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JP Morgan Chase – Goldman Sachs – Deutsche Bank: Die Betrugs Maschinerie im „Ponzi“ System

April 1, 2012 12 Kommentare

Er äusserte sich anlässlich der Feier auf Jekyll Island am vergangenen Wochenende und sie waren unter sich, deshalb möglichweise diese Offenheit. Das Publikum draussen sollte das sicher nicht hören.

Alan Greenspan machte ein erstaunliches Eingeständnis. Viele der Handlungen die zur Finanzkrise führten waren illegal, kriminell und bedeuten eindeutig Betrug.

Gangster Banks Keep Winning Public Business. Why?

POSTED: March 22, 9:40 AM ET

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A man walks in front of the JP Morgan Chase building in New York.
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A friend of mine sent this article from Bloomberg, along with the simple comment: „Perfect.“ What’s perfect? That the banks that have been caught repeatedly ripping off communities and munipalities — banks that have paid hefty settlements for rigging bids, bribery and other sordid misdeeds — keep winning the most public business. Apparently, our public officials aren’t concerned about whom they hire to serve as the people’s investment bankers.

From the piece, entitled „JPMorgan Claims No. 1 for Government Debt After Jefferson County“:

JPMorgan, which emerged from the worst financial crisis since the 1930s as the most profitable U.S. bank, has parlayed crisis-era loans to cities and states and a willingness to outbid other firms in local government bond auctions into becoming the top underwriter of municipal debt last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It was the first time the firm held that rank.

The turnaround was a milestone for JPMorgan’s municipal- bond department, which has been marred by its involvement in two of the biggest scandals in the history of U.S. public finance: a so-called pay-to-play scheme in Jefferson County, Alabama, that contributed to the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy, and a federal probe that uncovered bid rigging of municipal-bond investment products.

This story dovetails with the larger story I have out in the magazine now about Bank of America, another Too-Big-To-Fail behemoth that placed a very close second in the area of municipal bond business, according to the Bloomberg survey. Chase managed $35.7 billion in long-term bond sales, while BOA/Merrill Lynch came in at about $200 million less.

Why does this matter? Because both banks, Chase and Bank of America, have been repeatedly tied to scandals involving the issuance of public debt. Bank of America paid a $137 million settlement for rigging the bids of bond issues in numerous communities (including places as far away as Guam), while Chase also paid a big settlement of $211 million last year for more or less exactly similar offenses involving localities in 25 different states.

Chase also entered into a $722 million settlement with the government over its behavior in Jefferson County, Alabama, where the bank essentially bribed local officials to take on onerous swap deals that left the county in debt until the next millenium.

Read more:

Greenspan – US-Bankensystem ist voller Betrug

Die Geldwäsche der Banken, für den Drogen- Waffen Handel und über Projekt Entwickler

Georg Soros, Ackermann und der grösste Betrug der Welt Geschichte: Banken und der Papier $

Demonstrationen, gegen die Betrugs Wallstreet Bank Gangster in New York

Drogen – Wallstreet und CIA im Frank Wisner Drogen Kartell


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Cuba: The United States has removed all restrictions on Cuban-American travel

April 1, 2012 1 Kommentar

The Cases of Alan Gross and the Cuban Five

Posted on 01/17/2012
By Salim Lamrani, with contributions from Wayne S. Smith
Center for International Policy

The way may be opening for increased U.S.-Cuban ties. The United States has removed all restrictions on Cuban-American travel from the U.S. to Cuba and all limitations on Cuban-American remittances to families on the island. Coming at a time when the Cuban government is encouraging the establishment of small private enterprises, this opens the way for importantly increased ties between the two communities-as one observer put it: “for an inflow of capital from the U.S. to Cuba.”

There is, however, the proverbial “fly in the ointment” and that is the case of Alan Gross, arrested on December 3 of 2009 and since then representing a major obstacle to improved relations–along with the case of the Cuban Five on the other side (but more on that later).

Who is Alan Gross?

Alan Gross is a 61 year-old Jewish U.S. citizen from Potomac, Maryland who is an employee of Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), a subcontractor of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) which itself is a dependency of the State Department. In December 2009, when Gross was about to leave Cuba with a simple tourist visa–after his fifth visit that year–Cuban state security authorities detained him at the International Airport in Havana. An investigation discovered links between him and the internal opposition to the Cuban government. Gross had been distributing among the opposition portable computers and satellite telephones as part of the State Department program for “promoting democracy in Cuba.” [1]

A long-distance communications technology expert, Gross has great experience in the field. He has worked in more than 50 nations and set up satellite communications systems during the military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan to circumvent channels controlled by local authorities. [2]
Possession of a satellite phone is strictly forbidden in Cuba for national security reasons and telecommunications are a state monopoly with competition forbidden. [3]

Aid for the Cuban Jewish Community?

The State Department, demanding the release of the detainee declared, “Gross works for international development and traveled to Cuba to assist the members of the Jewish community in Havana to connect with other Jewish communities in the world.” According to Washington, Gross’ activities were legitimate and did not violate Cuban legislation.[4]

In October 2010, during the annual session of the UN General Assembly, Arturo Valenzuela, then assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, met with Bruno Rodríguez, Cuban minister for foreign affairs, to discuss Gross. This was the most important diplomatic meeting between representatives from both nations since the beginning of Obama’s era. [5]

Alan Gross’ family also said that his frequent trips to the island were to allow the Jewish community in Havana to gain access to the Internet and to communicate with Jews all over the world.[6] His lawyer, Peter J. Kahn, endorsed their words, “His work in Cuba had nothing to do with politics; it was simply aimed at helping the small, peaceful, non-dissident Jewish community in the country. [7]

Gross doubtless had contact with some members of the Jewish community in Cuba. Leaders of the Jewish community in Havana, however, contradict the official U.S. version of his relationship. In fact, leaders of the community affirm they did not know Alan Gross, and had never met with him despite his five visits to Cuba in 2009. Adela Dworin, president of the Beth Shalom Temple, rejected Washington’s statements. “It’s lamentable […]. The saddest part is that they tried to involve the Jewish community in Cuba which has nothing to do with this.”

Mayra Levy, speaker of the Sephardic Hebraic Center, declared she didn’t know who Gross was and added he had never been to her institution. The Associated Press said “the leaders of the Jewish community in Cuba denied the American contractor Alan Gross […] had collaborated with them.” [8] In like manner, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that “the main Jewish groups in Cuba had denied having any contracts with Alan Gross or any knowledge of his project.” [9]

Reverend Oden Mariachal, secretary of the Consejo de Iglesias de Cuba (CIC) [Cuban Council of Churches] which includes the [non-Catholic] Christian religious institutions and the Jewish community in Cuba, confirmed this position at a meeting with Peter Brennan, State Department coordinator for Cuban Affairs. On the occasion of the General Assembly of Churches of Christ in the U.S., held in Washington in 2010, the religious leader rejected Gross’ allegations. “What we made clear is what the Cuban Jewish Community, a member of the Cuban Council of Churches, told us, ‘We never had a relationship with that gentleman; he never brought us any equipment.’ They denied any kind of relationship with Alan Gross.”[10]

In fact, the small Cuban Jewish community, far from isolated, is perfectly integrated in society and has excellent relations with the political authorities in the Island. Fidel Castro, although very critical of Israeli policy in the occupied territories, declared to American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg that in history “no one has been as slandered as the Jews. They were exiled from their land, persecuted and mistreated everywhere in the world. The Jews had a more difficult existence than ours. Nothing can compare to the Holocaust,” he said. [11]

Cuban President Raúl Castro attended the religious ceremony for Hanukkah-the Festival of Lights–at the Shalom Synagogue in Havana, in December 2010. The visit was broadcast live on Cuban TV and published in the front page of newspaper Granma. He took the opportunity to greet “the Cuban Jewish community and the fabulous history of the Hebrew people.” [12]

Moreover, the Cuban Jewish community has all the technological facilities needed to communicate with the rest of the world, thanks to the assistance of other international Jewish entities such as the B’nai Brith and the Cuban Jewish Relief Project, the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), the World ORT, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) or the United Jewish Committee (UJC); all of it endorsed by the Cuban authorities. [13]

Arturo López-Levy, B’nai Brith secretary for the Cuban Jewish community between 1999 and 2001, and today a professor at Denver University, is also skeptical about the U.S. version of the Gross case. On the subject, he stated, “Gross was not arrested for being Jewish or for his alleged activities of technological aid to the Cuban Jewish community which already had an informatics lab, electronic mail and Internet access before he got to Havana. [The Jews in Cuba] do not gather at a synagogue to conspire with the political opposition because this would jeopardize their cooperation with the government which is needed for their activities: the emigration to Israel program, the Right by Birth project–through which young Cuban Jews travel to Israel every year–or to deal with humanitarian aid. To protect the most important they detach themselves as much as possible from the U.S. programs of political interference on Cuban internal affairs. Gross travelled to Cuba not to work with any Jewish organization but for USAID.” [14]

Wayne S. Smith, chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba from 1979 to 1982 and director of Cuba Program of the Center for International Policy in Washington, said that “in other words, Gross was involved in a program whose intentions were clearly hostile to Cuba, because its objective is nothing less than regime change.” [15]

Illegal Activities According to Cuban Authorities

Cuban authorities suspected Gross of espionage and internal subversion activities. [16]Ricardo Alarcon, president of the Cuban Parliament, declared he had violated the country’s legislation. “He violated Cuban laws, national sovereignty, and committed crimes that in the U.S. are most severely punished.”[17]
Gross, a USAID employee was providing sophisticated communications equipment. The distribution and use of satellite phones is regulated in Cuba and it is forbidden to import them without authorization. On the other hand, Article 11 of Cuban Law 88 reads that, “He who, in order to perform the acts described in this Law, directly or through a third party, receives, distributes or takes part in the distribution of financial means, material or of other kind, from the Government of the United States of America, its agencies, dependencies, representatives, officials, or from private entities is liable to prison terms from 3 to 8 years.” [18]

This severity is not unique to Cuban legislation. U.S. law prescribes similar penalties for this type of crime. The Foreign Agents Registration Act prescribes that any un-registered agent “who requests, collects, supplies or spends contributions, loans, money or any valuable object in his own interest” may be liable to a sentence of five years in prison and a fine of 10,000 dollars. [19]

French legislation also punishes this type of action. According to Article 411-8 of the Penal Code, “the act of exercising on behalf of a foreign power, a foreign company or organization or company or organization under the control of a foreign agent, any act aimed at supplying devices, information, procedures, objects, documents, informatics data or files whose exploitation, spreading, or gathering can by nature attempt against the fundamental interests of the nation is punishable with ten years of imprisonment and a fine of 150,000 Euros.”[20]

On February 4, 2011, the prosecutor of the Republic of Cuba formally accused Alan Gross of “acts against the integrity and independence of the nation,” and demanded a jail sentence of 20 years. On March 12, 2011 Gross was finally sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after his trial.[21] The lawyer for the defense, Peter J. Kahn, expressed his regret that his client was “caught in the middle of a long political dispute between Cuba and the United States.”  [22]
The New York Times remembers that Gross “was arrested last December during a trip to Cuba as part of a semi-clandestine USAID program, a service of foreign aid of the State Department destined to undermine the Cuban Government,” The New York paper also indicated that “U.S. authorities have admitted that Mr. Gross entered Cuba without the appropriate visa and have said he distributed satellite telephones to religious groups. [23]

Since 1992 and the adoption of the Torricelli Act, the U.S. openly admits its objective towards Cuba is “regime change” and one of the pillars of this policy is to organize, finance and equip an internal opposition. [24] USAID, which is in charge of the implementation of the plan, admits that, as part of this program, it finances the Cuban opposition. According to the Agency for the 2009 fiscal year the amount destined for aid to Cuban dissidents was of 15.62 million dollars. Since 1996 a total of 140 million dollars have been dedicated to the program aimed at overthrowing the Cuban government. “The largest part of this figure is for individuals inside Cuba. Our objective is to maximize the amount of the support that benefits the Cubans in the Island.”[25]

The government agency also stresses the following, “We have trained hundreds of journalists in a ten year period and their work is seen in mainstream international media.” Formed and paid by the U.S., they represent, above all, the interests of Washington whose objective is a “regime change” on the island. [26]

From a juridical point of view, this reality in fact places the dissidents who accept the emoluments offered by USAID in the position of being agents at the service of a foreign power, which constitutes a serious violation of the Cuban Penal Code. The agency is aware of this reality and simply reminds all that “nobody is obliged to accept or be part of the programs of the government of the United States.” [27]

Judy Gross, the wife of Alan Gross, was authorized to visit him in prison for the first time in July 2010. [28]She took the occasion to send a letter to Cuban President Raúl Castro in which she expressed her repentance and apologized for the acts of her husband. “I understand today the Cuban Government does not appreciate the type of work Alan was doing in Cuba. His intention was never to hurt your government.” [29]

Judy Gross also accuses the State Department of not having explained to her husband that his activities were illegal in Cuba. If Alan had known that something would happen to him in Cuba, he would not have done that. I think he was not clearly informed about the risks.” [30]

A Way Out?

Clearly, Alan Gross violated the law. Of that there can be no doubt. On the other hand, he seems to have done little harm. His continued incarceration results in no important benefits to the U.S. His release, on the other hand, could be a major step toward improved U.S.-Cuban relations, especially if in the process he were prepared to apologize for his actions.

There is another side to the matter, however, and that has to do with the so-called Cuban Five. Just as the U.S. seems unwilling to move ahead in relations unless there is some movement in the Gross case, so do the Cubans seem reluctant to move without progress in the case of the Cuban Five, who were incarcerated in 1998. They were sent up to the U.S. by the Cuban government to penetrate and develop information about the anti-Castro terrorists groups in Florida after a sequence of bomb attacks against tourist centers in Havana. The idea was then to provide that information to the FBI so that it could take action to halt the exile terrorists. A meeting between representatives of the FBI and the Cubans was held in Havana over several days in June of 1998 and some forty folders of evidence were turned over to the FBI. The Cubans then waited for the U.S. to take action against the terrorists. But none was taken; rather, shortly thereafter, the FBI began arresting the Cuban five. In other words, they arrested those who had provided the evidence rather than the terrorists themselves. The Five were arrested, tried and convicted, though “tried” is not the right word for the trial was a sham. The prosecutors had no real evidence and so fell back on the old standby of trying them for “conspiracy” to commit illegal acts. No evidence, and they were tried in Miami where anti-Castro sentiment had reached such a level with the Elian Gonzalez case that there was no chance of empanelling an impartial jury. Defense lawyers requested a change of venue, but, incredibly, it was denied.

Worst of all was the case of Gerardo Hernandez, who was accused of “conspiracy” to commit murder and given two consecutive life sentences plus fifteen years–this in connection with the shoot down of the two Brothers to the Rescue planes in February of 1996. Never mind that there was no evidence that he was in any way responsible. But there, behind bars, he remains today, mostly in solitary confinement and after all these years not allowed a single visit from his wife.

The injustice in these cases contradicts the reputation of the U.S. for dedication to the rule of law. It must be corrected. Holding these men year after year without real evidence of any crime other than being the unregistered agents of a foreign power was one thing during the Cold War–though unjustified even then. But now, with the Cold War over and every possibility of beginning a new U.S.-Cuba relationship, it becomes morally unjustifiable and counterproductive. It is time surely to undertake a process of reviewing all these cases and then allowing these men to return to their families. One, René Gonzalez, has already been released from prison to serve out his remaining three years on parole, but at the same time, incredibly, not allowed to return to Cuba to be with his wife, who he has not seen in all these years. That, allowing his return, should perhaps be the first step in the process.

And it goes without saying that as the U.S. begins to move in the cases of the Cuban Five, Cuba should release Alan Gross to return to his family.
It should be noted that Alan Gross himself suggested there should be some reciprocal movement in these cases. “Following the recent exchange of the Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, Gross was clear that he wants the United States and Cuba to make a similar gesture for him and the Cuban Five,” explained Rabbi David Shneyer, who had visited Gross in Havana. [31]

Salim Lamrani, PhD in Iberian and Latin American Studies of the Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV University, is a professor in charge of courses at the Paris-Sorbonne-Paris IV University and the Paris-Est Marne-la- Vallée University. He is a French journalist, and specialist on the Cuba-United States relations. He has recently published: Etat de siege. Les sanctions economiques des Etats-Unis contre Cuba with a prologue by Wayne S. Smith.

Wayne S. Smith, now director of the Cuba Project at the Center for International Policy, was chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, 1979-1982, and is the author of The Closest of Enemies, (New York: W.W. Norton, 1987).
End Notes
[1] Jeff Franks, <<Scenarios-U.S. Contractor Jailed in Cuba Still in Limbo>>, Reuter, October 24, 2010.
[2] Phillip J. Crowley, <<Statement on Anniversary of Alan Gross’ Incarceration in Cuba>>, op. cit.; Saul Landau, <<The Alan Gross Case>>, Counterpunch, July 30, 2010. (site consulted on February 18, 2011).
[3] Ibid.
[4] Phillip J. Crowley, <<Statement on Anniversary of Alan Gross’ Incarceration in Cuba>>, op. cit
[5] Paul Haven, <<U.S., Cuban Diplos Met About Jailed U.S. Man>>, The Associated Press, October 18, 2010
[6] Anthony Broadle, <<Exclusive: American Held in Cuba Expresses Regret to Raul Castro>>, Reuters, October 24, 2010.
[7] Juan O. Tamayo, <<Pedirán 20 años de cárcel para Gross>>, El Nuevo Herald, February 5, 2011.
[8] Andrea Rodríguez, <<Judíos niegan haber colaborado con Alan Gross>>, The Associated Press, December 2, 2010.
[9] Jewish Telegraphic Agency, <<Cuba to Seek 20- Year Prison Term for Alan Gross>>, February 6, 2011.
[10] Andrea Rodrígues, <<EEUU pide Iglesias de Cuba interesarse por contratista preso>>, The Associated Press, December 2, 2010.
[11] Jeffrey Goldberg, <<Castro: ‘No One Has Been Slandered More Than the Jews’>> The Atlantic, December 7, 2010. (site consulted on February 18, 2011).
[12] The Associated Press, <<Raúl Castro Celebrates Hanukkah With Cuban Jews>>; Juan O. Tamayo, <<Raul Castro asiste a fiesta de Janucá en sinagoga de La Habana>>, El Nuevo Herald, December 6, 2010.
[13] Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba, <<Quienes ayudan>>. (site consulted on February 18, 2011).
[14] Arturo López-Levy, <<Freeing Alan Gross: First Do No Harm>>, August 2010. (site consulted on February 18, 2011).
[15] Wayne S. Smith, <<The Gross Case and the Inanity of U.S. Policy>>, Center for International Policy, March 2011. (site consulted on March 13, 2011).
[16] Paul Haven, <<U.S. Officials Ask Cuba to Release Jailed American>>, The Associated Press, February 19, 2010.
[17] Andrea Rodriguez, <<Contratista de EEUU violó soberanía de Cuba, dice alto dirigente>>, The Associated Press, December 11, 2010.
[18] Ley de protección de la independencia nacional y la economía de Cuba (LEY N˚. 88), Artículo 11.
[19] U.S. Code, Title 22, Chapter 11, Subchapter II, § 611, iii <<Definitions>>, § 618, a, 1 <<Violations; false statements and willful omissions>>.
[20] Code Penal, Partie legislative, Livre, Titre Ier, Chapitre I, Section 3, Article 411-8.
[21] William Booth, <<Cuba Seeks 20 Year Jail term for Detained American>>, The Associated Press, February 4, 2011.
[22] Paul Haven <<Cuba Seeks 20-Year Jail term for Detained American>>, The Associated Press, February 4, 2011.
[23] Ginger Thompson, <<Wife of American Held in Cuba Pleads for His Release and Apologizes to Castro>>, The New York Times, October 24, 2010.
[24] Cuban Democracy Act, Titulo XVII, Artículo 1705, 1992.
[25] Along the Malecon, <<Exclusive: Q & A with USAID>>, October 25, 2010. (site consulted on October 26, 2010); Tracey Eaton, <<U.S. government aid to Cuba is the spotlight as contractor Alan Gross marks one year in a Cuban prison>>, El Nuevo Herald, December 3, 2010.
[26] Ibid.
[27] Ibid.
[28] Jessica Gresko, <<U.S. Man Jailed in Cuba Can Call Home More Often>>, The Associated Press, October 26, 2010.
[29] Anthony Boadle, <<Exclusive: American Held in Cuba Expresses Regret to Raul Castro>>, op. cit. ; Jeff Frank, <<Factbox: Jailed U.S. Contractor, Sour U.S.-Cuba Relations>>, Reuters, October 24, 2010.
[30]Anthony Boadle, <<Exclusive: American Held in Cuba Expresses Regret to Raul Castro>>, op. cit EFE, <<EEUU no negocia liberación de Alan Gross>>,  February 8, 2011.
[31] Agence France Presse, <<Contratista de EE UU en Cuba sugiere intercambio de espias>> November 8, 2011.

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CIA Offizier: John Kiriakou, einer der Kriminellen rund um die Griechen Bande des Georg Tenet verhaftet

April 1, 2012 Kommentare aus

Das die CIA Bande, extrem kriminell ist, aber zugleich strohdumm, war vor 10 Jahren bekannt. Reden ist silber, schweigen ist Gold! Und wenn dann nur gut überlegte Infos.

update: Arte Doku im Dezember 2014 : John Kiriakou war in Wirklichkeit ein whistleblower, der die Folter Praktiken in den USA Medien publik machte und auch die Lügen.

Schweig, Verräter!

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Live Dienstag, 16. Dezember um 20:15 Uhr (97 Min.)

Whistleblower packen aus. Nicht über die brisanten Geheimdienstinformationen, die sie öffentlich machten, sondern über ihr Schicksal als „Verräter“ und angeklagte Straftäter. Weil sie die Wahrheit sagten, stehen sie nun am Pranger. In ihrer Geschichte spiegelt sich das Bild einer panischen politischen Praxis der USA im Kampf gegen den internationalen Terror.


Ex-C.I.A. Officer’s Path From Terrorist Hunter to Defendant

Published: January 24, 2012

WASHINGTON — In March 2002, John Kiriakou coordinated a team of fellow Central Intelligence Agency officers and Pakistani agents that descended upon a house in Pakistan where they believed they might find Abu Zubaydah, a high-level figure in Al Qaeda.

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John Kiriakou, left, leaving court in Alexandria, Va., on Monday. Mr. Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. officer, is accused of giving classified information to the news media.


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Rushing into the house amid the bloody aftermath of a shootout, Mr. Kiriakou seized a heavily wounded man, photographed his ear, and used his cellphone to send the image to an analyst. “It’s him,” the analyst reported back after comparing the shape of the ear to file photographs of Abu Zubaydah.

Mr. Kiriakou, who recounted the episode in a 2010 memoir, and his colleagues had captured alive the first big target in the Qaeda hierarchy after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington — “one of the brightest moments of my professional life,” he described it.

Now, Mr. Kiriakou is embroiled in another drama. The same government that a decade ago sent him to risk his life taking on Al Qaeda is now trying to send him to prison for as much as 30 years, charging him with disclosing classified information — the identity of two former colleagues who participated in interrogating detainees — to journalists.

Several friends said the C.I.A. this week abruptly fired his wife, who had worked as an analyst there since before the couple met; specifically, one said, she was called, while on maternity leave, and told her to submit her resignation. (The agency declined to comment.)

Mr. Kiriakou’s lawyer Plato Cacheris said Tuesday that his client would plead not guilty, but could not discuss the matter. Friends and former colleagues say that Mr. Kiriakou is determined to fight the case.

The grandson of Greek immigrants, Mr. Kiriakou, 47, grew up in New Castle, in western Pennsylvania’s steel country. His parents, both now dead, were elementary school teachers, and his father eventually became a principal, a childhood friend recalled.

The friend, Gary Senko, still lives in New Castle and has remained friends with Mr. Kiriakou; the two were in each other’s weddings, he is the godfather of Mr. Kiriakou’s daughter, and they text each other during Pittsburgh Steelers games. As a high school student, he said, Mr. Kiriakou played in the school band and was an honor student, taking an interest in politics and making clear that he had set his sights on the wider world.

“We joked that he was going to run for president some day,” Mr. Senko recalled.

Mr. Kiriakou attended George Washington University on a partial scholarship, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies. He applied to the C.I.A. at the suggestion of a professor, Dr. Jerrold M. Post, who had served at the agency, according to Mr. Kiriakou’s 2010 memoir, “The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the C.I.A.’s War on Terror.”

He began as an analyst and learned Arabic, but eventually trained as an operations officer, working in Athens and the Middle East. His book recounts several adventures, including ambushing and disarming a trainee after learning the man had been directed to kill him by a terrorist group.

He was dispatched to Pakistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, hunting down Qaeda figures. When he returned home to Northern Virginia, however, Mr. Kiriakou had difficulties. His first marriage had broken up earlier, and he fought a bitter custody battle with his former wife over their two sons. He later married his current wife; they now have three children.

In his book, Mr. Kiriakou describes strains with a supervisor over the time required by his family responsibilities. He decided to resign from the agency in 2004, and worked for several years at the auditing firm Deloitte, analyzing security risks for businesses overseas.

In late 2007, Mr. Kiriakou waded into the public debate over the C.I.A.’s use of the suffocation tactic called waterboarding. He gave an interview to ABC News saying it had elicited good information from detainees, but that the country should no longer use the technique because “we’re Americans and we’re better than this.”

Suddenly a controversial figure, he was asked to leave Deloitte, according to several friends and former colleagues. A Deloitte spokeswoman confirmed his employment, but said the firm could not comment further because of a confidentiality policy.

The interview got him trouble in another way. He described Abu Zubaydah as having started cooperating with investigators within seconds of being waterboarded. In fact, according to a document made public in 2009, the C.I.A. waterboarded him 83 times, and Mr. Kiriakou later admitted that he did not personally witness any waterboarding sessions.

A version of this article appeared in print on January 25, 2012, on page A20 of the New York edition with the headline: Ex-C.I.A. Officer’s Path From Terrorist Hunter to Defendant.

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Charged in Information Leak

Published: January 23, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday charged a former Central Intelligence Agency officer with disclosing classified information to journalists about the capture and brutal interrogation of a suspected member of Al Qaeda, Abu Zubaydah — adding another chapter to the Obama administration’s crackdown on leaks.


John Kiriakou in a 2007 ABC interview.

In a criminal complaint filed on Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused John Kiriakou, the former C.I.A. officer, of disclosing the identity of a C.I.A. analyst who worked on a 2002 operation that located and interrogated Abu Zubaydah. The journalists included a New York Times reporter, it alleged.

“Safeguarding classified information, including the identities of C.I.A. officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security,” said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., in a statement.

At the same time, the department on Monday cleared of wrongdoing a legal defense team for inmates at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for its efforts to identify officials involved in the coercive interrogations of “high value” suspects. The effort was a project by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to bolster the representation of detainees facing death sentences in military commissions.

Mr. Kiriakou, who was released on a $250,000 bond after appearing in federal court in Alexandria, Va., on Monday, was a leader of the team that captured Abu Zubaydah, and he came to public attention in late 2007 when he gave an interview to ABC News portraying the suffocation technique called waterboarding as torture, but calling it necessary. (It later emerged that he significantly understated the C.I.A.’s use of the technique.) His lawyer did not return a call for comment on Monday.

The prosecution of Mr. Kiriakou is the sixth criminal case brought under President Obama against current or former government officials accused of providing classified information to the media, more such cases than all previous presidents combined. The crackdown, long sought by the C.I.A. and other agencies, has won the administration some credit with security officials angered by the president’s earlier decision to release classified legal opinions on the agency’s interrogation program.

Officials have said the administration’s campaign against leaks has resulted from a belief among the intelligence agencies and members of both parties in Congress that unauthorized disclosures by government employees holding security clearances were out of control. But Mr. Obama entered office pledging unprecedented transparency for government operations, and his record has drawn fire from civil libertarians and groups supporting whistle-blowers and press freedoms.

Among other things, the F.B.I. complaint accuses Mr. Kiriakou of being a source for a June 2008 front-page Times article, written by reporter Scott Shane. It identified a C.I.A. employee, Deuce Martinez, who played a major role interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, believed to have handled logistics for Al Qaeda, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Robert Christie, a spokesman for The Times, declined to comment.

The case is the second against a former C.I.A. officer for allegedly disclosing classified information to reporters within the past year. In 2011, Jeffrey Sterling, a former agency employee, was charged with leaking information allegedly used by James Risen, a Times reporter, in his 2006 book, “State of War.” (That case may be collapsing due to a judge’s ruling barring two witnesses from testifying; the prosecution has appealed.)

In a statement on Monday warning C.I.A. employees not to leak information, the C.I.A. director, David H. Petraeus, took note of both cases, saying that the agency “fully supported the investigation from the beginning and will continue to do so.”….

Der Richter Baltazar Garzon und die korrupte Spanische Justiz

April 1, 2012 1 Kommentar

Als der Richter Garzon, in den alten Verbrechen der Franco Zeit ermittelte, wurde er suspendiert und hat seit dieser Zeit Non-Stop Probleme.

Baltasar Garzón (2005)

Der Fall Baltazar Garzón: Die Bürokratisierung der Justiz

März 29, 2012  | by Gülpen Garay

Vor dem Hintergrund der Anklagen ge- genüber dem spanischen Untersu- chungsrichter Baltazar Garzón wegen Rechtsbeugung in drei Fällen suchte der erste Kongress des neu gegründeten Deutschen Anwaltvereins Spanien am 24. Januar 2012 eine Antwort auf die Frage: „Die Justiz: ein verlorener Fall?“. In der Podiumsdiskussion im Plenarsaal des OVG Berlin-Brandenburg warf Raúl Zaffaroni, Richter am Obersten Argenti- nischen Gerichtshof, der spanischen Ju- stiz Bürokratisierung vor. Martín Pallín, ehemaliger Richter des Obersten Spani- schen Gerichtshofs, sprach von einer Verschwörung gegen Garzón.

Garzón, das Weltgewissen

1998 wurde der Untersuchungsrichter Baltazar Garzón weltweit bekannt, als er Augusto Pinochet durch einen Haftbe- fehl für 500 Tage in Großbritannien unter Hausarrest stellen ließ. Dem Ex-Diktator wurden schwerste Menschenrechtsver- letzungen an spanischen Bürgern während der Militärdiktatur in Chile vor- geworfen. Nun sitzt der Richter selbst auf der Anklagebank; wegen des Vor- wurfes der Rechtsbeugung in drei Fäl- len. Aber es ist nicht die Staatsanwalt- schaft, die ihn anklagte, sondern ultra- rechte Gruppierungen, die die Auf- klärung von Verbrechen aus der Zeit der Franco-Diktatur im Rahmen einer Popu- larklage verhindern wollen.

Fehlurteil des Obersten Gerichtshofs

Im dritten Fall, dem sogenannten Fall „Gürtel“, wurde Garzón im Februar 2012 auf Grund einer Privatklage verurteilt; die Richter des Obersten Gerichtshofs sahen es als erwiesen an, dass Garzón das Abhören der Gespräche zwischen Untersuchungshäftlingen und ihren An- wälten in dem Wissen anordnete, gegen geltendes Recht zu verstoßen. Neben einer Geldstrafe muss der 56-Jährige Garzón ein 11-jähriges Berufsverbot über sich ergehen lassen, was das vor- läufige Ende seiner Karriere bedeutet. Im Fall „Gürtel“ versuchte Garzón, ein korruptes Netzwerk aus Unternehmern und Politikern der regierenden konser- vativen Volkspartei Partido Popular (PP) aufzudecken.

Er rechtfertigt die Abhöraktionen damit, dass davon ausgegangen werden mus- ste, dass die Anwälte während des Ge- fängnisbesuches von den inhaftierten Verdächtigen Anweisungen zum Geld- waschen erhielten. Garzón konnte sich dabei auf Artikel 51 Absatz 2 des spani- schen Strafvollzugsgesetzes Ley Orgá- nica General Penitenciaria (LOGP) stüt- zen:

Die Verständigungen des Inhaftierten mit dem Strafverteidiger […] dürfen nicht unterbrochen werden oder an ih- nen teilgenommen werden, es sei denn durch richterliche Anordnung und bei Verdacht auf Terrorismus. (Überset- zung durch R.Z.)…

by George Venturini *


March 29, 2012 – On 17 January 2012 Judge Baltasar Garzón Real walked into one of the ornate courtrooms of the Spanish Supreme Court, which is housed in the former convent known as the Palacio de las Salesas Reales, and followed his lawyer to the red velvet chair opposite the prosecution, and before seven judges of the Spanish Tribunal Supremo – Supreme Court. He was appearing as defendant in the first of three cases brought against him by private parties. This is possible under Spanish law. The case had been brought by defence lawyers and their clients, businessman Francisco Correa and his right hand man Pablo Crespo. Correa and Crespo cultivated links with officers of the Partido Popular – Popular Party, have been in gaol since 12 February 2009, and they and their associates are accused of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion…
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Alte Tradition: Israel zerstört die Deutschen Entwicklungshilfe Projekte im Gaza und in der Westbank

April 1, 2012 2 Kommentare

von Deutschland bezahlte, Wasser Projekte, Energie Projekte, Verwaltungs Gebäude, werden mit System von Israel nach kurzer Zeit wieder zerstört, was in Milliarden inzwischen geht. Deutschland schweigt.

Damit finanziert Deutschland den Terror der Ethnischen Säuberungen, durch die Israelis, und U-Boot Finanzierung erhält Israel sowieso und andere Waffen Finanzierungen. siehe Ethnische Säuberungen durch Uni Prof. Pappe – Uni Haifa, was historisch bewiesen ist und bis heute weiter geht.

Der Baby Mord der Israel Faschisten als man dem Gaza KZ den Strom abdreht

Warum die Palästinenser gegen die Israelischen Lebensraum Faschisten kämpfen

Der Genozid in Gaza, durch die Israelis

Israel threatens to demolish German-funded solar energy systems in West Bank
Jillian Kestler-D’Amours


March 30, 2012 – A handful of makeshift homes built from small boulders and plastic tarps and secured with thick ropes sit in the isolated community of She’b El- Buttum in the South Hebron Hills. A few metres away, several rows of solar panels and two wind turbines are affixed to the rocky hilltop, providing electricity to the village’s 150 residents. „We use the electricity for the milking machine, for the washing machine, the fridge, and for getting light when night falls,“ says Ismail Al-Jabarin, a 43-year-old She’b El-Buttum resident. „Before getting access to electricity, we lived on a generator that functioned two hours a day only, and had frequent problems. It is much, much better with electricity.“
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Scores injured at Qalandia in Land Day protest
Mya Guarnieri

March 30, 2012 – Israeli forces used rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, skunk water, and „the scream“ acoustic weapon against demonstrators. Some Palestinian youth burned tires and threw stones. Israeli forces left the checkpoint area and entered Qalandia, effectively pushing protesters further back from the checkpoint. Speaking to +972, Dr. Zaid Atabeh of the Palestinian Authority-affiliated Military Medical Services said that 85 protesters had been injured, 12 of whom were hospitalized. All of the injuries were from tear gas and rubber bullets. Palestinian politician and activist Mustafa Barghouti was reportedly among those injured and hospitalized…
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Palestinian detainee in Gaza deportation deal should be released to West Bank
Amnesty International

30 March 2012 – A deal that led to Palestinian Hana Shalabi halting her hunger strike and facing transfer to the Gaza Strip for a three year period could amount to a forcible deportation, Amnesty International said. Shalabi, 30, was arrested by Israeli troops last month in the West Bank and has been held under administrative detention. She is allegedly affiliated with the Islamic Jihad movement but has never been charged with a criminal offence. She spent 43 days on hunger strike and suffers from impaired thyroid functions, weakness and dizziness, according to Physicians for Human Rights Israel. Despite halting her hunger strike, she continues to require specialised medical care….
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Challenging Israeli State Terror
by Stephen Lendman

March 30, 2012 – Among other methods, lawlessly imprisoned Palestinians do it by hunger striking. Khader Adnan got world attention. He endured 66 days before Israel agreed to release him on April 17. He continues struggling to regain health and survive. On March 30, Hana Shalabi’s 43rd hunger strike day began. She also got widespread attention. Courageous struggles for justice draw support. At times, good news follows…
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Mass Land Day demonstrations sweep Israel, Palestine
Haggai Matar

March 30, 2012 – Tens of thousands of people participated in Land Day demonstrations in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Negev and the Galilee, as well as in Jordan and Lebanon. One person was killed, many were injured – several critically – and several were arrested in clashes with the Israeli army and police….Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, two demonstrations numbering some 1,500 proceeded towards the wall, which imprisons civilians living in one of the most densely populated areas on earth. Like the Fatah police in the West Bank, Hamas security forces also tried to prevent demonstrators from reaching the border, also using violence. However, they failed to stop the march. Tens of people were shot by the IDF. Three were critically wounded, and according to a recent report – one of them, 20-year-old Mahmoud Zaqouq, died from his injuries….
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NATO killing in Libya: Libya: 147 killed in 6 days of clashes in south

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Libya: 147 killed in 6 days of clashes in south

March 31, 2012 — Six days of tribal clashes in a remote desert town in southern Libya have killed 147 people, the country’s health minister said Saturday. Fatma al-Hamroush said in a press conference in Tripoli that the fighting in Sabha has also left 395 wounded. Around 180 people have been transported to the capital Tripoli for emergency treatment, she said. The clashes in the oasis region some 400 miles (650 kilometers) south of Tripoli show the fragile authority of the Libyan government, particularly in the isolated settlements that dot the southern desert…

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Libya’s humanitarian catastophe the West doesn’t care about because it caused it: (Video)

March 30, 2012 – The lawlessness Libya has plunged into is the direct result of how the current government came into power, Oxford-based freelance journalist Neil Clark told RT. „The main problem is that Libya is awash with arms. And who is to blame for this? It’s the Western powers, who gave these arms to the rebels to topple Gaddafi. And now you have different tribal militias all heavily armed. You have got a very week divided government in Tripoli, which cannot control its territory. You have got a real recipe for anarchy at the moment,“ he explained. „The main Western news channels are not covering the story the way they are not covering Iraq. In the end of the story Gaddafi is gone, and they are really not interested in reporting what’s going on, which is a human rights catastrophe,“ he added….
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U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers ‚had many accomplices‘, survivors of massacre claim
By Graham Smith

March 30, 2012 – …One mother-of-six, whose husband was killed during the incident, believes there were as many as 20 people involved. She told SBS Dateline journalist Yalda Hakim: ‚When they shot dead my husband, I tried to drag him into the house, they’d shot him in the head so his brain was all over my hands. I had to use a bowl for his blood. ‚I saw more than 20 people when I looked out the house. The Americans pointed their guns at me and threatened me, telling me not to leave the house or they’d kill me.’…
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Die kranken Kremel Herrscher und ihr Tod

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