September 14, 2008
David Sweet, writing for Raw Story, characterizes the Clarion Fund as a “shadowy group” distributing a 60-minute DVD, titled “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.” The DVD “is being distributed in millions of newspapers across the country this week primarily in swing states,” including Indiana, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, and elsewhere in order to “ensure we can all make an informed vote in November,” that is to say vote for the neocon candidate, John McCain. Distributing 145,000 DVDs is a last ditch attempt to keep the neocons in the driver’s seat and stretch out the “clash of civilizations” into the indeterminable future.
A Google search of the Clarion Fund produces few results of use. “Clarion Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are independent and do not accept funding from the U.S. Government, political institutions, or foreign organizations,” states the Clarion Fund’s website. “Our primary focus is on the most urgent threat of radical Islam.” However, the Popular Progressive blog was able to pull up a modicum of information:
Through some web digging, I was able to identify three players, Raphael Shore who is a Canadian citizen who is the producer/co-writer of the film and founder of the Clarion Fund, Wayne Kopping, a South African national, the director and co-writer and Gregory Ross, who is the communications director of this New York based non-profit group. Ross was “originally from Los Angeles and have lived overseas for many years. I moved back to LA from New York after 9-11, and a stint on Wall Street, and started working in the Hollywood Entertainment community.” Ross does not disclose how the film was produced, but is quoted as saying “The film was financed by a concerned citizen who has a long standing relationship with our organization. The cost was under $500k and it took over a year to complete.” Something about this group doesn’t pass the smell test, particularly when no information is available about its donors and board of directors.
Indeed, although this lack of information, apparently deliberate, does not hide the obvious fact the neocons are behind the Clarion Fund. As the video clip above reveals, the unmistakable neocon imprimatur is all over this propaganda DVD.
As it turns out, Gregory Ross is associated with David Horowitz and the Frontpage website. Horowitz takes money from the Bradley, Olin, Sarah Scaife and Smith Richardson foundation, in particular billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. Horowitz, a neocon of the most fanatical sort, has taken “more than $1.2 million from Scaife-controlled foundations since 2000 and more than $5.6 million since 1989″ for his Center for the Study of Popular Culture, according to Terry Krepel, citing Media Transparency.
But “Dickie” Scaife is more than your average neocon. He is intimately connected to the Wall Street CIA apparatus and the secret government, according to research conducted by Edward Spannaus. “From 1973 to 1975, Scaife ran Forum World Features, a foreign news service used as a front to disseminate CIA propaganda around the world,” notes Political Friendster. “The CIA has always recruited the nation’s elite: millionaire businessmen, Wall Street brokers, members of the national news media, and Ivy League scholars,” writes Steve Kangas. “Historically, the CIA and society’s elite have been one and the same people. This means that their interests and goals are one and the same as well.”
It should be obvious by now that the elite want perpetual war for perpetual profit — for the death merchants and the banksters — in the Middle East. In order to make their honed murder machine run efficiently and sans resistance they must propagandize the public on the “existential threat” of radical Islam. In fact, no such threat exists because the radical Muslims hyped in “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” are infinitesimal in number, factionalized, and pathetically disorganized – that is unless they work for the CIA, MI-6, German intelligence, and the Mossad.
However, this is not the half of it. In the video, we are subjected to the ranting of Abu Hamza al-Masri, who promises to take over the world in the name of Islam. Not only was al-Masri connected to Abdullah Azzam, al-Qaeda, and the CIA-ISI network in Afghanistan, he was first approached by British intelligence in 1997 and was closely associated with Haroon Rashid Aswat, the supposed 7/7 bombing mastermind and MI6 asset, according to former Justice Department prosecutor John Loftus. In fact, al-Masri worked obligingly for years with two branches of the British security services, the police’s Special Branch and MI5 (see The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza and the Finsbury Park Mosque, Sean O’Neill, Daniel McGrory, pp. 143-5).
But then this should come as no surprise, as even the corporate media has reported on occasion that MI5 has a track record of working with al-Qaeda (see Steve Watson, Terror Expert: 7/7 Mastermind was working for British Intelligence, Group was used by Brits in Kosovo in the late 90s).
Of course, most of the people who will receive the gratis neocon DVD inserted in newspapers will know nothing of this and will likely be spooked by the lurid images of Muslims calling for the murder of infidels and global jihad, a cartoonish prospect at best. Many of them will likely vote for John McCain, the neocon choice over Barack Obama, who is no lightweight when it comes to the manufactured GWOT and its resultant piles of dead bodies (Obama has called for unilateral military strikes inside Pakistan and wants to move troops from Iraq to Afghanistan).
The Clarion Fund may remain “shadowy,” however the DVD it is handing out to potential voters is an obvious product of the neocons, apparently linked back to the former Marxist David Horowitz and his patron, the CIA operative “Dickie” Scaife.
The “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” DVD would serve as a nice drink coaster. However, as the neocons understand all too well, an appreciable number of people will be suckered by their fictional scenario — same as they are suckered by likewise daily content on Fox News, CNN, et al — although it remains to be seen if they will turn out for John McCain.
Either way, it hardly matters. Because the perpetual war gang will rule the roost no matter who ends up on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come January, 2009.