By Webster G. Tarpley
September 20, 2007
The most recent scurrilous slander from Chip Berlet constitutes a declaration of war by the Ford Foundation, the flagship foundation of the US ruling elite and the foundation most engaged in the suppression of domestic political opposition, against the Philadelphia Platform of July 4, 2007, and the Kennebunkport Warning, published on August 26, 2007. These documents can be viewed at actindependent.org. The author of the following screed is the slimy character assassin Chip Berlet, the leading figure of Political Research Associates of Massachusetts, an entity which, according to published accounts, received some $325,000 in funding from the Ford Foundation between 2002 and 2006. This article represents a strategic decision on the part of Berlet’s Ford Foundation paymasters that the Philadelphia and Kennebunkport documents represent a threat to the political hegemony of the financier elite who are betting on synthetic terrorism, new false flag operations, and a nuclear attack on Iran to clear the way for totalitarian rule in the US. The Ford Foundation is now committing considerable resources, not just to maintain the US peace, impeachment, and anti-globalization movements in their current fragmented and ineffective form, but also specifically to sabotage the Philadelphia and Kennebunkport initiatives. From now on, as a rule of thumb, it will be fair to say that those seeking to tear down the Philadelphia and Kennebunkport convergence clearly represent the running dogs of the Ford Foundation, operating as stooges, pawns, foot soldiers and water carriers for the infamous Berlet, and deserving to be exposed as such. Whether they are conscious, paid agents or merely dupes can be determined later on. We must also recall that, under Reagan’s Executive Order 12333, the classic functions of the cold war CIA and FBI have been privatized into various fronts, and especially into foundations. These days, to be foundation funded often implies a close but surreptitious link to the intelligence community.
The Philadelphia Platform seeks to unite the antiwar, impeachment, anti-globalization, labor, civil rights, civil liberties, fair elections, and related movements into a single united front outside of the Republican and Democratic Parties. It calls for the immediate impeachment of Bush and Cheney, and end to all US aggression everywhere, the rollback of the police state, and rule by people, not bankers, with the entire effort energized by 9/11 truth. It urges people to engage in mass political education, to take back the airwaves, and to run for Congress. The Kennebunkport Warning calls for action to head off the present war emergency, marked by daily reports of the Cheney faction pressing for a nuclear attack on Iran, to be covered in turn by a new 9/11 and/or a new Gulf of Tonkin incident. This danger has been underlined by the recent Israeli bombing of Syria, and by the August 30 rogue nuclear-armed B-52 affair, with the mysterious deaths of personnel associated with that incident.
Activists of the 9/11 truth movement will recall Berlet as the gutter thug brought in by the foundation-backed Amy Goodman on her deeply compromised Democracy Now program to harass David Ray Griffin a couple of years ago. Berlet worked for the National Student Association, which was exposed as a CIA front. His true expertise is in narcotics, which he acquired during a stint as Washington DC bureau chief for High Times Magazine. More recently, Berlet appeared on the History Channel’s 9/11 Conspiracies broadcast to slander of the entire 9/11 truth movement as mentally unbalanced individuals who have a pathological need to believe in conspiracies. Berlet has been slandering 9/11 truth activists for many years. After these interventions, Berlet’s status as a raving enemy of 9/11 truth is beyond dispute. His credentials as a sincere antiwar activist are equally lacking. Notice below that Berlet, in all his inveighing against Kennebunkport, never mentions the main themes, which are a new false flag terror op coming out of Cheney’s faction, a nuclear attack on Iran, and a new world war. These are issues Berlet does not want to publicize.
Instead, Berlet suggests that I am a sock-puppet for LaRouche. LaRouche drove me out of his organization in 1997, more than ten years ago. I have nothing in common with LaRouche, whose supporters have repeatedly slandered me, albeit in terms slightly different from those used by Berlet. LaRouche is a border guard for the sinister Hillary Clinton-Rahm Emanuel neocon warmonger machine in the Democratic Party. He is currently trying to combine that with the notion that Bush is a force for peace with Putin’s Russia – a manifest absurdity, since Bush is promoting aggression against Russia in the form of a nuclear first-strike capability. Contrary to what Berlet writes, LaRouche has no commitment to 9/11 truth and has contributed nothing to the 9/11 truth movement. LaRouche has rather sponsored a personality cult complete with a youth movement which is a parody of Chairman Mao’s Red Guards of the mid-1960s.
From the beginning, supporters of Kennebunkport have argued that the four signers who claimed they did not sign, and then deplorably covered their retreat with a barrage of wild charges of forgery, most probably did so because they feared that their foundation funding might be terminated. Now, with Berlet’s broadside, the role of the Ford Foundation in the entire matter becomes evident. The Ford Foundation is the mother ship of a whole array of lesser foundations of both left and right political coloration who work to perpetuate the dominant power of the financier oligarchy. Thanks to Berlet, all foundation operatives in the domestic cointelpro apparatus now know who their immediate enemy is. Everyone who is foundation funded knows where their bread is buttered, and they are expected to earn their pay by reacting accordingly. Watch them as they come forward. Persons of good will can also use the Berlet slander as a reliable moral guide to what is actually going on here, and join the growing and distinguished list of supporters of the Kennebunkport warning at actindependent.org.
In short, those who slander and sabotage the Philadelphia-Kennebunkport convergence strategy are marching together with Chip Berlet under the banner of the Ford Foundation. Draw your own conclusions carefully. The great question of a new general war may depend on it.