CHAPTER 17 Lyndon's "Buddy"?: The Spooky Saga of Norman A. Bailey
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LYNDON'S "BUDDY"?: THE SPOOKY SAGA OF NORMAN A. BAILEY 1
Dr. Norman A. Bailey
On 6 December 2006, the Cuban press service Granma International ran an article bitterly attacking Norman A. Bailey for his leading role in Bush administration's foreign policy efforts against both Cuba and Venezuela.2 During the Bush Administration, Bailey worked under his old friend and Bush "Intelligence Czar" John Negroponte in the Office of the Director of National Security where Bailey specialized in Latin American problems. In the article, Granma correspondent Jean-Guy Allard went out of his way to mock Bailey's ties to his "buddy" Lyndon LaRouche. In a 15 December 2006 EIR article, LaRouche angrily denied the charge that he had ever been Bailey's friend.3
Allard drew on long-existing media reports linking Bailey and LaRouche. On 4 March 1984, for example, NBC aired a First Camera story on LaRouche. One of the show's highlights came when then-National Security Council member Norman A. Bailey admitted that he had regular meetings with the LaRouche group and that he circulated LaRouche material in the NSC. Bailey told First Camera that LaRouche ran one of the most sophisticated private intelligence services in the world. From 1981 to 1983, Bailey served as Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the NSC.
What Bailey did not volunteer to the camera and LaRouche failed to mention in his EIR article as well was the surprising fact that (in a manner of speaking) Bailey's "relationship" with the NCLC actually dated back to 1975. That year New Solidarity then defending the leftist revolution in Portugal ran two articles attacking the "fascist" Bailey for his alleged role as an American government secret agent. Bailey then sued New Solidarity for libel. While Bailey and LaRouche achieved some kind of rapprochement during the Reagan years, after Bailey left the NSC, the NCLC had yet another falling out with him. The specific issue precipitating the break may have been Panama. LaRouche strongly supported the Noriega government while Bailey aligned himself with the business-led opponents of the General. To add injury to insult, Bailey helped convince some leading NCLC members with strong backgrounds in economics to break completely with LaRouche.
Here we wish to take a closer look at the curious history of Bailey and LaRouche as well as place their relationship with LaRouche in a broader historical context. Needless to say, much about the Bailey-LaRouche encounters remains murky and this analysis in no way claims to be definitive.
THE PORTUGUESE REVOLUTION AND THE NEW SOLIDARITY CHARGE
Norman A. Bailey's name first surfaced in New Solidarity in a 1 September 1975 article on the Portuguese Revolution. The then-ultra leftist NCLC enthusiastically backed Portugal's sharp turn to the Left following the fall of the Salazar-era dictatorship. Salazar died in July 1970. His successor Marcelo Caetano, however, remained in power until the "Carnation Revolution" of 25 April 1974. The sect further linked its campaign to strong support for the MPLA movement in former Portuguese Angola as well. Besides verbally bludgeoning various Maoist organizations in Europe in particular for failing to support the pro-Soviet military officers in Portugal as well as for Maoist opposition to the Cuban and Soviet-backed MPLA in Angola the NCLC venomously denounced Socialist International politicians in Portugal as CIA lackeys because they deathly feared the idea that hard-line pro-Soviet and anti-Eurocommunist elements inside the Portuguese Left could come to power.
The NCLC particularly gloried in the return of Portuguese Communist Party leader Alvaro Cunhal, the PCP's famed living icon who had daringly escaped from Salazar's prisons in the early 1960s and who then lived in exile in Moscow. Following the outbreak of the Carnation Revolution, Cunhal returned to Portugal and became a minister without portfolio in some of the early provisional regimes. Fiercely opposed to Eurocommunism, Cunhal refused to support any "Union of the Left" with the Second-international-backed Portuguese Socialist Party then led by future Portuguese President Mario Soares.4 The NCLC knew all too well the fate of the Allende government in Chile and axiomatically assumed that the CIA and other U.S. government agencies would employ all their powers to prevent Portugal from going Left. One telling example that this may well have been true was the fact that the then U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Frank Carlucci, next became a deputy director of the CIA.
The 1 September 1975 New Solidarity story cited a Washington Star article on the Azores as a source and it seems clear that the Washington Star piece first put the NCLC onto Bailey. From the New Solidarity story: "U.S. citizens in the employ of the CIA, such as City University of New York professor Norman Bailey, are traveling throughout the Azores fraudulently offering business contracts to follow Azores separation from Portugal, according to the Washington Star." A few paragraphs earlier, the article claimed that the London Daily Telegraph had indicated that the U.S. Air Force base on Lajes Field in the Azores would serve as a trans-shipment point to send anti-Communist rightists recruited from Portuguese immigrant communities in both America into mainland Portugal. On 8 September 1975, New Solidarity followed up its attack with an article entitled "Break Up the NSC's Portuguese Fascist Network Now" that included another blast at Bailey. In a discussion of the Azores separatist movement, the FLA, the paper writes: "The FLA is supported by "ex"-Defense Intelligence Agency Colonel, now Queens College Professor Norman Bailey. Bailey, who is part of a Wall Street brokerage firm connected to Portuguese banks, just returned from the Azores arranging economic deals for whenever the FLA becomes the government."
In an accompanying box to the story, New Solidarity listed the names and phone numbers of some of the people they attacked with the note: "Tell these fascists what you think of them." Along with the phone number to a Newark travel agency and the number of a man who headed the Newark Committee to Help the Refugees (Newark having a large Portuguese population), we read: "Norman Bailey, ex-Queens College Professor and former Defense Intelligence Agency Colonel, the CIA's coordinator of FLA activities on the East Coast. (212) 520-7057." Apparently it was this second mention of Bailey in New Solidarity that caught Bailey's attention. It is very likely that more than the article was involved as the NCLC's Security Staff almost certainly coordinated a series of harassing personal phone calls to Bailey. As a result of these articles, Bailey launched his own legal suit against the NCLC and claimed that he had been slandered as a "fascist."
A Columbia PhD with a special expertise in Latin America, Norman Bailey was one of the founding academic Cold Warriors associated with Georgetown's Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) along with his good friends Richard Allen and David Abshire. Through the intervention of Richard Allen, who was President Reagan's first NSC adviser and a leading conservative Catholic academic, Bailey entered the NSC staff in 1981. As already noted, Latin America was a Bailey bailiwick. In 1965, for example, Bailey edited a CSIS book on Latin America entitled The Strategic Importance of Latin America that was graced with an introduction by Eleanor Dulles. In his own article for the anthology, Bailey sang the virtues of radical free-enterprise economics for Latin America that Bailey labeled "neo-liberalism." (Bailey's essay is entitled "Neoliberalism in Latin America: Organization and Operation.")
CSIS was affiliated with the then highly conservative Jesuit-run Georgetown University. CSIS had other ties as well. In his 1972 book Portuguese Africa and the West, William Minter describes CSIS as having had "close connections with the Navy." At least one Navy tie was personal and involved Portugal. Navy Admiral George W. Anderson (also a Catholic Knight of Malta) was related to longtime CSIS leader David Abshire by marriage. Anderson who had been removed as Chief of Naval Operations by McNamara was then appointed U.S. Ambassador to Salazar's Portugal by JFK.
MOUNT PELERIN MAN
In his writings, Bailey promoted the doctrines of neo-liberalism by which he meant the Mount Pelerin Society-promoted views of "Austrian School" economists such as Friedrich von Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. In an October 1965 article for Notre Dames's Review of Politics ("The Colombian 'Black Hand': A Case Study of Neoliberalism in Latin America"), Bailey favorably profiled a group called the Institute de Pesquisas Estudos Socials (IPES) ''which he describes as "a faintly mysterious organization" that played an important role in the 1964 CIA-backed military coup against the Goulart government in Brazil.5 Bailey reports the IPES was just one of a number of similar organizations throughout Latin America that identify themselves as "neoliberal." He then explains:
According to Bailey, neoliberal groups enjoy two common features: First, they are overwhelmingly composed of businessmen and professions. Second:
Given their free-market philosophy, it comes as no surprise that the Latin neoliberals enjoyed gringo blessings:
Bailey then discusses both defensive and "attack" methods used by the neoliberals. As for the latter:
To counter the Latin Left in all its manifestations, the neo-liberals would coordinate the withdrawal of advertising from media as well as put pressure on governments through personal contacts. Not one to beat around the bush, Bailey writes: "The most widespread direct action practice is that of blacklisting." Bailey notes: "Infiltration is also widely and in some cases very successfully practiced. Neo-liberals have been planted in many Communist Parties and movements of the Jacobin Left." These same "neo-liberals" also play a role in the formation of not-so-liberal attack squads: "The most controversial of all direct action activities is the formation of anti-guerrilla militias. The extreme political dangers of such activities are obvious." (We shall see later on just one of these groups in action in Mexico.)
Bailey next presents a more detailed study of Columbia's neo-liberals dubbed "the Black Hand" by "the Jacobin Left" (Bailey's terminology). Bailey reports that the neo-liberals abhor left and right approaches that promote a strong state-interventionist economy a pro state interventionist view that the neo-Peronists in Columbia also share: "The latest manifestation of the feudal-mercantilist mentality [that neo-liberals oppose] is the so-called "dos brazos" ["two arms"] theory of politics and economics: Under this theory . . . the State should intervene actively."
Needless to say, the neo-liberals organized around groups like the IPES are dead set against such any such dos brazos economic approach with its emphasis on active state intervention.
OPUS DEI FAN?
Bailey reports that the one group inside the Catholic Church most favorable to the neoliberals is "a small neoliberal-wing centered around the lay organization Opus Dei."6 Another Bailey article entitled "Local and Community Power in Angola" published in Western Political Quarterly (XXI/3, September 1968) raises another possible Opus Dei link, In it, Bailey writes: "In 1964-65, a study of contemporary Portuguese Africa was initiated by the Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon and carried out by a team of American and English specialists" including Bailey as to developments in Portuguese Africa. The Gulbenkian Foundation paid for Bailey to spend some two months in Portugal, Angola, and Mozambique.7 One of the largest private foundations in the world, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has been reportedly linked to Opus Dei as well. The 20 March 1975 issue of New Solidarityreported that a Portuguese leftist paper named O Seculo had exposed the Gulbenkian Foundation as an Opus Dei conduit. 8 As for Bailey, his research later formed part of a book entitled Portuguese Africa: A Handbook, edited by David Abshire and Michael A Samuel, a CSIS researcher who later became a member of the Carlucci Commission. Published in 1969 by Praeger Press in cooperation with CSIS, the book includes these acknowledgements:
In one of the most important essays in the book, David Abshire discusses neoliberal policy both in Portugal as well as in Africa this way:
And just what was the de Mello family politics? In his 1977 book Portugal: The Impossible Revolution, Phil Mailer writes: "The [right-wing] CDS was supported by the Catholic Opus Dei and by certain priests, especially in the North. Backed by the CUF trust and the de Mello family, the CDS used all available modern techniques of political marketing . . . ."
BAILEY AND THE AZORES
When New Solidarity first stumbled upon Bailey in 1975, he had been "on leave" from Queens College and was residing in the Azores at the height of the movement to separate the Azores from Portugal. The Azores were extremely important to the U.S. military which maintained one of its most important air bases for the Mediterranean on Terceira Island. As we have seen, New Solidarity first became aware of Bailey's role in the Azores after an article in the Washington Star discussed his role there. The Star article written by Henry Bradsher and entitled "Azores See No Turning Back on Road to Independence" reported on two curious Americans who, "inadvertently or otherwise," were fanning the grievances of Azores separatists in the Frente de Libertacao Azoriana(FLA). From Bradsher's story:
In the early 1970s, Bailey's CSIS friend Richard Allen also worked for Azores separatists. According to a Sept./Oct. 1980 Mother Jones story:
FRIEND OF A FRIEND? VICTOR FEDIAY, THE AZORES, AND THE FRENCH OAS
Bailey's quest to promote Azores separatism may even have overlapped similar efforts by a mysterious far-right Russian emigre named Victor Fediay, although it is impossible to know for sure.9 Fediay, however, was involved in trying to organize far-right and neo-fascist mercenaries from Europe to help lead a separation between Portugal and the Azores if the need should arise. Fediay reportedly worked for Senator Strom Thurmond's office at the time of the Azores crisis but no one was quite sure exactly what he did there. He spent some 20 years involved with a secret Air Force Intelligence program, At other times he was merely listed as a "researcher for the Library of Congress." In the "small world department," Fediay years later became an NCLC contact as well. In a rambling 3 August 2001 EIR article by an NCLC member named Stan Ezrol on the evils of the Southern Agrarian literary tradition, Ezrol recalled, "one of many meetings I had on Capitol Hill with Dr. Victor Fediay, an adviser to Southern Partisan Senator Jesse Helms . . . in which Fediay exclaimed, "We have these Mujahedeen [Muslim freedom fighters] ready to bleed and die for us. I don't understand why we don't use them more!"
Fediay seems to have cultivated a taste for eccentric friends. During the Azores crisis, for example, Fediay played a leading role in trying to encourage an alleged organized crime-linked New York company and some French OAS toughs to "free the Azores." When the last Salazar-era government finally fell in April 1974, the collapse of the far-right Portuguese secret service, the PIDE, endangered its long-standing protection relationship with members of the notorious French OAS. After failing in their repeated attempts to assassinate Charles De Gaulle, many OAS cadre found both shelter and employment in both Franco's Spain and Salazar's Portugal, where they carried out operations for Portuguese and Spanish intelligence on a contract basis, frequently in Africa. In 1975, a leading OAS operative named Jean-Denis Raingeard (who earlier had attracted FBI attention during the famous "French Connection" drug case) took the lead in organizing a separatist movement in the Azores. He even helped establish the "Clandestine Government of the Azores in Exile" in the Massachusetts town of Fall River. In order to get American backing, Raingeard visited Washington where he met with Victor Fediay, then an aide to Senator Strom Thurmond. From "The Fall River Conspiracy":
Fediay also enjoyed a long relationship with the U.S. Air Force:
Fediay reported that he had a friend from Texas who owned a cattle ranch in the Azores and it was through his friend and not the U.S. government that he became interested in the Azores. Fediay's chum was J. Evetts Haley, a leading conservative critic of LBJ best known for his book A Texan Looks at Lyndon. Haley maintained close ties both to the John Birch Society and the Christian Anti-Communist Crusade.10 Haley knew another top OAS man on the Azores named Jean-Paul Bletiere. Bletiere, in turn, was widely believed to behind a series of anti-government bombings on the Azores, some of which targeted leftist parties and at least one small newspaper. In order to get quick money for the plot, Fediay put the OAS's Raingeard in contact with a company in Manhattan called The Continental Resources Corporation, one of whose business partners, Einar O. Petersen, Jr., was a 54-year-old forger "once linked to the Joe Columbo Mafia family." The firm's other partner named Edward M. Meadows, however, played the most active role in the separatist plot.
Meanwhile, the OAS also was putting its chips on a right-wing general named Spinola in what they saw as an impending civil war inside Portugal itself. Under this scenario, the Azores could serve as a possible base for the coming fight on the mainland. In essence, there appeared to be a deal in the works between the OAS, Spinola, and Mafia money with Fediay helping to play the role of broker. If the mainland went out of control and the Azores attained independence, it would become a haven for unregulated gambling and offshore banking as well as its potential use of diplomatic pouches to move money around the world. The entire deal would be managed by a contract between the Azores separatists and Continental Resources. Or at least that was the plan. In realty, the proposed deal was so corrupt that the Azoreans refused to sign on, in spite of intense pressure from Fediay. The Fediay-midwifed plot, in essence, fell apart before it even began.
Clearly Norman A. Bailey seems to have been involved in some way with the Azores separatist movement but it is not at all clear exactly how. The U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Frank Carlucci reported that American policy was to strongly oppose any Azores independence movement for fear that "it could unleash a popular backlash on the mainland and this could be exploited by the Communists." Carlucci also told the NSC's Brent Scowcroft not to get the U.S. government involved with the secessionists given the potential for disaster. Still, it is hard to ignore the fact that Victor Fediay spent 20 years working for some murky wing of the United States Air Force which, in turn, had a highly strategic base on the Azores. As for what Bailey did or did not do during the 1975 crisis, the Washington Star story remains the best information we have.
DOING THE MURO MAMBO
While the extent of the NCLC's relationship with the late Victory Fediay remains unknown, it seems clear that simply on economic grounds alone, the NCLC and Norman Bailey were utterly incompatible partners. In a 29 August 1978 New Solidarity article, for example, the NCLC attacked a leading Mexican "neoliberal" economic think-tank called the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) headed by Augustin Navarro Vazquez. The paper accused the ISER of promoting the ideas of Hayek and Mises and said it was aligned with the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs (also a think-tank for Margaret Thatcher), as well as the Foundation for Economic Education in New York and the Institute for Human Studies in Menlo Park, California. New Solidarity further claimed that Navarro was a leading figure in Opu Dei and that he worked with the likes of Milton Friedman to promote similar neoliberal economic think tanks throughout South America. The Mexican ISER also engaged in its own brand of anti-communist counter-insurgency much like Columbia's "Black Hand." There is even a memoir discussing Navarro's role in creating an anti-communist youth gang called MURO ("wall" in Spanish) to fight the Left:
This same report states that MURO (the Movimiento Universitario de Renovadora Orientacion) was suspected by some of acting as a front group of El Yunque ("The Anvil"), a Catholic, ultra-right-wing secret Mexican society with strong connections to the "free enterprise" National Action Party (PAN). In contrast, the NCLC strongly supported the then-ruling PRI party against the PAN.
CHILE DEATH SQUAD SQUABBLES
The ideological conflict between the "dirigist" NCLC and a supreme free enterprise economic theorist like Norman Bailey eerily echoes deeper divisions inside the Latin American right. Perhaps this division was most strikingly visible in General Pinochet's Chile when adherents of the Milton Friedman "Chicago School" clashed with far right "neo-Peronists" inside the halls of power. From the 1983 book Chile: The Pinochet Decade by the London-based leftist Latin American Bureau:
However when monetarist doctrines were introduced into Latin America though Bailey's much heralded neo-liberals:
Inside the Chilean secret service DINA, the "nationalist" ultra-right grouped itself around Manuel Contreras against their factional opponents linked to the "Chicago School" and their apparent friends inside Opus Dei. In an article entitled "Opus Dei: Secret Order Vies for Power" in the winter 1983 issue of the leftist Covert Action Information Bulletin, author Fred Landis notes:
Whether or not it is totally correct to say that the CIA "took over" an Opus Dei-sponsored economic think tank, it seems quite likely that the Chilean IGS was yet another "Black Hand"-style free enterprise operation so touted by Bailey.
A similar split inside the right-wing military, economic, and political elites can be seen in Argentina as well. In his invaluable article "Constructing Subversion in Argentina's Dirty War" in the journal Representations (75/Summer 2001), Latin America specialist Mark Osiel writes about the Argentinean military men involved in carrying out the disappearances, tortures, and murders of thousands of leftists:
Like Chile, Argentina also witnessed the rise of the Opus Dei technocrats. In 1966, for example, an Opus Dei member named General Juan Carlos Ongania led a coup. He then appointed several Opus Dei members to the Cabinet. In the mid-1970s, Opus Dei influence continued to grow. However there were competing "nationalist" networks inside the military that resulted in a power-sharing deal between the "laissez faire" wing of the military and the "nationalists":
(In this context, one might want to reflect on the various splits inside the World Anti-Communist League (WACL) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, particularly the conflict over the involvement of groups like the Mexican-based "Tecos" ("Owls") inside WACL as well as the clash between the Tecos and a group like Tradition, Family and Property (TFP).)
SEINELDIN AND LAROUCHE
One leading Argentine "nationalist" was Colonel Muhamed Ali Seineldin, one of the few Argentine war heroes in the Falklands/Malvinas war against England. Seineldin then took a leading role in military mutinies against the civilian government after it threatened to seriously investigate massive human rights violations by the military. In 1987 Seineldin issued a long document entitled Synthesis of Subversion's Long-Term Strategy, first published in the magazine El Expesso. In his diatribe, Seineldin attempted to "synthesize the struggle that has taken place since the dawn of the Christian era between 'truth' or 'God's reign' and 'error' or 'evil's reign.'" In his essay, Seineldin who describes himself as a "fundamentalist" Catholic nationalist divides world history and culture into a single line:
Shortly after Seineldin issued his crazy but heartfelt opus, the NCLC embraced him as one of its great Latin American heroes! On his website devoted to LaRouche, Denis King, the author of Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism, reprints some key LaRouche articles praising Seineldin. King then adds these valuable comments:
CONCLUSION: THE BLACK HAND AT WORK?
Our brief tour through yet another LaRouche political sewer suggests why it may be erroneous to believe that LaRouche and Bailey could ever truly be "buddies." Their basic views on economics are almost diametrically opposite as is their related views of the "dirigist" state. To LaRouche at least on paper Bailey clearly met all the requirements for a 'free market"-style "Anglo-Dutch" demon while to Bailey, LaRouche's state-driven economics reeks both of the "Jacobin Left" and the Peronist/fascist/nationalist right. We further know that Bailey even converted some former leading LaRouche cadre over to his own views of "the dismal science" that were opposite from LaRouche. All of which only makes the strange saga of Lyndon LaRouche and Norman Bailey that much more bizarre. Until more details about this strange interlude are revealed, any definitive explanation of their connections remains purely speculative. Still it may be worth recalling that Bailey prided his "Black Hand" economic think tanks friends for their ability to keep track of and infiltrate and disrupt their "Jacobin" political opponents.
One then can only be left wondering: Did the professor practice what he preached? 15
FIDEL TO LYNDON: HISTORY WON'T ABSOLVE YOU Granma's take on both Bailey and his "Buddy"
In early December 2006 the Cuban wire service Granma put out a highly critical report on Norman A. Bailey which went out of its way to link him to LaRouche.
The article provoked a response by LaRouche in the 15 December 2006 EIR where he denied being Bailey's buddy as well as ever meeting with him at LaRouche's estate in Virginia. (See LaRouche's response.)
Here is the Granma article followed by later one by the same author reporting on Bailey's fall from power in the Bush administration:
Havana. December 6, 2006
SPYING ON CUBA AND VENEZUELA: A RELIC FROM THE REAGAN ERA
BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD Special for Granma International
HE infiltrated the Noriega government in Panama whilst the U.S. invasion was being prepared; he advised Duhalde in Argentina when the country was heading towards economic disaster; he confesses to being a buddy of Lyndon LaRouche, the controversial ultra right-wing U.S. politician: the new "chief spy" whom Bush has appointed against Cuba and Venezuela is a genuine relic from the Reagan regime, in which he was a privileged adviser.
Everything would indicate there was no other recourse left available to Bush than rummaging round in his father's closet when the time came to recruit high-ranking officials for his declining government. Norman Bailey, whom John Negroponte another leftover from the Reagan connection and currently national director of U.S. intelligence has recently named as head of the U.S. intelligence mission for the two sister nations, has a longstanding curriculum with the CIA, that is certainly not lacking in inconsistencies and foolish mistakes.
His official biography indicates that Bailey is a "economic consultant" and "professor" of Washington's Potomac Foundation, a conservative think-tank embedded within the network of low-ranking Republican officials. Former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan for international economic affairs and a member of the National Security Council (NSC), he urged the NSA the electronic espionage agency that monitors the post to spy on the movement of money on a worldwide scale. He has his own lobbying office Norman A. Bailey Incorporated that has even advised the Mobil Oil firm.
But aside from all his titles and covers, this rotund sexagenarian, who was trained in military intelligence and graduated from Colombia University, has acted for many decades as a beachhead for the CIA, most notably with respect to Latin American governments which, after having placed their trust in him, have seen their own downfall.
In 1989, when the US. invasion of Panama was being prepared, it was he who handled the plans of George Bush Sr. in the State Department and the CIA.
It is said that it was thanks to his indiscretions, perhaps inspired by Otto Reich, that journalist Seymour Hersch published a veritable flurry of alleged crimes committed by Manuel Noriega in The New York Times, which gave rise to a widespread international campaign of discredit and a series of undercover operations.
He then advised Noriega and "accompanied" him to the disastrous denouement of the crisis that took the Panamanian president straight to a U.S. jail cell, in the midst of a veritable massacre of poor Panamanians from the most marginal neighborhoods in the capital.
With the same shamelessness, he developed a close relationship with Argentine president Eduardo Duhalde, in the guise of a great U.S. financial expert his favorite role following the abrupt end of the De la Rua government in December 2001, when the Argentine economy was in tatters.
On March 8, 2002, the Clarin daily, with admirable innocence, announced that "the president is now receiving advice from his American consultants" and that the previous day at the presidential palace he had met with Norman Bailey, "a specialist who advised (George W. Bush) in his campaign" with the aim of "improving his contacts in the USA."
He recommended that the vulnerable president fiercely repress social unrest or, if a strong hand did not work in the short term, to call elections as a means of diversion. He also recommended that Duhalde issue trusteeship bonds for state land. Shortly after receiving such great advice from an "independent" advisor who belonged to both the CIA and the most intimate circles of the current occupant of the White House, Duhalde ended up in the inexorable archives of history.
A BUDDY OF LYNDON LAROUCHE
Throughout those decades, during which Reaganism prevailed, in one way or another in Washington, Bailey continued to show his links with Latin America. It is said that he made an appearance during the dollarization process in Ecuador and also participated in the conception of Plan Colombia.
But the thing that stands out most on his resume is his confessed friendship with Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr., former presidential candidate and prominent member of the far right in the U.S., who runs an intelligence network, the breadth and efficiency of which he has publicly praised.
Further still, Bailey is the man LaRouche used to get inside the White House, shortly after which the spy-official was appointed to the National Security Council (NSC).
Bailey himself has said that at some point he was then directed by NSC officials to talk to a group of LaRouche's supporters, who offered to provide intelligence information.
Since then, he has maintained wide-ranging and regular relations with the group and its boss who even visited his exclusive ranch in Loudoun County.
LaRouche's enemies describe him as "anti-Semitic" with Hitler-like tendencies, at the head of an occult sect.
In his apology for that controversial organization, Bailey stated that it was one of the best intelligence services in the world which operates more freely and openly than the official agencies, which allows them to communicate with "prime ministers and presidents."
In December 1999, in a cable from Washington which condemned the appearance of "new threats to the security of the United States in Latin America", the U.S. AP agency quoted Bailey rudely attacking Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who had been democratically elected the previous year.
In his lecture, Bailey declared that the government of Ecuador was "totally bankrupt", suggesting that "military intervention" should not be ruled out. Speaking of Panama, he said then that it was a country that was vulnerable to guerrilla incursions and that possibilities for sabotaging the Canal are "enormous" allowing him, of course, to dream of another adventure in that nation.
In March 2001, in The Washington Times, the current Chief Spy against Cuba and Venezuela openly expressed his desire for a drop in oil prices which, he commented, would have "disastrous consequences" for Venezuela.
Later, he rudely mocked Chavez' transcontinental gas pipeline project. "If they want to build the gas pipeline, let them do it but it makes no economic sense. It is totally stupid."
Bailey then blurted out an example of his unsubtle vision of Latin America: "Thinking that Bush needs Kirchner to contain Chavez is idiotic."
Goodbye Mr. Bailey
THREE months: that was how long the Super Spy appointed by George W. Bush to monitor Cuba and Venezuela lasted. A patent relic of the Reagan regime, veteran CIA agent Norman Bailey has been tossed into the dust-bin, against all expectations, by the new National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell.
News on Bailey's sudden dismissal has been very discreet, contrary to what happened at the time of his appointment, when, in a gesture of genuine imperialist arrogance, the career of that sinister individual was celebrated.
For many observers, Bailey's dismissal is an expression of the complete uncertainty reigning in U.S. intelligence apparatus in face of the big changes emerging in what Washington always considered to be its backyard.
Selected by John "El Embajador" Negroponte, McConnell's predecessor in late November, the U.S. intelligence "chief of mission" for the two countries has a long record of service to the CIA and the Bush clan.
Notably, Bailey infiltrated the Noriega government in Panama while the disastrous U.S. invasion was being prepared, and was an advisor to Ronald Reagan, despite being an associate of controversial U.S. politician Lyndon LaRouche.
In one of his well-known goofs, Bailey said in a March 2001 interview that he hoped for a drop in oil prices, which, he said, would have "catastrophic consequences" for Venezuela.
However, in August 2000, in an interview published by the Argentine newspaper 'Clarin, he made an enigmatic statement regarding Cuba.
"I really don't see any possibilities of a change in policy for the moment," he said, later adding that after the elections in the United Sates, things could change. "After all, it was a Republican, Richard Nixon, who reestablished relations with China," he said.
According to the Miami Herald, Bailey, after learning of his humiliating expulsion from the highest ranks of national intelligence, immediately sent an email to his friends to give his version of events. He said that his job had been eliminated for good, something later denied by an "anonymous" official, a common procedure in the U.S. capital.
Negroponte, now deputy secretary of State, has not commented on the downfall of his unlucky protege.
(Jean-Guy Allard) 14 March 2007 Granma.
1 Editorial note: The following first appeared as a brief chapter in a 1987 manuscript. It has now been updated and put in electronic format. Although the strange Bailey-LaRouche "relationship" actually began in the fall of 1975, Bailey's public collaboration with the NCLC took place some time in the 1980s and fell outside the original text's study. However because Bailey became so prominent a figure, the 1987 manuscript included a discussion of him. Bailey's story, as well as the related examination of Victor Fediay, falls into the larger category of the LaRouche organization's attempt to forge connections inside "national security" circles in Washington, DC.
2 The Granma articles are reproduced at the end of this chapter.
4 Needless to say, the sect's impassioned views fueled speculations that the NCLC must have had links either to the Soviet Union or some other East Bloc nation with the DDR seen as the most logical culprit.
5 Bailey wrote a detailed study of the IPES in his essay "Pressure Groups and Decision-Making in Brazil" in Studies in Comparative International Development, Vol. Ill, no. 11 (1968). For a brief note about the possible ties of the IPES and CIA, see Ruth Leacock, "JFK, Business and Brazil," The Hispanic American Historical Review (59/4, Nov. 1979), 669.
6 Clearly this is not the place to write a dissertation on Opus Dei. It also has to be added that Opus Dei is a pinata for conspiracy theorists of all stripes given its secretive nature as readers of The Da Vinci Code can well attest.
7 What the reader should keep in mind for our purposes is that Opus Dei more or less arose during the Franco dictatorship in Spain. Opus Dei members tended to be very well educated and wealthy and many of them entered the Franco government in the 1950s and 1960s as "economic technocrats." As such, Opus Dei has a far more "open" view of economic forces.
8 This was around the same time that Che Guevara was active in Africa.
The reader should recall that during the Portuguese Revolution leftist military officers gained access to many government files and leaked them to the press. One result came in the extensive exposure of PIDE operations in Europe and Africa particularly by a PIDE front group called Aginter Press. For more, see Frederic Laurent's classic book L' Orchestre Noir (Paris: Stock, 1978).
9 On Fediay, see Fred Strasser and Brian McTigue, "The Fall River Conspiracy" in the 1 November 1978 issue of Boston Magazine. Neither Strasser nor McTigue mention Bailey in their article.
10 The John Birch Society was perhaps the leading American rightist organization to promote the OAS in its pages. OAS leaders such as Jacques Soustelle even had articles printed in John Birch Society journals.
11 See mention of MURO in paragraphs five and here.
12 Mark Osiel, "Constructing Subversion in Argentina's Dirty War," Representations 75 (Summer 2001), 153, fn. 104. Osiel's article is a brilliant reading of the motives and beliefs of the "anti-subversive" military men and stresses the critical role played by Catholic neo-medievalist ideology in justifying their actions.
13 The military coup mutineers only accepted declared Catholics in their ranks. Many of them had served with distinction in the Falklands/Malvinas conflict and frequently were fanatic Catholics. As for the Soviet Union, Osiel notes that throughout this entire period, the Soviet Union was Argentina's largest trading partner. "The Soviets' dependence on Argentine grain and their close relations with the country's military rulers in these years even led to Soviet pressure on Argentina's Communist Party to moderate its criticism of military rule. Hence, Communist members of Argentina's human rights community repeatedly sought to restrain its public denunciations of human rights abuses." (p. 131).
14 On the New Federalist stories in praise of Seineldin and King's comments, see this. The New Federalist was the the new name of New Solidarity. The paper changed titles in the early 1980s in order to obscure the NCLC's Marxist roots after the group abandoned all traces of Marxism by the late 1970s.
15 In this context, see the references to David Abshire in "How John Train Targeted LaRouche" in the 27 October 2006 issue of EIR and available on the web. This article reprints an affidavit by a former member of the LaRouche Security Staff named Herbert Quinde. Quinde cites Abshire's role in the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) that during the early years of the Reagan Administration pressed for some kind of investigation into the NCLC, reportedly based on the suspicion that the group had ties either to the KGB and/or the East German Stasi. Norman A. Bailey was one of David Abshire's early colleagues at Georgetown's CSIS. It is therefore not entirely impossible that Bailey purposely developed links to the NCLC to learn more about the group's connections in Latin America rather than out of any deep respect for its ideas or supreme generalissimo.
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