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August 29, 2003

FBI agent pays fine in shooting into hotel cooler
Sito Negron

An FBI agent who fired two rounds into a walk-in cooler at a Strip hotel in May has paid the Barbary Coast $12,517 for the damage and paid a $105 fine after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge, authorities said.

John Hanson III still faces investigation by his agency, said Special Agent Todd Palmer, spokesman for the FBI Las Vegas office.

Police reports indicate that Hanson, who was in Las Vegas to attend an accounting seminar, was caught on surveillance cameras firing his .45-caliber handgun into the walk-in cooler. No one was inside at the time, although there was a lobster.

Hanson was charged only with a misdemeanor because of the late-night time of the incident, and the fact that the freezer was in a back area with no one inside, District Attorney David Roger said.

"The only victim in that case was a lobster, and Nevada statutes don't provide for attempted murder of a lobster," Roger said.

Roger said Hanson did not receive preferential treatment in court.

"I can tell you anybody else with the same record and same circumstances would have received the same deal," Roger said. "He pleaded straight up to the charge, made restitution and paid the fine."

After the shots, security officers at the hotel detained Hanson, recovered the shell casings and called police, who confiscated the gun. They then called supervisors to tell them an FBI agent was involved in the incident.

The weapon and a copy of the tape were given to another agent, who was in town for the same seminar as Hanson, the police report indicates.

According to the police report, Hanson said he did not remember firing his Glock handgun. Officers cited Hanson with a misdemeanor, discharging a firearm, and released him.

Hanson pleaded guilty to that count June 26 and paid his fine.

Hanson has been an instructor at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Va., but Palmer said he could not say whether Hanson still was on duty. Disciplinary action against Hanson could range from leave without pay to firing.

Slain F.B.I. Agent Is Recalled as Watchful, Loyal Neighbor

Published: April 8, 2007

Though Barry Lee Bush knew well the dangers that went with being an F.B.I. agent, he liked to joke that the most perilous part of his day was the hourlong commute to his office in Newark from his home in Easton, Pa., a friend and neighbor of Mr. Bush said yesterday.

Mr. Bush’s assignments took him overseas and around the country, but when he was home the neighborhood slept better, said the friend, Joe Douress.

“I always felt secure in knowing that Barry lived across the street because I knew he would keep a good, close eye on my house and my family,” Mr. Douress, 47, said.

Mr. Bush, 52, died Thursday after being hit by a bullet, apparently fired accidentally by another agent, during the arrest of two bank robbery suspects outside a bank in Readington Township, N.J.

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Former Reagan Deputy and Colonel Says 9/11 "Dog That Doesn't Hunt"
Col. Ronald D. Ray asks why half a trillion defense budget couldn't protect Pentagon, astounded at "conspiracy theory" put out by government

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison Planet.com | July 1 2006

The former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under the Reagan Administration and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and Colonel has gone on the record to voice his doubts about the official story of 9/11 - calling it "the dog that doesn't hunt."

Col. Ronald D. Ray joined Alex Jones for an hour long interview in which he gave his views on a wide array of subjects, including the war on terror, porous borders and the Bush administration.

Ray questioned the feasbility of having a budget of half a trillion dollars a year yet not even being able to defend the Pentagon.

"Half a trillion dollars a year and a bunch of guys over in a cave in Afghanistan were able to penetrate that half a trillion dollar network that's supposed to provide Americans with national security."

The Colonel detailed historical examples of the use of false flag operations carried out by the US government, in particular Israel's attempted sinking of the USS Liberty, which LBJ allowed to happen in an effort to blame Egypt and kickstart a war.

Ray (pictured below) espoused his complete distrust of the legitimacy of the official story behind 9/11.

"I'm astounded that the conspiracy theory advanced by the administration could in fact be true and the evidence does not seem to suggest that's accurate," he said.

Ray highlighted the existence of Project Bojinka and the fact that Bush administration officials claimed ignorance of a plot to attack the World Trade Center with planes despite limitless precursors to suggest otherwise.

Ray dismised the validity of the assertion that the Bush administration is fighting a genuine war on terror.

"If the war on terror is real then the first thing that would have happened within a matter of weeks after 9/11 would have been we'd have closed the borders off."

"You have no national security if your borders are not secure."

Ray expressed his disgust at how the current batch of crooks had twisted the conservative movement and wrapped themselves in it like a wolf in sheep's clothing.

"This neo-conservative takeover of the government in the last six years is the destruction of the things that Barry Goldwater would have been running for in '64 and even the things that Ronald Reagan said he supported," said Ray.

"The conservative movement in this country has almost been neutered as a result of this administration."


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Booklet claims terror chief was framed

By Ciaran McGuigan
02 July 2006

Garda Special Branch officers tried to trap jailed Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt by planting bomb-making materials in his home, a family member has alleged.

The claim is made in a recently published booklet - The Framing of Michael McKevitt - in which McKevitt's sister-in-law Marcella Sands re peats claims that the Real IRA terror boss was the innocent victim of a set up by MI5/FBI agent David Rupert.

And she claims that the attempt to plant mercury in his home was to try to put him behind bars without exposing the involvement of the US and British intelligence agencies in the case.

She claims that Garda officers who were searching Michael and Bernadette Sands-McKevitt's home at Blackrock, Co Louth produced a container containing mercury and tried to get the couple to handle the container.

She wrote: "Had the Gardai succeeded in getting Michael and Bernadette's fingerprints onto the container, this may have been a different scenario.

"One could pose the question that if Michael and Bernadette's fingerprints were found on the container would Rupert's evidence with its inherent flaws be required?

"If so, it almost certainly would have prevented the exposure and embarrassment of the MI5/FBI stitch-up."

She also describes how Irish cops interfered with letters that had been written by her brother Bobby Sands during the raid.

And she claims that FBI agent David Rupert was told what charges McKevitt was to face months before he either made a statement against him, or the Co Louth man had been arrested.

The pamphlet to highlight the challenge to McKevitt's conviction was backed a number of clergy, including Monsignor Raymond Murray.

Monsignor Murray said: "For me, it is a strong argument for the legal innocence of Michael McKevitt on the charge of directing activities of an illegal organisation and membership of the same organisation, namely the Real IRA."

McKevitt is currently serving 20 years for directing terrorism after being the first person to be convicted of the offence in the Republic, largely on the word of Rupert, who was paid to infiltrate the Real IRA.

The offence came into being following emergency legislation passed in the Republic in the wake of the Omagh bomb, in August 1998.

His appeal against the conviction was dismissed by the Court of Appeal last December.

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a species that hires bodyguards to protect it looses the ability to protect itself and is doomed to extinction

June 30, 2006
Former NY Top Cop Finally Comes Clean

When New York's former police commissioner withdrew his nomination for secretary of Homeland Security in 2004, his ethics were heavily questioned though he repeatedly denied wrongdoing and instead blamed the sudden discovery of having hired an illegal immigrant nanny for the withdraw. Now Bernard Kerik is admitting his corrupt past and rampant ethics violations as the Big Apple's top cop.

Kerik pleaded guilty today to charges of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts while he was a top city official. As a result, he basically got a tiny slap on the wrist. Kerik was convicted of two misdemeanors, spared jail time and ordered to pay a few hundred thousand dollars in fines. That means his high-paying job as a security consultant in the Middle East will go uninterrupted.

Kerik admitted accepting $165,000 worth of renovations on his Bronx apartment from a mob-linked New Jersey construction firm attempting to do business with the city. Kerik had previously denied any wrongdoing and always maintained that he paid every bill for the job.

The media always questioned the so-called nanny excuse for bowing out as the guy to replace Tom Ridge as Homeland Security secretary. One report called him a hard-charging police commissioner dogged by minor scandals.

There were other well-documented problems in Kerik's past. Besides becoming a multimillionaire as a result of a lucrative partnership with former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Kerik sealed a variety of questionable deals while heading the city's police department.

For instance, he was named director of a stun-gun manufacturer immediately after signing a lucrative deal with the Arizona company as NYPD chief. Another questionable deal featured the no-bid, $50,000 purchase of doors that couldn't even be used. Kerik was named an advisor for the door company soon after the deal.

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Jun 30, 7:53 PM EDT

Former NYPD Chief Kerik Pleads Guilty

Associated Press Writer

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Former police commissioner Bernard Kerik, whose rise from beat cop to nominee for Homeland Security head was derailed by ethics questions, dodged prison Friday in a plea bargain by admitting he took $165,000 in gifts from a company attempting to do business with the city.

Kerik, at a 10-minute hearing in state Supreme Court in the Bronx, pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanors under a deal that allows him to continue without interruption his new career as a security consultant in the Middle East.

Kerik acknowledged accepting $165,000 in renovations on his Bronx apartment from a company attempting to land city contracts - Interstate Industrial Corp., a business reputedly linked to organized crime. And he admitted failing to report a $28,000 loan from a real estate developer as required by city law.

The transgressions occurred while Kerik was head of the city Correction Department.

In entering his plea, Kerik admitted speaking to city officials about Interstate, but never acknowledged a link between the renovations and his support of the company. Outside court, Kerik showed no sign of remorse and offered no apology.

"The last year and a half has been a tremendous burden," said Kerik, who must pay $221,000 in fines. "But today it's over. Now I can get on with my business."

City officials defended the deal with Kerik, saying he received the same treatment as any other defendant.

"He was arrested and booked, plain and simple," said Rose Gill Hearn, commissioner of the Department of Investigation. "He was fingerprinted and photographed, just like every other perp who gets arrested and processed by the agency he used to lead."
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Kerik's close friend and former business partner, ex-mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said the guilty pleas do not diminish the former police commissioner's accomplishments.

"Bernard Kerik has acknowledged his violations, but this should be evaluated in light of his service to the United States of America and the City of New York," Giuliani said in a statement. Giuliani has said he was unaware of the Interstate links when he selected Kerik as police commissioner in 2000.

Kerik first drew national attention while leading the Police Department's response to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. By late 2004, President Bush wanted him for homeland security chief, but he withdrew after acknowledging he had not paid all taxes for a family nanny-housekeeper and that the woman may have been in the country illegally.

More problems surfaced last year when the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement filed court papers seeking to revoke Interstate Industrial's license to work on casinos in Atlantic City. The papers cited testimony by mob turncoats that owners Frank and Peter DiTommaso were associates of the Gambino organized crime family.

The civil complaint also detailed Kerik's cozy relationship with an Interstate official. In 1999, he sent a series of e-mails to the official that "indicated his lack of sufficient funds to both purchase and renovate his new Bronx apartment" and "indicated he would provide information to Frank DiTommaso regarding New York City contracts," the papers said.

In recent months, a grand jury has heard conflicting testimony from the DiTommaso brothers - who denied paying for the renovations - and from a contractor who said they picked up most of the tab.

As a result of Kerik's plea, a city jail facility in lower Manhattan - the Bernard B. Kerik Complex - is now named for someone saddled with a criminal record. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not made a decision about whether the facility should be renamed, spokesman Stu Loeser said.

Who Is Bernard Kerik?

Over the last several years, former NYC police commissioner Bernard B. Kerik, President Bush's nominee to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security, has become "a multimillionaire as a result of a lucrative partnership with former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani." Indeed, the New York Daily News suggests, Kerik's selection was less based on merit than it was on Giuliani's "pull within the White House" and "Kerik's work on the campaign trail" for Bush. Kerik's record, however, raises serious question about his motives, ethics and ability to defend America. Kerik abruptly quit a critical job in Iraq, mismanaged rescue efforts in the aftermath of 9/11, used his official posts for personal enrichment and has been plagued by serious scandals. Here is a detailed look behind the mustache:

KERIK ABANDONS CRITICAL POST IN IRAQ TO TAKE A VACATION: The Washington Post reports that Kerik's track record on issues of national security is "spotty." Appointed by President Bush to train a new Iraqi police force in 2003, "Kerik came under criticism for inadequate screening of recruits as U.S. authorities rushed to deploy the force. It has been plagued by desertions and by allegations that insurgents have infiltrated the ranks." Worse, Kerik "quit four months into his six-month tenure in Iraq, telling New York reporters later that he needed a vacation."

KERIK CRITICIZED BY CONSERVATIVES FOR POST-9/11 OPERATIONS: A prominent Republican member of the Sept. 11 commission, former Navy secretary John F. Lehman, sharply criticized Kerik "for failures of leadership during the terrorist attacks" of 9/11. Lehman said that Kerik allowed turf battles with the Fire Department to "hamper rescue efforts" and called Kerik's leadership at the time "not worthy of the Boy Scouts."

KERIK SENT COPS OUT OF NYC TO RESEARCH HIS PERSONAL MEMOIRS: As police commissioner of NYC, Kerik used city police officers – who could have been protecting the people of New York – to help him write a book he would sell for personal profit. The Washington Post reports that the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board fined Kerik $2,500 for "sending two police officers to Ohio to help research his best-selling 2001 memoir, 'The Lost Son.'"

KERIK'S STUNNING CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Kerik has made $6.2 million dollars in profits from his relationship "with Taser International, a Scottsdale, Ariz., manufacturer of stun guns." Kerik was appointed as a director of the company immediately after he had the NYPD purchase the guns as police chief. Since 2002, Kerik has hawked Taser's products to police departments around the country. Recently the company has made an "aggressive push to enter markets either regulated or controlled by the federal government, most notably the Department of Homeland Security." Thomas Smith, the company president, said the company would "continue to go after that business" at the Department of Homeland Security should Kerik be confirmed.

KERIK'S DIRTY DOOR DEAL: Failing to follow proper bidding procedures, Kerik spent $50,000 on four security doors for the NYC police headquarters. The doors were all too heavy for the floors of the police headquarters and three are now in storage. Shortly after leaving his post as commissioner, "Kerik became an adviser to a company distributing the doors." He later renounced the post after "the door-maker's president was indicted for defrauding the city."

KERIK SHILLS FOR THE DRUG INDUSTRY: In April, the Washington Post reported that Kerik opened a high-priced consulting firm to sell his New York City police credentials to wealthy corporate bidders. The firm was promptly hired by the pharmaceutical industry's chief lobbying group to build opposition to letting American seniors purchase lower-priced, FDA-approved medicines from Canada. Without any evidence, Kerik claimed reimportation could "invite terrorists to launch a biological attack under the guise of a legal purchase."

KERIK ACCUSED OF FORCING GUARDS TO DO POLITICAL WORK: Newsweek reports that in 1999, Kerik "was named in a civil lawsuit as the architect of a system to force prison guards to work for Republicans in their off-hours." The suit, brought by a warden, claimed that Kerik would "hunt down" anyone deemed "disloyal." The suit was settled, with the warden winning $300,000 and a promotion, while Kerik's protégé was indicted in connection the scandal.

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 rape allegation against investigator for DA's office

NEW ORLEANS The chief homicide investigator for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office is accused of raping a witness he was assigned to protect.
D-A's office spokeswoman Leatrice (LEE-uh-triss) Dupre says Dwight Deal was put on paid administrative leave June 29th, as soon as District Attorney Eddie Jordan learned of the allegation. She says that is standard department policy.

In a news release, U-S Attorney Jim Letten  say Jordan has promised full cooperation with their investigation. They say they began the civil rights investigation last week.

Dupre says Deal came to the district attorney's office after retiring from the New Orleans Police Department, where he was a homicide detective.

She describes him as a model employee.

The federal news release says Deal's accuser made her complaint to the New Orleans Police Department's Public Integrity Bureau.

It does not say why she had been put under state protection in the first place, or what sort of testimony she might have provided. It says that after she

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Top prosecutor critical of FBI sting

Dennis Wagner
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 7, 2006 08:32 PM                                                 U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton refused to prosecute a major Arizona corruption case after learning that FBI informers sexually abused an unconscious prostitute during a Las Vegas hotel orgy, according to a letter sent by Charlton to the bureau's top Arizona agent at the time.

There are no allegations that FBI personnel participated in the orgy. However, Charlton's letter complained that agents did not mention the incident in official reports nor did they advise prosecutors of possible crimes committed in the hotel room, including knowledge that "one of the women in the suite may have been raped."

Chartlon's conclusion: "Our office will not prosecute any additional cases involving any of these individuals (informers) until the circumstances of the Oct. 16, 2002, incidents in Las Vegas are fully investigated."

Seventy-one U.S. military personnel, prison guards and law enforcement workers have been convicted in the sting known as Operation Lively Green, which involved undercover operatives and agents posing as Mexican narcotics traffickers. The government employees were bribed to haul cocaine from southern Arizona to Phoenix and Las Vegas, sometimes wearing uniforms and using military vehicles.

Charlton's letter of March 29, 2004, to Charlene Thornton, then-FBI special agent in charge for Arizona, suggests that crimes by informers and questionable conduct by agents were so troubling that he backed away from the case entirely.

Thornton said in an interview that she recalls the letter and Charlton's decision to drop the case. She said Charlton sought an investigation by the Inspector General's Office. After that request was declined, she said, the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility reviewed the allegations and exonerated all agents.

Charlton declined to comment.

Deb McCarley, a bureau spokeswoman in Phoenix, describes Lively Green as "one of the most successful public-corruption cases in the FBI's history" but said she could not comment further because prosecutions still are pending.

The Justice Department's Office of Public Integritywound up pressing charges, allowing each defendant to plead guilty to a single felony with no public trials or disclosures in U.S. District Court.

Charlton's letter to Thornton spells out the Nevada events of Oct. 16, 2002 in detail: Eleven suspects had just delivered 60 kilograms of cocaine from southern Arizona to Las Vegas. FBI agents rented the presidential suite at the MGM Grand Hotel for three informers who invited a half-dozen targets to join them. That night, five hookers were hired to participate in an "orgy" with the men.

The letter says one of the prostitutes fell unconscious because of drug or alcohol consumption and was draped naked over a chair. It says she may have been sodomized by informers and suspects, who also posed for pictures with the woman.

Disclosure papers from military court previously revealed that the photographic evidence was destroyed after an FBI agent told one of the informers he "did not want to see them again."

Under Justice Department rules, Charlton said in his letter, he felt obliged to tell state or county prosecutors in Las Vegas about the alleged criminal conduct of FBI informers.

Clark County, Nev., District Attorney David Roger said he never was contacted about the MGM Grand incident by the U.S. Attorney's Office or the FBI. Police in Las Vegas said they never were asked to investigate.

Thornton said Charlton's letter contained "some conclusions that wouldn't be supported by the facts," but she declined to elaborate.

She also disputed a disclosure report in military court that says a key FBI agent was removed from Operation Lively Green as a result of the Office of Professional Responsibility inquiry.

"There was no misconduct found," Thornton said, "so there was no action taken as a result of the internal investigation."

Five months after Charlton wrote the letter, Thornton was appointed by FBI Director Robert Mueller as assistant director at the bureau's Inspection Division, in charge of internal investigations and professional conduct. She said she had no part in reviewing behavior by agents in Lively Green.

According to the military court disclosure, there was no surveillance on the hotel suite during the night in question. It is unclear why FBI agents, amid a major sting operation, would not have set up eavesdropping devices in a room rented for informers.

McCarley, the Phoenix FBI spokeswoman, said Lively Green "underscores the FBI's commitment to fighting public corruption at all levels of government. . . . (When) all remaining prosecutive activity is complete, the FBI will be in a position to offer comment on this investigation.

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William Turner is a former FBI agent and author of 4 books detailing FBI involvement in JFK assassination.
William Pepper was a close friend of Martin Luther King. He was going to manage Dr King's bid for the Presidency before King 's political career was terminated with extreme prejudice by FBI agents. Attorney Pepper won the civil lawsuit against one of the assassins of Dr King in 1999 in Memphis. This was the trial where the jurors held a press conference at the end of the trial and said FBI agents were pricipal architects in the assassination of Martin Luther King

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Monday, May 20, 1996

Industry paid off FBI agent who did the research

SAN FRANCISCO -- The main study cited by law enforcement agencies to support using pepper spray is apparently tainted by a conflict of interest on the part of an FBI agent who conducted the research.

The pepper spray study was conducted in the late 1980s by FBI Special Agent Thomas W.W. Ward at the FBI academy in Virginia outside Washington, D.C. But Ward did not disclose at the time that he had accepted $57,000 from a pepper spray manufacturer that was laundered through a Florida company owned by his wife, Sheri.

On Friday, Ward was sentenced to two months in federal prison after he had earlier pleaded guilty to federal charges of accepting an illegal gift.

Prosecutors said his short sentence reflected his cooperation with the FBI investigation. The FBI fired Ward for not disclosing a financial conflict of interest.

Based on Ward's research and testing, the FBI decided to buy the chemical product Cap-Stun, whose active ingredient, oleoresin capsicum, is derived from cayenne pepper. The spray is intended to temporarily incapacitate aggressive people by burning their skin and eyes and inflaming their respiratory passages, making breathing painful and difficult.

Critics of pepper spray say the FBI research has been discredited and are calling for further studies. But Bay Area law enforcement agencies, including San Francisco, have no plans to quit using it.

The San Francisco Police Department faces two lawsuits alleging that pepper spray may have led to the death of two suspects - Mark Garcia and Aaron Williams - against whom police used the spray repeatedly during struggles.

"The king has no clothes. I think law enforcement agencies were duped by a chemical company who wanted to sell their product," said Frederick Remer, an attorney who represents the family of Garcia, who died April 7 after he was sprayed during an arrest by San Francisco police. "They approved it as fast as they could. I think they have a real problem in San Francisco and across the nation."

Under fire from the public and civil rights advocates, San Francisco's Police Commission recently re-examined pepper spray, voting to go on using it. Last month, San Francisco's district attorney forbade his investigators to carry the spray, even though they have never used it.

Pepper spray added to arsenals

Remer said local law enforcement officials across the country were quick to add pepper spray to their arsenal after Ward stood behind it.

"He was very instrumental in getting this approved around the nation," Remer said. "Once the feds approved this, local law enforcement followed like a bunch of puppies."

Ward trained FBI agents and other law enforcers in the use of oleoresin capsicum products, including Cap-Stun. Ward, then a leader in the FBI's Firearms Training Unit, lectured extensively on pepper spray use.

Prosecutors said that from December 1989 through 1990, Ward received about $5,000 a month for a total of $57,500, from Luckey Police Products, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company that produced and sold the spray.

In California, films used by the state Department of Justice to teach local law enforcement agencies about pepper spray quoted Ward and contained footage from an FBI exercise he had overseen.

In 1992, state Attorney General Dan Lungren promised mandatory safety studies when he authorized provisional use of the spray in California. The ACLU maintains the required research has not been done.

"It's our position that the FBI work has tainted everything that followed it. It laid a foundation of sand under a house of cards," said Allen Parachini, the American Civil Liberties Union's expert on pepper spray.

"Most police agencies don't recognize how dicey this situation is. San Francisco obviously has a serious training deficit on pepper spray. There are some policy and training issues . . . for which the chickens are now coming to roost."

Other studies say spray is safe

But San Francisco police point to other studies that support the spray as a safe and effective police tool, including research by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The association studied 22 in-custody deaths involving pepper spray during 1990-93 and determined that none of the deaths was due to pepper spray but were instead caused by positional asphyxia, according to Deputy Chief Rich Holder of the SFPD. Positional asphyxia is, in effect, suffocation caused when the position of the body hinders breathing.

"We're not just relying on (Ward's) tests," Holder said. "We've looked at that issue but also at other sources of testing.

"We have seen thousands of contacts (where pepper was used) and no conclusive deaths. Just in California, there were 23,000 uses of pepper spray with no documented deaths. That's why we came into this decision."

The state Environmental Protection Agency had warned the state Department of Justice for at least two years about its safety concerns about the spray. However, plans to conduct extensive tests on it were never funded.

In January, a new state law took effect that deregulated use of pepper spray. Law enforcement agencies are no longer required to research its effects.

From the lab to the courthouse

Instead, questions over pepper spray's effects appear to be moving from the lab to the courthouse. In addition to San Francisco, lawsuits regarding its use by police have been filed in several California counties, including Los Angeles.

"More people are going to die," said Remer, who plans to file a wrongful death suit soon on behalf of Garcia's family. "More police are going to get sued and there is going to be a lot more money coming out of police coffers."

San Francisco police do not use Cap-Stun but instead use a similar product named First Defense, a milder form of pepper spray produced by Defense Technology Corporation of Wyoming.

Defense Technology has been sued by Lynne Williams, widow of Aaron Williams, a burglary suspect who died in police custody at age 35 in June, after a conflict with officers in which he was sprayed.

The ACLU says 37 people have died in California after being hit with pepper spray since January 1993. Most recently a Ventura County man died on May 8 after he was sprayed.

"Pepper spray is being used at the rate of once an hour and people are dying at the hands of law enforcement at the rate of once a month," said ACLU attorney John Crew, who monitors San Francisco police.

"We're not calling for a complete ban on its use," his colleague Parachini adds. "But there are clearly serious problems that we see coming out. This can create a lot of liability for police agencies. We would like to see a lot more research on this product and a lot more research on alternative methods" for police to safely subdue troublesome suspects.

also see http://www.nopepperspray.org/sordid.htm

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Revealed: Pinochet drug smuggling link

Special report: Pinochet on trial

Hugh O'Shaughnessy
Sunday December 10, 2000
The Observer

The Chilean army and secret police have spent almost two decades secretly flooding Europe and the US with massive shipments of cocaine. The trafficking began during the 17-year dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet and continues to this day, a year-long investigation for The Observer has established.

Twelve tons of the drug, with a street value of several billion pounds, left Chile in 1986 and 1987 alone. The drugs, destined for Europe, have often been flown to Spanish territory by aircraft carrying Chilean-made arms to Iraq and Iran. Distribution to Britain and other European countries has been controlled by secret police stationed in Chilean embassies in Stockholm and Madrid.

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The revelations will come as an embarrassment to the Conservative Party, which criticised Pinochet's arrest in London in 1998 and backed his fight to avoid deportation to Spain on charges of murder and torture. The news will be particularly unwelcome to Lord Lamont, the former Chancellor, who was in Santiago last week to deliver a letter of support to the former dictator from Lady Thatcher.

Under Conservative governments, large quantities of British arms were sold to Chile, and British firms such as Royal Ordnance collaborated with the development of Chile's weapons potential.

There can be no doubt that Pinochet, whose power was absolute between the 1973 coup and his surrender in 1990, was a party to trafficking. He declared in October 1981: 'Not a leaf moves in Chile if I don't move it - let that be clear.'

The secret police - originally known as the Dina and from 1977 as the SNI - was staffed by service personnel and helped Pinochet to torture and kill opponents.

The Dina's former director, General Manuel Contreras, declared to the Chilean supreme court in 1998 that he undertook nothing without Pinochet's express permission.

The huge profits from the drug deals went to enrich senior figures in Chile, with some going to finance the Dina/SNI operations.

Pinochet, who is now fighting arrest on kidnapping and murder charges in Santiago, has not clarified how he and his wife, Lucia, had $1,169,308 (around £730,000) in their account in the Riggs Bank in Washington on 1 March 1997. As commander-in-chief of the Chilean army, his annual salary in March 1997 was $16,000 (£10,000).

New evidence of Pinochet's collaboration with Colombian drug dealers, first sketched out last year in this writer's book, Pinochet: The Politics of Torture , has emerged in The Thin White Line , a new book by Rodrigo de Castro, a former international civil servant in Chile, and Juan Gasparini, an Argentine journalist. It quotes US court documents, Chilean police files and depositions by a former US marine involved in the trafficking.

The former marine, Frankell Ivan Baramdyka, was extradited from Chile in May 1993 and convicted in southern California of narcotics offences. He worked for US intelligence in the early Eighties and was encouraged to traffic in drugs on condition that some of the profits went to the Contra terrorists in Nicaragua, who were being supported by President Ronald Reagan.

Baramdyka has revealed how he first made contact with the Chileans in 1984 when, acting for Colombian cocaine producers, he delivered $2m to the Chilean consulate-general in Los Angeles. This was a payment for chemicals needed to make cocaine which had been supplied by the Chilean army.

At the time Pinochet's younger son, Marco Antonio, was on the consulate-general's staff.

After the US authorities raided his home in Los Angeles in 1985, Baramdyka fled to Santiago, where he set up a new trafficking operation. Later that year he was recruited by the Chilean secret police and was soon overseeing the army's drug-export activities. The operations included the dispatch of cocaine on flights taking Chilean arms to Iran or Iraq.

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FBI agents are way overdue for creating another event like they did with 911, first world trade center bombing ,oklahoma city bombing and the anthrax attack. They are again starting to loose their grip on the general public and violence is the only way they can maintain control of the evidence from their previous crimes. They , better than anyone else really know what the expression"silence of the lambs" means. I expect another terroist attack sooner than later the question is what creative direction will they take. They have had 5 years to formulate a plan.
The liberals and conservatives, as usual, still do not have a ready response team to be at the FBI target as soon as it happens to document as much of the forensic crime scene evidence as possible before the FBI agents destroy it.
one easy read, about the Lambs' bodyguards.

a species that hires bodyguards to protect it looses the ability to protect itself and is doomed to extinction

Mass. group sues over Flight 800 debris
Newsday Staff Writer

July 13, 2006

A Massachusetts group has filed a lawsuit to force federal officials to release information about a piece of debris from Flight 800 that it hopes will show that a missile downed the plane.

Federal investigators have dismissed that explanation as the cause of the 1996 explosion that killed all 230 people aboard. Instead they concluded that a spark ignited fuel tank vapors.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston, demands that the National Transportation Safety Board respond to numerous freedom of information act requests made since 2004.

Tom Stalcup, who heads the East Falmouth, Mass.-based Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization, which filed the suit, said he is "very certain" that federal investigators found the piece of debris and are now concealing evidence of its existence.

Radar data show the piece of debris falling at high speed from the plane and a Navy salvage map shows it was later recovered, said Stalcup, 36, a physicist and owner of a West Falmouth, Mass., company that makes wireless weather stations. Despite this evidence, federal officials won't explain what happened to the debris once it was recovered from the ocean off Long Island, he said.

"All of the data requested is of great importance to the public understanding of the crash of TWA Flight 800," Stalcup's lawsuit says.

"One piece in particular landed closer to JFK Airport than any of the other thousands of recovered items ... after exiting the airframe at apparent supersonic speeds," the suit says.

NTSB spokesman Paul Schlamm said the agency does not comment on pending lawsuits, but said most federal agencies have limited resources to respond in a timely way to Freedom of Information Act requests. "We are aware that there's a FOIA backlog," Schlamm said.

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After stalling several times since being introduced in 1999, a much-needed bill for the compensation of people erroneously convicted of certain felonies was signed into law on December 30, 2004. Massachusetts (and Suffolk County in particular) has an astonishing record of erroneous convictions, surpassed only by that of Illinois. In 2004, this embarrassing record was splashed across newspaper headlines with several high profile releases including Laurence Abrams who, when a judge overturned his 1974 murder conviction, became the 22nd person in Massachusetts to be released because of a wrongful conviction in the past 22 years and the ninth since 1997. Among the wide ranging revelations from these investigations were overzealous law enforcement officers, an incompetent fingerprinting lab, perjured testimony, and widespread eyewitness misidentification. Following this crescendo in coverage, Massachusetts has joined 18 other states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government by creating a process by which these erroneously convicted could more easily claim

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testimony from former LAPD  narcotics detective Mike Ruppert

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence


WEB NOTE: This document appears exactly as I submitted it to the Select Intelligence Committees of both Houses. To date, it remains only a document submitted in advance of testimony and it has not been placed in the Congressional Record. Although I and Cele Castillo remain on potential witness lists, we have not ben allowed to testify. The sheer volume of my exhibits and the disk space required to scan them makes it impossible to include these important documents here. To obtain my full statement, with all 32 pages of exhibits and photographs - CLICK HERE.

Mr. Chairman:

On November 15, 1996, I stood at a town hall meeting at Locke High School in Los Angeles and said to Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch, "I am a former Los Angeles Police narcotics detective. I worked South Central Los Angeles and I can tell you, Director Deutch, emphatically and without equivocation, that the Agency has dealt drugs in this country for a long time." I then referred Director Deutch to three specific Agency operations known as Amadeus, Pegasus and Watchtower.

Most Americans have been lead to believe that the purpose of these hearings is to ascertain whether or not there is any evidence that the Central Intelligence Agency dealt drugs during the Iran-Contra era. If these hearings were about evidence, then the most patriotic duty I could perform would be to quote Jack Blum who served as chief investigator for the Kerry Subcommittee on narcotics and terrorism ten years ago. He testified before this committee last year and said, "We don't have to investigate. We already know." We could save a lot of taxpayer money by just rereading the records of the Kerry hearings. There is more evidence in there than any court in the world would ever need to hand down indictments.

At best, I could just quote you one entry from Oliver North's diary dated July 5, 1985, which said that $14 million to buy weapons for the Contras, "came from drugs." I wouldn't need to mention the two hundred and fifty other such entries in his diary, which refer to narcotics. Or I could quote Dennis Dayle a senior DEA supervisory agent who said, "In my thirty year history in DEA, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the C.I.A."

But these hearings are not about evidence. They are about corruption and cover-up. The CIA did not just deal drugs during the Iran-Contra era; it has done so for the full fifty years of its history. Today I will give you evidence which will show that the CIA, and many figures who became known during Iran-Contra such as Richard Secord, Ted Shackley, Tom Clines, Felix Rodriguez and George Herbert Walker Bush, who was DCI when I first became exposed to Agency drug dealing, have been selling drugs to Americans since the Vietnam era. I have been very careful to make sure that what I tell you today is admissible evidence in criminal proceedings.

In a court of law the testimony of an eyewitness is one of the most prized possessions of a prosecutor. It is direct evidence of a crime. I am an eyewitness. Another form of frequently used evidence is an exception to the hearsay rule in which admissions against the interest of a criminal participant or a material witness are admitted into evidence if given under oath by the person to whom the statements were made. I am under oath and I will provide you today with utterly damning admissions against interest made by people with direct knowledge of these events. There is also documentary and circumstantial evidence and I will present you with that as well.

My evidence will show conclusively that, as a matter of national policy, set at the National Security Council - the White House - elements of the C.I.A., in concert with elements of the military, and other federal agencies, have dealt drugs to Americans for at least three decades. Major defense contractors like E-Systems have also engaged in such traffic. I will not cover the outstanding work of scholars such as Alfred McCoy of the University of Wisconsin and Peter Dale Scott of the University of California at Berkeley who document this activity back to the forties. Nor will I attempt to deliver the material which should be given to you directly by a great many other heroic witnesses including Celerino Castillo, Mike Levine, Dee Ferdinand, David Sabow, Brad Ayers, Tosh Plumley, Bo Abbott, Danny Sheehan, Gene Wheaton, John Mattes, Jack Terrell, Winfred Richardson (formerly of E-Systems), Michelle Cooper (formerly of E-Systems), Bill Tyree and Dois G. "Chip" Tatum. Also this committee should interview two former CIA employees on the subject. Their names are David MacMichael and Ralph McGehee.

The evidence will also show that the CIA has infiltrated and established illegal relationships with a number of police departments around the country. One of the purposes of this has been to protect CIA drug operations from law enforcement. I have personal knowledge of this activity in Los Angeles and New Orleans and have documented such a case in New York City.

All of the exhibits I will present today are among the two hundred and fifty plus pages of documents I provided to your investigators when they visited me in Los Angeles last year.

This is my testimony:

My name is Michael Craig Ruppert. I was born in Washington, D.C. My father was an Air Force officer and later an aerospace executive who worked on projects which included the Titan IIIC which was then the primary booster for the CIA's Keyhole spy satellites. My father's cousin, Barbara Burges and her husband Sam, are both retired from the Central Intelligence Agency. My mother was a cryptographer for Army Intelligence at Fort Meyer during the Second World War.

I was raised Republican into a culture steeped in the best traditions of honor and national defense. From 1969 to 1973 I was one of two "living" Republicans on the UCLA campus. The other was Craig L. Fuller who was chosen to intern for Governor Ronald Reagan at the same time that I was chosen, as an honors student in Political Science, to intern for Chief Edward M. Davis of the Los Angeles Police Department.

I interned for LAPD for three years and during that time was exposed to many LAPD officers of varying ranks who had connections to the intelligence community. I was told that I held a "Q" Clearance at age twenty. Just before my graduation from UCLA, on a plane ticket paid for by family, I flew to Washington and, in a meeting arranged by the Burgesses, was interviewed by a CIA officer regarding employment with the Agency. At that interview the recruitment officer told me he wanted me to join the Agency and then return to Los Angeles where I would attend the Los Angeles Police Academy and use my position as a police officer as a cover.

The CIA officer provided me with a stack of documents which he said were necessary for me to complete for a background check. The interview ended.

Because I knew that CIA domestic operations were illegal and because I felt extremely uncomfortable with that proposition, I never completed the forms or had any further official contact with the Agency until seven years later.

After my graduation from UCLA in June 1973 I joined the LAPD and was the Valedictorian for the last three classes of 1973. I was assigned to Wilshire Division patrol. I excelled at patrol work and was subsequently loaned into Detective assignments including burglary and homicide. I had two extended loans into Wilshire Division Narcotics and was recommended by the narcotics Officer-In-Charge to attend a two-week DEA training school held in Las Vegas. Narcotics was my chosen specialty. I have given expert court testimony on the subject twenty-seven times.

Most of the details of what I am about to tell you are contained in an FBI report and investigation made pursuant to a complaint I filed with Special Agent Stan Curry of the L.A. Field Office on December 4, 1978. This was after I was forced out of LAPD on November 30, 1978. I trust your staff has located and reviewed the report.

In December 1975 I met and quickly fell in love with a CIA agent named Nordica Theodora D'Orsay - Teddy. Teddy and I moved in together in March of 1976. As a childhood friend of a niece of the Shah of Iran, Teddy had many unusual acquaintances which, as she revealed them to me, turned out to include senior members of LAPD's Organized Crime Intelligence Division like Lee Goforth and Norm Bonneau, narcotics investigators like Carl Thompson from Wilshire Division and organized crime figures like Carlos Marcello, Hank Friedman and Dan Horowitz. She also had relationships with members of the Carlo Gambino crime family.

Around this time she indicated to me that she knew Sergeant Carl Thompson of Wilshire Division narcotics. Thompson had just been my supervisor on an extended loan into the unit. Thompson was a designated supervisor with access to the Narcotics Intelligence Network, a secure system allowing detectives to track narcotics investigations conducted by other units or Agencies including DEA. Months later Teddy told me that N.I.N. was very important to "her people". They could tell when investigations got too close to their operations.

Then she started revealing information to me from my confidential LAPD personnel package. She also had accurate inside knowledge of operations inside the Los Angeles Police Department. In May, 1976 she revealed to me that she worked for the federal government in a capacity that had to do with terrorism and narcotics. It was extremely classified, she said. She convinced me of these connections by accurately predicting changes of command in LAPD's intelligence divisions. She refused to name the Agency she worked for but categorically denied that it was the FBI or any Bureau of Justice or the Treasury.

As time passed, she indicated that "her people" were interested in having me work for them. I was promoting rapidly and had an extremely bright future with LAPD. I could be of great use. This excited me until Teddy started revealing that, on various trips, including Hawaii, the Bahamas, New Orleans, Texas and Baja California - where she said she had once seen narcotics offloaded from a submarine - she had seen large quantities of firearms and narcotics - specifically cocaine and heroin. Always, the guns were leaving the country and the narcotics were coming in.

When I asked her what happened to the narcotics her response was, "My people are not interested in narcotics. We just let it go."

After returning from a trip to Hawaii in early 1976 she told me of having been in a room with close to a thousand M16s and fifty kilos of cocaine.

Repeatedly, I said to her that I would not overlook narcotics. I said, "If I'm ever in a room with fifty kilos of cocaine somebody's going to jail and it's not going to be me." On this position I have never compromised.

The strains my position produced on our relationship were unbearable. Teddy left suddenly in January, 1977 and almost immediately a group of organized crime figures entered a real estate office in Orange County where my mother worked as an agent selling single family homes. My mother was suddenly immersed in a $45 million deal involving thousands of acres of prime land and circumstances which caused her great fear. She asked me for help and, as a loyal police officer and son, I gathered all the available information and presented it to the Organized Crime Intelligence Division of LAPD. I quickly found myself "unofficially" working with Detectives Lee Goforth and Norm Bonneau. Goforth was the same Lee Goforth Teddy had earlier mentioned knowing. Lee was also a Brigadier General in the California National Guard. I will tell you that I believe that Lee Goforth and Norm Bonneau were both long term CIA assets, possibly deep cover officers within LAPD.

At the time I was on staff at the Los Angeles Police Academy. Goforth and Bonneau visited my Captain, Jesse Brewer, who later rose to become Assistant Chief and Police Commissioner in Los Angeles. I was to be freed from basic duties and allowed to come and go as I pleased. A car was to be made available for me whenever I needed one. The instructions I received were to visit my mother as often as needed and to gather all available information on the real estate deal. I had frequent meetings with Goforth and Bonneau at the OCID offices. Always, they seemed just a little more interested in my relationship with Teddy than with my mother's dilemma.

Present at many of these meetings was another detective named John Xavier Vach whom I had known from my internship years as having heavy intelligence connections. Vach later served for several years as driver/bodyguard to Chief Daryl Gates and was convicted in 1985 of moonlighting for the CIA on city time and with providing Agency sources with illegally obtained documents and records. His conviction and the connections to CIA are a matter of public record in Los Angeles.

While working this "unofficial" loan to Organized Crime Intelligence I experienced five months of surveillance, harassing phone calls and ultimately "black bag" burglaries of my home and car in which photographs of Teddy and my off duty weapon were taken.

In July of 1977, having heard from Teddy, I forced my way to New Orleans where she was then living with her younger sister. What I saw and heard there over the course of eight days changed my life forever.

Teddy was living in an apartment in Gretna, a New Orleans suburb. One of the first things I saw in her apartment was an unusual telephone. It was of the new "touch-tone" variety and it was very heavy. An AC power adaptor hung from a cord in the phone. When Teddy took sensitive calls she would plug the adaptor into a wall socket and push a series of buttons. This phone was a scrambler, years later, revealed to me as bearing the U.S. Air Force designation KY3 which required a clearance to possess.

I also saw a plastic shopping bag which contained a black monocular night vision device. Then I saw Teddy receive sealed communiques from Naval and Air Force NCOs stationed at Belle Chase Naval Air station. I heard her speak on the phone and in person to a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran named Freddy about meetings with a Carlos Marcello associate named Adrian. I was introduced to a number of employees of the Brown & Root corporation, long identified in public source material as a CIA contractor, who were shipping out for Iran. Teddy told me that she was especially concerned with making sure that certain important shipments - weapons - were safely loaded onto Brown and Root ships destined for Iran.

On one occasion we went to a bar and sat with several employees from "the company", Brown & Root and members of the New Orleans Police Department.

Outside a bar in Terrytown, shots were fired as Teddy and I walked to my car. The shots struck the pavement a few feet from us. This was the first time I was shot at.

In other conversations, sometimes behind partially closed doors and upon which I admittedly eavesdropped, I heard Teddy use the scrambler phone to make arrangements for service boats operated by firms connected to Carlos Marcello to pick up "packages" from oil rigs in the Gulf. She later admitted that these packages contained heroin.

On several evenings she left with Freddy to make sure that deliveries were proceeding as scheduled. Finally, on my last two days there, Teddy and an Air Force NCO named Johnny admitted CIA involvement. Teddy even showed me a cover letter of transmittal stamped with various routing and clearance boxes which was addressed to Agent 2T6.

I should point out here that the Director of Central Intelligence when I met Teddy and when the New Orleans operations began was George Herbert Walker Bush. The Deputy Director of Plans, or covert operations, was Ted Shackley. Both men are central to the drug trafficking by CIA and NSC which became epidemic in the Iran-Contra era. The New Orleans operation continued unabated under the Directorship of Admiral Stansfield Turner and the Presidency of Jimmy Carter.

What I saw broke my heart and terrified me. I severed all relations with Teddy. I returned home to Los Angeles and reported everything I had seen to detectives Goforth and Bonneau. Both had denied any knowledge of her both before and after my trip. The one physical piece of material I have remaining directly from Teddy is a code key in Teddy's own handwriting which she used to decipher messages received via U.S. Mail. I gave a copy of it to the F.B.I. I refer you to EXHIBIT 1.

I took a leave for stress and returned to full duty. For one year I earned the highest rating evaluations possible in the LAPD. I was locked-in for promotion to detective. Then came the revolution in Iran and I wondered if perhaps the weapons I had seen Teddy arranging to leave New Orleans were somehow connected. I began studying CIA and Iran. I reported my activities to my superiors.

The second round of burglaries, harassments and surveillance culminated in a death threat which I tape recorded and still possess to this day. I played it for investigators from the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee last winter. I have it here with me if you wish to hear it.

When I sent a message to LAPD's new Chief Daryl F. Gates that my life was in danger and that his driver, John Vach, was a CIA man I received word back, "The Chief is busy. He can give you five or ten minutes in a week to ten days. Would you care to make an appointment?"

Having prepared for this contingency I resigned in the dead of night and fled Los Angeles. I returned with an attorney, Tim Callahan, and went directly to the Los Angeles Field Office of the F.B.I. and reported everything I have just told you. I also sent packages to Senators Hayakawa and Cranston as well as representatives Dornan and Bielenson. I refer you here to EXHIBIT 2, dated December 6, 1978.

Nothing happened. I was labeled crazy by both LAPD and the FBI. After pressure from my attorney and Senator Hayakawa an extensive investigation was conducted by LAPD's Internal Affairs Division. Although I was made aware by friends and intelligence officers within LAPD that I had struck a raw and exposed nerve, the official position of LAPD as reported to me by Sgt. Martin Pomeroy, who is now a Deputy Chief, was that no action was to be taken.

The general consensus was that Teddy had been fabricating a wild story to lead me on while she conducted affairs behind my back. She even said so herself in a newspaper interview with the L.A. Herald Examiner in 1981. But bear in mind that I had detailed guns for drugs operations involving Carlos Marcello and the Gambino crime family at locations which included Mexico, New Orleans, the Bahamas and Texas. I had even related her description of the use of submarines for such activity.

I refer you now to EXHIBIT 3. On November 15, 1979, almost exactly a year after my complaint to the FBI, The Los Angeles Times ran a story reprinted from Newsday. Written by veteran reporter Tom Renner, the story described a burgeoning guns-for-drugs trade which centered around the crime families of Dons Carlo Gambino and Carlos Marcello. The story specifically described DEA investigations into exchanges of firearms for drugs with known Latin American and Middle Eastern terrorist groups in such locations as the Bahamas, New Orleans and Mexico. The story even described the use of submarines to transport the drugs off the Mexican coast. The story also described efforts to "sanitize" DEA reports on the subject and interfere with law enforcement efforts. Both Renner and a Senate investigator, Bill Christensen of the Subcommittee on Improvements in Judicial Machinery later confirmed that these efforts originated with the C.I.A.

If Teddy made it all up then she ranks right up there with Nostradamus as a prophet since most of her statements were made to me three years before the Renner story broke. Those events were the backbone of my complaint to my government and then, after I was told they were nonsensical, they turned up almost verbatim in U.S. Senate records a year later from official U.S. Government sources.

I called Tom Renner and I said, "I think the CIA is dealing drugs to fund covert operations." Renner replied, "I think you're absolutely right." He referred me to Bill Christensen. Not only did Christensen confirm my conclusions, he expanded on them by adding that his offices were being burglarized, his phones were tapped and he was being routinely surveilled. I refer you now to EXHIBIT 4, which was my first letter to him.

Christensen later assured me that I would be called to testify. It never happened. Instead, as I was looking for employment I found that unmarked LAPD vehicles would routinely turn up at places where I was having job interviews. Even though I had no disciplinary actions at LAPD and an exemplary record job offers and interviews were terminated without explanation. Desperate for money I took a job as a 7-11 store clerk. Two hours into my second shift I was arrested for selling liquor to a minor in what I am sure, to this day, was a set-up.

Under enormous stress I got drunk one night and collapsed on my front lawn. A shot barked in the distance and stuck the grass inches from my head. This was the second time I was shot at.

On April 18, 1980 two FBI agents confirmed to me that CIA had been dealing drugs to fund covert operations during an interview at the FBI field office in Westwood, California.

My car was repossessed shortly thereafter. I filed bankruptcy in December, 1980.

In 1981, with the new Reagan administration I discovered that my old friend Craig Fuller was now Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs. I was grateful when L.A. Herald Examiner columnist Randall Sullivan wrote two front-page stories on me in October which also referred to our friendship. I refer you to EXHIBIT 5. Having just made contact with Fuller, and having been warmly received, I flew to Washington where I waited for a follow-up on his invitation to visit him. I refer you now to EXHIBIT 6, which is the first of approximately six letters I was to receive from him over the next six years.

On October 26, 1981 I sat in Craig Fuller's office in the West Wing of the White House. We talked of personal matters and then our conversation turned to the stories by Randall Sullivan. I looked at Craig and I said, "The CIA is complicit in bringing drugs into this country and it is wrong." Craig made no response whatsoever. He became motionless and expressionless. He did not come back to life again until I changed the subject. But I knew he heard me. Craig served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Bush in the second Reagan term.

I should point out here that original letters to me from Craig Fuller - including the one I just exhibited, were stolen from my residence while I slept just three days after I confronted DCI Deutch. The burglary occurred the same day that an investigator from this committee called me and asked if I possessed such letters and if I could fax them immediately. LAPD Foothill Division has obtained fingerprints other than my own from the place where the documents were stored. I should mention that another original exists, on White House stationery, which I can produce should the Committee wish to see it.

After my visit to Craig Fuller I became increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress. Several days later I picked up the phone and called the Managing Editor of The Washington Star. I got right through. I said, "The CIA is dealing drugs in this country to finance covert operations." His response was, "Mike, that's the worst kept secret in Washington."... The worst kept secret in Washington!

Now to a specific case of admissions against interest which constitute admissible evidence.

Back in los Angeles and still not clear on the causes of what I had seen I sought out a middle east expert at UCLA. I was placed in touch with Professor Paul Jabber of the Political Science Department. Paul was impressed by my conclusions that the weapons leaving New Orleans had been destined for one of several indigenous rebel groups in the region. He then disclosed to me that he had been a CIA and State Department consultant at the NSC level during the Carter Administration. Having signed secrecy oaths he could not disclose to me the information I needed. He could, however, direct me to open source material which might fill in the blanks.

I followed his direction, which was to read certain stories by William Safire and C. L. Sulzberger, and returned with an explanation for what I had seen. Paul Jabber unilaterally confirmed my conclusions. Sulzberger himself, the scion of The New York Times, knew that CIA had been dealing drugs for a long time. I refer you to EXHIBIT 7.

What my directed research revealed was that on March 3, 1975 the Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein had signed the Treaty of Algiers. In that treaty the Shah received control of the Shaat-al-Arab waterway so that he could increase his oil exports. In exchange, he immediately cut off all U.S. covert military assistance to Kurdish rebels operating in the Turkish/Iraqi/Iranian trans-border region. The U.S. had been arming the Kurds to wage guerilla warfare against the Iraqi army to divide it sufficiently so that it could not attack Israel. Within days of the treaty's signing thousands of Kurds were massacred by Saddam in a foreshadowing of what was to come in Desert Storm.

Alarmed at the potential loss of a long term asset the CIA decided to aid the Kurds in the only way possible - by smuggling weapons into Kurdestan along opium smuggling routes and to sell the opium grown there to Americans to pay for the weapons. I should point out that Kurdestan is in the second largest opium growing region in the world.

Not only did Paul Jabber confirm my analysis, he added that in March, 1975, just weeks before the fall of Saigon, "Congress was not about to appropriate a nickel for a covert operation anywhere." The decision, he said, "was made at the National Security Council."

I refer you now to EXHIBIT 8 which is a letter of recommendation written for me by Paul Jabber in which he praises my analytical thinking after discussing matters related to the international drug trade. At the time he wrote it Paul had left UCLA to become Vice president of Banker's Trust. I believe he is still there.

It is critical to note that as this operation went into effect Richard Secord was transferred to Iran as Senior Air Advisor, Richard Helms became Ambassador and other key Iran-Contra figures such as Richard Armitage, Ted Shackley, Tom Clines and, I believe, Felix Rodriguez assumed duties in the region. These are the same men who funded an entire secret war in Laos for the Agency on the profits of heroin produced in the Golden Triangle of Burma, Laos and Thailand. These men all resurfaced in the heroin explosion from Pakistan in 1980 and then in Iran-Contra. They are still extremely active today. In fact, sources tell me that Felix Rodriguez has just been placed in charge of a program to deliver helicopters to Mexico to "assist" the Mexican government with eradication efforts and suppression. I am extremely suspicious.

Then, in January, 1987, a story broke in The Boston Globe about how Ross Perot had confronted Richard Armitage and George Bush over CIA involvement in drug trafficking and the related abandonment of POWs after Vietnam. It said everything I had been saying for ten years. I reasoned that if a man like Ross Perot knew, and if he had made it known inside the White House, with his influence, then surely something would happen. Nothing happened.

Then came the Kerry hearings. Twice I was assured by Kerry staff members that I would be called to testify. It never happened. I conclude that this was because what I had seen in New Orleans occurred during the Carter Administration not the Reagan Administration. It proved to me that a shadow government had seized control of our country. That shadow government stood, and stands today, isolated and immune from the operating principles of democracy. It is autonomous and it operates through self-funding via narcotics and weapons trafficking. To quote William Casey it is "a completely self-funding, off-the-shelf operation." It, in fact, dictates a substantial portion of this country's foreign, economic and military policy from a place not accessible to the will of a free people properly armed with facts.

For three years I forgot about all of this. In 1990 as the Kurds were once again being massacred and Brown & Root subsidiaries increased their operations in Turkish Kurdestan I wrote to Ross Perot who had opposed Desert Storm and he called me. I shall never forget what he said.

"Mike, I must know forty or fifty former military officers and law enforcement personnel who have discovered what you have. They have all had their lives ruined, been called crazy and forced into poverty. You'd think they'd do something different once in a while but they don't because it works."

Then he said something which has haunted me ever since. He said, "Even with all of my resources I don't know why I pursue it. I can't seem to get anything done. And they do the same thing with me and it works."

I had two phone conversations with Ross Perot. When he ran for President in 1992 I was the press spokesman for the Perot Presidential Movement in Los Angeles County. That led to a brief story in PEOPLE Magazine about my efforts to expose CIA drug dealing. That Presidential campaign and the PEOPLE story opened the doors for me into the inner world of the shadow government. Since then I have met more than a dozen former U.S. Army Special Forces troops, Navy Seals, a half dozen former CIA officers and many DEA agents and former federal law enforcement officers who have confirmed that CIA deals drugs.

When I made my statement to Director Deutch I spoke of three specific Agency operations called Amadeus, Pegasus and Watchtower. I would like to speak of them briefly.

The Watchtower missions surfaced around 1990 when an affidavit allegedly written by Col. Ed Cutolo of the 10th Special Forces Group, Airborne surfaced through retired Lt. Col Bo Gritz whom I have met twice. Although not actually written by Cutolo the affidavit has since been corroborated by a number of supporting affidavits, military records, Freedom of Information Act inquiries and dedicated research - some of which has been contributed by me.

Cutolo was killed in an accident in England in 1980 after expressing his concerns about illegal operations. His death has been linked to the murder of four other Special Forces Colonels including the legendary Bo Baker and Nick Rowe. Among the murders and mysterious deaths listed in the affidavit are those of Archbishop Romero and Congressman Larkin Smith.

That affidavit details how Special Forces personnel were ordered by CIA personnel including Ed Wilson to penetrate Colombia in 1975 and 76 to plant radar beacons so that cocaine flights could successfully fly below radar and land undetected at Albrook field in Panama. It also details how a former Special Forces troop named William Tyree, who was on these missions, was framed, in spite of overwhelming evidence of his innocence, for the murder of his own wife. This was in 1979 after he had expressed misgivings about being ordered to participate in massive domestic surveillance, harassment and blackmail operations. It was also exactly the same time that I was forced out of LAPD. Bill has been serving a life sentence in Walpole State Prison in Massachusetts for eighteen years.

I have spoken to and corresponded with Bill Tyree many times and I consider him to be as innocent as Geronimo Pratt, the Black Panther who was recently released from a California prison. Indeed, there is evidence that Tyree was not at the murder scene and that there were witnesses who saw the actual killer emerge from Tyree's bedroom window the day his wife was murdered. He was framed to ensure his silence and the threat of harm still hangs over his family as I speak to you this day if he ever reveals all of what he knows.

The Agency even admitted the existence of the Watchtower missions in correspondence to Bill Tyree several years ago. I refer you to EXHIBIT 9.

The Pegasus operations are listed in a variety of sources and published books including works by the Christic Institute and Rodney Stich. They have been most dramatically confirmed recently by Dois G. "Chip" Tatum, a former high-ranking CIA officer, who has placed his documentation on his web page at http://www.wild_life.com. The missions are Iran-Contra era operations and directly link to admitted Agency operations at Mena, Arkansas where tons of cocaine were smuggled by Agency personnel into this country. That smuggling took place under direct orders from the highest levels of this government.

The investigative material, contrary to denials, is overwhelming, irrefutable and shows a direct link between then Governor Bill Clinton and CIA operations. It is further corroborated by investigative material, court records and the testimony provided by Terry Reed in his book Compromised. I have unclassified reports from CIA in which the Agency admits to running covert operations at Mena during the period.

Finally the Amadeus missions are the single most important piece of investigative work, other than my own experience, which I have to add to this investigation. My investigations into Amadeus have detailed the life of Albert V. Carone, a retired New York Police detective who, at his death from "chemical toxicity of unknown etiology", held the rank of full Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. I refer you to EXHIBIT 10. I have held this man's personal phone book in my hands. In it I found the home addresses and phone numbers of DCI William Casey, Paul Helliwell, a long establish CIA covert operative connected to drugs, General Richard Stillwell and many other CIA figures.

I also found the home addresses and phone numbers of a number of Mafia figures including Pauly Castellano, head of the Gambino crime family and many other known Mafia figures. This is hard documentary evidence which is available to this Committee.

In the years before his death Carone made open statements - admissions against interest - to family members not only about the hands-on drug dealing roles of such figures as Oliver North, Richard Secord, Elliot Abrams, George Bush, John Poindexter, Felix Rodriguez and Chi Chi Quintero but about murder and torture. Carone frequently referred to Amadeus as the CIA umbrella governing his laundering of drug money through a host of banks worldwide. Some bank records and account numbers connected to the Bahamas and the Jersey islands still remain. He also described the operations of such Iran-Contra era drug kingpins Rafael Caro Quintero and Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. When he died in 1990 he left behind records, a passport and a great many leads which totally substantiate these allegations.

Carone and an associate, James Robert Strauss, went on many covert missions to Mexico and Central America. After one such mission to Mexico in the Spring of 1985 Carone returned home, disheartened, and told of how CIA operations had directly resulted in the murder of a DEA agent and his pilot. He was referring, of course, to Agent Kiki Camarena.

We have since obtained tape recorded statements from James Robert Strauss that Amadeus was none other than George Herbert Walker Bush. That tape is safely stored, awaiting an opportunity to be presented to the American people directly for their judgement by Carone's daughter, Dee Ferdinand.

Travel records of Strauss' insurance firm show that Strauss, a small time insurance broker and manager, routinely made frequent trips, sometimes just days apart to such cities as Paris, London, Johannesburg, Dharan, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jedda, Lisbon, Madrid, New York and the Bahamas. In his own words he did it under orders. I have provided copies of those travel records to your committee. A former FBI agent who once served as my lawyer reviewed the records and stated that such travel expenditure could only occur on a GTR government account. I refer you to EXHIBIT 11.

Insurance executives, in statements made to me, have confirmed that Strauss was terminated in 1987 as an agency manager for his involvement with drugs. I have those statements with me now if you want them.

When Al Carone died in 1990 a funny thing happened. His NYPD pension disappeared. His military records disappeared. His life insurance policies disappeared. His joint bank accounts, held with his daughter, disappeared. Even his New Mexico driver's license and car registration disappeared. His family and his daughter were left on the brink of bankruptcy - wiped out. Carone was buried in a New Mexico cemetery with the rank of Staff Sergeant, the highest rank he attained during the Second World War. The Army said he had never served a day since. Everybody said they had never heard of him. Nonetheless, his official military record in St. Louis is now the copyrighted report I wrote on his life in 1994 and which I have provided to this Committee.

Now for some circumstantial evidence which serves as utter damnation. Bill Tyree and the daughter of Colonel Ed Cutolo, when shown a photograph of Albert Carone, both identified him and provided Carone's daughter, Dee Ferdinand of Corrales New Mexico, with information about him which had previously been unpublished and unknown to any outside his family. Tyree confirms a direct link between Carone and the Watchtower missions in Panama as well as illegal domestic operations run from Fort Devens.

I visited Dee in 1993. At the time I told her that there was only one man who could help her. That man was a retired, but still very active, Deputy Director of CIA, Ted Shackley. Within approximately ten days of Dee's first contact with Shackley Carone's headstone was changed from Staff Sergeant to full Colonel. She possess a copy of the order so directing. She has had a number of conversations with Shackley in which Shackley has admitted to having known and worked with her father. She is only too eager to testify about them.

I have been burglarized twice since I confronted John Deutch yet I have not been interviewed by the CIA when the only stipulation I asked for was that a lawyer or witness be present and that I be allowed to tape record. This was after the Agency advised me that nothing in its investigation would be redacted or withheld from the American people. The Agency's response was that we would be discussing classified material and they would not allow me to tape. Does not their admission that my story reaches classified material constitute an admission of its accuracy?

The material I would have given the Agency is the exact same material I give you today. It is the exact same material I have used for lectures at UCLA, San Jose State, Cal Poly Pomona, Ventura College and at approximately fifteen private venues. It is the exact same material which the History department of UCLA accepted into its archives when Professor James Wilkie took a three hour oral history of my life on April 9, 1997. If this material is classified then what does the government have to hide? And doesn't, "The cat's out of the bag" even remotely apply here? This cat's been out of the bag for a long, long time. And it has left quite a few signs of its passing.

Since my confrontation with DCI Deutch mail sent to me, intended to be passed along to the Honorable Maxine Waters, has been intercepted at the post office, opened, documents replaced with classified ads and the envelope returned to the sender.

When I weaken and grow tired of the sacrifice this struggle has demanded from me I think of Bill Tyree in prison or the family of Marine Colonel Jim Sabow who was murdered for trying to expose this treachery when he was Chief of Air Operations at El Toro Marine Air Station. I think of the families who attended a conference I sponsored in Indiana in the winter of 1993 where we gathered to investigate the inexplicable suicides of what was to become more than one hundred active duty personnel in the U.S. military. Many of these men had complained of drugs or covert operations in the weeks prior to their deaths. I think of the families of the POW/MIAs left behind in Southeast Asia and I think of the black men tortured with syphilis at Tuskegee or the thousands of crack babies born in inner city ghettos. I think of the white middle class Americans in Kansas City, Portland and Boston who lost lives and families to drug addiction at the same time that I think of the Americans who lost their savings and pensions during the saving & loan crisis - which is directly related to these events. I think of the lies and death of principle at Ruby Ridge and the disproportionate sentencing which makes black men serve one hundred times longer for using the same drug which whites use in a different form. I think of scandals like Wedtech, Kennametal, the Gander Crash and the horrible crimes behind INSLAW including the death of Danny Casolero. I think of Agent Orange and the Gulf War syndrome and I stand firm with the growing constituency of Americans who no longer have faith of any kind in their government.

Someday we will be the majority.

And I thank God that Maxine Waters and angry African-Americans have flexed their political muscle along with a few concerned whites to compel these hearings. For they and they alone hold the soul of this nation in their hands until such time as we are joined in unity by all justice loving Americans. Never have the words of Ben Franklin rung so true, "We must all hang together or else we shall all surely hang separately."

This is not about race. This is not about left and right. This is about right and wrong.

Some three hundred and fifty years ago Galileo Galilei was persecuted for teaching that the earth was a round planet which revolved around an obscure star at the edge of an unremarkable galaxy. The Catholic church and much of the citizenry of the time shunned and persecuted him for telling the truth. They were afraid he might upset the social order. But they could not kill him because the Church knew that his science was the key to successful navigation and exploration of the planet. Those who followed Galileo's discoveries could be counted on to gain wealth and power and the resulting economic growth would benefit all mankind. I live, Senator, for the day and the hour in which the people of this country and this world will recognize that honor, integrity and trust are as indispensable to the growth and perhaps the survival of this race as Galileo's discoveries were.

Senator, if you truly represent the best interests of the people, I want you and your colleagues to pass a law which grants absolute immunity from prosecution or punishment to anyone covered under the National Security Act, the CIA Act, the Espionage Act or any applicable military regulations so that they can come forward and speak first-hand of the crimes which are destroying the fabric of this nation. If you truly represent the people you will see to it that Nuremburg style trials are held in full view of the world and the guilty are brought to justice. And you will see that intelligence agencies of this government are either abolished or so drastically restructured that crimes of this nature can never happen again.

Abraham Lincoln once said, "If slavery is not evil, then nothing is evil." I say that if CIA dealing drugs to Americans is not wrong - then nothing is wrong.

Thank you for finally allowing me to speak my peace. My duty is now discharged. I welcome your questions.


[As of March 1997 these remarks are in the possession of the Intelligence Committees of both houses and five additional members of Congress. I have received no reply.]

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This is an important read because of its connection to the Dr Cyril Wecht case. Dr. Wecht has authored several books on the FBI's role in the JFK assassination. Dr. Wecht is a world famous pathologist and has provided the science to show the fraud in the Warren Commission JFK pathology reports. In recent years he has taken a leadership role in hosting a conference at the University of Pittsburg Medical School bringing investigators from around the world to present their findings about the role of Lyndon Baines Johnson and J Edgar Hoover in the President Kennedy assassination. Dr. Wecht rose quickly to the top of the FBI's Most Wanted List to Neutralize.

Focus on ex-Plum officer's trial turns toward FBI agent

Tuesday, July 18, 2006
By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The defense attorney for a former Plum police officer charged with tampering with a witness yesterday asked that prosecutors be required to turn over two disciplinary reports against the lead FBI agent in the case.

During an in-chambers conference on the case involving Ryan Schneiderlochner, defense attorney Paul Boas requested the reports on FBI agent Bradley Orsini.

That part of the conference has been sealed by U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti and there is no formal paperwork on the court docket.

Mr. Schneiderlochner, 34, was fired from the Plum police department on Oct. 10 and is accused of trying to dissuade a woman from testifying in federal court. According to the prosecution, Mr. Schneiderlochner videotaped the victim in her bedroom last July while he was on patrol duty. Prosecutors believe he intended to use the tape to force the woman not to testify.

There was no indication when Judge Conti might make a decision on the Orsini reports, which have come up in another prominent local case against former Allegheny County Coroner Dr. Cyril Wecht.

Mr. Orsini is the lead agent in that prosecution, as well. Dr. Wecht's defense attorneys, who have copies of the disciplinary reports, claim Mr. Orsini was in trouble in New Jersey for urging witnesses to lie to cover up his own misconduct. Mr. Orisini was transferred in February 2005 from Newark, N.J., to Pittsburgh.

The defense attorneys plan to use the information in the reports to question Mr. Orsini's credibility. After a request by Dr. Wecht's attorneys and several local news organizations, U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab agreed to remove the reports from a protective order. However, he stayed his own decision to allow the prosecution to appeal the reports' being made public to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The U.S. attorney's office did just that, and the matter is still pending.

Prosecutors in the Wecht case have said that they do not plan to call Mr. Orsini to testify, and that the reports are not relevant to the case.

It is unclear if Mr. Orsini will be called to testify in the case against Mr. Schneiderlochner. Opening statements begin today.

U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan would not comment on Mr. Orsini's role in either Mr. Schneiderlochner's case or that against Dr. Wecht.

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Advocate for Truth

In 1965, Dr. Wecht undertook an analysis of the Warren Report for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Then in 1972, he was the first non-government forensic pathologist permitted to observe and study the Kennedy autopsy materials that were preserved in the National Archives....
Three years later, he was invited to testify as part of a medical expert panel before the Commission on CIA Activities Within the United States, also known as the Rockefeller Commission...

Wecht points out that before Oswald died he was interrogated for those two days by top experts, none of whom had kept any notes or recorded the proceedings. Not a single piece of written documentation of one of the most important interrogations in American history has been presented. Understandably, Wecht finds that suspicious, if not downright duplicitous. It also bothers him that the government is still withholding information on the case. If Oswald acted alone, and there is no cover-up, why the need for secrecy so many years later?
After Wecht's appearance on 20/20, Dr. Nichopoulos was charged with over-prescribing drugs to Presley....When questioned about this case, Wecht says, "I'm not a hyper-moralist, but when I'm asked about a case in the news media, I'm not going to try to finesse it. I don't dictate anyone's ethical standards, but neither will I be an apologist for them. Jerry Francisco pulled a fast one. Forget that it's Elvis Presley. He was 42 and died unexpectedly. If that's not a medical examiner's case, then I'll eat the protocol of any office—of course it's a medical examiner's case. They [the people around Presley] weren't going to do anything to besmirch the reputation of the number one industry in Tennessee and one of the number one industries of America—the Elvis memorabilia. I don't have time for professional BS in my field."
Established at the Duquesne University School of Law in the fall of 2000, the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law collaborates with the University's schools of Law, Nursing, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy and Liberal Arts to offer both graduate degree and professional certificate programs in forensic science and law—with more applications forthcoming.

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Dengue in Cuba, West Nile in New York:
When Mosquitoes Come Home to Roost

by Mark Sanborne

In previous installments in this series, we discussed the wartime use of infected fleas and lice to spread plague (definitely by Japan in China and maybe by the US in Korea), and the possibility that the pandemic of tick-borne Lyme disease was a result of secret biowar research at Plum Island, NY. But there's another bug that has vectored its way into the history of biological warfare, and it's one that almost everyone on the planet is intimately familiar with: the hated mosquito.

The US biowar establishment, it turns out, has long been interested in using the blood-sucking insects as vectors to transmit diseases to designated human populations. A particular favorite is the dime-sized Aedes aegypti mosquito, which has the talent of infecting people with potentially deadly yellow and dengue fevers. In fact, there is unnerving evidence that the US sought to conduct mosquito vector tests on unwitting foreign subjects, and that it may have used the knowledge it gained in such "experiments" to launch a stealthy mass attack on a civilian population, with far-reaching though little-recognized consequences.

A disturbing but fascinating article, "US Attempted to Test Biowarfare in Haryana," appeared in an Indian newspaper, the Deccan Herald, on Nov. 5, 2002. It is worth quoting in its entirety:

Admission by the United States that it released Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a Pacific island in 1965 as part of its biological warfare test programme has vindicated the Indian government's decision to close down a similar US-sponsored mosquito project in India in the early 1970s, scientists say.

Indian scientists who had worked on the project say the latest revelation has convinced them that they were unwittingly helping the US biowarfare research under the cover of a public health programme to control malaria. NP Gupta, former director of the National Institute of Virology, told PTI that the then prime minister Indira Gandhi "acted correctly" and at the right time by ordering closure of the project before the planned massive release of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in 1975 at Sonepat, Haryana. The Sonepat project aimed at finding out the range and survival of these mosquitoes and how they dispersed and penetrated homes and other places once release from the centre of town.

Three weeks ago, the US Defense Department de-classified documents listing as many as 46 secret biological and chemical weapons tests conducted at the height of the Cold War. In one such trial, codenamed Magic Sword, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit yellow and dengue fevers were released off the coast of Baker Island [in the Pacific] to obtain information on mosquito biting habits, mosquito trap technology and operational and logistical problems associated with the delivery of mosquitoes to remote sites.

Mr. PK Rajagopalan, a senior medical entomologist who was on the staff, said the Sonepat project had identical aims (as the one conducted in Baker Island) except that that it was planned on a very large scale using hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes reared at a special facility in New Delhi built with funds from the US Public Health Service routed through the World Health Organization (WHO).

Prior to its closure, the US project in India drew media criticism and a parliamentary committee probe was conducted due its preoccupation with the Aedes aegypti species that causes yellow fever, a disease which does not exist in India.

Apparently the U.S interest in development of yellow fever as a biological warfare weapon was sustained even after President Nixon supposedly ended the biological warfare program in 1970, says Gupta. Only this time the trial was conducted outside the United States in a developing country under the umbrella of the WHO, he says. Rajagopalan is also surprised at the different standards employed by the US. Baker Island was unpopulated and remote from the mainland, the trial used informed volunteers and the mosquitoes were eradicated after the trial was over. No such plans existed for the proposed release in Sonepat, whose entire population of half a million was to become unwilling volunteers while the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was in the dark about the real intention behind the release experiment, said Rajagopalan, who retired from an ICMR institute.

Colathur Golpalan, who was ICMR director general at that time, said the US project was permitted by his predecessor and he was not responsible. “It was I who saw to the closure of the project,” he said in a telephone interview.

Ms. Indira Gandhi stopped the trial and ordered the project closed on the advice of an expert committee despite mild protests from WHO and denial by the US State Department that the project had anything to do with biological warfare. But according to Gupta, the latest revelation that the Baker Island release was indeed a biological warfare experiment vindicates the closure of the US project in India.

Aside from the breathtaking audacity of the US subterfuge, the Sonepat project also provides further evidence for critics who claim that the WHO and other UN and international (as well as domestic) agencies have long been (and still are) stocked with "experts" who cooperate closely with the US military-intelligence complex. Such cozy covert relationships raise the possibility that Washington may have succeeded in hoodwinking other developing countries into actually allowing mosquito vector tests on their territory under the guise of malaria control. Declassified Cold War documents also indicate that US Army biowarriors at Fort Detrick, MD, conducted A. aegypti release experiments at military bases in Florida and Georgia in the late 1950s, and that war planners had determined that mosquito-transmitted yellow fever, a mostly tropical disease, could be a suitable bioweapon to employ in southern parts of the Soviet Union.

But if, as suggested, such vector tests actually did lead to a stealthy mass attack on a civilian population, where might that have occurred? Round up the usual suspect: Yes, Cuba.


As noted in Part 2 of this series, from the 1960s onward Cuba appears to have been on the receiving end of an unremitting barrage of biological attacks hatched in the U.S. and carried out by anti-Castro terrorists—and even directly by State Department spray planes flying over Cuban territory. The list of targets is impressive in its Nazi-like thoroughness: sugar, tobacco, pigs, cattle, coffee, citrus, dairy cows, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, beans and other vegetables, bananas, and honey bees, to name more than a few.

Of course, some of the outbreaks may have occurred naturally, and it's often difficult to conclusively prove one way or the other—that's one of the great advantages of biowarfare. But many of the incidents involved infections, parasites, and blights never before seen in Cuba, and sometimes were firsts for the Western Hemisphere. And they weren't all aimed at plants and animals—we also noted the outbreak of hemorrhagic dengue fever in 1981 that infected over 340,000 Cubans and killed 158, most of them children. The vector for the disease: that uncomplaining workhorse, A. aegypti.

"We share the people's conviction and strongly suspect that the plagues that have been punishing our country, especially the hemorrhagic dengue, could have been introduced into Cuba, into our country, by the CIA," Fidel Castro declared in a July 26, 1981, speech celebrating the Cuban revolution, during which he dealt at length with the public record of US biowar efforts and attacks. "We urge the United States government to define its policy in this field, to say whether the CIA will or will not be authorized again—or has this already been authorized?—to organize attacks against leaders of the revolution and to use plagues against our plants, our animals, and our people."

The State Department responded that charges of Washington's involvement in the dengue outbreak were "totally without foundation... The Cuban revolution is a failure, and it is obviously easier to blame external forces than to admit those failures." But whatever one may think of the Cuban revolution, the fact remains that the health care system it created prevented the hemorrhagic dengue pandemic from turning into a complete catastrophe, as it likely would have in almost any other Latin American country.

"In 1981, we faced the gravest health situation ever to have confronted our country, with tens of thousands of persons hospitalized, and over 10,000 in shock and bleeding," a Cuban health official told a Havana trial hearing evidence about the US role in the outbreak, held in July 2003 as part of Cuba's compensation claim against the United States.

Due to the disease's high mortality rate, medical authorities expected a minimum of 3,000 fatalities in the first few weeks, yet Cuba's model response—combined with what one pediatrician called "collective thinking"—kept the death toll remarkably low. (In fact, Cuba's effective approach to the dengue outbreak was subsequently adopted by the Pan American Health Organization.)

So, aside from means, motive, and opportunity, what else indicates the US may have been behind the outbreak? Let's start with the fact that it was the first major epidemic of hemorrhagic dengue in the Americas in nearly a century. Then there are the odd particulars: the epidemic began with the discovery of simultaneous clusters of infections in three widely separated parts of Cuba (Cienfuegos, Camaguey, and Havana) that then spread like wildfire, and none of the initial victims had recently been away from home or been in contact with international travelers who might have carried the disease and transmitted it to the local mosquito population.

Oh, and how about a confession? In 1984, Eduardo Arocena, head of the Omega-7 terrorist group, on trial in the US for the murder of a Cuban UN diplomat, affirmed that his group—and he personally—had introduced "germs" into Cuba, including dengue, as part of the US biowar against Castro. (He was convicted of the murder, and revealed as an FBI informant, leading to the collapse of his group.) Previous reports had indicated Cuban terrorists also smuggled the African swine flu virus into the country in the late 1970s, forcing the slaughter of all of the island's pigs.

Cuban counter-revolutionaries are known for their braggadocio, even in court, and in the case of the 1981 dengue pandemic it's unclear how they could have smuggled the thousands of pre-infected A. aegypti mosquitoes into Cuba that would have been necessary to spark the outbreak. (How many mosquitoes can be crammed into a large suitcase or packing crate—or even a diplomatic pouch?)

Dengue is an arbovirus (i.e. transmissable only by insects) and cannot be transmitted between humans—each victim requires their own mosquito bite. Though one insect can infect multiple victims, it's likely that, based on the number of Cuban afflicted, several hundred thousand mosquitoes would have had to be released to achieve the desired effect, putting the scale of the operation suspiciously in line with that of the aborted Sonepat test project. For that reason, it seems more likely that the mosquitoes were somehow dispersed from the air, dropped like covert paratroopers behind enemy lines—and indeed, the locations of the three initial outbreaks were all close by international air corridors.


According to the Centers for Disease Control, dengue (pronounced "DEN-ghee") "is the most important mosquito-borne viral disease affecting humans; its global distribution is comparable to that of malaria, and an estimated 2.5 billion people live in areas at risk for epidemic transmission." Tens of millions of people are infected with dengue fever (DF) annually. However, while debilitating and terribly painful (it's not known as "break-bone fever" for nothing), DF infection is relatively short-lived and fatalities are rare. But each year sees several hundred thousand cases of the more virulent dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), leading to tens of thousands of deaths among those who develop the related dengue shock syndrome (DSS)—a mortality rate of about five percent in most of the world, though it can be much higher in more undeveloped areas.

And here's where it gets even more interesting, and frightening. There are four types of DF (DEN-1, 2, 3, and 4), and getting one type does not give the victim immunity from contracting the other types. In fact, it is known that contracting one version after having earlier been infected with another can make the victim particularly prone to developing the much more dangerous DHF/DSS.

Following World War II, mass spraying of insecticides targeted against A. aegypti succeeded in eliminating most major DF epidemics in the Western Hemisphere, though the spray campaign waned in the 1970s due to environmental concerns. By 1970, only DEN-2 was present in the Americas. Suddenly, in 1977—two years after the Sonepat project was cancelled—DEN-1 appeared in Jamaica (where another U.S. bete noire, the socialist Michael Manley, was in power) and then Cuba, the first major dengue outbreak in the country since 1944. Though it was a milder version that didn't lead to DHF and caused no deaths, it was widespread and helped lay the epidemiological groundwork for a subsequent hemorrhagic outbreak. (A 1978 serologic survey indicated that 45% of the Cuban population had been infected with DEN-1, whereas before 1977 only 2.6% had antibodies for the virus. That's quick work.)

Then in 1981, a "new" strain of DEN-2 exploded onto the scene in Cuba, and this one, insidiously piggy-backing on the 1977 pandemic, did lead to a mass hemorrhagic outbreak of DHF and DSS, the first in the hemisphere since the turn of the century. The CDC says the deadly new strain was from Southeast Asia, where the disease is endemic and is the leading cause of hospitalization and death among children. But Cuban and other researchers are more specific: they say it is identical to one known only from a 1944 outbreak in New Guinea. In which case, the odds of such an obscure strain suddenly appearing in multiple places in Cuba by "natural" causes seem slim indeed.

(There were reports that the all of the personnel at the US Navy base at Guantanamo were vaccinated against dengue prior to the 1981 outbreak and thus were not infected. While the medical literature notes that currently there is still no publicly available vaccine against dengue, a Google search also indicates that a modern vaccine was first produced in the late 1970s and early 1980s by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals—and the Pentagon has never been shy about giving its troops experimental drugs, as it did with anthrax vaccine in the first Gulf War.)

In the years following 1981, Cuba launched a rigorous program of A. aegypti eradication, vector control, and medical surveillance to keep dengue in check, though there were further smaller outbreaks in Santiago de Cuba in 1997 and Havana in 2001-2 that were contained with limited casualties. (While there is no evidence that the origins of these particular epidemics were suspicious, some have speculated that they may been designed to hurt Cuba's growing foreign tourism industry.)

Meanwhile, in the years following the 1981 outbreak, the virulent strain of "imported" DEN-2 that caused it proceeded to metastasize rapidly throughout the Caribbean to Mexico and Central and South America. By 2003, 24 countries in the Americas had reported confirmed cases of hemorrhagic dengue where it was previously unknown, and potentially deadly DHF is now endemic in many of these countries. (The U.S. itself gets an estimated 100 imported cases of dengue a year.) If, as the evidence strongly suggests, both the 1977 and 1981 Cuban pandemics were spawned in Washington—or more specifically, Fort Detrick, MD—then the resultant devastating effects on the hemisphere as a whole are staggering to contemplate. It would represent state bioterrorism on an almost unimaginable scale.

Is this an example of the law of unintended consequences? One can only hope they were unintended, though it's hard to see how they could not have been foreseen. Evidently, for those in a position to know, the "gain" was deemed to be worth the risk.


Which leads us to our last stop on Bionia's skeeter hit parade. Remember the West Nile virus, way back in those halcyon pre-9-11 days of 1999? It made a particularly big impression on those of us who live in the New York City metropolitan region, where the disease made its first appearance in the Western Hemisphere in August of that year. Lucky us.

The first case of human infection occurred in Queens on Aug. 2. By the end of the year, there were a total of 62 cases and seven deaths in the region from the mosquito-borne illness, most of them older people with compromised immune systems. More alarming for many was the initial "cure" imposed by the administration of Mayor Rudolf Giuliani: mass spraying of the insecticide malathion, a likely carcinogen. This writer was among the many who had to dodge inside to escape swooping, spraying helicopters in Brooklyn and Queens, while some residents walking the late-night streets of Manhattan were actually hosed in the face with the poison from passing trucks.

West Nile is a member of the genus flavivirus, along with our new friends dengue and yellow fever, though WN is much less of a global health threat. About 80% of those who contract West Nile show no symptoms and are unaware they are infected, while others display mild, flu-like symptoms. In the few worse cases it can lead to deadly encephalitis and meningitis, and in fact its initial appearance was misdiagnosed as St. Louis encephalitis.

Transmitted by mosquitoes and other vectors, particularly birds, WN has since spread quickly across the country, and by 2003, 45 states and the District of Columbia had reported human cases. By 2005, a total of 19,625 cases and 882 deaths were reported by the CDC, considerably less than the annual toll from the common flu. (However, the number of those infected but undiagnosed or without symptoms probably numbers in the hundreds of thousands.) More alarmingly, while direct human-to-human transmission was initially ruled out, in 2002 it was discovered that the virus could be transmitted through donated blood, organ transplants, breast milk, prenatal exposure, and occupational exposure.

Another spooky attribute of WN is its propensity to kill birds, its most common host. An unusual number of dead birds, particularly crows, were evident around the tri-state area for a while before they were connected to the West Nile outbreak. The virus was first discovered in 1937 in Uganda, and the African variety does not affect bird or animal hosts. Other mild outbreaks occurred in Israel in the 1950s the South Africa in the 1970s, but beginning in the mid-1990s a string of more serious epidemics occurred in North Africa, Israel, Italy, Russia, and Romania that included large die-offs of local bird populations. This seems odd, because it's generally not in the evolutionary interest of a virus to kill off its main host that gets it from place to place.

Was this creepy entourage of dead crows some sort of designer harbinger for the end of the millenium? (Perhaps an engineered Avian flu will be the Antichrist.) Is it evidence, as some observers have suggested, that the virus—which has long been held in government labs here and around the world—was modified genetically as part of some shadowy biowar project?


Our last installment dealt at length with the questionable history of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, located off the North Fork of eastern Long Island, particularly in regard to its possible propagation of tick-borne Lyme disease. Considerable evidence was cited from a 2004 book, Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory, by Michael Carr, who also weighed in on the West Nile question. He wrote that Plum Island researchers were already studying the WN virus at the time of the outbreak (officials deny this), and cites the death of 18 horses in eastern Suffolk County near Plum Island in August 1999 as evidence that the North Fork was the epicenter of the epidemic.

The official story is to blame international air travel, as if that's something new. It's suggested that a WN-infected traveler (yet another Patient Zero) from the Middle East arrived in New York and was bitten by a local mosquito or two, who then went on a major feeding binge and spread the disease to both birds and humans far and wide. Or perhaps a few infected mosquitoes somehow hitched a ride to New York on a jet and wreaked havoc when they escaped into the environment. Or maybe an infected bird was imported or somehow made its way across the ocean. But questions of geography persist: How could such sole-source vectors initially manage to infect both horses at one end of Long Island and humans at the other end, in Queens, but very few people in between? (Though later Suffolk County did develop one of highest rates of West Nile, as it did with Lyme disease in the 1970s.) Just as in the case of the simultaneous appearance of dengue in three widely separated parts of Cuba, here is a hint of the hand of man, not nature.

Or maybe it was just an "accident." If Plum Island (i.e. the US underground biowar complex) was somehow the source of the West Nile outbreak and/or Lyme disease, were the releases somehow inadvertent, or were they in fact something far more sinister—that is, stealthy mass attacks on domestic civilian populations? Again, considering the apparent US role in spreading a deadly version of dengue fever in the Western Hemisphere, it's hard to give "them" the benefit of the doubt.

In fact, the idea that the arrival of West Nile was a potential bioterrorist event was knocked around quite a bit by media pundits early on in the outbreak, though the short list of official suspects should not surprise anyone. In a recent web search for "West Nile and biological warfare," these were the first four stories that came up: "West Nile Virus—Is Castro's Bioterrorism Threat Being Ignored?"; "Castro Weaponizes West Nile Virus"; "Iraq and Cuba - Fitting Pieces in the West Nile Puzzle?"; and "West Nile Virus: Part of Hussein's Plan—via Cuba?" This US intelligence disinformation campaign, spread by NewsMax and several right-wing Cuban-American web sites, while predictable, is at least as fanciful as a story on the CDC's web site positing that Alexander the Great may have died of West Nile virus encephalitis.

Some accounts at the time did take note of the embarrassing fact that the CDC had provided samples of West Nile and a host of other potential biowar agents to Saddam Hussein's then-friendly regime in the mid-1980s. While the strain delivered to Iraq was different than the one that turned up in New York, NewsMax declared that "experts have confirmed that Saddam has the ability to mutate viruses and other biological agents." (Sounds like he's one of the X-Men.)

But it wasn't only right-wingers who weighed in on the subject. In the October 11, 1999 edition of The New Yorker, Richard Preston wrote a lengthy story headlined "West Nile Mystery: How Did It Get Here? The CIA Would Like to Know." It cited the concerns of unnamed intelligence analysts, and referred to an excerpt of a book entitled In the Shadow of Saddam published in the April 6, 1999, Daily Mail, a London tabloid. The author, who called himself Mikhael Ramadan, purported to be have been one of Saddam's body doubles before he escaped from Iraq, and claimed his boss bragged to him in 1997 that Iraq had developed a strain of WN that was "capable of destroying 97% of all life in an urban environment."

Preston acknowledged that the claims "sounded crazy," but went on to suggest that there might be at least a germ of truth behind the story, displaying only slightly more skepticism than the American press later did in the trumpeting of Iraq's nonexistent WMD threat during the run-up to the 2003 invasion. So here's a final suggestion for all those official experts out there: Next time an incidence of possible bioterrorism pops up on the media's radar, try to avoid the usual projection of guilt upon the empire's victims, and instead take a look in the mirror.


Granma International on Cuban Dengue outbreak

CDC official history of dengue (note: read between the lines)

Medical Service Corp. International hisotry of dengue

“West Nile Mystery,” by Richard Preston, The New Yorker, Oct. 18 & 25, 1999

CDC on Alexander the Great and West Nile Virus

From our weblog:

"Desert Storm vets demand Rumsfeld resignation," Oct. 21, 2002

"Is Baghdad next?" Oct. 20, 2001

See also:

"Bionoia," Pt. 3, WW4 REPORT #121


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Was Posada Carriles an Agent?Was Posada Carriles a CIA Agent or Not? (II)

By Reinaldo Taladrid Herrero

The events that immediately followed the scandal caused by the mid-air bombing of a Cuban airliner off the coast of Barbados in October 1976:

Although a top-priority intelligence information cable from the CIA Operations Directorate dated October 13, 1976, revealed that the Venezuelan government seriously considered the possibility of handing over Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch to US authorities—perhaps in a bid to protect them and get rid of two "hot potatoes"—, the then Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez was forced to arrest them and try them along with Hernan Ricardo and Freddy Lugo, the material authors of the bombing.

After nine long years of trials, rulings and appeals, Posada Carriles, whose nom-de-guerre was "Bambi," challenged the authorities: "Either you set me free or I will speak."

And the blackmail worked. On August 18, 1985, Luis Posada Carriles escaped from a Venezuelan prison thanks to a well-funded operation.

Who helped him escape?

Jorge Mas Canosa, the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) and other "friends."

And this is not an unfounded accusation. Jorge Mas Canosa's brother, Ricardo, confessed to it during a legal process in which Ricardo sued his own brother. This was what some may call a modern version of the biblical story of Cain and Abel.

Cuban-American Felix Rodriguez and George Bush Sr. had links that stretch back to the days when the latter was the CIA director:

The New York Times had access to a sworn statement described as follows:

"Ricardo Mas was the comptroller of his brother's company, Church & Tower, from 1972 to 1985. He said that at his brother Jorge's instruction he deposited a check in one of the company's Panamanian accounts and returned with cash.

''He [Jorge] said that he needed me to go down and bring back $50,000, that it would be used to get Luis Posada Carriles out of jail, that Carriles wanted out, that he might start talking,'' Ricardo Mas testified. ''The guy, I guess, was breaking down. They had to get him out of jail.''

According to The New York Times, "After 15 days in Caracas, Mr. Posada said, he was taken to Aruba aboard a shrimp boat. From there, a private plane flew him to Costa Rica and then on to El Salvador."

Who took him there?

A recently declassified document from the US Office of the Independent Counsel on the Iran-Contras scandal includes a report about a most unusual event:

On February 3, 1992, two FBI special agents named Michael Foster and George Kiszynski—the latter having a long record of complicity with Miami-based anti-Cuba groups—had a six-hour meeting with Luis Posada Carriles at room 426 in the US embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Seemingly, the FBI tracked down and met with someone who had evaded Venezuelan justice, a felon with an impending trial for a highly dangerous crime and an individual wanted by Interpol.

During their long conversation, they hardly spoke about the terrorist act in Barbados. The report only indicates that:

"Posada was not responsible for the downing of the Cuban airliner in 1976," they categorically assert and put it in a written record.

Before the meeting began, the special agents explained it to Posada that the meeting would only deal with the Iran-Contras case.

In their report to the Office of the Independent Counsel, the two FBI officers provided an account, based on Luis Posada Carriles' statement, which explained who had broken him out of his Venezuelan prison, "Rodriguez and other Cuban friends of Posada helped Posada get out of Venezuela and relocate in El Salvador."

Rodriguez is Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia, a nephew of one of Fulgencio Batista's government ministers. He had illegally entered Cuba prior to the Bay of Pigs Invasion with the task of blowing up the Bacunayagua bridge, located between the provinces of Matanzas and Havana. He was a classmate of Jorge Mas Canosa and Posada Carriles in Fort Bening.

Feliz Rodriguez Mendigutia was part of a group of CIA torturers in the Phoenix operation during the Vietnam War and a coordinator of the group that murdered Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Bolivia.

The CIA sent him to work as part of Operation Condor in several Latin American countries. Being a close friend of George Bush Sr., Rodriguez also had an active participation in the Iran-Contras operation.

Currently, Rodriguez is the head of a Miami-based terrorist group known as Brigada 2506.

The CANF and Mas Canosa had links with former US President Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contras scandal.

In May 1987, Felix Rodriguez made a statement under oath before the Congress Committee that investigated the Iran-Contras scandal. During that session, he was asked, "Who is that Ramon Medina so often mentioned in several testimonies?"

Felix Rodriguez replied, "Medina is Luis Posada Carriles, a good friend of mine; I brought him into El Salvador because that honorable man deserved to be free."

But, where in El Salvador was he taken to?

To the Ilopango Airbase

What was he doing there? What was his mission?

According to what Posada Carriles himself told the two FBI special agents —information that they later repeated in a secret document about the meeting they had with Posada Carriles in the US embassy in Tegucigalpa in February 1992—, the FBI had been told that "Posada was the field manager of the operation at Ilopango."

"The operation" was aimed at illegally providing the Nicaraguan Contras with all kinds of weaponry and supplies, despite the fact that US legislation banned these types of activities.

First, they illegally went and got hold of the money. Then, they brought the weapons and supplies from the US to the Ilopango Airbase and from that point they later proceeded to distribute them clandestinely among the Nicaraguan counter-revolutionaries, who were being paid by the US government to fight against the Sandinista government.

In another declassified secret document entitled "Organizational Diagram of the "Benefactor Company" (BC) Contra Resupply Operation in San Salvador" one section reads, "Ramon is the assistant director." At the time, Posada was working in El Salvador under the false identity of Ramon Medina.

It was Robert Dutton, general manager of the operation, who gave the name of Benefactor Company to the body created to illegally supply arms to the Contras. This operation had assets valued at $4.089 billion according to the final report by the Office of the Independent Counsel.

But in Ilopango, the hub of the Iran-Contras operation, Posada Carriles took on all kinds of jobs, according to the FBI special agents' report:

The report by these two FBI agents to the Office of the Independent Counsel that was investigating the scandal states that Posada Carriles earned nearly $7,000 a month and "also received housing, a car, maid service, food, and other expenses."

The same document reads that "Posada [Carriles] flew on some of the re-supply flights and he earned $750 for each one of those flights, "and goes on to state that Posada Carriles made a mistake and paid himself twice his monthly wage.

On the other hand, he was well aware of who his employers were. The two FBI officers reported that "one thing that stands in Posada's mind is that money never seemed to be a problem. There was never a problem about having money back in Washington […] Posada was working under the assumption that it was a Washington project."

An so as to leave no doubt, Posada said that he "thought that he was working for Ronald Reagan and that it was a USG [US government] approved project."

That is why he was very cautious, even with his buddies, because he was working for Washington, not for the Miami-based anti-Cuba organizations. And as proof, the two FBI officials said that he admitted that "Jorge Mas Canosa was a friend and that Mas [Canosa] knew about the re-supply operation, but he was not involved." Posada did not want the Miami Cubans to know that he was in El Salvador, because if they had found out, his cover would have been blown.

He even distrusted his benefactor and head of the operation. Speaking about Felix Rodriguez, he told the FBI interviewers that Rodriguez talked too much, was "immature, and has ego problems […] talking to others about himself is part of Rodriguez' nature."

Nonetheless, Posada knew about everything that was going on there, including secret communications between Felix Rodriguez and the office of US Vice President George Bush Sr. The same report states:

"Rodriguez said to Posada that he wanted to talk to then-Vice President George Bush and that he arranged a meeting through his friend Donald Gregg […] Posada knows that Rodriguez talked to Gregg a lot on the telephone because Posada paid the phone bills."

Donald Gregg had been in Vietnam working for the CIA along with Rodriguez and at the time was the US vice president's (George Bush Sr.) National Security advisor.

So, was the vice president's office aware of the role that Posada Carriles was playing in that secret operation?

The facts speak for themselves.

There were not only telephone calls. There were at least three documented meetings held with Felix Rodriguez at the former vice-president’s office; in addition, an uninterrupted exchange of notes, cards and photographs between Felix and George Bush Sr. have been reported.

Moreover, during hearings of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations looking into the Iran-Contras affair, the following conversation took place between Donald Gregg, George Bush’s National Security advisor, and Senator John Kerry:

Sen. Kerry: "Do you recall the downing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 in which 72 people lost their lives as a result; do you remember that?"

Gregg: "Yes."

Sen. Kerry: "A terrorist bomb. And a Cuban-American named Luis Posada was arrested In Venezuela in connection with that. He then escaped in 1985 with assistance from Felix [Rodriguez]…"

Gregg: "It is."

Sen. Kerry: "Okay and he brought him to Central America to help the Contras under pseudonym of Ramon Medina, Correct."

Gregg: "Now, I know that; yes."

Sen. Kerry: "Is it appropriate for a Felix Rodriguez to help a man indicted in a terrorist bombing to escape from prison, and then appropriate for him to take him to become involved in supply operation, which we are supporting?"

Gregg: "I cannot justify that sir. And I am not sure about what role Felix played in breaking him out of jail…I think that Orlando Bosch or someone like him was responsible for that."

The report by the two FBI agents to the Office of the Independent Counsel on Posada Carriles’ role in the Iran-Contras affair, also reveals that Posada was not a mere participant in the secret operation to illegally supply arms to the Contras.

Posada Carriles was appointed to close down the operation following the shooting down of a plane piloted by mercenary Eugene Hasenfus and the resulting scandal.

In their description of Posada Carriles’ participation in the Iran-Contras affair, the FBI agents said: "[He was] left all alone to clean up the mess during the post-Hasenfus period. Posada had to move all the equipment out of the houses and close them down. Posada had to get all the personnel out of the country, dispose of their personal weapons, their communication gear, terminate the leases and utilities, pay off all the outstanding bills and all other loose ends."

But the sly fox admitted something else to the FBI agents: "During the course of cleaning up these houses, Posada collected papers, maps, house and fuel receipts, flight logs, photographs, and other kinds of miscellaneous items and put them in two boxes."

Further on, the 31-page secret report reads: "When Posada was shot in Guatemala, two of his Cuban friends from Miami came to visit him [ their names are obliterated] Posada gave them a box of papers which they took to Miami."

What did the box contain? Who were the Cuban friends who visited him in Guatemala? Why were their names crossed out when declassifying the document? Was the long-time agent trying to guarantee his retirement by withholding sensitive information?

Going back to the first question, Was Luis Posada Carriles a CIA agent or not?

If, as the official version has it, the CIA severed ties with him in 1976, how is it possible that two individuals—such as Jorge Mas Canosa and Felix Rodriguez, whom are known to have worked for the US government—brook him out of jail?

Were they working on their own initiative or fulfilling a mission?

Why, as it was later admitted, did they take him to the secret location where the operation to supply the Contras with weapons was being carried out? An operation under the direct supervision of the office of Vice President George Bush, the director of the CIA that had allegedly severed ties with Posada?

How would two espionage experts like Vice President Bush and his adviser Donald Gregg contract someone— whom they did not completely trust—to undertake such a delicate mission?

Would the vice president, who wanted to succeed the president, run the risk of working with someone he did not completely trust?

The fact is that they did not only have occasional contact after allegedly having severed ties. The CIA also entrusted Posada with a delicate mission and Posada himself admitted that he had had close ties with then-CIA director William Casey.

Why were no legal actions taken against Posada, considering he was a key figure in a scandal that ended in the sanctioning of high-ranking officials from the US administration?

The special agents’ report clearly documents that Posada admitted to having received protection. The report deatails a conversation that Posada Carriles had with Robert Dutton, head of the operation to supply the Contras with arms: "The FBI never called Posada. Later, Dutton told Posada that it was okay, that the FBI wouldn't investigate. Dutton said that Washington had ‘stopped the investigation.’"

Why was it that they did not call him in until 1992, and then for just a simple interview?

Why were they never interested in talking to Posada Carriles about the bombing of the plane off of Barbados?

Why didn’t they ever arrest him, knowing he was a fugitive wanted by the Venezuelan justice system, where he is to this day considered a fugitive of justice?

The last paragraph of the report on the 1992 interview with Posada at the US embassy in Tegucigalpa states that after having talked with special agent Foster about the details of the interview, Posada went to the local Venezuelan Embassy and identified himself to them. He was told that the Venezuelan government did not have any political problem with Posada going to the United States.

There is no doubt of the active role that Carlos Andres Perez’s government played in the whole affair. Officials knew the whereabouts of Posada as early as the beginning of 1992 and that he wanted to travel to the United States. They decided not to arrest him or take any action against an individual who was a fugitive accused of a brutal act of terrorism.


The question remains unanswered to date.

But it is merely one more of a long list of questions that has not been answered by neither the CIA nor the US government.

After this long list of details, I can only recommend that the reader return to the initial question and draws their own conclusion.

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our government is crime ridden, and broken.. this infestation of crime, and abuse from officials in office stream down into every type of court in the land.

I read a book titled "a matter of interpretation" written by Court Justice, Antonin Scalia.. I recommend that all of us read this book, it explains a lot.


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The FBI agent who arrested the Five was a ‘consultant’ in Guantánamo

BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD —Granma International staff writer—

HECTOR Pesquera, head of the Miami FBI who arrested the five Cuban anti-terrorist combatants who infiltrated Florida’s criminal groups acting against the island, advised the military heading the interrogations on the Guantánamo base.

After being converted into “spies,” the Five were locked in punishment cells for 17 months and family visits were strictly limited. Later they were placed in five distinct penitentiaries around the country.

Pesquera’s activities on Guantánamo have been revealed by various FBI documents declassified at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is investigating cases of torture on the base located on land illegally occupied by the United States in eastern Cuba.

The UN Human Rights Committee has just demanded the immediate closure of all the detention centers used in the supposed War on Terror. It has called for investigation into the cases of suspicious death, torture, and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment committed in those centers, including the one in Guantánamo.

Pesquera’s name is mentioned in two messages marked “SECRET” that have many parts blacked out. It took three years to obtain the texts using the Freedom of Information Act, legislation that allows access to documents but which also allows its authors to cross out information considered “sensitive.”

The physical presence of Pesquera in Guantánamo on at least one occasion in 2002 has been confirmed. Everything indicates that he was also there in 2003.

The first mention of the former Miami FBI chief appeared in a May 2002 memorandum—classified as “DETAINEES-1162B— addressed to him and agents Kenneth Sensor and Thomas P. Lewis II, from the office of the Head of the FBI; Andrew G. Arena, from the anti-terrorist section; and Cassandra M. Chandler, from the “training” department.

Another document dated May 30, 2003 —classified as “DETAINEES- 1261B - 1267B— also mentions “Special Agent in Charge” Hector M. Pesquera. The message was sent by the—Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU)—of the Defense Department to Pesquera and another person whose name is illegible.  

Months ago human rights monitors stated that prisoners on the U.S. military base in Guantánamo are still the victims of torture and mistreatment.


It is interesting that Pesquera was selected to advise the authorities of the interrogation camp, apparently due to his reputation and ample experience in the development of interrogation techniques.

In their exposés of the abuses suffered by the prisoners in the U.S. concentration camp, human rights activists described ones to which  René González, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Fernando González were subjected to throughout the almost eight years of their incarceration.

 A chronology of their detention demonstrates this in no uncertain terms.

 In an attempt to break the will of the five Cubans, the FBI resorted to an infernal series of mistreatment in violation of all penitentiary regulations and international conventions against cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

The fateful September 12, 1989, after their savage arrest under the strict supervision of Pesquera, the Cubans were taken to FBI general headquarters in Miami, where their initial interrogation was marked by deception, blackmail and promises aimed at undermining their will with the most sophisticated interrogation methods which Pesquera himself, without a doubt, later proposed for Guantánamo.

A few days later, for no reason at all, the five prisoners were moved directly to punishment cells in the Special Holding Unit of the Miami Federal Detention Center.

The extreme conditions of this place, commonly known as “the hole” are meant for recalcitrant prisoners:  23 hours pr day of incarceration in the cell and only one hour “free” each weekday. Saturdays and Sundays, 48 hours in their individual cells, stripped of all personal belongings.

The cells are less than three by two meters in size, with a roughly finished cement floor, metal bed, concrete table and backless chair, metal toilet and sink.

They were kept in those holes until February 2000!

After visiting Gerardo for the first time, lawyer Leonard Weinglass reported that he was naked, locked up in what is known as the “box,” a “hole” inside the “hole.” When they let him out for the meeting, they removed all the other prisoners from their cells first so that he could not be seen, could not hear a human voice or see another human being.

The manipulation of visa applications and family visits constitutes one of the cruelest instruments used by the FBI to destroy the resistance of the Five.

 Pesquera renounced his FBI post in December 2003, just after the Miami New Times published a report describing his strange relationship with an individual within the Miami Cuban-American fauna known for his involvement in various frauds. Today he is advisor to the Sheriff of Broward County, currently the object of a corruption investigation.

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taxpayers deep pockets support a model that keeps on "hurtin"

Boston man awarded $3.2 million for wrongful conviction
By Associated Press
Friday, August 11, 2006 - Updated: 09:43 AM EST

BOSTON - A man who spent 6 years in prison after a faulty fingerprint match led to his conviction for shooting a Boston police officer was awarded $3.2 million by the city, equaling what’s believed to be the largest amount the city ever paid in a wrongful conviction case.
     The award to Stephan Cowans, 35, of the city’s Mattapan section, stemmed from the 1997 wounding of Sgt. Gregory Gallagher. Cowans was exonerated by DNA evidence through the New England Innocence Project and freed in January 2004.

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     In March, the city agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Neil Miller, who served 10 years in prison after being convicted of raping a 19-year-old Emerson College student. In 1989, DNA tests proved another man had committed the crime.
     In May 1997, a man shot Gallagher twice with the officer’s gun after a scuffle, then fled into a nearby home, where he briefly held a mother and her two children hostage. He drank from a glass of water before fleeing the house, leaving a fingerprint on the glass that police later mistakenly matched to Cowans.
     In 1998, Cowans was convicted of armed assault with intent to murder, home invasion and related charges, and was sentenced to 35 to 50 years in prison. His mother died four months before he was freed from prison, and his request to attend her funeral was denied, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Cowans last year.
     As part of the settlement, Cowans agreed to drop claims against the city, the Police Department and six police officers - including Gallagher, who had identified Cowans as the shooter - who were included in the lawsuit, Boston city attorney William Sinnott told The Boston Globe.
     The police department’s fingerprinting unit, which was blamed for Cowans’ conviction, was shut down by then police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole in 2004, and its work was turned over to the State Police. The department has since resumed control of the unit in a new, high-tech facility, run by a veteran fingerprint analyst.


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Accidental Gunshots Vex LAPD

In 350 incidents since 1985, officers shot selves or one another nearly as often as they were hit by suspects, records show.
By Scott Glover and Matt Lait, Times Staff Writers
        August 17, 2006        

The iconic confrontation in American policing, in which brave officers shoot it out with armed thugs, has occurred time and again in the annals of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Only days ago, what seemed like a routine traffic stop turned into a gun battle when officers pulled over a car only to see a passenger emerge with an AK-47 assault rifle. The gunman sprayed the squad car with about 20 high-velocity rounds, one of which nearly severed an officer's wrist.

As unsettling — and unpredictable — as such incidents are, a Times analysis of two decades of police records highlights another danger to officers, one little appreciated even by officials who oversee the department: Officers over those years shot themselves or one another nearly as often as they were shot by suspects.

Since 1985, there have been more than 350 accidental discharges by LAPD officers. There also have been more than a dozen so-called friendly fire incidents.

Though the resulting wounds tended to be less serious than in gun battles with suspects, scores of officers and more than two dozen suspects and bystanders have been injured in incidents that department officials blame on careless handling of firearms.

"Any officer being shot for any reason is an unacceptable number," said Police Commission Vice President Alan Skobin, who is one of two commissioners assigned to review accidental discharges of guns. "Unfortunately, when you have a large number of people who frequently handle weapons, there will be accidents. You just hope that there aren't serious consequences."

Last month offered up a sad example: The 3-year-old son of an LAPD officer got hold of his father's 9-millimeter service handgun as they sat in a pickup truck at a traffic light in Anaheim. When the child pulled the trigger, a bullet passed through the officer and left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Officials say that kind of tragedy is rare, but department records don't track accidental shootings not committed by an officer.

The vast majority of accidental shootings the department does monitor are avoidable and generally the result of careless or reckless conduct.

Over the last five years, the number of accidents has declined — as have all types of officer-involved shootings — but such incidents still accounted for about a third of all gunshot injuries sustained by officers.

Some officers have been involved in more than one accidental shooting. However, because the Police Commission this year started withholding the names of officers involved in shootings, it is no longer possible to determine from its public reports whether an officer has a history of negligently handling firearms.

Mishaps commonly occur as officers chase suspects or clean their guns. However, over the years, some accidental gunshots have been highly unusual.

One off-duty officer shot himself in a leg as he sat behind his desk and, according to department records, contemplated "a complex mathematical problem." Another officer inadvertently pulled the trigger when his African gray parrot flew into his face.

One officer accidentally shot his girlfriend in a leg while trying to retrieve a cartridge from his handgun as a "memento" of their date. Yet another officer admitted that he accidentally fired his gun because he was startled by a woman holding a teddy bear. Two officers accidentally discharged their weapons as they handled them at home while watching themselves in mirrors.

Even officers from the department's elite SWAT unit have accidentally fired guns while on duty.

In one case, officers had just completed a highly dangerous operation in which they entered the home of a barricaded suspect. Though they emerged from the house unscathed, one of them errantly fired his shotgun while unloading ammunition from another weapon. Shotgun pellets struck the ground between his feet, with metal fragments ricocheting into his partner's upper leg.

In another case, an officer from the division that studies police behavior and attempts to reduce risk was off duty when he decided to give his fiancee a lesson on the safe handling of guns, according to a department report.

The officer thought he had removed all of the rounds from the cylinder of his .38-caliber weapon when he pointed it at a wall and began to explain "trigger pull pressure." As he pulled the trigger, a round that had been left in the chamber discharged into the wall.

Accidental shootings are not unique to LAPD officers. Statistics from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department show that deputies over the last five years accidentally discharged their weapons at roughly the same rate.

"I don't see it as a problem any more significant than other agencies might have, and maybe, in fact, less significant," LAPD Chief William J. Bratton said.

Police Department records show that 161 officers were injured by gunfire from 1985 to 2005, the last year for which statistics are available.

Ninety officers were shot by suspects, compared to 68 officers who either shot themselves or were shot by other officers. (In three cases it was unknown whether the officer was wounded by a suspect's gun or by friendly fire.)

At the LAPD, accidental gunshots can mean administrative headaches and embarrassment for those involved. Officers are required to report immediately any discharge of a weapon whether it is intentional or not, on duty or off.

All gun discharges are investigated by detectives and then reviewed by the chief and the civilian Police Commission, which makes the final determination on whether a shooting is within departmental guidelines.

Nearly every accidental gunshot results in an "out of policy" finding by the commission and can result in an officer being disciplined. Often, however, they receive minor punishments such as reprimands.

Because of administrative repercussions, police experts suspect that many accidental shootings go unreported, especially if they occur while the officer is off duty, which according to LAPD records is when more than 20% of the accidents happen.

Former LAPD training Officer Hank Cousine admitted that he did not report an accidental discharge by a probationary officer under his supervision because he didn't want to hurt the young officer's career.

Cousine, a 15-year veteran who was fired for participating in an illegal pyramid scheme in 1998, said he believes that many accidental discharges go unnoticed by the department.

"If there's no one around, you're not going to say anything about it," Cousine said. "Why would you lay yourself out? Why would you want to give up money, get yourself in trouble, and take days off and get ridiculed? Why would you do that?"

Over the years, alcohol appeared to play a role in some accidental discharges.

Officer Timothy J. McLaughlin accidentally fired a .38-caliber bullet through his apartment wall and into a neighbor's home after drinking six beers in 1999. He reported the discharge a day later, only after learning that the neighbor took a photo of the bullet hole and talked to his landlord about hiring an attorney.

"A firearm must be handled with extreme care at all times; no one should be more aware of this than a police officer," said Capt. Joseph Curreri, who recommended that McLaughlin be suspended for 15 days. "Only but for the grace of God was no one injured as a result of the accidental discharge."

While drinking for several hours at a bar in Hermosa Beach in 1998, records show, officers Erik Cortes and Jeffrey Ingalls got to talking about guns and police tactics.

At one point, they went to the restroom together. As Ingalls washed his hands at a sink, Cortes saw Ingalls' gun and removed it from its holster, accidentally shooting his friend's hand. As the bullet shattered on the bathroom floor, a fragment ricocheted into Ingalls' neck.

In a 1992 case, Officer John Duran had a blood alcohol level of 0.232 — nearly three times the legal driving limit — when he accidentally fired his gun, setting off a chain reaction of injuries.

According to police reports, Duran was a passenger in the backseat of a pickup truck when his gun fell out of his waistband. As he picked it up, one of his buddies started play-fighting, slapping the off-duty officer.

The gun went off and the bullet hit the driver in an arm, causing him to lose control and crash into a telephone pole. The collision broke Duran's neck and fractured a leg of another passenger — also an off-duty LAPD officer — in five places.

"People make mistakes," Commissioner Skobin said. "They are human beings. You wish it would never happen, but unfortunately it does."

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Dear JFK Assassination Researcher,  

By now, I'm certain you are aware of the serious legal problems with which I have been confronted in recent weeks. It is not possible to discuss this matter in any detail within the context of this letter, but I will simply state that my attorneys -- who include former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and J. Alan Johnson, former U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania -- strongly believe the charges against me are unjustified. All of them agree that this vindictive inquisition is completely indefensible and that ultimately, I will prevail.

Unfortunately, the legal defense that I must mount all the way through a prolonged trial will be astronomically expensive. But I have no choice. My entire life is literally at stake -- personally, professionally and financially. And most important, the incredible emotionally traumatic impact this investigation has had on my wife, children and grandchildren must be reversed.  

Your financial assistance in this critical matter would be deeply appreciated and, together with similar contributions from other key individuals, might even prove life-saving. Should you find yourself in a financial position to contribute to this cause, please direct it to the "Wecht Legal Defense Fund" at 1119 Penn Ave., Suite 404, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222.  

Thank you for your consideration of this fervent plea. With kind regards,   Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.  

p.s. There is no particular reason to believe that my four decade-long search for the truth in the assassination of John F. Kennedy is the //cause// of this prosecution, but neither is there reason to believe that resistance to that work is not one of the government's motivating factors. It is of note, for instance, that the F.B.I. has seized all of my JFK assassination files and correspondence, even though none of the allegations against me have been related in any way to that case.


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first easy read


second uneasy read

You can ALMOST commit the perfect crime if your the law enforcement agency committing the crime and investigating it at the same time

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Federal agent claims FBI halted key investigation
By Victoria Corderi and Richard Greenberg
Dateline NBC

June 3, 2005

Is our government doing everything it can in the war on terror? A highly-respected federal agent says no and he's making a troubling accusation. He says the FBI intentionally put the brakes on an investigation into a suspected al-Qaida fundraising operation. Why? The answer, he says, is a flaw exposed by September 11 that still hasn't been fixed.

Three years ago, President Bush gave a directive to succeed in the war on terror, law enforcement agencies need to work together:

Bush: “Information must be fully shared so we can follow every lead to find the one that may prevent tragedy.”

So you'd think that if a decorated federal agent had evidence of suspected terrorist activity, the government would pull out all the stops to follow up. Think again, says this man.

Joe Webber: “My concern is that we have learned nothing from the events of September 11.”

Joe Webber, a 30-year veteran of federal law enforcement, says the government sat on important information about suspected terrorist activity on U.S. soil. He's so outraged, he says, he's willing to risk his career by going public.

Victoria Corderi: “Have you ever done anything like what you're doing today? To come forward to criticize the government?”

Webber: “No. This is probably a very career-limiting move.”

Webber runs the Houston office of the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, “ICE” for short.

He says the story begins two and half years ago when his office started investigating a man believed to be raising money for terrorists. Webber doesn't want to jeopardize the ongoing case by revealing too many details, but he will say the suspect was in direct contact with known terrorists.

Webber: “There's clearly probable cause to believe that the target of the investigation was in communication with those involved in international terrorism.”

Corderi: “With Osama Bin Laden?”

Webber: “Those associated with Osama Bin Laden, yes.”

He says the FBI has intentionally impeded the investigation being conducted by his agency, ICE.

Webber: “I was told point blank, they are not going to let ICE pursue this investigation.”

To understand why this hits a raw nerve for Joe Webber, you need to know what happened to him on September 11. Back then, before he took over the Houston office, he was in charge of the New York office of U.S. Customs which was located at number six World Trade Center, right next to the Twin Towers.

He was there when the first plane hit, Webber saw to it that all 500 of his staff evacuated. After the second plane struck he rushed back into his office.

Webber: “I felt an obligation to make sure that the building was empty.”

He was still inside when the first tower collapsed. Part of his building went with it. Debris rained down on top of him and he was trapped.

Corderi: “What were you thinking?”

Webber: “Well there were some private thoughts there, but I recall thinking that was the end. And thought of my family. Said a prayer.”

His prayer was answered when two firefighters came to his rescue.

That day changed him. He says he is haunted by unthinkable images and devastation.

Webber: “Words cannot describe the sight of people jumping from a building. It's difficult to get through a day without thinking about it, very difficult.”

Which is why when one year after September 11 his office zeroed in on that suspect in Houston who was allegedly raising money for terrorists, Webber says he and his agents dug hard for two years. He says they collected a lot of evidence of the suspect's terrorist ties, but needed more to build a criminal case. And the best way to do that was a wiretap. To get permission for one, they had to lay out what they'd learned so far in an affidavit.

Webber: “That affidavit referenced terrorism on 49 occasions, referenced bin Laden by name on three occasions, and referenced al-Qaida twice.”

Webber says he made a point of following President Bush's directive about sharing information and he submitted the affidavit to other federal law enforcement agencies.

The local FBI office and federal prosecutors in Houston were on board, he says. And so were Justice Department officials in Washington.

Webber: “And at every level, they said, ‘Go ahead, go ahead, go ahead, good luck. ICE and FBI working well together in Houston.’ Everything was on track.”

But he still needed approval for the wiretap from FBI headquarters in Washington, where he says his request sat on a bureaucrat's desk for four months. Webber says he kept asking what was happening.

Corderi: “So you'd never experienced this kind of lag before?”

Webber: “No.”

And, he says, what was making his blood boil during the wait, was the news he was hearing out of Iraq: terrorists offering reward money for the deaths of Americans.

Webber: “It was $3,000 for the death of a U.S. Serviceman, $2,000 for the death of an Iraq Serviceman, and $1,000 for a U.S. contractor.”

Corderi: “Without terrorist financing, that wouldn't be possible.”

Webber: “Correct. If they don't have the means of support to carry it out, they can't do it. I was no longer going to wait patiently.”

So, he says, with his terror funding suspect apparently still active, he called FBI headquarters directly last December and asked officials for a meeting to resolve any problems with the wiretap request.

Webber: “And the answer was, ‘We have too many people on vacation due to the holidays, and we'll be there next week.’ I was shocked. We work 7 by 24. It's a fulltime law enforcement operation.”

Webber says he finally got his meeting in January, But, still, no go-ahead for the wiretap.

Webber: “What the Bureau began to allege was, there were problems. There were conflicts. But when pushed for specifics, they couldn't articulate what those were.”

He says friends inside the FBI finally told him the real reason for the delays. It was because the case was not generated by the FBI itself, but came from Customs agents.

Corderi: “You mean a turf battle?”

Webber: “That's correct. That's correct.”

Corderi: “That the FBI would put a turf battle above national security?”

Webber: “That's absolutely my impression. You would think, in a post-9/11 environment, that an event like that wouldn't occur. But it did.”

Webber says he became fed up and wrote to two government offices he hoped could intervene, but didn't hear back. Finally, he contacted Sen. Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican with a history of investigating problems with the FBI.

Sen. Charles Grassley: “He's got a great deal of credibility.”

Sen. Grassley says he's been able to confirm key aspects of Webber's account and believes the FBI would have acted differently if the case had come from within.

Sen. Grassley: “They would've jumped on this so fast that you'd see the smoke. And they didn't jump on it. It's quite obvious.”

Corderi: “That seems incredible if you're talking about a terrorism investigation.”

Sen. Grassley: “It's a compromise of our national security. And it's evidence, further, of the institutional disease that the FBI has, that they always want to be in control of everything.”

Sen. Grassley says he discussed Joe Webber's case with FBI director Robert Mueller.

Sen. Grassley: “I don't want to repeat what he told me, but I think that I can conclude that he thought this was a very isolated incident. But it's not an isolated incident. Just that’s clear.”

Sen. Grassley says that because he's looking into other cases that may have been mishandled by the FBI for similar reasons -- turf battles. And, separately, federal agents have told Dateline of yet another terrorism funding investigation they say the Bureau neglected for two years because it didn't originate as an FBI case.

The FBI and ICE declined to be interviewed on camera and said that federal law constrains them from discussing matters under investigation. But they issued a joint statement saying that they "work closely together" on numerous investigations, and share a "spirit of cooperation ... at the highest levels."

They say "any and all terrorism leads are aggressively pursued" ... and though there is often healthy debate about the best.... approach, it's "never at the expense of public safety or national security." And they say they "have an established framework to discuss these issues, make decisions and move forward in the best interests of the American public."

As for Joe Webber's case, he says that between the time he asked for the wiretap and the time Sen. Grassley began asking questions, the government missed intercepting more than 700 communications by the suspected terrorist fundraiser operating on U.S. soil.

Webber: “Seven hundred conversations, never to be recovered. And if one dollar, one dollar has found its way into the hands of a terrorist that impacted the life of a U.S. citizen or a soldier in Iraq or even a citizen of another country, we lost. We lost.”

After four months and only after he complained to Sen. Grassley, Webber says, the FBI finally decided to pursue the case in its own way, but he fears it may be too late.

Corderi: “I can see someone saying it's sour grapes. The FBI has cut them out of the loop. It's sour grapes. Is there anything to that?”

Webber: “I don't believe so. People within the FBI have expressed their displeasure, within the FBI, about how badly this case was treated and how inappropriately the case was handled.”

Webber: “I am not a disgruntled employee. I love my job. I love our system of government. I somehow walked away from a building on September 11 due to two heroes, two firemen. I have a debt of gratitude I can never repay. I can never repay that. But I can't let this happen either. This can never happen again.”

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Sun, Aug. 20, 2006

Challenge to lone gunman theory
By Betsy Mason
Chuck Todd/Contra Costa Times

LIVERMORE - More than four decades after his death, John F. Kennedy's assassination remains the hottest cold case in U.S. history, and the clues continue to trickle in. Now Lawrence Livermore Laboratory scientists say a key piece of evidence supporting the lone gunman theory should be thrown out.

A new look at clues gleaned from studies of crime-scene bullet fragments shows they may have been misinterpreted.

"It basically shatters what some people call the best physical evidence around," said chemist Pat Grant, director of the lab's Forensic Science Center.

Grant and Livermore Lab metallurgist Erik Randich found that the chemical "fingerprints" used to identify which bullets the fragments came from are actually more like run-of-the-mill tire tracks than one-of-a-kind fingerprints.

"I've spoken with people on both sides of the conspiracy divide and there's no question but that (Randich and Grant's) work is going to be very difficult, if not outright impossible, to refute," said Gary Aguilar, a San Francisco ophthalmologist and single-bullet skeptic who has studied the Kennedy assassination for more than a decade. "It looks impregnable."

The government's claim that Lee Harvey Oswald alone killed Kennedy spawned a vitriolic debate between conspiracy theorists and lone gunman supporters that rages to this day.

In 1964, the Warren Commission, established by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination, concluded that Oswald fired just three shots from the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas: The first missed entirely. The second passed through the president's neck, into Texas Governor John Connally's body under his right arm, out through his chest and then splintered his wrist and wounded his left thigh. The third fatally hit Kennedy in the head.

Single-bullet theory

Even though three bullets were involved, this scenario became known as the "single-bullet theory" because it requires the second bullet to account for all the nonfatal injuries to both Kennedy and Connally.

The injuries to Kennedy's neck and to Connally happened within a split second of each other. So either the injuries to both men came from a single bullet from Oswald or from at least two bullets from more than one shooter. Oswald's rifle couldn't have fired two shots in such rapid succession.

So in order for Oswald to be the lone gunman, it had to be a single bullet.

Skeptics and believers alike say the bullets amount to the most important piece of physical evidence for the single-bullet theory. Throwing it out is like removing a leg from a four-legged table.

"Warren Commission defenders consider this evidence central to the single-bullet theory," Aguilar said.

But Grant and Randich say the bullet lead analysis was faulty. Both Randich and Grant are forensic scientists at Livermore Lab but researched the JFK case on their own time. Their work is the latest chapter in an ongoing saga.

Lead impurities

In the immediate aftermath of the assassination, the FBI analyzed five bullet fragments recovered from the limousine, the governor's wrist, the president's brain and from a hospital stretcher.

The FBI used a technique known as "neutron activation" analysis to find the precise composition of the fragments. By determining the exact amounts of impurities in the lead, such as antimony and silver, they hoped to be able to tell which fragments came from the same bullet. But the FBI decided it couldn't draw any conclusions from the results.

In 1976, the U.S. House of Representatives formed an assassination committee to investigate the deaths of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. The move was largely a response to hundreds of books, documentaries and magazine pieces questioning the government's version of the JFK assassination, as well as public outcry following the first airing of Abraham Zapruder's home movie of the assassination on the television show, "Good Night America."

The committee called in nuclear chemist Vincent Guinn, one of the world's foremost experts on neutron activation, to reanalyze the bits of bullet lead.

Unlike the FBI, Guinn drew a very clear conclusion. He said the antimony in the fragments clearly showed they all came from two, and only two, bullets of the type used by Oswald's gun, which supports the Warren Commission's lone gunman theory.

According to Guinn, one set of fragments from the president's brain and the limousine in front of the president had around .06 percent antimony, and all came from the bullet that killed JFK. The other set of fragments from the governor's wrist and a nearly intact bullet found on a stretcher at the hospital had closer to .08 percent antimony and were pieces of the infamous "single bullet."

Based on evidence including the bullet lead, the committee concluded in 1979 that both shots had come from Oswald's gun.

They did not, however, rule out the possibility of a conspiracy. In fact, they strongly suspected a second shooter was present that day, but based on Guinn's data, any second shooter had missed the target.

Or maybe not.

"It turns out that if you really analyze the results correctly, then the results are wrong," said Grant.

Fatal flaw

Randich and Grant's study grew out of work Randich did in 2002 that exposed a fatal flaw in the FBI's use of bullet-lead evidence to connect suspects with crime scenes in thousands of criminal cases during the past three decades.

The FBI claimed that like a fingerprint, each batch of lead has a unique chemical signature, so the specific amounts of impurities in a lead bullet could match it with other bullets from the same batch. For example, if bullets at a suspect's house were found to have the same impurity signature as a bullet or fragment found at a murder scene, it was treated as evidence tying the suspect to the crime.

Randich's training as a metallurgist told him there was something wrong with this reasoning.

"I realized these people could put my sons in jail with bogus science," he said. "I thought I ought to do something about it."

By analyzing years of data kept by lead smelters, Randich found that batches are not unique, and bullets from different batches of bullets poured months or years apart could have the same chemical signature. And bullets poured from the start of a batch could differ slightly, but measurably, from those at the end.

He has testified in about a dozen cases. Because of his work, courts now reject bullet-lead analysis and the FBI no longer uses it as evidence.

JFK case problems

The JFK case has similar problems.

According to Guinn, the type of bullets used by Oswald happened to have highly variable amounts of antimony.

Guinn said the variation between bullets of this type was so great that he could use it to tell individual bullets apart, even from the same batch of lead.

Randich and Grant say that assumption is dead wrong.

They analyzed the same type of bullets and showed that within a single bullet, there is a significant variation in impurities on a microscopic scale. The range of concentrations of impurities in each bullet is large enough to make small fragments from different parts of the same bullet have very different chemical fingerprints.

Some of the fragments in the JFK case are so small that the differences in antimony could be explained entirely by this microscopic variation, instead of by differences between bullets, they said. Randich and Grant's study was published in July in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

One to five bullets

"We don't know if there were two bullets," said Randich. "There could have been two bullets, but the lead composition data shows there could be anywhere from one to five bullets."

The bullet found on the stretcher is missing some lead, but not enough to account for all the other fragments. So there had to be more than one bullet. But Grant and Randich say there is no way to tell how many more, at least from the bullet lead.

Losing Guinn's bullet-lead evidence is a major blow to the single-bullet theory.

That evidence "knits together the core physical evidence into an airtight case against Lee Oswald," according to a 2004 paper by Larry Sturdivan and Ken Rahn in an issue of Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry that celebrated Vincent Guinn after his death. "It is, thus, the key to resolving the major controversies in the JFK assassination and putting the matter to rest," the paper said.

Rahn, an atmospheric chemist recently retired from the University of Rhode Island, stands by this statement and Guinn's research despite Randich and Grant's study.

He says he believes it is possible that microscopic variation occurs within bullets of this type, but Grant and Randich can't say for sure whether it happened in the JFK bullets because they didn't analyze those particular fragments.

Rahn thinks it is far more likely the fragments fell into two distinct groups, one with .06 percent antimony and the other with .08 percent, because they came from two distinct bullets.

This fits the Warren Commission's conclusion that Oswald was the lone shooter, and two of the three bullets he shot hit the occupants of the president's limousine, Rahn said.

Grant counters that the two groups of bullet fragments might not actually be that distinct. The margin of error associated with the antimony analysis means that, statistically, the concentrations are too close to separate into groups.

Although Randich and Grant's research doesn't solve the Kennedy assassination, it certainly does weaken the case for a lone gunman.

"In recent years, the (bullet) fragment evidence has become one of the key struts supporting the single-bullet theory," Aguilar said. "Randich and Grant have knocked this slat out from under the theory."

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By O’Ryan Johnson
Saturday, August 26, 2006 - Updated: 12:47 AM EST

A Boston police detective is under investigation after he allegedly stole a pair of sunglasses from a toney Newbury Street store where he was called to solve a robbery.
    “The incident has been given to the superintendent of the bureau of internal affairs for investigation,” acting police commissioner Al Goslin said last night.
    According to a tape aired by WHDH-TV Ch. 7, a store security camera at the sunglass store Solstice captured the detective taking a pair of sunglasses off the wall while investigating a robbery there Monday, then later slipping them into his pocket.
    The alleged theft came two hours after the robbery where three men stole upward of 100 pairs of sunglasses after telling store employees they had a handgun and ordering the workers to empty the goods into bags.
    News of the incident hits a department that is still reeling from the arrest of three officers in an elaborate two-year FBI corruption probe. It also comes as a Suffolk County grand jury hears testimony about a police officer shooting a fellow officer following a night of boozing, and just weeks after a Boston cop and a state trooper allegedly brawled on Causeway Street, an incident that is also under investigation.
    Goslin, who was the superintendent in charge of internal affairs until his promotion to acting commissioner, said the Police Department is vigilant about keeping an eye on its own. “We pay very close attention to this stuff,” he said.

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I am reposting this with correct links to the story.

3 easy reads

Symbol of innocence (National Geographic Society)choosen to collaborate with FBI agents
to push disinformation spin on FBI agents and their
relationship with CIA asset Bin Laden ,
in spite of solid science linking FBI agents
as principle architects of first world trade
center bombing, oklahoma city bombing
and 911.
We can only wait for the next taxpayer
funded FBI-State Sponsored act of
terrorism to maintain America in the
grip of the Politics of Terrorism.
FBI agents know you have already
forgotten about their involvement in
JFK assassination, Martin Luther King assassination
, Robert Kennedy assassination,
voter fraud , pedophilia, Waco, Ruby Ridge,
and yes the Anthrax
. Welcome to Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,
won't you let a FBI agent be your neighbor.

click above link for more disinformation

then click this link for how it really went down


How Bin Laden's Spy Suckered the CIA, FBI and Army: TV Review

By Dave Shiflett

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush promises we are safer today than before 9/11, which sounds good until you realize how little is being promised.

What makes it all especially disturbing is that during much of this time Mohamed was a U.S. citizen, an operative for the CIA and FBI, and a member of the U.S. Army.

The program traces his rise with the help of archived news footage, re-enactments and interviews with terrorist experts, law-enforcement officials and people who knew Mohamed. They include military acquaintances and former FBI special agent John Cloonan, one of the master spy's contacts.

The story they tell is almost unbelievable.

Radical Views

Mohamed's initial infiltration of the U.S. military came in 1981 when, at the age of 29, he participated in an exchange program at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the Green Berets and Delta Force.

After returning to Egypt he was drummed out of that country's military because of his radical Islamic views. No matter. The CIA took him on in 1984, sending him to infiltrate a Hamburg mosque. There, Mohamed quickly blew his cover, resulting in his name being added to a watch list of suspected terrorists.

That still didn't stop Mohamed, who was allowed to re-enter the U.S. in 1985. He quickly went about living his version of the American dream, including marrying a California girl he met on the plane ride into Kennedy Airport. The nuptials were held in Las Vegas.

He joined the U.S. Army a year later, which took him back to Fort Bragg, where his superiors were alarmed by his praise of the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. His radicalism did not lead to his dismissal, though. Instead, Mohamed was asked to share his views with officers so that they might better understand the Islamic way.

Terrorist Training

In one captivating segment we see Mohamed passionately telling a military panel that Americans ``see what they want to see'' regarding the Mideast. He also insists Israel has no right to exist.

His views seemed so extreme, the show says, that many officers thought his radicalism was ``a joke.'' Lieutenant Colonel Robert Anderson, Mohamed's supervisor at Fort Bragg, adds that he had ``an air about him, a stare, a very coldness.''

Yet his chief characteristic was brashness.

He stole documents at Fort Bragg and fashioned them into a terrorism training manual, which he used to help bin Laden's personal security forces and countless terrorists. He also used his military credentials to take an unauthorized trip to Afghanistan, where he fought Soviet forces, a violation for which he was not disciplined.

After his military service ended, Mohamed did bin Laden's bidding on many other fronts, including scouting bombing targets such as U.S. embassies in East Africa. He was arrested in 1998 after his part in the plots was revealed, and pleaded guilty in 2000 to five counts of conspiracy.


Terrorism expert Steve Emerson, interviewed throughout the program, is awestruck by Mohamed's career.

``I've never seen a terrorist with such a storied background, with his connections to U.S. law enforcement and intelligence,'' he says. Emerson adds that Mohamed also revealed ``bureaucratic crevices'' between the CIA, FBI and military that were so big ``you could drive truck bombs through them.''

Mohamed is thought to be supplying information helpful to the U.S. government from an undisclosed prison cell, and at least one person thinks his final chapter has yet to be written.

David Runke, a defense attorney in the African embassies bombing case, says, ``I think the most likely thing that will happen is he'll be released, he'll be given a new name and a new identity, and he will pick up a life someplace.''

Although the documentary makes it clear that U.S. agencies bungled their handling of Mohamed, the author of the book that inspired the program says it's not tough enough.

Peter Lance, whose book ``Triple Cross'' will be released next month, has criticized the program for being too soft on federal authorities. John Ford, the National Geographic Channel's executive vice president of programming, has denied the allegation and says the show isn't solely based on Lance's book.

I imagine Mohamed must be pleased that he's still causing trouble in the U.S.

For more information on the program, see http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel

Another 9/11 Coverup in the Making?

By Rory O'Connor, AlterNet. Posted August 23, 2006.

The author of a new book about the mistakes that led to 9/11 accuses the National Geographic Channel of diluting a documentary about the book in order to protect the government.

Despite the best efforts of the Pentagon to keep the lid on, the story of Able Danger -- the controversial secret military intelligence program that purportedly identified five active al-Qaeda cells and four of the 9/11 hijackers more than a year before the worst terror attacks ever on American soil -- continues to make news.

The latest wrinkle is a nasty public spat between the National Geographic Channel, which plans to broadcast "Triple Cross: Bin Laden's Spy in America" on Aug. 28, and author Peter Lance, whose new book forms the basis of the documentary.

Lance is an Emmy-winning former reporter-producer for ABC News. His book, "Triple Cross," which will be released in September, accuses law enforcement officials of negligence in tracking down Ali Mohamed, an alleged al-Qaeda agent in the United States for years before Sept. 11. The book says Mohamed was hired by the CIA and worked for the FBI, all the while providing information to the terrorists. The book also contains, according to Lance, "a major new insight" into why the Pentagon killed the Able Danger operation in April 2000.

It involves the discovery by Able Danger operatives that Ali Mohamed was a member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle. Mohamed turned up in FBI surveillance photos as early as 1989, training radical Muslims who would go on to assassinate Jewish militant Meir Kahane and detonate a truck bomb at the World Trade Center. He not only avoided arrest, but managed to become an FBI informant while smuggling bin Laden in and out of Afghanistan, writing most of the al-Qaeda terrorist manual and helping plan attacks on American troops in Somalia and U.S. embassies in Africa. Finally arrested in 1998, Mohamed cut a deal with the Justice Department, and his whereabouts remain shrouded, unknown.

''The FBI allowed the chief spy for al-Qaeda to operate right under their noses,'' Lance said. ''They let him plan the bombings of the embassies in Africa right under their noses. Two hundred twenty-four people were killed and more than 4,000 wounded because of their negligence."

Lance contends that when Pentagon officials realized how embarrassing it would be if it were revealed that bin Laden's spy had stolen top-secret intelligence (including the positions of all Green Beret and SEAL units worldwide), they decided to bury the entire Able Danger program. Lance further states that his book also contains evidence that Patrick Fitzgerald (of later Scooter Libby/Valerie Plame fame) covered up key al-Qaeda intelligence in 1996, when he was then an assistant U.S. attorney in New York. To Lance, Fitzgerald was "one of the principal players in the government's negligence, who engaged in an affirmative coverup of key al-Qaeda-related intelligence in 1996."

Lance believes "Fitzgerald was hopelessly outgunned by Mohamed, a hardened al-Qaeda spy, who was bin Laden's personal security advisor." Despite two face-to-face meetings with Mohamed, whom Fitzgerald called "the most dangerous man I've ever met," he left him on the street, which allowed Mohamed -- who actually planned the surveillance for the African Embassy bombings -- to help pull off that simultaneous act of terror in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998, in which 224 died and more than 4,000 were injured.

There is also a chilling tie-in in the book to the airliner-bombing plot revealed last week by the British intelligence. Much of the key intelligence that Fitzgerald helped to bury in 1996 was directly related to the Bojinka plot, a scheme by original WTC bomber and 9/11 architect Ramzi Yousef to smuggle small improvised explosive devices aboard up to a dozen U.S. bound jumbo jets exiting Asia.

Fitzgerald went on become both U.S. attorney for the northern district of Illinois and special prosecutor in the CIA leak probe. After allowing Ali Mohamed to operate with virtual impunity for years, Fitzgerald finally arrested him post-bombing in 1998. But then he cut a deal with him that allowed Mohamed to enter witness protection and avoid the death penalty.

Lance contends that this was to spare the government from embarrassment, since Ali Mohamed had been an FBI informant since 1992. Yet despite three years in federal custody, Fitzgerald and his elite FBI squad members were unable to extract the 9/11 plot from Mohamed, who was so close to bin Laden that he lived in the Saudi billionaire's house after moving him and his family from Afghanistan to Khartoum in 1992.

The revelations, says Lance, proved "too hot to handle" for the National Geographic Channel, which is two-thirds owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp (which also owns Lance's publisher, HarperCollins). "The Feds have gotten to them, there is no doubt," Lance told me in an interview. "National Geographic has abandoned the truth and acquiesced to pressure from the government."

Television critic Glenn Garvin first reported the flap in a Miami Herald piece that characterized Lance's reaction to the program as a "watered-down whitewash" that was "like doing 'Schindler's List' from Hitler's perspective.''

Able Danger insiders had figured the documentary to be controversial, but no one expected open warfare to break out between Lance and his broadcasters prior to its airing. Lance, who was originally slated to narrate the film, is so angry at what he sees as the program's shift in direction and emphasis that he now refuses to back it at all.

At least one source interviewed for the documentary -- House Armed Services Committee vice chairman Curt Weldon, who has spearheaded congressional efforts to get to the bottom of the Able Danger affair -- has asked to be removed from the program. "We didn't think National Geographic was doing a 100 percent job," says Weldon's chief of staff, Russ Caso. "We felt we weren't looking at an unbiased piece.'' And National Geographic's producers now won't even let Lance see the final cut unless he signs what they call a "nondisparagement agreement.''

The public pissing match between Lance and his putative broadcaster is virtually without precedent. ''It's probably happened before,'' John Ford, executive vice president of programming at National Geographic Channel, told the Herald. "But I can't tell you when. I certainly don't know of a case." Ford strongly denies the documentary is a whitewash and says the network still stands behind it despite Lance's attack. But Lance is having none of it: "They hijacked my work," he says, "The documentary is now skewed so much in favor of the feds that it actually distorts the facts of the story." National Geographic's executive vice president of programming, John Ford, said the film's producers never intended to base the documentary solely on the book -- something Lance hotly disputes.

"Let me set the record straight on the allegations made by John Ford," he says. "First, in the Miami Herald piece, Ford lied to Glenn Garvin when he said that 'Peter wanted us to include accusations and conclusions ... that we could not independently verify, and we weren't willing to do that.'"

"The second lie is that the documentary 'was never supposed to be based solely' on my book," says Lance. "The truth is that from the beginning Nat Geo hired me to do a documentary exclusively based on my work. This was my show from start to finish. But now we're at a point where a major cable network, reporting on an issue of national importance, is backtracking on proof of how the FBI folded on the road to 9/11. What's worse, in a few days this documentary will air with my name on it!" Lance concludes, "This is a ridiculous lie, since they've cut me out of the process and rolled over in favor of the feds."

Despite Lance's vehement protestations, National Geographic executives like Ford are undeterred and say that the show must and will go on -- especially given the upcoming fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. ''It exposes how different parts of the U.S. national security apparatus failed to connect the dots on Ali Mohamed over a decade and a half,'' Ford said. "It's like a Tom Clancy thriller, but true.''

What's also true is that many questions still remain unanswered about the actual Able Danger program, what it found, and what reaction higher-ups everywhere from Pentagon brass to FBI officials to the 9/11 Commission had when Able Danger operatives attempted to inform them of its findings.

Why, for example, were three planned meetings with the FBI canceled at the last minute, thus preventing the bureau from hearing evidence that may have helped them "connect the dots" before the terror attacks? Why was the guided missile destroyer USS Cole sent to refuel at the port of Aden, Yemen, in October 2000, despite the fact that Able Danger had identified Aden as the location of an active al-Qaeda cell? Why did Special Operation Command chief Peter Schoomaker (now Army chief of staff) apparently do nothing after Able Danger analysts personally briefed him about the danger in Yemen just two days before a suicide bomb attack blew a 40-by-40-foot hole in the side of the Cole, killing 17 crew members and injuring 39 others?

Further, why was veteran intelligence analyst-operative Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer's career derailed and reputation besmirched after he tried to alert an unwilling 9/11 Commission to Able Danger's findings? What has happened to the Department of Defense's own inspector general's investigation into the scapegoating of Shaffer -- originally slated to be completed and made public in May? Whatever happened to Arlen Specter's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Able Danger, originally scheduled for last September and then "postponed for the Jewish holidays?" And why were the entire 2.5 terabytes of Able Danger data destroyed, along with a pre-9/11 link chart that identified four eventual hijackers and even had a photograph of Mohammed Atta?

And what about reports that the Able Danger program was reconstituted after the data purge by a classified Raytheon "skunk works" program in Garland, Texas? Or that the entire data-mining effort was then taken "black," hidden deep inside the intelligence bureaucracy and expanded into what later morphed into Total Information Awareness, NSA warrantless surveillance, and in fact the government's ongoing illegal and unconstitutional spying on huge quantities of domestic telephone calls and emails? Conspiracy ... or something more? The plot ever thickens …

Filmmaker and journalist Rory O'Connor writes the Media Is A Plural blog.

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It used to be called treason punishable by death. FBI agent used her bureau issued "get out of jail free" card and walked . Just another perc when you work for the taxpayer funded FBI.

Ex-FBI Agent to Get Probation for Leak

The Associated Press
Tuesday, August 29, 2006; 12:34 AM

LOS ANGELES -- A former FBI agent who disclosed confidential information in connection with a Chinese spying investigation will be sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, a judge said Monday.

U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner said he would accept a plea bargain for Denise K. Woo, 47, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count in June as part of the agreement. Sentencing was set for Oct. 23.
In the plea agreement, Woo acknowledged she had passed on information in 1999 about an informant's identity to a man only identified as J.W. Her lawyers argued that she acted out of concern that the man, a family friend, was being wrongly investigated.

Authorities have said the man was a Chinese-American employee of a defense contractor who was under investigation into whether he passed defense secrets to China.

The government dropped charges of disclosing a wiretap, revealing the identity of a covert operative and lying to FBI agents.

Her lawyer, Michael Camunez, has called the case "completely overblown."

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Feds challenge 9/11 conspiracies
'Fact sheet' addresses alternative theories of worst terror attacks in American history

Posted: August 31, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

In the wake of growing skepticism, the U.S. government is taking the unusual step of responding to conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11, 2001, destruction of the World Trade Center.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, headquartered in Gaithersberg, Md., investigated the causes of the collapse of the twin towers. Yesterday NIST announced it had posted a "fact sheet" addressing alternative theories about the World Trade Center fires and collapse.

The government's response comes in response to accusations and suspicions of increasing numbers of Americans that the official explanation of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 – that 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked four U.S. jetliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, with a fourth being downed in rural Pennsylvania – are wrong. In fact, a shocking new Scripps Howard poll shows a third of Americans believe the U.S. government was complicit in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The current edition of WND's acclaimed Whistleblower magazine takes a close look at the controversial issue of alternative 9/11 theories in its September edition, titled "9/11: FIVE YEARS LATER, A TIME FOR TRUTH."

On its website, the National Institute of Standards and Technology posed 14 questions regarding the 9/11 terror attacks and answered each in detail. For instance, one question asked:

Why did NIST not consider a "controlled demolition" hypothesis with matching computer modeling and explanation as it did for the "pancake theory" hypothesis? A key critique of NIST’s work lies in the complete lack of analysis supporting a "progressive collapse" after the point of collapse initiation and the lack of consideration given to a controlled demolition hypothesis.

Here's is the government's response:

NIST conducted an extremely thorough three-year investigation into what caused the WTC towers to collapse, as explained in NIST’s dedicated Web site. This included consideration of a number of hypotheses for the collapses of the towers.

Some 200 technical experts – including about 85 career NIST experts and 125 leading experts from the private sector and academia – reviewed tens of thousands of documents, interviewed more than 1,000 people, reviewed 7,000 segments of video footage and 7,000 photographs, analyzed 236 pieces of steel from the wreckage, performed laboratory tests and sophisticated computer simulations of the sequence of events that occurred from the moment the aircraft struck the towers until they began to collapse.

Based on this comprehensive investigation, NIST concluded that the WTC towers collapsed because: (1) the impact of the planes severed and damaged support columns, dislodged fireproofing insulation coating the steel floor trusses and steel columns, and widely dispersed jet fuel over multiple floors; and (2) the subsequent unusually large jet-fuel ignited multi-floor fires (which reached temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees Celsius) significantly weakened the floors and columns with dislodged fireproofing to the point where floors sagged and pulled inward on the perimeter columns. This led to the inward bowing of the perimeter columns and failure of the south face of WTC 1 and the east face of WTC 2, initiating the collapse of each of the towers. Both photographic and video evidence – as well as accounts from the New York Police Department aviation unit during a half-hour period prior to collapse – support this sequence for each tower.

NIST's findings do not support the "pancake theory" of collapse, which is premised on a progressive failure of the floor systems in the WTC towers (the composite floor system – that connected the core columns and the perimeter columns – consisted of a grid of steel "trusses" integrated with a concrete slab; see diagram below). Instead, the NIST investigation showed conclusively that the failure of the inwardly bowed perimeter columns initiated collapse and that the occurrence of this inward bowing required the sagging floors to remain connected to the columns and pull the columns inwards. Thus, the floors did not fail progressively to cause a pancaking phenomenon.

NIST's findings also do not support the "controlled demolition" theory since there is conclusive evidence that:

  • the collapse was initiated in the impact and fire floors of the WTC towers and nowhere else, and;
  • the time it took for the collapse to initiate (56 minutes for WTC 2 and 102 minutes for WTC 1) was dictated by (1) the extent of damage caused by the aircraft impact, and (2) the time it took for the fires to reach critical locations and weaken the structure to the point that the towers could not resist the tremendous energy released by the downward movement of the massive top section of the building at and above the fire and impact floors.

    Video evidence also showed unambiguously that the collapse progressed from the top to the bottom, and there was no evidence (collected by NIST, or by the New York Police Department, the Port Authority Police Department or the Fire Department of New York) of any blast or explosions in the region below the impact and fire floors as the top building sections (including and above the 98th floor in WTC 1 and the 82nd floor in WTC 2) began their downward movement upon collapse initiation.

    In summary, NIST found no corroborating evidence for alternative hypotheses suggesting that the WTC towers were brought down by controlled demolition using explosives planted prior to Sept. 11, 2001. NIST also did not find any evidence that missiles were fired at or hit the towers. Instead, photographs and videos from several angles clearly show that the collapse initiated at the fire and impact floors and that the collapse progressed from the initiating floors downward until the dust clouds obscured the view.

  • Other questions posed and answered by NIST include:

  • If the World Trade Center (WTC) towers were designed to withstand multiple impacts by Boeing 707 aircraft, why did the impact of individual 767s cause so much damage?
  • How could the WTC towers have collapsed without a controlled demolition since no steel-frame, high-rise buildings have ever before or since been brought down due to fires? Temperatures due to fire don't get hot enough for buildings to collapse.
  • Weren't the puffs of smoke that were seen, as the collapse of each WTC tower starts, evidence of controlled demolition explosions?
  • Why were two distinct spikes – one for each tower – seen in seismic records before the towers collapsed? Isn't this indicative of an explosion occurring in each tower?
  • How could the WTC towers collapse in only 11 seconds (WTC 1) and 9 seconds (WTC 2) – speeds that approximate that of a ball dropped from similar height in a vacuum (with no air resistance)?
  • How could the steel have melted if the fires in the WTC towers weren’t hot enough to do so? Or, since the melting point of steel is about 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of jet fuel fires does not exceed 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certified the steel in the WTC towers to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit for six hours, how could fires have impacted the steel enough to bring down the WTC towers?
  • We know that the sprinkler systems were activated because survivors reported water in the stairwells. If the sprinklers were working, how could there be a "raging inferno" in the WTC towers?
  • If thick black smoke is characteristic of an oxygen-starved, lower temperature, less intense fire, why was thick black smoke exiting the WTC towers when the fires inside were supposed to be extremely hot?
  • Why were people seen in the gaps left by the plane impacts if the heat from the fires behind them was so excessive?
  • Why do some photographs show a yellow stream of molten metal pouring down the side of WTC2 that NIST claims was aluminum from the crashed plane although aluminum burns with a white glow?
  • Did the NIST investigation look for evidence of the WTC towers being brought down by controlled demolition? Was the steel tested for explosives or thermite residues? The combination of thermite and sulfur (called thermate) "slices through steel like a hot knife through butter."
  • Why did the NIST investigation not consider reports of molten steel in the wreckage from the WTC towers?
  • Why is the NIST investigation of the collapse of WTC 7 (the 47-story office building that collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, hours after the towers) taking so long to complete? Is a controlled demolition hypothesis being considered to explain the collapse?
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    EXCLUSIVE: Yoko Ono on John Lennon and the FBI
    John Lennon's Widow Talks With Jonathan Karl About Their 'Threat' to U.S. Government

    Yoko Ono talks with ABC News about the "The U.S. vs. John Lennon," an upcoming documentary.  (ABC News)
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    Sept. 5, 2006 — John Lennon's perceived "threat" to the U.S. government is the highlight of a new film that documents his transformation from pop idol to political activist and offers a fresh look at this former Beatle's career.

    "The U.S. vs. John Lennon" will be released later this month. Yoko Ono cooperated with the filmmakers, opening her archives of rarely seen footage of the couple's fight for peace.

    "One thing that brought us together was the fact that both of us were rebels in so many ways," she said.

    And that's something he didn't always share with his bandmates, who were reluctant to join Lennon as he spoke out against the Vietnam War, said Ono.

    "He is the only one who really wanted to do something about it when he was a Beatle," Ono explained.

    Star Watched by the FBI

    Lennon's rebelliousness may have come at a price. In the 1970s, Lennon was convinced that government agents were watching him. As it turns out, he was right.

    Almost 20 years after his death, the government released the FBI file on Lennon, which included nearly 300 pages of text. One document that went from the FBI to the CIA reports that Lennon planned to take part in a protest at the 1972 Republican National Convention.

    South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond seized on that, suggesting to President Nixon's attorney general that Lennon's visa be terminated.

    A few weeks later, Lennon was given 30 days to leave the country and was notified that his visa had been terminated because of an old drug arrest in England.

    "I think that the world really loved the Beatles for being charming and sweet," Ono said. "But some people did resent the fact that they were no more the sweet, nice, charming boys."

    Ono and Lennon did not want to leave the United States, and a legal battle ensued.

    In 1976, after the end of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, Lennon won.

    The judge in the case wrote that the British singer's battle to stay in the United States was a "testimony to his faith in the American dream."

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    Ex-FBI Agent Admits To Hiding Relationship With Illegal Alien

    Dania Beach Man Made False Statements So Colombian Woman Could Stay In U.S.

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    A former FBI agent from Dania Beach has pleaded guilty to concealing his relationship with a Colombian illegal immigrant so she could stay in the country following a drug arrest.Ronald LeBlanc entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Richard Casey in Manhattan on Tuesday. LeBlanc, 45, admitted that he failed to disclose the nature of his relationship with the woman, with whom he was intimately involved.LeBlanc also admitted making false statements regarding the value of the information the woman provided to law enforcement. LeBlanc faces five years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 20.
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    LeBlanc met the woman in the summer of 1999 while working on a squad investigating South American drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.He registered her in November 1999 as a cooperating witness and acted as her supervising agent. The woman pleaded guilty to a drug charge after FBI agents in Massachusetts arrested her in November 1998.The woman moved to New York in February 1999 after she was released from custody on the Massachusetts charges. She faced deportation because her cooperation was not enough to win her special consideration.

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    Hayat wins delay in bid for new terror trial

                                                                    Jeff Hood
    Lodi Bureau Chief                                
    Published Friday, Sep 15, 2006

    A new-trial hearing for a Lodi man convicted of supporting terrorists at a training camp in Pakistan was delayed two months at the request of his defense attorneys.

    In an order filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. agreed to the delay after Hamid Hayat's attorneys said a delay in obtaining transcripts from the two-month trial put them behind schedule in preparing legal arguments that were originally due today. Transcripts from 40 hearings were filed with in the Sacramento district court last week, and prosecutors did not object to the defense request.

    The hearing, originally scheduled for Nov. 17, now will be on Jan. 19. Burrell also agreed to give defense attorneys Wazhma Mojaddidi and Dennis Riordan until Oct. 20 to file their papers.

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    Hayat, 23, is seeking a new trial after a jury convicted him April 25 of one count of providing material support to terrorists and three counts of lying about it to FBI agents. He faces up to 39 years in federal prison, but his sentencing has been delayed by defense motions.

    His lawyers say a new trial was justified because of alleged juror misconduct and Burrell's supposed legal missteps, including a decision to keep retired FBI agent Jim Wedick, a defense expert, from testifying.

    One juror told a defense team investigator she was bullied into voting to convict Hamid Hayat and never believed him guilty. She also said the jury foreman made racist remarks, shared information about the trial that wasn't presented to jurors in court and pulled a simulated noose around his neck and said, "Hang him," two days into trial testimony.

    Mojaddidi said Thursday she doesn't expect the arguments for a new trial to include any surprises. "I think the focus is going to be on the jury stuff and Wedick not testifying," she said.

    Hayat was arrested June 5, 2005, less than a week after returning to Lodi from Pakistan. He was convicted of attending a paramilitary camp run by radical Islamic terrorists. His father, who was arrested and charged with lying to federal agents for denying he knew anything about his son's attendance at a camp, later pleaded guilty to lying about the amount of cash he took to Pakistan in 2003.

    Umer Hayat, 48, was sentenced Aug. 29 to time already served and released from custody.

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    Peter Dale Scott, PhD.


    © Copyright 2006, From The Wilderness Publications, http://www.fromthewilderness.com.  All Rights Reserved. This story may NOT be posted on any Internet web site without express written permission. Contact admin@copvcia.com. May be circulated, distributed or transmitted for non-profit purposes only.

    September 22nd 2006, 2:04PM [PST] - The V Crisis story by Aleksander Boyd about a 2.2ton seizure of cocaine on the Sierra Express is a propagandistic exaggeration of a corroborated story.1

    Boyd’s most controversial sentence is this: “International authorities have seized more than 41 tons of cocaine consignments originated in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez took power, a huge increase on previous years.” Venezuela has been a major exporter of cocaine for years, certainly since the 1980s. The 41 tons of cocaine in Chavez’ eight years in power averages out to five tons a year. Just one individual, Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila, a Venezuelan general who led a Central Intelligence Agency counter-narcotics program, was belatedly indicted in 1996 for authorizing shipments of 22 tons of cocaine into the United States between 1987 and 1991.2 That works out to an average of four tons a year for just one individual.

    Gen. Guillen was tried in Miami in 1997, but Lexis Nexis shows no evidence that anyone other than his top aide, Adolfo Romero Gomez, was ever convicted. According to the New York Times, "The CIA, over the objections of the Drug Enforcement Administration, approved the shipment [by Guillen] of at least one ton of pure cocaine to Miami International Airport as a way of gathering information about the Colombian drug cartels." One official said that the total amount might have been much more than one ton.3
    The fact that 41 tons of cocaine have been exported from Venezuela since 1998 does not of course prove guilt on Chavez’ part. On the contrary, the CIA has worked in the past with drug traffickers to remove elected presidents, successfully in Chile, and unsuccessfully in Cuba.
    It is worth noting that one shipment of 5.5 tons of cocaine earlier this year from Venezuela, on the airplane N900SA downed in Mexico, has been linked by researchers to CIA associates such as Adnan Khashoggi and Wally Hilliard.4

    Peter Dale Scott is currently writing a new book titled The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America, to be published by the University of California Press next year. In addition, he has co-edited with David Ray Griffin, 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out which is now available and can be purchased at http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~pdscott/q.html


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    September 21, 2006 -- RUDY Giuliani has made enemies among a group that should be solidly behind "America's mayor" - the Society of Former Special Agents - after canceling as their keynote speaker. The retired FBI men, at the New York Hilton for the society's 54th annual convention, booked Giuliani in May for this morning's breakfast speech. But Hizzoner canceled two weeks ago, leaving the group almost no time to line up a replacement. "We are deeply disappointed," said Joseph Valiquette, the retired spokesman for the FBI's New York office. "He is a national figure, We were looking forward to hearing his perspective on terrorism." A less diplomatic member said, "Don't forget, it was the FBI cases that Rudy rode to prominence so he could run for mayor in the first place. We did not forget him, but he forgot us." Among those who pressed Giuliani into relenting and giving the speech was Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. But Giuliani couldn't be swayed. A spokeswoman for Giuliani said, "He deeply regrets not being able to be there. There was a scheduling conflict." In the end, the speaker they ended up with ain't too shabby - FBI Deputy Director John Pistole.


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    Freeh: FBI determined to find stolen weapons
    Freeh June 4, 1997
    Web posted at: 1:49 p.m. EDT (1749 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- FBI Director Louis Freeh said
    Wednesday the bureau is putting on "a full-court
    press" to recover weapons and ammunition that were
    lost when one of its own vans was stolen from a
    Memphis, Tennessee hotel parking lot.

    The burned-out shell of the SWAT truck was found early
    Tuesday in Memphis, but the weapons -- including
    automatic rifles and two grenade launchers -- were

    "We certainly have put on a full-court press to try to
    retrieve these weapons, which are very dangerous
    weapons," Freeh told the Senate Judiciary committee.

    The FBI also will look into whether the agents
    responsible for the van violated any FBI regulations.

    The vehicle belonged to FBI agents from Little Rock,
    Arkansas, who were among about a half-dozen federal
    special weapons and tactics squads in Memphis for a
    regional training exercise on terrorism.

    Freeh said that trunks containing weapons must be
    locked with chain locks. But, he said, "This was a
    Suburban. It had no trunk, it had no alarm installed."

    The unmarked GMC Suburban had been parked outside a
    Budgetel motel on the eastern edge of Memphis late
    Monday, the FBI said.

    Agents discovered it missing several hours later. The
    motel was not where the agents had intended to stay,
    Freeh said.

    Special Agent Mike Smith said he had no reason to
    believe the van wasn't locked. "I would assume it was.
    I can't imagine that it wouldn't be," he said.

    No arrests were made and authorities were searching
    for the weapons, said John W. Hancock, in charge of
    the FBI's Memphis office.

    Hancock said he did not know if the thieves knew they
    were stealing an FBI van or that it contained
    firearms. "I'm sure (the weapons) were not in plain
    view," he said.

    WPTY-TV in Memphis, which obtained a list of equipment
    in the Suburban, reported that seven M-16s, three
    MP-5s with 30-round magazines, two M-79 grenade
    launchers and one 12-gauge shotgun was among them.

    M-16s are basic American military assault rifles, and
    MP-5s are shorter-barreled rifles.

    Also in the vehicle were 1,000 rounds of ammunition
    for the M-16s, 3,000 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 4,000
    10 mm rounds and two bulletproof shields, according to
    the broadcast report.

    The theft comes as the FBI, embroiled in controversy
    for much of the past year, is basking in praise for
    its investigation of Timothy McVeigh, who was
    convicted this week in the Oklahoma City bombing.

    The agency had hoped the guilty verdicts might help
    dispel criticism after a Justice Department report was
    critical of the FBI crime laboratory and the agency's
    failure to solve last summer's Olympic bombing in

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    FBI Van Burglarized; SWAT Rifles, Ammo Taken

    Mon Feb 7, 2005 10:53 PM ET

    Four sniper rifles, scopes and ammunition were stolen
    from an FBI (news - web sites) SWAT van parked outside
    a Baymeadows Road hotel before dawn Sunday.

    The FBI said the guns belonged to a team from Atlanta
    in Jacksonville to provide extra security for the
    Super Bowl.

    A spokesman for the FBI said authorities are concerned
    these weapons are out on the street and are doing
    everything possible to try and find whoever took them.

    Four high-powered rifles with scopes and 80 rounds of
    308 ammunition were taken from the unmarked, locked
    van parked outside the Holiday Inn at Baymeadows and
    Interstate 95. An agent parked the van at 3:45 a.m.
    and discovered a few hours later the padlock cut and
    van burglarized.

    An internal investigation is under way.

    The FBI asks anyone with information that could help
    recover the rifles to call their Jacksonville office
    at (904) 721-1211.

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    Activists' Session Looks At Rights

    Conference Recounts Breaches Of Liberty In The Name Of War Against Terrorism
    October 8, 2006
    By KIM MARTINEAU, Courant Staff Writer
    HAMDEN -- Shane Matthews is a young veteran angry because he believes the rights he served this country to uphold are slowly being stripped away in the name of fighting terrorists. The 24-year-old Navy veteran from Glastonbury has drafted a letter asking the attorney general to challenge a new law he considers unconstitutional.

    Looking for feedback, he brought the letter to a conference on Saturday called "Take Back Our Rights." He was one of about 100 citizens who came to hear lawyers and activists talk at Quinnipiac Law School about President Bush's expansion of executive powers and the harm it may be doing to democracy. The conference was sponsored by a host of advocacy groups for immigrants, workers, minorities and individual rights.


    In his letter, Matthews asks the attorney general to fight the Military Commissions Act, a new law that makes it harder for non-citizen "enemy combatants" thrown in jail to challenge their designation and imprisonment. The law also authorizes interrogation techniques that Matthews considers torture and beyond the bounds of international law.

    "As a veteran I am furious," he wrote. "I fought and I have bled for the ideals laid forth in our Constitution. ... The Geneva Convention[s] protected me and all my brethren regardless of which country we served."

    Matthews used to work on a nuclear submarine based in Groton and now works at Pratt & Whitney. He brought his wife, a social worker, to the conference, along with his kid sister and a stack of comic books to keep her entertained. The conference was held a month before elections to motivate people to go out and vote, said organizer Bruce Martin, a longtime Hartford peace activist.

    Martin said he invited all politicians running in Connecticut but only three candidates showed up, all from the Green Party. "Take Back Our Rights" was a sequel to a conference held at Quinnipiac four years earlier to discuss the repercussions of the USA Patriot Act, which expanded police powers after 9/11.

    The four Connecticut librarians who refused an FBI demand for patron Internet records also spoke. Last year, the librarians became the first in the country to challenge a National Security Letter, a tool under the Patriot Act that lets the government, without court approval, review records of people who are not suspected of wrongdoing. Anyone who receives a letter is gagged from disclosing its existence. The government later backed off from its demand for the library records and the gag order was lifted.

    Since their silence was broken, the librarians have received numerous awards and requests to speak across the country.

    "There are thousands of others out there under lifetime gag orders," said Peter Chase, director of the Plainville Library. "If we're the only ones who can talk, we should talk."

    The gag order prevented the librarians from speaking out at a critical time against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. "The gag had nothing to do with national security," said George Christian, director of the Library Connection, a consortium of libraries in Connecticut. "It was purely political."

    Linda Chavez-Thompson, the third highest ranking member of the AFL-CIO, gave the opening speech. She condemned the wall set to go up along the U.S. border with Mexico and criticized recent immigration "reform" bills. She talked about growing up on a Texas cotton farm, the daughter of sharecroppers. As hard as she worked, she could see that the migrant workers had it worse, picking from sunrise to dusk, for little pay, she said. The experience motivated her to become a voice for the powerless, to fight for immigrant and workers' rights.

    UConn Professor Amii Omara-Otunno, a former student leader in Uganda who challenged his country's military dictatorship, also spoke. He pulled a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from his coat pocket and talked about the importance of addressing inequality worldwide. He told the audience to put the 9/11 deaths in the context of the millions who die in wars or of famine each year in impoverished countries.

    "As we strategize about how to take back our rights, be sure think about those people affected by our policies," he said.

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    taxpayer funded FBI agents target leading JFK assassination researcher.Why?
    FBI agents were principal architects in JFK assassination

    2 uneasy reads

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    Wecht trial delayed while attorneys wait for appeals court ruling

    Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH - Former Allegheny County coroner Dr. Cyril Wecht's federal corruption trial has been postponed indefinitely because an appeals court has yet to rule whether a judge is biased and should be removed from the case.

    The order canceling jury selection, which was to have begun next Monday, was issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab.

    The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month ordered all pretrial proceedings halted until it rules on Schwab's alleged bias and other issues. Wecht's attorneys contend Schwab has favored prosecutors in his rulings; the judge has threatened to hold a contempt hearing for defense lawyers after the trial.

    Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say Wecht used his county staff to do work and otherwise help his multimillion-dollar private pathology practice. Wecht is also accused of trading cadavers for lab space at a local college, and overbilling private clients using faked limousine bills for trips in which he was allegedly chauffeured by county employees in a county car.

    Wecht's attorneys appealed to the 3rd Circuit after Schwab upheld FBI searches for Wecht's records and computers. Defense attorneys had attacked the credibility of the FBI agent who obtained the search warrants, but Schwab overruled some of their objections because he said they were filed too late.

    Wecht is a renowned pathologist who has consulted on high-profile deaths including those of Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey and, most recently, the son of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. He resigned from county office in January after he was indicted on charges of theft of honest services, mail fraud and wire fraud.

    2nd read

    This from The Dallas Morning News, Jun 18, 1993, page 1:

    "Bullet fragments sought from Connally's body: JFK assassination researchers
    want tests" by Stee McGonigle, Washinton Bureau of The Dallas Morning News.

    WASHINGTON--Several long-time critics of the Warren Commission report asked
    Wednesday to remove bullet fragments from the body of former Texas Gov. John
    Mr. Connally was wounded in the Nov. 22, 193, assassination of
    President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. The JFK researchers argue that
    scientific tests on fragments still lodged in Mr. Connally's wrist and thigh
    will prove that more than one assailant fired on the presidential limousine
    in Dealey Plaza.
    In letters to Janet Reno and Texas Gov. Ann Richards, the researchers
    asked for help in allowing the fragments to be removed from Mr. Connally's
    body before its scheduled burial in Austin Thursday.
    Dr. Cyril Wecht, a Pittsburg pathologist who has long ridiculed the
    government's single-bullet theory of the assassination, said the fragments
    are crucial evidence in an unresolved murder case and should be preserved.
    "We're not talking about something that is ghoulish or gory or
    disfiguring," Dr. Wecht Said. "Any skilled physician can go in, take a few
    X-rays, locate the pieces, make small surgical cuts and remove them."
    Dr. Wecht said he hoped that the Dallas County District Attorney or
    medical examiner in Houston--where Mr. Connally died Tuesday of pulmonary
    fibrosis--would order that the surgical procedure be done as quickly as
    "I'm not real optimistic that this is going to happen, but I do want
    you to know that this is not a ploy," Dr. Wecht said.
    Neither Dallas District Attorney John Vance nor Harris County medical
    examiner Joseph Jachimczyk returned calls.
    Dr. Wecht was among eight physicians who joined in a letter from the
    Assassination Archives and Research Center to M. Reno. He also cosigned a
    letter from the Dallas-based JFK Information Center to Ms. Richards.
    Carl STern, the attorney general's chief spokesman, said Ms. Reno had
    referred the letter through her deputy to the FBI, which sent it to the
    Dallas field office "to make a judgement on the matter."
    Niether Buck Revell, special agent in charge of the Dallas FBI
    office, nor his spokeswoman could be reached for comment Wednesday night.
    Bill Cryer, a spokesman for Ms. Richards, said the governor had not
    seen the letter from the Dallas group and would not take any action if she
    "That's something that the (Connally) family would have to deal
    with," Mr. Cryer said. "Certainly we would not want to be involved with it."
    Julian Read, a spokesman for the Connally family in Austin, said he
    was unaware of the researchers' rquests and would have "absolutely no
    Mr. Reed [sic] said Mr. Connally's funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m.
    with burial in the state cemetery about an hour later.
    According to the Warren Commission report, one bullet passed through
    the president and into Mr. Connally's back. The bullet exited through his
    chest, passed through his right wrist and went into his left thigh.
    The same bullet was laterfound lying on a stretcher in the emergency
    room at Parkland Hospital, the commission reported. The bullet was only
    slightly damaged, a factor that has fueled criticism of the report.
    Mr. Connally said several times that he believed he and Mr. Kennedy
    were struck by separate bullets. However, he shied away from saying that he
    believed there had been multiple shooters or a conspiracy.
    Dr. Wecht and Jim Lesar, president of the Washington-based
    assassination research center, said X-rays taken at Parkland of Mr.
    Connally's wounds clearly showed that bullet fragments remained in his wrist
    and thigh.
    Dr. Wecht contended that a neutron activation analysis, a scientific
    procedure used in ballistics studies, would show whether the fragments left
    in Mr. Connally were fired from the same weapon used to kill Mr. Kennedy.
    The procedure would take less than an hur, Dr. Wecht said, and would
    not prevent the family from displaying the body in an open casket ceremony.
    Although Dr. Wecht offered sympathy for the Connally family, he said
    the importance of the evidence should outweigh privacy concerns.
    "It has to do with criminal justice. It has to do with a very, very
    important part of American history," he said. "And you cannot allow personal feelings to enter into this."

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    ACLU: Pentagon Monitoring of Antiwar Activists More Intensive Than Previously Thought

    Category: Free Speech | War on Terror

    Bush Using Pentagon Computer
    Image courtesy of the White House.

    Documents released last week by the Pentagon show widespread monitoring of antiwar groups and events, including events organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the social justice arm of the Society of Friends/Quakers. The surveillance was conducted under the auspices of the Pentagon's Threat and Local Observation Notice (TALON) antiterrorism database program:
    The TALON database was intended to track groups or individuals with links to terrorism, but the documents released today show that the Pentagon gathered information on anti-war protesters using sources from the Department of Homeland Security, local police departments and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces ...

    One document, which is labeled "potential terrorist activity," lists events such as a "Stop the War NOW!" rally in Akron, Ohio on March 19, 2005. The source noted that the rally "will have a March and Reading of Names of War Dead" and that marchers would pass a military recruitment station and the local FBI office along the way.

    Also included in the documents is information on a series of protests mistakenly identified as taking place in Springfield, Illinois (the protests actually occurred in Springfield, Massachusetts). According to the document, "Source received an e-mail from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), e-mail address: [REDACTED] that stated that on March 18-20, a series of protest actions were planned in the Springfield, IL area… to focus on actions at military recruitment offices with the goals to include: raising awareness, education, visibility in community, visibility to recruiters as part of a national day of action."
    Nobody should be stunned by this given previous abuses of the TALON program, but this all goes to show why citizens should not simply trust the government to run a fair antiterrorism program in other respects. If the Pentagon is using antiterrorism initiatives to spy on antiwar activists and other political critics with no history of terrorism, then it's unrealistic to expect the NSA wiretapping program, for example, to be limited to suspected terrorists, or to trust the administration to permanently limit the military detention program to suspected terrorists. Now is the time for vigilance and protest, not for acquiescence to a government whose policies quite often fail to respect the most basic principles of liberal democracy.

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    Any other business these guys and girls would be out on the streets looking for a new job.
    Make out the bill to the US taxpayer
    3 reads three different events

    Missouri man charged with stealing FBI gun, ammo
    This article was published on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 10:32 PM
    By Ron Wood
    The Morning NEws

    FAYETTEVILLE -- A Missouri man has been charged with stealing guns, ammunition and bullet-resistant vests from an FBI agent's car at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport earlier this year.

    James Grinder of Pineville, Mo., is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and interstate transport of a stolen firearm.

    Grinder was ordered held at the Benton County Jail on Monday by a magistrate judge after he waived bond. No trial date has been set.

    FBI agents say Grinder broke into the car of an unnamed FBI agent in April by prying the door open with a hammer. He was able to take a Remington 870 pump shotgun, more than 900 rounds of ammunition, two bullet-resistant vests with "FBI" printed on them and various firearms equipment, agents say.

    Grinder worked for a business at the airport.

    Agents say Grinder kept the shotgun, which was later found in the grass behind his trailer house, but traded the rest for $200, a .357 revolver and ammunition.

    The pistol was later found in Grinder's home.

    Grinder did about $2,000 damage to the car.

    An affidavit filed in the case said Grinder, a convicted felon and parole violator, confessed to agents that he broke into the car and took the items.


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    FBI Van Burglarized; SWAT Rifles, Ammo Taken

    Mon Feb 7,10:53 PM ET

    Four sniper rifles, scopes and ammunition were stolen
    from an FBI (news - web sites) SWAT van parked outside
    a Baymeadows Road hotel before dawn Sunday.

    The FBI said the guns belonged to a team from Atlanta
    in Jacksonville to provide extra security for the
    Super Bowl.

    A spokesman for the FBI said authorities are concerned
    these weapons are out on the street and are doing
    everything possible to try and find whoever took them.

    Four high-powered rifles with scopes and 80 rounds of
    308 ammunition were taken from the unmarked, locked
    van parked outside the Holiday Inn at Baymeadows and
    Interstate 95. An agent parked the van at 3:45 a.m.
    and discovered a few hours later the padlock cut and
    van burglarized.

    An internal investigation is under way.

    The FBI asks anyone with information that could help
    recover the rifles to call their Jacksonville office
    at (904) 721-1211.

    Freeh: FBI determined to find stolen weapons
    Freeh June 4, 1997
    Web posted at: 1:49 p.m. EDT (1749 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- FBI Director Louis Freeh said
    Wednesday the bureau is putting on "a full-court
    press" to recover weapons and ammunition that were
    lost when one of its own vans was stolen from a
    Memphis, Tennessee hotel parking lot.

    The burned-out shell of the SWAT truck was found early
    Tuesday in Memphis, but the weapons -- including
    automatic rifles and two grenade launchers -- were

    "We certainly have put on a full-court press to try to
    retrieve these weapons, which are very dangerous
    weapons," Freeh told the Senate Judiciary committee.

    The FBI also will look into whether the agents
    responsible for the van violated any FBI regulations.

    The vehicle belonged to FBI agents from Little Rock,
    Arkansas, who were among about a half-dozen federal
    special weapons and tactics squads in Memphis for a
    regional training exercise on terrorism.

    Freeh said that trunks containing weapons must be
    locked with chain locks. But, he said, "This was a
    Suburban. It had no trunk, it had no alarm installed."
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    The unmarked GMC Suburban had been parked outside a
    Budgetel motel on the eastern edge of Memphis late
    Monday, the FBI said.

    Agents discovered it missing several hours later. The
    motel was not where the agents had intended to stay,
    Freeh said.

    Special Agent Mike Smith said he had no reason to
    believe the van wasn't locked. "I would assume it was.
    I can't imagine that it wouldn't be," he said.

    No arrests were made and authorities were searching
    for the weapons, said John W. Hancock, in charge of
    the FBI's Memphis office.

    Hancock said he did not know if the thieves knew they
    were stealing an FBI van or that it contained
    firearms. "I'm sure (the weapons) were not in plain
    view," he said.

    WPTY-TV in Memphis, which obtained a list of equipment
    in the Suburban, reported that seven M-16s, three
    MP-5s with 30-round magazines, two M-79 grenade
    launchers and one 12-gauge shotgun was among them.

    M-16s are basic American military assault rifles, and
    MP-5s are shorter-barreled rifles.

    Also in the vehicle were 1,000 rounds of ammunition
    for the M-16s, 3,000 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 4,000
    10 mm rounds and two bulletproof shields, according to
    the broadcast report.

    The theft comes as the FBI, embroiled in controversy
    for much of the past year, is basking in praise for
    its investigation of Timothy McVeigh, who was
    convicted this week in the Oklahoma City bombing.

    The agency had hoped the guilty verdicts might help
    dispel criticism after a Justice Department report was
    critical of the FBI crime laboratory and the agency's
    failure to solve last summer's Olympic bombing in

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    Did FBI agents  profile FBI  agents John Connolly and Lyndley DeVecchio as serial killers?

    a couple of easy reads from the comic strip called THE FBI

    Date:October 29, 2006

    Forensic Psychiatrists Address Limitations Regarding FBI Profiles Of Serial Killers

    Dennis Rader, the notorious BTK murderer who eluded capture for more than 30 years until his arrest in 2005, did not fit precisely into the FBI's method for profiling serial killers on the basis of crime scenes.

    And Aileen Wuornos, the Florida prostitute executed in 2002 for slaying seven men over a two-year period in the early 1990s, didn't fit at all because the database of convicted serial killers used by the FBI in developing their profiling method did not include women.

    The cases of Rader and Wuornos are among the topics to be explored during a panel discussion led by Dr. Charles L. Scott, a forensic psychiatrist at UC Davis Health System, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Friday at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Chicago. Scott will examine the way the bureau develops the personality profiles used by investigators in serial murder cases. He also will look at alternative profiling methods, such as one developed by a crime writer that uses motive to sketch a female offender's likely character traits.

    "The FBI profiling method has many positive attributes. But it also has some inherent limitations," Scott said. Scott, associate professor of clinical psychiatry with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, will be one of four panelists in the talk, dubbed "Serial Killers: From Cradle to Grave." It is one of many events slated at the meeting, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday. The annual conference seeks to cover the major issues facing forensic psychiatrists.

    Scott has extensive experience in legal psychiatric issues. He directs the psychiatry department's forensic case seminar, which trains psychiatrists in criminal and civil psychiatric evaluations, including assessments on insanity, competency to stand trial, personal injury evaluations, medical malpractice and danger assessments. He also serves as psychiatric consultant to the Sacramento County Jail and directs his department's forensic psychiatry residency program, overseeing training and education in landmark mental health law cases.

    The purpose of Friday's panel discussion is not to critique the FBI, Scott said. Instead, it is to acquaint forensic psychiatrists with how the bureau profiles serial killers, defined as someone who has killed at least three times.

    "Often, forensic psychiatrists are not trained in how the FBI does its analysis," Scott said.

    Such training is important, Scott said, because forensic psychiatrists can play "an important collaborative role" with law enforcement when it comes to profiling. To support his view, Scott will cite a study that found psychiatrists were more accurate than police in profiling murder suspects. To an FBI agent, the crime scene is the key.

    "The FBI would say the crime scene is like a fingerprint," Scott said. Interpreted properly, "it is likely to identify the kind of offender who would do this."

    According to Scott, the bureau categorizes murder crime scenes as either organized or disorganized. An organized crime scene is one in which the killer exerted careful control of the environment and left little evidence behind. This suggests a well-educated and socially competent suspect. In a disorganized crime scene, things are left in disarray and evidence is plentiful. This suggests a murderer with a low level of education and social competence who may habitually use alcohol or drugs.

    The problem with that approach, Scott said, is that crime scenes often have both organized and disorganized components. Take Rader's first crime scene, when he killed Joseph and Julie Otero and their two children on Jan. 15, 1974. There was clear evidence of advance planning and the murderer's domination of the environment -- Rader both strangled and suffocated his victims, forcing them to pass out and then allowing them to revive somewhat "as a way to extend their death," Scott said.

    But, Scott said, there were disorganized elements as well. Rader -- or BTK for Bind, Torture, and Kill -- left behind the Venetian blind cords he used as a strangling device. He also did not get rid of the bodies. While Scott stated that he has not seen any FBI profile of the BTK killer, who was sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences last summer, Scott said that "Rader had many of the characteristics of an organized killer." For example, Rader, a resident of a Wichita, Kan., suburb, was employed and lived near his crime scenes. As a result, Scott said the signs of disorganization that were present in his first crime scene and in subsequent ones were potential red herrings, at least in terms of developing a profile. Rader was not, for example, under the influence of alcohol during his killings, nor did he frequently travel and change jobs -- traits of an organized killer under the FBI scheme.

    When the FBI develops profiles of serial killers, Scott said the bureau is relying on interviews its investigators have conducted with 36 convicted sexual or serial murderers. Scott said a shortcoming with the database is that it does not include a single female serial killer. Consequently, its applicability to someone like Wuornos, portrayed in the 2003 movie "Monster" by Charlize Theron, "just isn't there," Scott said.

    The database's relevance to non-Caucasian serial killers is also lacking, Scott said, as 90 percent of the men interviewed were white. It also doesn't explain a "very rare subset -- children who serially kill," Scott said. Probably the most well-known in this category, Scott said, is Jesse Pomeroy, a Massachusetts boy who, in the 1870s, brutalized other boys when he was only 12 and who killed a 10-year-old girl when he was 14.

    Boston Herald

    Bureau's dirty star founded original trenchcoat mafia
    By Tom Mashberg
    Sunday, January 18, 2004

         They say H. Paul Rico was one of J. Edgar Hoover's favorite G-men - a law enforcement hellion who had it in for the Mafia and could turn an informant like a flapjack.

         But the real Harold Paul Rico was in evidence in 1968, the day after a group of four Italian-Americans from Boston were sent up for life for knocking off a small-potatoes Irish-American thief and gunsel, Edward ``Teddy'' Deegan.

         The prosecution of the four - Joseph Salvati, Peter Limone, Henry Tameleo and Louis Greco - was a trumped-up case allegedly set in motion by Rico and his key hand-picked turncoat hood, murderous Joseph ``the Animal'' Barboza.

         Of the four Italian fall guys sentenced, only Greco - a double Bronze Star recipient for his World War II heroics at Bataan in the Philippines - had a bronze-clad alibi: Multiple witnesses put him in Florida the night of Deegan's killing.

         Rico and his FBI confederate, agent Dennis Condon, showed up at the Central Auto Body Shop in Boston, where local Mafia kingpin Frances ``Cadillac Frank'' Salemme held court, to gloat about how easily they sent the four pigeons up the river.

         Rico, according to law enforcement documents reviewed by the Herald, began to chuckle to Salemme about Greco in particular - about how funny it was that Greco was on death row when he in fact had been tanning in Miami when the hit went down.

         Salemme, the documents show, ``blew his top'' at the two feckless G-men, Rico in particular, whom he saw as a ``rackets guy'' and a ``rogue agent'' who indulged in booze and horse racing and ``on one occasion wrecked his FBI vehicle while at the track'' - a wreck Salemme arranged to have fixed for no charge on the q.t.

         Salemme was legendary for never ratting on his cohorts - and was foolish enough to include on that list informants James J. ``Whitey'' Bulger and Stephen ``the Rifleman'' Flemmi, two of the criminals who spent years conspiring with Rico and others to let some thugs prevail over others in Boston.

         But even Salemme drew a line at Rico - a man he described as venal and arrogant, a man who sought revenge against gangsters when he heard them on wiretaps joking that Rico was a homosexual partner to J. Edgar Hoover himself.

         Rico may have written his own epitaph in October 2003, when he was asked to justify the wrongful jailing of Greco, et al. by a U.S. House Judiciary Committee looking into the Boston FBI's corrupt past. Greco died in prison and as a result his conviction remains in place.``What do you want, tears?'' Rico, 78, said with a smirk.

         Rico and convicted former FBI agent John J. Connolly were later named in a lawsuit accusing the FBI of withholding evidence that would have freed all four men.

         Rico grew up like a typical Boston suburbs kid. A degree in history from Boston College in 1950 led to a career start with the FBI.

         He was legendary among his fellow crewcuts for bringing mobsters in from the cold - even though it has been claimed his two top informants, Flemmi and Bulger, were given license to extort, peddle heroin and kill so long as they helped bust up the Italian Mafia and helped Rico look good.

         Rico still has fans. Yesterday, John F. Kehoe, an ex-Bay State Public Safety commissioner and an FBI special agent in Boston for 29 years, defended him as ``a very capable and tremendous agent who was very adept at developing informants.

         ``I don't think he ever did anything that went over the line,'' Kehoe said. ``He stayed within the bounds of the bureau and the regulations that we all lived by.''

         But the family of Roger Wheeler has a different view. They believe Rico led Bulger and Flemmi to Wheeler in Tulsa, Okla., in 1981 so Wheeler could be killed for trying to get the two goons out of his Miami-based World Jai Alai pari-mutuel wagering company.

         Yet attorney John Cavicchi of East Boston, who has spent decades trying to clear Greco, said even his client would have felt sympathy for the ailing Rico at the end of his days.

         ``I might be in the minority but I felt sorry for him when I saw how sick he looked,'' Cavicchi said. ``And I'm sure if Louis Greco were alive today, he'd have felt sorry for him and for his family, too.''

    New York FBI: In Bed With Mob & CIA

    Exclusive Report by Sander Hicks

    Published by The New York Megaphone, debut issue, June/July 2006


    On June 16th, 2006, citizen researcher Angela Clemente was found knocked out and strangled to within an inch of her life in Brooklyn. Her independent research had led to the March 30th indictment of Lindley DeVecchio, a Mob/FBI scandal that is the New York FBI’s biggest ever. DeVecchio, a retired FBI agent, was accused of four murders, rubbing out the opponents of Mafia don Greg Scarpa, Sr. To date, The New York Post has done a commendable job on the story, while The New York Times has all but ignored it.


    Perhaps because there’s more to this scandal than one man gone bad. This story has connections to the defining events of our times: the 9/11 attacks, and their often-ignored predecessor, the ’93 World Trade Center bombing. It turns out DeVecchio is a part of a network that goes all the way back to Iran/Contra.

    When a decorated FBI agent, Richard Taus, working under DeVecchio, started to expose this network, Taus ended up in jail. He’s been there since 1991.

    “It’s been a 16 year nightmare,” Taus’s son David told The Megaphone in the harsh noonday sun outside the New York State Appellate courthouse. The date was May 9, 2005. The family had spent $300,000 on lawyers, trying to get dad out of jail. They just had their first appeal in a long while. But the judges themselves had made hostile statements.

    Richard Taus was a top investigator in the New York FBI’s Counter-intelligence Division. In 1991, he was sentenced to a record-breaking 32 to 90 years for questionable charges of pedophilia. Supporters claim he was railroaded for doggedly investigating a CIA-linked operation involved in narcotics, Iran/Contra, and the Mafia. Angela Clemente visited Taus in prison, as part of her DeVecchio research.

    The retired, Mafia-linked, ex-CIA asset George Hebert admits to The Megaphone that there is more to the Richard Taus story than meets the eye: “[Taus] was playing around and wasn’t listening to the right people. They had their own agenda. Once Taus got locked up, I stayed away. You have to understand, these people play for keeps.”

    For 20 years, the Richard Taus story has remained underground, too weird for New York newspapers.

    Until now.

    DeVecchio: Worked for the Mob and the CIA

    Lin DeVecchio allegedly helped have 18-year old Patrick Porco shot, when Porco witnessed a murder by Scarpa’s stepson. When girlfriend-to-the-mob, Mary Bari, turned FBI informant, it was DeVecchio who helped have her slain in a bar. The list goes on. It’s the mob connection that has captivated the media’s attention, at least thus far.

    But there’s more to the story. According to The New York Post, DeVecchio was also the guy the CIA called in 1983 when they needed someone to go undercover to wiretap a rogue CIA asset making death threats in prison. The year 1983 is significant: at that time DeVecchio was Richard Taus’ supervisor at the FBI. DeVecchio interfered with Taus’ investigation of CIA/mob/narcotics and weapons trading on Long Island. But Taus kept digging, and in exchange, had his life ruined.

    Ten years later, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes indicted DeVecchio, tipped off by Angela Clemente, and journalist/author Peter Lance.

    DeVecchio is cited 12 times in Richard Taus’ recent jailhouse memoir, FBI, CIA, the Mob and Treachery. A helicopter pilot in Vietnam, Taus was shot down nine times. Surviving the crashes implanted a sense of mission, and thanks to a special dispensation from President Johnson, Taus adopted a Vietnamese orphan, whom he named David.

    Taus was recruited into the FBI, and by 1979, had made the Foreign Counter-Intelligence division. In the early ’80s, Taus worked alongside future FBI Director Louis Freeh on one of the biggest busts of drug money laundering ever—the ironically named “Pizza Connection” case. The case broke open and temporarily shut down sections of the Sicilian heroin trade, which were laundering profits through pizzerias in New York City and the Midwest. The Mafia in this case had connections to the Italian government, and according to some, the CIA.


    Dossier on “The K-Team”:

    Clowns with Connections to protect them from the law

    According to an unpublished paper by U.K. Iran/Contra scholar John Simkin, “A significant degree of policy-forming leadership” during the Iran/Contra scandal was ‘privatized,’ passing to an assortment of fringe forces represented by such notables as Singlaub, Secord, and Clines, who...provided the basic framework within which Reagan, McFarlane, and Casey acted, with North and Poindexter featured as trustworthy “handmaidens.”

    But who were the “handmaidens” of North and Poindexter? That would be people like the “K-Team,” a Freeport, Long Island group of intelligence sub-contractors, wanna-be spies in trench coats and dark glasses, getting in over their heads in dangerous waters. The “K-Team” were true believers in Ronald Reagan’s vision of democracy versus an “evil empire” but their methods were unorthodox. They gathered intelligence on Central America and the Caribbean by hanging out in Brooklyn bars. They were handed major responsibilities for Reagan’s 1983 invasion of Grenada. In fact, they found someone to install as the new president, post-invasion, but their candidate chickened out.


    Dan Priscu

    A veteran member of the the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the CIA, Priscu was president of Castle Securities, a stock brokerage in a bad neighborhood. Taus suspected it of being a CIA front. Taus found Priscu through his work on the Pizza Connection case, specifically, Taus’ stakeout of a Mafia-linked cheese company that was dealing narcotics.



    Kevin Kattke

    Kattke was a textbook “Soldier of Fortune” ripped from the pages of the magazine. When his handlers at CIA wanted his K-Team to kill some Grenadian drug dealers in the Bronx and steal their money, Kattke agreed it was a great way for the Team to raise some funds. Richard Taus knew Kattke from their Army Reserve unit, where Kattke was in U.S. Army Intelligence. Kattke’s day job “cover” was a maintenance man at Macy’s. Today, nobody knows where Kattke is or if he’s still alive.


    George Hebert

    Hebert went to college with Richard Taus at Pennsylvania Military College (today, Widener University). Hebert describes himself as “very close to Reagan” after the Grenada invasion. In 1985, Hebert pressured Taus to stop investigating them. Hebert today tells The Megaphone: “Exactly what [Taus’s] game was only God knows. I think he was convicted for being a child molester, but I’m not even 100 percent sure of that. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this whole game, that the truth most times never reaches the surface.” Hebert describes a time in which he was “hung out to dry” by CIA, “set up on gun charges,” around the time of Clinton’s invasion of Haiti, in 1994. That was the end of his dalliance in “black ops.”


    Oliver North

    Taus’s investigation climaxed the fourth time he flew to Fort Lauderdale in April, 1985. Taus there identified Oliver North standing alongside Contra leader Adolf Calero, accepting delivery of some mysterious air cargo. A Lockheed plane had just touched down from Honduras, and was sitting pretty under armed U.S. military guard. Taus flashed a badge, poked around on the tarmac, and asked questions. Back in New York, he was reamed out for being there. Suddenly, the U.S. Attorney’s office denied his wiretap requests on the K-Team.

    Earlier, the FBI had helped Taus develop a “cover” as a soccer coach and founder of the Freeport Sports League, in order to get close to the K-Team. As a soccer coach, Taus was looked up to. Kids from broken homes saw him as a surrogate father. But Taus’s days as a soccer coach, a dad, and a free man were numbered.


    The Trial

    When Taus arrived at FBI headquarters, on the Nov. 4, 1988, he was detained and questioned until 2:30 a.m. His FBI superiors, including Special Agent Carson Dunbar, and Lin DeVecchio, put him under interrogation. The FBI later claimed that a feverish Taus confessed to a sexual relationship with four boys in his Freeport Sports League. Taus’ attorney, Anthony Lombardino, would later attempt (unsuccessfully) to strike that confession from evidence. Taus was not advised of his legal rights, and did not have counsel present. Taus claims the confession is a fabrication.

    Simultaneous with the interrogation, a separate FBI team illegally searched Taus’ home in Freeport. The FBI claims it found nude photos of a young, male family friend. Taus claims the photos were planted. The FBI interviewed the boy’s mom, Lucy Moore, who stated she didn’t believe anything improper was going on. Prosecutor Kenneth Littman withheld her interview from the defense.

    The prosecution accused Taus of 27 counts of first, second, and third-degree sodomy, sexual abuse, and promoting the sexual performance of a child. Originally, these counts came from 10 different youngsters, but the contradictory testimony of five of the boys had to be thrown out. Two of the kids never appeared at trial, but testified through recorded statements. In similar child abuse cases afterwards, The Wall Street Journal reported that any kind of witness testimony from child victims was not reliable. No psychologists or pediatricians corroborated the alleged abuse. No medical evidence was submitted. No parents testified.

    Taus’ lawyers could not view their client’s FBI “time and attendance” records, which may have further contradicted the allegations. The FBI and the prosecution communicated throughout the trial, but the defense was prevented from discovering what was said. The transcripts show a belligerent Judge Baker, occasionally yelling things at the defense counsel, “You owe me money!” Baker was forced to retire shortly after the trial. The Taus family believes Judge Baker was suffering from alcoholism.

    Taus always claimed he was innocent. But his bargain-basement attorneys were unwilling to argue that the accusations were prompted by Taus’ investigation into global politics. Instead, the defense decided to argue that Taus was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from Vietnam. Taus was sentenced to maximum security prison, with the longest sentence ever for sexual abuse in Nassau County: 32 to 90 years.


    The Appeal

    Taus filed a federal habeas corpus brief in August 2002, requesting a declaration of mistrial for withheld evidence, juror misconduct, and judicial bias. According to sources on the jury, juror Nancy Dillon told the jury she should be disqualified, since DA Dennis Dillon was a close, blood relation. Carol Lewis also claimed the jury “read newspaper accounts of the trial daily,” which may have biased jurors. Local newspapers at the time of Taus’ trial were in a frenzy of accusation, since child sexual abuse was a hot, nationwide scandal in the early ’90s.

    At Taus’ 2005 appeal, Judge John M. Walker (a cousin of President George Walker Bush) stated matter-of-factly that juror misconduct “would not have changed the outcome in this case” in light of the “overwhelming evidence” of Taus’ guilt. Taus attorney Marjorie Smith was badly prepared and rude to reporters. After a swift hearing, Taus’s appeal was denied.


    The Hope

    Taus’ story is a lesson in how one good book can alter the course of history. Peter Lance is a journalist and author of a major study on the NY FBI: Cover Up: What the Government is Still Hiding About the War on Terror (Regan Books, 2003). Lance won five Emmy awards while at ABC News. His new revelations lend an eerie credibility to what Taus charges: deep corruption in the NY FBI. In Lance’s book, either arrogance or deliberate malfeasance from the NY FBI was at fault in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. And that 1993 bombing led directly to 9/11.

    The radical Islamists of the Jersey City Mosque, run by “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdul-Rahman, pulled off the 1993 WTC bombing. But the Jersey City mosque was well penetrated by informants and double agents, namely Emad Salem and Ali Mohammed. According to audio tapes, FBI informant Salem tried to stop the bombing in 1993 before if happened. Another of Richard Taus’ former bosses, Carson Dunbar, suppressed agents who were trying to use Emad Salem’s warnings.

    Dunbar was transferred out of FBI and made a superintendent in the New Jersey State Police, in 1999. But back in 1988, Dunbar was the FBI agent who took Taus’s“confession” and testified against him at the pre-trial hearing.

    In 1998, the CIA admitted it was “partly culpable” for the 1993 WTC bombing. This admission surfaced in a UK newspaper but has never before appeared in a U.S. paper.

    [Our source: The Independent, 12/1/1998 “Terror Blowback Burns CIA,” by Andrew Marshall]. The spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, “Blind Sheikh” Abdul-Rahman, was given a tourist visa to enter the U.S. in 1990, despite being on the U.S.’s terrorist watch list, for three years prior.

    Taus is not the first to have allegations land on him in the middle of a sensitive investigation into national intelligence activities. Captain Brad Ayers and UN Arms Inspector/DIA agent Scott Ritter have also experienced similar character assassination for turning whistle-blower.

    Today, Richard Taus works inside the prison for $7.25 a week, doing inmate counseling. At Lindley DeVecchio’s arraignment, on March 30, 2006, a desperate gaggle of retired and current FBI agents packed a Brooklyn courtroom. About 47 agents exhibited a rambunctious display of solidarity with the accused. Five FBI agents put up DeVecchio’s bail.

    Perhaps they had good reason. In FBI, CIA, the Mob and Treachery, Taus’s co-author Rodney Stich writes that he “received letters from Gregory Scarpa, Jr., in early 2005, where he gave me details about how FBI agents, including DeVecchio, gave his father the names of government informants, and that his father would then murder the people.” Notice the plural in Scarpa’s use of the term “FBI agents.” According to inside sources, like Taus, Stich, and Scarpa, Jr., the DeVecchio case is just the tip of the iceberg: FBI corruption in the New York office is rampant. A growing number of researchers and citizens groups are recommending an outside body, vested with subpoena power (perhaps by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office), be formed to look at NY FBI’s role in 9/11, the 1993 WTC bombing, and the Richard Taus case. Many call for a new trial for Taus.

    During the arraignment, the FBI was vocal in its derision of the prosecution. As DeVecchio left the courtroom, a phalanx of stone-faced FBI agents marched alongside him. DeVecchio would not answer questions from reporters, including questions from The Megaphone about Richard Taus, or the CIA. The reporter on hand from The New York Times found those questions laughable. But which paper has handed in deep coverage of this scandal?

    FBI personnel shoved aside author Peter Lance, and punched photographer Robert Stolarik. The FBI’s Chris Mattiace later bragged on lindevecchio.com, “a few reporters received a few body checks out on the sidewalk.” The statement was later removed.

    It was not the FBI’s finest hour. NYC’s top cops looked like a criminal organization out of control.

    But now that DeVecchio is in custody, can a new trial for Taus be far off?

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    former FBI  agent heads up ENRON  security team

    Pre-9/11 Insider Trading and Enron

    The capper to Skilling’s Enron schemes comes in a brilliant article by Tom Flocco, with additional research by Kyle Hence: “Investment Espionage And The White House—Bush Administration Links To Pre-9/11 Insider Trading.”

    The first thing of note was that “Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spokesman Tom Crispell denied that the CIA was monitoring ‘real-time,’ pre-September 11 stock trading activity within U.S. borders using such software as the Prosecutor's Management Information System (PROMIS) or the Echelon satellite monitoring system. However, when asked whether the CIA had been scrutinizing world financial markets for national security purposes, Crispell replied, ‘I have no way of knowing what operations are [being affected by our assets] outside the country’ . . ."

    But more to the Enron point, “A January 23, 2002, Houston Chronicle report revealed that Enron Corporation's top security team, including four former CIA officers and an ex-FBI agent, left the company to form a private firm, Secure Solutions International (SSI), while continuing with Enron via a consulting contract. John W. Presley, the FBI agent now heading SSI could not be reached for comment. But the team probed a ‘variety of allegations of fraud and other kinds of rule-breaking by Enron workers,’ according to the Chronicle.”

    In fact, “Team member and former CIA agent David M. Cromley's business biography at Enron listed him as Enron's director of business analysis,’ the Chronicle reported, adding that Cromley gave Enron executives ‘detailed and unique information’ allowing them to make ‘investments, sales of assets, joint ventures and [financial] products.’

    “But no public information has been forthcoming as to whether such ‘detailed and unique information’ or sensitive CIA software was used in conjunction with Enron's controversial off-shore investment products, or whether their missing assets may have been employed in what former German Minister of Technology, Andreas von Bulow, estimated at $15 billion in insider trading profits . . ." Additionally, we find . . .

    “An examination of SSI's website reveals that its corporate members have ‘managed cutting-edge counterterrorism and counterproliferation operations for the CIA, implemented advanced technical information and security programs for the CIA, and conducted a wide range of investigations for the FBI,’ while also ‘overseeing all security arrangements for several large gas pipeline companies.’” Looks like one big happy family. But . . .

    “It is yet to be determined if Congress will publicly question CIA Director George Tenent as to whether CIA and FBI employees were ‘loaned’ to Enron's corporate espionage program, involved in personal pre-9/11 insider trading, or merely relaying sensitive insider political information to others involved in prior knowledge of the attacks. . . .

    “The fraud-racked Enron Corporation has had at least 20 CIA agents on the payroll in the last eight years. But while the Houston Chronicle reported the operatives as ‘former’ CIA, a February 26, 2002, National Enquirer story quoted a top Washington insider familiar with several secret investigations into Enron, as reporting that they were given ‘leaves of absence without pay and put on the Enron payroll.’” So, either Enron was paying the CIA to spy on them, or the agency was helping Enron make a buck.

    “The source added that Enron's CIA members used ‘info gleaned from a satellite project called 'Echelon,' which intercepted emails, phone calls and faxes with detailed business information,’ adding that ‘pure and simple, [taxpayer-funded] U.S. intelligence agents were involved in corporate espionage.’ Another Enquirer source with ties to the CIA revealed that ‘the cozy deal between Enron and the CIA allowed the 'on-loan' undercover operatives to return to the Agency's payroll before Enron's collapse.’" How prescient of them.

    Bottom line, it would seem the Skilling-led Enron had their hands in 9/11 profiteering as well. If you were looking for a ray of redemption in Skilling’s epitaph, fuhgeddaboudit. Maybe Ken Lay might have something good to say about him. But excuse me, Lay’s dead. Especially now that his estate’s been released to the family.

    Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York City. Reach him at gvmaz@verizon.net.


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    You know how you wet your finger by sticking it in your mouth then holding it in the air to see which way the wind is blowing....? It seems the taxpayer funded Death Squad called the FBI  has just decided to do that after taking more hits than Leon Spinks over the last couple years.   They tested the poilitical wind last week and decided that they
    didn.t have anything left to loose after their success in creating 911, did I leave anything out? oh, the Oklahoma City bombing, did I get it all ,hmmm, oh yea the first world trade center bombing, the Kennedy- King assassinations,WACO, Ruby Ridge, The Franklin Coverup, wait a minute I am running out of room. In any analysis of the newstory THE FBI IS GOING AFTER CONGRESS one has to look at when the last time they did this. First you need to understand the FBI-CONGRESS  marriage is a co-enabling /symbiotic relationship. The FBI leaves the Congress alone and Congress leaves the FBI alone. In 1980 taxpayer funded FBI agents created ABSCAM , a sting operation to target members of Congress.
    Several members of Congress were entrapped and got busted. Most voters and taxpayers don't understand what prompted FBI  agents to go after Congress.
    It was the Church Committee  hearings held by Senator Frank Church during the laste 70's that made taxpayer funded FBI  agents wet their pants.
    The Church Committee hearings uncovered enough Class A felonies committed by FBI  agents
    to sentence the Bureau and every agent in it to 3 consecutive 40 year sentences to run on and after they completed the first sentence. Worse yet Congress was creating legislation for the first time in the history that would hold taxpayer funded FBI  agents accountable. Something had to be done and done quick. Thats when  ABSCAM
    was created and to the credit of the FBI , they struck Congress before Congress could strike them.

    two easy reads, let god sort it out

    Posted on Sun, Nov. 05, 2006

    FBI willing to go undercover in Congress if necessary

    By Greg Gordon

    McClatchy Newspapers


    WASHINGTON - The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with public corruption cases, says the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians and might run an undercover sting on Congress.

    Assistant FBI Director James Burrus called the bureau's public corruption program "a sleeping giant that we've awoken," and predicted the nation will see continued emphasis in that area "for many, many, many years to come."

    So much evidence of wrongdoing is surfacing in the nation's capital that Burrus recently committed to adding a fourth 15- to 20-member public corruption squad to the FBI's Washington field office.

    In the past year, former Republican Reps. Duke Cunningham and Bob Ney have pleaded guilty to corruption charges. FBI agents are investigating about a dozen other members of Congress, including as many as three senators. The Justice Department also is expected to begin seeking indictments soon after a massive FBI investigation of the Alaska Legislature.

    If conditions warrant, Burrus said, he wouldn't balk at urging an undercover sting like the famed Abscam operation in the late 1970s in which a U.S. senator and six House members agreed on camera to take bribes from FBI agents posing as Arab sheikhs.

    "We look for those opportunities a lot," Burrus said, using words rarely heard at the bureau over the last quarter century. "I would do it on Capitol Hill. I would do it in any state legislature. ... If we could do an undercover operation, and it would get me better evidence, I'd do it in a second."

    Philip Heymann, who oversaw the Abscam investigation as chief of the Justice Department's Criminal Division during the Carter administration, expressed surprise to learn of the FBI's willingness to attempt another congressional sting after the outcry from Capitol Hill over Abscam.

    "It shows courage at the FBI," said Heymann, now a criminal law professor at Harvard University. He said he concluded, after watching a recent public television documentary and listening to experts, that "there is more corruption (on Capitol Hill) than I ever thought imaginable" and that a single FBI sting "might result in very large numbers of prosecutions."

    But even without an undercover operation, Heymann and other observers say they have been pleased with the GOP-controlled Justice Department's willingness to pursue old-fashioned investigations, even if they hurt congressional Republicans in Tuesday's elections.

    Nationally over the last year, 600 agents worked 2,200 public corruption cases, resulting in 650 arrests, 1,000 indictments and 800 convictions, Burrus said.

    FBI Director Robert Mueller, who listed public corruption as his top criminal investigative priority when he shifted the FBI's focus to terrorism in 2002, said last month that the surge in convictions "sends the message that public corruption will not be tolerated." Despite the realignment, the number of agents working on public corruption has remained constant.

    Burrus argued that the FBI is "uniquely qualified" to handle such cases, pointing to the bureau's political independence, exemplified by Mueller's 10-year term. Burrus said that Alice Fisher, the politically appointed chief of the Justice Department's Criminal Division with whom he confers weekly, also has "an aggressive attitude" about pursuing public officials.

    "Operation Rainmaker," the FBI's broad investigation of a Washington lobbying ring, has already led to a handful of convictions, including Ney's guilty plea last month. The inquiry was one reason for the resignation last year of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who also faces state campaign finance charges. Other investigations seem to be sprouting everywhere.

    But Reid Weingarten, a former Abscam prosecutor who now is a high-profile Washington criminal defense lawyer, said he would bet that the flurry of congressional cases has resulted from evidence "falling in their (investigators') laps," rather than a programmed FBI hunt for corruption.

    The FBI does appear to be stepping up its use of electronic surveillance and has conducted stings of state politicians. Bureau agents secretly taped Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., before finding $90,000 in his freezer during a raid last May. Cell phones were wiretapped for four months in an investigation of Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., government sources say.

    In "Operation Tennessee Waltz," 10 Tennessee state officials, including five current and former legislators, have been prosecuted in a scheme in which hidden cameras whirred as FBI undercover agents offered payoffs in return for help for a dummy company. Burrus said some targeted Tennessee legislators were moving so quickly that "we were actually having to discuss how we were going to slow it down" so that bills aiding the phony firm didn't become law.

    A separate undercover inquiry led to the indictment of three members of San Diego's city council.

    In Alaska, the FBI has more than doubled its manpower in a sweeping investigation of allegations that an oil industry services company bribed state legislators, people familiar with the inquiry said. On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, the FBI conducted two dozen raids and searched the office of state Sen. Ben Stevens, son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

    Burrus declined to discuss any investigation, but said the FBI will focus on more state capitals over the next year, "because we have seen a trend in cases that leads us to believe there's more out there."

    When he arrived as deputy chief of the criminal division in 2004, he said, field offices frequently told him they had "no idea" how to pursue public corruption leads. Since then, he said, agents in about 30 of the bureau's 56 field offices have been trained. FBI agents in Washington have studied congressional activities that might invite bribes, such as hard-to-trace "earmarks" in which members appropriate money for pet projects, often keeping their involvement off the public record.

    "Public corruption cases have to be fished out," he said, noting that crooked politicians tend to do secret deals with one other person and often try to disguise their actions as "for the public's good."

    Controversial new legal theories are also helping prosecutors bring cases in which they can't prove outright briberies. A vaguely written, 28-word 1988 law, for example, makes it a fraud for a politician to deprive taxpayers of his "honest services." It was among the charges lodged against Cunningham, Ney, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the San Diego councilmen.

    Burrus said the FBI has to prove "that this person engaged in the activities specifically to receive this stream of benefits and knew that stream of benefits would stop if he did not support these particular projects."

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    Daniel Hopsicker is one of my favorite investigative reporters,along with Al Giordano and Wayne Madsen. Check him out

    Titan Corp Contractor Sues
     The MadCowMorningNews

    NOV 7 2006--Venice FL.
    by Daniel Hopsicker


    A Lebanese man whose convenience store in Venice Florida was used by Mohamed Atta and his cadre of terrorist hijackers to receive overseas wire transfers, and from whose apartment Atta and Marwan took taxis to Orlando Airport to pick up visiting Saudis has filed a defamation lawsuit against the MadCowMorningNews alleging unspecified “false statements.”

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