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FTR #640 Winging It with Daniel Hopsicker

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Revisiting Daniel Hopsicker, this program highlights a number of stories he has covered over the years, all of which deal in some capacity with the air traffic through South Florida. Beginning with his investigative reporting into the flight training schools and airlines implicated in the 9/11 attacks, Daniel has pursued evidentiary tributaries leading to and from those institutions, uncovering a wide variety of criminal activities. In addition to powerful criminal syndicates and elements of intelligence services from the U.S. and other countries, Daniel has uncovered machinations of powerful fascist organizations, Islamofascist organizations in particular. Much of the discussion explores Daniel’s more recent stories, with extemporaneous supplemental conversation bringing some of his older work into recent context. Daniel and Mr. Emory “wing it,” providing informative and entertaining programming.

Program Highlights Include: Discussion of a recent Madcow article detailing the use of a plane placed at the disposal of the McCain campaign; discussion of the use of that plane to evacuate prominent Saudis from the United States in the immediate aftermath of 9/11; a synoptic account of a Madcow story setting forth the crash of a CIA-connected drug plane connected to the 9/11 attacks; the death in the crash of that drug plane of a prominent Venezuelan executive of Smartmatic, the parent company of Sequoia Voting Systems; review of the links between Smartmatic and Hugo Chavez; brief analysis of a Guyanese pilot connected to the milieu of Mohamed Atta and the 9/11 hijackers.

1. In addition, the program touched on a number of recent articles written by Daniel. With election year upon us, it is interesting to take stock of the fact that a plane placed at the service of McCain’s campaign by one of his many lobbyists was used to ferry Saudi royals out of the United States in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Tellingly [and predictably] the major media focused on the possibility that McCain may have executed a “soft landing” on the lobbyist, rather than on the aircraft and its past passengers.

(“John McCain’s Sweet Ride: Lobbyist’s Plane Flew Saudi Royals after 9/11” by Daniel Hopsicker; Madcowprod.com; 2/27/2008.)

2. Supplementing Daniel’s coverage of the intelligence-connected drug trafficking milieu through which Atta and company infiltrated South Florida, the broadcast referenced an article about a Guyanese pilot linked to the drug trafficking and [apparently] elements of the CIA.

(“CIA Drug Pilot Linked to Russian Mob” by Daniel Hopsicker; Madcowprod.com; 5/21/08.)

3. A fascinating development concerns the death of Jose Alfredo Anzola-a Venezuelan national with links to the corrupt Smartmatic voting machine company. [Smartmatic is the parent company of Sequoia Voting Systems.] This individual died in the crash of a CIA-connected drug plane. In FTR#576, we looked at the links of this milieu to both Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and economic elements linked to the Underground Reich through some of the elements of the old I.G. Farben complex. The crashed drug plane had links to elements of the milieu involved in the 9/11 attacks, including evidentiary tributaries running in the direction of Wally Hilliard, the owner of Huffman Aviation.

(“The Mother of All Scandals? Drug Pilot, Election Exec Killed on CIA Plane” by Daniel Hopsicker; 5/7/2008.)


One comment for “FTR #640 Winging It with Daniel Hopsicker”

  1. Here’s another reason to keep your intelligence-related planes thoroughly obscured…vandals:

    DOJ Report: DEA Needs To Be More Covert About Their Undercover Airplanes

    Ryan J. Reilly December 14, 2011, 12:55 PM

    The Drug Enforcement Administration needs to keep their undercover aerial operations targeting narcotics trafficking along the Mexican border and in foreign countries a bit more hush-hush, according to a new report from the Justice Department’s inspector general.

    As of March, DOJ investigators searching the FAA aircraft registration database were able to find records of 25 domestically-based DEA aircraft that “should have been registered covertly to fictitious or cover organizations but that were not.” As of Sept. 7, 13 DEA aircraft that should have been registered covertly still weren’t (TPM found five planes registered still registered to the DEA in a search of the FAA’s database on Wednesday).

    Because law enforcement organizations have increased their use of planes, helicopters and drones, criminal subjects “are becoming increasing aware of surveillance aircraft,” according to the report.

    “If spotted and identified as a DEA aircraft through its registration or tail number, the safety of Special Agents or confidential informants might be compromised,” the report states “Maintaining a covert identity is therefore critical to operational safety because aircraft registration information is readily available on the Internet.”

    DOJ’s internal investigators were also concerned that keeping DEA aircraft at publicly accessible hangars posed a security threat. In fact, DEA employees at one hangar in an undisclosed area “known for a high-level of drug trafficking activity” told investigators that DEA aircraft kept in the shared hangar were vandalized and that the organizations that shared the commercial space with the agency changed frequently and they could not control access to the location.

    That’s got to be pretty awkward for the DEA when the cartels discover one of their undercover planes just by an internet search. So just imagine how feels when you crash your plane filled with cocaine and then find out it was a former CIA plane used for extraordinary renditions. Awkward!:

    Mexico drug plane used for US ‘rendition’ flights: report

    Thu Sep 4, 2008 4:40 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY (AFP) – A private jet that crash-landed almost one year ago in eastern Mexico carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine had previously been used for CIA “rendition” flights, a newspaper report said here Thursday, citing documents from the United States and the European Parliament.

    The plane was carrying Colombian drugs for the fugitive leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, when it crash-landed in the Yucatan peninsula on September 24, El Universal reported.

    The daily said it had obtained documents from the United States and the European Parliament which “show that that plane flew several times to Guantanamo, Cuba, presumably to transfer terrorism suspects.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 14, 2011, 7:09 pm

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