The ‘mouth that roared’ is at it again….. speaking before he thinks. The self declared spokesman for the Afro American community in America often says things totally removed from reality…. often doing more harm than the supposed good he might have intended.
bought and paid for
Compiled by Hugh Galford
See the entire list here at the source: http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/the-latest-figures-on-israels-2008-american-congress/
‘Player Overlap’ between two scandals visible in Miami Trial
The true owner of the “N” number painted on the business jet used in the sting
against Hugo Chavez is a CIA contractor.
The luxury business jet carrying a suitcase filled with $800,000 in bribes whose discovery last August kicked off the Suitcase-Gate Scandal had the same American registration, or” N” number, as that of a plane flying for a CIA contractor in Iraq, the MadCowMorningNews has learned.
The so-called Suitcase-Gate Scandal is playing out in a trial currently underway in a Federal courtroom in Miami.
Newspaper photos taken of the Citation X top-of-the-line business jet right after the ill-fated suitcase flight show ‘N’ number N5113S on the tail.
But a Florida-based CIA air contractor called Air-Scan Inc. is assigned that tail number, according to FAA records, for a Cessna 182 flying in Iraq.
Air-Scan Inc. is an American military contractor which has—even for an American military contractor—a checkered past. Still, there has been no mention during the trial so far of the murky provenance of the plane.
Corruption Laid Bare…Or bare-Naked
Testimony in the trial indicated that the $800,000 in the suitcase, discovered by a rookie Customs Agent in Argentina, as well as $4.5 million in cash in a second suitcase which wasn’t discovered, was a bribe from Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez to the couple running Argentina, former President Nestor Kirchner and his wife Cristina, the current President of Argentina.
The case hit the headlines this week because of the expected testimony of a star witness, the former comely Argentinean Customs agent who discovered the suitcase stuffed with $800,000.
María del Luján Telpuk has been transformed by her involvement in the case. The one-time nursery school teacher became an Argentine folk hero as well as a 3-page spread and her picture on the cover of the Argentina edition of Playboy.
Headline-writers had a field day: “Corruption laid bare!” screamed one.
“As evidenced by her loving embrace of the cameras at Miami International Airport,” reported the Miami Herald, “she is clearly savoring her 15 minutes of fame.”
What Maria wants, it turns out, is to be an ice-skater. A famous ice-skater.
American military contractor’s ‘checkered’ history
The ploy–confusing investigators by using a single “N” number on two different planes, like two cars bearing identical license plate numbers– was also used by planes busted with multi-ton loads of cocaine, a number of which were sold by SkyWay Aircraft in St. Petersburg.
So it may be something more than coincidence that the true owner of the “N” number painted on the business jet which delivered an embarrassing present to the President of Argentina is a CIA contractor.
The founders of Air Scan, Walter Holloway and John W Mansur, both have backgrounds as air commandos, the Air Force version of Special Forces, and met while flying in America’s Secret War in Laos.
A quick look at their company’s checkered past:
In December 1998, the Colombian Air Force dropped cluster bombs on Santo Domingo, a village near an Occidental pipeline, killing 18 people.
Human rights groups and Colombian government officials say the bombing was a massacre of 18 civilians by the Colombian military in Santo Domingo in December, 1998, when a pilot working for the US company, Airscan, Inc., under contract to the Colombian government to protect Occidental’s pipeline, directed the Colombian Air Force to drop a US-made cluster bomb on the village.
The American employees of the security company dropped out of sight. Human rights groups filed suit in California in 2003 and 2004 against Occidental, whose headquarters is in Los Angeles.
“U.S. Army Awards $165 Million Contract to Air Scan for Surveillance Support,” reads one typical recent headline about Air-Scan.
So they are, at least, doing well financially.
“Honey, did you pack the overnight bag with $800 grand?”
Suitcase-gate began with the mission flown by the Citation X between Caracas and Buenos Aires thirteen months ago.
Newspaper accounts stated the flight had been chartered by the Argentine Government.
Aboard were various Venezuelan oil execs and “yuppie socialist” cronies of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez. Chavez himself was scheduled to arrive on a state visit in three days.
Along for the ride was Guido Antonini Wilson, a mysterious Venezuelan businessman who took the fall for the $800,000 when he went through Argentinean Customs.
Guido had taken twelve similar trips between Venezuela and Argentina during the past year.
All were one-day turnaround trips. This did not leave Guido much time for sightseeing.
Presumably, Argentine Customs took note.
“Guido, meet the General. General, meet Guido.”
The Customs check wasn’t supposed to happen.
The plane had been cleared to taxi directly, according to Argentinean newspapers, to the Presidential gate.
The $800K in the suitcase was intended for the campaign of the now President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, a gift from Hugo Chávez, scheduled to arrive in town just three days later.
According to the Miami Herald, “Experts say that it was a bribe designed to expand Chavez’s leftist revolution.”
Most people would agree that that would be just like him
You can’t really trust someone wearing a raspberry beret.
Appearing in the Octagon one final time
Suitcase-gate is first and foremost, a titanic geo-political conflict, pitting George W. Bush in red-white-and-blue-trunks in one corner of the Octagon, versus his opponent, wearing the Raspberry Beret, Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez.
It is also the biggest international scandal to hit the Western Hemisphere in years.
Two dozen Latin American journalists are in attendance in a Miami courtroom to watch the trial of a wealthy businessman, accused of being an illegal agent for the socialist government of President Hugo Chávez.
The scandal has rocked Latin America hard, provoking outrage, potentially destroying political careers, and threatening to seriously damage U.S. relations with several Latin American countries, including Bolivia, Argentina, and Venezuela.
A diplomatic blow-by-blow”
Venezuela kicked out the U.S. Ambassador. So did Bolivia.
Then the State Department declared Bolivia’s ambassador to Washington persona non grata, and bid him go hence. They said they were also expelling Venezuela’s ambassador.
At the end of last week, Russia and Venezuela announced they were staging an unprecedented joint Russian-Venezuelan naval exercise.
Two huge Russian bombers, painted antiflash-white to deflect nuclear blasts, touched down on Venezuelan runways in preparation for the joint training exercise.
As a tribute to Fidel Castro, Chávez pledged to personally pilot one of the Russian bombers over Cuban skies.
Whether or not Chávez actually breaks out his flying goggles, Russia’s military presence underscores a new low in US-Latin American relations.
Diplomatic niceties aside, the state of affairs can be summarized as:
More instances of “player overlap”
SkyWay Aircraft, which exported at least five American-registered planes to Venezuela that were shortly thereafter busted hauling multi-ton loads of cocaine, is also involved in the Suitcase-Gate Scandal.
The drug allegations against Hugo Chavez were made by busted Venezuelan drug smuggler Feris Farid Dominguez, and repeated by U.S. diplomatic personnel last week. They led almost immediately to the breakdown in diplomatic relations.
Feris Fernandez’s testimony was also cited last week by U.S. officials when they accused the head of Venezuelan military intelligence, Gen. Hugo Carvajal, of protecting drug shipments. The result has been an almost complete diplomatic break.
Feris Dominguez was busted on Margarita Island, a small Caribbean island off Venezuela. Venezuelan officials seized 2.5 tons of cocaine as smugglers prepared to load it onto an Africa-bound private plane, a Beechcraft King Air, owned by Dominguez.
Dominguez had bought the plane, three weeks earlier, from SkyWay Aircraft of St Petersburg.
“Clan of the Cave Bear Generals”
Farid Feris Dominguez told investigators that several high-ranking Venezuelan officials helped him. His lawyer told the AP that Feris even obtained a Venezuelan diplomatic passport.
Feris is awaiting trial after being indicted in Washington on drug trafficking charges.
El Nuevo Herald reported last September that Feris Dominguez was negotiating with U.S. prosecutors to tell all about the alleged involvement of Venezuelan officers involved in drug trafficking.
He dubbed them “The Clan of the Generals.”
The alleged kingpin’s organization was dubbed the “Cartel of the Suns,” for the stars worn on the uniform of Venezuelan Generals. It sent more than six tons of cocaine from Colombia into neighboring Venezuela, then smuggled it to the United States.
“All our scandals are the same.”
6 Feris Fernandez is also a key player in the CIA Drug Plane Scandal which began two years ago when a DC9 airliner (N900SA) was caught carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine at a tiny out-of-the-way rural airport on the back side of the Yucatan.
While being loaded with cocaine at the airport in Maiquetía, Venezuela, the DC9 was reportedly being guarded by Venezuelan soldiers, before taking off for Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico, where it was supposed to refuel before traveling on to its final destination, the U.S. Instead, it was busted.
Law enforcement authorities say it belonged to Feris Fernandez, who bought it from the other SkyWay Aircraft in St. Pete-Clearwater.
They are supposedly distinct entities.
The DC9 incident was followed 18 months later by a second American-registered plane, a Gulfstream II business jet(N987SA), which broke into pieces while crash-landing in a jungle outside Merida in the Yucatan interior, carrying almost 4 tons of cocaine.
Both planes flew out of St. Petersburg, FL. Both have suspicious connections with U.S. intelligence.
The DC9 airliner had been painted to impersonate aircraft from the Dept of Homeland Security.
A number of former CIA and military intelligence operatives grace the top ranks of executives at SkyWay Aircraft in Clearwater, which owned the DC9, (and which authorities argue unconvincingly is not connected with the Skyway Aircraft in St Petersburg).
The Gulfstream II business jet (N987SA) busted two years later had been used for a number of years by the DEA, as well as by the CIA in extraordinary renditions.
Another target rich environment
The seizure of the 5.5 tons of cocaine was the inciting incident which led to the discovery of a money laundering scheme which became known as the CIA Drug Plane Scandal.
The scheme funneled money from South American drug traffickers, through a Mexican currency exchange, and then on to a Miami bank.
The laundered cash was used to buy a fleet of as many as 100 American planes to ferry cocaine and other narcotics around the world.
To date, only twenty of the planes involved have been identified.
As Bush prepares to leave office, the economy in free-fall, Hugo Chavez is saying he wants Venezuela to build a nuclear program… with the help of Mother Russia.
Chavez insists, as do the Iranians, that it would be for purely peaceful purposes.
The Suitcase-Gate Scandal’s one grace note:
The Bush Administration, down to its last seven weeks, may not be able to decide who to bomb first.
“Skating with the Cave Bear Clan”
After her Playboy debut, former Argentine Customs hottie Maria del Luján Telpuk spent six months rehearsing for her on-ice television debut, then was suddenly demoted to be an alternate on the country’s top-rated show.
Argentine publications asked if she believes it was because of government pressure.
Maria declined to speculate. “I can’t say that,” she said. “They didn’t say anything like that to me.”
But, just on the off-chance that she might get to practice while she’s in town, the Miami Herald reported, she’d brought her ice skates with her to Miami, tucked into a hot pink bag.
Under the circumstances, going ice-skating in Miami seems as good a response as any.
One Way Street by Adrian Donoghue
Saturday, September 20, 2008
If you’ve read the previous posting by Phaedrus below, you will probably – as a decent, hard-working, human being – not be acquainted with the fact that the government’s purchase of irredeemable debt at OUR expense is in reality just a variation of an old fraud that was hugely popular for a while during the 1970s.
The scam worked like this…
It required someone placed in what is known in financial circles as the “back office” – these are the clerks that don’t do any deals themselves, but keep the books in order and simply ship the securities for those that DO – the Big, Swinging Dicks who constitute the highly-paid hot-shots of the “front office” – the guys with two phones in each ear; a plethora of screens before them and the obligatory Ferrari parked out front.
The scam as it was then is no longer operable in quite the same form today. It was eventually rumbled, and stricter procedures were introduced to ensure it couldn’t be worked again – not at employee level, anyway. The only victims of it, by the way, at THAT time, were the stockholders of the individual banks and investment brokerages directly concerned. It had no ‘macro-adverse-effects’ on the broader economy – nor even the banking sector.
In those far off days, it was permissible for a trader to execute different trades both for himself (as a perk of his job) AND (separately) for his employer, by maintaining two entirely SEPARATE account record books. The trader would enter his own, personal dealings records in one book, and his employer’s (the bank’s) dealings in another book solely for that purpose. In this way, the trader could follow his hunches and take positions with his OWN money along side of dealing for his firm with their money on their behalf.
Such was the dealing-room scene in those distant days. TRUST was granted without question as a matter of course (and had been for centuries). On the dealing floor of the London Stock Exchange, for example, they had a time-honored Latin maxim for it: “dictum meum pactum meum” – “my word is my bond” – and the whole show was operated around (and depended upon) a man’s integrity and honesty to stick by every deal he made and never fail to deliver on time the purchase monies or the stock as appropriate. To accuse a dealer of wrongdoing or bad faith was an unforgivable slight on his character, if such could not be quickly proven beyond doubt.
This paper-based system was open to exploitation, not surprisingly, by the dishonest. These a-moral con-artists would keep the two sets of books as required, but neglect to fill in certain particulars at the time the deal was done – most importantly the contract dates – until AFTER it became clear whether the deal in question had turned a profit or not. Back then, unscrupulous traders had SEVERAL WEEKS in which to complete their books. If their deals came good, there was the temptation to accredit the bargain to the trader’s PERSONAL account. On the other hand, if the deal turned out badly, the dealer could escape personal losses by marking the bad deal down to the bank’s own account book. No supervisor ever made a day-by-day audit to check!
Young dealers today would marvel at the opportunities to make illicit profits if they knew how loosely things were run in the old days when TRUST was implicit and regulation and oversight virtually non-existent, nor even necessary when a man’s word alone was so completely trusted.
So this classic malpractice has today become the model by which the plutocratic Jewish financiers (who discovered its weakness and ruthlessly exploited it) have shafted us into buying garbage ‘assets.’ The original scam is the inspiration and basic methodology behind what is being done to us right now. You are probably already seeing the light, but let me spell it out, anyway: the old scam has broadened: the individual rogue trader has become the bank or investment brokerage itself. The individual commercial bank has become the conglomerate, corrupt merchant bank, and the (collective bank) losses are now having to be borne by the taxpayer thanks to the illegal actions of a traitorous government which pathetically cries out, “it’s the only way to stave off global economic collapse!”
In short, it is nothing new. The only difference is in its SCALE. This is the essence of Corporate Communism: it heaps financial losses onto the masses whilst keeping any gains for itself. We the People are the ultimate ‘lender of last resort’ through our tax contributions, NOT the Fed. There really is virtually no difference between the two forms of this old CON beyond the sheer SCALE it is now being worked. And as any reasoning person will surely accept, unchallenged thieves will only grow more emboldened until they finally wind up hanging themselves through their own naked greed and the inability to know when they have pushed people that bit too far. Jews have abused the trust that gentiles unwisely granted them when they began dealing with these vermin in the mid 1600s.
The question is, when are these blatant thefts from his pocket going to hurt Joe Public sufficiently to sting him into action? How much more can the Jews feasibly get away with??
Posted by Phaedrus: Exploring the Machinations of World Jewry…
June 14, 2008
Unlike the Rolling Thunder, the Veteran group that descends on Washington, DC every Memorial Day to remind us and the nation, certainly the Congress of the brave men and women who gave up their lives for the love of the country and to remind us and the nation of the millions of American men and women who served honorably in the US armed forces, certainly to remind our elected officials of the thousands of MIA’s, the Israeli lobby group, AIPAC and its army of Jewish Holy Worriers descend on Washington shaking the nation and creating a seismic waves in Washington, certainly rattling members of Congress and elected politicians and of course potential presidential candidates with demands for open and declared loyalty to Israel. What different reception each gets from our Congress and our elected officials?
While some 10,000 Harley Davidson bikers comes to town with hardly any notice from members of Congress, members of AIPAC descend down on Washington making the city and its politicians tremble with fear, shock and owe from its power and influence and the death sentences it can hand down to members of Congress, leading politicians, members of the media certainly presidential candidates if found guilty of disloyalty to Israel.
That is why presidential candidates paid no attention to the Rolling Thunder and gave all the attention and more to AIPAC and its very powerful, rich, take no prisoners, determined Jewish Holy Worriers. That is why every leading politicians in town from presidential candidates to the most obscure congressman comes to the convention to pay homage, respect and to AIPAC and pledge the allegiance to Israel promising to wipe out countries off the face of the earth if they become at war with Israel and promising to open the US treasury to AIPAC and Israel to fleece the nation and tax payers.
It does not take a genius to see the power and influence of AIPAC and its army of Jewish Holy Worriers. Dick Cheney comes to pay homage to Israel and pledge his allegiance to the Jewish state. Hillary Clinton commits the country and its nuclear arsenal to defend Israel if Iran retaliates against an Israeli attack putting at risk the lives of hundreds of millions of people here in the US and in the Middle East.
John McCain commits himself to a 100 years of war against “radical” Islam and Muslims around the world, using the lives of our soldiers to protect a very aggressive Israel that has been at wars with ALL of its neighbors for the last 60 years, and of course committing himself to fleece the national treasury and becomes the American Ali Baba robbing the very poor tax payers to give to the very well to do citizens of Israeli.
Barack Obama makes a life time commitment to make the holy city of Jerusalem as Jewish as Tel-Aviv or North Miami united under Israeli rules and control and of course blessing the very ethnic cleansing exercised by the city Jewish management making sure that Palestinians residence of the city disappear over times under very complicated rules of ethnic cleansing.
Barack Obama the presidential candidates who made “CHANGE” central to his presidential theme came out swinging and committing the US to a policy far to the right of Likud and other Jewish nationalist parties committed to ethnic cleansing and transfer. Barack Obama sounded more like a Meir Kahana than Barack Obama the presidential candidates for the United States.
One would think that someone like Barack Obama will use such an occasion to announce his commitment to peace and reconciliation between Arabs and Jews and would use such an occasion to implore the American Jewish leadership to abandon its opposition to peace for Israel and implore the American Jewish leadership to stop sponsoring congressional legislations that makes peace for Israel and for the Arabs and especially the Palestinians almost impossible. AIPAC is not a peace-oriented organization.
One would think that someone like Barack Obama will use such an occasion to announce a change in policy for the United States, one of honest broker to the Middle East peace rather than a party to the occupation and expanding Israeli settlements and confiscations of more and more land for Jewish settlements established on stolen Arab lands, and the confiscations of prime Arab lands for use as “Jewish roads” open only to Jews and Israelis and denied to the very people whose properties where stolen to build these roads.
But then this AIPAC, the most powerful lobby in the history of the United States, a lobby that is loyal to Israel and committed to its own agenda of power, influence over US politics and Congress and of course exercising the very right to fleece the national treasury to the tune of some $ 5 Billions annually, not to mention the different legislations that keep funding the Israeli and Jewish Occupation.
This is AIPAC, the organization of the very rich, powerful Jewish Holy Worriers who come to Washington every year to exercise its power and authority over the nation agenda, making sure that elected officials crawls on their hands and knees and prostrating in front of its members pledging allegiance not to the United States but to Israel.
Perhaps it time for the US to push for real peace between Israel and the Palestinians and Arabs and put AIPAC out of business and put out of business the blackmail its members exercise over members of Congress and the national treasury. Yes, perhaps it is time for US politicians to declare their own independence from the power, influence and the death sentences that AIPAC can hand down to any one and every one in Washington. After all we expect our elect politicians to be loyal to the US and to declare their open allegiance to the United States and its people, not to the State of Israel. Israel at peace will change all of that and will enable elected politicians to get back and recover whatever dignity they may have left after attending physical and mental surgery in AIPAC shops.
Special Note: What $5 Billions in annual subsidies to Israel can provide for the poor US taxpayers: 330 elementary schools at $15 millions for each school. It provides 33 hospitals at $150 million for each. It provides 66,600 homes at $75,000 a home and it provides annual tuition for 333,333 college students. Perhaps our elected leaders can give these figures some considerations next time the annual give away of the treasury takes place in our Congress. Imagine this every year, year in and year out.
Dear Barack: So Much For Camelot
Saturday, 14 June 2008
by Tom Chartier
Thanks a lot Barack old chum. You sold out to AIPAC and the Israel Lobby at the expense of the country you seek to lead. You stood confidently before an AIPAC gathering and told them exactly what they wanted to hear.
“As president I will use all elements of American power to pressure Iran,” you said. “I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything.”
I take it Nuclear Armageddon of Iran to make Israel happy will be on the Obama table. What about disarming the Israeli nuclear weapons?
What a gladiatorial declaration to AIPAC you have made. But it’s old news now. I had to sit on it for more than a week to let it soak in. You, Barack, sold out America in your quest to become the next Democratic Dictator. Disappointed I am. Surprised I am not.
I must assume you never found the time to read John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s book: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy? Or maybe you did. In today’s America no serious candidate for president dares cross the Israel Lobby.
You dragged out the same old propaganda; Iran seeks nuclear weapons (contrary to the most recent NIE report), Iran denies the Holocaust (a tactless publicity stunt by Ahmadinejad) and Iran vows to “wipe Israel off the map” (a deliberate mistranslation). Where have we heard this garbage before? Don’t tell me you don’t know.
Sure, you proceeded to make a strong case for… diplomacy. I hope you meant that part. However, that robust speech before AIPAC has seriously damaged your diplomatic credibility in the Middle East. Good luck. Should you be elected even after this blunder, you’ll need it.
Let me tell you something Barack old buddy; a fair number of concerned Americans are wising up. They are tired of the disastrous Bush regime and are beginning to connect the dots.
We have been played for as fools, not just by the Bush/Chaney Empire but also by our “friend” Israel and the Neocon think tanks closely tied to the Israel Lobby. And surprise, surprise… we’re sick and tired of it! You were our last hope.
What you’ve just done is not only kowtow to the Israel lobby, shock and anger much of the sane world but you, in one speech, have quite possibly dealt the death blow to the democratic republic known as the United States of America… as well as any chance for any sort of peace in the Middle East.
George W. Bush whom you pretend to disagree with destroyed the republic. And now you may have destroyed the democracy. Why should any of us bother to vote now? As usual in American presidential elections we are offered a choice between the lesser of two evils, not a choice between the two best qualified. History has proven time and again Americans are excellent at choosing the worse possible candidate. It looks like we have two real stinkers again.
Our choices are now narrowed down to the Neocon John McCain, who will proceed in the footsteps of the worst president America has ever had, George W. Bush or you, Barack Obama another two-bit, slime coated politician who will kiss the ass of those who pull the strings of power… rather than stand up for integrity and the American public. I guess, winning isn’t the only thing, it’s everything.
How can any, knowledgeable American have any faith whatsoever in our system after that speech of yours before AIPAC? I guess you’ve proven my point that anyone actually qualified for the title President of the United States doesn’t stand a chance.
So with this shamefully bone-headed speech of yours, those who would have supported you in favor of John McCain will now abstain from voting. As a result, McCain will probably win. God help us all. What’s the point? Why not declare the United States a colony of Israel and let the Israelis decide who shall be our “leader?”
Ok, Barack… despite all this you still get my vote. I refuse to give in to cynical fatalism. A vote for McCain or an abstention is a vote for Armageddon. You are still the lesser of two evils. You still have the chance to start the U.S. back on the right track. But mark my words; you are on shaky grounds. Your credibility is in serious doubt worldwide and should you win… by some miracle… from now on, you will be watched like a hawk.
So much for Camelot.