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Beurt SerVaas - CNP Membership Roster (1984-85, 1988, 1996). Hudson Institute Board of Trustees. Officer, OSS/CIA (1941-45). Board Member, Robert Schuller Ministries.

[The Kennedy] family has been linked by rumor and by White House intelligence reports to a number of private detective agencies, including... International Investigators Incorporated. Chartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, its home office was referred to as Five Eyes. The firm's formal incorporation took place on October 3, 1966. But the files in the Indiana Secretary of State's office show that, more than five years earlier, three retiring FBI agents were granted licenses to work on private investigators for International Investigators, Inc. This seems strange in view of the fact that in February, 1961, when the licenses were granted, the firm had no legal existence...Within two years the still imaginary firm expanded throughout the Midwest, opening offices in Chicago, Detroit, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, and Minneapolis -- coincidentally including a great deal of wiretapping. In 1965 the firm was taken over by a mysterious former CIA officer named Beurt Ser Vaas (later to become owner and publisher of the Saturday Evening Post). By this time the branch offices were deemed unnecessary (perhaps because Hoffa's legal situation had moved beyond the investigative stage toe that of an appeals phase). Nevertheless, Ser Vaas added six new investigators to his Indianapolis staff, making each of them a director; of these at least three had come from the FBI. [The International Investigators, Inc.] was a top-secret private intelligence agency with contracts from the CIA, IRS, and other government agencies...its employees were said to identify themselves by means of "doodlegrams", casual scribblings that usually included a ...pentagram...

The pattern that emerges from a study of Robert Kennedy's relationship to Hoffa, Spindel, the CIA, and the press is one in which illicit electronic eavesdropping and surveillance carried out by private apparats is everywhere alleged. If there is any consistent thread running through it all, it is the Kennedy's reliance upon intelligence community veterans, most notably those from the National Security Council Agency (NSA)... The obvious illegality of such wiretaps and the invasions of privacy they entail are clear. But what is even more threatening is the general practice of "subcontracting" illegal government operations to private firms secretly supported by private monies. Under the protection of the Attorney General or the President, but not directly in their employ, private apparats have virtual carte blanche and needn't consider constitutional niceties. They're simultaneously immune to both prosecution for misdeeds and to the ordinary constraints of the marketplace. Unlike federal agencies, which tend to resist demagoguery by virtue of an entrenched bipartisanship, private intelligence agencies in the employ of a powerful politician are beyond the control of all but their creator. And because their work is done for a single man or clique, with virtually no institutional or legal restraint beyone the dictum "Don't get caught," it cannot be said that their work is "in the public interest." [Hougan: 123-32]

In 1986, South Africa's Department of Information (DOI) authorized expenditures of $73 million for more than 160 secret projects to buy politicians and media favorable to the apartheid state. [National Reporter, Winter 1985] Rev. Moon's Washington Times was one of the beneficiaries - approximately $4.5 million was funneled to Moon's overseas enterprises. The South African government bought substantial interest in a chain of more than sixty newspapers in the U.S.; Saturday Evening Post publisher Beurt SerVaas accepted gifts and business deals from Pretoria; and more than two hundred U.S. journalists toured South Africa on all-expense paid trips. [Covert Action Information Bulletin 27:24]

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