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Seven Chilean Secret Police & One American CIA Agent Charged over 1976 Diplomat Murder

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Photo: Spanish diplomat Carmelo Soria was found dead in a canal in Chile in 1976

“… Those charged include Juan Contreras, the former director of the secret police, Dina. Contreras is currently serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity in Chile. Also indicted was US citizen Michael Townley. Townley worked for the Dina in Chile, from where he was extradited to the United States in 1978. He confessed to and was sentenced for his involvement in the 1976 murder of the Chilean ambassador to the US, Orlando Letelier, and his assistant. …”

BBC, 30 October 2012

A Spanish judge has indicted seven former members of the Chilean secret police for their alleged role in the kidnapping and murder of a Spanish diplomat during Chile’s military rule.

The judge also ordered international arrest warrants for the seven accused.

UN diplomat Carmelo Soria was working in Chile when he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1976. He is one of about 3,000 people to have been killed during Gen Augusto Pinochet’s rule from 1973 to 1990.

Judge Pablo Ruz charged six Chileans and one US citizen, all of whom worked for Gen Augusto Pinochet’s secret police force, with genocide, murder and kidnapping.

‘Drugged and strangled’

Michael V. Townley

Those charged include Juan Contreras, the former director of the secret police, Dina. Contreras is currently serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity in Chile.

Also indicted was US citizen Michael Townley. Townley worked for the Dina in Chile, from where he was extradited to the United States in 1978. He confessed to and was sentenced for his involvement in the 1976 murder of the Chilean ambassador to the US, Orlando Letelier, and his assistant.

He is reportedly living in the US under a witness protection programme.

The remaining indictees are all former Dina agents.

Judge Ruz said two of them stopped Carmelo Soria, who worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, as he was driving to his home in the capital, Santiago.

The judge said two of the indicted agents detained Mr Soria, saying he had committed a traffic infraction.

‘Not effective’

They took Mr Soria to Townley’s apartment, where he was questioned and tortured, according to Judge Ruz. The agents apparently suspected Mr Soria of having links to Chile’s communist party.

Judge Ruz said the agents forced Soria to get drunk, either by forcing him to drink alcohol or by injecting it into his bloodstrem. He was then strangled, his body placed in his car, and the car driven into a canal, Judge Ruz said. His body was pulled from the canal two days later. The Chilean authorities said Mr Soria had driven the car into the canal drunk.

Months later, a Washington Post investigation showed his death had been the result of torture, but Chile’s military authorities refused to open another investigation.

The current case was brought by Spain’s President Allende Foundation and taken up by Judge Ruz after another Spanish judge ruled that the investigation into the alleged crimes against Mr Soria “had not been effective” in Chile.

http://updatednews.ca/2012/10/30/chile-secret-agents-charged-over-1976-diplomat-murder/

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By IULIA FILIP

Courthouse News Service, November 02, 2012

A federal judge rebuffed a disbarred lawyer’s second attempt to stake a claim against Nazi-looted art in Czech galleries on behalf of Holocaust survivors.

Before his ouster, Edward Fagan successfully represented thousands of Holocaust survivors and their descendents in restitution lawsuits over bank accounts and property confiscated from Nazi victims during Hitler’s occupation of Europe. Fagan’s reputation and business, however, began to decline after former clients accused him of negligence and fraud.

Fagan was dismissed from the New York and New Jersey Bars in 2008, after a federal judge found no trace of a Holocaust survivor group Fagan purported to represent and imposed sanctions that Fagan could not pay.

Earlier this year, Fagan sued the Czech Republic and two of its museums on behalf of Victims of Holocaust Art Theft, a Boca Raton entity, seeking the recovery of Nazi-looted art valued at more than $50 million. Fagan claimed he co-owned the entity with several individuals who sought restitution in Eastern European countries, including Michal Klepetar, the great-nephew of prominent Czech-Jewish art collectors Richard and Regina Popper, who died in a Nazi ghetto in the early 1940s. The art collection the Nazis seized from the Poppers allegedly contained 125 Old Masters, including German, Dutch, French and Spanish works from the 16th to the 19th centuries, some of which found their way to Prague’s National Gallery.

U.S. District Judge James Cohn dismissed the action in July after Fagan failed to get a licensed attorney to represent Victims of Holocaust Art Theft. Cohn ruled that Fagan could not represent the organization on a pro se basis because it was controlled by at least one other person.

Though Fagan had argued that Victims was not a separate legal entity, but rather a fictitious name that he was using to litigate his individual claims, the judge concluded that the ex-attorney was likely using the entity to represent other persons’ interests in the litigation, despite his disbarment. The same day that the court dismissed the lawsuit, Fagan filed a second action, claiming to represent only his interest in the artwork, which he had allegedly acquired from Klepetar.

Cohn again concluded that Fagan’s pro se lawsuit was a transparent attempt to litigate other people’s claims without a license.

“Despite Fagan’s cosmetic changes to the complaint, it remains clear that he is seeking to represent the interests of other persons in addition to his own interests,” Cohn wrote.

The judge reiterated that Fagan may not represent any other person in federal court, especially after his disbarment.

In a letter submitted to the court, Klepetar confirmed that Fagan’s attempts to recover the Popper collection affected his interests in the artwork, and that he hoped to benefit from a possible restitution, according to the order.

“For all these reasons, the court finds that this case is another improper attempt by Fagan to represent Klepetar and other persons with an interest in the Popper Art Collection,” Cohn wrote in dismissing the lawsuit.

Fagan is no stranger to the tactic of acquiring a partial interest in Nazi-looted art for the sole purpose of pursuing restitution lawsuits, according to the ruling. This same behavior previously attracted sanctions from a Manhattan federal judge and led to his disbarment.

Cohn dismissed the complaint without prejudice, but warned Fagan that further inappropriate filings will result in dismissal and sanctions.

By New Times staff

Broward-Palm Beach New Times, November 2, 2012

Ricardo Poma, proprietor of the Transal Corp., linked to the planc crash in Nicaragua that triggered the Iran contra exposures: “Documents found in the plane’s wreckage listed CIA contractors working on the operation and included the contact information for Transal. … Transal’s employees have been generous supporters of Romney’s political career, donating $4,000 to his 1994 Senate race and nearly $20,000 to his two presidential campaigns”

Was Bain Capital, the company founded by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, built with help from covert Iran-contra operatives?

New information uncovered by New Times raises the possibility.

The story starts in 1984, when Romney solicited start-up money for Bain at a meeting in Miami with a small group of Latin American oligarchs. They eventually provided nearly 40 percent of the outside seed-money that began Bain, the firm on which Romney has built most of his fortune and much of his case for the presidency.

Several media outlets, including the Huffington Post, have reported that some of these investors were members of families with ties to El Salvadoran death squads. Romney has said Bain vetted the investors and their families for such ties.

Romney forged a particularly close relationship with Ricardo Poma, a right-wing billionaire from El Salvador, who became a partner at Bain and the leader of the Latin American investors.

Poma owns Transal Corp., a small family real-estate firm formerly at 848 Brickell Avenue in Miami. In 1986, Transal’s address, phone number, and the names of two employees and its president turned up in the CIA transport plane whose crash sparked the Iran-contra scandal, according to a Palm Beach Post report just days after the crash.

The plane, piloted by a Wisconsin man named Eugene Hasenfus, was shown to be smuggling arms to Nicaragua as part of an illegal White House plot to prop up the contras with proceeds from arms sales to Iran’s Ayatollah. Documents found in the plane’s wreckage listed CIA contractors working on the operation and included the contact information for Transal.

Two shell companies listed at Transal’s address, office suite 700-A, provided more than a half-million dollars for the inaugural Bain fund that Poma was managing. Poma chipped in another $3 million.

Transal’s president, Eduardo Poma, also became an investor in Bain, two years after his name appeared on the documents in the plane. And Transal’s employees have been generous supporters of Romney’s political career, donating $4,000 to his 1994 Senate race and nearly $20,000 to his two presidential campaigns.

New Times could not get comment from Transal or Bain about the tie.  Romney’s campaign emailed an excerpt from a Boston Globe article that said a Bain partner assured a “terrified” Romney  that the investors were the best and brightest of Central America.

Days after the plane crash, Eduardo Poma told The Palm Beach Post he had no idea why he and Transal were on the documents in the CIA plane, and denied any involvement. (Ricardo Poma has not responded to claims of death squad ties.)

But there is one more wrinkle. Transal’s vice president in the 1980s was a contra official named David  Raskosky. He set up a Miami company that took a $10,000 disbursement from Oliver North, the infamous military officer in charge of Iran-contra, according to testimony from congressional hearings.

“Absolutely no connection to Iran-contra,” Raskosky said in a 40-minute phone call.

A Bain spokeswoman said the firm was preparing a statement but later said, “There has been a change of thinking, and the firm isn’t going to provide a statement.”

— Penn Bullock

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/11/mitt_romneys_tie_to_iran_contr.php

Photo: Police investigators examine the crime scene where alleged mob boss Joseph Di Maulo was murdered in front of his home Nov. 5, 2012 in Blainville, Que. north of Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz /THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Les Perreaux

The Globe and Mail,

A prominent elder of Montreal’s Mafia scene was killed by gunfire in front of his home Sunday night in the first outbreak of major mob violence since Vito Rizzuto returned to the city.

Joe Di Maulo, who survived the purge of Calabrian mobsters when the Sicilian Rizzuto family took over Montreal in the early 1980s, was found with “no signs of life” in front of his home in the Montreal suburb of Blainville, according to the Sûreté du Québec provincial police.

Mr. Di Maulo, who was in his 70s, was discovered by his wife, according to several reports. In a Mafia world where symbolism matters, the killing at home and in front of family was a direct echo of the shooting death of the Sicilian clan’s patriarch, Nicolo Rizzuto, almost exactly two years ago. Mr. Rizzuto was shot by rifle through a window at his home while his wife looked on.

Mr. Rizzuto’s death, in turn, came 34 years after the final strike against several top members of the Calabrian family which then ruled Montreal. One of the leaders was shot at the table through a kitchen window.

Mr. Rizzuto’s son, Vito, was released from prison in the United States last month after serving five years for his role in a 1981 New York triple killing.

Since Vito Rizzuto’s imprisonment, his father, son and several of his closest associates died violently or disappeared in the power vacuum. He returned to Canada a month ago.

Mr. Di Maulo is the brother-in-law of mob player and accused murder Raynald Desjardins, who is fighting an order to appear before Quebec’s Charbonneau commission investigating corruption in public construction contracting.

Did you know Microsoft helps fund the National Fusion Center Association which, in turn, helps police departments buy surveillance tech? In fact, it provides fusion architecture and the Microsoft Fusion Core Solution.

By Ms. Smith

NetworkWorld, 11/04/12

The ACLU’s Privacy SOS presented a great article about why “it’s time to pull the plug on fusion centers!” While it’s well-known that Microsoft has a great and long-standing relationship with government, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies, Privacy SOS pointed out the interesting tidbit that Microsoft helps pay for fusions centers. Fusion Centers, in turn, give out grants to police departments for new surveillance technologies.

A bipartisan Senate investigation and report previously found that fusion centers are basically ‘useless’ in countering terrorism, but ‘troubling’ when it came to violating the privacy and civil liberties of U.S. citizens. DHS did not want to share a 2010 assessment of fusion centers with the Senate Subcommittee, reported Privacy SOS, but “did so after the DHS obtained the ‘consent’ of a ‘private, non-governmental organization, the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA), which supposedly had the authority to represent the 68 centers subject to review’.”

Led by a former DHS grants official who lobbies for increased federal funding for fusion centers, the NFCA receives funds from Microsoft, ESRI, Thomson-Reuters, Mutualink and other firms that want business with fusion centers.

When the Domain Awareness System launched in August, you may recall that Microsoft helped the NYPD launch the crime and terrorism prevention system that was compared to being like Minority Report and an all-seeing Big Brother. In fact, at that time, it was revealed that Microsoft has been quietly becoming one of the world’s largest intelligence solution providers. In light of the Privacy SOS revelations about Microsoft providing funds to fusion centers, which don’t provide actionable intelligence to combat terrorism, but do violate civil liberties, Microsoft’s favorite quote to me, “your privacy is very important to us,” seems especially hard to swallow. That is unless you buy into the theory that America is overrun with potential terrorists or believe all the ridiculous you-might-be-a-terrorist-if lists of innocent behaviors actually being so dangerous? It’s very aggravating that pro-surveillance people claim that anyone complaining about it is basically against stopping terrorists or other criminals. That’s a bunch of BS.

Since 2006, Microsoft has helped NATO develop a civil-military fusion center. Other fusion architecture center “success” stories include Microsoft working with Massachusetts and Utah fusion centers, the Illinois State Police, and police departments in Arlington, Texas, Miami-Dade, and Odgen to build a ‘real-time crime center.’

This is 2007 example “work-up” from “Fusion Framework gives law enforcement the most potent weapon-timely information.”

Microsoft Fusion Core Solution “is an integrated, holistic technology architecture for fusion centers, which can help you to enhance information-sharing and security by automating collection, intake, workflow management, collaborative analysis, data visualization, dissemination, auditing, and capture of business-performance metrics.” The Fusion Core Solution was “jointly developed” by “Microsoft and Environmental Systems Research Institute” (ESRI).

Microsoft further states that “secure and trusted information-gathering, assessment, and sharing are critical across all levels of government and the private sector, and information fusion centers have become the generally accepted solution.” As a matter of fact, Microsoft’s Fusion Core Solution software includes Office and several references to security and privacy. Perhaps fusion centers didn’t get a memo, since Privacy SOS wrote, “Remarkably, given the nature of their role in dealing with supposed ‘national security secrets,’ DHS personnel would write their reports as Microsoft documents and (before October 2011) send them to headquarters via unclassified emails.”

Although fusion center Intelligence and report officers earn about $80,000- $100,000 per year, it is unclear if Microsoft does not teach the importance of security and privacy, or if the fault lies in the “five-day training session” that spends three hours teaching “how to write a Human Intelligence Report and two hours on civil liberties issues.”

Ironically the bottom of this Microsoft Fusion Core Solution page includes a disclaimer: “The inclusion of a company does not imply endorsement by Microsoft of the company or its products or services.” If Microsoft provides funding and fusion framework, that certainly does imply endorsement.

If you recall, police departments tap fusion centers for money to purchase data mining software, Automated License Plate Recognition systems (LPR system), sophisticated cell phone tracking devices, a surveillance monitoring wiretap room, as well as covert, wireless audio/video recorders to name but a few of the spy technologies purchased by cops with grants from fusion centers. The ACLU has warned that APLRs can record our every move and that the DEA is utilizing and calling for more of this technology to track us . . . even though a former DEA officer said, “The war on drugs has failed.” Are these the types of spying devices that Microsoft helps pay for?

It’s no surprise that Microsoft did not create this video for easy social network sharing or for embedding, but here is Microsoft’s Fusion Core Solution Demonstration video; please watch it.

Below are two videos dealing with SharePoint, and Microsoft and ESRI’s Fusion Core Solution available via YouTube.

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