EIR Dossier On The
'Saudi Briefing' Fraud
From Mark Sonnenblick

Hi Jeff...
Some of your listeners have asked us about alleged links between Lyndon LaRouche and the Rand Corp. analyst who went to the Pentagon to declare war on Saudi Arabia. On Sunday, ABC-TV and National Public Radio were still portraying it as the week's most important media event.
Over the past three decades, the "Get LaRouche Task Force" has repeatedly wielded toilet brushes such as Laurent Murawiec to smear Mr. LaRouche. We have often made those attacks backfire by diligent counter-intelligence into their authorship. That brought us the famous 1978 best-seller Dope, Inc., and today, the dossier which follows.
I thank you for posting, on 8-6  "The Electable LaRouche." Many of your readers have read it and distributed it. We and they have now circulated almost three million of these leaflets. Senators Lieberman and McCain have already lost much of their power to bludgeon President Bush into an Iraq War. If we can distribute five million by Labor Day, the Imperial War Party will be defeated. Those who would like to get in on the action, or get more of our intelligence, should call 1-888-347-3258.
Mark Sonnenblick
Executive Intelligence Review  
EIR Releases Dossier On
Richard Perle's `French Expert'
Even RAND Repudiates Anti-Saudi Murawiec
By EIR's Special Correspondent
On Aug. 5, a front-page article in the {Washington Post} reported a recent secret meeting of the Defense Policy Board, the advisory body to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, which is run by suspected Israeli agent Richard Perle. According to {Post} reporter Thomas Ricks, the meeting not only featured violent attacks against America's top military commanders (see EIR, Aug. 9), who almost unanimously oppose a U.S. military invasion of Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein. It also featured a background briefing by a RAND Corp. so-called "senior analyst" named Laurent Murawiec, which called on the Bush Administration to launch an all-out war on the House of Saud.
Within 24 hours, the Murawiec briefing, which described Saudi Arabia under the current regime as "the kernel of evil, the prime mover, the most dangerous opponent" of the United States in the Middle East, had been denounced by Secretary of State Colin Powell, by State Department spokesmen, by the White House, and ultimately by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (who initially was more incensed about the "leak" of the Defense Policy Board meeting, than about the insanity of the subject matter) as having {nothing} to do with U.S. policy.
The dossier provided below explains who this anti-Saudi briefer really is.
Murawiec, the man that most wire services are referring to as the "RAND Corp. senior analyst," is a notorious "Mr. Ex"--sporting a curriculum vitae that has so many references to his "former" positions that one must recall Edgar Allan Poe's hilarious story of the Civil War's "Man Who Was All Used Up." In brief, except for his academic credentials, Murawiec's resumé is a list of "used to be's." He "used to be" with GeoPol Services, S.A., a money-laundering-linked firm in Switzerland; and is an "ex" adviser to the French Defense Ministry; and "formerly" wrote for {Middle East Quarterly}; and "used to be" with the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
A couple of "ex" affiliations Murawiec omits are his family history as "ex" Trotskyists, and that he is an "ex" affiliate of {Executive Intelligence Review,} until he developed hysterics in 1986 about {EIR'}s exposé of the crimes of Israeli general, war criminal, and now Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
What Murawiec {is not}, is an established "senior analyst," with any credentials worth mentioning. For example, the RAND Corp. website reveals 17 references to his name--16 of which refer to a single book on a conference in France, which he edited with another RAND analyst. The tiny book--more a pamphlet--sells for $9.00 on What he {is,} is a propagandist for war criminal Ariel Sharon.
And the RAND Corporation could soon be part of the "formerly" list.  
`Not Our Dreck' -
On Aug. 7, {EIR} obtained a copy of a RAND Corp. e-mail that completely distances itself from Murawiec and his 24-slide Power Point presentation attacking Saudi Arabia. Within hours of the White House denunciation of Murawiec's assault on the Saudis, one David Egner, director of Rand External Communications, had sent out a an e-mail that was quoted in the {Washington Post, Newsday,} and many other publications.
The e-mail says:  "Subject: RAND statement  From David Egner, director, RAND External  Communications.
"The briefing prepared by Laurent Murawiec was not a RAND research product. It represents one personal contribution to an ongoing policy debate on which there is a wide range of views within RAND and elsewhere. The opinions and conclusions expressed are those of the author and should not be interpreted as representing those of RAND or any of the agencies or others sponsoring its research. Neither Laurent Murawiec nor RAND received payment for the briefing."
Others--especially U.S. government agencies (which also fund the RAND Corp.) were even quicker to put wide distance between the administration and Murawiec.
According to the {Washington Post}'s military correspondent, Thomas Ricks, who broke the story of the Defense Policy Board's July 10 meeting, "State Department spokesman Philip T. Reeker said that Powell, in his conversation with Prince Saud Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, reassured the Saudi government that the Rand analyst's briefing does not `reflect the views of the President of the United States or of the U.S. government.'
"U.S.-Saudi relations are `excellent,'" Reeker continued. "We share a broad array of interests, including a common vision of peace, stability and prosperity in the region," he said. That assertion contrasts somewhat with comments made privately by administration officials, that the Saudi response to terrorism since Sept. 11 has been mixed at best and notably less vigorous than that of some other countries.
Ricks added, "In his own statement, Saud said, `It is unfortunate that there are people in some quarters who are trying to cast doubt and undermine the solid and historic ties between our two countries. I am confident they will not succeed.'"  
A Serious Blunder
Murawiec's briefing on Saudi Arabia was no isolated event. After all, ever since Sept. 11, 2001, Richard Perle and other members of the "Wolfowitz cabal," who have been plotting against the White House, and President Bush, have been demanding an aggressive attack on Saudi Arabia. Perle's network of think-tanks, especially the Hudson Institute, founded by neo-Malthusian Max Singer, even demands--as did Murawiec--that the U.S. military occupy the oil fields of Saudi Arabia.
While not an isolated attack on Islam, the Murawiec briefing has a unique feature. It is being used--by the same circles targetting Saudi Arabia and the other Middle Eastern countries that reject the U.S. drive for an Iraq war, to attempt to smear Lyndon LaRouche. LaRouche, a candidate for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination in 2004, is leading an international mobilization to stop that Clash of Civilizations war drive.
The first sign of this smear campaign--attempting to link LaRouche to the Richard Perle and Murawiec obscenities against the Arab world--emerged on the afternoon of Aug. 7, when the Microsoft-owned {Slate} magazine posted an article called, "The PowerPoint That Rocked the Pentagon--The LaRouchie Defector Who's Advising the Defense Establishment on Saudi Arabia."
Following the posting of the {Slate} article, LaRouche commented:
"In the aftermath the {Washington Post}'s strange report of Richard Perle-sponsored Pentagon event, featuring one Laurent Murawiec, from about a month earlier, the ripened nuts of the season have begun to fall from the trees. The first observed instance of what will probably be a hail of fallen fruit of obscure ancestry, was a certain Jack Shafer, who posted a childish piece datelined August 7, 2002, at 4:49 P.M.
"The notable feature of Shafer's concoction is that he has the same profile as Murawiec, minus what are Murawiec's actual French academic credentials. Shafer appears to be owned by the same folk who own Murawiec, but is, doubtless, much more poorly paid for his maliciously reckless disregard for truth. Perhaps that is Shafer's gripe."
As the following dossier shows, the Perle gang is scraping the bottom of the cesspool for "analysts" if they depend on "Mr. Ex" Murawiec to motivate their war plans.
But there is clearly more to the story.
`Saudi Briefing' Fraud
The Sordid Sponsors Of Perle's `French Expert'
by Our Special Correspondent
From the mid-1970s to 1990, the now-notorious Laurent Murawiec worked out of the Wiesbaden, Germany office of the publication founded by Presidential pre-candidate Lyndon LaRouche, {Executive Intelligence Review (EIR}). At the latest, beginning in 1986, Murawiec covertly began working with a Swiss-based network of intelligence-connected weapons traffickers, whose London and Washington controllers were coordinating, that year, a high-intensity, international campaign of judicial attacks and dirty tricks against LaRouche and his associates. Murawiec was one of their catches.
Murawiec first showed his emerging corruption when he opposed the March 1986 publication of {EIR}'s thoroughly documented special report, {Moscow's Secret Weapon: Ariel Sharon and the Israeli Mafia}. This 126-page report highlighted Sharon's U.S. organized-crime-connected backers who ran the infamous Israeli spy in the U.S. Defense Department, Jonathan Pollard. Highly classified material stolen by Pollard was used in Israeli "U.S. secrets-for-Jewish-emigres" trades with the kind of Soviet KGB elements who later grouped around the financial oligarchs plundering post-Soviet Russia in the 1990s.
By the late 1980s, on command, Murawiec was running an internal disruption operation within the Wiesbaden {EIR} office--supervised by the same people who promoted his subsequent career when his presence in that {EIR} office became overtly untenable, in 1990.
Monsieur Murawiec went from money from then-fugitive Marc Rich's Paris-based Marc Rich Foundation; to a dubious strategic affairs consultancy, {{GeoPol}}, hosted by a narcotics money-laundering Geneva, Switzerland bank; to a think-tank career in France promoting Pentagon Office of Net Assessments (ONA) digital cyberwar scenarios; to his posting to the Rand Corporation in Washington, and his Richard Perle-organized debutante's public appearance at Perle's American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in December 1999.
The Anti-Saudi Gambit-
Murawiec's current notoriety now permits us to divulge not merely who wants to plunge the world into an era of Clash of Civilizations war, but, how much that cabal has seen Lyndon LaRouche as its main opponent to their "vision" of an America turned into a caricature of the world's discarded imperial systems.
A pathetic, babbling turncoat, Murawiec has now been moved center stage by Defense Policy Board chief Perle, in a high-stakes effort to eliminate Saudi Arabia. The July 10 caper by Murawiec, and the coverage of this caper by the Aug. 6 {Washington Post}, can only be seen as testimony that it is exactly LaRouche who is now feared by Perle's allies, as threatening to play a key role in extricating the U.S. government from an escalating Middle East war.
In the early 1990s, Swiss intelligence sources reported to {EIR} investigators working on the Murawiec case, that one of his Swiss-based controllers, weapons trafficker Helmut Raiser, had attended a mysterious 1985 Vienna meeting suspected to be related to weapons trafficking.
Meeting with Raiser was Michael Glazebrook, Henry Kissinger's personal security aide at his Kissinger Associates consultancy in New York City; and one John Wood, now the CEO of a Defense Department weapons systems integrator in northern Virginia, {Telos}. As we will show, Telos' Board of Directors is a Who's Who of Richard Perle associates and of promoters of Murawiec's Washington career. It was Raiser's Swiss nexus which set Murawiec up in the GeoPol consultancy in late 1993.
Who's Who in GeoPol
The management of {GeoPol Services SA} in Geneva brought together an eerie combination of shady "private banking," the brokering of "unusual" international business contracts, international arms trafficking, and suspected laundering of drug money. The GeoPol executives are intertwined with the highest levels of the {{Iran-Contra}} and {{Iraq-gate}} weapons trafficking of the 1980s. GeoPol must be viewed as a front for dirty intelligence activities.
At GeoPol events and in its publications, Laurent Murawiec is touted as its chief intellectual, lecturer, writer, editor, and office secretary. But the sterile thinker Murawiec, far from shaping the firm's policy, is simply carrying out the assignments given him by other GeoPol executives. Murawiec, a French national, is viewed by some French intelligence circles, for example, as being under the control of foreign intelligence services. Aside from other references, they point to his (and his family's) longtime association with French Communist Party operations, including lengthy stays in Communist East Germany and Communist Czechoslovakia, and his own past connections--like many Perle associates turned right-wing military utopians of today--to international Trotskyist circles.
The president of GeoPol was {{Pierre Hafner}}, whose primary business was as director of {{CBI Holding Geneva}}, the mother company of Union Bancaire Privée (UBP). This was a merger of two Geneva financial institutions, one of which, Trade Development Bank (TDB), was "inherited" from Edmond Safra, whose banks come up in many Iran-Contra investigations. The chairman of CBI-TDB Union Bancaire Privée was {{Edgar De Piccioto}}, who was also on the board of {{George Soros'}} Quantum Fund. Piccioto is a long-time business partner of Italian businessman-financier {{Carlo De Benedetti}}, whose son, Rudolpho de Benedetti, is director of CBI Holding Milano, Italy. The older de Benedetti is a silent partner of the American fugitive from justice, Marc Rich.
Pardoned last year, Rich ran one of the largest commodity trading companies in the world in Zug, Switzerland, implicated in numerous Cold War-era, but East/West, oil-for-weapons deals, particularly around the Iran-Iraq War. He was indicted in New York City in 1984 for massive tax fraud, but fled to Zug.
Rich's Paris-based Marc Rich Foundation financed, in the early 1990s, a book on the history of anti-Semitism in the United States by French author Leon Poliakov. Poliakov credited Murawiec with being the guiding inspiration for the Rich-financed book project. Murawiec wrote a fraudulent chapter which attacked LaRouche as an anti-Semite, but where the coward never mentioned his 16 years at {EIR}, nor any "personal" observations. Instead, he chose as his source--and presumably, Poliakov's "inspiration"--a 1989 book against LaRouche financed by the neo-conservative Smith Richardson Foundation, and written by Dennis King.
This Marc Rich project was one of the early indications of Murawiec's emerging career.
Murawiec's praise in the book for Irving Kristol, the founder of the neo-conservative movement, speaks volumes for Murawiec's own state of mind. Irving Kristol, like Richard Perle's professor Albert Wohlstetter, was a former Trotskyist, who became something of an ideologue for Wall Street's post-war shaping of American politics. Murawiec said Kristol's career, still ongoing with the assistance of his Arab-bashing son William Kristol, is proof of what a Jew can accomplish in the United States.
Back in Geneva, the "flavor" of the GeoPol milieu was made apparent on Nov. 28, 1994, when Geneva police raided the Geneva offices of UBP, acting on the arrest, in Florida, the day before, of UBP executive Jean Jacques Handali, on narcotics money-laundering charges. Handali was subsequently convicted for laundering narcotics money into accounts in the Geneva bank. Hafner's GeoPol Services SA was housed in the same building raided by the police. Hafner himself has done jail time for business frauds, something that Murawiec seems to have so far avoided.
{{Helmut Raiser}} of GeoPol's board is a German national living in Zug, Switzerland. Raiser had been a senior manager at Germany's {{Bohlen}} Industrie GmbH, mostly concerned with armament manufacturing. He left the board of Bohlen Industries and its {{Wasag}} subsidiary in 1982 and went to Zug, Switzerland, two years before Marc Rich, until 1989 running the consulting firm {{Consen}}. While still maintaining strong links with Bohlen Industries, which was a component of the European Explosives Cartel which supplied billions of dollars of explosives to both sides of the Iran-Iraq War, Raiser, >from Consen, directed a network of companies in Switzerland, Austria, Monte Carlo, the United States, and Argentina.
The central project conducted through Consen was the Condor II missile development program involving Argentina, Egypt, and Iraq, and drawing on the technical expertise of West European high-technology aerospace firms. Up to 1989, when it was aborted, an estimated $5 billion flowed into the Condor II program, with Consen being the technical-administrative and financial clearinghouse. With the knowledge of the George H.W. Bush apparatus, money flowed from the Banco Nazionale del Lavoro {BNL} branch in Atlanta to Raiser-controlled firms in Switzerland. This pumping of billions of dollars worth of sophisticated armaments into the Middle East was perfectly in line with British geopolitical goals during the 1980s first Gulf War between Iran and Iraq. That policy merged into the second Gulf War in 1991, to destroy Iraq as an emerging industrial state.
Finally, on GeoPol's board sits {{Elizabeth Kopp}} (nee Ikle, a cousin to Pentagon "eminence grise" Fred Ikle), former Justice Minister of Switzerland. She was forced to resign in 1988 after she was caught tipping off her husband, {{Hans W. Kopp}}, to an ongoing Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) narcotics money-laundering investigation targetting the company Shakarchi Trading, on whose board Hans Kopp sat. Kopp, with {{Alfred Hartmann}} of the Swiss branch of the London {{Rothschild}} banking house, was also implicated in the scandals of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) and (BNL). Both BCCI and BNL were involved in massive illicit arms trade, drug money-laundering, financing of terrorism, and intelligence operations.
Murawiec, IISS, and Gerald Segal
One frequent propagandist for military confrontation with North Korea and China was the London International Institute of Strategic Studies' deputy director for Asian Affairs, the now deceased {{Gerald Segal}}. Segal also promoted Murawiec's membership in IISS, an important part of grooming the malleable Murawiec for future assignments.
Segal's confrontationism on North Korea must be seen against the backdrop of his China policy, where he is a promoter of the breakup of China. He is the author of the March 1994 IISS/Adelfi report, "China Changes Shape: Regionalism and Foreign Policy." He wrote: "If China is left to grow economically strong and more ruthlessly nationalistic at the same  time, it is likely to be far more difficult for the outside world to deal with.... It may be that the only way to ensure that China does not become more dangerous as it grows richer and stronger, is to ensure that in practice, if not in law, there is {more than one China} to deal with." Beijing's immediate response to the IISS report was to declare Segal {persona non grata} in China. Murawiec has penned numerous similar style attacks on China.
American John Wood, Raiser's 1985 confidant just before the latter picked up Murawiec, went from a Swiss banking post to become, in the early 1990s, CEO of Telos, a Department of Defense (DOD) subcontractor for computer integration of weapons systems. Elisabeth Kopp's relative, Fred Ikle, is Chairman of the Board of Telos. Ikle, along with the DOD Office of Net Assessment's (ONA) aging Andy
Marshall, spans almost six decades of >architecting U.S. strategic doctrine. Both he and Marshall first worked together at the Rand Corporation in the 1950s. Marshall is known as the inventor of the utopian "Revolution in Military Affairs" approach of subordinating all military considerations to U.S. digital "supremacy" in the otherwise now fast disappearing, "third wave" NASDAQ new economy. Ikle has been the senior proponent of "Homeland Defense."
Once the marketing of Murawiec was established with the GeoPol venture, he was laundered into various French military affairs think-tanks, including an alleged advisory role to the French defense department, as the emerging French expert and proponent of Marshall's startling new "revolution." His message: American power and supremacy is guaranteed by the new digital era; get on board quick.
We will spare the reader the chronological account of the bombastic "theories" Murawiec scribbled into numerous French print media and mouthed at conferences in the later 1990s.
Not irrelevant to Murawiec's insertion into French defense circles were the activities of a young assistant to Andy Marshall at ONA in the early 1980s, Mira Lansky Boland. Mira Boland studied with future Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard at Boston's Tufts University, whence she went on to the CIA and then the ONA. Upon leaving the ONA, Mira Boland became the head of the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Washington, D.C. office, with one job, "Get LaRouche!" She coordinated with the Paris-based, American head of the French anti-sect group Association for the Defense of the Family and Individual (ADFI), Alexandra Schmidt. Schmidt did university studies in Paris under the French neo-conservative Alain Besancon of {Commentaire} magazine.
ADFI worked closely in operations against LaRouche with the Wall Street-funded American Family Foundation (AFF), which got its main money from the arch-conservative Richard Mellon Scaife foundations, the Olin Foundation, and the Achelis & Bodman Foundations. Supervising AFF's work were John Irwin III--son of the American Ambassador to Paris in 1973-74, Kissinger clone John Irwin II--and President Bush, Sr.'s Ambassador to Paris (1989-93), Walter Curley. Curley and Irwin III still manage the elite Achelis & Bodman Foundations. Irving Kristol's neo-conservative movement has largely been financed by these four foundations and groups of foundations, with the addition of the Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee.
One of Perle's Swine
Joining Ikle's Telos board in 1994 was Stephen Bryen, who worked under Richard Perle in the 1980s U.S. Defense Department. During the mid-1980s when Murawiec's Swiss-based handlers were grooming him, Bryen's wife, Shoshana Bryen, ran the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), the Israeli interface with like-minded Pentagon factions. While her husband worked with Perle in the Pentagon, Shoshana assisted a leading dirty tricks operative of Mira Boland's ADL, Galen Kelly, in actions against LaRouche and {EIR}'s Leesburg, Virginia U.S. headquarters.
By all indications, aging defense don Fred Ikle was the key figure in vetting Murawiec's placement at Rand. Rand's national security and strategic affairs projects are financed by pooled money from the government intelligence community. Telos' largest private shareholder is British national John Porter, the son of Dame Shirley Porter, an intimate of Lady Thatcher.
In May 1996, Perle and his cronies, along with Henry Kissinger and Lady Thatcher, created the New Atlantic Initiative (NAI) to project their policies into Europe. Murawiec attended the first meeting held that month in Prague. Perle's close associate Jeffrey Gedmin, now head of the Aspen Institute in Berlin, heads this American Enterprise Institute project.
For Laurent Murawiec's public debut in Washington in December 1999, Richard Perle organized an American Enterprise Institute seminar on technology controls whose main speaker was Richard Perle. Murawiec was introduced with his newly acquired Rand Corporation credentials. His ongoing GeoPol work was described as similar to Henry Kissinger's Kissinger Associates, "but without the accent." Thomas Donelly of William Kristol's imperial New American Century project, was to have joined Murawiec speaking at the event.
True to the Friedrich von Hayek character of Perle's AEI, Murawiec addressed a paean to Hayek's thought at a March 1999 centenary celebration of von Hayek's birth.
By 2000, Daniel Pipes, a leading advocate of expanding war throughout the Middle East, was adding copy from Murawiec to his {Middle East Quarterly} journal. In the Spring 2000 issue, Murawiec wrote what amounted to a long defense of Zbigniew Brzezinski's "Arc of Crisis" policy, an article entitled, "The Wacky World of French Intellectuals."  


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