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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.
GREENBERG TRAURIG's Abramoff, top
GREENBERG TRAURIG's Abramoff, top "Ziocon" GOP Lobbyist, close to DeLay, Bush..
Indicted Abramoff's
Indicted Abramoff's "SunCruz Casinos," false front of many ethnic mafia monies..
...that Mohammad Atta & other false flag drug dealers of 911 repeatedly visited
...that Mohammad Atta & other false flag drug dealers of 911 repeatedly visited
--- 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.

details are:

-- 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)


summary:
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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...

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[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.

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**World Exclusive**
**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"

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Jack Abramoff
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 [1] 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.

Contents


* 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

Early years

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.

College years

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. [2]

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.

In Hollywood

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.

Legal work

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.[3]

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).[4]
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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.[5]

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. [6] 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.[7]  http://www.madcowprod.com/10102005.html

Political connections

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 [8].

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 Allegation

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,

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/22/
AR2005092202204_pf.html

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3.

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.

Bush's Biggest Backer: Chief "Stands with Pair"

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.


GOP, Osama agree: Heroin is King

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.

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 http://www.madcowprod.com/09302005.html


4.

[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.

Small world.

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.

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 http://www.madcowprod.com/06202005.html


5.

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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.

...

 http://www.madcowprod.com/05192005.html

6.


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.

 http://billstclair.com/911timeline/2002/sundaytimes020302.html




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.

Sun-Sentinel



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."

News-Press



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... "

 http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/world/9639881.htm





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.

NY Newsday

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.

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/09/25/nfly25.xml

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.

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/bush/story/0,7369,749722,00.html

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...

Birmingham Post

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".

 http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0722-07.htm

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."

 http://www.911truth.org/readingroom/whole_document.php?article_id=116




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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.

 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/620561/posts

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 [2004]... 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.

 http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/politics/8900481.htm

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.

 http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1086159411327130.xml

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...

Times-Picayune





8) Casablanca 9.11

9/11 Commission Report Notes:

Atta's cell phone was used on January 2 [2001] 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 [1998], 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.

 http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?020916fa_fact2i




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.

 http://observer.guardian.co.uk/focus/story/0,6903,560733,00.html

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.

Dallas Star-Telegram

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.

 http://www.miami.com/mld/miami/3416632.htm

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."

 http://ww1.sundayherald.com/37707

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.

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/2294487.stm

If you're sitting there wondering why you have never read these facts about Mohammed Atta before, that means you haven't yet read 'Welcome to Terrorland'. As you can see, this information isn't available anywhere else so don't wait another six months to get the goods on Mohammed Atta and his 9/11 terrorist cadre -- order 'Welcome to Terrorland' TODAY!

 http://www.madcowprod.com/102204issue.htm



7.


Title: BUSH PUNISHES MARIANI for RICO suit: 9-11 widow fights estate challenge....linked to Bush
Author: repost
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: ---

[1] represented President Bush in the Bush-Gore 2000 Florida election vote recount,

[2] personally represents Governor Jeb Bush,

[3] 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

[4] 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.

[5] have prominent administrative positions in Massachusetts 9/11 Fund also involving Bush family banking house Brown Brothers Harriman

[6] 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

[7] has in it a Bush '04 "pioneer" fundraiser & DC lobbyist: Abramoff

[8] fined $77,000 in 1998 for soliciting illegal foreign political donation from German citizen Thomas Kramer

[9] 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...]

[10] firm works with 9-11 victims on planning out their U.S. gov't hushmail/bribery estates.

[11] 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]...

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/09/298412.shtml


8.

18.Aug.2005 20:28
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)

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/08/323251.shtml


9.

Title: ISRAELI MOVERS connects Jewish Mafia, Saudis,9-11 FL flight schools, Bush Senior, drugs...
Author: connectingthedots

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]
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/06/291004.shtml


10.

book chapter: Drug Running Bush Family and their Fake War on Drugs: Police as drug pushers
author: tarplay

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.

...

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/289770.shtml


11.

14.Sep.2005 23:39

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?

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/09/324848.shtml


12.

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:
 http://www.madcowprod.com/10292004issue.html


SUMMARY:


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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!!

and a

Al-Queda Tampa offices-->Al-Arian-->Bush link!! ]

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FULL ARTICLE:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/301639.shtml

Abramoff money to TX/DeLay; to FL election fraud/Chinese spies, in Feeney? 12.Oct.2005 02:49

researcher

see it? Abramoff money network to FL election fraud/Chinese spies, in Feeney?
see it? Abramoff money network to TX election fraud, in DeLay?


things I missed calling your attention to: the Abramoff/Feeney/DeLay issues and those "Scottish fund raising" trips supposedly connecting them together financially.


All this could mean that the Grand Juries are sharing information on Florida-Ohio e-vote fraud of Feeney connections as well as Abramoff/DeLay money conduits like Scotland (which means that the DeLay indictments ARE GOING TO BACK INTO Abramoff's larger network of indictments)...


1. Abramoff was Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Greenberg Traurig law and lobbying firm [1] 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. ...

2. 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?

3. DeLay, Ney and Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney [key to creating the "steal Florida 2000 e-vote fraud program"] 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 ABRAMOFF'S National Center for Public Policy Research,*** but the group denied this. Spokespeople for Ney and Feeney blamed NCPPR for filing errors [or covering up the link].

4. and on Feeney e-vote fraud:

31.Aug.2005 03:59
MILITARY! Arrest Bush now! Video of Ohio '04 Vote Fraud Testimony: "FL fixed since '00"

Bush has no rights to sit in any chair or office--except perhaps the electric chair. He stole both 2000 and 2004. He is an illegitimate narcissistic dictatorial twit. Feeney has no rights to even be in the Congress, he should be arrested as well. Plus, Feeney's Florida network connects with a Chinese spy network in the USA. In the past five years, a coterie of traitors has hijacked both the Republican party as well as U.S. democracy, destroyed the whole U.S.A. Constitution and Bill of Rights, taken the U.S. into two wars on false pretenses, has been involved in countless financial crimes and war profiteering crimes...what are you waiting for?!

...

VIDEO:  http://www.iwilltryit.com/fixed1.htm

Computer programmer Clinton Curtis testified at the December 13th, 2004 Congressional hearing in Columbus, Ohio naming [Abramoff-connected] Republican Congressman Tom Feeney as the person who hired him to prepare vote-rigging software.

The programmer claims that he designed and built a "vote rigging" software program at the behest of then Florida Congressman, now U.S. Congressman, Republican Tom Feeney of Florida's 24th Congressional District.

Clint Curtis, 46, claims that he built the software for Feeney in 2000 while working at a sofware design and engineering company in Oviedo, Florida (Feeney's home district).

Curtis, in his affidavit, says that as technical advisor and programmer at Yang Enterprises, Inc. (YEI) he was present at company meetings where Feeney was present "on at least a dozen occasions".

Feeney, who had run in 1994 as Jeb Bush's running-mate in his initial unsuccessful bid for Florida Governor, was serving as both corporate counsel and registered lobbyist for YEI during the period that Curtis worked at the company.

Feeney was also concurrently serving as a Florida state congressman while performing those services for YEI.

Feeney would eventually become Speaker of the Florida House before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002.

He is now a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

At an October 2000 meeting with Feeney, according to the affidavit and BRAD BLOG interviews with Curtis over the past three days, Feeney inquired whether the company could build a "vote fraud software prototype".

At least three YEI employees are said to have been present at that meeting; Curtis, company owner, Mrs. Li Woan Yang, and her executive secretary, Mike Cohen. Two other YEI employees may have come in and out at different points of the meeting according to Curtis.

Curtis says that Feeney "was very specific in the design and specifications required for this program."

"He detailed, in his own words, that; (a) the program needed to be touch-screen capable (b) the user should be able to trigger the program without any additional equipment (c) the programming to accomplish this needed to stay hidden even if the source code was inspected."

Though there was no problem with the first two requirements, Curtis explained to the Congressman that it would be "virtually impossible to hide such code written to change the voting results if anyone is able to review the uncompiled source code"

Nonetheless, he was asked at the meeting by Mrs. Yang to build the prototype anyway.

Curtis, "a life-long Republican" at the time, claims that it was his initial belief that Feeney's interest was in trying to stop Democrats from using "such a program to steal an election". Curtis had assumed that Feeney, "wanted to be able to detect and prevent that if it occurred."

Upon delivery of the software design and documentation on CD to Mrs. Yang, Curtis again explained to her that it would be impossible to hide routines created to manipulate the vote if anybody would be able to inspect the precompiled source code.

Mrs. Yang then told him, "You don't understand, in order to get the contract we have to hide the manipulation in the source code. This program is needed to control the vote in South Florida."

Mrs. Yang then took the CD containing the software from Curtis, reportedly for later delivery to Feeney.

In other meetings with Feeny prior to the 2000 elections, it became clear to Curtis that Feeney had plans to suppress the vote in strong Democratic precincts. In the affidavit, Curtis claims that in those meetings Feeney had "bragged that he had already implemented 'exclusion lists' to reduce the 'black vote'." Feeney also mentioned that "proper placement of police patrols could further reduce the black vote by as much as 25%."

Curtis says that he submitted his resignation to YEI effective December 2000, but stayed on until they had found someone to replace him in February of 2001. He eventually became employed by the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) after leaving YEI.

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/08/323857.shtml

[Can you see it the Abramoff/Feeney/money gets into e-vote fraud links? Feeney's Yang Enterprises was full of Chinese spies as well--something that Greenberg Traurig law firm has been accused of money laundering for into Democatic election cycles.]


5. on how Grand Juries of Texas going after DeLay are going after DeLay's money links to Abramoff via these Scotland trips...the money link is something they are pursuing...

October 4, 2005 -- DeLay scandal goes international. A Texas Grand Jury has brought two more indictments against Rep. Tom DeLay, in addition to an earlier criminal conspiracy indictment. The latest two indictments are for money laundering. GOP apologists for DeLay contend that Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle is a Democratic activist bent on a vendetta against DeLay. They have no comment on the fact that it was two separate 12-member Grand Jury that brought the three indictments against DeLay.

However, what throws cold water on the entire GOP spin strategy is the fact that the U.S. Department of Justice is participating in a criminal probe of DeLay for his political fundraising activities in Great Britain, an investigation that includes DeLay's May 2000 meeting in London with Lady Margaret Thatcher, the former Tory Prime Minister.

The investigation involves DeLay's possible support for legislation in return for free trips abroad, including a May 2000 golf trip to St. Andrews, Scotland. DeLay's May 2000 meeting in St. Andrews with Scottish Tory Member of Parliament Brian Monteith and other Scottish Tory leaders are also being investigated. Monteith is an acquaintance of indicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff. A leaked British Home Office document states that the U.S. Justice Department requested the Home Office's assistance in a criminal probe "involving high-profile American and UK-based individuals, including a leading congressman and former prime minister Margaret Thatcher."

In August 2004, Thatcher's son, Sir Mark Thatcher, was placed under house arrest by South African police for his involvement in a plot to overthrow the government of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea in a coup d'etat that involved British, Angolan, and South African mercenaries and British, Lebanese, and American financial backers. The Boeing 727-100 used to fly the mercenaries to Equatorial Guinea via Zimbabwe (where it was impounded) was bought from Dodson Aviation, an Ottawa, Kansas company, just a few weeks prior to the planned coup. One of the largest investors in Equatorial Guinea's oil industry is Dallas-based Triton Energy, a firm that is close to George W. Bush. It has been a significant contributor to the Republican National Committee.

Thatcher was nabbed by South African police in Cape Town prior to his fleeing to Texas. His Texas-born wife Diane Burgdorf Thatcher, the conservative daughter of a Dallas millionaire care dealer, and their two children had already left South Africa for Texas. Thatcher had been under investigation by a special South African anti-corruption squad, code named the "Scorpions," since 1995. In 1994, Thatcher fled Texas for South Africa after he was charged with racketeering in a $6 million civil action. In January 2005, Thatcher pleaded guilty to violating South Africa's anti-mercenary laws and was fined $505,000 and allowed to leave for Britain. The United States denied Thatcher a visa to join his family in Texas. Last month, the couple announced that they were divorcing due to an "irretrievable breakdown."

It is doubtful that the Justice Department, under Republican Alberto Gonzales, would participate with Earle in a criminal probe of the former House Majority Leader if there was not a criminal predicate for such an investigation.

It is also commonplace for Federal and state prosecutors to share information when their investigations are targeting the same individual or group of individuals. The Justice Department probe of DeLay involves the possible laundering of money from Britain to DeLay's Republican political action committees (PACs). Those same PACs are part of Earle's probe of the illegal laundering of corporate money through the Republican National Committee.

The DeLay probe now includes prosecutors and investigators from the Travis County District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Justice Department, the British Home Office, the London Metropolitan Police, and the Scottish Police Services. GOP charges that the investigation is a Democratic plot are laughable and inane.

In addition to state charges, DeLay also faces possible criminal charges in relation to his dealings with convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff as well as the latest revelations about laundering political campaign money from Britain. If convicted on the Texas money laundering charges alone, DeLay faces up to life in prison.

 http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/10/326222.shtml

Can you see it? All the Grand Juries are like the blind men each focusing on little bits of the same big (Republican) elephant. Soon they will know the full beast since the Grand Juries, the DOJ, and others intel services overseas are sharing information with each other!

Please pass this link around...

anti-Semitic garbage 12.Oct.2005 10:19

wj

Abramoff is a bad apple, but this posting is transparently anti-Semitic garbage. Compost....

some "anti-semitism" claims are merely attempts at taking the 5th amendment... 12.Oct.2005 18:06

researcher

What? Mislabeling this as "anti-semitic" is reminiscent of Judith Miller going to jail for her self proclaimed "freedom of the press" when she was just hiding out from incriminating herself from federal crimes.

I've come to realize that anyone who intentionally uses "anti-semetism" is really saying: "I'm taking the 5th amendment on this"....

There out to be a term for how some people attempt to hide their own criminal behavior or selfishness by publicly misclaiming they are/were taking the moral highground.

Some of my favorite examples:

--- Judith Miller's laughable use of "I'm going to jail to defend freedom of the press (when she already had Libby's permission to speak to the Grand Jury...she was merely saving her own skin from culpable criminal charges"

--- Bush/Rove's attempt at destroying checks and balances criminally, while saying that any interference with a totally autonomous executive branch is a break of the "balance of powers." Er, no. The balance of powers is not a doctrine of how different branches are autonomous, the balance of power has never been justified like that: it means that all branches DO INTERFERE with the others intentionally.

--- Aparthied in Israel, destroying schools, banks, infrastructure, shipping in nuclear waste storage facilities into Palistinian areas, keeping Palistinians and Jewish peoples from marrying, preemptively invading Egypt in the 1967 war--all this aparthied is called "saving and protecting" Israel. I'd love to see South Africa in the 1980s use that line: "saving and protecting white Africa" as a motto fails to really sound all that justifiable.

Is there a term? There's the term "wrapping oneself in the flag", and "hypocrisy" though that fails to really catch the issue. The issue is closer to how people attempt to defend psychopathic behavior as a form of ethical code/morality.

No need to defend yourself 12.Oct.2005 19:08

Jody Paulson

This is a great compilation that gets to the core of what's rotten in government these days. Thanks for posting.

godless elite deviants 12.Oct.2005 22:11

darealdeal

Sadly-people are easily manipulated with the propaganda of religion...controlled-like one big cult- the lines are drawn- us v. them
Just the way they like it.
The Mafia state has no god but the almighty $$$$
I can only hope that everyone has the sense to know that the originating authors had nothing to do with the underlying message permeating from this posting.
We should not allow someone's delusions taint our view of the hard work put out by those investigating on the ground. googling alone does not make one a real researcher.
i should know ;-)

and still another example of Bush family and Israeli mafia, in your face 07.Nov.2005 02:34

linker

Another example of the ongoing public association of Bush family and Israeli Mafiya, in Russia.


Bush Family & Financier Berezovsky (fled Russian CRIMINAL) dumb down kids after CIA coups
23:39 Oct-17 (1 comment)
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/10/326946.shtml

Abramoff & Bush mafia money laundering connected to Rove real estate 07.Nov.2005 10:36

researcher

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Florida investigators have discovered that the beach tract where Rove's home is located (for which he paid a mere $165,000 for the land in 2002) was owned by the St. Joe Company, Florida's largest private land owner and a firm that George H. W. Bush and the DuPont family have had a significant financial stake. An informed source told WMR that Rove's sweetheart land deal is tied to the Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff money laundering scandal.

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Rove Soon To Leave For Florida
'Republican Riviera'?
By Wayne Madsen
11-6-2005


Rove soon to be living on "Republican Riviera?" As rumors swirl around Washington that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove may soon be leaving the White House soon "to spend more time with his family," there is renewed interest in how he obtained a sweetheart land deal on his Rosemary Beach home on the Florida Panhandle.

Florida investigators have discovered that the beach tract where Rove's home is located (for which he paid a mere $165,000 for the land in 2002) was owned by the St. Joe Company, Florida's largest private land owner and a firm that George H. W. Bush and the DuPont family have had a significant financial stake. An informed source told WMR that Rove's sweetheart land deal is tied to the Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff money laundering scandal. "Florida is the center-of-gravity with Abramoff's deals," said the source.

St. Joe also owns half of the real estate development firm Codina Group, founded by Armando Codina, a personal friend of George H. W. Bush and one-time business partner of Governor Jeb Bush.

Until 1994, when Jeb Bush first ran for governor, the Codina Group was known as the Codina Bush Group. Since Jeb Bush became governor, he's taken care of his old business friends, selling them state-owned land at cut rate prices.

Conveniently, Rove's Panhandle neighbors will include some of Jeb's and Dubya's top fund raisers and friends -- people financially tied in with St. Joe and Codina.

 http://waynemadsenreport.com/


Insiders Say Rove May Leave White House

11-6-2005

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Karl Rove's colleagues are preparing for the possibility that he may leave the White House because of the CIA leak case.

Despite the insistence of friends that he is out of legal jeopardy, several of the lawyers who deal with special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald believe Fitzgerald is continuing to look into the possibility of charging Rove with lying to investigators or the grand jury or both, Time magazine reports.

If that happens, Rove almost certainly would resign immediately.

Several Bush administration officials predict that within a year, the president will have a new chief of staff and press secretary, probably a new treasury secretary and maybe a new defense secretary, the magazine said.

If Rove does head out, he may leave behind a wounded president.

"A president who loves to hit home runs and wants to be remembered for swinging for the fences is being forced to take base hits," says a former White House official.

ex-Christian Coalition leader helps cosolidate gambling org.crime/Abramoff 13.Nov.2005 15:36

researcher

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In 2001, Abramoff was working as a lobbyist for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to prevent rival gaming casinos from siphoning off its Texas customers. He paid Former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed as a consultant, and Reed lobbied to get the Alabama-Coushatta and Tigua casinos closed in Texas--to increase the profits and clientele of Abramoff's casinos just across the Texas/Louisiana border in Louisiana.

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In E-mails, Consultant Claims Link to Cornyn
By Suzanne Gamboa
The Associated Press

Saturday 12 November 2005

Christian Coalition leader says he influenced effort to shut casinos.

Washington - Former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed claimed in a 2001 e-mail to a lobbyist that he choreographed John Cornyn's efforts as Texas attorney general to shut down an East Texas Indian tribe's casino.

The lobbyist was Jack Abramoff, who is under federal investigation, along with his partner Michael Scanlon, on allegations of defrauding six Indian tribes of about $80 million from 2001 to 2004. The e-mail, along with about a dozen others, was released last week as part of the investigation.

In 2001, Abramoff was working as a lobbyist for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to prevent rival gaming casinos from siphoning off its Texas customers. He paid Reed as a consultant, and Reed lobbied to get the Alabama-Coushatta and Tigua casinos closed in Texas.

In the Nov. 30, 2001, e-mail, Reed told Abramoff that 50 pastors led by Ed Young, of Second Baptist Church in Houston, would meet with Cornyn to urge him to shut down the Alabama-Coushatta tribe's casino near Livingston. He said Young would back up the request in writing.

"We have also choreographed Cornyn's response. The AG will state that the law is clear, talk about how much he wants to avoid repetition of El Paso (where the Tigua casino was) and pledge to take swift action to enforce the law," Reed wrote. "He will also personally hand Ed Young a letter that commits him to take action in Livingston."

Cornyn, now a Republican U.S. senator, had filed a lawsuit in 1999 to shut down the casino operated by the Tigua tribe in El Paso, saying it violated the state's limited gambling laws. In 2002, federal courts shuttered the Tiguas' casino and Cornyn used that ruling to shut down the Alabama-Coushattas' casino.

Cornyn, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, has denied knowing Abramoff. He also has said he was unaware of Reed's work with Abramoff.

He said he did not remember receiving a letter from Young or Reed, or providing a letter to Young; he acknowledged meeting with the minister.

"Their efforts were irrelevant to what I was doing," said Cornyn, who was elected to the Senate in 2002. "It's kind of eye-opening to me that apparently people make money claiming credit for something I decided to do under the law."

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee blocked out references to Cornyn in the e-mails it released last week. But in previous Reed e-mails released by the committee, Cornyn's name was not removed.

The previously released e-mails showed that in 2002, Abramoff and Scanlon secretly funneled millions to Reed to help fund the campaign to get the Tigua casino shut down. The lobbyists then persuaded the Tiguas to hire them to reopen it.

A Reed spokeswoman refused to respond directly to questions about whether Reed had copies of or had seen Young's letter, or details about how he "choreographed" a response from Cornyn.

"No one should take credit for state Attorney General John Cornyn's actions and the faith community's support," Reed's spokeswoman Lisa Baron said. "Ralph Reed never has and never will."

She said Reed did not learn the Louisiana Coushattas were Abramoff's clients until 2002, and he was not aware that the tribe contributed to "our efforts" until 2004.

But Reed's e-mails suggest Cornyn's work was instrumental to Abramoff in fending off competition for his client.

Members of the Louisiana Coushatta tribal leadership testified last week that Abramoff used the threat of the Alabama-Coushatta casino in Texas to get more lobbying business.

Young said he met Cornyn for the first time at a pastors' meeting in late November 2001, where Cornyn spoke to about 15 to 20 pastors. Young also said he did not remember any exchange of letters occurring at the meeting as Reed said in the e-mail.

Cornyn "told us the situation. He was filing affidavits. We said we support you" because of the pastors' concerns about gambling, Young said.

Young dismissed Reed's suggestion that Cornyn needed him for support in the 2002 Senate race. He said he stays neutral because his church attracts Democrats and Republicans.


---
 link to www.statesman.com

Abramoff w/TWO Al-Queda tie in's; Grover Nordquist w/ONE Al-Queda tie in 19.Nov.2005 15:37

researcher

In 9-11 events, it looks like the Nordquist/Rove groups handed the "Islamic fronts" whenever personal contact was required, though they were puppeted by the ziocons at one remove...for instance, note the ziocons more direct connections to funding Al-Queda (via Perle and Feith) in Yugoslavia in the late 1990s. At back of the Al-Queda phenomena is the ziocons. I additionally note that the the only Al-Queda cell ever arrested--in the Palistinian territories--was found out to be a Mossad front--set up by Mossad to entrap and use the angst that is generated by the repressive environment to be useful for the Orwellian ziocon control network.



ABRAMOFF:


from above:

--- 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....

below:

"In the early 1980s the Islamic Bank for Development, which is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, like the Permanent Secretariat of the Islamic Conference Organization, bought a new computerized system to cope with its accounting and communication requirements. At the time the system was more sophisticated than necessary for their actual needs....It was decided to use a part of the system's memory to host the Islamic Conference's database."


GROVER NORDQUIST:


and of course Grover Nordquist and Rove have Al-Queda tie in's as well.

Grover Nordquist, Republican operative, AL-QUEDA MIDDLEMAN for Bush Admin. [[
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]]

"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. "

"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."

From MSNBC October 23, 2003:

"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 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. Grover Norquist's best friend is Karl Rove, the White House chief of staff, and apparently Norquist was able to fix things."...

"Think of the Muslim chaplain's program that he set up as a spy service for al-Qaeda."


KARL ROVE:


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.]."...


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: HOLY SH*T~! We got 'em red handed NOW FOLKS. 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.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/301639.shtml

Title: SPEECH:"Bin Laden, Etc Are CIA Stooges" - EX-Deputy Attorney General; Bush 911 TERROR PAL Al-Arian jailed
Author: grouping
Date: 2005.07.21 02:03
Description: The lawsuit of 2002 that this guy files against Al-Arian--the Tampa, FL 9-11 cell connection--is most interesting. Why is it interesting? Well, because Bush is hard and fast friends with Al-Arain; why settle for treasonous Rove? Get treasonous Bush, who meets with Al-Arian who is currently in federal prison awaiting trial for terrorism connections to 9-11. Bush is conversing with his family merely one month before 9-11; terrorist Al-Arian scheduled to meet in the White House with VP Cheney, though Cheney cancels the meeting.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/07/321874.shtml


and hard core Zionists RICHARD PERLE AND DOUGLAS FEITH funding Yugoslavian Al-Queda operations, below.., who like Abramoff, are hard right Zionists.



MAIN ARTICLE:


So, Where Did 'Al Qaeda' Really Come From?

By Wayne Madsen
11-19-2005

More on Al Qaeda -- the database.

Shortly before his untimely death [very likely murder], former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that "Al Qaeda" is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Courtesy of World Affairs, a journal based in New Delhi, WMR can bring you an important excerpt from an Apr.-Jun. 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence.

"I first heard about Al-Qaida while I was attending the Command and Staff course in Jordan. I was a French officer at that time and the French Armed Forces had close contacts and cooperation with Jordan . . .

"Two of my Jordanian colleagues were experts in computers. They were air defense officers. Using computer science slang, they introduced a series of jokes about students' punishment.

"For example, when one of us was late at the bus stop to leave the Staff College, the two officers used to tell us: 'You'll be noted in 'Q eidat il-Maaloomaat' which meant 'You'll be logged in the information database.' Meaning 'You will receive a warning . . .' If the case was more severe, they would used to talk about 'Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.' Meaning 'the decision database.' It meant 'you will be punished.' For the worst cases they used to speak of logging in 'Al Qaida.'

"In the early 1980s the Islamic Bank for Development, which is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, like the Permanent Secretariat of the Islamic Conference Organization, bought a new computerized system to cope with its accounting and communication requirements. At the time the system was more sophisticated than necessary for their actual needs.

"It was decided to use a part of the system's memory to host the Islamic Conference's database. It was possible for the countries attending to access the database by telephone: an Intranet, in modern language. The governments of the member-countries as well as some of their embassies in the world were connected to that network.

"[According to a Pakistani major] the database was divided into two parts, the information file where the participants in the meetings could pick up and send information they needed, and the decision file where the decisions made during the previous sessions were recorded and stored. In Arabic, the files were called, 'Q eidat il-Maaloomaat' and 'Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.' Those two files were kept in one file called in Arabic 'Q eidat ilmu'ti'aat' which is the exact translation of the English word database. But the Arabs commonly used the short word Al Qaida which is the Arabic word for "base." The military air base of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is called 'q eidat 'riyadh al 'askariya.' Q eida means "a base" and "Al Qaida" means "the base."

"In the mid-1980s, Al Qaida was a database located in computer and dedicated to the communications of the Islamic Conference's secretariat.

"In the early 1990s, I was a military intelligence officer in the Headquarters of the French Rapid Action Force. Because of my skills in Arabic my job was also to translate a lot of faxes and letters seized or intercepted by our intelligence services . . . We often got intercepted material sent by Islamic networks operating from the UK or from Belgium.

"These documents contained directions sent to Islamic armed groups in Algeria or in France. The messages quoted the sources of statements to be exploited in the redaction of the tracts or leaflets, or to be introduced in video or tapes to be sent to the media. The most commonly quoted sources were the United Nations, the non-aligned countries, the UNHCR and . . . Al Qaida.

"Al Qaida remained the data base of the Islamic Conference. Not all member countries of the Islamic Conference are 'rogue states' and many Islamic groups could pick up information from the databases. It was but natural for Osama Bin Laden to be connected to this network. He is a member of an important family in the banking and business world.

"Because of the presence of 'rogue states,' it became easy for terrorist groups to use the email of the database. Hence, the email of Al Qaida was used, with some interface system, providing secrecy, for the families of the mujaheddin to keep links with their children undergoing training in Afghanistan, or in Libya or in the Beqaa valley, Lebanon. Or in action anywhere in the battlefields where the extremists sponsored by all the 'rogue states' used to fight. And the 'rogue states' included Saudi Arabia. When Osama bin Laden was an American agent in Afghanistan, the Al Qaida Intranet was a good communication system through coded or covert messages.

Meet "Al Qaeda"

"Al Qaida was neither a terrorist group nor Osama bin Laden's personal property . . . The terrorist actions in Turkey in 2003 were carried out by Turks and the motives were local and not international, unified, or joint. These crimes put the Turkish government in a difficult position vis-a-vis the British and the Israelis. But the attacks certainly intended to 'punish' Prime Minister Erdogan for being a 'toot tepid' Islamic politician.

" . . . In the Third World the general opinion is that the countries using weapons of mass destruction for economic purposes in the service of imperialism are in fact 'rogue states," specially the US and other NATO countries.

" Some Islamic economic lobbies are conducting a war against the 'liberal" economic lobbies. They use local terrorist groups claiming to act on behalf of Al Qaida. On the other hand, national armies invade independent countries under the aegis of the UN Security Council and carry out pre-emptive wars. And the real sponsors of these wars are not governments but the lobbies concealed behind them.

"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the 'TV watcher' to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the US war on terrorism are only interested in making money."

In yet another example of what happens to those who challenge the system, in December 2001, Maj. Pierre-Henri Bunel was convicted by a secret French military court of passing classified documents that identified potential NATO bombing targets in Serbia to a Serbian agent during the Kosovo war in 1998. Bunel's case was transferred from a civilian court to keep the details of the case classified. Bunel's character witnesses and psychologists notwithstanding, the system "got him" for telling the truth about Al Qaeda and who has actually been behind the terrorist attacks commonly blamed on that group. It is noteworthy that that Yugoslav government, the government with whom Bunel was asserted by the French government to have shared information, claimed that Albanian and Bosnian guerrillas in the Balkans were being backed by elements of "Al Qaeda." We now know that these guerrillas were being backed by money provided by the Bosnian Defense Fund, an entity established as a special fund at Bush-influenced Riggs Bank and directed by Richard Perle and Douglas Feith.

 http://waynemadsenreport.com/

it's all true: "separate" DeLay & Abramoff indictments now start to connect 20.Nov.2005 14:16

researcher

The money funneling from Abramoff to Delay seem to connect: these connects are coming to the surface, as predicted in the original summary of the first article above...

points of note

1. the DeLay money tranche and the Abramoff money tranche do connect, given this tenuous DeLay aide connect to Abramoff in this indictment

2. and moreover, particlarly given the below quote. This trip was organized for DeLay and through Abramoff. Though both sides are anguished over blaming the other over it.

"According to the charge, Scanlon and Abramoff, once a powerful Washington lobbyist, provided a stream of things of value to a member of Congress, identified only as "Representative No. 1," from January 2000 through April of last year. The lawmaker and members of his staff received a lavish golf trip to Scotland, tickets to sporting events and other entertainment, regular meals and campaign contributions in return for supporting legislation, according to the court documents. Rep. Bob Ney, a Republican from Ohio, said recently he had received a subpoena as part of the U.S. Justice Department's investigation of Abramoff."

This gets into Ohio issues...and the neocon/Abramoff connects to the UK! (see above, where they are unable to get their cover story straight about this golf trip...as each side attempts to hide)


Ex-Republican aide charged in corruption case
Fri Nov 18, 2005 5:50 PM ET

By James Vicini

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A one-time aide to former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay of Texas has been charged with conspiring with his lobbyist partner Jack Abramoff to defraud Indian tribes of millions of dollars and to corruptly give gifts to a member of Congress, prosecutors said.

The filing of the one-count charge in federal court against Michael Scanlon, was contained in what is called a criminal information, usually used in cases involving a plea agreement, rather than in an indictment.

It was filed in federal court on Thursday and made public on Friday.

According to the charge, Scanlon and Abramoff, once a powerful Washington lobbyist, provided a stream of things of value to a member of Congress, identified only as "Representative No. 1," from January 2000 through April of last year.

The lawmaker and members of his staff received a lavish golf trip to Scotland, tickets to sporting events and other entertainment, regular meals and campaign contributions in return for supporting legislation, according to the court documents.

Rep. Bob Ney, a Republican from Ohio, said recently he had received a subpoena as part of the U.S. Justice Department's investigation of Abramoff.

A spokesman for Ney said the lawmaker will fully cooperate in the investigation. "He has not been told that he is the target of any investigation and there would be no grounds to do so. Mr. Scanlon's being charged with lying to and cheating his clients does not change that," the spokesman said.

According to the seven-page court document, the conspiracy's purpose was for Scanlon and Abramoff "to enrich themselves by obtaining substantial funds from their clients through fraud and concealment and through obtaining benefits for their clients through corrupt means."

A Justice Department spokesman said a hearing had been scheduled for Monday in federal court in Washington in Scanlon's case, but refused to give any details.

The documents described Scanlon's dealings with "Lobbyist A," with whom he worked. Although the lobbyist was not identified by name, a source close to the investigation said that it was Abramoff.

Scanlon's former boss, DeLay, faces conspiracy and money laundering charges in Texas as part of a campaign finance investigation. He resigned as majority leader in September when he was indicted.

Abramoff has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in Florida that he defrauded lenders in a casino cruise line deal.

The charges involving Scanlon said Abramoff solicited an Indian tribe in Mississippi in 1995 as a client for lobbying services on various issues.

Abramoff recommended that the tribe hire Scanlon's company, Capital Campaign Strategies, while concealing the fact that Abramoff would get half of the profits from the tribe's payments to Scanlon, according to the court papers.

The tribe paid Scanlon's firm $14.8 million from June 2001 through April 2004, while Scanlon concealed from the tribe that 50 percent of the profit, about $6.3 million, was kicked back to Abramoff under their secret arrangement, according to the papers.

The court documents detailed similar arrangements for tribes in Louisiana, Michigan and Texas.

 http://today.reuters.com/news/
newsArticle.aspx? type=politicsNews&storyID=2005-11-18T224952Z
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Abramoff MASS BRIBERY Probe Spreads To White House, 4 Lawmakers, 17 aides... 27.Nov.2005 19:30

more

Texas, Ohio, California, and Montana eyed in the Abramoff financial networks...and of course Washington D.C.


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Prosecutors in the department's public integrity and fraud divisions are looking into Abramoff's dealings with four Republicans

- ex-House of Rep. Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas,
- Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio,
- Rep. John Doolittle of California and
- Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana

...also investigating at least 17 current and former congressional aides, about half of whom later took lobbying jobs with Abramoff, as well as an official from the Interior Department and another from the government's procurement office...

...investigators were looking into whether Abramoff and his partners made illegal payoffs to the lawmakers and aides....

Michael Scanlon, a former aide to DeLay and partner to powerful Republican lobbyist Abramoff, pleaded guilty to conspiracy...

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11-26-2005

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The US Justice Department's probe of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is broader than previously thought, examining his dealings with four lawmakers, former and current congressional aides and two former Bush administration officials, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Prosecutors in the department's public integrity and fraud divisions are looking into Abramoff's dealings with four Republicans - former House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio, Rep. John Doolittle of California and Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, the paper said, citing several people close to the investigation.

Abramoff is under investigation over his lobbying efforts for Indian tribes with casinos. He has also pleaded not guilty to federal charges in Florida that he defrauded lenders in a casino cruise line deal.

The prosecutors are also investigating at least 17 current and former congressional aides, about half of whom later took lobbying jobs with Abramoff, as well as an official from the Interior Department and another from the government's procurement office, the Journal said.

Justice Department spokesman Paul Bresson declined to comment on the investigation.

The newspaper said investigators were looking into whether Abramoff and his partners made illegal payoffs to the lawmakers and aides in the form of campaign contributions, sports tickets, meals, travel and job offers, in exchange for helping their clients.

DeLay and Ney have already retained criminal defense lawyers.

Spokespeople for the two lawmakers told the Journal that they have both hired lawyers and have not been contacted by the Justice Department.

Michael Scanlon, a former aide to DeLay and partner to powerful Republican lobbyist Abramoff, pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Monday under a deal in which he is cooperating with prosecutors probing the alleged influence-buying.

Scanlon left DeLay's office and become a partner to Abramoff, who has been indicted for fraud in a separate case in Florida. The plea agreement has been seen as a major advance in prosecutors' efforts to investigate the lobbyist.

The "Diebold Troika": Abramoff/Ney/Feeney branch exposure widens 30.Nov.2005 22:18

grouping Ney and Feeney bits

from above:

1.

Press accounts have suggested that Abramoff used his political connections to gain support for the deal in Washington [8].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 [Sicilian mafia connection of] 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 [with his Sicilian mafia connections] 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 [turned tail and] accused Abramoff of duping him. A DeLay spokesperson [equally turning tail] said that he had no recollection of the meeting. DeLay, Ney and Florida Republican Representative [Mr. Vote Fraud and Chinese spy network contact] 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 [connected to Abramoff], but the group [turned tail and] denied this. Spokespeople for Ney and Feeney blamed others for filing errors.

...

2.

something to add:

In his plea agreement, Scanlon said that he and Abramoff, referred to as "Lobbyist A," provided travel, golf fees, entertainment, and campaign contributions to public officials "in exchange for a series of official acts and influence." At least one congressman, widely believed to be Rep. Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican [who had defended Diebold, which is HQ'ed in his state of Ohio--keys in which Ney/Feeney connections to Diebold in FL...], received trips to the Super Bowl in Tampa and to Scotland, meals at a restaurant owned by Abramoff, and campaign contributions.

Ney provided "official acts" to Abramoff, including helping a client secure a telephone contract for the House of Representatives and placing a statement drafted by Scanlon into the Congressional Record criticizing the owner of a casino boat company that Abramoff wanted to buy. Abramoff has also been indicted on fraud charges in connection with that failed purchase. A Ney spokesman says, "All that this plea agreement shows is that Mr. Scanlon had a deliberate . . . scheme to defraud many people, and it appears, unfortunately, that Representative Ney was one of the many people defrauded."

So far, the investigation has resulted in the resignation only of the chief procurement officer at the White House Office of Management and Budget, who was indicted on charges of lying to investigators.

Still, there are suddenly lots of folks with the shivers on Capitol Hill--and it's not just because of the change in the weather.

---
 http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051205/5abramoff.htm


3.

This Diebold defending Ney is the same friend as the Florida vote frauding Mr. Feeney, who in signed depositions by the programmer Clinton Curtis, of Florida and formerly of Feeney associated Yang Enterprises, claims that Florida was vote rigged and defrauded in the 2000 Presidential Elections via a program paid for by Feeney associated Yang Enterprises in 2000. Yang Ent. turned out to be connected with a Chinese spy ring stealing NASA secrets as well, though was remarkably unpunished for it.

Title: MILITARY! Arrest Bush now! Video of Ohio '04 Vote Fraud Testimony: "FL fixed since '00"--through Feeney
Author: get rid of him!
Date: 2005.08.31 03:59
Description: Bush has no rights to sit in any chair or office--except perhaps the electric chair. He stole both 2000 and 2004. He is an illegitimate narcissistic dictatorial twit. Feeney has no rights to even be in the Congress, he should be arrested as well. Plus, Feeney's Florida network connects with a Chinese spy network in the USA. In the past five years, a coterie of traitors has hijacked both the Republican party as well as U.S. democracy, destroyed the whole U.S.A. Constitution and Bill of Rights, taken the U.S. into two wars on false pretenses, has been involved in countless financial crimes and war profiteering crimes...what are you waiting for?!
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/08/323857.shtml

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ABRAMOFF PLEADS GUILTY 2x in 5 felonies from DC to FL, TURNS STATE WITNESS 13.Jan.2006 14:57

researcher

And it touches White House _directly_ now:

summary:
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"A senior White House budget official, David Safavian, has been arrested for failing to report gifts from the indicted lobbyist."

SH*T! SUNCRUZ LINES fraud from 2000 as well, he pleads guilty:

Mr Abramoff was **also expected to** [he does, see second article] plead guilty to fraud today in a separate case in Miami, involving his purchase in 2000 of a fleet of [unregulated offshore Florida] casino ships [that Mohammad Atta was known to slap down large bets at the cruise line's tables--uncaring whether he won or lost--after Abramoff bought it. Was Atta both in charge of the drug transhipments (re Hopsicker's investigatory work in the book _Welcome to Terrorland_) as well as the money laundering (re Hopsicker's work in articles mentioned above).

The man Abramoff bought the fleet from, Konstantinos Boulis, was shot dead a year later in the middle of a dispute over the sale.

Mr. Abramoff entered a [Miami] courtroom trailed by about 100 news media cameras, and told United States District Court Judge Paul Huck that he was guilty of conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, and of a separate charge of wire fraud. **The judge set sentencing for March 16.** Prosecutors in the Miami case were accusing Mr. Abramoff of faking documents to get a $60 million loan to buy a fleet of gambling ships in 2000 [at whose CEO position he places someone linked with the Italian Mafia]. Four other charges were dropped under a plea agreement that calls for a six- or seven-year prison sentence.

Mr. Abramoff had been scheduled to stand trial in the Florida case next Monday, [though since he now pleads guilty instead] and the all-encompassing plea agreement with Justice Department prosecutors means that the Miami sentence can be served concurrently with the Washington sentence.

...he pleaded guilty [in Washington DC court] to defrauding at least four Indian tribes of tens of millions of dollars, enticing government officials with bribes and evading taxes. In the Washington case, Mr. Abramoff accepted a recommended reduced prison sentence of about 10 years in exchange for testifying against former associates in the influence-peddling case. The agreement also requires Mr. Abramoff to pay more than $26 million in tax penalties...

***How much time Mr. Abramoff will spend in prison will be determined later, after he has fulfilled most of his obligation to help investigators.***

The corruption inquiry involving Mr. Abramoff, potentially one of the most explosive in Congressional history, has expanded in recent months to encompass dozens of political operatives, including former Congressional aides and lobbyists suspected of arranging bribes in exchange for legislative work, participants in the case said. His testimony, coupled with that of Michael Scanlon, a former Abramoff business associate who pleaded guilty in November, reaches into the executive and legislative branches...drawing an ever-tighter ring of evidence around the former House Republican majority leader, Tom DeLay, and other senior Congressional Republicans.

Prosecutors are reported to be focusing on about 20 politicians and their staff, including the biggest recipients of Mr Abramoff's largesse. As well as Mr DeLay and Mr Safavian, they include Bob Ney, the Republican head of the House administration committee known as "the mayor of Capitol Hill" for his extensive influence, and Democratic senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota. The three men [currently...] have all denied any wrongdoing.

[However, in the second article, released court documents fill in the DeLay as well as Ney connections, due to Abramoff talking.]

Mr. Abramoff helped funnel more than $1.5 million in campaign donations to hundreds of elected officials, more than half of them Republican, since 2000, according to analyses of his work. As prosecutors threatened to indict him - and ultimately, late Monday night, worked out a negotiated settlement after weeks of intense wrangling - ...

Mr. Abramoff has been in talks with prosecutors for some 18 months, his lawyer in Washington, Abbe D. Lowell, said. According to people involved in the case, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the broader investigation is continuing, **Mr. Abramoff at times offered guidance to investigators as they pursued other targets.**

According to participants in the case, he has shared information about

-- David H. Safavian, a former Bush administration official indicted last year, and

-- Tim Flanigan, the Tyco executive who withdrew his nomination as the second-in-command at the Justice Department after his ties to Mr. Abramoff came into question. Tyco is also mentioned, although not by name, in the plea agreement.

**The publicly released court documents, followed by the Justice Department's news conference about the case, were designed as a "shot across the bow" to other potential suspects in the inquiry, a person involved said.**

"With most cases, the plea is the end, but with Abramoff, the plea is just the beginning," said an FBI official who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding, "This one has legs."

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Abramoff To Reveal All In Congress Bribes Scandal
Senior politicians alleged to have accepted favours
· Republicans likely to suffer most damage

By Julian Borger in Washington,
The Guardian - UK
1-4-2006 [note date]

A well-connected Republican lobbyist agreed yesterday to give evidence against top politicians whom he allegedly bribed, in what analysts predict may prove to be the biggest congressional scandal in American history.

The lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy involving "corruption of public officials" as well as fraud and tax evasion, after striking a deal with federal prosecutors that is expected to lift the lid on a culture of corruption in Congress, in which legislative favours are routinely exchanged for lucrative perks.

Politicians from both parties received money from Mr Abramoff and his clients, but the scandal is likely to inflict most damage on the Republicans and could ultimately threaten their hold on Congress.

One of the party's most powerful figures, Tom DeLay, who was instrumental in orchestrating its victories in 2000, 2002 and 2004, is at the centre of the investigation for his close financial ties to Mr Abramoff. He is also facing charges in a separate case involving political money-laundering in Texas and had to step down from his job as House majority leader last year.

A senior White House budget official, David Safavian, has been arrested for failing to report gifts from the indicted lobbyist.

"This is potentially the biggest congressional scandal in history," said Melanie Sloan, a former federal prosecutor and the head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog organisation. "Abramoff knew everybody. He knows how Washington works."

The White House spokesman Scott McClellan was unable to say yesterday whether George Bush had ever met Mr Abramoff, but he denounced the lobbyist. "What he is reportedly acknowledged doing is unacceptable and outrageous," he said. "If laws were broken, he must be held to account for what he did."

Mr Abramoff was a central fixture in Washington political life, wining and dining top politicians in his own restaurant, hosting them in plush corporate boxes at sporting events, and flying them on all-expenses-paid golf trips to Scotland.

The lobbyist and his partners also coordinated political donations worth $1.7m (£975,000) to more than 200 members of Congress on behalf of clients such as the Choctaw Indian tribe in Mississippi, the US-administered Northern Mariana islands in the Pacific and Russian oil magnates.

Legislation passed by Congress in recent years directly benefited those clients and the justice department's ethics division is now seeking to prove that those votes were bought.

"Words will not ever be able to express my sorrow and my profound regret for all my actions and mistakes," Mr Abramoff told the judge in a Washington courtroom. "I hope I can merit forgiveness from the Almighty and those I've wronged or caused to suffer."

Mr Abramoff was also expected to plead guilty to fraud today in a separate case in Miami, involving his purchase in 2000 of a fleet of casino ships. The man he bought the fleet from, Konstantinos Boulis, was shot dead a year later in the middle of a dispute over the sale.

Prosecutors are reported to be focusing on about 20 politicians and their staff, including the biggest recipients of Mr Abramoff's largesse. As well as Mr DeLay and Mr Safavian, they include Bob Ney, the Republican head of the House administration committee known as "the mayor of Capitol Hill" for his extensive influence, and Democratic senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota. The three men have all denied any wrongdoing. Mr Dorgan and several other members of Congress have returned political donations received from Mr Abramoff and his clients, in a rush to distance themselves from the man who was once a popular socialite.

Despite the involvement of some Democrats, Stanley Brand, a former congressional lawyer, said Republicans were likely to feel the brunt of any public backlash in the November congressional elections.

"The party in power always suffers," said Mr Brand, who is now in private practice specialising in defending public officials.

The scandal will also bring scrutiny of Mr DeLay's decade-long bid to pack Washington lobbying firms with Republicans. The scheme, known as the "K Street project" after the wide boulevard that houses much of the industry, helped create lucrative jobs for party activists.

But Mr Brand doubted that the scrutiny would lead to profound change.

"Everyone will get worked into a lather and then they'll go back to what they've done for the past 200 years ... You're not going to get money out of politics and you're not going to get influence out of government."

Backstory

The Abramoff scandal began last year as a little-noticed investigation into casinos on some Native American reservations. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and other tribes complained to Senate investigators that they had been paying millions of dollars to Washington lobbyists to help protect their gambling income from taxation and competition but were getting little in return.

The lobbyists in question were led by Jack Abramoff, a Washington super-lobbyist who owned his own plush restaurant, Signatures, for entertaining politicians, and Michael Scanlon, a former spokesman for one of the Republican party's top power-brokers, Tom DeLay.

The inquiry uncovered a culture of influence-peddling that infused Congress and tainted the White House, as first Mr Scanlon and then Mr Abramoff decided to cooperate with the justice department. As well as meals at Signatures, Mr Abramoff offered hospitality in comfortable "sky-boxes" at sports events and golfing trips to Scotland, for a chance to play at St Andrews.

One of the lucky golfers was Mr DeLay, who took his wife and entourage on an Abramoff-financed trip to Scotland in 2000. [It will be interesting to see whose version of the story is the correct one. DeLay of course is still denying this connection, however, with Abramoff turning state's witness...] He [DeLay] has claimed it was a working visit, involving a meeting with Margaret Thatcher. Baroness Thatcher's office has confirmed the meeting.

Mr DeLay stepped down as House majority leader in September after being charged in a separate case involving political money-laundering in Texas.

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Lobbyist Pleads Guilty in Florida; Second Plea in 2 Days
By Abby Goodnough and Anne E. Kornblut
The New York Times

Wednesday 04 January 2006

Miami - A day after he pleaded guilty to three felony counts in Washington, Jack Abramoff, a once prominent Republican lobbyist, pleaded guilty today to two felony charges of conspiracy and fraud in a case stemming from his purchase of a casino boat line in 2000.

Wearing a light-colored baseball cap and a dark suit, Mr. Abramoff entered a courtroom here trailed by about 100 news media cameras, and told United States District Court Judge Paul Huck that he was guilty of conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, and of a separate charge of wire fraud.

The judge set sentencing for March 16.

Mr. Abramoff's appearance in court here came a day after he instantly became the star witness in a sweeping federal investigation into public corruption in Washington when he pleaded guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials as part of a settlement with federal prosecutors. The inquiry could involve as many as a dozen lawmakers, people involved in the case said.

In the chilly weather of Washington on Tuesday, Mr. Abramoff, 46, wore a black fedora and a trenchcoat, but he appeared contrite and subdued both there and in the balmy setting today in Miami, where his lawyers said he was suffering from a knee injury.

He was in the Miami courtroom for about 25 minutes, and was then scheduled to go across the street for a meeting on his bond; but one of his lawyers, Neal Sonnett, asked the judge to postpone that meeting so that he could avoid the throng of reporters outside. "I don't know if you know what the outside of the courthouse looks like," Mr. Sonnett told the judge, "but Mr. Abramoff almost got knocked over this morning as we were coming in."

The judge cleared the courtroom of reporters and met with the defendant and lawyers involved in the case after they left.

Prosecutors in the Miami case are accusing Mr. Abramoff of faking documents to get a $60 million loan to buy a fleet of gambling ships in 2000. Four other charges were dropped under a plea agreement that calls for a six- or seven-year prison sentence.

Mr. Abramoff had been scheduled to stand trial in the Florida case next Monday, and the all-encompassing plea agreement with Justice Department prosecutors means that the Miami sentence can be served concurrently with the Washington sentence.

In the Washington case, Mr. Abramoff accepted a recommended reduced prison sentence of about 10 years in exchange for testifying against former associates in the influence-peddling case. The agreement also requires Mr. Abramoff to pay more than $26 million in tax penalties and restitution to former clients, although he has told associates he is broke.

How much time Mr. Abramoff will spend in prison will be determined later, after he has fulfilled most of his obligation to help investigators.

The corruption inquiry involving Mr. Abramoff, potentially one of the most explosive in Congressional history, has expanded in recent months to encompass dozens of political operatives, including former Congressional aides and lobbyists suspected of arranging bribes in exchange for legislative work, participants in the case said.

His testimony, coupled with that of Michael Scanlon, a former Abramoff business associate who pleaded guilty in November, reaches into the executive and legislative branches and appears to be drawing an ever-tighter ring of evidence around the former House Republican majority leader, Tom DeLay, and other senior Congressional Republicans.

On Tuesday, he stood hunched in front of a Federal District Court judge, his eyes downcast as the plea deal was announced. He bore little resemblance to the brash operative who in hundreds of e-mails messages obtained by prosecutors once boasted about his financial kickbacks, referring to them as a "gimme five" scheme.

Instead, in front of Judge Ellen Huvelle, Mr. Abramoff confessed to making "a multitude of mistakes" during a decade or so of lobbying work. In a soft, grainy voice, he pleaded guilty to defrauding at least four Indian tribes of tens of millions of dollars, enticing government officials with bribes and evading taxes.

"All of my remaining days, I will feel tremendous sadness and regret for my conduct and for what I have done," Mr. Abramoff said. Emerging from the courthouse into a light drizzle wearing a black fedora, he slipped into a waiting car and was driven away. Mr. DeLay, who has taken in thousands in campaign donations from Mr. Abramoff and accompanied the lobbyist on a lavish golf trip to Scotland in 2000, has denied any wrongdoing. Richard Cullen, a former United States attorney representing Mr. DeLay, said his client "is confident that when the Department of Justice completes its investigation and gets to the bottom of this that they will conclude that he did nothing wrong." No lawmaker has been charged in the case.

Court documents filed Tuesday gave a snapshot of what Mr. Abramoff has been telling investigators during their plea negotiations over the last year and a half.

In one instance cited in court documents, Mr. Abramoff directed favors to a senior DeLay staff member - referred to in documents as "Staffer A," but identified by lawyers as Tony C. Rudy, now a Republican lobbyist. Those favors came in the form of payments to Mr. Rudy's wife, Lisa. Mr. Abramoff paid $50,000 to Lisa Rudy through a charity organization in exchange for her husband's "agreement to perform a series of official acts," the plea agreement said.

"Abramoff, Scanlon and others engaged in a course of conduct through which one or both of them offered and provided a stream of things of value to public officials in exchange for a series of official acts and influence," the agreement states.

Also mentioned in the plea agreement was a "Representative No. 1" who, along with members of his staff, accepted gifts, travel and free meals at Mr. Abramoff's restaurant, Signatures, in exchange for legislative help, including inserting a comment into the Congressional Record designed to help Mr. Abramoff with a business deal.

Representative Bob Ney, Republican of Ohio, was identified as this figure after court documents were filed in connection with Mr. Scanlon's plea deal. Although Mr. Ney did not deny his association with Mr. Abramoff and Mr. Scanlon on Tuesday, he insisted, as he has in the past, that he was tricked by the two men into doing work on behalf of their lobbying clients.

According to people involved in the case, Mr. Ney's former chief of staff, Neil Volz, is referred to in the documents as "Staffer B," and is accused in the paperwork of violating the one-year lobbying ban after leaving Mr. Ney's office before beginning to lobby his former boss again. Lawyers for Mr. Rudy and Mr. Volz did not return calls seeking comment.

Mr. Abramoff helped funnel more than $1.5 million in campaign donations to hundreds of elected officials, more than half of them Republican, since 2000, according to analyses of his work. As prosecutors threatened to indict him - and ultimately, late Monday night, worked out a negotiated settlement after weeks of intense wrangling - the government's lawyers argued that Mr. Abramoff had gone past the routine business of campaign fund-raising and political glad-handing into the realm of bribery. Or, as Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher put it on Tuesday, Mr. Abramoff "went far beyond lawful lobbying."

Mr. Abramoff has been in talks with prosecutors for some 18 months, his lawyer in Washington, Abbe D. Lowell, said. According to people involved in the case, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the broader investigation is continuing, Mr. Abramoff at times offered guidance to investigators as they pursued other targets.

According to participants in the case, he has shared information about David H. Safavian, a former Bush administration official indicted last year, and Tim Flanigan, the Tyco executive who withdrew his nomination as the second-in-command at the Justice Department after his ties to Mr. Abramoff came into question.

Tyco is also mentioned, although not by name, in the plea agreement. According to the court document, Mr. Abramoff sent a business proposal to "Company A," a manufacturing and services company identified by participants as Tyco. Mr. Abramoff "falsely advised" the company about the grass-roots company that he suggested they hire, and which in turn kicked back huge sums to Mr. Abramoff.

Mr. Abramoff told Tyco "that he was negotiating on their behalf" to try to save them money "when in fact he was simply setting a high price on services that he controlled and from which he would profit."

The publicly released court documents, followed by the Justice Department's news conference about the case, were designed as a "shot across the bow" to other potential suspects in the inquiry, a person involved said.

"With most cases, the plea is the end, but with Abramoff, the plea is just the beginning," said an FBI official who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding, "This one has legs."

 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010406Q.shtml

Bush caught up in friend Abramoff's bribery money laundering electioneering 23.Jan.2006 02:56

researcher

[one of the Bush-Abramoff related pictures connects with Indian reservations fraud: a picture of the Kickapoo chief/chairman Garza (NOW under federal indictment for allegedly embezzling more than $300,000 from his tribe!), who says that Abramoff helped arrange the meeting with him and Bush, a group meet).]


More Bush direct lies, Bush often met with, and praised, guilty-plea 'West Bank terrorist' lobbyist-briber-money launderer-Mafia connected Abramoff



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Bush often met with, and praised, corrupt lobbyist
By DOUG THOMPSON
Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue
Jan 18, 2006, 07:24

Although White House spokesliar Scott McClellan claims lobbyist/crook du jour Jack Abramoff only met with administration staff two or three times, the scandal ridden buyer of influence enjoyed frequent private meetings with President George W. Bush, who referred to Abramoff as "one of this administration's greatest friends."

In a town where money buys influence and access, it would have been highly unusual for one of the top fundraisers for the Bush White House to not have had meetings with the President.

McClellan, in a carefully-worded response to reporters Tuesday, said his personal investigation into the matter revealed that Abramoff may have had two "private staff level meetings" at the White House. This is the same Scott McClellan who claimed he investigated the Valerie Plame leak and told reporters that neither Vice President Dick Cheney nor anyone on his staff had any involvement in that scandal. Then Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, got slapped with an indictment for giving the info to the press.

McClellan, as skilled a liar as anyone who has stood before the press and misled reporters on behalf of a President, fails to mention Abramoff's frequent visits to the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas, the private meetings that the lobbyist arranged with the President on the 2004 campaign trail and at the Republican National Convention that year.

White House visitor logs are not public record and the Bush administration keeps separate logs of visitors to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and other locations like Camp David or the President's home. In addition, logs can - and often are - revised when scandal erupts.

But Abramoff, who raised more than $100,000 for Bush in the last campaign, promised big time donors face time with the President and delivered on those promises during the convention. In addition, he traveled to Bush's ranch in Texas with his co-conspirator in crime, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

A former DeLay staffer who is cooperating with the investigation into both Abramoff and the disgraced GOP leader's activities, has told investigators that Abramoff and DeLay visited Bush at his ranch on at least four occasions in 2003 and 2004.

It is common for big money contributors to get personal meetings with the President. At the GOP's annual Presidential Dinner in Washington, those who pony up at least $25,000 are hustled into a room before the dinner for time and photo ops with the President.

Abramoff kept a photo of himself with Bush, shot at the Crawford ranch, in his office in Washington. The autograph from Bush said "to my great friend Jack."

Dale Knally, a campaign worker in the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, recalls a meeting between Bush and Abramoff during a campaign stop in Florida.

"He put his arm around Abramoff and told us that 'this man is one of this administration's greatest friends,'" Knally recalls. Knally declined a job in the Bush administration and returned to school after the election and remembers some in the campaign privately calling Abramoff a "sleazeball."

"That campaign taught me that I never wanted anything to do with the Bush administration or politics again," Knally said. "No matter how many showers I took, I couldn't wash away the stench."

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 http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_8013.shtml


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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006

When George Met Jack [Abramoff]
White House aides deny [lie] the President knew lobbyist Abramoff, but unpublished photos shown to TIME suggest there's more to the story
By ADAM ZAGORIN, MIKE ALLEN

As details poured out about the illegal and unseemly activities of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, White House officials sought to portray the scandal as a Capitol Hill affair with little relevance to them. Peppered for days with questions about Abramoff's visits to the White House, press secretary Scott McClellan said the now disgraced lobbyist had attended two huge holiday receptions and a few "staff-level meetings" that were not worth describing further. "The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him," McClellan said.

The President's memory may soon be unhappily refreshed. TIME has seen five photographs of Abramoff and the President that suggest a level of contact between them that Bush's aides have downplayed. While TIME's source refused to provide the pictures for publication, they are likely to see the light of day eventually because celebrity tabloids are on the prowl for them. And that has been a fear of the Bush team's for the past several months: that a picture of the President with the admitted felon could become the iconic image of direct presidential involvement in a burgeoning corruption scandal like the shots of President Bill Clinton at White House coffees for campaign contributors in the mid-1990s.

In one shot that TIME saw, Bush appears with Abramoff, several unidentified people and Raul Garza Sr., a Texan Abramoff represented who was then chairman of the Kickapoo Indians, which owned a casino in southern Texas. Garza, who is wearing jeans and a bolo tie in the picture, told TIME that Bush greeted him as "Jefe," or "chief" in Spanish. Another photo shows Bush shaking hands with Abramoff in front of a window and a blue drape. The shot bears Bush's signature, perhaps made by a machine. Three other photos are of Bush, Abramoff and, in each view, one of the lobbyist's sons (three of his five children are boys). A sixth picture shows several Abramoff children with Bush and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who is now pushing to tighten lobbying laws after declining to do so last year when the scandal was in its early stages.

Most of the pictures have the formal look of photos taken at presidential receptions. The images of Bush, Abramoff and one of his sons appear to be the rapid-fire shots--known in White House parlance as clicks-- that the President snaps with top supporters before taking the podium at fund-raising receptions. Over five years, Bush has posed for tens of thousands of such shots--many with people he does not know. Last month 9,500 people attended holiday receptions at the White House, and most went two by two through a line for a photo with the President and the First Lady. The White House is generous about providing copies--in some cases, signed by the President--that become centerpieces for "walls of fame" throughout status-conscious Washington.

Abramoff knew the game. In a 2001 e-mail to a lawyer for tribal leader Lovelin Poncho, he crows about an upcoming meeting at the White House that he had arranged for Poncho and says it should be a priceless asset in his client's upcoming re-election campaign as chief of Louisiana's Coushatta Indians. "By all means mention [in the tribal newsletter] that the Chief is being asked to confer with the President and is coming to Washington for this purpose in May," Abramoff writes. "We'll definitely have a photo from the opportunity, which he can use." The lawyer had asked about attire, and Abramoff advises, "As to dress, probably suit and tie would work best."

The e-mail, now part of a wide-ranging federal investigation into lobbying practices and lobbyists' relationships with members of Congress, offers a window into Abramoff's willingness to trade on ties to the White House and to invoke Bush's name to impress clients who were spending tens of millions of dollars on Abramoff's advice.

Abramoff was once in better graces at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, having raised at least $100,000 for the President's re-election campaign. During 2001 and 2002, his support for Republicans and connections to the White House won him invitations to Hanukkah receptions, each attended by 400 to 500 people. McClellan has said Abramoff may have been present at "other widely attended" events. He was also admitted to the White House complex for meetings with several staff members, including one with presidential senior adviser Karl Rove, one of the most coveted invitations in Washington.

Michael Scanlon, who is Abramoff's former partner and has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a Congressman, in 2001 told the New Times of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that Abramoff had "a relationship" with the President. "He doesn't have a bat phone or anything, but if he wanted an appointment, he would have one," Scanlon said. Nonsense, say [scared] others. A former White House official [who is terrified to be found out lying] familiar with some Abramoff requests to the White House said Abramoff had some meetings with Administration officials in 2001 and 2002, but he was later frozen out because aides became suspicious of his funding sources and annoyed that the issues he raised did not mesh with their agenda. A top Republican official [who remained anonymous] said it was clear to him [who's him?] that Abramoff couldn't pick up the phone and reach Bush aides because Abramoff had asked the official to serve as an intermediary.

The White House describes the number of Abramoff's meetings with staff members only as "a few," even though senior Bush aides have precise data about them. McClellan will not give details, saying he doesn't "get into discussing staff-level meetings." During a televised briefing, he added, "We're not going to engage in a fishing expedition." [unless it's us who do it via nonFISA felon chargable prowls of everybody] . Pressed for particulars about Abramoff's White House contacts, McClellan said with brio, "People are insinuating things based on no evidence whatsoever." But he said he cannot "say with absolute certainty that [Abramoff] did not have any other visits" apart from those disclosed. Another White House official said, "The decision was made don't put out any additional information." That reticence has been eagerly seized upon by some Democrats. Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada wrote to Bush last week to demand details, saying Abramoff "may have had undue and improper influence within your Administration."

Garza, the bolo-wearing former chairman of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas, has fond memories of his session with Bush, which he said was held in 2001 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House. According to e-mails in the hands of investigators, the meeting was arranged with the help of Abramoff and [Al-Queda false flag operator connected with Al-Arian, already arrested with 911 connections] Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. In an April 18, 2001, e-mail to Abramoff, Norquist wrote that he would be "honored" if Abramoff "could come to the White House meeting."

Garza--known in his native Kickapoo language as Makateonenodua, or black buffalo--is under federal indictment for allegedly embezzling more than $300,000 from his tribe. Through his spokesman, Garza said that during the session, Bush talked about policy matters and thanked those present for supporting his agenda, then took questions from the audience of about two dozen people. Garza told TIME, "We were very happy that Jack Abramoff helped us to be with the President. Bush was in a very good [amphetamine] mood--very upbeat and positive." No evidence has [yet] emerged that the Bush Administration has done anything for the Kickapoo at Abramoff's behest. [though it shows perhaps a pattern, since a great deal of Abramoff fraud concerns money laundering, reservation or other off tax casinos, and bribery in one neocon breath).

Three attendees who spoke to TIME recall that Abramoff was present, and three of them say that's where the picture of Bush, Abramoff and the former Kickapoo chairman was taken. The White House has a different description of the event Garza attended. "The President stopped by a meeting with 21 state legislators and two tribal leaders," spokeswoman Erin Healy said. "Available records show that Mr. Abramoff was not in attendance." [lie that contradicts the Kickapoo statement]

With reporting by With reporting by Massimo Calabresi/ Washington

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 http://www.time.com/time/magazine/printout/0,8816,1151784,00.html

White House Aide Jackson (main adviser to Rove) tied to Abramoff trips/payoffs 09.Feb.2006 19:32

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[and with Boehner: GOP criminals wanted to put the same Abramoff Mafia-assassin linked drug-trade-money-laundering network back in place at the top of the GOP, after removing DeLay!]

The Abramoff-Boehmer-Rove link in the White House...

and

The Abramoff-DeLay to mere Abramoff-Bohnmer shell game...


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On March 15, 1996, two weeks before the Saipan trip, Abramoff's lobbying records show Safavian went over trip plans with [now Rove 'chief deputy' adviser] Jackson and Mimi Simoneaux, [the latter being] then spokeswoman for Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas.

On April 1, 1996, the day these two then DeLay linked congressional aides flew to the Marianas, ***Safavian called Boehner's office*** "to ascertain the location of B. Jackson." Abramoff's employee called about Jackson again the following day. [i.e., "This is Abramoff's staff speaking. Where the hell is our paid agent Jackson, Mr. Boehner--you are his boss, where is he? Why didn't you forcibly send him on that plane trip that we arranged and paid for, that already left?"

[Jackson gives uncommittal answers, claims "doesn't reemember" why he first made verifications he would go, and then failed to go.]

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[Abramoff linked] Boehner [boss then of Abramoff linked Jackson] started campaigning early this year to replace DeLay as the No. 2-ranked House leader,....

[And secondly, after this top aid connection to Abramoff-Jackson found in the "Rove" section of the White House, Boehner directly gets money from Abramoff linked Indian tribes as well!] Boehner has declined to give up more than $30,000 he got from Abramoff's Indian tribe clients...He did not receive any money from the tribes until Abramoff [guided the money his way when Abramoff came to] represent...them.

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Ex-aide to House leader tied to Abramoff
Now adviser to Karl Rove, he helped plan trip to Mariana Islands
The Associated Press
Updated: 9:15 a.m. ET Feb. 8, 2006

WASHINGTON - A White House aide who was once chief of staff to House Majority Leader John Boehner helped plan a 1996 trip to the Northern Mariana Islands that was organized by fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff, billing records from Abramoff's firm show.

Barry Jackson, now chief deputy to White House adviser Karl Rove, accepted an invitation to travel to the island of Saipan in April 1996 but later decided not to go, White House spokeswoman Erin Healy said Tuesday.

The government of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands extended the invitations to Jackson and other high-level GOP House leadership staff while Congress was considering legislation to control immigration and labor practices in the remote Pacific island territory.

Abramoff, the central figure in a wide-ranging Justice Department investigation of influence peddling in Congress, lobbied for the Marianas in Washington. The commonwealth's government was accused of permitting egregiously low wages and poor conditions for immigrants working in sweatshops.

Planning Marianas trip

According to bills from Abramoff's former lobbying firm to the Marianas government, Abramoff's staff contacted Boehner's office about island issues at least 10 times in the first four months of 1996. Copies of the billing records were obtained by The Associated Press through open-records requests to the territorial government.

Typically, the contact was made by David Safavian, who later became the Bush administration's chief procurement official in the Office of Management and Budget. Safavian recently was indicted on charges of obstructing investigations of his ties to Abramoff. Safavian was the first administration official indicted in the Abramoff scandal.

On March 15, 1996, two weeks before the Saipan trip, Abramoff's lobbying records show Safavian went over trip plans with Jackson and Mimi Simoneaux, then spokeswoman for Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas. On April 1, the day the congressional aides flew to the Marianas, Safavian called Boehner's office "to ascertain the location of B. Jackson." Abramoff's employee called about Jackson again the following day.

Jackson does not recall why he decided not to make the trip, given that it occurred 10 years ago, Healy said.

Since Boehner started campaigning early this year to replace DeLay as the No. 2-ranked House leader, he has denied having any relationship with Abramoff. Boehner has promised reforms to shake the GOP's Abramoff-related troubles.

Boehner did meet Abramoff

When asked about the contacts between his office and Abramoff's, including a dinner Boehner attended in May 1996, Boehner told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday: "Some of his (Abramoff's) underlings worked with some low-level employees of my office. I'm telling you I never met the man."

Boehner spokesman Don Seymour said Tuesday that Boehner now does recall meeting Abramoff once, in "a brief, incidental conversation at a widely attended event that he estimates was about five years ago."

In an e-mail to the AP, Seymour also said Boehner did not intentionally downplay Jackson's role on his staff.

Boehner has declined to give up more than $30,000 he got from Abramoff's Indian tribe clients, saying his own work on tribal issues justifies the contributions. [However,...] He did not receive any money from the tribes until Abramoff represented them.

 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11233367/