|General Smedley Butler, disillusioned but |
enlightened Marine (far right seated) and wearing
numerous medals including two Congressional
Medals of Honor.
|Albert Lasater Maher, Bob Dylan|
and Geno Foreman, New York
"Another example is Barack Obama's friend, former Weatherman, William Ayers. Most people believe that the anti-war movement of the 60's was sparked by American hippies and radicals. Actually the anti-Vietnam war movement was initiated by American merchant marines in the 1950's who were vocal about American ships having to carry munitions into Indo China to support the French efforts to preserve and extend their empire there. The U.S. merchant marines were close enough to the U.S. Navy to see the hypocrisy of their nation's proclaimed drug war and the Army and Navy's protection of the poppy fields and sea lanes connecting Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Indo China's Golden Triangle to world markets. Indeed, one of America's biggest drug propagandists was lead singer of the rock group, The Doors, Jim Morrison whose father was the USN Admiral in charge of the Gulf of Tonkin Affair. Obama's friend William Ayers, whose father was a prominent Chicago industrialist who served on the boards of many of America's military-industrialist corporations, had seen first hand the quagmire one enters when veering right into the forest of Capitalistic-Fascism in the quest for the light of the distant fire. Ayes mixed the fire with explosives and was jailed for being a home-grown terrorist. So like a similar personality, Albert Lasater Maher, who like C. Wright Mills was the descendant of a prominent Texas trailblazer and rancher, Ayers, the Mid-westerner, veered left into the quagmire of Communism's bogs and bungholes, rejecting his prominent father's example perhaps learning at home a contempt for the raw power that General Butler had wielded then rejected," said Offrol who noted that Maher's father, John F. Maher, was shown in the 1979 SEC report of Zapata Corporation to own 5.9% of the common stock--527,964 shares and was domiciled at 2131 San Felipe, Houston, the address for Hobby Communications, the company of former Texas Governor William P. Hobby whose family was intermarried with U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador and San Antonio, TX businessman, Henry Catto. Catto's wife, Jessica Hobby Catto, a prominent San Antonio environmentalist served on the Board of Trinity University, a Presbyterian related college, on whose board serves such notable personalities as former U.S. President, George Herbert Walker Bush and Presbyterian pastor, Louis Zbinden.
"The education you get is never the education you need. That only comes from taking that first step toward the light and discovering the dangers along the way. When I was in Galveston at the First Presbyterian Church, founded by the chaplain of Terry's Texas Rangers, I worshipped with Dr. Truman Blocker, also known as Mr. UTMB. Blocker was the younger brother of Dan Blocker or Hoss Cartwright on TV series Bonanza. Dr. Blocker was an awe inspiring surgeon of international note and his wife was equally impressive working on the first blood bank and life flight helicopter program. She taught seven languages in Austin Schools in 1961 and the tribal government of The Blackfeet Indian Nation adopted her into their tribe through an all night circle dance giving her the name Asanakia. Truman Blocker was hated by University of Texas Board of Regents President and unquestioning supporter of LJB's Vietnam War policy and active Kappa Sigma member, Frank Erwin. Erwin could never control Blocker and Erwin also hated Galveston Senator A.R. "Babe" Schwartz. I would like to believe that Doc and Babe carried the spirit of Smedley Butler forward toward the light....Blocker having spent his formative years as a military surgeon sewing up the wounds that our military suffered and inflicted. I know that Erwin tried to snuff out resistance whenever he could," the pastor told Offrol who noted that Dan Blocker, too, was strongly opposed to the Vietnam War, though he supported LBJ's civil rights initiatives. Truman Blocker was also responsible for the founding of the Shriner's Burn Hospital in Galveston and had operated on burn victims in Hiroshima, Japan following World War II as well as on survivors of the Texas City ship explosion. Dan Blocker, on the other hand, was certainly in a position to see the Texas political dynamics with connections to the Eastern Establishment, Wall Street and Military Industrialist Establishment about which Eisenhower had warned. He attended Texas Military Institute in San Antonio the alma mater of General Douglas MacArthur, Ambassador Henry Catto, Banker Tom Frost and Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush, Houston attorney James A. Baker. Dan Blocker, a first Sargent in the Marine Corp, had fought in Korea, was a strong Democrat, but parted with LBJ over Vietnam and threw his support behind Eugene McCarthy.
I asked if Offrol knew if the pastor thought that anything else might have put the two boys in danger in 2000? "Yes, the pastor's son had worked in Austin, Texas delivering organic vegetables to the restaurant, Fonda San Miguel, the same place where George W. Bush proposed to his future wife and made famous by the culinary teacher and wife of Paul P. Kennedy, the New York Times reporter whose coverage of the secret CIA camp in Retalhuleu, Guatemala in General Smedley Butler's old eye-opening stomping ground, blew the lid on the Bay of Pigs and was subsequently seen as an advanced warning to Castro. The pastor's boy had also gone to the Kennedy home in San Miguel Allende', Mexico in the summer of 1999," he said. "But Patrick was non-political in every way, just enjoying life, his family, hunting and fishing with close friends like the son of the King Ranch foreman, Corey," said the pastor.
|C.Wright Mills on BMW motorcycle at Lagarto Ranch,|
author of The Power Elite.
"And I had been the student assistant for Dr. Robert S. Paul in Austin at the same seminary where as a boy, Patrick, nicknamed 'Bumper' at the time, would play in the creek behind the Smoot Center with the children of fellow seminarians. Dr. Paul, an authority on the Westminster Assembly, had been single-handedly credited with the salvation of the U.S. Senate bid of Connecticut's Senator William B. Benton against George Herbert Walker Bush's father Prescott Bush," said the pastor noting that Senator Joseph McCarthy had targeted Benton, a relative of Missouri's Thomas Hart Benton, for supporting civil rights...."another important piece of my education that had been overlooked, but which is as important as not telling an early missionary venturing into Sub-Saharan Africa the true identity of the warring tribal chieftains. The American Fascist Right had used McCarthy against the middle with charges of Communism whenever it suited their purposes."
Carr's father noted, as mentioned earlier, that Jessica Hobby Catto had served on the board of Trinity University in San Antonio with Rev. Louis Zbinden, the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio. The tension between Zbinden and William Patrick Carr's father has been previously explored.
Testimony before the Ichord Committee included Maher and his friend's itinerary, which would have validated the Right's concerns about Communism. Maher would have done well to follow the example of Smedley Butler rather than trying to pitch a tent in Castro's camp. Anyone who in November or December of 2000 threatened to resurrected thoughts of these bitter ideological battles would have threatened the George W. Bush Presidential candidacy....especially with the election and the U.S. Constitution teetering on a pinnacle. The message of the two deaths was clear. STAY AWAY!. The Ichord record of Maher's itinerary read....
"Our investigation reflects that your itinerary was as follows : You departed from San Francisco, California, together with members of a group organized by the Student Committee for Travel
to Cuba, and arrived in New York City via American Airlines. Then with a larger group formed by the Student Committee for Travel to Cuba, you departed from the Kennedy International Airport
at New York City on June 10 for Paris, France, via Air France, Flight 010. Following your arrival in Paris, together with other members of the Student Committee for Travel to Cuba, you flew to Prague,
Czechoslovakia, on June 11, 1964, via Czech Airline, Flight 508. You then departed from Prague, Czechoslovakia, on June 11, via Cubana airlines, arriving in Havana on June 12. You remained in
Cuba until August 12, 1964. You left Cuba on August 12 and returned to the United States, arriving at the Kennedy International Airport in New York City on August 14, 1964. via Prague and Paris."
For the full text of Albert Lasater Maher's testimony before the House On Un-American Activities Committee LOOK HERE.