Leonardo da Vinci carried his little painting of the Mona Lisa in his luggage when he traveled. He is said to have kept Her on his bed stand and, until his death, was never parted from his most famous painting.
In his life, da Vinci guarded no painting as well as he did that of the enigmatic Mona Lisa. Originally called La Gioconda, it appears to have been a prized possession of his. So prized, in fact, that he refused to hand it over to the party who had commissioned it in 1503. ~ from Leonardo Da Vinci Biography, His Art And His World
Mona Lisa shares an important feature with the High Priestess Tarot Key. She sits between two pillars. Only the pedistals may be seen in Leonardo’s original painting. Though early copies were made depicting the columns in full view, Da Vinci’s painting shows only a glimpse of their pedestals. Yet the pedestals that flank the Mona Lisa clearly support the concept of columns. The image of a woman, flanked by two columns, is a familiar configuration in Hermetic Philosophy. The basic structure that makes up the Tree of Life consists of three pillars. In the image of the Tarot’s High Priestess the woman between the two pillars represents the central pillar, or the eternal dimension within the Tree of Life. Like the Mona Lisa, the High Priestess sits placidly between two architectural pillars… her hands, and a book, are in her lap. If you look closely at the arm of the chair in Da Vinci’s painting, you will notice the distinctive shape of a closed book. Mona Lisa’s fingers curve gracefully over the edge of the pages as though she had just left off reading, closed the book, and looked up at the artist.
Da Vinci’s use of the structure of the Tree of Life in his Last Supper shows that he is conversant in Cabalistic language. He would then be familiar with the High Priestess Tarot key. In Cabalistic terms, the High Priestess and the Tree of Life are clearly reflected in the Mona Lisa. As we look at the Mona Lisa we see the High Priestess, and a spiritual agent of the highest authority. We are looking at an image of Mary Magdalene. The expert Cabalist, Jason Lotterhand, who was a member of the Golden Dawn, and a student of Paul Foster Case, taught the Tarot and Cabala in San Francisco for fifty years. He has this to say of the High Priestess:
The worship of the virgin Mary in the West is the adoration of the same archetype as that presented by The High Priestess.
The High Priestess is associated with knowledge and learning, especially spiritual knowledge. Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile has long been associated with some secret, or unspoken knowledge. The otherworldly glow of her skin suggests the temporal beauty of a spiritual agency. These qualities, and the painting’s composition, tell a Cabalist that we are looking at the High Priestess. The archetypal identity that Mary Magdalene and The High Priestess share is also reflected in the Mona Lisa.
The name Mona Lisa, as an anagram, combines Mary Magdalene’s signature M with ona. The word Yoni has other cognates and John has other names: yona and yones are other forms of the word yoni. The name John appears also as Johanna and Johannes in Renaissance Art. The second part of her name consists of L and isa. The Hebrew name for god is El. L becomes the signature letter for god as Isis, who is also deeply identified with beauty and sacred sexuality.
The provacative use of the singular artical THE refers to either The Magdalene or TheMona Lisa.
For these reasons, and because of da Vinci’s deeply personal relationship to the painting, I believe that the Mona Lisa is a portrait of the Magdalene of Leonardo’s time. Clearly he guarded this secret as carefully as the painting itself. Leonardo called her La Gioconda; Lady of light.
The Magdalene, also a Lady of light, stands as a Tree of Life in holy trinity; Great Mother on the left, and Sister on the right. Below them, at the Tree’s center… the energies of Mother and Sister are received in Beauty, the earthly daughter of heaven. They form together a vessel of light within the Tree of Life. Radiant energy travels through space without light. When it comes into contact with water… it shines. Such is the nature of the living water associated with The Tree of Life. These waters live in Ishtar, in Isis, and in Beauty. These are some of the names of Love as goddess, and tree, and as a fountain of living water. In Revelation the Tree of life is imaged as a throne. Beauty, as the Lamb in the midst of the throne, leads us to those living fountains of waters.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. ~Revelation 7:17
The Magdalene and the High Priestess, as the same archetype, also share an identity with Isis and with Ishtar . Ever living waters pour from the jar that Ishtar holds. Such waters pour forth from the robe of the High Priestess and flow, as vital energy, through the rest of numbers of the Major Arcana. The female chevron, on the Tree of Life, is the sacred vessel that holds the waters of life. This image on the Tree represents the true and Holy Grail of Hermetic Philosophy. The waters that it contains are living waters. Through these waters, the light of god shines forth.
From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. ~ Psalm 50:2
This vessel, in the shape of a V, on the Tree of Life represents the Sacred Feminine as yonic cup. The word Yoni is ancient. The Sumerians used this word in their famous Hymn to Inanna (see extended quotes from this hymn in my post Wedding Day) The word may have traveled from India to Sumeria when the pre-Harapin culture fled from glacerial melt waters that flooded India’s West coast about thirteen thousand years ago. In any case, the word Yoni, as the sexual and generative aspect of woman, has long represented the sacred source of life. The sacred yoni as temple of joy and vessel of god had a central place in Jerusalem.
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. ~Jeremiah 2:13 ~the number of this verse adds up to 6 (Beauty’s number)
Zion, the place from which god shines forth, is another word for yoni. In hebrew the word is not Zion, but Si ‘yon.
Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion.
February 26-27, 2014 — British GCHQ uses Tavistock mass mind control techniques in cyberspace
It was only a matter of time. The National Security Agency’s British FIVE EYES partner, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has now made common cause with another creation of British intelligence, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London. From the time of its creation in 1921 under the aegis of the British Army’s Bureau of Psychological Warfare to the present time, the Tavistock Institute has been at the forefront of research into and application of targeted and mass mind control techniques. The institute has cooperated with research entities, including the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and Esalen Institute in the United States, that carry out psychological operations on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense.
The latest tranche of PowerPoint slides revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shows the similarities between the GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG)’s Human Science Operations Cell (HSOC). The very name “Human Science Operations” appears yanked right from the operational charter of the Tavistock Institute, which includes the ability to engage in “full spectrum domination” by U.S. and U.K. intelligence services, in other words, the two core members of the FIVE EYES alliance.
What is most alarming about the most recent disclosure of slides marked SECRET//SI//REL TO USA. FVEY [Special Intelligence, Releasable to USA and FIVE EYES] and UK TOP SECRET STRAP is that the FIVE EYES signals intelligence alliance of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are adding psychological operations (psyops) and Tavistock-developed mind control operations to its traditional signals intelligence (SIGINT) role. The blending of SIGINT and human intelligence (HUMINT) as part of cyber-warfare and computer network exploitation (CNE), with little or no actual oversight from legislative oversight authorities, is the closest proof revealed to date that the NSA and its partners have embarked on a policy of instituting “1984″ Big Brother controls using the Internet as a primary weapon.
The latest tranche of slides points to a number of deception programs being carried out on the web. These include alias development and masquerading (which includes the employment of “sock puppet” personae already in use by the U.S. military to disrupt and influence the Internet), mass messaging (or spamming) and “call bombing,” propaganda, and “pushing stories.”
These tactics have been refined since the CIA and its George Soros-financed non-governmental organization activist allies brought about the “Arab Spring” overthrow of governments in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen, as well as the bloody civil war in Syria. In Ukraine, the democratically-elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych fell more quickly than either Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak or Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi simply because the Western corporate media fully cooperated in FIVE EYES efforts to activate armies of sock puppets with aliases who disseminated anti-Yanukovych propaganda and, with the assistance of the global corporate news media, “pushed stories.” In the case of Ukraine, the “pushed stories” were products of CIA, NSA, GCHQ, British MI-6, and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) propaganda mills working in close collaboration with such intelligence agency fronts as Soros’s Open Society Institute, Freedom House, Hudson Institute, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Heritage Foundation, and Demos of the UK.
Tavistock and GCHQ/NSA networks of social control meet up.
Western intelligence agencies “pushed stories” through the use of Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. These applications are part and parcel of GCHQ and NSA Computer Network Information Operations (CNIO). Outside the realm of technological warfare, JTRIG admits that it employs “credential harvesting” against “foreign news agencies.” In fact, spies and provocateurs masquerading as journalists were not only discovered filing phony news reports from Ukraine but also from Venezuela during simultaneous anti-government rioting in that country. Fake journalists were also exposed in Egypt, Thailand, China, and Russia.
Other areas where JTRIG and Tavistock have commonality are the use of “herding” and “group dynamics” to create “group think” among targeted audiences. The quickness by the general population to accept everything written and broadcast about the situation in Ukraine serves as a case in point. Only alternative media provided unbiased facts about what was occurring in Ukraine without the color of intelligence agency propaganda. However, JTRIG has a rapid response mechanism for alternate news reports: it calls for the use of “conspiracy stories” to influence thoughts and behavior. Either alternative news reports are derided as conspiracy theories by the GCHQ and NSA influence operations organizations or the intelligence agencies, themselves, put forward conspiracy stories to muddy the waters.
Tavistock mass mind control techniques have been adopted by GCHQ and its NSA partner for cyber psy-warfare.
Examples of such websites that promote such conspiracy stories with the goal of disrupting news flow are Veterans Today, which described itself as being linked to an intelligence firm called Adamus Defense Group, reportedly based in Zug, Switzerland, and others that mix stories about UFOs with legitimate news stories, including Rense.com. In light of the most recent NSA disclosures, such websites should be seen through jaundiced eyes.
GCHQ and NSA employ UFO “conspiracy stories” against pre-selected targets.
Add websites to the above matrix.
FIVE EYES employment of Tavistock techniques also have the goal of splltting up families, nations, and religions. Civil wars in Libya, Syria, Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, and a potential civil war in Ukraine are all part of the Tavistock game plan as envisaged by MI-6, the CIA, and their SIGINT counterparts.
Hi everyone: Considering my upcoming journey to Europe, I thought it appropriate to share (below) what I wrote after being unlawfully incarcerated in a British prison and then deported, in May of 2011. This is especially made relevant with our criminal conviction of the traitorous Elizabeth Windsor and the nullification of the authority of the British “crown”. So take heart! And enjoy. – Kevin Annett
by Kevin Annett
May 31, 2011
I wear as a badge of honor my deportation from a country of liars and cut throats.
- Big Bill Haywood, IWW leader and revolutionary, 1920
The filthy fiction calling itself the Crown of England finally vomited me from its midst this week, only five days before I was to speak of its crimes at the annual Against Child Abuse Rally in London’s Trafalgar Square.
I am proud to have shared a British prison with many freedom fighters over time, including my own free thinking ancestor Peter Annett, who was jailed and pilloried in London at the age of 70, in the year 1763, for writing “seditious blasphemy” against the Church of England. And that repression continues today, against innocent men and women still caught in the claws of the police state known as England.
Here is what happened:
The room is small, unventilated, and foul-smelling, and crammed with ten of us. I am the only white person there.
A Malaysian mother with her four year old daughter sits in one corner, sobbing uncontrollably. Incarcerated for half a day, she’s one of the luckier ones: a young Turkish man called Farid has languished in here for nearly three days, isolated from his four children. Farid has lived in England for eleven years, doing sweat jobs for shit wages and loyally paying his taxes, but tomorrow he’ll be deported over a technicality in his work visa.
There is no appeal allowed. His children will not accompany him.
This is the Immigration Prison in Stansted airport, outside London. The time is the early hours of May 30, 2011.
The net fell on me suddenly the night before, as I made my way through the border control desk after disembarking from the Netherlands.
After asking me why I was coming to England, a banal twit in a uniform scanned my passport through his computer, and quickly looked shocked as he peered through thick lenses at the screen. He scuttled off to speak to his supervisor, who I watched through the glass window of his office as he looked at his own computer, nodded his head and said something to his crony.
Triumphantly – I guess that as an employee of the private company Reliance Ltd. that runs British immigration services now, he gets extra points for deporting someone – The Twit returned and informed me with a whine of condescension that my giving public lectures was “unusual” for a tourist, that I was “suspect”, and would therefore be barred from entering England.
“What exactly am I suspected of doing?” I asked the guy.
“But first you are to come this way” he motioned, ignoring my question like I hadn’t said anything, and we walked to a tiny holding cell. The Twit left me alone in there for a half hour, I guess to make me sweat, but when he returned I was calmly whistling an Irish melody that seemed to annoy him to no end.
“I bet you find your job difficult, you know, putting people through all this” I ventured to The Twit as he fiddled with his papers.
Attempting a smile, he answered,
“No, I enjoy it, actually. One meets very fascinating people in this line of work”.
If only you knew, I thought, but said nothing.
The Twit refused to give me his name when I asked, nor could I know the name of his supervisor. He also wasn’t wearing a badge number, although later he made a gaff when he donned another coat and I saw his number: 6676.
“You’ll be in here tonight, until we can send you back from whence you came” The Twit informed me, gesturing to a white door. He knocked, and a stern young guy answered and glared at me like I was yesterday’s trash. Then I was locked in with a whole crowd of dark skinned people.
Despair gazed back at me from the sad eyes of my fellow prisoners who lay or sat around the room. They were all deflated, tired and beaten. A TV was blaring mindless crap at them so I walked over and switched it off. The young Turkish guy whose name was Farid looked surprised, and then he smiled at me weakly, and nodded.
After my obligatory finger printing and photographing – I asked the Reliance goon if I could have a copy of the picture, since I looked pretty good, but he said no – I was locked back into the sparse room with my fellow detainees, and was told not to speak to any of them since that was against the rules. I just smiled at the goon, and ignored him.
Most of the detainees didn’t want to talk. It was nearly midnight by then, and like prisoners tend to do, they had adapted to their incarceration and were mired in themselves. But Farid was too filled with grief about being robbed of his children to settle into apathy.
“I will never see them again. They will be put with other families and then anything can happen to them. My youngest son is only a baby.”
I remembered reading the day before how 586 children placed in the foster care system in England had somehow disappeared over the past year. Local child welfare officials had no explanation, apparently.
To ride out his pain and the dull hours, Farid taught me some Turkish words that night, starting with “I love you” – it sounded like “selly sev yurum”. He laughed for the first time when he commented how the phrase might come in handy if I ever came to his country, but not if I said it to another man.
“That’s not what I hear” I replied, and he laughed even harder.
We held back the demons together during those slow and weary hours, as the others tried to sleep, and didn’t, and the Malaysian woman sang to her daughter while the Reliance thugs stared at us through a thick pane of glass.
It ended for me at 9 am, when I was taken to a plane that would fly me back to Eindhoven. I said goodbye to Farid and wished him luck.
The man took my hand gently and said “Allah”, pressing his other hand against his chest, and then pointing to my heart.
I recalled then the last words in George Orwell’s book Homage to Catalonia, in which he describes briefly meeting an Italian militia man who like Orwell was fighting Franco and his fascists during the Spanish civil war. They couldn’t speak one another’s language, but they shook hands and departed in different directions for the front lines, and Orwell never saw the Italian man again.
In memory to this unknown stranger who had briefly taken his hand in comradeship, and who had probably died, Orwell wrote a poem to him that concluded,
But the look I saw in your eyes, no power can disinherit.
No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.
The night after my deportation, I stood in a crowd of singing and laughing revellers in a Dublin pub, tasting my freedom like a soothing ale, and thinking of where Farid might be, and grieving for him and his children in that part of me that never rests. I never felt unfree in jail; nor did Farid’s own imprisonment and agony stop him from taking my hand in his, and blessing us.
I’ve learned from so many Farids that the more they repress us, the sharper and stronger we get, like a gift. And what happened to me is simply boomeranging back now on the British government and its clumsy attempts to stop our Tribunal this fall.
So be of good cheer, and let that hope propel your body and your life to continue to accompany your words. But never forget Farid, and his children … and that Thing which is trying to imprison all of us through fear, and its other illusions.
Report from Kesha Rogers Campaign
Here are two updated reports on the Kesha Rogers’ for U.S. Senate campaign, Kesha is running for the Democratic seat in Texas, with the primary scheduled for March 4th.
1. Kesha Addresses The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce
Kesha Rogers addressed an audience of approximately 200 attendees at a chamber of commerce held in north Houston. Kesha and one additional campaign organizer attended the event. The campaign had a literature table set up among other candidate tables in the back of the room that attracted a lot of attention, given that Kesha was the only Democrat in the room, but also, unlike the generic campaign tables set up, she shocked some people with her sign that read, “When Kesha Wins, Obama is Finished!,with a large picture of Kesha’s face. They were the only table there with any real policy solutions displayed. Candidates were given two minutes to speak, and there were three other Republican Senate candidates there.
In Kesha’s speech, she began by introducing herself as a LaRouche Democrat, working with economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche, who had addressed the group in 1996 when he was running for President. She went on to say that there are two grave problems threatening our nation, a lawless President Obama in the White House, who must be impeached now, and a bankrupt financial system. She called for the crushing of Wall St. through the immediate reinstatement of Glass-Steagall. She also warned the audience of a greater threat facing the state and the nation, a food and water crisis, threatening starvation. She briefly described her solution for a Kennedy supported NAWAPA plan, in complete opposition to the killer environmental green policy of Obama’s food depleting biofuels and fracking.
Following her brief remarks, Kesha had several people come up to thank her. One lady said that her remarks were so powerful that it had her crying. Another guy said that she really kicked his ass. People also reflected on the fact that most of the other candidates were more concerned with talking about how hot their wives were and how many kids they had, than talking about what is going on in the country and providing any real solutions. Even two of the other Senate candidates came over to Kesha inspired by what she had done. The Rogers campaign made the point to everyone there, that they are leading the fight to impeach Obama now and that is what they have to move their congressman to act upon.
2. Broad support emerging for Kesha, as Obama Dems freak out
Report from Harley Schlanger
The release of a poll this week by Texas Tribune/University of Texas, which shows Kesha Rogers leading the race for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, has provoked a palpable panic, reflected in myriad articles by press whores for Obama, and frantic activity from Obama’s Texas operatives. Screaming about how she is “not a real Democrat,” the real object of their wrath is Texas voters, who refuse to accept Obama as ‘The One.’
Obama operatives in the national Democratic Party launched a drive to ‘Turn Texas Blue,’ following the 2012 election, based on the insane idea that the Democrats could take advantage of “demographics”, by which they mean an increasing Hispanic population in Texas, to snatch the state away from the GOP. It is based on the belief that Hispanics see Obama as a “transformational figure,” and will become Democrats because of him. After setting up “Battleground Texas,” to use computer technology to map out where their prospective haul of “new voters” would emerge, they have been handing out money to political pimps, and set up “training sessions” to recruit new organizers. Then they recruited a multi-millionaire, dental entrepreneur David Alameel, to run for the U.S. Senate, knowing he could not win the general election, but would be a safe choice to be their candidate in November. Also, they could use his money to pay their bills. In the past, Alameel had contributed lavish amounts to Republicans, including to current GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, and to his would-be opponent — assuming he won the Democratic primary for Senate — Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn!
The next step was to announce the Texas Future Project, which would raise money from wealthy donors IN TEXAS AND CALIFORNIA, to fund a get-out-the-vote campaign, focused on Latinos, African-Americans, single women, and young voters, to build up a pool of new voters. A key to this was to channel money to an infrastructure staffed by Democratic Party activists, and members of the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME and UCFW. We have been told that labor has had, at best, a lukewarm commitment to this.
This whole strategy has gone up in smoke with the emergence of Kesha Rogers as a front-runner. Rogers’ support exposes the biggest vulnerability of this strategy, namely OBAMA. Whether the one poll is accurate or not, the Obama Democrats who run the state party know that they are taking a serious risk by attacking her for her call to impeach Obama, as Obama and his policies of genocide and war are very unpopular among Texans, including among the demographic sectors targeted by their techno-wonks, and that calling attention to her impeach Obama campaign would backfire, bringing “new voters” to vote for her. This happened in 2010 and 2012, as attacks on Kesha by party hacks consolidated support for her, especially among voters who don’t like being told how to vote! As a result, the party enforcers are losing their cool, using Joseph McCarthy-style “loyalty oaths” and threats to withdraw funds to force local Dems to dis-invite Kesha to events to which she had been previously invited, and exclude her from others, under the thoroughly discredited line that “she is not a real (i.e., Wall Street approved) Democrat.”
In meetings and discussions in San Antonio yesterday, it was confirmed that, while some Hispanic leaders are taking money from the Texas Future Project, they are doing nothing to earn it. One leader, who is working openly with Kesha, said that he had initially disagreed with Kesha”s “strategy” of calling for Obama’s impeachment. “I was wrong,” he said, “People are ready to throw him out.” Another Hispanic leader said that he can’t hold it against those “community organizers” taking the money from the Dems, as many of them are desperate due to the economic collapse. However, they also know that this President has deported more Latinos than Bush — ”There is no love for him, and our community will respond to someone standing up against him.”
Plans were mapped out with them for a drive over the last days leading up to the primary to mobilize for Obama’s impeachment, and Kesha’s victory.
February 24-25, 2014 – SPECIAL REPORT. Global bank investigation results in sudden loss of witnesses for prosecutors
A long ongoing transatlantic probe by prosecutors and investigators with the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the U.S. Department of Justice and Commodities Futures Trading Commission, European Union regulators, and the Financial Conduct Authority of the quasi-independent City of London has been hampered by the sudden deaths of several key witnesses, according to information conveyed to WMR by our sources on Wall Street.
The investigation of major banks, including Barclays, JP Morgan, UBS, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Standard Chartered, HSBC, and Rabobank for manipulating the London interbank offered rate, or LIBOR, in order to maximize profits, has resulted in charges recently being brought against three Barclays executives, a derivatives trader with UBS and Citigroup, and two traders with the brokerage firm RP Martin by the SFO in London. However, WMR has been told that additional charges against more senior banking executives have been stymied by the sudden deaths of named or prospective witnesses on both sides of the Atlantic.
Banks are alleged to have falsely reported the benchmark LIBOR rates used to lend money to one another in order to boost bonuses for bank executives. The collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 and its ripple effect on the global economy has been linked to LIBOR manipulation. The bank lending rate manipulation was accompanied by massive foreign currency exchange rate manipulation, especially against the euro, pound sterling, and yen, a practice that has earned global hedge fund tycoon George Soros handsome profits in the hundreds of billions of dollars over recent decades.
WMR has been told by Wall Street insiders that the LIBOR manipulation was also at the heart of the massive fraud schemes of jailed American bankers Bernard Madoff and “Sir” Allen Stanford. The collapse of Madoff Securities and Stanford International Bank followed the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the near bankruptcy of several other securities firms and banks. Much of the fraud was known to then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, but he took no action to raise the issue with regulators or the Department of Justice. Bernanke, we are told, is a target of investigators on both sides of the Atlantic. Senior executives of the Bank of England were also aware of the nature of the fraud and took no steps to stop it.
Internal text messages retrieved from banks’ communications networks reveal that the global scamsters referred to themselves as “The Mafia” and “The Cartel.”
The loss of actual and potential witnesses to the massive global banking fraud of LIBOR and FOREX manipulation began with the September 26, 2008 death of London banker Kirk Stephenson, the chief operating officer of Guernsey-based Olivant Advisers, a UBS investor. Stephenson was a former executive of Morgan Stanley and Warburg. Stephenson was said to have thrown himself in front of a speeding commuter train at the Taplow rail station in Berkshire, England, a suburb west of London.
In November 2008, Paulo Sergio Silva, a trader for the Brazilian banking firm Itau, shot himself in the chest during a trading session on the floor of the Sao Paulo Commodities and Futures Exchange. The following month, on December 5, Alex Widmer, the chief executive officer of Bank Julius Baer in Zurich, reportedly committed suicide.
Gavin Macdonald, 47, an executive with Morgan Stanley’s mergers and acquisitions department died May 5, 2008 from a reported heart attack at the firm’s Canary Wharf office. However, Macdonald’s death was not publicly announced until May 7.
On December 23, 2008, René-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, CEO of Access International Advisers, was found with his wrists slashed in his Madison Avenue, New York office. His investors included members of the Rothschild banking family.
On January 5, 2009, German billionaire investor Adolf Merckle, major investor in Volkswagen, threw himself in front of a train in Blauberen, southern Germany. That same day, Stephen Good, Chairman and CEO of Sheldon Good & Co., a real estate auction firm and a business partner of Donald Trump, was found in his car with a gunshot wound to his head.
On December 11, 2010, the body of Mark Madoff, the son of convicted Ponzi scheme fraudster Bernard Madoff, was found hanging inside his Soho, Manhattan loft apartment. On December 18, 2010, Jessica Fashano, 27, an investment adviser for Citi Global Markets, reportedly jumped to her death from the roof of the Trump Tower building in Manhattan.
Former Bank of America FOREX manager Michael Burdin reportedly threw himself in front of a speeding train on October 31, 2012 at London’s Wimbledon train station. He was said to be despondent opver being fired from his job.
In October 2012, London Investec banker Nico Lambrecht, formerly with Merrill Lynch, is said to have jumped to his death from the seventh floor terrace of the fancy Coq d’Argent restaurant near the Bank tube station in the City of London. It was the fourth such suicide at the restaurant in five years. Anjool Maude, a Deutsche Bank trader, jumped from the terrace in 2009 while reportedly holding a glass of champagne. In 2007, Richard Ford, formerly with Merrill Lynch, is said to have leaped from the terrace to his death. In September 2012, Rema Begum, 29, a British Library manager is said to have jumped to her death from the terrace after she was subjected to a Facebook “hate campaign” for straying from her Muslim religion and adopting a “Western life style.” The inquest into Begum’s death never investigated whether Begum may have been dating men associated with banks targeted in the global fraud investigation.
In July 2013, Swisscom CEO Carsten Schloter was found hanged at his home in Freiburg, Switzerland. Official cause of death: Schloter was said to have become “addicted” to his smart phone after his divorce. The next month, Bank of America London-based intern Moritz Erhardt reportedly died from an epileptic seizure brought on by “exhaustion” from job stress.
In August 2013, Zurich Insurance group chief financial officer Pierre Wauthier was found hanging at his home in Walchwil, in the canton of Zug, Switzerland. Wauthier previously worked for J P Morgan Chase. Police said the hanging “pointed to” a suicide. The insurance company conducted an investigation and determined that Wauthier was not suffering from stress as Swiss police contended.
On December 23, 2013, Robert Wilson, a hedge fund tycoon, leaped to his death from Manhattan’s San Remo building.
In January 2014, Tim Dickenson, the communications director for London-based Swiss Re died from unknown causes.
On January 26, 2014, William Broeksmit, an American retired executive with Deutsche Bank and an expert on risk and capital management, was found dead at his London home from an “apparent” suicide. Police ruled out anything suspicious in the banker’s death. Two days later, J P Morgan vice president for technology development Gabriel Magee was said to have fell or jumped from the 33rd floor of the company’s headquarters within the same Canary Wharf building where Gavin Macdonald mysteriously died in 2008. The next day, January 29, Mike Dueker, the chief economist with Russell Investments, reportedly jumped to his death from an on-ramp to ther Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state. Police said Dueker’s death “appeared” to be a suicide.
On January 27, Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym was found dead in his room at Bangkok’s posh Shangri-La hotel. Police said Slym “might” have committed suicide.
On February 3, the body of J P Morgan executive Ryan Crane was discovered at his Stamford, Connecticut home. The cause of Ryan’s death is not expected until the March release of a toxicology report from the Connecticut state medical examiner’s office.
On February 18, J P Morgan banker Dennis Li Junjie reportedly jumped from the 30th floor of the firm’s Chater House building in downtown Hong Kong.
Employees of J P Morgan who know too much stand a very good chance of falling or jumping from the firm’s skyscrapers.
The most bizarre financier death was that of American Title Services CEO Richard Talley who was found dead in his Greenwood Village, Colorado garage with “seven or eight” wounds inflicted by a nail gun.
In addition to the above deaths, Wall Street Journal chief oil market reporter David Bird disappeared without a trace during the second week of January 2014. The FBI is continuing its search for Bird.
February 19-20, 2014 — Allen Dulles rejected anti-Zionist group’s requests
A series of documents uncovered from declassified CIA archives reveal that CIA director Allen Dulles rejected speaking before or issuing a statement to an anti-Zionist group called the American Council for Judaism.
Although Dulles maintained close links between the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Gestapo during World War II, he helped expose “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” as a forgery to The Times of London and New York Times while serving at the U.S. embassy in Istanbul in 1921. Dulles also saw the establishment of a Zionist state in the Middle East as a natural outgrowth of the Balfour Declaration and the post-World War I Treaty of Versailles. During his time in Istanbul, Dulles became a close acquaintance of Chaim Weizmann, the father of modern Zionism.
When it came to issuing a statement for the American Council on Judaism conference in Houston in March 1958, Dulles made his position on the group’s goals clear. In a latter to the group’s executive director Leonard Sussman, Dulles’s executive officer at the CIA wrote, “In view of the nature of Mr. Dulles’ position in the intelligence community, he regrets that he is not able to furnish you with a statement.” In a February 4, 1958 briefing memo, Stanley J. Grogan, Dulles’s assistant, wrote “This is a very delicate matter which involves a religious faith and a political movement, both things to be avoided by the Director.”
What alarmed Dulles and his staff was Sussman’s statement in his letter that “We believe our program takes on particular interest this year, because of a growing recognition on the part of thoughtful people everywhere, of the need for distinguishing between Judaism (a religious faith) and Zionism (a worldwide political movement). This need, first emphasized by us fifteen years ago, is increasingly referred to by informed observers as one of the fundamentals underlying the Arab-Israeli crisis in the Middle East, a crisis threatening the peace of the world.”
In 1960, Dulles’s staff again rejected an invitation by the American Council for judaism for Dulles to issue a statement to the group’s meeting in Denver. The CIA’s executive officer responded to Sussman by stating, “In view of the nature of Mr. Dulles’ official position, he has followed a firm policy of declining participation in non-governmental activities.”
It is noteworthy that Dulles avoided the appearance of speaking to religious and political groups involved with Middle East policy while today, U.S. leaders, including military and intelligence officials, routinely appear before such groups as the American israel Public Affairs Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith.
The American Council on Judaism continues to exist and it remains one of the leading Jewish voices opposed to Zionism. However, American political leaders continue to follow Dulles’s footsteps in eschewing the organization’s events.