Additional ties between southern Christian fundamentalists, Texas oil
interests, and Russian-Israeli mobsters and weapons smugglers uncovered. According
to informed Washington insiders, there is increasing evidence of financial links
between key "Christian Right" GOP notables and an international ring
of Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli mobsters tied to notorious Russian weapons smuggler
Viktor Vasilevich (aka Anatoliyevich) Bout.
Bout, whose U.S. assets were frozen by the Treasury Department, continues to
provide various contractor services in Iraq and is considered by Condoleezza
Rice to be out-of-bounds for U.S. law enforcement authorities. When she was
National Security Adviser, Rice pre-empted an attempt by Sharjah, United Arab
Emirates authorities to arrest Bout. To U.S. law enforcement and intelligence
agencies, Rice was very clear when it comes to Bout: "Look, but don't touch"
was her direct order to the CIA and FBI. It appears that Bout has gone from
arms smuggler for Al Qaeda and the Taliban to arms runner for the Bush administration.
Bout's British Gulf International Airline, registered in Sao Tome and Principe
and Kyrgyzstan and based in Sharjah, is a regular visitor to Baghdad International
and airports in the north of Iraq. Bout also made a financial windfall from
contracts let to his airline companies by the former Iraqi Coalition Provisional
Authority led by L. Paul "Jerry" Bremer. Bout also benefited from
contracts let to his Dubai-based Falcon Express Cargo by Kellogg, Brown &
Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton.
Bout's British Gulf International contracted to U.S. occupation forces in Iraq. Bout once provided arms to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Federal prosecutors are already examining links between indicted GOP lobbyist
Jack Abramoff, Italian Mafia hit men who have been charged with murdering Florida
businessman Gus Boulis, former Christian Coalition director and Georgia Republican
Lt. Governor candidate Ralph Reed, and indicted Texas GOP Representative Tom DeLay.
Abramoff associate Adam Kidan has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their
investigation of Abramoff, especially deals involving the shake down of various
Indian tribes in shady casino deals.
There is also now interest in the activities of Richard T. Hines, the head
of the powerful Republican lobbying firm RTH Consulting, Inc. Hines, a South
Carolina native and a protege of the late GOP dirty trickmeister Lee Atwater,
was one of the architects of the dirty tricks campaign by Bush against John
McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary. A confederate of Abramoff in the
1980s Reagan administration's covert support network for the Nicaraguan contras,
Angolan UNITA guerrillas, and Afghan mujaheddin, Hines is active in various
Confederacy resurgence organizations, many of which have clear racist agendas.
However, that has not prevented Hines from becoming the lobbyist for Gambian
dictator Yahya Jammeh, a military officer who overthrew Gambia's democratically-elected
President Sir Dawda K. Jawara in a 1994 military coup supported by the United
Hines inherited the lobbying contract for Gambia from the eclectic Washington
lobbyist Edward von Kloberg III, an individual who represented Mobutu Sese Seko
of Zaire, Liberia's Samuel K. Doe, Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania, Congolese leader
Laurent Kabila, the exiled King Kigeli V of Rwanda, and Saddam Hussein. Last
May, von Kloberg took a swan dive off of a castle in Rome, allegedly committing
suicide after a spat with a gay partner.
The connections between Hines and Gambia are important since the small narrow
West African country is also a major base of operations for notorious Russian
international arms smuggler Viktor Bout. The Gambia is the headquarters for
one of many of Bout's front companies -- companies that are used to smuggle
everything from weapons to diamonds and mercenaries to international relief
supplies. In fact, Bout was the character on whom fictional arms smuggler Yuri
Orlov, played by Nicolas Cage in the movie Lord of War, was largely based.
Bout's connections with the Christian Right do not end with Gambia. Bout was
Liberian dictator Charles Taylor's primary arms and diamond smuggler. Bout and
his associates were given Liberian diplomatic passports and, with Taylor's blessing
and protection, they registered a number of their front companies in Monrovia,
the Liberian capital. Taylor, who is now in exile in Nigeria, was a business
partner with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson. Robertson's organization
mentored both Ralph Reed and Richard Hines. According to British and Israeli
intelligence sources, Taylor also enabled Al Qaeda to launder blood diamonds
for cash through Liberia. Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone were where Israeli
mobsters engaged in business with Israeli gangsters who operated under the full
protection of the Israeli Likud government.
Before Likud began purging Mossad of experienced intelligence officers with
ties to the Israeli Labor Party, the Israeli-Al Qaeda diamond financial connection
in West Africa was being pointed out by those officers as suicidal for Israeli
interests. However, Taylor and Bout had powerful interests in the United States:
a combination of the Christian Right and pro-Likud organizations like the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), both of which ignored and continue
to ignore Israeli organized crime connections to Al Qaeda and terrorism.
Robertson and Taylor were business partners in a Cayman Islands front company
called Freedom Gold, Ltd. In fact, Freedom Gold bas headquartered at Robertson's
CBN offices in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Robertson's African interests also
crossed paths with Bout's in another country -- the former Zaire. Robertson's
African Development Company used the cover of Robertson's tax-exempt "Operation
Blessing" to ferry conflict diamonds out of civil war-ravaged Zaire (now
A rare photo of Viktor Bout, aka Butt, Bont, Butte, Boutov, and Vitali Sergitov, born January 13, 1967 and January 13, 1970. Passports: various Liberian diplomatic, two Russian, one Ukrainian.
A UN Security Council report dated November 30, 2005, lists Bout's Gambia New
Millennium Air Company as having its address at the residence of Hines' client
Jammeh: State House, Banjul, Gambia. The UN report states, "The Director
of this firm is Baba Jobe, who is already listed on the Liberia Sanctions Committee’s
assets freeze list. According to a commercial aviation database, the firm acted
as a cover for Victor Bout’s operations. Its one aircraft, a Russian-made
passenger jet, was acquired from Centrafrican Airlines."
It is noteworthy that Hines's client, President Jammeh, just took possession
of the Russian-made VIP presidential passenger jet, an Ilyushin IL-62 (C5-GNM)
[Gambia] (formerly CCCP-86511 [USSR], RA-86511 [Russia], 3D-RTI [Swaziland],
TL-ACL [Central African Republic]). And also of interest is the owner of the
presidential aircraft: it is none other than Gambia New Millennium Air, the
Bout-owned company listed on the UN Security Council freeze list and which is
headquartered at Jammeh's State House in Banjul, the Gambian capital. In fact,
the plane had been previously registered to Bout front companies in Swaziland
and the Central African Republic.
The Gambia: Joins Gabon and Swaziland as another African playground for the GOP Mafia
Bout, who flew arms and passengers from Dubai and other locations to Taliban-controlled
Afghanistan prior to 9-11, is now providing air services in post-Taliban Afghanistan
as well as U.S.-occupied Iraq. Bout's transactions with the Taliban were handled
by Vial, Inc., a firm based in Delaware. One of Bout's closest associates is the
Russian-Israeli Odessa-born crime boss Leonid Minin, an Israeli national who,
according to the UN Security Council, travels on forged German passports as well
as legal Israeli, Russian, Greek, and Bolivian passports under at least ten aliases.
It is also noteworthy that many of Bout's operations are based in Eastern European
countries that have been mentioned in association with the rendition and transporting
of CIA prisoners. Bout's numerous Russian-built cargo and passenger planes have
been seen at the same airports used by CIA flights. For example, Bright Aviation,
a suspected Bout front, is based at Sofia Airport in Bulgaria. Bulgaria is believed
to be one of the countries used by the CIA to house secret prisoners. Another
Bout front, Moldtransavia SRL, is based in Chisinau, Moldova, another suspected
stopover point for CIA flights.
One Chisinau, Moldova-based Bout front company, Aerocom, which also does business
as Air Mero, is contracted to fly for Kellogg, Brown & Root in Iraq and
elsewhere. Aerocom has also been cited in UN and DEA reports for being involved
in drug smuggling in Belize. Some law enforcement officials in the United States
and Europe believe that the covert flights being operated by CIA contractors
and Bout's companies in support of secret prisoner movement are also involved
in smuggling drugs. After being subjected to news reports, Aerocom quickly changed
its name last year.
More ties that bind Bush cartel to Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli Mafia: Bush with Yahya Jammeh, dictator of the Gambia, the client of both GOP lobbyist and neo-Confederate Richard Hines and international arms smuggler Viktor Bout.
Bright's Antonov AN-12 planes were also sighted in Western European airports frequented
by CIA aircraft suspected of transporting prisoners. One of the most interesting
connections was the presence of Bright Aviation's AN-12V (LZ-BRP) on October 5,
2004 at Helsinki's Vantaa Airport. Just two days before, U.S. private military
contractor Blackwater's CASA C212-CC Aviocar (N960BW) also landed at Vantaa.
Bright's LZ-BRP was also spotted at Budapest Ferihegy on October 26, April
30, and March 30, 2005; Marseilles on October 27, 2005; Toulouse in April 2005;
Vigo, Spain on October 16, 2005; Amsterdam Schipol on September 17, 2005; Zurich
on June 3, 2005; Plovdiv, Bulgaria on June 11, 2005; Lyons on January 24, 2005;
Madrid on January 27, 2005 and July 16, 2004; Recife, Brazil on November 20,
2004, Zagreb, Croatia on September 9, 2004; Tenerife (Canary Islands) on June
13, 2004; Ostend, Belgium on June 2, 2004; and Geneva on May 11 and 12, 2004
(first visit for this aircraft to Geneva). Another Bright AN-12 (LZ-BRC) was
spotted in Glasgow Prestwick on October 14, 2004; Tenerife (Canary Islands),
where AN-12 visits are extremely rare; Maastricht/Aachen on December 22, 2003;
Lisbon on June 7, 2004; Ostend on September 6, 2002; Stockholm Arlanda on November
5, 2002; Helsinki Vantaa (with the name Heli Air painted on its fuselage) on
October 18, 2005; Budapest Ferihagy on November 19, 2005 (as Heli Air); and
St. John's, Newfoundland on November 15, 2005 (as Heli Air). Bright's LZ-BRV
AN12 was seen at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion on May 25, 2005; Zurich, May 24, 2005;
and Palma de Mallorca on February 18, 2005.
Bout's Air Bas and Irbis Air Russian-made transport aircraft were spotted throughout
2004 at Bilad airbase in northern Iraq. Bilad is the airfield near Camp Anaconda,
one of the first detention camps set up by U.S. forces and the site of the first
reported cases of U.S. prisoner torture. A Belgrade-based airline, Kosmas Air,
also linked to Bout, is reportedly transporting weapons from Serbia to both
Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bright Aviation AN-12 at Zurich airport in May 2005. Bout's aircraft crossed paths at numerous airports with CIA prisoner flights.
The firm and documented connections between Bout (the smuggler for Al Qaeda and
the Taliban) and Christian fundamentalists and Russian-Israeli mob interests provide
yet more proof that the forces behind 9-11 and other terrorist attacks represented
far more than a bunch of cave dwelling Islamist insurgents in the mountains of
Afghanistan and Pakistan. As 9-11 co-chair Thomas Kean recently said, if there
was a wider conspiracy behind 9-11 it would be a "monstrous" act. Other
than Wahhabi mosques and madrassas around the world, the monsters behind 9-11
and other attacks can also be found in mega-churches in the South, oil company
board rooms in Houston, airfields in the emirates of the Persian Gulf, Hasidic-run
"blood diamond" centers in Europe and New York, GOP lobbying firms on
K Street, and dank and dark arms warehouses in Ukraine and Moldova.