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The Valerie Plame Leak and a Beheading in Syria

June 7, 2006 0

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

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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






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.


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."


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.


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.



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







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.


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


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'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.


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


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


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.



(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


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"


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


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


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


"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


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


'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


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.


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


"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


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.


Another Case of Blowback


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


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."


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


“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


One security officer was killed and two were wounded

in the gunbattle, the official Saudi news agency


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


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


“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


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


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.


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


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


A judge refused a prosecutor's request to keep Dos

Santos behind bars and instead ordered psychological


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


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


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



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


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






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



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


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


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.


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


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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