ZIOCON/GOP = another name for MAFIA MONEY; Abramoff scandal ties to 9-11 Atta drugrunning!
Abramoff, born in mob capital, Atlantic City, NJ... His father, close to Reagan. --- investigated by three grand juries: Washington, D.C., in Abramoff-Reed Indian Gambling Scandal; by grand jury in Guam over (probabaly not so) separate matter; & indicted on August 11, 2005, by third grand jury in Fort Lauderdale, FL, for bank fraud likely arising out of the overall Abramoff operation if you read this. Abramoff appears to be a likely COMPTROLLER for multiple mafia money launderings (Israeli, Colombian, Siclian, more?) into the neocon/Zionist/GOP election cycle. --- Indictments of Abramoff have significant importance because of connections with leading ziocons/neocons including Bush, DeLay, & others. --- DeLay, ex-Majority Leader of U.S. House (indicted for similar money launding operation, in Texas election fraud) calls Abramoff one of his "closest and dearest friends." Eventually, where did DeLay's money come from, perchance? Abramoff? --- Another level is that Abramoff is Sr.Dir. of Gov't Affairs for GREENBERG TRAURIG law & lobbying firm, so close to corrupt money trail, 9-11 hushmoney, Israel, Brown Brothers Harriman, & strategically placed as both Dem & Repub party financial positions; Greenberg Traurig members are personal lawyers and legal front men for the whole Bush family operations & much more --- WHAT ABRAMOFF SCANDAL IS ABOUT CAN BE SIMPLY STATED AS: Vegas without rules. What politicians are arguing over is the biggest unregulated slush fund in the history of the world. Democrats, run equally by Abramoff/Greenberg Traurig connections, don't want to eliminate it. They just want in on it. AND HEROIN is coaxed to flow straight from Bush regime's heroin nacroregime in Afghanistan INTO THESE ABRAMOFF-ATTA-WALLY HILLIARD-JEB BUSH NETWORKS, SEE BELOW.
--- Who owns Florida's gambling boats? No one knows: no state or federal oversight. No one licenses operators. No one ensures games aren't rigged. No one ensures boats aren't used to launder money. No one investigates organized crime that seems to run it & use it to money launder (via Abramoff's connections) to buy U.S. elections. This same mafia money likely circles back into DeLay's "separate" money laundering and election fraud indictments in Texas. --- Florida's cruises-to-nowhere represent "the largest unregulated gambling industry in the United States," said Bill Thompson, a professor of gambling at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and nationally recognized expert on the industry. They gross at least $170 million a year. That's just a number they report voluntarily. No one knows the true 'take.' Everyone assumes there's a 'skim.' "A casino is a cash business. You could have money laundering and skimming," Keith Copher, chief of enforcement for Nevada Gaming Control Board. "When you obtain money illegally through drug sales and other methods, you need to find a way to launder it, to make it look like a legal source. Regulation is needed to prevent this." While "Florida authorities" piously oppose gambling, their inaction speaks for itself, and now shows itself to have connections to the "9.11 drugrunner false flagger network" that frequented these SunCruz Casino Bush-connected Abramoff's boats...for what purpose? Another interesting link between 9-11 and Abramoff is the Wally Hillard issue, below.
--- "Boulis was murdered in the exact same way as Don Aronow, Bush's other partner,..."Something is really going down bad here," Tiller stated. "Don Aronow. Gus Boulis. Jim Shore... All tied in to Bush."
--- In 1995 supposed Jewish Zionist Abramoff....worked for the Global Council of Islamic Banks, whose chairman, Saleh Abdullah Kamel, was under investigation for alleged funding of terrorism, including Osama Bin Laden....
--- The breathtaking scope of "Cruisegate" could make it the biggest American political scandal since Iran Contra. Should its tawdry details fully come to light, it might eclipse even the Watergate Scandal.
Already, the dramatis personae includes a familiar name from previous scandals: Barry Seal, called "the ghost haunting the Whitewater investigation" by the Wall Street Journal, who was himself murdered on orders, according to his own lawyer's testimony, of then-Vice President George Bush. 20 years ago Seal helped set in motion, as we'll see shortly, the chain of events leading inexorably towards today's scandal, which we're dubbing "Cruisegate," illustrating the ongoing and even generational nature of what sociologists call "state-sponsored crime."
A SECOND Mob Link In Neocon/GOP Bush-insider Abramoff Scandal
1. Abramoff/Kidan ---> Kidan pays Gambino family organized crime hitmen to 'off' the previous owner of SunCruz Casinos--something Abramoff wanted to buy that "wasn't for sale" Abramoff made himself a VP, made Kidan the President of SunCruz, though only after Jeb Bush's State of Florida pressured previous owner to sell to Abramoff; Abramoff appointed his #2, Kidan, as President, Sun Cruz Casinos). Next, previous owner turns up dead in professional hit. Turns out that Kidan has paid the hitmen.
2. Another mafia link, this time Sicilian mafia: Abramoff/Kidan ---> Kidan/Spadaro who do business together in Dutch Antilles largest hotel ---> Kidan partner Spadro recently arrested and called part of the Sicilian Mafia/weapons trafficking operations; Kidan and Spadaro in the Dutch Anntilles major hotel, run mostly by Spadaro, with Kidan as "chief counsel". Spadaro now arrested in Italy for weapons trafficking.
3. Abramoff/"Sun Cruz Casinos" unregulated gambling offshore in Florida ---> money laundering for organized crime ---> GOP money to organized crime into Republican elections.
4. If this is a Greenberg Traurig operation more widely, then the Democratic Party Financier, Rosen (equally Greenberg Traurig like Abramoff) would likely be a source of the money laundered funds into the Democratic election cycle.
5. Abramoff/Kidan ---> Kidan as President of "Sun Cruz Lines" and Abramoff as VP ---> playing host to Mohammad Atta and company; Atta and crew were frequent visitors on only "SunCruz" lines. Atta and company are the false flagger drugdealer network that went around laying the false flagger trail for the traitorous neocons, concerning 9-11. Atta and crew even used their real names! What cha bet that Abramoff's Sun Cruz Lines was where they loaded up on their drugs (or dropped lots of money there to be money laundered from it--see below, they did), because it's totally unregulated and patrols just off the Florida coast in international waters? Good for a money drop or a drug pick up.
And by the way Bush Senior was responsible for giving the "drug smugging intradiction" contracts in Florida waters to....Aranow and the Jewish Mafia--who in turn saw fit to give the U.S. Customs Service malfunctioning boats intentionally so they would be unlikely to be able to chase after themselves when they were smuggling drugs into Florida. See below.
-- Abramoff's "gambling criuse lines" [a Sicilian mafia money laundering operation, run by Abramoff's #2, Kidan (the guy who paid the Gambino hitmen)]
-- Direct link to Abramoff having access to Siclilian mafia illegal weapons/drug trade money which Abramoff could pump into GOP campaigns, i.e., the mob buying Republican elections
-- Abramoff's "gambling cruise line" and Mohammad Atta--with Atta's known penchant for running drugs, having multiple passports, going to nude bars, snorting coke, dropping $700-800 a hand on Abramoff's Sun Cruz Casino Lines (to money launder proceeds?) and being a drug dealer. Atta and friends liked to visit Abramoff's "gambling cruise lines", and even did so right before 9-11. They visited Vegas as well. Atta and other false flagger "hijackers" (not on the planes on 9-11, though it's important for the false media story to pretend so)
the current scandal starring the GOP's top lobbyist [Abramoff]:
Last week's indictment of three men with Mob ties in professional hit/murder of gambling ship magnate Gus Boulis--during Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's take-over of the [his] gambling cruise ship line--revealed deep Mob connections at the highest levels of the Republican Party.
[PAY THE GAMBINOS...] **Kidan, Abramoff's second-in-command at the SunCruz casino line, is reportedly soon to be indicted [as well as the three above] for the murder of Gus Boulis*** on the relatively safe grounds that Abramoff's #2, Kidan, wrote checks totaling a quarter million dollars to the Gambino hit man recently charged with the crime. Based on emails from Kidan to Abramoff days before Kidan's paid professional hit, suspicion is growing that Abramoff may also be involved in what police called the "highly professional hit."
Now ... more Mob ties to the [Abramoff] case, via Kidan. One of the ***principals in the scandal, Adam Kidan, an Abramoff partner and a former Republican "fund-raiser,"*** was co-owner and general counsel of a Caribbean island hotel-casino with Rosario Spadaro. Spadaro was recently arrested and he is called "a member of the Sicilian Mafia" (AP story). Spadaro was recently arrested immediately upon airline flight touchdown in Italy regarding international weapons trafficking.
[DABBLE IN PORN] Kidan's step-father, Sami Shemtov, an Israeli national, has extensive "interests" in pornography business in South Florida.
[AND MONEY LAUNDER FOR THE SICLIAN MAFIA..] News of Kidan's Sicilian Mafia partner in St Maarten, learned while investigating details of Jack Abramoff's involvement with "Sun Cruz Casinos," adds to the unsavory portrait emerging of Republican operatives involved in the various Abramoff scandals. What is known so far [about the cruise line] may be nothing more than a cover story, we suspected, a false front, or 'Potemkin village,' defined as "an impressive facade or display that hides an undesirable fact or state." For example, at the time of the "purchase" of SunCruz Casinos (Boulis never got his money) news accounts of the new owners failed to mention that Kidan was a disbarred attorney, and that his "Dial-a-Mattress" franchise had recently gone bankrupt, all of which might have given rise to speculation about where he was getting the reported $147 million to buy the line [thus, Sicilian mafia funds through Kidan to buy it, and Kidan/Spadaro direct Siclian mafia connection as well in St. Maarten.]. Kidan was described as part of a team of seasoned casino and entertainment executives, as well as "an owner and general counsel to the [Spadaro] St. Maarten Hotel Beach Club and Casino," according to The St. Petersburg Times, and other news accounts.
[Additionally,]...[Ambramoff partner] Adam Kidan's newly-uncovered link to a Sicilian Mafia figure [and Sicilian mafia money, laundered into the Abramoff cruise line, and then into GOP elections] sheds light on the activities of secretive Naples, FL financier Wally Hilliard, owner of 9.11 terror flight school attended by Mohamed Atta.
"Some of the same names in the Abramoff scandal also surface in connection with Mohamed Atta's," we reported, in a June 21, 2005 story...
[And on Abramoff's SunCruz line...] It was widely reported that Atta and several other ["official story"] 'hijackers' [who really couldn't fly planes and besides who don't appear on 9-11 airline rosters], these people made a still-unexplained visit onboard one of Abramoff's casino boats less than a week before the 9.11 attack," we reported on June 21 2005. We have learned they may have been aboard as many as three different Abramoff boats.
**Must Credit The MadCowMorningNews**
by Daniel Hopsicker
Last week's indictment of three men with Mob ties in the gangland-style murder of gambling ship magnate Gus Boulis--during Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's take-over of the [his] gambling cruise ship line--revealed deep Mob connections at the highest levels of the Republican Party.
Now The MadCowMorningNews has learned exclusively of more Mob ties to the case. One of the ***principals in the scandal, Adam Kidan, an Abramoff partner and a former Republican "fund-raiser,"*** was the co-owner and general counsel of a Caribbean island hotel-casino with Rosario Spadaro, called "a member of the Sicilian Mafia" in an Associated Press story reporting his recent arrest in Italy in a major investigation into international arms trafficking.
"St. Maarten hotel owner arrested, linked to Mafia" read the headline.
"Italian police have arrested St. Maarten's most prominent hotel owner, Rosario Spadaro, accusing him of laundering money for the Sicilian Mafia, Italian police said Thursday," read the AP report in the May 20, 2005 Orlando Sentinel.
"Spadora was arrested May 9 in Rome's Fiumicino airport, as soon as he landed in Italy on a flight from Caracas, Venezuela, the Messina anti-Mafia police said."
Just how stupid do you think I am?
Kidan, Abramoff's second-in-command at the SunCruz casino line, is reportedly soon to be indicted for the murder of Gus Boulis' murder, on the relatively safe grounds that he wrote checks totaling a quarter million dollars for no easily discernible reason to the Gambino hit man recently charged with the crime.
His defense will probably be that he paid the goombah with a check. He will asks the jury, "Do I look stupid to you?"
We think they will almost certainly answer "yes."
And based on emails from Kidan to Abramoff in the days before the murder, suspicion is growing that Abramoff may also be involved in what police called the "highly professional hit."
In e-mails to Abramoff, Kidan made a cryptic reference to an ally who had sent "protection" to Kidan in Florida. Abramoff would have known that such an individual brought his own bat with him when he traveled.
"My friend in NY is acting out of concern for my safety," Kidan wrote to Abramoff. "I was the victim of family violence before. Let's use that in our favor (my mother wouldn't mind) to show how we can't tolerate violence and the like of criminals."
Abramoff's reply, even though he knows they are in default on their agreement to pay Boulis, is: "I agree with this completely. Gus needs to move on out of the company."
Kidan's reference to his mother refers to her [his mother's] well-publicized murder by Mafia goons from the Bonanno family, including Madonna's former boyfriend Chris Paciello.
That's been reported. What hasn't is that Kidan's step-father, Sami Shemtov, an Israeli national, has extensive "interests" in pornography business in South Florida. The Bonanno crew thought he was ripe for a take-down.
A Potemkin village, A wizard behind the curtain
News of Kidan's Sicilian Mafia partner in St Maarten, learned while investigating details of Jack Abramoff's involvement with Sun Cruz Casinos, adds to the unsavory portrait emerging of Republican operatives involved in the various Abramoff scandals.
What is known so far may be nothing more than a cover story, we suspected, a false front, or 'Potemkin village,' defined as "an impressive facade or display that hides an undesirable fact or state."
For example, at the time of the "purchase" of SunCruz Casinos (Boulis never got his money) news accounts of the news owners failed to mention that Kidan was a disbarred attorney, and that his "Dial-a-Mattress" franchise had recently gone bankrupt, all of which might have given rise to speculation about where he was getting the reported $147 million to buy the line.
Kidan was described as part of a team of seasoned casino and entertainment executives, as well as "an owner and general counsel to the St. Maarten Hotel Beach Club and Casino," according to The St. Petersburg Times, and other news accounts.
Adam Kidan's newly-uncovered link to a Sicilian Mafia figure sheds light on the activities of secretive Naples, FL financier Wally Hilliard, owner of 9.11 terror flight school attended by Mohamed Atta.
"Some of the same names in the Abramoff scandal also surface in connection with Mohamed Atta's," we reported, in a June 21, 2005 story headlined "THE SECRET WORLD OF 9.11."
Apparently we didn't know the half of it...
Waiting for Fidel to slip on the big banana peel
From a story in the Miami Herald on May 17, 1999 headlined "MAFIA HAS EYES ON CUBA:"
Sicilian mobsters are planning to set up shop in Cuba once President Fidel Castro is gone from the scene, GQ magazine reports in its May issue.
Mafia families want to use hotel, casino and public works projects to launder money and profiteer, GQ said in an article headlined Big Trouble in Havana, quoting U.S. and Italian law-enforcement officials.
GQ names St. Martin, in the Dutch Antilles, as a key organized-crime staging area for Cuba, and Rosario Spadaro, an Italian businessman with two hotels and two casinos there, as a financier with Mafia ties who is likely to be a key figure in future organized-crime ventures in Cuba.
At the same time the Miami Herald says the Sicilian Mafia was seeking to re-enter Cuba, Wally Hilliard was also engaged in an "opening to Cuba."
As we've reported before, photographs of Hilliard from his trips to Havana shows him strapping a Rolex with the must-have diamond beveled-face onto the presumably grateful wrist of one of Fidel Castro's top aides, Guillermo Garcia Frias, known in Cuba as "the Commandante of the Revolution."
Aviation executives and former employees of Hilliard's, like his former Director of Operations Bill Bersch, had told us of their puzzlement at Wally's Cuban adventure.
"I used to look at Wally and Rudi and wonder what made them think they could start an airline," he told us. "I mean, I was on the executive team, trying to start an airline, and from August 2000 to the present we had all of four business meetings. Even when you could get a meeting scheduled, somebody would tell you that it had been canceled... because Wally is in Havana."
Have a cigar. We're waiting for Don Corleone to start
Hilliard had been looking to cut a deal with Castro, said Rob Tiller, who provided the photograph, to buy a 10,000 acre cattle ranch on the island for the Mormon Church in Utah, reportedly in anticipation of the resumption of normal diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.
The explanation never made sense. Now, we are led to wonder: Were Hilliard's visits to Havana part of Sicilian Mafia efforts to regain a foothold in Cuba?
The man who owned the Florida flight school which so many suspected terrorists called home remains seemingly immune to official questioning.
It was widely reported that Atta and several other hijackers made a still-unexplained visit onboard one of Abramoff's casino boats less than a week before the 9.11 attack," we reported on June 21 2005.
We have learned they may have been aboard three.
"Two or three men linked to the hijackings may have been customers on the SunCruz ship that is based at John's Pass," the St. Petersburg Times reported September 27, 2001.
"SunCruz Casinos has turned over security videotapes and documents to FBI investigators. The cruise line also is giving the FBI a videotape from a Port Canaveral ship of a former customer that a casino manager thinks resembles one of the terrorists."
Two days later the paper reported, "The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has notified the FBI that a local man thinks he might have seen two of the terrorist hijackers last month on a 'Paradise of Port Richey' gambling boat, a sheriff's spokesman said. Stephen Babus, 46, of New Port Richey reported to deputies that he saw two Middle Eastern men betting $700 to $800 a hand on roulette aboard the Paradise ship, which docks in Port Richey."
In their last word on the matter, the paper reported that the FBI was 'investigating." We don't imagine anyone was holding their breath waiting.
It's an ill wind that doesn't blow somebody some good, and the current scandal starring the GOP's top lobbyist may yet prove a boon to the party's efforts to display a common touch.
Abramoff, for example, will someday be able to talk about current trends in license plate manufacture, and proudly display his prison 'tats' on Meet the Press.
We all need something to look forward to.
THURSDAY: OLLIE NORTH TEACHES JACK THE MEANING OF "OFF THE BOOKS"
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Jack A. Abramoff (born February 28, 1958) is an influential Washington "power"- lobbyist and conservative activist.
Abramoff is a central figure in a series of high-profile political scandals linked to the Republican Party. He is currently under investigation by grand juries in Washington, D.C., for his involvement in the Abramoff-Reed Indian Gambling Scandal, and by a grand jury in Guam over a separate matter. He was indicted on August 11, 2005, by a third grand jury in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for bank fraud arising out of an unrelated business deal.
The investigations and indictments of Abramoff have taken on significant national importance because of the lobbyist's close political connections with leading national Republicans, including President of the United States George W. Bush, Congressional Republicans and various influential conservatives.
Congressman Tom DeLay, former Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, has called Abramoff one of his "closest and dearest friends." Abramoff also has been a leading George W. Bush political fundraiser.
Abramoff was Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Greenberg Traurig law and lobbying firm  and was CRNC National Chairman from 1981-85. He is also a Director of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative activist group.
* 1 Early years
* 2 College years
* 3 In Hollywood
* 4 Legal work
* 5 SunCruz Casinos fraud indictment
o 5.1 Arrested in Los Angeles
o 5.2 Links to murder of Konstantinos Boulis
o 5.3 Political connections
* 6 Guam grand jury investigation
* 7 Indian tribes grand jury investigations
* 8 Tyco Allegation
* 9 References
Abramoff was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where his father (who had ties to Ronald Reagan) worked with Arnold Palmer Enterprises. When he was 10, his family moved to Beverly Hills, California, where he eventually became a high-school weightlifting champ who once squatted 540 pounds. He was raised in a secular Jewish household, but a viewing of Fiddler on the Roof at the age of 12 changed his life: "I made the decision that I would become religious in order to preserve the faith in our family," he said. He immediately bought books on Judaism with his own savings.
In college, Abramoff organized Massachusetts campuses for Reagan's presidential campaign in 1980. A year later, he graduated from Brandeis University and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Abramoff was soon elected chairman of the College Republican National Committee [thus close to Karl Rove] with the campaign being managed by Grover Norquist [involved in 9-11 hit networks, see below] and aided by Ralph E. Reed, Jr.. "It is not our job to seek peaceful coexistence with the Left," Abramoff was quoted as saying in the group's 1983 annual report, "Our job is to remove them from power permanently".
Abramoff "changed the direction of the committee and made it more activist and conservative than ever before," notes the CNRC. 
At the CRNC in the 1980s, Abramoff developed political alliances with College Republican chapter presidents across the nation, many of whom now have gone on to graduate to significant national influence in American politics and business. Some of these long-standing alliances are the subject of various federal investigations into Abramoff and his political and business dealings.
Abramoff also spent ten years in Hollywood, producing such movies as Red Scorpion, an anti-communist film made just after his term with the College Republicans ended.
Abramoff next joined Citizens for America, a Reaganite group that helped Oliver North build support for the Nicaraguan contras and staged an unprecedented meeting of anti-Communist rebel leaders in 1985 in Jamba, Angola. His membership ended on a sour note, however, when the group's millionaire founder, Lewis Lehrman, a former New York gubernatorial candidate, concluded that Abramoff had spent his money carelessly.
Abramoff joined the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, whose website described him as "directly involved in the Republican party and conservative movement leadership structures and is one of the leading fund raisers for the party and its congressional candidates." This page biography has since been removed from their website.
In early 2003, Timothy Flanagan was Abramoff's day-to-day supervisor.
Among the work his team did for Tyco International, Abramoff listed lobbying the White House.
In 1995 Abramoff worked for the Global Council of Islamic Banks, whose chairman, Saleh Abdullah Kamel, was under investigation for alleged funding of terrorism, including Osama Bin Laden.
In 1997, Abramoff gave $500 to the campaign of Republican Congressman Richard Norman "Doc" Hastings. The New York Times reported that he made an additional $500 donation to Hastings and that the Seattle law firm Abramoff worked for, Preston Gates & Ellis, donated $13,000 to Hastings' campaign.
Abramoff is also founder and former chairman of the International Freedom Foundation (IFF).
SunCruz Casinos fraud indictment
On August 11, 2005, Abramoff and his partner, Adam Kidan, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on fraud charges arising from a 2000 deal to buy casino boats. Kidan and a third associate, Ben Waldman, as yet unindicted, are accused of using a fake wire transfer to defraud Foothill Capital Corp. and Citadel Equity Fund Ltd that had agreed to lend $60 million to purchase the casinos on condition that Abramoff and his partners made a cash contribution of $23 million. The indictment alleges that the transfer was counterfeit.
Arrested in Los Angeles
A warrant for Abramoff's arrest was issued by federal authorities on August 11, 2005, though Abramoff's whereabouts initially were unknown. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, threatening to label Abramoff a fugitive from justice, later were informed by Abramoff's legal counsel that Abramoff was in Los Angeles, California. Abramoff arranged to surrender to federal authorities there and was held overnight in federal detention. On August 12, 2005, Abramoff was released on bail of $2.25 million and ordered to return to Florida to face a preliminary hearing there on August 16, 2005. As part of his bail arrangements, Abramoff also was forced by a Los Angeles federal judge to surrender his passport, restrict his travel to California, Florida and Maryland and continue mental health treatments.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael S. Clemens said Abramoff's high-level political contacts would not deter the FBI, stating that the Florida grand jury's decision to indict Abramoff "demonstrates that regardless of position, status, wealth, or associations, fraudulent activity will not be tolerated."
If convicted, Abramoff faces up to five years in prison on the Suncruz fraud charges; he may also face other criminal charges and extensive civil fines on the various counts. Abramoff's legal counsel announced shortly after his arrest that he intends to plead "not guilty" and to mount a vigorous defense of the charges.
Links to murder of Konstantinos Boulis
In September 2005 murder charges were brought against three men for the murder of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis, the seller of the Sun Cruz Casino. Anthony Moscatiello, a former bookkeeper for the Gambino crime family and Anthony Ferrari were charged with murder, conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder. James Fiorillo, was charged with murder and conspiracy. Moscatiello had previously received $145,000 from Kidan through SunCruz for services that were allegedly never rendered. Ferrari had received $95,000 as payment for security services and further sums in casino chips.
Boulis had made his first fortune out of the 'Miami Subs' [money laundering] chain of sandwich shops. He then launched the SunCruz business which offered 'cruises to nowhere', taking passengers into international waters out of reach of the Florida state gambling laws. Florida state made several attempts to shut the business down, finally succeeding in 1999 when federal prosecutors charged Boulis with violating shipping laws over the ship's registration. Boulis agreed to pay a $1 million fine and sell the business.
Boulis alleged that the $23 million payment was never made. Boulis also alleged that Kidan had links to organized crime.  Kidan had hired Anthony Moscatiello as a business advisor despite a previous indictment as an associate of the Gambino crime family led by Mafia crime boss John Gotti. In February 2001, Boulis was shot to death five months later in what police called "a gang style hit". A suit brought by Boulis' estate alleges that Adam Kidan made three payments of $10,000 to Moscatiello immediately prior to the murder. http://www.madcowprod.com/10102005.html
The casinos were subsequently auctioned off to new management in a bankruptcy action brought by Foothill Capital. Foothill settled with Abramoff for an undisclosed sum and continue litigation against Kidan. [In other words Florida politics--Jeb Bush country--used the state laws to force Boulis to sell to Abramoff.]
Press accounts have suggested that Abramoff used his political connections to gain support for the deal in Washington .
Tom DeLay, then House minority whip, gave Boulis a flag that had flown over the capitol building. Abramoff brought his lead financier in the deal to a fund raiser for DeLay in Abramoff's box at FedEx Field.
Ohio Republican Representative Bob Ney promoted the Kidan/Abramoff in the House on several occasions. In March 2000, before the deal was closed, Ney accused the SunCruz management of cheating passengers. On October 26 2000, praised the change of ownership:
"While Mr. Kidan certainly has his hands full in his efforts to clean up SunCruz's reputation, his track record as a businessman and as a citizen lead me to believe that he will easily transform SunCruz from a questionable enterprise to an upstanding establishment that the gaming community can be proud of."
Ney has since accused Abramoff of duping him. A DeLay spokesperson said that he had no recollection of the meeting.
DeLay, Ney and Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney have each gone on golf trips to Scotland that were apparently arranged or funded by Abramoff. These trips took place in 2000, 2002, and 2003. Ney and Feeney each claimed that their trips were paid for by the National Center for Public Policy Research, but the group denied this. Spokespeople for Ney and Feeney blamed others for filing errors.
Guam grand jury investigation
In 2002, Abramoff was retained under a secret contract by the Guam Superior Court to lobby against a bill proposing to put the Superior Court under the authority of the Guam Supreme Court.
The $324,000 was paid to Abramoff through a Laguna Beach, California, lawyer by means of 36 checks of $9,000 each. If done to avoid the federal reporting requirements for payment transfers this would constitute illegal 'structuring' under 31 USC 5324(a). The form of payment might also be illegal if it was used to evade federal contracting rules requiring an open tender for contracts over $10,000.
On Nov. 18, 2002, a grand jury issued a subpoena demanding that the administrator of the Guam Superior Court release all records relating to the contract.
On Nov. 19, 2002, U.S. Atty. Frederick A. Black, the chief prosecutor for Guam and the instigator of the indictment, was unexpectedly demoted and removed from the office he had held since 1991. The federal grand jury [against Abramoff in the] investigation was quickly wound down and took no further action.
In May 2003 Black was succeeded by Leonardo Rapadas at the recommendation of the Guam Republican Party. He was confirmed without any debate. "Fred Radewagen, a lobbyist who had been under contract to the Gutierrez administration, said he carried that recommendation to top Bush aide Karl Rove in early 2003."
In 2005, Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks initiated a new investigation of the Abramoff contract which is continuing.
Indian tribes grand jury investigations
Main article: Abramoff-Reed Indian Gambling Scandal
Abramoff is curently under investigation by separate state and federal grand jury investigations into lobbying performed for Indian tribes running casino gambling businesses. In addition to the allegations arising from the consulting contracts themselves, Abramoff is accused of illegally giving favors to (among others) senior Republicans Ney, DeLay, and Conrad Burns.
These investigations started thanks to Ronnie Earle.
Tyco Inc. claimed in August 2005 that Abramoff had been paid $1.7 million for an 'astroturf campaign' to create a 'grass roots' campaign to oppose proposals to penalize US corporations registered abroad for tax reasons. The work was allegedly never performed.
Timothy E. Flanigan, general counsel for Tyco inc. said in a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Abramoff's lobbying firm boasted that Abramoff could help Tyco fight a special liability tax because he "had good relationships with members of Congress," including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.).
Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff also bragged two years ago that he was in contact with White House political aide Karl Rove on behalf of a large, Bermuda-based corporation that wanted to avoid incurring some taxes and continue receiving federal contracts, according to a written statement by President Bush's nominee to be deputy attorney general.
Abramoff later said "he had contact with Mr. Karl Rove" about the issue, according to the statement by Flanigan,
* The original version of some of this article is derived from material at Sourcewatch, and released to Wikipedia under the GFDL license
* "Abramoff in Court on Charges of Fraud", Financial Times, August 12, 2005.
* Abramoff's Federal Campaign Contributions, NewsMeat.com
September 30, 2005-Venice, FL.
by Daniel Hopsicker
The investigation into the 4-year old murder of Sun Cruz Casino boat founder Konstantinos 'Gus' Boulis in Fort Lauderdale has begun to reveal hidden connections between Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's gargantuan fund-raising machine, essential to victory in the past two Presidential elections, and a cast of underworld characters not previously thought of as exemplifying what have come to be known as "Republican family values." [unless they qualify as "Mafia family values."]
The indictment of three men Tuesday in the Boulis "hit" exposes an unholy alliance in Florida between the national Republican party and the Mob, details of which were first reported in the MadCowMorningNews three months ago ("The Secret World of Jack Abramoff: Terrorists, Torpedoes and Republican 'Muscle'").
More indictments are expected soon.
The trail of suspicion leads directly to Abramoff's doorstep: the three names already released clearly implicate Adam Kidan, the Casino line's erstwhile President, in the crime, who wrote checks—duh-uh!—for over $250,000 to one of the indicted men, Gambino goombah Anthony "Big Tony"' Moscatiello, 67, of Howard Beach, N.Y, for no easily discernible reason.
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Although lawyers for Abramoff and Kidan, who face trial Jan. 9 on fraud charges, have repeatedly said neither man knows anything about Boulis' murder, since Kidan was hand-picked by Abramoff to run the unregulated collection of a dozen ships operating off the coast of Florida, Abramoff may even now be wondering who it might be safe to "roll on" if and when he's indicted for murder.
Abramoff, of course, is best known as the target of a federal investigation in Washington into the tens of millions in fees he collected from casino-owning Indian tribes. But the wreckage from his brief and tumultuous time as owner of the gambling fleet threatens to overtake his Washington legal troubles.
The breathtaking scope of "Cruisegate" could make it the biggest American political scandal since Iran Contra. Should its tawdry details fully come to light, it might eclipse even the Watergate Scandal.
Already, the dramatis personae includes a familiar name from previous scandals: Barry Seal, called "the ghost haunting the Whitewater investigation" by the Wall Street Journal, who was himself murdered on orders, according to his own lawyer's testimony, of then-Vice President George Bush.
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20 years ago Seal helped set in motion, as we'll see shortly, the chain of events leading inexorably towards today's scandal, which we're dubbing "Cruisegate," illustrating the ongoing and even generational nature of what sociologists call "state-sponsored crime."
Newsday reported on July 15, 2001, over four years ago: "As the Florida detectives follow path after path, the investigation seems always to lead back to three men: a former Long Island bagel store owner whose mother was killed by gangsters but who strongly denies any involvement, a Howard Beach caterer reputed to have organized crime ties and a New Jersey guy who likes to brag he's mob boss John Gotti's nephew."
So one big question is: why didn't the indictments come down sooner?
In any event two of the three men referenced have now been indicted, leaving only bagel boy Adam Kidan remaining so far uncharged in the crime. [NOW he is charged.] Here's a little back-story on the case...
Jack Abramoff led a group of three men who formed an ownership group that apparently made Boulis the proverbial offer he couldn't refuse.
They bought Sun Cruz from him, even though it wasn't for sale.
One time-honored way to get rich is to marry money. Another is to kill someone that has it. In this case it appears that Gus Boulis, owner of the lion's share of the casino boats in Florida, had to die first.
The professional 'hit' on Boulis figured prominently in lobbyist Jack Abramoff's rise to power to become the GOP's chief money man.
Adding insult to injury, after wresting control, SunCruz's new owners refused to pay Boulis.
Then, adding injury to insult, several months after being unceremoniously muscled out, Boulis, a 51-year-old Greek immigrant who had founded both Sun Cruz and the popular Miami Subs chain, was shot to death at the wheel of his BMW sedan on Feb. 6, 2001, after leaving his office.
"Everyone needs a few unregulated sources of income."
Boulis was driving his BMW down a quiet side street after an evening meeting at his Fort Lauderdale office when a car slowed to a stop in front of him. A second car boxed the BMW in from behind. Then a dark Mustang appeared from the opposite direction, and as the Mustang pulled alongside its driver pumped three hollow-point bullets into Boulis' chest.
Florida casino gambling insider Robb Tiller, one of the fathers of the Indian gambling industry (today another pillar of Abramoff's empire) pointedly referred us to the manner of the Boulis hit, stating, "Boulis was murdered in the exact same way as Don Aronow, Bush's other partner."
Bush's other partner? We didn't even have to ask it. The question hung in the air.
"Something is really going down bad here," Tiller continued. "Don Aronow. Gus [Boulis]. Jim Shore... All tied in to Bush."
(Jim Shore was a top executive of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the state's preeminent casino operators.)
In our earlier story we asserted the belief that as the scandal embroiling House Major Domo Tom Delay and Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff grows hotter, it will yield new revelations about the 9.11 attack.
What does a scandal involving Indian casinos, gambling boat "cruises to nowhere" in Florida & pay-for-play government officials have to do with the story of 19 hijackers planning a mass murder in supposed isolation?
Hint: Atta wasn't playing blackjack.
One clue: Ringleader Mohamed Atta made a still-unexplained visit onboard one of Abramoff's casino boats less than a week before the attack.
A bigger clue: the man who owned the flight school favored by Atta and so many other terrorists had his Lear jet surrounded by DEA agents brandishing submachine guns on the runway of Orlando Executive Airport in July of 2000, the same month Atta began "training" at his flight school. They found 43 pounds of heroin onboard. For flight school owner Wally Hilliard, it was a 'blemish,' though not as yet one [curiously] for which he has been asked to go to prison.
Several of the principals in the Boulis hit also have heroin trafficking backgrounds. What a surprise. Most of the world's heroin comes from Afghanistan, which used to be known as OsamaLand.
So we believe our Abramoff/9.11 prediction will prove accurate. We suspect this may be one reason we don't get asked to appear on Hardball (or almost anywhere else.) We groused once about this "invisible" status once to a lifetime member of our nation's clandestine forces.
"Look at it this way," he responded with equanimity. "At least they let you live."
Its a better deal than poor Gus Boulis got.
"Look at it this way..."
We learned of Barry Seal's peripheral involvement in the story while perusing the records of the three men indicted so far. Amazingly, Seal, a long-time CIA pilot who government prosecutors said was at one time the biggest drug smuggler in American history, was indirectly responsible for the 1983 federal prosecution for heroin smuggling of "Big Tony," one of the three men so far indicted in Boulis' death.
While the details are admittedly tangential to the Boulis assassination, they are useful in illustrating the "secret history" of the rise to power of "connected" individuals friendly to the current Bush Administration.
"Meat-based life forms dominate the planet."
Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello was one of eight Gambino associates, including Gene Gotti, brother of John Gotti, then head of the Gambino family, who federal prosecutors charged with operating "a massive narcotics importation and distribution ring" that brought heroin from Southeast Asia to Florida and New York.
At his trial the major witness against him was Alfred Dellentash Jr., a pilot who flew marijuana from 1980 to 1981 for Gambino captain Salvatore Ruggiero. Salvatore died young, in a suspicious Lear jet 'accident' off the coast of Savannah, GA. in 1982 which the NTSB found puzzlingly inexplicable.
Upon his demise, his brother, Angelo Ruggiero, a close associate of John Gotti, took over the operation. His sponsor dead, according to court documents Dellentash then agreed to cooperate with authorities... but only after he himself had been arrested on drug trafficking charges.
He'd gone to Barry Seal's hometown of Baton Rouge, La early in 1983 to purchase 55 kilograms of cocaine, not knowing that Seal himself at that time was "rolling" on various and sundry individuals to wriggle out of the major drug bust in Miami he'd been caught in.
Both Seal and Dellentash were engaged in what is known in law enforcement circles as "working off a beef," which is like a game of musical chairs where the man left standing when the music stops (in this case "Big Tony") does some hard time.
"A dunsky, sure... but not no fucking dunsky."
Working off a beef would have been right up the busy Dellentash's alley: When not flying narcotics, he was managing Meat Loaf's show business career. In fact, after a falling out, as happens in show biz, he ended up owning Meat's-- Mr. Loaf's--Connecticut mansion, Meatloaf Manor.
(Its' all true, except for the "MeatLoaf Manor" part. We don't know what he called it, but "home" seems a little plain for an $8.1 million spread.)
The men ''reported directly to a man by name of John Gotti, who was a lieutenant or a capo in this family," said the prosecutor, Robert P. LaRusso.
While the drug operation was being conducted, the Gambino family was headed by Paul Castellano, who was opposed to drug dealings. 'This family had a prohibition,'' LaRusso told the court. "'The ultimate sanction of death would be upon their members' heads if they dealt in drugs."
Like the "problem" of Gus Boulis, this was a problem easily remedied, and Castellano was shortly thereafter "sleeping with the fishes."
Interestingly, also arrested in the heroin trafficking case was a man named Oscar Ansourian, who was also charged with hiding a cache of weapons in the basement at his Howard Beach home which included U.S. Army-issued rockets and launchers.
"General, meet Guido. Guido, meet Osama."
"Big Tony" Moscatiello has one other colorful distinction worth mentioning...
In taped conversations introduced at John Gotti's various trials which revealed Gotti's ruthless control over his crew, Gotti was memorably heard screaming death threats at an underling for insubordination.
"Big Tony" was that unfortunate underling.
Gotti: ''Listen, I called your (expletive deleted) house five times yesterday; now if your wife thinks you are a (expletive deleted) dunsky or if she's a (expletive deleted) dunsky and you're gonna disregard my (expletive deleted) phone calls, I'll blow you and that (expletive deleted) house up.''
Gotti: ''And you get your (expletive deleted) ass down here and see me tomorrow.''
Moscatiello: ''I'm gonna be there all day tomorrow.''
"The Juice Is Loose... and he's got experience, too."
Clearly, being called a "f-cking dunsky" had had a salubrious effect on Moscatiello, who appears to have vowed to "straighten up and fly right."
"Big Tony," is not to be confused with another of the men arrested on murder solicitation and conspiracy charges in the case, Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari, 48, of Miami Beach.
While there has as yet been no word on whether the third man indicted, 28-year-old James "Pudgy" Fiorillo, is "Big Pudgy" or "Little Pudgy," we feel confident Court TV will have the answer when the case comes to trial.
As if the case were not already redolent with unsavory associations, there is a fourth man referenced in the indictment named Dwayne Nicholson. Nicholson is a bouncer at The Living Room, a Miami Beach night club, which just happens to be a favorite haunt of the world's most famous double murderer: Miami resident O. J. Simpson.
The big question here is: What are Christian politicians doing with people who think changing a company's management is a matter of--not putting up a new slate of directors--but calling in "Big Tony?"
Answer: They're flying around on the company's Lear jet (if its not engaged in more 'important' pursuits) to the Super Bowl and the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach.
The Lord, it seems, helps those who help themselves.
[From "The Secret World of Jack Abramoff", July 2005]
A soupcon of secret history
While Abramoff's Indian gaming troubles may be getting the most publicity, his other major 'area of concern' is where the real scandal resides. Involvement with Mob-run casino boats may turn out to be a faux pas, even for Republicans.
The casino boat 'industry' can be traced back to a few seemingly inconsequential sentences buried in a 1992 federal law called ''An Act to provide for the designation of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.''
(The "Flower Garden Banks" are the northernmost coral reefs in the United States, located off Texas and Louisiana.)
The obscure bill offered the perfect place to slip in a few sentences, which, deciphered, added ships of U.S. registry to vessels already covered under the Johnson Act of 1951, which regulated the transportation of gambling devices, and allowed ships of foreign registry, which often offered gambling, to dock at U.S. ports as long as no one used or repaired gambling equipment while in U.S. territorial waters.
The amendment was a Trojan horse which extended this privilege to U.S. ships...
And the result was a burgeoning new industry in Florida, and the state was soon encircled by almost thirty casino boats swarming the peninsula's ports like the bloodthirsty pirates of yore. The booty these pirates were plundering was the mad money of bored retirees.
They were called "cruises to nowhere." And in short order the boats were generating hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenues. Hundreds of million of dollars of unregulated revenue...
While not getting ahead of ourselves, we still note that this was more than enough money to help tip the balance in the last two Presidential elections. At a minimum, for the casino operators it provided instant access to anything and anybody worth being accessed.
Thanks to the Johnson Act, we're protecting our coral reefs. But we may have lost our democracy.
Vegas without rules
What the Abramoff scandal is about at the core can be simply stated as: Vegas without rules. And what the politicians are arguing over is the biggest slush fund in the history of the world. Democrats don't want to eliminate it. They just want in on the action.
Who owns Florida's gambling boats? No one is certain. There is virtually no state or federal oversight. No one licenses the operators. No one ensures that the games aren't rigged. No one ensures that the boats aren't used to launder money. No one investigates whether organized crime is involved.
And while ex-felons can't vote in Florida—as many became aware during the memorable presidential election in 2000—this disadvantage is more than offset, for some, by the fact that an ex-felon can run a gambling boat in the state with no fear at all of flunking the background check.
The reason? There is none.
This situation clearly suits some people just fine... . While Governor Jeb Bush may be minutely concerned with what happened to Terry Schiavo fifteen years ago, on this issue of real interest—massive corruption—-he phones in his regrets.
Just why might that be?
Florida's cruises-to-nowhere represent "the largest unregulated gambling industry in the United States," said Bill Thompson, a professor of gambling at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and nationally recognized expert on the industry, in an interview in the Miami Herald.
They gross at least $170 million a year. And that's just the number they report voluntarily. No one knows the true 'take.' Everyone assumes there's a 'skim.'
The Miami Herald cited the example of Joseph Polidore, who listed himself as the sole owner of Boca Casinos in Pompano Beach but said he received money for his investment from a "personal friend." Polidore admitted he had silent partners, but insisted they were "nobody illegal."
What would happen if an applicant gave such vague information to the Nevada Gaming Control Board? The lack of regulation, officials elsewhere say, should concern Florida authorities.
"A casino is a cash business. You could have money laundering and skimming," Keith Copher, chief of enforcement for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, told the Miami Herald. "When you obtain money illegally through drug sales and other methods. You need to find a way to launder it, to make it look like a legal source. Regulation is needed to prevent this."
While "Florida authorities" piously oppose gambling, their inaction speaks for itself, and may even have been exploited by the 9.11 hijackers.
Betting Red All the Way
"There is a weird report just a day or two after 9/11 that someone reported to the FBI that three or four of the hijackers were seen gambling on a SunCruz boat," wrote a source in Miami. "The FBI interviewed everyone who might have seen them, that very day by all reports."
Sure enough. We found an Associated Press story on Sept 26, 2001 headlined "SunCruz Casinos turns over documents in terrorist probe." [The the Bush cover up squad at the Meuller-run FBI shredded them likely...]
"SunCruz Casinos has turned over photographs and other documents to FBI investigators after employees said they recognized some of the men suspected in the terrorist attacks as customers.... Names on the passenger list from a Sept. 5 cruise matched those of some of the [officially claimed] hijackers... Two or three men linked to the Sept. 11 hijackings may have been customers on a ship that sailed from Madeira Beach on Florida's gulf coast."
Less than a week before the 9.11 attack, Atta and several other hijackers were aboard one of Abramoff's casino boats. What no one seems able to answer is this:
What possible thrill could gambling offer men getting ready to die in less than a week? To this date, their Sept 5 visit to a gambling vessel overrun with retirees remains unexplained.
The gambling motif in the terrorist's timeline doesn't end there. The hijackers had no apparent reason to visit Las Vegas... so why did they?
On June 28 at Boston's Logan Airport, Mohamed Atta boarded a United Airlines flight and flew first class nonstop to San Francisco. He bypassed the bohemian North Beach district, and didn't take the cruise to Alcatraz...
Atta headed for Vegas.
On Aug. 10, Hani Hanjour and Nawaf Alhazmi used first-class tickets for a United flight from Dulles Airport near Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles International Airport, then on to Las Vegas. The story of the terrorists Las Vegas connection may never be known, admitted the Las Vegas FBI.
Murder will out
'Islamic fundamentalist' Atta may have felt right at home in the world of fast cash and unlicensed gambling boat 'cruises to nowhere' of Republican lobbyist (and observant Jew) Jack Abramoff. He would almost certainly have been comfortable with the "gangland-style hit straight out of 'Goodfellas" that cemented Abramoff's prominent position in that industry.
At the time of the Sept 11 attack one of Abramoff's chief claims to fame was as the proud owner of the SunCruz line: a dozen unlicensed gambling boats plying the waters off the Florida coast in a fashion which in any other state would have been considered criminal.
How did Jack Abramoff get lucky enough to be the guy passing out all that long green? Where did Jack Abramoff get his 'juice?'
Short answer: Not everyone is savvy to opportunities presented by riders in obscure legislation. Not so the connected, the covert, the—dare we say "blessed?"
"Elite deviance" is a sociological term for a condition in a society in which the elite in the society come to believe that the rules no longer apply to them.
Casino boats turned out to be a elite deviant's dream.
One time-honored way to get rich is to marry money. Another is to kill someone that has it... In Abramoff's case, it appears that Gus Boulis, the owner of the lion's share of the casino boats in Florida, had to die first.
Three men formed an ownership group that apparently made Boulis the proverbial "offer he couldn't refuse." They bought SunCruz from him, even though it wasn't for sale.
When Greek tycoon Gus Boulis was gunned down in his BMW on February 6, 2001 Fort Lauderdale police investigators immediately began scrutinizing SunCruz Casinos. Suspicion focused on the recent sale of the fleet. Boulis and one of the three men had been carrying on a very public feud.
"We certainly aren't lacking in suspects," said a homicide detective drolly.
Less than two months later, Sun Cruz announced plans to move a 150-foot, $10-million floating casino to the Northern Marianas.
Almost every article we'd read cites Abramoff & DeLay's interest in the Marianas being sweat-shop related. Meaning they're in favor of them. Their primary focus wasn't sweatshops. It was gambling.
A Bebe Rebozo Memorial Hit
"Read about SunCruz and it sounds like a South Florida version of "The Sopranos," reported the South Florida Business Journal. " Feds go after owner Gus Boulis. Former Miami Subs kingpin forced to sell. New SunCruz chairman says Boulis threatened him. Boulis whacked."
As if to confirm the account, other newspaper reports mentioned a climate of fear after the Boulis murder.
"The shooting death... cast a pall of fear over the people who knew him, with some of his closest associates admitting concern at being connected with a man targeted by hit men," the local Sun-Sentinel reported the day after the hit.
"There are a lot of people who aren't talking for reasons of personal safety," said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Mike Reed.
Another associate declined to discuss anything about Boulis with the paper...
"I've got my family to worry about," he said, on condition of anonymity.
Even a cursory look at the executive management of the cruise-to-nowhere company that Boulis founded turns up violent thugs and organized crime figures. But that's pretty typical of South Florida...What is unusual are that in with Sun Cruz's mobbed-up crew are prominent Republican Party members with long-standing, deep ties to the religious right.
Two SunCruz executives, Jack Abramoff and Ben Waldman, are walking examples of the strange alliance between the [mafia-]family-values party and the gambling industry. Both men have strong ties to Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition, which is adamantly opposed to gambling; Waldman was Robertson top aide in the televangelist's run for the presidency.
Abramoff, who perhaps wisely only took the title of vice president (less heat) has been connected to the Christian right since a student at Brandeis University, where as head of the College Republicans he enlisted Top Christian Ralph Reed as his top deputy. The two have remained close friends ever since.
A man named Adam Kidan became Sun Cruz's new chairman. Kidan's mother had been murdered in a gangland-style hit in New York. Madonna's one-time boyfriend and South Beach restaurateur Chris Paciello, was eventually convicted in the case.
Today he is in Federal Witness Protection, and word is there are several movies about him in development.
Just another American success story.
The Seminal Seminoles
The Seminole Tribe of Florida led the way in parlaying mom-and-pop bingo parlors into today's $19 billion a year Indian casino industry. Along with legendary Chief James Billie (Wrestles with Alligators) Rob Tiller was a seminal figure in this growth.
Tiller is also a South Florida aviation insider and former business partner of terror flight school owner and secretive financier Wally Hilliard. He even met Atta and Marwan one day after a meeting with Hilliard, he says, with whom he was working on an airline start-up called Havana Air.
A week before Gus Boulis was murdered, Tiller was called to take a meeting with him. Tiller says Boulis was scared. Boulis hadn't wanted to sell.
Now he was worried he'd be whacked.
"He called me to a meeting at the Ocean Reef Club. Very snooty. You can't even land there without permission. I flew my airplane down to meet him," Tiller recalled.
"He said, 'I want out. People think I make a lot more money than I really do. I don't need the headache anymore. I want to sell my casino boats to the Seminoles.'"
What was Tiller's response? "I said, 'Gus you're sure rocking a lot of people's boats here.'"
"A couple days later, I hear he's been blown apart dead. See, Gus wanted to muscle his way into the casino business in a real bad way. His Miami subs were everywhere. He was using them to launder money, big-time, for somebody."
Who might that be? Even asking the question brings a shiver.
He wrote a check?
At the time Boulis was murdered, suspicion focused on company chairman Adam Kidan, also an active Republican and campaign contributor. He had been in Israel at the time of the murder. His alibi held.
But then news surfaced that just before Boulis' death Kidan had written at least $30,000 in checks to a reputed Mob enforcer named Anthony Moscatiello, a one-time associate of crime boss John Gotti.
Moscatiello is apparently what is known in criminal parlance as a "torpedo." (We're not quite sure what that means, but it doesn't sound good.)
This is a paper trail some U.S. Attorney's (in Manhattan, perhaps) would describe as "to die for." But things work differently in South Florida. To date no one has been charged in the murder of Gus Boulis.
The official back-story on Boulis is he left his native Greece as a teenager and came to North America, bought a Toronto sandwich shop and turned it into a successful company with franchises all across Canada.
After his Canadian success, he moved to Florida in the early 1980's (to retire to the Keys, he said). But Florida's money-making opportunities overrode his desire for shuffleboard, and soon he was building another successful fast-food [money laundering] chain, Miami Subs, and then building and deploying the crown jewels in his empire, his SunCruz Casino fleet.
What explained Boulis' success in a restaurant business where failure is far more common? The question strikes some as naive.
"Miami subs was the first take out place ever to serve Dom Perignon through the takeout window," snickered Tiller. "Word was he had made his money in Canada in the sub business. But I learned later it was nothing but a Laundromat."
We were once more back in the precincts of money laundering, which seems more and more like one of Florida's major industries. We pictured dollar bills drying in the sun all over the state, after being washed through the Everglades.
No doubt this is all just freak coincidence. Still, even with our suspicious minds, when we learned who Tiller thought was responsible for Boulis' death, we were shocked.
Tiller referred us to the manner of the Boulis hit...
Setting an example
A man in a BMW was driving down a quiet side street after an evening meeting at his Fort Lauderdale office when a car slowed to a stop in front of him. A second car boxed the BMW in from behind, then a dark Mustang appeared from the opposite direction. The Mustang's driver pulled alongside and pumped three hollow-point bullets into the BMW driver's chest.
"Boulis was murdered in the exact same way as Don Aronow, Bush's other partner," he stated.
Bush's other partner? The question hung in the air.
"Something is really going down bad here," Tiller stated. "Don Aronow. Gus. Jim Shore... All tied in to Bush."
When NBC's Dateline did a story recently about sources of terrorist funding right here in the U.S., they made bold to announce "the emerging threat of a new alliance between al Qaeda and common criminals."
But it was hardly time to stop the presses.
Over three years ago—within a month of the 9.11 attack—British Prime Minister Tony Blair had presented the case against Bin Laden. He sketched out the Cliff Notes version of the evidence. It wasn't much, but it was the only explanation we ever received.
"Al Qaeda is a terrorist organization with ties to a global network," Blair said.
In truth, the idea that Mohamed Atta and his henchmen needed help from an outside organization while they were in the U.S. was easy to understand... Logistical support is difficult to arrange from caves.
A farewell bender gets the airbrush
In "Welcome to TerrorLand" we visited one place where Atta was reported to have gotten—not just drunk—but drunk and belligerent.
Six nights before the attack, reported TIME, NEWSWEEK, and the AP wire service, Mohamed Atta and two of his henchmen were drinking heavily at Shuckum's in Ft. Lauderdale, which we discovered was a dive bar with a tired-looking nautical theme complete with life-sized shark mounted on the wall.
"Atta and two of his buddies seem to have gone out for a farewell bender at a seafood bar called Shuckum's," Newsweek reported.
"Atta drank five Stoli-and-fruit-juices, while one of the others drank rum and Coke. For once, Atta and his friends became agitated, shouting curse words in Arabic, reportedly including a particularly blasphemous one that roughly translates as "F—k God."
"It was at Shuckum's, on Sept. 8, that Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi did some pre-mass murder tippling," reported TIME. "Atta drank vodka and orange juice, while Al-Shehhi preferred rum and cokes, five drinks apiece."
FBI Agents had shown up at Shuckum's just 12 hours after the attack, reported all three major networks. The agents showed employees—especially manager Tony Amos and bartender Patricia Idrissi—photos of two men.
"We were able to recognize both gentlemen," Amos told reporters. He identified a man in a photo bearing the name Mohamed underneath, who, along with two other men, had each consumed at least several drinks.
The guy, Mohamed, was drunk, Amos said. The two and another man "got wasted" in his place, he said, downing "chicken wings and cranberry juice, Stolichnaya and orange juice, and Captain Morgan's spiced rum and Coke."
Bartender Idrissi said FBI agents told her "they were on the plane and passed away."
Wahabbi wannabees two nights from hell
"Atta drank Stoli vodka for three straight hours," she stated. "The guy, Mohamed, was drunk. They were wasted."
Idrissi said the men told her they wanted to eat but didn't like what was on the menu, so she sent them to a Chinese restaurant a few doors down. They were very rude, she said.
They didn't want to pay the bill. When asked if they could afford the $48 bar tab, Atta's face had darkened. He pulled out a thick roll. 'You think I can't pay? I'm a pilot for American Airlines. I can pay my fucking bill.'"
The story threw a long shadow of doubt across the emerging picture of the hijackers as fanatic Wahhabi fundamentalists.
So, like Newsweek's story about Korans flushed down the toilet more recently, it would have to "disappear." Thus one week later, a strange retraction came to the rescue of the official story. Night manager Amos now said Mohamed Atta drank nothing stronger than cranberry juice that evening at Shuckum's Bar. He was sitting quietly by himself. It had been Atta's companion Marwan and a third man that did all the drinking.
We've all seen Atta's brooding 'mug shot,' his unnerving icy stare. Does anyone truly believe that night manager mistook him for someone else... without a lot of prodding?
"A one-way ticket to the Island of Lost Luggage"
We wanted to ask Tony Amos. But when we stopped at Shuckum's we discovered that neither he nor bartender Idrissi were there any longer. No one knew where they'd gone. The current bartender indicated their leave-taking had been somehow 9/11 related.
Like numerous other eyewitnesses with inconvenient knowledge, Amos and Idrissi had purchased a ticket to the Island of Lost Witnesses. For their sake we hoped it was round trip.
One week after reports of Atta's heavy drinking, a story on the terrorist's final days appeared in McDermott's L.A. Times.
"That same night (Sept 7) down the coast in Florida, Atta and Al- Shehhi went to Shuckum's sports bar in Hollywood along with a still unidentified third man. The owner, Tony Amos, says Atta sat quietly by himself and drank cranberry juice and played a video game, while Al-Shehhi and the other customer tossed back mixed, drinks and argued."
Why had the restaurant manager changed his story? A lapse of memory? A case of mistaken identity?
When we read carefully through the detailed early accounts of the incident, it became clear the manager's retraction must have been coerced, for the simple reason that both he and the bartender's accounts were too full of vivid detail to be phony. In other words, their recollection of events which had occurred just a week earlier had the quality of verisimilitude:
• Amos says they had chicken wings and Stoli. Capt. Morgan's Spiced Rum and Coke.
• Bartender Idrissi recalled exactly how many drinks (5) each downed, and that Atta paid her with a $100 bill from a thick wad, but left only a $3 tip.
Bartenders remember things like that.
"When someone lies, its usually for a reason."
So their story had—and still has—the absolute ring of truth. But its not as if this was the only report of the terrorist ringleader's two-fisted drinking habits that McDermott was forced to ignore. There were numerous credible reports.
The LONDON SUNDAY MAIL reported Atta and Al-Shehhi spent $1000 on Krug and Perrier-Jouet champagne in just 45 minutes at a bar in Palm Beach, Florida called "251 Sunrise."
Marwan was with a short blonde, the paper reported. Atta's date was tall and busty. This made sense...Sidekicks never get first pick of girls.
Both women, the paper said, were known locally as "regular companions of high-rollers."
Whether Mohamed Atta was a repressed teetotaler or a man with a weakness for Jack Daniels and infidel flesh is not the most burning question about the 9.11 attack... But its indicative of "Perfect Soldier's"--and the official story it represents--even-more cavalier treatment of questions which are vital to our understanding of what happened.
Who recruited Atta in the first place?
How did a mediocre student—whose grades weren't even good enough to get him into graduate school in Cairo—end up being sponsored by an anonymous German couple and brought to Hamburg, Germany? And the, once he got there... who paid for him to hang out for more than six years in a graduate program?
Shameless Plug: For answers to these questions, you could do worse than to read "Welcome to Terrorland" and the MadCowMorningNews.)
We'll look at the "think tank" which Atta was undoubtedly using as cover while in Hamburg in another story.
The record may not tell us who Atta was, but it offers clear indications of who he wasn't. He wasn't Wahhabi fundamentalist. We think of Atta as Islamic Stolichnaya.
Atta was a wealthy, chain smoking, drug dealing psychopath who dressed like a mobster. And that's not even the good stuff.
A taste of what's inside Welcome to Terrorland
Oct. 22, 2004--Venice,FL
by Grant Noah
1) Stains no detergent can touch
The Sunday Times (UK) February 3, 2002:
Atta and al-Shehhi were now paying $ 840 a month for an apartment in a condominium in Coral Springs. Al-Shehhi spent his days washing piles of laundry for the gang in the development's washing machines. Atta was often in the parking lot, chain smoking.
2) "'Running into buildings' for $1000, please Alex."
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) October 27, 2001:
Wynn Errico, owner of Wynn Motor Co. in North Lauderdale, said three FBI agents came to his dealership several days after Sept. 11 to question him. Errico said Atta drove into his used car lot around 2 p.m. on the Friday before the attacks, saying he wanted to sell the Grand Am because he did not need it anymore. ***Three men in a white minivan accompanied him*** and waited for about 45 minutes while Errico and Atta went back and forth about a price, Errico said. He said Atta rejected his offer of $800 cash.
"He said, 'I'd rather run it into a building than sell it for $800,'" Errico said.
3) "You think I'm funny? You think I'm funny?"
The News-Press (Fort Myers, FL) September 13, 2001:
Flight instructor Bob Gaff, 50, didn't teach the terrorism suspects but recalled seeing them around. "You see how we're all dressed?" asked Gaff, who was clad in a T-shirt and jeans. "This one guy used to show up in leather shoes, shined shoes, dress slacks, silk shirts, all the time."
4) "We know some 'people.' So what?"
Chicago Tribune September 11, 2004:
In what appears to be a more noteworthy act of generosity to someone he barely knew, in 1995 Atta lent a Turkish baker, Muharrem Acar, some $25,000 to help Acar open a bakery. Acar told the BKA[German Intelligence] that Atta didn't even ask for a promissory note when he made the loan. "I don't know why El-Amir had so much money," he said. "I did not want to know either... "
5)"Petty drug crimes? Define 'petty.'"
New York Newsday January 24, 2002:
Mohamed Atta and two associates tried to get jobs with Lufthansa Airlines... on Feb. 15, 2001, according to "Netzwerke des Terrors (Networks of Terror)," a book published last month by Juergen Roth, one of Germany's top investigative reporters... Atta did not know that Lufthansa's personnel division had access to law enforcement files that indicated he had once been under investigation for petty drug crimes and falsifying phone cards while a student at the Technical University at Hamburg-Harburg in 1995, the book reports, citing federal law enforcement sources. Atta didn't get the job.
Mail on Sunday (UK) September 23, 2001:
The FBI is attempting to unravel the minds of the terrorists. One of the key witnesses they will be using is a British woman who learned to fly alongside Atta and fellow hijacker Marwan al-Shehhi at Huffman Aviation International Flight School in Venice, Florida. Anne Greaves, 56, an osteopath and former nurse... "I was told that Atta was a Prince from an Arab royal family and al-Shehhi was his bodyguard...I didn't think terrorist, I thought they were perhaps learning to fly to run drugs... There were so many tell-tale signs... "...
"These guys were different," said a top FBI man on the Florida section of the manhunt. "They lived the good life... then blew it up in our face."
Mail on Sunday
The Daily Telegraph (London) September 25, 2001:
"There was no pleasure, no enthusiasm. I thought there was an ulterior motive, maybe drug smuggling, although I never even considered terrorism." [said] Mrs Greaves, 56, a retired nurse from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, is helping the FBI to put together a psychological profile of the attackers.
The Guardian (London) July 5, 2002:
Ann Greaves... watched the TV pictures of the smoking building and said to her husband: "My God, I hope this has nothing to do with those two Arabs at Huffman Aviation!" A feisty grandmother, Greaves had just fulfilled a lifelong ambition by learning to fly at the training school in Florida... As she spoke, a second plane smashed into the south tower... Greaves had been suspicious of Atta and his friend from the moment she met them... "I couldn't help but be suspicious as to why he was there," says Greaves... She decided at the time that Atta was probably a drug runner. Her suspicions were not shared by the male staff at Huffman. "We had no obligations to do a background check on them," says Rudi Dekkers, the Dutch owner of the flying school... but did not question further.
Birmingham Post (UK), September 25, 2001:
Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi... strange behaviour aroused Mrs Greaves' suspicions, and she thought they may have been involved in drug smuggling. .. Mrs Greaves said the men seemed to enjoy preferential treatment at the flying school... 'There always seemed to be a problem. They would often overrun their lessons, and never offer any explanations or apologise. 'I was really a little bit jealous in that they were always given preference. 'I was told by my instructor that he, Atta, was an Arab prince and his companion was his bodyguard... Instead Mrs Greaves had deep suspicions about the pair. 'There was something wrong about them and I didn't think their motives were honest...
The Guardian (London), July 22, 2004:
Sibel Edmonds... has been quoted as saying: "My translations of the 9/11 intercepts included (terrorist) money laundering, detailed and date-specific information... if they were to do real investigations, we would see several significant high-level criminal prosecutions in this country (the US)... and believe me, they will do everything to cover this up".
Village Voice, June 1, 2004:
Sibel Edmonds... said, however, that "there are a lot of activities in the U.S. A lot of money... and these activities involve money laundering, drugs, a support network for terrorism... people in high places... [people] in the political arena."
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7) Coming Outta Atta's Family Closet
Orlando Sentinel September 23, 2001:
Mohamed Atta, 33, the suspected ringleader and a pilot in the first suicide attack on the World Trade Center, may have had relatives or associates living in Central and South Florida for years. Among the possible relatives sought by federal investigators is Majed Atta, a former Winter Garden and Miami-area grocer who abruptly left the Orlando area last month and whose whereabouts are unknown. Local law-enforcement authorities are also still on the lookout for Mohamed Atta's car, a red 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix two-door coupe reportedly spotted in downtown Orlando on Sept. 15. The Florida tag number is D79DDV...
Federal agents are investigating the possibility that suspected hijacker Mohamed Atta also had family ties in Central Florida. A South Florida federal grand jury issued subpoenas to Broward County court officials seeking records involving several people named Atta. They include Majed Atta, the former Winter Garden grocer.
Until the middle of this year, Majed Atta ran the Rainbow Grocery on Plant Street in Winter Garden. On Aug. 1, he and his family packed their belongings into a U-Haul and left their rental home near Lake Apopka. Majed Atta's former landlady said they moved just one week after Atta said he planned to buy the home from her and open a new grocery store in the Orlando area.
Majed & Mahmoud Atta lived and worked just 2 miles down the road from Khalil bin Laden in Winter Garden, FL. Khalil's home address in Winter Garden can be found on the FBI's 9/11 suspect list under the name Geny Castanheira from Brazil (17920 W. Colonial Dr.). Khalil happens to be the Saudi ambassador to Brazil... and a known terrorist.
Associated Press June 11, 2004:
[A] seizure of $27,000 by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department during a traffic stop [occurred] in March ... The vehicle was occupied by Palestinian immigrants Atiya Saleh and Shareef Quattom and Jordanian immigrant Majed Atta, all of New Orleans, who claimed the money originated from a business transaction... Lincoln County Sheriff Wiley Calcote questioned that account. "The only document they had was that they had sold one store and were buying another store, but there was nothing tying the money to that transaction, and they gave conflicting information about the amount and origin of the money," Calcote said.
Times-Picayune June 02, 2004
They were held for seven hours during which they were subjected to a strip search, drug-sniffing dogs and interrogation by local and federal officials... Capt. Dustin Bairfield, the deputy in charge of the investigation, said... even if the feds pass on the case, he said, local officials still might convene a grand jury and seek a state indictment for money laundering... Atta, who is now selling groceries on Congress Street in New Orleans... moved to the United States at 16 and attended college in Hattiesburg. His fond memories of the years he spent in Mississippi brought him back to the state in 2001, when he and his family decided to leave Florida, their home for 10 years... His last name -- which is the same as that of alleged terrorist ringleader Mohammed Atta -- attracted the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation... since they both had ties to Orlando... Atta is a U.S. citizen.
Times-Picayune June 4, 2004 Friday
Sheriff's officials are skeptical and say they want to make sure the three New Orleans men weren't on a money-laundering trip that took them through Mississippi...
8) Casablanca 9.11
9/11 Commission Report Notes:
Atta's cell phone was used on January 2  to call the Moroccan embassy in Washington, D.C...
9/11 Report Notes
This may not come as a surprise to our regular readers, as we recently published a story with the headline 'Terror Suspect Tied to Moroccan Military Attaché'. However, the connections of the Moroccan embassy in Washington D.C. to the 9/11 plot run deep. The above information buried in the notes of the 9/11 Commission's report confirms that fact. At least the Commission did not succeed in its goal of a complete 'whitewash', though nothing more is mentioned regarding Atta's contacts with the Moroccan embassy.
For those who did not catch the story (or click on the link and read the first few paragraphs) here is the basics. It starts in tiny Punta Gorda, Florida, a town literally founded by the CIA.
As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch put it, "Founded in 1958 by two former CIA colleagues, publicly held Punta Gorda had been one of Florida's largest landholders".
Palm Beach Post, September 24, 2001:
The FBI , Professional Aviation Flight Training University in Punta Gorda, after tipsters said they saw Atta there late last year or early this year.
Palm Beach Post
The Hamouda family owns Professional Aviation and several other facilities at the Charlotte County Airport near Punta Gorda. Though the Hamouda's connection to 9/11 does not end there:
The Hamouda's also housed Mohammed Arara, who is listed on multiple FBI 9/11 Suspect Lists. One of the more detailed FBI lists contains a handful of addresses for Arara, three of which are owned by the Hamoudas (This 'unique' family plays a leading role in 'Welcome to Terrorland').
Additionally, Arara is an FAA-certified commercial pilot. This could explain why the FBI's addresses for Arara border upon airports in Punta Gorda, Sarasota and Lake Worth, FL. While in the U.S., Atta only trained at four airports: in Venice, and of course, Punta Gorda, Sarasota and Lake Worth. And when Atta lived in Coral Springs, FL, Arara was using a mailing address only 2000 feet away from Atta's apartment.
So then, who is Mohammed Arara? This 9/11 suspect is also a relative and business partner of the Military Attaché for the Moroccan Embassy in D.C., Colonel Ahmed Arara.
Perhaps this is why Atta would be calling the Moroccan Embassy in Washington... perhaps. And perhaps connections with wanted 9/11 terrorists has something to do with this federal court case involving the ever-present Hamoudas and John Ashcroft:
US District Court (Fort Myers)
Hamouda, et al v. Ashcroft, et al -- FILING DATE: 4/18/2003; DOCKET CASE NUMBER: 2:03cv179
PLAINTIFF: Hamouda, Sonia; Hamouda, Louis; Hamouda, Gilles; Hamouda, Fabrice; Hamouda, Danielle
DEFENDANT: INS; Department of Homeland Security; Ashcroft, John, Attorney General of the United States, et al.
Case Type: Writ of Mandamus (To compel an official to do something within their power; used when no other specific remedy exists for Plaintiff)
9) Camp 'Cruisin' for a Bruising'
The New Yorker September 16, 2002:
On August 20th , President Clinton ordered an attack on bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan... American warships in the region fired seventy-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles into Afghanistan ... the attack failed to hit its main targets - bin Laden, Zawahiri, and the other Al Qaeda leaders... The strike also missed Mohamed Atta, the alleged leader of the September 11th attacks, who was reportedly training in one of the camps.
10) 'Our Man Atta'
The Observer (UK) September 30, 2001:
Atta was not unknown to the authorities. Indeed he was under surveillance between January and May last year after he was reportedly observed buying large quantities of chemicals in Frankfurt, apparently for the production of explosives and for biological warfare... The disclosure that Atta was being trailed by police long before 11 September raises the question why the attacks could not have been prevented with the men's' arrest.
The Financial Times November 23 2001:
Mohammed Atta, one of the alleged ringleaders of the September 11 terrorist assaults, had been monitored by the Egyptian secret service before the attacks took place, according to a German investigative television report aired on Friday... The evidence, presented on the highly regarded ARD public television channel, reinforces concerns that the international intelligence community may have known more about Atta before September 11 than was previously thought, but had failed to act... The FBI is also believed to have monitored Atta for several months in 2000, when he was frequently in Frankfurt and had allegedly bought large quantities of chemicals, possibly to make explosives... The Atta family in Cairo had been monitored on several occasions over an unspecified period, the programme said.
Financial Times Internet Archive
Dallas Star-Telegram, June 7, 2002:
A secretive U.S. eavesdropping agency monitored telephone conversations before Sept. 11 between the suspected commander of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and the alleged chief hijacker... U.S. officials said... the conversations between Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Mohammed Atta were intercepted by the National Security Agency, an intelligence agency that monitors and decodes foreign communications... The House and Senate intelligence committee... investigators are aware of the intercepts of the conversations between Mohammed and Atta...
The official said... NSA analysts apparently did not recognize the significance of what they had.
Miami Herald, June 6,2002:
Another intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was "simply not true" that the NSA monitored the conversations and failed to share the information with other intelligence agencies [meaning they shared the info]... NSA analysts apparently did not recognize the significance of what they had...
The senior intelligence official said that when the NSA monitored their conversations, Mohammed was overseas and Atta was in the United States. [KS] Mohammed was... indicted on charges of being involved in a failed 1995 plot to bomb 11 U.S. airliners flying over the Pacific Ocean on a single day... U.S. officials have concluded that Mohammed had overall command of the Pentagon and World Trade Center attacks... U.S. investigators believe Mohammed might have met several times in Germany in 1999 with Atta or members of Atta's al-Qaida cell.
Sunday Herald November 2, 2003:
A French intelligence agency noted "according to the FBI, Arab terrorists and suspected terror cells lived in... Hollywood, Florida, from December 2000 to April 2001 in direct proximity to the Israeli spy cells". The report contended that Mossad agents were spying on Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehi, two of leaders of the 9/11 hijack teams. Jim Margolin, an FBI spokesman in New York, implied that the public would never know the truth, saying: "If we found evidence of unauthorised intelligence operations that would be classified material."
BBC October 2, 2002:
German newspaper Die Zeit... uncovered details of a major Israeli spy ring involving some a 120 agents for the intelligence service Mossad operating across America and some masquerading as arts students. The ring was reportedly hard on the heels of at least four members of the hijack gang, including its leader Mohammed Atta. But the Israeli agents were detected by their American counterparts and thrown out of the country, it says. Just a month before the deadly attacks, the paper said, Mossad handed over to the Americans a detailed report naming several suspects they believe were preparing an attack on the United States.
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Title: BUSH PUNISHES MARIANI for RICO suit: 9-11 widow fights estate challenge....linked to Bush
Date: 2004.09.28 11:21
Description: An attorney employed by Abramoff-linked GREENBERG TRAURIG law firm, which has multiple ties to President Bush, met with a 9-11 widow's step-daughter prior to her commencement of an estate takeover attempt which could limit Ms. Mariani's future financial and thus legal options as she seeks to hold Mr. Bush and others accountable in her multi billion dollar RICO suit against the Bush regime for organizing and perpetrating 9-11 ... [A]n estate challenge filed more than a year ago by Mariani's step-daughter Lauren Peters, ***who met with attorney Daniel Bakinowski in the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig--a Miami-based firm with several close links to both President George W. Bush and his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush.***
THE GREENBERG TRAURIG law firm: ---
 represented President Bush in the Bush-Gore 2000 Florida election vote recount,
 personally represents Governor Jeb Bush,
 hired the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on election day 2000--after which Justice Scalia cast one of the deciding votes which placed Bush in the presidency about seven weeks later, and
 Miami-headquartered firm partially funded/sponsored delegation to Israel by House-Senate Armed Services Committee members and government contractors to witnes and be briefed on interrogation resistance procedures and torture techniques....One of the lobbyists joining them to Israel included Jack London, CEO of CACI International Inc., American defense contractor firm implicated by U.S. Major General Taguba in torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison.
 have prominent administrative positions in Massachusetts 9/11 Fund also involving Bush family banking house Brown Brothers Harriman
 one of them appointed as General Counsel of the Department of the Navy and its Office of Naval Intelligence--just 90 days before the 9/11 attacks--likely to mis-steer invesgiations and questions after the hit
 has in it a Bush '04 "pioneer" fundraiser & DC lobbyist: Abramoff
 fined $77,000 in 1998 for soliciting illegal foreign political donation from German citizen Thomas Kramer
 GREENBERG TRAURIG TAKES OVER DEMOCRATIC PARTY AS WELL: A FIRM PARTNER IS MARVIN ROSEN, the DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC) FINANCE CHAIRMAN who supervised activities of convicted fund-raiser and DNC vice-chairman of finance John Huang who had to return half of $3 million+ raised by him because of contributions from illegal foreign sources. [Chinese mafia money into the Democrats; Sicilian/Israeli/Colombian mafia money into the Republicans...]
 firm works with 9-11 victims on planning out their U.S. gov't hushmail/bribery estates.
 Bush still owes Greenberg firm nearly one million dollars for work done by dozens of lawyers and paralegals--leaving some to question why a Republican candidate would hire a Democratic lawyer from a Democratic firm...
[MORE BELOW, this is a big link IN THE 9-11 NETWORK]...
9.11 investigation | drug war | election fraud
Atta's 'drug trade cell' stayed in USA due to Jeb Bush's & Katherine Harris's protection
Mohamed Atta was protected from official scrutiny as part of an officially-protected cocaine and heroin trafficking network with ties to top political figures, including Republican officials Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris, and it was this fact--and not the terrible lapses of weak on terror Clinton Administration officials cited by Republican Congressman Curt Weldon--which shielded him from being apprehended before the 9.11 attack. ---
A two-year investigation in Venice, Fl. into the flight school attended by Atta and his bodyguard Marwan Al-Shehhi and which provided them with their cover while in the U.S. unearthed the amazing fact that during the same month the two men began flying lessons at Huffman Aviation, July of 2000, the flight schools owner's Lear jet was seized on the runway of Orlando Executive Airport by Federal Agents who found 43-pounds of HEROIN onboard....[A]uthorities called the bust BIGGEST DRUG SEIZURE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA HISTORY. --- And even while Wally Hilliards's [mafia backed] companies were being used to train terrorists to fly and smuggling heroin into the U.S., prominent Florida politicians Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris PUBLICLY ENDORSED Hilliard's operation [while he's training the false flag team there]. Jeb honored Hilliard's operation with a personal visit, posing for photos.... --- Katherine Harris' endorsement of Hilliard's operation was splashed across the pages of her beloved hometown Sarasota Herald Tribune. (6 comments)
Title: ISRAELI MOVERS connects Jewish Mafia, Saudis,9-11 FL flight schools, Bush Senior, drugs...
Jewish Mafia, Meyer Lansky is TWO DEGREES OF SEPARATION...
...from George H. W. Bush [via their SHARED Melnik and Aranow ties]
[gets into Saudi royalty connections with this as well]
book chapter: Drug Running Bush Family and their Fake War on Drugs: Police as drug pushers
But the whole truth is much uglier. We have documented in detail how the Iran-contra drug-running and gun-running operations run out of Bush's own office played their role in increasing the heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana brought into this country.
...Documents found by Burdick in the Dade County land records office show that USA Racing, the company operated by Aronow which built the Blue Thunder catamarans for the Customs service, was not owned by Aronow, but rather by a one Jack J. Kramer in his capacity of president of Super Chief South Corporation. Jack Kramer had married a niece of Meyer Lansky. Jack Kramer's son Ben Kramer was thus the great nephew and one of the putative heirs of the top boss of the US crime syndicate, Meyer Lansky. Ben Kramer was also a notorious organized crime figure in his own right. On March 28, 1990 Jack Kramer and Ben Kramer were both found guilty of 23 and 28 counts (respectively) of federal money laundering charges.
Bush Senior was a close personal friend of Aranow, and likely got "Aranow" (i.e., proxy for the Jewish Mafia) into the U.S. Customs Service's boat contract for "drug monitoring and police chase" boats offshore around Florida. That is interesting because this is just the geographic place where Atta was found: on Jack Abramoff's "Sun Cruz Casinos" where he either likely picked up drugs offshore in international waters and then returned with them to the coast of Florida, or money laundered with excessive losing hands at gambling to pass the drug money into Sun Cruz Casino's account.
Abramoff's operation is likely where Atta got his drugs, money laundreed, or both.
Pre-Katrina "urban renewal" buy-up of 25% New Orleans by alleged 9-11 Israeli/Colombian mafia links
This goes on about the tentative similar parallel to alleged gangster connected Hertz who just bought up 25% of New Orleans--and how he is allged to be connected to the Israeli and Colombian Drug Cartels. That goes well with the more well known Bush/Israeli/Lansky/Malnik/ mafia connections--only one remove from George H. W. Bush.
It doesn't take a detective to note that if Hertz has alleged links to Israeli mafia and drug smuggling money laundering into real estate, and that the Bush ties into this very nexus of Israeli mafia are more well known, that the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster may have been well planned out at least 26 months in advance, when Hertz began to buy up 25% of New Orleans. Is this a Bush redevelopment operation outsourced to Hertz?
And if it is a PRELIMINARY buy-up, that makes the hurricane even more sinister if a HAARP attack was planned out with urban renewal in the same cold blooded breath. After all, Hurricane Katrina was heading directly across the Gulf of Mexico, until, screech, it makes a 90 right turn dead toward New Orleans when it gets directly south of it.
Are there NYC'er Judah Hertz links, who recently bought 25% of New Orleans,....to the more well known Bush Senior/Israeli mafia links?
Title: World Beware: The US as rogue state! BUSH personally MEETS FALSE FLAGGER SIDE OF 9-11
Author: Grant Noah, (madcowprod.com)
Date: 2004.11.01 08:46
Description: The whole puzzle piece of the WHOLE OPERATION HAS suddenly clicked in my mind. Hopefully it does in yours. Details follow. We got 'em here like we have yet to get em' before!! No one can deny this. Thoroughly documented quotes from boring trite corporate media posts, assembled by the great people at Mad Cow Morning News 9-11 research team ( http://www.madcowprod.com )--and because whoever posted those quotes really failed to draw the connections out, I took the liberty of spelling out the connections. If you want corporate media attributions to all quotes, they are all linked on the single referenced webpage below.
pic of AL-ARIAN w/George Bush; pic of AL-AMOUDI (#1) with George Bush
pic: Grover Nordquist, Repub. operative as AL-QUEDA MIDDLEMAN in Bush Admin.
pic: AL-AMOUDI (#2) with George Bush
The US as rogue state! BUSH personally MEETS FALSE FLAGGER ORGANIZERS SIDE OF 9-11, post 9-11!:
AL-ARIAN [Baraka Group in Tampa, FL funding] , AL-AMOUDI [World Association of Muslim Youth/Abdullah bin Laden, Virginia branch of funding], GROVER NORDQUIST/KARL ROVE [connected with AL-AMOUDI! this is the chain of people via which loyal FBI agents were told by the "White House" to stop investigating 9-11 false flag operations going on], and BUSH PERSONALLY [see below]
Sami al-Arian and Abdurahman al-Amoudi have been photographed with the President and met with Administration Officials post-9/11, yet both have links to the September 11 plot.
Bush meets with known Al-queda agents post 9-11:
THE WORLD HISTORICAL IRONIES: THIS COMES OUT DAY BEFORE SELECTION 2004:
Bush Administration officials met with terrorists linked to 9/11 like SAMI AL-ARIAN and ABDURAHMAN AL-AMOUDI even after the attack.
BUSH/AL-ARAIN & BUSH/AL-AMOUDI PHOTOGRAPHED TOGETHER!: Sami al-Arian and Abdurahman al-Amoudi have been photographed with the President and met with Administration Officials post-9/11, yet both have links to the September 11 plot. Even though their 'background' as operatives was well known as early as 1996, one month before 9.11 President George W. Bush thanked Al-Arian's wife for a book she sent him, expressing "regret" about how her son was being treated. "Al-Arian's appearance at the White House... The group that included Al-Arian was scheduled to be briefed by Vice President Cheney, but Cheney canceled. That morning, the Jerusalem Post had run a front-page article headlined, "Cheney to host pro-terrorist Muslim group." [as well:] Records showed that Al-Arian was admitted to the White House at least once during the Clinton administration, the official said"... "The [al-Arian] family said that Bush gave their lanky son, Abdullah, the nickname "Big Dude."'...
The busy Mr. AL-ARIAN had contacts not only with Mohamed Atta and al-Qaeda, the MadCowMorningNews has learned, but also with Karl Rove and the Bush Administration, through REPUBLICAN INSIDER GROVER NORDQUIST, who is a close friend of Karl Rove, and who was hired by Al-Amoudi as the front for him.
JEB BUSH'S ROGUE STATE OF FLORIDA, TERROR CAPITAL OF THE WORLD (TAMPA, FL): "Fox News was the first to report that three days after the [9/11] attack Abdurahaman Al-amoudi, president of the American Muslim Council, was invited to a prayer service with the president... " From the safety of their Tampa offices, Mr. Shallah and Mr. Al-Arian operated a terrorist organization, raising funds, recruiting terrorists and bringing them into the country, devising terrorist strategies, and actually directing specific terrorist attacks -- all the while being invited to the U.S. military's intelligence headquarters at nearby McDill Air Force Base to give assessments on the Middle East..."
AL-ARIAN's THE BARAKA GROUP (dissolved Sept. 28, 2001!) & AL-QUEDA/false flaggers financing claimed by John Loftus: "[Former Justice Department prosecutor John] Loftus's accusations against Al-Arian go even further than links with Jihad. Loftus said he believes Al-Arian had a link to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. [Ex-US Department of Justice Nazi Prosecutor] Loftus said Al-Arian was involved with a group called Baraka that he alleges laundered money to support the suicide pilots (sic) as they [pretended to be] trained at Florida airports." "My sources keep me very current on Al-Arian," Loftus said. "I had very high security clearances from all U.S. intelligence and NATO agencies when I worked for the attorney general... Loftus said he has evidence to link [Islamic] Jihad and Al-Arian to the al Qaeda terrorist organization, which has been blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks. In addition, Loftus said evidence suggests Al-Arian may have personally played a part in the execution of the attacks. "It is a matter of record that an organization known as the Baraka group laundered the money to the skyjackers of Sept. 11. Sami Al-Arian incorporated Baraka in the state of Florida, which was dissolved on Sept. 28, 2001." "Had the government thrown Al-Arian in jail, Loftus said, many acts of terrorism could have been prevented, even the most notorious of them all: the attacks on America... "Al-Arian is connected to al-Qaida, Loftus said, because the same Saudi groups that donated money to WISE and ICP — the same groups which were raided by the FBI last month — also had connection to Mohammed Atta,..."
"John Loftus, ex-DOJ official: About a year-and-a-half ago, people in the intelligence community came and said-guys like Alamoudi and Sami al-Arian and other terrorists weren't being touched because they'd been ordered not to investigate the cases, not to prosecute them." "But, who was it that fixed the cases?... the answer is coming out in a very strange [though logical] place. What Alamoudi and al-Arian have in common is a guy named Grover Norquist... He is the guy that was hired by Alamoudi to head up the Islamic institute and he's the registered agent for Alamoudi, personally, and for the Islamic Institute. "The rumpled, balding figure [Al-Arian] was spotted darting into the offices of Republican power broker Grover Norquist last July... Sami Al-Arian emerged more than two hours later... Al-Arian was visiting the Islamic Institute, a Muslim outreach group cofounded by Norquist and housed within his office suite." [Norquist is close friend of Karl Rove.] "In 1998... the Islamic Institute [Norquist/Al-Arian], the AMC [al-Amoudi] and Al-Arian [Islamic Institute/Grover Norquist] were all working together."
KARL ROVE, AL-QUEDA CONTACT IN WHITE HOUSE, THROUGH CLOSE FRIEND GROVER NORQUIST: "Grover Norquist's best friend is Karl Rove, the White House chief of staff, and apparently Norquist was able to fix things [through Karl Rove, so that 9-11 covert op of false flagger (drug dealer) connections 'performed' at the FL/San Diego, CA flight schools were allowed to continue as the laying down of red herrings pre-9-11 for importnat post-9-11 blame narrative to be useful to invade Afghanistan and Iraq--and other countries.]."...
AND IN VIRGINIA: ABDURAHMAN AL-AMOUDI, AL-QUEDA CONTACT [W.A.M.Y. VICE PRESIDENT; PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN MUSLIM FOUNDATION; MEETINGS WITH HAMBURG CELL OF AL-QUEDA; MEETINGS WITH BUSH], PENTAGON CONSULTANT: "Al-Arian is not the only Islamist zealot who has gained access to Bush and his inner circle. Consider, for example, Abdurahman Alamoudi, the founder of the American Muslim Council... In October 2000, he was cheered at a pro-Palestinian rally in Washington, D.C., when he declared: "We are all supporters of Hamas. . . I am also a supporter of Hezbollah." Three months later he was in Beirut for a terrorist summit, along with leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda." Muslim activist, Abdurahman Muhammed Alamoudi, president of the American Muslim Foundation, played a key role in the chaplain program, publicly boasting to reporters that he was first person authorized by the U.S. military to recruit Islamic clerics"... "Abdurahman Alamoudi, a consultant to the Pentagon on the chaplain program for more than a decade, is now accused of helping Osama bin Laden and Hamas. Court documents filed late Wednesday night claim Alamoudi has provided "financial support to Hamas" and "financial support to fronts for al-Qaida." One of the groups allegedly tied to Alamoudi is a charity that gave a Virginia post office as its address. [!!! WAMY World Association of Muslim Youth, an organization that actual law abiding countries already have banned as a known terrorist front. In the United States, it is run by a bin Laden familiy member, & it was allowed to continue and---!!! &...] Alamoudi was the charity's vice president." "Who founded it? Abdullah bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's nephew.
Evidence recently obtained by prosecutors from German police files show[s]... that Alamoudi also had meetings in the fall of 2000 with Mohammed Belfas, an elder from the Islamic community in Hamburg who had multiple ties to key figures in the September 11 terror attacks. Belfas—who once shared an apartment with Ramzi bin al-Shibh,..."After the September 11 attacks, German police raided Belfas's Hamburg apartment and... discovered multiple connections between the two men and several leaders of the September 11 plot, including bin al-Shibh and Mohamed Atta, the ringleader of the hijackers.""[Belfas'] recently discovered dealings with Alamoudi are likely to get new attention. [THIS STORY WAS SQUASHED.] Among the evidence seized from Belfas's [Hamburg 'Al-Queda' hangout] apartment is a picture showing Belfas and Budiman meeting with Alamoudi at his office in Arlington." 'New attention' was not forthcoming. This Newsweek article is the press's sole mention of the connection between al-Amoudi, Belfas and Budiman. Once the backgrounds of Belfas and Budiman are examined, it is easy to see why: it shows they were doing more than monitoring the 'terrorists. They were meeting with them in the Pentagon, at Florida military bases, and through White House insiders as well who kept the loyal FBI off the terror networks trail. The 9-11 terror network trail does lead to the Bush White House: both Bush and Karl Rove.
AL-AMOUDI--THE GUY WHO MEETS WITH BUSH MULTIPLE TIMES--HAS AT LEAST SIX PHONE NUMBERS OF U.S.-ACCUSED GLOBAL TERRORISTS ON HIS 'PHONE SPEED DIAL,' COURT SUIT POINTS OUT:] Also ringing alarms: Alamoudi's Palm Pilot, which the government claims included the names and numbers of six designated global terrorists. The government also alleges Alamoudi had a Swiss bank account and $2.2 million"...
AL-AMOUDI'S AL-QUEDA CONTACTS ARE ON OFFICIAL WATCH LIST OF FBI, THOUGH NOTHING HAPPENS: "Both Budiman and Belfas are among 370 names included on a detailed FBI list of people sought for questioning in the investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. The list was released last month by Finnish banking authorities. Budiman is identified on the list as a U.S. contact person for Atta, the presumed ringleader of the 19 hijackers. Belfas is identified as a contact person for bin Laden, the prime U.S. suspect in the attacks...
[despite there being:
Al-Queda's Belfas in Hamburg-->Al-Amoudi/Virginia WAMY/Nordquist/Rove-->Bush link!!
Al-Queda Tampa offices-->Al-Arian-->Bush link!! ]
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