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President, Power, and a People's Attorney: Carolyn Baker Interviews Charlotte Dennett
Monday, 12 January 2009 13:10
by Carolyn Baker

altFor more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure--one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.

Quotes from David Rockefeller's Memoirs(Random House, New York, 2002) Chapter 27, pages 404 and 405

In early December, 2008 I drove to the home of Charlotte Dennett in rural Vermont to speak with her not only about her recent run for Attorney General of the State of Vermont, but also about Thy Will Be Done, a book she and her husband, Gerard Colby, had published in 1995-a book extremely relevant to the most recent, and in fact all, recent American presidential elections. I wanted to find out what motivated her to run for Attorney General of Vermont with the promise that if she were elected, she would appoint Vince Bugliosi, author of The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder, as special prosecutor to charge the lame duck President with murder, and also, to learn more about her and Colby's research and how they became involved in the project.

I discovered that Charlotte Dennett was born into an intelligence family, but that her father was killed when she was 15. He was stationed in Beirut where Charlotte was born, and his last mission was to Saudi Arabia where he was sent to figure out the trans-Arabian oil pipeline that was going to carry a fantastic amount of oil from Saudi Arabia to an undetermined point on the Mediterranean. It was either going to be in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, or Syria. He got on a plane to Ethiopia on the way back to Beirut, and the plane crashed with several other intelligence individuals on board, and all were killed. Following the tragedy, Charlotte's mother returned to the states where Charlotte grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts. She believes there was definitely foul play in relation to her father's death, and her forthcoming book is an expose of the events surrounding it.

In her junior year of high school, Charlotte returned to Beirut with her mother and finished high school there. In the process, she became thoroughly immersed in Middle Eastern politics. In Beirut she had access to books and other information about the Middle East which most Americans do not have, and as a result, developed a more balanced view of it-a view that has affected her all of her life.


She returned to the U.S. to attend a small college in Massachusetts where she majored in art history then completed her Masters in Italy. Yet despite her passion for the arts and travel abroad, Charlotte has never stopped being interested in politics and wrote her Masters thesis on Cosimo de Medici, the great Florentine politician of the Renaissance.

Returning again to Beirut, Charlotte became a correspondent for a Middle East magazine which sent her all over the region, including Iran, during the reign of the Shah. In 1975 she was in Europe when a bus load of Palestinians was blown up, and at that point, she realized the extent to which the Middle East was going to erupt and chose to return to the U.S. in order to avoid the chaos.

In New York she met Gerard Colby when both were doing beats at the United Nations. At this point Charlotte and Gerry became interested in developments in South America where missionaries were working for the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) which was increasingly suspected of being linked to the CIA. The Institute's technology was extremely sophisticated-so much so that it seemed highly unlikely that it could have been financed from church donations. Obvious questions emerged: What were missionaries doing out in extremely remote areas? What exactly was SIL? Why had hundreds of thousands of Indians died or disappeared? At this point, Gerry was collecting research for what would become his 1984 tome Dupont: Behind The Nylon Curtain.

In 1995, Charlotte and Gerry published Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon, an absolute must-read expose of the manipulation of missionary efforts in South America by the Rockefeller family to lay the groundwork for the economic domination of the Amazon region by Rockefeller corporate interests. They embarked on this project because they wanted to know why American fundamentalist Christian missionaries were turning a blind eye to the genocide of Indians in Latin America. Some of the very tribes they were working with were disappearing, according to photojournalists in the area. Further investigation by Dennett and Colby revealed that there was literally genocide happening throughout the Amazon-that up to 100,000 indigenous people in the region had died or disappeared in the 1960s and 70s. Dennett says that "We felt that if our government was in any way involved, it behooved us as American to find out."

What they finally discovered after 10 years of research and a total of 18 years to complete the book, were incredibly strong links, documented in the book, between the missionaries and the CIA. What had them mystified, however, was why. As they dug deeper, they discovered a man named Adolf Berle who had been the U.S. ambassador to Brazil who had also been a member of Franklin Roosevelt's "brain trust." When they visited the FDR Library, they discovered that one of Berle's diaries had been de-classified. Dennett asserts that if you want to understand power in America, you must read Berle's diaries-diaries which reveal his intimate professional connection with Nelson Rockefeller who was at that time Governor of New York but who also had fervent interest in Latin America.

Subsequently, Nelson's papers were de-classified, and Dennett and Colby began researching them. That's when they discovered that Nelson Rockefeller was the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs during the Roosevelt administration as it was entering World War II. This was a cabinet-level position, and his job was to win over Latin America from German and Japanese, known during World War II as Axis influence, which at that time was considerable. Thy Will Be Done documents how Rockefeller made frequent visits to Latin America and had talked with major businessmen there and was photographed with the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. He also spent time dialoging with heads of the Brazilian military-all of this for the purpose of removing the influence of the Axis powers, but in fact, his real job was to replace it with American influence.

Along the way, Dennett and Colby discovered one author who compared Brazil in the 1940s with the early American West, and indeed, the conquest of the West included some of the same dynamics, dynasties, and methods of conquest as did the conquest of Latin America. Similar to Rockefeller's strategy in the Amazon region, missionaries in the West were used to go forth, pacify the native peoples, and the corporations would come in and extract the resources. Not unlike the conquest of the American West, if Brazilian natives could not be pacified, they were killed. Meanwhile, the people responsible, the people who gave the orders were sitting in their board rooms far away. "They didn't have to know the details; the details were carried out on the ground," says Dennett.

Because of Rockefeller's enormous influence in Latin America, under President Truman and later Eisenhower, he became deeply involved in intelligence and became a sort of Cold War guru and was fully briefed on covert operations at the very time when the various Latin American dictators were installed by the CIA.

Why is this relevant today? Because today people are getting nervous about the extent to which Obama has surrounded himself with architects of the Clinton administration-globalists, who are deeply linked to the Rockefellers, the still pre-eminent powerful family who are largely invisible. Americans tend to have absolutely no understanding of this because they associate the Rockefellers with altruism and the Rockefellers' formation of countless schools. It's very difficult to have any kind of critical examination of them because they are literally, everywhere. Others, such as academics, for example, tend to steer clear of any close examination of them because of the threat of losing funding.

Dennett believes that Obama is surrounding himself with Rockefeller interests which she argues is far better than the interests surrounding Bush because the Bush regime did not understand the complexity that the Rockefellers have had over the centuries to refine their methods. She explains that within the ruling elite there are "warring gangs", so to speak, jockeying for power. For the past eight years, the Bush gang has prevailed, and undoubtedly, the Rockefellers have been extremely upset with their methods. Currently, everything about the way Obama is proceeding, in Dennett's opinion, has all the earmarks of enlightened Rockefeller rule by an articulate, charismatic, polished Chief Executive. "Enlightened rule", however, does not mean that there is never violent, ruthless repression, such as the Rockefellers have sometimes orchestrated in Latin America, but it is a last resort, not their preferred strategy.

The research of Dennett and Colby confirm the existence and pre-eminence of a ruling class or ruling elite-words which Dennett says "one does not use in polite society", as well as the political and economic assets of two Rockefeller-created and dominated organizations, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, along with the Bilderberg Group, which have consistently groomed and produced presidential candidates. As I have resolutely argued for years, these organizations are multi-dimensional rather than monolithic in terms of their membership's roles. On the periphery one finds varying degrees of interests, aspirations, and power dynamics, whereas a distinct and unwavering coalescence of all of these categories appears to comprise the nucleus.

According to Dennett, "If you want to be President of the United States, don't think you're even going to get close unless you've been groomed. One of the great grooming institutions is the Trilateral Commission which was set up by David Rockefeller in the early seventies, and the Council on Foreign Relations, formerly chaired by David Rockefeller, is another. When you go through that process, you know just how far you can go."

One of Dennett's passions is tracing the paths of Presidents-elect who believe they have just received the mantle of the most powerful position on earth, only to discover that they are inexorably limited by the forces and interests that have groomed them for power. Extremely well documented in Thy Will Be Done are the paths of the two Presidents who went too far: JFK and Abraham Lincoln. Page 338 contains a chart of foreign policy and national security officials around JFK, all of whom were directly connected with the Rockefeller dynasty. Dennett and Colby have documented in their book that John Kennedy greatly curtailed a Rockefeller development plan in Latin America and wanted to curtail private bank loans to Latin America, a plan profoundly upsetting to Chase Manhattan with its ties to the Rockefeller family. In other words, Kennedy was putting the brakes on the development of the Amazon. He was killed in November, 1963, and four months later, President Goulart of Brazil, also opposed to corporate intrusion in that nation, was overthrown in a coup in March, 1964.

Dennett asserts that she and Colby have shown the patterns, and now it's up to other researchers to go into greater detail. In this vein, she highly recommends Russ Baker's newly released Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America.

Carmelo Ruiz has written a fabulous review of the book entitled "Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism In The Age of Oil". In my opinion, Thy Will Be Done is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of how one dynasty can skillfully imbed itself in the milieu of a developing nation, facilitated by the Central Intelligence Agency and a host of clerical minions. I cannot recommend this superbly documented book highly enough which is one of many reasons I chose to visit with Charlotte Dennett.

After the publication of Thy Will Be Done and after moving to Vermont, Gerry continued to write, and Charlotte was working as a paralegal in a law firm. She decided to apprentice in the firm for four years with the intention of qualifying to take the bar exam without attending law school-an arrangement available in only four states. In 1997 she passed the bar and got her license to practice law in Vermont.

I wanted to listen forever to Dennett's accounts of the research she and Colby had done for their book, but I also realized that I was sitting with the woman who had just lost her bid for Attorney General of Vermont for the Progressive Party and who, unlike any other candidate in America, had sworn to prosecute an outgoing President for murder. I was curious about how this happened.

Charlotte Dennett had been involved in the leadership of the Progressive Party for years. In 2007, gubernatorial candidate, Anthony Pollina, had chosen to run as an Independent, and more Progressive and Independent candidates were needed to run for other offices in Vermont. With a great deal of energy going into working on another book, she at first reluctantly decided to run for Attorney General, then later realized the fantastic opportunity in front of her. Thus, she decided not only to run, but to run as "the people's attorney."

About two weeks after she agreed to run, a good friend gave her Vincent Bugliosi's book The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder. She was extremely impressed with Bugliosi's meticulous establishment of evidence, and when she got to the legal argument, she discovered that any Attorney General of any state could commence the prosecution, but the obvious question was: Who's going to dare to do it?

Running as a Progressive, however, Dennett would be free to move forward toward prosecution and not be pressured by Democrats to capitulate. About the same time, a close friend from New Jersey, a journalist who had authored a book with the same publisher as Bugliosi's, assisted Dennett in making the connection with him. In the course of their dialog, Dennett and Bugliosi discovered that they needed each other. Dennett needed someone to appoint as special prosecutor, and Bugliosi needed a test case because up to that point, his argument was only theoretical.

Coincidentally, Bugliosi was coming east for a conference in Andover, Massachusetts on prosecuting high government officials for war and other crimes. Dennett and her journalist friend attended the conference and discovered that there were other attorneys behind the prosecution of Bush. But most importantly, she and Bugliosi met and had an immediate meeting of the minds with each other. He then accompanied her to Vermont and was with her when she announced her candidacy at a press conference, along with her intent to prosecute Bush.

Vince Bugliosi and Charlotte Dennett at Press Conference Announcing Dennett's Candidacy, September, 2008 

Whereas some people accused Dennett of reaching for something very "far-fetched" for Vermonters, she argued that a gutsy little Vermont town like Brattleboro had already passed a resolution that if Bush or Cheney were ever to set foot in their town, they wouldalt be arrested. Also, over 30 other Vermont towns had passed impeachment resolutions in their town meetings, and an impeachment resolution was almost passed in the Vermont House until it was effectively killed by Democrat, Gaye Symington. So Dennett believed that if there were any state where prosecution of Bush would fly, it would be Vermont.

When I asked Dennett what other issues should be priorities for Vermont, she immediately answered that the shutting down of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant should be at the top of the list. Yankee's relicensing comes up for debate in the Vermont legislature in February, and there is a strong movement in the state to prohibit relicensing due to the age of the plant, the numerous accidents which have occurred there, and the enormous danger to public health that it poses.

Low-level radiation, Dennett argues can be more dangerous and insidious than massive eruptions like the one at Three-Mile Island or Chernobyl. Moreover, strong evidence of collusion between the Vermont Health Department and the nuclear power plant not only exists but also suggests that the Attorney General's office may have been involved in the collusion. Many people may be aware of the collusion but may be afraid to come forward because, sadly, Vermont is 50th in the nation for providing legal protection for whistleblowers, and Dennett was committed in her campaign for the office of Attorney General to working vigorously to secure this protection for all whistleblowers. Additionally, Dennett feels that the Attorney General should investigate predatory lending in Vermont and gas price gouging.

Although not totally on board with the Peak Oil concept, she is intrigued by the work of Richard Heinberg and agrees with him that energy companies will not be easily tanked and that therefore, we must buy, live, and focus locally. Her biggest concern is that the corporate giants will not stand idly by and allow local movements to succeed. On the other hand, Dennett emphasizes that the ruling elite are always worried about unrest, and they may be willing to do whatever it takes to ameliorate it.

Above all, she says, we must study history, and we must understand how power in America works, and if we do we'll be in much better shape.

As a result of Charlotte Dennett's campaign, the Progressive Party is on the wavelength of states all over the country. She's pleased that in Vermont, we've elected some Progressive candidates to the House but not pleased that by and large, the Democratic Party is in control and is not changing. Therefore, if she were to run again for any office, it could not be on a Democratic ticket which she feels would compromise her values.

Her next book is in part an investigation of her father's plane crash, and its tentative title is Searching For Caret: A Spy's Daughter's Questions and the Untapped Secrets of the Middle East. "Caret", she notes, was her father's intelligence code name. Harper Collins, publisher of Thy Will Be Done, and the publisher to whom Dennett has submitted the manuscript for her forthcoming book, killed the book for so-called "late delivery", so she is currently seeking another publisher. She's determined to get the book out there because she believes that people need to know the "great game for oil"-that is, the extent to which U.S. foreign policy has been driven by the relentless search for oil since the turn of the last century.

My conversation with Charlotte Dennett occurred during the transition from the disastrous reign of George W. Bush to the Obama administration-during what I believe is the end of the age of oil, an unequivocal global economic meltdown, calamitous and apparently out of control climate change, and the continued occupation of Iraq alongside the certainty of an escalating presence of the U.S. in Afghanistan and Eurasia. With the United States government clearly insolvent and empire collapsing at every turn, it will be interesting, as Dennett notes, to see how Obama uses power and even more curious to see how his Rockefeller handlers will respond to a nation of hungry, unemployed, homeless people without access to healthcare.

It was an honor and privilege to interview Vermont's own Charlotte Dennett whose research and policies offer information and inspiration desperately needed by everyone who desires to remain awake in the daunting days that lie ahead of us. Vermont is extremely fortunate to have her leadership and political savvy, as will be any local community in our state where a collapsing empire cries out for unprecedented discernment among its citizens.

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