Friday, September 2, 2011


This appeared in the (UK) Sunday People on May 4th, 1986

Terror plan to 'smash the rich scum and their lackeys'

THE angry Brigade is back. The ruthless anarchists who brought terror to Britain more than a decade ago are manipulating an ultra-left plot to turn out cities into bloodbaths.

The sinister network of fanatical anarchists are motivated solely by a desire to destroy, to maim and to sabotage.

They are bent on whipping up a nationwide hate campaign which will erupt with a summer of riots.

Their evil intent is summed up in this chilling warning. “We fight the cops with all our strength with bricks and petrol bombs, we maim them and kill them because we hate them.”

The anarchists hope there will be an explosion of violence to mark Prince Andrew's marriage to Sarah Ferguson on July 23.

As the Sunday Mirror revealed last week, the underground newspaper Class War showed a photo of the couple under the sick headline Better Dead Than Wed.


And an activist told us: “We would be over the moon if there were riots on the day of the Royal wedding.”

The Sunday Mirror has infiltrated several anarchist movements and we have uncovered their plot to join forces in a campaign of violence.

MI5 believe Angry Brigade urban guerillas are playing a sinister behind-the-scene role in the plot.

They have close links with terror groups abroad.

And they are also closely linked to the shadowy world of British anarchists.

The most active of the British cells is Class War whose driving force is former punk musician Ian Bone, 38.

Their charter states: “Together we can do our bit to smash the rich scum and their state, courts armies and lackeys.”

Class War has close ties with VIRUS, a communist-anarchist group who publish a paper called The Enemy Within.

The winter issue says: “Virus gives a welcome to the burning and looting...take it, it's yours! Burn it, it's rotten!”


A journal called Crowbar in Brixton, South London, offers advice on how to commit sabotage.

And BLACK FLAG, also based in Brixton, are thought to be linked with a Belgian terror group.

The Bristol-based group ACAB--which stands for All Coppers Are Bastards--call on their followers to attack expensive cars.

Their leaders often visit Ian Bone at his council flat in Hackney, North-East London.

This is the main way that informal links are made between British anarchist cells.

Intelligence chiefs know that most of the groups were active during the riots last year in Brixton and Tottenham.

They are likely to be the flashpoints again this year.

One police officers warned that anarchists might also start riots in other areas of London at the same time.


SECURITY chiefs are alarmed at the close cooperation between the Angry Brigade and terror organisations in Europe.

And our inquiries revealed that a meeting was held in London last year between leading UK anarchists and the Belgium terror group, CCC, the Cellules Communists Combattantes.

The CCC are linked with West Germany's Red Army Faction and with the ultra-Left French group Action Directe.

Intelligence services are now concerned that European expertise will lead to terrorists in Britain becoming more and more sophisticated.

A former police chief said: “The Angry Brigade has always had strong continental connections—that will continue to be the case.”

Thursday, August 25, 2011


This article was published May 17-23, 1987, in Toledo Magazine (The Blade)

FORGET COCAINE. The craze that's turning on Hollywood stars these days in “channeling.” This is the chic new term for old-fashioned seancing. But it isn't only the dead who are being drudged up for messages from beyond. “Entities” from other planets and dimensions are being “channeled” by today's medium's, who prefer to be known as “channels.”
Some of the biggest names in showbiz are reaching to the stars for spiritual guidance. Michael York, Richard Chamberlain, and “Dynasty” beauty Linda Evans are only a few of the Hollywood heavyweights involved with channeling. Other reportedly include George Lazenby, Leslie Ann Warren, Goldie Hawn, and Telly Savalas of “Kojak” fame.
“The drug of the 60's was LSD and marijuana,” says one disenchanted follower. “I think the drug of the 80's is cosmic consciousness.”
It's a small metaphysical world in Southern California, where it's said that you can't get a glass water without whipped cream. Everyone in this New School of Seancing knows each other—and the ranks of followers and actual channelers are swelling.
There are now said to be about 1,000 channelers—mostly based in the film capital of the world, but spreading across America. They believe they are the chosen spokesmen for the “New Transformational Age.”
This is how channeling works:
A channel, or medium, puts him or herself into a trance—this takes only a minute or less—and invites a specific “discarnate entity” to use his or her body to transmit information. These modern mediums don't use props like darkened lights or crystal balls. They say they can channel anywhere, anytime, and under any conditions.
One channel told me has gone into a trance on horseback.
America's best known channel is J.Z. Knight, a 40 year-old Bo Derek-lookalike. Ms. Knight claims to channel “Ramtha,” a 35,000 year-old man who has used her body to dispense wisdom since 1977.
Ms. Knight says she first saw Ramtha while she was playing with pyramids at her home. She placed a a pyramid on her head and Ramtha stepped into her life.
Ramtha now has a devoted cult following, mostly middle-aged women. Through Mr. Knight's “vehicle,” Ramtha claims to be warrior who created the first war, before ascending into higher consciousness.
Hundreds of devoted Ramtha supporters, including actress Shirley MacLaine, have moved to Washington state to live near Ms. Knight. This was after Ramtha announced that within three years death and destruction will come to America's less rural regions. Ramtha has advised his disciples to stock a two-year supply of food and other needs and to become self-sufficient by planting gardens.
Richard Chamberlain, star of “Shogun” and “The Thorn Birds,” used to host Ramtha's day-long sessions in his Beverly Hills mansion.
These days, followers pay $400 each for weekend group session with Ramtha.
And the profits don't stop there. Ms. Knight has become a multi-millionaire though the sale of Ramtha videotapes and other materials.
ANOTHER POPULAR channel is Darryl Anka, a 34 year-old special-effects designer who channels “Beshar.” Mr. Anka says that Beshar is “a non-physical entity from planet Essassani, which forms a triangle with Earth and the star Sirius.”
Mr. Anka used to do his channeling at the homes of followers, with mabe six or eight persons present. He had grown so popular that he now uses the Encino Women's Club in the valley, near some of Hollywood's largest film studios.
I went to see Mr. Anka's Thursday-night session. About 150 followers had assembled to either seek advice or for a learning experience. Each had paid a “donation” of $12.
I watched as Mr. Anka, dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, put himself into a trance. He sat in a simple wooden chair on a well-lighted stage.
Mr. Anka closed his eyes and his head began to twitch. He grunted a few times. He settled back in his chair, his eyes still closed, and a strange, powerful voice erupted from his mouth. It carried an unusual accent.
He was in what enthusiasts call an “altered state.” In the course of 2 ½ hours, Beshar dispensed his wisdom and answered questions from the audience. One follower asked about a friend who had recently died of cancer.
Came Beshar's reply:
“She is still here and now, fourth dimension physical. There is orientation going on—assistance that is necessary to acclimate the being to the new understanding of what you call the astral realm. There is also the opportunity being presented this individual that she can function for a while as spiritual guides for her own children. There may be—for this not yet decided—but there may be an opportunity for this individual to reincarnate as one of her own children's children.
The audience oohed and aahed. They were begging to believe. But it was higher intelligence from outer space or metaphysical mumbo-jumbo?
BESHAR SOON pronounced it was time for a coffee break. The hall grew quiet as he twitched and turned and grunted, and within 30 seconds re-opened his eyes and became plain old Darryl again.
The applause was deafening. There are believers.
Darryl told me that Beshar first came to him 12 years ago in a spaceship. He channels Beshar in private sessions, and he's booked up two months in advance.
I am not convinced that Darryl was in a trance. Anyone who studies the numerous books on UFOs, reincarnation, spiritual growth, and self-healing could spill out the same material as “Beshar.'' The essence of Beshar's guidance was “lighten up.”
One Beshar follower is David Rapkin, a psychotherapist. Dr. Rapkin told me that channeling sessions provide him with practical instruction for his patients.
He is not certain that the messenger is really from outer space, but thinks that is unimportant. It is possible, Dr. Rapkin speculates, that the channel “accesses” into his own unconscious throuh self-induced hypnosis.
“But it doesn't matter who or what the messenger is,” he says, “it is the message that counts.”
Dr. Rapkin claims that he can now channel himself. He told me that his spiritual guide is called “Monocles.”
A grand session of channeling was recently staged at the Pasadena Convention Center in Los Angeles. It was billed as the main attraction of a three-day Whole Life Expo.
The channeling event was sold out weeks in advance—3,000 people at $35 each, packed the large hall to see American television celebrity Joyce DeWitt introduce two of the most popular channels in the business.
They are:
Jack Pursel, a former insurance salesman who channels an entity called “Lazaris,” and Kevin Ryerson, from the Midwest, who was featured on Shirley MacLaine's recently broadcast television movie, “Out On A Limb.” Mr. Ryerson channels two entities: “John,” a scholar from the year 46 B.C., and “Tom McPherson,” an Irish-Scottish pickpocket from Shakespearian times.
Mr. Pursel's Lazaris sounds like a Billy Graham-style evangelist. He preaches love and inner peace.
Actor Michael York is a big supporter of Lazaris. He has accompanied and promoted Mr. Pursel on several American television talk shows.
Along with J.Z. Knight, Pursel and Ryerson make up the Big Three in the channeling movement.
Mr. Pursel says that “the majority of Lazaris followers are college graduates, and a good number of these are post-graduates. Lots of doctors, lots of lawyers, psychologists—successful, upper-middle income people.”
It takes 12 to 18 months to get a private consultation with Lazaris.
AND LAZARIS is big business. Mr. Pursel sells videos and cassettes and runs two New Age galleries, Illuminaria and Isis Unlimited.
He charms his audience by saying that many of them are former residents of Atlantis. He says they have come back to get a second chance at preventing world destruction.
Pursel bills Lazaris as “the Consummate Friend.”
Next to me in the audience at Pasadena sat Naville Rowe, a New Zealander who lived in London for 12 years before settling in West Hollywood.
Mr. Rowe told me that he can transform himself into a dolphin, and he teaches other how to turn into dolphins through channeling.
“I couldn't believe it,” says Mr. Rowe. “My mouth began to suck air and my forehead made squeaky noises. Next thing I knew, I was one of the dolphins, swimming with them.”
Mr. Rowe says that he channels “Kachuba,” which he describes as the consciousness of six dolphins scattered around the oceans.
THE CHANNELING movement is a real social whirl.
Susan Levin has organized a forum for channels called Conscious Connection. This evolved out of a “metaphysical singles” dating service called Mix and Match.
She is also involved in a series of cable television programs on channeling.
Conscious Connection publishes a 24-page magazine of the same name every two months. Its circulation has grown to an astonishing 25,000 over the last six months.
There are skeptics to spoil the fun. They try to bring the stars back down to Earth.
“Channels give simplistic answers, and they give you that touch of magic and the esoteric,” says Gerald Larue, professor emeritus of religion at the University of Southern California.
“It's a typical religious experience, and there are benefits,” Professor Larue says. “It's uplifting, but it's not real. You have to come back for another fix, like a drug addiction.”
Reginald Alev, executive director of the Cult Awareness Network in Chicago, also takes a dim view.
“It's very sad what's going on,” says Mr. Alev. “Most of the people who get involved in these New Age groups want to know the meaning of life, and someone comes along and tells them they have the answer.
“Then they're told they're the master of their own destiny, but they don't know they are being subjected to mind control.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


This article appeared in the Toronto Star in 1985.
Call it involuntary servitude, illegal bondage... call it what you will.
But when a human being, with or without proper working papers, is forced to work against his will, under threat of physical violence, you have enslavement, pure and simple.
It is 118 years since the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery in the United States, and this wicked practice endures.
For almost a year, a House of Representatives subcommittee on labor standards has been hearing testimony on the federal government's failure to adequately investigate numerous reports of migrant farm workers being held in illegal bondage and peonage in remote parts of the Southwest and Midwest United States.
Vincent Trivelli, a professional staff member of the subcommittee, told me that 24 separate complaints about one farm were not investigated by the justice of labor departments until subcommittee began its investigation.
At a hearing on Sept. 23, a Roman Catholic nun told congressmen that since 1980 she has been operating an improvised “underground railroad”--an escape route for “slaves” in southwest Virginia whose pleas for help had been ignored by local law enforcement officials.
One of those rescued by Sister Adele Della Valle, 47-year-old Horace Taft, gave this chilling account of his experience picking sweet potatoes after being recruited and transported south from his native Philadelphia:
“It was just horrible, the things I seen at those camps. I see men beat with rubber hoses. I seen women beat. There was always someone guarding and watching you. You couldn't get away because they were sitting out there with guns.”
“It is my conviction,” testified Sister Valle, “that the men who begged us to (help them) leave did so out of desperation to get away.”
How it works
Sister Valle cited the inhumane conditions under which farmworkers are being held—long hours, appalling food, no heat in winter, no medical care—and she declared that the system which permits workers to become indebted to their employers from the moment they arrive at a work camp is “tantamount to slavery.”
This is how the system works:
Legal and illegal migrant farm workers are recruited by a middleman, a “coyote,” who transports them to remote farms. The coyote is paid a flat rate (about $200) by the farm owner or crew leader for each new recruit. The moment the workers reach their destination—most notorious are farm camps in Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina and Florida—they become indebted to their new boss for the inflated cost of their transportation.
For 16-hour work days, seven days a week, they are paid a piece-rate wage that usually falls far short of the $3.35-an-hour minimum wage, it itself illegal. But because the workers have been grossly overcharged, on credit, for meals lodging, cigarettes and liquor, the balance owed them is in the red—so they remain continually in debt to their crew leader.
Any attempt to leave the camp is met with threats of physical violence. While working, they are watched by armed guards. There have been cases where dissatisfied workers have been set upon by dogs, locked up or put in chains. Some who have escaped have found local sheriffs unsympathetic; often they are returned to the custody of their crew leader.
The view of some North Carolina sheriffs is summed by sheriff's deputy J.P. Thornton of Johnson County: “99.9 percent of the migrants are bums, drunks, winos, been burned up on drugs or else are running from the law, and they aren't going to stay anywhere else than in that environment.”
Steven Nagler, executive director of the U.S. Migrant Legal Action Organization, estimates that up to 100,000 agricultural workers are held in illegal bondage in the Land of the Free. A former Peace Corps volunteer and civil rights lawyer, Nagler has been monitoring reports of slavery among farm workers for 3 ½ years.
His greatest lobbying triumph came last June when the North Carolina legislature felt compelled to enact state anti-slavery legislation. The new statute makes the holding of another in involuntary servitude punishable by a five-year prison term and a hefty fine. This followed the federal conviction of two Americans in 1982 in New Bern, N.C., for “strong-arm kidnapping” and holding farm workers in involuntary servitude on a farm camp in Nash County.
Recruit died
Brothers Dennis and Richard Warren had recruited migrant workers and unemployed street people in cities along the eastern seaboard. One of their recruits, Robert Anderson, later collapsed and died in the fields when forced to work after complaining that he felt ill. Ironically, the Warren brothers are black. Both received long prison terms.
There have been similar convictions in other states; about 35 cases are pending in Florida, Arkansas, Texas, and in Michigan, and even in affluent Beverly Hills, California.
In January, 1982, FBI agents acting on a tip-off raided several homes in Beverly Hills and uncovered what they alleged to be a slave ring. Ed Best, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles FBI office, said that at least 30 Indonesians had been sold into servitude as domestics for $3,000 each. They had been recruited by a travel agent in Jakarta and brought in to the United States under false pretences by slavers who confiscated their documents. They were expected to remain with their “owners” for a minimum of two years, without payment.
An agent of the U.S. Immigration Service, Ambrose Laverty, said that those who tried to run away were “threatened with bodily harm.” Said Laverty: “This is just the tip of the iceberg.”
The Los Angeles Times quoted one woman as saying, when served by subpoena by the FBI, “All my neighbors have illegal aliens working for them.” She had paid $6,000 to a Los Angeles “employment agency,” which she declined to name, for two illegal domestics.
Since 1980 there have been 25 federal slavery convictions, Susan King, a young justice department lawyer, told me that slavery in the United States is wide-ranging. But she pinpointed domestic servants, migrant farm workers and members of religious cults as the most vulnerable. King said that her most recent case, in which arrests were made, involved dairy farmers who enslaved elderly retarded men.
King and a colleague, Albert Glenn, constitute the involuntary servitude department. Together, they appear to have their hands full.

Monday, August 22, 2011


The article appeared in The Toronto Star
November 2nd, 1986
GARMISCH, West Germany
Washington calls it a training ground for Sovietologists.
Moscow denounces it as “the school of spies.”
The United States Army Russian Institute—its official name—was quietly opened near here in 1947 and moved to this health resort town 22 years ago.
Today intelligence analysts and future ambassadors drop in for anything from a six-hour mini-course to a two-year program.
Their mission is to try and make sense of what Winston Churchill once called “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”--the 15 republics, 62 nationalities and 136 languages that comprise the Soviet Union.
Each student is a specialist on the Soviet Union. “We use the word specialist, not expert,” says one recent graduate, “because we all specialize in various degrees of ignorance about the Soviets.”
When you enter Building 104 at the institute, you might as well be in Mother Russia. Vladimir Lenin and Leonid Brezhnev stare down from the revolutionary posters that adorn the corridor walls.
Soviet slogans are everywhere: “Forward to the Victory of Communism” and “Glory to the Heroic Armed Forces of the U.S.S.R.” and “Mother Wants You!” (the Soviet equivalent of an Uncle Sam poster).
All conversation among students and staff is Russian as are all notices and signs.
“You can't find the men's room unless you know Russian,” says Dr. Otto Pick, a Czechoslovakian emigre who lectures at the institute. “I've seen people running around in desperation.”
Military Reading
The first year of the two-year program includes courses in physical-military geography, Russian diplomatic history, party and government, Russian intellectual tradition, Marxist-Leninist philosophy, introduction to the Soviet national defence establishment, Russian military and thought and Soviet military readings.
Second-year students concentrate on the politics of east central Europe, the Soviet economy, Soviet foreign policy, the problems of contemporary Soviet society and Soviet military power.
The course handbook lists its objective as to “produce competent Soviet foreign area officers, proficient in the Russian language, who fully understand the U.S.S.R and in particular its military establishment, and who are capable of formulating sound politico-military estimates concerning the capabilities, limitations and potentials of the Soviet Union.”
Students receive 16 hours of classroom instruction each week and they must also participate in an extracurricular cultural program. There is a drama group that stages Soviet plays (in Russian), a cooking club that prepares ethnic dishes, a folk-dancing group and a choir.
Students unwind by watching old Russian movies (no subtitles) and by playing chess and Russian scrabble.
So exclusive is the school that in almost 40 years of operation there have been fewer than 700 graduates—but no dropouts.
“By the time you get here, you're beyond dropping out,” says one graduate.
Applicants are carefully selected—most are men and women from the army of State Department and, says graduate Maj. Sean Maxwell, “all those people from the gobbledygook of initials out of Washington D.C.
The marines, air force and navy sneak in one of their own whenever they get the chance.
“We're the only school of its kind,” says Col. Don Stovall, the institute's commander.
About a fifth of 60 current students are civilians from the intelligence community. “All of the foreign service officers that are assigned to Moscow come through this institute,” says Stovall.
Some graduates go directly to the Soviet Union as military attaches; others serve with U.S. Military liaison mission in Potsdam, East Germany, which runs observation patrols behind the Iron Curtain.
Maj. Arthur Nicolson, the young officer shot and killed by the Soviets in March 1985 while serving in East Germany was a graduate, as are White House Soviet advisers Mark Palmer and Tyrus Cobb, former ambassadors Robert Barry (Bulgaria) and William Leurs (Czechoslovakia), and Lt. Gen. William Odom, director of the National Security Agency.
The Russian Institute was created in May, 1947 in Oberammagau, a half-hour drive northwest of Garmisch. Originally attached to the Europe Command Intelligence School, its first class had just three students.
Needed experts
“After World War II we saw that the Soviet Union was going to play a big role in how our defence and foreign policy is devised,” says Stovall. “It was determined that we needed a group of experts who could serve as decision-makers in the ensuing years—who would not only understand the Soviet mind, but could also anticipate their reactions.
“If we could send out students to Leningrad University this place would not exist.”
The initial faculty members were Russians from displaced persons camps in Bavaria. For their protection, “Detachment R,” as the institute was originally called, operated under a cloak of secrecy.
Many of the instructors had defected from the Soviet Union, and, says Maxwell, “a few of them were under a death threat from the KGB.”
Today the institute has 19 staff instructors, 14 of whom were born and raised in the Soviet Union.
“Life can be painful for an emigre,” says Lev Yudovich, a Russian Jew who teaches the Soviet political system. “You can change your citizenship without too much difficulty. Escaping can be the easiest part. But the scars, worse for being self-inflicted, remain.”
Yudovich graduated in 1950 from the Moscow Law Institute, where he knew Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Professor Michael Checinski has been at the Institute since September 1984. He served 20 years in the Polish army and lectured at the Polish General Staff Academy before quietly leaving for the West.
A sometime television pundit, Checinski accurately predicted martial law in Poland four months before it was imposed. His subject is the Soviet military economy.
Not all emigres have stayed at the school. Former instructor Yuri Mickalovich Marim re-defected to the Soviet Union in 1968 after two years here. Thirty days after his return, Pravda and Red Star, the Soviet army newspaper, carried Marim's “expose” about the “spy school in Garmisch.”
“Yuri was never heard from after that,” Stovall says.
Until 1983, students visited the Soviet Union annually on group field trips. All requests for visas these days are refused, attributed to the decline in U.S.-Soviet relations.
No degree
“When we travelled there, we didn't try to hide anything,” says former student Maxwell. “People would ask me, 'Why do you speak Russian?' 'Well,' you say, 'I'm an intelligence officer.' They can't believe it!”
Before graduation from the two-year program, students are expected to prepare a major research paper, in Russian, based on information gleaned exclusively from the Soviet press.
No degree is awarded. Students simply receive a simple diploma with the institute's colorful crest and motto: “For a Better Future.”