Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Another McCain-Rev. Moon Tie

In addition to the previously revealed relationship between McCain adviser Charlie Black and the Rev. Moon — Black was involved with setting up and inviting people to the now-infamous Moon coronation ceremony in a Senate office building in 2004 — it has now come to light that McCain was on the board of the U.S. Council for World Freedom, one of the many front groups founded by Moon, in the early days of his political career.

The U.S. Council for World Freedom was an offshoot of Moon’s World Anti-Communist League, an organization with ties to right wing dictators and former Nazis all around the world. Investigative journalist Robert Parry has documented these ties, as have Scott and Jon Lee Anderson in their book, Inside the League. Parry reports:

WACL became a well-financed worldwide organization after a secret meeting between Sasakawa and Moon, along with two Kodama representatives, on a lake in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. The purpose of the meeting was to create an anti-communist organization that “would further Moon’s global crusade and lend the Japanese yakuza leaders a respectable new fa├žade,” the Andersons wrote.

Mixing organized crime and political extremism, of course, has a long tradition throughout the world. Violent political movements often have blended with criminal operations as a way to arrange covert funding, move operatives or acquire weapons. Drug smuggling has proven to be a particularly effective way to fill the coffers of extremist movements, especially those that find ways to insinuate themselves within more legitimate operations of sympathetic governments or intelligence services.

There is much more to this story. This could make the Ayers story look like small potatoes.