LaRouche in Costa Rica


In 1977 WerBell went to work providing security for Lyndon LaRouche, leader of a right-wing (formerly left-wing) movement called the National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC). Major General John K. Singlaub, who retired from the Army in 1978, met with two of LaRouche’s party officials in WerBell’s home, and said that he found them to be “a bunch of kooks of the worst form.”


In 1967 WerBell went into business with Gordon Ingram, designer of a small submachine gun, slightly larger than a conventional pistol, on which WerBell suppressors were mounted, for a quiet and compact weapon with military contracts in mind. 11 In 1973 WerBell's arms company Defense Services, Inc. and his son Mitchell IV were indicted for allegedly trying to sell some of the silenced Ingram submachine guns to a federal undercover agent. The case was eventually thrown out of court, but the indictments happened to coincide with WerBell being subpoened by a Senate committee that was investigating Robert Vesco, a fugitive financier living in Costa Rica. Vesco had sought through an intermediary to purchase 2,000 silenced Ingrams from WerBell, with the intent, some suspected, of taking over Costa Rica. (Also temporarily residing in Costa Rica at this time were Mafia don Santo Trafficante and anti-Castro Cuban terrorist Orlando Bosch.) The indictments prevented WerBell from testifying before the Senate committee, and WerBell himself believed that the indictments were a gag order to keep him from talking about Vesco. “From now on, call me Mitch the Fifth,” WerBell said after the indictments were dropped. Bitter that his family had been dragged into the affair, WerBell soon got out of the arms sales business, concentrating instead on security work and counter-terrorism. 12

36. Dunkin, op. cit. Among other antiterrorism trainees at WerBell's camp in
Powder Springs have been several members of U.S. presidential candidate
Lyndon Larouche's U.S. Labor Party. The Marxist turned extreme rightist and
anti-Semitic U.S. Labor Party has voluntarily sent the FBI and local police
forces "intelligence" reports on left wing movements, and regularly exchanges
information with one Roy Frankhouser, the self-proclaimed Grand Dragon of the
Ku Klux Klan in Pennsylvania and active member of the American Nazi Party —
see the New York Times, 7 October 1979.