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.
And one of the reasons they privatized the American intelligence establishment is that FOIA laws don't apply to the private sector (although they way Janet Napolitano of DHS sits on thousands of FOIA requests, and now the Pentagon, thanks to the 2006 NDAA legislation is exempt from them --- which encompasses the majority of intel agencies, as well, so by extension, NSA, DIA, DSS, etc. are all exempt) -- FOIA hardly covers anything anymore.
Corporate fascist police state --- we welcome you!
I long ago gave up on the American media; the last time I bothered with the NY Times back in the late 1990s, they were running whackjob stories about all software creation becoming free, etc.??? (And their Sunday Book Review section, from 2000 to at least 2008, contained an infinitely improbable number of reviews by the members and signatories to PNAC (Project for a New American Century, since updated and now called Foundation in Defense of Democracies [sic])!
As most well informed people know, the Kennedy administration appointed JCR Licklider, a real technical type who wisely directed funds to the creators of the Internet, Cerf, Kahn, Postel, Baran, etc., etc., et al. (sorry to not recall all their names...).
As they Kennedy administration also established NASA and the moon project, out of which came developments and discoveries which paved the way, together with the Internet, for the creation (with a wee bit of help from Berners-Lee and company) of the World Wide Web.
Recommended reading for those who truly wish to understand reality, not the matrix, we now exist in:
Battling Wall Street: The Kennedy presidency, by Donald Gibson
Thy Will Be Done, by Gerard Colby with Charlotte Dennett
I think you're on to something --- a perfect vocation or avocation to accomplish something positive.
But this is simply the norm given that America is a completely fraud-based society.
Until we force those corrupt pols to quit "moving on" and going after those responsible for the assassinations, major heists by the banksters, and various and sundry financial fraud and manipulation, nothing changes, it only continues to get worse.
....and not realizing who Dodd is, who his father was, who is grandfather and great-grandfather was, etc., is akin to not realizing what the National Association of Manufacturers is (historically the most anti-worker, anti-labor and anti-union lobbying group in America) and that its first president was George W. Bush's great-grandfather.
At least three separate pieces of congressional legislation were passed to curb the corruption of Dodd's daddy when he was a senator (see details on the FARA legislation, etc.), and Dodd's ancestor was the same attorney Dodd who worked for John D. Rockefeller on financial fraud constructs of holding companies, trusts and tax-exempt foundations, etc.
Dodd is just being Dodd, as each generation has been......
This week, official papers were served on Jack Straw, former British foreign secretary, who is being sued by a Libyan couple who were extreme renditioned to Libya for torture by Ghaddafi.
With the downfall of the brutal and criminal Ghaddafi regime, documents were uncovered which implicated MI6 and the CIA in the kidnapping of this husband and wife to Libya.
Similar documents were supposed to have been uncovered in Afghanistan also implicating these intelligence agencies.
Truly, special reservations in Hell exist for those guilty in this completely amoral abomination by British and American intelligence organizations --- the utter act of official depravity!
(One moment the USA is trying to kill Ghaddafi, and correctly vilifying him as a terrorist, the next they are willfully aiding him in the atrocious torture of innocents.)
We’ve witnessed the collusion, the wholesale aiding and abetting of the Chinese totalitarian state’s attacks on the pro-democracy advocates and activists in that country by American corporations, and the corrupt governmental and congressional whore scum in thrall to Wall Street and the bankster class, along with the unabated criminal corruption of the US Supreme Court!
The economic warfare so consistently perpetrated by the multinationals against workers and the citizenry, both in America and China, is beyond debate; the facts have been shouting out for many decades now.
No wonder Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is so wary of the senseless action by the schizoid Swedish government in their attempt to extradite him; especially given the abysmal record of Sweden’s past guilt with aiding in American extreme rendition.
Swedish courts have found in favor of several Arab-Swedes who were erroneously extreme renditioned – or kidnapped -- for torture.
The Justice Minister at that time, Thomas Bodström, recently went on a tour in America, and lied his butt off, falsely claiming that Assange “fled Sweden” to avoid a trial, when clearly the facts prove otherwise!
Assange stayed in Sweden for questioning, after the case against him was dropped for lack of evidence, then restarted due to political pressure brought to bear on the Swedish Prosecution Authority.
Assange’s attorney asked for permission for Assange to leave Sweden, since they refused to question him during the month he remained available for questioning!
Yet Thomas Bodström lies and lies about this, just as he colluded with America in their illegal kidnapping when he was justice minister.
During this same time, the United Kingdom is being sued in European court for the forced criminal removal of the indigenous population of Diego Garcia --- the wholesale theft of their country!
Abominations abound, and the guilty should be damned and not allowed to hide and cower behind their corrupt governmental positions.
Sweden has enjoyed the existence of freedom-of-information laws since the 1700s; they should actively use their own laws to uncover governmental guilt and corruption!
[Official disclaimer: I am all for the extreme rendition of Cheney, Bush, both Clintons, Obama, Biden, Carl Bildt, Thomas Bodström, Beatrice Ask, and the ruling party of China to the torture chambers of Syria.]
THE GLOBAL REPORT: Anti-Democracy Forces on the March
In Vietnam, three bloggers go on trial for remarks perceived to be critical of the State.
In China, the usual arrests of pro-democracy activists throughout the country.
In Uzbekistan, reports of the forced mass sterilization of women by the brutal extraction of their uteruses.
In Spain, continuing publicity of the decades-old program of the Catholic Church, with the collusion of the Spanish medical establishment, of baby theft from low-income and impoverished couples, falsely telling them their babies died from complications immediately after birth.
In Syria, perhaps a brief cessation of the mass slaughter of the civilian population by the Assad family, but will it last?
In America, President Obama, Vice President Joey bin Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly support the anti-democracy forces in Honduras, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere; while corporate fascists and republicans continue their national assault on workers’ rights, women’s rights and minority rights.
The Ultimate Bioweapon: During the Bush administration, a biologist from the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored a report to Bush and his administration warning of the possible future weaponization of the H5N1 virus, also known as the avian virus.
Later, during the Obama administration, funds from NIH and the CDC are directed, under the advice of that University of Pennsylvania biologist, to his former students at the University of Wisconsin and at a research institution in the Netherlands, for the successful weaponization of the avian flu virus – an event which would have normally required a number of iterations of mutations to have occurred naturally – but which may very well never have occurred at all!
By itself, they have created a formidable bioweapon, but during the same time frame, Craig Ventner created an alien bacterium which the human immune system has no defense against --- should this alien bacterium ever be conjoined with the weaponized H5N1 virus the ultimate doomsday bioweapon will have been fully realized.
The people of the world have cause for worry and concern: the anti-democracy forces are on the march!
[Future topic: The connection between the Franco-American Foundation, John Negroponte, Frank Wisner, Jr., and Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power.]
Indeed, and sadly but pragmatically, all the protesting in the world simply gets the crap beaten out of a person by corrupt cops with extravagant 6-figure salaries and IQs of a small rodent.
In 1910, the McNamara brothers bombed the LA Times, and there was a direct response -- the establishment of the Walsh Commission (later circumvented with WWI and the bad guys) which subpoenaed John D. Rockefeller, whom the excoriated for three straight days, publicizing their Ludlow Massacre (the origin of the drive-by shootings).
And in 1920, a bomb was set off at JP Morgan.
These actions get attention and begin to accomplish things.....
But until some of those thoroughly corruptSupreme Court justices are dragged out and hung from the lamppost, and ditto the US Congress, nothing will be accomplished.
".. the Huffington Post is not the head office of modern journalism."
Perfectly stated! Indeed, the heavy censorship practised on Ariana's site is legendary, the latest attack was when populist Jesse Ventura simply mentioned that questions should be raised concerning the 9/11 commission report, and his blog posting was immediately pulled.
But then, one can one expect from the past partner of Andrew Breitbart, who divorced her wealthy Gay husband when he lost the election, and overnight declared her neocon self to suddenly be a "progressive" --- right, a George Mason University ultra-neocon "progressive" --- for sure, doods and doodettes!
Thanks, there is no media today in America, regardless of the numerous idiots in Academia, claiming to be journalism profs, who endlessly refer to "the media" or "the MainStreamMedia" --- give the masses a break, already, with five heavily financially interlocked corporations, equally financially interlocked with the top three banksters, calling the shots, and acting as one, there is effectively one corporation controlling the vast bulk of the American myth-media.
Speaking of the feebs, let's take a closer look, shall we?
Other People's Money/9-11-01
When the BCCI investigation reached closer to President Geo. H.W. Bush's White House back in the late '80s, early '90s, Bush appointed Robert Mueller III to be the chief of the DOJ's Criminal Division to manage the BCCI probe --- or more accurately, to deflect it away from the Bush administration and narrow the scope of the investigation.
Four days prior to 9/11/01, President Geo. W. Bush appoints Robert Mueller III to be director of the FBI -- perfect timing and what a pedigree Mueller possesses.*
One day prior to 9/11/01, the Pentagon's comptroller announces that $2.3 trillion cannot be accounted for.**
Six to seven hours prior to the events of that 9/11 morning, sometime between 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM (EST) a group email is transmitted to the DIA's financial management staff to attend an emergency meeting that very morning at their Pentagon offices --- located at the Pentagon's west wall. One staff member will fortuitously oversleep, viewing the email late and consequently arrive late -- just in time to view from afar the plane crashing into the super-reinforced west wall, severely injuring or killing almost the entire financial management group of the DIA, and those computer systems involved with discovering said missing funds; apparently data backups aren't the order of the day?
That very same morning on 9/11/01, the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) ops center would be evacuated due to an exercise simulating an attack by suicide aircraft flying into that facility. (Sound vaguely familiar?)
Therefore, no one was on hand to manually task their recon satellites on the airspace above NYC and the Pentagon.
Thanks to further expansion of the Web over the Internet (2003 - 2005), cached pages of dramatically increased data transmission and EFTs, originating from three firms residing in the two WTC towers to offshore locations, could be accessed.
Shortly after 9/2001, in early 2002, an explosive growth occurs in offshore hedge funds.
Background research on those unfortunate passengers aboard the involved airliners (victims who were certain to die that day) indicated that some of the pax fall into three unique groups, along with three unique individuals aboard.
The three groups: (1) developers of remote piloting hardware and software; (2) individuals involved in the creation of a terrorist scenario remarkably similar to that which occurred on 9/11/01 (among that group of victims was an Israeli counterterrorist expert and one of the airliners' pilots, a former career Naval officer); and, (3) some of the individuals involved with the investigation into Flight 800's demise.
The three individuals: (1) wife number three of the solicitor general, who would quickly move on to wife number four once the insurance settlement came through (death by opportunity?); (2) a lady attorney, rumored to be involved with a senior married partner of the conservative and politically-connected law firm which successfully defended Fox News on several cases of fictionalizing the news (death by opportunity?); and, (3) a physicist with the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Directed Energy Section.
[We are not suggesting any of these victims were aware of the events to transpire on 9/11 --- this appears to be a highly compartmentalized operation.]
Intensive pattern analysis, link analysis, and link and group analysis indicates the five principal players involved: the Blackstone Group, Veritas Capital, AIG, the office of the VP, and the office of the SecDef.
Some time prior to 9/11/01, a financial news announcement would explain an investment by AIG in the Blackstone Group (source document of transaction, along with hard copy source documents of thousands of ongoing SEC investigations resided in the destroyed WTC Building 7 – no source docs, case closed!). The amount of AIG’s investment was approximately the final insurance payout amount to the property management/RE firm for the WTC destruction (classic paper money false transfer and money laundering scheme, relatively simple --- for a far more circuitous, and commonplace, accounting scheme, please see Retirement Heist, by Ellen Schultz, p. 209 on “leveraged ESOPs”).
The mortgage owner of record for WTC Building 7: the Blackstone Group.
The firm awarded the $1 billion captive insurance fund management contract by Bush’s FEMA, for settlement with WTC victims’ families: the Blackstone Group.
The firm which negotiated the largest and quickest real estate deal in NYC history, the WTC lease transfer from the Port Authority of NY and NJ to Silverstein Properties and Westfield America, Inc.: the Blackstone Group.
During the week prior to 9/11/01, the fiber optic installation firm, EurekaGGN, installed dark fiber in the top floors of the two WTC towers (they had the contract for cabling the entire WTC), utilizing a method to pump the fiber optical cables through existing HVAC vents running beneath each floor.
[To reiterate: the west wall of the Pentagon had been reinforced, according to Structure Magazine, which also posed the question as to why only one wall and a plane crashes into it. Fiber optic is being installed, but never verified as to being operational, in the WTC towers, and planes crash into them --- access, access, access!]
Technical details not widely known: two of the four airliners involved didn’t appear on the FAA Flight Registry which logs all commercial flights, per standard procedure, as they were reserved as DoD Special Charters, meaning that each plane must seat those reserved for DoD personnel, and must depart at the schedule time, but any remaining seats may be filled commercially.
Aircraft pointedly flew to shadow zones – where radar coverage was obscured due to topography and ATCC limitations – where the transponders were then powered down – normally, they would have triggered ATCC radar indicators. (Highly doubtful those Saudi Arabian hijacker cutouts would have known these recondite details?)
And recovered black box data, obtained through FOIA requests, give no indication of any hijacking taking place (and yes, there does exist a governmental database of black box hijacking data for comparison purposes).
There were over 1,000 other “coincidences” which took place that morning, all tracking back to the five principal players.
Recap: $2.3 trillion announced unaccounted, and DIA’s financial management group is almost entirely wiped out, along with involved computer systems, dramatically increased data transmissions and EFTs out of WTC towers in preceding 12 hours, and people and computer systems involved are killed and destroyed, with explosive growth in offshore hedge funds occurring shortly thereafter.
Veritas Capital, owner of Raytheon subsidiary which employed those remote piloting hardware and software developers and subcontractors aboard some of those airliners involved in 9/11, and Veritas Capital makes some incredibly prescient defense industry investments shortly prior to 9/11/01.
Increasing the awareness of evil….
*Robert Mueller III, FBI director, is the grandnephew of Richard Bissell, one of the three top CIA types who President Kennedy fired. Mueller’s wife is the granddaughter of Charles Cabell, another of those three CIA people JFK had fired (the third was Allen Dulles, who would later manage the Warren Commission!
Sometime during the year, 2003, data mining achieved critical mass status, all that was required to pull up background information on anyone was their age and zip code. Alternatively, the target’s name and telephone number would also suffice.
Combining the N.O.R.A. algorithm (Non-Obvious Relationship Awareness) with ClearForest text analytics software yields increasingly superior results. ClearForest’s development was financed by an Israeli private equity firm, Walden, also responsible for Narus, with a sizable chunk of money coming from the DoD, and flowing through Walden. This software can be found at US intelligence agencies, NASDAQ, and a variety of banks and financial services firms.
The recently reported FBI bust of LulzSec had really nothing to do with the FBI, but was the result of these super-sized databases compiled to track everyone; at the consumer level, at the social media level, at the medical/insurance level, at the education level, etc., with that particular NYC arrest of Sabu deriving from triangulating such seemingly disparate data sources, then running Wi-fi direction finding teams in the predicted geotagged location --- this is what occurred, please ignore all cover stories to the contrary.
Prior to World War II, the government of the Netherlands created a national citizen registry (name, birth date, religion, address, etc.) for positive public welfare purposes, but then the Nazis invaded and acquired access to this registry, and subsequently 75% of the Dutch Jewish population died. (My people, the Roma or Gypsy population, was completely annihilated, with but a few escaping, my ancestor among them.)
Compare with Belgium and France, where 40% and 25% of the Jewish populations were murdered, respectively. A portion of that 25% in France was tracked back to bank records, kept by the Rockefeller bank, Chase, which remained opened after the Nazi invasion as they had replaced the French bank manager with a Swiss neutral, who then handed over the accounts to the Nazis.
Absolute control, whether pursued by the Third Reich, or the present day Financial-Intelligence-Complex which effectively rules America and controls the media and manages public information content, offshores jobs, technology and investments (which once would have gone to local jobs’ creation and innovation), will only destroy progress and freedom and liberty.
Earlier this year, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security held a two-day Conference on Export Controls and Policy. It included a workshop specifically focused on the rules governing the export of encryption technologies (which include intercept equipment). The full transcript can be found here: part 1 (pdf), part 2 (pdf). [See below links]
As a non-lawyer, and non-expert in export control regulations, I was pretty surprised to learn that the government already strictly regulates the export of covert communications surveillance technology. What this means, of course, is that the Commerce Department already has a list of every foreign buyer of US made covert surveillance technology. Unfortunately, they won't provide this information to the public, and as far as I know, they won't provide it in response to FOIA requests.