Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Global Network which supported the terrorists?

* Hopsicker:

The Global Network which supported the terrorists?

FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who former Attorney General John Ashcroft went all the way to the Supreme Court to silence, revealed she saw documents indicating the U.S. State Department was covering up a drug trafficking network associated with the terrorists involved in the 9/11 attack.

Could this “drug trafficking network” be, or involve, the Russian Mob?

The recent news underlines the significance of the Central Asia “Stans’”— Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan—which has become increasingly apparent recently, even in news stories where they appear to be only peripherally involved.

Take Republican Rep. Curt Weldon’s current difficulties, for example, in providing his daughter with entrĂ©e, lobbying assistance, and money that foreign governments and companies are only too happy to provide for friendly access in Washington D.C.

Just a few years ago, this scandal would have had a Saudi face. Today its centered in the Central Asian “republics.”


notjonathon said...

That does get into my questions back on the site configuration post. Hopsicker has long been trying to connect the CIA, Mossad and Saudi intelligence to drug and arms smuggling and to 9/11. Putting the Stans into play complicates the equation. Of course, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the potential oil revenues and geopolitical position of this part of the world have put them into international play. Is the leadership of the present Russian mafia composed primarily of former Soviet intelligence officials, or did an underground criminal organization unrelated to the government exist in the former Soviet Union (smuggling drugs and/or blue jeans)?

Do these people have a side in all this, or are they simply playing all sides as they jockey for power and money? Sometimes it seems as though their main objective is to prevent peace at any cost--that is, is it really continued turmoil, rather than global hegemony, that they desire? The madness in their method might be explained by the method in their madness.

damien said...

Hopsicker is worth quoting:

A Venezuelan man [Edgar Valles Diaz] busted with forty-three pounds of heroin on a Lear jet belonging to the owner [Wally Hilliard] of the Venice FL flight school at which Mohamed Atta and his bodyguard Marwan Al-Shehhi were enrolled is a major kingpin in an international drug trafficking network run by the Russian Mob.

Court documents revealed that Valles Diaz was a major narcotics trafficker in his native Venezuela who had flown Hilliard’s Lear jet for thirty-nine weeks in a row. Each flight originated in Venezuela, stopping in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando before flying to New York.

According to one of the flight crew on the Lear jet, Valles Diaz would be greeted upon arrival by an organized crime figure from the Russian enclave in Brighton Beach named Igor Borisovich Rabaev.

“When we landed in New York Valles-Diaz would be met by his ‘boyfriend,’” a member of the Lear jet’s flight crew stated. “He gets picked up at the airport by an Uzbek named Igor Rabaev, his heroin connection from Central Asia.”

Currently wanted on two continents, Igor Rabaev is a prominent member of a Russian Mob family which uses the Uzbek capital of Tashkent as a transshipment point for heroin from Afghanistan, we learned.

“Igor Rabaev is a name to be conjured with in certain circles,” a former U.S. covert operative in Central Asia told us.

“He’s from Uzbekistan, and escaped from Russia to Israel by saying he was Jewish, back when it was the only way you could get out. But he’s not Jewish. He’s Muslim, and he’s got close ties with radical Muslim circles in the ‘Stans’ who serve as a conduit for heroin coming out of Afghanistan.”

lukery said...

Do these people have a side in all this, or are they simply playing all sides as they jockey for power and money? Sometimes it seems as though their main objective is to prevent peace at any cost...

my default operating principle is that 'their' (just about everyone's) main objective is selfish (money and/or power, mostly money) - so i don't think that they are 'anti-peace' - it's just that it doesnt pay very well.

i'm not quite up to date on the russian mafia, although i suspect that there are competing gangs (plural) - the same as everywhere - and i have no idea about their origins.