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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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