Wednesday, June 07, 2006
The Valerie Plame Leak and a Beheading in Syria
Why did Lockheed hire James Comey, the deputy AG who appointed Patrick Fitzgerald to the Plame case? (One of the stories below has more information on him.) Comey's job was subsequently filled by Robert McCallum - A Skull & Bones man. You know frat boys ...
Paul Johnson, beheaded in Syria, was a Lockheed engineer. The murder was blamed on Al Qaeda, but Wayne Madsen's sources say they didn't do it. Syrian police - trained by DynCorps and other equally foul US "contractors" - are the chief suspects (another story below), in league with a killer trained by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) - the same company that set up the infrastructure at the NSA used for all those phone taps under Michael Hayden's command, the parent of DynCorps At the behest of whom? Many researchers suspect strongly that Johnson worked for Valerie Plame's business front Brewster-Jennings, Inc., and there were a score of murders in the Middle East and elsewhere after her CIA status was leaked. Johnson was probably one of them. Lockheed is keeping a seal on the role of State Department's Marc Grossman - and the Johnson murder, and others that resulted from the leak, in the course of an investigation of State Department officials involved in the nuclear black market - AND THIS PROTECTS THE ENTIRE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. Lockheed has interests in the executive branch. A key suspect in the Plame leak is Grossman (one of the officials General Mahmoud met with in Washington - Mohammed Atta's pay-master, director of Pakistani intelligence), a Lockheed lobbyist at Cohen Group. (Two Locheed Martin directors are executives at William Cohen's lobbying firm. BTW, Cohen is not a registered lobbyist, and you have to wonder how the firm gets away with that.)
Fitzgerald knows of the murders and has said nothing. The Plame fiasco is much deeper than the press lets on.
- Alex Constantine
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Oil for Blood coverups ?by Mr Murder [Unsubscribe]
[Edit Diary]?Fri Jul 08, 2005 at 06:17:55 AM
PDT?Several Murders occurred after the Plame outing on
people in the oil industry formerly stationed abroad
in business capacities.
Two names. Todd Staheli for Shell in Brazil as part of
the emerging OPEC influence in South America.
Paul Johnson in Saudi Abrabia who worked for Lockheed
Plame´s CIA network was compromised and many were killed as
a result of The White House Bush-Cheney leaks in violations of
National Security Laws and murder of U.S. CIA Federal Agents.
And yet the leaking of Valerie Plame's covert identity
truly did place this country in grave danger and may
have even lead to the death of a covert CIA agent
associated to Valerie Plame Wilson. Wayne Madsen, a
reporter and former NSA employee, has claimed, "CIA
sources report that at least one anonymous star placed
on the CIA's Wall of Honor at its Langley, Virginia
headquarters is a clandestine agent who was executed
in a hostile foreign nation as a direct result of the
White House leak."
the murders in Saudi Arabia of American expatriates
and the murders of foreign workers in Iraq are
inextricably linked to American conduct in the region
is undeniable. Nick Berg, Paul Johnson and Kim Sun-il
were all dressed in the same orange jump-suits prior
to being murdered. It is no coincidence that the
outfits and colours chosen for their murders were the
same colour and style as clothes worn by detainees in
Guantanomo Bay and Abu Ghraib.
Sensitive CIA operations that were compromised by the
leak included companies, government officials, and
individuals associated with the nuclear smuggling
network of Pakistan's chief nuclear scientist Abdul
Qadeer Khan. In addition, the identities of U.S.
national and foreign agents working within the
headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency
in Vienna, North Korea's nuclear laboratory in
Yongbyon, Pakistan's Kahuta uranium enrichment plant,
banks and export companies in Dubai, Islamabad,
Moscow, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Liechtenstein, Cyprus,
and Kiev, and Kuala Lumpur, and government agencies in
Libya, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Iran were severely
compromised. The CIA has reportedly given Fitzgerald
highly classified details on the damage done to the
CIA's WMD tracking network.
Paul Johnson is the one this citizen thought was a
most likely asset- very good proximity to their war
and transit capabilities and even someone to get an
inside track on any pilot listings for hijackers-in
Plame: The actual damage caused by that leak (FTW)
The CIA Director's job by definition, whether others
like it or not, is to be able to go to his President and
advise him of the real scientific data on foreign resources
(especially oil); to warn him of pending instability
in a country closely linked to the US economy; and to tell
him what to plan for and what to promise politically
in his foreign policy. In light of her position in the CIA's
relationship with Saudi Aramco, the outing of Valerie Plame
made much of this impossible. In short, the Bush leak
threatened National Security.
The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the CIA
on June 3rd and 4th
Bush, Cheney Indictments in Plame Case Looming
by Michael C. Ruppert & additional reporting by
Wayne Madsen from Washington
Valerie Plame's career (at least the covert part)
instantly ended. The actual damage caused by that leak
has never been fully appreciated
Not only was Plame's cover blown, so was that of her
cover company, Brewster, Jennings & Associates. With
the public exposure of Plame, intelligence agencies
all over the world started searching data bases for
any references to her (TIME Magazine). Damage control
was immediate, as the CIA asserted that her mission
had been connected to weapons of mass destruction.
However, it was not long before stories from the
Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal tied
Brewster, Jennings & Associates to energy, oil and the
Saudiowned Arabian American Oil Company, or ARAMCO.
Brewster Jennings had been a founder of Mobil Oil
company, one of Aramco's principal founders.
According to additional sources interviewed by Wayne
Madsen, Brewster Jennings was, in fact, a well
established CIA proprietary company, linked for many
years to ARAMCO. The demise of Brewster Jennings was
also guaranteed the moment Plame was outed. It takes
years for Non-Official Covers or NOCs, as they are
known, to become really effective. Over time, they
become gradually more trusted; they work their way
into deeper information access from more sensitive
sources. NOCs are generally regarded in the community
as among the best and most valuable of all CIA
operations officers and the agency goes to great
lengths to protect them in what are frequently very
risky missions. By definition, Valerie Plame was an
NOC. Yet unlike all other NOCs who fear exposure and
torture or death from hostile governments and
individual targets who have been judged threats to the
United States, she got done in by her own President,
whom we also judge to be a domestic enemy of the
United States. Moreover, as we will see below, Valerie
Plame may have been one of the most important NOCs the
CIA had in the current climate. Let's look at just how
valuable she was. ARAMCO According to an April 29,
2002 report in Britain's Guardian, ARAMCO constitutes
12% of the world's total oil production; a figure
which has certainly increased as other countries have
progressed deeper into irreversible decline. ARAMCO is
the largest oil group in the world, a stateowned Saudi
company in partnership with four major US oil
companies. Another one of Aramco’s partners is
Chevron-Texaco which gave up one of its board members,
Condoleezza Rice, when she became the National
Security Advisor to George Bush. All of ARAMCO’s key
decisions are made by the Saudi royal family while US
oil expertise, personnel and technology keeps the cash
All of ARAMCO’s key decisions are made by the Saudi
royal family while US oil expertise, personnel and
technology keeps the cash coming in and the oil going
out. ARAMCO operates, manages, and maintains virtually
all Saudi oil fields – 25% of all the oil on the
planet. It gets better. According to a New York Times
report on March 8th of this year, ARAMCO is planning
to make a 25% investment in a new and badly needed
refinery to produce gasoline. The remaining 75%
ownership of the refinery will go to the only nation
that is quickly becoming America's major world
competitor for ever-diminishing supplies of oil:
China. Almost the entire Bush administration has an
interest in ARAMCO. Page -12- The Boston Globe
reported that in 2001 ARAMCO had signed a $140 million
multi-year contract with Halliburton, then chaired by
Dick Cheney, to develop a new oil field. Halliburton
does a lot of business in Saudi Arabia. Current
estimates of Halliburton contracts or joint ventures
in the country run into the tens of billions of
dollars. So do the fortunes of some shady figures from
the Bush family's past. As recently as 1991 ARAMCO had
Khalid bin Mahfouz sitting on its Supreme Council or
board of directors. Mahfouz, Saudi Arabia's former
treasurer and the nation's largest banker, has been
reported in several places to be Osama bin Laden's
brother in law. However, he has denied this and
brought intense legal pressure to bear demanding
retractions of these allegations. He has major
partnership investments with the multibillion dollar
Binladin Group of companies and he is a former
director of BCCI, the infamous criminal drugmoney
laundering bank which performed a number of very
useful services for the CIA before its 1991 collapse
under criminal investigation by a whole lot of
countries. As Saudi Arabia's largest banker he handles
the accounts of the royal family and - no doubt -
ARAMCO, while at the same time he is a named defendant
in a $1 trillion lawsuit filed by 9/11 victim families
against the Saudi government and prominent Saudi
officials who, the suit alleges, were complicit in the
9/11 attacks. Both BCCI and Mahfouz have historical
connections to the Bush family dating back to the
1980s. Another bank (one of many) connected to Mahfouz
- the InterMaritime Bank - bailed out a cash-starved
Harken Energy in 1987 with $25 million. After the
rejuvenated Harken got a nobid oil lease in 1991, CEO
George W. Bush promptly sold his shares in a
pump-and-dump scheme and made a whole lot of money.
Knowing all of this, there's really no good reason why
the CIA should be too upset, is there? It was only a
long-term proprietary and deep-cover NOC - well
established and consistently producing "take" from
ARAMCO (and who knows what else in Saudi Arabia). It
was destroyed with a motive of personal vengeance
(there may have been other motives) by someone inside
the White House. From the CIA's point of view, at a
time when Saudi Arabia is one of the three or four
countries of highest interest to the US, the Plame
operation was irreplaceable.
James Pavitt was Valerie Plame's boss. So was George
Tenet's resignation, which occurred at night, was the
first "evening resignation" of a Cabinet-level
official since October 1973 when Attorney General
Elliott Richardson and his deputy, William
Ruckelshaus, resigned in protest of Richard Nixon's
firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Many regard this as the watershed moment when the
Nixon administration was doomed.
SAUDI ARABIA Given that energy is becoming the most
important issue on the planet today, if you were the
CIA, you might be a little pissed off at the Plame
leak. But there may be justification to do more than
be angry. Anger happens all the time in Washington.
This is something else. One of the most important
intelligence prizes today - especially after recent
stories in major outlets like the New York Times
reporting that Saudi oil production has peaked and
gone into irreversible decline - would be to know of a
certainty whether those reports are correct. The
Saudis are denying it vehemently but they are being
strongly refuted by an increasing amount of hard data.
The truth remains unproven. But the mere possibility
has set the world's financial markets on edge. Saudi
Oil Minister Ali Naimi came to Washington on April
27th to put out the fires. It was imperative that he
calm everybody's nerves as the markets were screaming,
"Say it ain't so!" Naimi said emphatically that there
was nothing to worry about concerning either Saudi
reserves or ARAMCO's ability to increase production.
There was plenty of oil and no need for concern. FTW
covered and reported on that event. Writer and energy
expert Julian Darley noted that there were some very
important ears in the room, listening very closely. He
also noted that Naimi's "scientific" data and promises
of large future discoveries did not sit well many who
are well versed in oil production and delivery. [See
FTW's June 2nd story, "Saudi's Missing Barrels" and
our May 2003 story, "Paris Peak Oil Conference Reveals
Deepening Crisis." In that story FTW editor Mike
Ruppert was the first to report on credible new
information that Saudi Arabia had possibly peaked.]
If anybody has the real data on Saudi fields it is
either ARAMCO or the highest levels of the Saudi royal
family. The answer to the Saudi peak question will
determine whether Saudi Arabia really can increase
production quickly, as promised. If they can't, then
the US economy is going to suffer bitterly, and it is
certain that the Saudi monarchy will collapse into
chaos. Then the nearby US military will occupy the
oilfields and the U.S. will ultimately Balkanize the
country by carving off the oil fields - which occupy
only a small area near the East coast. That U.S.
enclave would then provide sanctuary to the leading
members of the royal family who will have agreed to
keep their trillions invested in Wall Street so the US
economy doesn't collapse. So far the Saudis haven't
had to prove that they could increase production due
to convenient terror attacks at oil fields, and more
"debates" within OPEC.
August 29, 2005
Valerie Plame and intel into Saudi Arabia
Over the past couple decades, as global oil demand has
increased, and we have neared the point at which
global oil production will peak (an inherent
requirement of using a depletable fossil fuel), trying
to maintain intelligence information on the true state
of the oil industries of foreign countries has been a
key priority of the CIA. If a country’s oil reserves
are substantially lower than what they are publically
saying, our leaders need/want to know, to prefer for a
pending shortfall. Also, with many nations, the oil
industries are owned and run by the government - so
gathering intel from within their oil industry
translates to gathering intel about many parts of the
government, including military issues (such as WMDs).
At least 10 years ago, the CIA created a “front
operation” - a company that was secretly run by the
CIA, and that built close ties with the oil industries
of other nations as a means of gathering intel from
within the country. This “cover company” was known as
Brewster, Jennings & Associates (BJA). It took years
for this cover company to really start paying off as
far as intel, since it took time for the foreign
countries and companies they worked with to start
trusting them. A key company BJA worked with was
ARAMCO - Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, which
supplies somewhere around 12% of global oil
Agents working in “cover companies” like this are
known as NOCs, or “Non-Official Covers”, and are
viewed as some of the most effective and useful agents
the CIA has, as over time they (and their cover
company) builds substantial trust, and thus is privy
to considerable intel. BJA was supplying not only
intel about the real state of the oil industry in the
middle east, but also various WMD issues that they
were able to gather intel on.
A key NOC in BJA was none other than Valerie Plame,
Joseph Wilson’s wife. Plame is of course the CIA agent
who was “outed” by conservative columnist Robert
Novak, after high ranking members of the Bush
administration revealed her identity in an apparenty
attempt to retaliate for her husband speaking out
against false administration claims of Iraqi attempts
to buy uranium from Niger. As Karl Rove said, he
viewed Wilson’s wife as “fair game” in retaliation.
When Plame was exposed, not only was she herself
exposed, but so was her cover company, Brewster,
Jennings & Associates, since she was known to “work”
for them. Not only was Plame and every other CIA agent
working within BJA exposed and endangered, the entire
BJA operation was destroyed, ending arguably one of
the most important and effective intel gathering
operations the CIA had at the time. Effectively, we
are now “flying blind” with regards to the state of
the oil industry in Saudi Arabia and other parts of
the middle east, as the CIA’s operation that was
keeping track of that vitally important issue, has
been completely destroyed as a result of
administration officials outing Plame.
That is why this issue of outing Plame should not be
“forgetten about”, or considered a minor issue. By
outing Plame, not only was she endangered, but every
CIA agent working for BJA was also outed and
endangered, and this vitally important operation was
destroyed. If that’s not treason, what is it?
For more on this, see
Al Qaeda militants kill American hostage
Terrorist group leader, 3 others die in Riyadh gunbattle
Saturday, June 19, 2004 Posted: 3:04 AM EDT (0704 GMT)
CNN analyst: Beheading could backfire on terrorists.
YOUR E-MAIL ALERTS
(CNN) -- Saudi security forces killed a top al Qaeda
leader in the kingdom shortly after the decapitated
body of American hostage Paul Johnson Jr. was left in
a remote area of Riyadh, security sources said.
Abdel Aziz al-Muqrin, the self-proclaimed military
leader of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, was killed while
disposing of Johnson's body, the sources told CNN.
But a statement attributed to al Qaeda denied
al-Muqrin's death, saying "Saudi tyrants" trying to
discourage the mujahideen were spreading "false news."
There was no way to immediately confirm the denial.
Three other terror suspects also were killed,
including the second most wanted man in Saudi Arabia,
Rakan Alsaykhan, who had close ties with the al Qaeda
mastermind of the October 2000 bombing of the USS
The other two suspects -- brothers named Bandar and
Faisal Aldakheel -- were also on the Saudi "most
wanted" list, the sources said
All four were slain after a police chase and gunbattle
in the Saudi capital, the sources said. Five Saudi
security forces were killed.
Johnson, a 49-year-old Lockheed Martin Corp. employee,
was kidnapped in Riyadh last Saturday.
His body was found Friday in northern Riyadh soon
after an Islamist Web site posted photographs of his
U.S. officials said the remains were "definitely"
One photograph showed a severed head sitting on the
back of a headless body.
Al-Muqrin had threatened Tuesday to kill Johnson in 72
hours unless the Saudi government released al Qaeda
prisoners and Westerners left the Arabian Peninsula.
"As we promised, we the mujahedeen from the Falluja
Squadron slaughtered the American hostage Paul Johnson
after the deadline we gave to the Saudi tyrants," said
a statement on the Web site that has been translated
from the Arabic.
"So he got his fair share from this life and for him
to taste a bit of what the Muslims have been suffering
from Apache helicopter attacks. They were tortured by
Johnson worked on Apache attack helicopters in Saudi
Arabia and had lived there for more than a decade.
Johnson's family in the United States, including his
son, daughter, brother and sister, has asked for
privacy. The family issued a statement thanking
everyone "for the outpouring of support they have
The family also praised the United States and Saudi
Arabia for doing "everything they possibly could to
rescue Paul under very difficult circumstances."
Lockheed Martin spokesman Tom Jurkowsky said the
company is "dealing with the family."
"All we can say is we're very distressed, very
disheartened," Jurkowsky said.
President Bush offered his sympathies to Johnson's
Speaking in Seattle, Bush also said, "The murder of
Paul shows the evil nature of the enemy we face. ...
We must pursue these people and bring them to justice
before they hurt other Americans."
'We did everything we could to find him'
Al-Arabiya first reported al-Muqrin's death. Video
from the scene showed police moving people away from a
crowded residential area of the capital.
Shortly before the news broke, Adel Al-Jubeir, the
foreign affairs adviser to Saudi Crown Prince
Abdullah, told reporters in Washington that Saudi
security forces discovered terrorist suspects fleeing
in cars, gave chase and then battled them in central
"A number of terrorists have been killed," he said.
"We believe they are part of the al Qaeda network in
the kingdom. We don't know how related they are to the
murder of Mr. Johnson."
Shortly after his kidnapping, Paul Johnson Jr. was
shown in this video posted on a Web site linked to al
More than 15,000 Saudi security forces, working with
U.S. forces, combed areas believed to be al Qaeda hubs
in recent days, searching about 2,000 locations for
Johnson and his captors, Al-Jubeir said.
"We did everything we could to find him. And we are
deeply sorry that it was not enough," he said.
As news of Johnson's killing spread, U.S. officials
condemned the terrorists.
Frank Lautenberg -- a Democratic senator from
Johnson's home state of New Jersey -- issued a
scathing indictment of Saudi Arabia's efforts to
"The Saudi Arabian government has shown too much
patience for these terrorist cells and the ideologies
of hate they preach. The United States will no longer
tolerate Saudi neglect of the extremists and
terrorists who live and thrive in the kingdom,"
"All further relations with Saudi Arabia must be
entirely contingent on the kingdom's progress cracking
down, reigning in and snuffing out its terrorist
problem. Deeds -- not words -- must be the benchmark
of Saudi progress in solving the terrorist problem
that threatens its society as much as it threatens our
'A tremendous sadness'
Carol Kalin, the media attaché to the U.S. Embassy in
Riyadh, said the embassy and the American community in
Saudi Arabia felt "a tremendous sadness at Paul's
Kalin said the embassy has been in close contact with
Johnson's widow, Noom, who earlier in the day
tearfully pleaded for his release.
"What can I do for him?" said Noom, a native of
Thailand. "I want to see him come back to see me. He
don't do anything wrong, he nice with the people. I
never see him have problem in the 10 year here.
Kalin said the embassy is "strongly urging Americans
to depart" Saudi Arabia and urging "those Americans
who do choose to remain to exercise the utmost
"It's tough times out here," she said.
Al-Muqrin had claimed responsibility for Johnson's
kidnapping and the death of another American, Kenneth
Scroggs, on Saturday on behalf of a group called the
Falluja Squadron, which claims to have ties to al
A senior U.S. State Department official in Washington
told CNN the United States will now act to "batten
down the hatch and [not] give them an easy target."
"We want Americans to leave. We want the people that
are there to take appropriate precautions," the
The official added that Johnson lived away from the
heavily fortified expatriate compounds and "was a
The al Qaeda Web statement also said the killing was
"a lesson for them to learn for whoever comes to our
country, this will be their punishment."
Muslim friends of Johnson -- including some clerics --
had also pleaded for his release. But the militants
were not swayed.
The Web statement addressed those pleas.
"A lot of voices were very loud, expressing their
anger for taking a Christian military person as a
hostage and killing him while they kept their mouth
shut from saying anything supporting those poor
Muslims who are in prisons and being tortured by the
hands of the cross-believers," the Web site statement
said, an apparent reference to the abuse of Iraqis
held at Abu Ghraib prison.
Another Case of Blowback
By WAYNE MADSEN
Saleh Mohammed al Oufi, the new head of "Al Qaeda of
the Arabian Peninsula," the group that kidnapped and
beheaded American Lockheed Martin helicopter
technician Paul Johnson, may have received training
from a U.S. military contractor while he was being
trained as a Saudi public security non commissioned
officer and prison guard. Al Oufi took over as the Al
Qaeda Saudi branch leader after Saudi security forces
reportedly gunned down his predecessor Abdulaziz al
Muqrin. In 1983, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC),
which now owns Dyncorp -- another major U.S. private
military contractor that is training members of the
Iraqi army and police -- was awarded a contract by
Saudi Arabia to develop the multi-hundred million
dollar Saudi Ministry of the Interior System (SAMIS),
one of the largest information systems in the world
and one that is used by one of the most secretive
public security services in the world. SAMIS was also
the largest contract CSC had ever received to that
During the time el Oufi was rising to the rank of
sergeant in the Public Security Service, a part of the
Saudi Interior Ministry, he may have received training
on the sophisticated CSC computer system that, with
its 1000 computer terminals throughout the country,
was used to monitor convicts and ex-convicts, those
under arrest and jailed for crimes, foreigners,
religious pilgrims, and religious "miscreants" (a
title used by the Saudis for Shia Muslims, Jews,
Christians, and other "infidels.") The system contains
the names and addresses of every foreigner in the
country legally, something that would be the mother
lode of information for any terrorist or would-be
terrorist. Al Oufi's possible knowledge of the system
from his time as a Public Security official would give
Al Qaeda an unprecedented advantage in its terrorist
activities against Westerners, particularly Americans,
in Saudi Arabia.
CSC has touted its work for the Saudi Royal Family in
a number of its press releases over the years. Based
largely on its work in Saudi Arabia, the company was
awarded a similar contract in 1991 to rebuild the
Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior computer system after was
destroyed by invading Iraqi troops in 1990.
SAMIS automated the functions of all the component
divisions of the Interior Ministry, including the
departments of civil status (identification cards),
public security (including prisons), border guards,
civil defense, passports, general investigations,
special security, and the governates.
Al Oufi was eventually promoted to the rank of
sergeant in 1989. During Al Oufi's tenure within the
Public Security Department, CSC began an upgrade of
the SAMIS system -- a project called SAMIS II. After
being dismissed from the Saudi Public Security
Department in 1995, Al Oufi went to fight with Islamic
rebels in Chechnia. He was badly wounded in the
breakaway Russian republic and returned to Saudi
Arabia for medical treatment. Subsequently, Al Oufi
met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan prior to the
911 attacks on the United States. He fled Afghanistan
and returned to Saudi Arabia after the Taliban regime
was ousted by American forces.
El Oufi is thought by many Middle East observers to
have continuing contacts within the Saudi security
services who may have aided and abetted in terrorist
assassinations, assassination attempts, and
kidnappings and executions, including Johnson's. An
Islamist web site claimed that the terrorists who
kidnapped Johnson were given Saudi security uniforms
and vehicles by Saudi public security personnel.
And in a rather tragic irony, Lockheed Martin, the
employer of the executed contractor Paul Johnson, is
buying Titan, Inc., one of the contractor companies
named by U.S. military investigators in the prison
abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. It was the
abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Iraq that the Saudi Al
Qaeda group cited for its beheading of Johnson. Now
Johnson's employer will be taking over the very
contract that U.S. Army investigators claim helped
facilitate the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative
journalist and columnist. He served in the National
Security Agency (NSA) during the Reagan administration
and wrote the introduction to Forbidden Truth. He is
the co-author, with John Stanton, of "America's
Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II." His
forthcoming book is titled: "Jaded Tasks: Big Oil,
Black Ops, and Brass Plates."
Saudi official says
it’s unlikely police
Search continues for body
of U.S. defense worker
MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 7:31 a.m. PT June 21, 2004
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A Saudi Arabian official said
Monday that an al-Qaida Web site’s claim that members
of the terrorist network received assistance from the
kingdom’s security forces in the kidnapping of
American Paul Johnson Jr. is almost certainly a lie,
calling the possibility “very, very remote.”
Saudi foreign affairs adviser Adel al-Jubeir said on
NBC’s “Today” show that al-Qaida-related Web sites
have previously claimed to have support within the
Saudi security forces in an effort to project
“Of course it would be disturbing (if that was true),
but we have seen no evidence to that effect,” he said.
Al-Jubeir was responding to a question about a claim
on a Web site run by Islamic extremists on Sunday
that Saudi police sympathizers provided cars and
uniforms so the militants could fake a roadblock and
snare Johnson, the American defense worker whom
al-Qaida claimed to have beheaded on Friday.
Saudi criticizes U.S. media
Al-Jubeir also criticized the American media for
reporting messages posted on extremist Web sites.
“It is as if the information minister of Saddam
Hussein, everything he said people would take as
fact,” he said.
He also shrugged off questions about why it took so
long to find Abdulaziz al-Moqrin, the alleged
ringleader of the terrorist cell blamed for Johnson’s
murder as well as a number of deadly attacks against
Al-Jubeir noted that the U.S. military has been
hunting unsuccessfully for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in
Iraq and has been unable to track down fugitive
al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden for years.
He also said that Saudi authorities were continuing to
hunt for Johnson’s body so that it can be returned to
his grieving family.
Claim says militants posed as police
The Web site posted what it said was a statement by
al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula saying that Saudi
security forces provided uniforms and police cars to
militants who then set up a fake checkpoint to kidnap
Johnson. The militants say they posed as police to
stop Johnson’s car, anesthetized him and carried him
to another car.
“A number of the cooperators who are sincere to their
religion in the security apparatus donated those
clothes and the police cars. We ask God to reward them
and that they use their energy to serve Islam and the
mujahedeen,” the article said.
A separate claim on the Web site attributed to
al-Moqrin said Johnson was targeted because of his
work on Apache attack helicopters for Lockheed Martin.
Al-Moqrin and three other militants were killed Friday
in a shootout with Saudi security forces after they
apparently beheaded Johnson.
The others killed were identified as Faisal
Abdul-Rahman al-Dikheel, Turki bin Fuheid al-Muteiry
and Ibrahim bin Abdullah al-Dreiham. Al-Dikheel was
believed to be the No. 2 al-Qaida militant in Saudi
One security officer was killed and two were wounded
in the gunbattle, the official Saudi news agency
Police cars, armored vehicles and a large contingent
of emergency forces blockaded the al-Malaz area of
Riyadh Sunday in a search for suspects, security
officials said. Witnesses saw suspects fleeing into a
house in the neighborhood after police fired at them
at a traffic light.
Blockade lifted after police fire on suspects
Hours later, the blockade was lifted and security
forces left. It was unclear whether anyone was
On Sunday night, scores of Saudi men, mostly in their
20s and 30s, paid visits to the bullet-pocked gas
station where al-Moqrin and the three others were
“This should be turned into a national monument,” said
Mohamed Ibrahim Shakir. “Every Saudi should come here
and pray to God. We got rid of these terrorists.”
Ibrahim al-Shamari, who was tending the station, said
the militant leader was shooting at security forces
from behind a refrigerator when he was killed.
One security officer was killed and two were wounded
in the shootout, the official Saudi news agency
June 18: The top al-Qaida figure in Saudi Arabia,
Abdulaziz al-Moqrin, has been killed in a shootout.
NBC's Lisa Myers reports.
Al-Moqrin is believed to have had a leading role in
the recent rise of militant violence in the kingdom.
Dozens of people have been killed in a string of
bombings and attacks targeting foreigners.
Saudi King Fahd said Sunday that militants would not
succeed in their aim to harm the kingdom.
“We will not allow this destructive bunch, led by
deviant thought, to harm the security of this nation
or affect its stability,” he said in a speech to the
advisory Shura Council.
Johnson was seized June 12, the same day Islamic
militants shot and killed Kenneth Scroggs of Laconia,
N.H., in his garage in Riyadh. Earlier that week,
militants in the capital also shot and killed Irish
cameraman Simon Cumbers, who was filming for the
British Broadcasting Corp., and another American,
Robert Jacobs, of Murphysboro, Ill.
Johnson’s captors said they would kill him on Friday
unless Saudi Arabia released jailed al-Qaida
Sunday’s al-Qaida article said the militants decided
to behead Johnson when al-Jubeir, foreign affairs
adviser to Crown Prince Abdullah in Washington,
declared that Saudi Arabia would not negotiate with
Deseret Morning News, Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Couple's slaying is still unsolved
Brazilian suspect freed; children live in Spanish Fork
By Jesse Hyde?Deseret Morning News
A year has passed since a Utah couple was brutally
bludgeoned to death in their posh Rio de Janeiro
condominium, and the prime suspect in the case remains
Family members gather at graveside service for Todd
and Michelle Staheli in Spanish Fork last year.
Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
Todd Staheli, 39, and his wife, Michelle, 36, of
Spanish Fork, were killed on Nov. 30 of last year as
they slept in their high-security home, according to
Brazilian police authorities.
In April, a 20-year-old handyman confessed to using a
crowbar to commit the grisly murders, but the next day
he recanted the confession, saying two other
Brazilians committed the crime after he let them in.
The handyman, Jociel Conceicao dos Santos, lived with
the Stahelis' neighbor. He was arrested in April after
allegedly trying to break into another condominium in
the complex where the Stahelis lived.
Dos Santos said he killed the couple because Staheli,
an executive with Shell Oil, had called him a racial
slur. But after relatives said Todd Staheli didn't
even speak Portuguese, Dos Santos recanted his
confession. He was placed in Brazil's witness
A few weeks later, police again identified Dos Santos
as the prime suspect, saying DNA from blood found on
his shorts and backpack matched that of the Stahelis.
Dos Santos said the DNA evidence had been planted and
that he had confessed because police had pressured him
A judge refused a prosecutor's request to keep Dos
Santos behind bars and instead ordered psychological
The Staheli family in Utah has been skeptical that Dos
Santos had anything to do with the murder.
"It would be nice if they found out who did it," said
Todd Staheli's uncle, Elias Staheli. "But I don't
think they ever will."
The murder has generated intense media attention and
speculation in Brazil. Some still wonder if Staheli
was killed because of his position as an oil executive
with Shell. There were rumors the Stahelis had
received threatening phone calls related to an
international oil pipeline.
But Shell officials say they were never alerted of any
threats. Before moving to Brazil, Staheli had worked
for Shell in London, Switzerland, Ukraine and Saudi
Initially, investigators thought the couple was
murdered during a botched robbery attempt, but little
was taken from the house. Even a $15,000 gold Rolex
was left sitting on the nightstand near the couple's
Elias Staheli said the family is trying to move on. He
said his brother, Todd's father, was relieved to leave
Brazil with the couple's four children, ages 3 to 13.
The grandparents have custody of the children and live
with them in Spanish Fork.
"I don't think my brother dwells on it too much. He
doesn't want to go on with resentment in his life," he
Lockheed Puts Faith In Tough Lawyer
Compliance Is Focus Of New Legal Chief
By Carrie Johnson and Griff Witte?Washington Post
Staff Writers?Monday, August 8, 2005; D01
Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, the Justice
Department's second in command, says he's got some
homework to do, learning about Bethesda's Lockheed
Martin Corp. before he becomes its top lawyer in
But the man who brought criminal charges against
domestic entrepreneur Martha Stewart and investment
banker Frank P. Quattrone has become a quick study in
his current job, fielding what he calls "a constant
firestorm" of requests from more than 110,000
prosecutors around the nation.
Comey, 44, will manage a team of 140 lawyers for the
Pentagon's biggest defense contractor, replacing Frank
H. Menaker Jr., a prominent figure in the Washington
area legal community who worked for Lockheed or its
predecessor companies for 35 years.
Comey said in an interview that he chose Lockheed from
among a number of opportunities partly because of the
company's clean reputation. He said he also preferred
having a single client rather than taking the course
pursued by many other former prosecutors -- joining a
law firm and defending some of the same sorts of
clients in private practice that he targeted during
his long government tenure.
"It strikes me as a logical extension of what I do
now, which is help provide legal advice and manage a
huge entity," Comey said. "I like what they do, I like
their values and I like their leadership. They are a
company focused on compliance."
Charles W. Garrison of District-based Garrison &
Sisson Inc., a recruiter, said Comey was "pretty much
able to write his own ticket," given his credibility
and his longstanding contacts within federal agencies.
"While Lockheed Martin hasn't had a lot of problems,
it's probably a very good defensive acquisition for
them, and an offensive acquisition for them as far as
Comey being able to open doors," Garrison said.
Lockheed executives said Comey's record in both the
public and private sectors drew them to him. "James
Comey brings a wealth of talent and experience to
Lockheed Martin, and in particular exceptional
litigation expertise and leadership skills," said
Thomas C. Greer, a company spokesman. "He also has
valuable insight into commercial litigation, having
been a partner in a private law firm."
Although Comey had a stint at the Virginia law firm
McGuireWoods LLP, he has spent most of his career in
government service, as a federal prosecutor in New
York, Richmond, and Washington. He played a key
leadership role in the president's Corporate Fraud
Task Force, created after the collapse of Enron Corp.
and WorldCom Inc.
Life inside Lockheed, which employs about 130,000
people around the world and posted sales of $35.5
billion last year, may involve a change of pace for
Comey, whose affable manner serves as counterpoint to
his 6-foot-8-inch stature.
Still, he is not the first Justice Department official
to choose a high-profile job inside a corporation.
Former deputy attorney general Larry D. Thompson now
works as general counsel at PepsiCo Inc. Clinton-era
deputy Jamie Gorelick worked for years at Fannie Mae.
William P. Barr, former attorney general under
President George H.W. Bush, is general counsel at
Verizon Communications Inc.
"There is a different set of dynamics at work inside a
company," said George J. Terwilliger III, a partner at
White & Case LLP in Washington who was deputy attorney
general under President George H.W. Bush. "Jim is so
intelligent and perceptive that I suspect he will be a
very quick study on those issues."
Lockheed did not disclose Comey's compensation
package. His predecessor Menaker earned $1.46 million
in salary and bonus last year.
Comey's friends said his tough-on-corruption
reputation will be an asset to Lockheed, which has
complained in recent years that it was the victim of
improper behavior by Boeing Co., its rival for defense
contracts. Pentagon acquisition official Darleen A.
Druyun negotiated a job with Boeing while still
overseeing the company's contracts with the Air Force.
Druyun later admitted to having shown Boeing
favoritism over Lockheed, and she was sentenced to
nine months in prison.
"He is seen by people in the department as a career
guy, not a person with a political axe to grind," said
Eric H. Holder Jr., who was deputy attorney general in
the Clinton administration and is now a partner at
Covington & Burling LLP in the District. Holder said
Comey demonstrated his independence by appointing
aggressive Chicago prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, a
longtime friend, to probe the politically sensitive
leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity.
Some critics said Comey's new position is an example
of the inherent sensitivity when high-level officials
jump into lucrative jobs at companies that depend on
Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on
Government Oversight, said there do not appear to be
conflicts of interest between Comey's work at the
Justice Department and his new job at Lockheed Martin.
But, she asked, "isn't there an incentive created not
to go after these companies, because you have, in the
back of your mind, 'I may want to work for them
someday'? That's at the heart of the insidious nature
of the revolving door, and that's why we really have
to try to fix this problem."
Comey said he had never dealt with Lockheed Martin
during his years as deputy attorney general or in his
tenure as U.S. attorney in Manhattan, perhaps the
busiest prosecutor's office in the country.
Lockheed Martin's board of directors is well-stocked
with prominent former government officials, including
E. C. "Pete" Aldridge Jr., former undersecretary of
defense; Gen. Joseph W. Ralston, former vice chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Adm. James O. Ellis Jr.,
former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command;
Gwendolyn S. King, former commissioner of the Social
Security Administration. The company also has many of
former government officials in its executive ranks and
has hired numerous former members of the House and
Senate to lobby on its behalf.
Among the cases Comey may face once he takes over is a
suit filed against the company last week by the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission that accuses
Lockheed of ignoring an employee's complaints of
racial harassment. The suit is based on the
allegations of Charles Daniels, an electrician who
worked at Lockheed facilities and claims he was
subjected to racist jokes and threats by co-workers
and a supervisor. A company spokesman said last week
that Lockheed attorneys were still reviewing the case
and were not prepared to comment on it.
Holder, the former Clinton-era official, said Menaker,
who is retiring, has been "one of the deans of
American general counsel."
"He leaves big shoes to fill," Holder said, adding
with a laugh, "but you know, Jim Comey's got big
Skull & Bonesman to oversee Valerie Plame case?
Submitted by Bill Weinberg on Mon, 08/08/2005 - 22:54.
An interesting development in the extremely
contentious Valerie Plame affair: Deputy Attorney
General James Comey, the only Justice Department
official overseeing special counsel Patrick
Fitzgerald's investigation into the leak scandal, is
leaving to take a job in the private sector. And his
likely successor, Associate Attorney General Robert
McCallum, is—like the incumbent president whose
administration may be responsible for the leak—a Yale
Skull & Bonesman! Via TruthOut:
?Leak Investigation: An Oversight Issue??
15 August 2005 Issue
The departure this week of Deputy Attorney General
James Comey, who has accepted the post of general
counsel at Lockheed Martin, leaves a question mark in
the probe into who leaked the identity of CIA
operative Valerie Plame. Comey was the only official
overseeing special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's leak
With Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recused,
department officials say they are still trying to
resolve whom Fitzgerald will now report to. Associate
Attorney General Robert McCallum is "likely" to be
named as acting deputy A.G., a DOJ official who asked
not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the
matter tells NEWSWEEK. But McCallum may be seen as
having his own conflicts: he is an old friend of
President Bush's and a member of his Skull and Bones
class at Yale.
One question: how much authority Comey's successor
will have over Fitzgerald. When Comey appointed
Fitzgerald in 2003, the deputy granted him
extraordinary powers to act however he saw fit-but
noted he still had the right to revoke Fitzgerald's
authority. The questions are pertinent because lawyers
close to the case believe the probe is in its final
Fitzgerald recently called White House aide Karl
Rove's secretary and his former top aide to testify
before the grand jury. They were asked why there was
no record of a phone call from Time reporter Matt
Cooper, with whom Rove discussed the CIA agent, says a
source close to Rove who requested anonymity because
the FBI asked participants not to comment. The source
says the call went through the White House
switchboard, not directly to Rove.
Note: It was also James Comey, then Manhattan US
Attorney, who threatened to subpoena WW4 REPORT in
2003 over our interview with activist attorney and
terror war defendant Lynne Stewart.
May 31, 2006 -- Murdered Canadian diplomat another
possible victim of Valerie Plame Wilson/Brewster
Jennings disclosure. On May 26, Italian police
discovered the badly decomposed body of Canadian
diplomat Lewis B. Miskell in a Naples sewer. Miskell,
49, had been stabbed in the abdomen. Intelligence
sources report that Miskell, who assigned to the
Canadian embassy in Vienna, Austria, was the attache
responsible for liaison to UN specialized agencies in
Vienna. The most important UN agency in the Austrian
capital is the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), the nexus for nuclear talks with Iran and a
significant activity surrounding the activities of the
defunct Brewster Jennings Associates, the covert
weapons counter-proliferation front company outed by
the Bush White House. The clampdown on information
about Miskell by the pro-Bush Stephen Harper
government in Canada indicates that Miskell may have
had an intelligence function and was operating under
"official cover" at the Canadian embassy in Vienna.
Miskell traveled from London to Naples on March 6 and
was supposedly on vacation. He was due to return to
London on March 14 but failed to show for his flight.
There has been no explanation from Canada why Miskell,
who was posted in Vienna, was traveling between Italy
and London. There are direct flights between Vienna
and Naples. Miskell was last spotted at the Naples
train station. A Nigerian national named Desmond Anywi
was later discovered with six of Miskell's credit
cards, which he said he found on the floor of the
Naples train station. Police have not charged Anywi
for robbery and there has been no explanation from
police why Miskell was found with his wristwatch and
other personal effects.
Computer records showed that Miskell made online
inquiries about several hotels in Naples prior to his
trip but did not reserve a room in them nor did he
visit them. Miskell had a history of photographing
"historical" sites in various countries. Suspiciously,
unnamed "police" sources in Europe began spreading
information that Miskell, who lived alone in Vienna,
spent a lot of time on Internet chat rooms trying to
meet people and stayed in the seediest parts of
European cities, including the area in Naples where he
was investigating hotels.
Canada has been a source of tritium, a nuclear weapons
component, for Iran. The Canadian Nuclear Safety
Commission (CNSC) has been known to be lax for its
sale of nuclear components to nations abroad. Miskell
was posted at the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC
during the mid-1990s.
Slain Canadian diplomat had ties to International
Atomic Energy Agency investigating nuclear weapons
In what may be a related matter, the Swiss Federal
Prosecutor's Offiece has complained to the United
States that the Bush administration has failed to
cooperate with Switzerland's efforts to track the A Q
Khan nuclear proliferation network. The Bush
administration's multiple refusals to assist
Switzerland in probing the Khan network, which was a
major target of the CIA's Counter-Proliferation
Division, Brewster Jennings Associates, and Valerie
Plame Wilson, was revealed by former UN weapons
inspector David Albright. Switzerland arrested three
members of the Tinner family -- Friedrich, Urs, and
Marco -- for illegally supplying centrifuges from a
Malaysian company to Libya. Urs Tinner has been
rumored to have been a U.S. intelligence asset.
Switzerland has received cooperation in its probe from
Southeast Asian nations, including Malaysia and
Thailand, and South Africa. All three are key transit
points for nuclear materials involving Russian-Israeli
Mafia assets who, in turn, are linked to top members
of the Bush administration, including Vice President