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The Stench of American Fascism
By Alex Constantine
Trine Day LLCCopyright © 2016 Alex Constantine
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Hard Rain in the Balkans
Black Clouds Over Washington, D.C.: Illicit U.S. Arms Sales to Eastern Europe
Small arms sales recently to Albania, Bosnia and FYR of Macedonia could come back to haunt us sooner than we think. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced at a September 1998 United Nations meeting that arms exporting states 'bear some responsibility' for a trade which 'fuels conflict, fortifies extremism and destabilizes entire regions' in Africa and worldwide:
– Anna Rich, "U.S. Exports Arms to the World"
Macedonia, Romania, Albania and Bulgaria constitute the "outer ring" of East European black market smuggling routes (and therefore have been beset by the sale of arms from former Yugoslavia): and the governments of these countries act as mediators in major transnational trade, a violation of sanctions imposed by international agreement.
Convicted Macedonian arms smuggler Yuri Malinkovski received a stern slap on the wrist – three years probation in 1999 for lethal violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers and Export Administration Act, and was prohibited from exporting anything for a period of ten years.
At the receiving end, the Macedonian government denied involvement in black trades, but the evidence indicated that a company called Micei-Forten resold them to Serbia. Aim Skopje commented after the 1996 arrest of Malinkovski: "This is perhaps the greatest scandal the regime has been involved in."
The Macedonian government "has been shaken by all kinds of scandals in the course of this year involving the very top of the administration." One such scandal involved an assassination plot hatched to take out Vanco Cifliganecto, a deputy of the ruling Social Democratic Alliance (SDSM, the former communist party). It was summarily aborted and exposed. "Just after dust had settled [from a] typical mafia-like showdown and the cruel murder which took place close to the Macedonian assembly, a deputy ... nervously asked from the platform of that same assembly: 'Is it true that somebody is trying to liquidate me? And is my LIQUIDATION supposed to CONCEAL SOMEBODY'S SINS?'"
Whatever the result, Aim Skopje editorialized, "the question of the deputy from Radovis will be remembered as perhaps the unique parliamentary question in the world because a deputy of the ruling partyasked his own government 'WHY' it wanted him killed."
This question "exploded like a bomb" as a chorus of voices from the press inquired about Macedonian arms smuggling "at the height of the war in Bosnia and blockade of Serbia. Discontent of the public is increasing as the veil is rising," a veil that "carefully concealed the truth that in the 'oasis of peace' ... certain influential politicians and personages [at the highest rungs of authority] made enormous wealth as true war profiteers and black marketeers."
Mr. Cifliganec, the wealthy manager of the Bucim copper mine, confirmed speculation from the Macedonian tabloids that he was threatened "with assassination by [a] certain Zoran Saklev, officer of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM) at the time. Allegedly, as an experienced intelligence officer trained in the former Yugoslav army and its intelligence service, Saklev was supposed to kill the manager of Bucim and the respectable member of the leadership of the ruling party SDSM for 20 thousand German marks."
But the most "interesting" player in the scandal was "public prosecutor Stevan Pavlevski. He confirmed that last year he had looked into data on Zoran Saklev and established that the material gathered by the intelligence service of the Army was thin."
Pavlevski announced that he did not have sufficient evidence to press for criminal charges, but rumors continued to "spread and acquire interesting proportions." The pro-regime press claimed that the rumors were "propaganda with a specific goal and function." The goal, suggested the Nova Makedonija daily, served ambitions of the Macedonian intelligence service. "Why? This newspaper does not have an answer for that, [but] believes that it is clear to internal and external enemies."
Christopher Deliso reported on February 26, 2004:
Macedonian President Killed in Bosnia Plane Crash
Macedonians are in a state of shock today as the first incomplete reports of the death of their president, Boris Trajkovski, start to filter back from Bosnia, where the president and eight others died early this morning in a plane crash, in mountainous terrain ... near Croatia's southern coast. Everyone aboard – Trajkovski, six advisors, guards, a two-man crew, were presumed dead. The crash was blamed on inclement weather ... at first.
It was a "sad irony" that "Trajkovski was on his way to an investment conference in Mostar, just as Macedonia's EU application was about to be officially presented in Ireland [which presides on an honorary basis over the EU]."
Trajkovski took office in 1999, and "presided over Macedonia's most difficult period: the turbulence brought on by NATO's Kosovo bombardment and the 2001 war, with its uncertain aftermath. Through it all, Trajkovski was firmly pro-American."
As a matter of fact, Trajkovski's rise to office was, according to Sam Vaknin, a former economic advisor to the government of Macedonia, "attributed by the opposition – and not only by the opposition – to mass electoral fraud among Albanian voters. There were hints of collusion at the highest levels involving a web of business interests and meddling Western diplomats."
The West's geopolitical intrigues bred rot:
There isn't a single country in the Balkan – Serbia included – whose political elite, past and present, is not thoroughly criminalized. Crime, business, and politics are inextricable in this part of the world. ... The early histories of many nations – perhaps all nations – are studded with rogues, terrorists, criminals, slave traders, eccentrics, and worse. Robber barons, gunslingers, outcasts, slavers, and criminals established both in the United States and Australia, for instance.
Macedonians view U.S. operations in the Outer Ring as contrary to its own interests:
[The] U.S. first said ... it would act in a manner fair to all sides. But the U.S. breached [this position] when it intervened militarily in Kosovo. It did so not only by favoring one side – the Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army – but by arming and training it and supplying it with military intelligence. Macedonians are bitter at NATO for allowing the KLA to operate with impunity both in Kosovo and in Macedonia, even though it had stated that its goal was to disarm the KLA once UN forces were in place. Many Macedonians, therefore, suspect that the U.S. is assisting the terrorists in order to justify stationing significant forces in the country and making Macedonia into a protectorate, as has already happened in Kosovo and Bosnia. ... Serbia has sold its soul to the 'liberal-capitalistic' dream of Western-style prosperity and 'civil society' (which is, in reality, uncivil and asocial). It is now a de facto economic protectorate of the United States and its long arms, the IMF and the World Bank. Militarily, it is completely defanged. And its corrupt politicians and businessmen are addicted to Western payouts and handouts. The population is fatigued, bombed into submission.
"The Washington Consensus," he said, "has proved to be an unmitigated failure in dozens of countries throughout the world."
Croatian President Stipe Mesic predicted that the Macedonian leader's death would have "political consequences" in the Balkans: "This afternoon I was supposed to meet Boris at the conference on investment in Bosnia. Together with him and the presidents of other states, we worked on the program of stabilization and reconciliation in southeastern Europe."
There was some speculation before he died, Paul Mojzes wrote in August 2001, that Trajkovski "might be assassinated by those who consider him too close to the 'international community.'"
The provocations, News from Russia claimed, were the work of the CIA. It "exposed the U.S. government as an imperial state. It could turn out in the long run that another empire will find its graveyard in the Balkans if interventionist hawks prevail in Washington."
President Boris Trajkovski claimed his plot in that graveyard. There were many – including other government leaders in the Balkans – who doubted the official explanation.
Initially, the crash was blamed on "pilot error." But the son of pilot Marko Markovski, among others, disputed this verdict. From the Russian language article, with Markivski's comments:
Experienced Macedonian pilots surveyed by Dnevnik newspaper agreed that Markovski Sr. was "one of the best," a flight instructor and pilot with 30 years flying experience in both military and civilian aircraft, a man who had wide experience flying intercontinental and European routes.
The expertise of co-pilot Branko Ivanovski, an experienced officer in the Macedonian air force, is supported by a leaked U.S. Air Force document that I have seen. Dated April 7, 2000, the document records Ivanovski's attendance at a 5-week squadron officer course at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Signed by a USAF colonel, the document commends Ivanovski's abilities, stating that he displayed "top analytical and decision-making skills," and also "excelled in extremely challenging, dynamic leadership situations. ... Bosnian media who spoke with investigators claim that audio tapes record 25 minutes of recorded ground-pilot conversation – followed by a seven-minute silence preceding the crash.
The Balkan press brazenly accused NATO of sabotaging the flight.
On February 27, the day after the crash, a Bosnian interior minister explained that when the crash occurred, the plane "was only 15 air kilometers away from the airport in Mostar. That radius vector is under direct control of SFOR's navigation team. ... SFOR will be asked to provide more information."
He stated that SFOR (NATO's "Stabilization Force") air traffic controllers were responsible for either ignoring the Macedonian flight or permitting it to approach the landing strip too low. Bosnian officials, crash investigators and the press were all in agreement that SFOR caused the crash, and that it was deliberate.
The principal evidence against SFOR, for Macedonian and Bosnian critics, is the fact that it took over 24 hours for the wreckage of the plane to be found. The plane disappeared at 8:20 AM on the 26th, and for an entire day, SFOR, citing dangerous weather conditions, didn't allow air searches. ... This explanation was attacked at once. Given that the air traffic controllers knew the plane's last coordinates, and that it should have automatically emitted an emergency radio signal upon crashing, critics argued, why did SFOR fail to locate the wreckage quickly? And why were the Bosnian search teams – the world's best at working in minefields – prevented from searching.
Ivanovski asked why SFOR "didn't announce the exact location of the plane crash and why the search for the missing plane took 24 hours, if they saw on the navigation system where the plane had crashed?"
Zoran Markovski, himself an air traffic controller, agreed: "They [Mostar's SFOR controllers] can register the exact geographic position of the plane, its height and speed. Yet the plane was found 26 hours after the accident and was only 10 kilometers from the airport, and crashed during the landing phase. Why wasn't the Bosnian search team activated – the one which during the war found a crashed plane and saved the pilot in just 17 minutes?"
These suspicions were exacerbated by reports that the flight controllers fled after the crash.
Macedonian Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski: "I don't know whether they are out of Bosnia or not, but wherever they are they cannot avoid being investigated."
Two days later, SFOR spokesman Norbert Hoerpel claimed the French air controllers had already been interrogated by investigators. But Bosnian State Prosecutor Vaso Marinkovic led the investigation, and rebuked him: "No one from our team has talked with them. I do not have information [as to] whom they have ... talked [to], but certainly they have had no talks with us."
Hoerpel burbled, "I know that they [the alleged interrogators] were members of the Air Accident Investigation Committee, but I do not know their names." The damage control baton was passed to Bosnia's Europolice spokesperson, Kirsten Haupt, who "denied accusations that Europolice might be responsible for the disinformation [on] the day of the accident."
When all else failed, a new explanation was conceived: The Beechcraft was downed by mechanical failure. Former Foreign Minister Slobodan Casule suddenly remembered that the plane had almost endangered his life on one occasion. An ex-foreign minister, Slobodan Casule, recalled that the plane's windshield once sailed away during a flight over Romania.
Perhaps a Macedonian president shouldn't have to fly on a rickety 26 year-old deathtrap.
The Balkan Analysis article:
No wonder then that the government has diverted public attention by taking the offensive against SFOR. If it turns out that mechanical and not human error was behind the crash, it will be hard to avoid the embarrassing conclusion that, all heartfelt expressions of sympathy aside, the country actually cares very little for the well-being of its leaders. And this is where we leave the investigation behind and enter into the still more shadowy realm of symbol.
You play with my world like it's your little toy ... You put a gun in my hand and you hide from my eyes, And you turn and run farther when the fast bullets fly.
– Bob Dylan, "Masters of War"
An underground railroad in the black market arms trade to Macedonia begins in Lexington, Kentucky, with Galls, Inc., a gun dealer and security supply store. A typical Galls proxy statement describes the arms broker as "one of the country's largest suppliers of uniforms and equipment to public safety professionals. This multi-channel business (catalog, telemarketing sales, field sales, the internet and retail) caters to the special needs of people involved in public safety, law enforcement, fire-fighting ... federal government agency ... military and emergency medical services...."
"Government agency?" "Military?" "Galls markets public safety equipment and apparel under the Galls, Dynamed and other brand names to over one million individuals, as well as to public safety departments, private security companies and the Military ..."
Sally Denton's The Bluegrass Conspiracy provides a bit of pre-history. Galls surfaced in her investigation of guns-and-drugs smuggling in Lexington after a cargo plane stuffed full of Uzis, Ingrams, AK-47s, and so on, was discovered by local authorities.
Phillip Galls & Sons was immediately suspected as the source of the illicit weapons transfers, "a wholesale Lexington gun dealer who seemed to have an inordinate supply of weapons warehoused. Licensed to supply the official handguns to all the major police departments in Kentucky, Florida, West Virginia, and Tennessee, the outfit [was] a perfect cover for arms trafficking."
Galls ran a clever scam in the mid-1980s involving firearms and the Kentucky State Police. Denton:
Every year, [Phillip] Gall ordered a thousand magnum pistols from the Smith & Wesson factory. Since guns could legally be purchased in such massive quantity from a gun manufacturer only if they were to be sold to police departments, Gall made arrangements for the weapons to be sold to the Kentucky State Police. The following year, Gall would order a thousand brand-new guns from Smith & Wesson, claiming they would be provided to the State Police. When the guns arrived, Gall would distribute them to the state troopers free of charge, in exchange for the previous year's weapons.
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Table of Contents
Terror on the Right,
Hard Rain in the Balkans,
The Lexington Comair Crash,
GOP Ties to Three of the 9/11 Hijackers,
Holocaust Profiteering, Starving Congolese Children & Fixing Elections: The Manhattan Institute's Paul E. Singer,
Adnan Khashoggi and an American Pinay Circle,
The Brother of James Earl Ray Links the CIA to the Murder of Martin L. King, and Details Abuse at the Hands of the FBI,
The Biggest Political Scandal of the Past Decade: Lockheed/Sandia, Bush's State Dept., Pakistan's Nuclear Black Market & the Hidden Politics of the Plame Affair,
The Early History of the John Birch Society,
On a Bad Case of Cranial Bleeding, the Birth of CSC & the Collapse of Fannie Mae,
Armour Residential REIT & Wall Street's National Security RobberBarons,
George Schultz, International Terrorist,
Christo-Fascism Without Tears: Response to Evangelical Writers who Distance the Church from the Nazi Party,
Satanist Michael Aquino Revisited,
Operation Condor: 9/11/1973 & 9/11/2001,
The Texas Pacific Group and the Secret History of the GemPlus Smart Card,
Smoking Out Fox News Correspondent Mort Kondracke's DIA/PSYOPRoots,
Scientologist Greta van Susteren's Joe McCarthy Connection, Mein Kampf & A CIA Shrink in the Family,
Tea and Disinformation: NPR Panders to the Far-Right,
San Diego Skyfall: JMI Equity, the CIA, Mafia & the Dark Side of DoubleClick,