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"Career" of 91 years old, Rockefeller Front Man, Dulles - Mockingbird operator, and Former RI Governor, Bruce Sundlun Indicates

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Rhode Island is a very small state, especially compared to Texas. It is not as easy to mask over the stark evidence of extremely concentrated wealth and power that is the malignant, American disease, in Rhode Island as it is in much larger Texas.

Every country with any competent intelligence research department know that there is only one US political party, the property party with two right wings, that the "business" and "diplomatic" communities are merged with the intelligence community, that the plutocrats enjoy a bipartisan consensus on hegemony and imperialism manifested in the Council on Foreign Relations, or CFR.

When the Iranian president receives a communication of condemnation from Asst. Secretary of State, Robert O. Blake, Jr., he knows he is actually hearing from Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, the Rockefeller family, and the CIA.

The only people who are kept in the dark about these relationships and agendas are the US people, via their "free press", owned by the owners of the US and the world. The agenda and relationships are inter-generational, and it is quite a system to study. Their fortunes, your children's blood and limbs!...


Sheldon Whitehouse was Gov. Sundlun's executive counsel. He oversaw the state's response to the RISDIC banking crisis. Whitehouse is now a U.S. Senator.


...Committee assignments

Whitehouse is a member of the following committees:[9][10][11]

....Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts (Chairman)....

...Select Committee on Intelligence


Edward Fitzpatrick: Everyone in R.I. has a Bruce Sundlun story

01:00 AM EST on Sunday, January 17, 2010

...“Only in Rhode Island could both of those little boys go on to be governor,” U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said. “The boy who went under the ice was Bruce Sundlun. The boy who had the presence of mind to go straight to the hole and fish around with his hockey stick and find him was John Chafee.

Whitehouse told that story on Tuesday night as hundreds gathered at the Providence Performing Arts Center to celebrate Sundlun’s 90th birthday.

It sounded like something out of a movie — perhaps that scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” when a young Harry Bailey falls through the ice and his older brother George saves him. But it’s a real story — a real Rhode Island story, highlighting the way the past and present, people and politics, intersect here.

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Oct 18, 2009 ... Alexander Ellis was also the roommate of John Chafee, who was close to Charles Whitehouse and to Macomber. Nancy (Bush) and her new husband Alexander Ellis were ...


Whitehouse, a Democrat who was legal counsel and business regulation director while Sundlun was governor from 1991-1995, pointed out one of those intersections on Tuesday night, noting that those in attendance included former U.S. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee, son of the late Republican governor and senator, John H. Chafee. (Also, as we know, Whitehouse beat Lincoln Chafee in the 2006 Senate race, and Chafee, a Republican-turned-independent, is now running for governor.)

Whitehouse said that thanks to that moment at Camp Yawgoog, “we have all of these stories of Bruce,” and he outlined what Sundlun has accomplished since emerging from that icy pond.

“When you speak about Bruce Sundlun, the first question you have to answer is: Which Bruce Sundlun?” he said. “Do you speak about the gifted athlete who set records in track and field? Do you speak about the war hero Bruce Sundlun, a decorated combat pilot who was shot down and survived behind enemy lines, scrambling across occupied France?”

He asked, “Do you talk about the business entrepreneur Bruce Sundlun, head of Executive Jet and the Outlet Company?” And he drew laughs when he asked, “Do you talk about Bruce Sundlun the family man — the serial family man, with five wives leading up to wonderful Soozie?”

“Or do you talk about Bruce the governor?” Whitehouse asked. “In every single one of these areas, there are remarkable accomplishments, there are unforgettable stories.”

Perhaps every Rhode Islander (above a certain age) has a favorite Bruce Sundlun story....


...In 1949, Outlet entered television broadcasting with the launch of WJAR-TV on channel 11, moving to channel 10 in 1953.

Along with retail, Outlet saw a mass expansion into broadcasting in the 1960s and beyond. After the sale of the retail divisions, the company went into a failed merger attempt with Columbia Pictures before it was sold in 1984 to members of the Rockefeller family. Two years later, the company was sold again to a combination of Outlet executives and venture capitalists who renamed the company to Outlet Communications and began a complete withdrawal from radio followed by a slimming down the number of their TV stations. In early 1996, Outlet and its three stations (plus control of two others) were sold to NBC; the name lived on as a license name of their former stations for a while afterward.


Bruce Sundlun (born January 19, 1920) is a member of the Democratic Party and served as governor of Rhode Island from 1991 to 1995. He was Rhode Island's second Jewish governor, and the only Jewish governor in the United States during his two terms. In addition to politics, Sundlun had a varied career as a military pilot, federal attorney, practicing lawyer, corporate executive and university lecturer....[

....Early life & education

Sundlun was born Bruce George Sundlun in Providence on January 19, 1920 to Walter Irving Sundlun and Jan Zelda (Colitz) Sundlun, and attended the Gordon School, Providence Classical High School and Tabor Academy. Upon finishing college classes begun in 1938, he received a B.A. from Williams College in 1946 after serving during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps flying B-17 bombers in the 8th Air Force in England. He attended Harvard Law School, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1949.

Four of ten crew members of B-17F Damn Yankee. L-R. Top turret gunner, Sgt. William Ramsey; waist gunner, Sgt. Michael J. Cappelletti; bombardier, Sgt. George Hayes; and pilot, Lt. Bruce Sundlun in October 1943

Civilian career

From 1949 to 1972, Sundlun was a practicing attorney. In 1949, he was appointed by Attorney General J. Howard McGrath to serve as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. and later served as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. From 1954 to 1972, he was in private law practice in both Washington, D.C. and Providence, with the law firms of Amran, Halm, and Sundlun, and Sundlun, Tirana and Scher.

Bruce Sundlun, Founding Director of COMSAT, 1962

Sundlun was active as a businessman from the 1960s through the 1990s. He was a pioneer in the charter business jet industry in 1964 by being one of the founding members of the board of directors of Executive Jet Aviation Corporation (EJA), along with Air Force generals Curtis E. LeMay, and Paul Tibbetts, and entertainers James Stewart and Arthur Godfrey among others, with retired Air Force Brigadier General Olbert F. ("Dick") Lassiter as president and chairman of the board.[10][11] Shortly after incorporation in Ohio, Sundlun arranged financing for EJA by engineering a stock purchase arrangement by American Contract Company of Wilmington, Delaware, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad. EJA initially began operations in 1964 with a fleet of ten Learjet 23 aircraft.[12] A few years afterward, a number of financial and legal improprieties were made by Lassiter including the purchase of Boeing 707 and Boeing 727 aircraft in violation of federal law prohibiting railroad ownership of large aircraft. An order by the Civil Aeronautics Board for EJA to either dispose of the large airplanes or for the Penn Central Railroad to divest of its $22 million investment led to the near collapse of EJA in 1970.[13] The company's creditors reacted by demanding the removal of Lassiter as president.[14] On July 2, 1970 Sundlun was installed as EJA president and he set out to rebuild the company. Under his leadership, the big jets were sold and he brought the company into the black. In the process, Sundlun, Robert Lee Scott, Jr. and Joseph Samuels ("Dody") Sinclair, grandson of one of the founders of The Outlet Company of Providence, borrowed $1.25 million from the Industrial Trust Company of Providence to buy out Penn Central's interest in EJA. That purchase was completed in 1972 as part of the railroad's bankruptcy proceedings. When Paul Tibbetts became president of EJA in 1976, he said that the company's turn around, under Sundlun's guidance, was one of the nation's great business success stories of that decade.[15] By the end of Sundlun's presidency, EJA was doing business with approximately 250 contract flying customers and logging more than three million miles per year. Sundlun remained on the Board of Directors of EJA until it was sold in 1984 to a group of investors led by Richard Santulli.

From 1976 to 1988, Sundlun was president and chief executive officer of The Outlet Company, a department store and broadcast communications company in Providence. In close association with Dody Sinclair, he led the diversification of the corporation by expanding its television broadcast communications portfolio in the 1970s and 1980s. He presided over the corporation during the 1981 sale of the company's flagship Providence department store, sale of several radio stations, the merger of The Outlet Company with the Rockefeller Group in 1984, and the renaming of the company to Outlet Communications.[16] In 1986 after the Rockefeller family voted to not expand further into broadcast communications, a group of Outlet Communications executives, led by Sundlun, executed a leveraged buyout of the company.[17] Remaining as president throughout the entire merger and leveraged buyout sequence, Sundlun led the doubling of Outlet Communications holdings of licensed television broadcast stations from 4 to 8 across the country. And in his last three years as president between 1986 and 1988, he led the sale of the Outlet Communications stations in Orlando, San Antonio and Sacramento.


...Vieira was raised Roman Catholic, but has stated in recent interviews that she has "spirituality, not a religion."[2] Vieira attended the Lincoln School, a Quaker all-girls school in Providence. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English from Tufts University and began her career in 1975 as a news announcer for WORC radio in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began a career in television working as a local reporter and anchor at WJAR-TV Providence, eventually making her way into the newsroom at WCBS-TV in New York City where she was an investigative reporter from 1979 to 1982.



WJAR-TV signed on for the first time on July 10, 1949, broadcasting on channel 11. It was Rhode Island's first television station and the fourth in New England. It was owned by The Outlet Company, a department store chain headquartered in Providence, along with WJAR radio (AM 920, now WHJJ; and FM 95.5, now occupied by WBRU). It moved to channel 10 in 1953. WJAR initially carried programming from all four networks of the time (NBC, ABC, DuMont, and CBS), but has always been a primary NBC affiliate due to WJAR radio's long affiliation with NBC Radio....


WJAR is notable for having employed both current hosts of Today, Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. Vieira started out as a reporter on the station in the late-1970s while Lauer was co-host of WJAR's version of PM Magazine in the early-1980s. Other notable alumni include current host of ABC News' This Week Christiane Amanpour (formerly CNN Chief International Correspondent) and ESPN anchor Steve Berthiaume.

Sundlun ran twice but lost the Rhode Island governorship races in 1986 and 1988 but won it in his third try in 1990, defeating incumbent governor Edward D. DiPrete in a landslide victory 74%-26%. He won reelection in 1992, but in 1994, he failed to win the Democratic primary against Myrth York.

Sundlun served as a co-chairman of the inaugural parade committee for President John F. Kennedy in 1960 and 1961, and was appointed by President Kennedy in October, 1962 as an incorporating member of the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT), at which he served for 30 years as a director.[25] President Jimmy Carter appointed him as a member of the Board of Visitors of the United States Air Force Academy where he served two four-year terms,[26] and he has served a four year term as a director of the National Security Education Board, appointed by President Bill Clinton.[27] Sundlun was a delegate to Democratic National Convention in 1964, 1968, 1980, 1988, and 2000, as well as to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention of 1985. He was a member of the Providence School Board from 1984 to 1990. And since 1996, Sundlun has been teaching political science and Rhode Island history at the University of Rhode Island as Governor in Residence.

Personal life

From the 1950s to the late-1980s, Sundlun maintained a residence at Salamander Farm, a 130-acre (0.53 km2) estate in The Plains, Virginia, which he named after his wartime identity with the French Underground.[28] He currently lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island with his wife Susan, a professional photographer and owner of East Greenwich Photo.[29]

Sundlun has been married five times and has four children. He is the father of WFSB news anchor Kara (Hewes) Sundlun and father-in-law to WFSB news anchor Dennis House.[30] Sundlun admitted paternity after Hewes filed suit in 1993 alleging that Sundlun had fathered her in a relationship with her mother, Judith Vargo (Hewes). During the initial stages of the suit, Sundlun said that a payment to Judith Hewes of $35,000 in 1976 and Kara's adoption by Robert Hewes in the late 1970s had fully absolved him of financial responsibility in the matter.[31] However, Sundlun accepted Kara Hewes fully as his daughter assuring that her college education was fully financed.[32]


...He and his copilot Lt. Andrew J. Boles banked the airplane hard to the left prior to bailing out, crashing it safely into a turnip field at Zomerweg, south of the town center.

Over six months time cooperating with the French Resistance under the code name Salamander, he made several attempts to enter Spain near Biarritz, and later near Foix. But after a deciding that there was too much danger of capture in the snowy Pyrenees, he made his way north-eastward across France and escaped into Switzerland on 5 May 1944 near Geneva.[4][5] Later, he was recruited by Allen Dulles working out of the U.S. Embassy in Bern to reenter France under the auspices of the Office of Strategic Services to act as a bombardment spotter for the Allied invasion of Marseilles in August 1944. After a brief service as a pilot of C-54 Skymaster cargo planes into Karachi, and over "The Hump" to Kunming after VE Day, he ferried bombers (B-24 Liberators and B-29 Superfortresses) from the U.S. mainland to Tinian in the Mariana Islands and into other bases in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

In August, 1945 Sundlun attained the rank of captain, and left active service at the end of the war. He received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with oak leaf cluster from the U.S. military, and in 1977 he received the Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur from the French government.[6] Despite ending his active service in 1945, he remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and rose through the officer ranks until he retired as a colonel in 1980.[7]

In September 1948 Sundlun was commissioned to fly surplus B-17 bombers from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona to the newly created state of Israel to help form the Israeli Air Force. Later on 27 November 1979, he was awarded the Prime Minister's Medal by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin for his services to the State of Israel.[8][9]...

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