Valachi Not In The Vault

In 1964, the US Department of Justice urged Joe Valachi to write down the personal history of his underworld career. The DOJ didn’t expect anything lengthy. But Valachi handed over a 1,180-page manuscript titled, The Real Thing. [1]

At first, Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach authorized the public release of Valachi’s manuscript. Later, Katzenbach reversed his decision to publish the book after a meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson. [1]

Author Peter Maas had been editing the manuscript. In May 1966, Katzenbach asked a district court to stop Maas from publishing the book — the first time that a U.S. Attorney General had ever tried to ban a book. [1]

Maas was never permitted to publish his edition of Valachi’s original memoirs, but he was allowed to publish a third-person account based upon interviews he himself had conducted with Valachi. These formed the basis of the book The Valachi Papers, which was published in 1968 by Putnam. [1]

So where are the original Valachi Papers? At the FBI’s “Vault” web site, a search on “Valachi” returned absolutely nothing!

Joe Valachi gave us “the real thing” in his 1,180 page manuscript, but we still, about fifty years later, haven’t received it.

A different sort of papers, the Paradise Papers, were released almost exactly 60 years to the day after the infamous Apalachin Meeting of November 14, 1957. The Paradise Papers deal more with the Overworld than with the Underworld, although there is mention of Irish crime godfather Christy Kinahan being caught up in the Paradise Papers scandal. [2]

The Paradise Papers deal more with the Overworld than with the Underworld. On the other hand, Josiah Flynt once described how the two “worlds” interact: When one in the “Under World” got lucky and “made his ‘pile,'” he went “up-town” to “put on the ritz” and pretend to be “high class.” When the aristocrat, inhabiting the “Upper World,” needed money, he’d head “down-town” and scrounge up a “pile” of his own. [3]

The aristocrats, needing the money, went “downtown” to the Paradise Islands, so nicknamed from the French term for a tax haven, paradis fiscal. [4]

Somewhere in-between the Overworld and the Underworld is the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Glencore, listed in the Paradise Papers, was founded by Marc Rich, and Marc Rich, according to the late Sherman H. Skolnick, is (or was) “the American CIA’s laundry man.” [5]

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[1] “The Valachi Papers (book)”, Wikipedia, November 12, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Valachi_Papers_(book)
[2] “Empire Of The Scum”, by Stephen Breen. The Irish Sun, November 12, 2017. https://tinyurl.com/y9zrjbf4
[3] The Muckrakers by Louis Filler. ISBN: 0-8047-2236-6
[4] “Paradise Papers”, Wikipedia, November 12, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Papers
[5] “Marc Rich – CIA Rich, The Secret Accounts, King Of The US Bullets”, by Sherman H. Skolnick. June 23, 2002. http://www.rense.com/general26/rich.htm

 

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Prince Charles and the Carbon Credits

The fancy Prince Charles of Britain owns the Duchy of Cornwall. That is one of two royal duchies in England, the other being the Duchy of Lancaster, owned by Queen Elizabeth II. In June 2007, the Duchy of Cornwall invested money in Sustainable Forestry Management, Ltd., a Bermuda-based carbon credits trading company. [1] [2]

The fancy Prince Charles had been nabbed at a digital “Apalachin Meeting”, almost exactly 60 years to the day after the infamous Apalachin Meeting of November 14, 1957. The question was, when did the prince begin secretly investing in Sustainable Forestry Management, Ltd.? And now we know: It was in June 2007. [3]

In July 2009, two years after investing in the Bermuda-based carbon credits trading company, Sustainable Forestry Management, Ltd., Prince Charles issued a dire warning to the world: Humanity has only 96 months to save the world from irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it!

96 months after the dire warning from the prince, in July 2017 came the close of the 96-month window of opportunity. [3]

“Is Global Warming a Sin?” asked Alexander Cockburn in the May 14, 2007 issue of The Nation magazine. The Roman Catholic Church once sold indulgences like checks. The sinners thereby established a line of credit against bad behavior and could go on sinning. Later, circa 2007, a world market in “carbon credits” was in formation. “The modern trade is as fantastical as the medieval one.” Carbon trafficking was just like the old indulgences. [4]

  • 2007: Prince Charles invests in carbon trading.
  • 2009: Prince Charles gives dire 96-month warning.
  • 2010: Harper’s magazine carries a report on how “Carbon trading is now the fastest-growing commodities market on earth.” [5]

When you think of commodities, think of Glencore (though I cannot find that Glencore deals in carbon credits). Glencore is one of the entities revealed as present at the digital “Apalachin Meeting” via the Paradise Papers. Glencore was founded by Marc Rich, who was indicted in the United States on federal charges of tax evasion yet luckily received a presidential pardon from U.S. President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, Clinton’s last day in office. The real name of Marc Rich, according to the late Sherman H. Skolnick, is Marc Reich, and he is (or was) “the American CIA’s laundry man.” Allegedly, Marc Rich “was a key player in the huge, mostly unpublicized Russian ruble affair, an attack by the American CIA and worldwide banks fronting for them, against the Soviet currency which led to the downfall of the Moscow government.” [6]

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[1] “Paradise Papers”, Wikipedia, November 11, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Papers
[2] “Duchy of Cornwall”, Wikipedia, November 11, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchy_of_Cornwall
[3] “Fancy Prince Charles Nabbed at ‘Apalachin Meeting’”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, November 11, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/fancy-prince-charles-nabbed-at-apalachin-meeting/
[4] “History Of Them Years”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, August 14, 2016. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/history-of-them-years/
[5] “Conning the Climate”, by Mark Schapiro. Harper’s magazine, February 2010.
[6] “Marc Rich – CIA Rich, The Secret Accounts, King Of The US Bullets”, by Sherman H. Skolnick. June 23, 2002. http://www.rense.com/general26/rich.htm

 

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Fancy Prince Charles Nabbed at “Apalachin Meeting”

Britain’s fancy Prince Charles has been nabbed at an “Apalachin Meeting”, it has been revealed.

The original Apalachin Meeting occurred on November 14, 1957. A slew of top-level mobsters were all assembled in one place. Police grew suspicious about all the fancy cars and investigated. It became a tremendous embarrassment for organized crime. (Background: Appleby Is “Apalachin Meeting”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, November 10, 2017.)

Then, almost exactly 60 years to the day after the original Apalachin Meeting, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists broke the Paradise Papers story. A digital top-level assemblage of international entities was revealed, and rampant “tax avoidance” was unearthed.

Now it has been learned that among those in attendance at the 2017 digital “Apalachin Meeting” is none other than Prince Charles, the fancy sword dancer from Britain. He held an undisclosed interest in an offshore company, Sustainable Forestry Management. [1]

Sustainable Forestry Management, Ltd. operates as an “ethical investor” in sub-tropical and tropical forests. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda. It has operations in Australia, Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. [2]

All green and groovy, except Prince Charles, as a sideline, goes around warning people about “climate change”, which tends to benefit his investment in Sustainable Forestry Management, Ltd. And, until now, this incongruity had been secret.

The fancy prince had warned the world, back in July 2009, that humanity had only 96 months (8 years) to save the world from “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.” We have now passed the Prince Charles 96-month deadline, so we must all be goners now and not know it. [3]

Unfortunately the report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists does not reveal when the prince began secretly investing in Sustainable Forestry Management, Ltd. But suppose it was sometime before he issued his 96-month deadline. That would be interesting.

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[1] “Another British Royal Found With Offshore Connections”, by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/another-british-royal-found-offshore-connections/
[2] “Company Overview of Sustainable Forestry Management Ltd.”, https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=24420943
[3] “We Just Passed Prince Charles’s 96-Month Deadline to Save The World From ‘Ecosystem Collapse’”, Watts Up With That?, July 10, 2017. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/10/we-just-passed-prince-charless-96-month-deadline-to-save-the-world-from-ecosystem-collapse/

 

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Appleby Is “Apalachin Meeting”

On November 14, 1957 a summit of the American Mafia was held at the home of mobster Joseph “Joe the Barber” Barbara, in Apalachin, New York. This is known as the Apalachin Meeting. An estimated 100 Mafiosi from the United States, Italy, and Cuba are thought to have attended this meeting. Local and state law enforcement became suspicious about the many expensive cars bearing license plates from around the country all parked at Barbara’s estate. So they did a license plate check. The names of the cars’ owners raised red flags and the police raided the meeting, causing many of the participants to flee into the woods and area surrounding the Barbara estate. “One of the most direct and significant outcomes of the Apalachin Meeting was that it helped to confirm the existence of the American Mafia to the public, a fact that some, including Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover, had long refused to acknowledge publicly.” [1]

On November 5, 2017, almost exactly 60 years to the day after the Apalachin Meeting, the Paradise Papers were made public. They are a digital version of the Apalachin Meeting, this time with the various members assembled at the “home” of Appleby, an offshore legal service provider. Appleby has offices in the key offshore locations of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Mauritius and Seychelles as well as the financial centers of Hong Kong and Shanghai. [2]

Just like the names of Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino, Joseph Profaci, Joseph Bonanno and others all being assembled together in one place caused a stir in 1957, so have the names of those assembled at the 2017 “Appleby Meeting” been causing a stir.

Of course, tax avoidance (as contrasted with tax evasion) is “perfectly legal.” And so too was it “perfectly legal” for Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino, Joseph Profaci, Joseph Bonanno and others to be all meeting together in Apalachin.

(What is the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion? The answer is, when they do it, it is tax avoidance. But if you do it, it is tax evasion.)

The threads from the Paradise Papers disclosures lead all over the place. For instance, Stephen Bronfman, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s adviser and close friend, quietly moved millions of dollars to a Cayman trust. And Stephen Bronfman is cousins with Sara and Clare Bronfman, who are associated with a secret sisterhood and a “bad-ass bitch boot camp.” [3]

Another of the threads leading out from the Paradise Papers begins with Ricardo Salinas Pliego, fourth richest person in Mexico and chairman of Grupo Salinas. The Wikipedia entry says that Ricardo “has been linked to ex-President Carlos Salinas de Gortari”, but doesn’t explain how. [4] It does not appear that Ricardo is a relative of Carlos, although the name “Salinas” which they share is tantalizing. 1994 saw the imminent expiration of President Carlos Salinas’ term of office. On March 23rd, 1994, Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was assassinated in Tijuana. The brother of President Carlos Salinas, Raul Salinas, allegedly consulted with witches regarding the Colosio slaying. Reuters (“Mexico Police Probe Witches In Colosio Case,” 12/16/95) reported that investigators had traveled to the Canary Islands to interview two “witches” who might have information.

The threads of the Paradise Papers are so many it is hard to wrap your arms around them all, and they lead to many places.

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[1] “Apalachin meeting”, Wikipedia, November 9, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apalachin_meeting
[2] “Appleby (law firm)”, Wikipedia, November 9, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleby_(law_firm)
[3] “Threads Of the Paradise Papers”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, November 9, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/threads-of-the-paradise-papers/
[4] “Ricardo Salinas Pliego”, Wikipedia, November 9, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricardo_Salinas_Pliego

 

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Threads Of the Paradise Papers

The Paradise Papers story is big, so big it is hard to wrap your arms around it. And yet it is only the tip of the iceberg.

Obscured by the concurrent mass murder in a Texas church, the Paradise Papers breaking story seemed to receive scant attention. And yet, doing a “Google News” search on “Paradise Papers” returned an avalanche of reports.

But wading through all the reports, most of them seemed to keep repeating each other. Big on the “news” agenda was a relatively minor connection to Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary for President Donald Trump. That angle got played up big.

Before Ross was Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, served as U.S. Commerce Secretary during President Barack Obama‘s second term. And Pritzker knew the magic words: Just “say shells”… Seychelles, that is. She went to Appleby, the go-to people for tax avoidance. [1]

Most “news” reports seemed to repeat each other and played up the Wilbur Ross angle. However Britain’s Guardian newspaper did a story on how Bernie Sanders warned that the world is rapidly becoming an “international oligarchy” controlled by a tiny number of billionaires, highlighted by the revelations in the Paradise Papers. [2] But Senator Sanders’ comments did NOT get played up big in the “news” echo chamber.

The threads are many in these startling new revelations. Stephen Bronfman, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s adviser and close friend, teamed up with Liberal Party stalwart Leo Kolber and Kolber’s son to quietly move millions of dollars to a Cayman trust. [3] There is Stephen Bronfman, and there are Sara Bronfman (born 1976) and Clare Bronfman (born 1979). They are the daughters of Edgar Miles Bronfman, Jr. and Clarisa Alcock San Román. Stephen Bronfman is the son of Charles Rosner Bronfman, and Charles was the son of Samuel Miles Bronfman, Sr. And Samuel was also the grandfather of Sara and Clare Bronfman, and Sara and Clare tie in to Nxivm, a secret sisterhood, and a “bad-ass bitch boot camp.” [4] [5]

All of this offshore haven stuff is “perfectly legal.” It is “tax avoidance” (as contrasted with tax evasion, which is illegal). [6]

High-profile Mexicans in the Paradise Papers files include billionaire Carlos Slim, priest Marcial Maciel known as “the greatest fundraiser of the modern Roman Catholic church”, and Ricardo Salinas Pliego, fourth richest person in Mexico and chairman of Grupo Salinas. [7] [8]

It is so big it is hard to wrap your arms around it. The threads lead to many places.

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[1] “Penny Pritzker”, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/stories/penny-pritzker
[2] “Bernie Sanders warns of ‘international oligarchy’ after Paradise Papers leak”, by Ed Pilkington David Smith. Guardian (UK, online), November 6, 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/06/bernie-sanders-paradise-papers-leak-international-oligarchy
[3] “Paradise Papers Exposes Donald Trump-Russia links and Piggy Banks of the Wealthiest 1 Percent”, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, November 5, 2017. https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/paradise-papers-exposes-donald-trump-russia-links-and-piggy-banks-of-the-wealthiest-1-percent/
[4] “Bronfman family”, Wikipedia, November 8, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronfman_family
[5] “Secrets Of the NXIVM Sisterhood”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 22, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/secrets-of-the-nxivm-sisterhood/
[6] “Everything we know about the Paradise Papers: The super-rich whose financial details have been leaked”, by Telegraph Reporters. Telegraph (UK, online), November 7, 2017. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/everything-know-paradise-papers-super-rich-whose-financial-details/
[7] “Paradise Papers”, Wikipedia, November 8, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Papers
[8] “Ricardo Salinas Pliego”, Wikipedia, November 8, 2017.

 

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Just “Say Shells”

When you think of banking shells, just “say shells”… Seychelles, that is.

Seychelles is one of those weird islands which comes up in the Paradise Papers. 13.4 million records were passed to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and then shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

The ICIJ had previously been associated with release of the Panama Papers. “John Doe”, the whistleblower who leaked the Panama Papers documents to German journalist Bastian Obermayer from the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, remains anonymous, even to the journalists who worked on the investigation. “My life is in danger”, he told them. [1]

There has been tax avoidance, not tax evasion, in the case of the many entities who chose to just “say shell”. “I thought you could avoid, not evade, taxes but I found it was not practical,” stated Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister. [2] The technicality is that tax avoidance is legal [3], but tax evasion is illegal. Sam Kutesa started out doing the legal tax avoidance but it was “not practical,” he says.

So suppose you too wanted to get in on the deal. Suppose your income for 2017 was $40,000 and you wanted to do a little tax avoidance of your own. So you call the law firm Appleby because you heard they are the “go to” people for these matters.

YOU: “Hello, Appleby? I’m wanting to do a little tax avoidance here.”

APPLEBY: “Yes, sir or madam. And might I inquire how much of a sum we are discussing?”

YOU: “Forty-thousand dollars.”

APPLEBY: (Hangs up the telephone.)

Conveniently, Appleby has offices in the key offshore locations of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Mauritius and Seychelles as well as the financial centres of Hong Kong, and Shanghai. [4] But they apparently don’t deal with small fry, which hardly seems fair.

But maybe it’s just that you forgot to say the magic words. Maybe if you phone again, remember to just “say shells.”

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[1] “Panama Papers”, Wikipedia, November 7, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Papers
[2] “Paradise Papers Exposes Donald Trump-Russia links and Piggy Banks of the Wealthiest 1 Percent”, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, November 5, 2017. https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/paradise-papers-exposes-donald-trump-russia-links-and-piggy-banks-of-the-wealthiest-1-percent/
[3] “Tax avoidance”, Wikipedia, November 7, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_avoidance
[4] “Appleby (law firm)”, Wikipedia, November 7, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleby_(law_firm)

 

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Secrets Of Seychelles

Seychelles is an archipelago and country in the Indian Ocean. Ironically, it is pronounced “say-SHELLS”, as in, “Say, can you find me some good banking SHELLS where I can hide my money?”

In the newly released Paradise Papers, we find that Uganda’s foreign minister set up an offshore trust in the Seychelles to manage his personal wealth. [1]

It might be that the Ugandan foreign minister met Paul Manafort in the Seychelles. Tens of millions of dollars were allegedly funneled by Manafort through places like Cyprus, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and the Seychelles. [2]

Those other two places – Cyprus, and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines – are part of what used to be the obvious British empire in the Queen Victoria days. This has transformed itself into various offshore tax havens, such as Gibraltar, Malta, and Cyprus. (There are many more, including Guernsey, Jersey, and the Cayman Islands.) [3]

Back in April 2013, Vanity Fair magazine published an article, “A Tale of Two Londons”, by Nicholas Shaxson. All these weird islands such as Saint Vincent & the Grenadines are like a spider’s web, with the spider located in the City of London, i.e., “the Square Mile,” owned and controlled by the City of London Corporation. [4]

Notice Shaxson’s title: A Tale of TWO Londons. There is the London most people think of, and there is the City of London, i.e., “the Square Mile,” owned and controlled by the City of London Corporation.

The City of London Corporation has its own constitution, “rooted in the ancient rights and privileges enjoyed by citizens before the Norman Conquest, in 1066,” and its own lord mayor of London—not to be confused with the mayor of London, who runs the Greater London metropolis, with its eight million inhabitants. [4]

So, like the Tale of Two London’s, this has been a tale of two taxes: one for most of us, and the other for the special people. “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes,” Leona Helmsley is supposed to have said. [5] Like the privately-owned “Federal” Reserve, the City of London has thrived. The “Fed” cannot be audited, and the City also has been granted special privileges.

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[1] “Mayhem From ‘Paradise Papers'”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, November 6, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/mayhem-from-paradise-papers/
[2] “In Re: Paul Manafort”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 30, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/in-re-paul-manafort/
[3] “Cyprus Banks and ‘The City'”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, April 3, 2013. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/cyprus-banks-and-the-city/
[4] “A Tale of Two Londons”, by Nicholas Shaxson. Vanity Fair magazine, April 2013. https://www.vanityfair.com/style/society/2013/04/mysterious-residents-one-hyde-park-london
[5] “LEONA HELMSLEY QUOTES”, http://www.notable-quotes.com/h/helmsley_leona.html

 

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