Dirty tricks, smear campaigns and high-level connections. Op ed in The Wall Street Journal discusses LaRouche's links to Mexican politicians, Alan Garcia's party in Peru, and the Noriega regime. Cites LaRouche's 1982 meeting with Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo at which LaRouche supposedly "presented a plan for the government's takeover of the nation's banking system ('Operation Juarez') just before Mr. Lopez Portillo actually carried it out." Observes that LaRouche "seems to find the right connection with powerful people at the right time," and concludes: "Maybe Hitler's fanatics aren't around anymore. But don't doubt that LaRouche's teams will undertake the same task if given half a chance."
ADL report (1988) by Rachel Schwartz Rubin on the LaRouche network in Latin America. Admits the LaRouchians have "contacts in high places." Warns that "where fledgling democracies and nascent pluralistic philosophies struggle to survive against seemingly insurmountable odds, the LaRouche network, thriving on secrecy, deception, fear and hatred, may be a threat to democratic values and institutions." [Warning also holds true for LaRouchian outreach in Africa, Eastern Europe, China today.--DK]