John Arhur Emerson Vermaat
Reporter, born in Arnhem, The Netherlands

1978: Graduated in Law, State University, Leiden, The Netherlands.
1969-73: Assistant Dutch Parliament, The Hague, The Netherlands (‘Griffie’). 1973-1996: TV, radio reporter/commentator EO TV/Radio.
1983-2003: TV/newspaper reporter war zones and crisis areas (including: Latin America (El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia , Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brasil), Jamaica, Grenada, Netherlands Antilles, China, Philippines, Pakistan (NWFP, Baluchistan, Tribal Areas), Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Cyprus, Eastern Europe and (Former) Soviet Union, Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Africa, Algeria, Libya, Israel, Gaza, Westbank, Iran, Iraq).
1996-2004: Senior TV reporter Channel 2 News Dutch TV.


In zijn voorwoord in het boek "Het criminele web. De globalisering van de misdaad: drugs, mensensmokkel en prostitutie" (Utrecht, March/April 2000), schrijft prof. dr. Ernst M.H. Hirsch Ballin, oud-minister van Justitie (in september 2006 werd Hirsch Ballin opnieuw minister van Justitie) onder meer: "Emerson Vermaat wil in dit boek de harde realiteit van de internationale misdaad onder ogen zien. Wat hij in een intensieve speurtocht door openbare bronnen en niet-openbare bronnen is tegengekomen, is niet gering. (...) Emerson Vermaat is een belezen en bereisd man, die al eerder publiceerde over crisis en conflict in een veranderende wereld. Hij schreef geen vrolijk verhaal, maar wel een buitengewoon indringend verslag van een grondige speurtocht naar de diverse netwerken van de internationale misdaad."

Prof. Dr. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, former Minister of Justice in the Netherlands (Dr. Hirsch Ballin was appointed Minister of Justice again in September 2006) writes in his preface to Vermaat's book "The Crime Web: The Globalization of Crime": "Emerson Vermaat, who is both well-read and widely-travelled, provides a highly penetrating and thorough account of a variety of international crime networks."

In dit boek wordt op pagina 363 óók de eigenaar van een luxueus bordeel in Amsterdam genoemd die zes jaar later meermalen in het boek "De Endtra-tapes" zal worden genoemd.
(In January 2000 I received information about somebody in Amsterdam who was seriously threatened by the local mafia, six years later the same person is mentioned in the book "The Endstra-tapes.")

Primeur in Nederland over Osama bin Laden en Ayman Al-Zawahiri (Al-Qaeda):
In februari en april 1996 stuitte ik tijdens de research voor een in Nederland te publiceren boek over ‘moslimterrorisme en –radicalisme’ op de namen van Ayman Al-Zawahiri en Osama bin Laden en hun rol bij het internationale terrorisme. In februari/maart 1997 noemde ik beiden in mijn boek ‘In Naam van Allah... ‘ Islamitisch fundamentalisme en terrorisme (Utrecht: Uitgeverij De Banier, 1997).
Dit was bij mijn weten de eerste keer dat beide terreurleiders in een Nederlands boek of artikel werden genoemd.  

I was probably the first journalist in the Netherlands and continental Europe to mention the names of Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri in a book on ‘Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism,’ published in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in February/March 1997. The first time I learned about both terrorist leaders was in February and April 1996, as I was doing research for my book.

 

Numerous articles in newspapers and scholarly journals:
Algemeen Politieblad, Wall Street Journal Europe, Wall Street Journal Online, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, de Telegraaf, Jerusalem Post, NRC Handelsblad, Nederlands Dagblad, Reformatorisch Dagblad, Trouw, Utrechts Nieuwsblad, Gazet van Antwerpen, Internationale Spectator, Militaire Spectator, Civis Mundi, Atlantisch Perspectief, Nederlands Juristenblad, Ons Leger, Intermediair, Strategic Review, Conflict Quaterly, Ethics&Medicine, The World Today, Freedom at Issue, Terrorism, Journal of Church and State, Aussenpolitik.

Identification of KGB agent Buyevsky (“KUZNETSOV”) in 1977

I identified Aleksei Sergeyevich Buyevksy as a possible KGB agent in the World Council of Churches already in 1977 – in my book Christus of Ideologie? (Christ or Ideology?), a lengthy study on church-state relations in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Communist China, published by “De Banier”, Utrecht in 1977. See page 226: “Indien Buyevsky zelf niet tot de geheime dienst behoort, dan staat hij toch onder directe controle van de Russische geheime dienst, alleen al uit hoofde van zijn functie.” This was based on personal observations at WCC meetings, not on any other sources. It was a guess at the time and my guess turned out to be correct.

The late professor Hendrikus Berkhof, a theologian at Leiden University and a former member of the WCC’s Central Committee, was very enthousiastic about this study published in 1977 and thought it was my doctoral dissertation. I was studying (international) law at Leiden University but also “ecumenical theology” in the context of a special study programme from another faculty. My theology professor was Marc Spindler and my thesis was on “The Ecumenical Movement and Ideologies, 1928-1966.” I got permission from the Faculty of Law.

Vasili Mitrokhin, who supervised the transfer of the First Chief Directorate’s archive from the Lubyanka to the new KGB headquarters at Yesenovo, defected to the United Kingdom in 1992. This First Chief Directorate was responsible for the KGB’s foreign operations and intelligence activities.  Mitrokhin and Christopher Andrew, a historian from Cambridge University,

published the book The Mitrokhin Archive in 1999. Mitrokhin and Andrew quote from a KGB report saying its agents had succeeded “in placing its agent KUZNETSOV in a high WCC (=World Council of Churches) post.” This was at the WCC Central Committee meeting in Canterbury in 1969. “Agent KUZNETSOV was Aleksei Sergeyevich Buyevsky, lay secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate’s foreign relations department headed by Nikodim. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s he played an active role in the  work of the WCC Central Committee, helping to draft  policy statements on international affairs.”58  (See page 637.)

For more information, see: Emerson Vermaat, De Evangelische Omroep. Ontstaansgeschiedenis (Soesterberg, the Netherlands, Aspekt Publishers, 2007), pp. 36, 126 (voetnoten 35 en 36).

“EO” was founded in 1967 and is part of the Dutch public broadcasting system. I worked for them as a news reporter specialized in the ecumeninal movement, international affairs, war reporting, Latin America and Eastern Europe (between July 1973 and December 2004.)