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The Valerie Plame Leak and a Beheading in Syria

Why did Lockheed hire James Comey, the deputy AG who appointed Patrick Fitzgerald to the Plame case? (One of the stories below has more information on him.) Comey’s job was subsequently filled by Robert McCallum – A Skull & Bones man. You know frat boys …

Paul Johnson, beheaded in Syria, was a Lockheed engineer. The murder was blamed on Al Qaeda, but Wayne Madsen’s sources say they didn’t do it. Syrian police – trained by DynCorps and other equally foul US “contractors”–are the chief suspects (another story below), in league with a killer trained by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)–the same company that set up the infrastructure at the NSA used for all those phone taps under Michael Hayden’s command, the parent of DynCorps At the behest of whom? Many researchers suspect strongly that Johnson worked for Valerie Plame’s business front Brewster-Jennings, Inc., and there were a score of murders in the Middle East and elsewhere after her CIA status was leaked. Johnson was probably one of them. Lockheed is keeping a seal on the role of State Department’s Marc Grossman–and the Johnson murder, and others that resulted from the leak, in the course of an investigation of State Department officials involved in the nuclear black market–AND THIS PROTECTS THE ENTIRE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. Lockheed has interests in the executive branch. A key suspect in the Plame leak is Grossman (one of the officials General Mahmoud met with in Washington – Mohammed Atta’s pay-master, director of Pakistani intelligence), a Lockheed lobbyist at Cohen Group. (Two Locheed Martin directors are executives at William Cohen’s lobbying firm. BTW, Cohen is not a registered lobbyist, and you have to wonder how the firm gets away with that.) Fitzgerald knows of the murders and has said nothing. The Plame fiasco is much deeper than the press lets on. – Alex Constantine – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – http://noquarter.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/10/the_law_is_on_t.html Oil for Blood coverups ?by Mr Murder [Unsubscribe] [Edit Diary]?Fri Jul 08, 2005 at 06:17:55 AM PDT?Several Murders occurred after the Plame outing on people in the oil industry formerly stationed abroad in business capacities. Two names. Todd Staheli for Shell in Brazil as part of the emerging OPEC influence in South America. Paul Johnson in Saudi Abrabia who worked for Lockheed Martin.?http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/7/8/91755/13039 ———————— godlikeproductions.com/bbs/aitem.php%3Fmessage% 3D124658%26show%3D0705%26PHPSESSID%3Ddbad32df72ed 59e1023a254453721174+wayne+madsen+ist+of+CIA+people+ compromised+by+plame&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=1 Plame´s CIA network was compromised and many were killed as a result of The White House Bush-Cheney leaks in violations of National Security Laws and murder of U.S. CIA Federal Agents. ————————- http://www.lgtinc.org/categories/Education/ And yet the leaking of Valerie Plame’s covert identity truly did place this country in grave danger and may have even lead to the death of a covert CIA agent associated to Valerie Plame Wilson. Wayne Madsen, a reporter and former NSA employee, has claimed, “CIA sources report that at least one anonymous star placed on the CIA’s Wall of Honor at its Langley, Virginia headquarters is a clandestine agent who was executed in a hostile foreign nation as a direct result of the White House leak.” ————————- http://www.counterpunch.org/butler06252004.html the murders in Saudi Arabia of American expatriates and the murders of foreign workers in Iraq are inextricably linked to American conduct in the region is undeniable. Nick Berg, Paul Johnson and Kim Sun-il were all dressed in the same orange jump-suits prior to being murdered. It is no coincidence that the outfits and colours chosen for their murders were the same colour and style as clothes worn by detainees in Guantanomo Bay and Abu Ghraib. ————————- http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/7/3/16838/88864 Sensitive CIA operations that were compromised by the leak included companies, government officials, and individuals associated with the nuclear smuggling network of Pakistan’s chief nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. In addition, the identities of U.S. national and foreign agents working within the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, North Korea’s nuclear laboratory in Yongbyon, Pakistan’s Kahuta uranium enrichment plant, banks and export companies in Dubai, Islamabad, Moscow, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, and Kiev, and Kuala Lumpur, and government agencies in Libya, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Iran were severely compromised. The CIA has reportedly given Fitzgerald highly classified details on the damage done to the CIA’s WMD tracking network. ———————— http://noquarter.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/10/ plamegate_updat.html Paul Johnson is the one this citizen thought was a most likely asset- very good proximity to their war and transit capabilities and even someone to get an inside track on any pilot listings for hijackers-in training… ————————- http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:d CFWuHpAqxYJ:lawnorder.blogspot.com /2005/07/plame-actual-damage-caused-by-that.html +wayne+madsen+and+plame +leak&hl=en&lr=&strip=1 7/3/2005 Plame: The actual damage caused by that leak (FTW) The CIA Director’s job by definition, whether others like it or not, is to be able to go to his President and advise him of the real scientific data on foreign resources (especially oil); to warn him of pending instability in a country closely linked to the US economy; and to tell him what to plan for and what to promise politically in his foreign policy. In light of her position in the CIA’s relationship with Saudi Aramco, the outing of Valerie Plame made much of this impossible. In short, the Bush leak threatened National Security. COUP D’ETAT: The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the CIA on June 3rd and 4th Bush, Cheney Indictments in Plame Case Looming by Michael C. Ruppert & additional reporting by Wayne Madsen from Washington Valerie Plame’s career (at least the covert part) instantly ended. The actual damage caused by that leak has never been fully appreciated Not only was Plame’s cover blown, so was that of her cover company, Brewster, Jennings & Associates. With the public exposure of Plame, intelligence agencies all over the world started searching data bases for any references to her (TIME Magazine). Damage control was immediate, as the CIA asserted that her mission had been connected to weapons of mass destruction. However, it was not long before stories from the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal tied Brewster, Jennings & Associates to energy, oil and the Saudiowned Arabian American Oil Company, or ARAMCO. Brewster Jennings had been a founder of Mobil Oil company, one of Aramco’s principal founders. According to additional sources interviewed by Wayne Madsen, Brewster Jennings was, in fact, a well established CIA proprietary company, linked for many years to ARAMCO. The demise of Brewster Jennings was also guaranteed the moment Plame was outed. It takes years for Non-Official Covers or NOCs, as they are known, to become really effective. Over time, they become gradually more trusted; they work their way into deeper information access from more sensitive sources. NOCs are generally regarded in the community as among the best and most valuable of all CIA operations officers and the agency goes to great lengths to protect them in what are frequently very risky missions. By definition, Valerie Plame was an NOC. Yet unlike all other NOCs who fear exposure and torture or death from hostile governments and individual targets who have been judged threats to the United States, she got done in by her own President, whom we also judge to be a domestic enemy of the United States. Moreover, as we will see below, Valerie Plame may have been one of the most important NOCs the CIA had in the current climate. Let’s look at just how valuable she was. ARAMCO According to an April 29, 2002 report in Britain’s Guardian, ARAMCO constitutes 12% of the world’s total oil production; a figure which has certainly increased as other countries have progressed deeper into irreversible decline. ARAMCO is the largest oil group in the world, a stateowned Saudi company in partnership with four major US oil companies. Another one of Aramco’s partners is Chevron-Texaco which gave up one of its board members, Condoleezza Rice, when she became the National Security Advisor to George Bush. All of ARAMCO’s key decisions are made by the Saudi royal family while US oil expertise, personnel and technology keeps the cash comin All of ARAMCO’s key decisions are made by the Saudi royal family while US oil expertise, personnel and technology keeps the cash coming in and the oil going out. ARAMCO operates, manages, and maintains virtually all Saudi oil fields – 25% of all the oil on the planet. It gets better. According to a New York Times report on March 8th of this year, ARAMCO is planning to make a 25% investment in a new and badly needed refinery to produce gasoline. The remaining 75% ownership of the refinery will go to the only nation that is quickly becoming America’s major world competitor for ever-diminishing supplies of oil: China. Almost the entire Bush administration has an interest in ARAMCO. Page -12- The Boston Globe reported that in 2001 ARAMCO had signed a $140 million multi-year contract with Halliburton, then chaired by Dick Cheney, to develop a new oil field. Halliburton does a lot of business in Saudi Arabia. Current estimates of Halliburton contracts or joint ventures in the country run into the tens of billions of dollars. So do the fortunes of some shady figures from the Bush family’s past. As recently as 1991 ARAMCO had Khalid bin Mahfouz sitting on its Supreme Council or board of directors. Mahfouz, Saudi Arabia’s former treasurer and the nation’s largest banker, has been reported in several places to be Osama bin Laden’s brother in law. However, he has denied this and brought intense legal pressure to bear demanding retractions of these allegations. He has major partnership investments with the multibillion dollar Binladin Group of companies and he is a former director of BCCI, the infamous criminal drugmoney laundering bank which performed a number of very useful services for the CIA before its 1991 collapse under criminal investigation by a whole lot of countries. As Saudi Arabia’s largest banker he handles the accounts of the royal family and – no doubt – ARAMCO, while at the same time he is a named defendant in a $1 trillion lawsuit filed by 9/11 victim families against the Saudi government and prominent Saudi officials who, the suit alleges, were complicit in the 9/11 attacks. Both BCCI and Mahfouz have historical connections to the Bush family dating back to the 1980s. Another bank (one of many) connected to Mahfouz – the InterMaritime Bank – bailed out a cash-starved Harken Energy in 1987 with $25 million. After the rejuvenated Harken got a nobid oil lease in 1991, CEO George W. Bush promptly sold his shares in a pump-and-dump scheme and made a whole lot of money. Knowing all of this, there’s really no good reason why the CIA should be too upset, is there? It was only a long-term proprietary and deep-cover NOC – well established and consistently producing “take” from ARAMCO (and who knows what else in Saudi Arabia). It was destroyed with a motive of personal vengeance (there may have been other motives) by someone inside the White House. From the CIA’s point of view, at a time when Saudi Arabia is one of the three or four countries of highest interest to the US, the Plame operation was irreplaceable. James Pavitt was Valerie Plame’s boss. So was George Tenet.: Tenet’s resignation, which occurred at night, was the first “evening resignation” of a Cabinet-level official since October 1973 when Attorney General Elliott Richardson and his deputy, William Ruckelshaus, resigned in protest of Richard Nixon’s firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Many regard this as the watershed moment when the Nixon administration was doomed. SAUDI ARABIA Given that energy is becoming the most important issue on the planet today, if you were the CIA, you might be a little pissed off at the Plame leak. But there may be justification to do more than be angry. Anger happens all the time in Washington. This is something else. One of the most important intelligence prizes today – especially after recent stories in major outlets like the New York Times reporting that Saudi oil production has peaked and gone into irreversible decline – would be to know of a certainty whether those reports are correct. The Saudis are denying it vehemently but they are being strongly refuted by an increasing amount of hard data. The truth remains unproven. But the mere possibility has set the world’s financial markets on edge. Saudi Oil Minister Ali Naimi came to Washington on April 27th to put out the fires. It was imperative that he calm everybody’s nerves as the markets were screaming, “Say it ain’t so!” Naimi said emphatically that there was nothing to worry about concerning either Saudi reserves or ARAMCO’s ability to increase production. There was plenty of oil and no need for concern. FTW covered and reported on that event. Writer and energy expert Julian Darley noted that there were some very important ears in the room, listening very closely. He also noted that Naimi’s “scientific” data and promises of large future discoveries did not sit well many who are well versed in oil production and delivery. [See FTW’s June 2nd story, “Saudi’s Missing Barrels” and our May 2003 story, “Paris Peak Oil Conference Reveals Deepening Crisis.” In that story FTW editor Mike Ruppert was the first to report on credible new information that Saudi Arabia had possibly peaked.] If anybody has the real data on Saudi fields it is either ARAMCO or the highest levels of the Saudi royal family. The answer to the Saudi peak question will determine whether Saudi Arabia really can increase production quickly, as promised. If they can’t, then the US economy is going to suffer bitterly, and it is certain that the Saudi monarchy will collapse into chaos. Then the nearby US military will occupy the oilfields and the U.S. will ultimately Balkanize the country by carving off the oil fields – which occupy only a small area near the East coast. That U.S. enclave would then provide sanctuary to the leading members of the royal family who will have agreed to keep their trillions invested in Wall Street so the US economy doesn’t collapse. So far the Saudis haven’t had to prove that they could increase production due to convenient terror attacks at oil fields, and more “debates” within OPEC. ==================== http://www.thebrigg.net/?p=10 August 29, 2005 Valerie Plame and intel into Saudi Arabia Over the past couple decades, as global oil demand has increased, and we have neared the point at which global oil production will peak (an inherent requirement of using a depletable fossil fuel), trying to maintain intelligence information on the true state of the oil industries of foreign countries has been a key priority of the CIA. If a country’s oil reserves are substantially lower than what they are publically saying, our leaders need/want to know, to prefer for a pending shortfall. Also, with many nations, the oil industries are owned and run by the government – so gathering intel from within their oil industry translates to gathering intel about many parts of the government, including military issues (such as WMDs). At least 10 years ago, the CIA created a “front operation” – a company that was secretly run by the CIA, and that built close ties with the oil industries of other nations as a means of gathering intel from within the country. This “cover company” was known as Brewster, Jennings & Associates (BJA). It took years for this cover company to really start paying off as far as intel, since it took time for the foreign countries and companies they worked with to start trusting them. A key company BJA worked with was ARAMCO – Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, which supplies somewhere around 12% of global oil production. Agents working in “cover companies” like this are known as NOCs, or “Non-Official Covers”, and are viewed as some of the most effective and useful agents the CIA has, as over time they (and their cover company) builds substantial trust, and thus is privy to considerable intel. BJA was supplying not only intel about the real state of the oil industry in the middle east, but also various WMD issues that they were able to gather intel on. A key NOC in BJA was none other than Valerie Plame, Joseph Wilson’s wife. Plame is of course the CIA agent who was “outed” by conservative columnist Robert Novak, after high ranking members of the Bush administration revealed her identity in an apparenty attempt to retaliate for her husband speaking out against false administration claims of Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Niger. As Karl Rove said, he viewed Wilson’s wife as “fair game” in retaliation. When Plame was exposed, not only was she herself exposed, but so was her cover company, Brewster, Jennings & Associates, since she was known to “work” for them. Not only was Plame and every other CIA agent working within BJA exposed and endangered, the entire BJA operation was destroyed, ending arguably one of the most important and effective intel gathering operations the CIA had at the time. Effectively, we are now “flying blind” with regards to the state of the oil industry in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the middle east, as the CIA’s operation that was keeping track of that vitally important issue, has been completely destroyed as a result of administration officials outing Plame. That is why this issue of outing Plame should not be “forgetten about”, or considered a minor issue. By outing Plame, not only was she endangered, but every CIA agent working for BJA was also outed and endangered, and this vitally important operation was destroyed. If that’s not treason, what is it? For more on this, see http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/7/3/16838/88864 —————————————— The Valerie Plame Leak and a Beheading in Syria http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/06/18/saudi.kidnap/ Al Qaeda militants kill American hostage Terrorist group leader, 3 others die in Riyadh gunbattle Saturday, June 19, 2004 Posted: 3:04 AM EDT (0704 GMT) CNN analyst: Beheading could backfire on terrorists. PLAY VIDEO YOUR E-MAIL ALERTS (CNN) — Saudi security forces killed a top al Qaeda leader in the kingdom shortly after the decapitated body of American hostage Paul Johnson Jr. was left in a remote area of Riyadh, security sources said. Abdel Aziz al-Muqrin, the self-proclaimed military leader of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, was killed while disposing of Johnson’s body, the sources told CNN. But a statement attributed to al Qaeda denied al-Muqrin’s death, saying “Saudi tyrants” trying to discourage the mujahideen were spreading “false news.” There was no way to immediately confirm the denial. Three other terror suspects also were killed, including the second most wanted man in Saudi Arabia, Rakan Alsaykhan, who had close ties with the al Qaeda mastermind of the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. The other two suspects — brothers named Bandar and Faisal Aldakheel — were also on the Saudi “most wanted” list, the sources said All four were slain after a police chase and gunbattle in the Saudi capital, the sources said. Five Saudi security forces were killed. Johnson, a 49-year-old Lockheed Martin Corp. employee, was kidnapped in Riyadh last Saturday. His body was found Friday in northern Riyadh soon after an Islamist Web site posted photographs of his decapitated body. U.S. officials said the remains were “definitely” Johnson’s. One photograph showed a severed head sitting on the back of a headless body. Al-Muqrin had threatened Tuesday to kill Johnson in 72 hours unless the Saudi government released al Qaeda prisoners and Westerners left the Arabian Peninsula. “As we promised, we the mujahedeen from the Falluja Squadron slaughtered the American hostage Paul Johnson after the deadline we gave to the Saudi tyrants,” said a statement on the Web site that has been translated from the Arabic. “So he got his fair share from this life and for him to taste a bit of what the Muslims have been suffering from Apache helicopter attacks. They were tortured by its missiles.” Johnson worked on Apache attack helicopters in Saudi Arabia and had lived there for more than a decade. Johnson’s family in the United States, including his son, daughter, brother and sister, has asked for privacy. The family issued a statement thanking everyone “for the outpouring of support they have received.” The family also praised the United States and Saudi Arabia for doing “everything they possibly could to rescue Paul under very difficult circumstances.” Lockheed Martin spokesman Tom Jurkowsky said the company is “dealing with the family.” “All we can say is we’re very distressed, very disheartened,” Jurkowsky said. President Bush offered his sympathies to Johnson’s family. Speaking in Seattle, Bush also said, “The murder of Paul shows the evil nature of the enemy we face. … We must pursue these people and bring them to justice before they hurt other Americans.” ‘We did everything we could to find him’ Al-Arabiya first reported al-Muqrin’s death. Video from the scene showed police moving people away from a crowded residential area of the capital. Shortly before the news broke, Adel Al-Jubeir, the foreign affairs adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, told reporters in Washington that Saudi security forces discovered terrorist suspects fleeing in cars, gave chase and then battled them in central Riyadh. “A number of terrorists have been killed,” he said. “We believe they are part of the al Qaeda network in the kingdom. We don’t know how related they are to the murder of Mr. Johnson.” Shortly after his kidnapping, Paul Johnson Jr. was shown in this video posted on a Web site linked to al Qaeda. More than 15,000 Saudi security forces, working with U.S. forces, combed areas believed to be al Qaeda hubs in recent days, searching about 2,000 locations for Johnson and his captors, Al-Jubeir said. “We did everything we could to find him. And we are deeply sorry that it was not enough,” he said. As news of Johnson’s killing spread, U.S. officials condemned the terrorists. Frank Lautenberg — a Democratic senator from Johnson’s home state of New Jersey — issued a scathing indictment of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to combat terrorism. “The Saudi Arabian government has shown too much patience for these terrorist cells and the ideologies of hate they preach. The United States will no longer tolerate Saudi neglect of the extremists and terrorists who live and thrive in the kingdom,” Lautenberg said. “All further relations with Saudi Arabia must be entirely contingent on the kingdom’s progress cracking down, reigning in and snuffing out its terrorist problem. Deeds — not words — must be the benchmark of Saudi progress in solving the terrorist problem that threatens its society as much as it threatens our own.” ‘A tremendous sadness’ Carol Kalin, the media attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, said the embassy and the American community in Saudi Arabia felt “a tremendous sadness at Paul’s death.” Kalin said the embassy has been in close contact with Johnson’s widow, Noom, who earlier in the day tearfully pleaded for his release. “What can I do for him?” said Noom, a native of Thailand. “I want to see him come back to see me. He don’t do anything wrong, he nice with the people. I never see him have problem in the 10 year here. Never.” Kalin said the embassy is “strongly urging Americans to depart” Saudi Arabia and urging “those Americans who do choose to remain to exercise the utmost caution.” “It’s tough times out here,” she said. Al-Muqrin had claimed responsibility for Johnson’s kidnapping and the death of another American, Kenneth Scroggs, on Saturday on behalf of a group called the Falluja Squadron, which claims to have ties to al Qaeda. A senior U.S. State Department official in Washington told CNN the United States will now act to “batten down the hatch and [not] give them an easy target.” “We want Americans to leave. We want the people that are there to take appropriate precautions,” the official said. The official added that Johnson lived away from the heavily fortified expatriate compounds and “was a sitting duck.” The al Qaeda Web statement also said the killing was “a lesson for them to learn for whoever comes to our country, this will be their punishment.” Muslim friends of Johnson — including some clerics — had also pleaded for his release. But the militants were not swayed. The Web statement addressed those pleas. “A lot of voices were very loud, expressing their anger for taking a Christian military person as a hostage and killing him while they kept their mouth shut from saying anything supporting those poor Muslims who are in prisons and being tortured by the hands of the cross-believers,” the Web site statement said, an apparent reference to the abuse of Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib prison. ————————- http://www.counterpunch.org/madsen06262004.html Another Case of Blowback By WAYNE MADSEN Saleh Mohammed al Oufi, the new head of “Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula,” the group that kidnapped and beheaded American Lockheed Martin helicopter technician Paul Johnson, may have received training from a U.S. military contractor while he was being trained as a Saudi public security non commissioned officer and prison guard. Al Oufi took over as the Al Qaeda Saudi branch leader after Saudi security forces reportedly gunned down his predecessor Abdulaziz al Muqrin. In 1983, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), which now owns Dyncorp — another major U.S. private military contractor that is training members of the Iraqi army and police — was awarded a contract by Saudi Arabia to develop the multi-hundred million dollar Saudi Ministry of the Interior System (SAMIS), one of the largest information systems in the world and one that is used by one of the most secretive public security services in the world. SAMIS was also the largest contract CSC had ever received to that point. During the time el Oufi was rising to the rank of sergeant in the Public Security Service, a part of the Saudi Interior Ministry, he may have received training on the sophisticated CSC computer system that, with its 1000 computer terminals throughout the country, was used to monitor convicts and ex-convicts, those under arrest and jailed for crimes, foreigners, religious pilgrims, and religious “miscreants” (a title used by the Saudis for Shia Muslims, Jews, Christians, and other “infidels.”) The system contains the names and addresses of every foreigner in the country legally, something that would be the mother lode of information for any terrorist or would-be terrorist. Al Oufi’s possible knowledge of the system from his time as a Public Security official would give Al Qaeda an unprecedented advantage in its terrorist activities against Westerners, particularly Americans, in Saudi Arabia. CSC has touted its work for the Saudi Royal Family in a number of its press releases over the years. Based largely on its work in Saudi Arabia, the company was awarded a similar contract in 1991 to rebuild the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior computer system after was destroyed by invading Iraqi troops in 1990. SAMIS automated the functions of all the component divisions of the Interior Ministry, including the departments of civil status (identification cards), public security (including prisons), border guards, civil defense, passports, general investigations, special security, and the governates. Al Oufi was eventually promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1989. During Al Oufi’s tenure within the Public Security Department, CSC began an upgrade of the SAMIS system — a project called SAMIS II. After being dismissed from the Saudi Public Security Department in 1995, Al Oufi went to fight with Islamic rebels in Chechnia. He was badly wounded in the breakaway Russian republic and returned to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. Subsequently, Al Oufi met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan prior to the 911 attacks on the United States. He fled Afghanistan and returned to Saudi Arabia after the Taliban regime was ousted by American forces. El Oufi is thought by many Middle East observers to have continuing contacts within the Saudi security services who may have aided and abetted in terrorist assassinations, assassination attempts, and kidnappings and executions, including Johnson’s. An Islamist web site claimed that the terrorists who kidnapped Johnson were given Saudi security uniforms and vehicles by Saudi public security personnel. And in a rather tragic irony, Lockheed Martin, the employer of the executed contractor Paul Johnson, is buying Titan, Inc., one of the contractor companies named by U.S. military investigators in the prison abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. It was the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Iraq that the Saudi Al Qaeda group cited for its beheading of Johnson. Now Johnson’s employer will be taking over the very contract that U.S. Army investigators claim helped facilitate the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and columnist. He served in the National Security Agency (NSA) during the Reagan administration and wrote the introduction to Forbidden Truth. He is the co-author, with John Stanton, of “America’s Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II.” His forthcoming book is titled: “Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops, and Brass Plates.” ——————————- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5196406/ Saudi official says it’s unlikely police aided kidnappers Search continues for body of U.S. defense worker MSNBC staff and news service reports Updated: 7:31 a.m. PT June 21, 2004 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – A Saudi Arabian official said Monday that an al-Qaida Web site’s claim that members of the terrorist network received assistance from the kingdom’s security forces in the kidnapping of American Paul Johnson Jr. is almost certainly a lie, calling the possibility “very, very remote.” Saudi foreign affairs adviser Adel al-Jubeir said on NBC’s “Today” show that al-Qaida-related Web sites have previously claimed to have support within the Saudi security forces in an effort to project strength. “Of course it would be disturbing (if that was true), but we have seen no evidence to that effect,” he said. Al-Jubeir was responding to a question about a claim on a Web site run by Islamic extremists on Sunday that Saudi police sympathizers provided cars and uniforms so the militants could fake a roadblock and snare Johnson, the American defense worker whom al-Qaida claimed to have beheaded on Friday. Saudi criticizes U.S. media Al-Jubeir also criticized the American media for reporting messages posted on extremist Web sites. “It is as if the information minister of Saddam Hussein, everything he said people would take as fact,” he said. He also shrugged off questions about why it took so long to find Abdulaziz al-Moqrin, the alleged ringleader of the terrorist cell blamed for Johnson’s murder as well as a number of deadly attacks against Western targets. Al-Jubeir noted that the U.S. military has been hunting unsuccessfully for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq and has been unable to track down fugitive al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden for years. He also said that Saudi authorities were continuing to hunt for Johnson’s body so that it can be returned to his grieving family. Claim says militants posed as police The Web site posted what it said was a statement by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula saying that Saudi security forces provided uniforms and police cars to militants who then set up a fake checkpoint to kidnap Johnson. The militants say they posed as police to stop Johnson’s car, anesthetized him and carried him to another car. “A number of the cooperators who are sincere to their religion in the security apparatus donated those clothes and the police cars. We ask God to reward them and that they use their energy to serve Islam and the mujahedeen,” the article said. A separate claim on the Web site attributed to al-Moqrin said Johnson was targeted because of his work on Apache attack helicopters for Lockheed Martin. Al-Moqrin and three other militants were killed Friday in a shootout with Saudi security forces after they apparently beheaded Johnson. The others killed were identified as Faisal Abdul-Rahman al-Dikheel, Turki bin Fuheid al-Muteiry and Ibrahim bin Abdullah al-Dreiham. Al-Dikheel was believed to be the No. 2 al-Qaida militant in Saudi Arabia. One security officer was killed and two were wounded in the gunbattle, the official Saudi news agency reported. Police cars, armored vehicles and a large contingent of emergency forces blockaded the al-Malaz area of Riyadh Sunday in a search for suspects, security officials said. Witnesses saw suspects fleeing into a house in the neighborhood after police fired at them at a traffic light. Blockade lifted after police fire on suspects Hours later, the blockade was lifted and security forces left. It was unclear whether anyone was arrested. On Sunday night, scores of Saudi men, mostly in their 20s and 30s, paid visits to the bullet-pocked gas station where al-Moqrin and the three others were killed. “This should be turned into a national monument,” said Mohamed Ibrahim Shakir. “Every Saudi should come here and pray to God. We got rid of these terrorists.” Ibrahim al-Shamari, who was tending the station, said the militant leader was shooting at security forces from behind a refrigerator when he was killed. One security officer was killed and two were wounded in the shootout, the official Saudi news agency reported. June 18: The top al-Qaida figure in Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz al-Moqrin, has been killed in a shootout. NBC’s Lisa Myers reports. Nightly News Al-Moqrin is believed to have had a leading role in the recent rise of militant violence in the kingdom. Dozens of people have been killed in a string of bombings and attacks targeting foreigners. Saudi King Fahd said Sunday that militants would not succeed in their aim to harm the kingdom. “We will not allow this destructive bunch, led by deviant thought, to harm the security of this nation or affect its stability,” he said in a speech to the advisory Shura Council. Johnson was seized June 12, the same day Islamic militants shot and killed Kenneth Scroggs of Laconia, N.H., in his garage in Riyadh. Earlier that week, militants in the capital also shot and killed Irish cameraman Simon Cumbers, who was filming for the British Broadcasting Corp., and another American, Robert Jacobs, of Murphysboro, Ill. Johnson’s captors said they would kill him on Friday unless Saudi Arabia released jailed al-Qaida militants. Sunday’s al-Qaida article said the militants decided to behead Johnson when al-Jubeir, foreign affairs adviser to Crown Prince Abdullah in Washington, declared that Saudi Arabia would not negotiate with the kidnappers. ================= http://noquarter.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/10/the_law_is_on_t.html Deseret Morning News, Wednesday, December 01, 2004 Couple’s slaying is still unsolved Brazilian suspect freed; children live in Spanish Fork By Jesse Hyde?Deseret Morning News A year has passed since a Utah couple was brutally bludgeoned to death in their posh Rio de Janeiro condominium, and the prime suspect in the case remains free. Family members gather at graveside service for Todd and Michelle Staheli in Spanish Fork last year. Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News Todd Staheli, 39, and his wife, Michelle, 36, of Spanish Fork, were killed on Nov. 30 of last year as they slept in their high-security home, according to Brazilian police authorities. In April, a 20-year-old handyman confessed to using a crowbar to commit the grisly murders, but the next day he recanted the confession, saying two other Brazilians committed the crime after he let them in. The handyman, Jociel Conceicao dos Santos, lived with the Stahelis’ neighbor. He was arrested in April after allegedly trying to break into another condominium in the complex where the Stahelis lived. Dos Santos said he killed the couple because Staheli, an executive with Shell Oil, had called him a racial slur. But after relatives said Todd Staheli didn’t even speak Portuguese, Dos Santos recanted his confession. He was placed in Brazil’s witness protection program. A few weeks later, police again identified Dos Santos as the prime suspect, saying DNA from blood found on his shorts and backpack matched that of the Stahelis. Dos Santos said the DNA evidence had been planted and that he had confessed because police had pressured him to. A judge refused a prosecutor’s request to keep Dos Santos behind bars and instead ordered psychological tests. The Staheli family in Utah has been skeptical that Dos Santos had anything to do with the murder. “It would be nice if they found out who did it,” said Todd Staheli’s uncle, Elias Staheli. “But I don’t think they ever will.” The murder has generated intense media attention and speculation in Brazil. Some still wonder if Staheli was killed because of his position as an oil executive with Shell. There were rumors the Stahelis had received threatening phone calls related to an international oil pipeline. But Shell officials say they were never alerted of any threats. Before moving to Brazil, Staheli had worked for Shell in London, Switzerland, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia. Initially, investigators thought the couple was murdered during a botched robbery attempt, but little was taken from the house. Even a $15,000 gold Rolex was left sitting on the nightstand near the couple’s bed. Elias Staheli said the family is trying to move on. He said his brother, Todd’s father, was relieved to leave Brazil with the couple’s four children, ages 3 to 13. The grandparents have custody of the children and live with them in Spanish Fork. “I don’t think my brother dwells on it too much. He doesn’t want to go on with resentment in his life,” he said. ——————- washingtonpost.com Lockheed Puts Faith In Tough Lawyer Compliance Is Focus Of New Legal Chief By Carrie Johnson and Griff Witte?Washington Post Staff Writers?Monday, August 8, 2005; D01 Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, the Justice Department’s second in command, says he’s got some homework to do, learning about Bethesda’s Lockheed Martin Corp. before he becomes its top lawyer in October. But the man who brought criminal charges against domestic entrepreneur Martha Stewart and investment banker Frank P. Quattrone has become a quick study in his current job, fielding what he calls “a constant firestorm” of requests from more than 110,000 prosecutors around the nation. Comey, 44, will manage a team of 140 lawyers for the Pentagon’s biggest defense contractor, replacing Frank H. Menaker Jr., a prominent figure in the Washington area legal community who worked for Lockheed or its predecessor companies for 35 years. Comey said in an interview that he chose Lockheed from among a number of opportunities partly because of the company’s clean reputation. He said he also preferred having a single client rather than taking the course pursued by many other former prosecutors — joining a law firm and defending some of the same sorts of clients in private practice that he targeted during his long government tenure. “It strikes me as a logical extension of what I do now, which is help provide legal advice and manage a huge entity,” Comey said. “I like what they do, I like their values and I like their leadership. They are a company focused on compliance.” Charles W. Garrison of District-based Garrison & Sisson Inc., a recruiter, said Comey was “pretty much able to write his own ticket,” given his credibility and his longstanding contacts within federal agencies. “While Lockheed Martin hasn’t had a lot of problems, it’s probably a very good defensive acquisition for them, and an offensive acquisition for them as far as Comey being able to open doors,” Garrison said. Lockheed executives said Comey’s record in both the public and private sectors drew them to him. “James Comey brings a wealth of talent and experience to Lockheed Martin, and in particular exceptional litigation expertise and leadership skills,” said Thomas C. Greer, a company spokesman. “He also has valuable insight into commercial litigation, having been a partner in a private law firm.” Although Comey had a stint at the Virginia law firm McGuireWoods LLP, he has spent most of his career in government service, as a federal prosecutor in New York, Richmond, and Washington. He played a key leadership role in the president’s Corporate Fraud Task Force, created after the collapse of Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc. Life inside Lockheed, which employs about 130,000 people around the world and posted sales of $35.5 billion last year, may involve a change of pace for Comey, whose affable manner serves as counterpoint to his 6-foot-8-inch stature. Still, he is not the first Justice Department official to choose a high-profile job inside a corporation. Former deputy attorney general Larry D. Thompson now works as general counsel at PepsiCo Inc. Clinton-era deputy Jamie Gorelick worked for years at Fannie Mae. William P. Barr, former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, is general counsel at Verizon Communications Inc. “There is a different set of dynamics at work inside a company,” said George J. Terwilliger III, a partner at White & Case LLP in Washington who was deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush. “Jim is so intelligent and perceptive that I suspect he will be a very quick study on those issues.” Lockheed did not disclose Comey’s compensation package. His predecessor Menaker earned $1.46 million in salary and bonus last year. Comey’s friends said his tough-on-corruption reputation will be an asset to Lockheed, which has complained in recent years that it was the victim of improper behavior by Boeing Co., its rival for defense contracts. Pentagon acquisition official Darleen A. Druyun negotiated a job with Boeing while still overseeing the company’s contracts with the Air Force. Druyun later admitted to having shown Boeing favoritism over Lockheed, and she was sentenced to nine months in prison. “He is seen by people in the department as a career guy, not a person with a political axe to grind,” said Eric H. Holder Jr., who was deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration and is now a partner at Covington & Burling LLP in the District. Holder said Comey demonstrated his independence by appointing aggressive Chicago prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, a longtime friend, to probe the politically sensitive leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity. Some critics said Comey’s new position is an example of the inherent sensitivity when high-level officials jump into lucrative jobs at companies that depend on government largesse. Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, said there do not appear to be conflicts of interest between Comey’s work at the Justice Department and his new job at Lockheed Martin. But, she asked, “isn’t there an incentive created not to go after these companies, because you have, in the back of your mind, ‘I may want to work for them someday’? That’s at the heart of the insidious nature of the revolving door, and that’s why we really have to try to fix this problem.” Comey said he had never dealt with Lockheed Martin during his years as deputy attorney general or in his tenure as U.S. attorney in Manhattan, perhaps the busiest prosecutor’s office in the country. Lockheed Martin’s board of directors is well-stocked with prominent former government officials, including E. C. “Pete” Aldridge Jr., former undersecretary of defense; Gen. Joseph W. Ralston, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Adm. James O. Ellis Jr., former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command; Gwendolyn S. King, former commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The company also has many of former government officials in its executive ranks and has hired numerous former members of the House and Senate to lobby on its behalf. Among the cases Comey may face once he takes over is a suit filed against the company last week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that accuses Lockheed of ignoring an employee’s complaints of racial harassment. The suit is based on the allegations of Charles Daniels, an electrician who worked at Lockheed facilities and claims he was subjected to racist jokes and threats by co-workers and a supervisor. A company spokesman said last week that Lockheed attorneys were still reviewing the case and were not prepared to comment on it. Holder, the former Clinton-era official, said Menaker, who is retiring, has been “one of the deans of American general counsel.” “He leaves big shoes to fill,” Holder said, adding with a laugh, “but you know, Jim Comey’s got big feet.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/ 2005/08/07/AR2005080700584_pf.html ————————— ttp:// ww4report.com/node/904+lockheed+and+valerie+plame &hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=6 Skull & Bonesman to oversee Valerie Plame case? Submitted by Bill Weinberg on Mon, 08/08/2005 – 22:54. An interesting development in the extremely contentious Valerie Plame affair: Deputy Attorney General James Comey, the only Justice Department official overseeing special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the leak scandal, is leaving to take a job in the private sector. And his likely successor, Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum, is—like the incumbent president whose administration may be responsible for the leak—a Yale Skull & Bonesman! Via TruthOut: ?Leak Investigation: An Oversight Issue?? By Michael Isikoff Newsweek 15 August 2005 Issue The departure this week of Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who has accepted the post of general counsel at Lockheed Martin, leaves a question mark in the probe into who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Comey was the only official overseeing special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald’s leak investigation. With Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recused, department officials say they are still trying to resolve whom Fitzgerald will now report to. Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum is “likely” to be named as acting deputy A.G., a DOJ official who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter tells NEWSWEEK. But McCallum may be seen as having his own conflicts: he is an old friend of President Bush’s and a member of his Skull and Bones class at Yale. One question: how much authority Comey’s successor will have over Fitzgerald. When Comey appointed Fitzgerald in 2003, the deputy granted him extraordinary powers to act however he saw fit-but noted he still had the right to revoke Fitzgerald’s authority. The questions are pertinent because lawyers close to the case believe the probe is in its final stages. Fitzgerald recently called White House aide Karl Rove’s secretary and his former top aide to testify before the grand jury. They were asked why there was no record of a phone call from Time reporter Matt Cooper, with whom Rove discussed the CIA agent, says a source close to Rove who requested anonymity because the FBI asked participants not to comment. The source says the call went through the White House switchboard, not directly to Rove. Note: It was also James Comey, then Manhattan US Attorney, who threatened to subpoena WW4 REPORT in 2003 over our interview with activist attorney and terror war defendant Lynne Stewart. ——————————— http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/ May 31, 2006 — Murdered Canadian diplomat another possible victim of Valerie Plame Wilson/Brewster Jennings disclosure. On May 26, Italian police discovered the badly decomposed body of Canadian diplomat Lewis B. Miskell in a Naples sewer. Miskell, 49, had been stabbed in the abdomen. Intelligence sources report that Miskell, who assigned to the Canadian embassy in Vienna, Austria, was the attache responsible for liaison to UN specialized agencies in Vienna. The most important UN agency in the Austrian capital is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nexus for nuclear talks with Iran and a significant activity surrounding the activities of the defunct Brewster Jennings Associates, the covert weapons counter-proliferation front company outed by the Bush White House. The clampdown on information about Miskell by the pro-Bush Stephen Harper government in Canada indicates that Miskell may have had an intelligence function and was operating under “official cover” at the Canadian embassy in Vienna. Miskell traveled from London to Naples on March 6 and was supposedly on vacation. He was due to return to London on March 14 but failed to show for his flight. There has been no explanation from Canada why Miskell, who was posted in Vienna, was traveling between Italy and London. There are direct flights between Vienna and Naples. Miskell was last spotted at the Naples train station. A Nigerian national named Desmond Anywi was later discovered with six of Miskell’s credit cards, which he said he found on the floor of the Naples train station. Police have not charged Anywi for robbery and there has been no explanation from police why Miskell was found with his wristwatch and other personal effects. Computer records showed that Miskell made online inquiries about several hotels in Naples prior to his trip but did not reserve a room in them nor did he visit them. Miskell had a history of photographing “historical” sites in various countries. Suspiciously, unnamed “police” sources in Europe began spreading information that Miskell, who lived alone in Vienna, spent a lot of time on Internet chat rooms trying to meet people and stayed in the seediest parts of European cities, including the area in Naples where he was investigating hotels. Canada has been a source of tritium, a nuclear weapons component, for Iran. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has been known to be lax for its sale of nuclear components to nations abroad. Miskell was posted at the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC during the mid-1990s. Slain Canadian diplomat had ties to International Atomic Energy Agency investigating nuclear weapons proliferation. In what may be a related matter, the Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Offiece has complained to the United States that the Bush administration has failed to cooperate with Switzerland’s efforts to track the A Q Khan nuclear proliferation network. The Bush administration’s multiple refusals to assist Switzerland in probing the Khan network, which was a major target of the CIA’s Counter-Proliferation Division, Brewster Jennings Associates, and Valerie Plame Wilson, was revealed by former UN weapons inspector David Albright. Switzerland arrested three members of the Tinner family — Friedrich, Urs, and Marco — for illegally supplying centrifuges from a Malaysian company to Libya. Urs Tinner has been rumored to have been a U.S. intelligence asset. Switzerland has received cooperation in its probe from Southeast Asian nations, including Malaysia and Thailand, and South Africa. All three are key transit points for nuclear materials involving Russian-Israeli Mafia assets who, in turn, are linked to top members of the Bush administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney.

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