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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 5:43 pm    Post subject: Did "Le Cercle" Kill Diana? Reply with quote

Mark Shernick

If you are interested in locating the person or persons who might have arranged for the car smash in Paris, I think one of the best places to look would be amongst those shady millionaires and politicos who surrounded the Princess.

In particular, there is an organization known as "Le Cercle" or the Pinay Circle that would seem to fit the bill very neatly.

"The Circle" is a clandestine covert action wing of the extremely secretive Bilderberg Group. It takes its name from Antoine Pinay, Premier of France in 1951, who attended the inaugral Bilderberg meeting in Oosterbeek, Holland, in May 1954. Pinay formed the Circle around 1969, together with Jean Violet (a lawyer working for the French intelligence service SDECE) and Archduke Otto von Hapsburg (heir to the Austrian throne and leader of the movement for a united Europe).

Pinay secretly began recruiting men of influence as members. Today the Circle's meetings are heavily composed of former members of various intelligence services, senior military officers as well as politicians, bankers and VIPs with right-wing connections.

"Le Cercle" includes active members in the intelligence circles of both Britain and France. It has helped these agencies to destabilize governments in past. Specifically, it played a role in Watergate in the US, helped to bring down Harold Wilson and Ted Heath in the UK, kneecapped Francois Miterrand in France, assassinated Olaf Palme in Sweden and contributed to the destabilization of Gough Whitlam's government in Australia.

Conversely it helped to raise up and support the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and continues to actively support a wide range of interlocking right-wing outfits including the World Anti-Communist League, the Heritage Foundation, Western Goals, the Freedom Association, the Bilderbergers, Propaganda Due (P2), Opus Dei, the Moonies and the Jonathan Institute.

The UK members of the Circle are very much involved in the guns-for-drugs trade in Pakistan and Bosnia. Three British members of The Circle -- Jonathan Aitken (Minister of Defence Procurement), Alan Clark (Minister of State for Defence) and Paul Channon (former Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry) -- played central roles in the arms-to-Iraq affair examined by Sir Richard Scott.

Their French counterparts have been up to their necks in scandals as well. Doug Vaughan outlined a brief history of French intelligence in a Fall 1993 article for Covert Action Quarterly. He notes that the Action Service's Red Hand eliminated dozens of Algerians and their sympathizers during the 1960s. During the '70s its officers organized coups d'etat in Central Africa, Congo, Nigeria and Mali.

A key member of the Circle, Count Alexander de Marenches, directed the Service for External Documentation and Espionage (SDECE) during the 1970s. His pet project was the "Safari Club," which Vaughan describes as "a consortium formed with the secret police of the Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and the Saudi intelligence service run by Kamal Adham (later famous as a key player in the machinations of the rogue Bank of Commerce and Credit International, BCCI)."

The Safari Club "plotted with the Portugese fascists to overthrow President Sekou Toure of Guinea and to assassinate Amilcar Cabral, leader of the independence movement in Guinea-Bissau. They backed the dictator Siad Barre in Somalia. They tried to kill Libyan Col. Muammar Qaddafi. They schemed to prop up the Shah. They forged a strategic alliance with BOSS, the Gestapo of South Africa's apartheid -- all in the name of stopping the spread of Soviet influence."

When Francois Mitterand took power in 1981, his socialist government "feared, not without reason, that SDECE had degenerated into a haven of fascist hysterics and military retainers inimical to their right to govern. A decree from the Elysee abolished SDECE in April 1982 but established the DGSE under Marion."

As head of the Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure (DGSE) during the 1980s, Pierre Marion redirected the French spy network toward industrial espionage. Specifically, they focussed on supporting Groupe Bull, "a state-owned holding company that sits at the very center of France's formidable military-industrial complex."

Groupe Bull, in turn, focussed its attention on Honeywell -- a U.S. computer firm that also happens to be the parent company of Alliant Tech Systems, one of the largest manufacturers of landmine products in the world.

Far from competing, it would seem that Honeywell and Groupe Bull formed a partnership. During the 1980s they worked together as subcontractors on several projects, eventually forming a computer firm referred to as Honeywell-Bull.

It would not be inconceivable, then, to say that Groupe Bull works in tandem with Honeywell on certain projects, just as the DGSE often cooperates with CIA. They compete, but they also share some common interests and common enemies.

One of those common enemies may have been Diana, Princess of Wales. Her innocent attempts to support an international ban on the sale of land mines may have cost the makers of American and French landmines many millions of dollars in contracts.

In fact, her death occurred just as the Clinton administration was wrapping up a $400 million arms package for the Bosnian muslims. And the French had just inked a $2 billion oil deal with the Iranians, who may have requested some payments for the oil in the form of arms shipments to Bosnia.

Le Cercle has never hestitated to take "direct action" against people that get in its way. Journalist David Teacher, an investigator of Le Cercle activities, lists a number of known "destabilization" programs in which Circle members are believed to have played a role (see his article "The Pinay Circle and Destabilization in Europe," Lobster 18, UK, October 1989).

These "direct actions" include the CIA's Operation Chaos and the FBI's Cointelpro assassination programs; a 1973 coup d'etat in Belgium "planned by gendarmerie officers and extreme-right-wing groups"; a campaign of domestic terror and misinformation "designed" by Alexandre de Marenches, head of the French SDECE, to keep Francois Mitterand from office during the 1974 elections; and the assassination of Sweden's Prime Minister Olaf Palme by the O3 section of the Swedish intelligence service, SAPO.

Hans Langemann, formerly a senior-ranking officer of Germany's BND and latterly head of Bavarian State Security, leaked several "Cercle" documents to the German magazine "Kronket" (later featured by "Der Spiegel"). In a secret memorandum dated 8th November 1979 he notes that "[Chairman of Le Cercle Brian] Crozier worked with the CIA for years." He concludes, therefore, "that they are fully aware of his activities." Further on he advises that Crozier, together with "Dickie" Franks, Director of Britain's SIS, and Nicholas Elliott, a senior department head in MI6, "were recently invited to Chequers (the country home of the incumbent Prime Minister; in this case Margaret Thatcher) for a working meeting." Langemann continues: "It must therefore be concluded that MI6 is fully aware of, if not indeed one of the main sponsors of" Crozier's "diverse circle of friends in international politics."

Additional subjects covered in the Langemann papers include "international campaigns aiming to discredit hostile personalities or events," the "creation of a (private) intelligence service specialising according to a selective point of view," and the "establishment of offices under suitable cover, each run by a coordinator from the central office. Current plans cover London, Washington, PARIS, Munich and Madrid."

As a person helping to organize an international roadblock to the sale of landmines, Princess Diana could certainly have been classified as an "hostile personality" who had frustrated the aims of some very powerful military members of the Circle. Her companion, Dodi Al-Fayed, was the son of a man who had helped bring down the conservative government in Britain this May.

At least three of the top-ranking members of "Le Cercle" (Dr. Henry Kissinger, billionaire George Soros, and billionaire Jeremy Goldsmith) had direct contact with Princess Diana.

Dr. Kissinger met with Diana in December of last year at a fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy. Lyndon Larouche's organization portrays Kissinger as the eminence grise of the British Drugs-R-Us racket. According to Barbara Walters, the Princess engaged in a mild and good-humored flirtation with Kissinger. He attended her funeral.

George Soros provided the private planes on which Diana flew to and from Bosnia. He has connections throughout the Balkans and may very well be involved in the recent shipment of arms from Iran to the muslims in Bosnia.

Diana had a longstanding friendship with the Goldsmith family. Andrew Morton's biographies of the princess contain some brief but interesting references to Diana and the Goldsmiths:

"A few nights before the screening of the programme, scheduled for late June [1994], she attended a party at the Ritz Hotel to celebrate the birthday of her friend, Annabel Goldsmith, and the election of her husband, Sir James Goldsmith, as a Euro MP." [Diana: Her New Life, p. 202]

"Diana: Her True Story" informs us on page 129 that Mark Shand, the brother of Camilla Parker-Bowles, is married to Clio Goldsmith, "niece of the grocery millionaire."

Just yesterday, the Queen met with Jemimah Goldsmith in Pakistan. The Reuters wire service report, dated October 7, read as follows:

"Princess Diana visited Pakistan three times before she died in a high-speed car crash in a Paris road tunnel alongside her companion, Dodi Al Fayed.

Her highest-profile visit was last May, when she went to raise funds for the cancer hospital in Lahore run by Pakistan cricket hero Imran Khan. Imran and his wife Jemima, daugher of the late Anglo-French tycoon Sir James Goldsmith and a close friend of Diana, were both at the glittering dinner at Islamabad's presidential palace. "

Sir James Goldsmith's connections to "Le Cercle" are spelled out in an article by Robin Ramsay titled "Brian Crozier, the Pinay Circle and James Goldsmith," that appeared November 1988 in Lobster, issue No. 17.

For a more complete overview of the Pinay Circle, see "The Pinay Circle: An Invisible Power Network," by David G. Guyatt in vol. 3 No. 5 of Nexus Magazine, August-September 1996.

Mr. Guyatt may be reached at 5 Mucking Hall Cottages, Mucking Hall Road, Barling Magna, Essex SS3 ONJ England, UK Phone/Fax +44 (0) 1702 21 7523

Guyatt's article cites Brian Crozier's book "Free Agent: The Unseen War, 1941-1991" (Harper Collins, London, 1993) and Alan Clark's "Diaries" (Phoenix Books, London, 1994).

He lists the following people as members of "Le Cercle":

NICHOLAS ELLIOT, British SIS/MI6 dept. head
WILLIAM COLBY, deceased (?) former Director of CIA
COLONEL BOTTA, Swiss military intelligence
FRANZ JOSEF STRAUSS, German Defence Minister
ALFREDO SANCHEZ BELLA, head of European Operations for Spain's Secret Service and closely connected to Opus Dei
GIULIO ANDREOTTI, former Italian Prime Minister, P2 member and Mafia confidant
GEN. ANTONIO DE SPINOLA, head of Portugese putschists
SILVA MUNOZ, former Franco minister and senior Opus Dei member
MONSIGNIORE BRUNELLO, Vatican prelate and BNG agent
STEFANO DELLA CHIAIE, leading member of P2 and Italy's Secred Service, SID

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Who Killed Diana, by Simon Regan Reply with quote

Who Killed Diana?

(An Investigation into the various Conspiracy Theories Concerning the Death of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed)

By Simon Regan

"Unlike any other crime, espionage leaves no trace, and proof is virtually impossible - unless a spy either confesses or is caught in the act."
Peter Wright in Spycatcher

Hundreds of theories abound as to what really happened on that fateful night in the Pont de l'Alma underpass in the early hours of Sunday 31st August. The official story stubbornly sticks with an accident, but in a straw poll conducted by a British Sunday tabloid, 98% of the population are convinced it was something far more sinister. Now, in a sensational new book, author and journalist Simon Regan examines all the conspiracy theories and comes up very convincingly with his own.

He shows in graphic detail that dangerous terrorist fanatics were out and about on the fateful night - and they had a life-long grudge against the Fayed family. To them, Princess Diana was an adulteress - little more than a whore. Entirely dispensable. But Regan also argues graphically that the murderers could not have planned it or got away with it without the tacit knowledge of, or even the backing and connivance of, the British Super-Establishment to whom Diana was equally dispensable.

Her threat to the super-mandarins, the courtiers, arms-dealers and the Church had become too much to ignore. She held the future king under her spell and guarded him from the clutches of the Palace Machine. This was unpardonable.

Regan argues that every real conspiracy theory must answer three vital points: Who, Why and How. In well researched detail Regan pinpoints just who had the motive and was able to carry out such an assassination. Why it was essential to do so, and then how they could have done it.

His sources are impeccable. His reasons make tremendous sense and he defies anyone to argue with his logic. He investigates all the most modern techniques of assassination in the technological age. Lasers, radio beams, drugs, mind-control, computer hacking, and so on, and proves beyond doubt that it is entirely feasible to fake a murderous accident.

Anyone who has doubts about whether it was or not, must read this riveting account.

Chapter X - "Le Cercle"
One very positive connection which supports the theory that Marwan and his cronies were not just tolerated but actively encouraged by the Super-Establishment, is that they were at one stage (and almost certainly still are) king-pins of what the establishment first called the "Safari Club". This was an extraordinary but loose organisation which, because of its strong anti-Communist intentions, was heavily backed by the entire Western right wing. The Safari Club actually existed as an extraordinary and very exclusive Afro-French club in Paris. It had a ground floor restaurant and bar, but there was a proper club underneath which was very exclusive. By chance in London I met a man who, when he was a student, had worked there as a bus boy. The club itself no longer exists, but then it was decked out exotically with such things as elephant feet as stools. The whole place resembled a safari tent and people met by the flickering light of kerosene lamps. My friend worked mainly in the restaurant above, but also sometimes acted as a relief in the club itself. He said: "It was entirely eccentric in a sinister sort of way. I knew for sure that it was ultra-right wing, and it was always heavily conspiratorial. I was told never to recognise any of the patrons and they would literally huddle and talk in whispers. They always stopped talking if I was in earshot. It was an eerie place but at the time I needed the money. I didn’t really know the significance of it all until much later when I read that Chirac had had it closed down. I didn’t really actually recognise anyone, but some of them looked familiar and they were multi-national".

This clandestine but highly active international group in turn led to an offspring loosely called "Le Cercle" or the Pinay Circle, which became altogether more organised and dangerous. This was the group that the Baroness had emphasised I should look into if I wanted to get positive clues as to an assassination, and the more I did, the more convinced I became that they might be implicated in some way. These people would not have smiled at Diana’s pacifist activities

The original "Safari Club" was set up by the French ultra right-winger, Count Alexander de Maranches, who was the Director of the French Service for External Documentation and Espionage (SDECE) during the seventies. A group which the socialist Francois Mitterand described when he took power in France in 1981, as "a haven of fascist hysterics and military retainers inimical in their right to govern." A year later he abolished the SDECE and replaced it with the Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure (DGSE). Under the Director, Pierre Marion, the entire French security system was re-directed towards Industrial Espionage which wholly supported the Group Bull, a "state-owned company which sits at the very heart of France’s formidable military-industrial complex" (Mark Shernik). Bull, went into a curious alliance with Honeywell, the US computer firm, with full DGSE backing. Honeywell was the largest manufacturer of landmines. It was this group who was to supply landmines to both sides in Bosnia.

In the seventies, when all this was being formulated under the auspices of the Safari Club, Marwan and co. were most active. The club had originated as a consortium formed between the secret police forces of the Shah of Iran (SAVAK), Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Anwar Sadat of Egypt (The Marwan connection), and the Saudi Intelligence Service headed by Kamal Adham (later of BCCI fame). It was expressly formed to support regimes that were actively anti-Communist and to try and put down regimes that were not. In this second category it arranged coup d’etats in Central Africa, Congo, Nigeria and Mali. Because of its nature, the group was heavily into the supply of arms. When billion dollar contracts for arms are floating about, the Establishment is amazingly tolerant and it was during this time that Marwan became a very rich young man.

"Le Cercle" eventually spread its tentacles throughout the Western World, but it started in France, as a cogent force, during the Premiership of Antoine Pinay in 1951. Pinay attended the notorious Bilderberg meeting in Ossterbeek, Holland in May 1954. Here he identified others of his extreme political ilk and with the active co-operation of Jean Violet of the then SDECE and Otto von Hapsburg, heir to the Austrian throne, he formed the club. By the sixties their covert membership was truly astonishing. The "inner circle" included, among many others, Nicholas Elliot, a department head at MI6; William Colby, former controversial director of the CIA; Colonel Botta, of Swiss Military Intelligence; Stefano Della Chiaie, a leading member of the Italian Secret Service; Giullo Andreotti, former Italian Prime Minister and member of P2, who, it was later proved, gave the Italian Mafia presidential protection; General Antonio de Spinola, leader of the Portuguese Putschists; Silva Munoz, former Franco minister and a senior member of Opus Dei; Franz Josef Strauss, the German Defence Minister, and Monsignor Brunello, BNG agent in the Vatican.

While the Circle itself was clandestine, they soon formed open and genuine fronts. In America it was the Washington-based, CIA-backed, Heritage Foundation which was to eventually donate some £5 million to the Conservative Party coffers in support of the Thatcher government, on condition that they put some of their own people into the CCO HQ. This included Dr. Julian Lewis, an arch enemy of Scallywag’s for some years now. In turn, these people were sponsored by the British Freedom Association, run by Norris McWhirter, scourge of the CND, who is also founding editor of the Guinness Book of Records. Fringe members were The World anti-Communist League; Western Goals, the Bilderbergers, the Opus Dei; Propaganda Duo (P2) and the Jonathan Institute. Attaching themselves somewhere along the line was also the Moonies.

The Circle, on the one hand masterminded the demise of the Wilson and Heath governments in the UK; the assassination of Olaf Palme in Sweden; and caused the destabilisation of the Gough Whitlam government in Australia. On the other hand it was masterminding the setting-up of right-wing governments everywhere.

"Le Cercle" was not just anti-Communist, it was anti-socialist, even though many of the governments they tried to destroy or destabilise had been properly and legally elected. They truly were the original "Reds Under the Beds" fanatics who saw communism everywhere and believed it was their divine right to molest it in any way possible. Under this guise, however, they also cornered the arms markets.

To be fair, during the Cold War, communism under the Bolsheviks was a constant and serious threat to Western democracies and it had developed a huge, expensive, potent and dangerous machine of destabilisation against the West. Leading, it appeared obvious at the time, to an all-out nuclear war. Western security forces were quite within their rights to be paranoiac about the Eastern Block’s intentions. But the activities of "Le Cercle" were merely an extension of McCarthyism in a rather more intelligent and less hysterical, though none the less potent, form. They had developed a huge sense of menace which was closely guarded by some genuine authenticity and tolerated because of national paranoia. The CIA almost openly backed them, the MI6 more cautiously so. In both forces the Circle found many sympathisers.

Key members of the British Establishment, but especially their security services, were heavily involved with this set up. If many individuals were not actual members they were strident sympathisers. And at the end of the day, in the years leading up to Diana’s death, it all came down to simple gun-running. The supplying of arms to those forces, however evil, which they thought would stamp out the reds.

Three constant sympathisers in the UK, were Jonathan Aitken, later heavily discredited, Alan Clark, Minister of State for Defence in the Thatcher government and Paul Channon, former Secretary of State for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which at the time were so instrumental in discrediting both Asil Nadir and al-Fayed. In their dealings with the latter, the DTI brought into the conspiracy everyone mentioned in the former chapter concerning Ashraf Marwan. Sir Richard Scott reprimanded all three former ministers in the arms-to-Iraq enquiry.

The Safari Club meanwhile, with unlimited oil money, was busy plotting to overthrow President Sekou Toure of Guinea; assassinating Amilcar in Guinea-Bissau; and backing Siad Barre in Somalia. They led plots to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi, because he had actively supplied backing and arms to the "other side". They had formed strong links with BOSS, the Gestapo-style secret police of South Africa. Their only real failures were not managing to murder Gaddafi and failing to prop up the Shah. But did the West later in the Gulf War fall short of murdering Saddam because he was an original member of the Safari Club? Did he still have influential friends on the world stage? Has he even today? He certainly still has widespread support in much of the Muslim world. In February 1998 it was revealed that a top CIA agent, Thomas Twetten, (Deputy Director of Operations at the time), a major influence of Le Cercle in Washington, was working outside his office or jurisdiction in a plot by Iraqi Generals to murder Saddam. Clinton himself had ordered a feasible death plot. Mysteriously, all the names of the plotters were leaked from Washington and the plot was thwarted. MI6 were actively involved on an operational level directly with Twetten. In all some 120 officers were shot as a result.

In the final analysis, to "Le Cercle" it is not so much a political question as one of economics. There’s still a lot of oil out there, and a vibrant market for billions of dollars worth of armaments. Kuwait, of course, was not a member of the Safaris. But it must have been difficult for Saudi Arabia to choose between the threat imposed by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and attacking a fellow member of the club.

My own security contacts, including the Baroness, had also told me about a highly mysterious organisation called the Committee of 26, which is apparently based in Bristol, in England’s West Country. I have never heard of this and can find no other official reference in any file. But it is apparently a super-secret "liaison desk" between the highest echelons of British and American agencies and has the "co-operation" of the French. I was told it was "Old Guard" and worked unilaterally. That is, it was a kind of uncontrolled "super-agency" which answered to no one. I cannot show that this agency even exists, but if it does the number 26 presumably relates to members and, given the rise of membership of The Circle, which is known to exist, I would approximate that that would be an accurate figure and that it may well represent the right-wing elements of some 26 countries. I trust the Baroness, but she was unable to give me any feasible further "chapter and verse."

While there is a strong argument against landmine manufactures themselves plotting against Diana, at the time of her death the production of landmines was still going strong. The Clinton administration had just clinched a £400 million deal to supply an arms package for Bosnian Muslims (Through Honeywell). The French (through the DGSE) had just dried the ink on a $2 billion oil deal with the Iranians and part of the payment was to be a shipment of arms to Bosnia where a very high-profile Princess Diana had recently visited to appeal to the world against the recent carnage and its aftermath. Her very innocence was getting to be a huge embarrassment to several governments. And, perhaps more important, to the machinations of "Le Cercle" An uncontrolled Princess was swanning through their affairs and getting world-wide support. She was a one-woman icon wandering at will through the war zones of the world. She was striking huge chords for international pacifism. And worse, far worse, she was a deep influence on the future king.

Ironically, Sir James Goldsmith, was also an associate member of "Le Cercle" Goldsmith had been very much involved with Circle activities in Africa, and so had Tiny Rowland. It was very much in Rowland’s interests to keep left-wing governments out of Africa where the base of his fortune was made. Mainly in diamond mines which used, almost exclusively, slave labour. There has never been any dispute that Rowland had become a serious threat to the Fayed family. All over a personal tiff about the world’s most high-class grocery shop.

"Le Cercle" can still call upon almost unlimited funds and includes among members many of the most powerful men in the world. They are fervent to the extreme. They nurture the paranoia so as to feather their own nests and they have a very firm grip on Whitehall, Paris and Washington. They are more than capable of organising and executing an assassination against any force they feel may be threatening them. To all of them Diana and Dodi were highly dispensable.
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