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Filing: Feds have mob mole


November 10, 2006

For 20 years, the FBI has had an informant in the Chicago Outfit who apparently is a "made" member and has taken part in major crimes, according to a court filing in a federal prosecution of top mobsters.

The information is in a court motion by lawyers for Michael "Mickey" Marcello, the half-brother of Chicago's reputed mob boss, James "Little Jimmy" Marcello. Attorneys Catharine O'Daniel and Arthur Nasser want the 2005 indictment against Michael Marcello dismissed because of the FBI's continued reliance on the informant.

The major federal prosecution involving 18 mob-related killings allegedly involving top organized crime figures is scheduled for trial in May.

In their motion, the defense attorneys blast the government for allegedly "cavorting with and protecting a 'made mob member' who still must be active in the commission of 'mob' criminal activities."

"No court should sanction the government's use of ... a past and current made member of the 'Chicago Outfit' as a confidential informant in this case," the motion argues.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago had no comment on the defense filing.

The defense attorneys do not try to guess the identity of the informant. He's referred to in court papers as CI-1 and is part of a sworn statement by an FBI agent in 2002 that asks for court permission to tape the conversations of James Marcello when he receives guests in the visiting room at the federal prison in Milan, Mich.

The defense motion appears to make some assumptions based on the FBI agent's affidavit. It assumes the informant is a so-called "made" member based on his associations with top mobsters and his criminal activity with them. And it assumes that the FBI is still using the person, even though the affidavit is four years old.

Nasser, Michael Marcello's attorney, declined to comment on the filing.

Michael Marcello also wants barred from use at trial any tape and video recordings made when he was talking to his brother in the prison visiting room.

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported on the contents of some of those conversations in February 2005. The brothers talked about the benefits of a proposal to legalize video gambling in Illinois as well as the progress of the federal case against Michael Marcello, who at the time was out of jail.

James Marcello's questions about the investigation were nothing more than "brotherly concern," according to Michael Marcello's motion.

Lawyers: FBI has mole in Chicago mob

CHICAGO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The federal prosecution of organized crime figures in Chicago for 18 mob-related slayings has revealed the presence of an FBI mole, a report contends.

A court motion filed by lawyers for the half-brother of reputed Chicago mob boss, James "Little Jimmy" Marcello, says that for 20 years the FBI has had an informant in the Chicago mob who apparently is a "made" member, Chicago's Daily Southtown reports.

Lawyers for Michael "Mickey" Marcello are asking that the 2005 indictment against him be dismissed because of the FBI's continued reliance on an informant who allegedly has taken part in major crimes.

The defense attorneys criticize the government for what they contend was "cavorting with and protecting a 'made mob member' who still must be active in the commission of 'mob' criminal activities."

"No court should sanction the government's use of ... a past and current member of the 'Chicago Outfit' as a confidential informant in this case," the defense motion argued.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago had no comment on the defense filing.
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Trial of Imam Aref reveals more than a few kinks in the court case

First published: Monday, November 13, 2006

Thanks for you coverage of the trial of Imam Aref and a member of his mosque. I sat through many days of the trial, and news of the release of the convicted FBI informant in the underlying sting operation stirs lingering questions.

I watched a hard-working jury pay attention to often difficult-to-understand evidence. I thought of the many other detainees the U.S. holds elsewhere, who don't get a jury trial or even to see the charges against them.

Still, I cannot figure out why, after reviewing the evidence against him, the FBI continued to prosecute the imam. Nor can I understand why the jury convicted him. The secretly taped conversations between Mr. Aref and the informant, including requested religious counseling, revealed a sincerely devoted, patient spiritual leader.

Three times during a conversation about Islam, the informant asked if it was OK to support a particular political organization. Three times the imam said that he had heard of the group from TV, but didn't know enough about it to answer him. The imam was clear that Islam must be followed in America.

He told the informant that he may not earn money to send to the poor (which Alah wants) by selling alcohol in his shop. Muslim customs, however, such as male dominance over women, may change in America.

The imam also clearly instructed the informant to obey American laws. He said that they promised to do so on their visa applications, and Muslims must keep their promises.

As for the loan he thought he was witnessing, the imam insisted it be put in writing. Further, he told the informant that while he would insist on its repayment, he was going to advise his friend to lower the amount he was borrowing.

Why would a terrorist want a written record? Wouldn't the amount to be laundered from the sale of a terrorist weapon be a sum certain and irrelevant?

I heard nothing anti-American or political in hours of evidence against Mr. Aref, nor anything showing that the imam thought the transaction was connected to weapons or terrorism.

Perhaps sting operations involving proof of what someone is thinking rather than doing should profoundly disturb us all.

Even more frightening would be to believe that the jury thought the government had secret evidence against the imam that could not be revealed. The court had received and relied on secret information to deny Mr. Aref's previous motion to dismiss.

Neither Mr. Aref nor defense counsel (who had security clearances) could see the government's evidence against the motion. Astoundingly, the court denied the motion and issued an opinion in blank! What then was the jury to think, when the judge told it that the government had good reason to suspect the imam?

The sting still stings.




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Nov 29, 2006 2:32 pm US/Eastern
Dead FBI Agent's Testimony To Be Heard In Court

Dan Rea

(CBS4) BOSTON In federal court Wednesday, the testimony of a dead FBI agent will take center stage.

Lawyers for four men wrongfully convicted for a mob hit will enter the congressional testimony of disgraced FBI agent H. Paul Rico.

In 2001 Rico testified before Congress about his role in sending four men to prison for a 1965 murder they did not commit. Teddy Deegan was gunned down in Chelsea and three years later, Rico's FBI informant, Joe Barboza, lied about Joe Salvati, Peter Limone, and two others who died in prison.

On Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge will hear Congressional testimony entered into evidence. Five and a half years ago, Rico acknowledged Salvati's innocence. Rico has since died.

In the 1970s, Rico left the FBI and went to work elsewhere. In the 1980s, the owner of the company he was working for was murdered and more than 20 years later, Rico was indicted for setting up that murder. He died in jail awaiting trial.
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what do we have here? Oh some FBI documents part of the 911 cover-up


Here is where it all begins, fasten your seat belt!


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It's Time for the FBI to Take Over the JonBenet Case

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

It has been 10 years since John Ramsey found his 6-year old child, JonBenet, dead in the basement of their Boulder home. Despite the fact that police conducted an exhaustive investigation, the case officially remains unsolved.

Among the more notable police officers who investigated the Ramsey murder was former detective Steve Thomas, a veteran police officer who had received over a hundred commendations. Thomas, who was logged in as having worked more overtime hours on the case than any other police officer, resigned nearly two years into the investigation and publicly announced that he believed JonBenet's mother, Patsy Ramsey, was responsible for the little girl's death.

Although authorities never officially commented on Thomas’ argument, many law enforcement sources have confirmed that Thomas was merely revealing the conclusion of the Boulder Police Department’s investigation. After former District Attorney Alex Hunter convened a grand jury to investigate the case further in 1998, the law enforcement community’s suspicion of Patsy Ramsey increased, but Hunter decided not to file charges because he did not believe there was enough evidence to obtain a winning verdict.

Despite the fact that a panel of pediatric experts concluded that JonBenet was a victim of long-term sexual abuse, current District Attorney Mary Lacy publicly announced in 2003 that she believed the little girl was murdered by an intruder. Her theory stems from the fact that minuscule particles of foreign DNA were found in JonBenet’s underpants — DNA that renowned forensic expert Henry Lee believes is the result of contamination and totally unrelated to the crime.

Lacy was so convinced an intruder committed the crime that she arrested an otherwise innocent man earlier this year and charged him with the murder. Only a few days after extraditing 41-year-old John Mark Karr from Thailand, forensic tests prompted Lacy to drop charges against the man, leaving the case cold once again.

The most revealing fact that came from the Karr debacle was that there were several details in his arrest warrant that didn’t add up. Lacy’s primary reason for arresting Karr was that he allegedly had inside knowledge of the case that only top investigators and the killer could know. But by the time the warrant was made public, it turned out that the "inside knowledge" had been widely published in local newspapers and supermarket tabloids.

As a result, Lacy quickly came under fire by a number of law enforcement officials and media commentators. Among the many officials who quietly expressed criticism were federal agents who have repeatedly advised Boulder investigators that they suspect Patsy Ramsey and do not subscribe to the "intruder theory." Their suspicions stem from years of analysis and comparison of Patsy’s handwriting with the text and handwriting of the three-page ransom note found in the Ramsey home.

Although the Boulder Police Department and former DA Hunter did an effective job investigating JonBenet’s murder, Lacy’s blind faith that the crime was committed by an intruder now makes it virtually impossible for the case to move forward under her leadership.

The FBI is in a position to assign highly skilled investigators who have spent decades specializing in child murders to JonBenet’s case. Federal prosecutors who have the financial and legal backing of the United States government can effectively consider a long-term strategy that will not be impeded by local taxpayers or politicians.

The murder of JonBenet Ramsey remains one of the most heartbreaking and cruel child murders ever in America. She was known in her community as a warm, loving child who showed unique signs of talent, intelligence and even compassion. Her murder, like all child murders, is a tragedy that should not be forgotten.

On Tuesday morning, it was reported that Mary Lacy has requested another $40,000 to hire a new investigator to research the Ramsey case. Unfortunately, history has proven that she is not equipped to succeed. It’s time for Lacy to relinquish control of the Ramsey case — along with her ego — and invite the federal government to take over. JonBenet deserves nothing short of the very best. It’s time to turn this case over to the FBI.

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The Franklin Cover-Up

Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska

by John W. DeCamp


Selected excerpts from

The Franklin Cover-Up, Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska
by Senator John W. DeCamp

[editorial notes from Ken Adachi in brackets]


Drugs and The Monarch Project
On August 18-20, 1996, a California newspaper, the San Jose Mercury, published a series of articles implicating elements of the U.S. government in running tons of cocaine into U.S. cities during the 1980s. Based upon recently declassified government documents, eyewitness reports, and court records, Mercury reporter Gary Webb provided a detailed account of how the Contras financed their war against the Sandinista regime of Nicaragua by flying tons of cocaine into the West Coast, where it would be turned into the deadly, instantly addictive "crack," and sold to such street gangs as the Cryps and the Bloods.

All of this began after the U.S. Congress in the early 1980s passed the Boland Amendment, which stopped all official financing for U.S. intelligence's "covert war" in Nicaragua. The whole project was taken "off-line," and financed by drug sales-the subject of Webb's articles.

Indignation exploded when Mercury series hit the streets. Maxine Waters, Congresswoman for South-Central Los Angeles, one of the areas hardest hit by crack and drug-related violence, sent a letter to Central Intelligence Agency chief John Deutsch demanding an investigation of the Agency, in which she said, "As someone who has seen how the crack cocaine trade has devastated the South-Central Los Angeles community, I cannot exaggerate my feelings of dismay that my own government may have played a part in the origins and history of this problem. . . . The impact and the implications of the Meneses/Blandon/Roiss Contra CIA crack cocaine connection cannot be understated. We all have an obligation to get to the very bottom of the origin, development, and implementation of this seedy enterprise."

While many were shocked at the news of apparent U.S. government drug-pushing, to me it was one more confirmation of a key aspect of the Franklin case. As I had discovered early on (as had Gary Caradori), the sexual abuse of children was only one part of the Franklin story. During the 1980s, many of the children, such as Alisha Owen and Paul Bonacci, said that they had been used as drug couriers to bring cocaine in from the West Coast for Alan Baer, Larry King [not Larry King of CNN talk radio fame; this Larry King is a black man who ran the Franklin Credit Union], and others.

Then, on September 11, 1996, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Representative Harold James, chairman of Pennsylvania's Legislative Black Caucus, and a former undercover narcotics cop himself, also put out a call for an investigation. In the course of that press conference another name popped up, that I knew well from the Franklin investigation: George Bush.

Flanked by political leaders of both the city and the state, James declared: "As a retired undercover Philadelphia police officer who worked on narcotics cases, I know we can better impact the flow of drugs if we stop drugs from coming into this country, arrest those at the top levels of control, and punish the white-collar dealers who try to keep their hands clean while they run the entire operation. On this occasion, we must not allow anyone to use the 'pretext of national security to accomplish another cover-up. We need an investigation that goes right to the top."

As to where the "top" might be, James charged, in his release to the press, "previous investigations of the Iran-Contra scandal, particularly the U.S. House and Senate joint hearings in 1987, revealed the central role played by then Vice-President George Bush in covert intelligence operations. . . . One of Bush's key lieutenants was Lt. Col. Oliver North. Bush was also appointed by Reagan to run the National Narcotics Border Interdiction Sys- tem, which supposedly coordinated efforts of all federal, state and local anti-drug agencies, especially along the south Florida coast. Bush was responsible for the White House anti-drug effort while, at the same time, according to the recent newspaper reports, tons of cocaine were allegedly supplied to street gangs by CIA-related networks."

Concluded James, "There's something wrong with this picture." In response to a question from one of the ten reporters in attendance about the role of Bush, Philadelphia City Council President John Street replied, "If George Bush is involved in it, someone should find it out. This kind of activity has been going on for well over a decade."

Lt. Col. Oliver North - whom at least one witness reported seeing at a party thrown by Larry King-had overseen the Contra resupply effort, and had been fully aware of the plane-loads of drugs coming into the United States. A U.S. Senate subcommittee report under Massachusetts Senator John Kerry cited extensive evidence that the Contras were involved in drugs, and North had noted the fact in his publicly exposed note-books.

From what I know from my own corner of the world, there is excellent reason to investigate Bush for possible involvement in the dope business. Think back to what I reported in Chapter 13, "The Washington Connection," about how George Bush and Larry King were linked in multiple ways, including eyewitness reports placing Bush at King's sex parties. Think about the constant rumors that King was financing the Contras, who have now been proved to have been running dope by the ton.

The first investigative reporter to ever look at Franklin, the World Herald's James Flanery, told associates that King was "running guns and money into Nicaragua," and that the CIA was heavily involved. (Flanery was soon taken off the story and shipped out of state for a year.)

Records exist to show that Larry King was a top contributor to a Contra "support committee," the Citizens for America (CFA). King's own public relations firm was also used by the Contras.

I became convinced early on that King was deeply involved with the Contras. I am reminded of the phone call State Senator Loran Schmit received on the Senate floor as the Franklin case was just beginning to break. The caller warned him off the case, because "it would lead to the highest levels of the Republican party." I am reminded of when Larry King was finally arrested-just as he was about to go to a breakfast party in Omaha for his buddy, George Bush! I am reminded of the reports I used to hear that certain people in Omaha were charging that Omaha Police Chief Bob Wadman was protecting the expansion of the Cryps and Bloods into Omaha-far from their home turf of Los Angeles.

So, was Larry King's buddy George Bush the country's "drug kingpin" in the 1980s? I don't know. But what I do know, is that if Bush were running the Contra affair, and drugs were a big part of it, that would certainly jibe 100% with everything known or rumored about Bush, Larry King, and the Franklin Credit Union. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Representative Harold James are right - let's investigate!. . .

As follow-up investigation from the Franklin case shows, drugs are not the deepest level of government -sponsored evil. I think the lowest level of Hell is reserved for those who conjured up and carried out the "Monarch Project."

"Monarch" refers to young people in America who were victims of mind control experiments run either by U.S. government agencies such 'as the Central Intelligence Agency, or military intelligence agencies.

The story told by Monarch victims - one of whom is Paul Bonacci - is that they were tortured for the purpose of creating "multiple personalities" within them. These multiple personalities could then be programmed as desired - as spies, "drug mules," prostitutes, or assassins.

Because of legal cases still pending, I am severely limited in what I can say about the Monarch Project. Suffice it to say at this point:

Major intelligence programs in this country did and do exist for the purpose of protection of this country and to learn what other countries, particularly our Cold War enemies, were doing in this area of mind control.

I asked Bill Colby [former CIA director murdered in a staged 'canoing accident'] to tell me what he could or would, about this. He said:

"Of course the CIA in particular was involved in investigating, learning and, on occasion, using, everything we could learn about mind control-and with extremely good reason. Following the Korean War, this country's military and intelligence communities went through a period of absolute paranoia about just how far our enemies were ahead of us in mind control and related activities.

"There was no particular program called' Monarch,' contrary to what you want to think. 'Monarch' was merely a name that some participants in the program-who knew very little about it, other than from their own limited participation-were given to identify themselves. But, as far as the CIA was concerned, there was no such program named 'Monarch.'

"But, with respect to mind control, I will tell you that this country spent millions upon millions supposedly catching up to our Cold War adversaries, because we believed they had developed mind control technology which exceeded anything we had. In fact, we at the Company [CIA] truly believed for a substantial period of time, that technology and techniques and drugs had been developed by Russia which would enable them to have agents who in fact really were able to have and use ESP-extra sensory perception.

"Can you imagine," Bill continued, "how dangerous for this country it would be if you could have had someone meeting the President of the United States, who was actually able to read what was in the President's mind?

"I know," Bill continued, "it may sound silly today to get all carried away with this fear; but I can tell you that we took it all very seriously and believed this ESP thing for some significant time period.

"I will tell you one other thing," Bill said, somewhat ominously, "we are not behind in knowledge of mind control. In fact, we never were, but we only found that out much later, after we had poured incredible resources into this area. And yes, I am sure, there were some problems and abuses that occurred and we will talk about them at another time."

We did have that other talk. And, I intend, when I am freed from court restrictions, to tell that entire story in an upcoming book. I have deposited extensive documentation on the Monarch Project with people who have the means, the motivation, and, most importantly, the guts, to print the entire story, should I suffer an "accident" before I get around to it. Here, I will merely quote from the work of one of America's finest investigative reporters, Anton Chaitkin.

I had known of Chaitkin, who writes for Executive Intelligence Review magazine, from the book he co-authored with Webster Tarpley, George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography. This 659-page-book is a devastating expose of Bush, and it played a notable role in helping to shape the 1992 presidential campaign, which Bush happily lost.

Perhaps it was because the name "Bush" was all over the Franklin scandal, that Chaitkin showed up one day in my Lincoln law office. I told him, "Look, I know you have been in some tough spots before, but are you really sure you want to poke around in this? This question of 'mind control' - the Monarch Project - is the most scary and, dangerous thing I have ever encountered." As I came to know Anton, probably all that little lecture did was to spur him on. Chaitkin got his story on the Monarch Project, and printed it in the December 13, 1993, New Federalist newspaper under the headline, "Franklin Case Witnesses Implicate FBI and U.S. Elites in Child-Torture and Murder." Here follows an abbreviated version of that article:
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"Franklin Case Witnesses Implicate FBI and U.S. Elites in Child-Torture and Murder."

What is the FBI Protecting?
Since the 1992 publication of John DeCamp's book, The Franklin Cover-Up, Paul Bonacci has filed new affidavits and has given extensive interviews to investigators including reporters for Executive Intelligence Review and New Federalist. Bonacci's disclosures have been cross-gridded with evidence supplied by authorities in law enforcement, psychiatry, and the intelligence community. The result goes a long way to explain the high stakes involved, and the frantic nature of the Franklin cover-up. . . .

Paul Bonacci has described in detail being dragged to Washington for use as a sex toy for Larry King's clients. Bonacci told investigators he was in one of the private White House tours for young male prostitutes conducted by lobbyist Craig Spence, a close political associate of Larry King in the cloak-and-dagger Contras enterprise. Spence turned up dead in a Boston hotel room in 1989, soon after his and King's "compromising" business was exposed in a Washington Times June 29, 1989 story, headlined: "Homosexual Prostitution Inquiry Ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush."

'Monarch' or Auschwitz - Take 2
From very early childhood, Paul Bonacci was subjected to tortures as profound as any the Nazis inflicted on their captives. This is not merely a comparison; rather it is an actual continuation, as we shall see. From sexual degradation, from witnessing and forced participation in Satanic cult murders, Bonacci suffered the cracking of his mind into what is called "multiple personality disorder" (MPD). Tens of thousands of American children have been diagnosed MPDs; virtually all of them are thought to have resulted from sexual abuse, of which perhaps 85 percent were cases of Satanic ritual abuse.

Psychiatric professionals specified in Paul Bonacci's legal proceedings that through it all, Paul's different "personalities" have emerged incapable of lying, with an ultra-sharp memory. In one instance detailed in The Franklin Cover- Up, Paul was taken by Larry King and others to a wooded area in California - identified after publication as the Bohemian Grove. There Paul and another boy were forced to do sex acts with and to consume parts of a child whom they had watched being murdered by the cultists. The body was to be disposed of by "the men with the hoods." A "snuff" pornography film was made of these events; it was directed by a man the party had picked up in Las Vegas whom Paul identified as "Hunter Thompson" -the same name as a well known sleaze-culture figure.

Paul has told investigators that the ring which plunged him into Satanism was centered at Offutt U.S. Air Force Base near Omaha; that he was taken to Offutt to be sexually victimized by a babysitter's boyfriend when he was about three years old, around 1970. Offutt is the headquarters for the Strategic Air Command, and has had a cadre of thousands of intelligence personnel.

At Offutt, and later at other military installations, Paul says this ring "trained" him by tortures, heavy drugging, and sexual degradation, while instructing him in military arts including assassination. In fact, his personal knowledge in these realms can scarcely be accounted for other than by crediting the indictments he has made.

Larry King, FBI agent Gerry Wahl/ Alan Baer, Harold Andersen, and former Omaha Police Chief Robert Wadman have all been reported as collaborators with this Satanic military-based ring. King reportedly told Paul's captors at Offutt, "He's young-but you trained him good." A member of Nebraska's Concerned Parents group reported hearing from two North Omaha witnesses that "King used to send limousines down to Offutt Air Base to pick up CIA agents for parties." Larry King reported his own adoring relationship to the late CIA Director William Casey in a Sept. 7, 1988, interview in the Omaha publication Metropolitan.

Psychiatrists who have treated a growing number of MPD cases, victims of Satanic ritual abuse, report an alarming pattern of findings in many of their child patients. There is a structure to the personalities, conforming to what is evidently a deliberate breaking and reshaping of the mind. This phenomenon was identified to Paul Bonacci by his tormenters, and to other victims and witnesses, as the "Monarch" project. At Offutt Airbase, Paul was told that what he and other children were being subjected to was in aid of national security.

The use of mind-altering drugs, sensory deprivation, and other brainwashing techniques on U.S. citizens as subjects was the admitted practice of the CIA, certain military arms and private institutions joined in the MK-ULTRA, Artichoke, and Bluebird projects beginning in the early 1950s. A national security pretext often cited was the need to keep up with the Soviets in the race to develop a workable Manchurian Candidate human robot. With the "Monarch" (or whatever official title may be attached to it) project, the idea is extended to the production of a horde of children in whom the soul is crushed, who would spy, whore, kill, and commit suicide.

The material presented here, on this subject, must be under- stood to be only a bare introduction to a complex story with immense political and strategic ramifications. It is a beginning. Professionals probing the child victims of "Monarch" say there are clearly two responsible elements at work: the government/military, and cooperating Satanic (or more exactly pagan) cults. These are multi-generation groups, where parents donate their own children-who are proudly called "bloodline" or simply "blood" cultists - to be smashed with drugs and electric shock, and shaped. Other children are kidnapped and sold into this hell, or are brought in gradually through day-care situations.

Paul Bonacci and other child victims have given evidence in great depth on the central role of Lt. Col. Michael Aquino in this depravity. Aquino, alleged to have recently retired from an active military role, was long the leader of an Army psycho- logical warfare section which drew on his "expertise" and personal practices in brainwashing, Satanism, Nazism, homo- sexual pedophilia and murder.

A former director of the CIA was asked directly, "what about 'Monarch' "? He replied angrily, and ambiguously, "We stopped that between the late 1960s and the early 1970s." If a statement of fact, this would presumably relate to official participation of the CIA.

Some Codes and Assignments
The disclosures of Paul Bonacci, which cohere with reports of MPD professionals in other cases, point to a particular artificially induced mental structure as common to many victimized children. Space permits only the briefest treatment of this here; this is intended mainly to begin to "blow the circuits," so to speak, when followed up by professional therapists and investigators.

These are some of the widely occurring separate "persons" which have been formed under torture, and the corresponding "triggers":

. General personality-accessible under the code name ALPHA, with possible Alpha-001, Alpha-009, etc. "persons" with distinct task orientations.

. Sex programs, accessible through code name BETA; particular programs (and thus commands) are for pornography, acting, oral sex, etc.

. Assassination programs, utilizing very specific modes, and espionage, accessible through code DELTA.

. OMEGA, self-destruction programs, ranging from self mutilation to suicide by many different specific possible acts.

. GAMMA, system deception, amnesia and disinformation programs. Under this or 'other codes are track-covering false origins for the structure, giving the child memories of tormenters dressed as space aliens or Mickey Mouse or in Wizard of Oz costumes.

There are said to be such other personality levels as Master Programmer, Black Master, and different mental levels of backup programs. There are reported to be personnel who have large numbers of child-victims' assignments and triggers neatly filed in their little computers.

Paul Bonacci reports the following "Monarch"-related activities, often involving his "Commander" at Offutt AFB, Bill Plemmons, and Lt. Co!. Michael Aquino:

. Picking up cash in exchange for drugs at various Tennessee locations. Bonacci identifies several country music personalities as contacts.

. Trips on behalf of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), the pedophile group now given semi- official status by the United Nations. Paul cites travel to the Netherlands and Germany carrying child pornography for sub- sequent "import" to the U.S.A. to avoid prosecution. In Amsterdam, he names "Charles Hester," and the British "Tommie Carter," who had on computer a global list of child pornography users. NAMBLA is also cited for organizing auctions of children.

. Travel to Hawaii, New York, Washington (in connection with Craig Spence) to compromise public figures by performing homosexual pedophile sex with them.

. The trip to California where the boy was ritually murdered, accompanied by "Monarch" contact, Mark Johnson of Denver, Colorado,

. Travel to .Mexico for the transportation of drugs, guns, and children. Paul was accompanied by the gangster-figure "Emilio," who otherwise directed the kidnapping of Johnny Gosch of Des Moines, Iowa. Johnny Gosch's parents commend Paul Bonacci as an accurate witness relative to that crime.

. Training under "Captain Foster" (survival skills) at Fort Riley, Kansas, under "Lt. Dave Bannister" (intelligence) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, under "Col. Harris Livik" at Fort Defiance, Virginia, who is said to run a military school and to have housed "Monarch" boys. "Col. Bill Risher" of Bamberg, South Carolina, is said to have supplied children for Michael Aquino.

. Travel to Dresden in communist East Germany, where weapons were inspected. There and in the Federal Republic of Germany, the "Monarch" personnel were frequently neo-Nazis. This milieu is a special project of Lt. Col. Aquino, who was a West European adviser to the U.S. Chiefs of Staff. Paul Bonacci has extensive experience in the Aryan Nation and other White Supremacist cults.

An account of the origin of the "Monarch" project has been compiled by those who have been debriefing MPD child-victims. Nazi experimentation in World War II concentration camps were said to have gone beyond simply insane physical tortures. They brainwashed people, for military and strategic purposes. After the war, Allen Dulles and other Western intelligence people brought Nazi doctors out for use in the United States. A teenaged concentration camp inmate named Greenbaum, who had participated to save himself, also came to the United States. Known later as "Dr. Green," he became a high- level brainwasher, and is widely represented in brainwashing programs with a distinctive Cabalistic magic theme.

[at the time this aritcle was written, Anton Chaitlin did not know that Dr. "Greenbaum" was yet another pseudonymn used by Dr. Josep Mengele of Auschwitz notoriety. Arizona Wilder identified Mengele as using both the names of "Dr. Greenbaum" and " Dr. Green" in her 1999 video interview with David Icke titled, Revelations of a Mother Goddess. ]

The precise details of these horrors lie deeply buried in national security archives. But this history, as told to psychiatrists, dovetails with what is definitively known about Anglo- American intelligence operations and the German Nazis. And once again, the story goes right back to Nebraska.

The killers in the Nazi camps were themselves trained and organized by psychiatrists and eugenicists, operating from the "T4" bureau. These psychiatrists had long been the pets of white supremacist British and American financier networks.

At least some of these Nazi doctors were spirited out of Germany under the supervision of for Bank of England Governor Montagu Norman and Tavistock Institute Director John R. Rees on behalf of the British government. Norman, personally an insane Theosophist who had been chief of the prewar pro-Nazi faction within England, and Rees organized postwar propaganda and continuing psychological warfare activities, and created "Orwellian" groupings within U.S. psychiatry and mental health fields.


I finally understood the true meaning of the Franklin case one night in early 1996. Watching television and skipping through the channels, I came upon the movie Billy Budd. Instantly I zeroed in on this movie, and my heart, rather than the channels, started skipping.

By the time the movie ended, the Franklin cover-up made sense. Alisha Owen's imprisonment for telling the truth made sense. The protection of the perpetrators by our highest public officials, finally made sense. I understood, also, why it was necessary to discredit me, John DeCamp, and to kill Gary Caradori, with his eight-year-old son. Any nagging doubts I may have had about any aspects of Paul Bonacci's charges were laid to rest. And it was clear to me, at last, that public officials at all levels knew Paul was telling the truth, as they set out to destroy him.

Where did the blinding revelation come from? Let me go back a few months, to my last attempt to get a new trial for Alisha Owen. At that hearing, Troy Boner, who had originally told Gary Caradori the truth, and who had been forced to recant, was preparing to testify - to tell the truth as you read it in his affidavit in Chapter 21. Troy Boner was going to provide the information in open court, under oath, that would blow the lid off the Franklin case and force a new trial for Alisha Owen.

As Troy came into the courthouse, he was immediately ushered into a private room by county judicial authorities. He was advised that a "Special Attorney" had been appointed to protect him. For approximately one hour, while the hearing was delayed, Troy was cornered in a room with this "Special Attorney" and with other officials from the prosecutor's office, the very same prosecutorial team Troy was about to testify against.

When Troy came out of the meeting, I knew he was broken, his morale smashed. His head hung down. He could not, or would not look at anyone.

As I approached Troy, his new court-appointed attorney tried to step between us. With probably the last ounce of courage he could muster, Troy leaned over and whispered to me, "Oh God, forgive me. They guaranteed if I talk here today, they will put me away for twenty years. Guaranteed I would never see the light of day again. Told me that I would be charged with perjury for my original testimony, if I opened my mouth today in court. Don't ~all me up there. I can't survive in prison. I know they can put me there. Look what they did to Alisha. Look what they did to my brother. I've got no choice. They told me I had to take the Fifth Amendment and refuse to testify. Otherwise, they promised I would be taken directly from court to jail"

We all proceeded into the court room, where I called Troy to the stand. I showed Troy his affidavit. He hung his head, and when I asked my first question, "Would you please state your name?" Troy responded, "I take the Fifth Amendment," an answer he repeated, in a barely audible voice, to all my other questions.
It was hopeless. I ceased my questioning, and shortly thereafter the hearing ended.

I walked back to the judge's chambers to clear up any final details. Judge Enbody had been specially appointed by the Nebraska State Supreme Court to this hearing, which I had won from the Supreme Court based on Troy's new information. (The next day I learned that he had been appointed to the Court of Appeals-a very substantial advancement in his career.)

Sitting in Judge Enbody's chambers, with my head hung so low it was hitting my shoestrings, I was given the key to unlock the meaning of Franklin. "I do not understand it, Your Honor," I kept repeating. "As God is my witness, I do not think that there is a judge or other person involved in this case who does not know that horrible injustice has been done. Everybody knows that Alisha Owen is telling the truth and that she is being punished for it. And, Your Honor, a person has to be deaf, dumb, blind, and totally dishonest, not to know that some of this state's and nation's top businessmen and public officials have engaged in the worst crimes possible, which are now being covered up. And these kids, instead of being honored and protected for exposing these things, are being sent to prison. Why? Why? Why?"

Judge Enbody looked at me. Slowly, his voice shaking, he began to talk.

"I am just a man. I am not a god. I wish I were. I have no choice in what I have done. I am just a man, just a man, not a god. I am doing what I must do with the evidence before me," Judge Enbody concluded. He appeared even more shaken and upset than I was.

I shook my head. "I don't understand. I just don't understand," I kept repeating. "Everybody knows what is happening, but nobody is willing to do anything about it. Why? Why?!!" Judge Enbody looked at me and said, very slowly, "If you want to understand the entire Franklin case, I can help you. Go read 'Billy Budd.' Read 'Billy Budd.' If you will do that, John, and if you understand the book, then you will understand the what and why of Franklin, and why it can be no other way. I do not say you will like it. I do not say you will agree with it. But at least you will understand it. That, I promise you. Go read 'Billy Budd'."

Those were the last words I spoke with the Judge on the case. I left his chambers, burnt out, but angry. And I forgot all about Billy Budd, until the night I happened upon the movie. The story of Billy Budd is set in the British Navy near the end of the eighteenth century. Billy was a young sailor, who, although impressed into the British Navy, bore no ill will to the authorities for having dragooned him; indeed, he was the very picture of innocence and good-will, and was almost universally loved aboard his war-ship. One officer, however, developed an insane jealousy of Billy, and set out to frame him up for allegedly inciting mutiny. Since there had been several notorious mutinies in the British fleet at the time, the mere whisper of "mutiny" was enough to spread panic among the ship's officers.

To make a long story short, because of certain incriminating appearances in the case, the captain and his senior officers, although they knew Billy was innocent of all charges, nonetheless sentenced him to hang, a necessity - as they viewed it - to "save the system," not just on their own ship, but in the British fleet as a whole.

Now I think I do understand the Franklin case. I know, now, that all the public officials involved in Franklin-whether they ever heard of Billy Budd or not-fully understood what they were doing.

And what they all have done, and will continue to do in this case, Franklin, and no doubt many others like it, is this: Protect the "system" at all costs. The "system" is the only ultimate sacred cow-not any particular law or constitution, but only "the system." Because, ultimately, it is the system which makes certain that the individuals functioning within it - from judges to lawyers, to prosecutors, to politicians, to businessmen - have their places and positions, and opportunities and pecking order, and future.

And, though it is unfortunate, that on occasion the protection of the "system" requires the deliberate sacrifice of perfectly innocent people, that is hoped overall to be the exception rather than the rule. But without the "system" . .

So, Judge Enbody, now I understand. And, as you said, I may not agree, but I do understand.

But then I have one final, nagging question. How do I know when, or if, the "system" itself has become so corrupted, that evil is the rule, rather than the exception? And when that occurs, what do I do about it? But I think I know the answer to that one - my oId commanding officer in Vietnam told me what I had to do. I made some promises to Bill, and I intend to keep them.

John DeCamp

[Former] Senator John DeCamp has the honor of being the Nebraska state senator most praised and most attacked by the Omaha World Herald. He was hailed by that paper as the most powerful and effective senator, between 1976 and 1986. During the past two years, the World Herald has attacked him, sometimes daily, for daring to fight against the drug runners and pedophiles they protect.

Today, Senator DeCamp is the lawyer for two victim-witnesses in the Franklin case, Paul Bonacci and Alisha Owen.

DeCamp is known for his tendency to "overturn the apple cart," and powerful people shake in their boots when DeCamp files an aggressive civil rights suit. There is a method behind this approach, in a state where cowardly cover-up and pitiful inaction have become all too common.

DeCamp served as an officer in Vietnam, and has often said that because of what he has seen, he is determined that the United States must never become a "closed society," where freedom would disappear as the citizens lost the opportunity to know or affect what was happening around them.

DeCamp was born in Nebraska, but his unusual experiences early in life helped make him a man of uncommon independence and determination. On his own from the age of thirteen, he traveled, lived, and worked in Europe and Iran.

John DeCamp was a captain in the infantry in the Vietnam War and also served with the CORDS program there. He was decorated, and honored at the White House, as one of the outstanding veterans of the Vietnam War. He is proud that he was also the initiator and organizer of the internationally famous Operation Baby Lift, which evacuated 2,800 Vietnamese children who were orphaned in the war in 1975. All the children were subsequently reunited with people from their families, or adopted. On one flight alone, nearly 800 children were evacuated, probably the most people ever flown on one plane. DeCamp and his wife were foster parents for some of these children, until they could be placed for adoption. They have four children of their own.

While still in Vietnam, DeCamp became the first person ever to win election to the Nebraska Legislature, while serving in combat abroad. Although known as a key figure in Nebraska politics, he was not known to agree to any political deal that would compromise his principles. Senator DeCamp was regarded as powerful, but not politically "owned." He once bucked political powerbroker Eugene Mahoney, by running against Mahoney's choice for U.S. Senator.

As a Vietnam veteran with thirty percent disability, DeCamp has been the attorney and state lobbyist for both the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a national committeeman of the VFW and member of the American Legion.

John DeCamp has emphasized that in his mind, his experience in saving the defenseless children who were victims of war, and his commitment to save children victimized by the pedophile ring, are equivalent. At the beginning of 1991, DeCamp filed a twelve-count suit in federal court, charging sixteen prominent individuals and institutions, including Larry King, Harold Andersen and the Omaha Police Department, with conspiracy to deprive Paul Bonacci of his civil rights. DeCamp's suit detailed slander, false imprisonment, child abuse, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress suffered by Bonacci.

DeCamp has been the target of energetic and systematic efforts to bankrupt him, by behind-the-scenes pressures to deprive him of law and lobbying clients, as a result of his Franklin-related work.

Since taking Bonacci's case in 1990, DeCamp has also been on the receiving end of personal threats. He told a journalist that during the previous year, "enough events, and mysterious deaths, and personal communications to me from extremely credible and responsible people, have made me believe that there is a very grave potential for getting killed. . . . " Bonacci's life, he added, "I think. . . is on a lot, lot, lot thinner string than even mine."

On June 21, 1991, the day Alisha Owen was convicted, DeCamp received another message, suggesting that he leave Nebraska for his and his family's safety. DeCamp treats these signs of danger seriously, but says he can't turn back. John DeCamp's actions speak loudly and clearly about his intentions. He is staying, and he is fighting.

Dedicated to the children who have been, or will be, abused because of the Franklin cover-up.

The Franklin Cover-Up, Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska
by Senator John W. DeCamp

Second edition 1996 @ 1992 AWT, Inc. ISBN: 0-9632158-0-9 Library of Congress Catalog Number: 92-070074

First edition: First printing, May 1992 Second printing, August 1992 Third printing, February 1994

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Arrest exposes state’s threat list
Gregory B. Hladky, Capitol Bureau Chief

-HARTFORD — Key Democratic lawmakers and Gov. M. Jodi Rell want explanations about the arrest of an activist-blogger at Rell’s inaugural parade and about a law enforcement list of allegedly dangerous individuals.

Ken Krayeske, a Green Party supporter, campaign worker and Internet blogger, was arrested last week by Hartford police after taking photos of Rell during her inaugural parade. Police said Krayeske’s name was on a list of "potential threats" put together by the FBI, state and local police.

"There was nothing about his (Krayeske’s) history that indicates he was a danger to anyone," said state Rep. Michael P. Lawlor, D-East Haven, co-chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee. He and other legislators Monday blasted the arrest as unnecessary and a violation of constitutional rights, and said they plan to hold public hearings on the issue.

Rell wrote to state Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle, asking him to review the incident and find out why Krayeske’s name and photograph were given to police before the parade. "In providing security and protection, we cannot permit the rights of individuals to be trampled," Rell’s letter says.

State Rep. Christopher Caruso, D-Bridgeport, said the secret list of allegedly dangerous individuals "reeks of secret police."

"Political activism is not a crime," said Caruso, co-chairman of the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee.

Lawlor questioned whether holding Krayeske for 13 hours before releasing him on $75,000 bail was an attempt to prevent him from protesting at Rell’s inaugural ball that evening. On his blog, Krayeske invited other activists to join him at the ball for a demonstration.

State Rep. Denise Merrill, D-Mansfield, co-chairwoman of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, called existence of the secret list put together by law enforcement officials "shocking."

A police report on Krayeske’s arrest says information on him was provided by the FBI through the Connecticut Intelligence Center.

Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security’s Web site says the intelligence center is in the FBI’s state office. "The center includes federal, state and local law enforcement personnel working side by side to develop leads and solve cases," according to the Web site.

FBI spokeswoman Vicki Woods referred questions about the alleged list to state police. Spokesmen for the state police and Connecticut’s Homeland Security agency failed to respond to requests for comment Monday.

Krayeske was a spokesman for Green Party gubernatorial candidate Cliff Thornton during the 2006 campaign and several times confronted Rell or her campaign aides over major party candidates’ refusal to include Thornton in televised debates.

The police report says Krayeske went to the parade route on a mountain bike, jumped off and ran into the road in front of Rell. The report says an officer recognized him from a photo provided by the FBI.

Krayeske allegedly pulled away from the officer, then was arrested on breach of peace and interfering with an officer charges. Krayeske insisted he had taken photos of Rell from a median in the parade route for several minutes and was returning to the curb when he was arrested.

"These charges are garbage," said Norman A. Pattis, a New Haven lawyer representing Krayeske.
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taxpayer funded FBI agents thanked the Hollywood community for their on-going effort to portray FBI agents as the good guys.
FBI agents then handed out a commemorative plaque to all the members of the workshop. The plaque listed their greatest hits including their assassination of Martin Luther King, and President Kennedy .
The agents stressed the importance of manafacturing consent and keeping American voters and taxpayers confused about the real role of the Death Squad known as the FBI.
The agency was quick to point out the important role of Hollywood produced shows like the X-Files, 24 Hours with Keifer Sutherland and CSI
gave the public by engaging the public in mindless activity with the necessary disinformation to keep their tax dollars coming to support their death squad activities.

FBI to Hollywood: More Realism, Please
By Paul Bond
- LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - FBI memo to Hollywood: If it's not too much trouble, could you please portray our counterterrorism efforts with a bit more realism?

Hoping for an answer in the affirmative, the FBI hosted its first workshop for screenwriters Wednesday at the Federal Building in Westwood.

"FBI -- Crime Essential for Writers" played well with the standing-room-only audience of executives and writers from several major and minor studios. Enthusiastic attendees had more questions than time allowed answers for, and few if any left the four-hour event early.

The FBI, more so than even the Department of Homeland Security, is the primary agency designated to investigate terrorism in the U.S., and the terrorist threat it is most focused on comes from radical Islam, FBI special agent Greg Wing said.

With that in mind, Wing, along with an undercover agent who asked that his identity not be revealed, presented a whirlwind history of Islam, beginning with Sunni-Shiite hostilities in 682 AD.

The major terrorist group aligned with Sunni Muslims is al-Qaida, while Hezbollah, "the best terrorist organization there is," are Shiite Muslims, the undercover agent said.

He showed flags and logos of terrorist groups and explained that the colors of turbans worn by terrorism suspects could have significance. He also showed photos and video of al-Qaida training camps and torture rooms and pictures of unfortunate Americans who had been captives there. He showed photos of the suicide bombers who killed 17 U.S. sailors aboard the USS Cole in 2000 and pictures of the house where they built their bombs.

The undercover agent played phone messages from passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which went down in a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, and inspired the film "United 93." He also played audio from the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 11, the airplane Mohamed Atta flew into the World Trade Center that day.

"Amazing," attendee Dave DiGilio said after the event.

DiGilio wrote the film "Eight Below" and created the upcoming ABC series "Traveler," about a couple of graduate students who might have been framed for a terrorist attack. He said his show portrays both "the good and the bad" about the


"Seeing the extent of the organization, and the passion and intellect of the agents, was impressive," he said after the event. "They're very creative. It's not the way they're usually portrayed."

Quite the point, which is why FBI public affairs specialist Betsy Glick helped create the workshop. She said that last year the FBI helped lend authenticity to 649 projects, usually films, TV shows and books.

Michael Kortan, section chief for the office of public affairs, gave attendees a brief lesson in the history of the FBI in film and TV, beginning with the 1935 James Cagney movie "'G' Men," which he said was one of the first gangster movies to tell a story from the FBI's perspective.

Shortly thereafter, J. Edgar Hoover conceived of something he called "The Dillinger Rule" -- the FBI had great stories to tell, so Hollywood ought to tell them, and make sure that the FBI were the good guys. And he wanted to know about anything FBI-related that Hollywood had in the works.

The 1965 Disney film "That Darn Cat!" really had Hoover on edge, Kortan said, because he feared that a film about an allergic agent assigned to follow around a cat would make the FBI look a tad silly, a reputation the bureau didn't need during the tumultuous 1960s.

Too often, Kortan said, the FBI is seen on film, unrealistically, as heavy-handed, bumbling and antagonistic toward other law-enforcement agencies. Of course, Hollywood isn't always unfriendly to the bureau.

Witness "The Silence of the Lambs," for example. The 1991 film earned Jodie Foster the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of FBI agent Clarice Starling, and Kortan credited the movie for some of the FBI's success in recruiting women.

"This is half the reason people get in writing -- to live vicariously and absorb the details," said attendee Luke McMullen, who wrote an episode of "Alias" and is developing a project called "Samurai Girl."

FBI agents also showed off a map of the 779 real investigations of potential terrorist activity ongoing in Los Angeles and photos of a list of possible targets that included Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Hollywood sign and Disneyland. They also showed photos of some of the equipment the FBI will have on hand as they stake out the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Hollywood has been considered a potential target of Islamic terrorists since shortly after the September 11 attacks, when the FBI warned that a major film studio might be next.

Special agent George Steuer recalled Wednesday how FBI agents met with studio heads back then to tell them, "Hey, you're in this fight on terrorism."

He said the threat emanated from telephone and e-mail intercepts between suspected terrorists. Although the FBI sifts through about 300 terrorism leads a day, the one against film studios was initially deemed credible after some corroboration and background checks. Details, though, remain classified.

"Eventually we vetted it and decided that there were no links here, just overseas chatter," he said.

Nevertheless, the studios were encouraged then to beef up their security measures. Some, including Disney and Warner Bros., quickly hired FBI agents on their security staffs.

Steuer, who has been helping Hollywood with FBI requests for five years, said he was in Baghdad in 2005, witnessing the locals buying and selling pirated copies of "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" the day it was released theatrically, making the point that the FBI is uniquely aware of Hollywood's influence even in a war zone.

Speaking after the symposium, the undercover FBI agent whose identity is protected said he purposely avoids Hollywood's treatment of modern terrorism, staying away from such movies as "World Trade Center" and "United 93" as well as TV programs like "The Path to 9/11."

"Movies don't come close," he said. "We lived a very traumatic event. It's never far from my heart."

His primary message to screenwriters? "Keep the FBI out of politics," he said. "Don't tag me Republican or Democrat. Don't suggest the FBI was better or worse under this president or that one. What we care about is protecting American lives."

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Hoffa tipster gets early release from prison

WLS By Chuck Goudie

- A jailed drug trafficker has been released years early even though he gave bad information to the FBI about where the body of former teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa was buried. In this Intelligence Report: the case of Donovan Wells, whose tip last spring prompted authorities to dig up a Michigan horse farm.

The FBI called it the best lead on Jimmy Hoffa they ever had. In the end, after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and occupying teams of federal agents for weeks, all they had were some holes in the ground, big piles of dirt and a demolished barn. But the convicted marijuana trafficker who pointed them to that horse farm outside Detroit got what he wanted, a free pass out of the federal pen.

When the FBI began excavating the Michigan farm, it was based largely on information from Donovan "Redondo Don" Wells. Almost 30 years after the lightening rod labor leader Jimmy Hoffa vanished, Wells suddenly remembered that that on the July day in 1975 when Jimmy Hoffa was last seen, there was "suspicious activity" at a mob-connected horse farm near Detroit. Wells told FBI agents that he saw cars drive into the fields; cars that left quickly.

But Mr. Wells was a convicted liar, prosecuted once for perjury by the same Justice Department that believed what he said last spring, and then started digging for Jimmy Hoffa's corpse.

Two weeks later, the FBI left empty-handed. But not Mr. Wells. The I-Team has learned that Wells was released early from a Kentucky prison this month after serving only three years of his 10 year federal prison sentence for drug trafficking.

Federal authorities in Detroit say that the 76-year-old wells was cut loose seven years early, not because of his so-called help in the Jimmy Hoffa case, but rather because he cooperated during the drug running case in which he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years.

According to this government filing, Wells also deserves a break because he weighs 290 pounds, is 5-foot-9 and in poor health, having suffered from angina; a heart attack; three strokes; a quadruple bypass; prostate cancer; colon problems; high levels of stress and requires a wheelchair.

A federal judge agreed with the government's request for early release, and Mr. Wells is now a free man, living not far from the restaurant where Jimmy Hoffa was last seen alive.

As the I-Team has reported over the years, veteran Hoffa investigators believe his body was melted in a vat of molten zinc or dumped at sea after he was abducted and murdered by a New Jersey gangster who was carrying out a personal vendetta.

When Donovan Wells demanded early release last spring in exchange for the Hoffa information, it wasn't the first time he had floated such a proposition. Wells made the same offer to federal authorities while serving time in the late 1970s. They ignored his request back then, but this time, even though his Hoffa lead turned out to be worthless, prosecutors went to bat for Wells. According to Wells' lawyer, the sentence was shortened because "he's an old man" in "poor health."

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Why The Revelation of the Identity Of Deep Throat Has Only Created Another Mystery
Friday, Jun. 03, 2005

The Bush Administration prosecutes government officials who leak sensitive information, even when that information is not classified -- as I noted in my column on Jonathan Randal. The Administration is also prepared to send reporters to jail when they refuse to reveal their sources to a grand jury, as I noted in another column.

I doubt the Justice Department will go after W. Mark Felt -- the ninety-one-year- old former Deputy Director of the FBI - even if he is the greatest leaker in American political history. Still, in the context of the Administration's stances on leaking, the surfacing of Deep Throat at this time is rather ironic.

Bob Woodward (and Carl Bernstein) have confirmed the Vanity Fair story identifying W. Mark Felt as their legendary Watergate source. The best kept secret in Washington, for three decades, is no more.

But this is not to say the mystery is resolved. To the contrary, while Mark Felt is alive, his memory for the details of his relationship with Woodward seems to be all but gone. So the revelation of his identity raises many new questions that it seems Felt himself will not be able to answer.

A Passing Tribute To Good Sleuthing -- Now Ended

The game of guessing the identity of Throat, which moved from the parlors of Washington to serious inquiry during the last thirty years, is over. A number of us who were fascinated by the inscrutability of it all have been forced into retirement.

Adrian Havill, a freelance author who did some good digging, most recently thought Throat could be no less than former president George H. W. Bush.

Leonard Garment, my successor as Nixon White House counsel, focused his considerable intellect and keen intuition on the issue, and first thought Throat must have been former Nixon White House aide John Sears. Later, however, Garment was convinced that Throat had to be a composite (a hypothesis which has yet to be shown to be incorrect - but has been denied by Woodward and Bernstein).

Similarly, yours truly (the senior Throat sleuth) has made several incorrect runs at Throat's true identity. So I tip my hat to former Los Angeles Times reporter Jim Mann, who figured it out, and wrote about Felt in a 1992 Atlantic Monthly essay. Tim Noah of Slate was not far behind, forcing Felt to deny.

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When I took a hard look at Felt years ago, I concluded he could not have known what Throat knew when the information was given to Woodward, particularly since he was gone from the FBI at the end, and scratched him off the list of viable candidates.

In fact, so sure was I that, even after reading the Vanity Fair piece and before Woodward had confirmed Felt's identity, I bet an NBC news person $100 it was not Felt, the morning the Vanity Fair story broke.

Fortunately, though, I knew my bet was covered, for I'd made an early wager, also for $100, with former Chicago Tribune investigative reporter William Gaines. Gaines, who now teaches journalism at the University of Illinois, has used Throat sleuthing as a teaching tool, but I was confident that he was wrong in naming my former Nixon White House deputy Fred Fielding as Throat.

Throat Sleuthing Moves Into A New Phase: Scrutiny of Throat and Those at the Post

Woodward disliked this sleuthing. Now that the issue of Throat's identity appears resolved, I suspect Woodward is going to be even less enchanted with those who focus on his journalism. And Throat himself, Mark Felt, is going to be probed as he might never have dreamed.

I'm among those who believe Woodward is truly one of the great journalists. (Not an opinion shared by many of my former White House colleagues.) No Washington reporter has so consistently had access to those in power - meaning Woodward has often had uniquely compelling stories to tell. And Woodward's reporting is fair and honest - one reason he may maintain the access he has.

Still, Woodward's use of unidentified sources - a controversial practice, and one now banned at Newsweek after the "Koran desecration debacle" -- has been extreme. And because Woodward's key Watergate source was unidentified, until now, no one could test his Watergate reporting.

Bob once told me that when I learned who, in fact, Deep Throat was, all my questions would be clarified. That, however, has not happened. To the contrary, I only have more questions now that I know Throat was Mark Felt.

I will raise a few of them here, in the hope of getting some answers, while Woodward is still out and about doing talk shows.

But first, for those not following this story closely, a little background is in order:

Felt's Position - and Power - During Watergate

At the time of Watergate, Mark Felt was the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Former Director J. Edgar Hoover, who had elevated Felt to this post, had died only weeks earlier. President Nixon had selected the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, L. Patrick Gray, to serve as the Acting Director of the FBI.

Even before Hoover's death, however, Felt was for all practical purposes running the FBI -- as Hoover wanted it run, with a few exceptions. For example, when Hoover wanted to end surreptitious black bag jobs (entries onto premises without a court warrant), Felt continued them.

Later, Felt would be indicted and convicted by President Carter's Justice Department for continuing the practice of illegal searches, only to be pardoned by President Ronald Reagan for the practice. One wonders if Felt would have been pardoned by Reagan had it been known he was Deep Throat. Plus, I seriously doubt former President Richard Nixon would have testified on Felt's behalf - as indeed he did -during his trial, had he known of Felt's actions as Deep Throat. Deep Throat had earned top ranking on Nixon's post-presidency enemies list (one notch above yours truly.)

When Pat Gray became Acting Director of the FBI, I don't believe he had a clue how to run the place. In fact, he did not really focus on trying to do so. Rather, he spent much of his time traveling throughout the country literally campaigning at various FBI Field Offices to win the support of rank-and-file FBI agents for the job of Director. Thus, during much of the Watergate investigation, Gray was not even in Washington.

When I talked to Gray during the Watergate investigation, he typically said he would have to check with Felt and get back to me. No one at the Nixon White House believed Gray had any control whatsoever of the FBI. To claim otherwise, as Felt apparently did with Woodward, is absurd.

What Felt Told Woodward, and Why It Raises New Questions

Notwithstanding the article in The Washington Post (from his forthcoming book) about Mark Felt, Bob Woodward, so far, has told us little of his working relationship with Felt. Given Felt's aging memory, which is widely acknowledged to be less than razor sharp, it will be Woodward's story -- not Felt's.

Yet we do know something about the information Felt, as Deep Throat, provided to The Washington Post from Woodward's book, All The President's Men. Woodward reports some fourteen meetings (depending on how they are counted).

Recently, I went through the book again, and pulled out every fact -- or factoid -- that Throat/Felt shared with Woodward, and noted when the information exchange had occurred. For a list of these facts - and an indication of which of them I believe may well be untrue -- please see the Appendix to this column.

This summary of what Throat told Woodward and when, according to All The President's Men, is particularly illuminating now that we know Throat's identity. It, along with a few more clues Woodward has dropped since confirming Felt's role, raises new questions about the Watergate investigations and about Felt's leaking to Woodward.

Here are just a few questions that need to be answered:

How Could Felt Get So Many Things Wrong?

In his position as the No. 2 man in the FBI, and the man running the Watergate investigation for the FBI, Felt saw virtually all the raw data from the FBI's field investigations. In the few days since the revelation of his identity, I have not had an opportunity to compare the material from the FBI's Watergate investigation with the information that Felt gave Woodward to see if it is possible to determine how he got it wrong. But such a comparison will doubtless be fascinating.

Woodward, it appears, was seldom in a position to correct information that Felt gave him that was wrong. But when writing All The President's Men, he did correct one major false statement from Felt. Sometime in early May, 1973, Felt told Woodward "In early February, [Patrick] Gray went to the White House and said, in effect, 'I'm taking the rap on Watergate.' He got very angry and said he had done his job and contained the investigation judiciously, that it was unfair that he was being singled out to take the heat. He implied that all hell could break loose if he wasn't able to stay in the job permanently and keep the lid on. Nixon could have thought this was a threat, though Gray is not that sort of guy. Whatever the reason, the President agreed in a hurry and sent Gray's name up to the Senate right away. Some of the top people in the White House were dead set against it, they couldn't talk him out of it."

It appears that Felt has invented this statement out of whole cloth - or was seriously misinformed. It never happened this way, as the Nixon White House tapes make clear.

To reflect this, Woodward did add a footnote in this instance, stating that Pat Gray's attorney advised Woodward that the suggestion Gray had pressured or blackmailed Nixon was "outrageously false."

But most of Felt's bad information has never been corrected. In fact, a few writers about the period have quoted Felt's bad information as historical fact. As can be seen from the Appendix, some of these inaccuracies are minor (although I doubt not so minor to persons erroneously maligned by Felt). But some are not.

Given the complexity of Watergate, it is not difficult to understand how Felt made some mistakes when meeting with Woodward in the dead of the night. Yet in other instances, it is not easy to comprehend how the No. 2 man in the FBI could have provided such bad information, knowing it could become public. And why has Felt let this bad information sit on the historical record for the past three decades?

My opinion as to which information, provided by Felt, is wrong is based on my many years of reviewing great swathes and stacks of documents about the Watergate investigation. The Appendix speaks for itself. But here, allow me to flag just one (of several) particularly egregious sessions where Felt gave Woodward appalling information, apparently to try to manipulate Woodward and The Washington Post.

Was Felt Trying To Frighten Woodward And The Washington Post Into Over-reaction?

It must be noted, according to Woodward's reports, that Felt frequently told Woodward -- falsely -- they he and The Washington Post were under surveillance. And based on Woodward's most recent article about Felt, it seems Felt equated Nixon with Hitler, and that he saw the Watergate investigation as a Nazi hunt (harking back to his pre-FBI days in the military).

A month before Felt retired from the FBI, he had one of his more remarkable sessions with Woodward. On May 16, 1973 (as reported at pages 317-18 of All The President's Men), Woodward says Felt has become "transformed" by the Watergate investigation, and talks to him almost in a monologue. When finished, Felt departs; Woodward wrote it all down in a notebook, which he later typed out for Bernstein.

It is one of the most dramatic scenes in the movie, "All The President's Men": With a Rachmaninoff piano concerto playing in the background, a frightened Woodward types his notes from this session with Felt. Woodward's dread is understandable. The No. 2 man at the FBI has told him - now, it clearly seems, falsely -- "Everyone's life is in danger . . . electronic surveillance is going on and we had better watch it. The CIA is doing it." The CIA role in Watergate was investigated, and had this occurred, it would be known today.

The report continues: "Dean talked with Senator Baker after [the] Watergate committee formed and Baker is in the bag completely, reporting back directly to [the] White House." This is absolutely false. I never spoke with Baker. And Baker certainly was not in the bag.

Felt says that the "President threatened Dean personally and said if he ever revealed the national security activities the President would insure he went to jail." This never happened, a fact that can be corroborated by Nixon's tapes.

As my Appendix notes, the flow of false facts continued. At one point Felt says, "The covert activities involve the whole U.S. intelligence community and are incredible," although he refused to give Woodward any details, claiming "it is against the law." In fact, no such operation was ever directed out of the Nixon White House.

Even more absurd are Felt's claims that those involved in the Watergate cover up were "chipping in their own personal funds. And Mitchell couldn't meet his quota [so] . . . they cut Mitchell loose." Absurd, too, is his claim that "these guys in the White House were out to make money and a few of them went wild trying."

Because Woodward could not quote Felt directly, none of the surprising number of false statements highlighted in my Appendix made their way into The Washington Post, but apparently Woodward believed them sufficiently to include them in his book.

If Felt was not trying to manipulate the Post, it is not clear what he was doing. Surely, he had to know - or at least, should have known -- that much of his information was worse than speculative; it was plain wrong.

In short, the amount of bad information that Felt gave Woodward is alarming. How and why did it happen?

Was Felt Working Alone? The Evidence Makes It Seem Very Unlikely

Woodward reports -- in The Washington Post story recently excerpted from his forthcoming book on Throat/Felt -- how he and Felt devised a system indicating that Woodward needed to talk to Felt, since Felt did not want him calling his office.

"If you keep the drapes in your apartment closed, open them and that could signal me, [Felt] said. I could check each day or have them checked, and if they were open we could meet that night at a designated place." (Emphasis added.) But because Woodward liked to keep his drapes open, they agreed that Woodward would place a flowerpot with a road construction flag in it on his balcony as the signal.

Clearly, Woodward suspects that Felt, who would have been extremely busy running the day-to-day activities of the FBI, was not checking his apartment balcony daily himself. Woodward writes, "How [Felt] could have made a daily observation of my balcony is still a mystery to me. * * * The Iraqi Embassy was down the street, and I thought it possible that the FBI had surveillance or listening posts nearby. Could Felt have had the counterintelligence agents regularly report on the status of my flag and flowerpot? That seems highly unlikely, if not impossible."

I don't think it is impossible at all. To the contrary, I believe that Felt had to have one or more persons working with him. Thus, others in the FBI must have known Felt was feeding The Washington Post.

This is evident from the last reported conversation in All The President's Men between Throat and Woodward. Felt retired from the FBI five months before this last contact during the first week of November 1973. As a result of the conversation, Woodward (breaking his prior agreement not to quote Felt directly) uses his words in the Post story, which told of gaps of "a suspicious nature" in Nixon's secret tapes that "could lead someone to conclude that the tapes have been tampered with."

How did Felt, no longer in the FBI, get information that "one or more of the tapes contained deliberate erasures"? And when reporting this story in The Washington Post, on November 8, 1973, why did Woodward quote Felt as an anonymous "White House source"? Was Woodward by this time aware that Felt had an agent inside the White House, or a mole?

Is Felt A Hero And, More Specifically, What Is His Legacy?

There has been much discussion, on television in particular, as to whether Mark Felt is a hero or villain, not to mention what his legacy will be now that we know Throat's identity. Clearly, he is history's supreme whistleblower.

Because of my own involvement in Watergate, my knowledge of how those who sought to discredit my testimony (particularly before the Nixon tapes surfaced) operate, and my knowledge of the historical record, I know that Nixon apologists will attack Felt -- and Woodward.

These attacks will be senseless (but that has long been the operative word with Watergate). It is time to learn from what happened, not refight battles Nixon has, for good reason, lost.

As my Appendix shows, the quality of Felt's information -- at least as reported so far and what is found in All The President's Men -- is of questionable value, given the amount of misinformation. It seems it was Felt's position alone that gave Woodward, and in turn, Woodward's editor at The Washington Post, Ben Bradlee, confidence in pursuing a story that other news organizations initially largely ignored. (Initially, Bradlee only knew Woodward had a source who was a high official in the Department of Justice - and Bradlee did not learn more until after Nixon had resigned).

To me, a true hero of Watergate is Ben Bradlee, who not only supported Woodward and Bernstein, but had the trust of the Post's owner, Katharine Graham. Initially, the rest of the national media and the nation ignored the story. Although The Washington Post never "cracked the case," their keeping the story in the news within the Beltway had a great influence on the Congress, making it an important story. Had Bradlee not done so, history might have been much different.

We still need to know much more about Mark Felt's activities, not to mention his accomplices, to understand the Byzantine workings of the FBI of that era. I hope Bob Woodward will answer these questions -- about which he has knowledge -- sooner rather than later, while there is still interest in the story. For it is information that is as uniquely relevant today -- with the current White House hell-bent on returning the presidency to the imperial status it occupied before Watergate.

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FBI Deputy Director John Pistole to Discuss Terrorism Prevention During Criminology Day at Penn
January 22, 2007

WHO: John Pistole, FBI deputy director

Richard Berk, Penn professor of criminology and statistics

Lawrence Sherman, Penn Criminology Department chair

Laurie Robinson, director of the criminology M.S. program at Penn

WHAT: Criminology Day at the University of Pennsylvania

WHERE:Huntsman Hall, Room 370, 3730 Walnut St., Philadelphia

WHEN:Friday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

The lecture will highlight Penn's fourth annual Criminology Day. "Predicting and Preventing Domestic Terrorism" will be the theme, featuring a series of talks by Penn Criminology Department faculty.   

Richard Berk, professor of criminology and statistics, will discuss "Predicting Homicide."  Lawrence Sherman, criminology professor and department chair, will discuss "Preventing Homicide." Laurie Robinson, director of the criminology M.S. program, will speak on "Career Paths in Criminology." An informal luncheon with the speakers will be held after the program.

Court documents allege that in late September 1984, R. Lindley DeVecchio walked up the steps to Gregory Scarpa's home on Avenue J in Brooklyn and suggested he "take care of" Mary Bari, girlfriend of Alphonse Persico, a fugitive and the brother of the Colombo family boss.


At every one of R. Lindley DeVecchio's pretrial hearings over the past nine months, a suited support system has collected in the courtroom.

Close to 20 former FBI agents have come to his defense. Five of them signed for his $1 million bail.

"What is important here is not only for Lin personally, but these charges impact directly on all of us as retired agents," said DeVecchio's former colleague, Christopher Mattiace. "We want to give him the moral support and of course to raise the necessary financial wherewithal."

To that end, they have created a Web site, http://www.lindevecchio.com, that dissects DeVecchio's case, lists reasons why he is innocent and takes donations for his legal expenses. So far they have raised more than $80,000, said James Kossler, who oversees the site.

"We're still trying to raise money to pay his bills and make him whole and get this thing over with," said Kossler, one of DeVecchio's former bosses.

During the grand jury investigation, some former FBI agents visited witnesses in the case to question them about DeVecchio.

Prosecutor Michael Vecchione argued during DeVecchio's arraignment that the visits amounted to intimidation.

But Judge Gustin Reichbach dismissed the presumption.

"To me, intimidation means threats or promises of harm to come, not the mere active investigation which seems to me to not be inappropriate," he said.

The friends of Lin DeVecchio Trust website can be found here: http://www.lindevecchio.com


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SARASOTA -- By the time R. Lindley DeVecchio settled in Sarasota, his days at the FBI had become gangland lore.

He worked Brooklyn turf alongside storied undercover agents like "Donnie Brasco," back when mobsters gunned each other down in the streets and children stumbled upon bullet-riddled corpses while playing outside.

Having sealed up a 33-year career with the FBI, DeVecchio bought a courtyard-style home set among hammocks of palms in virtually crime-free Palmer Ranch. He became a grandfather. He got elected president of a homeowners association where the major issue is landscaping.

And then he got indicted for murder.

The supervisory special agent who helped bring down the leaders of New York City's five organized crime families now faces four 25-years-to-life prison sentences in what a prosecutor at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office has called "one of the worst cases of law enforcement corruption in the history of this country."

As he awaits another pretrial hearing this month, DeVecchio, 66, has also been busy tending to some local matters, leading the search for a property manager at his deed-restricted community and coordinating elections to the homeowners association.

Some 1,200 miles north, in the chambers of a small Brooklyn courtroom, sits the bane of his golden years.

The foot-thick case file charges that when DeVecchio was investigating organized crime in the 1980s and 1990s, he gave a legendary capo in the Colombo family the addresses of his enemies and details about whom among his crew might be a rat.

The leaks led to the shooting deaths of a young woman, an 18-year-old kid, a mobster flirting with born-again Christianity and a bus company employee, court documents say.

DeVecchio, who declined to speak publicly about his pending trial or his life in Sarasota, pleaded not guilty to all four counts of second-degree murder at his March 30 arraignment in Brooklyn State Supreme Court.

And a 1994 internal Justice Department investigation into similar accusations found he had done nothing wrong.

"We deny the allegations in as strong a language as you can possibly deny anything," said one of DeVecchio's lawyers, Mark Bederow. "He's being falsely accused of the worst crimes imaginable."

But Brooklyn prosecutors say DeVecchio became too entwined with top-echelon informant Gregory Scarpa Sr., a "made" Colombo family mobster who once boasted that he stopped counting the number of murders he committed after reaching 50.

DeVecchio, prosecutors say, fed Scarpa confidential FBI information that kept the Colombo consigliere out of jail and helped him take out rivals. He took weekly payments in return and extracted inside information about the Mafia that aided his rise in the bureau, court files allege.

New York tabloids have since branded DeVecchio a "rogue," and his court appearances are main events. There, the case generates the pomp of blue-ribbon kinds on which prosecutors make names for themselves.

Here in Sarasota, DeVecchio's presence mostly goes unnoticed.

Taking the occasional note and wearing a sticker name tag, he sat quietly through a two-hour community meeting last week, where residents gave out certificates for best holiday decorations and a sheriff's deputy explained how he handles teenage disturbances.

In DeVecchio's community, Savannah at Turtle Rock, the rare mention of his legal woes falls on shrugged shoulders. His neighbors do not pry.

"It's not an issue. The folks here -- which is very, very nice -- judge you for what you're doing," said Ron Mingst, who lives next door to DeVecchio, whom he met at a New Jersey gym about five years ago. "You're doing a good job in the community. You're doing a good job as president of our association. That's what they see."

From clerk to agent

In 1963, DeVecchio was 23, with a political science degree from George Washington University and a clerk's job in J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Scarpa was in his initial years as an informant.

DeVecchio became an agent a few years later and soon specialized in organized crime at the bureau's New York City office.

"He was one of the best informant analysts that we had," said James Kossler, one of DeVecchio's former bosses. "He was very good at developing informants and getting information that we needed."

Informants are paid FBI sources who are not allowed to participate in criminal activities without permission from the bureau.

But Gregory "The Grim Reaper" Scarpa dabbled in a medley of crimes: loan sharking, drug dealing, burglary, illegal gambling and murder.

One of his attorneys once told The New Yorker magazine that Scarpa being an FBI informant was as inconceivable as finding out that "Mother Teresa is assisting Saddam Hussein."

Handling the mobster was a touchy endeavor, and the FBI had a falling out with him in the mid-1970s.

DeVecchio brought Scarpa back into the fold in 1980 after getting permission from the bureau.

The charismatic agent with curly, dark hair and a mustache became the only one in the bureau to deal with the informant.

"Scarpa immediately became an important source of information in connection with the FBI's war on organized crime because he was highly placed in the Colombo crime family," DeVecchio stated in court records. "Moreover, Scarpa understood the inner workings of the Colombo crime family."

DeVecchio's informant finesse helped then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani jail leaders of the city's Cosa Nostra in the celebrated 1986 Commission case.

"Without Lin or without that informant, we wouldn't have been able to accomplish what we did," Kossler said.

But the Brooklyn District Attorney's office says that over the course of their 12-year relationship, Scarpa also gave DeVecchio rolls of rubber-band bound cash for confidential information, and DeVecchio kept $66,598 of FBI money intended for Scarpa.

DeVecchio has said he never took more than small gifts from Scarpa, such as a pan of lasagna and a Cabbage Patch doll when they were popular and scarce. He vehemently denies intentionally giving any information to Scarpa that could have led to the murders of which he stands accused.

"At no time did I ever instruct Scarpa to murder anyone," DeVecchio stated in an affidavit. "Nor did I ever conspire with him to plan any murder."

The murders

In late September 1984, DeVecchio walked up the four steps leading to Scarpa's two-story home on Avenue J in Brooklyn and suggested he "take care of" the girlfriend of Alphonse Persico, a fugitive and the brother of the Colombo family boss, court documents charge.

He said 31-year-old Mary Bari had talked to federal agents and might reveal the location of Persico, prosecutors allege.

A few days later, Scarpa and his crew lured Bari to a Brooklyn bar with the promise of a job offer. As she entered the club, one of them allegedly slid his arm around her and pushed her to the floor. She was shot three times in the head, the case charges.

Prosecutors say DeVecchio gave Scarpa a similar tip a year and a half later. He told him that one of his crewmen, Joseph DeDomenico, 44, had cut him out of profits from robbing jewelry and fur stores, and could be a liability because he was dating a born-again Christian, court documents allege. Being born again was one step from being a rat, prosecutors say Scarpa later told his right-hand man, and he ordered DeDomenico killed.

DeVecchio again warned Scarpa of a potential snitch among his ranks in May 1990, prosecutors charge. And a couple of Scarpa soldiers later shot 18-year-old Patrick Porco in the head and dumped his body on a street corner, the case alleges.

A bloody internal war broke out in the Colombo family the following year, in the wake of its boss's imprisonment.

DeVecchio was a supervisor of the FBI squad investigating the Colombo family. Scarpa continued to pick off rivals.

One of them was Lorenzo Lampasi, 66, whom he shot with a rifle outside his Brooklyn home after DeVecchio gave Scarpa his address, prosecutors charge.

The war lasted about a year. Nearly a dozen people died.

Retired to Florida

Scarpa was convicted on gun charges in 1992. The FBI ordered DeVecchio to cut ties.

Around the same time, some of DeVecchio's colleagues began to question the orthodoxy of his relationship with Scarpa, who died in prison in 1994 while serving time for murder and racketeering.

The department conducted a two-year investigation and found DeVecchio innocent.

He retired from the FBI in October 1996.

He sold his home in Dumont, N.J., where he had lived for decades, and moved to Sarasota in 2004.

Here, he blends in as a typical retiree. He belongs to a motorcycle club. And like many who have chartered a new beginning in paradise, he shoots the breeze over the fence with his neighbor, Mingst, about their home building woes.

His prospects for another term on the homeowners' board appears untainted by the lawsuit. No one else has volunteered for the job, although the 82 homeowners probably would have elected DeVecchio anyway.

"No one has come up to me and wanted to discuss the situation, and I've never even heard that someone would say that we want to remove him from the board," said Burke Terhune, the board's secretary.

But for DeVecchio, the trial looms.

Unless he gets permission from a judge -- as he did to watch the July Fourth fireworks at Sarasota Bay -- he can always be found inside his three-bedroom home during a mandated curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

He wears an electronic monitoring anklet. He has had to notify a judge of his plans to lunch with his fiancée, get a haircut or peruse the Ellenton outlet mall. And this summer he had to reschedule a homeowners board meeting because it conflicted with a court appearance.

DeVecchio simply told the group he had to "go and testify," Terhune said.

"It seemed like it was New York City or someplace. He said the next meeting will be at this time, if it's OK with the rest of you," Terhune said.

No one asked questions.
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Female former agent testifies in case against FBI
Jane Turner said she had never had an unsatisfactory job review before she filed her harassment complaint.

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Ex-FBI agent Jane Turner spent more than five years fighting to get her case against her former employer into federal court, and on Wednesday she told a jury in Minneapolis about what she said was a plot to wreck her career as retribution for a sexual discrimination complaint she filed against her boss in 1998.

But the government described a far different end to a storied career that included investigating child-sex crimes and violent crimes on North Dakota Indian reservations.

By 1999, "she was seriously burned out," Martha Fagg, an assistant U.S. attorney from Iowa, told jurors Wednesday in her opening statement. "She just stopped working."

FBI supervisors didn't try to sideline Turner, Fagg said. To salvage her career, she said, they transferred her from an outpost in Minot, N.D., to Minneapolis, where they tried to help her get back on track.

Fagg said Turner, 55, of St. Paul, has literally made a federal case out of the fact that she was rated "superior" rather than "outstanding" in a routine review of her work.

However Turner, who joined the FBI in 1978, testified in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis that she had never had an unsatisfactory job review until after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against her supervisor, Senior Supervisory Agent Craig Welkin.

That's when Welkin stopped giving her full credit for the job she was doing, Turner said. She said she put up with the slights because she had so many "statistics," or favorable performance points, in her files.

Among her trophies was a personal letter from then-U.S. Attorney General William French Smith for her help in apprehending Christopher Boyce, a Soviet spy made famous in the movie "The Falcon and the Snowman."

However, in the summer of 1998, Welkin tried to block her from working on a case involving an infamous child pornographer who came to be known nationally as "The Internet Killer." Turner testified that the U.S. attorney in North Dakota at the time, John Schneider, tipped her off to Welkin's interference. Welkin only relented and assigned her to the case after Schneider wrote to him, she said.

Turner quickly developed a rapport with the family of the suspect, Larry Froistad, and eventually developed evidence that persuaded him to confess to molesting and killing his 5-year-old daughter, Amanda.

Schneider thanked her in an October 1998 e-mail. "Quite simply, that case and plea was your product," he said.

But Turner said that Welkin did not give her full credit for the case in her annual review, a detail that might hamper her efforts to get promotions or raises. She said he accused her of "poaching cases" and complained that she "sandbagged" him by getting Schneider to ask for her in the Froistad case.

Turner denied doing so, and reported Welkin's comments to his boss in Minneapolis. The FBI launched a formal re-evaluation of Turner's job performance.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Hochhalter testified that he never saw Turner "stop working," as Fagg alleged in her opening remarks. He said Turner pushed hard on cases.

Hochhalter offered strong praise for Turner's investigative and interrogation skills. "I learned from her," he said.

But the formal FBI review in June 1999 found her work "minimally acceptable" in 1999, and she was ordered to transfer to a desk job in Minneapolis in December of that year. She reported to Minneapolis in May 2000 and filed suit Aug. 3, 2001.

Turner later sparked furor in the FBI when she accused a colleague of stealing artifacts from the ruins of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks. She retired in the fall of 2003 in the face of possible termination proceedings, allegedly for hurting the bureau's image.

Another FBI whistleblower, Coleen Rowley, is expected to testify on her behalf today.
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Black genealogist traces possible link to J. Edgar Hoover

10:00 PM PST on Monday, February 5, 2007

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CORONA - Millie McGhee-Morris grew up with a secret.
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Millie McGhee-Morris spoke to the Corona Genealogical Society about her possible relation to former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

It was a secret related to her family history passed down in the oral tradition, one she says links her bloodline to former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

The twist is that McGhee-Morris, born in 1947 in McComb, Miss., is black. Hoover was white.

The author and educator spoke Monday night to about 40 members of the Corona Genealogical Society at the Corona Public Library.

McGhee-Morris talked about the third edition of her book titled "Secrets Uncovered," which recounts the oral history of her family that outlines her connection to Hoover. She also has co-written the script for a documentary film and companion book titled "What's Done in the Dark."

The Rancho Cucamonga resident could not read until she was 47 and founded a nonprofit organization called Young Talented Achievers Inc. to mentor and offer career guidance to students of all races.

"With the pain my ancestors suffered through, they really wanted me to write this book," she said. "I was born to do this."

She recounted how she came home from school at age 12 and mentioned to her grandfather that her history class had talked about Hoover.
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Millie McGhee-Morris said census and other records she found support her family's history that shows a link to J. Edgar Hoover.

Her grandfather told her that Hoover was his cousin. He told her to keep the secret of his black ancestry to herself or the whole family could be killed, she said.

Many blacks feared Hoover, who had a known disdain for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and launched a campaign to discredit the civil-rights leader.

McGhee-Morris said she had suppressed the family secret until adulthood, when a therapist helped her discern what a recurring dream of hooded white men setting a fire outside her house meant.

She started writing her mother's family's oral history as part of the healing process, and when she looked further into the genealogy, she found a link to Hoover, she said.

McGhee-Morris said her connection to Hoover started at the hard-to-find gravesite of Ivery Hoover, her grandfather's uncle. She said her family oral history states that J. Edgar Hoover is the product of an extramarital affair between the FBI director's mother and Ivery Hoover.

She said census and other records she found after hiring a genealogist support her family's history.

Many fair-skinned blacks living under the burden of slavery and segregation passed for white if they could, giving up ties to their family in the process, she said.

Len Enlow, president of the genealogical society, said many people who try to find out about their family history run into roadblocks because of secrets, much like McGhee-Morris did in her 10 years of writing her book.

"Most speakers talk about the mechanics," he said. "Millie spoke from the heart as to how she did it."

Debbie Stuckert, the genealogical society's vice president, said the group plans to screen McGhee-Morris' movie in October to find out more about how she found the documentation for the book.

"I liked her enthusiasm," Stuckert said. "I am eager to see more of the steps. Being genealogists, we thrive on this."

Reach Melanie C. Johnson at 951-893-2113 or mjohnson@PE.com

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Saddam Lives, Says Author

(Conspiracy Nation, 01/30/07) -- A book published in Egypt this January reportedly makes the case that the real Saddam Hussein was not hanged in Iraq, but a Saddam look-alike. Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay also, if the author is correct, remain alive.

The book, Saddam Was Not Executed and 'Uday and Qusay Were not Killed - The United States' Lies and the Double Game, by Egyptian researcher, author, and journalist Anis Al-Daghidi (363 pp), is not currently available for consideration by open-minded readers in the U.S. Here, there is almost no discussion of the possibility that the "Saddam hanging" may have been staged.

"The hanging of 'Saddam Hussein' saga must be prefaced by a cornerstone: We do not know for sure it was Saddam Hussein who was hanged, nor do we even know with certainty a hanging actually happened," reported Conspiracy Nation not long after the performance. ("'Hanged Man' Starts New Year," http://www.shout.net/~bigred/HangedMan.html). Saddam Hussein may have "done a Houdini" and gone into peaceful retirement. ("Saddam Does A Houdini," http://www.shout.net/~bigred/Houdini.html)

Reportedly, Saddam Hussein's wife, Sajida Heiralla Tuffa, in 2004, upon being allowed to visit her husband, emerged from the prison screaming, "This is not my husband, it's his double, where is my husband? Take me to my husband!" ("Mrs. Saddam says defendant Saddam is not her Saddam," http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20040717.htm)

Photos of the man being tried as Saddam revealed that he had bad teeth and an underbite. Conversely, photos of the real Saddam consistently show that he has near perfect teeth and an overbite.

MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) today reports several other anomalies in the "Saddam" capture, trial, and execution. ("New Conspiracy Theory in Egypt: It Wasn't Saddam But His Double Who Was Executed," http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP144507) Among the "sore thumbs" sticking out are...

  • "Saddam" has a mole on his forehead. The real Saddam has no such mole;
  • The real Saddam's hair is thick. The double, Mikhail Ramadhan (a.k.a. Makhluf Ramadhan), has/had thin hair;
  • Forensic examination of ear photos do not match the real Saddam with whoever was supposedly hanged;
  • The regional dialect spoken by the double is southern Iraqi. Saddam's dialect is central Iraqi;
  • Handwriting samples of the "captured Saddam" and the real Saddam show marked differences.
Reportedly, a lecturer in statistics and mathematics at Cairo University, 'Adil 'Abd Al-Qadir, has independently concluded the actual Saddam Hussein was not executed, at least not as commonly depicted.
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Troy University has added a special seminar course in Homeland Security to its schedule for the upcoming term.

Featured guest lecturer will be former FBI special agent, John Andrews.

Registration begins Feb. 12 and closes March 11. The Homeland Security sessions will be held on two weekends:

    * March 30-April 1
    * April 20-22

Andrews spent 23 years as a special agent for FBI. During his career, he worked several stints in various international terrorism investigations including in-depth involvement on the case of the Middle Eastern terrorist group Hezbollah. He also trained and managed several Arabic infiltrators for the CIA to utilize in overseas covert operations. In addition, he served as the Senior Resident Agent in charge of southeast New Mexico and was an exclusive member of the new agent selection committee.

As an FBI retiree,  Andrews now spends his time sharing his knowledge and donating his time. He assists local police departments with outreach programs involving missing and exploited children and is an adjunct professor of Islamic Fundamentalism and International Terrorism at Florida State University. He still holds an FBI Top Secret security clearance.

Registration for the seminar is required and is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Troy University is a public institution comprised of a worldwide network of campuses; the Florida Region is headquartered in Fort Walton Beach and reaches from Pensacola to Tampa.  The Pensacola campus is located at 21 New Warrington Road N in Pensacola.  If you have any questions or comments, call (850) 455-5836.
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Documentary That Reveals Inside Job on September 11th Set to Premiere at New York International Independent Film and Video Festival

The documentary "911 Eyewitness from Hoboken" will have its Los Angeles premiere on Sunday, March 4th at 4PM at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2007 -- In the powerful documentary "911 Eyewitness from Hoboken" original video footage taken of the World Trade Center by Rick Siegel reveals the truth about what actually happened during U.S. War Games on September 11th, 2001.

"911 Eyewitness from Hoboken" features authentic digital video and audio evidence of explosions that corroborate the testimony of New York City firefighters, police officers and hundreds of other witnesses. This evidence confirms that the historic collapses of three steel framed structures on September 11th were the result of bombs planted in the buildings. Additional evidence and scientific analysis is presented in such a way that the film irrefutably proves 9/11 was an inside job.

NYPD Fire Chief Orio Palmer reached the south tower impact zone and radioed that the fire was under control. "We've got two isolated pockets of fire," he said. "We should be able to knock it down with two lines." Over 300 firefighters in WTC2 knew welded steel frame structures never collapse. The towers were designed to flex like trees in hurricane winds and absorb the impact of the largest Boeing jetliner. Prior to September 11th, WTC Project Manager Frank A. De Martini told the History Channel, "I believe the towers could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners."

Viewers of this documentary will witness multiple low rumbling explosions that were heard and felt before the towers collapsed. "911 Eyewitness from Hoboken" is destined to go down in history as the Zapruder film of September 11th as seven laws of science prove treason, fraud and murder. Does gravity prove guilt? Find out what the rest of the world has known for years by using your own eyes and ears.

"911 Eyewitness from Hoboken" will have its Los Angeles premiere on Sunday, March 4th at 4PM at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival located at the legendary Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre located in the heart of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. To purchase tickets go to http:www.TicketWeb.com and type in "911 Eyewitness" in the search box or call 866-468-7619. Tickets are $12 per screening block and that includes entrance to the after-party.

To schedule an interview with 911 Eyewitness Rick Siegel, please contact Blue Star Media Group at 360-910-5770.
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Jackson 03/05/07
Three On Your Side Investigates: Former FBI Informant Busted

By Marsha Thompson

A key informant who helped the Federal government crack a high- profile corruption case involving two Jackson City Councilmen, nearly a decade ago, is now in trouble with the law.

The tables have been turned on 57- year old Jon Dale Adams. Adams was arrested and charged with two counts of felony tax evasion this morning. Sources tell us Adams, a former strip club owner, was arrested at Secret's Adult Video and Book store on McDowell Road. Adams Mercedes sedan was still parked outside. Inside an employee told us he didn't know about bust.

Adams who owns J-Town used cars on Highway 80 helped the fed's convicted former City Councilman Louis Armstrong and Councilman Robert Williams in 1999. The white collar crime case involved the two Councilmen taking bribes to rezone land for Adams' strip joints. Both former Councilmen are now back on the city's payroll, hired by Mayor Frank Melton.

Court documents show Adams filed amended his 1999 Federal Income Tax REturn Form 1040X. He reported gross receipts of taxes $227,415.21 in February of 2001. The Grand Jury indictment charges Adams then and there well knew and believed, he had gross receipts substantially in excess of the amounts reported, in violating of Section 7206(1), Title 26 United States Code.

Count 2 indicates in August of 2001 he reported gross receipts of over $400,423.00. The goverment claims Adams actually earned substantially more and failed to report in this incidence as well. The former strip club owner and used car lot owner a told the Judge Monday during his initial appearance, he had an 8th grade education. He said he understood the charages and the specifications of bond offered by Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorneys Office for the southern District.

Adams who was bound and shackled, entered a "not guilty " plea during his arraignment. Bond was set at 20-thousand dollars.
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This 9/11 BBC World News footage shows the BBC reporting that the WTC-7 building had already collapsed even though WTC-7 is clearly still standing right behind the reporter outside the window. The satellite feed goes dead about five minutes before the WTC-7 building actually collapsed — making it the first steel frame high rise to collapse due to fire in the entire history of the world!

Here is the BBC’s response to this controversy:

1. We’re not part of a conspiracy. Nobody told us what to say or do on September 11th. We didn’t get told in advance that buildings were going to fall down. We didn’t receive press releases or scripts in advance of events happening.

So if nobody told told you this was about to happen, how did you correctly predict the collapse of WTC-7 23 minutes before it actually happened? Is Miss Cleo one of your producers?

2. In the chaos and confusion of the day, I’m quite sure we said things which turned out to be untrue or inaccurate - but at the time were based on the best information we had. We did what we always did - sourced our reports, used qualifying words like “apparently” or “it’s reported” or “we’re hearing” and constantly tried to check and double check the information we were receiving.

Sorry, but all of these words are noticeably missing from the report in question.

3. Our reporter Jane Standley was in New York on the day of the attacks, and like everyone who was there, has the events seared on her mind. I’ve spoken to her today and unsurprisingly, she doesn’t remember minute-by-minute what she said or did - like everybody else that day she was trying to make sense of what she was seeing; what she was being told; and what was being told to her by colleagues in London who were monitoring feeds and wires services.

Does she not remember the building right behind her imploding into rubble just minutes after the anchor told her it had already collapsed?

And why are you blaming poor Jane Standley for this. Wasn’t she simply agreeing with what the anchor told her?

Finally, if you were a reporter who confirmed to the entire world on live TV that the WTC-7 building had already collapsed 23 minutes before it actually collapsed on the most historic day of this century, would you be able to remember the source that steered you wrong?

4. We no longer have the original tapes of our 9/11 coverage (for reasons of cock-up, not conspiracy). So if someone has got a recording of our output, I’d love to get hold of it. We do have the tapes for our sister channel News 24, but they don’t help clear up the issue one way or another.

So the dog ate the BBC’s only copy of its 9/11 video? Do you actually expect us to believe this? Ever heard of http://www.archive.org?

5. If we reported the building had collapsed before it had done so, it would have been an error - no more than that. As one of the comments on You Tube says today “so the guy in the studio didn’t quite know what was going on? Woah, that totally proves conspiracy… “

OK, now you are quoting a commenter on youtube.com? Seriously? That’s your explanation for going with a psychic prediction that the WTC-7 tower was about to collapse while the building itself is still obviously standing right behind you? And if you read the youtube.com comments, how are we supposed to believe your excuse about the dog eating your video? Didn’t you just see it on youtube?


This is some truly bizarre stuff. Who was pushed this story on the BBC such that they went with it without so much as fact checking the obvious fact that the WTC-7 tower was still standing in plain sight on their own camera footage while they were making this very report? Remember that no steel frame high rise has ever collapsed due to fire on any day in human history other than 9/11. So what made the BBC’s source so certain that WTC-7 was going to come down 23 minutes before it actually did such that the BBC went ahead and reported that this had already occurred with the WTC-7 building still standing in plain sight in their own footage?

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Spy may not testify in Omagh case
Scene of Omagh bombing
Twenty-nine people died in the Omagh bombing in August 1998
An American agent who infiltrated the ranks of the Real IRA may not testify in the Omagh bomb compensation case.

David Rupert was due to give evidence from America, via video link, in a £14m civil case taken by the Omagh victim's families.

However, Belfast's High Court has been told the FBI is no longer willing to co-operate due to concerns over Mr Rupert's security and health.

The 1998 car bomb killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins.

Five men believed to have been involved in the blast are being sued by the families of some of the victims in the civil action.

Convicted RIRA leader Michael McKevitt and four other people in the Republic of Ireland - Seamus Daly, Seamus McKenna, Liam Campbell and Colm Murphy - are being sued by the families of those killed in the atrocity.

McKevitt is challenging his 20-year sentence imposed in the Republic for directing terrorism.

Mr Rupert gave evidence at the Special Criminal Court in the Irish capital in his trial.

Mr Rupert was an informer for the Irish police special branch
David Rupert infiltrated the Real IRA

He was also due to give evidence at the compensation case via video link after it was argued attendance at the hearing in Belfast would put his life at risk.

However, during a preliminary issues hearing into the case, Lord Brennan QC - who is representing the Omagh families - told Mr Justice Morgan: "We wanted Mr Rupert to give evidence via video link but the FBI have refused to co-operate in that regard.

"Our understanding is that the FBI have reached this stage in relation to this man's security and health. He is in a protective arrangement of some type in America."

Saying Mr Rupert's evidence was "of central importance" in the case against McKevitt and Campbell, Lord Brennan revealed his legal team "have sought and will continue to seek confirmation" on the position regarding Mr Rupert.

Expressing his surprise at the latest development in the case, Mr Justice Morgan said the High Court had been "busying away in making technical arrangements to ensure Mr Rupert could be accommodated".

The judge also expressed the hope that the civil action will be heard later in the year.
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In Mexico, top Tabasco state police arrested in raid linked to assassination attempt
By Associated Press
Sunday, March 18, 2007 - Updated: 09:18 AM EST

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico - Hundreds of Mexican federal police and soldiers surrounded the headquarters of Tabasco’s state police and arrested top current and former commanders in a raid apparently linked to an assassination attempt against the state’s public safety secretary.
    The federal officers disarmed police at the state public safety headquarters at Villahermosa, the capital of Tabasco located 410 miles east of Mexico City, and arrested three top state police commanders there, as well as two other former commanders detained elsewhere, said Tabasco state Interior Secretary Humberto Mayans.

    The Saturday raid _ in which 350 federal police and about 150 soldiers disarmed state police _ followed a March 6 shooting attack in which retired Gen. Francisco Fernandez Solis, the new head of state public safety, was wounded and his driver killed.
    No charges against the men were immediately announced, but the five detainees were taken to the offices of the Assistant Attorney General for Investigation of Organized Crime in Mexico City for questioning. Mayans said the arrests were related to the ongoing investigation into the attack on Fernandez Solis.
    After the raid, state police officers returned to their duties with only nightsticks, while armed federal officers performed patrols.
    While investigators had originally said they thought the attack on Fernandez Solis had been carried out by drug traffickers, Saturday’s arrests appeared to lend credence to reports the shooting had been the work of a shadowy ”brotherhood” of rogue policemen angered by the new security secretary’s rigorous approach to combatting the drug trade and other crimes.
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Past as Prologue: GAO Access and the FBI


Michael Ravnitzky has provided POGO with some Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents from 1993 and 1994 (pdf) he received through the Freedom of Information Act.  In August 2004, FBI Director Louis Freeh, reiterating directions sent out during his predecessor Acting Director Floyd Clarke's tenure the year before, tells his field office Special-Agents-in-Charge and Legal Attachés to control and reduce GAO access to FBI documents (pdf):

In the past, GAO [Government Accountability Office] has attempted to make direct contact with various Field Office, Legat [Legal Attachés], and FBIHQ [FBI Headquarter] personnel without coordination or approval of FBIHQ.  Interviews of personnel, disclosure of information, or dissemination of documentation should not take place until the proper notification from GAO has been submitted to and coordinated by OPCA [Office of Public and Congressional Affairs] at FBIHQ.

GAO is presently conducting several different audits that directly or indirectly involve the FBI.  While each of these audits has been approved and coordinated by FBIHQ, each subsequent audit must also be approved and coordinated by OPCA, even if the same GAO staff and FBI personnel are involved in the new audit.  No documentation or additional interviews are to be given to GAO without coordination and authorization by FBIHQ.

Despite instructions from FBIHQ, GAO often will ask for documentation and more information than they are authorized to receive.  For example, there have been a number of requests from GAO for information relating to pending investigations.  As a matter of longstanding policy, FBIHQ will continue to deny GAO access to any information that will identify pending cases.  GAO is not to be given direct and unlimited access to our files...

This might as well have been written yesterday. 

Ironically, in 1997, it was Freeh who called the FBI "potentially the most dangerous agency in the country" if it is "not scrutinized carefully." Freeh also called for more congressional oversight.


Months before the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the FBI entitled "Oversight of the FBI" (pdf).  One of the witnesses, Norman Rabkin of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress' investigative arm, testified that:

While things go smoothly on occasion, on many other occasions our access at the FBI has been difficult, resulting in us having to follow cumbersome procedures to meet with Bureau officials and get basic information about their programs and activities.  We have had access issues in a number of agencies over the years.  However, across law enforcement-related agencies, FBI access issues have been the most sustained and intractable.

Rabkin also remarked that the last time the GAO testified on access problems at the FBI and Justice Department was in 1991 (pdf).

A month later in July 2001, two House Government Reform subcommittees held a joint hearing entitled, "Is the CIA's Refusal to Cooperate with Congressional Inquiries a Threat to Effective Oversight of the Operations of the Federal Government?"

There the GAO's Henry L. Hinton, Jr. stated:

We have broad authority to evaluate CIA programs. In reality, however, we face both legal and practical limitations on our ability to review these programs. For example, we have no access to certain CIA “unvouchered” accounts and cannot compel our access to foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information. In addition, as a practical matter, we are limited by the CIA’s level of cooperation, which has varied through the years. We have not actively audited the CIA since the early 1960s. (emphasis POGO's)

Then 9/11 occurred and though there were important exceptions, Congress as an institution did not express much interest in the decades-long issue.  In fact, GAO access took some big hits over the course of 2001 and into 2002, especially in regards to the battle it lost over access to Vice President Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force records, partly because its main Congressional support was in the minority at the time.

Whistleblowers and the families of 9/11 victims need to be given particular credit for what was done in those years.  But finally, as can be seen in the muscle flexing of House Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) (pdf) in the U.S. Attorney firing investigation, though this battle is about Congressional access more generally, Congress is coming back.

GAO access at the FBI and CIA are still problems however.  Though Congressional committee staff can provide a great deal of oversight firepower, Congress' large and professional investigative arm, the GAO, needs access to information.  As Hinton stated, the GAO has not "actively audited the CIA since the early 1960s."  And the problem with the FBI goes back to at least 1941, when then-Attorney General Robert H. Jackson, representing J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, wrote in an opinion that:

It is the position of the Department of Justice, restated now with the approval and at the direction of the President, that all investigative reports are confidential documents of the executive department and that congressional or public access thereto would not be in the public interest.

Though it still had not been named as "Executive Privilege," Jackson was relying on the same concept, which would not become a mature concept until the Cold War:

This accords with the conclusions reached by a long line of predecessors in the office of Attorney General and with the position taken by the President from time to time since Washington's administration; and this discretion in the executive branch has been upheld and respected by the judiciary.

As recent developments have made clear, we need more oversight of the FBI and other national security agencies.  The GAO serves the Congress, but it needs Congress' support too.

-- Nick Schwellenbach

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Former CIA official supports Professor's claim that official 9/11 Islamist conspiracy theory are lies

by Paul Chen

  David Ray Griffin

David Ray Griffin.

David Ray Griffin is widely recognized as one of the leading spokespersons of the 9/11 truth movement. This is by virtue of his previous four books on the subject. Professor Griffin and a growing list of scholars, other researchers as well as diverse experts and activists, reject the official Islamist mastermind conspiracy theory about 9/11 advanced by Establishment interests.

Although the 9/11 truth movement was long ignored by the U.S. government and the mainstream media, recent polls have shown that (as Time magazine has acknowledged) the rejection of the official theory has become "a mainstream political phenomenon."

It is not surprising, therefore, that the U.S. government and the Big Business controlled media have shifted tactics. No longer ignoring the 9/11 truth movement, they have released a flurry of stories and reports aimed at debunking it.

In David Ray Griffin's new book entitled Debunking 9/11, shows that these attempts can themselves be easily debunked.

"Debunking 9/11 is a superb compendium of the strong body of evidence showing the official U.S. Government story of what happened on September 11, 2001 to be almost certainly a monstrous series of lies. Tragically, the entire course of U.S. foreign and domestic policies since that date has grown out of these almost certain falsehoods," says Bill Christison, former senior official of the CIA.

Mr. Christison further indicates that, "This single book could (and should) provide the basis for the United Nations International Court of Justice, or some specially constituted global body (independent of the U.S.) to investigate with highest priority, and publicly report its findings about, the charge that unknown elements within the U.S. Government, and possibly some individuals elsewhere closely allied to the U.S., caused or contributed to causing the events of September 11 to happen.”

Besides demonstrating the pitiful failure of "Debunking 9/11 Myths" (published by Popular Mechanics and endorsed by Senator John McCain), Professor Griffin critically challenges recent reports and stories put out by the US Department of State, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Time magazine.

Professor Griffin also responds to criticisms of these efforts by left-leaning and Christian publications -- which one might have expected to be supportive.

Throughout these critiques, Griffin shows that the charge that is regularly levelled against critics of the official theory -- that they employ irrational and unscientific methods to defend conclusions based on faith -- actually applies more fully to those who defend the official theory.

“Considering how the 9/11 tragedy has been used by the Bush administration to propel us into immoral wars again and again, I believe that David Ray Griffin's provocative questions about 9/11 deserve to be investigated and addressed,” says Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States.

"Professor Griffin is the nemesis of the 9/11 cover-up. This new book destroys the credibility of the NIST and Popular Mechanics reports and annihilates his critics," says Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury during the Reagan administration.

“David Ray Griffin hits another one out of the park by taking on the left gatekeepers and the mass media for the lies and cover-up called ‘the official story of 9/11/01,’ which is the greatest conspiracy theory ever perpetrated on the American public. I highly recommend this book for all thinking Americans,” further indicates Meria Heller, Producer Host of the Meria Heller Show (www.meria.net).

This book, by debunking the most prevalent attempts to refute the evidence cited by the 9/11 truth movement, shows that this movement's central claim -- that 9/11 was an inside job -- remains the only explanation that fits the facts.

Make comments about this article in The Canadian Blog.

About the Author

David Ray Griffin is professor of philosophy of religion and theology, emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies. His 30 books include The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 (2004), The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2005), 9/11 and American Empire (2006, ed. with Peter Dale Scott), and Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11 (2006)

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Giuliani Testified He Was Briefed on Kerik in ’00

Published: March 30, 2007

Rudolph W. Giuliani told a grand jury that his former chief investigator remembered having briefed him on some aspects of Bernard B. Kerik’s relationship with a company suspected of ties to organized crime before Mr. Kerik’s appointment as New York City police commissioner, according to court records.

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Mr. Giuliani, testifying last year under oath before a Bronx grand jury investigating Mr. Kerik, said he had no memory of the briefing, but he did not dispute that it had taken place, according to a transcript of his testimony.

Mr. Giuliani’s testimony amounts to a significantly new version of what information was probably before him in the summer of 2000 as he was debating Mr. Kerik’s appointment as the city’s top law enforcement officer. Mr. Giuliani had previously said that he had never been told of Mr. Kerik’s entanglement with the company before promoting him to the police job or later supporting his failed bid to be the nation’s homeland security secretary.

In his testimony, given in April 2006, Mr. Giuliani indicated that he must have simply forgotten that he had been briefed on one or more occasions as part of the background investigation of Mr. Kerik before his appointment to the police post.

He said he learned only in late 2004 that the briefing or briefings had occurred, after the city’s investigation commissioner reviewed his own records from 2000. To this day, Mr. Giuliani testified, he has no specific recollection of any briefing or the details of what he was told. But he said he felt comforted because the chief investigator had cleared Mr. Kerik to be promoted.

“He testified fully and cooperatively,” a statement from Mr. Giuliani’s consulting firm said of the former mayor’s grand jury appearance. The statement added: “Mayor Giuliani has admitted it was a mistake to recommend Bernie Kerik for D.H.S. and he has assumed responsibility for it.”

Mr. Kerik pleaded guilty last summer to improperly allowing the company, Interstate Industrial Corporation, or its subsidiaries, to do $165,000 worth of free renovations on his Bronx apartment in late 1999 and 2000. The company has denied paying for the work, and has disputed any association with organized crime. But the two brothers who run it have been indicted in the Bronx on charges they lied under oath about their dealings with Mr. Kerik.

There is no evidence that Mr. Giuliani knew about the apartment renovation before promoting Mr. Kerik to police commissioner. But the top investigator who briefed Mr. Giuliani in 2000, the transcript shows, was aware that Mr. Kerik’s brother and a close friend had been hired by an affiliate of the company, which for years had been struggling to secure a city license.

For Mr. Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president and who has done well in early polls, his history with Mr. Kerik looms as a likely issue in the campaign. His own aides have anticipated that questions are likely to arise about Mr. Giuliani’s judgment in, among other things, promoting Mr. Kerik for one of the country’s most important national security posts.

Now, Mr. Giuliani, whose private company provides background checks for companies as part of its services, may have to explain his response to the information that was provided to him in 2000.

His company’s statement yesterday said that Mr. Giuliani was not concerned that issues surrounding Mr. Kerik would become a liability to his presidential campaign.

The transcript of Mr. Giuliani’s testimony was not given to The New York Times by any rival campaign.

In his testimony, Mr. Giuliani suggests he might have been presented with only limited information about Mr. Kerik’s issues. And he said the city investigators who did the background check on Mr. Kerik ultimately cleared him to be hired as police commissioner.

Mr. Giuliani testified that the background investigators’ approval might explain why he, and aides who were involved, could not recollect any briefing, according to the 101-page transcript of his April 20, 2006, testimony.

“We may have filed it away somewhere that it wasn’t as significant,” Mr. Giuliani testified. Mr. Giuliani said Edward J. Kuriansky, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Investigation, had also forgotten about the briefings until he checked his records days after Mr. Kerik’s withdrawal from consideration as homeland security secretary in late 2004.

Mr. Kuriansky did not return phone calls seeking his account of what he remembered telling Mr. Giuliani.

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        FBI Agent Killed in New Jersey Shootout        

        Friday April 6, 2007 12:01 PM


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READINGTON, N.J. (AP) - An FBI agent was killed as agents closed in on three suspected bank robbers, and may have been shot accidentally by a fellow agent, the agency said.

Special Agent Barry Lee Bush, assigned to the FBI's Newark office, was shot Thursday as a stakeout team opened fire on the three armed men in two vehicles outside a PNC Bank branch on Route 22.

``Preliminarily, information suggests the agent may have been fatally wounded as a result of the accidental discharge of another agent's weapon during a dynamic arrest situation,'' the FBI said in a statement Thursday night.

Pedro Ruiz, special agent in charge of the FBI's Newark office, said the suspects did not fire their weapons, which included two assault rifles and a handgun. He said he did not yet know how many shots were fired and would not elaborate on what led the agents to shoot.

Bush, 52, and his team were tracking a group of men believed to be responsible for at least four bank robberies, the FBI said. In two of them, the suspects had fired assault weapons while inside the bank, the agency said.

Gunshots were fired around noon as the stakeout team moved in to make arrests outside the Readington bank in north-central New Jersey. Two suspects, Wilfredo Berrios, 28, and Michael Cruz, 21, both of New Brunswick, were captured, officials said. The third man ran escaped on foot.

About 300 law enforcement officers were searching for the fugitive Thursday night, focusing on a 2-square-mile wooded area near the Fox Hollow Golf Club. He was identified by state police as Francisco Herrera-Genao, 22, of New Brunswick.

Berrios and Cruz were to be charged with attempted armed robbery of the Readington bank, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark said.

It was not immediately clear if the men had attorneys, and telephone listings for the men could not be located.

The FBI had started investigating Berrios, Cruz and Herrera-Genao after a March 2 bank robbery. A surveillance camera at a shopping center caught the masked gunmen abandoning a stolen Honda they had used in the robbery and getting into their ``switch car,'' a rental vehicle that was traced to Berrios, according to the criminal complaint released by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

After his arrest, Cruz admitted the men were preparing to rob the Readington bank, according to the complaint. Cruz also said he, Berrios, Herrera-Genao and Efrain Lynn, 21, of New Brunswick, had robbed a bank in South Brunswick on March 16.

Lynn was arrested Thursday on a bench warrant unrelated to the bank robberies, federal prosecutors said.

Witnesses in Readington described a chaotic scene as the gunfire broke out.

Brian Agans, who works in an engine shop across from the bank, said he heard a ``pop, pop, pop.'' He ran outside to make sure a mechanic wasn't having a problem with equipment, but instead saw law enforcement swarming.

``All hell was breaking loose. I've never seen so many police and authorities take action ever in my life,'' he said.

Bush joined the FBI in August of 1987, serving in Kansas City and transferring to Newark in 1991. He is survived by a wife and two grown children, the FBI said.

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