Pre-Katrina "urban renewal" buy-up of 25% New Orleans by alleged 9-11 mafia links
This goes on about the tentative similar parallel to alleged gangster connected Hertz who just bought up 25% of New Orleans--and how he is allged to be connected to the Israeli and Colombian Drug Cartels. That goes well with the more well known Bush/Israeli/Lansky/Malnik/ mafia connections--only one remove from George H. W. Bush.
It doesn't take a detective to note that if Hertz has alleged links to Israeli mafia and drug smuggling money laundering into real estate, and that the Bush ties into this very nexus of Israeli mafia are more well known, that the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster may have been well planned out at least 26 months in advance, when Hertz began to buy up 25% of New Orleans. Is this a Bush redevelopment operation outsourced to Hertz?
And if it is a PRELIMINARY buy-up, that makes the hurricane even more sinister if a HAARP attack was planned out with urban renewal in the same cold blooded breath. After all, Hurricane Katrina was heading directly across the Gulf of Mexico, until, screech, it makes a 90 right turn dead toward New Orleans when it gets directly south of it.
Pre-Katrina "urban renewal" buy-ups of N.O. by alleged Bush/Israeli drug mafia links
Over the last 26 months, Judah Hertz has bought over 25% of New Orleans' prime office space through his firm Hertz Investment Group. His affiliate firm, Sapphire Gaming, began acquiring the three Reno casinos in 1999, starting with a $5-million deal for the Comstock [until his license was revoked on suspected gangster connections, I believe.] Judah is joined by others in the casino business to revitalize New Orleans. Who Is Judah Hertz? Hertz, 56, was born and reared in New York, where he began his real estate career in the late 1970's. His firm's portfolio is valued at $700 million. He went from refurbishing old NY condos to Miami, and finally Los Angeles. He was accused of being a front for gangsters.
Meanwhile, Mr. Reiss became wealthy as a supplier of electronic systems to shipbuilders, and he serves in New Orleans Mayor Nagin's administration as chairman of the city's Regional Transit Authority.
New Orleans was broadcast as "descending into a spiral" of television-enhanced racial profiling focusing on looting and anarchy--instead of the more widespread and well organized grass roots community sharing that was going on while FEMA conducted seige warfare denials of food/water and local police communications. Was any of the news coming from the corporate media accurate with regard to New Orleans? side link: This article raises issues surrounding looting (black men with guns getting supplies for those who need them), gangs (armed WHITE SKIN vigilante groups in pick-up trucks were on the prowl), police (lying about busses and detouring people to prevent protest), and the future of New Orleans. Will the rich rebuild the city with "fewer poor people" paid with taxpayer dollars funneled into the pockets of the corporate cronies of the Bush administration? http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/09/324837.shtml] If Mr. Reiss has it his way, it will.
Immediately after the storm and before the levee's were blown up, Mr. Reiss helicoptered in an Israeli security company, presumably "ONLY" to guard his Audubon Place house and those of his neighbors. He now says he has been in contact with about 40 other New Orleans business leaders since the storm. He says, [September 9, 2005] he and some of those leaders were in Dallas, meeting with Mr. Nagin to begin mapping out a future for the city. The power elite of New Orleans -- whether they are still in the city or have moved temporarily to enclaves such as Destin, Fla., and Vail, Colo. -- insist the remade city won't simply restore the old order. New Orleans before the flood was burdened by a teeming underclass, substandard schools and a high crime rate. The city has few corporate headquarters. ***The new city must be something very different, Mr. Reiss says, with better services and fewer poor people. "Those who want to see this city rebuilt want to see it done in a completely different way: DEMOGRAPHICALLY, geographically and POLITICALLY,"*** he says. "I'm not just speaking for myself here. The way we've been living is not going to happen again, or we're out." Not every white business leader or prominent family supports that view. ...
There are tentative similar parallel to alleged gangster connected Hertz who just bought up 25% of New Orleans--and how he is allged to be connected to the Israeli and Colombian Drug Cartels. That goes well with the more well known Bush/Israeli/Lansky/Malnik mafia connections--only one remove from George H. W. Bush. You pat my back, I'll pat yours.
Historically, Lansky established Israel as the money laundering center for his mafia empire. Lansky allegedly laundered Mafia proceeds to Israel via front companies that were set-up in the Bahamas. Presumed heir to Lansky's mafia empire and the ex-attorney for the mob financial guru Meyer Lansky, Alvin Malnik himself was, at one time, listed as the director of a Bahamas based entity called, Bank of World Commerce, that was alleged to be involved with some of U.S.'s "top gangsters". http://www.onthecanvas.com/body_politic.htm
Malnik ----> Boehlke ----> 9-11 Terrorist Flight School Owner/Operator Rudy Dekkers
Malnik, by the way has a interesting mere one remove 9-11 connection. Money from the Malnik operations could have gotten to "terrorist flight school owner" Rudy Dekkers via their shared Boehlke ties. Richard Boehlke finances Ruddy Dekkers. Boehlke was also linked to a firm called Capital investments, which was headed by a guy called Jeff Grayson. But Grayson disappeared in 2000 after $355 million went missing from Capital's investment fund. Another man that is connected to Capital Consultants is, you guessed it, Alvin Malnik, once called "Meyer Lansky's heir" (the famous Jewish mob financier). Rudi Dekkers became partner of Richard Boehlke ("Harbor Air"), in an airline venture called Florida Air (now Triple Diamond).
Switch back to Judah Hertz Buying New Orleans Property, who has reputed Israeli mafia connections as well:
Over the last 26 months, Judah Hertz has bought over 25% of New Orleans' prime office space through his firm Hertz Investment Group. His affiliate firm, Sapphire Gaming, began acquiring the three Reno casinos in 1999, starting with a $5-million deal for the Comstock [until his license was revoked.]
Judah is joined by others in the casino business to revitalize New Orleans.
Who Is Judah Hertz?
Hertz, 56, was born and reared in New York, where he began his real estate career in the late 1970's. His firm's portfolio is valued at $700 million. He went from refurbishing old NY condos to Miami, and finally Los Angeles. He was accused of being a front for gangsters. He controlled those three casinos until his license was revoked. He owns 25% of New Orleans real estate now.
Another real estate developer, said to be Meyer Lansky's successor, and you can bet that Hertz and Malnik know each other since they were both in Miami Beach real estate. Malnik also had similar licensing problems as Hertz.
As mentioned above, Malnik is said to have been instrumental in Bahamas casinos, and is reputed to control organized crime in most of the southern US as the heir of Lansky. Jewish Mafia head late Meyer Lansky is TWO DEGREES OF SEPARATION......from George H. W. Bush (via their SHARED Melnik and Aranow ties, which are described below). Aronow's role in marijuana smuggling was reportedly confirmed by Bill Norris, head of the Major Narcotics Unit at the Miami US Attorney's office and thus the top federal drug prosecution official in south Florida. [fn 4]
As well, Hertz like Melnik is Allegedly Tied To Israeli and Colombian Drug Cartels
Your opiates, as well as amphetamines, are processed in Belgium and Holland, where Israeli émigrés have always headquartered. The heroin import to Israel is done from Thailand, via Holland. An Israeli émigré presence is concentrated in Antwerp and Amsterdam because of lenient laws, and Israeli organized crime syndicates also have diamond smuggling organizations based in those cities, one of which featured in the "dimond angle" to the 9-11 attacks financing that was an official investigation that once more dropped off the media map.
The Poor Black Americans Are Gone
Their neighborhoods were destroyed. They have relocated, and are hoping that Bush will give them housing and jobs. If they try to come back, FEMA will give them a bill for the toxic clean-up--that is if they aren't shot in the back by FEMA that is enforcing the urban renewal scheme for the Bush clique.
Blackwater mercenaries will deal with unruly ones--straight from Iraq and the war crimes of Fallujah, given Louisiana State officer badges and sent into "police" New Orleans. They aren't policemen. They are a highly paid contract killer organization.
Israelis Were In New Orleans
By Christopher Cooper, The Wall Street Journal: "The mostly African-American neighborhoods of New Orleans are largely underwater, and the people who lived there have scattered across the country. But in many of the predominantly white and more affluent areas, streets are dry and passable. Gracious homes are mostly intact and powered by generators. Wednesday, officials reiterated that all residents must leave New Orleans, but it's still unclear how far they will go to enforce the order." Israeli Security: "A few blocks from Mr. O'Dwyer, in an exclusive gated community known as Audubon Place, is the home of James Reiss, descendent of an old-line Uptown family. He fled Hurricane Katrina just before the storm and returned soon afterward by private helicopter. Mr. Reiss became wealthy as a supplier of electronic systems to shipbuilders, and he serves in Mayor Nagin's administration as chairman of the city's Regional Transit Authority. When New Orleans descended into a spiral of looting and anarchy, ****Mr. Reiss helicoptered in an Israeli security company**** to guard his Audubon Place house and those of his neighbors. He says he has been in contact with about 40 other New Orleans business leaders since the storm. Tomorrow, he says, he and some of those leaders plan to be in Dallas, meeting with Mr. Nagin to begin mapping out a future for the city. The power elite of New Orleans -- whether they are still in the city or have moved temporarily to enclaves such as Destin, Fla., and Vail, Colo. -- insist the remade city won't simply restore the old order. New Orleans before the flood was burdened by a teeming underclass, substandard schools and a high crime rate. The city has few corporate headquarters. The new city must be something very different, Mr. Reiss says, with better services and fewer poor people. "Those who want to see this city rebuilt want to see it done in a completely different way: demographically, geographically and politically," he says. "I'm not just speaking for myself here. The way we've been living is not going to happen again, or we're out." Not every white business leader or prominent family supports that view. ...
Israel has IDF units that specialize in demolition, and 90% of the Mossad's operations involve bombs.The most knowledgeable people in the world about explosives, are Israelis. Many articles have been penned about a cover-up of the levee detonation in New Orleans--after the hurricane--that caused severe flooding and property damage in mostly poor black areas. White areas like Mr. Reiss's are absolutely fine.
Tuesday, August 30, EARLY MORNING, 4 a.m. Well after the hurricane had passed, there were reports of many explosions heard in New Orleans, officials claim they were 'transformers blowing up.' Total Information Analysis has reported a claim by intelligence expert Tom Heneghen that 25 earwitnesses cited explosions immediately before the levee breach. Similar reports are now appearing in many web blogs: "He also mentioned that right before the mass flood there was a loud sound like an explosion." - News from St. Bernard
"I'll tell you the worst thing I've heard and I heard it from my mother. She said she heard several blasts - big booms - right before the levees broke. Several blasts and then all the water came pouring in." - aangirfan Although these are obviously not authoritative sources of information, it is interesting to note how many local people are reporting this. So interesting in fact that the mainstream has picked up on it in places. The Washington Post reported on the comments of a retired school teacher: "Mullen has a schoolteacher's kindly demeanor, so it was jarring to hear him say he suspected that the levee breaks had somehow been engineered to keep the wealthy French Quarter and Garden District dry at the expense of poor black neighborhoods like the Lower Ninth Ward -- a suspicion I heard from many other black survivors." The Globe and Mail is also carrying a similar story ABC World News Tonight carried a report which contained an interview with a local, who described how a floating barge had rammed the levee. The man seemed convinced that the levee was purposefully broken. A transcript of which has appeared on the net.
On, Friday, September 2, EARLY MORNING, ONCE MORE, EXPLOSIONS: A chemical plant explosion rocks New Orleans in the early hours of the morning.
On, Sunday, September 4, New Orleans Jefferson Parrish president Aaron Broussard claims on Meet the Press that aid to his parrish was blocked by FEMA after it arrived, and that FEMA cut their police communication wires.
Can't have martial law organized urban renewal with people still occupying their property.
As a side note, think of the money involved here. The world drug trade Is around $400 Billion A Year. The cannabis, cocaine, the opiates, cannabis resin, and the ATS markets together (methamphetamine, amphetamine and ecstasy) amount to US $400 billion a year. [DEA PDF summary]
Think Of The Possibilities
What if you had access to the $400 billion a year world of drug money?
Hypothesis: Some people actually plot things like this. Bring in Israeli explosive experts (people you can trust, and DHS Rabbi Chertoff oversees everything from BEFORE the hurricane hits--on Saturday, August 27 by the way. On this date before the hurricane, a federal emergeny is declared, giving DHS and FEMA FULL AUTHORITY TO RESPOND TO KATRINA before Katrina happens: "Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency." [White House]
It is relatively easy to have some government operator hire out the act in question: to set wet ops ex-Seals whether Israeli or in Blackwater (there are lots there)--of whom both groups are in New Orleans as private paramilitary groups now--to set an explosive charge under a cement levee wall. It would blow a hole in the sand mound. As the water flowed, it would destroy the levee base, and the cement wall would crash. The water movement would wash the evidence away. [The levees of course survived the hurricane, and opened the next day, reputedly by a UK article, there was even a radio announcment to be gone by 5 p.m. "or else" they are going to blow the levee.
As reported on the Hal Turner show, explosions may have occurred and evidence had already been found.
Divers inspecting the ruptured levee walls surrounding New Orleans found
something that piqued their interest: Burn marks on underwater debris chunks from the broken levee wall! One diver, a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saw the burn marks and knew immediately what caused them. When he surfaced and showed the evidence to his superior, the on-site Coordinator for FEMA stepped-in and said "You are not here to conduct an investigation as to why this rupture occurred, but only to determine how best to close it." The FEMA coordinator then threw the evidence back into the
water and said "You will tell no one about this." At that point, the diver went back down to do more inspection of the levee. On the second dive, he
secreted a small chunk of the debris inside his wet suit and later arranged for it to be sent to trusted military friends at a The U.S. Army Forensic
Laboratory at Fort Gillem, Georgia for testing. According to well placed sources, a military forensic specialist determined the burn marks on the
cement chunks did, in fact, come from high explosives.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity said "We found traces of boron-enhanced fluoronitramino explosives as well as PBXN-111 embedded in the debris. This would indicate at least two separate types
of explosive devices."
The levee ruptures in New Orleans did not take place during Hurricane Katrina, but rather a day after the hurricane struck. Several residents of New Orleans and many Emergency Workers reported hearing what sounded like large, muffled explosions from the area of the levee, but those were initially discounted as gas explosions from homes with leaking gas lines.
If these allegations prove true, the ruptured levee which flooded New Orleans was a deliberate act of mass destruction--and urban renewal, cui bono?--perpetrated by someone with access to military-grade UNDERWATER high explosives. More details as they become available . . . . .
With the Blacks gone, the property would skyrocket. You really have to wonder who would stick 20,000 people in the superdome--and INTENTIONALLY not evacuate them (everyone has seen pictures of busses that went unused, curiously when the mayor had already called for a mandatory evacuation?) when a CAT-5 (200 mph winds) hurricane was expected to hit New Orleans--though with the elites knowing despite comforting reassurance over the t.v. numbed airwaves that no tests had really been done on the Superdome for such winds [cite: Wikipedia article on the Superdome], and it was very possible that it could have collapsed the roof, killing everyone--and clearing out the real estate in one fell swoop. Flooded intentionally unused busses, and potentially mass murdered poor in the Superdome, and without any food allowed to encourage them to flee later, equals lots more real estate 'opened up.'
Related information on this thesis of the "non-response disaster" that happened after Katrina showing that it is likely a Judah Hertz/Melnik/Bush "urban renewal" operation can be drawn from these articles. The fact that Hertz was buying up all this real estate starting 26 months ago shows some forthought, and likely trust that a HAARP hit would be arranged soon to catapult his sponsored real estate dreams of "New Las Vegas" into reality.
Title: ISRAELI MOVERS connects Jewish Mafia, Saudis,9-11 FL flight schools, Bush Senior, drugs...
Date: 2004.06.19 04:47
The mysterious world of Israeli movers enters into the picture once more. All of the [9-11] movers can be traced back to the New York Jewish Mafia. ... Maier Suchowljansky (Meyer Lansky), the son of Jewish parents, was born in Grodno, Russia on 4th July, 1902. The family moved to the New York in 1911. He is credited with starting the Mafia. To get a total picture we need to go back in time and fit all the players together
Lansky - Mossad - Melnik - Movers - 9/11 -- Saudis -- Aranow -- Bush Senior --drug running ....
Lansky allegedly laundered Mafia proceeds to Israel via front companies that were set-up in the Bahamas. Malnik himself was, at one time, listed as the director of a Bahamas based entity called, Bank of World Commerce, that was alleged to be involved with some of U.S.'s "top gangsters".
Malnik's good friend was the late Don Aranow.
Aranow made his money in the New Jersey construction business - moves to Florida and starts Donzi boats. Melniks's friend Aranow get Vice President Bush Senior's deal for the U.S. Customs boats--only that company was actually owned by the Kramers, who are married into the Lansky family--thus a direct mafia link selling "drug response" boats to the U.S. Customs, thanks to intevention by Bush Senior. However, they sell them dud boats that are unable to even match the drug smuggling boats--which are run by the same group. Fancy that. More on that below.
Aranow, with real estate being a great way to launder drug proceeds, made a fortune building homes and shopping centers; by 28 he was a millionaire and was suspected of ties to organized crime during his years in the construction business in New Jersey.
Aranow was a drug smuggler and suspected drug-money launderer linked to the Genovese Purple Gang of New York City. Oh yeah, Aranow was a good friend of [ex CIA Director] GHW Bush. Right as George Bush was gearing up to run for the Presidency in 1988, Aranow mysteriously is killed in a professional hit. Aranow has George Bush's phone number on him, and later Aranow's wife has George Bush take off his "ex-CIA" (direct quote, below) dogs off from watching her house and tapping her phone. So Bush groups were surveilling the Aranows is established right as Aranow is professionally murdered.
More information can be gleaned from here:
Title: book chapter: Drug Running Bush Family and their Fake War on Drugs: Police as drug pushers
Date: 2004.05.31 09:11
Description: But the whole truth is much uglier. We have documented in detail how the Iran-contra drug-running and gun-running operations run out of Bush's own office played their role in increasing the heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana brought into this country. ...Documents found by Burdick in the Dade County land records office show that USA Racing, the ****company operated by Aronow which built the Blue Thunder catamarans for the Customs service*** [GHW Bush oiled his way to the contract] was not owned by Aronow, but rather by a one Jack J. Kramer in his capacity of president of Super Chief South Corporation. Jack Kramer had married a niece of Meyer Lansky.**** [So you had family ties to Jewish mafia with the contract business ownership of the police boats to the U.S. Custom service infrastructure of policing for drugs.] Jack Kramer's son Ben Kramer was thus the great nephew and one of the putative heirs of the top boss of the US crime syndicate, Meyer Lansky. Ben Kramer was also a notorious organized crime figure in his own right. On March 28, 1990 Jack Kramer and Ben Kramer were both found guilty of 23 and 28 counts (respectively) of federal money laundering charges.
An indispensable component of the mythical media profile which George Bush has built up over the years to buttress his electoral aspirations has been his role as an anti-drug fighter. His first formally scheduled prime time presidential television address to the nation in September, 1989 was devoted to announcing his plans for measures to combat the illegal narcotics that continued to inundate the sreets of the United States. During his 1988 election campaign, Bush pointed with astounding complacency to his record as President Reagan's designated point man in the administration's war on drugs.
In his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention in 1988, Bush stated: "I want a drug-free America. Tonight, I challenge the young people of our country to shut down the drug dealers around the world....My Administration will be telling the dealers, "Whatever we have to do, we'll do, but your day is over. You're history.'"
Indeed, Bush has an impressive resume of bureaucratic titles to back up his claim to be America's top anti-drug fighter. On January 28, 1982, Reagan created the South Florida Task Force under [curiously a Vice President] Bush's high-profile leadership to coordinate the efforts of the various federal agencies to stem the tide of narcotics into Bush's old family bailiwick. On March 23, 1983, Bush was placed in charge of the National Narcotics Border Interdiction System, which was supposed to staunch the drug flow over all US borders. In August, 1986 US officials presented to their Mexican counterparts a scheme called Operation Alliance, a new border enforcement initiative that was allegedly to do for the US-Mexican border area what the South Florida Task Force had allegedly already done for the southeastern states. George Bush was appointed chief of Operation Alliance, which involved 20 federal agencies, 500 additional federal officers, and a budget of $266 million.
To crown all these efforts, Bush sought to obtain a cameo role for a brief appearance on the television series Miami Vice. He was perhaps inspired by his mentor, Kissinger, who had walked through a cameo of his own on Dynasty. But Bush was unable to accomplish his dream.
The drug plague is an area in which the national interest requires results. Illegal narcotics are one of the most important causes of the dissolution of American society at the present time. To interdict the drug flows and to prosecute the drug money launderers at the top of the banking community would have represented a real public service. But Bush had no intention of seriously pursuing such goals. For him, the war on drugs was a cruel hoax, a cynical exercise in demagogic self-promotion, designed in large part to camouflage activities by himself and his networks that promoted drug trafficking. A further shocking episode that has come to light in this regard involves ***Bush's 14-year friendship with a member of Meyer Lansky's Miami circles who sold Bush his prized trophy, the Cigarette boat Fidelity.***
Bush's war on drugs was a rhetorical and public relations success for a time. On February 16, 1982, in a speech on his own turf in Miami, Florida, Bush promised to use sophisticated military aircraft to track the airplanes used by smugglers. Several days later, Bush ordered the US Navy to send in its E2C surveillance aircraft for this purpose. If these were not available in sufficient numbers, said Bush, he was determined to bring in the larger and more sophisticated AWACS early warning aircraft to do the job. But Bush's skills as an interagency expediter left something to be desired: by May, two of the four E2C aircraft that originally had been in Florida were transferred out of the state. By June, airborne surveillance time was running a mere 40 hours per month, not the 360 hours promised by Bush, prompting Rep. Glenn English to call hearings on this topic. By October, 1982 the General Accounting Office issued an opinion in which it found "it is doubtful whether the [south Florida] task force can have any substantial long-term impact on drug availability." But the headlines were grabbed by Bush, who stated in 1984 that the efforts of his task force had eliminated the marijuana trade in south Florida. That was an absurd claim, but it sounded very good.
When Francis Mullen. Jr., the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) criticized Bush for making this wildly inaccurate statement, he was soon ousted from his post at the DEA.
In 1988, Democratic Congressman Glenn English concluded that Bush's "war on drugs" had been fought with "little more than lip service and press releases." English wrote: "There has been very little substance behind the rhetoric, and some of the major interdiction problems have yet to be resolved. The President [Reagan] assigned...Bush to coordinate and direct federal antidrug-abuse programs among the various law enforcement agencies. However, eight years later it is apparent that the task has not been accomplished." [fn 1] No observer still stationed in reality could dispute this very pessimistic assessment.
But the whole truth is much uglier. We have documented in detail how the Iran-contra drug-running and gun-running operations [that was simultaneous to his federal "anti-drug" formal positions, to sit on investigations...] run out of Bush's own office played their role in increasing the heroin, crack, cocain, and marijuana brought into this country. We have reviewed Bush's relations with his close supporters in the Wall Street LBO gang, much of whose liquidity is derived from narcotics payments which the banking system is eager to recycle and launder.
We recall Bush's 1990 meeting with Syrian President Hafez Assad, who is personally one of the most prolific drug pushers on the planet, and whom Bush embraced as an ally during the Gulf crisis.
Bush's "soft on drugs" profile went further. In the Pakistan-Afghanistan theatre, for example, it was apparent that certain pro-Khomeini formations among the Afghan guerillas were, like the contras, more interested in trafficking in drugs and guns than in fighting the Soviet-backed regime in Kabul and the Red Army forces that maintained it in power. There were reports that such activities on the part of such guerilla groups were seconded by parts of the Pakistani secret intelligence services, the Inter-Service Intelligence, and the National Logistics Cell. According to these reports, Bush's visit to Pakistan's President Gen. Zia ul-Haq in May, 1984 was conducted in full awareness of these phenomnena. Nevertheless, Bush chose to praise the alleged successes of the Zia government's anti-narcotics program which, Bush intoned, was a matter of great "personal interest" to him.
Among those present at the banquet where Bush made these remarks were, reportedly, several of the officials most responsible for the narcotics trafficking in Pakistan. [fn 2] But there is an even more flagrant aspect of Bush's conduct which can be said to demolish once and for all the myth of the "war on drugs" and replace it with a reality so sinister that it goes beyond the imagination of most citizens.
Those who follow Bush's frenetic sports activities on television are doubtless familiar with Bush's speedboat, in which he is accustomed to cavort in the waters off his estate at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine. [fn 3] The craft in question is the Fidelity, a powerboat capable of operating on the high seas. Fidelity is a class of boat marketed under the brand name of "Cigarette," a high-priced speedboat dubbed "the Ferrari of the high seas." This detail should awaken our interest, since Bush's profile as an Anglo-Saxon aristocrat would normally include a genteel predeliction for sailing, rather than a preference for a vulgar hotrod like Fidelity, which evokes the ethos of rum-runners and smugglers.
The Cigarette boat Fidelity was purchased by George Bush from a certain Don Aronow. Bush reportedly met Aronow at a boat show in 1974, and decided to buy one of the Cigarette boats Aronow manufactured. Aronow was one of the most celebrated and successful powerboat racers of the 1960's, and had then turned his hand to designing and building these boats. But according to at least one published account, there is compelling evidence to conclude that Aronow was a drug smuggler and suspected drug-money launderer linked to the Genovese Purple Gang of New York City within the more general framework of the Meyer Lansky organized crime syndicate.
Aronow's role in marijuana smuggling was reportedly confirmed by Bill Norris, head of the Major Narcotics Unit at the Miami US Attorney's office and thus the top federal drug prosecution official in south Florida. [fn 4]
Aronow numbered among his friends and acquaintances not just Bush, but many international public figures and celebrities, many of whom had purchased the boats he built. Aronow's wife was said to be a former girlfriend of King Hussein of Jordan. Aronow was in touch with King Juan Carlos of Spain, Lord Lucan (Billy Shand-Kydd, a relative of Princess Diana's mother), Sir Max Aitken (the son of British press baron Lord Beaverbrook), Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Eastern Airlines chairman and former astronaut Frank Bormann, Kimberly-Clark heir Jim Kimberley, Alvin Malnik (one of the reputed heirs to Meyer Lansky) and Charles Keating, later the protagonist of the Lincoln Savings and Loan scandal. Some of these exalted acquaintances are suggestive of strong intelligence connections as well.
In May of 1986, Aronmow received a letter from Nicolas Iliopoulos, the royal boat captain to King Hussein of Jordan expressing on behalf of the King the latter's satisfaction with a powerboat purchased from Aronow, and conveying the compliments of King Juan Carlos of Spain and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who had recently been the Jordanian sovereign's guests on board. Aronow sent a copy of this letter to Bush, from whom he received a reply dated June 6, 1986 in which Bush thanked him "with warm regards" for forwarding the royal note and added: "I can repeat that my old Cigarette, the "Fidelity" is running well too. I've had her out a couple of weekends and the engines have been humming. I hope our paths cross soon, my friend." [fn 5]
Aronow was reportedly a close friend of George Bush. In his book-length account of the life and death of Aronow which is the basis for the following analysis, Thomas Burdick quotes an unnamed Justice Department official relating the comments of one of his friends on the Bush-Aronow relation: "My friend said, 'I guarantee you I know what the connection was between him and Bush. It's the boats. The guy loves fucking boats." A Secret Service agent also referred to Bush as a "boat groupie." [fn 6] But does this exhaust the topic?
Over the years, Bush had apparently consulted with Aronow concerning the servicing and upkeep of his Cigarette boat. During 1983, Bush began to seek out Aronow's company for fishing trips. The original engines on Bush's Cigarette boat needed replacement, and this was the ostensible occasion for renewing contact with Aronow. Aronow told Bush of a new model of boat that he had designed, supposedly a high-performance catamaran. Bush planned to come to Florida during the New Year's holiday for a short vacation during which he would go bonefishing with his crony Nick Brady. During this time he would also arrange to deliver an antidrug pep-talk.
On January 4, 1984, George Bush rendezvoused with Don Aronow at Islamorada in the Florida Keys. Earlier in the day, Bush had delivered one of his "war on drugs" speeches at the Omni International Hotel in Miami. Bush and Brady then proceeded by motorcade to Islamorada, where Aronow was waiting with his catamaran. Accompanied by a flotilla of Secret Service and Customs agents in Cigarette boats that had been seized from drug smugglers, Bush, Brady, Aronow, and one of the latter's retainers, the catamaran proceeded through moderate swells to Miami, with White House photographers eternalizing the photo opportunity at every moment. Bush, who had donned designer racing goggles for the occasion, was allowed to take the wheel of the catamaran and seemed very thrilled and very happy. Nick Brady, sporting his own wrap-around shades, found the seas too rough for his taste.
After the trip was over, Bush personally typed the following letter to Don Aronow on his vice presidential staionery, which he sent accompanied by some photographs of Bush, Aronow, Brady and the others on board the catamaran:
January 14, 1984
Here are some pretty good shots which I hope will bring back some pretty good memories. I included one signed shot in your packet for [Aronow's pilot] Randy [Riggs]. Also am enclosing a set of picture [sic] for Willie not having his address or knowing how he spells Myers? Will you please give them to him and thank him for his part in our wonderful outing. He is quite a guy and I learned a lot from him on the way up to Miami from the Keys.
Again Don this day was one of the greatest of my life. I love boats, always have. But ever since knowing you that private side of my life has become ever more exciting and fulfilling. Incidentally, I didn't get to tell you but my reliable 28 footer Cigarette that is, still doing just fine...no trouble at all and the new last year engines.
All the best to you and all your exciting ventures. May all your boats bee [sic] number one and may the hosres [sic] be not far behind.
At the end of this message, before his signature, Bush wrote in by hand, "My typing stinks." [fn 7]
As a result of this outing, Bush is said to have used his influence to see to it that Aronow received a lucrative contract to build the Blue Thunder catamarans at $150,000 apiece for the US Customs Service.
This contract was announced with great fanfare in Miami on February 4, 1985, and was celebrated a week later in a public ceremony in which Florida Senator Paula Hawkins and US Customs Commissioner William von Raab mugged for photographers together with Aronow. The government purchase was hyped as the first time that the Customs would receive boats especially designed and built to intercept drug runners on the high seas, a big step forward in the war on drugs.
This was the same George Bush who in March, 1988 had stated: "I will never bargain with drug dealers on US or foreign soil."
As one local resident recalled of that time, "everyone in Miami knew that if you needed a favor from Bush, you spoke to Aronow." [fn 8] It was proverbial among Florida pols and powerbrokers that Aronow had the vice president's ear.
The Customs soon found that the Blue Thunder catamarans were highly unseaworthy and highly unsuitable for the task of chasing down other speedboats, including above all Aronow's earlier model Cigarette boats, which were now produced by a company not controlled by Aronow. Blue Thunder was relatively slow class, capable of a top speed of only 56 miles per hour, despite the presence of twin 440-horsepower marine engines. The design of the catamaran hulls lacked any hydrodynamic advantages, and the boats were too heavy to attain sufficient lift. The stern drives were too weak for the powerful engines, leading to the problem of "grenading" : when the drive shafts severed, which was often, the engines began to rev far beyond their red line, leading to the explosion or disintegration of the engines and the sharpnel-like scattering of red-hot steel fragments through the boat. This meant that the boats had to be kept well below their maximum speed. Most Blue Thunders spent more time undergoing repairs than chasing drug runners in the coastal waters of Florida. Blue Thunder was in boating parlance "wet," a complete lemon, useful only for photo opportunities and publicity shots.
Documents found by Burdick in the Dade County land records office show that USA Racing, the company operated by Aronow which built the Blue Thunder catamarans for the Customs service was not owned by Aronow, but rather by a one Jack J. Kramer in his capacity of president of Super Chief South Corporation. Jack Kramer had married a niece of Meyer Lansky. Jack Kramer's son Ben Kramer was thus the great nephew and one of the putative heirs of the top boss of the US crime syndicate, Meyer Lansky. Ben Kramer was also a notorious organized crime figure in his own right. On March 28, 1990 Jack Kramer and Ben Kramer were both found guilty of 23 and 28 counts (respectively) of federal money laundering charges. In the previous year, Ben Kramer had also been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for having imported half a million pounds of marijuana. Bush had thus given a prime contract [that manufactured "lemon" boats for drug interdiction] in waging the war on drugs to one of the leading drug-smuggling and money-laundering crime families in the US.
Don Aronow was murdered by Mafia-style professional killers on February 3, 1987.
During the last days of his life, Aronow is reported to have made numerous personal telephone calls to Bush. Aronow had been aware that his life was in danger, and he had left a list of instructions to tell his wife what to do if anything should happen to him. The first point on the list was "#1. CALL GEORGE BUSH." [fn 9] Lillian Aronow did call Bush, who reportedly responded by placing a personal call to the MetroDade Police Department homicide division to express his concern and to request an expeditious handling of the case. Bush did not attend Aronow's funeral, but a month later he sent a letter to Aronow's son Gavin in which he called the late Don Aronow "a hero."
When Lillian Aronow suspected that her telephone was being tapped, she called Bush, who urged her to be calm and promised to order an investigation of the matter. Shortly after that, the suspicious noises in Mrs. Aronow's telephone ceased. When Lilian Aronow received reports that her husband might have been murdered by rogue CIA operatives or other wayward federal agents and that she herself and her children were still in danger, she shared her fears in a telephone call to Bush. Bush reportedly later called Mrs. Aronow and, as she recalled, "He said to me, 'Lillian, you're fine.' He said that 'ex-CIA people are really off.' That's the truth." [fn 10]
Later, Mrs. Aronow heard that Gen. Noriega of Panama was interested in buying some of her boats, and she began to prepare a trip to Panama in the hope of generating some orders. Before her departure, she says she called Bush who advised her against making the trip because of Noreiga's involvement in "bad things." Mrs. Aronow cancelled her reservations for Panama City. But in the summer of 1987, Bush snubbed Mrs. Aronow by pointedly avoiding her at a Miami dinner party. But during this same period, Bush frequently went fishing with former Aronow employee Willie Meyers, whom he had mentioned in the letter cited above. According to Thomas Burdick's sources, Willie Meyers was also a friend of Secretary of State George Shultz, and often expressed concern about damaging publicity for Bush and Shultz that might derive from the Aronow case.
According to Thomas Burdick, Meyers says that Bush talked to him about how the vice president's staff was monitoring the Aronow investigation. Bush lamented that he did not have grounds to get federal agencies involved [to stop the autonomous investigation on the local level]. "I just wish," said Bush to Meyers, "that there was some federal aspect to the murder. If the killers crossed state lines. Then I could get the FBI involved." [fn 11] The form of the argument is reminiscent of the views expressed by Bush and Tony Lapham during the Letelier case.
In May or June of 1987, several months after Aronow had been killed, Mike Brittain, who owned a company called Aluminum Marine Products, located on "Thunderboat Alley" in the northern part of Miami (the same street where Aronow had worked), was approached by two FBI special agents, Joseph Usher and John Donovan, both of the Miami FBI field office. They were accompanied by a third FBI man, whom they presented as a member of George Bush's staff at the National Drug Task Force in Washington DC. The third agent, reportedly named William Temple, had, according to the other two, come to Miami on a special mission ordered by the Vice President of the United States.
As Brittain told his story to Burdick, Special Agent Temple "didn't ask about the murder or anything like that. All he wanted to know about was the merger." [fn 12] The merger in question was the assumption of control over Aronow's company, USA Racing, by the Kramers' Super Chief South, which meant that a key contract in the Bush "war on drugs" had been awarded to a company controlled by persons who would later be convicted for marijuana smuggling and money laundering. Many of the FBI questions focussed on this connection between Aronow and Kramer. Later, after Bush's victory in the 1988 presidential election, the FBI again questioned Brittain, and again the central issue was the Aronow-Kramer connection, plus additional questions of whether Brittain had divulged any of his knowledge of these matters to other persons. A possible conclusion was that a damage control operation in favor of Bush was in progress.
Tommy Teagle, an ex-convict interviewed by Burdick, said he feared that George Bush would have him killed because information in his possession would implicate Jeb Bush in cocaine smuggling. Teagle's story was that Aronow and Jeb Bush had been partners in cocaine trafficking and were $2.5 million in debt to their Columbian suppliers. Dr. Robert Magoon, a friend of Aronow, is quoted in the same location as having heard a similar report. But Teagle rapidly changed his story. [fn 3] Ultimately, an imprisoned convict was indicted for the murder of Aronow.
But the circumstances of the murder remain highly suspect. Starting in 1985, and with special intensity during [the run up to the Bush Presidency bid of] 1987-88, more than two dozen persons involved in various aspects of the Iran-contra gun-running and drug-running operation met their deaths.
At the same time, other persons knowledgeable about Iran-contra, but one or more steps removed from eyewitness knowledge of these operations, have been subjected to campaigns of discrediting and slander, often associated with indictments on a variety of charges, charges which often stemmed from the Iran-contra operations themselves. Above and beyond the details of each particular case, the overall pattern of these deaths strongly suggests that they are coherent with a damage control operation by the networks involved, a damage control operation that has concentrated on liquidating those individuals whose testimony might prove to be most damning to the leading personalities of these networks. The death of Don Aronow occurred within the time frame of this general process of amputation and cauterization of the Iran-contra and related networks. Many aspects of Aronow's life suggest that his assassination may have been a product of the same "damage control" logic.
Or, on the outside chance that Aranow was hit by the Columbian people he was in debt to, this still means sweeping under the rug the Aranow/Kramer/Lansky ties, and the admitted "ex-CIA" watching the family. By the way lots of ex-CIA--and even illegally active CIA--were involved in Bush's 1988 Presidential election campaign staff. So that the Aranows were being monitored by this likely Bush ex-CIA group in a mop up operation is a story with legs, as they say.
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1. For Bush's "war on drugs", see Jack Anderson and Dale Van Atta, "How Bush Commanded the War on Drugs," Washington Post, June 20, 1988; Lawrence Lifschultz, "Bush, Drugs and Pakistan: Inside the Kingdom of Heroin," The Nation, November 14, 1988; "Drug Czars We Have Known," The Nation, February 27, 1989; and Robert A. Pastor and Jorge Castaneda, Limits to Friendship: The United States and Mexico (New York, 1988), p. 271.
2. "Bush, Drugs, and Pakistan," The Nation, November 14, 1988.
3. See the cover of Newsweek, October 19, 1987 "Fighting the 'Wimp Factor,'" which portrays Bush at the controls of Fidelity. A similar photo appears facing p. 223 in George Bush and Vic Gold, Looking Forward (New York, 1987).
4. See Thomas Burdick and Charlene Mitchell, Blue Thunder (New York, 1990), p. 229. The following account of the relations between Bush and Aronow relies upon this remarkable study.
5. Blue Thunder, p. 182.
6. Blue Thunder, p. 235.
7. Blue Thunder, p. 18.
8. Blue Thunder, p. 34.
9. Blue Thunder, p. 71.
10. Blue Thunder, p. 95.
11. Blue Thunder, p. 103.
12. Blue Thunder, pp. 326-327.
13. Blue Thunder, pp. 351, 357.
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