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joeb
January 6 2014




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Shocking evidence Hitler escaped Germany
Newly declassified FBI, U.S. intel files raise startling questions
http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/shocking-evidence-hitler-escaped-germany/

Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun

WASHINGTON – Everyone knows Adolf Hitler committed suicide by gunshot in his underground bunker on April 30, 1945.

At least, that has been the conventional wisdom.

Now comes WND senior staff reporter Jerome R. Corsi’s new book, “Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Germany.”

Examining declassified FBI and U.S. military intelligence files, Corsi makes a compelling case that U.S. investigators suspected from the beginning Hitler had escaped. For political purposes, the evidence indicates, they were willing to go along with the cover story that in the final days of World War II, Hitler married his mistress, Eva Braun, and the two took their lives in a joint-suicide ritual just before the Soviet army entered Berlin.

But the truth is, no one actually saw Hitler commit suicide. There are no photographs documenting a joint suicide of Hitler and Eva Braun, and the bodies of the two were never recovered or preserved for positive identification.

Get Jerome Corsi’s “Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Germany” at WND’s Superstore.

In 2009, Corsi pointed out, Nicholas Bellatoni, the Connecticut state archaeologist, was allowed by the Russian Federation State Archive in Moscow to examine skull fragments the Russians have claimed for decades are proof Hitler committed suicide.

Bellatoni’s startling findings prompted Corsi to investigate further.

“What caused me to question Hitler’s suicide was Bellatoni’s DNA analysis that proved conclusively the skull fragments belonged not to Hitler, but to a 40-year-old woman unrelated to Eva Braun,” Corsi said.

In “Hunting Hitler,” Corsi posits Hitler made his way to Argentina with the help of U.S. intelligence agents that had been secretly working with the Nazis since 1943. Allen Dulles, then an agent of the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, the predecessor agency to the CIA, was communicating secretly with top Nazis from his office in Bern, Switzerland, Corsi said.

Corsi brings to light many troubling questions, including:

    Why were the Americans unable to obtain physical evidence of Hitler’s remains after the Russians absconded with his body?
    Why did both Stalin and Eisenhower doubt Hitler’s demise?
    Why did nobody in Hitler’s bunker hear any shots fired?
    Did U.S. intelligence agents in Europe, including the OSS and Allen Dulles (who later headed the CIA under President Eisenhower), aid Hitler’s escape, as they did with so many other Nazis?
    Argentinean media reported Hitler arrived in the country and it continued to report his presence. Why have the findings not made it to the US?

Corsi relies on autopsy reports, interrogation transcripts, documents from Soviet archives, CIA reports, extensive research in the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., and in College Park, Md., and more to back up his case.

Did U.S. intelligence help Hitler get away?

His evidence is shockingly abundant, and his clear argument lends credence to a new theory that disembowels the double-suicide narrative.

“The story Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide was a cover story, designed by U.S. intelligence agents at the end of World War II to facilitate the escape not only of Hitler and Eva Braun, but also of top Nazi war criminals such as Adolf Eichmann who was discovered in 1960 hiding in Argentina,” Corsi argued.

He presents documentary evidence Allen Dulles’ wartime mission in Switzerland included helping Martin Bormann, Hitler’s secretary, to funnel billions of dollars of Nazi ill-gotten financial gain out of Germany and invest in the U.S. and Argentinian stock markets to provide a financial cushion to survive in hiding after the war.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/shocking-evidence-hitler-escaped-germany/#GSMVkMdzEeK7moQp.99
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see link for full story
http://boingboing.net/2014/01/14/fbi-to-students-watch-out-so.html

FBI to Students: Watch Out! Socialists Are TOTALLY Gay.

 

[flier]In 1971 the Young Socialist Alliance ended its policy of barring gays. The FBI's San Diego office seized on this announcement "to play on people's bigotries to dissuade them from joining a political organization" by creating these fliers, says Jesse Walker of the Hit & Run blog. The FBI also made another flier with women's names and said the organization was "now accepting 'les' membership."

FBI headquarters wholeheartedly approved of the smear campaign: "Bureau feels preparation of leaflets as requested in relet has merit, and you are authorized to duplicate sufficient copies on commercially obtained paper to have posted on various bulletin boards where they might be seen by majority of students at San Diego State College. It is hopeful this action will have desired effect of dissuading would-be new recruits from membership in YSA."
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I have been talking with attorney Jesse Trentadue for at least
4 years.
He is the man who has the evidence that FBI agents created the Oklahoma City bombing.
Can you name any of the agents?

Nah, didn't think so.


see link for full story

http://fox13now.com/2014/07/28/is-fbi-hiding-oklahoma-city-bombing-evidence/

Is FBI hiding Oklahoma City bombing evidence?
Posted 7:50 pm, July 28, 2014, by Ben Winslow, Updated at 10:09pm, July 28, 2014        

SALT LAKE CITY — A trial opened here today over documents and videotape of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and whether the FBI is refusing to hand it over.

Jesse Trentadue, who claims his brother was killed in an interrogation by federal agents when he was mistaken for a bombing co-conspirator, is suing for the records. The FBI said Monday it has provided everything he asked for, and everything it has.

The 1995 bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City killed 168. Trentadue claims that his requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for surveillance tapes from around the bomb site haven’t been fulfilled.

He specifically referenced a tape that purports to show a Ryder truck pull up in front of the federal building on April 19, 1995, someone walking away, and then the bomb going off. Trentadue claims it is being kept at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

FBI witnesses testified that they did not believe such a tape exists.

“I don’t have personal knowledge of it,” testified Monica Mitchell of the FBI’s Records Management Division.

He cited another document that claimed a “confidential source” said an FBI agent had attempted to sell such a tape for $1 million to a TV show. Other witnesses said they investigated and found no truth to it.

The “OKBomb” file, as it is known, is so massive that it encompasses an entire warehouse near Oklahoma City. But Trentadue insists the FBI did not query all its databases, and never even viewed the tapes they did send him.

“Is it correct, in response to this, you basically did nothing?” U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups asked Mitchell.

“We did nothing because we were confident in our search and what we located,” she replied.

Trentadue made some stunning claims in trial. He showed the judge a document he said alleges the “ATF and FBI had prior knowledge of the bomb which destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995″ but “did not take the bomb threat seriously.”

In her testimony, an FBI official who handled the “OKBomb” evidence acknowledged that a tape of convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh’s arrest was not in their custody. Linda Vernon testified that she traced the chain of custody and the tape had been returned to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Throughout trial, lawyers for the FBI insisted they provided everything to Trentadue. Judge Waddoups will ultimately decide if they did.

The case is part of a larger lawsuit Trentadue filed over the death of his brother, Kenneth, who was arrested in 1995 on a parole violation. Jesse Trentadue said his brother had been beaten to death. The Justice Department insists that Kenneth Trentadue committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell.
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Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:17:24 +0000









The JFK Historical Group Announces Additional Speakers and New Film Presentation



The JFK Historical Group would like to announce the addition of additional speakers to its upcoming conference in Alexandria, Virginia on September 26-28. Joining our speaker lineup is
Ed Haslam, the author of Dr. Mary's Monkey: How the unsolved murder of a doctor, a secret laboratory in New Orleans and caner-causing monkey viruses are linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK assassination and emerging
global epidemics.

Gayle Nix Jackson, the author of
Orville Nix: The Missing JFK Film, will also be presenting at our conference.


Also the important new film by
Shane O'Sullivan, The Zapruder Film Mystery will be shown.


Complete information about our conference, including bios on all our presenters, is included below and in the attachments above.




The Warren Report 50 Years Later: A Critical Examination

What we know now, that we didn’t know then.

Presented By: The JFK Historical Group

David Denton, Ed Tatro, Walt Boyes, William Boyes, Ben Boyes, Casey Quinlan

September 26th-28th

Crowne Plaza Old Town Hotel, Alexandria, VA.

Many of the leading experts on the JFK Assassination and critics of the Warren Commission findings will be meeting in Washington D.C. on this weekend, to give presentations on the various
aspects of this topic.

Ed Tatro, Doug Horne, Phil Nelson, Russ Baker, Gary Powers Jr., Peter Janney, James Wagenvoord (former Life magazine editor and current whistle blower), Rick Russo, ( a key Nigel Turner
consultant), are among those who have agreed to give presentations and we are expecting others to be added as we proceed.

Dr. Cyril Wecht will be the keynote speaker at the proposed banquet.

The conference will begin at 9 AM on Friday, September 26th, and will run through the evening (there will be a meet and greet with conference speakers that evening), and all
day Saturday. On Saturday evening, we will be having a banquet dinner and our keynote speaker will be giving his presentation. The conference will conclude with presentations on Sunday morning. A more complete schedule will be released as the event gets closer.
Registration and hotel accommodation details are included below:



Conference Fees:

___$115, if paid before August 1st. After August 1st, $125. Walk –up single day session fees will be $65 per day

___ Banquet Dinner and Keynote Presentation Fee of $53.
___ For Hotel Accommodations call 703-683-6000 and ask for the JFK Historical
Group rate ($119 for single, $129 for double a night). For more information about Hotel Accommodations, go
here.
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the reason no investigation...
Boston Marathon bombers are FBI. informants.



see link for full story

http://www.milforddailynews.com/article ... /140909712


Holmes: The Tsarnaev questions

By By Rick Holmes
Local Columnist
Posted Sep. 1, 2014

From the beginning, there have been unanswered questions about the Marathon bombing. Police and prosecutors avoided them by saying there was still an investigation in progress. Politicians and public officials resisted calls for a review of what worked and what didn’t in the days between the blasts on Monday and the capture of the second Tsarnaev brother Friday night, probably to avoid having something come out that might reflect badly on them.

It’s even been hard to find an opportunity to put these questions to someone who might know the answers, especially in a public setting. So when I moderated a debate in Framingham last week between the two candidates for Middlesex District Attorney, I took the opportunity to ask a Tsarnaev question.

"On Sept. 11, 2011, three men were murdered in a Waltham apartment," I explained. Their throats were cut – "the worst bloodbath I’ve ever seen," a veteran Waltham investigator said. More than eight pounds of marijuana was left behind, and $5,000 in cash was scattered on top of the bodies.

The Middlesex DA – Gerry Leone, at the time - held a press conference, but the investigation of the triple murder seemed to go nowhere. Years later, after an even deadlier crime, journalists learned that the phone records of the victims and the statements of their friends pointed to an associate of the men named Tamerlan Tsarnaev. For some reason, investigators working in the Middlesex DA’s office never questioned him.

Marian Ryan was appointed Middlesex DA a week after the Boston Marathon bombings, and five days after Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown. She has worked in the DA’s office for 34 years, and is now campaigning for a full term. So I asked her what part she played in the triple murder investigation, what happened with the case and, as some have speculated, whether the FBI called the DA’s off the investigation.

Ryan’s response left much unanswered. She was plugged into the case as a senior manager in the DA’s office, she said, but she wasn’t in command. "Great progress" is being made in the investigation, she said, but she wouldn’t say anything more, because she doesn’t want to tip off the guilty. No one from the FBI had told her to cool it.

Implied in my question was the question her opponent, Middlesex Clerk of Courts Michael Sullivan, made explicit in his rebuttal: Did the DA's office drop the ball on the triple murder, and did that lead to the deaths of four and the injuries to hundreds at the Marathon finish line?

Ryan replied with outrage over irresponsible "speculation" that was insensitive to the victims of the Marathon bombings. Sullivan came back with outrage over her implication that he, a family friend of one of those killed at the Marathon, was being insensitive. Then he mentioned another victim: the suspect killed while being interrogated as part of the triple murder investigation.
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Utah trial centers on FBI's Oklahoma City bombing records | The Salt ...
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/...78/trentadue-fbi-bombing-building.html.csp
Jul 27, 2014 - (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lawyer Jesse Trentadue seeks ... Trentadue says public documents he already has and news reports ...
Oklahoma City bombing centre stage in brother's court battle | World ...
http://www.theguardian.com › World news › Utah
Jul 27, 2014 - Jesse Trentadue wants FBI to release video of fatal attack in case of ... Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to ...
Trial over Oklahoma City bombing evidence wraps up ... - KFOR.com
kfor.com/.../trial-over-oklahoma-city-bombing-evidence-wraps-up-fbi-acc...
Jul 31, 2014 - Jesse Trentadue, who claims his brother was killed in an ... Three minutes later, Trentadue claims, the bomb goes off. “It shows ... Filed in: News.
Trial over Oklahoma City bombing evidence ... - FOX13Now.com
fox13now.com/.../trial-over-oklahoma-city-bombing-evidence-wraps-up-f...
Jul 31, 2014 - Jesse Trentadue said John Matthews, whom he claimed worked as an undercover government operative in the militia ... Filed in: News.
Trial begins in case over Oklahoma City bombing - Yahoo News
news.yahoo.com/trial-begins-case-over-oklahoma-city-bombing-17262626...
Jul 28, 2014 - Additional searches for videos that Salt Lake City lawyer Jesse Trentadue believes are being withheld would be burdensome and fruitless, FBI ...
Jesse Trentadue | KGOU
kgou.org/term/jesse-trentadue
Aug 25, 2014 - KGOU Your NPR Source Oklahoma public radio news music blues jazz global ... Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue claims the FBI urged a former ...
Attorney claims suppressed video proves Timothy McVeigh had ...
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/.../attorney-oklahoma-city-bomber-work-artic...
Jul 28, 2014 - The case is at the heart of Jesse Trentadue's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago, which has rekindled ...
Jesse Trentadue-Oklahoma City Bombing - - News-Record.com
http://www.news-record.com/news/image_4f6c7f82-1650-11e4-a907-001a4bcf6...
Jul 28, 2014 - In this July 16, 2014, photo, Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue holds a photograph of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, in the early 80's ...
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Couple of reads



1st read


See link for full propaganda value


http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2014/09/fbi-chief-was-irate-over-turf-battle-memo-195656.html

FBI chief was irate over turf battle memo


9/17/14 2:13 PM EDT

FBI Director James Comey said he lost his cool earlier this year over a memo reporting strife and turf battles between FBI agents and their colleagues at other federal law enforcement agencies.

"That report made my head explode," Comey said at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday. "I shared that head explosion with every leader in the FBI, to let them know how I think about it, which is that the FBI does nothing alone....The American taxpayer should have no patience for turf battles. I got none."

Comey was reacting to a question from Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) that appeared to refer to a report in August in the Wall Street Journal that an interrnal FBI survey found 61% of FBI field offices encountered what agents considered severe or moderate conflicts with other federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Department of Homeland Security investigative arm known as Homeland Security Investigations.

"The jurisdiction encroachment by the ATF continues as a disturbing concern" and "mission creep by HSI is an issue in an alarming number of field offices," the memo obtained by the Journal said.

Sitting next to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Comey said the two men are in regular contact and routinely coordinate on various efforts. However, Duncan said he was concerned that reports could indicate the persistence of the kind of "stovepiping" that was blamed for U.S. officials missing signs of the September 11 attacks.

"I appreciate y'all's communication. I'm concerned about the communication where the rubber meets the road. And that's where the communication needs to happen. And if you've got turf wars going on, I'm afraid that information may not be shared appropriately," Duncan said.

Johnson said he and Comey met just Wednesday to coordinate on cybersecurity issues.





2nd read



See link for fullness

Nichols says bombing was FBI op

Detailed confession filed in S.L. about Oklahoma City plot


Published: Thu, Feb. 22 1:02 p.m. MST




http://m.deseretnews.com/article/660197443/Nichols-says-bombing-was-FBI-op.html?pg=all&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3Dnichols%2520potts%2520trentadue%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D1%26ved%3D0CB0QFjAA%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.deseretnews.com%252Farticle%252F660197443%252FNichols-says-bombing-was-FBI-op.html%253Fpg%253Dall%26ei%3DtyoaVPecKdDNggSksICIDw%26usg%3DAFQjCNHh3i8-KbBN644chDw2pZuPdWJN2w%26bvm%3Dbv.75558745%2Cbs.1%2Cd.cWc%3Fref%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3Dnichols%2520potts%2520trentadue%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D1%26ved%3D0CB0QFjAA%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.deseretnews.com%252Farticle%252F660197443%252FNichols-says-bombing-was-FBI-op.html%253Fpg%253Dall%26ei%3DtyoaVPecKdDNggSksICIDw%26usg%3DAFQjCNHh3i8-KbBN644chDw2pZuPdWJN2w%26bvm%3Dbv.75558745%2Cbs.1%2Cd.cWc



The only surviving convicted criminal in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is saying his co-conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, told him he was taking orders from a top FBI official in orchestrating the bombing.

A declaration from Terry Lynn Nichols, filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, has proven to be one of the most detailed confessions by Nichols to date about his involvement in the bombing as well as the involvement of others. However, one congressman who has investigated the bombings remains skeptical of Nichols' claims.

The declaration was filed as part of Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue's pending wrongful death suit against the government for the death of his brother in a federal corrections facility in Oklahoma City. Trentadue claims his brother was killed during an interrogation by FBI agents when agents mistook his brother for a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

The most shocking allegation in the 19-page signed declaration is Nichols' assertion that the whole bombing plot was an FBI operation and that McVeigh let slip during a bout of anger that he was taking instruction from former FBI official Larry Potts.

Potts was no stranger to anti-government confrontations, having been the lead FBI agent at Ruby Ridge in 1992, which led to the shooting death of Vicki Weaver, the wife of separatist Randy Weaver. Potts also was reportedly involved in the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993, which resulted in a fire that killed 81 Branch Davidian followers.

Potts retired from the FBI under intense pressure and criticism for the cover-up of an order to allow agents to shoot anyone seen leaving the Weaver cabin at Ruby Ridge.

When contacted, the FBI's main office in Washington, D.C., said it could not provide immediate comment on Nichols' claims Tuesday.



3rd view

Attorney: Ashcroft Gagged Nichols From Exposing McVeigh's OKC ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2007/220207gaggednichols.htm
Feb 22, 2007 - Trentadue drops new bombshell on Alex Jones Show ... the Deseret Morning News identified the accused FBI provocateur as Larry Potts.
Confirmed: FBI Got Warning Day Before OKC Bombing Alex Jones ...
http://www.infowars.com/confirmed-fbi-got-warning-day-before-okc-bombing/
Feb 8, 2011 - The feds' attempt to make Nichols accept responsibility for the phone call ... “Trentadue believes the government was desperate to reach the box before ... declaration from Nichols in which he fingered FBI agent Larry Potts as ...
TERRY NICHOLS REVEALS FBI CONNECTIONS TO McVEIGH
http://www.apfn.net/messageboard/02-27-07/discussion.cgi.65.html
Feb 23, 2007 - Trentadue's death a few months after the April 19, 1995, bombing ... The agent Nichols refers to is none other than the notorious Larry Potts, ...
Confirmed: FBI Got Warning Day Before OKC Bombing
redicecreations.com/article.php?id=14198
Feb 14, 2011 - The feds' attempt to make Nichols accept responsibility for the phone call ... “Trentadue believes the government was desperate to reach the box before ... declaration from Nichols in which he fingered FBI agent Larry Potts as ...
trentadue - definition and meaning - Wordnik
https://www.wordnik.com/words/trentadue
We now know Timothy McVeigh had a FBI handler prior to the Oklahoma City bombing. google nichols potts trentadue. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. click here ...
Terry Nichols Fast Facts - CNN.com
http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/25/us/terry-nichols-fast-facts/
Mar 29, 2014 - The FBI accused Nichols of helping build the bomb and arranging a ... Lake City, Nichols accuses Larry Potts, an FBI official, of having taken part in the ... A Utah lawyer, Jesse Trentadue, interviews Nichols in regards to the ...
Did Eric Holder Cover Up FBI's Role In '95 OKC Bomb Plot ...
americanfreepress.net/?p=2086
Dec 31, 2011 - An affidavit from Oklahoma City conspirator Nichols about the explosives ... Both were handled by FBI agent Larry Potts, a senior FBI official who ... attorney Jesse Trentadue, the Oklahoma City bombing had aspects of being ...


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Anderson Cooper: “ TWA Flight 800 Was Shot Down.”






About Silenced: Flight 800
and the Subversion
of Justice (DVD) -

-Buy the Silenced DVD-



http://www.cashill.com/twa800/anderson_cooper.htm
       


       

© Jack Cashill
July 22, 2014 - AmericanThinker.com

Some truths CNN reveals only accidentally. One such truth Anderson Cooper shared on the night of July 17. In speaking about the shoot down of Malaysian airliner MH 17 earlier that day, Cooper referred back to “July 17, 1996, when TWA Flight 800 was shot down off the coast of Long Island in New York.”





TWA Flight 800 was fresh on Cooper’s mind. Two days earlier, Cooper hosted a CNN special report on the subject, “Witnessed: The Crash of TWA Flight 800.”



[Transcript of “Witnessed: The Crash of TWA Flight 800”]



To understand the depth of media-government complicity, it is useful to compare “Witnessed” with two prior videos.

One is the ironically titled, “No Survivors: Why TWA 800 Could Happen Again.” CNN created this special report for the tenth anniversary of the crash in 2006. The second is a fifteen-minute video produced by the CIA in 1997 that we will call “Zoom Climb.”

“Zoom Climb,” the theatrical highlight of the FBI investigation, was designed to negate the stubborn testimony of the eyewitnesses. An animated sequence in “Zoom Climb” shows an internal fuel tank explosion blowing the nose off the 747. According to the video's narration, TWA 800 then "pitched up abruptly and climbed several thousand feet from its last recorded altitude of about 13,800 feet to a maximum altitude of about 17,000 feet."

This rocketing aircraft was alleged to look like a missile and to have confused the eyewitnesses. This animation was essential to close the investigation. Without this zoom climb scenario, the FBI had no way to explain what hundreds of official eyewitnesses had actually seen.

In the animated sequence created for the 2006 “No Survivors,” however, CNN completely eliminated the zoom climb from its explosion scenario. http://cnn.it/UjXh5x A year ago, I addressed this discrepancy when I appeared on CNN’s “New Day” program with the producer of “No Survivors,” Jim Polk. Polk, who spoke before me, implied that there was but a single eyewitness, a helicopter pilot who said “he did see a missile before the explosion.”

I countered, “Well, unlike what Jim says, there were 270 eyewitnesses to a missile strike, 96 of them, this is FBI eyewitnesses, saw it from the horizon ascend all the way up to the plane.”

I then asked Polk, “Why did you eliminate the zoom climb if the CIA -- and what was the CIA doing involved in this in the first place -- if the CIA used that to expressly discredit the eyewitnesses?

Polk admitted the CIA zoom climb was “controversial” and conceded that CNN removed it because “there's no supporting evidence for the CIA's animation.” In “No Survivors,” however, Polk did not bother even to acknowledge the controversy, namely that the CIA had created a bogus animation to discredit the very real testimony of hundreds of eyewitnesses, and CNN knew it. “Controversial” does not do this outrage justice.

Aware, perhaps, that some viewers caught the discrepancy, “Witnessed,” split the difference between the CIA’s zoom climb and the perfectly flat trajectory of “No Survivors.” CNN did so by showing an animation produced by the NTSB three years after the CIA video to smooth out some of the absurdities in “Zoom Climb.”

In this animation, Flight 800 rises gently for about 1500 feet, corkscrews in the sky in great sweeping loops, then noses over and falls more or less straight down. Like “No Survivors,” however, “Witnessed” does not alert the viewer to the inconsistency among these videos, an inconsistency that reveals the rank dishonesty of both the CIA and NTSB productions.

“Witnessed” did, however, add some dollops of truth to the official media position. One had to do with the testimony of pilot David McClaine who witnessed the crash from an Eastwinds airliner about three thousand feet above TWA Flight 800 and some twenty miles away.

In “No Survivors,” CNN uses his testimony to support the government position. The network quotes McClaine as saying, “I did not see any missile at all.”

In fact, McClaine’s full testimony made hash out of the government position. When a few honest members of the NTSB witness group finally got to question the CIA analysts responsible for the animation in 1999, they focused on McLaine's testimony. They did so because his testimony refuted the CIA theory.

"If [TWA 800] had ascended," Robert Young of the NTSB witness group told the CIA analysts during this interview, "[McLaine] would have been concerned because it ascended right through his altitude." When a CIA analyst tried to deflect the question, Young continued. "I think [McClaine] would have noticed [the climb]," he said sarcastically. "Your analysis has it zooming to above his altitude."

In “Witnessed,” CNN allows McLaine to make the case that when he saw the explosion, “[TWA 800] went down, not up. . . . The wings fell right off the airplane right away. So how is it going to climb, or what if it had no wings?” McLaine also conceded that a missile “could have come from the other side of the airplane,” but from his position above TWA 800, he did not see it.

Young and his colleagues also grilled the CIA analysts about just how many people actually saw the purported zoom climb. “That is something that a few eyewitnesses saw,” said Analyst 1. “The guy on the bridge saw that.” The CIA, in fact, built its animation around this one individual.

On July 30, 1996, Mike Wire, a millwright who observed events from a bridge in Westhampton, had told an FBI agent exactly what he had seen, specifically “a white light that was traveling skyward from the ground at approximately a 40 degree angle. . . . the white light ‘zig zagged’ as it traveled upwards, and at the apex of its travel the white light “arched over” and disappeared from Wire’s view.” After the light disappeared, the FBI 302 continues, Wire “saw an orange light that appeared to be a fireball.”

In “Zoom Climb,” the narrator says of Wire’s testimony, “The white light the eyewitness saw was very likely the aircraft very briefly ascending and arching over after it exploded rather than a missile attacking the aircraft.”

To make its theory work, the CIA animation converted Wire’s “40 degree” climb to one of roughly seventy or eighty degrees. It reduced the smoke trail from three dimensions, south and east “outward from the beach,” to a small, two-dimensional blip far offshore. Most noticeably, it fully ignored Wire’s claim that the projectile ascended “skyward from the ground” and placed his first sighting twenty degrees above the horizon, exactly where Flight 800 would have been.

Curiously, however, the CIA narrator repeats Wire’s claim that the projectile “zig zagged,” although neither the CIA nor the NTSB animation shows the crippled plane in anything but a perfectly smooth, elliptical ascent.

In trying to reconcile these discrepancies, CIA Analyst I told the NTSB group that when the FBI “reinterviewed” Wire, he changed his story, admitting that, yes, “the light did appear in the sky.” Said Analyst I, “Now, when the FBI told us that, we got even more comfortable with our theory.”

For “No Survivors,” CNN did not bother to interview Wire. For “Witnessed,” however, a CNN producer traveled to Wire’s Pennsylvania home and interviewed him on camera. As Wire told the producer, “I was a witness to Flight TWA 800. Yes, I do believe I saw a missile.” Wire then described events almost exactly as he told the FBI in his original interview. The animation in “Zoom Climb,” he said on air, “clearly did not match anything that I witnessed.”

Unfortunately, CNN chose not to show what Wire also told the producer, and it was something of a bombshell: there was no second interview. The CIA and/or FBI concocted that interview out of whole cloth. Wire spoke to the producer at length about how the government manufactured second interviews for several key witnesses.

When I appeared on “New Day” with Jim Polk, I spoke briefly about one of these eyewitnesses, FBI Witness #73. An aviation buff, in her original interview she told the FBI how she watched a “red streak” with a “light gray smoke trail” move up towards the airline, and then go “past the right side and above the aircraft before arcking [sic] back down toward the aircrafts [sic] right wing.” She even reported the actual break-up sequence before the authorities figured it out on their own.

In her alleged second interview, #73 confessed to drinking several "Long Island Ice Teas," and these impaired her judgment. In real life, she doesn't drink, did not even know what a Long Island Ice Tea was, and, as in Wire's case, did not give a second interview. She only learned of the fraud a few years ago.

The CNN producers, Cooper included, know all of this. It may account for why “Witnessed” finally called out FBI honcho Jim Kallstrom on one of his many and egregious lies. While the viewer watches a clip of Kallstrom at a hearing, saying, “There were about 200 people that saw events in the sky that they described. None of which described a missile,” the camera scans several FBI witness statements and highlights the word “missile” in each.

Given what he knew, it is understandable that Anderson Cooper would say “TWA Flight 800 was shot down.” That very day the subtitle of “No Survivors” proved prophetic, “Why TWA 800 Could Happen Again.” Needless to say, Cooper’s flirtation with the truth could not be allowed to stand. He came back groveling a half hour or so later:

"I just want to correct something I said regarding the plane crash, earlier I said that today was the anniversary of flight TWA 800, crashing off the coast of Long Island in 1996. I believe I said that it was shot down, obviously the government said it was a center fuel tank explosion. Although some people indicated they saw a rocket, there was no evidence of that. It was ruled to be a center fuel tank explosion, so I apologize for misspeaking about that anniversary."

No evidence? And now our media are criticizing Russia for covering up the shoot down of MH 17?
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Fairness and Justice? Post-9/11 Muslim Charity Prosecution
Saturday, 20 September 2014 09:57 By Katherine Hughes, Truthout | Op-Ed



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My passion for the protection of civil liberties was sparked at the age of 14 when I saw a documentary on the Allies' liberation of Bergen-Belsen. For the past 40 years, in an effort to understand how something like that could happen, I've been reading first-hand accounts of 1930s and 1940s Europe and the former Soviet Union. Over the last 25 years I began noticing similar circumstances in both Europe and the United States: wars creating millions of refugees, financial crises, erosions of workers' rights and sharpening income inequality, along with national and individual poverty and debt, a xenophobic and racist climate, and attacks on civil liberties, including freedom of speech.

My alarm grew as I witnessed the post-9/11 demonization of Muslims. I have always known that if anything like this happened in my lifetime, not only did I not want any part of it; I did not want to be a bystander. It was for this reason that I decided to attend the trial of Rafil Dhafir, a respected oncologist from upstate New York. I knew virtually nothing about Dhafir before attending almost all of the 17-week trial in 2004. I took copious notes during the proceedings. Because of the injustice I witnessed, I've spent the last 10 years trying to let others know about the case: I started a website and have published articles and given interviews. I'm currently working on a documentary.

After publishing my last article, "Anatomy of a 'Terrorism' Prosecution: Dr. Rafil Dhafirand the Help the Needy Muslim CharityCase," in January 2012, I thought I had finally written everything I needed to about this case. A recent incident, however, has made stunningly clear the pattern of US government tactics that have made it impossible, for 12 long years, for Dhafir to mount an effective defense.

The latest incident occurred on June 18, 2014, when, for no given reason, Dhafir was taken out of the general population in the prison where he is serving his sentence and placed in the special housing unit (SHU). This happened in the midst of his last chance at a legal remedy, a 2255 habeas corpus motion. Since Dhafir has no money for an attorney, he has been working on the motion by himself, and conditions within the SHU (at one point he was denied writing material) have made such efforts extremely difficult. The deadline for the 2255 is November 4, 2014. It cannot be extended.
Though government failed to come up with anything that would stand up as such in a court of law, it clearly viewed his case as a terrorism trial.

Preparing the 2255 includes reviewing six of the requested 37 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) discs that he finally received after a two-year delay. (He recently received an additional two discs, but has had no chance to review them.) The six discs that he has reviewed have a total of 2,056 pages delivered (95 percent redacted) and 4,029 deleted pages. Even with so many pages missing and so much redacted, these pages clearly show the government's aim in this case: to connect Dhafir - no matter how tenuously - with Islamic terror and use his conviction as an example of the government's zeal in protecting the public.

Seven government agencies investigated Dhafir and his charity, Help the Needy (HTN), for many years. They intercepted his mail, email, faxes and telephone calls, bugged his office and hotel rooms, went through his trash and conducted physical surveillance. The FOIA request has revealed that there were many full-time agents working on the case, often doing overtime and working holidays. Many agencies across the country and around the world, in places as widespread as Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa, San Francisco, Chicago, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Canberra, Amman, Cairo and London, were involved. Though government failed to come up with anything that would stand up as such in a court of law, it clearly viewed his case as a terrorism trial.

From the day of the arrest, the government insinuated that Dhafir was a money launderer for terrorists. Long before he went on trial, he was pilloried in the court of public opinion.

A motion granted by Judge Mordue before the trial began meant that the defense could address the government's actual charges only and could not challenge its insinuations of support of terrorism. Although prosecutors could hint at more serious charges throughout the trial, the defense team couldn't respond to these inflammatory innuendos head-on. This strategy had devastating consequences not only for Dhafir's defense at trial, but also for his appeals, which were limited to the district court record.

One of the most exciting things about the 2255 is that, unlike appeals, it gives the defendant a chance to present new evidence to the court, for example, evidence gleaned from the FOIA request, which clearly shows the government's true intent in this case and that, as late as 2010, it was still fishing for a connection to terrorism.

A letter writing campaign and call-in day was organized to find out the reason Dhafir had been placed in the SHU and to request that he be released back into the general population. The offices of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) also contacted the prison for information about why Dhafir was placed in the SHU. Dhafir, a deeply religious Muslim, spent the whole of Ramadan in the SHU, including Eid al-Fitr (comparable to a combined Easter and Christmas in the Christian tradition). After 73 days in the SHU, he was released without charge on August 29. We are still none the wiser as to why he was put there in the first place.

Background to the Case

Born in Iraq in 1948, Dhafir completed medical school before immigrating to the United States in 1972; he has been a US citizen for almost 40 years. He was a founding member of the Islamic Society of Central New York (ISCNY) and served as its spiritual leader for about seven years. He was an oncologist in an underserved area of Rome, New York, until his arrest, well-known for both his medical skill and his way of giving hope and courage to his patients. Both he and his African-American wife, Priscilla, were very active in Syracuse civic affairs. At trial, Priscilla Dhafir testified that she sat on the board of the YWCA, was a charter member of the Women's Fund, past director of the CNY Business and Professional Women's Club, and current treasurer of Syracuse Links, a group of professional women who reached out to youth in the area. Dhafir often spoke at events and on local TV and radio about health and cancer care.
Throughout these years, Dhafir asked US officials if this humanitarian aid was legal and was assured it was - that is, until the morning of his arrest.

On August 1, 1990, Saddam Hussein, then president of Iraq, invaded Kuwait and on August 2, US and UK-sponsored UN sanctions (also known as the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, or IEEPA here in the United States) against Iraq were put in place. On January 17, 1991, the first bombs of the Gulf War were dropped on Baghdad. Before this war, Iraq, a wealthy country, had a First World standard of living. Although organized as a brutal dictatorship, the government provided universal health care and education - including college - for all its citizens. There was virtually no illiteracy and the education system and health system were the best in the region. Women enjoyed equal rights and religious minorities were respected.

The result of the war was total devastation: More bombs were dropped on Iraq in a six-week period than were dropped by all parties together in the whole of World War II. Many types of bombs were used including ones containing depleted uranium (DU), the waste matter from nuclear plants. DU dust has entered the food chain through the soil and the water, and as a result many formerly unknown diseases became prevalent in Iraq. Cancer and birth defects increased dramatically.

According to the United Nations' own statistics, every month throughout the 1990s, 6,000 children under the age of five in Iraq were dying from malnutrition and lack of access to simple medicines. Three senior UN officials resigned in protest, including Denis Halliday, the UN assistant secretary general. At the time, Halliday was serving as the humanitarian coordinator in Baghdad. In his words, he "had been instructed to implement a policy that satisfies the definition of genocide: a deliberate policy that has effectively killed well over a million individuals, children and adults."
No charges of funding terrorism, nor charges of any other aspect of terrorism, were ever brought against Dhafir.

As a direct response to this catastrophe, Dhafir founded his charity, HTN, and openly sent humanitarian aid to Iraqi civilians during the long embargo. As an oncologist, Dhafir was particularly concerned about the effects of depleted uranium. Between 1990 and 2003, he worked tirelessly to shed light on the plight of the Iraqi people and raise funds to help them. According to the government, Dhafir donated $1.4 million of his own money. Throughout these years, Dhafir asked US officials if this humanitarian aid was legal and was assured it was - that is, until the morning of his arrest.

At trial, Susan Hutner of the Department of the Treasury in the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) testified that she was involved in the drafting and implementation of the sanctions, and worked on them for 12 years. She said that OFAC did seek to notify targeted populations, but this did not include Iraqis living in this country, mosques or Muslim charities. The target populations were mainly banks, oil companies and other big businesses: Hutner gave presentations to some of these groups.

On February 26, 2003, just weeks before the US invasion of Iraq, Dhafir and other HTN associates were subjected to high-profile arrests. Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft called them "funders of terrorism." No charges of funding terrorism, nor charges of any other aspect of terrorism, were ever brought against Dhafir.

Since the events of 9/11, Muslim charities have been among the biggest targets of the US government in its "war on terror," and the government has implemented some powerful new tools for prosecution of these cases. Among the list of statutes being used is the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), also known as "United States economic sanctions." IEEPA provides the president of the United States with authority to deal with any "unusual and extraordinary threat" that has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States; this includes a threat to "national security, foreign policy, and the economy."

Prosecutors armed with the statutes are further empowered by using them in conjunction with the "material support of terrorism" laws, Executive Order 13224, and civil asset forfeiture laws, particularly those under IEEPA, which were amended by the Patriot Act. Under the IEEPA civil asset forfeiture provisions, the government can close down an organization and seize its assets while an investigation is ongoing, without probable cause of criminal activity and without any charges ever being brought against anyone.
[Jeffrey Breinholt] told students that a major tool that emerged to gain convictions in terrorist financing cases is the use of International Emergency Economic Powers Act violations, and that in order to convict under IEEPA all that was necessary was to build a chain of inferences from available circumstantial evidence.

EO 13224 was issued on September 23, 2001, and introduced a blacklist of organizations and individuals suspected of terrorism, materially aiding terrorism or associating with terrorists. IEEPA and international law permit humanitarian assistance for these suspects, including food, clothing and medicine, but this humanitarian aid is outlawed under the EO 13224. The penalty, for an IEEPA violation, for organizations that knowingly engage in terrorist financing already carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. What this new provision does is "drastically increase the penalties for knowing violations of non-terrorism-related IEEPA offenses." People with a concern for civil liberties are troubled by the fact that the government provides no legal definition of what they consider a "specially designated terrorist" and by the broad manner in which the government is interpreting the new rules.

Muslim charities and individuals connected with these charities are bearing the brunt of the effects of this new law. Since September 11, 2001, six major US Muslim charities and many smaller Muslim charities have been shut down. Sadly, the government's zeal for prosecuting Muslim charities has not abated with time. Just last year, Iranian-American doctor Hossein Lahiji and his wife, Najmeh Vahid, were prosecuted using many of the same legal tools used in Dhafir's case, including threat of Medicare fraud prosecution.

Before attending this trial, I felt secure that my civil liberties would always be respected; I no longer believe that to be true. I still believe in fairness and justice despite my experience at the trail, and each new injustice that Dhafir suffers only strengthens my commitment to them. It is for this reason that I wish to share some unfair tactics that I witnessed throughout this case. Those who would like more detailed documentation of the government's role in this case can read my most recent article.

Pretrial: Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

Dhafir was subject to a high-profile arrest February 26, 2003: News agencies with helicopters hovered over his house as 85 agents spent the day going through the house and carrying out boxes of evidence, while Ashcroft announced the arrest of "funders of terrorism." But Dhafir was never allowed to defend himself of this charge in a court of law. This duplicitous government approach continually hampered the defense, not only at trial, but also on appeals.
Dhafir was never released after his arrest and was denied bail six times before his case came to trial 19 months later. This placed many impediments in the way of preparing his defense. (Barry Gewanter of the CNYCLU addressed some of the difficulties Dhafir faced on a WCNY Channel 24 program that aired on the eve of his sentencing.)
On March 11, 2003, less than two weeks after Dhafir's arrest, Steve Emerson of "The Investigative Project On Terrorism" (IPT) testified before the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. Listed on p. 25, HTN is just one of many Muslim charities included in the testimony. None of these charities' principals had been anywhere near a court of law, and many had not even been indicted.
In July 2003, Jeffrey Breinholt, then-coordinator of the Department of Justice Terrorist Financing Task Force published a "Terrorist Financing" paper. His paper lists the same cases covered in Emerson's testimony and sets out the game plan for prosecutions of these cases. In the introduction, he says: "Persons cannot be convicted of the federal crime of terrorism because there is no such crime. Instead, terrorism crimes have developed in the same manner as other crimes, policymakers determine what evil (or 'mischief') should be prevented and then craft criminal laws that take into account how such mischief is generally achieved. On occasion, acts that are criminalized are not ones that should necessarily be discouraged, if committed by persons not otherwise involved in the targeted conduct. In such cases, laws are crafted to criminalize such conduct only in particular circumstances" (p. 3). Breinholt, a team member at the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC), published a 2008 article on its site, "Islam in American Courts: 2007 Year in Review." In it he says, "Next time someone claims that American prosecutors never win terrorism cases, or that Muslims are not more likely to be terrorists than other ethnic enclaves, recommend that they visit a law library, where they will find several published 2007 opinions in the case books where Muslims were successfully prosecuted for conduct related to religiously-inspired violence." He appears as one of the experts in Emerson's most recent film, Jihad in America: The Grand Deception.
Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Michael Olmsted, head of the prosecution team, told Dhafir's three trial lawyers (a black Baptist and two secular Jews) that Dhafir was anti-Semitic. It was patently false, so why did he tell them that?
Dhafir was initially held at the Justice Center in downtown Syracuse where he could meet with his trial lawyers fact-to-face, but after some demonstrations in support of him, he was moved to the Onondaga County Jamesville Correctional Facility. At Jamesville, prisoners were strip searched before they could meet with anyone from the outside and, as a devout Muslim, Dhafir refused to do this. (One of his lawyers, Joel Cohen, offered to be strip searched so that he could meet face to face with Dhafir, but this request was denied.) As a consequence, he now had to meet with his three lawyers through glass; only two could be in the visiting cubicle at any one time, and only one lawyer at a time could talk with him on the phone that connected them with Dhafir. The lawyers had to hold up bits of evidence to the window and ask Dhafir questions.
Because Dhafir couldn't leave Jamesville prison without a strip search, he had a friend go to the federal building to look through the hundreds of boxes of evidence that had been taken from his house. Mohamed Khater spent 12 days going through the boxes looking for things that Dhafir needed for his defense.
While state and national government officials tarred Dhafir with the "terrorism" brush, District Attorney Glenn Suddaby and the three local prosecutors insisted Dhafir was nothing more than a common white-collar criminal. Yet just before Dhafir's trial began in October 2004, then-New York
The first indictment against Dhafir contained 14 charges related only to the Iraq sanctions. When he refused to accept a plea agreement, the government piled on more charges and he finally faced a 60-count indictment. This made for a very complicated and expensive 17-week trial. The amount of information was overwhelming.
The motion that Judge Mordue had granted to the government to keep the government's true motive for pursuing Dhafir out of the courtroom turned into a brick wall for the defense and made the trial surreal at times: Throughout the trial the government could hint at more serious charges pending, but the defense was never allowed to follow this line of questioning. An example of this dynamic can be seen in the testimony of Colleen Williams, a tax preparer Dhafir had hired to help HTN sort out its tax returns and give advice on a 501(c)(3) application for the charity. The government wanted Williams to inform on HTN and she described how FBI Agent Jim Kolbe, IRS Agent Mark Sweeney and US Attorney Brenda Sannes had spent three days, first individually and then together, asking her to wear a recorder in her meetings with HTN defendant Ayman Jarwan. She described them as "waving the flag" and telling her that, "9/11 may not have happened if people were involved." She felt the HTN people "were being pursued" and got rid of them as a client after only three meetings. She never agreed to wear a wire and refused to refer the case to a government attorney. For white-collar crime?
Although the government had taken all Dhafir's money (including HTN money and personal money in Amman, Jordan), the court still granted the prosecution's request to deny Dhafir transcripts at the expense of the court (50 cents a page). This meant that one of Dhafir's lawyers typed the proceedings on his laptop, and the defense purchased only those transcripts that it felt it couldn't do without.

Because Dhafir would not submit to a strip search, five federal marshals ferried him to and from the prison. Two were always in the courtroom: one sat behind Dhafir and another sat adjacent to the jury. They traded off approximately every 40 minutes in full view of the jury. This changing of the guard was on top of federal building and courtroom security and took place at least 250 times during the proceedings. It was a powerful nonverbal message to the jury.
At trial, Osama bin Laden was mentioned with no relevance, and the jury was made aware that Dhafir followed the same Islamic religious tradition, Salafi, as Bin Laden. (Salafi merely means a Muslim who is a strict adherent of the Koran and looks to the ancestors for guidance. It is comparable to someone in the Christian faith who looks to the Scriptures, church fathers and traditions of the early church for guidance.)
Three government agents sat directly behind the three prosecutors, and adjacent to the jury, throughout the trial: FBI Agent Jim Kolbe testified for 16 days, eight of them as the sole witness and eight of them as one of only two witnesses; it was his testimony that, essentially, convicted Dhafir; Social Security agent Michael McCole testified for about 20 minutes; the Defense Department agent, a young blonde woman, did not testify. Why were all three of these agents paid to sit there for the whole of a 17-week white-collar criminal trial?
The government called more than 50 witnesses to testify, but neglected to call two key people: Kelly Tubbs, Dhafir's office manager of 10 years who was proud of the fact that Dhafir's office had never failed an audit, and Maher Zagha, a co-defendant who was the HTN representative in Jordan. Zagha organized the land and sea delivery of food, clothing and medicine to Iraq. The defense called witness for 15 minutes. Why didn't the government call Tubbs and Zagha? (Sadly the defense didn't call them either, and I imagine that was at least partly due to finance. Also, two of Dhafir's lawyers were solo practitioner lawyers from New York City, and had taken the job believing it would be a six-week trial. In fact, because the final indictment had 60 counts including 25 of Medicare fraud, it ran for 17 weeks.)

Trial

The first indictment against Dhafir contained 14 charges related only to the Iraq sanctions. When he refused to accept a plea agreement, the government piled on more charges and he finally faced a 60-count indictment. This made for a very complicated and expensive 17-week trial. The amount of information was overwhelming.
The motion that Judge Mordue had granted to the government to keep the government's true motive for pursuing Dhafir out of the courtroom turned into a brick wall for the defense and made the trial surreal at times: Throughout the trial the government could hint at more serious charges pending, but the defense was never allowed to follow this line of questioning. An example of this dynamic can be seen in the testimony of Colleen Williams, a tax preparer Dhafir had hired to help HTN sort out its tax returns and give advice on a 501(c)(3) application for the charity. The government wanted Williams to inform on HTN and she described how FBI Agent Jim Kolbe, IRS Agent Mark Sweeney and US Attorney Brenda Sannes had spent three days, first individually and then together, asking her to wear a recorder in her meetings with HTN defendant Ayman Jarwan. She described them as "waving the flag" and telling her that, "9/11 may not have happened if people were involved." She felt the HTN people "were being pursued" and got rid of them as a client after only three meetings. She never agreed to wear a wire and refused to refer the case to a government attorney. For white-collar crime?
Although the government had taken all Dhafir's money (including HTN money and personal money in Amman, Jordan), the court still granted the prosecution's request to deny Dhafir transcripts at the expense of the court (50 cents a page). This meant that one of Dhafir's lawyers typed the proceedings on his laptop, and the defense purchased only those transcripts that it felt it couldn't do without.
Because Dhafir would not submit to a strip search, five federal marshals ferried him to and from the prison. Two were always in the courtroom: one sat behind Dhafir and another sat adjacent to the jury. They traded off approximately every 40 minutes in full view of the jury. This changing of the guard was on top of federal building and courtroom security and took place at least 250 times during the proceedings. It was a powerful nonverbal message to the jury.
At trial, Osama bin Laden was mentioned with no relevance, and the jury was made aware that Dhafir followed the same Islamic religious tradition, Salafi, as Bin Laden. (Salafi merely means a Muslim who is a strict adherent of the Koran and looks to the ancestors for guidance. It is comparable to someone in the Christian faith who looks to the Scriptures, church fathers and traditions of the early church for guidance.)
Three government agents sat directly behind the three prosecutors, and adjacent to the jury, throughout the trial: FBI Agent Jim Kolbe testified for 16 days, eight of them as the sole witness and eight of them as one of only two witnesses; it was his testimony that, essentially, convicted Dhafir; Social Security agent Michael McCole testified for about 20 minutes; the Defense Department agent, a young blonde woman, did not testify. Why were all three of these agents paid to sit there for the whole of a 17-week white-collar criminal trial?
The government called more than 50 witnesses to testify, but neglected to call two key people: Kelly Tubbs, Dhafir's office manager of 10 years who was proud of the fact that Dhafir's office had never failed an audit, and Maher Zagha, a co-defendant who was the HTN representative in Jordan. Zagha organized the land and sea delivery of food, clothing and medicine to Iraq. The defense called witness for 15 minutes. Why didn't the government call Tubbs and Zagha? (Sadly the defense didn't call them either, and I imagine that was at least partly due to finance. Also, two of Dhafir's lawyers were solo practitioner lawyers from New York City, and had taken the job believing it would be a six-week trial. In fact, because the final indictment had 60 counts including 25 of Medicare fraud, it ran for 17 weeks.)

Pre-Sentencing

After the guilty verdicts came down, District Attorney Glenn Suddaby (now a federal judge) told reporters at a news conference that he didn't want anyone saying anything about terrorism and that, regardless of 9/11, this prosecution would have gone ahead. But six months later, on submitting a sentencing memo that asked for a sentence of not less than 24 years, he announced that Dhafir had links to terrorism. The connection? On several occasions during the 1980s, Dhafir was in Pakistan as a volunteer doctor in mujahedeen refugee camps. On one of these trips, he briefly met and interviewed Abdallah Azzam, who was later known as a teacher and mentor of Osama bin Laden, and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, future Taliban prime minister of Afghanistan. At the time Dhafir met these two, they were friends of the United States, and the government even noted this in a footnote of its memo. Yet Dhafir and other HTN defendants are now listed on the government's list of successful terrorism prosecutions.

Post-Sentencing

Within weeks of Dhafir's sentencing, Breinholt, author of the July 2003 "Terrorist Financing" paper mentioned above, and a research and practice associate at the Syracuse University (SU) Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), presented a lecture to a group of third-year law students at SU. Entitled, "A Law Enforcement Approach to Terrorist Financing," it contained the essence of his paper and highlighted the Dhafir and HTN case. Greg West, one of the three HTN prosecutors, helped present the lecture, while the other two prosecutors, Michael Olmsted and Steve Green, were in attendance to answer questions. Breinholt told the students that Dhafir's case had been under-prosecuted and in the context of the lecture's title the implication was clear. He explained that because the "American public won't tolerate anything less than the rule of law," creative ways had to be figured out to draft laws that can be used to prosecute what they are trying to prevent. He told students that a major tool that emerged to gain convictions in terrorist financing cases is the use of International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) violations, and that in order to convict under IEEPA all that was necessary was to build a chain of inferences from available circumstantial evidence. Why was Dhafir never allowed to address the real reason for the government's prosecution in a court of law?
In December 2006, Dhafir was moved to a special new communication management unit (CMU), in Terre Haute, Indiana. It is completely self-contained and houses, almost exclusively, Arab and/or Muslim prisoners. Prisoners are video monitored 24/7, and there are severe restrictions
It took 18 months to raise the money for two new appeal lawyers. As soon as the appeal team was hired, Olmsted, again, falsely told Dhafir's lawyers (both secular Jews) that Dhafir was anti-Semitic. What purpose did this serve? (In Dhafir's statement before sentencing he says: "When my home was ransacked, one of the government's main targets was my library. They nearly emptied it. What did they take? They took my Islamic books; they came looking for books of certain authors and took all these authors' books. They took Quran recitation tapes even though these books and tapes are available at any bookstore. They didn't touch my Encyclopedia Britannica, my Encyclopedia of the American History, none of the books of Richard Nixon or Henry Kissinger, nor Norman Schwarzkopf, the memoirs of President Bush Sr., James Baker or Colin Powell. Not the history books about the Jewish people, the famous books of Abba Eban, the Israeli foreign minister, certainly not the book about the life of Golda Meir. None of the different versions of the Bible including the Arabic Bible were touched nor the books of the Jewish Laws. None of the books confiscated from my library have been returned. What do these books have to do with Medicare, HTN and taxes? I think the court should know this.")
Initially, the appeal court granted Dhafir transcripts at the expense of the court (they are essential for an appeal). But the government challenged this ruling with completely unverifiable insinuations of personal wealth and persuaded the court to place some $15,000 in additional costs on the defense. Challenging this could have been very costly and there was no guarantee of success, so additional funds had to be raised before the appeal could move ahead.
A decision handed down by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in August 2009 upheld Dhafir's conviction, but suggested the district court look again at the sentencing guidelines. The sentencing guidelines range on which his sentence was based was erroneously increased as if he were a third-party (professional) money launderer rather than the reality, which showed that he transmitted funds derived from the very same offenses which he had been convicted for personally committing ("mail fraud" and "tax fraud"). Seventy-five letters were written to Judge Mordue on Dhafir's behalf telling, in large part, of extreme conditions in the CMU that were taxing on Dhafir's health, and asking for clemency. People who wrote to Mordue on Dhafir's behalf include Denis Halliday and Hans Von Sponeck, both of whom resigned from the UN because they were unwilling to implement a genocidal policy of sanctions against Iraq, Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire, and many including members of Dhafir's family, families of his former patients, people from his faith community and people across the world who greatly appreciate his humanitarian outreach. Resentencing was scheduled for January 5, 2012, and just 12 days before it, Dhafir was suddenly moved out of the CMU into the general population at Terre Haute, and then to the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts. At the resentencing on February 3, 2012, Mordue upheld the 22-year sentence.
Although Dhafir was moved out of the CMU to a medium security prison, the security is still strict because of the large number of sex offenders held there. There is a camp at this prison, but Dhafir is ineligible for the camp because of an early security designation by the Bureau of Prisons on Dhafir's status. In a 2010 challenge to this designation, Dhafir's appeal attorney Peter Goldberger wrote, "It is submitted that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) improperly found that Petitioner [Dhafir] 'required monitoring of all communications' based only on the fact that an AUSA [Assistant United States Attorney] had said he was 'regarded as a shiek (sic) and Salafi.' As discussed below, this amounts to classifying Mr. Dhafir as ineligible for a minimum security facility (camp) based only on his religious beliefs.""Sheikh" is an honorific term referring to either an elder or leader, or to an Islamic scholar and, as mentioned above, "Salafi" merely means someone who looks to the early Muslims for guidance (as Christian's look to the original disciples). Dhafir is again challenging this designation in the hope he will become eligible for a camp.

Appeal

It took 18 months to raise the money for two new appeal lawyers. As soon as the appeal team was hired, Olmsted, again, falsely told Dhafir's lawyers (both secular Jews) that Dhafir was anti-Semitic. What purpose did this serve? (In Dhafir's statement before sentencing he says: "When my home was ransacked, one of the government's main targets was my library. They nearly emptied it. What did they take? They took my Islamic books; they came looking for books of certain authors and took all these authors' books. They took Quran recitation tapes even though these books and tapes are available at any bookstore. They didn't touch my Encyclopedia Britannica, my Encyclopedia of the American History, none of the books of Richard Nixon or Henry Kissinger, nor Norman Schwarzkopf, the memoirs of President Bush Sr., James Baker or Colin Powell. Not the history books about the Jewish people, the famous books of Abba Eban, the Israeli foreign minister, certainly not the book about the life of Golda Meir. None of the different versions of the Bible including the Arabic Bible were touched nor the books of the Jewish Laws. None of the books confiscated from my library have been returned. What do these books have to do with Medicare, HTN and taxes? I think the court should know this.")
Initially, the appeal court granted Dhafir transcripts at the expense of the court (they are essential for an appeal). But the government challenged this ruling with completely unverifiable insinuations of personal wealth and persuaded the court to place some $15,000 in additional costs on the defense. Challenging this could have been very costly and there was no guarantee of success, so additional funds had to be raised before the appeal could move ahead.
A decision handed down by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in August 2009 upheld Dhafir's conviction, but suggested the district court look again at the sentencing guidelines. The sentencing guidelines range on which his sentence was based was erroneously increased as if he were a third-party (professional) money launderer rather than the reality, which showed that he transmitted funds derived from the very same offenses which he had been convicted for personally committing ("mail fraud" and "tax fraud"). Seventy-five letters were written to Judge Mordue on Dhafir's behalf telling, in large part, of extreme conditions in the CMU that were taxing on Dhafir's health, and asking for clemency. People who wrote to Mordue on Dhafir's behalf include Denis Halliday and Hans Von Sponeck, both of whom resigned from the UN because they were unwilling to implement a genocidal policy of sanctions against Iraq, Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire, and many including members of Dhafir's family, families of his former patients, people from his faith community and people across the world who greatly appreciate his humanitarian outreach. Resentencing was scheduled for January 5, 2012, and just 12 days before it, Dhafir was suddenly moved out of the CMU into the general population at Terre Haute, and then to the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts. At the resentencing on February 3, 2012, Mordue upheld the 22-year sentence.
Although Dhafir was moved out of the CMU to a medium security prison, the security is still strict because of the large number of sex offenders held there. There is a camp at this prison, but Dhafir is ineligible for the camp because of an early security designation by the Bureau of Prisons on Dhafir's status. In a 2010 challenge to this designation, Dhafir's appeal attorney Peter Goldberger wrote, "It is submitted that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) improperly found that Petitioner [Dhafir] 'required monitoring of all communications' based only on the fact that an AUSA [Assistant United States Attorney] had said he was 'regarded as a shiek (sic) and Salafi.' As discussed below, this amounts to classifying Mr. Dhafir as ineligible for a minimum security facility (camp) based only on his religious beliefs.""Sheikh" is an honorific term referring to either an elder or leader, or to an Islamic scholar and, as mentioned above, "Salafi" merely means someone who looks to the early Muslims for guidance (as Christian's look to the original disciples). Dhafir is again challenging this designation in the hope he will become eligible for a camp.

2255 Motion

Formerly a wealthy and generous man, Dhafir was left penniless as a result of this prosecution. He has no money for a lawyer to work on his 2255 motion and he has been unable to find a pro bono lawyer. In the best of circumstance, working on this by himself would be no easy task. Being put in the SHU for 73 days placed an added and unnecessary burden on him.
How can this have been due process when Dhafir was clearly never held "innocent until proven guilty?"
After more than a decade of investigating Dhafir with, at times, many full-time agents and 24/7 surveillance of both Dhafir and his associates, the government is still unable to find anything that would stand up in a court of law linking Dhafir to terrorists. How much longer will it continue to look?
How much has this whole prosecution cost taxpayers? Is it value for money?
Is keeping Dhafir in prison for another 10 years on top of the 12 he has already served a good use of taxpayer dollars? Does his imprisonment keep us safe from terrorist attacks?
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Saudi Connections to ISIS? Nah, Can’t Be True After 9/11…

By Bryson Hull on Sep 20, 2014

Getting payback (or is it blowback?) in Iraq and Syria

Now that the U.S. is back at it in Iraq against a new foe, there’s suddenly renewed focus on evidence of Saudi involvement in 9/11.

More specifically, questions are now being asked about whether the U.S. government’s suppression of what it learned about Saudi Arabia during the 9/11 investigations contributed directly to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Former Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired the official 9/11 inquiry, told Counterpunch that “the failure to shine a full light on Saudi actions and particularly its involvement in 9/11 has contributed to the Saudi ability to continue to engage in actions that are damaging to the U.S.—and in particular their support for ISIS.”

Though it’s now well-known that there was some Saudi involvement in 9/11, WhoWhatWhy was the first news organization to uncover the fact that a Saudi in Florida, who hosted the hijackers, worked directly for the Saudi prince in charge of aviation. We also pointed out that there was no hurry to dig deeper into the story by the mainstream media.

The direct contacts we established are a crucial part of the story. So too is the FBI’s reluctant admission that it knew about—and covered up—“many connections” between a Saudi family and the hijackers. Then there’s also the information contained in 28 pages redacted from the congressional report on 9/11, a part of the puzzle getting a new look in the New Yorker thanks to the ISIS news peg.

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What all this leads us to ask is this: Why is the U.S. once again plunging into a fight that is at least partially of its own making? (That’s to say nothing of the contribution of America’s failed policy in Iraq to the current fiasco.) ISIS is yet another example of a militant group that grew into a threat in large part due to the support of an ostensible ally.

In this latest case, said ally is going to be hosting training camps for moderate Syrian rebels, who are supposed to be some of the boots-on-the-ground against ISIS. This couldn’t possibly be a bad idea, could it?

That Saudi Arabia has a role, either tacit or implicit, in funneling money to Islamic militants is no secret to anyone, least of all the United States government. Hilary Clinton, when she was Secretary of State, was explicit in her request to put greater pressure on the Saudi government to knock off its loose approach to jihadi financing.

“Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qa’ida, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources,” Clinton wrote in a Dec. 30, 2009 cable obtained by WikiLeaks.

Haven’t we seen this before? An ally that, for its own foreign policy or domestic political reasons, supports (or turns a blind eye to homegrown support for) groups that fight directly against the United States? You could start with Pakistan’s nurturing of al Qaeda and the Taliban, which began with the CIA’s backing of Afghan mujahideen who counted Osama bin Laden among their benefactors.

A BAD REMAKE

This latest episode of the U.S. vs Jihadis show is clearly a repeat, like a ham-handed Hollywood remake of a beloved TV series from an earlier time. At least the recurring characters are familiar.

Now, it looks like it’s the Saudis again—at a minimum, by way of a laissez-faire attitude toward fundraising on its soil—as well as rich Qataris and Kuwaitis. Official Washington, the powerful interests behind the scenes and the think-tanks allied to them would tell you otherwise, although there is some dissent.

So the cycle of post-9/11 warfare continues, with minimal official scrutiny of the history of how it started. Any guesses as to why it keeps going with no end in sight?


WhoWhatWhy plans to continue doing this kind of groundbreaking original reporting. You can count on us. Can we count on you? What we do is only possible with your support.

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http://m.theepochtimes.com/n3/column/980653-the-fbi-honor-leadership-protecting-america/



The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America
By Vincent J. Bove | September 26, 2014


FBI SWAT team member (Photo Courtesy FBI)
Vincent J. Bove receiving award from Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford of the Newark Division. Bove was the keynote speaker at the division’s Sept. 17, 2014 leadership retreat. (John F. Baroud)

Vincent J. Bove receiving award from Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford of the Newark Division. Bove was the keynote speaker at the division’s Sept. 17, 2014 leadership retreat. (John F. Baroud)
FBI Washington Field Office Evidence Response Team Vehicle (Courtesy FBI)

FBI Washington Field Office Evidence Response Team Vehicle (Courtesy FBI)
Vincent J. Bove receiving the FBI Community Leadership Award for his violence prevention initiatives on Oct. 30, 2007. Bove is accompanied by local, county, and federal law enforcement officials. (Courtesy Vincent J. Bove)

Vincent J. Bove receiving the FBI Community Leadership Award for his violence prevention initiatives on Oct. 30, 2007. Bove is accompanied by local, county, and federal law enforcement officials. (Courtesy Vincent J. Bove)
FBI training initiative. (Courtesy FBI)

FBI training initiative. (Courtesy FBI)

As the United States of America—with allies against militant extremists—strikes targets in Iraq and Syria, all in America must remain vigilant here in our homeland.

Vigilance is critical to protecting America as the current state of affairs includes extremists calling for attacks against civilians and soft targets. Security concerns are intensified and all who love America, freedom, democracy, and liberty must collaborate to safeguard the nation.

Citizens and law enforcement all must have our eyes wide open to potential dangers that threaten innocent people and our way of life. We must never take for granted the privileges of a dinner out, a trip to visit loved ones, or a day with coworkers—life can change in a heartbeat. An abundance of caution is the order of the day—suspicious activities must immediately be reported to authorities. We must expect the unexpected and remain vigilant.

Apathy, indifference, or negligence with respect to current events is not acceptable. Acts of terror are preventable. Innocent lives, as well as the morale of America are at stake. There is no room for failure, for even one act of terror can be catastrophic and every life is sacred. The world has changed and all of us must have a terrorism awareness and prevention mindset.

As the darkness of evil intentions unfolds, America must remain vigilant, collaborative, and courageous.
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The FBI: Protecting America

The top priority of the FBI is protecting America from terrorist attacks. This mission is only possible through collaboration with law enforcement partners nationally and worldwide.

Extremist networks, lone wolfs, and terrorist sympathizers can be neutralized and dismantled through the investigative and intelligence resources of the FBI. But this is only possible with public-private collaboration.

As documented on the FBI website, the scope of FBI operations and collaborative efforts includes:

Joint Terrorism Task Forces
National Counterterrorism Center
Public Internet Tip Line
Terrorist Explosives Device Analytical Center
Terrorist Screening Center
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Strategic Command Center
Terrorist Financing Operations Section
Terrorism Fly Team

FBI Model: Leadership Retreat

In my travels throughout America since 1999, I have highlighted leadership, vigilance, and collaboration as central to my mission of character development, violence prevention, and crisis planning.

These principles have been shared at hundreds of presentations and with many published works and FBI initiatives.

But in my opinion, the seriousness of what these principles signify has never been so important as at this very moment in America’s history.

On Sept. 17, I was privileged to conduct a keynote for the FBI Newark Division Management Retreat. This retreat was made possible through the leadership of the division’s Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford.

Aside from the remarkable motivational and educational aspects of the event, this retreat is a model not only for other FBI divisions but also for all law enforcement agencies as it builds leadership, morale, and partnerships.

During my keynote speech, “The FBI: Honor, Leadership, America,” I used the metaphor of a catastrophic head-on collision train wreck to punctuate the nation’s crisis of leadership and culture of violence. As highlighted with a graphic slide presentation, this violence includes not only domestic, school, and workplace violence, but also acts of terror as demonstrated by the 9/11 and Boston Marathon attacks.

My keynote followed a patriotic leadership presentation by Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., superintendent of West Point. Caslen highlighted that the “Duty, Honor, Country” motto of the United States Military Academy was applicable to all because throughout the nation, even in the military, there is a crisis of leadership. I complemented Caslen’s thoughts by encouraging the FBI to live the principles of “Honor, Leadership, America.”

The FBI and all dedicated to protecting America must be appreciated and their efforts supported. Each of us must work collaboratively and continually enhance our own level of vigilance to protect our homeland and reawaken the nation




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FBI to probe tampering claims in OKC bombing records case
Courts » Witness denies being threatened in Oklahoma City case, but plaintiff alleges the man was told to “stand down.”

Aug 25 2014 05:13 pm




Lawyer Jesse Trentadue seeks documents and videotapes from the FBI probe of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing ó he believes the records will provide information about the death of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, in a federal prison.

A federal judge on Monday ordered the FBI to investigate an allegation of witness tampering in a July trial on Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue’s lawsuit seeking Oklahoma City bombing records.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups — who rejected arguments by an attorney for the FBI that an email from witness John Matthews declaring that he was never threatened settles the matter — scheduled a Nov. 13 hearing to hear testimony on the allegation, which he said goes to the integrity of the court process.

"I would like very much to have all this resolved," Waddoups said.

The trial focused on whether the FBI has done an adequate search for bombing records requested by Trentadue under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). On the second day of trial, Trentadue said he had just learned Matthews was backing out of testifying.

According to court documents, Matthews planned to testify that he believed the FBI was monitoring bomber Timothy McVeigh in the run up to the 1995 detonation at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City — information that Trentadue believes the agency wants to suppress.

Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney, alleges that Matthews — who he describes as a former undercover operative for the government — was threatened by the FBI with the loss of his disability and other veteran benefits if he took the stand, and told that he should get a case of the "I-don’t-remembers" if he did testify.

Matthews — who has said he is very ill from exposure to toxic chemicals while serving with the Marines in Vietnam — was contacted numerous times by the agency and also talked to his former "handler," who is now retired from the FBI, Trentadue says.

Both Trentadue and Roger Charles, a freelance journalist and investigator, have submitted written statements saying that when they called Matthews during the four-day trial to discuss his absence, the man said he had been threatened by the FBI.

But Department of Justice attorney Kathryn Wyer, who represents the FBI, denies any coercion.

After Waddoups directed the DOJ lawyers in July to look into the allegation, Wyer reported that Matthews had called FBI’s Salt Lake City office asking how he could get out of testifying and an agent told him he should obey a valid subpoena.

On Monday, Wyer acknowledged that Matthews and Don Jarrett, his alleged former handler, were not contacted by DOJ lawyers as part of the witness tampering probe, and that no documentation of the alleged call from Matthews to the FBI was gathered.

Wyer argued that an email sent by Matthews on Aug. 2, after the trial had ended, was sufficient to show there was no tampering.

Matthews’ email — addressed to Wyer, another DOJ attorney, Jarrett, Trentadue and Charles — says: "I am sending you all this, for I want the record straight. I talk (sic) with Don Jarrett (he was my handler for the FBI and now a friend) about this court case. Like we both agree, I had nothing to do with the Oklahoma City Bombing or the tapes. I did not want to testify and I did not want to get caught in a crossfire with both sides. Seeing there was no subpoena I did not have to show up. If I took a trip no one could fine (sic) me to give a subpoena to."

Jarrett told Matthews to contact the FBI in Salt Lake City to inform the agency what he was going to do, Matthews said in his email message. It was his understanding, he wrote, that the agent who answered the phone was supposed to inform the court he was not going to testify.

Matthews also wrote, "NO ONE FROM THE FBI OR DOJ HAS MADE ANY THREATS TO ME OR MY FAMILY."

Trentadue pointed out that Matthews had agreed to testify voluntarily and there was no subpoena. And he said Matthews had told Charles the day before he was to testify that the FBI had told him "to stand down," which he believes influenced his decision against taking the stand.

Trentadue filed suit in 2008 seeking bombing records from the FBI and CIA, which since has been dropped as a defendant. He believes the records will provide information about his brother’s death in a federal prison in Oklahoma City a few months after the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people.

The death of Kenneth Trentadue was ruled a suicide, but his family believes he was mistaken for a bombing conspirator and killed in an interrogation that got out of hand. Federal officials deny the allegation.

Waddoups has taken the FOIA trial case under consideration and will issue a ruling later.

Trentadue is asking for an order allowing him to search for tapes and documents at FBI locations, including field offices in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, and requiring the bureau to produce the records he requested, including a videotape of the detonation. The FBI says it spent weeks searching its massive bombing investigation archive and that it has no tape of the explosion or the other requested materials that Trentadue claims are being withheld.


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Mayor Menino is a made member of the Boston FBI Crime Family.


Ex-Mayor Meninio's new book "Mayor for a New America"

Monday, September 29, 2014


http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/09/in_new_book_tom_menino_raises_concerns_about_fbi_in_wake_of


Former Mayor Thomas M. Menino says the FBI dragged its feet on releasing videos of the suspected Marathon bombers in the days after the horrific terrorist attacks, such that he “silently vowed” to go to President Obama if the feds waited any longer, he says in his new book about his 20 years in office.

“Mayor for a New America,” penned by Menino with WBUR analyst Jack Beatty and due out Oct. 14, devotes its introduction to the April 15, 2013, bombings when Menino, in a wheelchair, checked out of the hospital to address the city hours after the deadly blasts on Boylston Street.

Menino said his “feelings are mixed” about the FBI, noting their commitment to catching the bombers but also what he said was “caution (that) seemed motivated by a fear of making a mistake.” Agents had footage of the suspected bombers by late Wednesday but were “resisting pressure” to release the images, fearing the bombers could show up at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Thursday when President Obama was scheduled to speak.

“I hope that risky plan wasn’t the only reason the FBI was reluctant to share the tapes,” Menino writes, adding he sought to “notch up the pressure” when he mentioned the surveillance footage in a CNN interview.

“I silently vowed to appeal to the president if the bureau didn’t budge,” Menino wrote. “On Thursday afternoon, it budged.”

Menino also calls the controversial shelter-in-place order given by Gov. Deval Patrick that Friday as police hunted a suspect an “overreaction.”

“Absent shelter-in-place, (Watertown boat owner David) Henneberry might have discovered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev earlier,” Menino said.

The book’s behind-the-scenes looks reveal a man who embraces his image as an iron hand ruling the city he loves:

• When he learned a “senior” City Hall staffer was supporting Mitt Romney for Senate in 1994, he ordered him to a traffic circle to hold a “Kennedy for Senate” sign all day.

• On criticisms he micro-managed the Boston Redevelopment Authority: “BRA directors can get lulled into thinking they head an independent agency. ... I never relaxed my grip.” He said donations from preferred developers did not determine his decisions. “They were one among many factors.”

• Menino also devotes a large chunk of one chapter to his running battles with the police and fire unions, which nearly upended the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

“I lucked out on the timing,” he writes of an August 2001 contract agreement. “After 9/11, I couldn’t have denied anything to our firefighters”

Of his style, Menino said, “I’ve been labeled ‘an increm
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FBI concealed terror suspect from 9/11 Commission
BY: Susan Ferrechio September 30, 2014 | 5:17 pm

This Oct. 2008 file photo shows al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Al-Awlaki, an American, was designated a terrorist by U.S. officials and is believed to be connected to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Muhammad ud-Deen, File)
FBI Judicial Watch September 11 Terrorist Attacks National Security PennAve Terrorism al Qaeda

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained internal FBI documents showing a rift between the bureau and the 9/11 Commission over al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was later killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.

Al-Awlaki, an American, was designated a terrorist by U.S. officials and is believed to be connected to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

According to Judicial Watch, which obtained the documents through a FOIA request, the FBI was in contact with al-Awlaki beginning in 2003, but would not help the commission reach him for their investigation.

The FBI apparently kept close track of al-Awlaki, noting that he spent $2,350 on prostitutes in the D.C. area in 2001 and 2002.

The FBI, however, refused to help the the 9/11 Commission, which traveled to Yemen in an attempt to track down al-Awlaki while, unbeknownst to them, he remained in phone and email contact with the FBI.

In one email to an unknown FBI agent, he offered to meet with U.S. officials to counter the “lies” he believes were written about him in the Sept. 11 congressional report.

“Even though I have nothing more to say than what I did at our previous meetings I just wanted to let you know that I am around and available,” al-Awlaki said in an Oct. 23, 2003 email to the unnamed agent. “I am amazed at how absurd the media could be and I hope that the U.S. authorities know better and realize that what was mentioned about me was nothing but lies.”

Judicial Watch last year obtained FBI surveillance logs showing agents in 2002 followed al-Awlaki to the Pentagon, where he was invited to speak at a luncheon as part of the government’s Muslim outreach program.

“These new documents raise troubling questions about the FBI’s dealings with al-Awlaki, a known terrorist that the FBI knew had facilitated the 9/11 attacks,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Tuesday. “The FBI’s refusal to assist the 9/11 Commission is an outright scandal that deserves further scrutiny.”

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We brought Leonard Gates to speak
at our 4th Annual Conference Investigating Crimes Committed by FBI agents
He was committing voter fraud for the FBI.

Greg Flannery drove him to our conference from Cincinnati.

Greg is the author of this article about Leonard Gates.


I checked the link and it works



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Since 1990 every major terrorist event in the US. was
created by a FBI informant.
The Mumbai attack in India was created by John Headley
an FBI informant.
The explosives for the Omargh bombing in Ireland were
provided by FBI informant Whitey Bulger.


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Enemy or Asset? FBI documents show radical cleric Awlaki communicated with federal agent in ‘03


Published October 01, 2014

Newly released documents further support the conclusion that the FBI was working with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki after the 9/11 attacks – in the years before he became the first American targeted for death by a U.S. drone strike.

As part of an ongoing investigation of the cleric that began after the 2009 Fort Hood shooting massacre, Fox News was first to report that in 2002, al-Awlaki was released from custody at JFK International Airport -- despite an active warrant for his arrest -- with the okay of FBI Agent Wade Ammerman.
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Watchdog group Judicial Watch has since obtained more than 900 pages of new documents in the course of its federal lawsuit against the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act. They show the cleric was emailing and leaving voice messages with an FBI agent in 2003, a year after Ammerman told customs agents at JFK airport to bypass an outstanding warrant for the cleric's arrest.

The documents further support claims that Awlaki, who eventually went overseas and linked up with an Al Qaeda affiliate, worked with the FBI and was likely a U.S. government asset.

"I have little doubt that President Obama assassinated a terrorist that was an asset of the U.S. government," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

He added: "There have been so many missed opportunities in getting the bad guys, but it's one thing to have a bad guy working with you and for you and actually in your custody and then letting them go."

Fitton questioned whether Obama was even aware of al-Awlaki’s connections to federal law enforcement. “These unanswered questions cast President Obama's decision to assassinate [al-Awlaki] in a disturbingly different light," he said.

In one Oct. 2, 2003 email, an FBI agent whose name is redacted writes to a colleague regarding a voicemail: "Holy crap, [redacted] isn't this your guy? The aman (imam) with the prostitutes.”

Three weeks later, after leaving another voicemail, the cleric uses his personal Yahoo account to write directly to an FBI agent, now stationed at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., to complain about news reports linking al-Awlaki to the 9/11 hijackers.

"I was astonished by some of the talk circulating in the media about me. ... I am amazed at how absurd the media could be and I hope that the US authorities know better and realize that what was mentioned about me was nothing but lies," al-Awlaki writes, appearing to scold the FBI agent.

In another email, an FBI agent bristles at attempts by the 9/11 Commission to locate al-Awlaki and interview him independently, describing the requests as "numerous and unrelenting." The email says the 9/11 Commission wanted to talk to the cleric after it learned he had been phoning and emailing with FBI agents.

Significantly, the email traffic shows that while the 9/11 Commission was trying to find al-Awlaki, an FBI agent was in direct contact with the cleric and set up a meeting with him in March 2004.

"SA [redacted] has had a conversation with Aulaqi and has tentatively set up an interview for mid-March in London. With the VA. Jihad trial scheduled for early Feb. this will be the earliest SA (redacted) can meet Aulaqi … If the 9/11 commission needs to meet with Aulaqi, we will provide the contact information so they can set up their own interview."

Previously obtained records show that in 2002, within days of al-Awlaki’s re-entry to the U.S., he showed up in Ammerman's counterterrorism investigation in Virginia into Ali al-Timimi, who is now serving a life sentence on non-terrorism charges. On Oct. 22, 2002, 12 days after the imam's return, another FBI memo obtained through the Judicial Watch federal lawsuit (marked "Secret”) includes the subject line "Anwar Nasser Aulaqi" and "Synopsis: Asset reporting." The existence of the customs entry records was first documented by author Paul Sperry.

Asked about the FBI's involvement in al-Awlaki's release and whether the FBI tried to recruit the cleric, in a September 2013 interview with Fox News, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller did not deny it.

"I am not personally familiar with any effort to recruit Anwar al-Awlaki as an asset -- that does not mean to say there was not an effort at some level of the Bureau (FBI) or another agency to do so," Mueller said.

Mueller did not elaborate on a memo he personally sent then-Attorney General John Ashcroft on Oct. 3, 2002 -- seven days before the imam suddenly re-entered the U.S., was detained and then released at JFK Airport, by the order of Mueller's agent -- that is marked "Secret" and titled "Anwar Aulaqi: IT-UBL/AL-QAEDA."

It is not public whether al-Awlaki's contact information was provided by the FBI to the commission, but in the 9/11 report into the 2001 terrorist attacks, it states efforts to locate al-Awlaki were unsuccessful.

Fitton claims federal law enforcement had al-Awlaki in their custody, until the FBI let him walk -- and in the years before he was killed by a CIA drone in 2011, al-Awlaki pioneered the digital jihad, now being capitalized upon by the Isla



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BOSTON UPDATE: FBI War on Marathon Bombing Witnesses Continues



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By James Henry on Oct 2, 2014


The FBI’s apparent message to Tsarnaev’s defense team

The Boston Marathon bombing is much more important than has been acknowledged, principally because it is the major domestic national security event since 9-11 and has played a major role in expanding the power of the security state. For that reason, WhoWhatWhy is continuing to investigate troubling aspects of this story and the establishment media treatment of it. So even as it slips from the headlines, we will be exploring new elements of the story regularly as the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev approaches.

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Since the Boston Marathon bombing a year and a half ago, the FBI appears to be intimidating, harassing, and silencing friends and acquaintances of the Tsarnaev brothers. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers have noticed it too—they’re having trouble getting anyone to talk to them, recent court papers reveal.

In what WhoWhatWhy previously described as the FBI’s “war on witnesses”, the Bureau seems to be employing a scorched earth strategy of destroying anything that might be of use to the “enemy.”

On August 29, Tsarnaev’s lawyers filed a motion requesting a continuance for more time to prepare their defense, noting the fact that they were given only half the median preparation time that federal courts have allowed over the past decade for defendants on trial for their lives. (The judge did grant a two-month delay while refusing the defense request to move the trial out of Boston.)

The lawyers cited “outpaced requirements” in building a proper defense for their client: (1) the international nature of the investigation—including language and geographic barriers, (2) the large amount of evidence that has to be scrutinized, and most tellingly, (3) the climate of intimidation and fear created by the FBI’s investigative efforts since the bombing. They write:

Domestic defense mitigation investigation has been conducted amid a growing atmosphere of anxiety and agitation generated by highly-publicized arrests, indictments, prosecutions, deportations (and, in one instance, the FBI killing) of members of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s peer groups.

Most news reports brush over that last part. As if shooting to death an unarmed man involved in this case—as an FBI agent did to Tamerlan’s friend Ibragim Todashev—is not relevant to the difficulties the defense team has had in getting witnesses to talk to them. But even less extreme events are enough to silence potential witnesses, such as the mysterious closing of their bank accounts.
The father of Ibragim Todashev displays end result of FBI interview.

The father of Ibragim Todashev displays end result of FBI interview.

Prosecutors resisted this and an earlier attempt to have the trial delayed. The victims have a right to see justice done—swiftly, the thinking goes.

The victims and their families certainly deserve justice for this horrible atrocity. True justice should include a full accounting—something a hurried, one-sided investigation is not likely to produce. And of course Boston and the American public deserve, and need, the truth, whatever it may be.

Yet a close read of the motion document reveals FBI activities that seem more of an effort to conceal than to illuminate.

The FBI’s March to the Sea

Tsarnaev’s defense team makes reference to the most troubling—and most anxiety-producing—action by the FBI since the bombing: the shooting to death of Tamerlan’s friend, Todashev. (See our earlier story on the head-scratching circumstances surrounding that shooting, including the questionable history of the agent who pulled the trigger.)

Some of the FBI’s aggressive tactics described in the defense document look like outright intimidation. For instance, individuals “with lawful immigration status have been detained for hours and required to surrender their electronic devices upon re-entry to the United States.”

And take a look at this excerpt:

“The investigation has been further hampered by aggressive FBI follow-up tracking and questioning of potential witnesses, as well as by the unrelenting attention of the news media.”

It is one thing to be aggressively tracking and questioning individuals suspected of committing crimes, but to be doing this to presumably innocent witnesses reeks of intimidation. Witness intimidation is a tactic ordinarily associated with mafia or drug cartel defendants.

Notably, this “tracking” must have been brought to the attention of defense lawyers by witnesses themselves, indicating overt surveillance: “We’re watching you.”

Then, farther down in the document:

“These difficult circumstances are compounded by a continuing pattern of aggressive FBI re-interviewing of potential witnesses — on occasion within hours of an attempted contact by defense investigator [emphasis added].”

Within hours of an attempted contact by defense investigator? Is the defense team being watched too? (We reached out to Tsarnaev’s defense team hoping they could expand on that, but have not yet had a response.)

1It wouldn’t be the first time the FBI was caught spying on defense lawyers in a high-profile terrorism case. Lawyers for accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed allege that the FBI has been surveilling them.

Whether legal counsel are being watched directly or simply getting caught up in the surveillance of Tsarnaev’s acquaintances, the effect is the same: the feds know who is talking to whom, and when.

That’s a Nice Immigration Status You Got There…

Witnesses who are not U.S. citizens—which describes the majority of Tsarnaev’s friends, family, and many in the local Muslim community—are particularly vulnerable to law enforcement manipulation. The threat of deportation is a clear and present danger to these individuals, “regardless of whether criminal charges are ever brought or proven against them,” Tsarnaev’s lawyers wrote.

2Indeed, a handful of people loosely connected to the Tsarnaevs have already been deported, or had deportation proceedings initiated against them, despite having nothing to do with the Boston Marathon bombing. These include:

- Konstantin Morozov: friend of Tamerlan, arrested and jailed pending deportation reportedly after refusing to wear a wire for the FBI as the Bureau sought information on one of Tamerlan’s Chechen friends.

- Tatiana Gruzdeva: girlfriend o
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Personal lifeEdit

Lindauer is the daughter of John Howard Lindauer II, a newspaper publisher and former Republican nominee for Governor of Alaska.[1][2] Her mother was Jackie Lindauer (1932–1992) who died of cancer. In 1995 her father married Dorothy Oremus, a Chicago attorney and heiress to a concrete company fortune.[2]
EducationEdit

Lindauer attended East Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was an honor student and was in school plays.[3] She graduated from Smith College in 1985. She earned a masters degree in public policy from the London School of Economics.[4] She worked as a temporary reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1987, and as an editorial writer at the The Everett Herald in Everett, Washington until 1989. She then was a reporter and researcher at U.S. News & World Report in 1990 and 1991.[2][3][5][6]
Employment
Interest in Middle EastEdit

In November 1993 a friend of her father introduced her to former Vietnam combat pilot Paul Hoven, at a restaurant next to the Heritage Foundation in Virginia. Though Lindauer was a liberal, Hoven challenged her to take a more active role[clarification needed] and introduced her to an informal circle of conservatives interested in counterterrorism, including Capitol Hill staff and intelligence community members. These included Dr. Richard Fuisz[4] and senior Congressional staffer Kelly O'Meara.[9]

At the time of Lindauer's first meeting with Fuisz, theories of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 were divided between blaming the Libyan government under Moammar Gaddafi and the Syrian Ahmed Jabril. Lindauer said that Fuisz had shared with her a theory that did not hold Libya to blame. Lindauer and Fuisz said they met an average of once per week from 1994 to 2001, and Lindauer has described Fuisz as "my contact with the C.I.A.". In 2000, the Sunday Herald in Scotland reported that Fuisz had been an operative for the CIA in Damascus during the 1980s; Fuisz did not confirm or deny this, saying he was not permitted to speak about it.[4][10]

Fuisz came to have a falling out with Lindauer after the September 11th attacks in 2001, no longer welcoming her to his office. He said that before the attacks she was "Arabist, but Arabist from the standpoint of trying to lift sanctions, so that children would do better, and trying to get medicines into countries -- principally I'm talking about Iraq and Libya." But afterward, he said "Susan, in her discussions, went from benign, in my opinion, to malignant... These discussions changed and now involved a very strong seditious bent."[4] In a 2008 hearing, one of Lindauer's associates testified that she had predicted an imminent attack on Manhattan with airplanes in 2001.[9] Lindauer described her falling out with Fuisz in a 2009 interview, saying that it had been in regard to the approach taken in reacting to the possibility of an imminent attack.[11]

Lindauer said she began making visits to the Libyan mission at the United Nations (UN) in 1995[5] and with Iraqis at the UN in 1996.[4] In 2000 she told Middle East Intelligence Bulletin that she had been subject to surveillance, threats, and was attacked after meeting Libyan officials in 1995 to discuss what she had learned about the Flight 103 bombing.[5][12]

On November 26, 2000, then President-elect George W. Bush appointed Lindauer's second cousin,[13][14] Andrew Card, as White House Chief of Staff upon his inauguration. Card had previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Secretary of Transportation for George H. W. Bush, and had been selected by George W. Bush to run the 2000 Republican National Convention.[15] Starting in 2000, Lindauer delivered multiple letters to Card, leaving them on the doorstep of his home in Northern Virginia. In her letters, she urged Card to intercede with President George W. Bush to not invade Iraq, and offered to act as a back channel in negotiations.[4] Over approximately two years, Lindauer wrote Card a total of eleven letters, the last on January 6, 2003, two months before the invasion of Iraq.[16][17] Card later told the FBI that Lindauer had tried to contact him several times, but according to a statement by White House spokesman Scott McClellan, Card did not recall seeing or talking to Lindauer after the January 2001 inauguration.[13]
Arrest, incarceration and releaseEdit

Lindauer claims she was conducting peace negotiations with representatives of several Muslim countries (including Iraq, Libya, Malaysia, and Yemen) in New York. According to transcripts Lindauer presented to the New York Times in 2004, these included meetings with Iraqi Muthanna al-Hanooti, a peace activist later accused of spying. Lindauer also says that the U.S. intelligence community was aware of these meetings and was monitoring her.[4][18]

On March 11, 2004, Lindauer was arrested in Takoma Park, Maryland by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).[4] She was taken to the FBI office in Baltimore. Outside of this office, she told WBAL-TV: "I'm an antiwar activist and I'm innocent. I did more to stop terrorism in this country than anybody else. I have done good things for this country. I worked to get weapons inspectors back to Iraq when everybody else said it was impossible."[19]

Lindauer later said she was charged under the PATRIOT Act.[20]

Lindauer was charged with "acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government". The indictment alleged that she accepted US$10,000 from the Iraqi Intelligence Service in 2002.[4][21] Lindauer denied receiving the money, but confirmed taking a trip to Baghdad.[4] Lindauer was also accused of meeting with an FBI agent posing as a Libyan, with whom she spoke about the "need for plans and foreign resources to support resistance groups operating in Iraq."[7] Lindauer says she came to this meeting because of her interest in filing a war crimes suit against the U.S. and U.K. governments.[4]

Congresswoman Lofgren released a statement saying she was "shocked" by the arrest, that she had no evidence of illicit activities by Lindauer, and that she would cooperate with the investigation.[7][8] Robert Precht, Dean of the University of Michigan Law School, said the charges were "weak" and that Lindauer was more likely to be a "misguided peacenik".[22]

She was released on bond on March 13, 2004, to attend an arraignment the following week.[23] Sanford Talkin of New York was appointed by the court as Lindauer's lawyer.[18]

In 2005 she was incarcerated at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, for psychological evaluation. She was then moved to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.[24] In 2006, she was released on bail prison after judge Michael B. Mukasey ruled that Lindauer was unfit to stand trial and would not order her to be forcibly administered antipsychotic medication to make her competent to stand trial.[1][24] He noted that the severity of Lindauer's mental illness, which he described as a "lengthy delusional history", weakened the prosecution's case. In his decision he wrote, "Lindauer ... could not act successfully as an agent of the Iraqi government without in some way influencing normal people .... There is no indication that Lindauer ever came close to influencing anyone, or could have. The indictment charges only what it describes as an unsuccessful attempt to influence an unnamed government official, and the record shows that even lay people recognize that she is seriously disturbed."[24]

During her incarceration she refused antipsychotic medication which the United States Department of Justice claimed would render her competent to stand trial. The presiding judge would not allow her to be forcibly medicated, as requested by the prosecution.[25][26][27]

At a hearing in June 2008, Lindauer told reporters that she had been a CIA asset.[28] and said she had "been hung out to dry and scapegoated".[28] In 2008, Justice Loretta A. Preska of the Federal District Court in New York City reaffirmed that Lindauer was mentally unfit to stand trial—despite Lindauer's insistence to the contrary.[2][29] Preska ruled that Lindauer's belief in her connection to the intelligence community was evidence of her insanity.[30]

On January 16, 2009, the government decided to not continue with the prosecution saying "prosecuting Lindauer would no longer be in the interests of justice."[1][31]
Book and subsequent claimsEdit

Lindauer has written a self-published book about her experience, Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover-Ups of 9/11 and Iraq.[32] Lindauer wrote that for a number of years she had worked for the CIA and DIA undertaking communications with the Iraqi government, serving as a back-channel in negotiations.
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David Samuels (August 29, 2004). "Susan Lindauer's Mission To Baghdad". New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2008.
Dao, James (March 12, 2004). "An Antiwar Activist Known for Being Committed Yet Erratic". New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2008.
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Revealed: How mafia boss was allowed to walk away from at least TWENTY SIX murders by FBI

Mafia capo nicknamed the Killing Machine was ‘protected time and time again’ by the FBI
Was the first Mafioso to reveal ‘the face of the enemy’ and the TRUE source for Mario Puzo’s Godfather trilogy
‘Blood on the hands’ of the FBI as Gregory Scarpa Sr carried out more than 26 ‘hits’ while acting as a paid informant
The Mafioso was a bigamist and adulterer who would watch his mistress have sex with the younger man he ‘adopted’ as his own son and protege
Scarpa Sr used ‘666’ as his personal code to communicate each significant kill



Published: 00:33 EST, 30 June 2013

A secret relationship between the FBI and a mafia capo that allowed him to walk away from at least 26 murders while under the Bureau’s protection has been exposed.

It is revealed in a new book, which lays bare the true cost of a Faustian deal struck between mafia capo, Gregory Scarpa Sr and the FBI’s ‘Mr Organized Crime,’ Supervisory Special Agent R Lindley DeVecchio.

Scarpa Sr’s was a career steeped in blood. His nicknames included The Grim Reaper and The Killing Machine. He signed letters ‘KM’ and boasted of committing 50 murders, at which point he ‘stopped counting.’
Deal with the Devil
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Doctor John suspected as terrorist in San Francisco


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I take three or four trips a year, using several air lines and a number of airports. The most remarkable discovery I made about security is that every airport has its own rules, even though the TSA provides security nationwide and it should be uniform.

I travel with a cane. (That, with a limp, garners extra consideration and the early boarding privileges extended to slow passengers like me; plus, the cabin attendants smile at me and laugh at my Snoopy shirts.)
When the 3-ounce bottle rule went into effect an agent at one airport got quite upset with me for not knowing about it, although I had just been through two other airports where it was not enforced. Then there was a rule that people over 75 did not need to remove their shoes or jackets, except sometimes. There was no prize for guessing correctly, which didn't seem fair. Removing one's shoes when one cannot stand safely on one foot is a challenge I am pleased to avoid.
Another agent got impatient with me for not informing an undesignated person that I had a knee implant. When I told other agents about the implant they would shrug and make a hand signal for "doesn"t matter." I never seemed to catch up with my responsibilities.
The agents were otherwise polite and helpful, so maybe I was running into the "bad day" effect with the others. The job can get pretty hectic, I'm sure. It can be like the emergency department when a bus full of people going to the Diabetic Support Group picnic has an accident and all of them arrive with a low blood sugar. And everyone is at lunch except me. I used to dream about such things.
Most airports (that I patronize, at least) have gone to the total body scanner, which makes things simpler. You stand in a plastic cylinder, raise your arms and, zip! The cylinder goes around once and the agent says, "Okay, you can go."
I was surprised that the San Francisco airport does not have them. This is a big, international airport handling travelers from all over the Pacific area as well as much of the U.S., so I did not expect to be "patted down" as in past years. The agent put on blue gloves and patted me all over, all the while apologizing, and then rubbed a paper on the gloves. He put the paper on a little machine and it lit up. "EXPLOSIVES DETECTED" flashed in red. I expected everyone to hit the floor to allow gun-toting FBI types to hurdle the benches like O.J. Simpson in those long-ago commercials, but no. Nobody seemed concerned except this particular agent and me. I wondered if I was going to blow up.
He said, "Oh-oh. Wait here." So I waited, naturally, not wanting to attract even more attention. He walked away, talked to a man at a desk and came back. You should be aware that I am 81 years old, carry a cane and wear Snoopy shirts. I probably look harmless, but not so harmless, I hope, that the flight attendants will ignore me.
"OK, you can go," the agent said. No further patting down, no further paper tests, no checking of the machine. Just go. I realized I'd reached the age when I could be profiled, which is not a good age to be.If something blew


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GRENADEWALKER: Inspector General Reports Blasts DOJ For ANOTHER Fast & Furious Scandal
November 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm


The Department of Justice Inspector General is blasting the agency for yet another “Fast and Furious” style program that armed Mexican narco-terrorists as Obama Administration officials stood by and watched.

Federal agents and prosecutors in Arizona made multiple errors in their investigation of a U.S. citizen who was suspected of smuggling grenade components to Mexico, including failing to arrest him when there was more than enough evidence to do so, the Justice Department watchdog said in a harshly critical report Thursday.

The inspector general’s report found parallels between the investigation into Jean Baptiste Kingery by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and “Operation Fast and Furious,” an ATF gun-running operation along the Southwest border that relied on flawed tactics and became a political firestorm for the Justice Department. Those similarities include poor supervision, weak oversight and a failure “to take or insist on overt enforcement action against the subjects of the investigations.”

“Our reviews of both cases concluded that, in failing to act, they did not adequately consider the risk to public safety in the United States and Mexico created by the subjects’ illegal activities,” the report states.

Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkission has reported that there have been multiple weapon-smuggling operations led out of the Department Of Justice.

In addition to Fast & Furious, there is evidence suggesting the existence of other cartel-supplying gun smuggling operations in Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, plus the Kingergy grenade component smuggling case, and an internal effort to increase violent crime in the midwest by supplying weapons to Chicago gangs, dubbed Gangwalker.

Some are concerned that in excess of 20,000 firearms—primarily the sort of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that the Obama Administration wants to ban—were used as part of an intentional effort by the Administration to manufacture crime with specific weapons in order to push for gun control laws.

There have been no firings nor charges brought against any of the ATF, FBI, or DOJ officials and agents responsibly for supplying enough firepower to narco-terrorists to equip an army infantry division.

Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting cabinet member in American history to be held in criminal contempt of Congress due to his stonewalling of the investigation into operation Fast and Furious.

Judicial Watch has recently obtained documentation that suggests that Holder intentionally lied to Congress.

Holder announced his resignation within 48 hours of Judicial Watch winning access to Fast & Furious documentation that the Obama Administration tried to protect.
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Judge to weigh whether FBI in contempt in case of Utah attorney investigating brother’s death




On Monday, a three-day trial is scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City on a lawsuit by lawyer Jesse Trentadue that seeks documents and videotapes from the FBI investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing — including one tape that he believes shows suspects exiting a Ryder truck parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the detonation of explosives in the vehicle. Trentadue believes the records will provide information about the death of his brother in a federal prison cell in Oklahoma City a few months after the April 19, 1995, attack.
On Monday, a three-day trial is scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City on a lawsuit by lawyer Jesse Trentadue that seeks documents and videotapes from the FBI investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing — including one tape that he believes shows suspects exiting a Ryder truck parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the detonation of explosives in the vehicle. Trentadue believes the records will provide information about the death of his brother in a federal prison cell in Oklahoma City a few months after the April 19, 1995, attack. Trentadue was photographed in Salt Lake City, Saturday July 26, 2014. Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)
On Monday, a three-day trial is scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City on a lawsuit by lawyer Jesse Trentadue that seeks documents and videotapes from the FBI investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing — including one tape that he believes shows suspects exiting a Ryder truck parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the detonation of explosives in the vehicle. Trentadue believes the records will provide information about the death of his brother in a federal prison cell in Oklahoma City a few months after the April 19, 1995, attack. Trentadue was photographed in Salt Lake City, Saturday July 26, 2014. Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and FBI agents survey the damage to the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City Wednesday, April 19, 1995. A car bomb blast gouged a nine-story hole in the federal office building. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) The north side of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is missing after what federal authorities believe to be a car bomb exploded Wednesday, April 19, 1995. (AP Photo)

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Saying he is "perplexed" by the FBI’s failure to provide a timely report on a witness tampering allegation, a federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Thursday in Salt Lake City for the bureau to argue why it should not be found in contempt.

At the hearing, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups also wants the FBI and Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue — who is suing the agency over records he requested about the Oklahoma City bombing — to discuss the possibility of having a court-appointed special master oversee compliance with court orders in the case.

The tampering claim came up during a four-day bench trial in July on a lawsuit Trentadue filed in 2008 claiming the FBI had failed to conduct a search reasonably calculated to locate all records in the bureau’s possession that he requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The agency has responded that it conducted an "exhaustive" search; Waddoups took the case under consideration and has yet to rule.


On the second day of trial, Trentadue said he had just learned one of his witnesses, John Matthews, was backing out of testifying. According to court documents, Matthews planned to testify that he believed the FBI was monitoring bomber Timothy McVeigh in the run up to the 1995 detonation at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City — information that Trentadue believes the agency wants to suppress.

Trentadue alleges that Matthews — who he describes as a former undercover operative for the government — was threatened by the FBI with the loss of his disability and other veteran benefits if he took the stand. Department of Justice attorneys, who are representing the FBI, denied any coercion and argued an email Matthews sent to them saying he was not threatened settled the matter.

However, Waddoups disagreed the issue was resolved and scheduled a hearing for Thursday to hear testimony on the allegation. He also ordered the FBI to investigate any communications between the bureau and Matthews and submit a report to the court far enough in advance of the hearing so Trentadue could prepare subpoenas, if necessary.

Waddoups noted the DOJ attorneys had said they planned to file the report on Nov. 3 — 10 days before the scheduled hearing — but had not done so, leaving Trentadue with inadequate time to issue subpoenas. In an order issued Thursday, the judge postponed testimony on whether there has been witness tampering and said the upcoming hearing will be devoted to the contempt and special master issues.

The DOJ attorneys responded that the investigation, which was done by the FBI, took longer than expected but the report has been completed and filed. In a motion filed Friday, they asked Waddoups to cancel Thursday’s hearing, arguing that because the FBI conducted the probe and submitted the report as ordered, "no contempt order is warranted, nor is there any need to appoint a special master."

In addition, they asked Waddoups to find that an evidentiary hearing on the tampering allegation is unnecessary. The information contained in the report "makes clear that no witness tampering occurred and that there is no basis to conduct any further proceedings on this matter," according to the motion.

In an affidavit attached to the motion, retired agent Don Jarrett says Matthews, who he has known since about 1992, called him in early July to say that he did not want to testify. Jarrett says he had not heard of the case and suggested that Matthews contact the FBI’s attorney in the case.

Matthews then contacted the Salt Lake City office four times and talked to Special Agent Adam Quirk, who was the person assigned to handle incoming calls the day of the first call, the motion says. Matthews said he had been asked to testify in a trial involving the Oklahoma City bombing but did not intend to appear unless subpoenaed, Quirk said in an affidavit.

"I was not familiar with any trial matching Mr. Matthews’ description," Quirk said. "I was not sure why Mr. Matthews was contacting the Field Office, but I simply confirmed that, in order for him to be required to testify, he would have to be served with a subpoena."

Quirk said Matthews called three more times saying Trentadue wanted him to testify but that he did not want to.

Three of the four calls and two voice mail messages that Matthews left for Quirk were recorded and they "irrefutably demonstrate that it was Mr. Matthews who initiated contact with the Salt Lake Field Office and that SA Quirk did not threaten or attempt to discourage Mr. Matthews from testifying," the motion says.
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9/11 Truth Teleconference
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Draft minutes for Oct. 29, 2014




November 7, 2014
Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call

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Draft minutes for the Wed., October 29, 2014 regular conference call

Present were:

Ken Freeland, Teleconference facilitator, Houston 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Barbara Honegger, Independent 9/11 researcher
James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots
Pablo Schanes, 9/11 Crash Test
Frank Tolopko, Berkshire 9/11 Truth
Wayne Coste, AE911Truth
Les Jamieson, AE911Truth
Dave Schlesinger, AE911Truth
Nita Renfrew, New York
Time Michael, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Ron Avery, Global 9/11
Barton Bruce, Boston 9/11 Truth
Nick Guillermo, Activism Truth
Mike Booth, 9/11 activist, Indiana

The minutes of the September 2014 conference call were APPROVED

The amended agenda was APPROVED

Push to have redacted pages released

Les Jamieson gave a summary of efforts to get support for House resolution HR-428, which calls for the declassification of 28 redacted pages from the 900-page Senate Joint Inquiry report on 9/11. For more information on the effort to mobilize support for the resolution, go to 911truthoutreach.org/declassify28. Jamieson said that he would like to keep the Teleconference updated on developments.


Feedback on 9/11 Virtual Walking Tour

Barbara Honegger gave an update about work on the 9/11 Virtual Walking Tour, has been undergoing revisions. She pointed out that the creators of the 9/11 Museum have used the museum exhibits to state things that are provably false. She had asked on September’s Teleconference call for feedback concerning the Tour, and several participants on the October call offered their comments and suggestions.



Advancing ballot initiatives, raising money

Nick Guillermo of truthactivism.com presented an ambitious plan to create a clearing house for ballot initiatives and a vehicle for raising money through a Super Pac that would be used to fund the initiatives. The object is to make 9/11 truth and other issues self-sustaining.

This effort would utilize social media, blogs, data research and archiving as part of the plan. For more information, go to activismtruth.org and ballotpedia.org.

4) Global 9/11 conference

Ron Avery presented an idea to have a major 9/11 conference in Austin, Texas. If anyone would like to contact Ron, he email address is taphouse@sbcglobal.net.

5) Crash test update

Pablo Shanes of the 9/11 Crash Test project gave an update on where the project stands as well as offering new details. He also mentioned that the organizers are looking for collaborators. For more information: 911crashtest.org



Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 9:30 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PST

You can hear an audio recording of the teleconference in its entirety here:
http://houston911truth.net/audio/102914.wav Also available are archives of earlier calls.

The next monthly teleconference will take place on Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Send agenda items for next call to facilitator
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Canada’s False Flag Terror: Fingerprints of U.S. Involvement


http://www.globalresearch.ca/canadas-false-flag-terror-fingerprints-of-u-s-involvement/5412838


By Barrie Zwicker
Global Research, November 09, 2014
Truth and Shadows
Region: Canada
Theme: 9/11 & 'War on Terrorism', Intelligence, Media Disinformation, US NATO War Agenda
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The “Terrorist” Events of Wednesday October 22nd in Ottawa and two days earlier in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu bear all the hallmarks of a coordinated cross-border one-two punch false flag operation.

The first, the left jab hit-and-run killing of a Canadian soldier, would be the psychological softening up for the follow-up right cross, the killing of another Canadian soldier in Ottawa. Together they dazed the public to an extent that even the ostentatiously-iconic murder at the National War Memorial alone might not have achieved.

The context was within the intensification of the so-called “global war on terror” and in concert with the pro-military Stephen Harper government’s deployment of warplanes supposedly fighting “the terrorists” of the suddenly-emerging “Islamic State.” The first bombing sorties of Canadian F-18s took place hours after the violent acts of supposed “homegrown” and “self-radicalized
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