Monday, December 8, 2008
The Jundullah, translated as the "Army of God," was demanding the release of 200 of its members from Iranian custody in exchange for the hostages. The police officers were reportedly executed last Wednesday after months of the government refusing to give in to the demands.
According to several reports, the militant group, which claims to represent Iran's Baloch minority, has been covertly supported by the CIA and encouraged to launch attacks inside Iran.
"Some former CIA officers say the arrangement is reminiscent of how the U.S. government used proxy armies, funded by other countries including Saudi Arabia, to destabilize the government of Nicaragua in the 1980s," ABC News reported in April of last year.
According to a recent report by the Arabic website Nahrainnet, Saudi Arabia is assisting the U.S-backed covert operations against Iran.
"According to information obtained from sources in Peshawar, Saudi Arabia has been directly supporting Jundullah to carry out the hostage taking of Iranian police officers," Press TV reported, citing Nahrainnet. "The article claims Saudi Arabia and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been using the 'proxy army' to destabilize the government in Iran."
The Iranian government has promised to deliver a "tooth-breaking" retaliation against the Jundullah for executing the police officers, suggesting the U.S.-Iranian proxy war may be heating up.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Now the United States Army Information Systems Command (USAISC) appears to be a big fan.
There is not too much information out there on the USAISC. It appears to be part of the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command (USAISEC), and you can buy this cool patch on eBay. Good luck figuring out exactly what they do.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
At first glance, Watson’s argument may seem compelling, but a close analysis exposes the writer’s research as fundamentally flawed and misleading.
Watson’s arguments are reproduced below in bold and critiqued in regular font.
“Global warming fearmongers the World Wildlife Fund have been caught in a new act of deception after citing shrinking Arctic ice coverage to suggest climate change is ‘faster and more extreme’ than first thought, while failing to acknowledge that Arctic sea ice expanded over an area bigger than the size of Germany during the year of 2008.”
“For the WWF and the London Telegraph to use 2007 data and completely discount a gigantic 30 per cent increase in Arctic sea ice coverage from August 2007 to August 2008 is not only misleading, it is completely dishonest and atypical of the politicized agenda-driven global warming lobby.”
There are several basic aspects of the Arctic environment Watson is not taking into account. Before evaluating scientific research, one should be familiar with the basics of the material.
Ice in the Arctic goes through an annual cycle of melting and expanding. The ice has ‘expanded over an area bigger than the size of Germany’ numerous times, not just in 2008. This does not, in any way, discredit the theory of global warming. Climatologists are fully aware of this cycle and use it analyze environmental changes.
The ice usually reaches its annual peak in March and its annual low in September. The following chart, utilizing satellite data dating back to 1980, illustrates this cycle and shows a very clear pattern of steadily decreasing ice levels in the summer time.
Watson accuses the World Wildlife Fund of omitting critical facts in an attempt deceive the public. In reality, Watson is the one presenting incomplete and misleading information.
Watson acknowledges the last two years, but decides to discount the past thirty. As the above chart shows, the ice extent has been getting consistently lower in the summer for almost three decades. While it is true 2008 did not break the 2007 record, the overall downward trend continued just as climatologists predicted. In fact, many studies now suggest the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer within five years, decades ahead of many original projections.
Watson also fails to mention the difference between the loss of seasonal ice and the loss of older, thicker perennial ice. As summarized this March by the Washington Post, “the very old ice, which remains in the Arctic for at least six years, made up more than 20 percent of the Arctic in the mid- to late 1980s, but by this winter it had decreased to 6 percent.”
“Because we had a cold winter, the public might think things have gotten better," said Walter Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “In fact, the loss of the perennial ice makes clear that they're not getting better at all.”
"According to collated data from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of Illinois, Arctic ice extent was 30 per cent greater on August 11, 2008 than it was on the August 12, 2007. This is a conservative estimate based on the map projection."
Here Watson uses old, incomplete and largely irrelevant information.
To compare the total ice melt from two separate years, the statistics must be taken from September when the ice reaches its lowest point. This is easily accessible information that should have been included in Watson’s analysis, although it would have refuted his main point.
The true figures show summer ice in 2008 melted to the second lowest level on record, surpassed only by the previous year. The measurements from August show a nine percent difference between 2007 and 2008, not thirty percent as Watson suggests.
Watson cites NASA satellite data, but a quick search of NASA’s website discredits his argument. This particular NASA article takes into account all of the pertinent satellite data and states: “While slightly above the record-low minimum set Sept. 16, 2007, this season further reinforces the strong negative trend in summer sea ice extent observed during the past 30 years.”
This is considered basic knowledge within the climate community.
“The 30 per cent increase coincided with a record low in sunspot activity over the same period, again proving that climate change is driven by natural catalysts as it has been throughout history.”
Again, Watson uses incomplete and inaccurate information.
As shown above, the “30 percent” figure is wrong. The actual difference is nine percent. More to the point, Watson boldly cites this as “proof” of a direct link between sunspot activity and recent changes in climate, a theory discredited and discounted several times over.
It is indeed true that sunspot activity effects environment. It is also true that sunspot activity is at its lowest point since 1954, but there is no correlation between this lull, or any other historical sunspot trend, and the radical changes in climate now attributed to greenhouse gas emissions. There are countless examples to establish this point.
In addition to the disappearing ice, Arctic air temperatures have climbed to record levels. This follows a warming trend dating back to the mid-1960s. If sunspots were, as Watson asserts, the predominant factor influencing the environment in the Arctic, one would expect to see record low temperatures.
The recent global warming trend correlates with emissions of greenhouse gases, not solar activity.
“[The lack of sunspot activity] is why we are seeing evidence of natural global cooling all over the planet… All the evidence is screaming out that the planet has now embarked on a cooling trend to follow the natural warming trend that caused Arctic ice to shrink in the first place…”
The lower temperatures this year have been attributed to a La Nina weather pattern, not sunspots. As climatologists predicted in January, this year is expected to be cooler than the last few, but still well above average. Nothing about this is a mystery and it certainly doesn’t refute the theory of man-made climate change. Average global temperatures have been rising and are expected to continue rising once La Nina passes.
A ‘trend’ typically exhibits a pattern. There is no evidence of a global cooling pattern, just the opposite. Watson relies on a few selective examples from a single year, while failing to acknowledge La Nina and the very real warming trend of the past half-century.
A thorough, objective writer would have been able to find this basic information online through a simple search. The fact that none of it was included in Watson’s report is indicative of sloppy research and a desire to prove a predetermined conclusion before evaluating all the evidence. Watson has chosen to critique the scientific consensus on global warming, but he clearly does not understand the fundamental principles behind the theory.
Watson accuses the WWF of pursuing a "misleading" and “completely dishonest” political agenda, but fails to deliver a single substantive point to support his claim. Watson uses inaccurate information, excludes important facts and frames the majority of his arguments around false premises. It is clear that Watson and prisonplanet.com are the ones deceiving the public when it comes to the reality of climate change, not environmental groups like the WWF.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
During the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush Administration activated a highly clandestine program known as Continuity of Government (COG). The emergency program, sometimes referred to as the "shadow" government, was later extended indefinitely and is believed to still be partially active as of this writing.
Although the details regarding the COG operations are classified, executive orders and past investigative reports indicate the protocols could be used to override some of the nation’s most fundamental laws.
In November of 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Executive Order 12656, assigning sweeping emergency powers to the President and each cabinet member. The document offers a rare glimpse of the government’s continuity plans.
Executive Order 12656 advises government leaders to supersede conventional laws in order to carry out the emergency procedures. The order instructs each department head to identify “areas where additional legal authorities may be needed” and “consistent with applicable Executive orders, take appropriate measures toward acquiring those authorities.”
The special protocols, the presidential order states, “will be designed and developed to provide maximum flexibility to the President.”
In the event of an emergency, Executive Order 12656 may alter the traditional rules governing domestic military operations.
Existing laws, such the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act, strictly regulate the use of military forces on U.S. soil. Executive Order 12656, however, calls on the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General to establish emergency rules outlining “specific procedures by which military assistance to civilian law enforcement authorities may be requested, considered, and provided.”
The Attorney General is to plan for “emergency law enforcement activities that are beyond the capabilities of State and local agencies." The Justice Department is to prepare for emergency “civil disturbances” and “terrorism incidents,” as well as create special procedures for the “custody and protection of prisoners and the use of Federal penal and correctional institutions.”
Executive Order 12656 calls on the government to take control of essential resources, including water, food, land, energy, transportation systems and even a civilian workforce.
Managing the nation’s water supply would be the responsibility of the Secretary of Defense. Acting through the Army, the Secretary of Defense is to have plans for the “management, control, and allocation of all usable waters from all sources within the jurisdiction of the United States.”
Similarly, the Secretary of Agriculture is to have plans to secure the nation’s food supply and agricultural resources. Under the protocols, the Department of Agriculture would be responsible for distributing seed, feed, fertilizer, and farming equipment to agricultural producers.
In the early 1990s there were even reports of a food rationing program that would allocate calories for each citizen.
Executive Order 12656 calls for emergency regulation of the nation’s energy supplies. The Energy Secretary is instructed to create “energy supply and demand strategies to ensure continued provision of minimum essential services.”
Executive Order 12656 calls on the Secretary of Transportation to be able take control of the nation’s transportation resources, including privately owned automobiles, urban mass transit systems, trucks, water vessels, and railroads.
Executive Order 12656 instructs the Selective Service System to prepare for an emergency military draft, while the Office of Personnel Management is to have procedures ready for the conscription of federal civilian employees.
According to a 1992 report by TIME magazine, the emergency plans once included a standby national censorship office, the Wartime Information Security Program (WISP), that would be responsible for restricting news coverage during a crisis. The censorship unit was allegedly shut down after being exposed by press reports, but according to TIME, “its duties were discreetly reassigned to yet another part of what an internal memo refers to as the ‘shadow’ government.”
Executive Order 12656 prioritizes the development of government relationships with private corporations. “Federal plans,” the documents states, “should include appropriate involvement of and reliance upon private sector organizations.”
The Secretary of Defense is instructed to work with private industries to develop “capabilities for the rapid increase of defense production.”
The Secretary of Commerce is to assist the Defense Secretary to “improve the international competitiveness of specific domestic industries and their abilities to meet defense program needs.”
The Secretary of Commerce is also to formulate plans for regulating imports and exports. Any materials considered to be “critical and strategic” are to be stockpiled by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
Executive Order 12656 instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish emergency plans for “encouraging capital inflow and discouraging the flight of capital from the United States.”
The Secretary of the Treasury is also to provide for the "preservation of, and facilitate emergency operations of, public and private financial institution systems, and provide for their restoration during or after national security emergencies."
The Secretary of Health and Human Services is instructed to have emergency plans for eliminating the hazards caused by biological, chemical, and radiological agents.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services is to establish plans to provide emergency civilian services, “including lodging, feeding, clothing, registration and inquiry, social services, family reunification and mortuary services and interment.”
Executive Order 12656 appears to call for special foreign policy initiatives. The Secretary of State is vaguely called upon to provide “overall foreign policy coordination in the formulation and execution of continuity of government and other national security emergency preparedness activities that affect foreign relations.” The Secretary of State is also obscurely called upon to assist the “appropriate agencies in developing planning assumptions concerning accessibility of foreign sources of supply.”
The special procedures outlined in Executive Order 12656 are intended for any national emergency, which the document broadly defines as “any occurrence, including natural disaster, military attack, technological emergency, or other emergency, that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the United States.”
Days after the 9/11 attacks, President Bush officially declared a national emergency that remains in effect to this day. This September the President is expected to extend the state of emergency for the seventh consecutive year.
Executive Order 12656 outlines just some of the extraordinary authorities the government may assume under the President’s declaration.
The government has been developing highly secretive emergency programs for over half a century, but until recent years most of these plans were thought to be reserved for the worst of disasters, primarily nuclear war. Now the extra-constitutional protocols could become official policies at any time.
Executive Order 12656 remains valid and is being used by the Bush Administration to formulate policy. The document was cited as recently as February of this year in two “Federal Continuity Directives” issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
Executive Order 12656
"The Doomsday Blueprints," TIME Magazine, August 10, 1992
National Emergency Declaration, September 14, 2001, Latest Continuation Notice
NSPD-51 and HSPD-20, May 9, 2007
Federal Continuity Directives, February 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
“In the United States of America there is a hidden government about which you know nothing.”
So begins a revealing television exposé aired by CNN in 1991. The hour-long Special Assignment presented the findings of a yearlong CNN investigation into the ultra-secretive Continuity of Government (COG) program, commonly referred to as the “doomsday government” or the “shadow government”.
The COG program was originally designed in the 1950s to ensure the survival of the federal government in the event of a nuclear attack. The highly secretive emergency plans were substantially upgraded during the 1980s and have become a focus point of the current administration, particularly since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The COG program, which until recent years was believed to be reserved for nuclear disasters, was officially activated for the first time during the 9/11 attacks. The program, according to the most recent reports, was never completely shut down. Portions of the “shadow government” are presumably still operating to this day.
Recent efforts to reform and expand the emergency protocols, according to the best available reports, have been led by Vice President Dick Cheney, who played a major role in the COG program during the Reagan Administration.
The underground program is historically run out of the office of the Vice President through a clandestine agency, identified by CNN as the National Program Office (NPO).
In 1991, CNN found the Continuity of Government program and National Program Office to be rife with waste, fraud, and abuse.
The CNN report also disclosed the existence of a secret succession plan that would allow individuals outside of government to take positions of power in the event of a national emergency.
According to the traditional legal line of succession, should the President of the United States be killed or incapacitated the Vice President will take his place, followed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President pro tempore of the Senate, the Secretary of State, all the way down to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the most recently added Secretary of Homeland Security.
According to CNN, however, the COG program maintains its own “top secret” succession plan, known only to a few select individuals.
Once activated, the alternative succession plan, known officially as the Presidential Successor Support System, or PS3, would suspend the traditional line of succession and allow a small group of officials to appoint a new government.
CNN revealed the names of several individuals that could assume power should the plan be put into effect. These included current Vice President Dick Cheney, former White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker, former CIA Director Richard Helms, former ambassador and National Security Council member Jeane Kirkpatrick, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director James Schlesinger, former Attorney General and National Security Council member Edwin Meese, former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, and the late former congressman Tip O’Neill.
“In the event of disaster,” CNN reported, “one of them could become president.”
Critics with knowledge of the program said the secret plans violated the Constitution.
“When you compare this program with the Constitution,” one high-level government official said, “the two don’t match up.” The COG plans, according to this source, “could put the American system of checks and balances in the deep freeze.”
William Van Alstyne, a constitutional scholar from Duke University, said the program’s secrecy undermined its credibility. “If no one knows in advance what the line of succession is meant to be,” he noted, “then almost by hypothesis no one will have any reason to believe that those who claim to be exercising that authority in fact possess it.”
Monday, March 10, 2008
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed--and How to Stop It, Page 66:
"According to U.S. intelligence sources, when Mohammad Atta failed to obtain a $1.1 million loan from the U.S. government with which to acquire cropdusters, [Sami] al-Arian and a coconspirator incorporated the Florida Baraka Exchange. This financial entity, which collapsed after September 11, apparently served to funnel money to the al-Qaeda hijackers who trained in Florida."
"Alleged Terrorist Met With Bush Adviser," The Washington Post, February 22, 2003:
"[Sami al-Arian] attended a 2001 group meeting in the White House complex with President Bush's senior adviser, Karl Rove, administration officials said yesterday.
... Al-Arian and his family also were photographed with Bush during a March 2000 campaign stop near Al-Arian's suburban Tampa home. ... Al-Arian posed with Bush and his wife, Laura, at the Florida Strawberry Festival on March 12, 2000, a moment captured in an Al-Arian family photo."
"Loftus refiles lawsuit," The Oracle, July 8, 2002:
"[Former DOJ prosecutor John] Loftus said [Sami] Al-Arian is protected by the Saudi Arabian government... Loftus said the United States government has deep connections to Saudi Arabia, and, thus, protects Al-Arian. ... "It is a matter of record that an organization known as the Baraka group laundered the money to the skyjackers of Sept. 11. Sami Al-Arian incorporated Baraka in the state of Florida, which was dissolved on Sept. 28, 2001," Loftus said. ..."Congressional testimony of Richard Clarke, October 22, 2003:
"[Soliman] Biheiri was the President and founder of BMI, Inc... BMI allegedly received a $500,000 investment from Baraka Group. ... Biheiri’s computer reportedly contained contact information for Sami al-Arian, the indicted North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.""The U.S. Provides Details of Terror-Financing Web," The Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2003:
"Investors in BMI ... included Saudi businessman Yassin Qadi... Prosecutors identified a third BMI investor as Abdullah Awad bin Laden... He is a nephew of Osama bin Laden..."Perilous Power Play," National Review, May 27, 2003:
... [Al-Qadi] was also a major investor in Ptech, a Boston computer firm that Mr. Biheiri helped start..."
"Even after the September 11 attacks, the FBI failed to pursue obvious terrorist financing leads. In a hugely embarrassing moment, the FBI failed to do anything about Ptech, Inc., a company whose prime investor was a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity, Saudi Yassin al-Qadi."Trails Lead to Saudis," National Review, March 21, 2003:
... The FBI ignored the repeated requests of concerned employees. Frighteningly, when an employee told the President of Ptech he felt he had to contact the FBI regarding Qadi's involvement in the company, the president allegedly told him not to worry because Yaqub Mirza, who was on the board of directors of the company and was himself a target of a terrorist financing raid in March 2002, had contacts high within the FBI."
"In March 2002, Federal terrorism investigators descended upon a group of Saudi-backed executives operating out of northern Virginia. The government hauled away truckloads of files and computer hard drives from the "SAAR Network," a web of dozens of related companies with interlocking officers, directors, and corporate headquarters. ... At the center is SAAR Executive Yaqub Mirza. ...investigators are revisiting the financial activities of two SAAR affiliated Islamic charities, the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), and its sister organization Sana-Bell, Inc.
Red flags have been raised by the fact that Sana-Bell's Washington, D.C. branch was founded by two known al Qaeda financiers, Saleh Kamel (CEO of the Dallah al-Baraka Group) and Ibrahim Afandi. Yaqub Mirza is also listed as a founding trustee.
Kamel and Afandi are members of the Golden Chain, a group of wealthy Gulf patrons that donated millions of dollars to Osama bin Laden. ... The Golden Chain was established at the time of al Qaeda's formation in 1988; Sana-Bell's DC branch was organized only months later."
Friday, February 8, 2008
Sibel Edmonds, "The Highjacking of a Nation, Part 2":
"...For Al Qaeda’s network Turkey is a haven for its sources of funding. Turkish networks, along with Russians’, are the main players in these [Afghan poppy] fields; they purchase the opium from Afghanistan and transport it through several Turkic speaking Central Asian states into Turkey, where the raw opium is processed into popular byproducts; then the network transports the final product into Western European and American markets via their partner networks in Albania. ... These operations are run by mafia groups closely controlled by the MIT (Turkish Intelligence Agency) and the military. ... The Turkish government, MIT and the Turkish military, not only sanctions, but also actively participates in and oversees the narcotics activities and networks."Daniel Ellsberg, quoted by Lukery, audio here:
"...Al Qaeda, she's (Sibel's) been saying to congress, according to these interviews, is financed 95% by drug money - drug traffic to which the US government shows a blind eye, has been ignoring, because it very heavily involves allies and assets of ours - such as Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan - all the 'Stans - in a drug traffic where the opium originates in Afghanistan, is processed in Turkey, and delivered to Europe where it furnishes 96% of Europe's heroin, by Albanians, either in Albania or Kosovo - Albanian Muslims in Kosovo - basically the KLA, the Kosovo Liberation Army which we backed heavily in that episode at the end of the century."Jane's Intelligence Review, "The 'Balkan Medellin',":
"If left unchecked, this growing Albanian narco-terrorism could lead to a Colombian syndrome in the southern Balkans, or the emergence of a situation in which the Albanian mafia becomes powerful enough to control one or more states in the region. In practical terms, this will involve either Albania or Macedonia, or both. Politically, this is now being done by channelling growing foreign exchange (forex) profits from narco-terrorism into local governments and political parties. In Albania, the ruling Democratic Party (DP) led by President Sali Berisha (pictured below) is now widely suspected of tacitly tolerating and even directly profiting from drug-trafficking for wider politico-economic reasons, namely the financing of secessionist political parties and other groupings in Kosovo and Macedonia."
"...Interest in the presence of radical Islam in Albania and its connection with the authorities was reawakened on April 11, 2007, with the broadcast of a show "Fiks Fare" on state television. The show publicized documents indicating that Abdul Latif Saleh a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was given Albanian citizenship in 1992 at the personal insistence of then-President, now prime Minister Sali Berisha.More on Yasin al-Qadi here and here, including the following from The New Anatolian:
Saleh, a Jordanian, owned construction companies "Mak Albania" and "Cement Albania," which were used to launder the money of Saudi businessman Yasin Qadi's "Caravan" association in Tirana. In 2000, Saleh was deported from Albania on suspicion of Al-Qaeda connections, and his bank account in Tirana was frozen after an attempt to withdraw 2.4 million Euros."
"[Turkish] Inspectors Hamza Kacar and Galip Sabuncu wrote a report in which they claimed that they had uncovered significant evidence of money movements linked to Yasin el Kadi in Turkey, but added that their probe was blocked by certain bureaucrats and politicians.Jean-Charles Brisard, "Turkey finally enforcing UN sanctions against Kadi, extending investigations":
The inspectors said that el Kadi's money movements were concentrated on Albaraka Turk, an Islamic finance institution, of which [Turkey’s Finance Minister Kemal] Unakitan was a shareholder and executive board member before he was elected as a deputy at the last general elections in 2002."
"In “Charitable terrorist”, Nedim Sener, a Turkish investigative journalist alleges that a Kadi firm has been founded by the current legal advisor to the Turkish Prime minister. He also claims that a ruling party leader was an associate of Kadi. According to the book, a key institution for Kadi transactions was Albaraka Turk, owned by the [Dallah] Albaraka Banking Group. The current Turkish finance minister, Kemal Unakitan, is a former shareholder and board member of the bank."Arab News, "Treasury actions smacks of arrogance, vilates human rights, says Al-Qadi":
"Al-Qadi has worked for Skidmore, an American consulting firm in Chicago, for three years. “I have also met with US Vice President and former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney in Jeddah when he came for a lecture organized by the Dallah [Al-Baraka] Group," [al-Qadi said]. “I spoke to him for a long time and we still have cordial relations.”CNS News, "Tearful FBI Agent Apologizes To Sept. 11 Families and Victims":
"In a memorandum written 91 days before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, an FBI agent warned that Americans would die as a result of the bureau's failure to adequately pursue investigations of terrorists living in the country.The Miami Herald, "Graham Book: Inquiry into 9/11, Saudi Ties Blocked,":
... "Vulgar Betrayal" was the first operation that culminated with the use of civil forfeiture laws to seize the U.S. assets of terrorist groups. The confiscated funds were directly linked to Saudi Arabian businessman Yassin Kadi, also known as Yassin al-Qadi, who has since been identified as one of the "chief money launderers" for Osama bin Laden. ... Wright says that FBI management "intentionally and repeatedly thwarted and obstructed" his attempts to expand the investigation to arrest other terrorists and seize their assets."
"Two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers had a support network in the United States that included agents of the Saudi government, and the Bush administration and FBI blocked a congressional investigation into that relationship, Sen. Bob Graham wrote in a book to be released Tuesday. ... Graham wrote that the staff of the congressional inquiry concluded that two Saudis in the San Diego area, Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassan, who gave significant financial support to two hijackers, were working for the Saudi government."Senator Bob Graham, Intelligence Matters (Hardcover) Page 167:
"Eleanor [Hill, Joint Inquiry Staff Director,] explained that al-Bayoumi's income and his cover came from employment in a subsidiary contractor for the Saudi Aviation Authority, a ghost job from which he received a paycheck but never reported to work. Since 1993, he had worked for a company called Ercan, which in turn contracted with Dallah Avco Aviation, a Saudi government contractor owned by Saleh Kamel, a wealthy Saudi who belongs to what is known as "the Golden Chain," which provides money to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda on a regular basis."The Wall Street Journal, "Riyadh Paid Man Linked to Sept. 11 Hijackers,":
"For seven years, the finance department of a Saudi Civil Aviation Presidency project called Air Navigation Systems Support employed Mr. Bayoumi. The project is managed by Dallah Avco Aviation, a unit of the giant Dallah Al-Baraka business group, which for five of the seven years was reimbursed by the government agency for Mr. Bayoumi's salary. During the five-year period, Mr. Bayoumi was considered a Saudi civil servant.Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Lawsuits target financiers of 9/11 attacks,":
Sept. 11 figure Omar Bayoumi is shown by documents to have been hired for an aviation project by order of the Saudi government."
"The [9/11] families contend that the U.S. Department of Justice has impeded the progress of their lawsuit by invoking a doctrine, known as the state secrets privilege, to prevent a former FBI translator from giving a deposition in their case. ...then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said her deposition likely would reveal classified information that would harm U.S. security, according to an affidavit filed with the court. Edmonds disputes Ashcroft's assertions, saying that some of her work may be relevant to the Burnett case. She said the FBI was spying on Turkish cultural groups who may have helped -- wittingly or unwittingly -- to launder money for Saudis citizens who were connected to terrorists."
National Security Whistle Blowers Coalition, "Federal Judge in Libby Trial Deliberately Hides Financial Background":
"In July 2004, Judge Reggie Walton disposed of Edmonds’ First Amendment case on the basis of the government’s assertion of State Secrets Privilege. On the same day as the decision, Judge Walton quashed a subpoena for Edmonds’ deposition by attorneys representing over 1,000 family members who lost love ones during the terrorist attacks on 9/11
.In limiting the deposition in the case, Burnett et al. v. Al Baraka Investment & Development Corp., Judge Walton prevented the 9/11 attorneys from asking a majority of the proposed questions related to the attacks."
First defendant listed on the 9/11 families' lawsuit:
"AL BARAKA INVESTMENT ANDContinued here...
DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, a/k/a AL
BARAKA BANK, a/k/a DALLAH ALBARAKA