|This article appears in the September 22, 2000 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Kursk Affair an Excuse for New FBI,
Birch Society Slander of LaRouche
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
September 13, 2000
Joel Skousen, a nephew of Cleon Skousen, the former senior FBI official,
Elder of the Mormon Church, and leader in John Birch Society circles for many
years, issued a ludicrous slander of Lyndon LaRouche in the latest issue of his
newsletter. Ostensibly reporting on the various theories about the sinking of
the Russian submarine, the Kursk, Joel Skousen launched into an attack on LaRouche. The Kursk affair merely served as a pretext for Skousen, a neo-conservative "authority" defending the views of the London-Wall Street financial oligarchy, to attack LaRouche as the opponent of their increasingly genocidal monetary system.
Skousen wrote, in a non sequitor, "Russian Defense Minister
Igor Sergeyev said that a collision with a foreign submarine remained his prime
hypothesis for the loss of Russia's Kursk nuclear submarine and its
118-man crew, but there is other evidence that the Russians are looking for any
excuse to cover up their own internal mistakes. Lyndon LaRouche claims to have
insider knowledge that the U.S. and Russia were on the verge of World War III
over the issue. He claims that it took Clinton 25 minutes on the phone to talk
Putin out of attacking the U.S. This is hogwash. LaRouche and his wife have ties
to far-left and Communist factions in Europe. I've always suspected LaRouche to
be a leftist rather than on the right. I don't trust his claimed sources, which
are most likely passing on Russian disinformation."
The rest of the Skousen piece was a typical bit of "official"
disinformation about the Kursk affair, asserting that it was "very
probable" that the Kursk sank as the result of an internal torpedo
explosion, and that the Russian Ministry of Defense is desperate to cover up
their own errors.
In the 1980s, Joel Skousen was the editor of Conservative
Digest, and the head of the Conservative National Committee; he now
publishes the World Affairs Brief, where the smear of LaRouche appeared.
Skousen's main business, by his own account, is building fallout shelters. His
latest book is Strategic Relocation--North American Guide to Safe Places.
Skousen has written in his newsletter that the Soviet Union never collapsed, and
that Russia is secretly preparing for a nuclear, chemical, and biological
first-strike against the United States.
On the Subject of the Skousen Newsletter
More than two decades ago, my wife Helga and I were the
guests of Cleon Skousen and his wife. During those several days, I met with the
President of the Mormon Church and elders. The courtesies were numerous, and the
hospitality notable otherwise, but for one sour note: an axiomatic difference
respecting, explicitly, my definition of a Christian view of human nature, and
my opposition to following the British monarchy in the matter of the Isis cult.
In light of that background, the line deployed against me from those Salt Lake
City and related John Birch Society circles, should be recognized as an
intentional fraud. The recent hoax circulated by Joel Skousen's newsletter, is
typical of those hoaxes.
The background to my receipt of the invitation from Cleon
Skousen et al., involves his former role as an FBI official, who was thus
qualified to appreciate the way in which the FBI had coordinated its 1973-74
operations aimed to bring about my physical elimination, through the FBI's use
of its assets within the Political Committee <ntof the Communist Party U.S.A.
Subsequently, this FBI role in using the Communist Party, was admitted in a
crucial way, by a released FBI official internal document of 1973. The
January-February 1974 intervention of the New York Times, to cover up
this FBI operation, is also notable in this connection. This, together with my
fight against the influence of the Frankfurt School moral degenerates (such as
the followers of Theodore Adorno and Hannah Arendt), attracted the interest of
Cleon Skousen, et al.
The break came like a sudden chill, in the course of my
discussion with elders gathered at Cleon's home. Soon afterward, I ceased to be
perplexed as to the reason for that unexplained chill. Cleon's book, published
earlier, attacking the notion of Aeschylus' Prometheus, made everything suddenly
and conclusively clear to me. That was the only issue of importance between
Skousen's circles and me; the charges of "leftism" made ritually by sundry John
Birch and related circles, are simply a lying ruse, employed to avoid mentioning
the actual issue. The issue is made clear to any intelligent person, simply by
comparing both Cleon's argument on the matters of Prometheus and the British
monarchy, and virtually any and all of my published writings bearing on those