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Chicago's Elders of Zion and Obama's War for Profit

Updated October 14, 2011
(New material on the secret visit by Israel's chief of military intelligence to Lester Crown in 2010 urging U.S. action against Iran and Obama's support in Aspen.)

Israeli general Amos Yadlin traveled to Chicago in an effort to enlist [Lester] Crown’s help in convincing the administration to attack Iran.
- "Israel, Big Money and Obama", 20 August 2010

“The demonstrators probably ought to be demonstrating in front of Congress, the White House, and the secretary over at Treasury.”
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R., Ala.), Chairman, House Financial Services Committee,
"Rep. Bachus: Wall Street Protesters Should Be Demonstrating in D.C.."
Washington Wire, 6 October 2011

LETTING OFF STEAM OR CHANGING THE REGIME? - The anti-war protest movement has finally gotten on its feet in Washington, D.C., but can the protest movement in America have any meaningful effect on the political system if it does not articulate any specific demands? The mass protests across the Middle East have all had the same clear goal from the beginning - the removal of the ruling regime. What do the protestors in America want? Do they even know what they want?

Because the scale of the war-for-profit scam is so immense, an example comparing what the money wasted on the wars could have bought for the American people is helpful: The U.S. military spends an estimated $20 billion a year just to air-condition its tents and bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is equivalent to 20 years of funding for Amtrak, the sorely neglected U.S. passenger rail system.

The U.S. military spends about $20 billion annually to air-condition tents and temporary structures in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than the U.S. spends on its passenger rail system in 20 years.

After three weeks of protests on Wall Street in New York City, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, thousands of protestors occupied Freedom Square in Washington, D.C. in a mass protest dubbed "Occupy D.C." Signs carried by protestors show that many are outraged by the wasteful and unjustified wars of occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Thousands of protestors massed in Washington, D.C. on October 6...

inspired by the popular uprisings in Egypt and across the Middle East...

and demanding an end to the war policies that have impoverished and crippled America.

Protesting the wasteful wars (currently over $1 trillion), and the corporations who profit from them, is a common theme...

because spending on the wars is responsible for at least one-fifth of the national debt...

which has more than doubled since 9/11. At $1.5 trillion in direct spending, but with an estimated total cost of some $4 trillion, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have caused the U.S. national debt to spike since 2000.

Some protested U.S. war crimes and torture...

while others called for dumping the Zionist "war lobby".

After 10 years of an unjustified war of occupation in Afghanistan, Americans are finally rising up and demonstrating against the Zionist crimocracy and its agenda of war for plunder and profit. For these protests to be effective, however, it is essential that they raise public awareness of who is really responsible for the criminal war policies and the plundering of the U.S. Treasury. This requires pointing out the secretive "Elders of Zion" who are behind Obama and his criminal war policies. It is the people who support the president behind the scenes who dictate the policies he puts into effect.

If the real culprits are not indentified, shamed, and blamed, the protests will fail to bring about any real change for the better. Like any political and anti-war protest movement, there are infiltrators among the protestors, e.g. Zionists, who seek to divert the message, to distract, and radicalize the movement in order to discredit and marginalize it. For these reasons, it is essential that the protestors keep the focus on who is truly responsible for the crimes of 9/11 and the illegal wars that followed in its wake.


The 10-year-old war in Afghanistan has been dubbed "Obama's War" because, since being elected in November 2008, he has overseen a three-fold increase in the number of soldiers engaged in the war of occupation. But is it really Obama's war if he is only doing what he is told by the people to whom he is obliged and beholden? Blaming the president without understanding who is behind his war policies will not solve the problem.

"OBAMA'S WAR" - The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has tripled since November 2008 to the current peak of 98,000. It is not at all certain that the number will shrink in 2012 as indicated in this graphic from the Washington Post.

DESPISED IN AMERICA - President Obama's ratings have plummeted as a result of his support for the Zionist war agenda and the trillion dollar bailout of 2008-2009.

LOVED IN ISRAEL - While Obama gets a positive rating from less than one-third of the American population, he enjoys a favorable rating with 54 percent of the Israeli population. So who is he serving? (Source: Jerusalem Post, 28 September 2011)

THE ELDERS OF ZION AND OBAMA - It is certainly no secret that a secret organization of Zionist Jews was behind making Obama the president of the United States. It was the cover story of The Chicago Jewish News in October 2008.

A recent article in Crain's Chicago Business, entitled "Cracks appear in Obama's Chicago base", reports that his re-election campaign has a hometown problem: the donors and volunteers who supported him in 2008 have lost interest. "The glow of the epochal election of the nation's first African-American president has faded amid a dramatic fall in the president's popularity," Crain's reported.

Obama's re-election campaign will get a "hometown" publicity boost from a $35,800-a-plate fundraiser in October "hosted by Obama's financial inner sanctum: former fundraising chair Penny Pritzker, James Crown, John Rogers Jr. and others," Crain's reported. This cabal of extremely wealthy Zionist Jews is supporting Obama because they have created him and they control him, and with him in power they grow richer as the Zionist war agenda is advanced. It's that simple; it's criminal. This is the Zionist crimocracy that controls the U.S. government.

Penny Pritzker, center, with the Obamas.
Pritzker was finance chair for Obama's 2008 campaign.

Chicago is a Zionist stronghold, where Zionist gangsters have long run the city and the mob. This Zionist bank is at 100 N. LaSalle Street; the offices of Henry Crown and Co. are a couple hundred feet north, at 222 N. LaSalle.

Rahm Emanuel, the son of a terrorist from the Stern Gang and former senior aide to presidents Clinton and Obama, is now mayor of Chicago. Rep. Emanuel praised Lester Crown in a speech in Congress in 2004. It was the least he could do for the man who made him rich. Crown introduced Emanuel to John W. Rowe, the former chief executive of Unicom, who made Emanuel a millionaire in 1999 after he left the Clinton White House, where he had single-handedly pushed the disastrous NAFTA bill through Congress.

While Christian symbols are banned on city property, a huge steel menorah dominates Daley Plaza every December. Just a reminder of who really runs the city.

Obama’s top fundraiser Penny Pritzker's grandfather and the great-grandfather were lawyers for organized crime, according to Jeff Gates' 2010 article "Obama's Inner Eisenhower." The Crown family (formerly Lithuanian Jews named Krinsky) share a similar lineage in Ashkenazi organized crime. The Crown family has long been the major shareholder of General Dynamics, arguably the nation’s largest corporate beneficiary both of the "War on Terror" and taxpayer outlays for Homeland Security. Obama's second-ranked fundraiser was Chicago’s affluent Crown clan whose dominant ownership stake in General Dynamics ensured additional riches both from waging the “War on Terror” and from Homeland Security, Gates notes.

General Dynamics is one of the leading U.S. defense contractors. Most of the company's revenues derive from Pentagon appropriations (in green).


“Every Israeli prime minister, every Israeli president knows the Crown family.”
- Steven Nasatir, President, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

The late Sherman Skolnick, a Chicago-based independent investigator, described the Pritzkers and Crowns as interlinked criminal familes in 1995:

The Crowns and the Pritzkers are interlocked criminals. The Crown flagship, set up in 1919, was Material Service Corp. Over the years, they got big-city paving and cement contracts by bribing Chicago city officials! From that, they branched out into being war mongers. The Crowns have been major owners of bloody war-contractor General Dynamics. The Crowns escaped going to prison for bribing Pentagon brass. How? By bribing federal officials!

Once-president of Material Service, Lester Crown escaped jail in 1976 in a concrete industry scandal by bribing federal prosecutors in Chicago who used him only as a government witness. In the past, Lester was a director of the Vatican dope money laundry, Continental Bank.

To try to get the stink off themselves, the Crowns donate part of their loot to Northwestern University, which has a building named after them. They might as well call it "The Al Capone Center".

In the 1940s, Material Service Corp. (MSC) benefited greatly from large war-related contracts, enabling it to acquire coal mines and more limestone quarries, and to become one of Chicago's most prominent builders of commercial property. During WWII, Henry Crown served as the procurement officer for the Western division of the Corps of Engineers. As Time Magazine wrote (in 1952) about 45-year-old Henry Crown's unusual military service, "After a World War II stint as a colonel in charge of buying $1 billion worth of Army supplies, Crown started spreading into other fields." In a stock-for-stock merger in 1959, MSC became part of the General Dynamics Corp. (GD), a leading military contractor. As Sherman Skolnick wrote, "By the 1970s, the Crown family had an 89 percent stake in General Dynamics, the major war-monger, maker of submarines, tanks, and many other weapons."

At age 45, Henry Crown registered to serve in the war on April 27, 1942. He did not sign up to serve the nation, but to profit from the war. Profiting from war is a Crown family tradition.


James Schine Crown (born 1953) from "Obama's financial inner sanctum" is president of Henry Crown and Company, a private investment company. He is also a director of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., General Dynamics, and Sara Lee. A member of Chicago's Crown family, his father is billionaire Lester Crown, the former chair and leading shareholder of General Dynamics. As Real Aspen reported in "Aspen is Money for Obama" in July 2011, "Barack Obama's reelection campaign is off to a strong start, thanks in no small part to Jim Crown." Crown, managing partner of the Aspen Skiing Company and co-chair of Obama's Illinois fundraising effort in 2008, raised $100,000 in May and June (2011) for Obama.

Lester Crown was one of Barack Obama's earliest and most steadfast supporters. He provided seed money for the Obama campaign, and his son James Crown was the co-chair of Obama's Illinois fundraising effort. In 2007 he and his wife Renee Crown hosted a fundraiser for Obama in which they highlighted that their support for the candidate was predicated on his support of Israel and his willingness to take militarily action against Iran, according to the article about Lester Crown.

Lester Crown and Renee Crown

Some of the Crown family members work very closely with highest level people from Israeli intelligence. Charles H. Goodman is a good example. Goodman, married to Lester Crown's cousin, Suzanne, has been a financial adviser to the Crown business interests for some 50 years and has been instrumental in managing and expanding Crown corporate assets.

Charles Goodman was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel from 1995 to 1999. This is one of the highest Zionist positions of power.

Charles Goodman is a Principal of Henry Crown and Co. and served as Vice President of the company from 1973 to 2002. He has been Vice Chairman of Henry Crown and Company since 2002 and a director of General Dynamics Corp. since 1991. He currently serves on the boards of General Dynamics and ALLTEL. Goodman is also a Director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a Trustee of Brandeis University (where he sits on the board with Ronald A. Ratner of Forest City Enterprises), and a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel and United Jewish Communities (UJC). Goodman also serves as the Chairman of The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration in Tel Aviv. (Leon Recanati is a highly-connected Israeli intelligence officer.)

Video Link -
- Lester Crown's connection to Israel (just the tip of the iceberg)

In backing Obama, the Crown family has worked closely with other Chicago-based Elders of Zion, e.g. the Pritzker and Klutznick families. One of Obama's earliest and biggest supporters was Philip Morris Klutznick, the former president of B'nai B'rith International and a business partner of Lester Crown, a devoted Zionist who is also surely a high-ranking member of B'nai B'rith, the secret global organization of Zionist Jewish Freemasons. Members of this core group of Zionists can rightly be called the "Elders of Zion."

Arie Steven Crown, director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith


Lester's son, Arie Steven Crown serves as a director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'Nai B'rith, the Zionist criminal organization that has long maligned me with slander and which was behind the police assault on me at my home in the Village of Hoffman Estates in August 2006. Lester's son-in-law William C. Kunkler III, husband of Susan Crown, is on the board of directors of the retail giant Sears Holdings Corp., which has its headquarters in Hoffman Estates.

Susan Crown and William Kunkler support candidates from both parties...

and are friends of Paula Zahn and her husband Richard Cohen. Zahn presented the extremely biased CNN "hit piece" about my 9/11 research the day before my trial was to begin in January 2007. She quit CNN and filed for divorce from Richard Cohen later the same year.

Bill Kunkler, Paula Zahn, Richard Cohen, and Susan Crown were close friends when they posed together at the Whitney Museum of American Art's gala in October 2005.

Paula Zahn's CNN Show "Out in the Open" used editing tricks in its attempt to slander me as an anti-Semite on national television - the night before my trial was to begin.
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Sears is, by far, the largest corporation in Hoffman Estates having relocated from Sears Tower in Chicago to its new suburban campus after getting a very favorable deal from the Village of Hoffman Estates. The Crown family, with its strong connection to Israel and the Zionist criminal network, was certainly well positioned to use their behind-the-scenes influence on the police department and village board of Hoffman Estates to see that I was attacked and maliciously prosecuted for my research and writing. In 2001, I ran for mayor of Hoffman Estates on an anti-corruption platform, in a suburb of Chicago where corruption runs rampant.

The Crown family supports candidates from both parties, depending on their strategic goal. Susan Crown, for example, who gave at least $12,300 to candidate Obama between 2003 and 2007 (as per is now supporting the Republican Mitt Romney's bid for the White House. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported on 4 October 2011:

The Mitt man . . . Watch for GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, who now seems to be the Republican front-runner, head to Chicago Oct. 27 to attend a big-bucks, $25,000-plus-a-ticket fund-raiser tossed by Susan Crown, daughter of billionaire business leader/industrialist Lester Crown, and hubby Bill Kunkler.


Arie "Steve" Crown was also elected to the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University in 1990 and serves on the Educational Policies and Appointments Committee and the Student Affairs Committee. His father, Lester, is a Life Trustee of Northwestern University where many buildings bear the family's fake name, Crown. The Crown family's immense influence at Northwestern is most likely the real impetus behind the very hastily written paper by Professor Zdenek P. Bazant, who so desperately sought to provide a plausible explanation how burning jet fuel could have brought down the steel-framed Twin Towers.
Bazant's paper, which was later exposed as rubbish, was published just two days after 9/11 and provided much-needed scientific cover for the official version at the beginning, the most critical time of the cover-up.

Zdeněk Pavel Bažant (born in Czechoslovakia 1937) is a professor of Civil Engineering and Materials Science in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University's Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. The McCormick school is financially supported by the Crown family. Lester Crown helped raise more than $100 million for the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science as cochair of the Campaign for Engineering and the Physical Sciences in the 1990s.

Another recipient of financial largesse from the Crown family and a person very much involved in the 9/11 cover-up is William Gene Corley, Senior Vice President of CTLGroup of Skokie (formerly Construction Technology Laboratories, the research and development laboratory for the Portland Cement Association). Gene Corley led the federal investigation into the 9/11 collapses of the World Trade Center’s twin towers. Previously he had conducted the investigation of the 1995 collapse of part of the Murrah Federal Building caused by the Oklahoma City bombing, and also served as expert advisor during the investigation and trial resulting from the 1993 fatal fire at the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas. In 1997, Corley received the "Illinois ACI Henry Crown Award". The Henry Crown Award is funded by Material Service Corporation.

Lester Crown receiving an "honorary doctorate" from Israeli Zvi Galil for his support of Tel Aviv University, 28 October 2008.

Lester Crown is the son of Chicago financier Henry Crown, a former president, chair, and main shareholder of General Dynamics, and a member of the board of directors of Maytag and a former director of TWA. Among other things he owns family holdings in New York's Rockefeller Center, Hilton Hotels, the Chicago Bulls, and the New York Yankees. He is also the chairman of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Jewish Theological Seminary, director of The Jerusalem Foundation, director of the Weizmann Institute of Science, and member of the International Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University.

Lester Crown has long been involved at the highest level with Zionist organizations, e.g. U.S./Middle East Project, Inc. and The Jerusalem Foundation in which he networks with the political, financial, and military elites of Israel, such as Yosef A. Maiman, the Mossad agent who controls a great deal of the gas resources of Turkmenistan. Building a pipeline to carry the Israeli-owned gas to India is the real long-term goal of the occupation of Afghanistan. It is through such Zionist networks, often disguised as charities, that the high-level planners are able to conspire with little fear that their plans will ever be disclosed.


Israeli general Amos Yadlin traveled to Chicago in an effort to enlist [Lester] Crown’s help in convincing the administration to attack Iran.
- "Israel, Big Money and Obama", 20 August 2010

An early and public supporter of Obama’s presidential candidacy, Lester Crown praised Obama as “unyielding in defending Israel’s security.” During the summer of 2010, Amos Yadlin, the chief of Israel's military intelligence (AMAN), visited Crown in Chicago and requested that he put pressure on Obama to take more forceful action against Iran - and to stop pressing Israel on its illegal settlements on Palestinian land.

Major General Amos Yadlin, the chief of Israeli military intelligence, paid a secret visit to Chicago in July 2010 to meet Lester Crown to ask him "to communicate Israel’s existential worries directly to President Obama."

Crown told Atlantic Magazine in September 2010 that Yadlin discussed with him the “Iranian clock”—the time remaining before Iran reached nuclear capability—and that he agreed with Yadlin that the United States must stop Iran before it goes nuclear. “I share with the Israelis the feeling that we certainly have the military capability and that we have to have the will to use it. The rise of Iran is not in the best interest of the U.S.

“I support the president,” Crown said. “But I wish [administration officials] were a little more outgoing in the way they have talked. I would feel more comfortable if I knew that they had the will to use military force, as a last resort. You cannot threaten someone as a bluff. There has to be a will to do it.”


A military contractor, General Dynamics and the Crown family have profited greatly from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Crown family has long been seen as one of the most important U.S.-based supporters of the Israeli military. They are reported to be one of the American Zionist families that created Israel Corp. and "major players" in helping finance Israel’s secret nuclear arms development program:

In 1968, Israeli Finance Minister Pinchas Sapir, the creator of Israel's "offshore" banking system, sponsored a "millionaires conference" in Jerusalem. All in attendence were in one way or another connected to the Israeli intelligence apparatus responsible for the weapons and money that helped create Israel in 1948. Among them were: Louis Boyar and Sam Rothberg - Henry Crown - Max Fisher - Ray Wolfe - Shaul Eisenberg - Raphael Recanati - Philip Klutznik.

Out of this conference, the Israel Corporation was created, an official government corporation. It was later exposed for illegal laundering of funds into the Banque du Credit International, set up by Tibor Rosenbaum and Pinchas Sapir.
- "Bronfman and the Mafia Sells Out the United States to Russia" (1996)

In 1993, when General Dynamics was controlled by Lester Crown, he sold the unit of the company in Fort Worth that makes electronics for the F-16 to an Israeli military company called Elbit. The General Dynamics unit in Fort Worth became Elbit Systems of America (EFW), a wholly owned subsidiary of Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. A $35 million division when General Dynamics sold it in 1993, it expects to report revenue of $1 billion for 2011. "Elbit's U.S. growth is a result of the [Israeli] parent company's commitment to gaining a sizable share of U.S. defense spending, the Star Telegram of Fort Worth reported in June 2011. "And it's a result of a plan mapped out in the mid-1990s." The Israeli owners of Elbit Systems of America have clearly profited very nicely from the extremely costly U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

General Dynamics and Elbit Systems of America formed a joint venture in 2009 called UAS Dynamics LLC, to provide unmanned aerial systems to the Defense Department and other potential U.S. government customers. The company is based in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Sources and Recommended Reading:

Bollyn, Christopher, "Who Runs the Obama White House?", Chapter X, Solving 9/11, 6 November 2008

Bollyn, "TAPI Pipeline - The Real Reason for 4 More Years of War", 20 December 2010

Bollyn, "9/11 Collapses - Open Letter to Dr. Gene Corley", 17 February 2005

"Cracks appear in Obama's Chicago base" by Steven R. Strahler and Paul Merrion, Crain's Chicago Business, 26 September 2011

"Fort Worth defense contractor makes the guts inside the jets and tanks", Star Telegram, 18 June 2011

Gates, Jeff, "Obama’s Inner Eisenhower", 27 September 2010

Goldberg, Jeffrey, "The Point of No Return", Atlantic Magazine, September 2010

"Honoring Lester Crown", Rep. Rahm Emanuel, 3 June 2004

"In Banking, Emanuel Made Money and Connections", by Michael Luo, New York Times, 3 December 2008

Kimberley, Margaret, "Mr. Crown and the President - Israel, Big Money and Obama",, 20 August 2010

"Obama and the Jews" by Pauline Dubkin Yearwood, Chicago Jewish News, 24 October 2008

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