Controversial AFP Correspondent Lectures
American Free Press received a warm welcome
in the Southeast Asian republic of Malaysia in conjunction with a recently
concluded 10-day speaking tour there by AFP correspondent Michael Collins
Hosted by a variety of independent organizations
and private individuals, Piper visited Kuala Lumpur, the modern capital of the
rising Asian economic powerhouse, to launch the publication there, in English,
of his controversial books, Final Judgment: The Missing Link in the JFK
Assassination Conspiracy and The High Priests of War.
High Priests of War is the first-ever in-depth look at the history of the
pro-Israel neo-conservatives who control U.S. foreign policy under President
George W. Bush.
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country having large
Chinese and Indian minorities but with the native Malay population
predominating. English is widely spoken throughout the country, which had been
part of the British empire.
Several thousand copies of Piper’s books are
already in circulation in Malaysia and are available in major bookstores in that
country—which cannot be said for the United States.
Piper’s visit was auspicious, since, as his hosts
pointed out, this was the first time an American known as an outspoken
populist, nationalist and critic of the Israeli lobby in Washington has visited
Malaysia in a high-profile manner.
The first event of Piper’s tour was a lecture at
the five-star Mutiara Hotel in Kuala Lumpur with an overflow crowd of nearly
300 in attendance—a remarkable array of prominent attorneys, businessmen,
industrialists, academics and diplomats including a representative of the U.S.
Embassy in Malaysia.
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, an attorney and prolific
writer and lecturer regarded as one of Asia’s premier intellectuals, was
moderator. The president of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST),
Muzaffar is widely respected internationally.
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Later, JUST featured a special appearance by
Piper, addressing an equally large and interested assembly on “The Hidden Power
Behind Washington.” Piper spoke about the influence of the Israeli lobby
influence as well as such power blocs as the Council on Foreign Relations, the
Trilateral Commission and the more secretive Bilderberg group (which, Piper
discovered, was hardly known at all to his otherwise well-informed audience).
Dr. R.S. McCoy, the Malaysian division chair of the International Physicians
for the Prevention of Nuclear War, was moderator.
During a visit to the historic island of
Penang—known as “the pearl of the Orient”—Piper addressed the question “The
U.S. in the Middle East: Is Peace Possible?” in a gathering of academics and
graduate students at the Center for International Studies at the School of
Social Sciences at the University Sains [Science] Malaysia. The moderator,
Prof. Johan S. Abdullah, concluded by presenting Piper with a book by Cecil
Regendra, the prominent attorney, poet and human rights activist who attended
Initially, there were plans for Piper to speak in
a classroom course conducted by Dr. A.B. Kopanski at the distinguished
International Islamic University (IIU) in Kuala Lumpur. Like Piper, Kopanski is
a member of the board of advisors of The Barnes Review, the controversial
revisionist historical journal. Last year, Kopanski came to Washington to speak
at the joint TBR-AFP conference on real history and the First Amendment.
However, Piper’s visit to Malaysia generated so
much interest in intellectual circles that university officials independently
arranged for a larger venue at their institution, which has students from some
As a consequence, a standing-room-only crowd of
energetic students greeted Piper. IIU President Seri Sanusi Junid, a highly
respected figure in Malaysian affairs, joined Piper on stage for the lecture
and honored the American by conferring upon him the title of “protected one,”
to the delight of the students, who enjoyed Piper’s lecture on “The
Neo-Conservatives, Zionism and Palestine.”
Piper addressed the equally contentious topic, “Is
the American Press Really Free?” at the national headquarters of the Malaysian
Bar Council, the attorneys’ association, which, in Malaysia, in contrast to the
United States, is highly independent and outspoken, often standing as a
counter-point to the government.
Piper noted that although in countries such as
Malaysia, where the government often partially controls or places restrictions
on the media, in the United States the situation is different: private
corporations and special interest groups own the media and use that power to
control the political process.
There was a concerted behind-the-scenes effort to
block Piper from addressing the Bar Council. An anonymous caller, believed to
be from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Israeli pressure group in the
United States, urged the council to cancel Piper’s engagement, referring to
“evidence” against Piper on the ADL web site “proving” Piper was dangerous.
Bar leaders, however, rejected the ADL’s advice.
The moderator of the event, well-known attorney Tommy Thomas, pointed out that
in the lengthy history of the council’s forums there had never once been an
effort to prevent a speaker from being heard, despite a notable record of
speakers representing wide-ranging points of view.
The closing event in Piper’s lecture tour was
sponsored by Oriental News, the Chinese language newspaper in Kuala
Before a friendly crowd of roughly 250 people,
Piper addressed the topic “The U.S. Map for Global Dominance in the 21st
Century.” Piper spoke about the neo-conservatives in the ruling elite in
Washington, who are known for their parochial enthusiasm for Israel. He also
noted that what is little known is that they place Israel’s interests and
security first even in the conduct of U.S. policy toward Asia, Europe, Africa
or South Africa. The neo-cons believe that all such policies must be focused on
what is best for Israel, said Piper.