GLORIA IN EXCELSIS
[CN transcript of remarks by west coast researcher Dave Emory.]
One last item here that I'm gonna talk about (actually, review;
we read this last week) concerns the curious associations of
Geraldine Ferraro. Again, by way of taking a look at reactionary
and intelligence infiltration of the women's movement and
perhaps, at this point, control of the same. Research credit for
this article goes to Ted Rubinstein, and it's from a Betty
Beale(sp?) column. She's a society columnist. And it was
carried in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on October 14th, 1984.
It's featured by the News America Syndicate.
Political Opponents Make Strange Playmates
You'd never guess it, but ultra-liberal Geraldine Ferraro
and super-conservative Roy Cohn are friends. In fact,
Cohn, the brash young investigator of the Joe McCarthy
days, may have been the first to plug Ferraro for the
Democratic vice-presidential nomination.
It happened at Cohn's birthday party last February at
Regine's in the "Big Apple" [New York City]. It was "quite
a do," says Victor Laskey(sp?), author of *It Didn't Start
With Watergate*. "Our Ambassador to Austria, Helena von
Dame(sp?) was there, as was prominent New Yorker hostess
C.Z. Guest(sp?), Barbara Walters, the Rupert Murdochs, Andy
Warhol, Bianca Jagger, the Charles Wickes(sp?), Baron and
Baroness Ricky DePortnova(sp?), and Heaven knows who else,
and the John Zacaros(sp?)." In fact, the Zacaros had been
at previous Cohn birthday celebrations. [CN: As I
recollect, Zacaro was/is Ferraro's husband.]
It was at the last one, however, that the lawyer/host
[Cohn] introduced Ferraro as the possible next
vice-presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.
Playmates make strange politics.
Now a couple of the interesting points about the Roy
Cohn/Geraldine Ferraro association and the fact that Roy Cohn
appears to have been the first person to promote Geraldine
Ferraro as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate: Roy Cohn,
although a luminary in New York society until his death, he was
nominally a Democrat. But he was a loyal supporter of Ronald
Reagan and obviously one of the guiding figures of the "far
right" for a long time. Also, as we've looked at from the book
*Farewell, America*, he himself was a participant in the
assassination of President Kennedy.
Now the fact that the Geraldine Ferraro financial scandals, as
well as her husband's questionable deals with mafiosi possibly,
and real estate manipulations, were a couple of the things that
really damaged the Democratic campaign in 1984. It's
questionable whether Walter Mondale would have been able to win
at all. But when the Democratic campaign got off on such a low
note, it was basically dead almost from the word go. Mondale
never really had a chance, and Geraldine Ferraro is one of the
Now the reason, again, that I bring up the Roy Cohn association
with Ferraro... And note, also, that Helena von Dame is a close
friend of Roy Cohn's -- of course, her association not only with
Ronald Reagan, but Nazi war criminal Otto von Bolsing(sp?) we've
dealt with in Radio Free America show #3. Helena von Dame was
Reagan's appointments secretary, drew up the lists of people from
whom his gubernatorial appointments were made when he was
Governor of California, and moved into the White House and became
Special White House Executive Director for Personnel. She chose
also, basically, the lists of people to be selected as cabinet
appointees in this [Reagan's] administration.
The question, I think, that has to be asked here is whether or
not, perhaps, Geraldine Ferraro's alleged shady dealings and
those of her husband were known to Roy Cohn. And again, the
possibility of a Watergate-type counter-intelligence operation
has to be thought of here.
Now a couple of other interesting associations of Geraldine
Ferraro, both of which can be gleaned from the major news media
(I don't have them with me at this time, because we're sort of
running out of time)... But Geraldine Ferraro first got her
biggest boost as a congresswoman from a fellow named Joseph
Califano. Joseph Califano was a former Pentagon official, a good
friend of Alexander Haig, participant in the Bay of Pigs. And
Califano was dismissed, basically, as Secretary of Health,
Education and Welfare under Jimmy Carter, because of his sort of
reactionary stands on abortion and other aspects of women's
rights. The fact that when Geraldine Ferraro's badly
under-financed congressional campaign took off, the fact that it
took off with money secured for her by Joseph Califano from the
Carter campaign is intriguing. (By the way, you can read about
that in wire service accounts of the Ferraro rise in politics
right about the time of her nomination as [candidate for]
Beyond that, Geraldine Ferraro's first press secretary was the
widow of Santo Barrio. Santo Barrio was a DEA agent who, like so
many of the DEA agents, appears to have worked both sides of the
narcotics question. Barrio, by the way, died, and appears to
have been poisoned, in investigation of a case (or perhaps
co-operation of a case) called, "The Company," that we're gonna
be dealing with when we discuss the inter-relationship of
organized crime, intelligence and narcotics.
So again, none of those associations are conclusive in and of
themselves. Together, it's an intriguing picture of some of the
background of Geraldine Ferraro. And in light of Roy Cohn's
devotion to Ronald Reagan, one has to ask whether perhaps the
Reagan camp, and Cohn in particular, were aware of just what
Geraldine Ferraro and John Zacaro had to hide. Perhaps that was
the reason they manipulated them into that position in the first
place. Again, bear in mind the whole Watergate scenario where
dirty tricks were used to help deep-six the McGovern candidacy.
That more or less winds things up for the prepared portion of the
broadcast. I'm gonna review very briefly what we've looked at,
because it's been a long section here.
We began by taking a look at Gloria Steinem, her association with
a CIA front called "The Independent Research Service," and
efforts on the part of Steinem and associates to block
publication of that information -- first of all by Random House
in a book called *Feminist Revolution*, then by the Village
Voice, and finally by the Heights and Valley News, a New York
Then we took a look at further information confirming CIA
association with the Independent Research Service, that from *The
Espionage Establishment* by Wise and Ross.
Then we next took a look at a more detailed account of the
Independent Research Service's work in breaking up Socialist
youth conferences abroad. And in particular, we took a look at
the fact that Clay Felker, who played a key role in setting up
Steinem at Ms. [magazine], was an associate of Steinem's with the
Independent Research Service.
We also looked at the fact that Katherine Graham was a principal
figure in helping to get Ms. [magazine] started and also a major
We then looked at the fact that Gloria Steinem's paramour for the
last 9 years, at least as of 1984, was a man named J. Stanley
Pottinger, implicated in an arms smuggling scam and, more
importantly, J. Stanley Pottinger helped block the investigations
into the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Orlando
After that we took a look at the fact that Ms. [magazine's] first
publisher, Elizabeth Forsling Harris, appears to have been a key
figure involved in setting up the assassination of President
After that, we took a look at the background of Katherine Graham,
a principal figure in the whole Ms. axis. Katherine Graham,
first of all, was part of an "old boy" intelligence network
inextricably involved with the Washington Post. Her husband,
Phillip Graham, had worked with CIA official Frank Wisner in
setting up one of the first CIA/media operations, called
We then looked at how the Washington Post grew, largely as a
result of assistance from the CIA.
We took a look at the intelligence background of Washington Post
editor Ben Bradlee, and in turn his associations with old chums
Richard Helms, CIA Director at the time of Watergate, and also a
guy named Cord Meyer, his brother-in-law and a key CIA
counter-intelligence official himself.
We then looked at the fact that Phillip Graham, just before his
untimely death, became very disenchanted with the CIA's
relationship to the news media -- perhaps more importantly, began
vocalizing this disenchantment. We then took a look at the fact
that this vocalizing didn't last too long because he blew his
brains out in August of '63, three months before John Kennedy had
*his* brains blown out.
We also took a look at how [Phillip Graham's] attorney was key
intelligence-related attorney Edward Bennett Williams, who
himself has possible connections to the assassination of Kennedy.
Following that, we took a look at the fact that Mary Meyer, the
former wife of Bradlee brother-in-law Cord Meyer, who [Mary
Pinchot Meyer] was Kennedy's lover, was murdered in the aftermath
of the Kennedy assassination, and her diary was appropriated by
James Angleton, CIA Chief of Counter-Intelligence.
We then looked at the proposed scenario by Debra Davis that the
CIA manipulated the Washington Post and used it as a vehicle for
removing Richard Nixon because, basically, Nixon wanted to be too
big for the system.
And we then also took a look at the fact that "Deep Throat"
appears to have been CIA counter-intelligence official Richard
Ober, again, a long-standing friend of Ben Bradlee at the
Finally, we took a look at the close political association
between reactionary attorney Roy Cohn and unsuccessful Democratic
vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.
[...to be continued...]