by Sherman H. Skolnick
October 29, 1999
Since 1958, Mr. Skolnick has been a court reformer. Since 1963,
founder/chairman, Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts,
disclosing instances of judicial and other bribery and political
murders. Since 1991 a regular panelist, and since 1995, moderator
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The Pope has had at least three banks in America.
What later was called the Continental Bank of Chicago, was founded
in Chicago under different names prior to the American Civil War.
About the same time as the setting up in 1857 of the Chicago Board
of Trade with which the Continental became interwoven.
transactions were so incestuous... how could one tell one from
Early in its highly corrupt history, the Board of Trade was
[and some say, still is] such a gambling hell, that Western Union
Telegraph once cut off its wire there, refusing them services.
From early on, the Bank as well as the Board of Trade were
supervised by the British and French Rothschilds, jointly with the
Pope and the Papal States. And from early on, representatives of
both the Vatican and the British monarchy sat on the Board of
Continental. Few understand enough about all this to easily conceive
of the Pope and the Queen, together.
In the public mind, at best,
these are forces of friction.
Traditionally, members of the CBOT were those of the Irish Catholic
and some few of the Jewish aristocracy, not your everyday ethnic and
religious folk. As strange as it may seem to outsiders, this raucous
gang was fully acceptable to and allowed themselves to be supervised
by the representatives of the British royal house together with the
From the onset,
the Rothschilds were instrumental in the grain
trading. To those who know a lot about the bloody conflict, called
the Civil War in the North and the War Between the States in the
South, President Abraham Lincoln's proposed post-war policies were
bound to cause problems.
The 16th President proposed to bind up the
wounds of the Nation and not to be further destructive of the
rebellious, now vanquished South.
That policy would have permitted
the South to as quickly as possible resume production of
commodities, such as cotton. But, the Rothschilds, however, had in
place speculations, in Chicago and New York, by which they would
greatly profit if production would NOT soon resume and cotton prices
were high or went higher.
The largest importer of U.S. cotton had been England for
monopolistic textile production. And some contend the Civil War was
fomented by Great Britain itching to take back the American
continent as a British puppet colony, having failed to do so by the
War of 1812. States' rights and the slavery issues, some say, were
simply a gut-wrenching financial and emotional excuse to smash up
the united federal republic.
Secretly involved in the Rothschild speculations to profit from high
prices, post-war, were key members of the U.S. Congress. As part of
this cabal, the head of what is now called the U.S. Secret Service,
Lafayette C. Baker, plotted to create a security vacuum [like later
in Dallas, 1963] at some event where a convenient Southern assassin
would be permitted to blow out the brains of Lincoln, the
party-spoiler [or John F. Kennedy, who stepped in the face of the
To set an example, understood by some, Lincoln was assassinated on
highly Catholic religious Good Friday, a few days after the War
ended. A key assassination player fled, and took up refuge in the
Vatican. Rothschild agent, August Belmont, and his conspiratorial
ring, their speculative positions secured, prospered greatly.
Lincoln's surviving son Todd somehow fell in with his father's
financial enemies. Very late in life, Todd said as to the papers he
had assembled, that if the papers had been known, and revealed
earlier, press and railroad owners, those who claimed to be
Lincoln's friends, would all have been hung, for they plotted the
President's demise. The documents showed how the Continental Bank
had handled the finances for the political assassination of Abraham
Todd reportedly burned the documents. [Not all of them.]
Amidst the growing bank collapses of the Great Depression, in 1931,
the Federal Government through a massive loan, bailed out failing
Continental Bank. This was also about the time that Italian strongman
Benito Mussolini bailed out the money-starved Vatican. The events,
to some, are related. Thereafter, beholden to the central
government, Continental became a convenient link to espionage.
Continental allowed its facilities to be used to disguise government
paid provocateurs and con-men used to manipulate public opinion.
[Resulting in a little known federal court case against Continental
in the 1970s. We have the file.]
In 1984, again sinking, Continental had some some of its principal
owners jump ship about six weeks before its plight become more
known. As major owners of its parent holding company, the Vatican
and the Queen of England sold THEIR shares before the market price
went to almost zero. [I was the first to publicly correctly estimate
the run on Continental as 20 billion dollars of flight capital.]
major owner of the bank itself, Walter J. Cummings, Jr., prevented
hungry litigators from deluging the federal courts with damage suits
against the Bank. Cummings was Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of
Appeals in Chicago, one step below the U.S. Supreme Court. The high
court in Washington hearing very few cases, Cummings' Court was, in
effect, the end of the line for most federal litigation from
Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, the 7th Federal Circuit.
record, Chief Judge Cummings threatened reprisals against lawyers if
they brought a flood of damage suits against his Bank.
After all, Judge Cummings was a "man of trust" for the Vatican,
safeguarding their interests in his Bank and in his Court. He did
NOT disqualify in related litigation.
Guess who won in his crooked
Another financial enterprise of the Pope in the U.S. is Bank of
America. They have done a fairly good job to conceal the Vatican
ownership. They paid for a puff piece book, called, "Biography of A
Bank- The Story of Bank of America N.T. and S.A." by Marquis James
and Bessie Rowland James. Published 1954 by Harper & Brothers, and
more or less the standard reference work on the bank's history.
They would have you believe that Bank of America National Trust and
Savings Association was at the time of the book "the largest bank in
Bank mergers now occurring so rapidly, it is hard to say
which is NOW the world's largest Bank. They would further have you
believe that this money ship, up to 1930 called Bank of Italy, was
founded by Amadeo Peter Giannini.
And that the Bank was able to
spread out all over the world because Giannini was so nice in
helping people following the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. They
were kept out of being a New York money center bank by the agent and
front for the British Monarchy, J.P.Morgan & Company.
By way of that book and the publicity flacks that followed over the
years, Bank of America is supposedly owned principally by numerous
of their small account holders. A fairy tale supreme.
By the 1970s,
Bank America, the holding company, was owned principally by the
Vatican and the Jesuits, the Pope's clever army who occasionally
see fit to rebuff the Pontiff.
In the 1970s, the ownership broadened
out to include the French Rothschilds, wrongly identified by
know-nothings as "Jewish bankers", actually very Pro-Vatican into
many joint finances not exactly compatible with ordinary Jews or the
State of Israel.
By the early 1990s, Bank America stock was steadily declining. More
numerous than the traditional Italian and Sicilian mafia, the
Japanese underworld, the Yakuza, bought their way into Bank America,
becoming a major joint owner. The Yakuza now owns most every bank
headquartered in California.
The book "Yakuza" by Dubro and Kaplan,
tells a lot about the Japanese mafia.
In Osaka, Japan, the Yakuza is
actually an adjunct of the local police. According to a discussion
by the authors on a radio program, more than half of the new
buildings built downtown Chicago in the 1980s are owned by the
Yakuza. Later in the 1990s, Bank of America and the Giannini family
merged their interests publicly with Continental Bank, although the
Chicago-based and San Francisco-based money ships had been more or
less joined at the hip privately long before that.
buildings in which are also housed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange,
are reportedly bankrupt because of low occupancy but owned
reportedly by the Yakuza.
[Some contend O.J. Simpson was framed up for the two murders because
of financial problems developed in enterprises in California he once
greatly owned but given, in part, to his ex-wife, Nicole, part of
the divorce. Those businesses reportedly were money laundries for
the dope traffic controlled by the Yakuza in murderous competition
with the Mexican dope gang, the Herreras. OJ once reported to the
police that strange orientals were trying to kill him.]
On behalf of the Pope, the Giannini family has operated in the
Chicago-area a so-far low-key operation called First National Bank
Historically, Cicero has been the mafia enclave adjunct
to Chicago's old West Side. A dominant force in with the Gianninis
and that Bank has been Bishop Paul Marcinkus, originally running a
Catholic Church in Cicero.
Marcinkus went on to become head of the
Institute of Religious Works [IOR] commonly called the Vatican Bank.
Marcinkus fled the Vatican and took up refuge in Chicago, late in
Shortly after Marcinkus returned to Chicago, a purported asset for
Israeli intelligence, the Mossad, in December, 1991, was found
murdered, mafia-style, not far from the First National Bank of
Cicero. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court auctioneer who corruptly skimmed off
funds from Bankrupt Estates to contribute to Israel, Wallace
Lieberman tried to shake down the Giannini family, their bank in
Cicero, and related others, threatening to expose their role in the
corrupt traffic in illicit gold, arms, radioactive materials, and
such; that they acted jointly with the American CIA, the traditional
Italian and Sicilian mafia, and Bank of America.
The murder of Lieberman was announced in the heavily pro-Vatican and
pro-British monarchy Chicago Tribune, in their edition for Christmas
Day, 1991, an ironic twist not lost on everyone.
Lieberman's son, Barry, was framed up on U.S. treason charges. Barry
Lieberman was supposedly caught in the process of supposedly selling
to the State of Israel, certain stolen top U.S. military electronic
counter-measure radar secret equipment. Actually, equipment
abandoned by U.S. forces in the Iraqi and Saudi desert after the
short Persian Gulf War.
With the help of Marcinkus and the Giannini family, an Illinois
State Senator, Judy Baar Topinka, from the Berwyn-Cicero area, was
elected in 1994, as Illinois Treasurer.
On our TV Show in October of
that year, she praised the First National Bank of Cicero and former
Vatican Bank Chief Marcinkus who she said she knew. She had
previously, in some capacity or another, acted as public relations
flack for the bank in Cicero. Topinka was re-elected in 1998. So,the
former Vatican Bank crooked helped install the woman who is in
charge of all the State money of Illinois.
After leaving Chicago, sometime after 1991, Marcinkus took up
residence in Sun City, Arizona. Italian authorities have tried
repeatedly, to no avail, to force the U.S. to send Marcinkus back to
Italy for prosecution for crimes implicating him and the Vatican
Bank, the American CIA, and the traditional mafia, in assassination
financing, arms smuggling, and illegal trafficking in stolen gold,
counterfeit currencies, stolen bond, and radioactive materials.
Marcinkus fought off all such attempts to send him back to Italy, by
sheltering himself in his Vatican passport, the Vatican, after all,
being a separate sovereignty from the Republic of Italy.
Briefly surfacing in December, 1995, was a related scandal. A
retired agent of the American CIA, living in Italy with dual
U.S.-Italian citizenship, was arrested by the Italian police.
Roger D'Onofrio was charged with being implicated with at least ten others
in illegal trafficking in stolen gold, stolen bonds, exceptionally
good quality counterfeit currencies destabilizing the economies of
various countries, and trafficking in osmium nuclear bomb detonators
and other radioactive materials.
Reportedly implicated with D'Onofrio were a ring that included the former Vatican Bank Chief
Paul Marcinkus, the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain, and the First
National Bank of Cicero.
Earlier, D'Onofrio had been described by a
witness as the CIA's paymaster with the task of making secret
payments to CIA assets and business partners.
Other witnesses reportedly contend that D'Onofrio's team were the
ones reportedly arranging to poison Pope John Paul 1st who was
murdered after only 33 days in office. That Pontiff wanted to stop
the Vatican Bank and Marcinkus from dirty business with the American
CIA and the traditional mafia.
No coincidence. After Marcinkus returned to Chicago late in 1991,
set up in Chicago about the same time was the North American office
of the super-secret Catholic organization, Opus Dei. This was done
reportedly with the aid of the Archbishop of Milan, Italy.
In August, 1995, we did a taped TV Show, partly on-location, right
near the First National Bank of Cicero, pointing out their criminal
enterprises with Marcinkus, Topinka, and a confidant of that Bank,
John Tarullo who lived nearby.
Tarullo was once a member of the
London Gold Pool and arranged clandestine shipments of stolen gold
for the American CIA and the traditional mafia, as well as other
criminal cartels. He was closely aligned with the Archbishop of
Milan and, some say, also the Archbishop of Barcelona.
Wallace Lieberman's body was found between the bank and the not
faraway residence of Tarullo.]
Tarullo was murdered on the day our
TV Show was cablecast.
The Vatican has a major interest in a world-wide chain of Hotels and
Motels called Ramada. A member of the Giannini family, Steven
Belmonte [his mother is a Giannini], has been a top operating
official of the chain. According to persistent off the record
reports by very well informed law enforcement, Ramada reportedly is
in some way implicated in vast money laundering of illicit funds,
smuggled gold, and proceeds from the dope and arms traffic.
the very minimum, traffickers and money launders of the same somehow
find it convenient if not safe and secure, to meet at various Ramada
Since about 1983, there have been a series of state and federal
lawsuits by Joseph Andreuccetti, a Chicago-area caulking contractor.
He has contended that First National Bank of Cicero, in combination
with other banks and savings & loans, misappropriated tens of
millions of dollars of funds, assets, and properties belonging to
In the process, an extensive real estate development in a
western suburb, called Kingspoint Condominiums, owned by him, was
stolen by corrupt top IRS officials in the Chicago region, for their
own personal benefit and not for the Public Treasury. The Acting
Inspector General, Robert Cesca, arranged reportedly to cover it up.
Cesca has been described by law enforcement personnel, as,
highest ranking mafia representative in the U.S. government".
About 1983, a federal agency parked 58.4 million dollars in federal
funds with Household Bank and Household International [described by
some as CIA proprietary operations].
This was to make good Andreuccetti's pending claims. About 1988, 50 million dollars of
that disappeared, and was secretly transferred to Little
Rock, Arkansas, to try to cover up a 47 million dollar S & L
embezzlement for which Bill and Hillary Clinton are subject to
federal criminal prosecution and upon conviction, federal prison.
Joseph Andreuccetti, a member of the Giannini Family, contends some
in the Family want him silenced because of all the details coming
out through his extensive litigation about the financial octopus
linked to other Giannini family members, former Vatican Bank Chief
and crook Marcinkus, the Giannini-linked First National Bank of
Cicero, the merger of two corrupt enterprises, Bank of America and
Continental Bank, and the involvement of CIA proprietary Household
International and Household Bank.
Household is the alter ego and
successor to the CIA's Nugan-Hand Bank which disappeared in 1980.
Arriving in the fall of 1999 in the Chicago area and closely
tracking him, Joseph Andreuccetti contends, has been a "hit"
team head, known abroad as "The Sweet Assassin" by the way the
killer boss is friendly to his target, kissing the target on the
cheek, and then arranging some form of rub-out.
This top killer has total immunity, U.S.
and Italy, and elsewhere, and has coordinated his
doings reportedly with the American CIA, primarily in Italy, and
with the Italian military intelligence service, SISMI.
are likewise intersected with the operations of Propaganda Due,
known as P-2, a super-secret society pledged to overthrowing
representative governments and re-instituting Fascism, the Iron
Fist. P-2 has members in Italy, France, the United Kingdom, and the
U.S., including judges, legislators, journalists, executive
department and cabinet members, espionage officials, and civil and
Reported members include former American secret
political police chief
George Herbert Walker Bush and retired war
industry chieftain Alexander Haig, once head of NATO.
WATCH FOR PART TWO... more about all this.