Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An Early Brownstone Operation --Sex and Blackmail Ring

Brownstone Operation” is another name for a sex/blackmail ring.

A number of sources indicate that Roy Marcus Cohn operated one in Metropolitan New York area, beginning in the 1950s, and in the DC area at least in the 1970s. In the 1950s, Cohn was chief aid to Senator Joseph McCarthy and used sexual blackmail to compel testimony. Sometimes they just accused liberals of having homosexual tendencies, and when one targeted person committed suicide, Cohn celebrated with champagne. At that time, he operated a prostitution ring and sometimes victimized gays in various ways. Cohn seemed to have a love/hate relationship with gay men. Most recently, Governor Eliot Spitzer, was caught dealing with Emperor’s VIP Club and Miami Velvet, modern-day honey traps connected with his political opponents, and had to resign his high office. Its hard to imagine the man being careless enough to go to just any escort service. Maybe someone told him these places were run by “friends”? By his own admission, Republican operative Roger Stone reported Spitzer to the FBI. Stone had been working for state senate leader Joseph Bruno, collecting $20,000 a month. Stone, as Ronald Reagan’s northeastern campaign manager in 1980, had worked with Roy Cohn, but there is no way of knowing if he even knew about Cohn’s brownstone operation. Spitzer’s downfall came shortly after he published a piece in the Washington Post criticizing predatory lenders, predicting a financial system collapse, and denouncing the Comptroller of the Currency for preventing the states from doing something about the lenders. There were cheers and hoops of joy on the New York Stock Exchange when Spitzer’s indictment was announced.

Cohn may have sometimes obtained boys from a satanic sect that was known to send young males to the homes of the wealthy in the Greater New York area. On one occasion, Alexander Berkowitz—of the Son of Sam killings—was sent to Cohn’s house in Connecticut, and met the famous man. According to Anthony Summers, Cohn procured boys for FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in 1958. The famous lawman was dressed as a girl and went by the name “Mary.” It was reported that Cohn services including providing boys for men of wealth and power. Detective James Rothestein, a respected former New York City vice officer said of Cohen:
Cohn’s job was to run the little boys. Say you had an admiral, a general, a congressman, who did not want to go along with the program. Cohn’s job was to set them up, then they would go along. Cohn told me that himself.

As an attorney, Roy Cohn represented John Gotti, Carmine Gambino, and Fat Tony Salerno, all of whom could have helped him in his criminal activities. He advised Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He eventually died of AIDS in 1986, though he insisted gays should not be permitted to teach school.

Some write that CIA agent Edwin Wilson became involved in the Cohn pedophile and homosexual sex rings as early as the 1950s. By the 1970s, Wilson was clearly working with Cohn in operating a sex ring in the Washington, D.C. area. The agency was connected later connected with the sex ring so that mind control experiments could be carried out by permitting subjects to act out in real life their sexual fantasies. The sex ring was also useful in blackmailing politicians. A escort service was used as a “cut-out” for the sex and blackmail operation. An extension of Cohn’s work was carried on by now notorious CIA agent Edwin Wilson and a former Eisenhower administration official and advertising executive, who probably was not a CIA agent. There are reports that Wilson and Cohen cooperated in sex/blackmail scams since the 1950s. The George Town Club run by a South Korean intelligence agent named Ton Sun Park was used by them in the 1970s.
Former CIA agent Frank Terpil said:
Historically, one of Wilson’s Agency jobs was to subvert members of both houses [of Congress] by any means necessary... Certain people could be easily coerced by living out their sexual fantasies in the flesh... A remembrance of these occasions [was] permanently recorded via selected cameras.... The technicians in charge of filming. . .[were] TSD [Technical Services Division of the CIA]... The unwitting porno stars advanced in their political careers, some of [whom] may still be in office.
Child sex was available, and prominent names were associated with the sex ring, including a future vice president and a very sanctimonious member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. There is only a little information on where the children were obtained. One good source says so me came from religiously operated home for runaway boys. The home was affiliated with a similar home in Guatemala, which was favored by President Anastazio Samoza. The American boys home was lauded by the Reagan administration as an example of what privatization of these services could accomplish. There are reports of children being moved through airstrips at Sheridan, Oregon, China Lake, California, and Santa Rosa, California. Of course, that airstrip is near Bohemian Grove, where child sex abuse is alleged to have occurred. Bohemian Grove is 70 miles north of San Francisco.

Frank Sturgis, another CIA operative and Watergate burglar , told an interviewer that one reason for the break-in was to find a “Pedophile Book” that was kept at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. The book allegedly contained the names of pedophiles politicians. A more common explanation for Watergate was that the burglars were seeking information on which politicians were using prostitutes.

Wilson was active in the 1976 and 1980 Reagan campaigns and held a White House under the former California governor but reported to CIA Director Bill Casey. In the late seventies, CBS’s “Sixty Minutes” reported that the CIA was the city’s unofficial shadow government. Political blackmail would have been a useful tool in achieving this status. In the eighties, Wilson was jailed on charges illegal gun running, but he always insisted he was carrying out orders .

Wilson did not operate the ring in the eighties. It was passed to a higher official at Langley. There is evidence that one of the Watergate burglars took over the operation for a time. It is clear that he was working through escort services and was filming and taping. There is no evidence he was using children. It is also known that this operation was used to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s. Two other intelligence sex operations appeared in the 1980s, and it is unclear how the three were interrelated.

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Anonymous said...

When was this written? Are you following George Webb and Steve Pieczenik, now?

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