Larry McDonald

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BornLawrence Patton McDonald
Atlanta, Georgia
Died1983-09-01 (Age 48)
near, Sakhalin, Soviet Union
Alma materDavidson College
SpouseAnna McDonald
Founder ofWestern Goals Foundation
Victim of • premature death?
• Korean Air Lines Flight 007
• Air disaster
Interest ofMae Brussell
A US congressman who placed legislative pressure on the CFR. Died in Korean Air Lines Flight 007.

Employment.png John Birch Society/President

In office
1983 - September 1, 1983
Preceded byRobert Welch

Lawrence Patton McDonald was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives, for Georgia's 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1983. He was active in civic organizations and maintained one of the most conservative voting records in Congress. He was known for his staunch opposition to communism and was the second president of the John Birch Society.

"A cousin of WWII hero General George S. Patton, who had inherited Patton's mountain of anti-Soviet Intelligence records; who had organized a private Intelligence network which threatened to rival the CIA - at once commanding, polished on-the-stump and movie-star handsome: the kind of man who could seriously derail the Presidential aspirations of George Herbert Walker Bush, the elder."[1]

An article by Larry Flynt in Hustler in 1984 points out that McDonald was collecting data on political activists from police files illegally as part of opposition research and that Ronald Reagan was connected to this through people that both worked for him and McDonald's Western Goals Foundation.[2][3][4]

Investigation of the CFR and the TLC

Interview with Pat Buchanan and Tom Braden on Crossfire: "You have by their own admission, you look at the Tragedy and Hope by professor Carroll Quigley, who was a member of this elitist group, he says: 'sure we been working this', 'sure we been collaborating with communism', 'yes, we are working toward global accommodation', 'yes, we are working toward world government', 'the only thing I object to, is that we have kept it a secret' ".

In 1980, according to sources cited in Jim Marrs book: "Rule by Secrecy",[5] McDonald introduced American Legion National Convention Resolution 773 to the House of Representatives, calling for a comprehensive congressional investigation into the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.
He is quoted as once stating that:

“The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining supercapitalism and communism under the same tent, all under their control... Do I mean conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.”
Larry McDonald [6]

James Lee Clingan[7][8] interviewed for EIR in 1986 acknowledged the resolution from the American Legion, which by his account was decided upon in 1981. He introduced a similar one into the Indiana House in 1985.[9]


In 1983, Larry McDonald was a passenger on the ill fated Korean Air Lines Flight 007. Senator Jesse Helms from North Carolina did believe that he may survived the crash and was held by the Soviets.[10][11]


The International Committee for the Rescue of KAL 007 Survivors points to information they have received from Avraham Shifrin, who from his own contacts in the Soviet Union has received a plausible story that McDonald had survived the crash:[12]

Our knowledge of the whereabouts of members of passengers and crew of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, shot down on August 31, 1983, is based on information received by the Research Centre for Prisons, Psychprisons and Forced Labor Concentration Camps of the USSR. This research center was established by the late Avraham Shifrin, an Israeli who had, himself, spent time in the Soviet prison camp system. Mr. Shifrin maintained an extensive network of contacts within the Soviet Union and its successor states. Much of the information that we have was obtained at great personal risk by his contacts.


Congressman Lawrence P. McDonald, Democrat, 7th District, Georgia, was separated from the rest of the passengers and taken by special air transport to Moscow on or about Sept. 8, 1983. A special KGB guard unit brought from Khabarovsk to accompany him. The KGB had a fleet of special aircraft, the 910xx series, that was used exclusively for transporting high profile prisoners, VIPs, and others requiring the strictest security. These were used for even very short trips rather than using overland transportation.


Upon arrival in Moscow, McDonald was taken to the Lubyanka KGB prison where he was given the designation, “Prisoner Number 3.” While at the Lubyanka, he was kept in isolation, taken from his cell only for questioning. He was interrogated several times by the head of the First Chief Directorate of the KGB, Vladimir Kryuchkov. (Kryuchkov was a member of the core group who sought to seize power from Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991. He was arrested when the coup failed but was later released. He attended the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin—at Mr. Putin’s personal invitation—in 2000. Mr. Kryuchkov is now an internationally known lecturer.)

Following a number of questionings, Mr. McDonald was moved to the Lefortovo KGB prison also in Moscow for continued interrogation over a period of several months. He was then moved to a “dacha” (summer house) in Sukhanova near Moscow where the interrogations continued. Mr. Shifrin’s sources indicated that they had strong reason to believe that McDonald was interrogated under drugs that may have eventually resulted in identity loss. He was brought eventually to a prison in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, the region where the Soviets had important nuclear missile test ranges and similar installations. He may have been brought to this area to be interrogated by experts there as part of the effort to find out what he could say about the US nuclear program and what he knew about the Soviet program.

Early in 1987, former NSA agent, Jerry Mooney, testified before Congress about the “Moscow Bound” program and the importance of Karaganda as a center of the Soviet nuclear program and an area where certain highly-skilled American POWs with technical knowledge were brought. Following his testimony, the world press focused on this area. In an apparent attempt to keep McDonald’s presence there secret, he was moved in mid-1987, by special transport, to a small prison near the town of Temir-Tau, also in Kazakhstan. Here he was given special treatment but was not allowed to communicate with anyone. In the summer of 1990, he was taken to the transportation prison in Karaganda. Here, as an unknown prisoner whose file is sealed by the KGB, he remained. As of 1995, all efforts to obtain additional information from the Karaganda prison have failed. Congressman’s present location is unknown—it may be there or he may have been moved since then.


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