Who the Heck is Peter Waldron?
It all begins with one question: What was Peter Waldron doing in Uganda with a bunch of guns hidden in his house?
The government of Uganda intends to find out, and so is putting Waldron on trial for terrorism. In the process of that trial, the American people may find out quite a bit about their own government that they don’t like.
Let’s list what we know about Peter Waldron, and then we’ll try to piece the picture together a bit later:
– Peter Waldron is from Wyoming – Dick Cheney’s home state
– Like Dick Cheney, Peter Waldron seems to be fond of guns. Waldron was found with assault rifles hidden in his bedroom by a crowd of Ugandans in his Kisugu home (outside Kampala) just after the re-election of Yoweri Museveni
– Two men were seen leaving Waldron’s house carrying a bag that contained two assault rifles just before Waldron himself was apprehended
– Waldron claims to have been working as an information technology consultant for the Ugandan ministry of health
– Waldron also claims to have been working as the publisher of a news magazine, the Africa Dispatch, but other accounts list Waldron as just a freelance writer and photographer
– The Africa Dispatch appears to be created in partnership with a writer affiliated with the right wing Reverend Moon’s Unification Church
– Waldron worked with a company known as the Contact America Group
– Documents found on Waldron indentify him as an advisor to the Rocky Mountain Technology Group
– Waldron is also the founder of a right wing Christian group, the Cities of Faith Ministries. The mission of the Cities of Faith Ministries is to expand and extend “the Kingdom of God on earth by teaching Biblical principles and precepts that build civil society blessed by the Almighty God of the Bible”, and justifies its work as “addressing God’s governments and a Believer’s Biblical responsibilities in society in which one lives and to the institutions that influence, and in some cases, govern the world’s society”, and writes in its central document that “The Bible represents the absolute source for the guiding principles and precepts for all governments in man (self-government), of families (family government), churches (church government), and for nations (civil government).”
– The Ugandan Inspector General of Police says that Waldron had links to an unnamed organization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and “planned to set up a political party here based on Christian principles.”
– According to the Ugandan police, Peter Waldron was also thought to be a diplomat representing the United States government
– In an interview with the New Republic, a right wing American magazine, the following information about Waldron is made available:
— When the reporter asked about the nature of his work, Waldron replied “I’m not at liberty to say.”
— Some of Waldron’s work resulted in people getting executed by a firing squad
— Waldron claims to be a veteran of the United States military
— Waldron has visited the White House, accompanied by MC Hammer
— Waldron has been a syndicated radio talk-show host
— Waldron has been a lobbyist
— Waldron has worked as a political consultant for campaigns affiliated with the Republican Party
— Waldron has met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
— (The New Republic writer ends his section on Peter Waldron by commenting, “The United States may have a born-again president, but it is far too diverse to ever fully be, as conservatives call it, ‘a Christian nation.’ But Uganda is on its way to becoming one.”)
– Peter Waldron is quoted by the National Alliance Against Christian Discrimination, “The enemies of God won’t tolerate Christian cultural and political action.”
– The Contact America Group describes Peter Waldron’s work as “for clients desiring to either pioneer work or maintain relationships with foreign countries”.
– Waldron claims to have worked on several Republican presidential campaigns, as well as for Republican congressional campaigns. Among these have been Gary Bauer for President, Alan Keyes for President, John McCain for President, and the Bush/Quayle presidential campaign of 1988
– Waldron lists the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee as among his clients
– Waldron describes his political specialty as “organization of the faith-based community” and “Faith-based and Ethnic Specific Coalitions for marketing and campaigns”
– Waldron appears to have had his hands in the campaign to push oil drilling into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
– Waldron’s work in Uganda – whatever it is – goes back to the 1970s, in the time of Idi Amin
– Waldron conducted some kind of work with the apartheid regime in South Africa
– Waldron’s web site’s reference to his work in Afghanistan contains only three words: “War, war, war”
– In the Sudan, Waldron writes of encountering “civil war”
– An unnamed “US embassy spokeswoman” has been quoted as refusing comment on Waldron, “citing his protections under the “US Government’s Privacy Act” – suggesting that Waldron is working as an agent of the US government
Peter Waldron may turn out to be the Eugene Hasenfus of the Bush Administration, or may turn out to be a dead end. However, whatever Peter Waldron turns out to be, if he is doing some kind of work in Uganda on behalf of the US government, the American people deserve a straight answer.
Watch this story. It’s likely to get stranger and stranger.