Jump to content
The Education Forum

CIA & Right Wing, "Nutcase" Paw Prints on Massey Coal Mining Disaster

Guest Tom Scully

Recommended Posts

Guest Tom Scully

APRIL 10, 2010

Rescue Teams Resume the Search for Missing Miners

....Massey Chief Executive Don Blankenship said earlier this week that he didn't think increased coal demand led the company take shortcuts on safety.

"I don't think the citations indicated that it was an unsafe mine," he said. "This mine is big so the numbers look big. It's one of the larger mines in West Virginia."

Mr. Blankenship received backing from the company's lead outside director, retired Navy Admiral Bobby Inman. Mr. Inman said in an interview that the CEO "retains the full confidence of the board in managing" Massey. He said it was too early to speculate on what caused the explosion. "Until [investigators] can get in the mine and reconstruct what happened, everything is conjecture," he said..


Major safety lapses found at coal mine days before tragedy

Published: Thursday, April 8, 2010....

Massey Coal's CEO does not seem to be grounded, politically, (or ethically) in a rational perspective.:


* At a public speech to the Tug Valley Mining Institute on Nov 20 Blankenship called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Harry Reid and former Vice President Al Gore "crazies" and "greeniacs."[23] In the same speech, he also stated, "I don't believe climate change is real."[24] (See Climate change denial.) He referred to the support of President Jimmy Carter for energy conservation in the 1970s to communism: "Buy a smaller car? Conserve? I have spent quite a bit of time in Russia and China, and that's the first stage."

In a letter to the editor of the Charleston (WV) Gazette dated Oct. 30, 2009 Blankenship denied that climate change, or "global warming," existed, and stated: "Why should we trust a report by the United Nations? The United Nations includes countries like Venezuela, North Korea and Iran." [25]

...Photographer incident

On April 3, 2008, ABC News reported that Blankenship attacked an ABC News photographer at a Massey facility near Belfry, Kentucky as the photographer attempted to question Blankenship about photos published in the New York Times [18] showing Blankenship on vacation in Monaco with West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elliott "Spike" Maynard. "If you're going to start taking pictures of me, you're liable to get shot!" Blankenship stated in the video.[35]

Following the incident, Justice Maynard lost his bid for re-election to the West Virginia Supreme Court in the West Virginia primary election.[36]

Admiral Bobby Inman is a former Director of Central Intelligence.

The seeds for the creation of Massey Energy were sown in the 1970's by then president of St. Joe Minerals. Donald Broward Craig. Craig was a member of the Harvard Class of '50. and was employed by the law firm of the family of CIA asset and John Train Paris Review partner, George Plimpton.

Company History - About Us || Massey Energy Company

1974 – St. Joe Minerals acquired a majority interest in A.T. Massey. 1980 – Royal Dutch Shell and St. Joe Minerals formed the Massey Coal Partnership. ...


A member of Craig's first wedding party was usher, Charles J. Hubbard, Jr., a Harvard '50 classmate who was also a co-usher in the 1955 wedding of CIA's Albert B., Cartert, Jr., along with CIA's Edwin Bohlen, Thomas Devine, and Andre Rheault.

Charles J. Hubbard was apparently still in Craig's life recenlty, as both are listed as contributors to the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, VA.:

Friends of The Paramount « The Paramount Theater

Mr. and Mrs. D. Broward Craig Mr. and Mrs. Whitman Cross Mrs. Ruth C. Cross ..... Mr. Charles Hubbard, Jr. Ms. Betty Gayle Huber Ms. Ellen M. Humphries ...


Charles Hubbard, of Huntington, LI, NY, is the son of Anna Fuller Hubbard Brunie, and step-son of Empire Trust's Henry Brunie, best man in the 1930 wedding of John McCloy, and employer of Jack Crichton. Anna Fuller was a women's tennis star, 80 years ago, who competed for a decade with Grace Bristed, wife of Time-Life-CIA's CD Jackson.


Douglas Broward Craig

Douglas Broward Craig, 80, resident of Charlottesville,formerly of Briarcliff Manor, New York, died Wednesday, November 25, 2009, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in New York City, the son of Dr. Howard Reid Craig, executive director, New York Academy of Medicine and Agnes Broward Craig; and grandson of Napolean Broward Craig, governor of Florida fromo 1905 until 1909, for whom Broward County, Florida is named.

He graduated from Trinity School 1946, AB Harvard 1950, LLB 1953. While in college, he majored in American History and Literature, served on the Student Council, was Captain of a winning Chess Team and occupied the number one singles slot on the Varsity Tennis Team.

Following Law School he served in the Army for almost four years, first in the Infantry and then in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, International Section in the Pentagon. After leaving the service, he clerked for Judge Warren L. Jones of the fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, living in Florida. He then returned to New York City and practiced in the law firm of Debevoise, Plimpton, Lyons and Gates, New York City.

In 1964 he became Corporate Secretary of St. Joe Minerals Corporation where he held various offices, legal, financial, development and commercial, becoming President in 1977. He left in 1980 to become President and CEO, Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd, Toronto. Returning to New York City, he worked with CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and was member of the American Arbitration Association. He became managing partner from 1984 until 1987 of Webster and Sheffield Law Firm in New York. In 1987, he established Craig Consulting Company, combining his professional experience in law and business to advise corporations. He was "of counsel" to the New York law firm, Caccarelli Weprin PLLC.

Professionally, he was President, Lead Industries Association, Chairman, International Lead- Zinc Research Association, Member, Manufacturers Hanover Advisory Board, American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, Florida Bar, American Society of International Law, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, Mining Club of New York, Economic Club of New York.


PE(16IE-LOUtSE LEEi iD. B. CIG M/RRIED; Bride Is Gowned in Ivory Satin at Wedding in Larchmont to .Harvard Law Alumnus

October 4, 1953, Sunday

LARCHIVIONT, N. Y., Oct. 3--St. John's Protestant Episcopal I Church was the setting here this {evening for the marriage of Miss IPeggie-Louise Lee, daughter of Mrs. Richard Herbert Leslie, to Douglas Broward Craig, son of Dr. and Mrs. Howard Reid Craig of' 70 East Ninety-sixth Street, New York, and Sharon, Conm...


PE(16IE-LOUtSE LEEi iD. B. CIG M/RRIED; Bride Is Gowned in Ivory …

- New York Times - Oct 4, 1953

... The ushers were Allan 1. Dumas of Pit'field , Mass., a the bridegroom; Douglas C. and Stanley P. Lee, brothers of the bride; Charles J Hubbard of Greenwich, Conn.; David Belcher of St. Louis and Robbins P. Shafer and Dominique H. Wyant of New York. ...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Tom. Just a suggestion : Bob Moses (civil rights/anti war activist, unionist(mining)) is still alive and active and in the US

He (and his wife whom I don't know if still alive, hope so, sounds like a great lady) may have some interesting things to talk about. Phone?

Edited by John Dolva
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in

Sign In Now
  • Create New...