Friday, April 26, 2013

The Parallel View

In the 1974 film The Parallax View, directed by Alan J. Pakula, Warren Beatty plays a reporter attempting to uncover a conspiracy behind the assassination of a popular politician whose murder was covered up by a Warren Commission-style investigation.  As Repo Man director Alex Cox mentions above, the Parallax Corporation that hires hit-men and patsies to create perfect political crimes in the movie is modeled on a Canadian company called Permindex, which Jim Garrison alleges did the same thing in attempts on the life of Charles de Gaulle and successfully in the assassination of JFK.  In an earlier blog post, I detailed how this allegation has also been directed at an organization called World Vision, albeit in a slightly more convoluted manner.  I'll get back to this subject later.

I've been admittedly obsessed by the recent interviews of Sibel Edmonds for The Corbett Report on Operation Gladio Plan B.  As my last blog post illustrated, there is a connection between this and last week's Boston Bombings.  In fact, as I write this, James Corbett just put up a new interview with Sibel Edmonds discussing the details of this connection, which I hope to synopsize/analyze in my next blog post.  But in this post, I'd like to focus on an historical parallel that in some ways is actually closer to Gladio B than the original Gladio created by Allen Dulles.  When Edmonds talked in Part Four about how Gladio B uses NGO connections with "sub-contractors" to deal drugs, smuggle arms, launder money and ultimately foment terror, it reminded me of what I've read about the way the CIA would use USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and religious organizations as a front for their activity in a particular region.  Just as NGO's can fall back on the excuse of being "charity" organizations trying to "teach English", USAID and their affiliates fall back on the excuse of being "charity" organizations trying to "preach the gospel."  This beggars the question: are they really parallel operations or flip sides of the same coin?

I bring up these points as a challenge to independent investigators where the Boston Bombings are concerned.  It's important to look at all the evidence to sort out the real story.  Once the identity of the two suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, revealed a Chechen background, immediately the MSM narrative swung into the possibility of a connection with al-Qaeda.  But remember: Gladio B NGOs use al-Qaeda as sub-contractors!  Not only has Sibel Edmonds detailed this, but former FBI agent and Time Magazine Person of the Year Coleen Rowley recently wrote this piece naming exactly which Chechnya NGO to watch out for:

Chechen Terrorists and the Neocons

April 19, 2013
The revelation that the family of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings was from Chechnya prompted new speculation about the attack as Islamic terrorism. Less discussed was the history of U.S. neocons supporting Chechen terrorists as a strategy to weaken Russia, as ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley recalls.

By Coleen Rowley

I almost choked on my coffee listening to neoconservative Rudy Giuliani pompously claim on national TV that he was surprised about any Chechens being responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings because he’s never seen any indication that Chechen extremists harbored animosity toward the U.S.; Guiliani thought they were only focused on Russia.

Giuliani knows full well how the Chechen “terrorists” proved useful to the U.S. in keeping pressure on the Russians, much as the Afghan mujahedeen were used in the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan from 1980 to 1989. In fact, many neocons signed up as Chechnya’s “friends,” including former CIA Director James Woolsey.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

For instance, see this 2004 article in the UK Guardian, entitled, “The Chechens’ American friends: The Washington neocons’ commitment to the war on terror evaporates in Chechnya, whose cause they have made their own.”

Author John Laughland wrote: “the leading group which pleads the Chechen cause is the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC). The list of the self-styled ‘distinguished Americans’ who are its members is a roll call of the most prominent neoconservatives who so enthusiastically support the ‘war on terror.’

“They include Richard Perle, the notorious Pentagon adviser; Elliott Abrams of Iran-Contra fame; Kenneth Adelman, the former US ambassador to the UN who egged on the invasion of Iraq by predicting it would be ‘a cakewalk’; Midge Decter, biographer of Donald Rumsfeld and a director of the rightwing Heritage Foundation; Frank Gaffney of the militarist Centre for Security Policy; Bruce Jackson, former US military intelligence officer and one-time vice-president of Lockheed Martin, now president of the US Committee on Nato; Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute, a former admirer of Italian fascism and now a leading proponent of regime change in Iran; and R. James Woolsey, the former CIA director who is one of the leading cheerleaders behind George Bush’s plans to re-model the Muslim world along pro-US lines.”

The ACPC later sanitized “Chechnya” to “Caucasus” so it’s rebranded itself as the “American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus.”

Of course, Giuliani also just happens to be one of several neocons and corrupt politicians who took hundreds of thousands of dollars from MEK sources when that Iranian group was listed by the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The money paid for these American politicians to lobby (illegally under the Patriot Act) U.S. officials to get MEK off the FTO list.

Aside from the bit about MEK, which is an interesting digression I covered in an earlier post, the ACPC roll call sounds so similar to other groups like ATC in Turkey and AACC in Azerbaijan.  Especially the names Richard Perle and Michael Ledeen, both heavy Gladio operatives.  Which would be particularly auspicious if it could be proven that either of the Tsarnaev brothers had connections in this particular milieu.  Is there evidence?  Tamerlan Tsarnaev is dead, but apparently Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has indicated to authorities from his hospital bed that he and his brother acted alone, not as part of any terrorist network, and that his brother Tamerlan was the driving force behind the attacks.

A couple lone wolves.  Case closed.


Well, for starters, there's the reaction of the relatives.  Perhaps we can excuse the father wanting to believe the best of his sons, wanting to believe Tamerlan was first captured alive, then killed.  I suppose the fact his literal next door neighbor when he was living in Kyrgyzstan happened to be the local organized crime boss is "just one of those things", doesn't mean anything other than borrowing the occasional cup of sugar like any other good neighbor.  There's also the aunt who lives in the US who believes the whole thing was "staged" by the FBI to frame them.  That could also be explained away as familial over-sympathetic speculation.

But the mother's story is a little more difficult to explain away like that.  Her story about the FBI "set up" of her sons does not sound like idle speculation, but personal experience.  "He was controlled by the FBI, like for three, five years," she said. "They knew what my son was doing, they knew what actions and what sites on the Internet he was going [to], they used to come...and talk to me...they were telling me that he was really a serious leader and they were afraid of him."  Even Sibel Edmonds told RT that this type of behavior "fits exactly the recruitment style of the intelligence community."  At first, the FBI refused to confirm this.  Later, they admitted they interviewed Tamerlan two years ago because Russia was afraid he posed a threat, but they cleared him as not posing a threat!  Yet, after clearing him, both the FBI and CIA put his name on their terror watch lists!  Did the FBI know this could happen?  How were the brothers able to get away with bombing the Boston Marathon?

Let's take a look back at the fateful day, April 15, 2013.  There was a report of a drill being conducted by the Boston Bomb Squad that day, based on a tweet from the Boston Globe.  There were bomb-sniffing dogs at both the start and finish lines of the marathon, profiled recently on 60 Minutes for their skills.  There were law enforcement spotters on the roofs observed as well.  Then the Tsarnaevs showed up, presumably with a pressure cooker bomb in each of their backpacks, since two bombs went off that day.  But this series of pictures, posted by justdrew at Rigorous Intuition from 4chan, shows a different possibility.

Does that look like their backpack to you?  Could it possibly be some other backpack?  And who are those guys with the Craft Security hats?  Some of those guys have been identified as with the National Guard, as part of a Civil Support Team in a WMD exercise apparently operating separately from the drill.  Does that explanation account for all the men featured in these photos?  Craft Security is a private contractor.  Who was working for who and why?  And just to get this straight in my own head, that's two separate bomb drills, on the same day and place two real bombs go off, and they don't notice anything suspicious mirroring their exercise?!  It's almost comical, in a dark way that Rigorous Intuition's 8bitagent captured perfectly with the captioning of these photos.

And then there was Phase Two, the manhunt.  Even more dizzying, complete with grenades-a-poppin' and guns-a-blazin'.  I won't even bother to go into most of the inconsistencies there with the carjacking that a gas station attendant reports is of a Caucasian guy, who were are then told was let go by the Tsarnaevs (who told him they did the Boston Bombings) because he was not American, who we are then told is Chinese.  I'm sure all those inconsistencies will be explained at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial.  If, of course, he lives to stand trial and if, of course this doesn't get shipped out for a Gitmo military tribunal like some real jingoists are asking for.  But there is one inconsistency that has not been reported widely that probably won't go to trial that is highly suspicious noted by Justin Raimondo:

Nearly unnoticed in the dramatic denouement of Dzokhar’s capture: the apprehension of three people, including Dzokhar’s alleged girlfriend, in nearby New Bedford. The three were later released, but authorities reappeared at their apartment complex on Saturday and apparently detained two of the same men, who are reportedly from Kazakhstan: a van with consular license plates had earlier turned up in front of the complex, and a young woman was seen entering the van in a hurry. The Tsarnaev brothers weren’t lone nuts: they had help.

Maybe Tamerlan's #2 Dzhokhar really thinks they did it alone or maybe he's just indicating what he was told to relate.  But I think the reality is neither one of them realized how heavily they were being manipulated.  Is this all just an FBI sting gone SNAFU, like the first WTC bombing in 1993?  Or are there deeper ties than that?  I've got two different sources indicating the involvement of the CIA.  First, from Sibel Edmonds:

In my latest interview for Boiling Frogs Post EyeOpener Report (See here) I emphasized the role of the CIA rather than the FBI in evaluating the Boston Terror incident. Why? Because: 1-the suspects 100% fit the CIA recruitment profile; 2-The region being central to the CIA covert operations since the 1990s; 3- The suspect’s travel to the region (not the FBI MO but the CIA); 4- The classic occurrence of the FBI closing the case per CIA request and pressure … and much more. Please watch my comprehensive interview with James Corbett here for more details on this: Watch Video
Now, take a look at what just popped up a few hours ago in relation to the above:
Tamerlan Tsarnaev Attended CIA-sponsored Workshop
Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended a workshop sponsored by the CIA-linked Jamestown Foundation, Izvestia reports today (see English translation here). The Russian newspaper cites documents produced by the Counterintelligence Department Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia confirming that the NGO “Fund of Caucasus” held workshops in the summer of 2012 and Tsarnaev attended.
The Caucasus Fund was established in November, 2008, following the Geoergian-Ossetian conflict. The main purpose of the organization, according to Izvestia, is to “to recruit young people and intellectuals of the North Caucasus to enhance instability and extremism in the southern regions of Russia.”

That's an intriguing lead, especially after clicking the English translation to find that Mr. Grand Chessboard himself, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is connected with this NGO.  My second source on this is Daniel Hopsicker, who explores some fascinating connections with everyone's favorite Tsarnaev, Uncle Ruslan:

Was Boston Bombers ‘Uncle Ruslan’ with the CIA?

The uncle of the two men who set off bombs at the Boston Marathon, who struck the only grace note in an otherwise horrific week, worked as a “consultant” for the Agency for International Development (USAID) a U.S. Government Agency often used for cover by agents of the CIA, in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan during the “Wild West” days of the early 1990’s, when anything that wasn’t nailed down in that country was up for grabs.

One thing Uncle Ruslan said that may undercut the "losers" meme MSM keeps trumpeting from him is that someone radicalized them HERE in the US before Tamerlan Tsarnaev's attempt to leave the US for travel scared Russia into having the FBI clear him, the mysterious "Misha".  Then there is Tamerlan's trip, which was predominately spent in Dagestan.  Have there been any recent USAID (i.e. CIA) projects recently started in Dagestan just prior to Tamerlan's 2012 trip there?  Surprise, surprise, World Vision enters the picture once again:

Bleak outlook for maternal and child health in the Russian North Caucasus
Tue, 5 Apr 2011 00:57 GMT

Source: member // World Vision Middle East/Eastern Europe/ CA office

Maternal and infant mortality rates in Chechnya, Ingushetia, and other republics of the North Caucasus are up to three times higher than the Russian Federation average, according to medical experts* working in the region.

Inadequate primary health care and community health in Ingushetia and Dagestan in the North Caucasus, coupled with the ongoing political and socio-economic instability in the region all contribute to this bleak outlook for mothers and their infants.


In response to this situation, World Vision, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and financial support of USAID, recently launched the two-year 'Healthy Mothers for Healthy Children' project in Ingushetia and Dagestan to help improve maternal and child health care.


This is the only project that is currently addressing maternal and infant healthcare in Ingushetia and Dagestan. World Vision is the sole international agency working in Ingushetia and one of the few international agencies in Dagestan.

The link above is a secondary link source.  Funny thing, the original link for the World Vision article was operative 4 days ago when I posted it to Rigorous Intuition, now it's been scrubbed. Even if you want to overlook the fact the former President of World Vision in the 70's was John W. Hinckley Sr.,or discard the possibility that this was a Parallax-style center for Manchurian Candidates like Mark David Chapman, it's pretty difficult, given the history between the CIA and USAID over the course of the Cold War, to disprove the relationship between World Vision and the CIA:

This link between missionary and intelligence for capitalistic infiltration operations goes way back. It was part of the internationalism with the Rockefellers. It's talked about in a book called Thy Will Be Done[4] about Rockefeller, Venezuela, and Latin American Oil, the Summer Linguistic Institute, World Vision and others. But they operated in this way for a long time.

They were paid by the CIA for a long time during the Vietnam war and went into SE Asia -- Cambodia and Laos. Throughout Vietnam they were given U.S. military equipment to use. They still maintain a budget under USAID, which was just (Agency for International Development), which was just a pass-over in order to give the CIA more cover. They ran operations through USAID. The current cover replacing that is the NED (National Endowment for Democracy), which is supposed to be how we're exporting democracy around the world.

But of course, we're exporting exactly the kind of corrupt democracy we have here, which is rigged and manipulated elections and press manipulation in order to keep in power or put in power the people that we want to be in those countries for the purpose of having our investments protected and milking what we can out of the resources and the labor available in any of those countries.

USAID was also used by the University of Chicago in an attempt to train Chilean students to counter leftists with the appeal (or lack of appeal as it turned out) of Friedman-style extreme capitalism, which eventually evolved into the "Shock Doctrine" tactics under Pinochet detailed in Naomi Klein's book.  Speaking of "extreme capitalism", there is one more dark actor to add to the mix of connections with the Boston Bombings.

Boston bombers ‘Uncle Ruslan’ was Halliburton contractor

It's important to understand this point about Halliburton: their subsidiary is linked to the A.Q. Khan network as the "unnamed American company" which I detailed in the first edition of American Judas.  Terror attacks like the Boston Bombings literally put food on their bloody tables! Whether it's Gladio B or a different CIA-USAID black op, the motive is the same and the money all traces back to the same nucleus of Machiavellian manipulators that slip between DC and Wall Street just as easily as they do between Turkey and Chechnya.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Boston Terror: Central Asia Recap/Analysis of The Corbett Report Sibel Edmonds Interviews

Watching the media coverage last night, prior to the unfolding breaking events of today, I was squinting at the photos of the officially proclaimed suspects (two, and only 2, suspects!  Pay no attention to any other photos!  Suspend judgment and focus on who we tell you to focus on!) of the Boston Marathon Bombings.  I remarked to my wife, "You know, I think these guys might be Eastern European."  I wake up this morning to find MSM is now pushing the Chechen background of these suspects, one dead in a shootout-grenade standoff, the other still at large, story still unfolding.  I have also read reports they spent time in Turkey, as well as living in Kyrgyzstan and Dagestan.  My instinct was close, but not Eastern enough.  This is Central Asia.  We are in a familiar milieu here, the milieu Sibel Edmonds has been visiting in the six part interview series I have been synopsizing and analyzing here.  Such strange synchronicity, as Jung might put it, but for anyone who has followed this series knows, it could get a whole lot stranger.  Could there possibly be a Gladio Plan B connection with the events in Boston?  I think it's important to recap what Sibel Edmonds is talking about regarding Kyrgyzstan/Dagestan/Chechnya area of Central Asia and analyze this in wake of the unfolding events in Boston.

Sibel Edmonds Central Asia Recap:

Part One - Edmonds begins with Abdullah Çatlı, a criminal on Interpol's top 10 list who also was a NATO operative high enough up the Gladio foodchain to warrant being sprung from a high-security Swiss prison by a NATO owned helicopter.  With 4-5 diplomatic passports, he was able to weave in and out of the UK and the US until his untimely end at Susurluk.  Susurluk, of course, is the nexus point through which the Gladio A to B transition unfolds.  Pulled from Turkey in the wake of the unfolding scandal in Susurluk are Gladio operatives Marc Grossman and Douglas Dickerson, who feature prominently in Sibel Edmonds' case.  The transition to Gladio Plan B involves the Fethullah Gulen network worth $20 billion.  But I'll quote the more prominent case in the synopsis directly:

But another relationship NATO had was with a name more familiar: Ayman al-Zawahiri.  Known as the "brains" behind al-Qaeda in many circles, Edmonds says that NATO through Gladio worked closely with Zawahiri and Bin Laden.  From 1997-2001, Plan B of Gladio included dozens of operations with Mujahadeen.  Edmonds points out that during this time they were never called al-Qaeda within official circles, always Mujahadeen.  NATO asked President Mubarak of Egypt (where Zawahiri is originally from) to release anti-regime people (friends of Zawahiri) who they had tasks for in Turkey.  During this time, Zawahiri had come to Turkey, but was also working in Albania and Kosovo.  Edmonds mentions an interesting fact regarding the FBI: they keep tabs on all countries (their diplomatic arms) through monitoring (i.e. wiretapping) except four.  These four countries are 1) Turkey 2) Azerbaijan 3) United Kingdom and 4) Belgium, the seat of NATO.  The Cold War within the context of a "war over resources" didn't end.  The ultimate prize, as Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in The Grand Chessboard, is Central Asia.

So then 9/11 happens.  What's the official reaction?  Edmonds characterizes it as the US saying "our partners", those we did joint operations with, did it.  And of course we had nothing to do with it.  It's one of the oldest games in the UK we've now learned: "Use Islam to get what you want!"  Edmonds then goes into the role that drugs played.  One of the reasons Belgium is one of the four countries not being monitored is that it is "extremely important" in the distribution of heroin.  She notes that while many sites write about the Taliban getting rid of heroin prior to 9/11, this is not quite the whole story.  The Taliban cut production from 2000-2001, but did not relinquish control.  The Taliban was in charge of Afghanistan since 1996, and from 1996-2000, there was no slack in heroin production.  Until 9/11, the majority of heroin operations were by Russia, an estimated 70-80% under Russian control.  After 9/11 that control shifts to NATO.  With their takeover of the Afghan poppy, production skyrockets.  Edmonds ends Part One of the interview mentioning that Gladio operations were linked to Chechnyan operations and that in the wake of the transition to Gladio B, many ultra-nationalists defected to Russia.

Part Two - Not so much Central Asia material here.  Edmonds compares holdup of extradition of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Suleyman Abu Ghaith from Turkey to the Turkic refusal to extradite Yassin Al-Qadi after 9/11.

Part Three - This interview details the "Hood Event" in Turkey.  Edmonds provides context for this event by saying that prior to 9/11, people like Brent Scowcroft, Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz were discussing with Turkey exactly what sort of spoils they could expect from the invasion of Iraq!  They were upset over Israel getting a base of operations in northern Iraq (Kurdistan) instead of them.  The whole "Hood Event" in July 2003 was a bust of Turkic Gladio generals spying on Israelis and identifying high-level Kurds for assassination.  Because it looked bad for the US to be arresting their ally, they let them go.  Edmonds explains the context of how this concerns Gladio B further:

All of this was part of the Gladio transition from A to B, which wasn't always a neat transition, in fact the head Turkish general in charge of the Hood Event team was forced to retire.  In 2002, there was a switch in Turkish government to the AKP under Erdoğan.  There was concern that the Gladio generals were becoming a huge liability to the US and they wanted the new Turkish government to take care of them, either through arrests or assassinations.  This is when some of the Plan A operatives (nationalists, Grey Wolves) began leaving for Russia.  Being under threat of arrest or assassination in their home country, they got political asylum; both parties looking at the situation as "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".  In return, they were able to supply Russia with information on Chechnya.  These Turkish Gladio A Generals then trained Russian FSB (intelligence, the successor to the KGB) and in 2003 and 2004, there were quite a number of assassinations of Chechnyan leaders in Istanbul!  There were many assassinations abroad that received a lot of international media coverage, but very little in America.  Russia understands what's happening with Gladio, though they have yet to play that card internationally yet.

Edmonds then discusses the cooperation between Israel and Azerbaijan and goes into the case of Huseyin Baybasin, "Europe's Pablo Escobar".  But there is one more point brought up in this interview regarding Ayman al-Zawahiri:

Then the question of what Ayman al-Zawahiri is all about comes up.  She reiterates the FBI file started in 1996 running past 9/11 tracking "mujahadeen"; never referred to as al-Qaeda, and many of his operations were not connected with bin Laden.  During this time, you have Zawahiri in Turkey a lot, in Bulgaria working with the Turkish arm of NATO and with NATO, and in Azerbaijan meeting with a US military attache.  He even had several meetings in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1997 and 1998 where in addition to high-level NATO officials there were a couple high-level Saudis (on behalf of intelligence and the embassy) in attendance.  Edmonds points out there were several Bin Ladens working with the Saudi embassy in the US as well as Fethullah Gulen, whose network was detailed in Part One.  She also details how Zawahiri was arrested in Russia.  He was carrying a laptop computer filled with US/NATO operations that Zawahiri was carrying out for the US/NATO.  But he was let go because the FSB couldn't translate the files, which is a pretty flimsy excuse for the former KGB!  But whatever the truth is about what Russia has on Zawahiri, there's no question he was a major actor in Gladio B and Edmonds has been led to believe Zawahiri is currently either in Dagestan or Azerbaijan.

Part Four -  This interview covers some aspects of drug operations.  Edmonds states that in 1996 and 1997, many of the Turkish labs were moved to pro-NATO Central Asian countries, specifically Azerbaijan.  She details how sub-contractors like the American Turkish Council (ATC) are behind the scenes in producing heroin, money laundering, and the training of terrorists.

Part Five - Question and answer session.  No new Central Asia info as far as I can see.

Part Six - This is the "follow the money" interview detailing how the Military-Industrial Complex and Big Oil are the two most important entities that profit from these Gladio operations.  Central Asia is a prime location in Gladio Plan B because of oil-rich areas and those locations also intersect with major drug routes, which Edmonds has written an article on at her website.  If you look at, for example, the top players at the ATC, you see people connected with the MIC and oil companies.  That is their ultimate boss, not the Turkish or US government.

Sibel Edmonds Central Asia Analysis:

First of all, I want to thank all the participants of the various threads at Rigorous Intuition for keeping me updated on the unfolding situation in Boston, particularly seemslikeadream for providing constant updates of pertinent links with clues the mainstream ignores and Boston native FourthBase, whose persistence in sleuthing has given me my mantra: keep digging!  They've been able to elaborate on clues behind so much of the chaos, from the initial citation of Sunil Tripathi, a missing Brown University student as one of the suspects, including a Boston Police Department scanner report to many other inconsistencies in this developing story.  I would also like to point out that Sibel Edmonds herself has drawn attention to this fascinating synchronicity on her own website, with many links worth checking out.

In summary, I think everything detailed on Central Asia in The Corbett Report interviews of Sibel Edmonds shows that this is where the 21st Century Great Game is going down.  Unlike the Great Game of the 19th-20th century, this is not about Great Britain, it's not about nations so much as it is about the nexus where real power in the 21st century resides.  That is the MIC and Big Oil, carrying out their plan through organizations like NATO through Operation Gladio Plan B.  It remains to be seen whether the two suspects from Central Asia do in fact have connections with this nefarious apparatus; that it has been "staged" by the FBI or other intelligence organizations.  But at this point, the argument that they are "two lone wolves" doesn't pass the smell test.

Meanwhile, back at the Pentagon...

Updating my research from my last blog entry investigating this part of the last interview:

James Corbett: ...And on that note, we have an email in from Robert, who has a blog called where he is starting to synopsize our conversations and he's got Part One and Part Two up already and has done a good job of putting in some relevant links and explaining some of the characters and the details, so I will put the links to those blog posts in the show notes for this, and also Robert had a question, he said, "In Part Two, Sibel mentioned that the Pentagon doesn't call it Gladio B, but there is a designated section, a physical office that deals with Gladio operations.  Can she tell us what the actual name is, or has she been gagged from doing so on the grounds of State Secrets?"

Sibel Edmonds: Right, um, the FBI's file, because the name of the file itself wouldn't be even considered classified, it's the name of a file, the operation is considered the Operation Gladio Plan B.  With the Pentagon, I can't because it has not become public, and it is part of or under another division; and again that division if I were to name the division, people would be very familiar, and it will be say 'Why, that's an interesting place to put the Operation Gladio Plan B and the office there'.  I can tell you that the division is mainly international NATO officers, you're looking at lieutenant colonel and higher, and it has the only office that I know in the Pentagon with the highest number of Turkish officers, they're going to have both US citizenship and Turkish, but they're assigned to this Pentagon division.  Now it changes, every four or five years, some are stationed somewhere else, but if you look at it let's say during a certain period of time, the highest percentage are Turkish officers there, female and male.

To try looking for more clues, I decided to go back to the person she said was working for NATO in Part One who went to her home to try to recruit her into this sinister nexus, Douglas Dickerson. I reread the chapter in her book about the incident, and my jaw hit the floor when I read this paragraph on page 63 of Classified Woman by Sibel Edmonds:

We sipped our drinks and made small talk for about 15 minutes. "Doug" briefly talked about his background and current position with the U.S. Air Force and Defense Intelligence Agency, under the procurement logistics division at the Pentagon, which dealt with Turkey and Turkic-speaking Central Asian countries: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. And, he casually added, he was part of a team at the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans overseeing Central Asian policies and operations. (emphasis added)

I'm not sure if OSP is actually the division dealing with Gladio operations or if it is the DIA "procurement logistics division at the Pentagon" that Dickerson worked for. Of course, all this speculation is based on the assumption that Dickerson actually worked for the Pentagon division dealing with Gladio operations. So I asked James Corbett if the next time he interviews Sibel Edmonds, he could ask:

1) Did Doug Dickerson work for the specific Pentagon division dealing with Gladio operations?

2) Is the Office of Special Plans that Doug Dickerson "casually added" he worked for the same OSP run by Doug Feith?

3) Does the "procurement logistics division" that Doug Dickerson worked for at the Pentagon have a name and if so, can Sibel say what it is?

Meanwhile, I've tried to do my own research. There was one other item I found dealing with OSP and Operation Gladio:

Reading Between the Lines: Gladio Ops Designed to Discredit the Iraqi Resistance

Posted in the database on Saturday, July 09th, 2005 @ 10:40:10 MST (325 views)
from Another Day in the Empire

It seems the corporate media reported on the Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr kidnap story in order to re-send the message that the CIA is in need of reform, as telegraphed in the wake of nine eleven by the Bush whitewash commission and the CIA’s freshly installed head, the neocon partisan Porter Goss. News stories over the last couple years portray the CIA as Maxwell Smart bunglers who allowed Osama to slip under the wire and fed bad intelligence to Bush and crew on Iraq, when in fact the bad intelligence (actually deliberately crafted propaganda) came from the Office of Special Plans and a handful of Iraqi “dissidents” such as Ahmed Chalabi, a Wolfowitz and Perle protégé and convicted embezzler.

Now that the corporate media has performed it assigned task—float another CIA as butterfingers story—the Nasr kidnap story will be allowed to more or less evaporate in standard fashion, dropped from the news cycle and more or less ignored to death, although the Associated Press is reporting the Italian government is in denial mode over accusations it knew all about the kidnapping of the Egyptian cleric in 2003. As for Gaetano Saya and Riccardo Sindoca, the two Gladio neofascists who ran a “parallel'’ anti-terrorism police force, and are apparently connected to the Nasr kidnap case (according to prosecutors in Genoa and Milan), this story has disappeared almost entirely (a Google News search this morning returns four results, three originating in Italy and one with the Guardian in Britain).


It is now becoming increasingly obvious the governments of Italy and the United States are collaborating in a Gladilo-type operation and the kidnapping of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, a former CIA asset, was conducted to keep him from revealing more about the operation. For instance, as the Boston Globe reported on June 27, Nasr “was involved with Ansar al-Islam, a Kurdish Islamic group in northern Iraq that the United States said had ties with Saddam Hussein’s regime, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda, and, according to an Italian law enforcement official, the cleric was “involved in an organization that sent people to training camps in Kurdistan… [and] was involved in preparing false documents and passports for sending people in Iraq, [perhaps] to train for bomb attacks.” It should be noted that Mullah Krekar, the leader of Ansar al-Islam, told al-Hayat newspaper in 2003 he had “a meeting with a CIA representative and someone from the American army in the town of Sulaymaniya (Iraqi Kurdistan) at the end of 2000. They asked us to collaborate with them,” an offer Krekar said he refused. It is also interesting to note that Ansar al-Islam supported Jund al-Shams (Soldiers of the Levant), according to American intelligence officials quoted by Jeffery Goldberg and Christopher Allbritton, former AP and New York Daily News reporter. “Jund al-Shams is controlled by a man named Mussa’ab al-Zarqawi,” Allbritton quotes Goldberg, writing for the New Yorker.

Of course, apologists will dismiss the above as paranoia, and offer the corporate media take on events: Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr worked undercover for the CIA and he was kidnapped because he had gone over to the dark side. Maybe. However, this does not explain why Saya and Sindoca, intimately connected to Operation Gladio, according to Italian prosecutors, were involved in the kidnapping. Gladio specialized in penetrating left-wing organizations and turning such into terrorist outfits. Is it possible SISMI, DSSA, and U.S. military intelligence (run out of Rumsfeld’s refashioned Pentagon) are penetrating Islamic organizations in Iraq and turning them into terrorist organizations designed to discredit the Iraqi resistance? If so, we should not expect the corporate media to make such (admittedly speculative) connections. Such is left up to us “conspiracy kooks” submerged within the blogosphere, reading between the lines, and understanding history and the murderous skullduggery of the state.

This is an interesting story, but from 8 years ago. I don't have anything more current, though in checking out the DIA angle, I noticed on their homepage they are prominently featuring an interview with NATO Supreme Allied Commander Admiral James Stavridis. Is it all just an interesting coincidence the DIA would be highlighting their relationship with the seat of Operation Gladio, NATO?  Or does the OSP still deal with Gladio operations?  I hope we find out the answers soon, it may have a quite a bit to do with the terror we are currently operating under.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Synopsizing Sibel Edmonds: The Evolution of Operation Gladio Part Six

James Corbett: ...And on that note, we have an email in from Robert, who has a blog called where he is starting to synopsize our conversations and he's got Part One and Part Two up already and has done a good job of putting in some relevant links and explaining some of the characters and the details, so I will put the links to those blog posts in the show notes for this, and also Robert had a question, he said, "In Part Two, Sibel mentioned that the Pentagon doesn't call it Gladio B, but there is a designated section, a physical office that deals with Gladio operations.  Can she tell us what the actual name is, or has she been gagged from doing so on the grounds of State Secrets?"

Sibel Edmonds: Right, um, the FBI's file, because the name of the file itself wouldn't be even considered classified, it's the name of a file, the operation is considered the Operation Gladio Plan B.  With the Pentagon, I can't because it has not become public, and it is part of or under another division; and again that division if I were to name the division, people would be very familiar, and it will be say 'Why, that's an interesting place to put the Operation Gladio Plan B and the office there'.  I can tell you that the division is mainly international NATO officers, you're looking at lieutenant colonel and higher, and it has the only office that I know in the Pentagon with the highest number of Turkish officers, they're going to have both US citizenship and Turkish, but they're assigned to this Pentagon division.  Now it changes, every four or five years, some are stationed somewhere else, but if you look at it let's say during a certain period of time, the highest percentage are Turkish officers there, female and male.

That Robert who emailed the question is, in fact, yours truly, Robert Paulsen.  Part Six is certainly exciting for me on a personal level, but I also think this is one of the more exciting parts of the interview as far as the focus of the content.  The part is subtitled: Sibel Edmonds Explains Who's At The Top Of The Pyramid.  This interview follows the money where Gladio B is concerned.  That takes us to some of the largest corporate and military interests that comprise what President Eisenhower warned us about in his Farewell Address on January 17, 1961: the Military-Industrial Complex.

Part Six Synopsis:  The interview starts with James Corbett bringing up the subject of what groups are puppeteering this operation.  Sibel Edmonds starts by talking about her father, who tried to get her engaged in critical thinking.  He was a lifetime anti-war activist in Iran.  During a period of her youth, she really got into war films like The Great Escape that to some degree glorified war.  In response, he took her to the hospital where he was the director and surgeon to show her a baby horrifically burned by war, to where the baby's skin had melted with the clothes on its body.  The child didn't even have the lungs to cry out in pain.  "When you hear bombs falling or read about it", her father said, this is what happens.  Where war is concerned, her father also taught her to follow the money, that's where you'll find the only "winners" in war.  The problem is, as Sibel mentioned previously, we too often try to characterize through a black hat/white hat mentality.  It's so easy to paint Dick Cheney as Darth Vader, Democrats are much better at avoiding that kind of label.  That's one way to miss the mark on locating the real power in charge, another is to generalize and say, 'It's the government!'  If you just take a few individuals from a few different departments to blame, you're not going to get anywhere close to the truth.  Take a look at those in government (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Feith, Rice), look what they were doing before they got in government, look what they did after they left the government, then look for a common theme.  They're not working for themselves!  To some degree, it's easier to be influential from outside the government.  Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski are great examples of this.  In general, the top two most important entities we are dealing with over the last few decades are: the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) and Oil.  The financial institutions go with these two, regardless of what operations they undertake.  Some might say pharmaceutical industry, but that's more domestic, the other two fit into the global scheme more.  If you look at the Cold War, look at the period afterward before 9/11, look at 9/11 and the aftermath, the involvement of the MIC is not something that you need a whistleblower to uncover!

Edmonds directs our attention to a graph that shows military spending from 1962 to present day.  It's a very revealing graph, we see a large rise throughout the Cold War, a drop during the 90's and the subsequent spike after 9/11 and the Iraq War.  If you look at the top ten companies of the Military-Industrial Complex, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrup-Grumman, their existence is dependent on a fear factor.  That fear factor during the Cold War was Communism, equaling trillions of dollars.  Communism's collapse and the end of the Cold War was the MIC's "WTF!" moment.  With The Monster gone, what happens to all the profits derived from the fear of it?  You're talking about some very nervous people during the 90's.  The lesson learned: we're not going to create a monster that can be taken out, it must go on forever.  The new threat is "like amoebas", they are all over, different countries, hidden in caves, and we must always be on alert.  Going back to what her Dad asked, "How much are those bombs hitting those caves?"  Three million dollars?  Five million dollars?  Who profits? How did they create this New Monster that never dies?  Edmonds cites as very important the creation of the Project for the New American Century.  If you look at the list of signatories, you see much more than just "the government" you see the true beneficiaries, the corporate heads that comprise the MIC.  They knew they needed a new threat to scare us into keeping their industry bulked up.  It has remained up since 9/11 because there are so many secret wars all over the map in the name of the War on Terror.

Corbett concurs with that assessment, noting how low the price of oil was during the 90's and how high it has risen since.  Edmonds then cites Pepe Escobar's Pipelinestan as a good source mapping the oil trade in Central Asia.  The companies involved are all looking down the road to where the industry will be 40 years from now.  They know to protect their investments they'll need the military guarding the pipelines.  We know we can't trust whatever despot or dictator is in charge, that's why they bring in the IMF and the World Bank in addition to the military.  If you look at the US military bases erected since 2001, the vast majority are in oil-rich locations.  Corbett adds these locations also intersect with major drug routes.  Edmonds mentions she just wrote an article on how this is being done through Azerbaijan with the Turkish NATO actors.  Since the Cold War, things have shifted from Russian control to where our control of the drug trade is over 90%.  In that context, she also talks about how Baluchistan will never be economically feasible for China, because they don't control security in that region, we do.

Corbett then elaborates on the characters involved in Baluchistan, then cautions against using the word "we", that it is not done with our will, but these dark characters in positions of power like the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) acting in our name.  He then mentions another organization like CFR not mentioned as much, the American Turkish Council (ATC).  Edmonds corroborates how they are connected with her case, explaining how they were set up to act much like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) does, and were created in 1995 by Richard Perle and Douglas Feith.  In 1989, Richard Perle, while a government advisor, set up a lobby group for Turkey setting himself up as a foreign agent.  This became a huge scandal when discovered in 1994, because you're not allowed to be a foreign agent while working for the government!  Thus, ATC was created by Perle and Feith.  Edmonds says it's not just her word, the Justice Department has identified the ATC as the top FBI target in her case, some operations involving heroin, others terror.  Once again, if you look at the top players in ATC, you see people connected with the MIC and oil companies.  That is their ultimate boss, not the Turkish or US government.  They serve as subcontractors getting US tax dollars in the hundreds of millions that gets diverted from its intended purpose for nefarious ends like money laundering, weapons smuggling, drugs and terror.  Again, who do they really serve?!  Who does the CIA serve?  Look who established it, the major players.  She mentions she read a book about the Rockefellers and was surprised how many family members worked for the CIA.  These powers serve a shadow government, there objective is to promote US businesses at the behest of the MIC.  It's irrelevant who is President, who is in charge of specific agencies, it's this collection of top tier people working inside and outside the government for the MIC.  Corbett reiterates that it is a revolving door through which these people work inside and outside the government.  Edmonds uses that point to illustrate how Henry Kissinger was tapped to be the original chair of the 9/11 Commission.  In 2-3 days, the Jersey Girls were able to find out how Kissinger actually representing bin Laden family members!  Again, look at who gave these people the power to get into government agencies, then look where they go when they leave.

After encouraging people to check out the links referencing this material, Corbett asks Edmonds if she has anything to say to wrap up the subject before moving on to viewer questions.  She mentions news they both broke 15 months ago on how Jordan is being used as a seat of operations for NATO against Syria.  Now it's headline news in The Guardian.  This is not an aberration, typically the news gets out but is not reported, you have to pay attention to be on top of the situation.  Part of the problem with our news cycle is an addiction to scandals; unless a whistleblower comes forward, it's not sensational enough, it gets ignored, or if one does come forward, the revelation isn't big enough or exciting enough to sustain the average viewer interest.  Our nation has an attention deficit disease!  There's no "smoking gun" that's going to reveal the whole criminal enterprise at once, but it's all out there, you don't need a whistleblower to find it, you just need to pay attention and dig deeper, do your own research!

Corbett then addresses an email sent from Hannah who asks, "I'm curious about the importance of the B-T-C oil pipeline, which takes oil from Russia's backyard through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey bound for Western refineries.  Could Mrs. Edmonds comment on any collaboration there may have been between Western oil interests and Gladio B forces in terms of bringing this pipeline to fruition?"  She doesn't have much info, but advises to remember how Russia is still a big player in all this.  They've got the power to tell the Ukraine they're not getting gas, then shut it off.  So there are a lot of European powers supporting US interests as a result, for which the US is willing to throw out some crumbs to divide and conquer.  The Europeans know this, they just don't want to put all their eggs in one basket.

The request for a contest for the best synopsis of this interview series is mentioned again by Corbett, with the caveat that while he won't be holding an actual contest, he appreciates all attempts to condense this endeavor.  He mentions his own efforts to do so, including a podcast titled Gladio Revisited as well as other links on his site.  He highlights the efforts of this blog, American Judas, praising the "good job" I've done synopsizing and analyzing, then asks my question, "In Part Two, Sibel mentioned that the Pentagon doesn't call it Gladio B, but there is a designated section, a physical office that deals with Gladio operations.  Can she tell us what the actual name is, or has she been gagged from doing so on the grounds of State Secrets?"  Edmonds says the FBI calls it Operation Gladio Plan B.  She can't name the Pentagon division, since that info hasn't been made public, but if she did, that division would be very familiar.  She can say the division is filled with NATO officers ranking Lieutenant Colonel and higher and that it has the highest percentage of Turkish officers.  In closing, she points out "we are making some people very nervous".  Before broadcast of the first interview, she googled Turkey Operation Gladio NATO Central Asia, there were hardly any hits.  If you do that today, there's been a huge increase.  This alone has made some people "way up there" very nervous, this kind of attention could make a certain operation too public, with too much visibility.  Edmonds then asks, "How many whistleblowers have we had from NATO?"  We've had none publicly, but privately she has been contacted by someone who retired from the NATO Belgium office in 2003 or 2004 who provided a signed affidavit to help her with information on the Dickerson case.  But it isn't done publicly because it's just too dangerous.  So the more eyes that look into this, the more we will understand why the world works the way it does.  The powers in charge will do their best to sow confusion, but the more we dig and gain awareness, the greater the opportunity we can unite in action against this.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address

Part Six Analysis: "Follow the money."  I wonder if Sibel Edmonds' father was a fan of All The President's Men.  Of course, when talking about Watergate, I can't help but think of how Nixon tried to cover it up by telling H.R. Haldeman that looking into this would open up "the whole Bay of Pigs thing".  Haldeman believed that this was a code for the JFK assassination.  Many people believe that JFK was assassinated by the Military-Industrial-Complex, in fact the testimony of Col. L. Fletcher Prouty in his books The Secret Team and JFK: The CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy is the basis for the character X played by Donald Sutherland in the Oliver Stone movie JFK who explains why President Kennedy was a threat to the MIC.  There was a "disastrous rise of misplaced power" as President Eisenhower warned us, and Sibel Edmonds in this interview does a great job of explaining how it still exists today.

One thing that I really appreciated from this interview is the links provided accompanying the information Edmonds is talking about.  I linked in the synopsis for the graph on military spending since 1962, plus the top 10 MIC companies.  But there's also a great link on the 25 biggest defense companies spearheading the MIC.  There is also a fantastic link on the American Turkish Council and similar "subcontractors" operating in the Central Asia and Caucuses region, a link to more on Richard Perle's dark deeds as well as other important links worth checking out.

All right, let's get to what's really exciting for me on a personal level: what is the identity of this mysterious Pentagon division that Sibel Edmonds can't reveal by name?  She certainly lists some tantalizing clues.  Now, while I've been independently investigating deep political machinations for going on a decade, that doesn't mean my initial approach was not completely devoid of naivete.  I thought I could just go to the Department of Defense website, browse through personnel listings and determine which division had the highest percentage of officers with Turkish names.  Take a look, it's not going to be that easy.  So, I decided to look closer at the clues she left behind.  What division in the Pentagon is "very familiar" to me?  After looking through a chart of DOD organizations, one name that stood out as very familiar, if somewhat sinister, is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  When you're talking about DARPA, the discussion can devolve into low or High Weirdness, depending on your point of view.  Everything from mind control, which I find plausible, to time travel, which I don't.  But it's not all theoretical where DARPA's power is concerned, they deserve credit for the development of GPS and the internet, James Corbett himself did an entire show on the subject.

But after further research, I don't think DARPA is the division Sibel speaks of.  DARPA is an agency, not specifically a division.  So to try looking for more clues, I decided to go back to the person she said was working for NATO in Part One who went to her home to try to recruit her into this sinister nexus, Douglas Dickerson.  I reread the chapter in her book about the incident, and my jaw hit the floor when I read this paragraph on page 63 of Classified Woman by Sibel Edmonds:

We sipped our drinks and made small talk for about 15 minutes.  "Doug" briefly talked about his background and current position with the U.S. Air Force and Defense Intelligence Agency, under the procurement logistics division at the Pentagon, which dealt with Turkey and Turkic-speaking Central Asian countries: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.  And, he casually added, he was part of a team at the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans overseeing Central Asian policies and operations. (emphasis added)

Reading this on the subway this morning, I can't imagine how bug-eyed my face must have looked.  The Office of Special Plans?!  The entire Part Two section of American Judas 2nd Edition: INVESTIGATE CHENEY & UNRAVEL THE CABAL was devoted to the Office of Special Plans!  I'll quote a relevant portion about who they are and what they've done:

Part Two: The Office of Special Plans

“WHIG, and its intention to sell an unnecessary war to a shell-shocked public, is only half the story. The other half of the manipulative sales team could be found in the neighborhood occupied by the Department of Defense. The Office of Special Plans, or OSP, was created by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld specifically to second-guess and reinterpret intelligence data to justify war in Iraq. Think of it like baseball: the OSP pitched, and WHIG caught.

The OSP was on no government payroll and suffered no Congressional oversight. Their tainted information and interpretations overtopped the Iraq data being provided by the State Department and CIA. The OSP was able to accomplish this thanks to devoted patronage from high-ranking members of the administration, most prominently Vice-President Cheney.

The highest levels of the OSP were staffed by heavy-hitters like Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith and William Luti, a former Navy officer who worked for Cheney before joining the Pentagon. When the OSP wanted to intimidate analysts into shaping conclusions to fit the already-made war decision, Cheney went to CIA headquarters on unprecedented visits. Once there, he demanded "forward-leaning" interpretations of the evidence. When Cheney was unable to go to the CIA, his chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, went in his place.

That's it, right there. Mr. Libby may be a target of Mr. Fitzgerald, but no one should forget the trips Cheney personally made to Langley in order to wring war-supporting evidence out of the analysts. He went himself. His fingerprints are all over the scene”.

-William Rivers Pitt

The catching part of Mr. Pitt’s baseball analogy, WHIG, was set up by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card in August of 2002 and chaired by Karl Rove in the wake of what has come to be known as the Downing Street Memo. Weeks earlier on July 23, George W. Bush perceptibly shifted in London by wanting to remove Saddam through military action justified by terror links and WMD. With the formation of WHIG, Bush could publicly proclaim his commitment to diplomatic solutions to Iraq through the UN, while WHIG would highlight his real intentions through the justifications set on Downing Street, couched in “smoking gun” and “mushroom cloud” metaphors. While these scare tactics easily cowed a Congress still shaken by the events of September 11 only one year earlier into giving Bush authority to attack Iraq if he felt it was warranted, the UN looked for proof. The IAEA found the opposite on March 7, 2003, when Dr. Mohammed El Baradei told the UN the documents of the purported sale of uranium from Niger to Iraq were forgeries. The following day, as Joseph Wilson describes in pages 325-327 of his book The Politics of Truth, a “workup” was done for the Office of the Vice President, the objective of which was to figure out how to discredit Wilson, who had already reported how phony the story in the Niger Forgeries was to the CIA the previous year.

So where exactly did the OSP get their “forward-leaning” intelligence on Iraq to pitch to WHIG? Certainly Doug Feith, who General Tommy Franks referred to as the “fucking stupidest guy on the planet”, couldn’t have interpreted it all. Instead, Feith allowed OSP to become an open, unfiltered conduit to the White House in some very provocative ways. One colorful example is that they forged close ties to a parallel, ad hoc intelligence operation inside Ariel Sharon's office in Israel specifically to bypass Mossad and provide the Bush administration with more alarmist reports on Saddam's Iraq than Mossad was prepared to authorize. It is believed they were responsible for reports in mid 2003 that the reason why the fictional WMD were missing was because they had been moved to Syria.,2763,999737,00.html But prior to the war in 2001, Feith needed people he could trust to sift through raw intelligence to shape the story that the inquisitive Cheney and OSP creators Rumsfeld and his deputy secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz wanted to hear.
The answer was to delegate the task to a loyal pair called the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group (CTEG), or the “Wurmser-Maloof” project. Feith didn’t create this group all by himself; he had help recruiting one member by a Middle East specialist named Harold Rhode. This member was David Wurmser, the director of Middle East studies for the neo-conservative organization American Enterprise Institute. Together with F. Michael Maloof, a former aide to Richard Perle, they head a secret intelligence unit, though neither are intelligence professionals. This four- to five- person unit, a “B Team” commissioned by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, use powerful computers and software to scan and sort already-analyzed documents and reports from the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and other agencies in an effort to consider possible interpretations and angles of analysis that these agencies may have missed due to deeply ingrained biases and out-of-date worldviews.

Perhaps Wurmser’s best qualification for this job, in the eyes of his neo-con associates, was the paper he wrote in 1996 titled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm". It advised then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "to work closely with Turkey and Jordan to contain, destabilize, and roll-back" regional threats, help overthrow Saddam Hussein, and strike "Syrian military targets in Lebanon" and possibly in Syria proper. Coauthors of the report included his wife Meyrav Wurmser, Richard Perle and Doug Feith. In addition, Wurmser worked on a strategy document in 2000 published by Daniel Pipe's Middle East Forum and Ziad Abdelnour's U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon that advocated a wider U.S. role in Lebanon. The study, "Ending Syria's Occupation of Lebanon: The U.S. Role?" called for the United States to force Syria from Lebanon and to disarm it of its alleged weapons of mass destruction. It also argued that "Syrian rule in Lebanon stands in direct opposition to American ideals" and criticized the United States for engaging rather than confronting the regime. Among the documents signers were several soon-to-be Bush administration figures, including Elliott Abrams, Douglas Feith, Michael Rubin, and Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky. Other signers included Richard Perle, Michael Ledeen, and Frank Gaffney. Finally, there was the paper he wrote in 2001 titled ‘Middle East "War:" How Did It Come to This?’ To quote Wurmser, "Israel and the United States should adopt a coordinated strategy to regain the initiative and reverse their regionwide strategic retreat. They should broaden the conflict to strike fatally, not merely disarm, the centers of radicalism in the region—the regimes of Damascus, Baghdad, Tripoli, Tehran, and Gaza. That would reestablish the recognition that fighting with either the United States or Israel is suicidal." Wurmser was moved into the State Department, and then became Middle East advisor to Dick Cheney.

Maloof, a former journalist, has had a hard time hanging on to a security clearance; a necessity if one is to analyze classified documents. He was stripped of his security clearance in November of 2003 for being associated with a Lebanese-American businessman under federal investigation for possible involvement in a gun-running scheme to Liberia, the West African nation embroiled in civil war. The businessman, Imad El Haje, approached Maloof on behalf of Syria to seek help in arranging a communications channel between Syria and the Defense Department. He was also reportedly involved in a bizarre scheme to broker contacts between Iraqi officials and the Pentagon, channeled through Richard Perle, in what one report called a 'rogue operation' outside official CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency channels. But what is even more intriguing, in light of Patrick Fitzgerald’s grand jury investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame’s CIA identity, is the previous occasion Maloof had his security clearance revoked in December 2001. The following April, James Risen reported in The New York Times, “Several intelligence professionals say he came under scrutiny because of suspicions that he had leaked classified information in the past to the news media, a charge that Mr. Maloof denies.” His connections with the news media is significant in light of this quote from Frank Foer of New York Magazine on Judy Miller: “In particular, Miller is said to have depended on a controversial neocon in Feith’s office named Michael Maloof.” This is the same Judy Miller that Fitzgerald charged with contempt of court who spent 85 days in jail for refusing to testify that Scooter Libby revealed Plame’s identity to her.

Yet in spite of all these shenanigans, Maloof remained on "special detail" to Feith until August 2004, three years after his security clearance was revoked. The result is that the OSP got what Cheney called “forward-leaning” interpretations of intelligence, or what others have called cooking the books. James Risen of the New York Times wrote that Wurmser, Feith and Maloof culled classified material, often uncorroborated CIA data, uncovering what Maloof calls 'tons of raw intelligence' that two were 'stunned' to find was not mentioned in CIA's finished reports. The CTEG saw new alliances among Islamic terrorists such as Shiites and Sunnis and secular Arab regimes and gave senior Bush administration figures conclusions connecting Iraq and al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Some intelligence experts charge the CTEG had a secret agenda to justify war and was staffed with people handpicked by conservatives like Richard Perle to justify preordained conclusions. Patrick Lang says those brought in were not analysts but people who would deliver desired opinions; chart showing links between Feith, Maloof, Wurmser and Richard Perle, head of DoD intelligence Stephen Cambone, leader of Iraqi National Congress (INC) Ahmad Chalabi and top officials briefed by unit: Undersecretary of State John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Dir George Tenet, national security adviser Stephen Hadley and Scooter Libby.

But above all, Dick Cheney was CTEG’s patron. He had the group present its material at the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and the National Security Council. He made frequent public remarks, drawing on CTEG conclusions, alleging an al-Qaeda/Saddam connection. Even after the 9/11 Commission delivered its verdict that there was no collaborative relationship between the two sides, Cheney announced that the evidence of the Bin Laden-Baghdad ties was “overwhelming”. John Hannah, a Cheney aide who became the Vice President’s national security adviser after Libby’s resignation, recycled some of the material into a draft of the speech Secretary of State Colin Powell was to give at the United Nations in February 2003 – a draft that Powell threw out, calling it “bullshit”. The link between OVP and OSP is William Luti. He had come to run the Pentagon's Near East and South Asia Affairs section (NESA) directly from the office of Vice President Cheney. According to Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, who was working at NESA in 2002, she recalls one meeting in which Luti, pressed to finish a report, told the staff, "I've got to get this over to 'Scooter' right away." She later found out that "Scooter" was none other than Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff. According to Kwiatkowski, Cheney had direct ties through Luti into NESA/OSP, a connection that was highly unorthodox. "Never, ever, ever would a deputy undersecretary of Defense work directly on a project for the vice president," she says. "It was a little clue that we had an informal network into Vice President Cheney's office."
Douglas Feith, head of OSP, target of Plame & Edmonds investigations

This seems like the perfect milieu within which to run Operation Gladio Plan B.  To be clear, this is a working hypothesis based on the clues Sibel Edmonds had provided in the interview and her book.  I don't have the proof yet, but if I were to ask Sibel another question, I would ask whether Doug Dickerson was part of the same Office of Special Plans that was run by Doug Feith, who just in case you forgot, was one of three officials, the other two are Richard Perle and Marc Grossman, targeted by both Valerie Plame's Brewster Jennings & Associates CIA team and a major FBI investigation of organized crime and governmental corruption on which Sibel Edmonds was working on prior to her termination in April 2002.  I'm not sure if OSP is actually the division dealing with Gladio operations or if it is the DIA "procurement logistics division at the Pentagon" that Dickerson worked for.  But I believe I'm close to the truth.  Close enough to make people "way up there... very nervous".  If you google "Turkey Operation Gladio NATO Central Asia" today, you'll see Part One of my synopsis/analysis is right below Sibel Edmonds' website.  So if that spotlight shakes up powerful people, so be it.  This dangerous nucleus of Machiavellian manipulators are the last people on Earth who deserve to sleep easy at night.

Will there be a Part Seven?  Stay tuned!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Synopsizing Sibel Edmonds: The Evolution of Operation Gladio Part Five

While there were a few viewer questions that were addressed by Sibel Edmonds in Part Two, Three and Four of this series, this next interview focuses solely on the viewer questions that The Corbett Report has compiled over the course of these interviews.  At one hour and thirty two minutes running time, it's the longest of the interviews so far, so I will do my best to be concise and precise!

Part Five Synopsis:  The question/answer session starts off by stating that her Nightly News links on her website Boiling Frogs Post has great updates on the Caucuses, Central Asia and Russia.  James Corbett then addresses an email from Kurt who asks, "In your opinion is David Headley part of Gladio B?"  Corbett prefaces this by saying Headley was the DEA informant who was accused of setting up the Mumbai Massacre a few years ago.  Edmonds says all the info Corbett mentioned is all that she has, she doesn't know if Headley was part of Gladio B or not.  Kurt's second question is, "What role did Sam Brownback, a former ATC member play, if any, in facilitating Gladio Plan A or Plan B?  Was he aware of Gladio Plan A or B?"  Edmonds explains his name was a regular name, but she's not sure, he was an active member but not a key figure.  Kurt's third question, "Were any US politicians present when Prince Bandar met with Zawahiri in Baku in 1997, and if so, who were they?"  Edmonds can't name individuals if their names have not been made public, but yes, and some of those Americans have official positions today under the Obama administration.  Others have advisory and consulting positions, almost all are board members of the top 10 companies of the military-industrial complex.

Next, Katya asks, "In the last part of our interview, Sibel mentioned that the sharp drop in the opium production in Afghanistan in 2001 was not for the reason everyone thinks it is, that is prohibition by the Taliban, but I don't believe she expanded on that.  I was always curious about this drop and its possible relationship to 9/11, which seems unlikely on first glance, since plans for the WTC attack and invasion of Afghanistan must have predated it.  Could you ask Sibel to talk about this?"  Edmonds can only give hypotheses on this.  Production was going up and up from 1996 to 2000.  But between the middle and end of 2000, something happened.  We know production was reduced by more than 80%.  But why?  We know around this time Taliban officials were coming to the US, meeting with Dick Cheney in Texas during the Clinton administration.  We also know there were disagreements between the Clinton administration and those actively involved in "Pipelinestan".  The oil companies were saying, "We need to recognize the Taliban so we can build the pipelines and get this done", the Clinton adminstration was balking regarding human rights abuses by the Taliban.  This was also the same time you had the "very mysterious" bombing of Sudan supposedly targeting Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, even though the US knew where he was the whole time.  Within this political milieu, "something happened" to cause the heroin, but she can only speculate on what.  Corbett elaborates that 9/11 may have been a plan on the table that could have gone either way but was given the green light around the time the "carpet of bombs" threat was given to the Taliban.

He then brings a question from Alan, "How does China and Russia play into all this?  Many leading companies and NWO people have moved to China.  Is China going to be the center of the New World Order, or is China going to be the enemy, like Russia was?  Are the powers supporting China to destroy the USA?  Is there an oil pipeline to China?  Have they sold us out completely to China and it just hasn't hit us yet?"  Edmonds summarizes that talking about China in relation to Russia, you're talking about two totally different paradigms.  With Russia in the Cold War, the focus was on militaristic competion.  With China, that's an economic competition.  As far as pipelines go, there's plenty of news not reported in the US media between China and the various "Stans".  Through this, you can see the Xinchiang region is very important.  Their modus operandi is business deals, whereas the US is building military bases.  The US can't seem to separate their economic interests from their military interests.  With Russia post-Cold War, there is a bit of both military and economic where pipeline tactics go.  But Edmonds points out that where pipeline blow-ups occur, the Islamists typically don't damage our pipelines, they damage the other guys!

Corbett then interjects his link to a recent article on China developing a pipeline in Baluchistan.  Edmonds notes how that dovetails with NGOs recently crying out about human rights abuses in Baluchistan.  Not that there isn't, just that the Baluchi people are being used as political pawns.  Corbett then points out how NATO is courting a country they discussed in Part Four, Cyprus.  Edmonds distinguishes between member nations and "partner members" to note that NATO has recently been opening offices in the United Arab Emirates!  How does any of this figure into the original charter for what was a "North Atlantic" treaty to protect against the Soviet Bloc?!  They should have been dissolved at the end of the Cold War.

The confusion over the motives perpetuating this figures into the next question from John, "In Part One, I was a bit confused when Sibel says as long as they, i.e. Central Asia, Caucuses region, are attached to Islam, they are going to pooh-pooh China and Russia, they're going to side with us.  My understanding of Islam is always kind of anti-American sentiment, maybe it's that way with China and Russia as well.  But why would this be a factor for them to side with NATO and the US?"  Edmonds explains if you look throughout history, religion has always been used as a factor for choosing sides.  Even before the Cold War choice of capitalism/communism, the United Kingdom did the same thing in the Middle East as part of The Great Game. 

On the subject of blowback from Islamists, Bill asks, "There is a tremendous amount of great information in the most recent Gladio video.  With regard to the Islamization of Eurasia, is it Mrs. Edmonds opinion that we in the West are being double-crossed by the Islamic organizations that the US and NATO have partnered with?"  Edmonds thinks this mentality is like comparing apples and oranges.  There's a parallel mentality where the Saudis involvement in 9/11 is concerned.  Some say, 'Saudis did 9/11!  Let's get them!'  Sibel talks about her encounters with Saudi princes in college and how apolitical they were, summing up that the Saudis are our puppets.  They know their police and their military respond to the US.  The whole country, the oil refineries, all managed by the US.  If you say the Saudis did it, you are automatically saying the United States did 9/11.  Corbett points out again how it goes back to the UK inventing the Saudi royalty and Edmonds agrees, saying the idea that we're getting blowback is something the powers in charge want you to believe.  She highlights that this is why CIA officer Michael Scheuer who wrote Imperial Hubris under Anonymous to print this slant that Edmonds calls "misinformation" that can't be further from the truth.

Corbett moves on to a related question from Jay, "If Zawahiri is an asset, do you have any evidence that he's just acting like a radical Muslim, in other words, is even his backstory a fraud?"  Edmonds says there's nothing to back up his backstory, the numbers don't add up on his wikipedia entry, nothing to prove even his connection with the assassination of Anwar Sadat.  She has difficulty characterizing him as an asset, he is more like one of the Majors or Lieutenant Colonels of Gladio B.  Corbett finds that a fascinating distinction, then moves on to a question from Rowan, "How much did A) Qaddafi and B) Assad know about all this and were the renditions to them just patsies or wiseguys?"  Edmonds can answer about Assad with confidence from her FBI days.  In the first 7 or 8 months after 9/11, we were working very closely with Assad.  An example she cites is the case of Canadian Maher Arar, who was sent by the US to Syria to be tortured.  There is a mutual understanding in the case of Assad and others that in order to remain in power you must tell your constituents how much you hate Israel, but behind the scenes you can serve US and/or Israel's interests.  At least until 2002, we had that relationship with Assad.  Edmonds sees Assad and Qaddafi as patsies for NATO.  Her hypothesis is that, like the UK did so well in the Great Game, the US goal is for Iraq to be split in two or three states.  Why?  To keep the countries at each other's throats, both as neighbors and internally: Sunni/Shia/Kurds.  Also Pakistan/Baluchistan.  To some degree it will happen in Afghanistan.  But the area she believes will be the stickiest for the US is Kurdistan; Turkey says "over my dead body" will there be an independent Kurdistan.  The biggest lesson the US learned from the OPEC crisis of the 70's is keep Middle East countries at each other's throats, or they'll band together and be at our throat.

After citing a link on drawing up the Middle East borders in 1919, Corbett brings up a question from Rob, "In an Infowars interview with Richard Cottrell, he states it was Lyman Lemnitzer who was responsible for adopting the Northwood strategy ideas into NATO Gladio.  What is your or Sibel's idea on this and what evidence there is to support this claim?"  Corbett states he will have Cottrell on his program at a later date, Edmonds says good, he is in a much better position to answer the question than she is.  Corbett moves on to an email from Bradley, "Listening to Sibel, it does occur to one, how does she know all this, did she really have access to FBI reports that would supply her with all this information, or would she be limited more to the reports that related to her assigned tasks?  Maybe she documents a lot of stuff in other venues in publications, I don't know.  Just wondering what your take on this question would be: are you satisfied that you are getting true information from her and do you trust her sources?"  Edmonds believes it would be important to have a future program detailing the methods for obtaining intelligence, because while she can't detail specifics for reasons of classification, she can detail the macro picture.  With her background, she spent her life in Central Asia prior to working for the FBI.  She lived in Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkey.  She had a very politically active background with her father and other activists.  She speaks Farsi and Turkish, which is helpful for understanding other languages in the region, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, etc.  When she started working for the FBI after 9/11, she was originally assigned to the Iran division, which was not getting much work.  Because there was no Turkish division, she took those jobs.  There was huge demand within the FBI to start up a division because there was much intelligence in the wake of 9/11.  These agents were hungry for information, so she helped agents like Dennis Sacher, who she mentions in her book.  So all of the stuff that she speaks about, whether it relates to Gladio B or not, was something she learned within the first two weeks of working there.  Then after discovering more about her background, the agents involved basically asked her to train them, since she knew how to look through Turkish papers, for example, to separate real intelligence from non-essential information.  This basically gave her two jobs there: translation and analysis.  She was the only person Turkish language specialist in the entire FBI.  So she was really in a central position for gathering intelligence.  Then after being fired from the FBI and becoming a whistleblower, the line of questioning that she would receive in a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) would enlighten her on intelligence she had not previously received.  There were also so many other agents who gave her information, some after they had retired, but some before.  Creating the NSWC (National Security Whistleblowers Coalition) has given her a network of resources.  On top of this, she stresses the need for critical thinking, that there is an absence of this in our culture.  That's the real problem that allows the real powers controlling the world to get away with their crimes: we let them with our ignorance and apathy.

While it may be easy for some who want to dismiss her, Corbett points out that 99% of what she's talking about is available through other sources.  Edmonds says she connects the dots as she can, but too many people want it all pre-digested, easy to swallow.  But how many whistleblowers have had the State Secrets Privilege gag like Sibel has?  Three.  Richard Barlow was a CIA analyst who went to Congress and blew the whistle in 1989 on A.Q. Khan getting the bomb for Pakistan and that the CIA and Pentagon were hiding it because they wanted them to get nukes!  Dick Horn was a high-level senior DEA agent who was about to bust a major heroin group in 1993 in Myanmar when the CIA tipped off the targets, endangering all the informants!  They bugged his house to do this.  After blowing the whistle, the case was settled for $3 million, but he had the State Secrets gag put on him.  The third whistleblower is herself, and she went through the same thing as those guys.  She was advised by her attorneys after the State Secrets gag was put on her prior to her appellate court hearing to come up with a number for settlement.  But how do you put a price tag on never being able to go back to Turkey to visit relatives?  It cheapens her roots.  She says the FBI was willing to settle for $2 million, but Edmonds refused, she'd rather have justice; her freedom is not for sale.  But what they were so afraid of in 2002-2004, they are not afraid of anymore.  They used to be afraid of their warrantless wiretapping becoming public knowledge, now they openly talk about kill lists targetting Americans abroad without thinking twice.  Nothing exists to galvanize mass outrage, they know now that no one cares enough.  People need to trace the money line and connect it with the agenda and ask, "What does this fulfill?"  Joseph and Valerie Plame Wilson campaigned for Hillary Clinton, then after the election were rewarded with millions of dollars.  This doesn't happen to real whistleblowers.  If you're not playing a partisan game, if you're not making millions of dollars, not getting a Hollywood movie made about you, either you must be a sick masochist, or this must be real.  In Sibel's case, they tried to smear her by digging up dirt from exes she dated over 20 years ago!  They couldn't find anything.  Why does she continue?  Not to hype a public image of being smart or pretty, but to tell the truth and fire up an irate minority!  It's not difficult to be popular, but she's not concerned with that banality at all.

This answers the question of why she hasn't been killed yet.  Sibel says she's too insignificant at this point.  Since 9/11, David Kelly is the only one killed, she believes there was a cover-up, that it was not a suicide.  But the rest, no one knows or cares enough.  Thomas Drake is an NSA whistleblower, who's been on the front page of The Washington Post.  Who in the general public knows who he is?  Who cares enough to warrant him getting killed?  They control all the legal outlets and the media.  Edmonds received a couple death threats, but she feels they were mostly smoke.  Corbett then states many people wrote in thanking her for her perspective.  He mentions that Dick wrote in, "It occurred to me it would be fun to have a contest for the best liner notes" and while he can't have a contest, Corbett encouraged people to synopsize on their blog or website.  Once again, he ends the broadcast like Part Four with an update on the fundraising drive for her website, Boiling Frogs Post.
Richard Barlow, CIA whistleblower

Part Five Analysis:  Well, so much for being concise!  There is so much to chew on that there's really only a couple areas I'd like to comment on.  First, I want to talk about the concept of a "limited hangout".  This is what Edmonds is talking about when she brings Michael Scheuer to task.  Here's how wikipedia defines it:

A limited hangout, or partial hangout, is a public relations or propaganda technique that involves the release of previously hidden information in order to prevent a greater exposure of more important details. It takes the form of deception, misdirection, or coverup often associated with intelligence agencies involving a release or "mea culpa" type of confession of only part of a set of previously hidden sensitive information, that establishes credibility for the one releasing the information who by the very act of confession appears to be "coming clean" and acting with integrity; but in actuality, by withholding key facts, is protecting a deeper operation and those who could be exposed if the whole truth came out. In effect, if an array of offenses or misdeeds is suspected, this confession admits to a lesser offense while covering up the greater ones.

A limited hangout typically is a response to lower the pressure felt from inquisitive investigators pursuing clues that threaten to expose everything, and the disclosure is often combined with red herrings or propaganda elements that lead to false trails, distractions, or ideological disinformation; thus allowing covert or criminal elements to continue in their improper activities.

This is exactly the type of activity to describe someone who initially publishes an anonymous "expose" on the failings that lead to 9/11, then after revealing his identity, goes on to call for greater violence in the War on Terror.  That's a pretty easy definition from my perspective, what's more difficult is where it concerns the case of Valerie Plame.  I don't believe Sibel Edmonds is trying to say that Valerie Plame did not have a great injustice perpetrated against her.  But when the pursuit of justice narrowed to focus on who had "sand thrown" rather than why she had her cover blown and who benefited, the case became a limited hangout.  Which was a real travesty, because as I highlighted in the second edition of American Judas, Patrick Fitzgerald could have connected the dots between the outing of Plame, the Niger forgeries and the whole AIPAC spy scandal:

The identity of two of these ex-CIA officers was revealed by a former CIA officer in a story Justin Raimondo broke that Patrick Fitzgerald, in his grand jury investigation of the Plame scandal, had received ‘a full copy of the Italian parliamentary oversight report on the forged Niger uranium document. Previous versions of the report were redacted and had all the names removed, though it was possible to guess who was involved. This version names Michael Ledeen as the conduit for the report and indicates that former CIA officers Duane Clarridge and Alan Wolf were the principal forgers. All three had business interests with Chalabi.' Wolf is dead now, but was CIA chief of station in Rome after Clarridge. The former CIA officer says Wolf ‘was Clarridge's Agency godfather. Significantly, both Clarridge and Wolf also spent considerable time in the Africa division, so they both had the Africa and Rome connection and both were close to Ledeen, closing the loop.’ Fitzgerald asked the Italians if he could share the report with Paul McNulty, the prosecutor in the AIPAC case.

To do this would have meant uncovering the whole dark truth, which would have exposed what Sibel Edmonds knew about but was gagged from revealing.  As she put it:

Essentially, there is only one investigation – a very big one, an all-inclusive one. Completely by chance, I, a lowly translator, stumbled over one piece of it. But I can tell you there are a lot of people involved, a lot of ranking officials, and a lot of illegal activities that include multi-billion-dollar drug-smuggling operations, black-market nuclear sales to terrorists and unsavory regimes, you name it. And of course a lot of people from abroad are involved. It's massive. So to do this investigation, to really do it, they will have to look into everything… That's the beauty of it. You can start from the AIPAC angle. You can start from the Plame case. You can start from my case. They all end up going to the same place, and they revolve around the same nucleus of people. There may be a lot of them, but it is one group. And they are very dangerous for all of us.

-Sibel Edmonds
But that's the problem: the real powers in control won't let that thread unravel completely.  The solution is always to allow a limited hangout to sweep the darker truth under the rug.  Play your cards right and you might even get a seven figure payout for your troubles.  But some people won't have that payout, not because they couldn't use the money, but because they have integrity.  Sibel Edmonds is one and I'm glad she mentioned Richard Barlow as another.  I mentioned him in the first edition of American Judas because he actually exposed the A.Q. Khan network to Dick Cheney when he was Defense Secretary back in 1989 and Cheney covered up Barlow's report so that he could sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan!
 Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, circa 1989

So what happens to real whistleblowers whose truth threatens to upset the system?  It saddens me to read Barlow's wikipedia entry:

Following congressionally ordered investigations, the inspector-general at the State Department concluded that Barlow had been fired as a reprisal; however, the inspector-generals at the CIA and the Defense Department stated that the Pentagon was within its rights to fire Barlow. A final investigation by Congress' own Government Accountability Office was completed in 1997 and "largely vindicated" Barlow, who had his security clearance restored.[1] During the investigation, the State department inspector-general, Sherman Funk, described Barlow as "“one of the most brilliant analysts I’ve ever seen".[6]

The activities of the Defense Department officials, however, including Cheney, Libby, Wolfowitz and Hadley, were never investigated. Rep. Stephen Solarz, a major player in counter-proliferation, told Seymour Hersh for the latter's famous exposé of the Pakistani nuclear programme that "If what Barlow says is true, this would have been a major scandal of Iran-Contra proportions, and the officials involved would have had to resign".[2][6]

Barlow, however, was unable to find employment after his clearance was removed and marriage broke up. "They viciously tried to destroy my life, personally and professionally" he is quoted as saying. "Not just my career, but they went after my marriage, my livelihood, and smeared my name in truly extraordinary ways that no one had ever seen before or since—at least not until the Wilsons were victims of the same people years later." According to Barlow the allegations included the "fabrication" that he "was an ‘intended’ Congressional spy", that he was an alcoholic, had not paid his taxes, and was an adulterer. "Then they accused me of being psychotic and used that to invade my marital privacy, including that of my now ex-wife who also worked at the CIA, and sought to destroy my marriage as punishment."[2]

Although he was found to have breached no national security regulations and was vindicated, Barlow did not receive his government pension and has had trouble finding employment. The authors of The Nuclear Jihadist, a biography of A.Q. Khan, caused a sensation in 2005 when they revealed that they had tracked him down to a motor home in Montana where he lived with two dogs.[5]

What a shame.  I hope he doesn't end up like the subject of my last blog entry, Gary Webb.  Keeping your honor shouldn't mean losing your life.

Part Six, including Sibel Edmonds answering a question from yours truly, is coming soon!