Alex Constantine - September 3, 2008
Edited by Alex Constantine
JOSEPH SCHMITZ, A US GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL, SITS ON THE BOARD OF AN ADVERTISER AT AL MANAR
Mr. Schmitz served as Inspector General of the Department of Defense from 2002 to 2005, having been nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.Â He now serves as the Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of The Prince Group.Â His experience includes 27 years of naval service, both active and reserve, and serving as Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, the Honorable Edwin Meese III, and as law clerk to the Honorable James L. Buckley, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Â Mr. Schmitz' private-sector law practice focused on complex civil litigation, regulatory matters, international trade, administrative and constitutional law.Â He is a Young Leader Alumnus of the American Council on Germany, and a member of the SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA.
DETECON - Deutschen Telepost Consulting GmbH
4,000 Jews, 1 Lie
TRACKING AN INTERNET HOAX
By Bryan Curtis
Oct. 5, 2001
[Addendum, Oct. 7, 4 p.m. ET: Osama Bin Laden essentially claimed credit for the Sept. 11 attacks in a statement recorded before Sunday's strikes on Afghanistan. "America was hit by God in one of its softest spots," he said. "If it continues with this policy [against Iraq and the PLO], the sons of Islam will not stop their struggle."]
It is an article of faith in many Muslim countries that Israel was behind the attack on the World Trade Center, with many citing as their evidence a "news report" that 4,000 Israelis called in sick from their jobs at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. The allegation has now appeared on scores of Web sites and bulletin boards, has been reproduced in e-mails too numerous to count, and has run as fact in newspapers and news broadcasts in the Middle East. Where did this charge originate, and what path did it take around the world?
First, a question begs: Where did the precise figure of 4,000 Israelis come from? According to the Anti-Defamation League's Web site, on Sept. 11, the Israeli Embassy released a statement expressing concern about the 4,000 Israeli nationals living in New York City—few of whom actually worked in the World Trade Center. At press time, the embassy couldn't confirm this statement.
According to Nexis and the Google search engine, the first mention of Israeli involvement in the attacks came in a Sept. 17 report on Lebanon's Al-Manar Television. The Los Angeles Times reports that the terrorist group Hezbollah has free access to Al-Manar's airwaves, and the station's Web site claims that the station exists to "stage an effective psychological warfare with the Zionist enemy."
The next day at 6:26 a.m., the American Web site Information Times published an article headlined "4,000 Jews Did Not Go To Work At WTC On Sept. 11," and credited it to an "AL-MANAR Television Special Investigative Report." This was not the first time that Information Times had pointed the finger at Israel. The day after the attacks, it warned in an article that the "terrorist government of Israel … cannot be ruled out" as a suspect. Information Times purports to be edited by Syed Adeeb from the eighth floor of the National Press Club at 549 15th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20045. The Press Club says it has no such tenant and repeated messages sent to the e-mail address for Syed Abeed listed on the site bounce back as undeliverable. Directory assistance for Washington, D.C., has no listing for Information Times.
DEUTSCHE, DETECON & AL MANAR TELEVISION
Terrorist TV, and Its Corporate Sponsors
The Wall Street Journal
14 OCTOBER 2005
COMMENTARY: Advertising on Terror TV [Note: Paid subscription required.]
By MARK DUBOWITZ and ROBERTA BONAZZI
October 4, 2005
In one episode of the 29-part Ramadan special "Al-Shatat, The Diaspora," a rabbi orders his young son to kidnap a Christian friend so that his throat can be slit and the blood drained into a bedpan to be used to make food for Passover. The rest of the series tells the usual anti-Semitic plot of alleged Jewish aspirations for world domination. This TV show is just one example of the programming run by Hezbollah's global satellite channel, al-Manar. While the spread of this kind of hatred is despicable in any context, when it is broadcast to millions of viewers by terrorists intent on destroying lives, it becomes a weapon of global jihad.
Al-Manar routinely runs videos encouraging children to become suicide bombers, calls for terrorists to attack coalition soldiers in Iraq, and promises that "martyrs" will be rewarded in the afterlife.
Hezbollah established al-Manar in 1991 as an operational weapon to incite hatred and violence and recruit children and adults as terrorists. According to al-Manar officials interviewed by Hezbollah expert Avi Jorisch for his book "Beacon of Hatred," the station's programming is meant to "help people on the way to committing what you call in the West a suicide mission." Viewers are told: "The path to becoming a priest in Islam is through jihad," as Hezbollah's Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech on March 23, 2002. Every day al-Manar reaches millions of Arabic speakers in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa....
But two satellite companies continue to broadcast the station's programming: Arabsat, whose largest shareholder is the Saudi government, and Nilesat, which is majority-owned by the Egyptian government. The footprint of these two providers covers all of Europe, from Spain to southern Sweden and the Balkans. It extends to North Africa and the Middle East. As a result, Arabic speakers in Paris, London, Madrid and elsewhere continue to have access to a station that fosters a culture of terrorism 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As al-Manar's former chairman Nayef Krayem said, "There is no act of resistance that can be classified as terrorism." The European Union must pressure the Saudi and Egyptian governments to stop broadcasting this hatred to impressionable young Muslims in Europe.
That's the political part of the fight against al-Manar. But there is also a commercial side to it. While a large part of al-Manar's operating budget comes from Iran, a significant portion is derived from ad revenue. There are a handful of multinational corporations that still advertise on al-Manar, indirectly endorsing its message of hatred and violence and directly supporting its operations by paying for air time.
Within the past few months, al-Manar broadcast ads for products from the following companies: Nissan, the Japanese car manufacturer; LG, the Korean electronics maker; Tefal, a producer of home cooking products and subsidiary of France-based Groupe SEB; Jovial, a manufacturer of Swiss watches; and Cellis-Alpha, a cellular SIM card provider owned by Fal Dete Telecommunications, a Saudi-German consortium majority-owned by DETECON, which in turn is a subsidiary of DEUTSCHE TELEKOM.
Detecon Al Saudia Co. Ltd
DETECON AL SAUDIA CO. LTD. (DETASAD) was established in 1982 as a Saudi-German company with kingdom-wide activities in the fields of Telecommunications. DETASAD has vast experience in all fields of Information Technology and Telecommunication (ITC), i.e. Management Consultancy, Engineering, Planning, Project Management, and Operation and Maintenance. DETASAD's broadband IP VSAT network system offers IP services over satellite, such as exchange of data, voice over satellite, and broadcast of video applications. The easy to operate system uses small antennas (0.9m) and high sophisticated modems.
German consultant launches U.S. subsidiary - Detecon Deutsche Telepost Cnsulting; Detecon Inc.
Detecon Deutsche Telepost Consulting has launched its U.S. subsidiary, Detecon Inc., with headquarters in RESTON, VA. ...
ANTI-SEMITIC SERIES ON AL MANAR TELEVISION
"The Diaspora" [Al-Shatat]
The Diaspora [Al-Shatat], the Syrian-produced series aired last year during the Ramadan on Al-Manar (Hizbollah TV) is now being aired on Iranian TV. The series covers the period of the Zionist movement, and is primarily a depiction of the classic anti-Semitic libel that attributes to Jews the desire for world domination. The series revolves around the "Secret Jewish World Government," whose members meet and plan how to use their control and influence over the leaders of the world to direct all of history. ....
"Secret Jewish Government" plans the dropping of Atomic Bomb on Japan ...
NAZI CONNECTIONS TO 9/11 - THE SCHMITZ BROTHERS
Joseph Edward Schmitz is the son of the late John G. Schmitz, former California State Senator, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Presidential candidate (1972). John Schmitz was famous for his right-wing views and occasional racist and homophobic remarks. His public career was ended when it was revealed that he had an affair and fathered two illegitimate children. John Schmitz's seven legitimate children include former George H.W. Bush White House counsel John P. Schmitz, Jerome T. Schmitz, Theresa Manion, Elizabeth Crnkovich, Philip Schmitz (who tragically drowned as a baby in the family pool), child rapist Mary Kay Letourneau, and Joseph Edward Schmitz.
SCHMITZ CLAN INTERMARRIED WITH THE BUSH FAMILY
Jeb married a Mexican woman. Columba Bush’s sister is married to John P. Schmitz, a beneficiary of the fellowship programs subsumed under the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft and the brother of Joseph Schmitz, currently the head of the Blackwater security outfit. John P. Schmitz has close links to the elder George Bush, the 9/11 milieu...
JW has filed suit seeking the Administration’s anthrax documents to ascertain why the White House starting taking heavy doses of Cipro on the day of the attacks—nearly a month before anthrax was even discovered on Capitol Hill, and while postal workers continued to sort mail in contaminated offices—some dying in the process.”
... when the county's longtime conservative Rep. James B. Utt died and local Republicans needed a successor, Schmitz--by then a national director of the ultraconservative John Birch Society -- was a natural choice. Over time, he lost the support of the John Birch Society, which found him too conservative and dismissed him from its national council in 1982. Earlier, he had said he joined the society "to do something to get the middle-of-the-road vote in Orange County."
BIZARRE SEXUAL PERVERSIONS
One of the strangest episodes in Schmitz’s saga concerns a second family he raised by his German (!) mistress. A young boy conceived in that relationship appears to have been sexually mutilated. “But the man who saw conspiracies everywhere, who was an equal opportunity bigot, and who decried America’s moral decrepitude, had, himself, a skeleton in the closet. It came to light in a curious way. An Orange County child abuse case in 1982 concerned a thirteen-month-old infant who was discovered with hair so tightly wound around his penis that the organ had nearly been severed. The baby was placed in protective custody, and the court demanded that the father step forward. It turned out to be none other than John G. Schmitz, now again a state senator, paterfamilias of five children and, er, two others with his German mistress, once his student at Santa Ana. It marked the end of Schmitz’s political career (although he did attempt to run for Congress once more). The charges against the mother were eventually dropped and the infant restored to her care. But it was never explained what was going on with the hair-wound penis. One historian has suggested that it was a ‘mysterious sex—or probably anti-sex ritual . . . as if a chastity device.’ Schmitz, feisty as ever, remarked, ‘I ought to get the Right to Life man-of-the-year award for this.’”
John Schmitz was the father of the Bush I aide most involved in Iran-Contra, John P. Schmitz, who refused to testify before the Walsh Commission ...
... Some may remember Schmitz from the Iran/contra investigation, when the Office of the Independent Counsel (OIC) reported that each witness interviewed regarding document production complied except for Schmitz, who asserted that his documents were privileged work product.
Schmitz, fluent in German and a Partner in global-law firm Mayer, Brown & Platt, has clients that include Bayer AG, German maker of the antibiotic Cipro, which fights Anthrax, about which Larry Klayman and Judicial Watch (JW) will have keen interest. Recently, JW filed suit seeking the administration’s anthrax documents to ascertain why the White House starting taking heavy doses of Cipro the day of the attacks -- nearly a month before anthrax was even discovered on Capitol Hill, and while postal workers continued to sort mail in contaminated offices -- some dying in the process.
But John Schmitz’s Mayer-Brown profile also reveals that he represents Enron, adding that “we were active in Germany [with Enron] until the end....It [bankruptcy] surprised me as well as anyone else,” according to Reuters (1-4-2002). Moreover, Mayer-Brown also represents Deutschebank on a regular basis regarding its electronic commerce activities; and curiously, Schmitz’s law firm maintains an office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan along with Enron -- if only to make sure oil is well in the Caspian Sea basin.
Even many 9/11 victim families will even come to recognize Mayer-Brown; for conveniently, the firm also happens to represent United Airlines against 9/11 family lawyers Mary Schiavo and Donald Nolan. And given partner John P. Schmitz’s close former relationships with the Bush family, Mayer-Brown’s many water coolers may become intriguing conduits when Miss Schiavo and Mr. Nolan begin their respective legal discovery initiatives regarding who will be subpoenaed or deposed and what evidence is or is not revealed.
Michael Feagley, a Mayer-Brown lead attorney in more than 35 jury and bench trials, and evidentiary hearings, is a recognized expert in witness testimony and evidence. And like 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Kenneth Feinberg, Feagley is an also an authority on alternative dispute resolution techniques - the art of bringing parties together to compromise in legal disputes. His law firm biography lists the art of avoidance of and preparation for potential future litigation as an additional key area of expertise.
Mayer-Brown’s website also lists a connection to President Bush’s family, in that one of its partners, John P. Schmitz, personally represents and lobbies for both Enron and Bayer AG, while also sitting on the Trustee Board of Bayer Foundation. Moreover, Schmitz, fluent in German, was White House Deputy Counsel when George H. W. Bush was both President and Vice President, making the story’s legs that much more interesting.
JOHN P. SCHMITZ PROFILE
Employment - Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, Washington, D.C., 1993 to date • Deputy Counsel to President George Bush, The White House,Washington, D.C., 1989-1993 • Deputy Counsel to Vice President George Bush, Office of the Vice President, The White House, Washington, D.C., 1985-1989 • Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, D.C., 1984-1985 • Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, Office of Bundestag Member Matthias Wissmann, Bonn, and Office of General Counsel, Robert Bosch, GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany • Law Clerk to The Honorable Antonin Scalia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., 1983-1984 • Research Fellow, Environmental Quality Lab, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1982-1983 • Special Assistant to William Baxter, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 1981-1982 • Research Assistant to Professors John Ferejohn and Morris Fiorina, Pasadena, CA, and London, England, 1978-1980 • Legislative Assistant to Goodloe E. Byron, Member of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1977 • Legislative Aide to Charles W. Sandman, Jr., Member of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1973-1975.
Stanford Law School, J.D., 1981; Stanford Foundation for Law and Economic Policy, founding member; Stanford Law Review • California Institute of Technology, M.S., Economics, 1978; Completed all coursework and exams toward Ph.D • Georgetown University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1976; Phi Beta Kappa; Dobriansky Fellowship
JOHN P. SCHMITZ, MAYER-BROWN, ANTHRAX, BEN VENISTE, ETC.
Mayer-Brown also has clients that include Bayer AG (German maker of the antibiotic Cipro which fights Anthrax, about which Larry Klayman and Judicial Watch (JW) will have keen interest.
JW has filed suit seeking the Administration’s anthrax documents to ascertain why the White House starting taking heavy doses of Cipro on the day of the attacks -- nearly a month before anthrax was even discovered on Capitol Hill, and while postal workers continued to sort mail in contaminated offices -- some dying in the process.
John Schmitz’s Mayer-Brown profile also reveals that he represented Enron, adding that “we were active in Germany [with Enron] until the end....It [bankruptcy] surprised me as well as anyone else,” according to Reuters (1-4-2002).
Moreover, Mayer-Brown also represents Deutsche Bank on a regular basis regarding its electronic commerce activities; and curiously, Schmitz’s law firm maintains an office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, along with Enron -- if only to make sure oil is well in the Caspian Sea basin.
And Deutsche Bank is knee-deep in pre-9/11 insider trading stock profits. Enough said.
Ben Veniste, for his part, was very cordial to us, even as we asked him about his recusing himself from participating in writing airline safety recommendations relative to his firm’s representation of United Airlines: “I have already addressed the conflict of interest issue.”
Real answers, however, about how serious Ben Veniste and other Commissioners are regarding their quest for 9/11 truth will come when it is learned which key administration players will testify and whether their subpoenas will be served “by consensus,” -- to which Senator John McCain had referred during his Thursday morning testimony -- or whether subpoenas will center along political party battle-lines. This, while also addressing issues of openness and public sunshine.
Mayer-Brown is a powerhouse multinational firm, with offices in numerous Western European countries and the United States. Interestingly, its website lists such clients as Enron Corporation, both of whom maintain offices in the Caspian Sea basin in Tashkent, Uzbekistan - near Afghanistan; German corporation Bayer AG - maker of cipro, the antibiotic used to treat anthrax; and German banking giant, Deutsche Bank, for electronic commerce activities. According to wide reports, two of the September 11 terrorist hijackers maintained bank accounts at Deutsche Bank, including leader Mohammed Atta.
WILMER CUTLER & PICKERING
[John P.] Schmitz was a beneficiary of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, a subsidiary program (along with the Alfa Fellowship) of the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft. When working with the Bundestag, Schmitz worked with Mathias Wissman, the former treasurer of the CDU! Later, Wissman went to work for Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, a law firm that also employed Schmitz and that represents key German government-linked corporations in their attempts to move into American markets.
JP. SCHMIDT'S LOBBYING INCOME
John Patrick Schmitz
Employer: Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw
Home: McLean, VA
John P. Schmitz is a Washington lobbyist who reported $1.6 million in lobby income in 2002 from five corporate clients led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Lockheed Martin and RxHub—an electronic prescription service formed by leading drug-benefits companies. Schmitz co-chairs the U.S. Chamber’s Federalism Initiative, which promotes legal limits on the damages that businesses must pay when they harm workers, consumers or communities.
JOSEPH E. SCHMITZ A KNIGHT OF MALTA
He is a Young Leader Alumnus of the American Council on Germany, and a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Joseph Schmitz is active in the Washington Lawyers' Chapter of the right-wing Federalist Society, the same group with which the new Chief Justice John G. Roberts was affiliated.
BUSH APPOINTS JOSEPH SCHMITZ AS IG AT THE PENTAGON UNDER RUMSFELD
"President Bush nominated Joseph E. Schmitz to be the Inspector General"
CLERKED FOR JAMES L. BUCKLEY
He clerked with James L. Buckley [President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc. 1982-1985], Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ...
SCHMITZ & PATTON BOGGS
http://www.defenselink.mil/bios/schmitz_bio.html From 1987 to 2002, Mr. Schmitz' private-sector law practice focused on complex civil litigation, aviation regulatory matters, international trade, administrative law, and constitutional appellate litigation, most recently as a partner at PATTON BOGGS LLP.
His prior public service includes: 27 years of naval service, first on active duty and then as a reserve officer, attaining the rank of Captain; Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, Honorable Edwin Meese III
SCHMITZ COULD BE COUNTED ON TO KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT
"Schmitz was appointed to his post by President Bush in 2001 after the Associated Press reported the office 'was caught cheating' and destroying internal documents. His office has broad jurisdiction to investigate all Pentagon contracts, both in Iraq and elsewhere. But judging by Schmitz's qualifications, the White House had one thing in mind when it appointed him: political loyalty.
HIS PERFORMANCE AT DOD
When Joseph E. Schmitz took over as the Pentagon's inspector general in 2002, the largest watchdog organization in the federal government was under fire for failing to fully investigate a senior official, falsifying internal documents and mistreating whistle-blowers.... Schmitz slowed or blocked investigations of senior Bush administration officials ...
BLOCKED AN INVESTIGATION
OF EDWARD "PETE" ALDRIDGE AT LOCKHEED
Another case in which Schmitz intervened came when the inspector general's office began examining the jobs received by Pentagon officials who left for the private sector, according to another U.S. official, who also declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue. One of those on the list was Edward "Pete" Aldridge, the former Pentagon procurement chief who took a job with defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Schmitz would not sign a subpoena allowing investigators to examine employment documents, the official said. Instead, the official said that Schmitz created a new policy that made it more difficult to get information by subpoena by requiring additional bureaucratic steps. During his tenure, Schmitz also made it harder to initiate an investigation of a political appointee, requiring high-ranking approval before investigators could proceed. A Lockheed Martin spokesman confirmed the company had received a request that the firm "voluntarily provide" information regarding Aldridge. It said it had "promptly and fully" responded to the request....
JOSEPH SCHMITZ RESIGNS ...
... The resignation comes after Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sent Schmitz several letters this summer informing him that he was the focus of a congressional inquiry into whether he had blocked two criminal investigations last year....
... AND TAKES A JOB AT BLACKWATER USA
Joseph E. Schmitz, who resigned last September to become chief operating officer for the Prince Group, a division of Blackwater USA, which provides security services to troops in Iraq and around the globe.
ABOUT BLACKWATER & THE PRINCE GROUP
Blackwater maintains the largest private military training facility in the United States.... Blackwater's CEO and co-founder is Michigan-based Erik D. Prince, an ex-US Navy SEAL, an heir to an automobile parts corporate fortune, a former intern for President George H. W. Bush, and a contributor to such right wing Republicans as recently indicted Tom DeLay. Prince also has strong political links to Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, one-time GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer, a political action committee called "Restoring the American Dream," (whose board of directors included Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, Robert Bork, former Rep. Steve Largent, Domino's Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan.... Blackwater is far removed from oversight by government inspectors general, Freedom of Information Act requests, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and snooping reporters.