Friday, June 8, 2007

Bad Company: Yet Another "Terrorist Plot" Orchestrated by the CIA?

He's a Company man: Russell DeFreitas, a former employee of the CIA's Evergreen Airlines, appears in court.

When asked what he thought of Western Civilization, Ghandi reportedly replied that he thought it would be a good idea.*

One could very well speak in the same vein of the entity called the Central Intelligence Agency. It might be useful if the federal government (once thrown back into its constitutional cage, of course) had an agency devoted to collecting relevant intelligence, rather than what it has now – a body involved in propagating turmoil, terror, and subversion throughout most of the world.

He who sows the wind, we're told, reaps the whirlwind, and the CIA's directorate of operations is staffed with people who play a role best described as “Johnny Appleseeds of the global jihad,” sowing and nurturing the seeds of terrorism, nourishing them by fomenting unrest, and helping to bring in the murderous harvest of “blowback.” We can see a potent reminder of this fact in the alleged plot to blow up JFK Airport.

According to Newsday, Russell DeFreitas, commonly identified as a former “baggage handler” at JFK, actually worked as a baggage handler and/or a “trainee supervisor” in the employ of Evergreen International Airlines, a CIA front company based in McMinnville, Oregon. A TV news report out of Oregon revealed that DeFreitas “trained” at Evergreen's McMinnville facility between July 2000 and May 2001.

As this observant fellow points out, it's odd for a man in his mid-50s to spend the better part of a year “training” for a job he'd already done for a number of years.

Evergreen, in fact, is a direct descendant of the infamous Air America, the CIA proprietary outfit that has been implicated in drug smuggling, covert arms shipments (according to this former Evergreen pilot, the CIA was providing weapons to both sides in various Cold War brushfires), and – more recently -- “extraordinary rendition” flights. More than a few Evergreen flights have served as “torture taxis,” shuttling detainees to various destinations in the CIA-operated global torture archipelago.

DeFreitas left Evergreen's employ in May 2001. It's not clear whether he worked at JFK between May 2001 and his arrest last week. But it is clear he worked at the airport in the late 1990s.

According to former Customs Department Special Agent Diane Kleiman, DeFreitas's background means one thing: “He was working at JFK doing drug smuggling.”

The CIA has always been involved in drug smuggling, and Evergreen or Air America has played a big role in it,” Kleiman told me in a recent phone interview. “When I was working Customs at JFK, we had this huge problem with airline personnel using their secure keys to give unauthorized access to `sterile corridors' that bypassed Customs inspection. Quite often this involved drug smuggling, and I've got ample reason to believe that Evergreen and other CIA assets were involved in it.”

It's worth remembering that the “confidential informant” who infiltrated the supposed plot to blow up JFK was a convicted drug smuggler. Significant as well is the fact that Jamaat al Muslimeen (JAM), the Trinidad & Tobago-based radical Sunni group implicated in the alleged JFK plot, has been implicated in drug smuggling.

Making matters that much more interesting is the reported fact that JAM leader Umar Abdullah reportedly fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan, a fact that raises the possibility that he, too, was on the CIA's payroll at one time.

I find myself irresistibly reminded of the fact that several members of the terrorist cell responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 had been funded, trained, or otherwise aided by the US federal government. The “spiritual leader” of that cell, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, was permitted to come to the US in 1990 despite the fact that he was on a State Department terrorism watch list, suspected of involvement in the plot to assassinate Anwar Sadat.

It was Abdel-Rahman's great good fortune that on the particular day he visited the US Consulate in Khartoum in search of a visa, the consular official was absent – and in his place was a CIA operative eager and willing to issue the requested visa.

Funny, isn't it, how things of this kind happen? And isn't it just as remarkable to see that in the alleged plot to bomb JFK, both the putative ringleader and the Confidential Informant had connections to the CIA-haunted narcotics underworld?

*(Thanks to Anonymous for catching, and correcting, a slip-up in my paraphrase of the quote attributed to Ghandi.)

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Broken said...

Sometimes I wonder if the CIA isn't the out-front leader in the race to become the greatest threat to the citizens of the United States. They are surely a serious threat to just about everyone else in the world.

Anonymous said...

Actually the quote should be "he said it *would* be a good idea"... not it "was a good idea". Slight difference in that Western Civilization does not exist ("would be") in the correct version... but that it would be a good thing to start.

Anonymous said...

CIA smuggling Drugs & Guns!

This is what criminal syndicates do. This is hugely significant and appalling. The fact that very little media attention is devoted to it shows that it's either not true or that the mass media's been compromised.

The decision as to which it is and the possible follow-up is vital. I think only those in the know can push and provoke enough to get serious remedial action underway.

Evan Palmer, The Way It Can Be,

Anonymous said...

the cia and fbi main purpose is to keep the status quo, the establishment that steps on us slaves.
The time has come to declare the cia and fbi as clear and present dangers to american citizens and the world.
people who work for these agencies should be made responsible. Lets send them to guantanemo, without habeous or lawyers and demolish their homes. Because if you work for these agencies, thats what you stand for, and the people will make sure you eat your own dog food. Bring it on.

Anonymous said...

A while ago an ex-convict, carried a sawed off shotgun to my locked mailbox and blew it open. The postal inspectors are charged with enforcing federal law putting a $250,000 fine on damaging any mail receptacle. When notified they said "we don't enforce that law anymore unless its a govt mailbox.

When the fbi got my complaint of these felonies:1. an ex con carried a gun. 2. It was a sawed off shotgun. 3. He possessed ammo for it. He transported it to a crime scene. 4. He used it to damage property to terrorize a citizen (40 year min sentence anti terrorism law). 5. He transported it from a crime scene. 6. He damaged a mailbox. They said those felonies are not prosecuteable, and returned all evidence and the complaint.

So the federal government is now in a state of advanced anarchy and laws are ONLY enforced when it will gain some rogue agency publicity, or will silence some complainer, or will remove the politically undesireable. When they need a bit of publicity to offset some scandal, they go arrest anyone who can't defend themselves and sloppily fabricate contradictory evidence which the US press never questions.

A retired Russian official in Venzeula, asked why he didn't go to USA and enjoy a higher standard of living, replied "That's true, but it's not going to be there much longer." That was said a few years

Anonymous said...

Fantastic research, thanks!