Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Bronfman Gang: The Royal Family of American Jewry Sam and Edgar Bronfman: “Godfathers” to Al Capone and John McCain


Note: In addition to the article below, I suggest reading thisthis and this.  See here and here for a couple recent articles showing the political pull of the Bronfman family on the current prime minister Justin Trudeau and his father Pierre Trudeau. See here for the Zionist takeover of Canada.

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Once described as “the Rothschilds of the New World,” the family Bronfman—although officially based in Canada—certainly constitutes the proverbial “royal family” of the American Jewish establishment, in as much as the family’s influence is solidly entrenched in the United States,
reaching from New York to Hollywood and everything in between. Proteges—directly and indirectly—of the Bronfman family have included multiple powerful and well-known personages ranging from Al Capone to U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Although best known for their control of the Seagram liquor empire, the family controls much, much more. In some respects they personify “the ultimate Jewish success story.” They represent virtually everything that is truly bad—in the classic sense—about Jewish power and influence in America.

And while they may not technically be the wealthiest Jewish family in America, per se—there are others that are much, much richer— the Bronfmans have a certain level of clout and prominence that few other families can claim. After all, of course, Edgar Bronfman—reigning patriarch of the family—is the longtime head of the World Jewish Congress. And that’s a title with clout.

As far back as 1978, Bronfman family biographer Peter Newman, writing in The Bronfman Dynasty, estimated that the aggregate assets held by the various branches of the family totaled some $7 billion. He cited Fortune magazine which declared—at the time—“The Bronfman fortune rivals that of all but a small number of North American families, including some that gathered their strength in the 19th century when taxes had no more impact on wealth than poor boxes.” Since then, of course, the
Bronfmans have increasingly compounded their wealth and their influence has grown proportionally.

Originally, we have been told, the Bronfman clan came as immigrants to Canada under the sponsorship—like many others—of the various Jewish charities under the thumb of Europe’s Rothschild family, the great financial house that has ruled from behind the scenes for generations.

However, the Bronfman empire as we know it today was founded by buccaneering, hard-driving sharp-nosed businessman Sam Bronfman who—along with his brothers—made millions in the liquor business— and many millions more by shipping their liquor into the United States where it was illegally consumed during Prohibition. Thus, the family forged early links with the U.S. crime syndicate headed jointly by Russian-born, New York-based Jew, Meyer Lansky, and his Italian partners, Charles “Lucky” Luciano and Frank Costello.

In fact—and this is probably a dirty little secret better left unsaid— there is hardly a border town in the northern regions of the United States—from Maine to Washington state—where you will not be able to find small family fortunes accumulated by locals who were part of the Bronfman-Lansky liquor smuggling network.

And in the big cities, a “connection” with the Lansky-Bronfman network was a “must” for anyone who wanted to succeed. The truth is that even Chicago’s Italian-American crime prince, Al Capone, owed his rise to power to his Bronfman connection—another little-known fact that has
been largely suppressed.

Despite all the hoopla over Capone’s purported “rule” over Chicago, at no time ever did Capone control more than one-fourth of the rackets in the Windy City. And what’s more, as famed independent crime writer Hank Messick has pointed out in his classic study, Secret File (G. P.
Putnam’s Sons, 1969), Capone—powerful and wealthy though he was— never held a title higher than “capo” (or “captain”)—head of a crew of ten men—in the ranks of the formally organized Italian-American “Mafia” crime network in Chicago.

Another point often forgotten in the legend of “the Mafia” is that Capone, in fact, was only permitted to become a formal member of the Mafia after Italian-American crime bosses in Chicago relaxed Mafia membership rules to permit certain selected non-Sicilians such as Capone to join. (Who was born in Naples on mainland Italy)

If fact, truth be told, Capone was ultimately answering to much bigger, more secretive bosses behind the scenes, who were based “back east”—part of the “elite” group surrounding Russian-born New York based Jewish crime chief Meyer Lansky (who ultimately switched his operations to Miami and, for a brief period—many years later—to Israel).

It was the Lansky group—including Lansky’s Jewish partner Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and his Italian-born partners, Costello and the legendary Luciano—that sent Capone (a distant Luciano cousin) to Chicago in the first place.

In their notable Lansky biography, Meyer Lansky: Mogul of the Mob (Paddington Press, 1979), written in cooperation with Lansky, Israeli writers Dennis Eisenberg, Uri Dan and Eli Landau fill in some of the missing elements left out by Capone’s biographers. Lansky himself told his Israeli biographers that “It was Bugsy Siegel who knew him well when Capone lived and worked on the Lower East side . . . [He was a] close enough friend of Capone’s to hide him out with
one of his aunts” when Capone got in trouble on a murder charge. To get him out of the line of law enforcement fire, Lansky and company sent the young Capone to Chicago to act as a tough in the gang of Johnny Torrio, another ex-New Yorker who had “gone west” and who was moving to unseat his own uncle, old-time gangster “Big Jim” Colosimo, as leader of the Italian-American Mafia in Chicago.

Essentially, Torrio was Lansky’s Chicago point man and Capone quickly moved up the ranks and became Torrio’s right-hand man. Hank Messick writes that Capone’s positioning “delighted” the
Lansky crowd “because Capone was very much their man. Although Capone eventually became his own master in Chicago, running scores of rackets and criminal operations, his loyalty to his New York friends was so firm that Lansky and [Luciano] knew they could always count on him.”

And it is worth pointing out that Capone’s immediate “boss” in Chicago, Torrio, was also the Chicago contact for the liquor interests of the Canadian-based Bronfman liquor empire which was shipping its
legally produced products over the border for illegal consumption by Prohibition-era American drinkers. Sam Bronfman and his family worked closely with the Lansky syndicate from the beginning. Therefore, the Torrio-Capone link brought the connection full circle.

Meanwhile, Chicago’s ruling boss, Colosimo, was doing nothing to endear himself to either Bronfman or Lansky and Siegel whom he was known to refer to as “dirty Jews.”

Colosimo proclaimed that he couldn’t understand why Luciano dealt so closely with Lansky and Siegel, saying “I sometimes have a suspicion that he must have some Jewish blood in his veins,” a suspicion that—in light of Luciano’s subsequent fate, as we shall see, is highly unlikely.
In addition, Colosimo asserted there was “no future in bootlegging” and showed little interest in patronizing the Bronfman liquor supply.

Colosimo wanted to focus on drugs, prostitution, and loan-sharking. His boycott of Bronfman was cutting into the Lansky syndicate’s profits. Needless to say, when the time was ripe, Lansky (via Torrio and Capone) moved against Colosimo who was gunned down by a New York Jewish gangster sent in to do the job. The biggest wreath at Colosimo’s lavish funeral featured a card that read: “From the sorrowing Jew boys of New York.” Soon enough, the Bronfman liquor came flowing into
Chicago, courtesy of Lansky’s henchman Torrio and his right-hand man, Capone, soon to emerge as the media’s favorite “Mafia” figure.

So when we look at the forces behind even the most notorious Italian- American gangster of the 20th century, we find his roots buried deep within the Bronfman (and Zionist) camp. And that is news in itself. The current head of the Bronfman family is Edgar Bronfman who— aside from his extensive international business dealings—also serves as the longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, from which position he exerts considerable political clout.

Bronfman, of course, was the key player in the recent (and ongoing) effort to extort billions of dollars out of Swiss banks for their alleged involvement in laundering of “Jewish gold” said to be stolen by the Nazis and for having confiscated the wealth of certain Jewish persons from Europe who hid their vast wealth in Swiss banks prior to World War II.

The question as to how this vast wealth was actually accumulated has never been explained by the media, although the involvement of the Bronfman family in the controversy may provide a key to it in part.

It is known that the Bronfmans achieved much of their own initial wealth prior to World War II in the illegal liquor trade, in concert with American crime syndicate figure Meyer Lansky whose operations ranged far and wide, well beyond American shores.

It is also known that Lansky was one of the prime movers, for the crime syndicate, behind the use of Swiss bank accounts for the deposit and laundering of criminal proceeds. Thus, it is quite likely that many of those who were taken into custody and whose bank accounts were confiscated were actually agents of the Lansky-Bronfman syndicate and therefore engaged in criminal activity.

Bronfman’s son, Edgar Jr., is perhaps as equally powerful as his father, although from another venue. The younger Bronfman assumed control of Universal Studios and all of the related entertainment subsidiaries now under the control of the Bronfman empire. A major player in Hollywood and in the music and film production area, Edgar Jr. reportedly bungled a major family investment when he entered the family into partnership with the French-based Vivendi corporation, but no members of the Bronfman family have been seen panhandling on the streets of New York, Beverly Hills or Montreal as of this writing.

The Seagrams company is regularly among the largest political contributors to both of the major American political parties. This is interesting in itself for when, during the 1996 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton was attacking his GOP opponent Bob Dole for accepting contributions
from the tobacco industry, the fact that both major parties were taking sizable contributions from the alcohol industry—in particular, the Bronfman empire—seems to have gone largely without comment.
As distinguished an “American” institution as Du Pont, for example, fell under Bronfman control. In 1981, Du Pont, then the seventh-largest corporation in the United States, was targeted for takeover by the Bronfman family.

Actually, at that point, the Bronfmans already owned 20 percent of Du Pont—a substantial holding in itself, for in the corporate world, even as little as 3 percent ownership of a corporation’s stock gives the owner effective control of a corporation. Although the traditional American name of “Du Pont” continued to appear on the corporate papers and on Du Pont products sold to American consumers, the real power behind the scenes was the Bronfman empire.

In truth, the Du Pont family—although still quite wealthy, having accumulated their financial resources over several generations—had little influence within the corporation that bore the family name.

Ultimately, the Bronfmans officially divested their holdings in Du Pont, but used their resources to expand their wealth and tentacles elsewhere. Today the Bronfmans are very much a recognized part of not only the plutocratic establishment in the United States, but throughout the world. Among other Bronfman holdings over the years were such traditional ally “American” companies as: Campbell Soup, Schlitz Brewing, Colgate-Palmolive, Kellog, Nabisco, Norton Simon, Quaker Oats,
Paramount Pictures and Warrington Products (which made Kodiak boots and Hush Puppies shoes.)

In addition, the Bronfmans also had an interest in the Ernest W. Hahn Company (which then operated 27 regional shopping centers in California and had plans for another 29); and the Trizec Corp., one of the biggest property development companies in North America.

The Bronfmans also hold considerable assets in some “unexpected” and “out of the way” places. For example, the Bronfman controlled Cadillac Fairview corporation—which develops commercial rental properties— developed a shopping center in Hickory, North Carolina and (in 1978) was in the process of setting up two others. Another Bronfman enterprise is the Shannon Mall in Atlanta and the Galleria in Westchester, New York. In addition, a Bronfman subsidiary held options on a shopping
center development in Mississippi and for yet another in Connecticut.

Bronfman companies also controlled industrial parks in and near Los Angeles, office towers in Denver and in San Francisco, and housing developments in Nevada, California, and Florida. The Bronfmans also bought control of the share capital of Houston-based General Homes
Consolidated Cos. Inc., building houses and developing land with operations reaching as far as Mississippi and Alabama.

For many years the family—although this was not well known—contained vast tracts of land in the outer reaches of the Virginia suburbs surrounding Washington, DC, lucrative land that the family, in recent years, has been relinquishing at great profit.

And as reminder: the various United States holdings of the Bronfman family listed here do not constitute anything resembling a complete overview of their portfolio. And none of this reflects even a piddling portion of the Bronfman holdings in Canada alone.

All of this financial clout, taken together, also constitutes significant political power in the various states and locales where the Bronfman influence has taken root. Of particular interest in that regard is the hidden influence of the Bronfman family in the state of Arizona—an outpost viewed in the minds of most Americans as somehow a paradise of cowboys, cactus and wide open spaces, a conservative stronghold independent of the corruption and intrigue found in the big cities like New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. In fact,Arizona ranks right up alongside the great crime capitals and that most unpleasant status can be traced directly to the influence in Arizona of the Bronfman family.

Bronfman family influence in Arizona is so strong that it can be rightly said that the Bronfmans are no less than the “godfathers” behind the political career of America’s best known “reformer”—Arizona Senator John McCain. Here’s the story: In 1976, a crusading Phoenix reporter, Don Bolles, was murdered by a car-bomb after writing a series of stories exposing the organized crime
connections of a wide-ranging number of well-known figures in Arizona, including one Jim Hensley.

Five years later “Honest John” McCain arrived in Arizona as the new husband of Hensley’s daughter, Cindy. “From the moment McCain landed in Phoenix,” according to Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity, “the Hensleys were key sponsors of his political career.” But the fact is, the people behind the Hensley fortune are even more interesting and controversial.

While it is well-known McCain’s father-in-law is the owner of the biggest Anheuser-Busch beer distributor in Arizona—one of the largest beer distributors in the nation—the mainstream media has had nothing to say about the origins of the Hensley fortune that financed McCain’s rise
to power. The Hensley fortune is no more than a regional offshoot of the big time bootlegging and rackets empire of the Bronfman dynasty.

McCain’s father-in-law got his start as a top henchman of one Kemper Marley who, for some forty years until his death in 1990 at age 84, was the undisputed behind-the-scenes political boss of Arizona. But Marley was much more than a machine politician. In fact, he was also the
Lansky crime syndicate’s top man in Arizona, the protege of Lansky lieutenant, Phoenix gambler Gus Greenbaum.

In 1941 Greenbaum had set up the Transamerica Publishing and News Service, which operated a national wire service for bookmakers. In 1946 Greenbaum turned over the day-to-day operations to Marley while Greenbaum focused on building up Lansky-run casinos in Las Vegas,
commuting there from his home in Phoenix. Greenbaum, in fact, was so integral to the Lansky empire that he was the one who took command of Lansky’s Las Vegas interests in 1947 after Lansky ordered the execution of his own longtime friend, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, for skimming mob
profits from the new Flamingo Casino.

Greenbaum and his wife were murdered in a mob “hit” in 1948, their throats cut. The murder set off a series of gangland wars in Phoenix, but Marley survived and prospered. During this time Marley was building up a liquor distribution monopoly in Arizona. According to Marley’s longtime public relations man, Al Lizanitz, it was the Bronfman family that set Marley up in the liquor business. In 1948 some 52 of Marley’s employees (including Jim Hensley) went to jail on federal liquor violations—but not Marley.

The story in Arizona is that Hensley took the fall for Marley and, upon his release from prison, Marley paid back Hensley’s loyalty by setting up him in the beer distribution business. That beer company today, said to be worth some $200 million, is what largely financed John McCain’s political career. The support from the Bronfman-Marley- Hensley network was integral to McCain’s rise to power.

But there’s more. McCain’s father-in-law had also dabbled in the dog racing business and he expanded his family fortune further by selling his dog racing track to an individual connected to the Emprise Corp., run by the Buffalo-based Jacobs family.

The Jacobs family were the leading distributors for Bronfman liquor smuggled into the United States during Prohibition and controlled the “spigot” of Bronfman liquor into the hands of local gangs that were part of the Lansky syndicate. Expanding over the years, buying up horse and dog racing tracks and developing food and drink concessions at sports stadiums, the Jacobs family’s enterprises were once described as being “probably the biggest quasi-legitimate cover for organized crime’s
money-laundering in the United States.”

While John McCain himself cannot be held personally responsible for the sins of his father-in-law, the fact is that this “reformer” owes his political and financial fortunes to the good graces of the biggest names in organized crime. Perhaps it is no wonder that today, the Las Vegas gambling
industry is among McCain’s primary financial benefactors. This brief overview is really just the tip of the iceberg but it does say much about McCain and the political milieu that spawned him, particularly in light of McCain’s front-line position as one of Israel’s leading congressional water-carriers.

And in light of this author’s own rather widely-distributed work on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the book, Final Judgment, which contends that Israel’s intelligence service, the Mossad, played a major role alongside the CIA in the assassination of President Kennedy, precisely because of JFK’s obstinate opposition to Israel’s drive to build nuclear weapons of mass destruction, it should be noted for the record that the fingerprints of Israel’s wealthy patron, Lansky syndicate figure Sam Bronfman, are found all over the JFK assassination conspiracy.

Not only was Bronfman’s longtime henchman, Louis Bloomfield, chairman of the Mossad-sponsored Permindex corporation (which included among its directors no less than New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw, who was indicted by former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison for involvement in the JFK assassination), but new evidence indicates that Dallas mob figure Jack Ruby was actually on the Bronfman payroll, an interesting little detail in and of itself!

In addition, while another Bronfman associate in Dallas, oilman Jack Crichton, hovered around Lee Harvey Oswald’s widow after the JFK assassination, another Bronfman functionary—“super lawyer” John McCloy—served on the Warren Commission. McCloy was a director— and Crichton served as vice president—of the Empire Trust, a financial combine controlled in part by the Bronfman family.
And although Sam Bronfman is best known for his Seagrams liquor empire, what many JFK researchers who point their fingers at the “Texas oil barons” have failed to note is that Sam Bronfman was a Texas oil baron himself, having purchased Texas Pacific Oil in 1963.

As far back as 1949, Allen Dulles, later the CIA director fired by JFK and also a Warren Commission member, served as an attorney involved in the private business ventures of Bronfman’s daughter Phyllis.

For those interested in the entire story, they should refer to Final Judgment, which is now in its 768-page sixth edition, thoroughly documented. The bottom line is that the JFK assassination is unquestionably beyond any doubt that one pivotal event that helped bring Zionist power to untold heights in American life as we know it today. In short, not only do the Bronfmans have the power to make American presidents, but they have the power to break them. And that truly is power. The Bronfmans, by any estimation, do constitute the “first family”—dare we say “the royal family”—of the American Jewish and Zionist establishments.

And revolving, as satellites, around the Bronfman dynasty are a wide-ranging array of other powerful Zionist families which—in turn—have their own satellite families and financial interests.

A good example of how it all works can be found in the case of Mortimer Zuckerman, originally a Boston-based real estate operator. Zuckerman’s early success came through business deals with the Bronfman family, such deals which enabled him to become a substantial power within the Zionist community in his own right. Subsequent owner of such publications as the distinguished Atlantic Monthly and U.S. News and World Report—both important media outlets—and then such less
august but still influential publications like The New York Daily News, Zuckerman ultimately became president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an influential post indeed.

In later years, however, Zuckerman began “salting” the Zionist community with his own proceeds and gave aid and succor to an up-and-coming young Washington, D.C.-based promoter and entrepreneur, one Daniel Snyder, who—in a few short years—was able to amass enough
capital to grab control of the famed Washington Redskins football team, even from the hands of the son of its longtime and legendary owner, Jack Kent Cooke. So, in the end, of course, it can be said that Snyder is a satellite of Zuckerman who is in turn a satellite of Bronfman whose family, in
the beginning, owed their patronage to the charities of Europe’s famed Rothschild family. It is indeed all very circular.

The truth is that America’s most powerful Zionist families have long worked closely together—in one form or another.


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