OF ALFRED HERRHAUSEN
by Col. L. Fletcher Prouty
On November 30, 1989 Alfred Herrhausen, then Chairman of the Deutsche Bank,
West Germany's largest bank, was assassinated on the streets of Frankfurt.
The murder was noted in the newspapers around the world, and then totally
dropped. On that day, he had with him a copy of a speech he had been invited
to give at the Third Annual Arthur F. Burns Memorial lecture at the American
Council on Germany in New York City on December 4th, 1989... within the week
of his murder. In this speech he planned to eulogize his old friend Arthur
Burns. Arthur Burns, you will recall, had been a long-time Chairman of the
Federal Reserve Board. He
had been Ambassador to the Federal Republic of
Germany. Burns had been born in a part of Eastern Europe that belonged to
Austria, at the time, and that is now part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist
Republic. Arthur Burns was a lecturer and advisor at the Graduate School of
Banking at the University of Wisconsin when I was attending that Graduate
It is absolutely astounding that the subject of the savage murder of this
man...Alfred Herrhausen...has been dropped so suddenly from the news. The
Deutsche Bank of Germany is undoubtedly one of the most important banks in the
world, and its Chairman Herrhausen was one or the most important spokesmen of
the banking profession around the world. He would have been a key man in all
developments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
His loss at this time...and the starting nature of his loss are without
question... for our day... the equal of the loss of president John F. Kennedy
Considering the time... the enormous train of events taking place in the
Soviet Union, in Eastern Europe and particularly in East Germany...the murder
of Herrhausen is an act of enormous significance. It can not be, and must not
be swept under the rug as just "another act of terrorism". True terrorists do
not murder Bank presidents without some special reason. Most terrorists are
actually the paid pawns, and "mechanics " of great power centers. Some major
power center wanted the Chairman of Deutsche bank removed on that day, in that
manner for some reason, and as a lesson to others. There has to be a great
message in the act of his death.
Do you recall when President Kennedy was murdered? He was on his way to
deliver an important speech in Dallas, Texas. On that fateful day, president
Kennedy was prepared to say:
"I want to discuss with you today the status of our strength and our
security...this nations strength and security are not easily or cheaply
obtained nor are they quickly and simply explained. There are many kinds of
strength and no one kind will suffice. Overwhelming nuclear strength cannot
stop a guerrilla war. Formal pacts of alliance cannot stop internal
subversion. Displays of material wealth cannot stop the disillusionment of
diplomats subject to discrimination.
But American military might should not and need not stand alone against the
ambitions of international communism. Our security and strength, in the last
analysis, - directly depend on the security and strength of others, and that
is why our military and economic assistance plays such a key role in enabling
those who live an the periphery of the Communist world to maintain their
independence of choice. "
Those were the words that President Kennedy had planned to say on the day he
died. As you read them now you will realize that you can almost apply them
with precision to the events of this era. Kennedy was speaking in 1963.., but
he was looking ahead.
Only one month earlier President Kennedy had directed the Secretary of Defense
to bring 1,000 men home from Vietnam in time for Christmas, and he had
promised to have all Americans out of Vietnam before the end of 1965. He, and
members of his administration, knew all too well that "nuclear strength cannot
stop a guerrilla war," and that outsiders could not do it either. The
Vietnamese were going to have to win their own war.
As he had said in an earlier speech:
"There is no single simple policy, which meets this challenge for the
independence and equality of all nations. Experience has taught us that no one
nation has the power or the wisdom to solve all the problems of the world or
manage its revolutionary tides...that extending our commitments does not
always increase our security...that any initiative carries with it the risk of
temporary defeat... that nuclear weapons cannot prevent subversion...that no
free people can be kept free without will and energy of their own... "
I have brought these words from the time of Camelot up today because they are
so fresh in our minds. A column in the New York Times of Sunday, February 11,
1990 had this to say:
"The new knowledge of how to release nuclear energy, permanently changed the
political life of the world. Indeed, the recent dramatic changes in Eastern
Europe arguably followed directly from the stalemate that the fear of nuclear
Note these two references to the awesome power of Nuclear weapons and the
years in which they were made. Kennedy was speaking, 27 years ago, of nuclear
weapons and subversive activities. This New York Times column by Richard
Rhodes appeared in February, 1990, and spoke of total nuclear destruction.
Kennedy was correct. Rhodes cites conventional wisdom and overlooks the real
reason for what is happening today in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe.
One of the strangest and most unusual meetings ever to have taken place in
Washington was convened by the Nixon Administration, February 7-9, 1972. This
meeting of more than 1,500 of the nation's top business leaders, was called:
"The White House Conference on the industrial World Ahead: A Look at business
In a summary Discussion that followed this, momentous series of meetings, Roy
L. Ash, President, Litton Industries, inc. said:
"...State capitalism may well be a form for world business in the world
ahead... the western countries are treading toward a more unified and
controlled economy, having a greater effect on business; and that the
communist nations are moving more and more toward a free market system. The
question posed, on which a number of divergent opinions arose, was whether
"East and West would meet some place toward the middle about 1990."
In Summary, another speaker, Mr. Frere, said:
"...Communist countries are experimenting with the concept of a market
economy... and, the communist countries are forecasting the influx of heavy
capital investments by 1990 by the western states."
NOTE: It is interesting to note that Mr. Jean Frere was, in 1972, Managing
Partner, Banque Lambert in Brussels, Belgium. It is an affiliate of this
enormous financial institution that declared itself in bankruptcy.
See what these men were saying in 1972, about the state of the Industrial
World in 1990. They hit it right on the nose. When major businessmen,
especially their lawyers and bankers, hit the target on the nose like that you
know they are in control.
As I have said earlier, Mr. Banker... Mr. George Champion, formerly President
of City Bank and President of the Economic Development council of New York...
"When the American citizen is living in debt...
"When American business is operating in debt...and
"When the American government is in debt... Bankers rule the world."
that message appeared in Forbes magazine.
It was no mistake that these business giants hit their target. This
development in 1990 was planned that way. Neither Bush, Reagan, Thatcher,
Mitterrand, Kohl, or Gorbachev did it. This is the work of the business
world... over two strenuous decades.
Let's recall some of the events tied in with this amazing Conference in
a) The Presiding Chairman was the Secretary of Commerce, Maurice Stans. He
resigned as Secretary on February 15, 1972 and became the head of Nixon's
b) The Evening Program was headed by President Richard Nixon. The first U.S.
President ever to resign while in office as a result of the Watergate episode
that was an outgrowth of the activities of the Committee to Re-elect the
c) On the panel, "Structure of the Free Enterprise System: was Alan Greenspan,
presently Chairman of the Federal Reserve System.
d) The Luncheon Address, 2nd day, was given by the Secretary of the Treasury,
John B. Connally. He resigned the office of Secretary of June 12, 1972. George
Schultz became Secretary.
e) Speaking on "The U.S. Position in World Business and the Economy - 1990",
Peter G. Peterson from the White house staff and the man who replaced Stans as
Secretary of Commerce.
We must keep all of this in perspective. As far back as 1972 the U.S.
Government and the top U.S. businessmen had their sights set on the year 1990
and, as Roy Ash said in a summary of the conference:
"East and West would meet someplace toward the middle about 1990."
Remember, that was during a turbulent February, 1972.
THEN: On May 26, 1972, ...only 3 months later... President Nixon and General
Secretary Brezhnev agreed to establish a Joint US-USSR Trade and Economic
Council, and a companion organization that joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
with its Soviet counterpart.
With these organizations laying the groundwork, arrangements were made for a
twenty-year long preparatory program. With regular meetings in Moscow and New
York City every 6 months, plus a permanent staff. One year after 1972 there
was not one speech on the subject of the energy crisis. Keep the calendar in
mind: In early 1973 the White House convened a conference under the auspices
of the National Defense Transportation Association, to war business,
especially the transportation sector, that the price of petroleum products
would rise precipitously before the end of the year. How did they know that?
It was planned that way!
That fall, there was an Arab-Israeli war and an "Arab Oil Embargo" was alleged
and the price of petroleum products began to rise four-fold. This action
increased oil profits by hundreds of billions of dollars per year. In 1979,
the "Three Mile Island" episode was exploited to run these prices even higher.
Just as the Alaskan Spill did in 1990.
By this time we can see that big money-making projects run in waves: WWII, the
Cold War, including Korea and Vietnam, the Petroleum heist, and banks in the
1980s. Now this opening of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe with their
enormous markets for civilian goods will be the next wave. A wave of
business...not ideology...not politics...not military.
Few people, and no media, go beyond the cover stories. Just one example: at
the close of WWII the U.S.A. had spent $155 billion on the development of the
Nuclear Age. This $155 billion asset was given to businesses...courtesy of the
After decades of the "Red Threat", "Communism", "The Evil Empire" and all the
other horror stories, we are now coming down for an easy landing that was
planned back in 1972.
At the same time, we must keep in mind the warning of Leonard Lewin's great
novel "The Report From Iron Mountain." "Can the United States government
remain dominant and virile without the threat of war, and can the U.S.A. find
a way to live and thrive in an era of peace?". We have been getting some
strong voices on this subject:
a) One of the first of these was Walter Wriston, formerly Chairman of Citibank
with his prophetic, 1986 book, "Risk and Other Four Letter Words". He says
that in a world of global finance, global communications and global transport
there is no longer any national sovereignty and that the age of one World is
here... like it or not.
As if to verify his early work, I have enclosed copies of speeches made by the
Chairmen of two major U.S. corporations, under the heading "Panel Discussion
Summary: A Look at Business in 1990."
L. Fletcher Prouty
Col. L. Fletcher Prouty on the JFK Assasination
L. Fletcher Prouty
THE TRUTH BE KNOWN THOUGH THE HEAVENS FALL
Two of the most
powerful writings of Col. L. Fletcher Prouty have been selected for
your review. This material should be studied carefully for the
dramatic revelations therein are somewhat counterintuitive or at any
rate they are counter to what is presented on network news.
document is "essentially a copy of a letter sent to Jim Garrison"
during the period when Garrison was experiencing difficulty finding
a publisher for his manuscript, ON THE TRAIL OF THE ASSASSINS. ON
THE TRAIL OF THE ASSASSINS together with Prouty's soon to be
published A SAIGON SOLUTION form a major portion of the basis of the
Oliver Stone movie JFK. Garrison gave this letter to his publisher,
who in turn gave a copy to Oliver Stone.
Events that followed will be illuminated by carefully studying this
attention should be given to the modus operandi of General Lansdale.
Lansdale would divide his forces in half and half would "play" the
insurgents and half would "play" the counterinsurgents. This modus
operandi has been played out on a world scale.
It is in fact the basis of all the phoney communistic wars.
article deals with another assassination which Prouty believes is as
significant as the JFK assassination. Of central concern is the
Joint US)USSR Trade and Economic Commission which is also a factor
in the KOREAN OO7 CRASH. This trade mission, of which the American
public knows nothing, is of paramount importance in understanding
east\west developments. Clearly those convening this unprecedented
conference in 1972 were planning the dissolution of the eastern
block nations in 1990 ))*) eighteen years in advance!! It may come
as a shock that those who run the world plan and act on such a grand
President Kennedy was assassinated, Prouty was the liaison between
the Secretary of Defence and the CIA Director Allen Dulles.
Frequently he would work out of the very homes of the Dulles
brothers. Two books which help illuminate the activities of these
brothers are DULLES by Leonard Mosley and A LAW UNTO ITSELF (about
the SULLIVAN AND CROMWELL law firm) by Nancy Lisagor and Frank
Lipsius. The book THE SOONG DYNASTY is a good companion to these.
In DULLES, Leonard
recants how Allen Dulles would throw a party each year for the 50
top execs of CIA and the 50 top execs of CBS at the ALIBI CLUB in
Washington D.C. Knowing this makes it easier to understand why Dan
Rather never mentions that he was standing under the Triple
Underpass, close to the picket fence in Dealey Plaza when Kennedy
The relationship of
SULLIVAN AND CROMWELL, their clients GeorgeT h)THerbert Walker,
Prescott Bush, the Rockefellers, BROWN BROTHERS HARRIMAN to the
German cartels is articulated in a Prouty interview with researcher
John Judge in a video tape available from INTELLIGENCE CONNECTION,
P.O. Box 565, Phoenix, Arizona 85001 for $24.95.
this are investigative reports from volume X of the Final Report of
the SELECT COMMITTEE ON ASSASSINATIONS which relate directly to
portions of the Oliver Stone movie.
Clearly, if anything, Stone erred on the side of being conservative.
And finally I could
not help interjecting some opinions of my own. Now that General Y is
identified and Allen Dulles and John McCloy are cast into the
spotlight ))) shouldn't we try to look above them for conspirators
at the "highest level"?
In this regard I
have attached the SELECT COMMITTEE report entitled ANTONIO VECIANA
BLANCH. In this report Veciana identifies his CIA case officer of 20
years, David Atlee Phillips, as someone who had personal contact
with Lee Harvey Oswald in the weeks preceding the assassination.
This is significant because Phillips was just one of three high
ranking officials of U.S. intelligence to have personal contact with
both Lee Harvey Oswald and Nelson Rockefeller in the weeks preceding
the assassination. William Gaudet not only was personally acquainted
with Nelson Rockefeller and Oswald, (his application for a visas to
Mexico City was one number before Oswald's) but days after Ruby shot
Oswald, Gaudet gave the FBI information of Ruby's activities in New
Rockefeller/Oswald connection is even more sinister. We must be
cognizant of the fact that Nelson Rockefeller originally recruited
the agents that became the Latin American wing of the CIA when he
established the OFFICE OF INTER AMERICAN AFFAIRS for President
Roosevelt during WW II. George DeMorenschildt was described in
Gerald Ford's book PORTRAIT OF THE ASSASSIN as "Oswald's best friend
in Dallas". DeMorenschildt introduced Oswald to Ruth and Michael
Paine and then never saw Oswald again. The SELECT COMMITTEE ON
ASSASSINATIONS considered him to be the most valuable witness. In
1941 DeMorenschildt was arrested in Mexico City in the company of
Rodney MacArthur, nephew of General Douglas MacArthur,and charged
with spying. This was the third time he was arrested and charged
The last document
is WARREN COMMISSION DOCUMENT 533. It is a report of the effects
found on DeMorenschildt at the time of this last arrest. The
original archivist of the WARREN COMMISSION could have buried this
document behind the 900 pages of dental records of Jack Ruby's
mother but he placed this toward the front. For me it is the most
significant document in the report. The reader is left to draw his
own sobering conclusions.
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OF ALFRED HERRHAUSEN
On November 30,
1989 Alfred Herrhausen, then Chairman of the Deutsche Bank, West
Germany's largest bank, was assassinated on the streets of
This murder was
noted in the newspapers around the world, and then totally dropped.
One that day, he had with him a copy of a speech he had been invited
to give at the Third Annual Arthur F. Burns Memorial Lecture at the
American Council on Germany in New York City on December 4, 1989...
within the week of his murder. In this speech he planned to eulogize
his old friend Arthur Burns. Arthur Burns, you will recall, had been
a long-time Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. He had been
Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. Burns had been born
in a part of Eastern Europe that belonged to Austria, at the time,
and that is now part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
Arthur Burns was a lecturer and advisor at the Graduate School of
Banking at the University of Wisconsin when I was attending that
It is absolutely
astounding that the subject of the savage murder of this
man...Alfred Herrhausen...has been dropped so suddenly from the
news. The Deutsche Bank of Germany is undoubtedly one of the most
important banks in the world, and its Chairman Herrhausen was one of
the most important spokesmen of the banking profession around the
world. He would have been a key man in all developments.
His loss at
the startling nature of his loss are without question...for our
day...the equal of the loss of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
enormous train of events taking place in the Soviet Union, in
Eastern Europe and particularly in East Germany...the murder of
Herrhausen is an act of enormous significance.
It can not be, and must not be swept under the rug as just "another
act of terrorism." True terrorists do not murder bank presidents
without some special reason. Most terrorists are actually the paid
pawns, and "mechanics" of great power centers. Some major power
center wanted the Chairman of Deutsche Bank removed on that day, in
that manner for some reason, and as a lesson to others. There has to
be a great message in the act of his death.
Do you recall when
President Kennedy was murdered? He was on his way to deliver an
important speech in Dallas, Texas. On that fateful day, President
Kennedy was prepared to say:
I want to
discuss with you today the status of our strength and our
security...this nation's strength and security are not easily or
cheaply obtained, nor are they quickly and simply explained. There
are many kinds of strength and no one kind will suffice.
Overwhelming nuclear strength cannot stop a guerrilla war. Formal
pacts of alliance cannot stop internal subversion. Displays of
material wealth cannot stop the disillusionment of diplomats subject
military might should not and need not stand alone against the
ambitions of international communism., Our security and strength, in
the last analysis, directly depend on the security and strength of
others, and that is why our military and economic assistance plays
such a key role in enabling those who live on the periphery of the
Communist world to maintain their independence of choice."
Those were the
words of President Kennedy planned to say on the day he died. As you
hear them tonight you will realize that you can almost apply them
with precision to the events of this era. Kennedy was speaking in
1963... but he was looking ahead.
Only one month
earlier President Kennedy had directed the Secretary of Defense to
bring 1,000 men home from Vietnam in time for Christmas; and he had
promised to have all Americans out of Vietnam before the end of
1965. He, and members of his administration, knew all too well that
"nuclear strength cannot stop a guerrilla war," and that outsiders
could not do it either. The Vietnamese were going to have to win
their own war.
As he had said in
an earlier speech:
There is no single
simple policy which meets this challenge for the independence and
equality of all nations. Experience has taught us that no one nation
has the power or the wisdom to solve all the problems of the world
or manage its revolutionary tides...that extending our commitments
does not always increase our security...that any initiative carries
with it the risk of temporary defeat...that nuclear weapons cannot
prevent subversion...that no free people can be kept free without
will and energy of their own..."
I have brought
these words from the time of Camelot up because they are so fresh in
our minds today. A column in the New York Times of last Sunday,
February 11, 1990 had this to say:
The new knowledge
of how to release nuclear energy, permanently changed the political
life of the world. Indeed, the recent dramatic changes in Eastern
Europe arguably followed directly from the stalemate that the fear
of nuclear destruction imposed.
two references to the awesome power of Nuclear weapons and the year
in which they were made.
kennedy was speaking, 27 years ago, of nuclear weapons and
subversive activities. This New York Times column by Richard Rhodes
appeared this week, and spoke of total nuclear destruction. kennedy
was correct. Rhodes cites conventional wisdom and overlooks the real
reason for what is happening today in the Soviet Union and in
Let's look at
other angles. There are long range business reasons for what is
taking place in USSR and Eastern Europe.
One of the
strangest and most unusual meetings ever to have taken place in
Washington was convened by the Nixon Administration, February 7)9,
1972. This meeting of more than 1,500 of the nation's top business
leaders, was called:
"The White House
Conference on the Industrial World Ahead: A Look at Business in
In a summary
Discussion that followed this, momentous series of meetings, Roy L.
Ash, President, Litton Industries, Inc. said:
capitalism may well be a form for world business in the world
ahead...the western countries are treading toward a more unified and
controlled economy, CChaving a greater effect on businessDD; and
that the communist nations are moving more and more toward a CCfree
market systemDD. The question posed, on which a number of divergent
opinions arose, was whether East and West would meet some place
toward the middle about 1990."
In Summary, another
speaker, Mr. Frere, said:
countries are experimenting with the concept of a market
economy...and, the communist countries are forecasting the influx of
heavy capital investments by 1990 by the western states."
NOTE: It is
interesting to note that Mr. Jean Frere was, in 1972, Managing
Partner, Banque Lambert in Brussels, Belgium. It is an affiliate of
this enormous financial institution that declared itself in
these men were saying in 1972, about the state of the Industrial
World in 1990. They hit it right on the nose.
When major businessmen, especially their lawyers and bankers, hit
the target on the nose like that you know they are in control. As we
said during an earlier program, Mr. Banker...Mr. George Champion,
formerly President of City Bank and President of the Economic
Development Council of New York...said:
"When the American
citizen is living in debt..."
business is operating in debt..."
"When the American
government is in debt..."
"Bankers rule the
appeared in Forbes magazine.
It was no mistake
that these business giants hit their target. This development in
1990 was planned that way. Neither Bush, Reagan, Thatcher,
Mitterrand, Kohl or Gorbychev did it. This is the work of the
business world...over two strenuous decades.
Let's recall some
of the events tied in with this amazing Conference in February,
Chairman was the Secretary of Commerce, Maurice Stans. He resigned
as Secretary on February 15, 1972 and became the head of Nixon's
The Evening Program
was headed by President Richard Nixon. The first U.S. President ever
to resign while in office as a result of the Watergate episode that
was an outgrowth of the activities of the Committee to Re)elect the
On the panel,
"Structure of the Free Enterprise System" was Alan Greenspan,
presently Chairman of the Federal Reserve System. T
Address, 2nd day, was given by the Secretary of the Treasury, John
B. Connally. He resigned the office of Secretary on June 12, 1972.
George Shultz became Secretary.
"The U.S. Position in World Business and the Economy)*1990", Peter
G. Peterson from the White House staff and the man who replaced
Stans as Secretary of Commerce.
We must keep
all of this in perspective.
As far back as 1972 the U.S. Government and the top U.S. businessmen
had their sights set on the year 1990 and, as Roy Ash said in a
summary of the conference:
East and West would
meet someplace toward the middle about 1990."
Remember, that was
during a turbulent February, 1972.
THEN: On May 26,
1972,...only 3 months later...President Nixon and General Secretary
Brezhnev agreed to establish a Joint US)USSR Commercial Commission
to promote mutually beneficial commercial relations.
became the US)USSR Trade and Economic Council, and a companion
organization that joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with its
organizations laying the groundwork, arrangements were made for a
twenty)year long preparatory program. With regular meeting in Moscow
and New York City every 6 months, plus a permanent staff. One year
after 1970 not one speech on the energy crisis. Keep the calendar in
mind: In early 1973 the White House convened a conference under the
auspices of the National Defense Transportation Association, to warn
business, especially the transportation sector, that the price of
petroleum products would rise precipitously before the end of the
year. How did they know that? It was planned that way!
That fall there was
an Arab)Israeli war, and an "Arab Oil Embargo" was alleged and the
price of petroleum products began to rise four)fold. This action
increased oil profits by hundreds of billions of dollars per year.
In 1979, the "Three Mile Island" episode was exploited to run these
prices even higher. Just as the Alaskan Spill did this year.
By this time
we can see that big money)making projects run in waves: WW II, the
Cold War, including Korea and Vietnam, the Petroleum heist. Now this
opening of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe with their enormous
marketsT#'|)|)|)00Tfor civilian goods will be the next wave.
A wave of business...not ideology...not politics...not military.
and no media, go beyond the cover stories. Just one example: at the
close of WW II the U.S.A. had spent $155 billion on the development
of the Nuclear Age.
This $155 billion asset was given to businesses...courtesy of the
After decades of
the "Red Threat", "Communism", "The Evil Empire" and all the other
horror stories, we are now coming down for an easy landing that was
planned back in 1972.
At the same time,
we must keep in mind the warning of "The Report From Iron Mountain."
Can the United States government remain dominant and virile without
the threat of war? Can the U.S.A. find a way to live and thrive in
an era of peace? We have been getting some strong voices on this
One of the
first of these was Walter Wriston, formerly Chairman of Citibank
with his prophetic book "Risk and Other Four Letter Words." He says
that in a world of global finance, global communications and global
transport there is no longer any national sovereignty and that the
age of One World is here...like
it or not.
As if to verify his
early work, I have enclosed copies of speeches made by the Chairmen
of two major U.S. corporations, under the heading "Panel Discussion
Summary: A Look at Business in 1990."
Essentially a copy
of a letter sent to Jim Garrison.
It is amazing
how things work, I am at home recuperating from a major back
operation (to regain my ability to walk); so I was tossing around in
bed last night...not too comfortable...and
I began to think of Garrison. I thought, "I have got to write Jim a
letter detailing how I believe the whole job was done."
coincidence I had received a fine set of twenty photos from the
Sprague collection in Springfield, Mass. As the odds would have it,
he is now living just around the corner here in Alexandria. Why not?
Lansdale lived here, Fensterwald lives here.
Ford used to live here.
Quite a community.
studying those photos. One of them is the "Tramps" picture that
appears in your book. It is glossy and clear. Lansdale is so clearly
Why, Lansdale in Dallas? The others don't matter, they are nothing
but actors and not gunmen: but they are interesting. Others who knew
Lansdale as well as I did, have said the same thing, "That's him.
What's he doing there?"
As I was
reading the paper the Federal Express man came with a book from Jim,
that unusual "Lansdale" book. A terrible biography. There could be a
great biography about Lansdale.
He's no angel; but he is worth a good biography. Currey, a paid
hack, did the job. His employers ought to have let him do it right.
I had known
Ed since 1952 in the Philippines. I used to fly there regularly with
my MATS Heavy Transport Squadron. As a matter of fact, in those days
we used to fly wounded men, who were recuperating, from hospitals in
Japan to Saigon for R&R on the beaches of Cap St Jacque.
That was 1952)1953. Saigon was the Paris of the Orient. And Lansdale
was "King Maker" of the Philippines. We always went by way of
Manila. I met his team.
arrived in Manila in Sept 1945, after the war was over, for a while.
He had been sent back there in 1950 by the CIA(OPC) to create a new
leader of the Philippines and to get rid of Querino. Sort of like
the Marcos deal, or the Noriega operation. Lansdale did it better. I
have overthrown a government but I didn't splash it all around like
Reagan and Bush have done.
Now, who sent
him there? Who sen him there in 1950 (Truman era) to do a job that
was not done until 1953 (Ike era)? From 1950 to Feb 1953 the
Director of Central Intelligence was Eisenhower's old Chief of
Staff, Gen WalterTK')))00TBedell Smith. Smith had been Ambassador to
Moscow from 1946 to 1949. The lesser guys in the CIA at the time
were Allen Dulles, who was Deputy Director Central Intelligence from
Aug 1951 to Feb 1953. Frank Wisner became the Deputy Director, Plans
(Clandestine Activities) when Dulles became DDCI. Lansdale had to
have received his orders from among these four men: Truman, Smith,
Dulles, and Wisner. Of course the Sec State could have had some
Acheson. Who wanted Querino out, that badly? Who wanted HUKS there?
In Jan 1953
Eisenhower arrived. John Foster Dulles was at State and Gen Smith
his Deputy. Allen Dulles was the DCI and General Cabel his deputy.
None of them changed Lansdale's prior orders to "get" Querino.
Lansdale operated with abandon in the Philippines. The Ambassador
and the CIA Station Chief, George Aurell, did not know what he was
doing. They believed he was some sort of kook Air Force Officer
role Lansdale played to the hilt. Magsaysay became President, Dec
With all of
this on the record, and a lot more, this guy Currey comes out of the
blue with this purported "Biography". I knew Ed well enough and long
enough to know that he was a classic chameleon. He would tell the
truth sparingly and he would fabricate a lot. Still, I can not
believe that he told Currey the things Currey writes. Why would
Lansdale want Currey to perpetuate such out and out bullshit about
him? Can't be.
This is a terribly fabricated book. It's not even true about me.
I believe that this book was ordered and delineated by the CIA.
At least I know the
truth about myself and about Gen. Krulak. Currey libels us terribly.
In fact it may be Krulak who caused the book to be taken off the
shelves. Krulak and his Copley Press cohorts have the power to get
that done, and I encouraged them to do just that when it first came
out. Krulak was mad!
Ed told me
many a time how he operated in the Philippines. He said, "All I had
was a blank checkbook signed by the U.S. government." He made
friends with many influential Filipinos. I have met Johnny Orendain
and Col Valeriano, among others, in Manila with Lansdale.
He became acquainted with the wealthiest Filipino of them all,
Soriano. Currey never even mentions him. Soriano set up Philippine
Airlines and owned the big San Miguel beer company, among other
things. Key man in Asia.
greatest strategy was to create the "HUKS" as the enemy and to make
Magsaysay the "Huk Killer." He would take Magsaysay's battalion out
into a "Huk" infested area. He would use movies and "battlefield"
sound systems, i.e.
fireworks to scare the poor natives. Then one)half of Magsaysay's
battalion, dressed as natives, would "attach" the village at night.
They fire into the air and burn some shacks. In the morning the
other half, in uniform, would attack and "capture" the "Huks". They
would bind them up in front of the natives who crept back from the
forests, and even have a "firing" squad "kill" some of them. Then
they would have Magsaysay make a big speech to the people and the
whole battalion would roll down the road to have breakfast together
for the next "show".
Ed would always see
that someone had arranged to have newsmen and camera men there and
Magsaysay soon became a national hero. This was a tough game and Ed
bragged that a lot of people were killed; but in the end Magsaysay
became the "elected" President and Querino was ousted "legally."
endeared Ed to Allen Dulles. In 1954 Dulles established the Saigon
Military Mission in Vietnam...counter to Eisenhower's orders. He had
the French accept Lansdale as its chief. This mission was not in
Saigon. It was not military, and its job was subversion in Vietnam.
Its biggest job was that it got more than 1,100,000 northern
Vietnamese to move south. 660,000 by U.S. Navy ships and the rest by
CIA airline planes. These 1,100,000 north Vietnamese became the
"subversive" element in South Vietnam and the principal cause of the
warmaking. Lansdale and his cronies (Bohanon, Arundel, Phillips,
Hand, Conein and many others) did all that using the same check
book. I was with them many times during 1954. All Mathuseanism.
I have heard him
brag about capturing random Vietnamese and putting them in a
Helicopter. Then they would work on them to make them "confess" to
being Viet Minh. When they would not, they would toss them out of
the chopper, one after the other, until the last ones talked. This
was Ed's idea of fun...as related to me many times. Then Dulles, Adm
Radford and Cardinal Spellman set up Ngo Dinh Diem. He and his
brother, Nhu, became Lansdale proteges.
At about 1957
Lansdale was brought back to Washington and assigned to Air Force
Headquarters in a Plans office near mine.
He was a fish out of water. He didn't know Air Force people and Air
Force ways. After about six months of that, Dulles got the Office of
Special Operations under General Erskine to ask for Lansdale to work
for the Secretary of Defense.
Erskine was man enough to control him.
Erskine had me head the Air Force shop there.
He had an Army shop and a Navy shop and we were responsible for all
CIA relationships as well as for the National Security Agency. Ed
was still out of his element because he did not know the services;
but the CIA sent work his way.
Then in the Fall of
1960 something happened that fired him up. Kennedy was elected over
Nixon. Right away Lansdale figured out what he was going to do with
the new President. Overnight he left for Saigon to see Diem and to
set up a deal that would make him, Lansdale, Ambassador to Vietnam.
He had me buy a "Father of his Country" gift for Diem...$700.00.
repeat all of this but you should get a copy of the Gravel edition,
5 Vol.s, of the Pentagon Papers and read it. The Lansdale accounts
are quite good and reasonably accurate.
Ed came back just
before the Inauguration and was brought into the White House for a
long presentation to Kennedy about Vietnam. Kennedy was taken by it
and promised he would have Lansdale back in Vietnam "in a high
office". Ed told us in OSO he had the Ambassadorship sewed up. He
lived for that job.
He had not
reckoned with some of JFK's inner staff, George Ball, etc. Finally
the whole thing turned around and month by month Lansdale's star
sank over the horizon. Erskine retired and his whole shop was
scattered. The Navy men went back to the navy as did the Army folks.
Gen Wheeler in the JCS asked to have me assigned to the Joint Staff.
This wiped out the whole Erskine (Office of Special Operations)
It was comical. There was Lansdale up there all by himself with no
office and no one else.
He boiled and he blamed it on Kennedy for not giving him the
"promised" Ambassadorship to let him "save" Vietnam.
Then with the
failure of the Bay of Pigs, caused by that phone call to cancel the
air strikes by McGeorge Bundy, the military was given the job of
reconstituting some sort of Anti)Castro operation. It was headed by
an Army Colonel; but somehow Lansdale (most likely CIA influence)
got put into the plans for Operation Mongoose...to
The U.S. Army has a
think tank at American University. It was called "Operation
Camelot". This is where the "Camelot" concept came from. It was
anti)JFK's Vietnam strategy. The men running it were Lansdale types,
Special Forces background. "Camelot" was King Arthur and Knights of
the Round Table: not JFK...then.
and 1963 Mongoose and "Camelot" became strong and silent
organizations dedicated to countering JFK. Mongoose had access to
the CIA's best "hit men" in the business and a lot of "strike"
capability. Lansdale had many old friends in the media business such
as Joe Alsop, Henry Luce among others. With this background and with
his poisoned motivation I am positive that he got collateral orders
to manage the Dallas event under the guise of "getting" Castro. It
is so simple at that level. A nod from the right place, source
immaterial, and the job's done.
The "hit" is the easy part. The "escape" must be quick and
professional. The cover)up and the scenario are the big jobs, They
more than anything else prove the Lansdale mastery.
Lansdale was a
master writer and planner. He was a great "scenario" guy. It still
have a lot of his personally typed material in my files. I am
certain that he was behind the elaborate plan and mostly the
intricate and enduring cover)up. Given a little help from friends at
PEPSICO he could easily have gotten Nixon into Dallas, for
"orientation': and LBJ in the cavalcade at the same time, contrary
to Secret Service policy.
He knew the
"Protection" units and the "Secret Service", who was needed and who
wasn't. Those were routine calls for him, and they would have
believed him. Cabell could handle the police.
The "hit men"
were from CIA overseas sources, for instance, from the "Camp near
They are trained, stateless, and ready to go at any time.
They ask no questions: speak to no one.
They are simply told what to do, when and where.
Then they are told how they will be removed and protected. After
all, they work for the U.S. Government. The "Tramps" were actors
doing the job of cover)up. The hit men are just pros. They do the
job for The CIA anywhere.
They are impersonal. They get paid. They get protected, and they
have enough experience to "blackmail" anyone, if anyone ever turns
on them...just like Drug agents. The job was clean, quick and neat.
The whole story of
the POWER of the Cover)up comes down to a few points. There has
never been a Grand Jury and trial in TExas. Without a trial there
can be nothing. Without a trial it does no good for researchers to
dig up data. It has no place to go and what the researchers reveal
just helps make the cover*up tighter, or they eliminate that
evidence and the researcher.
The first man LBJ
met with on Nov 29th, after he had cleared the foreign dignitaries
out of Washington was Waggoner Carr, Atty Gen'l, Texas to tell him.
"No trial in Texas...ever."
The next man
he met, also on Nov 29th, was J. Edgar Hoover. The first question
LBJ asked his old "19 year" neighbor in DC was "Were THEY shooting
at me?" LBJ thought that THEY had been shooting at him also as they
shot at his friend John Connally. Note that he asked, "Were THEY
shooting at me?" LBJ knew there were several hitmen. That's the
The Connallys said
the same thing...THEY. Not Oswald.
Then came the
heavily loaded press releases about Oswald all written before the
deal and released actually before LHO had ever been charged with the
I bought the first newspaper EXTRA on the streets of Christchurch,
New Zealand with the whole LHO story in that first news...photos and
columns of it before the police in Dallas had yet to charge him with
All this canned material about LHO was flashed around the world.
his Time)Life and other media friends, with Valenti in Hollywood,
have been doing that cover)up since Nov 1963. Even the
deMorenschildt story enhances all of this. In deM's personal
telephone/address notebook ha has the name of an Air Force Colonel
friend of mine, Howard Burrus. Burrus was always deep in
He had been in one of the most sensitive Attache spots in Europe...Switzerland.
He was a close friend of another Air Force Colonel and Attache,
Godfrey McHugh, who used to date Jackie Bouvier. DeM had Burrus
listed under a DC telephone number and on that same telephone number
he had "L.B.Johnson, Congressman." Quite a connection. Why...from
the Fifties yet.?
McHugh was the Air Force Attache in Paris. Another most important
job. I knew him well, and I transferred his former Ass't Attache to
my office in the Pentagon. This gave me access to a lot of
information I wanted in the Fifties. This is how I learned that
McHugh's long)time special "date" was the fair Jacqueline...yes,
the same Jackie Bouvier. Sen. Kennedy met Jackie in Paris when he
was on a trip. At that time JFK was dating a beautiful SAS Airline
Stewardess who was the date of that Ass't Attache who came to my
JFK dumped her and stole Jackie away from McHugh. Leaves McHugh
At the JFK
Inaugural Ball who should be there but the SAS stewardess,
Jackie)*of course, and Col Godfrey McHugh. JFK made McHugh a General
and made him his "Military Advisor" in the White HOuse where he was
near Jackie while JFK was doing all that official travelling
connected with his office AND other special interests. Who
recommended McHugh for the job?
General McHugh was
in Dallas and was on Air Force One, with Jackie, on the flight back
to Washington..as was Jack Valenti. Why was LBJ's old cohort there
at that time and why was he on Air Force One? He is now the Movie
Czar. Why in Dallas?
See how carefully
all of this is interwoven. Burrus is now a very wealthy man in
Washington. I have lost track of McHugh. And Jackie is doing well.
All in the Lansdale shadows.
Lansdale's special "black" intelligence associates in the Pentagon
was Dorothy Matlack of U.S. Army Intelligence.
How does it happen that when deM. flew from Haiti to testify, he was
met at the National Airport by Dorothy? The Lansdale story is
endless. What people do not do is study the entire environment of
his strange career. For example: the most important part of my book,
"The Secret Team", is not something that I wrote.
It is Appendix III under the title, "Training Under The Mutual
Security Program."This is a most important bit of material. It tells
more about the period 1963 to 1990 than anything. I fought to have
it included verbatim in the book. This material was the work of
Lansdale and his crony General Dick Stillwell. Anyone interested in
the "JFK Coup d'Etat" ought to know it by heart.
this document tells why the Coup took place.
It was to reverse the sudden JFK re)orientation of the U.S.
Government from Asia to Europe, in keeping with plans made in 1943
at Cairo and Teheran by T.V. Soon and his Asian masterminds.
Lansdale and Stillwell were long)time "Asia hands" as were Gen
Erskine, Adm Radford, Cardinal Spellman, Henry Luce and so many
1963, JFK had just signalled this reversal, to Europe, when he
published National Security Action Memorandum #263 saying...among
other things...that he was taking 1000 troops home from Vietnam by
Christmas 1963 and ALL AMERICANS out of Vietnam by the end of 1965.
That cost him his life.
JFK came to
that "Pro)Europe" conclusion in the Summer of 1963 and sent Gen
Krulak to Vietnam for advance work. Kurlak and I (with others) wrote
that long "Taylor)McNamara" Report of their "Visit to Vietnam"
(obviously they did not write, illustrate and bind it as they
traveled). Krulak got his information daily in the White House.
We simply wrote it. That led to NSAM #263. This same Trip Report is
Document #142 and appears on page 751 to 766 of Vol II of the Gravel
Edition of the Pentagon Papers. NSAM #263 appears on pages 769)770
(It makes the Report official).
Report and NSAM indicated an enormous shift in the orientation of
U.S. Foreign Policy from Asia back to Europe.
JFK was much more Europe*oriented, as was his father, than pro)Asia.
This position was anathema to the Asia)born Luces, etc.
There is the
story from an insider. I sat in the same office with Lansdale, (OSO
of OSD) for years. I listened to him in Manila and read his flurry
of notes from 1952 to 1964. I know all this stuff, and much more.
I could write ten books. I send this to you because I believe you
are one of the most sincere of the "true researchers." You may do
with it as you please.
I know you will do it right. I may give copies of this to certain
other people of our persuasion. (Years ago I told this to Mae
Brussell on the promise she would hold it. She did.
Now you can
see why I have always said that identification of the "Tramps" was
they are actors. The first time I saw that picture I saw the man I
knew and I realized why he was there.
He caused the political world to spin on its axis. Now, back to
L. Fletcher Prouty
THE SILENT WAR
We are engaged in a
silent war. Those waging this brutal conflict have not the decency
to inform their victims ))) who include ourselves and almost
everyone we know. Their standard bearers include George Bush and
David Rockefeller. As the high priced professional liars in the mass
media assure us all is well, the common people of the world are
being crushed ))) like foot soldiers over run by a panzer division.
And yet, the
only real power of these perpetrators derives only from this force
Apart from the power to keep us fighting each other, the Monopolists
have no power. If a critical mass of people can learn the
information contained herein, and what is more important, the
sources of this information, a global reign of terror will end.
These articles are
taken from my monthly column in MONETARY AND ECONOMIC REVIEW. I am
also the Director of Research for INTELLIGENCE CONNECTION a speakers
agency that arranges events on university campuses for front line
researchers, like those mentioned in these articles. My name is
You can arrange
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LETTER OF THE MONTH
From: G. Wisnewski
Subject: Investigation of Herrhausen/Kennedy-Assassination
Dear Mr. Prouty,
I am member of a journalist team that was investigating the assassination of
Alfred Herrhausen and others by the socalled Red Army Faction in Germany. By
that way we learned about an appendix of an american army "Field Manual
30-31". This appendix contained detailed informations and advice how a terror
group could be influenced and directed by military agents. The paper was dated
Nov 8, 1970 and was signed by W.C. Westmoreland, JCS.
Can you tell me whether this document is authentic?
Did US-services infiltrate f.e european left and reight wing extreme and
terror groups? Did those agents built special operations groups among the
socalled "insurgents" for performing violent acts? What was/is the role of the
JCS in the assassinations of JFK, Herrhausen and others? Is the JCS the "power
centre" of wich you spoke on several occasions? Do you see any possibility to
help us with our investigations?
Many thanks so far,
Reply From Col. Prouty
a) I have done a lot of work on the Herrhausen murder and will enclose a brief
item written by a friend of mine. We had corresponded on the subject, and my
ideas agree with his. There is much more that could be said. I am enclosing a
copy of Prof. Morressey's article. I possess a complete copy of the speech
Herrhausen was going to deliver in New York City as the Arthur Burns Memorial
Lecture on Dec 4, 1989 less than a week after his murder in Germany. It is a
most important bit of writing. You should look in the files of that period for
the article published by the New York Times that widely altered the speech for
its own purposes. This act by a leading newspaper deserves much research and
b) Before I respond about the U.S. Army Field Manual 30-31, let me say that
the most important one you can get today is the one used at the "U.S. Army
school of the Americas: Teaching Terror." This has been recently made the
subject of an important article in the Columbian magazine "Columbia Bulletin"
which can be contacted as follows:
Columbia Bulletin c/o/CSN
P.O. Box 1505
Madison, WI 53701
Tel: (608)257-8753 FAX: (606) 255-6621.
c) As for military Field Manuals today, I have been retired since 1963 and
most of the ones I knew so well have been significantly revised. However you
can get a fine book on the market: "LOW INTENSITY WARFARE" by Michael T. Klare
and Peter Kornbluh. It has three pages of bibliography and much of the books
mentioned are Field Manuals or the equivalent. I had been the Director of
Special Operations during 1962-1963 with the Joint staff, and am not familiar
with the Gen. Westmoreland manual you mention. My boss was Gen. Victor H.
Krulak of the U.S. Marine Corps.
d) You may be quite certain that U.S. military elements did infiltrate
European units during and after WW II. Of course this was an assigned task of
the 0SS and then the CIA in those times. U.S. Army Special Forces were in
Europe then in a classified mission that was much different than that of
todays' Special Forces.
e) I do not believe that the Jas had any role in the assassination of either
JFK or of Herrhausen. That role is assigned otherwise to highly skilled
anonymous units purely as a technical function. Their orders come from other
sources. Just re-consider carefully what happened, or did not happen in Dallas
on the day JFK was killed. There's where the clues are and none of them
involve Lee Oswald, and the others of that "Cover Story" scenario that still
f) The JCS in not a "power cadre" in the sense you use it. Their role is the
defense of this country, when properly ordered to do so by higher authority.
g) All highest level power groups, whether nations or other centers of the
highest power maintain the capability to assassinate selected individuals when
they feel it is necessary. This capability is somewhat similar to what our
society maintains under the name of an "executioner", "hangman", or other.
From that perspective it is a fundamental task of the source of power.
It is too bad that the three-decade old "Cover Story" of the Kennedy
assassination has been permitted to spread its sordid scenario for so long.
Too many people now believe that contrived story which certainly is totally
I have no way to address your mention of "the so-called Red Army Faction in
Germany" other than what I have acquired through incidental reading. The
Herrhausen case, like the Kennedy case should be thoroughly and properly
investigated by unbiased authority.
Thank you for your important questions:
L. Fletcher Prouty
By Michael D. Morrissey June1990
The murder of Alfred Herrhausen, chairman of West Germany's Deutsche Bank, on
November 30,1989, has been treated as an open-and-shut case by the media on
both sides of the Atlantic. The Red Army Faction (RAF) did it.
It is difficult to question this foregone conclusion 'without seeming to
defend a terrorist group which has been the German Public Enemy Number One for
16 years. But the evidence is thin consisting primarily of a note of
confession found at the scene of the bombing, along with a letter written a
month before by an imprisoned RAF leader and intercepted by German
authorities. According to Das Spiegel (December 4,1989), it says, "We must
orient ourselves to a new phase of the struggle" and "strike at the mechanism
which makes everything worse"
As head of the biggest German bank, Herrhausen was certainly a key figure in
the "mechanism," and after the opening of the border on November 9, and of
Eastern Europe in general, he was in a particularly powerful position to
influence these massive changes Shortly before his death, he announced
Deutsches Bank's purchase of the British investment bank Morgan Grenfell for
17 billion marks, which Spiegel says "the most important strategic decision of
the Deutsche flank since World War II," giving them a bridgehead in London,
stir' the most important European center for international banking.
Herrhausen was not only powerful; he was perhaps the most progressive banker
around. He had ideas which were sensible and realistic, but much too radical
for some Furthermore, he was charismatic, attractive, articulate, and
outspoken all of which adds up to a man who could have made a difference, such
men, for darker minds are dangerous. We Americans know what happens to
charismatic harbingers of change - they get shot, - according to the "lone
nut" theory of history (which began with the Warren Report), All of this
violence is senseless," but most of us know by now that the world makes more
sense than the mass media would have us believe.
Spiegel is not the worst German newsweekly (there is considerable
competition), but it is not surprising to read the most important aspect of
the packaged story buried on the ninth page:
Some of the things Herrhausen said and did do not fit in the simple leftist
image or the ugly capitalist enemy
For example, he was the first prominent western banker to propose publicly,
two years ago " that the debt crisis in the Third World could not be solved
without a partial waiver of claims by the western creditor Banks. This was
also clear at the time to most other heads of banks, but they would have
preferred to keep it to themselves a while longer.
Herrhausen supported the strategy of debt reduction, as posed to refinancing
("fresh money"), strongly and constantly. His derailed proposal was published
in the German financial newspaper HairdeIsbiart on June 6th, 1989 and repeated
in a presentation to the annual meeting of the World Bank and International
Monetary Fund in Washington on September 25, 1989. In the latter he remarked:
"Mr. Reed, speaking for Citi-bank, has said they are a "New money" bank. I can
tell you that the Deutsche Bank is a "debt reduction bank". ln the same
speech, he pointed out that a major obstacle to his proposed debt reduction
strategy is that Japanese and American banks would find it more difficult than
their European counterparts to compensate partially for their losses through
The New York Times, December 8th 1989, printed portions of a speech which
Herrhausen was to have given in New York on December 4th at the American
Council on Germany. The entire speech was published in German on the same day
in Die Zeit. The comparison is revealing.
The original manuscript is in English (a complete copy of which I obtained
from the Deutsche Bank), and the title is "New Horizons in Europe."
The Times excerpt, about half the original is entitled "Towards a Unified
Germany", which grossly mis-represents the thrust of the speech. It is clear
to who reads even what the Times printed. This Herrhausen was not pleading for
unification. In fact, he was refreshingly cautious on this point, in contrast
to the increasingly strident media campaign Germans east and West have been
subjected to in the past few months. He said that if the East Germans decide
to join the West, fine, but "at this point" the question is still very much an
open question. (This sentence was omitted in the Times).
Secondly, such an endeavor would be a difficult and certainly a long process
in view of the large economic and social differences that exist today."
Although Henry Kissinger appeared on German television at around the same time
predicting unification within five years, Herrhausen was figuring on about ten
years. The following paragraph, although it comes in the middle of a portion
printed by the Times, was omitted:
Of course, the process transforming a socialist society into a capitalistic
one could and should be managed in stages and it should be closely coordinated
with price and currency reform. Price, currency and property reform would mean
profound changes throughout society in Eastern Germany. Many people in the
East, including some of the leaders or the present opposition groups, are
already worried about the social costs of such adjustment. The rewards would
certainly nor accrue instantaneously. However, I am convinced that, given an
adequate economic environment in the East and pertinent support by the West,
the East German as well as the other Eastern economies could achieve
impressive growth. I believe the GDR in particular could then catch up on the
western standard of living in about ten years or so.
Most importantly, the Times excerpt completely omitted Herrhausen's discussion
of the same proposals for debt reduction and in-country development banks,
which he had made to the World flank and IMF in September. These proposals,
coming from a man in his position, were surely the most newsworthy items in
the speech why did the Times find them unfit to print? Herrhausen refers here
to Poland, but the same could apply to other highly indebted countries:
In the past, the banks have agreed to regular rescheduling, but now the onus
is on government lenders assembled in the Paris Club [committee representing
creditor nations that meets in Paris to deal with debt problems of individual
countries to come up with a helpful contribution. They account for roughly two
thirds of the county's external debt. If there is to he a permanent solution,
this will require enlarging the strategies hitherto adopted to include a
reduction of debt or debt service.
As an alternative to the European Development flank proposed by France,
Herrhausen proposed the establishment of a development bank in Warsaw to
bundle incoming aid and deploy it in accordance with strict efficiency
criteria. Such an "Institute for Economic Renewal," as he called it, would
help channel western aid and monitor its efficient use. The Institute," he
said' "could play a constructive role in economic reform. Similar institutions
could, of course, be established for other countries."
These are eminently reasonable ideas, but it is not hard to imagine that they
would encounter powerful opposition. No matter how you put it, for the
creditors debt reduction means giving away money. And of course it more sense
to put the lending bank "on tile Spot," since this would keep the repaid
capital and interest in the country where it is needed. This is not the way
the big international banks make money, however.
Alfred Herrhausen may have been a terrorist victim, as the media seem
determined to have us believe (and now forget).
The question is who are the terrorists?
Michael D. Morrissey teaches at Kessel University.
This article appears in the
June 17, 2005 issue
of Executive Intelligence Review.
Remember Walther Rathenau
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
June 10, 2005
Today, the echo of the July 24, 1922 assassination of Germany's great
industrialist Walther Rathenau once again reverberates in leading events of
today's world history. Once again, today, as then, terror chills the
will-power of prominent statesmen shuddering in fear of those malignant
financial powers behind the scenes, powers which would once again arrange
the assassination of any political or kindred leading figure who gets in the
way of current plans to loot the pensions and other instruments of the
general welfare of the peoples of the world, as the murder of Walther
Rathenau and other veterans of the Rapallo negotiations was unleashed in
waves following the April 10, 1922, so-called Rapallo Treaty adopted at
Three months after Rathenau's assassination, Venice's British asset, "Young
Turk" veteran and banker Count Volpi di Misurata, orchestrated Benito
Mussolini's October 24, 1922 March on Rome. Thirteen months after that, the
abortive Hitler Munich coup d'état was unleashed by then Mussolini copy-cat
There was no mere coincidence among those connected incidents. The forces
behind these events of 1922 were one and the same London- and
Paris-dominated, oligarchical circles whose influence dominated Europe from
the period of the Versailles Treaty-negotiations on. The world was then well
on the way to the likelihood, if not yet the certainty, of what is known
today as World War II. Once again, today, threats of the type which felled
Rathenau and others are being delivered, or are messages being prepared to
be sent soon to leading political figures around the world.
It was the failure of leading European circles to react with courage and
competence to the threat from the Versailles Treaty-negotiations-based
financier circles, implicated in the murder of Rathenau, which led directly
into what later became known as fascism and World War II. Similar fates
overtook the lives of many of the leading participants in Rapallo soon
after, excepting Britain's Lloyd George. Similar negligence, today, to that
which allowed the authors of that wave of deaths to continue, is to be found
among relevant political figures. Such negligence now could lead rather
quickly into something even far worse than what we once called "World War
We should have learned from history of such and kindred processes, that we
rarely find among us leaders with both the wisdom and courage needed to
prevent such awful turns in history. It is therefore urgent that, from time
to time. well-meaning people in positions of important influence must
discover in themselves the exceptional qualities of wisdom and courage not
to evade the extraordinary risks which leaders must accept for the sake of
present and future generations, the courage to look the Devil in the eye,
and face him down. Such a time is now.
Admittedly, as in the case of the historical figure of Jeanne d'Arc, the
risk true leaders incur, such as the authors of the U.S. war for
independence, is great. Only those with a sense of purposeful immortality
are likely to find the courage in themselves to lead bravely in such times.
Rathenau was neither the first nor the last German to be assassinated by
forces similarly motivated. In Germany, the 1977 list included Bundesanwalt
Siegfried Buback (April), Dresdner Bank's Jürgen Ponto (July), and head of
the German employers' association, Hanns-Martin Schleyer (October). Directly
parallel to the strategic implications of the assassination of Walther
Rathenau is that of the Nov. 30, 1989 assassination of Deutsche Bank head
Alfred Herrhausen. The entity for the authorship of all of these and
comparable cases, from Rathenau through Herrhausen and Rohwedder, is the
same, as will be clarified below.
It were not appropriate for me to now name the names of some current targets
of such threats transmitted on behalf of certain powerful, behind-the-scenes
financier interests in Europe and elsewhere. Threats reverberate already.
Rather than identifying already known and probable targets of such ominously
hinted warnings, another way in which we may address that clear and present
danger, as I do here, were, on balance, more useful, and therefore more
appropriate at this moment.
Here and now, as this issue of EIR goes to press, two weeks will have
passed since the memorable weekend when a concert of Democratic and
Republican Senators saved the U.S. Federal Constitution from the virtual
coup d'état against the heart of that Constitution from the George W. Bush,
Jr. White House. Look at the awful accumulation of continuing threats to the
U.S.A. and other nations from the global monetary-financial breakdown-crisis
already in progress around the world today. The ability of institutions such
as the U.S. Senate, to continue to block the coup d'état mentality radiating
from the Bush-Cheney Administration and its more rabid backers such as the
circles of George Pratt Shultz, should be the leading issue on the agenda of
the leading strategic intelligence specialists of the world today.
Then, as now, the source of threats of coups d'état, such as the fascist
coups, including the Rathenau assassination, which led from the notorious
financial-economic features of the Versailles Treaty, comes from the same
international financier circles which each played their part in bringing
fascist regimes to power in Europe, and unleashing what became known as
World War II. These financier circles are the present outcome of the
Anglo-Dutch Liberal current which was self-described as the
Eighteenth-Century's "Venetian Party," because of its tracing of its
characteristics of belief and practice from the Venetian oligarchical party
of the followers of the founder of modern empiricism, Venice's Paolo Sarpi.
Times have changed, of course, since the Eighteenth Century; today, the
threat to civilization from the financier-oligarchical interest of the
Venetian Party tradition, is potentially far worse, more dangerous than even
that during the 1920s and 1930s.
Read the List
To put the present threat in perspective, read a relatively short list of
some leading financial-economic crises confronting the U.S. government and
population right now.
1. The most urgent threat at this moment, is the ongoing collapse of the
U.S. automobile industry, probably immediately affecting, chain-reaction
style, both the incomes and pensions of approximately a half-million people,
or more, associated with employment in that industry. Entire states and
cities of the U.S. would be thrown into collapse. That is not only a threat
to the people and the communities in which they live; the collapse of the
machine-tool capability which that industry represents would be a strategic
threat to the U.S.A.; it would not exactly send the U.S. back to the Stone
Age all by itself, but it would virtually finish the United States as a
great power for decades or more to come.
So far, nothing is being done by the U.S. government to prevent an
irreparable catastrophe which requires immediate action from the U.S.
Congress if the worst effects were to be averted.
2. The clearly shown intention of the financier interests controlling that
industry, is to dump the pension obligations of the automobile and
associated industries upon the Federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
This coincides with what has already been done in the case of United
Airlines, and what is therefore threatened in the case of Delta and American
Airlines. This goes together with pathetic, mean-spirited, and much
befuddled President George W. Bush, Jr.'s Social Security wing-ding, an
outright swindle designed to let the Wall Street stock-brokers swindle most
Americans out of the last pension fund soon to be still functioning, if the
President's childishly nonsensical proposals of a sovereign U.S. default of
U.S. bonds as mere "IOUs" were tolerated.
If influential people from around the world had not suspected that the
President were clinically insane, his calling U.S. bonds "IOUs" of no
intrinsic value, would have been sufficient to plunge the entire world
monetary-financial system into a panic which would have set off an immediate
The current proposals from the House of Representatives' Republicans on this
set of pension issues would be mass-murderous in effect if allowed.
3. Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan "Bubbles" Greenspan's
sponsorship of the use of a form of gambler's side-bets as financial
capital, so-called "financial derivatives," has created an explosive
financial bubble, the so-called "hedge fund" bubble, which makes the 1998
LTCM bubble seem almost a minor incident by comparison. Major banks of the
world, as in the U.S.A, and Germany, for example, which have implicated
themselves in this hedge-fund bubble, are now threatened with a catastrophe
beyond the powers of imagination of most ordinary citizens, or even most
members of the U.S. Congress so far. Already, as much as between 20% and 40%
of the hedge-fund accounts in question are either wiped out, or near that
condition. The liability incurred by the banks associated with those
hedge-fund ventures would stagger the imagination of most. The collapse of
this hedge-fund bubble happens merely to have been triggered and accelerated
by the outbreak of the General Motors crisis.
So far, nothing has been done to prepare the U.S. to manage this global
crisis, a crisis which could bring down the entire world system.
4. This coincides with another product of Alan Greenspan's suspected
bath-tub dreaming. His role in creating the Y2K bubble which crashed in
2000, was part of the same pattern, involving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,
which has created what is presently a monstrous, and imperilled real-estate
mortgage-bubble. More and more leading news organs are currently reporting
important facts about the evidence of the danger of a chain-reaction
collapse within the so-called "mortgage industry" which is threatening to
spread throughout that sector as a whole, from the most blatant follies
launched under Alan Greenspan's "financial derivatives"-polluted reign at
Yet, our political leaders are either very slow in coming onto the
launch-pad on this deadly issue, or are mostly blocking it out of their
minds as an ugly reality they, and most U.S. citizens, are not yet prepared
even to think about.
5. In fact, a new real-estate swindle is being launched, this time from
Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Department, the base-closing swindle. What a nice,
last-ditch sort of pork-barrel for Rumsfeld's and Cheney's
contractor-friends that would be, if it could actually be brought off.
On top of this, we have rabid Vice-President Dick Cheney's snarling threats
of pre-emptive nuclear wars and kindred enterprises, starting perhaps with
North Korea, under the provisions of Conplan 8022. Conplan 8022
itself has implications which are fairly described as clinically insane on
their own account, but the real danger is being overlooked. That brings our
attention back to the implications of the July 1922 assassination of Walther
The genius of the U.S. Federal Constitution is there; whereas, our republic
has endured some very bad governments, even some which have been frankly
treasonous in certain of their implications, we have never lost our
Constitutional system, as European governments have suffered coups d'état
and dictatorships of one kind or another so often. The rise of the Senate,
in defense of the Constitutional principle of advice and consent, to block
the Bush White House's attempts to grab for dictatorial powers, was
exemplified by the Senate's upholding that Constitutional safeguard against
an attempted White House seizure of dictatorial powers, just as the Congress
defeated a similar attempt earlier, under President Richard Nixon.
Since the first inauguration of George W. Bush, Jr., we have seen repeated
instances, as in the cases of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, of Bush
Administration efforts to adopt certain of the features remembered from the
Adolf Hitler and kindred administrations in Europe. The way in which the
incident of "9/11" was exploited by the Bush Administration, as under the
Patriot Act proposals already whipped up before the "9/11" incident, and the
way in which the Administration repeatedly used lies fabricated in concert
with the Liberal-Imperialist Blair government of the United Kingdom, to
foist a new Iraq war upon the world, with the horrid consequences of failure
shown in the conduct of that continuing war today, are typical. The
principal significance of the proposed use of mini-nukes for a pre-emptive
attack on North Korea, is the global, including U.S., psychological effects
of using a mini-nuke version of the unnecessary dumping of the only two
then-existing prototypes of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
dumped at a time when the preconditions for the surrender of the Emperor
Hirohito's Japan were ripe for implementation, in the same way those
conditions were the basis for Japan's surrender later.
The characteristic feature of the Nixon Administration mentality which
veteran plotter Karl Rove has carried into the George W. Bush, Jr. White
House today, is the same resort to arousing lunatics' passions which Rove's
lunatic religious right employs to effects which remind modern historians of
the fanaticism of the 1922-1945 interval of the history of continental
Europe, and throwbacks to the lunatic spirit of religious warfare of the
1492-1648 interval. The policy of the Bush White House under Nixon veteran
Rove, is that spirit of dictatorship typified by times of Europe's religious
wars and fascist movements. That is the spirit of the current Bush-Cheney
Administration and its policy-impulses.
Such are samples of the immediate situation threatening us today.
The Historical Connection
With the decadence and loss of power of the interests typified by Prince
Metternich's Holy Alliance, the dominant imperial power on this planet was
the Anglo-Dutch Liberal financier interest centered in the City of London.
If we view World War I as competent historians today should, as a second
version of the Anglo-Dutch Liberal orchestration of the Seven Years War
which was concluded at the February 1763 Treaty of Paris, we can better
appreciate the way in which the post-World War I Treaty of Versailles
provided the occasion for a grand-scale scheme by a multi-national concert
of families-centered, private financier interest known as "The Synarchist
International," which orchestrated events of the 1920s and 1930s to the
effect of producing the forces controlled by Hitler's regime during the
1939-1945 interval. H.G. Wells and Bertrand Russell were only typical of the
kind of thinking which emerged among the architects of what that Synarchist
International had intended for the post-World War II decades.
Russell's 1945-1946 intention to conduct a nuclear attack on the Soviet
Union as a means for establishing what he identified as "world government"
did not succeed then, because the Soviet Union was the first to develop a
usable thermonuclear weapon, but the general thrust of Synarchist thinking
has moved, through the phase of thermonuclear détente, in that kind of often
groping direction, to take the form of a movement for "globalization" today.
The stubborn stupidity shown by people who ought to have known better, is
often a stunning reality. The leader of this drive toward the sheer lunacy
of what is called "globalization" today, is the product of a hatred against
the existence of the sovereign nation-state which was radiated by Lord
Shelburne's Eighteenth-Century British East India Company, by the
Nineteenth-Century British Empire, and by the frankly self-described Liberal
Imperialists of such Fabian Society creatures as Prime Minister Tony Blair
today. The globalization of financier strata, especially since the time of
the U.S. Nixon Administration and its 1971-1972 break-up of the Bretton
Woods system, is typical of this long-term trend in internationalist
financier circles such as the Synarchist International, which gave us the
Hitler regime then, and which is the principal menace threatening nations
There is no need, nor usefulness in arguing for, or against so-called
"conspiracy theories." Conspiracy is the most characteristic feature of
human behavior en masse, and is likely to remain so for a long time yet to
come. The practical matter is to defend that sovereignty of the U.S.A. and
its people, as prescribed by the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the
Federal Constitution of 1789. As a genius known as France's Jean-Baptiste
Colbert understood, in warning his errant monarch, Louis XIV, against
joining with the remnant of the lunatic Fronde for entry into
needless wars with the Liberal financier interests of that time,
regime-change of other nations is not our proper business. Our method of
success has never been nation-conquering, but nation-building methods, and
never going to war except to make a defense against a clear threat to our
republic's existence, as we did in World War II.
Today, there are foreign threats against us, chiefly from the drive toward
"globalization" launched by a contemporary expression of those financier
circles behind what was formerly known as the Synarchist International which
steered the wave of assassinations and fascist threats of the 1922-1945
interval. We must defend ourselves against such threats, but we must
approach that task in appropriate ways, relying more on winning and keeping
friends than making unnecessary adversaries.
In the meantime, the greatest threat to our nation and its people, is
typified by the list of immediate problems I have listed above. In some
features, these threats are of a new quality, but these are nonetheless
threats which can be overcome by the methods implicit in our Constitutional
tradition, as President Franklin Roosevelt led us to being the world's
greatest power at the close of the 1939-1945 war, after the depression
bestowed upon us by the Coolidge and Hoover Administrations. These kinds of
threats, now as under Franklin Roosevelt's leadership then, can be conquered
by returning to that tradition of the American System of political-economy,
as described by the greatest economists of the world during that time,
Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Mathew Carey, Friedrich List, and
Henry C. Carey, the system in whose service Franklin Roosevelt followed in
the footsteps of his ancestor, Alexander Hamilton ally Isaac Roosevelt.
What we must defend ourselves against, above all else, is the relics of the
Synarchist International. against those whose perceived interests were
served by the organizing of what became two world wars, and by the
assassinations of such relevant German figures as Walther Rathenau, Jürgen
Ponto, Hanns-Martin Schleyer, and Alfred Herrhausen. We need our European
and other partners in the tradition they served today. We must lend those
who serve that interest of their own nations our added strength, that they
might survive and succeed. We must let it be understood by those who would
destroy such figures, that they have us to reckon with in such matters.
In the meantime, for each and all of those challenges to our national
economy which I have identified above, and more of the same general kind,
there are solutions available to us. If we take the lead, other nations will
follow us, and work in concert with us. At the moment, the hope of our
nation's security lies principally with the special powers which the
founders of our Constitution built into the Senate, as a key feature of our
system of checks and balances. Let the Synarchists or their like today be
warned, that in these concerns we are united, and in principled unity with
our friends abroad. Let us unite around the pivot of the Constitutional role
of that institution, to get us through the mess now descending upon us all
This article appears in the
December 10, 2004 issue
of Executive Intelligence Review.
Unmasking the Secret War
By the 'Economic Hit Men'
The book is a thunderbolt:
John Perkins, scion of a well-known family
of the American East Coast Establishment, tells the secrets, in his
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, of
the "tool-box" of the international financial oligarchy—how above all, the
developing countries are kept under the diktat of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and private financial interests, through an
entire repertoire of economic blackmail, the use of murder-for-hire, and
But the modus operandi described also fits an entire series of
unexplained murders in Europe: from Enrico Mattei, Aldo Moro, Jürgen Ponto,
and Alfred Herrhausen, to Detlev Karsten Rohwedder, to name only a few. The
bombshell is, that Perkins explains that he made the decision to unmask
himself as such an "economic hit-man" (EHM, as he refers to the insider
slang), because he came to the conclusion that this decades-long practice
had finally resulted in the events of Sept. 11, 2001. And he openly warns
that more such events are on the agenda.
The publication of this book is part of an unprecedented revolt of a large
part of the American security services, military, civil services, and
diplomats, who are more and more convinced that a continuation of the
Bush/Cheney policies will lead to the downfall of the United States. The two
most important spheres in which the complete wreck of the Bush
Administration's policy is obvious, are the out-of-control results of the
war in Iraq, and still more fundamentally, the reality that the dollar-based
world financial system is on the way to collapse with thunderous force.
Panic is spreading: Heinz Brestel, in the economics section of the
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, speaks of the dollar standing at $1.60
to the euro soon; Lord William Rees-Mogg writes in the London Times
that the "avalanche" [of the dollar collapse] is about to break loose. The
Italian banker and former government minister Paolo Savona warns of a
threatening "Hiroshima" of the financial system; and the chief economist of
the Morgan Stanley investment bank, Stephen Roach, sees the world at the
brink of an financial "Armageddon." This astonishing wealth of metaphors for
the collapse does not indicate that these gentlemen have suddenly discovered
their poetical vein, but that the scales are falling from the eyes of even
the most hardbitten advocates of globalization: The system is at an end,
completely, and now.
Signs Herald the Storm
The dollar falls and falls; the capital flow which was necessary to hold off
the collapse threatened by the U.S. deficits, is simply no longer there; the
oil price stands at about $50 again, twice as high as would be
"price-neutral" for the economy given worldwide inflation. The gold price
has broken through the $450 mark; raw materials are now the favorites of
mega-speculators; Russia has already begun to change its portfolio and
liquidate some of its former dollar reserves; other Asian countries will
follow. One only has to consider the simultaneity of all these developments
to understand: Everything is breaking down. And all those who necessarily
know this are driven by anxiety: Now only a small further incident is
needed, and the whole system will explode.
Perkins, in his book, underlines the point that these policies carried out
by the "economic hit men," led to the attacks of Sept. 11. He says this
without more detailed explanation, and without explicit reference to Lyndon
LaRouche's analysis, that these attacks were only possible with the active
collaboration of elements of the American security services, and stood in
the direct tradition of Goebbels' Reichstag Fire.
The current systemic crisis is, nonetheless, the result of a policy of
making one "Third World" country after another the target of the economic
hit men, and compelling their governments to overload themselves with debt,
to the advantage of the building of an Anglo-American empire in the
tradition of Venice and the Anglo-Dutch imperial system, and of the
financial interests of firms like Bechtel and Halliburton; and thereby to
fall under the orders of the IMF.
For these perplexed and confounded nations, this policy was a catastrophe,
as one can see immediately from the example of the IMF's "model students"
Argentina or Poland. The political leaders of the developing countries were
faced with the choice, either to make themselves flunkies of the
Anglo-American empire, and act against the interests of their own
population; or, sooner or later to be overthrown. This policy has driven the
world economy into ruin for the benefit of a few speculators.
Thus Perkins' book is so explosive, because it is written by a high-ranking
insider, who finally blames himself through this self-exposure. But it
simply corresponds to the most specific experience of our movement over the
past 30 years. A veteran team of experts of the LaRouche movement in the
United States and Europe is now occupied in comparing the facts enumerated
by Perkins, with conditions and affairs already known to us, and in
researching further background material. And this much can already be said:
There are, above all in the developing nations, a very large number of
contemporary witnesses who can confirm what he confesses.
So, for example, Indira Gandhi was once visited by an American
representative, who brought her the message that 70 (!) American businessmen
who had investment contracts of $30 billion to offer, would come to New
Delhi if she would agree within a few hours to take an IMF credit of $30
billion. Mrs. Gandhi received the representative the following morning in
her Parliamentary office and denied his offer with the argument that she had
just, with difficulty, repaid a credit of $2 billion, and saw no possibility
of letting this "business" in. An Indian witness to the events commented:
"She paid with her life for this refusal."
But whoever says, coups and murder of leaders of the so-called Third World
are "nothing special," should wake up fast. For the same policy which
Perkins shows is responsible for inducing the over-indebtedness of the
developing sector and the murder of Omar Torrijos in Panama and Jaime Roldós
in Ecuador—and according to our best intelligence, for the murder of
Salvador Allende in Chile, Ali Bhutto in Pakistan, and others—is also to
blame for the economic catastrophe in Germany and all of Europe, and for the
circumstance that our youth, much like those of America, are the "no-future
generation," if the financial oligarchy is not defeated. In other words, the
politics of the "economic hit men" hits us also.
The Murder of Alfred Herrhausen
The two political economy-motivated murders which, more than all others, set
the stage for this catastrophe, in which the German economy for 15 years has
been destroyed in both East and West, were the killings of Alfred Herrhausen
on Nov. 30, 1989 and Detlev Rohwedder on April 21, 1991.
In a manner similar to John Perkins today, during the 1990s the former
high-ranking Pentagon official Fletcher Prouty, in an interview with the
Italian publication Unità, said that the murders of Herrhausen, John
F. Kennedy, Aldo Moro, Enrico Mattei, and Olof Palme were all the
consequences of the fact that they did not want to subjugate themselves, one
by one, to be minor consuls of the ruling pax universalis.
In another statement, Prouty compared the meaning of the killing of
Herrhausen with that of J.F. Kennedy:
His death at that moment in time ..., the astonishing circumstances of his
death ... recalls the 1963 murder of President Kennedy.... If one thinks of
the larger meaning of the events in the Soviet Union, in Eastern Europe, and
above all in Germany, then the assassination of Herrhausen is of a monstrous
significance. We should not let this be swept under the rug....
Real terrorists do not kill the president of a bank without a special
reason. Most terrorists are paid agents and instruments of larger power
centers. A certain such power center wanted, for a certain reason, the
leading spokesman of the Deutschebank, on this day and in this manner,
eliminated, in order to teach a lesson to others. Thus, there was a message
in the way and manner in which he was brought down.
Prouty said that the key to the explanation lay in 11 pages of a speech,
which Herrhausen was to have given one week later in New York, on Dec. 4,
1989, before the American Council on Germany, and which would now go ungiven.
In this speech, Herrhausen was to have laid out his vision of the new
organization of East-West relations, which would have steered history after
1989 into a dramatically different course. Herrhausen, at that time, was the
only banker whose proposals for the development of Poland as a model for the
other Comecon nations, according to the model of the Kreditanstalt für
Wiederaufbau, went in the same direction as the ideas of Lyndon LaRouche.
Let us recall the dramatic events of Autumn 1989: On Nov. 9, the Berlin Wall
came down; in documentation later made public, the Federal government
admitted that it had not had the slightest plans for the unforeseen
eventuality of German reunification. On Nov. 28, Helmut Kohl took the only
sovereign step of his entire time in office. He proposed the ten-point
program for the formation of a confederation of both German states, and
indeed, without consultation with the Allied Powers or his coalition
partner, the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Two days later, on Nov. 30,
Herrhausen was assassinated by the so-called Third Generation of the RAF,
whose existence was described in an ARD TV broadcast as "Phantom." This
"Phantom" then appeared once more in the assassination of Rohwedder, and has
since then vanished into thin air.
At that time, Lyndon LaRouche and his organization proposed a similar, yet
more far-reaching concept than Herrhausen, the program of the "Productive
Triangle Paris-Berlin-Vienna," which could have become the motor for a
massive infrastructural and economic development of the East. Leading
representatives of industry told us at that time: "The state is now
required, a program of such dimensions can only be guaranteed by the
government!" Had this program been put into action at that time and the
"fateful hour of mankind" of German reunification been utilized, there would
have been an actual "construction of the East"; there would have been a
"blossoming landscape," and the East-West relationship would have been
defined for the first time in the sense of a truly peaceful order.
As is well known, it occurred otherwise. The murder of Herrhausen as the
only representative of the Establishment who dared to express a vision for
the historical situation, was in fact the message to the government and
industry, of which Colonel Prouty spoke. After that, no one dared any more
to stick out his neck. Following the murderers, the would-be economic
assassins now took up the plan once again, for example in the person of
Jeffrey Sachs and other "reformers," who called for the economic dismantling
of the East in favor of the speculators of the financial oligarchy. In
December 1989, Chancellor Helmut Kohl experienced the "blackest hours of his
life" at the EU-Summit in Strassburg, by which he meant, he had to submit to
the dictate of the financial oligarchy in the form of the proposed European
Monetary Union. The Maastricht Treaty, the Stability Pact, the euro instead
of the D-mark, and economic dismantling were the consequences for the new
And Detlev Rohwedder
There was yet another leading industry representative, who had far-reaching
visions for the development of Germany: Detlev Rohwedder. As head of the
Treuhand, he was in charge of the transformation of publicly owned
businesses in eastern Germany. In 1990-91, he came to the conclusion, that a
reckless privatization of the real-economic—and still completely
useful—industrial firms would have unacceptable social consequences.
Therefore, he resolved, in the first months of 1991, to change the concept
of the Treuhand into "first restoration, then privatization"—always with a
view to the social effects. This was the moment, when the Phantom-RAF struck
again. His successor at the Treuhand, Birgit Breuel, the daughter of a
banker from Hamburg, did not have the same scruples as he did: Under her
leadership severe privatization took its free course.
Why did both of these men have to die? Were they the symbolic figures of the
"fascist capital structure," of which the "RAF' ' " speaks in its statement
taking credit for the Herrhausen assassination? On the contrary: Both commit
the mortal sin against the system of the financial oligarchy by expressing
moral misgivings regarding the consequences of this policy. Thus, in his
book Alfred Herrhausen, Power, Politics and Morality, Dieter
Balkhausen describes how Herrhausen, already in 1987 at the funeral of his
fellow board member Werner Blessing, expressed the view that the debt crisis
of the Third World could no longer be met with silence. A discussion with
President Miguel de la Madrid in Mexico about the debt crisis of the
developing nations had effected him deeply, and he began to think about
partial debt relief.
Balkhausen reports further, that during the Evangelical Church-Conference
there had been a discussion about why the international banks, up until
1987, had made available to the semi- or under-developed states the gigantic
sum of $1.2 billion, whereas they otherwise cut off credit lines with a
"explosive harshness" and auctioned off the houses of the poorer classes.
Perkins' revelation, that the EHMs had the task of luring the developing
nations into the condition of indebtedness, in order then to be able to
exploit them the more mercilessly, provides the answer to this apparent
In a television broadcast on "Arte" on Nov. 18, 2002, a Catholic priest who
was a friend of Herrhausen's, reported that Herrhausen had come to the
conclusion that a system, in which a few make a very high profit from the
economy, while it crushes many others, cannot endure. Herrhausen struggled
with the idea, that he perhaps had protected something, which he should not
have protected, did not want to protect and morally was not permitted to
protect. With that, Herrhausen committed a mistake in the eyes of the
financial oligarchy, which was to cost him his life: He came to the idea,
that the economy had something to do with morality and with the image of
I still remember very well a dinner discussion during the 1980s with a
private banker, who found my husband's analysis fascinating and had
repeatedly invited him to give lectures before an important circle. When it
finally arrived at the point in the conversation, that we insisted that the
image of man as a cognitive being must stand at the center of any economic
policy, and the morality underlying the economic system must be derived from
this, the pupils in the banker's eyes began a wild dance. After that he
abruptly ended all contact. Morality in economic policy? No, "explosively
harsh" profit-seeking in the system of the free market economy, even though
it destroys the entire continent—and then at best, the wife may support
humanitarian organizations, as a fig-leaf, so to speak.
When, on Nov. 28, 1989, Herrhausen proposed a profound structural change to
the board of his bank, which reflected his thoughts about the debt crisis of
the developing nations, he encountered violent resistance, as the former
head of the Deutsche Bank, Rolf Breuer, reported. Mrs. Herrhausen explained
that her husband had come back "severely depressed" from the meeting of the
bank, which turned out to be his last. And in the morning before the
assassination Herrhausen told his wife; "I do not know, whether that will be
the death of me."
Besides the book by John Perkins, there is yet another very cogent reason to
reopen the circumstances surrounding the murder of Herrhausen. Today we are
confronted with the rapidly collapsing world financial system. And in this
situation, Herrhausen had proposed and taken up certain measures, in order
to prevent damage from being done to the population and to defend the
general welfare. Since his death and that of Rohwedder, in Germany there
have been very few if any bankers at all, who would be prepared to act in
this way—and that was, to be sure, the intended effect of the perpetrators
of the murder.
But what is the consequence? Our nation could perish. And not only our
nation. The rapidly worsening strategic crisis (which, as Perkins correctly
recognizes, has to do with Sept. 11) and the collapse of the financial
system, to which globalization, and the attempt to erect a pax
universalis (universal peace) according to the Venetian model, lead,
demands a dramatic change of course. A new investigation of the murder of
Herrhausen and Rohwedder will show how the railroad switch was incorrectly
shifted, and in which direction it must now go.