Paul G. Dietrich

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This entry is divided
Part 1: This overview
Paul G Dietrich (Doc. Index)

Paul George Dietrich was a lawyer, editor, World Health Organisation (WHO) critic and lifelong tobacco industry lobbyist. (Don't confuse him with another Paul Dietrich who was a tobacco scientist working for the Swiss flavour firm Firmenich -- who possibly is a close relative.) This Paul George Dietrich was an attorney and Republican political insider, who worked most of his life as a lobbyist and magazine editor rather than in the law. He was a partner in many early projects with ex-ILO president-turned-lobbyist David A Morse. [ILO=International Labor Organisation]

The ILO was an important UN agency alongside the WHO (it became CIA controlled, as an anti-communism platform) These agencies were all based in Geneva, Switzerland, which was close to the primary headquarters of Philip Morris in Europe which had its research center nearby in Neuchatel.

Important background

David Morse was close friends with Warren W Furth (a deputy director of the WHO), and he also had a close relationship with his own deputy and successor at the ILO, Francis Blanchard. This group all became close friends with Hamish Maxwell who ran Philip Morris: in the closed UN atmosphere of Geneva, they all regularly played competitive squash at a court built in the grounds of tobacco-flavour company Firmenich.

Two Australians then entered this social group, Geoffrey C Bible and R William Murray who had arrived in Geneva working for the UN Refugee Agency. Bible became the squash club champion, and he briefly worked for Morse at the ILO. Bible and Murray were eventually employed by Philip Morris, and followed Hamish Maxwell into Philip Morris International. They stayed with Maxwell as his deputies when he shifted to New York, and later Murray and Bible themselves became successive presidents and chairmen of Philip Morris International. (under Maxwell's Chairmanship). The important point is that the Philip Morris group remained in touch with the UN group when they all ended up in the USA.

Lobbying for Philip Morris

In the 1980s, the WHO became the major global health agency loudly proclaiming an anti-smoking position. Philip Morris then employed Morse (now a Washington lawyer with Surrey & Morse to create a number of organisations which would specialise in promoting the idea that the World Health Organisation (WHO) was misdirecting its efforts and wasting its funding because it was constantly promoting legislative measures to limit smoking and the advertising of cigarettes. Morse created for them the Institute of International Health & Development (IIHD) which was nominally a subsidiary of the Catholic University of Washington. (Morse was a power within the Knights of Malta and the US Catholic Church; Dietrich was also important within the Knights)

Dietrich had offices within the premises of Surrey & Morse until Morse's premature death. The law office business was then acquired/merged with/by Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Dietrich transferred over to their offices while retaining control of the IIHD and running his own lobby business. Later in 1983 he transferred his office to another Washington DC lawfirm, Squire Sanders & Dempsey.

Both Dietrich and Morse, served on the board of directors of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta-Federal Association (SMOM) better known as the Knights of Malta. One political and lobbying value of having sway within the Knight is that the order dispensed Catholic knighthoods in the USA. Morse and Dietrich were both members of the board of trustees of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Dietrich's only unselfish contribution to philanthropy was via a position on the National Advisory Board of Harvard University's, AIDS Institute. It did, however, give him something to boast about in his C/V.

Dietrich's wife, Laura Jordan Dietrich, is even more intriguing. She was a former assistant to John Bolton at the U.S. State Department. Later she became President Reagan's US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Right. [1][2]

Most commentators, however, agree that she was a recruiter and trainer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Dietrich's Puff Piece

He claims to have been:

  • President of the Catholic University of America's Institute for International Health & Development (The institute only existed as space on the desk of his office)
  • Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the famous art-oriented culture magazine Saturday Review from 1984 to 1987. This was unfortunately true: Philip Morris secretly purchased this top public-interest magazine via lawyers Shook Hardy & Bacon. Dietrich and some associates ran the magazine as subtle tobacco industry propaganda (explained below)
  • Publisher of the quarterly journal, International Health And Development. He doesn't say that this was also run for Philip Morris. And when the tobacco industry pulled the financial plug on this journal and the "Saturday Review", his partners and production staff (all longterm contractors) took over and ran the Philip Morris magazine to work out their contracts.
  • He also says that he was a former television producer for both CBS television and Public Broadcasting (This is exaggerated, but he did have some experience in TV production operations. However it is difficult to know to what degree this was propagenda for corporations, or ultra-libertarian views.)

Dietrich served four years as a Republican State Representative for St Louis in the Missouri General Assembly. In his spare time he was the Editor of a book titled A Guide to American Foreign Policy And National Defense. (probably for the CIA:via his wife.)

Dietrich became a major force in promoting resistance to smoking reduction measures, mainly because he had all the right connections for a lobbyist -- in government circles (military and CIA); in the Republican side of politics; and in the corporate-oriented media (print and TV). He was a frequent contributor to the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal (mainly attacking the WHO) and he has written extensively on the subject of international economic development. He was also paid generously by both Philip Morris and British-American Tobacco to run media tours and lecture courses around the world. He obviously enjoyed travel, and he volunteered his services to run media and staff-lobbying training programs at various exotic sites around the world

However there is no doubt that Dietrich's main role when servicing the tobacco industry was to mount sustained political attacks on the World Health Organization (WHO). The Tobacco Institute and Philip Morris had a number of contract lobbyists who tried to pressure the WHO to abandon anti-smoking programs and focus on other disease conditions. He was also used as a political ambassador to open doors to Ministers of Health in various nations, and to influence their anti-smoking programs. .

Tobacco-funded activities

Over the years Dietrich operated in many ways.

Non-tobacco activities

Dietrich has always operated in the shadowy area between right-wing politics, State Department (and CIA) operations, tobacco and other corporate promotions. He had impeccable Republican-political and bureaucratic connections.[citation needed]

Before becoming a tobacco lobbyist:

  • He was president of the Missouri Council for Economic Development
  • He spent four years as a state legislator, serving as a House Representative from the city of St. Louis in Missouri's General Assembly.
  • For a few years he headed the Fund for a Conservative Majority (FCM) which raised nearly $6 million for various Reagan primary and presidential campaigns
  • He was briefly a television producer for CBS and Public Broadcasting.
  • He worked briefly in the offices of the firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (unknown connection - probably after dismissal from BAT operations)

Miscellaneous:

  • He is listed as chairman of the International Hospital Committee of the Order of Malta-Federal Association, in Washington.
  • He provides services to the Knights of Malta. (SMOM)
  • He is also still a member of the board of trustees of Catholic University of America.
  • He was editor of both the Reuters Emerging Market Guides and the Reuters Asian Stock Sourcebook.
  • He now operates in business the manager of Foxhall Capital Investment funds and a couple of other similar capital and investment funds with operations in the USA and in various tax shelters. He promotes himself as an international financial investment expert. [2]
  • He is a member of the National Advisory Board of Harvard University School of Public Health's Aids Institute.
  • He a member of the Advisory Group of International Health Systems Assessment of the New York Academy of Sciences.
  • He claims to be a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Foundation
  • He is also and active member of the Federalist Society
  • He was on the Board, and has been working on television programs through the ultra right-wing Templeton Foundation. His term expired in December, 2008. [3]

General Information

A December, 1991 issue of the tobacco industry newsletter "Infotopics" contains an article describing a meeting in Bariloche, Argentina of the Association of Tobacco Manufacturers and Importers of Latin America. Dietrich appeared as a speaker at this conference along with two tobacco industry consultants and one of the industry's most aggressive science manipulators:

According to the newsletter, at the meeting, Dietrich "criticized the World Health Organization's heavy bureaucracy as well as its campaigns about smoking, wearing seat belts and the environment. He also claimed that the Japanese, who smoke more than many other national groups, also live longer."[4]

Tobacco industry documents show how Dietrich carried out a strategy developed by Philip Morris in its Boca Raton Action Plan, in attempting to re-direct the focus of the World Health Organization away from tobacco, and to thwart the WHO's tobacco control initiatives,

Paul Dietrich was used by the tobacco companies as a seemingly independent journalist and international affairs specialist to advance anti-WHO views through speeches and publications."
"Dietrich had long relationships with tobacco companies, but did not disclose this publicly, identifying himself instead as President of the Institute for International Health & Development, or as a member of the Development Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), an organization that also serves as WHO's Regional Office for the Americas."
[5]

In an October 11, 1994 editorial printed in the Times, Dietrich excoriated the WHO for supposedly misdirecting its priorities and neglecting diseases like tuberculosis malaria, and writing,

"With modern vaccines and medicines now available to prevent many killer diseases, the misallocation of resources is often the only obstacle to saving lives. Yet the WHO devotes less than 1 per cent of its regular budget to malaria, despite describing the disease as the "most serious health problem in the poorest areas of the world."[6]

This entry is divided
Part 1: This overview
Paul G Dietrich (Doc. Index)

References

  1. British-American Tobacco Co., Ltd. Desocialisation of Smoking Profile. 1992. Bates No. 502649744-502649745
  2. Beijing Economic Radio China; Corporate Communications aul Dietrich criticised World Health Organisation Transcript. July 4, 1997. 1 pp. Bates No. 2072522684
  3. John Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors, accessed May 6, 2009
  4. INFOTAB Infotopics NO. 11/12 December 1991 Newsletter/publication. December, 1991. 33pp. Bates No. TIMN0345561/5593
  5. Kessler DA; Martiny A; Randera F, Zeltner T, Committee of Experts on Tobacco Industry Documents Tobacco Company Strategies to Undermine Tobacco Control Activities at the World Health Organization Report. July 2000. 258 pp. Bates No. 2078184652/4909
  6. Paul Dietrich, Institute for Health and Development, UK Times A plague upon the health bureaucrats: Paul Dietrich says the time may have come to replace the bloated World Health Organisation Editorial. October 11, 1994

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