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Only 1/3 of Government Computers Down So Far
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Allegations Regarding Vince Foster, the NSA, and
Banking Transactions Spying, Part XV
by J. Orlin Grabbe
The world of money laundering is a difficult one. What are you
going to do when your wire transfers to the Caribbean and other offshore
centers won't go through? What are you going to do when one-third (as of
August 8, 1995) of certain government computers are down with a virus? Or
is it a worm? Or an octopus?
Did the NSA, in its zeal to modify the PROMIS software to spy on
banking and other transactions, create a massive security hole in computer
systems sending wire transfers?
Well, I do hear it is a nice time to go vacationing in the islands,
even for day trips! Perhaps FinCEN could relocate to Havana?
[Note to Julie Franklin: Over here in Reno, we're always last to
get the news. Well, I'm a taxpayer. *Please* put me on your list. In the
future please fax all computer disconnect info to 702-829-0852. Thanks.]
Which brings us to the subject of Ed Meese. At the end of Reagan's
second term as governor of California, Meese needed a new job. He worked at
Rohr Industries for a while. But it didn't suit him, so *Richard Mellon
Scaife* set up the San Diego Center for Criminal Justice on condition that
Ed Meese be its Director, a post Meese held 1977-1980.
Later, after Ed Meese became Attorney General of the U.S. and the
the people-tracking PROMIS software was stolen by the U.S. Justice
Department using (according to a federal bankruptcy judge) "trickery, deceit,
and fraud", Ed Meese's friend Earl Brian--then owner of Financial News
Network, UPI, and Hadron corporation--proceeded to market the software all
over the world, as well as to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
One agency that acquired the software was FEMA, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, which proceeded to create a data base of
political dissidents to be rounded up in event of a national emergency.
(Like any information, once collected it found multiple uses.) This data
base was called MAINCORE, and the FEMA MAINCORE system was operated out of
the basement of a building in Culpeper, VA.
Journalist Danny Casolaro, with the help of Alan Standorf, was able
to get printouts of this totalitarian application of the PROMIS software
just prior to his demise. (When a member of congress attempted to question
Oliver North about the FEMA MAINCORE data base, he was rudely shouted down
by the chairman of the investigative committee.)
Another agency that put the software to use was the Wackenhut
Corporation. It used the enhanced PROMIS to keep track of critics of the
nuclear industry, an area in which *Richard Mellon Scaife* has a vested
Now Mellon bank in Pittsburgh finds itself embroiled in very
serious money laundering charges.
Do these facts explain why the Little-Rock connection to the
theft and modification of the PROMIS software for the purpose of spying
on banking transactions is a subject carefully avoided in Scaife-sponsored
Is this why the Mena-drug-smuggling, Little-Rock-money-laundering
operation allegedly stops with Bill Clinton?
Is this why the connection of Vince Foster both to bank spying and
nuclear espionage has been carefully downplayed?
Do Scaife's investments in the "terrorism industry" have anything
to do with recent media hyping of the imminent threat to the U.S. of
Scaife's exposing of the sins of the Democrats has certainly
served a useful purpose. But don't think the story stops with Bill
Perhaps the reason that Mr. Kenneth Starr's independent
investigation into the Whitewater affair has gone so slowly is that
Mr. Starr, in order to nail Bill Clinton, has to also nail a number
of high-ranking Republicans?
Well, Mr. Starr, let the facts fall where they may. I have
confidence in you. You do want to be Attorney General someday, don't
you? If you can find your way to do the right thing, you'll certainly
deserve the position.
Otherwise the wily hackers of the world may have to do your job
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