“Barbarians at the Plamegate”
In the lead up to, on, and after 9/11, there were some odd things going on that all had to do with one officer over at CIA.
During the month of August 2001, this officer made certain that the fire alarm systems were working perfectly after a small fire had revealed that they were not . I remind folks that one plane went down in Pennsylvania . It is not clear where it was headed. Nor does it seem unlikely that it was headed to CIA headquarters. If Al Qaeda hit the Pentagon, it would seem likely in fact.
As if that were not suspicious enough, the day trading that went on that morning showed that someone tried to shortsell American Airline stock. Tried, because after the towers fell, they just left it alone and did not complete the intended transaction. One trading company that did that for an unknown client was this same officer’s former employer .
I had, in fact, tried to follow the shortselling story via Google after initially hearing about it. Then the story seemed to fall off of the face of the earth and I did not find any additional details about the airline stock trading investigation until 2010.
When it came time to look into those odd details, the brother of the officer happened to be the Inspector General of the Department of State (of which the CIA is part) . There was no discussion that I can see about a possible conflict of interest, though he did eventually resign.
That in itself is extremely bizarre. You would think that, if completely innocent of any foreknowledge, they would want that whole thing to look as legitimate and above-board as possible.
As if that weren’t enough (and don’t forget the coincidences from the previous chapter) that same CIA officer came to work at one of my firm’s largest clients, DLA Piper .
DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms in the world. They were our client and a tenant at 1251 (in other, previous iterations as well, Piper Marbury and Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolf).
We also had at times as clients: Morgan Stanley, a division of Rothschild, Deutsche Bank, Banco do Brasil, CDC (the French bank), Banco Santander, Weiser LLP, Meridian Capital, Octel, Deloitte & Touche, Extell Development, Moore Capital Management, Max Capital Management, Mitsui Fudosan, Paulson & Co., and representatives of the governments of Spain, Czech Republic, and Qatar. We also did some initial work on a housing project in Almaty, Kazakhstan, but I don’t recall who the client was .
We also did some preliminary work on the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in 2009.  Really, this was to be a cultural center that contained a place of worship and space for Koran and Bible study. One of the managers we worked with said his children were members of the YMJA, or equivalent and they had tentative support privately from Blumberg and people like Anthony Weiner. In one meeting, I was educated about Cordoba House, either as an actual potential name or just for inspiration.
Peace is never in the best interests of those who make a living off of spreading fear and maligning Muslims as a whole, milking the 9/11 cash cow for all it’s worth. And yet, there I was, involved in the high profile project. Similarly, less scrupulous politicians enjoy both their own private political thugs and kickbacks from the companies who profit off of the fear, hate, and bigotry.
I’m certain there are other clients that deserve mention. We were once in talks of working with the Carlyle Group, but that project never materialized or at least I never worked on it.
Besides those clients, we also dealt with on occasion, on behalf of the landlord, tenants such as the Canadian Consulate, National Hockey League, the People’s Bank of China, Chase (and it’s other previous incarnations such as JP Morgan), Anderson Kill Olick & Oshinsky, and many more big names in banking, Wall Street, insurance, accounting, and legal firms.
We also did residential work. Sometimes this involved people in related fields (usually Wall Street), sometimes Hollywood types and their condos, and sometimes we oversaw the refit or out-of-the-ground construction of condominiums.
More recently some things would come to light regarding some of those big corporate clients and tenants. Some of them would be among those who were laundering drug money, funding and otherwise profiting from terrorism, and among those who had illegally rigged interest rates. This became known as the Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate) scandal .
This last one especially would become circumstantial evidence of some kind of behavioral modification program, not in research phase, but rather active, inside the United States. A team of mathematicians based in San Diego would discover the scandal and would report it to Congress. Before they could testify, the son of one of these statisticians  would (allegedly alone) open fire at a movie theater and kill and wound people .
The young man, who was working on his doctorate in neuroscience, would be arrested and appear to be quite insane. His trial and sentencing would be happening in 2013.
There are more coincidences for me, this time related to James Eagan Holmes. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
As work was going on, things were starting to look a little strange where the Bush administration was concerned. For one, we went to war with Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, the New York Times later printed, wrote some notes that included “Can we use this to go after Saddam?” . “This” apparently referred to 9/11.
Then there were the infamous seventeen words that President Bush used in his 2003 State of the Union speech . This would prompt a former diplomat, Joseph Wilson, to publish an op-ed questioning the argument for the invasion and how he had learned that the Niger forgeries were just that, first hand and on behalf of the CIA. There would come arguments that instead it had been something from British MI6 or MI5, but that would later be shown to be from a known liar codenamed “Curveball” who had already been labeled unreliable by CIA and other intelligence agencies .
They would also, in a kind of conflicting logic that the Bush administration would be known for  state that Wilson’s trip to Niger had actually bolstered their argument. Though this was as far as I know never explained, I expect it was the result of cherrypicking the portion about what conversations had occurred between Iraq and Niger. Ambassador Wilson found that the closest to anything like what we were later told that had taken place was that the officials said that there was a time that they believed that Iraqi officials wanted to discuss the possibility of buying yellow cake uranium but that the conversation had been steered away from that to never return.
Essentially, they pulled that one piece out and turned a perceived, second-, or third-hand “thought crime” into the reason for invading a country that they already wanted to invade. One that had been a partner in the secret wars on Iran but later was useful as a bad guy that had been propped up largely by the very same people who invaded Iraq twice (the first time via Kuwait and we didn’t stay).
I was beginning to smell a rat. When the Plamegate scandal broke, I saw it as the cornerstone of the Big Lie. Here, George W. Bush had stated that he was not going to wait for a mushroom cloud in order to invade Iraq. But in revealing the identity of a CIA operative, they had made that more, not less, likely. Valerie Plame-Wilson’s job was related to tracking weapons of mass destruction. She and her network were, for example, on the trail of the most notorious arms dealer in the world, A.Q. Khan. He is believed to be the source of nuclear arm technology having spread to a handful of countries.
As part of my effort to help reveal that and to support the Wilsons, I started frequenting a blog (“No Quarter”) run by former CIA anti-terrorism officer Larry Johnson. Johnson had in fact been a contemporary of Plame’s as I understand it. They had been at the CIA’s training facility, “the Farm”, at the same time.
I had found what I thought was a natural ally. Of course, there was and still is a great deal of enmity between some at CIA and Dick Cheney. I don’t actually know the origin of it. There’s reference to it in the film Fair Game .
So was it instead that the “puppetmasters” were using me as part of a phony grassroots effort to fight back against the Bush administration? I think it is decidedly so.
I also wound up sending some money to the legal fund. I had hoped that something would come of it, maybe further examination of the entire leak that resulted in making America less safe, but that didn’t, or hasn’t yet, materialized.
I have no regrets about having done it. None whatever. The more harassment I receive, the more I am convinced that it was, and this is, the right thing to do.
While frequenting NO QUARTER, I discovered another, as it would turn out, related scandal. A former FBI translator would reveal that several US officials had conspired to sell nuclear secrets to Israel through Turkey . In fact, she would name one organization involved and it would be obvious checking the story that the Wilsons had also been at times hanging around that organization.
Sibel Edmonds and Valerie Plame-Wilson had a hold of the same beast by different tentacles. The sale of the secrets not only had given Turkey (a hotbed of GLADIO activity since WWII) but also possibly A.Q. Khan (and by extension others) access to the same secrets that these individuals had sold to Israel .
The Bush administration was not interested in controlling nuclear weapons. They were interested in spreading them and using that fear to help justify military misadventures wherever and whenever they pleased.
There was a backlash against Sibel Edmonds. I don’t recall all of the details, but I do think that the same kind of thing that was later done to me, had already been done to three actresses at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival in ’88 to ’90, had been done to her.
As a result, some of her supporters abandoned her. The story started to fade from headlines. There was not much done despite (or because?) of the fact that eight of the conspirators were in Congress. Six were Republicans and two were Democrats (one of whom died of an apparent brain aneurysm). There were others in different positions.
I refused to let it either story go. I posted about it on various news and blogs and even blogged about it (though only a few times) on LiveJournal. LJ would at the height of Squidgate get bought by a Russian media company. The harassment, psychotropic NLWs, and whatever drug or drugs I had been slipped would at one point result in me deleting my entire LiveJournal blog. I’d try later to find mirrors of it (such as at archive.org) to no avail.
Around 2007 or so, both Thorin and Cleo would become mysteriously ill. A story would circulate that contamination from Chinese ingredients had caused a recall of many brands of dog food . As it turned out, the brand we were using was not on any of the lists that I found. I would, years later, decide that it had nothing to do with China.
And so they try now to get, poke, prod, intimidate, trick me into deleting my current blog .
Fool me once… Uhh… can’t get fooled again?
1 History Commons, “August 7-September 10, 2001: Fire and Evacuation at CIA Headquarters Helps Prepare for Response on 9/11”:
2 History Commons, “(After 10:00 a.m.) September 11, 2001: United Airlines Tells FAA Flight 93 Is over Maryland, Says Military Will Be Informed”:
3 History Commons, “September 6-10, 2001: Suspicious Trading of Put Option Contracts on American and United Airlines Occur”:
History Commons, “June 3, 2002: Results of 9/11 Related Insider Trading Inquiries Are Still Unknown”:
Also note that “Buzzy” was involved in the no-bid contracts that Blackwater USA received in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks…
4 …and that his brother, “Cookie”, was likewise involved, that his aides allegedly threatened State Department investigators if the did not desist in their investigation of Blackwater USA and his brother Buzzy.
Los Angeles Times, “State Department Official Resigns”, Paul Richter, December 7, 2007:
Sacramento Bee and McClatchy Newspapers, “Blackwater fact-finders threatened?” and “Blackwater investigators threatened, U.S. officials say”, Warren P. Strobel, September 29, 2007.
5 DLA Piper, “Outside Notables Series Presents…A.B.”Buzzy” Krongard, US Director of DLA Piper’s Global Board of Directors”, May 11, 2005:
A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard is an outside U.S. director to our Global Board of Directors which has been organized to oversee and coordinate the worldwide operations of the firm. Mr. Krongard is the former Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Executive Director is the third ranking position within the CIA and functions essentially as the Chief Operating Officer of the Agency.
Mr. Krongard was the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of investment banking firm Alex. Brown, Incorporated. He currently is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of PHH Corporation, a leading outsource provider of mortgage and vehicle fleet management services.
6 Veterans Today, “US Bio-Chem Terror Factories and Syria: Attack on Syria exposes US biochem terror factories”, Gordon Duff, September 4, 2013:
I became aware of operations in the region in 2005 when former top CIA officials set up operations in the region. Though they had publicly “left” the CIA, they had, in reality, set up a new “privatized” CIA, one supported by a virtual army of private contractors staffed by top CIA specialist drawn into the private sector, gutting the real CIA and setting up an unaccountable organization tasked with developing advanced genetic based bio-weapons, vaccines capable of inducing “time bomb” diseases or “suicidal compulsions” and managing the world’s heroin supply, from production in Afghanistan to distribution, some through Global Hawk UAVs capable of flights around the world.
One such bioweapons facility is currently under construction in Kazakhstan, outside Almaty. Salon wrote about it. Nobody paid attention. Others are in Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Poland. One is in Libya, built in 2006 with US funds, reported by Wikileaks.
Salon, “The US is building a bioweapons lab in Kazakhstan”, Alex Pasternack, August 29, 2013:
7 The work we did was minimal, largely due to financial constraints. For example, I went on a site visit, did some 3-D mockups of what the building outline might look like:
…as well as some floor area calculations.
See, for example:
Hamed Aleaziz, “Fox News Reignites Islamophobic Campaign Against The ‘Ground Zero Mosque’,” ThinkProgress, 10 December 2012:
About Cordoba House:
Ishaan Tharoor, “Islamophobia and the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Debate,” TIME, 7 August 2010:
Few of them are moved by the name of Rauf’s proposed building: Cordoba House, named for the city in Spanish Andalucia where Muslims, Jews and Christians once co-existed for centuries in an extraordinary flourishing of culture and science. In these times, the richness and diversity of Muslim experience, in the U.S. and elsewhere, seem far from the minds of most Americans.
An email I sent confirming the site visit:
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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 15:32:52 -0400
Subject: Re: SoHoProp: Site Visit & Meeting
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Yes, I will be there.
Christopher C. Knall
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York New York 10020
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On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 3:30 PM, […] wrote:
> Is 10:30 confirmed by everyone? Please confirm.
8 Libor scandal.
9 LinkedIn and HuffPo Robert Holmes, James Holmes, and mother.
10 Multiple shooter say witnesses.
11 Rumsfeld “Use 911 for Iraq?” note.
12 SOTU, 17 words, Wilson op-ed.
13 Curveball unreliable, reason for invasion of Iraq.
14 See for example Cheney’s double arguments for hiding his notes, that he at the same time enjoyed the executive privilege that only the President does and that he was actually, as President of the Senate, part of the Legislative branch and therefore not subject to the same laws that the rest of the Executive branch was. How can he be “the President” and part of the US Senate at the same time? Only a dictator could make such a claim.
They would–similarly and for in my opinion the express purpose of enraging the American people–when it came out that there was a large quantity of bad peanuts with the possible outcome of serious illness and even death if they were eaten, have FDA release an Orwellian statement to the effect of, “People need to be careful when handling meat.”
Blame the victims, provoke anger, use psychotropic nonlethal weapons to inflame passions, and attempt to drive the American people to violence to post-justify their already draconian, illegal, and overly intrusive domestic surveillance and covert ops activities. As with GLADIO in Europe, if the American people insisted on peaceful protest in order to affect change, the US government (with the aid of the UK government other members of NATO and others such as Saudi Arabia) would “fix” that. They’d use mind control research to force people to do violence, mess with their heads until they popped.
That’s a running theme both in this book and in the real world. It is time to wrap your head around how this is done if we ever hope to restore the Rule of Law, domestic tranquility, and the real will of the people having any say in what their government does and doesn’t do.
15 And that was another reason why Wicked Game got the title that it did. So many things pointing to it, it seemed like a no-brainer. You know, “a slam dunk.”
I also wound up titling a letter to the local Port Huron newspaper, “What I found in Port Huron,” referencing Ambassador Wilson’s op-ed title.
Of course I was drugged out of my mind at the time. More on that later.
16 You can find Sibel Edmonds’ story (the parts she is allowed to discuss, that she isn’t gag-ordered to keep quiet about) in her book:
Classified Woman, Sibel Edmonds, Sibel Edmonds publisher, ISBN-10: 0615602223, ISBN-13: 978-0615602226.
See also the irony of Bush’s seventeen words (while recalling also chapter 6’s portion on Michael Ledeen, neoconservatism, and lying in government) where a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury (under Reagan) and former associate editor at the Wall Street Journal discusses the neocon’s plan for nuclear war:
PaulCraigRoberts.org, “The Two Faux Democracies Threaten Life On Earth”, Paul Craig Roberts, July 24, 2013:
17 It is also notable that some Navy secrets were sold to China in the 90s. There was what must have been the largest effort in history to uncover what had happened. FBI, CIA, DIA, NSA and others all had agents assigned to the investigation.
On September 11, 2001, an unknown number of the DIA agents assigned to that investigation died as a result of the attacks. The investigation would later be entirely abandoned in favor of issues more related to the War on Terror.
New York Times, “China’s Spies Are Catching Up”, David Wise, December 10, 2011:
The inquiry was led by the F.B.I. and run by a task force of 300 investigators from 11 federal agencies, including the Defense Department, the C.I.A., the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. On Sept. 11, 2001, some of the investigators were killed when American Airlines Flight 77 was flown by terrorists into the Pentagon.
Treason, it seems, had become a pastime in the US. If you have the right friends and connections to protect you.
18 I’m breaking a rule using Wikipedia directly, but there are so many stories about it that this is the best timeline I have found:
19 mccoyote.wordpress.com. It’s a lot of ranting, raving, and release of steam. Having had my brain “scuttled” by what I often refer to as the American Stasi, you are going to find a different tone and a lot of (at least seeming) speculation. However, having determined the psychological profile of the darker portions of the federal government through now years of experience, it is not all as much of a leap in logic as you might think.
Then there’s the question as to whether any of my responses to being treated so badly were my idea in the first place. Where do we as people stop and whatever is happening outside us begin? Especially where voice-to-skull and acoustic psycho-correction (and the many other variations and similar patents floating out there) and psychological harassment are concerned.