Posted on Strategic Culture, December 30, 2014
by Wayne Madsen
The recent appointment of the austerity-loving U.S. citizen and investment firm chief Natalie Jaresko as Ukraine’s Finance Minister continues a trend that has seen one Eastern European country after another appointing or electing U.S. citizens as major government officials. Jaresko had Ukrainian citizenship conferred on her by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as she arrived in Kiev to take up her new post in the government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, himself a former legal U.S. resident who has been linked to the crypto-Satanic Church of Scientology.
Jaresko is involved in contentious asset redistribution court battles with her ex-husband, Ihor Figlus. Together, the two managed the Kiev-based Horizon Capital, established 20 years ago with a $150 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Horizon Capital operated the Emerging Europe Growth Fund, a group charged with illegal insider trading of Ukrainian securities. According to court divorce documents, Horizon Capital bought Ukrainian artwork, Georgian carpets, expensive cars, and antique furniture, all of which are now subject to the battle for ownership between Jaresko and Figlus. Jaresko also managed the USAID-financed Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), a CIA contrivance that steered U.S. investment dollars into «pro-democracy» movements in Moldova and Belarus and laundered much of the $5 billion in U.S. aid for the Maidan Square coup in Kiev that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.
Jaresko’s arrival in Kiev was shortly followed by that of former Reno, Nevada assistant police chief Ron Glensor, who became an official adviser to the Ukrainian police with an initial posting at the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Khmelnytsky region. Glensor has been very active with the U.S. Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). Glensor is also a former fellow of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, D.C. In August 1999, The Progressive magazine reported that «Janice Stromsen, a career employee of the Justice Department who served as ICITAP’s director, resisted the program’s takeover by CIA elements. In February , Stromsen was relieved of her duties after complaining to the Justice Department Inspector General that ICITAP was being used by the CIA to recruit agents among foreign police officials».
Mostly outsourced to a favorite CIA contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), ICITAP provided cover for the CIA to infiltrate police agencies around the world. After initiially blowing the whistle on ICITAP’s intelligence-related operations, Stromsen was joined by another ICITAP employee, Martin «Mick» Andersen, who charged that agencies other than the Justice Department were engaging in «illegal activities» in Haiti. Charles Allen, who worked for the Richardson, Texas police department and was assigned to ICITAP in 1995, said that the CIA would approach foreign police students enrolled in ICITAP training programs during off hours and weekends in an attempt to recruit them to be American spies. Other CIA recruitment of foreign police officers occurred during ICITAP training sessions at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
ICITAP first began providing the CIA with «official cover» to infiltrate foreign police agencies in 1990 when it began its first operations in Panama after the U.S. military invasion. These operations were then expanded to Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Georgia, the Eastern Slavonia province of Croatia, Serbia, Armenia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Macedonia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Albania, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, and Iraq. ICITAP and CIA operations were closely linked in counter-narcotics/insurgency operations in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Haiti, and Panama.
ICITAP grew out of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program started in the early 1960s that saw U.S. police officers assigned to foreign police agencies for the purpose of training. However, it soon became obvious that the CIA was using the USAID program to gain influence over foreign police agencies to combat Soviet and Chinese influence. This was particularly the case in Somalia, where the Somali National Police served as a pro-U.S. counterpart to the pro-Communist bloc Somali armed forces. The chief CIA liaison working with the Somali National Police was a police officer on loan from the Los Angeles Police Department. Former Richmond, Indiana police officer Dan Mitrione joined the CIA to advise the Brazilian and Uruguayan governments, under USAID cover, on how to use electric shock and other torture techniques on political prisoners. Mitrione was kidnapped and executed by Uruguayan Tupamaro guerrillas for his crimes against humanity waged on the people of Uruguay. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was but one recipient of Mitrione’s brutal torture tactics which were implemented by the Brazilian security forces.
The current leader of the Polish parliament (Sejm) is former Foreign and Defense Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, a former U.S. resident and British citizen. Sikorski is married to the neocon columnist Anne Applebaum, a member of the editorial board of The Washington Post. Sikorski served as a fellow of the neocon American Enterprise Institute (AEI), which provides employment for a number of anti-Russian warhawks, including Fred Kagan, brother-in-law of the foul-mouthed Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland. Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton also serve as AEI fellows. Sikorski is also a close friend of neocon media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Sikorski has been at the forefront of calling for increased European Union sanctions against Russia and the further expansion of NATO to the east.
The bow-tied President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, grew up in New Jersey and attended Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. Ilves was employed as the chief of the Estonian desk for the CIA-financed Radio Free Europe, working out of the broadcaster’s main studio in Munich. Ilves’s first marriage was to an American and his two children by that marriage are American citizens. Ilves’s brother, Andres Ilves, was also on the payroll of the CIA- financed broadcasting operations, including the Afghanistan Bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, for which he worked from the Prague headquarters, and Radio Farda, the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors-funded radio station that beams its programming in Farsi to Iran. Andres Ilves also worked on destabilizing operations in Serbia on behalf of the National Endowment for Democracy-funded and George Soros-linked National Democratic Institute and is now involved in political operations in South Africa’s KwaZulu province, which are obviously targeting the African National Congress government of President Jacob Zuma.
Valdas Adamkus served two terms as President of Lithuania. Adamkus was a U.S. citizen and a Ronald Reagan–appointed senior official of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and served as a non-commissioned officer for the U.S. Fifth Army Military Intelligence unit. Adamkus was not the only official of the right-wing Reagan administration to come to power in post-Cold War Eastern Europe. Kateryna Chumachenko, a U.S. citizen, served as the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in the U.S. State Department, the Reagan White House Office of Public Liaison for liaison with «Captive Nations» communities in the United States, the executive secretary’s office of the U.S. Treasury during the George H. W. Bush administration, and the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. In 2005, Chumachenko became the First Lady of Ukraine after her husband, Viktor Yushchenko, was sworn into office after the Soros- and CIA-financed «Orange Revolution».
Other Americans who have embedded in Eastern European governments and political organizations include Ljubica Acevska, who became Macedonia’s first ambassador to the United States; Ukrainian anti-Russian politician Ivan Lozowy; Roman Zvarych, who became Minister of Justice in the Yushchenko government; and Peter Zwack, who became Hungarian ambassador to the United States and chairman of the Hungarian Entrepreneurs’ Party.
Most of these Americans, prior to their renouncing their American citizenship, were in violation of the 1799 Logan Act, which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. However, the Logan Act, like many American laws, is not enforced because of pressure from domestic U.S. ethnic lobbies, as well as the CIA, which encourage dual citizens to engage in foreign ethnic- and religious-based activities on behalf of U.S. intelligence.
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C.