- Ask any bartender and he will tell you religion and politics
are two subjects that should not be discussed while drinking. Mix the two
and an altercation is almost sure to develop. With that caveat in mind,
readers are cautioned not to imbibe in alcoholic beverages while discussing
this article with friends, acquaintances and certainly not strangers.
In previous articles we have detailed the knowledge and/or involvement
microbiologist David Kelly had in the biowarfare programs of several nations
including the UK, US, Russia, South Africa, Israel and Iraq. He was privy
to, and an analyst of, much of the information British intelligence gathered
around the world pertaining to chemical and biological warfare.
We also discussed Kelly's disgraceful treatment by the UK's Ministry of
Defence (MoD), the resentment that must have fostered making him (in some
personsâ eyes) a security risk. This was exacerbated by Kelly's discussions
with commissioning agent Victoria Roddam about writing a book, or at least
contributing to an anthology of the many facets of government and industry
involvement in biowarfare programs. It could only have heightened concerns
in some quarters that Roddam's publishing company (Oneworld Publications)
specializes in works of Islamic scholars and authors.
Kelly, some four years earlier, had converted to the Baha'i faith (a minority
branch of Islam) apparently under the influence of Mai Pederson, a U.S.
Army linguist and intelligence operative. Pederson was one of several women
Kelly evidently considered confidants as he had extensive correspondence
Another was Olivia Bosch, a senior researcher at the Royal Institute of
International Affairs (more commonly known as Chatham House or RIIA). A
third was Judith Miller, star reporter for the New York Times and a long-time
member of the RIIAâs sister organization the Council on Foreign Relations
Bosch testified at the Hutton inquiry in to Kellyâs death. Police
evidently obtained witness statements from both Miller and Pederson, which
have not been made available to the inquiry. The MoD told police that witnesses
could opt not to have their statements given to the Hutton 'probe.' At
the hearings witnesses were not put under oath.
Pederson has since, as the British say, 'gone to ground' or disappeared
from public view. However she has hired (or had provided for her) a very
high profile spokesperson, a lawyer named Mark Zaid. The attorney often
represents former/current government employees, intelligence officers and
others. He is currently representing the father of Dodi Fayed (who died
with Princess Diana in a controversial car accident) in obtaining alleged
FBI and CIA documents said to relate to those deaths.
However, in previous articles we might have slighted one of Kelly's colleagues
who may have been closer to him than any of the other three.
- Gabriele Kraatz Wadsack worked with Kelly in Iraq. She
is one of Germany's top biowarfare experts and is a former head of Unscom's
biological weapons program. She is
- also a Lieutenant Colonel in the German Army.
- Wadsack and Kelly had traveled around the world giving
joint presentations to scientists on Iraqâs weapons of mass destruction
(WMD). Just weeks before Kellyâs death, he was gone for a week in
Baltimore, Maryland giving a presentation according to testimony of Mrs.
Kelly before the Hutton inquiry.
Upon returning home Kelly sent an e-mail to Gabriele that said in part,
'Thanks for a great week. I had a lot on my mind so I know that I was a
little subdued. Thanks for being just you!"
Police found a two-page handwritten note in Kelly's briefcase titled 'Gabriele's
concerns.' They say it appears to relate to Iraq and WMD. However, it
is being withheld on grounds of personal 'privacy.' Once a regular panelist
on TV, Wadsack is refusing interviews and is said to be working at the
German Army's biological weapons facility in Munich.
While Kelly was definitely 'plugged in' to the biowarfare scene, there
is an undercurrent of possible religious influence on his actions and secret
society involvement in his death that may yet generate the biggest controversy.
According to news reports and former members, the national (UK) and international
leadership of the Bahaâi branch of Islam were solidly behind the
removal of Saddam in Iraq, but for their own reasons. Islamic religionists
were frozen out of Saddam's secular Baath socialist government. The Baha'i
leadership saw the removal of Saddam as an opportunity to expand their
worldwide membership of over three million. It is not clear what the Baha'i
attitude is toward the occupation of Iraq now that Saddam is gone and the
Baath Party has been outlawed.
One of the minor controversies raised during the course of the Hutton inquiry
was the allegation that Kelly had made disparaging remarks about the ãdossierä
at a private meeting in the home of a fellow member of the Baha'i, Roger
Kingdon. About thirty invited members of the Baha'i were present. Kelly
had given a slide presentation on Iraq WMD, but the alleged remarks were
made during a question and answer portion of the meeting.
- However, potentially the most controversial item to come
out of the Hutton inquiry is a little noted piece of 'evidence' submitted
by the Thames Valley Police (TCP). Listed among the items submitted by
the TVP is an exhibit titled 'TVP Tactical Support Major Incident Policy
Book.' The name given to the effort is Operation Mason.
In 1997, Tony Blair's election manifesto promised to compile a register
of freemasons in public life. In February 1998 Blair's new government (put
out by then Home Secretary Jack Straw) required all new appointments to
the judiciary, police, legally qualified staff of the Crown Prosecution
Service and probation and prison services to declare membership in Masonic
organizations. Existing government employees in those categories were encouraged
to voluntarily announce such membership. Few have come forward.
The government's action was the culmination of anti-Masonic fervor dating
back as far as 1869 when Rev. C.G. Finney in his book, 'The Character,
Claims and Practical Workings of Freemasonry' inveighed against the Masons
with the following:
"Can a man who has taken and still adheres to the oath of the Royal
Arch degree be trusted in office? He swears to espouse the cause of a companion
of this degree when involved in any difficulty, so far as to extricate
him from the same, whether he be right or wrong. He swears to conceal his
crimes, murder and treason not excepted. He swears to give a companion
of this degree timely notice of any approaching danger that may be known
to him. Now is a man bound fast by such an oath to be entrusted with office?
Ought he to be accepted as a witness, a juror--when a Freemason is a party,
in any case--a sheriff, constable, or marshal; ought he to be trusted with
the office of judge or justice of the peace? Gentlemen, you know he ought
not, and you would despise me should I not be faithful in warning the public
against entrusting such men with office."
Another author, Anthony Beevor, was told by a leading Mason that all thirteen
members of the Army Management Board were Masons (in 1991). The board comprises
a mix of politicians and top army officers. It exercises authority over
all forms of appointments, ranking and promotion in the army.
The chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, Chris Mullin, is said
to have been considering legislation to mandate that members of the criminal
justice system be required to reveal if they are freemasons.
However, that proposal was dropped (at least temporarily) after 5,000 Masons
from London's 1,585 lodges met to establish a new central organization.
They were led by Prince Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick Windsor, Duke
of Kent. He and his wife present the trophies at Wimbledon every year and
is less well known in his position as head of the English Freemasonry movement.
The Duke and Duchess, after selling their own home in Coppins, now live
in two residences supplied by the Queen at Anmer Hall and St. James Palace.
At the meeting, the Masons protested the contemplated mandatory declarations
as a violation of the 1998 Human Rights Act. There are an estimated 300,000
Masons in England and Wales.
An Italian government was brought down following a 1981 investigation of
the (former) P2 Masonic lodge. Consecrated in 1895, the P2 lodge included
elite members from the Italian government, military and intelligence services
and bankers serving the Vatican and mafia. The P2 Grand Master, an Italian
named Licio Gelli joined the CIA and worked in league with mafia banker
Michele Sindona and president Roberto Calvi of the Banco Ambrosiano, which
collapsed in the Vatican banking scandal. Gelli himself was expelled from
Masonry in 1976. As a result of the scandal, the Italian government banned
Calvi, twenty years ago, was found hanging from a bridge over the Thames
River in what was thought to be a suicide. However British authorities
have reopened the case and are now calling it murder and may prosecute
three men and a woman for the crime. The motives conjectured include his
mishandling of mafia money and/or potentially blackmailing P2 members.
The timing of the reopening of the Calvi case could be more than a coincidence
considering the civil trial due to begin next month against the Bank of
England for its role in the supervision and closing of BCCI. The mafia,
CIA, British intelligence, the Mossad an assorted terrorist and drug trafficking
organizations used BCCI for laundering money
- However, Lord Hutton's report on his inquiry into the
circumstances surrounding the death of microbiologist David Kelly is due
out in the same time frame. It undoubtedly will dominate news coverage
as BBC and politicians try to blame each other for the supposed 'suicide'
of Kelly and the debate over the 'dossier' justifying the war against Iraq.
The capture yesterday of Saddam Hussein and its attendant publicity may
be a wild card in the public relations battle.
- It is not clear why the TVP named its tactical support
Operation Mason. It could be a red herring or just a taunt to the anti-Masonic
movement. It possibly could be a straightforward reference to support of
a Masonic operation. But what was that operation?
- One thing this writer can confidently predict, the Hutton
report will label Kelly's death a suicide giving no credence to any of
the evidence that points conclusively to murder.
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