Friday, April 21, 2006

Jamie Gorelick--Another Stonewall

Jamie Gorelick was a Clinton Administration Justice Department lawyer. She was (and still is) an expert at stonewalling. You will recall that Ms. Gorelick not only set up the "Chinese wall" which prevented the FBI from communicating with the CIA/NSA about potential international terrorism--but that, in addition, she served on the 9/11 Commission, which whitewashed the Clinton Administration's complete failure to act on information about terrorism.

Well, Jamie Gorelick had even MORE information--this time related to the TWA 800 downing.

In the summer of 1996, Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was being held for trial in New York for the notorious Bojinka plot, his plan to blow up a dozen American commercial airliners over the Pacific more or less simultaneously – a plan that he was scarily capable of executing. Over time, Yousef had grown to trust the younger Scarpa, his neighbor in the next cell.

Yousef used Junior's connections to pass information to the outside world, little knowing that Scarpa was routing much of it through his own FBI handlers.

....Scarpa Jr. passed along to the FBI detailed information from Yousef, including specific threats against U.S. airlines, the identity of countries through which terrorists were entering the United States, and instructions for smuggling explosives, specifically the use of shoe bombs.

What is undeniable is that the day after TWA Flight 800 blew up off the coast of Long Island, Yousef asked for a mistrial, citing the now prejudicial environment post-explosion. He was denied. By allowing him to communicate overseas, however, the Justice Department may well have unwittingly assisted Yousef in his effort to destroy that ill-fated plane.

...Although the FBI did not initiate the TWA Flight 800 cover-up – that surely came from the White House – the Devecchio problem may have induced its key agents to cooperate. After five weeks of dogged investigation, Kallstrom and the FBI abandoned all serious inquiry following an Aug. 22 meeting with Deputy Attorney General – and future 9-11 commisssioner – Jamie Gorelick.

Another name to watch emerges, as well:

...It should be noted that the FBI's current chief counsel, Valerie Caproni, was the Clinton Justice official who oversaw Scarpa's work with Yousef. To thicken the plot, it was also Caproni who illegally ordered the FBI to take the TWA Flight 800 investigation away from the National Transportation Safety Board and who arranged the prosecution of James and Elizabeth Sanders for James Sanders' reporting on the TWA Flight 800 investigation. The absurdly compromised Caproni had any number of reasons for keeping Scarpa out of the light and the Devecchio case under wraps.

If you need some memory-refreshment on Ms. Gorelick, see Captain's Quarters and search on the term Able Danger. Briefly, Able Danger was the report that the 9/11 Commission "never saw"--but of course, that is a lie--and the report that made clear that the Clinton Gang was either asleep, OR was deliberately ignoring a real and significant threat to national security.

It's up to you to guess which...

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