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January 29, 2009 -- Former CIA asset speaks out after criminal charges dropped
publication date: Jan 29, 2009
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January 29, 2009 -- Former CIA asset speaks out after criminal charges dropped

Former CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) non-official cover (NOC) asset Susan Lindauer is speaking out after, in one of its final acts, the Bush Justice Department dropped all criminal charges against her for acting as an "unregistered" agent of the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, traveling to Baghdad, and other acts. Lindauer was arrested in March 2004 after she volunteered to testify before a blue ribbon commission on pre-war intelligence on Iraq. Lindauer, the second cousin of George W. Bush White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and the daughter of a one-time Republican gubernatorial candidate in Alaska, approached two commission members, Trent Lott of Mississippi and John McCain of Arizona with her offer of testimony about intelligence. It was after she made her approach that she was arrested on charges of acting on behalf of Iraq's government.

Lindauer had also kept her cousin Card apprised of all relevant information on Iraq from 2000 until the time of her arrest.

The judge in Lindauer's case, Michael Mukasey of the Southern U.S. District of Manhattan, ordered Lindauer to a federal prison facility at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas for a psychiatric evaluation because federal prosecutors, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward O'Callaghan, insisted that Lindauer was delusional about being a CIA and DIA asset. Mukasey, afer becoming Attorney General, never recused himself from the prosecution of Lindauer. Mukasey, as the judge in the case, prevented the government from forcibly administering Haldol or similar drugs to Lindauer while she was being held in confinement at Carswell. Lindauer was confined at Carswell for seven months even though the maximum time the government was permitted to hold her at the facility was four months.

Now free to speak after the criminal charges were dropped against her, Lindauer says she warned prior to 9/11 that a major attack would occur in southern Manhattan in the autumn of 2001 that would involve hijacked planes and a repeat of the 1993 World Trade Center terrorist attack. Lindauer's pre-9/11 warnings of the attacks were verified by Dr. Park Godfrey, as associate professor of computer science at York University in Toronto, Canada.

In her NOC asset role, Lindauer covered the Iraqi and Libyan missions to the United Nations in New York. She refused to discuss details of the non-official cover status under which she worked, saying it remains sensitive information. Neither country had diplomatic relations with the United States and, therefore, had no embassies in Washington, DC. Lindauer was responsible for maintaining "back channel" links between U.S. intelligence and Iraq and Libya, primarily dealing with counter-terrorism matters.

Lindauer said her CIA handler, Richard Fuisz, a long-time U.S. intelligence agent in the Middle East, said the CIA learned from the Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland that terrorists might use hijacked planes as weapons. Lindauer said that Fuisz was based in Syria in the 1980s and was close to then-President Hafez al-Assad. However, Fuisz almost ended up in a Syrian prison after he was discovered to have stolen the blueprints for Syria's telecommunications system.

Lindauer was told by Fuisz to pass on to both Libya and Iraq that if either government heard even so much as a whisper about terrorists using hijacked planes to hit targets in the United States and did not pass that intelligence on to the CIA, through Lindauer, that the United States would bomb both countries "back into the Stone Age."

Apparently, Lindauer did pick up intelligence about plane hijackings and the World Trade Center in August 2001 and Fuisz told her to pass the information on to Attorney General John Ashcroft's Office of Counter-terrorism, which she did. Lindauer's intelligence was very specific: that planes would be used to strike the World Trade Center.

The former NOC agent said on 9/11, Fuisz told her that before the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed, a man and woman were standing near the burning complex with a video camera. The man and the woman were discovered to be Israeli nationals and agents for Mossad. The CIA determined that the Mossad pair knew in advance that the buildings would collapse. According to Lindauer, Fuisz was in McLean, Virginia and she was in Washington, DC when they had their phone conversation on the morning of 9/11. Lindauer said that Fuisz said they must never again discuss Mossad's role ever again over the telephone. Lindauer said that neither Libya nor Iraq had any prior intelligence on Mossad's involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

Lindauer said she was one of three assets being run by U.S. intelligence to keep lines of communications open with Iraq. The other two were the sons of an Iraqi diplomat in New York who worked at a dry cleaner. Lindauer said the two Iraqi men were also arrested and charged with espionage on behalf of Iraq.

Lindauer emphasized the CIA's and DIA's back channel program with Baghdad was successful and that Saddam's Foreign Ministry constantly fed intelligence on jihadist terrorist activity to the United States, including information on the USS Cole bombing in Aden in October 2000. Lindauer said Saddam's government "was good on cooperating with the United States on anti-terrorism."

Lindauer revealed that prior to 9/11, Saddam had agreed to permit the FBI to open a counter-terrorism liaison office in Baghdad and to give the Bush administration financial records on Al Qaeda's money movements. The Bush administration refused the offers.

Saddam also promised to give U.S. companies Iraq reconstruction contracfts after sanctions were lifted and even said he would cancel existing oil contracts with Russia's Lukoil and France's Total-Elf-Fina and give them to U.S. oil companies. The Bush administration rebuffed the offers.

The Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, who lived in Baghdad in exile, was assassinated by Saddam's security forces in a move to please Washington. Even though it was later determined that Nidal was also a one-time CIA asset, Washington never reciprocated for Saddam's actions against Nidal.

Like CIA NOC Valerie Plame Wilson, who, along with her NOC firm Brewster Jennings & Associates, was outed by the Bush White House, the failure of the Bush administration to protect Lindauer and her contacts had potentially catastrophic consequences. Lindauer said her intelligence work with Iraq and Libya had made her enemy number one for Syrian-based Ahmed Jibril's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, the actual perpetrators, along with Iran, of the Pan Am 103 bombing.

Prosecutor O'Callaghan, in his arguments before Mukasey, stated that neither Lindauer nor Fuisz were with the CIA. He said Fuisz was not a CIA agent and Lindauer was not an asset of either the CIA or the DIA. However, witnesses from the Lockerbie trial testified that Fuisz was with the CIA. Originally, Lindauer had a public defender named Sam Talkin, who appeared to be working with the prosecutors to have Lindauer jailed.

Lindauer revealed that both her second cousin Card, as well as Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, testified against her before the grand jury. Libby was later indicted and convicted for perjury and obstruction in the investigation of the leak of Plame Wilson's CIA identity to the media. Bush commuted Libby's prison sentence but did not issue a pardon. Libby's prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, is a veteran of the Southern District of New York and,as previously reported by WMR, suppressed critical evidence, in concert with North Jersey prosecutor Michael Chertoff, on the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It is not known where O'Callaghan, Lindauer's prosecutor, and Fitzgerald are friends. However, O'Callaghan left New York in August 2008 and moved to Anchorage, Alaska to head up Governor Sarah Palin's "truth squad" in the Troopergate scandal. It is suspected that had McCain won the presidential election, O'Callaghan would have become Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General.

The most biased coverage of the Lindauer story came from The New York Times, which engaged in personal attacks on Lindauer's credibility during the court hearings.

From Wayne Madsen; waynemadsenreport.com