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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi's Links to 911 Terrorists



By Alex Constantine

Abdul Rahman Yasin and Nidal Ayyad were co-defendents in the 1993 bombing of the World Trace Center. When he met Ramzi Yousef - who has in common with 911 terrorist Mohammed Atta ties to Pakistan's ISI and, as we shall see, they all have a significant German connection - Ayyad was employed by Allied Signal, Inc. in New Jersey, a CIA front. The following excerpts relate the story of their involvement in the plot and necessary background indicating state sponsorship of terrorism of the "friendly fire" variety:


... A few days after arriving at JFK with Ajaj, Yousef made contact with Sheik Rahman's followers. He met up with two men who had trained at the rifle range on Long Island in 1989, Abouhalima and Salameh. [Ramzi] Yousef moved into a Jersey City apartment with Salameh.... Abdul Yasin, an American-born engineering student of Iraqi descent, and Nidal Ayyad, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized American citizen, who had studied chemical engineering and worked at ALLIED SIGNAL in Morristown, N.J. In addition to opening bank accounts with more than $16,000, the men began trying to order chemicals, with varying success. By early February, Yousef asked Eyad Ismoil, a childhood friend who lived in Dallas, to fly to New York to help, prosecutors claimed in the trial.


August Term, 1997
(Argued: December 18 & 19, 1997 Decided: August 04, 1998 )
Docket Nos. 94-1312, -1313, -1314, -1315

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Appellee,v. MOHAMMED A. SALAMEH, NIDAL AYYAD, MAHMOUD ABOUHALIMA, also known as Mahmoud Abu Halima, AHMAD MOHAMMAD AJAJ, also known as Khurram Khan, Defendants-Appellants, RAMZI AHMED YOUSEF, BILAL ALKAISI, also known as Bilal Elqisi, ABDUL RAHMAN YASIN, also known as Aboud, Defendants.

... Once in New York, Yousef assembled a team of trusted criminal associates, including Mohammed Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Mahmoud Abouhalima and Abdul Rahman Yasin. Together, the conspirators implemented the bombing plot that Ajaj and Yousef had hatched overseas. Ayyad and Salameh opened a joint bank account into which they deposited funds to finance the bombing plot. Some of that money was later used by Salameh to rent a storage shed in Jersey City, New Jersey, where the conspirators stored chemicals for making explosives. Yousef also drew on that account to pay for materials described in Ajaj's manuals as ingredients for bomb making.

The first target of the conspirators' plot was the World Trade Center. Ayyad used his position as an engineer at ALLIED SIGNAL, a large New Jersey chemical company, to order the necessary chemical ingredients for bomb making, and to order hydrogen tanks from ALG Welding Company that would enhance the bomb's destructive force. Abouhalima obtained "smokeless powder," which the conspirators used to make explosives. Smokeless powder, and all the other chemicals procured by the conspirators for the bomb, were stored in the shed rented by Salameh....


What was so special about 1974?
Thursday, 18 April 2002, 10:44 am
Article: Linda Minor

The pilot who flew Ambassador Joseph Davies to Moscow was a Californian named Robert W. Prescott, who founded the Flying Tiger Line in 1945.... In November, 1944 Prescott had met with a group of Los Angeles businessmen in Acapulco, including one of [Edwin] Pauley's fellow UC Berkeley regents, Samuel B. Mosher, who wanted to establish an air freight line along the U.S. and Mexican west coast, to be called Aero-Azteca. The investors included Signal Oil Company [predecessor of Allied Signal]. They agreed to form a syndicate, with Mosher's group matching whatever Prescott could raise. Prescott found 14 Navy surplus cargo aircraft from the War Assets Administration and collected cash from friends from the American Volunteer Pilots unit (AVP) who had flown with him in China. This group of American civilians who fought with Chiang Kai-Shek in China before the U.S. entered the war (all of whom received the same commendation Cloud and Banner award given to Pug Winokur's father during his war service) had an important role in the setting up what William Casey would later call an "off-the-shelf" method of financing covert operations for the CIA and other black operations not disclosed to Congress.

The airline was initially called National Skyways Freight Corporation and included General Claire Chennault and others. In 1946 Chennault invited the men to go back to China to work for him at Civil Air Transport, which he was in the process of founding. By 1970 Nixon's attorney Herbert Kalmbach claimed to be representing the Flying Tiger Line, which merged with Seaboard World Airlines in 1980 and into Federal Express in 1989. In the beginning the California airline transported mostly foodstuffs but in late 1946 was awarded its first military contract with Army Air Transport Command—two flights daily to Tokyo and to Honolulu for a total of 1.2 million miles per month. The flights were to leave from San Francisco Fairfield Air Base, but the company remained based at Lockheed in Burbank.

In Mosher's 1954 Who's Who listing his home address was given as 10401 Wilshire, located just west of the Los Angeles country club and one mile east of the office building David Murdock constructed across the street from the Occidental Petroleum Co. The close proximity is very intriguing, considering the fact that in 1966, the year George Bush left Zapata, Mosher's Signal Oil sold its European refining and marketing arms to Occidental, after Armand Hammer obtained a concession from Libya's King Idris, who would later be replaced by Quaddafi. Mosher's office address in 1954 was given as 811 W. 7th in Los Angeles. This is just over five miles from Pauley's Bandini office.

AtlanticRichfield's 12-story office building in Los Angeles was at the corner of 6th and Flower, a mere two blocks from Mosher's location. In 1954 Mosher was also serving as vice president and director for American Independent Oil Co. (whose president was Ralph K. Davies), and as director of the Southwest Exploration Co. and the American President Lines, as well as numerous oil and gas associations.


Blast Suspects Got German Cash
By Sara Fritz and Robert L. Jackson
Los Angeles Times

NEW YORK - The men suspected of exploding a bomb underneath the World Trade Center received tens of thousands of dollars from a bank account in Germany, giving credence to the theory that it may have been the act of a sophisticated international terrorist organization, authorities said Thursday.

Officials still have not determined the precise amount of money transferred to the suspects or the identity of the benefactors. Furthermore, they said they believed that the total amounted to less than $100,000 -- a relatively small sum in comparison to the money a well-funded international terrorist group could afford to spend. And they acknowledged they had no proof the money was spent in connection with the bombing.

Nonetheless, as authorities followed the widening money trail, sources said they were more inclined to support the view publicly expressed by FBI Assistant Director James Fox that the Feb. 26 bombing was "organized by a large, well-know terrorist group."

Although the money received by the suspects was wired from a bank in Germany, investigators said they suspect the funds actually originated elsewhere -- possibly Iran or Iraq. In Egypt, according to a knowledgeable source, followers of an Egyptian cleric whose New Jersey mosque has figured in the bombing case are known to be funded with Iranian money funneled through Sudan....

The money was wired to accounts at the National Westminister Bank branch in Jersey City, N.J., just a few blocks from the mosque where Omar's followers -- including at least two of the men arrested in the case -- worshipped.

The two principle suspects, Mohammed A. Salameh and Nidal A. Ayyad, held a joint account at the Jersey City bank that received some of the money from Germany. In addition, money from the same foreign source also was placed inindividual accounts belonging to the men.

On Wednesday, investigators underestimated how much money the suspects had received from abroad because they were only aware of only the single joint account at the time. Even though the suspects received tens of thousands of dollars, each individual deposit was less than $10,000, sources said. Under federal law, American banks handling transactions of $10,000 or more must report them to the Treasury Department, often prompting money launderers and criminals to break large transfers into smaller amounts.

The transactions provide the first publicly available evidence that those responsible for the bombing may not have been hapless amateurs, as they have sometimes been portrayed...

Ayyad, who was arrested Wednesday, holds a college degree in chemical engineering and was employed as a research engineer at the AlliedSignal Corp. in Morristown, N.J. Authorities said Salameh telephone Ayyad at least four times at his office on the day before the bombing, apparently seeking advice on how to mix the chemicals.


Yousef's terrorist motivations were not those of a militant Muslim fundamentalist, according to Reeve, who describes him as an "evil genius."

He seems to have been a playboy, a sadist and someone with a mammoth ego (which proved to be his undoing, as he could have hidden out in the tribal areas of Pakistan undiscovered by the authorities.) Reeve alleges that individuals within Pakistan's ISI may have provided him with the documents that enabled him to enter the United States....


"Terrorism" and Blowback

Part Three: "Terrorism," Blowback and US Foreign Policy during the Clinton Years ...

Information gleaned from Salameh's pockets, his residence, and the storage facility where the bomb had been prepared led to the arrests of Ahmad Ajaj, Palestinian chemist Nidal Ayyad and Mahmud Abouhalima. (The latter was extradited from Egypt where he had been viciously tortured because of his connections with militants who were attacking Egyptian installations.) Their trial began in September and on May 24, 1994 the four were convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorism and sentenced to 240 years in prison and sent to the top-security US penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Missing from the courtroom were ABDUL YASIN who had fled to Iraq...

FBI Let Suspected Terrorist Get Away

Times Staff Writers

WASHINGTON -- A suspected bomber on President Bush's new list of "most wanted" terrorists was in the FBI's grasp eight years ago for allegedly playing a role in the first attack on the World Trade Center, but he was released and then allowed to leave the country, authorities acknowledged Thursday.

Abdul Rahman Yasin, 41, is one of the 22 accused terrorists identified by Bush on Wednesday as murderous extremists wanted by the U.S., whom authorities will aggressively pursue to bring to justice.

The FBI questioned Yasin at length soon after the February 1993 bomb blast at the trade center, which killed six people and injured 1,000. They asked about his sharing of apartments in Jersey City, N.J., with others who were later indicted and convicted in the bombing, and about how explosive chemicals got on one apartment's walls and may have caused a burn mark found on his thigh.

FBI agents also questioned Yasin about his association with Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the man later convicted of masterminding the plot, according to law enforcement authorities and Stephen Somerstein, Yasin's lawyer.

"He . . . went in quite voluntarily, spoke at length to the FBI and went home," Somerstein said Thursday. "And the FBI appeared to be satisfied with that. They let him walk out the door."

A week after the bombing, on March 5, 1993, Yasin flew to Amman, Jordan, while other co-conspirators flew to Jordan, Saudia Arabia and Pakistan. He was indicted that August for his role in the bombing. Officials at the Justice Department and the FBI declined comment. Saddam's desperate offers to stave off war

Julian Borger in Washington, Brian Whitaker and Vikram DoddFriday

November 7, 2003
The Guardian


... According to the Knight-Ridder news agency, the Iraqis sought a direct route to the Washington hawks in February. They found a Lebanese-American businessman, IMAD ED-HAGE, who boasted he had a direct line to the Pentagon.

Mr Hage told yesterday's New York Times that he was initially approached by General Habbush's chief of foreign intelligence operations, who turned up in Mr Hage's Beirut office and promptly collapsed, apparently from stress. When Mr Obeidi recovered, he urged Mr Hage to tell his Washington contacts Iraq was ready to talk about anything, including oil concessions, the Middle East peace process, and banned weapons. The Iraqi official said the "Americans could send 2,000 FBI agents to look wherever they wanted", according to Mr Hage.

A week later Mr Hage travelled to Baghdad and talked to Gen Habbush himself. The general repeated the invitation to allow Americans to search for weapons and added an offer to hand over a suspected terrorist, ABDUL RAHMAN YASIN, who had been convicted in the US for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Centre. The regime would hold elections within two years, and the intelligence chief even offered to fly to London to discuss the issue in person.

Mr Hage relayed these offers via an intermediary to the Pentagon, but there was NO OFFICIAL RESPONSE. The Lebanese-American businessman persisted, and arranged a meeting with Mr Perle, a member of the Pentagon's advisory board.

It is understood that Mr Hage and Mr Perle met on March 7 in the lobby of the Marlborough hotel in Bloomsbury. They then went to an office nearby where over two hours Mr Hage outlined the Iraqi offer to Mr Perle...

A US intelligence source insisted that the decision not to negotiate came from the White House ... Mr Perle was travelling in Europe yesterday and unavailable for comment. However, he told the New York Times he had been TOLD BY THE CIA not to pursue contacts with the Iraqis....


Sabri, in a 13-page letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to rebut US Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the Security Council earlier this month, also said Baghdad is offering to hand over to Washington Abdul-Rahman Yasin, a suspect in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing who is on the FBI's most-wanted list. Sabri's letter, which was posted on the Iraqi Foreign Ministry's web site Thursday, denied any link between Iraq and Zarqawi or Ansar, saying both operated in NORTHERN IRAQI areas under the control of Kurdish groups allied to Washington and beyond Baghdad's reach.


Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists



By Alex Constantine

"ChoicePoint as a company and I as an individual continue to believe [that] in a free society ... we do not always have the right to anonymity." - ChoicePoint CEO Derek V. Smith

Richard Armitage left ChoicePoint in March 2000 when government beckoned. He will always be one for the books, but before we move on to the White House for a looksee, there is a dangling question to address: What sort of company would take aboard this corrupt, mass-murdering-drug-smuggling-money-laundering pimp? Any company that would pay Dick Armitage good money to direct it could bear some examination.

So you click in the business pages on the Internet and you search, downloading any intelligence lead, every key buy-out announcement, director profile, loss statement, press release and SEC reprimand. You wade through trite press releases and confusing math. It takes awhile. When you are finished, you know the meaning of shame.

ChoicePoint is much more than a corporate safe-house or pack-station for Dick Armitage. And it isn't historically significant because he worked there prior to taking the State Department appointment as Powell's deputy. Just the opposite - Armitage's place in 911 history is assured because he was a director of ChoicePoint. ChoicePoint is the explanation of everything and nothing, the means justifying the means, founded on the sort of motives that turn some men, when they dwell on it, into hermits or existentialists. ChoicePoint and 911 were inseperable, "joined at the hip." It is no exagerration to say that ChoicePoint has determined the country's leadership, sacrificed thousands of innocent lives, moved the country into a police state and paved the road to war.


The founder of the company "fell" off a roof in 1998. His name was Rozar ("Razor" reversed). The obituary noted that Rick Rozar, a "former private investigator," was a "benefactor to needy children." He "fell from the roof at his Newport Beach home." He was 44 years old. The tiny computer company Rozar started up in 1978 would evolve into one of the nation's leading public information brokers.

"Rozar, 44, was found by his fiancee about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday outside the front door of his $3-million home on Bayside Drive, overlooking Newport Bay, police said." Cause of death: "'It appeared that Rozar was working on a satellite dish system when he fell,' said Newport Beach police Sgt. Mike McDermott."

Rozar started-up CDB Infotek as an insurance investigations business. He foresaw a growing marketplace for computerized databases that would automate the process for investigators. Equifax's Insurance Services Group bought a majority stake in the business in 1996, with Rozar staying on as president and chief executive. "The company was later spun off as part of ChoicePoint Inc., a publicly traded company. He resigned when he sold his remaining interest this year."1

It was reported that Rozar "engineered the sale of 70% of the business two years ago for more than $32 million, and sold his remaining interest this year for an undisclosed amount." (Unfortunately, he only lived long enough to spend a little of it - a $100,000 contribution to the Republican Party.)

Two years later, ChoicePoint purchased Database Technologies (DBT). This company, based in Boca Raton, was founded by Hank Asher. The FBI had accused Asher of hob-nobbing with drug peddlers from the Bahamas. The Bureau went so far as to cancel its CBT data management contract for this very reason.2

That was a hint that something might not be quite right at ChoicePoint. It wasn't CDBInfotek anymore - ChoicePoint was an Orwellian octopoid in the works.

The Guardian's Tim Wheeler let drop his reporter's instinctive caution in May 2003: "ChoicePoint Inc, a data-processing firm ... is notorious for purging Black and Latino voters in Florida to help George W Bush steal the 2000 election..."3

"To help George W. Bush steal the 2000 election..."

But there is no other way to interpret the documented interactions between Katherine Harris and the executives of Database/Choicepoint ... in the last analysis, it wasn't Ralph Nader or even the Supreme court. ChoicePoint decided the election.

Greg Palast, with Katherine Harris's e-mails and financial documents in hand, reported on the causes of the 2000 election after the event. Recall the chaos in Florida when ChoicePoint, inadvertently or not, "glitched" the votes: "Recent studies say nearly one-quarter to 31 percent of black men in Florida cannot vote ... The state's voter-purge project has critics doubting both the accuracy and the motives of the state's contractor, Database Technologies."

"Election supervisors in some counties -- including Palm Beach County -- declared the company's information too dubious to use." In a single glitch, "the company mistakenly listed 7,972 people as possible felons, only to acknowledge later that they had been convicted of misdemeanors..."4

This is not a portrait of a thriving democracy. This is fascism. Most Americans are accomstomed, even habituated, to living with it, but this is what fascism looks like.

"Glitches" do not discriminate along racial lines. Palast's contemporaneous reports from Florida stated clearly that the purged black and Latino votes were NOT the result of a mishap. Laura Flanders at FAIR reported in late 2000, "many Floridians who found themselves scrubbed' off the voting rolls WEREN'T PURGED ACCIDENTALLY.... Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris paid a private firm, ChoicePoint, $4 million to cleanse' the voting rolls, and the firm used the state's felon ban to exclude eight thousand voters who had never committed a felony. ChoicePoint is a Republican outfit."5

"I am disappointed that, to my knowledge, the culprits haven't been legally pursued to the fullest extent of the law. Instead, ChoicePoint continues to get government contracts..." - Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Lithonia

Most native observers, swayed by media opinion formation, were unaware that the fix was in, and concluded that the purged votes could be explained away as computer error or KeystoneCop programming, or something else ... if it weren't a step in an accelerated process of fascist imposition on the United States, not isolated or incongrous by any means. ChoicePoint is the product of privitization - like scores of other "independent" contractors that serve the classified sector - and performs many of the "dirty tricks" that were once the province of the FBI, NSA, CIA and other clandestine agencies...

"I think clearly the government is now turning more and more to private industry to do its dirty work, to gather information on people, manipulate that information on people and, in so doing, circumvent the Privacy Act." - former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, R-Smyrna

"Dirty work" turns a handsome profit. Within a decade since its founding, ChoicePoint's fortunes are swelling. The company's "market capitalization grew by $500 million in the year from Oct. 1, 2001, to $3.1 billion," according to the Atlanta Business Journals web site. A year after 911, ChoicePoint was the eward winner in the public-large company category (public companies with annual revenues exceeding $150 million).6 The company pulled in nearly $800 million in fiscal 2002 revenue.7


The Bush administration rewarded ChoicePoint handsomely for the hand up in Florida. But the company had help down in Palm Beach from Theresa "Madam Butterfly" LePore, the local ballots chief.

Palm Beach was one of the key problem areas during Florida balloting. On Dec. 1, 2000, the Wall Street Journal's "Washington Wire" let on that LePore "wasn't always an embattled Palm Beach ballots chief. In the 1980s, she moonlighted as a flight attendant on private planes owned by Saudi weapons dealer Adnan Khashoggi, a middleman in Reagan administration arms sales to Iran."

Slate.Com's Timothy Noah did some background checking and reported, "Khashoggi has close ties, from Iran-Contra and elsewhere, to the Republicans, and vaguely defined ties to Dubya's father. (In a 1990 court case, Khashoggi's phone records revealed that Khashoggi had spoken at least twice with George Bush's vice-presidential office during 1985 and 1986.) LePore worked for Khashoggi during the 1980s, when, according to her official biography, she was chief deputy supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, a job she held until 1996, when she was elected supervisor of

The Theresa LePore "Fan Club" web site offers a few pertinent morsels of her biography: "Terry has been married for many years. Twice, even. Her second husband is Mike Lally, heir to the Lally family adverb fortune.... Terry got her first courthouse job at the age of 16, and worked her way up to PBC Elections Supervisor (with that arms smuggling gig on the side). Her salary in 2000 was a bit over $100,000. When I ran, I chose Democrat because the incumbent was Democrat and the county registration is predominantly Democrat.' Is Terry a Democrat? It depends on what the definition of "Democrat" is.... You might say that Terry was a Democrat in the same way that Bill O'Reilly is an Independent. There were a grand total of 261 defective machines in Palm Beach "that should have been decertified and replaced, but instead remained in use. After the fiasco, Terry bought a new computer-based voting system that can't be verified. Great way to avoid a messy recount -- make it impossible to do! The new Sequoia system may have ruined the 2002 Primaries. But Terry promises that the votes were correct, because the machine says so."9

During the recount, Noah read that the Palm Beach County's manual count was duly turned in to Katherine Harris by the 5 p.m. deadline, and only 1,000 out of 462,000 ballots had been counted. "It just isn't possible that this partial recount failed to cover ... at least one percent of the total votes." Noah phoned Bruce Rogow, "lawyer to Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore. There is nothing in the statute that precluded her from accepting the partial recount,' Rogow confirmed. Did she just cite the wrong law? Is there some other statutory language that forbids a partial recount? Nope, Rogow said."10

Now, Rogow's response is noteworthy in its own right, but his name is only raised here to point out that Theresa LePore's attorney was on retainer by the University of Southern Florida, and also represented accused terrorist Sami Al-Arian, George W. Bush's chum (see Khashoggi, parts II & III). (At a faculty question-and answer session at USF, where Sami taught, Rogow answered quesions regarding the university's decision to fire Al-Arian. "Where has the money to pay for the Al-Arian case come from?" they asked. Turns out that Sami's legal fees, $54,000 all told, were "taken from a fund held by the general counsel ... for the extra money, realizing there will be a certain amount of legal fees each year." In other words, the same university that was trying to fire him was tapping a slush fund to cover his legal fees, a weird conflict of interest.11)

The Bush family's warm relationship with Khashoggi, Al-Arian and other Middle Eastern terrorists was not so unusual down in the CIA's covert underground.

After all, the Muslim Brotherhood, Lois Battuello affirms, "had been funded by clandestine services as early as 1954-56." [See Miles Copeland, The Gameplayer, also Richard Labeviere's Dollars for Terror] "Gul Hekmatyar, now on the most wanted list, is a Muslim Brother and received support both financially and technically from them and from clandestines like Kermit Roosvelt as early as 1977. There was no presidential directive for support in Afghanistan signed by President Carter until March 1979, and that was to provide limited support in Afghanistan - to Shah Massoud and the more moderate Northern Alliance." [See George Crile's Charlie Wilson's War, and Ghost Wars by Steve Coll.]

"Any authorized' aid to Hekmatyar would have been underwritten by G. H. W. Bush as DCIA, as the CIA began funding The Safari Club when it was created on September 1, 1976..." [See Cooley, Holy Wars] "Under Bush, Nelson Rockefeller as VP watch.

"Since the Safari Club consisted of the intelligence services of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran to serve as a false flag for U.S. operations in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and its cadre of operatives consisted of Muslim Brothers, the CIA funding went through backchannels, much as funding in the early 1980s in the MAK program run by G. H. W. Bush as VP was filtered through Al Khalifa Refugee Center." [See Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud, and Cooley.]

With the election won, "Team Bush" headed for the Reichstag with gold-plated lighters in their back pockets.


1) Scott Martelle, Barbara Marsh, "Rick Rozar, Founder of Internet Firm, Dies," Los Angeles Times, October 2, 1998.

2) Greg Palast, Best Democracy Money Can Buy excerpt, November 26, 2000.

3) Tim Wheeler, "Collecting data on everyone," Guardian, May 21, 2003.


5) Laura Flanders, "A racist elephant in our living room," Working for Change web site, 2000


7) Charles Davidson, "ChoicePoint churning data into revenue,"

9) Timothy Noah, "Did Adnan Khashoggi Throw the Election to Dubya?" Slate.Com, Dec. 4, 2000.

10) Timothy Noah, "Katherine Harris Pulls the Helpless Routine‹Again!" Slate.Com, Nov. 27, 2000.

11) Rob Brannon, "Faculty questions USF lawyers on Al-Arian," The (USF) Oracle Online, September 26, 2002.

Appendix to Adnan Khashoggi's
Links to 911 Terrorists XI

Re: Hank Asher of DataBase/ChoicePoint
Copyright 2004 Sun-Sentinel Company
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Compliments of Lois Battuello

July 16, 2004 Friday Broward Metro Edition

LENGTH: 589 words
BYLINE: Ian Katz Business Writer

BODY: Life keeps getting better for Hank Asher.

As founder and a major shareholder of Seisint Inc., a Boca Raton company that makes a counter-terrorism computer program, Asher will make about $250 million from the sale of Seisint to LexisNexis, a subsidiary of information services giant Reed Elsevier Group. Started in 1998, Seisint now has more than 300 employees, most of them in the Boca Raton office. The company also has offices in London and in Reston, Va.

The $775 million deal, announced Wednesday, culminates a remarkable comeback for Asher, a onetime cocaine smuggler who now dedicates much of his time and money to cancer research.

"The sale makes me feel great about the fact that my inventions will be utilized in responsible, large-scale and important ways," Asher said. "I believe in doing good and doing well. Both have happened."

Asher admits to having smuggled cocaine into the United States during an eight-month period more than 20 years ago. He was never charged with a crime, but a cloud of negative publicity has hung over his head for years, even prompting his resignation from Seisint's board last year.

Asher has tried to make up for his misdeeds. He has poured millions of dollars into his JARI Research Foundation for cancer research. Asked if he plans anything entrepreneurial following the sale of Seisint, he said, "I think everything I do from here on in will be philanthropic."

Asher did say, however, that he would also do some fishing in the South Pacific from his 100-foot boat, whose satellite equipment allows Asher to communicate as if he were at home in Boca Raton.

Ironically, the company that will more than double Asher's net worth will also ensure that he never escapes his drug-smuggling past. LexisNexis databases are used by most major U.S. newspapers and magazines for research. Entering "Hank Asher" and "drug" brings up about 100 articles.

A Seisint database tool called Matrix has grabbed the attention of the Bush administration. Matrix, which Asher showed off to Vice President Dick Cheney and the heads of the FBI and Homeland Security during a visit to the White House last year, can quickly analyze data on millions of people. Law enforcement officials use it to compile lists of possible terrorists.

"The tools and technologies that were developed by Seisint because of 9-11 should prove to be invaluable to Lexis and to national security," Asher said.

However, civil libertarian groups have complained that it is an invasion of privacy.

Another Seisint product, Accurint, gives online access of public records to help government agencies and businesses with due diligence, identity and pre-employment screening.

Reed Elsevier said in a statement that Seisint's revenues are projected to grow more than 40 percent this year, to $115 million.

Seisint officials would not comment on the future of the company. Executives from Reed Elsevier were unavailable for comment.

"I believe it was a fair price to us, but an extraordinary deal for Lexis," Asher said. "When they open Seisint's products up to their distribution, I believe they will immediately more than double the current sales of Seisint and more than triple the profits. This makes Seisint the deal of the century for Lexis."

Asked how much he will make from the deal, Asher confirmed that the number is around $250 million. But he quickly added, "I don't like to talk about it. It sounds like I'm bragging."

Ian Katz can be reached at or 954-356-4664.


Thursday, March 17, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists

Part X


BY Alex Constantine

... Ramzi Yousef lit for Pakistan. After the 1993 WTC bombing, he was sought around the world. A reward of $2- million was offered for his capture. He vanished for a spell in the mountainous wastes of western Pakistan, province of Baluchistan. But Youshef was soon spotted, big man about town in Peshawar, then Karachi. He was something of a celebrity amongst young Muslems aspiring to make their mark as mass murderers.

"His boyhood friend Murad was living in Karachi," according to the LA Times.

"He had recently returned from the U.S., where he had earned a commercial pilot's license. Yousef came to see him. He talked, Murad said, about the need for good Muslims to give their lives, if needed, to the struggle." They discussed prospective targets: Benazir Bhutto, prime minister of Pakistan. Nuclear power stations. The U.S. Consulate in Karachi. A variety of other U.S. government buildings. "There was a plan to assassinate President Clinton."1

Ramzi took Murad to meet an old hand in the terror trade. "He said his name was Abdul Magid. He was a Saudi import-export businessman." His real name, police discovered, was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. "He wasn't Saudi, but like Yousef a Baluchi, born and raised by expatriates in Kuwait. He is thought to be Yousef's uncle." Like Ramzi Yousef, Mohammed had studied engineering in the States. In 1984, he enrolled at a two-year college in North Carolina. "After college, he came home to Pakistan and joined what appears to have been the family business - jihad. A Kuwaiti newspaper has reported that he went to work as secretary to an Afghan warlord."

Yousef and Murad "moved to an open-air compound where Yousef taught Murad to build bombs. Making chocolate, Yousef called it. In one practice session, a detonator exploded in Yousef's face." He recuperated, and Mohammed "showed up out of nowhere" to pay the bills.

Khalid Mohammed, Yousef and a third recalcitrant, Wali Shah Khan, arrived in the Philippines in early 1994. "Khan had stopped en route in Kuala Lumpur, where he and Hambali, the Indonesia patent medicine salesman, incorporated an export company called Konsojaya. Its real purpose, police say now, was to serve as a financial conduit for the plotters."1

Ramzi Yousef was blissfully re-united with his buds in Abu Sayyef, the military-intelligence cut-out of the U.S. proxy army in the Philippines.

The waltz of spooks and Islamic terrorists left recurrent footstep patterns in the ashes they left behind. Like the World Trade Center bombing, the 1998 US embassy blast in Nairobi was in part planned and executed by a CIA-FBI informant. In 1993, according to court affidavits, Mohammed was quizzed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after an agent of al Quaeda was caught entering the US with his driver's license and a false passport. The Mounties released Mohammed when the FBI claimed him as a prized asset, and the former US Army sergeant was free to continue running with al-Qaeda. Mohammed trained Osama bin Laden's bodyguards and the cell in Kenya responsible for the bombing. The FBI informant was only picked up in late 1998 and sentenced for his part in the crime.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on November 4, 2001: "A former U.S. Army sergeant who trained Osama bin Laden's bodyguards and helped plan the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya was a U.S. government informant during much of his terrorist career.... Ali Mohammed, an Egyptian-born U.S. citizen and longtime Silicon Valley resident who pleaded guilty last year to terrorism charges, approached the Central Intelligence Agency more than 15 years ago and offered to inform on Middle Eastern terrorist groups.... Later, according to the sources, Mohammed spent years ... training [bin Laden's] Islamic guerrillas in camps in Afghanistan and the Sudan; bringing Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is bin Laden's chief deputy, to the Bay Area on a covert fund-raising mission; and planning the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, in which more than 200 people died."

Mohammed pled guity. "He told a federal judge that he first was drawn to terrorism in 1981, when he joined Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a fundamentalist group implicated in that year's assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat." As we've seen, Sadat's was a CIA murder led by Ayman Zawahiri. "For almost as long as he was a terrorist, Mohamed also was in contact with U.S. intelligence, according to court records and sources."

Mohammed quit the Egyptian Army "to work as a counterterrorism security expert for EgyptAir." The mind reels... "After that, he offered to become a CIA informant, said the U.S. government official who spoke on condition of anonymity."

The trusted bin Laden aide worked in the mid-'80s as a supply sergeant for a Green Beret unit, and an instructor on Middle Eastern affairs in the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School. "Mohamed's behavior and his background were so unusual that his commanding officer, Lt. Col. Robert Anderson, became convinced that he was both a dangerous fanatic' and an operative of U.S. intelligence."2

An al Quaeda principal loosely tied to the 1993 WTC bombing was Saudi merchant Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, Osama's best friend and brother-in-law. "Khalifa's charity work in the Philippines did have some legitimacy," observed the Christian Science Monitor on January 21, 2003. "He built schools, established healthcare clinics, and distributed food aid. Many residents of the southern Philippines, Christians as well as Muslims, remember Khalifa kindly. The gray area lies in how much of Khalifa's charity money was diverted to terrorism. Khalifa says none: I am not only sure, but challenging anyone to prove otherwise'"

Abu Sayyaf defectors admitted they were given as much as 70 percent of the charity's grants. "Using charities in the Philippines as a cover, Khalifa is alleged to have funded the radical Islamic group Abu Sayyaf." He was said to have spearheaded a plot to hijack planes and crash them into the Pentagon or CIA - "widely seen as a blueprint for the Sept. 11 attacks."3


1) TERRY McDERMOTT, "The Plot - How terrorists hatched a simple plan to use planes as bombs" Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2002.

2) Lance Williams and Erin McCormick, "Al Qaeda terrorist worked with FBI - Ex-Silicon Valley resident plotted embassy attacks," San Francisco Chronicle, November 4, 2001.

3) Catherine Taylor, "Former Bin Laden friend denies terror ties," Christian Science Monitor, January 21, 2003.


Saturday, March 12, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists



By Alex Constantine

"I have, for better or worse, a track record..."
- Richard Armitage, Senate Confirmation Hearing, March 15, 2001.

Meanwhile, back at the Iran-contra ranch, on February 24, 1986, 4:44 pm, a furious military intelligence agent contracted by the CIA, DIA and ISA dialed (202) 695-4351, the desk of Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage, to inquire about "his alleged involvement in a house of prostitution for senior military officers, intelligence agents, and informants in Southeast Asia." Scott Barnes, the interrogator, also wanted to know "about his work with Vang Pao and drug money laundering."1

Barnes had discovered these connections while on assignment in South Vietnam searching for POWs. He didn't find POWs, exactly. What he found in Vietnam was American pilots with CIA connections imprisoned on charges of attempting to smuggle opium out of the country AFTER the war.

Four days later, he was on the phone with Dave Hall, assistant special agent in charge of the Inspector General's office, to discuss Armitage's "connection with drugs and prostitution in Southeast Asia and his continued involvement with Mr. [Patrick] O'Rourke running guns." The IG inspector said that he had heard of "a possible connection," and put up, "former Ambassador Phil Habib was also involved." An Army major general had written the IG to expose "Armitage's and Habib's alleged involvement in prostitution in a Da Nang house of prostitution and in [money] laundering out of Southeast Asia to the Philippines and to Sidney, Australia, using Air America, Vang Pao connections and secret airlines."1

Drugs? Hookers? Secret airlines? Karen Hughes wouldn't approve. The pimp climbed the geopolitical step-ladder of power...

1978: Armitage joins the staff of Senator Robert Dole of Kansas.

1980-81: He joins the presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan, is appointed as senior advisor to the new president's Interim Foreign Policy Advisory Board.

1985: Ferdinand Marcos is making a mess of it in the Philippines. The embattled dictator is toying with the notion of reinstating General Fabian Ver as armed forces chief of staff. The General has been fingered by the Agrava Commission for complicity in the 1983 murder of President Begnino S. Aquino at an airstrip by gun-slinging terrorists. Nonetheless, Marcos refuses stubbornly to appoint anyone but General Ver to the post, an "interim" chief of staff is installed, Reagan wrings his hands and sweats it out.

There are plans to dismantle Marcos and his dictatorship. In January, a well-dressed wing formation of American officials swoop into Manila. It is Paul Wolfowitz, assistant secretary of state for East Asia, Richard Childress of the NSC, Richard Armitage, assistant secretary of defense for international affairs. They've come to whip Marcos into line, insisting that he "reform" his military forces to crush the scattered but rising "Communist" backlash - that is, starving peasants pushing against unemployment, death squad rule, crony capitalism and general squalor - without provoking further scandals that could return to haunt the Reagan administration...2

Since, Armitage has been a familiar face in government - as a spook, he never really leaves it. Amongst positions held by him since leaving public service in 1993, according to an Internet profile, count "a member of the Board of Directors of the General Dynamics Electric Systems, Inc.; a member of the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy; holder of the Brig.Gen. H. L. Oppenheimer Chair of Warfighting Strategy at the Marine Corps University; a member of the National Defense Panel; a member of the Board of Directors of the Roy F. Weston, Inc., and of the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the National Defense University, a member of the Secretary Navy Committee on Women in the Navy and Marine Corps; a member of the Board of Visitors of the Naval War College and of the Advisory Board of the ManTech International Corporation... He has received numerous military decorations from the Governments of Thailand, Republic of Korea, Bahrain, and Pakistan. He has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service four times..."

He's been a puffy-chested diplomat, military strategist, drug runner, money launderer and "solicitor." The rewards can be enormous ... And a good "counter-terrorist" who knows the ropes, with the right connections ...

He was one of the signatories of the notorious Project for the New American Century (PNAC) letter to President Clinton in 1998. Armitage was a board member for CACI, a private military contractor (with revenues of $1.5 billion in 2004), headquartered in Arlington Virginia. CICI employed four of the salacious, murderous interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison.

In 1989, the year Marcos died of kidney failure in Hawaii, Bush was in the White House and Armitage returned to the Philippines to "negotiate military bases." He would "negotiate military bases" for the next three years.

A voice whispers, "what was he really doing over there?" The Independence web site offerws a peek at his secret life: "Richard Armitage became Deputy Secretary of State in March 2001." A few months after George W. Bush was selected president, Armitage moved over to "agent in place" status. And a well-qualified one: "He was a professional ASSASSIN in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam war. He led ASSASSIN teams similar to the PHOENIX program that killed and tortured tens of thousands of Asians."

That's right. "COUNTER-terrorist."

"After Vietnam he worked for the Defense Department on arms sales in Iran and other countries.... He was an intimate insider in the Iran/Contra illegalities. He has been accused of links to illicit gambling, drug smuggling and expansion of organized crime in Russia, Central Asia and the Far East..."3

This is the man who would play a leading role in Middle East "security" policies under G.W. Bush.

Prior to his appointment to the State Department, Armitage was a board member of Database Technologies (DBT)/ChoicePoint Inc. ChoicePoint is a partner of the vast "data mining" company Science Applications International Corp. The SAIC web site proclaims it has "developed a strategic alliance with ChoicePoint Incorporated to provide our clients with quick and effortless information retrieval from public records data. ChoicePoint Incorporated maintains thousands of gigabytes of public records data.'"

Picture, for a moment, a secret "strategic alliance" between Science Applications International Corp., in San Diego, the penultimate, classified military-industrial-intelligence contractor, and mass-murderer Armitage, in control of all those gigabytes.

The emerging world as Armitage saw it during his Senate confirmation hearing in March 2001: "American leadership will be the central reality of the international system for as far as the eye can see..."

And he meant it.


1) Scott Barnes with Melva Libb, "BOHICA," Scott Barnes, Bohica Corp., 1987. Phil Habit was known as "Mr. Foreign Service" to his subordinates. Babib was raised in Brooklyn and joined the service after WW II. Habib was at the forefront in negotiations to end the Vietnam War, ambassador to East Asia under President Gerald Ford. From 1981-83, he was Reagan's special envoy to the Middle East. Raymond Bonner of the New York Times writes, "Some of the missions he undertook in his career are still not known about publicly. Nor will they be, at least not from Habib."

2) Raymond Bonner, Waltzing with a Dictator, New York Times Books, 1987.



Sunday, March 06, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists


By Alex Constantine

Emad Salem, the FBI informant - also the government's key witness in the trial of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and ten followers accused of plotting to blow up the UN, an FBI office and two tunnels - was a hopeless confabulator by his own admission. And a loaded one: Salem was paid a million dollars for his testimony.

The Egyptian bodyguard for Shiekh Rahman admitted under questioning that he had lied for years about his past. He boasted to his FBI handlers that he'd been "an intelligence officer in the Egyption army," when in fact, Salem said, he'd been a lowly "technical officer." He freely offered that on one occasion, as the New York Times reported in March 1995, "he even lied under oath in a criminal trial in Manhattan, saying he had been wounded trying to protect President Anwar Sadat of Egypt when he was assassinated in 1981."1 Defense attorney William Kunstler investigated and discovered that Salem was a lieutenant colonel in the Egyptian army, an unreliable witness, one "who never stopped working for the Egyptian government." Kunstler grumbled that Salem - a bigamist with one wife in New York and another in Egypt – was devoid of character: "He divulged that he had had amnesia since January of 1992, and that he had been going to a psychiatrist by the name of Dr. Stein to help him with this situation..."

It devolved under questioning that Mr. Salem had received a quarter million to one million dollars for his services as an FBI informant cum agent provocateur. In one meeting with FBI, Agent John Anticev - secretly taped by Salem - there was an argument over escalating expenses:

Anticev: ... It's like a little out of the ordinary.

Salem: Okay. Alright. I don't think it was. If that's what you think guys, fine, but I don't think that because we was start already building the bomb which is went off in the World Trade Center. It was built by supervising supervision from the Bureau and the D.A. and we was all informed about it and we know that the bomb start to be built. By who? By your confidential informant..."3

Defense attorney Ron Kuby listened to the tape and commented: "We have received information that [Salem] was visually observed at the scene of the bombing shortly after the bombing took place. Shortly after that, he was admitted to the hospital, suffering from an ear problem that was consistent with exposure to blast. The mastermind is the government of the United States."4

Apart from the compensation that Salem received as an FBI asset, he was also funded, according to Kunstler, "by other sources linked to foreign governments, including money from an organization founded [by] Rabbi Meir Kahane."

"He's just a dirty son-of-a-bitch," Kunstler opined.5

So were the zealots in Rahman's Koran-happy wrecking crew. Four of the bombers were convicted in 1994 on charges of conspiracy, possession of explosives and assault. The defendents confessed that they were incited to murder by US support for Israel. Ramsey Yousef, the bomb plot's "mastermind," proclaimed at his sentencing hearing in January 1998: "Yes, I am a terrorist and proud of it as long as it is against the U.S. government."6

Sheik Omar Rahman was one of three "spiritual" guides on Yousef's cratered path through life. Though the cleric had been placed on the national watch list, he entered the US with ease, thanks to a much-disputed" visa issued to him by a CIA agent. Robert Freidman wrote that Rahman was "infamous throughout the Arab world for his role in the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat."7


The government was gripped by a civil war with Islamic warriors, including hundreds of CIA- trained guerrillas in the Afghan struggle. The main contender for power was an army led by fundamentalist Mohammed Shawky al-Istambouli, brother of Khalid al-Istambouli, an army lieutenant. Khalid and Ayman Zawahiri, both assets of the CIA, led the death squad that murdered Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in October 1981. This faction spun-off from a larger army, the Dawa and Sharia, the umbrella group for all Mujahedins fighting in the war against Soviet Russia, covertly sponsored by the U.S. French, British and Israelis. Al-Istambouli traveled to Peshawar, the Mujahedin base of operations, in 1983, and transferred funding from Iran to Afghanistan. Al-Istambouli was sentenced to death in absentia by an Egyptian court in December 1992 for plotting to overthrow Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's government and kill Egyptian leaders...8 The charge that the Sheik operated with CIA sanction comes from a number of sources, including an anonymous government official who leaked that a CIA officer assigned as a consular official approved the Sheik's visa from the Sudan after the consulate approved it, according to the New York Times on July 14, 1993. Egyptian President Mubarak suggested that the visa had been issued to Rahman as a payoff for "services" rendered.

The Atlantic Monthly reported in 1996 that early off, "the sixty or so CIA and Special Forces officers based [in Afghanistan] considered [Rahman] a "valuable asset," according to one of them, and overlooked his anti-Western message and incitement to holy war because they wanted him to help unify the mujahideen groups..."8

"The sheik has been a CIA agent since his days in Afghanistan," Mubarak told Egypt's al-Gomhuria newspaper. " He still earns a salary."9

Researcher Paul Thompson has compiled a sourced timeline for the Internet that dispells the notion that Rahman was an independent operator:

"Abdul-Rahman was heavily involved with the CIA and [Pakistan] ISI efforts to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan, and became famous traveling all over the world for five years recruiting new mujaheddin. " [Atlantic Monthly, 5/96]

He is "infamous throughout the Arab world for his alleged role in the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat." Abdul-Rahman immediately begins setting up a terrorist network in the US. [Village Voice, 3/30/93]

He is known to have befriended bin Laden while in Afghanistan, and bin Laden secretly pays Abdul-Rahman's US living expenses. [Atlantic Monthly, 5/96, ABC News, 8/16/02]

Abdul-Rahman's ties to the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane in later 1990 is ignored. As one FBI agent says in 1993, he is "hands-off. It was no accident that the sheikh got a visa and that he's still in the country. He's here under the banner of national security, the State Department, the NSA, and the CIA." A very high-ranking Egyptian official says Abdul-Rahman continues to assist the CIA in recruiting new mujaheddin after moving to the US. This official says, "We begged America not to coddle the sheikh." Egyptian intelligence warns the US that Abdul-Rahman is planning new terrorist attacks, and on November 12, 1992, terrorists connected to him machine-gun a busload of Western tourists in Egypt. But still he lives freely in New York City. [Village Voice, 3/30/93]

He is finally arrested in 1993 and convicted for assisting in the 1993 WTC bombing. [Atlantic Monthly 5/96]"10

1) Anon., "N.Y. Terror Trial Witness Tells What a Liar He Was," San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, March 8, 1995.

2) Transcript of Paul DeRienzo's interview with William Kunstler, Broadcast on WBAI in New York on August 3, 1993.

3) Tape transcript concerning Salem's expenses:;action=display;threadid=11621

4) James S. Adam, "Troubling Questions in Troubling Times," October 5, 2001.

5) DeRenzo.

6) 'Proud terrorist' gets life for Trade Center bombing, CNN report, US News Story Page, January 8, 1998.

7) Robert J. Freidman, "The CIA and the Sheikh," Village Voice, March 30,1993.

8) Mary Ann Weaver, "Blowback," The Atlantic Monthly, May 1996.

9) Freidman

10) Paul Thompson, "Complete 911 Timeline: Incompetence, bad luck, obstr. Of justice," Project: Complete 911 Timeline, Open-Content project.