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August 22, 2005 -- Four Americans flew with "Air Bin Laden" flight transporting Bin Laden family members to Saudi Arabia and Europe nine days after 911. The post-911 domestic flights of Bin Laden family members out of the United States with the sanction of the Bush White House were not the only instances where Americans have flown with the family that spawned "Al Qaeda" leader Osama Bin Laden. WMR has obtained a passenger list from a September 20, 2001 Aero Services private charter flight from Le Bourget Airport, north of Paris, to Geneva, and on to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (King Abdulaziz International Airport-OEJN). On the list are a number of Bin Ladens, as well as four Americans, including a Los Angeles Police Department officer named Jason Blum who flew to Le Bourget from Los Angeles. A previous list provided to Sen. Frank Lautenberg showed Mr. Blum departing from the Bin Laden party in Boston.The newly obtained list shows he accompanied the Bin Ladens to Paris Le Bourget. The other three Americans on the passenger list are J.P. Buonono, Joseph Allen Wyka and Ricardo V. Pascetta. Because of these discrepancies, it is uncertain whether the destination information as stated on the manifest provided to Sen. Lautenberg (and presumably the 911 Commission) was, in fact, accurate. In addition, two Bin Ladens with U.S. citizenship were also on the charter flight: Khalil Sultan Binladen and Badr Ahmed Bin Laden. A British citizen, Akberali [sic] Moawalla [sic], identified by French intelligence as the same Akbar Moawala (the Tanzanian in the French intelligence report below regarding SICO and Fluor Corp.), was also on the flight. A Brazilian, Yemeni, and Indonesian were on the same flight. A Saudi diplomatic passport holder named Kholoud Osama Kurdi accompanied the passengers to Jeddah. What is significant about Mr. Kurdi is that the Bush administration claimed the Saudi flights were purely "private" in nature. Shafig Bin Laden, who had attended a Washington, DC meeting of the Carlyle Group at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on the morning of September 11 (George H. W. Bush and James Baker were present at the same meeting the day before), left the charter flight in Geneva, one of the centers for George H. W. Bush's international slush funds. The parties arriving at Le Bourget for the onward flight to Geneva and Jeddah flew from Los Angeles International, Dulles International, Boston Logan, and Orlando International.
Click here for the Lautenberg list.
SPECIAL REPORT -- U.S. BUSINESS AND BUSH FAMILY TIES TO OSAMA BIN LADEN REVEALED. August 21, 2005 -- One of the top U.S. contractors in Iraq was also intimately involved in the Bin Laden global financial empire. The U.S. construction and engineering firm Fluor Corp. has raked in handsome profits from reconstruction contracts awarded by the Pentagon in Iraq. Fluor, which received the lucrative contracts because it was included by the Pentagon on an "invitation only" short list of eligible contractors, has contributed over $500,000 to Republican candidates since 2000. Kenneth Oscar, a Fluor Vice President, was the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement and was conveniently in charge of a $60 billion budget. One of Fluor's board members is retired Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, a former deputy director of the CIA and National Security Agency (NSA) director.
What is not known about Fluor is its long standing ties to the Bin Laden family's worldwide financial interests. WMR has recently obtained the copy of a French intelligence report on the Saudi Investment Company Organization (SICO), an operation controlled by the Bin Ladens. The report reveals that Fluor was an integral part of the Bin Laden financial empire through a network of interlocking off-shore companies and directorships registered in such locations as Curacao, the Cayman Islands, London, the Netherlands, and Virginia.
There is a stinking air of treason and involvement with terrorism surrounding the Bush family. Additional European intelligence provided to WMR confirms that Osama bin Laden has been a major kingpin in drug shipments to Europe and North America since 1991, when he established a major drug smuggling network in Sudan and Saudi Arabia. When Bin Laden moved to Afghanistan in 1996, he re-established the drug smuggling networks initially set up by the CIA during the Mujaheddin war against the Soviets. The drug baron who headed up the Afghan heroin supply network for Bin Laden was code named "Kandahar." The drug smuggling operations were based alongside Bin Laden's terrorist training and weapons of mass destruction procurement activities in Osama Bin Laden's "Arab enclave" located at Khalden in Paktia province. According to a French intelligence report marked "CONFIDENTIEL DEFENSE/USAGE STRICTEMENT NATIONAL" (Defense confidential, "French Eyes Only"), U.S. and British intelligence elements continued to control Osama Bin Laden and his Khalden-based terrorist corps as of 1995, fully two years after "Al Qaeda" was found to be involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and one year prior to the Khobar Tower bombings in Saudi Arabia, the point at which the late FBI counter-terrorism agent John O'Neill began linking Al Qaeda to the Saudi royal family and certain American "interests."
The Al Qaeda drug supply network remains in operation and continues to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for Bin Laden's global operations. All during the rule of the Taliban, Afghan drug mules hauling heroin abroad received a standard request for assistance letter from Mullah Mohammad Omar, the one-eyed Taliban leader. Mullah Omar dispatched a number of envoys to Washington, DC to have talks with senior Bush administration officials prior to 911. They all carried the same assistance request letter. The Mullah Omar assistance request letter is below:
The Bin Laden drug network also intersects with Geneva-based financial entities established by George H. W. Bush while he was CIA director and Vice President and President of the United States. Bin Laden and Bush money are held in some of the same financial tranches in Switzerland, the Isle of Man, and the Bahamas (see following story). The Bush family off-shore money tranches originated with gold bars and jewels spirited out of the Philippines upon the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. The Marcos fortune was the price exacted by Vice President Bush for his being granted asylum in Hawaii. The gold bars were transported from the Philippines to the International Diamond Exchange Vaults near Rockefeller Center. A CIA proprietary firm called Oceaneering International of Houston procured barges to move some of the gold from secured warehouses to a specially-configured Boeing 747 which then flew the cargo to New York. Oceaneering sealifted the remaining gold to Oregon. After George W. Bush’s victory in 2000, the last of the gold and jewels stored in New York was moved to UBS Bank in Zurich. Marcos and Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi set about to create Five Star Trust in 1983 as a means to create a vehicle to use the Philippine wealth to create and funnel fungible assets abroad. In 1989, Five Star Trust was officially established in the Isle of Man by a Houston-based attorney who was a close friend of the Bush family.
WMR is now in possession of a UBS letter to the Swiss Federal Police, dated October 30, 2001, which was in response to an October 2, 2001 request by the police to look for Bin Laden family "terrorist funds" (Terroristengeldern).The UBS letter states that two terrorist-related financial activities were detected with regard to the movement by Osama Bin Laden of suspicious funds in 1990 and 1991. [This was shortly after Bush's Philippine tranche of gold and jewels was established at UBS]. On 20/08/90, there was a $450,000 transfer of funds into Osama Bin Laden's account. The deposit included "jewels." On 28/10/91, there was a $482,000 transfer of funds into Osama Bin Laden's account from the Saudi American Bank in Jeddah, the same bank Israeli intelligence directly tied into Saudi terrorist funding in the West Bank. (See "Intelligence Whispers").
As reported in "Intelligence Whispers," on August 21, 2001, just a few weeks before the 911 attacks, a UBS Warburg/Paine Webber broker named Chung Wu advised his investors to sell their Enron stock, whereafter UBS quickly fired the broker. In addition, the "Intelligence Whispers" report regarding the mysterious Bush-connected Geneva and Zurich money mover who transferred $10 million and $10 billion in Saudi and other funds to Texas in 1995 and 1996, respectively, has been positively linked to Al Taqwa, a Swiss entity tied to "Al Qaeda." A $50,000 check drawn on the 1995 funds was written to Fayyaz Ahmed, one of the 911 hijackers. The 1996 $10 billion transfer was for Enron's fraudulent LJM Cayman Islands front and was to finance a deal with the Taliban to build the trans-Afghan CentGas pipeline. (Enron, Halliburton, Unocal, Zalmay Khalilzad, Hamid Karzai, and Mullah Omar were all involved in the 1996 CentGas negotiations, which were held in Tashkent and Houston). WMR is also in possession of an audit letter from Ernst & Young giving a clean bill of health to an "Al Qaeda"-affiliated "charity" based in Kuwait, Lajnat al Dawa al Islamiya, which, in reality, supplied Taliban and Al Qaeda forces with assistance in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
WMR can also confirm that the Bush administration's cozying up to the Sudanese government (which once provided Osama Bin Laden safe haven) is another indication that the Bush family continues to engage in joint financial activities with Osama Bin Laden. It is likely that Sudan's southern Christian rebel leader John Garang was encouraged to enter into a peace agreement with Khartoum in a ploy for him to let down his guard. Just days after Garang became Sudan's Vice President, he was killed in a suspicious helicopter crash along the Ugandan-Sudanese border, an area where Pentagon Special Operations forces are present. As Vice President, Garang was in a position to discover Bin Laden's past and present activities in Sudan, including those that involve Bush family interests. While Sudan claims it no longer has any relations with Osama Bin Laden, it can now be revealed that Osama Bin Laden continues to operate the Al Shamal Islamic Bank in Sudan that was identified by the State Department in 1996 as being linked to Al Qaeda and Bin Laden. The "Al Qaeda" leader invested $50 million in the bank. The bank was used in 1993 to transfer $210,000 to a bank in Tucson, Arizona to finance the purchase of a plane to fly Stinger missiles from Pakistan to Sudan. The plane was flown to Khartoum. (According to the French intelligence report, Bin Laden was still under U.S. and British intelligence control at the time of the plane purchase and in 1993 Sudan was on the State Department's state sponsors of terrorism list). It is significant that Al Shamal's assets were never frozen by the United States nor was it designated a terrorist-related organization. The Sudanese claim that Al Shamal is no longer in operation and the Bush administration has not countered these claims. However, in October 2004 this photo (below) was taken in Khartoum (the bank was open for business and very busy):
August 21, 2005 -- Five Star Trust involvement with Bush and Cheney illegal money movements into the United States confirmed. French law enforcement authorities who are investigating a major international fraud scheme involving bribes paid to Nigerian officials by Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown and Root subsidiary (while Dick Cheney was President and CEO) and its TSKJ business partners in return for a Nigerian liquefied natural gas contract, have confirmed that Five Star Trust, an off-shore entity with a presence in the Bahamas and the Isle of Man, and which is linked to the Bush family, is the subject of a major international criminal investigation. The scandal, known as the Technip Affair in France, involves French, American, British, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese criminal investigations, As reported by the editor after the 2004 election, Five Star Trust funds were moved illegally into the United States from Nigeria and other off-shore locations through the use of counterfeit "markers" used to secretly transfer large sums of money outside normal (and surveilled) banking networks like SWIFT. For the 2004 article on Five Star, click here. After the article appeared, there was a concerted effort by the Bush administration and its disinformation plants in the "blogosphere" to cast doubts on the authenticity of the revelations about Five Star Trust.
UPDATE: Having been hospitalized the same week that her Labor colleague, former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, suddenly died of a heart attack, former Northern Ireland Secretary, Ireland peace architect, and anti-Iraq War figure Mo Mowlam died on August 19. Mo Mowlam was 55. Britain has now lost two of its most prominent anti-Iraq war politicians. In 2002, Mowlam wrote the following in The Guardian during the buildup to the Iraq War, "It is hard now to see how George Bush can withdraw his bellicose words and also save face, but I hope that that is possible. Otherwise I fear greatly for the Middle East, but also for the rest of the world." Mo, we're all still fearing Bush. RIP.
Mo Mowlam, 1949-2005
August 20, 2005 -- Another Patrick Fitzgerald shot across the bow of the neo-cons. U.S. Attorney for Chicago (and special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame/BJ & A White House leak) Patrick Fitzgerald has indicted former Chicago Sun-Times publisher David Radler for the theft of $32 million from the Sun-Times parent company, Hollinger Corporation. Radler is also a past owner of Canada's Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun.
Sign of things to come? Prosecutor Fitzgerald indicts Novak's former big boss at the Chicago Sun Times
Owned until 2003 by Conrad Black, Hollinger also includes the Jerusalem Post and London Daily Telegraph, two papers that have been propaganda arms of the neocon movement and at the forefront of attacks on anti-Iraq war politicians. Although Fitzgerald did not indict Black, it is believed the prosecutor will have Radler testify against his former business partner. Former Hollinger board member and arch-neocon Richard Perle was, in addition to Radler and Black, cited in a 2004 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) report on fraudulent financial activity at Hollinger. Black's wife, Barbara Amiel Black, a strongly pro-Israeli columnist for the Telegraph and Maclean's and a former Vice President of Hollinger, was cited in a class action lawsuit brought by Canadian investors in Hollinger. Amiel Black has been vociferous in attacking politicians, including British MP George Galloway, who have criticized the invasion of Iraq. The indictment of the Sun Times' former publisher Radler, who has been another strong promoter of Likud and neocon causes, is also significant in light of the Plame matter. The Sun Times syndicates Robert Novak, the first journalist to reveal in his column Valerie Plame's CIA identity and that of her Brewster Jennings non official cover company. That leak is at the center of Fitzgerald's probe of Karl Rove, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and others in the Bush administration for violations of national security laws.
Sun Myung Moon's empire of political influence and phony journalism may also be exposed soon. In what may not be an unrelated story to the Hollinger indictments, on Aug. 19, South Korean prosecutors raided the headquarters of the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) in Seoul, seizing boxes and computer disks. It was the first time the agency, once called the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA), has been raided by the authorities in its entire 45-year history. It has long been suspected that South Korean intelligence financially props up Sun Myung Moon, the owner of neocon Washington Times and other right-wing propaganda outlets around the world. The raid and investigation of the NIS may also result in exposures of Moon's ties to criminal elements in Asia and powerful politicians in the United States and other countries.
Motto to these two stories: It's not wise to irritate and inflame the US intelligence and law enforcement infrastructures. Pay backs, as they say, came be nasty.
Moon endangered by unprecedented raid of Korean intelligence agency?
August 20, 2005 -- More on Able Danger and the gutting of the U.S. Intelligence Community. In many respects, the Pentagon's non-action with regard to the warnings from the Able Danger counter-terrorism Special Operations team about the threat posed by Mohammad Atta and three other hijackers was as serious a breakdown in the intelligence system as the roll up of Valerie Plame Wilson and her Brewster Jennings & Associates non-official cover counter-proliferation team (and its global assets). This is what we now know about Able Danger. The team, composed of members of the U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, used data provided primarily by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) to track terrorist cells abroad and inside the United States. The Able Danger team used data mined by sophisticated DIA (for example, the four Trans World Information Warfare Support --- TWI --- groups, like the super-classified TWI-1, the Special Activities TWI group), NSA, and military service information warfare elements that used "deep drilling" web and non-web connected search tools to identify information linked to targeted terrorist cells. The threat and warning indication intelligence came from systems operated by the Army's Land Information Warfare Activity (LIWA) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia (now known as the Army's First Operations Command [Land]), the Naval Information Warfare Activity (NIWA) at Fort Meade, Maryland, and the Air Force Information Warfare Center (AFIWC) at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Some cover names for projects associated with the data mining and reporting are Sensor Harvest (Air Force "Country Build" database system targeted on such threat nations as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen), Oilstock (NSA geographic information system), the IW Mission, Planning, Analysis, and Command and Control Targeting System (IMPACTS) (Navy, offensive information warfare), Retract Barley (Navy), Constant Web (Air Force signals intelligence fusion), Rigel (Navy, counter-narcotics/narco-terrorist intelligence fusion system -- which may have alerted DIA and other intelligence agencies to Atta's reported heroin smuggling activities from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the 1990s -- see Aug. 21 stories above), THREADS (Threat Humint Reporting, Evaluation, Analysis and Display System) (Air Force/NRO), and Topsail (CIA-NSA-DIA).
It is also known that, along with US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) lawyers, it was USSOCOM Commander, Gen. Peter Schoomaker who put the kibosh on informing the FBI of the Atta team threat as early as 1999. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shocked the Army general staff when he pulled Schoomaker from two years' of retirement to become the Army Chief of Staff, a move still considered highly unusual in the Army. Since becoming Army Chief of Staff, Schoomaker has ensured a continued cover-up of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo torture, as well as hard evidence of U.S. war crimes (involving psychological warfare operations) in locations like Fallujah and Nasariyah, Iraq.
Special Operations Command's Able Danger team received threat & warning intelligence and targeting data about Mohammad Atta and his three-man team from DIA and other intelligence agencies beginning in 1999. Rumsfeld's hand picked Army Chief of Staff, then-Special Operations Commander Gen. Peter Schoomaker, prevented "Team Atta" from being taken out. Another indication that 911 was likely a "false attribution" program run by neo-con cells in the United States and abroad.
In addition to trying to lay blame on 911 on Bill Clinton, Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) has a vested interest in pushing the story about DIA's data mining successes in enabling the Able Danger team to track "Team Atta" prior to 911. Weldon's "NOAH" data mining pet project, which has been partially funded by LIWA's budget, is centered in his suburban Philadelphia district. For more information on Weldon, data mining, and NOAH, click here.
August 19, 2005 -- Revelations about Satterfield and Able Danger are connected. The recent revelations that the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, David Satterfield, is the USGO-2 named in the Franklin-Rosen-Weismann indictment and the coming forward of the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and his evidence that the elite Able Danger force had Mohammed Atta and three other hijackers under surveillance in 2000 and was prevented from taking action are related stories. Shaffer was the liaison between DIA and the U.S. Special Operations Able Danger team that was tracking Atta and his cell in the United States and abroad. The Pentagon inaction is being blamed on lawyers for the U.S. Special Operations Command who prevented the FBI from being informed of the Atta team's activities. What is being overlooked is that there was a significant neo-con element within the Clinton administration. It included then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen (a Republican) and the career Pentagon officials like Office of Net Assessment chief Andy Marshall, the indicted Larry Franklin, and Harold Rhode, who all increased their power in the Bush administration. This network was close to Clinton State Department officials Martin Indyk, who lost his security clearance while ambassador to Israel, and Dennis Ross, now of the pro-Likud Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), the think tank that provided a number of personnel for Douglas Feith's Office of Special Plans, including David Schenker and Michael Makovsky (brother of WINEP Senior Fellow David Makovsky). WINEP's advisory board includes such neocon figures as Richard Perle, James Woolsey, James Roche (of Boeing-Air Force tanker contract fraud infamy), Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Max Kampelman. The pre-911 restrictions on Able Danger are evidence that the neo-cons were as damaging to the security interests of the United States under Clinton as they have been under Bush.
The two shill chairmen of the 911 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, have now said they did not consider the information about pre-911 U.S. military surveillance of Atta and his confederates to be "historically significant." 911 Commission Executive Director Phillip Zelikow swept Lt. Col. Shaffer's testimony under the rug. Zelikow is a close associate of Condoleezza Rice.
And in what represents yet another whistleblower situation from within the US Intelligence Community, Shaffer had his security clearance at DIA suspended in March 2004 and was put on paid administrative leave. It has been recently revealed that Shaffer's Navy colleague, who had also identified the Atta team prior to 911, Captain Scott Phillpott, has been reassigned from DIA to a staff project code named "Deep Blue." Shaffer's story has been treated shabbily by the Washington Post, not because it lacks merit, but because the story is getting closer to the neo-con cell operating within the Pentagon from the days of the Clinton administration.
WMR can also now report that the current and recent past Federal probes of various security leaks, criminal activity, and dirty money -- Abramoff, Kidan, CIA leak, Niger bogus documents, AIPACgate, election fraud, Indian gambling casino money laundering, dirty GOP campaign money, Clinton's "Pardongate" of Marc Rich, oil profiteering, the 911 false flag operations around the nation, and anthrax -- are all related to the deep penetration of the U.S. government by elements controlled by the Russian-Israeli-Ukrainian Mafia (RUIM). Justice, Treasury, and U.S. intelligence agents are well aware of the linked criminal networks which made their first foray into the United States after the late Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson (and his staff of neo-cons) pressured the Soviet Union to release the very elements who would later form a virtual "Criminal International" involved with weapons of mass destruction proliferation, narcotics, terrorism, the "security" business (including airline security), prostitution, "blood diamond" laundering, weapons smuggling, white slave trade, child pornography and prostitution, and bank fraud. According to Argentine and Brazilian intelligence sources from within the Triple Border region of South America, the RUIM has also managed, within the past three years, of smuggling two nuclear devices into the United States -- one suitcase nuke from a former Soviet Central Asian state and a "dirty" radiological bomb. They arrived in the United States via two drug routes operated by the RUIM: a Mexican border crossing used by the Juarez drug cartel and a Port of Newark, New Jersey shipment point run by the RUIM. There is more to come. Much more.
Is this their goal? America's security infrastructure's hands tied by neocon warmongers.
August 18, 2005 -- The New York Times is reporting that the anonymous U.S. government source identified as "USGO-2" in the Franklin/Rosen/Weismann AIPAC national security indictment is David Satterfield, former US ambassador to Lebanon and now Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad under Zalmay Khalilzad. The revelations about Satterfield came after the August 16 arraignment of former AIPAC officials Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman at the US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. Franklin was arraigned the same day on additional charges. The indictment states that USGO-2 (Satterfield) discussed classified national security information with Rosen during two meetings, Jan. 18 and Mar. 12, 2002. Two other people identified in the indictment, USGO-1, a senior government official, and DOD-B, a Department of Defense official, remain unidentified. Satterfield worked for Martin Indyk in the Clinton State Department and National Security Council. Satterfield also liaised during his stint at State with Clinton Middle East envoy Dennis Ross who now heads the pro-Likud Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). After the recent allegations, both Indyk and Ross have come to Satterfield's defense. On September 21, 2000, Martin Indyk, the then-US ambassador to Israel, had his security clearance suspended by the State Department. Indyk was invstigated for violating State Department security regulations. At a September 25 State Department press conference, Richard Boucher, the Department spokesman, said, "We have not suspended security clearances for an Ambassador previously, prior to this. This is the first time this has happened to an Ambassador."
AIPACGate: USGO-2 exposed. It's Number Two man at US Embassy in Baghdad, former US ambassador to Lebanon David Satterfield.
August 18, 2005 -- Taft ordered to send e-mail apology and pay a $4000 fine. A Franklin County Municipal Judge ordered Gov. Bob Taft to pay a $4000 fine and issue an email apology to the people of the state of Ohio and state employees within seven days. Taft pleaded nolo contendre (no contest) to four first degree criminal misdemeanor charges. Taft took more than $5800 in bribes (golf outings, hockey tickets, and dinners). Of course, Taft, who presided over a fraudulent 2004 presidential election in his state, was not ordered to apologize to the rest of the United States for ensuring another four year term for an unelected President from the 2000 election. The Tafts are to Ohio like the Bushes are to Texas and Florida: political infestations.
August 17, 2005 -- With over $30 million unaccounted for in Federal election assistance money in his state (see Aug. 15 story below), Ohio's Gov. Bob Taft has been criminally charged in Franklin County Court with four first degree misdemeanors for failing to report golf outings and other bribes. Taft faces a maximum $1000 fine for each count as well as six months in jail for each count.
GOV. BOB TAFT -- INDICTED FOR ACCEPTING UNREPORTED BRIBES
August 17, 2005 -- An interesting footnote to WMR's Aug. 16 story (below) on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accusing the DEA of conspiring against him. It turns out that Bush's chief instigator in Caracas, Ambassador William Brownfield, a Texas native, is married to the U.S. ambassador to Ecuador, Kristie Kenney. Ecuador is home to a regional DEA/U.S. military base at Manta, which handles a large part of U.S. counter-narcotics activities in the greater Andean region, including areas along the Colombian-Venezuelan border. Brownfield was Political Adviser for the U.S. Southern Command in Panama during George H. W. Bush's 1989 invasion to overthrow Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega (Operation Just Cause). Kenney is known for grossly interfering in the internal political affairs of Ecuador. Before assuming the Quito post in September 2002, Kenney served since late 2001 as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. Her husband also served in the State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.
Bush's dynamic duo in Latin America (Brownfield and Kenney): Chavez has a valid point about a conspiracy against him by phony U.S. drug agents
August 17, 2005 -- On August 4/5, WMR reported that Bush administration was behind Mauritanian military coup. (See article below). Now, the Bush administration has entered into talks with the coup leaders (after "condemning" the coup). U.S. Persian Gulf ally, Qatar, home to one of the largest U.S. airbases in the world, has now offered political asylum to ousted Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya.
August 17, 2005 -- Rumsfeld visits Paraguay, location of new large U.S. airbase and extensive land holdings of ex-convict and self-proclaimed "messiah" Sun Myung Moon. (See Aug. 9 article below). Rumsfeld in Latin America to stoke flames against Venezuela, Cuba, and rising peasant and labor movements in Bolivia. Rumsfeld is also visiting Peru, where U.S.-backed military factions are planning to return to power. Paraguay is being turned into a virtual U.S. "aircraft carrier" in the heart of South America.
August 17, 2005 -- Political purges continue at the National Security Agency (NSA). NSA insiders report that politically-motivated purges orchestrated by the neo-conservative cabal at the Pentagon continue unabated at the signals intelligence (SIGINT) agency. Career NSA personnel who have been identified as non-conformists have been subjected to a psychologically abusive and Kafkaesque series of administrative and personnel actions, which ultimately lead to revocation of their security clearances and dismissal from the agency. The tactics involve the use of psychiatrists and psychologists who certify that targets for purges suffer from a myriad of personality disorders. Those subjected to such treatment have included personnel with over 16 years experience in SIGINT and electronics intelligence (ELINT), foreign language capabilities (including Arabic and Urdu), and covert joint operations with the CIA in hostile environments. Contrary to earlier expectations, the new NSA Director, Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, is continuing the draconian purge policies implemented by his predecessor, Gen. Michael Hayden, now the Deputy Director for National Intelligence. Alexander is also continuing the policy of purging career NSA personnel with a view to replacing them with less reliable contractors, including those who work for companies with ties to a hostile intelligence nation currently being investigated by the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Virginia. In addition, contractors are much less likely to question the misuse of raw SIGINT intelligence, including cherry picking SIGINT to bolster questionable Bush administration military actions and eavesdropping on opponents of those actions.
NSA personnel who are identified as targets of opportunity ultimately receive the following career-ending form letter:
August 16, 2005 -- Right-wing Canadian web site, Canada Free Press, refers to Aug. 11 WMR story on Teresa Heinz Kerry and Karl Rove's 2004 spy mission in South Africa.
August 16, 2005 -- As reported on WMR on August 10, U.S. (and Britain) behind separatist violence in ethnic regions of Iran. U.S. softening up Iran prior to military action. See Khaleej Times: "Iran arrests separatists with alleged links to British intelligence."
August 16, 2005 -- Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is claiming U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in his country are involved in espionage and narcotics trafficking. DEA and U.S. State Department counter-narcotics contracts in Latin America are now being used to recruit mercenaries for Iraq. Chavez is blowing the whistle on a return to the Iran-contra days of U.S. involvement in covert activities, mercenaries, and narcotics and weapons smuggling in Latin America. These activities now involve Iraq. Venezuelan authorities are now investigating the activities of DEA agents attached to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and their diplomatic immunity has been revoked by the Venezuelan government. Now comes word that Ecuador's Minister of Information Mauricio Gandara has ordered an immediate investigation into the activities of U.S. firm EPI Security and Investigation in recruiting activities at the U.S. counter-narcotics base at Manta, Ecuador. EPI Security has, according to Bogota's El Tiempo and Mexico City's La Jornada, been involved in recruiting 1,000 former Colombian military and police personnel for contract work in occupied Iraq. Many of the former policemen and military members were trained by U.S. Special Forces in Latin America, including by trainers from the infamous School of the Americas (now Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), once based in Panama and now in Fort Benning, Georgia. Three other U.S. mercenary companies are also reportedly active in recruiting at the Manta airbase. They are Dyncorp, Blackwater, and Halliburton. EPI Security, headed by a former US Air Force officer and former Dyncorp official named Jeffrey Shippy, also maintains a representative in Baghdad and an office in Bogota.
U.S. counter-narcotics base at Manta, Ecuador used to recruit mercenaries for Iraq
August 15, 2005 -- Ohio GOP Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate J. Kenneth Blackwell cannot certify how Federal election assistance money was spent. Documents from the Ohio Secretary of State's office and the federal General Services Administration (GSA) provided to WMR indicate that some $30 million provided to Ohio as part of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was not spent on preparations for the 2004 presidential election, as required by the law. In addition, of another $10,384,931 of Section 101 HAVA funds allocated to Blackwell, only $6,870,659.47 was obligated as of December 31, 2004. Even though the Section 101 funds were for education and training of Ohio voters and poll workers, accessibilty for voters, reporting vote fraud, and other administrative requirements, some of the money spent went to firms whose owners were top Ohio GOP political contributors. An Ohio Secretary of State Financial Status Report shows that as of December 31, 2004, $30,667,664 of HAVA Section 102 funds, money required to be spent on replacing punch card or lever voting machines in precincts that used them in November 2000, was unspent. Even more astounding is a December 24, 2003 letter from Blackwell to Deborah Schilling at GSA complaining that Ohio had only received $41 million of an expected $155 million in authorized HAVA funds allocated to Ohio. The complaint is contained in a list of reasons why Blackwell could not meet the November 2004 deadline for compliance with HAVA.
In a July 28, 2003 letter from GSA's Schilling to Gov. Bob Taft, the GSA official emphasizes that states receiving Section 102 funds were "obligated to use the funds to replace punch card voting systems or lever voter systems" in qualifying precincts. Furthermore, the letter told Taft that states receiving funding "must ensure that all punch card voting systems or lever voting systems . . . will be replaced in time for the regularly scheduled election for Federal office to be held in November 2004 (unless a waiver is obtained)." Blackwell requested a waiver in his December 24, 2003 letter to GSA. A waiver was granted by GSA in a March 18, 2004 response letter.
Blackwell stated in his letter to GSA, "I respectfully request a waiver outlined in HAVA Section 102(a)(3)(B) giving the State of Ohio until January 2006 to replace all punch card and lever machine voting devices." Blackwell also cites unspecified "security risks" with Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines slated to be used in the November 2004 elections. Yet, he also states, "while these risks can and will be mitigated, the time to do so may take us beyond the November 2004 deadline." The record in Ohio was that faulty DRE machines were used in a number of Ohio precincts in the November 2004 election, including Auglaize, Franklin, Knox, Lake, Mahoning, Pickaway, and Ross counties. Punch card machines recording suspicious votes for George W. Bush were used in some 30 Ohio counties.
Ohio's Blackwell received over $40 million in Federal funds to ensure all Ohioans could vote in November 2004 election. Instead, he sat on over $30 million and diverted the money he spent to friends and businesses owned by top GOP contributors. He even parked the money in a bank run by a top Republican businessman.
Of the $6,870,659.47 spent by Blackwell, there were substantial payments to firms like Smart Solutions, a Cleveland IT firm headed by Anand "Bill" Julka, a contributor to Republican candidates in Ohio. Gov. Taft named Julka to the Management Improvement Commission for the Ohio Lottery. The Ohio records also show a $10,869.75 disbursement to Professor Robert Destro, the Dean of Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America and a board member of the anti-gay rights Marriage Law Foundation. An April 29, 2005 article by Columbus Free Press editor Bob Fitrakis states that Destro was not only a supporter of Blackwell but was present in his Columbus office election night. Destro described Blackwell as "panicky" over early indications that Bush had lost Ohio to Kerry. There were also significant payments by Blackwell to Excel Management of Columbus. Excel is headed by Curtis Jewell, also a donor to the Ohio Republicans.
Blackwell directed GSA to deposit over $40 million in voting assistance funds into a bank run by top Ohio GOP contributors -- most of the money was not spent before the seriously flawed 2004 election.
In the GSA letter to Taft, the governor was informed that Blackwell requested that the Section 101 and 102 funds be deposited via Electronic Funds Transfer to an account specified by Blackwell. $5 million was transferred to Key Bank, 4910 Tiedeman Rd., Brooklyn, Ohio, account numer 311334820 on April 28, 2003. Another EFT deposit for $36,052,595.was made to the same account on June 16, 2003. Key Bank's CEO and Chairman is Henry L. Meyer III, a contributor to George W. Bush and Ohio GOP politicians. Meyer serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland under its chairman, Robert W. Mahoney, the retired CEO and Chairman of voting machine company Diebold, Inc. and another major contributor to Bush and Ohio Republicans. Mahoney serves on the board of the Timken Company, whose former chairman William Timken, a Bush "Pioneer" contributor, was recently named U.S. ambassador to Germany.
UPDATED August 19, 2005 --- SPECIAL REPORT August 14, 2005 -- It's now official. GOP sleaze and corruption now affecting all 50 states, 1 district, and three territories. Tainted Abramoff money in most state GOP campaign coffers. See state-by-state scorecard of GOP scandals.
August 14, 2005 -- Another U.S. Army General Rebuked. After further top-level military confirmation to WMR that four-star General Kevin Byrnes was relieved of his command as commander of TRADOC for disagreeing with the neo-con cabal in the Pentagon (not for an extra marital affair as reported by the main stream media), now comes word that General George Casey, the commander of all U.S. ground forces in Iraq, has been admonished by the Pentagon and the White House for suggesting that U.S. forces could be drawn down by 30,000 troops during 2006. The actions against two top U.S. Army generals are indicators of widespread disgust among the flag rank officers with the Bush administration.
First Byrnes, now Casey. Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld berating the Generals.
Meanwhile, dissension and morale problems within the U.S. intelligence community continue unabated. There will soon be more embarassing revelations from within both the CIA and NSA. Stay tuned.
August 13, 2005 -- Another neo con planned war and another forgery. More.
August 13, 2005 -- Career Justice Department attorney named firewall between Special Prosecutor and Attorney General. In another sign that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has uncovered some serious criminal wrongdoing in the investigation of the White House leak of Valerie Plame and her non-official cover network tracking weapons of mass destruction proliferation, outgoing Deputy Attorney General James Comey appointed career Justice Department attorney and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis as the person who will broadly oversee Fitzgerald's investigation. Margolis has served as Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section and head of the Strike Force Against Organized Crime and he is considered a top organized crime buster by his colleagues. The Margolis appointment is significant since President Bush announced that Timothy E. Flanigan would replace Comey. Flanigan's links to recently indicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff has Democrats and Republicans questioning Flanigan's suitability for the number two job at Justice. There was also a Newsweek report that Bush Yale/Skull & Bones classmate Robert McCallum would be named as Fitzgerald's overseer. With Comey trumping the White House by naming Margolis, a 40 year Justice Department veteran whose portfolio includes the Abscam investigation of powerful politicians, it now appears that the McCallum story was floated by the White House as an attempt to intimidate Fitzgerald. Career Justice Department prosecutors view the Margolis appointment as an indication that Comey wants to protect his friend Fitzgerald from White House pressure as preperations for indictments of at least two White House officials are in their final stages.
International fugitive Marc Rich. Margolis and Libby sparred before over the Rich pardon.
What is particularly noteworthy with the Margolis appointment is a note that surfaced during the congressional investigation of President Clinton's pardon of fugitive billionaire Marc Rich. A 1999 note written by Jack Quinn, Rich's Arnold & Porter law firm attorney, states that David Margolis was one of the Justice Department prosecutors who thought it was ridiculous for any Justice Department to meet with Rich's attorneys to hammer out a pardon agreement. ["Eric" and "EH" are references to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder; "Mary Jo" is Mary Jo White, then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and chief investigator of the Rich pardon; "JR" is a reference to then-Attorney General Janet Reno.] Obviously Margolis, as an organized crime buster, was well aware of Rich's international criminal activities and his ties with Russian and Israeli mobsters. Margolis, along with other Justice prosecutors, including White, was opposed to the pardon of Rich. At the time of the lobbying effort for the pardon, one of Rich's other attorneys was none other than Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a prime target of the Fitzgerald probe.
August 12, 2005 -- Pentagon outsources Iraqi security to mercenaries, international brigands, and coup plotters. The U.S. Army Contracting Agency, ignoring protests from human rights organizations, is defending its award of an Iraq Reconstruction Security Support Services (RSSS) contract to Aegis Defense Services of Great Britain. The CEO of Aegis is former Scots Guard Regiment Lt. Col. Tim Spicer, a notorious international mercenary who has been connected to guerrilla wars, extrajudicial killings, and coups in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific. Spicer is the former CEO of Sandline International, a Bahamas-registered firm. Spicer, through a complex web of interlocking directorships, was involved in diamond mining in Sierra Leone through Diamond Works and oil exploration in Angola, Uganda, and other countries through Branch Energy. One of his Diamond Works partners was Simon Mann, convicted and imprisoned in Zimbabwe last year for trying to stage a coup in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea. Although Spicer denied it, Sandline was thought to be a European front organization for the now-defunct South African mercenary firm Executive Outcomes. In 1997, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea hired Spicer and Sandline to put down a rebellion on the secessionist island of Bougainville and retake control of the Pangana nickel mine for the firm Rio Tinto Zinc. Upon learning of the mercenary deal, code named "Operation Oyster," the commander of the Papua New Guinea armed forces, Brig. Gen. Jerry Singirok, staged an abortive military coup against Prime Minister Julius Chan. The Papua New Guinea military arrested Spicer along with British, South African and Ethiopian mercenaries. Spicer was threatened with execution on a number of occasions.
Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption later revealed that on February 5, 1997, $18 million to finance the Papua New Guinea coup was transferred to Sandline's account at the Hong Kong and Shanghai bank (account number 600774426). The account holders were listed as Simon Mann, Lafras Luitingh (of Executive Outcomes), Eeben Barlow (of Executive Outcomes), and Anthony L. R. Buckingham (of Executive Outcomes and Branch Energy). The money was traced to the Hong Kong-based Jardine Matheson Group, which had significant gold and oil interests in Papua New Guinea and also had a strategic partnership with Kroll Associates' murky London operation. After the $18 million of the $36 million contract was transferred to Port Moresby, it simply vanished, according to the Hong Kong Commission.
In 1996, another Sandline operation, code named "Operation Contravene," began to clear the way for a mercenary invasion of the island. Bougainville's Prime Minister Theodore Miriung, suspected by Papua New Guinea of being a spy for pro-independence rebels, was assassinated by Papua New Guinea forces on October 13, 1996.
After Spicer's arrest in Papua New Guinea, one of his former military comrades was not surprised. His take on Spicer: "He was the most arrogant, pompous bastard I have ever met . . . He was always very pleased with himself, and I'm not surprised one bit by what's happened."
Papua New Guinea's Judicial Commission headed by Australian Justice Warwick John Andrew tied all the players together in his ruling, "The controllers of Sandline International are obviously Mr. Buckingham, Mr. [Michael] Grunberg [of Diamond Works], and at least to some extent Mr. Spicer . . . There is a strong inference that Sandline Holdings Limited may be something of a joint venture between the interests of Mr. Buckingham and the interests of Mr. Barlow and Executive Outcomes . . . The information provided by Sandline Holdings that they are entirely separate from Executive Outcomes cannot be correct, but the exact nature of their relationship seems clouded behind a web of interlocking companies whose ownership is difficult to trace. The arms and transport helicopters and helicopter gunships for the Bougainville operation were shipped from Belarus, through a Lebanese front company, by a Bulgarian air freight company. The agent for the sale was a London-based firm called Triton Sal, run by a Russian businessman. (Another UK-based company, Consolidated Sales Corp. (CSC) -- registered in the British Virgin Islands -- supplied similar helicopters to Uganda and Rwanda. One of the helicopters sold to Uganda was the one Sudan Vice President John Garang was on when it crashed in mysterious circumstances).
It is interesting to note that according to the Pat Finucane Center in Derry, Ireland, Buckingham traveled in 1995 to Baghdad to meet Saddam Hussein's Oil Minister Safa Hadi Jawad to discuss partnering investments. The Irish center has been fighting a battle with countries that grant contracts to Spicer. In 1992, two of Spicer's Scot's Guard men, Mark Wright and James Fisher, killed Peter McBride, an unarmed teenager, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They were later convicted for murder, a conviction that was upheld on appeal.
Spicer was also involved in UN sanctions busting in war-torn Sierra Leone. British Undersecretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Dennis MacShane stated that Spicer's Sandline, "violated a UN arms embargo and British law in an affair that caused a political crisis in Britain and was described as …not only embarrassing but I would say quite damaging to the government at the time." The sanctions busting by Sandline involved the use of Executive Outcomes and Russian aircraft to purchase weapons in Bulgaria and secretly ship them to Sierra Leone. In 1997, after Sierra Leone's President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah terminated a security contract with Executive Outcomes after pressure from the International Monetary Fund, he was warned by an Executive Outcomes mercenary that in 90 days he would fall. Eighty-nine days later, Kabbah was ousted in a coup by Maj. Johnny Paul Koromah, a Sandhurst granduate who had been trained by Executive Outcomes.
U.S. hires notorious mercenary "Tumbledown Tim" Spicer -- veteran of coups and rebellions from Sierra Leone to Papua New Guinea. Now, he's bringing his brand of "security" to hapless Iraq.
An April 24, 1998 letter from Sandline's law firm S. J. Berwin & Co to the late British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook outlined Sandline's close ties to the U.S. government in the Sierra Leone sanctions busting:
". . . our client [Sandline] kept informed the U.S. State Department at the highest level, including John Hirsch, the U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Charles Snyder, Director, Office of Regional Affairs [currently George W. Bush's outgoing Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs] and Dennis Linskey, Chief, West and Southern Africa Division. Furthermore, following support having been given for the proposed operation by both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Defense Department. . . we understand that Michael Thomas, the Country Desk Officer for Sierra Leone at the U.S. Department of State met with Philip Parham, the Africa Watcher at the British Embassy in Washington indicating the U.S. Government's full support for Sandline International's involvement."
Sandline also had close links to the Pentagon. On June 24, 1997, the Pentagon and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) hosted a closed conference inside the Pentagon titled "The Privatization of National security Functions in Sub-Saharan Africa." Present were none other than Spicer, Barlow, Grunberg, Sandline's U.S. representative Bernie McCabe (a former Green Beret), and retired DIA chief Gen. Ed Soyster of Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), now owned by L-3 Communications, and which, like Spicer's Aegis, has lucrative contracts in occupied Iraq. Also present was Charles Snyder, Executive Outcomes' Nick van den Bergh, and a representative of Texaco. CIA, DIA, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), Special Forces, and NSA personnel were also in attendance.
Spicer was also involved in secret negotiations with Angola's UNITA guerrillas on behalf of the British Foreign Office after Diamond Works employees were kidnaped by the rebels in 1998. At the time, UNITA guerrillas had joined the Ugandan-Rwandan war against Congo's President Laurent Kabila. Spicer has also reportedly been involved in backing governments in civil war-torn Sri Lanka and Nepal. His other companies have included Strategic Consulting International, Crisis and Risk Management, and Trident Maritime.
Ironically, Dyncorp protested the award of the Iraq RSSS contract to Aegis, citing the latter's questionable business ethics. Dyncorp has been acsused of covering up incidents involving its security personnel in Kosovo and Bosnia. The incidents involved child prostitution and other criminal activity. Nevertheless, Dyncorp, which has its own knowledge about Spicer's activities around the world, is uniquely placed to question Aegis and its involvement in Iraq. In its decision to reject Dyncorp's charge that Aegis lacked integrity, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated, "Once we reached the conclusion that DynCorp was reasonably excluded from further consideration, the company lacked standing to challenge the integrity of the awardee, Aegis."
August 11, 2005 -- Ugandan President warns Ugandan newspapers about spreading "conspiracy theories" about Garang's death. Ugandan President and de facto dictator Yoweri Museveni has warned Ugandan newspapers to cease publishing "conspiracy theories" about the dearth of Sudanese Vice President and southern Sudan rebel leader Dr. John Garang in a Ugandan helicopter crash near the Ugandan-Sudanese border. Although it was Museveni himself who first proffered the theory that the crash may not have been an accident (he was broadly hinting that Sudan may have been responsible), he bristled at reports that Garang's body was found with bullet wounds and that his old comrade-in-arms, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, was behind the attack on Garang. [WMR first suggested Museveni's and Kagame's possible involvement in the attack on Garang in the Aug. 1/2 report below]. The popular tabloid Red Pepper claims Rwandan agents shot Garang twice in the head before the Ugandan helicopter crashed. The Daily Monitor suggested that Museveni had placed Garang on a helicopter known to be defective. Museveni called the papers that have printed such stories "vultures." However, Museveni (and Kagame) would like to ignore recent African history. In fact, it was Museveni who helped arm Kagame's forces from Uganda and who helped provide the surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) the Rwandan rebels used to shoot down the Rwandan presidential aircraft in 1994. Ugandan and Rwandan forces also used SAMs to attack Zairean and Rwandan military aircraft before and after the attack on the Rwanda One aircraft. The chief U.S. diplomatic and military point persons for Great Lakes Africa policy are particularly close to Museveni and Kagame. They include the former U.S. military attache in Uganda and current attache in Ethiopia (and the chief liaison to Kagame's forces in 1994 as defense attache in Kigali) Col. Richard Orth and the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and long-time Orth colleague, Jendayi Frazer. Orth has been the subject of judicial human rights probes in France and Spain for his suspected involvement in genocide and terrorist attacks in Africa, particularly in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Orth's current posting in Addis Ababa coincides with a recent fraudulent election in Ethiopia in which members of the opposition were killed and wounded by U.S.-trained government forces during street protests.
UPDATE: Aug. 12, 2005 -- Museveni has upped the ante concerning Garang's probable assassination by Ugandan and Rwandan agents by threatening to close down any newspaper that engages in such speculation.
One of the more controversial GOP actors in U.S. Africa policy: outgoing U.S. ambassador to South Africa Jendayi Frazer, nominated as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. She helped "militarize" US-Africa relations and helped diog up dirt on Teresa Heinz Kerry [see article below].
August 11, 2005 -- Frazer involved in a Karl Rove dirty tricks campaign against yet another Washington, DC wife. While she was U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Jendayi Frazer demonstrated her partisan GOP loyalties by assisting Karl Rove in an attempt to dig up dirt on Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry's wife Teresa Heinz Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign. In a move similar to his outing of Joseph Wilson's covert CIA agent wife, Rove ordered Frazer to dig up all she could on the student activities of Maria Teresa Thierstein Simoes-Ferreira (Mrs. Heinz Kerry's maiden name) while attending the University of Witwatersrand in Johanesburg, South Africa. Mrs. Kerry was born in Lourenco Marques, the capital of the then-Portuguese colony of Mozambique.
According to South African government sources, Frazer authorized a partisan Republican embassy employee to visit the dean of students at Witwatersrand to obtain a copy of Mrs. Kerry's apartheid-era "student security file," a dossier maintained in accordance with a requirement of South African state security at the time of the apartheid regime. The embassy employee who made repeated visits to the campus and always wore a blue blazer, khaki trousers, and an open necked blue Oxford shirt, came up empty-handed due to current South African privacy laws governing release of such files. Rove was particularly interested in Mrs. Kerry's file because of the sensitive personal information student security files then contained. Because Mrs. Kerry was involved in the anti-apartheid movement during her enrollment at Wits from 1956-1960, South African security maintained a file on her and Rove was reportedly tipped off about it. Typically, files maintained on white anti-apartheid students would include information from professors and students on whether the subject slept with black African students and whether they were involved with members of the South African Communist Party.
The U.S. embassy staffer assigned to dig up dirt on Mrs. Kerry also attempted to obtain two other files maintained on the possible future First Lady of the United States. One was the state security file maintained on Mrs. Kerry's anti-apartheid and political activities outside campus -- including her overseas travel and non-student friends and associates. At the time, South African security maintained extensive files on a number of South African citizens and resident aliens, including those from neighboring Portuguese and British colonies. The other file of interest was that maintained by the former Portuguese intelligence service, Policia Internacional e de Defesa do Estado or "PIDE." PIDE maintained extensive archives on the citizenry of metropolitan Portugal and its colonies. Upon Mozambique's independence in 1975, PIDE's Mozambican archives were transferred to the South African security service "BOSS" (Bureau of State Security). However, South African and Portuguese security files are now restricted by strong post-apartheid privacy legislation and it is uncertain how successful the U.S. embassy functionary was in obtaining access to Mrs. Kerry's state security files. It is also possible, according to South African government sources, that, in anticipation of Bush administration interest in Mrs. Kerry, her dossiers were refiled by the security section of South African Archives under the names Thierstein, Simoes, or Ferreira to confuse anyone trying to gain unauthorized access.
Rove misused U.S. Embassy in Pretoria to dig up files on Teresa Kerry during 2004 campaign. U.S. ambassador rewarded with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs post.
Rove also apparently was interested in Mrs. Kerry's older brother, Jose Pedro Simoes Ferreira, a former Portuguese Naval officer who was reportedly involved in leftist Portuguese politics and backed the 1974 military coup against the fascist Portuguese leader Marcello Caetano. Now in his 70s, Jose is a graduate of Britain's Cambridge University and currently lives in the Pittsburgh area with his wife, a Carnegie Mellon University professor and attorney. It is not known whether Rove used the U.S. embassies in Lisbon and London to comb files on Jose Pedro, but Washington sources report that Rove demanded personal information on Mrs. Kerry's entire family. Mrs. Kerry's sister was killed in an auto accident at the age of 19. It is noteworthy that at the time of Rove's file search, the U.S. ambassadors to Lisbon and London were also GOP functionaries and big time contributors to George Bush -- Lisbon envoy John N. Palmer and London envoy Willliam S. Farish, the millionaire Texas owner of W. S. Farish Trust Company of Houston, the company that managed then-Vice President George H. W. Bush's blind trust in the 1980s, a trust that was flush with ill-gotten funds from Saudi and other foreign sources.
It is also noteworthy that one of Mrs. Kerry's classmates at the University of Geneva in the early 1960s, along with her future husband H. John Heinz III, was Kofi Annan -- a fact that was undoubtedly not lost on the likes of Karl Rove.
Correction: Thanks to a reader in Portugal for mentioning that there was an error in the original story above. It was previously reported that Gerald McGowan was the U.S. ambassador to Portugal during the 2004 campaign. McGowan served as ambassador until July 2001. He was replaced by John N. Palmer who served as ambassador during the 2004 presidential campaign. Palmer, a native of Mississippi, was chairman of GulfSouth Capital and SkyTel. In 1999, SkyTel was sold to scandal plagued MCI WorldCom in 1999. Palmer was a generous contributor to the Bush-Cheney campaign. McGowan was appointed by President Bill Clinton and served as ambassador for six months under George W. Bush. McGowan and Palmer both served in the telecommunications industry before they were selected as ambassadors to Lisbon. Palmer gave $9000 to Bush and a total of $166,800 to Republicans. Farish gave $107,000 to Bush. Regret the error.
August 10, 2005 -- U.S. prepared to grab Iran's southwestern majority Arab and oil-rich province after saturation bombing of Iranian nuclear, chemical, and command, control, communications & intelligence (C3I) targets. According to sources within the German Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst - BND), the Bush administration has drawn up plans to hit Iran's nuclear, other WMD, and military sites with heavy saturation bombing using bunker buster bombs and tactical nuclear weapons. The attack will be coordinated with urban and rural critical infrastructure sabotage carried out by elements of the People's Mujaheddin (MEK), Pentagon Special Operations units, and other Iranian dissident groups. The German intelligence comes from classified briefings provided by elements within the CIA that are concerned the neocons in the Bush administration will, in attacking Iran, set off a chain of events that will lead to world war. Intelligence on U.S. plans to attack Iran has also been passed by CIA agents to counterparts in France, Britain, Canada, and Australia. The Bush war plans for Iran also entail quickly seizing Iran's southwestern Khuzestan Province, where most of Iran's oil reserves and refineries are located. Khuzestan has a majority Shia Arab population that has close links with their ethnic and religious brethren in Iraq. The Bush plans call for a U.S. military strike across the Iraqi border and from naval forces in the Persian Gulf in answer to an appeal for assistance from the Al Ahwaz Popular Democratic Front and Liberation Organization rebel forces in Khuzestan, which will declare an independent Arab state of the Democratic Republic of Ahwaz and receive diplomatic recognition from the United States and a few close U.S. allies. After World War I, Khuzestan was annexed by Iran, then called Persia. There are also plans to incite rebellions among Iran's other minorities, including Azeris and Turkmenis in the oil-rich Caspian Sea region. Other minorities targeted by the neo-con planners are Iranian Kurds along the Iraqi and Turkish borders and Baluchis along the border with Pakistan. The neo-con plan seeks to separate Iran from its oil resources and create an "Irani triangle" centered around Teheran, Isfahan, Qom, and other historically Persian centers. In anticipation of the U.S. attack, the spy sub USS Jimmy Carter has placed taps on undersea communications cables in the Persian Gulf that carry Iranian commercial, diplomatic, and military traffic. In addition, Task Force 121 covert paramilitary forces have scouted Iran using the cover of journalists and businessmen to pinpoint military targets.
Neo-con plans to attack Iran include severing oil-rich Khuzestan Province from the rest of the country and having it declare independence as "Ahwaz."
August 10, 2005 -- Providing more evidence that Pakistani nuclear scientist and weapons proliferator Dr. A. Q. Khan operated with the acquiescence of the United States in an effort to penetrate and track his international network, former Netherlands Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers told the Dutch National Radio program Argos that the CIA prevented the Dutch intelligence service (then BVD, now AIVD) from arresting Khan so that Khan's network could be followed. Lubbers said, "Under the influence of the so-called Cold War, all 'western' intelligence services were ordered around by the CIA, and were told to back off so the CIA could follow Khan's spy activities." Lubbers added that the CIA told their Dutch counterparts,"Just let him go, we'll follow him and that way get more information." As Prime Minister, Lubbers tried to get the United States to shut down Khan's operations in 1986 but was told the U.S. "did not want to interfere." This is an indication that the CIA counter nuclear proliferation network revealed by the Bush White House was in operation much longer than the Brewster Jennings non-official cover operation, reportedly chartered in the early 1990s to monitor nuclear proliferation under the cover of an energy consultancy. Lubbers' revelations add credence to the CIA's internal Damage Assessment Report on the leak of Valerie Plame and Brewster Jennings was "devastating" to the CIA's abilities to monitor WMD proliferation.
A Q Khan - monitored by CIA since the early 1980s.
In addition, it has been revealed that much of Khan's secret weapons transfers occurred via Amsterdam's Schipol Airport and were conducted with the knowledge of Israel's Security Detachment at the airport, confirmed by the Dutch government in 1999 as a Mossad front. Khan worked at the Netherlands Urenco laboratories in the 1970s on the Ultra Centrifuge project. It is also noteworthy that Khan's wife, Henny, is a South African native and British citizen. Israeli nuclear smuggler Asher Karni used South Africa as a base to ship nuclear triggers to A. Q. Khan's network in Pakistan (see Jul 31/Aug.1 article below). In 1983, Khan was sentenced to four years in prison for nuclear espionage but the verdict was overturned on an obscure "procedural error."
August 10, 2005 -- Sudden resignation of TRADOC Commander, Gen. There's much more to this story than a "sexual indiscretion." The sudden firing of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine (TRADOC) Commander, four star General and New York City native Kevin P. Byrnes, one of only 11 four star generals in the Army, has much more to do with a policy dispute than an anonymous Pentagon-reported story about an alleged "extra-marital affair." Although Byrnes has recently been involved in divorce proceedings, Pentagon insiders report that Byrnes was fired for insubordination. Byrnes' firing fits a pattern of neocon demonizing of policy opponents by tossing out unsubstantiated charges from "anonymous source." For example, when Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski was demoted to Colonel over trumped up charges over her role as commander of Iraqi prisons during the time of the prisoner abuse (and after she revealed the presence of Israeli interrogators in Iraqi prisons), the Pentagon spin machine, joined at the hips with neo-con think thanks and media outlets in Washington, cited a dated and totally unsubstantiated shoplifting accusation against her. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker, who Donald Rumsfeld hauled out of retirement to head up the Army after Gen. Eric Shinseki was fired and after no other active duty general wanted the job, relieved Byrnes of his command at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Byrnes had previous run-ins with the neo-cons in the Pentagon. In 2002, Byrnes was faced with being retired at Lt. Gen. after he clashed with then-Rumsfeld aide Stephen Cambone over proposed troop strength cuts. Then Army Secretary Thomas White, intervened on behalf of Byrnes and he received his fourth star. White was later fired by the Pentagon neo-cons.
What has not been reported is that recently, one of Byrnes' subordinate commands, Fort Rucker in Alabama, had been told to stand by for an influx of 50,000 military trainees -- a level the base has not seen since the Vietnam War. Byrnes' relief of command came on the heels of the Pentagon announcing that it might permit Spanish-language entrance examinations. Byrnes, who was in charge of Army training, would not only face recruits with lower education levels and past criminal records, but a lack of proficiency in English. Pentagon insiders report that it was Byrnes' policy disagreements with the Pentagon neo-cons over the new recruitment policies and the potential for calling up Army retirees and reinstating military conscription without adequate TRADOC funding that resulted in his firing. The personal misconduct charges were concocted by the Pentagon to cover up the fact that there are serious disagreements with Bush and Rumsfeld among the flag officer ranks in the military.
Four star General Kevin Byrnes: Fired for arguing with the Rumsfeld neo-con clique in the Pentagon
Byrnes was also associated with a group of officers who spent time at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania. The Army War College has been a center of opposition to the war in Iraq and it is believed that Byrnes was recognized by the neo-cons as one of the unofficial leaders of a group of Army flag rank opponents of Bush's war in Iraq and potential military action against Iran.
August 10, 2005 -- Moonie Alert! As a follow-up to the article below on U.S. troops arriving in Paraguay to protect Sun Myung Moon's land holdings, there is this alarming report: Moon Unification Church official and Washington Times deputy managing editor Josette Sheeran Shiner has been nominated by President Bush to be U.S. Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the African Development Fund. Shiner has also been nominated to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Shiner, who has been Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, became a member of Moon's cult in 1975 when she was recruited in college. Moon's phenomenal wealth has been linked to Asian organized criminal gangs; gambling businesses in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao; and Asian prostitution rings. Now one of his followers will be involved with multi-billion dollar loans for projects and programs in the world's developing nations. Nice move Mr. Bush!
Shiner on Harvest Moon -- Used to be a time when people who worshipped Moons were committed to institutions as lunatics, now they serve in the Bush administration.
August 9, 2005 -- U.S. base in Paraguay established to protect Sun Myung Moon's water and land resources. With U.S. troops currently protecting Halliburton's oil operations in Iraq and the CentGas pipeline in Afghanistan, U.S. troops are now being sent to Paraguay, complete with immunity from criminal prosecution by Paraguay or the International Criminal Court, to protect the millions of acres of Paraguayan water and land resources bought over the years by religious cult leader Sun Myung Moon. It is not coincidental that Moon's Unification Church has many followers within the Bush administration. Last month, 500 U.S. troops arrived in Paraguay to expand the Mariscal Estigarriba air base to handle large U.S. military transport planes. Moon's land acquisitions in Chaco Province are just north of the huge Guarani aquifer, one of the world's largest sources of fresh water. In addition, Moon has acquired large tracts of land on the Brazilian side of the Paraguayan border. Local villagers in Paraguay and Brazil claim that most of Moon's land acquisitions were fraudulent and illegal. Moon's World Unification Church operates in Paraguay under a corporate contrivance called the Victoria Company. Paraguay has also announced that everyone entering and leaving Paraguay will be photographed and fingerprinted. Not coincidentally, the new border control system is being financed by South Korea.
The Moon King of Paraguay: Protected by U.S. Troops
There is clearly a split within the Paraguayan government, with the Vice President and Pentagon neo-con ally Luis Castiglioni negotiating, along with a majority in the Paraguayan Congress, close bilateral military ties with the United States, apparently without the concurrence of President Nicanor Duarte. It is no coincidence that considering the oil-centric Bush administration, the Mariscal Estigarriba air base is close to large Bolivian natural gas reserves in the neighboring Bolivian provinces of Santa Cruz and Tarija.
The U.S. move in Paraguay comes at the same time the U.S. is stepping up its "counter-narcotics" operations from its Manta, Ecuador base and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is accusing the United States of using Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) personnel in Latin America as espionage agents trying to destabilize his government. In addition, the Paraguayan military operations are seen as a Bush administration attempt to intimidate neighboring Bolivia, where MAS Socialist party and coca farmer (cocalero) leader Evo Morales is poised to become the next President in scheduled December elections after years of popular demonstrations which saw Bolivian workers and peasants deposing a series of pro-U.S. presidents. A Morales government would add another anti-U.S. and free trade government in South America, joining Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
So soon, the mothers and fathers of U.S. military personnel will be able to take comfort in sacrificing the lives of their sons and daughters for a self-proclaimed Messiah, a non-English speaking Korean who claims to have saved the souls of Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Buddha, Stalin, and Hitler and communicates regularly with others in his departed flock of adherents, including all the deceased Presidents of the United States (who, Moon claims, appointed Richard Nixon as their spokesman from the "hereafter").
August 9, 2005 -- Peaceful anti-war demonstrators are being repeatedly arrested in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The local police are acting on orders of BayWalk businesses according to the St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg is also considering establishing unconstitutional No-Protest Zones. Its time to launch a boycott of the trendy BayWalk chains that are having handcuffs placed on peaceful St. Pete for Peace anti-war protestors exercising their first amendment rights. BayWalk gets 3 million visitors a year -- boycotting it and the chains there will cut into the revenues of BayWalk, the City of St. Petersburg, and the chains that operate there. Here's a list of the BayWalk business chains: Muvico theaters, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Johnny Rockets, Ann Taylor, Sunglass Hut, Chico's, Adobo Grill, Dan Marino's Restaurant, Jess Jewelers, Lola Jane's Beauty Lounge, Metropolitan Outfitters, Bag n Baggage, Hurricane Pass Outfitters, Wet Willie's Daiquiri Bar, Happy Feet, Too Jay's Gourmet Deli, Tokyo Sushi Cafe, White House/Black Market, EB Games, Icing by Claire's, and Art of Being. It is also important to note that BayWalk is managed by Sembler Co., the firm owned by George W. Bush's ambassador to Italy and major Bush family campaign contributor Mel Sembler. Sembler is an arch-neocon who has been named by Italian intelligence sources as a key player in the laundering of the bogus Niger yellowcake uranium documents, the activities of Pentagon paramilitary operations in Italy, and the DSSA neo-Fascist private intelligence network linked to Israel's Likud that is currently being rolled up by Italian judicial authorities. Sembler maintains a close relationship with his BayWalk property -- his wife Betty celebrated her 70th birthday at BayWalk's Gratzzi's Restaurant. It is likely that Sembler is attempting to use BayWalk as a personal weapon against anti-Iraq War protestors.
If St. Petersburg does enact No-Protest Zones, tourists and conventioneers should take their business elsewhere -- to cities that proclaim themselves "Constitution Protection Zones."
August 8, 2005 -- RIP, PETER JENNINGS. Peter Jennings, the long time anchor of ABC World News Tonight, has succumbed to lung cancer. Jennings, who was 67, died at his New York home late Sunday night. Jennings, who began his career in Canada, became a U.S. citizen in 2003. Jennings was the consummate television journalist -- someone who combined a keen insight of issues with a long stint as a foreign correspondent. There will be much reminiscing about Peter Jennings, who his ABC News colleagues often referred to as "PJ." Here are a few of my own memories. Peter belied the notion that one requires a raft of academic degrees to demonstrate profound intellect and eloquence. On the few occasions I saw Peter, in his New York office and at the 2000 GOP Convention in Philadelphia, he was always very genial, earnestly asking how I and mutual colleagues were doing.
After the collapse of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990s, Peter was intensely interested in the crop of new (and old) nations springing up from the ruins of the Soviet Union and its empire. During the relatively early days of widespread e-mail use, I tried to keep Peter updated on developments in the emergent nations and he always expressed his appreciation.
On a more serious note, after Disney acquired ABC Capital Cities, Peter hosted an internal video conference between ABC employees and affiliates around the country and the new Disney bosses. Peter asked Disney chief Michael Eisner a question that pointed to his and his colleagues' concerns about the ever growing conglomeration of media into a relative few corporate hands. Paraphrasing Peter, he asked Eisner whether he considered media concentration to be a problem for independent news coverage. Eisner, demonstrating his denial of the importance of the subject, brusquely replied, "No." But Peter once again earned the admiration of his colleagues for being forthright and a true professional. It was Peter's independence and professionalism -- on the Middle East, politics, civil rights, the environment, and other important issues -- that will, along with a truly nice guy, be most sorely missed.
Peter Jennings 1938-2005
August 8, 2005 -- Russian mini-sub was involved in repair of undersea sonar detection cable. Russians turned down U.S. offer of help to free the trapped mini-sub believing Pentagon neocons wanted to turn a rescue mission into a spy mission. The Russian mini-sub Priz AS-28, with its seven man crew, became entangled in fishing nets and a top secret undersea passive sonar detection cable off the Kamchatka Peninsula coast, near the Russian submarine base at Petropavlovsk. The cable, which connects an array of hydrophones, is used to detect foreign submarines and other unknown vessels in Russian coastal waters. It is likely the Russians were attempting to repair or free the sonar cable from damage or interference from the fishing nets. Although the U.S. Navy was prepared to send one of its manned Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles (DSRVs) to rescue the crew, the Russians opted for help from the British Royal Navy and its remote control vehicle Super Scorpio -- a sign the Russians were wary of the Americans engaging in more than just a rescue mission. American remote controlled vehicles arrived too late to help with the rescue, although some U.S. divers assisted the British surface crew. U.S., Russian, Chinese, British, French and other nuclear and diesel submarines can be distinguished by their unique "acoustic signatures" that are picked up by undersea hydrophones and then processed by on-shore computers to yield acoustic intelligence. These signatures include the sound waves generated by propellers with a varying number of unique submarine blade, propeller shaft, turbine, diesel engine cylinder, turbo-generator, and salt water coolant pump rates. In addition, passive sonar can also detect surface vessels and certain military aircraft, particularly anti-submarine warfare and electronic intelligence aircraft such as the U.S. P-3 Orion and EP-3 Aries II, respectively.
U.S. Navy's DSRV "Mystic"
SPECIAL REPORT August 7, 2005 -- THE ISRAELI "ART STUDENTS/MOVERS MYSTERY" SOLVED. It was an intelligence operation directed against the United States and the American people. Elements of false flags, security penetrations, photographing America's critical infrastructure, and spying on Arab cells in the United States all point to a well-coordinated operation that was tolerated by senior members of the Bush administration. The results of a three and a half year investigation now revealed. Click Here.
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For Aug. 8, 2005 New York Times story on how top secret U.S. Special Operations force called Able Danger had Mohammad Atta and three other hijackers under surveillance in 2000 (at the same time the Israelis were monitoring the future hijackers) and how this information was withheld from the 911 Commission report, click here.
Aug. 7, 2005 -- Newsweek magazine is reporting that the Bush administration has changed its mind and decided to nominate Robert D. McCallum, Jr., instead of former White House deputy counsel Timothy E. Flanigan as the next Deputy Attorney General. McCallum, a Class of 1968 Yale and Skull and Bones classmate of George W. Bush, will supervise Rovegate Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald at a time when indictments in the White House outing of the identity of CIA covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson and her Brewster Jennings & Associates non-official cover colleagues are expected to be announced. McCallum will replace James Comey, who appointed Fitzgerald, with a provision there would be no interference by him in the Special Prosecutor's work. That situation is expected to change drastically. McCallum has been serving as third in command of the Justice Department as Associate Attorney General under Comey.
August 6, 2005 -- ROBIN COOK DEAD -- Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, 59, who revealed just after the 7/7 London transport bombings that Al Qaeda was the name of a CIA database of U.S.-trained Mujaheddin and who was a harsh critic of Tony Blair and the United States for the Iraq War, collapsed while walking near Laxford Bridge in northwest Scotland. Cook, who often walked and was thought to be in good physical health, was flown by helicopter to Inverness where he died in hospital.
Earlier, The Guardian reported "Cook's former parliamentary private secretary Ken Purchase said that he had heard conflicting stories from media sources, that the ex-foreign secretary was in hospital either because he had collapsed while out walking, or had been involved in an accident."
Meanwhile, another Labor Party Iraq War critic, former Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam, was fighting for her life in a London hospital in "stable but critical condition." Mowlam had entered hospital last weekend and it was undetermined if her condition was related to the recurrence of a previous brain tumor.
Iraq War critic Robin Cook, dead at age 59
August 6, 2005 -- On Aug 5 Asher Karni, the Israeli citizen who was indicted for trying to ship nuclear triggers from the United States to the A. Q. Khan network in Pakistan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge for DC Ricardo Urbina to a mere three years in federal prison. It is an amazing sentence when one considers that U.S. citizen Jose Padilla is being held indefinitely in a U.S. military prison, without trial, for allegedly trying to set off a "dirty" radiological bomb, without any evidence being provided by the government. See Jul 31/Aug 1 article below: ***Plame leak damaged a major CIA investigation linking senior Bush administration officials to WMD proliferation.***
August 5/6, 2005 -- EVEN WHEN UNDER SUSPICION FOR ESPIONAGE, NEO-CONS ADVOCATING WAR WITH IRAN CONTINUE TO SPIN THEIR DISINFORMATION VIA THE PENTAGON. NBC News and other corporate media broadcast a Pentagon-inspired story on the Aug. 4 evening news broadcasts suggesting that the recent bombings of U.S. armored personnel carriers were accomplished with the use of deadly armored-piercing "shaped charges" from Iran and possibly, Syria. NBC cited "military and intelligence sources" as sources. But the fact that the network's Pentagon correspondent, Jim Miklaszewski, reported Iran's "complicity" is an indication that the report came from the neocon disinformation and espionage factory in the Pentagon's Near East and South Asian Division and its Office of Northern Gulf Affairs -- the one-time office of indicted Israeli spy Larry Franklin. NBC reported the shaped charges were shipped to Iraq by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard or Hezbollah of Lebanon with the consent of the Iranian government. The reference to Hezbollah is an obvious attempt to link Syria to the weapons shipments. One red flag in the NBC News report was the appearance of American Enterprise Institute resident scholar and Karl Rove foreign policy adviser Michael Ledeen. That, alone, calls into question the veracity of the entire NBC report. After the ploy to identify new Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a US embassy hostage taker in 1979 failed, the neocons continue to spread disinformation in a pathetic and conspiratorial attempt to justify U.S. military action against Iran. They are also obviously trying to steer media attention away from the still unfolding Israeli espionage scandal, involving advocates of military action against Iran, that may result in additional indictments and ultimately lead into the White House. The neocons are also trying to suggest that Iran has made common cause with Sunni insurgents in Iraq. With Iran and Iraq's Shia dominated government recently signing a defense past, it is ludicrous to suggest that Iran would then turn around and support the Shia's enemy, the Sunnis.
Thanks to the wary eye of a reader of WMR, it is important to note that the "shaped charges" the neo-cons are accusing Iran and Hezbollah of supplying to Iraqi insurgents are, according to Lawrence Livermore Labs, most extensively use in the oil and gas industry where they open up the rock around drilled wells.
Perhaps someone should ask Mr. Cheney where the insurgents are acquiring the shaped charges in Iraq. Halliburton, perhaps?
Not coincidentally, the unconfirmed US ambassador to the UN John Bolton, used his first appearance before the UN Security Council to warn Iran and Syria about terrorists and arms coming across their borders into Iraq. Nothing was mentioned about Saudi Arabia from where the vast majority of terrorists in Iraq originate. The neocons and their friends in the news media are banking on the American people understanding less about the politics of Iraq and Iran than do they.
As predicted on WMR on Aug. 1, Bolton wasn't ambassador for a week before he made his first diplomatic screw up. For the first time ever, the U.S. is considering denying a visa to a leader of a UN member state -- Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. There is an obvious move within the Bush administration to prevent Iran's president from addressing the UN General Assembly's Millennium Summit next month. The Bush administration is still harping about widely discredited accounts that Ahmadinejad took part in the U.S. embassy siege in Teheran in 1979, a charge that has been refuted by the CIA, among others. The Bush administration is also recycling another discredited report that Ahmadinejad personally took part in the killing of an Iranian-Kurdish leader in Vienna in 1989. That report emanated from Paris sources close to the Mujaheddin-e-Khalq, a terrorist group that is backed by John Bolton's neocon allies Richard Perle and Michael Ledeen. The State Department traditionally receives input from its delegation to the UN on the issuing of visas to and the credentialing of other nation's delegations. At the very least, a denial of a visa to Ahmadinejad will be yet another gross violation by the Bush administration of the United Nations Headquarters Agreementof 1947 between the UN and United States, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and the General Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, and the UN Charter. In 2003, prior to the Iraq War, the Bush administration ordered the National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct massive monitoring of the phones, emails, and faxes of members of the UN Security Council.
August 4, 2005 -- TWO FORMER AIPAC OFFICIALS INDICTED, ADDITIONAL CHARGES AGAINST FRANKLIN, INDICTMENT DISCUSSES A "SENIOR FELLOW OF A WASHINGTON, DC THINK TANK" INVOLVED IN THE CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, REPORTEDLY THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE (AEI). The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Paul McNulty announced the indictments of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) at a press briefing this afternoon in Alexandria, Virginia. McNulty termed the indictments a "major national security prosecution." Steve Rosen, former AIPAC policy director and Keith Weismann, an Iran analyst for AIPAC, were indicted and further criminal charges were brought against former Pentagon and Defense Intelligence Agency employee Larry Franklin, a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. Rosen and Weismann were charged with illegally receiving classified material. Franklin was charged with illegally passing classified information to Rosen.
What is significant is the timing of these indictments. With Congress out of session, AIPAC's legislative allies were not present to attack the U.S. Attorney and argue about Israel being an ally of the United States. It is also the first time AIPAC, whch is a virtual arm of the Israeli government, has been the target of an espionage investigation. The indictments also came at the same time it is reported that Patrick Fitzgerald's own investigation of Rovegate is reaching a crescendo.
With Congress out of session, it was left to Israel's influential pubic relations machinery to bury the indictment story on the Aug. 4 evening newscasts.
The one key sentence in McNulty's press release is the involvement of known and unknown persons to communicate classified information to an agent or representative of a foreign government (Israel). These are referred to in the indictment as Foreign Officials 1, 2, and 3. (FO1, FO-2, FO-3). It is also clear that the FBI had Rosen and Weismann under electronic surveillance since at least 1999. The indictment states that Rosen had passed to an Israeli agent U.S. "code word protected intelligence" concerning terrorist activities in Central Asia in April 1999. In another intercept, Weismann told the same Israeli agent that he had heard that a "Secret FBI, classified FBI report" had been prepared on the Khobar Tower bombing in Saudi Arabia. In December 2000, six days before the Supreme Court awarded the presidency of the United States to George W. Bush, Rosen and Weissman met with a "U.S. Government official" (USGO-1). It is unclear whether the official was a member of the Clinton administration. Following the meeting, Rosen gave classified information to a member of the media concerning "classified strategy options against a Middle East country and internal United States government deliberations on those options." In January 2002, Rosen met with another U.S. government official (USGO-2) and received classified information that was sent to other AIPAC employees in a memo. During the next several months, Rosen continued to discuss classified information with USGO-2 and an unnamed Pentagon official, the latter referring Rosen to Franklin. Rosen then established a liaison with Franklin. Rosen told Franklin at a meeting in February 2003 that he would try and secure a job at the National Security Council for Franklin so that he would be "by the elbow of the President." In March 2003, Rosen discussed a classified internal policy document concerning Iran with a "senior fellow of a Washington, DC think tank." Sources familiar with the investigation have reported the think tank is the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). In June 2003, Franklin told Weissman that he had a friend in the CIA from whom he could obtain a copy of the classified Iran policy document. In October 2003, Franklin had a meeting with FO3 in which they discussed the fact that work had ceased on the classified Iran policy document.
In July 2004, Franklin began cooperatng with the FBI and passed classified CIA information to Weismann as part of the continuing FBI investigation. Some of the information concerned a "foreign government's covert actions in Iraq." In August 2004, Rosen told Israeli agents that he and Weissman were under FBI investigation over the leaks from the Pentagon. It is important to note that the indictment states that the intelligence operation against the United States was a "conspiracy" involving U.S. government officials, AIPAC officials, and foreign agents (Israelis). The indictment also states that Iran's nuclear program was a primary focus of the espionage conspiracy.
This investigation will continue to investigate the identities of unnamed "agents and representatives." As previously reported here, the AIPAC investigation has dovetailed with the White House CIA leak and the forgeries of the Niger documents. McNulty and Fitzgerald have intersected in their investigations. The senior fellow reference at a Washington think tank, reportedly AEI, and Iran are key. A check of AEI's web site shows Michael Ledeen, Karl Rove's chief foreign policy adviser, and Michael Rubin as the only two advertised resident Iran experts at AEI. It is also noteworthy that Lynne Cheney, the Vice President's wife, occupies a $125,000/year senior fellowship at AEI reportedly funded by Israeli Likud Party sources.
The as yet unnamed "agents and representatives" cited by McNulty will undoubtedly come up in Fitzgerald's report to the grand jury sitting at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse just across the Potomac from Alexandria.
Read the full indictment
August 5 -- August 4, 2005 -- Mauritanian coup has Bush administration/Big Oil fingerprints. Ever since the Pentagon increased its covert northern African operations -- through programs known as the Pan Sahel Initiative and its replacement Trans-Saharan Counter-Terrorism Initiative (TSCTI) -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has used his virtual parallel intelligence and paramiltary force, known variably as the Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG), Task Force 121, and Titrant Ranger, to engage in congressionally-unsupervised operations in the Saharan region. This past June, US Special Forces took part in Flintlock 05 exercises with the same Mauritanian officers who were involved in the recent coup against President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya while he was at King Fahd's funeral in Saudi Arabia. Other Mauritanian coup leaders were trained at U.S. European Command (EUCOM) facilities in Stuttgart, Germany. U.S. troops and their Mauritanian counterparts used the strategic Atar airport, in Mouakchott (not to be confused with the capital Nouakchott), as a staging post for joint operations. Atar airport is near the southeast part of Western Sahara in the middle of Mauritania.
U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules landing at Atar airport, Mauritania for 2004 Pentagon "anti-terrorism" exercise.
Although the State Department condemned the coup against Taya, who is now in exile in Niger (which is also part of the TSCTI), it has little control over the off-the-books operations of the Pentagon's hybrid force of U.S. special operations forces, foreign mercenaries, and ex-CIA, Green Beret, and Delta Force members. Taya, like Sudanese Vice President John Garang who died in a helicopter "accident" days before Taya's ouster, may have become another "throw away" African leader. The rebellious Mauritanian military officers formed the Military Council for Justice and Democracy and plan to rule the country for two years. They named U.S.-trained Colonel Ely Ould Mohammad Vall as chairman. Next year, U.S. oil companies and exploration firms like Kerr McGee of Oklahoma and Dick Cheney's old firm Halliburton will begin to pump oil from rigs off the Mauritanian and Western Saharan coasts.
The U.S. embassy in Nouakchott was constructed by a private contractor complete with underground tunnels and escape routes to facilitate the extraction of Mauritanian leaders in the event of coups or failed coups. In August and September 2004, there were two unsuccessful U.S.-backed coup attempts against Taya. Unmarked helicopters used by the coup plotters in 2004 were supplied by U.S. forces.
Intelligence sources have also reported that "retired" U.S. military officers with virtually unlimited budgets have recruited Mauritanian, Ivorian, Malian, and other West African college students in the United States and groomed them as future civilian leaders who would pledge allegiance to the United States. Most of the targeted students come from elite families and certain tribes (for example, the Fulani) in the West African nations. The U.S. has set up secret camps in Mali (near Gao, Bamako, and Timbuktu) and Senegal (near Dakar) to train rebel groups that would be poised to take over any Sahelian country where Islamists gain or threaten to gain power.
U.S. paratroopers in Flintlock 05 exercise near Dakar, Senegal, south of Mauritania
According to intelligence sources, the Hallburton subsidiary of Kellogg, Brown & Root, a top covert operations contractor for the Pentagon, has established a secret base in southern Libya under the guise of a water pipeline construction project, to train Mauritanian, Western Saharan, and Tuareg cadres.
Meanwhile, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement of the late Dr. John Garang, not content with media claims that Garang's death in a Russian-built Mi-76 Ugandan helicopter was an accident, has asked for an international probe of the crash. Garang was replaced by his deputy Salva Kiir Maydarit. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni stated that his government has approached "a certain foreign government" to rule out sabotage or terrorism -- a none too subtle reference to Sudan. Sudan, unlike Uganda, does not have a track record with aerial assassinations like the 1994 shooting down of the Rwanda One aircraft carrying the Rwandan and Burundian presidents, which was planned by Ugandan, Rwandan exile, and U.S. forces.
August 3, 2005 -- "Clean up man" takes over NSA. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander took over as the Director of the National Security Agency on Aug. 1. Alexander, whose previous position was Deputy Army Chief of Staff for G-2, replaces Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, the current Deputy Director of National Intelligence. Hayden, the longest serving NSA Director, was widely criticized within the agency for outsourcing critical intelligence functions to private contractors; transferring critical intelligence jobs to Georgia, Texas, and Colorado; and instituting personnel policies that were designed to purge NSA of many career government intelligence professionals. Alexander's three star rank surprised some at NSA who note that past NSA directors have usually arrived at the agency with 2 star rank and were subsequently promoted to three stars. It is also significant that Alexander, unlike a number of previous directors, does not have a strong signals intelligence (SIGINT) background. His experience is primarily in tactical intelligence.
Although some NSA observers believe that Alexander will try and clean up some of Hayden's management and intelligence messes, the future for NSA and its over 20,000 employees remains rather bleak. For example, NSA employees will soon be required to wear a new security badge, one that contains "proximity locators" complete with Global Positioning System (GPS) chips. NSA employees will not only have to continue to provide personal financial details to the Kafkaesque NSA security directorate but now their travels and locations will be tracked as well. Some NSA employees who have already been issued the new badges, referred to as "LoJack badges," are placing them in copper foil sleeves when they depart Fort Meade. By doing so, the tracking signalscan be blocked. By September this year, the new "blue badges" will be issued to all NSA employees and contractors.
Hayden's selectee as Deputy Director, Bill Black, who was pulled out of retirement by Hayden, continues to serve in his post.
Meanwhile, the purge of NSA employees who don't kowtow to the neo-con party line continues. A recent case involves a female employee detailed from Fort Meade to the Pentagon having her security clearance suspended over a dispute over an intelligence policy issue.
It is certain that the ranks of national security whistleblowers from the CIA, FBI, DIA, Homeland Security, and other agencies will soon grow to include a fresh influx of career NSA officers.
August 3, 2005 -- U.S. ambassador to Iraq conferred with Islamist rebels allied with "Al Qaeda" at "Terrorist International" summit. More
August 3, 2005 -- Fitzgerald playing hardball with Rove. In another sign that Karl Rove is a top perjury and obstruction of justice target of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, two of Rove's aides, one a longtime associate of George W. Bush, were subpoenaed to testify before the Federal grand jury investigating the CIA leak by the White House. Bush's 1994 gubernatorial campaign aide Israel Hernandez and Susan Ralston, an associate of Karl Rove's best friend Grover Norquist and tainted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, were asked about a July 11, 2003 phone call between Rove and Time magazine's Matt Cooper in which covert NOC CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson was discussed. Fitzgerald's action follows a summer recess whispering campaign in Washington that has Fitzgerald being dropped by Bush as US Attorney for Northern Illinois and leaned on by incoming Deputy Attorney General Timothy Flanigan, a conservative GOP political operative who is linked to Tom DeLay and Abramoff.
August 2, 2005 -- Italian criminal probe yields name "Colonel Franklin" hosting meetings at U.S. Embassy in Rome with top neo-Fascist Italian politicians and Likud officials from Israel. An on-going criminal investigation in Italy has yielded copies of the minutes of meetings held at the U.S. Embassy in Rome in 1995 attended by a "Colonel Franklin" from the United States, leading Italian neo-Fascist politicians (including Deputy Prime Minister Giancarlo Fini), and Likud officials from Israel. The meetings were held to arrange for lucrative telecommunications and military contracts for Israeli companies with the U.S. government.
Air Force Reserve Colonel, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Pentagon Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs employee Lawrence (Larry) A. Franklin was recently indicted for passing classified information to two American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) employees. The top Mossad official at the Israeli embassy in Washington and other Israeli agents are also under investigation by the FBI. Franklin served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves since 1976 and was posted to the DIA and Defense HUMINT Services. While serving his two week active duty stints, Franklin was intermittently posted to the Air Attache office at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. Franklin, who touted an aggressive military approach against Iran, also reportedly attended a December 2001 meeting in Rome on opening up back channels to Iranian dissidents. Attending the meeting, in addition to Franklin, were leading neo-con Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute and Karl Rove's chief foreign policy advisor; Pentagon neocon Harold Rhode; Iran-contra figure and known fabricator Manucher Ghorbanifar; Italian SISMI military intelligence chief Nicolo Pollari; Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino; and a number of Iranian dissidents.
Another Italian criminal probe has focused on campaign contributions made by wealthy Italians and Italian-Americans to the Bush 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns in return for the U.S. Navy's award of a lucrative $1.7 billion contract to replace the President's Marine One helicopter fleet with 23 helicopters manufactured by Agusta Westland, the Italian subsidiary of Finnmeccanica. The long-running criminal probe of illegal money going to mostly Republican politicians in the United States has been carried out by the prosecutor for Aosta and focused in the late 1990s on fraudulent "Phony Money" deals involving almost worthless Weimar bonds issued during the Weimar German Republic and the Nazi regime, a self-styled secessionist northern Italian state called the "Federal Republic of Padania," and Central Bank of Nicaragua treasury notes. The scandal involved Italian politicians, intelligence agents, and businessmen associated with the right wing and secessionist Northern League (Lega Nord) of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's political ally Umberto Bossi, the Italian military intelligence service SISMI, former CIA agents now associated with neocon elements within the Bush administration, a reconstituted P-2 Masonic Lodge (sometimes referred to as P-3), and P-2/P-3's leader Grand Master (Gran Maestro) Giorgio Paterno. There are also links between the Phony Money scandal and the recent collapse of the Italian dairy giant Parmalat.
August 1, 2005 -- King Fahd's death opens up sensitive time for Saudi Arabia. The ascension of Abdullah to King of Saudi Arabia will touch off in fighting between factions of the Saudi Royal Family, according to long time observers of Saudi politics and business. A fracture between the "Sudairi Seven" (which includes Prince Bandar) and the pro-Abdullah factions within Saudi Arabia could put U.S. troops in Iraq in further jeopardy. Most of the insurgents coming to Iraq are entering from Saudi Arabia. A further breakdown in Saudi security will result in more Islamist radicals pouring across the long and virtually unguarded Iraqi-Saudi border.
August 1/2, 2005 -- Helicopter death of Sudan's new Vice President and southern Sudanese rebel chief Dr. John Garang fits a pattern in Africa. Plane "accidents" are America's and Britain's preferred method for disposing of unwanted leaders, especially in Africa. At the time of his death, Garang was under the protection of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, a close Bush, Blair, and Sharon ally. Garang had just entered into a power sharing agreement between his southern Sudanese, mainly Christian and African liberation Sudan People's Liberation Movement, and Sudan's northern and mainly Arab and Islamic central government after a lengthy and bloody civil war. Ethnically diverse northern and southern Sudan are known to straddle immense oil reserves -- and they are being exploited by Chinese oil companies much to the consternation of U.S. and British oil companies and the Bush and Blair administrations. Donald Rumsfeld's private special forces teams are operating throughout Africa, especially in Uganda, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa.
Garang, a one-time Marxist, may have outlived his usefulness to Washington and the Bush administration. He would join Savimbi, Mobutu, Kabila, and other African leaders as "throw aways" for the corporations that determine America's Africa policy. U.S. oil and military policies in the Rift Valley are centered on Uganda's Museveni, Rwanda's Kagame, and Ethiopia's Meles. No others need apply.
According to a Secret United Nations memo from March 1997, Museveni's (and those of his ally, U.S. military client Paul Kagame of Rwanda) fingerprints were all over the aerial assassination of the Rwandan and Burundian Presidents in 1994, an event that triggered the worst genocide since World War II and the eventual dismemberment of Congo/Zaire. Museveni supplied the Russian-made Igla series surface-to-air missiles (SAM-16s), captured by U.S. forces in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and used by Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) to shoot down the Rwandan presidential aircraft. After seizing power in Rwanda, Kagame, with U.S. and British assistance, launched two invasions of Congo. Congo's fracture and the eventual assassination of Congolese President Laurent D. Kabila, with a wink and a nod from Washington and London, was a boon for U.S, British, and Israeli gold and diamond miners. Kellogg, Brown & Root/Halliburton helped Angola track down and assassinate Ronald Reagan's "George Washington of Africa," Dr. Jonas Savimbi, Angola's UNITA rebel leader. That was a boon for U.S. oil companies and British and Israeli diamond and gold miners. And to ensure that Angola's government remained a central player in UN negotiations between Luanda and rebel UNITA forces, UN envoy and chief negotiator Alioune Blodin Beye's aircraft suspiciously crashed on its final stage of landing at Abidjan airport, in Beye's native Ivory Coast.
Niger's Tuareg leader Mano Dayak was killed in a suspicious plane crash in Niger a year and a half after the shooting down of the Rwanda One aircraft. As with the Rwandan and Burundian leaders with their opposition, Dayak was engaged in peace negotiations with the central Niger government and was on his way to Niamey when the plane crashed. However, an autonomous Tuareg government threatened to undermine the plans of Exxon and other U.S. oil companies and mineral miners to have a free hand in exploiting oil and mineral resources around Lake Chad, along the Chadian-Nigerien border.
Equato-Guinean officials were mum about who and how many people died in a recent plane crash near the capital Malabo. Equatorial Guinea, an oil rich but immensely poor African nation, was recently in the news as a result of the exposure of slush funds maintained by the former Riggs Bank of Washington, DC on behalf of Equatorial Guinea's dictator Teodoro Obiang. President Bush's uncle, Jonathan, was a senior executive of Riggs before it was sold to PNC Bank amid the financial scandal (which also included money laundering for the Saudi Royal family and Chile's dictator Augusto Pinochet)..
It is imperative to exercise a healthy dose of skepticism whenever there is a plane crash involving a key political figure in Africa. For example, we know from recent history that colonialist and apartheid forces were involved in the shooting down of the aircraft of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold and Mozambican President Samora Machel.
Are aerial assassinations in Africa influenced by Big Oil? Yes. The wreckage of Rwanda One Mystere Falcon executive jet (top) carrying Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, their staff, and a French crew; ordered shot down on April 6, 1994 by U.S. clients Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame. Major oil and natural gas reserves had been discovered in Rwanda, Uganda, and Sudan. Soon, Museveni met with British officials of Heritage Oil (left) and Kagame with Shell Oil officials (right).
Now, Garang's death in one of Museveni's helicopters may presage the fracture of Sudan and that will be a boon for U.S. oil companies and British and Israeli gold and diamond miners. The trend is unmistakable. War crimes are being committed in Africa every day and Washington, London, and Tel Aviv rake in abominable profits.
Garang's helicopter crashed after it departed Museveni's ranch at Rwakitura, about 200 miles southwest of Kampala, near the Rwandan border. Garang was on his way back to New Site, his base in southern Sudan, after meeting with Museveni. Abdel Wahed Mohammed Ahmed Nur, the leader of the Darfur-based Sudan Liberation Movement/Army, a group allied with Garang's SPLM/A, said that Garang's helicopter death "was the result of a big conspiracy against the Sudanese people... Personally, I don’t believe in an accident.”
July 31, 2005/August 1, 2005 -- The reception John Bolton will face at the UN. The swaggering dolt in the White House believes that his recess appointment (announced by the White House on Aug. 1) of the boorish John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, his mustachioed gunslinger and sworn liar will go to the East River in Manhattan and shake up the international organization and kick and whip them into kow-towing to the neocon line. What Bolton doesn't realize is that he will be be now working and living in a virtual fish bowl. Bolton will not only be under the scrutiny of intelligence agents that at least three-quarters of the 191 members of the UN place within their missions and the UN Secretariat and specialized agencies, but also the UN staff itself, an aggressive UN press corps, and an intensely anti-Bush population of New York City and its suburbs. So, if Mr. Bolton decides to engage in the type of group sex activities he once "enjoyed" at New York's Plato's Retreat in the 1970s and 80s and the physical and mental abuse he dished out to USAID contractor Melody Townsel in Moscow and Bishkek in 1994, he will face the kind of scrutiny he's never before experienced. The Russians clearly have the goods on Bolton from his past antics in New York, Moscow, Bishkek and they will be doubly sure to have him under heavy surveillance at the UN. Ditto the Chinese, the Arabs, Cubans, Venezuelans, Brazilians, French, South and North Koreans, Germans, South Africans, Iranians, Indians, Turks, Spanish, Canadians, and others. One screw up by Bolton, one temper tantrum, one sexual indiscretion, one episode involving espionage with the intelligence service of a so-called U.S. "ally" in the Middle East, and it will be surely leaked to the UN press corps and New York's scandal-hungry media. And then Bush and Rice will have to decide if they want a discredited clown like Bolton continuing to represent the United States -- and if they do -- the American people may decide otherwise and that will hammer yet another nail in the coffin of the Bush dynasty, the Republican Party, and the neocon movement.
Bolton will be a "marked man" at the UN: Over 100 intelligence agencies, UN press, and UN staff will wait for him to screw up. And as his track record indicates, he will screw up. Bank on it.
July 31, 2005/August 1, 2005 **** Plame leak damaged a major CIA investigation linking senior Bush administration officials to WMD proliferation. U.S. intelligence insiders have pointed out that the White House is using "Rovegate" and "Who in the White House said what to whom?" as a smoke screen to divert attention away from the actual counter-proliferation work Mrs. Wilson and her Brewster Jennings & Associates team were engaged in. The arrival of Timothy Flanigan as Patrick J. Fitzgerald's boss is likely related to the mountains of evidence Fitzgerald has now collected to indict senior White House officials, particularly, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for criminal conspiracy in exposing a sensitive U.S. intelligence operation that was targeting some of their closest political and business associates. Libby, it will be recalled, was the attorney for fugitive global smuggler and Clinton-pardoned multi-billionaire Marc Rich, someone who has close ties to the Sharon government and Israeli intelligence. It is no coincidence that FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds uncovered nuclear material and narcotics trafficking involving Turkish intermediaries with ties to Israel at the same time Brewster Jennings and the CIA's Counter Proliferation Division was hot on the trail of nuclear proliferators tied to the Israeli government of Ariel Sharon and the A. Q. Khan network of Pakistan.
Feith and Libby: Ultimate targets of CIA counter-proliferation team? Time magazine reported on July 31 that White House knew about Plame's identity long before Joseph Wilson's July 6, 2003 OP ED in the New York Times. Feith and Libby had reasons to be worried about Plame and her team's counter-proliferation work.
An arrest in early 2004 points to the links between Israeli agents and Islamist groups bent on producing weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. According to intelligence sources, this was a network that was a major focus of Edmonds' and Valerie Plame Wilson's work. In January 2004, FBI and U.S. Customs agents arrested Asher Karni, a Hungarian-born Orthodox Jew, Israeli citizen, and resident of Cape Town, South Africa, at Denver International Airport for illegally exporting 200 electrically triggered spark gaps -- devices that send synchronized electrical pulses and are used in nuclear weapons -- to Pakistan via a New Jersey export company named Giza Technologies of Secaucus (owned by Zeki Bilmen -- whom the FBI has identified as a Turkish Jew who was already under surveillance by the CIA team). The cargo manifest listed the equipment as electronics gear [lithotripters used to break up kidney stones] for the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa. However, the initial shipment of 66 triggers did not go to the hospital but to Karni’s Top-Cape Technology of Cape Town, South Africa. Top Cape, in turn, sent the triggers to AJKMC Lithography Aid Society in Islamabad, Pakistan through Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Top-Cape "officially" traded in military and aviation electronics equipment. It was during the summer of 2003, when Valerie Plame and her team -- at a critical stage of their investigation of the A. Q. Khan network -- were outed by White House officials Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and at least one other individual (possibly Elliot Abrams), that Karni received an e-mail from his long time Pakistani associate Humayun Khan (no relation to A. Q. Khan) asking for 200 triggers to be sent to his Islamabad-based company, Pakland PME.
After initially attempting to purchase the devices from a sale agent in France -- an attempt that proved unsuccessful when the French agent demanded a U.S. export license for the triggers because the end destination was Pakistan -- Karni managed to obtain the triggers from Perkin-Elmer's manufacturing plant in Massachusetts through Giza Technologies. Karni's e-mail traffic to and from Khan was being intercepted by a covert agent in South Africa and being forwarded to U.S. authorities. It is not known whether the covert agent was a Brewster Jennings' asset but it would not be surprising considering Karni was an important link in the A. Q. Khan nuclear smuggling network. By the time the initital shipment of 66 triggers were sent to Karni's Cape Town office, U.S. and South African intelligence were already closely monitoring the transaction and the key players involved. It is also noteworthy that Karni previously worked for a Cape Town electronic import firm called Eagle Technology but was fired after it was discovered by his boss that he was making secret deals to ship nuclear components to Israel, India, Pakistan, and possibly, North Korea. Karni had been in South Africa for 20 years after arriving from Israel. His time in South Africa coincided with the apartheid government's rapid development of its own (since disestablished) nuclear weapons program and very close military ties between South Africa and Israel.
A.Q. Khan link to Israeli smuggler: Designed to speed up Iranian nuclear development to justify U.S./Israeli attack on Iran.
As for Humayun Khan, the Los Angeles Times discovered that the Pakistani "businessman" had been involved in nuclear weapons smuggling since 1975 when he was engaged in business with a former Nazi named Alfred Hempel, who was the kingpin in a global nuclear smuggling network active throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Hempel died in 1989. In an interview aired by PBS's Frontline on July 26, Humayun Khan said he never realized Karni was Jewish, stating that the Israeli masqueraded as a Muslim. However, what is clear is that an Israeli-based network, involving key neo-conservatives in the Bush adminstration, were attempting to speed up the clock on the delivery by the A. Q. Khan network of prohibited nuclear material to countries like Iran, thereby justifying a pre-emptive U.S. (and Israeli-supported) attack on Iranian nuclear installations. It was this network that attracted the attention of the CIA and when it realized some of the "men behind the curtain" were in the Pentagon, they had their smoking gun evidence of double dealing by Bush administration officials and their compatriots in the Sharon government.
Although AJKMC, the Pakistani company, said it merely printed copies of the Koran, U.S. investigators pointed out the initials also stand for the All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, an Islamist opposition party that supports groups allied to Al Qaeda in Kashmir. Some anti-terrorism experts believe that Osama Bin laden may be hiding in Kashmir.
A Malaysian link was also discovered in Karni’s network, which is significant in light of developments involving Brewster Jennings' exposure by Rove and Libby. A Swiss citizen named Urs Tinner was arrested by German authorities in October 2004. Tinner was accused of supervising the manfucture of centrifuge components in Malaysia. The United States demanded Tinner’s release, which led to speculation that Tinner was a U.S. intelligence asset who penetrated the A.Q. Khan network and may have been part of the Brewster Jennings operation.
According to FBI insiders, wiretaps of phone calls in the Giza-Bilmen-Karni smuggling ring yielded the name Douglas Feith, the Undersecretary of Defense for Plans and Policy and one of Donald Rumsfeld’s chief advisers, and Turkish MIT intelligence members of the American Turkish Council, a lobbying group which represents some of America's largest defense and private military contractors.
In May 2005, Der Spiegel magazine reported that Tinner was, in fact, a CIA agent. Germany announced that Tinner would be extradited to Switzerland, something that Der Spiegel reported was the result of a “deal” cut between Germany and the United States. A February 2004 Malaysian police report named both Urs Tinner and his father, Friedrich, as principal engineers in overseeing the machining of uranium-enrichment centrifuge components at a Scomi Precision Engineering (Scope) plant in Malaysia. Friedrich Tinner, owner of a Swiss firm named PhiTec AG, was named in an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report as one of many Swiss individuals involved in shipping nuclear components to Libya and Iran. Swiss authorities had previously cleared Friedrich Tinner of charges that he shipped centrifuges to Iraq. Friedrich Tinner’s other son, Marco, owned a firm called Traco that was also reported as a supplier of equipment and services to Scomi.
If the Tinners were working for the CIA, one subject of interest for them was a Sri Lankan businessman named B.S.A. Tahir who arrived in Malaysia via Dubai in the mid-1990s. In a February 2004 speech at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, President Bush stated that Tahir was A. Q. Khan’s “chief financial officer and money launderer.” Investigators discovered that Tahir made several trips to Germany and Turkey, the native country of Karni's spark trigger supplier Bilmen, to meet with suppliers for the Khan network.
Israeli nuclear arms smuggler Asher Karni: His links to Bush administration and Israeli officials may have been the real reason Valerie Plame and Brewster Jennings & Associates operations were exposed.
A Federal Judge in Denver said Karni could be released on $75,000 bail but the government appealed the decision to Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC. Hogan is the judge who ordered New York Times reporter Judith Miller to prison for her failure to testify before the Grand Jury. The federal prosecutors’ appeal failed and Karni was released on bail into the custody of Rabbi Herzel Kranz. Karni was ordered to wear an electronic monitor and was ordered to remain at the Hebrew Sheltering Home in Maryland.UPDATED: On Aug. 5 Israeli citizen Karni was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina to three years in prison for trying to ship the nuclear triggers to the A. Q. Khan network in Pakistan. It is an amazing sentence when one considers that U.S. citizen Jose Padilla is being held indefinitely in a US military prison, without trial, for allegedly trying to set off a "dirty" radiological bomb.
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Texas Republican Henry Bonilla -- another completely bonkers GOPer -- submitted legislation to rename downtown Washington's 16th Street Ronald Reagan Boulevard. DC Mayor Tony Williams could not believe what he heard, informing Bonilla that, unlike 16th Street, boulevards are wide streets with median strips. Williams said, "It's been a long time since I've heard of a plan that made so little sense." Bonilla's scheme would also upend Pierre L'Enfant's original Washington design which is based on numbered and lettered streets. L'Enfant's Washington layout is already under assault by one-track minded security officials who are turning parts of Washington into replicas of Red Square, Tiananmen Square, and Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.
When Bonilla's bill arrived at the House Government Reform Committee, the Republican chair declared it dead on arrival.
When the editor covered the 2000 GOP Convention in Philadelphia, Bonilla was one of the more revolting Bush family lickspittles. His speech praising George W. Bush was so fawning it was laughable.
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