Friday 29 August 2008

J. Peter Grace

J. Peter Grace - CEO of W.R.Grace and Company; Head of the American branch of SMOM

J. Peter Grace (1913 - 1995) was a multimillionaire American industrialist and conglomerateur of Irish Catholic extraction. He was the long-time CEO of W. R. Grace and Company, the firm founded by his grandfather William R. Grace, the first Catholic mayor of New York City.

Peter Grace was the kind of man who, at age seventy, Indian-wrestled fellow chairmen of the board at his desk, showered in the evening to save time getting to work in the morning, wore a Beretta pistol (for terrorists), and, as a Democrat, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to support President Reagan's tax cuts. source

In the Kennedy administration, J. Peter Grace was head of the Commerce Department Committee on the Alliance for Progress.


He was president of the chemical company, W. R. Grace & Co. for 48 years, making him the longest reigning CEO of a public company. He was responsible for the Grace Commission Report, and co-founded Citizens Against Government Waste with Jack Anderson in 1984.

"There is nothing I dislike more than being a loser in anything," he said in an interview in Fortune magazine.

In 1984, Mr. Grace received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York."

He was devoutly Catholic, and was a Knight of Malta.
The president of the Knights' American branch is J. Peter Grace, chairman of the W.R. Grace Company, which provides a national focus for the organization by including seven other Knights on its board.

J. Peter Grace

The name J. Peter Grace (1913-1995) "is found in the Council for National Policy (CNP) Membership Directory for 1984-85 and 1988. Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University (1936). Grace "started in 1936 as Assistant Secretary at W. R. Grace, in 1945 became President and CEO. Grace is a member of the Newcomen Society, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Knights of Malta: American Chapter of the Board of Founders, Knights of Malta President, 114 Avenue of the Americas [Who's Who in America (1976-77, 1992-93)]. Grace was involved in Project Paperclip -- a post World War II CIA arrangement to remove classified information from dossiers so that former SS members and 900+ Nazi scientists could emigrate to the U. S. Hundreds of war criminals would find employment within government agencies and companies such as W.R. Grace chemical company whose president was J. Peter Grace."[1]

"From 1982-95, J. Peter Grace was Chairman of the Advisory Committee of AmeriCares."

J. Peter Grace founded in 1984 together with Jack Anderson the organization Citizens Against Government Waste. [2] This organization can be seen as a legacy of the 'President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control', also known as the 'Grace Commission'.

Chairman of the Board of AIFLD.
Former chairman of the Knights of Malta in the United States. Major player in the fascist underground in the post WWII era. Member of the Pilgrims Society, the CFR, and the Council for National Policy. Chairman of the chemical giant W.R. Grace & Co. from 1945 to 1992, which was especially big in South-America. Close to the Rockefellers.
J. Peter Grace - Business Executive, leading Catholic layman, Advisor to three U.S. Presidents - dies at age 81.
Deeply religious throughout his life, Mr. Grace was a leading layman of the Catholic Church. He was president of the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and a Member of its Board of Councilors, a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem; president of the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of New York; and a major benefactor of the Catholic Church. He was an advisor to cardinals and a frequent visitor to the Vatican, having had private audiences with Popes Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II.
The President of the American Eastern Association of SMOM is J. Peter Grace, President of W.R. Grace Company, who was a key figure in Operation Paperclip, which brought Nazi scientists to the U.S.

Amazing Grace

The American section of the Sovereign Mili-tary Order of Malta has about 1,000 mem-bers—including 300 "dames." They repre-sent the vanguard of American Catholicism, the point at which the Vatican and the U.S. ruling elite intersect. "The Knights of Malta comprise what is perhaps the most exclusive club on earth," Stephen Birmingharn, the social historian, has written. "They are more than the Catholic aristocracy...[they] can pick up a telephone and chat with the pope."

And who are the American Knights? Mother Jones managed to obtain part of the secret membership list. On it we found some famil-iar names: Lee lacocca of Chrysler; Spyros Skouras, the shipping magnate; Robert Abplanalp, the aerosol tycoon and Nixon confidant; Barren Hilton of the hotel chain; John Volpe, former U.S. ambassador to Italy; and William Simon, who served as both treasury secretary and energy czar in the 1970s. At least one former envoy to the Vatican, Robert Wagner (the ex-mayor of New York), and the current emissary to the Vatican, William Wilson, are also members of the Knights of Malta. But there is one institution that stands out as the center of the SMOM in the United States—W.R. Grace & Company. J. Peter Grace, the company chairman, is also president of the American section of SMOM. No less than eight knights, including the chancellor of the order, John D.J. Moore (who was ambas-sador to Ireland under Nixon and Ford), are directors of W.R. Grace.

J. Peter Grace has a long history of involvement with CIA-linked enterprises, such as Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe, which was the brainchild of General Rein-hard Gehlen. He is also the board chairman of the Amer-ican Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD), which has collaborated with multinational corporations and their client dictatorships in Latin America to squelch independent trade unions. Up to $100 million a year of CIA funds were pumped into "trustworthy" labor organi-zations such as AIFLD, whose graduates, according to AIFLD executive director William Doherty, were active in covert operations that led to the military coup in Brazil in 1964. During the early 1970s, Francis D. Flanagan, the Grace repre-sentative in Washington, D. C., was a member of ITT's "Ad Hoc Committee on Chile," which was instrumental in planning the overthrow of Salvador Allende. AIFLD's National Workers' Con-federation subsequently served as the chief labor mouthpiece for the Pinochet junta.

There are many other knights with CIA connections. Clare Boothe Luce, for example, the grande dame of American diplomacy, served as a U.S. ambassador to Italy in the 1950s and is now a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which oversees covert opera-tions. William Buckley, Jr., a former CIA operative and the editor of the National Review, is a member, as is his brother James, a former senator from New York and now undersecretary of state for security assistance.
J. Peter Grace - (incorrectly identified by Swanberg as Secretary of Treasury Douglas Dillion) Head, American Branch of the Knights of Malta; Member, Council on Foreign Relations; in charge of at least ten Knights of Malta involved in the assassination and cover-up including Frank Shakespeare of CBS (using CFR member Walter Cronkite), Francis X. Stankard of the CFR's Chase-Manhattan Bank (using another brother CFR member John J. McCloy on the Warren Commission), Lee Iacocca of Ford Motor Company (using Carl Renas, head of security for the Dearborn Division to drive the bullet-ridden Presidential limousine from Washington D.C. to a Ford dealership in Cincinnati for the purpose of removing all evidence of multiple gunshots) and John A. McCone, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency who personally delivered National Security Memorandum 273 for President Johnson's signature, thereby reversing President Kennedy's decision to de-escalate "Spelly's War" in Vietnam.
J. Peter Grace and Project Paperclip

On January 16, 1980 ABC-TV broadcast a special "News Closeup," "Escape from Justice: Nazi War Criminals in America" which discussed Grace's Role in Project Paperclip.

The transcript of the program, available from ABC on request, states,

"Project Paperclip ....... from the end of WW II to the mid-1950's brought more than 900 German scientists to the United States. ..... Otto Ambros ..... was a chemist and a Director of the notorious I.G. Farben Company which supplied gasoline and rubber for Hitler's war effort. Ambros ...... played a supervisory role in the construction of Farben's plant in the Polish village of Auschwitz. For I.G. Farben, Auschwitz concentration inmates provided a plentiful source of cheap labor. ..... The Nuremberg prosecution charged that each day at Farhen's plant one hundred people died from sheer exhaustion. ...... Otto Ambros was convicted of slavery and mass murder and sentenced to eight years in prison. But even while on trial at Nuremberg, Ambros was a target for U.S. recruiters from 'Project Paperclip.' His prison sentence was commuted after only three years by American officials and he was helped in a bid to enter the United States by ...... J. Peter Grace, President of W. R. Grace, a major American chemical company. .....

An internal State Department document describes how J. Peter Grace helped Otto Ambros in his efforts to enter the U.S. In a memorandum to the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Grace acknowledges that Ambros was a war criminal. But he adds that in the years he's known Ambros, ...... 'we have developed a very deep admiration, not only for his ability, but more important, for his character in terms of truthfulness and integrity.'

Today Otto Ambros does consulting work tor W. R. Grace and Company and lives here in Mannheim, Germany. In a recent telephone interview Ambros [said] 'I'm happy to still be working as a chemist ...... but it's funny. Now I'm helping the Americans.' "

In June 1981, largely in response to the efforts of well known war crimes researcher Charles Allen, Yeshiva University cancelled a $150-a-plate dinner it had organized to honor Grace. (See also, Joe Conason and Martin A. Rosenblatt, "The Corporate State of Grace," 'Village Voice', April 12, 1983.)

When the scandal broke in West Germany over the Flick company paying huge sums of money to various politicians and parties, it was learned that additionally Flick had taken improper tax waivers and used the money to pump millions of dollars into W. R. Grace Co., becoming a major shareholder. Friedrich Karl Flick himself sits on the Grace Board. As the Moscow New Times reminded its readers (No. 8, 1983, citing Der Spiegel), Friedrich Karl's father, Flick Sr., had poured money into the coffers of the Nazi party in January 1933, and, ''after Goering had promised the Ruhr magnates that "the March 5 elections will be the last elections in this decade and perhaps in this century,'' he contributed another 200,000 marks; this sum was handed to SS Reichfuhrer Himmler. Flick Sr. was subsequently sentenced at Nuremberg to seven years for using slave labor, spoliation and being an accessory to the crimes of the SS. To ensure a good beginning for his son, the war criminal sent him after the war for early training with W. R. Grace.

Remarks at the Annual Dinner of the Knights of Malta in New York, New York

January 13, 1989

Your Eminences, Your Excellency, Your Most Eminent Highness, President Peter Grace, and ladies and gentlemen, tonight for me is a moment from humility: to stand here before you, the members of the most ancient order of its kind in the world, formed in the Holy Land 900 years ago -- or as some of us would say, only yesterday. [Laughter] But to stand in this way before the members of this order with its remarkable history, which speaks to the entire ebb and flow of Western civilization, and its noble present, which is a monument to the highest values of free men and women, is to be reminded once again that the only true calling of man is service to God, and to have served in that calling is cause not for pride but for gratitude


Note: The President spoke at 8:23 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. In his opening remarks, he referred to John Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York; James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop of Washington, DC; Andrew Bertie, prince and grand master of the military order of the Knights of Malta; and J. Peter Grace, president of the American Association of the Knights of Malta. Following his remarks, the President returned to Washington, DC. The remarks were released by the Office of the Press Secretary on January 14. (proof of SMOM membership)
J. Peter Grace - CNP Membership Directory (1984-85; 1988). Bachelor of Arts Yale University (1936), started in 1936 as Assistant Secretary at W. R. Grace, in 1945 became President and CEO, Newcomen Society, CFR, Knights of Malta: American Chapter of the Board of Founders, Knights of Malta President, 114 Avenue of the Americas [Who's Who in America (1976-77, 1992-93)] Grace was involved in Project Paperclip -- a post World War II CIA arrangement to remove classified information from dossiers so that former SS members and 900+ Nazi scientists could emigrate to the U. S. Hundreds of war criminals would find employment within government agencies and companies such as W.R. Grace chemical company whose president was J. Peter Grace.

When it was at its height in drug experiments, operation MK-ULTRA was formed. This was the brainchild of Richard Helms who later came to be a CIA director. It was designed to defeat the "enemy" in its brain- washing techniques. MK-ULTRA had another arm involved in Chemical and Biological Warfare (CBW) known as MK-DELTA. The "doctors" who participated in these experiments used some of the same techniques as the Nazi "doctors". Those doctors who were not indicted in the Nuremberg trials were imported from Germany under the program called "Operation Paperclip." The Nazi doctors were a valuable source of information to the CIA since many of the U.S. techniques mimicked what had already been done by the Nazis. [Winds, CIA: Bastion of Integrity]

From 1982-95, J. Peter Grace (CFR) was Chairman of the Advisory Committee of AmeriCares, which included William E. Simon (CFR), Treasury Secretary under Richard Nixon. The Honorary Chair of AmeriCares is Zbigniew Brzezinski (BB/CFR/TC); Ambassador-At-Large is Barbara Bush and the Advisory Committee includes: Prescott S. Bush, Jr. [brother to former Pres. George Bush (CFR)], 33º Mason Gen. Colin L. Powell (ret.) (CFR) and Sol M. Linowitz (CFR/TC), chairman of Xerox Corp and officer of the World Future Society. Sol Linowitz was also a representative to the Organization of American States and co-founder in 1964 with David Rockefeller (CFR) of the International Executive Services Corp, an international business development organization for which Linowitz and Rockefeller received the Medal of Freedom Award in 1998. [John Birch Society]

Using his inherent talent, drive, and devotion to the Association, Cardinal Spellman was able to enlist the aid of some of America’s elite, including: John J. Raskob, chairman of General Motors; John Farrell, then president of U.S. Steel; Joseph P. Grace of W.R. Grace & Co.; Joseph Kennedy, a Boston entrepreneur; George MacDonald of Pennsylvania; and John D. Ryan.
Other sites stating Grace is a KoM:
Social Network Diagram:
Nicaragua 1985 Honduras 1985

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* Agee,P. Poelchau,W. Whitepaper Whitewash. 1981 (49)
* Black,J.K. United States Penetration of Brazil. 1977 (112, 114, 119)
* Business Week. CEOs of 1000 Top Companies. 1991-11-25 (194)
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* Council on Foreign Relations. Membership Roster. 1992
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* CounterSpy 1978-12 (12)
* CounterSpy 1979-05 (13)
* CounterSpy 1981-04 (14)
* CounterSpy 1984-08 (32)
* Covert Action Information Bulletin 1986-#25 (28, 33-5, 37)
* Diamond,S. Spiritual Warfare. 1989 (13, 155-6)
* Domhoff,G.W. The Higher Circles. 1971 (262)
* Frazier,H. Uncloaking the CIA. 1978 (263)
* Guardian (New York) 1985-03-13 (3)
* Gutierrez,C. The Dominican Republic. 1972 (37)
* Higham,C. American Swastika. 1985 (203)
* Hirsch,F. Fletcher,R. The CIA and the Labour Movement. 1977 (16-7)
* Hirsch,F. Our AFL-CIO Role in Latin America. 1974 (3, 6)
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* Intelligence (Paris) 1995-03-27 (14)
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* Lernoux,P. People of God. 1989 (201, 287, 291-7)
* Los Angeles Times 1982-04-24 (I14)
* Mother Jones 1983-07 (24)
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* NACLA. Yanqui Dollar. 1971 (44)
* National Reporter 1985-SU (38)
* National Reporter 1986-W (57-60)
* National Reporter 1986-SU (25)
* New York Times 1987-12-07 (D1, 9)
* PRODEMCA. National Council Member. 1986
* Parapolitics/USA 1982-03-31 (33-5, 37)
* Resource Center. AIFLD in Central America. 1986 (7-8, 10, 61, 71)
* Resource Center. Bulletin 1989-F (5)
* Resource Center. GroupWatch 1989-CANF (1-3)
* Resource Center. GroupWatch 1991-SMOM (1-2)
* Resource Center. The New Right Humanitarians. 1986 (28, 36)
* Resource Center. Workers of the World Undermined. 1991 (5)
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* Sanders,J. Peddlers of Crisis. 1983 (156)
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* Sojourners Magazine 1985-10 (16)
* Stewart,J. Den of Thieves. 1991 (222)
* Village Voice 1985-05-07 (22)
* Washington Post 1984-12-27 (A1, 25)
* Washington Post 1990-03-18 (B2)
* Washington Times 1995-04-21 (A9)
* Weissman,S. Trojan Horse. 1975 (122, 124)
* Who's Who in America. 1984-1985
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Social Network Diagram of the family company:
Peru 1960-1970 Ecuador 1963 Nicaragua 1986

* Agee,P. Inside the Company: CIA Diary. 1975 (294)
* Borosage,R. Marks,J. The CIA File. 1976 (80)
* CounterSpy 1979-05 (13)
* CounterSpy 1984-08 (32)
* Diamond,S. Spiritual Warfare. 1989 (13, 155)
* Hunt,L. Secret Agenda. 1991 (130)
* Intelligence/Parapolitics (Paris) 1987-07 (13)
* Lernoux,P. Cry of the People. 1982 (225-7)
* Lernoux,P. People of God. 1989 (287, 292-4)
* Loftus,J. Aarons,M. The Secret War Against the Jews. 1994 (111)
* Lundberg,F. The Rich and the Super-Rich. 1969 (316)
* NACLA. The University-Military-Police Complex. 1970 (40)
* NACLA. Yanqui Dollar. 1971 (44)
* National Reporter 1985-SU (38)
* New York Times 1987-12-07 (D1, 9)
* Parapolitics/USA 1982-03-31 (33-4, 36-7)
* Parvus Company. Brochure. 1987 (3)
* Rampton,S. Stauber,J. Trust Us, We're Experts! 2001 (202-3)
* Resource Center. AIFLD in Central America. 1986 (8 )
* Resource Center. GroupWatch 1991-SMOM (2)
* Saloma,J. Ominous Politics. 1984 (43)
* Washington Post 1992-06-16 (A6)
* Weissman,S. Trojan Horse. 1975 (124)

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Since Grace was crucial in setting up the Americares Foundation here is its social network diagram:

Honduras 1982-1985 Guatemala 1982-1985 El Salvador 1982-1984 Brazil 1984
Nicaragua 1985-1988 Philippines 1987

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* COHA. Resource Center. NED: A Foreign Policy Branch Gone Awry. 1990 (45)
* Columbia Journalism Review 1988-08 (32, 35)
* Covert Action Information Bulletin 1986-#25 (35-6, 53)
* Covert Action Information Bulletin 1988-#29 (22)
* DeCamp,J. The Franklin Cover-up. 1994 (180-1)
* Guardian (New York) 1985-03-13 (3)
* Lernoux,P. People of God. 1989 (295)
* National Reporter 1986-W (58, 60)
* Naylor,R.T. Hot Money and the Politics of Debt. 1994 (157, 398)
* Resource Center. The New Right Humanitarians. 1986 (46-7)
* Sklar,H. Washington's War on Nicaragua. 1988 (240-1)
* Sojourners Magazine 1985-10 (16)
* Washington Post 1984-12-27 (A1, 25)
* Washington Post 1985-05-03 (A22)

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