Hintergrund des Amir Hekmati, dem zum Tode verurteilte US Spion im Iran
Amir Hekmati (28) zum Tode verurteilt
TEHERAN – Er sei der «Zusammenarbeit mit einem feindlichen Land und der Spionage für die CIA» schuldig befunden worden. In Iran Grund genug, den iranisch-stämmigen Amir Mirsai Hekmati zum Tode zu verurteilen.
Iran Captive Amir Hekmati:
Intelligence Analyst for Six3 Systems in 2011
by John Stanton
[This is an update to Iran Should Release Amir Hekmati: A Hapless Product of the US Army’s Human Terrain System]
Amir Hekmati is currently on death row in Iran for allegedly spying for the United States of America. In addition to being a former member of the US Army’s Human Terrain System—and trained as a cultural intelligence collector– he was most recently a former employee of Six3 Systems located in McLean, Virginia. His title with the company was Intelligence Analyst with a US Army contract expiration date of 9/23/2011 and a government contactor ID that was set to expire in November 2011. At one point earlier, Hekmati owned a company called Lucid Linguistics whose purpose was to improve the US military’s ability to communicate in the Middle East.
All of which makes the focus on his links to KUMA LLC video games rather absurd as a lead story pushed by many media outlets around the world.
Six3 Systems is a portfolio company held by GTCR, a private equity company, which does have a former high level CIA employee in its leadership ranks (see below). The GTCR description of Six3 Systems is as follows: “Six3 Systems is a high-end national security and defense intelligence services provider focused on developing and acquiring specialized capabilities that cater to the security intelligence community, Department of Defense and civilian security agencies. This national security and defense company is primarily focused on opportunities involving biometrics security, advanced data interpretation and analysis, cyber security and security intelligence / counterintelligence operations, training and support.”
The CEO of the company is Robert Coleman. His experience includes “…his tenure at the White House National Security Council Crisis Management Center during the Reagan and Bush I administrations, where he developed systems to assist in the collection and dissemination of critical intelligence data. He has additional experience supporting national security efforts while working for SAIC and Raytheon Technical Services.” The Vice President for Business Development is Ryan Wagener who is a former CACI employee. He “…leads all activities associated with pursuing and winning new business in the Intelligence, Defense, and Civilian markets…Wagener brings 16 years of experience in the intelligence and national security federal contracting community.”
Six3 Systems biometrics guru is Mike Zembrzuski. He is “a former commander of the Army’s premier counterintelligence battalion in CONUS, Mike led the Army effort to integrate missions with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces. He is an acknowledged expert in the areas of homeland security and technology protection and has extensive experience at the highest levels of the U.S. Government. His overseas experience is remarkable, with deployments to Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Guantanamo, and Iraq, along with service throughout Europe.”
Tom Ladd, executive vice president for ISR is the “former CEO of BIT Systems, a leading provider of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Software development solutions to the Intelligence Community and DoD. As one of the three founders of BITS, Mr. Ladd was responsible for the day to day running of BITS including hiring, new business efforts, human resources, accounting, and contracts. Mr. Ladd began his career at CIA as a technical weapon’s analyst. He spent three years supporting weapons inspections and finished his career at CIA as the Branch Chief for the Missile Systems Branch, responsible for the assessment of foreign ballistic and cruise missile capabilities.”
John Stanton is a Virginia based writer specializing in national security matters. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org http://cryptome.org/2012/01/0033.doc
Iran Should Release Amir Hekmati:
A Hapless Product of US Army’s Human Terrain System
by John Stanton
“The poor guy,” said a source.
Nathan Hodge writing for the Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Amir Hekmati worked for BAE System’s as a member of the US Army’s Human Terrain System. “An industry official familiar with his civilian contracting work said he was involved in training for the Human Terrain System, a U.S. Army program to provide cultural advice to military units, before went to work for the Army,” Hodge writes. “Troy Rolan, an Army spokesman, confirmed Mr. Hekmati’s employment there, and said he left the Army in June 2011.
This is disturbing news indeed.
Human Terrain System program manager Colonel Sharon Hamilton announced in public at a Special Operations conference before the 2011 holidays that the Human Terrain System (HTS), Version 2.0, is now officially an intelligence collection activity. According to some, this leads back to the murky intelligence activities of a former HTS employee named Stephen James “Banger” Lang.
In a recent video, Hamilton discusses HTS 2.0 pointing out that the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Intelligence gave marching orders to HTS leadership to figure out how HTS can evolve to support Special Operations Village Stability Operations, and work other Human Terrain projects within the Pentagon’s Geographic Combatant Commands. The “power of HTS”, she points out in the video, is the ability to determine the how’s and why’s of indigenous populations and feed that information to commanders before negotiation, invasion and occupation. The wording Hamilton uses is interesting as such information, going forward, would have to be gathered covertly, one assumes.
If HTS is going to support USSOCOM, which is not confined to one continent, then the classification level of program participants would have to rise beyond the “secret” level. And in fact, that is happening as CGI/Oberon Associates, now in possession of $227 million (US) to run the program, brings in a bundle of new contractors in the form of sub-primes or individual contractors.
The history of HTS is, quite simply, grotesque and an embarrassment to the US military and the men and women who tried, but failed, to get the program to work. It has been a disaster for Civil Affairs as millions have been burned to make HTS work that should have gone to Civil Affairs units at Fort Bragg and elsewhere. For years critics of the program—the most vociferous from within HTS—argued that HTS always was an intelligence program run out of US Army TRADOC, G2. There are some 70 articles written over a three year period that report on the program’s failings, deaths, inadequate recruiting and training, allegations of fraud, waste and abuse, murder, hostages, sexual harassment, and more. Those pieces also offer recommendations for improvement. Numerous investigations run by the DOD-IG, the US Army CID, and the US Congress Office of Special Counsel have been conducted on HTS 1.0.
If the Iranians new how screwed up HTS 1.0 was and the inadequate training Hekmati received they would set him free. He is the product of damaged US Army and Pentagon leadership. Give the poor guy a break.
John Stanton is a Virginia based writer specializing in national security matters. Reach him at email@example.com