The Victims of Criminal Organizations Restricted Endowment Foundations (VCOREF) policy/legislative model entails the establishment of restricted endowment foundations with the essential mission of providing victims with the means to pursue civil lawsuits against dangerous criminals, terrorists and criminal organizations. The essential strategy of VCOREF is to make criminal violence, including terrorism, RICO threats and intimidation, unaffordable for the criminal organization.
More than two decades have passed since the AMIA Jewish Community Center bombing, and the victims and their families have never received justice (Levitt 2013). The loss of life, income and basic human dignity was unfathomable. Judge Jose Galeano ostensibly completed a thorough investigation of the case and everything was in order, until it was revealed that after around a decade of surreptitiously inhibiting the investigation Galeano had attempted to bribe AMIA witnesses with more than $200,000 in bribes (Levitt 2013).
Did that illicit bribe originate from the Iranian MOIS and IRGC in Tehran? Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was to give public testimony regarding the AMIA investigation and attempts by Iran to corrupt Argentina’s judicial system; however, he was murdered in his apartment the night before giving the critical public testimony (May 2019). How could a judge bribe witnesses with such a large sum of money, if it were not a proxy action bankrolled by SDGTO Hezbollah and the Iranian regime, as part of a quid pro quo to cover up Iran’s involvement in the AMIA Jewish Community Center Bombing?
Levitt details that the sophisticated criminal terrorist operation, leveraged the illicit Barakat network of the Tri-Border Area (TBA), with direct ties to Hezbollah (Levitt 2013). Dr. Matthew Levitt, Fromer-Wexler Fellow and Director of the Stein Program on Counter Terrorism and Intelligence of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, presents compelling data regarding Iranian involvement, pre-meditation and RICO-style activities to target the AMIA Jewish Community Center (Levitt 2013). Within hours of, and chronologically preceding, the AMIA bombing Iran ordered its diplomats to evacuate Argentina (Levitt 2013).
Iran had a known modus operandi of utilizing its diplomats, and abused their diplomatic protected status, in furtherance of its terrorism operations goals (Levitt 2013). The AMIA bombing was a professional crime, it was a state sponsored crime which by design left little evidence and Hezbollah and Iran have never been brought to justice (May 2019). If the bribe monies of Jose Galeano could be traced to Hezbollah and/or Iran via a money laundering investigation, could this provide critical new data by which the victims of the AMIA Jewish Community Center bombing could yet receive justice and compensation following two decades of pain, suffering and financial hardship? A VCOREF supported lawsuit against Hezbollah’s terrorist and nonprofit corporate headquarters, and the Iranian regime might finally give some level of justice to the AMIA victims, while strategically making professionalized terrorist and RICO-style criminal violence unaffordable for Tehran and its terrorist proxy SDGTO Hezbollah.
Beirut, 1985 – My former boss, Ohio State Senate candidate, Terry Anderson, then an AP journalist was kidnapped by SDGTO Hezbollah at the behest of the Iranian regime, and would be held hostage for seven years in Lebanon (Burton 2018). Years later, Terry Anderson achieved an unprecedented civil suit against the Iranian regime in an historic $100 million lawsuit (Johnson 1999).
On the campaign, discussion of the lawsuit was kept to a minimum, and campaign staffers were not permitted to disclose the financial amount which was awarded to Terry Anderson. At the time, I had been reading Terry Anderson’s book “Den of Lions”, and rather than burden Terry with questions, novice comments and discussion of the trauma he had experienced as a Hezbollah/Iranian regime hostage, I simply informed him that I had read his best-selling book, to acknowledge that I was aware of his ordeal in war-torn Lebanon (Anderson 1993).
Instead, I assured Terry that I would give him a well-deserved break and respite from discussing the trauma he had experienced, as well as from campaign discussions, recent developments and stump speeches. So Terry rested his boots, replaced his cowboy hat and dropped his head to catch up on some badly needed additional sleep on the campaign trail.
I was careful in shifting the gears of Terry’s Ford F250 Diesel pickup truck and in minimizing the sense of inertia with every turn in the winding hills and roadways of Southeastern Ohio, so that he could sleep. Analogically speaking, VCOREF should provide a similar accommodation for the victims of criminals, terrorists and criminal organizations, who might yet be targeted with RICO violence in retaliation for their civil lawsuits, as if tucked fastly & assuredly beneath the wing of a shielding eagle.
A VCOREF policy/legislative option could fulfill needs which could never be fulfilled by the private tears of judges nor even by the U.S. Government. The essential structure would ensure that victims could afford legal representation and physical security as they pursue lawsuits against the world’s most dangerous, heinous and violent criminals and SDGTOs/criminal organizations. It could ensure that our American adherence to E Pluribus Unum and our deepest held principles would not be compromised, and that the non-profit sector could become the essential perpetual teardrop of an otherwise stoically ambivalent governance structure & justice system, modeled after the providential ethos of the separation of powers and checks & balances of the U.S. Constitution (Cornell University 2019). Thus, measures would have to be in place to ensure that the VCOREF supported lawsuit awards could not subsequently be utilized in criminal activity nor to free up resources for any criminal intents & purposes.
The U.S. Government may not be able to fulfill this role for a variety of reasons; however, VCOREF could achieve it via contractual agreements, e.g. the BIRD Foundation grants system which offers grant funds to innovating companies, which are then paid back to the foundation through sales revenue, whereas unsuccessful grant programs are not required to be paid back to the foundation (BIRD Foundation 2019).
Similarly, when a victim wins a VCOREF supported lawsuit a percentage of the award might then be allocated to the restricted principal endowment of the foundation, according to the contractual terms of accepting VCOREF support. If the VCOREF awarded monies were found to be utilized in criminal activity such as the purchase of illicit drugs, the benefits might then be suspended, escrowed or rescinded, to ensure against any abuse of the system by criminals who have unparalleled legal representation. Also judges might be empowered to submit advisory recommendations to VCOREF, with respect to victims who were not involved in criminal activity and are in dire financial need, if there were adequate mechanisms to ensure against any and all conflicts of interest.
The restricted endowment feature is perhaps the most critical bylaw consideration of all, thus ensuring that the endowment will last in perpetuity.
The proposed VCOREF endowment funding model is depicted in the following illustration:
The VCOREF model would then enable a variety of adaptive programs to fulfill the essential mission of making RICO criminal and proxy violence unaffordable for terrorists and other dangerous criminals.
Among the programs offered by VCOREF foundations could be programs to provide short-term legal fee and physical security assistance to the victims of criminal organizations. The guidelines for issuing and disbursing benefits should be prioritized within the bylaws in such a way as to prioritize giving the greatest benefit to those who were not involved in criminal nor corrupt activity, yet were victimized by the terrorist or criminal organization. Thus, the greatest priority might be given to the children who were victimized by the terrorist/criminal organization, as well as the children of judges, police officers and journalists who were merely fulfilling their professional responsibilities when they became victims of terrorism, RICO homicides and other organized criminal violence.
The lawsuit of a single child against a major criminal organization resulting in the loss of multi-millions of dollars in illicit finances would make that child a real-life superhero. Thus, the benefits for the children who have been victimized by criminal organizations shall be called “Superhero Funds.”
One such funding model could entail the use of the interest from the REF to establish ad hoc “Superhero Trust Funds” for those children to ensure that the financial benefit lasts in perpetuity and that the funds could not be misspent by the child’s parents or foster parents. Similar trust funds might also be established for disabled police officers and other justice system personnel. Thus, the REF could plant the seeds of financial trees which will benefit those victims imperishably.
Vigilance against the pitfalls and lessons learned of other persons, nonprofits and politicized foundations must be a top priority. Within 10 years of the lawsuit against the Iranian regime, Terry Anderson filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and the financial benefit from the unprecedented lawsuit which could have established a restricted principal endowment and trust fund was lost forever (Phillips 2009). Leadership plans which result in the irresponsible depletion of foundation endowments should be avoided as a first principle of the VCOREF foundations. These outcomes can and will be safeguarded against via effective bylaws, board member selection and insular policy measures. The providential foresight of these bylaws must be akin to the Constitution of the United States, which creates a separation of powers and checks & balances (Cornell University 2019).
The establishment of multiple foundations, could itself represent an inherent check against corruption, as the performance of one VCOREF foundation could be inherently refereed by the performance data of the others. Thus, if there is a problem or symptom of corruption within one VCOREF foundation, it will be more apparent by measuring it up against the others. There should also be sufficient board member training to ensure that the lessons learned of a foundation in one state could then be compared with those of a VCOREF foundation in another for example.
As H.D. Thoreau once wrote, “It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience. Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made agents of injustice (Thoreau 1849).” Analogically and philosophically, these wise words must be internalized and heeded by those entrusted with the greatest responsibility and care, to throw a metaphorical protective financial shield over the victims of criminal organizations.
This year will mark the quarter century anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Community Center bombing, and the victims have yet to receive the justice that they deserve. There were 85 homicide victims and nearly 300 injured victims, some permanently and irreversibly, in that RICO-style terrorist crime perpetrated by the Iranian regime via its terrorist hitman Hezbollah (Levitt 2013).
Whereas, a solitary victim, Terry Anderson, was able to pursue a $100 million lawsuit against the Iranian regime (Johnson 1999). If I remember correctly, Terry Anderson may have been compensated via the U.S. controlled frozen assets of the Iranian regime. Further, Argentine authorities have frozen the assets of 14 members of the illicit Barakat network (May 2019). Why not empower the victims of AMIA to sue the perpetrators who facilitated the planning and execution of the terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center, from a jurisdiction which would enable the victims to seek justice without fear of RICO threats, intimidation and homicides, as have been reported by Federal Judge Aroyo Salgado and the investigators of the murder of Alberto Nisman (May 2019)?
An analogical AMIA lawsuit might have a similar importance to a modern Nuremberg-esque civil trial, as Iran could utilize the same terrorist strategies and tactics to perpetrate a modern Holocaust/Shoah via the use of nuclear weapons against Israel, as it has stated publicly is its intention, while simultaneously pursuing its nuclear weapons production and deliverable ballistic missiles programs in coordination with the North Korean criminal regime (CBS News 2018).
Today is an historic day for Israel and for the world, as the brutal murder of Ori Ansbacher by a terrorist criminal has resulted in a permanent change to the law in the State of Israel to enable the deduction of terrorist salaries (IsraeliPM 2019).
Countries which approve similar laws, might also consider enabling a percentage of any civil awards or deducted finances to be allocated to VCOREF foundations, similar to the grant money recovery policies of the BIRD Foundation, to ensure benefits for the victims of terrorist and criminal organizations, in perpetuity (BIRD Foundation).
It is important to recognize that VCOREF supported lawsuits might provide justice to victims, where justice has been denied. The $333 million PGE lawsuit did not rely upon any criminal convictions (Jacobs 2011). Likewise, the approximately $30M O.J. Simpson lawsuit demonstrated that a civil suit could be pursued successfully, even in the absence of a criminal conviction (Freeman 2017).
Why then are convicted dangerous RICO criminals being given an automatic exemption from civil lawsuits, when a conviction has been achieved and when the U.S. Government controls or is pursuing the illicit wealth of the kingpin, terrorist entity or other criminal organizations? Joaquín Guzmán ordered the RICO murders of thousands of human beings, and prosecutors are seeking a $14 billion federal forfeiture action (Llenas 2017).
How many of those victims were judges, police officers, prosecutors, journalists, families and children who were not in any way involved in the illicit activities of the criminal organization?
VCOREF could ensure that those victims are empowered to pursue civil lawsuits against the central criminal organizations responsible for their victimization. VCOREF could also establish any & all disbursement guidelines, checks & balances and contractual means necessary to ensure that such benefit funds could not in any way subsidize criminal organizations.
If the guidelines were violated, then the monies might be returned to the restricted principal endowment and set aside for future victims of criminal organizations. The VCOREF policy/legislative model could enable victims to gain financial compensation from the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations, while making violence unaffordable for criminals and terrorists.
Author’s note: Perhaps the children of fallen officers could be empowered to pursue VCOREF supported lawsuits against the central criminal organization for at least the lifetime income of the parent whom they have tragically lost forever. The REF might then establish “Superhero Trust Funds” for those children to ensure that the benefit lasts in perpetuity, and because they are real-life superheroes who could deny the world’s most dangerous, brutal and toughest criminals the benefit of their illicit revenue. The essential strategy of my VCOREF policy/legislative concept is to make violence unaffordable for criminals and terrorists.
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