Michael Collins Piper

Michael Collins Piper
Michael Collins Piper
Born Michael Bernard Piper
July 17, 1960 (1960-07-17) (age 51)
Occupation Author, talk radio host

Michael Collins Piper is a political writer, conspiracy theorist,[1] and talk radio host living in Washington D.C. He is a regular contributor to the American Free Press, a newspaper backed by Willis Carto.

Piper was described on his website as a political "progressive in the LaFollette-Wheeler tradition."[2] He is the author of books such as The High Priests of War, in which he criticizes the neoconservatives in the Bush administration, and Final Judgment where he claims that the Israeli Mossad was responsible for the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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Early life

Piper was baptized as Michael Bernard Piper. Although one side of his family are devoutly Roman Catholic, he claims he was raised without religion.[3] He says his political engagement was inspired by his older brother's experience in the Vietnam War. Piper once said that his late brother "never completely recovered from the physical and psychological impact of the war."[2]

Piper has been an associate of Willis Carto for many years. He spent more than two decades writing for the Carto-backed newspaper, The Spotlight. Piper also published a book-length defense of Carto called Best Witness in 1994. He also promoted a conspiratorial view of the Oklahoma City bombing[4] and attacked the Federal Reserve.[5]

Kennedy and King assassination theories

Piper claims John F. Kennedy's assassination "was a joint enterprise conducted on the highest levels of the CIA, in collaboration with organized crime and ... the Israeli intelligence service Mossad."[6] In his underground best-seller[7] Final Judgment,[8] he posits that Israeli prime-minister David Ben Gurion was the prime mover in his assassination. It was due to disputes with Palestine and Egypt, plus Kennedy's attempts to halt Israeli atomic research.[9]

This theory also seeks to tie in other John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories, primarily involving Jewish mobster Meyer Lansky's organizing the hit, and future president Lyndon B. Johnson staging the event from inside the administration. Piper also alleged that the Jewish organization Anti-Defamation League also was linked to the murder. The ADL responded with harsh criticisms, called the claims ridiculous,[10] and denounced Final Judgment as anti-Semitic.[11]

Additionally, Piper has written articles in American Free Press that claim that the Mossad and the FBI conspired to set up the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Piper claims this was motivated by fear of King's anti-Israel statements combined with his massive grassroots power. He says they believed would eventually lead to a popular uprising, thus forcing them to limit their amount of power and influence over the American people.

Islam and Israel

In 2006, he spoke on 9/11 conspiracy theories at the International Islamic Fair in Malaysia, at which 9/11 Truth movement personages William Rodriguez and Jimmy Walter also appeared.[12] That same year, his book The New Jerusalem: Zionist Power in America, was on sale at an Iranian conference for debating Holocaust denial.[13] Piper argues that the War On Terror is a war against Islam.[14]

Piper posits that the American media is controlled by groups that are planning to destroy the Islamic world.[15] He says this global network of tightly-knit families and financial interests people also worked in support of the Bush administration, whose policy is controlled by Jews.[15] Further, he argues that "Jewish and Christian extremists" have seized power in the U.S., to the injury of Islam and the benefit of arms manufacturers.[14]

Piper also claims that the story of the September 11 attacks, as reported in the U.S. media, is untrue,[15] although those who suffered and died in the tragedies deserve honor.[14] He says the collapse of the World Trade Center towers was part of a planned, controlled demolition.[15] Further, Piper claims the Mossad knew of the attacks and allowed them to happen.[16] He is listed as an author of the book Debunking 911, published by American Free Press in 2005. Other authors listed include Victor Thorn, William Rodriguez, Christopher Bollyn, Greg Szymanski, and Ellen Mariani.[17]

Radio Show

In February 2006, he started a radio show called The Piper Report that can be heard on the Republic Broadcasting Network or downloaded from the Network's Radio Archive. Regular guests have included Mark Glenn (leader of Crescent and Cross and a critic of Judaism), former candidate for Texas state legislature Barbara Samuelson and then AFP writer, Christopher Bollyn (who occasionally filled in for Piper).

Piper has commented about the war on Lebanon, the Mel Gibson affair (in which he lightly derided him for driving under the influence and apologizing for his statements which Piper supported and criticized for being too weak [1]), and the battle between Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont (for which he showed much enthusiasm following August 8th; Lamont defeated Lieberman in the Democratic primary, but lost to him in the general election). He also defends alternative medicine, animal rights and the past activities of Liberty Lobby and Willis Carto. He has been featured as a guest on James Edwards' radio show, The Political Cesspool, which has also been accused of promoting anti-Semitism.[18]

Controversy

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has repeatedly challenged statements made by Piper. It calls him a promoter of antisemitic conspiracy theories, a Holocaust denier,[6] and a defender of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The group also says Piper traveled to the United Arab Emirates in 2003 to lecture on anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic themes.[2]

In one instance, the ADL stated that Piper had suggested that Israel was working on an "ethnic bomb" targeting only Arabs.[3] In response, Piper said he was referring to an article by a Jewish writer, writing in the The Times (London) which Piper says mentioned the weapon.[citation needed]

Piper responded to increasing ADL criticism through his 2006 book The Judas Goat. It accuses the ADL of using unethical infiltration and information gathering techniques, such as the use of 'Agents provocateurs'. He claims that he began a series of events that ultimately lead to the ADL Files Controversy some years later.

Writing in the Asia Times, researcher and journalist Keith Bettinger says that Piper's views are "characteristic of an effort by anti-Semites and white supremacists to repackage themselves as 'alternative media voices' claiming to tackle stories the mainstream media in the US won't touch."[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Controversial American Author to Give Talk in Malaysia", Malaysia General News, August 22, 2004.
  2. ^ a b "Biography and Initiatives", The Piper Report. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  3. ^ Michael Collins Piper, Eric Jon Phelps, Greg Szymanski (host) (May 2006) (MP3). The Investigative Journal wirh Greg Szymanski. Event occurs at 0:34:30. http://theinfounderground.com/archives/The%20Info%20Underground%20Radio%202008-07-23%20Guest%20Daryl%20Bradford%20Smith.mp3. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  4. ^ "A Conspiratorial Gathering: The McVeigh Triel Opens, with Theories and Strategy Aplenty". Village Voice, April 08, 1997.
  5. ^ "More Congressmen Join Drive to Audit Federal Reserve". PR Newswire, July 2, 1991
  6. ^ a b "College Axes JFK Course", The Guardian (London), August 23, 1997.
  7. ^ "Book titles for summer reading", National Public Radio (NPR), July 4, 2001.
  8. ^ Michael Collins Piper, Final Judgment, American Free Press, 6th edition, 2004. ISBN 0974548405
  9. ^ "Saddleback's JFK Conspiracy Seminar Spiked", Los Angeles Times, August 22, 1997
  10. ^ "JFK conspiracy course spurs antisemitism charges", The Dallas Morning News, August 21, 1997.
  11. ^ "Library Won't Shelve This Issue; Patrons Can Appeal to Add, Oust Works", Chicago Tribune, March 2, 2000
  12. ^ "Trade Fair, Well-Known Speakers at IIF 2006", Malaysia General News, April 25, 2006.
  13. ^ "Iran Opens Conference on Holocaust", The New York Times, December 12, 2006.
  14. ^ a b c "Group Seeks Dr Mahathir's Assistance to Reopen 911 Investigation", Malaysia General News, June 12, 2006
  15. ^ a b c d "American Media Asked to Dupe People, Destroy Islam, Says Expert", Malaysia General News, June 13, 2006
  16. ^ "American Writer: Mossad Knew of 9-11 Attack Plan", Malay Mail, August 25, 2004
  17. ^ Debunking 9-11: Includes 100 Unanswered Questions About Sept 11. - Rodriguez, William, Victor Thorn, Michael Collins Piper, Christopher Bollyn, Greg Szymanski and Ellen Mariani.
  18. ^ "Guest List". http://www.thepoliticalcesspool.org/guestlist.php. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  19. ^ Bettinger, Keith. "Anti-Semitism Peddled in Southeast Asia"

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