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Hillary Clinton, Lafarge, and Kennametal

by J. Orlin Grabbe

What was Hillary Clinton doing on the board of directors of a cement company? Over a year ago, in August 1995, I pointed out that:

"Hillary Clinton, while one of the chief litigators of the Rose law firm and wife of Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, was a director of Lafarge corporation, whose Marblehead, Ohio subsidiary Standard Lafarge is said to have been utilized in the transport network to ferret machine tools and nose cones out of Pittsburgh and into Canada for shipment to Iraq." (Part 19: Allegations Regarding Vince Foster, the NSA, and Banking Transactions Spying.)

Now the Nov. 1996 issue of The American Spectator amplifies this assertion, quoting the words of Marianne Gasior, a lawyer who worked for Kennametal Inc., a machine-tools manufacturer located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania: "Hillary Rodham Clinton was directly linked to the network that was involved in a clandestine CIA arms export ring."

"Marianne Gasior maintains that the Lafarge Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of a French multinational chemicals concern, provided key services for the covert arms export network that supplied Saddam Hussein. To prevent exposure of that secret supply line, and collateral damage to Hillary Clinton—who joined the Lafarge board in 1990, just as the pipeline was being shut down— Gasior alleges that the Justice Department was told to bury the investigation . . .

"From Marblehead the equipment was carried on cargo ships up the St. Lawrence River to Canada and eventually to Britain, Gasior alleges, where Kennametal's U.K. subsidiary relabeled some of the goods as manufctured in the European Community. They were then exported to Iraq." (Kenneth R. Timmerman, "Whatever Happened to Iraqgate," The American Spectator, November 1996).

So here we have the cozy world of Hillary Clinton, Lafarge, and Kennametal doing business with Saddam Hussein, whom Bill Clinton decided to bomb as part of his Presidential re-election campaign.

What the American Spectator article omits is mention of two key individuals with significant investments in Kennametal: Richard Mellon Scaife of Mellon Bank fame, and Jackson Stephens--the Little Rock banker who ran Little Rock's Worthen Bank with the Riady family of Indonesia (whose ex-employee John Huang recently raised a spectacular amount of campaign funds for the Clintons). Worthen Bank, of course, is well known for making a crucial, last-minute loan to the 1992 Clinton campaign.

Kennametal was previously convicted of money- laundering, and only a naif would believe they have changed their ways. In fact, a secret Caribbean bank account held by Kennametal was recently emptied of its contents. By whom? you ask. Certainly not the Fifth Column, for I have been told for a year-and-a-half by the skeptics that the Fifth Column can't do what I said it was doing. So it must have been the CIA:

"The CIA is going into cyberspace to attack a new generation of criminals with computer viruses. President Bill Clinton is expected to approve a range of covert actions designed to take the campaign to stop criminals into the most sophisticated technological realms.

"The measures will allow the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) to hack into the records of bank accounts held by known international terrorists and steal their money. They will also enable the agencies to plant bugs and viruses inside the computers used by terrorists and their sponsors.

" 'The modern terrorist and organised criminal has access to the best computers, the best money laundering and the best encryption,' said an intelligence officer. 'We must have the same.'

"America has had this capability for some years but has been barred from using it by law, which forbids such covert action without presidential approval." ("Crooks face CIA hackers," Sunday Times, October 27, 1996).

Imagine that, hacking into the bank accounts of crooks and stealing their money! What a concept! Who would have ever thought of it?

But in the case of Kennametal's secret bank account, since Gasior asserts Kennametal was itself part of the CIA arms network, it would appear that Richard Mellon Scaife and Jackson Stephens were hogging too much of the profits. (Remember boys, as they say in Arkansas: You feed a pig; you butcher a hog.) It's a good thing Bill Clinton is around to authorize the CIA and NSA to put a stop to all this.

Meanwhile, I wonder what else lies buried beneath the surface of Hillary Clinton's cement company.

November 3, 1996
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