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Boston bombers’ uncle married daughter of top CIA official

The uncle of the two suspected Boston bombers in last week’s attack, Ruslan Tsarni, was married to the daughter of former top CIA official Graham Fuller

The discovery that Uncle Ruslan Tsarni had spy connections that go far deeper than had been previously known is ironic, especially since the mainstrean media's focus yesterday was on a feverish search to find who might have recruited the Tsarnaev brothers.

The chief suspect was a red-haired Armenian exorcist.  They were fingering a suspect who may not, in fact, even exist.

It was like blaming one-armed hippies on acid for killing your wife.

 

Ruslan Tsarni married the daughter of former top CIA official Graham Fuller, who spent 20 years as operations officer in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. In 1982 Fuller was appointed the National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asia at the CIA, and in 1986, under Ronald Reagan, he became the Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, with overall responsibility for national level strategic forecasting.

At the time of their marriage, Ruslan Tsarni was known as Ruslan Tsarnaev, the same last name as his nephews Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged bombers.

It is unknown when he changed his last name to Tsarni.  

What is known is that sometime in the early 1990’s, while she was a graduate student in North Carolina, and he was in law school at Duke, Ruslan Tsarnaev met and married Samantha Ankara Fuller, the daughter of Graham and Prudence Fuller of Rockville Maryland. Her middle name suggests a reference to one of her father’s CIA postings.

The couple divorced sometime before 2004.

Today Ms. Fuller lives abroad, and is a director of several companies pursuing strategies to increase energy production from clean-burning and renewable resources.

On a more ominous note, Graham Fuller was listed as one of the American Deep State rogues on Sibel Edmonds' State Secrets Privilege Gallery,. Edmonds explained it featured subjects of FBI investigations she became aware of during her time as an FBI translator.

Criminal activities were being protected by claims of State Secrets, she asserted. After Attorney General John Ashcroft went all the way to the Supreme Court to muzzle her under a little-used doctrine of State Secrets, she put up twenty-one photos, with no names. 

One of them was Graham Fuller.

"Congress of Chechen International" c/o Graham Fuller

A story about a Chechen oik exec/uncle pairing up with a top CIA official who once served as CIA Station Chief in Kabul sounds like a pitch for a bad movie.

But the two men may have been in business together.

In 1995, Tsarnaev incorporated the Congress of Chechen International Organizations in Maryland, using as the address listed on incorporation documents 11114 Whisperwood Ln, in Rockville Maryland, the home address of his then-father-in-law.

It is just eight miles up the Washington National Pike from the Montgomery Village home where “Uncle Ruslan” met—and apparently wowed, the press after the attack in Boston.

The Washington Post yesterday called him a "media maven," while nationally syndicated Washington Post columnist Ester Cepeda , in a piece with the headline “The Wise Words of Uncle Ruslan” opined that he was her choice for "an award for bravery in the face of adversity.”

Success through indirection, mis-direction, redirection, and protection

Uncle Ruslan’s spy connections go far deeper than was already known, which was that he spent two years working in Kazakhstan for USAID.

But the mainstream media was lookng the other way.

Under the headline Did 'Misha' influence Tsarnaevs? In Watertown, doubts,” USA Today reported: “Misha. A new name has emerged in the Boston Marathon bombing case—one familiar to the family of the two young men accused of the atrocity and apparently of interest to the Russian and American security services as well.”

Ruslan Tsarni was the first to bring up the supposed man's supposed name. Or rather, he brought up a first name:  Misha. But it was enough. We were off to the races…

Attention all cars: Be on lookout for chubby Armenian exorcist

Tsarni described Misha to CNN as being "chubby, a big guy, big mouth presenting himself with some kind of abilities as exorcist . . . having some part-time job in one of the stores, not married. All of the qualifications of a loser, just another big mouth.”

According to Uncle Ruslan, Misha was the man who over a considerable period of time had radicalized Tamerlan.

It seemed strange, then, that  in contrast to his “you are there” verbal picture of the man, even with all his supposed concerns, and given his high level of education and abundant resources (Big Sky Energy was paying him in excess of $200,00 a year, according to documents filed with the SEC) Ruslan had somehow never found out just who the bad guy was.

He never got a name, something that in spook-dom is considered something of a faux pas. Then again, no one else had either.

Worse, Tsarni's vivid description seemed to be taken from personal observation, from, in other words…real life. But that isn’t possible. Tsarni had stated he hadn’t been physically in the presence of his Boston relatives since December 2005. And Misha, if he existed, didn’t show up on the scene until 2008 at the earliest.

Still,  just a few days later, the entire family began chiming in. Misha anecdotes were flying fast & furious, and the nation’s scribblers were busy uncritically scribbling down their every word.

Maybe their Twitter account got hacked again?

No performance was nearly as masterful, however, as that of the Associated Press.

“Bomb suspect influenced by mysterious radical, reported the Associated Press.

"Tamerlan's relationship with Misha could be a clue in understanding the motives behind his religious transformation and, ultimately, the attack itself," reported the Associate Press. Only to take it all back in the very next line.

"Two U.S. officials say he had no tie to terrorist groups."

The AP’s “story” about the mysterious “Misha” was 1145 words, long enough for an editor to squeeze in a caveat.

“It was not immediately clear whether the FBI has spoken to Misha or was attempting to,” the national wire service reported. “Efforts over several days by The Associated Press to identify and interview Misha have been unsuccessful.”

The big difference: when you do it, its conspiracy theory. When we do it, its informed speculation.

In any other context, this might be seen as the rankest kind of “conspiracy theory.” But, apparently, when the Associated Press does it, its news.

Then Uncle Ruslan made a clear mis-step.

 “An uncle of the alleged bombers claims that Misha, an Armenian convert to Islam, had a huge influence on the elder brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  Describing him as an "Armenia exorcist, Tsarni said, “Somehow he just took his brain.”

Armenians are a deeply-rooted Christian community, which is proud of the fact that their country was the first in the world to adopt Christianity as state religion in 301 AD.

Moreover this is the week every year when they remember the Armenian Holocaust, when as many as 1,000,000 Armenians were slaughtered by Turkish Muslims.

In the large and close-knit Boston Armenian community, a red-bearded Armenian named Misha becoming a radicalized Muslim would stand out.

"I've never heard of him, nor has anyone that I know," Hilda Avedissian, executive director at the Armenian Cultural & Educational Centre.

So what if the guy was involved with biggest bank fraud in history?

"For an Armenian to convert to Islam is like finding a unicorn in a field," Nerses Zurabyan, 32, an information technology director who lives in nearby Cambridge told USA Today.

The report reveals that the bomber’s Uncle, made famous for his outspoken condemnation of his nephew’s which aired repeatedly on international news networks, is a well-connected oil executive who at one point worked for a Halliburton shell company used as a front to obtain oil contracts from the Kazakh State.

Ruslon Tsarni was implicated in an investigation involving the laundering and theft of $6 billion. But everybody loves Uncle Ruslon. At least most of America’s mainstream media does.

There has, to date, been no speculation at all about whether an uncle of the men suspected of the bombing who had been involved in international intrigue at the hightest levels, and who married the daughter of a top CIA official, might warrant a closer look.

It’s enough, isn’t it, to turn even reasonably rational adults into—gasp!—conspiracy theorists.

“News,” someone once wrote, “is selection. And selection is always  based on an ideology and agenda, which is something to remember next time you watch, listen or read the ‘news.’”

Too true.

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see link for full story

http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-8818-cover_story_queen_city_terror.html

 

 

Cincinnati's links to the Oklahoma City bombing

  September 8th, 2004 · Cover Story
 
 




There's something either poetic or frightening about Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Kenny of Cincinnati serving on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. The 1991 Oak Hills High School graduate is an admitted bank robbery conspirator, founding member of an Aryan hate group and associate of the late Timothy McVeigh.

How Kenny got into the Army in spite of his criminal history -- and his white supremacist tattoos -- is something of a puzzle. So is his promotion just months after the Army convicted him on morals charges involving an 11-year-old girl.

But what really distinguishes Kenny is his alleged relationship with the man who killed 168 people by blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. A new book based on death row interviews with McVeigh mentions Kenny five times.

Kenny couldn't be reached for comment, of course. His wife, Tabatha Kenny of Cheviot, told a reporter she'd ask him to contact CityBeat. She also said the Army has greatly benefited her family. She means the U.S. Army. It was Kenny's membership in the other army, the Aryan Republican Army (ARA), that ties him to McVeigh.

Kenny and other ARA members met with McVeigh in Elohim City, a right-wing militia center in Oklahoma, before the Oklahoma City bombing, according to Secrets Worth Dying For: Timothy James McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing. But the book isn't the first to raise questions about a Cincinnati link to the Oklahoma City bombing. A CityBeat investigation shows that, within days of the massacre, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service were asking the same thing.

But perhaps most troubling of all is Kenny's own account of his mission before joining the military. In 1996 he gave secret testimony to a federal grand jury in Philadelphia detailing the ARA's violent intentions. CityBeat obtained a transcript of the testimony.

"We had planned on robbing banks and armored cars," he testified. "Proceeds were to fund the cause, the movement or whatever. Buy guns, ammo, distribute out to other people, like-mindedness groups, to further their cause."

Did the ARA fund the Oklahoma City bombing? A former Cincinnati Police officer has given new evidence in federal court that, he says, could blow apart the official version of what happened on April 19, 1995.

Nearly 10 years after the bombing, a group of convicts, police officers and defense attorneys find themselves in an unlikely alliance calling for a new investigation of the attack. A handful of active and former cops now say the FBI and the Secret Service lied to them and obstructed local investigations linked to the bombing.

Much about the federal government's conduct relative to Oklahoma City doesn't make sense -- unless its overarching goal were to cover up its own misconduct. While Congress prepares hearings on the intelligence failures that preceded the 2001 terrorist attacks, law enforcement's mistakes in the events leading up to the Oklahoma City massacre go largely unexamined.

A CityBeat investigation into the Midwest Bank Bandits -- AKA the Aryan Republican Army -- raises serious questions about the government's behavior before and after the bombing. McVeigh's guilt isn't at issue; neither is that of Terry Nichols, now serving life in prison for helping him.

The issue is whether other right-wing plotters involved in the bombing were allowed to go free -- and if so, why.

'Prepared to get robbing'
In the summer of 1993, Cincinnati Police Officer Matthew Moning, assigned to uniform patrol in District 3, responded to a domestic violence run at 3256 Montana Ave. After fleeing to her mother's house, Tabatha Kenny called police to report physical abuse by her husband. While talking to Moning, she went on to say her husband Shawn was a member of the Aryan Nations.

Mrs. Kenny complained about her husband's two friends, Richard Lee Guthrie and Peter Kevin Langan, who had been staying with the family "off and on" at Martin's Mobile Home Park in Miamitown.

"These two individuals were training her husband how to rob banks without getting caught, make fake IDs and how to scam stores with a fake UPC code maker that they had in their possession," Moning said in an affidavit recently submitted to U.S. District Court in Columbus.

Angry with her husband, Tabatha Kenny spilled her guts to Moning.

"They had told Shawn to present a fake ID to police if he was ever pulled over and that if the cops started questioning him about the identification, that he was to shoot him with a gun that they carried at all times," the affidavit says.

Testifying later before a grand jury, Kenny admitted he was well versed in the art of fake identification. He described a packet of materials he'd delivered to a gang member in Pennsylvania.

"It was blank baptismal certificates, blank birth certificates, blank insurance cards -- auto and health -- and instruction booklet," Kenny testified. "It taught you how to utilize the materials that were in the packet, to go ahead and put all the information together, go ahead and get a driver's license under an alias, under a different name. ... Most people in the right wing know the value of having fake identification, different names and whatnot."

Mrs. Kenny later contacted Moning and gave him more information.

"Tabatha passed information to me about numerous bank robberies 'all over the country' dating back to November 1993, that on one occasion Shawn came home with several bags of dye-stained money and proceeded to pour it out in the living room of the trailer they shared in Miamitown, Ohio," Moning's affidavit says.

On June 8, 1994, two armed bandits in Halloween masks robbed Society National Bank on Princeton Pike in Springdale. A total of $11,890 was taken, but the robbers also grabbed a dye pack, which exploded in the getaway car, according to Springdale Police reports. Witnesses saw a Chevy Citation driving erratically while spewing dye-stained money out the windows. A total of $7,820 was recovered, with $4,070 unaccounted for.

Tabatha Kenny told Moning she and her husband got into a fight over the dye-stained money. Dye-stained money started turning up all over the Miamitown area, with dye-stained bills being passed at the BP gas station, Angelo's Pizza and Guido's restaurant.

Kenny was caught red-handed, but he wasn't charged. Instead, he turned snitch.

Tabatha Kenny, now reconciled with her husband, still is relieved by the turn of events.

"Thank God my husband was never charged," she says. "God was looking out for him, because he actually went to a couple of the robberies. They were called 'dry runs.' "

During Langan's 1997 trial for the bank robbery, Kenny testified for the government. Kenny said he'd earned $200 for help in "dry runs" on the Springdale bank.

"We done surveillance on the bank and, you know, figured out what it would take to rob it," he said.

Kenny testified that he, Langan and Guthrie had made a previous attempt on the Springdale bank some time in late 1993.

"We were locked and loaded and prepared to get robbing the bank," he said.

The robbery was scrubbed at the last minute, according to Kenny.

Kenny was under surveillance at least as early as December 1993, according to a Secret Service report obtained by CityBeat.

"Previous information was developed to indicate Richard Lee Guthrie had stayed with Shawn Kenny, Miamitown, Ohio, when in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area," the report says. "Guthrie was last seen with Kenny in May 1993. Surveillance of Kenny's residence has failed to locate Guthrie. Case continued."

Secret Service agents were looking for Guthrie because he'd allegedly threatened former President Bush. While in Miamitown, they conducted a cursory search of Kenny's trailer with "negative results."

They didn't find Guthrie, but other interesting items turned up.

"It is noted that Kenny has a full library of survivalist and Aryan type literature and admits to being a member of Aryan Nations and the Christian Identity movement," the Secret Service report says. "Kenny advised he owned several weapons which were observed to include a high powered rifle and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun."

Curiously, no weapons charges were brought against Kenny, who had a felony record for carrying a concealed weapon. Convicted felons can't legally own guns.

'McVeigh was pissed'
The gang founded by Langan, Guthrie and Kenny -- the media dubbed them the Midwest Bank Bandits, but they preferred to be called the Aryan Republican Army -- was a group of white supremacists aimed at financing the violent overthrow of the U.S. government. In 1996, after reining in most of the bank robbers, the U.S. Justice Department considered the gang so dangerous that the director of the FBI reclassified the case "Domestic Security/Terrorism."

The three began planning their capers in Cincinnati in 1991. U.S. Appeals Judge Ronald Gilman later described the ARA as a "copycat, neo-Nazi group inspired by the book The Silent Brotherhood, which detailed the activities of an underground guerrilla bank robbery gang known as 'The Order.' "

In phone calls from the U.S. Penitentiary in Jonesville, Va., Langan tells CityBeat that larger meetings of anti-government and white supremacist groups were held in various places in Greater Cincinnati, often above a storefront beauty shop in Cheviot and above a printing shop in Elmwood Place.

"Typically two meetings a month, varying from a half-dozen to 30 people," he says. "There were a whole bunch of people from these different groups -- anti-tax, common-law court people, people from the Posse, people from the Klan, Aryan Nations, a whole spectrum of people on the far right trying to accomplish something."

Secrets Worth Dying For, whose co-authors spent two years on death row with McVeigh, describes the ARA's early days -- information they say they obtained from the Oklahoma City bomber.

"In early 1992 Langan joined the Ohio chapter of the Aryan Nation," the book says. "His racist views had been strengthened by his attendance at the Covington Identity Church and by his association with an 18-year-old skinhead named Shawn Kenny, who shared similar beliefs and regularly held meetings for Bible study and Aryan Nations teachings."

Responding to a request for more information, co-author David Paul Hammer wrote CityBeat July 13 from death row in Lewisburg, Va.

  
 

"All information I have about Kenny came directly from Tim McVeigh," Hammer writes. "I have pages of notes about Kenny."

In a second letter, he directly accuses Kenny of involvement in the plot to blow up the Murrah Federal Building.

"I can tell you also that he was very involved in planning the OKC bombing and that McVeigh was really pissed when Kenny 'flaked out,' " the letter says.

Hammer had been expected to testify for the defense in Terry Nichols' recent state trial on charges of murder. So was Langan.

"Our interest in Peter Langan was that he could tie some of his cohorts potentially to McVeigh," says Nichols' attorney, Mark Earnest.

But the judge barred both witnesses from taking the stand.

"We tried to put the Midwest Bank Robbery group before the jury, but we had to show an overt act on the part of the witnesses," says Brian Hermanson, another Nichols attorney.

It wasn't a conspiracy theorist who first floated the idea that McVeigh and Nichols were funded by ARA bank jobs. It was the FBI. A May 30, 1995 memo from the FBI in Washington reported to the Cincinnati FBI office on a fingerprint analysis from the Society Bank robbery in Springdale.

"The latent palm print is not a palm print of Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols or James Douglas Nichols," the memo says.

Within six weeks of the Murrah Building's destruction, the FBI was investigating a link between BOMBROB, its code for the ARA gang, and OKBOMB, its name for the Oklahoma City bombing.

The ARA gang had a definite sense of flair. The bank robbers sometimes dressed as federal agents, sometimes as Santa Claus. In March 1995, after robbing a bank in Iowa, they left behind a gold-painted pipe bomb in an Easter basket. The explosive device, like all of the ARA's "bombs," was a fake.

The ARA was eventually credited by law enforcement with 22 bank robberies, including one on Dec. 9, 1994, near Cleveland. A report by the FBI Laboratory in Washington, D.C., reports on videotape images from the scene.

"These images were then compared to known photographs of Timothy McVeigh and (name omitted by the FBI) to determine if they were identical," the lab report says.

The result came back "no meaningful conclusion," due to lack of image detail and resolution.

'It was a lie'
Eleven years ago Moning, then a Cincinnati Police officer, and Langan were adversaries. In January 1996, with Moning's help, the FBI busted the ARA bank robbers.

Police Chief Mike Snowden wrote a letter of commendation for Moning's exemplary performance in "gathering intelligence information regarding Shawn Kenny and his associates, Richard Lee Guthrie Jr. and Peter Kevin Langan. Officer Moning is deserving of my commendation for his skillful interview techniques, informant management and tenacious investigative skills."

A Cincinnati Police intelligence report in February 1996 mentioned "Investigator Matt Moning ... who assisted federal authorities in developing the initial leads in this investigation."

After the robbers' convictions in early 1997, the FBI wrote the police chief expressing appreciation for Moning's acquiring information relevant to the Springdale bank robbery, resulting in the arrests of Guthrie, Langan and other white supremacists.

Surprisingly, Moning was never called to testify in Langan's case.

"The commendations were nice, but I had apparently stepped on some big toes by monitoring the group," Moning tells CityBeat. "I thought busting the likes of Richard Lee Guthrie would help further my career."

But a review of Moning's personnel file shows that the stream of accolades seems to stop in 1997.

Prior to Langan's sentencing in 1998, Moning was asked to sign an affidavit for the government, but he refused.

"It was more than just an inaccurate accounting of what happened," Moning says. "It was a lie. The government was trying to arrange the dates and minimize my involvement to fit their scenario of the crime."

Frustrated federal officials told Moning to send the affidavit back. He never heard from them again, but he kept a copy.

In June of this year, Moning and Langan became allies of sorts after Moning prepared his own affidavit summarizing his involvement in the investigation. Langan has filed the affidavit as part of his most recent motion asking for an evidentiary hearing, part of his effort to have his sentence thrown out. Langan is serving life in prison without parole plus 35 years.

Langan and Moning hope to get a judge to listen to claims they have information the government has withheld about the ARA and its ties to the Oklahoma City bombing. But it won't be easy. Moning and Langan have something else in common -- they're both convicted felons.

In 2001, Officer Moning was indicted and convicted of unauthorized use of a police computer. In the first five years of his career, he had received 16 letters of commendation and no disciplinary action or citizen complaints. But after clashing with federal authorities over the ARA case, his career began to slide.

Assigned to the Cincinnati Police impound lot, he ran a computer check on a suspected drug dealer. The indictment said he "knowingly gained access to, or caused access to be gained to a computer or computer system without consent of the owner." The charge was a fifth (lowest) level felony, just enough to ruin a successful career in public service.

The latest effort to link OKBOMB to BOMBROB failed earlier this year. Judge Steven Taylor, who heard Nichols' state murder trial, rejected the argument that the two are connected.

"As to the BOMBROB case, this is a dry hole," Taylor said. "There is absolutely no evidence of any overt act by the bank robbers in bombing the Murrah Building, nothing at all to link the bank robbers to the crime that is being tried before this court."

The government's position remains the same: There is no connection between the Aryan Republican Army and the Oklahoma City bombing. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols pulled off the worst act of domestic terrorism in the 20th century without help from others.

'Visions of prosecutors'
But the feds have botched this case before. In September 1993, Secret Service agents got Langan released from a Georgia jail and put him on a bus to Cincinnati so he could help catch Guthrie. Local agents picked him up at the downtown Greyhound station.

Within two months, they'd lost him. His bank robbery spree continued for another two years.

McVeigh's execution was stayed for a month in 2001 until the FBI turned over more than 4,000 documents it had withheld from his lawyers.

Documents obtained by CityBeat show that federal investigators have repeatedly gotten the facts embarrassingly wrong. A September 1994 report by the Secret Service, for instance, concluded that the ARA gang wasn't responsible for the Springdale bank robbery.

"Investigation has determined Richard Lee Guthrie and Peter Langan were not responsible for the robbery of Society Bank, Springdale, Ohio," the report says.

Langan, however, is serving a prison term for that very robbery. Guthrie agreed to plead guilty, but he never went to prison for the heist. He was found dead, hanging from his bed sheet, on July 12, 1996, in the Kenton County Jail.

Moning says a Secret Service agent told him Guthrie had been given a straight deal of 30 years. But officials supposedly told him later that the deal was off and he was going to get the death sentence for Oklahoma City. Shortly afterward, Guthrie hanged himself.

In 1998, Moning saw retired Secret Service Agent Larry Haas at a retirement party for another Cincinnati Police officer. Haas said he was sorry the feds gave Moning a hard time, according to Moning. But what astounded Moning was when Haas allegedly told him that proceeds from the Midwest bank robberies were, in fact, funneled into the Oklahoma City bombing.

Haas declined to comment to CityBeat.

"No, I'm not going to talk to you about anybody," he says.

At times federal agents have tripped over one another on simple matters of evidence. Secret Service File 1B3484, for example, consists of 1,354 pages of documents relating to McVeigh and Nichols.

"A witness to the explosion named Grossman claimed to have seen a pale yellow Mercury car with a Ryder truck behind it pulling up to the federal building," the file says. "Mr. Grossman further claimed to have seen a woman on the corner waving to the truck. (Agent) McNally noted that this fact is significant due to the fact that the security video shows the Ryder truck pulling up to the federal building and then pausing (7-10 seconds) before resuming into a slot in front of the building. It is speculated that the woman was signaling the truck when a slot became available."

The same file contains the following entry: "Security videotapes from the area show the truck detonation three minutes and six seconds after the suspects (emphasis added) exited the truck."

Nichols' lawyers argued that these documents proved that the federal government and state prosecutors concealed critical videotapes of the bombing. But the judge in Nichols' trial scoffed at the idea and found that no such videotapes exist.

"This would only conjure up visions of the prosecutors sitting across the street in their office at night watching a videotape of the Ryder truck pulling up in front of the Murrah Building and people getting out of it and the building blowing up, and the prosecutors watching the videotape and not telling anybody about it," Judge Taylor said.

At times federal agents went to absurd lengths to avoid catching the ARA bank robbers. The day after Tabatha Kenny made her complaint against her husband in August 1993, Moning contacted the FBI with information on Guthrie's location.

"The FBI told me they didn't know who I was talking about," Moning says.

Yet federal authorities had been actively looking for Guthrie for 10 months when Moning contacted them. Moning wasn't an anonymous citizen with a hunch -- he was a police officer. But it took another four months of phone calls and visits to the federal building in Cincinnati to get their attention.

"I would call the FBI on a weekly basis because Tabatha would contact me to tell me where they were," Moning says. "They continued to pretend they didn't know who I was talking about."

In December 1993, Moning called the sheriff in Franklin County, Ga., where Guthrie and Langan were wanted for a Pizza Hut robbery. The sheriff faxed Moning a "wanted" poster of Guthrie. Moning then walked to the federal building downtown and showed the agents the poster, which says, "Wanted by the Secret Service."

"I was really on their nerves," he says.

Disappearing warrants
The irritation posed by Moning's role became clear a few months later. In a June 1994 report, Secret Service Agent Haas said Cincinnati Police Sgt. Lucian Guy had contacted him because Tabatha Kenny had told Moning about the Springdale bank robbery.

A June 17, 1994 meeting was held at Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis' office.

"The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate efforts to solve the Springdale bank robbery as well as assist this service in our attempts to locate and arrest Peter Langan and Richard Lee Guthrie," the report says.

Moning says that after the meeting Sgt. Guy told him in no uncertain terms to back off the investigation. A warrant for Langan was issued, but it didn't stay long on the Regional Computer Information Center (RCIC) database.

"It was magically removed about six weeks later," Moning says.

It wasn't the only time persons involved in this case had criminal records altered, according to Moning. His affidavit describes another unusual situation involving Shawn Kenny.

In early 1994, Tabatha Kenny called Moning to say Shawn was returning home after being gone for a few days and that he had a black bag full of black clothes, guns and several sets of false identification in his truck. Tabatha said her husband would drive State Route 128 to their trailer in Miamitown.

"She wanted me to have him arrested in the hopes that it would straighten him out," Moning's affidavit says. "I called my friend with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Steve Minnich, and passed on the information to him. He stated that he had arrested Shawn and everything was as I had stated to him. He thanked me for the great arrest several months later at the Hamilton County Courthouse. Later when I went to check on this information, it wasn't in the R.C.I.C systems.

"Deputy Minnich stated that he had taken two guns, six to seven complete sets of fake IDs and the black bag containing a white hockey mask from Shawn's truck. When I later contacted Deputy Minnich about why there was no record of this arrest in the computer, he stated he did not know why."

Sometimes the handling and analysis of evidence in the BOMBROB and OKBOMB cases was inane. Within two weeks of the bombing, Jennifer McVeigh, Timothy's sister, provided the FBI with information that her brother was involved with some bank robbers. She said her brother had given her money he told her was the proceeds from a bank robbery.

But in Nichols' trial, FBI Agent John Hersley dismissed the tip.

"I have never thought that McVeigh was involved in bank robberies," he testified.

Asked if the FBI ever compared the unidentified prints in the bombing to prints of Langan, Guthrie and others, Hersley said, "No. We didn't have any reason to do that."

It would have been too time consuming.

Perhaps the most intriguing evidence that could link the ARA bank robbers to the Oklahoma City bombing no longer exists.

At Nichols' trial, FBI Agent William Davitch was questioned about videotapes, phone records and blasting caps in the BOMBROB case involving the ARA bank robbers. Davitch is an explosives expert; before becoming a special agent in 1992 he was assigned to the laboratory explosives unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Davitch was assigned to accumulating the physical evidence in Langan's case, including six blasting caps found at Langan's and Guthrie's safe house. Earnest, Nichols' lawyer, asked him about the discovery.

"Do you know whether or not in any way that those electric blasting caps were compared with blasting caps that had anything to do with Oklahoma City?," Earnest asked.

"The blasting caps were destroyed by the Columbus Fire Department bomb squad," Davitch replied.

That not only didn't answer the question, it also revealed an astounding breach of procedure: deliberate destruction of evidence.

"The evidence issue is a real circus," says Columbus defense attorney Kevin Durkin, who represented Langan in the bank robbery charges. "One of the controversies up here has been that blasting caps were destroyed before they were properly accounted for and documented. Certain FBI procedures weren't followed. So it was difficult to see if there was a link between those blasting caps and McVeigh, because they blew them up."

Dan Defenbaugh, now retired, was the FBI agent in charge of the Oklahoma City Bombing Task Force. He was assigned to compare the OKBOMB and BOMBROB cases. He's furious about discoveries turned up by the CityBeat investigation.

"It was obvious that I was definitely lied to," Defenbaugh says. "It is obvious that some of that evidence did not get to us. Shame on them."

Defenbaugh says he would like to ask his former FBI colleagues, "Why did you destroy those blasting caps?"

The officer and the bandit
More than nine years have passed since a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Building killing 168 people, including 19 children, and injuring 500.

Questions about Timothy McVeigh's links to the ARA and other right-wing hate groups haven't gone away.

"There are incredible coincidences with these cases," Durkin says. "They were allowed to simply walk away."

Charles Key, former Republican whip in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, believes federal authorities have more information than they've disclosed, let alone acted on.

"I think this is an opportunity for more of the truth about Oklahoma City to come to light," he says. "The 9/11 congressional hearings need to be expanded a few years backward to Oklahoma City. That is where the failures really started."

Key also wants to know why Kenny was never charged. Is he protecting federal officials from charges of incompetence, or worse?

"It screams that he is working for them," Key says. "There's something going on. They were working for the government, and they're being protected. My opinion is that some things just speak for themselves."

Shawn Kenny was sworn into the U.S. Army on Feb. 3, 1995. The rest of the gang continued their crime spree through 1995.

On Jan. 15, 1996, the first of the gang was busted. A car chase through Green Township ended with Guthrie being apprehended by the FBI just off Race Road.

A Cincinnati Police Intelligence report dated Feb. 2, 1996, states, "In late 1995, the FBI began working with an informant in an attempt to locate either or both of these subjects."

Kenny was the informant. The FBI claimed he "voluntarily" assisted the investigation.

 

A different version of events is depicted in a letter of commendation for Officer Moning from Police Chief Snowden.

"Kenny was arrested on weapons charges in October 1995 and assisted the FBI by arranging to meet with Guthrie, which resulted in Guthrie's arrest," Snowden wrote.

Durkin pointed out the stark contrast between Kenny's newfound patriotism and his anti-government activity in the ARA.

"It seemed to defy his desire to serve in the U.S. Army," Durkin says.

But Kenny's enlistment wasn't only uncharacteristic -- it also seemed to defy the realm of possibility. He had a 1990 felony weapons conviction and a long history of subversive anti-government activities -- to such an extent that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Ala., had been tracking him since 1988. The organization keeps tabs on hate groups across the country.

Mark Potok, editor of SPLC's quarterly Intelligence Report magazine, tells CityBeat that white supremacist groups have urged members to enter the military for training. Interestingly, the last entry for Kenny in the SPLC computer database was in 1997. The group had tracked him to Killeen, Texas, near Fort Hood, where he was on active duty.

FBI records show Guthrie had given Kenny two communications devices in late 1993, "when he, Guthrie and Langan visited Christ of the Ozarks, an area in Northern Arkansas, where they were planning to rob an armored car carrier."

Kenny didn't surrender the two devices -- a cell phone and a pager -- until Aug. 6, 1996, a full 18 months after entering the Army.

His right-wing political views were even visible. Kenny described his tattoos in court: Pointing to his arms, he called one tattoo a "crucified skinhead;" the second is a "Toten Kopf," German for "death head." Under the skull is "SS," the initials for Hitler's storm troopers.

U.S. Military regulations bar recruits who have visible swastikas or other racist tattoos. But that didn't keep Kenny out of the Army.

"He's like Teflon," attorney Durkin says. "Nothing seemed to touch him. Things that would derail other people were just speed bumps to him."

What really confounded Durkin was the military charge against Kenny. He was formally charged with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 128, assault; and Article 134, indecent acts and liberties with a child. He had provided alcohol to and inappropriately touched and kissed his 11-year-old niece.

These acts took place in March 1996, a few months after Private Kenny started working with federal authorities and prior to his grand jury testimony. After serving a minimal administrative suspension and sentence in an Article 15 proceeding, Kenny received a promotion.

"The Army has made a point of getting rid of people like him," Durkin says. "Even when they had the perfect reason to, not him! I don't know what it is."

Instead the Army continued to promote Kenny at rocket speed. After completing a stint on active duty, he entered the Ohio Army National Guard in October 2002, according to Sgt. Stephen Sharp at the Reading Road Armory.

Kenny was recently promoted to sergeant first class or E-7, after a little more than nine years of service. Sgt. Sharp also is an E-7. He has 22 years of service.

Today Kenny is a mortar section sergeant. The U.S. government, in all of its wisdom, trained him to blow things up.

His unit was recently mobilized and sent to Germany for training, then on to Kosovo for nine months. Kenny will be eligible to become an E-8 master sergeant in May 2005. Sharp says he's confident Sgt. Kenny will be promoted.

Others haven't fared as well. McVeigh and Guthrie are dead. Nichols has been sentenced to life imprisonment by both state and federal courts. Langan is trying to overturn his life-plus-35 sentence for a crime the feds say he didn't commit.

And the cop who broke up the gang finally finished probation last week for using a police computer without permission. He hasn't worked as a police officer since.
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 Eyewitnesses: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Did Not Shoot Boston Cop

 
Friendly fire incident heaps more skepticism on official narrative behind raid

Paul Joseph Watson
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Eyewitnesses to the shootout involving the alleged Boston bombers have thrown up another contradiction to the official narrative, asserting that MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard H. Donohue Jr. was not shot by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but by other cops in a friendly fire incident.

Previous media reports had blamed the Tsarnaev brothers for the shootings of both MIT campus police officer Sean Collier and Donohue, feeding the narrative that the suspects were engaged in a desperate attempt to flee police by returning fire and throwing improvised bombs.

However, as we previously highlighted, footage from the raid suggests the brothers may have been trying to surrender as they came under a barrage of gunfire. Audio from the scene captures the suspects yelling, “chill out” and “we didn’t do it,” as bullets seem to fly in one direction only.

Add this to the claim of the aunt of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, that the footage which emerged of police arresting a naked uninjured man was her nephew, contradicting the official narrative that Tsarnaev was critically injured in a shootout and suggesting he may have been killed while in custody, and it’s easy to see why some are questioning whether the raid unfolded exactly as authorities claimed.

“Eyewitness accounts strongly suggest that MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard H. Donohue Jr. was shot and nearly killed by a fellow officer in Watertown April 19 during the hail of gunfire unleashed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the suspected terrorist made a getaway in a carjacked sport utility vehicle,” reports the Boston Globe.

Witnesses who lived close to the scene of the shootout said they clearly remember Donohue falling to the ground while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was speeding away in an SUV.

“A black SUV appeared, and rapid gun fire was focused on the vehicle,” Jane Dyson wrote in a statement provided to the Globe. “It appeared to me that an individual at the corner [of the street] fell to the ground and had probably been hit in the gunfire,” adding that the officer appeared to be a victim of “friendly fire.”

The report notes how the suspects were no longer armed at this point, “suggesting that the shot that wounded (Donohue) came from police.”

In addition, when cops apprehended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the next evening he did not have a gun and only one other gun was found at the scene of the shootout, again confounding claims that the brothers could have returned anything near the 300 rounds ammo police fired at them.

The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed before he was caught also debunks initial claims by authorities that he had engaged in a “shootout” with cops while hiding in a boat.

Donohue almost bled to death at the scene and was in critical condition when taken to hospital but is now expected to make a full recovery.

Skeptics of the official story suggest that the brothers could have been just two members of a wider plot or that they could have been convenient patsies, having allegedly been under the tutelage of the FBI for years before the bombings.

The suspects’ mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva continues to insist that her sons are innocent, telling the Associated Press last week, “It’s all lies and hypocrisy.”

Friendly fire incidents involving police have become commonplace across the United States. An incident outside the Empire State Building last August in New York left 9 people injured as police fired wildly during a shootout with a gunman. During the Christopher Dorner manhunt in February, LA cops also fired at numerous innocent people they mistook for Dorner.
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Father of Chechen shot by FBI says he thinks son was tortured

 

 
 
 
GROZNY, Russia | Thu May 23, 2013 7:05pm EDT
(Reuters) - The father of a Chechen immigrant killed during questioning over his links with one of the Boston Marathon bombings suspects said on Thursday he plans to travel to the United States where he thinks his son was tortured and killed.
Ibragim Todashev, 27, was killed by a federal agent in his apartment complex when he became violent during questioning over his ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of two brothers suspected of planting two bombs at the marathon on April 15.
"I suspect that they tortured my son and that he suffered a painful death," said Abdulbaki Todashev, wiping away tears at the home he shares with one of his wives in the mostly Muslim region of Chechnya in Russia's North Caucasus.
"I will try to go to (the United States) and get to the truth," he said as he received neighbors and acquaintances paying their respects to the dead man, the oldest of 12 children between his father's two wives.
Todashev had met the Tsarnaevs when he travelled to the United States to improve his English, said his father, who works in the mayor's office in Chechnya's main city of Grozny and is said to be on close terms with regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
He said he gave his permission when his son asked to stay in the United States because he said it was safer than Chechnya, where separatists waged two wars with Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union and militants still fight for an Islamic state.
Todashev travelled to the United States in 2008 on a Russian passport, a federal law enforcement source said, and lived in Boston before moving to Florida, where he was killed. His father said he had a plane ticket to return to Russia on Friday.
"He shouldn't have left. He lived comfortably and his mother was very worried about him because he was the oldest in the family and she was used to him being a model for the others," said a neighbor, Malika, who refused to give her last name.
The FBI agent who shot Todashev, who practiced mixed martial arts, has not been publicly identified but is from the agency's Boston division, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
U.S. media reported that Todashev implicated himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in an unsolved 2011 triple homicide in a Boston suburb that investigators believe was drug related. Authorities were investigating possible connections between Tsarnaev and the crime.
"Chechens have a power in their unity and interest in what happens in their homeland. It unites them. That's the reason my son became an acquaintance of the Tsarnaevs," said Todashev, speaking in the courtyard of his older wife's house.
Todashev is one of at least two friends of Tamerlan Tsarnaev who Federal investigators have been looking at very thoroughly since the Tsarnaevs were first identified as Boston bombing suspects, a law enforcement source said.
A friend of Todashev in the United States, Khusen Taramov, said Todashev was trailed constantly for the past several weeks by agents and questioned repeatedly by phone and in face-to-face interviews which lasted as long as five hours. Taramov said he was questioned as well.
Todashev was arrested on May 4 and charged with aggravated battery after getting into a fight with another man over a parking space at an Orlando shopping mall, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando.
The man, who suffered a split upper lip and had several teeth knocked out of place, did not to press charges against Todashev, who was released from jail on a $3,500 bond, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.



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2 FBI Agents Involved in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev`s Arrest ``FALL`` Out of Helicopter and Die

Posted: 2013/05/23
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Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement.
The statement gave few details regarding the deaths of Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, other than to say the helicopter encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”
Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. And in February, it rescued a 5-year-old boy held hostage for six days in an underground bunker in Alabama.
“Whenever things go really wrong, the FBI calls in the Hostage Rescue Team. It’s the government’s 911,” Coulson said.
Irvin Wells, a former FBI special agent who retired in 1990 after leading the Norfolk field office for three years, stressed that the Hostage Rescue Team is different from the FBI’s regular SWAT teams. He noted that agents assigned to a field office’s SWAT team also must perform other jobs inside the bureau, while agents assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team have no other duties.

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Wife of man killed by FBI agent says he was never 

 
May 23, 2013
ORLANDO — The wife and best friend of the Chechen man shot and killed here by an FBI agent on Wednesday insisted today that authorities never questioned him, or them, prior to the fatal confrontation, about an unsolved triple slaying in Waltham, Mass., just outside of Boston.
 
Ibragim Todashev, 27, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot and killed after allegedly attacking an FBI agent who was interviewing him along with two Massachusetts State Police troopers.
Todashev acknowledged a role in the 2011 triple homicide when he attacked the agent early Wednesday with a blade, the Globe reported today. Todashev was not considered a suspect in the Marathon terror attacks, law enforcement officials told the Globe.
Todashev’s wife, Reni Manukyan, said her husband could not have been involved in the Waltham murders, and that the subject had never been brought up in FBI interviews.
Manukyan, 24, said today that Todashev told her that his previous interviews with law enforcement dealt with just two subjects: the Boston Marathon bombing and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Manukyan, who separated from Todashev in November, said that in her own interview with the FBI, conducted in Georgia where she lives, the unsolved murders were never mentioned.
“It never, ever came up,” she said, wiping tears from beneath her sunglasses. “Everything they asked was about the bombing.”
Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan issued a statement today defending the pace of the Waltham investigation, a statement that also made clear Ryan’s office believes it is constrained by ethics rules for lawyers from publicly discussing it.
“While we can not discuss details pertaining to the investigation, including evidence, suspects or witnesses, this office and its law enforcement partners have conducted a thorough, far-reaching investigation beginning in 2011 when this horrific crime occurred,’’ Ryan said in the statement. “This investigation has not concluded and is by no means closed.’’
The statement did acknowledge that the FBI is now part of the investigatory team, which also includes prosecutors and Waltham and State Police. The FBI does not routinely participate in murder investigations in Massachusetts.
Manukyan said she and Todashev met in Boston and married in 2010. First, they lived in Atlanta, near Manukyan’s family, before moving to Florida sometime in 2011, she said today.
Manukyan, an Armenian immigrant who converted to Islam before marrying Todashev, stood near the apartment she once shared with her late husband dressed in gray jeans, a blue scarf, and a black shawl.
Also today, Todashev’s best friend in Florida, Khusen Taramov, said the two had been interviewed many times by FBI agents, and had been followed for weeks by an unmarked law enforcement vehicle since the Marathon bombings.
Taramov, a fellow Chechen and immigrant from Russia, said his slain friend had been called almost daily by agents since the bombings, but Todashev had been assured that the Tuesday night interview would be the final one.
“They told us they needed just one more interview,” he said. “They said the case was closed after this.”
Fearful it would make them look suspicious, neither he nor Todashev had a lawyer present during the FBI questioning, Taramov said.
Taramov, who said he had spent nearly every moment with Todashev since the bombing, insisted that his friend had never been asked about the triple slaying in Waltham.
“We told each other everything, everything,” Taramov said. “He never said anything about any murder and they never asked him anything about that. Just about the bombings and [Tamerlan] Tsarnaev.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, 19, allegedly planted two bombs on Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon April 15, a terrorist act that claimed the lives of three people and wounded more than 260. The brothers are also suspects in the April 18 murder of MIT Police Officer Sean A. Collier, who was shot to death inside his cruiser.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed after being shot by police and then run over with a car driven by his brother during a violent confronation with police in Watertown on April 19. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in federal custody facing charges that could bring the death penalty. He faces a probable cause hearing in federal court on July 10.
The Globe has reported that authorities suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2011, murders of three men in a Waltham apartment. Brendan H. Mess, Rafael M. Teken, and Erik H. Weissman were found with their throats cut and their bodies sprinkled with marijuana and cash. Mess and Tsarnaev were close friends.
Just before noon here, Manukyan and Taramov left the Kissimmee, Fla., apartment complex where all three once lived, heading to identify Todashev’s body, which has yet to be released by the FBI.
Once the body is released, they plan to arrange for it to be shipped back to Russia for burial.
“It is very important to his family that the body is buried in Russia,” Taramov said. “And, knowing him, [Todashev] would have wanted to be buried in his country, back at home.”




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Father of man killed by FBI agents in Orlando, Fla., says his son was not capable of attacking police

05/23/2013
 
Just days before he was shot and killed by an FBI agent during an interrogation in Orlando, Fla., Ibragim Todashev telephoned his father in Russia to say he was coming home — after he met with law enforcement investigators to discuss the Boston Marathon bombings.
“He was supposed to be on a plane tomorrow, but he told me he had to meet with the FBI,” the father, Abdulbaki Todashev, said today in an emotional telephone interview from Grozny, Russia. “I asked him what the meeting was about, and he told me it was in connection with the terrorist attack in Boston.”
The father said that Todashev, 27, did not tell him anything about his alleged role in an unsolved triple murder in Waltham in 2011, a crime that the Globe reported today may also have involved Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
While being questioned by at least one FBI special agent and two Massachusetts State Police troopers on Wednesday, Todashev was shot and killed in his Orlando apartment after authorities said he lunged at an investigator with a blade.
“My son is not capable of this,” Abdulbaki Todashev said of his son’s alleged attack on armed police officers. “If they suspected him for something, why did they give him a green card? There is a clear picture emerging that this is all fabricated. They killed my son and then they made up a reason to explain it.”
He added: “If there’s an earthquake, they blame it on Chechens. If there’s a flood in Africa, they blame it on Chechens.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, 19, allegedly planted two bombs on Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon April 15, a terrorist act that claimed the lives of three people and wounded more than 260. The brothers are also suspects in the April 18 murder of MIT Police Officer Sean A. Collier, who was shot to death inside his cruiser.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed after being shot by police and then run over with a car driven by his brother during a violent confronation with police in Watertown on April 19. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in federal custody facing charges that could bring the death penalty.
Todashev lived in the United States since 2008, arriving with a student visa. Two years later he was granted asylum, protection given to foreigners with a credible fear for their safety in their homelands ­because of religious, political, or other specific forms of persecution, the Globe reported today. And this February, he was granted the “green card,” or legal permanent residence.
The US government has granted asylum to Chechens who fought in two civil wars that began when Russian forces entered Chechnya, a semiautonomous region in southern Russia, in 1994 to put down a separatist rebellion.
The FBI has also interviewed a former Chechen rebel living in New Hampshire who knew Tsarnaev.
The current Moscow-backed leadership of Chechnya has been ruthless in prosecuting suspected separatists. But the father, who is a department head in the mayor’s office in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, said his son had no reason to fear repression or persecution in Chechnya.
“He was too young to fight in the war, and he has nothing to fear here now,” Abdulbaki Todashev said. “He would have faced no oppression here. He went to the US for English practice; he studied English here. He asked to stay there.”
The father described his son as planning to return to a life he made for himself in Florida after his trip.
“He hadn’t been home in five years and he was coming to visit,” Todashev said. “He was leaving his car, he wasn’t moving out of his apartment.”
Abdulbaki Todashev said Ibragim was the oldest of his 12 children, which includes a sister who lives in Sweden.
Until his most recent conversations with his son about the FBI investigation, Todashev said his son had never mentioned his acquaintance with Tsarnaev. But the father said he was not surprised the two knew each other when Ibragim Todashev lived in the Boston area.
“Of course, they got together. You may not understand our ways, but wherever Chechens live, if we find other Chechens, we will meet with them, talk with them,” Abdulbaki Todashev said. “They were not close friends.”
The father said Ibragim Todashev was in Orlando recuperating from an operation on his meniscus during the April 15 bombings. He does not believe his son was any way involved in the Sept. 11, 2011, murders of three men in a Waltham apartment.
Brendan H. Mess, Rafael M. Teken, and Erik H. Weissman were found with their throats cut and their bodies sprinkled with marijuana and cash. The crime was unsolved until the Marathon bombings drew law enforcement attention to Tsarnaev and his friendship with Mess.
The Globe reported today that the gun used by the Tsarnaev brothers during the Watertown shootout may have been stolen from a Waltham murder victim.
David Filipov can be reached at dfilipov@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidfilipov.
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AFP PODCAST & ARTICLE: Extreme Prejudice Against the Truth
May 28, 2013 





Susan Lindauer, 49, was the first woman and the second non-Arab American to be charged with violating the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, more commonly referred to as the Patriot Act, “a 7,000 page document,” she says, “that I happened to know nobody on Capitol Hill actually read before voting to approve.” USA PATRIOT is a 10-letter acronym that stands for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001.

Ms. Lindauer was arrested on March 11, 2004, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and charged with “acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government,” accepting $10,000 from the Iraqi Intelligence Service, and accused of meeting with an FBI agent posing as a Libyan. She was locked up for one year at United States prison Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Texas without trial or hearing, “and threatened with indefinite detention and forcible drugging to shut her up.” “During her incarceration she won the right to refuse forced anti-psychotic medication which the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) claimed would render her competent to stand trial.” On January 16, 2009, after nearly five years of being under indictment with no conviction or guilty plea, the DoJ dismissed all charges.

Ms. Lindauer explains that the reason for her extreme odyssey is because she was a U.S. intelligence asset covering anti-terrorism at the Iraqi Embassy in New York from 1996 up until Iraq War II, who also happened to be an antiwar activist in possession of Iraqi prewar intelligence that would expose the myriad lies used to justify hostilities. She also claims to have given advance warning on 9-11, and several independent sources have confirmed this.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in California and Alaska, “Lindauer is the daughter of John Howard Lindauer II, the newspaper publisher and former Republican nominee for Governor of Alaska.” She is also the second cousin on her father’s side to former White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Andrew Card, whom she delivered a letter to, urging him to intercede with Bush not to invade Iraq, while offering to act as a back channel in negotiations.

She was an honor student in high school and graduated from Smith College and received a master’s degree in public policy from the London School of Economics. She has worked as a reporter and editor at two Washington newspapers, and a reporter and researcher at the news magazine U.S. News & World Report.

She worked for several U.S. Democratic Representatives, including Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), and Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), and also as a press secretary and speech writer for Democratic Senator Carol Moseley Braun (Ill.).

As a result of her experiences, Ms. Lindauer wrote the 457-page book, Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq, which details her life as an intelligence asset, her arrest, imprisonment and eventual release.

AMERICAN FREE PRESS conducted an exclusive interview with Ms. Lindauer, to discuss the book.

AFP asked Ms. Lindauer when she first decided to write the book.

“I got the idea for writing the book from my boyfriend,” she said, “right after my indictment, and we knew that this was an important story, that Americans needed to hear the real truth about Iraqi prewar intelligence and the CIA’s advance warnings about 9-11. Everybody understood why they were suppressing the truth, because the government was so desperate to reinvent the facts so that politicians in Washington could escape their responsibility for having pushed the country into this catastrophic war.”

AFP asked how her background prepared her for her work as an intelligence asset, which are, according to her book, “private citizens who have developed some specialized field of expertise or interest that grants them special access to target groups desirable to the intelligence community.”

“I went to the London School of Economics, and there for the first time, I was exposed to Arabs and Muslims,” she said. “The London School of Economics at that time was a major educational institution for the sons and daughters of foreign diplomats and foreign leaders. They were heavily represented by the Middle East, and I was exposed to a broader global picture then I had ever imagined.”

AFP asked how she persevered through this terrible ordeal.

 “It was a horrific nightmare, an appalling offense to the democracy of our country and the Constitutional protections,” she said.

“I am a formidable fighter. If I had been a weak defendant, they would’ve given me a trial. And if I had been a weak prisoner, they would’ve succeeded in forcibly drugging me. The fact that the Justice Department made the accusations and was unable to go into court and complete the case and make a presentation to a jury, should tell you…that I would’ve conducted my own oversight investigation into Iraqi prewar intelligence right in that courtroom.”

AFP asked how her experiences could apply to your average American.

“If they could do this to me, you have no chance. Because I know how to fight, the CIA taught me. I was trained by the CIA for a decade to run any blockade. I am a child, a creature, of black ops and operations. I’m not an analyst. I’m the one who goes in and deals face-to-face with terrorists. Terrorism was my baby for a decade.”

AFP asked what she had realized while locked up.

“What I believed while I was in prison was that a man can be judged by the strength of his enemies. And I was attacked by George [W.] Bush and Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz and right-wing neocons, who had to lie, they couldn’t even tell the truth about who I was.”
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FBI creates and thwarts another terrorist act

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On May 30, 2013, a federal judge sentenced a Lebanese immigrant to 23 years in prison for an attempted 2010 bombing of Chicago’s famous Wrigley Field. The bomb he planted was a fake, supplied to him by undercover FBI agents, who promised to pay the would-be bomber. Sami Samir Hassoun placed a backpack that he thought contained a powerful bomb into a trash container. Patting themselves on the back, authorities say that if it had been real, the bombing would have made the Boston Marathon bombings look like a “minor incident.”

Of course Hassoun never posed a danger to the public, thanks to an investigation led by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Chicago. His only accomplice was an undercover FBI agent.

This modus operandi should sound familiar to anyone who is not preoccupied with watching the Kardashians. There’s been a multitude of cases, created and solved by the FBI.

In one such case, Amine Mohamed El-Khalifi was told to strap on a bomb-laden vest and blow himself up at an entrance to the U.S. Capitol, in the name of jihad. Of course, the explosives were fake and provided by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. His only accomplice was an undercover FBI agent, posing as a member of Al Qaeda.

In a case of two “lone wolves” from Alabama, Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, and Rasheed Wilson, the duo allegedly planned to perpetrate unspecified acts of violent jihad in Mauritania. Where did they get that idea? Not surprisingly, it came from a confidential source working for the FBI.

In a Boston case you may not have heard of, Rezwan Ferdaus was convicted for attempting to provide detonation devices to terrorists – except those were undercover FBI agents, posing as members of Al Qaeda. Again, they’ve also helped him to obtain a remote controlled aircraft, C-4 explosives, grenades and a number of fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles. In spite of the FBI’s extensive participation, Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston FBI, claimed that “Mr. Ferdaus’ sentence reflects that he alone conceived the plot, was responsible for his illegal acts, and acted purposefully… The FBI’s top priority and clarion mission is to detect, deter, and disrupt all potential terrorist threats to the United States. Our community should be proud of the efforts of the Worcester Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and all members of the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force.” Surely, the community would be very proud if the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force prevented a real bombing.

In a Brooklyn case, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was accused of attempting to bomb the New York Federal Reserve Bank. By now, you won’t be surprised to find out that a 1,000-pound bomb he was planning to detonate was a fake, provided to him by the FBI. An agent with the FBI New York Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) posed as an Al Qaeda facilitator.

In Virginia, Amine Mohamed El-Khalifi was convicted for his efforts to carry out a suicide bomb attack on Capitol Hill. El-Khalifi responded to the FBI-controlled Facebook post, seeking mujahideen wannabes to fight in Afghanistan. His accomplices were undercover FBI agents. They’ve also eagerly supplied El-Khalifi with a fake bomb.

Meanwhile, in Louisville, Kentucky, Iraqi citizen Mohanad Shareef Hammadi pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Undercover FBI agents and sources, pretending to be members of Al Qaeda, asked Hammadi to shuffle around fake Stinger missiles and money.

Unfortunately, all of this time, efforts and manpower could have been better spent to prevent actual terror attacks, such as the Boston bombing of April 15, 2013, where the authorities ignored warning signs and intelligence alerts. The feds have also failed to share the warnings about the Tsarnaev brothers with local law enforcement. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), sharply criticized the lack of communication between federal and state agencies. “The idea the feds have this information and it's not shared with state and locals defies why we created the Homeland Security Department in the first place,” said McCaul. Former Senator Joe Lieberman called it a “serious and aggravating omission.” Lieberman said that the Boston attack could have been stopped. “In a literal sense, the homeland security system, we must acknowledge that we built after 9/11 to protect the American people from terrorist attacks failed to stop the Tsarnaev brothers,” asserted Lieberman.
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Kill shot? Man linked to Tsarnaev took FBI bullet to top of head

  Jun 6, 2013 - 12:27:16 PM
 
Abdul-Baki Todashev holds a photo he claims is of his dead son Ibragim Todashev during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, May 30. The father of a Chechen immigrant killed in Florida while being interrogated by the FBI about his ties to a Boston Marathon bombings suspect says agents killed his son “execution style.” Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs of his son, Ibragim, in the morgue with what he said were six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of the head. He said the pictures were taken by his son’s friend Khusen Taramov. Photo: AP/Wide World photos
  Ibragim Todashev, who was killed by the FBI during a questioning, was shot six times, once in the crown of his head, photos shown at a press conference in Moscow reveal. His father suspects it could have been a kill shot.
“I can show you the photos taken after the killing of my son. I have 16 photographs. I just would like to say that looking at these photos is like being in a movie. I only saw things like that in movies: shooting a person, and then the kill shot. Six shots in the body, one of them in the head,” Abdulbaki Todashev said at the press conference at RIA Novosti news agency in the Russian capital.
He explained that the photos were taken by friends of his son in the U.S., to whom the FBI handed the body.
“I want justice and I want an investigation to be carried out, I want these people (the FBI agents) to be put on trial in accordance with U.S. law. They are not FBI officers, they are bandits. I cannot call them otherwise, they must be put on trial,” he said.
Ibragim had been questioned twice by the FBI in connection with the Boston bombings, but not about the murder in which he was allegedly suspected, his father said.
The 2011 triple murder in Massachusetts, in which the Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was also implicated, was reportedly the subject of the third and final FBI interrogation of Ibragim Todashev.
His friend Khusen Taramov told the father that Ibragim had refused to come in for questioning on May 22, and instead asked the FBI agents to come and question him at home.
“Should something happen to me, call my parents,” Mr. Taramov quoted the last thing he heard from his friend.
On the day of Ibragim’s death, Mr. Taramov was questioned by the FBI separately on the street, and was refused entry back into his friend’s house, Mr. Todashev’s father claimed. He was “sent off” to wait in a nearby café on the grounds that Ibragim Todashev was still being questioned and that “the interrogation would take a long time.” After some eight hours passed since the start of interrogation and his (Todashev’s) phone still was not answering, Mr. Taramov returned, only to find the street cordoned off with police cars and an ambulance.
“They tortured a man for eight hours with no attorney, no witnesses, nobody. We can only guess what was going on there, until there is an official investigation,” Abdulbaki Todashev said.
Referring to the Boston bombings, Mr. Todashev said his son believed it was a “set-up.” But Ibragim never sympathized with radical or terrorist ideas, and was not a follower of a radical Islam, he added.
Also, Ibragim was never a close friend of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev—he and Tamerlan only “went boxing at the same gym” and “exchanged phone numbers,” the father said.
So far, Mr. Todashev has received “no official explanation” of his son’s death from the U.S. side. He said he was only told there is an ongoing investigation “inside the FBI.”
Mr. Todashev called the earlier claims that Ibragim was shot attempting to attack an FBI agent “absurd,” saying four or five police and FBI officers could have easily handled such an attack without needing to kill his son.
“Maybe my son knew something, some information the police did not want to be made public. Maybe they wanted to silence my son,” Mr. Todashev’s father said.
Abdulbaki Todashev said his main aim now is to go to the U.S. and get his son’s body.
“My brother and I, we went to the American embassy today. We both want to fly there, we’ve applied for a visa,” he explained.
‘Indications of extrajudicial killing’
Mr. Todashev’s killing “shows signs of international human rights violations,” and “indications of an extrajudicial killing,” war correspondent, political analyst, and member of the Presidential Council of Human Rights Maksim Shevchenko, said at the RIA conference. It looks like a “cold-blooded murder,” he claimed.
Ibragim Todashev was killed just two days before he was due to fly back home to Russia, Mr. Shevchenko said as he pointed to a “striking chain of coincidences” in the U.S.
Two “key witnesses” of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s arrest have also died recently, Mr. Shevchenko said, referring to the “accidental” death of members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit, who fell a “significant distance” from a helicopter May 23.
Lawyer Zaurbek Sadakhanov of the Moscow Interterritorial Bar Association said he fully believes this is a case of an extrajudicial execution.
Atty. Sadakhanov questioned why international human rights organizations, as well as Russian rights activists, have ignored the shooting.
He also urged Mr. Todashev’s friend Khusen Taramov to return to Russia as “being a witness in the U.S. is not safe.”
This is not the first time experts have questioned whether the FBI acted lawfully when shooting at Ibragim Todashev after he allegedly attacked an officer, with what some called “a use of excessive force.”
But a recent report revealed Mr. Todashev was completely unarmed when the FBI agent opened fire, raising questions over why lethal force was deemed necessary to subdue the strongly outnumbered man.
 
 
 
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Former Sen. Graham: FBI holding back on 9/11 probe

Published: June 6, 2013 
 
 
 
TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/ttompkins@bradenton.com Former Florida Governor and Senator Bob Graham before speaking on national security at a presentation at the Hyatt
 

 

 
 
Former Sen. Bob Graham has accused the FBI in court papers of having impeded a joint congressional inquiry into 9/11 by withholding information about a Florida connection to the al-Qaeda attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
The information, first reported byBrowardBulldog.org in 2011, includes a recently declassified FBI report that ties a Saudi family who once lived in Sarasota "to individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/1 1/2001."
"The FBI's failure to call (to the Joint Inquiry's attention) documents finding 'many connections' between Saudis living in the United States and individuals associated with the terrorist attack(s) ... interfered with the Inquiry's ability to complete its mission," said Graham, co-chairman of the Joint Inquiry.
Graham said the FBI kept the 9/11 Commission in the dark, too. He said co-chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton and Executive Director Philip Zelikow all told him they were unaware of the FBI's Sarasota investigation.
Graham said Deputy FBI Director Sean Joyce, the Bureau's second in command, personally intervened to block him from speaking with the special agent-in-charge of the Sarasota investigation.
"I am troubled by what appears to me to be a persistent effort by the FBI to conceal from the American people information concerning possible Saudi support of the Sept. 11 attacks," Florida's former governor said.
Graham's remarks are contained in a 14-page sworn declaration made in a Freedom of Information lawsuit brought byBrowardBulldog.org in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
The suit seeks the records of an FBI investigation into Esam Ghazzawi, a former adviser to a senior Saudi prince, his wife, Deborah, and son-in-law and daughter, Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji, respectively.
The Ghazzawis owned the home at 4224 Escondito Circle in the gated neighborhood of Prestancia where the al-Hijjis lived until about two weeks before 9/11. Their hurried departure -- leaving behind cars, furniture and personal effects -- prompted neighbors to call the FBI.
News of the subsequent investigation didn't surface until Sept. 8, 2011 when its existence was disclosed in a story published simultaneously by BrowardBulldog.org and The Miami Herald.
The story reported a counterterrorism officer, as well as Prestancia's former administrator, Larry Berberich, said gatehouse logbooks and photographs of license plates showed vehicles used by the future hijackers had visited the al-Hijji home. Phone record analysis linked the hijackers to their house, the counterterrorism officer said.
Graham told reporters in September 2011 that, while Congress had relied on the FBI to provide all of its information about 9/11, he had not been made aware of the Sarasota probe.
After the story broke, the FBI acknowledged its investigation but claimed it found no evidence to connect the Ghazzawis or the al-Hijjis to the hijackers or the 9/11 plot. Agents maintained the FBI made all of its 9/11 records available to Congress.
The Freedom of Information lawsuit was filed last September after the FBI declined to release any records on the matter.
In March, as the case moved toward trial this summer, the FBI unexpectedly released 31 of 35 pages it said had been located. The partially censored records flatly contradict earlier FBI public comments and state the Sarasota Saudis had "many connections" to persons allied with the hijackers.
Last month, the Department of Justice asked U.S. District Judge William Zloch to end the lawsuit, citing national security and saying the FBI has identified and released all documents responsive to its Sarasota probe.
But Graham, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former governor of Florida, said those few pages "do not appear to be the full record of the FBI investigation." He dismissed the government's assertion it lacks further documentation as "entirely implausible."
"On a matter of this magnitude and significance, my expectation is that the FBI would have hundreds or even thousands of pages of documents," Graham stated.
As evidence that records continue to be withheld, Graham cited a Sept. 16, 2002, FBI report about Sarasota that he was allowed to see after making inquiries at the FBI. That report should have been released, he said, but was not.

 
 
We brought  former FBI agent William Turner to speak our FBI  conference in 2002
 
 
 
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On January 8, 1959 as Fidel Castro was entering Havana after the dictator, Fulgencio Batista, fled the revolution that Castro had led.
There was much joy among the Cuban people except for those closely allied with the Batista regime and those who saw Fidel as a communist. Many of them fled and Miami would become an outpost and a hotbed of hatred for Castro.
That year I was a 22-year-old senior at the University of Miami where some wealthier Cuban families sent their sons and daughters for a higher education. I recall discussing the events with a young Cuban, Blas Herero, who was wondering if he should return. I was utterly clueless. Other than reading some articles that portrayed Castro as a liberator, what I knew about Cuba and Castro could have fit nicely in a bug’s ear.
Castro had been actively trying to overthrow Batista since 1953. His brother, Raul, was known to be a communist and Che Guevera was a Marxist. As far as the U.S. government was concerned, Castro was a problem. He was a problem, too, for the Mafia that owned the casinos in Havana that were a major source of income. Batista received his payoff, and the skim, overseen by Meyer Lansky, went to the Mafia bosses, who had invested in the casinos. Castro would close them down.
Someone who knows a lot about such matters is William Wayand Turner, the author of a new book, “The Cuban Connection: Nixon, Castro, and the Mob” ($25.00, Prometheus Books). Turner is a former FBI agent who became an investigative journalist and author. Among his other books are “Deadly Secrets: The CIA War Against Castro” and “The Assassination of JFK” with co-author Warren Hinkle. Turner has personally interviewed many top Mafia members and many who were with Castro at the time and since.
Castro had more lives than the proverbial cat. He has survived more assassination attempts on his life that are known. He had the kind of luck that’s rare, but many of the attempts, frequently the plots of the CIA and some in collusion with the Mafia, simply were bungled failures.
The most famous effort to overthrow Castro was the Bay of Pigs invasion on April 16, 1961, organized by the CIA and it was a huge embarrassment to President Kennedy and his brother Robert who at the time was the Attorney General. A year later, in October 1962 when I was in the U.S. Army, we all waited thirteen days to learn the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was part of the Second Infantry Division and we were on full alert. Still in my twenties at the time, I was still essentially clueless about what had occurred except for what I heard on television. I was relieved the crisis was over and was discharged shortly thereafter.
It’s what you do not know about what the government is up to that can get a lot of people killed. For example, on June 3rd 2013, President Obama will sign off on a UN treaty which, if ratified by the Senate, would override the Second Amendment and deprive Americans of the right to own guns. A petition by the National Association of Gun Rights is circulating a petition to be sent to our senators to oppose it.
The problems the U.S. government encountered with Castro and his revolution began in April 1959 when the American Society of Newspaper Editors invited him to visit the U.S. President Eisenhower avoided meeting with him by being conveniently absent to play a round of golf in North Carolina. Richard Nixon, the Vice President, was assigned to meet Castro and Nixon, who had risen to fame as an anti-communist, had a three-hour meeting with him that destroyed any of Castro’s hopes to align Cuba with the U.S. The Soviet Union stepped in to become Cuba’s best friend.
“There are opinions pro and con,” writes Wayand, “as to whether Castro was a communist before his revolutionary victory. Jim Noel, the CIA station chief in Havana, traveled to the Sierra Maestra range, where the revolutionary was based, to see for himself. His take was that Castro was not a communist. Representative Charles Porter, who spent quality time with Castro in Washington, was convinced he wasn’t in the shadow of Karl Marx. The evidence stacks up that when Castro left Washington for home, he was not a believer in communism. This is convincingly illustrated by his vehement reaction to Nixon’s charge that his administration was riddled with communists.”
Fifty-five years later Cuba is firmly a communist nation with an authoritarian government and a captive population just ninety miles off the coast of Florida. For that we can thank Nixon. An irony of history was the fact that many of those caught during the bungled Watergate break-in were CIA contractors who had taken a role in some of the assassination attempts.
It’s the things we do not know about that the government is doing that shape history and which currently are eroding rights that Americans take for granted.
 
 
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If you had been listening to our whisper stream in 2006 you
would have had access to the evidence for FBI  agents covering up
the evidence for a US Government sponsored terrorist event.
The downing of TWA Flight 800 by a missile.

You would have also known that the FBI  does not create terrorist events.
The FBI is just three letters of the alphabet. Men and women who work for the FBI  create and coverup terrorist events.

Do you know the men and women FBI  agents who covered up the TWA Flight 800 missile attack?
After all when you are the law enforcement agency investigating a crime you just committed
we know what the outcome will be, eh? 

We posted this in 2006
Cashill,Jack, Sanders,James. FIRST STRIKE Thomas Nelson Press, 2003
Overwhelming evidence presented by Dr. Cashill on the downing of TWA Flight 800
by a missile over Long Island and the ensuing cover-up by FBI agents.  see
http://forums.utsandiego.com/showthread.php?t=59139

If you had been listening to our whisper stream in 2006 you would also have seen this article we posted in 2006
Lisa Michelson remembers the moment she saw the CIA’s video animation depicting TWA Flight 800’s death throes and the seconds in which her son was dying aboard the Paris-bound jumbo jet in July 1996.
“I don’t understand aeronautics but when I saw the CIA film of the nose coming off and the plane climbing over 3,000 feet I wanted to vomit,” the West Hills, California mother said. “I thought, ‘How can they pull this off?’ see  http://www.campusactivism.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=661&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=15

So we were not surprised to see this article in the news today.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/twa-flight-800-crash-investigation-ntsb-141624708.html


TWA Flight 800 crash wasn’t due to gas tank explosion, former investigators claim
June 19 2013

The producers of an upcoming documentary on TWA Flight 800—which exploded and crashed into the waters off of Long Island on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 people on board—claim to have proof that an explosion outside the Paris-bound flight caused the crash. And six former investigators who took part in the film say there was a cover-up, and want the case reopened.

"There was a lack of coordination and willful denial of information," Hank Hughes, a senior accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. "There were 755 witnesses. At no time was information provided by the witnesses shared by the FBI."

Jim Speer, an accident investigator for the Airline Pilots Association who sifted through the recovered wreckage in a hangar, said he discovered holes formed consistent by a high-energy blast in the right wing, and requested it be tested for explosives. When the test came back positive, he said, he was "physically removed" from a room by two CIA agents.



Then we received an email from Pilots for 911 TRUTH  see

http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=22333


If, like us, you believe that blogging isn't behavior, and only behavior is the truth
name the FBI  agents involved in the creation and coverup of TWA Flight 800 missile attack
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The Todashev Killing and the House of Cards
Friday, June 21, 2013 6:12


Sometime in the evening of May 21 a contingent of law enforcement officials arrived at the apartment of 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev (pronounced Ibrahim To-DAH-shev).  The FBI says that the group consisted of an FBI agent, two Massachusetts state troopers, and “other law enforcement personnel.”  So there were at least four of them, and we may presume that they were all armed.  Their interest in Todashev was occasioned by the fact that he was an acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the two Chechen-immigrant brothers accused in the Boston marathon bombing.  Todashev, like Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had been a mixed martial arts fighter and had lived for a time in the Boston area.  Their common professional interests and heritage had apparently brought them together, at least casually.

All we know for certain as to what transpired in the apartment that night is that Todashev was shot dead sometime after midnight and after a protracted period of interrogation.  Unfortunately, the only witnesses we have are the perpetrator or perpetrators of the Todashev killing.  It is an understatement to say that their reports have been inconsistent and unreliable.  This is from the first report in the May 22 Washington Post:

    According to federal law enforcement officials, the man was being interviewed about whether he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bombing suspect, were connected to a two-year-old triple slaying when he attacked an FBI agent. There were conflicting accounts of what happened in the moments before the man was shot.

    One federal law enforcement official said the man, a professional martial-arts fighter, was shot after trying to grab the FBI agent’s gun. Two other officials said the man reached for a knife and was shot as he attacked the agent. All three officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the episode is under official review.

Mind you, the only possible sources for these conflicting accounts were members of this rather small team of police officers and agents on the scene.  There are three living, breathing human beings behind those stories that The Post gathered.  The Post people know precisely who they are, as do other mainstream media folks who were told similar stories initially, but they are not telling us.  Even at the time, it looked for all the world like a case of guilty parties who were unable to get together on their stories, but we will have to wait a very long time for anyone in the mainstream media to point this obvious fact out.

Rather, our press seems to have perceived its role to be smoothing out and selling the federal authorities’ jagged and ugly story.  Consider, even, how The Post begins its article:

    A Chechen man linked to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was fatally shot early Wednesday in an unusual encounter with the FBI and other law enforcement officers in his apartment in Orlando.

Nowhere is the natural readers’ misapprehension corrected that “early Wednesday” means at the beginning of a usual workday when in fact it was in the wee hours of the night, which we might say was only technically Wednesday because it was after midnight, albeit perhaps well after midnight.  Wikipedia says that Todashev was questioned for eight hours before he was shot to death, but it has two contradictory footnotes after the passage in which the assertion is made.  One is from the Boston Globe that says that the interrogation began with a 7:30 appointment and the other is from The New York Times that says the killing took place only two hours into the interview.  Since there is all-around agreement that the killing took place after midnight and it is unlikely that the interrogation began after 10 pm, the Boston Globe account appears to be closer to the likely truth.  But why can’t even one of these reporters ask their “authoritative” anonymous sources just when the interrogation began and when it ended with Todashev’s slaying?

It’s bad enough that they don’t even report the most basic facts, but nowhere in any of the mainstream accounts or in what sparse commentary there has been, is there any indication of the plain uncivilized Soviet-style brutishness of the harassment that Todashev had undergone up to the time of his killing.   He fell under suspicion, we have been told, because one telephone exchange some weeks before the Boston Marathon bombing had been found in Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s telephone records.  This latest hours-long grilling without a lawyer present was but the final episode of Todashev’s harassment.  We discover from this interview of Todashev’s very close friend, fellow Chechen Khusen Taramov, that Todashev had been interrogated at least five times before and that one session that they endured together lasted some three and a half hours.  Here is how Todashev’e widow, Reniya Manukyan, described what had been going on:

    “He was just getting tired of it because every single interview would ask him the same questions all over again and he would just say, ‘I don’t have anything else to tell you.’ They would keep calling him, and tell him to come to the office, and they’d ask the same questions about the bombing and Tsarnaev,” she said.

None of those interrogations, said Taramov, even touched upon the subject of the 2011 triple murders in Waltham, Massachusetts, that more anonymous sources later said Todashev was about to sign a confession to.

The Changing Story

 

Apparently, at some point the FBI realized that it was going to be in a bit of a pickle if it was ever asked to come up with the knife that it had been reported that Todashev had, so exactly one week later, on May 29, The Washington Post :

    A Chechen man who was fatally shot by an FBI agent last week during an interview about one of the Boston bombing suspects was unarmed, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

That’s just the opening line of the article, but it’s really all that one needs.  A careful reader can easily detect that the new account of what happened that night is not the fruit of probing reporting.  Rather, it is just the putative reporters’ relaying of the now changed unofficial “official” story.  The source, once again, is allowed to remain anonymous.
Abdul-Baki Todashev holds a photo he claims is of his dead son Ibragim during a news conference in Moscow. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Abdul-Baki Todashev holds a photo he claims is of his dead son Ibragim during a news conference in Moscow. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

As it turns out, the aforementioned friend Taramov did the real shoe-leather journalism that we should hope these eyes and ears of the people would be performing.  Even with the changed story, these media lapdogs had left us with the impression that the shooting had been a pure case of self defense, with an unfortunate fatal shot having been fired, sort of along the lines of the unfortunate Trayvon Martin episode just a few miles to the north in Sanford, Florida.  Taramov had gone to the morgue and had photographed Todashev’s bullet-riddled body.  On top of that, he had sent the photographs to Todashev’s father in Chechnya and the father had held a well-attended press conference in Moscow in which he denounced the FBI for the “execution style“ killing of his son.  The photographs of the body showed six apparent bullet holes in the torso and one in the crown of the head.

At this point, the greatest suspicion as to why the authorities had initially been unable to agree upon what happened that night would seem to have been validated.  The actual truth was much too incriminating.  Couldn’t at least four American law enforcement officials subdue one smallish Chechen without resorting to shooting him SEVEN TIMES, even if he did know martial arts?  What with all the conflicting and changed stories, the tales of FBI harassment by Todashev’s friend and his widow, the very difficult to believe story that for some reason Todashev had decided to forego the chance ever to live as a free man again by confessing to a triple murder, and now with the evidence of a fusillade of bullets to the torso and a kill shot to the top of the head, who could possibly believe that this was not just a case of cold blooded murder?  If he had actually participated in that triple murder, why had he cancelled his flight back to his home country in order to give that one last interview to the FBI?

John Miller to the FBI’s Rescue

Somebody had some serious explaining to do, and CBS News had just the man for the job, former chief spokesman for the FBI, John Miller.  Bear in mind that before reading, and as we urge you to do, listening to his report, neither CBS nor Miller has had exactly a sterling record in reporting on this incident.  They headlined their initial report, “Boston bombing suspect’s friend Ibragim Todashev killed in FBI shootout,” reminding us of the similar “shootout” that the news initially reported when the unarmed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody.  “The FBI has not commented on the relationship between Todashev and Tsarnaev but confirmed that Todashev died in the shootout,” the early CBS report stated.  That report also stated, “An official told CBS News that Todashev came at the agent with a knife.”

With the passage of a week and with the new information in CBS and Miller were singing this tune, which sounds a bit like it might have been inspired by an episode of NCIS.  It gets off to a bad start by calling the encounter with the FBI agent a “standoff” and continues with this:

    CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, formerly a deputy director at the FBI, detailed the incident that will now go before the review board.

    According to Miller, moments before the shooting, Todashev was “writing out on a pad a confession to his involvement in the triple murder” when the Massachusetts state trooper “noticed that Todashev was getting more and more agitated,” Miller said.
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Are the Boston Marathon Bombings Tied to a New American Campaign into the Caucasus?

 

Many questions remain unanswered about the Boston Marathon Bombings that took place on April 15, 2013. Three people were killed and two hundred and sixty-four others were injured during the tragedy. Originally, the mainstream media reported that an arrest had been made and that «a dark skinned man» (ignorantly assumed by many to be of Arab background) was the suspected perpetrator of the attacks in Boston. John King from the Cable News Network (CNN) would insist that he was personally told that «a dark skinned man» was the one. Then reports that a suspect had been caught and arrested began. Journalists and interested people would gather around Boston’s federal courthouse with the hopes of finding out more and getting a glimpse of the detained suspect. In a case of odd timing, after the media reports about an arrest began, a bomb threat was called into Boston’s federal courthouse and the journalists around the building, as well as most people, were forced to evacuate the area.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would then release photographs of the Tsarnaev brothers and publicly state that they were the suspects behind the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Soon after, the Tsarnaev brothers would allegedly kill a university policeman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and then carjack a Mercedes sports utility vehicle (SUV). Reports that they robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store would also surface, but be denied by the 7-Eleven franchise as wrong. It would later be reported that a shootout between the two brothers and the pursuing police in the suburb of Watertown, which is part of Greater Boston, would take place.

It was reported that during the fighting a law enforcement officer from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Police would be injured and Tamerlan, the older of the Tsarnaev brothers, would be killed by police fire. Tamerlan’s aunt and family, however, say that this is not true because they identified seeing him «naked, cuffed, clearly alive and well detainee seen in video aired by CNN» to Dan Dicks of Press For Truth. The multiple bullet wounds on Tamerlan’s body have also led to many questions. Furthermore, it would later be reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev actually died under police custody and not while fighting police.

The police reported that Dzhokhar, the younger of the two brothers, escaped with injuries during the shootout. Hours later, Dzhokhar was found hiding inside a boat without any weapons and taken to the hospital under armed guard. Because he was shot in the throat, he could not talk or disclose anything. It was surprising that the teenager could survive and function normally on his own for such a long length of time after he took a bullet to the throat. Others questioned how he became unconscious (for a period of days) only after police arrested him and how he seemed unaffected in police footage of him inside the boat.  It was also later reported that Dzhokhar shot himself in the throat in a botched suicide attempt during his last stand with the police.

Domestic Firing Squads?

There are many strange twists and turns tied to the Boston Marathon Bombings that give rise to more questions. The strange features in the event include the suspect’s background and the odd chain of happenings after the arrest of the Tsarnaevs. What the parents of the Tsarnaev brothers in Russia, which adamantly say their two sons were framed, have disclosed has also added to suspicions.

Then there is the string of deaths after the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The FBI’s Special Agent Christopher Lorek and Special Agent Stephen Shaw, who arrested Dzhokhar, were mysteriously killed on May 17, 2013. In a case of strange timing, during what is presented as a freak accident, the two FBI agents where killed during a training mission when they were reported to have fallen out of their helicopter off the Atlantic coast of Virginia. Officially, bad weather was reported to be the cause of their deaths.

The death of the FBI special agents can be compared to the death of the team of US Navy SEALs who allegedly killed Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. The story of Osama bin Laden’s death is another story full of inconsistencies. The Obama Administration was caught being deceitful about watching the killing live and then there is the case of Osama’s missing body that was supposedly and clumsily justified by the wrong claim that it was dumped into the ocean to respect Muslim customs. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) also released a short interview with a Pakistani resident living near the home saying that the man who was killed was not Osama bin Laden. Nor were any pictures of Osama bin Laden ever provided.

The irregularities did not end there. The group of US Navy SEALs involved with the operation would all end up dying on August 6, 2011 when their helicopter was shot down in NATO-garrisoned Afghanistan. SEAL Team VI, which was the unit’s name, actually had their identities and area of operations in Afghanistan revealed by the Obama Administration while they were serving, which is believed to have made them targets. SEAL Team VI was also oddly put into an old and vulnerable Chinook helicopter on the day that they were killed.  As a result of this, the families of the dead Navy SEAL commandos have blamed the US federal government for their deaths, saying that the shooting of the helicopter was planned by the US government as part of a cover-up for its own lies.

Moving on, the death of the two FBI special agents adds to the suspicion around the death of a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev named Ibragim Todashev.  Todashev was killed in his own apartment while under police supervision by the FBI in Orlando, Florida. He was killed by police fire after being interrogated for days about the Boston Marathon Bombings. He was also «unarmed» and killed by a shot to the centre of the head, or by a «kill shot.» His friend, Khusen Taramov, said that Todashev was planning on returning to Russia, but voluntarily stayed to cooperate with investigators because the FBI had asked him to stay in Florida.

It was originally claimed by the FBI that Todashev’s death happened when he «flipped out» and attacked the police with a knife during the interview. This, however, contradicts character statements about him and the fact that he was voluntarily cooperating with US authorities. His father, Abdulbaki Todashev, would hold a press conference in Moscow shortly after his shooting to tell the world that his son was shot six times in the torso and once in his head. Todashev’s father would accuse US authorities of executing his son.

The Plot Thickens in Canada and Western Europe

The Boston Marathon Bombings were followed by other peculiar events outside the United States. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Canada would declare that it had stopped a terrorist attack from taking place on Canadian soil by arresting two men on April 22. The RCMP would keenly point out that the suspects were linked to a branch of Al-Qaeda oddly working inside of Iran of all places. The timing of the arrests, after the Boston Marathon Bombings, was announced in a high-profile RCMP press conference which virtually refused to comment on anything because it said that the investigation was inconclusive and ongoing.

In London, a British soldier from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers would be hit by a car and publicly lacerated and stabbed to death with knives on the street outside the Royal Artillery Barracks by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale on May 22. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron was in France, across the English Channel, during the savage murder. It just so happened that a French soldier was also stabbed at around the same time, but French authorities made statements saying that there seemed to be no connection between the two attacks.

Both the British and French cases have been linked to British and French militarism and foreign policy either directly or indirectly. In the case of Britain the attackers talked about Britain’s roles in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the case of France, the attack on the French soldier was speculated to be the result of France’s military intervention in Mali. The effects of these attacks, however, merit more attention than the actual causes.

Militarization of the So-Called Democracies?

Because of the Boston Marathon Bombing the city of Boston was placed under martial law and civil liberties were suspended as a manhunt was conducted. This is an important dimension of the dangerous ramifications that the event has had for decisive and unconstitutional domestic security measure being taken inside the United States. It comes at a time when the Department of Homeland Security has been assembling a massive weapons arsenal and all checks and balances on domestic spying have been destroyed.

The Associated Press has reported that Homeland Security has been stockpiling ammunition by buying more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. The same AP report has also said that Homeland Security has already bought a staggering 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition in 2012. This amount of ammunition amounts to more bullets than the Pentagon has used collectively in all the wars that the US has been involved in the last decade.

Aside from martial law in Boston, the US federal government also considered taking the illegal step of charging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant in front of a military tribunal. This quickly scared civil liberties organizations in the United States, because they understood what it could lead towards. Such a move would equate to the suspension of the rights of American citizens and putting them on trial in virtual secrecy. This would set a very dangerous precedent. It should be added that this is part of the same pattern of developments that has seen the US government use killer drones to kill its own citizens overseas illegally without any due process to determine their guilt legally.

When the ridicule of the assertions that Al-Qaeda was working inside Iran was pointed out in Canada, it was posited that it could have been the terrorist group Jundallah that was guiding the perpetrators against the Canadian province of Ontario’s V IA Rail train line going to New York in the United States. Jundallah has been linked to Al-Qaeda and this has been used to explain the inconsistency in the claims that put Iran into the picture. Very importantly, it should be pointed out that Jundallah is a US-supported terrorist organization that has been working to destabilize Iran from the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan with US assistance. In this context, the trail leads back to the US government itself. Moreover, the Canadian government has opportunistically used the event to harden its policing and surveillance programs, which allow it to violate the civil liberties of Canadians.

In the case of Britan, Michael Adebolajo it would turn out had a connection to the British secret services. Adebolajo had been approached six months earlier to work for MI5, but refused. A friend of his, Abu Nusaybah, wrote the following on his Twitter account: «Did u know­ Woolwich suspect Michael Adebolajo was approached by MI5 Just over 6months [sic.] ago to work as a Spy, He refused?» The BBC would interview Adebolajo’s friend on Newsnight where he would make the same comments about MI5. Abu Nusaybah would then be arrested for revealing that MI5 had been trying to recruit Michael Adebolajo afterwards and charged under the UK’s Terrorism Act. Moreover, the British government has used the event to expand its internal policing and surveillance programs like Canada.

There is a major political context tied to all these events. In both Boston and London we now see that charges of terrorism are being introduced in a way that sidelines civil rights in an Orwellian sense. The crude homemade bomb used in Boston was labeled a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) on par with chemical and nuclear weapons. A disgusting act of murder was labeled as an act of terrorism In the United Kingdom when in reality a charge of homicide should have been pressed. The label of terrorism is now being used to give the US government and its allies a licensee to act outside of their laws and dramatically expand their domestic and overseas screening programs.

Blaming Russia: America Intending to Start a New Fire in the Caucasus?

Indirectly Russia is being blamed for the Boston Marathon Bombings. The Tsarnaev brothers, who are half ethnic Chechen and half ethnic Avar, are being identified with Russia even though they spent a great deal of their lives outside the Russian Federation and are US citizens. Dzhokhar was born in Kyrgyzstan, where he spent his childhood years.

In some ways the string of events following the Boston Marathon Bombings are making Russia and Iran look like countries that cannot control their own borders. Russia has been presented as a breeding ground for terrorists and militants, while Iran has been portrayed as a new base for Al-Qaeda. Neither of these portrayals is accurate. Little is mentioned about the role of the US in destabilizing the border regions of either country.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Tsarnaev brothers, told the world that she believed that her sons were set up by the US government. She has challenged the official narrative about the terrorist attack in Boston. She has let it be known that her family knew that the FBI was always watching them and that her sons were under constant police surveillance.  She even said that the police use to come to their home in the US all the time to talk to them and that her sons were under «police control».

What Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said about her sons being under police surveillance was true. Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been on a US federal government database of potential terrorism suspects. According to US officials, they were twice warned by Russia that he may have been tied toCaucasian militants. In 2011, Russians security officials requested that the US investigate Tamerlan’s activities. The FBI would make a brief investigation and then close the case leading to unsatisfied Russian security officials making the same request four months later in September 2011. Tamerlan was actually being watched by the Russian secret services whenever he visited the Russian Federation.

The possibility exists that Tamerlan Tsarnaev may well have been working for US interests to destabilize Russia and the Caucasus. According to Russian sources he attended an anti-Russian workshop in the Caucasus called the Fund of the Caucasus that was supported by Georgia and the United States. All the small details that have come up about him show that he had been interacting with US authorities and that he was suspected of espionage in Russia.

The arrest of the CIA’s station head, Ryan C. Fogle, in Moscow adds an additional layer to the story. Fogle, the third secretary of the Political Section of the US Embassy in Moscow and a career diplomat, was arrested while he was trying to recruit an agent of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) who worked on the North Caucasus. Fogle’s espionage effort was portrayed in the US as an effort to learn more about the Boston Marathon Bombings. Benjamin Dillon, another third secretary at the US Embassy in Moscow, was expelled for trying to recruit Russian security officials prior to Fogle’s expulsion from Russia as a spy. According to Russia’s FSB, even earlier several other CIA agents were caught doing the same thing, but left voluntarily.

The murder of Russia’s Muslim leaders in the North Caucasus coincides with notions that the United States is planning to destabilize Russia’s North Caucasus. After Syria, in fact, there are strong fears that Russia’s North Caucasus, along with Lebanon and Iraq, will be the next targets of anti-government militants in Syria. Furthermore, there has been a steady campaign to demonize Russia in the US mainstream media as an undemocratic global supporter of authoritarianism and genocide. In the last few years there have been terrorist attacks that have targeted Muslim spiritual leaders in the Caucasus, particularly Dagestan. All these leaders have called for harmony and co-existence among Russia’s Muslim and Christian populations; they have opposed militarism and violence. While the Tsarnaev case may have direct ramifications for civil liberties inside the United States, it is also tied to longstanding US encroachment on the Caucasus that seeks to destabilize the Russian Federation.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a social scientist, award-winning writer, columnist, and researcher. His works have been carried internationally in a broad series of publications and have been translated into more than twenty languages including German, Arabic, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Polish, Armenian, Persian, Dutch and Romanian. His work in geopolitical sciences and strategic studies has been used by various academic and defense establishments in their papers and defense colleges for military officers. He is also a frequent guest on international news networks as a geopolitical analyst and expert on the Middle East.

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Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev a Double Agent Recruited by the FBI?
By Peter Dale Scott on Jun 23, 2013

Amid the swirl of mysteries surrounding the alleged Boston bombers, one fact, barely touched upon in the mainstream U.S. media, stands out: There is a strong possibility that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers, was a double agent, perhaps recruited by the FBI.

If Tsarnaev was a double agent, he would be just one of thousands of young people coerced by the FBI, as the price for settling a minor legal problem, into a dangerous career as an informant.

That he was so coerced is the easiest explanation for two seemingly incompatible incidents in his life:

The first is that he returned to Russia in 2012, ostensibly to renew his Russian passport so he could file an application for US citizenship.

The second is that Tsarnaev then jeopardized his citizenship application with conspicuous, provocative — almost theatrical — behavior that seemed more caricature than characteristic of a Muslim extremist.

False Notes

While walking around in flashy western clothes in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, he visited his cousin, Magomed Kartashov, a prominent Islamist leader, already on the Russians’ radar.  The two reportedly spent hours discussing Tsarnaev’s wish to join a terrorist cell there in the Caucasus.  Later, Russian authorities asked Kartashov if he had tried to incite Tsarnaev with “extremist” views.  Kartashov said it was the other way around: he had tried to convince Tsarnaev that “violent methods are not right.”

Experts agree that Tsarnaev could not have expected such provocative activity to escape the notice of the vigilant Russian authorities.

Back in America, Tsarnaev again called attention to himself as a radical Muslim.  Just one month after he returned from his trip, a YouTube page that appeared to belong to him featured multiple jihadist videos that he had purportedly endorsed.

And in January 2013, he got himself thrown out of a mosque in Cambridge for shouting at a speaker who compared the Prophet Mohammed to Martin Luther King Jr. Tsarnaev rarely attended this mosque, but he must have known it was moderate. (He had done something similar the previous November at the same mosque.) Typically, jihadists are trained to blend in, to be as inconspicuous as possible. Did Tsarnaev go to this mosque with the express intent of smoking out possible radicals?

The key to Tsarnaev’s puzzling behavior may lie in the answer to another question: when exactly did Tsarnaev first come to the attention of the FBI?  The timeline offered by the agency, and duly reported in the mainstream media, has been inconsistent. One story line focused on the FBI’s response to an alert from Russian authorities.

Eric Schmitt and Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, wrote, on April 24, 2013,

The first Russian request came in March 2011 through the F.B.I.’s office in the United States Embassy in Moscow. The one-page request said Mr. Tsarnaev  ”had changed drastically since 2010” and was preparing to travel to a part of Russia “to join unspecified underground groups.”

The Russian request was reportedly based on intercepted phone calls between Tsarnaev’s mother and an unidentified person (The Guardian [London], April 21, 2013).  According to another source, several calls were intercepted, including one between Tsarnaev and his mother.

So was it the Russian alert in March 2011 that first prompted the FBI to investigate Tsarnaev? This conclusion seems undermined by another report in the Times—written four days earlier by the same two reporters plus a third– that dated the agency’s first contact with Tamerlan and family members at least two months earlier, in January 2011.

If the FBI interviewed Tsarnaev before the Russians asked them to, then what prompted the agency’s interest in him? Were his contacts here as well as in Russia considered useful to American counterintelligence?

The Canadian Connection

Although it’s not known why the Russians were intercepting phone calls involving the Tsarnaevs, one reason might have been Tamerlan’s connection, direct or indirect, with a Canadian terrorist named William Plotnikov. According to USA Today, a Russian security official told the AP that

Plotnikov had been detained in Dagestan in December 2010 on suspicion of having ties to the militants and during his interrogation was forced to hand over a list of social networking friends from the United States and Canada who like him had once lived in Russia, Novaya Gazeta reported. The newspaper said Tsarnaev’s name was on that list, bringing him for the first time to the attention of Russia’s secret services.

According to a slightly different version, Plotnikov, “while under interrogation in the militant hotbed of Dagestan, named Tsarnaev as a fellow extremist.”

The similar backgrounds of Plotnikov and Tsarnaev make it likely that they had indeed been in contact.  Both were recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Both had successful boxing careers in North America, and both surprised their friends by converting to Islamist extremism.

Plotnikov was a member of the Caucasus Emirate, an al-Qaeda ally, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had been searching for him since 2010. By 2011 the United States had joined the Russians in targeting this terrorist group as an al-Qaeda ally, and had offered $5 million for information leading to the capture of the group’s leader Dokka Umarov. (Moscow Times, May 27, 2011)

Plotnikov was killed in July 2012 in a shootout between militants and police in Dagestan. Tsarnaev left Dagestan for America two days after Plotnikov was killed.

US and Russia Share Concerns

Tsarnaev’s hopes for a Russian passport would have been put at risk by his openly provocative behavior in Dagestan –unless he was acting as an informant.  But for which government, the U.S. or Russia?

The United States and Russia have two shared concerns in the “arc of crisis” stretching from Afghanistan to the Caucasus – terrorism and drugs.  The two problems are interrelated, because drugs, especially in the Caucasus, help finance terror operations. This vitally affects Russia, both because it has one of the highest heroin death rates in the world, and even more because some of its member republics, like Dagestan, are up to 80 percent Muslim.  This shared concern has led to a successful joint US-Russia anti-drug operation in Afghanistan.

Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev caught up in a similar counter-intelligence operation?

The FBI’s Dysfunctional Informant Program

One of the more controversial features of the FBI’s informant program is the frequency with which FBI agents coerce young people into the dangerous role of informant, as a price for settling a minor legal problem. Tsarnaev fits the mold.  His successful career as a boxer was interrupted and his application for U.S. citizenship was held up (and perhaps denied) because “a 2009 domestic violence complaint was standing in his way.” This alone would mark him as a candidate for recruitment.

Thousands of vulnerable young people avoid our overcrowded prisons by agreeing to become snitches, sometimes wearing a wire.  In this way a person whose only crime may have been selling marijuana to a friend can end up risking his career and even his life.  And for what?

According to Sarah Stillman in The New Yorker,

The snitch-based system has proved notoriously unreliable, fuelling wrongful convictions. In 2000, more than twenty innocent African-American men in Hearne, Texas, were arrested on cocaine charges, based on the false accusations of an informant seeking to escape a burglary charge. This incident, and a number of others like it, prompted calls for national legislation to regulate informant use.

After 9/11, the coercive techniques of the FBI drug war, along with half of the agents using them, were redirected to surveillance of Muslims. The emphasis was no longer on investigation of specific crimes, but the recruitment of spies to report on all Muslim communities.

In 2005 the FBI’s Office of the Inspector General found that a high percentage of cases involving informants contained violations of the FBI’s own guidelines. Its report noted that since 2001 the rules had been loosened to reflect the new emphasis on intelligence gathering and. by extension, the bureau’s urgent need for informants.

According to the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, … nearly every major post-9/11 terrorism-related prosecution has involved a sting operation, at the center of which is a government informant. In these cases, the informants—who work for money or are seeking leniency on criminal charges of their own—have crossed the line from merely observing potential criminal behavior to encouraging and assisting people to participate in plots that are largely scripted by the FBI itself. Under the FBI’s guiding hand, the informants provide the weapons, suggest the targets and even initiate the inflammatory political rhetoric that later elevates the charges to the level of terrorism.

A writer for Mother Jones, Trevor Aaronson, also investigated the FBI’s informant-led terrorism cases for over a year; he too found that in a number of cases, “the government provides the plot, the means, and the opportunity.”

Refuse the FBI and See What Happens

And what happens to Muslims who refuse to become spies?  The case of Ahmadullah Niazi is not atypical. Niazi was one of several members of a California mosque who sought a restraining court order against another member–actually an FBI informant–who was flagrantly advocating violence in their midst. When Niazi was subsequently asked to become an informant himself and refused, he was arrested on charges of lying to immigration officials about alleged family connections to a member of Al Qaeda. The charges were ultimately withdrawn, but by then both Niazi and his wife had lost their jobs.

Another Muslim, Khalifa al-Akili, when pressured to become an informant, complained to the Guardian newspaper in London that “he believed he was the target of an FBI ‘entrapment’ sting.” One day after the Guardian contacted al-Akili, the FBI arrested him on a felony charge for illegal gun possession, based on the fact that two years earlier he had used a friend’s rifle (at a firing range), something he was prohibited from doing since he already had a drug conviction on his record. Al-Akili was held without bail as a potential threat to the public, and ultimately convicted.

These recruitments were taking place in a climate of fear. In addition to the tens of thousands of Muslims in America who were interviewed or investigated after 9/11, there were also by 2003 (according to an American imam’s compilation of US Government figures), 6,483 detained or arrested, 3,208 deported, 13,434 in process of deportation, and 144,513 interviewed and then registered under a Special Registration program of the Justice Department.

It is instructive to study how the FBI handled drone victim Anwar al-Awlaki. Right after 9/11, Awlaki was the “go-to” imam for the U.S media, because of his willingness to denounce the atrocity as anti-Islamic.  But a few years earlier, while a Muslim cleric in San Diego, he had been twice arrested and convicted for soliciting prostitutes.  According to Awlaki, he had been set up both times, because the U.S. government had been trying to recruit him as a spy:

In 1996 while waiting at a traffic light in my minivan a middle aged woman knocked on the window of the passenger seat. By the time I rolled down the window and before even myself or the woman uttering a word I was surrounded by police officers who had me come out of my vehicle only to be handcuffed. I was accused of soliciting a prostitute and then released. They made it a point to make me know in no uncertain terms that the woman was an undercover cop. I didn’t know what to make of the incident. However a few days later came the answer. I was visited by two men who introduced themselves as officials with the US government … and that they are interested in my cooperation with them. When I asked what cooperation did they expect, they responded by saying that they are interested in having me liaise with them concerning the Muslim community of San Diego. I was greatly irritated by such an offer and made it clear to them that they should never expect such cooperation from myself. I never heard back from them again until in 1998 when I was approached by a woman, this time from my window and again I was surrounded by police officers who this time said I had to go to court. This time I was told that this is a sting operation and you would not be able to get out of it.

Awlaki’s allegations may have been at least partly true. In 2002, when he came under suspicion in Operation Green Quest, an investigation of Muslim nonprofit organizations, the FBI reportedly did try to flip him, using prostitution charges.

According to U.S. News,

FBI agents hoped al-Awlaki might cooperate with the 9/11 probe if they could nab him on similar charges in Virginia. FBI sources say agents observed the imam allegedly taking Washington-area prostitutes into Virginia and contemplated using a federal statute usually reserved for nabbing pimps who transport prostitutes across state lines.

Were the FBI’s recruitment efforts successful?  Another Muslim “person of interest,” Ali al-Timimi, tells a strange tale about al-Awlaki’s unnaturally provocative behavior:

When Awlaki came to his home, Timimi said, he started talking about recruiting Western jihadists. “Ali had never, in his whole life, even talked to the guy or met him,” Timimi’s lawyer, Edward MacMahon, told me. “Awlaki just showed up at his house and asked him if he could assist him in finding young men to join the jihad.” MacMahon said that Timimi was suspicious of Awlaki showing up “completely out of the blue” (Jeremy Scahill, Dirty Wars, 71).

Timimi’s attorneys argued that Awlaki was wearing a wire at the time, and asked that the US Government produce the tapes, which would show Timimi’s rejection of Awlaki’s terrorist request. The Government refused, on the grounds that “We are aware of no authority for this request.” Timimi, a promising research scientist, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Another glaring indication that Awlaki had been flipped is the ease with which he was able to return to the US from studies in Yemen in 2002, even though there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

On October 9, 2002, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Colorado “abruptly filed a motion to have the warrant for Awlaki’s arrest vacated and dismissed.”

On October 10, Awlaki and his family arrived at JFK airport on a flight from Saudi Arabia.  After a brief period of confusion, Customs officials released them and recorded later that the FBI had told them “the warrant had been removed on 10/9.” In fact, documents show the warrant was still active, and was only vacated later that day.

Asked to comment on these anomalies, former FBI agents indicated there were only two likely explanations: either the bureau let the cleric into the country to track him for intelligence, or the bureau wanted to work with him as a friendly contact.

Does a similar analysis apply to the FBI’s curious “relationship” with Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

Despite Tsarnaev’s inflammatory behavior, as reported by the Russians and also in this country, a senior law enforcement official told the New York Times  that intelligence agencies never followed up on Tsarnaev once he returned to the U.S., because their investigation “did not turn up anything and it did not have the legal authority to keep tabs on him”

This claim sounds strange in the light of recent revelations about widespread surveillance of telephone and Internet traffic of ordinary Americans and the ease with which law enforcement officials obtain warrants to probe more deeply into the activities of anyone suspected of ties to “terrorists.”

The case of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, like that of Anwar al-Awlaki, leaves many unanswered questions. But one thing seems clear: the FBI’s informant program, especially when dealing with the War on Terror, has proliferated wildly out of control.
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Civil rights group wants to speak with her about FBI shooting inquiry


An immigration judge has ordered a potential witness in the investigation into the FBI fatal shooting of a Chechen man last month to leave the United States no later than July 1, and to remain in jail until she departs, raising an outcry from a civil rights group seeking a full accounting of the death. Federal immigration officials arrested Tatiana Igorevna Gruzdeva, a 19-year-old aspiring foreign language teacher, on May 16 for overstaying her visa, a violation they discovered when the FBI and other law enforcement officials began investigating Ibragim Todashev, her roommate in Orlando, about his ties to the Boston Marathon bombings. Six days later, a Boston FBI agent shot and killed 27-year-old Todashev in their apartment.
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Gonsalves: Cape man revisits Flight 800

August 04, 2013

July 17, 1996. TWA Flight 800 departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

Shortly after takeoff, the Paris-bound 747 exploded in the early night air as it ascended to 13,800 feet, crashing into the waters off Long Island. All 230 passengers and crew members aboard were killed.
IF YOU GO

What: A screening of the documentary "TWA Flight 800," made by Falmouth native Tom Stalcup. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Stalcup and a discussion about the filmmaker's petition asking the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to reopen the investigation.

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15

Where: Falmouth High School

Admission: Free ($10 for reserved seats)

For more information: http://www.flight800doc.com.

Falmouth native Tom Stalcup, who now lives in Sandwich, was working on his doctorate in physics then. He didn't start to pay close attention to the tragedy until he happened to see the FBI press conference laying out the official story.

It was a CIA video shown during the press conference, Stalcup told me, that started him down the path that would eventually convince him the official explanation was contradicted by the government's own evidence — a disturbing story of an alleged cover-up Stalcup and other investigators tell in the recently released documentary "TWA Flight 800."

"This video came on during the press conference that said it was produced by the Central Intelligence Agency. That got my attention because I had never seen that before in my life. What's the CIA doing on TV talking directly to me?" Stalcup told me on Friday, hours before his documentary was shown at the Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan.

"It got weirder and weirder," he recalled. "The (video) narrator said, 'This was not a missile.' And I was like: Why are they telling us what it wasn't, rather than what it was?"

The official story, according to the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board, was that Flight 800 exploded because an electrical short circuit made its way into the center wing fuel tank and detonated the fuel vapors.

Though hundreds of eyewitnesses said they saw what looked like a missile taking off from the water and hitting the plane before it exploded, the CIA video emphasized how Flight 800 was NOT hit by a missile, relegating skeptics to tin-foil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists.

NTSB investigators said the flaming streak eyewitnesses described was most likely burning fuel leaking from the plane's wing tank.

Stalcup, who founded the Falmouth-based weather data transmitter company Upward Innovations Inc., began contacting eyewitnesses, all of whom said the CIA video was "a bunch of baloney."

"What kept me intrigued all these years is the disconnect between the official story and what the reality is and what the evidence shows," Stalcup explained.

Through Freedom of Information Act requests, Stalcup was able to get the radar data, internal investigative documents from the CIA, as well reams of other forensic evidence.

He coupled that with his knowledge of physics and the first-hand accounts of official investigators speaking out after they retired. Stalcup believes it all corroborates eyewitness accounts and clearly contradicts the official story.

The film has garnered national media attention, largely because it sparked a petition campaign in June requesting the NTSB reopen the investigation. And while some dismiss the film as paranoid propaganda, it's hard to ignore the investigators in the film who say the crash was caused by an "external detonation" just as 670 eyewitnesses initially reported.

Among the investigators in the film who call the official narrative into question are Hank Hughes, who served as a senior accident investigator with the NTSB and helped reconstruct the downed aircraft; Bob Young, a TWA investigator who was also involved with the official probe; and Jim Speer, an accident investigator for the Airline Pilots Association.

You don't have to be a physicist, Stalcup said, to know "there has never been an in-flight fuel-air explosion of any commercial aircraft ever," adamant that the voltage in airline fuel tanks are too low to ignite jet fuel.

The documentary doesn't offer a theory as to who or exactly what shot down Flight 800 (Was it alleged terrorism? An accidental strike from a U.S. military exercise?). Stalcup said they didn't delve into possible culprits because he considers it irresponsible to speculate, which is why he rejects the notion that he's peddling conspiracy theories.

"I'm a scientist. I'll go in front of any scientific body in the country and present the radar evidence. And they will agree. You can't have a low-velocity explosion create high-velocity debris. It's physically impossible," Stalcup said.

Most of us can't judge the science in this story. But Stalcup's documentary was convincing enough to get picked up by the EPIX TV network and distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation. Also, Stalcup said, "60 Minutes Australia" recently bought the rights to the film to show the movie Down Under.

Still, as CNN reported last month, Joe Lychner, whose wife and two daughters were killed on Flight 800, said he was skeptical of the missile theory.

"So far as I can tell, this is just a rehash of what's been out on the Internet," Lychner told CNN. But, he added, "If they do have new information and it's provable, it's a game changer. I will watch this thing with a very critical eye."
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I have donated and hope you will join me in contributing whatever you can afford to support this very important project.

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A New Approach to the 9/11 Debate
An appeal by documentary filmmaker Marty McGee

 
With the 12th anniversary of 9/11 nearing, it is apparent that an additional approach is needed to advance public debate on the critical question of what truly happened on that date and the broader historical, political, and social concerns surrounding it. The State Crimes Against Democracy (SCAD) construct offers this. 

This is an appeal for quickly needed funding in order to advance a new avenue of discussion that takes us beyond the single focus on 9/11 and its specific details, which have been thoroughly researched by independent researchers for over a decade. 

Polls show that over the years more and more people have become exposed to the truth about 9/11. This is because we have all been the media in helping to spread the word! However, due to a combination of reasons including media ignorance and compliance with official accounts, the pejorative "conspiracy theory" meme, cognitive dissonance, and issues related to American Exceptionalism, little headway is being made of a wider, revelatory nature.

For this reason, we are gratified that scholars have been entering the discussion with the important construct of State Crimes Against Democracy, a term that looks at 9/11 as part of a pervasive pattern—one
that has increased dramatically since World War II. 

My goal is to produce a PBS-quality feature documentary on this subject.

The first step is to create and post a Wikipedia article about SCADs since none exists currently (this project is under way). Within this article there will be a link to a professionally produced short film introducing the concept and  featuring Lance deHaven-Smith. The intent is to release the Wikipedia article and its complementary film on the occasion of deHaven-Smith’s speaking appearances in Denver on September 5 and 6, 2013. 

The timing of this release on the advent of the 12th anniversary of 9/11 is key in the effort to advance a new avenue of discussion going forward.

This is where I hope you will come into the picture:  Our budget needs an initial $1,600 to cover scripting, filming, and editing the short SCADs film along with related travel expenses to Washington, D.C. and Denver, CO. After that, we will use Kickstarter to raise funds for the remainder of the funding needed. 

We hope you will be as excited about this project as we are. You can donate at this nonprofit:
http://www.hallwalls.org/ (Go to right hand column.)

Your donation is 100% tax deductible, but be sure to click the box for the "general fund" and  you MUST type "Marty-Wikipedia Film" in the comment section so the donation will be credited to this project. (Hint: use only digits and decimale.g., do not use the $ symbol.) If you prefer to send a check, please be sure it has your name and address on it and make the check out to "Hallwalls Inc." and write "Marty-Wikipedia Film" clearly on the comment line. Mail to

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Bio: Martin McGee has been producing a wide variety of unique and respected work for both screen and television for over 25 years. He studied, as well as taught, for five years in Japan in the 1980s, where he met his lovely wife, Junko, a public school teacher and an accomplished potter. They live in Buffalo, NY, with their college age daughters, Mina and Maya.
 
Marty specializes in challenging, long form documentaries covering history, politics, biographical studies, human rights, art, emerging issues, and psychology. He is recognized as a skillful communicator, talented at turning complex subjects into creative, engaging, and accessible presentations. Among these are as follows:
 
Saturn May Have Two More Moons (codirected with Australian filmmaker Will Spencer): This 1986 allegorical film made in Japan with an international cast and crew deals with that country's controversial domestic participation in Reagan's Space Defense Initiative (SDI), commonly known as the "Star Wars" program. It was reviewed favorably in the esteemed Japan Times, featuring a photo of McGee, who was subsequently interviewed by Radio Moscow's Tokyo correspondent for a special USSR national report on the Star Wars issue.
 
TIBET: A Prayer for the Future: The first documentary to feature a combined study of Tibet's history, culture, and political turmoil. It premiered to a large audience of dignitaries and supporters in Washington, D.C., on the occasion of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for the Dalai Lama.
 
MANDALA: World of the Mystic Circle: The definitive study of the world's most universal and timeless motif.
 
A TERRIBLE MELANCHOLY: Depression in the Legal Profession: Funded by the Erie County & New York State Bar Associations and distributed free of charge as a public service.
 
And most notably relevant for this current project, McGee originated and codirected 9/11: EXPLOSIVE EVIDENCE-Experts Speak Out.  This groundbreaking, feature-length documentary achieved the #1 position on the Most Watched and Most Shared videos list on the official PBS website and remained in the top spot for over two weeks in September 2012, surpassing a host of nationally aired PBS programs including Masterpiece Theatre and even the election coverage. This demonstrates that when there is a crack in the media concerning the 9/11 debate, people are hungry for the information. The same will be true for a PBS-ready documentary on the larger picture
State Crimes Against Democracy.


For a fuller explanation on the importance of this new term, see this message from Dr. Lance deHaven-Smith and the attached paper by Dr. Daniel K. Sage.

Why is the new term—State Crimes Against Democracy—needed?
To move past the conspiracy-theory label, we need to name the type of crime about which the conspiracy theory label discourages us from speaking. In addition to silencing suspicion, the conspiracy theory label causes us to think of political crimes and suspicious tragedies as isolated events. This is reflected in the popular literature on conspiracy theories. There is a body of work on the assassination of President Kennedy, another on the events of 9/11, and still others on the 1980 October Surprise, the disputed 2000 presidential election, and the anthrax letter attacks. Although much is learned about each case, the case-by-case approach reveals little if anything about elite political crimes in general, such as their typical targets, tactics, and timing, nor is much learned about differences and similarities between different types of political crimes, for example, between assassinations and false-flag terrorism as political tactics. By delineating a general category of crime, the SCAD construct reorients the study of elite political conspiracies away from a case-by-case approach to a comparative approach that looks for patterns across events.


Article by Dr. Sage: http://colorado911visibility.org/an-overview-of-state-crimes-against-democracy-by-daniel-k-sage-phd/#more-2197
 

With gratitude in advance for whatever you can afford for this important project,

Martin McGee
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Draft minutes of Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Monthly 9/11 Truth Teleconference Call 8 pm (ET); 5pm (PT)
 
Present on the 7/31/2013 9/11 Teleconference Call were:
 
Ken Freeland, Facilitator of 9/11 Teleconference Call, Houston 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Secretary of 9/11 Teleconference Call, Truth and Shadows
Barbara Honegger, independent 9/11 researcher
Shelton Lankford, spokesman, Military Officers for 9/11 Truth
James Hufferd, 9/11 Truth Grassroots Organization
Paul Zarembka, editor of The Hidden History of 9-11
Dwain Deets, SD9/11 Truth
Sheila Casey, DC 9/11 Truth
Adam Syed, Cincinnati 9/11 Truth
Adam Ruff, independent 9/11 activist
Barrie Zwicker, author of Towers of Deception: the Media Cover-up of 9/11
Ned Delaney, 9/11 Grassroots
Lorenzo Fine, 9/11 activist, Newton, Mass.
Mark Basile, chemical engineer, 9/11 researcher
Mike Booth, 9/11 activist, Indiana
George Ripley, Citizens 9/11 Commission
 
 
Draft minutes from 7/31/13 teleconference were APPROVED
 
The draft agenda was APPROVED
 
1)      Request for support for study
 
Chemical engineer Mark Basile explained that he is looking to independently confirm the evidence laid out in the 2009 paper by Niels Harrit and others about thermite being present in the WTC dust. Basile says he isn’t looking for money but rather endorsements for his efforts. A vote on whether to endorse what Basile wants to do will be undertaken by the Teleconference on the August 28 call. For more information, go to http://markbasile.org.
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 Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev a Double Agent Recruited by the FBI?
By Peter Dale Scott on Jun 23, 2013


Amid the swirl of mysteries surrounding the alleged Boston bombers, one fact, barely touched upon in the mainstream U.S. media, stands out: There is a strong possibility that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers, was a double agent, perhaps recruited by the FBI.

If Tsarnaev was a double agent, he would be just one of thousands of young people coerced by the FBI, as the price for settling a minor legal problem, into a dangerous career as an informant.

That he was so coerced is the easiest explanation for two seemingly incompatible incidents in his life:

The first is that he returned to Russia in 2012, ostensibly to renew his Russian passport so he could file an application for US citizenship.

The second is that Tsarnaev then jeopardized his citizenship application with conspicuous, provocative — almost theatrical — behavior that seemed more caricature than characteristic of a Muslim extremist.

False Notes

While walking around in flashy western clothes in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, he visited his cousin, Magomed Kartashov, a prominent Islamist leader, already on the Russians’ radar.  The two reportedly spent hours discussing Tsarnaev’s wish to join a terrorist cell there in the Caucasus.  Later, Russian authorities asked Kartashov if he had tried to incite Tsarnaev with “extremist” views.  Kartashov said it was the other way around: he had tried to convince Tsarnaev that “violent methods are not right.”

Experts agree that Tsarnaev could not have expected such provocative activity to escape the notice of the vigilant Russian authorities.

Back in America, Tsarnaev again called attention to himself as a radical Muslim.  Just one month after he returned from his trip, a YouTube page that appeared to belong to him featured multiple jihadist videos that he had purportedly endorsed.

And in January 2013, he got himself thrown out of a mosque in Cambridge for shouting at a speaker who compared the Prophet Mohammed to Martin Luther King Jr. Tsarnaev rarely attended this mosque, but he must have known it was moderate. (He had done something similar the previous November at the same mosque.) Typically, jihadists are trained to blend in, to be as inconspicuous as possible. Did Tsarnaev go to this mosque with the express intent of smoking out possible radicals?

The key to Tsarnaev’s puzzling behavior may lie in the answer to another question: when exactly did Tsarnaev first come to the attention of the FBI?  The timeline offered by the agency, and duly reported in the mainstream media, has been inconsistent. One story line focused on the FBI’s response to an alert from Russian authorities.

Eric Schmitt and Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, wrote, on April 24, 2013,

The first Russian request came in March 2011 through the F.B.I.’s office in the United States Embassy in Moscow. The one-page request said Mr. Tsarnaev  ”had changed drastically since 2010” and was preparing to travel to a part of Russia “to join unspecified underground groups.”

The Russian request was reportedly based on intercepted phone calls between Tsarnaev’s mother and an unidentified person (The Guardian [London], April 21, 2013).  According to another source, several calls were intercepted, including one between Tsarnaev and his mother.

So was it the Russian alert in March 2011 that first prompted the FBI to investigate Tsarnaev? This conclusion seems undermined by another report in the Times—written four days earlier by the same two reporters plus a third– that dated the agency’s first contact with Tamerlan and family members at least two months earlier, in January 2011.

If the FBI interviewed Tsarnaev before the Russians asked them to, then what prompted the agency’s interest in him? Were his contacts here as well as in Russia considered useful to American counterintelligence?

The Canadian Connection

Although it’s not known why the Russians were intercepting phone calls involving the Tsarnaevs, one reason might have been Tamerlan’s connection, direct or indirect, with a Canadian terrorist named William Plotnikov. According to USA Today, a Russian security official told the AP that

Plotnikov had been detained in Dagestan in December 2010 on suspicion of having ties to the militants and during his interrogation was forced to hand over a list of social networking friends from the United States and Canada who like him had once lived in Russia, Novaya Gazeta reported. The newspaper said Tsarnaev’s name was on that list, bringing him for the first time to the attention of Russia’s secret services.

According to a slightly different version, Plotnikov, “while under interrogation in the militant hotbed of Dagestan, named Tsarnaev as a fellow extremist.”

The similar backgrounds of Plotnikov and Tsarnaev make it likely that they had indeed been in contact.  Both were recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Both had successful boxing careers in North America, and both surprised their friends by converting to Islamist extremism.

Plotnikov was a member of the Caucasus Emirate, an al-Qaeda ally, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had been searching for him since 2010. By 2011 the United States had joined the Russians in targeting this terrorist group as an al-Qaeda ally, and had offered $5 million for information leading to the capture of the group’s leader Dokka Umarov. (Moscow Times, May 27, 2011)

Plotnikov was killed in July 2012 in a shootout between militants and police in Dagestan. Tsarnaev left Dagestan for America two days after Plotnikov was killed.

US and Russia Share Concerns

Tsarnaev’s hopes for a Russian passport would have been put at risk by his openly provocative behavior in Dagestan –unless he was acting as an informant.  But for which government, the U.S. or Russia?

The United States and Russia have two shared concerns in the “arc of crisis” stretching from Afghanistan to the Caucasus – terrorism and drugs.  The two problems are interrelated, because drugs, especially in the Caucasus, help finance terror operations. This vitally affects Russia, both because it has one of the highest heroin death rates in the world, and even more because some of its member republics, like Dagestan, are up to 80 percent Muslim.  This shared concern has led to a successful joint US-Russia anti-drug operation in Afghanistan.

Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev caught up in a similar counter-intelligence operation?

The FBI’s Dysfunctional Informant Program

One of the more controversial features of the FBI’s informant program is the frequency with which FBI agents coerce young people into the dangerous role of informant, as a price for settling a minor legal problem. Tsarnaev fits the mold.  His successful career as a boxer was interrupted and his application for U.S. citizenship was held up (and perhaps denied) because “a 2009 domestic violence complaint was standing in his way.” This alone would mark him as a candidate for recruitment.

Thousands of vulnerable young people avoid our overcrowded prisons by agreeing to become snitches, sometimes wearing a wire.  In this way a person whose only crime may have been selling marijuana to a friend can end up risking his career and even his life.  And for what?

According to Sarah Stillman in The New Yorker,

The snitch-based system has proved notoriously unreliable, fuelling wrongful convictions. In 2000, more than twenty innocent African-American men in Hearne, Texas, were arrested on cocaine charges, based on the false accusations of an informant seeking to escape a burglary charge. This incident, and a number of others like it, prompted calls for national legislation to regulate informant use.

After 9/11, the coercive techniques of the FBI drug war, along with half of the agents using them, were redirected to surveillance of Muslims. The emphasis was no longer on investigation of specific crimes, but the recruitment of spies to report on all Muslim communities.

In 2005 the FBI’s Office of the Inspector General found that a high percentage of cases involving informants contained violations of the FBI’s own guidelines. Its report noted that since 2001 the rules had been loosened to reflect the new emphasis on intelligence gathering and. by extension, the bureau’s urgent need for informants.

According to the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, … nearly every major post-9/11 terrorism-related prosecution has involved a sting operation, at the center of which is a government informant. In these cases, the informants—who work for money or are seeking leniency on criminal charges of their own—have crossed the line from merely observing potential criminal behavior to encouraging and assisting people to participate in plots that are largely scripted by the FBI itself. Under the FBI’s guiding hand, the informants provide the weapons, suggest the targets and even initiate the inflammatory political rhetoric that later elevates the charges to the level of terrorism.

A writer for Mother Jones, Trevor Aaronson, also investigated the FBI’s informant-led terrorism cases for over a year; he too found that in a number of cases, “the government provides the plot, the means, and the opportunity.”

Refuse the FBI and See What Happens

And what happens to Muslims who refuse to become spies?  The case of Ahmadullah Niazi is not atypical. Niazi was one of several members of a California mosque who sought a restraining court order against another member–actually an FBI informant–who was flagrantly advocating violence in their midst. When Niazi was subsequently asked to become an informant himself and refused, he was arrested on charges of lying to immigration officials about alleged family connections to a member of Al Qaeda. The charges were ultimately withdrawn, but by then both Niazi and his wife had lost their jobs.

Another Muslim, Khalifa al-Akili, when pressured to become an informant, complained to the Guardian newspaper in London that “he believed he was the target of an FBI ‘entrapment’ sting.” One day after the Guardian contacted al-Akili, the FBI arrested him on a felony charge for illegal gun possession, based on the fact that two years earlier he had used a friend’s rifle (at a firing range), something he was prohibited from doing since he already had a drug conviction on his record. Al-Akili was held without bail as a potential threat to the public, and ultimately convicted.

These recruitments were taking place in a climate of fear. In addition to the tens of thousands of Muslims in America who were interviewed or investigated after 9/11, there were also by 2003 (according to an American imam’s compilation of US Government figures), 6,483 detained or arrested, 3,208 deported, 13,434 in process of deportation, and 144,513 interviewed and then registered under a Special Registration program of the Justice Department.

It is instructive to study how the FBI handled drone victim Anwar al-Awlaki. Right after 9/11, Awlaki was the “go-to” imam for the U.S media, because of his willingness to denounce the atrocity as anti-Islamic.  But a few years earlier, while a Muslim cleric in San Diego, he had been twice arrested and convicted for soliciting prostitutes.  According to Awlaki, he had been set up both times, because the U.S. government had been trying to recruit him as a spy:

In 1996 while waiting at a traffic light in my minivan a middle aged woman knocked on the window of the passenger seat. By the time I rolled down the window and before even myself or the woman uttering a word I was surrounded by police officers who had me come out of my vehicle only to be handcuffed. I was accused of soliciting a prostitute and then released. They made it a point to make me know in no uncertain terms that the woman was an undercover cop. I didn’t know what to make of the incident. However a few days later came the answer. I was visited by two men who introduced themselves as officials with the US government … and that they are interested in my cooperation with them. When I asked what cooperation did they expect, they responded by saying that they are interested in having me liaise with them concerning the Muslim community of San Diego. I was greatly irritated by such an offer and made it clear to them that they should never expect such cooperation from myself. I never heard back from them again until in 1998 when I was approached by a woman, this time from my window and again I was surrounded by police officers who this time said I had to go to court. This time I was told that this is a sting operation and you would not be able to get out of it.

Awlaki’s allegations may have been at least partly true. In 2002, when he came under suspicion in Operation Green Quest, an investigation of Muslim nonprofit organizations, the FBI reportedly did try to flip him, using prostitution charges.

According to U.S. News,

FBI agents hoped al-Awlaki might cooperate with the 9/11 probe if they could nab him on similar charges in Virginia. FBI sources say agents observed the imam allegedly taking Washington-area prostitutes into Virginia and contemplated using a federal statute usually reserved for nabbing pimps who transport prostitutes across state lines.

Were the FBI’s recruitment efforts successful?  Another Muslim “person of interest,” Ali al-Timimi, tells a strange tale about al-Awlaki’s unnaturally provocative behavior:

When Awlaki came to his home, Timimi said, he started talking about recruiting Western jihadists. “Ali had never, in his whole life, even talked to the guy or met him,” Timimi’s lawyer, Edward MacMahon, told me. “Awlaki just showed up at his house and asked him if he could assist him in finding young men to join the jihad.” MacMahon said that Timimi was suspicious of Awlaki showing up “completely out of the blue” (Jeremy Scahill, Dirty Wars, 71).

Timimi’s attorneys argued that Awlaki was wearing a wire at the time, and asked that the US Government produce the tapes, which would show Timimi’s rejection of Awlaki’s terrorist request. The Government refused, on the grounds that “We are aware of no authority for this request.” Timimi, a promising research scientist, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Another glaring indication that Awlaki had been flipped is the ease with which he was able to return to the US from studies in Yemen in 2002, even though there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

On October 9, 2002, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Colorado “abruptly filed a motion to have the warrant for Awlaki’s arrest vacated and dismissed.”

On October 10, Awlaki and his family arrived at JFK airport on a flight from Saudi Arabia.  After a brief period of confusion, Customs officials released them and recorded later that the FBI had told them “the warrant had been removed on 10/9.” In fact, documents show the warrant was still active, and was only vacated later that day.

Asked to comment on these anomalies, former FBI agents indicated there were only two likely explanations: either the bureau let the cleric into the country to track him for intelligence, or the bureau wanted to work with him as a friendly contact.

Does a similar analysis apply to the FBI’s curious “relationship” with Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

Despite Tsarnaev’s inflammatory behavior, as reported by the Russians and also in this country, a senior law enforcement official told the New York Times  that intelligence agencies never followed up on Tsarnaev once he returned to the U.S., because their investigation “did not turn up anything and it did not have the legal authority to keep tabs on him”

This claim sounds strange in the light of recent revelations about widespread surveillance of telephone and Internet traffic of ordinary Americans and the ease with which law enforcement officials obtain warrants to probe more deeply into the activities of anyone suspected of ties to “terrorists.”

The case of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, like that of Anwar al-Awlaki, leaves many unanswered questions. But one thing seems clear: the FBI’s informant program, especially when dealing with the War on Terror, has proliferated wildly out of control.


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Internal Documents Reveal How the FBI Blew Fort Hood
Nearly a year before the massacre, the bureau intercepted emails between Nidal Hasan and radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki that officials called "fairly benign." They are anything but.
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Last Thursday, as the jury in the trial of Nidal Hasan was deliberating, outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared on CBS News and discussed a string of emails between the Fort Hood shooter and Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Islamic cleric with ties to the 9/11 hijackers. The FBI had intercepted the messages starting almost a year before Hasan's 2009 shooting rampage, and Mueller was asked whether "the bureau dropped the ball" by failing to act on this information. He didn't flinch: "No, I think, given the context of the discussions and the situation that the agents and the analysts were looking at, they took appropriate steps."

In the wake of the Fort Hood attacks, the exchanges between Awlaki and Hasan—who was convicted of murder on Friday—were the subject of intense speculation. But the public was given little information about these messages. While officials claimed that they were "fairly benign," the FBI blocked then-Sen. Joseph Lieberman's efforts to make them public as part of a two-year congressional investigation into Fort Hood. The military judge in the Hasan case also barred the prosecutor from presenting them, saying they would cause "unfair prejudice" and "undue delay."

As it turns out, the FBI quietly released the emails in an unclassified report on the shooting, which was produced by an investigative commission headed by former FBI director William H. Webster last year. And, far from being "benign," they offer a chilling glimpse into the psyche of an Islamic radical. The report also shows how badly the FBI bungled its Hasan investigation and suggests that the Army psychiatrist's deadly rampage could have been prevented.

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Hasan first appeared on the bureau's radar in December of 2008—nearly a year before the Fort Hood massacre—when he emailed Awlaki to ask him whether serving in the US military was compatible with the Muslim faith. He also asked whether Awlaki considered those who died attacking their fellow soldiers "shaheeds," or martyrs.

At the time, Awlaki, who was killed by a US drone strike in 2011, was emerging as Al Qaeda's chief English-speaking propagandist. He was also known to have ties to several of the 9/11 hijackers, two of whom attended his mosque in San Diego.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego, which was tracking Awlaki, intercepted Hasan's December email, along with another sent in January. A search of the Pentagon's personnel database turned up a man named Nidal Hasan who was on active military duty and was listed as a "Comm Officer" at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Hasan first appeared on the FBI’s radar when he emailed Anwar al-Awlaki to ask if he considered US servicemen who died attacking fellow soldiers "shaheeds," or martyrs.

Normally, when the FBI unearths this kind of raw intelligence, it issues an Intelligence Information Report (IIR), which is shared with law enforcement agencies and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (This system was designed to prevent the kind of information bottlenecks that allowed the 9/11 plot to go undetected.) But the San Diego agents misinterpreted the "Comm Officer" label in Hasan's file to mean "communications officer" (in fact, it meant "commissioned officer") and believed that a person in this role might have access to IIRs. To avoid tipping him off, they skipped the report and sent a detailed memo requesting an investigation directly to the Washington, DC, Joint Terrorism Task Force, a multiagency team overseen by the FBI that investigates terrorism cases in the capital. The message noted that Hasan's "contact with [Awlaki] would be of concern if the writer is actually the individual identified above."

The file languished for nearly two months before it was assigned to an agent for the Defense Criminal Investigative Services, who was on the task force. According to a 2011 report on the Fort Hood shootings by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, DCIS—a law enforcement agency within the Pentagon, which normally deals with fraud and cybercrime among military personnel and contractors—was ill-equipped to tackle a counterterrorism investigation.

Meanwhile, Hasan kept writing Awlaki. Between January and May 2009, he sent the radical cleric more than a dozen emails, and received two relatively benign responses. In one message, ostensibly about Palestinians firing unguided rockets into Israel, Hasan asked Awlaki whether "indiscriminately killing civilians" was acceptable. Two days later, he sent another message answering his own question: "Hamas and the Muslims hate to hurt the innocent but they have no choice if their going to have a chance to survive, flourish, and deter the zionist enemy. The recompense for an evil is an evil." (Hasan's emails contained a number of typos.)
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9/11 Truth: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects

Review of Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitmate 9/11 Suspects by Kevin Robert Ryan, Microbloom, 2013.

 
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Kevin Ryan is the expert on structural steel who got fired by his firm for speaking out about the tower collapses on 9/11, and he’s still doing so with this courageous book that names so many suspects that you can’t help wondering why he left out George W. Bush. But there’s the catch: 9/11 was a hidden coup by a secret multi-national government that could, as Mr. Ryan worryingly asserts, still be in place today and pulling the strings of Mr. Obama.

Almost everyone in the world now suspects something along the lines of Ryan’s theory that 19 Americans arranged 9/11, and not almost 19 Saudis, except of course North Americans who have had their news and commentary channels ruthlessly controlled for decades. Free discussion of who was really responsible, how they got away with it, and what to do about them has been censored and ridiculed for 12 years.

Thus an “intellectual” employed by Duke University can still conduct a course about 9/11 that begins with the words: “The attacks of September 11, 2001 … demonstrated the ability of non-state actors to inflict serious damage on the world’s greatest superpower and exposed the vulnerability of the entire global community to catastrophic acts of terrorism. “ (Coursera.com) This pundit goes on: “Part II will examine how the United States changed its policies in response to 9/11 in three areas: the use of military force, law enforcement and intelligence activities, and homeland security. We will trace the evolution of these policies from the Bush to the Obama Administration and critically assess the overall counter-terrorism strategy. “ This truly is a case of the blind leading the blind.

In sharp contrast, Ryan’s 19 prime suspects are led by Dick and Don (Cheney & Rumsfeld), sponsors of the Continuity of Government provisions for installing a secret government after a major terror attack. He says they could be motivated by a weird form of patriotism. Dismayed by the USA’s defeat in Vietnam, and shocked by President Ford’s subsequent loss of a second term, they set about transforming themselves into heroes and anointing themselves unacknowledged rulers of the multi-national world. Rigging 9/11 was just duty for them.

Ryan goes on to name 16 other suspects, ranging from Richard Armitage and Frank Carlucci within the secret state to mob-suspect Rudy Giuliani and his sidekick Bernie Kerik, with men like Louis Freeh, George Tenet, Richard Clarke, Paul Bremer, Duane Andrews of SAIC and CIA hitman Porter Goss along the way. He’s done his research thoroughly, and has produced an engrossing read about the ballooning super-state’s ugly underside and its hidden links with the monarchic middle-East. With this horrific lot of fascists at the top, there really is something desperately wrong with the USA, whatever Duke University thinks.

Ryan admits the USA will never bring these men to trial. He hopes that other countries with 9/11 victims will try them. Let’s hope it happens. His case is so self-evident that it is crying out to be heard, except that the one national group that so badly needs to hear it is confused by the litany of cries of “conspiracy theory” or “anti-semitism”. The level of media rigging is mind-boggling, as when the launch of Universal Studios’ bogus United 93 movie directed by the UK’s Paul Greengrass was brought forward to coincide with the trial of Zacharias Moussaoui and received massive free TV news plugs and trailer clips every night for six weeks.

According to Ryan, Bremer toured Ground Zero on the day spouting the official story, the one that got written into Lisa Beamer’s memoir a year later as the Voice of God, first hardback issue: one million copies. Four years and hundreds of waterboard tortures later, the 9/11 Commission’s official version was identical, almost word-for-word, because — guess what? — the torture victims endorsed all the CIA’s accusations and the FBI’s huge PENTTBOM investigation found out nothing and suppressed almost everything.

“The FBI took extraordinary measures to hide evidence…and was remarkably uncooperative with the investigations,” Ryan states. When it seized Flight 93’s ostensible crash site in Pennsylvania, the FBI ensured that absolutely nothing would emerge about it that was not from official sources. With passenger Todd Beamer’s Let’s Roll call issuing from the heart of Pentagon supplier Verizon, the fight-back legend put Americans back on the warpath and the Afghan and Iraq debacles became inevitable. Today’s world-wide electronic surveillance crisis is the direct result of the secret “continuity of government” policy instituted on that day. Governments world-wide cower before the despotic power of trans-national corporations, their legions of bankers, lawyers and private armies, backed by countless servants sworn to secrecy in the super-state.

There are so many ruthless brutes named and described in Ryan’s book that it’s easy to imagine him having a sudden car crash or inexplicable heart-attack. Still, most of them are getting old now, and even their powers must be waning. Perhaps youth will get out of the clutches of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber and arrange for a brighter tomorrow, although the chance of a space-9/11 or an armageddon chemical attack seems just as possible. Right now the USA is considering unilateral military action against Syria based on trumped up charges.

Ryan has found out so much about his 19 suspects that their full horror lies exposed, and yet I did not read that Rumsfeld introduced aspartame during one of his corporate tenures, nor that Cheney peppered the face of his partner with shot while duck-hunting: Ryan leaves out the tawdry bits. Nor does he have photographs, or he could have shown an FBI officer standing beside a jet engine that disappeared from Fresh Kills depository, or an entirely different crash site for Flight 93 a few hundred yards away from the fake one. He could have shown a secret service jumbo jet circling low over the White House during the Pentagon explosions, or a mug-shot of Atta looking about 25 years younger than the one that was published. He could have shown uniformed personnel absconding with pieces of aircraft from the Pentagon crash site, or the passport that Kerik produced as having somehow fallen from a crashed airliner. All these controversial pictures have been published, and yet the perpetrators still strut around their comfortable estates unaffected. Perhaps Ryan’s diligent quest for details on their backgrounds and motives will serve where photographs did not.

Rowland Morgan attended Cambridge University, worked for the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight, The Independent on Sunday and The Guardian. He has published 42 books, and was co-author of 9/11 Revealed: the Unanswered Questions in 2005 and author of Flight 93 Revealed in 2006.

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What does former FBI agent Robert Hannsen know about Flight 800 crash?

  09/16/2013

Russian spy Robert Hanssen.

Robert P. Hannsen was the mole arrested for spying for Russia by a legion of FBI agents who basically swarmed him on February 18, 2001. He spent 22 years as a undercover spy for Russia stealing American secrets and selling them for cash.

He is mentioned prominently in a book called: “The Bureau and the Mole”, by David A. Vise, a Pulitzer prize winning author, who wrote the book on the “Unmasking of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Dangerous Double Agent in FBI History.”

It is a great read by the way and I have it as part of my personal library of books in my study.

The book, contains some unusual emails in an Appendix called: “Emails of a spy” , written by Robert Hannsen and send to his mysterious Russian spy master (a man believed by some to be working under “official diplomatic cover” at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.).

One email in particular involves an exchange between the former FBI agent and his Russian spymaster where Hannsen muses over an incident that presumably took place in 1999.

What caught my eye, almost immediately was that story involved Flight 800, where hundreds of people died.

Trans World Airlines Flight 800 (TWA 800), as you remember was a Boeing 747-131 aircraft that exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York, on July 17, 1996, at about 20:31 EDT, 12 minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 230 people on board.

It was the second-deadliest U.S. aviation accident after American Airlines Flight 191 until American Airlines Flight 587, which also took off from Kennedy Airport, surpassed it in 2001. It remains the third-deadliest aviation accident to occur in U.S. territory.
TWA 800 was a scheduled international passenger flight from New York to Rome, with a stopover in Paris.

While accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) traveled to the scene, arriving the following morning, there was much initial speculation that a terrorist attack was the cause of the crash. Consequently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiated a parallel criminal investigation.

Sixteen months later the FBI announced that no evidence had been found of a criminal act and closed its active investigation (see article: FBI No criminal evidence behind TWA 800 crash http://articles.cnn.com/1997-11-18/us/9711_18_twa.fbi.presser_1_bomb-or-… ).

In retrospect this email may have been part of the official FBI investigation into the Flight 800 crash.
Regarding: Questions!
Date Tues, Mar 1999 21:39:17 – 0500
From: Robert P Hanssen
To:

“The problem with genius is that it often borders on insanity. The problem with truth is that it sometimes seems utterly fantastic. I don’t see how the Israelis could have altered our desire to look into [TWA Flight] 800 crash up or down. They didn’t know it wasn’t terrorist related. Nobody did. The flight which left just before it (which was delayed) was an El-Al flight to Israel. Further, the Israelis have no desire to tie up our counter-terrorism resources. Their interest is in having the FBI dedicate 100% of our counter terror resources to the protection of Israel. They just wanted to know if it was terrorist action and if so did it hit the wrong plane and if so who launched it so they could kill them as quickly and publically as possible…Did you know that we grabbed some Israeli students in Newark with walkie talkies hanging around the inbound flight path of the El Al flight? They said they were hired by the Israeli Consulate in NY to look for anything suspicious like someone getting to shoot at the plane. If they saw anything suspicious,, they were to use the radios. The radios were on a secret security channel directly to the El-Al flight to wave it off. This is not stupid. This is careful, Israel, as a nation, hasn’t stayed alive by dumb luck. Israel is thorough. You don’t want to underestimate them. Whenever we do, we get burned. They have a lot of smart people. It isn’t for nothing that God chose them to carry the message. Remember, God is Jewish. He was born of the House of David. He had His choice.”

MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

What interesting is the tidbit about the El-Al flight, and the discussion about if the crash of Flight 800 was terrorism related.

With regard to Israel, it seems they are conducting counterterrorism operations in the United States, using a network of Israelis from universities and colleges, using the cover of “college students” from Newark, N.J.

These covert operations were run out the Israeli Consulate office in New York.

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The FBI took a powder: Things you never knew about 9/11

If the Bush Administration lied to justify waging a war against Iraq, what truths still lie buried beneath the official explanation for what happened on September 11 2001? grief

Before discussion about 9/11 was squeezedin a pincer movement worthy of Hitler’s Panzer divisionsbetween the so-called “official story” and the subsequent campaign of disinformation that gave conspiracy a bad name, there were some promising avenues of investigation where definitive answers might still be possible.

Here are a few that remain at the top of my list. There are many others. 

 

The FBI took a powder

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On the 12th anniversary of the Sept 11 attack there has still been no official investigation into the murders of almost 3000 people that day. The Joint Congressional Intelligence Committee investigation, which met in secret, delivered a report famously containing 28 blank pages.

And anyone looking to the 9/11 Commission for answers had already been disillusioned, even before they issued “findings,“ because they were charged only with identifying what might have been done differently to prevent a future attack.

The FBI’s ballyhooed 4000-man “largest investigation in history” lasted just a little more than three weeks, until someone—we still don’t know who—mailed letters sprinkled with anthrax, changing the focus of the FBI investigation.

Days later, in an order describing the investigation of the terrorist hijackings as "the most exhaustive in its history," FBI Agents were ordered to curtail their investigation of the Sept. 11 attack. Officials said Robert Mueller, newly-sworn in head of the FBI, believed that his agents had a broad understanding of the events of Sept. 11.

"The investigative staff has to be made to understand that we're not trying to solve a crime now," said one law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It was now time to move on."

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The order was said to have met with resistance from FBI agents who believed that continued surveillance of suspects might turn up critical evidence to prove who orchestrated the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Before all the breathless talk about missiles and holograms and termites in the World Trade Center took center stage, there had still been a few promising avenues of investigation where definitive answers might be possible without resorting to stadium-sized white noise generators.

Mohamed Atta at Maxwell Air Force Base

overviewAccording to a flurry of stories between Sept 15 and 17 in the Washington Post, Newsweek, and Knight Ridder newspapers, as many as six of the terrorists, including ringleader Mohammed Atta, received training at U.S. military facilities.

"U.S. military sources have given the FBI information that suggests five of the alleged hijackers of the planes used in Tuesday's terror attacks received training at secure U.S. military installations in the 1990’s," Newsweek reported. Newsweek also reported that three of the hijackers received training at the Pensacola Naval Station in Florida.

"We always, always, always trained other countries' pilots,” a former Navy pilot told Newsweek about his years on the base. “When I was there two decades ago, it was Iranians. The Shah was in power. Whoever the country du jour is, that's whose pilots we train."

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Florida Senator Bill Nelson, with an Air Force background, faxed an indignant note to Attorney General Ashcroft demanding to know if it were true. Several weeks later, I called Nelson’s office in Washington, hoping to learn more about the country du jour.
 

"In the wake of those reports we asked about the Pensacola Naval Air Station but we never got a definitive answer from the Justice Department," said a spokesman for Sen. Nelson. "We asked the FBI for an answer ‘if and when’ they could provide us one. Their response to date has been that they are trying to sort through something complicated and difficult."

The Senator had received no reply to his request. "Speaking for Senator Nelson," concluded the spokesman, "we still do not know if three of the terrorists trained at one time in Pensacola or not."

"Discrepancies in biological data"

090301-F-4476B-274Knight Ridder newspapers reported that Mohamed Atta attended International Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.  Another terrorist, Abdulaziz Alomari, attended Aerospace Medical School at Brooks Air Force base in Texas. And Saeed Alghamdi had been to the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, California.

Official denial was swift, but strangely worded. "Some of the FBI suspects had names similar to those used by foreign alumni of U.S. military courses," said the Air Force in a statement. "However, discrepancies in their biographical data, such as birth dates 20 years off, indicate we are probably not talking about the same people."

"Probably not talking about the same people" does not quite strike the note of certitude we should expect in an investigation into the murder of 3000 more-or-less vaporized human beings. But it was enough for Newsweek, the Washington Post and Knight Ridder to all drop the story. 

I didn’t drop the story. I'm funny that way. And several weeks later I reached a Major in the Air Force's Public Affairs Office. She was familiar with the question, she said, because she had read the initial Air Force denial to the media.

"Biographically, they're not the same people," she explained. "Some of the ages are twenty year off."

I told the Major I was only interested in Atta. Was she saying that the age of the Mohamed Atta who attended the Air Force's International Officer's School at Maxwell Air Force Base was different than the reported age of the terrorist Mohamed Atta?

Um, er, no, the Major admitted. Still, she persisted. "Mohamed is a very common name."AFD-090804-026

I offered that if the Registrar of the International Officer's School provided the name and address of the Mohamed Atta who had attended there, I would call and confirm that he was still alive, just to relieve the Air Force of that burden.

"I don't think you're going to get that information," the Major replied.

She was right. I didn’t.

Still, I pressed her again, probably to the point of rudeness,
to provide a few specifics. And I was rewarded when she  told me, in exasperation: “I do not have the authority to tell you who (which terrorists) attended which schools.”

It is hard to read this as anything but a back-handed confirmation that somewhere in the Defense Dept,  even though she didn’t have the authority to release it, there exists a list with names of Sept. 11 terrorists who received training at U.S. military bases.

"Extremely well-connected, check. Friendly Arab government? The friendliest!"

3203Gaining admittance to the International Officer’s School at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery would have required Atta to be
extremely well-connected with a friendly Arab government.

I learned just how well-connected after finding the resume of an International Officer’s School graduate from the United Arab Emirates, Colonel and Staff Pilot Mohammed Ahmed Hamel Al Qubaisi, (shown in photo in recent posting as UAE Ambassador to Singapore) posted on the Internet.

Currently, his resume stated, he was a Defense Military Naval & Air Attaché at the United Arab Emirates embassy in Washington, after serving stints in his country’s Embassy & Security Division as Chief of Intelligence, and in the UAE’s Security Division/Air Force Intelligence & Security Directorate as Security Officer.

It’s safe to say that Mr. Al Qubaisi is pretty dialed-in in the UAE, and the furthermost thing from a terrorist. He’s a member of the Arab elite. It even looks like he’s a spook.

And so was Mohamed Atta.

Later I heard from the former wife of a CIA pilot who had worked on Maxwell Air Force Base. “I have a girlfriend who recognized Mohamed Atta when she saw his picture after the attack," she told us.

"She met him at a party at the Officer’s Club. And the reason she swears it was him here is because she didn’t just meet him and say hello. After she met him she went around and introduced him to the people with her. She knows it was him.”

She also said that Saudis were a highly visible presence at Mawell Air Force Base. “There were a lot of them living in an upscale complex in Montgomery. They were all gone the day after the attack.They had to get all of them out of here.”

The Venice "Magic Dutch Boys"

I called them the “Magic Dutch Boys.” Rudi Dekkers and Arne Kruithof, two Dutch nationals, purchased the two flight schools that trained three of the four terrorist pilots to fly at the tiny Venice Airport, which has an extensive history of CIA involvement,.

RUDI-DEKKERS-MUGWhen Mohamed Atta and his terrorist cell left Hamburg and moved to Florida, Rudi Dekkers and Wally Hilliard were in the middle of an aggressive European ‘marketing’ campaign, reported the local Venice Gondolier.

"The world is my working place," Dekkers boasted to the paper. His plans were so successful the makeup of the flight school had soon changed, and foreign nationals came to account for over 80 per cent of the students.

Yet Dekkers repeatedly stated Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi—the pilots who brought down the Word Trade Center—just "walked in" off the street into his school.

Dekker’s and Wally Hilliard’s flight schools (they had another 100 miles south in Naples, FL) were annually training four hundred foreign nationals, many if not most from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

My investigation uncovered numerous connections between Huffman Aviation and the CIA. 

Here's a rhetorical question: Does the CIA use foreign contractors to establish plausible deniability in covert operations?

But The New York Times never mentioned anything about it.

Follow the money

BustedbePrior to the Sept 11 attack press accounts of Dekkers’ business dealings revealed him to be a fast-talking con man. Afterwards, the hometown Venice Gondolier ran a headline saying he was no stranger to headlines.

"Huffman Aviation Inc. has had problems in the last few months with the city of Venice, Sarasota County and the state of Florida, but the school keeps flying," the paper reported.

Dekkers’ wasn’t paying his rent out at the airport.

"When Huffman Aviation paid three months of overdue rent last Friday, May 12th, company president Rudi Dekkers said the rent wouldn't be late again. "No, we won't have this any more," he said during an interview last Friday."
A month later a headline read: “Huffman rent is late again.”

"Huffman Aviation Inc. is again on notice from the city to catch up on its rent payments or face eviction from the airport," the paper wrote on June 9th.

Nothing had changed by mid-July. "For the sixth straight month, Huffman Aviation Inc. has failed to pay its rent to the city on time."

Then, less than one month before 9/ 11, almost miraculously, Dekkers paid the rent.  

"Ties to an organized network"

flaWhile they received humiliating newspaper coverage for being deadbeats, Hilliard and Dekkers were launching a commuter airline. Planes and pilots for the venture, known as Florida Air, came from Richard Boehlke, a Gig Harbor, Washington man.

Boehlke was at the same time involved in the massive Mob bust-out in Portland, Oregon of Capital Consultants, a pension fund management company that lost $320 million dollars, much of it from the pension fund of the Laborers Union, called the biggest Mob-run union in America.

"Boehlke would do anything for money, he was so desperate," said an aviation executive who had witnessed Boehlke's descent. "I’m surprised he hasn’t skipped the country by now, what with all the trouble he’s gotten himself into farting around with those Mafia boys down in Portland."

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A major recipient of the largesse of the busted-out Capital Consultants was Alvin Malnick, whom Readers Digest once called "Meyer Lansky’s heir as head of Organized Crime."

In “Welcome to TerrorLand” I dubbed him “Alvin of Arabia, because he moved to Saudi Arabia and converted to Islam while doing some business with the King.

There is also the little matter of the bust of Wally Hilliard's Lear jet with 43 lns of heroin in Orlando in late July of 2000, just a few weeks after Atta arrived to attend his flight school. The DEA Agents on the scene later went before a Federal Judge to make sure Hilliard didn't get his Learjet back by pleading he was an "innocent owner."

If you’re looking for connections between the 9/11 hijackers, drug traffickers, and international organized crime, you need look no further than Huffman Aviation. 

Yet The New York Times never mentioned anything about it.

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IMPORTANT INTERVIEW WITH ATTORNEY JESSE TRENTADUE ON FOX TV
http://video.foxnews.com/v/2674051681001/oklahoma-city-bombing-missing-videos/


Trentadue tells FOX FBI  created OKC bombing

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FBI workshop raises awareness against biosecurity threats

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Published on September 18, 2013 

Close to 40 people gathered at the Texas Student Union Theater Wednesday for the FBI Academic Biosecurity Workshop, where speakers discussed the current issues regarding biosecurity and the steps taken among law enforcement to prevent security threats at both a local and federal level.

The audience, which included campus police, graduate and undergraduate students, had the opportunity to listen to speakers such as Jim Runkel, assistant weapons of mass destruction coordinator for the Austin FBI, and William So, weapons of mass destruction directorate for the FBI Headquarters. So gave a 90 minute “biosecurity overview presentation.” 

The ultimate objective of the workshop is to foster a cooperative relationship between law enforcement officials and research institutions to reduce biosecurity issues — such as terrorism, cyber security and sensitive research — that could potentially harm the public. So further discussed the ideal result of these workshops.

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Wednesday, 09.25.13

Graham: FBI held back Fla. 9/11 links

 
 

The former Florida senator accused the FBI in court papers of failing to give Congress details about a Saudi family in Sarasota and its possible connection to the attacks.

 

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers

Special to The Miami Herald

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has accused the FBI in court papers of having impeded Congress' Joint Inquiry into 9/11 by withholding information about a Florida connection to the al-Qaida attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.
The information, first reported by BrowardBulldog.org in 2011, includes a recently declassified FBI report that ties a Saudi family who once lived in Sarasota "to individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001."
"The FBI's failure to call [to the Joint Inquiry's attention] documents finding 'many connections' between Saudis living in the United States and individuals associated with the terrorist attack[s] . . . interfered with the Inquiry's ability to complete its mission, " said Graham, who was co-chairman of the Joint Inquiry.
Graham said the FBI kept the 9/11 Commission in the dark, too. He said co-chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton and executive director Philip Zelikow all told him they were unaware of the FBI's Sarasota investigation.
Moreover, Graham stated that Deputy FBI Director Sean Joyce, the Bureau's second-in-command, personally intervened to block him from speaking with the special agent-in-charge of the Sarasota investigation.
"I am troubled by what appears to me to be a persistent effort by the FBI to conceal from the American people information concerning possible Saudi support of the Sept. 11 attacks, " said Graham, who is also a former Florida governor.
Graham's remarks are contained in a 14-page sworn declaration made in a Freedom of Information lawsuit brought by BrowardBulldog.org in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
The suit seeks the records of an FBI investigation into Esam Ghazzawi, a former adviser to a senior Saudi Prince - who, had he lived, was well-placed to become king - as well as Ghazzawi's wife Deborah and son-in-law and daughter Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji.
The Ghazzawis owned the home in the gated-neighborhood of Prestancia, where the al-Hijjis lived until about two weeks before 9/11. Their hurried departure - leaving behind cars, furniture and personal effects - prompted neighbors to call the FBI.
News of the subsequent investigation did not surface until Sept. 8, 2011, when its existence was disclosed in a story published simultaneously by BrowardBulldog.org and The Miami Herald.
The story reported that a counterterrorism officer, as well as Prestancia's former administrator, Larry Berberich, said that gatehouse logs and photographs of license plates showed that vehicles used by the future hijackers had visited the al-Hijji home. Analysis of telephone records also linked the hijackers to their house, the counterterrorism officer said.
Graham told reporters in September 2011 that while Congress had relied on the FBI to provide all of its information about 9/11, he had not been made aware of the Sarasota probe.
After the story broke, the FBI acknowledged its investigation but claimed it found no evidence to connect the Ghazzawis or the al-Hijjis to the hijackers or the 9/11 plot. Agents maintained, too, that the FBI made all of its 9/11 records available to Congress.
The Freedom of Information lawsuit was filed last September, after the FBI declined to release any records on the matter.
In March, as the case moved toward trial this summer, the Bureau unexpectedly released 31 of 35 pages that it said had been located. The partially censored records flatly contradict the FBI's earlier public comments, and state that the Sarasota Saudis had "many connections" to persons allied with the hijackers.
Last month, the Department of Justice asked U.S. District Judge William Zloch to quash the lawsuit, citing national security and saying the FBI had identified and released all documents responsive to its Sarasota probe.
But in his declaration, Graham, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said those few pages "do not appear to be the full record of the FBI investigation." He dismissed the government's assertion that it lacks further documentation as "entirely implausible."
"On a matter of this magnitude and significance, my expectation is that the FBI would have hundreds or even thousands of pages of documents, " Graham stated.
As evidence that records continue to be withheld, Graham cited a Sept. 16, 2002, FBI report about Sarasota that he was allowed to see after making inquiries at the FBI. That report should have been released, he said, but was not.


CAIR-FL Says FBI Denied Todashev Friend the Right to an Attorney

 
Muslim civil rights group calls on DOJ to probe denial of constitutional rights
TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate a pattern of "egregious" civil rights violations and abuse by the FBI targeting associates of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot and killed by an FBI agent after hours of interrogation in the Chechen immigrant's home.
Video: CAIR-FL Claims FBI Harassing Friends of Muslim Shot by Agency
CAIR-FL reports that the alleged violations of constitutional rights included the denial of the Fifth Amendment right to an attorney.
According to CAIR-FL, a number of friends and associates of Todashev have come forward to complain of frivolous investigations, intimidation and unlawful threats by the FBI.
Most recently, Ashur Miraliev, who assisted Todashev's father, Abdul Baki Todashev, and drove the senior Todashev to all his meetings during his stay in Orlando, was arrested by the FBI on September 18. When informed of the arrest, CAIR-FL attorneys immediately contacted the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI and asked to speak to Miraliev and requested that he not be questioned without his attorney present.
Despite being his legal counsel, CAIR-FL attorneys were not able to meet with Miraliev until yesterday. At that point, CAIR-Florida learned that Miraliev was questioned for more than six hours after his arrest, not about any alleged criminal activity he participated in, but about everything he knew concerning Ibragim Todashev.
Since his arrest, and throughout the interrogation, Miraliev reportedly told the agents that he wanted to speak with his attorneys and that he wanted his attorneys present. The FBI agents allegedly responded: "That is not happening."
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution mandates that law enforcement authorities must cease any questioning of individuals in custody once they ask for an attorney and that they must be allowed to contact an attorney. CAIR-FL says FBI reportedly ignored Miraliev's repeated requests for an attorney and continued to question him in violation of the law. 
CAIR-Florida Civil Rights Director Thania Diaz Clevenger, Esq., made the following statement:
"This egregious conduct by the FBI shows that some agents have little regard for the fundamental rights protected by the Constitution and are engaging in gross violations of the Bill of Rights. It is simply unacceptable for the FBI to continue to question our client and deny his requests to speak with his legal counsel. It fits the pattern of abuse and troubling behavior by FBI agents beginning in the days prior to the killing of the unarmed Ibragim Todashev. One can only wonder if Mr. Todashev was denied his rights to legal council during the questioning that ultimately resulted in his death."
While conducting its own independent investigation, CAIR-FL has received several corroborating reports from associates of Todashev that FBI agents have threatened to wrongfully arrest them unless they became informants and spied on local mosques, Muslim restaurants and hookah lounges.
 
 
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Seattle’s top FBI agent not happy about her record-setting stint

Seattle’s top FBI agent not happy about her record-setting stint
Credit: FBI
Laura Laughlin, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Seattle
Posted on September 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM
 
 
The woman who heads Seattle’s FBI office has been at the helm longer than any of her counterparts across the country.

Agent Laura Laughlin says that’s because she’s being discriminated against and not getting promotions that are being offered to less qualified males.

Her nine years as Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) of the Seattle FBI office is longer than any other SAC has served in recent FBI history.  Typically, SAC’s hold their jobs for two years or so before moving on.


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FBI warns local students about ‘sexting’

 
Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 
Amid an apparent problem with “sexting” at a local high school, the FBI is warning students in Pike County they could face charges and other problems through the sharing of explicit photos and chats.
At an assembly at Pikeville High School on Monday, FBI agent Kimberly Kidd told a group of students from PHS and Shelby Valley High School that there could be severe consequences for sexting — the sharing of sexually-explicit photos by text messaging or other digital communication means — or engaging in sexually-explicit online chats. Kidd told the students they could faces charges, including child pornography charges, and could be charged as an adult even before they turn 18.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9887270/FBI-agents-caught-sexting-and-dating-drug-dealers.html

February 22, 2013
FBI agents caught sexting and dating drug dealers
Dating drug dealers, harassing ex-boyfriends with naked pictures, and pointing guns at pet dogs: these were just a few of the offences committed recently by serving FBI agents, according to internal documents.
The US provided officers from the Egyptian secret police with training at the FBI, despite allegations that they routinely tortured detainees and suppressed political opposition.

Disciplinary files from the Bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility record an extraordinary range of transgressions that reveal the chaotic personal lives of some of America's top law enforcers.

One male agent was sacked after police were called to his mistress's house following reports of domestic incident. When officers arrived they found the agent "drunk and uncooperative" and eventually had to physically subdue him and wrestle away his loaded gun.

A woman e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to her ex-boyfriend's wife" and then continued to harass the couple despite two warnings from senior officials. The Bureau concluded she was suffering from depression related to the break-up and allowed her to return to work after 10 days.

“They tried to raise the specters of Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover”

Statement by Jess Sundin |
September 25, 2013
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Jess Sundin speaking at Sept. 24 protest against FBI repression.
Jess Sundin speaking at Sept. 24 protest against FBI repression. (Fight Back! News/Staff)
Fight Back! is circulating a speech delivered by anti war leader Jess Sundin, at the Sept 24 protest in front of the Federal Building in Minneapolis. About 100 demonstrators demanded an end to the federal investigation of anti war and international solidarity activists.
First, I want to say how much it means to me that you are all here today. It reminds me of the morning my home was raided by the FBI: When Garrett was the first friend to arrive, and then so many of you gathered outside all of our homes. There was the press conference on our lawn that afternoon – Marie, you were there; and the solidarity meeting that same night at the old Walker Church. Thank you all for standing with us that day, and every day, against political repression.
Three years ago, they busted through our front doors, armed with battering rams, search warrants and grand jury subpoenas, and they turned our lives upside-down. They treated us like terrorists, and the entire anti-war movement like some kind of criminal enterprise. The government set out to silence all of us, and to clear the way for war. Thanks to 23 grand jury resisters, and thousands of supporters, they failed. We are walking around free, speaking out against the agenda of war for empire, and standing here united against political repression.
When they raided our homes, they took books, photographs, computers, political papers, sign-up sheets – “evidence” of who we know and what we think. None of us talked to the FBI that day, but we later learned about the McCarthy-era questions they had planned to ask us. They wanted to know about the political groups we’re involved in, and the people we’ve worked with here and abroad. Who are your leaders? When are your meetings? Who takes the notes? How do you indoctrinate people? Are you now, or have you ever been…? Well, I didn’t tell them, but I’m telling you: I am now, and I have been for quite a long time been! Everything they took that day, they kept copies of, no doubt catalogued in some FBI/NSA/fusion center database. In the case of our Chicago friend, Hatem Abudayyeh, much of his property was never returned – held for evidence in this on-going investigation.
Now how many of you share my misfortune, of having met the undercover agent, the spy who called herself Karen Sullivan? I won’t say on this microphone what I call her now, but I think you can imagine. For two years, every word she ever said to me was a lie. Every word she said to you was a lie. She came to our meetings and our protests, our hospital rooms and our birthday parties. For two years, she worked full-time to destroy the Anti-War Committee, Freedom Road, and every organization or community we ever worked with. She sabotaged a solidarity trip to Palestine, and she used her key to let the FBI into the Anti-War Committee office three years ago today. The raids on our homes and office were based on her word. I have no doubt that the only case they could have against me and my friends is one that this professional liar manufactured.
From the outset, U.S. Attorneys said they were pursuing “multiple indictments of multiple people.” When prosecutor Barry Jonas was confronted by protesters in Chicago earlier this year, he said he couldn’t comment on “ongoing investigations” and that he has 8 years to bring charges in our case. Back in 2010, when I refused to testify in secret before the grand jury, I believed I might be jailed for that decision. Thanks to all of you, that didn’t happen.
But, I never imagined that I would live for three years under a cloud of suspicion, as a subject of an endlessly ongoing investigation. In its latest statement, the U.S. attorney’s office says, “there are no public criminal cases stemming from the investigation.” It seems clear enough that criminal indictments might already be there in secret, under seal, just waiting for the right political moment to bring them out. We are here today to show that the right political moment will never come. There will never be an easy time to take us. Our friends in the people’s movements will never stand by quietly while we are locked away like criminals for opposing the crimes of U.S. wars.
We have already proven that we are stronger than them, that we can prevail.
We beat the grand jury, and its McCarthyite witch hunt. Not one of us testified. And not one of us was jailed for refusing. Why? Because we stood together, and you stood behind us. It was solidarity.
And with solidarity, we beat back the attack on Carlos Montes. The FBI agents investigating us cooked up new charges related to an old COINTELPRO case against our friend, a Chicano leader and anti-war activist from Los Angeles. They wanted to put him away for years, but thanks to pressure by people like you and me, he wasn’t sentenced to a single day in prison!
Time and again, they tried to raise the specters of Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover, but we refused to be haunted by those old ghosts. Instead, through solidarity, we set an example of how to respond in the face of attacks: No one betrays their friends and political colleagues by testifying at a grand jury. And rather than hide in the shadows, we took the streets to say no to the attacks on us, and no to every attack on the people’s movements.
We’ve spent the last three years building unity with others fighting against repression, from anarchists, occupiers and environmentalists, to those facing terrorism charges like ours. We were here at this very courthouse when Amina Ali and Hawo Hassan were shamefully sentenced to years for sending charity home to war-torn Somalia. We rallied right here on this sidewalk for the Holy Land Five, who seek freedom from long sentences won by the same prosecutor we’re up against in our case. And we’re standing by Lynne Stewart, in her just demand for compassionate release, so that she won’t die of cancer in prison for her work defending another target of the bogus war on terror.
None of these people have done anything wrong, and neither have any of us. Was it wrong to march on the RNC against war and occupation? No! Was it wrong to travel to warzones like Palestine and Colombia, befriending those most-impacted by US policies of war? No! And to this day, is it wrong to believe in a better world – where there is no war and no want, but lasting peace built on a foundation of justice? No!
The FBI raids three years ago and the grand jury, in some ways, they changed everything. But in the ways that matter, they changed nothing. Every one of us who was targeted on September 24 has remained committed to building the people’s movements. We have not been silenced, but instead, we have used our defense campaign as a platform for speaking out against empire and all the wrong it does in this world.
All of us know more today than we did when the FBI arrived on our doorsteps. Of course, some of us learned that they’re watching us, personally. But now we also understand that the government has come to view every American as a suspect, and every activist or community leader as a target. While the government operates behind a shroud of secrecy, our right to privacy is gone. Grand juries, spying and warrantless phone and email monitoring have become standard operating procedure for the government. And the whistleblowers – from Chelsea Manning to Edward Snowden – are putting their freedom on the line, so that we can know the truth. We are witnessing a broad attack on democratic rights in this country today, and our case is part of that.
Freedom fighters are called terrorists, and war criminals receive Nobel peace prizes. We say enough is enough. We don’t want to live one more day in this upside-down Bizarro World.
For three years, we’ve stood by our activism, and insisted we’ve done nothing wrong. Today, on the three-year anniversary, and on the eve of a new war, we recommit ourselves to building the people’s movements. We defeated the grand jury, we defeated the attack on Carlos Montes, and now, we must demonstrate their complete failure in silencing activism, opposition to war, and international solidarity.
Solidarity is under attack! What do we do? Stand up, fight back!

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http://www.chattanoogan.com/2013/9/25/259940/Deputy-Who-Stopped-Car-Of-Woman-Who.aspx

Deputy Who Stopped Car Of Woman Who Says She Spurned Magistrate's Sexual Advances Must Serve 10 Months In Federal Prison

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Josh Greeson
Josh Greeson
A Murray County deputy who stopped a car driven by a woman who said she had spurned the sexual advances of the Murray County chief magistrate has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. Authorities said then-Magistrate Bryant Cochran called Greeson and told him he could find drugs on the woman's car. Authorities said those drugs were planted. 
Joshua Lamar Greeson, who earlier pleaded guilty to obstructing a public corruption investigation, appeared before Federal Judge Harold Murphy in Rome, Ga. He also must perform 100 hours of public service.
Judge Murphy said he had been prepared to impose a harsher sentence, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Herskowitz recommended that he get the low end of the 10-16 months sentencing range.
Judge Murphy rejected an idea by attorney Ed Marger of Jasper, Ga., that Greeson do five months in prison and five months on home detention.
The attorney said Greeson, "Other than his family, loves hunting and being a police officer. Those are both gone."
Greeson, 26, made a tearful statement in which he said, "I apologize for my part in this whole mess. From the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry for what I done."
His grandfather, who was with the state patrol for over 20 years, said when he talked with Greeson about the case, "I told him to tell the truth."
Greeson's wife of two years, Adrian, called him a good husband who is a faithful churchgoer.
Judge Murphy said it was a "most serious offense" and "reprehensible conduct on the part of a police officer." He added, "It's a most sad occasion."  
Prosecutor Herskowitz said Greeson "violated the oath he took. For our system to work, police officers have to be someone the public can trust."
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 September 27-29, 2013
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/09/27/dave-foreman-and-the-first-green-scare-case/
Targeting Earth First!
Dave Foreman and the First Green Scare Case
by JOSHUA FRANK AND JEFFREY ST. CLAIR

Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!, awoke at five in the morning on May 30, 1989 to the sound of three FBI agents shouting his name in his Tucson, Arizona home. Foreman’s wife Nancy answered the door frantically and was shoved aside by brawny FBI agents as they raced toward their master bedroom where her husband was sound asleep, naked under the sheets, with plugs jammed in his ears to drown out the noise of their neighbor’s barking Doberman pincher. By the time Foreman came to, the agents were surrounding his bed, touting bulletproof vests and .357 Magnums.

He immediately thought of the murder of Fred Hampton in Chicago, expecting to be shot in cold blood. But as Foreman put it, “Being a nice, middle-class honky male, they can’t get away with that stuff quite as easily as they could with Fred, or with all the native people on the Pine Ridge Reservation back in the early 70s.”

So instead of firing off a few rounds, they jerked a dazed Foreman from his slumber, let him pull on a pair of shorts, and hauled him outside where they threw him in the back of an unmarked vehicle. It took over six hours before Foreman even knew why he had been accosted by Federal agents.

Foreman’s arrest was the culmination of three years and two million tax dollars spent in an attempt to frame a few Earth First! activists for conspiring to damage government and private property. The FBI infiltrated Earth First! groups in several states with informants and undercover agent-provocateurs. Over 500 hours of tape recordings of meetings, events and casual conversation had been amassed. Phones had been tapped and homes broken in to. The FBI was doing their best to intimidate radical environmentalists across the country, marking them as potential threat to national security.

It was the FBI’s first case of Green Scare.

The day before Foreman was yanked from bed and lugged in to the warm Arizona morning, two so-called co-conspirators, biologist Marc Baker and antinuclear activist Mark Davis, were arrested by some 50 agents on horseback and on foot, with a helicopter hovering above as the activists stood at the base of a power line tower in the middle of desert country in Wenden, Arizona, 200 miles northwest of Foreman’s home. The next day Peg Millet, a self-described “redneck woman for wilderness,” was arrested at a nearby Planned Parenthood where she worked. Millet earlier evaded the FBI’s dragnet.

Driven to the site by an undercover FBI agent, the entire episode, as Foreman put it, was the agent’s conception. Foreman, described by the bureau as the guru and financier of the operation, was also pegged for having thought up the whole elaborate scheme, despite the fact that their evidence was thin.

Back in the 1970s the FBI issued a memo to their field offices stating that when attempting to break up dissident groups, the most effective route was to forget about hard intelligence or annoying facts. Simply make a few arrests and hold a public press conference. Charges could later be dropped. It didn’t matter; by the time the news hit the airwaves and was printed up in the local newspapers, the damage had already been done.

It was the FBI’s assertion that the action stopped by the arrests under that Arizona power line in late May, 1989, was to be a test run for a much grander plot involving Davis, Baker, Millet, and the group’s leader, Dave Foreman. The FBI charged the four with the intent to damage electrical transmission lines that lead to the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility in Colorado.

“The big lie that the FBI pushed at their press conference the day after the arrests was that we were a bunch of terrorists conspiring to cut the power lines into the Palo Verde and Diablo Canyon nuclear facilities in order to cause a nuclear meltdown and threaten public health and safety,” explained Foreman.

In the late 1980s the FBI launched operation THERMCON in response to an act of sabotage of the Arizona Snowbowl ski lift near Flagstaff, Arizona that occurred in October 1987, allegedly by Davis, Millet and Baker. Acting under the quirky name, Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC) — the eco-saboteurs wrecked several of the company’s ski lifts, claiming that structures were cutting in to areas of significant biological importance.

This was not the first act the group claimed responsibility for. A year prior EMETIC sent a letter declaring they were responsible for the damage at the Fairfield Snow Bowl near Flagstaff. The group’s letter also included a jovial threat to “chain the Fairfield CEO to a tree at the 10,000-foot level and feed him shrubs and roots until he understands the suicidal folly of treating the planet primarily as a tool for making money.”

The group used an acetylene torch to cut bolts from several of the lift’s support towers, making them inoperable. Upon receiving the letter, the Arizona ski resort was forced to shut down the lift in order to repair the damages, which rang up to over $50,000.

But the big allegations heaved at these eco-saboteurs wasn’t for dislodging a few bolts at a quaint ski resort in the heart of the Arizona mountains, or for inconveniencing a few ski bums from their daily excursions. No, the big charges were levied at the group for allegedly plotting to disrupt the functions of the Rocky Flats nuclear facility hundreds of miles away. Ironically, at the moment of their arrests, the FBI was simultaneously looking into public health concerns due to an illegal radioactive waste leak at the nuclear power site, which led Earth First! activist Mike Roselle to quip, “ [the FBI] would have discharged its duty better by assisting in a conspiracy to cut power to Rocky Flats, instead of trying to stop one.”

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Gerry Spence climbed into his private jet in Jackson, Wyoming estate almost immediately after he heard about the FBI arrest of Dave Foreman in Arizona. Spence had made a name for himself among environmental activists in the late-1970s for his case against energy company Kerr-McGee, when he provided legal services to the family of former employee Karen Silkwood, who died suspiciously after she challenged the company of environmental abuses at one of their most productive nuclear facilities. Silkwood, who made plutonium pellets for nuclear reactors, had been assigned by her union to investigate health and safety concerns at a Kerr-McGee plant near Crescent, Oklahoma. In her monitoring of the facility Silkwood found dozens of evident regulatory violations, including faulty respiratory equipment as well as many cases of workers being exposed to radioactive material.

Silkwood went public after the company seemingly ignored her and her union’s concerns, even going as far as to testify to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) about the issues, claiming that regulations were sidestepped in an attempt to up the speed of production. She also claimed that workers had been mishandling nuclear fuel rods, but the company has covered up the incidences by falsifying inspection reports.

On the night of November 13, 1974, Silkwood left a union meeting in Crescent with documents in hand to drive to Oklahoma City where she was to meet and discuss Kerr-McGee’s alleged violations with a union official and two New York Times reporters. She never made it. Silkwood’s body was found the next day in the driver’s seat of her car on the side of the road, stuck in a culvert. She was pronounced dead on the scene and no documents were found in her car.

An independent private investigation revealed that Silkwood was in full control of her vehicle when it was struck from behind and forced off to the side of the road. According to the private investigators, the steering wheel of her car was bent in a manner that showed conclusively that Silkwood was prepared for the blow of the accident as it occurred. She had not been asleep at the wheel as investigators initially thought. The coroner concluded she had not died as a result of the accident, but possibly from suffocation.

No arrests or charges were ever made. Silkwood’s children and father filed a lawsuit against Kerr-McGee on behalf of her estate. Gerry Spence was their lead attorney. An autopsy of Silkwood’s body showed extremely high levels of plutonium contamination. Lawyers for Kerr-McGee argued first that the levels found were normal, but after damning evidence to the contrary, they were forced to argue that Silkwood had likely poisoned herself.

Spence had been victorious. Kerr-McGee’s defense was caught in a series of unavoidable contradictions. Silkwood’s body was laden with poison as result of her work at the nuclear facility. In her death Spence vindicated her well-documented claims. The initial jury verdict was for the company to pay $505,000 in damages and $10,000,000 in punitive damages. Kerr-McGee appealed and drastically reduced the jury’s verdict, but the initial ruling was later upheld by the Supreme Court. On the way to a retrial the company agreed to pay $1.38 million to the Silkwood estate.

Gerry Spence was not cowed by the antics of the Kerr-McGee Corporation, and when he agreed to take on Dave Foreman’s case pro-bono, justice seemed to be on the horizon for the Earth First! activists as well.

“Picture a little guy out there hacking at a dead steel pole, an inanimate object, with a blowtorch. He’s considered a criminal,” said Spence, explaining how he planned to steer the narrative of Foreman’s pending trial. “Now see the image of a beautiful, living, 400-year-old-tree, with an inanimate object hacking away at it. This non-living thing is corporate America, but the corporate executives are not considered criminals at all.”

Like so many of the FBI charges brought against radical activists throughout the years, the case against Dave Foreman was less exciting than the investigation that led up to his arrest. The bureau had done its best to make Foreman and Earth First! out to be the most threatening activists in America.

Spence was not impressed and in fact argued as much, stating the scope of the FBI’s operation THERMCON was “very similar to the procedures the FBI used during the 1960s against dissident groups.” No doubt Spence was right. Similar to the movement disruption exemplified by COINTELPRO against Martin Luther King Jr., the Black Panthers and the American Indian Movement, the FBI’s crackdown of Earth First! in the late 1980s had many alarming parallels to the agency of old.

“Essentially what we need to understand is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was formed during the Palmer Raids in 1921, was set up from the very beginning to inhibit internal political dissent. They rarely go after criminals. They’re a thought police,” said Foreman of the FBI’s motives for targeting environmentalists. “Let’s face it, that’s what the whole government is. Foreman’s first law of government reads that the purpose of the state, and all its constituent elements, is the defense of an entrenched economic elite and philosophical orthodoxy. Thankfully, there’s a corollary to that law—they aren’t always very smart and competent in carrying out their plans.”

The man who was paid to infiltrate Earth First! under the guise of THERMCON was anything but competent. Special agent Michael A. Fain, stationed in the FBI’s Phoenix office, befriended Peg Millet and begun attending Earth First! meetings in the area. Fain, who went by alias, Mike Tait, posed as a Vietnam vet who dabbled in construction and gave up booze after his military service. On more than one occasion, while wearing a wire, Fain had tried to entice members of Earth First! in different acts of vandalism. They repeatedly refused.

During pre-trial evidence discovery the defense was allowed to listen to hours of Fain’s wire-tapings, when they found that the not-so-careful agent inadvertently forgot to turn off his recorder. Fain, while having a conversation with two other agents at a Burger King after a brief meeting with Foreman, spoke about the status of his investigation, exclaiming, “I don’t really look for them to be doing a lot of hurting people… [Dave Foreman] isn’t really the guy we need to pop — I mean in terms of an actual perpetrator. This is the guy we need to pop to send a message. And that’s all we’re really doing… Uh-oh! We don’t need that on tape! Hoo boy!”

Here the FBI was, acting as if these Earth First!ers were, publicly vilifying them, while privately admitting that they posed no real threat. “[The agency is acting] as if [its] dealing with the most dangerous, violent terrorists that the country’s ever known,” explained Spence at the time. “And what we are really dealing with is ordinary, decent human beings who are trying to call the attention of America to the fact that the Earth is dying.”

The FBI’s rationale for targeting Foreman was purely political as he was one of the most prominent and well-spoken radical environmentalists of the time. Despite their claims that they were not directly targeting Earth First! or Foreman, and were instead investigating threats of sabotage of power lines that led to a nuclear power plant — their public indictment painted quite a different story.

“Mr. Foreman is the worst of the group,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Dokken announced to the court. “He sneaks around in the background … I don’t like to use the analogy of a Mafia boss, but they never do anything either. They just sent their munchkins out to do it.”

But agent Michael Fain’s on-tape gaffes were simply too much for the prosecution to manage, and the case against Foreman, having been deferred almost seven years, was finally reduced in 1996 to a single misdemeanor and a meager $250 in fines. The $2 million the FBI wasted tracking Earth First! over the latter part of the 1980s had only been nominally successful. Yet the alleged ring-leader was still free. Unfortunately, the FBI may have gotten exactly what they wanted all along. Dave Foreman later stepped down as spokesman to Earth First! and inherited quite a different role in the environmental movement — one of invisibility and near silence.

Peg Millet, Mark Davis and Marc Baker were all sentenced separately in 1991 for their involvement in their group EMETIC’s acts of ecotage against the expansion of Arizona Snowbowl. Davis got 6 years and $19,821 in restitution. Millet only 3 years, with the same fine, while Baker only received 6 months and a $5,000 fine.

Little did these activists know that there capture and subsequent arraignments were only the beginning. THERMCON’s crackdown of Earth First! would prove to be a dry-run for the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Joshua Frank is author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush (Common Courage Press, 2005), and along with Jeffrey St. Clair, the editor of Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland, and of Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, published by AK Press. Hopeless is now available in Kindle format.  He can be reached at brickburner@gmail.com.
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