Tuesday, September 07, 2004

The Party of Projection 

Via Moongazer Supreme John Gorenfeld: Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and other Republican channelers of Lyndon LaRouche should think twice before they insinuate that billionaire lefty George Soros is bankrolled by drug cartels. As Robert Parry of Consortium News here demonstrates, we're the gust and they're the phlegm; they spit at us, and it splatters them:
If House Speaker Dennis Hastert is really concerned about drug profits being laundered into the U.S. political process, he would not be sliming billionaire financier George Soros with that suspicion. Hastert would be looking at a principal conservative funder: South Korean theocrat Sun Myung Moon.

While Hastert was unable to cite a shred of evidence that the liberal Soros is funneling illicit money, there is a substantial body of evidence that Moon has long commanded a criminal enterprise with close ties to Asian and South American drug lords. The evidence includes first-hand accounts of money laundering disclosed by Moon confidantes and even family members. Besides those more recent accounts, Moon was convicted of tax fraud based on evidence developed in the late 1970s about his money-laundering activities.

Since serving his tax-evasion sentence in the early 1980s, however, Moon appears to have bought himself protection by spreading hundreds of millions of dollars around conservative causes and through generous speaking fee payments to Republican leaders, including former President George H.W. Bush . . . .

Limited investigations of Moon’s organization have revealed large sums of money flowing into the United States mostly from untraceable accounts in Japan, where Moon had close ties to yakuza gangster Ryoichi Sasakawa. Former Moon associates also have revealed major money flows from shadowy sources in South America, where Moon built relationships with right-wing elements associated with the cocaine trade, including the so-called Cocaine Coup government of Bolivia in the early 1980s.
When you finish reading Parry, you should be sure to check out Gorenfeld's highly amusing Moon-vs.-George Soros pocket comparison chart. (And of course, if you can stomach it, the family photo album.)

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