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Friday, October 28, 2016

Turkey, Mosul, And What Comes Next

WWIII is what's coming next if Obama and his Pentagon maniacs have their way  


The grand Mosul operation was launched Oct. 17 by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, accompanied by a group of tough and decisive-looking generals. There was a flurry of activity, and now there is a lot of speculation, in addition to observations, about the current and future battle plans of the Islamic State, Syria, Russia and the United States.

In the first week of the offensive, about 30,000 Iraqi national army, Shiite militias and peshmerga elements, supported by an anti-Islamic State (IS) air coalition led by the United States, captured about 80 villages around Mosul, while about 6,000 IS militants counterattacked at different points.

The IS operation to infiltrate Kirkuk's center via Havika and link up with their sleeper cells in the city was the most important development of the Oct. 21-24 operations. 

That was followed by news reports that IS had counterattacked at Rutbah in Iraq’s Anbar province, not far from the country’s borders with Syria and Jordan. Then came news that an Oct. 24 IS attack against Sinjar, which dominates the vital road from Mosul to Syria, had been blocked by Yazidi forces supported by US Air Force fighters.

The pace of combat operations generally slowed in the next few days. The question everyone now asks is whether IS will resist in Mosul for months as it did in Fallujah and Ramadi, or will melt away without putting up sustained, heavy resistance.

First, a reality: IS seems to be acutely aware of the existential struggle it faces against peshmerga, Sunni Arab tribes of Ninevah province, Iraq’s national forces and Shiite militias. IS shows signs of launching a new wave of terror with counterattacks and vehicle-borne suicide bombings.

IS will likely try to create an ethnic-sectarian civil war in Iraq by sending suicide bombers to Shiite religious shrines and mosques and to disputed territories such as Kirkuk and those between Erbil and Baghdad.

Obama,. Clinton armed and trained CIA/ISIS

An analysis of the first week of the Mosul operation showed that to delay enemy advances to Mosul's center, IS resorted to hit-and-run bombing attacks in surrounding villages. More than 20 vehicle-borne bombing attacks have been recorded in Mosul’s periphery since the operation's launch. To incapacitate the massing of coalition forces around Mosul, IS is distracting them with operations at Kirkuk and Rutbah, which no doubt have high prestige values. In short, IS appears determined to stay and fight.

Does that mean IS will fight to the last militant in Mosul? Or will it act rationally and disengage before it becomes too expensive? I believe that the IS military leadership adheres to rational military strategies, in contrast to its fighters on the ground, who are motivated by Salafi-jihadi ideologies with an apocalyptic vision. We saw how rational IS military commanders could be when, on Oct. 16, instead of trying to defend symbolically important Dabiq against a Free Syrian Army assault backed by Turkey, they withdrew toward al-Bab. The IS military command acted rationally during their defensive period from January to June, and they are acting rationally now when they are under heavy pressure.

If that is the case, what does rational military thinking call for at Mosul? That's simple: Defend as much as you can. Undermine the enemy’s offensive intentions. Dictate the pace. Make the combat static. Spread it over a long period to break the cohesion of the enemy, which already has the appearance of a motley collection. If there's a need to withdraw, don’t hesitate to regroup, get organized and hit back.

With that line of thinking, I believe IS will resist in Mosul as much as it can and then evacuate the city in phases and shift its main force to Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa in Syria or to Iraq’s Sunni-populated Diyala rural terrain.

IS doesn’t appear ready to concede Mosul easily. According to information I received from local sources, IS reinforcements are coming from Syria, and Mosul residents are prevented from leaving so that they can be used as shields against air attacks. There are also other indications that IS intends to fight hard for Mosul, such as executing about 60 prisoners and banning cellular and internet connections to the outside world.

Of course there is also the widely reported reality of hundreds of hardened IS combat positions fortified by roadside bombs, tunnels, snipers and suicide bombers.

If IS militants cannot end the Mosul siege with their resistance, they will shave off their beards, mix with the civilians and foreign militants, and withdraw to other locations to regroup. Diyala rural terrain, with its desert features and hills, provides an ideal location to regroup. In a CTC Sentinel article, Alex Mello and Michael Knights predict that IS militants leaving Mosul are likely to use the Diyala region as an assembly point in Mosul’s periphery to reorganize.

If IS loses Mosul, then Syria, Iraq and the rest of the world must be ready to deal with the phenomenon of an IS without a state and with an ever-shrinking territory. In my Nov. 20, 2015, column titled “Is the Islamic State going global?" I emphasized that there is a split in IS between "localists and globalists" over the group's defensive posture. More recently, in a July 14 column titled “Is the Islamic state planning a cyber-caliphate?” I drew attention to increasing IS propaganda activities in neighboring countries such as Jordan and Turkey following losses of territory in Iraq and Syria. My point was that the globalists in IS are likely to shift their activities to Turkey, to train and export cells to other countries.

CNN fraud "war reporter" shills for CIA/ISIS

It is likely that if it loses Mosul, IS will alter its combat strategy and go underground, boost its propaganda operations in cyberspace and shift its training activities to Jordan and Turkey while mounting terror acts to send the message “We are still strong.”

Finally, if IS loses more strength and becomes more of an underground terror organization, it can become a major proxy in the developing US-Russia power struggle in Syria and Iraq.

The United States sees that with the involvement of Russia, the Syrian army has performed better than anticipated in its operations and is about to reach the end of the battle at Aleppo. To exhaust the Russian military and economically degrade it, the US may opt not to annihilate IS in Mosul but to let it withdraw to Syria through Mosul’s west flank, which was left open. If this scheme works, then the IS fighters who regroup at Raqqa-Deir ez-Zor may form a defensive line that will prevent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces from crossing east of an Aleppo-Palmyra line.

In short, the United States, by allowing IS militants to withdraw to Syria from Mosul, may be hoping to use that organization to erode the military gains of Russia and the Assad regime.

Syria and Iraq are on the verge of becoming a hot front in the global struggle for power between the United States and Russia. One cannot help but wonder whether the United States is redesigning a new Afghanistan in Syria to militarily and economically exhaust Russia.

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MUSA UCAN: Intrigue And Turmoil In Istanbul

Turkey teeters on the brink of all out war with Iraq and Syria as the Middle East becomes further destabilised by foreign imperialists       

By Musa Uçan

It has now been three months since the Gülenist terror organization (FETO) attempted a coup in Turkey that killed hundreds of people, wounded Turkish public conscience and discredited Turkey in the eyes of both allies and enemies. 

We continue to read aggressive reports and editorial commentary from Western columnists and political analysts who assert that the coup was staged and that Erdogan knew and allowed it under his control in order to increase his popularity while strengthening his position and enhancing his presidential aspirations. 

It is clearly evident that the Turkish government remains incapable at convincing the U.S. authorities and the world that the Gülenist movement is a terrorist organisation and his followers are responsible for the coup attempt. 

It is documented that the Gülenist movement (who sponsors 120 schools in the U.S.) is now funding lobbyist former politicians and organisations. 

An invisible war has been taking place in Turkey since the July 15th incident, and it is clear that the Turkish president is not hesitating make clear his requests regarding U.S. policies about FETO and the extensions of the PKK in Syria; YPG - PYD. 

Erdogan is calling upon the the U.S. to deport Gülen (now living in Pennsylvania), however U.S. officials are demanding proof of his involvement in order to consider initiating deportation proceedings while declaring they will evaluate such proof objectively. 

This is not the first time Erdogan has openly questioned imperialist hypocrisy. U.S. support to PYD - YPG in Syria (an extension of ultra-Kurdist terror organisation PKK) against all petitions from Erdogan and the now documented links of the Gülenist terror organisation FETO, the Clinton Foundation and finally the Zarrab file and Judge Richard Berman's alleged links with FETO. Turkish authorities are already discussing the possibility of leaving NATO and the question now is are U.S. government officials  ready to lose an ally located in the "heart" of the Middle East?

A favorite word is being tossed around by columnists in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt has been "mastermind," and indeed who is this "mastermind" Erdogan is referring to?

Clinton, Gulen

President Erdogan was pointing to a "mastermind" when asked by reporters who is behind this betrayal and defined "mastermind" as the individual or individuals controlling the ringleader Gülen and the Gülenist movement FETO. 

Well known investigative reporter and author Soner Yalçın has asked "[W]hat Henri Barkley was doing at the [H]otel Splendid Palace in Istanbul [on] July 15, who else was there with him [and] what was the topic while [the] military was attempting a coup outside," ( Soner Yalçın's article at 20.07.16). 

OdaTV published an interview with one of participants of Barkley's dinner at Splendid Palace.

There were 10 individuals in attendance, and some of the participants of that mysterious dinner were Ahmed Morsy (Carnegie Endowment Institute), Iran specialist Ali Vaez, Middle East specialist from Beyazit University Bayram Sinkaya along with columnist and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Dr. Mensur Akgün. The participants were seated around a U shaped table with Barkley placed in the middle. The topic of discussion is unknown as per Odatv's exclusive report.

The OdaTV report also highlighted quotes from Akgün's columns he wrote after the coup:

"Akgün wrote a column two days after [the] failed coup attempt (July 17th) and stated [the] possibility of a foreign link with [the] coup 'there might be [other] states behind the coup but [the] Turkish government shouldn't express it unless they have strong evidences in the hand.'" 

As one may remember the former Minister of Labor and Social Security Süleyman Soylu has said, "it's [the] USA behind this failed coup attempt."

In Akgün's column of July 20 he warned the government and supporters; "Even some of us are underestimating Turkey's relationship with [the] U.S. and EU [it] is very important" he said. He also stated that both Europe and the U.S. are not satisfied with the AKP government and even may have supported the coup attempt. Akgün then simply threatened the government: "We should keep in mind that organizing or supporting a coup in Turkey isn't [the] only thing that [the] USA is capable of."

Was Brennan and the CIA behind the failed coup?

Details are scarce to non-existent, a nebulous "mastermind" who controls Gülenist terror organization FETO remains unidentified. What is known is that an effort was made to end the secular Turkish Republic (the one and only secular, Unitarian republic of the world with a Muslim majority) that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians by helicopters, armored vehicles and an army built and fed by these civilian's taxes. 

And a group of coup plotters penetrated the 5.000 year old Turkish Army, one of strongest and most active in NATO and attempted to overtake control of the state. These individuals attempted to initiate a multifaceted civil war which would definitely trigger bloody ethnic and sectarian conflicts in the Balkans, Caucasus, Cyprus, Azerbaijan - Armenia while at the same time destabilising the entire Middle East region. 

This group lodged itself in the deepest cells and veins of the army and published secrets of the State and military above the fold of a CIA funded so-called "newspaper" (Taraf), jailed loyal Kemalists, independent and patriotic generals with manufactured, bogus evidence spread by CIA-linked journalists.

It definitely seems now that the "mastermind" will lose more allies as a consequence of "Soft Power" foreign policy and promised "change" to the nation. What remains now is a bankrupted economy, more homeless people, more refugees, more bullets and more weapons, more dictators, more discussions,  more terrorists, bloody petrodollars and more and more victims.

The bloody events at the Incirlik NATO base on July 15th and the importance of Barkley & Fuller, Carnegie Endowment, RAND Corporation will be the topic of the next report. We will unveil some faces and links here to expose the dirty face and hypocrisy of imperialism.

Understanding these incidents in Turkey during the last three decades is the key to understanding what is happening now and will happen in Middle East, Europe, Balkan and Caucasus in the near and distant future. It will affect us all.

Musa Uçan
Musa Uçan is a freelance journalist reporting on international affairs and global politics and has traveled widely throughout the Middle East, Russia, Northern Africa and Asia. He has witnessed first-hand the before and after Arab Spring and Orange Revolutions. 

He resides in Turkey.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ANDREW KREIG: Whistleblower Memoir Denounces UBS Bank, U.S. Justice Department Corruption

Judicial branch of government has now been completely compromised and corrupted by the Executive  

By Andrew Kreig

Famed bank whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld launched his tell-all memoir Lucifer’s Bankerlast week at the National Press Club with a harsh indictment of the nearby headquarters of the U.S. Justice Department.

Bradley Birkenfeld, described earlier this year by CNBC as "the most significant financial whistleblower of all time," attacked law enforcers as being cowardly, self-seeking and deceitful in monitoring crime by top financial institutions that help the wealthy commit massive frauds on taxes.

The schemes hide money, sometimes ill-gotten, and thus may hurt the criminals' spouses, business colleagues, fellow citizens, and governments.

Birkenfeld, 51, helped American authorities recover an estimated $15 billion in back taxes, interest and penalties from wealthy tax cheats who worked with his former employer, UBS, the world's largest bank. UBS is at the center of Switzerland's notoriously secretive system that helped the wealthy duck debtors and facilitate crime that includes drug and arms trafficking.

"The great irony," Birkenfeld told about 80 guests at the press club Oct. 18 "is that the only banker imprisoned for the financial scandals was me, the whistleblower."

"The problem," he continued in an interview the next day with RT, "is the U.S. Department of Justice is corrupt."

His Lucifer’s Banker memoir, subtitled The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy, is an engaging, important and otherwise compelling overview of his unique, courageous role in exposing and reforming Switzerland's system of secret banking for the world's mega-rich.

His story also shows how he endured a 40-month prison sentence. After serving 31 months (with time off for good behavior), he is now free to tell the tale, bolstered by $104 million (before taxes) that he and his lawyers managed to obtain as reward money despite the best efforts of Justice Department tormentors to hinder the full force of his disclosures.

Particularly important is that authorities -- and not just the Justice Department but also Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her colleagues -- sought to protect in his view many of the rich and powerful tax cheats who could have been exposed.

Update: JIP's editor discussed this column on Oct. 25 during an hour-long edition of The Phil Mikan Show simulcast on WLIS-AM and WMRD-AM in Connecticut, and streaming worldwide. A major point was that the topic was not simply important but interesting -- and that true reform will never occur until the public becomes engaged in how seemingly far-away issues directly affect personal quality of life, such as when criminals hide assets from employees, business colleagues or spouses, or when narcotics traffickers destroying communities hide their money overseas.

Birkenfeld says he outlined to authorities precisely how they could have obtained the names and other records of all 19,000 of the UBS customers availing themselves of secret accounts. Also, he told prosecutors how they could capture all UBS bankers entering the United States on phony customs declarations, thereby enabling prosecutors to squeeze the bankers to cooperate in criminal cases against the tax cheats and foster reform through such additional avenues as Senate oversight hearings.

Bush and Clinton "revitalising America"

But, he argues, U.S. authorities obtained only 4,700 names that UBS cherry-picked in mysterious ways. He believes the bank and compliant authorities protected the vast bulk of the most politically influential tax cheats. That deprived taxpayers, he argues, of even greater reimbursement than the $12 billion (plus interest and penalties) that IRS recouped.

More generally, he portrays a corrupt and incompetent oversight landscape that is marred also by often-timid and misguided defense counsel typically available whistleblowers, even though he could afford top lawyers and researched extensively those available.

Despite roadblocks, his saga proceeds in a buoyant manner in describing how he overcame the obstacles for the most part, aided by his final team of lawyers from the National Whistleblower Center. He provides kudos to the Internal Revenue Service, which he calls the most effective, non-political and otherwise admirable of the oversight bodies he encountered.

Praise for the IRS is not the only unconventional aspect of this memoir. So is his admiration for the rigorous training he received at Vermont's Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military academy. Also, he is proud of his luxurious and libidinous lifestyle as a high-paid banker. In a convoluted but ultimately convincing way, such diverse experiences led him to the monumental risks and results of his whistle blowing.

Former IRS chief Lois Lerner - praiseworthy?

Today's column draws from his case, his powerful memoir and his appearance last week in the nation's capital. Our conclusion? His harsh words against the Justice Department and the overall structure it exemplifies appear to be justified, although we recognize that many thousands of employees labor also each day to live up to the DOJ's aspirational goals of delivering justice.

In concluding this, we draw upon years of reporting here documenting other injustices by top federal authorities involving both their whitewashes that protect the powerful and their remarkably harsh treatment to political targets, including whistleblowers.

Readers are familiar with the threats to democracy inflicted by the Justice Department on many political prisoners and/or whistleblowers.

Thomas Drake: photo by Noel St. John
As a few examples reported here through the years: Privacy advocates, whistleblowers and political targets Edward Snowden, Joseph Nacchio, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Raddack and John Kiriakou; and the still-imprisoned former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and the DOJ political targets (such as Richard Scrushy, Tamarah Grimes, Gary White, and Dana Jill Simpson) who courageously supported one of the Deep South's most prominent Democrats during his 2006 Justice Department frame-up despite pressures from the department to adjust their testimony or otherwise drop their protests against one of the nation's most enduring human rights disgraces.

Among others we've covered have been President John F. Kennedy's former Secret Service guard Abraham Bolden, a black officer who tried to warn the Warren Commission about racial hatred against JFK within the protective service but instead found himself imprisoned on trumped up DOJ charges; and many more DOJ victims. That's one of the department's most enduring and important shames.

Several of these victims and civic heroes were honored guests at Birkenfeld's book launch last week. What follows is our take on the Bradley Birkenfeld story and its continuing importance to you.


Lucifer's Banker and relevant commentary constitute a vital additional to conventional wisdom about the reforms to Swiss banking that Birkenfeld's initiative generated. Most important are the difficulties even such a well-funded and well-prepared whistleblower faced in trying to achieve reform when Washington authorities, with some exceptions such as U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), generally oppose whistleblowers as much as they can without alerting the public to the deep corruption afflicting the country.

The author's Wikipedia entry, a compilation of clips from varied sources, is one starting place for his background. An additional (and not dissimilar) perspective comes from his memoir'spromo:

As a private banker working for the largest bank in the world, UBS, Bradley Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland's shell-game of offshore companies and secret numbered accounts. He wined and dined ultrawealthy clients whose millions of dollars were hidden away from business partners, spouses, and tax authorities. As his client list grew, Birkenfeld lived a life of money, fast cars, and beautiful women, but when he discovered that UBS was planning to betray him, he blew the whistle to the U.S. Government.

The Department of Justice scorned Birkenfeld's unprecedented whistle-blowing and attempted to silence him with a conspiracy charge. Yet Birkenfeld would not be intimidated. He took his secrets to the U.S. Senate, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service, where he prevailed.

His bombshell revelations helped the U.S. Treasury recover over $15 billion (and counting) in back taxes, fines, and penalties from American tax cheats. But Birkenfeld was shocked to discover that at the same time he was cooperating with the U.S. Government, the Department of Justice was still doggedly pursuing him. He was arrested and served thirty months in federal prison. When he emerged, the Internal Revenue Service gave him a whistle-blower award for $104 million, the largest such reward in history.

A page-turning real-life thriller, Lucifer's Banker is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the secret Swiss high-net worth banking industry and a harrowing account of our government's justice system. Readers will follow Birkenfeld and share his outrage with the incompetence and possible corruption at the Department of Justice, and they will cheer him on as he ''hammers'' one of the most well-known and powerful banks in the world.


The promo lives up to the reality in this instance.

This book is timely during this campaign season, particularly in illustrating how many leaders of both parties and even career appointees defer to the ultra-wealthy and their organizations, such as UBS.

Birkenfeld describes how his success in private banking enabled him to obtain a unique UBS compensation package for those at his level, which included an 18 percent share of his 150 clients' new spending at the bank.

Obama has sentenced whistleblowers to 25 times the jail time of All prior U.S. Presidents COMBINED

As a result, he could afford to hire Washington's best lawyers when he decided to report his superiors in 2005. He discovered via an unannounced memo buried deep in the UBS intranet system that his higher-ups were planning to scapegoat lower-level personnel if foreign authorities, such as those in the United States, ever discovered that a major component of the bank's operations was sales of financial tools to clients who wanted to violate their national law.

But he learned that all the major law firms in Washington, DC were unavailable to him because UBS kept them on retainer, creating a conflict. So, he went to a well-regarded boutique led by former Justice Department prosecutors.

And, like many such litigants, he learned that their expertise pointed him to a guilty plea with few protections in the face of the DOJ's overwhelming financial and logistical advantages against anyone it chooses to target for any reason. Those factors are illustrated also by Harvey Silverglate's iconic 2009 book Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, soon to be republished in an updated edition.

He saw also that even the best lawyers he could find at the beginning of quest lacked the clout and survival instincts to help him navigate what should have been, at least according to civics and legal studies, a relatively straightforward proposition: the whistleblower gets immunity or at least leniency in return for massive documentation of serious, widespread crimes that authorities could never learn about otherwise.

Instead of receiving the kind of deal provided to many others, he portrays a Justice Department beholden to bankers and their top clients, first under disgraced Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and then under the Obama successor Eric Holder.

Gonzales with war criminal master George W. Bush

Birkenfeld's assessment of Holder is much like our own as reported in Media Helped Eric Holder Polish His Image. That 2015 column summarized this way Holder's six years in office after representing UBS and other banks at the elite law firm Covington & Burling:

"Attorney Gen. Eric Holder polished his legacy Feb. 17 with a National Press Club speech that illustrated the sharp limits of political accountability and media curiosity in the nation’s capital."

Although Birkenfeld's memoir characterizes much of the Justice Department's serious misconduct as occurring during the Bush administration (which ended in late January 2009), he characterizes Clinton's discussions with her Swiss counterpart during the scandal in 2009 as "Mafia-style antics" that coincided with an increase of UBS donations to the Clinton Foundation from $60,000 to $600,000.

Meanwhile, President Obama, a close friend of Holder, went golfing for five hours on Martha's Vineyard with UBS America CEO Robert Wolf, whose company paid a $780 million to obtain deferred prosecution. In an interview with ProPublica reporter Sharona Coutts and National Whistleblowers Center Executive Director Stephen Kohn, Democracy Now! reported that golf date as follows: As Obama Golfs with UBS CEO Days After Firm Avoids Criminal Prosecution, UBS Whistleblower Given 40-Month Jail Term.


In Lucifer's Banker, Birkenfeld describes that settlement as a mere cost of doing business compared to the billions of dollars in fees the bank obtained from helping Americans illegally hide their money.

The UBS CEO Wolf had been one of Obama's major early Wall Street backers. The media have for the most part whitewashed Obama's powerful backers on Wall Street and in the intelligence community in order to overemphasize his brief stints as a community organizer and adjunct law professor. That's a story previously reported here, and of continuing significance.

Wolf with Obama

Also a story for another day are the varied sources of the untaxed and largely unaccountable wealth of Switzerland's 130 private banks, including UBS. These are reliably reported in some instances to include drug and arms trafficking in ways that authorities could relatively easily track with the confidential information Birkenfeld provided if DOJ higher-ups had so desired.

He reports that his Justice Department personnel became appalled, hostile and almost visibly frightened when he reported that one UBS client with $420 million in six UBS accounts was Abdulazziz Abbas, an international oil and arms dealer with strong business ties to Saddam Hussein.

The author recalls, "I had no trouble spilling these particularly filthy beans. After all, this was the post-9/11 world, and this guy Abbas had terrorism written all over him." The former banker, now working part time as a private consultant and philanthropist, adds that his mental process was, "Sorry my Swiss friends but terrorism trumps Swiss banking secrecy."

But he encountered further problems at the Justice Department during his interview when he, as he recalls, he continued his description of the trafficker this way:

"Oh, there's one other thing you should know."

"What's that?"

"I understand Abbas is good friends with Rudy Giuliani."

Former New York City Mayor Giuliani had been the third-ranking DOJ executive earlier in his career and was at the time leading in polls for the GOP nomination in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Rudy "9/11" Giuliani

"We're not interested in non-Americans!" the DOJ's top man said, Birkenfeld recalls.

"I kept trying to interject but he kept repeating this mantra, almost in a panic." 


There's always at least two sides of a story.

The government's views are summarized in prosecution memos, such as this: Former UBS Banker Sentenced to 40 Months for Aiding Billionaire American Evade Taxes, and elsewhere below in excerpts from relevant litigation.

The DOJ materials conveyed the department's hostile posture towards Birkenfeld by, for example, omitting for the most part his early initiative and the authorities' treatment of the wealthy bank customers he identified. None of the clients or higher-ups went to prison, it bears repeating, even though it was the clients who actively undertook the tax cheating and it was UBS top executives who orchestrated creation and sales of tools for tax cheats. Just last week, the IRS issued a news release, Offshore Voluntary Compliance Efforts Top $10 Billion, that boasted of its successes since 2009 in recovering money offshore but omitted any hint of how much the program owed to Birkenfeld.

The government's successes were also memorialized in extensive news coverage of Switzerland's reform of banking laws under U.S. government pressure. A sample of that coverage is included in the appendix below.

More generally, this editor can confirm that the vast majority of thousands of DOJ and other federal employees are simply trying to do their jobs day-in, day-out in a responsible manner and without any complicity in the kinds of intrigues described at length in Lucifer's Banker or in this column.

Such intrigues are the exception but can be important enough to report at length, particularly when scant accountability exists for demonstrated misconduct or what might be described as obstruction of justice if undertaken by a private citizen. This assessment is based on, among other things, my five years covering the Justice Department full time as a newspaper reporter plus a year as law clerk to a Boston federal judge and 25 years as an attorney in Washington, DC.

Historian John H. Davis recounted in his 1989 book Mafia Kingfish: Carlos Marcello and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy a particularly dramatic example of the twin sides of the Justice Department.

Nearly three decades ago, two heroic FBI special agents, Larry Montague and Michael Wacks, risked their lives for many months, sometimes on a daily basis along with swindler-turned-informant Joe Hauser, to worm their way into the confidence of the ruthless Louisiana and Texas mob boss Marcello. Using hidden tape recorders, the agents pretended to be career criminals. They pulled it off with Hauser's help, and recorded the mob boss and his henchmen on multiple occasions confiding their murderous deeds through the decades.

Even one pat-down or other slip-up revealing the electronic gear during their visits to secluded mob hideaways would have meant certain and immediate death, as would any discrepancies in their "criminal" cover stories eliciting trust from one of the most canny mob bosses in American history.

Carlos Marcello

Instead, Marcello and top cohorts were convicted of racketeering at trial.

After nearly seven years, however, Marcello, who had bribed and threatened officials high and low for many decades, received a surprise release via the courts in 1989, and was able to spend his remaining four years at home before his death in 1993.

Since Marcello (shown above in a file photo) is a major suspect in the deaths of both President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., among many other murders and whitewashes, few tales so neatly encapsulate both the heroism some DOJ personnel and the questionable performance by others in the legal system.


Lucifer's Banker describes the important ways that Birkenfeld's tormentors at the Justice Department smeared and imprisoned him in a political prosecution after he and his legal team alerted them in 2005 to then-unknown crimes by UBS top management and its U.S. clients. Among the grievous problems he describes:

  • The Department's go-slow posture against major wrongdoers;

  • Refusal to grant the immunity he felt he needed to provide all the documents he had bravely secured in violation of Swiss law;

  • Indictment and imprisonment of him when it failed to imprison any of the banking higher-ups or their clients who had actually implemented the tax avoidance;

  • Repeated smears of Birkenfeld as motivated by reward money when congress had not even passed the legislation creating an IRS reward system he approached the DOJ;

  • Repeated claim of credit for the investigation when it would not have started or finished without his massive documentation, conveyed in significant part to the Senate under its grant of immunity that DOJ declined to recognise.

After many similar rebuffs and a frightening black ops operation against Birkenfeld worth reading in full, he concluded, "When your own government betrays you it's a mule kick in the guts."

Birkenfeld is more positive about Senate investigators. He recalls that they listened carefully, held hearings, and undertook reform action for the future while hiding Birkenfeld's role in many ways. They prevented their star witness from testifying publicly on the precise crimes and criminals. This enabled senators and the DOJ to gain more of the public credit for exposing the crimes. It also enabled higher-ups at UBS to avoid tough questioning that would have enlightened the public but heightened pressure on VIP bankers and clients who fund both parties.

Birkenfeld's summary of the Senate actions:

The politicians had gotten out front of this, causing an enormous embarrassment for the DOJ; they could no longer suppress my evidence or the brewing scandal. However, no open accusations of corruption or obstruction of justice flew between Senate Democrats and Republicans, because both sides knew they had dirty fish in the fire.

The happy ending (at least for him and readers so inclined to look for bright spots) is that his disclosures created such a scandal as to prompt major reforms in Switzerland's banking system. Along the way, he found highly capable and trusted counsel at the National Whistleblower Center (one of his many law firms) and would do it all again, except to approach the "Justice" Department first instead of other agencies.

But much work remains. This month he sent a copy of his book to President Obama with a request for action, copied to the Justice Department and all 535 members of the U.S. House and Senate. His letter, copied here, outlines the ongoing cover-up of vital information, including 75 percent of the 19,000 names of UBS secret account holders, and calls for public disclosure and more aggressive enforcement that can help the rest of the nation's citizens.

Bottom line: Read this book, especially during election season. It will help you understand that both the private sector and government abound with puppet masters and puppets, and little will change until the public demands the truth and accountability.

Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC.

An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.



The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-free fall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of World Trade Center (WTC) Building 7, portrayed in this 10:08 minute video.



The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1 : The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.



Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.



By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...



UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak


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Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...



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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .



By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.



CIA Al Jazeera Dutch Spy Step Vaessen Compiles Yet Another Indonesian Hit Piece To Destabilize Indonesian Economy, Government

Following ejection from the Middle East countries of Iraq, Syria, Egypt and other nations, the CIA/Obama owned and operated Al Jazeera now turns it's sights on Indonesia, utilizing it's CIA cutout Step Vaessen as a proxy "journalist" to foment sectarian violence and the disruption of the Indonesian economy.

Vaessen has a long history with Western and Australian intelligence agencies and has been financed and...