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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2016
HOW ROY COHN GOT RUDY GIULIANI APPOINTED AS U S ATTORNEY
You cannot make this stuff up!!
In 1982-1983, Rudy was a candidate to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Organized crime lawyer Roy Cohn put his law partner Tom Bolan onto the Screening Panel for the post, created by Cohn's friend, Senator Al D'Amato. D'Amato then sponsored Rudy's candidacy for the job.
In June, 1983, Giuliani was installed as U.S. Attorney. That same month, Mario Gigante — a client of Roy Cohn and the brother of mob boss "Chin" Gigante — was sentenced to eight years in prison for loan-sharking and extortion. In the Fall of 1984, Senato D'Amato phoned Rudy to suggest Gigante was not a bad man and the government should go easy on him. Then Judge Charles Stewart approved, without comment, a two-year reduction in Mario Gigante's prison term. Vincent "the Fish" Cafaro, on orders from mob boss "Chin" Gigante, thereupon delivered a $175,000 cash payment to Cohn's office.
In 1985, Senator D'Amato again called Giuliani, this time to ask for reconsideration of pending charges against Paul Castellano, alleged chief of the Mafia's "National Commission." Castellano was granted bail, only to be assassinated.
Report: Former US Rep. Mike Rogers to Lead Donald Trump’s Presidential Transition Team for Natl Security
November 11, 2016 Defense & National Security,
Mike Rogers, a national security commentator at CNN and former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, will lead national security planning for Donald Trump’s presidential transition, The Detroit News reported Thursday.
The former Michigan representative has not publicly disclosed his role in the White House transition team, according to the joint report by Chad Livengood, Melissa Nann Burke and Michael Gerstein.
“Few if any from Michigan will have the political clout Rogers has with the Trump administration,” Saul Anuzis, a former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, was quoted as saying.
Anuzis added Rogers is qualified to take a major role in Trump’s international counterterrorism efforts.
Rogers served in Congress for seven terms and previously worked as an FBI special agent.
He is a member of IronNet Cybersecurity‘s board of directors, Next Century‘s board of advisers and Trident Capital‘s Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Council.
Congressman and former FBI agent Mike Rogers part of 911 coverup
Grayson to Submit New Request to Read 28 Secret Pages on 9/11
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Congressman Alan Grayson
Congressman Alan Grayson, one of three representatives who last week joined the growing movement to declassify a 28-page finding on foreign government support of the September 11th hijackers, told 28Pages.org he did so because “the American people have the right to know what happened on 9/11 in every regard.”
As he takes a stand for releasing the 28 pages to the public, he remains determined to read the 28 pages himself. Denied permission by the House intelligence committee in the waning weeks of the last Congress, Grayson will try again in the new one.
The Florida congressman said the December 1 refusal of his first request was “politics, pure and simple.”
“There are people on the intelligence committee who are unhappy with the fact that I have been a staunch opponent of pervasive domestic spying here in the United States,” said Grayson. “The vote was almost entirely on party lines because the Republican chairman (Mike Rogers) misrepresented information to the committee about my actions.”
Grayson Speaking on the House Floor, June 2013
In June 2013, amid the first wave of Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA mass domestic surveillance, Grayson delivered a speech on the House floor that was accompanied by a display of NSA briefing slides that had already been published in The Guardian and The Washington Post. Grayson said the information he shared in the speech relied “solely on information in The Guardian…and that was misrepresented to the (intelligence) committee members as my misusing classified information.”
“Frankly, if they’re going to be playing those kinds of games, it’s a wonder that good people ever get to find out anything about the octopus tentacles of the spying-industrial complex,” said Grayson.
Grayson is hoping for a different outcome when he submits a new request to read the 28 pages.
“Chairman Rogers is no longer chairman of the committee—in fact he’s no longer on the committee or even in Congress—and I hope the current chair will not try to twist the facts the way that Rogers did and I’ll be able to see the information that not only I should be able to see but also every member of the public,” said Grayson.
Grayson cast doubt on the notion that releasing the redacted information could pose a risk to national security or intelligence operations.
“It’s inconceivable to me at this point, more than 13 years later, that there’s any actionable information the administration needs to keep secret in order to be able to do anything with it,” said Grayson, who represents Florida’s 9th congressional district. “No one has ever claimed there’s anything in those 28 pages that needs to remain classified in order to protect current U.S. interests,” he added.
Grayson’s criticism of the continued secrecy of the 28 pages is echoed by many who have read them, including former Senator Bob Graham—who co-chaired the joint congressional inquiry that produced the 28-page chapter in an 838-page report—and Congressmen Walter Jones, Stephen Lynch and Thomas Massie.
While Grayson is well-known as an outspoken Democrat, support for the declassification of the 28 pages on Capitol Hill comprises a near-perfect 50/50 mix of Republicans and Democrats united by a common belief that foreign government links to the 9/11 terrorists shouldn’t stay secret.
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In November 30, 2011 Congressman Rogers introduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). "The bill would allow the government to share all of its classified cyber-security knowledge with private companies, forming knowledge-sharing agreements that would hopefully keep China (and other countries and hackers) out of American computer networks. The catch is that the information shared is a two-lane street—companies would also be allowed to share private data with the federal government, provided there is a reasonable 'cyber threat.'" "In the current version, most personal information would be stripped from data shared with the government, and the bill no longer defines intellectual property theft as something relating to national security "We think we're making huge progress with the privacy groups, so they understand what we're trying to accomplish, which isn't anything nefarious," Rogers said"
Rogers has reaffirmed his support for the NSA's programs, stating on October 30, 2013, "You can't have your privacy violated if you don't know your privacy is violated."
Rogers introduced and supported the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 (H.R. 4681; 113th Congress), a bill that would authorize a variety of intelligence agencies and their appropriations for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The total spending authorized by the bill is classified, but estimates based on intelligence leaks made by Edward Snowden indicate that the budget could be approximately $50 billion. Rogers said that Americas "have somehow decided over the last year that our intelligence services are the problem... they are part of the solution."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
What Was Roy Cohn Alleging About Storied Mob Hit?
Big Paul Castellano
"C'mon over, I've got a dynamite story on Paul Castellano."
It's December 1985, two days after the storied execution of the Gambino crime family boss derisively referred to as "The Pope."
Considering who the caller was, the reporter, Sidney Zion, couldn't arrive fast enough.
Zion had been telephoned by none other than notorious mob defense attorney Roy Cohn, a man considered a scumbag by friend and foe alike.
Roy Marcus Cohn (Feb. 20, 1927 – Aug. 2, 1986) earned enough venomous scorn to last a lifetime even before he represented mobsters such as Carmine Galante.
Cohn first gained prominence as a key member of the prosecution for the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a member of the team behind the 1951 espionage trial of alleged Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. (In 1995, a series of decoded Soviet cables, codenamed VENONA, confirmed that Julius had indeed acted as a courier and recruiter for the Soviets. As for Ethel, however, no compelling evidence was found.)
The Rosenberg trial brought Cohn, 24, to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover's attention. Hoover, in turn, recommended him to Senator Joseph McCarthy, who hired Cohn as his chief counsel (in place of Robert F. Kennedy).
The inebriated Senator saw his name in lights as he busied himself with the task of rooting out the specter of communism. His witch-hunting senate committee ruined scores of American lives with little more than legendary innuendo. From 1950 to 1954 McCarthyism held sway over the U.S., capitalizing on the widespread fear and paranoia engendered by ongoing Cold War tensions.
McCarthy, ultimately censured by the United States Senate, died on May 2, 1957, at 48, of acute hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver. (He drank himself to death).
Cohn, however, was on a roll. He set his sights on Manhattan and quickly established himself as a high-powered defense attorney to the wealthy, whether Mafiosi or blueblood. Cohen defended a diverse roster of clients that included Donald Trump, Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, Carmine Galante, and John Gotti.
According to noted New York newspaperman/attorney Zion, Cohn also defended, in some capacity, Gambino boss Paul Castellano. Which is why Zion, who was writing Cohn's autobiography with him at the time, rushed over to Cohn's townhouse one freezing cold evening in 1985.
Cohn led Zion into the small office and started talking.
"As soon as Rudy was appointed, the rumors began that his big thing was to ride to governor or the Senate or even higher office by prosecuting top Mafia leaders," Cohn said. He added that he'd heard this through his underworld sources.
Zion smiled. Giuliani's motives were quite apparent. The pontificating Mayor-to-be was viewed as altruistic by only the idealistic fool.
Cohn added: "OK. It was an open secret. Rudy was going to arrest every single mob leader. And, of course, he's doing it and nobody else has ever done that." [This was in the midst of the Commission Case.]
Then Zion chirped in, "I heard you went to see Rudy for Castellano."
"Tommy Gambino [son of Carlo Gambino and nephew to Paul Castellano] asked me to do it, and I was glad to do it. Tommy's a good friend and he was right."
Tommy was upset that the first indictment--the one prior to the Commission Case, that stemmed from the car-theft operation run by doomed Gambino capo Roy DeMeo--included charges related to drug dealing.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the public largely believed that "noble" old-time bosses such as Carlo Gambino and Fat Tony Salerno had kept the drugs off the streets (and to an extent they may have, at least in the neighborhoods where they actually lived. Notice Tommy wasn't bothered by the fact that his uncle may have profited from drugs, only that the charges would appear in the indictment.)
So, two or three weeks before the first indictment was delivered, Cohn met with the Federal Prosecutor.
"I made my speech," he said. "I started by saying I knew these people, I knew Paul for 20 years, and [Giuliani and his staff] knew I had represented Tony Salerno..."
Cohn also had gotten John Gotti a sweet plea bargain for participating in the Jimmy McBratney murder in the early 1970s as a favor to Carlo -- never mind the fact that McBratney had had nothing to do with the kidnapped and murdered Gambino nephew...
"So now you're going after Paul for drugs," Cohn continued his story. "I tell you, I think it's crazy, it's wrong."
According to Cohn, Giuliani said he had a witness who would testify that Big Paul was always at a restaurant where drug deals were known to have occurred.
To which Cohn said: "Rudy, you're here now. There could be a lunch meeting 10 blocks away and someone could say that you were there, that drug deals were happening and you were there. How can anybody protect himself against this stuff? It'd double hearsay."
What was Rudy's answer?
"He didn't say anything. His people wanted to know if Paul would take a lie detector test and if he'd testify before the grand jury. ... I said I didn't know what he'd do, but I'd said I'd recommend it. They said, 'See you later.'"
So Roy sometime afterward met Castellano in his car.
"We went over all the propositions. I told him I'd insist on the questions in advance so there'd be no curveballs. He was 50-50."
"It fell apart because of my conditions. The idea of the lie detector and grand jury testimony was to exonerate him from the drug charges. But in testifying he'd have to get into relationships with other people, he couldn't just make a denial."
Had there been talk of Castellano cooperating with the government?
So that's why it didn't happen, right?
"That's not it."
"Paul Castellano never gave me a flat 'no' on cooperation."
Asked exactly what he was trying to say, Cohn smiled. "It never got the the point of giving up people."
And: "He never gave me a flat 'no.'"
Did this get out to the mob? Zion asked.
"Not from me," Cohn said.
Zion: "Roy, are you trying to tell me that Castellano was hit because they thought he would talk? I mean, he was on trial when they hit him."
"It wasn't the drug trial.... He just died the other day.... I don't know why he was killed."
"But you seem to be saying..."
"I haven't checked it out yet."
Zion said Cohn never said another word about the Castellano hit again. And he couldn't stop remembering how the phone call had started. That Cohn had said he had a dynamite story on Paul Castellano.
Zion wondered if he'd started asking too many questions and that Roy may have said
DECEMBER 29, 2014 AT 6:04 AM
Florida congressman denied access to censored pages from Congress’ 9/11 report
UPDATE: JAN 10. Click here to watch video of former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, Congressmen Walter Jones, R-N.C. and Stephen Lynch, D-Ma. and others talk about the need to declassify the 28 censored pages from Congress’s Joint Inquiry report on 9/11. Remarks by Graham, who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry, begin at 10:25 into Wednesday’s Capitol Hill press conference.
One of 28 redacted pages from a congressional report regarding “specific sources of foreign support” for the 9/11 hijackers
By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org
The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has denied a Florida congressman’s request for access to 28 classified pages from the 2002 report of Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, told BrowardBulldog.org he made his request at the suggestion of House colleagues who have read them as they consider whether to support a proposed resolution urging President Obama to open those long-censored pages to the public.
“Why was I denied? I have been instrumental in publicizing the Snowden revelations regarding pervasive domestic spying by the government and this is a petty means for the spying industrial complex to lash back,” Grayson said last week, referring to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
Redacted on orders from then-President George W. Bush, the report says the 28 pages concern “specific sources of foreign support” for the 9/11 hijackers while they were in the U.S. Specifically, that is “the role of Saudi Arabia in funding 9/11,” according to former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry and helped write the 28 pages.
Graham has long called for declassifying those pages in order to help 9/11 victims and their families find justice, and to better serve national security. In July, 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton also came out in support of declassification.
“I’m embarrassed that they’re not declassified,” said Hamilton, a former Indiana congressman. “We emphasized transparency. I assumed incorrectly that our records would be public, all of them, everything.”
House Resolution 428, sponsored by Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-NC, asks President Obama to release the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry’s report, saying they are “necessary for a full public understanding of the events and circumstances” surrounding the 9/11 attacks.
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is one of 21 co-sponsors including Florida Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, and Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville. Massie has challenged all members of Congress to read the report, which he said poses no threat to national security.
In 2003, 46 senators – including Joe Biden, Sam Brownback, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry – wrote to President Bush asking him to declassify the pages.
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando
In a party line vote, the House Intelligence Committee voted 8-4 on Dec. 1 to deny Democrat Grayson access to the 28 pages. The same day, the committee unanimously approved requests to access classified committee documents – not necessarily the 28 pages – by 11 other House members.
Grayson, an outspoken liberal and a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said his denial was engineered by outgoing Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich. Rogers is a former FBI agent who did not seek re-election in November.
“Congressman Rogers made serious misrepresentations to other committee members when he brought this up,” Grayson in a telephone interview. “When the Guardian reported on the fact that there was universal domestic surveillance regarding every single phone call, including this one, I went to the floor of the House and gave a lengthy speech decrying it.”
“Chairman Rogers told the committee that I had discussed classified information on the floor. He left out the most important part that I was discussing what was reported in the newspaper,” said Grayson. “He clearly misled the committee for an improper purpose: to deny a sitting member of Congress important classified information necessary for me to do my job.”
Rogers did not respond to a request for comment. An aide in his Lansing, Michigan office referred callers to a spokeswoman for the House Intelligence Committee who could not be reached for comment.
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Bob Graham Says FBI Aggressively Deceived on Sarasota 9/11 Investigation - emptywheel
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Meet Donald Trump’s Top FBI Fanbo
11.03.16 1:03 AM ET
Two days before FBI director James Comey rocked the world last week, Rudy Giuliani was on Fox, where he volunteered, un-prodded by any question: “I think he’s [Donald Trump] got a surprise or two that you’re going to hear about in the next few days. I mean, I’m talking about some pretty big surprises.”
Pressed for specifics, he said: “We’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around.”
Hours after Comey’s letter about the renewed probe was leaked on Friday, Giuliani went on a radio show and attributed the director’s surprise action to “the pressure of a group of FBI agents who don’t look at it politically.”
“The other rumor that I get is that there’s a kind of revolution going on inside the FBI about the original conclusion [not to charge Clinton] being completely unjustified and almost a slap in the face to the FBI’s integrity,” said Giuliani. “I know that from former agents. I know that even from a few active agents.”
Along with Giuliani’s other connections to New York FBI agents, his former law firm, then called Bracewell Giuliani, has long been general counsel to the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), which represents 13,000 former and current agents. The group, born in the New York FBI office in the early ’80s, was headed until Monday by Rey Tariche
It's only downhill from here.
Politics be damned, it's time for the White House and/or the Attorney General, the nominal superiors of everyone who works for the FBI, to come off the bench and break this scam once and for all. This is now for more than just this election. This is law enforcement trying to force its will of the civil authorities, no different from some backwater sheriff who has compromising photos of the mayor.
Trump’s Promise to be America’s Most Dangerous, Divisive President
Today, both President Obama and President-Elect Trump have urged America to keep calm and united. But despite these overtures, many Americans are experiencing a sensation akin to shock following one of the nastiest, most vitriolic elections in American history. One in which Trump repeatedly scape-goated women and minorities in a bald attempt to pander to some of the most harmful social undercurrents existing in our country.
Given the ugly tone of Trump’s campaign and his loss in the popular vote by 200,000 and growing despite apparent wins in the electoral college, Americans and people abroad alike now feel a very valid sense of deep concern for the future of a fractured Nation and an increasingly threatened world. For what Trump has pledged and promised to do during his Presidential campaign represents a very real risk of severe political, climatalogical, physical, and economic harm for this country, her people, and to the people and living creatures of this world.
(Berkley students chant ‘not my President!’ in protest walk out on November 9th. Across America and the world, similar protests were underway. Michael Moore, meanwhile, was urging continuous acts of civil disobedience in opposition to Trump’s election. Currently, over 100,000 people are protesting in New York City alone.)
Disturbing Threats to Jail Political Opponents
Threatened with incarceration for presumed crimes no-one has convicted her of, Hillary Clinton must be among those feeling the shock. Trump threatened to jail her if he was elected President. And many of his followers took up the cry — posting ‘jail Hillary’ signs on the sides of roads or demanding unjust incarceration of a political opponent loudly on twitter.
Unfortunately, if Trump’s current diplomatic demeanor spoils, these election campaign threats could very easily turn real. Trump has the power to appoint a special prosecutor. The power to appoint an Attorney General who agrees with his views. The power to, in effect, ‘rig’ the judicial and prosecutorial system to favor his opinion that Hillary should be jailed.
Trump’s uttering of these words during the campaign has already been deeply damaging. Never before in modern memory has one U.S. Presidential opponent publicly threatened to jail another. But carrying out such an action would be as unprecedented as it would have a terribly chilling effect on U.S. democracy.
An Angry Finger on the Nuclear Button
As Clinton reflects on Trump’s threats to haul her off to trial, others around the world are looking fearfully back at the rage-filled rhetoric of a man who is soon to be equipped with the full might of America’s considerable arsenal. During the campaign, Trump claimed to ‘love war,’ asked, multiple times, during security briefings why the U.S. doesn’t use nuclear weapons, and pledged to ‘bomb the shit’ out of Isis and steal their oil. He’s expressed a desire to turn NATO into a protection racket meant to extort fees from allies. And he’s shown a disturbing affinity toward other aggressive leaders like Vladimir Putin.
If Trump’s belligerence and seeming lack of sense continues post-campaign, there’s a valid concern that he might order a nuclear strike with little in the way of provocation. The President does hold the nuclear codes. And though aides, advisers and a substantial military chain of command provide a buffer between a bad decision and disaster, the fact that a hot-headed Trump ignorant to the devastating consequences of the use of such weapons is the final say in the matter is a serious worry.
Killing Climate Treaties, Promoting Fossil Fuels
As nations around the world look to the U.S. with fear and concern, a number of climate bad actors stand to be empowered by a Trump Presidency. Trump has effectively pledged to cut all funding to climate science and renewable energy research and development. In one fell swoop, this action would remove NASA and NOAA’s ability to track climate change even as the main competitors to fossil fuels — wind, solar, and vehicle battery technology — are effectively stymied. It’s a 1-2 punch that would dramatically harm this nation’s already flagging resilience to a rapidly worsening global climate crisis.
Meanwhile, his board of energy advisers are hand-picked from these bad actor fossil fuel companies and include a long list of climate change deniers. Trump has pledged to bring back coal while heightening U.S. oil and gas production and consumption. He has also promised to kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan, de-fund the EPA, and back out of the Paris Climate Treaty.
(Trump, according to Joe Romm over at Climate Progress, appears likely to go down in history as the man who single-handedly pulled the plug on the potential for a livable climate. I agree with Joe’s lucid but stark assessment — without some kind of significant outside action, we are in a very tough spot now due to this set-back by Trump. We really have been given no rational cause to hope otherwise. Image source: Ring of Fire Network.)
Combined, these actions would have a devastating effect on the currently building but still not sufficient global response to climate change. Backsliding by the U.S. will likely also cost reduced commitments by such varied states as India and China even as other countries like the UK, Australia, and Canada are likely to take U.S. climate inaction as their own excuse to renege on past emissions reduction goals.
Overall, a Trump Presidency that follows through on its anti-stable-climate agenda could cost the world as much as 1-2 C in additional warming this Century (on top of what’s already locked in) by keeping the U.S. and other nations on a business as usual emissions path longer and essentially dismantling much of the progress that was achieved under the Obama Administration. To be very clear, current bad climate outcomes are occurring under just 1 C above 1880s level warming. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas reduction commitments under Paris are setting the world on a path to about 3 C warming by the end of this Century. Trump’s policies, when all is said and done, could easily push that to 4 C or more — which would be utterly devastating.
Prospects for escalating climate policies to achieve a less than 2 C warming this Century are now also pretty bleak as Trump rolls in. In my opinion, it would take a wholesale rebellion by energy investors through the necessary act of divestment in fossil fuel industries and reinvestment in renewables to achieve this goal — first by sapping the political power of the agencies that keep putting people like Trump into office and also by removing capital for current and future projects.
David Roberts over at Vox is rather less sanguine:
The truth is, hitting the 2-degree target (much less 1.5 degrees) was always a long shot. It would require all the world’s countries to effectively turn on a dime and send their emissions plunging at never-before-seen rates.
It was implausible, but at least there was a story to tell. That story began with strong US leadership, which brought China to the table, which in turn cleared the way for Paris. The election of Hillary Clinton would have signaled to the world a determination to meet or exceed the targets the US promised in Paris, along with four years of efforts to create bilateral or multilateral partnerships that pushed progress faster…
That story is gone now. Dead. The US will not provide leadership — it will be an active, and very powerful, impediment. Under unified Republican leadership, progress on lowering emissions in the U
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New JFK assassination theory: Cuban double agent led plot
November 11, 2016 3:34pm
More than 50 years after President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas, new evidence uncovered in the secret diaries of a Cold War spy and assassin implicates another clandestine figure believed to be working as a double agent for Cuba, an explosive new book claims.
The never-before-revealed diaries of Douglas DeWitt Bazata, a decorated officer for the United States Office of Strategic Services — the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency — claim that his longtime close friend and fellow spy, René Alexander Dussaq, was a “primary organiser and plotter” of Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
The diaries reveal that Dussaq might even have fired the fatal “shot or shots” that killed the 35th president of the United States, according to author Robert K. Wilcox’s latest book, “Target: JFK, The Spy Who Killed Kennedy?,” which goes on sale Nov. 14.
“Douglas Bazata was deeply embedded in the world of secrets, especially those surrounding JFK’s death,” Wilcox writes. “He was there at the birth of the CIA as an early and major player in that murkiest of worlds … He was an insider.”
In his diaries, Bazata wrote that the two men first met in Havana, Cuba, during the early 1930s, when Bazata, a US Marine, was given his first mission as a hitman: to assassinate a Cuban revolutionary. The mission failed, but the pair’s bond was sealed forever after Dussaq saved Bazata’s life.
The bond deepened in 1944, when both men were part of WWII’s Operation Jedburgh, in which more than 250 American and Allied paratroopers jumped behind enemy lines across France, the Netherlands and Belgium to fight against German occupation. Dussaq’s larger-than-life legend began here: He was nicknamed “Captain Bazooka” for demonstrating the Army’s new antitank rocket launchers to the Maquis, French resistance guerillas. He’s also credited with bluffing a German general into believing he was surrounded by American troops, leading to the capture of up to 500 Nazis.
Dussaq — who was born in Buenos Aires and educated in Geneva and Cuba — became a naturalised US citizen in 1942. The son of a Cuban diplomat, he had tried to enlist after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor but was deemed a potential security risk. However, the US Army was desperate for infantrymen at the time and ultimately accepted him. Dussaq quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a lieutenant instructor for the elite 101st Airborne Division, the “Screaming Eagles.”
One top-ranked OSS official told his counterparts in London that Dussaq, who spoke six languages, was an exceptional athlete and a master of “unusual and hazardous work of a physical nature,” references to earlier work as a deep-sea diver, treasure hunter and Hollywood movie stuntman.
“He is keen, adaptable … intelligent … and a dirty fighter conversant with jujitsu and the commando type of close combat fighting,” the OSS official wrote. “ … Waldo Logan [of Chicago’s Adventurer’s Club and backer of some of Dussaq’s earlier seaborne expeditions] says that he is the only man he has ever known who is entirely without fear.”
Following the war, Bazata became a world-class spy and underground operative working for the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Dussaq, meanwhile, took a job as a Prudential insurance agent in Los Angeles. Within two years, according to Freedom of Information Act requests, he began infiltrating community groups in Hollywood and Mexico, if not elsewhere, on behalf of the FBI, Wilcox writes. Around this time, Dussaq, according to Bazata’s diaries, grew increasingly angry with the United States’ dominance and exploitation of Cuba.
Dussaq, according to Bazata’s diaries, launched the assassination plot to make a point to America about its leaders’ manipulation of smaller countries. Bazata was designated his historian.
“He delegated Bazata, when the time was right — after the assassination’s shock had dissipated — to tell the public the truth about what happened in hopes America’s leaders would change and allow sovereign nations like Cuba to decide their own fate rather than have America decide it for them,” Wilcox writes.
The CIA-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and continued attempts by Kennedy’s administration to kill Fidel Castro finally prompted Dussaq to put his sinister “Hydra-K” assassination plot into motion, according to Bazata’s diaries.
“[Cuba] could not determine its own destiny and this was so big with Dussaq,” Wilcox told The Post. “He was a guy who believed that every person should determine their own destiny and every country
Hammond native, former military leader, interested in role in Trump
HAMMOND — Gerald Beaman has served the government in various roles in the decades following his graduation from Hammond High School in 1970 and now the retired vice admiral is potentially eyeing another role within the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Beaman, now president of the unmanned systems division for Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, said he has been asked to submit an application/resume and cover letter to Trump’s transition team. He said he would rather not say who asked him to submit the application.
“You know there are a couple of different areas where I think I might be able to contribute — Homeland Security, certainly within the Department of Defense — and you know, maybe a bit far-fetched, but to serve as director of the FBI,” he said.
While he thinks such a position may be a long shot, Beaman has a knack for meeting his goals and exceeding expectations.
His friend, Stan Levin, remembers how Beaman used to talk about wanting to eventually become a fighter pilot when the two were classmates at Hammond High School more than 45 years ago.
“He was a real focused guy even as a youngster,” said Levin, whose family operated a car dealership next to the school.
Beaman not only realized his goal to be a Navy pilot, but during a long, distinguished military career reached the top ranks of the U.S. Navy as commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet out of San Diego. He also garnered a chestful of medals and racked up more than 1,000 landings on aircraft carriers.
Two years after the 1986 movie “Top Gun” brought a surge of young men wanting to be fighter pilots into the military, Beaman was based at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) as maintenance officer, operations officer, and executive officer.
Levin recently honored his friend’s career with a commemorative brick at the Community Veterans Memorial in Munster.
“I think that all of Northwest Indiana should know about his accomplishments in the military,” Levin said.
Beaman said he actually had a couple of goals when he was a young man in Hammond. One was to become a pilot that landed on aircraft carriers — just like the World War II aviators displayed in the movies.
The other goal was to become a special agent with the FBI. The son of former Hammond police officer Dwight Beaman, he achieved that goal in 1981 and served with the bureau until 1984 when he decided to return to military service.
Beaman said he thinks it would be premature to say how he would approach things if he were to obtain an appointment as director of the FBI or some other leadership role with Homeland Security.
“I don’t want to indict those who are there now, but I certainly think there are things that I would approach differently,” he said. “I’ll just leave it at that.”
As a special agent with the FBI, Beaman was involved in working “reactive” crimes including bank robberies and also spent about 14 months undercover. After three years, however, he was ready to return to the Navy.
“As much as I liked it and
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