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Graham Fuller Helped Start the Iran-Contra Affair

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COMMENT: We keep learn­ing more and more about the back­ground of the fig­ures emerg­ing into view in con­nec­tion with the Boston marathon bombings.

In our most recent post on the sub­ject, we noted the marital/familial rela­tion­ship of the alleged bombers’ “Uncle Tsarni” to Gra­ham E. Fuller, an impor­tant “ex” CIA officer.

In addi­tion to hav­ing been an early and appar­ently impor­tant advo­cate (archi­tect?) of the U.S. turn to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, Fuller has run inter­fer­ence for the Fetul­lah Gulen cult, dis­miss­ing charges by intel­li­gence offi­cers in the Mid­dle East and Cen­tral Asia that the group has links to the CIA.

Now it emerges that Fuller–former CIA sta­tion chief in Kabul–authored a pol­icy paper that is said to have been cen­tral to the devel­op­ment of the Iran-Contra scandal!

“Wash­ing­ton Talk: Brief­ing; C.I.A. Secrets”; The New York Times; 2/15/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . Mr. Fuller’s name came to pub­lic atten­tion last year when it was dis­closed that he was the author of a ”think piece” cir­cu­lated in the intel­li­gence com­mu­nity in May 1985 sug­gest­ing the pos­si­b­lity of pur­su­ing open­ings in Iran.

The study was instru­men­tal in per­suad­ing some top-ranking Rea­gan Admin­is­tra­tion pol­icy mak­ers to begin con­sid­er­ing covert con­tacts with Iran­ian lead­ers. It even­tu­ally led to the covert sale of United States weapons to Teheran in what became the Iran-contra affair. . . .

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12 comments for “Graham Fuller Helped Start the Iran-Contra Affair”

  1. So three friends of Dzhokhar Tsar­naev were arrested today for dis­pos­ing of Dzhokhar’s lap­tap and a back­pack of fire­works after the attack. They’re not being charged with any involve­ment in the plan­ning of the bomb­ings. It sounds like text mes­sages indi­cate that they real­ized Dzhokhar might be one of the bombers after the FBI released their pic­tures on tv so they decided to get rid of evi­dence at that point because they didn’t want Dzhokhar to get in trou­ble. Not a great idea:

    CBS/AP/ May 1, 2013, 4:44 PM
    Accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends hid damn­ing evi­dence, feds say

    Updated at 4:44 p.m. ET

    BOSTON Three col­lege friends of Boston Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect Dzhokhar Tsar­naev were arrested and accused Wednes­day of remov­ing a back­pack con­tain­ing fire­works emp­tied of gun­pow­der from Tsarnaev’s dorm room three days after the attack to try to keep him from get­ting into trouble.

    In court papers, the FBI said one of them threw the back­pack in the garbage — it was later found in a land­fill by law enforce­ment offi­cers — after they con­cluded from news reports that Tsar­naev was one of the bombers.

    Aza­mat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyr­bayev were charged with con­spir­ing to obstruct jus­tice by con­ceal­ing and destroy­ing evi­dence. A third man, Robel Philli­pos, was charged with lying to inves­ti­ga­tors about the visit to Tsarnaev’s room.

    In a court appear­ance Wednes­day after­noon, Tazhayakov and Kadyr­bayev waived bail and agreed to vol­un­tar­ily deten­tion. Their next hear­ing is sched­uled for May 14.

    Philli­pos was ordered held pend­ing a deten­tion and prob­a­ble cause hear­ing sched­uled for Monday.

    ...

    Tazhayakov and Kadyr­bayev, who are from Kaza­khstan, have been held in jail for more than a week on alle­ga­tions that they vio­lated their stu­dent visas by not reg­u­larly going to class at UMass. All three men charged Wednes­day began attend­ing UMass with Tsar­naev at the same time in 2011, accord­ing to the FBI.

    The three were not accused of any involve­ment in the bomb­ing itself. But in a foot­note in the court papers, the FBI said that about a month before the bomb­ing, Tsar­naev told Tazhayakov and Kadyr­bayev that he knew how to make a bomb.

    Inves­ti­ga­tors have not said whether the pres­sure cooker bombs used in the attacks were made with gun­pow­der extracted from fireworks.

    If con­victed, Kadyr­bayev and Tazhayakov could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Philli­pos faces a max­i­mum of eight years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.

    Author­i­ties allege that on the night of April 18, after the FBI released surveillance-camera pho­tos of the bomb­ing sus­pects and the three men sus­pected their friend was one of them, they went to Tsarnaev’s dorm room.

    Before Tsarnaev’s room­mate let them in, Kadyr­bayev showed Tazhayakov a text mes­sage from Tsar­naev that read: “I’m about to leave if you need some­thing in my room take it,” accord­ing to the FBI.

    When Tazhayakov learned of the mes­sage, “he believed he would never see Tsar­naev alive again,” the FBI said in the affidavit.

    It was not clear from the court papers whether author­i­ties believe that was an instruc­tion from Tsar­naev to his friends to destroy evidence.

    Once inside Tsarnaev’s room, the men noticed a back­pack con­tain­ing fire­works, which had been opened and emp­tied of pow­der, the FBI said.

    The FBI said that Kadyr­bayev knew when he saw the empty fire­works that Tsar­naev was involved in the bomb­ings and decided to remove the back­pack from the room “in order to help his friend Tsar­naev avoid trouble.”

    Kadyr­bayev also decided to remove Tsarnaev’s lap­top “because he did not want Tsarnaev’s room­mate to think he was steal­ing or behav­ing sus­pi­ciously by just tak­ing the back­pack,” the FBI said in court papers.

    After the three men returned to Kadyrbayev’s and Tazhayakov’s apart­ment with the back­pack and com­puter, they watched news reports fea­tur­ing pho­tographs of Tsarnaev.

    The FBI affi­davit said Kadyr­bayev told author­i­ties the three men then “col­lec­tively decided to throw the back­pack and fire­works into the trash because they did not want Tsar­naev to get into trouble.”

    Kadyr­bayev said he placed the back­pack and fire­works along with trash from the apart­ment into a large trash bag and threw it into a garbage bin near the men’s apartment.

    When the back­pack was later found in a land­fill last week, inside it was a UMass-Dartmouth home­work assign­ment sheet from a class Tsar­naev was tak­ing, the FBI said.

    Kadyr­bayev and Tazhayakov lived at an off-campus apart­ment in New Bed­ford, about 60 miles south of Boston, and got around in a car reg­is­tered to Kadyr­bayev with a sou­venir plate that read “Ter­ror­ista (hash)1.” The car was pic­tured on Tsarnaev’s Twit­ter feed in March.

    The plate was a gag gift from some of Kadyrbayev’s friends, meant to invoke his pen­chant for late-night par­ty­ing rather than his polit­i­cal sen­ti­ments, a lawyer for Kadyr­bayev said last week.

    ...

    Another bit of info on the arrested friends: The one with the “Ter­ror­ista #1″ nov­elty license plate for his BMW appears to have owned a num­ber of BMW’s dur­ing his time in the US:

    Tsar­naev friends had money and ‘Ter­ror­ista #1′ license plate, class­mate says

    By Miranda Leitsinger, Tom Win­ter and Erin McClam, NBC News

    Two of the three peo­ple newly arrested in the Boston Marathon inves­ti­ga­tion are Kazakh friends of Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, and one drove a BMW with a nov­elty license plate that said “Ter­ror­ista #1,” accord­ing to peo­ple who knew them.

    ...

    Both Kazakh men are 19 and were in the United States on stu­dent visas, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said.

    Stephen Troio, who said he lived on the same dorm floor as the two men dur­ing his fresh­man year in 2011, said that they showed “lack of emo­tion” and “lack of per­son­al­ity” and that noth­ing stood out about them but the BMW.

    “They did have a lot of money,” Troio told NBC News. “He wrecked like three Beam­ers and then bought another one.”

    Trevor Berry, 20, who took a cal­cu­lus course with Tazhayakov, said the Kazakh was friendly with Tsar­naev and that the two could be spot­ted din­ing together on cam­pus. “They were pretty close as far as I can tell,” he said.

    Berry said that Tazhayakov was “much more quiet than Dzhokhar,” but was once “really flus­tered” over a low grade he’d got­ten in cal­cu­lus class.

    The two men were taken into cus­tody over immi­gra­tion vio­la­tions last week. Kadyrbayev’s lawyer, Robert Stahl, told The Asso­ci­ated Press then that they were hor­ri­fied by the marathon bombing.

    “They can’t even fathom some­thing like this from a kid who seemed to be a typ­i­cal young col­lege stu­dent,” he said.

    ...

    A neigh­bor in New Bed­ford said Wednes­day that the Kaza­khs were quiet and polite, and would even help car­ry­ing gro­ceries inside. They had par­ties, the neigh­bor said, includ­ing one that police were called to at 3 a.m.

    ...

    A Face­book page in the name of Aza­mat Tazhayakov lists him as a UMass-Dartmouth stu­dent and as a mem­ber of the Class of 2011 at a Kazakh school, Miras Inter­na­tional School Astana. It lists his home­town as Atyrau, says he speaks Russ­ian and lists Rihanna, Bey­once and Enimem as musi­cians he likes.

    A Face­book page in the name of Dias Kadyr­bayev shows him vaca­tion­ing in Fort Laud­erdale, Fla., and palling around with friends.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 1, 2013, 2:08 pm
  2. Worth not­ing...:

    Report: Moscow spy saga tied to Boston bomb­ing case
    Doug Stan­glin, USATODAY 10:43 a.m. EDT May 15, 2013
    A U.S. diplo­mat was expelled for allegedly try­ing to recruit a senior Russ­ian anti-terrorism official.

    The U.S. diplo­mat expelled for allegedly spy­ing for the CIA was try­ing to recruit a senior Russ­ian intel­li­gence offi­cer involved with fight­ing ter­ror­ism in the North Cau­ca­sus, the region linked to the sus­pects in the Boston bomb­ing case, the Russ­ian news­pa­per Kom­m­er­san reported, quot­ing Russ­ian secu­rity ser­vice sources.

    The Russ­ian For­eign Min­istry declared Ryan Fogle, a third sec­re­tary in the U.S. Embassy’s polit­i­cal sec­tion, per­sona non grata on Wednes­day and ordered him to leave the coun­try. He was detained by offi­cers of the Russ­ian Fed­eral Secu­rity Ser­vice (FSB) Mon­day night.

    Kom­m­er­sant, quot­ing “par­tic­i­pants of the spe­cial oper­a­tion,” said Fogle “was try­ing to recruit an FSB offi­cer in charge of the fight against ter­ror­ism in the North Cau­ca­sus.”

    Russ­ian state tele­vi­sion aired footage Wednes­day from Russia’s secu­rity ser­vices claim­ing that another alleged Amer­i­can spy was expelled ear­lier this year.

    In the footage, a man sit­ting in near dark­ness who was iden­ti­fied only as an FSB oper­a­tive said a “CIA oper­a­tive” was expelled in Jan­u­ary. He said the FSB then asked its U.S. coun­ter­parts to halt this “dis­turb­ing activity.”

    The man also claimed the Rus­sians had been shad­ow­ing Fogle since he began his Moscow post­ing in 2011.There was no imme­di­ate way for the Asso­ci­ated Press to con­firm that the per­son in the video was indeed an FSB operative.

    ...

    Kom­m­er­sant quoted the sources as say­ing the Amer­i­cans appar­ently got the phone num­bers of Russ­ian anti-terrorism offi­cials dur­ing meet­ings about the April 15 Boston bombings.

    ...

    Last year, when Tamer­lan took a six-month trip to the Russ­ian repub­lic of Dages­tan, where he par­ents had once again re-settled, Russ­ian offi­cials twice exchanged mes­sages with first the FBI, then the CIA, inquir­ing about Tamer­lan and any pos­si­ble ties to extremists.

    The FBI met with Tamer­lan but deter­mined that he was not a ter­ror threat. The U.S. sought to find out why the Rus­sians were inquir­ing about Tamer­lan, but received no addi­tional infor­ma­tion from the Rus­sians, accord­ing to U.S. officials.

    Dur­ing his trip to Rus­sia, Tamer­lan spent most of his time in Dages­tan, where his par­ents were liv­ing, and Chechnya.

    After the bomb­ing, U.S. diplo­mats and FBI agents from Moscow trav­eled to Makhachkala, cap­i­tal of Dages­tan, to inter­view Anzor and Zubei­dat Tsar­naev, the sus­pects’ par­ents. It was not clear from the Kom­m­er­sant report whether Fogle was one of the diplomats.

    The news­pa­per reported that the Amer­i­can side sought to take advan­tage of their meet­ings with Russ­ian anti-terrorism forces “to estab­lish per­sonal con­tacts” in an effort to bypass bureau­cratic delays that often crop up through nor­mal channels.

    The news­pa­per said Fogle allegedly called one senior Russ­ian intel­li­gence offi­cial — the alleged recruit­ment tar­get — twice on a cell phone “per­sis­tently seek­ing a per­sonal meet­ing.” It was dur­ing a pur­ported meet­ing that Fogle was detained.

    ...

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 15, 2013, 8:54 am
  3. An FBI agent was inter­view­ing one of the Chenchen mixed mar­tial arts fight­ers that Tamer­lan trained with. It didn’t end well:

    WESH.com

    Orlando man killed by FBI had ties to Boston Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect, NBC News con­firms
    Man knew Boston bomb­ing sus­pect Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, friend says

    UPDATED 10:07 AM EDT May 22, 2013

    ORLANDO, Fla. —An FBI agent shot and killed a man overnight in Orlando who had ties to one of the sus­pects in the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, NBC News has confirmed.

    Accord­ing to NBC News, a spe­cial agent was inter­view­ing the sus­pect regard­ing his con­nec­tions to bomb­ing sus­pect Tamer­lan Tsar­naev and other extrem­ists. The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied by the FBI as Ibragim Toda­shev, was orig­i­nally coop­er­a­tive, but he was shot after attack­ing the agent, NBC News reported.

    A friend of Toda­shev, Khusn Taramiv, said Toda­shev, 27, was being inves­ti­gated as part of the Boston bomb­ings and knew Tsar­naev because both were MMA fighters.

    Taramiv claims he and Toda­shev were inter­viewed by the FBI for nearly three hours on Tuesday.

    “(The FBI) took me and my friend, (Ibragim Toda­shev). They were talk­ing to us, both of us, right? And they said they need him for a lit­tle more, for a cou­ple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back,” Taramiv said.

    “He felt inside he was going to get shot,” Taramiv said about Toda­shev. “I told him, ‘Every­thing is going to be fine, don’t worry about it.’ He said, ‘I have a really bad feeling.’”

    Taramiv said he left the inter­view, and when he came back to the apart­ments, he found that there had been a shooting.

    “I was com­pletely shocked. I still can’t believe it, you know what I mean?” he said.

    Taramiv said Toda­shev gave him his par­ents’ phone num­ber in case he got arrested.

    The shoot­ing hap­pened at the Wind­hover Con­do­mini­ums on Kirk­man Road near Con­roy Road.

    The FBI said it will send a post-shooting inci­dent review team from Wash­ing­ton and will arrive in Orlando on Wednes­day or Thursday.

    ...

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 22, 2013, 6:38 am
  4. A cou­ple more bits of info have trick­led in on the shoot­ing of Ibragim Toda­shev. First, it appears that he was shot in the head:

    Gawker
    FBI Says Ibragim Toda­shev Was About to Sign a Confession

    FBI
    Max Rivlin-Nadler Today 7:45am

    Ibragim Toda­shev, the first player in Wednesday’s strange day of ter­ror­ism and then racism (ahead of Obama’s big talk on ter­ror­ism today) was appar­ently about to sign a con­fes­sion to the 2011 triple mur­der in Mass­a­chu­setts when he “just went crazy.”

    One FBI agent received minor abra­sions from the knife attack, which was stopped when Toda­shev was shot in the head. The FBI is say­ing this was only moments before Toda­shev was going to sign a con­fes­sion that would have impli­cated both him and sus­pected Boston Marathon bomber Tamer­lan Tsar­naev in the 2011 triple homicide.

    Reniya Manukyan, the estranged wife of Toda­shev, said her hus­band “had noth­ing to hide” and was coop­er­at­ing fully with the FBI over the course of sev­eral weeks as they repeat­edly inter­viewed him.

    ...

    “The agent, two Mass­achusetts State Police troop­ers, and other law enforce­ment per­son­nel were inter­view­ing (Toda­shev) ... when a vio­lent con­fronta­tion was ini­ti­ated by the indi­vid­ual,” the FBI said after the attack. “... The indi­vid­ual was killed and the agent sus­tained non-life threat­en­ing ?injuries.”

    The FBI has sent a team of inves­ti­ga­tors to look into the fatal shoot­ing. The inves­ti­ga­tors will look into just how a man who was being inter­viewed for sev­eral hours came to pos­sess a knife, and why, even with sev­eral offi­cers (and other uniden­ti­fied law enforce­ment per­son­nel) in the room with a sus­pected mur­derer with ter­ror­ist con­nec­tions, lethal force was used to stop a knife attack.

    There was also a report out yes­ter­day sug­gest­ing that inves­ti­ga­tors were retract­ing the asser­tion that he attacked with a knife at all. So the inves­ti­ga­tion into why lethal force was used against a man with a knife could get com­pli­cated:

    Man Shot by FBI Had Ties to Boston Bomb­ing Suspect

    By KYLE HIGHTOWER Asso­ci­ated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. May 23, 2013 (AP)

    A Chechen immi­grant shot to death in Florida after an alter­ca­tion with an FBI agent impli­cated him­self in a triple slay­ing that offi­cials believe may have been con­nected to Boston Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, author­i­ties said.

    Ibragim Todashev’s Chechen roots and mixed mar­tial arts back­ground mir­ror that of Tsar­naev, the 26-year-old Boston bomb­ing sus­pect killed in a shootout with police days after the April 15 ter­ror­ist attack. The two also had lived in the Boston area.

    Toda­shev, a 27-year-old mixed mar­tial arts fighter, was fatally shot early Wednes­day at his Orlando home dur­ing a meet­ing with the agent and two Mass­a­chu­setts state troop­ers, author­i­ties said. The agent was taken to a hos­pi­tal with injuries that were not life-threatening.

    Three law enforce­ment offi­cials, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, said ini­tially that Toda­shev had lunged at the FBI agent with a knife. How­ever, two of those offi­cials said later in the day it was no longer clear what had hap­pened. The third offi­cial had not received any new information.

    ...

    Yep.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 23, 2013, 6:48 am
  5. The father of Ibragim Toda­shev is report­edly close to Chechen pres­i­dent Ramzan Kady­rov, the for­mer rebel leader turned pro-Kremlin anti-Wahhabist Islamist strong­man. So Tamerlan’s part­ner in the triple mur­ders appar­ently involved the son of a man close to the for­mer rebel leader/current present of Chech­nya. At this point I guess this all shouldn’t be sur­pris­ing given the twists and turns in this case, but it still sort of is:

    Father of Chechen shot by FBI sus­pects son was tortured

    GROZNY, Rus­sia | Thu May 23, 2013 2:56pm EDT

    (Reuters) — The father of a Chechen immi­grant killed dur­ing ques­tion­ing over his links with one of the Boston Marathon bomb­ings sus­pects said on Thurs­day he plans to travel to the United States where he sus­pects his son was tor­tured and killed.

    Ibragim Toda­shev, 27, was killed by a fed­eral agent in his apart­ment com­plex when he became vio­lent dur­ing ques­tion­ing over his ties to Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, the older of two broth­ers sus­pected of plant­ing two bombs at the marathon on April 15.

    “I sus­pect that they tor­tured my son and that he suf­fered a painful death,” said Abdul­baki Toda­shev, wip­ing away tears at the home he shares with one of his wives in the mostly Mus­lim region of Chech­nya in Russia’s North Caucasus.

    “I will try to go to (the United States) and get to the truth,” he said as he received neigh­bors and acquain­tances pay­ing their respects to the dead man, the old­est of 12 chil­dren between his father’s two wives.

    Toda­shev had met the Tsar­naevs when he trav­elled to the United States to improve his Eng­lish, said his father, who works in the mayor’s office in Chechnya’s main city of Grozny and is said to be on close terms with regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

    He said he gave his per­mis­sion when his son asked to stay in the United States because he said it was safer than Chech­nya, where sep­a­ratists waged two wars with Rus­sia after the fall of the Soviet Union and mil­i­tants still fight for an Islamic state.

    Toda­shev trav­elled to the United States in 2008 on a Russ­ian pass­port, a fed­eral law enforce­ment source said, and lived in Boston before mov­ing to Florida, where he was killed. His father said he had a plane ticket to return to Rus­sia on Friday.

    “He shouldn’t have left. He lived com­fort­ably and his mother was very wor­ried about him because he was the old­est in the fam­ily and she was used to him being a model for the oth­ers,” said a neigh­bor, Malika, who refused to give her last name.

    The FBI agent who shot Toda­shev, who also prac­ticed mixed mar­tial arts, has not been pub­licly iden­ti­fied but is from the agency’s Boston divi­sion, the Orlando Sen­tinel reported.

    U.S. media reported that Toda­shev impli­cated him­self and Tamer­lan Tsar­naev in an unsolved 2011 triple homi­cide in a Boston sub­urb that inves­ti­ga­tors believe was drug related. Author­i­ties were inves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble con­nec­tions between Tsar­naev and the crime.

    ...

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 23, 2013, 12:09 pm
  6. Deep in this arti­cle is a damned good expla­na­tion of (partly) why rad­i­cal Repub­li­cans are court­ing rad­i­cal Islam.

    Most of the story details how the Tsar­naev fam­ily was trau­ma­tized by war and relo­ca­tion, and eludes to med­dling by The Jamestown Foun­da­tion and other U.S. NGO’s.

    The entire arti­cle requires a sub­scrip­tion, but I will post the entire text if requested.

    The impor­tant part of this excerpt is about Gra­ham Fuller and rad­i­cal free-market politics:

    https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/chechnyan-power/efb0aacac87b007ee9ddf378092e40af1cdff786/

    Chech­nyan Power
    By Mark Ames

    (excerpt)

    “Uncle Rus­lan rep­re­sented the pos­i­tive side of the Amer­i­can Dream for the Tsar­naev extended clan. Uncle Rus­lan had a knack for mak­ing all the right choices; Anzor, not so much.

    In 1995, the same year Anzor Tsar­naev fled Chech­nya with his fam­ily and returned to Kyr­gyzs­tan, his younger brother Rus­lan was work­ing as a con­sul­tant for Arthur Ander­son on a USAID con­tract to develop cap­i­tal mar­kets struc­tures in Kaza­khstan, whose huge untapped oil reserves were the source of an unde­clared pipeline war that I wrote about in my last series of arti­cles. In the late 1990s, Uncle Rus­lan joined the Kazakh office of Amer­i­can law firm Salans Hertzfeld, where he ser­viced multi­na­tional oil com­pa­nies tap­ping into Kazakhstan’s rich oil, gas and min­eral resources.

    Uncle Rus­lan mar­ried into geopo­lit­i­cal roy­alty — Susan Fuller, the daugh­ter of one of the most pow­er­ful CIA Cold War fig­ures, Gra­ham Fuller. Tamer­lan and Dzhokhar’s father, on the hand, mar­ried a crazy Avar from Dages­tan — at least, that’s how Uncle Rus­lan put it in no uncer­tain terms, and with some jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, accord­ing to peo­ple whom I’ve spo­ken to who knew Zubei­dat Tsar­naeva, and accord­ing to numer­ous other reports.

    ***Uncle Ruslan’s father-in-law, Gra­ham Fuller, had been forced into retire­ment from the CIA in the late 1980s over his role in the Iran-Contra scan­dal. Although never con­victed of a crime, Gra­ham Fuller has been named as the archi­tect of the pol­icy ratio­nale used to jus­tify the Iran-Contra oper­a­tion, under which US arms were ille­gally sold to Aya­tol­lah Khomeini’s armed forces. Prof­its from those ille­gal arms sales were used to make ille­gal arms pur­chases for the CIA-backed Con­tra forces fight­ing in Nicaragua.

    At Har­vard, Gra­ham Fuller stud­ied under Zbig­niew Brzezin­ski, chair­man of the Amer­i­can Com­mit­tee for Peace in Chech­nya. In 1978, when Brzezin­ski was Jimmy Carter’s token Cold War hawk in the White House, Gra­ham Fuller served as CIA sta­tion chief in Kabul, where Brzezin­ski hatched his now-famous plot to sow chaos in Afghanistan and draw in a costly Soviet invasion.

    Fuller later explained:

    “I was inter­ested in under­stand­ing the soft under­belly of the Soviet Union, which is why I wanted to serve in Afghanistan.“
    The 1978 coup in Afghanistan, Fuller’s last year in Kabul, sparked a series of vio­lent back­lashes and power-struggles that even­tu­ally drew in the hoped-for Soviet inva­sion in late 1979.

    Fuller comes from that fac­tion of CIA Cold War­riors who believed (and still appar­ently believe) that fun­da­men­tal­ist Islam, even in its rad­i­cal jihadi form, does not pose a threat to the West, for the sim­ple rea­son that fun­da­men­tal­ist Islam is con­ser­v­a­tive, against social jus­tice, against social­ism and redis­tri­b­u­tion of wealth, and in favor of hier­ar­chi­cal socio-economic struc­tures. Social­ism is the com­mon enemy to both cap­i­tal­ist Amer­ica and to Wah­habi Islam, accord­ing to Fuller.

    Accord­ing to jour­nal­ist Robert Drey­fuss’ book “Devil’s Game,” Fuller explained his attrac­tion to rad­i­cal Islam in neoliberal/libertarian terms:

    “There is no main­stream Islamic organization...with rad­i­cal social views,” he wrote. “Clas­si­cal Islamic the­ory envis­ages the role of the state as lim­ited to facil­i­tat­ing the well-being of mar­kets and mer­chants rather than con­trol­ling them. Islamists have always pow­er­fully objected to social­ism and communism....Islam has never had prob­lems with the idea that wealth is unevenly dis­trib­uted.“
    Some peo­ple who have come across the incred­i­ble coin­ci­dence of all these high-powered CIA names and the Chechen Tsar­naevs as proof of some sort of Masonic con­spir­acy. Most jour­nal­ists are already freaked out enough by the sim­plest details of the Boston Marathon bomb­ing and the FBI mur­der of Ibragim Toda­shev dur­ing his inter­ro­ga­tion. They don’t want to go any­where near this.

    As I’ve argued already, I think there’s a far sim­pler and more obvi­ous expla­na­tion for this: Chech­nya is a small land, its peo­ple num­ber just over a mil­lion. In the United States, there are only a few hun­dred Chechen polit­i­cal refugees, maybe a few thou­sand immi­grants at most. Yet the region they come from has been, since the end of the Cold War, the real ground zero of a major geopo­lit­i­cal and energy resource bat­tle between the West, Rus­sia and the Gulf King­doms. By the law of aver­ages, in a world as small and impor­tant as Chechen sep­a­ratism and Caspian oil, coin­ci­dences like this are made far more likely than most peo­ple understand.”

    Posted by Swamp | June 14, 2013, 6:41 am
  7. What hap­pens in Florida stays in Florida:

    Boston Globe
    Fla. offi­cials won’t inves­ti­gate Toda­shev death
    By Maria Sac­chetti
    | Globe Staff

    July 31, 2013

    Florida’s law enforce­ment com­mis­sioner has refused to inves­ti­gate the fatal shoot­ing of a Chechen man in Orlando by a Boston FBI agent, days after the top pros­e­cu­tor in Mass­a­chu­setts also declined to look into the case.

    ...

    “If Mass­a­chu­setts state offi­cials have the author­ity to send law enforce­ment offi­cers out of state to inves­ti­gate crimes, then it’s unclear why state offi­cials wouldn’t have the author­ity to inves­ti­gate what those offi­cers do,” said Carol Rose, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the ACLU of Mass­a­chu­setts. “After all, the gov­ern­ing prin­ci­ple of this state isn’t ‘what hap­pens in Vegas stays in Vegas.’?”

    Howard Simon, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the ACLU of Florida, said Bailey’s refusal to inves­ti­gate makes it likely that Todashev’s fam­ily will have to file a law­suit to find out how he died.

    “It is extremely dis­ap­point­ing, given the incom­pat­i­ble and incon­sis­tent expla­na­tions com­ing from the FBI, that the Florida Depart­ment of Law Enforce­ment would defer to them, allow­ing the only inves­ti­ga­tion to be the FBI inves­ti­gat­ing itself,” Simon said. “A per­son was killed at the hands of law enforce­ment in Florida, and our state’s gov­ern­ment has cho­sen to evade their respon­si­bil­ity to explain to the peo­ple of Florida how that happened.”

    Todashev’s fam­ily and friends and the Coun­cil on American-Islamic Rela­tions have also called for an inde­pen­dent inquiry into his death. The coun­cil has urged the Depart­ment of Justice’s Civil Rights Divi­sion to inves­ti­gate, say­ing in a let­ter to the depart­ment in June: “It seems unlikely that the agents were jus­ti­fied in using deadly force against a sin­gle unarmed suspect.”

    Shoot­ings by FBI agents are typ­i­cally inves­ti­gated only by the FBI with the Jus­tice Depart­ment, but inde­pen­dent inquiries are not unprece­dented. The Michi­gan attor­ney gen­eral and the Dear­born police con­ducted their own inves­ti­ga­tions into the 2009 shoot­ing of a Detroit imam by the FBI. Both inquiries found no evi­dence of wrong­do­ing by the agents.

    In con­trast to past shoot­ings involv­ing FBI agents, how­ever, the FBI has refused to divulge details of the Toda­shev case over the past two months.

    Instead, con­flict­ing reports about what led the agent to shoot Toda­shev have emerged in news reports. Some said that Toda­shev was armed with a blade. Another said he was unarmed. Still another said that Toda­shev attacked the agent with a pole or a broomstick.

    Toda­shev was allegedly about to sign a con­fes­sion impli­cat­ing Tsar­naev and him in a 2011 triple slay­ing in Waltham, accord­ing to news reports. Tsar­naev, 26, died after a police shootout days after the Marathon bomb­ings. His brother, Dzhokhar, is fac­ing fed­eral charges in the explosions.

    In addi­tion to its refusal to pro­vide details on the Toda­shev case, the FBI has also barred the med­ical exam­iner from reveal­ing the cause of death.

    Immi­gra­tion offi­cials have also detained Todashev’s for­mer room­mate and a poten­tial wit­ness, Tatiana Gruzdeva, for immi­gra­tion vio­la­tions since May 16. At a hear­ing later that month that was not dis­closed to the pub­lic, a fed­eral immi­gra­tion judge ordered the 19-year-old Gruzdeva to return to Rus­sia by July 1 and ordered her to remain jailed until she left. US Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment, a Home­land Secu­rity agency, later extended her stay 30 days.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 1, 2013, 7:18 am
  8. Uh...:

    The New York Times
    F.B.I. Said to Con­clude It Could Not Have Averted Boston Attack
    By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    Pub­lished: August 1, 2013

    WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. has con­cluded that there was lit­tle its agents could have done to pre­vent the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, accord­ing to law enforce­ment offi­cials, reject­ing crit­i­cism that it could have bet­ter mon­i­tored one of the sus­pects before the attack.

    That con­clu­sion is based on sev­eral inter­nal reviews that exam­ined how the bureau han­dled a request from a Russ­ian intel­li­gence agency in 2011 to inves­ti­gate whether one of the sus­pects, Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, had been rad­i­cal­ized dur­ing his time in the United States.

    ...

    F.B.I. offi­cials often review how the bureau has han­dled inves­ti­ga­tions after attacks, and they have some­times acknowl­edged mistakes.

    After the 2009 Fort Hood shoot­ing, which left 13 peo­ple dead, the crit­i­cism of the F.B.I. was far more pointed. The F.B.I. appointed one of its for­mer direc­tors, William H. Web­ster, to con­duct a for­mal review into how the bureau han­dled its inves­ti­ga­tion of the gun­man before and after the attack.

    That review, which found that the bureau had made mis­takes in han­dling intel­li­gence infor­ma­tion, resulted in rec­om­men­da­tions for changes that the F.B.I. could make to its infor­ma­tion shar­ing and training.

    In the Boston case, the F.B.I. has no plans to appoint an inves­ti­ga­tor to exam­ine its pro­ce­dures. But inspec­tors gen­eral from four fed­eral agen­cies, includ­ing the Jus­tice Depart­ment, said that they would be work­ing together on their own inves­ti­ga­tion into how the gov­ern­ment han­dled intel­li­gence before the attack. The F.B.I. has been coop­er­at­ing with the inspec­tor gen­er­als by giv­ing them inves­tiga­tive files and the oppor­tu­nity to inter­view agents.

    A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to com­ment, cit­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion by the inspec­tors general.

    ...

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 1, 2013, 12:43 pm
  9. Shock­ing:

    5 August 2013 Last updated at 00:21 ET
    Tamer­lan Tsar­naev had right-wing extrem­ist lit­er­a­ture
    By Hilary Ander­s­son BBC News, Washington

    One of the broth­ers sus­pected of car­ry­ing out the Boston bomb­ings was in pos­ses­sion of right-wing Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture in the run-up to the attack, BBC Panorama has learnt.

    Tamer­lan Tsar­naev sub­scribed to pub­li­ca­tions espous­ing white supremacy and gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy theories.

    He also had read­ing mate­r­ial on mass killings.

    Until now the Tsar­naev broth­ers were widely per­ceived as just self-styled rad­i­cal jihadists.

    Panorama has spent months speak­ing exclu­sively with friends of the bombers to try to under­stand the roots of their radicalisation.

    ‘Gov­ern­ment conspiracies’

    The pro­gramme dis­cov­ered that Tamer­lan Tsar­naev pos­sessed arti­cles which argued that both 9/11 and the 1995 Okla­homa City bomb­ing were gov­ern­ment conspiracies.

    Another in his pos­ses­sion was about “the rape of our gun rights”.

    Read­ing mate­r­ial he had about white supremacy com­mented that “Hitler had a point”.

    Tamer­lan Tsar­naev also had lit­er­a­ture which explored what moti­vated mass killings and noted how the per­pe­tra­tors mur­dered and maimed calmly.

    There was also mate­r­ial about US drones killing civil­ians, and about the plight of those still impris­oned in Guan­tanamo Bay.

    ‘A Mus­lim of convenience’

    The Tsar­naev broth­ers, eth­nic Chechens, spent their early years mov­ing around a trou­bled region of Rus­sia torn by a vio­lent Islamic insurgency.

    But for the last decade they lived in Cam­bridge, near Boston.

    The broth­ers’ friends told us Tamer­lan turned against the coun­try and became pas­sion­ate about Islam after becom­ing frus­trated when his box­ing career fal­tered because he did not have Amer­i­can citizenship.

    Their friends wouldn’t all speak openly because they were afraid of being wrongly viewed as asso­ci­ated with terrorism.

    ‘Mike’ spent a lot of time in the broth­ers’ flat.

    “He (Tamer­lan) just didn’t like Amer­ica. He felt like Amer­ica was just basi­cally attack­ing all Mid­dle East­ern countries…you know try­ing to take their oil.”

    A spokesper­son for Tamerlan’s mosque in Cam­bridge, Nicole Mossalam, said Tamer­lan only prayed there occa­sion­ally. She por­trayed him as an angry young man who latched onto Islam.

    “As far con­nect­ing with the Islamic com­mu­nity here, to actu­ally pray­ing, being involved, doing acts of charity….all of those were pretty much lacking.

    “I would say he was just a Mus­lim of con­ve­nience,” she said.

    Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, Tamerlan’s younger brother who has been charged with the bomb­ings, scrawled a note shortly before his cap­ture stat­ing “We Mus­lims are one body. You hurt one you hurt us all.”

    The broth­ers had been read­ing mil­i­tant Islamic web­sites before the bombings.

    Friends say the younger brother smoked copi­ous amounts of pot and rarely prayed.

    ‘Tito’ told us Dzhokhar’s older brother dom­i­nated him and didn’t approve of his “party lifestyle”.

    “He (Dzhokhar) was intim­i­dated, that would prob­a­bly be the best word. He took him very seri­ously. He was an authority.”

    ...

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 5, 2013, 6:43 am
  10. @Pterrafractyl–

    Not only does this not sur­prise me, but I would have bet that such a con­nec­tion existed–IF I were a gambler.

    4/15/2013–Tax day and Patriot’s Day, a Mass­a­chu­setts state holiday.

    Islamists and neo-Nazis have car­ried on the tra­di­tion of Nazi/Islamist col­lab­o­ra­tion dat­ing back to the days of the Grand Mufti.

    Keep up the great work!

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | August 5, 2013, 4:30 pm
  11. And now we have a new “Misha”-like fig­ure in Tamerlan’s life: an elderly dis­abled man, Don­ald Lark­ing, that hired the fam­ily for day to day help in 2010. Lark­ing was report­edly a fan of pub­li­ca­tions like the Amer­i­can Free Press. Tamer­lan and Lark­ing became quite close, with Tamer­lan fre­quently tak­ing Mr. Lark­ing to the Cam­bridge mosque ‘to get of the house’. Note that Tamer­lan report­edly already met Misha and devel­oped an inter­est on obtain­ing a copy of the Prot­cols of the Elders of Zion back in 2008/2009, so Tamerlan’s expe­ri­ence with Mr. Lark­ing would have built on that prior inter­est in far-right thought.

    The Wall Street Jour­nal
    Updated August 6, 2013, 7:25 a.m. ET

    Boston Bomb­ing Sus­pect Was Steeped in Con­spir­a­cies
    Extrem­ist Pub­li­ca­tions Found at Tamer­lan Tsarnaev’s Home Go Beyond Rad­i­cal Islam
    By ALAN CULLISON

    BOSTON—Extremist U.S. news­pa­pers and other pub­li­ca­tions found in the apart­ment of Boston Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect Tamer­lan Tsar­naev reveal a broad inter­est in far-flung con­spir­acy the­o­ries, well beyond the Islamist rad­i­cal­ism author­i­ties allege moti­vated the attack.

    Mr. Tsar­naev dis­cov­ered some of the rad­i­cal pub­li­ca­tions by chance. He had worked car­ing for a 67-year-old man who passed on the news­pa­pers and his fringe beliefs long before Mr. Tsar­naev and his brother allegedly set off explo­sives that killed three peo­ple and injured hun­dreds more.

    Tamer­lan Tsar­naev was 26 years old when he died on April 19 in a fire­fight with police. His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, has pleaded not guilty to fed­eral charges. The broth­ers are also sus­pected of killing a police officer.

    The pre­vi­ously unre­ported con­nec­tion between Mr. Tsar­naev and the elderly man adds a new com­plex­ity to a case that author­i­ties have described as home­grown ter­ror­ism. Although inves­ti­ga­tors say the immi­grant broth­ers built their bombs with the help of an al Qaeda online mag­a­zine, the lives of the two men had become largely Americanized.

    Mr. Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubei­dat Tsar­naev, had tried to make ends meet for her fam­ily by work­ing as a home health aide after the fam­ily arrived in the U.S. in 2003. One of her clients in 2010 was Don­ald Lark­ing of New­ton, Mass., who was dis­abled after he was shot in the face nearly 40 years ago in the rob­bery of a con­ve­nience store where he worked.

    Mr. Lark­ing mirac­u­lously sur­vived, but peo­ple close to the fam­ily said his fac­ul­ties didn’t. He was intrigued with far-flung con­spir­a­cies, they said. He sub­scribed to news­pa­pers and jour­nals that doubted the Holo­caust and described the attacks of Sept. 11, Okla­homa City and the New­town school as plots by unseen elites, and the U.S. and Israeli governments.

    Mr. Lark­ing couldn’t be inter­viewed, said his lawyer, Jason Rosen­berg. The shoot­ing dam­aged the exec­u­tive func­tion area of Mr. Larking’s brain, he said, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for his client to make deci­sions and impair­ing “his aware­ness of the real­i­ties of the world.”

    Ms. Tsar­naev began ask­ing Tamer­lan Tsar­naev or his brother to care for Mr. Lark­ing when she wasn’t avail­able to work. Mr. Larking’s wife, Rose­mary, a quad­ri­plegic, also needed help at home. Mr. Tsar­naev seemed to have found a kin­dred spirit in Mr. Lark­ing. They became friends and had ani­mated talks about pol­i­tics, peo­ple close to the Lark­ing fam­ily said.

    Mr. Lark­ing also gave him his read­ings, they said. A Wall Street Jour­nal reporter recently vis­ited Mr. Tsarnaev’s apart­ment in Cam­bridge, Mass. and read a stack of news­pa­pers, mostly bor­rowed from Mr. Lark­ing, that allege nefar­i­ous conspiracies.

    The papers included The First Free­dom, an Alabama-based news­pa­per that espouses “equal rights for whites” and whose web­sites fea­tures a Con­fed­er­ate flag. Another was The Sov­er­eign, a New York-based pub­li­ca­tion that alleges the U.S. is under the sway of Israeli lob­by­ists, and that Israel and the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity were “deeply involved” in the Boston bomb­ings. Nei­ther paper returned requests for comment.

    Mr. Tsar­naev got his own sub­scrip­tion to Amer­i­can Free Press, a paper that the South­ern Law Poverty Cen­ter said pro­motes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries. A spokes­woman for the paper denied it had such an agenda, say­ing the paper pub­lishes “news that the estab­lished media won’t.” She con­firmed that some­one bought Mr. Tsar­naev a “get acquainted” 16-week sub­scrip­tion in Decem­ber. It expired in April, at about the time of the Boston Marathon attack.

    Gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tors say Islamist rad­i­cal­ism was Mr. Tsarnaev’s motive in plant­ing explo­sives near the fin­ish line of the race. He fre­quented jihadi web­sites, author­i­ties said, and he and his brother built their pressure-cooker bombs with the help of al Qaeda’s online mag­a­zine Inspire, which pub­lished an arti­cle titled “How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”

    “They were jihadi auto­di­dacts and no one per­son shaped all their think­ing,” said Bruce Hoff­man, direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Secu­rity Stud­ies at George­town Uni­ver­sity in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. “Their read­ings are going to be a lot more eclec­tic than some­one sit­ting with like-minded ter­ror­ists at a camp somewhere.”

    The Fed­eral Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion declined to com­ment for this article.

    Ter­ror experts said extrem­ist U.S. lit­er­a­ture and Islamist read­ings may reach vastly dif­fer­ent audi­ences but the themes are largely the same. Both sug­gest wide-ranging plots by the U.S. and Israeli gov­ern­ments; that time is run­ning out before an intended apoc­a­lypse, and heroes must act before it is too late.

    Mary Ellen O’Toole, a for­mer pro­filer for the FBI, said she doubted that Mr. Tsarnaev’s extrem­ist Amer­i­can read­ings would have formed his opin­ions but they could have reaf­firmed them.

    ...

    His for­mer brother-in-law, Elmzira Khozhugov, said Mr. Tsar­naev in 2008 was seek­ing out a copy of the Pro­to­cols. That year he took a sharp turn toward Islam, drop­ping his box­ing career and telling friends and fam­ily that it was un-Islamic to punch any­one in the face, fam­ily and friends said.

    Mr. Khozhugov recalled how that year Mr. Tsar­naev vis­ited him at col­lege in Wash­ing­ton state and they spent a week together. They watched the movie “Zeit­geist,” which called the Sept. 11 attacks a plot of power-hungry elites against the U.S.

    Mr. Tsar­naev was inter­ested in the so-called techno-utopian Zeit­geist move­ment, whose adher­ents believe in the com­ing col­lapse of money-based soci­ety and the advan­tages of an econ­omy man­aged by com­put­ers inca­pable of corruption.

    “He was fas­ci­nated with it, he was begin­ning to think that all sorts of things were con­nected by a con­spir­acy of some kind,” Mr. Khozhugov said. “If you had a con­ver­sa­tion with him, you’d get a feel­ing that he was still search­ing, and I’d get the idea that he was going in the wrong direction.”

    Mr. Tsarnaev’s uncle, Rus­lan Tsarni, said his nephew’s per­sonal set­backs may have also played a role in his turn to reli­gion and con­spir­a­cies. Mr. Tsar­naev had few prospects aca­d­e­m­i­cally or pro­fes­sion­ally. Before the bomb­ing, he was a stay-at-home father.

    The Lark­ings’ lawyer, Mr. Rosen­berg, said the Tsar­naev fam­ily grew close to the cou­ple. The father, Anzor, often came to work with his wife and told the Lark­ings, ” ‘If you ever have trou­ble with any­body, let me know and I’ll kill him. We Mus­lims don’t fool around,’ ” Mr. Rosen­berg said.

    Reached by phone in the Russ­ian province of Dages­tan, the elder Mr. Tsar­naev denied he ever use the word “kill” but said he reas­sured Rose­mary Lark­ing that he would defend the cou­ple “if any­one gave them any problems.”

    Anzor Tsar­naev said his son and Mr. Lark­ing became close because the younger man was raised to respect elderly people.

    “That’s the way he was taught, to take care of old peo­ple, the weak ones, for every­one,” said Mr. Tsar­naev, who insisted his sons were inno­cent and framed by a “crim­i­nal group.”

    Tamer­lan Tsar­naev also began tak­ing Mr. Lark­ing to the mosque in Cam­bridge, where wor­shipers noticed Mr. Tsar­naev gin­gerly escort­ing the older man. Mr. Lark­ing told wor­shipers at the mosque that Mr. Tsar­naev was his “close friend,” said Nicole Mossalam, a spokes­woman for the mosque.

    Mr. Rosen­berg said Mr. Lark­ing made fre­quent vis­its to the mosque as a way to “get away from the house.” He said he was able to say things to Mr. Tsar­naev with­out being told they were “wrong or untrue.”

    After the marathon bomb­ing, Mr. Rosen­berg said, Mr. Lark­ing rec­og­nized the two broth­ers in pho­tos cir­cu­lated by the FBI. Mr. Lark­ing imme­di­ately had a health aide call author­i­ties and iden­tify them.

    Mr. Lark­ing has since “sunken into depres­sion and anger,” Mr. Rosen­berg said. Mr. Lark­ing con­tin­ues to attend the Cam­bridge mosque and believes Mr. Tsar­naev was the vic­tim of a con­spir­acy, Mr. Rosen­berg said.

    Mr. Lark­ing is “in com­plete denial about what hap­pened,” said Ms. Mossalam, the mosque spokeswoman.

    “He is a vul­ner­a­ble mem­ber of our com­mu­nity and we want to make sure that every­one knows he is a very sweet and inno­cent man,” she said. “I don’t think that he ever thought that his views would ever cause any­one harm.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 6, 2013, 8:39 am
  12. Won­der how we missed this one?

    From Bloomberg News:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013–04-22/bombing-suspect-s-uncle-accused-kazakh-president-of-fraud.html

    Bomb­ing Suspect’s Uncle Accused Kazakh Pres­i­dent of Fraud
    By Erik Lar­son — Apr 22, 2013 9:14 PM PT .

    The uncle of the sus­pects in last week’s Boston Marathon bomb­ing told a Lon­don court in 2010 that Kaza­khstan Pres­i­dent Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev had over­seen the theft of state assets worth bil­lions of dollars.

    Rus­lan Tsarni, who is from Kyr­gyzs­tan, the for­mer Soviet repub­lic to the south of Kaza­khstan, worked “in var­i­ous capac­i­ties” with a closely knit net­work of asso­ciates led by Nazarbayev’s son-in-law from 2000 to 2008 that reg­u­larly engaged in fraud­u­lent busi­ness prac­tices, he said in a wit­ness state­ment to the High Court in Lon­don in Decem­ber 2010, when he was 39 years old. Tsarni said he moved to the U.S. in 2008 after work­ing for the Kazakh group. He is now a U.S. cit­i­zen liv­ing in Mont­gomery Vil­lage, Maryland.

    50:06 April 22 (Bloomberg) — White House Press Sec­re­tary Jay Car­ney talks about the U.S. pros­e­cu­tion of Dzhokar Tsar­naev, the wounded 19-year-old man charged with the bomb­ing of the Boston Marathon and the FBI’s han­dling of a 2011 Russ­ian tip on Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, the elder of the two broth­ers now linked to the bomb­ing. Car­ney, speak­ing at the daily White House press brief­ing, also dis­cusses the out­look for immi­gra­tion and gun-control leg­is­la­tion. (Source: Bloomberg)
    .The claims against Nazarbayev, who has ruled Kaza­khstan for more than two decades, were made in a defense state­ment for Mukhtar Ablya­zov, the for­mer chair­man of BTA Bank (BTAS) accused of run­ning a $6 bil­lion fraud at the lender. The for­mer exec­u­tive is now on the run after being sen­tenced to 22 months in prison for con­tempt of court in the Lon­don case.

    In tele­vised state­ments after his nephews Tamar­lan and Dzhokhar Tsar­naev were named as sus­pects in the April 15 ter­ror­ist attack that killed three and wounded more than 170, Tsarni called the broth­ers “losers” who had “put a shame on the Tsarni family.”

    Tamar­lan, 26, was killed in a bat­tle with police, while 19– year-old Dzhokhar was cap­tured later that day. Dzhokhar was charged yes­ter­day by U.S. pros­e­cu­tors with using and con­spir­ing to use a weapon of mass destruc­tion result­ing in death.

    Fam­ily Con­nec­tions
    Tsarni’s state­ment to the U.K. court, made more than a year before Ablya­zov went into hid­ing, shows the broth­ers’ fam­ily was at one time well con­nected in the region and gives a link between the accused bomber’s rel­a­tives and one of the high­est– pro­file com­mer­cial law­suits in the U.K. and Kaza­khstan in recent years.

    Lucy Brad­low, a spokes­woman in Lon­don for Almaty, Kazakhstan-based BTA Bank, declined to com­ment on Tsarni’s claims. Ablya­zov has made sim­i­lar alle­ga­tions against Nazarbayev in his own defense papers and the gov­ern­ment and the bank have denied them.

    In his wit­ness state­ment in defense of Ablya­zov, Tsarni said Nazarbayev gave his “bless­ing” and pro­tec­tion to the group that rigged auc­tions of state assets, seized banks to sell for a frac­tion of their value to pre-determined buy­ers, and engaged in tax fraud and money laun­der­ing. Tsarni isn’t a party in the bank’s U.K. law­suit against Ablyazov.

    Tsarni said some mem­bers of the group are now in senior man­age­ment posi­tions at BTA Bank.

    Lender’s Default
    BTA, the biggest Kazakh lender before default­ing on $12 bil­lion of debt in 2009, filed a series of civil suits against Ablya­zov and ex-Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Roman Solod­chenko claim­ing they siphoned money from the bank using fake loans, back-dated doc­u­ments and off­shore com­pa­nies. Both men have denied the claims.

    Ablya­zov was sen­tenced to 22 months in prison in Feb­ru­ary 2012 for vio­lat­ing a 2009 court order in the bank’s law­suit by fail­ing to reveal all his assets, includ­ing a house in the British coun­try­side and a Lon­don man­sion. He failed to appear at the hear­ing and his where­abouts are unknown.

    BTA, which was seized by the Kazakh gov­ern­ment in 2009, sued Ablya­zov in Britain after he fled there to avoid pros­e­cu­tion over the fraud allegations.

    The group “has been loot­ing the bank of any­thing that they can get their hands on fol­low­ing the forced takeover,” Tsarni said in the filing.

    Seiz­ing Assets
    “Very soon after Mr. Ablyazov’s forced depar­ture from Kaza­khstan in early 2009, there were those within the regime who were intent on tak­ing the oppor­tu­nity of seiz­ing what­ever assets he held within the coun­try that were con­nected to BTA,” Tsarni said.

    Tsarni didn’t say how he was con­nected to Ablya­zov or came to make the fil­ing in his defense. The alle­ga­tions of state fraud also didn’t help Ablya­zov in court.

    Dzhokhar Tsar­naev was found hid­ing in a cov­ered boat in the back yard of a sub­ur­ban Boston home on April 19. His cap­ture ended an unprece­dented man­hunt by fed­eral and state author­i­ties that shut down Boston and sur­round­ing cities.

    Dzhokhar Tsar­naev is in a Boston hos­pi­tal recov­er­ing from wounds sus­tained in a bat­tle with police — the same con­fronta­tion that led to the death of his 26-year-old brother. A police offi­cer at the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy was shot to death dur­ing the search. Another offi­cer was wounded by gunfire.

    Lawyer, Con­sul­tant
    Tsarni grew up in Tok­mak, Kyr­gyzs­tan, and grad­u­ated from the Law School of Kyr­gyz State Uni­ver­sity in 1994, he said in the state­ment. He became a legal con­sul­tant for a year for a U.S. com­pany that was con­tracted by USAID under the organization’s pro­gram to assist Kyr­gyzs­tan with eco­nomic reforms and “pro­mote pri­vate enter­prise,” he said.

    Tsarni pro­vided train­ing on inter­na­tional stan­dards of cor­po­rate gov­er­nance and man­age­ment, accord­ing to the fil­ing. He was also an asso­ciate at an Almaty-based law firm, he said.

    To con­tact the reporter on this story: Erik Lar­son in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.net

    ——————

    Now an update:

    Pros­e­cu­tor General’s Office: BTA Bank for­mer head faces up to 13 years in prison in Kazakhstan

    http://en.trend.az/regions/casia/kazakhstan/2177253.html

    6 August 2013, 20:44 (GMT+05:00)

    BTA Bank for­mer head Mukhtar Ablya­zov in Kaza­khstan faces up to 13 years in prison with con­fis­ca­tion of prop­erty, offi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Kazakh Pros­e­cu­tor General’s Office Nur­daulet Suindikov said at a press con­fer­ence today.

    “Ablya­zov is accused of com­mit­ting sev­eral crimes: estab­lish­ing and lead­ing a crim­i­nal group, theft, legal­iza­tion of funds obtained through crimes, ille­gal use of bank funds and so on,” Suindikov told media. “The max­i­mum sen­tence is up to 13 years of impris­on­ment with con­fis­ca­tion of property.”

    “On July 31 the French bureau of Inter­pol informed about the deten­tion of Ablya­zov in France, Suindikov said. “Kazakhstan’s National Bureau of Inter­pol imme­di­ately sent an offi­cial con­fir­ma­tion of search­ing for Ablya­zov by French colleagues.”

    He was remanded in cus­tody the same day until the munic­i­pal court deter­mines the pro­ce­dural sta­tus. On August 1, the court of Aix-en-Provence town autho­rized Ablyazov’s deten­tion up to 40 days in accor­dance with the French crim­i­nal pro­ce­dure legislation.

    Suindikov added that accord­ing to the court’s deci­sion, Ablya­zov will stay in a prison of Luynes town until all pro­ce­dures relat­ing to extra­di­tion are over. On August 2 the Kazakh Pros­e­cu­tor General’s Office sent a let­ter to France to extra­dite Ablya­zov home.

    Ukrain­ian and Russ­ian law enforce­ment agen­cies sent a con­fir­ma­tion about search­ing for Ablya­zov and the inten­tion of the French author­i­ties to extra­dite him to these countries.

    “These processes are inde­pen­dent of each other,” he added. “Nobody is enti­tled to inter­fere or influ­ence the deci­sions made by the com­pe­tent bod­ies of other coun­tries relat­ing to the search and inten­tion to seek extra­di­tion of accused per­sons,” Suindikov added. “The extra­di­tion of per­sons sus­pected of com­mit­ting crimes is reg­u­lated by the inter­nal leg­is­la­tion of the coun­tries where they are hid­ing, as well as inter­na­tional agreements.”

    As for the prospects for Ablyazov’s extra­di­tion to Kaza­khstan, offi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Kazakh Gen­eral Prosecutor’s Office said that a pos­i­tive trend of extra­dit­ing the indi­vid­u­als, accused of crimes, from Euro­pean coun­tries on the basis of reci­procity, that is, even in the absence of bilat­eral agree­ments has recently appeared.

    Do you have any feed­back? Con­tact our jour­nal­ist at agency@trend.az

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    ******
    So what if Rus­lan was tes­ti­fy­ing on behalf of Ablya­zov because some of the looted Bil­lions were part of a slush-fund for U.S. NGO ops in the region?
    ******

    Here’s part of a sum­mary from a legal office:

    The chron­i­cles of the JSC BTA Bank lit­i­ga­tion
    Mon­day, 03 Decem­ber 2012 00:00 Mac­far­lanes LLP

    http://www.inhouselawyer.co.uk/index.php/litigation-a-dispute-resolution/10037-the-chronicles-of-the-jsc-bta-bank-litigation

    (Excerpts)

    “The lit­i­ga­tion at the heart of the cases dis­cussed in this arti­cle con­cerns the claim of JSC BTA Bank (the Bank) against its for­mer chair­man, Mr Ablya­zov (A) and his asso­ciates, which com­menced in August 2009 (the Pro­ceed­ings). The Bank is one of the largest banks in Kaza­khstan and was effec­tively nation­alised on 2 Feb­ru­ary 2009 in the wake of the global finan­cial cri­sis. Until its nation­al­i­sa­tion, as well as chair­man, A was the ben­e­fi­cial owner of the major­ity of the Bank’s shares. In Jan­u­ary 2009, A (and some of his asso­ciates) fled to the UK. Var­i­ous crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tions are pend­ing against him (and his asso­ciates) in Kaza­khstan, and at least nine sets of UK civil pro­ceed­ings have been issued. 


    The Pro­ceed­ings revolve around the Bank’s claim that A orches­trated a ‘scheme of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion’, through which sev­eral bil­lion US dol­lars were extracted from the Bank in 2008. The Bank’s case is that the whole scheme was a sham car­ried out by and for the ben­e­fit of A and his asso­ciates, who chan­nelled the money through a num­ber of com­pa­nies. A denies these claims and con­sid­ers them to be an attempt by the pres­i­dent of Kaza­khstan to take con­trol of his assets in sup­port of a polit­i­cally moti­vated claim against him, as he is a lead­ing fig­ure in Kazakhstan’s demo­c­ra­tic oppo­si­tion. A claims to have been sub­jected to tor­ture while impris­oned in Kaza­khstan and two unsuc­cess­ful attempts to assas­si­nate him.“
    The core lit­i­ga­tion is under the con­trol of Teare J, who has described it as an ‘extra­or­di­nary case’ ‘being fought by means of the foren­sic equiv­a­lent of trench war­fare’. Before even reach­ing trial on the sub­stan­tive issues, the lit­i­ga­tion has pro­duced in the region of 50 interim appli­ca­tions and a sub­stan­tial vol­ume of new case law. While the facts of the Pro­ceed­ings are extra­or­di­nary, many of the deci­sions relat­ing to the enforce­ment of freez­ing orders are essen­tial read­ing for prac­ti­tion­ers of fraud lit­i­ga­tion. This arti­cle sum­marises some of the more high-profile deci­sions and focuses, in par­tic­u­lar, on the Bank’s attempts to enforce freez­ing orders (and ancil­lary dis­clo­sure orders) obtained against A and his asso­ciates.“
    ***
    “A filed a wit­ness state­ment in con­nec­tion with his dis­clo­sure oblig­a­tions under the freez­ing order. The mate­r­ial con­tained in his wit­ness state­ment was sub­ject to a ‘lawyers’ eyes only’ restric­tion and could not be viewed directly by the Bank (the LEO restric­tion).“
    ———————-

    Won­der if that wit­ness state­ment was Ruslan... 


    Posted by Swamp | August 8, 2013, 9:31 am

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