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FTR #590 Interview with Daniel Hopsicker: The Silencing of the Lam

Recorded March 25, 2007
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Introduction: “Connecting the dots” between GOP scandals that have received major news coverage and the largely ignored South Florida connections to the events of 9/11, this program notes some shady dealings in and around San Diego and ask the musical question: “Did the firing of U.S. Attorney [in San Diego] Carol Lam have anything to do with these activities? Did Carol Lam come across more than she was allowed to pursue?” Noting a link between what Daniel Hopsicker calls “Hookergate” and Huffman Aviation in Venice Florida, the broadcast highlights the fact that two independent oil men from Midland [Texas] were the last known owners of a plane belonging to Huffman Aviation [the Florida flight school through which Mohamed Atta and other 9/11 hijackers infiltrated the United States.] That aircraft was busted with 43 pounds of heroin on board. The program emphasizes the fact that there are a number of other evidentiary tributaries connecting highly public GOP scandals such as the Jack Abramoff case with the South Florida 9/11 connections.

Program Highlights Include: Review of the fact that Atta and company visited one of the late Gus Boulis’ SunCruz casino boats shortly before the 9/11 attacks; review of the fact that George Bush friend Gus Boulis was murdered by a man who received a large payment from Abramoff associate Adam Kidan; review of the fact that Makram Chams worked for Titan security [a firm closely linked to the scandals surrounding Randy “Duke” Cunningham]; the fact that Chams was deeply involved with a convenience store in Venice [Florida] frequented by Atta and his associates.

1. Noting the primary focal point of the broadcast, the program sets forth some of the intersections of Randy Cunningham’s milieu with the South Florida aviation environment through which 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta and company infiltrated the United States. The brother of Cunningham collaborator Brent Wilkes was involved with a Bush Pioneer (wealthy contributor) named R.D. Hubbard. Hubbard, in turn, was closely associated with two wealthy Midland [Texas] oil men named Wagner and Brown. Wagner and Brown, in turn, were the last known registered owners of a plane that was busted with 43 pounds of heroin on board while being operated by Wally Hilliard’s Huffman Aviation. Huffman was the school that was the vehicle for Atta and company to infiltrate the U.S. This is but the latest example of hard, evidentiary tributaries connecting the larger and better-publicized Republican scandals to the clandestine world of South Florida covert operations that figures in the 9/11 investigation. “The Randy Cunningham ‘Hookergate’ Scandal is not the first prostitution scandal involving close relatives of indicted defense contractor Brent Wilkes, The MadCowMorningNews has learned. Brent Wilkes brother, Gregory Wilkes, managed the finances of The Wilkes Foundation, which was suspended by the State of California after failing to file financial statements for three years in a row. (NOTE: The Wilkes Foundation link above, to the Wayback machine archived page on Gregory Wilkes, was removed less than 24 hours after this story was published. If only they worked this fast taking care of soldiers with traumatic brain injuries. DH) When Greg Wilkes wasn’t busy failing to file required documents with the state on his brother’s charitable foundation, he was the Controller for an unfortunate ‘Bush Pioneer’ named R.D. Hubbard, busted flying almost a dozen hookers by private jet in June of 2001 to a casino he owned to service men government documents have only identified as ‘48 wealthy guests.’ Back in the ’80’s Hubbard was involved in a number of Michael Milken-financed ‘greenmail’ takeover attempts, partnered with Midland, Texas oilmen Wagner and Brown Ltd. Strangely, in 2001 Wagner and Brown became the last known registered owner of the Lear jet which belonged to terror flight school owner Wally Hilliard until it was seized by DEA agents in Orlando who found 43 lbs. of heroin onboard. It is the latest in an odd series of links between the Cunningham Scandal and international drug trafficking. . . .”
(“Going to Babylon by Cadillac” by Daniel Hopsicker; MadCowMorningNews; 3/8/2007.)

2. After noting that there were a number of San Diego links to the 9/11 investigation [aside from the Cunningham tributaries], Mr. Emory and Daniel Hopsicker speculate about the possibility that fired U.S. attorney Carol Lam may have been “onto” these conspirators. The Bush administration’s contention that Lam was fired for maintaining lax border security is not credible under the circumstances. (For more about the San Diego connections to 9/11, see—among other programs—FTR#507.) “Nonetheless this seemingly incidental detail may provide the context from which a better explanation might emerge for why Carol Lam, the U.S. attorney in San Diego who successfully prosecuted former Republican Rep. Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham, was just fired. The nonsensical reason cited this week by a Bush Administration official was that ‘her prosecution rate for border violations was insufficient.’ Any suggestion that ‘border violations’ have become a priority of the Bush Administration has slightly less credibility than a press release from the Raelian Society announcing the imminent return of the ‘space brothers’ from an extended tour of Sirius. Since a close reading of the Cunningham Scandal’s dramatis personae reveals that its cast includes gambling czars, race-track boys, hookers, and more nephews than a years’ worth of reruns on ‘The Sopranos’, the discovery that hooker scandals run in Brent Wilkes family comes as no great surprise. One plausible explanation why San Diego US Atty. Carol Lam was fired might be that, in a rapidly spreading scandal which could quickly grow too large to contain, she already knows too much. . . .” (Idem.)

3. The hookers that were requisitioned by “Team Cunningham” were instructed to “play nice” with rich Arab investors: “ . . . The casino responded that the security director ‘may have said something to the effect that he wanted (the two women) to interact more closely with customers.’ One of the two women stated she’d been told to attend the Keeneland horse sale in Lexington. While there, ‘She should go to popular bars to pick up rich Arab men to bring them to the casino.’. . .” (Idem.)

4. Noting evidentiary tributaries connecting this portion of the scandalous 9/11 milieu to other of its elements, the program notes that convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff was deeply involved in the acquisition of the late Gus Boulis’ SunCruz Casino boat company. That takeover occurred after George Bush’s friend Gus Boulis was murdered. [Abramoff businessman Adam Kidan wrote a check to the hitman, allegedly as a “consulting fee.”] A few days before 9/11, Mohamed Atta and some associates visited a SunCruz casino boat, for purposes that have yet to be determined. For more about Gus Boulis and his killing, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 516, 528, 542, 546.

5. Another major Republican scandal is the “Duke” Cunningham scandal, in which the GOP Congressman from San Diego went to prison for a variety of misdeeds. One of the primary elements in Cunningham’s operations was the Titan private security corporation. Exemplifying the links between the milieu of 9/11 and GOP scandals that get a lot of coverage is the operational connection between Titan and Makram Chams. Chams was deeply involved with a convenience store in Southern Florida, at which Mohamed Atta and other 9/11 hijackers congregated. Although the Cunningham scandal has had a lot of coverage, Makram Chams and the South Florida connections of the 9/11 hijackers has received very little coverage at all. One of the few places featuring coverage of the Chams/Titan/South Florida connection is at: FTR#554.

6. Two video productions are being generated by a couple of documentary filmmakers. One is a DVD of a three-lecture series called “The First Refuge of a Scoundrel: The Relationship Between Fascism and Religion.” To learn more about this, visit The Anti-Fascist YouTube.com page. In addition, there will soon be a documentary about Mr. Emory, titled “The Anti-Fascist.” For more about this project, visit theantifascist.com.

Discussion

3 comments for “FTR #590 Interview with Daniel Hopsicker: The Silencing of the Lam”

  1. Ruidoso Downs is a horse racing track in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.

    In 1988 the majority of Ruidoso Downs Race Track was purchased by R.D. Hubbard and he became 100 percent owner in 2016.

    —–
    WASHINGTON — The unlikeliest of marriages — the most violent Mexican drug cartel and the world of U.S. quarter horse racing — ended with the arrest Tuesday of one of the top men in the Los Zetas drug trafficking ring after U.S. officials began suspecting an uncanny run of good fortune at the track and the laundering of millions of dollars in drug proceeds.

    Arrested were Jose Trevino Morales, his wife, and five associates. They were taken into U.S. custody after scores of FBI agents in all-terrain vehicles and helicopters raided horse stables and ranches near Ruidoso, N.M.

    ——
    RD Hubbard is a belonger in the Turks and Caicos islands. There is a lawsuit where his representative is suing a man named Bradford van Siclen. He has complex ties including possibly Wayne Huizenga in Fort Lauderdale and aviation in Gig Harbour, Wa.

    Posted by adam | August 23, 2016, 7:53 am
  2. Look who’s back in Republican fundraising circles: Adam Kidan! He’s served his time and is back out on the streets making some rather substantial donations to the National Republican Congressional Committee. $50,000 in all this summer. The donations are legal. They’re just highly politically questionable for obvious reasons:

    Talking Points Memo
    DC

    GOP Took Large Sums From Abramoff’s Ex-Con Former Business Partner

    By Cameron Joseph
    August 31, 2018 6:00 am

    One of Jack Abramoff’s former business partners is a few years out of big house — and back to giving big bucks to the Republican Party.

    The National Republican Congressional Committee has accepted $50,000 in donations from Adam Kidan this summer, taking money from a former business partner of the notorious lobbyist Abramoff who served 31 months in jail then spent three years on probation after pleading guilty to fraud and conspiracy.

    That money came in the form of $30,000 in direct donations to the committee, and another $20,000 Kidan gave to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) joint fundraising committee that was passed along to the NRCC. Both were made in late June, according to filings with Federal Election Commission.

    Those donations are completely legal, but raise questions about why the NRCC decided to accept them, given Kidan’s rap sheet.

    “What they have to answer for themselves is are they willing to explain this and why they think it doesn’t taint them to take this money. Are they willing to be associated with him? Taking a contribution is a way of associating with a person,” Larry Noble, a former general counsel for the Federal Election Commission, told TPM. “With all the questions about the Republicans right now, all the people who are having legal problems … It plays into a narrative that they don’t have that much concern who they’re dealing with as long as they get the money.”

    National Republican Congressional Committee spokesmen didn’t return multiple calls and emails requesting comment on the donations and asking whether the organization planned to keep the money or return it. Ryan’s team declined to comment on record.

    These donations aren’t chump change, and campaign committees usually have a pretty good idea of who their major donors are, if only to seek them out for more donations. While Kidan isn’t a household name, he played a key role in revealing the biggest political corruption scandal of the previous decade.

    Kidan went to jail in 2005 for defrauding a bank, along with Abramoff, a friend of his since his days in the College Republicans. The pair had promised to put up more than $20 million as part of an agreement to secure a $60 million loan to buy a fleet of casino ships, but instead secretly arranged with the the company’s seller to pay him in the future without putting any money up front, and produced a fraudulent wire transfer to prove to the bank they’d given him the money.

    The story gets significantly darker from there. The company’s earlier owner, Gus Boulis, kept a small stake in the business. He and Kidan were soon fighting, partly because he wasn’t getting paid back as promised. He allegedly physically attacked Kidan during one altercation, leading Kidan to hire an old friend who had close ties to New York City’s Gambino crime family to provide protection. That man ended up killing Boulis.

    The story was so wild that a movie was made out of it, “Casino Jack,” starring Kevin Spacey as Abramoff and Jon Lovitz as Kidan.

    Kidan was never implicated in the murder, and testified against the men who killed Boulis. He was sentenced to 70 months in jail, the same sentence as Abramoff, and ended up serving 31 months, getting out in 2009 before serving three years on probation. The murder trial may be headed back to court for a retrial, which could put Kidan back on the witness stand.

    The Washington Post has a good full account of the case.

    Kidan told TPM that he’s served his time and portrayed himself as an an innocent citizen looking only to support causes he believes in.

    “I’m not in an industry or business that needs legislation or wants anything done. I’m just looking to help,” said Kidan, who as evidenced by his generous political donations has bounced back financially since he got out of jail. He now serves as the CEO of a staffing needs company and lives in eastern Pennsylvania.

    “You know my background with Abramoff. I saw firsthand what bad people can do in government,” he said. “When I do see the rare good public servant I like to make a donation.”

    Kidan said he’s only met Ryan “in passing a few times” and didn’t know Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), the NRCC’s current chairman.

    “I simply want from the sidelines to help organizations and individuals who’ve had a positive effect on our country,” he said.

    Kidan’s case was separate from the political corruption case that helped bring down Abramoff, sent former Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) to jail, ended then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay’s (R-TX) political career and played a key role in toppling the GOP’s House majority in 2006. But it helped shine a spotlight on Abramoff, who went from being one of the GOP’s most powerful lobbyists to the poster boy for political corruption and served his own time for his role in the fraud.

    Kidan’s recent donations to the national party come after he gave more than $30,000 to various House candidates late last year: Reps. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Drew Ferguson (R-GA) and Paul Mitchell (R-MI) . Those donations were originally reported by the Daily Beast in April.

    TPM reached out to all of those members’ campaigns. Only Tenney’s responded. Tenney and Fitzpatrick, the two members on that list facing serious reelection challenges, have said they’ve given the amount of Kidan’s donations to local charities after the donations were originally exposed in the press.

    Kidan said it would be hypocritical for Democrats to slam the NRCC for taking his money, given the party’s support for letting former felons vote.

    “I’m very surprised the Democrats would criticize someone who’s back on their feet again and having a second chance,” he said. “It’s a sorry state that it is that way that a person can’t be given a second chance in life to make a contribution without it being tainted. It’s really sad.”

    But Noble said that hypocrisy cuts both ways.

    “It’s somewhat ironic if the party’s fighting giving former felons the right to vote but they’re also taking money from them,” he said.

    ———-

    “GOP Took Large Sums From Abramoff’s Ex-Con Former Business Partner” by Cameron Joseph; Talking Points Memo; 08/31/2018

    “The National Republican Congressional Committee has accepted $50,000 in donations from Adam Kidan this summer, taking money from a former business partner of the notorious lobbyist Abramoff who served 31 months in jail then spent three years on probation after pleading guilty to fraud and conspiracy.”

    Big bucks from Adam Kidan. While legal, it’s not a great look:


    These donations aren’t chump change, and campaign committees usually have a pretty good idea of who their major donors are, if only to seek them out for more donations. While Kidan isn’t a household name, he played a key role in revealing the biggest political corruption scandal of the previous decade.

    Kidan went to jail in 2005 for defrauding a bank, along with Abramoff, a friend of his since his days in the College Republicans. The pair had promised to put up more than $20 million as part of an agreement to secure a $60 million loan to buy a fleet of casino ships, but instead secretly arranged with the the company’s seller to pay him in the future without putting any money up front, and produced a fraudulent wire transfer to prove to the bank they’d given him the money.

    The story gets significantly darker from there. The company’s earlier owner, Gus Boulis, kept a small stake in the business. He and Kidan were soon fighting, partly because he wasn’t getting paid back as promised. He allegedly physically attacked Kidan during one altercation, leading Kidan to hire an old friend who had close ties to New York City’s Gambino crime family to provide protection. That man ended up killing Boulis.

    The story was so wild that a movie was made out of it, “Casino Jack,” starring Kevin Spacey as Abramoff and Jon Lovitz as Kidan.

    Kidan was never implicated in the murder, and testified against the men who killed Boulis. He was sentenced to 70 months in jail, the same sentence as Abramoff, and ended up serving 31 months, getting out in 2009 before serving three years on probation. The murder trial may be headed back to court for a retrial, which could put Kidan back on the witness stand.

    The Washington Post has a good full account of the case.

    So what did the National Republican Congressional Committee or Paul Ryan’s office say when asked about this? No comment:


    That money came in the form of $30,000 in direct donations to the committee, and another $20,000 Kidan gave to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) joint fundraising committee that was passed along to the NRCC. Both were made in late June, according to filings with Federal Election Commission.

    Those donations are completely legal, but raise questions about why the NRCC decided to accept them, given Kidan’s rap sheet.

    “What they have to answer for themselves is are they willing to explain this and why they think it doesn’t taint them to take this money. Are they willing to be associated with him? Taking a contribution is a way of associating with a person,” Larry Noble, a former general counsel for the Federal Election Commission, told TPM. “With all the questions about the Republicans right now, all the people who are having legal problems … It plays into a narrative that they don’t have that much concern who they’re dealing with as long as they get the money.”

    National Republican Congressional Committee spokesmen didn’t return multiple calls and emails requesting comment on the donations and asking whether the organization planned to keep the money or return it. Ryan’s team declined to comment on record.

    And you have to marvel at Kidan’s explanation: he’s making these large donations to Republicans because “I’m just looking to help”. He learned firsthand from his experiences with Jack Abramoff what bad people can do in government, so to make things right he’s donating large sums of money to Republicans. Bwah! You have to love it:


    Kidan told TPM that he’s served his time and portrayed himself as an an innocent citizen looking only to support causes he believes in.

    I’m not in an industry or business that needs legislation or wants anything done. I’m just looking to help,” said Kidan, who as evidenced by his generous political donations has bounced back financially since he got out of jail. He now serves as the CEO of a staffing needs company and lives in eastern Pennsylvania.

    “You know my background with Abramoff. I saw firsthand what bad people can do in government,” he said. “When I do see the rare good public servant I like to make a donation.

    Kidan said he’s only met Ryan “in passing a few times” and didn’t know Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), the NRCC’s current chairman.

    “I simply want from the sidelines to help organizations and individuals who’ve had a positive effect on our country,” he said.

    Kidan’s case was separate from the political corruption case that helped bring down Abramoff, sent former Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) to jail, ended then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay’s (R-TX) political career and played a key role in toppling the GOP’s House majority in 2006. But it helped shine a spotlight on Abramoff, who went from being one of the GOP’s most powerful lobbyists to the poster boy for political corruption and served his own time for his role in the fraud.

    So this will be something worth keeping an eye on. Because Kidan clearly has money to play around with. Maybe it’s all his own money or maybe he’s collecting money from various sources. But he’s clearly interested in reentering the GOP finance circles and the party appears to ready to welcome him back. And what better time than now, under Trump’s reign, for someone like Kidan to return. The party is more mobbed up than ever. If this isn’t the right time for Kidan’s return, when would be?

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 4, 2018, 2:11 pm
  3. Here’s a quick followup on the recent discovery that Adam Kidan donated $50k to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in June along with direct donations to seven GOP candidates:

    First, recall how two of those seven candidates decided to give Kidan’s donations to charity after they learned about his ties to Jack Abramoff and a the mafia murder mystery of Gus Boulis. The other five candidates and the NRCC had yet to respond to questions of what they were going to do with the money.

    Well, the NRCC finally has an answer: It’s keeping his money. And based on the NRCC’s statement it sort of sounds like they’re happy to continue taking his money. Amazingly, they also claim to have had no knowledge of his past. Yes, the NRCC claimed to have no knowledge of one of Jack Abramoff’s close associates and the guy who appeared to precipitate the murder of Gus Boulis. But now that the NRCC acknowledges knowledge of this past, they’ve determined that because he’s paid his debt to society they have no plans on returning the money. And while there was no statement on whether or not they would continue accepting his donations in the future, that’s the kind of statement that sure sounds like they would be happy to continue accepting his donations in the future.

    The other five GOPers who received direct donations for Kidan have yet to respond, which is the kind of ongoing silence that suggests they’re going to follow the NRCC’s lead. So it really does look like Adam Kidan is being quietly welcomed back into the GOP’s fundraising network:

    Talking Points Memo
    DC

    House GOP Won’t Give Back Cash From Abramoff’s Ex-Con Former Business Partner

    By Cameron Joseph
    September 7, 2018 2:34 pm

    After weeks of questions from TPM, House Republicans finally said on Friday that they have no plans to give back large donations from an ex-con former business partner of the notorious Jack Abramoff.

    The National Republican Congressional Committee received a combined $50,000 in donations in June from Adam Kidan, who served 31 months in prison for fraud and conspiracy for his prominent role in one of Abramoff’s numerous illegal schemes. And they see nothing wrong with spending that cash to try to keep their majority.

    We were unaware of his history. We don’t condone his actions in any way. We believe he’s paid his debt to society and have no plans to refund at this time,” NRCC communications director Matt Gorman told TPM in an emailed statement Friday afternoon.

    That response comes weeks after the group ignored questions from TPM when it first reported on the donations late last month.

    NRCC spokesmen had declined to respond to multiple calls and emails requesting comment on whether or not they planned to keep that money in late August.

    The NRCC’s decision to keep the money in spite of Kidan’s shady past, which you can read about more here, stands in contrast to the two House Republican candidates facing tough reelection fights who’d received donations from Kidan — then decided to give that money to charity after media scrutiny.

    Before he gave to the NRCC, Kidan had made sizable donations to seven GOP congressmen. The two congressmen in tough races, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Claudia Tenney (R-NY), subsequently said they’d give those donations to charity. The other five stayed mum, and didn’t respond to questions from TPM.

    But the size of those donations paled in comparison to Kidan’s summer gift to the NRCC, which TPM first reported on in late August.

    ———-

    “House GOP Won’t Give Back Cash From Abramoff’s Ex-Con Former Business Partner” by Cameron Joseph; Talking Points Memo; 09/07/2018

    ““We were unaware of his history. We don’t condone his actions in any way. We believe he’s paid his debt to society and have no plans to refund at this time,” NRCC communications director Matt Gorman told TPM in an emailed statement Friday afternoon.”

    “We were unaware of his history.” LOL! The GOP’s dementia problem is apparently far more widespread than previously recognized. And now that they know about that history the NRCC has determined Kidan paid his debt to society so they see no reason to return the money, an answer that implies they see no need to not take his money in the future.

    And five of the seven House candidates who received funds from Kidan appear to agree, based on their ongoing silence:


    The NRCC’s decision to keep the money in spite of Kidan’s shady past, which you can read about more here, stands in contrast to the two House Republican candidates facing tough reelection fights who’d received donations from Kidan — then decided to give that money to charity after media scrutiny.

    Before he gave to the NRCC, Kidan had made sizable donations to seven GOP congressmen. The two congressmen in tough races, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Claudia Tenney (R-NY), subsequently said they’d give those donations to charity. The other five stayed mum, and didn’t respond to questions from TPM.

    So it looks like the NRCC and those five congressional candidates have determined that Adam Kidan money-spigot is worth the potential bad publicity. And given how little attention this story has received that may be the correct calculation. We’ll see.

    But it’s worth noting that the NRCC just created a wonderful opportunity for the American public to revisit the remarkable story of corruption during the GOP’s Abramoff-era of fundraising. An era that included some striking connections to the history of the 9/11 hijackers operating in South Florida. Will the American public take this opportunity to explore that crucial chapter of the history of 9/11? Probably not, but it’s an option thanks to the NRCC’s insatiable greed and shamelessness.

    And in other GOP fundraising news…

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 8, 2018, 1:44 pm

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