Monday, January 12, 2004
SPYGAME TAKES A VACATION
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
From John Dean via Needlenose [*]:
. . . What explains the timing of Ashcroft's removal? Recall that the removal occurred as a result of events occurring in the same week the Post reported that the FBI had told potential witnesses they might have to face a grand jury.
Some of those witnesses very probably hired lawyers as soon as they heard the news. Especially likely to hire a lawyer would be a middle-level person with knowledge of a leak by a higher-up. And such a lawyer would likely have gone immediately to the prosecutors to make a deal.
. . . When the lawyer . . . went to the government seeking immunity for his or her client, Ashcroft would have heard that the middle-level person was offering to finger the high-level leaker. At that point, he would have realized he himself knew the high-level leaker; and decided to recuse himself from the case, and let Fitzgerald take over.
Monday, January 05, 2004
ROLE OF CIA "STARGATE" PSYCHICS IN IRAN RAID REVEALED
Psychic spies knew of raid
By Henry Cuningham
Military editor, FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER
As Delta Force was trying to rescue U.S. hostages in Iran in 1980, a psychic spy monitoring the operation from the United States reported an explosion.
The National Security Council received the report 48 seconds before getting an electronic call about the fatal explosion at the site known as Desert One, said Joseph W. McMoneagle. He started working as a psychic spy in the 1970s.
McMoneagle and Lyn Buchanan, who also worked on the once-secret project, describe the incident in books as "remote viewers." The controversial $20 million CIA-military program was known as the Stargate Project. It ended in 1995.
In a study of the project, Ray Hyman, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Oregon, questioned the reliability of the program's results.
Charlie Rose is a former congressman from Fayetteville who lives in Marshall, Va. He talked to some of the people in the program when he was on the House Intelligence Committee. Rose said a former director of Central Intelligence told him he was not convinced that psychic spying was reliable enough to play a role in military intelligence.
"I don't think our military or intelligence community at this point is spending very much money on any psychic program," Rose said.
McMoneagle, who retired from the Army as a chief warrant officer, wrote about his role in his 2002 book "The Stargate Chronicles." He discussed his experiences during a lecture earlier this month at the Rhine Research Center in Durham.
A psychic trying to gather military intelligence faces some practical problems, he said.
"During the Iran hostage problem, we were revisiting targets for the 100th time," McMoneagle said. "As a psychic, when you are looking at the same problem over and over and over on a daily process, it gets extremely difficult to look at it with an open mind."
Either things don't change, or they change very little, he said.
"We were being asked some pretty critical questions, like, 'Are the guards getting tired? Are they changing their armament? What's different about the room?' The smallest changes could be critical to people engineering hostage retrieval."
The project tried to gather information about Grenada during the U.S. invasion in 1983. It also looked for information on the whereabouts of Manuel Noriega, the deposed leader of Panama, during the 1989 invasion, and the intentions of Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War.
That's according to Buchanan in his 2003 book, "The Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as Told by a 'Psychic Spy' for the U.S. Military." [*]
Friday, January 02, 2004
WILL PLAME INVESTIGATION BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT?
Don’t Be Fooled: Still No Independent Investigation of Leak of CIA Identity
by Ray McGovern, BUZZFLASH
...Past experience strongly suggests that if Fitzgerald is told to string the investigation out until after the November election, he may well oblige. If he is told to pin the blame on White House small fry willing to take the fall, he may do it.
Besides, Fitzgerald arrives on the scene months after the Ollie North memorial shredder has done its work. Recall that when it was announced that the Justice department would investigate it was made clear that the formal order requiring administration officials to save all relevant documents would come a day or two later. Imagine the heat rising from the shredder machines that weekend. And recall how the White House counsel then insisted on reviewing all documents before they could be given to the Justice department.
Last fall even the lawyers at Justice and the FBI were holding their noses. The New York Times’ David Johnston and Eric Lichtblau reported on October 16 that several senior criminal prosecutors at Justice and the FBI were privately criticizing Ashcroft for failing to recuse himself or appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the crime.
But private criticism is a far cry from the more risky step of taking a strong stand against the organization’s chosen course of action. And politics has become more and more important, even in the decision making of so-called career prosecutors. Besides that, the "us vs. them" mentality has gotten still stronger, and many of the Bureau’s "good soldiers" remain blissfully unaware of how much they are affected by it.
So, even if Fitzgerald himself is determined to launch an "unfettered" investigation, he has this company ethic to contend with. Whether or not he keeps on John Dion, the career lawyer who has been leading the investigation, will be an indication of Fitzgerald’s seriousness of purpose. It is no secret in law enforcement circles that Dion has a poor record with leaks, and is reluctant even to go to the men’s room without asking permission from his superiors.
Small wonder that Valerie Plame’s husband, Joe Wilson, has refused to express optimism at the naming of Fitzgerald...[*]