Wednesday, March 14, 2012

John Foster "Chip" Berlet


Networks: Ford Foundation

Group contacts:  Petros Evdokas

Intrepid anti-cult investigator?
Or fake Ford Foundation faggot on the cult gravy train? 
That is the question.  

Chip Berlet has made a career shadowing the activities of the Larouche PAC.  He was first referenced by Evdokas in the wake of Tarpley inspired Larouchie shenanigans in late 2007, where Evdokas makes a laundry list of the groups crimes, which he oddly doesn't seek legal remedies for (though he does mention the police):

 The Minor and Petty Disruptors
At the most recent meeting of the Peace Network planning for the Sep.
29th Peace Rally, I was asked to give some additional details about the
some of the potential disruptors we had discussed earlier, who have
declared they will have a presence at the Rally. Here's a summary:

 Tl;dr faggotry follows.  Highlights as relates to Berlet:
 A more recent influence among them is Webster Tarpley, a former member
of the fascist Larouche organization for twenty five years, during
which time the organization engaged in stalking and harrassment against
German Green Petra Kelly leading to her suicide (earlier the
organization carried out physical attacks against SDS and Labor
organizers). Webster Tarpley is now exploiting a presence among the
Greens in the US NorthEast and through his supporters within the 9/11
Truth movement has exported the techniques of harrasment to Portland
and elsewhere in the country.
One wonders why it took Evdokas months to share with his Tarpley worshiping group the dangers of Larouchies.  It might have something to do with Evdokas' lawyer Phil Berg being a Larouchie; Evdokas was probably hoping no one would notice that.  Or that his group's interest in Tarpley is anything but recent.  Derp.

Then Evdokas ballsily links to a website run by a cult buster:

"Webster G. Tarpley’s Toxic Waste is Polluting the Antiwar Movement"
by Chip Berlet:\
Or is he?

The article Evdokas links to is 404, but we won't let that stop us from mirroring it:

Webster G. Tarpley’s Toxic Waste is Polluting the Antiwar Movement

There is no question that author Webster Griffin Tarpley has become a divisive and destructive force within the U.S. antiwar movement. The real question is why antiwar activists would pay him any attention in the first place. Activists are in an uproar over an incident at a peace encampment in Keenebunkport, Maine where Tarpley is implicated in a stunt where well-known peace activists such as Jamilla El-Shafei, Cindy Sheehan, Dahlia Wasfi, and Ann Wright were tricked into signing a document they thought was merely a call for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. The fine print in the document echoes Tarpley’s claim that Cheney is plotting a pre-election coup using a domestic terrorist attack as an excuse.
Tarpley is a former acolyte of crackpot and convicted felon Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. You remember LaRouche. He is generally described as a perennial Presidential candidate who once said the Queen of England ran the global drug trade. Tarpley may have left the LaRouche group, but it has not left him. Tarpley acts as a sockpuppet for LaRouche, spreading delirious venom throughout the antiwar movement. The LaRouche group has a long history of conning people into signing statements based on misleading descriptions of the actual text. Déjà vu.

It's good stuff.  Almost too good if all these details are correct.  Who told Berlet all this?  Tarpley?  Petros "pay no attention to my Larouche lawyer Phil Berg" Evdokas?

The article is dated September 17th.  A google search of Kennebunkport Tarpley gets this link

Making the release of this so called warning Aug 24th 2007.  Berlet wrote his masterpiece about 3 weeks later, not completely unreasonable.  Three days later Tarpley replied with something called
 "The Ford Foundation Attacks The Kennebunkport Warning - Tarpley" , mirrored at conspiracy anti semite website Rense, where Tarpley bawls about the Ford Foundation, followed by some faggot called Leland Lehrman braying about COINTELPRO.  Cult peasinapod. 

A retarded cartoon was made by Joe Azar to go with the farce:

commentary at
Wikipedia presents some problems on certain topics.  Here’s an issue with Webster Tarpley, for instance.  By any reasonable measure, the “Kennebunkport Warning” controversy should be covered in the Wesbter Tarpley topic, as it was a demonstration of his methodology in trying to claim credence from anti-war activists such as Cindy Shehan, and in the recripocal relationship whereby anti-war activists such as Shehan ask Tarpley to buzz off.  Yet, it was a controversy which existed in a very limited universe — the 9/11 Truth land — outside mainstream media not noting it.  There was this strange instigation from this cartoon published by rense, and served up several articles on this.   So, there you go : it exists in the weird virtual space that Webster Tarpley resides in, and can shuffle things away whenever he pops his head out of the ground.
"9/11 truth land", nice one.  If you wade through enough tinfoil around this so called warning, Tarpley attacked the peaceniks and anyone who defended them,  Berlet objected, then Tarpley loosed his personal cartoonist on them.  Horrors!

But these four twoofers have no history with Chip Berlet or the Ford Foundation.  Google anyone of them.  Go wild.  Nothing.   Tarpley needed to package his propaganda to sell to his cultists.  For that he needed his nemesis Chip Berlet. And to lie a lot.  Luckily Tarpley's good at lying.

Chippy writes an outraged piece hitting all the right points.   Tarpley has his excuse to act attacked, by the FORD FOUNDATION OMG OMG.  Which sounds more impressive than claiming to be attacked by a handful of anonymous twoofers no one's heard of.

The punchline:   the Ford Foundation is not the liberal Shangri La some assume. After all, it was founded by anti-Semite  Henry Ford:

The Ford Foundation is a private foundation incorporated in Michigan and based in New York City created to fund programs that were chartered in 1936 by Edsel Ford and Henry Ford.
The foundation makes grants through its New York headquarters and through ten international field offices. In fiscal year 2007, it reported assets of $13.7 billion and approved $530 million in grants[1] for projects that focused on strengthening democratic values, community and economic development, education, media, arts and culture, and human rights.[2
How human rights intersect with Ford's philosophy must be a pickle:
Ford in the early 1920s sponsored a weekly newspaper that published (among many non-controversial articles) strongly anti-Semitic views. At the same time Ford had a reputation as one of the few major corporations actively hiring black workers; he was not accused of discrimination against Jewish workers or suppliers.[54]
Guess Ford figured nothing wrong hating on those sneaky Jews as long as you don't discriminate against them.  So it shouldn't have shocked anyone when the Ford Foundation found inself in deep Anti Semitic doo doo:

Ford Foundation Aided Groups Behind Biased Durban Parley

By Edwin Black

Published October 17, 2003, issue of October 17, 2003.

In August 2001, thousands of human rights activists from around the globe gathered in Durban, South Africa, for a United Nations conference that many participants hoped would address racial injustices plaguing humanity, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka to the United States.
Instead, anti-Israel agitation, anti-Zionist propaganda and blatant antisemitism permeated the eight-day U.N. World Conference Against Racism. The event featured posters displaying Nazi icons and Jewish caricatures, anti-Israel protest marches, organized jeering, incendiary leaflets and anti-Jewish cartoons, in addition to anti-American agitation. A resolution drafted by nongovernmental organizations at the conference labeled Israel a “racist apartheid state” guilty of “genocide and ethnic cleansing.”
Israeli officials and Jewish groups were not surprised by the
events — they had been warning for months that Palestinian nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs, and their allies, were bent on hijacking the conference.
What they did not suspect was the degree to which some key groups leading the charge against Israel at Durban were being funded by one of America’s largest and arguably most prestigious philanthropic institutions: the Ford Foundation.
“We are struck by the scores of Palestinian NGOs funded by Ford,” said David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, “a number of which have deeply disturbing and troubling records on Israel and Jews.”
The Ford Foundation — which was endowed with funds donated by Henry and Edsel Ford but no longer maintains any ties to the Ford Motor Company — has long been known as a funder of Palestinian causes. Less known is the extent of the foundation’s involvement in funding of groups that engage in anti-Israel and antisemitic activities both inside and outside the Middle East.
The massive cash flow behind Ford Foundation's Middle East Endeavors, if pumped by hose, directed at Israel, that force might seriously power-wash Israel out of existence:
From 1999 to 2002, the network received a series of Ford grants totaling $1.4 million, plus a $270,000 supplement, according to an examination of the Ford Foundation’s IRS Form 990 filings, Web site databases and annual reports. The NGO network continues to receive at least $350,000 annually from Ford, according to the data.
Ford responds:
Ford Official Responds
Alex Wilde, Ford’s vice president of communications, issued a six-page written statement in which he defended the groups funded by the foundation. “We have seen no indication that our grantees in Durban or elsewhere engaged in anti-Semitic speech or activities,” he wrote. “The Foundation does not support hate speech of any kind.”
Wilde added: “Some of our human rights and development grantees have certainly been critical of policies and practices of the Israeli government insofar as these discriminate against Palestinians or otherwise violate their rights, according to internationally agreed human rights standards and international law.”
“We do not believe that this can be described as ‘agitation,’” the statement said.
The foundation said it was not aware of any specific grant money being used to finance antisemitic activity.

One of the weaknesses of the article is not giving clear examples of Antisemitism.  But it is fair; for a n org started by a Jew hater, it gives money to Jews too:

In addition to its funding of Palestinian groups, Ford makes grants to several Israeli and American Jewish groups that work for democratic social change within Israel and are opposed to terrorism, including Rabbis for Human Rights, B’Tselem and the New Israel Fund (see separate story).

What we cane take from this is the Ford Foundation has a habit of throwing money at any tom, dick and harry who has a cause, with very little oversight. Legitimate charities are overjoyed, but cults and conartists are in hog heaven.

Enter Chip Berlet.

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Berlet also has a muddled history enabling "the Joos did it" kinds of conspiracies.  At the Jewish Daily Forward, in an article lost down the memory hole, but mirrored here,  Berlet is quoted:

One leading expert in American intelligence operations, Chip Berlet, a senior analyst
at the Boston-based Political Research Associates, explained that there "is a
backdoor agreement between allies that says that if one of your spies gets caught
and didn't do too much harm, he goes home. It goes on all the time. The official
reason is always a visa violation."
The article begins:

MARCH 15, 2002

Spy Rumors Fly on Gusts of Truth

Americans Probing Reports of Israeli Espionage


Despite angry denials by Israel and its American supporters, reports that Israel was
conducting spying activities in the United States may have a grain of truth, the
Forward has learned.

However, far from pointing to Israeli spying against U.S. government and military
facilities, as reported in Europe last week, the incidents in question appear to
represent a case of Israelis in the United States spying on a common enemy, radical
Islamic networks suspected of links to Middle East terrorism.
And is, no suprise, drooled over at

as well as a plethora of tin foil websites.

While that's not Berlet's fault, a "leading expert in American intelligence operations", should know this article would fan anti semitic flames.