Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Niger-Gate: Italian spy chief Pollari, Michael Ledeen, Larry Franklin, Stephen Hadley, Bush...


La Repubblica's Scoop, ConfirmedItaly's intelligence chief met with Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley just a month before the Niger forgeries first surfaced.

'What Really Happened' writes:

In an explosive series of articles appearing this week in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, investigative reporters Carlo Bonini and Giuseppe d'Avanzo report that Nicolo Pollari, chief of Italy's military intelligence service, known as Sismi, brought the Niger yellowcake story directly to the White House after his insistent overtures had been rejected by the Central Intelligence Agency in 2001 and 2002. Sismi had reported to the CIA on October 15, 2001, that Iraq had sought yellowcake in Niger, a report it also plied on British intelligence, creating an echo that the Niger forgeries themselves purported to amplify before they were exposed as a hoax.Posted Oct 25, 2005

More about the Niger Forgeries

'What Really happened' writes:

Nicolo Pollari is the head of Italian military intelligence, SISMI. The Repubblica article claims that over the course of 2002 Pollari - knowing the documents were fakes - made repeated attempts to get them into the DC information stream by going around the CIA, which discounted them as fakes. This was to satisfy the expressed needs of Bush administration officials who were searching for some information to validate their claims about an Iraqi nuclear program.

Remember, too, that Pollari attended the secret Rome meetings in late 2001 arranged by Michael Ledeen and attended by Manucher Ghorbanifar, Larry Franklin and Harold Rhode.

Pollari's efforts were apparently in concert with the man who is now the Italian ambassador to the United States. And, perhaps most explosively, Pollari apparently arranged a secret meeting with Stephen Hadley - then deputy National Security Advisor, and now National Security Advisor - to discuss the documents.

The alleged date was September 9th, 2002.

The context here is important. The source of endless suspicion about when the documents first surfaced has been the timing and how that related to what was then happening in Washington. They surfaced just after the White House and the CIA had had a roundhouse battle over whether the President could make the Niger accusation in a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio. The CIA eventually prevailed, at least winning that round. The documents surfaced in Italy a couple days later.Posted Oct 25, 2005



Friday, October 21, 2005

Was 2004 presidential election stolen? - Bucks County Courier Times

J D Mullane, at the Bucks County Courier Times, 20 October 2005, wrote:

Stephen Freeman is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, whose soon-to-be-published book will make a case that the Bush/Kerry election was riddled with "corrupted counts" that deserve high scrutiny, perhaps a recount...

His case is this. On the afternoon of Election Day, exit polling - which Freeman said is quite accurate - showed Kerry was winning with 51 percent of the vote, to Bush's 49 percent.

When the polls closed, however, the numbers reversed. Bush won.

The reversal is highly improbable, Freeman claims. He wants to review national exit polling data...


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Preteen sex and the Christian Coalition?

According to the Associated Press, the longtime head of the Christian Coalition of Oregon said today that he is "withdrawing from public life," a day after news reports detailed accusations of sexual abuse against him by three female relatives.

"I am thankful for a family that loves and supports me, and intend to withdraw from public life until this is resolved," Lou Beres wrote in a statement posted on the organization's web site, at

Beres has denied any criminal misconduct and wrote that he will "pursue the Biblical response and do all within my power to reconcile with that person."

Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk told The Oregonian newspaper that officials are investigating the complaints against Beres.

The three women - now adults - allege they were abused by Beres as preteens. Their families called the child abuse hot line last month, after the three openly discussed the alleged abuse for the first time.

"I was molested," one of the women, now in her 50s, told The Oregonian. "I was victimized and I've suffered all my life for it. I'm still afraid to be in the same room with him."

Beres, 70, has blamed "personal and political enemies" for the complaint.

Only one of the three cases appears to fall under Oregon's statute of limitations on sex abuse, which expires after six years. Authorities said that case involves a young woman who was allegedly abused by Beres when she was in elementary school.

A nephew of Beres' is standing up for the three women.

"My family has gone through hell," said Richard Galat, 41, of Oakland, Calif., who told detectives that his uncle had molested "several" female relatives over the years.

"Lives have been ruined. Those of us who have come forward have been ostracized, verbally abused and the victims of character assassination...It must stop," he said.

In response to Galat's statements, Beres said on the Christian Coalition web site today, "I am grieved by the false allegations of my nephew, Richard Galat. I am attempting to determine the source of each claim."

Beres, who did immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press, is the former head of the Republican Party in Multnomah County, the Democratic stronghold that includes Portland.

Jim Moore, who teaches political science at Pacific University in Forest Grove, said Monday that Beres has not been particularly influential in Oregon politics. "In fact, under his leadership, the Christian Coalition in Oregon has gone downhill."

In state legislative races in 2004, for example, Moore said that, "we found that Christian Coalition candidates basically did not do as well as they did in the past."

Oregon Republican Chairman Vance Day said Beres hasn't been much of a factor in state GOP politics since he stepped down as Multnomah County chairman about 10 years ago. "I don't view this as having any major impact on politics here in Oregon; I don't think the Christian Coalition has a big footprint here at all," he said.

The group did support a constitutional amendment against gay marriage that passed handily with voters in November of 2004, but support for that cause was rallied by another conservative-leaning group, the Defense of Marriage Coalition.

Tim Nashif, the political director of that group, said he has few details about the allegations, and added that his group is not associated with the Christian Coalition.

"Anytime any family goes through anything like this it's a pretty grievous situation and our hearts go out to them," he said. "The truth has a tendency to come out."