The World Anti-Communist League (WACL) was established in Taiwan by Chiang Kai-shek, Reverend Moon and Nazi and Japanese war criminals. It was first used under Nixon to spread counter-insurrectionary measures in South East Asia and Latin America. At that time, seven Heads of State participated at its meetings. It experienced a new lease of life under Reagan, becoming a shared instrument of the US industrial-military matrix and the CIA during the Cold War. It was then in charge of political assassinations and training counter-guerrillas in all conflict zones, including Afghanistan where it was represented by Osama Bin Laden.
- The Fourth Congress of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL)
At the end of the Second World War, US secret service agents use Nazi, fascist and Ustashi agents to create an anti-communist network: the Stay-behind . While agents recruited in the States of the future Atlantic Alliance had to remain secret, agents operating in States that had passed into Soviet control had to act publicly. In 1946 a fascist international organization is established to coordinate the action of agents, originally from the East who had immigrated to the West. This organization is the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations (ABN). Ukrainian, Hungarian, Romanian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Slovakian, Lithuanian (the list goes on) fascists are brought together under the leadership of Yaroslav Stetsko. The former collaborationist leader in Ukraine, Stetsko, is considered responsible for the massacre of 700 persons, the majority of whom are Jewish, at Lvov on 2 July 1941.
Eight years later, at the end of the Korean War, the United States replaces France in Indochina . President Eisenhower sets up a regional defense system against the USSR and China. On 8 September 1954, SEATO, based on the NATO model, is established. This brings together Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. On 2 December, the system was completed by a US-Taiwan bilateral defence treaty .
While this is going on, the CIA, led by Allen Dulles, structures the intelligence services of these States and puts in place an organization to put anti-communist parties in the region in contact with each other. And so around Chiang Kai-Shek, the Asian People’s Anti-Communist League (APACL) is born.
In addition to the President of Taiwan (Chiang Kai-Shek), APACL’s
membership includes the following:
Park Chung-hee, the future President of South Korea;
Ryiochi Sasakawa, a war criminal who became a billionaire and a benefactor of the Japanese Liberal Party;
Reverend Sun Myung Moon , the prophet of the Church of Unification;
General Prapham Kulapichtir (Thailand);
President Ferdinand Marcos (Philippines);
Prince Sopasaino (Laos) ;
Colonel Do Dang Cong (representing President Nguyen Van Thieu, Vietnam), etc.
APACL is totally controlled by Ray S. Cline, the then CIA Chief of Station in Taiwan and the future Vice-Director of the CIA . It publishes the Asian Bulletin, whose editing is entrusted to Michael Lasater, who will head the Asian department of the Heritage Foundation .
- Establishment of WACL, 1967.
The Establishment of WACL
From 1958, the President of the Anti-Bolshevist Bloc of Nations (ABN) participates in the annual conferences of the Anti-Communist League of the Asian People held in Taipei. Cline and Stetsko supervise the establishment of the Political Warfare Cadres Academy at Taiwan. This academy is tasked with training cadres from the Regime of Chiang Kai-Shek for anti- communist repression.
The academy is the Asian equivalent of the Psychological Warfare Centre at Fort Bragg (USA) and the Panama School of Americas . Gradually, the CIA forms a global network of political groups and instructors in counter-insurrection. In 1967, ABN and APACL merge under the banner of the, “World Anti-Communist League (WACL)” and extend their activities across the entire “free world”. Its new members include Los Tecos or Legion of King Christ, a Mexican fascist organization established during the Second World War. The League experiences its first development phase in the period 1973-1975, when Richard Nixon and his security adviser Henry Kissinger reside in the White House.
Funding is extravagantly guaranteed by the Church of Unification. However from 1975, this is no longer acknowledged. Reverend Sun Myung Moon then claims to break ties with the League but continues to exercise his leadership through his Japanese representative Osami Kuboki.
WACL’s role in implementing the Phoenix Plan (1968-71) and the Condor Plan (1976-77), providing for the assassination of thousands of people suspected of sympathizing with communists in South East Asia and Latin America, is still inadequately reported.
The Phoenix Plan was probably implemented in Vietnam by the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force of General Major John K. Singlaub, who went on to become President of WACL. However Singlaub has consistently denied any involvement in this operation.
Furthermore, General Hugo Banzer Juarez, who imposed a dictatorship in Bolivia in 1971 to 1978, chaired the Latin American branch of WACL. In 1975 he organized a plan (the Banzer Plan) for the systematic elimination of communist opponents. In 1977 a WACL Latin American conference was held in Asuncion and Plan Banzer was presented as the way forward. Participating at this conference was the dictator of Paraguay, General Alfredo Stroessner. The Paraguayan delegation presented a motion following the design of Plan Banzer, to eliminate priests and religious disciples of the theology of liberation across Latin America. This motion was adopted by the World Conference of WACL in 1978 .
Similarly, we do not know for sure what role WACL played in the strategy of tension that hit Europe in this period. The Frenchman, François Duprat, founder of a New French Order, the Italian Giorgio Almirante, founder of MSI, the Spaniard Jesus Palacio, founder of CEDADE, the Belgian Paul Vankerhoven, President of Circle of Nations and others like them have militated in WACL. And it is WACL that filtered Stefano delle Chiaie out of Italy , when the Italian judiciary having charged him with terrorism, was searching for him. WACL smuggles him to the Bolivia of Hugo Banzer, where he is immediately appointed the right hand man of Klaus Barbie, head of the death squads.
Finally, we have little documentation on WACL’s role during the Lebanon war. All we know for sure is that it had recruited mercenaries integrated into the ranks of Christian militias of the former President Camille Chamoun in 1975, a week before the conflict broke out.
On entering the White House in 1977, Jimmy Carter hopes to put an end to his predecessors’ sordid practices. He appoints Admiral Stanfield Turner to head the CIA and sets about toppling authoritarian regimes in Latin America. It is a difficult period for WACL which is no longer financed by its members. Thus WACL becomes the den of the anti-Carter preparing for better days and spontaneously creates ties with the principal anti-Carter organization in the US: the National Coalition for Peace Through Strength. This front of rejection is an off-shoot of the American National Security Council, that President Eisenhower designated under the term “the military-industrial matrix” . It is co-chaired by General Daniel O’Graham  (who participated with George H. Bush in the Pipes Commission - known as Team B, re-evaluating the Soviet threat)  and General John K. Singlaub 
A number of officers in the League are involved in Campaign Committees for Ronald Reagan’s election. For many of them, the Republican Governor of California is not an unknown quantity. In fact, at the end of the Second World War, Reagan participated as spokesperson for the Crusade for Freedom, raising the necessary funds to settle Eastern European immigrants fleeing communism in the United States. In actual fact, the funds were used to transfer Nazis, fascists and Ustashis into the ABN. As for Vice President George H. Bush, he is also a friend. As head of the CIA, he was the leader of Operation Condor.
The Golden Age of WACL
When Ronald Reagan and George H Bush enter the White House, WACL regains its strength and continues developing. The former contacts bear their fruit. The US industrial military complex finances the establishment of a US section of WACL called Council for World Freedom (USCWF). General John K. Singlaub is the president and General Daniel O’Graham, the Vice President. But matters do not end there. The military industrial complex makes WACL a central tool for anti-communism repression all over the world. Singlaub is thus elected the president of WACL.
The League acts on all fronts:
In order to combat Soviet presence in Afghanistan, the American Security Council finances  a thematic section of WACL: the Committee for a Free Afghanistan. Its headquarters are provided by the Heritage Foundation. The operation is launched when Margaret Thatcher and Lord Nicholas Bethell (Head of MI6) are on an official visit to the United States. The operation is led by General J. Milnor Roberts. The Committee is directly involved in providing logistical support to “freedom fighters” authorized by the CIA’s Director, William  and managed by Osama Bin Laden . The link between WACL and the Saudi businessman is guaranteed by two men: Sheik Ahmed Salah Jamjoon (who works with the public works giant, the Saudi Bin Laden Group), and a former Prime Minister of South Yemen. 
In the Philippines, WACL is represented by President Ferdinand Marcos. But when he is ousted in 1986, John K. Singlaub and Ray Cline go to the Philippines to choose new partners. They put in place a paramilitary unit of counter-guerrillas and choose General Fidel Ramos , friend of Frank Carlucci , George H. Bush and the Bin Laden family.
To fight the Sandinistas revolution in Nicaragua, WACL sets up a logistical base with Argentine trainers at John Hull’s premises in Costa Rica. It also uses facilities in Honduras offered by the Chief-of-Staff, General Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who recruits mercenaries by using the humanitarian cover of Refugee Relief International.
In Guatemala, WACL’s man is Mario Sandoval Alarcon, leader of the National Liberation Movement. Sandoval, vice president from 1974 to 1978, is the only true master of the country; General-President Romeo Lucas Garcia is nothing but a puppet. He sets up death squads that will slay more than 13,000 victims in five years.
In Salvador, WACL relies on the safe hands of Roberto d’Aubuisson, who had been trained at the Taiwanese academy and who is the recipient of aid from the Guatemalans. D’Aubuisson becomes both the head of ANSESAL, the local equivalent of CIA, and the leader of an extreme right-wing paramilitary organization, the nationalistic Republican Party (ARENA). D’Aubuisson sets up death squads and notably murders Archbishop Oscar Romero.
- Generals Harry Aderholt and John Singlaub, members of the Secret Committee for the Defence of Liberty
But the success of WACL will also be its downfall. In 1983, the Under-Secretary for Defense, Fred C. Iklé,  establishes the Council for Defense of Liberty within the Pentagon. This Council is a secret committee of eight experts, that is chaired by General John K. Singlaub . We know that the Committee decides that its secret intervention in Afghanistan would also be a model to follow in Nicaragua, Angola, Salvador, Cambodia and Vietnam but the detail of its actions is insufficiently documented.
In 1984, Ronald Reagan chooses to entrust to the League generally, and to John Singlaub particularly, all the private financing of Irangate under the direct authority of Colonel Oliver North in the National Security Council. The scandal erupts in 1987, revealing everything and destroying the WACL.
An incomplete list of members of WACL, drawn up by Scott and Jon Lee Anderson and published in Inside the League, (Dodd Mead & Company ed., 1986) can be accessed from our electronic library.