Chuck Morse Speaks
AL GORE'S COMMUNIST CONNECTION: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON? By: Chuck Morse
Published in 2000 Given the spectre of Vice President Albert Gore, standing on the south portico of the U.S. Capitol and taking the oath of office as the next President of the United States this coming January, it stands to reason that we examine his Communist connection. This way, we begin to understand Gore's character and what's in store in a Gore Presidency. This issue, not surprisingly, has been taboo in the campaign so far. Most of the information for this article is culled from "Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer" by Edward Jay Epstein. Albert Gore Sr., Gore's father, was an obscure Tennessee Congressman when he befriended Communist front man and espionage agent Armand Hammer. Hammer became a major contributor to Gore Sr's campaigns and was responsible for making Gore Sr. rich. Epstein points out that "In 1950, Hammer made Gore Sr. a partner on a cattle-breeding business, and Gore made a substantial profit". Gore Sr. went to work for Hammer's Occidental Petroleum upon leaving congress. Hammer was quoted as stating that he had Gore Sr. "in my back pocket". According to a report compiled by William Sullivan, number three man at the FBI, 1961, Hammer had "numerous contacts among high (U.S.) government and social circles" and that "the latest project in which Hammer S apparently has successfully interested Senator Gore, is some business deal proposed with the Soviets". At this time Hammer flew to Libya with Gore Sr. to culminate a deal that established Occidental Petroleum. Hammer made Gore, after leaving congress, chairman of Island Creek Coal, one of his many acquisitions and the third largest coal producer in the US. The Vice President continues to receive yearly royalties for leasing mineral rights to Occidental Petroleum and owns shares in Occidental worth approximately $500,000. Armand Hammer's father, Julius Hammer, one of Lenin's main supporters in the US at the turn of the century, was under surveillance by the New York City police suspected of making bombs for anarchists, and was one of the founders of the American Communist Party in 1919. Armand Hammer, born in 1898, was named for the arm-and-hammer symbol of international Communism and Armand would later use the Communist imprimatur as a burgee on his yacht. Hammer Jr. maintained a personal relationship with Soviet dictators from Lenin to Gorbachev and conducted considerable business for the Soviets including fencing looted objects de art at the Hammer Galleries in Manhattan. Epstein's fascinating book voluminously documents Hammer Sr. and Jr.'s deep and central involvement in the international Communist criminal conspiracy. In 1995, after contributing $470,000 to the DNC and $35,550 directly to the Vice President, Ray Irani, chairman of Occidental Petroleum, was invited for an overnight in the Lincoln Bedroom. This was followed by, with the Vice President's recommendation, the sale of the federally administered Elk Hills oil reserves, reserves held for national security, to Occidental Petroleum for $3.65 billion. The Vice President, financially involved with Occidental Petroleum, seems to lobby, at least informally, for his benefactor. Like father like son? The concept of special interests buying up a few congressman is nothing new and has antecedents in American history going back to Second Bank of the US Chairman Nicholas Biddle "contributing" to congressional campaigns in his battle to save the bank charter from Andrew Jackson. Al Gore Sr. knew where the power resided and which side the bread was buttered on and he decided to sell himself to further his own career and feather his own nest. Gore Sr.'s motivation was probably more careerist and pecuniary than stemming from an admiration of Communism. Just old fashioned corruption. Al Gore Jr. grew up in this atmosphere and is accustomed to playing a very inside political game. His propensity for stretching the truth and downright fibbing is, perhaps, the result of having lived with some massive lies all his life. The Hammer connection cuts to the core of who Gore is as a person and his background. Hopefully, the issue will be explored further.