And many of us find such opinions, based upon pure ignorance rendered by the corporate media's false and fictionalized reporting -- or rather misreporting, of statements from Iranian politicians, more than ironic, dangerously ignorant.
Since the overthrow of their democratically elected president or prime minister by the CIA, Brits and criminal elements within that country (Iran), and with the theft of their monies on account in the USA during the hostage crises --- which very likely was precipitated by at least two major events: the previous overthrow, and installing of the dictator that Shah of his Peacock Throne, and during their revolution in the late '70s, Jimmy Carter's presidential directive to destabilize the then-secular government of Afghanistan (moving Islamic Wahabist extremists from Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Arabian financial backing as well, to Afghanistan's northern border with the old Soviet Union to foment political and religious turmoil there --- the precursor to the Mujahedeen and eventually the Taliban --- when Sufi Islam [a more moderate form and non-extremist] was the majority religion among those living at the northern border).
No irony involved, simply the typical American ignorance of their own history, which is why, with the typical American media attention span of 20 seconds, when President Obama claims it to be the right of Israel to "defend" itself against retalitory missiles fired into that country, when President Obama has directed exactly how many missiles fired by US drones into how many different foreign countries?????
but we currently know of no ill effects outside of the intended target ...
Again, I just gave several examples you appear to have completely ignored --- it was never made publicly exactly what malware intefered with the normal alarm systems and cause at least one (???? who really knows if there were more) airliner crash, with many dead, it could have been the earliest version of Stuxnet --- airliners and their pax do get around, ya know?????
Any malware, when it gets into biomedical devices with limited memory onboard --- can cause untold problems, etc.
And the full amount of problems caused by Sony is still unknown --- two prime examples (three counting Stuxnet) with untold and unknown consequences.
Until all the information and data is in, you are making unqualified assumptions.
Josh in CharlotteNC is incorrect, of course, but we only find out about the horrors much, much later.
Take that malware which interfered and was blamed for bringing down that airliner (I believe it was in Spain, if I'm not mistaken). After news of it came out, and their stock began to dip, another story was released, claiming the malware was actually on the avionics diagnostic machine, at a mx facility, and not aboard the aircraft's avionics systems after all (they always do that, after the cat's out of the bag --- or never release the real truth).
The malware wasn't targeted at the airliner's avionics, it simply interfered with the routine alarms being sounded as it occupied specific memory vector spaces it shouldn't have --- similar to that Sony attack on millions.
When Sony CDs were sent out with their own malware aboard --- which interfered with the running of any other brand's CDs on PCs, and also made the infected PC's vulnerable to further hacks, or cracker attacks, ect., plus caused major rebooting loops when an OS patch was trying to be downloaded (funny how the corporate media never mentions this when they mentioned those Anonymous hacks against Sony).
Remember those at least 1,300 computers at embassies around the world which were infected by malware from China? It activated the workstation, or PCs', cams and microphones, and it lasted almost 2 years (discovered by Canadian computer scientists back in 2009).
That was bad enough, but who knows who else accessed those hacked computers as well????
One can't make unequivocal statements about the damages wrought from malware, unless you've gone through every single line of code, and are equally familiar with every single existing system out there.
We hear about the FBI's criminal investigation based upon bitchy emails to Jill Kelley, where there was no commission of a crime?
This is a serious misuse and abuse of government funds!
We hear about a national security investigation based upon bitchy emails to Jill Kelley, where there was no threat to national security?
This is a serious misuse and abuse of government funds!
The serious question which should be asked --- and must be investigated --- is why FBI director, Robert Mueller III, is misusing and abusing government funds in this manner?
Where was the crime? Where was the threat to national security?
Why is the FBI spending government funds in their disinformation campaign, and who authorized it?
As of this moment, the only clear and present danger to national security is FBI director, Robert Mueller III and his motivations in these events.
A full-scale national security investigation into the background of Robert Mueller III is of the utmost urgency.
What was Mueller's involvement in the failed investigation into BCCI and any White House connections to the Bush (#1) presidency when Mueller was chief of the DOJ's criminal division?
What are the financial connections between the Mueller family fortune and the Rockefeller family?
What are the familial connections between Mueller, and his family, to Richard Bissell and Gen. Cabell, two of the three top CIA people President Kennedy fired before he was assassinated? (The third was Allen Dulles, a possible Nazi collaborator. Source: Congressional investigations, along with the investigation by the state government of New York, back during the 1940s, which uncovered collaboration between Rockefeller, Mellon and Morgan and Hitler's Third Reich. Example: Rockefeller's treasonous selling of oil, by way of Spain and Switzerland, to Hitler's Third Reich during World War II. The representative of Rockefeller and Mellon interests, both outside and inside the government: Allen Dulles.)
Whether you refer to this as the Petraeus Affair, or Operation Bitchy Emails, massive misuse and abuse of government funds is the only crime which has occurred.
The probable perpetrator: Robert Mueller III, the FBI director.
Is Mr. Mueller positioning himself for a 2016 run for the presidency? Was Petraeus a possible competitor and was that how Mueller viewed Petraeus and any opportunity to besmirch and remove him?
These are the only real --- and serious --- questions on this subject!
A Recap on the Political Appointments of Robert Mueller III:
When the BCCI investigation moved closer to the Bush (#1) White House, Mueller was appointed to the position of chief of the DOJ's criminal division, and the investigation fizzled out.
One week prior to the attacks of 9/11, Mueller was appointed as director of the FBI by the son of Bush #1, George W. Bush.
Each appointment occurred at the most auspiciously convenient of times?
And immediate national security investigation of Robert Mueller III is of the utmost importance!
Great is the truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about the truth. --- Aldous Huxley
I would humbly like to add my own take on the matter.
The Night of the Generals: General Petraeus, General Allen and General Electric
The latest super-corporate welfare scam: more tax breaks for those top corporations --- most of which don’t pay federal taxes in the first place --- which translates to government monies to them for absolutely nothing, or rather they are robbing the national tax base once again!
The corporation which will benefit the most? General Electric, of course. (The “Jobs Czar” is GE’s CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, who appears to be hellbent in making more Americans unemployed and impoverished --- WTF is he doing as the Jobs Czar?????)
From the report by Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger and Brent Soloway: The biggest potential winners are General Electric, which could reap a tax windfall of as much as $35.7 billion on its overseas earnings stash of $102 billion, and Microsoft, which could garner a savings of $19.4 billion on its $60.8 billion in accumulated foreign earnings.
The top 63 corporations claim this will lower the national debt, but then they usually do claim the exact opposite of what their perfidy will accomplish!
Regarding the “downfall” of CIA director, General Petraeus --- it’s interesting to note that the ostensible “instigator,” Paula Broadwell, is a reservist in military intelligence.
One might construe how often, historically speaking, reservists in military intelligence have made the perfect sacrificial lamb.
It was only a few years back when a senator, working on the creation of national legislation for collective bargaining rights for all Americans, was killed, along with members of his family, in a suspicious aircraft accident.
Just prior to takeoff, a last-minute copilot replacement, Michael Guess (a reservist in military intelligence), boarded their plane with a piece of luggage.
Michael Guess had also been a friend of Moussaoui, the so-called “20th hijacker of 9/11” (Guess even gave Moussaoui his very own copy of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator).
The death of Senator Paul Wellstone (and some of the members of his family) and the downfall of Gen. Patreaus may deserve much closer scrutiny?
[Special Note: At the School of the Americas they used to teach a procedure for bringing down an aircraft. Give the unwitting saboteur a recording device (or so they would tell them) which was in actuality a container of either knockout gas or an incendiary device, armed with a pre-set timer. When the unwitting saboteur pressed what he or she believed to start the recording device, the timer would begin. Hence, the objective was accomplished and all possible witnesses were disposed of.]
From the current Corporate Crime File:
Bank of New York Mellon’s subsidiary was recently fined in the many millions of dollars for colluding with Bernie Madoff. (Not this item, this was back last April:
On Monday, the Federal Reserve reportedly fined Bank of New York Mellon $6 million for allegedly putting up ineligible collateral when it borrowed money under one of the central bank's emergency loan programs in 2008.
This item: The New York State Attorney General’s office has announced a $210 million settlement deal with Ivy Asset Management. The New York Mellon bank subsidiary had advised its clients to invest with Bernie Madoff.
House Republicans found Jon Corzine guilty of misappropriation of funds (as in stealing over $1 billion, etc.) while House Dems refused to vote him guilty as charged? Evidently, the Goldman Sachs Dems are actually different from the Goldman Sachs Repubs --- they each support different Goldman Sachs guys!
The Republican platform: "Life Begins at Rape" falters and . . . . .
Female voters in Indiana and Missouri discover their brain and vote properly --- for a change!
Massachusetts' voters rediscover their brain and vote for Prof. Elizabeth Warren over that random slitch, Scott-what's-his-face!
Wisconsin voters finally use their brain and voted the intelligent, desirable dyke over that whackjob, Tommy "all Americans should be microchipped" Thompson!
Hallelujah ! !
Magic Underwear Guy Loses
Willard Mitt Romney's career as a tax dodging, draft dodging, queen of debt creation evidently didn't impress enough members of the electorate. Apparently Romney's prime example of business acumen: putting a poor dog in a cage atop a speeding car and watching him crap over the car's windows didn't impress enough voters either.
An offer of a $1 million prize to Linda McMahon to wrestle Donald Trump in a "Stomp the Trump's Rump" exhibition match. (Maybe NYC Mayor "Elizabeth Warren is a socialist" Bloomberg will put up the prize money?)
The lesson of the very close popular vote?
Un-privatize the national voting process --- centralize it --- and hire the McDonald's Corporation to expedite it --- if they can do fast food, then fast and efficient voting should be a real cinch for them!
Nineteen woman senators? It's a good start . . . . .
And they've been offshoring all the jobs, technology, investment and defense tech (in at least the Clinton and Bush administrations) to China (and elsewhere, but especially China) --- so now we should be worried?????
Or is this another route to absolute control of the Internet at least on the North American side, by the Wall Street-run gov't????
In his $5 million mansion, Robert McKeon, head of private equity firm, Veritas Capital, commits suicide by strangling himself.
Strangling himself ???????
Awhile later, the news reports or claims that Albert Peterson, a wealthy defense contractor, formerly with Northrop Grumman, and presently employed as a Senior Subcontracts Administrator with BAE Systems Information Technology, murdered his wife and children, then turned his gun on himself, committing suicide.
A terrible tragedy, and the news reports further claimed Mr. Peterson was supposed to have committed those horrific acts because he was afraid President Obama would be reelected!
Because he was afraid President Obama would be reelected ?????????????
One enterprising journalist actually did report that the now-deceased Mrs. Peterson had mentioned to a co-worker at defense contractor, Blackbird Technologies, where she worked, that her husband was troubled by something he had learned at BAE which he was seriously concerned about. Albert Peterson had been involved with a BAE unit which a few years previously had been owned by Veritas Capital, then later sold to BAE.
It should be noted that Robert McKeon’s Veritas Capital had made some extremely fortuitous investments in the defense industry shortly prior to 9/11/01. Some months prior to 9/11, Veritas Capital had also purchased Raytheon Aerospace, a subsidiary of Raytheon.
Aboard several of those four ill-fated airliners on 9/11/01 were developers of remote piloting hardware/software from Veritas Capital’s Raytheon Aerospace, and several similar subcontractors (from BAE, I believe).
Sounds more like a brutal cleanup crew was active --- cleansing a possible leak of a probably innocent man and his family, and the private equity principal of a highly profitable operation eleven years earlier.
(While it may be the only actual coincidence here, it should also be noted that several years ago --- or the last time we checked --- the majority shareholders in Northrop Grumman were James Baker and the Bush family.)
Things that make you go hhhmmmmmmmmmm…..?
[With a criminal congress populated with the likes of Darryl Issa, with his arrest record, insurance fraud and arson background, and John Boehner, who washed out of Navy boot camp, then falsely claimed military service during Vietnam when he first ran for the House, we are assured of no real investigation ever taking place.]
Financial Fraud Roll Call:
$2.3 trillion unaccounted for from DoD (announced on 9/10/01 by Pentagon’s comptroller)
$8.7 billion (plus ?) missing during Iraqi war operations
$16.7 billion (plus ?) missing during Afghanistani war operations
Over $1 billion unaccounted for from “Fusion Center” budget: domestic intelligence collection operation instituted by DHS in conjunction with private sector
The item below may appear tenuously connect, but upon a bit of reflection on this abstract piece, you should understand the underlying theme. Thank you.
Why Jesse Ventura is right: unmeming the meme
The constant litany of “Supreme Court choices” as a motivating factor in reelecting the neocon administration of President Obama doesn’t really hold up when all the data is examined.
Those closely following federal court jurisprudence will understand what we say when it is explained that the majority of truly important cases never make it to the supreme court, while too many trivial cases do end up there.
The Citizens United case should never have made it to the SCOTUS level, where the vile decision was written by the so-called “liberal” Justice David Kennedy (so described by newsy pundits).
The really important judicial decisions, antithetical to democracy, to the citizenry, to working people and those seeking work, are rendered by the federal courts.
This structure isn’t by chance, but careful design, put in place back in 1978, and incrementally improved over the past thirty-some years.
The US Chamber of Commerce established the National Chamber Litigation Center to this very end, back in 1978.
Thus, when the populist Jesse Ventura urges American voters to reject their usual choice of militant ignorance, and seek the third party solution, he is quite correct.
Today, the government has the “legal” right to access all personal information about the citizenry without their knowledge, thanks to the Obama Administration and judicial decisions from the federal courts; this is no justification to reelect.
Obviously, the strategy was to find the vilest, most despicable American possible to run against Obama, making him appear pristine by comparison. In this they’ve been most successful with their choice of the vile, despicable Romney (and Ryan).
Whether from indoctrination or mass advertising, too often Americans choose to remain ignorant --- and it is a choice!
Recently, like many others, I was approached to make a donation against the validation of Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker in his recall election. Naturally, I declined --- not having the money was beside the point --- having watched the exit interviews of union members from the Walker’s first election to governor, I was convinced of their militant choice to remain ignorant.
I was sadly proven correct: 40% of union households in Wisconsin voted for Walker in both elections!
Presently, we see the workers at Bain’s Sensata facility, whose jobs are being offshored to China, having finally recognized the impact of jobs offshoring, and blithely explaining how they were taken by surprise?
Amazing, given the overwhelming data to suggest that was the likely outcome!
I have personally witnessed this type of behavior again and again and again; where the workers refuse to acknowledge the obvious --- where they chose ignorance above all!
Now the Bain-owned company workers are begging Bain not to offshore their jobs; the psychopaths just love to see them beg.
Of course, those pathetically begging workers don’t realize this as they’ve chosen to remain ignorant all along.
Those of us who’ve been actively fighting jobs offshoring --- one of their major tools in the dismantling of the economy --- since 1978, the same year of the Powell memorandum, the year the USCoC established their National Chamber Litigation Center, and the Rockefeller Foundation's creation of the Group of Thirty --- view the begging workers with disgust and disdain.
(At this late date, thirty years too little, too late, they would probably be better served going back to watching their sports, cable TV and movies, etc.)
The other week, the State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, claimed that WikiLeaks' Julian Assange was making "wild assertions" about the US gov't.
Odd, Ms. Nuland should have re-checked that phrase with her husband, Robert Kagan, one of the co-founders of that PNAC (Project for a New American Century, Dickie Cheney's fav group, since renamed to Foundation in Defense of Democracies); Kagan also on Rockefellers' Trilateral Commission (long-time member) and similar outfits.....
This is a bad, bad, bad agreement, and along with everything else, is yet another reason in America why we must vote radically for a change and vote for Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party; a vote for Romney or Obama is a sure vote for Wall Street domination.
This is what the entire WikiLeaks/Assange/persecution of Bradley Manning is all about. Not simply freedom of the press and free speech, but those WikiLeaked cables clearly demonstrate the domination of the US gov't by multinationals to a complete degree.
(To those interested, please read the report at the Nordic News site below, a brief synopsis of important paragraphs is provided, but the report is wonderfully exhaustive in its treatment.)
21 August. On the same day that Anna Ardin is interviewed, the dossier assembled by the police is reviewed by prosecutor Eva Finné, to whom the case has been transferred at the direction of Prosecutor-General Anders Perklev. Ms. Finné is the first prosecutor to read the documentation, and she quickly decides to rescind the order for Assange’s arrest. The announcement is made at 16:48 on Saturday, just short of one full day after the arrest order
was issued by her colleague.
“I do not believe there is any reason to suspect that [Assange] has committed rape,” is the terse message of Eva Finné who will continue the investigation and announce her final decision within
the next few days. In the meantime, the only remaining suspicion is that Assange may have physically — but not sexually — molested Anna Ardin.
23 August. Police officer Irmeli Krans returns to work on Monday morning, intending to proofread the protocol of her interview with Sofia Wilén and correct any errors it might contain. But she discovers that she is denied access to the text file in the police computer
system. “After an exchange of e-mails, I was ordered by lead investigator Mats Gehlin to instead write and sign a new protocol in the computer system, which was done on Thursday, August 26th, with necessary changes.”
25 August. Having reviewed the evidence in the Assange case, prosecutor Eva Finné makes a final decision to dismiss all sexrelated charges. “I have discontinued the preliminary investigation of the charge originally designated as rape,” she announces. “There is no suspicion of any crime whatsoever. I have gone through the interview with the complainant [Sofia Wilén].
27 September. After lingering in Sweden for five weeks, Julian Assange departs for Germany and then England, with Ms. Ny’s consent. On the same day, she issues a secret warrant for his arrest (see “Abuse of Office by Prosecutor Ny” on page 31).
Supported by public funds, Claes Borgström is conducting a largely uncontested “trial by media” against Assange with the eager complicity of influential print and broadcast media.
October 2010. Now based in England, Assange makes repeated attempts to be interviewed. Among them is an offer to return to Sweden for that purpose at his own expense any time during the week of October 11th. That suggestion is rejected by prosecutor Ny on the grounds that it is “too distant”. Assange also offers to be interviewed in London, either in person or via telecommunications.
Every proposal is rejected by Ms. Ny (see “Abuse of Office by Swedish Prosecutor on page 31).
20 November. Prosecutor Ny issues a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for Julian Assange. In addition to ignoring Assange’s numerous attempts to arrange an interview, prosecutor Ny has
ignored the less intrusive Mutual Legal Assistance mechanism that is normally employed in such cases (see “Overkill with European Arrest Warrant” on page 35).
On the same day, Ms. Ny authorizes Interpol to post a Red Notice on Assange, the highest priority alert which is usually reserved for the most serious criminal suspects. This appears to make Assange a more dangerous fellow than Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi,
who is charged with crimes against humanity but is listed with the lower-ranking Orange Notice
In explaining why she has resorted to such heavy-handed methods to arrange an interview, prosecutor Ny states that it is essential for it be conducted on Swedish soil since Swedish law prohibits any of the alternatives proposed by Assange and his lawyers.
That is an outright lie: There is no such law. In fact, there is a well established mechanism for international co-operation: “Mutual legal assistance (MLA) is the formal way in which countries request and provide assistance in obtaining evidence located in one country to assist in criminal investigations or proceedings in another country,” explains the website of the U.K. government.
The law establishing the European Arrest Warrant was hurriedly adopted by the European Union’s parliament in response to the terror attacks in the United States on
11 September 2001. The intended purpose was to facilitate the extradition between EU member-states of persons suspected of terrorism and other serious crimes.
A fundamental requirement of an EAW is that it must be issued for someone who has been formally charged with a crime. But Julian Assange has not yet been charged with any crime, a circumstance (dubiously) employed by Ms. Ny to justify withholding exculpatory and other evidence.
Originally, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange fled Iceland as he was under surveillance by business-suited strangers, plus he was tipped off by the bank where the WikiLeaks’ account was located that they had been approached by US government personnel.
In Sweden, Assange was immediately approached by a Bonnier family publication for exclusive rights in publishing WikiLeaked documents. Assange declined their offer, both against the principle of exclusivity, and because he’d been advised that the publication was similar to Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids; not necessarily respectable.
It is important to understand that the Bonnier family is a major European media family (Bonnier AB is one of the 10 largest media companies in the world), who’s ownership extends to American publications such as Sports Illustrated, Popular Science, Time, etc.
The woman who first approached Assange for consensual sex, Anna Ardin, worked for one of the Bonnier family publications, and while her present source of income is difficult to determine, she appears to be surviving nicely. Ardin would later approach the second young lady, Sofia Wilen (who also had consensual sex with Assange), to accompany her to the police.
The law firm which volunteered to represent the two women is comprised of two law partners, Claes Borgstrom, who has two sisters who work for Bonnier family companies, and Thomas Bodstrom, who publishes through the Bonnier family media company (he writes legal fiction).
Bodstrom was also the Swedish Minister of Justice who had OK’ed the CIA’s illegal kidnapping of several Swedish citizens of Arabic origin --- also called extreme rendition --- who were transported to Egypt for torture (and what could have led to murder), but were eventually released and sued the Swedish government in Swedish courts, winning a financial judgment against them.
Sweden claims it would never allow extradition to any country with a legalized death penalty, yet by allowing extreme renditions to such countries, we know this to be a lie.
Originally when the women approached the police, a junior prosecutor on duty ordered Assange to remain in Sweden, but the Swedish Prosecution Authority shortly dropped all charges as they had no merit.
Later, after allowing Assange to leave Sweden, and due to political pressure from the highest levels of government, the Swedish Prosecution Authority resumed the case without merit, seeking Assange’s extradition, solely for questioning, in violation of both existing Swedish law, and the regulations pertaining to issuing European Union arrest warrants (two very important points!).
During those early events in Sweden, Anna Ardin had chat message traffic with reporters for a Bonnier family tabloid, Expressen, which indicated criminal conspiracy and malfeasance on her part, and while her attorney, Claes Borgstrom, illegally directed her to delete this evidence, she forgot to delete the copy from her blog site, later downloaded by an enterprising Australian journalist.
Unfortunately, this has received scant attention or reportage in the corporate media.
Later, the other law partner and former Justice Minister, Thomas Bodstrom, went on a book tour in America, where he routinely spread disinformation about the WikiLeaks/Assange case. Much of the time Bodstrom stayed at a residence in Virginia, a short drive from the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
A curious coincidence, or logistical necessity?
The present Justice Minister, Beatrice Ask, who resurrected the extradition case against Assange, was originally appointed to her cabinet positions by Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister who is presently the Swedish foreign minister.
Carl Bildt appears unfavorably mentioned in several WikiLeaked cables, and was a director at Lundin Petroleum during their involvement in massacres of Sudanese living on oil-rich land in that African country.
Later, in America, a relatively unknown author named Jaclyn Friedman, would attempt to publicize the consensual sex case against Assange as rape charges. Friedman’s web site, at that time, displays her boasting of enjoying sex with multiple male partners in a given week’s time, although at times Ms. Friedman claims to be an avowed lesbian?
Perhaps more troubling is that Ms. Friedman was published through Perseus Books, which at that time was owned by the private equity firm, Perseus LLC, which was also listed as the business address, for tax purposes, for the American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc., whose directors are listed as David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger and Richard Perle.
The business contact for that group at Perseus LLC and either the firm’s CEO or a senior executive, was James Johnson, a major character featured in a recent book by NY Times financial reporter, Gretchen Morgenstern, cited as playing a major governmental role in the subprime mortgage meltdown.
A Bonnier family member, Elisabet Borsiin Bonnier, was and still may be the Swedish ambassador to Israel.
Quite a bunch of improbable connections pertaining to a strange case of consensual sex?
[A recent important article on Bradley Manning’s trial can be found at the site below.]
Abraxas Corporation, the company that originally created TrapWire under its subsidiary Abraxas Applications, also has significant ties to the CIA. The company was founded by Richard “Hollis” Helms in 2001, two years after he left the CIA where he had worked for nearly 30 years. Many of the company’s past employees and management have worked at the CIA or other intelligence agencies. In fact, Tim Shorrock notes in his 2008 book Spies for Hire that so many employees of the CIA were thought to be going to work for private companies like Abraxas that in 2005 CIA Director Porter Goss had to ask the company to stop recruiting in the CIA Cafeteria at Langley. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2006 that Abraxas had a contract from the CIA for developing front companies and false identities for the Agency’s nonofficial cover (NOC) program. The company and its work are so secretive that Shorrock reportedly called the company for comment and was told, “Sir, we don’t talk to the media.”
… the president and one of the founders of the company, Dan Botsch, “served 11 years as an Intelligence Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, focusing on Russian and Eastern European affairs.” Michael Maness, the company’s business development director, served over 20 years with the CIA, “where he directed counterterrorism and security operations in the Middle-East, the Balkans and Europe. As a senior operations officer and field operations manager, he was instrumental in combating Al-Qaeda’s operational units in the immediate wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.” Michael K. Chang, the company’s director of operations, served for “12 years with the Central Intelligence Agency as a counterterrorism operations officer and security officer” and even acted as personal security for the Director and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.