old boy network that would become The
Octopus so keep that in mind. When the work against Cuba was no longer a top
priority with the Vietnam War ratcheting up,
Shackley was sent to Southeast Asia where he was involved along with other anti-
Castro operatives namely Felix Rodriguez, Thomas Clines and Edwin Wilson (among
others) in CIA operations such as the Phoenix Program (note also that the
aforementioned Earl Brian who was a benefactor of the illegal sales of PROMIS was
associated with this fearsome assassination and torture venture as well), the Secret
Team was now up and running in another war zone where their skills could be fully
utilized. I also want to note that regarding the anti-Castro operation from which so
many of these rogue operators sprang also produced the infamous E. Howard Hunt,
a veteran spook who at least according to a deathbed 'confession' recording had
inside knowledge of the Kennedy assassination (this from a Rolling Stone article The
Last Confessions of E. Howard Hunt). Interestingly enough, Hunt would go on to be
one of the Watergate burglars who Nixon feared was going to spill his guts about
that "Bay of Pigs thing". Hunt's wife Dorothy would be killed in a suspicious plane
crash which is described in Carl Oglesby's book The Yankee and Cowboy War in
chapter seven which is transcribed here. Hunt, like Shackley was suspected by
Casolaro to be a member of The Octopus.
Once in Vietnam, the Shackley operation would draw in the next generation of
shadow government figures including Richard Secord, Richard Armitage and Oliver
North who would all turn up later during the ongoing operations of "The Enterprise"
during Iran-Contra. North and Secord specifically would play key roles, augmented
by key neocons within the bureaucracy such as Elliott Abrams, John Negroponte,
Michael Ledeen, John Poindexter and most importantly Vice President George
Herbert Walker Bush. The Vietnam group that had coalesced around Shackley would
also be involved in the Nugan Hand Bank, a conduit for dirty money (drugs, guns)
that would be redirected to fund the secret off the books spook wars under the
ideological cover of the battle against communist influence. The Nugan Hand Bank
operated until 1980 when Frank Nugan, an Australian lawyer with more shady
connections than the proverbial switchboard and under investigation for stock fraud
was found dead in his Mercedes-Benz, the victim of what appeared to be a self-
inflicted gunshot wound, his wallet contained the business card of William Colby in
his wallet. The other half of Nugan Hand was former Green Beret Michael Jon Hand
whose special operations experience allegedly included a good amount of work in the
Golden Triangle with the heroin trade. Hand disappeared and was never seen again
after Nugan's death.
The Nugan Hand bank with its extremely high rates of return, tax-free accounts and
promises of anonymity was a model that would eventually be replicated and in
today's convoluted morass of offshore banking and fraudulent high finance there are
likely thousands of smaller operations, of note is the recent scandal involving high
rolling Texan investment guru Alan Stanford and his suspected involvement in
money laundering for Mexican drug cartels. The system has become thoroughly
polluted, corrupted and rigged in order to benefit the Wall Street oligarchy that was
so instrumental in originally setting up the CIA. With the blueprint for such grand
scale financial chicanery that was originally a big part of black ops monetary alchemy
available and the entire system eventually honeycombed with the sort of illicit,
amoral types that were all too willing to grab onto the teats of the anti-communist
cash cow. With the Vietnam experience an ugly and tragic blight on the American
consciousness, Nixon run out of Washington in disgrace and the ruling corporate
establishment hydra reconfiguring itself out of the ashes there would be a haven for
The Octopus and its operatives within the shining palace of American renewal that
would be erected as a temple for the soon to be anointed savior and heroic all-
American warrior king Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Herbert Walker
Bush - the man who would claim be "out of the loop" during the Iran-Contra
operations .
V: Family Of Secrets
..the Bush Family is so heavily connected and is so interwoven with this systemic
fraud, they're concerned about a cascade effect within the public. They don't mind if
one incident comes out that they can point to it as an isolated incident. What they're
concerned about is the public beginning to understand the level of corruption that
exists within all agencies of government and the intricate connection the Bush family
has had to this fraud over the decades.
-Al Martin (author of The Conspirators Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider)
The involvement of a member of the Bush family, cousin John P. Ellis with Samuel
Israel of Bayou Investments and the $250 billion treasury note referenced earlier is a
continuation of the amazing and ongoing presence of the Bush dynasty in post WW II
America politics. The Bushes are generational scoundrels and have served the most
powerful interests of the American oligarchy since the early days of the Twentieth
Century. There have been a few excellent books written about the family and of note
are Webster Griffin Tarpley's early and rather lurid tome that is entitled George
Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, Kevin Phillips' American Dynasty and an
extremely interesting recent book that has been completely ignored by the
corporatist media (other than a few hit pieces) Family Of Secrets by Russ Baker. The
latter is particularly interesting in that it looks at the Bush family in the larger
context of the ruling oligarchy and the system that serves it and has additional
history on George H.W. Bush as a lifelong intelligence figure. I also note that Baker
in interviews (see Family of Secrets site for links) has made the case that people like
Bush family hatchetmen must be looked at in the larger context as being agents or
operatives for the preservation of the larger oligarchical system albeit on a lower
rung than the Bushes.
The Bush family runs like a poisonous serpent through the recent American history
Their deep seated ties to the ruling oligarchy, the Ivy League Eastern Establishment
and later the southern fried fascism of big oil, big religion and the sunbelt weapons
colossus goes back for several generations. A good resource on the rise of the
Bushes would be the aforementioned Kevin Phillips book which lays out the early
history of these scoundrels. Further embellishment on the ill gotten gains, murky
business dealings and political deviltry of the family can be found in the other two
books. The early history of the Bushes is that of patriarchs Samuel P. Bush and the
relation to gig oil, steel and munitions during the early period of the American
Empire. Sam Bush was a big kahuna for a company called Buckeye Steel Castings,
run by members of the Rockefeller family when they were tall in the saddle as some
of the nation's foremost Robber Barons. He would eventually rise to a position of
prominence with the War Industries Board as director of the Small Arms,
Ammunition and Ordnance Division prior to the U.S. entry into World War I. General
Smedley D. Butler was absolutely correct when he famously proclaimed in his
seminal tract that War Is A Racket (a statement bordering on heresy in the current
militarist America) and it would prove to be a very lucrative one indeed for the Bush
Family.
Another early member of the House of Bush was George Herbert Walker 'Bert' Bush,
a high rolling banking establishment type whose ties to the upper crust of the
financial oligarchy, such as the railroad and financial elite Harriman family (Brown
Brothers Harriman) would allow for the early fortification of power for the later
generations. Bert was a man who was able to parlay his connections and expertise in
doing business with Russia and Germany post WW I and he would do much to ensure
that Prescott, his son in law would get a primo position on Wall Street, with the
lucrative business of the foreign clients who would later go on to infamy after they
were armed by the money mongers whose only loyalty was to mammon, not
country. It was under the stewardship of Prescott that the Bush family would take a
darker turn. As a famous alumnus of the Yale secretive society Skull and Bones
Dubya's grandpa gained notoriety for being one of the Bonesmen who raided the
grave of Indian warrior Geronimo and took his skull as a trophy.
It was the Skull and Bones pedigree that punched Prescott Bush's ticket into the
upper echelon of the American fascist club and while I am not going to into these
secret societies here, many of which are mischaracterized as being satanic or occult
oriented rather than what they truly are which is a bunch of rich pricks determined to
keep the game rigged. Skull and Bones is well known for the influential and
interconnected members who engage in bizarre initiation rituals and swear allegiance
to each other as they work together to ensure that the status quo remains intact. It
should be mentioned that both candidates in the 2004 Presidential election, George
W. Bush and John Kerry (who ran the Kerry Commission that later would investigate
or as cynics would portend 'cover up' allegations of CIA involvement in drug
trafficking associated with Iran-Contra) were from Skull and Bones. A look at the
roster of alumni from this secret group alone shows the influence of a very small and
selective oligarchy in America.
Prescott Bush followed the trajectory of his faulty moral compass (and the call of the
fascist elements of his era) to work with Wall Steet interests in helping to build the
Nazi war machine, reputedly as a money launderer for Hitler's murderous regime

through the Union Banking Corporation which served German magnate Fritz Thyssen
the German industrialist known as "Hitler's Angel" who was indispensable in
providing the financial backing and carried clout that would create what was then the
strongest military machine in the world as well as the most bellicose. While the
Bush-Nazi links received no attention domestically in our neutered, corporatist media
here is an article from The Guardian, How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to
power and here is a link to another piece by journalist John Buchanan that is entitled
Bush Nazi Link Confirmed that was published in the New Hampshire Gazette. The
Nazi skeleton is but one of a great number in the Bush family closets and potentially
the most damning of all. The Union Banking Corporation would be shut down by FDR
in 1942 under the Trading With the Enemy Act, just another reason for the American
fascists to burn for revenge against Roosevelt and fuel the fire for their relentless
crusade against New Deal policies that continues to this day.
Prescott Bush went on to be an extremely influential figure in U.S. politics in the
post-war era, his son George H.W. Bush would cut his teeth in intelligence, dirty
dealing and black ops as a matter of family heritage, the father would pass down the
business to his spawn in the truly American fashion. Phillips pegs it dead on here in
describing the Bush Crime Family as:
A great family (great as in power, not morality) that has built a base over the course
of the Twentieth Century in the back corridors of the new military-industrial complex
and in close association with the growing intelligence and national security
establishment.
The father of the 41st President and the grandfather of the most overtly fascist and
recently departed leader in U.S. history, George W. Bush burrowed deeply into the
establishment. He became a Senator in 1952 and as legend has it helped to groom
Richard M. Nixon for his rise as a tool of the establishment.
Prescott Bush and Dick Nixon
Nixon's political career was formed by his run for a California Congressional seat
where he was backed by big money power (post-WW II fascist elements)against
incumbent Jerry Voorhis, a backer of the New Deal and a man who had run afoul of
the oligarchy for his opposition to Standard Oil and a secret government drilling
contract in the Elk Hills reserve that he had exposed before Congress. Voorhis was a
marked man and was challenging Wall Street power at every opportunity, railing
against the "cancerous superstructure of monopolies and cartels". It was Nixon who
would perform the political hit on Voorhis, subjecting him to a withering onlsaught of
red baiting propaganda, the sort that would become religion in the U.S. as the war
against the unions and the middle class began in earnest. Nixon would later go on to
play a big part in the poisonous culture wars that have so ill-served this country and
which we can now see the wreckage of in our thoroughly corrupted, diseased political
system and the new feudalism as exemplified by the massive redistribution of wealth
to re-inflate speculative capitalism and the big Wall Street banks.
Russ Baker does some very interesting analysis in his Family Of Secrets, especially in
regard to George H.W. Bush (aka Poppy) who appears to have been a member of
intelligence dating back to at least the 1950's instead of when he was formally put in
charge of the CIA in 1976. There is the very interesting story that Poppy is 'unable'
to remember exactly where he was on the day of the JFK assassination (interestingly
Nixon was in Dallas that day too) which in and of itself is odd, Baker makes the
following statement in an interview:
I am very careful not to speculate. What I do is begin with the curious fact that
G.H.W. Bush has said he could not remember where he was on November 22, 1963.
That makes him just about the only adult alive at the time who has that memory
defect.
Which in and of itself proves nothing but it is very unusual that Mr. Bush would not
remember where he was, even more so when considering the existence of a memo
from then FBI head J. Edgar Hoover on the Kennedy assassination dated 11/29/63
that specifically mentions a "Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency".
Bush and the CIA denied that they were the same person (another George Bush
briefly worked for the CIA at the time, perhaps brought in as a cover) but there is
the matter of Bush's company the Zapata Corp. that has been linked to the CIA as a
front, according to Baker the CIA helped Bush to establish this company. Note that
during the Bay of Pigs, the code name for the invasion was Operation Zapata. During
this particular period Bush would become familiar with some of the aforementioned
anti-Cuban operatives such as Ted Shackley, E. Howard Hunt, Felix Rodriguez and an
interesting figure by the name of Barry Seal. Seal, like many others, would
eventually turn up again in the milieu of drug dealers, gun runners and black
operations that swirled around Iran-Contra when Bush was in the White House as
Reagan's V.P.
George H.W. Bush's connections to many of the most shadowy figures and
operations of the past half century as well as the criminal nature of his entire family
make a strong argument that the ongoing destabilization of the United States by
fascists has been aided greatly by the Bushes. I don't have the time to go into every
aspect (I'll save it for the future) but the evolution of the Bush family from well
connected servants of the early robber barons, to the arms trade, the Nazis and the
smuggled-out war criminals who would greatly aid and assimilate themselves into
the intelligence services and the war against communism on through the JFK
assassination, Vietnam, Iran Contra and ultimately the ruinous eight year reign of
the Bush-Cheney regime have been instrumental in the fascist takeover of America.
An interesting footnote is the association of Bush's son Neil to the brother of John W.
Hinkley Jr., the disturbed young man who attempted to kill President Reagan. Neil
Bush and Scott Hinkley had dinner plans the night after the botched assassination,
interesting bit of happenstance or perhaps a postponement of a celebration?
Assassination researcher John Judge made the following comment on this:
They knew each other socially quite well. The press said that they were to have
dinner -- Scott Hinkley and Neil Bush were to have dinner on March 31 1981. But
they cancelled the dinner after the news of the shooting. The press said that that
was ironic. It gives a new meaning to the word 'irony'. Because if Robert Oswald, Lee
Harvey's older brother and Lynda Bird Johnson were going to have dinner the night
of the JFK assassination, somebody would figure out it meant something.
One can never be too suspicious of such sort of things when they involve members
of the Bush family. Hinckley the shooter had ties to World Vision, a right-wing
organization that allegedly acted as a CIA front run by John W. Hinkley Sr. that
worked in Central America. Rumors of mind control (manchurian candidates?) have
surfaced in regard to World Vision but whatever activities surround it are like most of
our history, concealed behind the veil of secrecy. Some credence can however be
given to the CIA's long history of mind control experiments (MKULTRA), the secret
wars waged against leftist governments in the Southern Cone and the really creepy
story that Mark David Chapman, the killer of the hated by the establishment John
Lennon also had ties to World Vision.
I would strongly encourage everybody who has taken the time to read this to do
your own research on the connections between the Bush family and the downward
trajectory of this once great country into the fascist gangster state that it has
become today and despite the disgraced rule of George W. Bush he was after all able
to successfully eviscerate the Constitution during his time in office as well as to put
into place the most formidable high-tech police state in the history of mankind. The
economy has been destroyed, the privatization projects of the fascists are now a
reality and with more states in financial distress along the lines of California there
will soon be national fire sales of roads, infrastructure and landmarks to the
descendants of the early Robber Barons whose power has been consolidated by
insiders such as the Bush family beyond their wildest of dreams. The only things that
the United States of America is now capable of producing is death, destruction,
financial scams, for profit prisons, paranoia and a massive Big Brother style
surveillance and repression apparatus that is the envy of all dictators.
And the Bush family isn't finished yet, Jeb is coming soon and that you can count on.
Conclusion: The Octopus Ascendant
While it initially began with clandestine operations and murky, beneath the surface
alliances The Octopus has become the underlying but inextricable operating system
for the American capitalist empire as it exists today. It is the very kernel of all that
we known and now has gone legit or perhaps more appropriately the system has
descended to the level of corruption once the domain of rogue forces within. It has
been a long and slow process, layered over the decades as the last vestiges of a free
system where liberty is paramount has been leeched out leaving in its place a land
that is America in name only, except that shingle has been replaced with one that
says Homeland, a fitting legacy for the fascists who used the aftermath of WW II to
mount their takeover. Now The Octopus is comprised of much more and it's gone
corporate, ponder how the following tentacles have become interconnected and now
dominate our ever declining way of life:
1: Energy and Resources (Soon to include privatized food and water...got money?
I sure hope so if you plan on any sort of a continued existence)
2: Banking and Finance (The recent financial crisis has allowed the most powerful
of institutions to essentially take over the government so that tax dollars will be
directed to shore up their bogus markets and Ponzi schemes)
3: Transportation and Infrastructure (Our airports have already been
transformed into Soviet bloc style checkpoints, it's all a matter of conditioning and
time until all freedom of movement has been restricted entirely, the tracking chips
are already being successfully sold to fearful parents as prevention against child
abduction.)
4: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals are giving narcotics a run for their money and there will
be no serious efforts at meaningful reform)
5: Munitions, Military Spending (Oceania always has and always will be at war)
6: Geopolitics (The coups, destabilizations, puppet dictatorships, torture and ethnic
cleansings will go on, it's all business as usual - for an intersting perspective see Tom
Hayden's piece from The Nation entitled Understanding the Long War)
7: Media (Would anything be possible without the wonderful complicity of the
media. The CIA had it right with Operation Mockingbird, it would only be further
refined over time with the rise of the right-wing, corporatist think tanks, the ginned
up attack on the 'liberal' media and the rise of cable television, the corporatization
and consolidation have built a propaganda machine that not even Goebbels could
have envisioned. The mass hypnosis that has narcotized an entire population
through television has been an astounding boon for the fascists.)
8: Intelligence (The 'terrorist' attacks of 9/11 have legitimized the ubiquitous
surveillance of the American people helped along by the technology of PROMIS and
Main Core, our new forms of social control are already being beta tested by American
corporations in China. See Naomi Klein's piece on China's All-Seeing Eye from Rolling
Stone Magazine).
And it's all tied up in the big, shiny, star-spangled package of EMPIRE.
The Obama administration has been a major disappointment in reigning in any of the
power of the fascist state established by his predecessors, I seriously am beginning
to think that he doesn't care, nor do any of the Democrats who triumphantly retook
the White House and the Congress - they are the insiders now and they control the
cash spigots, and most importantly they have favors to pay back. Americans were
promised change, here are a few of the changes that we have received to this point:
a continuation of domestic spying, a bailout of the fraudulent financial system of Wall
Street speculation, the Federal Reserve creating trillions of dollars out of nothing,
apologies for torture (whoops - enhanced interrogation techniques - my bad), the
failure to prosecute war criminals, a continuation of anti-labor practices, more
secrecy (the suppression of the additional Abu Ghraib photos), plans to censor the
internet, the diabolical conflation of dissenters and extremists (terrorists) by the
anti-American Department of Homeland Security and coming soon, the bait and
switch of a public health care option that would only allow the filthy scoundrels in the
insurance industry and the Wall Street profiteers to further enrich themselves while
beggaring the population. And of course there are the wars, dealing in the death and
devastation it is far too lucrative of a business to ever abandon and the swords that
should long ago have been beaten back into plowshares are being honed to razor
sharpness and pointed at the necks of all Americans who chose awareness and
enlightenment over denial and acquiescence.
Face it, the same people who once glorified Benito Mussolini on the cover of Fortune
Magazine for his wondrous corporatist state have won and we are their subjects,
their slaves, their chattel and if you don't like it you can go and live in a for profit
prison or simply disappear without any possiblity of a trial for the rest of your life. As
American capitalism and its excesses gradually mutated from the original petri dish
of the post World War II era world, the corruption, the greed and the pathological
need for the necessary control for it to exist on a grand scale has metastasized to
the point where it has consumed all, instead of The Octopus a more fitting metaphor
for all that has taken place is the 1950's science fiction movie The Blob.
What happens now is no longer a matter of simply exposing the elements that set
into motion the chain of events that are now reaching critical mass but in waging
total war against the entire system itself through acts of civil disobedience and
refusal to comply, I would caution those who are instigating for a full blown
revolution, the rulers have bigger guns and more money than God, you are but ants
to them and you will be squashed if you use violence to rebel. That is the only way
that there will be a chance for survival now that the state has been weaponized
against the people, equipped with a monstrous high technological surveillance
system that morphed out of the theft of the PROMIS software and the police state
infrastructure that grew out of the Reagan era programs such as Garden Plot, Cable
Splicer and REX 84. The plans for the camps are ready if not the camps
themselves...it has become fashionable to demonize those who now speak of them,
albeit ironic that the loudest of them never uttered a peep when George W. Bush
was in charge of generating the pick-up lists.
But for the most part America sleeps. The coronation of Barack Obama, a product, a
brand name and a triumph of modern public relations and marketing has provided
the soothing balm for the raw sores on backs courtesy of the Bush administration.
For a television addicted nation of sheep, content to live on the world's largest
lemming farm, he is their perfect leader, a reality television show president, crooning
sweet words while his actions belie the rhetoric. The vast majority of the fools will
still be watching American Idol when the jackboots kick in their doors.
Back
09 11 12 The Myth of the Rule of Law
By Catherine Austin Fitts
Over the course of several years my company Hamilton Securities and I were subjected
to a government investigation that ultimately resulted in the destruction of Hamilton and
the loss of my personal fortune. This spring the government finally dropped its
investigation, having failed to find or establish any evidence of wrongdoing at Hamilton
or by me. This was not a surprising result, because there was none to find. Nevertheless,
over the course of five years and at a cost of millions of taxpayers’ dollars, Hamilton and
I were harassed into financial oblivion. Why?
It started in 1996, at the same time that the San Jose Mercury News was
preparing a story exposing the US governments marketing of crack cocaine into South
Central Los Angeles in the 1980s. The year before Hamilton Securities had launched a
company in the inner city to provide data servicing for our software tool, Community
Wizard. The Wizard used geographic information systems software (GIS) to map the
geographic patterns of government investment, including defaulted mortgage loans of the
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At that time we put three maps
up on the Internet site for a place-based survey for the HUD loan sales. They showed
defaulted HUD mortgages in New Orleans, the District of Columbia and South Central
Los Angeles.
High and expensive rates of HUD mortgage defaults coincided with areas of heavy
narcotics trafficking in South Central LA. It seemed understandable that someone might
want the Wizard team to be otherwise occupied when the San Jose Mercury News
published the Dark Alliance series regarding the Iran-Contra drug dealing in South
Central Los Angeles. Otherwise, we might notice the suspicious patterns that exist
between HUD defaulted mortgages and government sponsored narcotics trafficking.
“As long as I can get government subsidies, what do I care if people have education or
jobs”? Dick Ravitch, Chairman, AFL- CI O Housing Trust, Developer of HUD and
Mitchell Lama Housing in New York City.
“The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our
lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of
government”. William Colby, former CIA director, 1995
After initial efforts to shut us down failed, a team of investigators working for the
Department of Justice (DOJ) seized our office and destroyed our software tools and
databases. If Wizard and supporting databases had not been stolen or ordered wiped clean
from our computers, it would have linked national housing data to local housing data. It
would have linked the databases on local housing down to the street address and local
mortgage originations to the data on pools of housing tax-exempt bond and mortgage
securities whose credit was backstopped by FHA and Ginnie Mae at HUD.
Wizard may have revealed that allegations that some US-guaranteed mortgage securities
were fraudulently issued, and were illegally draining HUD’s reserves merited serious
investigation. Was it possible that the US Treasury and the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) were operating HUD as a slush fund to illegally finance black budget
operations? The possible securities fraud implications would be without precedent.
Were covert operations and political graft the political raison d’être for HUD’s
existence?
The targeting of Hamilton and Fitts stopped in 2001. The final attempt to frame me was
closed after 18 audits and investigations and a smear campaign that reached into every
aspect of my professional and personal life. Years of hard evidence as to the baselessness
of the government’s goals and the criminality of its conduct had been ignored. The
corruption of the courts, lawyers and the Department of Justice had become painfully
visible, then predictable, then comical. The flood of federal credit, subsidies and contracts
bought off everyone around us and showed what happens when human greed and the
need for safety mixes with cheap money.
Several things helped to finally bring relief. In 2000, we began to put all documentation
on a website (http://www.solari.com) thus creating a pool of evidence freely available to
reporters, editors and readers. A second factor was that a great deal of money was
unaccounted for from the US Treasury.
This now totals over $3.3 trillion based on General Accounting Office (GAO) reports.
The notion that the US Treasury, OMB and DOJ might be capable of significant fraud
was gaining credibility in the investment community. A handful of courageous reporters
published stories about what was happening.
However, in a deeper sense, the targeting started long ago when narcotics trafficking and
HUD fraud destroyed the Philadelphia neighborhood where I grew up.
It was then, as a young person, that I learned that the law was a tool of coercion, and
there was no rule of law. It is a terrible truth. As a white,
Anglo-Saxon protestant I had been counting on the rule of law to protect me.
I found, instead, that it is a powerful myth which has fuelled great wealth for those who
run and rule the economy, both legal and illegal. The rule of law is the basis of liquidity.
That is why so much time and money goes into sustaining the myth.
Capital gains are highest for those who can combine liquidity, the value creation of stock
price multiples, and the power of new technology with the high margins of narcotics
trafficking, financial fraud and control of the Congress, the courts and the enforcement
agencies to create and protect markets. Transaction costs rise and market multiples fall as
the myth deteriorates. The destruction of Hamilton Securities is a case study in the
disintegration of the myth of the rule of law. As that disintegration debases the treasuries
and currencies of nations and destroys the equity of communities, it is making its way to
your door one way or another.
WHY TARGET HAMILTON SECURITIES?
For years rumors circulated that the National Security Council was managing narcotics
trafficking directly from the White House under the direction of
Oliver North and Vice President George Bush as part of an operation that came to be
known as Iran-Contra. The story never seemed to catch on. It was unthinkable to most
Americans that the White House was marketing drugs wholesale to be retailed to their
children in order to pursue a foreign policy objective.
No major media business could carry the story if it meant all the drug money pulled
out of their stock. A sell off like that could kill a business over night.
The truth is that the inability of America to come to grips with the Iran-Contra
disclosures about narcotics trafficking by the US government indicated the extent to
which our economy had become addicted to drug profits.
In the mid 80s two covert operations of the American government overseen by the
National Security Council of the Reagan administration and sanctioned by the highest
levels of political authority were exposed. These were the illegal sale of weapons to Iran
and the provision of convert aid to the Contra insurgency in Nicaragua in violation of a
Congressional vote banning such aid.
An independent counsel was appointed to investigate the matter. The investigation
resulted in no fewer than fourteen individuals being indicted or convicted of crimes.
These included senior members of the National Security Council, the Secretary of
Defense, the head of covert operations of the CIA and others. After George Bush was
elected president in 1988, he pardoned six of these men. The independent counsel’s
investigation concluded that a systematic cover- up had been orchestrated to protect the
president and the vice president.
The sheer breadth of the covert operations was stunning. Indeed, it involved not only
arms sales to Iran but also the solicitation of funds from third party governments as well
as from wealthy Americans to pursue a foreign policy agenda in Central America that
was not only controversial but illegal. During the course of the independent counsel’s
investigation, persistent rumors arose that the administration had sanctioned drug
trafficking as well as a source of operational funding.
These charges were successfully deflected with respect to the independent counsel’s
investigation, but did not go away. They were examined separately by a Congressional
committee chaired by Senator John Kerry, which established that the Contras had indeed
been involved in drug trafficking and that elements of the US government had been
aware of it.
It was not until Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance exposé originally published in the San Jose
Mercury News that the government’s links to drug trafficking in the United States
became established beyond a reasonable doubt. This in itself is curious, because Webb
was hardly the first investigator to document the links between American intelligence and
narcotics. Alfred McCoy, writing in the 70s, had documented the involvement of the CIA
and the military in heroin and opium trafficking in Southeast Asia.
Indeed, narcotics had been a source of covert funding and political leverage for years,
extending at least as far back as the invasion of Sicily during World War Two. In
retrospect, what was so startling about Iran-Contra was the scale
of the financing operations involved, which reached even into the American banking
system and included various forms of financial fraud. This gave the operation a link to
the scandals that enveloped the savings and loan industry in the late 80s. Most observers
do not connect these apparently diverse events when in fact they are part of a whole.
The Clintons rise to the White House was fuelled by the I ran Contra operations in
Arkansas.
The drugs and arms transshipment point in Mena Arkansas had allegedly been one of the
most significant operations operating under the aegis of the NSC s Oliver North. Some
said that as much as $100MM a month of arms and drugs flowed through the airport at
Mena Arkansas. The stories and lore, whether about the goings on or the deaths of the
many people who tried to stop or expose them, took up thousands of pages on the Internet
but never seemed to work their way into the official reality of national TV and
newspapers.
When the Clintons arrived in Washington there were numerous efforts to investigate
government narcotics trafficking and fraud. Sally Denton and Roger Morris probably got
the closest. Their article on Mena was pulled by the Washington Post at the very last
minute, eventually to run in Penthouse in the summer of 1995. But the journalist who
finally broke through the nation’s mass denial was Gary Webb, and he made it through
thanks to the Internet, a medium much harder to control than the broadcast or printed
press.
In August of 1996, the San Jose Mercury News broke Webb’s story of illegal narcotics
dealing by the US government, targeting South Central LA with crack cocaine. The story
was told from the point of view of Ricky Ross, the legendary dealer who built the market
in South Central. And what an incredible story it was.
While the San Jose Mercury News was not a big deal inside the Washington beltway and
in New York media circles, it was a very big deal to the new markets growing up on-line.
It was known as having the finest website of any newspaper on the World Wide Web. Its
location in Silicon Valley meant that the techies read it and took it seriously.
When the News broke the story in mid-August, the story was serialized in a relatively
short form, as news has to be. What was different was that the News website crew took
the time to scan in thousands of pages of supporting legal documents available to read or
download from its website. By the time the various intelligence agencies and major
media centers had organized and succeeded in shutting down the story and getting Gary
Webb transferred and then essentially fired, a rich network of alternative and minority
radio stations and internet news sites had downloaded the documents and covered the
story.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not put Humpty Dumpty back
together again. Thousands of Americans had copies of the original documentation.
The evidence was hard. The allegations were true. The story was now out of the control
of the official reality cops. The Internet created a vehicle that was helping America come
to understand that one of the most profitable businesses in America might not be run by
black teenagers and Colombian warlords, but by representatives of their own
government. America wanted the Dow Jones up, and Hamilton Securities. Community
Wizard threatened to provide a hard link between Gary Webb’s exposure of American
intelligence, narcotics trafficking connections and money laundering.
I n the corridors of power, there was no contest. The Dow J ones won.
Though just a movie, Enemy of the State with Will Smith and Gene Hackman shows how
the money really works in Washington. Will Smith plays a Washington lawyer who is
targeted in a phony frame and smear by a US intelligence agency. The spook types have
high-speed access to every last piece of data on the information highway from Wills bank
account to his telephone conversations and the wherewithal to engineer a smear
campaign. The organizer of an investment conference once introduced me by saying,
“Who here has seen the movie Enemy of the State”? The woman I am about to introduce
to you played Will Smith’s role in real life.
One day I was a wealthy entrepreneur with a beautiful home, a successful business and
money in the bank. I had been a partner and member of the board of directors of the Wall
Street firm of Dillon Read, and an Assistant Secretary of Housing during the Bush
Administration. I had been invited to serve as a governor of the Federal Reserve Board
and, instead, started my own company in Washington, The Hamilton Securities Group.
Thanks to our leadership in digital technology, financial software and analytics, Hamilton
was doing well and poised for significant financial growth. The next day I was hunted,
living through 18 audits and investigations and a smear campaign directed not just at me
but also members of my family, colleagues and friends who helped me. I believe that the
smear campaign originated at the highest levels. For more than two years I lived through
serious physical harassment and surveillance. This included burglary, stalking, having
houseguests followed and dead animals left on the doormat.
The hardest part was the necessity of keeping quiet lest it cost me more support or harm
my credibility. Most people simply do not believe that such things are possible in
America. They are!
In 1999, I sold everything to pay what to date is approximately $6 million of costs. My
estimate of equity destroyed, damages and opportunity costs is $250 million and rising. I
moved to a system of living in four places on an unpredictable schedule in the hope that
this would push up the cost of surveillance and harassment and so dissuade my
tormentors from following.
One of my new homes is a small first floor apartment in a row house on 54th Street in
West Philadelphia, not far from the neighborhood where I grew up. It was here as a child
that I watched the financial disintegration begin.
Another new home was in Hickory Valley in Hardeman County Tennessee, a small
farming community where my father’s family has lived since the 1850s.
For several years, I have traveled back and forth by car between Philadelphia and
Hickory Valley. Traveling has given me a different perspective on what I call the
financial holocaust.
It is not just billions of dollars of wholesale capital movements. It is not just defaulted
HUD mortgages, US Treasury market interventions, Federal Reserve bailouts of hedge
funds and IMF bailouts of Wall Street investors, money laundering out of Russia or
narcotics trafficking.
Now I see the signs of financial holocaust through the eyes of people who are being
destroyed. Their currency is debased. Their children are targets of both legal and illegal
drug trafficking and are condemned to learn in dumbed-down schools.
Their small business equity is being extracted from under them. It is they who are
carrying the burden of taxes without the benefits that government investment is supposed
to provide. The cruel twist is that citizens are funding the financial ruin that is killing
them and their children.
Now I understand the process by which the rich get rich and the poor get
exhausted. I see it through the eyes of the ladies who run the food marts; the
farmers who can not cover their costs; the small town banker who makes
character loans; the teenagers who deal and take the drugs; the mothers who try to stop
the schools from forcing their kids to take Ritalin; and the small
business people who try to make it through life honestly.
They are overwhelmed by the sadness of what they see happening and do not
understand.
I used what I had learned about how the money worked to destroy Hamilton Securities
Group to see how the money worked to destroy neighborhoods and the people in them
one neighborhood at a time. Families and neighborhoods are the basic building blocks of
the global economy. When the bubble bursts, all the key decisions must first be made
there at ground zero. So that is where we shall start.
HOW THE MONEY WORKS: THE DESTRUCTION OF NEIGHBORHOODS
The model works about the same in every country, although the particulars vary between
domestic and international agencies and the military and enforcement bureaucracies.
Some call it the securitization process. Some call it corporatization. Some call it
privatization. Some call it globalization. What this means in layman’s terms is that the
management of resources is centralized. This is done through a system of securitization
based on privilege and coercion rather than performance and the rule of law.
From the viewpoint of the neighborhood, there are six ways to centralize local capital:
first, you consolidate all retail sales into a few large corporations, including franchise
operations, cutting out local small business. Second, you outsource, (privatize) all local
government functions to a few large corporations or subject them to such an
overwhelming amount of federal regulation that they can be controlled and managed for
the benefit of a few large corporations and their investors. Third, you buy up all the land
and real estate, or encumber them with mortgages in a way that is as profitable as
possible and allows them to get control when they want it. Fourth, you finance the entire
process with the profits from narcotics and organized crime that you market into the
neighborhood.
This enables you to finance your expansion in a manner that lowers your cost of capital in
a way that conveniently lowers the initial price of your investment and/or weakens your
competition.
I buy your business and land with your money at a fraction of the cost. No one sells her
home faster and cheaper than a mother trying to make bail or pay a lawyer to save her
family from jail or death. That is why narcotics trafficking is the ultimate form of
neighborhood leveraged buyout.
Fifth, you leverage all of this with tax shelters, private tax-exempt bonds, municipal
bonds, government guarantees and government subsidies, all protected with complex
securities arrangements. Sixth, you ensure that the only companies and mutual funds
allowed meaningful access to capital are those run by syndicate approved management
teams. To raise significant campaign funds candidates for political office appoint
syndicate-approved management teams. Investment syndicates define the boundaries of
managed competition that cycle all capital back through their pipelines. That means the
only local boys who can make good are those who play ball with the syndicate. In this
way the private equity in a community can be extracted at a near infinite rate of return to
investors and a highly negative rate of return to taxpayers.
HOW THE MONEY WORKS: HARDEMAN COUNTY, TENNESSEE
My home in rural Tennessee shows the pattern well. A few years ago, about thirty small
businesses shut down within six months after the new Wall Mart opened with the
blessings of local government. The result within a year was that we transferred
substantial equity and employment from local to corporate control without asking for a
percentage of the equity to be created. Now a majority of our retail purchases produce not
a dime of knowledge or equity for us. The knowledge of how to build and run retail
businesses is leaving our workforce. We have no access to the data on how our retail
money works locally.
At about the same time, a national prison company based in Nashville,
Correction Corporation of America (CCA) got the deal to build and operate two prisons
down the road in Whiteville. Local and state government provided them with a package
of zoning, infrastructure, contracts, tax-exempt bonds and assumption of risk that created
lots of equity for CCA and its investors. Hardeman County, of course, got zero. After the
deal was over, we had the risk, and they had the equity, although rumors abound about
the local officials who got stock. A little later, a Tennessee paper reported that the former
chairman of the Tennessee Republican state party sold his CCA stock for $17 million.
Government, that is to say taxpayers, paid the ticket, and the private investors and
management reaped the equity.
The numbers on the prison deal help to explain the War on Drugs and welfare reform.
The American people who make about $36,000 per year on average will not support
paying $55,000 per year for a woman and her 1.8 children to live in HUD housing on
welfare and food stamps. So the game of using HUD housing subsidies and tax shelters to
warehouse people in communities can be extended only long enough to refinance the
equity out of or gentrify investors current investments in HUD housing. The HUD
development game is being replaced in part by a prison privatization and development
game that warehouses the same folks in prisons at a $154,000 all - in cost per person per
year.
The result is a rush of prison deals with government contracts, tax-exempt bond
financing, and tax shelters combined with stock deals. Prisons have been sold to farming
communities as economic development. In the meantime, corporations have consolidated
control of seeds, agricultural biotech farming, food processing and distribution here and
abroad. During the mid-90s, you could see it beginning inside the beltway in Washington.
Mandatory sentencing legislation or an announcement to sell government prison facilities
on a negotiated basis generates significant capital
I walked into the Colony Club to a birthday celebration in New York in 1998. A rush of
friends wanted to know what I thought of prison REITS. They were all in them, the
brokers were pushing them, they were the “new hot thing” and they were anticipating
delicious profits. I said get out, the pricings assumed incorrectly that piling people into
prisons—the innocent and the guilty alike—was like warehousing people in HUD
housing. Sure enough, the stocks were to later plummet. But not until the Wall Street
Journal ran a story about decorators using prison equipment to do bathrooms and
kitchens on
Park Avenue and Esquire ran a fashion layout in front of a series of jail cells.
Who wants to work hard in the real world when one can make quick up-front profits on
their prison stocks?
Drugs came to Hardeman County before I moved there. One of my friends is a farmer
who said that she first noticed the drugs in 1986. Interesting. That coincides with
activities at the airport in Mena, Arkansas allegedly a significant drugs and arms
transshipment point used during the Iran Contra operation.
Mena is only a puddle jump away from our local airport in Bolivar, the county seat. It
makes sense that with so much coming through Mena in the early 1980s that the
distribution routes would push into the surrounding states.
Fifteen years on, we are overwhelmed. Should you pass the airport late at night, very
likely you would see a private plane landing. When a private plane lands at a rural
municipal airport at 4am on Sunday morning, it does make you wonder. This summer, we
have had a major drug bust at a farm half a mile down the road, robberies, and high-speed
convoys of sheriff s cars with sirens wailing every day for the last few weeks. A man
down the road could not get off crack and so, at the age of 30, drank a bottle of acid and
died. Who is taking all these drugs? They say it is the kids. The only statistics that I can
find indicate that marijuana is Tennessee’s largest cash crop. Bigger than cotton and
hardwood. This may be so, but where is it growing and who is growing it?
The money-laundering situation fits the picture. If you travel by car enough, you notice
how many fast food restaurants and gas station food marts are far from doing the total
retail necessary to support overhead and capital investment.
One night I drove ten miles to Bolivar to go through the car wash at the
local Amoco station. I tried to pay for a three-dollar car wash with quarters. I
was told they would not take coins. It was a policy. Counting coins was too
much work, explained two attendants as they chatted with friends, with no other customer
but me. So I got back in my car and drove ten miles home and washed the car with a hose
and some paper towels. The symbolic economy is too busy processing the proceeds of
crime to do the work necessary in the real economy. Indeed, it makes you wonder, which
one is the real economy? I don’t mean to say that Hickory Valley is not wonderful. It is.
The land is beautiful; we have wonderful churches and more than a few fine neighbors.
The reality is, however, that too many people are making money by destroying what we
have.
HOW THE MONEY WORKS: WEST PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Georgie lives upstairs from my apartment on 54th street. She does not understand how
her richest friend could now be one of her poorest friends, and what am I going to do
about it. Georgie can’t figure out why the Department of Justice will not pay Hamilton
for work performed and accepted by the government.
I have explained that the Department of Justice says that the US is now money laundering
$500 billion, to $1 trillion a year. Such a volume would require significant pro-active
leadership from the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the Department of Justice.
Between the fed wire system and tools like PROMIS software, it is fair to say that the
war on drugs is more about keeping the price of drugs up and the costs down than
denying retail narcotics distributors access to our children. We drew a map of the US to
demonstrate that the four largest state markets in drug import-exports, California, Texas,
New York and Florida, are also the four largest states in money laundering and the four
largest states in banking and investment.
California, New York, Texas and Florida along with the law firms, lobbyists and
government contractors in the DC area generate almost half of the national campaign
contributions. Georgie said that looking at the big picture was simply too overwhelming
and wondered how this could affect our block in West Philadelphia? So we got out a
piece of paper and started to estimate.
Daily, wtching two or three teenagers on the corner deal drugs across the street, Georgie
and I did a simple exercise. We figured that our three street dealers had a 50% deal with a
supplier, did $300 a day each, and worked 250 days a year. Their supplier could run the
profits through a local fast food
A note from our founder on PROMI S software...
The significance of PROMIS software is that it was sold to banks, who wittingly or
otherwise bought it with a trap door that allowed those with the requisite codes to get in.
The software was allegedly developed in the 70s by a company called Inslaw. We say
allegedly because there are those who believe that William and Nancy Hamilton, the
owners of Inslaw, stole it themselves in the first place. The Hamiltons sued the
government for stealing it. They charged that the government modified it to enable
intelligence agencies to access bank records, accounts, and databases.
The Promis affair is a difficult one to research, with much mis- or disinformation floating
about. A reporter, Danny Casolaro who was investigating the story, was killed and
officially ruled a suicide. Casolaro had however, told friends that he was working on
something dangerous and if he died he would have been murdered.
While the PROMIS potential alone is worrisome, the fact that intelligence agencies might
have a software entry to most of, if not all, the banks around the world, is truly sobering.
The implications are enormous. Aside from the obvious issues raised by the possession by
spooks of entry into your bank account, there are other, mundane, questions raised. What
is all the fuss about money laundering if the government has, and has had, such access to
the financial systems records? Who is kidding whom here?
You can read about the PROMIS story at the web site of Insight Magazine
(www.insightmag.com) in a series of articles written by Insight investigative journalist
Kelly Patricia O.Meara. For our own part, considering the number of US espionage
cases in recent years, which often seem to involve the sale of software codes to foreign
powers, we wonder about who else around the world has access to our bank accounts,
and why?
restaurant that was owned by a publicly traded company. So those three illiterate
teenagers could generate approximately $2.3MM in stock market value and a nice flow of
deposits and business for the Philadelphia banks and insurance companies.
Indeed, if the DOJ is correct, about $500 billion to 1 trillion of annual money laundering
is taking place in the US, then about $20 to 40 billion should flow at some point through
the Philadelphia Fed. Assuming a 20% margin and a 20x multiple, the total feasible stock
market cap pre-leverage could be as much as $80 -160 billion.
Imagine the stock market crash if all those black teenagers stopped dealing drugs and all
these kids stopped taking them. What does this say about our society when we believe
that a highly sophisticated multibillion-dollar financial business is managed and
controlled by black teenagers, Colombian warlords and a few Italians? How is it that a
military enforcement complex with a $350 billion budget and a Federal Reserve System
that controls the bank wire transfer system is helpless to stop them?
WHAT DOES HUD HAVE TO DO WI TH I T?
Using government guarantees to insure mortgages in a neighborhood like ours makes
sense. It protects investors from concern about the value of real estate.
The value of residential real estate reflects first and foremost the safety and well being of
the neighborhood. If West Philadelphia were financed with private mortgages from big
Philadelphia banks, then they would lose money on the economic withering of
neighborhoods. If they pooled all the mortgages in mortgage pass-throughs and sold them
to the pension funds without government guarantees of any kind, the pension funds
would start losing money if defaults started to happen.
For the banks, of course, it is impossible to refuse to make mortgage loans in a
neighborhood in which they are channeling the reinvestment of narcotics profits.
First, there is the branding problem: they cannot tell people they won’t finance their
homes because they prefer to reinvest the profits of folks who sell narcotics to their
children and they can not make money on both. That is a problem as well because the
banks. core business is based on using taxpayers credit, and moving the losses to the
taxpayers when things go wrong. For large banks and corporations to extract equity out
of a neighborhood, it is essential that the local values not impair their assets or the
mortgage securities they create and service. That is where government credit provided by
agencies like HUD comes in.
More money can be made from narcotics if the housing market has enough liquidity and
the neighborhood deposits come your way. So government guarantees ensure that (a) the
taxpayer foots the bill and (b) the politicians can say that they are doing something to
improve local housing conditions. The beauty of government credit is that banks and
mortgage companies and investment banks can finance communities and not worry about
whether the neighborhood is safe or the schools are decent. Add the rich tax shelters and
credits offered by the Treasury and the subsidies from HUD, and who cares what the
fundamental economics are?
As an economic development consultant from Philadelphia said to me, ‘I don’t
understand. I just had lunch with a guy from a large bank. They are financing housing
that costs $150,000 per unit and selling it for $50,000. He says they are making a ton of
money. How can that be?” I then explained what happens when you can create various
combinations of tax shelters and tax credits and tax write-offs and tax exempt bonds and
empowerment zones and mortgage pass-throughs with rich guaranteed financing and
subsidies, all in no-risk packages.
Investors such as pension funds, endowments and foundations do not even have to pay
taxes on their income and capital gains.
The beauty of the don’t worry, be happy model of financing communities
with obfuscated taxpayer losses divorced from the economic reality of risk, is
that everyone eventually buys into it. Local residents do not want the neighborhood to get
better because their rents or home taxes would rise and they would be forced out.
Local small businessmen would lose their livelihood if commercial rents went up. Local
organizations are increasingly dependent on government subsidies that they win by
persuading someone that things are dire and people need lots of expert help as they, by
some mystery, are unable to turn off their TVs and go down to the library or community
college to get an education. Everyone adjusts to a perverse model: neighborhood equity
down, Dow Jones Index up, debt up, crime up. It is all because that is how his or her
financial incentives have come to work. Meantime, the guys making all the money on the
drugs take a small portion that they write off by moving it into charities and foundations.
That means some of their principal can be invested tax exempt in perpetuity.
Meanwhile the percentage of income that is spent for charitable purpose can go for a
series of activities that keeps the bleeding hearts preoccupied. That way no one interferes
with the fundamental issues and instead are preoccupied on token successes and systemic
failures that help brand the donors as good and the poor as hopeless.
And so HUD plays an important role in the transition of neighborhoods in
which all the players have a vested interest in the neighborhood succeeding in
the most cost effective manner, to one in which the players make money on
failure or indifference. HUD has over $500 billion of mortgage insurance
outstanding and an equivalent amount of mortgage securities backed up by the taxpayer’s
full faith and credit through HUD’s mortgage agency, Ginnie Mae.
BUBBLEMANI A ASI DE, 2 PLUS 2 STI LL ADDS UP TO 4
There are two problems with federal investment in the US. The first is the
imbalance between sources and uses. The second is that rates of return are
negative. Let’s look at what is going on and why.
In a nutshell, Washington is a financial mechanism that raises $1from the
American people and then invests $2 dollars back. If the politicians in
Washington ask for another dollar to balance the equation, they are voted out
of office. If they borrow another dollar to balance the equation, they are
criticized soundly. If they cut spending by a dollar, they are again voted out of
office. It is easy to see why the debt has gone up.
In 1997, we did an analysis for a group of investors in the Philadelphia area. We
estimated that the return on investment to taxpayers on total federal investment-subsidies,
operations and financing. was negative. The majority of
federal taxation and investment was lowering the Philadelphia share of the
GNP. So the problem is not just that the government spends more than it taxes. There is
an insidious shift from high return functions to low and negative return functions. The
two dollars that Washington is spending is not generating four dollars or even the one-
dollar that it is taking out for taxes. That means the local economy is losing five dollars
from the proposition. Let’s look at thisin the context of HUD. HUD has a program called
Hope VI, which is the construction of new public housing. Here is how the money works
on Hope VI. We tax people who make $36,000 a year. We then take the money and use it
to build housing that costs $150 - 250,000 (inclusive of all overhead, etc) per apartment
unit, which we use to warehouse people who make $10,000 a year or less in a manner in
which they are unlikely to become taxpayers. This generates a large number of jobs,
profit, and private equity for a group of lawyers, accountants, developers, consultants and
others who tend to make substantially in excess of $36,000, say anywhere from $75,000
to $500,000 or more a year. In the HUD programs, a surprising number of them went to
Harvard, Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and
Last, but most special, Harvard Law School. If not Harvard, someplace more like it than
the University of Tennessee agricultural school.
A few years back I took the pricings on the HUD-defaulted mortgage portfolio to the
head of Hope VI. I explained that HUD had substantial single-family inventory in those
same communities. Empty single-family homes could be bought and repaired at a
fraction of the price of new construction of public housing by private developers. The
HUD official said, but then how would we generate fees for our friends? You just have
to love a woman who is that honest.
EVERYONE ADJ USTS TO A PERVERSE MODEL:
NEI GHBORHOOD EQUI TY DOWN, DOW J ONES I NDEX UP, DEBT UP, CRI ME
UP. I T I S ALL BECAUSE THAT I S HOW HI S OR HER FI NANCI AL I NCENTI VES
HAVE COME TO WORK.
HUD PROGRAM LEVEL ANNUAL GROWTH, 1998-2002
Discretionary budget authority in billions of dollars
Note: the line represents program level, which adjusts for an advance appropriation of
$4.2 billions in 2000, other technical changes, and offsetting receipts, 1998 and 1999
have been adjusted for reclassification of Federal Housing Administration receipts.
Source: Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Graph not shown
The result of this situation is summed up by this statistic: twenty or thirty years ago, 70
cents of every dollar of federal spending went into the pocket of someone in the
neighborhood it was targeted at. Today that number is less than 30 cents. What that
means is that investment in community development has enjoyed about a 300 - 400%
increase in overhead, at the same time that technology has actually made it possible for
overhead to drop dramatically.
The public policy solution has been to outsource government functions to make them
more productive. In fact, this jump in overhead is simply a subsidy provided to private
companies and organizations that receive a guaranteed return regardless of performance.
We have subsidies and financing to support housing programs that make no economic
sense except for the property managers and owners who build and manage it for layers of
fees. We have a horde of service providers to federal programs who are expert at helping
communities of people who rarely show signs of improvement.
At HUD, it is primarily defense contractors such as Lockheed, American Management
Systems (AMS) and DynCorp who run these same programs. Such companies tend to
have numerous private conflicts of interest through companies owned directly or
indirectly by their investors. They make money from the programs and serve as a
revolving door for personnel between them and the government. Not surprisingly, they
find it impossible to run HUD efficiently no matter how much they are paid.
Incompetence is a moneymaker.
Take AMS of Fairfax, Virginia, for example. It is reported to have earned $206MM since
1993 to build and run the HUD accounting system, HUD CAPS. That system has had
mysterious periods of not working during which everyone was too busy to use a pencil
and paper to reconcile the checkbook with Treasury. In fiscal 1999, HUD refused to
publish audited financial statements. Total reported undocumented adjustments to force
balanced books in fiscal 1998-1999 are now $149 billion.
When you see a company hired to operate financial control and accounting systems paid
$206 million to mismanage or misreport $149 billion, you begin to appreciate the
economics of bubblemania.
One way to prevent such discrepancies would be to check that the revenues flowing out
the door at HUD matched up with the revenues reported to the IRS at Treasury. This is a
reasonable idea. However, today the head of the IRS is the former Chairman of AMS
(who was provided with a waiver that allows him to keep his significant position in AMS
stock).
The truth is that the private sector is eating government programs and administration
alive. This means that fundamental economic productivity is decreasing while
government investment earns a constantly decreasing rate of return to taxpayers.
This has been going on for a long time. For example, in 1988, I was invited to a budget
briefing for business leaders by Secretary of Defense Weinberger at the Pentagon. For
eight hours he and his corporate guests painted a clear and detailed picture as to how the
top corporations in America would protect themselves during globalization. This would
be accomplished by substantially increasing the amount of cost-plus fixed price contracts
they would be guaranteed from Washington.
I had little appreciation then for what this meant. Wall Street might be cooking up in the
mortgage and mortgage securities market.
HOW THE MONEY WORKS: RTC AND THE PRELUDE TO HUD LOAN SALES
In 1989, US financial institutions experienced a wave of single family, multifamily and
commercial mortgage defaults known as the Savings and Loan crisis. The resolution of
the so-called S&L crisis saw the development of the Resolution Trust Corporation
(RTC). The RTC was a mechanism by which the American taxpayers underwrote
approximately $500 billion of waste, tax shelters and fraud in a manner that allowed the
investors to buy the assets at a discount.
Two of the biggest winners were the large banks that were bust but did not go bust and
the large banks that were not bust who enjoyed the ride. The former were floated out by a
nicely upward sloping yield curve thanks to Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman.
The Fed pumped Citibank out of a negative equity position with royal amounts of federal
credit arbitrage.
Citibank could borrow short and reinvest long at a 500 basis point spread and just keep
doing it until it had generated sufficient profits to comply with its regulatory requirement
for equity capital. In the meantime, NationsBank and those who started with positive
equity positions were having an even better time. Congress never discussed or voted on
it.
In 1993, I had lunch with the head of corporate lending in the DC area from
NationsBank. He explained that NationsBank had no plans to make small business loans
of any meaningful volume in the district. I had checked their latest SEC filings that
morning. NationsBank had approximately $110 billion in long treasury bonds on their
balance sheet. Essentially, the American taxpayers were providing them with the
mechanism to borrow short term at a low price using our credit, collect up all our
deposits using our credit, then lend to our government long term at a 550 basis point
spread where they had a recourse guarantee of our credit, and refuse to lend to my small
business since it was not good enough business for them. The net result was that I could
finance my government handing out more subsidy and credit to large corporations while I
financed my small business with my credit card, paying them 18% to borrow my money
provided with my credit and deposits.
As a board member at Sallie Mae at the time, I also got to see firsthand how the
Government Sponsored Enterprises were doing. About a third of our balance sheet at
Sallie Mae was borrowing short to invest long in what was essentially the same federal
government credit arbitrage. It appeared that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were doing
the same thing.
What we were creating was a society in which certain institutions were not only not
allowed to fail, but were guaranteed profits using taxpayers’ credit. The best part yet was
that every time the taxpayers and their credit bailed these folks out, they and their
investors got to keep 100% of the equity. So heads you win, tails you stick the losses to
the taxpayers. Large banks are not allowed to fail.
This set the stage for a long series of taxpayer financed rescues: the Mexican bailout, the
"restructuring" of Russia, and the Long Term Capital Management bailout.
A WORD ABOUT PLACE-BASED FI NANCI AL DI SCLOSURE
When I joined the Bush Administration in 1989 as Assistant Secretary of
Housing, I read the budget for the Federal Housing Administration.
It described a $300 billion portfolio of mortgage insurance with about $50 to 100 billion
a year of annual originations. I asked the person responsible for the comptroller function
to direct me to the place in the budget where it explained how much we were making and
losing. I was told there was no such place. I asked where the financial statements were. I
was told that the accountants had them, that they reported to a different Assistant
Secretary and that I was not allowed to speak with them.
The Government Accounting Office (GAO) had audited our financial statements several
years ago. We could not afford an outside auditor, let alone every year. Besides, we
operated on a cash basis. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would never
permit accrual statements.
After months of working with a variety of parties at HUD, OMB and in the
Administration, and with much support from GAO, the accounting group was
moved over to my area and legislation was introduced and passed that required a
comptroller for the FHA Funds, a chief financial officer for the department, and a legal
requirement for annual audited financial statements and actuarial statements.
When we got access to our financial information, it turned out that we were losing $11
million a day in the single-family fund, the Mutual Mortgage
Insurance Fund, and more in the multifamily and special risk fund called the
General Insurance Fund. What is more, I discovered that we had never tracked our
financial results on a place-based basis. In other words, ten regional and eighty field
offices had no idea how they were doing. So we put together crude place-based cash
flows. What we found was simply astonishing.
First, the national data on which the portfolio was based turned out to be the irrelevant
product of averaging. A look at all ten regions and eighty field offices showed that no one
part of the portfolio fit the image depicted by the national averages. Our vision of our
business had been substantially distorted by the way in which the data had been
presented.
Second, it turned out that over 100% of our losses were generated in two regions. The
first was headquartered in Texas, and included Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. We
discovered that the Texas region had lost over $2 billion the year before. They had no
idea. The second was headquartered in
Colorado. What the numbers showed was that S&L fraud and HUD fraud were
perpetrated by the same networks and in the same places involving the use of federal
credit. Meantime, back in Washington, everyone was talking about these two scandals the
S&L scandal and the HUD scandal as if they were separate.
It was clear that place-based financial data would have told us what had happened, who
had profited and how to prevent it from happening again. It also became apparent that our
investments in communities conflicted with the other federal, state and local investment
in that place. There was no mechanism to optimize total government investment and
operations within a place. Federal spending seemed intentionally designed to insure that
there could be no flexibility between categories. We were spending $55,000 a year for a
woman and 1.8 children to live in a place and in a manner such that they would and
indeed could never become taxpayers and get off the dole. We were spending $150-
250,000 to build public housing while HUD foreclosed homes that could be bought and
fixed up for $50,000 were available a block away. We were paying large corporations
$35-150 dollars an hour to do things that people who lived in those neighborhoods could
be trained to do. The implications were enormous: theoretically, at least, there was the
opportunity, using more accurate palace based information, to place public finances on a
sounder footing in which the taxpayers’ investment returns were positive. Therein lay a
problem however, because there was no political constituency for place-based financial
statements.
Return on investment to special interests was not compatible with a positive return on
investment to taxpayers. There were two kinds of special interests. The first were
technically legal. The second were illegal. The second was growing. My refusal to follow
illegal orders and success at cleaning up Iran Contra fraud ultimately led to my leaving
the Administration in 1990. I was told the day after I left that the preparation of place-
based financial accounting and statements had been terminated.
That was one of the reasons I turned down the opportunity to serve at the Federal Reserve
and instead started Hamilton upon leaving the Bush Administration. It was the reason
why we at Hamilton built Community Wizard. The Community Wizard made it possible
for anyone to put together a sources and uses statement for government activities (taxes,
time use, spending, credit, regulation, operations, and more) in their community. An easy
step was just linking to the Consolidated Financial Reports (CAFRS).
The shock of finding so much in the way of hidden assets and where the money was
really going was always a pleasure to watch. Why should the finance committee
chairmen of the political campaigns be the only ones to see the information on how the
money works by place?
Luis Mendez, one of my partners at Dillon Read, visited me in Washington in
1996. He said that Wizard was a stupid idea that would not work. Things were hopeless,
he said. I showed Luis a printout of the CAFR for his community of Bronxville, New
York. When he saw the figures, he exploded in rage. The first item was $4 million of
flood insurance. This was the worst form of corruption, Luis said. Apparently, Bronxville
was on a hill. The next day Luis spent two hours on the phone with the Deputy Mayor of
Bronxville going through each item and informing him this was all going to stop.
Apparently, things were far from hopeless, once one had the information. It just took one
good map to see how to fix thousands of little things, one at a time.
HOW THE MONEY WORKS: HUD LOAN SALES
As non-performing mortgages cascaded into the RTC and private financial institutions in
the late 1980s and early 1990s, auction markets in those loans developed. There were a
wide variety of buyers and real estate investors looking to get control of properties,
mortgage brokers buying and selling whole loans and securities firms looking to pool
mortgages and issue new securities in the pools. The technology of mortgage workouts
boomed.
HUD was the only major financial institution that stayed on the sidelines and simply let
its portfolio grow, until by 1993 it had approximately $4 billion of performing and non-
performing single family mortgages and $8 billion of multifamily mortgages. The cost of
holding these mortgages in portfolio was substantial. The cost to nearby homeowners and
residents was also substantial as homes sat empty and foreclosed or apartment buildings
in need of workout went unattended.
As field offices were overwhelmed, contractors were hired to help service the various
portfolios. As the portfolio and losses grew, so did their business.
And so did the criticisms. The HUD Inspector General criticized HUD for not having a
loan sales program and the large portfolio of defaulted mortgages was listed as a material
weakness by HUD’s outside auditor and the OMB.
This mess on the back end of the lending and borrowing process was also shutting down
the ability to continue origination volume on the front end.
Credit reform legislation passed during the Bush Administration was designed to prevent
S&L type scandals happening with the $1.2 trillion of federal credit, of which HUD
mortgage insurance has about one third. In addition to requiring annual financial
statements and actuarial statements, new originations required loan loss reserves funded
through appropriations.
In 1993, the Clinton Administration’s plan to issue lots of mortgage insurance faced a
funding problem. High default rates on the mortgage insurance portfolio and low
recovery rates on the defaulted mortgage portfolio had serious implications for the cost
and volume of new originations. That meant that the pressure was intense to substantially
improve the recovery rates.
At the end of 1992, HUD issued a competitive request for proposals from contractors to
improve loan loss recoveries, a competition that Hamilton won in late 1993 due in part to
the total disinterest of the financial advisory industry. The experts were confident that
HUD could never successfully put into operation debt servicing options, including
auctions.
While we shared the widespread assessment of the difficulties of getting things done,
HUD’s pool of Data, the richest data on how all the money worked by place was a
significant attraction.
I also wanted to prototype the reengineering of government and private investment by
place. HUD afforded a rare opportunity to transfer substantial amounts of assets to the
private markets in a way that would encourage equity- based financing of communities,
moving communities to a healthier and more productive economic basis. Hamilton
sought to prototype the Community Wizard, through which the integration of new
technology combined with the privatization of government and the securitization of the
illiquid economy could create the greatest wealth.
To widespread surprise, the HUD loans sales were an astonishing operational and
economic success. HUD sold $10 billion of loans between 1994 and1997, generating
$2.2 billion of credit reform profits, and increasing recovery rates from 35% to 70-90%.
The performance was attributed to a variety of factors, including several innovations
introduced by Hamilton: Low-cost access to due diligence databases and packages and
forward auction calendars, through the Internet, the World Wide Web and proprietary on
line systems.
Optimization bid technology adapted by AT&T Bell Labs from their original technology
used to route telephone call and airline flight crew schedules. This allowed bidders to
stratify the portfolio the way they wanted to. It dramatically increased competition
between all sectors of the real estate, mortgage and securities market, both large and
small. This also allowed HUD to calculate the performance of numerous groups of
bidders and the financial costs of less attractive measures. In short, the facts were at hand
for the first time.
The process was improved through adaptation of software development models to bid
design and management by HUD. Auctions were designed on line through the creation of
detailed design books owned by the government that allowed for much more precise
communication and agreements between numerous parts of the government. This
instilled accountability and clarity in a highly political environment as well as radically
reducing transaction costs and the ability to ensure that HUD was not dependent on a
handful of contractors.
The HUD loan sales were a procedural but not a political success.
Numerous groups and the trade and financial press were initially glowing. Barron’s wrote
an article entitled .Believe It or Not, HUD does something right for taxpayers. (Jim
McTague, April 10, 1995) Congress and OMB were initially thrilled. The administration
and industry now had the means to fund the growth of new mortgage insurance
originations. However, there were groups that felt the pinch: loan servicers were losing
contract business as the defaulted portfolio decreased.
The enforcement teams in the Inspector General’s office and General Counsel’s office,
which generated revenues for the government through civil money penalties on the
defaulted portfolio, were unhappy. While they admitted that sales were better for HUD,
they took the position that they were worse for their performance goals. Their message to
the program staff was, in essence: to hell with the taxpayers, we only care about our stuff.
Property owners complained loudly about no longer getting below market workouts at
35%, and alluded to special deals they had been promised that loan sales now violated.
Harvard Endowment’s NHP was the most vociferous and aggressive in their lobbying
against the loan sales, working through the National Association of Homebuilders and the
National Multi-Housing Council.
Given how many people from Harvard populated the key political appointments at
Treasury, OMB, DOJ and HUD, including the lawyers who ran the real deal behind the
protection of attorney client privilege and a maze of secrecy laws, this was a concern.
Bob Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury, had been on the board of Harvard Endowment. His
deputy, Lawrence Summers, had been a professor at Harvard (and would return as
President in 2001). The current Harvard Endowment board member involved in
Harvard’s HUD investments, Pug Winokur, was also the lead investor in and Chairman
of DynCorp. DynCorp was one of the leading military and intelligence agency
contractors in the War on Drugs with contracts at DOJ, HUD and the State Department.
DynCorp had a vested interest in neighborhoods not working. DynCorp was one of the
managers of the PROMIS system at DOJ and the lead contractor on DOJ’s Asset
Forfeiture Fund.
Optimization study results showed that the traditional HUD property managers and
bankers were substantially under performing the bidding groups, coming in 25% or more
below the winning bid levels. The message to everyone at HUD was that the absence of
open disclosure and competition in their programs had cost them dear. If HUD applied
the principles of disclosure and competition to new allocations of subsidy and credit,
Harvard would be one of the larger losers.
Owners, general partners and limited partners in HUD-subsidized portfolios anticipated
an immediate renewal of their subsidy contracts. If the principles of SEC standards of
disclosure and competition were applied to them in the future, they could face tax
recapture and potential securities fraud liability.
HUD is essentially run and controlled by a group of defense contractors who appeared
concerned that Hamilton’s financial software and portfolio strategy tools gave political
appointees too much knowledge of how the money worked at HUD. This would harm
their purpose and the profits of their networks.
Lockheed and EDS personnel regularly made it difficult to access databases that they
managed for HUD. While the loan sales were an improvement over doing nothing, they
represented only a first step. The loan sales had improved recovery rates from 35% to 70
-90%, generating several billions of savings. However, there was still more room for
improvement. The direction in which the loan sales and the portfolio strategies were
being developed created some political problems.
Simple auctions gave the advantage to bidders that were bidding with hot money. So,
arguably, the narcotics trafficking operation that had undermined neighborhoods in a way
that resulted in a mortgage going into default, had the money to bid the most aggressively
on the auction.
HUD was moving to organize its bids on a place-based basis and to establish trusts in
which the winning bid and performance was measured in terms of total savings to the
government, not just to HUD. Such structures, once successfully prototyped and
developed, would have produced a far better return for both government and the
community. It would counter balance the hot money problem by providing local players
with a way of outperforming national players.
Auctions held regularly from the field offices could move port-folio faster in a way that
could help mitigate the deterioration in value while the mortgage was held in portfolio for
national auctions.
There was a direct conflict between the interests of both taxpayers and community
homeowners and residents on the one hand, and the interests of various intermediaries
and special interests on the other. Decades of inertia had created a significant
infrastructure of people who made money from managing poverty-not ending it. This
infrastructure included contractors, property managers, not-for-profit institutions,
mortgage bankers, investment bankers, consultants, state housing finance agencies and
low income activists who made money from the average American not having access to
education, jobs and capital based on performance. Performance was judged on the return
on investment to special interests, not the return on investment to taxpayers.
The two had devolved to a point where they were pitted in a win-lose relationship. On the
face of things, the loan sales were a grand success in the capital markets, in the
technology world, in the reengineering world, and to the bottom line.
Behind the scenes they were unhelpful for the Democrats who had to raise money in the
1996 elections and to the Republicans who were putting forward
Jack Kemp, the former secretary of HUD. Everyone needed more pork and patronage to
hand out, not less.
HUD was a slush fund. Some say the loan sales were initially used to increase slush fund
resources. If Treasury colluded with Wall Street bidders, it is entirely possible to have
stolen large amounts of resources without anyone on the HUD loan sales team knowing.
In addition, loan sales generated the credit subsidy and high recovery rate assumptions
needed to fund large increases of new originations.
Were new originations needed to keep slush fund operations going? If so, once enough
credit subsidy profits were generated to fund new originations,
Wizard and the place-based trusts may have exposed slush fund operations.
In the end, HUD decided to resolve its ongoing single-family mortgage defaults with a
foreclosure process that rejected resolution methods that could produce a 90% recovery
rate. Instead, it chose a foreclosure and inventory property sales system that had
historically produced 35% recovery rates. It was much more expensive for both
defaulting and nearby homeowners, costing the HUD mortgage funds in the billions
annually. The justification given by the deputy in charge of the single-family program
was that maintaining a large foreclosed property inventory was essential to being a full
service real estate operation.
Losing billions a year so that a government agency is full service is bureaucrat-speak that
intentionally obscures other objectives. Proof lay in the silence of the private mortgage
insurance companies and the mortgage industry. These practices were fine with them.
When the private sector concedes large market share to government graciously,
something is up.
THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL’S POINT OF VIEW
I used to have a partner who would always say, cash flow is more important than your
mother. If you want to understand anything, sit in the top guy’s chair and simulate the
cash f lows. Everything becomes very clear quickly.
Put yourself in this man’s shoes: It is 1996, and you are the Secretary of the Treasury,
Bob Rubin. Your job is to keep the stock market up and the deficit financed. While you
would like the economy to be good, the reality is that you need the profits and capital
gains of the men who run all the money to be healthy and for their reinvestment to cycle
back through your financial systems pipeline.
To do this, you are dependent on the $500 billion to $1 trillion per annum of money
laundering that passes through the American banking system as estimated by the
Department of Justice. To get a proper idea of the importance of this flow to the banks
that are your charge, imagine for the sake of example that the banks earn fees and
commissions of 1% on those volumes. (Considering that the source of that money is
illegal, 1% is almost certainly too low.) That amounts to $5 to $10 billion in pre-tax
profits. Clearly, you need that number to grow. You need worldwide capital to move
through your pipelines. One way to keep that flow growing is with government credit.
Government credit supports the capital markets and prospective capital gains from those
markets that attract more money. The growth of federal and federal-supported credit was
simply stupefying during the 1990s. Republicans and Democrats tripped over each other
in the competition to slap out ever more.
Another way is to run your enforcement, intelligence and military operations to
consolidate the money laundering market and overall capital flow into those financial
institutions that cycle the deposits and investments though the US financial markets. If
you were Bob Rubin and the members of the National Security Council in 1996, you
would have felt the pressure to keep the cash flow that comes through your pipelines
growing.
There was an election to win. The1996 Presidential campaign was an unusually partisan
one. The competition for fundraising was intense, involving lots of alleged money
laundering schemes that tied into money abroad. Needless to say, the nostrum it’s the
economy, stupid that informed the 1992 Democratic campaign and victory still held. That
meant that for the incumbents to win, the stock market needed to be high and interest
rates and gold prices low. With substantial fundraising coming from the states (New
York, California, Texas, Florida and the DC area) representing the highest money
laundering flows, the reality of raising money was brought home by ex-CIA chief
William Colby’s statement in 1995 that the drug cartels may now be calling the shots at
all levels of government.
Rumours abounded about money laundered into campaign coffers from government
credit and deals extended to Russia and China.
FROM THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL’S POI NT OF VI EW:
WHAT DOES HUD HAVE TO DO WI TH I T?
Let’s lo ok at HUD from Rubin’s point of view. First, global money laundering and
capital attraction is a lot easier with federal credit. No one needs to bother about credit
quality, and it is readily marketable around the world. A significant amount of federal
credit, whether on balance sheet through HUD, VA or Farmers Home, or off budget
through FDIC and the GSEs, backs the US mortgage finance system. It may seem counter
intuitive to imagine that federal credit could be a vehicle for money laundering, but in
reality it is simplicity itself.
It is well explained in Gary Webb’s book, Dark Alliance. It was published in 1998 after
he was fired from the San Jose Mercury News for publishing the expose of the same title
in 1996. In it, Ricky Ross, the dealer who led the crack cocaine explosion in South
Central Los Angeles, explains to his Iran Contra supplier that he has a cash problem. The
problem is that he has millions in cash underneath his bed and it just keeps growing.
What can he do with the cash? The supplier says, don’t you know, you buy real estate?
So Ricky bought a string of properties. He wasn’t alone. Some estimates of the volume of
Florida real estate transactions funded by illicit cash are as high as 70%. The lesson is
clear. Publicly traded homebuilding and mortgage banking operations can be both a
turbocharged cash and capital gains machine. As of 1996, homebuilding and mortgage
banking was unimpeded by any money laundering enforcement.
The following encounter illustrates this. At the Money Laundering Alert’s annual
conference in Miami in the spring of 2000, I asked the senior representative of the US
Treasury’s money laundering group, FinCen, what plans they had for protecting the
federal credit programs particularly the ones in homebuilding and mortgage banking from
money laundering. To her credit, she answered, “not only do I not know the answer to
your question; I do not know enough about the federal credit programs to understand
your question”.
I then visited the vendor fair. All the software providers who helped banks comply with
money laundering regulation said that their banking clients would not let them near their
mortgage banking subsidiaries, which were booming.
A visit with the Lexus-Nexus affiliate indicated that the only reference he could find to
money laundering enforcement in US homebuilding and mortgage banking indicated that
HUD was the responsible enforcement authority, which means there was none.
THE NATI ONAL SECURI TY COUNCI L’S POI NT OF VI EW:
THE DARK ALLI ANCE ALLEGATI ONS
Another one of Bob Rubin and the NSC.s problems in 1996 was that the information
regarding government narcotics trafficking kept seeping into the public awareness in a
manner that could impair essential narcotics trafficking profits and reinvestment thereof.
Government deficit financing both in the US and worldwide had for decades
depended on an ever-expanding illegal narcotics trade. Narcotics had been a
banking business from the beginning, controlled for the benefit of those who
wanted large pools of deposits to finance new investments or to take in payment for trade
from those who could not access credit.
As head of the arbitrage desk at Goldman Sachs for many years, Rubin would have seen
the process by which organized crime profits, cycled through Wall
Street, bought up corporate America through mergers and acquisitions and leveraged
buyouts. This was a game he must have understood.
THE NATI ONAL SECURI TY COUNCIL’S POINT OF VIEW:
MI SSI NG MONEY AND SLUSH FUNDS
One of my accomplishments in the Bush Administration was to persuade the
Office of Management and Budget to allow us to create a legal requirement that HUD
and its component parts have a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and audited annual
financial statements with actuarial studies, and then to require it of all the other federal
credit programs. After we won OMB’s support, the notion of CFOs, accrual statements
and outside audits caught on all round the government.
One of the reasons the missing money problems have come to the fore is that
GAO is continually announcing that such and such an agency cannot produce audited
financials as required and the amount of the adjustments without documentation it
requires to get the agency and the US Treasury to agree is such and such.
In March 2000, the HUD Inspector General testified that HUD would not publish
financial statements for fiscal 1999 and that the undocumented adjustments made so far
to balance the books was $59 billion. A close reading of the undecipherable preliminary
audit indicated that, in fact, the number was $17 billion in fiscal 1998 and $70 billion on
the asset side and $59 billion on the liability side in fiscal 1999. As a practical matter,
since HUD was assuring us that their systems did not work and that they had simply not
bothered to check their accounts and cash balances in the old fashioned way using paper
and pencil, we had no numbers of any meaning. In fact, anything was possible.
Worse yet, GAO reports of the Treasury accounting systems both as to their reliability
and control by private contractors are also disturbing. With little or no info-sovereignty,
the internal controls are insufficient to assure that cash balance reconciliation between an
agency such as HUD and Treasury are accurate.
When an agency can issue government guarantees and not record what they have issued
correctly and then write checks that are not recorded correctly, then one or more of the
players that handle the money, namely the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank of
New York, AMS, and Lockheed, may be in a position to steal literally hundreds of
billions of dollars with no one the wiser except those enjoying the fruits.
Such a thought seemed far-fetched not that long ago. Indeed, in 1994 after the first
FHA/HUD financial audit was published, a mortgage banker came to see me. He was a
serious engineering type who clearly worked hard and mastered the details of his
business. He was distressed, he said. For decades he had been keeping a tally of total
outstanding FHA/HUD mortgage insurance credit. He had brought printouts of his
database for me. It turned out that the government’s published financial statements
showed the amount outstanding was substantially less than the actual amount
outstanding. He was sure.
I assumed that the guy was crazy. If what he said were true, then the US Treasury and the
Federal Reserve would have to be complicit in significant fraud, including securities
fraud. This was inconceivable. To this day, I regret not accepting a copy of the printouts
from his databases. I wonder if they might have illuminated what our Wizard and other
portfolio tools were about to find. They might have helped explain why our efforts to
distribute information on the HUD outstanding mortgage and defaulted mortgage
portfolios inspired such opposition and distress. The indications are growing that
Treasury and OMB are engaging in fraudulent transactions and that the key financing,
accounting and payments systems are run by contractors who are either in on the deal or
turn a blind eye. What this means is that the financial disclosure provided by the federal
government may be essentially meaningless. It does not take long to realize that in a
world with no financial controls, and with the fox in control of the chicken coop anything
is possible.
Life in the federal government is an endless series of shortcuts under impossible political
stress and risk. With no internal financial controls, things can go far off course with no
way for reasonable people to stop it.
The allegations about HUD missing money and slush funds that have come my way in
the last few years are many and I have no way to sort through what is fact and what is
fiction. At some point, however, there is merit to the saying that was thrown in my face
so many times over the last six years, “where there is smoke, there is likely to be fire”.
Here are some of them: HUD is being used to finance covert intelligence and military
operations and research projects both domestically and globally. Some of this funding is
black budge; that is, it is not disclosed to or approved by Congress. That means it is in
violation of the US Constitution. HUD is one of the federal slush funds used to manage
the accounts for domestic narcotics trafficking and to inventory profits on-shore where
they are safe from foreign interference. State and local housing agencies that are used as
local managers and distributors of HUD mortgage credit and subsidies are part of the
money laundering chain.
Allegations regarding the Arkansas Finance Development Agency, ADFA, give
examples of how this works. One of the mechanisms used to provide slush fund monies is
with mortgage securities that are created in whole or in part with fraudulent mortgages.
Churning mortgage defaults back through HUD supports debt service. The Treasury
conspired with winning bidders to rig some of the HUD loan sales The HUD loan sales
were used to launder money from abroad back into the Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization
fund (ESF).
PROMIS software was used by winning bidders-to help them submit winning bids.
Treasury, DOJ, and the intelligence agencies all have access to PROMIS as do one or
more other governments, including Israel Slush fund monies were used to fund the
Treasury’s ESR’s funding of Swiss reparations to the Jewish victims of Nazi seizures.
While it would be nice to learn the truth of what fraud, if any, has transpired, what is
important is to get our tax dollars managed properly and if money is missing, get it back.
Scandals and blame games are not as useful as getting a proper system of resource
management in place and recovering any stolen money.
For three years now I have listened to descriptions by retired military and intelligence
folks about why so much money has gone missing at HUD and HUD’s role in a series of
slush funds around the government.
The reality is that I have no idea what is true and what is false, what is information, what
is exaggeration, what is misinformation and what is disinformation or incompetence. I am
simply not qualified to say.
What I do know from twice trying to help run HUD on a financially responsible basis is
that what they are saying is compatible with what I have experienced over the last twelve
years. Nothing that I have experienced would indicate that their allegations are not
feasible. I am convinced that some combination is true.
In 2000 I visited with a senior staff assistant to the Chairman of one of the appropriations
committees for HUD. I asked him what he thought was going on at HUD. He said, HUD
is being run as a criminal enterprise. Based on the documentary evidence, that is
absolutely correct.
Catherine Austin Fitts
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CHAPTER THREE
FATE: “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”
Jean de la Fontaine
In 1982, Leo Wanta was being set up.
Wanta had been on the Presidential Task Force long enough for
“them” to figure out that he would need to be taken down at some point in
the future. The take down began in Wisconsin, close to home… where
better to set up someone for tax evasion charges eleven years later? They
planned to Al Capone him… get him on tax charges; trumped up tax
charges.
Massive plans to bring down the economic stability of another nation
take time to implement. The Task Force began meeting in late 1980; in
1981, a recommendation was made to President Reagan and there were tasks
he needed to implement to pave the road for Leo Wanta’s entry into the
Soviet Union’s monetary system. Executive Order 12333 had to be written;
Title 18 Section 6 had to be amended in the Federal Statutes. And then the
waiting period came and pressure was put on the Soviets and their economy
via Star Wars (SDI). All good things come to those who wait. But a valued
intelligence resource can’t be kept sitting on the sidelines.
Wanta was sent to Wisconsin on a deep cover investigation. If, as I
say, he was being set up, one needs to look carefully at the agency that sent
him to Wisconsin. The deep cover investigation that sent Leo Wanta from
secret Presidential Task Force meetings back into his Wisconsin home
territory was generated by the FBI. It was looking into the vending machine
business and the connection of a guy named Frank Balistrieri and his
possible affiliation with a company named Falls Vending Service, Inc.
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Balistrieri (who ended up being arrested for his unlawful involvement with
vending machine companies, among other things) was thought to have ties
to various mob elements.
Why would the government be interested in a crook because he was
involved with vending machine companies? Think money laundering.
Think drug distribution system.
The following two paragraphs from a Milwaukee newspaper article
will give you some insight into the reason Balistrieri was being investigated
and substantiate that indeed an agent was functioning undercover in
Milwaukee. That agent was Leo Emil Wanta.
“Frank Balistrieri, known as “Frankie Bals” to his criminal
cohorts, is seen as the most well-known crime boss of Milwaukee.
Balistrieri had already established a sizable loan shark “book,” a
monopolistic control over illegal sports betting and large-scale
influence over vending machines. He would launch the criminal
organization based in Milwaukee to greater illegal heights.
“In 1978 FBI Agent Joseph Pistone, under the alias “Donnie
Brasco”, was slowly infiltrating groups or crews of mobsters that
were based in Manhattan and a part of the Bonanno LCN Family.
Simultaneously another FBI Agent was based in Milwaukee and was
investigating Balistrieri’s control over vending machines.
Unfortunately the Milwaukee based agent was making very little
progress. He, along with Pistone, devised a plan that would bring
both the Bonanno and Milwaukee mobsters to form an illegal
partnership.”
From that brief overview, you can see why the FBI assigned Wanta to
an undercover investigation of Frank “Bals” Balistrieri. Note the reference
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to “large-scale influence over vending machines” by Balistrieri. Note the
Milwaukee-based agent who worked with FBI agent Pistone to bring both
the Bonanno and Milwaukee mobsters to form an illegal partnership.
Wanta’s explanation regarding the reason for his employment with Falls
Vending Service, Inc. is supported here. STING OPERATION
NOTIFICATION AND PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI.
Those are the reasons Leo Emil Wanta accepted a job as President of
Falls Vending Service, Inc., in Butler, Wisconsin… a short drive from his
home. Other Wisconsin newspaper coverage of the Balistrieri arrest and
trial are made available BALISTRIERI ARTICLES
Lee Wanta says there were questions as to judicial integrity involved
in the entire case but does not mention any judge’s specific name. The
newspaper accounts support that view. He did say that Balistrieri negotiated
with prosecutors to get lenient sentences for his sons.
If you read the Balistrieri newspaper articles provided at the link
above, you will find information about questionable practices at the
Milwaukee Sheriff’s office and at least one of them has a direct tie to Leo
Wanta. It involves an innocent-sounding drunk driving charge against a
man named Peter Picciurro. A Sheriff’s Department employee tried
unsuccessfully to get the drunk-driving charge against Picciurro reduced.
Picciurro was the warehouse manager for Wanta’s employer, Falls Vending
Service, Inc.
To achieve his objective, it would be convenient for Wanta if he could
return to an old job… one used to train him as a covert intelligence operative
(and a convenient way in which to regain his access to carry a concealed
weapon without registering for a conceal-carry permit). He couldn’t go to
school at Langley with the CIA boys… he was covert. They were overt.
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Never the twain shall meet, as the old saying goes. Some of Wanta’s
training was gained by becoming a Menomonee Falls Fire and Rescue
volunteer (Badge #17) where he became an emergency medical technician
(EMT). From 1973 to 1979, Wanta gained experience as a part-time Deputy
Sheriff for Waukesha County. He was a graduate of the Milwaukee Police
Academy (Shield 820). In 1980, he took a leave of absence from the
Waukesha Deputy Sheriff’s job because his full-time attention and presence
was required by the Presidential Task Force in Washington, D.C. Now, two
years later, he’s back… for an undercover investigation. And he got results.
Perhaps a letter to Mr. Raymond Klink at the Waukesha (Wisconsin)
County Sheriff’s Department can best explain how Wanta re-affiliated with
that Department. KLINK LETTER He was accepted as a “Special Deputy”
at the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department, (Shield Number 714), and became
Executive Vice President of the Waukesha County Special Deputy Sheriff's
Association. As the linked articles make clear, the Wisconsin-based Frank
Balistrieri mob family had connections in Detroit, Chicago, and Las Vegas.
For this purpose, Wanta became an employee at Falls Vending, based in
Butler, Wisconsin.
Note the reference in Pyzyk’s letter to Klink about Wanta’s
background. “Mr. Wanta, in the last six months, has been cleared by the
United States Justice Department prior to receiving his appointment as
Inspector General of the Defense Department.”
There is another reference in the letter… an inaccurate one. Lawyer
Pyzyk tells Sheriff Klink “…Mr. Leo E. Wanta who very recently acquired
the controlling interest in Falls Vending Service, Inc.”
At one point, Leo Wanta did talk about making an offer to buy Falls
Vending – what better way to examine the books of a company you’re
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investigating? But no purchase ever occurred. He told the owners of Falls
Vending that there were too many unexplained accounting errors in their
books for him to purchase the company. End of story.
Attorney Pyzyk wrote the letter to Mr. Klink in support of Leo Wanta
becoming re-employed as a Waukesha County Special Deputy Sheriff.
What would cause an attorney whose name is on the corporate
letterhead – he wasn’t just an associate lawyer with this firm – to make an
untrue statement? For his own reasons relative to his undercover
investigation, Leo may have shown an interest in buying the company, but
Pyzyk knew Wanta had not acquired controlling interest in Falls Vending.
The following comments from Leo Wanta’s case notes, sent in a
memo to President Barack Obama, provide a possible reason for Pyzyk’s
interest in affiliating Wanta with Falls Vending Service.
“US Bankruptcy Court lists Quarterhouse in caption controlled by
Federal Target F&M bank (Menomonee Falls, WI), thru their Bank
Counsel, R. G. Pyzyk.
“…forgets Engle is owner and – in June 1981, Falls Vending
Services, Inc. received F&M bank loan to purchase Falls Foundry
property – Menomonee Falls, for $500,000. And – later sold Falls
Foundry for $830,000 & not reported in Federal bankruptcy files.”
Hmmmm… that gives one something to think about, doesn’t it? A
lawyer which, according to Wanta, represents F&M Bank which has loaned
Falls Vending $500,000. Does the law firm representing Falls Vending
know the company will soon be in bankruptcy? Probably. They are the
bank’s legal counsel and the bank knows the financial status of Falls
Vending. Banks plan ahead for potential loan loss problems. If Pyzyk was
part of the bank’s legal counsel as Wanta says in his report, at the least he
had a conflict of interest here.
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As you read the following tax charges against Leo Wanta, remember
that he was never an owner of Falls Vending nor did he own any corporate
shares. He was merely an employee. I know I’ve repeated that statement –
it is key to understanding what happened and why.
As you read case after case after case being filed against Wanta,
remember that all of the charges filed against Leo E. Wanta involve the
financial liabilities of Falls Vending. Not one of these cases involves the
personal debt of the Wanta family. None of these law suits have anything to
do with Leo Wanta as an individual, yet they were filed against him
personally… and the trauma it caused him and his family was very personal.
Interestingly, many charges were also filed against his wife, Joanne Wanta.
Her name disappears from the cases filed against Wanta… shortly after his
family lawyer removes himself from representation of Leo and Joanne
Wanta.
It sits as a blemish on the ass of the Wisconsin Department of
Revenue and the Department of Justice that they ignored Wisconsin (and
federal) law as they aggressively pursued Wanta. One must ask why they
would attack so unmercifully someone with no responsibility for debts
having nothing to do with him. It was nothing personal. In 1982 they were
simply helping to set him up for 1993. That’s the only thing that makes any
sense. It also explains why the family lawyer withdrew his representation.
There was one trip wire: They had to successfully get one case to stick.
They had to win one case or the entire set up was for naught.
This is the beginning of the set up.
Falls Vending was owned by a man named Jerome S. Engle. His
obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on 10 April 2007 substantiates
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his ownership (as do the documents from the Wisconsin Secretary of State’s
office):
Engle, Jerome S: Passed away Friday, April 6, 2007, in Palm
Springs, CA, aged 85 years, of Fox Point… Jerry was a long time
volunteer, helping patients at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, CA.
He was owner of Falls Vending Service in Menomonee Falls and
then Butler, WI for many years and previously worked at Sampson's
appliance store…” (Underline added by author.)
To have a legally-defined ownership interest in a company – one that
makes a person liable for the company’s debts -- Wisconsin statute Section
108.22(9) says that an officer or employee must hold 20 percent of a
company’s stock. Leo Wanta owned no stock in the company. He was a
wage-earning employee whose title was President. Being President of a
company does not make one an owner. Titles (like president) do not make
one responsible for the debts of a company.
Think about it for just a moment. What would you do if the company
you work for declared bankruptcy and suddenly everyone in the world
started filing lawsuits against you for the company’s debts and taxes? That
was the question Wanta had to answer. It’s such a ridiculous possibility –
but it’s what happened.
When Falls Vending filed for bankruptcy – Leo Wanta was actually
the person who filed it – in the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Case #83-
02385 – Chapter 11), Wanta was appointed by Assistant U.S. Attorney
Joseph P. Stadtmueller to represent the Bankruptcy Court. As the letter
appointing Wanta said, he was “to pay all taxes due to the United States
under Section 3111 and 3301 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as
amended (Employers FICA and FUTA taxes).” A copy of Stadtmueller’s
letter is on file but it is difficult to read the copy and would be impossible to
read if scanned (and so it is not provided here).
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Wanta was given additional responsibilities by the Federal
Bankruptcy Court and made the appropriate payments, but notified the Court
that he discovered tax payments he had submitted to the bankruptcy court
were immediately returned by the bankruptcy court in favor of the secured
creditor, Farmers and Merchants (F&M) Bank. In an explanatory statement
to the government, Wanta said that “state and federal tax payments were
illegally reversed and credited elsewhere, contrary to U.S. Federal Court
Orders.”
It is against the law for a bankruptcy court to take tax payments made
to the government and reverse such payments to an independent debtor – in
this case, Farmers and Merchants (F&M) Bank. Falls Vending Service
owed F&M Bank a loan for the large commercial property mentioned above.
What may have happened is that a Bankruptcy Court official may have been
paid to take the Falls Vending tax payments Leo Wanta sent to the Court and
that Bankruptcy Court official returned the money to F&M Bank to help
repay Falls Vending’s bank debt.
Below are a few sample cases showing what being a nice guy and
agreeing to serve the State of Wisconsin’s Bankruptcy Court got Wanta:
WAUKESHA COUNTY COURT, WISCONSIN
Case # 82-CV-1121: Pioneer Sales and Service (Plaintiff) v. Leo
Wanta, d/b/a FALLS VENDING SERVICE (Defendant); filed April 9,
1982. The lawyer, Seymour Pikofsky, a partner at Franks & Pikofsky, S.C.,
wanted $5,420.82 plus costs, disbursements, interest on the amount due, and
attorney’s fees. To be paid for being an attorney, one has an obligation to
perform like an attorney… Pikofsky evidently wasn’t sufficiently informed
of the law (or didn’t care enough about it) to check with the Secretary of
State to see who the owner of the company was. Leo Wanta the person
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wasn’t d/b/a (doing business as) Falls Vending Service. Results: Case
DISMISSED by Judge Harold J. Wollenzien, Circuit Judge, Branch 5.
Case # 82 CV 1341, Sweetheart Cup Corporation v. Leo Wanta,
individually and doing business as Falls Food & Vending (the wrong
company name), filed May 21, 1982 by the law firm of Kohner, Mann &
Kailas, S.C. (Milwaukee). Plaintiff sought $4,482.79 for supplies.
DISMISSED.
Case # 82-CV-3012, Friedman Tobacco Corp. (Plaintiff) v. Leo
Wanta & Falls Food & Vending Service, Inc., d/b/a/ Regency Catering
(Defendant) filed November 14, 1982. Lawyer E.N. Rotter of Milwaukee
represented Friedman Tobacco Corp. Mr. Rotter wanted $36,212.33 from
Wanta and was an offensive little man, filing Garnishments as if he had
already won his case. Outagamie Bank rejected Rotter’s demand for
garnishment and he didn’t like it at all. DISMISSED by Circuit Judge
Harold J. Wollenzien, Branch 5.
Case 585913, Gale E. Hubbard filed for “delivered goods to the
defendant” (Leo Wanta – The defendant should have been Falls Vending) in
the amount of $7,647.24. The lawyer (who didn’t have enough common
sense to call the Secretary of State’s office to determine the owner of the
company) was Linda Colella in the offices of James C. Mentkowski, S.C.,
Milwaukee. That case morphed into Case # 82-CV-2770, this time handled
by James C. Mentkowski, filed March 20, 1984. DISMISSED by Circuit
Judge William J. Zick.
Case 83-CV-452 was filed against Defendant Leo Wanta and Falls
Food & Vending Service by the State of Wisconsin Department of Industry,
Labor & Human Relations, ex rel., James Doro. Mr. Doro via Terence P.
Cahill, Assistant Corporation Counsel for Waukesha County and Plaintiff
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Doro’s lawyer, served Notice of the filing via the now Waukesha County
Sheriff – a name that came up above (and will come up again) – Raymond
J. Klink. Mr. Cahill made outrageous statements without even checking to
see if they were true, e.g.: “…That defendant, Leo Wanta, as president and
shareholder of Falls Food & Vending Service, Inc., is personally liable for
all debts owing to employees of said corporation for services performed for
said corporation pursuant to s. 180.40 (6) Wis. Stats.” The arrogance of
these men who are supposed to represent their clients honestly! What better
way to get a legal fee than to lead a client to believe a possible recovery
exists when a simple telephone call to the Wisconsin Secretary of State’s
office could have saved his client all of those legal costs… but then, of
course, Mr. Cahill couldn’t have billed the client for legal fees.
The interesting thing about Case 83-CV-452 is the re-entry of Mr.
Klink and Mr. Pyzyk into Wanta’s life. Pyzyk, in his letter to Klink, had
informed the Sheriff that Wanta was buying the company. Wanta, an
intelligence operative, had no intention of buying the company (but saying
he was interested was a good way to get a look at the books when Mr. Pyzyk
began discussing the company with him… and it got the letter to the Sheriff
written that Wanta needed to regain his appointment as Deputy Sheriff in
Waukesha County).
The Wisconsin courts are very busy… no wonder. It appears anyone
can file spurious charges without doing any legal research of the case and
pay no consequences for their errors, intentional, or otherwise.
This ridiculous lawsuit – and if you read the transcripts, it was
ridiculous – was scheduled for trial before “the Honorable Robert T.
McGraw, Judge of Circuit Court, Branch 6, Room 161, on Monday, April
22, 1985 at 1:30 P.M.”
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Remember the name Judge McGraw… it’s going to come up again.
Leo Wanta was in China most of the year all of these unlawful
Wisconsin cases were being filed against him. He was doing a lot of things,
on our behalf… for you and me as citizens of this nation. Upon his return to
Wisconsin, he finds that the lawyer who has been handling the F&M Bank
lawsuit filed against him and Falls Vending – and his wife – had withdrawn
from representing him.
Below are listed a few of the intelligence operations performed by this
covert intelligence operative. As you read the list (and read an expanded
explanation of them at the link provided below), remember this: When
reporting to the Office of the President, Leo Wanta’s undercover name is
Rick Reynolds (Intel ID SA233MS); when reporting to the FBI, his
undercover name is Frank B. Ingram (Intel ID SA32NV). It’s easy to
remember… The initials from the Rick Reynolds name (R.R.) are the same
as “Ronald Reagan.” Frank B. Ingram’s initials are F.B.I.
The link provided to this document gives information about other
intelligence matters; specifically, it touches on Wanta’s arrest in Lausanne,
Switzerland on July 7, 1993. In fact, the document is Wanta’s response to
Lausanne Courts which was scheduled to have a Wanta Tribunal Hearing in
November 1998 (the Hearing did not occur until three years later). It is a 20
page document that explains to Swiss Magistrates his unlawful arrest in
Lausanne. I have included only pages 1 and 2 so readers can see what the
document is and the link then skips to page 5. The next five pages provide
overviews of some of Leo Wanta’s covert intelligence operations. Here is a
link AMERITRUST to the document describing some of the operations
listed below:
 Rick Reynolds (SA 233MS): Monitoring drug traffic (Burma,
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, USA) and Assistant Customs
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Attache D. (last name removed)/Singapore was our IANO.
Special Target: Mule: Blue Moon Bags. Code name:
Falconbird.
 Leo Wanta - New Republic – Southern Pacific Railroad -
1988, MX Mobile Missile/Logistics and deployment activities.
 Friday the 13
th
, Rick Reynolds aborted Reagan assassination
attempt, Special Agent Glen (last name deleted); Wanta
received an award from President Reagan for his actions.
 Iran (Pasdar) Purchase of Sectel telephones via Malaysia
 White Cloud Petroleum Corp., pre-Balkan war, K.S.A. crude
oil [ninety (90) million barrels (Operation: Restore Hope)]
 Air Vanuatu (Port Vila), Libya mission, Aeroflot (NSA
Wilson/Powell/Wanta); Reagan Library Document
 New Republic, Iran Contra Funding v Boland Amendment,
with canal barge deliveries. Arkansas Development Finance
Authority, Operation DEALROOM. This operation included
Browning Arms Sale and delivery of certain weapons through
(name deleted) Associates and Ronald (last name deleted),
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to the Panama Group
protected by then Vice President Bush, per U.S. Government
STING operation headed and coordinated by USG INTEL
operative Leo Wanta and SA32NV, Frank B. Ingram via
Corpus Christi U.S. Customs Operations, under U.S. Federal
arms and smuggling violations; authorized Field reports, and
U.S. Federal Court records in Corpus Christi, Texas Region.
 North Korea/Singapore, Nuclear Memory Chip, Joint Venture
re Investigation; Yongbyon, North Korea “nuclear chip”
manufacturing as well as diesel oil and other procurement of
previously EMBARGOED commodities.
 (a) MIA/POW Operation Cricket (b) (Peshawar)
 Leo Wanta, 1991 Gorbachev Putsch (70 billion SUR/US$
Funding Exchange)
 Frank B. Ingram (SA32NV) uncovered the Red Mercury
20.20 lab at (name deleted) Analysis, Morges, Switzerland,
operated by Dr. John (last name deleted) for Iraqi forces.
Ingram arranged for Navy Seals to “re-arrange” the facility.
(Wanta a//k/a Ingram saw pictures of infants and children that
were killed by the Red Mercury and it made him ill.) Red
Mercury is also used in briefcase nuclear devices.
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 Rick Reynolds uncovered the (name deleted) landmine
manufacturing facility, shipping to Iraqi forces against U.S.
Coalition forces.
 Rick Reynolds discovered the money laundering scheme in
Singapore and enlisted the assistance of U.S. Secret Service
agents. He got his explicit authority to act from Vice President
Dan Quayle.
 Frank B. Ingram coordinated through U.S. Customs the
federal investigation in Germany regarding the smuggling of
memory chips (involving Kurt Becker and Lothar Elasser
whose names come up later in a major German High Court
legal matter involving $500,000).
 Frank B. Ingram via New Republic arranged the purchase and
delivery of Soviet Mig-29 Fulcrum Maintenance Manuals, per
request of the U.S. Air Force, Office of Special Investigations
(Tennessee).
 Aneko Credit Pte Ltd covert investigation of (company name
deleted) Sales and delivery to Iran Security Operations via
Singapore/Malaysia.
 Unlawful U.S. Treasury certificate traffic investigation in
Southeast Asia coordinated by Reynolds and Ingram with
U.S. Secret Service agents in Bangkok, Thailand.
The list goes on… but I’m sure you get the point. Leo Wanta was a
Presidential secret agent who accomplished numerous and very important
projects that benefited the American people. A long list of operations in
which he was involved as an intelligence operative on behalf of the United
States government is in my files. Wanta has refused to openly discuss
sanctioned intelligence projects and programs. Though the government has
given him every reason to turn against his country, he will not.
Wanta returned to Wisconsin from his overseas assignments to visit
his family about the time his family lawyer’s withdrawal of representation
letter to Eisenberg (the F&M Bank lawyer) was delivered.
There was an even larger difficulty caused by the withdrawal of Leo
Wanta’s lawyer from the Falls Vending case. The family lawyer was a
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former Assistant Attorney General with the Department of Justice and had
been a “trusted friend” of Leo Wanta. He wrote Wanta’s personal Last Will
and Testament – and thus knew about the huge sums of money Wanta
controlled around the world. Lee and his wife had been unofficially
separated for a year. Wanta is a committed Catholic to whom a marriage
vow is a lifetime commitment. During this visit, the couple agreed to a legal
separation.
I hate to repeat myself, but as I’ve said many times, $27.5 trillion is a
lot of money.
On April 4, 1985, Judge Robert T. McGraw finally dismissed the
Doro case filed by a State of Wisconsin lawyer on the basis that “Leo Wanta
is not individually liable for any claimed wages owing to plaintiff.”
MCGRAW DECISION
In the above case, Judge Robert T. McGraw clearly knew that Wanta
had no financial liabilities involving Falls Vending Service, Inc. He had to
know it because on September 4, 1984, one of the highest ranking judges in
Wisconsin, Judge John W. Reynolds, Chief U.S. District Judge in the
Wisconsin Eastern Division, handed down a Decision making it crystal clear
that Leo E. Wanta had no responsibility for the debts of Falls Vending
Service, Inc. REYNOLDS DECISION
In short, Reynolds said “Magistrate Robert L. Bittner, after a thorough
examination of the matter, has recommended dismissing the action because
Wanta lacks standing…” Judge Roberts concurred with Bittner and
continued to say: “Wanta lacks standing because his affidavit testimony
indicates Wanta is only an employee of the company. The owner of a
company cannot confer standing on a non-lawyer employee by stipulation or
otherwise.”
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Could it be any more clearly stated? Leo Wanta owned no portion of
Falls Vending Service, Inc. He was an employee of the company and had no
responsibility for the company’s debts – or, its wages or taxes. Thus, he had
no “standing” in court to be part of the process of paying the company’s
debts.
Please remember, in the midst of all of this confusion, the reason
Wanta was working for Falls Vending: He was doing an FBI undercover
investigation of Falls Vending.
Finally, someone looked into this matter thoroughly… it only took
three years in the Wisconsin courts. Magistrate Robert L. Bittner found that
Wanta had no “standing.” He didn’t own the company, he didn’t own the
required 20 percent of the company that would have given him standing that
made him liable for a portion of Falls Vending’s bills. And Wanta, who lost
his legal counsel and had to represent himself, filed pro se under the wrong
legal statutes… under lack of jurisdiction rather than lack of standing.
Regardless, the Reynolds decision was in his favor. It released him –
or should have released him – from any liabilities in the Wisconsin courts
for any legal matter, any bills, any taxes, having to do with Falls Vending. It
should have stopped the unlawful filing of cases against Wanta for the debts
of Falls Vending.
But they just kept coming – they had to win one case. You’ll see
why, later… and how blatant the disregard for law was in the winning.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue had quite obviously declared
war on Leo Emil Wanta. Anyone who has had one unlawful lawsuit filed
against them knows how much time and money is required to effectively
fight just one case. Please remember that as you read the following material.
And while all of this was going on, Wanta wasn’t the typical 9 to 5 worker.
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He was traveling around the world on government business. What’s
amazing is that he didn’t make more mistakes. This was multi-tasking on
steroids.
It all should have ended there on the 7
th
day of September 1984 when
Chief U.S. District Court Judge John W. Reynolds informed the Wisconsin
legal community that Wanta lacked standing because he was only an
employee of the company, not an owner who could be sued for the
company’s taxes and debts. It did not. It kept going and going and going…
like that little bunny that advertises batteries.
In January 1989, one other judge made an important decision.
Administrative Law Judge Jo Ellen Rehbein handed down an Appeal
Tribunal Decision which, if there was any doubt left after Judges Reynolds’s
and McGraw’s Decisions, should have been the cause for every case that had
been filed against Wanta involving Falls Vending to be dropped. Her
Decision in the Appeal of a Tribunal Decision which had been filed by the
Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations filed in
Appleton, Wisconsin, said:
“Leo Wanta is not personally liable for the unemployment
compensation tax delinquencies of Falls Vending Service, Inc.
“[Leo E. Wanta, by virtue of not owning at least 20% of the
company’s shares, given that he owned none] “exercised no control,
supervision, or responsibility for filing contribution reports or making
payments or contributions. Therefore, the conditions required under Section
108.22(9) of the Wisconsin Statutes were not satisfied for imposing personal
liability on him for unemployment compensation tax delinquencies. The
Appeal Tribunal therefore finds that Leo E. Wanta is not personally liable
for the delinquent unemployment compensation taxes of Falls Vending
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Service, Inc., within the meaning of Section 108.22(9) of the Statutes
(25C)." MAGISTRATE REHBEIN DECISION
There were some new words in Judge Rehbein’s Decision: “tax
delinquencies.” Wanta had no responsibilities for them. It is clearly stated.
Yet, in 1987, look what began to be filed against Wanta by four different
counties in the State of Wisconsin:
CHIPPEWA COUNTY:
Chippewa 2007TW000069, Department of Revenue vs. LEO E
WANTA; Date Filed: 01-01-2007 Amount: $ 46,129.21 Warrant #: 09-
11288014. This is a Tax Warrant filed in 1987 (three years after the
Reynolds Decision, more than two years after Judge McGraw’s Decision,
(two years before Judge Rehbein’s Decision) regarding tax delinquencies
for Falls Sales and Vending). It was filed by the Department of Revenue.
This was one of many. This is not stupid, lazy lawyers who aren’t doing
their jobs filing these cases. This is the State of Wisconsin Department of
Revenue totally ignoring court Decisions saying Leo Wanta had no
responsibility for the debts of Falls Vending three years after the Decisions
were handed down.
Does this give you any insight as to the fraud being perpetrated on a
citizen of the State of Wisconsin by what appears to be a rogue Department
of Revenue? It obviously paid no attention to the legal decisions made in
County or State Court system. Or, perhaps it had other reasons motivating
its unlawful behavior, its morally bankrupt phony charges… its witch hunt?
Again, $27.5 trillion is a lot of money…
*2004CV000340 Department of Revenue vs. Leo E. Wanta (yes, Falls
Vending).
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*2007TW000069, Filing Date 17 April 2007 at 11:16 p.m., Plaintiff
Dept of Revenue vs Defendant Leo E. Wanta, Chippewa County (Falls
Vending).
*1993CV000520; filed 08-09-1993 Date Filed 08-09-2004 in
Chippewa County, Wisconsin Department of Revenue vs. Leo E. Wanta
(Falls Vending).
Note: * FILED AFTER REYNOLDS AND MC GRAW
DECISIONS WERE HANDED DOWN; FILED AGAINST WANTA
WITH NO MENTION OF FALLS VENDING BUT THE TAXES DUE
ARE FROM FALLS VENDING, NOT WANTA.
There were other cases filed by Chippewa County… those disclosed
above will give you an idea of the fraud perpetrated on this man.
Accidental? Please! Such naiveté is what got this country into the
economic mess from which we are trying to recover! It is the kind of naiveté
that has allowed government to become so thoroughly corrupted! It enabled
Wall Street, MF Global, and Ponzi scheme after Ponzi scheme… all of it!
It is an impossible battle when bureaucracies that are supposed to
protect and defend the taxpayers who provide the income for the
bureaucracy to exist become crooks and attack rather than defend.
To prove my point, here are cases from other counties:
EAU CLAIRE COUNTY
*1995TW000019, Wanta, Leo Emil - Citibank N A (Singapore) vs.
Leo Emil Wanta; (Note: Immediately after he was arrested in Switzerland,
Citibank Singapore filed two cases against Wanta in his home state of
Wisconsin – he had large amounts of money being transferred through
Citibank Singapore (I have copies of the bank statements) and they could
have recouped the $30,000.00 they said Wanta owed them from those funds
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at any time. Why file in Wisconsin? Interestingly, the moment Wanta was
brought from Europe to the United States, the Citibank cases were dropped.)
*1995FA000445, 04-27-1995 Eau Claire Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1995TW000018 - 04-27-1995 Eau Claire Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1995TW000017 - 04-27-1995 Eau Claire Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1995TW000016 - 04-27-1995 Eau Claire Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1995TW000015 - 04-27`-1995 Eau Claire Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1995TW000014 - 04-27-1995 Eau Claire Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1995TW000013 - 02-05-1999 Eau Claire Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1995TW000012 - 04-27-1995 Eau Claire Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
Note: ALL ASTERISKED CASES WERE FILED AFTER THE
COURT DECISIONS WERE HANDED DOWN SAYING LEO
WANTA WAS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEBTS OF FALLS
VENDING SERVICE, INC. ALL ARE FALLS VENDING CASES.
OUTAGAMIE COUNTY
*1996CV000864 - 10-15-1996 Outagamie Closed Wanta, Leo E.
*1996CV000643 - 07-30-1996 Outagamie Closed – Wisconsin
Department of Revenue vs. Leo E. Wanta et al
*1993CV001449 - 11-24-1993 Outagamie Closed – State of
Wisconsin vs. Leo Wanta et al 20E665D775D
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*1993CV001342 - 10-28-1993 Outagamie Closed – State of
Wisconsin vs. Leo Wanta et al
*1993CV000827 - 07-13-1993 Outagamie Closed – Citibank NA vs.
Leo E. Wanta
*1989CV000093 - 01-24-1989 Outagamie Closed – F & M Bank vs.
Leo E. Wanta et al
*1987TW000155 - 08-20-1987 Outagamie Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1987TW000154 - 08-25-1987 Outagamie Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1987TW000153 - 07-15-1987 Outagamie Filed Only - Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1986TW000121 - Outagamie County, Dept. of Revenue vs. Leo E.
Wanta
*1986TW000123 - Filed 09-05-1986 Warrant 44-00157385, Dept. of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
*1987TW000150 - Dept. of Revenue vs. Leo E. Wanta
*1987TW000151 - Filed 07-01-1987, Warrant 44-000157385 Dept of
Revenue vs. Leo Wanta
Note: ALL ASTERISKED CASES WERE FILED AFTER THE
COURT DECISIONS WERE HANDED DOWN.
We will look more closely at the F & M Bank case in the next chapter.
It involves Attorneys Eisenberg and Pryor, Falls Vending, and the $500,000
loan to Falls Vending made by F & M Bank. It involves documented non-
service of court hearings… Wanta not being told he was to appear in court
for depositions regarding a specific case, then a $500,000 judgment given to
F&M Bank for non-appearance.
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Remember that I said Judge McGraw’s name would reappear? Judge
McGraw, the guy who wrote one of the County Court Decisions stating Leo
Wanta was not responsible for the debts of Falls Vending, handed down a
Decision in favor of F & M Bank… not because Leo Wanta was responsible
for the debts of Falls Vending. No, the Decision had to do with contempt of
court judicial reactions. Wanta didn’t show up in Court for scheduled
hearings. He didn’t show up for the hearings because Attorney Pryor
changed the case number without telling Leo Wanta (or the Judge). I have
never seen anything more confusing or crooked in my life! Hello, Judge
McGraw. Do you read the material in your court files before making life-
changing decisions involving a man’s life? Obviously, he did not – or
maybe he did. I repeat, $27.5 trillion is a lot of money.
Court transcript information was requested from Dane County – or the
County of Dane. Madison, the state capitol, is in Dane County. It appears to
list itself two different ways… maybe they have two different sets of books,
too? Nothing would surprise me about Wisconsin’s Department of Revenue
after reading this material.
Dane is the only Wisconsin County that did not respond to my request
for access to public documents. Did I pay the other counties for them? Yes.
I paid $1.25 per page. Since Dane County is where Leo Wanta was
unscrupulously tried, and the court transcript is over 1,000 pages long, they
did themselves out of $1,400.00 in revenue… hard to believe of such an
aggressive Department of Revenue, isn’t it? Evidently, they are
“aggressive” only on a highly selective basis.
Maybe they’re trying to keep those records hidden. I would if I were
in their shoes. They stink to high heaven of corruption. Fortunately, I was
able to get a copy of the Dane County criminal court transcripts elsewhere.
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Following are copies of Delinquent Tax Warrants issued by the
Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Please note that the tax category is
shown in the left column. The Warrants are signed by Mark O. Williams
and are for Falls Vending withholding tax, sales tax, etc. – years after legal
decisions have been handed down by three judges saying that Leo Wanta is
not responsible for the debts of Falls Vending.
It appears Mr. Williams has estimated what Mr. Wanta’s corporate
income taxes for Falls Vending (not his personal taxes) should be based on
the unlawful withholding and sales tax warrants he issued.
Very strange stuff, indeed!
As you read the Tax Warrants issued in the name of Leo Wanta
(below) notice that they do not put the name of Falls Vending Service, Inc.,
on the Warrant… the better to confuse the Courts, Little Red Riding Hood.
Also, they do not contain the name Joanne Wanta though the early court
case filings were filed against both Wantas. Hmmm… how did that happen?
Gee, you don’t suppose that’s how they got her to testify at his trial in 1995,
do you? Remember, a wife doesn’t have to testify against her husband and
the Wantas were still married at that time.
Look on the left side of each issued Warrant. You will see the type of
tax the Wisconsin Department of Revenue says Wanta did not pay. Notice
the words “Withholding,” “Sales Tax,” etc. Individuals do not pay these
taxes; businesses do. It was the mistake they made that left crumbs on the
trail to be followed back to the source against whom the Tax Warrants had
really been issued: Falls Vending Service, Inc., not Leo Wanta,
individually, as the name on the Tax Warrants suggest.
Note that all are issued after the Roberts and McGraw Decisions stating that
Leo Wanta “is not responsible for the debts of Falls Vending Service, Inc.
He is just an employee of the company.” Most are.
So much for justice in the State of Wisconsin. And it gets worse.
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Enough.
It was impossible for me, as an author, to explain the complex detail
of what happens next to Leo Emil Wanta without first exposing you to the
dire intentions – the obvious malicious and reckless disregard employed by
the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. And, I’m not showing you all of it,
just enough to help you see that the attack on this man that was very
purposeful. This was not a case of tax evasion or tax avoidance by a citizen.
This was an aggressive war declared by a state government to destroy a man
so the money he had accumulated for the people of the United States could
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be stolen… by whom? The federal government? Based on actions that
followed over ten years later – Wanta’s conviction on trumped up tax
charges – they certainly had their hands in it. The Wisconsin state
government? It certainly appears collusion occurred… when we get to it,
the testimony of state witnesses, the statements of the defense lawyer who
should have been charged with malpractice over the way the Wanta case was
not defended, the judge’s rulings… all of the elements of a Kangaroo Court.
And, perhaps it was a wife with issues who was friends with a family
lawyer who had access to Leo Wanta’s financial information because he
wrote Wanta’s Last Will and Testament? Or, a wife who was threatened by
the state that her butt would be in prison along with her husband’s if she
didn’t help them entrap him for a crime he did not commit?
You may get a chuckle from a newspaper article I found in the
Wisconsin newspapers.
Picture it: You’re the governor of a state that has falsely accused and
prosecuted a man and you have numerous documents – but you’re about to
leave office. You can’t leave them for the next governor to find, and you
can’t send them to Marquette University where most of your other
documents reside. So, you find a solution:
In Brief
Thompson records destroyed by mistake
MADISON --- Several hundred boxes of records from former
Gov. Tommy Thompson’s administration were mistakenly
destroyed instead of going to the Wisconsin Historical Society
archives, officials said Monday.
Tom Solberg, a spokesman for the state Department of
Administration, said the records were inadvertently put on the
wrong truck from a state warehouse and sent to a Green Bay paper
mill, where they were turned into pulp.
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The destroyed records covered Thompson’s gubernatorial
career, from Jan 1, 1987, to Dec. 31, 2001, when he left Wisconsin
to become secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services.
Thompson spokesman Tony Jewell said it was sad news. “We
all know how the current administration is bound and determined
to erase Gov. Thompson’s legacy,” he said.
Solberg said the vast majority of records were constituency
correspondence, and others involved extraditions and executive
clemency. Correspondence related to the construction and public
financing of Miller Park was also lost.
Solberg said it’s possible there are copies of some destroyed
records and that the amount lost was only a “small fraction of the
total amount of papers from the governor’s office during that
period.”
Thompson donated his private papers to Marquette University.
If that doesn’t make you laugh and laugh hard, nothing will. You
don’t suppose the phony extradition papers regarding Leo Wanta and the
States of New York and Wisconsin were in those lost papers, do you?
Was Governor Tommy Thompson rewarded for his assistance to the
federal government in getting Wanta out of the way so the money he had
raised for the American people could be stolen? Again, only a Grand Jury
investigation can answer that question. The case ended in Wanta’s
imprisonment in 1993 and it is a matter of record that Tommy Thompson
was given a plum assignment as Secretary of Health and Human Services by
President George W. Bush, son of President George H.W. Bush who was the
first American president to suggest America should become part of a “New
World Order.” Thompson served as Bush Cabinet Secretary from February
2, 2001, until January 26, 2005.
But in November 2001, Lee Wanta was released from his Oklahoma
prison cell where Wisconsin had hidden him… and he began talking.
Thompson couldn’t get to first base with his 2008 Republican Party
presidential bid.
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Anyone who saw Tommy Thompson’s performance in the 2008
Republican presidential debates saw a professional politician, not a man of
the people. They saw someone who really was not informed very well about
the issues of the people as he pushed the stale ideas put forth by the
Republican Party. He is a Party guy who, when the Republican National
Committee (RNC) says “jump,” Thompson asks “How high?”
And as I write this, he is running for the United States Senate in
Wisconsin. This is the best representation the Wisconsin Republican Party
can produce? No wonder people think it’s time to form a third party and get
rid of the two primary political parties in America!
We wonder why we’re in this mess!
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From: Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2012 8:57 AM
To: Chief Justice_John G Roberts ; U S Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ;
US Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ; US Supreme
Court ; US Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ; US
Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court ; US Supreme Court _W Grant ; US
Supreme Court Justice Breyer ; US Supreme Court Justice J Ginsburg ; US Supreme Court Justice
J Kagan ; US Supreme Court Justice J Sotomayor ; US Supreme Court Justice J Thomas ; US
Supreme Court Justice S Alito ; US Supreme Court Justice Scalia ; US Supreme Court_Chief
Justice John G Roberts ; US Supreme Court_Justice J Kennedy ; US Supreme Court_Justice W
Suter
Cc: The White House ; The White House ; The White House_Senate ; U.S. Senator Marco Rubio ;
Subject: In the Supreme Court of the United States_Writ of Certiorari
In the
Supreme Court of the United States
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AMBASSADOR LEO WANTA, SOMALIA AMBASSADOR TO CANADA AND
SWITZERLAND, ddp3-04362 & 12535, aka LEE E. WANTA, aka LEO E. WANTA,
Petitioner,
v.
SECRETARY RICHARD G. CHANDLER, WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF
REVENUE; et al.,
Respondents.
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On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh
Circuit
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PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI
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FOLLOWUP_US Supreme Court_PETITION FOR A WRIT OF
CERTIORARI_TITLE 18 USC SECTION 6_LINE 11_ [1 Attachment]
Friday, December 10, 2010 5:57 PM
From: "Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta"
To: "POTUS_President Barack Obama", "POTUS_Office of the President"
Cc: "OVP_Vice President Joe Biden", "Joseph Biden The Honorable", "Press Secretary
Robert Gibbs", "Press Secretary_Robert Gibbs", "Attorney General Eric Holder",
"Secretary Ray LaHood", "Co_chairman Erskine B Bowles", "Co-Chairman Paul A.
Volcker", "Chair Christina Romer", "US Special Counsel Patrick J. (USAILN) Fitzgerald
[USAILN]"
UPDATED - 10DEC10 MOST URGENT
FALLS VENDING SERVICES, INC.
OWNER JEROME S ENGLE
ALIAS : JERRY ENGEL
BUTLER, WISCONSIN / WAUKESHA COUNTY,
STATE OF WISCONSIN, USA
AUTHORIZED JOINT STING OPERATIONS
ON SITE INVESTIGATION - 26 JUNE 1981 THRU 26 JUNE 1983
WAUKESHA COUNTY SPECIAL DEPUTY SHERIFF
LEO E WANTA - SHIELD No. 714
WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN, USA
CITY OF MILWAUKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT
LEO E WANTA - SHIELD No. 820
POLICE INSPECTOR HERB SCHMIDT
CAPTAIN LEONARD ZIOLKOWSKI
POLICE LT JERRY JAGMAN
SAFETY BUILDING - MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, USA
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ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS : -
US FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
WASHINGTON DC _ JIM MOODY, GONZALES, ET AL
MILWAUKEE, WI _ SPECIAL AGENT FRED THORNE, ET AL
WAUKESHA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT
SHERIFF ED O'CONNER, ET AL
SERGEANT QUINN O'BRIEN
COUNTY OF MILWAUKEE - OFFICE OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY
ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY PYZYK, ET AL
AUTHORIZED SURVEILLANCE AND TARGETS : -
FRANK " BALS " BALISTRERI
JEROME S ENGLE
JERRY S ENGEL
PURPOSE OF AUTHORIZED POLICE INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITIES: -
WORKING AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH FRANK BALISTRERI AND
JEROME ENGLE AKA JERRY ENGEL, CHICAGO, LAS VEGAS, VENDING
SERVICES,
CIGARETTE CONTRACTS AND PLACEMENTS, MONETARY CASH
DISTRIBUTIONS, SPECIAL INVOICING AND ACTUAL DELIVERY SITES (OTHER
THAN NORMAL) FALLS VENDING SERVICES, INC. CASH FLOW AND
RECORDKEEPING), INCOME TAX EVASION [STATE AND FEDERAL] -
RESULTING IN " ON-SITE" NET WORTH TAX [STATE AND FEDERAL] AND FULL
CORPORATE / PERSONAL ACTUAL PAPER AUDIT INVESTIGATIONS, JFK
INCIDENT RELATIONSHIPS, OPEN CASE JURISDICTION - DEATH INCIDENT IN
WAUKESHA COUNTY OF ZAUG CO-OWNER / BROTHER AS TO - ZAUGS FOOD
AND VENDING SERVICES - MILWAUKEE LOCATION, AND MUCH MORE IN
FIELD REPORTS.
AS TO THE COURT RULINGS AS TO ACTUAL 100% OWNERSHIP OF FALLS
VENDING SERVICES, INC, ET AL..
ANSWER AND JUDICIAL FINDINGS OF FACTS AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW :
JEROME S ENGLE
LEGAL CASE REFERENCES : -
US FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
STATE OF WISCONSIN ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE / TRIBUNAL COMMISSION;
LEO WANTA IS NOT THE OWNER NOR HAS ANY STOCK OWNERSHIP OF
FALLS VENDING SERVICES, INC ** SEE INVESTIGATIVE / FIELD NOTES
BELOW **
REFERENCE : TITLE 18 USC SECTION 4 _ MISPRISION OF FELONY
ACTION : NO DISPOSITION
LOCATIONS HAS FILED PREVIOUSLY :
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT - MILWAUKEE [EASTERN DISTRICT]
STATE OF WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT - MADISON, WISCONSIN, USA
DANE COUNTY AND COUNTY OF DANE, WISCONSIN, USA
CHIPPEWA COUNTY, CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISCONSIN, USA
--- On Mon, 12/6/10, Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta wrote:
From: Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta
Subject: US Supreme Court_PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI_TITLE 18 USC
SECTION 6_LINE 11_ [1 Attachment]
To:
Date: Monday, December 6, 2010, 5:06 PM
--- On Mon, 12/6/10, Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta wrote:
WAUKESHA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE ROBERT McGRAW ON
MOTION OF STATE OF WISCONSIN - DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ON THE
RECORD, THAT LEO WANTA IS NOT THE OWNER OF FALLS VENDING
SERVICES, INC., ET AL
** FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK DIRECTOR JEROME S ENGLE -
MENOMONEE FALLS, WAUKESHA COUNTY, WISCONSIN, USA - JUNE 1981
PURCHASED THE FOLLOWING [ FARMERS AND MERCHANTS (F&M) BANK
CONTROLLED ] REAL ESTATE PROPERTY OF :
FALLS FOUNDRY
INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
HIGHWAY 41
MENOMONEE FALLS, WAUKESHA COUNTY , WISCONSIN, USA
SOURCE OF FUNDS : FALLS VENDING SERVICES, INC. LOAN
OF USDOLLARS 500,000.00 [ JUNE 26, 1981 ]
IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT - MILWAUKEE CORPORATE
FILINGS OF THIS " OFF THE BOOKS " REAL ESTATE PROPERTY
CONTROLLED AND OWNED BY FALLS VENDING SERVICES, INC. JEROME S
ENGLE, PRINCIPAL OWNER WITH HIS WIFE, WILLFULLY DID NOT
DISCLOSE THIS PURCHASE ASSET PAID WITH FALLS VENDING SERVICES,
INC CORPORATE FUNDS. JEROME S ENGLE/ENGEL WAS ASSISTED BY THEN
FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK COUNSEL EISENBERG - AND - LATER
ON, APPOINTED TO US FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGE BANKRUPTCY
COURT - SEE OFFICIAL FILINGS WITH US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE -
PUBLIC ETHICS AND INTEGRITY SECTION, AND US GRAND JURY, ET AL.
COPIES AND COMPLAINTS WERE ALSO DULY FILED WITH THE US OFFICES
- CONTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY / BANK EXAMINERS, WASHINGTON, DC,
USA.
OPEN AND CONTINUING FRAUD ON THE COURT INCIDENTS
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CHAPTER FOUR
FATE: Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
Tax Warrant 44-00156437 OR No. 44-00156780
Cases 83-CV-1073 and 88-CV-1043
The records in this chapter will end the Wisconsin documentation regarding Leo Wanta’s
civil tax issues. There will be more about the criminal tax issues… the Kangaroo Court trial in
Madison in 1995 – but that doesn’t happen for another ten years, several chapters from now.
Reading this material is difficult (and probably boring), but is necessary… at least if you
want to understand the depth of corruption surrounding the tax cases filed against Wanta. If what
I’m saying here about the tax cases is accurate, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue is totally
corrupt. I’ll provide the documents; you make up your own mind. If I’m right, corruption in the
State of Wisconsin made the muzzling of Leo Emil Wanta possible. It threw him against a cement
wall relative to his future potential to use his legally-earned funds to pay the debts of this country,
build a real high-speed rail system nationally at no cost to taxpayers, and create jobs.
You’d think after reading all of those cases in Chapter Three -- unlawfully filed against
Wanta, then learning that three major court Decisions (and a lot of other court Dismissals) in
Wanta’s favor said he was innocent – all of those cases and Tax Warrants would be yesterday’s
news. In a state that runs its Department of Revenue intelligently and lawfully, you’d be right. In
Wisconsin, you’re evidently wrong.
From the moment the court decisions were handed down saying Wanta had no liability for
debts of Falls Vending Service, Inc., it was unlawful for the State or private lawyers to file more
charges holding him responsible for the debts of that company. Had the Department of Revenue or
private lawyers appealed Decisions by J udges Reynolds, McGraw and Rehbein and had the
Decisions been overturned on Appeal, then that would not be true. But the Decisions were not
challenged. In their arrogant anxiety to find Wanta guilty of something – anything – the
Department of Revenue and private lawyers just ignored them.
Did the State of Wisconsin have any tax charges against Leo Wanta that did NOT involve
Falls Vending Service, Inc.? No. In the 1980s, they did not. Thus there must be a reason for the
Department of Revenue to carry their Falls Vending charges against Wanta to such extremes.
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The Department of Revenue will argue that yes, they did have legitimate tax charges against
Wanta… after all he was convicted in a court of law in a jury trial on tax charges in 1995. We’ll get
to that issue in a later chapter, but prior to his arrest in 1993, there were no cases filed against Leo
E. Wanta by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue that did not involve Falls Vending Service, Inc.
Most of the cases and Tax Warrants filed by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue were filed after
the Wisconsin courts said Wanta was not responsible for those debts.
One piece of evidence that raises serious questions of legality can be seen in a file from the
Outagamie County Wisconsin Recorder’s Office (see Assignment of Mortgage, below).
Until October 26, 1988, Leo Wanta’s home at 2101 North Edgewood Avenue, Appleton,
Wisconsin, was financed with the First National Bank of Neenah, a Wisconsin bank founded in
1861. In 1970, Associated Bancorp (the official bank of the Green Bay Packers) was founded by
the joining of three founding banks: First National Bank of Neenah, Kellogg Citizens National
Bank, and Manitowoc Savings Bank. So, on October 26, 1988, the First National Bank of Neenah
was officially doing business as Associated Bank… and on that date, Associated Bank assigned the
Wantas’ mortgage to New Republic/U.S.A. Financial Group Ltd. According to the Title Policy,
this transaction was recorded in the Register’s Office on October 28, 1988 in J acket 8903, Image
27, as Document No. 947436. Bear in mind, New Republic is a Title 18 Section 6 corporation
owned by Wanta. It had a Board of Directors and other staff.
As an historic footnote, Associated was later purchased by First Wisconsin Bank – a bank
with a colorful history. Wisconsin National Bank was founded in 1892 by a group that included
brewery magnate Frederick Pabst and Frederick Kasten. In 1905, the president of First National
Bank was arrested for embezzling $1.6 million – a large sum in those days. Wisconsin National
merged with First Wisconsin Bank in 1919. Parts of Associated Bank were purchased by First
Wisconsin National Bank which was later purchased by Firstar Corporation which in 1998 merged
with Star Banc Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio – which is now U.S. Bancorp headquartered in
Minneapolis, MN. As of 2012, that portion of Associated Bank not purchased by Firstar still has
active banks in Wisconsin.
On November 25, 1996, eight years after Associated Bancorp recorded an Assignment of
Mortgage to Leo E. Wanta’s company, New Republic/U.S.A. Financial Group Ltd., an Order for
J udgment was signed by Circuit Court J udge J ames T. Bayorgeon authorizing the Sheriff to sell the
Wanta home at 2101 North Edgewood Avenue. This was done with no offer of payment to New
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Republic which had obviously purchased the Mortgage from Associated Bank. BAYORGEON
DOCUMENTS and SHERIFF SALE
Below is the Assignment of Mortgage given in 1988 to New Republic by First National
Bank of Neenah now known as Associated Bank.
What is an Assignment of Mortgage?
When one financial institution accepts payment in full for a mortgage loan, and when
payment comes from a source other than the borrowers – when the mortgage is sold to another
financing source – it gives to the new lender its Assignment of Mortgage which it has been holding
as collateral until the borrower pays off the mortgage loan. When homeowners pay off their
mortgage loans, banks gives them the Deed they have been holding in Trust. A bank doesn’t
release its collateral on a loan – in this case the mortgage on the property – until the balance of the
loan has been paid in full.
The Assignment of Mortgage gives the lender the right to foreclose on a home if the
borrower does not pay as agreed. Remember this because it’s important: The Assignment of
Mortgage on the Wanta home was transferred – and recorded at the Outagamie County Recorder’s
Office in Wisconsin as having been transferred – to New Republic/U.S.A. Financial Group Ltd.
That is what the form below proves.
This is the difficult part of explaining the entire story of what happened to Leo Wanta and
how his family was torn apart by the actions of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the
state’s Court System. We’re talking about October 26 1988, but I have to tell you what happens in
November of 1996 for the unlawful actions taken against Wanta in 1988 to make sense.
While doing the investigative work on these senseless tax cases, I tried very hard to find an
answer to this question: “The bank assigned the mortgage to New Republic in 1988 but then the
State took Title to the property in 1996 and sold it at a Sheriff’s Auction… how can that be?” If
New Republic paid the loan off – which it would have had to do to get the Assignment of Mortgage
– how could the State get access to the Deed of Trust or the Title? Either (or both) would
accompany the loan as collateral for the credit extended by New Republic… unless the State of
Wisconsin stole the property from New Republic. Could something else have happened? From a
banker’s perspective, it would have to be something so rare as to be a miracle dropped in the lap of
the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to make this a lawful act. HANDWRITTEN LETTER
FROM LEE TO BAYORGEON;
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Please note in the above link that Leo Wanta sends a copy (of his handwritten memo to the
J udge) to a man named Gregory Sali, a member of the Board of Directors at New Republic Austria.
You might find Dr. Sali’s correspondence to J udge Bayorgeon of interest. SALI LETTERS TO
BAYORGEON Dr. Sali’s response proves that J udge Bayorgeon KNEW there were other people
– a legitimate Board of Directors – involved in New Republic/U.S.A. Financial Group Ltd.
You must be asking yourself, “Why didn’t this guy with access to $27.5 trillion hire a team
of tax lawyers as skilled as the criminal attorneys hired by O.J . Simpson? Where is a tax equivalent
of J ohnny Cochran the criminal lawyer when you need him?
In 1993, the State of Wisconsin had Wanta arrested in Lausanne. When the Federal District
Court Magistrate in New York threw out Wisconsin’s charges of tax irregularities and released
Wanta from custody after the Swiss flew him home, Wisconsin had him re-arrested as he walked
from the Federal District Court in New York. They unlawfully held him in a Brooklyn federal
prison with no charges filed against him for a month. WISCONSIN FROZE HIS CORPORATE
ASSETS. And that’s where all of the money was sitting: In secret, hidden corporate bank
accounts. Leo Emil Wanta, the $27.5 trillion man, had no access to the fortune he had created.
Another question you may ask as you read the court records below about how one lawyer,
C. Scott Pryor, manipulated the court system to win just one case of the myriad cases filed, is this:
Why didn’t Leo Wanta respond to the court demand that he provide information about a company
he owned called AmeriChina Global Management Group, Inc.? Had Wanta responded to the
demands of Mr. Pryor, this nightmare, like the court cases, could have been dismissed.
AmeriChina Global Management Group, Inc. was a Title 18 Section 6 corporation. The
Articles of Incorporation were filed in Carson City, Nevada. It was a Nevada corporation. Wanta’s
partners in the company were William Casey, the Director of Central Intelligence, and a well-
known U.S. Senator whose name will not be provided because though he is not still in office, he is
still among the living. There is no reason to involve him for purposes of this discussion.
The answer to “Why didn’t Wanta just provide the information Pryor requested about
AmeriChina and put an end to all of this?” can be easily answered: Had Wanta provided the
information requested,, he would have violated The National Security Act of 1947. He would have
also violated his Oath of Office… something Leo Wanta would never do. As a Title 18 Section 6
corporation, the information Pryor wanted Wanta to give him about AmeriChina was intelligence
information Wanta could not provide. Why didn’t he just tell Pryor that? Because identifying
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AmeriChina as an intelligence vehicle for the United States government would have violated The
National Security Act of 1947 and his Oath of Office.
It’s important that you know this. Leo Wanta could not respond to the requests being made
of him about AmeriChina by Wisconsin attorney at law C. Scott Pryor..
The question of the moment is: How did a Wisconsin J udge named Bayorgeon ignore the
Assignment of Mortgage to New Republic/U.S.A. Financial Group Ltd. and take ownership of the
Wantas’ property on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue so the property could be sold?
The following text is accurately quoted from a document written by Christopher Evenson,
attorney at law and appointed Receiver on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue after
Pryor got a judgment in this case. This document by attorney Evenson was filed with J udge
Bayorgeon’s court:
“(b) A mortgage given by Leo E. Wanta and J oanne E. Wanta to The First National
Bank of Neenah in the originally stated amount of $21,035.73 dated J uly 23, 1980, and
recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds on August 14, 1980, in J acket 2336, Image
1, as Document 786127. This mortgage was assigned by The First National Bank of
Neenah, n/k/a Associated Bank, N.A. to New Republic by an assignment dated October
26, 1988, and recorded October 28, 1988, in J acket 8903, Image 28, as Document
947436.”
When you read the Assignment of Mortgage below, you will note it is the same as the one
described by Christopher Evenson who admits the assignment of the mortgage to New Republic.
Mr. Evenson goes on to say:
“New Republic is an entity created by Leo Wanta and is merely an alter ego for
himself. There is such a unity of interest and ownership that New Republic is not an
entity separate from Leo Wanta and the corporate entity must be disregarded in order to
avoid an inequitable result. In the alternative, New Republic was created by Leo Wanta
for the purpose of hindering and defrauding the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and
other creditors in the collection of their lawful judgments, debts and demands against Leo
Wanta. For those reasons the mortgage interests in favor of New Republic must be
disregarded and all rights which said Respondent may claim in the subject property are
junior and subordinate to the rights of the petitioner in the property which is the subject
of this action.”
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As in the case of AmeriChina, Wanta could not discuss the business dealings of New
Republic because it, too, was a Title 18 Section 6 corporation. It was gathering intelligence for the
United States government.
So, New Republic, the company that sent hundreds of billions of Soviet rubles to Settlement
Banks in Singapore, Hong Kong, and elsewhere – a company that brought down the Soviet ruble
and, as a result, the Iron Curtain – is merely a company that “is not an entity separate from Leo
Wanta.” Rather, it is “an alter ego” for him created so Leo Wanta could defraud the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue and not pay taxes that were due from Falls Vending Service, Inc., not a
man named Leo Emil Wanta.
If that was a true statement – a statement made, by the way, years after J udges
McGraw and Reynolds handed down their decisions stating Wanta was not responsible for the debts
of Falls Vending – it would still be a frightening prospect. Basically, what Mr. Evenson is saying is
that the results he wants from the court is the only equitable result… to hell with the lawfully
equitable outcome for New Republic/U.S.A. Group Ltd. and its Board of Directors and Leo E.
Wanta. If property laws are observed and New Republic wins because the law is on their side,
why… good grief! It’s inequitable for Pryor’s client, F & M Bank.
Even more frightening is that J udge Bayorgeon accepted Evenson’s rantings on this subject
and granted his request for judgment on this basis. Did he request evidence proving that Mr.
Evenson’s statements about New Republic being Wanta’s “alter ego” were true? No. J udges in
Wisconsin apparently don’t do things like require evidence to make decisions. It sounded like a
good excuse to Bayorgeon (who was promoted shortly after this decision) and he granted a
judgment to give the property at 2101 North Edgewood Avenue to the State. To hell with New
Republic’s lawful rights to the assigned mortgage for which it had paid!
J udge Bayorgeon ignored the letters from Dr. Sali (linked above) – a man who worked with
Wanta to de-nuke the missiles of the old Soviet Union when it became the Russian Federation. It
was convenient for him to accept Evenson’s ridiculous statement that New Republic/U.S.A.
Financial Group Ltd. was an “alter ego” company belonging to an insane man who created this
entity to defraud the State of Wisconsin from taxes that Wanta didn’t owe but Wisconsin wanted.
As I’ve said before, Wisconsin tried to get Wanta declared insane – but three psych evaluations
prove otherwise. Wanta may be far more intelligent than those who exercised misbegotten power
over him in the Wisconsin court system, but he is quite sane!
This entire mess makes me, as an American, ill. I have visions of a brilliant man sitting on
the floor of an undeserved jail cell (in 1996 when his family’s former residence in Appleton was
finally stolen by the State of Wisconsin), handwriting responses for civil offenses he never
committed and whose funds to purchase good legal counsel were made unavailable to him by the
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state that was crucifying him for the debts of Falls Vending Service, Inc. It makes me ill that a
government entity paid for by taxes of the general public could so easily rationalize this kind of
unlawful behavior and ruin a man’s life and that of his family. In this particular case, in their
ignorant arrogance, the State of Wisconsin also removed the source of the payment of America’s
debt. Were they ignorantly arrogant? Or did the State of Wisconsin work hand-in-hand with
federal authorities that wanted the money? There will be more said about that in later chapters.
One day while talking with a close friend of Leo Wanta’s on the phone, J ohn O’Brien, I
asked him if he could get to the Outagamie County Recorder’s Office and get a copy of the
documents involving the Wanta mortgage. He lives in Wisconsin and I don’t and it’s much more
effective to deal directly with the people who have the records than it is to do it by telephone or
mail. Here’s one page of several mortgage documents for the Wanta address that J ohn found:
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The mortgage was definitely assigned to New Republic/U.S.A. Financial Group Ltd.
There are two New Republic companies that belong to Wanta. The first was incorporated in
the State of Mississippi. It was closed when President George H.W. Bush decided he wanted an
American company located in Europe to continue President Reagan’s program to destabilize the
Soviet ruble.
A Notice to Dissolve/Revoke New Republic in Mississippi was filed with the Secretary of
State’s office on October 26, 1989 before the second New Republic/U.S.A. Financial Group of
Vienna, Austria, was established as New Republic/USA Financial Group, Ltd, GES.m.b.H. (the
GES.m..b.H. is the equivalent to “Inc.” in America). New Republic became an Austrian
Corporation, known as New Republic Financial Group Ltd. ES.m.b.H., Registration No. HRB
41.851, Exhibit No. 1-1-11 No. 1, dated 04 February, 1991, Wien (Vienna), Austria, and had offices
at Kartnerstrasse 28/15, A-1010. The telephone was 513.4235. Remember the date the company
was founded… 4 February 1991. It is absolute evidence that as of 1991 Leo Wanta was the
Director General of New Republic in Austria and the J ackson, Mississippi office was closed.
The criminal tax charges did not emerge until 1992 and, as documented, are still based on
unpaid Falls Vending Service, Inc. debts and taxes and the testimony in the Wanta criminal trial (in
a later chapter) proves the Department of Revenue lied about which corporation – Mississippi or
Austria – owned the property. Why? Because Tax Warrants unlawfully issued by Outagamie
County, Wisconsin, were used as the basis for the 1995 criminal charges – and they are bogus –
Falls Vending bogus. In short, had the Wisconsin Department of Revenue done the minimum
research I, an old lady sitting at the foot of a mountain in the Colorado desert did, it would have
known it was perpetrating a fraud on the court in Wanta’s 1995 criminal trial.
I believe they did know – especially after Assistant Attorney General J . Douglas Haag in the
1995 criminal trial told the jury about the great expertise of Agent Dennis Ullman with the
Wisconsin Department of Revenue. This old lady doesn’t have that kind of expertise… just a strong
desire to find the truth. The prosecutors in Wanta’s criminal trial evidently lacked that same strong
truth-seeking desire. They just wanted to put Wanta in a mental institution (which would give them
control of his fortune and, unable to achieve that, they opted for “behind bars”).. LINK 1
The second New Republic was formed after the dissolution of the Mississippi Group so all
debts and assets of the Mississippi Company could be absorbed by the new Austrian corporation.
Wanta moved to Vienna in 1988. He was given legal Austrian residency in J une of 1988. To be
allowed legal residency in Austria requires resident presence in the country and a thorough police
investigation. Wanta was probably in Austria most of 1988 because he received legal Austrian
residency in J une 1988… the fact that he got legal residency attests to the fact that he was there
most of the year and that he had a clean record. The Austrians don’t hand out legal residency to just
anyone.
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New Republic Mississippi paid the Wanta mortgage off in J uly of 1988; the Austrian
company paid the debts and received the assets of the Mississippi New Republic/U.S.A. Financial
Group Ltd. when corporate papers were filed in Austria. New Republic Austria owned the
Assignment of Mortgage at the time Christopher Evenson was helping Wisconsin steal the Wanta
home in 1996-97.
The Assignment of Mortgage to New Republic is signed by Timothy A. DeBoth, a Vice
President and Edward J . Scherrer, an Executive Vice President of Associated Bank, N.A. (formerly
known as The First National Bank of Neenah). The signatures are Notarized (the form is too long
to show the signature of the Notary, but it is there). A bank does not just hand its collateral for a
loan to another bank/company without first being paid… so the Wantas’ mortgage loan HAD to be
paid by New Republic for this form to be assigned to them and filed at the Recorder’s Office.
There are a couple of interesting things about the above form. Take a look at the
handwritten note in the upper right-hand corner of the document telling someone to put the form in
the front basket because Mr. Wanta was going to pick it up… Leo Wanta was out of the country for
an extended period when this transaction occurred. If anyone was going to pick it up, it was not
him. Who wrote the note? Who picked up the form?
Why is that interesting and what does it have to do with the take-down of America’s most
successful intelligence operative?
New Republic, an Austrian Title 18 Section 6 Corporation (New Republic was George H.W.
Bush’s code name) was owned by Leo Emil Wanta. New Republic paid off the mortgage as part of
a retirement arrangement between the company and Wanta, its Director General (Directeur General
in Austria). But the lengths to which the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the Courts went so
a bank (F & M) that made a large loan to Falls Vending Service, could implicate Wanta and file suit
against him go far, far beyond reasonable. The lengths to which they were willing to go to get their
hands on Wanta’s home in Appleton bordered on insanity – arrogance beyond belief. That is the
point I want readers to get clearly in mind.
Leo Wanta has said since the first day I talked with him in February 2009 that his home on
Edgewood – his wife and youngest son were living there at the time – was stolen by the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue, and it certainly appears his statement is accurate.
In light of the assignment of the mortgage to New Republic on October 26, 1988 as shown
on the above form filed with the Recorder’s Office, how was the State of Wisconsin able to by-pass
that Assignment of Mortgage and take possession of Leo and J oanne Wanta’s home in Appleton
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and have the County Sheriff put it up for sale in 1996 to pay tax liens for which Falls Vending
Service, Inc. was responsible… a company for which Wanta held not a single share of ownership, a
company the Wisconsin Courts validated Wanta’s non-ownership in any way?
Can a Department of Revenue be so corrupted? Can a court system be so corrupted? It
sounds like a bad movie about a group of public officials “in bed” with organized crime. Could this
be payment for Wanta’s successful undercover operation that resulted in the arrest and conviction of
Frank “Bals” Balistrieri and his two sons? I have searched and searched for the answer to those
questions. Without a Grand J ury investigation, it is impossible to find truthful answers – and maybe
not even then. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walked refuses to involve himself in an investigation of
the matter. Before making such damning documents available to the public, believe me I tried to get
him to intervene.
Remember those Chapter Three Department of Revenue tax liens that were filed against Leo
Wanta… tax liens for the debts of Falls Vending Company – the company in which Wanta had no
ownership interest and had three Wisconsin Court Decisions attesting to that fact?
Federal District Court J udge Reynolds’ Decision was handed down from the Bankruptcy
Court in 1984. J udge Robert T. McGraw handed down his Decision in 1985. J udge Rehbein’s
Decision from the Administrative Law Division was handed down in J anuary 1989. (There is a link
to all three Decisions at the end of this chapter). The Reynolds Decision specifically FOUND
AGAINST THE CLAIMS MADE BY F & M BANK THAT WANTA WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE DEBTS OF FALLS VENDING. J UDGE REYNOLDS FOUND IN FAVOR OF WANTA,
SPECIFICALLY TELLING F & M BANK AND ITS COUNSEL THAT LEO E. WANTA HAD
NO FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DEBTS OR TAXES OF FALLS VENDING
SERVICE, INC. Yet FOUR YEARS LATER, in 1988, a lawyer involved in Case Number 83-CV-
1073, C. Scott Pryor, filed another Falls Vending case in Waukesha County Circuit Court, and
created a maze of errors – what appears to be bizarre legal tactics designed to win a case. The
discrepancies can be followed by readers because a link to each of the court documents is provided.
I’ve looked at the files and analyzed them thoroughly. I’m not a lawyer, but what was done
in these court cases would be called fraudulent concealment if a defendant did what legal counsel
for the plaintiff did in these two cases. Is it still fraudulent concealment when a plaintiff or its legal
counsel (rather than the defendant) conceals facts which, if made known, change the outcome of a
judicial decision? If so, it is an action that eliminates the protection to the statute of limitations for
whoever commits the offense.
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Fraudulent concealment is defined as knowing and intentionally failing to share potentially
harmful information when a duty to speak exists. Lawyers owe a fiduciary duty of loyalty and
confidence to their clients. Mr. Pryor had an obligation to give loyalty and confidence to F & M
Bank, in other words. However, there is an equally important obligation to disclose materially
adverse information to the other side of a transaction.
When a lawyer gives a Sworn Statement – when anyone does -- in a court case, withholding
information from a judge or telling outright untruths because it will be harmful to their client can
result in liability for conspiracy, fraudulent concealment, or aiding and abetting in the commission
of a fraud upon the court, not just to the lawyer, but to the client represented by the lawyer.
It may be that a lawyer providing untruthful information to a judge is guilty of fraud upon
the court. As I said, I’m not a lawyer and I don’t know. I can merely express opinions about what
things look like from a common sense perspective of an interested citizen.
What is “fraud upon the court?”
In Demjanjule v. Petrovsky, 10 F. 3d 338 at 352 (6th Cir 1993), the court relies upon
Professor Moore's frequently cited definition of fraud upon the court. Professor Moore
explained fraud upon the court as follows:
"Fraud upon the court should...embrace only that species of fraud which does or
attempts to, subvert the integrity of the court itself, or is a fraud perpetrated by officers of
the court, so that the judicial machinery cannot perform in the usual manner its impartial
task of adjudging cases that are presented for adjudication, and relief should be denied in
the absence of such conduct."
"While an attorney should represent his client with singular loyalty, that loyalty
obviously does not demand that he act dishonestly or fraudulently: on the contrary, his
loyalty to the court, as an officer thereof, demands integrity and honest dealing with the
court. And when he departs from that standard in conduct of a case, he perpetrates fraud
upon the court."
I report, you decide. As you read the following questions I ask of Mr. Pryor, ask yourself if
he committed fraud upon the court. Ambassador Wanta thinks he did… so do I.
What follows is the final example of the 1980s unlawful actions in Wisconsin courts taken
against Leo Wanta. There are numerous examples that could be provided here, but this is the case –
the only case -- “they” won. They had to win a case. If they did not, how would they defend
themselves against potential lawsuits filed by an innocent man who, someone probably realized at
some point, had been abused by the Department of Revenue and the court system? By winning just
one tax case, they could offer probable cause for the remaining unlawful actions filed against Leo
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Wanta that were dismissed. Perhaps that’s why they were so desperate to win and perhaps that is
the excuse they used to justify what appears to be unlawful actions. Or, perhaps they were working
hand-in-glove with the CIA and other “agent provocateurs,” as Wanta calls them, to get a share of
the trillion dollar pie. As I keep saying, $27.5 trillion is a lot of money.
Following is my public letter to C. Scott Pryor, attorney at law, Wisconsin Bar. He no
longer practices law. Rather, he teaches law at Regent University. I have some questions I want to
ask him and this is probably the only means I can use to ask them. He may never read them and
likely will never answer, but the questions need to be asked.
Dear Mr. Pryor:
The following data involves Case 83-CV-1073 and Case 88-CV-1043 and offers solid
evidence that attacks by you as legal counsel for F & M Bank against Leo E. Wanta were, indeed,
violations of his civil rights in every way! After I read the documents involved in these two cases, I
couldn’t believe the words on the papers in front of me were true. Logic dictates what these court
documents say would not be supported by the law-abiding citizens of Wisconsin. The entire nation
saw the fairness of Wisconsin Cheese Heads in 2012 when they supported the lawful election of
their Governor, Scott Walker.
Because I hold Wisconsin citizens in high regard, I thought, surely Waukesha County
Courts had neglected sending some of the documents for these two cases. To make sure, I sent a
second FAX to the court – over a year after I purchased the complete files. Here is a link to the
record of those communications. LINK 2 As their response to my inquiry indicates, they have 61
pages of text regarding this case. I counted what they sent me in J uly 2011 – they said that was all
they had at that time – and it is 45 non-duplicated pages (I paid for some duplicates). So there are
16 pages remaining for me to read.
Here is the case as I read the 45 pages of records in my possession. I invite your comments
and explanations. Should you choose to make them, I will publish them along with an evaluation –
hopefully by a Member of the Bar. I will make it possible for readers to read any documents you
send. Perhaps this time we can provide an unbiased environment to come to a judgment of whether
Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta was treated fairly by the Department of Revenue and the Wisconsin
Courts in this matter.
Case No. 83-CV-1073, was originally filed May 4, 1983 in the State of Wisconsin. This
case is F & M Bank vs. Falls Vending Service, J oanne E Wanta, Leo E. Wanta, Robert G. Pyzyk,
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et al. Attorney Pyzyk (see Chapter Three)? The same attorney who wrote the letter to Sheriff
Klink? Yep. The same.
Before I begin an analysis of these two cases, it is important to note that the Court Docket
for Case 83-CV-1073 correctly shows 1073 was filed against Leo E. Wanta AND Falls Vending
Service, Inc. In 1984, four years before you, Mr. Pryor, began making demands on Mr. Wanta and
re-filing court documents in this case, Federal District Court J udge J ohn W. Reynolds handed down
his Decision in the Falls Vending bankruptcy case filed against Leo E. Wanta by your client, F & M
Bank, saying that Want had no standing or financial responsibility for Falls Vending Service, Inc.
Not only were you informed that Want was not responsible for the debts or the taxes of Falls
Vending, SO TOO WAS YOUR CLIENT, F & M BANK. You proceeded, knowing Wanta had no
responsibility for these debts. You “disappeared” the 1983 Falls Vending name in the 1988 case
against Leo Wanta. The Court Docket for 1073 clearly shows 83-CV-1073 is filed against Falls
Vending. You did everything you could do to make it appear this case from 1983 was against Leo
Wanta, not Falls Vending. That suggests to me that you knew of the judgments that had been
handed down from three different Wisconsin Court systems. Much of the information that
will be discussed appears on the Court Docket for this case… e.g., the fact that the case was
dismissed on J une 20, 1985, the fact that F & M Bank won only a partial judgment, and many other
details. You can view the Court Docket for 83-CV-1073 here. I will be referring to it often in the
following pages. You will find the most important statistics at the top of the form.
To readers (as opposed to Mr. Pryor), remember this; it’s important: Case 83-CV-1073 was
filed against Falls Vending Service, Inc. and Leo E. Wanta and the Court Docket says the disposal
of the case was by dismissal on J une 20, 1985. (See Court Docket Link 3 for verification.)
That Docket is the Court’s official record of what occurred in this case. It is significant to
bear in mind that the Waukesha County Court told me in their email (I specifically asked about the
documents from 1983 because they provided none) that they only have 61 pages of court documents
for Cases 83-CV-1073 and 88-CV-1043. I have 45 pages and have requested the remaining pages.
The number of records listed on the Docket represent far more than 16 pages of missing court
documents. Their own Docket, then, proves that pages are missing from the court files because the
45 pages I have provide no documents from the case filed in 1983. They have mysteriously
disappeared. Where did they go?
For readers, the “83” in the first case number indicates the year it was filed (1983) as “88” in
the second case number indicates the year it was filed (1988).
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Mr. Pryor, this case, along with other cases involving Falls Vending Service, Inc. and
Ambassador Wanta, are gaining notoriety internationally because actions taken by the State of
Wisconsin against this defendant in the 1980s – questionable actions, at best – may have prevented
the substantial funds Wanta earned while working as Personal Intelligence Coordinator for then
President Ronald W. Reagan from investing in our economy and paying off America’s debt -- $27.5
trillion of lost funds, in total. A fair evaluation of F & M Bank’s Case 83-CV-1073 (a/k/a 88-CV-
1043, a case never filed according to the available court records) is seen by many people as making
possible the spurious criminal charges filed by the State of Wisconsin against Ambassador Wanta
for criminal tax evasion in 1995 causing the Swiss Sûreté to believe they should arrest the
Ambassador… after all, according to the State of Wisconsin, he had a non-criminal civil record of
non-payment of taxes in his home state.
As I mentioned above, three judgments were handed down by State of Wisconsin judiciary
(Federal District Court 1984, Waukesha Circuit Court 1985, and the Administrative Law Division
1989) stating that Mr. Wanta had no responsibility for any of the debts of Falls Vending Services,
Inc. 83-CV-1073 was filed before any of those judgments were handed down. However, Mr.
Pryor, you allowed the case to sit in limbo for four years so by the time it was settled in early 1989,
two of the three judicial decisions legally alleviating Wanta of financial responsibilities for Falls
Vending were on the books. You totally ignored them. In fact, you made sure the words “Falls
Vending Service, Inc.” appeared nowhere in your 1988 filings regarding 83-CV-1073 and 88-CV-
1043 – quite a coincidence, the similarity in case numbers, yes?
Such behavior on the part of a Member of the Bar in any state leaves those interested in the
injustice done against Wanta shaking their heads. Your J udgment for what you tell the Court is a
$428,254.95 amount on behalf of F & M Bank involving debts of Falls Vending Service, Inc. made
it possible for state agent provocateurs to steal $23 trillion from the American people and $4.5
trillion from Ambassador Wanta. You handled this case that brought charges against Wanta for the
debts of Falls Vending Service, Inc. You won – in spite of previous Wisconsin judicial decisions
that found Wanta to have absolutely no responsibility for the debts of Falls Vending Service, Inc.
You won on a technicality… a technicality it appears you also created.
Hopefully, the above comments will explain the reasons for this letter. Because these
questions are being asked in a public forum, I want to give you every chance to provide information
that might change the only logical conclusion to which people can otherwise arrive when reading
the information provided by the court.
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THE COURT DOCKET SAYS CASE 83-CV-1073 WAS DISMISSED ON JUNE 20,
1985.
QUESTION: If the case was dismissed, how could there be an active J udgment on behalf
of F & M Bank (your client), remaining on the books in 1988 when you once again began to
aggressively pursue this case? Your Sworn Statement regarding 83-CV-1073 does not inform the
Court:
1. As can be seen in the Court Docket, after a Motion to Re-open was filed by
Defendant Wanta on November 24, 1983, on December 5, 1983, a Supplement to Motion, Affidavit
and three Affidavits of Service were filed.
2. On December 12, 1983, a PARTIAL SATISFACTION OF J UDGMENT was
filed (See Court Docket).
3. On J anuary 3, 1984, F&M Bank AGREED NOT TO EXECUTE THE
PARTIAL J UDGMENT UNTIL THE WANTAS’ (LEO AND J OANNE) CLAIM AGAINST
GUARANTORS WAS SETTLED. (See Court Docket link for verification.) There are no
documents in the Waukesha Circuit Court files indicating the claim against the Guarantors was ever
settled. If it was not, F & M Bank violated this agreement.
4. Notification to J udge McGraw of his own Decision involving the Doro case (83-
CV-452, Waukesha County) wherein he ruled on behalf of Wanta; nor was J udge McGraw told by
you of Federal District Court J udge Reynolds’ Decision stating that “Wanta has no standing”
because he was only an employee of Falls Vending Service, Inc., not an owner.
This information was never provided to J udge Robert T. McGraw when 83-CV-1073
“became” (quite by magic) 88-CV-1043 – though Waukesha County apparently has no record of a
re-filing of 1073 or any record for a case titled 88-CV-1043 in their files when I ordered all of the
Wanta court transcripts from Waukesha, Outagamie, and three other counties. This case number is,
however, used interchangeably with 83-CV-1073 as if they are the same case. I have made enquiry
of the Waukesha Circuit Court regarding this matter. See LINK 2.
THE J UDGMENT (WHICH IS CONSTANTLY REFERRED TO IN THE COURT
TRANSCRIPTS) WAS PUT ON HOLD J ANUARY 13, 1984… AND IT WAS ONLY A
PARTIAL J UDGMENT THAT F & M BANK AGREED NOT TO EXECUTE UNTIL THE
WANTAS’ CLAIM AGAINST GUARANTORS WAS SETTLED. AS STATED, I CAN FIND
NO DOCUMENTATION IN THE FILE INDICATING THE WANTA CLAIM WAS EVER
SETTLED. I WOULD APPRECIATE KNOWING IF SUCH A DOCUMENT EXISTS.
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QUESTION: Can you please provide guidance as to where other legal documents
providing history for 83-CV-1073 and 88-CV-1043 can be found? Things appear to have been
bounced around from one county to the other and it is difficult to know where to look for a truthful
answer. I found Waukesha County Transcript No. 880372 listed in a notebook for Outagamie
County, but it is a Waukesha file. I have requested it.
QUESTION: Can you please provide or tell me where I can find a re-filing of 83-CV-1073
in J udge McGraw’s Court under a different case number or where Case No. 88-CV-1043 was filed?
SOME OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS MAKE UP THE FILES SENT TO
ME BY THE WAUKESHA CIRCUIT COURT:
April 4, 1988, Case No. 88-CV-1043, Garnishment Complaint, F&M Bank, Plaintiff,
Leo E. Wanta and Joanne E. Wanta, Defendants and Address; AmeriChina Global
Management Group, Inc., FILED BY MR. PRYOR IN JUDGE ROBERT T. MC GRAW’S
COURT, NO APPROPRIATE ADDRESS PROVIDED FOR THIS NEVADA
CORPORATION; NO COURT CASE NUMBERED 88-CV-1043 IS IN THE WAUKESHA
COUNTY COURT FILE BUT THIS DOCUMENT IS COURT STAMPED 88CV1043. .
YOU REFER TO THE WANTAS AS “ENGAGED IN A VENDING BUSINESS.” THEY
WERE NOT “ENGAGED IN A VENDING BUSINESS.” THIS IS AN OUTRIGHT LIE IN
A SWORN STATEMENT TO THE COURT BY YOU, MR. PRYOR. MR. WANTA, AS
NUMEROUS COURT DECISIONS POINT OUT, WAS MERELY AN EMPLOYEE OF
FALLS VENDING SERVICE, INC. THIS IS AN UNTRUTH INJECTED INTO A COURT
SWORN STATEMENT BY YOU AND IS PROVEN UNTRUE BY WISCONSIN COURT
DECISIONS – ONE BY JUDGE MC GRAW HIMSELF IN WAUKESHA COUNTY. LINK
4
April 7, 1988, NO CASE NUMBER, NO ADDRESS WHERE SERVICE WAS MADE,
signed by Valerie (last name illegible – no typed name), Deputy Sheriff, County of OUTAGAMIE.
“I served the within Garnishee Summons and Garnishee Complaint” on the named defendant Leo E.
Wanta and J oanne E. Wanta by then and there “delivering to and leaving with Leo E. Wanta.”
There should be a signature by Leo E. Wanta (or someone) acknowledging Service – but there
is not. How does anyone know the documents were delivered to “Leo E. Wanta?” Without the
appropriate verifications, this is mere hearsay, isn’t it? LINK 5
April 7, 1988, NO CASE NUMER, NO ADDRESS WHERE SERVICE WAS MADE,
Garnishee Summons and Garnishee Complaint; Garnishee is AmeriChina Global Management
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Group, Inc. There is no notation anywhere on the document you filed establishing that AmeriChina
is a Nevada Corporation. Service should have been made at the company’s home address which is
not shown anywhere on the Certificate of Service form signed by /Valerie (illegible last name),
Deputy Sheriff. Instead, the Service was made to Leo E. Wanta, “its President,” assuming that a
President who was temporarily in Wisconsin at a branch office where he got mail has access to
documents requested of a Nevada Corporation. Is a branch office where mail is delivered
considered corporate headquarters for a company in Wisconsin? I am confident anyone licensed by
the Bar in the State of Wisconsin knows that legal matters involving a corporation fall under the
auspices of the Wisconsin Uniform Commercial Code… yet the acknowledgement of that fact is
totally missing throughout this case (regardless of which Case Number one uses). LINK 6
April 9, 1988, Case No. 88 CV 1043, ANSWER AND MOTION, F & M BANK
PLANTIFF, LEO E. WANTA and J OANNE E. WANTA, DEFENDANTS, and AMERICHINA
GLOBAL MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC., Garnishee Defendant. In this response to the
Complaint of F&M Bank, Mr. Wanta makes clear that the Pryor Complaint fails to state that the
J udgment is docketed in Outagamie, not Waukesha, County and moves for a Dismissal and a
request for a change of venue from Waukesha to Outagamie County. There is no response from the
Court to this request in the file. IT WAS IGNORED because of the phony case number (88-CV-
1043) created and assigned by you, Mr. Pryor, to the Document being filed with the Court. The
Court had no record of 88-CV-1043. The case number their records show is 83-CV-1073. LINK 7
April 24, 1988, Case No. 88-CV-1043, NOTICE OF DEPOSITION AND REQUEST FOR
PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS. It is critical to understand the unlawful outcome of this case
that readers look at the bold/underlined Case No.: 88-CV-1043, above. Remember it!
Wanta is notified pursuant to 804.05(2) that F&M Bank “will conduct a deposition of Leo
Wanta, President of AmeriChina Global Management Group, Inc., at 1:00 P.M. on the 10
th
day of
J une, 1988.” The case for which Wanta is to be deposed, 88-CV-1043, which does not (according
to court transcript records) exist. LINK 8
As I read 804.05, Mr. Pryor,
804.05 Depositions upon oral examination.
(1) When depositions may be taken. After commencement of the action, except as
provided in s. 804.015, any party may take the testimony of any person including a party by
deposition upon oral examination. The attendance of witnesses may be compelled by subpoena as
provided in s. 805.07. The attendance of a party deponent or of an officer, director or
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managing agent of a party may be compelled by notice to the named person or attorney
meeting the requirements of sub. (2) (a). Such notice shall have the force of a subpoena addressed
to the deponent. The deposition of a person confined in prison may be taken only by leave of court
on such terms as the court prescribes, except when the party seeking to take the deposition is the
state agency or officer to whose custody the prisoner has been committed.
(2) Notice of examination: general requirements; special notice; non-stenographic
recording; production of documents and things; deposition of organization.
(a) A party desiring to take the deposition of any person upon oral examination shall give
reasonable notice in writing to every other party to the action. The notice shall state the time
and place for taking the deposition and the name and address of each person to be examined,
if known, and, if the name is not known, a general description sufficient to identify the person
or the particular class or group to which the person belongs. If a subpoena requiring the
production of materials is to be served on the person to be examined, the designation of the
materials to be produced as set forth in the subpoena shall be attached to or included in the
notice.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, your Notice of Deposition and Request for Production of
Documents was issued for Case 88-CV-1043 – a non-existent case, according to the court records.
“Depositions may be taken AFTER COMMENCEMENT OF THE ACTION. Since no action had
been filed, it seems to me that no Depositions could be demanded of Mr. Wanta under 1043.
Your Notice of Deposition DID NOT GIVE the corporate address of AmeriChina Global
Management Inc., in Carson City, Nevada. It gave the mail address of the company’s President,
Leo E. Wanta. No Notice of Deposition was lawfully served on the owners of the property
demanded by your Notice, AmeriChina Global Management, Inc. under 804.05(2)(a). “…the name
and ADDRESS of each person to be examined.” AmeriChina is a foreign corporation and is not “a
person to be examined” and no Notice was served to AmeriChina Global Management, Inc. of
Carson City, Nevada. You have been very careful to make sure Judge McGraw does not know
that AmeriChina is a Nevada corporation. As a foreign corporation, its corporate rights fall
under the laws defined by the Wisconsin Uniform Commercial Code. Had you followed the
law regarding AmeriChina Global Management, Inc., a Nevada corporation, would Judge
McGraw have issued the Order to Appear Before Court Commissioner on 5 May 1988? I
don’t believe so – I don’t think any reasonable person believes so.
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THERE WAS NO LAWFUL NOTICE OF DEPOSITION AND REQUEST FOR
PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS SERVED TO AMERICHINA GLOBAL MANAGEMENT
GROUP, INC., IN NEVADA, AS REQUIRED BY THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE AND
NO LAWFUL NOTICE OF DEPOSITION TO AMERICHINA UNDER SECTION 804.05(2)(a).
If I have misinterpreted this important point, please tell me in what way and where.
April 29, 1988 (I assume it was 1988… Shirley M. Hornbach did not state the year, only the
month and day) AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING. No documents were attached as Hornbach stated
they would be; whatever she sent was sent to Leo E. Wanta, President (corporation name omitted),
2101 North Edgewood Avenue, Appleton WI 54911. There is insufficient information contained in
this AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING for it to be lawful Service… no case number, no description of
what was mailed, no corporation name, etc. Ms. Hornbach was mailing unknown documents to
someone who was President of something. LINK 9
April 29, 1988, 88-CV-1043; Letter from C. Scott Pryor to J udge Robert T. McGraw, re
F & M Bank vs. Leo E. and J oanne E. Wanta and AmeriChina Global Management, Inc. (the other
defendants have magically disappeared – no documentation as to why in the files). The letter
indicates to J udge McGraw that the official address of AmeriChina Global Management Group,
Inc., is the address given for Mr. Wanta as his residence (though he did not live at that address at
the time – his wife, from whom he was separated, lived at the Edgewood Avenue address. Your
Notification to J udge McGraw in no way informs His Honor that AmeriChina is a Nevada
Corporation entitled to the protections of the Uniform Commercial Code in that State regarding its
private records. Because it is a corporation, more than a paid employee like a President must agree
to make such records available… there is a Board of Directors to which the President of a company
is held responsible and the corporation was a Nevada, not a Wisconsin, corporation. LINK 10
May 4, 1988: 83-CV-1073, Request for an “Order to Appear Before Court Commissioner”
– but, Mr. Pryor, the Notice of Deposition sent to Mr. Wanta was issued for Case 88-CV-1043, not
Case 83-CV-1073 which makes all of your statements in your request for an Order to Appear untrue
– so there was no just cause to request this Order under 1073. The original request for a deposition
went to Mr. Wanta as 88-CV-1043 (A COPY OF THE DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED AT LINK 8),
not 83-CV-1073, yet your request for J udge McGraw to sign an Order to Appear Before Court
Commissioner was for 83-CV-1073. It was, thus, fraud upon the court. It may have been an
innocent mistake, but it doesn’t change the fact that you provided J udge McGraw with untruthful
information to gain an Order to Appear Before Court Commissioner by Wanta from McGraw. I
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rather doubt it was an innocent mistake, Mr. Pryor, because of the skillful way the case numbers
were interchanged on numerous occasions. Whenever you communicate with the J udge, you use
83-CV-1073 – his case of record; whenever you communicate with Wanta, it is 88-CV-1043.
Everything was done under 1043 until it came time to start asking the J udge for Orders… and
things slipped quietly back into 1073. You filed this Request for Order to Appear in Case 1073
when the Defendant had been notified to appear for the taking of a deposition under 83-CV-1043.
There were no grounds for this Order to be requested or signed and nowhere in this file do you ever
correct your “error.” You are in the process of creating contempt of court by Mr. Wanta, seeding
confusion through your misuse of case numbers as your reason for judgment. Very clever… but
unlawful. LINK 11
May 4, 1988: 83-CV-1073, J udge Robert T. McGraw, Waukesha Circuit Court J udge,
signs an ORDER to APPEAR BEFORE COURT COMMISSIONER in the name of Leo E. Wanta.
YOUR DEMAND TO MR. WANTA TO APPEAR BEFORE A COURT ADMINISTRATOR
TO BE DEPOSED UNDER CASE 88-CV-1043, THERE HAD BEEN NO PREVIOUS
NOTICE TO WANTA TO APPEAR FOR DEPOSITION FOR 83-CV-1073. YOUR
INITIAL NOTICE TO HIM CLEARLY STATES 88-CV-1043. NO SUCH CASE HAD
BEEN FILED (ACCORDING TO COURT RECORDS) AND WANTA DID NOT RESPOND
– AS HE SHOULD NOT HAVE RESPONDED TO A CASE ON WHICH HE HAD
RECEIVED NO NOTICE. ALSO, THERE IS NO VERIFICATION OF SERVICE OF THIS
ORDER IN THE WAUKESHA CIRCUIT COURT FILE OF 83-CV-1073. An address for
the Defendant is handwritten – it is his wife’s address from whom he has been separated for
two years. There is no “typed text” identifying an address for Wanta; the informal
handwritten note gives no zip code and is obviously not a serious attempt at Service of this
Order. LINK 11, SAME AS ABOVE.
QUESTION: How can a J udge Order a Defendant to appear on J une 10, 1988 in a case that
had (according to Waukesha Circuit Court Records) been Dismissed on June 20, 1985? (SEE
COURT DOCKET) AND ON WHICH THERE WAS NO LEGITIMATE SERVICE?
QUESTION: How can Court Commissioner J oseph D. Melendes Order a Defendant to
appear on J une 10, 1988 in a case that was (according to the Waukesha Circuit Court Docket)
Dismissed on June 20, 1985 – 83-CV-1073?
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QUESTION: How can a lawyer who is a Member of the Bar of the State of Wisconsin tell
a J udge in 1988 that a full J udgment was made in a Waukesha Circuit Court Decision in 1983 when
the Court Docket clearly states differently?
1. 83-CV-1073 A Partial Satisfaction of J udgment was filed on J anuary 3, 1984 and F&M
Bank agreed not to execute the Partial Satisfaction of J udgment until the Wantas’ claim against
Guarantors was settled – and there is no mention in any Court Records of such a Settlement; and,
2. 83-CV-1073 Waukesha Circuit Court Records say 83-CV-1073 was Dismissed on J une
20, 1985.
QUESTION: Are Court Records in existence which Waukesha Circuit Court did not
provide me that would change the obvious conclusions to which one must come when reading the
above list of “unusual occurrences”?
May 30, 1988, Case No. 88-CV-1043, Letter of Notification of ANSWER sent by
Defendant Leo E. Wanta to J udge McGraw complete with names and addresses for Dreyfuss at
F&M Bank, Pryor at his law firm, and Attorney J oseph Melendes, Waukesha County Court
Commissioner as Notification of Answer. This Letter of Notification of ANSWER is Stamped by
the Court… the ANSWER is not. LINK 12
May 30, 1988, Case No. 88-CV-1043, ANSWER OF DEFENDANT AND MOTION sent
by Leo E. Wanta. Wanta denies that F & M Bank has a legal judgment against either him or
AmeriChina… THE STATEMENT IS IN AGREEMENT WITH THE WAUKESHA COURT
DOCKET RE THIS/THESE CASE(S). THIS DOCUMENT WAS ALSO IGNORED BY J UDGE
MC GRAW (probably due to the faulty case number you assigned -- 88-CV-1043 – rather than 83-
CV-1073, the case number J udge McGraw’s Court had on file). Please note that this ANSWER
does not carry a Court Stamp; only the letter written by Mr. Wanta has a Court Stamp. LINK 13
NOTE: IT SEEMS APPARENT THAT THE COURT IGNORES WANTA’S
RESPONSES (NO COURT STAMPS) BECAUSE HE USES THE CASE NUMBER YOU
PROVIDED HIM -- 88-CV-1043 – RATHER THAN 83-CV-1073 WHICH IS THE CASE
NUMBER THE COURT HAS ON FILE AND IS THE CASE NUMBER YOU USE WHEN
CORRESPONDING WITH J UDGE MC GRAW. MR. WANTA RESPONDS TO THE NOTICE
SENT BY YOU, MR. PRYOR, TO WIT: “April 24, 1988, Case No. 88-CV-1043, NOTICE OF
DEPOSITION AND REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS” (SEE LINK 8).
THUS, ANY ERRORS THAT RESULT FROM THE FIRST USE (OR MISUSE) OF THIS CASE
NUMBER MUST BE PLACED AT YOUR DOOR, MR. PRYOR, NOT THAT OF DEFENDANT
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WANTA WHO WAS PUNISHED FOR NON-APPEARANCE IN A CASE WHERE HE HAD
NOT BEEN NOTIFIED TO APPEAR.
June 16, 1988, 83-CV-1073: AFFIDAVIT AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR
FAILURE TO APPEAR BEFORE COURT COMMISSIONER, Sworn Statement filed by C.
Scott Pryor, swearing a J udgment was entered in the Record of the Waukesha Circuit Court on
behalf of his client, F & M Bank in the sum of $428,244.95. The Sworn Statement does not
indicate a “Partial Settlement.” It does not indicate an Agreement by his client, F & M Bank, to not
exercise the Partial Settlement until the Wantas’ claim against the Guarantors was settled. There is
no indication of a Settlement the Wantas’ claim against the Guarantor. Based on Waukesha Circuit
Court Records, (the Court Docket for 1073) this Sworn Statement is questionable as to accuracy (at
best questionable). Mr. Pryor, in your Sworn Statement you swear you waited for twenty (20)
minutes for Defendant Wanta to appear – but to appear regarding 88-CV-1043, not 83-CV-1073.
Thus, the information contained in this Sworn Statement is a lie. Court Commissioner Melendes
verifies this “default” by Wanta. NEITHER MELENDES OR MC GRAW HAVE READ THE
WANTA ANSWER FILED WITH THE COURT ON MAY 30, 1988 PROBABLY DUE TO THE
ERRONEOUS CASE NUMBER PROVIDED TO WANTA BY PRYOR – TO WHICH MR.
WANTA APPROPRIATELY RESPONDED. MR. PRYOR PLACES NO NOTIFICATION IN
THE COURT RECORDS OF THE CASE NUMBER ERROR BUT REVERSES HIMSELF AND
ONCE AGAIN, AFTER WANTA WHO IS EXPECTING A RESPONSE TO HIS ANSWER,
DOES NOT APPEAR, USES CASE NUMBER 83-CV-1073 WHEN HE COMMUNICATES
WITH J UDGE MC GRAW. HOW IS A DEFENDANT SUPPOSED TO KEEP UP WITH THE
ERRORS (INTENTIONAL OR OTHERWISE) INVOLVED HEREIN? Are they errors? Or are
they fraud upon the Court? LINK 14
June 16. 1988, Case No. 83-CV-1073. NO NOTICE OF DEPOSITION AND
REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS HAS BEEN SENT TO MR. WANTA
FOR CASE NO. 83-CV-1073 (MR. PRYOR’S NOTICE OF DEPOSITION AND REQUEST
FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS WAS SENT TO MR. WANTA AS CASE NO. 88-
CV-1043 – SEE LINK 8). I REPEAT: THE NOTICE YOU SENT, MR. PRYOR, GIVING
NOTICE OF DEPOSITION AND REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS WAS
FOR CASE NO. 88-CV-1043, NOT 83-CV-1073 AS STATED IN THIS DOCUMENT --
MELENDES ACCEPTS THE UNTRUTHFUL STATEMENTS MADE IN PRYOR’S
SWORN STATEMENT AND ORDERS WANTA TO APPEAR BEFORE JUDGE ROBERT
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T. MC GRAW – FOR WHICH WANTA WILL LATER BE CITED FOR CONTEMPT OF
COURT BECAUSE HE DOES NOT APPEAR TO TESTIFY IN 1073… HE HAD ONLY
BEEN INFORMED OF 1043. MELENDES OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT REQUIRE
EVIDENCE OF LAWFUL SERVICE (EITHER THAT OR THE WAUKESHA CIRCUIT
COURT HAS LOST EVIDENCE OF SERVICE AND IT IS NOT IN THEIR FILES). ANY
COURT ACTION THAT TAKES PLACE BEYOND THIS POINT VIOLATES MR.
WANTA’S RIGHTS BEYOND BELIEF! LINK 14 – SAME AS ABOVE.
You say in your Sworn Statement, Mr. Pryor, that the above-named defendant by order of
the Honorable Robert T. McGraw, was ordered to appear and be deposed regarding Case Number
83-CV-1073. No, Mr. Pryor. You never sent a demand to Leo E. Wanta that he appear before
Court Commissioner J oseph D. Melendes with regard to 1073. You demanded Leo E. Wanta
appear and be deposed for Case 88-CV-1043 (for which the Waukesha Circuit Court has no records
of being filed). So again you lied in a Sworn Statement to the Court.
June 17, 1988, NO CASE NUMBER AVAILABLE, Certificate of Service from
OUTAGAMIE COUNTY signed by Deputy Sheriff certifying “Service” of AFFIDAVIT AND
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR BEFORE COURT COMMISSIONER.
COURT STAMPED J UNE 27, 1988. This Certification of Service is totally invalid because no
Case Number appears on the document and neither does an address at which Service was made.
The invalid document is accepted by and filed in the Waukesha Circuit Court on J une 27, 1988.
LINK 15
Filed J uly 5, 1988, STATEMENT BY MR. PRYOR “otherwise than as a witness upon the
trial” (WHAT TRIAL?) pursuant to Section 804.05 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
QUESTION: There is no record of service upon Defendant Wanta regarding your original
Order that he appear for a Deposition. No Case No. 88-CV-1043 has been filed in the Court – and
the Waukesha Circuit Records indicate 83-CV-1073 was Dismissed – so for what case is Mr. Wanta
supposed to appear and what records is he supposed to bring with him from a Wisconsin mail
address for a company headquartered in Nevada? This is a man who has been a resident of Vienna,
Austria (documented by residency court records in Austria) since J une 1988... the same period of
time all of these nebulous legal demands are being delivered to where Mr. Wanta’s wife lives… the
wife who in October 1995 testified in her divorce testimony (court transcript available) that she and
Mr. Wanta had not lived under the same roof for over seven (7) years… and Mr. Wanta provided
information to the Court that he lived outside of the United States… all of the various J udges being
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assigned to Case Number 83-CV-1073 (none obviously read the Records). IN VIEW OF ALL OF
THAT, WHAT LAWFUL AUTHORITY DID ANYONE HAVE TO DEMAND MR. WANTA
APPEAR BEFORE MR. MELENDES? CASE 88-CV-1043 WAS NOT FILED AND WAS THUS
NOT A LEGITIMATE CASE AND THE DEMAND FOR DEPOSITION FOR CASE 88-CV-1043
IS BOGUS. IN SHORT YOU ARE DEMANDING THAT WANTA PRODUCE RECORDS
RELATED TO A CASE WHICH, ACCORDING TO THE WAUKESHA COUNTY COURTS,
HAS NEVER BEEN FILED. EVEN IF IT HAD BEEN FILED, THE CASE MR. WANTA WAS
SERVED RE DEPOSITION AND THE PROVISION OF DOCUMENTS WAS 88-CV-1043, NOT
83-CV-1073. Nice slight of hand with the case numbers, but no cigar, Mr. Pryor.
The happenings in J udge McGraw’s courtroom are of particular interest because on April 4,
1985 – three years before your J uly 16, 1988 unlawful filing in J udge McGraw’s Court – J udge
Robert T. McGraw wrote an Order for Dismissal in Case No. 83-CV-452 stating “…Plaintiff’s
attorney” (State of Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, et al) “is
satisfied that Leo Wanta is not individually liable for any claimed wages owing to plaintiff.”
LINK 16 Were you trying to hide from J udge McGraw the fact that he had already written one
decision in favor of Mr. Wanta regarding Falls Vending Service Inc.?
The reason Mr. Wanta was not responsible to pay the wages claimed by a J ames Doro who
worked for Falls Food & Vending Service, Inc., is because Mr. Wanta did not own a single share of
Falls Vending. He had NO form of investment in Falls Vending. Yet, you make the claim in a 29
March 1988 statement that “Leo E. Wanta and J oanne E. Wanta are adult individuals, located at
2101 N. Edgewood Avenue in Appleton, Wisconsin 54911” (a lie – Mrs. Wanta, not Mr. Wanta,
lived at the Edgewood Avenue address) “AND ARE ENGAGED IN A VENDING BUSINESS.”
No, Mr. Pryor, they were not. And had you bothered to pick up the telephone and contact the
Wisconsin Secretary of State’s office and asked who owned Falls Vending, you would have known
that. Perhaps you did know but proceeded, anyway. Perhaps you were afraid to call – then there
would be a record that you knew this entire case was a fraud on the court.
J UDGE MC GRAW’S DECISION, WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT, APRIL 4, 1985,
ORDER for Dismissal, Case #83-CV-452: Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human
Relations, et al, and J ames Doro, vs. Fall Food & Vending Service Inc., and Leo Wanta], which
concerned a claim for wages. J udge McGraw stated that “ Leo Wanta is not personally liable for
any claimed wages owing to plaintiff." LINK 16 SAME AS ABOVE
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J UDGE REYNOLD'S DECISION, Federal District Court J udge, C.A. No. 84-C-359, Bankruptcy
of Falls Vending Service, Inc., September 7, 1984. “Wanta is only an employee of the company
[Falls Vending Service]. The owner of the company cannot confer standing on a non-lawyer
employee by stipulation or otherwise.” This Decision was made four years before you began
demanding Mr. Wanta appear before you to be deposed for a Falls Vending case in which three
major court Decisions had been handed down stating Wanta was not responsible for the debts or
taxes of Falls Vending. (Brackets added by author.) LINK 17
THE $428,244.95 YOU WERE DEMANDING MR. AND MRS. WANTA PAY DECLARED
THE WANTAS HAD AN OWNERSHIP INTEREST IN FALLS VENDING SERVICE, INC., -- THEY
DID NOT! THIS WAS IN YOUR SWORN STATEMENT TO THE COURT. ALL IT WOULD
HAVE TAKEN TO DETERMINE THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR YOU TO READ J UDGE
ROBERTS’ DECISION WHICH WAS HANDED DOWN FOUR YEARS BEFORE YOU BEGAN
SEEKING J UDGMENT IN 1988 FOR 1073 AND 1043)! ANY LAWYER INTERESTED IN J USTICE
WOULD HAVE DONE SO.
THUS, THE ENTIRE AGGRESSIVE PURSUIT OF THE WANTAS FOR THIS DEBT WAS
BASED ONLY ON WINNING – ON GREED! YOU CANNOT REFER TO SOMETHING THAT DID
THIS MUCH DAMAGE AS “A MISTAKE.” F & M BANK SOUGHT PAYMENT OF A LARGE
DEBT HAVING TO DO WITH A LARGE LOAN TO FALLS VENDING FOR THE PURCHASE OF
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY – AND NEITHER MR. OR MRS. WANTA WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR
ANY SUMS OWED F & M BANK BECAUSE THEY HAD NO OWNERSHIP POSITION IN FALLS
VENDING SERVICES, INC. AS I RECALL READING IN OTHER FILES, F & M BANK SOLD THE
FALLS FOUNDRY PROPERTY FOR $830,000.00 – THEY PROFITED QUITE NICELY ON THEIR
$500,000 LOAN TO FALLS VENDING, DIDN’T THEY? A $428,244.95 J UDGMENT AGAINST
THE WANTAS, A FORCED SALE OF THEIR HOME WHICH HAD A MORTGAGE ASSIGNMENT
TO MR. WANTA’S COMPANY, NEW REPUBLIC, AND AN $830,000.00 SALES PRICE ON THE
FALLS VENDING PROPERTY.
J UDGE REHBEIN’S DECISION, WISCONSIN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW COURT,
February 22, 1989, REVERSAL OF TRIBUNAL DECISION ON APPEAL: “Leo Wanta is not
personally liable for the tax delinquencies of Falls Vending Service, Inc.” LINK 18
Thus, we have TWO J udicial Decisions in 1984 and 1985 and one J udicial Decision in
J anuary 1989 stating that Leo Wanta is not responsible for the debts (including taxes) of Falls
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Vending Service, Inc. Yet, in J une of 1988 cases are being filed – unlawful cases it appears – on
behalf of F & M Bank involving funds owed the bank by Falls Vending Service, Inc., owned by
J erome Engle / J erry Engel.
If a Defendant’s counsel had handled this case the way you did, Mr. Pryor, it appears to be
Fraudulent Concealment. Since you were the Plaintiff’s counsel, perhaps it is better termed “Fraud
on the Court.” I can’t say which it is because I’m not a lawyer licensed to “do business” in the State
of Wisconsin (thank God!). The name “Falls Vending” has disappeared from all of your 1988
filings, in both 83-CV-1073 and 88-CV-1043, but the Court Docket for 1073 makes clear that the
debts for which you are suing Leo E. and J oanne E. Wanta are the debts of Falls Vending, not of the
Wantas. J udge McGraw was not informed about your 88-CV-1043 error and Mr. Wanta’s
ANSWER to your 1043 Demand of him – it was never stamped by the Court Clerk… she didn’t
have a Case 88-CV-1043; she just had a case 83-CV-1073. Is that why you changed the case
number… so Wanta’s responses would not be stamped and accepted by the Court?
And, why the four year delay? If F & M Bank had a valid J udgment in hand from the 1983
case… what happened? I rather doubt F & M Bank let so much time elapse if, as you say, a lawful
judgment of $428,244.85 hung in the balance. It appears the bank was awaiting the Tribunal Board
Decision signed by a Don Millis (which was reversed by J udge Rehbein). The Tribunal Board
found Wanta responsible for a debt of Falls Vending Service, Inc. J udge Rehbein’s Decision
clearly reversed the Tribunal Board. You saw an opening to win a case based on a Tribunal Board
Decision you knew would be reversed on Appeal and, like all fools who rush in where wise men
fear to tread, you rushed in… and lied to the court. As I have said, $27.5 trillion is a lot of money.
Please do not suggest the Tax Warrants issued in the Wanta name by Outagamie County
have any validity. They, too, are taxes due for Falls Vending Service, Inc., a company for which
the Wantas had and have no ownership interest or tax liabilities (as J udge Rehbein stated in her
Reversal of the Tribunal Hearing). The Tax Warrants clearly identify that they were issued for
Withholding Tax, Sales Tax and Income Tax of a corporation, not individual taxpayers – individual
everyday citizen tax liabilities are not required to pay Withholding, Sales, or Income taxes based on
estimates from the Withholding and Sales taxes. Yet, they were listed in the criminal cases filed
against Ambassador Leo E. Wanta in 1995. Advanced planning? Indeed!
If I have misstated the facts of 83-CV-1073 or 88-CV-1043, please inform me because if
you do not, the facts as published herein about your behavior as a lawyer in this case on the basis of
what the documentation says happened will stand.
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Sincerely,
Perhaps I should have sent the letter to Mr. Pryor privately. In truth, I fear the depths to
which such men will go to protect their reputations. It was more important to go to the court
records and make sure there were no additional documents, so that’s what I’ve done.
You now have the ground work done in the 1980s that was so carefully laid to entrap
Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta in the 1990s so they could steal the money… from him, from you,
from all American citizens.
Why did they need to get one case decided in their favor? So they could make a credible
case to Swiss authorities when they filed charges against him for flight to avoid the payment of
income taxes. If Wanta had a record of evading taxes in the 1980s, the Swiss – or any other foreign
government – would believe he had run to Europe and was hiding there to evade taxes in the 1990s.
Enough about taxes and set ups. If the reader thinks he/she is relieved by that statement,
you should be me! We’ve learned a lot about sloppy filing procedures in the Wisconsin courts, a lot
about J udges who do not read their case files before issuing Orders, about lawyers who feel at
liberty to change case numbers and make false sworn statements at will when making legal
demands in court documents… we’ve learned Wisconsin isn’t a place any of us would like to go to
court if we’re seeking justice.
There are some other things to learn. Mr. Pryor no longer practices law… rather, he teaches
law at Regent University in Wisconsin. Interestingly, Assistant Attorney General Doug Haag who
prosecuted Leo Wanta’s criminal trial in 1995 no longer practices law either… he does some kind
of work at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.
Good God! What might they be teaching our young people?
You’ve made it through the details of the set up of Leo Emil Wanta. They went to great
lengths, didn’t they?
There is an important story about a secret agent to tell here… let’s get on with it!
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TO: WAUKESHA CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS
FROM: Marilyn M. Barnewall
SUBJ ECT: Case No. 83-CV-1073 and Case No. 88-CV-1043
A little over a year ago, I contacted the Waukesha Circuit Court to get all available court transcripts
and other records on the Subject Cases Numbers (and numerous other cases, as well). You quoted
me a price for the documents, I paid it, and you sent the files.
I’m sending a copy of the Court Docket that you provided. None of the documents shown on this
Docket were provided in the information you sent. I have all of the documents from 1988, but none
from 1983. There are some real problems with the files sent and without all of them these two cases
look like a manipulated court outcome. Since I’m writing the biography of the defendant in these
two cases, I want to make a fair presentation of what occurred.
I’m not listing all of the files, only those that will point out to you the confusion caused by the
problems that arise when two different case numbers are used for the same case – which is what
appears to have happened here.
Regarding all of the 83-CV-1073 files, I would appreciate receiving the files listed on the Waukesha
County Court Docket. I have none of them. It appears a page is missing from the Docket.
Regarding the files from 1988, 88-CV-1043… the problem begins with the first document which is
a Garnishment Complaint. IS THERE A CASE THAT HAS BEEN FILED SUPPORTING THIS
COMPLAINT, OR CAN AN ATTORNEY IN WISCONSIN J UST FILE GARNISHMENT
COMPLAINTS WITHOUT ANY COURT DECISION THAT SAYS THE AMOUNT CLAIMED
IS OWED?
PLEASE NOTE THE CASE NUMBERS… THEY ARE THE REASON I AM LISTING THESE
DOCUMENTS.
The first problem has to do with your Court Docket. It states that 83-CV-1073 was Dismissed in
J une of 1985. If that is true, how can a Waukesha Circuit Court J udge and a Court Commissioner
and a Member of the Bar demand that the defendant named in 83-CV-1073 appear for deposition in
1988? How does this case go from being 83-CV-1073 which the Docket says was dismissed in
1985 to being Case No. 88-CV-1043 in 1988? These are the same Plaintiffs (F&M Bank) and the
same Defendants (with the exception of AmeriChina Global Management Group, Inc., a Nevada
Corporation).
FURTHER, the Docket says that 83-CV-1073 resulted in a partial judgment – but later states the
case was dismissed. The attorney in the 88-CV-1043 version of this case states the judgment was
total – declaring two different amounts ($428,244.95 and $478,244.95). The Docket says
PARTIAL. Which is it? Without the 1983 documents, I can’t tell.
Document #1: 88-CV-1043. Garnishment Complaint against Leo E. Wanta and AmeriChina Global
Management Group, Inc. NO COURT DECISION RE DEBT OWED BY WANTA AND
AMERICHINA IN FILE.
Document #2: NO CASE NUMBER; April 7, 1988. Certificate of Service with no address (City of
Appleton). Filed by Court Clerk regardless of lack of proper documentation.
Document #3: NO CASE NUMBER: April 7, 1988. Certificate of Service with no address (City
of Appleton); service on Amerchina Global Management Group, Inc. THIS IS A FOREIGN
CORPORATION (A NEVADA CORPORATION).
Document #4: 88-CV-1043. 9 April 1988. Wanta ANSWER.
Document #5: 88-CV-1043. 29 April 1988. Letter from Attorney Pryor to J udge McGraw.
Document #6: 88-CV-1043. 24 April 1988. NOTICE OF DEPOSITION, Leo E. Wanta, and
J oanne E. Wanta, Defendants, and AmeriChina Global Management Group, Inc.
Document #7: AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING to Mr. Leo E. Wanta, President (No Company Name
defining “president of what?”) at 2101 North Edgewood Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911.
Document #8: 83-CV-1073 ORDER TO APPEAR BEFORE COURT COMMISSIONER, 5
May YEAR LEFT BLANK. PLEASE NOTE. THE CASE NUMBER HAS CHANGED
FROM 88-CV-1043 TO 83-CV-1073. Signed by J udge McGraw. Same form, lower half of page:
Attorney Pryor references Case 1073. HE REFERENCES A J UDGMENT RENDERED IN THIS
CASE BUT HE GIVES NO CASE NUMBER. PRYOR STATES THE AMOUNT OF THE
J UDGMENT AS $428,244.95 ON ONE OCCASION, THEN GIVES THE AMOUNT AS
$478,244.95 IN THE NEXT SENTENCE. WHICH IS IT? HOW IS THIS DEFENDANT
EXPECTED TO KNOW TO WHAT HE SHOULD REPLY?
Document #9: 88-CV-1043. Letter from Leo E. Wanta, Defendant, enclosing his ANSWER to the
above. PLEASE NOTE, THE RESPONSE IS TO THE DEMAND HE RECEIVED FROM
MR. PRYOR RE CASE NO. 88-CV-1043.
Document #10: 88-CV-1043. Wanta ANSWER. Not date stamped by the Court.
Document #11: 88-CV-1043. CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE from Wanta to Dreyruss, Pryor,
Melendes with addresses.
Document #12: 83-CV-1073. PLEASE NOTE THE CASE NUMBER. Affidavit and Order to
Show Cause for Failure to Appear Before Court Commissioner – Please note that the Order to
Appear was sent under Case 88-CV-1043 and this is the only Order Mr. Wanta received. He has
received no Order to Appear for 83-CV-1073.
Document #13: Certificate of Service. NO CASE NUMBER. NO ADDRRESS. NO COMPANY
NAME.
Document #14: 83-CV-1073. 16 April 1988. AFFIDAVIT AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR BEFORE COURT COMMISSIONER. Same form, bottom of same
page, Order that Leo E. Wanta (no title, no corporation name) appear before J udge Robert T.
McGraw (Case 83-CV-1073.) REMEMBER, THE ONLY ORDER TO APPEAR THAT MR.
WANTA HAS RECEIVED FROM MR. PRYOR IS 88-CV-1043.
Document #15: Affidavit of Mailing to Leo and J oanne Wanta at 2101 N. Edgewood and to
AmeriChina Global Management Group, Inc. at 2101 N. Edgewood in Appleton, WI. AmeriChina
is a NEVADA (foreign) corporation.
Document #16: 83-CV-1073; No date on document, court-stamped 5 J uly 1988. Witness statement
“UPON THE TRIAL” by Mr. Scott Pryor; notice of a self-interview.
Document #17: 83-CV-1073. Self Examination Statement by Attorney Pryor
Document #18: 88-CV-1043. 16 J UNE 1988. PLEASE NOTE THE SWITCH TO 88-CV-
1043; NOW THAT MR. WANTA WAS NOT PRESENT FOR A HEARING ON 1073 (ABOUT
WHICH HE HAD NEVER BEEN INFORMED), BUT PRYOR IMMEDIATELY SWITCHES
BACK TO THE 88-CV-1043 ONCE THE DEFENDANT CAN BE CITED FOR NON-
APPEARANCE.
Document #19: 88-CV-1043; MOTION FOR JUDGMENT. Based on Mr. Wanta’s non-
appearance in 83-CV-1073 about which he had not received an Order, Mr. Pryor (who has once
again slipped conveniently into using 88-CV-1043) requests a Motion for J udgment. Mr. Pryor
won his J udgment using tactics, not law, for the victory. I am amazed that Wisconsin Courts would
have allowed this to happen!
THIS IS WHY I BELIEVE RECEIVING ACCURATE AND COMPLETE RECORDS OF THESE
TWO CASES IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE. I THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR
YOUR THOUGHTFUL RESPONSE.
THERE ARE SO MANY ERRORS – AND I BELIEVE THAT AN INNOCENT MAN WAS
PERSECUTED RATHER THAN PROSECUTED. BASED ON THE INFORMATION I
CURRENTLY HAVE, I BELIEVE THAT NO ONE READING THIS STORY WILL BELIEVE
MR. WANTA GUILTY OF ANYTHING BUT WILL EASILY BELIEVE LEGAL COUNSEL
USED TACTICS NOT FIT FOR A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE STATE OF WISCONSIN
TO WIN A CASE WHILE BREAKING UP THE FAMILY OF AN INNOCENT MAN. Case 83-
CV-1073 states that regarding the PARTIAL J UDGMENT, F&M Bank agreed to take no action
until a judgment in a counter filing by the Wantas was settled. THERE IS NO INDICATION IN
THE FILES PROVIDED THAT THIS J UDGMENT WAS EVER SETTLED.
MY PURPOSE IS TO SEE IF I CAN FIND INFORMATION IN THE COMPLETE RECORDS
TO REVERSE THE OPINION TO WHICH I’VE COME AFTER READING THE FILES WITH
WHICH YOU PROVIDED ME.
I have none of the records from 1983 for Case 1073 but believe I have all of the files from the 1988
case – except a legal document of some kind that indicates a case numbered 88-CV-1043 actually
existed. If you can find these additional files, please contact me and let me know how many pages
are involved and what the cost is.
Thank you for any help you can give me. I’m trying to write a fair overview of the various court
cases involving Mr. Wanta (in his biography) and am finding what appear to be concealment of key
facts from J udge McGraw by a member of the Wisconsin Bar.
Sincere thanks,
/s/Marilyn M. Barnewall
Marilyn, 
There are 61 pages combined for these two cases, these are the only records that we have for this 
case. 
Thank you and if I can help with anything else please let me know. 
(Name Removed) 
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Hi, (Name Removed)... I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to your email. I never
did receive an answer to my question, below.
Attached please find a copy of the files you sent to me in J uly 2011. At the time (as my
correspondence indicates) I requested all information available on Case 83-CV-1073 and
Case 88-CV-1043. I received 51 pages of which 6 were duplicate copies.
You say you have 61 pages. I have 45 legitimate pages and so am missing 16 pages.
These files were immediately three-hole punched and put into a notebook, so no files
have “gone missing.” It has taken me a year to read and interpret everything.
I am attaching a copy of the files you provided me in J uly 2011. I’ve listed Case
Numbers and Dates on the document as well as Court Stamped dates to the degree it was
possible to do so. How do I get the 15 remaining pages without paying twice for the
same thing? I do want a complete set of court files on these two cases because they are
being reviewed in my new book, but I certainly have no desire to pay your courts for
duplicated material.
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mail room who has them on a reel, so what ever they are sending me is what
we have of the record.
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CHAPTER FIVE
FATE: Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete
assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be
repeated. Thus, everyone's task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
Viktor Frankl
For almost ten years after most of the spurious tax cases were filed against Leo
Wanta, he continued to serve his country. He spent most of 1985 in China and most of
1986 in the Philippines working with President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos was in
trouble in 1986. Wanta had taken letters from President Reagan to the Philippine
President for his signature. Marcos held the title of President of the Philippines from
1965 to 1986. He was a lawyer, member of the Philippine House of Representatives
(1949–1959) and a member of the Philippine Senate (1959–1965). He was Senate
President from 1963–1965. In 1983, the Marcos government was under suspicion of
complicity in the assassination of his political opponent, Benigno Aquino, Jr. The
Filipino people were outraged and that single event became the catalyst for the People
Power Revolution in February 1986 that led to the removal from power of Ferdinand
Marcos and his wife, Imelda. He was exiled in Hawaii. News headlines were filled with
stories about the billions of dollars Marcos supposedly embezzled from the Philippines
and invested in the United States, Switzerland and other nations of the world. It is easy
to see that President Reagan would need Wanta’s covert intelligence boots on the ground
as he wound his way through some sticky foreign policy decisions.
If you are a typical human being, you are by now asking yourself if this is a
biography – a work of non-fiction – or is it a new way of approaching Wonderland with
Alice? Am I digging a rabbit hole and asking you to dive into it?
As a banker, when I first heard the words “$27.5 trillion,” I shook my head in
disbelief. I did not believe that much money existed in the world! Now, years later, I
find my government in debt to the tune of $16 trillion (while the Federal Reserve System
less than two years ago was secretly making almost zero interest loans – another $16
trillion – to Wall Street bankers and to bankers and private corporations in Europe and
Asia), my views on that subject have changed!
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No. Leo/Lee Emil Wanta and his story are both quite real. Before undertaking
the enormous task of writing his story, I spent time with him on the telephone every day
for three years. Some days we talked a half-dozen times. Towards the end of 2011, our
conversations became less regular as I began the work of putting together all of the files I
had gathered. We are talking about thousands upon thousands of pieces of paper – about
2,500 of them in the form of court transcripts and thousands more of handwritten notes
from Lee and other documents. Many of the handwritten notes were written in current
times, some written while he sat on the floor of a prison cell between 1993 and 2001
when he was released. It brings tears to my eyes to see them… that such a fine man
should be so insulted by a nation he served with honor and dignity.
Some of the documents I have come from the Ronald Reagan Library, some are
intelligence field reports sent by Leo Wanta to President George H.W. Bush, Vice
President Dan Quayle, President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, and others.
Some are letters to Leo from George H.W. Bush or Senator Charles Grassley or
Congressman Toby Roth… numerous people wrote to him. Grassley and Roth both
wrote letters to President Reagan recommending Wanta to be Inspector General of the
Department of Defense. Other well-known names did, too. Copies of these letters can be
found in Chapter One links.
Some of the documentation includes items as simple as a list of telephone calls
made from the Ambassador Hotel in Zurich just prior to his Suisse Sûreté arrest in 1993.
Well, the list of numbers is simple… the numbers were, at the time, highly secret. For
example, one number was the telephone on Bill Clinton’s desk where, when Leo checked
into the Ambassador Hotel in Geneva and was told to return a telephone call, an
interesting reaction resulted. After taking a moment to refresh, he placed the requested
call and the phone was answered “This is Mickey Lee…” Wanta thought he was saying
“This is Micky – Lee…” using his birth name, Lee rather than Leo.
“Mickey who – and what the hell are you doing answering this phone?” came the
Wanta response. The phone was President Clinton’s private line. He was told… “This is
Mickey Lee Kantor.” The huff in Kantor’s voice making it clear that Mickey Lee was
insulted by being confronted in such a way by a mere covert intelligence operative. Lee
Wanta has never been a mere anything.
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This sounds like such a harmless incident, yet it helps to understand what
happened to Leo Wanta on July 7, 1993 when the Suisse Sûreté arrested him… that it
was members of his own government that turned on him because they wanted the fortune
he had amassed for the people of America. He was, after all, just a “junkyard dog” for
Reagan who had been held over through the George H. W. Bush Administration and now
the Clintons. In July of 1993, Bill Clinton had been in office only a few months. That
phone call, made a mere week before his arrest, the number recorded by the hotel, proved
that Leo Wanta was who he said he was on the day the Swiss arrested him. Had Wanta
been in Switzerland doing what the Wisconsin Department of Revenue accused him of
(evading state taxes), he would not have had the personal telephone numbers of the
highest members of the United States government at his disposal. Had the Swiss
bothered to investigate this (which I’m sure they did – and ignored it after finding the
Treasure Trove of intelligence information Wanta carried with him in a blue nylon
Diplomatic bag), they would have known (did know) he was precisely who he said he
was: A covert intelligence agent working for America. SOMALI DOCUMENTS
The Suisse Sûreté swore this guy they arrested must be nuts because he kept
insisting he was an intelligence operative for the United States government (they called it
“mythomania,” I believe). He also insisted that he was an Ambassador to Switzerland
and to Canada, as well, for the nation of Somalia. The list of phone numbers called by
Leo Wanta from the Ambassador Hotel in Zurich while he was a guest there proves he
was precisely who he said he was. The Suisse Sûreté says is did not investigate
sufficiently to find the telephone numbers (which shows how surface level the
investigation was). It seems more reasonable to assume they did investigate and needed
to stall for time to absorb the intelligence information Wanta carried with him – to correct
data Wanta had gathered about unlawful Swiss bank involvement in Operation Chaselet,
the operation Wanta had been sent by the FBI to investigate. We would call it
“destroying evidence of a crime.”
The point is, it would have been very easy for them to check… Wanta told them
about the phone calls. There were numerous calls to other secret numbers in Washington,
D.C. on that list (I have a copy), to numbers the average tourist – or crook – wouldn’t be
carrying with him. He was carrying his Somali Diplomatic Passport (proving he was
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who he said he was). How do I know that? Records confirm that when Wanta re-entered
the United States after being jailed in Switzerland, he re-entered America using the
Somali Diplomatic Passport. Since the Swiss took the Passport from him, they knew
very well that he was who he said he was.
The Swiss will forever be unable to explain their choice to ignore Ambassador
Wanta’s status in their country. He stated he was an Ambassador. He was traveling on a
diplomatic Passport. Secretary of State Warren Christopher told Wanta he could use
either his Diplomatic Passports or his U.S. Passport, but had to surrender one of the two;
Wanta surrendered the U.S. Passport to Christopher.
The Swiss are (and were) obligated under the Vienna Agreements signed in 1980.
These Agreements establish diplomatic immunity, among other things. Before the Swiss
could make any legal decisions involving the person of Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta,
international law dictated they first had to determine his diplomatic status. If he was a
legitimate diplomat to Switzerland, he was immune to the courts of Lausanne – or any
other local courts. He had diplomatic immunity. The Swiss chose to ignore Wanta’s
claims of diplomatic immunity and treat him as they would a criminal… though no
crimes had been committed (other than the bogus taxes Wisconsin said he had run to
Switzerland to evade – the ones involving Falls Vending Service, Inc.). The point is, the
Swiss did not have that choice. The moment the claim of diplomatic immunity was
made, they were obligated to hold a Court hearing to determine the legitimacy of the
claim… which the Swiss never did. Leo Wanta never saw the inside of a Swiss
courtroom the entire time he was in prison in that country: 4.5 months. So much for the
vaunted stories about the wonderful system of justice in Switzerland! Switzerland’s
“justice” system can be held in high repute only if one believes promotional pieces rather
than actions taken proving otherwise.
But that is the challenge of telling you this story. Little details left out of the tale
lead readers – and authors – astray. They must be included… and they must be included
in the order they occurred (or they will get mixed up with thousands of other details of
other incidents that make up Wanta’s history). And I’m violating my own rule, here. I’m
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getting ahead of the story. Before we get to Switzerland and the Wanta take-down, there
is other territory to cover.
In Chapter Two, I wrote about Ronald Reagan’s Executive Order 12333 and how
it was used to create Title 18 Section 6 corporations. You will find on that handwritten
list provided me by Leo Wanta of some of his Title 18 Section 6 corporations the name of
New Republic / USA Financial Group, LTD, incorporated in Jackson, Mississippi in June
of 1988. New Republic became an Austrian Corporation four months after the
Mississippi Corporation was closed. It filed as New Republic Financial Group Ltd.
ES.m.b.H., Registration No. HRB 41.851, No. 1, in February, 1990, in Wien/Vienna,
Austria, and had offices at Kartnerstrasse 28/15, A-1010, Wein, Austria. The telephone
was 513.4235. Information documented by Claire Sterling in Thieves’ World (Simon &
Schuster, 1994) regarding a gold sale dated February 4, 1991 provides absolute published
evidence of the Austrian corporation’s existence prior to the Wisconsin Department of
Revenue’s statements – lies – in Wanta’s May 8-11, 1995 criminal trial for tax evasion.
Remember the date of the gold sale… February 4, 1991. New Republic Austria was
founded in February 1989, about four months after the Mississippi New Republic was
closed and Leo Wanta was a resident of Vienna, Austria, serving as Director General of
New Republic in Austria. The Jackson, Mississippi office was closed. An offer to buy
gold from Bank Parabas in France, dated in October 1990, is more proof that New
Republic Austria was in place by 1990:
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Kartnerstrasse (in the U.S., it would be Kartner Strasse – or, Kartner Street; in
Austria and other Germanic-speaking nations, it’s one word), the office location for New
Republic Austria, is lined with lime trees, pavement cafes, traditional and fashionable
shops, elegant boutiques and shopping arcades. The name comes from the southern state
of Karnten (Carinthia). Nearby tourist attractions include St. Stephen’s Cathedral. St.
Michael’s is also there – right across the street from Lee’s residence and offices. He said
the bells from St. Michael’s Cathedral used to waken him on Sunday mornings and he
never had to look at his wrist watch, just look out a window at the huge clock atop St.
Michael’s. He had offices on the 6
th
floor of the building and lived in the penthouse one
floor above the offices. Other tourist attractions on Kartnerstrasse include Schonbrunn
Palace, Belvedere Palaces which contain the Austrian Galleries, the Imperial Palace, the
Vienna State Opera (which Wanta enjoyed attending with Austrian President Thomas
Klestil when supporting charitable events), and the Natural Museum of History. These
buildings and the people who worked in them were his neighbors. Beneath the junction
of Kartnerstrasse and the Ring is Vienna’s first underground pedestrian area, opened in
1955. It, too, has shops and snack bars. Most of the buildings on Kartnerstrasse (which
was documented as early as 1257 under the name “Strata Carinthianorum”) are historic.
Most are 18
th
century. The Maltese church has features dating back to 1265 – 900 years
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old – and has numerous coats of arms of the Knights of Malta. The Kartnerstrasse
address is what we in the United States would call “trendy.”
Austrian President Thomas Klestil was, like Wanta, a colorful character. When
he served as an Ambassador for Austria to the United States, he held out a helping hand
to a young Austrian man seeking a Hollywood career: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Klestil
died of heart failure on July 6, 2004… two days before his term in office was to officially
end. Also interesting is that his date of birth, November 4
th
, is the same as Wanta’s wife,
Joanne. Russian President Vladimir Putin attended Klestil’s funeral as did United
Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim (who was President of Austria prior to
Klestil’s election). Arnie attended, too – but by then he was the Governor of California.
One funny story Lee mentioned when we discussed his days in Vienna has to do
with his office location. His penthouse was key coded in the elevator. Only he could get
to where he lived, but one day on the elevator on the way to his office located on the floor
beneath his apartment, a woman looked at him and asked, “You got time?” He thought
she meant her watch wasn’t working and she needed to know what time it was. He
looked at his own watch and told her. The elevator stopped, someone got on and went to
the next floor up and got off. Once again, when the two of them were alone in the
elevator she asked, “You got time?” Once again, he told her. When he got off of the
elevator at his office floor, he explained the strange experience to others in his office and
they laughed heartily. When he asked them what they were laughing so hard about, they
explained to him that the woman was asking if he had time… for a few stolen clandestine
moments. She was a prostitute.
It was through New Republic in Austria that Leo Wanta began his steady assault
against the Soviet Union Ruble (SUR). Rather than tell the story from files provided by
Wanta, let’s look at what the newly-formed Russian Federation had to say about what
caused the Soviet Union to collapse.
In January 1991, criminal case Number 18/5922-91 stunned everyone
internationally. The Russian government had gotten in bed with a bunch of international
con men to swap all of the rubles in circulation in return for black market dollars. A
covert multi-nation attack against the SUR had been targeted from Poland, Germany,
Belgium, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland… and the United States, Turkey and
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Singapore. We know from the list of Title 18 Section 6 corporations provided in writing
by Leo Wanta that he owned corporations in Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong
Kong, Canada, Philippines, Malaysia, Russia and the United States – and more. We
know from a list of bank accounts in the name of Leo Wanta and/or his corporations, he
had accounts in all of these listed nations – and more.
According to the final report issued by Russia’s Commission of Inquiry dated
March 1, 1991, the newly-formed Russian Federation was practically invaded by Western
“businessmen” wanting to do deals with the new Federation. There is no doubt that Leo
Wanta was at the head of that line. In October, Wanta proposed a swap of US$5 billion
for 300 billion rubles. That would make the deal 28 rubles to the dollar (half of the black
market rate). Wanta’s offer would increase over a period of five years to US$50 billion
for 300 billion rubles. This offer is documented by Russia’s own Commission of
Inquiry. Wanta offered to spend the dollars to import Western goods for what he has
often spoken to me of as “an emergency situation.” He said “The Russian people had
nothing when the Soviet Union fell.” He requested an immediate line of credit of
140,000 rubles to invest in the new Russian economy.
“I brought everything from Tampax to frozen chickens into Russia,” he told me.
It was the right thing to do for the people – especially since Wanta had been involved in
causing the collapse of the Soviet Union Ruble. He is a man of conscience. In that
regard, it is important to remember that the Soviet Union Ruble was going to collapse –
much as the U.S. Federal Reserve Note (which some call the U.S. Dollar) is going to
collapse in the not-too-distant future. Those who blame Wanta for causing the currency
to fail tend to forget that Wanta’s actions did not bring down the ruble. The greed and
corruption of the Soviet apparatchik (apparatchik is a blindly devoted official, follower,
or member of an organization) and an historically unworkable political system called
socialism brought down the government; Wanta was just there to put it on a time
schedule compatible with an advantage to the United States. The ruble would have failed
with or without Wanta.
Regardless of why the ruble failed, it is part of the reason the Wanta-Reagan-
Mitterrand Protocols set aside US$30 billion for the Russian Federation: to help the
people. Leo Wanta has all of the respect in the world for the people of Russia. The way
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Wanta structured this deal – a joint venture corporation – RUSS – giving 50 percent
ownership to the Russian government and 50 percent to himself – think what this deal
provided Wanta: Complete control of both dollars and rubles WANTA/RUSSIAN
FEDERATION AGREEMENT
Several contracts were offered the Russians. They were desperate to attract
capital into the country. Remember, in general the SUR was not a convertible currency
that could be used outside of the satellite nations of the Soviet Union (exceptions to this
existed with certain gold-backed ruble currency). The members of the Presidential Task
Force had identified that weakness as the key to destroying the value of the Soviet
currency.
In another study done by Russia’s Center for Global and Strategic Studies,
“Russian currency was sold off by the aircraft container. Dozens of such containers were
flown to Zurich and then delivered to clients by truck.” In describing his purchase of
Soviet rubles, Leo Wanta told me he loaded so many Brinks trucks with SURs and sent
them to Holland for counting and deposit with settlement banks he lost count.
New Republic was able to get boatloads of rubles from the USSR and, on average
it cost them from 18 to 28 cents per ruble. At the time, the Soviet Union valued its
currency at $1.20 per ruble. USSR pension funds, for example, were in the same kind of
danger American pension funds are today. How many pension fund managers in this
country would willingly sell their dollar assets at a steep discount if a strong foreign
currency – like the Chinese renmenbi/yuan or the Brazilian reais (until 1942, the real) –
was offered for their dollars? In other words, America sits in the same sniper’s gun sight
in 2013 that was directed at the Soviets in the 1990s. An accident? Or, revenge? If it is
the latter, the people can thank the United States government which has prevented
Ambassador Wanta from gaining access to his funds – a government which has stolen
much of the total $27.5 trillion – because Wanta planned to give billions and billions of
dollars to the former Soviets to help the new Russian Federation recoup its losses.
Everyone – almost anyone – was glad to trade dollars for rubles with the
American company called “New Republic.” Leo Wanta replaced rubles with U.S. dollars
at the embassies, foreign funds, KGB funds, Soviet pension funds, postal funds, military
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GRU funds, Soviet central bank funds – Wanta’s New Republic of Vienna was picking
up Soviet currency from everywhere.
When New Republic got the currency under its control, Brinks of Holland picked
it up, then wrapped, verified and delivered it to New Republic's Singapore Settlement
bank.
New Republic sent 70 billion in Soviet Union Rubles to the Development Bank of
Singapore. The rubles, valued by the Soviets at $1.20 per ruble, meant Wanta’s US$70
billion – for which he had paid only about $14 billion – was worth US $84 billion. The
Soviets argued about the $1.20 per ruble amount… it was the Soviet government’s
valuation of its currency, not Wanta’s. This was a huge amount of currency the Soviets
had to put through the international monetary settlement system and they wanted “a
deal.”
Leo Wanta finally agreed to accept a value of only $1.08 per ruble (multiply
$1.08 rubles times $70 billion) – but, remember, he had only paid from 18 to 28 cents per
ruble – sometimes less – not $1.20 or $1.08. The Soviets thought they were getting a
great deal because rather than having to pay the Settlement Bank $1.20 per ruble, they
only paid (Leo Wanta) $1.08.
Leo and his Singapore partner at Aneko Credit PTE Ltd, His Excellency Kok
Howe Kwong, (PTE in Singapore translates to “Private;” in English it can easily be
interpreted to mean “Point”; used herein, it means “Private”) also talked with Germany,
Poland, Pakistan, Hungary, India, China, and other countries that owed money to the
Soviets. They offered to swap rubles with these countries, valuing the currency at “xx”
cents U.S. per SUR. New Republic made a profit from these trades, too – but something
much more significant happened when this deal was put on the table to those who owed
the Soviet Union money. It allowed countries that were in debt to them to repay their
USSR debt for “xx” cents to the dollar rather than the $1.20 at which the USSR still
pegged their currency. This will be a bit difficult to follow because it is impossible to use
a specific “cents” number. Different countries were able to purchase rubles for different
amounts and if a specific number is inserted, some nation is going to squeal because they
paid more… another nation will laugh because they paid less. The point that needs to be
made (because it is a critical point) is that the real devaluation of the SUR occurred
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because Wanta and Kok sold discounted currencies to nations in debt to the Soviets so
that huge amounts of rubles re-entered the Soviet bloc at a hugely discounted rate.
This was the final blow to the ruble. The Soviets were loaning rubles pegged at
$1.20 per SUR (via trade or bank credit), but it was being repaid to them at a cost to the
debtor nations of “xx” cents per ruble. This action is what triggered the destabilization
and eventual depreciation of the Soviet currency. By this single action, Leo Wanta re-set
the value of the ruble to a much lower level. The currency fell as a result of this strategy.
Say you go to bed one night with $10,000.00 in your checking account and waken the
next morning with $6,666.66 in the account because every nation indebted to the U.S.
government is able to pay their debt for 2/3 of actual debt costs. This strategy flooded
the Soviet market with low-cost rubles… just as what Ben Bernanke is doing with U.S.
Federal Reserve Notes is flooding America with dollars… and China holds trillions of
dollars of our debt that can be sold to nations indebted to us. If China made the same
daring decision, the result would be the same. You would wake up one morning with
from 1/3 to 2/3 less in your checking account than you had when you went to bed last
night and rampant inflation of the cost of goods would occur at the same time – grocery
shelves would be bare. Pray someone with a conscience like Leo Wanta comes along and
brings consumer goods into your nation… goods that enable you to survive.
When the currency hit bottom, the Soviet financial system needed cash. Wanta,
through New Republic, agreed to purchase 2,000 metric tonnes of gold from the USSR
central bank using dollars created from the sale of rubles that had cost him only 18 to 28
cents each – on average, a 75 percent discount from the actual cost. I would again point
out that the $150 billion that came from the Treasury Department to fund Leo’s operation
had been paid in full much earlier. Leo Wanta, through his company, New Republic, was
making huge profits. The money used to buy the 2,000 metric tons of Russian gold
belonged to Wanta, personally – and so does the gold he bought with that money. Wanta
moved the gold to Singapore where it was re-smelted into 12.5 kg bars and he then stored
it in Kloten, Switzerland.
Leo Wanta had already created a huge fortune larger than the gross domestic
product of the individual nations of the world. Still, he continued. He bought prime bank
guarantees at 7.5 percent annual interest that had ten year plus one-day maturities – his
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company, New Republic was buying them at a 66 to 68 percent discount par value per
hundred million dollars and could either loan them or sell them or transfer them at 88 to
92 percent – which meant they were making twenty million dollars par value per hundred
million invested and they were doing this over and over again, every hour on the hour. It
generated a tremendous amount of money… and that’s how Leo Wanta created his $27.5
trillion fortune.
I said earlier that Leo Wanta was the Trustor for the Presidential Task Force and
the guardian of the original $150 billion President Reagan used to implement this plan.
He repaid the $150 billion within six months. Under Executive Order 12333 (and a
couple of others), the money he invested and earned after the $150 billion was repaid to
the government was his, not the government’s.
And then, things changed in the blink of a black cat’s eye.
Leo was in Vienna, Austria – where he had been a legal resident since June of
1988 (to be granted the status of “legal” resident, he had to live there full-time for six
months prior to June) – and was working with the Chinese against the USSR. He went to
Singapore to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Kok Howe (pronounced “Howie”)
Kwong. Howe’s father was a recognized, highly respected former Chinese Warlord and
was very highly placed in the Chinese government. Because Howe’s uncle had been
elected to a very high office in Singapore, he had to divest himself of his Aneko
ownership and Howe’s father had an idea about how to keep the uncle’s bank ownership
in the family. Howe’s father told Lee that if he would put up $25 million, Howe’s father
would put up $25 million for his son and Lee and Howe could purchase and own Aneko
Credit Pte, Ltd., a Singapore Licensed Underwriter. What is an underwriter? An
insurance company? Or, a bank? In American parlance, it is a bit of both. Leo gives me
the example of a Singapore bank lending a large sum to China. Aneko would
“underwrite” – or insure – repayment of the loan. Using good credit sense and access to
a large base of money, Aneko was able to help China rebuild its banking base. China had
lost the trust of commercial banks and needed to rebuild its perception of a nation that
could pay its debts. Some Americans may react negatively to that, thinking they would
be happier with a less stable Chinese banking system. Believe me when I say, one thing
you do not want in this world is a nation with a population of over a billion people having
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a bankrupt banking system. Whenever that has happened in history, it has meant war.
Why do you think the United States has been war involved in the Middle East for over
ten years? War stimulates a nation’s economy.
Leo and Howe met at the Sheraton Hotel in Singapore, 1986, while Leo was
working to help settle the Ferdinand Marcos problem for Ronald Reagan in the
Philippines. Howe was Leo’s equal and opposite working on behalf of the Chinese
government… they, too, have “junkyard dogs” who are contract covert intelligence
operatives that do not work for Chinese government intelligence agencies. The two of
them worked together informally against the Soviet Union. Both the American and
Chinese governments feared the Mafiya-controlled form of communism that had taken
root in the Soviet Union and a decision was made that in certain areas – drugs, currency,
nuclear weapons and other areas of mutual interest, the two governments could work
together via their “junkyard dog” intelligence contacts. The two men became close
friends and Howe’s father saw Leo Wanta as a good mentor for his son. Thus, when
Howe’s uncle had to give up his ownership of Aneko Credit Pte Ltd, Howe’s father made
the two men the offer of ownership. Over 20 years after Howe’s death, Leo Wanta still
refers to Howe as “brother.”
A short time after Bill Clinton won the 1992 Presidential election (which dealt a
shock to the Bush Senior Administration), Wanta says former President George H.W.
Bush came into Aneko to do business while visiting Singapore and was unaware an
intelligence operative named Leo Wanta was now co-owner of a Singapore underwriting
firm in which Bush had an offshore account. Leo says when he saw him at Aneko, the
President stared at him. Leo could almost see the question in Bush’s mind forming on
the former President’s lips. “What are you doing here?”
As the story has been told to me – and I have no documentation on this other than
Leo Wanta’s word and all I can say is I’ve never caught him in a lie – when this former
President of the United States found out that Leo and Howe owned the underwriting firm
with which Bush did business – Aneko Credit Pte Ltd in Singapore – he demanded half
of the value of Aneko as a pay off – whether for himself, personally, or for the U.S.
Treasury, I have no idea (though the fact that this man had an offshore account with
Aneko makes one think it was personal) – and this gets back to the importance of who
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did the money belong to and when. The above story has been documented in numerous
articles and has never been challenged in the courts. For those aware of the Wanta saga,
this may give you some insight as to why George H.W. Bush once vowed that “Leo
Wanta will never get paid as long as I’m alive.”
Leo says his partner, Howe, blew up at Bush’s suggestion. Howe threw
expletive-deletives at the former President probably not heard by Bush in years. I seem
to remember Leo telling me that when Bush said “Pay me, or else…” Howe used the
word mother as an adjective, not a noun. When an insulted and enraged Bush left the
office, Leo explained to Howe that American Presidents weren’t used to being spoken to
in such a manner. Aneko was worth $864 billion and President Bush, Leo says, wanted
to be paid $432 billion – $216 billion from Howe, $216 billion from Leo Wanta. There
was no further known contact regarding this conversation.
Two weeks later, May 15, 1992, Howe died of rat poison in Singapore General
Hospital.
General Vernon Walters confirmed to Leo Wanta that a hit had been put out on
him for that same night. It was only by the grace of God he missed the trap that had been
set for him. For example, instead of calling for the limo, Wanta wanted to get to the
bedside of his dying partner as quickly as possible. He exited from a door of the
Mandarin Hotel where he stayed while in Singapore where taxi cabs were always
available and grabbed a vacant one. Had he called for the “secure” limo, he doubts he
would have gotten to the hospital. And the cab driver, upon being told by his passenger
he had a friend in the hospital emergency room, took Leo to the emergency room
entrance, not the main entrance to the hospital (where, evidently, another team of contract
assassins awaited his arrival).
As Leo entered Howe’s hospital room, the agent who had called to notify him of
the tragedy appeared stunned to see Wanta.
“Wha… what are you doing here?” he asked, stuttering.
“You called me,” Leo replied. “You told me Howe was going into a coma and is
dying.”
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“I know,” the man replied, still unsure of how to handle a situation he had not
expected, “but… but -- how did you get here?” He clearly hadn’t expected Leo Wanta to
arrive at the hospital.
Leo shook his head, quickly told him he came by cab, and moved to Howe’s
bedside. He was told Howe had just died. As a Catholic lay minister, Leo quietly
baptized his friend.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Leo needed to get out of Singapore. Yet, he was
needed for the investigation.
When that happened, Leo documented in writing that Dan Quayle arranged for
him to leave Singapore and get into Canada. He lived in a secure situation in Toronto for
almost a year.
An interesting letter from that time offers insight into the many complications
Wanta was about to face… complications that perhaps made the decision to throw him
under a bus and burn him easier for those sitting in Nashville and Washington, D.C., and
New York, and Maryland. It was sent the day after Kok Howe Kwong died of rat poison
in a Singapore hospital. We know from the following letter that Howe died on May 15,
1992.
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So, we once again have the lawyer who was formerly with the U.S. Attorney
General’s office who had written Wanta’s Last Will and Testament and who had
removed himself from one of the bogus Wisconsin tax cases at a critical time (83-CV-
1073, the case “they” won) involved in Leo Wanta’s legal documents… both the writer
and the recipient of the letter claim to be lawyers for Leo Emil Wanta – yet look at the
next-to-last paragraph of page two of the letter. Wanta’s former lawyer friend now has in
his possession files relating to Leo and one of them relates to a Reagan/Bush conspiracy
regarding the Contra War. Ramakrishnan divulges to Wanta’s former lawyer one of Leo
Wanta’s undercover names: Frank Ingram and discloses that is the name Wanta uses
when he is under contract with the FBI. Had Ramakrishnan been a very thorough man,
he would have used Ingram’s full name (it would have made far more sense to anyone
reading it): Frank B. Ingram… the initials FBI. When reporting directly to the Office of
the President, Wanta’s undercover name was Rick Reynolds, the same initials as the
President he so admired.
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Ramakrishnan divulges that the Contra War unauthorized funding was being
directed by Vice President George Bush… that according to the files Wanta’s former
lawyer had – files the lawyer probably had no clue about until Ramakrishnan provided
those key insights – Wanta had a lot of money in banks around the world.
Perhaps a good end to the impact Leo Emil Wanta had in the destruction of the
Soviet ruble and the resultant fall of the Iron Curtain can be quickly seen through the eyes
of a Netherlands newspaper article (only the portion of the article that deals with Wanta
is published below… it is a very long article): “The Other Side of the Exchange Scandal”
from Kleintje Muurkrant, a newspaper published in the Netherlands, January 23, 1998.
“That is evident from the story of LEO EMIL WANTA, the Managing
Director of the ‘NEW REPUBLIC FINANCIAL GROUP’ and partner of De
Groot in the mysterious game in connection with the Ruble. A story which
has essentially been confirmed by the FBI.
“The CIA Connection
1. “Wanta, born in Appleton, Wisconsin, (sic) worked,
according to his own statement, since 1963 for the American
authorities in the shadow world of crime and secret services.
The financial expert got onto a good footing with General
VERNON WALTERS, Nixon’s number two at the CIA and
later Reagan’s representative at the Vatican. In the 80’s, his
activities expanded themselves as a result of the need of the
‘battery’ of obscure organizations which President Bush
launched in great tempo. He also had lively contacts with
top FBI members. He assisted them, for instance, beginning
1981 with the infiltration and elimination of a mafia
organization which occupied itself with the unfriendly
exploitation of gambling machines. At the end of the 80’s
during the presidency of George Bush, he got into even
deeper waters. Even before the De Groot’s accomplices
appeared on the scene at the Red Square in Moscow, Wanta
had, as the Managing Director of the New Republic
Financial Group, already plotted the route which the group
of international financiers would follow afterwards during
the attack on the Ruble. That the pioneer’s work with the
CIA-linked whiz-kid must have been of a high standard was
once again evident in Dec. ’91 some time after the
publication of the Ruble scandal in the international press.
At that time he again concluded, as for him, extremely
favourable deal with the Russian Government, whereby it
was agreed that he would deliver food in exchange for oil.
Ruble and dollar accounts were opened with the Status
Credit Bank of Singapore in the name of the Asian-Europe
Development Ltd. Company, a front firm of the CIA. This
belonged to Wanta’s impressive network of companies
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spread all over the world, which was created by him for his
financial manipulations, often ordered by the American
authorities. Another company within his network was the
mysterious AmeriTrust Society [Barnewall note:
AmeriTrust (Suisse) Societe, Geneva]. According to Wanta,
it had the crazy amount of 250 billion dollars under
management, which was parked on a bank account number
in Switzerland. The account was opened at the time when
George Bush swayed the scepter at the White House (1981-
1992) and evidently belonged to the White House. Thanks
to an avalanche of publications since the first appearance of
‘pentiti’ such as Dick Brenneke and Oscar LeWinter, it has,
meanwhile, become clear that in the Bush period the CIA, as
well as the DIA (the American Military Secret Service) and
the Mossad strengthened their hold on the international
weapons and drugs trade enormously. Even if it were
merely to be able to finance their collective secret operations
in Nicaragua, Afghanistan and the Middle East.
“The arrest of an Ambassador
“At the beginning of the 90’s, Wanta became Ambassador of
Somalia in Canada. The ‘how’ and ‘why’ is mysterious, but one thing is
clear; diplomatic strings must have been pulled fiercely. In April 1993 the
Ruble-manipulator changed functions and was appointed Somalian
Ambassador in Switzerland. Beginning June ’93, Ambassador Wanta, in
Switzerland, received a sign from the White House, which had only recently
been occupied by the Clintons, to prepare an important financial transaction,
which needed to happen via Credit Suisse. 70 billion dollars had to be
transferred from the AmeriTrust account to the American Treasury and 250
million dollars to the account of the Children’s Defence Fund, of which
Hillary Clinton was the President. Beginning of July, VINCE FOSTER, the
number two of the Judicial Department in the White House [Barnewall note:
Number Two in the White House Counsel’s Office], booked a room at the
Hotel De la Paix in Geneva.
“On July 7 Foster arrived at the reception desk of the luxurious
hotel. Shortly afterwards, Wanta arrived [Barnewall Note: a Credit Suisse
bank courier arrived] with a briefcase full of bearer shares. He passed it to
Foster and after having checked the contents, Wanta received a non-
negotiable bank cheque. [Barnewall Note: Wanta did not receive a non-
negotiable bank cheque and did not meet with Vince Foster that day because
he was arrested in Lausanne.] After having exchanged the usual civilities,
they parted. It would be their last encounter. That same day [Barnewall
Note: That morning, just after breakfast…] Leo Emil Wanta was arrested by
the Swiss police at the request of the American authorities. It appeared that
in the period 1982-1986 he would have accumulated an IRS debt of $14,000
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in the State of Wisconsin [Barnewall Note: Incorrect statement; the charges
being filed against Wanta in 1993 were criminal… the 1980s tax events were
all civil.]. The Somalian Ambassador landed in a Swiss prison cell and
learned that on July 20, Foster, an intimate friend of many years’ standing of
the Clinton family, was found dead in a park in Virginia with a pistol without
fingerprints, in his hand. Suicide. Wanta was released mid-November 1993.
The Israeli Prime Minister, [Yitzhak] Rabin, would have insisted on this,
because, in the view of forced absence of the AmeriTrust’s Executive,
practical problems had been created in the running of the company. Wanta
was [lawlessly extradited] expelled to the USA. He received a 22-year
sentence in Wisconsin regarding the affairs in Moscow and Geneva. Until
Sep ’96. Then he wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton from his detention.
Therein he spoke about ‘short-term notes’, which would be in the possession
of her husband, and the sale of gold in which the International Monetary
Fund would be involved. Furthermore, he pointed out the part which he
played in the destabilization of the Ruble, which, thanks to him, enriched the
American Treasury with approx. 150 billion dollars. At the end of the letter,
he requested Mrs. Clinton kindly to see to it that he would be restored to his
freedom. This took place in Feb. ’97.”
There are obvious errors in this text, but for the most part it provides a good
overview of what happened from the European perspective. The entire article is much
longer and describes the involvement of Europeans in the destruction of the Soviet ruble.
One example of the errors is the reference to Falls Vending, for example. It was a food
services company… though I don’t think it would be inaccurate to say their vending
machines were used to deliver other goods as well… even drugs. With the mob
connections of Frank Balistrieri in Detroit, Chicago and Las Vegas, that was part of the
reason Wanta was involved with the undercover sting operation in Milwaukee to nail
Balistrieri.
The letter to Hillary Clinton referred to in the above article is dated September 21,
1996.
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Wanta’s letter was answered by Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles (who Leo calls
“one of the good guys”). The letter pointedly references “U.S. President Bill Clinton's
Short Term Notes and IMF Sale of Bullion." In the letter, Wanta spoke of his own "de-
stabilization of the Soviet Union Rubles (SUR)" and noted that he "prevented the Soviet
& Italian Mafiosa from the Soviet Funds in favour of our U.S. Treasury & Metals
Accounts in excess of US$ 150 billion."
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Wanta then threatened: "Until my legal release from the unconstitutional/false
incarceration in Wisconsin – as a diplomat & non-resident – I am legally interested in the
corporate placement of short-term notes & I.M.F. gold bullion/troy ounce delivery
contract. Thank you for your kind assistance in this timely situation." The letter (or
letters) got results. One month later, Jan. 10, 1997, Wanta’s reply from Chief of Staff
Bowles arrived:
And Leo Wanta has been fighting to gain control of his money ever since. As the
address used by Bowles to contact Wanta evidences, Wanta was already in prison in the
State of Wisconsin for tax evasion – at this point in time, he had served one year of a 12-
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year sentence (with additional years required, up to 22 years). How Wanta got arrested and
imprisoned will be the focus of most of the rest of this book.
Leo sequestered himself in a hotel room and provided what security was available as he
began sending FAXes to Vice President Dan Quayle asking for additional security for him and
Howe. The letters asking for additional security are a bit reminiscent of a recent Ambassador’s
request for additional security in Benghazi, Libya, just prior to his death. Wanta knew they
needed help. During a highly secret investigation, he had found a $1 billion bill in U.S. currency
(more about that $1 billion bill in chapters about the Dane County, WI criminal trial). Because
the investigation was done under the name of Rick Reynolds (one of Wanta’s intelligence
operative names known only to a few people at the time), the Singapore authorities were looking
at Wanta with suspicion – they didn’t know that Rick Reynolds and Leo Wanta were the same
person. I do not believe these letters have been made public before (nor has the letter to Hillary
Clinton).
Wanta wrote asking Quayle for more security. Howe was killed when it was not
provided. Letter 1 – Letter 2 – Letter 3 – Letter 4 . Immediately after Howe’s death, the
Shah of Malaysia got Leo Wanta out of Singapore in a private jet.
Leo Wanta is, by nature, a positive person… perhaps it goes back to the days when he
was 15 years old and Senator Wiley helped him overcome his stuttering by enrolling him in a
Dale Carnegie Course. Frankly, I believe it’s just part of his nature – the kind of nature that
motivated a stuttering 15 year old to give a speech in the first place (where Wiley first heard
him), the kind of nature that placed a 16 year old kid in a management role a year later over this
same adult group studying Carnegie methods. You can hear that positive sound in his voice
when you talk with him.
These letters bother me because from letter-to-letter you can feel the lack of support from
the U.S. Government becoming a reality in Leo Wanta’s mind. He finally had to resort to a few
point blank statements about the kind of intelligence the Singapore authorities would have access
to if they decided to make him a formal part of a counterfeiting investigation in regard to the $1
billion note he, as Rick Reynolds, had identified and provided authorities so the investigation
could ensue. He couldn’t tell the Singapore authorities of his intelligence identities without
causing severe business repercussions for Aneko Credit PTE Ltd. He was in a box… and he and
Howe were in grave danger. I used to like Dan Quayle… but remember well interviewing him in
1998. He came to a dinner in the town where I live and I was writing for a local business
publication, at the time. I asked him an in-depth question about business, a question he did not
want to answer. I still remember looking into what I perceived as some of the coldest eyes I’ve
ever seen. Up until that moment, he was all smiles for local reporters. Leo Wanta’s letters and
lack of response by Quayle to them verified for me what I saw in his eyes that night so long ago.
Here is the text of the letters… the handwritten letters are linked here:
LETTER NUMBER ONE:
TELE: (202) 456-XXXX CONFIDENTIAL FACSIMILE SA32NV & SA233MS
TO (RECEIVER) : Mr. Vice President, Dan Quayle
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FROM (SENDER): Leo E. Wanta *Frank B. Ingram (FBI) *Rick Reynolds
COUNTRY/CITY: Singapore DATE: 4 May 1992
FACSIMILE NUMBERS GIVEN (Deleted from this copy)
Mr. Vice President –
Confirming my recent conversation with Ms. ________, Office of the Vice
President – I, Leo E. Wanta, USA Passport No. 020741034, a/k/a w/U.S. Treasury &
Customs & Secret Service et al as – Frank B. Ingram (FBI (SA32NV and Rick Reynolds
SA233MS
Recently I uncovered certain US$1 Billion Treasury note, with copies, Attorney Affidavit
of Singapore & Banking in which it is alleged that Singapore group was attempting to
exchange for US Dollars, less % discount.
Upon receipt of the exhibits, I at once contacted my S/S contacts in Bangkok, only to
learn that my colleague, Spec. Agt. Robt. A. ________ -- Attache (Secret Service)
retired, and was replaced by S.A. Jim ______ (last line on page illegible… faded and cut
off).
My special report was signed by my operative name – “Rick Reynolds,” and traced to
“Leo E. Wanta” and suddenly I am detained by Singapore, and all USA evidence of
counterfeiting, among other things, is confiscated, and my USA Passport in their control,
allowing my “Illegal Detention.”
Remember Leo & Frank & Rick “still equals only one U.S. operative.”
You may recall I uncovered the Friday 13
th
Reagan situation, etc. (assassination attempt
as documented).
I am only enclosing certain data to update my past with Pres. Bush & yourself at
Peru/SAC ops, etc.
Presidential Task Force – Trustee (208788)
Presidential Advisory Council
Senatorial Inner Circle
Senatorial Club, etc.
Past Nominee/Candidate – Insp Gen (DOD) 1981
U.S. Customs Commissioner/1991
Assistant Secy of Labor (1981)
Wisc. Delegate & Officer
American Defense Preparedness Association,
(last line on page illegible… cut off).
For added comfort & concern of my well-being & safety, I am copying my Attorney in
Michigan for his evaluation, inter alia.
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When the Singapore U.S. Embassy has the Customs Attache in charge of my welfare,
since I wrote a negative report on (1989/90), this is quite a Conflict of Interest &
unbelievable that Customs handles my “case” since I am with U.S.C.S. for many years.
Something is amiss and I will not be too happy to wait this “strange situation” out,
without an intelligent & acceptable USA response. (Word crossed out) ops are still on
“the table.”
I await my passport & exit Visa without further delay, Please Help!
Best regards always,
Leo E. Wanta (telephone number provided)
LETTER TWO:
(Same Header as Letter One) 6 May 1992
Dear Mr. Vice President:
I have heard nothing from Amb. Robt ____, nor the U.S. Embassy. I have heard I am a
target of the Singapore Investigation of the 1 Billion U.S. & Treasury Note which was
recovered by Rick Reynolds, SA233MS in cooperation with U.S. Secret Service and U.S.
Customs Service* -- I am illegally detained without USA Passport & USA
representation. Since Reynolds was the originator of the investigation and I (Leo Wanta)
am the above-mentioned USA Operative, WHAT IS GOING ON!! I respectfully expect
USA support and comfort now & my immediate right (remainder of message cut off of
page).
LETTER THREE:
Same header as above. 7 May 1992
Dear Mr. Vice President –
1. No assist or contact from U.S. Embassy;
2. Pls see enclosures re: LS $1 billion U.S. Treasury “Special Issue Note”
3. Since I exposed the situation, it appears this situation is “contrary to U.S.A. law”
& my U,.S.A. agreements, inter alia.
My detainment is strongly illegal & since I was the Investigation Originator – highly.
Remember, I am “on leave” as a Waukesha Cty Sheriff’s Deputy & our employee
Association is standing by to alert news media.
(last line cut off)
Major Mutual Concerns (non-inclusive)
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I. (List of 8 names follows)
II. Air Force II – George Bush AU Pkg, _______ Edison, Indonesia, Adm M. _____,
Col. C._____.
III. Geo Schultz situation, State Secy
IV Stinger Sales – H____ Operations
V. DEA – US Customs Surveillance
VI. OSI Ops – CIA Ops & Conspiracy
VII Panama – Noriega Deal
VIII. White House “Special Project”
IX. J/Yen/CIA Currency, et al
X. Financial Instruments, et al
XI. We both have the « Master Listing »
I need & expect cooperation soon!
LETTER NUMBER FOUR:
Same header as in #1, date 10 May 1992
Pls inform Pres. Geo Bush due to my detainment, Singapore authorities have in their
control Classified data, including – MIA Operation Cricket listing & other valued
information. Thank you for your support!! ---
Respectfully submitted, Leo Emil Wanta et al (SA32NV, SA233MC
P.S. I am not enjoying this!
Quayle finally did act on Wanta’s behalf. He was flown from Singapore to San
Francisco (where he never went through Immigration), was immediately put on another
plane and was taken to a Safe House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was met in
Toronto by several people one of whom was a Toronto Queen’s Counsel/lawyer with
whom he would stay. It was, Leo says, a beautiful home… very large, and it had a
swimming pool. Another of the welcoming party was a man named Ferro who would be
arrested with Wanta in Lausanne, Switzerland the following year.
It was from this peaceful existence Wanta would be called a year later to run an
intelligence operation called “Chaselet” – in 1993 in Switzerland where the relaxing
swimming pool in Toronto turned into a deadly whirlpool. The stakes of the already
high-stakes game Wanta played shot up to a much higher level… and now he was having
to play his hand while being drugged and kept prisoner in a Swiss dungeon.
Additional supporting documents: Kuwait Letter and Philippine Letter
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CHAPTER SIX
THE HAND HE WAS DEALT
FATE: Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism;
the way you play it is free will. - Jawaharal Nehru
The year 1993 changed everything for Leo Emil Wanta. It also changed everything for the
American people (who wouldn’t be in their current financial mess if Wanta had been left alone to
repatriate his funds from abroad into the United States and pay the debts the U.S. government is using to
create an era of debt capitalism… debtism, as I call it).
Wherever there is debt, there is slavery. The two go hand-in-hand and anyone who has ever had
an original thought in life understands that concept. The more indebted a person – or a company or a
nation – becomes, the greater their enslavement to the debtor.
In spite of the fact that in 1993 Wanta’s life would undergo dramatic and serious changes, a lot of
things were happening during the relatively peaceful year he spent in Canada. He was either in his Safe
House, at the law office where he worked, or at a restaurant, eating. That was the extent of his “freedom.”
Regardless, he was happily thankful that he was back on the North American Continent, close to home in
Wisconsin. And, he was busy. Lee is, by nature, a very positive person who always looks for the good in
people and situations.
He spent from 1992 through the spring of 1993 in a large, peaceful home – a Safe House arranged
for him by Vice President Dan Quayle – with a lovely Canadian family. Interestingly, when I began
writing about Lee Wanta in my News With Views articles, I got an email from a young man who was the
son of the people with whom Wanta stayed. The message spoke of pleasant memories from that year.
Since I have never published the name of that family or in any way identified them as providing safety for
Wanta, and since the name on the email was quite clearly the last name Lee had given me of the family, I
judge it to be valid. The young man – a teenager when Wanta stayed at his home – was now a lawyer in
his thirties and he wanted to check on Wanta’s status… his health and family, etc.
One of the projects Leo Wanta accomplished during his 1992-93 year in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada, was United Nations Contract #4. It was a $5 trillion contract… and it was the contract that
President Bill Clinton tried to steal from him while Wanta was behind bars at Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine
Prison. The letter written to Hillary Clinton (see Chapter Five – it resulted in a response from Erskine
Bowles) was about U.N. Contract 4. Don’t ask me to explain U.N. contracts – that, by itself, would take a
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chapter. To oversimplify: Wanta had the means (money) to buy preferred bank guarantees from banks
around the world. Those bank guarantees can be discounted if purchased in large enough amounts and
they also pay a good rate of interest. Some of the profits from the $5 trillion contract he created by doing
so were to be directed towards solving the problems of Somalia.
Much of what Leo Wanta was doing while in Canada involved Somalia. President Ronald Reagan
had plans to establish an American-friendly government in Somalia. He envisioned a similar relationship
there that our country enjoys with Guam and the Philippines. It was an important project. Take a look on
your world map and find where Somalia is located. If the Wanta-Reagan-Somalia plan had been
implemented, it would have provided a Middle East military haven for American involvement there – and
we’re talking 1992 here, not 2002 when our current war in the Middle East started. It would have
removed the need for the United States to be dependent instead on unfriendly nations like Pakistan and
other Middle Eastern nations for our ten year Afghanistan (and Iraq) war.
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Had Reagan’s plans been fulfilled, we would have leased the Mogadishu airport and built warm
water Naval Supply Depot. That was why Leo Wanta was named by Somalia as that nation’s
Ambassador to Canada and Switzerland. Because of his untimely arrest in Switzerland just a month after
his Investiture as the Somali Ambassador to Switzerland and Canada at the Pullman-Windsor Hotel in
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Paris, there were forced delays of Humanitarian Grants. Wanta’s program was called Operation: Restore
Hope.
Operation: Restore Hope included water filtration facilities, funding for agriculture, a refurbishing
and rebuilding of Somali General Hospital in Mogadishu… medicine, doctors and medical staff,
foodstuffs and supplies, medical equipment and related supplies, clothing. Foot wear, and other
miscellaneous approved items were included, too.
The plans for Somalia included a United States Rapid Deployment Force to protect and control the
Middle East for regional peace and stability. How many American lives lost and injured military
personnel would have been saved by Operation: Restore Hope? A great many! Part of that project was
to be paid from the $23 trillion that was stolen from Wanta; part was to be paid from United Nations
Contract 4.
Wanta created New Republic Air Limited (in the Bahamas), providing commercial air service
between Mogadishu and Rome, Italy… the Italians and the French were heavily invested in Somalia at the
time; they supported New Republic Air. Both nations saw the value of what Ronald Reagan and Leo
Wanta proposed. One of Wanta’s companies, MiApollo Investments Limited (in Hong Kong), had a
crude oil delivery government contract to WhiteCloud Petroleum Corporation (Delaware – a Title 18
Section 6 corporation). Plans were in the works for a Somalian seaport and deep sea harbor dredging
reconstruction, road infrastructure with sewers, gas and water lines would be provided. The United States
government would have had Customs and Immigration control, border and security patrol monitoring –
remember, during this time Cuba had military troops in Somalia. The Somali currency was to be pegged
to the U.S. dollar… just like Panama, Puerto Rico and other friendly nations.
When Somali Ambassador Leo Wanta was arrested in Switzerland, what happened to those plans?
Wanta’s forced absence placed his well thought out plans in the hands of one of the world’s largest money
launderers, a man who was a good friend to President William Jefferson Clinton: Marc Rich. It will
surprise no one that unauthorized misuse and financial loss of 167 metric tonnes of Somali Gold Bullion
held in Trust by Wanta’s company, AmeriTrust Corporation (USA), for Somalia’s financial stability and
national security issues resulted. Readers will hopefully remember that about five minutes before leaving
office, President William Jefferson Clinton wrote a pardon, excusing Marc Rich from all of the crimes he
committed in the United States and Europe. If memory serves me, Rich fled to Europe in 1983 after being
indicted for manipulating U.S. oil system, trading Iranian crude during 1980s hostage crisis, and evading
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$50 million in taxes. In addition, he has run one of the biggest money laundering businesses in the world
out of Switzerland for many years.
Rich was pardoned by President Clinton in 2001. People today who watch Bill Clinton speak on
behalf of the Democrat Party tend to forget the torn up White House that he and Hillary left behind and
the mess caused on the aircraft used to fly the two of them to wherever they went when they departed the
White House. They forget the rape charges, and semen-stained blue Lewinsky dress. After eight years of
George W. Bush and four years of Barack Obama, even Bill Clinton looks good as an alternative, I guess.
During that time, the United States Government and Wanta’s company, AmeriTrust Corporation,
Inc., entered into a Buy/Sell Contract with Humewood Enterprises of London and Dublin to
facilitate the bank-to-bank delivery of Credit-Worthy Bank Guarantees with Rothschild Bank, Bank
Paribas, Lloyds Bank, and many others. The U.S. Government and AmeriTrust retained Credit Suisse
Bank Senior Management and FGI Fiduciary counsel (Fiduciere conseil) of Lausanne as corporate
fiduciary agents for their dealings with Credit Suisse Groupe. Per Deputy White House Counsel Vince
Foster, on behalf of AmeriTrust, FGI was to corporately organize the Swiss Holding Group (Suisse
Holding Groupe) - registered as AmeriTrust (Suisse) Societe, Geneva, Switzerland.
Under a certain Commercial Contract, L. H. Financial (which had connections to the Israeli
intelligence service, Mossad) agreed to issue a Surety Bond for US$250,000.00 as a condition of the
Humewood contract. L.H. Financial then advised AmeriTrust that they would release US$375,000.00 as
a Cash Deposit Performance Guarantee, allowing US$125,000.00 to cover Introduction Fees to Deputy
White House Counsel Vince Foster, Jr., but only through the Suisse Fiduciary Agent - Ms Elaine
Guiraud, at Union Bank of Switzerland, Account No. 320.904.60W, on or about June 22, 1993. This was
to be done prior to Mr. Foster's scheduled arrival at the Hotel de la Paix, Geneva, on July 7, 1993 per
previous financial arrangements. It was at the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva that Leo Wanta was supposed to
meet Foster on that fateful day.
The monetary disbursal was arranged through a Ms. Lorrayne Fine, Principal of L. H. Financial
and the required Performance Bond was submitted in the event of Non-Performance per the Commercial
Contract, allowing the following U.S. Dollar amounts to be disbursed as follows:
Mr. Vincent Foster, Jr., Esq. USDollars 125,000.00
AmeriTrust Corporation, Inc. USDollars 250,000.00
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This arranged monetary disbursal become an important factor involving statements made by the
Swiss government in a Wanta Tribunal Hearing in 2000… but that comes later. Right now, the important
thing to know is that funds were being transferred from Leo Wanta to the Clinton White House at the
request of First Lady Hillary Clinton. That was why Vince Foster was in Switzerland on the day Leo
Wanta was arrested and less than two weeks before Foster was “suicided” in Marcy Park.
Hillary Clinton requested $250 million be placed in the account of The Children’s Defense Fund –
and she sent White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster to get the money from Wanta. It sounds like a
worthy cause… they always sound worthy. Those who track such things say that The Children’s Defense
Fund was Hillary Clinton’s personal piggy bank. Since there are photos of Mrs. Clinton removing money
from the offshore accounts where the money was sent, the rumors of Hillary’s personal financial
involvement with The Children’s Defense Fund appear to be accurate.
And, the monetary disbursal becomes important to those who still wonder how Vince Foster could
have killed himself in Marcy Park less than two weeks after Wanta provided the $250 million to Foster in
Geneva on the very day Wanta was arrested. If you think back on it you may recall how Bill and Hillary
Clinton refused to allow anyone into Vince Foster’s personal office safe until they had a chance to go
through the papers contained in it – for national security reasons, of course. Or, perhaps because there
was $250 million (or directions to where it was deposited… maybe Grenada?) in that safe?
As I said, a lot was happening during that “quiet year.”
The U.S. Dollar funding for the AmeriTrust deal was obtained through L. H. Financial in
conjunction with AmeriTrust’s corporate fiduciary agent, Ms Elaine Guiraud of Lausanne. She and L.H.
Financial were recommended to AmeriTrust (Suisse) Societe by the Swiss government to perform
functions that kept AmeriTrust (Suisse) Societe in compliance with Swiss banking laws. Ms. Giraud was
aware of the origin of the Cash Performance Bond funding. L.H. Financial advised Wanta and his
company that the funds were certified by Union Bank of Switzerland (Union de Banques Suisses) as
“good, clean, clear, freely-transferable and of non-criminal origin.” It was at the insistence of Credit
Swiss Bank (Credit Suisse Banque) that AmeriTrust Corporation, Inc. retained FGI Fiduciaire-Conseil
and Ms Millie Ferrus as AmeriTrust Corporation’s Swiss Counsel to meet Swiss banking requirements.
They were doing everything by the book. Leo Wanta made it a point to do things by the book. This
was subsequently authorized and approved by appropriate authorities within the U.S. Government. This
all sounds like pretty boring stuff… but wait a minute because it’s going to heat up – a lot.
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The following text is taken from an article written by David Dastych. After I wrote my first News
With Views article about Lee Wanta in 2010, Dastych contacted me and asked if I thought it would be
appropriate for him to write a similar article from his perspective as a Polish intelligence officer during
the Cold War. I had never corresponded with or met David but encouraged him and helped with some of
the editing for his article. In 1987, Dastych was arrested. The Polish Communist Military Tribunal
sentenced him to 8 years for spying for the CIA and allegedly for the Japanese Prime Minister’s
Intelligence Service. He served three of an eight year sentence in special wards for political prisoners in
Warsaw and Barczewo Prisons and he was released in 1990 after the collapse of communism in Poland.
Dastych’s years as a double agent for the Polish military and the American CIA give him insights about
Leo Wanta not available to others… especially those who say Wanta isn’t for real (but who don’t provide
any evidence to support their self-serving opinions).
The following is from Dastych’s article (which can be found at
http://www.newswithviews.com/guest_opinion/guest168.htm ):
“As a result of Wanta’s operations, conducted from Vienna and extending as far as
Hong Kong, huge sums of money had been amassed in various banks and tax-free havens all
over the world. Working with several trusted intelligence operatives and financial experts,
Wanta engaged in many secret deals on behalf of the U.S. Government. The profits from
them grew to approximately $27.5 trillion. Wanta still holds the “golden keys” to the money
that the late President Reagan wanted to be used for the benefit of ordinary Americans. The
money was never intended to enrich the Establishment – the super-rich and the most
powerful.
“True to Reagan’s directions, Leo Emil Wanta refused to release the funds, which
had been diverted to numerous private overseas accounts. But despite his efforts, a large part
of U.S. intelligence-stashed monies were essentially looted by corrupt U.S. political ‘crime
families.’ You would recognize their well-known names if you heard them.
“The patriotic stance of Wanta got him deep in trouble. It almost cost him his life.
Other associates, however, such as Kok Howe Kwong (his Chinese business partner), Freddie
Woodruff, Francois de Grosseurve, were all found dead. You can add the name of Vince
Foster, former White House Counsel, to the list. The killings are an integral part of the long
process of stealing U.S. intelligence money. It continues to this day.
“From Wanta’s interview with Tom Valentine on Radio Free America, it is clear that
in October 1992, Wanta was asked by the Bush Administration to procure and deliver prime
bank guarantees – which are bank debentures [Barnewall Note: These PBGs would be United
Nations Contract 4]. At first, the Bush Administration wanted to run the prime bank
guarantees through MiApollo Investments, Ltd. in Hong Kong. They changed their minds and
to accommodate, Wanta used his AmeriTrust Corporation. The contract was from the
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by Sandro Sordi, Deputy State’s Attorney, Dade
County, FL, an associate of Janet Reno; then with Richard C. Breeden (SEC Chairman), via
Chemical Bank, Chase Manhattan and Citicorp. The contract was signed by Leo E. Wanta,
Principal, on January 15, 1993. The pay orders came from Credit Suisse.”
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Wanta quote from Dastych article: “After George H.W. Bush lost his bid for re-
election, the Clinton Administration wanted access to the money. Their attempts began when
White House counsel Vincent Foster asked Wanta to pay Laura D’Andrea Tyson and Leon
Panetta who was at that time Director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – now
CIA Director – $250 million for The Children’s Defense Fund.” [End Wanta quote.]
From the Dastych article: “Although Wanta had no idea what The Children’s
Defense Fund was all about, a financial investigator, Marco Saba of the Organized Crime
Observatory in Switzerland, later wrote about it. It was a secret fund: “One component of this
information concerns the activities of the CIA operative known as Mrs. Hillary Rodham
Clinton. For some years prior to the elevation of her husband, Bill, a CIA operative like his
‘CIA wife,’ Hillary had been in control of an organization calling itself ‘The Children’s
Defense Fund.’ It is alleged, on the basis of intelligence community leaks, that Hillary
became accustomed to treating The Children’s Defense Fund as “her own private slush fund.”
(Greg Szymanski, Rense.com, March 26, 2006).”
Wanta quote from Dastych article: “On July 7, 1993, I bought breakfast for Consul
General Giovanni Ferro and Lorrayne Fine (an Israeli Mossad agent) of L.H. Financial
Group, Johannesburg, South Africa,” Wanta said. “Others in the group – but not at breakfast
– included Anthony Maniaci (Queen’s Counsel at Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and Sandro
Sordi (former Dade County Deputy Florida State Attorney working with Janet Reno before
she became Attorney General). We have verified that Deputy White House Counsel Foster
made hotel reservations for everyone in Geneva. The hotel rooms, his itinerary and air travel
plans are on his American Express card…”
“The group having breakfast at the Hotel Au Lac in Lausanne on July 7, 1993,
planned to take the train to Geneva to meet with Vince Foster later that day. I had no idea
Panetta was coming. I never saw him. Fine had too much luggage and I was carrying a blue
nylon bag containing all of my files… heavy, weighed close to 100 pounds; so we opted to go
to Geneva by taxi… a 20-minute ride. Foster and his group were to join us at the Hotel de la
Paix in Geneva to discuss the deal.
“I was arrested by the Suisse Sûreté (the detective force of French-speaking Swiss)
before rising from the breakfast table.” Thus, Wanta never got to Geneva or met with Vince
Foster – nor was he given the opportunity to arrest Marc Rich (Reich) as directed by the then-
FBI Director William Sessions.” [End Wanta quote; end quote from Dastych article.]
The $250 million requested by Mrs. Clinton was delivered to Foster via Credit Suisse courier.
Swiss court files prove that transfer occurred as planned (see Swiss court transcripts in next chapter).
More about the Vince Foster/Leo Wanta connection in a moment, but another item needs to be addressed
first.
Wanta and his group weren’t the only people in Lausanne on July 7, 1993. Marc Rich (who lives
in Zug, Switzerland) was there, too. The person who has done the best research about Marc Rich (or, as
he calls him, Marc Reich) is Christopher Story, a/k/a Edward Harle. If you can find a copy of
International Currency Review 31, 3 and 4, it is well worth reading. I say “if you can find” because the
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International Currency Review World Reports Web site no longer exists and access to the Story’s
newsletters has vanished.
Christopher Story, as Editor of International Currency Review, World Reports, provides a very
credible case that Marc Rich/Reich is, in reality, a man born in 1934 in Korbach, Germany with the name
“Hans Brand” who was awarded Canadian citizenship in March 1966. Christopher Story had/has a theory
about Rich/Reich being a part of the Deutsche Verteidigungs Dienst (DVD) of Dachau, one of the Jewish
internment camps just outside of Munich, Germany. My daughter, Katherine, and I visited Dachau in
1990. We got there to tour the camp after the tours had closed but were allowed to walk around on our
own. We were the only ones there and it was an eerie experience. You could feel the dead calling out for
justice in that quiet, haunted place. MARC RICH
The DVD, Christopher Story says, is a group with the objective to build “the Thousand-Year
Reich on the ruins of the United States.”
Story ties George Herbert Walker Bush to the Nazi group. He suggests that Bush is the “alleged
supreme of the DVD which… has previously managed to hide its existence behind convenient
smokescreens.” Whether Story’s investigative reporting is an actual reflection of reality is not an
appropriate discussion for this book. It is merely an aside… a way of telling readers just how many side
streets there are to be taken with a biography of this complicated man, Leo Wanta.
This is the biography of Leo/Lee Emil Wanta, not Christopher Story or Edward Harle or Marc
Rich/Reich, or Hans Brand – or even George Herbert Walker Bush. I merely suggest to readers that if
you get the opportunity to read Christopher Story’s overview of Marc Rich/Reich a/k/a Hans Brand, it is
very well put together. It appears in Volume 31, Numbers 3 and 4, International Currency Review and
was published in the Fourth Quarter 2006 with ISSN 0020-6490. Since you may have difficulty finding
Story’s print publications, you might find a speech he gave on this subject of interest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jug-W-DKcms&feature=related .
Thus, Wanta was in Switzerland to handle a triple play: 1) Activate the warrant issued by FBI
Director William Sessions and arrest Marc Rich when the ferry he boarded in Switzerland to go to a
French gambling house left Swiss waters; 2) Investigate an operation called “Chaselet;” and, 3) Become
an Ambassador for Somalia to Canada and Switzerland.
“Chaselet” was an intelligence operation involving Swiss banks (particularly Credit Suisse) that
were re-activating what should have been “dead” bank credit instruments… like Letters of Credit. For
example, a Letter of Credit from Chase Manhattan might have been drawn down – or may not have been
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drawn but served as collateral on another credit. Wanta’s investigation involved Credit Suisse, Union
Bank of Switzerland and other banks recycling the Letters of Credit – reactivating what should have been
dead notes.
Wanta explains it this way: “Say a hoodlum comes to a banker and gives that person a clean,
clear, active financial document. You go on the computer and the computer says ‘yes, that person is the
owner!’ You, the banker, know the hoodlum is not the owner, but he is going to give you 10 or 12
percent because he’s going to re-cycle the Letter – reactivate it. There’s one condition before the one-year
loan the hoodlum is asking for can be granted by the banker. That once dead but now alive note must be
returned and destroyed before the loan to the hoodlum matures (becomes due). In other words, the loan
must be repaid before its due date. That way, the bank is not holding the fraudulent financial document
because the loan is repaid before it becomes due and the dead Letter of Credit that collateralizes the loan
is destroyed.”
A lot of money can be re-cycled that way – perhaps even $4.5 trillion, broken into numerous
“Letters of Credit” which really do not exist but which once were written. When people ask me how
those who are using Wanta’s money use it, I remember his explanation of Chaselet. A $100 million live
note would produce a 10 percent commission to the banker of whatever amount of money the hoodlum
earned on the $100 million, and the thief who is reactivating the note has the use of that $100 million for
several months.
It’s interesting, isn’t it, that William Sessions, Director of the FBI issued a tax evasion arrest
warrant for Marc Rich and told Wanta to exercise it… but Wanta was arrested (for tax evasion) before
that could be accomplished. I remember Lee discussing the day of his arrest with me. He had seen
Lorrayne Fine talking with Rich on a hotel balcony and believes Rich had strong ties to the Mossad and
that Fine (also affiliated with Mossad) told him about the arrest plans (and so Rich never got on the ferry
to France).
A newsletter by Sherman H. Skolnick, http://www.skolnicksreport.com, states the following:
“President Clinton by unceremoniously sacking Sessions, the day before the later
Foster murder, put a stop to FBI Director William Sessions' elite unit investigating high
criminal offenses by both Clinton, former President George Herbert Walker Bush and his
sons Neil, Jeb, and George W., little-known business cronies of Clinton, as well as other top-
level criminals jointly with Bush/Clinton gang. The gang included Clinton White House
Senior Advisor Rahm Emanuel, who is also reportedly Acting Deputy Station Chief for North
America of Israeli Intelligence, The Mossad, of which Ms Fine ostensibly was an operative.”
SKOLNICK ON RICH
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Though Skolnick is no longer alive, his work can be found at the above-listed Web site.
Leo Wanta believes that the intelligence information he carried with him which the Sûreté took
into its possession at the time of his arrest on July 7, 1993, resulted in the murder of (1) Vince Foster
(Washington, DC, USA) (2) Freddie Woodruff (Tbilisi, Georgia) [An American CIA official] (3) J.J.
Smith (Mexico City) (4) Lino Burys (Hong Kong) (5) Others. It is important to remember that FBI
Director William Sessions was fired by Bill Clinton two days after Wanta’s arrest.
Further, Ms. Fine was aware of the oil activities of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown (killed in a
plane crash… or was it the crash that killed him?), Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary, and Somali
Ambassador Wanta as to: Operation Restore Hope, 90 Million Barrels of Saudi light crude oil as bid
contracted to: Marvelous Investments Limited Hong Kong, as assigned to WhiteCloud Petroleum
Corporation (Delaware), originally owned by Sole Principal Leo Emil Wanta, c/o Bank of New York for
Delivery to Houston, Texas, USA [WhiteCloud, is reportedly now owned by the George Herbert Walker
Bush Family]. Wanta met King Faud in the process of negotiating the WhiteCloud Petroleum deal for
which King Faud was to receive a Humanitarian Award for assisting Somalia.
One of the most logical questions that can be asked regarding the facts that will be presented in
this chapter and those that follow is: Why didn’t Leo Wanta use all of that money he controlled to buy the
best possible legal representation? I have answered that question previously, in Chapter Four, I believe.
The State of Wisconsin froze his funds. How much was that, you ask? Well, let’s look at some bank
statements that existed just prior to Wanta’s arrest in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 7, 1993.
He had a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Philippines Central Bank in Manila) amounting to $100
million in the form of Bank Guarantee No. 94-001-L-50. USA & Company of San Francisco documents a
deposit to MiApollo Investment Limited in the amount of “Three Hundred Ten Billion Dollars to be
credited to Bank of America for the benefit of Leo Wanta… that same amount was to be deposited on
Thursday, June 1, 1993, Wednesday June 2, 1993, and Friday, June 4, 1993. Beginning June 7, 1993, that
amount “can be increased to … a maximum of $500 Hundred Billion Dollars per day.” BANGKO
SENTRAL
On July 28, 1996, after his conviction and while sitting in prison one day, Wanta made a list of the
amounts sitting in his bank accounts around the world. It read like this:
1. AmeriTrust (USA/(Suisse) $162,320,000.00
2. AmeriTrust (USA/Suisse) 81,000,000.00
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3. White Cloud Petroleum (USA) 90,000,000.00
4. MiApollo Investments (Hong Kong) 318,000.000,000.00
5. MiApollo Investments (Hong Kong) 2,517,417.00
6. Aneko Credit Pte LTD (Singapore) 84,000,000,000.00
7. AmeriChina Global Management (Nevada/PRC) 500,000.00
8. New Republic/USA Financial (Austria) 1,400,000,000.00
9. Metal Account/Receipts/
Gold Bullion at US$385 per Troy Oz. 24,755,500,000.00 (Note: Today’s gold
price exceeding $1,700.00 per Troy Ounce would increase this amount by close to 500 percent)
The total amount of Wanta’s 1993 corporate assets (with no accrued interest calculated), totaled
US$428,491,837,417.00. EXAMPLES BANK CONFIRMATIONS The above amounts represent
liquid assets only and do not reflect many trillions of dollars invested in Prime Bank Guarantees and other
investments that were busily earning interest.
These were the circumstances with which newly-sworn Somali Ambassador to Canada and
Switzerland dealt and what he and business associates pondered as they had breakfast together on a lovely
day in early July. Lausanne is 39 miles northeast from Geneva, the city where Wanta was to meet Vince
Foster. He had been named Somali Ambassador in June, a month before his arrest this day, July 7, 1993.
His Ambassadorial Investiture at the Pullman-Windsor Hotel was witnessed by the Foreign Minister of
France under the Sarkozy Administration, the Honorable Alain Juppe… a former Mayor of Bordeaux,
France. Other well-known people attended, too. Thus, questions arise as to the legality of the
imprisonment of Ambassador Wanta in Lausanne. The Swiss may question the validity of the
Ambassadorial appointment, but they do not have the right to ignore it.
Lausanne began as a Roman military camp named Lousanna. Both Lausanne and Geneva became
a place of refuge for French Huguenots. By 1750, ninety pastors had been sent back to France to work
clandestinely. Lausanne has a beautiful panoramic view of Lake Geneva and the Alps.
After his arrest by a couple of dark-haired guys who had been watching him all through breakfast
(the Sûreté), Wanta was held in what he terms "a dungeon," cell number 130, within Prison du Bois -
Mermet, CH du Bois - Gentil, 1018 Lausanne, Switzerland, from July 7, 1993 until November 17, 1993.
In the 20 years since Wanta’s residency, it appears the Swiss have updated the facility somewhat:
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The way Leo Wanta describes his cell, it was built in the 1930s, pre-World War II – maybe pre-
World War I. An old building with curved ceilings, it contained a cot-like bed, a toilet that didn’t work
well, and a hot plate (which Wanta used to boil water to sterilize his toothbrush – the steam from the
boiling water caused black “goo” to fall from the ceiling). Before putting him in this “pristine” cell, they
of course first had to “de-louse” him. They de-louse everyone… except those doing the de-lousing (who
are the ones who need it).
Did they take him into interrogation rooms and try to beat information out of him? No. Were
charges filed against him? No. Did they take him into a Swiss courtroom and tell him why he was being
held in prison? No. All they told him was that he was being held on charges for tax evasion in the State
of Wisconsin… no paperwork was filed, but it was “on the way.” He never saw the inside of a Swiss
courtroom in the 134 days they kept him in that cell. Was he given access to legal counsel? The Swiss
say so, but Leo Wanta never talked with any legal counsel. This is justice in Switzerland. The U.S.
Embassy was contacted – by whom, I cannot say. It does not appear the Sûreté made the contact because
when U.S. Embassy Consul Carlos Medina appeared to talk with Wanta, the Sûreté immediately took him
out of the official U.S. Embassy visitation because he was going to “miss his train.” And the fact that Mr.
Medina allowed that to happen defines justice in the United States for its intelligence operatives.
I am still awaiting an explanation of when it became legal for a European nation to arrest an
American citizen on just mere claims of a Department of Revenue. There were no charges filed and no
trial or other court-based decision of guilt for non-payment of taxes in the United States. The Swiss arrest
sets a precedent making it okay for a State in the United States to arrest Swiss citizens for claims (no
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proof) of non-payment of taxes. It’s okay if we hold Swiss citizens with no paperwork, no arrest warrant
from anywhere… we can just arrest and detain them.
Switzerland has set the precedent with the arrest of Leo Wanta. It is easy to see how that country
defines justice: Do not arrest on of the biggest money launderers in the world, Marc Rich/Reich, who has
for many years lived in Zug, Switzerland. How would Swiss banks survive? But it’s okay to arrest an
innocent man and throw him in a dungeon for over four months with no charges against him filed
anywhere… in Switzerland or the United States!
Until I learned of what the Swiss did to Ambassador Wanta, Switzerland – Wengen on the Jung
Frau – used to be my favorite vacation spot. I would catch the cog railway in Lauterbrunnen and go to
Wengen (where no cars were allowed and I had to walk to wherever I wanted to go). I gave my last
speech to European bankers at the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich in 1989. That was my last trip to
Switzerland.
The name of the lawyer who was retained as counsel for Wanta is Msr. Felix Paschoud who, at the
time, was with the law firm Carrard, Paschoud, Heim & Associates. Wanta firmly believes Msr.
Paschoud’s firm was paid a mid-range five figure retainer to represent him… but Msr. Paschoud
disagrees. A copy of the letters between me and Msr. Paschoud, the former Chief Judge of Lausanne, the
current Chief Judge of Lausanne, and others will be linked at the end of this chapter. Since there was no
court appearance, no charges filed, the obvious question is: How did the Swiss justify the arrest of this
man?
Shortly after his arrival in Cell #130 at Prison du Bois, what Wanta believes the first attempt on
his life occurred. A Trustee brought dinner to his cell… no, he wasn’t released into a prison yard for
exercise each day nor did he get to join other prisoners at mealtime. A prisoner who was a Trustee
brought all of his meals to his cell. For all practical purposes, Leo Emil Wanta was held in solitary
confinement in an old, dirty dungeon the Swiss find acceptable as a “cell.” Where’s the Red Cross when
you need them?
Wanta has lactose intolerance so when the Trustee, a pleasant guy who had previously brought
dinner to him in his cell, brought dinner and there were very nice pieces of wrapped cheese on the tray, he
offered them to the Trustee. He couldn’t eat them.
Wanta listened as he heard a voice crying out in pain all night, begging for help. He found out the
next day that the Trustee to whom he gave the cheese had died of poisoning.
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When he was so unlawfully thrown into the filthy cell (Wanta now calls it a “suite” to amuse
himself), the first question he asked of the One he considers to be always with him, the Lord Jesus Christ,
was: “How the hell did we get here?” Many other questions followed during the ensuing months. As
Ecclesiastes tells us, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… a
time to be born and a time to die, among other things.
Perhaps this time in solitary confinement was when Lee Emil Wanta had, for the first time in his
very busy life, the opportunity to meditate upon the very strong beliefs he has… not just his beliefs in God
and his Catholic faith. In those two things he has always been very strong, very secure. But the year of
his life prior to his arrest – his difficulties in Singapore with the $1 billion bill, the loss of his good friend
and brother, Kok Howe Kwong, the deceptions perpetrated by highly-placed Americans elected to office
to serve the people of the nation Wanta had served honorably – all of these had to give him pause for
thought. Who was he serving? He had thought it was a Constitutional Republic. But he was finding the
reality to be quite different from what had been held out to him all of his life… and what he as a patriotic
American citizen (like so many of us) had readily accepted.
Lee – and I call him Lee here rather than Leo because I speak of the personal beliefs of a friend,
not the accomplishments of a secret agent – doesn’t talk much about these quiet times in his life… times
when he was alone, times when, like so many good soldiers, he was willing to lay down his life for his
beliefs. As he says, “there is nothing more bored than a purposeless person…” and du Bois Prison gave
him an opportunity to ponder the state of his nation. It gave him a purpose as he lay on a hard bed day
after day, in prison in a foreign nation, to redefine his beliefs about freedom, the Constitution and the rule
of Law, and truth.
Freedom, he decided, comes in two parts.
First, a person must be free to make decisions. This Wanta calls freedom from restraint. So the
first part of freedom as defined by Lee Wanta is the freedom from having your destiny determined by
others. You get to choose.
But the freedom to choose your own destiny is only half of freedom.
Part II is the freedom to establish the goals that will help you achieve your destiny. These are two
different actions… the freedom to decide and the freedom to achieve.
If you decide you are going on vacation and want to take a train, you need to have a specific
destination in mind. If you do not, your conversation at the ticket window is bound to be very interesting.
“Yes, sir/ma’am. How can I help you?”
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“I want to purchase a ticket on the train.”
“And what is your destination?”
“Well, I don’t know… maybe Chicago, maybe Miami, maybe Los Angeles… I am exercising my
freedom to decide I want to travel… but I don’t want to go to the trouble of deciding where I’m going.”
You wouldn’t get very far, would you?
Part I – the freedom to decide – is a bridge to Part II which is the freedom to establish goals.
Without the bridge (making a decision, Part I) there is no reason to go to a destination (Part II) – because
without a decision there is no destination for which goals are required.
The key to understanding freedom is to understand that the two – the bridge and the destination –
must always be separate, but must be bound together. When they become separated, freedom does not
exist.
“Individuals,” Lee says, “have responsibilities under each of the two freedom phases. Under the
‘freedom to decide’ phase (the bridge), we are responsible for gathering as much information as possible
so the selections we make will be good ones. Under the ‘freedom to establish goals’ phase (the
destination), we make specific decisions about how to implement our choices.”
So Part I is the freedom to choose our destiny, Part II is the freedom to decide how we will achieve
our destiny. Lee gave another example which, on first glance, sounds like a repetition of the train travel
example, above. It is not. It goes deeper into understanding how, as knowledge increases, so too does
freedom.
“Say you decide to become a linguist – an expert in foreign languages,” Lee said… he speaks
several languages, German and Russian among them. “To achieve a goal requires discipline… so the
freedom of choice isn’t free,” he said quietly.
“The more you study syntax, the more you obey the laws of grammar, the more you subject
yourself to an expanded vocabulary, the more you know genders and tenses, etc., the more free you are to
speak that particular language.”
Truthfully, I had never thought about freedom in those terms. The more knowledge one gains in
the effort to achieve the desired self destiny, the more free one will be to exercise that destiny. Yet, it
points to a very valid problem in our country today. How many people do you know who declare their
desire for freedom, but who won’t exercise the discipline to read the Constitution or the Bill of Rights?
Those who do, have a greater understanding of freedom than those who do not. What Lee is saying is that
the more you know about what it is you want to do in life, the greater will be your freedom in achieving it.
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As he sat in that Swiss dungeon for 134 days with nothing to do, he had numerous conversations
with the Lord. The fact that his freedom in the physical world had suddenly ended in unjustified
imprisonment perhaps stimulated his ever present strong sense of spiritual freedom. He thought about his
separation from his family and it ran a bit parallel to his thoughts about freedom in the physical world.
“The freedom to decide your destiny can never be divorced from the freedom for establishing your
goals to achieve that destiny,” he had realized. Freedom to decide your destiny – the bridge – can never
be removed from the freedom to achieve – the destination. The two are distinctly separate just as a
husband and wife are separate, but they work together as one, creating a marriage called “freedom.” If the
freedom to decide your destiny is lost, you have no need for the freedom to achieve because you no longer
have a purpose, or a destiny. If the destination is lost – freedom to establish goals to help you achieve
your destiny – the freedom to decide becomes meaningless.
“If you go into a restaurant to order food,” he began, “you can choose anything you please… this
is freedom to choose your dining destiny for the day. The waiter doesn’t tell you what you must have
(except in a Swiss prison cell). The purpose of the meal – the freedom to achieve the goal of assuaging
your hunger – is what? To nourish your body, to replenish energy spent during the day… and to enjoy the
taste of the food.”
Freedom works the same way. We must be able to choose our destinies, and we must be free to
implement our plans to achieve them. If we can’t order from the restaurant what we want to eat, why go
to a restaurant? If we order fried chicken and the waiter brings us liver and onions, unless we like liver
we will not achieve our objective. Even if we like liver but want fried chicken this night, it is likely we
will never return to the restaurant because it violated our freedom of choice. The bridge (choice) and the
destination (implementation of the choice) go together.
We discussed the problems of Western cultures today relative to the definition of “freedom.”
“Freedom in the modern world,” he said, “has turned ‘freedom to choose’ into ‘license.’ It has
been redefined to mean ‘whatever I want to do, I get to do when I want to do it!’ As a result, there has
been a divorce between the bridge (choice) and the destination (outcome). The two are joined as a Law of
Nature… a Law of God, who created nature. As the old wedding statement goes, ‘what God hath joined
together, let no man put asunder.’ That’s true whether you’re talking about husbands and wives – or
freedom.
We discussed the various ways this is seen in developed societies who now accept the definition of
freedom as “license.” Without a firm objective, for example, young adults use the license of their “I can
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do whatever I want” philosophy to go to college with no firm objective in mind. The result is parents with
children who cannot find useful jobs who still live with Mom and Dad. They viewed their freedom to
choose self destiny – their bridge to their future destination – as a license to do what they wanted rather
than what they needed to do to have a future. There is no freedom in such a situation. The parents are not
free and their young adults, living at home, aren’t free to go out into the world and learn the lessons life
has to teach them.
Leo Wanta has a clear view of both spiritual and physical freedom. It would have been very easy
for him to compromise his beliefs and join the crooked system, but he couldn’t do that. He understands
very clearly that everything in life is a matter of choice and he knows that there is nothing more valuable
in life than truth. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
He had a long time to dwell on these subjects as he lay on that hard cot in cell #130 in that old,
dirty dungeon at Prison du Bois in Lausanne.
Wanta sees a great danger in the way Western cultures define “freedom” today.
“We do not seem to understand our reason for living… we question our purpose in life – why we
are alive,” he says. “Instead of working toward an ideal, we do what we want (which is usually defined as
what’s easy) because we define freedom as license. We do what we want, not what we must do to achieve
a clearly-defined destiny. Freedom brings with it responsible behavior; license does not. Today people
have too few ideals, or worse they seem to continually change one ideal for another and call it progress. If
we don’t know in our Western world why we are living, is the rising suicide rate any surprise? The
essence of a man’s freedom isn’t just to be able to do what he wants regardless of who it hurts or the lost
opportunities it causes. We must have objectives and goals and direction in life.”
That belief indicates that we don’t make children healthier physically or psychologically by
withholding reality from them. Removing grades from report cards so those who don’t achieve at the
level of an A student harms the A student and doesn’t really help the C or D student… and it separates the
bridge of freedom of destiny from the destination of the reality of what must be done to achieve it. It
encourages kids to think freedom is license, not responsible choices. Removing the scoring system from
athletic events so no one feels like a loser does nothing to teach children anything about how to win – or,
even more important, how to get off of the ground after a defeat and win the next time. Sometimes you
win, sometimes you lose. We are supposed to learn from both experiences. Again, this separates the
bridge from the destination and encourages the definition of freedom to mean license.
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“We talk of freedom of speech – as if it means there could never be any limitation on freedom of
speech,” Lee says. “Certainly there is. Freedom of speech has an objective and a goal. It is to be used to
communicate truth and knowledge. No one is entitled to freedom of speech for purposes of personal
abuse – that is license of speech. Yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater is license of speech – of doing what I
want when I want because I want to do it. All freedoms have certain goals and certain purposes – and that
infers responsibility to make good choices. We have allowed others who want to take freedom from us to
re-define the meaning of words and if we don’t recapture the truthful meanings, we will continue to lose
our freedom.
“That’s why we have so many people today willing to surrender their responsibilities in return for
security. They are full of anxieties and worries. There is nothing in life quite as boring as a purposeless
existence. People who view freedom as license are incapable of establishing a unified or national purpose
based on freedom because license says ‘I do what I want when I want and how I want.’ It is a selfish
philosophy. It is incapable of understanding the concept of a national purpose, of freedom for all citizens.
It is totally based in the word ‘I.’”
Wanta says the danger of defining freedom as license to do what one wants with no ties to clearly
defined goals is this: “Nations who choose this philosophy find they are strong only in war, but not in
peace.”
“We have, I fear, become a purposeless, bored Great Nation of people willing to hand over
personal responsibilities to government in return for security. Since no government in world history has
ever provided security for its citizens without concurrently enslaving them, the impact of that statement is
frightening,” Wanta says. “A nation that has no unified base because it has no unified faith has no
recognized universal goal or purpose in life. A nation that defines freedom as ‘I get to do what I want,’
rather than ‘I feel a part of something and want my life to reflect a commitment to it,’ is strong only in
war because war forces a purpose on an otherwise purposeless society. It forces the nation into the
survival mode of defending our own existence.”
He pointed out that Communism takes the opposite road.
“Communism says ‘we, the government, are god. We are perfection. We take away your freedom
of choice. Our materialistic, atheistic society does not give you the liberty to choose political candidates.
It takes away the rights of suffrage and the rights of voting and it does these things because we take the
place of God.’
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“That is why Article 125 of the Soviet Constitution told its citizens that they were entitled to
freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press only if they supported the communist
system.”
And then Leo Wanta brought the concept of freedom in the physical, materialized world and wove
it into the tapestry that includes his faith in God.
“Communism doesn’t offer real freedom. The freedoms communism removes from people are
freedoms that belong only to God and no government has the right to give or take them. Only He can do
that. But we need to realize that people who live in communist societies have eliminated the bridge – the
right to determine one’s own destiny. They believe it is government and not God that imparts rights to
citizens. Communist governments have a purpose for each citizen and they have goals… and places like
Siberia and work camps where so many Russian people died are evidence of what happens to those who
do not accept the goals the government sets for them.”
Lee then said something that should make all of us nervous.
“Communist states are strong not only in war, they are also strong in peace – and that is the
greatest possible threat to real freedom.
“They are strong in peace because they know the purpose of their philosophy. They are united
with their goals. The destinies communist governments select for their citizens may not make the citizen
happy, but they are well-defined and they serve a purpose.”
This, then is the condition of the world as seen through the eyes of a man who has had his freedom
unlawfully removed and who has done more to try to ensure freedom than most others.
One other thing Lee Wanta said we all need to pay attention to: “If freedom results only from
physical power – as it does under communist systems of government – then only the strong are free. That
is true of any government, communist or not. When freedom is defined only as license, it is merely a
contest of egos and soon only the most narcissistic among us are held up as heroes. That is not freedom,
though that is how freedom in America today appears to be defined. Communism says freedom is the
right to do whatever you must… in other words, the means justifies the end. That is certainly not freedom
– though it is practiced by many governments around the world that do not call themselves “communist
nations.”
At the base of Lee Wanta’s philosophy is the concept that truth makes you free. He has clearly said
that the more people understand the Laws of God, the freer people are to enjoy life.
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“The Laws of God are not restrictions on human liberty. God could have given us a world in
which His creations – human beings – were unable to make bad choices. He didn’t. He gave us choice.
Why? Because I believe He rejoices when people choose good over evil, when people think positive
rather than negative thoughts, when they obey His Laws of Nature.”
Lee points out that some of God’s laws – scientific or mathematical laws – are rigid.
“You can’t draw a triangle with more than three sides – you aren’t free to do that. You can’t draw
a square with more than four sides – you aren’t free to do that. Some things in God’s Laws of Nature are
engraved in stone. God took a risk when He made men free beings,” he said.
I once heard Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen say that “Hell is the guarantee of human freedom. A man
with a clinched fist can raise it eternally in the air and say ‘non serviam’ – I will not serve! It may result
in his own misery and unhappiness, but it is his choice.”
Archbishop Sheen went on to say: “He knew that there would be goodness produced from all of this
evil in His own Divine way… and the universe never became meaningless with it all because one day He
came into this world of ours and took upon Himself a human nature and allowed Himself to be visited
with all of the effects of evil. He submitted himself to the free acts of man – from all of us – and what
was the worst that free men could do? How could they most abuse their freedom? They could most abuse
their freedom not by killing, not by bombing cities. They could most abuse freedom by slaying Goodness,
itself. In that moment, evil was at its strongest, showing its greatest might. And yet, evil went down
because of the Glory of the Resurrection.”
I know Lee Emil Wanta holds the victory of good over evil proven by the Resurrection of Christ
close to his heart. And I know he believes We, the People, can, with the right attitude, defeat those who
would steal our American Freedom. I know that he defines “the right attitude as lawful solutions that
support the Constitution of our Great Nation, America.
Perhaps we need to stop spending so much time dwelling on the problems and spend more time dwelling
on the solutions. They are there for us to find.
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By David Dastych
January 17, 2010
NewsWithViews.com
The case of Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta: American Patriot vs Thieves' World (Part 1)
[Note from the author: My distinguished colleague, Marilyn M. Barnewall, published an article
about Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta on NewsWithViews.com, January 10, 2010. As we
exchanged opinions, I decided to write my own piece, which could add more facts about this
outstanding former U.S. intelligence operative and financial expert – “The 27.5 Trillion Dollar
Man” -- still living in oblivion, while crooks and banksters continue their scams that had led to
the American and global financial crisis.]
Leo (Lee) Emil Wanta – now 69 years old – could have been one of the richest men in the world.
All he had to do was rip off a small part of the profits from huge secret financial operations of
U.S. intelligence with which he had been entrusted in the 1980s by President Ronald Reagan.
Operating under several code names (i.e. Stillpoint, Frank B. Ingram – SA32NV; Rick Reynolds
– SA233MS; Lee E Wanta – S-31-IANO Sector V), Wanta used his exceptional skills to
destabilize the Russian Ruble and to prompt the fall of the Soviet Empire.
As a result of Wanta’s operations, conducted from Vienna and extending as far as Hong Kong,
huge sums of money had been amassed in various banks and tax-free havens all over the world.
Working with several trusted intelligence operatives and financial experts, Wanta engaged in
many secret deals on behalf of the U.S. Government. The profits from them grew to
approximately $27.5 trillion. Wanta still holds the “golden keys” to the money that the late
President Reagan wanted to be used for the benefit of ordinary Americans. The money was never
intended to enrich the Establishment – the super-rich and the most powerful.
True to Reagan’s directions, Leo Emil Wanta refused to release the funds, which had been
diverted to numerous private overseas accounts. But despite his efforts, a large part of U.S.
intelligence-stashed monies were essentially looted by corrupt U.S. political “crime families.”
You would recognize their well-known names if you heard them.
The patriotic stance of Wanta got him deep in trouble. It almost cost him his life. Other
associates, however, such as Kok Howe Kwong (his Chinese business partner), Freddie
Woodruff, Francois de Grosseurve, were all found dead. You can add the name of Vince Foster,
former White House Counsel, to the list. The killings are an integral part of the long process of
stealing U.S. intelligence money. It continues to this day.
134 days in a Swiss dungeon
From Wanta’s interview with Tom Valentine on Radio Free America, it is clear that in October
1992, Wanta was asked by the Bush Administration to procure and deliver prime bank
guarantees – which are bank debentures. At first, the Bush Administration wanted to run the
prime bank guarantees through MiApollo Investments, Ltd. in Hong Kong. They changed their
minds, preferring to use an American company. To accommodate, Wanta used his AmeriTrust
Corporation. The contract was from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by U.S.
Attorney Sandro Sordi, Deputy Attorney General, Dade County, FL, an associate of Janet Reno,
then with Richard C. Breeden (SEC Chairman), via Chemical Bank, Chase Manhattan and
Citicorp. The contract was signed by Leo E. Wanta, Principal, on January 15, 1993. The pay
orders came from Credit Suisse.
After George H.W. Bush lost his bid for re-election, the Clinton Administration wanted access to
the money. Their attempts began when White House counsel Vincent Foster asked Wanta to pay
Laura D’Andrea Tyson and Leon Panetta who was at that time Director of Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) – now CIA Director – $250 million for The Children’s Defense Fund.
“On July 7, 1993, I bought breakfast for Consul General Giovanni Ferro and Lorrayne Fine (an
Israeli Mossad agent) of L.H. Financial Group, Johannesburg, South Africa,” Wanta said.
“Others in the group – but not at breakfast – included Anthony Maniaci (Queen’s Counsel at
Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and Sandro Sordi (former Dade County Deputy AG, mentioned
above). We have verified that Deputy White House Counsel Foster made hotel reservations for
everyone in Geneva. The hotel rooms, his itinerary and air travel plans are on his American
Express card…” Wanta continued.
“The group having breakfast at the Hotel Au Lac in Lausanne, that day, July 7, 1993, planned to
take the train to Geneva to meet with Vince Foster later that day. I had no idea Panetta was
coming. I never saw him. Fine had too much luggage and I was carrying a blue nylon bag
containing all of my files… heavy, weighed close to 100 pounds. So we opted to go to Geneva by
taxi… a 20-minute ride. Foster and his group were to join us at the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva to
discuss the deal.
“I was arrested by the Suisse Sûreté (the detective force of French-speaking Swiss) before rising
from the breakfast table. ” Thus, Wanta never got to Geneva or met with Vince Foster – nor was
he given the opportunity to arrest Marc Rich (Reich) as directed by the then-FBI Director
William Sessions. (Telephone interview with M. Barnewall, January 16, 2010.)
When Greg Szymanski interviewed him, Wanta said: “I was named Ambassador from Somalia to
Switzerland and Canada as a cover to arrest Marc Rich (Reich]. When I got there, I found myself
in a Swiss dungeon and Rich was set free. Foster was also there on behalf of the Clintons, asking
me for $250 million for The Children’s Defense Fund of which Hillary was chairman. Later,
Vince attempted to help me out of my situation, but later I was notified he was found dead and I
never found out what happened to the $250 million.”
Tom Valentine interview of Wanta: “On July 20, 1993 the Swiss Prison Superintendent told me
that Vincent Foster was dead – on my daughter’s birthday.” Was it a Mafia-style warning?
Wanta was kept in what he calls “a Swiss dungeon” at Du Bois, near Lausanne, under the false
pretext of tax evasion in the State of Wisconsin. His diplomatic status was breached for 134 days,
from July 7 to November 17, 1993 before he was flown to New York in chains.
A federal judge in New York City, Allyce Ross in the Eastern District Court, called it “subterfuge”
by the State Department and the State of Wisconsin. She said: “This is absurd and bizarre that
Ambassador Wanta is held.” The New York case was dismissed with prejudice by the U.S.
Attorney on November 19, 1993. Yet, he was re-arrested and sent to a prison in Wisconsin and
later to other U.S. prison compounds where he was badly treated.
Although Wanta had no idea what The Children’s Defense Fund was all about, a financial
investigator, Marco Saba of the Organized Crime Observatory in Switzerland, later wrote about
it. It was a secret fund: “One component of this information concerns the activities of the CIA
operative known as Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton. For some years prior to the elevation of her
husband, Bill, a CIA operative like his ‘CIA wife,’ Hillary had been in control of an organization
calling itself ‘The Children’s Defense Fund.’” It is alleged, on the basis of intelligence community
leaks, that Hillary became accustomed to treating The Children’s Defense Fund as “her own
private slush fund.” (Greg Szymanski, Rense.com, March 26, 2006).
In 1981, President Reagan issued Executive Order 12333, known as “Title 18, Section 6.” It
authorized U.S. intelligence services to operate corporations for intelligence purposes and deny
any intelligence community connection. In other words, they could lie about their real corporate
purpose.
Following is an overview from writings of British financial intelligence expert and editor
Christopher Story, International Currency Review - World Reports. His comments are factual.
In the fall of 1993, upon leaving the Brooklyn Courthouse, Leo Wanta was unlawfully detained
without a warrant by New York Police Department detectives. They apologetically explained that
they were ‘doing Wisconsin a favor.’ They were acting on a telephone call from the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue requesting his arrest for alleged failure to pay State taxes. Leo was not
shown any warrant or provided a copy of any charges filed by the State of Wisconsin.
The pretext for Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta’s unlawful detention: He allegedly owed a civil
Wisconsin State tax of $14,129, dating from 1982 and 1988. But it wasn’t true. Wanta lived
abroad, not in Wisconsin, since the 1985 legal separation from his wife. The Wisconsin
Department of Revenue claimed he was a U.S. resident because his wife lived in Appleton.
Somehow they didn’t understand the words “legally separated.” Since his wife filed for divorce in
1995 charging abandonment as of 1985, it’s clear Leo Wanta had no legal ties to Wisconsin in
years for which civil taxes were being charged.
Wanta had been notified of the illegal civil state tax assessment while working in Singapore on
U.S. government business. Wanta remitted the $14,129. On May 15, 1992, Wanta sent the money
from Singapore via Telegraphic Transfer by Malaysian Banking Berhad. It was sent in favor of
Wanta’s Wisconsin Attorney, Thomas Wilson, and was deposited in his Attorney Trust Account
with Bank One, Appleton, Wisconsin 54911, account commission of S$29.17 plus the cable cost
of a further S$20.40 [Singapore Dollars]. The falsely demanded $14,129 was duly paid by
Attorney Wilson under protest to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. The check cleared the
First Wisconsin National Bank (later Firstar Corporation, now U.S. Bancorp) in Milwaukee.
The State tax levied against him was and remains fraudulent. The original Wisconsin tax charges
against Leo Wanta were civil, not criminal charges. Criminal charges of tax evasion were filed
only when he insisted he had paid the civil tax assessment – twice (once in May; again in June,
1992). He refused to pay it a third time.
He remained illegally incarcerated without a warrant in the State of New York until December
13, 1993. At that time, law enforcement officers finally extradited him unlawfully to Wisconsin.
Wanta had not resided in Wisconsin since 1985 and became a legal resident of Vienna, Austria,
after June 1988. There, among other things, he was Director-General of New Republic/USA
Financial Group, GES.m.b.H., one of his USG Title 18, Section 6 intelligence corporations,
located at Karntnerstrasse 28/15, A-1010 Wien (Vienna)
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David Dastych is a veteran international journalist and a former intelligence operative. In
1961, he joined the Polish Foreign Intelligence Service. Between 1961 and 1968 and in 1973 he
worked in Western Europe, the US, and Asia (Vietnam and China). In 1973, in South Vietnam
he joined the C.I.A. He later worked as a journalist and political analyst, specializing in the
Soviet and East European regimes with foreign institutes for strategic studies, and with
American and other Western diplomatic missions and international organizations.
Between 1976 and 1981 Dastych worked as a Public Relations Officer, then as an analyst and
Deputy Manager of the Japanese Foreign Trade Organization (JETRO) in Warsaw (1982-
1983). In 1987, Dastych was arrested. The Polish Communist Military Tribunal sentenced him
to 8 years for spying for the CIA and allegedly for the Japanese Prime Minister’s Intelligence
Service. Having served 3 of an eight year sentence in special wards for political prisoners in
Warsaw and Barczewo Prisons, he was released in 1990 after the collapse of communism in
Poland.
From 1990 to 1994 Dastych worked with several intelligence services monitoring illegal
nuclear trade. In 1994, he broke his vertebral column in a mountain accident in France. After
several years of cure and rehabilitation, he resumed his career as a journalist, free-lance editor
and columnist and writes for, among others, Polish, American and Canadian media. He runs
his own media agency serving foreign authors and businesses.
The case of Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta: Part II
Part I of this article catalogued events leading up to the illegal arrest of Ambassador Leo E.
Wanta on July 7, 1993, in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was the beginning of a nightmare destined
to haunt the Ambassador for many years… until the present time, in fact.
To add to Leo’s injuries, as soon as he was “imprisoned” on falsified charges, the ruthless
Wisconsin authorities sold his former Wisconsin family home, behind his back and without his
permission, for a knock-down price of around $60,000, and kept the proceeds. All attempts to
procure a proper accounting of this theft have failed. So far. (Interview, M. Barnewall, June 11,
2009: Wanta said, “After they illegally took my family home, the property was occupied by a
State of Wisconsin Attorney.”)
By March 1994, Leo Wanta had already languished for nine months in what he terms “a Swiss
dungeon.” The U.S. government distinguished itself at the outset by forcing him to be strip-
searched in the snow. It is behavior indistinguishable from what happens in the Soviet GULAG
(about which the U.S. State Department affected such outrage for decades).
At least four attempts were made to murder him inside the U.S. Of these, the most outrageous
was the criminal behavior of a Deputy Sheriff who drove up to the Kettle Moraine Corrections
Facility in Wisconsin, changed into prisoner’s clothing, established proximity to Leo and
attempted to murder him in the washroom. On that occasion, his life was saved by Duty
Sergeant Randy Miller who dragged the deputized murderer out of the washroom and the
prisoners’ quarters. The intruder fled back to the administration area, took off his false
prisoner’s clothing, dressed back in his Deputy Sheriff’s uniform, and made off in his County car.
When these successive Soviet-style liquidation attempts failed, the Soviet technique of trying to
have Leo certified insane, was attempted. After the seventh attempt, his fate was sealed when Dr.
Connie Lee, Chief Psychiatrist for the State of Wisconsin, mindful of such abuses and fully
satisfied that Leo was mentally stable and proficient, refused to go along with the State’s
conspiracy and certified Leo to be of sound mind. After that episode, attempts to delete him
from history ceased.
Leo Wanta was moved around the U.S. prison system. For example, he spent from 1998 until
September 2001 at amaximum-security facility in the State of Oklahoma. During that period, he
was regularly removed from his cell. His cell was searched, items were taken from it and they
were not returned. The papers taken from his cell included legal documents, files, and papers
from attorneys. A routine was now established whereby Leo was deliberately moved around the
Wisconsin/US prison compounds, so his mail always lagged behind his latest movements,
and/or failed to catch up with him.
Institution authorities from the State of Oklahoma informed him that they lacked certain
background information on him and requested his cooperation in obtaining it. Leo cooperated
and learned from institution personnel that they had queried the Wisconsin State Department of
Corrections, which had confirmed that no criminal background report was available on him.
Meanwhile the Central Intelligence Agency put word out that Leo Emil Wanta was dead.
This false information was disseminated among strictly compartmentalized agents and cadres,
with poor knowledge of the broader picture, and throughout the relevant sectors of the
international financial community. Given this ‘tabula rasa’ situation, the coast was clear (or so
the criminalists assumed) to ransack, steal, misappropriate, misuse, divert, claim, usurp,
collateralize, hypothecate and otherwise unlawfully exploit the $27.5 trillion of which Leo Emil
Wanta was and remains the sole Principal and Trustor. All concerned were happy with this
illegal state of affairs – which has continued without ceasing. They have also used the
Ambassador’s $4.5 trillion compromise funds Settlement agreed in May 2006. On June 28,
2001, eight years after his illegal arrest, Leo Wanta was released from prison and on November
28, 2004, Leo Wanta’s parole case was discharged absolutely. He began his consecutive
probation case. (End of comments based on facts as presented by World Reports.)
Leo Wanta has had no probation violations. On July 21, 2005, Wanta’s court-ordered financial
obligations were paid in full.
Perhaps the best way to end this era of Wanta’s life and look hopefully to the future is with a
letter from Wisconsin Revenue Agent Angela Dunlap. In her February 18, 1999 letter to Wanta’s
California CIA attorney, she said: “The Department of Revenue has no record of a delinquent tax
account issued to Lee E. Wanta…” The letter is on State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue
letterhead.
Recent “Wantagate” Developments
Ambassador Wanta’s restrictions have been lifted, with effect from November 14, 2005, thanks
to a loan of $ 35,000 from the Publisher of International Currency Review – World Reports,
Christopher Story. The loan enabled Leo Wanta to pay the unlawful tax (which Wanta had
already paid) plus interest. Payment was duly confirmed. Earlier, in 2003, “in an unexpected
move” Wanta filed a court case. Although the case was dismissed under sovereign immunity, he
received verification from the court that his status as legal Trustor is valid. This decision of the
District Court of Virginia (April 15, 2003), announced by a truly independent Judge, Gerald
Bruce Lee, charged Wanta with repatriating the $ 23 trillion from foreign sources and instructed
him to pay taxes on it. He told Wanta to use federal collection courts as a recovery process.
In 2006, due to an Agreement Wanta made with the Bush Administration, $ 4.5 trillion was
wired to Wanta care of Bank of America in Richmond VA. He has never been able to collect the
money and pay $ 1.575 trillion tax to the IRS. Interesting, isn’t it? In 1993, Wanta was arrested
on a bogus charge of non-payment of Wisconsin taxes. In 2010, the government prevents him
from paying $1.575 trillion in taxes he openly admits he owes the IRS on the $4.5 trillion wired
to him in 2006. Why won’t the government allow Leo Wanta to collect his money and pay his
taxes? It appears an “invisible hand” in the federal system stopped the money flow. Was the
agreed upon $ 4.5 trillion stolen? If so, who did it? That’s really the most important question.
In the last few years Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta and/or his lawyers wrote several letters to
U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Each letter proposed positive
ways in which Leo Wanta could use his funds to help his country. With his repatriation funds he
proposed purchasing Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae so a stable base could be put under America’s
faltering real estate market. No response. The repatriation of the secret U.S. intelligence funds ($
23 trillion) could go far to ease the pangs people feel from U.S. economic problems. It could have
prevented the U.S. financial crisis. (Some of Wanta’s letters are archived in my files).
Let me quote the last public letter by Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta, dated January 13, 2010,
addressed to President Barack Obama and other members of his Administration:
Mr. President: -
I am ready to work with you and your good presidential offices, to rebuild Haiti WITHOUT USG
Tax US Dollars, upon the immediate release of my personal monetary funds of US Dollars 4.5
trillion _ plus interest accruals; less my personal/civil repatriation/federal tax payment upon my
economic receipt, in conjunction with my preferred US Treasury Bond Investment programs,
inter alia.
Please advise so we can develop immediate food/rebuild/safety/medical etc. programs
forthwith.
Thank you for your rapid response to these emergency conditions to assist the Haiti Populace,
inter alia. No need for a second Katrina incident…
Thank you… Lee
Will President Barack Obama answer Leo’s letter and proposal? I doubt it. The officialdom in
Washington D.C. usually ignores Leo Emil Wanta. Maybe they will appoint a Czar to dispose of
his money. Who knows? Maybe that has already been done – at least for the $ 4.5 trillion that
has disappeared, the $4.5 trillion wired in 2006 to the Bank of America in Richmond, Virginia
that has disappeared. For part one click below.
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David Dastych is a veteran international journalist and a former intelligence operative. In 1961,
he joined the Polish Foreign Intelligence Service. Between 1961 and 1968 and in 1973 he worked
in Western Europe, the US, and Asia (Vietnam and China). In 1973, in South Vietnam he joined
the C.I.A. He later worked as a journalist and political analyst, specializing in the Soviet and East
European regimes with foreign institutes for strategic studies, and with American and other
Western diplomatic missions and international organizations.
Between 1976 and 1981 Dastych worked as a Public Relations Officer, then as an analyst and
Deputy Manager of the Japanese Foreign Trade Organization (JETRO) in Warsaw (1982-
1983). In 1987, Dastych was arrested. The Polish Communist Military Tribunal sentenced him
to 8 years for spying for the CIA and allegedly for the Japanese Prime Minister’s Intelligence
Service. Having served 3 of an eight year sentence in special wards for political prisoners in
Warsaw and Barczewo Prisons, he was released in 1990 after the collapse of communism in
Poland.
From 1990 to 1994 Dastych worked with several intelligence services monitoring illegal
nuclear trade. In 1994, he broke his vertebral column in a mountain accident in France. After
several years of cure and rehabilitation, he resumed his career as a journalist, free-lance editor
and columnist and writes for, among others, Polish, American and Canadian media. He runs
his own media agency serving foreign authors and businesses.
NOTE: David Dastych passed away from a mysterious lung disorder in the fall of 2010.
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Skolnick's letter from Leo Wanta from 2001. Note that Foster was not the only one murdered to keep
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Marc Rich out of jail. Notice the reference to AmeriTrust, the CIA proprietary created by Wanta. It's a
small, small world.
[Barnewall Note: Leo Wanta had been out of prison in Oklahoma about three months when he wrote this
letter.]
http://www.skolnicksreport.com/mrfingered.html
MARC RICH and Others---FINGERED BY A LETTER
2/28/01 by Sherman H. Skolnick
The monopoly press reportedly is interested in a strange letter that has surfaced. It names specific persons
and events and it relates to the apparent murder of Clinton White House Deputy Counsel Vincent W.
Foster, Jr., July, 1993, the manipulation of the gold markets by Marc Rich in combination with large
financial forces, as well as tied to huge illicit funds money laundered by the Bush family in combination
with Bill Clinton as their little-publicized crony and confederate.
In the letter, our editorial comments to update those who might not be knowledgeable are in brackets.
Visit our website story for more details on the how and why murder of Foster, "Greenspan Aids and
Bribes Bush Family".
THE LETTER, verbatim as received
22nd day of January, 2001 A.D.
To U.S. President George W. Bush U.S. Vice President Richard (Dick) Cheney U.S. Attorney General
Janet Reno U.S. Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder U.S. Federal Judge David L. Russell U.S. White
House Counsel Bernie Nausbaum [Clinton White House] Estate/U.S. W/H Deputy Counsel Vince Foster,
Jr. U.S. DoJ Attorney- John Russell S.E.C. Chairman, Arthur Levitt Dresdner Banque, COB, Bernhard
Walter Deutche Banque AG, COB, Rolf-Ernst Brewer Georgio Bomio, Esquire Central Authority for U.S.
Requests Division of International Legal Assistance Federal Office For Police Matters Bundesrain 20,
3003 Bern, Switzerland Credit Suite, COB Guy Studor, et al Former Director/FBI William Sessions [who
was sacked on flimsy grounds the day before Foster was murdered] SAC Bill Lecates SAC Glen Speedy
SAC Jeb McGruder SAC Gary Small [followed by bracket, identifying them] Section V [asterisk after
Speedy identifying him as]U.S. Secret Service, Nashville, TN, USA U.S. DoJ C.L. Ford, Esq. cc Frank B.
Ingram (FBI SA 32 NY) U.S. Dept. of the Treasury/U.S. Custom Service Rick Reynolds (S.E. Asia ops
SA 233 MS) U.S. Dept. of the Treasury/U.S. Customs Service _____________[name left out]/(S-31-
IANO) U.S. Dept. of the Treasury Office of Internal Affairs/Sector V-New Orleans
FROM Ambassador Leo E. Wanta/Stillpoint.ops Diplomatic Passport No. 04362 & 12535 Ministry of
Foreign Affairs
IN THE MATTER OF (A) MARC RICH- Visit in Lausanne, Switzerland at Hotel Au Lac with Ms
Lorrayne Fine (1) of L.H. Financial(Tel Aviv & Johannesburg, SA); (2) of Ameritrust Corporation (USA)
as Corporate Secretary & Account Signatorie at Credit Suisse, Lausanne, Switzerland; (3) of Ameritrust
(Suisse) Societe as Director and Corporate Co-Ordinator with Suisse Banque- as to Private Contract
between Humewood Enterprises (London & Dublin) and Ameritrust Corporation (USA) for Prime
Banque Guartanees (PABag/icc 400/500/600)- Aggregate Amount of US Dollars Five Trillion with
rollovers and extensions- as authorized by U.S. Government entities-and International Banking Groupe, et
al.--
Marc Rich at Hotel Au Ladc Lausanne further discussed the scheduled meeting with Deputy White House
Counsel Vincent Foster, Jr. on 07 July 1993, as to (1) Children's Defense Fund "set-aside" allocations of
US Dollars Two Hundred and Fifty Million (US $ 250,000,000.00), through Credit Suisse Banque, Agent
for Ameritrust Corporation (USA); [see our website story, New/Old White House Gang] (2) Suisse
newlly-organized "AmeriTrust (Suisse) Societe" to meet Suisse Tax Regulations, as to PBG transactions
as authorized under Title 18 USA Sec.6/USG Proprietary Corporations- and endorsed through USGovt
entities. (3) New lodging at Hotel de la Pax, Geneva for (07 July 1993) (A) Vince Foster Groupe (B)
Frank B. Ingram (SA 32 NV) (C) Rick Reynolds (SA 233 MS) (D) Consul General Giovanni Ferro (E)
Italia Judge Pierre Liugi (F) Italia Secret Police Erika (Name Removed) (G) Somalia President Haji
Mohammed Hashi Haile of Mogedishij, et al (H) Ms Lorrayne Fine (Mossad) and her daughter from
Johannesburg SA (I) Banque Paribas Vice Chairman, Antonio (Name Removed), et al.
When U.S. Treasury Rick Reynolds observed Marc Rich on Lorrayne's Hotel Patio; no one was certain
that Lorrayne had advised him of Reynolds/Ingram/Wanta planned attempts to travel by Laussane boat
ferry across to French Casino, 45 minutes across Lake- with L. Fine, g. Ferro, Fine's daughter, L. Wanta,
et al.
Please Note FBI Director William Sessions had authorized this groupe to take Marc Rich, if and when, he
was out of Switzerland for "tax evasion". Bill (Name Removed) also authorized F.B. Ingram to take down
Marc Rich if the opportunity came available. [Editorial note President Clinton by unceremoniously
sacking Sessions, the day before the later Foster murder, put a stop to FBI Director William Sessions' elite
unit investigating high criminal offenses by both Clinton, former President George Herbert Walker Bush
and his sons Neil, Jeb, and George W., little-known business cronies of Clinton, as well as other top-level
criminals jointly with Bush/Clinton gang. The gang included Clinton White House Senior Advisor Rahm
Emanuel, who is also reportedly Acting Deputy Station Chief for North America of Israeli Intelligence,
The Mossad, of which Ms Fine ostensibly was an operative. Rahm, now a Managing Director in Chicago
of reputed worldwide money laundry operation (Brokerage Firm Name Removed) specializing in
laundering huge funds through the Chicago markets for the Red Chinese and the Red Chinese Secret
Police. See our previous website stories.]
Our U.S. Groupe (Intel) was also involved in the T.A. Trace Analysis Lab in Morges, Switzerland (Dr.
John [Name Removed] as to Bulgaria delivery of Red Mercury 20/20 to Iraq via Trieste Port. Israeli Zvi
(Name Removed), et al., were also delivering RM 20.20 to Iraqi Military via this travel plan & Andras
(Name Removed) et al. (See Thieves World, by Claire Sterling, Simon & Shuster, NY-1994 release)
[Editorial note Sterling, a CIA front operative, unfairly condemns Leo E. Wanta in her book, yet Wanta
played a key role in wrecking the Soviet government in the Soviet Ruble caper of 1990 which is highly
detailed in that book. Also note Red Mercury is the ingredient in "suitcase" nuclear devices that can be
carried around by terrorists. ABC Network high-paid propagandist, Barbara (Name Removed), has
reportedly been a sizeable stockholder in Israeli weapons manufacturers that apparently sell diabolical
weapons to all comers, Red Chinese, terrorist organizations, and such. As we have pointed out in some of
our website stories, ABC News has received the CIA subsidy, since 1988-89, once had by CBS News, for
ABC News to run their foreign bureaus as a vacuum pump of intelligence data for the American CIA.]
It was not known in July, 1993, that Suisse Sûreté, Interpol, et al., was aware of our intel to take down
Marc Rich- until Suisse Sûreté arrested Somali Ambassador Leo Wanta for failure to pay alleged, and
bogus, Wisconsin Tax Assessments for 1982 and 1988-thus the Sessions arrest warrants for Marc Rich
were illegally discovered- and I believe resolved in the murder of (1) Vince Foster (Washington, DC,
USA) (2) Freddie Woodruff (Tbilisi, Georgia) [An American CIA official] (3) J.J. Smith (Mexico City)
(4) Lino Burys (Hong Kong) (5) etc., etc. (AA) Further, Ms. Fine was aware of the oil activities of
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary, Somali Ambassador Wanta as to
Operation Restore Hope, 90 Million Barrels of Saudi light crude oil as bid contracted to Marvelous
Investments Limited Hong Kong-as assigned to- WhiteCloud Petroleum Corporation (Delaware) c/o Bank
of New York for Delivery to Houston, Texas, USA [White Cloud was/is reportedly owned by the George
Herbert Walker Bush Family] (BB) Purchase of Ciga Hotels and properties- (CC) Purchase of Credito
Italiano Bank et al., (DD) Rome American Hospital (Roma) facilities, (EE) U.S. Treasury Note
Procurement/delivery via London Treaty Porivisons in favour of AmeriTrust Corporation (USA),
Marvelous Investments, Ltd. (HK/BVI), New Republic/USA Financial Group, Ltd. Gesellschaft of Wien,
Austria-Europa [Vienna, Austria] (FF) Certain Forex currency transactions as authorized under 18 USC
Sec. 6 et al. (GG) Certain Suisse & European Property purchases, as well as other European trade
companies/societes-
Our intel and related corporate documentary evidence and exhibits are readily available to interested
parties; on a "need to know basis", due to the sensitivity involved. Respectfully submitted under penalty
of perjury, Ambassador Leo E. Wanta DPP #04362 & 12535 22 Jan 2001 AD. Approved by /s/ Rick
Reynolds, (SA 233 MS) U.S. Dept. of the Treasury /s/ Frank B. Ingram Frank B. Ingram (SA 32 NV) U.S.
Dept. of the Treasury.
[Editorial notes The exposure widely of the details in this letter would tend to expose the Bank of England
together with a Wall Street cabal including Goldman Sachs & Co., implicated in forcing down the price of
gold so as to attempt to save certain huge hedge funds borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars on what
is known as "gold carry" or "gold carriage" arrangements. That is, a low price of gold, below the cost of
production of the most efficient mines, enables certain huge speculators to borrow tremendous funds for
as a little as one per cent. A party to this huge Price-Fixing Fraud has been Alan Greenspan as the head of
the conspiratorial Federal Reserve masquerading as a "U.S. Government" entity when it is a private-
owned, private run group of alleged banks issuing paper money masquerading as the "U.S. Dollar".
As to the contents of the letter and what is involved, both Time Magazine and Newsweek Magazine are
aware of it as is ABC and CBS News. ABC and CBS have a severe hang-up conflict of interest because of
the Israeli-"Red Mercury" nuclear suitcase bomb matters involved. Newsweek is owned and operated by
the British who have a substantial interest in covering up these matters to protect huge British interests,
including the Bank of England and others. Newsweek's Michael (Name Removed) who is reportedly
aware of the letter is a reputed asset of The Mossad, Israeli Intelligence, going back to the time he helped
kill stories reportedly, as part of Newsweek's sister publication the Washington Post. ABC is a proprietary
operation linked to the American CIA which subsidizes, for intelligence gathering and spying, ABC
News' foreign bureaus. ABC as earlier mentioned has Barbara (Name Removed) with a substantial
interest to reportedly kill any story about the letter because of her reputed financial linkage with sizeable
Israeli weapons manufacturers and "Red Mercury." As we have discussed in other items on our website,
Foster ran a secretive "Gold Bank" in the Caribbean for intelligence agencies and together with his
sidekick, Hillary Rodham Clinton, worked worldwide money laundry deals based on smuggled gold
bullion. Any mass media admission that they lied to us about the death of Foster, earlier claiming it was
"suicide" when they knew all along it was murder, would inevitably bring up the smuggled gold matter as
well as the gold Price-Fixing matter. See our website item about the Roger D'Onofrio Affair, as discussed
by foreign wire service bureaus, early December, 1995; involved jointly criminal activities of the Vatican
Bank once headed by Bishop Paul Marcinkus originally from the Chicago-area mafia enclave of Cicero
and their First National Bank of Cicero, later re-named several times. See our website story about the
Giannini Family.
To silence Wanta, he was framed with the connivance of Tommy Thompson when he was Governor of
Wisconsin and part of the CIA's reputed operation Children's Defense Fund. See our website story,
Old/New White House Gang. Tommy Thompson is now part of the cabinet of alleged "President" George
W. Bush, who some consider to be an "imposter" President. The oil-soaked, spy-riddled monopoly press
has a lot to lose by dealing with the different situations in the letter.
The liars and whores of the press have not even begun to tell us the details of the massive worldwide fraud
and murders implicated with protected espionage agency darling MARC RICH.
More coming. Stay tuned.
Since 1958, Mr.Skolnick has been a court reformer. Since 1963, founder/chairman, Citizen's Committee
to Clean Up the Courts, disclosing certain instances of judicial and other bribery and political murders.
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*3:03-cv-00571-HEH* Miapollo Investments, et al v. Morgan Stanley
Henry E. Hudson, presiding
*Date filed:* 07/02/2003
*Date terminated:* 03/04/2004
*Date of last filing:* 03/15/2004
History
Doc.
No. Dates Description
1
/Filed: / 07/02/2003
/Entered: / 07/03/2003
Complaint
/Docket Text:/ COMPLAINT Filing Fee $ 150.00 Receipt # 68991 (kste)
/Filed & Entered: / 07/03/2003
Summons Issued
/Docket Text:/ SUMMONS(ES) issued for Morgan Stanley, placed in pickup
box per Counsel (kste) Modified on 07/07/2003
/Filed & Entered: / 07/11/2003
Summons Issued
/Docket Text:/ SUMMONS(ES)reissued for Morgan Stanley (placed in pick up
box) (kste)
2
/Filed & Entered: / 07/11/2003
Summons Returned Executed
/Docket Text:/ SUMMONS Returned Executed as to Morgan Stanley 7/7/03
Answer due on 7/28/03 for Morgan Stanley (summons reissued 7-11-03 to
serve correct party) (kste)
3
/Filed & Entered: / 07/17/2003
Summons Returned Executed
/Docket Text:/ SUMMONS Returned Executed as to Morgan Stanley 7/11/03
Answer due on 7/31/03 for Morgan Stanley (kste)
4
/Filed: / 07/25/2003
/Entered: / 07/28/2003
/Terminated: / 07/30/2003
Motion for Extension
/Docket Text:/ MOTION by Morgan Stanley to Extend Time to file a
Responsive Pleading (kste)
5
/Filed & Entered: / 07/30/2003
Order
/Docket Text:/ ORDER granting [4-1] motion by Morgan Stanley to Extend
Time to file a Responsive Pleading until August 14, 2003 ( signed on
7-27-03 by Judge Henry E. Hudson ) Copies Mailed: yes [EOD Date:
7/30/03] (kste)
6
/Filed: / 08/14/2003
/Entered: / 08/15/2003
/Terminated: / 12/02/2003
Motion to Stay
/Docket Text:/ MOTION with Memorandum in Support by Morgan Stanley to
Stay of Proceedings Pending Appointment of Guardian for Plaintiff (kste)
7
/Filed: / 08/14/2003
/Entered: / 08/15/2003
/Terminated: / 11/19/2003
Motion to Dismiss
/Docket Text:/ MOTION with Memorandum in Support by Morgan Stanley to
Dismiss (kste)
8
/Filed: / 08/25/2003
/Entered: / 08/27/2003
/Terminated: / 03/04/2004
Response to Motion
/Docket Text:/ RESPONSE by Miapollo Investments to [7-1] motion by
Morgan Stanley to Dismiss (kste)
9
/Filed: / 08/25/2003
/Entered: / 08/27/2003
/Terminated: / 03/04/2004
Response to Motion
/Docket Text:/ RESPONSE by Miapollo Investments to [6-1] motion by
Morgan Stanley to Stay of Proceedings Pending Appointment of Guardian
for Plaintiff (kste)
10
/Filed: / 09/03/2003
/Entered: / 09/04/2003
Reply to Response to Motion
/Docket Text:/ REPLY by Morgan Stanley to response to [7-1] motion by
Morgan Stanley to Dismiss (scoo)
11
/Filed: / 09/03/2003
/Entered: / 09/04/2003
Reply to Response to Motion
/Docket Text:/ REPLY by Morgan Stanley to response to [6-1] motion by
Morgan Stanley to Stay of Proceedings Pending Appointment of Guardian
for Plaintiff (scoo)
12
/Filed & Entered: / 09/08/2003
Notice of Hearing
/Docket Text:/ NOTICE of Hearing: October 3, 2003 at 2:00pm, by Deft (kste)
/Filed & Entered: / 09/23/2003
Motion Hearing
/Docket Text:/ Motion hearing re: [6-1] motion by Morgan Stanley to Stay
Proceedings Pending Appointment of Guardian for Plaintiff set at 2:00
10/3/03 before Judge Henry E. Hudson (rpiz)
13
/Filed: / 10/01/2003
/Entered: / 10/02/2003
/Terminated: / 12/02/2003
Motion for Leave to File
/Docket Text:/ MOTION by Morgan Stanley for Leave to File Supplemental
Affidavit in support of Morgan Stanley's Motion to Stay Pending
Appointment of Guardian (affidavit placed on left) (kste)
14
/Filed & Entered: / 10/02/2003
/Terminated: / 03/04/2004
Response to Motion
/Docket Text:/ RESPONSE by Miapollo Investments, Leo E. Wanta to [13-1]
motion by Morgan Stanley for Leave to File Supplemental Affidavit in
support of Morgan Stanley's Motion to Stay Pending Appointment of
Guardian (kste)
/Filed & Entered: / 10/03/2003
Motion Hearing
/Docket Text:/ Motion hearing held re: [6-1] motion by Morgan Stanley to
Stay Proceedings Pending Appointment of Guardian for Plaintiff (rpiz)
15
/Filed & Entered: / 10/03/2003
Minutes - Miscellaneous
/Docket Text:/ Minute entry: IN OPEN COURT: Hudson, J., Sandy Beverly,
OCR. Appearances: Parties by counsel. Matter came on for hearing on
dft's motion to stay proceedings pending appointment of guardian for
pltf Wanta. Argument heard. Findings given from the Bench. Motion to
stay denied; dft given leave to renew motion at later date during course
of case. Dft's request to supplement Rule 12(b)(6) motion; granted.
(:15) (rpiz) Modified on 10/03/2003
16
/Filed & Entered: / 10/08/2003
Transcript
/Docket Text:/ TRANSCRIPT for dates of October 3, 2003, at 2:00pm before
the Honorable Henry E. Hudson (kste)
17
/Filed & Entered: / 10/14/2003
Memorandum in Support
/Docket Text:/ Supplemental MEMORANDUM by Morgan Stanley in support of
[7-1] motion by Morgan Stanley to Dismiss (thom)
18
/Filed: / 10/22/2003
/Entered: / 10/24/2003
/Terminated: / 03/04/2004
Response to Motion
/Docket Text:/ RESPONSE by Miapollo Investments to [7-1] motion by
Morgan Stanley for Summary Judgment (originally Filed as Motion to
Dismiss) (kste)
19
/Filed: / 10/22/2003
/Entered: / 10/24/2003
Amended Complaint
/Docket Text:/ AMENDED COMPLAINT by Miapollo Investments, and Leo E.
Wanta (kste)
/Filed & Entered: / 10/27/2003
Pretrial Conference - Final
/Docket Text:/ Pre-Trial Conference set at 9:50 12/4/03 before Judge
Henry E. Hudson (rpiz)
20
/Filed & Entered: / 10/27/2003
Order
/Docket Text:/ ORDER entered by the Clerk, at the direction of the
Court, setting an Initial Pretrial Conference to be held on 12/4/03 at
9:50 a.m. () Copies Mailed: y [EOD Date: 10/27/03] (rpiz)
21
/Filed & Entered: / 10/27/2003
Scheduling Order
/Docket Text:/ SCHEDULING ORDER ( signed by Judge Henry E. Hudson )
Copies Mailed: y (rpiz)
22
/Filed: / 10/27/2003
/Entered: / 10/29/2003
Reply to Response to Motion
/Docket Text:/ REPLY by Morgan Stanley to response to [7-1] motion by
Morgan Stanley for Summary Judgment (converted from Motion to Dismiss)
(kste)
23
/Filed & Entered: / 11/07/2003
/Terminated: / 03/04/2004
Answer to Amended Complaint
/Docket Text:/ ANSWER by Morgan Stanley to amended complaint (cgar)
/Filed: / 11/14/2003
/Entered: / 11/16/2003
Letter
/Docket Text:/ LETTER sent to counsel re: rescheduling of IPTC to 8:45
a.m. on 12/9/03; placed on left side of file (rpiz)
/Filed: / 11/14/2003
/Entered: / 11/16/2003
Set/Reset Deadlines
/Docket Text:/ Deadline updated; reset Pretrial Conference for 8:45
12/9/03 before Judge Henry E. Hudson (rpiz)
24
/Filed & Entered: / 11/19/2003
Memorandum Opinion
/Docket Text:/ MEMORANDUM OPINION ( signed by Judge Henry E. Hudson )
Copies Mailed: yes (kste)
25
/Filed & Entered: / 11/19/2003
Order
/Docket Text:/ ORDER denying [7-1] motion by Morgan Stanley for Summary
Judgment, converted from a Motion to Dismiss ( signed by Judge Henry E.
Hudson ) Copies Mailed: yes [EOD Date: 11/19/03] (kste)
/Filed & Entered: / 12/09/2003
Pretrial Conference - Final
/Docket Text:/ Pre-Trial Conference held (rpiz)
26
/Filed & Entered: / 12/09/2003
Order
/Docket Text:/ PRETRIAL ORDER filed; Bench Trial Date 9:00 3/1/04
(signed by Judge Henry E. Hudson) Copies Mailed: by hand (rpiz)
27
/Filed: / 12/17/2003
/Entered: / 12/18/2003
/Terminated: / 12/19/2003
Motion to Continue
/Docket Text:/ AGREED MOTION by Morgan Stanley to Continue Trial Date
(kste)
/Filed & Entered: / 12/19/2003
Set/Reset Deadlines
/Docket Text:/ Deadline updated; reset Bench Trial for 9:30 3/3/04
before Judge Henry E. Hudson (rpiz)
28
/Filed & Entered: / 12/19/2003
Order
/Docket Text:/ ORDER granting [27-1] motion by Morgan Stanley to
Continue Trial Date, the bench trial currently scheduled for March 1,
2004 is CONTINUED to March 3, 2004 at 9:30am ( signed by Judge Henry E.
Hudson ) Copies Mailed: yes [EOD Date: 12/19/03] (kste)
29
/Filed: / 02/13/2004
/Entered: / 02/17/2004
/Terminated: / 02/19/2004
Motion to Continue
/Docket Text:/ MOTION with Memorandum in Support by Leo E. Wanta,
Miapollo Investments to Continue Trial (kste) Modified on 02/17/2004
30
/Filed & Entered: / 02/17/2004
/Terminated: / 03/04/2004
Response to Motion
/Docket Text:/ RESPONSE by Morgan Stanley to [29-1] motion by Leo E.
Wanta, Miapollo Investments to Continue Trial (kste)
31
/Filed: / 02/17/2004
/Entered: / 02/18/2004
Witness List
/Docket Text:/ Witness list by Morgan Stanley (kste)
32
/Filed: / 02/17/2004
/Entered: / 02/18/2004
Exhibit List
/Docket Text:/ Exhibit list by Morgan Stanley (kste)
33
/Filed & Entered: / 02/19/2004
Minutes - Miscellaneous
/Docket Text:/ Minute entry: CONFERENCE CALL: Hudson, J., Blalock, OCR.
Appearances: parties by counsel. Matter came on for conference call
hearing on plaintiffs' motion to continue trial. Argument heard. Motion
denied. Matter continued to 3/3/04 for bench trial. (:05) (rpiz)
34
/Filed & Entered: / 02/19/2004
Order
/Docket Text:/ ORDER denying [29-1] motion by Leo E. Wanta, Miapollo
Investments to Continue Trial ( signed by Judge Henry E. Hudson ) Copies
Mailed: yes [EOD Date: 2/19/04] (kste)
36
/Filed: / 02/23/2004
/Entered: / 02/24/2004
Exhibit List
/Docket Text:/ Amended Exhibit list by Morgan Stanley (kste)
35
/Filed & Entered: / 02/24/2004
/Terminated: / 02/26/2004
Motion for Extension
/Docket Text:/ MOTION by Leo E. Wanta, Miapollo Investments to Extend
Time for Filing (kste)
37
/Filed & Entered: / 02/26/2004
Order
/Docket Text:/ ORDER granting [35-1] motion by Leo E. Wanta, Miapollo
Investments to Extend Time for Filing, Plaintiff shall have until close
of business on Friday, February 27, 2004 to file all of the items listed
in this Court's Scheduling Order and in Attachment A. ( signed by Judge
Henry E. Hudson ) Copies Mailed: yes [EOD Date: 2/26/04] (kste)
38
/Filed: / 02/27/2004
/Entered: / 03/01/2004
Witness List
/Docket Text:/ Proposed Witness list by Miapollo Investments (kste)
39
/Filed: / 02/27/2004
/Entered: / 03/01/2004
Exhibit List
/Docket Text:/ Proposed Exhibit list by Miapollo Investments (kste)
40
/Filed: / 02/27/2004
/Entered: / 03/01/2004
Proposed Findings of Fact
/Docket Text:/ PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT by Miapollo Investments (kste)
41
/Filed: / 02/27/2004
/Entered: / 03/01/2004
Proposed Findings of Fact
/Docket Text:/ PROPOSED CONCLUSIONS OF LAW by Miapollo Investments (kste)
42
/Filed: / 02/27/2004
/Entered: / 03/01/2004
Proposed Findings of Fact
/Docket Text:/ PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW by
Morgan Stanley (kste)
/Filed & Entered: / 03/02/2004
Exhibit
/Docket Text:/ Trial Exhibits received by Morgan Stanley (1 binder-2
sets) (kste)
/Filed & Entered: / 03/02/2004
Exhibit
/Docket Text:/ Exhibits received by Miapollo Investments, Leo E. Wanta
(1 white binder, 2 sets) (kste)
/Filed & Entered: / 03/03/2004
Bench Trial - Held
/Docket Text:/ Bench trial held (rpiz)
43
/Filed & Entered: / 03/03/2004
Minutes - Miscellaneous
/Docket Text:/ Minute entry: IN OPEN COURT - BENCH TRIAL PROCEEDINGS:
Hudson, J., Blalock, OCR. Appearances: parties with counsel. Matter came
on for bench trial. Witnesses excluded by the Court. Plaintiff adduced
evidence; rested. Dft's Rule 52 motion for judgment on statute of
limitations; argument heard; findings given from the Bench; motion
granted, case dismissed; opinion and order to enter. Dft's motion for
leave to file Rule 11 motion; argument heard; motion granted; Court to
rule on pleadings or hold oral argument at appropriate time. (4:20) (rpiz)
/Filed & Entered: / 03/04/2004
Terminated Case
/Docket Text:/ Case closed (kste)
44
/Filed & Entered: / 03/04/2004
Memorandum Opinion
/Docket Text:/ MEMORANDUM OPINION ( signed by Judge Henry E. Hudson )
Copies Mailed: yes (kste)
45
/Filed & Entered: / 03/04/2004
Order
/Docket Text:/ FINAL ORDER that the Dft's Motion for Judgment as a
matter of law pursuant to Rule 52 of the Federal Rules Civil Procedure
is GRANTED, the case is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE ( signed by Judge Henry
E. Hudson ) Copies Mailed: yes [EOD Date: 3/4/04] (kste) Modified on
03/04/2004
46
/Filed: / 03/15/2004
/Entered: / 03/16/2004
Transcript
/Docket Text:/ TRANSCRIPT for dates of March 3, 2004 before the
Honorable Henry E. Hudson (kste)
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CHAPTER SEVEN
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can hinder or control
the firm resolve of a determined soul.. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ambassador Lee/Leo Emil Wanta is a determined soul. Part of that comes from his introduction
to positive thinking concepts via the Dale Carnegie teachings he received as a teenager… that, and being
Polish. This is a very nice guy who, when he makes his mind up about something, will do everything
within his power to achieve it. In the words of another positive thinking genius, W. Clement Stone,
“What the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.”
His problem while spending the 134 days in solitary confinement in a Swiss dungeon, however,
was figuring out to what the power of positive thought needed to be applied. Anyone who is behind bars
wants out of the cage. When a person has done nothing to justify being put in a cage the desire for
freedom is intensified exponentially. But as W. Clement Stone so wisely said, to use positive thinking to
one’s advantage, one’s mind must be able to conceive what must be achieved. When unaware of the
reason for your circumstances, knowing what to conceive can be difficult.
Why was he arrested in the first place? If he had done something wrong in Switzerland, there
would have been no problem for Swiss authorities to file charges against him. But no charges were ever
filed. Why?
Wanta was told that he had unpaid taxes in the State of Wisconsin. He knew about a tax problem,
but had paid the taxes – twice – more than a year earlier. Part of the problem was a wife from whom he
was separated who still lived in the State of Wisconsin but who didn’t make sure all of his mail sent to her
address got forwarded to him in Austria or Singapore – or wherever he happened to be. She lived in the
home they had shared for many years and a lot of his mail was delivered to her at his former home address
in Appleton, Wisconsin. I’m sure Joanne Wanta also had a problem at any given time knowing where to
forward mail sent to him in Appleton. He moved from country to country as business demanded.
In May of 1992, before His Excellency Kok Howe Kwong was murdered, Lee received verbal
notification from U.S. Customs Assistant Attache Don Meisner [a U.S. Federal Target involved with
“BLUE MOON BAGS” drug smuggling operations in Singapore], as to Wisconsin Department of
Revenue comments, that he owed civil assessment taxes of $14,129.00. It irritated him because he hadn’t
even been a regular visitor let alone full-time tax-paying resident of the State of Wisconsin since 1985
when he spent that year in China; 1986 was spent in the Philippines. But he and Howe talked about it and
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decided he should pay the civil tax assessment just to get rid of an irritant. Leo had been around politics
and politicians long enough to know that most of them were very insecure people who were attracted to
positions of power because they lacked a sense of personal power… and they often mistake their job-
based power for personal power. The result is an abuse of power.
In May of 1992, he sent a wire in the amount of $14,129 to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
He got another bill for the same amount in June of 1992. He paid it, also. He was a little busy at the time,
chasing drugs and drug runners around Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and elsewhere. So
Wanta received a bill for $14,129 in May 1992 from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and paid it.
He received another in June 1992 and paid it, too. So how could Wisconsin put out an order for his arrest
for that same $14,129 in 1993? MAY CHECK JUNE CHECK
As the copies of the checks testify loud and clear, Wanta was notified in 1992 that the State of
Wisconsin estimated (nothing had been proven, just estimated) he owed them $14,129 in taxes for the
year 1988. WANTA PAID THE STATE OF WISCONSIN $14,129 TWICE, ONCE IN MAY OF 1992
AND AGAIN IN JUNE OF 1992. YET, IN 1993, A YEAR LATER, IN 1993, THE STATE OF
WISCONSIN CREATED AN INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT, HAD WANTA ARRESTED IN
SWITZERLAND, HAD HIM RE-ARRESTED IN NEW YORK AFTER A JUDGE TOTALLY
DISMISSED THE WISCONSIN CASE, AND SENT HIM TO TRIAL FOR THIS OFFENSE IN
WISCONSIN IN 1995. DID WISCONSIN EVER GIVE WANTA CREDIT FOR THE TWO
PAYMENTS HE MADE IN 1992? OH, YES. IN THE WINTER OF 1995; AFTER HE HAD BEEN
FOUND GUILTY BY A JURY ON MAY 11, 1995 IN A KANGAROO COURT TRIAL.
As Chapter Four outlines pretty thoroughly, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue was willing to
go to any lengths to “get” Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta. Why? For money? Was it retribution for his
successful participation in the Balistrieri undercover sting that put “Bals” and his two sons in prison?
Was the Wisconsin Department of Revenue joined in some way to organized crime in the state? That
would be the only logical explanation why they would seek retaliation for a mob boss and his sons going
to prison.
Chapter Six clearly lists all of the activities in which Wanta was involved during his stay at a Safe
House in Toronto, Canada from May 1992 until June 1993 when the FBI sent him to Switzerland. We
know he was in Canada and we know why he was sent there. He was not running away from tax evasion
charges as the State of Wisconsin says in its Criminal Charges against him filed in 1992 or 1993 – their
documentation is so error filled it’s difficult to discern.
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As you read this, you’ll likely shake your head because this material – the paper work that was
sent to Switzerland and was probably sent to the U.S. Government to get a “fugitive warrant” issued – is
based on the lie that Leo Emil Wanta fled the United States to avoid the payment of civil assessment
taxes. The man was living in Canada for a year, for heaven’s sake! He was sent there to a safe house by
Vice President Dan Quayle. Regardless, the order was “manufactured” in Wisconsin to be given to a
foreign country to arrest an innocent man.
Questions arise from this manure pile… like: If a fugitive warrant was issued by the feds, why
were no charges ever filed against Wanta in Switzerland? It is, thus, questionable if such a fugitive
warrant was ever issued. Everyone refers to it as if it was issued, but there is no copy of it in any of the
court records.
You may want to go back and scan through Chapter Three of this book to review all of the
unlawful tax charges that were brought against Wanta… remember those unlawful Tax Warrants issued
by Outagamie County in Chapter Four?
The following is from the Criminal Complaint filed by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (in
the capitol city of Madison, Dane County – and County of Dane; yes, they’re the same county but perhaps
need two names… one for each set of books?). It is a direct quote from the criminal complaint that was
used to convince the Sûreté in Switzerland and the Courts in Wisconsin that Leo Wanta fled the United
States for Switzerland to avoid paying these phony tax charges. This is Dennis Ullman of the Department
of Revenue (speaking about himself as “Your complainant”):
“Your complainant, Dennis Ullman, was at all times material hereto, and is now a
Special Tax Agent, Intelligence Section, with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
“Your complainant is a trained accountant with a Bachelors Degree in Business
Administration from Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh, awarded in 1970, and he has
participated in extensive training and review sessions in tax investigation during the twenty
years he has been so employed by the Department of Revenue. As part of his official duties
as such agent, he was assigned to an investigation of the financial affairs of defendant-
taxpayer Leo E. Wanta, for the purpose of ascertaining the explanation for the failure of
Wanta to timely file Wisconsin Income Tax Returns covering the calendar years 1986 to
1989, inclusive.
“A collection action had been commenced on December 24, 1990, for delinquent tax
based on an estimated assessment for the years 1986 through 1989. As of August 25, 1987,
Wanta owed the State of Wisconsin delinquent taxes totaling $223,031.48, based upon
assessments by the Department of Revenue. Those taxes are reflected in the following
delinquent tax warrants docketed in Outagamie County, Wisconsin:
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“Warrant # Date Docketed Amount
“4400156437 6-11-86 $ 903.91
4400156780 9-05-86 1,786.96
4400157385 7-02-87 3,606.44
4400157386 7-02-87 10,045.90
4400157435 7-15-87 34,295.04
4400157440 7-23-87 15,711.50
4400157500 8-25-87 134,167.56
4400157501 8-20-87 12,514.17”
PLEASE NOTE THAT ULLMAN SAID: “A collection action had been commenced on
December 24, 1990,” NOT A CRIMINAL ACTION, NOT AN ADJUDICATED ACTION, A
COLLECTION ACTION “for delinquent tax based on an estimated assessment for the years 1986
through 1989.” HE SAID AN ESTIMATED ASSESSMENT. “I, Dennis Ullman have estimated this
man may owe these taxes and I’m willing to put him in prison based on an unproven estimate.” These are
important details to remember.
The above are the Tax Warrant numbers quoted in Ullman’s Department of Revenue Criminal
Complaint. It is not my intent as an author to bore readers… and we’ve been down this road before.
Though you have my apology for repetition, the apology is not really due from me. It’s due from the
Wisconsin Department of Revenue for riding the same unlawful saw horse it rode in civil court in the
1980s right into the criminal court. After all, it worked once; surely it would work again! A record of
guilt was established in 1987. They had to change case numbers to fool the judge to accomplish it, but
they got the job done. Remember how hard (and illegally) they fought to win that case outlined in
Chapter Four? They were using that unlawful court Decision to push forward their criminal complaint.
They used it again and again. That’s why Waukesha County Court Cases 83-CV-1073 and 88-CV-1043
are so critical to understanding how all of this illegal activity could take place in the courts of a state in
America.
Below are the Tax Warrants that were listed in the Criminal Complaint – in exactly the same order
they are listed above in the Criminal Complaint. This lying document got a man thrown into a dungeon
with no legal counsel, no court appearances, no charges filed, in a foreign country where attempts were
made on his life. They effectively muzzled Leo Wanta. They effectively put him away where he was
unable to protect the fortune he had amassed for the American people.
The above text comes from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Criminal Complaint that was
placed on file by (based on his own description of himself) a “trained accountant with a Bachelors Degree
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in Business Administration from Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh… and he has participated in
extensive training and review sessions in tax investigation during the twenty years he has been so
employed by the Department of Revenue.”
The training didn’t take, Mr. Ullman. Either you’re an idiot, or you’re a crook. There are no in-
betweens here… well, you could be both a crook and an idiot. One thing is for sure. He’s on a mission
and that mission is to bring Leo Wanta back to Wisconsin where Mr. Ullman views him as the main
course for dinner. I wonder how many other innocent victims Mr. Ullman put behind bars for tax evasion
so he and others within that Department might profit? I wonder how many other Departments of Revenue
in other states do the same thing!
Take a moment. Compare the Tax Warrants below with those issued by Outagamie, Wisconsin,
above. Check the numbers on the warrants against the list taken from the criminal complaint against
Wanta, shown above. Understand that as you view each one, it should be listed in the name “Falls
Vending Service, Inc.,” not in the name of Leo E. Wanta.
Note: Tax Warrant Number 44-00156437 is for estimated corporate income taxes for Falls Vending
Service, Inc., in Butler and Milwaukee, WI. This was the company Leo Wanta worked for as its
President while he worked an undercover sting with the FBI. This is the same company for which
Wanta has three major court Decisions – Judges Reynolds, McGraw and Rehbein – saying he was
in no way responsible for the debts or taxes of Falls Vending Service, Inc. and its subsidiaries.
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Note: Same as the note above. How do we know it’s corporate not personal income taxes being
estimated by the Revenuers? The Warrants are all issued by the same person, Mark Williams; the
Warrants that follow are for sales and withholding – which individuals do not pay… only
companies pay such taxes. The income taxes are estimates based on estimated Falls Vending sales
and withholding taxes as reported to the Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court.
Note: This is a sales tax from 1981. The criminal charges were filed against Wanta in 1993. Do
they have a Statute of Limitations in Wisconsin for non-payment of corporate taxes – for which
Wanta wasn’t responsible in the first place?
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Note: re warrant shown above: Sales taxes – for Falls Vending Service, Inc. 1983 sales (unlawfully
used to file a criminal case against Wanta in the Wisconsin Courts in 1992).
Note: Withholding taxes… a corporate tax from 1983 (Falls Vending Services, Inc., again).
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Note: Income taxes – estimated corporate income taxes for Falls Vending – from 1981. These
criminal charges are filed against Wanta 12 years later for taxes he did not owe. That doesn’t seem
to bother the Wisconsin Department of Revenue one little bit, does it?
Note: Sales taxes in 44-00157500 – for Falls Vending Service, Inc. – Wanta was not responsible for
any of these amounts.
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Note: Withholding taxes assessed against Falls Vending Services, Inc., unlawfully transferred to the
name of Leo Wanta who had no responsibility for them. This Warrant is for Withholding taxes
that Falls Vending should have paid in 1983… the criminal charges are filed in 1992.
Bear in mind as you read this material that Leo Wanta has said since day one that he never owed
these taxes. He paid them in May and again in June of 1992 because he had family in Wisconsin and did
not want to create problems for anyone – including himself. As soon as he was notified, he paid what was
due even though he did not believe he owed Wisconsin one red cent of tax revenue.
Wanta knew the following things to be true:
1. He moved to Austria in early 1988 and was a legal resident of Vienna as of June 1988.
2. He had received no income in the United States – that includes Wisconsin the last time I
checked – since 1985. He did receive corporate checks for expense reimbursements, but that’s not
income.
3. In 1993, when all of this was happening, he knew he had TWICE paid the non-residency
civil tax estimates the State of Wisconsin alleged he owed.
4. He knew all other taxes the State still harasses him about belong to Falls Vending Service,
Inc. and its subsidiaries (the above Tax Warrants, and other court claims still in play from the 1980s) and
he knew he had three very strong court Decisions – Reynolds, McGraw and Rehbein – in his favor
regarding Falls Vending. He was not responsible for their corporate debts. Period.
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Take a look below at the date discrepancies on the first page of the Criminal Complaint filing
stamps. One is stamped as having been filed January 15, 1987; The case number is 92CF683 – 92
indicating the date the case was filed, 1992, the year Leo E. Wanta on two occasions sent to the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue $14,129 to pay the unproven civil (not criminal, civil) taxes demanded of him.
Look at the stamp at the bottom of the page. It’s dated November 27, 1996 and validates that the unlawful
document filed against Wanta originated in 1987 – the same year the Pryor case was bamboozled through
Judge McGraw’s court.
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This is page one of the criminal complaint, identifiable as such by the court-stamped dates. “Leo
E. Wanta, did feloniously and intentionally render a false and fraudulent Wisconsin individual income tax
return for the calendar year 1988…” These are important words. Remember them.
Before I send a chapter for publication I send it to Lee Wanta to check for errors. No, I do not ask
for permission to publish anything I write. I have complete journalistic freedom. But there are so many
details involved with Ambassador Wanta’s life I like to make sure I’ve gotten the data I write checked by
him for accuracy. There are huge inaccuracies in the above-filed complaint. It is a bogus document.
How do I know? ENTIRE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT
I had already spotted a couple of very obvious discrepancies involving date stamps and times
various things occurred relative to those court-stamped dates. I sent a copy of the chapter to Lee and he
returned it to me with a suggested correction. I went to the court transcripts to check and see which was
accurate: Lee Wanta’s memory, or the document. Here is a repeat of what Dennis Ullman said in his
testimony (above the Tax Warrant copies). Speaking of himself as “complainant,” he said:
“As part of his official duties as such agent, he [Barnewall Note: meaning himself:
Ullman] was assigned to an investigation of the financial affairs of defendant-taxpayer Leo E.
Wanta, for the purpose of ascertaining the explanation for the failure of Wanta to timely file
Wisconsin Income Tax Returns covering the calendar years 1986 to 1989, inclusive.”
When Lee returned the chapter to me, he said the year in the last line should be 1982 rather than
1986. This is a man who has a photographic memory. All of the account numbers where various funds
from his vast fortune are hidden are not on paper anywhere. They are retained in Wanta’s photographic
memory. So, when he says he remembers something, I take it seriously.
“The original document said ‘of 1982 and 1988,’” he told me, “not ‘years 1986 to 1988 inclusive.’
I remember it very well because they refused to give me a copy of the charges. They read it to me instead.
I was allowed to read the Sheriff’s Department Booking Sergeant’s copy. I commented about it at the
time… ‘What can they possibly have about me from 1982? Big deal!’ I think I made a few colorful
comments that I would not repeat for your ears… but I remember it very well.”
Lee and I had that conversation on the telephone about five minutes ago. According to my Caller
ID, we spoke at 5:06 P.M. on November 5
th
.
“I can’t change a date on a legal document,” I said.
“No. I know you can’t.” He paused. “What that means is that you don’t have the original copy.”
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I pointed out to him the various court-stamped dates on the first page, the one at the bottom telling
me it was the original copy. Scroll up and look at it. I pointed out that the Court Clerk was, at the bottom
of the page, verifying that this document was, on November 27, 1996, a true and correct copy of the
original document.
“But which original document?” he asked. He sounded tired. “There’s obviously more than one.”
And that’s the question here, isn’t it? This “original” document is dated 1987 at the top. Yet, the
first paragraph of the Complaint (see page 1), above states the Department of Revenue decided June 11,
1991, that Leo E. Wanta had filed an incorrect 1988 tax return. How did they know in 1987 (this
Criminal Complaint document is date-stamped by the court) that Leo E. Wanta would have a faulty 1988
tax return? Read the above page… first paragraph. “That on or about June 11, 1991, Leo E. Wanta did
feloniously and intentionally render a false and fraudulent Wisconsin individual income tax return for the
calendar year 1988…” How did they know in a document court-stamped January 15, 1987 that on June
11, 1991, the Department of Revenue would discover that Leo E. Wanta “did feloniously and intentionally
render a false and fraudulent Wisconsin individual income tax return for the calendar year 1988”? Do
they employ psychics at Wisconsin’s Department of Revenue? In their courts?
The document is bogus and so are the charges. The Department of Revenue in Wisconsin has
created documents to support their unwarranted – and unlawful – charges against Leo E. Wanta. There is
no other explanation! And for some reason they needed this particular “original” copy dated 1987 –
perhaps because 1987 was the year the unlawful F & M Bank case was won (see Chapter Four)
and they wanted to be sure they used a word-for-word transcript. The Court Clerk signs a statement at the
bottom of the document attesting to the court that this document, copied on November 27, 1996 (after
Wanta’s Kangaroo Court trial found him “guilty” in 1995), is an accurate and true copy of the original
document – which screwed up dates and other document errors make perfectly clear it is not.
It is impossible for me or anyone else to guess the reasons this kind of criminal change of legal
documents was made by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue – perhaps the Statute of Limitations
became involved, I don’t know – but I do know the dates on the above page makes this entire document
bogus. If you look at the dates on the Tax Warrants – warrants that should have been issued in the name
of Falls Vending Service, Inc., not Leo E. Wanta who owned no part of the company and had no
responsibility for its debts or taxes, some of the dates for which amounts are due are 13 years old.
We are looking for the “original-original” of this document and when it’s found, it will be made
available to you. Until then, we have to deal with what the Wisconsin courts have provided me.
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So, the skullduggery at the rogue Wisconsin Department of Revenue continues. There is no doubt
about it… just look at the documents, read the three Judicial Decisions, and use some common sense.
Add to that, two documents… one from the Internal Revenue Service and another from the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue. They make it very clear that Wanta owed no taxes to either the state or the
federal government. IRS LETTER WI DEPT OF REVENUE LETTER.
Because of the above incident, a “blip” in my writing plans for this chapter has resulted and it will
be at least a day late. My apologies… but I want you to have absolutely accurate data and will point out
the discrepancies as I find them.
My plan was to give a brief mention of the unlawful status of the Tax Warrants that are quoted in
the Criminal Complaint filed against Ambassador Wanta which provides the reason WHY he was arrested
in Lausanne, then move on to discuss his release and the reason for it. Because of the numerous errors
contained in this Criminal Complaint, I decided to make the total Complaint available to you rather than
just publish the pages showing the Tax Warrants (my original plan). When you read the complaint, you
may be taken aback by the numerous charges made against Wanta.
My plan was to publish the total Criminal Complaint in another chapter and explain each of the
charges to you. Like most things involving Leo Wanta, it’s a complicated story. The comments made by
Wanta’s legal counsel in New York when the Swiss flew him back to the United States and where he was
taken into Federal District Court over these charges will, perhaps, help explain the numerous problems
with Wisconsin’s Criminal Charges against Wanta. The Hearing from which these comments are made
was held on November 19, 1993, two days after Leo Emil Wanta was returned in chains to face the
Wisconsin Criminal Charges. The lawyer representing Wanta had less than two days to evaluate the
charges, but he got it exactly right when he said:
“Well, Judge, it’s a little unusual in that it’s a UFAB (ph.) [Barnewall Note: The “ph”
means “phonetic” as written by the Court Stenographer; Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution]
not issued in this district, but issued out of Wisconsin. I think they normally do UFAB here.
“Number two, if you read carefully the UFAB affidavit, not the removal affidavit
from this district but the affidavit from Wisconsin, the State charge in Wisconsin is still a
complaint, there is no indictment, number one.
“Number two, it is… the complaint is bare of dates. There is no statement when my
client left the country and when the complaint was returned. The only statement in the UFAB
complaint is once he was abroad, there is a statement that at some point when he was abroad
he was given notice of the pendency of the charges, and further, earlier before there were any
charges, an agent says that he told him he intended to file charges.
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“Of course, the agent’s intent is almost irrelevant in this, because the agent, certainly
in no jurisdiction that I’m aware of, has the power to file charges. He can ask a judge to sign
a warrant or he can ask someone to file a complaint. But he doesn’t have the power or the
discretion to do that.
“So any statement of his intent to do that is something that’s going to happen in the
future that may or may not happen.”
I know it will break Mr. Ullman’s heart to have his over-valued opinion of himself challenged. He
is/was a little bureaucrat who envisions himself having power that really doesn’t exist… but I’m not the
only one who sees Ullman for what he really is. A lawyer in New York took one look at his attempt to
phony Criminal Charges against Leo Wanta saw what he was up to immediately. The New York court
transcripts will be made available in Chapter 8.
When you read the Criminal Charges linked above, please remember that the case was
immediately dismissed by Federal District Court Magistrate Ross. The charges never got to trial
because they were ridiculous – except in Wisconsin.
This chapter is already becoming too long, so I will only say that as you read the Criminal
Complaint, you need to understand that there is an explanation for each of the charges made… like, his
separated wife, Joanne, bought the furniture and charged it to his company, New Republic. He got
blamed for it and the amount of the charge was stated as income to Wanta and the cost was assessed
against him, not her. They are simple explanations, they are provable explanations. We’ll get to them.
There are comments in the Criminal Complaint about an attorney from California – Jack Ellis –
and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue gave credibility in the Complaint to comments made by Ellis
against Wanta. I have the court transcripts from California’s Supreme Court showing that Ellis was
forced to give up his license to practice law in California because he converted corporate funds -- $20,000
of Wanta’s money – for his personal use. In lieu of going to trial, Ellis surrendered his law license.
The same is true of the guy named Baucum in Mississippi… I have those court transcripts, too.
Mr. Baucum also lost in federal court when Ambassador Wanta challenged his theft of $10,000 from New
Republic in Mississippi and then said Wanta approved of his actions… untrue, as proven in a Federal
District Court in Mississippi. If anyone doubts what I’m saying, I’ll be glad to make the court transcripts
from California and Mississippi available – but they are far too long to post with this manuscript. Rather
than get copies of the court transcripts that prove what Wanta says is true and what Ellis and Baucum say
is a lie, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue preferred to accept at face value the detrimental comments
about their victim, Leo E. Wanta. It served their purpose.
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And now let us move forward to Lausanne and the release of Leo E. Wanta, the Somali
Ambassador to Switzerland… a man whose Diplomatic Immunity made it impossible for the Swiss to
arrest Ambassador Wanta… until they did.
For now, at this point in the book (and Leo Wanta’s life), he was still sitting in Prison Cell #130 in
the sub-basement at Prison du Bois - Mermet, CH du Bois - Gentil, 1018 Lausanne, Switzerland, from
July 7, 1993 until November 17, 1993.
Why did the Swiss prison system finally release Wanta?
A letter from Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin sent to Wanta at Prison du Bois arrived in
Switzerland. Perhaps at that moment in time the Sûreté realized they had a serious problem on their
hands. Perhaps they realized that Wanta was not suffering from “mythomania,” as they conveniently
called it, but might be precisely who he said he was. Or, perhaps they waited four plus months to receive
the “paper work” they were told would follow and didn’t get anything. Or, upon looking through Wanta’s
private intelligence records that he carried with him on that trip (at the request of the FBI and U.S.
Secret Service) in the blue nylon bag, they saw the Judicial Decisions that had been handed down by
Reynolds, McGraw and Rehbein and realized they were being used as a patsy by the State of Wisconsin.
More likely is that they had sufficient time to steal any intelligence information about Operation
Chaselet and the Swiss banks involved in it along with other intelligence information contained in that bag
and were seeking a reason to send him back to the United States. They had time – why else would you
keep someone prisoner in a jail cell with no charges filed if you weren’t playing for time? – to do
everything possible to divert suspicion about Swiss banks involved in Operation Chaselet… and suddenly
Wanta received a letter from a Head of State: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Their hands were
beginning to burn from the hot potato they had sitting in their du Bois Prison. Following is a copy of the
envelope in which Prime Minister Rabin’s letter was delivered. RABIN LETTER
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Note the date the letter was stamped: November 16, 1993. After du Bois Prison received the
Rabin letter, Wanta was returned hastily to the United States on November 17, 1993. You see, part of the
Wanta 1992 Peace Accord – Protocols included $5 billion each to Israel and Palestine.
Yitzhak Rabin was elected as a member of the Israeli Knesset after the Labor Party’s defeat in the
May 1977 elections. He was a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and then
served as Minister of Defense in the National Unity Government from 1984 until 1990. He was elected
Prime Minister in June 1992.
Rabin was best known in the United States for signing the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty in 1994. He,
along with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, received the 1994
Nobel Peace Prize. On November 4, 1995, Rabin attended a large peace rally in Tel Aviv. He joined with
singer Miri Aloni in singing one of her songs, “The Song for Peace.” As he was leaving the rally, Yigal
Amir jumped out of the crowd and shot Rabin two times from close range and Rabin was pronounced
dead within the hour.
Rabin died almost two years to the day from the date he wrote the letter to Leo Emil Wanta that
got the latter out of a Swiss jail and returned on a Swiss Air flight (in body chains – sitting in the very
back of the plane with a flight attendant who wore “Delta Airlines” wings on her uniform) to New York.
Because of his false imprisonment, Wanta was unable to provide the funds promised for the 1992
Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process… and that may very well have contributed to the death of Yitzhak
Rabin.
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At this point in the story, we run into another one of those time warps so prevalent in the telling of
the life story of Leo Wanta. The story of the Swiss prison experience is not yet over… but the next event
doesn’t occur for seven years… November 17, 2000. It took the Swiss courts seven years to write a
hastily prepared Tribunal Hearing Decision. We need to deal with that 2000 occurrence before we deal
with the 1995 criminal trial held in Dane County (Madison), Wisconsin because those proceedings will
take several chapters to review… and readers will likely have forgotten the legal dilemmas the Swiss
courts now faced regarding their false imprisonment of a man who…
1. …had a lawful investiture ceremony in Paris witnessed by highly respectable and well-
known members of the international community that confirmed he was Ambassador of Somalia to
Switzerland entitled to Diplomatic Immunity but whose title the Swiss chose to totally overlook in total
violation of the Venice Agreements;
2. …turned out to be precisely who he said he was… a secret agent for the United States
government who reported directly to the President;
3. …controlled hundreds of billions of dollars that flowed through the Swiss banking system
with periodic regularity; and,
4. …was a prisoner the Swiss unlawfully held in solitary confinement in du Bois Prison for
four and one-half months without filing any charges or providing access to legal services (including
access to legal counsel of his choice), arraignment, and had, in the process, violated numerous laws of
their own country along with numerous international laws.
Though the Swiss Tribunal Hearing of 2000 will be presented out of order with the Dane County
criminal trial of 1995, we need first to look at an overview of what happened to Leo Wanta when he was
brought back into the United States (using his Somali Diplomatic Passport, by the way… remember, his
U.S. Passport had been taken by Warren Christopher, Secretary of State, when Wanta received his Somali
Diplomatic Passports – one for Canada, one for Switzerland). RE-ENTRY DOCUMENTS
Leo Wanta never had charges filed against him in Switzerland during his 4.5 month stay in their
dungeon at du Bois Prison. Yet, the Swiss felt compelled to put him in body chains for his return trip to
the United States. For a man of his stature, it had to be a horrible experience. This kind of treatment by
the Swiss of a man against whom they had no crime to charge is reminiscent of that nation’s behavior
relative to the assets of Jews being murdered in concentration camps. There was no conscience in such
treatment.
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When Wanta saw the FBI Agents who were awaiting him at the airport, he immediately identified
himself as the person they wanted. New York Magistrate Court transcripts verify that. NEW YORK
ARRIVAL
After going through Immigration and re-entering the U.S.A. legally, Wanta was taken to the
federal detention center in Brooklyn. There was a brief Arraignment in the Federal District Court of
Judge Allyne Ross in Brooklyn was held on November 17
th
and Wanta would appear in Judge Ross’s
Court on November 19
th
.
All charges were dismissed by Magistrate Judge Ross. Leo E. Wanta walked out of the Courtroom
a free man – and, because of a wire from Wisconsin to the New York Police Department making the same
old charges using the same old Tax Warrants (you’d think those Warrants would be tired by now), Wanta
was re-arrested by New York Detectives and was taken back to the Brooklyn Detention Center.
And that is how the State of New York became complicit in the unlawful imprisonment of Leo
Wanta. There was no warrant, no Miranda rights, no crime was adjudged against Wanta, and there were
no charges filed against him by New York State (or any city or county in that state). Regardless, he was
held for almost a month in the Brooklyn facility. He and Captain Madigan quickly became friends and
Lee, because he is a trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), was put on suicide watch… meaning
Lee was watching out for others.
It’s impossible to read this story without asking “why?” What could motivate so many public
officials to violate so many laws for the purpose of muzzling one man? The documents make it clear that
laws were violated. The documents make it clear that the purpose behind all of the civil rights and other
unlawful behavior was for one reason and one reason alone: Keep Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta behind
bars at any cost. A Federal District Court Magistrate in Brooklyn took one look at the charges the State of
Wisconsin was trying to file against Leo E. Wanta and immediately dismissed them. NEW YORK
COURT RECORDS DISMISSAL FORM
And so like any good seeker of destiny or fate, we accept what has been and move on to find out
what will be. Chapter Eight will focus on the Lausanne Tribunal Hearing… it could better be called
“Desperately Seeking Justification for the Unjustifiable.”
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CHAPTER EIGHT
“Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is
walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill.”
– Arthur Conan Doyle
Lausanne, Switzerland. July 7, 1993.
1. Newly-investitured Ambassador for Somalia to Switzerland (and also to Canada),
Leo Emil Wanta, is arrested by the Suisse Sûreté – or, if you prefer, Agence de sécurité Suisse.
[Sûreté, phonetically in English: Sir-eh-tay.]
2. Wanta is told by the Sûreté that his arrest is premised on information sent to
them by the State of Wisconsin. He has, they say, fled the United States and entered
Switzerland because he is evading taxes due and payable in Wisconsin. The word “premise” is a
transitive verb and means “to base something on the foundation of a proposition or idea,
stated or assumed to be true.” It is the basis of an argument.
3. This is an apparent untruth for numerous reasons:
a. There is clean evidence that Wanta had been in Canada for at least
one year prior to the arrest so he was not fleeing the United States for any reason.
That evidence includes letters to and from Wanta at his Toronto address, it
includes statements from the son of the family with whom Wanta stayed, and it
includes letterhead and business cards for Wanta at the Toronto address. There is
also testimony in a Tribunal Hearing held in Lausanne November 17, 2000, that
Wanta was living in Toronto prior to his arrest. The man who was arrested with
him, Giovanni Ferro, was a resident of Toronto with whom Wanta worked during
his year (plus) in that city.
b. In May of 1992, Wanta sent a tax payment of $14,129 to the State
of Wisconsin to pay the tax debt the State said he allegedly owed. Wanta
disagreed that he owed the estimated civil tax assessment, but he paid it, anyway.
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Wanta was not given credit for the payment until the Wisconsin Department of
Revenue had filed criminal charges on the estimated taxes in a county with no
jurisdiction to hold a trial and get a non-jurisdictional conviction. What does that
mean…? “a non-jurisdictional conviction?”
It means the alleged offense occurred in Outagamie County, where Wanta
was living in the early 1980s. That is where the trial should have taken place (at
least that’s what Wisconsin State Statutes say). That doesn’t sound too terrible…
they moved the trial to another county, so what? Minor problem, right? Well, it
isn’t minor if your witnesses can’t get to the site of the trial to testify on your
behalf because the trial has been moved to a distant county (where they weren’t
allowed to testify even when they got there). It is a problem for no other reason
that it is a further example of Wisconsin’s disdain for its own state laws and the
constitutional rights of its citizens.
c. In June of 1992, Wanta sent a second tax payment of $14,129 to
the State of Wisconsin to pay the tax debt the State said he owed. Same
comments as in b, above. The State of Wisconsin does not credit his payments to
taxes assessed as being owed by him until almost two years after the State
received and cashed his checks. (Look at the date this check cleared the bank.)
CANCELLED CHECK
d. Thus, more than one year prior to the date of Wanta’s arrest in
Lausanne, Switzerland that fine morning in July, the Wisconsin ESTIMATED CIVIL tax
liability had been paid. Thus, there was no basis for the premise upon which the
Suisse Sûreté arrested Wanta. Second, people are not arrested on the basis of
ESTIMATED CIVIL TAX liabilities. There was no investigation of Wanta other than
the Department of Revenue. There was no indictment.
e. Wisconsin told the Swiss the paper work for the arrest “would be
forthcoming.” Apparently it never arrived because Wanta never saw the inside of a
Swiss courtroom.
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f. Regardless of the lack of paper work – e.g., a flight warrant from
appropriate legal authority in the United States – the Swiss held Wanta in prison
for 134 days. There was at least one attempt on his life (another man died) and
there were other veiled threats when, on July 20, 1993 (Wanta’s daughter’s
birthday), Wanta was told Vince Foster who had been in Geneva to meet with
Ambassador Wanta on July 7
th
, the day he was arrested, was found dead (suicided)
in Marcy Park in Washington, D.C. A veiled threat?
g. The real reason Wanta was in Switzerland was by direction of the
U.S. Secret Service (U.S.S.S.) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) to
investigate an operation called “Chaselet,” a bank scam involving the reactivation
by Swiss banks, primarily Credit Suisse and Union Bank of Switzerland, of formerly
“dead” (or used) credit facilities (like Letters of Credit or loans repaid ahead of the
scheduled date of repayment). Chase Manhattan Bank also appeared to be
involved in the ploy, thus the name of the Operation.
4. More than four months later, Switzerland returned Leo E. Wanta to the United
States.
a. On November 16, 1993, the Prison du Bois Mermet, CH du Bois -
Gentil, 1018 Lausanne, Switzerland, received a letter addressed to Wanta from
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
b. On November 17, 1993, the Swiss put Wanta in body chains and
slapped him into the last row of a Swiss Air flight back to New York City (with a
flight attendant wearing Delta Airlines wings on her uniform). He is taken to the
Brooklyn Detention Center.
c. On November 17, 1993 Wanta is brought before Federal District
Magistrate Allyne Ross and an Arraignment is scheduled for November 19, 1993 in
her court.
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d. On November 19, 1993 the case against Leo Wanta is dismissed
without prejudice. All charges – if there ever were any – are dropped.
The Swiss had a problem. They had put in prison an American secret agent who
reported directly to the President of the United States and they had done it based on a lie from
the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
While they had him in their grasp, the Swiss availed themselves of the intelligence
information Wanta carried in a blue nylon bag (he says it weighed over 100 pounds because he
had been told by the U.S.S.S. and the F.B.I. to carry his intel records with him on this trip). He
was, after all, living in a safe house with a Queen’s Counsel and his family… the intel records
couldn’t be left there during Wanta’s absence. The Swiss had held him in a sub-basement
dungeon for 134 days with no access to legal counsel; they made sure the visit of Carlos Medina
from the American Embassy in Berne, Switzerland lasted only several minutes – though Leo
says he gave Medina his appropriate “protocols” (meaning secret identification) and Medina
didn’t appear to know what he was talking about; and the Swiss violated the intelligence
information Wanta carried with him in that blue nylon bag. They were able to glean from that
information the details of Operation Chaselet and to take actions that would prevent their
banking system from embarrassment (at the least) or prosecution by other governments
around the world for the scams being run by the Swiss banking establishment. The reputation
of the Swiss banks is held inviolate (not subject to change, damage or destruction) in
Switzerland.
So. What do you do when you’ve made such a mess of things? In Switzerland, you
evidently hold a Tribunal Hearing seven years after the fact. And, you change the entire
scenario you gave the Defendant for arresting him in the first place. Now, for purposes of this
Hearing in 2000 (seven years after the arrest and seven years to the day from the date of his
release), the Swiss have decided it wasn’t really Wisconsin taxes they arrested him for; it was
because of a Russian trawler company and a couple of firms in London – none of which have
anything to do with Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta and sufficient evidence of Wanta’s or his
company’s involvement with these companies is totally missing from the Tribunal Hearing
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transcript. These three companies want about $40 million of Wanta’s money which was still
being unlawfully held by the Swiss government. Actually, they’re holding much more than
that… somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 billion, but all these three companies want is
$40 million.
Seven years to the day after Switzerland flew Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta to the United
States in 1993, they had this Tribunal Hearing. They had scheduled one such Hearing for
December 4, 1998 – a 20- page document written by Wanta to be presented on his behalf at
the Hearing is attached under Special Documents (put your cursor over Chapter Eight and a
special box giving you access to this document will appear). The 1998 Hearing never happened.
Bear in mind, Wanta was hidden in Wisconsin prisons (primarily Kettle Moraine, Wisconsin
1995-98), and in North Fork, Sayre, Oklahoma (1998-2001).
In 2011, a bothersome writer by the name of Barnewall began writing letters to the
Swiss courts asking for information. Their responses were polite.
MMB Letter to Judge Antennen
Judge (“Juge” in Switzerland) Antennen was the highest ranking in Lausanne at the time
(1998) Wanta wrote the 20 page document that provided a defense against unknown charges…
a difficult thing to do: Defend against something when no one has made clear what wrong
“they” say you did. Remember, the arrest in Switzerland occurred two years before Wanta’s
trial in Wisconsin. Regardless, Wanta wrote this document for the December 4, 1998 Lausanne
Tribunal Hearing that never occurred.
Judge Antennen responded to my letter saying:
“I acknowledge receipt of your shipment of September 20, 2011
concerning Leo Emil Wanta and inform you that I will pass on a copy of this notice
to the district court in Lausanne, criminal chamber, Palace of Justice of Montbenon,
1014 Lausanne, for any result useful.”
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Judge Antennen did precisely what he promised. I then received a letter from Judge
Trecanni of the Lausanne courts. As I said, they were very polite and thoughtful… very Swiss.
TRECANNI LETTER
And finally I received a letter from Judge Pierre Bruttin… the First President of the
Lausanne Court. He provided me a copy of the Tribunal Hearing from November 17, 1993.
BRUTTIN LETTER
MMB RESPONSE TO BRUTTIN
This tracing things down is a time-consuming business… and doing it in languages with
which one party (me) is unfamiliar eats time, too. People ask where my information about
Leo/Lee Wanta comes from, most thinking I’ve made decisions on the basis of data provided
about him by him to me. Wrong.
I have copies of letters I have written to the International Court of Justice, the European
Court of Human Rights in France… I’ve written to Paul A. Volcker (former Chairman of the
Federal Reserve). I have written to the Supreme Court of California, the Federal District Court
of Jackson, Mississippi, Federal District Court of New York, the Wisconsin courts in Waukesha,
Eau Claire, Outagamie, Dane, and Chippewa Counties. I’ve written to the Chairman of the
Board of Bank of America and to that bank’s Director of Marketing; and letters went out to
many others, too... to the Reagan Library, or the 50 letters I sent to Governors around the
country explaining Lee Wanta’s plans for high-speed rail and what it could mean to their state.
I took out a subscription to Pacer to be able to track court transcripts about Lee Wanta.
LEE’S LETTER TO GOVERNORS
I have done numerous radio interviews and written several columns in my News With
Views articles about Lee Wanta. I have gotten email responses from people who once knew
him – or who want to know him. Women who have talked with him on the telephone send me
emails wanting to exchange “girl talk” about him. I’m not a girl to him; I’m just a writer. And I
have received threats, I have had numerous “unusual” experiences (like my office exploding
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with computers and printers being tossed in all directions within seconds after I left the office
to speak to a friend on the telephone for a moment – a true example of God taking care of me).
I have gotten emails from very high places… the Supreme Court of Virginia, for example, and
responded to them. I have gone to Oklahoma twice to meet with Wanta’s case managers while
he was in prison there. I’ve been followed, I have interesting clicks on my telephone, I get
telephone calls from nowhere from callers who never answer my cheery “hello,” and my
computer has been so thoroughly hacked, I’ve had to buy more than one a year for the past
three years.
This book has been a long and painstaking effort. It has required the reading of
thousands of pages of data and then the re-reading of it to find all of the discrepancies I’ve
pointed out to readers.
I should also say that I have no financial arrangements or promises of reward from Lee
Wanta for writing this book. Almost four years ago, he invited me to be on the board of
directors of a new company he was incorporating. I said no. I wanted (and want) no conflicts
of interest involved in my judgments when I interpret the facts surrounding this man.
So I must be expecting to make money from the book, right? Sure. That’s why I’m
publishing it on the Internet at zero cost to readers so people can become informed about what
is probably the most important story of our century.
Understand this: I have no dog in this fight other than wanting to set right a horrible
wrong that has been terribly debilitating to my country’s economy.
Back to Switzerland and the November 17, 2000 Tribunal Hearing.
The court transcripts are in French. They are linked so anyone who wants to check the
validity of the translations to English used in this chapter can do so. The only material I will
include here will be in English. Thanks to a good friend, Walter, who provided the translation
from French to English.
FRENCH TRANSCRIPT
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ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF TRANSCRIPT
This Tribunal Hearing in Switzerland is pure fiction… a fiction story from hell. How a
group of lawyers who have been given the honor of serving the people of Switzerland as judges
can lower themselves to the kind of behavior exhibited by the Swiss judges involved in this
make believe Hearing goes beyond disgusting.
Here are a few things to remember as we review the Lausanne Court Tribunal Hearing
that occurred on November 17, 2000 at 9:10 a.m.:
1. First, think of what a criminal hearing in the United States (or any other civilized
country) would be like. The Defendant would be notified of the Hearing, he/she would have
legal representation to make sure any evidence presented against the Defendant is accurate.
Without the Defendant (and/or his/her representatives), the Hearing would not be held. The
Defendant would have the opportunity to present evidence supportive of the Defense and in
opposition to whatever evidence the Prosecution is presenting. NONE OF THOSE THINGS
OCCURRED IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND AT THIS TRIBUNAL HEARING ON NOVEMBER 17, 2000.
Defendant Wanta was not notified of the hearing (on this date, he was being hidden in a
North Fork Prison jail cell in Sayre, OK). Had he been notified, it would have been a simple
matter for him to update the material he had prepared for the December 4, 1998 Tribunal
Hearing (see Special Attachment) of which he was notified but which never occurred.
Defendant Wanta’s Swiss avocat/legal counsel (who was paid a hefty fee but never did a
damned thing on the Ambassador’s behalf) was either not notified or chose not to represent
him in court for this Hearing.
2. The Hearing is being held seven years to the day from when the Swiss put
Ambassador Wanta on an airplane and sent him back to the United States. Why? It’s not a
coincidence. In fact, anyone who thinks something this bizarre is a coincidence should be
categorized immediately as a “conspiracy nut.” Conspiracy nuts come in two groups, you know.
One group sees what’s really happening rather than choosing to believe what they are told by
their elected representatives and the mainstream media. They seek truth that is based on
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facts. The other prefers the simplicity of believing what they’re told… they’re called “Sheeple.”
The group that deals with non-truth is where conspiracy nuts live. If the government tells the
people lies and people decide to support those lies (everything in life is a matter of choice),
those who support the conspiracy theory being presented by those who instead of protecting
the people are working to enslave them are government conspiracy theorists -- or nuts -- and
they support lies. Dress that pig up any way you want but it’s still a pig.
3. On page one of the transcript, the Swiss (after seven years) have finally decided
that the charges against Wanta are: “Complicity to the forgery of titles and complicity to the
forgery of certificates.” If these charges are provable, then Leo Wanta should have spent far
longer than 4 months and 10 days at Lausanne’s du Bois Prison. If these charges had any real
meaning, they would have been filed against Wanta in 1993. They were not filed and thus they
have no meaning. They are a convenient afterthought. But, the very thorough and methodical
Swiss had to have something to charge him with and it had to be serious enough to justify the
four months they kept him in prison… otherwise, Wanta could file for damages against the
Swiss government once he got out of prison and began telling the truth of his experiences
involving Switzerland’s concept of justice.
Page Two of the Tribunal Hearing says the following:
“At 9.10 a.m. in public session the case is being opened involving:
“WANTA Leo Emil, born June 11
th
, 1940 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA,
American citizen, son of WANTA Emil and of AANONSEN Ethel, divorced from
RAMSTACK Joanne.
“Accused of: fraud, forgery of titles and forgery of certificates.
“He is not present, although he was summoned to court in accordance
with the law at 08.00 a.m.”
“He is not present, although he was summoned to court in accordance with the law at
08.00 a.m.” He was not summoned – or, if he was the Swiss are hiding the Summons or Letter
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of Invitation. I wrote and asked for them but received no response from the very polite Swiss
legal establishment.
Leo Wanta makes it very clear that he did not receive a notice of this Hearing. I asked
his case managers at North Fork Prison in Oklahoma which is where he was spending his days at
the time of this Hearing if they could give a Sworn Statement that no such notification was
delivered to Wanta, but it is impossible for them to do so because they were not on duty 24-
hours a day. I would point out, however, that it would be highly unusual for administrative
functions like the delivery of mail to prisoners to occur after hours.
The truth is, Leo Emil Wanta was NOT notified by the Swiss of this Hearing. The truth is,
when this Hearing was held, Leo Emil Wanta had been hidden by Wisconsin authorities in a
prison cell in Sayre, Oklahoma. “He is not present…” – not an untrue statement, but certainly
not a truthful one, either. The truth is, not even the avocat/lawyer of record was notified – at
least, he certainly did not attend. I wrote to him, too.
PASCHOUD LETTER
PASCHOUD RESPONSE
Leo Wanta had not seen the transcripts of this Tribunal Hearing – he didn’t even know it
had taken place in 2000 until I received the transcripts and sent him a copy. He sent some
interesting comments to the International Court of Justice, La Premier President, Pierre Bruttin
of the Lausanne Courts, and to the European Court of Human Rights in France after reading the
material.
“What ‘public session?’” he asked.
“Why was I not invited? The Accused can never show up to a ‘Secret
Examination!!
“When was I accused of these false allegations?
“a) What fraud?
“b) Who forged what titles and what certificates?”
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And Wanta asked an interesting question of the La Premier President Bruttin, the
International Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights:
“Why was ‘Credit Suisse Banque a no show’ – Guy Studor, Chairman, and
Manager Godal, both of Credit Suisse, acknowledged SWIFT (wire transfers) for the
issuance of three (3) Prime Bank Guarantees (PBGs) totalling U.S. Dollars 250
million at Par Value in favour of Children’s Defense Fund, c/o Deputy White House
Counsel Vince Foster. [Barnewall Note: There is confirmation in the transcript of
the $250 million in Prime Bank Guarantees delivered to Vince Foster.]
“These fully paid PBGs were Banque couriered to Hotel de la Paix, Geneva,
to their Guest of Record, Vince Foster. Reservations had been made for me at the
Hotel de la Paix on his American Express card for the night of July 7, 1993.”
Page Two of the Tribunal Hearing transcript goes on to provide the following list of
Plaintiffs in this case:
“0 Plaintiffs-x Public Prosecutors
“0-CREDIT SUISSE, attention of Mme (Name Removed by Swiss Authorities), Rue de
Lausanne, 16, mail box 100, 1211 Genève 70 (reference CRUR). Excused.
“X-HOTEL AULAC, place de la Navigation 4, 1000 Lausanne 6. Not present.
“X-ARKHANGELSK TRAWLFLEET, (represented) by Maître Laurent MOREILLON,
place St-François 5, CP 3860, 1002 Lausanne. Maître MOREILLON is present, his
client having been excused.
“The case proceeds ex officio.”
It is interesting this term, ‘ex officio,’ was used. The term generally means that a
participant in the group is a member of a body or board or committee – in this case a Tribunal –
is part of it by virtue of holding another office. It’s a Latin term that literally means “from the
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office” but is used to mean “by right of office.” Because the Lausanne Court authorities
removed from the transcript the names of all members of the Tribunal Hearing, all we know
(based on the term ‘ex officio’) is that some people “by right of office” are sitting in judgment
on a case that allows no input from the Defendant being charged of crimes never filed against
him in a court of law anywhere in the world and court time is given to companies of which the
Defendant has never heard.
Maitre (Master) Moreillon is telling the court that his clients want access to $40 million
of Defendant Wanta’s money. If you want to scam someone, Lausanne via its court system may
be even better than City of London banks (a hard feat to accomplish)!
We also learned from the paragraph by the Court that none of the people the Court says
are involved in charging Wanta are represented in Court, either in person or via legal counsel
(except the Defendant, of course). Since I first read the Tribunal Hearing transcript, I have
asked myself: “If there are no Plaintiffs or their legal counsel in Court, and if there is no
Defendant or his legal counsel who has been notified to attend the Hearing – if there is neither
Plaintiff nor Defendant – why are they having this Hearing?” It’s still a very good question.
The primary reason appears to be because a third party is asking the Court to release
confiscated funds – $40 million of Wanta’s funds – to them and some kind of Hearing had to be
held to make that possible. Even Swiss banks apparently have laws by which they must abide.
“Confiscated” is the word they used (see below). What was “confiscated” and by
whom? They don’t tell us… the Swiss are a bit short on facts, aren’t they? The interesting part
of this theory is that Maitre (Master) Moreillon, this third party, is totally unknown to Leo
Wanta. He is a lawyer/avocat and the company for whom Moreillon asks Wanta funds be
released to is Arkhangelsk Trawlfleet JSC. Here’s what the Hearing transcript says:
“On June 4
th
1993 a ‘contract of credit’ has been passed between ARKHANGELSK
TRAWLFLEET JSC (ATF), a Russian company based in Russia operating in the fishery
industry and in the handling and distribution of fishery products, on the one hand,
and EMERMARIN LTD, in London, on the other hand. This contract stipulated that
EMERMARIN LTD. granted to ATF a credit of 40.000.000-US$. However ATF was to
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transfer in advance to the creditor a guarantee of 350.000-US$; this guarantee was
to be given back to ATF at the expiration of the credit or upon cancellation of the
contract. Additionally ATF was to transfer without delay 25.000-US$ covering the
mediating fees of LANCER PACE ASSOCIATES, a company that served as a front for
the swindler (name removed by Swiss Courts).”
What does any of this have to do with Leo Wanta (this Hearing is about him, after all) –
aside from the fact that ATF, Emermarin and Lancer Pace all want Wanta’s $40 million? So we
have no notification sent to Leo Emil Wanta about this Tribunal Hearing on November 17, 2000,
and a man representing companies Wanta has never heard of – one a trawler company in
Russia – demanding the courts give them 40 million Wanta U.S. dollars. A second company,
Emermarin Ltd. granted ATF (Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet) the $40 million as a loan – and Wanta is
somehow responsible for that? Some swindler (the court says), whose name has been
removed from the record (they did not remove Wanta’s name from any of the pages, so they
aren’t calling him a swindler… just some miscellaneous swindler – maybe Marc Rich?) was using
Lancer Pace Associates as a front – and somehow, Leo Wanta is responsible for this? You might
want to re-read Ambassador Wanta’s description of “Operation Chaselet,” in Chapter Six. Isn’t
this precisely what he was describing Swiss banks were doing in violation of international law
and that was why he was there in 1993 investigating them? Here is Wanta’s explanation of
Operation Chaselet (from Chapter Six):
“Wanta explains it this way: ‘Say a hoodlum comes to a banker and gives
that person a clean, clear, active financial document. You go on the computer and
the computer says ‘yes, that person is the owner!’ You, the banker, know the
hoodlum is not the owner, but he is going to give you 10 or 12 percent because
he’s going to re-cycle the Letter – reactivate it. There’s one condition before the
one-year loan the hoodlum is asking for can be granted by the banker. That once
dead but now alive note must be returned and destroyed before the loan to the
hoodlum matures (becomes due). In other words, the loan must be repaid before
its due date. That way, the bank is not holding the fraudulent financial document
because the loan is repaid before it becomes due and the dead Letter of Credit that
collateralizes the loan is destroyed.”
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Does this not sound exactly like what the Lausanne Tribunal Hearing explains as what
happened between Arkhangelsk Trawlfleet, Emermarin Ltd., and Lancer Pace Associates? It
sure sounds that way to me. I guess that means we can assume that “Operation Chaselet” is
still alive and living in Switzerland as of November 17, 2000, when this Tribunal Hearing was
held… seven years after Wanta was sent to Switzerland to investigate exactly this kind of
banker fraud.
In his comments to the ICJ, Lausanne First President of the Court Pierre Bruttin, and the
ECHR, Leo Wanta asks questions that have never been answered. His comments and questions
were written in February 2012:
“Who is ‘Arkhangel SK Trawlfleet,’ and ‘Maitre Laurent Moreillon’ – what
does this represent? What is the purpose?”
At this point in the 2000 Hearing transcripts, all that has been submitted to the Court is
a handwritten note – not a very professional presentation – regarding these strange companies
suddenly injected into the Wanta case – by whom?
This is supposed to be a Tribunal Hearing about Leo Emil Wanta. He knows nothing of
this lawyer or these companies – which is probably why he was not notified of the Hearing. No
evidence in the entire court transcript presented proves any kind of legitimate relationship
between Wanta and Arkhangelsk Trawlfleet or Emermarin Ltd., or Lancer Pace Associates.
Avocat/lawyer Maitre Moreillon is given time at a Hearing theoretically being held to present
evidence that Wanta was in 1993 guilty of fraud, forgery of titles and forgery of certificates –
words that were never mentioned in 1993 – and this Swiss Court agrees to let such outlandish
claims to be made, lists Arkhangelsk Trawlfleet as a Plaintiff and gives its avocat/lawyer time on
the record with the court. Here is what the court sent as the record of Moreillon’s legal claims
made November 17, 2000 at this “Hearing.”
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Why would the ever-so-proper Swiss courts make the above statement a part of a
Tribunal Hearing transcript? It makes no sense! Even American courts are better run! What
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has been described in the court records is an attempt to make what should be a violation of
International Law into a lawful action… and it appears to have succeeded (at least for now). It
looks like a court reporter refused to include the handwritten notes in his transcript of the
trial… which means the first part of this Hearing was held in secret with no court reporter
present.
Arkhangelsk Trawlfleet has an interesting background including the fact that one of its
ship owners since 1993 – the year of Wanta’s arrest – is “Kapitan Gorbachev 910655 RF – Russia
UAWH 7765 3372 03.02.” The following information is taken from rumafiya.com (Russia
Mafiya). The company (ATF) is a client of the Russian law firm Yegrov, Puginsky, Afansley and
Partners. Mr. Yegrov went to school with Vladmir Putin. Two or three years ago, a man named
Gennady Timchenko expressed high interest in buying ATF. You can read an interesting article
about Arkhangelsk Trawlfleet and the various connections it has with Vladmir Putin and
Gennady Timchenko at this link… but be warned. It is the Web site of Russian Mafiya dot com.
http://rumafiya.com/news.php?id=318 .
Once again, it is easily seen that this is a court using the name of Leo Emil Wanta to do
something other than have a hearing about the guilt or innocence of Wanta. This is about
distributing part of the $500 billion of Wanta’s money that was sitting in Swiss banks at the
time of his arrest. Americans reading this text should find it a bit upsetting that the Swiss are
giving money Wanta has designated as belonging to you to Russian Trawler Fleets who have
connections to Gorbachev (Wanta worked with Boris Yeltsin to replace Gorby) and Vladmir
Putin. With that in mind, let us proceed. Generally speaking, here is a loose translation of the
handwritten notes above:
“There is no opening statement.
“The main documents of the dossier are being read, in particular the order
of adjournment by the examining judge of Lausanne issued on 14
th
January 2000.
“Maître Moreillon is being heard on the facts of the case. The plaintiff
comes to the straightforward conclusion that the sequester (confiscation) should
be lifted.
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“Maître Moreillon retires [Barnewall Note: departs the Hearing].
“The examination is ended.
“More than an hour after the mandatory show time, the accused have not
shown up and the court proceeds to its judgment against them, in absentia.
“The pleadings are ended.
“The session is suspended at 09.30 a.m.
“The court is now retiring for the deliberation behind closed doors to
reach a conclusion. It breaks up at 10.50 and entrusts its President with the
redaction of the text of the judgment.
“Deliberating without delay behind closed doors, the court states the
following:
“De facto et de jure.”
So, the court (which is made up of members of an ex officio body – who are members of
the Tribunal by virtue of holding another office… possibly judges, possibly not) is going to
deliberate “de facto et de jure” -- existing in fact, whether legally recognized or not. Those are
the standards set by the Swiss Court.
“The Public Session of the Hearing began at 9:10 a.m.,” and Maitre Moreillon has
completed whatever it is that he said (because there is no record of it in the transcript other
than handwritten notes) and departs the court at 9:30 a.m. The above notes have got to be the
briefest I have ever seen of a court proceeding lasting 20 minutes (the reason I believe it was
held in secret without the services of a court reporter).
Anyway, you’ve got the idea of what this Hearing is about. Switzerland wants $40
million of Wanta’s money to give to a Russian company Wanta has never done business with or
heard of and gives no facts confirming who the players are that want the $40 million. There is
no evidence that they are in any way related to Wanta in this transcript. The transcript refers
to “The main documents of the dossier” – what main documents? – “in particular the order of
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adjournment by the examining judge of Lausanne issued on 14 January 2000.” Thus,
documents from a 14 January 2000 are being read into the record of this Tribunal hearing –
where are they? Not in this transcript (as they should be), that’s for sure!
I am no lawyer. I’m just a writer whose nose gets pretty close to facts others try to hide
when they are trying to hide them – and this transcript smells badly of: “We’re hiding
something.”
In this case, it is an exercise in hiding facts from anyone seeking information about Leo
Emil Wanta’s court records in Switzerland. When reference is made to another court case –
which obviously involved Wanta or it would have not been made a part of this case – the
transcript of that proceeding should become part of the transcript involving the current case.
The fact that the Swiss did not send a full transcript shouts loudly that they are hiding
something.
The court says it has now gone behind closed doors to deliberate the facts of the case
whether those facts are legally recognized or not… their own words.
The first lie is that the “Accused” have not appeared for “more than an hour after the
mandatory show time,” and so “the court proceeds to its judgment against them, in absentia.”
Interesting, is it not, that at the beginning of the Tribunal Hearing the court was going to
“proceed to its judgment AGAINST them?” These are the words of the court… scroll up and re-
read them. In other words, at the beginning of the proceedings, the Swiss Tribunal Hearing had
decided the judgment would be AGAINST the Defendants (whom they had not informed of the
Hearing). The other man arrested with Wanta, Giovanni Ferro from Toronto, is also being
judged at this Hearing. Had Leo Wanta had been able to testify at this make believe Hearing, he
would have made very clear to the Swiss that they committed major international crimes,
globally and domestically, in 1993 – and at the Tribunal Hearing in 2000.
Because this is a 20-page transcript and because so much of it is totally meaningless in
the sense of its purpose (I’m sure it is not meaningless to Ambassador Wanta), I am only going
to cover specific areas where clear and provable errors are included in the text. The entire
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English translation has been made available to you (as is the French transcript as sent to me
through the kindness of First President of the Lausanne Court Pierre Bruttin).
First, the Tribunal says Leo Wanta was indicted for something. He believes that is a
complete lie. He has never been informed about an indictment involving any crime in the
nation of Switzerland. Had there been an indictment, it should have been included in court
transcripts because it validates statements made by the court. It was not. Thus, I tend to agree
with Ambassador Wanta. Further, Wanta was not terribly hard to find at the time of the
Hearing: He was in North Fork Prison in Sayre, Oklahoma. Had the Swiss wanted to find him, all
they would have to do was place a phone call to the Wisconsin Department of Prisons. As their
own words convict them of doing, they closely followed the Wanta trial of 1995 and the result
of it. They knew where he was.
The court record says:
“The Accused (indicted):
“a. Leo Emil WANTA was born on June 11
th
, 1940 in Stevens
Point/Wisconsin/USA. Being an American citizen, he has his official residence in the
United States.” [Barnewall Note: Untrue. By the time of his arrest in 1993, Wanta
had been an official resident of Vienna, Austria for five years; this Hearing was held
in 2000.] “He has been married to Joanne RAMSTACK, but appears to have been
divorced November 3
rd
1995. (Document 183). The couple has three adult
children. We have no knowledge of the school, education or the professional
formation of the accused. In 1992, Leo Emil WANTA rented office space”
[Barnewall Note: Untrue. Leo Wanta had office space with a Queen’s Counsel
Attorney with whose family he was living in Toronto… a safe house made available
by Vice President Dan Quayle.] “in the offices of attorney/notary” (name removed
by the court) “in Canada, where he supposedly was ‘doing business’. It was there
that he met FERRO, who was working as a legal advisor to XXXXX” (Name removed
by Swiss Courts). “The accused presents himself as a business man (PV 4 p.4), but
also as an agent of the American government working under cover for various
organisations, as a UNO functionary and as an ambassador of Somalia to Canada
and to Switzerland. In contradiction thereto, according to specialized journalists he
has a reputation of being a swindler. (Doc 94) NORIEGA NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
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“He arrived in Switzerland beginning of May 1993, at which date he was
sent back to the US.” [Barnewall Note: This is totally untrue. Wanta went to
Europe in May 1993 to attend his June Investiture in Paris as Somali Ambassador to
Switzerland. It was witnessed not only by Alain Juppe, the French Minister of
Foreign and European Affairs under the Sarkozy Administration but by other
notables, as well – an Italian Secret Service agent, an Italian Judge, etc.). His
investiture occurred in June and on July 7, 1993 he was arrested by the Swiss – who
are presenting “the facts” of this Tribunal – and was held in prison there until
November 17, 1993. It is impossible for things to have happened as stated by the
Swiss in this transcript. Had Wanta been returned to the United States “beginning
May 1993,” he would have never been arrested in Switzerland.]
“The criminal record of Leo Emil WANTA is blank. However, this accused
has been convicted in the US, by judgment rendered on November 20th 1995, to
an 8 year prison sentence for tax evasion.(Doc 109 & 129/5).” [Barnewall Note:
This refers to Wanta’s trial on criminal tax evasion charges in Madison, Wisconsin;
the trial was held May 8-11, 1995; sentencing was November 20, 1995. Thus, the
Swiss courts followed Wanta’s trial in Madison, Wisconsin.]
“In the light of the declarations of Leo Emil WANTA and of his many letters
being kept on file, in particular document 75 addressed to the FBI, the court
wonders whether the excessive fantasy of the accused is that of a swindler or of a
mythomaniac. The reports concerning the tax evasion case of Leo Emil WANTA
include some mind boggling statements by the accused. He apparently has been
subjected to psychological assessments which have confirmed his mental health.
(doc 129/5).”
You may react to this differently than I, but if someone told me he was a secret agent
for the United States and I found 75 documents addressed to the F.B.I., I think I might tend to
take his or her statements seriously and look more closely into what he said. Instead, the Swiss
find it convenient to think Ambassador Wanta suffers from delusions… that he is either a
swindler or is a “mythomaniac.” Practically in the next sentence the court again confirms that it
– five years after Wanta’s Madison trial – is in touch with Wisconsin authorities regarding the
Wanta trial by stating that he made “some mind boggling statements” at his trial and that he
had been subjected to “psychological assessments which confirmed his mental health.”
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CONFIRMED HIS MENTAL HEALTH are the key words there. If the Swiss didn’t order the Dane
County Court Transcripts, how did they come to the conclusion that he made “mind boggling
statements?” I wonder if they follow all of their false arrest mistakes so closely? No. Of course
not!
Here are Lee Wanta’s handwritten comments to the International Court of Justice
regarding the “mythomaniac” mental health questions raised by Switzerland:
“The Court wonders whether… the excessive fantasy of the accused is that
of a swindler or of a ‘mythomaniac.’ Since they (the Court) is a medical institution,
I will enclose a ‘Private Medical Report of the State of Wisconsin (USA)’ written by
the Chief Medical Doctor (over 25 years) which undoubtedly will assist in your
Medical Evaluation. She personally spoke to our U.S. Vice President Al Gore who
absolutely confirmed my actual status, authority and Presidential Directives, inter
alia. Dr. Connie M. Lee, M.S., and her medical staff refused the Court-Appointed
Dr. David M. Mays’ instructions to have me medicated for six (6) months to prepare
for the scheduled civil income tax assessment trial for failure to pay; disregarding
the truthful fact I personally owed no Wisconsin tax liabilities, per U.S. Federal
Court Decrees and Orders!”
I have a copy of Dr. Lee’s letter to Judge Torphy (Dane County trial) regarding Leo E.
Wanta’s mental health. I also have a copy of the medical reports. They, however, come with
the following confidentiality stamp:
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Thus, I will not publish them. I will, however, attest that Dr. Lee’s letters and reports do
affirm that Leo Emil Wanta is quite sane.
There was a second person arrested with Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta on that fateful
day in Lausanne. His name is Ferro and he worked in the law offices of the attorney in Toronto
with whom Wanta lived. Ferro was married and had two adult children. His background was
that of real estate agent and he is described by the Swiss as becoming a legal advisor in a law
office with a Notary. The investigating officers say he earned “about 4-5000 CAN$ a month…”
which I doubt because later in the transcript Ferro is described as receiving unemployment
allowances. The Swiss investigators say that in 1992 (when Wanta arrived in Toronto) his
employer “pushed him to start working as a secretary for Leo Emil WANTA.” He “handled
telephone calls and fax messages but was never involved in decision making.” Ferro was
released rather quickly and was returned to Canada.
The facts as presented to the Swiss Tribunal Hearing ex officio members says that Ferro
was to act as Leo Wanta’s secretary and, occasionally, as his interpreter. Both statements are
untrue. As I said in Chapter Five, Wanta speaks several languages quite fluently and his
intelligence work was far too secret to put in someone else’s hands. About the only true
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statement in this section of the transcript is that Wanta arrived in Switzerland in May of 1993.
Then the Tribunal Hearing transcript says:
“First thing, both men have joined up with a certain xxxxxxx in Zurich, a
South-African business woman and her daughter, who had been waiting for them.
Xxxxxx business, as she herself declared, was to introduce some partners in order
to close a ‘deal’ and be paid commission. She had been in contact with Leo Emil
WANTA as early as autumn of 1992 in an attempt to get in on some deal or other.
She had come to Switzerland in order to set up a meeting for these business
partners involved in financial transactions purporting to ‘prime bank guarantees’
and in particular to attempt to settle some matters on behalf of Leo Emil WANTA.
According to her daughter’s testimony, she also was in contact with a figure named
xxxxx, a notorious swindler.”
Going back to Chapter Six and Leo Wanta’s explanation of what happened in Lausanne,
this “certain xxxxxxx” who “joined up” with him in Zurich must have been Lorrayne Fine and her
daughter. The “notorious swindler” of whom they speak must be Marc Rich/Reich, one of the
biggest money launderers in the world living in Zug, Switzerland, under the full protection of
that nation. Remember two quotes from Chapter Six regarding Ms. Fine:
“It’s interesting, isn’t it, that William Sessions, Director of the FBI issued a
tax evasion arrest warrant for Marc Rich and told Wanta to exercise it… but Wanta
was arrested (for tax evasion) before that could be accomplished. I remember Lee
discussing the day of his arrest with me. He had seen Lorrayne Fine talking with
Rich on a hotel balcony and believes Rich had strong ties to the Mossad and that
Fine (also affiliated with Mossad) told him about the arrest plans” (and so Rich
never got on the ferry to France so Wanta could arrest him – and he is protected by
the Swiss as long as he is on their soil.).
Thus, it seems reasonable to assume that “xxxxxxx” from South Africa (Fine is from
South Africa) is Lorrayne Fine (of the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, according to Wanta)
and “the notorious swindler” is Swiss resident Marc Rich (who Wanta says also has ties with the
Mossad).
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Here is the second quote from Chapter Six:
“The U.S. Dollar funding for the AmeriTrust deal was obtained through L.
H. Financial in conjunction with AmeriTrust’s corporate fiduciary agent, Ms Elaine
Guiraud of Lausanne. She and L.H. Financial were recommended to AmeriTrust
(Suisse) Societe by the Swiss government to perform functions that kept
AmeriTrust (Suisse) Societe in compliance with Swiss banking laws. Ms. Giraud
was aware of the origin of the Cash Performance Bond funding. L.H. Financial
advised Wanta and his company that the funds were certified by Union Bank of
Switzerland (Union de Banques Suisses) as “good, clean, clear, freely-transferable
and of non-criminal origin.” It was at the insistence of Credit Swiss Bank (Credit
Suisse Banque) that AmeriTrust Corporation, Inc. retained FGI Fiduciaire-Conseil
and Ms Millie Ferrus as AmeriTrust Corporation’s Swiss Counsel to meet Swiss
banking requirements. They were doing everything by the book. Leo Wanta made
it a point to do things by the book. This was subsequently authorized and
approved by appropriate authorities within the U.S. Government.”
Long before Leo Wanta and I ever began discussing the court transcripts from the
November 17, 2000 Tribunal Hearing, he gave me the above information. In fact, the above
disclosure was made before either of us even knew of the 2000 Hearing or the transcript of it.
In the text below, it becomes difficult to keep track of the x’s – the players in this fictional plot
the Swiss have created for their courts. They say Wanta had known xxxxxxx (7 x’s) for 3 or 4
years. Lee clearly said at least two years before he knew of this transcript that L.H. Financial
(Fine’s company) was recommended to AmeriTrust (Suisse) Societe by the Swiss government to
keep his company, AmeriTrust (Suisse) Societe in compliance with Swiss banking laws.
AmeriTrust’s fiduciary agent FGI and Elaine Guiraud of Lausanne, was also recommended to
Wanta by the Swiss government.
‘Leo Emil WANTA, as he himself stated, had the intention to set up a Swiss
Subsidiary of his company AMERITRUST CORPORATION INC. To this end he
intended to call upon a certain xxxxxxx (female), whom he had known for some 3
or 4 years. She presented herself as a ‘doctor juris for international law’ and as a
‘French lawyer’ and acted as legal counsel inside the FGI Fiduciaire Conseil
company. This company, founded in 1991 by xxxxx and xxxxx, was also engaged in
‘business deal’ without ever bringing a single one to a conclusion. Xxxxxxxx and
xxxxxx had met in France in 1983-1984; they (females) had become friends and
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lady xxx had suggested to lady xxx to go into business together. Some serious
doubts arose as to the respectability of lady xxxx, who vanished after having
handed to her the savings of lady xxxx, supposedly to be invested in some real
estate project in France.
“And so Leo Emil WANTA and xxxxx came to Lausanne in the company of
xxxxx and her daughter to meet with xxxxxxx and xxxxxx. The group checked in at
the Hotel AULAC. Leo Emil WANTA introduced himself as the Somali Ambassador to
Switzerland. He introduced xxxxx as the Somali Ambassador to Belgium. First of all
he has obtained from xxxx his (her) bank data, explaining that a large amount was
going to be transferred to his (her) account to cover the expenses, the expenses for
setting up a company as well as for the settlement of the fees charged by FGI
Fiduciaire Conseil.
“On June 18th 1993, the amount of 375.000 US$ was indeed transferred
into account number 320’904.60 W belonging to xxxxx at UBS Lausanne.”
There is not room here to go through 20 pages of court hearings, but this information
about FGI and L.H. Financial and Wanta going to Lausanne in the company of Lorrayne Fine (of
Mossad) and her daughter (of Johannesburg, South Africa) is complete nonsense. A nice story,
perhaps, but that’s all it is. The Swiss recommend to Wanta that he should use the services of a
fiduciary company to be in compliance with Swiss banking laws and they give him the name FGI
where Elaine Guiraud of Lausanne was employed. L.H. Financial, Fine’s company, was also
recommended to Wanta by the Swiss banking authorities. In the year 2000 as the Swiss now
tell the story, Wanta brought Fine with him to Switzerland.
“The transfer originated from a company EMERMARIN LTD in London, from its
director xxxxxx. Xxxxxxx had opened at the same bank a new account number
485.069.60 N in the name of FGI Fiduciaire Conseil into which these 375.000-US$
were transferred.
“Leo Emil WANTA also requested xxxxxx to introduce him to several banks,
which he did, in particular to UBS in Lausanne, to CREDIT SUISSE in Lausanne and to
the SCS ALLIANCE bank in Geneva. He has attempted to open an account at UBS
Lausanne presenting himself as the Somali Ambassador to Switzerland; the bank
management had some serious doubts and refused to cooperate. On June 23 1993
however, Leo Emil WANTA opened an account nr. 70849 at SCS ALLIANCE Geneva in
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the name of AMERITRUST CORPORATION INC., with proxy deed in favour of
xxxxxxxx.
Wanta explains the above two paragraphs this way:
“Xxxxxxx had opened at the same bank a ‘new’ account number
485.069.60 N in the name of FGI Fiduciaire Conseil into which the 375,000 U.S.$
were transferred (not into accounts belonging to AmeriTrust or Ambassador Wanta
who had no knowledge of this bank account). The Tribunal transcript says: ‘Leo
Emil Wanta also requested xxxxxx to introduce him to several banks, which she did,
in particular to UBS in Lausanne, to Credit Suisse in Lausanne and to the SCS
Alliance bank in Geneva.’ Untrue. Leo Wanta has had a long-term bank account at
Credit Suisse/Geneve since the mid-1980s and SCS Alliance is a CIA/U.S.
Government Proprietary, used for many, many years for investigative purposes and
to cover expenses and sting operations within Switzerland. ‘He has attempted to
open an account at UBS Lausanne presenting himself as the Somali Ambassador to
Switzerland; the bank management had some serious doubts and refused to
cooperate.’ Untrue.”
Here it is in the Swiss court’s own words:
“On July 2
nd
1993, on orders of WANTA, xxxxxx has transferred from
account 485 069 60N of FGI Fiduciaire Conseil to the account 70849 of
AMERITRUST CORPORATION INC. the amount of 350.000-US$. She handed 5000-
US$ to her associate and kept 20.000-US$ for herself, to cover various expenses.”
“On July 6
th
1993, WANTA has drawn from the AMERITRUST account at
SCS ALLIANCE the amount of SF-14.000 (10.000-US$).” [Barnewall Note: If he had
local access in Lausanne to $350,000 in an account opened in his name – it was
opened in FGI’s name, as Wanta said – why would he use his account at SCS
Alliance in Geneva to get 14.000 Swiss francs?] “He spent part of it for his personal
needs.
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“The remainder, SF-6700, were confiscated from his hands when he was
arrested on
July 8th 1993. A partial lifting of the confiscation for a total of 500-SF was ordered
on November 19
th
1993. The remaining SF-6200 being kept confiscated.”
It would make no sense for Wanta to ask Giraud/FGI to introduce him to banks in
Lausanne when Geneva is such a short distance from Lausanne and he had about $500 billion
sitting in a Credit Suisse account in Geneva when he was arrested. It would make no sense for
Wanta to be asked to be introduced at SCS Alliance Bank where he, as an intelligence operative,
had contacts for many, many years. In fact, in the next paragraph the Swiss transcript points
out that on July 6, 1993 – the day before his arrest – he withdrew 14.000 Swiss Francs ($10,000
U.S.) from his account as SCS Alliance. He spent some of the funds on personal needs (the
transcript says) and still had 6,700 Swiss francs that were confiscated from him when he was
arrested.
Here’s how Wanta explained it in his communiqués to the International Court of Justice,
to First president of the Lausanne Courts Pierre Bruttin, and the European Court of Human
Rights:
“Whose bank data? Explaining what and to whose bank account? And for
whose account to cover what expenses? The setting up a (Suisse) company as well
as costs for the SETTLEMENT and the FEES charged by FGI Fiduciaire Conseil were
to be paid after AmeriTrust (Suisse) Societe was duly registered. AmeriTrust
Corporation escrow account fees would be paid from the U.S. Dollars 500 billion.
As an aside, you might want to go back to Chapter Seven and look at the Customs
Declaration made by Ambassador Wanta when he immigrated back into the United States in
New York. He had $77.00 cash with him. What happened to the 6,700 Swiss francs that were
confiscated (according to the Tribunal Hearing’s own records) when he was arrested? He was
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held in solitary confinement for 134 days (and was given no access to money), was put on a
Swiss Air flight and returned to New York… with $77.00 to declare to Customs. What happened
to the 500 Swiss francs they say were ordered on November 19, 1993 – he was returned to the
U.S. on November 17, 1993 as his Customs Form validates (another “mistake”). By what right
did they confiscate 6200 Swiss francs? It appears the Swiss practice not only creative story
telling, but are thieves as well. And that’s not all they took. Here, in the court’s own words:
“In the course of his imprisonment, WANTA has signed a proxy deed for
the AMERITRUST account in favour of XXXXXXXX.” [Barnewall Note: Wanta signed
various legal documents while in prison to try to regain control of the funds being
stolen from him by everyone – including the Swiss as indicated below, BUT HE
NEVER SIGNED A PROXY DEED. The CIA had its hands in the cookie jar, too. Again,
this is evidence that like vultures the Swiss followed his movements after his
imprisonment in the United States by the State of Wisconsin from 1993 until 2001.]
“She has transferred provisions of respectively 20.000-US$ and 10.000-US$ to the
WANTA defense attorneys. We were able to confiscate what was left on the
account at SCS ALLIANCE Geneva. This measure has effectively caused the
cancellation of WANTA’s orders, passed to the bank via xxxx, to clear the account,
in particular a transfer order for 150.000-US$ to ABN AMRO Bank in Antwerp in
favour of LANCER PACE ASSOCIATES INC.; an order for 100.000-US$ to be wired to
FGI Fiduciaire Conseil in order to set up a Swiss subsidiary of AMERITRUST; and an
order for 60.000-US$ to be wired to FGI to cover their fees. The confiscation has
also successfully preempted an attempt to draw funds from the account on July
21
st
1993 by xxxxx, posturing as an architect and as a Peruvian real estate
developer residing in Florida, president of JUNE INVESTMENTS INC., a company
registered on Turks & Caicos, in reality being a swindler who was on the
international banking ‘wanted’ list. On the advice of xxxxxxxx this person had
transferred on July 1
st
1993 from CHEMICAL BANK FLORIDA onto account 70849 of
AMERITRUST an amount of 10.000-US$, which he claimed he needed to conduct
business in Europe. This account had been presented to him by lady xxx as being a
transit account wherefrom he could withdraw funds as required.”
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There are so many errors in the above paragraph… but the primary purpose of including
it is to provide absolute evidence from the mouth of the Swiss court that it took from Leo Emil
Wanta’s bank accounts in Switzerland hundreds of thousands of dollars that belong to the
American people to give to a Russian trawler company, Emermarin of London, and another
London company called Lancer Pace – companies for which the Swiss Tribunal Hearing provided
no evidence had any connection with Wanta. Those of you who have funds in Switzerland
because you perceive it to be a “safe haven” might want to keep this in mind. Switzerland is
apparently not the “safe haven” people in the U.S. seem to think it is.
“On July 8
th
, 1993 WANTA and his clique have checked out from Hotel
AULAC, heading for Geneva. To cover the hotel expenses the accused has handed
to the Hotel a check of 3000-US$ drawn on BANC OF AMERICA, were no funds were
available. WANTA and xxxxxxxxx were arrested shortly thereafter.
This is an absolute lie. Please see the WANTA BANK OF AMERICA STATEMENT proving
that more than enough money was in Wanta’s Bank of America account for this check to clear.
I personally disbelieve that the hotel accepted a check for payment of its bill to Wanta. I
believe Wanta paid via cash… the cash he had received the day before his arrest from on July 6,
1993. As the Swiss Court transcript above evidences, Wanta withdrew 14.000 Swiss francs
($10,000 U.S.) from his account as SCS Alliance. He spent some of the funds on personal needs
and still had 6,700 Swiss francs that were confiscated from him when he was arrested. If he
had 14.000 Swiss francs on July 6
th
and had only 6700 Swiss francs when he was arrested the
next day, it is because he paid the hotel bill in cash. Your experience may be different from
mine, but I have never had a hotel in Europe accept a non-local check for payment. They
required cash or a credit card.
Following is a repeat of information provided by the court transcript earlier in this
chapter… but some details are added. For those of you who wonder how so much money
could be stolen from one man, the court transcript provides a partial answer:
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“b) The investigation has revealed following:
“On June 4
th
1993 a ‘contract of credit’ had been passed between
ARKHANGELSK TRAWLFLEET JSC ( AFT), a Russian company based in Russia
operating in the fishery industry and in the handling and distribution of fishery
products, on the one hand, and EMERMARIN LTD, in London, on the other hand.
This contract stipulated that EMERMARIN LTD granted to ATF a credit of
40.000.000-US$. However, ATF was to transfer in advance to the creditor a
guarantee of 350.000-US$; this guarantee was to be given back to ATF at the
expiration of the credit or upon cancellation of the contract. Additionally ATF was
to transfer without delay 25.000-US$ covering the mediating fees of LANCER PACE
ASSOCIATES, a company that served as a front for the swindler xxxxxxx.
ATF has kept his side of the deal by transferring 375.000-US$ to NATIONAL
WESTMINSTER BANK in London in favour of EMERMARIN LTD. As we have shown
earlier, xxxxxx on June 18
th
1993 has transferred this amount to the account of
xxxx.
“It was specified that 25.000-US$ were ccccc to the LANCER PACE
ASSOCIATES company and that the remaining 350.000-US$ were to be reserved in
the name and the account of EMERMARIN LTD.
“WANTA has acknowledged to the investigators that he was informed of
the 375.000-US$ transfer: the money allegedly originated from one of his clients
and was intended for the purchase of ‘prime bank guarantees’ from AMERITRUST
CORPORATION.
“The varying versions of justification as to the origin and intended use of
the 375.000-US$ and the initial draw of 14.000-SF show that the sole purpose of
xxxxxx WANTA and consorts was to appropriate the money to themselves without
caring about the fulfilment of their obligations towards ATF.
“ATF, being unable to recuperate the money after the obvious breach of
contract, started legal action against EMERMARIN LTD in Great-Britain, which was
successful.
“ATF also sought and obtained the confiscation of the AMERITRUST
deposits at SCS ALLIANCE in Geneva. While AMERITRUST has not apposed it, the
confiscation is irrevocable.”
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That’s how it’s done. That’s how you steal money from one person and give it to others
– with, I’m sure, a nice commission between this person and that – or, this court and that court.
Here is the outcome of the Tribunal Hearing:
a) “WANTA is guilty of fraud to the detriment of ATF. Using a pack of lies, being
qualified ‘advance fee fraud’, WANTA and his minions have led their victim to
believe that she (the company) could obtain an important credit from a London
company that was conducting business similar to hers. A valid contract had been
signed which EMERMARIN LTD, represented by xxxxxx, never had the intention to
honour.
“Through these lies, the accomplices have convinced their victim to
transfer 375.000-US$, this money was consequently passed on from one bank
account to the next in an attempt to cover the traces. The number of accomplices
and the use of front-companies show the cunning nature of the operation, which
worked perfectly.
“WANTA also committed fraud to the detriment of Hotel AULAC, whom he
paid with a worthless cheque.
“The acts were committed in 1993. The present case is not one where the
offender merely exploited an error made by the victim. Consequently the new law
does not offer better defense rights than the old law. Consequently Article 148
alinea 1a CP will be applicable.
I. Declares WANTA in absentia guilty of fraud, forgery of titles and certificates, but
clears him of any sentence;
II. In absentia extradites WANTA from Swiss territory for a period of five years.
III. Sentences in absentia xxxxx for complicity to forgery of titles and certificates to an
imprisonment of six months minus 33 days of detention awaiting trial, suspended
for a period of two years,
IV. In absentia extradites xxxxxxx from Swiss territory for a period of five years.
V. Grants Hotel AULAC’s claim and says that WANTA owes the hotel SF-4.637,50.
VI. Maintains, for a period of 20 days as of the irrevocable judgement, the confiscation
of the deposits in account nr 70849 at bank SCS ALLIANCE Geneva in the name of
AMERITRUST Inc. and says that, at the expiration of the delay, these will be returned
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to the prejudiced, unless provisional measures or a confiscation in accordance with
article 271 LP will have been ordered.
VII. Orders the confiscation and escheat of the amount of SF-6.200, sequestered under
file nr 1264.
VIII. Orders the confiscation and the permanent filing as exhibits of two copies of a fax
transmitted by xxxxxxx and xxxxx to the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Geneva.
IX. Charges WANTA with part of the expenses for an amount of SF-15.172.90 and
xxxxxxxx for an amount of SF-3.733,45.
“This judgment was drafted, approved and signed behind closed doors.
“While the accused still have not shown up and the other parties involved were
excused, the President renounces the public lecture of the verdict.”
Of course the judgment was signed behind closed doors and of course the President (of
the Tribunal) renounces the public disclosure of the verdict. Who in their right mind would
want this kind of filth as it relates to a court decision associated with their name? The names of
those who sat in judgment at this joke of a Hearing are not available… but all of us know in
what country the banking laws allowed this miscarriage of justice.
Leo Wanta sat in a lonely prison cell in Oklahoma when this travesty occurred. It was
staged without his knowledge or his participation. He was sentenced in absentia… for six
months minus 33 days of detention while awaiting trial – they couldn’t even get that right. He
was in prison for 134 days in Prison du Bois Lausanne. Wanta was banned from Swiss territory
for five years – he hadn’t set foot in the country for seven years at the time the Tribunal ruled
he couldn’t enter Switzerland for five years. This entire proceeding is disgusting to anyone who
respects the rule of law.
So this is how justice is dished out in a socialist European state? There has been no
response from the International Court of Justice or the European Court of Human Rights.
There are many more pages to the Lausanne Tribunal Hearing involving Ambassador Leo
Emil Wanta. The transcript has been provided in both French and English and I invite you to
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read them. However, if you know any of the facts surrounding this case, you know that this
Tribunal Hearing makes a U.S. Kangaroo Court look honest by comparison. This Hearing was
only about how the Lausanne courts could steal money that belonged to Leo Emil Wanta and,
because of his love of his country and the people who live here, to America and Americans.
That’s all this Hearing accomplished: The theft of another man’s labour and money.
For those who would like to read Ambassador Wanta’s comments regarding the above
lies, here is a link to the comments he wrote for the International Court of Justice and the
European Court of Human Rights.
LEE’S NOTES
The purpose of this Hearing was, pure and simple, to steal as much of the Wanta money
as Lausanne could get its hands on. That’s your money and my money if you’re an American
citizen reading this. That’s your money if you are a citizen of a nation scheduled to get billions
of dollars from the Wanta-Reagan-Mitterrand Protocols.
After reading this chapter, you may be tempted to write a letter to the Lausanne
Courts… to First President Pierre Bruttin. His address is on my letter to him… linked above.
And now on to the criminal trial of an innocent man in his home state of Wisconsin…
possibly the only place more crooked as a government than that of Lausanne, Switzerland.
P.S. If you find any evidence in this transcript of an actual relationship between Leo Emil
Wanta and Arkhangelsk Trawlerfleet, Emermarin, or Lancer… please let the author know. She
couldn’t find it.
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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
(Title Removed)
(Address Removed)
(Phone Removed)
September 20, 2011
The Honorable, Jacques ANTENEN
Juge D'Instruction
Du Canton De Vaud
Valentin 34
1014 Lausanne, Switzerland
IN RE: Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta (also
known as Lee/Leo Emil Wanta)
Arrested in Lausanne, Switzerland on 07
July 1993
Dear Judge Antenen:
As a bank consultant, I have spent many pleasant hours in your country. The last time was when I spoke
in Zurich at the Dolder Grand Hotel at an International Private Banking Conference. The American
Bankers Association published my book, Profitable Private Banking: The Complete Blueprint. The book
was sold in America for two years and was then made available internationally by Lafferty Publications
(London/Dublin). Copies are currently housed at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in Great Britain.
Since retiring from the business of banking, I have written two books about the current world financial
crisis (with particular focus on America’s monetary system). While doing research for the second book, I
became acquainted with Ambassador (to Switzerland from Somalia in 1993 at the time of his arrest)
Lee/Leo Emil Wanta who was arrested in Lausanne on 7 July 1993. He was taken to Prison du Bois –
Mermet, CH du Bois, Gentil, 1018 Lausanne, where he spent 134 days in cell number 130.
I am writing the final book of the trilogy and it will be based on what happened to Ambassador Wanta.
His persecution is so reflective of the corruption of not just the American government, but of
governments around the world. It serves as a good example of power gone amok.
Will you please tell me to which Swiss official offices/courts I can write in Switzerland to get copies of
the following information?
1. A copy of any arrest warrants issued and any Surete reports filed;
2. A copy of the charges files against Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta at his arraignment;
3. The date and place of the arraignment;
4. Any court transcripts that are part of the public record (all court transcripts are public
record documents in America, but I am not familiar with Suisse law);
5. Any court documents/transcripts available that pertain to Ambassador Wanta’s sudden
release from cell number 130 on 16 November 1993;
6. Any written documentation as to why Ambassador Wanta was taken at gunpoint and in
body restraints to a Swiss Air flight (#51) and returned to New York where he cleared Customs using his
Diplomatic Passport which was returned to him by Swiss authorities upon his release from Prison du
Bois.
As you may know, upon his return to the United States from Switzerland, Ambassador Wanta was
arraigned in New York’s U.S. District Court in front of Judge Allyne Ross and the case was immediately
dismissed. I am currently pouring over 2,000 pages of Wisconsin court documents which, in context
with the laws of this nation, are shocking by the absence of any attention paid to lawful prosecution.
I want to find out what happened to Leo/Lee Emil Wanta. It would be far easier on my aging body if I
can get the information via mail than it would be to spend long hours on an airplane – and both would
be less costly than hiring an advocate. Any assistance you can provide that will help me write factually
about what happened to an American citizen who was arrested in Switzerland at the Hotel Au Lac on the
morning of 7 July 1993 will be greatly appreciated. I want to be fair to the Government of Switzerland
and I want to be factual in my coverage of what happened to Ambassador Wanta. My newspaper
articles and my books are works of fact and truth and my readers expect no less of me.
Sincerely,
(Mrs.) Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
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(Note: French to English translation on page 2 of this document)
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
(information removed)
Translation
I acknowledge receipt of your mail 20 September 2011 concerning Lee Emil Wanta and inform
you that I pass it with a duplicate of this notice to the District Court of Lausanne, Criminal
Division, Courthouse Montbenon, 1014 Lausanne, for further action.
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Marilyn MACGRUDER BARNEWALL
(Title Removed)
(Address Removed)
(Telephone Removed)
(Translation)
The Central Public Prosecutor gave me your letter of September 20 last. The content has my
full attention.
To follow up your request, I send you herewith a copy of the judgment of Lausanne Criminal
Court held November 17, 2000 in Leo Emil Wanta the case, whose other names therein were
masks.
Police reports, however, are not disclosed. These parts can be found, if any, at the Registry of
Criminal TRIBUNAL.
Wishing you good reception, I beg you to believe, Madam, the assurances of my highest
consideration.
The first president:
Pierre Bruttin
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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
(Title Removed)
(Address Removed)
(Telephone Removed)
November 20, 2011
Monsieur Pierre Bruttin
La Premier President
TRIBUNAL D’ARRONDISSEMENT
DE LAUSANNE
Palais de Justice de Montbenon
1014 Lausanne
Dear Premier President Bruttin :
N/ref: PBR/lla
Affaire: Leo Emil Wanta, 7 July 1993
Thank you for your kind response to my inquiry dated 21 October 2011. A copy of your letter is
enclosed. You must get many such requests for information and I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Though the photocopy of the judgment rendered by the correctional tribunal of Lausanne dated 17
November 2000 is very much appreciated, my primary questions go unanswered.
1. What court transcripts/records are available from Ambassador Wanta’s original arrest
date of 7 July 1993 and from his incarceration in a Suisse prison from 7 July 1993 until 17 November
1993? Surely court documents prior to 2000 – seven years beyond the date of Ambassador Wanta’s
arrest – are available that show the reason the Suisse government confined an American citizen to a jail
cell for over four months. Surely charges were filed and court action was taken at the time to justify
such a serious action. Where can I find the court records from 1993, please?
Since Judge Allyne Ross immediately dismissed all charges against Ambassador Wanta
when he appeared in the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York, on 19 November 1993
(Switzerland returned Ambassador Wanta on Swiss Air Flight #51, he appeared in Judge Ross’s Court on
November 17, 1993 and all charges against him were dropped on November 19, 1993 – I have copies of
the New York Court Dockets regarding this matter). And, since Ambassador Wanta’s entry back into the
United States shows his Diplomatic Passport was used by Customs for re-entry into the country, he
obviously was who he said he was: the Ambassador to Switzerland and to Canada for Somalia. The
authorities in Lausanne had to have access to his Diplomatic Passport or he would not have had it
available to re-enter the United States. Leo Emil Wanta’s Ambassadorial Investiture was attended (and
witnessed) by the Foreign Minister of France, the Honorable Alain Juppe… a former Mayor of
Bordeauxs. Thus, questions arise as to the legitimacy of the imprisonment of Ambassador Wanta in
Lausanne… of why the Suisse Government would imprison someone with Diplomatic Immunity in
violation of the various international Agreements known as the Vienna Convention.
Please understand my problem, Monsieur. I have in my possession documents that
make it clear the Leo Emil Wanta was appointed to be Ambassador to Switzerland from Somalia. I have
a copy of his Diplomatic Passport. There are pictures of his Investiture attended by the honorable Alain
Juppe… and the Sûreté in Lausanne simply decides it disagrees with those facts, it believes or thinks or
“in its opinion” this man has a mental problem and, even though he has a mental problem they still
think he is a highly skilled money launderer? Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds?
It also appears the Suisse government has a conflict of interest in the Wanta case. Bank
records exist showing the Ambassador had on deposit with Credit Suisse a large sum of money – well
into the billions of U.S. dollars. Those funds were never returned to him or to the United States
Government or to the State of Wisconsin, USA. The money just… disappeared. As I said in my first letter
to Judge Antennen (which was forwarded to Judge Jean Trecanni, then to you, Premier President
Bruttin), I want to be fair to the Suisse government as I write Ambassador Wanta’s biography. To do
that, I need factual information, not assumptions and opinions of guilt as expressed in the Tribunal
Decision you provided.
The Tribunal Decision is an interesting document filled with highly questionable
comments for a legal document; the following come from just the first two pages of the 20 page
document:
Tribunal: (The Accused) does not appear, although duly summoned by edictale
(FAO) to 8:00;
Response: How can this be since Ambassador Wanta was in prison in the State of
Oklahoma (I have confirmed this with two trips to North Fork Prison in Sayre, Oklahoma). To where was
the “Summons” sent? Why were the avocats who were paid a very high fee in July 1993 to serve in
Ambassador Wanta’s defense not “duly summoned” to offer evidence in defense of this man?
Tribunal: Leo Emil Wanta has no criminal records in Switzerland. However, the
accused was convicted in the United States by Judgment of 20 November 1995, sentenced to eight years
in prison for tax evasion. Records in Austria were also investigated for credit card fraud.
Response: Leo Emil Wanta WAS NOT convicted on 20 November 1995; he was
convicted on 11 May 1995. He was SENTENCED on 20 November 1995. These kinds of errors are…
unique in legal court documents. And why in a Tribunal Decision was an investigation involving credit
card fraud in Austria mentioned when, obviously, nothing was found. Had it been, charges would have
been filed against him. A cancelled check proving that Ambassador Wanta paid the Wisconsin taxes in
1992, three years before his Wisconsin trial, is enclosed. It’s interesting that the Suisse Court uses
information from what we, in America, call a “Kangaroo Court” – a dishonest court – to justify its arrest
of him, and the Wisconsin Court uses information from the Suisse Court to justify suggesting
Ambassador Wanta was not of sound mind – an allegation proven to be totally false via numerous
mental examinations before trial. This is of particular interest since the primary witness against
Ambassador Wanta at his Wisconsin trial, a Department of Revenue Agent named Dennis Ullman who
presented himself as a lawyer (see letter addressing him as “Dennis Ullman, Esq.”) trial visited
Switzerland and Austria to see if there was any evidence available to use in the Wisconsin trial. As the
court transcripts of that trial prove, no evidence from Switzerland or Austria was presented against
Ambassador Wanta.
Tribunal: Leo Emil Wanta and BLANK NAME arrived in Switzerland at the
beginning of June 1993.
Response: If that is true, please explain the copy of an enclosed document showing
Wanta’s Suisse bank accounts as early as April of 1993. Please explain the numerous references made
to Suisse bank accounts established prior to 1993 as recorded in the book, Thieves’ World. This is an
obvious error or lie.
It appears very coincidental that the Suisse Government in Lausanne decided to
send Ambassador Wanta back to New York City on November 17, 1993, and the date of the Tribunal
Decision is November 17, 2000 – exactly seven (7) years after his return to the United States by the
Suisse government. What is the Statute of Limitations for whatever charges were brought against
Ambassador Wanta on 7 July 1993 – and what charges were brought that warranted a 4 month and 10
days incarceration?
Tribunal: In view of Leo Emil Wanta’s declarations and numerous letters on file,
including 75 pieces addressed to the FBI, the Court ASKS WHETHER THE IMAGINATION of the accused is
of a con man or that of a pathological liar. The reporting process for tax evasion due to “delirium”
statements reported made about the accused, he was subjected to psychiatric evaluations that
concluded his mental health is not at question.
Response: Ambassador Wanta is one of the most brilliant intelligence operatives
that ever served the United States of America… and the authorities in Lausanne independently decided
he is mentally ill. Documents from the Ronald Reagan Library which verify Wanta’s government service
as he explained it to the Suisse Sûreté on 7 July 1993 when they arrested him are enclosed. As
documented in the book Thieves’ World (Claire Sterling, Simon & Schuster, 1994 – six years before this
Tribunal Decision was handed down), Leo Emil Wanta was “… the one who mattered” (in bringing down
the Soviet ruble). Page 194 on which Sterling made that statement is enclosed.
Ambassador Wanta carried a blue nylon bag with him at the time he
was arrested in Lausanne. It contained numerous Secret and Top
Secret documents… the Sûreté had the time, motive and opportunity to search the contents of that bag
– and, in fact, did. Their own words convict them as they make reference to the numerous pieces of
correspondence (75, I believe the Tribunal said) he carried that were addressed the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. And, if they looked at that information, they had to know of an intelligence operation
called “Chaselet” that involved Credit Suisse… being investigated by none other than covert intelligence
operative Leo Emil Wanta.
The question then becomes: How can a woman who is a journalist from
a small, agricultural town in Western Colorado USA, find evidence that makes it clear Ambassador
Wanta’s guilt or mental stability was not a legitimate question to be asked, let alone answered in the
Tribunal Decision handed down on 17 November 2000. The evidence suggests the Tribunal Judges may
have been unstable – or, had some other motivation to find someone guilty of an offense with
absolutely no evidence of guilt and with no defense documents admitted into evidence. If this woman
journalist can find these things when a man’s guilt or innocence does not hang in the balance -- why
couldn’t the Suisse Sûreté or the Lausanne Courts find it when it does?
These are the questions with which I am wrestling, trying to find intelligent answers to questions that
only blur factual evidence to the contrary as I read the Swiss Government’s Tribunal Decision dated 17
November 2000. It interests me (as an international traveler) that the Court Tribunal says the Hotel Au
Lac was given a “bad check” by Ambassador Wanta. As an international traveler, I have never had a
hotel agree to accept a personal check for payment. I’m quite sure the Hotel Au Lac did not accept one
from Ambassador Wanta, either. And, Credit Suisse filed no charges – so why are they listed as a party
to the Tribunal Decision? So many inaccuracies and conflicts…
I repeat the request made in my first letter to the Court in Lausanne: Which Department do I contact to
get copies of public documents regarding the arrest and detention in a Suisse prison for four months
and ten days of Ambassador Leo/Lee Emil Wanta?
My new book about Ambassador Wanta’s life will provide factual answers to the above questions (and
many others) but, even more important, negotiations with a film producer for this story have begun. As
I have repeatedly said, Monsieur Premier President, I want to be fair to all parties involved… but I need
facts, not guilt determined by opinion and void of any input from the defense of this man’s good name
from the Tribunal Decision with which you provided me. Switzerland is better than that – at least, I
certainly hope it is.
Sincerely,
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
cc: Ambassador Leo E Wanta
cc: Monsieur Philippe Couvreur
Registrar
The International Court of Justice
Peace Palace
Carnegieplein 2
2517 KJ
The Hague
The Netherlands
Enclosures:
FGI Letter, Llausanne, 29 April 1993
Inward Remittance Notification from Banc Dumeneil, Geneve, Switzerland, 27 May 1992
Letter, State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue, 18 February 1999 (one year prior to the Tribunal
Decision in Lausanne), “no record of delinquent Wanta taxes…”
Page 194, Thieves’ World (Simon & Schuster, 1994), line 2: “Wanta was the one who mattered.”
Letter, 12 August 1981, from Attorney Robert G. Pyzyk: “Mr. Wanta, in the last six months, has
been cleared by the United States Justice Department prior to receiving his appointment as Inspector
General of the Defense Department.”
Copy of cancelled check dated 3 June 1992 in payment of $14,129.00 Wisconsin State taxes. The
Lausanne Tribunal Decision notes that Leo Emil Wanta was found guilty of tax evasion charges in
Wisconsin in 1995 for an amount of $14,129.00 non-paid taxes. The taxes were paid; the Tribunal’s
Decision, faulty.
Letter dated 23 April 1993 from Chief, Collection Branch, Internal Revenue Service, USA to Leo
Wanta: “You are not liable for filing a tax return for this period.”
23 Pages from the Library of Ronald Wilson Reagan, President of the United States re Leo Emil
Wanta; these pages prove Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta is and was precisely who he said he was
(before the Lausanne Tribunal Court made decisions regarding a man’s guilt or innocence on
opinion rather than fact and suggested that anyone who made such claims was mentally disturbed).
This information was available to me – and was available to the Lausanne Tribunal Court of 2000,
had it chosen to investigate rather than pontificate.
NOTE: There is much more evidence that the Lausanne Tribunal Decision was made for reasons of
convenience – or, perhaps because an unjustifiable arrest was made in Lausanne in 1993 and a Statute
of Limitations required some action be taken to protect those responsible for the unwarranted arrest. I
will be glad to provide further documentation from the 6,000 pages of non-court transcript documents I
have gathered – or from the 2,000 pages of court transcript documents I have also amassed. If I can be
of assistance to you, please contact me. MB
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Governor-Governor-Elect Letter from
Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta
Thursday, February 03, 2011 5:41
10 November, 2010
Dear Governor and/or Governor-Elect,
National Governor’s Association, et al ….
The many thoughtful comments made by Governors and Governors-elect recently about High
Speed Rail [HSR] Programs are appreciated. It is always a pleasure to discuss innovation and
progress with people of foresight and logic. The fact that so many Governors and Governors-
elect around the United States are coming to the realization that the promises of an American
High Speed Rail System can be best done nationally utilizing private, not government, funds is
heartening.
Perhaps the reason the Obama - Biden Administration approached the implementation of High
Speed Rail – promising HSR (150-230 mph) when, in reality, they planned to build rapid transit
rail (100-150 mph) – is because the Federal Government knows each State needs to solve
transportation problems that high-speed rail doesn’t solve. What the federal government
failed to see is that local rapid transit systems need to be owned and controlled by State
Government, not the Federal Government. Too, HSR systems are more costly and need to be
privately funded with no taxpayer grants or subsidies – particularly at this moment in
America’s economic history.
There is no doubt in my mind that each State Government needs to implement a rapid transit
system that is coordinated into the AmeriRail High Speed Rail Transportation Program. Upon
the Economic Receipt of my personal/repatriation funds, I am willing to enter into a planning
process with each State Governor through whose State AmeriRail travels to discuss
temporarily providing funds to build a rapid transit system designed to solve your most
pressing transportation problems.
It is clear that the Economic Recovery/Crisis is creating financial difficulties that make it
impossible for State Governments to do much more than provide basic necessities to the
American Populace. I believe State Legislatures across the country need to better define
“necessary” and become more prudent in their spending. I also believe the jobs that can be
created by building both HSR and rapid transit systems at the same time will solve much of
the economic instability. People are not going to borrow and spend until they feel confident
about jobs, salaries and full employee benefits. Before the jobs and housing situations can be
solved, lost confidence in government must be restored.
The suggestions for what needs to be done in your State must come from you. You know your
State and its needs. What we are probably talking about is a loan to your State from
AmeriRail
[upon my personal Economic Receipt] for limited rapid rail links/attachments to the AmeriRail
system. We are also talking about all proceeds from the rapid rail system being used to repay
any loan made by AmeriRail for rapid transit … and we are talking about AmeriRail
maintaining control of cost factors involving rapid transit until any loans for the system are
repaid. Beyond cost factors, the State would be in control of managing the system until
repayment is completed.
My objective with the funds being unlawfully withheld from me since May of 2006 has always
been to do what best serves the needs of America. As the Federal Government has become
more and more bloated and unable to implement meaningful Economic Recovery, it has
become clear to me that problems will need to be solved with sovereign states, not a
bureaucracy run amok.
If you are interested in discussing these and other creative ideas with me, I will expect to
hear from you.
Sincerely,
(/s/Signed)
Lee E Wanta
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Judgement
Rendered by the Correctional Court
November 17
th
, 2000 at 17.00 hrs
In the case of
1. Leo Emil WANTA
2. xx
Withheld instances of breach of law: 2. Complicity to the forgery of titles and complicity to the forgery
of certificates.
Dates of breach of law: june-july of 93.
Session of 17 november 2000 at 9.10 a.m.
Presiding is
Judges
Court Clerk
Bailiff
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Session of: Friday November 17
th
, 2000
Presiding:
Judges:
Clerk:
Bailiff:
At 9.10 a.m. in public session the case is being opened involving:
WANTA Leo Emil, born June 11
th
, 1940 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA, American citizen, son
of WANTA Emil and of AANONSEN Ethel, divorced from RAMSTACK Joanne.
Accused of: fraud, forgery of titles and forgery of certificates.
He is not present, although he was summoned to court in accordance with the law at 08.00 a.m.
0 Plaintiffs-x Public Prosecutors
0-CREDIT SUISSE, attention of Mme -----, Rue de Lausanne, 16, mail box 100, 1211 Genève 70 (reference
CRUR) Excused.
X-HOTEL AULAC, place de la Navigation 4, 1000 Lausanne 6 Not present.
X-ARKHANGELSK TRAWLFLEET, (represented) by Maître Laurent MOREILLON, place St-François 5, CP
3860, 1002 Lausanne
Maître MOREILLON is present , his client having been excused.
The case proceeds ex officio.
(page 3-handwritten)
There is no opening statement.
The main documents of the dossier are being read, in particular the order of adjournment by the
examining judge of Lausanne issued on 14
th
January 2000.
Maître Moreillon is being heard on the facts of the case. The plaintiff comes to the
straightforward conclusion that the sequester (confiscation) should be lifted.
Maître Moreillon retires.
The examination is ended.
More than an hour after the mandatory show time, the accused have not shown up and the
court proceeds to its judgement against them, in absentia.
The pleadings are ended.
The session is suspended at 09.30 a.m.
The court is now retiring for the deliberation behind closed doors to reach a conclusion. It
breaks up at 10.50 and entrusts its President with the redaction of the text of the judgement.
(page 4)
Deliberating without delay behind closed doors, the court states the following:
De facto et de jure
I. The Accused (indicted):
a. Leo Emil WANTA was born on June 11
th
, 1940 in Stevens Point/Wisconsin/USA. Being an
American citizen, he has his official residence in the United States. He has been married
to Joanne RAMSTACK, but appears to have been divorced November 3
rd
1995.
(Document 183). The couple has three adult children. We have no knowledge of the
school education or the professional formation of the accused. In 1992, Leo Emil
WANTA rented office space in the offices of attorney / notary xxxxxxxx in Canada, where
he supposedly was ‘doing business’. It was there that he met Giovanni FERRO, who was
working as a legal advisor to XXXXX. The accused presents himself as a business man (PV
4 p.4), but also as an agent of the American government working under cover for
various organisations, as a UNO functionary and as an ambassador of Somalia to Canada
and to Switzerland. In contradiction thereto , according to specialized journalists he has
a reputation of being a swindler.(Doc 94) He arrived in Switzerland beginning of May
1993, at which date he was sent back to the US.
The criminal record of Leo Emil WANTA is blank. However, this accused has been convicted in
the US, by judgement rendered on November 20
th
1995, to an 8 year prison sentence for tax
evasion.(Doc 109 & 129/5).
He allegedly also has been on the wanted list in Austria for credit card fraud. (doc 41/4;PV 3 p.5).
(page 5)
In the light of the declarations of Leo Emil WANTA and of his many letters being kept on file, in
particular document 75 addressed to the FBI, the court wonders whether the excessive fantasy of the
accused is that of a swindler or of a mythomaniac. The reports concerning the tax evasion case of Leo
Emil WANTA include some mind boggling statements by the accused. He apparently has been subjected
to psychological assessments which have confirmed his mental health. (doc 129/5).
b. xxxxxxxx, Canadian citizen , was born xxxxxx. Presently he has his residence
in Canada. He is married to xxxxxxxxxx. The couple has two adult children. Xxxx has worked as a real
estate agent, then, as of June 1975, as legal advisor to a cabinet of an attorney and notary xxxxxx. He
earned about 4-5000 CAN$ a month.
In the autumn of 1992, as his workload was low, he was pushed by his employer to start working as a
secretary for Leo Emil WANTA: he handled telephone calls and fax messages but was never involved in
decision making. (pv ===).
Xxxxxxxxx declared that Leo Emil WANTA was ‘very secretive’ as far as his business was
concerned. He was not paid for his services but received unemployment allowances. He arrived in
Switzerland together with Leo Emil WANTA in June 1993. Both men initially stayed at Hotel
AMBASSADOR in Zürich, later on in Hotel AULAC at Lausanne. As required by the present case, the
accused has been put in detention awaiting trial as of 8
th
July 1993 for a total duration of 33 days. At his
liberation he has been sent back to Canada.
His criminal record is blank.
(page 6)
II. The facts
Leo Emil WANTA and xxxx arrived in Switzerland beginning of May 1993. The former allegedly to
‘conduct business’, the latter as his secretary and occasionally as his interpreter.
First thing, both men have joined up with a certain xxxxxxx in Zürich, a South-African
business woman and her daughter, who had been waiting for them. Xxxxxx business, as she
herself declared, was to introduce some partners in order to close a ‘deal’ and be paid
commission. She had been in contact with Leo Emil WANTA as early as autumn of 1992 in an
attempt to get in on some deal or other. She had come to Switzerland in order to set up a
meeting for these business partners involved in financial transactions purporting to ‘prime
bank guarantees’ and in particular to attempt to settle some matters on behalf of Leo Emil
WANTA. According to her daughter’s testimony, she also was in contact with a figure named
xxxxx, a notorious swindler.
Leo Emil WANTA, as he himself stated, had the intention to set up a Swiss
Subsidiary of his company AMERITRUST CORPORATION INC. To this end he intended to call
upon a certain xxxxxxx (female), whom he had known for some 3 or 4 years. She presented
herself as a ‘doctor iuris for international law’ and as a ‘French lawyer’ and acted as legal
council inside the FGI Fiduciaire Conseil company. This company, founded in 1991 by xxxxx
and xxxxx, was also engaged in ‘business deal’, without ever bringing a single one to a
conclusion. Xxxxxxxx and xxxxxx had met in France in 1983-1984; they (females) had
become friends and lady xxx had suggested to lady xxx to go into business together. Some
serious doubts arose as to the respectability of lady xxxx,
(page 7)
who vanished after having handed to her the savings of lady xxxx, supposedly to be invested
in some real estate project in France.
And so Leo Emil WANTA and xxxxx came to Lausanne in the company of xxxxx and her
daughter to meet with xxxxxxx and xxxxxx. The group checked in at the Hotel AULAC. Leo
Emil WANTA introduced himself as the Somali Ambassador to Switzerland. He introduced
xxxxx as the Somali Ambassador to Belgium. First of all he has obtained from xxxx his (her)
bank data, explaining that a large amount was going to be transferred to his (her) account to
cover the expenses, the expenses for setting up a company as well as for the settlement of
the fees charged by FGI Fiduciaire Conseil.
On june 18
th
1993, the amount of 375.000 US$ was indeed transferred into account
number 320’904.60 W belonging to xxxxx at UBS Lausanne.
The transfer originated from a company EMERMARIN LTD in London, from its director
xxxxxx. Xxxxxxx had opened at the same bank a new account number 485.069.60 N in the
name of FGI Fiduciaire Conseil into which these 375.000-US$ were transferred.
Leo Emil WANTA also requested xxxxxx to introduce him to several banks, which he did,
in particular to UBS in Lausanne, to CREDIT SUISSE in Lausanne and to the SCS ALLIANCE
bank in Geneva. He has attempted to open an account at UBS Lausanne presenting himself
as the Somali Ambassador to Switzerland; the bank management had some serious doubts
and refused to cooperate. On June 23 1993 however, Leo Emil WANTA opened an account
nr. 70849 at SCS ALLIANCE Geneva in the name of AMERITRUST CORPORATION INC., with
proxy deed in favour of xxxxxxxx.
(page 8)
On June 28
th
1993 Leo Emil WANTA ,xxxxxxxx and xxxxxx, showed up at the CREDIT
SUISSE in Lausanne. Leo E. WANTA introduced himself as the newly appointed Somali
Ambassador to Switzerland as evidenced by an accreditation letter from the Somali Embassy
in London addressed to the Swiss minister of foreign affairs in Geneva and he (WANTA)
introduced xxxxx as the new Somali Ambassador to Belgium as evidenced by an
accreditation letter of the same type. Leo Emil WANTA and xxxxx have presented these
letters to their CREDIT SUISSE counterparts. WANTA stated that he had the intention to
open an account in the name of AMERITRUST CORPORATION INC.; the purpose of this
account being the acceptance of 81.000.000-US$ to be transferred on that day by SWIFT
message from PARIBAS Bank in Zürich. He further indicated that he wanted to use the
money to buy bank titles. He handed a copy of a SWIFT (message), dated June 28
th
1993,
sent off by a xxxxx, first vice-president of PARIBAS Zürich, to a certain xxxxx, employee of
CREDIT SUISSE Lausanne, reporting the forthcoming transfer of 81.000.000-US$ on bank
account 176 705 52 780 of FGI Fiduciaire Conseil in favour of AMERITRUST CORPORATION
INC.; the money was to be used for the purchase of bank titles for a total value of
100.000.000-US$.(doc 23)
The management of CREDIT SUISSE have refused to further negotiate. In fact, a quick check
brought to light that 1) xxxxxxx was no longer employed in Lausanne but had been working at CREDIT
SUISSE New York since October 1992, 2) the abovementioned account had been closed due to lack of
transactions, 3) the content of the SWIFT message did not meet the standards for money transfers ,4)
xxxxxxxxx had exceeded his competence at PARIBAS by sending the disputed SWIFT (message), since he
was authorized only to act on the bank he was representing.
(page 9)
On July 2
nd
1993, on orders of WANTA, xxxxx has transferred from account 485 069 60N of FGI
Fiduciaire Conseil to the account 70849 of AMERITRUST CORPORATION INC. the amount of 350.000-
US$. She handed 5000-US$ to her associate and kept 20.000-US$ for herself, to cover various expenses.
On July 6
th
1993, WANTA has drawn from the AMERITRUST account at SCS ALLIANCE the amount
of SF-14.000 (10.000-US$).He spent part of of it for his personal needs.
The remainder, SF-6700, were confiscated from his hands when he was arrested on
July 8th 1993. A partial lifting of the confiscation for a total of 500-SF was ordered on November 19
th

1993. The remaining SF-6200 being kept confiscated.
In the course of his imprisonment, WANTA has signed a proxy deed for the AMERITRUST
account in favour of XXXXXXXX. She has transferred provisions of respectively 20.000-US$ and 10.000-
US$ to the WANTA’s defense attorneys. We were able to confiscate what was left on the account at SCS
ALLIANCE Geneva. This measure has effectively caused the cancellation of WANTA’s orders, passed to
the bank via xxxx, to clear the account, in particular a transfer order for 150.000-US$ to ABN AMRO Bank
in Antwerp in favour of LANCER PACE ASSOCIATES INC.; an order for 100.000-US$ to be wired to FGI
Fiduciaire Conseil in order to set up a Swiss subsidiary of AMERITRUST; and an order for 60.000-US$ to
be wired to FGI to cover their fees. The confiscation has also successfully preempted an attempt to draw
funds from the account on July 21
st
1993 by xxxxx, posturing as an architect and as a Peruvian real estate
developer residing in Florida, president of JUNE INVESTMENTS INC., a company registered on Turks &
Caicos, in reality being a swindler who was on the international banking ‘wanted’ list. On the advice of
xxxxxxxx this person had transferred on July 1
st

(page 10)
1993 from CHEMICAL BANK FLORIDA onto account 70849 of AMERITRUST an amount of 10.000-US$,
which he claimed he needed to conduct business in Europe. This account had been presented to him by
lady xxx as being a transit account wherefrom he could withdraw funds as required.
On July 8
th
, 1993 WANTA and his clique have checked out from Hotel AULAC, heading for
Geneva. To cover the hotel expenses the accused has handed to the Hotel a check of 3000-US$ drawn
on BANC OF AMERICA, were no funds were available.
WANTA and xxxxxxxxx were arrested shortly thereafter.
b) The investigation has revealed following:
1. On June 4
th
1993 a ‘contract of credit’ had been passed between ARKHANGELSK TRAWLFLEET
JSC ( AFT), a Russian company based in Russia operating in the fishery industry and in the
handling and distribution of fishery products, on the one hand, and EMERMARIN LTD, in London,
on the other hand. This contract stipulated that EMERMARIN LTD granted to ATF a credit of
40.000.000-US$. However, ATF was to transfer in advance to the creditor a guarantee of
350.000-US$; this guarantee was to be given back to ATF at the expiration of the credit or upon
cancellation of the contract. Additionally ATF was to transfer without delay 25.000-US$ covering
the mediating fees of LANCER PACE ASSOCIATES, a company that served as a front for the
swindler xxxxxxx.
ATF has kept his side of the deal by transferring 375.000-US$ to NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK
in London in favour of EMERMARIN LTD. As we have shown earlier, xxxxxx on June 18
th
1993 has
transferred this amount to the account of xxxx.
(page 11)
It was specified that 25.000-US$ were ccccc to the LANCER PACE ASSOCIATES company and that
the remaining 350.000-US$ were to be reserved in the name and the account of EMERMARIN LTD.
WANTA has acknowledged to the investigators that he was informed of the 375.000-US$
transfer: the money allegedly originated from one of his clients and was intended for the purchase of
‘prime bank guarantees’ from AMERITRUST CORPORATION.
The varying versions of justification as to the origin and intended use of the 375.000-US$ and the initial
draw of 14.000-SF show that the sole purpose of xxxxxx WANTA and consorts was to appropriate the
money to themselves without caring about the fulfilment of their obligations towards ATF.
ATF, being unable to recuperate the money after the obvious breach of contract, started legal
action against EMERMARIN LTD in Great-Britain, which was successful.
ATF also sought and obtained the confiscation of the AMERITRUST deposits at SCS ALLIANCE in Geneva.
While AMERITRUST has not apposed it, the confiscation is irrevocable.
2. The SWIFT (message) presented to CREDIT SUISSE by WANTA had been dictated to xxxxx by a
certain xxxx, who became xxxxxxxxx. This figure also had been described as a swindler by his ex-
employer PAINE WEBBER. As a matter of fact, he was brought to justice for fraud in the US (docs
98 and 129). So this gentleman xxxxxx had the idea, and with good reason, to take his business
to Europe, while forbidden in the US. These shady deals consisted of buying and selling, at a
profit, of bank titles, the ‘prime bank guarantees’.
(page 12)
Xxxxxxx has spoken about his project to a German business man, named xxxx, whom he asked if
he knew interested banks or investors. And so he showed up at PARIBAS bank Zürich toward the end of
May, beginning ( of June) 1993, where he met xxxxxxxx whom he already knew. In order to convince the
banker to get in on the deal, xxxxx has taken him to New York for a meeting with xxxxx, which took
place on June 21
st
1993.
On June 23
rd
1993 xxxxxxx opened an account at PARIBAS Zürich in the name of the holding
company IBHH, based in Luxembourg. He also deposited an unspecified amount in this account. He also
brought investors to the bank who in turn deposited about 41.000.000-US$. The so called ‘aim of the
operation’ was to purchase titles worth 100.000.000-US$ at a reduced price of 81.000.000-US$. The
invested funds were to serve as collateral for the purchase; in return, a commission was promised by
IBHH, who required from his partners total secrecy about the deals.
On the basis of these quasi-operations, xxxx faxed to xxxx the content of the SWIFT message
addressed to CREDIT SUISSE Lausanne, mentioning the deposit of 81.000.000-US$. Xxxxxxx was in the
belief that he had transmitted a mere conditional commitment.
Xxxx ‘s plan was to have the SWIFT message intercepted by xxxx ,whom he knew and who was
supposed to fax it to him together with the acknowledgement of receipt from CREDIT SUISSE. However,
after having faxed the SWIFT to CREDIT SUISSE Lausanne on June 28
th
1993, he had learned that xxxx
was no longer working there.
He then decided to change tactics. He asked xxxxxx to send him a copy of the SWIFT (message),
which he then handed to WANTA. The latter was to attempt to obtain bank titles (‘bank debentures’)
and to present those to PARIBAS. His accomplices tried to get their hands the same type of titles at
CREDIT SUISSE Geneva, who refused to issue the hoped-for document due to the lack of pre-payment.
These elements show that WANTA and xxxx must have known that the SWIFT (message) was
counterfeit; they also show that, apparently, it was the intention of xxxx and WANTA to obtain bank
titles at no cost in order to sell them at a profit.
3. In 1993 there existed no such thing as a Somali Embassy to Switzerland. Yet WANTA stated to
the investigators that some mail addressed to him was waiting for him to be picked up in this
Embassy in Geneva. Also, the Somali Embassy to England had been closed since 1991. WANTA’s
so-called credentials consist of a fax that he himself had wrapped in plastic to give it an air of
authenticity. Both accused must have known that the credentials they attempted to use in their
favour, were counterfeit.
c) CREDIT SUISSE has lodged a criminal complaint (Penal Law). ATF and Hotel AULAC
have lodged a Civil Law complaint.
III. DE IURE
b) WANTA is guilty of fraud to the detriment of ATF. Using a pack of lies, being qualified ‘advance
fee fraud’, WANTA and his minions have led their victim to believe that she (the company) could
obtain an important credit from a London company that was conducting business similar to
hers. A valid contract had been signed which EMERMARIN LTD, represented by xxxxxx, never
had the intention to honour.
Through these lies, the accomplices have convinced their victim to transfer 375.000-US$, this
money was consequently passed on from one bank account to the next in an attempt to cover the
traces. The number of accomplices and the use of front-companies show the cunning nature of the
operation, which worked perfectly.
WANTA also committed fraud to the detriment of Hotel AULAC, whom he paid
with a worthless cheque.
The acts were committed in 1993. The present case is not one where the offender merely
exploited an error made by the victim. Consequently the new law does not offer better defense rights
than the old law. Consequently Article 148 alinea 1a CP will be applicable.
When presenting to CREDIT SUISSE a non-standard SWIFT message, redacted by an
unauthorized employee with the aim of obtaining unpaid for services, WANTA has committed forgery ‘of
titles’. A SWIFT message is an inter-bank payment order ascertaining the money transfer it refers to. As
such it is be considered a ‘title’ in the sense of article 110 CP.
The new article 251 CP is not a ‘lex mitior’. Consequently the Court will apply article 251 aCP,
which was in effect at the time of the forgery.
When presenting false credentials to CREDIT SUISSE with the aim of proving his respectability
and of convincing the bank to trust him and to grant him the requested services, WANTA also
committed forgery of certificates as defined by the article 252 aCP; article 252 nCP does not offer better
defense rights to the accused.
b) As for xxxxxx, he has assisted WANTA in his cunnig manoeuvres. By being
present at CREDIT SUISSE, he added to the air of sincerity and respectability (of
WANTA). He endorsed his accomplice ’s lies by accepting to present himself as
the Somali Ambassador to Belgium. In this way he became himself guilty of
complicity to forgery ‘in titles’ and in certificates as defined by articles 25 CP and
251 and 252 aCP.
IV. SENTENCES
a) When fixing the sentence against WANTA, the Court will take into account, firstly,
the amount involved (375.000 + 3.000)US$) in the fraud. There is good reason to
also consider the magnitude of the planned operation against CREDIT SUISSE,
even though the hoped for profit certainly would not have reached the full
81.000.000-US$,; fortunately this operation was aborted. The Court will also take
into account the extremely sophisticated nature of the schemes and the number
of individuals involved in them. These schemes leave victims, who do not have
the experience banks have, with virtually no chance at all to escape the spider ‘s
web woven by these swindlers. To his discharge, the Court will take into account
WANTA’s blank criminal record and the amount of time lapsed since the forgery
was committed.
The sentence needs to be complementary to the US Court sentence of November 20
th
1995 for
tax evasion. The Court is of the opinion that, had the accused been sentenced for the totality of his acts,
he would not have been sentenced to more than 8 years of imprisonment. Consequently the Court will
refrain from pronouncing an extra sentence. WANTA is guilty of the abovementioned breach of law but
will not be subject to any sentence.
(page 16)
However, a non-revocable extradition order needs to be issued against the accused, who, having
no family ties nor any professional ties whatsoever with our country, has come came to Switzerland to
engage in criminal acts.
c) xxxxxx ‘s culpability is much less severethan that of his (her) co-accused. His (her) role has been
secondary only. It is not known what reward has been offered to him (her) for his (her) docility
and compliance. Nevertheless, he accepted to participate in an operation that was nothing less
than forgery with important amounts of money at stake. To his discharge, the Court will take
into account the absence of antecedents as far as xxxxx is concerned, whose reputation is
immaculate, as well as total time elapsed since the facts.
Considering these elements and notwithstanding the absence of the accused, which could be
justified by the distant location of his residence, the Court is of the opinion that a favourable the
anticipated future behaviour xxxx. Consequently xxxxx will be subject to a suspended (deferred)
sentence, combining the objective and subjective conditions.
A non-revocable extradition order needs to be issued against this accused, for the same reasons
as those cited in the case of WANTA .
V. CIVIL COURT CONCLUSIONS
Hotel AULAC has filed a civil suit against WANTA for the amount of 4.637-SF, corresponding to
the damage (3000-US$ converted to 4500-SF) to which were added the expenses of the bank who
attempted in vain to cash the cheques. (Doc 55). These claims are documented and are due.
CREDIT SUISSE and ATF have not filed civil suit.
VI. The sequesters ( the confiscation)
The deposits of AMERITRUST CORPORATION INC. at SCS ALLIANCE Geneva originated from an
ATF transfer. Failing an agreement with WANTA, in whose hands these deposits have been confiscated,
these cannot be returned to the prejudiced.
(page 18)
Consequently the Court,
Applying articles ………… in the case of WANTA;
Applying articles ……….. in the case of xxxxxx;
X. Declares WANTA in absentia guilty of fraud, forgery of titles and certificates, but clears him
of any sentence;
XI. In absentia extradites WANTA from Swiss territory for a period of five years.
XII. Sentences in absentia xxxxx for complicity to forgery of titles and certificates to an
imprisonment of six months minus 33 days of detention awaiting trial, suspended for a
period of two years,
XIII. In absentia extradites xxxxxxx from Swiss territory for a period of five years.
XIV. Grants Hotel AULAC’s claim and says that WANTA owes the hotel SF-4.637,50.
XV. Maintains, for a period of 20 days as of the irrevocable judgement,
the confiscation of the deposits in account nr 70849 at bank SCS ALLIANCE Geneva in the
name of AMERITRUST Inc. and says that, at the expiration of the delay, these will be
returned to the prejudiced, unless
provisional measures or a confiscation in accordance with article 271 LP will have been
ordered.
XVI. Orders the confiscation and escheat of the amount of SF-6.200, sequestered under file nr
1264.
XVII. Orders the confiscation and the permanent filing as exhibits of two copies of a fax
transmitted by xxxxxxx and xxxxx to the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Geneva.
XVIII. Charges WANTA with part of the expenses for an amount of SF-15.172,90
and xxxxxxxx for an amount of SF-3.733,45.
This judgement was drafted, approved and signed behind closed doors.
While the accused still have not shown up and the other parties involved were excused, the
President renounces the public lecture of the verdict… ETC.
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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
(Title Removed)
(Address Removed)
(Phone Removed)
May 14, 2012
Msr. Felix Paschoud
Avocats au Barreau
6, rue de la Grotte
CP 5559
1003, Lausanne, Switzerland
Dear Msr. Paschoud :
I am in possession of records of a Tribunal Hearing held by the Lausanne Courts on November 17, 2000,
regarding Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta. You, specifically, and your firm (at the time), Carrard,
Paschoud, Heim & Associes, were retained to represent the Ambassador when he was unlawfully
arrested by the Suisse Sûretė on 7 July 1993.
I am Ambassador Wanta’s official biographer and am currently writing a book that details his life story.
The unlawful arrest and detention in Switzerland will, of course, be part of that book.
I would very much appreciate answers to the following questions:
1. According to Ambassador Wanta, your firm was paid to provide legal services to him…
about $50,000.00, as I recall. Yet, Ambassador Wanta never saw the inside of a courtroom while he was
unlawfully imprisoned in Lausanne for over four months. He was put in a mental hospital where he was
given drugs and where his sanity was “tested.” He was found sane.
What actions were taken by your firm to prevent such obvious abuses of a civilian
prisoner from a foreign country?
2. The drugs given by those who imprisoned Ambassador Wanta caused an ongoing heart
malfunction: Right Bundle Branch Block. This condition requires that a Pacemaker be inserted in the
Ambassador’s body.
What actions were taken by your firm to prevent such obvious abuse of a civilian
prisoner from a foreign country?
3. When I contacted the Lausanne courts, I requested to see any court transcripts and a
copy of the charges filed against Ambassador Wanta. No transcripts were provided (proving that
Ambassador’s statement that he never saw the inside of a courtroom is accurate) and no copies of
charges filed against Ambassador Wanta were provided.
Will you please place a copy of any court transcripts or charges filed against Ambassador
Wanta in the mail to me? When I contacted Msr. Bruttin at the Lausanne Courts, he very kindly
provided the court transcript from 17 November 1993 (7 years, to the day, from the date he was
unlawfully extradited from Switzerland to the United States where, in New York City, a Federal District
Court Magistrate dismissed all charges against Ambassador Wanta). However, though I requested any
available information from 1993, none was provided.
4. Though I am just an author and journalist, I know how to read and found the
information contained in the Vienna Agreements of interest. As I understand it, when a prisoner claims
diplomatic immunity, the State/Nation arresting the party must by law validate or invalidate the claims
made via an investigation. Assumptions of truth or lies are unacceptable under international law…
which I assume the Swiss still observe? Or do they only observe such laws when it does not involve
fraudulent behavior on the part of major Swiss banks? Ambassador Wanta was both an Ambassador (to
Somalia, his investiture witnessed by the current French Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe) and an
intelligence operative working under contract as a covert operator on behalf of the United States
government.
What did you or your firm do to ensure an investigation be undertaken that would either
confirm or disprove Leo Wanta’s claims of diplomatic immunity? Precisely what investigations did you
pursue to confirm or disprove this claim?
What did you or your firm do to ensure an investigation be undertaken that would either
confirm or disprove Ambassador Wanta’s claims that he was an intelligence operative investigating a
major Swiss bank… an operation called “Chaselet” in which this major bank was re-issuing letters of
credit that had been issued by the Chase Manhattan Bank, headquartered in New York City, U.S.A.?
5. When the Lausanne Courts held the Tribunal Hearing on 17 November 2000, they state
on page one of the transcript that Leo Wanta had been notified of the Hearing. At the time of the
Hearing, Ambassador Wanta had been hidden in an Oklahoma (USA) prison and received no Notification
of a Hearing being held. I have read the transcript and there is absolutely no person present to
represent the interests of the Defendant Leo Emil Wanta.
Did the Lausanne Courts contact you and/or your law firm as the avocats of record for
Ambassador Wanta? I have been reassured by Ambassador Wanta’s Case Manager at the Oklahoma
prison that no notification of any hearing arrived for him… not in January or in November.
6. Following are two statements made in the Tribunal Hearing Transcripts (dated 17
November 2000):
“Accused of: fraud, forgery of titles and forgery of certificates.
He is not present, although he was summoned to court in accordance with the law at 08.00 a.m.
“X-ARKHANGELSK TRAWLFLEET, (represented) by Maître Laurent MOREILLON, place St-François 5, CP
3860, 1002 Lausanne
Maître MOREILLON is present , his client having been excused.
The case proceeds ex officio.
(page 3-handwritten)
“There is no opening statement.
The main documents of the dossier are being read, in particular the order of adjournment by the
examining judge of Lausanne issued on 14
th
January 2000.
“Maître Moreillon is being heard on the facts of the case. The plaintiff comes to the straightforward
conclusion that the sequester (confiscation) should be lifted.
Maître Moreillon retires.
“The examination is ended.
“More than an hour after the mandatory show time, the accused have not shown up and the court
proceeds to its judgement against them, in absentia.”
Suddenly a party totally unfamiliar to Ambassador Wanta and with whom he has had no business
dealings – “X-Arkhangelsk Trawlfleet” represented by Maitre Moreillon, obviously his client, was at the
Tribunal Hearing because Moreillon’s client was “excused” by the Tribunal. Moreillon is referred to by
the Tribunal Court as “The plaintiff.” His interest in this case is that “the sequester should be lifted.”
Since Ambassador Wanta had in various bank accounts throughout Switzerland U.S.$500,000,000.00
(that is five hundred million U.S. dollars) and there is talk here of confiscation being removed… this
sounds like a profit-making venture for both the courts and Maitre Moreillon – and his client, of course.
Though the Court clearly states that Moreillon “is being heard on the facts of the case,” Msr. Bruttin
provided no transcript of that testimony.
Were you or any member of your law firm informed of this Tribunal Hearing? Was Notification
of the Tribunal Hearing sent to your offices and were you relied upon by the Lausanne courts to notify
Ambassador Wanta of this Hearing?
Does your office have any insight as to who “X-Arkhangelsk Trawlfleet” is – and what they might
have to do with a Tribunal Hearing that involves Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta?
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance.
Sincerely,
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
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NOTE: In 1988, Panamanian El Presidente Manuel Noriega was heavily involved in the drug business.
U.S. intelligence operatives – especially secret agents like Wanta – had difficulty knowing with whom
they could talk because Noriega had a secret protection service. No one knew who they were. A ;plan
was crafted to provide weapons for this “secret army” of Noriega’s. Quality weapons would be made
available to them… but a computer chip would be hidden in each one so it could be tracked and the
secret army surrounding and protecting Noriega could be identified. Leo Emil Wanta was a weapons
expert and was involved in this operation. When Panamanian Ambassador Juan B. Sosa. exposed the
plan, he also exposed Wanta… and as you may recall, resulted in the need for American troops to
invade Panama to arrest Noriega. These are the articles referred to in the Lausanne Tribunal Hearing.
The Associated Press
The materials in the AP file were compiled by The Associated Press. These materials may not be
republished without the express written consent of The Associated Press.
March 24, 1988, Thursday, PM cycle
SECTION: Washington Dateline
LENGTH: 643 words
BYLINE: By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega is trying to arrange through a U.S. arms dealer
for the immediate delivery of 5,000 semi-automatic pistols to his military forces, according to a secret
document.
Coupled with the reported acquisition of large quantities of weapons from Cuba in recent days,
the proposed purchase of the pistols indicates that Noriega may be intent on using force to remain in
power, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
A proposal by the U.S. dealer promises delivery of an additional 25,000 pistols at the rate of
2,000 a month. A Panamanian Defense Force major who defected last Friday said over the weekend that
Cuba recently had provided Panama with 94,000 pounds of weapons, including large numbers of AK-47
rifles. A general strike protesting Noriega's continued rule has left the country virtually paralyzed, but
Noriega has given no sign that he intends to step down as commander of the Defense Forces.
The dealer which is arranging for the export of the Belgian-made Browning 9mm pistols is
AmeriChina Global Management Group of Appleton, Wis.
A copy of the proposed transaction, marked "urgent" and "confidential" was provided to The
Associated Press by Panamanian Ambassador Juan B. Sosa. He was informed of the possible transaction
last Saturday by AmeriChina President Leo Wanta.
Sosa said Wanta discussed the deal with him unaware that Sosa had broken with Noriega almost
a month ago and has remained loyal to ousted President Eric Arturo Delvalle. At Sosa's request, Wanta
sent him a telecopy of the proposed deal, which was addressed to Noriega and to his chief of Ordnance
Services, Lt. Col. Eugenio Corro. The arms package is worth more than $10 million.
State Department officials said there was no legal way the U.S. government could block the
transaction because the pistols are not of U.S. origin.
But they expressed keen interest in a reference at the bottom of proposal to an apparent
request by the Panamanian military for M-16 rifles. The reference asked whether Panama had reached
any decision on the "procurement-delivery" of the M-16's.
Any such request would require U.S. approval and would be rejected, said the State Department
officials, insisting on anonymity.
The M-16 is manufactured by Colt Industries, based in New York City. A Colt official, who asked
not to be identified, said Colt would never export the M-16 without U.S. government approval.
The State Department officials said they had no record of any company by the name of
AmeriChina. They said all companies that manufacture or export weapons must register with the
government and that failure to do so carries stiff penalties.
Reached by telephone at his Wisconsin office, Wanta asked how the AP had obtained a copy of
his memo to Noriega and was indignant when he was told of Sosa's role.
"You tell Sosa he will have a lot of explaining to do in about 12 minutes," Wanta said. He then
hung up.
Sosa said that in his conversation last Saturday with Wanta, the arms dealer had asked for
Panama's military attache but Sosa took the call himself because the attache no longer shows up at the
embassy.
Sosa said he felt it was his duty to make the proposed deal public because of the possibility that
the weapons might be used against the Panamanian people.
The pistols are to be sent to Panama from Antwerp, Belgium, the country where the weapon
was originally commissioned more than 50 years ago.
The weapons are described as "high-power" with fixed sights. The price listed is $398 each.
The delivery schedule calls for shipment of 5,000 of the pistols immediately and an additional
2,000 units per month thereafter "until 25,000 units are delivered."
There are an estimated 10,000 to 11,000 members of Panama's Defense Forces. They are
supplemented by undisclosed numbers of paramilitary forces and militia.
The Associated Press
The materials in the AP file were compiled by The Associated Press. These materials may not be
republished without the express written consent of The Associated Press.
April 8, 1988, Friday, AM cycle
SECTION: Washington Dateline
LENGTH: 597 words
HEADLINE: Secret Memo on Arms Deal Leaked by Panamanian Military
BYLINE: By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
A secret memo outlining a plan by Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega to acquire
thousands of semi-automatic pistols has been leaked to an opposition leader by a rebel member of
Panama's military.
The proposed acquisition of the Browning 9mm pistols is part of a sizable weapons buildup by
Panama's Defense Forces that got under way shortly after Panama's crisis began six weeks ago with
Noriega's ouster of President Eric Arturo Delvalle.
The memo was sent to Noriega on April 1 by Leo Wanta, president of AmeriChina Global
Management Group Inc., an arms exporting firm based in Appleton, Wis. Wanta told Noriega in the
memo that the supplier of the weapons had advised that "they are ready to finalize the delivery" of the
pistols.
The schedule called for the delivery of 5,000 pistols immediately and 2,000 per month
thereafter until "all units are delivered."
The memo did not specify how many weapons were to be sent all told. But a previous memo by
Wanta, obtained by The Associated Press last month, said the purchase involved 30,000 pistols,
including the 5,000 to be sent immediately. The list price is $398 each.
The earlier memo was given to the AP by Panamanian Ambassador Juan B. Sosa. Wanta had sent
a telecopy of the memo to Sosa, unaware that the envoy had broken with Noriega and continues to
regard Delvalle as the legitimate president of Panama. Sosa has refused to relinquish the embassy to a
replacement envoy named by the new government in Panama.
Wanta sent the April 1 memo directly to Noriega, bypassing the embassy here. A stamp in the
upper left hand corner of the communication said it was received by the Defense Forces on April 5.
The memo was leaked by a Defense Force officer to a Panamanian opposition leader, who
turned over a copy to the AP on condition he not be identified either by name or location.
The pistols are manufactured by Fabrique Nationale, S.A., of Belgium and are to be delivered
from that country to Panama, according to the memo. The State Department raised the issue late last
month with the Belgian firm, which said that it had not had contact with anyone from AmeriChina, a U.S.
official said.
The U.S. government cannot legally block the sale because the weapons are not of American
origin. The U.S. official, insisting on anonymity, said AmeriChina has not registered with the U.S.
government, a requirement he said applies to all American arms dealers.
Wanta could not be reached for comment. The company phone number that appeared on the
first memo was deleted from the second memo. The phone has been "temporarily disconnected,"
according to a recorded announcement. The only address listed is a post office box.
Concerning Panama's arms buildup, a Panamanian pilot who defected from the Defense Forces
last month said he and two other pilots flew 94,000 pounds of weapons to Panama from Cuba on
Noriega's behalf a few days after the political turmoil in Panama erupted.
Another aspect of the military buildup is a training program for thousands of Panamanians, who
have formed into volunteer units known as "Dignity Brigades" to repel what the government says is an
imminent U.S. invasion.
Some of the brigades are being trained in the use of M-16 rifles. The two memos sent by Wanta
make reference to a possible deal with the Defense Forces involving M-16s.
A U.S. official said the transfer of M-16s to Panama would require U.S. government approval
because they are manufactured by an American company, Colt Industries. He added that the
government would disapprove any such request.
April 9, 1988, Saturday, PM cycle
SECTION: Washington Dateline
LENGTH: 488 words
HEADLINE: Proposed Gun Deal Exposed by Panamanian Officer
BYLINE: By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
A rebel member of Panama's Defense Forces has smuggled out a memo detailing the efforts of
military strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega to buy thousands of pistols from an American arms dealer.
The memo, marked "urgent" and "confidential," was sent to Noriega on April 1 by Leo Wanta,
president of AmeriChina Global Management Group Inc., an arms exporting firm based in Appleton, Wis.
The document offered fresh evidence of Noriega's intention to ride out Panama's prolonged
political crisis partly with help of a large infusion of foreign weapons. A Defense Forces defector said last
month he had helped fly to Panama 94,000 pounds of weapons from Cuba. In what appeared to be a
major security breach aimed at blocking the purchase by his boss, the unidentified officer leaked the
memo to a Panamanian opposition leader. The memo was turned over to The Associated Press on
condition the leader be identified neither by name nor location.
Wanta told Noriega in the memo that the supplier of the weapons had advised that "they are
ready to finalize the delivery" of the Browning 9mm semi-automatic pistols made in Belgium.
The schedule called for the delivery of 5,000 pistols immediately and 2,000 per month
thereafter until "all units are delivered."
The memo did not specify how many weapons were to be sent all told. But a previous memo by
Wanta, obtained last month by the AP, said the purchase involved 30,000 pistols, including the 5,000 to
be sent immediately. The list price is $398 each.
The earlier memo was given to the AP by Panamanian Ambassador Juan B. Sosa. Wanta had sent
a telecopy of the memo to Sosa, unaware that the envoy had broken with Noriega and continues to
regard ousted President Eric Arturo Delvalle as the country's constitutional leader. Sosa has refused to
relinquish the embassy to a replacement envoy named by the new government in Panama.
Wanta sent the April 1 memo directly to Noriega, bypassing the embassy here. A stamp in the
upper left hand corner of the communication said it was received by the Panamanian Defense Forces on
April 5.
The pistols are manufactured by Fabrique Nationale, S.A., of Belgium and are to be delivered
from that country to Panama, according to the memo. The State Department raised the issue late last
month with the Belgian firm, which said that it had not had contact with anyone from AmeriChina, a U.S.
official said.
The government cannot legally block the sale because the weapons are not of American origin.
The U.S. official, insisting on anonymity, said AmeriChina has not registered with the U.S. government, a
requirement he said applies to all American arms dealers.
Wanta could not be reached for comment. The company phone number that appeared on the
first memo was deleted from the second memo. The phone has been "temporarily disconnected,"
according to a recorded announcement. The only address listed is a post office box.
Copyright 1988 The Times Mirror Company
Los Angeles Times
March 27, 1988, Sunday, Home Edition
SECTION: Part 1; Page 27; Column 1; Foreign Desk
LENGTH: 654 words
HEADLINE: RIVAL FACTIONS SHARE BUILDING;
PANAMA'S U.S. EMBASSY: IT OPERATES ON TWO LEVELS
BYLINE: By DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
Panama's embassy here is a house divided – even subdivided – by the struggle for national
leadership at home.
Ambassador Juan B. Sosa, loyal to deposed President Eric A. Delvalle and recognized by the
Reagan Administration, holds the keys to the building and has an office on the upper floor. He also
controls the first-floor entry area, where a portrait of Delvalle is prominently displayed on the wall.
At the rear of the lower floor, however, is the office of Roberto Leyton, Panama's envoy to the
Organization of American States. Leyton remains loyal to Panama's military strongman, Gen. Manuel A.
Noriega, and his office displays a large poster of a smiling Noriega wearing fatigues. Even the second
floor is not all Delvalle's. Capt. Jose S. Motta continues to function on the upper floor as Panama's
military attache, although he does not acknowledge Sosa as his boss.
"It's peaceful coexistence," Flavio Mendez, second deputy to Sosa, said in an interview Friday.
"We like him (Motta) and we talk," Mendez said. "All of us in the building are on good terms --
after all, we're Panamanians."
But nobody, no matter whose side he's on, is getting paid.
Leyton gets a check from the government of President Manuel Solis Palma, who was installed by
Noriega's compliant legislature when Delvalle was fired after he tried and failed to dislodge Noriega.
But Leyton said that his paycheck is drawn on a New York bank account that, along with other
Panamanian assets in the United States, has been frozen by a U.S. court at Delvalle's request.
Sosa, Mendez and other embassy staff members who have declared for Delvalle get no checks
at all.
"It's only been 20 days," Mendez said, "and we're living on savings."
Leyton said he was annoyed that U.S. courts allowed Delvalle to control Panama's assets.
"It sets a bad precedent because the (Panamanian) constitution does not give the executive
total financial power," Leyton said. "We have an elected comptroller, and the national legislature has a
voice in money decisions also."
Leyton said that Panama's ambassador to the United Nations, Jose Eduardo Ritter, is seeking
legal counsel to contest the freeze order. Ritter is a Noriega loyalist, but another Panamanian diplomat
in New York -- the consul general -- backs Delvalle.
"Incidentally," Leyton said, "I don't like being called a Noriega man, because I represent the
government of my country. I am the ambassador of my country to the OAS."
Leyton, who retained his seat in the OAS in the face of a challenge from a Delvalle
representative, said he hopes that the political dilemma will be resolved before the "destruction of the
economy." All the political parties must be brought into a national dialogue, he said.
"The only way is if we all sit at the same table," Leyton said. "Time is running out and national
elections are coming in 1989."
The divided loyalties of the Panamanian diplomats in Washington have bred some semi-comic
cases of mistaken identity.
A Wisconsin arms exporter called the embassy last week, for example, to discuss an order by the
Noriega regime for up to 30,000 Belgian semiautomatic pistols. But the exporter, Leo Wanta, president
of AmeriChina Global Management Group, was connected not to a Noriega loyalist but to Sosa, who
asked for a copy of the arms deal.
Sosa promptly told the U.S. government about the deal. "I'm not going to give Panama nothing
now," Wanta was quoted by the Milwaukee Journal as saying.
Although earlier reports said that Wanta lacked State Department authorization to sell arms
abroad, Wanta said that he had applied to the department for a license that would have allowed him to
earn $10 per weapon.
State Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said Friday that the sale had been investigated
but that, because the weapons would actually be shipped from Belgium to Panama, the United States
could not legally bar the deal.
Copyright 1988 U.P.I.
March 25, 1988, Friday, BC cycle
SECTION: Washington News
LENGTH: 345 words
BYLINE: By NEIL ROLAND
DATELINE: WASHINGTON
BODY:
Panamanian Ambassador to the United States Juan Sosa said Friday he was informed last week
of a proposal by a Wisconsin dealer to deliver as many as 25,000 pistols to Panamanian strongman Gen.
Manuel Antonio Noriega.
In a telephone interview with United Press International, Sosa said he was informed of the
proposal by an official of AmeriChina Global Management Group of Appleton, Wis.
''This is one more proof he (Noriega) is digging in and has no intention of leaving'' Panama, Sosa
said. Noriega, who faces criminal drug charges in the United States, continued to resist the mounting
economic and political pressures from the opposition in his own country and the United States.
Sosa said an official of AmeriChina, at his request, sent him a telecopy of the proposed arms
deal on Monday.
The proposal involved the shipment 5,000 semi-automatic pistols to Noriega immediately,
followed by an additional 25,000 pistols at 2,000 a month. The guns were to be sent from Antwerp,
Belgium.
Sosa has remained loyal to Eric Arturo Delvalle, who was ousted as president by Noriega. He said
the telecopied arms proposal had been sent by AmeriChina President Leo Wanta and addressed to
Noriega. Sosa said Wanta apparently was under the impression he was still loyal to Noriega.
Wanta was not immediately available, but he was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Thursday as
saying, ''I'm just upset that Sosa is lying like hell. I'm not going to give Panama nothing now.''
Wanta, describing himself as an independent contractor, told the Journal he had applied for the
gun deal with the State Department and that he had a classification that allowed him to act as the
middleman to sell weapons to ''recognized countries sanctioned by the United States.''
Wanta said he would make $10 on each gun, which had been priced at $398 for Noriega.
At the State Department, spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said her agency has looked into the
matter. She said although ''it is not a healthy, positive development,'' the United States lacks legal
authority to stop the sale. JUAN SOSA (95%); MANUEL ANTONIO NORIEGA (94%); LEO WANTA (90%);
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CHAPTER NINE
“... it was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice.” – Joseph Conrad
SIMPLE QUESTION: How does an American citizen on official government business
explain to his family that for years he was falsely imprisoned?
How does this citizen of Middle America tell his children that the charges levied against
their father were not only lies, they represented evidence of a Department of Revenue within the
State of Wisconsin that was operating in violation of the truth and of his constitutional rights?
Even adult children don’t understand words like “non-jurisdictional federal/state/county/private
custodial facilities” or “renditioned” (kidnapped) – and to tell them he was kidnapped by his own
government went beyond anything they had watched on "Mission Impossible" as young children.
How would President Obama explain such a phenomenon to his two young daughters if
this had happened to him? How would President Clinton, in office at the time of the July 7,
1993 arrest and probably responsible for it, explain it to Chelsea? Well, of course, neither would
bother with such trivia… if you’re not a member of the elitist cabal of crooks you are merely
viewed as “collateral damage” when your paths cross and the road you’re on threatens theirs.
Their road was money and Leo Wanta’s road provided what they wanted.
What an interesting dialectic this is! In Hegelian and Marxist philosophy, a dialectic
thought process, two apparently opposing ideas – the thesis and antithesis – combine to create a
unified whole – or, a synthesis. However, if the same power base controls the arguments at both
end of the spectrum, dialectic argument can be used to control all things in between both ends of
the thesis and antithesis. And that is what is happening to the world’s political system today.
Specifically, the liberal left is controlled by the same entity that controls the conservative right.
By controlling the philosophies and what is said at both ends of the spectrum, the cabal that runs
the world also controls the discussion and beliefs that fall between the two extremes. This is one
reason there is so much disinformation serving as news today. Disinformation is critical to
maintaining control of the dialectic.
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In the dialectic of Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta, there are on the one hand elitists who
have done little to create their own wealth. Either they inherited it, or they stole it from others
(the people)… and they have amassed fortunes that run into the billions in some cases, and
trillions in others. Let’s call them the thesis.
On the other hand there exists an antithesis… a man who risked his life to amass the
greatest fortune ever created by one person – $27.5 trillion – $4.5 trillion of it is his, $23 trillion
of it to be given to the American people. The public applauds the thieves who try to kill the
antithesis… the man who has devoted his life to his country and the well-being of the people.
He is demeaned, lied about, put in prison, stolen from, and muzzled. If that doesn’t make clear
to you just how upside-down our moral values are in America, nothing will.
How is a citizen – admittedly a man surrounded by intrigue, but a citizen nonetheless –
supposed to explain to his children that when he was arrested in Lausanne, Switzerland on July
7, 1993 for “Failure to pay an ESTIMATED Wisconsin Civil Income Tax Assessment of
$14,129.00,” that he had already paid the tax – even though the State's demands for payment
were invalid? When the Demand for Payment of this ESTIMATED CIVIL income tax was
made, he had already paid it – twice – a year earlier in May and June of 1992. The primary
reason he paid it was to prevent family upset… he hadn’t earned an income in the state making
the spurious charges. He was out of the country – serving his country with honor. Yet, on July 7,
1993 while he was en route to meet Bill Clinton’s Deputy White House Counsel, Vince Foster, at
the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva, he was arrested for non-payment of an alleged civil income tax
assessment he did not owe and one he had already paid twice.
It was September 30, 1987 when Case 87-CV-2941 was filed by Attorney Paul R.
Schwartz. What’s really interesting about this name is the involvement of Susan Schwartz. She is
the Assistant Wisconsin Attorney General who on May 8, 1992 witnessed the criminal complaint
statement of Department of Revenue agent Dennis Ullman – a man of many outright lies in both
the criminal complaint and the Wanta trial in 1995. LAST PAGE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT
In the sworn statement Susan Schwartz witnessed, Ullman said “that defendant’s (Wanta’s)
taxable income for the years 1988 and 1989 was unreported, that defendant’s tax returns for
those years were false and fraudulent, and that defendant intentionally evaded assessment.”
You’ll hear more about Ullman's intentional misstatements in the next chapter discussing
testimony given at Wanta’s May 8 - 11, 1995 criminal tax trial.
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Even more interesting regarding the Schwartz name is the fact that Assistant Attorney
General Susan Schwartz was also the person who removed Joanne E. Wanta’s name from the
cases filed against both husband and wife – remember all of those cases filed against the Wantas
back in the 1980s? All of the Falls Vending cases filed were originally filed against both
Wantas. When in the 1990s the tax warrant was issued for the estimated civil income tax due,
the warrant was in both names.
It would be interesting to know if Susan and Paul R. Schwartz are related and what
Joanne Wanta traded for being let off of the Wisconsin tax hook. All charges against her were
dropped and she was never prosecuted (only her husband faced prison for the tax charges filed)
even though the tax returns were filed jointly. You don't suppose they threatened Mrs. Wanta
with prosecution when she testified at his trial, do you? Surely they wouldn't threaten to
prosecute her if she didn't say exactly what they wanted! Since even in Wisconsin a wife cannot
be forced to testify against her husband – and though they were separated at the time of the trial,
they were still married – she did not have to testify… unless a promise of non-prosecution was
held like a carrot in front of her nose.
Here is living proof of what the Wisconsin Department of Revenue – and Joanne Wanta –
did that brought the roof crashing down on Leo Wanta’s head. Look at the following forms and
take note of a few details (especially the tax warrant numbers and to whom they are sent).
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Good old Mark O. Williams at the Department of Revenue – he’s the one who signed the
tax warrants that should have been made out in the name of Falls Vending but Mark put them in
Leo Wanta’s name, instead. Mr. Williams evidently generated TWO tax warrants (above), both
with the same number. He created two Tax Warrants numbered 44-00162088. He crossed
Joanne’s name out on the form he sent to Leo E. Wanta, and he crossed Leo’s name out on the
form he sent to Joanne. Both have the same tax warrant number. When Williams did this, he
created a double tax. He was billing Leo for $14,129 and he was billing Joanne for $14,129. So
the Wantas owed not $14,129 according to the Wisconsin computer system. They owed
$28,258.
Williams isn’t the brightest candle on the cake – and that is evidenced even further by the
middle initial he erroneously assigned to Joanne Wanta. Her middle initial (as is quite clear in
all of the tax documents and cases filed against the Wantas) is “E,” (for Elizabeth) not “G.”
Williams generated this tax warrant in the name of Joanne G. Wanta rather than Joanne E.
Wanta; just another in a long line of errors by Mark O. Williams.
The evidence that the first $14,129 amount sent by Leo Wanta from a Malaysian bank
was received and applied can be clearly seen by the form below. We know Joanne Wanta
received the money and applied it to her tax debt… leaving Leo out on a limb. Had Joanne not
personally paid the tax liability addressed to her (with Leo’s name scratched out), the “G” would
not have been changed to “E” in the following receipt. She had to be in personal touch with the
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Department of Revenue to have the error corrected. This tax was credited to Joanne E. Wanta on
June 4, 1993, a year after the payment was sent by her husband, Leo (and she wanted to make
sure it was credited to Joanne E., not Joanne G. – and she certainly made sure it wasn’t credited
to him… even though the couple had been separated for years). Here is the letter releasing
Joanne Wanta from all tax liabilities… interesting that it is dated in 1996, after her testimony at
the 1995 Dane County trial (though the payment below is dated June 4, 1993).
The truth was, Leo Wanta moved to Austria in 1988 and had no Wisconsin income to
declare. He and his wife were legally separated – a fact the Department of Revenue never
seemed to “get.”
There are copies of both checks… one sent in May 1992 and the other sent in June 1992.
Joanne’s tax payment shown on the above form wasn’t credited until June 1, 1993 – a year after
it was sent and one month before Wanta was arrested in Switzerland.
The second check, sent by Wanta to an attorney to make sure it got paid, Check #6992,
cleared the bank on June 24, 1992. It was not credited to Leo Wanta until after he was found
guilty of tax evasion in 1995. The payment was finally credited in the winter of 1995…
November, I believe.
So, in addition to unlawfully assigning tax warrants in the 1980s belonging to Falls
Vending Service, Inc. to the name of Leo E. Wanta, Mark O. Williams also doubled the tax
amount due from the Wantas by entering the same tax warrant number twice so he had two
copies… a copy for “him” and a copy for “her.”
It’s very clear that’s what happened.
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There are several things that muddy the waters regarding the 1995 Wisconsin tax charges
and they are best put on the table now.
First, even after their separation, Joanne Wanta continued to file joint income tax returns
and Leo
continued signing them… declaring “zero” income. It was a mistake. She was living in
Wisconsin, he was living in various parts of the world but had legal residency in Vienna, Austria,
as of June 1988. Filing tax returns in a state where you no longer live does poison the well
because the Department of Revenue saw he was filing tax returns and assumed he was a resident
of the state. He declared no income – no zero amount entered; it was just left blank. That’s
important re testimony of Dennis Ullman in the trial. Regardless, the returns were filed.
Why did Wanta allow this? Well, Leo Wanta may well be an investment genius, but that