Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 9 Num. 54

("Quid coniuratio est?")


By Sherman H. Skolnick

Here is the scene. It was October, 1990. A half million U.S. troops were gathering in the Persian Gulf. Joined by a few thousand troops of our so-called "Allies." One of the great secrets was how, in the 1980s, U.S., England, France, and Germany supplied weapons to both Iraq and Iran, to kill each other -- hundreds of thousands died -- in a war that went on for some eight years, 1980 to 1988.

The Western Powers used the Iraq-Iran war to control the oil from the Gulf.

Who in 1990 (or even now) knew or remembered that President George Bush and his cronies were the ones who were kingpins in making Kuwait a major oil producer? All the way back to 1960, when Kuwait was a British colony. Kuwait petroleum interests were big depositors and transacters through the Rockefeller banks, New York and Chicago. In the U.S., particularly in the south, Kuwait Petroleum was becoming a big competitor, such as the chain of retail gas stations, once owned by Gulf Oil, and then called under the name "Q-8" Gas Stations. Kuwait was becoming, world-wide, too big a competitor to the Rockefeller oil cartel, and the companies making up the monopoly with them.

There was a danger that oil prices, by over-production, would go down, severely damaging the oil trust, called The Seven Sisters.

A really big secret, in 1990, and even now, was that George Bush was a private joint venture business partner of Iraqi strongman, Saddam Hussein. Since Bush had been Director of Central Intelligence, 1975, the CIA created Saddam, by arranging the political murders of his opponents, including some of his power-grabbing relatives.

Saddam was the bully boy of the Persian Gulf, where all the other oil producers secretly agreed to pay him and his cronies 25 percent of all the oil shipped to the West, for the decade 1980 to 1990. That was one trillion dollars worth. The kick-backs to Saddam and his circle had been 25 billion dollars per year (average), a total of 250 billion dollars for the decade. Saddam shared the oil loot with his partner, George Herbert Walker Bush, and their circle of thieves and extortionists.

The oil kick-backs were funneled through the Chicago branch of Italy's largest bank, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro [BNL], owned in part by the Vatican. According to Congressional documents, BNL was the twin and interlocked with Bank of Credit and Commerce International [BCCI]. BCCI has been a worldwide crime, political murder, and espionage operation that became, supposedly, defunct in 1991. Actually, BCCI has continued on through its successor and alter ego, Pinnacle Banc Group, whose flag-ship is First National Bank of Cicero (Chicago mafia enclave suburb). And the Cicero bank has long been dominated by Bishop Paul Marcinkus, once heading a church there and up until 1991 head of the Vatican Bank. (According to an espionage-gangster scandal in Italy, the Vatican Bank was the center of CIA/mafia gun and dope money laundering as well as the secret sale of nuclear device parts to terrorists. The Roger D'Onofrio Affair, a long-time American CIA official, dual resident in U.S. and near Naples, Italy. Reuters, Naples, 12/2/95. Associated Press, Naples, 12/2/95. See also my story called "Clandestine Projects.")

Starting in the early 1980s, BNL and BCCI set up branches in major cities in the U.S., including Chicago. This was arranged by partners in the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock and through their client, Stephens & Co., largest bond brokers worldwide, outside of Wall Street. Forming the branches required greasing the palms of state and federal bank regulators and others, around the country. Facilitating this corruption were two of the Rose Law Firm partners, Hillary Rodham Clinton and her law partner/lover, Vincent W. Foster, Jr.

From the early 1980s, Vince Foster was the equivalent of a military general in the super-secret National Security Agency [NSA]. With the help of Hillary, he headed up the NSA's bank computer services spying operation, keeping tabs on bank and other money laundering worldwide -- both friend and foe.

Hillary Clinton's father, originally from the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, was reportedly a middle-level gangster, setting up money washing through banks and insurance companies, U.S. and overseas. Hillary being married to William Jefferson Clinton was a marriage of convenience. From an early age, both had been separately groomed by CIA through George Bush and others; such as the CIA London station chief for Bill. To use espionage jargon, Bill and Hillary were a "CIA couple."

The CIA promoted Bill Clinton from state Attorney General (which he got from his gangster uncle, Ray Clinton), to be Governor of a sizeable state with a small population -- Arkansas -- known as owned by the Rockefellers. Savvy folks contend Bill is the illegitimate great grandson of old John D. Rockefeller, founder of the infamous Standard Oil Trust. Arkansas has been one of the most backward places in the nation, if not in the world -- where anything goes. In the Iran-Contra period, Governor Clinton kept his state police from interfering with the CIA's guns & dope operation through the small airport in western Arkansas, at Mena. In secluded facilities nearby, in violation of federal aviation regulations, small shops were set up and operating to re-fit airplanes secretly with special doors and long-range fuel tanks, to be used in faraway jungles, like Central America, good for dropping secret loads of weapons and picking up dope for return trips to various sites in Arkansas and across the South.

Bill Clinton's mother was the link through Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the underworld's gambling, extortion, and prostitution apparatus, which on occasion overlapped CIA. An outpost for Chicago mobsters was Hot Springs, and they had done favors for the CIA, such as aiding in the CIA's murder of President Kennedy in Dallas.

So, in its most simplistic terms, the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton was the joining of two crime families, Chicago and Hot Springs. A merger authorized for a CIA couple by the spy agency.

A few related examples: Operating through Chicago to reportedly wash funds for the CIA, the Vatican Bank, and others, reportedly has been Coral Re-Insurance, having an unlisted headquarters in the Barbados. They reportedly money laundered 50 million dollars of federal funds, part of 58.4 million dollars parked with Household International and their units Household Bank. Household, in part dominated by the Vatican, is the successor to the Nugan Hand Bank, like Household, a CIA proprietary washing espionage, political murder, and other covert funds. Former CIA Director William Colby, who mysteriously disappeared and supposedly whose body was later found, had been general counsel of Nugan Hand Bank which supposedly became defunct following the murder of one of its founders. Colby had a similar role for the Nugan Hand Bank alter ego, Household.

As to Nugan Hand Bank, see the book by Jonathan Kwitny, "The Crimes of Patriots."

I have written extensively of a complex group of state and federal litigation in Chicago, called the Joseph Andreuccetti Affair, involving the mysterious 50 million dollar transfer by Household to Little Rock and from there, to the Grand Caymans with the aid of Coral Re-Insurance and Fuji Bank.

The mysterious transfer of the 50 million dollars was to cover up the apparent embezzlement of funds from a federally-insured outlet, Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan -- some 47 million dollars for which Bill and Hillary Clinton can be the targets of federal criminal prosecution. Congressman Dan Burton (R., Ind.) refers to the strange 50 million dollars transferred by Bill Clinton to a known dope-money laundering center. (Congressional Record, 5/29/96, pages H5627-28.) Some quote the congressman as stating he vows to help put Bill and Hillary Clinton in prison.

A key player in all this was Brian Barnett Duff. In the 1980s, Duff sat as a judge in the state court in Chicago, the Circuit Court of Cook County. Later, the Reagan/Bush team installed Duff as a federal district judge in Chicago. Some knew Duff to be corrupt, but he escaped while all other local judges were sent to federal prison in "Operation Greylord" (touched off by our work.)

One thing is for sure: Duff was subject to blackmail, a key reason someone is selected for high office (an unfortunate American reality.) At any moment, Duff could be whisked away to the funny farm. On the bench, he had outbursts where he wanted to jail the more-independent lawyers for no particular reason. In routine cases, lawyers knew they had to grovel before him or he would suddenly go nuts and start threatening one or more lawyers and others.

Some just imagined Duff as some psychiatric ward inmate who somehow escaped to high federal office. Duff acted the part and was there to be used and blackmailed.

A case that should have been labeled a blackmailer's dream-come-true was on U.S. District Judge Duff's docket in October, 1990. (You are wrong if you really believe cases get on a particular judge's docket by so-called "random selection." To make a long story short, court corruption requires a corrupt Court Clerk's office. A top federal Court Clerk's Office official ended up in jail because of our work, in 1969, U.S. vs. Robert P. Steine.)

All of the foregoing almost unraveled, worldwide, but was hushed up -- a series of events in October, 1990.

A Texas Democrat, in some ways seeming to be a populist, was Henry B. Gonzalez. As a very long-time congressman, he headed up the House Banking Committee. As part of an investigation of the twin banks, BNL and BCCI, Cong. Gonzalez sought the records of the Chicago branch of BNL. A custodian of copies of some of those records was the Federal Reserve Board who began giving them to the congressman's committee.

Alarmed when they found out, the Bush/Saddam Hussein gang instigated the Illinois State Banking Commissioner, which regulated the BNL Chicago branch, to start an injunction suit in federal district court in Chicago which by corrupt means was assigned to Judge Duff, a crony of Bush. People of the State of Illinois ex rel. William C. Harris, Bank Commissioner vs. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Case No. 90 C 6863. Because they were the focus of the litigation, becoming an intervening party was the House Banking Committee.

In one of his rulings, Judge Duff sought to bar Gonzalez's House Banking Committee lawyer from Judge Duff's courtroom. In one of his psychiatric outbursts, apparently brought on by blackmail pressure against him, Judge Duff referred to the lawyer as an 800 pound gorilla showing no deference to Judge Duff. In other plain words, get the hell out of my courtroom and out of this courthouse: this matter is already "fixed," by Bush and others, and why are you here?

(A key development: while the case was pending, the Illinois Attorney General, representing the Banking Commissioner in federal court, changed from GOP to Democrat. They half-heartedly proceeded to push the case.)

Unless Congressman Gonzalez was prepared to sign -- and he wasn't -- a national security oath of some sort that he would not reveal the BNL Chicago records, any records he had were to be returned and he could not get any more of the bank's records. One of the exhibits already in the court record is a letter on behalf of CIA, that the bank's records should not be divulged. The court record also shows high-level negotiations between top Italian officials, in Rome, with officials in the U.S. of the Federal Reserve, regarding that the BNL records should not be disclosed.

Bush's blackmailable crony, Judge Duff, enjoined the release of the records of BNL. The mass media, themselves interlocked with crooked banks, dared not send any reporter to cover the case. In May, 1991, an appeal of the case was heard by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, in Chicago. Most of the judges on the 7th Circuit court (covering Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana) are interlocked with banks. For example, chief judge of that court for many years was Judge Walter J. Cummings, Jr.: his father for years and years was board chairman of the Continental Bank of Chicago. The Cummings family have been major owners of that bank, along with the Vatican, the Rothschilds, and the Queen of England (who always had a representative of the British royal family on the Continental board).

That bank, tied to the commodity markets, has all the years been a center of corrupt secret nominee accounts for judges, to corruptly influence many federal judges such as in Chicago. Continental Bank has been the head office for several thousand correspondent banks. (Formed before the American Civil War, like the Chicago Board of Trade, Continental was apparently the transfer point for Rothschild banking empire funds implicated in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.)

The only reporter at the May, 1991, federal appeals court hearing was myself accompanied by friends. Where was the mainstream press in a world-shaking story like this?

After the hearing, in the back of the courtroom, I interviewed two participants.

Question: I heard that the secret BNL Chicago records involved here relate to private, joint business ventures between George Herbert Walker Bush and his business partner Saddam Hussein.

Answer: (From a lawyer of the Illinois Attorney General representing the State Banking Commissioners) Yes, that is correct.

(To be careful and sure, I asked the same question three times. Same answer each time.)

Question: Why do the state and federal bank regulators want these records suppressed?

Answer: Release of the records would undermine the authority of bank regulators and because of what is involved here, would cause a worldwide run on banks.

Question: Are you confirming it is that serious, the possible release of BNL Chicago's records?

Answer: Yes, release of the records would create an international incident, detrimental to the banks, the United States, and our international relations.

The bank's records, among other things, show Bush and Saddam Hussein getting, for the decade of the 1980s, 250 billion dollars in oil kick-backs from all the Persian Gulf oil producers, or 25 billion dollars per year for a decade -- for the ten years leading up to the Persian Gulf War.

I then stated: It seems the appeal record is suppressed or someone wants to suppress it. Whereupon, the lawyer reached into a leather suitcase and dragged out most of the records and gave them to me.

I then interviewed the lawyer for the Illinois Banking Commissioner, that regulates the Chicago branch of BNL. I asked him the same question as well, three times to be sure, and each time he answered similar to the first lawyer. He then also volunteered:

Those records also relate to "non bank" records. He explained there are records of BNL Chicago that are not exactly bank records but show George Herbert Walker Bush as the private joint business venture partner of Saddam Hussein.

The three-judge panel was headed by Judge Richard A. Posner, later made Chief Judge of the 7th Circuit. Posner, once a law school teacher at the University of Chicago (founded and operated by the Rockefeller oil cartel) reportedly represents the one billion dollar (and more) stock portfolio of the University of Chicago. (Like the other judges on the federal appeals court in Chicago -- and other banker-judges around the nation -- Judge Posner does NOT disqualify himself when his financial interests are involved. Guess who wins?)

Before becoming a judge on the federal appeals court in Chicago, Posner ran a court litigation service company described by reliable sources as reportedly specializing in bribing or blackmailing federal judges on behalf of major corporations.

After an appeals court hearing, most usually their ruling is made months later. In the meantime, in this case, after the hearing, the Bush Justice Department began circulating stories -- but the press fakers were afraid to go into it and follow it up -- that Judge Posner had reportedly received bribes in eight other cases. Funny thing, our group already knew about those eight other cases, not news to us.

Responding to the bribery blackmail, Judge Posner, in the summer of 1991, made a strange and rare ruling: that the BNL Chicago case should not be in this courthouse and should be entirely removed.

Only a right-wing, conservative newspaper dared publish the details of all this. ("Spotlight," 8/19/91)

Saddam Hussein's half-brother, in Geneva, Switzerland, has told European reporters that if Saddam is assassinated by the American CIA, that records will be released compelling the American government to prosecute George Bush for treason.

In March, 1996, I did a program on my popular public access cable TV program in Chicago, called "Broadsides," that Judge Brian Barnett Duff was observed by me and an associate of mine during a three-hour hearing in a case involving Chicago City Hall patronage jobs. A former city employee contended that thousands of city workers have been defrauded out of amounts that total into the hundreds of millions. That this was because of a fraud upon the federal district court in Chicago. Implicit in the hearing was that Judge Duff was in some way himself a part of the fraud upon his court. Duff implied that the situation is so serious, as to the amounts involved, that it could cause city government of Chicago to declare bankruptcy.

During the lengthy hearing, described on my cable TV show, Judge Duff raved and ranted like he had just escaped from a nut house. For a lengthy period he condemned one of the lawyers that had filed papers about the fraud upon Duff's court in the city patronage cases. Just as Duff looked at the lawyer Duff was berating, Judge Duff said: "If you say anything more I am going to do something to you." Such as jailing him for contempt. Funny thing, the lawyer had not said hardly a word.

After the taping of my show, before it was even cablecast, Judge Duff had heard about my show about him. Judge Duff saw me in the lobby of the federal courthouse and came up behind me and in a very sarcastic tone said to me, "Thanks for the compliment, Skolnick."

After the show was cablecast, because of the large viewership, it became widely known and understood that Judge Duff is certifiably insane, and has a psychiatric disability. To once and for all hush up the whole business about Judge Duff and the rulings about BNL and Chicago and such, Chief Judge Posner issued a series of rare and strange rulings, called mandamus cases, brought by lawyers complaining that Judge Duff is erratic (if not actually crazy.) Suddenly the mainstream press began condemning Judge Duff as erratic. Was there a danger that Judge Duff was going to start blabbing about the big fix involving himself in the BNL Chicago case? Judge Posner's much publicized rulings against Duff on the mandamus petitions discredited Duff. Thereafter, who would believe anything Judge Duff said in or out of court?

Then stories began circulating that the Justice Department, because of a crazy ruling by Judge Duff, in a secret complaint to Congress, wanted Judge Duff impeached. The one-million circulation Chicago Tribune, in a front page story headlined "Beleagured Judge Steps Down From U.S. Bench -- Duff was known for erratic actions." The Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Chicago is quoted as saying Duff "has a legitimate physical disability." What he really meant is that Judge Duff has long been known, and subject to blackmail, because of his mental disability.

The Justice Department complaint against Judge Duff was so secret that the U.S. Attorney in Chicago warned his entire office that if anyone there talked about it, they would be fired.

The funny thing was that the federal appeals court in Chicago, populated with banker-judges, removed Duff from a lawsuit contesting the state's treatment of the mentally ill. Duff had demanded in court that the Illinois Governor come personally and privately to meet Judge Duff about the mental hospital case; otherwise, Judge Duff threatened to torpedo numerous other state lawsuits pending on his docket, to cost the state many millions.

Lawyers complained that Judge Duff was so nuts, that motions and briefs filed without inclusion of his middle name were rejected out of hand. A local group called "The Chicago Council of Lawyers," in a 1991 evaluation (blackmailing Duff during the BNL Chicago case?) said, "Some lawyers report that the only way to avoid Judge Duff's ire is to grovel and constantly flatter him."

See the lengthy front-page story, Chicago Tribune, 10/11/96.

Some contend the BNL Chicago case, covered up by Judge Duff and then nailed shut by appeals Judge Posner, involves a lot more than just the treason of Bush being in business with Saddam Hussein; at the same time Bush sent a half a million U.S. troops in harm's way to the Persian Gulf. Although the press said the Gulf War casualties were just a few hundred -- how about the 80,000 ex-GIs suffering from Gulf War diseases? Medical sources claim several thousand of those ex-soldiers have since died of the strange illnesses. One source claims 15,000 of those suffering from Persian Gulf War Syndrome have perished.

Some contend the BNL Chicago record cover-up involves among other things:

** the money that paid for the political assassination of Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, who started to complain about the Swedish arms merchant Bofors committing high crimes in secret weapons shipments to Iraq and Iran.

** the American CIA as well as foreign intelligence agencies washing political assassination funding through BNL Chicago.

** the bribery, by BCCI, to try to spread out more in the U.S., of 25 percent of the House of Representatives and 28 U.S. Senators. (Some have forgotten about my exclusive story in Spotlight in October, 1991, about the BCCI-Congress bribery mess.)

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[CN: The following paragraph was conveyed to me by phone by Mr. Skolnick subsequent to his having written the above article. He wished it to be included with this story. Thanks to a CN reader for pointing out to myself and Skolnick the apparent Henry Hyde connection to Judge Duff.]

Judge Duff apparently helped cover up things in the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) case against Congressman Henry Hyde (Republican, Illinois). The case is still pending. It is alleged that Hyde, as a director of Clyde Savings & Loan, through wrongful conduct, caused the downfall of Clyde S&L. A CIA lawyer came in and, in chambers, asked that records be impounded. Subsequently such an order by Judge Duff ordering that principal records be impounded was issued. Duff also apparently arranged to delay the trial so as to help Hyde. Hyde is reportedly in charge of the CIA's "black budget" and has more actual authority than the Director of Central Intelligence (DCIA).

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Since 1963, Mr. Skolnick has been founder/chairman of the Citizens' Committee to Clean Up the Courts, a public-interest group researching and investigating judicial corruption and political murders. Updates of their work are on a regular phone call, a recorded phone message, 5 minutes: (773) 731-1100. He is now the moderator of a public access cable TV program, "Broadsides," in Chicago, available to some 400,000 households. Using a good browser, you can find many thousands of citations to his stories and reports on Internet. Office: 8 a.m. to midnight, 7 days, (773) 375-5741. 9800 South Oglesby Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60617-4870. Call before sending Fax. (The area code changed from 312 to 773 on 10/12/96.)

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