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FTR #607 Sheikhs On A Plane & Other Scary Stories: Interview with Daniel Hopsicker

Recorded August 19, 2007
MP3: Side 1 | Side 2

Updating the investigative research of Daniel Hopsicker, this program centers on stories Daniel has written about some of the nefarious connections of air proprietaries involved in the evacuation of Saudi nationals from the United States in the wake of September 11, including members of the Bin Laden family and Saudi royals. As discussed in FTR#’s 423 and 425, several members of the Bin Laden family that were evacuated on those flights were engaged in activities that warranted investigation. The various air proprietaries involved in the post-9/11 flights had documented connections to the intelligence community. Of particular significance in this regard is the fact that aircraft belonging to some of these companies have allegedly been involved in some of the illegal renditions of terror suspects. Other companies had documented links to organized crime and the born-again Christian community. Much of the program is devoted to discussion of yet another lawsuit brought against Daniel, this one by Makram Chams, alleged to be the owner of a convenience store in Florida that served as something of an operational base for some of the 9/11 hijackers. In addition to owning a casino boat and 40 gas stations inFlorida, Chams (not your typical convenience store owner) was working as an official for Titan Corporation, a private defense contractor that was a central element in the criminal activities of California Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham. The discussion reviews the remarkable career of Alvin Malnik. Malnik was heir to the crime syndicate of Meyer Lansky—his family married into the Saudi royal family. Converting to Islam, Malnik and family pursued their “business” options with the economic throw-weight of the house of Saud behind them.

Program Highlights Include: Discussion of the Whitey Bulger case—the case of the Boston area mobster who committed a series of murders over a period of years while serving as an FBI informant; the links between the Whitey Bulger case and Northstar Aviation; the role of then U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller [now head of the FBI] in the Whitey Bulger case; review of the Jack Abramoff case and the murder of Bush family ally Gus Boulis.

1. One of the important stories referenced in the program is an article about links between the fundamentalist Christian milieu and some of the airlines involved in the post-9/11 evacuations of Saudi nationals.
(“Pirates of the Caribbean: ‘Christian Fundamentalists’ and the CIA” by Daniel Hopsicker; 5/30/2007; available at: http://www.madcowprod.com/05302007.html.)

2. Further developing a major focal point of the program, the discussion sets forth the relationship between elements of the CIA and the air proprietaries involved in those evacuations. Some of these airlines have been involved in some of the controversial renditions of terror suspects.
(“Sheikhs on a Plane” by Daniel Hopsicker; 6/28/2007; http://www.madcowprod.com/06282007a.html.)

3. A number of these same air proprietaries are linked to organized crime. Of particular note in this context is the fact that Northstar Aviation has documented links to the New England Patriarcha crime family. The Patriarcha family featured prominently in the scandal involving the FBI’s use of Boston crime operative Whitey Bulger as an informant. While on the Bureau’s payroll, Bulger committed a number of murders, with the knowledge of the Bureau. Intriguingly, the U.S. Attorney in charge of operations in Boston at the time was Robert Mueller, now head of the FBI. [For more about Mueller, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 310, 603.]
(“Saudi Flights on Mob and CIA-Linked Charters” by Daniel Hopsicker; 7/12/2007; available at: http://www.madcowprod.com/07122007.html.)

4. A major story referred to tangentially in the program concerns Mohamed Atta’s position as an executive of a Florida business that appears to have been an intelligence front.
(“Mohamed Atta, Florida Entrepreneur” by Daniel Hopsicker; 6/12/2007; http://www.madcowprod.com/06122007.html.)

5. Much of the discussion centered on a lawsuit filed against Daniel by Makram Chams, the alleged owner of a convenience store. Nominally owned by a relative, that store served as a meeting place and money wire center for Mohamed Atta and some of the 9/11 hijackers. Chams also owns a Casino boat and some 40 gas stations in Florida. In addition, Chams appears to be a an executive with Titan corporation, a private military contractor that played a significant role in the scandals surrounding the convicted Republican congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham. For more about Makram Chams, see FTR#’s 554, 574, 590.

6. Illustrating the strange political associations that characterize the background of Mohamed Atta and company in Florida, the discussion reviews the remarkable career of Alvin Malnik. Malnik was heir to the crime syndicate of Meyer Lansky. His family married into the Saudi royal family. Converting to Islam, Malnik and family pursued their “business” options with the economic throw-weight of the house of Saud behind them. (For more about Malnik, see FTR#412.)

7. 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.


3 comments for “FTR #607 Sheikhs On A Plane & Other Scary Stories: Interview with Daniel Hopsicker”

  1. Here’s one Whitey Bulger mystery solved!

    (or we’re experiencing the much dreaded Geezer Bandit copycat effect).

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 11, 2011, 10:28 pm
  2. Yowza:

    ABC News
    ‘Whitey’ Bulger Witness Found Dead

    By AARON KATERSKY (@aaronkatersky) , MICHELE MCPHEE and JOSH MARGOLIN (@JoshMargolin)
    BOSTON July 18, 2013

    Stephen “Stippo” Rakes, a possible witness in the murder trial of alleged crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, has been found dead, authorities said.

    The body of Rakes, 59, had “no obvious signs of trauma” and an autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lincoln, Mass., Police Chief Kevin Mooney announced today.

    The corpse was found on Mill Street in Lincoln yesterday at 1:30 p.m., police said.

    Rakes had been on the witness list and had been eager to testify that Bulger threatened his family at gunpoint and forced him to turn his liquor store into a front for the Winter Hill Gang. But earlier this week prosecutors informed Rakes he would not be called to testify, a decision that left Rakes “despondent,” a source close to his family told ABC News.

    The judge overseeing the Bulger case hunkered down with lawyers in a confidential conference at the South Boston courthouse today where the trial is being held. Bulger, alleged to be a notorious and murderous crime boss and federal informant, is standing trial after being found on the lam in California two years ago.

    Federal prosecutors said Rakes was supposed to testify that Bulger and associate Stephen Flemmi threatened his daughter at gunpoint, and took over his South Boston liquor store for Bulger’s headquarters. Bulger sidekick Kevin Weeks testified last week Rakes’ contention that Bulger’s gang put a gun to his daughter’s head was bogus.

    Rakes comes from a storied South Boston family. His brother Joseph Rakes was photographed in Stanley Forman’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph charging at an African-American man on Boston’s City Hall with the sharp end of the American flag – which became the symbol of the racial unrest during the city’s anti-busing crisis.

    News of his death investigation came on the same day that Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi was slated to take the stand against Bulger. The two men ran the Winter Hill Gang for decades while also working as informants for the FBI, according to prosecutors and courtroom testimony.

    Police told the Rakes family the death appeared to be a suicide. But a source close to the Rakes family told ABC News that “he had no phone, no wallet, and police are still looking for his car.” The body of the man found in Lincoln was positively identified as Rakes this morning after a fingerprint match, sources said.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 18, 2013, 10:19 am
  3. It looks like the death of the witness in the Whitey Bulger case, Stephen Rakes, was just ruled a homicide with Rakes’s business associate being charged with the crime. Authorities are also viewing it as unrelated to the Bulger case:

    Officials: Cyanide killed potential Bulger witness
    Oct. 20, 2013 3:15 PM EDT

    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts medical examiner’s office determined that cyanide poisoning killed an alleged extortion victim of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger who had hoped to testify at Bulger’s trial, prosecutors said Sunday.

    The medical examiner’s office concluded that Stephen Rakes, 59, of Quincy, died of acute cyanide toxicity in July and ruled his death a homicide, according to MaryBeth Long, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

    Authorities said Rakes’ death wasn’t related to the Bulger case.

    Rakes’ business associate, William Camuti, 69, of Sudbury, is charged with attempted murder and other crimes for allegedly poisoning Rakes’ iced coffee. Camuti has pleaded not guilty.

    Prosecutors said Camuti owed Rakes money and lured him to a meeting where he poisoned his drink then drove Rakes around for hours before dumping his body.

    Long said the district attorney’s office intends to file additional charges against Camuti based on the new findings by the medical examiner.

    A phone message for Camuti’s attorney, Stanley Norkunas, was not immediately returned Sunday.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | October 20, 2013, 5:36 pm

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