February 17, 2015
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” -Proverbs 14:6
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.… -Matthew 7:15-17
Alan Merril Gottlieb
Mr. Gottlieb is one of the more famous members of the secretive Council for National Policy, who rubbed shoulders with neo-con Trotskyites like William F. Buckley and was a member of cultist, Sun Myung Moon's CAUSA. Much of the information in this article has been gleaned from "Alan Gottlieb: Merchant of Fear," written in1995 by Jim Halpin and Paul de Armond.
Alan Gottlieb is the founder and Director of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, (990-2013) (CDFE), Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, (990-2013), and the Executive Director of the Second Amendment Foundation, (990-2013).
Gottlieb owns Merril Mail Marketing, Inc., a for-profit corporation, that is his direct response mail fund-raising business. He also controls The Service Bureau, Inc., a non-profit cooperative corporation that provides its members with services such as telephone fund-raising and accounting. The member organizations that can receive assets upon dissolution of the cooperative are: the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise; Second Amendment Foundation; Right to Keep and Bear Arms Political Victory Fund; Merril Associates; and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. This is how Gottlieb became a multi millionaire.
Gottlieb enrolled at the University of Tennessee in 1966, when the Vietnam War and student protests were heating up. His mother believes the anti-war movement's tactics shocked her son so much that it turned him into a conservative. "I think it was all the riots that were taking place on campus with the Vietnam War," she said.
Although Alan disapproved of students protesting the Vietnam War, he was no more anxious than they were to get into it. "We kept him out of it," says his mother. "Yeah, we got him into the National Guard." His father, Seymour, said he, "didn't exactly get him into the Guard, but you know, I worked for the government and a lot of sites had openings."
Alan joined the U. S. Army National Guard in 1968 and was assigned to a Nike-Hercules missile site on Long Island near Farmington. He served only one weekend a month and an annual two-week training period, so his tour impeded little on his other activities . Those activities included joining William F. Buckley's Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), a neo-conservative political organization that supported the Vietnam War. Alan joined the YAF at Buckley's request in 1969 and organized support for a war he did not intend to fight in himself. He worked hard at it, too, and the very next year he was elected to the YAF's national board. Remember, Buckley was CFR, CIA, and Skull and Bones. See Part 3 of this series for information on Trotskyite, Buckley.
In 1971, Gottlieb was working as a press secretary for Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee. "It was a pretty boring position," recalls Gottlieb, who was unhappy because, of all things, there wasn't enough to do: "I had this guy who got 80 percent of the vote, and he says, 'Alan, the less they know better.' Well, great, what am I supposed to do? -- 'Do whatever you want.' So aside from instituting a lot of organizational things in his office, it was a lot of dumb things, like when anybody had a birthday, they got a birthday card from the Congressman."
John (Jimmy) Duncan is my Congressman from Tennessee, and Gottlieb's words about Duncan certainly seem to ring true. He gained the seat in 1988, when his father died suddenly. Duncan voted for NAFTA, and for Goals 2000, against his constituents wishes. He has supported our neo-con Governor, Bill Haslam, in his destruction of education in TN. Haslam is totally aligned with education czar Arne Duncan, and Obama's education reform. Congressman Duncan also supported the re-election of neo-con Lamar Alexander. He has had challengers, but his war chest is huge, and he will not debate anyone.
In 1972, Young Americans for Freedom gave Gottlieb a bigger job, this time in Seattle. He was responsible for running the eleven-state region for YAF. He also directed the national office of an ad-hoc YAF group called the Students Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Gottlieb recalled, "...I saw there was a vacuum and a void, in the gun movement, there was the NRA and at the time, it was 1971, early 72, the NRA didn't have a registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C. The NRA considered that lobbying was that you write an article in your magazine and that ...would get... [the readers] all excited and [they would] write Congress. And congress never got such mail in their life and it was considered to be successful."
Guns then became an important part of Gottlieb's political life. His Students Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms started to take up so much of his time that in 1973, Gottlieb was asked to split it from the YAF.
The parting between the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), and the Young Americans for Freedom was friendly, though Gottlieb did have to repay some funds to the YAF, since he had brought nothing to Seattle except a degree in nuclear engineering and a lot of organizing energy.
Gottlieb, as the sole incorporator, created the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the first of his three non-profit organizations, on January 30, 1974. The articles of incorporation show the purpose of the CCRKBA is:
To operate exclusively for the purpose of defending the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, to provide aid and information to people throughout the United States who may desire it to assist them in achieving and maintaining the realization of the goals of the organization.
In 1986, after a bitter lawsuit over Gottlieb's management of the organization, this purpose was amended to read:
The corporation is to operate exclusively to defend human and civil rights secured by law, specifically the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution."
With the 1986 amendment of the articles of incorporation, the word "membership" was removed from the incorporation papers by Gottlieb's board of directors. Other changes turned the CCRKBA into a corporation. What this means is that there are no members of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. It is simply a corporation that receives donations without extending any rights to participate in the operation of the corporation: a committee without members that asks for money and receives a lot of it.
Sun Myung Moon and CAUSA
In February 1983, Gottlieb got an all expense paid trip to Jamaica to attend a conference put on by CAUSA, Confederation of Associations for the Unification of the Societies of the Americas. Founded in Mexico City by Col. Bo Hi Pak (Rev. Sun Myung Moon's chief lieutenant) and Kim Sang In, the former Korean Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Mexico City, CAUSA was the Rev. Moon's multinational anti-communist and political organization. CAUSA served as the vehicle for Rev. Moon's funding of the New Right, as well as for supporting the Reagan administration's military build-up and its cause célèbre, the Nicaraguan contras. See Part 15, Part 16, Part 17 and Part 18 for Moon's vast infiltration of the right.
Tax Evasion Charges
In 1984 a federal grand jury indicted Gottlieb on two counts of filing false income tax returns and neglecting to pay $40,000 in taxes for 1977 and 1978. He eventually admitted to underpaying by $17,000. He was fined $5,000 and sentenced to 366 days in a minimum security jail in Spokane... he was released every morning to do work-release fund raising for the local YMCA. He served ten months, and is a convicted felon, who, according to federal law, cannot own a gun.
It's ALL About Money
Gottlieb's CCRKBA's is more about making money than protecting the second amendment. Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation, publicly ADMITS to crafting the Toomey-Manchin University Gun Registry and background check bill!
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) was run by Aaron Zelman until his death in 2010. In Backwoods Home Magazine, Claire Wolfe wrote an article hoping that JPFO would not merge with Gottlieb's Second Amendment Foundation. Aaron Zelman despised Alan Gottlieb, and saw him as an opportunist who used scary mailings (more about them below) to turn SAF/CCRKBA into a fundraising factory. He saw Gottlieb as a person who needed and wanted “gun control” because that’s what kept the money and the publicity flowing. Zelman made this statement, “A housewife and a cat will both chase mice out of the kitchen. But the cat wants more mice to come back.” This is what Zelman thought of Gottlieb. Sadly, JPFO joined the Second Amendment Foundation. [Link]
Here is an example of how Gottlieb and Arnold use direct-mail fund raising letters to solicit donations. Both of these men are charter members of the Council for National Policy. In the article, "The Merchant of Fear," the authors stated the following:
"Nearly everybody gets direct-response mail, letters from charities, political campaigns, and all sorts of other causes, asking the recipient to mail back a donation. Often they appeal to one's charitable instincts or sense of civic responsibility. This is not the tack that Alan Gottlieb takes. "The letters he composes," says Outside magazine, "are not long on subtlety or literary polish, but they are extremely adept at pinpointing the recipients' deepest anxieties and eliciting floods of righteous indignation."
Gottlieb does not disagree. In Trashing the Economy, the 1993 book he and his co-author, Ron Arnold, who is Vice President of Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, write with startling frankness that:
"The message of the direct mail letter must appeal to three base emotions; Fear, Hate and Revenge.."
"[The] fund raising mailer must present you with a crisis -- a problem won't do...That crisis must frighten you...If you are not frightened, you won't send money.."
"Then the direct mail letter must present you with a bogeyman against whom to focus your anger.."
"Once you've been frightened and made to hate the bogeyman, the successful direct mail appeal must offer you a way to get revenge against the bogeyman -- the payoff for your contribution. The more soul-satisfying the revenge, the better the letter pulls."
"All this must be dressed up in an appeal that appears to have a high moral tone, but which -- without you realizing it -- works on your lower emotions."
Alan Gottlieb has done some excellent work for second amendment rights, and my husband used to love his weekly newspaper. However, it's quite obvious Gottlieb's goal is not in destroying anti-second amendment proponents, but making fountains of money with continuing and everlasting 2A assaults wherein Gottlieb can continually request donations to fight the enemy.
We'll take a look at a few more of the more famous CNP members, and then include one of the membership lists made available on the internet. However, memberships are kept as secret as possible, so there may be many more involved than we know.
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Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.