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John K Singlaub

 

 

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John K Singlaub    

A US Army Major-General (chief of staff in Korea) and CIA operator who became involved in the Iran-Contra scandal with Oliver North. This link came through his membership of the American Freedom Coalition (a Moonies organisation) which housed many far right zealots. He had been 'retired' from the Army on President Carter's orders, and joined forces with every gung-ho reds-under-the-bed politician in Washington.

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1977 Mar 21: President Carter relieved him of duty in Korea for overstepping his bounds and failing to respect the President's authority as Commander-in-Chief,

1977 Apr: /E [1978 Aug Army News report] Democratic Rep Samuel S Stratton (NY) held hearings of the House Armed Services Committee to examine the US Army pullout of Korea after Major General John K Singlaub had been fired from his job as Eighth Army chief of staff for telling a reporter that the pullout would lead to war.

1979,: Singlaub, with John Rees and Democrat Congressman from Georgia, Larry McDonald founded the Western Goals Foundation . According to The Spokesman-Review, it was intended to "blunt subversion, terrorism, and communism" by filling the gap "created by the disbanding of the House Un-American Activities Committee" [HUAAC was the Joe McCarthy/Nixon reds-under-the-bed organisation]

1981: Founded the United States Council for World Freedom, the U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL). The chapter became involved with the Iran–Contra affair. Associated Press reporting that, "Singlaub's private group became the public cover for the White House operation" and a former member characterised it as "largely a collection of Nazis, Fascists, anti-Semites, sellers of forgeries, vicious racialists, and corrupt self-seekers."

1982 April: He is on the committee (along with other military warmongerers) of the Georgian Larry McDonald for Congress Committee. Here they are thanking the Tobacco Institute for the generous contribution of (supposedly) $250.

1988 Nov 23: Sam Chicote of the Tobacco Institute is being invited by the Jefferson Educational Foundation to attend a January 19 Inaugural ball as as a VIP Sponsor of this "the most exclusive of all Inaugural events [] limited to only 500 guests." [for President George HW Bush]

    Sponsorship costs $10,000. The Jefferson Educational Foundation is a right-wing Republican think tank with a foreign policy emphasis. Co-chairmen are William E Simon, Phil Crane and Jack Kemp. Singlaub is listed on the letterhead along with other AFC members.

1989 Feb 28: Right Web reports:

  • an officer in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
  • CIA deputy chief in South Korea during the Korean War, also acting as a battalion commander.
  • two years in Vietnam during the 1960s as commander of the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force, known as MACSOG. In that role, he was one of the commanders of Operation Phoenix, although he denies having had a part in that operation's infamous assassination and counterterror programs.
  • chief of staff of the United Nations Command in South Korea.

1978: he publicly condemned the decision of President Jimmy Carter to reduce the number of U.S. troops in the country and was then forced to retire.

1984: Singlaub headed a Pentagon panel called to make recommendations on conducting military activities in Central America. The panel's report urged the US to emphasize nonconventional, counterinsurgency warfare strategies.

    Under the Reagan administration, Singlaub received assistance and guidance from White House and National Security Council officials for his contra-supply activities. He identified former National Security Council aide Oliver North as his liaison to the White House.

1987–88: He was a member of the American Freedom Coalition.
    Among the AFC most prominent activities was its fundraising efforts on behalf of former National Security Council aide, Oliver North. One special project of the American Freedom Coalition is its "Emergency Project to Support Colonel North's Freedom Fight in Central America."

    The group put together a television special on North entitled "Fight for Freedom."(1) It also hoped to mobilize popular support for North's cause in order to create pressure on President Reagan to pardon North. Between October 1987 and April 1988, the group purchased air time in 180 television markets to air its pro-North video. During that time it also collected some 600,000 signatures supporting North.

    In one of its petitions to President Reagan for a North pardon, the AFC argued that the former National Security Council aide was "under attack from soft-on-communism politicians in Congress.