HILLARY "MADAME DEFARGE" CLINTON KNITS ITEMS FOR SADDAM HUSSEIN
"Madame Defarge" Works for "Lafarge" And BNL Pays the Charge
Oh that Hillary! You've got to wonder if she was always getting
in trouble back in Junior High. Our latest installment in
Hillary's continuing adventures involves the Lafarge Corporation,
U.S. subsidiary of a French multinational chemical firm. They,
says Marianne Gasior, source for an article in the Nov. 1996
American Spectator magazine ("What Ever Happened To Iraqgate?"),
helped secretly supply Saddam Hussein and Iraq with weapons.
Ms. Gasior, an attorney, worked for Kennametal, Inc. According to
the article, by Kenneth R. Timmerman (author also of a book, *The
Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq*), it appears that
Kennametal was involved in a covert weapons pipeline to Iraq.
(Kennametal denies the allegations.) Reportedly, equipment
originated at Kennametal in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, went to a
warehouse in Ohio, was carried by truck to a munitions
manufacturer connected to Lafarge, got put on cargo ships, and
wound up in Great Britain. There, says Gasior, Kennametal's
British subsidiary changed the labels and sent the material on to
Timmerman's sources say that Hillary Rodham Clinton did legal
work, via the Rose Law Firm, for Lafarge, in the late 1980s. And
from 1990 through 1992, Hillary served on Lafarge's Board of
Directors. Says Gasior: "Hillary Rodham Clinton was directly
linked to the network that was involved in a clandestine CIA arms
Why would CIA have helped Saddam Hussein? During the 1980s, Iraq
and its neighbor, Iran, were involved in a bloody war. This
Iran-Iraq war suited U.S. geopolitical purposes: as long as the
two nations were busy fighting each other, they weren't much
threat to other nations, and to U.S. interests, in the region.
But the prolonged war could not go on if Iran were to gain the
upper hand. To keep things even, the U.S. secretly supplied Iraq
with sophisticated weapons. According to former National
Security Council official Howard Teicher, then-CIA Director
William Casey "personally spearheaded the effort to ensure that
Iraq had sufficient military weapons, ammunition and vehicles to
avoid losing the Iran-Iraq war."
For her whistleblowing efforts, Marianne Gasior was "rewarded,"
she says, by being warned to shut up or else risk being "hurt."
She claims her car was broken into and documents stolen, and she
apparently narrowly avoided an arson attempt on her home. The
whole case, naturally, was referred to Kenneth Starr, who
swallows all damaging information under the rubric of conducting
an investigation. Gasior says she was told that "anything
involving the First Lady or Vincent Foster has to be referred to
the Office of the Independent Counsel."
In previous issues of Conspiracy Nation (CN 10.77 and CN 10.82),
Sherman H. Skolnick has widened the allegations. In "Foster's
Documents," he claims that George Bush was a principal owner of
the weapons firm on which Hillary sat as a director. Both
Skolnick and Timmerman single out the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro
(BNL) as connected to the illicit arms for Saddam operation.
Taking the rap for a $5.5 billion bank fraud was Christopher
Drogoul, a low-level branch manager for BNL. The Atlanta branch
of BNL had "lent" money to several companies which, in turn,
supplied weapons to Iraq. Well, too bad for Banca Nazionale del
Lavoro, because they never got paid back for the "loans" (you
might say.) Not to worry: all-around nice guy Bill Clinton,
through Attorney General Janet Reno, made sure that BNL received
more than $400 million to help them assuage their loss. Where
did that $400+ million come from? It came from *you*, the
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