A Clinton encounter

Mark Jones jones118 at lineone.net
Sun Jun 10 05:20:02 MDT 2001

Marc Rich is one og the greatest criminals of the age. Here are 2 samples.

1. In 1996 I wrote to The Guardian as follows. The Alan Duncan I mention
later became a Tory MP, close adviser to the now-defunct William Hague, and
yesterday was interviwed widely on British TV for his thoughts on how to
rescue the Conservative Party:


15 December, 1996

The Editor
Letters Page
The Guardian

Dear Sir,

So Alan Duncan was employed by 'controversial commodities trader Marc Rich
and Co' (May 20 1966)?
Marc Rich is controversial in the same way Genghis Khan was controversial.
According to Claire Sterling in 'Crime Without Frontiers' (Little, Brown
1994, p 176) Rich is 'the most notorious swindler in American history', who
faces a 325-year prison term in the US for racketeering, wire and mail
fraud, tax evasion and other matters; there is an FBI reward of £750,000 on
his head.
Rich also has a large operation in Russia, from where - with the aid of
artisans of plunder like Alan Duncan - he has stolen enough to make Genghis
Khan's horde golden twice over. So dangerous is he that despite the flood of
bribes thrown by Marc Rich at members of the Russian government, there is
now a warrant out for his arrest there as well.
In Russia these 'cavaliers of capitalism' have truly been harbingers of
hunger, disease, war and death, reducing what was already a poor nation to
apocalyptic despair. God forbid that as a result of some unimaginable
political convulsion people like Alan Duncan should ever get the chance to
commit a similar rape on this country.
It is indicative of the moral confusion of the times (not to speak of the
Sunday Times) that this crook's ravings against the welfare state should be
proclaimed as a political philosophy for the future of Britain. On this
showing the New Right are not just the wilder shores of Tory unreason; they
are political pathogens which we should exert every effort to cleanse from
our national life.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Jones

2. a more recent sample:

New York Post
February 15, 2001
By ROD DREHER (dreher at nypost.com)

EVERYBODY is boiling mad over the pardon of fugitive Marc Rich, in large
because he is a traitor who did business with the ayatollah, and helped keep
the South African apartheid regime in business under sanctions.
Overlooked so far is Rich's role in the looting of the disintegrating Soviet
Union by Communist Party officials and their associates in the early 1990s.

You can read about it in "Godfather of the Kremlin," an exhaustively
researched book about Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, which was published
last fall. The author is Paul Klebnikov, an expert on Russia and a Forbes
magazine senior editor.

The book details the myriad ways Berezovsky and his minions stole untold
from the Russian people through international financial schemes.

According to Klebnikov, Rich came into the picture around 1990, when the
Soviet Union began to open up to outsiders.

"Governmental authority began to crumble. All these local Communist Party
bosses got to strike deals on their own," the author tells me.

Based in Switzerland, with its secretive banking laws, Rich was in a prime
position to help Russia's plunderers carry out their dirty work. Klebnikov
reported that Rich dealt in oil, aluminum, zinc and other raw commodities.

"He'd strike a deal with the local party boss, or the director of a
state-owned company," explains the author. "He'd say, 'OK, you will sell me
the [commodity] at 5 to 10 percent of the world market price.

"'And in return, I will deposit some of the profit I make by reselling it 10
times higher on the world market, and put the kickback in a Swiss bank

For at least two years, as the Soviet Union was in its death throes, Rich
that nation's largest trader of aluminum and oil on a spot basis.

"He made a complete mint off of Russia," says Klebnikov.

A former foreign-trade minister told the author that Rich instructed the
robber-baron elite how to skirt the law by doing secret deals through shell
companies and the like.

"Marc Rich ended up being a mentor to all these young kids who came out of
the Communist Party establishment, and who made billions off these schemes
themselves," Klebnikov charges.

There were allegations at the time in the Russian press and elsewhere that
Rich was aiding and abetting capital flight from the country, but he was
never charged.

A widely read 1999 article in the foreign-policy journal The National
Interest, written by ex-CIA officer and National Security Council staffer
Fritz W. Ermarth, noted that as far back as 1985, the KGB was engaged in the
massive transfer of assets abroad via commodities trading through front

"The program evolved into . . . avenues for squirreling away funds for the
safe retirement or political comeback of embattled communist leaders,"
Ermarth writes.

If Rich had anything to do with this, then he would have had a key role in
making the world safe for nuclear-armed communist tyrants who were America's
greatest enemies.

Can U.S. intelligence files from the era establish a link between Rich and
the transferred KGB billions? Congress should find out.

Rich's profitable relationship with the Russians ended in 1993, when the
monster he helped create turned on him. The Russian swindlers became so good
at Rich's game that they muscled him out of the action.

"Applying the lessons they learned from Marc Rich, they bankrupted Russia,"
Klebnikov alleges. "As a result, you have a ruined economy, bankrupt
government, and an impoverished population."

Tens of millions of Russians are suffering through the worst winter there in
50 years. They and their government are broke. There is no money to buy coal
to run the power stations.

People are sick, cold and dying. They are freezing to death in the dark. One
man told the Red Cross that life has turned into "a permanent struggle for
survival. It's not even life, it's just existence."

This is part of the legacy of the man pardoned by Bill Clinton. It is now
part of the 42nd president's legacy as well. Clinton, his belly full, sleeps
in warmth and comfort in cozy Chappaqua. If he can sleep at all.

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