20170817

That 1 Archive

2017:
August 2017(August 10, 2017) | Leaked Mass Surveillance/Immigration Bill | Foreign Policy

(August 10, 2017) | The NSC "Deep State" memo | via Foreign Policy
(August 09, 2017) | FBI file Marc Rich
(August 09, 2017) | FBI file Fred Trump | Updated and expanded
(August 04, 2017) | FBI file Gaeton Fonzi | Updated and expanded
(August 01, 2017) | Wheeler Complaint re: Bogus Seth Rich story

July 2017(July 31, 2017) | FBI Whistleblower Policy Directive 0971D

(July 31, 2017) | FBI file Bremer Kidnapping
(July 25, 2017) | JFK July 2017 release - all 10 parts | LARGE files
(July 23, 2017) | FBI file D.B. Cooper | Updated and expanded
(July 23, 2017) | FBI file German American Federation/Bund
(July 23, 2017) | POW/MIA Hearings and Reports | 9,000 pages

(July 21, 2017) | FBI file Barker Karpis
(July 21, 2017) | FBI file Eddie Lee Long
(July 21, 2017) | FBI file Raul Castro | Arizona Governor
(July 18, 2017) | FBI Social Networking Sites and FBI Employee Guidance
(July 17, 2017) | 1983 Kennedy-Andropov memo (original followed by translation)

(July 16, 2017) | The Asia Foundation: Past, Present, and Future | Congressional Research Service
(July 15, 2017) | Full CIA CREST database upload and text recognition IN PROGRESS as individual PDFs
(July 13, 2017) | FAIS (FinCEN Artificial Intelligence) documentation | Early 1990s
(July 13, 2017) | FBI file Jim Garrison | Updated and expanded
(July 13, 2017) | DHS Email System Documentation/Manual | Shows just how much they can search for FOIA requests

(July 13, 2017) | NTSB Accident Report for UA Flight 553 | Dorothy Hunt died onboard while transporting Watergate money
(July 13, 2017) | FBI file Curtis Roosevelt
(July 13, 2017) | Laramie County Sheriff NoDAPL materials
(July 10, 2017) | Katyn Forest Massacre Final Report
(July 10, 2017) | Katyn Forest Massacre Interim Report

(July 10, 2017) | Katyn Forest Massacre Hearings | Complete 7 volume set
(July 08, 2017) | CIA memo on policy of non-cooperation with GAO oversight
(July 07, 2017) | FBI file Fred Leroy Wineland | Single page cross-reference
(July 05, 2017) | Preet Bharara speeches | via Louis Flores
(July 04, 2017) | FBI file Anwar Nasser Aulaqi

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20170816

How NSA Tracks You (Bill Binney)

KGB Defector Yuri Bezmenov reveals Russian Subversion Tactics

Spokane judge orders CIA interrogation lawsuit to trial

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Spokane on Monday officially denied a request to throw out a lawsuit against two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s harsh interrogation program used in the war on terror.

In his written order, U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush said a jury will hear the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three former detainees against James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, who were under contract with the federal government following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The lawsuit claims the psychologists “designed, implemented, and personally administered an experimental torture program for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.” Under the program, detainees were subjected to physical assaults and sleep deprivation, forced to stand for days in diapers with their arms chained overhead, doused with icy water and stuffed into boxes, the ACLU said.

Quackenbush heard arguments from both sides on July 28 and issued a partial ruling in which he said he would consider whether all three detainees, Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud and the estate of Gul Rahman, who died in custody, should be included the lawsuit.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/judge-orders-cia-interrogation-lawsuit-to-trial/

20170815

How a mind-control virus turns caterpillars into exploding 'zombies'

As if caterpillars didn’t have it hard enough.

Already the insect equivalent of an ugly duckling, caterpillars are also the potential victims of a “zombie” virus that causes them to explode in one of the most horrifying deaths in the animal kingdom.

Chris Miller, a researcher at the Wildlife Trust in Lancashire, England, was doing a butterfly survey when he spotted a dead caterpillar hanging from a leaf, in “an inverted U.”

That’s unusual, Miller said, because a caterpillar is a delicacy for birds in the area. Climbing onto a leaf in the middle of the day is like offering yourself up as lunch. And even in its long-dead state, the insect didn’t look quite right.

“It had started to go a bit mushy, is probably the nicest way of putting it,” Miller said.

Why would a caterpillar go against every survival instinct it had evolved over millennia and march out onto a leaf, in plain sight of predators?

It turns out the caterpillar didn’t have much say in the matter.

A type of virus had taken over the insect and turned it into a single-minded virus-spreading vessel.

The baculovirus halts a caterpillar’s moulting activity, encouraging it to keep eating and get bigger, which creates more of the virus. When the caterpillar is sufficiently massive, the virus alters its climbing activity, forcing it up high onto a leaf.

Right before the caterpillar dies, the virus releases an enzyme that liquefies the insect’s tissue. If the caterpillar is lucky it will be plucked off the leaf by a bird and, if not, its liquid-insides explode, raining down on the other caterpillars and branches below.

If those caterpillars consume the virus, the whole process starts over again...

http://nationalpost.com/news/world/how-a-mind-control-virus-causes-zombie-caterpillars-to-explode/wcm/5bd946da-04ed-45b4-8559-e7a200e48f1d

27 Western spy tools confiscated by the Soviet KGB



A cane with a hidden blade was a close combat weapon for foreign spies. The blade could be taken out like a sword from its sheath or be unfolded, turning the cane into a sort of lance. There were also models with heavy knobs, which spies could use like maces...

https://www.rbth.com/arts/history/2017/08/09/27-western-spy-tools-confiscated-by-the-soviet-kgb_819768

Canadian diplomat in Cuba also suffered hearing loss

WASHINGTON — The Canadian government said Thursday that at least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba also has been treated for hearing loss following disclosures that a group of American diplomats in Havana suffered severe hearing loss that U.S. officials believe was caused by an advanced sonic device.

Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman Brianne Maxwell said Canadian officials “are aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and US diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana. The government is actively working — including with US and Cuban authorities - to ascertain the cause.”

Maxwell added that officials don’t have any reason to believe Canadian tourists and other visitors could be affected.

Canada helped broker talks between Cuba and the United States that led to restored diplomatic relations.

In the fall of 2016, a series of U.S. diplomats began suffering unexplained losses of hearing, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation into the case. Several of the diplomats were recent arrivals at the embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of President Barack Obama’s reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-expels-2-cuban-diplomats-after-incidents-in-cuba/2017/08/09/5f6e0d84-7d62-11e7-b2b1-aeba62854dfa_story.html

20170518

Chiquita Papers Are Key Evidence in International Criminal Court Filing


Washington, D.C., May 18, 2017 – The National Security Archive’s Chiquita Papers collection represents key evidence behind a “communication” calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate officials from Chiquita Brands International for facilitating crimes against humanity committed by armed groups the company paid in Colombia.

The petition to the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor was brought by the International Human Rights Clinic of Harvard Law School, the International Federation for Human Rights, and the Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo, a Colombian human rights organization, and was made public today at a press conference in Bogotá, Colombia.

The Archive provided more than 48,000 pages of internal Chiquita records to the ICC as part of the communication, including financial records, legal memoranda, handwritten notes, and the secret, sworn testimony of company officials that help to identify individuals at Chiquita who steered millions of dollars in “sensitive payments” to Colombian insurgent groups, government security forces, and right-wing paramilitary militias.

The ICC action comes at an important moment, just as Colombia begins to implement a historic peace agreement ending more than 50 years of conflict with rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In February, the Colombian prosecutor general ruled that the “voluntary financing” of paramilitary and insurgent groups by corporations like Chiquita should be investigated as crimes against humanity by a special tribunal established by the accord.

The communication asks the ICC “to monitor local Colombian proceedings to ensure they meet ICC standards, particularly with regards to private sector support for the paramilitaries and business’ accountability,” according to today’s press release...

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB593-chiquita-papers-evidence-in-icc-filing/

20170216

Wiki: Bayrock Group


Bayrock Group is an international real estate development and investment company based in New York. It was founded by Kazakh businessman Tevfik Arif in 2001.

The Bayrock Group was founded in 2001 by Tevfik Arif, a former Soviet official from Kazakhstan who became an international businessman. He founded Bayrock after he moved some of his businesses to the United States.[1]

Arif hired Russian businessman Felix Sater as managing director of Bayrock in 2003.[2]Sater became Bayrock's Chief Operating Officer,[3] and assisted with several projects, including management of the Trump SoHo project.[2] Sater left Bayrock in 2008[4] after a New York Times article revealed his criminal past.[5][6] In 1998, Sater had pled guilty to stock racketeering and fraud as part of a US and Russian mafia-connected $40 million stock pump and dump scheme.[4] He worked with the CIA and the FBI, allegedly offering information on a black market for Stinger missiles.[4][7] Sater later worked as a senior advisor to Trump.[4]

Projects and properties[edit source]

After moving the Bayrock Group to the 24th floor of Trump Tower,[9] Arif developed a relationship with billionaire businessman Donald Trump. Bayrock went on to collaborate with The Trump Organization on projects in Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Arizona, Colorado, New York, and Florida.[2]

Loehmann's Seaport Plaza[edit source]

Arif began developing property in Brooklyn, initially redeveloping Loehmann's Seaport Plaza, a three-story, 280,000-square-foot (26,000 m2) waterfront shopping center on Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.[10] The property's tenants include Loehmann's and Nine West Shoes.
Trump International Hotel & Residence[edit source]

In 2003, Bayrock purchased a site out of bankruptcy in the Camelback Corridor of Phoenix, Arizona. Bayrock announced plans for the Trump International Hotel & Residence, a $200 million, 190-foot Trump International Hotel. Plans for the project included 97 private residential units starting at $950,000 and 188 hotel/condo rooms. While the site was approved by the Phoenix City Council and the Planning Commission in 2005, the project was curbed by public opposition[11] and never finished.[12]

Bayrock subsequently defaulted on a $36 million loan from Hypo Real Estate Capital Group, who sold the site in 2010.

Moscow high-rise[edit source]
See also: Business projects of Donald Trump in Russia

In 2005, Donald Trump extended the Bayrock Group a one-year deal to develop a project in Moscow. Sater located Russian investors and a potential site for the high-rise, a closed pencil factory named for Sacco and Vanzetti.[9] Sater said, "We looked at some very, very large properties in Russia," on the scale of "...a large Vegas high-rise."[13] Bayrock organized a potential deal in Moscow between Trump International Hotel and Russian investors in 2007,[14] but the deal never came to fruition.[9]

Trump SoHo[edit source]

The Trump SoHo is a $450 million, 46-story, 39-unit hotel condominium located at 246 Spring Street in SoHo, New York City. The hotel was a joint venture between Bayrock, The Trump Organization, and the Sapir Organisation, a company owned by Georgian real estate developer Tamir Sapir. Trump provided a licensing deal for the hotel in exchange for a 18% equity stake in the project.[15][4] The project was funded by Kazakh businessman Alexander Mashkevitch.[16]

In 2007, Bayrock traded future profits from Trump SoHo and other projects in exchange for $50 million in financing from Icelandic company FL Group. The arrangement led Bayrock's finance director to file racketeering lawsuits, alleging that money was diverted to people outside the company, including Salvatore Lauria, an associate of Sater's.[2]

Sater was a managing director of Bayrock and a senior advisor to Trump when construction of Trump SoHo began in 2006. Sater played a major role throughout the process of the building's construction.[17]

Trump International Hotel and Tower (Fort Lauderdale)[edit source]

Bayrock worked with Trump to develop the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[15]

Europe projects[edit source]

Bayrock Group developed seven waterfront hotel resorts in Europe. The hotels are managed by the Turkish luxury hotel chain Rixos Hotels.[18] The resorts in Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea include Rixos Hotel Tekirova near Tekirova; Rixos Hotel Belek in Belek; Rixos Hotel Labada near Çamyuva; and Rixos Hotel Beldibi in Beldibi.

Lawsuits involving Bayrock[edit source]

Arizona suit (2007)[edit source]

Trump International Hotel & Residence investor Ernest Mennes filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Arizona in 2007. The suit alleged that Bayrock had skimmed money its planned Trump development in Phoenix.[5] It further alleged that Sater had called Mennes in 2006, threatening that if he revealed Sater's criminal past, that his cousin would "electrically shock Mr. Mennes' testicles, cut off Mr. Mennes' legs, and leave Mr. Mennes dead in the trunk of his car."[9] The case was settled by Bayrock[5] and Mennes was barred from discussing the matter.[9]

Kriss v. Bayrock[edit source]

In the federal case Kriss et al. vs. Bayrock Group LLC et al., two former Bayrock employees, former director of finance Jody Kriss and Michael Chudi Ejekam, filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in New York in 2010.[19] The suit alleged that Sater's role in the company was hidden and that the company was "substantially and covertly mob-owned and operated."[5][20]

Trump SoHo lawsuits[edit source]

In 2011, the Rockwell Group, an interior design firm, sued Bayrock and Sapir Organization for over $1.5 million in damages after Bayrock failed to pay for interior design work at Trump SoHo. Bayrock countersued two days later, filing a complaint with the New York Supreme Court.[21]

Qui tam case (2015)[edit source]

Attorneys Frederick Oberlander and Richard Lerner brought a qui tam case against Bayrock in 2015.[22][23] The suit alleged that Arif, Satter, and Julius Schwarz had been in control of Bayrock for nearly a decade[3] and had "engaged in a series of tax frauds and then took steps to hide the fraud."[3]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayrock_Group

20170213

I Was the Voice-Over for Bin Laden

By NIHAR PATEL APRIL 30, 2016

IT’S rare when we find ourselves as the right person in the right place at the right time. More often, it’s an unsatisfying mix of those and other variables: The place is right, the timing is spot on — only you were off.

I was 22 years old, and one day into an internship at the ABC program “Nightline,” when the Sept. 11 attacks happened. They woke this country up from the slumber of the 1990s, and in my case, from a jet-lagged coma in a corporate housing unit down the street from the Pentagon. In a week, I went from a sheltered college existence to having ash on the balcony from the smoldering crash site nearby.

My fellow interns and I soon realized we weren’t ready for the real world to introduce itself so cataclysmically. A White House intern friend, exhausted by the unending hours of TV coverage, marched to the video store one night, bought a VHS copy of the movie “Notting Hill” and proceeded to wear it out with almost nightly viewings. I went in the other direction and consumed hours of news coverage, studying what occurred from every angle, as if I were still cramming for a final exam I needed to ace.

It will forever be a dark time for this country. It was also a terrible time in American history to look or appear even remotely Muslim. A Pakistani-American colleague stopped wearing a prayer ring — given to her by her grandmother — that had Arabic script on it because she got suspicious looks on the subway.

My friend and roommate, who like me is Indian-American, waited up for me that first week after I’d stumble out of the office at 3 a.m. He did this partly to get the latest news, but also to make sure I was safe from the kind of random retaliation Muslims and even non-Muslims like myself were enduring.

As the country was putting the pieces back together, we were suddenly forced to construct our identities in a post-Sept. 11 world. And I had it easy; no turban, no beard, and a tendency to overcompensate with niceness.

We had a villain back then: Osama bin Laden, the man who caused all that pain, anger and anxiety. Monday is the fifth anniversary of his death. News outlets will most likely focus on what has replaced him, the fragmented, nihilistic terrorism of groups like the Islamic State. But I’ve been thinking back to the months after Sept. 11, when Bin Laden spoke to us through video and audio messages — and I voiced them on screen...

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/opinion/sunday/i-was-the-voice-over-for-bin-laden.html?_r=0