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February 9, 1985
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STAT Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/25: CIA-RDP90-00806R000201090033-3 ON PAGE r-_3 THE NATION 9 February 1985 BEAT THE DEVIL. Who's Funding the 'Contras'? The Reagan Administration is moving into higher gear in its determination to overthrow the government of Nic- aragua, and we may consequently expect a tidal wave o` leaks about Nicaragua's arms buildup and planned sul^vcr- sion of its neighbors. The pattern was set with the story, planted on the night of Reagan's re-election, about the sup- posed arrival of MIGs in Nicaragua. Now the Pentagon is about to release to Congress-with much fanfare, no doubt.- a twenty-three-page report-on the Nicaraguan peril, tenta- tively titled "The Soviet-Cuban Connection." This is all part of the barrage to persuade Congress to resume aid to the contras. The money keeping them going in the interim is chastely referred to. in most of the press as "private funding," although the fencing of aid through such U.S. -clients as Honduras, El Salvador and Israel has been noted. The phrase "private funding" has a cozy ring to it, as though it were charity, like a contribution to the Boston Philharmonic, rather than support for 10,000 to 15,000-murderers. On January 21, Alfonso Chardy of The Miami Herald described in detail how some of this funding is organized. A network of millionaires, retired officers and interested emigres give the contras as much as Si million a month. A central figure in the network is Gen. John Singlaub, retired, head of U.S. forces in Korea until-relieved of his command by President Carter for publicly criticizing U.S. policy. He is now president of the-World Anti-Communist League, an organization of ultrarightists and outright fascists intimately involved with.death squads in Central and Latin America. eluding such anti-Sandinista point ranking officials -at the Pentagon-in- Singlaub, who has sat on a Pentagon ad- visory panel, told Chardy that high- men as Fred Iklc, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and 'Nestor - including the shipment of materiel to Central are helping coordinate ."relief" efforts, Sanchez, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Inter-American Affairs- America' on U.S. Navy and Air Force craft. . Singlaub also told Chardy that he and other former . military and intelligence officers collect about 5500,000 a month through an organization -.tamed U.S. Councl. for World Freedom. This is by no means the extent of-Singlaub's sinister activ- ities. He is a founder of the Institute for Regional and Inter- national Studies in Boulder, Colorado, which has announced it will train contras if Congress does not restore aid. Sing- laub is, by the way, an ornament at meetings organized by Soldier of Fortune, the magazine for literate mercenaries. He belongs to the Louisiana-based Council on National Policy, which also raises money for the contras. It is a gold- plated leviathan of the ultraright, including among its-rnem- bers Joseph Coors, the Hunt brothers, Pat Boone, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson of Christian Broadcasting Network and Senators Jesse Helms and John East of North Carolina. Tht:s many of the prime funders of Reagan's re-election campaign have, without missing a beat, shifted their re- sources to the Committee to Install Arturo in ' Managua. This, of course, is a violation of the Neutrality Act, which forbids private sedition of a government with which the United States has diplomatic relations. And since we might assume they are deducting their donations to the contras as charitable contributions, we might conclude that the tax- payers are funding the contras after all, the express will of Congress notwithstanding. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/25: CIA-RDP90-00806R000201090033-3