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The Man Behind the Hot Memo ^ | Sunday, May. 19, 2002 | JAMES PONIEWOZIK

Posted on 05/19/2002 11:57:54 AM PDT by It'salmosttolate

The Man Behind the Hot Memo


Sunday, May. 19, 2002

When FBI agent Kenneth Williams wrote a memo last July warning that Osama bin Laden's foot soldiers might be training in American flight schools, no one listened. Now his memo is the hottest thing in Washington. On Saturday Arlen Specter, a veteran Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called FBI director Robert Mueller and urged him to turn over the memo. When Mueller refused, Specter snapped, "Congress gave you a 10-year term and expects a response from you," according to a reliable account. "The people are entitled to an explanation." Specter then called committee chairman Patrick Leahy at his farm in Vermont, and the two men agreed to summon Mueller — and the memo — to Capitol Hill this week and, if he refuses, hit him with a Senate subpoena. If the White House tries to fight the move, says a G.O.P. source, "as many as 20 Republican senators" would vote to enforce the subpoena.

The FBI does not want to release the document, two Administration sources say, because it details a "live" investigation of at least two men believed to be tied to radical Islamic groups who are still at large in the U.S. The fight has raised the pressure on Mueller, who since taking his job just one week before Sept. 11 has been caught between Congress and his constituencies at the FBI and the Justice Department.

The one person who isn't talking about Williams' memo is the man who wrote it. "I'm really sorry," Williams, 42, told a TIME reporter who approached him outside his North Phoenix, Ariz., home Saturday, "but I would get in trouble if I talked to you." He is a mild and graying man, but a transcript of his testimony from a terror-related trial in February provides a glimpse of his fierce work habits. After Sept. 11 proved him right, he didn't blow the whistle on the disturbing breakdown in the chain of intelligence that followed his memo. He didn't quit. He didn't write a book. Instead, he went back to the office and bore down harder than ever.

On Valentine's Day 2002, Williams took the stand against Faisal Al Salmi, a Saudi Arabian pilot accused of lying about his connections to Hani Hanjour, one of the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. Williams testified that he had been working 16- to 18-hour days as the case agent on the FBI's post-Sept. 11 investigation in Arizona. He usually arrived at the office by 5 a.m., and he didn't take a day off until Thanksgiving. The most senior member of a joint terrorism task force, Williams was in charge of "a couple of thousand leads," some of which pointed to Al Salmi. Together with his partner George Piro, a fluent Arabic speaker, Williams conducted much of a 10-hour interrogation of the pilot. Al Salmi defiantly said there was nothing Williams or the government could do to him. "I told him that I believed that he was lying," Williams said, "and that we would be meeting with the United States Attorney's office concerning this matter." A jury concurred, and Al Salmi was sentenced to six months in prison.

Williams' former colleague Ronald Myers, a 31-year FBI veteran, praised his work to the Los Angeles Times. "He is one of the sharpest agents I have ever met," Myers said. "Anyone in FBI management who wouldn't take what Ken Williams said seriously is a fool." Since the trial, Williams has continued working quietly. "It's been my past experience," Williams told the court, "that the smallest bit of information that comes in could later turn out to be the most important piece of the investigation." That's a lesson Williams' bosses learned too late.

— Reported by David Schwartz/Phoenix, Michael Duffy, Elaine Shannon and Michael Weisskopf/Washington

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bushknew

1 posted on 05/19/2002 11:57:54 AM PDT by It'salmosttolate
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To: It'salmosttolate
This goes to show there are actually a few competent people working for the Federal Government, the problem is that they still work for incompetent bosses.
2 posted on 05/19/2002 12:06:42 PM PDT by Colombia59
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To: It'salmosttolate;Joe Montana
Kudos !!!!! to agent Williams !!!!!!

Congress should fire the political hack Robert Mueller and make Ken Williams Director !!!!!!

Now the FBI and DOJ will proceed to drive a freight train over Williams for doing his job.

Williams' former colleague Ronald Myers, a 31-year FBI veteran, praised his work to the Los Angeles Times. "He is one of the sharpest agents I have ever met," Myers said. "Anyone in FBI management who wouldn't take what Ken Williams said seriously is a fool." Since the trial, Williams has continued working quietly. "It's been my past experience," Williams told the court, "that the smallest bit of information that comes in could later turn out to be the most important piece of the investigation." That's a lesson Williams' bosses learned too late.

3 posted on 05/19/2002 12:22:31 PM PDT by Donald Stone
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To: It'salmosttolate
more worthless grandstanding from big mouth Senators,we all know the what the memo says do we need to tip off the enemy by giving the classified info?
4 posted on 05/19/2002 12:25:45 PM PDT by linn37
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To: It'salmosttolate
It's pretty obvious that Agent Williams needs to be promoted to Washington immediately. His services are urgently needed.
5 posted on 05/19/2002 12:51:03 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: It'salmosttolate
If the FBI followed through on this memo, Williams would have been tagged as "racial profiler extraordinaire!" I can hear it now.
6 posted on 05/19/2002 1:16:25 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: It'salmosttolate
Anyone believe for a moment that man said he was sorry he couldn't talk because he would get in trouble. NOT LIKELY
7 posted on 05/19/2002 1:57:41 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: McGavin999; xbob; okcsubmariner
It's pretty obvious that Agent Williams needs to be promoted to Washington immediately. His services are urgently needed

Bingo! Drudge was saying on his radio show tonight they need him in Washington, and they should put him in charge. He also mentioned Oklahoma City? Anyone know what exactly he did there?

Mrs K

8 posted on 05/20/2002 12:50:27 AM PDT by cgk
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To: It'salmosttolate
Did I read the source of this correctly?


I can't believe it.

9 posted on 05/20/2002 1:02:14 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
I share your astonishment.
10 posted on 05/20/2002 4:57:27 AM PDT by It'salmosttolate
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To: It'salmosttolate
Incredible, isn't it?
11 posted on 05/20/2002 5:11:18 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
Yea , but they left out this was a memo of one out of what 1 million?

A needle in a hay stack

Just time trying to discredit GW.

12 posted on 05/20/2002 5:18:27 AM PDT by sausageseller
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To: SkyPilot;Uncle Bill;infowars;OKCsubmariner;Wallaby;Nita Nupress
After you read this thread: 45 Goals of American Communism (You Will Be STUNNED at What They Achieved!!) and especially reply #18 which states the destruction of the FBI as one of the 3 remaining goals you will start to get the picture.

What we are headed for is a WORLD GOVERNMENT under the UN. Here is the Timeline for Global Government.

These incidence below all have the same results, "discrediting the FBI".

Ruby Ridge
Ruby Ridge FBI sharpshooter was at Waco
GOVERNMENT TERRORISM - From Ruby Ridge To Waco And Beyond
FBI Sniper at Ruby Ridge may be tried for Manslaughter

1997 WACO MOVIE REVIEW: Did FBI shoot in cold blood at Waco? Waco Fallout Ex-Prosecutor Gets Probation for Withholding Waco Evidence AL GORE and WACO - The Speech He Gave While They Were Frying Babies At Waco What you don't know about Waco What Is the FBI Trying to Tell Us About Waco?

Oklahoma City Bombing or Murrah Building
What The Feds Won't Tell You About Oklahoma CiTy
Missing evidence from Oklahoma
Was there a coverup at waco or oklahoma city?
Oklahoma City Bombing Cover-Up
Was FBI early arrival in Oklahoma City?
FBI document 'points to second Oklahoma City bomber

TWA Flight 800
TWA Flight 800 + AA Flight 587 = Move along, nothing here to see...
The FBI and TWA Flight 800
TWA Flight 800 Eye Witness Project
TWA Flight 800 - Someone Has Finally Talked!

Now it looks like the FBI is about to be "discredited" again. we all know that the "Media" is a left leaning, communistic tool of the UN's plan to destroy America and it's Constitution.

Why not TIME?

13 posted on 05/20/2002 6:25:33 AM PDT by It'salmosttolate
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To: It'salmosttolate; OKCSubmariner
Let's start the World Trade Center Investigation from the beginning.

"The FBI spent $3 million of your tax money to blow up the World Trade Center." - Joseph Farah

Tapes in Bombing Plot Show Informer and F.B.I. at Odds
The New York Times
Section A; Page 1; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk
October 27, 1993, Wednesday, Late Edition - Final

The informer at the center of the Government's case in the plot to bomb New York City landmarks had a volatile relationship with his handlers, often quarreling with F.B.I. agents who used him to infiltrate a group of Muslim extremists who have been charged in the plot, according to transcripts of secretly taped conversations.

"You were informed. Everything is ready. The day and the time. Boom. Lock them up and that's that. That's why I feel so bad."
Transcripts of the hundreds of hours of tapes -- which were recorded by the informer, Emad A. Salem, without the knowledge of the F.B.I. -- were distributed to defense lawyers yesterday. Although Judge Michael B. Mukasey ordered the lawyers to keep them secret, a copy of the transcripts was made available to The New York Times.

The tapes offer a rare glimpse into the sensitive relationship between the confidential informer and the law-enforcement officals with whom he worked. They also reveal for the first time how Federal and police agents instructed him to "pump up" a suspect for information and negotiate a $1 million fee from the Government for his services.

Scattered through the hundreds of pages of transcripts are many instances in which the Government agents appear to encourage Mr. Salem to lead the suspects to incriminate themselves. Defense lawyers have long contended that the Government crossed a legal line, instructing Mr. Salem in a fishing expedition that became entrapment. Although the bulk of the transcripts does not appear to show the agents steering Mr. Salem toward improper or illegal conduct, whether they did so finally will be resolved in court.

Many New Details

Among the details included in the transcripts are the following:

*A reference by Mr. Salem to 12 possible bombs and hitherto unmentioned targets, including Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building and Times Square.

*A New York City police detective working with the F.B.I. told Mr. Salem, who was getting $500 a week from the Government, that if he wanted a $1 million informer's fee, he should press for $1.5 million and then negotiate.

*An unusual suggestion that some of the money sought by Mr. Salem was going to be put up by private individuals.

*A reference from Mr. Salem, in a conversation with an F.B.I. agent, to an argument between F.B.I. officials over whether Mr. Salem should remain an unidentified informer or surface as a witness to testify at trial.

*A major defendant in the World Trade Center trial was tipped off by a neighbor to an elaborate F.B.I. ruse to search the Brooklyn apartment of another suspect, Mahmud Abouhalima, and replace explosives in his apartment with false explosives supplied by the F.B.I.

*Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a defendant in the second bombing case, was using a fax machine to command anti-Communist Muslim rebels, moving forces from Pakistan to Afghanistan and dealing with a code-named agent from Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, Mr. Salem told the F.B.I.

The transcripts cover Mr. Salem's dealings with the suspects and his work for the Government over a period of at least two years, going back to the trial in the killing of Rabbi Meir Kahane. Mr. Salem recorded the conversations with Government agents on his own, without the knowledge or consent of his contacts in the F.B.I., apparently to use as an insurance policy to hold the Government to its promises of money and protection.

Some of the most striking passages in the transcripts show Mr. Salem agonizing over what he suggests was the failure of the F.B.I., despite his information, to halt the Feb. 26 bombing of the trade center, in which six people were killed. Although Mr. Salem is not a witness in that case, he was working with the Government at that time.

"They told me that 'we want to set this,' " Mr. Salem said, referring to the bomb in a conversation on April 1 with John Anticev, one of the F.B.I. agents he reported to, and sometimes complained to others about. " 'What's the right place to put this?' "

Then he added, still speaking to the agent: "You were informed. Everything is ready. The day and the time. Boom. Lock them up and that's that. That's why I feel so bad."

Federal officials have acknowledged in the past that they dropped Mr. Salem as an informer sometime before the trade center bombing over what they said was his reluctance to wear a body recorder, as well as other disagreements. They said he never provided detailed information of the attack in advance but that they began using his services again after the bombing and credited him with foiling the related but separate plot to bomb the United Nations, Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the Federal building housing the F.B.I. in Manhattan.

The case is expected to come to trial next year, perhaps shortly after the end of the related trial of four men charged with bombing the World Trade Center. As the most important witness, Mr. Salem is expected to be called upon to verify tapes he made of conversations with suspects and testify on his dealings with them.

In several instances, the transcripts show Mr. Salem lecturing Federal agents on how to do their jobs, criticizing their surveillance and interview techniques. In one instance, he suggests that they tell a possible source that his phone was tapped, when in fact it was not, and that they confront the man and push him hard for information. "Don't give him a chance to think," Mr. Salem is quoted as saying. "If he will think it's, 'I want my lawyer.' Then bingo, you are gone."

Aid for Defense?

By creating the so-called bootleg tapes, Mr. Salem has given ammunition to defense lawyers who argue that he entrapped the 15 defendants charged with conspiring to bomb New York City landmarks.

In one instance that shows how Mr. Salem was prompted by Federal agents, Mr. Anticev is quoted as saying, "You know, pump, maybe kind of pump him up a little bit." The agent tells Mr. Salem to stress "the loyalty to his cousin." The target in that instance, Ibrahim A. Elgabrowny, is a cousin of the man who was charged with shooting Mr. Kahane and now a defendant in a plot to bomb New York City targets.

In another instance, Mr. Anticev is quoted as instructing Mr. Salem to press to learn whether Mr. Elgabrowny or his associates were hiding explosives. He is quoted as telling Mr. Salem not to worry about being exposed as the source of the information. "We'll just know where stuff exists and where it is," Mr. Anticev is quoted as saying. "And then we'll make our move."

"There's no danger, you know," he says later. "We can be sneaky and take our time."

Mr. Salem has dropped from sight since the June arrests, and an effort to get in touch with him through the witness protection program of the Federal Marshals Service was rejected. But a member of the defense team said he was spotted within the last month in Manhattan.

Mr. Salem, a 43-year-old former Egyptian Army officer and confidant of the radical Egyptian cleric, Mr. Abdel Rahman, surfaced as the Government's mole after a June 24 F.B.I. raid on a Queens garage that the Government said smashed an extremist Muslim plot to blow up the United Nations, Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the Manhattan Federal building housing the F.B.I., and to assassinate Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato and State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, among other targets.

The unauthorized tapes came to light immediately after the raid as Mr. Salem hurriedly evacuated his West Side Manhattan apartment and was quickly identified by associates of the sheik and by law-enforcement authorities as the "confidential informant" who had secretly gathered evidence, including many tape-recorded conversations, against those later charged as conspirators in the case.

Tapes Left Behind

In the belongings Mr. Salem left behind either carelessly or by design were cassettes of the tapes he had secretly recorded with the F.B.I.

Because these could shed light on the prosecution's evidence-gathering methods to the point of possible entrapment, defense lawyers convinced Judge Mukasey that they should gain access to this material as well as to Mr. Salem's authorized recordings, turned over earlier.

Even before he came in from the cold of his undercover role in June, the burly, bearded Mr. Salem was an enigmatic figure, a private investigator who supported himself as a jewelry designer, a security guard for the sheik who freely gave interviews to news reporters.

Officials in Cairo say he entered the Egyptian Army as a private and during an 18-year career fought in the 1973 war with Israel and was "pensioned out" as a senior officer while continuing a relationship with Egyptian military intelligence. His American wife, from whom he was divorced this year but to whom he is still close, told New York Newsday last week that he had recently sent a set of the bootleg tapes home to Egyptian authorities with a visiting relative.

In the United States for about six years, he lived most recently in a fifth-floor suite at the Bretton Hall residence hotel at 2350 Broadway.

A news reporter invited to interview him there shortly after the World Trade Center bombing found herself on camera as Mr. Salem insisted videotaping the encounter.

He showed her photographs of what he said was his sandbagged bunker in the 1973 war, the reviewing stand where former President Anwar el-Sadat was assassinated in 1981 and his grave site. He also showed pictures of people who had apparently been tortured: a woman with cigarette burns and a man confined in a cage.

He said that he prayed at the Abu Bakr mosque in Brooklyn and the al-Salaam mosque in Jersey City, where Sheik Omar often preached, and that he had known the cleric from Egypt. He said he was attracted by Mr. Rahman's aura of power and fearlessness.

Remembered as Benefactor

Associates in Jersey City said they remembered Mr. Salem as a generous benefactor of the mosques and of the sheik himself. He also collected money for the defense of El Sayyid A. Nosair, an Egyptian contractor charged in the 1990 assassination of the militant Jewish leader, Rabbi Meir Kahane. Mr. Nosair was acquitted of that killing but convicted of related assault and weapons charges. He is also one of the 15 defendants in the bombing conspiracy case.

Mr. Salem also had dealings with Mr.. Elgabrowny, a relative of Mr. Nosair for whom Mr. Salem said he helped obtain a pistol permit from the New York City Police Department.

Associates and lawyers of some of the defendants said that Mr. Salem appeared rather abruptly on the scene around the time of the Kahane killing and that they now suspect he was sent to infiltrate the circle around Mr. Nosair.

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Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast
The New York Times
Section A; Page 1; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk
October 28, 1993, Thursday, Late Edition - Final
Correction Appended

L aw-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.

"Do you deny," Mr. Salem says he told the other agent, "your supervisor is the main reason of bombing the World Trade Center?" Mr. Salem said Mr. Anticev did not deny it. "We was handling the case perfectly well until the supervisor came and messed it up, upside down."
The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer said.

The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City's tallest towers. The explosion left six people dead, more than 1,000 injured and damages in excess of half a billion dollars. Four men are now on trial in Manhattan Federal Court in that attack.

Mr. Salem, a 43-year-old former Egyptian army officer, was used by the Government to penetrate a circle of Muslim extremists now charged in two bombing cases: the World Trade Center attack and a foiled plot to destroy the United Nations, the Hudson River tunnels and other New York City landmarks. He is the crucial witness in the second bombing case, but his work for the Government was erratic, and for months before the trade center blast, he was feuding with the F.B.I.

Supervisor 'Messed It Up'

After the bombing, he resumed his undercover work. In an undated transcript of a conversation from that period, Mr. Salem recounts a talk he had had earlier with an agent about an unnamed F.B.I. supervisor who, he said, "came and messed it up."

"He requested to meet me in the hotel," Mr. Salem says of the supervisor. "He requested to make me to testify and if he didn't push for that, we'll be going building the bomb with a phony powder and grabbing the people who was involved in it. But since you, we didn't do that."

The transcript quotes Mr. Salem as saying that he wanted to complain to F.B.I. headquarters in Washington about the bureau's failure to stop the bombing, but was dissuaded by an agent identified as John Anticev.

"He said, I don't think that the New York people would like the things out of the New York office to go to Washington, D.C.," Mr. Salem said Mr. Anticev had told him.

Another agent, identified as Nancy Floyd, does not dispute Mr. Salem's account, but rather, appears to agree with it, saying of the New York people: "Well, of course not, because they don't want to get their butts chewed."

Mary Jo White, who, as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York is prosecuting defendants in two related bombing cases, declined yesterday to comment on the Salem allegations or any other aspect of the cases. An investigator close to the case who refused to be identified further said, "We wish he would have saved the world," but called Mr. Salem's claims "figments of his imagination."

The transcripts, which are stamped "draft" and compiled from 70 tapes recorded secretly during the last two years by Mr. Salem, were turned over to defense lawyers in the second bombing case by the Government on Tuesday under a judge's order barring lawyers from disseminating them. A large portion of the material was made available to The New York Times.

In a letter to Federal Judge Michael B. Mukasey, Andrew C. McCarthy, an assistant United States attorney, said that he had learned of the tapes while debriefing Mr. Salem and that the informer had then voluntarily turned them over. Other Salem tapes and transcripts were being withheld pending Government review, of "security and other issues," Mr. McCarthy said.

William M. Kunstler, a defense lawyer in the case, accused the Government this week of improper delay in handing over all the material. The transcripts he had seen, he said, "were filled with all sorts of Government misconduct." But citing the judge's order, he said he could not provide any details.

The transcripts do not make clear the extent to which Federal authorities knew that there was a plan to bomb the World Trade Center, merely that they knew that a bombing of some sort was being discussed. But Mr. Salem's evident anguish at not being able to thwart the trade center blast is a recurrent theme in the transcripts. In one of the first numbered tapes, Mr. Salem is quoted as telling agent Floyd: "Since the bomb went off I feel terrible. I feel bad. I feel here is people who don't listen."

Ms. Floyd seems to commiserate, saying, "hey, I mean it wasn't like you didn't try and I didn't try."

In an apparent reference to Mr. Salem's complaints about the supervisor, Agent Floyd adds, "You can't force people to do the right thing."

The investigator involved in the case who would not be quoted by name said that Mr. Salem may have been led to believe by the agents that they were blameless for any mistakes. It was a classic agent's tactic, he said, to "blame the boss for all that's bad and take credit for all the good things."

In another point in the transcripts, Mr. Salem recounts a conversation he said he had with Mr. Anticev, saying, "I said, 'Guys, now you saw this bomb went off and you both know that we could avoid that.' " At another point, Mr. Salem says, "You get paid, guys, to prevent problems like this from happening."

Mr. Salem talks of the plan to substitute harmless powder for explosives during another conversation with agent Floyd. In that conversation, he recalls a previous discussion with Mr. Anticev.

"Do you deny," Mr. Salem says he told the other agent, "your supervisor is the main reason of bombing the World Trade Center?" Mr. Salem said Mr. Anticev did not deny it. "We was handling the case perfectly well until the supervisor came and messed it up, upside down."

The transcripts reflect an effort to keep Mr. Salem as an intelligence asset who would not have to go public or testify.

A police detective working with the F.B.I., Louis Napoli, assures Mr. Salem in one conversation, "We can give you total immunity towards prosecution, towards, ah, ah, testifying." But he adds: "I still have to tell you that if you're the only game in town in regards to the information," then, he says, "you'll have to testify."

Studied for Signs of Illegality

The transcripts are being closely studied by lawyers looking for signs that Mr. Salem and the law enforcement officials, in their zeal to gather evidence, may have crossed the legal line into entrapment, a charge that defense counsel have already raised.

But the transcripts show that the officials were concerned that by associating with bombing defendants awaiting trial in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, Mr. Salem might have been accused of spying on the defense.

In an undated conversation, Mr. Anticev tries to explain the perils.

"We're not allowed to have any information regarding that," he tells Mr. Salem. "That could jeopardize, you know, if you go see a lawyer, ah, you know, with the defendant's friend or whatever like that, and you're talking about things we're not suppose to, ah, condone that. We're not supposed to make people do that for us. That's like sacred ground. You can't be privileged, ah, you can't know what's being talked about at all."

Mr. Salem seems to bridle. "I, I, I don't think that's right," he says.

The agent insists: "Yeah, but that's just a guideline. If that ever happened, ah, you can back and reported on the meeting between, ah, you know, Kunstler and Mohammad A. Elgabrown. Forget about it. I mean a lot of people ah the case can get thrown out. You understand?" The references were to the defense lawyer, Mr. Kunstler, and his client in the second bomb case, Ibrahim A. Elgabrowny.

Mr. Salem seems to reluctantly agree.

"They want you to have a hand in it," Mr. Anticev goes on, "but they're afraid that when you get that kind of, ah, too deep, like me, it's almost like, especially with all this legal stuff going on right now."

If it were just intelligence gathering, the agent says, "You can do anything you want. You could go crazy over there and have a good time. Do you know what I mean?"

The agent goes on: "But now that everything is going to court and there is legal stuff and it's just, it's just too hard. It's just too tricky, if, this, you know. And then there's the fact if you come by with the big information, he did this, ah, let me talk about this with the other people again."

"O.K.," Mr. Salem says. "All right. O.K."

CORRECTION-DATE: October 29, 1993, Friday


An article yesterday about accounts of a plot to build a bomb that was eventually exploded at the World Trade Center referred imprecisely in some copies to what Federal officials knew about the plan before the blast. Transcripts of tapes made secretly by an informant, Emad A. Salem, quote him as saying he warned the Government that a bomb was being built. But the transcripts do not make clear the extent to which the Federal authorities knew that the target was the World Trade Center.

"Then he added, still speaking to the agent: "You were informed. Everything is ready. The day and the time. Boom. Lock them up and that's that. That's why I feel so bad."


GOVERNMENT TERRORISM - From Ruby Ridge To Waco and Beyond


Russia May Prove To Be Erstwhile Ally
"Scholar David Satter of the Hudson Institute crystallized the growing unease concerning Putin in a recent project for the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Satter notes: "In explaining his support for the American-led antiterrorist coalition after Sept. 11, 2001, Putin said that Russia had also been a victim of terrorism." Specifically, Putin referred to the apartment-building bombings two years earlier in Moscow and two other cities that killed 300 people. Putin and the Federal Security Service (FSB) — the renamed KGB internal-security organs that he had headed — immediately blamed Islamic terrorists fighting for independence of the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

"There is compelling evidence that, contrary to claims that the bombings were the work of Chechen terrorists, they were, in fact, carried out by the Russian government itself," Satter says in his study. In his view, the bombings were "part of an effort to preserve the power and wealth of a criminal oligarchy" around then-president Boris Yeltsin.

This is an extremely serious allegation — and a warning shot to the Bush administration, which is building an intensely personal relationship with Putin. Satter is no armchair pundit or political hack. For two decades he was a reporter for the Financial Times, Reader's Digest and the Wall Street Journal and had unparalleled Russian contacts. He was one of the earliest Western observers to warn about what he called "the rise of the Russian criminal state."

Tycoon Boris Berezovsky charged today that Russian President Vladimir Putin knew that the country's special services were involved in the bombing of apartment houses

"The United States condemned as an "atrocity" a blast near the Russian region of Chechnya (news - web sites) on Thursday that killed at least 34 people, including 12 children, saying it looked like terrorism but declining to blame the attack on Chechen separatist guerrillas."

Russian Politician (Lebed) Dies in Plane Crash: Warned US Congress about Suitcase Nukes!

Al-Qaeda may target US apartment buildings: FBI (Like the Chechens did in Russia)

Bush: Russia Is Not an Enemy

Bin Laden linked to Russia (Russian groups supplying Laden)

Freeh Says Russian Mafia Poses No Threat

Bush wants Putin to build Star Wars shield with US

Dad, Are You Sure? Yes Son

FBI chief Mueller lied to Senate about key-logging

FBI Director Nominee Mueller Helped FBI and DOJ Cover Up Evidence on Waco, Ruby Ridge, OKC Bombing

"In an August 1999 attack that has come to be known as "Moonlight Maze," cyberwarriors from the Russian Academy of Sciences downloaded massive amounts of classified data from computer networks at the DOD and DOE, believed to include missile-guidance codes and nuclearweapons data. The FBI continues to investigate the attack, says Debbie Wireman, a spokeswoman for the bureau's National Critical Infrastructure Protection Center.

Bush Seeks To Restrict Hill Probes Of Sept. 11

"We are potentially the most dangerous agency in the country,"
FBI Director Louis Freeh - testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime on June 5, 1997.

14 posted on 05/20/2002 2:15:31 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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I have seen only one place before where sheep are sleeping so soundly.
15 posted on 05/20/2002 2:50:44 PM PDT by It'salmosttolate
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16 posted on 08/11/2004 7:30:10 AM PDT by lodwick (It's not about right v. left - it's about good v. evil. Believe nothing, until government denies it.)
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