linking FBI agents to assassination of Martin Luther King

linking FBI agents to assassination of Martin Luther King

Postby joeb on Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:15 pm

FBI agents did assassinate Martin Luther King.
Read ACT OF STATE by Attorney William pepper for an account of the 1999 civil trial
brought by the MLK family against one of the King assassins.
Read Attorney Pepper's previous book ORDERS TO KILL for added detailed evidence
showing how FBI agents brought in the US Military as part of the assassination hit team
in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act
Oh yeah, the also violated state laws against committing murder.
There is a long history of FBI agents using explosives to assassinate
Civil Rights workers, environmentalists and Political activists.
for starters read the book EYES TO MY SOUL and the accounts of former FBI agent Tyronne Powers where he describes how other agents blew up his FBI issued vehicle
with him in it when he was writing his expose of FBI Death Squad activities.
http://members.tripod.com/Tyrone_Powers/home.htm
If link does not open google
tyronne powers fbi
or

tyronne powers eyes to my soul

Did FBI agents blow up Judi Bari's car?
http://judibari.org/

Listen to the witnesses who saw the FBI take down the World Trade Center.
http://physics911.net/

Listen to the witness who saw FBI agents handle Timothy McVeigh
before the Oklahoma City bombing
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/1,1249,660197443,00.html

Listen to the guy working for FBI agents when he created the First World Trade Center bombing.
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCH ... cbomb.html


FBI conducts controlled explosions in Beech Grove

July 31, 2007 01:48 PM
FBI explosions

FBI conducts controlled explosions in Beech Grove

Beech Grove - Explosions were heard on the south side of Indianapolis near Beech Grove Tuesday. It was an exercise designed to improve the skills of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The training session was conducted at the Amtrak repair yard, where experts blew up everything from a desk to a tent to a mail bomb.

Danny Barclay, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI Indianapolis office, says the event is a public-private partnership involving about 60 attendees.

"Part of this training is to give them basic instruction on explosive recognition and detonation and on weapons of mass destruction," Barclay said.

From a control center, Barclay explained how the detonations would work.

"The idea is to give the participants as much information as they can have - everything from a letter bomb to a package bomb to an improvised explosive device."

The experiment lasted about an hour. Anyone in the Beech Grove area who heard the sound of explosions should not worry: it was all part of a controlled session.
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Postby joeb on Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:43 pm

ticle appears in the August 17, 2007 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
At It Again, With a New Twist
by an EIR Investigative Team

In 1998, as her husband was being put through the pre-impeachment wringer by a Jacobin-led Congressional Republican majority-run-amok, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton fought back, assailing a "vast right-wing conspiracy" ("VRWC"), that, she charged, had abused the Constitution and waged a personal vendetta against President Bill Clinton. The charges stung, and to this day, some leading players in the Get Clinton effort can barely hide their rage when the name Hillary Clinton is uttered in their presence. No one, according to sources familiar with the matter, is more prone to bouts of hysterics, at the mere mention of the "C word," than Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh billionaire, overseer of the Mellon and Scaife family fortunes, and the number one sugar daddy of the radical and neo-conservative right wing.

Perhaps the only name that sends the VRWC gang more into orbit than either Bill and Hillary Clinton, is the name Lyndon LaRouche. The very same apparatus that waged a billion-dollar slander campaign against the President and the First Lady thoughout much of the mid- and late 1990s, has an even longer track record of venomous slander and frame-up campaigns against LaRouche and his political movement.

Richard Mellon Scaife was both the financier and a participant in a series of 1983-84 clandestine "Get LaRouche" salon sessions at the New York City offices of Anglophile spook-banker John Train. These played a pivotal role in the Justice Department railroad prosecution and jailing of LaRouche and associates, in what former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark called the greatest instance of prosecutorial abuse and a political witch-hunt he had ever witnessed. According to eyewitness accounts, Mellon Scaife picked up the tab for salon participants from all over the political spectrum, who all shared the goal of silencing LaRouche—including Dennis King, Chip Berlet, Russell Bellant, and John Rees.

With the 2008 Presidential election campaign already well under way, with Hillary Clinton a leading contender for the Democratic Party nomination, and with the worst economic and monetary crisis in modern history already shaping the terms of the next election, it is no surprise that the VRWC is up to its old dirty tricks—with a few new twists.

Sources in Mellon Scaife's orbit report that the Pittsburgh-based Anglophile political dirty trickster (he cut his teeth bankrolling the Richard Nixon CREEP apparatus of Watergate infamy, after running a London-based intelligence community proprietary, Forum World Features) has been ordered to keep a low profile, out of fear that the mere surfacing of his name in the planned smear campaign against candidate Clinton, will only invoke images of the original "vast right-wing conspiracy" and cause the whole effort to backfire.

As part of this new line of attack, Richard Mellon Scaife, through his political hit-man Christopher Ruddy, editor of the Mellon Scaife-bankrolled NewsMax.com right-wing wire service, has proclaimed that, in retrospect, Bill Clinton was a "pretty good" President, whose domestic policies were particularly praiseworthy, especially when he followed the advice of Dick Morris, now a political pundit with Rupert Murdoch's New York Post and Fox TV News. On July 17, 2007, the Mellon Scaife flagship newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, editorially called for the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq, a stunning break from the lame-ducked Bush Administration's failed war schemes.

Yet despite these choreographed public signals of a "change of heart," Mellon Scaife remains the dark financial angel of the same network of think-tanks, publications, and obscure private intelligence agencies, waging the same smear campaigns and worse against the same targets.

Avi Klein's Poison Pen
While the "Get Hillary" efforts are being largely run through such traditional VRWC outlets as the David Horowitz Freedom Center and its frontpagemagazine.com, NewsMax.com, and WorldNet Daily—all heavily bankrolled by the Mellon Scaife foundations—the evolving attack campaign against LaRouche is being sheep-dipped into a left-of-center, Democratic Party-affiliated publication, Washington Monthly, albeit through infiltrators from such Mellon Scaife domains as the American Spectator. The goal: to break the growing collaboration between LaRouche and many leading Democrats, who see LaRouche's campaign to revive the American System policies of Franklin Roosevelt as the only way to deal with the unfolding financial and economic collapse. Mellon Scaife and the other longstanding LaRouche-haters are also terrified of the implications of the growing LaRouche Youth Movement, which promises a long institutional life for the organization, for many decades after the 84-year old LaRouche's demise.

The purported author of the announced forthcoming slander piece against LaRouche, one Abraham D. "Avi" Klein, had been employed by right-wing Republican circles until the recent period, when he re-embarked on his Get LaRouche mission (on the eve of the 2004 elections, Klein had a false start at publishing a slander against LaRouche). Up until this Spring, Klein's main occupation seemed to be as "senior writer" for Homeland Security Daily Wire. Homeland Security Daily Wire is published by Analytica Wire, Inc.

The publishers of Analytica are Stewart Cass and Grant M. Lally. Lally, a Long Island, N.Y. lawyer, is otherwise the executive director of Irish-American Republicans. He is also listed as the director of the Bay of Pigs Museum and Library, an organization whose chairman is former CIA officer Felix Rodriguez, a pivotal figure in the mid-1980s Iran-Contra fiasco and a close associate of former President George H.W. Bush.

According to a posting on the Irish-American Republicans' website, "Grant Lally is an attorney and businessman, active in the Irish community. Grant is a former Republican candidate for U.S. Congress (1994 and 1996) who signed the 'Contract With America.' He served as National Chairman of Irish-Americans for Bush-Cheney in 2000 and 2004, and as GOP Floor Manager of the 2000 Miami, Florida Presidential Election Recount. He currently serves as National Co-Chair of the Irish American Republicans, and on the National Board of the Republican National Lawyers Association."

The website further boasted that it was the Lally-led Irish American Republicans who "played a critical leadership role in the 2000 Florida vote recounts, helping to elect President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. For election night 2000, several of the Irish for Bush/Cheney leadership: Grant Lally, Jeffrey Cleary, and Judith Hard, were invited to join then-Governor George Bush at his Election Night victory rally in Austin, Texas."

The website account continued, "Following the election, the Bush Campaign summoned the Irish American Republicans to take the lead in protecting President-Elect Bush's victory in Florida, against the Gore campaign operatives' relentless efforts to steal the election." Of course, the reality is that it was the Bush-Cheney campaign, backed by the Scalia Supreme Court, that actually stole the 2000 election in Florida. Not to be deterred by the truth, the IAR site continued its account: "The IAR leaders Grant Lally, Justin Driscoll, Brian McCarthy, Jeffrey Cleary, Brendan Quinn, Kenneth Curley, Judy Hard, Josh Toas, Robert Farley, Rick Nelson, Bruce Tague, Duane Gibson, and Congressman John Sweeney (R-NY), and many others, all flew to Florida at the request of the Bush/Cheney campaign, to take the lead in the recount efforts.

"Dubbed the 'Wild Geese of Miami,' the Irish Republicans successfully fought off the attempted theft of the Presidency," the IAR lied, in the best Orwellian fashion. "Grant Lally served as the GOP Floor Manager of the Miami Recount, battling to protect the integrity of the ballots. Congressman John Sweeney served as overall Bush political director for the south Florida recount, a role for which President Bush awarded him the knickname 'Congressman Kick-Ass.'

"The Irish American Republicans played a vital role in the peaceful protest that the media dubbed the 'Brooks Brothers Riot.' "

Four years, later Lally and company were sent into Ohio by Karl Rove, in what would become infamous as a massive vote suppression scheme, that ultimately determined the outcome of the Bush-Kerry Presidential contest, leading to the first Congressional challenge in history to the Electoral College results in the state. The IAR website proudly reported that they played a central role in yet another election theft: "The IAR trained over 2,000 GOP poll watchers, the front line of Republican anti-fraud efforts in Ohio. The Irish American Republicans are proud of our members who played a critical role in helping to win Ohio in 2004, and ensuring that President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were returned for a second term."

Grant Lally, his father, Lally's campaign committee, and Lally's lawfirm paid a $280,000 civil penalty in 1998 for major Federal campaign finance violations in Lally's campaigns for Congress. Lally utilized a variety of deceptions to disguise the fact that he received hundreds of thousands of dollars from his father, in contravention of campaign finance limits.

'Special Agent, Mossad'?
The president of Homeland Security Daily Wire is Ben Frankel, a Tel Aviv University-educated security and counterintelligence specialist, who has been described by colleagues as having had ties to Israeli intelligence. Frankel has his own ties into Bush-Cheney neo-conservative circles, through his role in Global Security Challenge, a security technology consortium that provides an annual prize for innovative start-up companies in the homeland security industry. Among the other outfits sponsoring the GSC: Paladin Capital Group, and Civitas. Paladin Capital lists as one of its managing directors former Central Intelligence Agency director and leading neo-con R. James Woolsey. As a member of Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board, under the chairmanship of Richard Perle, Woolsey was dispatched to London, right after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, to gather tainted "intelligence" from Iraqi National Congress head Ahmed Chalabi, to pave the way for the Iraq invasion of March 2003.

Civitas director Charles Black is the former political director of the Republican National Committee, and spokesman for the Bush-Cheney campaigns.

Ben Frankel, who obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, was the founding editor-in-chief of Security Studies, a quarterly journal of international security affairs, published by the British company Routledge, a branch of Taylor & Francis Group. Among the publishing houses owned by Taylor & Francis is Frank Cass Publishers, a U.K.-U.S. publisher of national security books and journals, which promotes some of the leading neo-conservative "academic" writers. Stewart Cass, the son of the publishing house's founder Frank Cass, is the co-publisher of Analytica and Homeland Security Daily Wire.

Given this Anglo-Israeli pedigree for Avi Klein's recent position with Homeland Security Daily Wire, LaRouche associates took seriously a recent e-mail from Klein, which he signed as "Avi Klein, Special Agent, Mossad." A formal inquiry has been initiated through the Israeli Embassy in Washington, to determine whether Klein's self-description is accurate, or whether he has possibly violated Federal laws as the result of some psychological aberration. U.S. government officials have confirmed to EIR researchers that all actual Mossad agents operating inside the United States are required to alert the FBI and Justice Department in advance of their arrival.

Motives and Timing
Well-informed U.S. intelligence community sources have pointed to the upcoming Presidential elections, and the strong prospect of a Democratic victory, as the driving force behind the escalating slander campaigns, targeting LaRouche, the Clintons, and perhaps others. Among leading Anglo-American financier circles, there are nightmare recollections of the 1997-98 moves by President Bill Clinton and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, to establish a "new global financial architecture," paralleling Lyndon LaRouche's own simultaneous in-depth proposals for convening a New Bretton Woods conference, to put the bankrupt global financial system through a bankruptcy reorganization, and revive the Franklin Roosevelt system of fixed exchange rates and massive issue of government credits for infrastructure development.

The sources emphasized the continuity from earlier Get LaRouche and Assault on the Presidency efforts, and confirmed the central role of the Mellon Scaife foundation nexus in the overall efforts.

Indeed, a review of Internal Revenue Service records on the three Mellon Scaife Foundations—the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Allegheny Foundation, and the Carthage Foundation—confirms that they are heavily involved in bankrolling key players in the renewed Get LaRouche and Get Clinton efforts. And the Mellon Scaife financing coincides with a resurfacing of John Train's anti-LaRouche antics. Train, who was an operative of the post-war Congress for Cultural Freedom, through his founding of the Paris Review, now features an anti-LaRouche logo on his website. Train has also purchased advertising space on Google, to promote his smears. Dennis King, the former Roy M. Cohn poison pen, and former High Times magazine editor Chip Berlet, both fixtures at the mid-1980s Train salons, have been reactivated at the same time.

And Richard Mellon Scaife's emissary to the Train salons of the mid-'80s, John Rees, continues to enjoy the Pittsburgh billionaire's financial backing. Rees's Maldon Institute has, over the recent years, received nearly $5 million from Mellon Scaife foundations, as well as funding from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. Virtually invisible, the Maldon Institute, like earlier Rees front groups including Western Goals and Mid-Atlantic Research, conducts private spying on political targets of the radical and neo-con right wing. Curiously, from 1999-2003, the secretary-treasurer of the Maldon Insitute was Jack Abramoff, the recently convicted Karl Rove bagman, raising questions about whether Mellon Scaife and Maldon were involved in some kind of replay of the Nixon-era CREEP.

Goebbels on the Campus
On the eve of the 2006 midterm elections, the LaRouche Political Action Committee (LPAC) waged a nationwide campaign to expose the campus-based gestapo operations of David Horowitz and his string of front groups, including Daniel Pipes's Campus Watch. IRS records reveal that one of the largest sources of funding for Horowitz's right-wing crusades is Mellon Scaife. The Sarah Scaife Foundation, in one 2006 report, listed a $300,000 payment to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and a $50,000 payment to American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), the closely allied agency founded by Lynne Cheney and Joe Lieberman, which is conducting a witch-hunt against university professors who challenge the neo-con orthodoxy. The Allegheny Foundation, in 2006, gave an additional $150,000 to Horowitz's Freedom Center.

All three Mellon Scaife foundations contributed to the Maldon Institute—a total of $509,000. Carthage gave an additional $125,000 to the Counterterrorism & Security Education and Research Foundation, an outfit that showcases Rees and other Maldon Institute associates.

All told, over the past two decades, Mellon Scaife foundations have pumped $6.45 million into the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and an incredible $4.287 million into the Maldon Institute.

Perhaps the prime target of the Horowitz apparatus in the past two years has been Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Horowitz Freedom Center Director of Research Richard Poe has authored a scurrilous biography titled Hillary's Secret War; and more recently, Poe and Horowitz penned a sequel volume, Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party. These books, in turn, have been promoted through other Mellon Scaife-bankrolled outfits, including WorldNet and NewsMax, which function as echo chambers for political dirty-tricks operations, run through the Horowitz groups.

Beware: The Murdoch Factor
On Oct. 16, 2006, The New Yorker published a profile of Australian-American media baron Rupert Murdoch, under the provocative title "Murdoch's Game: Will He Move Left in 2008?" Author John Cassidy highlighted the fact that the owner of Fox TV, the New York Post, the London Times, most recently the Wall Street Journal, and scores of other lesser news outlets, had hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's Senate re-election campaign in July 2006 at his midtown Manhattan News Corp. headquarters. The event, and a subsequent West Coast Murdoch soiré, attended by Bill Clinton, provoked speculation that Murdoch was preparing to back Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign—in much the same way that he had backed the mayoral campaign of Ed Koch, and the Labour Party candidacy of Tony Blair.

Murdoch's backing always comes with strings attached, and the second-generation protégé of the British oligarchy's 20th-Century propaganda baron, Lord Beaverbrook, is making a major move to corner the present and future news-manufacturing institutions of America, and turn them into a Brave New World of data mining, psychological profiling, and subliminal marketing, touching upon everything from toothpaste to Presidents.

Indicative of Murdoch's long-term plans were his 2005 purchases of two Internet entities, MySpace and IGN Entertainment, Inc. These youth-oriented, web-based corporations gave Murdoch a lion's share of the market in interactive video-games, and access, through MySpace, to personality profiles of an estimated 175 million people worldwide.

Murdoch is smart enough to know that the odds are that the next President of the United States will be a Democrat, and he does not wish to be left out. He also knows that the youth vote was the decisive factor in the 2006 Democratic Party midterm election sweep. In that context, Rupert Murdoch may be the most dangerous charter member of the VRWC.
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Postby joeb on Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:19 am

Was WTC7 a Controlled Demolition?
By Matt Hutaff, Sep 18, 2007
When a reporter hears a building fall 23 minutes before it does, is there a sound?

The view from BBC reporter Jane Standley's window was a spectacular mess. Thick plumes of smoke rose above the New York City skyline, blotting out sunlight and choking the morale of rescue workers trying to salvage human life from the wreckage of the just-collapsed World Trade Center.

It was the afternoon of September 11, 2001, and Standley was responding to questions posed by colleagues in England. "New York very much a city still in chaos," she said. "The phones are not working properly, the subway lines are not working properly, and we know that down there near the World Trade Center there are three schoools that are being turned into triage centres for emergency treatment."

"Jane, what more can you tell us about the Salomon Brothers Building and its collapse?" the desk anchor inquired. "You might have heard a few moments ago that I was talking about the Saloman Brothers building collapsing, and indeed it has. Apparently that's only a few hundred yards away from where the World Trade Center towers were, and it seems this was not a result of a new attack, it was because the building had been weakened during this morning's attacks."

Chyrons agreed, filling the lower-third of the screen with a disturbing epitaph: "47 storey Salomon Brothers Building close to the World Trade Centre has also collapsed."

There was only one slight problem. The Salomon Brothers Building – also known as World Trade Center 7 (WTC7) – hadn't collapsed... and wouldn't for another 23 minutes.

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Regardless of the conspiracies I've reported over the years, I'd honestly like to think a bunch of wingnuts declared war against American decadence on September 11. It certainly makes life easier, and it reduces the number of people looking at me like I'm wearing a tinfoil hat.

As many Americans have come to realize, however, we aren't being told the full story. There are gaping holes in credibility and logic, and accounts of marginalization and secrecy between government agencies and investigators only fuel the fire. Let's face it: When the Transportation Secretary goes on record as saying Vice President Dick Cheney allowed Flight 77 to crash into the Pentagon, questions are raised.

Thermite charges. Doomsday planes. The melting point of steel. USAF stand downs. Box cutters. 9/11 is almost too big to fit into one box; there are too many threads of debate, too much argument over what is true and what isn't. There are any number of talking points about the World Trade Center that enrage opinion on both sides of the aisle, and I think it diverts us all from the main question: Was there foreknowledge of what happened? If so, who was responsible and why was nothing done?

Let's reduce the argument to something simple: How did news agencies know WTC7 would collapse a half-hour before it did? Evidence suggests controlled demolition of the building, and if that hypothesis withstands scrutiny, the implications are far-reaching. Planning to demolish a skyscraper isn't something you do the morning of.

There are first-hand accounts of responders hearing orders to demolish WTC7, including the countdown. The process in which the building fell – straight down into its footprint – is consistent with controlled demolition, not fire. Even World Trade Center complex controller Larry Silverstein stated in PBS' America Rebuilds documentary that the word to "pull" the building was given well before there was any indication the building was in danger of falling over. Neither before nor since that has a building with that structural integrity and such little structural damage fallen. Why assume this one would?

"I remember getting a call from the fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire," recalled Silverstein. "I said, 'We've had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it.' And they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse."

(Silverstein has since revised his statement, claiming "it" referred to a contingent of firefighters in the building. There were none in WTC7 at the time.)

With many witnesses corroborating the decision to destroy World Trade Center 7, how does one explain the existence of a failsafe detonation device throughout the building? Firefighters obviously weren't running through burning offices planting precision charges while madness consumed the neighborhood around them. The charges would have to have been placed there beforehand, which, when you think about it, is a mighty stupid thing to do unless you already had designs to implode the building in the first place.

Maybe it's through this decisive pre-planning that the BBC came to know about the imminent death of the landmark office building? Who knows. But the official fate of WTC7 doesn't make sense, and having a news report come in prognosticating an unlikely future event doesn't make it any easier to swallow.

Was it simply an error in reporting, as BBC's Richard Potter claims? If so, that's one hell of an amazing mistake. The certainty of the dialogue contradicts his claims they were using half-baked adverbs to cover their errors, and it's not far-reaching to think word of the impending implosion reached a reporter's ears. What marks the BBC's footage as most compelling is that, while Jane Standley is remarking on the chaos 40 floors beneath her, the building her counterpart insists is rubble stands in the background. It gives the definite vibe of someone reading the script too soon – and Standley's feed being cut minutes later doesn't detract from that feeling one bit.

The demise of World Trade Center 7 isn't cause for much sadness; it paved the way for increased rescue efforts even as it destroyed offices for the FBI, DoD, IRS, SEC, and the Secret Service (no doubt making some high-profile criminals very happy). What it does do is raise the spectre of conspiracy for the rest of the events of that day. After all, if people overseeing that building knew there was going to be a massive terrorist attack against the Twin Towers, wouldn't we do all we could to stop it? And when one follow-up question is asked, it's a snowball effect that forces others to consider the way WTC1 and WTC2 fell, how our Air Force didn't defend us in our time of need, and how buildings designed to withstand a plane impact simply did not when the time came.

Questions like those start people wondering about those logic gaps. And soon they can no longer just blame a handful of wingnuts piloting their way into Heaven.
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Postby joeb on Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:23 pm

Author: Bush nominee helped mask FBI's pre-9/11 failures and kept al Qaeda's infiltration of US intelligence from view
Peter Lance
Published: Tuesday September 25, 2007

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This is the first of two op/ed exposes by Peter Lance, the best-selling author of Triple Cross, which will be released by HarperCollins in a new edition next month.

In the coverage of Michael B. Mukasey, President Bush's nominee to replace Alberto Gonzales, the line in his resume that has resonated the most with the media is his experience presiding over the 1995 terrorism trial of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

The blind Sheikh, a top al Qaeda confederate who was cited in the infamous Crawford Texas PDB just weeks before 9/11, was convicted with nine others in the so-called "Day of Terror Plot" to blow up New York's bridges and tunnels, the U.N. and the FBI's New York office.

Citing the trial in a Sept. 20 New York Times piece that lionized the ex-judge, reporter Adam Liptak described how Mukasey, with "a few terse, stern and prescient remarks," sentenced the blind sheik to life in prison:

"Judge Mukasey said he feared the plot could have produced devastation on 'a scale unknown in this country since the Civil War' that would make the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, which had left six people dead, 'almost insignificant by comparison.'"

Liptak was correct in citing the 1993 Twin Towers bombing in his story, but he failed to mention that the "Day of Terror" trial was really a desperate attempt by the FBI's New York office and prosecutors for the Southern District of New York (Mukasey's old office) to mop up after their failure to stop the blind Sheikh's "jihad army" prior to its first two attacks on U.S. soil: the murder of Rabbi Meier Kahane in 1990 and the Trade Center bombing on Feb. 26, 1993.

Worse, during the 1995 trial, Judge Mukasey helped bury the significance of Ali A, Mohamed, a shadowy figure who was working at the time for both Osama bin Laden and the FBI.

If Mohamed had been called to the stand and cross-examined in open court, defense lawyers could have ripped open the scandal of how the FBI failed to stop the first Trade Center attack. More important, they could have exposed the depth and breadth of al Qaeda's shocking plan to attack America, six years before 9/11.

Al Qaeda's master spy

An ex-Egyptian Army intelligence officer, Mohamed succeeded in infiltrating the CIA in 1984, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg from 1987-89 and the FBI itself -- where he served as an informant on the West Coast from 1992.

Known to his jihadi brothers as "Ali Amiriki," aka "Ali the American," Mohamed not only moved bin Laden and his entourage from Afghanistan to the Sudan in 1991 but he set up most of al Qaeda's training camps in Khartoum, trained Osama's personal bodyguard, and literally wrote the "manual on terror."

Mohamed actually slipped Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri -- bin Laden's number two -- into the US on a fund raising tour of US mosques in the early 1990s.

This feat of deception was roughly the equivalent of a German spy smuggling Heinrich Himmler, the head of Hitler's dreaded S.S., into America at the dawn of World War II to raise deutschmarks on a tour of German-American churches.

All of this is chronicled in my book Triple Cross, due out in an updated edition from HarperCollins next month. The book flings the door open on a closet in Judge Mukasey's past -- a dark little room where one enormous skeleton lives.

It's the story of how New York prosecutors Andrew McCarthy and Patrick Fitzgerald (later CIA leak Special Prosecutor) went out of their way to keep Ali Mohamed out of the "Day of Terror" trial.

Why would they do that? Because Mohamed had penetrated three of the Big Five intelligence agencies, and defense attorneys like Roger L. Stavis believe that once he was on the stand, under oath, the truth would have come out.

"In Ali Mohamed," says Stavis, "You have a man that's working for us and being paid by us at the same time as he's working for Osama bin Laden who is the greatest enemy that this country has had since 1941. We had him, and he played us... The last thing federal prosecutors wanted back in 1995 was to have that story exposed."

Training the "jihad army"

At the time, the Feds were in possession of shocking evidence that Mohamed had trained two of the very members of the "jihad army" sitting in front of Judge Mukasey's bench: El Sayyid Nosair, the pill-popping Egyptian emigre who'd murdered Kahane four years earlier, and Clement Rodney Hampton-El, a U.S. Muslim and Afghan war veteran known as "Dr. Rashid."

Worse, as we'll see, the FBI had those two terrorists under surveillance from as early as 1989, when they'd also begun tracking additional Ali Mohamed trainees: Mahmoud Abouhalima, a six foot two inch red-headed Egyptian cab driver, Mohammed Salameh, a diminutive Palestinian, and Nidal Ayyad, a Kuwaiti Rutgers grad, all three of them later convicted in the WTC bombing.

So the potential for "blowback" and embarrassment to the Feds was enormous -- holding open the potential of derailing the "Day of Terror" prosecution itself.

And if those revelations weren't enough to inspire federal prosecutors to hide their "informant," Mohamed -- who'd been captured in 1993 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police trying to smuggle an al Qaeda terrorist into the US -- was later released on the word of an FBI agent. Once set loose, he began to plan the devastating East African Embassy bombings executed in 1998.

After getting sprung from the Mounties on the word of Special Agent John Zent, Mohamed traveled to Kenya where he took the surveillance pictures of the US Embassy that Osama bin Laden personally approved in 1994, pinpointing the precise spot where a truck bomb would detonate four years later, killing 212.

Mohamed himself would later run the Kenyan bombing cell while he commuted back and forth to the US, all the while keeping in touch with New York prosecutors and FBI agents on both coasts.

Ali's first sit down with the Feds

In December, 1994, as he was setting up the Embassy bombing cell, Mohamed was summoned back to his home in Santa Clara, California for a meeting with Andy McCarthy and FBI agent Harlan Bell. The Feds had deemed him so important to the upcoming trial that he'd been named as an un-indicted co-conspirator along with bin Laden himself.

At the time, Roger L. Stavis, Nosair's attorney, was prepping a subpoena to compel Ali's testimony. "I wanted him," Stavis told me for Triple Cross, "and I tried everything to find him."

Jack Cloonan, the ex-FBI agent who later debriefed Mohamed after his 1998 arrest, noted that "If Ali would have been put on [the stand] at that point in time, [he] would have been viewed as an agent provocateur... Maybe there would have been an issue of entrapment raised. It wouldn't have helped the Government's case... That subpoena became "a huge, huge issue for Ali" as well.

Stavis was prepared to argue that the Feds had been winking at Mohamed for years as he trained the Sheikh's "army" to wreak havoc for the Jihad in New York City. But after McCarthy's Santa Clara sit down with him, Ali mysteriously went missing.

Later, Ibrahim El-Gabrowny, Nosair's cousin and a "Day of Terror" co-defendant, argued in an appeal that Ali had told him to his face that the Feds had urged him to duck the subpoena.

McCarthy denies this, but he stayed in touch with Mohamed after their Santa Clara meeting and Ali never showed up at trial.

Mukasey jokes about "the missing witness"

In the course of the proceedings, unable to produce the phantom spy, Stavis had shown a videotape of Ali shot at Fort Bragg, in which he was literally training top Green Beret officers.

While an active duty U.S. Army sergeant, Mohamed had been commuting on weekends up from North Carolina to New York, where he schooled Nosair, Hampton-El, Abouhalima, Salameh and Ayyad in small arms and automatic weapons training.

Before leaving Fort Bragg, Ali would rifle the files at the JFK Special Warfare Center, stealing intelligence to pass on to his al Qaeda "brothers" in New York, including top secret memos from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He would stay at Nosair's house in Cliffside Park, N.J., where FBI agents later recovered the highly secure documents the night of the Kahane murder.

One memo, which can be downloaded from my website, even contained the positions of all Special Forces and Navy SEAL units worldwide on Dec. 5, 1988 -- a nugget of intel that the Soviets would have paid a fortune for at the height of the Cold War.

As I noted in Triple Cross:

El Sayyid Nosair's attorney Roger Stavis was doing his best to keep Mohamed's presence alive in the "Day of Terror" case. On Sept. 1, 1995, an exasperated Stavis requested a "missing witness instruction [to the jury] with regard to Ali Mohamed."

He reminded Judge Michael B. Mukasey that "Mohamed, was the person who came from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, who was assigned to the United States Army Special Forces."

At that point the judge quipped, "Yes, we saw him on that splendid videotape." But Stavis countered, "When we attempted to find Ali Mohamed, we could not bring him in."

Yet Mohamed was in the country during much of the eight-month trial. According to an affidavit filed by the FBI after his 1998 arrest, Mohamed had two meetings with DIS investigators in August 1995 and one on November 8th. In each instance he was home in Santa Clara.

Under federal law, a trial judge has the discretion to give a missing witness instruction "if a party has it peculiarly within his power to produce witnesses whose testimony would elucidate the transaction."

If such a person does not appear and one of the parties -- the Feds in this case -- has some special ability to produce him, the law permits the jury to draw an inference, namely that the missing witness would have given testimony damaging to that party.

Ali Mohamed was an un-indicted co-conspirator. Judge Mukasey was aware of his infiltration of the US Army at Fort Bragg. Andy McCarthy had visited him in the presence of an FBI agent within months of the trial. So Stavis had every right to expect that jury charge.

Mukasey's response? "I don't think a missing witness charge on that gentleman is warranted and I am not going to give one."

By Oct. 1, 1995, the issue of Mohamed's absence in the trial was rendered moot. Characterized by the New York Times as "the biggest terrorism trial in US history," it ended with guilty verdicts for Sheikh Rahman and the nine remaining co-defendants. AUSAs McCarthy, Fitzgerald, and Robert Khuzami even succeeded in convicting El Sayyid Nosair for the murder of Meier Kahane.

The skeleton in Mukasey's closet

Why does it matter now that Judge Mukasey, touted by the New York Times for his prowess as an anti-terror judge, made light of Ali Mohamed's failure to show at the "Day of Terror" trial? Because if Ali had testified, lawyers like Stavis would have ripped the lid off the years of failure by the FBI to stop bin Laden's juggernaut.

Al Qaeda's capabilities, their bench strength and sheer resolve to strike again at New York might have been exposed years before 9/11, giving other agencies like CIA and DIA a chance to examine the intel being gathered by Bureau agents in this country.

At a minimum, Mohamed's exposure at trial would have blown his cover as a double agent and interdicted his supervision of the Embassy bombing cell. But Judge Mukasey, the man President Bush wants to run the Justice Department, didn't want to tip the jury to the significance of his absence.

Tomorrow in part two of Peter Lance's RAW STORY exclusive, he'll describe how Judge Mukasey's decision not to call Ali Mohamed at the "Day of Terror" trial kept the media and the public in the dark on why the FBI failed to stop the first World Trade Center attack in 1993. For more detail, read Triple Cross.

More information on Peter Lance's investigations can be found at his website.
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October 29, 2007

FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds: 'I Will Tell All, & Name (new) Names'

By Luke Ryland

Former FBI translator and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has promised to tell us everything she knows about treason at the highest level of the US government - with one proviso:

"Here's my promise to the American Public: If anyone of the major networks --- ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX --- promise to air the entire segment, without editing, I promise to tell them everything that I know."

Edmonds, "the most gagged person in the history of the United States of America," has been trying to expose criminal activity, treason, at the highest levels of the US Government - Congress, Pentagon and State Dept - since she became aware of the crimes in 2001 and 2002.

Edmonds has exhausted every conceivable channel in the courts, Congress, and elsewhere, and is now willing to risk criminal charges to ensure that the American people learn how their government really 'works.'

BradBlog has the exclusive.

*****

From BradBlog (in full, with permision)

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Will Now Tell All - and Faces Charges if Necessary - to Any Major Television Network That Will Let Her

She's Prepared to Name Names, Including Those of Two 'Well-Known' Congress Members Involved in Criminal Corruption

The 'Most Gagged Person in U.S. History' Tells The BRAD BLOG She's Now Exhausted All Other Channels...

-- By Brad Friedman

Attention CBS 60 Minutes: we've got a huge scoop for you. If you want it.

Remember the exclusive story you aired on Sibel Edmonds, originally on October 27th, 2002, when she was not allowed to tell you everything that she heard while serving as an FBI translator after 9/11 because she was gagged by the rarely-invoked "States Secret Privilege"? Well, she's still gagged. In fact, as the ACLU first described her, she's "the most gagged person in the history of the United States of America".

But if you'll sit down and talk with her for an unedited interview, she has told The BRAD BLOG, she will now tell you everything she knows.

Everything she hasn't been allowed to tell since 2002, about the criminal penetration of the FBI where she worked, and at the Departments of State and Defense; everything she heard concerning the corruption and illegal activities of several well-known members of Congress; everything she's aware of concerning information omitted and/or covered up in relation to 9/11. All of the information gleaned from her time listening to and translating wire-taps made prior to 9/11 at the FBI.

Here's a handy bullet-point list, as we ran it in March of 2006, for reference, of what she's now willing to tell you about.

"People say, 'why doesn't she just come forward and spill the beans?' I have gone all the way to the Supreme Court and was shut down, I went to Congress and now consider that shut down," she told The BRAD BLOG last week when spoke with her for comments in relation to our story on former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's original attempt to move a resolution through the U.S. House in 2000 declaring the 1915 massacre of 1.5 million ethnic Albanians in Turkey as "genocide".

"Here's my promise to the American Public: If anyone of the major networks -- ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX -- promise to air the entire segment, without editing, I promise to tell them everything that I know," about everything mentioned above, she told us.

"I can tell the American public exactly what it is, and what it is that they are covering up," she continued. "I'm not compromising ongoing investigations," Edmonds explained, because "they've all been shut down since."



"She's Very Credible"

She has, in fact, spent years taking every reasonable step to see that the information she has goes through the proper channels. The Supreme Court refused to hear her whistleblower lawsuit, even in light of the Department of Justice forcing the removal of both her and her own attorneys from the courtroom when they made their arguments concerning why it was that still had to remain gagged under the "States Secrets Privilege."

On the morning that the SCOTUS refused to hear her case, the facade cracked on the front of the building. In a ridiculously ironic metaphor which would have been rejected by any credible screen-writer, a chunk of marble -- just above an allegorical statue representing "Order" and just below the words "Equal Justice" -- came crashing to the ground.

She has met with, and told her story to, U.S. Senators including Republican Charles Grassley and Democrat Patrick Leahy, both of the Senate Intelligence Committee, both who found her extremely credible. 60 Minutes producers may remember when Grassley told them, "Absolutely, she's credible...And the reason I feel she's very credible is because people within the FBI have corroborated a lot of her story."

In fact, the FBI itself has done so. Their Inspector General found her allegations, as described in the unclassified version of his report, to be "credible", "serious" and "warrant[ing] a thorough and careful review by the FBI."

As far back as 2002, Grassley and Leahy co-wrote letters on Edmonds behalf to Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and DoJ Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, calling on all of them to take action in respect to the allegations she's made.

"Certain officials in this country are engaged in treason against the United States and its interests and its national security," she said during an interview an August 2005 interview on Democracy Now. That comment followed 60 Minutes' revelation years before alleging that Edmonds had information revealing that a "Turkish intelligence officer" she worked with at the FBI "had spies working for him inside the US State Department and at the Pentagon."

She's briefed many legislative offices -- as well as the 9/11 Commission -- in regard to her claims, and now, she says, she's even prepared to tell the media "the names of every single Congressional office who has received the names of the witnesses" to the crimes she's detailed.

When we spoke last week, Edmonds seemed to reserve most of her frustration for Congressman Henry Waxman's office. Waxman is the Democratic Chairman of the U.S. House Government Reform and Oversight Committee.

After briefing members of his security-cleared staff "inside the SCIF" -- a high-security room in the U.S. Capitol, specially created for discussion of highly sensitive information -- Edmonds says she was told on several occassions, prior to the 2006 Election, that her case would be one of the first heard in his committee, once he became Chairman.

"I even gave names of former and current FBI agents who were willing to go to Waxman's office and give more information on all of this," she said.

"Before the elections, I had a promise from Congressman Waxman's office." She claims they told her, before the election, "the only reason they couldn't hold hearings, was because the Republicans were blocking it."

"They said 'your case will be one of the first ones we will hold investigations on,'" she told us. Now, however, since the Democrats have become the majority in the House, Waxman's office is "going mum". They won't even respond to her calls.

The Congressman's office did not respond to several requests for comment on this story.

Two Other "Well-Known" Congressmen

Aside from the allegations she's already made concerning Hastert, as we reported in some detail in early 2006, following up on a Vanity Fair exposé in 2005, Edmonds says there are at least "two other well-known" members of Congress that she's prepared to name as well.

"There are other Congressional people, whose names have not come out," she explained. "As [Waxman's office knows] I'll be able to give them file numbers and investigations, including investigations by the IRS. I will be giving details one by one, not just allegations."

"But," she added, "unfortunately nobody wants to have an investigation like that."

For the record, she told The BRAD BLOG, the other two "well-known members" are from the House, both Republican, and "one of them is recently no longer there."

So far, she says, "those names have not been public."

"Kafka-esque"

Since leaving the FBI, and in the wake of her years-long ordeal, which she frequently describes as "Kafka-esque", Edmonds has founded the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition.

In addition to the support she has received, at various times, from members of Congress, she's received a great deal of support from members of the national security whistleblower community and government watchdog organizations.

As we reported last Spring, Veteran FBI counterintelligence agent, John Cole has said he's "talked to people who had read her file, who had read the investigative report, and they were telling me a totally different story" than that given publicly by FBI officials. "They were telling me that Sibel Edmonds was 100 percent accurate," he said, "management knew that she was correct."

Famed "Pentagon Papers" whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has described Edmonds as "extremely credible." In a 2005 interview on KPFA, Ellsberg said, "FBI agents we've talked to have, in every respect that was raised, have confirmed her story - that she's a very credible witness."

More than 30 groups, from across the political spectrum -- including the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the September 11th Advocates, the Liberty Coalition, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), OMB Watch, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and People for the American Way (PFAW) -- all signed a letter in March of this year calling on the House Oversight Committee to "hold public hearings into the case of FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, and the erroneous use of the State Secrets Privilege to shut down all court proceedings in her case."

That petition was sent almost precisely one year after The BRAD BLOG originally reported on a public petition to Congress, demanding they hold public hearings. More than 30,000 people, Edmonds says, have now signed that petition since it was first announced.

"Exhausted Every Channel"

In a speech given over the Summer in D.C. at the American Library Association (ALA, video here), Edmonds detailed the "Kafka-esque" nature of her unprecedented gag-order. Among the information still-regarded as "classified" under the States Secret Privelege: the fact that she was a translator for the FBI, where she was born, what languages she speaks, the date of her birth, the universities she attended and the degrees she earned.

In fact, the interview that CBS' 60 Minutes aired with her in 2004, was later retroactively classified by the Department of Justice under the same "privilege"!

But enough is enough. She's now ready to tell all. To the public. But not (yet) to us. She will speak, however, to any broadcast network who would like to have her.

"I have exhausted every channel. If they want to, they can bring criminal charges against someone who divulges criminal activity, and see how far they're going to get."

But will any of the corporate mainstream networks take her up on the offer? It'd certainly be an explosive exclusive.

"I don't think any of the mainstream media are going to have the guts to do it," she dared them.

So whaddaya say 60 Minutes? We've given you scoops before that you ended up turning down -- and likely later regretted. Will you be smart enough to take this one?

"You put me on air live, or unedited. If I'm given the time, I will give the American people the exact reason of what I've been gagged from saying because of the States Secrets Privilege, and why it is that I'm the most gagged person in the history of the United States."

"My feeling is that none of them have the guts to do that," she dared them, before charging, "they are all manipulated."

"I keep using the word Kafkaesque..." she paused, during her speech at ALA, clearly showing her exasperation, "because...," she continued slowly, "...I really can't come up with a better word."

Of course, the reason that Sibel is being forced into this drastic action, at great personal risk, is that Henry Waxman reneged on his promise to hold hearings in Congress where Sibel would be (legally) protected.

According to the last week's frontpage WaPo article on Waxman:

"Waxman has become the Bush administration's worst nightmare: a Democrat in the majority with subpoena power and the inclination to overturn rocks.
[...]
Some investigations come straight from the headlines... But the real secret, Waxman said, is simply to follow investigations wherever they lead.

Except in Sibel's case.

In fact, Waxman doesn't even need to do any investigation in this case, the investigation was completed years ago, and Waxman has seen the classified version, yet all he can say is

"I really don't particularly have a comment on her case."

So what will it be, Henry? Will you follow the headlines, after Sibel has exposed herself to criminal charges and spilt the beans on national TV? How will you explain to your supporters that you sat on evidence of treason for years? Or will you do the right thing and hold hearings now 'wherever it leads'?

Let Sibel Edmonds Speak
Call Embarrass Waxman. Demand public open hearings:
DC:(202)225-3976 LA:323 651-1040 Capitol switchboard: 800-828-0498

CBS 60 Minutes: 60m@cbsnews.com Ph: (212) 975-3247

Cross-posted at Let Sibel Edmonds Speak
(Email me if you want to be added to my Sibel email list. Subject: 'Sibel email list')



Authors Website: http://lukery.blogspot.com/

Authors Bio: Luke Ryland is a blogger with a particular interest in Sibel Edmonds' case.
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WARNING ...the following three stories contain adult language and is intended for mature audiences.
Voters and taxpayers do not fall into this category as they funded the FBI agents who created the Oklahoma City bombing.
For the uneducated and uneducable....let god sort out the predators

a species that hires bodyguards to protect it looses the ability to protect itself when the bodyguards turn on them and is doomed to extinction.



Wed October 31, 2007
FBI asks judge to reconsider ruling on Nichols interview
Related Information

By Nolan Clay
Staff Writer
The FBI asked a federal judge on Wednesday to reconsider his decision to let an attorney videotape an interview with Terry Nichols and another inmate about the Oklahoma City bombing.


The federal Bureau of Prisons "has determined that a video recording poses a threat to the security of the institutions where these individuals are confined, the FBI's attorneys argued.

"In this case, the BOP has determined that allowing recording equipment onto the institutions' grounds and into the institutions where these individuals are confined ... is detrimental to the order and security of the prisons and may violate the privacy of others, the attorneys told the judge in a legal filing.

The FBI also raised legal objections to the videotaping.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball in September gave Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue permission to do the interviews.

The attorney wants to question and videotape Nichols and convicted murderer David Paul Hammer, who was on death row with bomber Tim McVeigh.

The attorney is seeking information to support his theory his younger brother was killed at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center in August 1995 during an interrogation.

He contends authorities mistook his brother for a bombing suspect, bank robber Richard Guthrie.

He is suing the FBI for records to support his theory. Federal and local officials concluded the brother, Kenneth Trentadue, committed suicide in his cell.

Nichols, a convicted murderer, is serving life sentences at the maximum-security federal penitentiary in Colorado for the bombing.

Hammer claims McVeigh revealed to him in prison the identities of other accomplices. Hammer is at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind.

McVeigh told biographers only Nichols helped him.

THREE MILITARY PROVOCATEURS USED BY FBI IN OKC BOMBING







Patrick Briley
November 4, 2006
NewsWithViews.com

Federal inmate Paul Hammer wrote a book "Secrets Worth Dying For: Timothy James McVeigh And The Oklahoma City Bombing" that was published in 2004. While Timothy McVeigh was awaiting execution in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, Hammer says McVeigh told Hammer about 3 men connected to the US military who helped McVeigh in the OKC bombing plot. But Hammer also says that McVeigh claimed McVeigh never knew the mens real names and instead worked with them using their code names. According to what McVeigh is alleged to have told Hammer, one of these men known as the major approached McVeigh after McVeigh failed to be accepted into the US Special Forces program at Ft. Bragg. McVeigh asserted to Hammer that the major wanted McVeigh to collect intelligence for the government on white supremacist extremist organizations in the US including the Aryan Nations.

Attorney Jesse Trentadue filed a legal motion on September 26, 2006 with the Salt Lake City US Federal Court of Judge Dale Kimbal concerning Hammers alleged conversations with McVeigh in prison. In his new filing, Trentadue is now acting on behalf of Federal inmate Paul Hammer. Trentadue asserts in his filing that the FBI and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) recorded both Hammer and McVeigh discussing who else helped McVeigh do the OKC bombing. Those that McVeigh described as helping him, including the 3 military men described in Hammers book, may be FBI informants and provocateurs some of whom are revealed in the FBI documents already obtained by Trentadue that show FBI prior knowledge of the OKC bombing.

Trentadue is asking Judge Kimbal to force the FBI and BOP to comply with FOIA requests for the FBI and BOP recordings and or transcripts of the recordings. The new filing asserts that the FBI and BOP have been in violation of FOIA laws by stonewalling and ignoring Trentadue?s latest FOIA requests in this area.

See MILITARY EODs, INMATE POINT TO FEDERAL PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

The major that Hammer says McVeigh described to him might be none other than the mysterious and elusive Robert Jacques described in a Time magazine article in 1997 WHO IS ROBERT JACQUES: THE FBI WANTS TO TALK TO A MISSING ASSOCIATE OF MCVEIGH'S.

A sketch of Robert Jacques is shown in the Time magazine article.

Jacques came with Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh to a Cassville, Missouri real estate office in November 1994 to inquire about some land. The real estate office agents William Maloney and Joe Davidson told the FBI in detail of the encounter. The FBI worked on the lead for over a year and strongly believed the real estate agents because they had identified some dental work on McVeigh?s front teeth that the FBI did not know about but later confirmed.

But what was NOT in the Time magazine account was the fact that the man they called Robert Jacques who accompanied McVeigh and Nichols may well have been the major described by McVeigh to Hammer. Robert Jacques had a military bearing, demeanor and style of dress, and could read topographical maps very well. The rest of the story is described in my September 22, 2000 article Three John Does in the OKC Bombing Were Protected FBI Informants.

The John Doe, Robert Jacques, was clearly in charge, could read topographic maps very well, had a military bearing and wore special military boots with small suctions cups on his soles according to Maloney. Maloney also said that the John Doe was driving McVeigh and Nichols in a green Marquee with Oklahoma plates. He said that the group was inquiring about property that had a cave on it and was immediately adjacent to a Davidian compound nearby.

It is believed that FBI agent Weldon Kennedy, at one time FBI Director Freehs Deputy, shutdown the FBI investigation of John Doe III [Jacques]. Kevin Flynn of the Rocky Mountain News publicly reported conversations Flynn had with Weldon Kennedy concerning the investigation of the John Doe (Jacques) reported to the FBI by Davidson and Maloney. Kennedy rebuffed Flynns information that the name of John Doe III, Robert Jacques, had been written down six times in a notebook by Terry Nichols wife

Davidson claimed that the FBI agent investigating the John Doe III first told him that the description of the John Does appearance and demeanor fit precisely that of another FBI (or other law enforcement or military agent or operative) agent known to the FBI agent. The FBI agent said to Davidson about Jacques, He is one of ours.

If John Doe III was in fact an FBI agent or military operative (one of ours) as stated by the FBI agent, then Weldon Kennedy may have shut down the investigation to prevent the public from learning that the John Doe III was an FBI operative or agent (law enforcement or military agent).

Incidentally, Senator Charles Grassley, formally accused Kennedy of lying to Grassley and Congress and of covering up the FBI crime lab falsification of evidence as revealed by an FBI agent, Fredrick Whitehurst, who had worked at the lab. Kennedy resigned shortly thereafter and went to work at a security position in St. Louis.

Joe Davidson also said that the FBI told him and William Maloney that a FBI check of phone records revealed that a JD Cash had called their real estate office about the same land McVeigh, Jacques and Nichols also inquired about only a few days earlier. It is not known whether or not this JD Cash is the same JD Cash who has written about the OKC bombing for over 11 years for the McCurtain Gazette. The JD Cash writer for the McCurtain Gazette had ties to White supremacist groups, individuals and magazines such as Christian Identity, Paul Hall, and Jubilee magazine. The same writer has lived in southeast Oklahoma on land in a cabin near Battiest, Oklahoma since 1992 with some similarities to the land inquired about in Cassville, Missouri. According to William Jasper of the New American magazine and Craig Roberts, an Tulsa police officer, a check of national crime database computers showed that the writer, JD Cash, had his record expunged around the time of the OKC bombing.

Another one of the 3 military men described to Hammer by McVeigh likely is a man described by FBI sketch artist Jeanne Boylan in her book "Portraits of Guilt" that I wrote about also on September 20, 2000: Others Known to the FBI in the OKC Bombing Case.

In her book, Boylan states that the FBI Deputy Director Danny Coulson decided not to have a sketch made of a John Doe from the US military seen with McVeigh by a reliable witness at a post office near the Murrah Building because doing so would help the defense case.

Boylan says the witness, a postal worker gave descriptions of the John Doe that were very consistent with descriptions given Boylan by another postal worker, Debbie Nakanashi. Boylan says she made a sketch of Nakanashis John Doe after a six-hour interview. But the FBI and Boylan have not released the sketch to this very day and it is not included in her book with her other sketches.

Yet, Boylan states she saw a military photograph of McVeigh with a John Doe she says had the same height, weight, age, build, and facial characteristics as described to Boylan and shown in the sketch she made with Naganoshi. Boylan relates that she saw the military photo at an FBI command post in Kansas and was strongly discouraged from pursuing the matter by the FBI.

Naganoshi was threatened with loss of her job by the postal service and others in the Federal government if she testified too fully about her knowledge to the Oklahoma County Jury investigating the bombing in 1998. Naganoshis account of the threats was broadcast by KTOK radio news in Oklahoma City within a few days after the threats were made.

McVeigh started to try out for the elite Special Forces at Ft. Bragg after McVeigh returned from the first Gulf War. After 4-5 days, McVeigh, quit, resigned. But when McVeigh resigned so did another Army Specialist Mitchell Whitmire who knew McVeigh and started and quit exactly at the same times McVeigh did. Neil Hartley, an attorney investigator for McVeigh defense attorney Stephen Jones, located and attempted to interview Mitchell Whitmire. When contacted, Whitmore told Hartley that the FBI had told Whitmire not to talk with defense attorneys or the news media.

Recall that according to what McVeigh is alleged to have told Hammer, a man known as the major approached McVeigh after McVeigh failed to be accepted into the US Special Forces program at Ft. Bragg. The major wanted McVeigh to collect intelligence for the government on White supremacist extremist organizations in the US.

It is believed McVeigh and Whitmire remained in contact after being together at Ft Bragg. Whitmires testimony could be crucial because of Whitmires involvement and possible knowledge of the major, the alleged recruiter of McVeigh at Ft Bragg. In fact it is conceivable that Whitmire could have also been recruited by the major along with McVeigh.. It is also possible that Whitmire is one of the men or knew one of the men that McVeigh told inmate Paul Hammer about and perhaps the man Neganoshi and her postal coworker described to FBI sketch artist Jeanne Boylan.

The FBI instructions to Whitmire are similar to FBI and Army threats to Army recruiters in the Murrah building who saw McVeigh with other men in the Murrah building. The recruiters, Marilyn Travis and Arlene Blanchard, were warned (72-74 hours after the OKC bombing) of court martial if they talked about the men they saw with McVeigh in the Murrah building. Did the recruiters see military men with McVeigh in the Murrah building that may have been used by the FBI as informants or provocateurs?

Another FBI provocateur and US Army member, Sean Kenny, has already been identified in FBI memos and teletypes obtained under Federal court order by attorney Jesse Trentadue. Kenny helped McVeigh commit Midwest bank robberies and lived at the white supremacist compound, Elohim City in far Eastern OK that was connected directly to the OKC bombing.

While in prison Timothy McVeigh had accurately disclosed to inmate Paul Hammer McVeighs ties to Kenny and the Aryan Republican Army (ARA), a group of right-wing bank robbers operating out of Cincinnati. Kenny was an active FBI informant while Kenny also served as a member of the Army that Kenny joined on February 3, 1995.


Terry Nichols Talks
And Much of What He Says Is True









Posted: February 26, 2007
WorldNetDaily.com


by Jack Cashill

God I hope theres no Middle Eastern connection to this.

So confided an anxious President Bill Clinton to Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating in the immediate aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995.

That presidential sentiment--as cited in the in December 2006 report by the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Internationals Relations Committee would go a long way towards shaping the investigation that followed.

On February 17, convicted OKC bomber Terry Lynn Nichols served up his most detailed public statement since the Oklahoma City bombing, a useful complement to the report by the House subcommittee and its chairman, Congressman Dana Rohrbacher.

True to form, the major media largely ignored Nichols declaration as they did the report, but they have done so at the risk of their own credibility. There is a major story brewing here.

Attorney Jesse Trentadue secured Nichols signed and sealed declaration as part on his ongoing legal battle to wrangle the truth out of the FBI in regards to the Oklahoma City bombing in general and his own brothers death in particular. Trentadue is convinced that his brother was tortured and murdered in an Oklahoma prison in August 1995 in the mistaken belief that he was Timothy McVeigh?s accomplice in the bombing.

To be sure, Nichols testimony is incomplete and self-serving. Much of what he says cannot be taken at face value. Nevertheless, on many key points, his testimony squares much better with the evidence and with common sense than does the account McVeigh provided for the book, American Terrorist, an account which was more or less echoed by the government at his trial.

In his declaration, Nichols admits his culpability in the OKC bombing. That goes without saying. What is newsworthy is his willingness to identify others who played a role in the bombing. His ostensible motive is to bring closure to himself and to the families.

To set the record straight, Nichols claims to have sent a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft in September 2004. He received no response and contends that he has been thwarted ever since by the FBI, Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Prisons.

This claim is very likely true. In his own investigation into the bombing, which concluded in December 2006, Congressman Rohrbacher complained of comparable obstruction from the FBI and the Department of Justice. Congressional investigators should not face such resistance in doing their job, he laments.

Despite the lack of cooperation, Rohrbacher came to the conclusion that Nichols and McVeigh did not act alone. Affirms Nichols, Congressman Rohrbacher was correct about the others unknown.

Nichols contends that there are multiple others, some unknown to him. Two of them, however, he chooses to name, both of whom are now being protected by the federal government in a cover up to escape its responsibility for the loss of life in Oklahoma.

One of those Nichols names is gun dealer and government provocateur, Roger Moore. Nichols makes a detailed and compelling case that Moore provided some of the explosives used in the construction of the bomb.

Nichols contends that Moore, in cahoots with McVeigh, set up the robbery of his own house in part to distance himself from the eventual use of those explosives. Nichols, who had never met Moore, did the actual job so Moore would have added deniability.

During the robbery Nichols took boxes of nitromethane, and afterwards he stashed them under his own house in Herington, Kansas. It was in order to implicate Moore in the OKC bombing that Nichols leaked information about this explosives cache in March 2005. Thanks to a tip from the late Stephen Dresch and his colleague Angela Clemente, this story was first reported in full in WorldNetDaily.

According to Rohrbacher, the FBI did not follow up on Nichols leak until members of Congress were alerted. As reported here, the FBI delayed four weeks until late in the day on which Terry Schiavo died before retrieving the explosives.

The following day, a Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its absurdly lenient punishment of Sandy Berger, a classic media dump. With Pope John Paul II dying a day later, the media had all the excuse it needed to ignore both stories.

Curiously, this same DOJ has proved zealous in its pursuit of Scooter Libby and others known and unknown in the Valerie Plame affair, an affair of little consequence that the media have reported with gusto. As I have previously documented, Justice is heavily peopled by careerists with long institutional memories and strong Democratic sympathies.

As to the second named conspirator, Nichols offers some highly provocative hearsay. McVeigh was extremely upset and angry, Nichols attests. There, in what I believe was an accidental slip of the tongue, McVeigh revealed the identity of a high-ranking FBI official who was apparently directing McVeigh in the bomb plot.

That official was none other than Larry Potts, the one time Deputy Director of the FBI and the bete noire of the populist right. As Nichols recounts his conversation with McVeigh, Potts had something to do with the change in targets.

Nichols is likely telling the truth here. He has no reason to lie. It is McVeigh who was almost assuredly prevaricating. McVeighs evidence squares with no known evidence and no recognizable logic.

It is altogether possible, if not likely, that the FBI and the ATF had informants in the squirrelly radical community of Elohim City, Oklahoma with which McVeigh was in undeniable contact.

There is, however, a major difference between an informant and an agent, and an agent and a deputy director like Potts. Officials like Potts dont orchestrate murderous conspiracies. They cover their own backsides when something like, say, a sting--goes awry.

Potts had in the past proved fully capable of obstruction. Just three months after the OKC bombing, FBI Director Louis Freeh was forced to remove him from his position after the truth surfaced about his inglorious role in the cover-up of the 1992 shooting death of the wife and son of Randy Weaver, radical separatist in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

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Much more useful is the light Nichols sheds on the construction of the bomb. As I have reported previously and illustrated in the video Mega Fix, the McVeigh that one meets in American Terrorist is a powerful and creative superman. He somehow taught himself how to build a massive truck bomb and was even prepared to assemble the 7,000-pound monster himself--in one morning.

This would have meant loading onto his rented truck 108 fifty-pound bags of ammonium nitrate, three 400-pound drums of liquid nitromethane, several crates of highly explosive Tovex sausage, spools of shock tube and cannon fuse and the 55-gallon drums to measure and mix these materials in.

As McVeigh told it, Terry Nichols showed up at his Kansas storage facility when he was half way through the loading process and then only because he was afraid of what McVeigh would do to his family if he did not.

The pair then drove to a nearby lake and spent the next three hours mixing the thirteen 500-pound barrels of explosives. When finished, they added seventeen bags of ANFO. Although McVeigh claimed to have been a self-taught bomb-maker, he had no particular mechanical gifts. Still, he managed not only to mix and load all these elements precisely but also to design and perfectly execute a dual-fuse ignition system.

A Washington Post article from a week after the blast when the truth was still being shared and reported suggests the improbability of this story.

Law enforcement sources, reads The Post, said the 4,800-pound bomb that caused the explosion probably required at least two to three people to construct and considerable patience and planning. Building such a device would be extremely labor-intensive. The bomb that McVeigh described proved to be half again bigger than that and built by two inexperienced guys in one morning.

Nichols throws a ton of cold water on the McVeigh saga. The bomb that I helped McVeigh build, he says, probably truthfully, did not resemble in any fashion the bomb McVeigh described in the book American Terrorist.

Yes, they loaded the materials on the truck and put the fertilizer and the nitromethane in the plastic barrels, but neither he nor McVeigh mixed or attempted to mix the fertilizer and the nitromethane.

The reason was simple enough. This would have taken a level of expertise and sophistication neither McVeigh nor I had in building a bomb.

McVeighs post-conviction story of his labors largely tracked with the prosecutions. After constructing the bomb, he allegedly drove alone towards Oklahoma in the loaded truck. After crossing the Oklahoma border, he stopped for the night at a small gravel lot near a conveniently unnamed roadside motel.?

By his own timeline, however, McVeigh would have reached this motel about 2 PM. That makes for a really long and pointless night. Here, Nichols more truthful account opens a critical new line of inquiry.

McVeigh left Kansas with an incomplete bomb, one in a V shape, not in the more potent J shape McVeigh described in American Terrorist. According to Nichols, McVeighs bomb required more bomb making materials than what was in the Herington storage shed.

Still, presuming McVeighs timeline is accurate and Nichols does not correct it--McVeigh would have had of plenty of time to add materials, reshape the bomb and mix the components once he got to Oklahoma, provided, of course, that he had highly skilled help.

Nichols did not accompany McVeigh across the border, and he plays fully ignorant as to the identities of the individuals seen with McVeigh either when he rented the truck or when he drove it to the Murrah Building. As part of his posture as a coerced patsy, Nichols offers not a word of insight into any Islamic connection in Oklahoma or in the Philippines.

Indeed, despite his eagerness to tell his story without the FBI present, Nichols refused a second and, this time, private meeting with Rohrbacher because Rohrbacher wanted to talk about his five trips to the Philippines, the last just months before the bombing.

Since I know of no Philippines connection [to the bombing], says Nichols disingenuously, I declined to meet with him a second time.

Rohrbacher might have asked Nichols who paid for those trips, how master bomber Ramzi Yousef and he just happened to show up in Cebu City at the exact same time in November 1994, why Nichols left the county in haste immediately after Yousef was busted by the Manila police, and why Nichols was traveling with the book The Chemistry of Powder.

Tomorrow, what Nichols chose not to tell, but what the Rohrbacher report did.
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Initial approval given for student background checks
Dave Kolpack, The Jamestown Sun
Published Friday, November 16, 2007
The Associated Press

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Some North Dakota university students would have to be fingerprinted and pay $55 for a criminal background check, under a plan given preliminary approval by the state Board of Higher Education.

Schools already can seek background checks using state or private firms, but they are not always as extensive as FBI reports, board members said. The plan discussed Thursday would require FBI criminal history reports for students and employees who are designated by the university chancellor.

Students in education, pharmacy and other medical fields likely would be required to get FBI checks, as well as police and security officials and new employees, board attorney Pat Seaworth said.

“It makes sense to check that information for certain programs,” Seaworth said. Education students, for example, need criminal history reports for jobs placement, “so we might as well get that information on the front end,” he said.

Most of the students affected by the policy would be college juniors or seniors who have narrowed their career choices. Board member Tom Barnhart said the students should be warned ahead of time that their acceptance into certain upper-level programs could be affected by their history.

“I think that should be documented up front,” Barnhart said.

The requirement for FBI checks would not apply to senior administrators, for now.

“There might be a trend to go to more comprehensive reports (on administrators),” Seaworth said. “If that happens ... we can always go back and revisit it.”

Seaworth said the schools likely would cover the $55 cost of FBI checks for employees, but students would pay through tuition or a special fee.

“The students will end up paying one way or the other,” Seaworth said.

The new policy was prompted by the killing of Valley City State University student Mindy Morgenstern. An FBI background check was not conducted on Moe Gibbs, the man charged with her killing, when he was hired as a Barnes County jailer. He had changed his name from Glen Dale Morgan Jr.
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Postby joeb on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:57 pm

he McGee affidavits make for some interesting reading
By Eugene Kane
Thursday, Jan 3 2008, 01:38 PM


Many readers seem to have their minds made up about Ald. Mike Mcgee, in prison since last Memorial Day for state and federal charges involving political corruption and bribery, along with allegations of plotting to beat up an acquaintance.

McGee hasn't been convicted yet, but many folks thinks he's already guilty. I've been writing blogs and columns questioning why he's been refused bail. Some people in town have accepted the government's rationale without question. (That's what got us in trouble in Iraq, by the way.)

The truth is nobody really knows much about the government's case against McGee yet.

This week, the release of affidavits in the McGee case began to shine a light on the allegations against the imprisoned alderman.

In the affidavit, an FBI agent talked about his participation in an undercover investigation of allegations that McGee was involved in political corruption. He cited instances where he learned McGee was attempting to extort businesses in his district, and made threats against a local community group he wanted to take over and replace with his own community organization.

The agent talked about hearing taped conversations between McGee and a government informant where McGee demanded payment for services provided. He said the informant paid McGee money due to his belief that any refusal to pay McGee would jeopardize his liquor license.

In the affidavit, the informant also claims helping McGee arrange a $15,000 payment to partially finance an upcoming rap concert sponsored by the Vice Lords gang. He also heard conversations indicating that McGee was attempting to cover up his reciept of the money and not file appropriate paperwork.

In a passage entitled "Need for Interception", the government agent argues why he needs to get a judge's approval to conduct wiretap surveillance on McGee:

"...it is my belief that the interception of wire communications to and from the target of the telephone identified is the only currently available technique that has a reasonable likelihood of fully determining the scope of McGee's illegal activities and putting a stop to this activity...To that end, various investigative techniques have been employed, wich include the use of pen registers, trap and traces, telephone tol and record analysis, surveillance interviews of cooperating witnesses, recorded telephone conversations and meetings and the introduction of an undercover employee."

The affadavit goes on to state those measures were not sufficient to gather enough evidence to arrest McGee.

"We have also considered arresting McGee on the CTR violation of February 2, 2007. However, we have concluded that if we made the arrest now, it would work to derail the overall investigation into McGee's extortion activities, and would limit or prevent law enforcement from identifying other victims and coconspiratators of McGee's activities and organization.

Not surprisingly, in a separate affidavit by McGee's attorney, Glenn O. Givens Jr., most of the government's claim are disputed.

Givens questions the credibility of various government witnesses, some of whom have ties to McGee's political enemies and at least one of which has registered to run for McGee's seat in this year's re-election.

Also, Givens accuses the FBI agent of providing misleading testimony in reference to some of his sources, including a main government witness who goes by various names.

Givens also accuses FBI agents of not conducting full investigations of some allegations, including not questioning witnesses who could have disputed or corrected false statements by government witnesses.

Most significantly, Givens accuses the FBI of co-ercing some witnesses to testify by threatening tax and business audits if they didn't provide evidence against McGee.

These affidavits paint conflicting pictures of the case against McGee. Despite the serious allegations, I still don't see enough evidence in the affadavits to justify keeping McGee behind bars this long; the state case involving a conspiracy to committ battery on an acquaintance wasn't discussed in the affadavits.

One thing I can safely guarantee, the Mike McGee case will continue to be a fascinating story in 2008. There's a good chance McGee might remain in office even while facing federal charges if he manages to beat the state case before his federal trial begins.
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Postby joeb on Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:46 am

FBI, IRS target Sharpton
By Ashahed M. Muhammad
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Rev. Al Sharpton
(FinalCall.com) - Responding to news reports regarding an investigation into the finances of his National Action Network, 2004 presidential campaign, and affiliated businesses, Rev. Al Sharpton angrily denounced federal authorities, accusing them of “swooping down on aides, friends and associates” in possible retaliation for his outspoken activism.

“Throughout the last several decades, I’ve spent much of my life fighting abuse in law enforcement. In that pursuit, I have probably been under every investigation known to man. I can’t remember a time that I have not been under investigation so when the latest story surfaced, it was my inclination to not even respond,” said Rev. Sharpton at a Dec. 13 press conference at the New York headquarters of the National Action Network (NAN) in Harlem.

“It is no small matter that just three weeks ago tens of thousands of people I helped to organize in a march on the Justice Department,” said the 53-year-old civil rights leader, referring to a major protest outside the agency’s Washington headquarters. Rev. Sharpton and other leaders criticized the Justice Department for slipshod investigations of suspected hate crimes and uneven application of hate crime laws.

“I would have thought that they (federal authorities) would not have handled a matter like this in such a disrespectful and insensitive way,” he said.

A number of Rev. Sharpton’s associates and aides received subpoenas to testify in court, including Rachel Noerdlinger, vice president of communications for his civil rights organization. Ms. Noerdlinger was awakened by loud banging on her door Dec. 12 at 6:30 a.m.

When she opened the door, Ms. Noerdlinger encountered two “complete strangers,” one from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and one from the Internal Revenue Service inquiring about Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network. When Ms. Noerdlinger informed them that she would not speak without a lawyer present, the federal agents handed her a subpoena and left.

“What was really disturbing to myself, and some of the other women that were served, is that we are single mothers.To have someone rouse you from your sleep banging on your door at 6:30 in the morning, for all I knew, it could have been an intruder. That was very disturbing,” said Ms. Noerdlinger. She believes the subpoenas are clearly politically motivated. The subpoena was dated Nov. 13. Rev. Sharpton and others were highly promoting the Nov. 16 march by that time.

While unsure of the number of those subpoenaed in connection with the investigation, NAN officials said Rev. Sharpton was not individually served.

According to Ms. Noerdlinger among those subpoenaed was Rev. Sharpton’s secretary, and even one individual, Carl Redding, who has not worked for Rev. Sharpton in 13 years.

A legal defense team has been assembled and relevant documents are due by Dec. 26. At that time, it is possible that a grand jury may begin hearing evidence in the case.

“They’ve done this to all of our great leaders, and will continue to do so, but to then go and bring in folks who have had absolutely no access to any of the documents they are requesting is ludicrous and wrong,” said Ms. Noerdlinger.

“This is a bigoted and racist attempt to neutralize what we are doing in this country about police brutality. Whenever you hit them, they are going to use every dirty trick in the book. It is a gangster move on the part of a gangster government,” said Attorney Lewis Myers, a longtime activist and friend of Rev. Sharpton.

Despite these recent legal hurdles, Rev. Sharpton is going forward with plans to be in Charleston, W. Va., on Dec. 18 in support of alleged rape and torture victim Megan Williams before swinging through South Carolina for a voter registration tour and possibly announcing his endorsement in the 2008 presidential race, his spokeswoman said.

“Rev. Sharpton is going to continue his efforts mobilizing around all of the issues that impact people of color. We’re not going to stop,” Ms. Noerdlinger said.
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Postby joeb on Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:07 pm

There is a long history of FBI agents using explosives to assassinate
Civil Rights workers, enviornmentalists and Political activists.
for starters read the accounts of former FBI agent Tyronne Powers
where he describes how other agents blew up his FBI issued vehicle
with him in it when he was writing his expose of FBI Death Squad activities.
http://members.tripod.com/Tyrone_Powers/home.htm

Did FBI agents blow up Judi Bari's car?
http://judibari.org/

Listen to the witnesses who saw the FBI take down the World Trade Center.
http://physics911.net/

Listen to the witness who saw FBI agents handle Timothy McVeigh
before the Oklahoma City bombing
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/1,1249,660197443,00.html

Listen to the guy working for FBI agents when he created the First World Trade Center bombing.
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCH ... cbomb.html


Memphis jury finds that a conspiracy led to Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination
By Helen Halyard
17 December 1999

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On December 8 a jury in Memphis, Tennessee returned a verdict that civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was the victim of an assassination conspiracy and did not die at the hands of a lone gunman.

The verdict followed a three-week trial of a wrongful death lawsuit which the King family filed last year against former Memphis cafe owner Loyd Jowers. According to the suit, Jowers was part of a plot to murder the civil rights leader. King was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

In a 1993 television interview with ABC News, Jowers, now 73, reported that mobsters offered him $100,000 to have King killed. Since the interview Jowers has changed his story several times. He was unable to testify at the trial due to illness. His attorney, Lewis Garrison, told the jurors they could reasonably conclude King was the victim of a conspiracy in which his client was involved, but that his role was minor.

At the end of the trial a number of jurors commented that they were convinced by the evidence that there was a conspiracy. Summing up the sentiment of the jurors, one remarked, “We all thought it was a kind of cut and dried case and that there were a lot of people involved.”

The major news media paid scant attention to the trial and portrayed the verdict as having little significance. Reports on the outcome of the trial appearing in the New York Times, for example, have been dismissive of theories of a broad conspiracy involving government agencies.

A column by Nathan Lewin in the December 11 issue of the Times, entitled “Putting History On Trial,” denounced civil trials as a means of judging history. Lewin, now a Washington attorney, was deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division of the Justice Department at the time of King's assassination.

While Lewin and others in the political establishment flatly reject conspiracy theories in the King assassination, a majority of the American population are inclined to believe that more than one gunman was involved, and many give credence to allegations of complicity on the part of government agencies.

Attorney William Pepper, former lawyer of James Earl Ray, who was sentenced to prison as the lone gunman in the King murder, has investigated the circumstances behind the assassination for the past 20 years. In 1995 he published the book Orders to Kill, which alleges involvement by the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA and the military in the assassination.

Whether or not one accepts Pepper's theories, to rule out a priori some form of conspiracy, including one involving elements within the state apparatus, is, at the very least, no more objective than the various conspiracy theories that have been advanced. An investigation into the killing by the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978 concluded that while Ray was the gunmen, there was a 95 percent probability that others were involved.

The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. took place in the midst of mass social protests and urban upheavals involving working people, youth and students who opposed racial discrimination, poverty and America's involvement in the Vietnam war. Shortly before King was killed he publicly denounced the war and began to address social issues, such as poverty, that went beyond the pervasive discrimination that confronted African Americans. He was in Memphis in 1968 to lead a march of 1,300 sanitation workers on strike for better working conditions, wages and benefits.

James Earl Ray was picked up in London several months after King's assassination and returned to the United States. He confessed to the crime in March 1969 and received a 99-year sentence. He recanted his confession three days after he made it, and for the next 29 years fought to rescind his guilty plea. State and federal courts upheld the plea on eight separate occasions. Ray met with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s son Dexter in a prison hospital shortly before he died of liver disease in 1998 and told the son of the civil rights leader that he was not responsible for his father's death.

After Ray's death William Pepper joined forces with the King family to file the wrongful death suit. Since Jowers had stated that he hired a man to do the killing, the liability charges were filed against him.

In the course of the trial 70 witnesses were presented by the defense. Among them were members of King's family; the brother of James Earl Ray; Walter Fauntroy, formerly a member of the House Select Committee on Assassinations; and New York-based attorney and media expert William Schapp.

Much of the testimony focused on the extent of operations carried out by the FBI against King and those involved in civil rights struggles. On August 25, 1967, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover approved a major counterintelligence program, Cointelpro, to disrupt and discredit left-wing organizations, civil rights demonstrators and anti-war protesters. Hoover directed operations against King in an effort to discredit his leadership and break up the movement.

Convinced that King was a communist, Hoover described him as “the most dangerous man in America, and a moral degenerate,” and was obsessed with following King's activities. Dozens of internal FBI memoranda document the surveillance and harassment of King. In one incident King's alleged “sexual escapades” were used in an attempt to blackmail him. Shortly before the assassination Hoover distributed an internal memo to the FBI calling for King's “removal from the national scene.”

At the trial Fauntroy testified that while he believed Ray was the shooter, he felt that Ray did not act alone. Fauntroy expressed dissatisfaction with the investigation carried out by the House Select Committee, noting that it was denied access to FBI files on the King murder and was unaware that US Army operatives had King under surveillance at the time of his death.

Following the issuance of the House Select Committee's final report in 1979, Committee Chairman Louis Stokes and Chief Counsel G. Robert Blakey ordered that all of the backup records, documents, unpublished transcripts and investigative data be locked up for the next 50 years.

Jurors saw the videotaped deposition of Jack Terrel, formerly of the US military, who testified that he had a conversation with a military operations specialist who told him that he was assigned to a triangular shoot team that had a special mission in Memphis around the time of King's death. Terrel stated that the specialist was never told about the specifics of the mission, and that the team was pulled out of Memphis at the last minute.

Attorney William Schaap explained how the media has been used historically by the government to disseminate information, or, more precisely, misinformation. According to Schapp, the FBI under Hoover's direction infiltrated newspapers around the world and persuaded them in the 1960s to run stories that discredited King. Schaap commented on the lack of media attention to the wrongful death suit, saying, “It's amazing how much psychological power the dissemination of false information has after 30 years.”

Following the verdict the King family told a press conference that they were satisfied with its results. The youngest son, Dexter King, remarked, “This is what we have always wanted. This is history.”

Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder told the press that the Memphis verdict would have no impact on an ongoing Justice Department review of the King assassination. The Justice Department, which initiated a review of the case last year at the request of King's widow Coretta Scott King, is expected to issue its report shortly. According to Holder it is very unlikely that criminal charges will be brought or that the government will alter its position James Earl Ray was the lone gunman and that there was no governmental conspiracy involved in the King assassination.

See Also:
30 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King




Pacific University Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day
By Lance Kissler
Pacific University hosts Forest Grove's 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration beginning on Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. "Building the Beloved Community" is the national theme for this important celebration.

Pacific University hosts Forest Grove's 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration beginning on Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. "Building the Beloved Community" is the national theme for this important celebration. The week-long series of events will begin on Monday at 11 a.m. with the 5th annual Peace March, gathering at the Rodgers Park Gazebo (located at the corner of 17th Ave. and Douglas St. in Forest Grove), and the march will proceed to Marsh Hall on the campus of Pacific University. From 12-1 p.m., the community will honor Dr. King and his dream with a program of songs, readings and a panel of African-American Pacific University alums reflecting on their experience at Pacific and in Forest Grove. Panel speakers include John E. Rodgers, Jr. '75, Lindsay Strothers '80 and Patrick E. King '91. Community participants include students from the I Have a Dream program in the Forest Grove School District, Pies for Peace, and Forest Grove Roots & Shoots. Following the events, cake will be served in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

The MLK day festivities will be complemented with two lectures open to the public. The first lecture, "The FBI and MLK: Government Suppression of Martin Luther King," is taking place at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in Marsh Hall, room 216, given by Jules Boykoff, assistant professor of politics and government at Pacific University. Sheila E. Griffie, executive director of Uniting to Understand Racism will present a lecture, "Looking Back and Looking Forward: The Challenge of Bridging the Racial Divide," on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. in Marsh Hall, room 216.

All events are free and open to the public. Pacific University welcomes all community members to attend these events, including those at noon which take place in the University Center (Washburne Hall), in the center of the campus in Forest Grove. A campus map is available at www.pacificu.edu/about/location/campusmap.cfm. For more information on Pacific University and this event, please contact Lance Kissler, director of marketing at lkissler@pacificu.edu or 503-352-2007.

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Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., is one of the West's first chartered higher education institutions. From its founding in 1849 as a pioneer-era school for orphans, Pacific University has always been about making a difference in people's lives. Today, as one of the finest small liberal arts and health professions universities in the country, that spirit of caring and service still pervades every aspect of campus life, and fuels the desire to have an even greater impact on our students, our community and the region. Pacific University is a place where more than 2,800 students find their passion; where they embrace their individuality; and where exceptional students are transformed into exceptional citizens of the world. For more information, please visit www.pacificu.edu/about.
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Postby joeb on Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:35 pm

a couple of easy reads ...in and between the lines
1st read
http://www.bwbadge.com/


second read

http://itwasjohnson.impiousdigest.com/Updates.htm

3rd read


Sat, Jan. 19, 2008
HAROLD LIGHT
Agent, super shot, barbershop singer
He helped bring MLK assassin back to the U.S. from London
JOE HOLLEY
Washington Post
Harold "Hal" Light, 86, a retired FBI special agent who oversaw construction of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., died Dec. 18 of complications from cancer surgery and a stroke in Newark, Del.

Light also was the agent tapped by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to manage the extradition of James Earl Ray to the United States from London, where he had been arrested as the alleged assassin of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Light carried with him that day in 1968 an international warrant signed by President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of State Dean Rusk authorizing him and two fellow agents to take charge of Ray.

He recalled in later years his concern on the flight back about whether rioting or other civil disturbances might break out when they landed in Memphis, where King had been assassinated a few months earlier. As it turned out, the arrival was uneventful.

An expert marksman and initially a firearms instructor at the FBI Academy, he once split a bullet on the blade of an ax on a children's TV show.

During shooting demonstrations at FBI field days at Quantico, he was among instructors who would borrow a diamond ring from a member of the audience and use it as a mirror to shoot with his back turned to the target. He later designed the firing range at the FBI Academy, as well as the first Hogan's Alley, the mock streetscape used as a training facility.

A piano player who loved to vocalize, he was active after his retirement with barbershop singing in Delaware and earlier, when he lived in Fairfax, Va.
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Postby joeb on Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:38 pm

Brown gets grilled in Perata investigation



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Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown - whose new book includes an entire chapter on "Tricks the FBI Played to Try to Get Me" - found himself the other day in front of the federal grand jury investigating state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata.

The grand jury proceedings in Oakland are part of a nearly 5-year-old federal investigation into Perata's links to lobbyists, his payment of campaign funds to family members and his role in pushing for various contracts.

Brown, who was known as the "Ayatollah of the Assembly" in his days in the capital, said it appeared from the questions he was asked that he had been brought in as an expert witness on the ins and outs of Sacramento lawmaking.

The feds were also interested in Perata's alleged efforts on behalf of a company that was trying to get a contract for "waterless toilets" at San Francisco parks and at the airport when Brown was mayor.

"I don't even know what a waterless toilet is," Brown says he told the jurors.

Did you ever meet with Sen. Perata? the federal prosecutor asked.

Yes, replied Brown - several times, on several different topics.

Did you ever keep any notes?

"No," said Brown.

Why not?

"Years ago I realized that my eyesight was failing, so notes don't do me any good," Brown said. "To compensate, I've trained my mind to concentrate on the most important information at a meeting and toss out everything else."

So you can't recall any of your conversations with the senator?

"No," Brown said. Then after a pause, the ever-dapper ex-mayor added. "But I could probably tell you what he was wearing."

For whom the toll tolls: Plans to add $2 to the toll at the Golden Gate Bridge to help fund the billion-dollar replacement of Doyle Drive appear to be sinking fast.

State Sen. Carole Migden, a Democrat whose district includes both San Francisco and Marin County, tells us such a hike would face "stiff opposition" from lawmakers.

"We have to create a more fair-handed approach, a more regional approach to funding this," Migden said.

Given that the San Francisco County Transportation Authority needs legislative approval to raise the cost of crossing the bridge to pay for Doyle Drive - and that the span is in Migden's district - a Migden thumbs-down is no small matter.

If you have any doubts, just look back to the end of the Legislature's session last year, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom served up and state Sen. Leland Yee delivered an 11th-hour proposal to create a toll authority for the Doyle Drive project. It was snuffed out by Migden in short order.

Migden's opposition and the rising outcry from Marin officials could leave the Doyle rebuild some $450 million short.

One idea being floated is to let things cool down, get Newsom more involved and maybe go for a lower toll to make the deal more palatable to the Marinites.

Let's just hope there isn't an earthquake anytime soon.

Radio waves: Bernie Ward, the self-described "Lion of the Left" who lost his late-night slot at KGO radio last month after being indicted by the feds on child pornography charges, has sent out an SOS to his supporters urging them to fax and call the station's New York corporate ownership to demand that he be returned to the airwaves.

"This is an 'all hands on deck' call," Ward wrote in an e-mail circulated last week. "I need you to help convince the corporate bosses that our San Francisco/West Coast community really wants me back on the air and deserves the factual information I can provide."

Ward tells his fans that KGO station manager Mickey Luckoff wants to put him back on the air but that the suits in New York are resisting. Luckoff did not return calls seeking comment.

"They need to hear that the feds don't always win, that I'm innocent until proven guilty, and that it's imperative for me to be back on the air now as the primaries are at a crucial stage, and my voice is something you miss and want to hear," Ward wrote.

The feds have charged Ward, 56, with two counts of possessing and distributing child pornography using the Internet. The former Roman Catholic priest insists he is innocent, saying he simply downloaded a handful of images as part of a book he was researching on right-wing hypocrisy.

"Can you do it? Will you do it?" Ward implores. "Will you light up their phones and fill up their faxes and voice mails? This is the last shot we have to get me back on the air, and I need your help."

Well, someone is listening.

"We have gotten a 4-inch stack of faxes, and yesterday we were getting three calls a minute," an assistant to Citadel Broadcasting Co.'s chief operating officer told us Friday. "To tell the truth, it's quite annoying."

No word yet on whether they'll budge.

Burton @%*^$!: That sexual harassment lawsuit that the executive director of John Burton's foster-child charity filed against him came as no surprise to friends and ex-colleagues of the onetime state Senate president.

For years, Burton has been well-known his four-letter flames at members of both sexes.

The demand by Kathleen Driscoll for $10 million from Burton, however, was a bit of a jaw dropper.

"It's meant to be punitive," said Driscoll's lawyer Kelly Armstrong, adding that Driscoll also wants to use the money to set up her own nonprofit for abused women and victims of sexual harassment.

Indeed, a lobbyist who met Driscoll at an event months ago told us she had talked quite a bit about setting up her own nonprofit.

Meanwhile, Burton seems to be getting plenty of support from the political women in his life.

State Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, a former staffer whose campaign got a big boost from Burton, was first out of the gate - praising her mentor as "a man of outstanding character."

On Thursday, the day after the suit was filed, state Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, called the 75-year-old Burton to make sure he attended her fundraiser that night as the event's "special guest."

Burton himself is keeping mum.

"My lawyer told me, 'For once in your life, don't say anything,' " Burton said when we called.

"And for once in my life, I'm going to listen."
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Postby joeb on Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:16 pm

Do you ever wonder why a black person would want to work for the organization who assassinated Martin Luther King?
Must be about money, eh?
couple of easy reads about how Martin took a bullet in the head so a black can work for the FBI , the organization who orchestrated his murder.

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Steven Dean

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Kim Henderson




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Published: Sunday, February 24, 2008

NAACP honoring standout student, professional

By Krista J. Kapralos, Herald Writer
The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has announced its first honorees in a new program that will recognize minority professionals and students each month.

Steven Dean, an FBI agent, is February's professional honoree. Dean worked in his home, Snohomish County, before being promoted to the position of assistant special agent in charge in the Seattle field office.

Kim Henderson, a senior at Mariner High School, is this month's student honoree. Henderson moved to Snohomish County from Texas last summer. She was this year's Prodigies for Peace essay winner, and read her essay on Martin Luther King Jr. at an event featuring NAACP national President Julian Bond in January.

Henderson's honor comes with a $100 scholarship, said Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas, president of the county's NAACP chapter.

Dean and Henderson were chosen by an NAACP committee. In the future, the community will be asked to nominate honorees, Lucas said.

Dean and Henderson will be formally recognized at the chapter's regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Snohomish County PUD building.

The new program, called "Local Heroes and Minority Students of the Month," is unique to the Snohomish County chapter, Lucas said.

"We thought it was important to recognize the outstanding individuals in our community," Lucas said. "There are a lot of them and people don't know who they are.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007
`The Hoovergate Scandal: Hoover's FBI and the King Assassination'--Part 3
(The following article appeared in the April 19, 1995 issue of the now-defunct Lower East Side alternative newspaper Downtown).

As early as 1970, at least one analyst, William Torbitt, was arguing that Division Five of Hoover’s FBI—not Ray—actually organized and carried out the assassination of Martin Luther King in Memphis.

According to Torbitt’s Nomenclature Of An Assassination Cabal, “the real assassin of King entered the naval base near Memphis, TN where” the FBI’s “Division Five maintains a headquarters, only minutes after King’s assassination”; and “on August 14, 1969, James Earl Ray confirmed that Division Five of the FBI was used in the slaying of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” when Ray “stated that Dr. King was killed by federal agents and that they used him to be a fall guy” in the Memphis assassination.

According to Ray, his gun-running supervisor “Raoul” had ordered him to rent a room in the rooming house from whose bathroom King was allegedly shot, three hours before the assassination. Then—about one hour before King was shot—“Raoul” suggested that Ray go by foot to a nearby movie theater and return to the Memphis rooming house in two hours.

In this same Nomenclature Of An Assassination Cabal document, Torbitt asserted that, like Ray, “the fall guy” in the JFK assassination, Lee Oswald, was also apparently handled in Memphis by Division Five of the FBI (around the same time other writers have asserted that Oswald was being simultaneously trained by the CIA). According to Torbitt, “Oswald was taken to Memphis, TN by Division Five of the FBI while in the Marine Corps” and “there he received the highest level of covert espionage activities training during June, July and August of 1957 at the Naval Intelligence School located on the Memphis Naval Base.”

Downtown (5/26/93) also has previously noted that, according to Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba and the Garrison Case by James Di Eugenio, “Michael Levy has unearthed a Navy document which reports” that “Ruth Paine was requesting information about the family of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1957.” Ruth Paine was the person who arranged for Oswald to just happen to be working in the Texas School Book Depository when JFK was assassinated in 1963.

If James Earl Ray was, in fact, funded by Hoover’s FBI in the months prior to Martin Luther King’s assassination, this would resemble the way Oswald may have been treated by Hoover’s FBI in the months prior to JFK’s assassination. According to Torbitt, prior to JFK’s assassination “Lee Harvey Oswald was paid by J.Edgar Hoover through a subterfuge account with the Department of Immigration and Naturalization…at the Dallas office of the Immigration Department” whose “address in the Rio Grande Building was found in Oswald’s notebook.”

Torbitt noted that “Dallas Chief Deputy Allan Sweatt said in a Secret Service document that Oswald was being paid $200 per month by the FBI” prior to the JFK assassination and that Sweatt “furnished Oswald’s informant number, S-172.”

Act of Treason: The Role of J.Edgar Hoover In The Assassination Of President Kennedy by Mark North also recalled that after JFK was assassinated, “Hoover’s first priority” was apparently “to contain news of Oswald’s relationship to the FBI” because “an initial examination of his file” revealed Oswald’s “connection” to Guy Bannister and Dave Ferrie. So according to Act of Treason, on Nov. 24, 1963 Hoover instructed the Special Agent In Charge of the Dallas FBI Office—J.Gordon Shanklin—“to sanitize Oswald’s file,” although “this amounted to wholesale destruction of evidence and nothing less than obstruction of justice.”

In Plausible Denial, Mark Lane also noted that he was told by an FBI informant in New Orleans, Crest Pena, that Oswald had also worked for the FBI in New Orleans, prior to JFK’s assassination, under the supervision of FBI Special Agent Warren DeBrueys. According to Lane, Pena told him that FBI Special Agent DeBrueys “had introduced Oswald to contacts known by Pena to be CIA” prior to JFK’s assassination.

Coincidentally, in his 1970 Nomenclature Of An Assassination Cabal, William Torbitt described FBI Special Agent DeBrueys as “the FBI’s Division Five Resident Agent in New Orleans;” and noted that another person mentioned by many writers as possibly being involved in a CIA-linked plot that apparently eliminated JFK—Guy Bannister—“had been in charge of the Midwestern FBI Division Five operation with headquarters in Chicago up until 1955.” Torbitt claimed that at that time J.Edgar Hoover “shifted Bannister from an official basis with Division Five to a retainer and contractual basis and moved him to New Orleans,” where “Bannister had close contacts with all the armed service intelligence agencies.”

Given the possible involvement of people connected to Division Five of Hoover’s FBI to the JFK assassination, it also might be possible that people connected to Division Five of Hoover’s FBI were involved in the Martin Luther King assassination less than five years later. (end of part 3)


Memphis jury finds that a conspiracy led to Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination
By Helen Halyard
17 December 1999

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On December 8 a jury in Memphis, Tennessee returned a verdict that civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was the victim of an assassination conspiracy and did not die at the hands of a lone gunman.

The verdict followed a three-week trial of a wrongful death lawsuit which the King family filed last year against former Memphis cafe owner Loyd Jowers. According to the suit, Jowers was part of a plot to murder the civil rights leader. King was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

In a 1993 television interview with ABC News, Jowers, now 73, reported that mobsters offered him $100,000 to have King killed. Since the interview Jowers has changed his story several times. He was unable to testify at the trial due to illness. His attorney, Lewis Garrison, told the jurors they could reasonably conclude King was the victim of a conspiracy in which his client was involved, but that his role was minor.

At the end of the trial a number of jurors commented that they were convinced by the evidence that there was a conspiracy. Summing up the sentiment of the jurors, one remarked, “We all thought it was a kind of cut and dried case and that there were a lot of people involved.”

The major news media paid scant attention to the trial and portrayed the verdict as having little significance. Reports on the outcome of the trial appearing in the New York Times, for example, have been dismissive of theories of a broad conspiracy involving government agencies.

A column by Nathan Lewin in the December 11 issue of the Times, entitled “Putting History On Trial,” denounced civil trials as a means of judging history. Lewin, now a Washington attorney, was deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division of the Justice Department at the time of King's assassination.

While Lewin and others in the political establishment flatly reject conspiracy theories in the King assassination, a majority of the American population are inclined to believe that more than one gunman was involved, and many give credence to allegations of complicity on the part of government agencies.

Attorney William Pepper, former lawyer of James Earl Ray, who was sentenced to prison as the lone gunman in the King murder, has investigated the circumstances behind the assassination for the past 20 years. In 1995 he published the book Orders to Kill, which alleges involvement by the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA and the military in the assassination.

Whether or not one accepts Pepper's theories, to rule out a priori some form of conspiracy, including one involving elements within the state apparatus, is, at the very least, no more objective than the various conspiracy theories that have been advanced. An investigation into the killing by the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978 concluded that while Ray was the gunmen, there was a 95 percent probability that others were involved.

The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. took place in the midst of mass social protests and urban upheavals involving working people, youth and students who opposed racial discrimination, poverty and America's involvement in the Vietnam war. Shortly before King was killed he publicly denounced the war and began to address social issues, such as poverty, that went beyond the pervasive discrimination that confronted African Americans. He was in Memphis in 1968 to lead a march of 1,300 sanitation workers on strike for better working conditions, wages and benefits.

James Earl Ray was picked up in London several months after King's assassination and returned to the United States. He confessed to the crime in March 1969 and received a 99-year sentence. He recanted his confession three days after he made it, and for the next 29 years fought to rescind his guilty plea. State and federal courts upheld the plea on eight separate occasions. Ray met with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s son Dexter in a prison hospital shortly before he died of liver disease in 1998 and told the son of the civil rights leader that he was not responsible for his father's death.

After Ray's death William Pepper joined forces with the King family to file the wrongful death suit. Since Jowers had stated that he hired a man to do the killing, the liability charges were filed against him.

In the course of the trial 70 witnesses were presented by the defense. Among them were members of King's family; the brother of James Earl Ray; Walter Fauntroy, formerly a member of the House Select Committee on Assassinations; and New York-based attorney and media expert William Schapp.

Much of the testimony focused on the extent of operations carried out by the FBI against King and those involved in civil rights struggles. On August 25, 1967, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover approved a major counterintelligence program, Cointelpro, to disrupt and discredit left-wing organizations, civil rights demonstrators and anti-war protesters. Hoover directed operations against King in an effort to discredit his leadership and break up the movement.

Convinced that King was a communist, Hoover described him as “the most dangerous man in America, and a moral degenerate,” and was obsessed with following King's activities. Dozens of internal FBI memoranda document the surveillance and harassment of King. In one incident King's alleged “sexual escapades” were used in an attempt to blackmail him. Shortly before the assassination Hoover distributed an internal memo to the FBI calling for King's “removal from the national scene.”

At the trial Fauntroy testified that while he believed Ray was the shooter, he felt that Ray did not act alone. Fauntroy expressed dissatisfaction with the investigation carried out by the House Select Committee, noting that it was denied access to FBI files on the King murder and was unaware that US Army operatives had King under surveillance at the time of his death.

Following the issuance of the House Select Committee's final report in 1979, Committee Chairman Louis Stokes and Chief Counsel G. Robert Blakey ordered that all of the backup records, documents, unpublished transcripts and investigative data be locked up for the next 50 years.

Jurors saw the videotaped deposition of Jack Terrel, formerly of the US military, who testified that he had a conversation with a military operations specialist who told him that he was assigned to a triangular shoot team that had a special mission in Memphis around the time of King's death. Terrel stated that the specialist was never told about the specifics of the mission, and that the team was pulled out of Memphis at the last minute.

Attorney William Schaap explained how the media has been used historically by the government to disseminate information, or, more precisely, misinformation. According to Schapp, the FBI under Hoover's direction infiltrated newspapers around the world and persuaded them in the 1960s to run stories that discredited King. Schaap commented on the lack of media attention to the wrongful death suit, saying, “It's amazing how much psychological power the dissemination of false information has after 30 years.”

Following the verdict the King family told a press conference that they were satisfied with its results. The youngest son, Dexter King, remarked, “This is what we have always wanted. This is history.”

Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder told the press that the Memphis verdict would have no impact on an ongoing Justice Department review of the King assassination. The Justice Department, which initiated a review of the case last year at the request of King's widow Coretta Scott King, is expected to issue its report shortly. According to Holder it is very unlikely that criminal charges will be brought or that the government will alter its position James Earl Ray was the lone gunman and that there was no governmental conspiracy involved in the King assassination.
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Postby joeb on Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:28 am

The FBI FRUHMENSCHEN program was created back in the 1940's
to target black leaders and elected officials in sting operations because the FBI feels blacks are incapable of governing.
FRUHMENSCHEN is a german word that means ape man.
The FBI file called RACIAL MATTERS is one of the files FBI agents keep on black americans.
Attorney William Pepper's book ACT OF STATE presents the evidence
attorney Pepper used to convince a jury in Memphis during the summer of 1999 that FBI agents assassinated Martin Luther King.

couple of easy reads funded by your white tax dollars.....
1st read

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MBA group gets recognition
Tue, Mar. 04, 2008
Miami Herald Staff Report

The South Florida Chapter of the National Black MBA Association has received the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award that recognizes individuals and organizations that positively impact their communities through community-based programs.

The FBI's Miami Division nominated the chapter for its support of initiatives such as the Leaders of Tomorrow mentoring and tutorial program, and the Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship Fund, according to an announcement from the group.

The chapter was cited also for its ''support in the furtherance of the FBI's commitment to increase awareness as an equal opportunity employer in local underserved communities,'' the announcement said.

The award was presented in February at a monthly networking event of the chapter at The Old Dillard Museum in Ft. Lauderdale.

3d read
THERE WAS REASON NOT TO TRUST THEM



By PATSY SIMS; PATSY SIMS IS THE AUTHOR OF ''THE KLAN'' AND ''CAN SOMEBODY SHOUT AMEN! INSIDE THE TENTS AND TABERNACLES OF AMERICAN REVIVALISTS.''
Published: July 9, 1989

LEAD: ''RACIAL MATTERS'' The FBI's Secret File on Black America, 1960-1972. By Kenneth O'Reilly. 456 pp. New York: The Free Press. $24.95.

''RACIAL MATTERS'' The FBI's Secret File on Black America, 1960-1972. By Kenneth O'Reilly. 456 pp. New York: The Free Press. $24.95.

One of the sad truths surrounding the civil rights movement is the growing realization that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have been as great an enemy to the struggle for black freedom as the Southern segregationists who openly challenged it in the streets.

At the time, the civil rights activist Fanny Lou Hamer said of the Federal agents sent to investigate her beating in a Mississippi jail: ''I just don't trust 'em.'' And a growing body of evidence demonstrates there was good reason not to. For as Kenneth O'Reilly notes, when the F.B.I. showed up in the trouble spots of the South, most often it was not to protect those struggling for black freedom but to spy on them, even to harass them and, at times, to sow dissent and incite violence.

In '' 'Racial Matters,' '' Mr. O'Reilly traces the long, tortured relationship between the F.B.I. and black America, from the bureau's covert surveillance during World War I to the dismantling of its controversial intelligence apparatus in 1972. During that time, the bureau amassed dossiers bulging with rumor and allegations, all kept under the heading of ''Racial Matters.''

It is from these recently declassified files that Mr. O'Reilly, the author of ''Hoover and the Un-Americans,'' draws much of his material. Using F.B.I. files, transcripts of wiretapped and bugged conversations, confidential office memorandums and interviews with former F.B.I. executives and field agents (among others), he presents a remarkable look at the inner workings of the bureau and the often flawed, petty, irrational thinking behind its relentless drive to destroy the civil rights movement and its most visible leader, Martin Luther King Jr. From the beginning, J. Edgar Hoover used the argument of states' rights to justify his refusal to protect civil rights activists, while spying on many of them under the pretense of weeding out Communists and other subversives. As the movement grew, he turned to more drastic measures, broadening covert surveillance and ordering counterintelligence programs designed to disrupt the movement. In short, he engaged in the kinds of activities that we, as a nation, have long condemned in less democratic societies.

Mr. O'Reilly shows us a less heroic F.B.I. than the one glorified on television and in scores of books and articles surreptitiously authorized and edited by agency officials. For example, he portrays an F.B.I. that failed to take measures to prevent the bloody assault on Freedom Riders at a Birmingham, Ala., bus station in 1961 even though the bureau knew in advance of the promise of the city's police commissioner, Eugene (Bull) Connor, to keep his men away long enough for the Ku Klux Klan to act; an F.B.I. that planted false rumors that members of the civil rights vanguard were Government informers; an F.B.I. that shared movement strategies with groups like the Klan and the National States' Rights Party; an F.B.I. that fed internal rivalries between the movement's various factions, sometimes provoking conflict and violence that might have been avoided.

Many of the F.B.I. files the author gained access to bore scribbled evidence of what Mr. O'Reilly calls the director's ''primitive'' racism. To Hoover, King was a ''burr head,'' ''a 'tom cat' with obsessive degenerate sexual urges.''

Ever since the full extent of the F.B.I.'s program to destroy the movement began trickling out of its Washington headquarters, many observers have pointed to Hoover as the sole cause of the bureau's actions, and certainly he was the motivator and guiding force, fully deserving much of the blame. But as Mr. O'Reilly, like others before him, makes clear, Hoover did not act alone. The men around him shared his preference for segregation. While there were exceptions, most F.B.I. agents willingly - sometimes enthusiastically - carried out Hoover's directives, seldom questioning their wisdom or morality. And they succeeded, Mr. O'Reilly argues, only because ''responsible government officials allowed them, and encouraged them, to do so.''
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Postby joeb on Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:34 pm

News > S.C. Politics Sunday, Mar 9, 2008


QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I can remember when J. Edgar Hoover said ain’t no black person gonna join the FBI. I can remember it.”

— Retiring Sen. Kay Patterson, D-Richland, who took to the floor of the Senate last week to praise Gov. Mark Sanford for refusing to renominate Jim Schweitzer to be Department of Public Safety director. Patterson said he was not surprised that Schweitzer, a former FBI agent, had not taken strong disciplinary action against a white S.C. state trooper who was captured on video threatening a black suspect and using a racial slur.
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