From a source that has nothing to do w/ Able Danger, Abramoff or Suncruz: Sibel Edmomds
Letter to Thomas Kean from Sibel Edmonds
On Other Abramoff News
.. To this date the public has not been told of intentional blocking of intelligence..This was the case prior to 9/11, and remains in effect after 9/11. If Counterintelligence receives information that contains money laundering, illegal arms sale, and illegal drug activities, directly linked to terrorist activities; and if that information involves certain nations, certain semi-legit organizations, and ties to certain lucrative or political relations in this country, then, that information is not shared with Counterterrorism, regardless of the possible severe consequences
a lot of people have been tying Abramoff to Atta
based on the confirmed visit of 9/11 terrorists to Abramoff's SunCruz Casino
, which made news last week because of the, also confirmed, NY mob involvement in the murder of one of it's owners
The big question here is: What are Christian politicians doing with people who think changing a company's management is a matter of.. calling in "Big Tony?" [from the Gambino family]
ManCow on Delay / Abramoff's SunCruz problems
Confirmed: Abramoff ties to Heroin, Mob and Casinos
Untangling a Lobbyist's Stake in a Casino Fleet
Confirmed: Abramoff's Suncruz visited by 9/11 terrorists (Atta?)
Casinos, Terrorists and Money Laundering
It was a gangland-style hit straight out of "Goodfellas."
A man in a BMW was driving down a quiet side street after an evening meeting at his Fort Lauderdale office when a car slowed to a stop in front of him. A second car boxed the BMW in from behind, then a dark Mustang appeared from the opposite direction. The Mustang's driver pulled alongside and pumped three hollow-point bullets into the BMW driver's chest.
The dead man was Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis [who] built an empire of restaurants, hotels and cruise ships used for offshore casino gambling. Boulis's slaying, still unsolved four years later, reverberated all the way to Washington. Months earlier he had sold his fleet of casino ships to a partnership that included Republican superlobbyist Jack Abramoff...
[The other partner] Kidan hired a security firm to assess what kind of threat was posed by Boulis.. He alleged that Boulis vowed to have him killed. A week later, SunCruz made the first of $145,000 in payments to Moscatiello. Three checks for $10,000 each were made to Jennifer Moscatiello, daughter of Anthony, and $115,000 to Gran-Sons, a company the Moscatiellos ran..
Moscatiello has been described by law enforcement as an unofficial bookkeeper for New York City's Gambino crime family.
He and Kidan first met about 1990 when Kidan was running a bagel business in the Hamptons. Moscatiello had been indicted on federal heroin-trafficking charges in 1983 along with Gene Gotti, brother of John Gotti, the boss of the Gambinos. Moscatiello was accused of trying to dissuade witnesses from testifying in the case.
(See also Daily Kos: Casinogate: more information on the hitmen)
Joseph Cannon, of Cannonfire fame, guest writing on THE BRAD BLOG
calls attention for a series of 2001 and 2002 articles shows us that Atta was indeed at SunCruz and that Al Qaeda used casinos for money laundering:
Casino Watch-Terrorists at Casinos
Heroin, Casinos, Terrorists and Planes
Hijackers' Tracks in Las Vegas
Gambling Strip Combed for Evidence of Several Terrorists
LAS VEGAS -- Additional FBI agents are being brought to this city to chase down hundreds of leads and track the movements of terrorists who repeatedly visited here in the months before the Sept. 11 attacks. Mohamed Atta, a suspected ringleader of the terrorist attack that left more than 5,000 people dead, made at least two trips here. In addition to Atta, authorities also believe that Marwan Al-Shehhi, Nawaf Alhazmi, Hani Hanjour and Ziad Samir Jarrah also visited the city. All five men were killed in the attacks in New York and Washington.
By William Booth Washington Post Staff Writer 9/14/01
Terrorists had no apparent reason to visit Las Vegas ...
So why did they?
On June 28 at Boston's Logan Airport, Mohamed Atta boarded a United Airlines flight and flew first class nonstop to San Francisco, where he bypassed the bohemian North Beach district and didn't take the cruise to Alcatraz. Instead, Atta took the first of two side trips to Las Vegas.
On Aug. 10, Hani Hanjour and Nawaf Alhazmi used first-class tickets for a United flight from Dulles Airport near Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles International Airport, then on to Las Vegas. Las Vegas FBI Special Agent in Charge Grant Ashley candidly admitted that the whole story of the terrorists' Las Vegas connection may never be known. Authorities on the hijackers' sponsor, Osama bin Laden, note that counterfeiting has been one of the al-Qaida terrorist network's signatures. Were the hijackers passing off funny money? Spies and arms dealers have made this a second home for more than a generation.
11/4/01 Las Vegas Review-Journal COLUMN: John L. Smith
SunCruz Casinos turns over documents in terrorist probe
TAMPA, Fla. - SunCruz Casinos has turned over photographs and other documents to FBI investigators after employees said they recognized some of the men suspected in the terrorist attacks as customers.
Michael Hlavsa, chairman of the gambling cruise company, said Wednesday two or three men linked to the Sept. 11 hijackings may have been customers on a ship that sailed from Madeira Beach on Florida's gulf coast.
9/26/01 By VICKIE CHACHERE Associated Press Writer and Florida Times-Union
Terror suspects spent $100,000 in casino scam
Buffalo duo likely tried to launder cash
HAMILTON -- Two members of an alleged Al Qaeda cell arrested in Buffalo last week spent at least $100,000 (U.S.) at Casino Niagara in what Ontario officials suspect were money-laundering attempts. Federal prosecutors in Buffalo, where the American-born suspects are in a bail hearing this week, have painted the men as wily members of an Al Qaeda "sleeper" cell, based in the suburb of Lackawanna. American anti-terrorism officials allege that some of the men seem to have secret sources of funds, the type of money needed to carry out acts of Al Qaeda terrorism on U.S. soil. "Terrorists will take full advantage of whatever means they can," said David Harris, an anti-terrorism consultant in Ottawa. "They know the art and science of laundering money. Casinos are just another avenue for that."
Thestar.com Toronto star 9/20/02 By Joan Walters
Madcow is a little shrill to be sure, but as you just saw above, a lot of his facts do check out to be true, legitimate investigations by law enforcement and FBI. So let's see what he has to say about Atta and Abramoff:
Hammer to the Slammer: Does Cruisegate Mean Curtains for GOPMOB?
Drugs and Money Laundering ? Wasn't that what Sibel Edmonds talked about ?
Hint: Atta wasn't playing blackjack.
One clue: Ringleader Mohamed Atta made a still-unexplained visit onboard one of Abramoff's casino boats less than a week before the attack.
A bigger clue: the man who owned the flight school favored by Atta and so many other terrorists had his Lear jet surrounded by DEA agents brandishing submachine guns on the runway of Orlando Executive Airport in July of 2000, the same month Atta began "training" at his flight school. They found 43 pounds of heroin onboard. For flight school owner Wally Hilliard, it was a 'blemish,' though not as yet one for which he has been asked to go to prison.
Several of the principals in the Boulis hit also have heroin trafficking backgrounds. What a surprise. Most of the world's heroin comes from Afghanistan, which used to be known as OsamaLand...
Letter to Thomas Kean from Sibel Edmonds
.. To this date the public has not been told of intentional blocking of intelligence, and has not been told that certain information, despite its direct links, impacts and ties to terrorist related activities, is not given to or shared with Counterterrorism units, their investigations, and countering terrorism related activities. This was the case prior to 9/11, and remains in effect after 9/11. If Counterintelligence receives information that contains money laundering, illegal arms sale, and illegal drug activities, directly linked to terrorist activities; and if that information involves certain nations, certain semi-legit organizations, and ties to certain lucrative or political relations in this country, then, that information is not shared with Counterterrorism, regardless of the possible severe consequences. In certain cases, frustrated FBI agents cited `direct pressure by the State Department,' and in other cases `sensitive diplomatic relations' is cited. The Department of Justice Inspector General received detailed and specific information and evidence regarding this issue (Please refer to DOJ-IG report Re: Sibel Edmonds and FBI Translation, provided to you prior to the completion of your report)...
After almost three years the American people still do not know that thousands of lives can be jeopardized under the unspoken policy of `protecting certain foreign business relations.' The victims family members still do not realize that information and answers they have sought relentlessly for over two years has been blocked due to the unspoken decisions made and disguised under `safeguarding certain diplomatic relations.'