Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 10  Num. 87
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"Madame Defarge" Works for "Lafarge" And BNL Pays the Charge

Oh that Hillary! You've got to wonder if she was always getting in trouble back in Junior High. Our latest installment in Hillary's continuing adventures involves the Lafarge Corporation, U.S. subsidiary of a French multinational chemical firm. They, says Marianne Gasior, source for an article in the Nov. 1996 American Spectator magazine ("What Ever Happened To Iraqgate?"), helped secretly supply Saddam Hussein and Iraq with weapons.

Ms. Gasior, an attorney, worked for Kennametal, Inc. According to the article, by Kenneth R. Timmerman (author also of a book, The Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq), it appears that Kennametal was involved in a covert weapons pipeline to Iraq. (Kennametal denies the allegations.) Reportedly, equipment originated at Kennametal in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, went to a warehouse in Ohio, was carried by truck to a munitions manufacturer connected to Lafarge, got put on cargo ships, and wound up in Great Britain. There, says Gasior, Kennametal's British subsidiary changed the labels and sent the material on to Iraq.

Timmerman's sources say that Hillary Rodham Clinton did legal work, via the Rose Law Firm, for Lafarge, in the late 1980s. And from 1990 through 1992, Hillary served on Lafarge's Board of Directors. Says Gasior: "Hillary Rodham Clinton was directly linked to the network that was involved in a clandestine CIA arms export ring."

Why would CIA have helped Saddam Hussein? During the 1980s, Iraq and its neighbor, Iran, were involved in a bloody war. This Iran-Iraq war suited U.S. geopolitical purposes: as long as the two nations were busy fighting each other, they weren't much threat to other nations, and to U.S. interests, in the region. But the prolonged war could not go on if Iran were to gain the upper hand. To keep things even, the U.S. secretly supplied Iraq with sophisticated weapons. According to former National Security Council official Howard Teicher, then-CIA Director William Casey "personally spearheaded the effort to ensure that Iraq had sufficient military weapons, ammunition and vehicles to avoid losing the Iran-Iraq war."

For her whistleblowing efforts, Marianne Gasior was "rewarded," she says, by being warned to shut up or else risk being "hurt." She claims her car was broken into and documents stolen, and she apparently narrowly avoided an arson attempt on her home. The whole case, naturally, was referred to Kenneth Starr, who swallows all damaging information under the rubric of conducting an investigation. Gasior says she was told that "anything involving the First Lady or Vincent Foster has to be referred to the Office of the Independent Counsel."

In previous issues of Conspiracy Nation (CN 10.77 and CN 10.82), Sherman H. Skolnick has widened the allegations. In "Foster's Documents," he claims that George Bush was a principal owner of the weapons firm on which Hillary sat as a director. Both Skolnick and Timmerman single out the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) as connected to the illicit arms for Saddam operation. Taking the rap for a $5.5 billion bank fraud was Christopher Drogoul, a low-level branch manager for BNL. The Atlanta branch of BNL had "lent" money to several companies which, in turn, supplied weapons to Iraq. Well, too bad for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, because they never got paid back for the "loans" (you might say.) Not to worry: all-around nice guy Bill Clinton, through Attorney General Janet Reno, made sure that BNL received more than $400 million to help them assuage their loss. Where did that $400+ million come from? It came from you, the American taxpayer.

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