Saturday, March 07, 2009

The CIA had long maintained an association with Iran's Shi'a holy leader, Ayatollah Khomeini...

- Iran/Iraq war in which both CIA-installed dictators (Hussein and Khomeini) were able to kill off each other's insurgents and maintain stability of their dictatorial regimes under the watchful eye of U.S. AWAC squadrons. The Bush regime decided to kill two birds with one stone - Iraq was instructed to smack up Kuwait and in turn the U.S. would smack up the Iraqi insurgents inducted into the Republican Guard. For 130 consecutive months after the Gulf War, U.S. and/or British bombs continued to fall monthly on the heads of Iraqi insurgents to the benefit of Saddam Hussein's regime..... And that's what happened -

Filling in the blanks on the SS Poet story...

Although it does not discuss the fate of the SS Poet and its involvement in the 1980 October Surprise engineered by the Reagan-Bush-Casey campaign and CIA elements to force President Jimmy Carter from office over the U.S. hostages in Iran, Joseph Trento's book, "Prelude to Terror: The Rogue CIA and the Legacy of America's Private Intelligence Network," published in 2005, does provide more details of the operation that engineered the secret arms shipments to Iran by George H. W. Bush, William Casey, and their loyalists inside the CIA and Carter's National Security Council....

According to Trento, the private CIA weapons smuggling operation, which had been centered at a number of Washington locations, including CIA officer Edwin Wilson's Consultants International on K Street in Washington and 7777 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, Virginia, in addition to the address in Rosslyn, Virginia reported by WMR, 1911 North Fort Myer Drive, was factionalized between Arabists like Wilson, and pro-Israelis like his erstwhile colleagues Ted Shackley and Thomas Clines.

According to Trento: "Since the CIA's Middle and Near East Divisions were extraordinarily pro-Arab, James Jesus Angleton had run the Israeli account totally out of the Counterintelligence Division." After Angleton was fired from the CIA by director William Colby, the pro-Israel mantle was passed to Shackley and then to Clines. There were some reports that Wilson was aligned with the more pro-Arab factions of the CIA. However, according to Trento, Wilson shared many secrets about the Arab nations, particularly Libya, with the Mossad. The Israelis also received a cut on aircraft sales Wilson made to Libya. The planes, which flew Libyan leaders, including Muammar Qaddafi, around the Middle East, came complete with Israeli bugging devices. Israeli agents were also present at explosives training facilities in Libya. Wilson apparently knew that if he ever tried to conduct any operations in the Arab Middle East without the knowledge of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency would have him killed immediately.

Trento also indicates that working with Wilson, Shackley, and Clines on the secret CIA weapons pipelines to Libya and, later, the Afghan mujahidin and Iran, was Admiral Stanfield Turner's choice to replace his deputy CIA director Hank Knoche -- Frank Carlucci. Carlucci would later become the chairman of The Carlyle Group. Carlucci was also close to Gerald Ford's Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; the head of the Defense Security Assistance Administration (DSAA) Erich von Marbod; and the former Chief of the U.S. Military Aid Office in Iran, Major General Richard Secord. Others who would become part of the private CIA weapons smuggling network were Bay of Pigs veteran Rafael "Chi Chi" Quintero and Glenn "Robby" Robinette, the CIA technical security expert who would later help install Oliver North's expensive home security system during the Iran-Contra scandal.

According to Trento, Israel maintained two lines of communications to Saudi Arabia. One was through Kamal Adham, the head of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) and the former chief of Saudi intelligence, and the second was via Angleton. Adham ran a secret war against Islamic fundamentalists in the Middle East in cooperation with Israel. One of the benefactors of the Adham-Israeli alliance was the intensely secular President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein.

Wilson's cooperation with Mossad extended to the Israelis receiving a cut on plane sales to Libya. The Libyan planes that flew Libyan officials,including Qaddafi, around the Middle East, came complete with Mossad bugging devices. Israeli agents were also present at Libyan explosive training facilities courtesy of Wilson's good offices in Tripoli.

Wilson continued to establish his network of secret CIA weapons smuggling entities. One was set up under the name of the former CIA station chief in Tripoli, Brigadier General J. J. Cappucci, someone who had more than a passing interest in Muammar Qaddafi's overthrow of Libyan King Idris I in 1969. Eventually, Wilson, not aware that he was being double-crossed, saw Clines and two associates buy out Wilson's stake in Cappucci and Associates. The money used to purchase the stake came from a CIA proprietary airline called Air Panama. One of its frequent fliers was a Panamanian Defense Force Colonel named Manuel Noriega.

Cappucci and Associates had hired Don Lowers, a former Army counterintelligence officer later jailed in Ohio on securities fraud, and Neil Livingstone, who was arrested in Libya in 1976 and confessed to being a "Zionist spy" and was subsequently released. Livingstone, who was close to the Mossad, had a good friend in Panama named Michael "Mike" Harari, a longtime Mossad agent, Israel's top intelligence officer in Latin America, and a close confidante of Noriega.

Cappucci was a mere figurehead for Cappucci and Associates. His only real worth was that when Idris was overthrown, Cappucci was able to smuggle out to Egypt Idris' top financial adviser, Egyptian General Kamal Hassan Ali. General Ali would soon end up as President Anwar Sadat's Defense Minister.

The 1978 Camp David peace accords between Egypt and Israel provided a potential windfall for the CIA's private weapons smuggling network. President Carter promised Egypt $4 billion in arms for it to achieve weapons parity with Israel. Wilson planned on having his Houston-based Around the World Shipping Company act as the main supplier of weapons to Egypt. To launder the proceeds from the weapons sales, Wilson established a network of entities, including Arcadia Limited in Geneva, International Research and Trade (IRT) in Bermuda, and an IRT branch in the United States to handle the money transfers and contracts.

However, Shackley, Clines, and another Wilson colleague, Douglas Schlachter, had other ideas. In addition to taking over Cappucci and Associates, Clines and Shackley knew that Schlachter has his own good connections in Libya and could easily replace Wilson. A new company, Delex International was set up by the three to handle the weapons business with Egypt.

Wilson also maintained good relations with Iran's SAVAK secret service, having provided the names and covert identities of several Iranian students training in Libya for operations against the Shah. The SAVAK hunted down and assassinated a number of the people Wilson turned over to them.

Israel was never happy with Carter's Middle East peace initiative so it began a program to discredit the President. The Mossad, using an Iranian-Israeli intelligence cut-out, Albert Hakim, devised a plan to destroy Carter's reputation through his brother Billy Carter. Clines and Schlachter worked out an operation to have Billy put on Libya's payroll as a public relations ambassador for the Tripoli regime. Wilson later interceded with the Libyans to pay Billy. The Libyans paid Billy $2 million but he only reported to the Internal Revenue Service a payment of $200,000. National Security Agency (NSA) director Bobby Ray Inman, who hoped to replace Stansfield Turner as CIA director in a second Carter term, approached Attorney General Benjamin Civilletti with the intelligence that Billy had accepted $ 2 million from Libya. Civilletti asked Inman for proof. The NSA director said Civilletti did not have the need to know for NSA's sources and methods.

Perhaps Billy knew something was up with the leaks to the press about his business deals with Libya. Hosting a Libyan delegation at the Atlanta Hilton, Billy said, "The only thing I can say is there is a hell of a lot more Arabians than there is Jews." The Israeli plan worked, regardless of Billy's statements. Jimmy Carter was damaged by his brother's ties with Libya and Stansfield Turner was under pressure from his pro-Israeli flank inside and outside the CIA.

Anticipating the arms business with Egypt, Shackley and Clines established under Clines, the Egyptian American Transport and Services Company (EATSCO) to cut out Wilson's Around the World Shipping from the Camp David weapons shipment business. However, there remains some question about how much Wilson knew about EATSCO. It was, according to The Washington Post, located among Wilson's other firms at 1911 North Fort Myer Drive in Rosslyn. But it eventually shifted its operations to 7777 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, Virginia where it sub-let office space from Republican direct mailing computer expert Richard Viguerie. Many of Wilson's old colleagues moved to the new location, including some of the principals of Cappucci and Associates.

Trento also writes: "Through Israeli intelligence sources in Libya, the CIA had the memo Ed Wilson had written to Qaddafi's military security on May 12, 1981, detailing his activities in Egypt through EATSCO."

Viguerie also knew Wilson through their mutual friend, Robert K Gray, President Dwight Eisenhower's Secretary of the Cabinet. Viguerie was a member of the influential Georgetown Club, established by South Korean businessman Tongsun Park of Koreagate influence-peddling infamy. Park set up the club with the assistance of Gray. Gray was also on the board of Wilson's Consultants International. Gray was close to Anna Chennault, the widow of CIA proprietary airline founder General Claire Chennault. Another Ed Wilson associate was Representative Charlie Wilson (D-TX), no relation to Ed Wilson, who would go on to his own peculiar stardom in the arming of the Afghan mujahidin.

All the while, Shackley, after he left the CIA upon being fired by Turner, was on Clines' payroll as a consultant to Wilson's companies, Systems Services International (SSI), API Distributors, and IRT.

The plan to set up Wilson, in the end, was cooked up by Shackley and Clines, with the Israelis not innocent bystanders. It was leaked to the press that Wilson was a CIA agent and that caused problems for his business interests in Libya, as well as his non-official cover (NOC) status. It was also floated by Shackley that Wilson was involved in the 1976 assassination in Washington of former Salvador Allende Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier.

But Wilson continued to act in his NOC status in Libya. In what was one of the first counter-proliferation operations targeting Libya's acquisition of nuclear material from the French South Pacific nuclear testing program, Wilson provided Langley with details of what Libya was procuring from its supply network, a network that would one day be known as the "A Q Khan" network, the nuclear material smuggling operation run by Pakistan's top nuclear scientist.

With Cappucci and Associates firmly under the control of Shackley and Clines, the firm managed to get the contract to train President Sadat's personal bodyguard. It would be a fateful decision. The Israeli circumvention of the CIA's private network would soon put the Middle East in flames. The CIA had long maintained an association with Iran's Shi'a holy leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. In 1964, after Khomeini was arrested by SAVAK, the CIA arranged for Khomeini to stay at a safe house in the Iraqi Shi'a holy city of Najaf. The CIA's man in Iraq, Saddam Hussein, permitted the CIA to protect Khomeini with a number of CIA Iranian-born security agents. Eventually, Khomeini out stayed his welcome in Iraq and he moved, along with some CIA agents on his personal staff, to a villa outside of Paris.

Khomeini would be grateful to the CIA later. When the CIA conspired to eject Carter from office, Iran would, along with Israel, be the perfect allies. Israel maintained close relations with the Shah's government. Iran even helped bankroll Israel's nuclear weapons program. But after the fall of the Shah, Israel needed to make an opening to the new Iranian government. Using Shackley's good offices with the new Iranian regime, Israel restored its old ties to Iran.

Meanwhile, as the 1980 presidential election drew to a close, the Reagan-Bush-Casey team were worried that Carter may pull off his own October Surprise and effect a pre-election hostage release of the U.S. embassy personnel being held in Tehran. A CIA analyst on loan to the Carter National Security Council (NSC), Robert Gates, is reported by former Associate CIA director Robert Crowley, in Trento's book, to have provided the contents of Carter's debate briefing book to the Casey prior to the all-important and sole October 28, 1980 presidential debate between Carter and Reagan. Crowley is quoted: "There is no question Gates had access to it [the briefing book]. There is no question Casey got it."

WMR has previously reported on the details of the Reagan-Bush-Casey team chartering the SS Poet to deliver weapons to Iran to ensure that Carter would not see a hostage release before the election. Iran was hungry for weapons after September 22, 1980, when Iraqi MiGs stuck Tehran in an air attack, starting the bloody Iran-Iraq War.

Trento's book comes closest to revealing the pre-election supply of arms to Iran when it states: "Perhaps the final seal on President Carter's fate was provided by the Thatcher government in England. British Customs investigator J. Barrie Riley, who arrested British gunrunner Ian Smalley, said that the British Ministry of Defense was involved with fulfilling the Republican pledge of arms to Iran in exchange for delaying the hostages' release until after the elections. What makes Smalley's account believable is the fact that he provided Riley his notes on the shipments years before they became a public issue."

Carter later said in a Village Voice article, "We tried to clean up the CIA . . . We knew that some of the people were loyal to Bush and not particularly loyal to me and Stan Turner . . . I never did have an official report come to me and say that Bill Casey was meeting with Iranian officials in Paris or anything specific, just allegations and rumors . . . I didn't believe them."

Trento provides even more confirmation about a deal between the Reagan-Bush campaign and Iran pre-election. Trento quotes from the book of Iran's former President Abolhassan Bani-sadr, "My Turn to Speak: The Revolution & Secret Deals with the U.S." Bani-sadr wrote: "I have proof of contacts between Khomeini and the supporters of Ronald Reagan as early as the spring of 1980 . . . the sole purpose of which was to handicap Carter's re-election bid by preventing the hostages' release before the American elections in November 1980. Rafsanjani [Akbat Hashemi Rafsanjani, member of the Iran Revolutionary Council], Beheshti [Seyyed Mohamed Hosseini Beheshti, secretary general of the Islamic Republic Party killed in 1981 by a terrorist bombing carried out by the Mojahedin e Khalq (MEK) terrorist group], and Ahmed Khomeini [the Ayatollah's son] played key roles in proposing this agreement to the Reagan team."

This revelation begs an important question. Given the CIA's early support for Khomeini, was the Iran hostage crisis cooked up by Carter's CIA enemies and Khomeini's government, with the support of Israel, to oust Carter from the White House?

Trento also reveals that at NSA, Inman had all the transactions between EATSCO that proved that Wilson remained on the CIA's payroll. Wilson, indicted in April 1980, as the Reagan team was meeting with the Ayatollah's representatives, was threatening to reveal all about the Shackley, von Marbod, Secord, and Clines operation. Something would have to be done about Wilson and fast. NSA also had intercepts showing that EATSCO's chief,. Hussein Salem, had gone directly from Egyptian intelligence to the EATSCO/TERSAM operation. TERSAM, a Panamanian company, was designated in 1987 as the sole shipping agent for Egypt in a sweetheart deal.

After Reagan's election, Casey took over as CIA director. One of Casey's first acts was to make Israel's influence within Langley official. Casey named Max Hugel, described by Trento as a "short, smart, foul-mouthed Brooklyn-born Jew," a racetrack owner who dressed like one, his director of operation (DO). CIA counter-intelligence had Hugel under investigation for having as friends a number of Japanese businessmen who had been prisoners of the Soviets during World War II and were believed to have been turned as Soviet agents. One of the Japanese business friends of Hugel had been caught selling the Soviets U.S. submarine technology. Soon, Shackley was being bypassed by the Mossad, which preferred to get its intelligence directly from Hugel. Hugel's relationship with the Israelis became a huge problem for Langley. NSA director William Odom had evidence of Hugel's unauthorized contacts with Israelis about Osirak. The Odom information was leaked to Senate Intelligence Committee member Joe Biden who was outraged that Casey would have someone like Hugel in such a sensitive position. Sixteen audio tapes of Hugel threatening two mysterious brothers -- Thomas and Samuel McNeil -- were leaked to the Washington Post's Bob Woodward. A third McNeil brother, Dennis McNeil, reportedly died under mysterious circumstances at the same time. Hugel's predecessor as DO said he did not know how the tapes got to the Post but that "it might have been one of the Agency's better covert operations." Hugel was toast. He was replaced as DO by John H. Stein. Hugel later became involved in business deals with Israel.

Hugel helped hammer out a deal whereby the CIA would help Israel destroy the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak. Casey sold the store to the Israelis, delivering to Israeli Major General Yitzhak "Haka" Hoffi, highly-classified SR-71 reconnaissance imagery of Osirak. WMR has previously reported how Casey also hammered out deals whereby Israel would receive highly-classified U.S. signals intelligence (SIGINT) and space-based imagery intelligence (IMINT) technology from the United States.

EATSCO was, meanwhile, shipping arms to the Afghan mujahidin through the cover of its Egyptian business deals. One of the expediters was R. G. Hobelman Shipping Company of Baltimore. With enough baksheesh to go around in Egypt, old Soviet-supplied Egyptian military equipment was being sent to the Afghan mujahidin via Saudi Arabia and Iraq and being replaced with new American military hardware. All of this ultimately implicated, according to Trento, Egyptian Vice President Hosni Mubarak, whose cronies were very involved in the weapons smuggling operation. Mubarak and other top Sadat ministers were CIA assets. The man who managed the CIA's assets in Cairo was William Buckley.

Sadat was growing suspicious of the weapons deals between his vice president and top ministers and the CIA front companies. Sadat may also have had knowledge of the Poet deal between the Reagan campaign and the Iranians. Sadat's people had conducted an audit of the EATSCO/TERSAM contracts and found serious problems with overcharging and unaccounted for money. Sadat's investigation became worrying to Mubarak, Casey, and the entire covert aid network to the Afghans.

On October 6, 1981, while at a military parade, Sadat's CIA-trained security force seemed to step aside as armed military members shot Sadat in his reviewing stand. Mubarak never complained about the CIA-trained security force taking no action to prevent Sadat's assassination.

Trento quotes old General Cappucci as saying that he feared that the Israelis had bugged Wilson's Washington offices for Cappucci and Associates: "It is true. Look . . . Wilson's friends at the CIA were up to their necks with the Israelis -- especially Shackley . . . I had the lace swept repeatedly, and repeatedly bugs would turn up . . . My fear was that the Israelis would get someone in the personal body guard and recruit them to spy on Sadat . . . I never thought they would want to kill him."

Trento also reveals that one of Shackley's closest colleagues was Michael Ledeen, the Reagan State Department and NSC official who would introduce America's intelligence establishment to an Iranian Jew and con-man named Manucher Ghorbanifar. Trento quotes from Iran-Contra independent special counsel Lawrence Walsh's book "Firewall," "Ledeen was more than a messenger. He had pressed [Robert] McFarlane to open discussions with [Shimon] Peres and had become the Washington spokesman for the Israeli arms merchants and Ghorbanifar."

The nettlesome Wilson was dealt with by Casey using a con man named Ernest Keiser, who would lure Wilson into a trap from Libya. According to Trento, on July 8, 1981, a White House meeting was attended by Kevin Mulcahy, a former CIA operative who had been hired by Wilson; investigative reporter Seymour Hersh; Keiser; National Security Adviser Richard V. Allen; and the federal prosecutor who had indicted Wilson, Larry Barcella. Keiser, although a fraud, had been used by Shackley as a CIA contract agent in Europe. Keiser was a Brazilian-German who helped run Allen Dulles' infamous ratline, which saw a number of Nazis enter the United States from Europe.

A plan was concocted to lure the troublesome Wilson, who was prepared to tell his story to the world, back to the United States, arrest, and a certain prison sentence. Wilson was made to think the Reagan team would make a deal with him that would allow him to avoid arrest and run CIA front companies in the Dominican Republic. He was arrested in New York's JFK Airport on June 15, 1982, after being arrested in the Dominican Republic after a flight from Libya in a trap engineered by Keiser.

Barcella and assistant U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, Theodore Greenberg, led the government's cover-up of the Justice Department's malfeasance that saw Wilson apprehended in a quite illegal entrapment. Stanley Sporkin, the CIA's General Counsel under Casey, the legal mind who helped cover up the EATSCO affair, was rewarded with a federal judgeship by the Reagan administration. Greenberg was promoted within the Reagan Justice Department even though he suppressed vital evidence in the case against Wilson, evidence that would allow Clines, Secord, and von Marbod, among others, to escape justice. Unbelievably, Barcella, an obvious CIA plant, later defended BCCI from money laundering charges and was named the lead lawyer in the House of Representatives' investigation of the October Surprise of 1980. It came as no surprise that the fate of the SS Poet never was even brought up in that investigation.

Wilson, after his conviction, got sent to the maximum security K-Unit in the federal prison in Marion, Illinois.

Wilson, it will be recalled, was the source of detailed intelligence on Libya's nuclear program. Much of Libya's technology arose with the A Q Khan network in Pakistan, a network protected by the CIA, according to Trento's book. Trento describes one member of Khan's network, Nazir Vaid, as a CIA asset. By the summer of 1988, the Soviets had begun withdrawing their troops from Afghanistan. But the CIA had permitted Pakistan, especially under President Muhammad Zia Ul Haq, to come dangerously close to possessing the first "Islamic Bomb." There was a feeling by the CIA that the U.S. had lost control of Zia after the Afghan war was winding down. There was an interest by the United States in seeing Zia replaced by the pro-Western and secular-oriented Benazir Bhutto. On August 17, 1988, "Pakistan One" took off from Bahawalpur. On board was Zia, U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Arnold Raphel, the head of the U.S. military mission in Pakistan General Herbert Wassomand Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) head General Akhtar Abdur Rehman., and a number of other officials. After taking off, the plane exploded in mid-air. U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, after attending Zia's funeral, ordered the FBi forensic team to stay out of the investigation, even though Americans were killed and the bureau had jurisdiction. The official reason for the plane crash was given as "mechanical failure."

Trento's book goes a long way in filling in the various holes in the complete picture of how the Reagan- Bush-Casey team conspired with Egypt. Israel, and Iran in an operation that resulted in the sinking of the SS Poet and the deaths of 34 U.S. merchant mariners. For many of the families of those crewmen, time is, quite literally, running out for justice.

Trento's book has an interesting footnote, not related to the October Surprise, but to the disappearance in 1965 of a Gulf of Mexico portable oil rig called the "Maverick." In September of that year, George H. W. Bush's Zapata Offshore company claimed the rig was destroyed by Hurricane Betsy. The last man evacuated from the rig, a Buddy Bounds, said the rig was perfectly stable during the hurricane. He said he was surprised to learn the huge rig had disappeared without a trace. Zapata received an $11 million settlement for the "loss" of the rig. Lloyd's of London was the insurance company. The reinsurer was C. V. Starr & Company, headed up by Cornelius Vander Starr, uncle of Bill Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr and the man who started an insurance company in Shanghai called American International Group or AIG.....i.e., CIA...., AIG is a CIA front company for decades.....

Now, you can read the following article below, written by ex CIA analysts...which is full of utter disinformation and lies about the subject matter, IRAN and CIA.....

Friday, March 06, 2009

The CIA2 "veil..." is not the same as the CIA inspired "suicide belt...."

The CIA2 "veil..." is not the same as the CIA inspired "suicide belt...." that's what the Neo-realists in DC would like the world to believe...

The CIA2 strategy forward is to use the "VEIL" in a re-invigorated joint-venture...or partnership; with HEZBOLLAH, and the likes of the Moslem Brotherhood etc. in order to foment the much desired Pentagon Strategy of Widening Circles...of thousands of "Tribes With Flags &Turbans" on a GLOBAL SCALE... in order to pursue the firm policy of militarization of Energy Security for the USA and the UKUSA Alliance, which started in fact since 1973...and never ever changed course one iota, since the odious ASSASSINATION of KING FAISAL of Saudi the infamous White House Murder INC.
We can better pursue "our values" if we recognize the local and cultural context, and appreciate that people want to find their own balance between freedom and order, liberty and license. In the end, time is on our CIA2 side. The creation of CIA, i.e., Bin Ladenism has already lost ground in almost every Muslim country. Radical Islam will follow the same CIA2 path....[ This is what CIA2 really believes...] Wherever it is tried—in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in parts of Nigeria and Pakistan—people weary of its charms very quickly... The truth is that all Islamists, violent or not, lack answers to the problems of the modern world. They do not have a world view that can satisfy the aspirations of modern men and women. We CIA2 and the Pentagon do..... That's the most powerful weapon of all....
Yeah right... we have seen your weapons of MASS FINANCIAL... DESTRUCTION, and we ain't buying any of it no more. THE WMDs were not in IRAQ...and they are not in IRAN...they are in Israel and at your door steps on Wall Street, with DOV ZAKHEIM and the lost Trillions, with Alan GREENSPAN, BEN BERNANKE , Hank Paulson and his ilk..., and with Bernie Madoff and thousands like him... we know that, Hezbollah knows that, Russia knows that, ASIA knows that... the EU pretends not to know that..., but the whole world, including Latin America, know that quite well indeed...

The mini-city the CIA built, "Spy City."

The mini-city the CIA built

We have obtained a copy of a CIA memo dated April 8, 1971, which indicates the agency had a vested interest in the development of the Rosslyn, Virginia office complex from its earliest days. The memo to the CIA's Director of Logistics, subject: Status of Design, Construction, and Zoning Activities - Rosslyn Area, states: On 2 April [name redacted] met with Mr. John Baldwin of the Arlington County Planning Staff, Department of Environmental Affairs, to inquire of on-going, pending, and future actions which are expected to occur in the Rosslyn area."

The memo also states that "approximately 75 percent of anticipated Rosslyn construction has been completed. Ten buildings remain to be built of the original 40 buildings contemplated."

We previously reported on the use of one of these buildings -- 1911 North Fort Myer Drive -- for a number of CIA front companies operated by CIA officers Edwin Wilson, Ted Shackley, Thomas Clines, and Rafael Quintero to smuggle weapons abroad covertly, in addition to other operations.

The CIA used 1820 North Fort Myer Drive as its Recruitment Office. Also known as the "Robert Ames Building," 1820 has since been torn down for a new building. An recruitment advertisement for the CIA's Office of SIGINT Operations (OSO), a separate entity from the National Security Agency (NSA), listed the 1820 address as the CIA Recruitment Office.

The CIA's OSO was convenient to the RCA Building at 1901 North Moore Street, where RCA was engaged in contract negotiations with the CIA's OSO to build a number of signals intelligence "outstations," including facilities in Iran during the Shah's reign, Pakistan, and the People's Republic of China.

Across from the old Ames building is 1300 Wilson Boulevard, an office building in the garage of which Washington Post reporter allegedly met "Deep Throat," who may or may not have been the FBI's Mark Felt. The story of the garage encounter has never been independently confirmed.

The Ames Building was also used for meetings of the United States Intelligence Board (USIB). A formerly SECRET NO FOREIGN DISSEM CONTROLLED DISSEM copy of minutes from the USIB's Countermeasures Research and Development Committee, Threat Assessment Task Force, dated August 28, 1974, states the nxt meeting of the group would be held on September 11, 1974 in Room 607 of the Ames Center Building (1820 North Fort Myer Drive, Rosslyn, Virginia).

A planning brochure for Rosslyn maintained in CIA files, stats that Rosslyn was "an ideal site for a heliport between North Lynn Street and North Fort Myer Drive."

In addition to the CIA, Rosslyn also housed offices of the State Department's Foreign Building Operations directorate, which worked with the CIA to obtain secure foreign diplomatic facilities, including those used for "safe houses" and CIA covert operations.

The Rosslyn planning brochure also included a photograph of Rosslyn in 1908. The people who lived in the small suburb of Washington at the time could have never dreamed that their sleepy little hamlet would one day become "Spy City."

The Historic Covenant..., the fulfillment of a "Dream" and thousands of Tribes with Flags all around...

The Historic Covenant..., the fulfillment of a "Dream" and thousands of Tribes with Flags all around...

The Achilles’ heel of the Arab coalition is Lebanon. Muslim supremacy in this country is artificial and can easily be overthrown. A Christian State ought to be set up there, with its southern frontier on the river Litani. We should sign a treaty of alliance with this State. Then, when we have broken the strength of the Arab Legion and bombed Amman, we could wipe out Transjordan; after that Syria would fall. And if Egypt dared to make war on us, we would bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo. We should thus end the war, and would have settled the account with Egypt, Assyria and Chaldea on behalf of our ancestors.” Ben-Gurion, 1948

In their first test of strength with the ‘natives’ in 1948, the Zionists had gained control of nearly four-fifths of Palestine, expelled most of the Palestinians from these territories, and repulsed the combined forces of five Arab proto-states.

Yet, the Zionists were not about to rest on their laurels: their interests did not lie in making peace with the Arabs. The events of 1948 had demonstrated what they could achieve; with minor losses of their own, they had obliterated Palestinian society and handily beaten back the Arabs.

This was a historic moment, a messianic moment, that would be seen by many as the fulfillment of ancient prophecies. This was no time to seek peace by making amends to a weak, defeated enemy.

Their stunning military victory would only encourage the Zionists to aim for their maximalist goals, which now appeared attainable. The Zionists would augment their numbers, expand their territory, and strive to become the dominant power in the Middle East.

In 1948, the Jewish colonization of Palestine had only just begun. At this point, Israel contained some 650,000 Jews, who made up only four percent of the world’s Jewish population.

If Israel aspired to house half the world’s Jewry, its population would have to expand more than ten-fold. Israel’s share of world Jewry would have to rise dramatically because this was an imperative of Zionist ideology, which promised that Israel would be a safe haven for the world’s Jews. It would be embarrassing for the Zionists if this Jewish ‘safe haven’ housed only a small fraction of the world’s Jews.

In addition, Israel would be driven towards demographic expansion by two other objectives: the Zionist goal of territorial expansionism and the need to maintain a crushing military advantage over its neighbors.

With only “seven hundred thousand Jews,” Ben-Gurion insisted, Israel “cannot be the climax of a vigil kept unbroken through the generations and down the patient centuries.” Even if Israel did not face any external threats to its security, “so empty a state would be little justified, for it would not change the destiny of Jewry, or fulfill our historic covenant.”

As a result, soon after 1948 – indeed even before 1948 – the Zionists were working to bring millions of Jews into Israel. In the calculation of Zionists, a demographic expansion of this magnitude was not only desirable: it was also necessary and attainable.

Zionist ambitions would carry Israel beyond the territories it had conquered in 1948. “Zionist mainstream thought,” writes Benny Morris “had always regarded a Jewish state from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River as its ultimate goal.”

At various times, Zionists had made more expansive territorial claims that included – besides Palestine – Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and the Sinai.

In October 1936, even while accepting the recommendations of the Peel Commission to partition Palestine, Ben-Gurion had explained, “We do not suggest that we announce now our final aim which is far reaching – even more so than the Revisionists who oppose Partition.”

In another speech in 1938, Ben-Gurion revealed that his vision of a Jewish state included Cis-Jordan [the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean], southern Lebanon, southern Syria, today’s Jordan, and the Sinai. Ten years later, he spoke, grandiosely, of settling “the account with Egypt, Assyria and Chaldea on behalf of our ancestors.“

Again, in October 1956, at a secret meeting in Sèvres (France), attended by Israel, France and Britain, Ben-Gurion proposed a ‘fantastic’ plan – his own words – to change once again the map of the Middle East. Under this plan, Israel would occupy the Gaza Strip and Sinai, the West Bank (while Iraq would annex the East Bank of the Jordan), and southern Lebanon up to the Litani River (so that Lebanon could become a more compact Christian state). Little Israel's ambitions knew no bounds.

The Israelis could not be generous – if they were so inclined – because they knew that the Palestinians and neighboring Arabs would seek to reverse their gains.

In 1948, at one fell swoop, the Zionists appear to have obliterated Palestinian society; but this was partly illusory. Unlike the white colonists in the United States, the Israelis had displaced the indigenous population, not exterminated them.

Concentrated in territories that shared borders with Israel – in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon – the Palestinians living in squalid refugee camps were not about to forget their dispossession. Over time, as they suffered the deep sting of their losses, as they gained the support of kindred Arabs and Muslims, as they organized, and as their numbers grew, they would resume their struggle against the Jewish colonists.

Indeed, Israel would bring their resistance home in June 1967 by conquering the remaining Palestinian territories.

In addition, over the long haul, even with renewed Jewish immigration into Israel, the Palestinian still inside Israel would pose a demographic challenge to the exclusively Jewish character of the Israeli state.

Israel would face resistance from neighboring Arab states too.

The Arabs could not recognize the existence of a colonial-settler state in Palestine: not because the settlers were Jewish, but because they were invaders who had arrived on the backs of imperialist powers and taken their country from them.

If the Arab proto-states capitulated – as they did all too quickly after the defeat of June 1967 – the peoples of the region would continue to oppose Israel. The Zionists understood this; they were well aware of the traumatic wounds they had inflicted on the Islamic and Arab psyche.

If Israel was to survive, the Zionists could not allow this collective trauma to find political expression. The Israelis would do everything in their power to destroy the Arab nationalist movement before it gained strength; and they had little time to loose.

Quickly, they would have to acquire massive military superiority over the Arab states, and demonstrate it decisively – as they did, in 1956 and 1967 – to force the dominant political classes in the Arab world to accept Israel on Israeli terms.

In order to acquire this military power, and no less the ability to demonstrate it repeatedly – in violation of international laws – Israel would have to forge a ‘special relationship’ with the United States.

Israel's conflict with the Arabs is not a dispute over borders.

Stripped of the legal chicanery supporting its creation, the Zionist project is a declaration of war by a powerful segment of Western Jews, with support from Western powers, against the Arabs. This is no ordinary war either. As a pure settler-colonialism, the Zionists had smashed Palestinian society and dramatically altered the demographic character of an important part of the Islamic heartlands.

The impact of Israel would not be local because it was an affront and a challenge to the larger Islamicate world.

In consequence, as the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims – in growing circles – would slowly mobilize to resist this colonial insertion, the Zionists would also galvanize Jews and Christian Zionists in the Western world, but especially in the United States.

The Zionists would work tirelessly to convert a settler-colonial project into a civilizational conflict between the United States – as the leader of the ‘Judeo-Christian’ West – and the Islamicate. Indeed, this was their strategy for sustaining their hegemony over the Middle East.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The precursor, the roots and the ongoing saga of the White House Murder INC,...

The precursor, the roots... and the ongoing saga of the White House Murder INC,...

Three CIA witnesses to Wilson-Clines-Shackley weapons smuggling plot disposed of in years following the SS Poet voyage to Iran

The CIA had Wilson on its mind in 1983....

The linkage between the 1980 Reagan-Bush-Casey October Surprise incident involving the ill-fated SS Poet and the CIA arms smuggling operation involving CIA officers Edwin Wilson, Thomas Clines, Ted Shackley, and others obviously weighed heavily on CIA director William Casey and his CIA staffers. According to a CIA memo obtained by WMR, Casey and others, names of which are redacted, met on April 29, 1983 (97th Congress- Second Session), with members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Casey met with Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN), Walter Huddleston (D-KY), and in what appears to be a case of a major Freudian slip, "Sen. Edwin Wilson." The reference is obviously a mistake and should have read "Sen. Pete Wilson," Republican of California.

Wilson had been arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York the previous year after being apprehended by U.S. law enforcement agents in the Dominican Republic and put on a plane for New York. At the time of his arrest, Wilson was traveling on an Irish passport issued to a "Philip McCormick." Wilson had been living in Libya since 1980 and was thought to be acting as an "unofficial" CIA liaison between Langley and Muammar Qaddafi's government. After there were reports that Wilson was going to expose a number of CIA covert operations, which may have included the SS Poet caper by Casey and company, Casey and his top CIA officials went into panic mode. The CIS convinced a judge to keep Wilson imprisoned on a whopping $60 million bail.

Three potential government witnesses on the Wilson arms smuggling and murder-for-hire affair died mysteriously. On October 26, 1982, former CIA communications and computer expert Kevin Mulcahy was found dead at the Mountain View Motel Court in Edinburg, Virginia some 50 miles from Washington, DC. The cause of death was determined to be "natural causes," in particular "bilateral confluent bronchopneumonia." Mulcahy's body was found in the doorway of the motel.

Mulcahy's father was also a CIA employee. Mulcahy's doctor said that because Mulcahy had certain "documents" in his possession, he believed "someone did away with him." Mulcahy had worked for Wilson in his arms smuggling operations in Libya, Switzerland, and Britain.

Former U.S. Army Green Beret Luke Thompson told CBS News in October 1982 that he believed that Mulcahy was murdered. Thompson also believed his own life was in danger. A Colorado police officer, Ray Martinez, told CBS that Mulcahy has phoned him ten days before his death and said he was being stalked from motel to motel and figured that he was being set up for a bomb or poisoning.

Casey's appearance before the SSCI came a day after the shotgun "suicide" death of former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) MIddle East expert Waldo H. Dubberstein. Dubberstein prepared Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) DIA intelligence reports on Egypt and Libya. DIA director Air Force Lt. Gen. Eugene F. Tighe called Dubberstein an "absolutely outstanding specialist on the Mideast."

Dubberstein was to have appeared on April 28 at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia to enter a plea on charges that he sold classified information to Wilson and Libyan agents. After U.S. Judge Albert Bryan, Jr. issued a bench warrant for Dubberstein's arrest on the morning of April 29, Arlington police found Dubberstein sitting upright in a chair in a basement storage room of an apartment building where Dubberstein lived with his East German girlfriend, Renata Strelau. Strelau had previously worked for the Iranian embassy in Washington. Dubberstein was dead from a shotgun wound to the head. A shotgun and shotgun shells were found next to Dubberstein's body. Alleged "suicide notes" were also found addressed to Strelau and Dubberstein's wife in Alexandria.

At the same time Arlington police were discovering Dubberstein's body, Casey was in a classified meeting with the SSCI in Washington.

The Fairfax-based deputy state medical examiner for northern Virginia, Dr. James Beyer, who had been in his post since 1971 and was accused of botching a number of autopsies, ruled Mulcahy's death as being from "natural causes" and Dubberstein's as a "perforating shotgun wound to the head consistent with being self-inflicted." On July 29, 1994, Beyer testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the suicide of President Bill Clinton's deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster. Beyer was involved in the initial investigation, which concluded no foul play was involved.

Beyer also conducted the autopsy of former CIA China analyst Larry Wu-Tai Chin and ruled that the convicted spy for China had died of "asphyxiation" from suicide. Chin was found on February 21, 1986, his Prince William County, Virginia jail cell. Chin was found with a plastic bag over his head. Chin had planned to appeal his conviction and was reportedly writing his memoirs.

Beyer was involved in conducting an autopsy on a 44-year old man whose partially burned body was found near President John F. Kennedy's Arlington Cemetery grave site on November 28, 1982, a month after Mulcahy's suicide and six days after the 19th anniversary of the assassination of Kennedy, believed to have been carried out, in part, by elements of the CIA. The man, Ramon Mejia, said to be an El Salvadorian immigrant dishwasher at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington and who was wearing a University of Notre Dame sweatshirt when found, was thought to have entered the cemetery after closing and burned himself to death from being ignited by the "Eternal Flame" on Kennedy's grave. Another report stated that Mejia had suffered a heart attack and then was burned to death by the flames. A spokesman for the Military District of Washington, which has responsibility for the cemetery, told UPI that it was a "mystery" how Mejia entered the cemetery after closing.

Rafael Villaverde, an associate of Wilson and a veteran of the CIA's Bay of Pigs invasion, who helped arrange the transfer of explosives to Libya, died in March 1982 in a reported boat explosion in the Bahamas. The U.S. Coast Guard never found Villaverde's body and Bahamian authorities ruled his death an "accident."

Vllaverde was director of the Little Havana Activity Center in Miami and was under investigation by Miami police for involvement with "terrorists" and cocaine smuggling." Villaverde worked with Thomas Clines' API Distributors employee Rafael Quintero on the shipment of weapons to Libya. API was located at the same 1911 North Fort Myer Drive address that housed the Poet's charter agent, Universal Shipping Company, and other Clines, Wilson, and Shackley CIA front companies.

From the three suspicious deaths of Wilson compatriots in the immediate years after the Poet was disposed of by the CIA along with its 34 U.S. Merchant Marine crewmen, it appears that Casey and his friends wanted no additional witnesses talking about the CIA's covert weapons smuggling program.

The CIA should make available the names of the other CIA officials who testified before Senator Lugar and his colleagues the morning one of the witnesses' body was found in Arlington, Virginia. They could have important information regarding the Poet and potential murder or accomplice to murder charges being brought against former President George H. W. Bush.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

SS Poet chartered by a company located within a nest of covert activities

SPECIAL REPORT. SS Poet chartered by a company located within a nest of covert activities...

The nexus of CIA fronts connected to Egypt, Iran, and Oman at the Poet's charter agent's address may have helped seal the ship's fate...

The ill-fated U.S.-flagged vessel SS Poet, which transported an illegal arms shipment to Iran on behalf of the Reagan-Bush campaign in October 1980 to ensure that there would be no U.S. hostage release by Iran prior to the November 4 election, was chartered by a shipping agent located in a virtual hive of covert CIA programs.

The Poet departed from Philadelphia's Girard Point marine pier on October 24, 1980, ostensibly with corn for Port Said, Egypt, but, in reality, with weapons in its rear number four cargo hold that were bound for Iran. The U.S. Coast Guard later concluded the ship was lost at sea without a trace or even a distress call.

On February 23, 2009, We reported: "The ill-fated SS Poet, which transported arms to Iran on behalf of the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign to prevent an October 'surprise' U.S. hostage release that would have benefited Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign, was chartered by Hawaiian Eugenia Corporation, the Poet's owner, to Israel in the months before its voyage to Iran. According to the September 16, 1982, Congressional report on the disappearance of the Poet, the ship was bought by Hawaiian Eugenia in May 1979. The Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt were signed on September 17, 1978, and the pact ensured a steady supply of U.S. arms to both Israel and Egypt. EATSCO was established by Edwin Wilson, later convicted and jailed for smuggling U.S. weapons to Libya, as a CIA arms smuggling front company in 1979. Longtime CIA covert operations officer Thomas Clines headed up EATSCO and another CIA front, API Distributors, Inc., an oil well drilling supply company with operations in Houston. Clines' Systems Services International Inc., founded in 1978, held a 49 percent stake in EATSCO. Clines also owned International Research and Trade Ltd. (IRT), incorporated in Delaware in December 1980 and International Research and Trade Ltd. incorporated in Bermuda in April 1979. EATSCO's President was Hussein K.E.I. Salem, identified as a former Egyptian military intelligence officer, who held a 51 percent share in the firm. The two companies were located in the same Arlington, Virginia office building as the Poet's charter agent, Universal Shipping Company, 1911 North Fort Myer Drive, in the Rosslyn area."

We have examined address and phone records from 1980 maintained in the Arlington County Library and what has become obvious is the address of 1911 North Fort Myer Drive in Rosslyn was, in 1980, a virtual nest for various CIA covert operations front companies.

A number of companies associated with Wilson, Clines, and Ted Shackley are found at 1911 North Fort Myer Drive in 1980. They also share the same three number telephone exchange (522) with the Poet's charter agent, Universal Shipping Company:

1911 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Virginia (703 area code):

Universal Shipping Company (SS Poet's charter agent) 522-5780 + extensions

Systems Services International (SSI) Corporation (Clines and Wilson) 522-4435

International Research and Trade/IRT Ltd. (Clines) 522-4407 + extensions

API Distributors, Inc. (Clines) 522- 4441

[Wilson's CT Corporation System aided in the registration of API using the services of the Washington law firm Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin. Wilson's Inter-Technology Inc, was the CIA cover firm to ship weapons from the U.S. to Muammar Qaddafi's government in Libya. API and Wilson's freight-forwarding firm Around world Shipping and Chartering, Inc., shared office space in Houston for shipments of weapons to Libya]

Research Associates International (RAI), Ltd. (Shackley) 522-3253

[Shackley also had another firm TGS International. Both RAI and TGS had contracts with Oman and connections to the Iranians].

Located in the same suite of offices at 1911 North Fort Myer was the Egyptian American Transport and Services Co. (EATSCO), co-owned by Egyptian military intelligence officer Hussein K. Salem and Clines. Salem's 51 percent ownership was through another front company called Tersam USA.

The fate of the SS Poet and its 34 crewmen was sealed at this "nest of spies" across the Potomac from Washington, DC.

EATSCO also maintained an office at 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 307 Falls Church, Virginia, although the Chesapeake and Potomac telephone book for 1980 also lists an address of 777 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church.

The Haines Criss Cross Directory for 1982 also lists at 1911 North Fort Myer the following firm:

EST 243-7700

It is not known if this has any relation to EATSCO, which was also known as EATS and ETS.

Former CIA officer Rafael Quintero also worked for API Distributors as did his old CIA colleague Ricardo Chavez. Quintero was a top CIA officer who was in charge of covert operations against Fidel Castro in Cuba and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Quintero also worked with CIA Bay of Pigs veteran Felix Rodriguez in supplying the Contras from bases in El Salvador.

Another company at the same address and with the same three digit telephone exchange, United Overseas Corporation (UOS), that was involved in a 1986 lawsuit against Barber Steamship Lines over damage caused to 5 of 14 containers of textiles from New York to Freetown, Sierra Leone aboard the M/V Tampa. Barber Steamship argued that UOS's recovery for water damage should be limited to $2500. The steamship company apparently thought textiles bound from New York to the odd destination of Sierra Leone were not worth more than the insured value. The court found for UOS. It would not be the first time the Tampa would be caught up in controversy. The Norwegian-owned ship rescued 438 Afghan "boat people" from the Indian Ocean in August 2001. However, the Australian government refused to let the ship drop off the Afghans on Christmas Island casing a diplomatic crisis between Australia, Norway, and Indonesia. In October 2006, the Tampa was involved in a cocaine-smuggling incident involving New Zealand and Australian authorities.

United Overseas Corporation 522-5720 + extensions

On February 20, 1986, the French Navy apprehended the crew of the Silver Sea, a Panamanian-registered vessel, after it pulled into a safe harbor in a restricted French military zone near Brest to avoid a storm. The Silver Sea was en route from Southampton to west Africa.

The ship was chartered by Atlantic Tug and Shipping Limited on the island of Guernsey but Guernsey had no listing for an office or telephone number for the firm. The Silver Seahad drawn the attention of Southampton dock workers since it had been suspiciously idle at the port since September 1985. The crew of 13 were all British citizens who were smuggling arms and material to Sierra Leone for a coup against President Joseph Momoh. The plan was dubbed "Operation Archangel" and was devised by British mercenary John Banks, who recruited mercenaries in 1976 to fight a secret CIA war against the government of Angola.

Discovered by French law enforcement officials on the Silver Sea were arms, including machine guns, bazookas, and hand guns, as well as ammunition, sophisticated communications gear, two Land Rover command vehicles, fatigue uniforms, and other war material. French authorities charged the ship's captain, William Sutton, with illegally importing prohibited war material into France. The Silver Sea was en route, at the time, to Gibraltar, where it would embark some 60 mercenaries and then to Yugoslavia to pick up additional arms. After dropping off the weapons and mercenaries in Sierra Leone, the Silver Sea was due to take part in a diving mission for sunken treasure in the West Indies. Considering the ties of wreck salvaging company Oceaneering International to CIA covert activities, it is not surprising that the British would also combine deep sea treasure hunting with covert operations.

In 1987, Sutton was again in the news when it was revealed that he used the Silver Sea to smuggle weapons to the Nicaraguan contras with the approval of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Labor Party foreign policy MP frontbencher George Foulkes charged that the arms smuggling deal was worked out with Thatcher on a visit by Lt. Col. Oliver North and CIA director William Casey, the man at the heart of the shipment of weapons to the Iranians on board the Poet in the October Surprise, to 10 Downing Street.

The presence of a firm called Perceptronics at 1911 North Fort Myer Drive is also noteworthy in relation to EATSCO's sole source contract to deliver weapons and weapons systems to Egypt. On May 12, 1994, Perceptronics announced from its Woodland Hills, California headquarters that it received "a contract for approximately $2.7 million from the Armament Authority of the Arab Republic of Egypt for delivery of Precision Gunnery Training Systems (PGTS) for the TOW missile, plus associated spares, tools and training support."

Perceptronics, Inc. 525-0184

The indictments of North and his superior, National Security Adviser John Poindexter, in 1988 in part, involved the illegal export of TOW missiles to Iran. The indictment of North and Poindexter stated: "In January 1986, as part of the United States initiative, the defendant OLIVER L. NORTH negotiated on behalf of the United States with a representative of elements in Iran the transfer of 4,000 TOW missiles to Iran at a price of $10,000 per TOW missile, with 1,000 of the 4,000 TOW missiles to be delivered in the first installment. At the same time, the defendant NORTH directed the representative of the Iranians to deposit the $10 million payment for the first 1,000 TOW missiles into the Enterprise's secret Swiss bank account - Lake Resources, the same bank account then used to finance the Contra resupply operation. The defendant NORTH also advised the defendant JOHN M. POINDEXTER that the representative of the Iranians had offered to pay $10,000 per missile.

Generating the Profits

In early 1986, the defendants OLIVER L. NORTH and RICHARD V. SECORD agreed to retain for the Enterprise a substantial part of the $10 million payment for the first shipment of TOW missiles by having the defendant SECORD transmit to the United States through the CIA substantially less than was paid for these missiles on behalf of the Iranians. In furtherance of this plan, the defendant NORTH told an official of the CIA that a price of $6,000 per TOW missile was too high and should be reduced, without revealing that the Iranian representative had already offered to pay $10,000 per missile. Thereafter, the price to be paid to the CIA was reduced to approximately $3,469 per TOW missile, for a total of $3.7 million for 1,000 TOW missiles, including costs."

The TOW missiles from U.S. Army stocks were sold at below-cost price to the Iranians through a network of middlemen. The Iranian agent Manucher Ghorbanifar received a 5 percent cut, Saudi financier Adnan Khashoggi reaped 15 percent, Israeli middleman Yaacov Nimrodi netted 20 percent, and 60 percent went to North's Swiss bank accounts.

Secord was also a major player in the 1980-81 weapons smuggling operations staged out of 1911 North Fort Myer Drive and the Clines, Wilson, and Shackley firms.

Casey ensured that all of the CIA's front companies involved with the Poet affair, October Surprise, Iran-contra, and other illegal activities were kept at arms length from Langley and, at least as far away as Rosslyn. To help him ensure "plausible deniability" Casey was assisted by his old friend from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Stanley Sporkin. Casey named Sporkin the CIA's General Counsel where he served until he was named a federal judge by President Reagan in 1986. Sporkin was the legal brains behind the secret deals on illegal weapons shipments to Iran.

Some Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee opposed Sporkin's nomination to the federal bench for obstructing an FBI investigation of improper contacts between a CIA officer and Israeli intelligence agents between 1983 and 1984. Sporkin was accused of impeding the FBI's investigation of CIA officer Charles Waterman, a top CIA Middle East officer who was, according to press reports at the time, believed by the FBI to have violated national security in an incident involving the Israelis.

A major conduit for U.S. weapons deals with Iran was Uri Lubrani, Israel's point man for its activities in Lebanon in the 1980s and Israel's ambassador to Uganda from 1965-68 and Israel's last ambassador to Iran. Lubrani was reportedly wired into Uganda's politics and Wilson's partner, Frank Terpil, was involved in covertly shipping weapons to Idi Amin, a one-time ally of Israel and a graduate of Israel's paratrooper school.

However, Sporkin also was the person who helped bury Wilson and his associates after the CIA's covert weapons smuggling programs to Libya, Uganda, and other countries was revealed. On November 19, 1982, Sporkin wrote the following in his Weekly OGC [Office of the General Counsel] report for DCI/DCCI [Director of Central Intelligence/Deputy Director of Central Intelligence] [William Casey/John McMahon]:

"The conviction of Edwin Wilson was a signal victory for the CIA and the Intelligence Community in general. The Wilson case demonstrates that, as a result of close cooperation between the Department of Justice and CIA and judicious application of the Classified Information Procedures Act (Graymail Act), criminals can be brought to justice in the face of spurious claims of CIA involvement and without compromising sensitive information."

Sporkin's claims that the CIA and Justice worked together in a legal fashion against Wilson were rejected in 2003 when a federal judge ruled that the Justice Department had acted improperly in the Wilson prosecution. Wilson was released from prison in 2004 after his conviction of illegally exporting explosives to Libya was thrown out. Wilson had always maintained he was acting on behalf of the CIA. Certainly, Sporkin had a few things to hide in the second page of his November 19, 1982 report dealing with the Wilson affair, where only Sporkin's name is left unredacted.

There was one other company of interest located at 1911 North Fort Myer, which may have had knowledge of the Poet's final days. The firm, Tetra Tech, which was headquartered in Pasadena, California and was a subsidiary of Honeywell until going it alone, had three listings in Haines' 1981 directory:

Tetra Tech Energy 522-1180 + extension

Tetra Tech, Inc. 558-9400

Tetra Tech International 243-7700

Sometime after the Poet unloaded its weapons and spare parts cargo at Bandar Abbas, Iran, the ship was attacked and sunk with all hands lost by, what I was told by a former covert CIA agent, an Israeli team. Tetra Tech International, which shared the Rosslyn building with the Wilson/Clines/Shackley/Secord team and the Poet's charter agent, had a contract to manage the development of and provide security for Oman's strategic Masandam Peninsula, an area off-limits to those without authority. Tetra Tech's President was James H. Critchfield, a former head of the CIA's Near East and South Asia Division and the agency's chief intelligence officer for energy matters until he officially retired in 1974. At the CIA, Critchfield monitored Iraq and was reportedly involved in supporting the Baathist coup that would eventually bring Saddam Hussein, a longtime CIA asset, to power. Critchfield later became the top adviser to the Sultan of Oman Qabus bin Said.

George Watts started the Rosslyn branch of Tetra Tech. He was also executive director of the Western Dredging Association, which, according to Haines' 1981 directory, also had an office at 1911 North Fort Myer. Watts had worked on the Aswan High Dam in Egypt and on engineering projects in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The Masandam Peninsula is on the Oman side of the Strait of Hormuz, through which the Poet had to transit on its way to Iran. At the time of the Poet's voyage, Iran and Iraq were at war and many ships were sunk in naval action by the two sides. Some 40 percent of the population of Masandam are Iranian or of Iranian stock. The remainder are nomadic people and Arabs, some of whom owe more allegiance to the Emirs of Fujairah and Ras al Khaimah, of the United Arab Emirates, than to the Sultan of Oman. In such a territory, it is easy to cut deals, even if they might involve Israeli commandos intent on sinking a U.S. flagged vessel to silence all the witnesses to an arms deal that, if exposed, could have landed Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and William Casey to life terms in prison for treason.

Ashland Oil was investigated by the SEC for paying bribes to Omani officials in return for contracts in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The bribes were allegedly paid to two top advisers to the Omani government, Timothy Landon, a British military officer, and Yehia Omar, a Libyan expatriate. Landon and Omar were reportedly CIA assets. Omar reportedly received a commission on the sale of U.S. TOW missiles to Oman in 1975. Landon was said to be Critchfield's agent in Oman for Tetra Tech. Ashland Oil had a direct connection to the Sultan's place in Muscat through a CIA non-official cover (NOC) agent who served as a security adviser to the Sultan. Later, Ashland's Chairman, Orin Atkins, became a top energy adviser to Sultan Qabus. In fact, some U.S. diplomats in Muscat complained that the CIA was actually running the Omani government. However, such CIA influence would have been perfect to arrange for the disposal of the Poet in 1980 by Israelis operating in Omani waters from land bases in Oman without any notice.

We previously reported how Ashland figured into the CIA's takeover of the Chester, Pennsylvania Sun Shipyard. Most of the Poet's crew lived in the Philadelphia and south Jersey area. On February 20, 2009, We reported: "In 1975, Ashland Oil had purchased Levingston Industries, reportedly for 'CIA purposes.' Ashland Oil reportedly admitted to CIA involvement. In a convoluted business deal involving a company called Penn-Texas Corporation, Girard Bank of Philadelphia - which was taken over by Mellon Bank, and Casey and company, Sun Shipyard became an asset of Pennsylvania Shipbuilding, Inc. in an asset "flip" involving little money. Levingston was one of the companies involved in the CIA takeover of Sun Ship, the yard that built the Hughes Glomar Explorer for the CIA to raise a sunken Soviet submarine in the Pacific -- "Project Jennifer."

Another CIA connection to 1911 North Fort Myer was the presence of Tracor, Inc.

Tracor, Inc. 528-8551

The Deputy Director for Central Intelligence in the first few years of the Reagan administration under Casey was Admiral Bobby Ray Inman. After he retired, Inman went on to head Tracor, headquartered in Austin, Texas.

There are a number of people who are still alive today who have knowledge about the fate of the Poet and the criminal conspiracy involving its disappearance. Covering up a capital crime such as the mass murder of 34 U.S. citizens and nationals on the high seas does not enjoy a statute of limitations....

June , 2007 -- Connection between SS Poet and firm tied to covert arms shipments to Iran.

WMR has discovered a possible link between the CIA front firm, Egyptian American Transport and Services Corporation (EATSCO), formed in 1978 to facilitate secret CIA arms shipments to various countries in the Middle East, and the covert and treasonous shipment of U.S. arms to Iran in October 1980 on board the doomed SS Poet. The secret deal involved rogue CIA agents working with vice presidential candidate George H. W. Bush and Reagan campaign manager William Casey to keep U.S. hostages prisoner in Iran.

EATSCO's cover mission was to support the implementation of the 1978 Camp David accords.

The Iran weapons smuggling plan was cooked up by Bush, Casey, and CIA officials Donald Gregg and Robert Gates as a way to ensure President Jimmy Carter's electoral defeat.

We reported on EATSCO last November: "On Nov. 17/18/19, 2006, WMR reported on the presence of an aircraft linked to Viktor Bout's international weapons smuggling network at Mogadishu airport. WMR reported that the "Boeing-707, registered in Ghana with registry number 9G-GAL, marked with “SACHA” on the fuselage, used the call sign 9QCTA. The plane landed in Mogadishu at 0700 GMT on November 13, 2006. The plane reportedly made previous stops with arms and ammunition at Mogadishu."

WMR has recently learned the aircraft, which is actually registered "9G-OAL," is owned by Johnson's Air of Ghana. Johnson's Air appears to have been founded around 1995 by Kansas City-based Farhad Azima (and may now be operated by Farzin (also spelled Farsin) Azima, Farhad's brother). Azima is well known for his connections to highly placed (and "well-oiled") American friends in Houston and Washington, DC and first became known for his role in the Iran Contra scandal of the 1980's. One of Azima's Boeing 707s was used to ship 23 tons of arms and ammunition to Iran in return for the release of U.S. hostages in Lebanon. The plane was leased to Race Aviation, owned by Farzin Azima. Farhad Azima served on the board of Kansas City's Indian Springs State Bank, which, along with its directors, were sued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation after the bank collapsed in 1984 after making insider loans and engaging in deposit fraud.

Global also had a contract with the Egyptian American Transport and Services Corporation (EATSCO) to ship U.S. arms to Egypt. EATSCO was a CIA front company connected to CIA officers Thomas Clines, Edwin Wilson, and Ted Shackley and Egyptian intelligence officer Hussein Salem.

Farhad Azima, an Iranian expatriate, is chairman and CEO of the Aviation Leasing Group of Companies (ALG), which owns and operates some 50 aircraft, including those operated by Buffalo Airways of Waco, Texas. In 1976, Azima founded Global International Airways (the same year that James Bath became the sole U.S. agent for Salem Bin Laden, the older brother of Osama Bin Laden, and who was heavily involved in procuring airline service companies in and around Houston). Azima also acquired a controlling interest of Capital Air, which maintained a large aircraft overhaul operation in Smyrna, Tennessee. In 1983, following the crash of a Global International press plane in Brazil that was accompanying President Reagan on a trip to that country, Global International had its operations suspended by the FAA for safety reasons -- ironic since Azima's company now provides training to the FAA. Azima has friends in both the GOP and Democratic Party -- including former DNC Chair Don Fowler and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson."

EATSCO was likely the cut out used to procure the weapons that were shipped to Iran to fulfill and agreement hammered out in Paris between Iranian representatives and Bush and Casey. The October Surprise was not the first secret deal between Bush and the Iranians. The same network used in October 1980 was used to secretly supply weapons to the Iranians in return for the freeing of Western hostages in Iran during the 1980s. That deal resulted in the Iran-contra scandal that nearly toppled the Reagan administration. In violation of the law, the arms smuggling network, overseen by Oliver North, was used to supply weapons to the Contras in Nicaragua. Ironically, EATSCO had previously been used to supply Palestinian weapons to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. The person who served as EATSCO's silent partner in the 1970s would surface again as a major player in Iran-contra. He was Air Force General Richard Secord.

One of EATSCO's primary agents of influence in Egypt was reportedly Egyptian Vice President Hosni Mubarak. After President Anwar Sadat, one of the co-signers of the Camp David Peace Accords, discovered the role of his vice president in the CIA's covert arms shipments, he ordered an investigation. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 while attending a military parade. Mubarak became president. The investigation was killed.

Our intelligence sources have previously revealed that the Poet was used to secretly ship weapons to Iran. To eliminate witnesses to the arms transfer, the CIA interlocutors, Bush, and Casey ensured that the Poet was sunk, either by the Iranians or by the Iraqis, who were then engaged in a bitter war with Iran. A third party attack on the vessel also cannot be ruled out. In any event, the ship was reported lost without a trace in the Atlantic and the Coast Guard was ordered to conduct a bogus search for the ship, in the same manner that the Navy was ordered to conduct a fake search for the sunk U.S. nuclear submarine, Scorpion, in 1968.

Very little has been written about the fate of the SS Poet and its 34-man crew. The Bush crime family would like to keep it that way....

What all these guys have in common...? they all work or worked for CIA, DIA, DEA..., MI6, DGSE, BND, ...

and we could go on and on and on.....

Ex-Serb intelligence chief worked for CIA: report
What all these guys have in common...? they all work or worked for CIA, DIA, MOSSAD, DEA..., MI6, DGSE, BND,

Jovica Stanisic had been recruited by CIA officer William Lofgren, who was desperate to get intelligence from inside the turmoil in the former Yugoslavia following its breakup, the newspaper said.

During secret meetings in Belgrade, Stanisic shared details on the inner workings of the Milosevic regime, the report said.

He provided information on the locations of NATO hostages, helped CIA operatives in their search for grave sites and helped the agency set up a network of secret bases in Bosnia, the Los Angeles Times reported.

But at the same time, the US spy was setting up death squads for Milosevic that carried out a genocidal campaign in Bosnia and elsewhere, and is now facing trial at The Hague by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, established by the UN Security Council.

Facing a life sentence, Stanisic has now appealed to his former American allies for help, according to the paper.

And the Central Intelligence Agency has submitted to the court a classified document that lists Stanisic's contributions and attests to his helpful role in the Yugoslav conflict.

Lofgren, who is now retired, told the Los Angeles Times that the CIA had drafted the document to show "that this allegedly evil person did a whole lot of good."

Lofgren doesn't aim to disprove the allegations against Stanisic, the report said.

"But setting the indictment aside, there are things this man did that helped bring hostilities to an end and establish peace in Bosnia," he is quoted as saying in the report.

The Los Angeles Times article was widely picked up Monday by media in Belgrade, where the Serbian government said it was yet to verify the report's credibility and form an opinion on the matter.

Environment Minister Oliver Dulic, a senior member of President Boris Tadic's pro-Western Democratic Party, said however that the case "belongs to the past."

"Of course I hope that people today in charge of (Serbia's) security services are not in that category of people, and I'm certain that they aren't," Dulic told B92 radio.

Stanisic, 58, was in Belgrade after being released by The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for medical treatment, according to Serbian media.

But one of his lawyers declined to comment on the Los Angeles Times report, citing the ICTY's ban on communications with the media, B92 radio reported Monday.