January 31, 2002
The Big Brother Files #30: The Scandal That Won't Fade Away
As President-select Bush was reading from his teleprompters the text prepared by his speechwriters and back-stage managers, one could hardly not notice the conspicuous absence of any reference to one of the biggest scandals in U.S. history, what is now called Enron-Gate. Lots on that below and more about the 9-11 cover-up.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
1. Police say they'll enforce no-mask rule against World Forum protesters
2. Global Link Prayer: 02-02-2002
3. The man who knew too much
4. Smoking Gun in Enrongate - Let the impeachment begin
5. Enron-gate, and worse
6. Smallpox vaccine never tested in clinical trials
7. NEAR CAPACITY CROWDS FILL AUDITORIUM IN TORONTO FOR 9-11 LECTURE BY MIKE RUPPERT
8. CANADIAN COURT CASE REVEALS USN OFFICER HAD ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE OF 9-11
Full Coverage of the Bush Administration - State of the Union Speech
Full text at http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20020129/pl/state_of_union_text.html
The State of The Union We Won't See (By Ben Cohen)
"Kiara Windrider" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I think you will get a kick out of this one. It's funny, it's light, it's short, and it's the stuff that prayers are made of! It takes a couple minutes for the video stream to download but it's well worth it!
The presidents Nixon-esque disdain for democracy (Jan 29, 2002)
Bush and his minions have demonstrated a deep and alarming contempt for this country's constitution and its freedoms.
Chechnya: More Blood for Oil
The U.S. wants the Caspian Sea under total U.S. domination. A consortium of 11 western oil companies now controls more than 50 percent of all oil investments in the Caspian Basin
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Police say they'll enforce no-mask rule against World Forum protesters
January 28, 2002
NEW YORK -- Bracing for large-scale protests at the World Economic Forum, the NYPD said Monday it would enforce an 1845 law barring demonstrators from wearing masks.
Chief of Patrol Joseph Esposito said the department would strictly enforce state law prohibiting three or more protesters from hiding their faces.
"Three or more with masks and they're marching * they're under arrest," Esposito said while outlining security measures with reporters. The warning could heighten tensions between the 40,000-officer force, the nation's largest, and the thousands of demonstrators expected to take to the streets starting Thursday, when the world's political and business elite begin arriving in midtown Manhattan for the four-day event.
Protest organizers say many demonstrators plan to don costumes or march with giant, papier-mache puppets * some worn over their heads * to emphasize their anti-globalization message.
"They're going to have to arrest thousands and thousands of people," said David Graeber of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence, an anarchist group. "It's not going to be good." CLIP
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002
From: Deborah Moldow <email@example.com>
Subject: Global Link Prayer: 02-02-2002
Dear friends of peace,
February 2, 2002 is a special day: will you help strengthen the thoughtform "May Peace Prevail on Earth" to flood the world with Infinite Joy and Peace?
There will be a World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations at 2:00 pm in Salt Lake City, Utah, site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games from February 8-24. Mr. and Mrs. Saionji and their
daughters Maki and Yuka will be there, along with members of the United Religions Initiative and citizens of Utah who are active in the peace and justice movement.
The ancient Olympics were built on the concept of Truce during the games in order to build friendship, solidarity, and cooperation among states. The 2002 Olympics is reviving this ancient concept through the Peace Pole Project. A path of Peace Poles for all 80+ participating countries
will stand outside the City and County Building in downtown Salt Lake City as a reminder of the Olympic Truce, and athletes will also take one home to each country. Mayor Ross C. Anderson will welcome the Olympic Peace Poles at a ceremony that will take place on Sunday, February 3rd, with the Young Refugees of Utah for World Peace, the International Children's Choir, and Boy Scout Troop 410.
You can see a photograph of some of the Olympic Peace Poles at
The 2002 Winter Olympic Games is the first positive global event since the tragedy of September 11. Let us strengthen the energy of peace at the Olympics and throughout the world through our shared prayer:
"May Peace Prevail on Earth!"
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002
From: Robert Cain <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: The man who knew too much
The whistleblower named Baxter was a key player who spoke out against ENRON's use of the LJM partnership to conceal hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. According to Baxter's lawyer, Baxter was going to cooperate with investigators. Oddly, the car in which Baxter's body was stopped in a turning lane between two medians in the middle of a major street, a rather atypical location for a suicide committed in a car.
In addition, it is reported that the suicice gun was found in Baxter's hand. This alone rules out a genuine suicide, as the recoil of a fired .38 will remove it from a hand deprived of any nerve control from the brain.
The man who knew too much
CLIFFORD BAXTER, the former vice-chairman of Enron, knew the secrets of the firm's bankruptcy. But he took them with him to the grave last week in a death that has unleashed scores of conspiracy theories on Capitol Hill.
As he lay dying in the front seat of his Mercedes Benz, a revolver and suicide note by his side, across town in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land his lawyer was on the telephone driving a hard bargain.
Though Baxter, 43, the wealthy former vice-chairman of Enron, the bankrupt energy company, had not yet been summoned to give evidence at the long-awaited Congress hearing into what has become one of America's worst financial scandals, he knew that it was only a matter of time.
In the days before his death, Congressional investigators had tried to contact him. Within days, his lawyer had warned him, he was likely to be subpoenaed.
As, on Friday, the lawyer thrashed out the terms under which Baxter would appear as a witness, police were already smashing the back window of his locked car having been called by a passer-by who had spotted his body slumped over the driving wheel.
At first it seemed a clear case of suicide. While police refused to disclose the contents of the note that Baxter left, close friends have revealed that it spoke of his depression at the prospect of having to testify against his former colleagues.
James Richard, the Fort Bend County Justice of the Peace, decreed that there was "no evidence of foul play", saying there was no need for a post-mortem examination.
Within hours, however, he had overturned that decision, prompted by the news that, in his final days, Baxter had confided that he may "need to get a bodyguard".
The news of Baxter's death has stunned America's financial world to whom he has always been something of an enigma. It is, too, a serious blow to Congressional and criminal inquiries into how Enron fell from being one of the most admired businesses in America to bankruptcy in a few months.
Though believed to be one of the "whistle blowers" on Enron's financial mismanagement - last August a senior employee warned executives that Baxter was "telling anyone who would listen" about the "inappropriateness of our transaction" - his reaction to colleagues who congratulated him on his moral stance was, at times, bizarre.
"When I told him, two days ago, that he had done a good thing, he broke down in tears and said something about how he might need a bodyguard," said one friend.
Among those who believe that he may have been murdered there are whispers that Baxter "knew where the bodies were buried". Certainly there are several senior executives whose reputations - and liberty - could be at risk once investigations reveal the truth of what happened at Enron.
Undeniably, several of the top executives enjoyed a way of life clearly beyond their means and thousands of employees lost their pension investments in company stocks.
"It seemed to us that he was a pretty highly-placed insider at Enron who understood exactly what went wrong there," said James Greenwood, the chairman of the House of Commerce Committee's investigations sub committee, who led the public cross-examination of other witnesses last week.
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Smoking Gun in Enrongate - Let the impeachment begin
Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Curtis Hebert, Jr. is going public with explosive allegations. Hebert says Enron CEO Ken Lay--the largest contributor to George Walker Bush--made improper demands.
When Lay threatened that his close friend Bush, would fire Hebert unless he obeyed, Hebert refused. Lay ordered Bush to fire Hebert, and Bush complied in August 2001. Hebert has been on record about all of this for months, but he recently made a new, even more explosive charge. Hebert says Bush also let Lay INTERVIEW him and other candidates for FERC Chairman in the first place!
In a nutshell: Enron gave Bush $millions to sponsor his rise from a losing Candidate for the US House to the "leader of the free world." In return, Bush gave Enron "hireand fire" authority over the FERC, and performed other favors in return for money. This directly and personally ties Bush to the Enrongate scandal in all its illegality.
Bush betrayed his oath to the American people when he let Ken Lay hand pick regulatory watchdogs we entrusted to prevent the massive meltdown that cost Americans $billions. This makes letting the fox guard the hen house look like tender loving fiduciary care.
This is nothing new for Bush, who fired Texas Funeral Service Commission (TFSC) director Eliza May in retaliation for her investigations of Service Corporation International and its CEO Robert Waltrip. Waltrip--like Enron's Lay--is a longtime Bush patron.
Bush lied under oath regarding this political quid-pro-quo, then he and SCI settled a lawsuit to keep May quiet. Texas taxpayers picked up $155,000 of the hush money tab, while SCI paid May the other $55,000, according to a Dallas Morning News story published 11/09/2001. Texans know this scandal as "Funeralgate."
The Rule of Law requires that Bush testify under oath about Funeralgate, his and his Brother John Ellis Bush's Votergate activities during the 2000 election in Florida, and Enrongate. We already know George Walker Bush has an established pattern of helping his friends and backers evade regulation and possibly even criminal charges!
We must demand action now, because Enron and its accountants at Anderson have been destroying evidence by the box-load. We must know what Bush did, and why he did it.
Enrongate is not just a Bush scandal: this is a Republican scandal. Other top GOP officials like VP Dick Cheney, White House advisor Karl Rove, House Leader Dick Armey and Sen. Phil Gramm also helped Enron plunder and evade regulation. They helped Enron rip off consumers, investors and employees.
Ignore Republican and media efforts to spin this as a business scandal or a bipartisan scandal. This is not about the generous, but legal contributions Enron made: 73% to Republicans, 27% to Democrats. This is a GOP political scandal because Republicans helped Enron pay no taxes in four out of five years, while hiding profits in offshore accounts. Despite the hype, no Democrat did anything of the sort.
Even with all these special favors, golden boy Ken Lay ran Enron into the ground. Adding insult to injury, if not perfidy to perjury, the Republican "stimulus porkage" aims to give Enron and Lay even MORE of your tax money.
This Republican scandal exposes GOP corruption at the highest levels, but more profoundly, it reveals the bankruptcy of the GOP "government is the problem" ideology. It blows the lid off Bush's Enronomics, and his plan to Enronitize Social Security, energy and other policies.
I am currently working on another article concerning these fundamental failures in Republican philosophy. For now, back to the immediate scandal. Already, Armey and Gramm are quitting politics to escape Enrongate, but ending their careers to enjoy tax-paid pensions may not be enough to satisfy justice and the Rule of Law.
These top Republicans--all outspoken critics of President Clinton's conduct in office--should welcome full-scale investigations into their own apparent influence pedling. As should House Whip Tom DeLay, VP Cheney, George Walker Bush, and other GOP leaders. As should Ken Lay, Sen. Gramm's wife Wendy--a former regulator turned Enron board member.
If they broke the law, they should pay the penalty. That's been the Republican mantra for nearly a decade. Let them prove they meant it by volunteering to testify before the US Senate--under oath, on national television. If they're innocent, what do they have to fear? They should welcome the opportunity to come clean or set the record straight.
Despite their nonstop pontificating about others' lacking accountability, I'm not confident these Republicans will step up and do the right thing. We must take it upon ourselves to demand justice and uphold the Rule of Law. Call the media and your elected officials NOW to make sure they understand the real issues in Enrongate, Funeralgate, and Votergate.
Let the investigations, perhaps even impeachment begin!
Mike Hersh is a contributing writer for
Liberal Slant: http://fp.enter.net/~haney/
ENRON-BUSH-WTC-OIL-CONNECTION - Part I of III
Bush: No 'Fishing' For Info Allowed in Enron Debacle
MURDER + ENRON-BUSH-WTC-OIL-CONNECTION
The Enron Web - Arthur Andersen Consultant Shot Dead In Dec.
Harris County medical examiner fined for illegal autopsier
Complaint against Defendants: ENRON
`In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.'
Cheney Says Won't Turn Over List of Energy Meetings
Why Did an Exec Who'd Sounded the Alarm Kill Himself?
Friends in High Places
Despite His Qualms, Scandal Engulfed Executive
Sierra Club Files Suit Against Cheney's Energy Task Force
GAO Vows to Sue For Cheney Files | Hill Probes Enron Influence on Task Force
The Woman Who Saw Red | Enron Whistle-Blower Sherron Watkins Warned of the Trouble to Come
From: "Kiara Windrider" <email@example.com>
Subject: Enron-gate, and worse
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002
The tide is turning! Karmic feedback loops are closing! This is a great analysis of the Bush administration's Enron connections.
Enron-gate, and worse
January 10, 2002
Written by: William Pitt, a teacher in Boston (http://www.willpitt.com) and it describes two scandals which have the potential to uproot a certain noxious Bush now occupying the Oval Office.
(...) There is a school of thought, espoused primarily by Republicans, that any investigation into potentially dishonorable or illegal actions by the Bush administration is tantamount to treason. We are at war, undeclared though it may be, and Bush must be free to prosecute this war vigorously, so as to defend our freedom and bring the murderers of American civilians to justice. If reports recently aired on CNN have any credence, however, Bush and his people may well have to answer for actions that make the Enron catastrophe look like a jaywalking offense, actions that led directly to the incredible carnage in New York and Washington, D.C.
In 1998, during the Clinton administration, the U.S.-based energy concern Unocal canceled plans to exploit massive natural gas deposits in Turkmenistan. They had planned to run a pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan, where the natural gas could have been processed for Asian and Western energy markets. The idea was scuttled after Clinton ordered the cruise missile bombing of Afghanistan in response to a terrorist attack upon U.S. embassies in Africa which were planned and executed by Osama bin Laden. The pipeline would have had to pass through Afghanistan, and Unocal was given the message in Technicolor by Clinton's people that Taliban-controlled Afghanistan was not to be given any sort of financial boon.
Apparently, the Bush administration found no moral dilemma in dealing with the Taliban to get to the gas. Immediately upon their arrival in Washington, a vigorous courtship of the Taliban was undertaken by Bush's people. In fact, if former U.N. weapons inspector Richard Butler is to be believed, the Bush administration had a vested interest in strengthening and stabilizing the Taliban regime, because a stable regime would compel investors to revive the Turkmenistan natural gas pipeline deal. The Taliban, demon of the moment, was the Bush administration's idea of a 'stable' government. Stable enough, anyway, to see the pipeline through.
The connections between Bush and the Taliban became so close that the Taliban went so far as to hire an expert on U.S. public relations named Laila Helms, so as to smooth the way between the two regimes. Meetings between the two nations continued at a high level, the last of which occurred in August, scant weeks before the September 11th attacks. All of these actions were taken to exploit the vast energy reserves in Turkmenistan for the benefit of American energy corporations.
The cozy relationship between Bush and the Taliban frustrated the investigative efforts of former Deputy Director of the FBI John O'Neill. O'Neill was the FBI's chief bin Laden hunter, in charge of the investigations into the bin Laden-connected bombings of the World Trade Center in 1993, the destruction of an American troop barracks in Saudi Arabia in 1996, the African embassy bombings in 1998, and the attack upon the U.S.S. Cole in 2000.
O'Neill quit the FBI in protest two weeks before the destruction of the World Trade Center towers. He did so because his investigation was hindered by the Bush administration's connections to the Taliban, and by the interests of American petroleum companies. O'Neill was quoted as stating, "The main obstacles to investigating Islamic terrorism were U.S. oil corporate interests, and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it." After leaving the FBI, O'Neill took a position as head of security for the World Trade Center. He died on September 11th, 2001, trying to save people trapped by the attack, when the towers came down on top of him. The irony in this, simply, is horrifying.
In essence, the Federal agent who knew more about bin Laden than any living American was kept from investigating terrorist threats against this country. He was hindered because the Bush administration was desperate to cultivate the favor of the Taliban, who held terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden in great esteem, so as to gain access to lucrative natural gas deposits in Turkmenistan.
If these allegations prove true, Bush and his friends allowed this affinity to hamstring investigations that could have thwarted bin Laden's September plans. If these allegations prove true, everything since September 11th has been a massive cover-up operation in which American soldiers and thousands of Afghan civilians have died. If these allegations prove true, the Bush administration has the blood of thousands of American civilians on its hands.
If these allegations carry even the faintest whiff of credibility, George W. Bush and members of his administration stand in taint of high treason and murder. CLIP
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002
From: BILL DERAU <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Smallpox vaccine never tested in clinical trials
NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER RELEASES SMALLPOX REPORT OPPOSING BIOTERRORISM FORCED VACCINATION PLAN
Washington, D.C. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) today released a comprehensive report on smallpox and smallpox vaccine critical of model state legislation initiated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) militarizing the public health infrastructure during state-declared "public health"emergencies. In the report, which is published in the organization's newsletter, THE VACCINE REACTION and is available at http://www.909shot.com,NVIC calls for full testing of both old and new smallpox vaccines before release because the old smallpox vaccine was never tested in clinical trials and the CDC admits it is so dangerous that it cannot be used on a mass basis today.
In an editorial, NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher criticizes a federal plan urging state health officials to use the state "militia"to arrest, imprison and force vaccination and medication on Americans and be exempt from liability for any injury or death that results. The plan "treats American citizens like runaway slaves in need of subjugation"said NVIC's Fisher. "America should have a sound, workable emergency plan in place in the event of a bioterrorism attack, but not one that places the life and liberty of the majority in the hands of an elite few, who will have the power to take both from citizens without their consent."
The proposed legislation would also give health officials control of all roads and the power to seize homes, cars, telephones, fuel, food, firearms, prescription drugs and alcohol. It has already been introduced in Massachusetts. A non-profit, educational organization founded in 1982 by parents of vaccine injured children, NVIC serves as a consumer watchdog on vaccine development and policymaking. NVIC advocates the institution of safety and informed consent protections in the mass vaccination system and basic science research into genetic and other biological factors which place some individuals at high risk for vaccine injury and death.
"In addition, today there are many more adults suffering with immune deficiency syndrome, lupus, herpes and other diseases affecting the immune system. Without appropriate safety studies evaluating the risks of a new vaccine in the real world of today, there is no reliable way to predict the potential negative impact on the health of children and adults, especially on the tens of millions of Americans already suffering with chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders. "Health Secretary Orders 300 Million Doses of Vaccine: One month after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson called on industry and government to produce and stockpile 300 million doses of vaccinia virus vaccine by the end of 2002. He said that all Americans should know they "have their name on a vaccine shot in our inventory." Cost estimates range from $500 million to nearly $2 billion. In order to be able to accomplish this goal, some in industry are calling for cutting the number of participants in vaccine trials and bypassing standard safety and efficacy requirements to quickly create a stockpile of vaccine.
"Industry Asks for Immunity From Lawsuits: Drug companies competing for the multi-million dollar contract to produce enough vaccinia virus vaccine to vaccinate every American are asking Congress to pass legislation shifting all liability for vaccine injuries and deaths to the American taxpayer.
Already, there are bills being drafted in Congress to create a federal fund to compensate victims of bioterrorism vaccines, such as vaccinia virus vaccine.
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Jean, I am producing a talk by Mike in Fort Mason, San Francisco on February 21st, 7p.m.
"Truth and Lies about 9/11: the End of the American Empire"
One of the fearless, tireless truth speakers.
Peace and power,
-- "Nobody moved for almost five hours."
NEAR CAPACITY CROWDS TURN OUT TO HEAR MIKE RUPPERT LECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - Q&A LASTS FOR 3 HOURS
MIKE RUPPERT GIVEN A STANDING OVATION
TORONTO - [FTW, January 20, 2002 - Posted to the Web, January 25, 2002]
Near capacity crowds turned out in the 500 seat auditorium of the University of Toronto's medical school for two lectures by FTW publisher Michael Ruppert as he continues to use government documents, insider books and reports, congressional records, and mainstream press reports to expose US government complicity in and foreknowledge of the attacks of last September 11th.
"We didn't know how Canadians would react," said the co-organizer of the event Susan Bulger-Bullen of Sumari seminars. "But their interest was high and Mike's detailed and documented evidence was so compelling that I think he's changed Toronto forever, maybe Canada too." The attendance the first day was only around 250-300 because of confusion about the advertised location. However, the second lecture was filled to near capacity in the double-decked auditorium.
"Once the lecture began, the Canadian audience sucked up every bit of evidence Ruppert presented as though they had just discovered water, Bulger-Bullen added. "Nobody moved for five hours."
Using the same basic format as his November 28th lecture at Portland State University, Ruppert presented newer material, including charts from a two-part FTW series by geologist Dale Allen Pfeiffer (December/January) on the coming end of the age of oil and the massive dislocations it is destined to produce. "It is imperative," Ruppert said, "that people know that world oil production will peak within the next five years, never to be exceeded again," said Ruppert. "This, at a time when world population is rapidly increasing and demand, especially in China, the Far East and the developing world, is soaring. This is the reason for the wars that will not end in our lifetimes."
In his two plus hour lecture Ruppert detailed the meshing necessities for the CIA, acting as an agent of globalization, to control both the drug cash and the oil of Central Asia. "People got it when I pointed out that even if we started on a crash program to convert to other energy sources, the civilization could not change away from oil quickly enough to avert the crisis. And when I described the economic dislocations involved, the millions of people who work in the plastics, power, auto and oil industries who would be thrown out of work in such an effort, people understood that this crisis is not going away with wishful thinking. That doesn't even begin to consider all of the money that would be taken out of the economy if those people lost their jobs."
"Mike did an absolutely amazing job and was superbly eloquent," said Dr. Terry Burrows, a Toronto psychiatrist who attended both lectures. "No one in their right mind can see the evidence that he has gathered and not understand that this is a war against all peoples of the world and that the official position is so absurd as to be laughable."
Canada has seen a flurry of legislation stripping the civil rights of its citizens since September 11th. Bills C-36 and C-42 have stripped away many of the rights held sacred in Canada and Canadians are becoming increasingly alarmed since their combat troops have been sent to fight in Afghanistan. Canada is widely known as a quiet nation, more peacekeeper than war maker.
"What helped tremendously here was getting Mike on local talk radio before the event. Canadians tend to be skeptical, but Mike's performance was amazing and the buzz is still continuing. One guy who is writing his doctoral thesis called and said that he would be using Mike's material for research," said co-organizer Loretta Stirbys. "If we had him back here today we could bring out a thousand people with no effort. I mean they gave him a standing ovation and kept him going for almost three hours with questions after the lecture. There were as many people there at the end as when he began. Emails are still flying all over Canada."
Mike lectures next at Schreiner University in Kerrville west Texas on January 30th. Additional lectures are pending or confirmed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Detroit, New York City, Great Britain and Australia. Information will be posted on the FTW web site.
Photos of the Toronto event are available with this story at http://www.copvcia.com.
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BREAKING NEWS -- CANADIAN COURT CASE REVEALS USN OFFICER HAD ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE OF 9-11
A White Knight Talking Backwards
SPY CASE IN CANADIAN COURTS SUGGESTS US NAVAL OFFICER HAD FOREKNOWLEDGE OF 9-11
Michael C. Ruppert
TORONTO, [Filed January 25, 2002] - Delmart Edward "Mike" Vreeland, an American citizen whose claims to being a US Naval Lieutenant assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) are being increasingly corroborated in open court, has been in a Canadian jail since December 6, 2000. On August 11 or 12 of 2001, the date is uncertain, after trying to verbally alert his Canadian jailers to the coming World Trade Center attacks, he wrote down key information and sealed it in an envelope which he then had placed in jailers' custody. Exactly what the letter said is unknown at this point. The letter has fallen into a black hole of national secrecy with the lid sealed by two governments. What is known is that when the envelope was opened on September 14th it set off alarms in the US and Canada. According to reports in The Toronto Star, a burgeoning court record, and his lawyers, the envelope mentioned Osama bin Laden, the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and imminent attacks.
The US wants Vreeland back in the States on a Michigan warrant for credit card fraud - using his own credit card. Vreeland, convinced that a return to the US means certain death, wants to stay in Canada in a witness protection program. His lawyers Rocco Galati and Paul Slansky, two former Canadian prosecutors, agree with Vreeland's assessment. They should. Both have been the victims of harassment and threats including dead cats hung on porches and car windows smashed out in car burglaries.
The position -- less defensible by the day -- of the United States government, as represented by Crown Solicitors in Toronto, is that all of this is nonsense. Vreeland, says the Navy, was discharged as a Seaman after a few months of service for unsatisfactory performance in 1986. He has never had anything to do with intelligence according to 1200 pages of Navy records filed in Toronto Superior Court.
On its face the official US position is absurd. And the courtroom prowess of Slansky and Galati in making a mockery of the straight-faced presentations of opposing counsel and the US government are eerily unnoticed by any major media and, apparently, also the judge.
Mike Vreeland is one man who, in a rational world, could totally expose the complicity of the US government in the attacks of September 11th. No one has disputed what he wrote and stuffed into that mysterious envelope. In a rational world that would be the most pressing and public inquiry of all. The two questions remaining are whether Vreeland will live and whether or not he will ever tell what he knows. That may be a mutually exclusive proposition. CLIP
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