- Wallace Lieberman was a man of the real world. He knew
things up close and first hand. Later, you will find out why he was important.
- Lieberman knew that Paul Marcinkus had been the Bishop
of the Catholic Church in Cicero. And that Cicero was the mafia enclave
adjacent to Chicago. Locally, the suburb was known as Al Capone Land. Marcinkus
had long been the dominant force behind the First National Bank of Cicero,
an "untouchable" enterprise and sinister. Marcinkus went on to
become the head of the Vatican Bank.
- Although later far from Cicero, Marcinkus continued his
role with the bank in Cicero.
- In Chicago, the Catholic Archbishop is an entity known
as corporation sole (a one man corporation?). The Catholic Church in Chicago
has the most units of any in the U.S. And the Archbishop of Chicago is
particularly powerful. He is also the Treasurer for the Church for the
whole Western Hemisphere. Traditionally, the Archbishop steered the funds
through the Continental Bank of Chicago and the one in Cicero.
- The actual full name was Continental Illinois National
Bank, and its parent, its holding firm, was Continental Illinois. Continental
was the principal transaction point for the Chicago Board of Trade, which
deals with soybeans, corn, wheat, and other commodities, among others.
The Exchange traditionally was run by the French Rothschilds. And especially
talented, particularly young Irish Catholics, with steel nerves, trades
in the pits of the CBOT. These were Irish Catholics often from important,
prominent families, just a layer or two below the Aristocracy to which
they were obligated and beholden.
- On the other hand, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is
dominated by those with Jewish names, who may not all be actually practicing
the religion. And they are often steel-nerved types from prominent families,
a layer or two below the Aristocracy to whom they are beholden and obligated.
- The office of Archbshop of Chicago, as Lieberman well
knew, often had a checkered past. Early in the 1980s, the Catholic Archbishop
was indicted on federal criminal charges for embezzling large sums from
the Church for upkeep of his mistress. A local well-known reporter that
knew how the charges were quietly suppressed, was found murdered. He had
earlier told us all about the grand jury. Concidentally, through a series
of odd circumstances, we interviewed a member of that grand jury who likewise
confirmed the charges were hushed up. And a retired federal law enforcement
official also confirmed the same.
- The Continental Bank was much implicated in the embezzlement.
The Continental somehow falsely led the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, to
believe that the holding firm, Continental Illinois was a "bank of
deposit". Were it to be true, which it was not, it would in part be
covered by Federal Deposit Insurance. A bank holding firm can transact
in non-bank matters.
- The Yakuza had put over twenty Billion Dollars of flight
capital in the holding firm. When they found out the truth. They made a
run on the bank. We were the first to realize the bank and its holding
firm were insolvent. Those in the monoipoly press that heard our public
comments said that Continental was okay, and that we were "liars".
- One early morning, at 3 a.m. we were as witnesses stationed
near the rear entrance of Continental. Cabs were arriving, one after the
other, and asian types were rushing into the rear entrance. They came out
later with suitcases stuffed with cash. They did not wish to wait for the
funds to be wired to Osaka, where a unit of Continental was operating and
Osaka being the home base of the Yakuza.
- A populist newspaper, in Washington, D.C., was the only
publication to run our esxclusive stories with the accurate assement of
the amount of the run on the bank holding firm.
- Continental had a troubled past. A major fixture and
long-time Board Chairman of Continental was Walter Cummings, Sr. In 1931,
with the bank failing, he made a deal with a federal agency, giving them
stock in the bank in return for a financial transfusion. The government
never forgot about this.
- For example, in 1943, Walter Cummings, Sr., quietly and
secretly arranged for the shipment to the Soviets of a particular type
of uranium they needed to finish the development of their atomic bomb.
[We have a document proving this.] Hey, this being so, why did the U.S.
government kill in the electric chair Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, some
ten years after 1943, claiming THEY gave atomic secrets to the Soviets?
- In the 1970s, when the American CIA and others wanted
to conceal certain secret transactions in the Continental, the U.S. government
apparently reminded Continental how they were saved in 1931. Continental
tried real hard to hush up the matter by attempting to keep it out of the
Chicago federal court record which we obtained.
- In 1984, six weeks before the collapse became public
of Continental, guess what happened? Two of their largest stockholders
quietly sold out their shares before the shares went to almost nothing.
That was the Pope and the Queen of England (the British monarchy, contrary
to public perception, has long been secretly Catholic). Traditionally,
the Pope and the British Monarch each had their representative sitting
on Continental's Board of Directors.
- Editors of some Italian newspapers criticized the
Vatican for not breaking Continental's known ties to the mafia. Pope John
Paul THE FIRST tried to do something about it. But he was murdered with
a poisoned cup of tea just 33 days after becoming Pope. [Details are in
the book, published in 1983, "In God's Name" by David Yallop.]
- He was replaced by Pope John Paul 2d who was warned not
to interfere in business dealings between the Vatican Bank, the American
CIA, and the mafia. In 1981, there was an attempted assassination of John
Paul 2d just to remind him to stay out of such matters. He survived but
developed physical complications.
- The rear entrance of Continental faced the federal courthouse
in Chicago. There sat U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, Chief Judge Walter
Cummings, Jr. He could keep track of his bank watching from the courthouse
offices. His judgeship was his public persona. Privately, he was a "man
of trust" for the Church, trusted to confidentially and secretly handle
their business, whether dirty or clean. Upon the demise of his bank in
1984, he quietly warned lawyers, members of the federal bar, that they
would be brought to ruin if they dared instigate damage suits against Continental
claiming fraud. And there was fraud. The Yakuza, to pacify them, were given
as a "gift" Continental's business dealings division. And so,
the Osaka gang purported to open their offices on Chicago's financial zone,
La Salle Street.
- Wallace Lieberman knew this, and much, much more.
- Lieberman knew that an adjunct to the money laundering
of Continental, was the First National Bank of Cicero, continuing to be
dominated by Paul Marcinkus, even while he was away overseas as Vatican
Bank Chief. Lieberman found out some things early on that did not come
to public attention until much, much later. Namely, that there was resident
near Naples, Italy, an official of the American CIA with dual citizenship,
U.S. and Italy. That was Roger D'Onofrio, who was part of a criminal gang
that included Paul Marcinkus and his confederates, with the aid of Continental
and the bank in Cicero. The Italian authorities were becoming aware, like
Lieberman who was thick with The Mossad, Israeli intelligence, that the
Vatican Bank with Marcinkus and D'Onofrio and others, were trafficking
in smuggled gold, osmium nuclear bomb triggers, superior counterfeit currencies,
exotic weapons, just to name a few items.
- All this did not surface until early in December, 1995
(right after the possibly related political assassination of Itzhak Rabin,
the Israeli prime minister). The Roger D'Onofrio Affair was detailed in
reports, datelined Rome by Reuters and United Press International. The
American monopoly press pretended not to know anything about it. The Italian
authorities also fingered as a gang member the Archbishop of Barcelona,
Spain, who denied complicity.
- In 1991, Italian authorities vowed to grab Vatican Bank
Chief Paul Marcinkus and grill him about all this. Using his Vatican passport
as a separate sovereignty gimmick, Marcinkus eluded the Italian authorities
and fled to Chicago. With the courtesy of Balkan and Polish Catholics,
who live in a sort of enclave in the Windy City, Marcinkus for a while
had his food and housing provided for. Outsiders knew not to enter that
- Part of the rackets of the Chicago U.S. Bankruptcy Courts,
which also apparently goes on in major other federal districts, is that
a combination of different gangs and forces arrange to plunder mid-size
firms, such as in the Midwest, by falsely and fraudulently pushing them
into Bankruptcy. The Israelis, as in part one of this series, arrange to
skim off or try to skim off funds from companies finding themselves in
Bankruptcy. Likewise, certain Catholic entities do the same. How, over
the years, did they get away with it? Simple. Chief Judge Walter Cummings,
Jr., is the ultimate supervisor of the lawyers, judges, assignees, trustees,
auctioneers, liquidators, court clerks, and others, members of which constitute
the corrupt "Bankruptcy Club".
- One of those who seems to be a part of all this is William
A Brandt, Jr. He is the CEO and President of Development Specialists, Inc.
They use the terms and lingo of their industry, such as workout, turnaround,
and insolvency consultants. They now have offices in Chicago, New York,
Los Angeles, London, Miami, San Francisco, Columbus, and Boston.
- Pushed falsely into bankruptcy for the apparent purpose
of plundering them, was Wirecloth Products, Inc., headquartered in the
Chicago suburb of Bellwood. Their specialty, almost exclusively so, was
the making of superfine, gold-plated filters for nuclear submarines, tanks,
airplanes, and other military and civilian vehicles. Their product was
quite essential in Gulf War One. Despite that, they were shoved into bankruptcy
and Brandt took over. The owners of the firm complained to no avail to
the assigned judge, Chicago U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jack B. Schmetterer [(312)
435-5654]. According to the owners, U.S. Generals were calling from the
Persian Gulf, "Where the Hell are those gold filters? The fine powder
sand is getting into our fuel lines, and our tanks and trucks are stalled."
The owners complained, to no avail, to the Defense Department as well as
the Judge. Later, we found out that the Judge was tight with The Mossad,
Israeli intelligence. So what was the angle there?
- Since Brandt was put up on trustee panels by the Justice
Department, we began investigating what all he was into. Not hoping to
get any results, we nevertheless applied under the Freedom of Information
law to get data on Brandt. Wow! One day an envelope arrives from the U.S.
Justice Department. Out pops Brandt's dossier. Hey! It shows the American
CIA trained him in overseas work, to get rid of CIA operations "fronts",
called proprietaries, by falsely claiming they were insolvent. Who was
trained to do this trick? Why, William A. Brandt, Jr.
- One day I am sitting in the back of Judge Schmetterer's
courtroom in my wheelchair, as a journalist and observer. During a recess,
the Judge addressing me directly even though I was not part of the litigation,
"You know, Mr. Skolnick, everyone in the couthouse knows of Mr. Brandt's
CIA background. There is nothing there for you to comment on."
We have been tracking Schmetterer for years. Going back to the time he
was a prosecutor. At one time, he was himself part of the auctioneering
and liquidating industry active as part of the Chicago U.S. Bankruptcy
- We found out that the various Bankruptcy Judges in Chicago
kept William A. Brandt, Jr. quite busy. Some 15 or more sizeable firms
were shoved, perhaps falsely to plunder them, into bankruptcy. One such
firm interested us greatly. It was a gold smelting firm, reportedly run
by hoodlums handling smuggled gold, apparently once in a while for the
American CIA and even, on occasion, for foreign spy agencies. Some of those
running the firm were terminated or scared off. How, well by murdering
them, shooting at him and they survived, and such. Terrorism.
- And who becomes the new CEO of this gold smelting firm,
pending in Bankruptcy, why none other than William A. Brandt, Jr. He kept
quite busy. In later years, he has been working in Red China, reorganizing
and restructuring some of China's state-owned industries. We have reason
to believe that Brandt was well aware of the activities of the Red Chinese
Secret Police, laundering dope and other illicit funds disguised as soybeans
and such, on the Chicago exchanges. [Visit our extensive web stories about
the Red Chinese Secret Police, including their operations with Wal-Mart
and murder and mayhem on U.S. soil.]
- Brandt was likewise big with the Democrat Party. In 2000,
he served as a member of that party's Platform Committee.
- Just about the time Paul Marcinkus arrived back in Chicago,
in or about November, 1991, there was in session a very special federal
grand jury, investigating as following:
-  How Israeli intelligence, The Mossad, either authorized
by the State of Israel or as renegades on U.S. soil, were skimming off
large sums to be sent oversea, from the rackets in the Chicago Bankruptcy
-  Being explored, was what was going to be done about
Chicago U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge John D Schwartz, a purported
secret official of the First National Bank of Cicero. He has parked offshore,
for himself and other judges of "The Club", 140 million dollars.
He has apparently not filed or paid federal income taxes for 30; years.
[See part one of this series.]
-  Can one of the lower level members of "The Club"
be quickly and quietly thrown away into jail, such as on tax evasion charges,
so as to protect the important members of "The Club". The special
federal prosecutor was toying with this knotty problem.
-  Can the special federal grand jury be steered, by
the special federal prosecutor, in such a way as to protect the hotshots
of "The Club".
-  An important special federal grand jury witness was
Wallace Lieberman, a Chicago U.S. Bankruptcy Court auctioneer and liquidator,
who has personal knowledge of a lot of what is mentioned herein, and could
competently testify about it to the federal grand jury.
- Questions remained. Will the U.S. Marshals Service protect
Wallace Lieberman under their Federal Witness Protection Program? And if
they intended to do so, was he being protected?
- [Longtime after 1991, it came out that the then head
of the Federal Witness Protection Program in Chicago was also a business
partner of a gangster. "Marshal linked to mob 'friend' " was
the headline. The story went on to say, "Most troubling to the law
enforcement community is that the U.S. Marshals Service runs the ultra-secretive
federal witness protection program, where mob turncoats cooperating with
the government hid from their old pals. Mobsters who turn on their associates
are relocated for their safety--often with their extended families--and
given new identities, jobs, cash and even bodyguards." Chicago Sun-Times
story about gangster John Serpico and former U.S. Marshal Peter J. Wilkes.
- Was Wallace Lieberman a mob turncoat, turning on his
- By December, 1991, we uncovered data about the special
federal grand jury. As a test, I arranged a meeting with an Assistant U.S.
Attorney. (They used to call them U.S. District Attorney, and they handled
both federal criminal prosecutions as well as representing the U.S. government
in civil matters.) To the meeting, he brought in one of those no-real-name
FBI agents. I detailed a lot of what is contained in this website series.
As I wastalking about Chief Judge John D. Schwartz, the federal prosecutor,
with an apparent slip of the lip, confirms that the Chief Judge Schwartz
matter is pending before the special federal grand jury. The FBI agent
glares at the federal prosecutor, saying "Why are you telling Skolnick
this?" [Over the years I found out lots about that federal prosecutor
that he was not to be trusted. In 1995, he was appointed as part of a special
federal prosecutorial team to prosecute Timothy McVeigh, the supposed "lone
bomber" of the federal office building in Oklahoma City, April 19,
1995. That federal prosecutor, in my judgment, went along with the vast
cover-up of U.S. government prior knowledge to the multiple bombings that
took down that building.]
- After the meeting with that assistant U.S. Attorney,
we found out data that Lieberman was apparently trying to blackmail his
way into a very lucrative crooked deal reportedly involving Paul Marcinkus,
William A. Brandt, Jr., the First National Bank of Cicero, Chief Judge
Cummings, Jr.,and other apparent members of "The Club". Lieberman
fashioned himself an expert blackmailer, and that he could get away with
doing such a thing.
- On a weekend, shortly before Christmas, 1991, Wallace
Lieberman was found shot to death, mafia-style, his body parked next to
a rear wall of an auto repair shop. Guess where? Why, not far from the
First National Bank of Cicero! Had he been trying to shake them down in
person? Or did another faction, planting him dead there, use that to shakedown
the bank in Cicero? The local press played down the story, as if it had
no importance. The Chicago Tribune went along with the cover-up running
the story on Christmas day, December 25, 1991 headlined "Northbrook
auctioneer found slain". The story did mention that a gangster's wife
(apparently a partner of Lieberman) was Lieberman's secretary. That was
gangster Robert Belavia, previously although a known hoodlum was "untouchable"
as far as the federal bureaucracy was concerned. He was hustled into jail.
U.S. District Court Judge Ann Claire Williams, a former federal prosecutor,
did the usual whitewash. We tried to intervene with a special petition
to point out what the Belavia case was really all about, linked to the
murder of Lieberman. She quickly pushed us out of court and the whitewash
cotinued. Judge Williams was rewarded by being made a Judge on the U.S.
Court of Appeals in Chicago.
- And who was happy about the unsolved crime of the murder
of Wallace Lieberman? Was William A. Brandt, Jr. thereafter more at ease,
like Chief Judge John D. Schwartz? Were the criminals in with Paul Marcinkus
and the First National Bank of Cicero happier thereafter?
- Several years after this political assassination, we
did, on-site, a one hour documentary about the murder of Wallace Lieberman.
We put it on our public access Cable TV Program, "Broadsides".
We interviewed the owner of the auto repair shop, near the bank in Cicero.
He talked candidly but we promised not to video his face. He showed us
where Lieberman's Mercedes was found in the nearby alley and how Lieberman's
body was left in such a way like a traditional mafia "hit". After
the murder in 1991, the state and federal authorities seemed along with
the local police, to not want to pursue the matter.
- More coming....Stay tuned.
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