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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 4:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Healthy Food, US Army Intell, and MK Ultra Reply with quote

dilbert_g wrote:
Aquino is currently head of NSA, with Gen. Hayden. (The videos and other websites explained technical psychological reasons why sexual abuse of children, and the resulting dissassociation, seemed like a useful technique in creating mind-controlled CIA drones who could neither remember their past nor new covert operations assigned to them. Sirhan Sirhan experiences such amnesia to this day. Bill Clinton publicly apologized for non-specific US Gov and CIA experiments, which have also been covered by the History Channel. It's not just some whacko conspiracy theory. It was just warfare testing, for military and domestic use.)[/color]


What if it was not only true but the above a gross understatement of the effectiveness?

What if the majority of human history was controlled by such methods and global efforts beginning with the crusades were designed to reduce or eliminate awareness of the fact?

Would that make it clear that running from such was not effective because that is what the powers that be are trying to propagate? If that were the case, what would the opposite be? Or, if it were presented would it be supported and how energetic would that support be?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris,
I'm sure the Crusades were something of that sort. Religion + Politics + Power Struggles + Greed. Gullible people fight and die for oligarchs.

But as far as the power to actually control minds, this is a whole new level. Anyone can lie. Anyone is capable of being lied to, people are gullible or not gullible to varying degrees. Over-suspicion can sometimes be another form of self-deception, like the person who is just nuts about the suspicion their spouse is cheating on them, or will cheat on them soon, despite a complete absence of evidence or even 'signs', and therefore becomes hypervigilant and aggressive.

The skills of the Elites' lying has dramatically improved over the years with technology --- in the Technotronic Age, as Zbig would say.

I cannot compare the Crusades to the psyops pulled on Americans since 1950's, as well as going back to Edward Bernays stuff during the Wilson admin. Bernays as a pioneer in that field had to hone his skills, as did Bernays' successors in "Public Relations".

Same for the Army's technology, cannot be compared to the rather crude mind control of religion --- though it worked exceedingly well in those more-superstitious times. While the masses have developed and taken on some new modern superstitions, I don't think it's incorrect to claim that we as a whole are far less ruled by superstitions than our ancestors. Even these relatively newborn superstitions about utter demonization and condemnation of The Arab World and the Muslim Religion is falling apart in record time, years as compared to centuries, and in varying degrees amidst different Western populations.
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Truthseeker,
I found McNally to be stating his views on 'alternative medicine', particularly with regards to epilepsy. I think maybe you're right in that his statement was overly broad.

I know McNally believes in the ideals of the Socialist Equality Party solutions, insofar as socializing LARGE businesses which are essentially monopolistic and predatory. Opposite the ideals of capitalism, these businesses restrict choice, which charging premium prices for substandard services.

Quite consistently, I've never found McNally to be a strong proponent of pro-corporate government intervention by pro-corporate agencies which have been "captured" and completely subverted by big capital, in order to crush their more diversified competition. This is the agenda of the FDA-CODEX thing, in line with all of Bush's handover of Medicare to private profiteers, with no strings attached.

McNally might have been issuing cautions against totally de-regulated and unsupervised "hucksterism" and "snake oil salesmen" like those circa 1700's and 1800's. That's a valid concern. But who do you trust? However, Big Pharma and "officially approved" medicine has partially joined the "hucksterism" and "snake oil salesmen" with the use of politicized science and 'fast tracking' new medicines without testing them.

(I could accept some fast-tracking if presription drug B is known to be chemically and biologically nearly identical to presription drug A which preceded it. Then it might make sense to not start from scratch. Depends what "fast tracking" means.)

I'd say that so long as people comprehend that 'herbs and nutrition' products cannot feasibly be held to rigorous testing standards identical to patentable medicines, and that assertions are somewhat subjective to varying degrees with different herbs and substances, then the consumer can be well-armed with facts and skepticism sufficient to the task.

I wouldn't want to live in a world where the phrase "An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away" is an actionable or criminal clause, and that's what some of them want.

On the other hand, if it becomes apparent that some pattern exists, such as that certain herbal meds exacerbate some conditions, like for example epilepsy, I'm not in principle opposed to a government body issuing warnings of possible health risks (or at least I was not opposed to that, before 9-11 Color-Coded Terror Alerts).


Hopefully Patrick McNally will return to offer some clarification, since i don't want to speak for him either, but I'm guessing that I grasp approximately where he's coming from.


Truthseeker,
I've caught some flak here in this forum for refusing to go along with a knee jerk "the government is always 110% EVIL no matter what" platform, especially when the most common scenario is an agenda to replace our somewhat-democratic government with 100% privatized and 100% unaccountable self-policing "government-analogue" organizations, which have only one bottom line: their bottom line.

I question that view of 100% evil (or incompetent) government when other equally ruthless and equally evil private forces are simply clamoring to have the chains that restrict them removed, so they can proceed to unfettered destruction and plunder.

I don't this view of ruthless private industry represents the bulk of alternative medicine at this point. I think it's the underdog. I think reputable health food stores which depend on reputation and repeat business do a decent job of screening quackery --- at least if you ask.

On the other hand, Dr. Bronner's has a commercial online which shows how their nearest competitors are not really natural soap, but detergent instead, mixed with a few natural herbs. So in this case, as always, self-education is important.

And I think that in this case of alternative meds, the government is just playing favorites not protecting people from unscrupulous or dangerous medicine, i.e. the FDA and CODEX are nothing more than the corporate lobby acting in the role of regulatory branches of government.


Here's another way of looking at this:
Some friends of mine mentioned this after watching SICKO:

Skull and Bones have largely taken over Federal Government, and Federal Agencies.
Skull and Bones have taken over a lot of State Governments and probably many Counties and Local governments.
So government is bad, right?
Skull and Bones has largely taken over private industry and quasi-private corporate multi-nationalism. In other words, most big corporations are run by Skull and Bones too.

Skull and Bones has even taken over the Masons, and supplanted old Mason power from within. (I really didn't know that part. My friend said that Dennis Kucinich asked my friend out of the blue "Do you think I can win against THREE Skull and Bones candidates?" My friend knew nothing of that, and began to investigate. Will report back as I learn more.)

The Masons gave us the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, as well as Habeus Corpus, and other founding rules and guidelines.

Skull and Bones gave us Sept 11, the PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act, NAFTA, the WTO, and the like.


Not hard to see a distinction.

So I think I'm in favor of Alternative Med over a mandated monopoly of Big Allopathic Med, unless all Alternative Med gets taken over by Skull and Bones too (which seems to be what CODEX is about).
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elfis,
I don't know much about UFOology, but Stubblebine's entire career was built on being an expert in LYING, SUBTERFUGE, and CONTROL, both control over individuals and controls over larger society.

What that career has to do with healthy nutrition, I don't know.

What it has to do with sabotaging grassroots dissidents --- which was a core application of Stubblebine's life's work -- that seems obvious.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gary -

I stared at the screen trying to decide what to highlight to point out the contradiction - only to have your answer

dilbert_g wrote:
So government is bad, right?

right in the middle of the paragraph I read three times before I saw it.

(Thought I had a layup there for a minute...Laughing)

Thanks!
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Drew,
I'm not sure what you mean by that, but I was raised in this fairy tale called America, where government IS THE PEOPLE.

It's our representatives, people who WE elect/appoint to act as "managers", with the primary purpose of PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM. That was the reason WE created a government.

At least that's why George, Ben, Thomas, James, John, and good ole Patrick and all their buddies did. Ostensibly anyhow.

So NO. I don't think government is evil. I think OUR CURRENT GOVERNMENT SYSTEM is evil because it's been hijacked by powerful anti-democratic forces. The more I learn, I think it's evil NOT because it's been hijacked by Bush, NOT simply because it's been hijacked by Neo-Cons (but that's one of the more evil factions, and not a new crop, going back to Nixon and the Cold War insanity), certainly NOT because it's been hijacked by "Karl Marx - We Love You" Communists, NOT simply because it's been hijacked by Tri-Lateralists (though that's getting warmer), and NOT simply because it's been hijacked by Alex Jones' new nemesis David de Rothschild and "the Jews".

Maybe it's because it's all of them IN, and all of us kept OUT, even though WE created it.

If I had to put it in a nutshell, now, I'd say because it's been hijacked by Skull and Bones, with their definite philosophy of ruthlessness and elitism. (Then again, I read the history of Amos Pinchot, he was a jr Skulls behind his brother, but he was an anti-elitist. It was hard for him -- he made a lot of sacrifices. He liked Teddy Roosevelt's environmental policies, as far as they went, but he became an ardent antiwar activist, and a social socialist (not commie), and it cost him lots and lots of friends in high places -- though he gained a whole lot more friends in low places. So maybe Pinchot was The Accidental Bonesman, tapped due to family connections, the Bonesman who betrayed their Cause.)

I am not so foolish however to think that ruthlessness and elitism would disappear if Skull and Bonesmen were somehow purged from power -- and anyhow, the tentacles of their power base extend far beyond government -- but it seems to me this gang does have such an explicit agenda in that direction of ruthlessness and elitism.

Straussians and other fascists running neck in neck.

Anyhow, I might change my mind on that in the future. Who's the worst is somewhat pointless like "who's my favorite band" question.

SO, NO, I do not believe that government is inherently bad, no more than I think bosses nor sharks nor mosquitoes nor military etc. is inherently bad. I think government's a necessary function, and if one did not exist, we'd create one.

Since it's a function which inherently involves the use of concentrated power, on loan from ALL OF US, it needs to be watched carefully like a dangerous animal. We need Round-the-Clock PATRIOT ACT surveillance all right ... of government officials and public servants.

PATRIOT ACT might be a good name for an activist group that ruthlessly tails politicians and representatives, as well as industry leaders, to look for suspicious signs of them doing anything treacherous or treasonous with their entrusted powers.


ADDENDUM:

One of the things which firmly blocks this fundamental oversight, and which keeps the public as mere political spectators, is the existence of a National Security State, put in place by the National Security Act of 1947, though it pretty much existed before that. Michael Parenti described it as a parallel government, and likened it to what Marx called "the Executive of the Capitalist Class", i.e. the friggin oligarchs, Tri-Lats, Globalists, Neo-Cons, and "private" corporations which benefit from these arrangements.

He said there's this government you see on TV. They have sessions, campaign ads, voting, speeches, etc. They are not irrelevant, but if they follow the National Security State they are fairly secure in power, but if they ever decide to buck the National Security State, they are relatively powerless. He gave specific examples.

MParenti_Democratic_Gov_vs_the_State+.mp3
Michael_Parenti_Security_State.mp3

The thing about the National Security State is that not only can't you find out anything (unless they release a few dribbles under FOIA or some "family jewels" fake housecleaning), but if anyone had a job where they had to sign an oath of secrecy of any type to work there in any Intelligence outfit, and they witness 'high crimes', they are forbidden from discussing details, other than what's publicly known.

And unless your name is Scooter Libby, if you publicly discuss something which is already known and published, you can still be prosecuted and imprisoned for violations of this secrecy.

Beyond that is the widely-held elite belief going back decades if not centuries that the general public is unworthy of self-govenance. Some of that is based on Plato, like LaRouche. Others, based on Leo Strauss or Machiavelli.

So in essence, WE THE PEOPLE are FORBIDDEN from knowing what our government is really doing, and have been forbidden for many decades, long before I was born. Outside of these forums, I'm still astonished to hear people who would sharply describe themselves as 'true patriots' arguing for more secrecy!!

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Little addendum.

One of my Dem Party friends sends a bunch of those emails from 'independent' groups. One pointed out the (rather obvious) dichotomy between ZERO organized grassroots groups clamoring for Clinton's impeachment, with the media howling for it and an active legal impeachment proceeding, vs. MANY sincere organized real grassroots groups clamoring for Cheney's/Bush's impeachment, completely ignored by the Opposition Party and the Media, despite the rather elementary proof of multiple impeachable crimes.

I've lived in Bushworld so long I'd forgotten HOW hard they worked to manufacture a case (even if a puppet show) for impeachment in the 90's, compared to HOW hard they have to bend over backwards and twist reality to avoid the facts now.

I'm also reminded of something I posted earlier about war strategy -- always keep the enemy (us) off balance, always reacting.
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A Modern Major General Exposed?

The fictional Major-General who appears in Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance" famously sings boastfully about his extremely wide general knowledge. Hardly the most modest of people, he comically claims to know about or to understand all manner of disparate subjects, and repeatedly tells the audience that he is "the very model of a modern Major-General."

Not entirely dissimilarly therefore, the health freedom movement has recently been subjected to the increasingly bizarre claims of a real-life Major-General, a man who, rather like his counterpart in The Pirates of Penzance, claims to be an expert in all manner of things.

Major General Albert (Bert) N. Stubblebine III (U.S. Army, Retired) graduated from The United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1952, and served in the US Army for 32 years. Starting his career as an Armor officer, he subsequently rose through the ranks to lead troops at every echelon of Army command, and held several senior posts in US Army Intelligence. His commands as a General Officer included the US Army Intelligence Center and School, the Army's Electronic Research and Development Command (ERADCOM) and the US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). Whilst on active duty Stubblebine also redesigned the intelligence architecture of the United States Army, and restructured the Army Intelligence training curriculum. After his retirement from the Army in 1984 he served until 1990 as the Vice President for Intelligence Systems at BDM Corporation, a private defense sector contractor, and then acted as a part-time consultant to two government contractors; ERIM, and Space Applications Corporation (SAC). More recently, and along with his wife, the psychiatrist Rima Laibow, Stubblebine sits on the Board of Canadian Submarine Technologies Inc, and claims to be the designer of AEGIS, "a major Homeland Security private initiative".

Given this background, and his resulting proximity to the US Government, eyebrows began to be raised in the health freedom community in early 2005 when, along with Rima Laibow, Stubblebine launched the website of the Natural Solutions Foundation and began to promote himself as an expert on Codex Alimentarius.

However, for a man who had previously held several senior posts in US Army Intelligence, and who as such would be acutely aware of the need to ensure accuracy in the gathering of information, it quickly became apparent to experienced health freedom observers that Stubblebine either hadn't done his homework properly, or that he and Laibow were intentionally spreading inaccurate and misleading material on Codex and other related dietary supplement issues via their website and press releases. Moreover, despite repeated concerns being expressed by more experienced health freedom observers, Stubblebine and Laibow continued to disseminate this material, and pointedly ignored requests to remove it from their website.

The inaccuracy of their written output on Codex reached a new high in July 2005, when, following the adoption by the Codex Alimentarius Commission of restrictive new global guidelines for vitamin and mineral supplements, Stubblebine and Laibow announced that a miracle had taken place at the Commission's meeting. While the health freedom community looked on in astonishment, Stubblebine and Laibow went on to claim that during the meeting a World Health Organization (WHO) Under Secretary for Food Safety had spoken "sternly, sharply and scathingly of the fact that little contribution to human health had been made by Codex" and that WHO had stated that "things would be different in the future". Of course, the Dr. Rath Health Foundation later proved, definitively, that these assertions were largely either mistaken or exaggerated; however this unfortunately didn't stem what was by then becoming a growing tide of inaccuracy flowing from Stubblebine and Laibow.

Next, for example, following a meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling that took place in Ottawa, Canada in May 2006, Stubblebine claimed that the meeting's outcome was a "Stunning Victory" for health freedom, despite the fact that such an assertion had absolutely no basis in fact, as proven by the Dr. Rath Health Foundation and confirmed by other experienced observers who were present at the meeting, including even the Natural Solutions Foundation's own legal council.

Perhaps not surprisingly therefore, Stubblebine did not take kindly to being repeatedly exposed in this way, and subsequently confronted Paul Anthony Taylor at the July 2006 meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, in Geneva. Paul's summary of this encounter follows below:

Immediately after the close of the meeting Bert Stubblebine approached me and positioned himself so that I could not easily walk away. His manner was somewhat aggressive, and at one point I had to tell him that there was no need to shout, as his raised voice and threatening manner were beginning to attract the attention of other delegates. He claimed that the subject of his anger was the Foundation's Codex meeting in Ottawa article, as well as the Miracle in Rome? and Be Wary of the Instant Experts articles that had recently been revised to include his and Rima Laibow's names. He asked me whether I wrote these articles, and I answered that the decision to name him in them was taken by the Executive Board of the Dr. Rath Health Foundation. In turn, I asked him whether he disagreed with any of the factual corrections that the Dr. Rath Health Foundation had published regarding the fictional nature of material put out by his organization, and, if so, which ones? "All of them", he answered.

By this point we had been joined by his wife, Rima Laibow, who, seemingly white with anger, proceeded to ask me some of the same questions that Bert had just asked me. I therefore told her that I had just answered these same questions to Bert, and that as such I saw no need to answer them again. Rima then proceeded to ask me "Who are the Executive Board of the Dr. Rath Health Foundation?", and I told her that the relevant names could all be found on the Foundation's website. At this they both about-turned and stormed off, and Rima muttered something whilst they were walking away to the effect that they would find that information very interesting.

The Dr. Rath Health Foundation believes that the health freedom movement now needs to ask several important questions of Stubblebine and the Natural Solutions Foundation:

Why are Codex reports issued by the Natural Solutions Foundation increasingly at odds with those of more experienced observers, including even those of its own Legal Counsel?

Why does the Natural Solutions Foundation claim that miracles and stunning victories for health freedom have taken place at Codex meetings when in reality no such miracles or stunning victories have taken place?

Why does Stubblebine – a man who has held several senior posts in US Army Intelligence and who as such will be acutely aware of the need to ensure accuracy in the gathering of information – continue to permit the National Solutions Foundation's articles and press releases to contain numerous crucial inaccuracies, and why does he refuse to correct them?

Was it Stubblebine's intention to try to intimidate Paul Anthony Taylor at the July 2006 meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Geneva?

Given that Stubblebine once admitted in a court of law that his "real expertise is government, primarily intelligence", and, when asked whether he had any other skills, answered "Not particularly", what does he expect the health freedom movement to conclude regarding his spreading of inaccurate and misleading material on Codex and other related dietary supplement issues?

Is Albert Stubblebine "the very model of a modern Major-General"? We'll leave you to make up your own minds on that one, and can only but wonder what Gilbert and Sullivan might have made of him. One thing is for sure however, in that the fictional Major-General in "The Pirates of Penzance", with his "pretty taste for paradox", would probably find a man with a background in the Intelligence Community, but who can't seem to get his facts right, most interesting indeed.

http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/THE_FOUNDATION/Events/codex-moderngeneral.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dilbert_g wrote:
I think maybe you're right in that his statement was overly broad.


This comes back to an issue of what you regard as permissible statistical sampling methods. There are a lot of cases when researching questions that are hard to test directly that statisticians will extrapolate from a sample size that may be smaller than they would have liked. I have my own experience of having a seizure triggered by such products as herbal tea and a good many others which don't have any ephedra in them. And I've spoken with a few other epileptics who have some similar experience. Extrapolating from what is known I would say that a high proportion of herbal products follow what I think of as the 4-Day Rule. Take the product consistently everyday according to the normal instructions and by the 4th day one may expect it to trigger a seizure.

dilbert_g wrote:
Quite consistently, I've never found McNally to be a strong proponent of pro-corporate government intervention by pro-corporate agencies which have been "captured" and completely subverted by big capital, in order to crush their more diversified competition.


In fairness to all branches of big capital, it's worth noting that the herbal wellness industry is not exactly small. I'm not saying that automatically makes it all bad, but it's a bit of a false dichotomy to make it sound as if it is. You had once in another message mentioned something about experiences with Amway. A good proportion of the herbal wellness industry operated in a fashion very similar. There's usually something like a 5/25 Rule where the person seeks to gain 25 steady customers and bring 5 other people into the business. These 5 people then seek to get their own 5/25 and so indefinitely. Of course, by the 13th level (at least) you can expect to see people failing in the business because the potential consumer base has been literally defined away to infinity, in a finite world. Now one thing I noted was that people going into such an effort to meet the 5/25 Rule are often trained to recite a series of lines which don't allow them to admit that "Yes, OK, I guess this product probably doesn't match well with epilepsy." Instead they follow a pattern of simply rehashing indefinitely the line of "Anyone who takes the product according to directions can expect positive results, you just need to follow the directions." Say what you want about "Big Pharma," but my experience is that an ordinary trained doctor who prescribes medicine made by the latter is usually more open to the idea that perhaps a drug which worked really well for the first 99 patients doesn't work so well for the hundredth patient because of specific medical circumstances. For one thing, the doctor usually isn't just reciting memorized lines. That helps.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You make some good points Patrick about the size of the herbal wellness industry. I was not considering MLM (which as you stated mathematically, even under the best circumstances like a hot product which is 'can't lose' for the MSM inductee, by the 13th level (at least) you can expect to see people failing in the business because the potential consumer base has been literally defined away to infinity).

I was not referring to MLM, and especially not to unqualified advice. Any advice I'd ever heard from any health food provider (other than an Amway dealer's inflated claims about the magical powers of their weak vitamins that you need to take 3x or 6x normal) was conditional, and only offered after I asked many questions.

One man I know took Butcher's Broom briefly for his heart (it's supposed to be for lower circ) and though he had scheduled bypass surgery, his doctor said that a couple of the arteries had opened on their own, presumably due to 4 weeks on herbs. (His doc had told him "whaddya got to lose" considering he was so close to death anyhow.) But the seller of the Herbs would only point to a book and then after we read it, offered some minor points like drinking Aloe Gel with it, and showed us where to pick it up. The clerk refused to offer ADVICE, even solicited advice, but I guess there was a fine line where he could comment on the book.

I was referring to my RIGHT to walk into a Local Health Food Supermarket (one complete with expensive cafe and jazz band) (or small indy store or pharmaceutical area of dept store) and walk to the Vitamin Aisle and grab some Glucosamine or some Cascara sagrada or Chamomile or 500mg Vitamin C or even some Horny Goat Weed or DHA capsules, without some FDA calling it contraband and making me go 'underground' to order it.

I think marijuana prohibition is bad enough without risking prison for ingesting an herbal laxative or relaxant or stimulant or vitamin-food-extract for that matter. Can they make oranges controlled substances, since they allegedly prevent scurvy?
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http://www.sptimes.com/News/092900/State/Bush_brothers_pop_up_.shtml

Bush brothers pop up in potion peddler's magazine

Gov. Jeb Bush bylined an article for the journal about alternative medicine after a fundraiser by the owner, who's also a felon.
By LUCY MORGAN

St. Petersburg Times, published September 29, 2000

Over the past two years, A. Glenn Braswell has donated thousands of dollars to the Florida Republican Party and George W. Bush.

In July, he got a nice boost from Gov. Jeb Bush.

Prodded by a fundraiser for the Bush brothers, Jeb Bush wrote an article for Braswell's alternative health magazine, Journal of Longevity, that talked about alternative medicine, senior citizens and the upcoming elections. The magazine published Bush's article in July with a picture of the two smiling Bush brothers.

It turns out that Braswell is a convicted felon who has earned millions of dollars selling questionable pills and potions that claim to cure baldness, prostate cancer, arthritis, heart disease and other ailments. The GOP says it didn't check him out before taking his money.

Bush says he knew Braswell only as a South Florida millionaire who has donated money to the GOP. Braswell and his companies gave a total of $150,000 to the Florida GOP, another $25,000 to a Texas campaign committee for George W. Bush, and an additional $80,000 to other Republican campaigns since mid-1990s.

"I met him briefly at a fundraising event," Bush said when asked about Braswell earlier this month. "I don't know much about him."

Aides to the governor say the article was prepared by his policy staff after they talked with the editor of the magazine.

Bush's policy advisers also got a call urging them to do the article from Ann Herberger, a Miami woman who is in charge of raising money for George W. Bush's presidential campaign. Herberger also served as finance director for Jeb Bush's campaign for governor in 1998 and headed up inaugural plans. Herberger did not return repeated telephone calls to discuss the situation.

As submitted, Bush's article sounded like standard fare: He cited health care as a top priority issue for candidates and voters. The article was aimed at senior citizens.

But the published article contained a call for alternative medical therapies like acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and "a full array of nutrients: the vitamins and minerals that tend to become depleted with age as well as the herbs and other natural substances that can relieve chronic disorders."

In sum, it appeared that Bush was endorsing the products sold by Braswell's controversial company: Gero Vita International.

Now Bush says significant passages were added to the article. He did suggest "the best of alternative medicine" as a help for those with chronic disease, but he didn't endorse acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine or the "full array of nutrients."

All of that was added by the folks at the magazine. On Aug. 23, after the Times began asking questions, the magazine's editor wrote a letter of apology, saying the published article "was not the version approved by Gov. Bush."

"The governor has not endorsed Braswell's stuff," Bush communications director Justin Sayfie said. "They inserted some stuff in the article that made it appear that way."

But why did the Florida Republican Party and the George W. Bush campaign accept $175,000 from a convicted felon?

Florida Republican Party Chairman Al Cardenas says no political party has an investigative unit that tries to figure out who's who.

"We rely on the folks who are raising money," Cardenas said. "Our understanding was that this was a businessman in good standing and we accepted his contribution."

Once questions were raised by the Times and the governor's office complained about the use of the article, Cardenas said he decided against accepting any additional contributions from Braswell.

Cardenas would not say how much money was declined.

"I made the decision to do that until we know more about the matter," Cardenas said.

Cardenas said he has not seen any information that would justify returning the money the party already accepted.

Despite his generous contributions, some of the state's best known Republicans say they don't know Braswell personally or have never heard of him.

Former Republican Party Chairman Tom Slade said he has never heard of Braswell. Cardenas, a Miami lawyer who is the current party chairman, says he has met Braswell only briefly at fundraisers. He said Braswell's name was given to him by Rodney Barreto, a Miami lobbyist.

Neither Braswell or Barreto returned the Times' telephone calls.

In 1999 Barreto represented Braswell in a neighborhood fight that broke out when Braswell sought permission to cut down 428 trees inside a mangrove cluster to improve the view from his house on a 7-acre tract that overlooks Biscayne Bay.

The Bush brothers are not the first to feel a little used by Braswell.

In South Carolina, three famous sports figures, Richard Petty, Stan Musial and Len Dawson, have filed suit in federal court against Braswell and Gero Vita for misusing their names in advertisements for Prostata, a so-called prostate cancer cure.

The lawsuits, filed in 1997 by Charleston lawyers E. Vernon Glenn and Gedney M. Howe III, involve a series of advertisements that identify the three sports figures among a group of men who "waited too long and are suffering" from prostate problems.

The lawsuits, scheduled for trial in November, accuse Braswell, the magazine and his companies of defamation, invasion of privacy, unfair trade practices and intentionally inflicting emotional distress.

"During the past 25 years, he (Braswell) has probably taken in more money and more people than any similar marketer in U.S. history," writes Dr. Stephen Barrett, a retired psychiatrist who runs Quackwatch.com, a Web site that keeps an eye on medical fraud.

Quackwatch cites the Bush article and questions the connections between the two Bush brothers and Braswell, who has frequently been in trouble with federal authorities looking at the sale of drugs and dietary supplements.

Braswell, 57, is no stranger to trouble. In 1983 he was sentenced in Atlanta to spend three years in federal prison for mail fraud and perjury charges stemming from his sale of Bio-Genesis, a supposed cure for baldness, and Formula 12, a substance that was supposed to remove cellulite.

Braswell was accused of using bogus before and after pictures to support his products. At sentencing, Braswell was described as nearly broke and in need of treatment for addiction to drugs and alcohol. He was permanently barred from using the claim that his products could cure or prevent baldness.

A report published in the Atlanta Constitution in 1983 said Braswell's legal troubles forced him to sell his mansion in the Buckhead area to pay his debts. His lawyers said he would be lucky to keep one of his three residences.

In 1984 while he was serving his federal prison sentence, Braswell entered a no contest plea to a grand theft charge stemming from a burglary arrest at a home he was renting to a former employee in Fort Lauderdale. He was put on probation for two years to run concurrently with his federal sentence.

The Fort Lauderdale home Braswell bought in 1979 was sold at auction by a bankruptcy trustee in 1986 for $700,000.

Braswell spent a year or so in St. Petersburg in 1984 where he started yet another mail order vitamin business. In a sworn statement taken in a California lawsuit earlier this year, Braswell said the business lasted about six months. Then he moved to California and started Gero Vita International.

Instead of promising to cure baldness, Braswell's companies began promising to add years to the lives of elderly Americans facing the diseases of old age.

And Braswell began donating money to Republican candidates in California and Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch in 1995 and 1996. In early 1998 he started giving money to the state GOP with a $25,000 contribution.

In addition to his past trouble with the law and a variety of civil suits, Braswell has also run into problems with the Food and Drug Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, postal authorities and the Federal Trade Commission. Earlier this year the FDA identified several of Gero Vita's products as potentially dangerous and ordered them detained at any U.S. border.

Gero Vita's sales are solicited from a Toronto address and merchandise is shipped from Marina Del Ray, Calif. Gero Vita advertising claims that its medications are produced at plants "such as this modern facility in Italy."

The Journal of Longevity is headquartered in Las Vegas and Braswell reportedly has homes in Coconut Grove and Marina Del Ray. The magazine is given free to those who buy Gero Vita products.

In 1982, Braswell divorced Susan P. Brown, a woman he married in July 1981 in Fort Lauderdale.

Last year he filed suit to dissolve his marriage to his wife, Renee, and has agreed to pay her $42-million as part of a property settlement filed in Circuit Court in Miami-Dade County earlier this year.

Although divorced in May, the Braswells are continuing to fight over access to their 2-year-old son, A. Glenn Braswell Jr. A judge in Miami has sealed much of the divorce file at Braswell's request after his wife accused him of having drug and alcohol problems and he accused her of spending too much time with another man.

On Jan. 18, Braswell and a female companion, Jocelyn Leigh Miller, 22, were dining at the Delano Hotel's sushi bar in Miami Beach when Mrs. Braswell, 43, spotted them and socked Miller in the nose. The blow knocked Miller's red cowboy hat off of her head and led to battery charges against Mrs. Braswell.

She was also charged with hitting a limo driver in the face earlier the same day as Braswell and Miller returned the child and his nanny to the gates of the Coconut Grove mansion.

Earlier this year Mrs. Braswell was allowed to enter a pretrial intervention program in lieu of prosecution. The charges will be dismissed if she is not accused of another crime for a year.

Efforts to reach Braswell were unsuccessful. Maurice J. Kutner, the lawyer handling Braswell's divorce in Miami, referred questions to Stewart Shay at GB Data Systems, the company that handles Braswell's Marina Del Ray business.

Shay did not return repeated calls.

A man who identified himself as customer service supervisor for the magazine in Nevada said he did not know Braswell and declined to answer questions about the magazine or its products.

"I'm not aware of any FDA order," said Rob Hayes. "We're still in business and still shipping out products."

-- Researcher Kitty Bennett contributed to this report.
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Another Dubious Pardon
Why did Clinton forgive a felon under fresh investigation?
By Douglas Pasternak
Posted 2/4/01
On his second-to-last day in office, Bill Clinton signed a master warrant wiping out the felony convictions of 140 people. One of them was for a 57-year-old Florida businessman named Glenn Braswell, who was convicted in 1983 of mail fraud, perjury, and tax evasion in connection with selling herbal supplements purporting to promote hair growth, remove cellulite, and increase bust size. As with Clinton's controversial last-minute pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, the U.S. Justice Department was not consulted.

If the pardon process had taken the customary route, officials at Justice would have quickly pointed out that Braswell, who did seven months in jail for his 1983 conviction, is once again under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and several state attorneys general. Sources say he is also the target of a federal grand jury in Los Angeles investigating what a former Justice Department official called "massive money laundering" and tax evasion.

"It is hard for me to imagine that whoever was responsible for his pardon knew what he does now," says Stephen Barrett, an independent health fraud investigator who runs the respected www.quackwatch.com. "Did they know the facts? Did they even care?"

Well connected. Bill Clinton is not answering that question, and neither Braswell nor his attorneys have returned numerous telephone calls. Others can only speculate about why Braswell was among the nearly 30 people granted executive forgiveness outside the normal process. Like others seeking pardons, Braswell was represented by some very well-connected legal talent, in this case Kendall Coffey, the former U.S. attorney who represented Al Gore in his Florida recount efforts. Another Washington lawyer, Gerald Feffer of the high-powered firm of Williams & Connolly, is representing Braswell in the tax-evasion and money-laundering investigation. Feffer said that Williams & Connolly played no role in helping Braswell obtain a pardon. The firm would have a conflict of interest, he said, because partner David Kendall is Clinton's personal lawyer.

According to the Justice Department, a pardon is granted "on the basis of the petitioner's demonstrated good conduct for a substantial period of time after conviction and service of sentence." Applicants are also expected to have made some contributions to the public good. Braswell appears to have made some efforts toward the latter requirement, just three months before he was pardoned, by establishing the A. Glenn Braswell Foundation "to educate the public on the latest scientific advances in the field of longevity." California accountant Kevin Romano is listed as the foundation's agent, but when U.S. News asked him about the organization, he said, "I have no idea what it is." Likewise, an attorney with the law firm at the address of the foundation declined to answer questions about it.

Whether Braswell has changed his ways, according to a number of his former associates, remains an open question. Last year, Braswell settled a lawsuit filed by several sports celebrities, including car-racing champion Richard Petty and baseball great Stan Musial, who alleged that he had unlawfully used their names to endorse products to maintain prostate health. In August, Albany, N.Y., arthritis specialist Joel Kremer sued two of Braswell's companies, G.B. Data Systems and Gero Vita International, alleging that they used his name in an advertisement without permission and made it appear that he endorsed the company's antiarthritis supplement.

Unlike others pardoned, Braswell was not a Clinton supporter; instead he gave $25,000 to the George W. Bush campaign and $150,000 to the Florida GOP. Shortly thereafter, he managed to persuade Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to write an article on healthcare reform for his Journal of Longevity. The article was then altered so that it appeared to endorse Braswell's supplements. Bush returned the contributions. "I don't think it's the money that makes [Braswell] do it," says one former employee. "It was the game. He liked to try to outsmart or outwit anyone he could."

Because the Justice Department was never given a pardon application, it is not clear why Braswell wanted the pardon. Braswell's longtime business consultant, John Andrews, said Braswell's record was hindering the sale of his companies--a transaction even more pressing since Braswell recently agreed to pay out $42 million in a divorce settlement. Said Andrews: "He felt the blemish on his record really hurt."

This story appears in the February 12, 2001 print edition of U.S. News & World Report.
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