The Two Tiers of Justice

Project 21 national advisory council member Emery McClendon talked with AFP’s Dave Gahary about the response of many black Americans to the recent two-tier system of justice on display when wealthy Hollywood star Jussie Smollett was let off easy for reporting a fake hate crime.

By Dave Gahary

While the Windy City has a well-deserved reputation for corruption and scandal, the latest imbroglio to roll through the city’s crime-ridden streets caught even the most jaded Chicago watchers off guard. Now, even those who have given up watching TV know the name “Jussie” Smollett and have been plainly shown that super-rich Hollywood stars are afforded preferential “justice.”

California-born Justin Smollett (1982) began his career as a child actor at the age of five, but it wasn’t until 2014 that Smollett hit it big, landing a role in the series “Empire” portraying a gay musician. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he was earning $2.25 million a season, though there were rumors his contract was not going to be renewed. Is that the reason, people are asking, why Smollett felt it necessary to stage several fake hate crimes against himself?

According to law enforcement sources, on Jan. 22, a letter arrived addressed to Smollett at the Chicago studios where “Empire” is filmed, depicting “a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing towards it.” Scrawled on the letter: “Smollett, Jussie you will die,” and the now-four-letter-word “MAGA” (Make America Great Again) in red letters. The letter also contained white powder—prompting a response from a HAZMAT unit—which was later determined to be aspirin or Tylenol. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating whether the actor had something to do with the letter, which now appears likely.National Coin Investments

A week later, Smollett claimed, he was attacked by two white thugs wearing MAGA hats, who launched into a tirade of racist and homophobic slurs, then battered Smollett “about the face,” topping that off by pouring bleach on him and slinging a noose around his neck.

Smollett first entered a hotel with the rope still left conveniently around his neck, kept it on until police arrived to investigate, then “reported” to a hospital, and employed his acting skills, claiming the “attack” was “motivated by his criticism of the Trump administration,” and was linked to the aforementioned letter.

The usual left-leaning cast of characters rallied around Smollett, including Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Cory Booker (N.J.), who both described the reported attack as a “modern-day lynching.” These two possible U.S. presidential candidates then used the “hate crime” to promote their anti-lynching bill.

Initially investigated as a hate crime, the overburdened Chicago Police Department later determined the actor orchestrated the event. The two “racists” who “attacked” Smollett were two “Nigerian brothers with a professional connection to Smollett”—identified from surveillance video—who told law enforcement investigating the incident “that Smollett was upset the letter didn’t get enough attention.”

A few weeks after the “crime,” two Chicago police sources told CNN, “Chicago police had discovered evidence indicating that Smollett had paid the two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack.” Additionally, financial records show that the Nigerians bought the “noose” at a hardware store, and they were caught on security camera footage in the clothing store where they bought the ski masks, gloves, and red hat they used in the “attack.” The clothing store didn’t carry any MAGA hats, although the brothers asked if they did.

As evidence continued to mount that Smollett was the mastermind of the hate crime hoax, and he was arrested and indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for repeatedly lying to law enforcement, the entire nation was floored when it was announced that all criminal charges had been dropped and that the case was then sealed by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Reaction was swift and severe from many quarters, including the mayor of Chicago, who sent a letter to Smollett’s attorneys for “immediate payment of $130,106.15 to resolve this matter without further legal action . . . within seven days.”

Demonstrations are continuing to erupt in Chicago over this matter, with “a group led by the city police union demanding the resignation of the Cook County state’s attorney and another group led by civil rights leader Jesse Jackson supporting the embattled prosecutor.”

Especially irked over this was much of America’s black community, revolted by the blatant double standard in light of the high prosecution and incarceration rates for blacks committing much lesser offenses.

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To gain some insight into this, American Free Press spoke with U.S. Air Force veteran, tea party organizer, and member of Project 21’s national advisory council, Indiana native Emery McClendon. According to its website, “Project 21 is an initiative of the National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family, and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment.”

Emery commented on the preferential treatment of the wealthy actor:

[Instead of doing time, Mr. Smollett] has been given the opportunity to work for Operation Push, which is Jesse Jackson’s operation in Chicago.

Mr. Smollett performed a few tasks for them and everything is going to be wiped clean. The problem that [Project 21] has with that—and also after hearing some of the comments from the black community around the country in social media and so forth—is that Mr. Smollett seems to have gained a lot of privilege simply because of who he is and what he is and what he is doing in the Hollywood scene. . . .

So that shows . . . favoritism for this celebrity and at the same time they see other people from their communities—black people that they know, people that they deal with—that are not only being prosecuted, but incarcerated, and paying humongous fines. . . .

This is very blatant. This “tier system” [of justice] seems to be on broad and open display here and we have [spoken] out against it.

McClendon believes that black people should be rightfully outraged over Smollett’s slap on the wrist:

A lot of people in the black community are complaining because they are saying that it is unfair because that is not the way they are being treated when they go through the criminal justice system; that for any little infraction—whether it be a misdemeanor or a felony—they have to go through the complete process: hire an attorney, go into a court of law (unless there’s no evidence against them). But this is not going to happen with Jussie Smollett.

Of course, while dozens of black people are being murdered on the streets of Chicago every day, city police had to waste time investigating this phony hate crime. Said McClendon:

And you have a police department that has a problem with shootings—[Chicago has] one of the largest number of shootings year after year after year—and the police department had to go out and waste hours and hours of manpower on this [fake hate crime] while all these shootings and murders are still going on. But you have a limited number of resources and [the police] can’t investigate those crimes because they have wasted all that time [on the Jussie Smollett case].

Can you imagine what those officers felt like who went out and pounded the streets to find witnesses and gather evidence and present that to the chief and prosecutors?

Incredibly, Smollett was up for an NAACP Image Award—for “outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts”—announced after the hate crime hoax, something Project 21 strongly opposes.

We have already spoken out on this and said that the award should be rescinded because of what [Smollett] has done here as far as the lying and as far as the false charges and the 16 felony counts. He was arrested for that and charged with that and is going to get away with that. What kind of a message does that send to the black community, the young people and also to those who are already incarcerated? And many of these [prisoners] have really been incarcerated unfairly and didn’t get a fair trial. And now here he is not going to get anything. . . .

McClendon was also irked that Smollett seemed to have gotten some help from “higher up”:

There are also rumors of some outside interference. Because of ties or because of who you know and who you’re associated with, you can find yourself on the positive side of prosecution where things just automatically get dropped, and then there’s no explanation for it. And people don’t like this because they know they don’t have that type of privilege. . . . This is really a troubling situation here. . . .

McClendon may have been referring to the mysterious involvement of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, Tina Tchen, who appears to have successfully pressured Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to drop the charges against Smollett—and seal the case so no one can ever find out the real facts.

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As for whether or not the Smollett case is over and done with, McClendon isn’t so sure:

It’s going to be interesting how this whole thing plays out in the awards ceremony—whether this will even be mentioned or brought up by the media or the NAACP. But I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this as far as people filing complaints and so forth, asking for justice to be done. . . . It’s a very unfortunate thing . . . a mind-perplexing thing.

The good news is that, according to multiple sources, the dismissal of the state’s case has not impacted an ongoing federal probe into Smollett’s fake hate crimes. Time will tell if Smollett will ever receive the impartial justice he deserves.

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, prevailed in a suit brought by the New York Stock Exchange in an attempt to silence him. Dave is the producer of an upcoming full-length feature film about the attack on the USS Liberty. See for more information and to get the new book on which the movie will be based, Erasing the Liberty.

Audio: The October Surprise, With Barbara Honegger

AFP is pleased to offer our readers another excellent interview from writer and radio show host S.T. Patrick’s Midnight Writer News Show.

Episode 106, “The October Surprise, With Barbara Honegger”

Barbara Honegger joins S.T. Patrick to discuss her book The October Surprise: Did the Reagan-Bush Election Campaign Sabotage President Carter’s Attempts to Free the American Hostages in Iran?

Honegger discusses her work and associations within the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign and her position at the White House from 1981-1983.

Why is the October Surprise important today? Whom did she most admire in the Reagan White House? When did she first suspect a secret deal had been made? Was there a 53rd hostage? Why is the situation called the October Surprise? How and at what point were the Israelis brought into the arms transactions? Who was William Casey in 1980? What was the importance of Houshang Lavi? Did Carter believe he had a secret deal, himself, in October 1980? What happened at the seminal Paris meeting in October 1980? And so much more!

DAV: Desecrating American Veterans

The world’s largest veterans charity, previously reported on in AFP, is now condoning the desecration of a cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. How does advertising on a billboard placed directly above a veteran’s grave honor those who gave their lives for our country? 

By Dave Gahary

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the veteran charity exclusively covered by American Free Press for the exorbitant incomes of its officers, is back in the news again, this time for desecrating an all-black cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

The story was brought to the attention of this newspaper by Wanda Brandon, who began a campaign to honor the dead in their final resting place, in the hopes of bringing this matter to the national stage.

“I launched a campaign about the cemetery, which is Washington Park Cemetery,” Ms. Brandon told this reporter. “It’s located in St. Louis County in the city of Berkeley, which is a suburb right outside of St. Louis.”

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Founded in 1920, the cemetery has a sordid past of abuse, and the latest insult to those interred there may be just what’s needed to draw attention to this matter.

“I have several family members that are buried in the cemetery,” she said, “and I have some that have been disinterred from the cemetery. There’s a long history with this cemetery of neglect and abuse and desecration.”

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In the late 1950s, the Interstate Highway System took land from the cemetery to run Interstate 70, and split the cemetery in half, with the land on the northern side of I-70 adjacent to St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Missouri’s biggest and busiest airport.

In 1986, then-owner Virginia L. Younger leased some of the cemetery’s land to DDI Media, a St. Louis-based billboard company with over 1,000 billboards across the country. The sale brought some much-needed attention on the cemetery.

“Under scrutiny by county and state investigators,” and dogged by civil lawsuits by those whose loved ones’ graves could not be located, Missouri’s attorney general opened up their own investigation in January 1991. That same month, Ms. Younger put a gun to her chest, writing on one of her four suicide notes that she was “tired of being persecuted.”

Too close “Virginia Younger allowed billboards and cell phone towers to come into the cemetery before she killed herself,” explained Ms. Brandon.

To add insult to injury to the cemetery, in the early 1990s, the city of St. Louis brought light rail transportation in and used eminent domain to further encroach on the land.

“After that,” she explained, “they disinterred well over 10,000 people from their final resting places, to run the trains to the airport.”

Early in 2017, Ms. Brandon had had enough and founded the Washington Park Cemetery Anti-Desecration League. Armed with an official organization standing behind her, she set about on her mission.

In July of that year, however, she was told by DDI Media that the company was not going to remove its billboards from the cemetery.

“So that’s when I decided to launch a campaign against the billboard company,” she said. Her organization made a video, and in January 2018, the local press took notice and wrote their first story in May of that year.

DAV billboard in St. Louis cemeteryWhen even that didn’t stop DDI, Wanda moved on to plan B.

“On October 30, 2018, myself and other members of my organization began to contact the companies on the billboard, to notify them where the billboard was located,” she explained. “And every last company had no clue that their billboard was inside of the cemetery sitting on top of graves.”

They all agreed to pull out their stakes except for the DAV and one other company. Ironically, there is a veteran buried right under the billboard DAV is advertising on. Ms. Brandon reached out to that veteran’s family, who contacted the DAV with no luck.

“I contacted the DAV’s headquarters in Kentucky, and I received an email eventually back from them, saying, in short, that they felt it was an honor to have their billboard inside of the cemetery.”

Undeterred, Ms. Brandon reached out to the DAV in Washington, specifically the group’s top dog, J. Marc Burgess, who “earned” $550,524 as the head of a veteran’s charity in 2017.

“He was supposed to get in contact with me,” she explained. “I never heard from him. I got a call back from his administrative assistant, and she asked for my address [and said] that they wanted to send me a letter.”

She received a certified letter on Christmas Eve from the DAV commander, singing the same tune as the email she received, that the cemetery should be honored that the DAV is dancing on the gravestones.

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, prevailed in a suit brought by the New York Stock Exchange in an attempt to silence him. Dave is the producer of an upcoming full-length feature film about the attack on the USS Liberty. See for more information and to get the new book on which the movie will be based, Erasing the Liberty.

Audio: The John Lear Files I

AFP is pleased to offer our readers another excellent interview from writer and radio show host S.T. Patrick’s Midnight Writer News Show: Episode 011 “The John Lear Files I.”

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John Lear talks Area 51, Bob Lazar, Roswell, 9/11, the JFK assassination, Underground Bases, Majestic-12, Bill Cooper’s Behold a Pale Horse, Richard Nixon, Disclosure, Travis Walton, Art Bell and more on episode 011 of the Midnight Writer News Show with S.T. Patrick.

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John Lear was a captain for a major US Airline and has flown over 160 different types of aircraft in over 50 different countries. He holds 17 world speed records in the Lear Jet and is the only pilot ever to hold every airline certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Lear has flown missions worldwide for the CIA and other government agencies. A former Nevada State Senator candidate, he is the son of William P. Lear, designer of the Lear Jet executive airplane, the 8-track stereo, and founder of Lear Siegler Corporation. Lear became interested in the subject of UFO’s 13 months after talking with United States Air Force personnel who had heard an eyewitness tale of a UFO landing at Bentwaters AFB, near London, England, and three small aliens walking up to the Wing Commander.

John is maybe best known for his appearances on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is notable for having been a friend of Bob Lazar and a witness to much of Bob’s story regarding Area 51. Today, John speaks often about his controversial yet fascinating views on the moon as well as the secret goings-on around the United States.


National Security Council Advisor Involved in Iran Hostage Crisis Speaks With AFP

Former presidential aide Gary Sick says America’s Iran policy is fatally flawed. He should know, having served as President Jimmy Carter’s aide on Persian Gulf affairs, including during the hostage crisis. 

By Dave Gahary

Gary Sick, President Jimmy Carter’s principal White House aide for Persian Gulf affairs and National Security Council (NSC) advisor on Iran during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, sat down with this reporter to discuss those events, their impact on today’s relations with the Islamic Republic, and current U.S. policy on Iran.

Sick, who in 1985 wrote All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter With Iran—from a policy standpoint—to document his experiences during that time, was a U.S. naval officer for 24 years, the last six of which were spent at the NSC.

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Dave Gahary talks with Gary Sick, former advisor to President Jimmy Carter, about Iran, then and now.

Sick was asked how the situation went from one in which the two countries were so closely aligned to the United States becoming the Great Satan in such a short amount of time.

“After 1953, when the United States conspired together with the British to put the Shah back on the throne,” that was the genesis of our current troubles with Iran, Sick explained.

Contributing to the rapid switch from ally to Great Satan, and the easy overthrow of 2,500 years of Persian monarchy, was the direct relationship the U.S. had with the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

“The United States was dealing with the Shah directly as the representative of Iran, not with the government, with really the country of Iran,” explained Sick. “It was with that one man.”

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The revolution began in January 1978, and it was over when the Shah fled the country in January 1979.

“So, in a 12-month period,” explained Sick, “we went from having a relationship with an individual to having no individual there to have a relationship with, and a very hostile government that replaced the Shah, which saw the United States as very much part of what they were opposing.”

Another factor that led to the ascendency of the caliphate—besides the utter failure of U.S. intelligence to foresee the power of religion—was the Shah’s machinations with Iran’s military.

“The Shah . . . very carefully made sure that his military forces were at odds with each other,” explained Sick. “So he appointed the heads of the different services to people who hated each other and who absolutely would not work together. After he left the country, the only institution that was left that might in fact have maintained the monarchy and the relationship with the United States was the military.”

Because of how the Shah had manipulated the military, it made it almost impossible for the different branches to work together after he fled.

“And so the military collapsed,” explained Sick, “and when the military collapsed, the Khomeini people and the revolution took over.”

The hostage crisis, although “an outgrowth of the revolution,” was a unique event.

“The United States discovered that the Shah of Iran was deathly ill . . . and there was tremendous pressure brought on Jimmy Carter to bring him to the United States for medical attention,” explained Sick.

The pressure, as revealed in All Fall Down, was applied by characters well known to readers of this newspaper, who were asked to help secure the safety of the American hostages by convincing the Shah to postpone his travel to the United States.

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David Rockefeller, chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger—both intimates of the Shah—refused to cooperate, since the Shah had been a close friend of the United States. “[T]o refuse him admittance—even at the admitted risk of U.S. lives—would be a national disgrace,” was Rockefeller’s and Kissinger’s stance, states the book.

Of course, Rockefeller’s concern wasn’t just for the Shah, as Sick explained to this reporter.

“For years the Shah had been placing most of his assets . . . in Chase Manhattan Bank with David Rockefeller,” he said, “so a tremendous amount of Iranian wealth was in U.S. banks.”

It wasn’t just Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan.

“The Shah had been taking out loans over many years,” Sick explained, “and those loans were syndicated, so different banks all over the world had a certain responsibility or a certain exposure to those loans.”

Ultimately, Carter caved to the big banks and let the Shah in.

“That very fateful decision that was made by Carter, against his better judgment, turned out to be the turning point,” explained Sick.

The seizure of the U.S. embassy was next, but it unfolded in a way no one could predict.

“The students who decided to take the embassy,” explained Sick, “did that with the understanding—they thought—that they were there for a sit-in: They would make a political point, saying that the Shah should be returned to Iran for trial . . . and then they thought the government would intervene and say, ‘All right, you’ve made your point, now it’s time to go home.’ And instead the government joined them in their opposition, and that turned it into an international crisis that actually ran for 444 days.”

Very few realize the Iranian Revolution almost failed to take hold, as most Iranians didn’t want to stray too far from the monarchy, many of whom “had marched in the streets for greater freedom, greater human rights, greater human rights for women,” and were not “all that enthusiastic about the fact that they were going to have a theocratic state ruled by the clergy,” he said.

“Khomeini was worried that his revolution was going to go off the rails,” added Sick. “And as he saw that faltering, the hostage crisis came along just at the moment when he could create a crisis with the United States, which—wrapping all of the Iranian people around him—it put aside all of these questions of the theocratic regime. And by the time the hostage crisis was solved, he was firmly in power.”

One area where Sick gets it wrong in his book is his prediction for a quick collapse of the theocracy, where he writes that the “Iranian revolution was very likely to experience a major crisis of legitimacy at some point in its future and that crisis was likely to occur when the system could no longer depend on the charisma and authority of Khomeini.”

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The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died in 1989, but the regime is still going strong.

“The regime is remarkably resilient,” he said. “It has stood up against tremendous pressure. It has fought a war against a really difficult opponent, the Iraqis, who in fact had help from the United States and others. Iran has been isolated for years, and despite all of that, they have survived. So, I no longer make predictions about the fact that Iran is going to fall. I think that is a fool’s errand.”

Sick warned about the U.S. pushing for regime change in Iran.

“The operation of outside forces tends to bring Iranians together and delegitimizes any efforts for change,” he explained. “So, by pushing Iran extremely hard, instead of getting Iran to fall, the tendency is we actually strengthen it.”

He continued: “The lesson, which unfortunately I think the present government in the United States really has not learned, and which I think the Obama administration—for all of the faults and problems that it had—it did understand, that basically by bringing Iran into a closer association with the rest of the world, it delegitimized the regime and brought closer the day in which that regime would go. I think we’re actually, at this point, strengthening the regime instead of harming it.”

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, prevailed in a suit brought by the New York Stock Exchange in an attempt to silence him. Dave is the producer of an upcoming full-length feature film about the attack on the USS Liberty. See for more information and to get the new book on which the movie will be based, Erasing the Liberty.

Chapel for Homeless Vets Sold at Auction

A New Hampshire town didn’t want a safe haven for homeless veterans in one of its spacious neighborhoods. Instead, these “neighbors” would rather see the men back on the streets without shelter. But one vet isn’t giving up the fight. 

By Dave Gahary

Over 500,000 Americans remain homeless on any given night in this once-great nation. Now, a story out of the Granite State has many shaking their heads in disbelief. In the spring of 2015 when this newspaper covered the story of Marine Corps veteran Peter MacDonald’s attempts to care for homeless combat veterans with his Veteran Resort Chapel in Lee, N.H., readers were shocked to learn that the town not only wanted no part in his selfless efforts, but they were intent on shutting them down. They’re now on the verge of succeeding.

MacDonald, born in 1952 in Lynn, Mass., joined the Marines when he was 17 years old after his father caught him—a second time—fooling around with a girl in the house. It was two days before Christmas, and the youngster found himself homeless.

“He threw me out of the house and it was snowing, and the only place open when I hitched 40 miles to Manchester, N.H., was a Marine recruiter at 11:30 at night,” MacDonald told this reporter. “He told me if I signed a piece of paper, he’d put me up in a hotel room, so I signed the paper, and next thing I knew I woke up in Parris Island, S.C.”

After graduating and on his way home from boot camp, he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car crash and lost his entire memory. “I had the mind of an infant, but I was in perfect physical shape, and after 60 days in the hospital, because of an admin error I was sent back to active duty,” he explained, getting shipped to Vietnam.

Plagued with multiple disabilities on combat missions, including a broken back, MacDonald finished his time in the Marine Corps and was discharged.

Making his way back home to New Hampshire, he had a hard time adjusting, and after 30 days ended up homeless on the streets of Portsmouth. “I spent the next several years living under a metal box out in the woods,” he explained, “until another Vietnam veteran found me and brought me to the VA, where they discovered I had four service-connected disabilities.”

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MacDonald turned his life around with the help of the VA, his future wife, and kids. “We’ve been married 27 years,” he said, “and my three daughters graduated with master’s degrees.”

It was, in fact, his family who came up with the idea to give back. “My wife and three daughters were sitting around the table one night, and they suggested that because I volunteered to help veterans all the time,” he explained, “that maybe it was time that we bought some property and donated it, and started a little chapel and tiny homes for homeless combat veterans where they can live free of charge with all utilities paid until they get back on their feet or they die.”

In 2012, the MacDonalds purchased 11 acres of waterfront property, started a nonprofit, and set it up so “for eternity” this property would be for the purpose of helping homeless combat veterans. “We built the church on it, and we’ve helped over 23 veterans so far; 15 of them have gotten their benefits or gotten their jobs and got back on their feet and now have their own apartments and they’re living a good life, three of them have died, and the town evicted six of them from the property last December,” he said.

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The church was built on the property because MacDonald is an ordained minister. “Since 1974 when I got back, even when I was homeless, I’d walk around and talk to homeless people,” he explained. “And when I found a veteran, I’d try to talk them into getting help. It became an obsession with me.”

Forty years on, MacDonald still pounds the pavement. “So even today I still walk around—at least a couple of days a week—looking for homeless people in New England,” he said. “And when I find a veteran now, I buy them a McDonald’s Happy Meal and a cup of coffee, and I talk to them about God and me and helping them come back to real life. Sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s what I’m doing with my minister’s certificate. And that’s why we built the chapel, because I wanted the veterans, no matter what faith they are or denomination, to have a place to go to pray and talk to the supreme being of their choice to try to come home mentally.”

MacDonald’s property was a dream come true for homeless vets, but the town’s elite didn’t see it that way.

Toward the end of 2013, MacDonald’s neighbor didn’t want homeless combat veterans living across the street from him. He was on the planning board, so he conspired with a town selectman to shut down the shelter before the completion of the chapel’s construction.

After many court battles, including a judge ruling that MacDonald’s church is not a church, the town came in for the kill this year. “They gave us a writ of execution and fined us $93,447.95,” MacDonald explained. “I refused to pay the money, and so the judge ordered the writ of execution auction,” where, in May, “$500,000 worth of property sold for $105,000.”

MacDonald is not giving up.

“This isn’t over, yet. I cannot allow combat veterans to live out in the woods. Somebody has to fight for them,” MacDonald vows.

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, prevailed in a suit brought by the New York Stock Exchange in an attempt to silence him. Dave is the producer of an upcoming full-length feature film about the attack on the USS Liberty. See for more information and to get the new book on which the movie will be based, Erasing the Liberty.

Truths, Lies and Myths of Bush 41

From the JFK assassination to Iran-Contra to John Hinckley Jr.,former President George H.W. Bush was omnipresent. With his recent death and the exorbitant media hoopla over his “greatness,” AFP is pleased to offer our readers S.T.’s article from last week’s paper as well as another timely interview from the Midnight Writer News Show.

By S.T. Patrick

As former President George H.W. Bush was lying in state beneath the rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., indelible moments emerged from the mourning. President Donald Trump and former Sen. Bob Dole both saluted the former World War II veteran. Bush’s service dog, Sully, sat near the coffin in a photo widely circulated by Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath.

Jon Meacham, one of the “great historians” of academia, and Bush grandson George Prescott Bush were two of the four persons chosen to eulogize the man who had, in his last decades, been simply called “41,” denoting the number of his presidency and differentiating him from “W,” his son. It was state-sponsored drama on the largest scale, and the mainstream media bit. Propaganda is often beautiful.

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Many of the memories and accolades dispensed after Bush passed away on Nov. 30 have been bookends of his life: salutes to military service and tales of the congenial elder statesman. Bush, to many, is heard internally in the voice of comedian Dana Carvey saying, “Not gonna do it.” The intentional error of the media saturation is that there is much about Bush’s life that should be discussed. The most consequential sections of his long life reside within the bookends.

After graduating from Yale as a member of the secret society Skull and Bones in 1948, Bush was almost immediately initiated into the globalist hierarchy of his father, Prescott, who had been a senator from Connecticut. After questionable successes and failures with Zapata Oil, an offshore drilling firm, Bush moved to partisan politics, becoming the chairman of the Harris County (Texas) Republican Party in February 1963. That November, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, three hours by car from Harris County. It was a moment never forgotten by everyone who had lived through it. Everyone, that is, except Bush.

For years, Bush peddled “somewhere in Texas” as his location in reference to Kennedy’s last day. Bush’s penchant for misremembering vital historical moments would not end in 1963, but that was an important year for Bush. He had just concluded a hotly contested Senate race against incumbent Democrat Ralph Yarborough (which Bush lost by eight points). Being the only living adult in Texas to forget where they were on Nov. 22, 1963 was more than perplexing. It was suspicious.

In fact, researcher and author Joseph McBride gave us a reason to be suspect of Bush and Dallas, with documentation. While researching an unrelated book, McBride unearthed an FBI document stating that a “Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency” had been briefed on Cuban activities the day after the assassination. When Warren Commissioner Gerald Ford appointed Bush to be the director of Central Intelligence Agency in 1976, one of the public persuasions was that he had never had a tie to the CIA. The agency was still reeling from a public-relations war it had temporarily been losing after the Church Committee had exposed its global misdeeds in 1975. Bush claimed he had no ties to the CIA before being named as its director, but further research has validated McBride and not Bush, potentially taking the tie back to 1953.

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When Lee Harvey Oswald’s closest confidant in Dallas, oil geologist and Russian anti-communist George DeMohrenschildt, was suicided in March 1977, shortly before testifying to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the nickname (“Poppy”), address, and phone number of Bush was found in one of DeMohrenschildt’s important notebooks. As it turns out, Oswald’s Dallas handler (as some called him) was an uncle of Bush’s prep school roommate and a friend of Jackie Kennedy’s parents.

After spending the Watergate era chairing the Republican National Committee and sharing mutual friends with Nixon administration counsel John Dean, Bush was attached to the GOP presidential ticket in 1980. Ford had rejected the idea of having Bush as his own vice president. Instead, Bush was given the infinitely more valuable position at the CIA. Ford may not have liked the idea of having Bush one heartbeat away from the oval office.

In Barbara Honegger’s book October Surprise, Bush and Ronald Reagan-era CIA director William Casey are blamed for much of the campaign strategy that resulted in the Iranian hostage crisis being extended until Reagan’s inauguration day. This would lead to funds from Iranian arms sales being siphoned off and sent to Central America to illegally fund the Nicaraguan Contras.

On March 30, 1981, Bush almost found that heartbeat he needed to ascend to the West Wing when Reagan was shot and nearly killed by John Hinckley Jr., who proclaimed he had shot at Reagan as a means by which he could “impress” actress Jodie Foster.

These are still, today, the establishment’s plot points. What is often ignored is that Bush’s son, Neil, was scheduled to have dinner with Hinckley’s brother, Scott, the night of the assassination attempt. Bush had long known John Hinckley Sr., who had been president of both Vanderbilt Energy and World Vision.

On Sept.11, 1990, Bush’s ideological directions became clear as he stood before a joint session of Congress and proclaimed that a “New World Order” (NWO) could emerge out of the strife in the Middle East. Former ally Saddam Hussein had just sent troops into disputed borderlands between Iraq and Kuwait. Reorganizing the Middle East, a project ongoing today and further complicated by George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was the key to establishing Bush’s NWO. It’s also vital to understanding Bush, a man who had, for over 40 years, gleefully aligned himself with the CIA, the UN, globalists, neoconservative war hawks, and Big Oil—misremembering much of it and yet always reminding us that he was a veteran.

The Midnight Writer News Show Episode 105: “Presidential Puppetry with Andrew Krieg”

To discuss the abysmal media coverage surrounding the passing of the late George H.W. Bush, we decided to talk to a man who has traversed the beltway for decades, digging up the inside information on past presidents and candidates. Andrew Krieg, director of the Justice Integrity Project and author of Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters, joins S.T. Patrick to discuss presidential politics of the last 40 years.

What should we have known about George H.W. Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, John Kerry, John Edwards, and John McCain? Krieg takes a non-partisan approach to dissecting the pros, cons, misdeeds, and motivations of American presidential and vice-presidential candidates, dating back decades.

In the interview, Krieg covers the Bush dynasty, why Reagan chose Bush in 1980, Bush and the October Surprise, the Willie Horton ad, The Election of 1992, Ross Perot’s deficiencies, what Fletcher Prouty still teaches us, the legitimacy of Bob Dole’s 1996 nomination, the value of Jack Kemp, Bush v Gore, the Two Johns: Kerry & Edwards, the real John McCain, and much more.

Krieg also discusses current events with us, including the Corsi/Stone vs. Mueller situation and the unbelievable resolution of the Jeffery Epstein trial in Palm Beach.

S.T. Patrick holds degrees in both journalism and social studies education. He spent ten years as an educator and now hosts the “Midnight Writer News Show.” He can be reached at [email protected].

Audio: Geoff Shepard on ‘The Real Watergate Scandal’

AFP is pleased to offer our readers another excellent interview from writer and radio show host S.T. Patrick’s Midnight Writer News Show: Episode 031 “Reassessing Watergate with Geoff Shepard.”

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Author, attorney, and Nixon administration insider Geoff Shepard joins S.T. Patrick to reassess the figures and events of the Watergate era. Shepard, the author of The Real Watergate Scandal: Collusion, Conspiracy, and the Plot That Brought Nixon Down, is an expert on the legal malfeasance of the public figures involved, but he also knew many of the administration officials that were so demonized by the media and historical establishment.

What were John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman, John Mitchell, and Charles Colson really like? How did a young Geoff Shepard land his first job in the White House? What was the reaction of Ehrlichman’s Domestic Council to the failed break-ins? How and when did the Watergate story gain traction nationally? Shepard also takes us into the careers of Judge John Sirica and special prosecutors Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski. … All of this and more in our first discussion with author Geoff Shepard.

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Audio: Robert Groden and the JFK Assassination

At the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, AFP is pleased to offer our readers another excellent interview from writer and radio show host S.T. Patrick’s Midnight Writer News Show. Episode 031: “Robert Groden and the JFK Assassination.”

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Robert Groden joins Midnight Writer News Show host S.T. Patrick to discuss the JFK assassination. Groden is very candid and open in discussing his initial interest in photography and the assassination, his thoughts on the other “Searchers,” which researcher he considered a “father figure,” the history of Zapruder and his Z-Film, the Altgens pictures, Lee Harvey Oswald’s innocence, the roles he played in Oliver Stone’s JFK, Geraldo Rivera’s Good Night America, and much more.

What happened when he was offered a triple-figure salary to run the Sixth Floor Museum? How many times has he been arrested for sharing the truth in Dealey Plaza? Which of the newer books does he like most? Personally, Groden discusses the price he and his family have paid for the research that he has done.

It’s an amazing 75 minutes and was a part of the “First Annual JFK Month” for the Midnight Writer News Show. Groden is the author or co-author of High Treason, The Killing of a President, The Case for Conspiracy, and JFK: Absolute Proof.

Pursuit of Regime Change in Iran Will Lead to War

Neocon warhawks have clearly failed to learn the lessons of the recent past, as those in the Trump Administration continue to beat the drums of war with Iran.

By Richard Walker

As Iran deals with recently enacted sanctions from Washington, war hawks in the Trump administration have an eye on regime change, a policy that could lead to a war that would likely have disastrous consequences in and beyond the Middle East. [See related story, below, “Trump Enacts First Sanctions on Iran,” and podcast.]

The neocons include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who would be happy to create a famine in Iran, and National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has talked openly about undermining and ultimately overthrowing the Iranian regime. Pompeo has warned Iran that if it wants its people to eat, it should bow to Washington pressure.

Those neocons have in their corner Israel, Saudi Arabia, and its Arab partner in the Yemen war, the United Arab Emirates. In the opposite corner are Russia, China, and most NATO nations, including Turkey. This standoff is having the effect of isolating America from its historical allies in Europe and from the world at large.

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The global consensus is that Iran has played by the rules since it signed the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal.

President Donald Trump abandoned the deal to please Israel and the Saudis, as well as members of the Benjamin Netanyahu cheerleading group of politicians on both sides of the aisle in Congress. Trump broke from the agreement, knowing there was no evidence to show that Iran was in breach of its promise to discontinue uranium production. His plea to the other signatories to the deal—Britain, China France, Russia, and Germany—to follow his example was rejected. Those nations felt that Iran had abided by its promises to not pursue its nuclear ambitions and ought to be rewarded by not having new sanctions imposed on it.

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Trump felt otherwise, yet overestimated his powers of persuasion because his partners not only opposed his actions, but have since been putting in place a mechanism to undermine his sanctions. A financial tool known as a “special purpose vehicle” (SPV) has been created by EU nations to operate in Paris or Berlin with the objective of undercutting the sanctions. The SPV will allow Iranian companies to do business with European companies without going through the traditional banking system. Instead, they will employ bartering and credits, which Russia will also use. Meanwhile China and India have made it clear they will not abide by U.S. attempts to crush the Iranian economy.

In contrast, Israel has promised Trump that its intelligence agency, Mossad, will help to make the sanctions work, and the Saudis have assured him they will pump more oil to account for the loss of Iranian oil, which cannot be sold on the markets. They hope this will stop oil prices rising.

The Israeli and Saudi roles in the sanctions policy appear to confirm their prominent involvement in shaping U.S. foreign policy.

Many experts see the sanctions as the first step in a wider push to force Iran into a conflict, an outcome Netanyahu has been hoping for and the Saudis would embrace as well. Such a conflict by most estimates would quickly engulf the region and beyond. Oil supplies would be halted, creating chaos in the international markets, and American military, political, and economic assets would be at risk in countries like Iraq, Lebanon, and some Arab states.

The reason why some observers worry that the U.S. may be heading for a war with Iran is that Trump, his pro-Israel lobby in Congress, and the Saudis naively believe that sanctions will bring Iran to its knees. When sanctions fail, as they likely shall, neocons like Bolton and Pompeo will come under pressure from Israel and its Washington backers to pursue military options. The American people will likely oppose a war with Iran, knowing our history in recent conflicts and the overarching evidence that this one would be launched to please Israel and Saudi Arabia, unless, of course, some event were to occur that could be blamed on Iran to enflame U.S. public opinion.

Get Out of CashSanctions represent failed policymaking, especially when they are unilateral like these are, unsupported by all the major players to the Iran deal, including the EU, one of the world’s largest economic blocks.

For example, as far back as 1997, a report showed that U.S. sanctions were effective only 13% of the time and more often than not cost the American economy hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars. As Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail put it in May, sanctions have winners and losers.

A war with Iran would be opposed by the international community as well, especially in light of the fact that Iran has stayed true to the nuclear deal. It is already apparent that Trump’s decision to abandon the deal was driven by his closeness to Netanyahu and the Saudis.

Richard Walker is the pen name of a former N.Y. news producer.

Trump Enacts First Sanctions on Iran

This timely article was originally published in American Free PressIssue 37 & 38, Sept. 10 & 17, 2018, shortly after the White House decertified the nuclear accord with Iran. It is published here with a podcast from S.T. Patrick’s “The Midnight Writer News Show” featuring James Perloff. The two discuss Donald Trump’s foreign policy from 2016-2018, the 2016 election, Russiagate, and Vladimir Putin, why the media was so wrong about the 2016 election, the real purpose of America’s two-party system, using an enemy to reorganize a political party, neoconservatism vs. North Korea, what’s really happening in Syria, why the Rothschilds hate monarchies, Iran, how Trump lost Perloff, whether Trump is really against the Deep State, and more.

By S.T. Patrick

After deliberately upsetting U.S. relations in the Middle East by disavowing and then decertifying the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Trump administration enacted the first round of sanctions against the Islamic republic. While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened that the whole of the sanctions will be the “strongest sanctions in history,” the world powers that assisted Barack Obama’s administration in its negotiations with Iran—the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, and Germany—are prepared to rebel.

In an Aug. 7 tweet, President Donald Trump called the sanctions “the most biting ever imposed” and vowed to “ratchet up” the economic restrictions in November. What are meant to be sanctions against Iran will also serve as de facto sanctions against countries that have forged successful business relationships with the most populated country in the Middle East.

The first round of sanctions seeks to end Iran’s ability to trade with U.S. dollars, as well as its trade for cars, metals, and minerals used to buy American and European aircraft. In November, the U.S. will attempt to block 2 million barrels per day of Iranian oil exports, 50% of Iranian production.

In response, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, countered the country could block all oil exports from the region by closing the Straits of Hormuz, through which nearly one-third of all oil traded by sea passes.

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In July, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei commented on the suggestion that the Americans would attempt to block Iran’s crude exports.

“(The) U.S. government’s words or even signatures cannot be relied on; thus, negotiations with the U.S. are useless,” Khamenei said. “The assumption that negotiations or establishing ties with the U.S. would solve a country’s problems is an obvious error.”

Rouhani, Iran’s political leader, displayed an even harsher tone when speaking to Iranian diplomats.

“Don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” Rouhani said. “The Americans must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars”

Trump warned that any country continuing an economic partnership with Iran “will not be doing business with the United States.”

Khamenei is not the only national leader wondering what American agreements mean if the stability of the agreement can waver with each president that assumes the office.

Two weeks after the sanctions were enacted, China announced that it would buy Iranian oil, which would be shipped via Iranian tankers. China has clearly stated that it does not support the unilateral sanctions. France, conversely, has stereotypically caved to the American threats.

Shortly after China’s olive branch was offered to Iran, the European Union revealed that it would send $20.7 million to Iran as part of an economic aid package that will total over $50 million. Neven Mimica, the EU’s commissioner for international cooperation and development, outlined the program’s mission.

“With these measures, the EU demonstrates its support to the Iranian people and their peaceful and sustainable development,” Mimica said. “It encourages stronger involvement of all actors in Iran and in particular the private sector.”

As is the case with seemingly every story during Trump’s first term, the world awaits a clear Russian response. Business Insider suggested that the Iranians could save face by negotiating through Russia, while Newsweek noted that the sanctions would be a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as it would move the affected European nations away from the United States and toward Russia, the world’s biggest energy exporter.

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The first Trump attack against Iran’s economy was against Iran’s central bank. The global banking elite that favor cooperation with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have advocated for the isolation of uncooperative central or national banks. Iran, Libya, and North Korea have, for decades, been targets of the elite debt slavery cabal that controls the strings of the world’s economic marionettes.

“” has bluntly stated that Trump is “pulling a Libya on Iran.” The U.S. had previously reneged on an agreement with Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi, with disastrous, violent results that ended with the attack at Benghazi, the brutal assassination of Qaddafi, and chaos in Libya.

The Iran nuclear deal (officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) required Trump to certify Iran’s compliance every 90 days. Iran had agreed to freeze all nuclear weapon development for 15 years in exchange for suspending the sanctions against Iran. By certifying, Trump was saying that Iran was living up to its end of the agreement. Though they were, Trump did not want to publicly endorse the idea that the agreement worked. Now, threats, violence, and unrest are ever-present throughout the region.

Though the sanctions further destabilize an already fiery region, cause riots and rebellions from the Iranian families that will be hit early and often, and cast an even darker shadow over America’s tenuous alliances, Trump ended his Aug. 7 tweet with an Orwellian statement of intent. “I am asking for world peace, nothing less!” Trump tweeted.

S.T. Patrick holds degrees in both journalism and social studies education. He spent 10 years as an educator and now hosts the “Midnight Writer News Show.” His email is [email protected]

Audio Interview: Joseph Green on the Deep Truth of Jonestown

November 18th marked 40 years since the Jonestown massacre, and AFP is pleased to offer this fascinating interview. Writer and radio host S.T. Patrick presents the Midnight Writer News Show, Episode 80: “Joseph Green on the Deep Truth of Jonestown.”

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Joseph Green Jonestown ZineResearcher, author, and publisher Joseph Green joins S.T. Patrick to discuss the deep truth of the 1978 Jonestown massacre, the subject of Green’s new zine, An Intro to the Jonestown Massacre Conspiracy: 1978 from Microcosm Publishing.

In this episode of the Midnight Writer News Show, Green discusses his favorite alternative publications of the past, the historical basis for the demographics that brought the Guyanese government to power, the parapolitics behind the Guyanese government of the 1970s, the rise of Jim Jones in Indiana, the U.S. intelligence links to Indiana University, the friendship of Jones with Dan Mitrione, the move to Ukiah and the World Vision links, Catcher in the Rye, whether or not Jones was a “real preacher,” how Reagan’s California affected events, Congressman Leo Ryan, Mark Lane’s role at Jonestown, and much, much more.

S.T. Patrick’s previous series of articles on Jonestown, published in American Free Press in June 2018, is online here: ‘Jonestown’ 40 Years Later: Was Peoples Temple an Intel Op Gone Bad?

The Rise and Fall of Bill Cooper

A new book about Bill Cooper, radio show host and author of Behold a Pale Horse, examines the wide appeal and demise of this popular conspiracy theorist who died in 2001.

By S.T. Patrick

Behold a Pale Horse is a miracle story in independent publishing. This haphazardly compiled book of personal tales, documents, newspaper clippings, facsimiles, reports, interviews, pamphlets, and transcripts has sold over 300,000 copies since 2005. Its organizer, Milton William (Bill) Cooper, lived no such miracle. Gunned down on his front porch on Nov. 6, 2001, his dubious rise and fall resembled a fictional suspense story more than Shakespearean tragedy.

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The genius, intentional or not, of Behold a Pale Horse is its senseless organization. It reads like an underground set of documents that your security clearance is not advanced enough to access. Yet, you have them in hand and the world, the real world, is now open to you—maybe for the first time. That also explains the book’s widespread popularity among prison populations.

It is a classic within prisons, and it isn’t hard to understand the reasons that make this so. Prisoners naturally feel cheated, as if they have been victims of systemic racism, for-profit internment, and laws aimed at keeping the economically disadvantaged permanently downtrodden. Cooper named the cheaters, however, which accounts for its appeal.

Author Mark Jacobson’s newest book, Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America, is an energetic, wonderfully written, even-handed look at the life, mind, and work of Cooper. Jacobson is a keen cultural observer and chronicler of urban life. His journalism was the basis for the film “American Gangster” and the television series “Taxi.” He looks at Cooper not as another boastful conspiracist, which he was, but as something more complex and more unique. Cooper offered something street-corner peddlers and billion-dollar news organizations did not.

“In contrast to the orthodoxies of so-called ‘Truth’ movements, as well the divide-and-conquer techniques of the mass media propaganda cults like MSNBC and Fox News, Cooper offered an individualized, auto-didactic path to knowledge,” Jacobson wrote in an essay for Publishers Weekly. “It was in the ‘standard admonition,’ his challenge (which all fans know by heart) ‘to read everything, listen to everyone, but believe nothing until you can prove it with your own research.’ ”

Cooper believed many things, and he would regale audiences with his stories, lectures, and explanations on the shortwave radio program “The Hour of the Time,” which he hosted from 1993 until 2001. While he could be appreciably prescient, his theories often tiptoed along the border of fringe.

He claimed that on Feb. 21, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower met with the Pleiadian star system ambassador O.H. Krill to forge an alien abduction agreement that would allow human abductions by extraterrestrials in exchange for advanced weaponry that would keep the U.S. ahead of the Soviets in the growing arms race of the Cold War.

Cooper also popularized the theory that limousine driver William Greer was the true assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

One of the bombshells of Behold a Pale Horse, Cooper claims to have been on a mission that allowed him to access a top-secret vault. Within the vault, Cooper found an Office of Naval Intelligence report that stated Greer had indeed shot the president. At his public lectures, he would hawk fifth-generation copies of the Zapruder film which “proved” the theory.

Cooper’s version of the assassination convinced another Arizona-based researcher and author, Ralph Epperson, who had done a series of interviews on Cooper’s program and had written the landmark The Unseen Hand: An Introduction to the Conspiratorial View of History. The theory has since been chided and discarded by the vast majority of Kennedy assassination researchers.

Part of the appeal Cooper had with the African-American community resided with his belief that both the dissemination of drugs into the inner cities and the proliferation of the AIDS virus were intentional intelligence operations aimed at blacks, homosexuals, and Hispanics. A cure for AIDS, according to Cooper, was created before  the plan to decrease minority populations was implemented. In 2000, South Africa’s minister of health distributed the corresponding chapter from Behold a Pale Horse to senior government officials and friends. This was part of Cooper’s contradiction and also a reason why he remains difficult to pigeonhole as forcing one specific ideology serving one audience of extremists.

A recent Rolling Stone magazine piece called him “the Granddaddy of American Conspiracy Theorists,” but he has also been dismissively labeled the “Titan of the Tin Foil Hats” and derided as a “militia theoretician.” That Cooper strongly appealed to those on the far right of the American political spectrum is undeniable, but what cannot be discounted or excused as frivolous is that he also inspired modern rap music by the likes of popular stars such as Tupac Shakur, Busta Rhymes, and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Cooper’s program was enlightening for those who had only read local newspapers or had watched mainstream news. For the first time, a listener could hear about the power of the Bilderberg Group, the history of the Illuminati, the establishment of the New World Order, the murder of James Forrestal, the Majestic-12 papers, or the plan to create an alien invasion hoax as a way to establish martial law and complete control over the people of the world. What the journalistic establishment still chuckles away as crazed ramblings, however, turned very real on Cooper’s June 28, 2001 episode.

Get Out of CashCooper predicted that a major attack would soon befall the United States. It would be a path to bigger government, more surveillance, militarization of police, and an expansion of FEMA. These were familiar talking points for Cooper. Then came the eerie specifics. The intelligence services had been eluded by an Islamic extremist named Osama bin Laden for years, yet CNN had just interviewed him.

“But some doofus reporter with his little camera crew waltzes right into his secret hideout and interviews him!” Cooper exclaimed to his audience. “Something terrible is going to happen in this country. And whatever is going to happen, they’re going to blame on Osama bin Laden. Don’t you even believe it!”

Two-and-a-half months later, 9/11 forever changed American history.

Cooper soon after also prophesied his own demise. The authorities were going to make their way to his rural Arizona home “in the middle of the night and shoot me dead on my doorstep.”

At around midnight, on Nov. 6, 2001, Apache County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to arrest Cooper at his Eagar, Ariz., home. After an explosion of gunfire, Cooper was dead on his doorstep.

Revelation 6:8 is the Bible verse from which Cooper’s most famous work drew its name. It reads, “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and the name that sat upon him was Death.” Cooper was dead at 58.

Jacobson’s Pale Horse Rider is the eulogy that Cooper deserved. Sourced from Cooper’s friends, family, adversaries, admirers, and detractors, it is the best example yet of being fair to controversy.

Last year, Cooper’s Behold a Pale Horse rose as high as number 17 on States such as Florida have banned the book as an inflammatory work in their prison systems, yet its presence remains widespread.

In 1971, songwriter Kris Kristofferson released a song he had written for his most complicated friends. The chorus of “The Pilgrim, Chapter 33” can also describe a character such as Cooper: “He’s a poet, he’s a picker. He’s a prophet, he’s a pusher. He’s a pilgrim and a preacher, and a problem when he’s stoned. He’s a walkin’ contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction, takin’ ev’ry wrong direction on his lonely way back home.”

S.T. Patrick holds degrees in both journalism and social studies education. He spent 10 years as an educator and now hosts the “Midnight Writer News Show.” His email is [email protected] He is also an occasional contributor to The Barnes Review (TBR) history magazine. For a sample copy of TBR, please call 202-547-5586.

Man ‘Sailing for Palestine’ Back Home

Minnesota sailor trying to call attention to plight of Palestinians sees his journey cut short due to vessel damage caused by gale-force winds.

By Dave Gahary

Nabil Amra, 43, the Palestinian-American who quit his job to set off on a 30,000-nautical mile, nine-month race on July 1, is back home in Minneapolis, Minn. after his boat was damaged in some rough seas. Prior to embarking on this race, Amra was a successful currency trader, and quit his job to draw attention to Mideast issues. This reporter interviewed Amra for the May 21 & 28 edition of this newspaper in preparation for his trip and sat down with him again recently for a wrap-up on what happened.

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Amra began by making mention of the support he received, especially from readers of this newspaper.

“I want to thank you and many of your listeners and those who subscribe to the publication,” he said. “They sent me letters—which I brought on board—and donations, and just great words of encouragement, and I can’t thank you enough for that. Especially in dark times, it’s nice to go back to an encouraging letter from someone who I’ve never met before but has similar interests and thoughts. So that support has been fantastic.”

Amra started off gangbusters but ran into some rough seas.

“I was one of 19 starters and was in 11th place around the Canary Islands,” he explained.

The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located 62 miles west of Morocco, has long been considered a bridge between the four continents of Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.

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During some gale-force winds about two weeks on the water, Amra ran into trouble.

“Eventually my self-steering gear broke, a big weld on it that I had no way of trying to rectify,” he said. “I was maybe 150 miles past the islands but the wind was straight up the rear right behind me. I had a grim choice: Do you continue 900 miles to the Cape Verde islands?”

Cape Verde, an island country spanning 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean, lies around 350 miles west of Africa.

“So, I had to make my way back to the Canary Islands in the face of the katabatic winds coming off the volcano,” he added.

Katabatic winds carry high-density air from a higher elevation down a slope from gravity and can move down elevated slopes at hurricane speeds.

“It was a brutal three-day journey back to the islands to seek repairs,” he explained, “and when I got there I realized I was essentially unrepairable. So, that was the end of my race.”

Amra doesn’t believe sabotage was involved because “the same breakage happened to two other boats in the same gear in the same spot,” though he told this writer that the boats “were unattended for periods of time.”

Get Out of CashWhile the race is still going and barely half over, with eight people left, it’s uncertain whether anyone will finish. The leader right now “is the oldest man in the race, 73-year-old Frenchman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede.”

“The gap between first and second has opened up to a couple of thousand miles,” explained Amra. “He’s in a completely different weather system.”

AFP asked Amra if, now that he’s out of the race, he could get his job back.

“I visited the old office,” he said. “I was amazed at how quickly I was replaced, on one hand, and on the other, I kind of had my thoughts that after a venture like this, the chances of going back to the bank in that capacity were probably going to be diminished.”

“I feel as though this was something that had to be done,” he said.

It’s a safe bet that Amra will be back in the race, or some kind of race, in the future.

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, prevailed in a suit brought by the New York Stock Exchange in an attempt to silence him. Dave is the producer of an upcoming full-length feature film about the attack on the USS Liberty. See for more information and to get the new book on which the movie will be based, Erasing the Liberty.

Bipartisan Pastors’ Group Urges U.S. Prison Reform

Strange bedfellows, perhaps, but President Trump and a bipartisan group of black Christian ministers have been meeting to discuss prison reform. S.T. Patrick explains that “most conservative Republicans and the most liberal Democrats have long seen incarceration as one of this country’s gravest ills.”

By S.T. Patrick

No issue seems to have made stranger bedfellows of perceived opponents than the challenge of prison reform. In recent months, groups of black pastors have both visited the White House and stayed in close contact with the Trump administration, urging a partnership on an issue that has long devastated the black community.

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CNN’s Don Lemon criticized the group of black pastors for meeting with President Donald Trump, going as far as to tell Pastor John Gray that he was being used as a “prop.” What some casual observers may not realize, however, is that the most conservative Republicans and the most liberal Democrats have long seen incarceration as one of this country’s gravest ills.

The modern conservative most closely associated with prison reform was also President Richard Nixon’s “dirty tricks artist,” Charles Colson. He had once boasted that he would “walk over (his) own grandmother” to ensure the reelection of Nixon in 1972. Self-described as Nixon’s “hatchet man,” Colson compiled the “enemies list” of Nixon detractors and was instrumental in orchestrating the illegal actions aimed to discredit whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who had released the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times and other newspapers. It was for the Ellsberg activities and not Watergate that Colson would be sent to prison for obstruction of justice in 1974, a sentence he would serve at the federal Maxwell Prison in Alabama.

Kingdom Identity

While going through the legal turmoil that followed Nixon officials out of the beltway, Colson, in August 1973, experienced a religious transformation that would change the rest of his life. Though his attorneys advised him not to do so, Colson pled guilty, a decision he later said was “a price I had to pay to complete the shedding of my old life and to be free to live the new.”

Paroled in 1975, Colson entered into the evangelical movement that was rising throughout the 1970s and forged a new career based upon prison reform. The man who had described himself as Nixon’s “loose cannon” sold millions of copies of his 1976 autobiography Born Again. Though the mainstream media was typically skeptical of Colson’s conversion, 1976 also brought the formation of Colson’s Prison Fellowship Ministries, which has now opened offices in over 100 countries.

The American Left has long pushed for prison reform, a movement highlighted by the 1968 scandal at Tucker Prison Farm in Arkansas, where investigators discovered a lack of food, 14-hour workdays, systematic rape and the torture of inmates by both guards and inmate “trustees.” It was in January 1968, 50 years ago, that a native Arkansan, Johnny Cash, performed two concerts at Folsom State Prison, thus musically highlighting the need for reform.

Get Out of Cash

Today, the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prison population. Lack of treatment as a first step to dealing with drug addiction is a problem that increases incarceration numbers, but so is the over-legislation of American society. According to the Institute for Policy Studies citing John Whitehead, Congress has created an average of 50 new federal crimes per year over the last decade. That means that 500 acts that were legal in 2008 are now illegal and punishable by prison time.

White evangelicals are now on board with prison reform, as well. In May, ministers from across the country met with President Trump to push for a new First Step Act that would allow better conditions for pregnant inmates and would encourage paths to early release for prisoners who earn points for good behavior.

“America is a nation that believes in the power of redemption,” Trump told the audience of ministers.

Whether that belief can transform into action that will give relief to families burdened by the economic and sociological realities of incarceration is the test that analysts believe the Senate may fail. The Senate is populated by stalwarts of their own party’s political machines. They are moderate, by nature, when compared to their more accountable colleagues in the House. Yet, if a popular swell can arise, a movement that rediscovers the belief and hope that America once had in each individual, bipartisan change can occur.

S.T. Patrick holds degrees in both journalism and social studies education. He spent 10 years as an educator and now hosts the “Midnight Writer News Show.” His email is [email protected].

Facebook Censorship Exposes Campaign Against Free Speech

Veterans’ rights attorney Benjamin Krause continues his work exposing fraud within the VA, yet Facebook recently banned his article about the VA’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, which he said is “more like the ‘Office of Whistleblower Retaliation’.” He has an idea of Facebook’s real agenda.  

By Dave Gahary

When social media giant Facebook rejected an article written by journalist and veterans’ rights attorney Benjamin Krause that was about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and was critical of President Donald Trump, Krause knew there was a bigger story there than the conventional wisdom of tech companies censoring conservative viewpoints.

American Free Press sat down with Krause—who spends much of his time helping to expose scandals, fraud, waste, and abuse in the VA through his website—to discuss what it means to all of us.

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Dave Gahary talks with veterans’ rights attorney and journalist Ben Krause about why Facebook banned his article and more…

Krause had come across some information on the former VA official who set up the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection for Trump, meant to get the cabinet-level agency on the right path.

“I believe it’s a horrific failure and that it’s not encouraging accountability or whistleblower protection,” Krause explained, “but instead it’s more like the ‘Office of Whistleblower Retaliation,’ where they actually develop intelligence against employees who become whistleblowers, and then use that at the local level to attack them to get them fired or worse.”

Motivated to write an article about this to inform his many thousands of readers via Facebook, utilizing its paid promotion system, Krause “went through the steps to make sure that [he] could promote stories of national importance.”

After going through the sequence and checking all the boxes Facebook required to promote the article—by giving it more exposure than it would ordinarily get—the social media behemoth claimed that Krause’s ad violated their policy.

Get Out of Cash“The article that I was writing was clearly about . . . dealing with [VA] policy and a law that they passed,” Krause explained, “but Facebook does not want that promoted, so they denied my attempt to pay them to do the service they are supposed to be doing, because they didn’t like my speech.”

AFP asked why he thought an entity like Facebook would want to censor such an informative, relatively innocuous article.

“The typical Pavlovian-style tactics that the company uses to psychologically condition and torture users,” explained Krause, “just doesn’t work on veterans the same way. So I think that most veterans are generally pro-Second Amendment, pro-First Amendment, pro-Constitution, and anti-censorship, and anti-European Union . . . views not consistent with what social media and Silicon Valley are trying to push on us, specifically the European Union model of censorship and harmony.

“Apparently, Facebook wants . . . everyone to basically conform to this more lemming-style, harmonized speech model that the European populace uses. They don’t want us to have a voice, and they’re going to shut it down if it’s a voice they can’t control or influence in a way that they want.”

Krause shared his opinion on what is the endgame of all this censorship.

“For them,” he finalized, “it’s not necessarily even about censorship and the supposed harmony-encouraged discourse. For them it’s about control. . . . They could give two rips about whether or not we argue, but they realize that there’s more money in pushing this harmony because they can plug us all into this system in a way that we otherwise wouldn’t be, and then they can profit off of it.”

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, prevailed in a suit brought by the New York Stock Exchange in an attempt to silence him. Dave is the producer of an upcoming full-length feature film about the attack on the USS Liberty. See for more information and to get the new book on which the movie will be based, Erasing the Liberty.