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TiM GW Bulletin 98/6-1

June 1, 1998

Did Two U.S. Presidents Break the Law When Sending Troops to Macedonia?

Like Watergate, Cover-up Worse Than Original Crime

An American Reporter Unlawfully Arrested by American Troops in Macedonia?






In December 1992, with the Bosnian war raging on and the Serbian presidential elections only days away, George Bush, the lame duck U.S. President at the time, announced that several hundred U.S. troops would be sent to Macedonia, a newly-minted New World Order (NWO) country and a former "state" of the former Yugoslavia. Symbolic as this small Able Sentry Task Force was (originally about 1,500 troops, later reduced to 1,000), it was officially intended to prevent the Serb "aggression" in Kosovo (never mind that Kosovo is and had been a part of Serbia for over 800 years; thus a Serb "aggression" in Kosovo would be tantamount to a French aggression against Paris). Unofficially, however, the presence of foreign troops on Macedonian soil was a stake in the ground claiming yet another NWO colony - FYR Macedonia.

By hinting at a possible U.S. intervention in Kosovo, this U.S. move also had a political significance of ensuring the former communist dictator's (Slobodan Milosevic's) December 1992 election victory over a democratic opposition candidate, Milan Panic, an American citizen. That's because Milosevic was still running on a nationalist ticket back then (before turning coat in the summer 1994). Bush's hint of a U.S. intervention in Kosovo stirred up patriotic emotions among the Serbian populace, especially considering that Milosevic was running against a democratic coalition candidate who also happened to be an American citizen. It was a classic double entendre, an official U.S. government slap against Milosevic which helped strengthen this former communist dictator, while weakening a genuine democratic candidate.

(Why would the U.S. government do a fool thing like that? Because the NWO's death merchants need the "bogeys" like Milosevic or Saddam Hussein in the "hot" places around the world, rather than the patsies, like Milan Panic or Vaclav Havel. That's so as to justify the NWO's PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL COMMERCE strategy against the world's "designated bogeys.")

And so, where Bush left off - both in the Balkans and in Somalia - Bill Clinton picked up. And with even greater vigor. Which helped prove that both recent Republican AND Democratic presidents were the horses racing for the same stable owners - Wall Street and Big Business.

In June 1993, the United Nations Security Council passed the Resolution 844, according to which the UNPROFOR troops operating in the former Yugoslavia, including those in Macedonia, were deployed "under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations." And off to another foreign adventure the American troops went...

PHOENIX - With the New World Order's globalism metastasizing around the world like cancer, sometimes one has to look at places half a world away to find examples of violations of the U.S. Constitution by our Chief Executives and their proxies. Deployment of American troops under the United Nations flag in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia appears to be a case in point. And as Watergate has shown, breaking the law once often leads the culprits to commit even greater transgressions as a part of the cover-up.

Enter the story of Richard Haverinen, an American citizen and an American Forces Network (AFN) newsman, who claims to have been unlawfully arrested and detained for six hours in January 1994 by the U.S. soldiers serving as U.N. personnel in Macedonia, while on an assignment there for the AFN. "My constitutional rights were violated," this former U.S. soldier told TiM in a late April telephone interview. "I was stopped, taken into custody by military police, brought back to Camp Able Sentry, and detained and told I was not allowed to leave the compound," Haverinen claimed in a sworn affidavit dated Aug. 15, 1996. He has since quit his AFN job.

Why would the American troops carry out a wrongful arrest and thus violate the constitutional rights of an American citizen? Because this journalist was about the break a story which would have exposed the unlawful deployment of the U.S. troops in Macedonia, Haverinen now alleges, adding he did not know that at the time of his arrest.

It all started on Jan. 13, 1994, the Orthodox New Year's Eve, when a group of American and Norwegian soldiers serving within the U.N. mission in Macedonia got stuck in the mud. Literally. As they struggled to free their vehicle, they were captured by a Serbian border patrol which claimed that U.N. troops had crossed the border and were on Serbian soil. The American and the Norwegian soldiers were held by the Serbs for 11 hours, questioned and eventually released in the early morning hours of Jan. 14, 1994.

Such incidents were quite common on the poorly-marked Macedonia-Serbia border. After all, prior to the NWO busting up the former Yugoslavia in 1991-1992, both Macedonia and Serbia were a part of the same country. Thus there was no need to have "interstate" borders marked any more clearly than there is between Arizona and California, for example, or between Indiana and Ohio. According to a statement by the Finnish General, Juha Engstrom, published by the U.N. Peace Forces News in October 1995, there were 30 such border incidents in 1994.

So what's the big deal? Well, Haverinen, the AFN newsman, got the wind of the Jan. 13 border incident. And he questioned the Able Sentry's public affairs officer, Major David Richards, about what happened on Jan. 13, 1994. Richards responded with the "we're not going to confirm or deny it"-comment, refusing to discuss the matter further, according to Haverinen's affidavit.

[Sounds like Richards may be working his way up to a Clinton White House stonewalling post. Considering all the goings on at this place of Washington ill-repute, sounds like they could use an Able Sentry of Richards' caliber to help hold the Starr invaders at the stone walls of Zippergate. :-) ].

Meanwhile, back in Macedonia, what happened next was nothing short of bizarre. As Haverinen walked from the Able Sentry base to the nearby Skopje airport, he was arrested by the U.S. Army MPs. "Major Richards doesn't want you flying off anywhere," Sgt. Christian Mulvey, an MP, reportedly told Haverinen at the time. The newsman protested claiming he was an American civilian whose constitutional rights were being violated. To no avail.

Once in detention at the Able Sentry base, Haverinen even sought the help of a chaplain. "I was frightened and shaken," he told us during the April interview.

After a six-hour detention, Haverinen was released on orders from Lt. Col. Carter Ham, the man who initially tried to impose the gag rule about the Jan. 13, 1994 border incident, according to Haverinen. Yet only five months later, Col. Ham was quoted in a May 12, 1994 European edition of the Stars and Stripes, commenting about the very same Macedonia-Serbia border incident, Haverinen said in his sworn affidavit.

Ever since, Haverinen has been trying to get his story out - with no takers among the establishment media. "I have been working this issue for four years," he wrote to us in mid-April. "I will continue to work this story for 44 more years. I don't get tired of an issue when I have been subjected to criminal behavior."

A resident of Maine at the time, he had also contacted his then Senator, William Cohen, asking for help. No dice. Ironically, Cohen is now the U.S. Secretary of Defense. The reason for Cohen's "lack of interest?" In a typical Clinton administration style, the Pentagon has gone from defense to offense. They accused Haverinen of violating Col. Ham's no-drinking order. Never mind that he was an American civilian at the time, and not subject to any military rules - in Macedonia or elsewhere.

In a July 7, 1997 letter to Cohen, Lt. Col. Howard Brosseau, the U.S. Army congressional coordinator at the time, wrote to the then Senator Cohen that, "the (Able Sentry) command was concerned about Mr. Haverinen's consumption of alcohol." And that's why he was arrested? (Haverinen admitted to us to having had three beers the night before his arrest, while visiting the Finnish unit of the U.N. Macedonia peacekeeping force).

Since the time he was labeled as a "whistleblower," Haverinen says he was treated as a pariah. His performance ratings were lowered; he was harassed in other ways, too. He finally quit his AFN post in April 1994, to join an Army newspaper in Germany, which he left in November 1997, to take a position at a civilian public network station in the U.S.

So where's the story, besides the two bizarre detentions; one over three cans of beer? Well, the real story is the beer drinking charge may have been made to gag a reporter and cover-up a more serious matter - a possibly unlawful presidential deployment of the U.S. troops in Macedonia.

According to a Dec. 6, 1995 Motion to Dismiss filed by Ron Ray, a Kentucky-based attorney, in the United States of America -vs- Michael G. New case (SPC, US Army - a well publicized case of a U.S. soldier, about to be deployed in Macedonia, who refused to wear the United Nations colors above that of the U.S. - see TiM GW Bulletin 98/4-1, Apr. 2, 1998). In his motion, Ray argued that the deployment of the U.S. troops in Macedonia was in violation of:

(a) 22 U.S.C. Code Sec. 287d, or in the alternative, 22 U.S.C. Sec. 287d-1;

(b) Article I, Section 8, Clauses 12, 13, 14, and 18 of the United Sates Constitution;

(c) Article II, Section 2, Par. 1 of the United States Constitution; and

(d) Article II, Section 2, Par. 2 of the United States Constitution.

Ray's Motion to Dismiss also included a reference to a Mar. 22, 1995 report by the then U.N. Secretary-General, Boutros-Boutros Ghali, which stated that the UNPROFOR was structured initially into "three operational commands: UNPROFOR (Croatia) ... UNPROFOR (Bosnia and Herzegovina) ... and UNPROFOR (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)."

Now, let's try to reduce all these acronyms and all this "legalese" to common sense. What this Kentucky attorney was basically saying was that, in order for the President of the United States to send our troops to hazardous duty, such as that under "Chapter VII" of the U.N. Charter, he had to have obtained Congressional approval. Which neither Bush nor Clinton ever did with respect to the Macedonia deployment (and even in Bosnia, Clinton got it only AFTER he had already committed the U.S. troops to it per the Dayton agreement of November 1995).

Suddenly, the Serbian "border incident" of Jan. 13, 1994; Haverinen's allegedly unlawful arrest a few days later; Michael New's case of refusing to serve under the U.N. colors; and the deployment of the American troops in Macedonia - all begin to acquire a common thread: possible violations of the United States Constitution by our last two Presidents, both of whom had sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, our Truth in Media readers and supporters, is the reason why we think that Haverinen's story goes beyond the three possibly illegally consumed cans of beer. And why it is bigger than the six hours of an unlawful detention which this American citizen had suffered in January 1994 at the hands of the American troops in Macedonia.

For, as Juvenal (a.d. 60-130), a Roman, asked some 21 centuries ago: "But who is going to guard the guards themselves?" (i.e., if the American presidents get away with violating the U.S. Constitution which they have been elected to guard).

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