by Alex Constantine
“…Emory’s next victim was John Judge, a popular protege of Mae Brussell. Abuse heaped upon Judge, says Bernardino, was the result of “personal jealousy,” an opinion that I share. So does Jonathon Vankin, a former staff reporter for the San Jose Metro, in Conspiracies, Cover-Ups and Crimes.
Judge had managed to get himself some lecture bookings and onto radio talk shows. According to the late Tom Davis, a long-time friend of Brussell’s whose mail-order book service is one of the best sources for political books, Judge and Emory had been competing for radio kudos since at least 1984.
Moreover, Brussell appointed Judge, not Emory, to the position of curator/archivist. Excluded from plans for the library bequeathed to Judge, Emory lashed out.
Personal and professional envy was the foundation of his belief that Judge was an “intelligence agent” and a “Nazi murderer” with undefined “ties” to the Manson Family — a gross lie — and someone with “more connections than a switchboard”.
The charges have never been retracted.
Emory opened his fusillade at Judge in a November, 1989 blast on KFJC. He announced with an imperious air, “There’s a bit of unpleasantness I’m going to have to take care of….”
The Mae Brussell archives were being catalogued and organized. It was not ready to open to the public. Emory set out to destroy it and its curator, John Judge, before the doors could open.
“One of the things I wondered about,” Emory declared, “in the creation of the Mae Brussell Research Center, was how long it would take the intelligence community to gain effective control of that center.” In fact, the directing board was composed of friends and associates of Mae Brussell. Nevertheless, he arrived at the conclusion that it had been overrun by the CIA: “There is an intelligence presence at the Center now that is so massive as to render the whole thing little more than an intelligence front.” He produced no evidence to support this startling allegation. He remained vague. “There is a very sinister presence,” he charged, “there are elements affiliated with Aryan Nations.” The “sinister elements” were phantoms: Emory had learned that Judge once delivered a talk at a Santa Monica debating club owned by a right-wing extremist with Birch Society ties, a connection too weak to support such serious allegations. Hammering together a guillotine with a post of smears and planks of innuendo, Emory claimed that there were “indications of serious financial impropriety” at the center. What’s more, “there are indications that have yet to be finalized that the whole thing has disintegrated into nothing more than a great big criminal enterprise.” A devastating revelation—and no “finalized indications” to back it up.
In fact, the financial impropriety he spoke of largely amounted to nothing more than Judge spending money he’d raised himself for the Mae Brussell Research Center. He spent some of the proceeds from his own fund-raising tour on meals, though there is some truth to the charge that a portion of the funds were misspent. According to Robinson, a director of the Center, Judge did nothing criminal. Yet Emory carried on as though he had information too explosive to air publicly—“investigative tributaries,” he said—and had no qualms about divulging the results of his “investigation.”
Emory’s carving knife sank into the Center’s finances. “Under no circumstances would I recommend that people have anything to do with the Mae Brussell Center,” Emory said. He insisted that all supporters demand back their contributions, repeating there was a strong “intelligence presence” there. Who? “You might as well send your name to Langley or to Tom Metzger so he can put it in the Aryan Nations Liberty Net,” he said. The intelligence “presence” was “specifically Nazi-linked.”
A week later, the charges were repeated in a telephone conversation with Tuckman in North Hollywood. This time, Emory claimed that John Judge was a “murderer.” As always, he didn’t trifle with evidence, simply swore that there were more “investigative leads” that bookish, soft-spoken John Judge had “committed murder.”
Unfortunately, to this day, only Emory knows anything about it.
The allegations grew more and more fantastic. On Tuckman’s May 10, 1990 program, he charged that Judge and the Mae Brussell Center were an extension of the ultra-right Western Goals operation–an industrially-sponsored covert surveillance group–as well as the Ford Foundation. A week earlier, the Center had been allied with Aryan Nations. Now it was Western Goals and the Ford Foundation.”
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