CHERTOFF CREATED TERROR PRETEXTS FOR US POLICE STATE
Patrick Briley February 21, 2005 NewsWithViews.com
Michael Chertoff, President Bush’s nominee for the next head of the Homeland Security agency was confirmed by a vote of the full Senate on February 15, 2005.
Chertoff is the replacement for Tom Ridge. Bush’s first choice for head of Homeland Security, New York’s former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, was forced to withdraw when serious allegations were raised about his possible improprieties. If the facts presented in this report are seriously investigated and properly acted upon, Michael Chertoff should be immediately removed and face criminal charges. This could be another fiasco for Bush just as the nomination of Bernard Kerik proved to be.
Bush and Congress certainly should not have entrusted Chertoff with being the head of the Homeland Security Agency. Chertoff is a grave thread to the lives, welfare and freedoms of the American people.
Chertoff has had a rapid rise to power as an appointee of Presidents HW and GW Bush. First, as a U.S. attorney in New Jersey (1990-1994), then as assistant Attorney General at the DOJ criminal division heading up the investigation of 9-11 (2001-2003), and now, most recently as a federal judge in Philadelphia (March 2003 to present). Chertoff also helped write many of the controverisal portions of the PATRIOT Act and other new laws that even conservative Republicans believe are unecessary police state infringements of the Bill of Rights and Consititutional guarantees of US citizens. Chertoff also was consulted by the CIA about torture and renditions of terror suspects to other countries for torture.
This report presents a study of Michael Chertoff’s role in the 1993 WTC bombing, the OKC bombing and the 9-11 terrorist attacks as well as Chertoff’s coverup of FBI and DOJ foreknowledge and provocation of these attacks. The information in the report strongly implicates Chertoff in intentionally helping create and provoke these terrorist acts and terror funding in order to provide a pretext for much of the controversial police state provisions in laws which Chertoff has helped write. Chertoff’s unethical and criminal roles and conduct revealed in this report raises grave concerns that Chertoff, as head of Homeland Security, would further attempt to impose a US police state and continue to use illegal, unconstitutional and immoral tactics against the America people. The recently enacted National ID card provisions to be finally determined and enforced by the Homeland Security agency under Chertoff are likely to be those of a Russian style police state as revealed in this report.
A Chicago Tribune article “Trading Privacy (Freedom) for Security” dated April 21, 1995, two days after the OKC Bombing, carried quotes by Admiral Studeman, the acting Director of CIA who had been appointed by HW Bush. Studeman stated that the OKC Bombing indicated “ the true globalization of the terrorist threat.” In other words, Studeman tried to create the public impression that the OKC bombing was the result of global terrorist efforts, not just those of Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
The title of the article “Trading Privacy (Freedom) for Security” quoting Admiral Studeman belied the past and future attempts of HW Bush, GW Bush and their appointee, Michael Chertoff, to push for loss of freedoms to fight terrorism (PATRIOT Act flaws and FISA court violations by Ashcroft and Chertoff).
In the immediate aftermath of 9-11 former President GHW Bush publicly advocated suspension of the US Constitution and violation of laws by the DOJ and CIA and FBI agents inside the US to allow domestic spying on Americans. This is what Presidents GHW Bush and GW Bush and Chertoff have had in mind all along when they intentionally helped create the terror pretexts they have used to illegally and immorally trade American freedoms and privacy for a false sense of security.
1993 WTC Bombing
The FBI planted and paid Emad A. Salem in New York and New Jersey to act as an agent provocateur, to recruit, organize and encourage Muslims to bomb the World Trade Center (WTC) in 1993. From March through June 1993 Mr. Salem recruited seven Muslims from the Abu Bakr mosque in Brooklyn and the al-Salaam mosque in Jersey City, where the Muslim cleric Sheik Abdel Rahman preached to incite violence in his terrorist cell. Salem had known Rahman from Egypt. Salem used the seven men to scout targets, plan tactics and obtain chemicals and parts for bombs. Salem also worked in the operation with a Sudanese man named Siddig Ali who was a follower of Abdel Rahman. The plans of the Salem and Rahman group also included bombings of United Nations headquarters in Manhattan and several other buildings, bridges and tunnels in New York
The FBI supplied a safe house for Salem’s group in Queens. At the WTC trial US prosecutors and attorneys acknowledged Mr. Salem's role in organizing the safe house activities, but told the jury "he was merely providing an opportunity" to people who already wanted to commit crimes. According to tapes played at the trial, the FBI and US Attorneys clearly were shown to have intentionally used Salem as a provocateur.
Michael Chertoff was the US Attorney appointed by HW Bush and retained by Bill Clinton for New Jersey from 1990-1994. As US Attorney for New Jersey Chertoff was deeply involved with the 1993 WTC bombing sting operation using FBI monitoring of the Abdel Rahman and Salem’s recruited cell members at the Al Salaam mosque in Jersey City. The US Attorney from New York who worked with Chertoff to prosecute the 1993 WTC bombing case was Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is also conducting the federal grand jury investigating the illegal outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, the wife of Ambassador Wilson who investigated claims of uranium acquisition by Iraq. Chertoff and Fitzgerald were fully aware of the statements made by prosecutors admitting that the FBI intentionally had provided the safe house for Salem terrorist recruits.
Federal trial testimony and tapes revealed that when Salem was asked to assemble the bomb for the WTC, Salem went to the FBI to ask that harmless powder be used to avoid deaths. But FBI and US Attorneys involved essentially cut Salem off and the WTC was bombed killing people in 1993. Testimony by two of Salem’s FBI agent handlers, Mr. Anticev, and Mrs. Nancy Floyd, confirmed that their FBI supervisors intentionally refused the agents and Salem’s pleas to render the WTC bomb harmless.
Three years after the 1993 WTC bombing, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who prosecutors said helped mastermind the 1993 bombing, was also convicted. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Yousef’s uncle and an engineer trained in the US, was named by the FBI and DOJ as another mastermind of the 1993 WTC bombing and the 9-11 attacks. There is evidence known to the FBI and Chertoff that also shows Khalid Mohammed was behind the planning for the OKC bombing with Terry Nichols. Khalid Mohammed was captured in 2003 in Pakistan. Khalid has since been tortured by the CIA with methods reviewed by Alberto Gonzales and Michael Chertoff at DOJ, according to published statements by US authorities, to extract details of Khalid’s role in the 1993 WTC and OKC bombings as well as being the architect for the 9-11 attacks.
Three of the men Salem recruited at the Brooklyn Abu Bakr mosque were allowed by the FBI and US Attorneys to go free and roam the streets. They were Anas and Asad Siddiqy and Mohamed Chafti. They later were seen very close to the OKC bombing in April 1995 with Timothy McVeigh. These three men were arrested on the day of the OKC bombing and then released after intervention by the FBI, DOJ and CIA. The FBI 302 reports of their arrest were kept hidden from the public in the office of FBI OKC bomb task force inspector Danny Defenbaugh until the reports were found and released in early 2001. The witness to the three men in OKC being with McVeigh, Debbie Burdick, was intimidated and coerced by FBI agent Odom to not talk about her eyewitness account during and after OKC bombing federal trials. FBI agent Odom was working with DOJ prosecutors in Denver at the federal trials of McVeigh and Nichols when Odom called Burdick.
It seems that Khalid Mohammed and Ramzi Yousef had kept in contact with the Siddiqys because a letter from Khalid to the Siddiqys was found on Ramzi’s computer when confiscated by the FBI and CIA in the Philippines in January 1995. Plans for the OKC bombing and the 9-11 style attacks were also found on the same computer shortly after Khalid and Ramzi had met in the Philippines with the other OKC bombing participant, Terry Nichols.
Former Egyptian army sergeant Ali Mohammed was captured and tried in 1998 for his role in the 1993 WTC and the Tanzanian and Kenyan embassy bombings. Ali Mohammed trained the Middle Eastern recruits of the FBI and Chertoff’s provocateu, Emad Salem, in bomb making and planting skills for the 1993 WTC bombing. When finally arrested Ali Mohammed was carrying training manuals on how to build and plant bombs in public buildings. Ali Mohammed has also written training manuals along with Mohammed Atef for bin Laden and AlQaeda.
Ali Mohammed worked for US Special Forces, the CIA and then the FBI all while Ali was close to bin Laden and Dr. Ayman Zawahiri and Khalid Mohammed. In fact with the knowledge of the FBI, Ali Mohammed squired Zawahiri and Khalid around the US and in Oklahoma City in MarchApril 1995 to survey terror targets and set up terror underground networks.
Although convicted, the details of Ali Mohammed’s plea bargain and detention arrangements with Attorney General Reno are still secret. Ali Mohammed knows a great deal about US sting operations of the FBI, the CIA and US attorneys.
Abdul Rahman Yasin was another bomb maker in the 1993 WTC bombing who lived in Jersey City. FBI agents picked up Yasin after the WTC bombing and had Yasin retrace for the FBI where and how the WTC bomb had been built in New York and New Jersey. Yasin had acid burns on his legs and jeans from the bomb making efforts. With the full knowledge and approval of the US Attorneys involved in the case, Yasin was set free and encouraged to leave the US. Yasin left and went to Iraq where reporter Leslie Stahl later interviewed Yasin in 2000. Stahl did a documentary on the story and also interviewed US Attorneys who acknowledge that they had agreed to release Yasin to go to Iraq.
The credit card of another FBI informant, Melvin Lattimore, was used to purchase the bomb making materials for bomb makers Salem, Yasin and Ramzi Yousef. This information was disclosed during testimony of a BATF agent at a felony gun violation trial in OKC for Lattimore in 2001. Lattimore was also seen helping McVeigh, Iraqi agents and the three 1993 WTC suspects/informants in OKC- the Siddiqys and Chafti-during the 1995 OKC bombing operation. Lattimore is a Black Muslim from St. Louis. Lattimore was also 20th 9-11 hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui’s roommate in Norman OK while he attended the Airman flight school on instructions from Khalid Mohammed. Lattimore was also visited in Norman, OK apartments by two other 9-11 hijacker pilots, AlHazmi and AlShehhi. Lattimore, like the Siddiqys and Chafti, is still free to roam America’s streets this very day.
Attorney Lynne Stewart had been representing Muslim cleric Abdel Rahman for the 1993 WTC bombing until Stewart was indicted based on DOJ wiretaps (approved by Ashcroft and known to Chertoff) of Stewart’s conversations with Rahman. The indictments alleged that Stewart had passed critical information to Rahman’s terrorist supporters while Rahman was in prison.
On February 10, 2005 Lynne Stewart was convicted of two of the original four charges against her. Stewart and her defense attorney Michael Tigar plan to appeal and strongly claim that Stewart did not knowingly break any laws if any and that the wiretaps of her are an infringement of attorney-client privilege. The Stewart appeals case will likely revolve around whether or not the charges she was convicted of were valid and whether or not the wire taps used in her case were in fact legal or constitutional. The judge in her case threw out two of the more serious charges against Stewart in 2003.
During the wiretaps of conversations between Rahman and Lynne Stewart, the FBI and DOJ and especially Chertoff and Ashcroft could have learned of information communicated to Lynne Stewart by the Muslim cleric Abdel Rahman revealing possibly incriminating details of how the FBI and DOJ knew in advance of the 1993 WTC bombing through monitoring of Rahman’s cell with FBI informants and paid provocateurs that included the bomb maker Salem and very possibly the Siddiqys, Mohammed Chafti and Melvin Lattimore.
Chertoff was directly involved in the prosecution of the Moussaoui case and sought to limit the testimony of AlQaeda leaders, bin Alshibh and Khalid Mohammed to such an extent that the federal judge in the case threatened to throw out the case and moved to severely restrict if not kill the government’s continuance of the case. Chertoff may have sought to limit the testimony of Khalid Mohammed in the Moussaoui case in part because of torture of Khalid ratified by DOJ attorneys but also because Khalid would be in a position to describe facts pointing to FBI and DOJ foreknowledge information of the 1993 WTC, the OKC and the 9-11 attacks. Chertoff handled the appeal of the DOJ case against Moussaoui in the 4th Circuit court of Appeals now before the Supreme Court. Chertoff with Ashcroft’s and now Alberto Gonzales’ help may likewise be trying to stifle this type of information from coming out in the Rahman case by the wiretapping and indictment of Lynne Stewart.
Since Chertoff was the US attorney in New Jersey fully aware of FBI monitoring of Rahman’s cell with informants and at a mosque in New Jersey, it is entirely possible that even Chertoff would not want incriminating information brought out by Lynne Stewart in Rahman’s trial. The complete story of the roles of Chertoff and Fitzgerald and other US Attorneys with Ali Mohammed, Emad Salem, Yasin, the Siddiqys, Chafti, Melvin Lattimore, and others is one that the DOJ, FBI and Chertoff, Ashcroft and now Gonzales do not want exposed in a federal trial of Rahman represented by Lynne Stewart.
Protecting Terror Financiers and Nuclear Arms Traffickers
Dr. Magdy Elamir, a prominent Egyptian neurologist from Jersey City, was sued by New Jersey for skimming over $16 million from an HMO he operated.
According to a June 20, 2000 article in “The Record” of Bergen County, New Jersey, Michael Chertoff was the defense attorney for Dr. Magdy Elamir.
The lawsuit alleged that Dr. Elamir "caused more than $5.7 million to be paid by wire transfers to unknown parties where the beneficial owner of the account is unknown.”
An August 2002 Dateline NBC reported that bin Laden funded the HMO owned by Dr Elamir and the money skimmed from the HMO by Dr. Elamir was transferred overseas to fund bin Laden terror activities. The Dateline story was based on intelligence documents furnished by the chairman of the House International Relations Committee Ben Gilman, R-New York. Dr. Elamir also funded the Jersey City Al Salaam mosque led by Muslim cleric Abdel Rahman and his terror cell who helped carry out the 1993 WTC bombing. Recall that while US attorney for New Jersey from 1990 to 1994 Michael Chertoff knew of the FBI use of Emad Salem as a provocateur associated with the Al Salaam mosque and Abdel Rahman.
Dr. Elamir also owned MRI centers in New Jersey including Paterson New Jersey where 7 of the known 9-11 hijackers lived. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission revoked his license. It has been reported that Elamir personnel at the MRI centers had unlicensed and untrained access to nuclear materials. Michael Chertoff not only defended Dr. ElAmir against the New Jersey HMO fraud case but Chertoff also weighed in to publicly assert that nuclear licensing requirements may not have applied to Dr. Elamir’s MRI centers.
As the result of a federal sting operation named Diamondback, between the fall of 1998 and June 2001, a group of Middle Eastern men including Dr. Magdy Elamir and his brother Mohamed Elamir were named as suspects seeking to arm Osama bin Laden by trying to buy millions of dollars of weapons including stinger missiles and components for nuclear bombs, nuclear bomb triggers and weapons grade plutonium.
Dateline NBC aired two documentaries on the Diamondback sting operation: “On the trail of arms merchants” (August 2002) and “Stinger missile sting operation” (March 2003).
One of the men in the arms deal sting, Raja Ghulam Abbas, a Pakistani ISI agent, was inexplicably allowed to return to Pakistan.
Two others named in the illegal arms deal were the US citizens Dr. Magdy Elamir and Dr. Elamir’s brother, Mohamed Elamir, an engineer and a US citizen. A federal agent who was conducting the Diamondback sting was told at one point by federal authorities to not pursue with Mohamed Elamir where the arms to be procured in the deal were going.
After Michael Chertoff took over the DOJ criminal division in June 2001, no DOJ charges were filed against Dr. Magdy Elamir or Mohamed Elamir for their role in trying to buy nuclear weapons for bin Laden in New Jersey. There also was no adequate effort made to apprehend the Pakistani ISI agent Raja Abbas. Because the Diamondback case was handled as a criminal case rather than a counter terrorism case, Chertoff was also in a position to control and limit prosecution and arrests in the Diamondback case so that Magdy Elamir and Mohamed Elamir would not be charged or go to trial.
Dr. Magdy Elamir has not been arrested by the FBI nor charged or prosecuted by the DOJ under Chertoff even though the intelligence documents provided by Congressmen Gilman show that Dr. Elamir funneled millions of dollars from fraudulent HMO and MRI companies to fund terrorist activities for cleric Abdel Rahman in the 1993 bombing and also for bin Laden.
With no arrest, no charges filed against and no prosecution of Mohamed Elamir or of Dr. Magdy Elamir in the Diamondback case, Michael Chertoff was also able to avoid being publicly implicated in court as having known the details of Mohamed’s brother’s (Dr Magdy ElAmir) activities to skim HMO funds and transfer the funds to bin Laden AND to the Al Salaam mosque of Abdel Rahman used to carry out the 1993 WTC bombing during the FBI and Chertoff directed sting operation with provocateur Emad Salem, Ali Mohammed, Melvin Lattimore, the Siddiqys, and others.
It is ironic that Chertoff was a defense attorney for likely terrorist Dr. Elamir just as Lynne Stewart was a defense attorney for a terrorist advocate, Abdel Rahman, who was caught in a sting operation mounted by Chertoff and FBI provocateurs who were intentionally not stopped from carrying out the WTC bombing. While Stewart has been indicted on disputed and thrown out charges using highly questionable wiretaps known about and possibly authorized by Chertoff, Chertoff has yet to be asked to explain his improprieties, conflicts of interest and immorality for helping to promote the 1993 WTC bombing and for not having Chertoff’s client Dr. Elamir and his brother Mohammed Elamir adequately investigated and charged when Chertoff was head of the criminal division of DOJ.
Coptic Christian citizens of America should no longer trust the FBI and Michael Chertoff at Homeland Security for protection now that a Coptic Christian family in New Jersey connected to the Egyptian based Al Salaam mosque has been murdered in their own home by Muslim extremists. The Coptics from Egypt had been working to convert Muslims to Christianity at the Al Salaam mosque of Egyptian cleric Abdel Rahman, the same mosque that had been supported by the Egyptian bin Laden terror backer, Dr. Magdy Elamir who was protected by Chertoff. Some of the Christian Coptics recruiting Muslims as Christian converts at the Al Salaam mosque also likely had been informants to the FBI about terror activities at the mosque at the time Chertoff and the FBI were using Emad Salem and the mosque to carry out the 1993 WTC bombing.
A similar group of Coptic Christians from Egypt in OKC had been informants to the FBI concerning ME and Iraqi suspects. Some of these suspects turn out to actually have been FBI informants and provocateurs in the OKC bombing. But now that they have seen what has happened to their Coptic brothers in New Jersey, they now should know that they too could be murdered, especially since it is also now known that the FBI and Chertoff betrayed the Coptics’ good efforts to help and try to provide information that could have been used to stop and prosecute many more of those involved the 1993 WTC and 1995 OKC bombings. But this information was not used because the FBI and DOJ Attorneys like Chertoff did not want to publicly expose their knowledge of the use of FBI provocateurs in both attacks.
9-11 hijacker Mohamed Atta was known to his friends and associates in Cairo and Hamburg by exactly the same name as Dr. Elamir’s brother, namely, Mohamed El Amir. Atta’s father, an attorney in Cairo, is also named Mohamed El Amir. Dateline NBC reported that Magdy’s brother, Mohamed El Amir was an engineer in Cairo, Egypt, the same place that Mohamed Atta also studied engineering.
Atta shares the same surname as Dr. Magdy Elamir and the exact same name as Magdy’s brother Mohamed Elamir.
The FBI stated in a September 27, 2001 press release that Mohamed Elamir was an alias of Atta’s.
The 9/11 Commission Report indicated that Mohamed Elamir Atta visited at least seven other 9-11 hijackers living in an apartment in Paterson, New Jersey, the location of one of Dr. Magdy Elamir’s MRI centers publicly defended by Michael Chertoff:
“Within a few weeks, Hanjour, Hazmi, and several other operatives moved to Paterson and rented a one-room apartment. When their landlord later paid a visit, he found six men living there-Nawaf al Hamzi, now joined by his younger brother Salem, Hanjour, Moqed, probably Ahmed al Ghamdi, and Abdul Aziz al Omari; Hazmi’s old friend Khalid al Mihdar would soon join them.”
9-11 Drugs, Arms Trafficking and Terror Funding
Attorney General Ashcroft put Chertoff in charge of the entire DOJ investigation of the 9-11 attacks. Chertoff may well have known of the connections of Mohamed Elamir Atta, Mohamed Elamir, and Dr. Magdy Elamir in New Jersey with each other and the 9-11 hijackers, possibly even before the 9-11 attacks.
The New Yorker described Chertoff’s role in the 9-11 investigation on November 5, 2001:
“Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, Chertoff’s office has become the funnel for what is probably the most important criminal investigation in American history, as prosecutors and F.B.I. investigators pour in to seek the boss’s approval. …For day-to-day decisions, Chertoff has the last word…”
Chertoff intentionally squelched and covered up Saudi financing and money laundering, drug and arms trafficking, and terror ties to 9-11 as identified by Ms. Indira Singh and by FBI translator Sibel Edmonds. As part of this ongoing cover-up, Chertoff would have known of and likely been involved in the decision by Attorney General Ashcroft to place a rare state secrets gag order on Sibel Edmonds.
Indira Singh was a business associate of a Saudi financed US company, the Ptech Corporation having terror ties to bin Laden and the 9-11 attacks. Indira Singh independently corroborated Sibel Edmonds’ assertions of drug trafficking, money laundering and arms trafficking ties of US officials and business entities, Saudis and US Air Force officers to the 9-11 attacks. Singh identified that one of these entities was the Ptech Corporation.
Indira Singh’s and Sibel Edmonds’ evidence and allegations point directly to DOJ criminal cover-up by Ashcroft and by Michael Chertoff when Chertoff was head of the DOJ criminal division. Although Ashcroft placed Edmonds under a DOJ gag order, Singh gave testimony to the 9/11 Citizens' Commission, Sept 9, 2004 in New York. Singh read an open letter from Edmonds, and added, "what I have uncovered in Ptech connects with some of the things that she has discovered. Sibel is not allowed to disclose content but she can ask me questions. I know some of the things that she mentioned there connect directly to what I discovered."
Despite Indira Singh’s and Sibel Edmond’s testimony, their testimony was intentionally left out of the commission’s final report as a result of the Bush administration.
Federal judge Reggie Walton is the judge used by Ashcroft and Bush to uphold the DOJ’s gag order on Edmonds and block Sibel Edmond’s testimony about corrupt US officials involved in money laundering, drug trafficking, arms trafficking tied to the 911 attacks, AlQaeda, and the Turkish American council. GW Bush and Ashcroft were also involved in having federal judge Reggie Walton block the lawsuit filed against Iraq by 20 OKC bombing victims. Evidence in the OKC bombing case exposed the FBI and DOJ’s foreknowledge and use of the same provocateurs and informants in the OKC bombing that had also worked with Chertoff during the 1993 WTC bombing Melvin Lattimore, Anas and Assad Siddiqy and Mohammed Chafti , the recruits of Emad Salem for Chertoff and the FBI.
Ptech was a Boston software firm financed by Saudi businessman Yassin Al-Qadi, a key financial backer of Osama bin Laden. Ptech's clients included many federal governmental agencies, including the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Naval Air Command, Congress, the Department of Energy, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, NATO, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service and even the White House.
Ptech was an outside contractor with strong terrorist ties that was in a position to have infiltrated and sabotaged and taken advantage of information from government computer systems vital on 9-11. Ptech was in the FAA building for two years before 9/11. Ptech worked on interoperability of the FAA with NORAD and the Air Force during emergencies like 9-11. Ptech had the opportunity to know intimate procedures at FAA and NORAD, to add or change software, and to mine databases in a way that may have helped the 9-11 hijackers and planners. In October 2001 the chief financier of Ptech Corporation, Yassin Al-Qadi was formally designated as a terrorist financier under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Al-Qadi was also a key financial backer of Osama bin Laden. The Bush administration delayed investigating Ptech after October 2001. A government investigation did not start until August 2002 when a Boston WBZ-TV investigation called attention to Ptech.
WBZ-TV started its investigation based on reliable and accurate information given to WBZ-TV about Ptech’s terror connections by the Ptech business associate Indira Singh.
Federal authorities told WBZ-TV not to air the story in September 2002 because it would jeopardize their investigation and would threaten national security. But Joe Bergantino, the WBZ-TV reporter who did the story, has said he now believes the government's demand to hold off on the story was instead a pretext.
Ptech whistleblowers initially went to FBI agents in 2001, but the whistleblowers say that the FBI and DOJ (Chertoff’s criminal division) did nothing adequate to respond and investigate. Then the whistleblowers went to US Customs agents working under operation Greenquest and these agents finally raided Ptech in December 2002 after the Bush DOJ and FBI deliberately waited, delayed and stalled for a year and a half. The impedance, delay and stalling by the FBI and DOJ however continued after the Customs raid on Ptech as the FBI then stepped in and unsuccessfully tried to take control of the case.
In October 2001, Chertoff was appointed head of Operation Greenquest, a multi-agency initiative to target sources of funding for terrorist organizations, according to a U.S. Customs Service press release. Chertoff told the Associated Press on Oct. 25, 2001 that, “The lifeblood of terrorism is money, and if we cut the money we cut the blood supply.”
But this is an exceptionally hypocritical statement given Chertoff’s legal defense of Dr. Magdy Elamir and Chertoff’s knowledge that Dr. Elamir was sending money skimmed from a New Jersey HMO to bin Laden and to the terrorist cell of Abdel Rahman at the Al Salaam mosque whose members Chertoff had used to blow up the WTC with Emad Salem and the FBI in 1993. But just as bad, and perhaps even more hypocritical if not corrupt, is the fact that while also head of Greenquest, Chertoff, the DOJ and FBI impeded and sabotaged the efforts of Customs agents investigating Ptech and the very agents who had set up Greenquest in the first place! Former U.S. Customs chief Robert Bonner created Operation Greenquest just after the September 11 terror attacks to be a high-profile federal task force targeting the financiers of Al Qaeda and other international terrorist groups. But as noted, in October 2001, Chertoff was appointed head of Operation Greenquest. When the Customs task force was folded into Homeland Security, the FBI and DOJ (criminal division and 9-11 team headed by Chertoff at the time) demanded that the White House instead give the FBI and DOJ total control over Greenquest and the Ptech investigation.
Homeland Security officials accuse the FBI (and DOJ) of intentionally sabotaging Greenquest investigations by Customs and Homeland security agents by not turning over critical information to their agents and obfuscating FBI failure to actively pursue terror finance cases. “They [the FBI] won’t share anything with us,” said a Homeland Security official. “Then they go to the White House and they accuse us of not sharing … If they can’t take it over, they want to kill it.”
What further bolsters Homeland Security officials assertions of deliberate FBI and DOJ (Chertoff) sabotage of the Ptech investigation is the fact that even after WBZ-TV finally ran its story on Ptech and after the Greenquest raid, there still have to this date been no charges or indictments against Al-Qadi or anyone else connected with Ptech.
On May 13, 2003 John Ashcroft and Tom Ridge stepped into the cover-up by Chertoff and Bush by signing a "Memorandum of Agreement” between DOJ and Homeland Security, formally taking control of the Ptech investigation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), giving it to the FBI and DOJ, and further giving the FBI unprecedented unilateral control of all terrorist-financing investigations and operations. According to the memorandum, "all appropriate DHS leads relating to money laundering and financial crimes will be checked with the FBI."
Chertoff and the FBI strongly impeded and obstructed the US Customs and Homeland Security operation Greenquest investigating the Saudi, Ptech and other terror money sources for 9-11. The DOJ, Chertoff and FBI were given control of the Ptech investigation and Greenquest based on the agreement signed by Ridge and Ashcroft. To make doubly sure that nothing is done by the backdoor by Homeland Security to reveal the DOJ and FBI sabotage and cover-up of the Ptech investigation and other Saudi backing of terror finances, Chertoff has now been put in place at Homeland Security to replace Tom Ridge.
FBI and DOJ (Chertoff) sabotage of terror funding investigations does not just end with Ptech and Greenquest. It is even more disturbing that no charges or indictments have been made against bin Laden terror financier Al-Qadi when one considers the fact that the 1998 FBI operation Vulgar Betrayal confiscated over $1.4 million in terror funds part of which were directly linked to Saudi Arabian businessman Yassin Al-Qadi long before his role at Ptech came up. Investigators believe Al-Qadi provided as much as $3 billion to the AlQaeda terrorist network up until the Vulgar Betrayal investigation.
Chicago FBI agent Robert Wright over the objections of FBI intelligence officers initiated the criminal investigations under Vulgar Betrayal. Wright has said FBI intelligence types did not want their probes of terrorist suspects interrupted or ended by the suspects' arrests for criminal activities. Wright further has stated that FBI management "intentionally and repeatedly thwarted and obstructed" his attempts to expand the investigation to ARREST other terrorists and seize their assets.
Wright staked his reputation and career on his complaints against FBI management when he wrote a memo 91 days before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks warning that Americans would die as a result of the FBI’s failure to adequately pursue investigations of terrorists living in the country. Wright held a news conference after the 9-11 attacks with his attorney David Schippers to air his complaints. Wright indicated that 9-11 could have been avoided if the FBI had allowed Wright to continue his criminal investigations and arrest known Hamas terrorists and terrorist financiers that Wright was investigating for over four years.
Wright’s attorney, David Schippers was the legal counsel for the House managers during the trial of Clinton in the US Senate. Ashcroft and DOJ attorneys like Chertoff have repeatedly and aggressively rebuffed Schippers’ and Wright’s attempts to correct the problems identified by Wright at the FBI and DOJ that led in part to 9-11.
In response to Wright’s news conference, John Collingwood, assistant director of the FBI's office of public and congressional affairs, sent a letter to Schippers in May 2002 that explicitly told Wright not to disclose the contents of Wright’s memo - in writing or verbally - to anyone not approved by the FBI. The Collingwood letter also contained what Wright and his attorneys considered an intimidating threat.
Hamas cells in the US that were investigated by FBI agent Robert Wright of Chicago and FBI agents in Florida and OKC for years before 9-11 are part of the terror underground railroad/network set up in the US in 1995 by Khalid and Ali Mohammed and Zawahiri to work with Iraqis, AlQaeda, Hezbollah, Islamic for terror activities in the US. This was fully known to the FBI, CIA, Ashcroft, Gonzales and Chertoff and is the result of White House approved corrupt policy of intentionally permitting known terror groups to operate for years in the US, to track them allegedly for intelligence purposes, without getting them off the streets even NOW. This policy practiced by Chertoff, the FBI, the DOJ and the Clinton and Bush White Houses strongly contributed to the 1993 WTC and 1995 bombings as well as the 9-11 attacks.
Chertoff may really in fact know where terrorist money was/is coming from and going via semi-legit organizations, terror business operations possibly like Ptech, Saudi financiers, drug trafficking, and money laundering via banks infiltrated by US intelligence and US criminal elements. But Chertoff has tried to steer Congress away from learning what he knows by publicly trying to persuade the Senate Banking Committee (looking into the terrorists’ money trail in the aftermath of 9-11) into believing it is not possible to know in sufficient detail:
"Frankly, we can't differentiate between terrorism and organized crime and drug dealing."
“These groups don't hold themselves independently: They work with one another. Terrorists get engaged in drug activity. They have relationships with organized crime."
These statements by Chertoff to Congress sound eerily like the assertions and allegations of Indira Singh and Sibel Edmonds because they are based on the same evidence- evidence that Chertoff, Gonzales, Ashcroft and GW Bush are trying to cover-up and hide and that Singh and Edmonds are trying to expose to save America from corruption.
Protecting Bush and Saudi Terror Backers
GW Bush ordered the FBI (and DOJ) to stop investigating all Saudi business and money ties to terrorists as soon as Bush became President in early 2001. Ever since becoming President Bush has used Chertoff in more instances than just the Ptech case to make sure the Saudi terror backer ties to 9-11 and to Bush were hidden before, during and after 9-11. Here is an excerpt from a speech given by John Loftus, a former Deputy US Attorney, in August 2004 that describes the effect of Bush orders to lay off investigations of Saudi backers of terrorism:
“So I had all my friends in the FBI and CIA send in these files. I said, “Why haven't you prosecuted this guy (Saudi financial terror backer)?...“We'd love to. We've tried to prosecute him but we were told we couldn't touch him because he gets all of his money from the Saudis, and we are all under orders not to do anything to embarrass the Saudi government.”
John Loftus was a US prosecutor and has been a longtime lawyer for whistleblowers in the American intelligence community.
GW Bush had ties to the companies in the US funneling Saudi money to AlQaeda via HolyLand Foundation and InfoCom in Dallas, which also ran a website for Iraq and was represented by close Bush friends and attorneys at Akin and Gump (law firm known for representing drug dealer king pins). Saudi Royal banker Khalid Bin Mahfouz was on the board for both of these companies. Mahfouz was involved with GW and HW Bush in the BCCI scandal, and Harken and Arbusto oil companies. Mahfouz was a defendant in a trillion dollar lawsuit by 9-11 families and he has been linked to financing of the bombing of the USS Cole.
InfoCom and HolyLand were raided by the FBI on Sept 5, 2001, just 6 days before 9-11 and at the time Michael Chertoff was head of the DOJ criminal division. A federal grand jury under the control of Chertoff was conducting a grand jury investigation for InfoCom and Holyland at the time.
The FBI’s OKC Bomb task force inspector Danny Defenbaugh was tracking the AlQaeda front organizations in Dallas connected to these companies for several years prior to 2001 as SAC of the Dallas FBI office. Defenbaugh was tracking the AlQaeda financiers like at Holyland and InfoCom and AlQaeda members including bin Laden’s personal secretary El Hage using Dallas police officers. In early 2001 the FBI 302 reports showing the arrest and release but involvement of three men in the OKC bombing were found hidden in Defenbaugh’s office. Emad Salem had recruited the same three men for the FBI and Chertoff to help carry out the 1993 WTC bombing. They were Anas and Asad Siddiqy and Mohammed Chafti who had rented a car in Dallas and were fleeing to Dallas when they were arrested in Dallas the day of the OKC bombing The Siddiqys continued to work with Khalid Mohammed after the 1993 WTC bombing on the plans for the OKC bombing and for the 9-11 attacks. This was known to the FBI and CIA and likely Chertoff going back to 1995 and also may have had a bearing on the raid of InfoCom and HolyLand just 6 days before 9-11 in Dallas.
Because InfoCom and HolyLand Foundation were allowed to operate by the FBI and DOJ for years with known terror connections and ties to Bush and the Saudis friend of Bush, and because no indictments of Bush business associate Mahfouz and Bush attorneys representing these companies were ever handed down, there is a very strong suspicion that any evidence that the federal Grand jury may have gotten from the FBI raid on the companies just before 9-11 was redacted, manipulated or slanted by Chertoff and the DOJ to protect the FBI, DOJ, Bush, the Saudis and Khalid Mahfouz. Was evidence also confiscated from these companies that implicated Bush, the FBI, DOJ, CIA and Chertoff in prior knowledge and possible provocation of the 9-11 attacks, provocation like was done in the 1993 WTC bombing by Chertoff and the FBI??
It is very conceivable Ashcroft, Chertoff, Gonzales and the FBI have now likely scrubbed any evidence seized at InfoCom and HolyLand that might have been incriminating to the FBI, DOJ, Bush, the Saudis and Bush attorneys.
GW Bush and HW Bush have a long history of dealing with Saudi terror backers and Saudi financing via BCCI connections to James Bath, Saudi Khalid Mahfouz, and FBI director Robert Mueller while he was at DOJ.
Besides Khalid Mahfouz, GW Bush has had long standing ties to terrorist backer Sami Al Arian. GW Bush met with Al Arian several times and took campaign contributions from him when Bush had been previously warned by the Secret Service that Al Arian was a terrorist
Sami Al Arian and his terror cell group in Florida was investigated and tracked by the FBI in Florida for over 13 years before Al Arian was arrested after 9-11. Al Arian and his group were associated with the OKC bombing, the 9-11 attacks and funding of the terrorist groups, Hamas, AlQaeda and Islamic Jihad.
Al Arian and his terror cell in Florida were tracked but intentionally and knowingly allowed to operate in Florida by Chertoff, the FBI and DOJ as enablers for AlQaeda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Florida for years. FBI and Israeli intelligence agents jointly monitored Al Arian’s group in Florida for over 13 years and information gleaned from the group was passed on to the FBI office in OKC warning them of an attack on OKC’s federal building three days before the OKC bombing. This joint operation and the information it developed was available to and likely known to Chertoff while he was head of DOJ’s criminal division.
Chertoff and Porter Goss directly assisted Bush in keeping the 28 missing pages out of the 9-11 Congressional report. According to public statements by Senators Bob Graham and Richard Shelby, these 28 missing pages referred directly to the Saudi money, drug and arms trafficking ties to 9-11 and GW Bush. The missing pages also refer in part to the InfoCom and Holyland Foundation case as well as the allegations of Sibel Edmond, Indira Singh and FBI agent Robert Wright about Ptech and its bin Laden, AlQaeda financier, Yassin Qadi. They also refer to Saudi funding of 9-11 hijacker pilots AlMhidhar and AlHazmi while living in an apartment provided by an FBI informant and provocateur in San Diego, Abdusattar Sheikh.
The DOJ, Chertoff and the FBI directly prevented FBI agents from testifying at the 9-11 Congressional hearings. The agents were in a position to testify about their tracking of 9-11 hijacker terrorists AlMhidhar and AlHazmi and their monitoring of the Saudi money connections to the these hijackers. Porter Goss and his director, James Lewis, helped Bush, Ashcroft and Chertoff cover-up and impede the 9-11 Congressional investigation while Goss was Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the 9-11 attacks. My attorney Mike Johnston and I had direct communications with James Lewis during the Lewis and Goss cover-up in the 9-11 Congressional hearings and report. Now as head of the CIA, Goss is in a position like Chertoff to perpetrate and cover up more terror pretexts as an excuse for laying the groundwork for a police state in America.
Using Nazi Trained Muslim Brotherhood Terrorists
The CIA, the DOJ, the FBI and US Presidents including HW Bush, GW Bush and Clinton, have used Nazi and German (West and East-STASI) trained and backed members of the Muslim Brotherhood for decades for operations in the US, the ME, Afghanistan and Israel according to a public speech entitled ” Muslim Brotherhood, Nazis and Al Qaeda” given by John Loftus in Israel in August 2004. As a former US prosecutor with the DOJ’s Nazi-hunting unit, Loftus was granted access to classified CIA and NATO archives.
Many of the participants known to the CIA, FBI and DOJ (Chertoff) who carried out the 9-11 attacks, the OKC and the 1993 WTC bombing were members of the Muslim Brotherhood who also had prior and distinct connections to the CIA and German intelligence. Khalid Mohammed, Mohammed Elamir Atta and FBI informant Melvin Lattimore were all members of the Muslim brotherhood with prior FBI and CIA connections. Khalid Mohammed and Mohammed Atta were funded first by Iraq and Sadam Hussein and the Muslim Brotherhood, then by bin Laden.
Al Fatah (Melvin Lattimore was the North American recruiter for Al Fatah), PLO, PLFP and Hamas and even AlQaeda are all direct out growths of the CIA used, supported, nurtured and preserved elements of the Nazi based Muslim brotherhood going back to World War II.
9-11 hijacker Mohammed Atta was funded by Saddam Hussein and Pakistan directly through the Muslim Brotherhood according to documents reported on in late 2003 by Scott Wheeler of Insight magazine.
Phoenix FBI agent Ken Williams and other FBI agents were authorized by Janet Reno to make payments to Hamas in the US to track Hamas operations but nothing was done about Hamas at the time or for years afterwards.
The FBI tracked and monitored Hamas operations in Florida and OKC connected to the OKC bombing and the 9-11 attacks for over 13 years but did nothing about Hamas.
Hamas cells in the US that were investigated by FBI agent Robert Wright of Chicago and FBI agents in Florida and OKC for years before 9-11 are part of the terror underground railroad/network set up in the US in 1995 by Khalid and Ali Mohammed and Zawahiri to work with Iraqis, ALQaeda, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad for terror activities in the US. This is fully known to the FBI, CIA, and Chertoff and is part of the corrupt and arrogant policy of letting known terror groups to operate for years in the US without getting them off the streets even NOW. The White House, the FBI and CIA wrongly think they have enough control of these groups "to keep anything bad from happening with a 99% certainty" (quote from Dale Watson on PBS documentary in 2003).
Chertoff, the DOJ, the FBI and the CIA knew and covered up the fact they knew that an East German STASI agent (members still in the new republic of Germany) helped train the Hamburg cell of Mohammed Atta, AlShehhi and Ziad Jarrah. Terrorists Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Mohammed were likely trained by terrorist Abu Nidal for Iraq and by Egyptian CIA and FBI operative Ali Mohammed The FBI intentionally helped populate three Abu Nidal terror cells in the US in 1995 according to Congressional testimony by FBI director Louis Freeh. While acting as the assistant Attorney General of the DOJ, Chertoff played a major role in reformulating U.S. anti-terrorism policy. Chertoff was one of the chief architects of Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act, also known as the International Money Laundering Abatement and Financial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001.
PATRIOT Act and Police State
Chertoff did in fact help write the many objectionable "sunset" parts of the PATRIOT Act that Gonzales wants restored when they expire because they have proclaimed (as an excuse) that the US is in a never-ending, perpetual war with terrorism. They want to suspend the US Constitution in favor of military law at the event of another major terror attack just as General Tommie Franks has publicly warned.
Chertoff not only helped develop illegal and unconstitutional police laws for a US police state at DOJ, but Chertoff now, as Homeland Security Chief will carry out these same police state laws. Chertoff will willingly carry out and extend the perverted legal umbrella legalese excuses provided in the Alberto Gonzales memo that proclaimed Bush, as President, is above the law during an unending, self-declared war on terrorism.
Further evidence of Chertoff’s desire to establish a US police state is provided by the fact that Chertoff will be using ex-KGB and STASI chiefs to work under Chertoff at Homeland Security. The Foreign Press Foundation reported on December 16, 2004 that the Chertoff-led US Homeland Security agency had hired Soviet secret service KGB chief, General Yevgeni Primakov, as well as the ex-boss of the East German intelligence, Marcus Wolfe.
It is clear that Chertoff’s rapid rise to the position of Homeland Security Director is in part because of Chertoff’s willingness to help illegally, immorally and intentionally provoke and not try to stop the 1993 WTC, the 1995 OKC and 9-11 attacks. Chertoff has deliberately used these intentionally orchestrated attacks to provide the pretexts to falsely justify writing unconstitutional laws and lay the groundwork for a US police state. But his rise is also attributable to Chertoff’s willingness to do unethical political and legal favors for those who put him in his new position.
When Chertoff was named by Bush to head the Justice Department’s Criminal Division it was reported that Chertoff had squelched an indictment of New Jersey Senator Torricelli as a reward for Torricelli’s support of key Bush legislation the Democratic Party leadership opposed.
Nick Acocella, editor of the New Jersey based “Politifax”, has said that at the height of the Torricelli scandal, and while Chertoff was U.S. attorney, Acocella saw Torricelli and Chertoff embrace and huddle at a South Jersey banquet. Normally a federal prosecutor like Chertoff would have been expected to keep a safe distance from Torricelli since Torricelli was the target of criminal investigations making headlines in the New Jersey media.
Of course, one should not forget that Chertoff was also the US prosecutor investigating and controlling the outcome of the investigations into Whitewater and the Vince Foster death, cases that raised serious questions about both Democratic and Republican corruption and criminal behavior in high places.
Respected columnist Robert Novak reported in a January 2005 column
Unyielding Chertoff that as head of the DOJ criminal division in 2001, Chertoff had been calling the shots to have Presidential Executive privilege invoked and to deny materials requested in 13 subpoenas by the House Government Reform Committee concerning the FBI’s shocking misuse of the mob in Boston decades earlier including a time period when former President HW Bush was running the mob and CIA affiliated Boston Fruit Company (1963). In one case an innocent man went to prison on murder charges because of lies told by an FBI informant. Two of the FBI’s undercover men, including the notorious Whitey Bulger, committed murder without being charged.
Novak wrote that Novak had listened to Chertoff at a 2001 Christmas party explain why Chertoff was for using executive privilege. Novak heard Chertoff argue that there never was any need for the executive branch to grant demands for documents from the legislative branch. During Chertoff’s last year at DOJ, Chertoff was frequently the man who rejected requests for documents. The watchdog organization Judicial Watch provided substantial evidence of IRS harassment, but Chertoff made the decision to not investigate the Clinton administration’s alleged misuse of Internal Revenue Service scrutiny on critics of Bill Clinton. The watchdog organization Judicial Watch had provided substantial evidence of IRS harassment that Chertoff chose to disregard.
Judicial Watch raised concerns (Chertoff’s Crimes ) again about Chertoff during the Senate confirmation hearings for Chertoff’s nomination to the federal Circuit Court. In May of 2003, Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman and President Tom Fitton presented Senate Judiciary Committee members with a detailed chronology of alleged Justice Department misuse of organized crime operatives by the FBI and other U.S. government agencies in the District of New Jersey while Mr. Chertoff served as the U.S. Attorney there from 1990 to 1994. It was a scenario very reminiscent of the Boston FBI and mob scandal that Chertoff had tried to stonewall in 2001. Senators Leahy and Hatch announced an investigation into the matter three days later but the inquiry only consisted of asking Chertoff about the charges, which Chertoff denied. Chertoff was then quickly confirmed as a federal judge.
Michael Chertoff said very clearly during his confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill that he strongly supports President Bush's devastating amnesty/"guestworker" plan for illegal aliens. With Chertoff backing this terrible policy position, it is all but a certainty that Homeland Security under Chertoff will not adequately protect our borders and will not protect Americans from 12-16 million unscreened illegal immigrants already here, some of whom are terrorists and terrorist sleepers.
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Patrick Briley is a Navy Viet Nam era veteran who served on a Polaris ballistic missile nuclear submarine patrol in the Pacific." My Polaris submarine patrol in the Pacific was in far East Asia near China but I can not elaborate any more than that other than to say it was a very special, historically significant and exceptionally dangerous.
Briley was chosen to work under Admiral Rickover at Naval Reactors. He volunteered for Naval service from 1968 to 1976 during the Viet Nam era including being in Naval ROTC, a batallion commander of my ROTC unit and a Midshipman on board the ballistic missile submarine, SSBN 624, the Woodrow Wilson, as well as serving at Naval Reactors in DC for Admiral Rickover.
Patrick started research and investigation into terrorist attacks after the Oklahoma City bombing. Pat submitted his findings concerning the OKC bombing and the 9-11 attacks in briefings to high-level staff for the Senate Judiciary and Senate and House Intelligence committees, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and the 9-11 Commission. E-Mail: email@example.com