DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: POLITICAL FIRINGS, DEMOTIONS, RESIGNATIONS
All U.S. Attorney
Senior Los Alamos employees
Various intelligence officers were forced to retire or resign.
The New York Post 12/27/98 ".Former CIA Director John Deutch made the mistake of saying that he thought previous missile strikes by the Clinton administration had left Saddam stronger than before. He was fired soon afterward."
Judicial Watch Press Release 1/15/99 Larry Klayman ".Linda Tripp testified Tuesday that she saw a document which proves conclusively that Hillary Rodham Clinton ordered the Travel Office firings. The revelation came during hostile questioning by an attorney for Williams & Connolly, the firm representing Mrs. Clinton in the $90 million Filegate civil lawsuit brought against her, the Clinton White House, the FBI, and others by Judicial Watch on behalf of those former Reagan and Bush staffers and others whose FBI files were illegally obtained and misused by the Clinton White House. Tripp testified that the "order" to fire the Travel Office staff was seen "in handwriting on a memo in Mrs. Clinton's hand signed HRC, which said, we need our people out, out underlined -- we need these people out, out underlined, we need our people in, in underlined, HRC." Ms. Tripp testified that the writing was on the upper-right hand corner of memo that had the names of the late Vince Foster and former White House Associate Counsel William Kennedy..."
Progressive Review 1/15/99 Sam Smith from Linda Tripp Deposition ".Q. My question is whether you recall any specific orders that Mrs. Clinton gave either of those two individuals? A I remember an order having to do with the firing of the Travel Office from Mrs. Clinton to Mr. Foster, yes. Q What was that order? A In handwriting on a memo in Mrs. Clinton's hand signed HRC, which said, we need our people out, out underlined -- we need these people out, out underlined, we need our people in, in underlined, HRC."
Progressive Review 2/4/99 Sam Smith ".CHARLES LABELLA, the Justice Department prosecutor who headed a federal probe into President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election fund-raising and, along with the FBI, recommended an independent prosecutor. Attorney General Janet Reno, taking yet another dive in the scandals investigation, refused to follow his advice. LaBella has now told the Los Angeles Times he has decided to leave because Attorney General Janet Reno wants to replace him."
Progressive Review 2/4/99 Sam Smith ".MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ was a prosecutor on the staff of Kenneth Starr. His attempts to uncover the truth in the Foster death case were repeatedly foiled and he was the subject of planted stories undermining his credibility and implying that he was unstable. Rodriguez eventually resigned.."
Progressive Review 2/4/99 Sam Smith ".JEAN DUFFEY: Head of a joint federal-county drug task force in Arkansas. Her first instructions from her boss: "Jean, you are not to use the drug task force to investigate any public official." Duffey's work, however, led deep into the heart of the Dixie Mafia, including members of the Clinton machine. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard reports that when she produced a star witness who could testify to Clinton's involvement with cocaine, the local prosecuting attorney, Dan Harmon issued a subpoena for all the task force records, including "the incriminating files on his own activities. If Duffey had complied it would have exposed 30 witnesses and her confidential informants to violent retributions. She refused." Harmon issued a warrant for her arrest and friendly cops told her that there was a $50,000 price on her head. She eventually fled to Texas. The once-untouchable Harmon was convicted in June 1997 of five counts of racketeering, extortion and drug dealing.."
Progressive Review 2/4/99 Sam Smith ". BILL DUNCAN: An IRS investigator in Arkansas who drafted some 30 federal indictments of Arkansas figures on money laundering and other charges. Clinton biographer Roger Morris quotes a source who reviewed the evidence: "Those indictments were a real slam dunk if there ever was one." The cases were suppressed, many in the name of "national security." Duncan was never called to testify. Other IRS agents and state police disavowed Duncan and turned on him. Said one source, "Somebody outside ordered it shut down and the walls went up." ."
Progressive Review 2/4/99 Sam Smith ".RUSSELL WELCH: An Arkansas state police detective working with Duncan. Welch developed a 35-volume, 3,000 page archive on drug and money laundering operations at Mena. His investigation was so compromised that a high state police official let one of the targets of the probe look through the investigative file. At one point, Welch was sprayed in the face with poison, later identified by the CDC as anthrax. He would write in his diary, "I feel like I live in Russia, waiting for the secret police to pounce down. A government has gotten out of control. Men find themselves in positions of power and suddenly crimes become legal." Welch is no longer with the state police.."
New York Times 3/06/99 Jeff Gerth "…While Richardson and other Energy Department officials praise Trulock's work and deny he has been mistreated, some in Congress suspect he has been demoted for helping the Cox Committee. Redmond, the CIA's former counterintelligence chief, who made his name by unmasking Soviet mole Aldrich Ames at the CIA, has no doubts about the significance of what Trulock uncovered. He said: "This was far more damaging to the national security than Aldrich Ames." …"
Associated Press 3/12/99 Laurie Kellman "…During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Arlen Specter, R-Pa., told Reno that her plan to replace Charles LaBella, the interim U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, created the "possible inference" that LaBella was passed over as a punishment. "The inference is plain wrong," Reno replied. "Chuck LaBella's disagreement with me had nothing to do with who the U.S. attorney is for the Southern District of California."… "When I left I didn't even get a 'thank-you for your services,"' LaBella told the San Diego Union-Tribune last month. "I think that crystallizes just how out of favor I was with the Justice Department." …"
Marshfield Mail 3/17/99 Jack Anderson Jan Moller "…It's no secret that first lady Hillary Clinton is a stickler for privacy. The Clintons had barely moved into the executive mansion when Hillary fired an usher for accepting a phone call from Barbara Bush. Later, she allegedly tried to shuffle the Secret Service detail after rumors appeared in the press depicting her as given to profane tirades and to hurling objects at her husband in anger…."
Wall Street Journal 3/25/99 "...It's no secret that the Clinton defense squads play hardball with their political opponents. But at least they get publicized. Less well attended to is the Administration's practice of trying to smother or smear internal government whistleblowers critical of its policies.... Everyone now knows about the Chinese espionage at the Los Alamos nuclear lab. Not nearly so widely known is that Notra Trulock, the Energy Department investigator who uncovered the espionage, says he was ordered not to tell Congress of his findings. Colleagues say he was also harassed and intimidated by superiors. Meanwhile, FBI officials tell us of agents who tried to warn the White House that some of the President's Arkansas buddies were engaged in shady business deals in China, then saw their careers derailed or sidelined. Of course, the most famous whistleblower of the Clinton era may be Jean Lewis, the investigator for the Resolution Trust Corp. who told Congress there was "a concerted effort to obstruct, hamper and manipulate" her probe of Madison Savings, the Arkansas S&L with links to the Clinton family. Her superiors removed her from the probe and placed her on administrative leave. A letter was pulled from her computer and leaked to smear her motives. And of course there are the Privacy Act violations against Kathleen Willey and Linda Tripp, both government employees...Senate Finance Chairman William Roth claims that several IRS employees who testified about abuses before his committee suffered reprisals. The Environmental Protection Agency has disciplined employees who speak out against its use of junk science....Last year, an administrative law judge ordered the EPA to pay one of its scientists, David Lewis, more than $100,000 after it falsely accused him of ethics violations over articles he had written criticizing the agency. This past September, a second judge found that the EPA had discriminated against him in denying him a promotion...... In 1996, the Immigration and Naturalization Service allowed Vice President Gore's office to pressure it into allowing 180,000 immigrants to become citizens before that year's election without having their criminal records checked. Some 11,000 of them had felony arrest records. Much of this could have been avoided if the Administration had heeded warnings from Neil Jacobs, an assistant director in the INS's Dallas office. Subpoenaed to testify before Congress, he reported in late 1996 that not one out of 10,000 people who became citizens in the Dallas area were referred to his office for a review of their criminal records. After his testimony, the INS tried to fire him for denying merit raises for three Hispanic agents and instead giving them $1,000 cash awards. It suspended him and moved him from his supervisory position, never mind that he had received a personal award from Vice President Gore for government efficiency. The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board last month ordered the INS to reinstate Mr. Jacobs, saying an ongoing investigation "revealed reasonable grounds" that his whistleblowing had led to the decision to punish him..... "
Freeper SIT-REP 4/15/99 "...The same AP article revealed serious charges by Stephen Plitman, one of two OFAC agents resisting the shutdown of Leatherneck, who lost their jobs when their Treasury positions were abruptly discontinued. Plitman charged that his boss, Newcombe, met with several times and blatantly tipped off representatives of Mobil Oil, alerting them to the fact that the firm was under investigation for violating the Vietnam trade embargo. An inspector general's report showed that Newcombe even gave Mobil representatives a copy of a subpoena days before it was served to them. Solomon quoted Plitman from documents: "I was completely taken aback". He added that he considered Newcombe's actions to be "nothing less that a tipoff." The allegations of the improper meetings were supported by Secret Service logs and even the recollections of a Mobil representative, who admitted that Newcombe gave them a "passing heads up" on the OFAC probe during a limousine ride provided to Newcombe by the company.... Agent Plitman and is associate, Bob Sheridan's positions at OFAC were discontinued and they later ended up in Customs at lower pay grades. They are now the targets of an internal Treasury Department investigation into their charges against Newcombe -- an action which Mickey Downie descirbes as "Ongoing bureaucratic retaliation". The criminal element in the federal government have honed this method of crushing honest whistleblowers to an exact science. As Downie wryly notes, "When you've done something a few hundred times, you become very proficient at it".
Southeastern Legal Foundation 3/23/99 "…The Southeastern Legal Foundation is offering its legal services pro-bono to a top Department of Energy official whose attempts to expose the Chinese infiltration of Los Alamos national labs were nearly quashed by the Clinton Administration. Notra Trulock, the former Department of Energy chief of intelligence, was informed in early-1996 by senior officials at Los Alamos that the Chinese had organized an ongoing spy campaign which had stolen U.S. nuclear missile secrets. He briefed the Clinton Administration soon afterward. However, the administration took no action to eradicate the problem until Trulock testified to a special House committee late in 1998. "The campaign contributions, the White House coffees, the transfer of American missile technology, and the cozy relationship with the Chinese Army all follow a pattern," said Matthew Glavin, president of SLF. "It seems that President Clinton's 'engagement' with China has only resulted in placing our country's national security severely at risk. If Trulock had not addressed the House committee, this espionage may never have come to light."….Since testifying before the Cox committee, Trulock has been moved to acting deputy of the DOE intelligence office. The White House insists it had nothing to do with his demotion and supports his testimony. Glavin says SLF will investigate who ordered the demotion and what role, if any, Trulock's testimony played in the administrative decision…."
WorldNetDaily 4/15/99 Joseph Farah "...Three cheers for Joe Banister, the former special agent for the Internal Revenue Service, who actually went to the trouble to study the constitutionality of his employer, came to the conclusion it was illegal and had the nerve to confront his bosses. No surprise, Banister was given a few hours to clean out his desk. But the people who ought to be turned out of their jobs are the elected and unelected officials who have permitted this fraud to be perpetrated on the American people for so long. Think about it. You've seen the IRS literature (and I use that term loosely) that claims the filing of tax returns is "voluntary." If you believe that, just watch what happens when you forget to volunteer that return by April 15. All hell breaks loose. Your bank accounts can be seized. Some have even been thrown in jail..... Americans by birthright cannot be compelled to testify against themselves. Yet the IRS does just that every single day -- and today more than any other day of the year. Banister also contends, as others have, that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never ratified. And he points out that income taxes have been used to pay the interest on the national debt rather than for actual government operations...."
Washington Post 4/17/99 Stephen Barr "...A star witness at 1997 Senate hearings into taxpayer abuses by the Internal Revenue Service said yesterday that her managers moved to fire her, then quickly retreated after the agency's top brass and the Senate learned of the action. Jennifer Long, a Houston IRS agent, said she was called in from an audit on Thursday--the tax filing deadline for millions of Americans--and told she would be fired in 60 days if her job performance did not improve. Asked if she considered the firing threat to be retribution for her Senate testimony, Long said, "There is no question about it." Senate Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth Jr. (R-Del.), who held two sets of hearings on IRS abuses, and IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti said they would begin immediate investigations. The 13-page letter notifying her of "ongoing performance deficiencies" was withdrawn yesterday by Houston officials, Long said. Sources said at least one official was placed on administrative leave because of the action against Long. Long, a 16-year IRS agent, testified at the hearings that IRS managers made up evidence to show taxpayers owed more taxes than they reported and that they targeted low-income people without the resources to fight back. Prior to her testimony, Long received "fully successful" job ratings, but they dropped to failing marks after her testimony, the Finance Committee said. In Thursday's notice of possible dismissal, IRS manager Karie L. Gulley criticized how Long planned and scheduled work and the time she spent preparing for audits...."
Wall Street Journal 4/21/99 John Fialka "...The Engergy Department, already scrambling to address lapses that may have allowed China to obtain U.S. nuclear-weapons technology, faces a new security problem and has put its director of safeguards on administrative leave, pending an inquiry into charges that he disclosed government secrets. Edward McCallum, head of DOE's Office of Security and Safeguards, was quietly removed from his post Monday. The move, which DOE officials say is unrelated to the department's investigation of Chinese espionage, nevertheless is likely to deepen the agency's security crisis. Mr. McCallum functioned as one of DOE's internal critics. During most of the 1990s, he regularly wrote reports faulting agency budget cuts, saying they seriously weakened security forces assigned to protect weapons-related facilities and to screen foreign visitors. Brooke Anderson, a DOE spokeswoman, said Mr. McCallum's removal involved "a possible unauthorized disclosure of classified information." She wouldn't elaborate. While his case is under examination by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. McCallum will continue to receive full pay and benefits and hold his security clearance.... Mr. McCallum refused to comment on his case. Associates of the former Army Special Forces officer, however, found the charges hard to believe. "I can tell you this would certainly be out of character for him," said Maj. Gen. George L. McFadden, who retired from the DOE last year as director of security affairs. He was Mr. McCallum's boss. "He is a true professional as far as security is concerned. He is very, very tight with national security." Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, a longtime critic of security problems at the DOE's nuclear-weapons facilities, asked for an immideate briefing on the case. "Retaliation is not unprecedented in the Department of Energy." ...."
USA Today 4/29/99 AP "...A number of Energy Department and national weapons laboratory officials face possible disciplinary action because a scientist was provided continued access to top nuclear secrets long after he became a target of an espionage investigation, government officials say. An internal Energy Department investigation of the scientist and possible theft of secrets by China at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico is focusing on ''why was this man permitted access for so long,'' a senior official said Wednesday....Meanwhile, it was learned Wednesday that investigators for nearly two years were prevented from examining Lee's personal computer at Los Alamos because Los Alamos employees never had been put on formal notice that their computers were subject to search.... A search of Lee's computer was proposed as early as 1996, but both FBI and Justice Department lawyers said a warrant would be needed because the lab's computers did not contain warnings they were subject to search as government property, the officials said, and there was not enough hard evidence to get a warrant. When investigators finally examined Lee's computer after the scientist had been fired, they found the computer contained extensive files of top-secret weapons design and performance codes, although the computer was part of an unclassified system with wide access and could be used to send data in and out of the lab complex. The discovery of top-secret data in Lee's less secure computer is expected to raise new questions about why he was allowed to keep his security clearance and allowed continued access to some of the lab's most sensitive weapons data more than two years after he became a leading suspect in the alleged theft by China of information on a sophisticated nuclear warheads, the W-88, in the 1980s....Most of the files in Lee's computer had been transferred from Los Alamos' highly secure computer system in 1994-95, although evidence was found the Lee made some authorized transfers as early as 1983, an official said. He said there was no evidence that the files were accessed from outside the laboratory, but also no assurance that they were not...."
Washington Times 4/27/99 Edward Timperlake and William C. Triplett II "...We now know the Berger National Security Council demoted the security officer who told them Chinese military spies had totally infiltrated our nuclear weapons labs. The Cox Report probably will have shocking information on the transfer of American military technology to PLA-related end-users in China, leading to speculation on more campaign contributions...."
Washington Times 4/27/99 Frank J. Gaffney Jr. "...Consider the following: * Information insecurity: On April 17, 1995, President Clinton lent his authority to an "openness" initiative championed by Mrs. O'Leary, the current White House chief of staff, John Podesta, and then-NSC staffer Morton Halperin with his signature of Executive Order 2958. This order called for the automatic declassification by April 17, 2000, of all documents containing historical information that are 25 years or older.... Leading senators were horrified to learn last year that Restricted Data (and "Formerly Restricted Data") governed by the Atomic Energy Act were being hastily thrown out with the bath water as officials were not being given the time or resources to declassify sensitive documents on a page-by-page basis. Instead, it had to be done by the box, if not by the shelf. Mr. Podesta, apparently infuriated at any interference with the declassification initiative, instructed Secretary Richardson to have Ms. Gottemoeller reprimand a senior DOE bureaucrat, Joseph Mahaley, for encouraging Congress to intervene. (The personnel action - which would, among other things, have denied Mr. Mahaley an expected performance bonus - was quietly withdrawn after he threatened legal action.)
Washington Times 4/27/99 Frank J. Gaffney Jr. "...First, Mrs. O'Leary banned personnel badges that clearly indicated whether the bearer had a security clearance and, if so, how high. Her reasoning: Such badges were discriminatory. And second, she ended the practice of requiring reports to DOE headquarters about foreign nationals from "sensitive countries" who visited the unclassified areas of the nation's nuclear weapons laboratories. Among those who has had the unenviable task of dealing with the deleterious consequences of this sort of security malpractice is Notra Trulock. Until the Cox committee's findings about Chinese espionage at Los Alamos came to light, Mr. Trulock was chief of intelligence at DOE. When his years of warning about the penetration of some of the United States' most sensitive facilities - warnings that were suppressed by, among other superiors, Rose Gottemoeller, to whom the intelligence office reported until a reorganization last fall - were publicly vindicated, Mr. Trulock was demoted and his future at the department seems in jeopardy..."
Washington Times 4/27/99 Frank J. Gaffney Jr. "... Just last week, Assistant Secretary Gottemoeller took another personnel action, this time against Edward McCallum, a retired Army colonel who until April 19 was head of DOE's Office of Security and Safeguards. In that capacity, he has worked tirelessly to call attention, including in unclassified official reports, to the dangerous decline in the security of critical sites in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Apparently panicked at the mounting evidence that Col. McCallum's heretofore unheeded alarms were becoming a serious embarrassment to the Department of Energy, Ms. Gottemoeller summarily effectively fired him. On the basis of transparently trumped up charges that Col. McCallum, of all people, was handling classified information indiscreetly, Ms. Gottemoeller has placed him in the bureaucratic equivalent of limbo - on indefinite, unappealable administrative leave with pay...."
The Center for Security Policy 4/26/99 No. 99-D 48 "...On 17 April 1995, President Clinton lent his authority to an "openness" initiative championed by Mrs. O'Leary, the current White House Chief of Staff, John Podesta, and then-NSC staffer Morton Halperin(3) with his signature of Executive Order 12958. This order called for the automatic declassification by 17 April 2000 of all documents containing historical information that are 25 years or older...... The practical effect of Executive Order 12958, however, has been greatly to abbreviate the time and necessarily to diminish the care with which classified documents are scrutinized prior to their release to the public. Leading Senators were horrified to learn last year that Restricted Data (and "Formerly Restricted Data") governed by the Atomic Energy Act were being hastily thrown out with the bath-water as officials were not being given the time or resources to declassify sensitive documents on a page-by-page basis.(4) Instead, it had to be done by the box, if not by the shelf. Mr. Podesta, apparently infuriated at any interference with the declassification initiative, instructed Secretary Richardson to have Ms. Gottemoeller reprimand a senior DOE bureaucrat, Joseph Mahaley, for encouraging Congress to intervene. (The personnel action -- which would, among other things, have denied Mr. Mahaley an expected performance bonus -- was quietly withdrawn after he threatened legal action.) ..."
The Center for Security Policy 4/26/99 No. 99-D 48 "...Among those who has had the unenviable task of dealing with the deleterious consequences of this sort of security malpractice is Notra Trulock. Until the Cox committee's findings about Chinese espionage at Los Alamos came to light, Mr. Trulock was Chief of Intelligence at DOE. When his years of warning about the penetration of some of the United States' most sensitive facilities -- warnings that were suppressed by, among other superiors, Rose Gottemoeller, to whom the intelligence office reported until a reorganization last Fall -- were publicly vindicated, Mr. Trulock was demoted and his future at the Department seems in jeopardy..... Just last week, Assistant Secretary Gottemoeller took another personnel action, this time against Edward McCallum, a retired Army colonel who heads DOE's Office of Security and Safeguards. In that capacity, he has worked tirelessly to call attention, including in unclassified official reports, to the dangerous decline in the security of critical sites in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Apparently panicked at the mounting evidence that Mr. McCallum's heretofore unheeded alarms were becoming a serious embarrassment to the Department of Energy, Ms. Gottemoeller summarily on 19 April effectively fired him. On the basis of transparently trumped up charges that Col. McCallum, of all people, was handling classified information indiscreetly, Ms. Gottemoeller has placed him in the bureaucratic equivalent of limbo -- on indefinite, unappealable administrative leave with pay.
Washington Weekly 5/2/99 RICKI MAGNUSSEN AND MARVIN LEE "...QUESTION: Are you concerned that the most significant revelations will be redacted before release? TIMPERLAKE: It doesn't matter, you can assume the worst! It's all over! The worst has already happened. You have to work the worst case scenario. The People's Republic of China now has every nuclear secret America has and that's a serious issue! It's not only how to build the bombs, how to test the bombs, what happens when you go down the wrong path, what is the right path, what gets you strategically more "bang for your buck." No, it's all over, truly. The worst has happened. Bill Clinton on his watch stifled investigations, stepped on individuals, his administration stepped on these individuals who were trying to do the right thing and save the world and--I don't mean to be overly dramatic--but to save the world from some very nasty countries having access to nuclear secrets and the individuals who stepped up were told not to talk to congress. They were basically told that they couldn't present their case, they were discredited, they were demoted and that's a serious charge...."
POLITICAL FIRING AND DEMOTIONS
New York Times Editorial 5/1/99 "...Jennifer Long, the Internal Revenue Service agent who nearly lost her job two weeks ago after publicly blowing the whistle on abuses at the agency, was rescued at the last minute by the intervention of an influential United States Senator. But the fact that her employers had no inhibitions about harassing her is clear evidence that the laws protecting whistle-blowers need to be strengthened. As they stand, these laws merely invite the kind of retaliation that Mrs. Long endured. A career tax auditor, Mrs. Long was the star witness at Senate Finance Committee hearings convened in 1997 by William Roth of Delaware to investigate complaints against the I.R.S. She was the only I.R.S witness who did not sit behind a curtain and use a voice-distortion device to hide her identity. She accused the agency of preying on weaker taxpayers and ignoring cheating by those with the resources to fight back. She has since said that she was subjected to petty harassments from the moment she arrived back at her district office in Houston. Then, on April 15 of this year, she was given what amounted to a termination notice, at which point Mr. Roth intervened with the I.R.S. commissioner and saved her job -- at least for now. Had he not intervened, Mrs. Long's only hope of vindication would have been the remedies provided by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and the Whistle-Blower Protection Act of 1989. These two statutes prescribe a tortuous and uncertain appeals process that in theory guarantees a whistle-blower free speech without fear of retaliation, but in practice is an exercise in frustration. Despite recent improvements, only a handful of Federal employees, out of some 1,500 who appealed in the last four years, have prevailed in rulings issued by the Government's administrative tribunal, the Merit System Protection Board. Overwhelmingly, the rest of the cases were screened out on technical grounds or were settled informally with token relief....."
Wall Street Journal 5/3/99 John J. Fialka "...House and Senate investigators are launching new inquiries into the Energy Department's $800 million security program and how it failed to stop the apparent compromise of many of the nation's most valuable nuclear-weapons secrets. ....The panel will hold hearings this week on the latest example of this seeming paradox: Edward McCallum, the Energy Department's top internal critic of security deficiencies, has been put on leave and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for allegedly leaking secret information. At the same time, Wen Ho Lee, the former Los Alamos nuclear-weapons scientist who allegedly transferred many of the nation's most sensitive nuclear-weapons codes to an unprotected computer between 1983 and 1995, is described by the FBI as being "unprosecutable." ...The Commerce Committee has threatened to subpoena 13 Energy Department officials who know about the investigation of Mr. McCallum, a 25-year department veteran who, among other things, has complained about difficulties in trying to protect the secret computer system at Los Alamos. The network of 2,000 computers is used to store digital models of nuclear tests that show, moment-to-moment, how nuclear weapons work. Committee members have invited Mr. McCallum to testify along with another department veteran, Glenn Podonsky, who runs internal inspections for the agency. While Republicans are leading the charge in the various congressional investigations, the two witnesses and others are expected to tell of foul-ups and budget shortfalls that date to the Carter administration. Energy Department reports show that Mr. Podonsky, as early as 1994, had identified the problem that researchers could transfer data from the secured computer system to the unprotected one..... David Tripp, Mr. McCallum's lawyer, said the information involved in the allegations against Mr. McCallum wasn't classified and that he is being punished for being "a pain in the neck" about exposing security problems. Rose Gottemoeller, the assistant energy secretary who removed Mr. McCallum from his job, denied that was the reason, calling Mr. McCallum "a valued security professional" who has made "major improvements." ...."
WorldNetDaily 4/15/99 Joseph Farah "...Three cheers for Joe Banister, the former special agent for the Internal Revenue Service, who actually went to the trouble to study the constitutionality of his employer, came to the conclusion it was illegal and had the nerve to confront his bosses. No surprise, Banister was given a few hours to clean out his desk. But the people who ought to be turned out of their jobs are the elected and unelected officials who have permitted this fraud to be perpetrated on the American people for so long. Think about it. You've seen the IRS literature (and I use that term loosely) that claims the filing of tax returns is "voluntary." If you believe that, just watch what happens when you forget to volunteer that return by April 15. All hell breaks loose. Your bank accounts can be seized. Some have even been thrown in jail. No, there's nothing voluntary about our federal tax system, though the fraud of voluntarism is perpetrated to get around some basic problems of constitutionality such as the little matter of self-incrimination...."
The New Australian No. 118, 5/10- 16/99 Peter Zhang "....The most frequent question is: "What was in it for China." Though I had raised the same question myself, it was only in a rhetorical sense as I thought, at least by now, that the answer was obvious. Clinton gave Beijing a free reign and a guarantee that its activities would not be interrupted during, what he quaintly calls, his "watch" so that China could clear out America's military and high-tech secrets. Simple..... His approach to power and people is truly medieval, minus the noblesse oblige. Given this fact, and his support in the media, it is not surprising that reports made out to Chinese intelligence suggested that Clinton would be favourably disposed to dealing with Chinese representatives - for a price. Intelligence assessments were supported by Clinton's action, shortly after entering (or is it soiling?) the Oval Office, in asking all US Attorneys to resign. This unprecedented and dictatorial move gave the Clinton administration control over the prosecutorial machinery of the federal government in every judicial district in the US. No need to tell you who was impressed by this breathtakingly brazen move. Why Clinton even tried to appoint Webster Hubbel to the post of Attorney General. Imagine where that would have led. But what struck a particular chord was the way the American media acquiesced to the Clintons' manoeuvres. Beijing does not underrate the power of the Western media, especially in America. That, with the exception of a few lone voices, it was prepared to collaborate with the Clintons gave further assurance to Beijing that Clinton was able to deliver. ..."
The New Australian No. 118, 5/10- 16/99 Peter Zhang "....But what of the CIA and the FBI, asked some readers? I have no wish to be patronising, but the naiveté of the American public is almost touching. It didn't even notice that William Sessions, FBI Director, a man noted for his integrity and opposition to political interference in the Bureau's affairs, was removed as quickly as Clinton moved into the Oval office. There is no doubt that Clinton deliberately acted to chain the CIA and the National Security Agency as well as the FBI. One method was to have Clinton supporters in sensitive positions so that they could delay, if not derail, any budding investigations into Clinton's China operations. With these bodies effectively neutered Chinese intelligence would have a field day. Now being ineffective does not mean uninformed. These agencies new very well what Chinese intelligence was up to but were largely powerless to do anything. After all, what could they do when the commander in chief, the president himself, had, by his actions, made it clear that investigations into China's spying activities were not to be implemented. Just to make sure that nothing embarrassing emerged, Clinton appointed Janet Reno to head the Justice Department with the intention of sabotaging any investigations into Chinese intelligence operations. I should point out at this stage that several Chinese officials let it drop that they believed Clinton was blackmailing Reno over certain activities concerning her personal life. Whatever the truth of the matter, Reno's role as the last of Clinton's gatekeepers, so to speak, has more than satisfied Beijing's expectations by thoroughly corrupting the Justice Department and blocking FBI requests...."
USA Today 5/19/99 Peter Eisler "...Between 1992 and 1996, according to agency records, annual security inspections performed at DOE sites by the evaluations office dropped from 13 to three. Moreover, a federal judge last month blasted officials who oversee that office for retaliation. The retaliatory acts reportedly included a forced, out-of-state transfer for an employee who went public with evidence that safety inspectors covered up problems at DOE facilities. "It's all the same people and I think they'll continue to fall back into the old ways," David Ridenour, former head of security at the Rocky Flats weapons plant, says of the agency's reforms. "If there's a problem, classify it, hide it and get rid of the people who brought it up."
USA Today 5/19/99 Peter Eisler "...But Richardson, a former New Mexico congressman, knows how to protect the agency on Capitol Hill. This month, he quietly derailed a Commerce Committee hearing on personnel disputes involving DOE security. In written testimony submitted for that hearing but never aired, McCallum, the DOE security chief, said he suffered "retaliation" for criticizing "lax security at the DOE laboratories." ..."
5/24/99 BBC News "...Pressure is mounting in Washington for resignations in the Clinton administration over allegations that China gained access to American nuclear secrets..... First in the firing line is Attorney General Janet Reno, who came under pressure from senior Republicans on Sunday to resign over her department's "indefensible" handling of the espionage allegations..... The potential scandal deepened on Sunday when a senior government official, Notra Trulock, said he had informed the White House three years ago that he was convinced China had spied on American nuclear facilities. Mr Trulock, who was intelligence director at the Department of Energy, said he was told not to give the information to Congress because it could be used to attack President Clinton's policy towards China. When he did testify, he was demoted...."
Gary Aldrich, President, The Patrick Henry Center 5/27/99 "... "While the FBI's webpage makes it a point to highlight the urgent threat that so-called domestic terrorists of the "Far Right" represent, a real enemy (Communist China) steals us blind, right under the FBI's noses, and in some cases, with their knowledge. "Thanks a lot for guarding your nation, FBI. "Thanks a lot for putting my kids and yours right back into a new cold war by being too afraid to face off with Bill Clinton and his lefty friends! You ignored me and my FBI partner when we warned you the Clinton White House was dangerous to our national security. "You even tried to punish us for doing our jobs - to protect national security! "Mr. Freeh: You tried to prosecute me for telling the people what I knew, and you forced my partner Dennis Sculimbrene into an early retirement. "Mr. Director, today your silence is deafening - and very damning! Why don't you tell the nation what you really know about the corrupt Clinton Administration? But the FBI is not the only agency that stands accused of failing to come to America's rescue. You can hang your heads in shame right along with all the other spineless bureaucrats who take up space and collect large salaries and cushy benefits! What is emerging from the wreckage of our once highly vaunted research and development labs is the obvious fact that this nation has been compromised beyond the imagination of any citizen - regardless of the level of his or her cynicism. Mr. Aldrich: "What is much more troubling to me is that the very people and institutions we created to prevent this unprecedented espionage - may have actually aided and abetted our enemies by standing by and watching it happen, while punishing and threatening those brave whistle blowers who tried to prevent it."..."
Fox News 5/26/99 Carl Cameron and Matt Gross "...A government ethics investigation has been launched into allegations that a Defense Department weapons expert faced reprisals from superiors for offering key testimony to the Cox Committee's investigation of Chinese espionage, Fox News has learned. Dr. Peter Leitner, a Pentagon technology analyst, testified in secret last August that Loral Space and Hughes Electronics had harmed national security by helping China improve its missile techonology. Within the DOD, Leitner had complained about the damage to national security for some time, and even before his Cox Committee appearance he told Fox News he'd been pressured to keep quiet and had been passed over for promotions. "I was castigated and told I was untrustworthy," Leitner said. Leitner's outspoken criticism of national security policy is nothing new. Last fall, he openly criticized a plan to merge the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) into the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)...Much of Leitner's criticisms of export-control policy have been borne out by the recently released Cox Report, which makes some of Leitner's points and provides recommendations for enhancing national security, including beefing up export controls. Discussions and arguments over how to implement those recommendations are already under way in the Capitol...."
Labella on NightLine Freeper kristinn reports 5/26/99 "...Labella says Reno not interested in his memo--her mind already made up. His report was ridiculed as "emotional". He was never debriefed on it by Justice. Says he managed to alienate the power establishment and was run out of town. Points to two phone messages, one right after the other. First is a "call me" message from Rep. Dan Burton. Second one is from a Justice Dept. official, "Don't talk to Burton." LaBella shipped out to San Diego, then passed over for appointment as U.S. Attorney. Questions raised about the motivations of nominator, Sen. Boxer about why she nominated LaBella's underling for the post...."
Labella on NightLine Freeper kristinn reports 5/26/99 "... LaBella says his instructions were to leave no stone unturned, follow every lead, resources will be provided. In response to Cox report, he says that his leads were followed to "foreign countries," took investigation as far as he could. Says portions of the report cannot be released because of 6e rules, release is up to Justice Dept. Says he doubts his 94 page report will ever be released. Says he will not break his oath to talk about the details. As a professional, he does not favor it's release, because of the free discussion by prosecutors. Personally, as a point of pride, he would like to see it released. Says plea deals by Huang, Trie, etc. are good developments for the task-force. Says he would encourage his daughter to come work in Washington and speak her mind and let the chips fall where they may...."
Labella on NightLine Freeper debo21 reports 5/26/99 "...This "Nightline" was EXTRAORDINARILY harsh on Janet Reno. This is especially significant, given that it was "Nightline" that bailed her copious butt out of the wringer, in the aftermath of Waco, when the nation wavered on the very edge of decency for some hours, while Clinton hid out (probably in that antechamber off the Oval Office, seeking relief of one sort or another), before we were all vigorously herded back into an appalling state of denial by the press establishment....Tonight, then, marked a sea-change: a radical departure from the usual, cooing and oohing, sycophantic treatment of Reno. It presented her almost as she really is--as we on the right have known her to be since 1993. It stopped just short of charging her with incompetence and corruption: and despite the mandatory shot at the GOP (Dole's campaign got illegal money, too!), it was incredibly hard on the president and the Veep, all but saying that if La Bella COULD talk, what he'd tell us would be that Yes, the Clinton administration WAS bought by Chinese money. Now, this will probably drop out of sight by morning, like all Koppel's sudden, quirky shots at the Clinton Regime always do--but brother, it was a break with tradition....."
Reuters 5/28/99 Tom Doggett "...The whistle-blower who first raised questions about Chinese spying at U.S. nuclear weapons facilities four years ago received a $10,000 check and the gratitude of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson at a ceremony on Friday. Richardson praised Notra Trulock, acting deputy director of intelligence at the Energy Department, as ``a man who was persistent and most importantly contributed to the national security of this country.'' A plaque that went along with the check described Trulock's difficulties in trying to get members of the Clinton administration and laboratory officials to take seriously his concerns that China was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets. ``You have displayed extraordinary analytical skills, persistence and have been undeterred in revealing the scope of the intelligence collection program of the People's Republic of China,'' the plaque said...."
THE Patrick Henry Center http://WWW.PatrickHenryCenter.Org Gary Aldrich 5/28/99 Freeper A Whitewater Researcher "..."...a real enemy (Communist China) steals us blind, right under the FBI's noses...with their knowledge...."Thanks a lot for guarding your nation, FBI...."Thanks a lot for putting my kids and yours right back into a new cold war by being too afraid to face off with Bill Clinton and his lefty friends!...we warned you the Clinton White House was dangerous to our national security...."You even tried to punish us for doing our jobs -- to protect national security!..."Mr. Freeh: You tried to prosecute me..."Mr. Director...Why don't you tell the nation what you really know about the corrupt Clinton Administration?...the FBI is not the only agency that stands accused of failing to come to America's rescue...Mr. Aldrich: "What is much more troubling to me is that the very people and institutions we created to prevent this unprecedented espionage - may have actually aided and abetted our enemies by standing by and watching it happen, while punishing and threatening those brave whistle blowers who tried to prevent it...."
Committee on Government Reform 6/1/99 Dan Burton "....I am deeply troubled by reports that the leadership at the Department of Energy would discourage an employee from informing Congress of security problems at the agency," Burton said. "One of the key findings of the bi-partisan Cox Report was that Congress was not adequately briefed on DOE security breaches and the unprecedented scale of espionage at DOE labs. It is disturbing to think that whistleblowers would have to fear for their jobs." During the 1990s, Mr. McCallum wrote several reports faulting agency budget cuts, saying they seriously weakened security forces assigned to protect weapons-related facilities and to screen foreign visitors. Mr. McCallum, who was placed on administrative leave in April, has claimed that within the last few weeks he has come under pressure not talk to Congress if he wants to continue working in the government...."
NewsMax.com 6/2/99 Inside Cover Kenneth Timmerman information "...The Rocky Flats security scandal may be the most damaging yet, since the cover-up is apparently still ongoing. ...According to Timmerman, "Richardson is now attempting to prevent a top DOE official in charge of safeguards and security from testifying before Congress. Why? Because that official, Edward J. McCallum, had made clear his intention to warn Congress and the public of devastating gaps in security procedures at nuclear storage sites such as Rocky Flats." Richardson already knows what McCallum has to say, since McCallum privately warned the Clinton administration last January about trouble at Rocky Flats. The consequences of the cover-up could be dramatic. "Terrorists could easily penetrate the facility and steal weapons grade plutonium, or construct and detonate a nuclear bomb on the site without DOE security teams being able to prevent it," reports the Spectator, based on what McCallum told Timmerman. It gets worse. McCallum was fired from his DOE post, or rather, "placed on adminstrative leave without pay" just last month. Bill Richardson personally gave the order to axe the whistleblower because he was "pissed off" at McCallum's attempts to inform Congress, according to what sources have told the Spectator. White House flaks may have a tough time spinning the Rocky Flats scandal for other reasons. Not only has the administration "repeatedly and obstinately" refused to correct the problem, but Mrs. O'Leary may be vulnerable to conflict of interest charges. Timmerman writes: "Under O'Leary's stewardship, Rocky Flats cut its security force by 40 percent, allowing prime contactor Kaiser-Hill LLC to improve its profit margin despite an overall reduction in the funds it received from DOE. Indeed, Kaiser Hill actually earned performance bonuses from DOE, because its cleanup operations were going ahead on schedule." Kaiser-Hill was apparently grateful for Mrs. O'Leary's indulgence, since she wound up on the board of ICF Kaiser, its parent company, upon her retirement from DOE. She remains on Kaiser's board today, while her husband does consulting work for the company....."
Center for Security Policy 6/1/99 No. 99-D 64 DECISION BRIEF "...Worse yet, one of the heads on the chopping block belongs to Ed McCallum -- an individual who has done more than practically anyone else at the Department of Energy to raise alarms about an environment that Richardson now acknowledges to be replete with "communications breakdowns...incompetent acts...[where] security was not considered important." Indeed, with Secretary Richardson's blessing, a senior official deeply implicated in the aforementioned insecurity practices -- Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nonproliferation and National Security Rose Gottemoeller(3) -- has already put McCallum, the Director of DOE's Office of Safeguards and Security, in bureaucratic limbo. On 19 April, she placed the retired Army lieutenant colonel on indefinite administrative leave (with pay) on the basis of what ten Members of Congress have described in a letter to Richardson as "trumped up and insupportable accusations that he has violated rules for handling classified information." On 26 May, these Congressmen -- among them, the Number 3 man in the House Republican leadership, Majority Whip Tom Delay -- correctly described Mr. McCallum as "one of the few high-ranking DOE employees who has vigorously striven to implement and enforce a safeguards policy for DOE and the National Laboratories." They declare that this conscientious public servant is being harshly "repaid for his unfashionable commitment and inconvenient effectiveness in doing his job" in exposing and counteracting "the systematic and flagrant disregard for security issues that has thrived in the highest levels of [DOE] for several years." Richardson's response to this letter was astoundingly contemptuous. According to the Chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Rep. Dan Burton, the Secretary of Energy declared in a meeting with McCallum that the letter "doesn't intimidate me, this isn't [expletive deleted]. These guys are my basketball buddies." In a letter to Richardson dated May 28, Congressman Burton said the Secretary seemed to be suggesting that "you had the ability to dissuade Members of Congress who might be inclined to pursue matters brought to our attention by Mr. McCallum." ...."
Center for Security Policy 6/1/99 No. 99-D 64 DECISION BRIEF "...In the absence of a comparable public platform, Lt. Col. McCallum is suffering one indignity after another. In addition to having to retain a lawyer at his own considerable expense to defend himself against Richardson-Gottemoeller's "trumped-up" charges, he has been given an ultimatum: Accept banishment to a DOE facility in Albuquerque, acknowledge a security infraction and agree to have an official reprimand placed in his personnel file -- to put it mildly, a career-blighting deal -- or face unspecified, but dire, consequences. Even more Kafkaesque, Assistant Secretary Gottemoeller reportedly last week held a meeting in which she indicated that McCallum's Office of Safeguards and Security may lose 10% of its budget....To his credit, Chairman Burton last week served notice on Secretary Richardson that he intends to have Mr. McCallum testify before his committee in the near future. This hearing should not only put a spotlight on the witness' years of heretofore unrecognized efforts to protect the Nation's nuclear secrets. It should also make clear that substantial responsibility for the egregious insecurity at DOE facilities and the national laboratories in recent years rests with senior policy-makers -- whose disdain for time-tested physical, information and personnel security practices appears to rival Mr. Richardson's apparent contempt for Congress..."
Reuters 6/8/99 "...Pressure is building on U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson to deliver on a promise to fire Department of Energy staff following the leak of secrets to China from the country's nuclear weapons laboratories. In late May, Richardson said in a television interview that firings and demotions were in order after allegations in a special congressional report of massive Chinese spying at national labs over the past 20 years. But whom Richardson should fire is the subject of rancorous debate on Capitol Hill...... "The administration is deplorable in that they are trying to find scapegoats. We are going to come down with a sledgehammer if they try to do this,'' said Rep. Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican and member of the House Select Committee on National Security, which issued the spy report. Lower level career employees were some of the so-called ''whistle blowers'' who warned higher level officials of security lapses, and should not be held accountable for decisions out of their control, Weldon said. The DOE said expectations for an announcement this week on the firings may be premature since Richardson has not yet made decisions on the issue........ "The DOE continues to promote and reward officials who have been responsible for safeguards and security problems, including the misleading of the president and Congress, while holding back the careers of those employees who have tried to improve safeguards and security ...'' according to the Jan. 28, 1986, Dingell letter to Reagan....."
Curt Weldon Website 6/8/99 "... Number three, Mr. Speaker. It was in the 1993-1994 time frame when an employee of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory who had retired was accused of releasing sensitive and classified information in a public setting. The Oakland office of the Department of Energy did an investigation of that employee and they found out, and in fact accused him of violating the requirements of security at our labs. What did they do? They penalized that retiree by removing the access he had to classified information even as a retiree. They took the appropriate steps. What did Hazel O'Leary do, Mr. Speaker? When that removal of that retiree's classified status was undertaken and when he appealed it, all the way up to the Secretary's office, Secretary O'Leary overruled the Oakland office of the Department of Energy and reinstated the employee's classification status. Every employee in every laboratory in America saw the signal being sent by this administration, `We don't need color-coded IDs, we don't need to have FBI background checks, and when employees give out classified information, we're not going to consider that a major issue.' ..."
Freepr Gary Aldrich reports 6/11/99 "...Lt Col Ed McCallum, a currently employed DOE employee sits at home, his experience and expertise wasted while Secretary Richardson plots to end his career. Mr. McCallum has been a thorn in the side to the Lefties who have tried to downscale security measures at DOE, and especially at the labs. He made a "pest" of himself trying to warn Congress and others that Hazel and others were on a sure course to destruction, and now his reward is to be the subject of an administrative inquiry, designed to get his clearance and thereby end his career. This kind of response to ethical dissent, or whistle blowing, has become a well known pattern of conduct for this White House. The Patrick Henry Center (who supports Mr. McCallum) now calls on members of congress on both sides who love their country, to end this assault on an honest, hardworking and brave patriot! I am told by Mr. McCallum's attorney that Ed will not cave, will not back down. He intends to fight. He will not accept a $10,000 payment in return for making nice with Mr. Richardson. We will support this brave man. I request that you contact your congressmen and senators and let them know that you want this assault on free speech - this attempt to silence Lt. Col. Ed McCallum - to stop immediately! My sources tell me that Richardson's many statements that "actions are taking place" to protect DOE security are hogwash, and that the real deal here is to reorganize to quietly punish or silence the ones who have been trying to blow the whistle...."
Media Monitor Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid 4/21/98 "...In our last commentary we told how Lt. Jerry Burns demonstrated his courage and commitment to the Navy by informing the Senate Armed Services Committee, via Elaine Donnelly's Center For Military Readiness, that the Navy had endangered lives by lowering the standards for female carrier pilots. One pilot, Lt. Kara Hultgreen had already died in an accident caused by pilot error. Burns believed that another was likely to suffer the same fate. He had warned his superiors to no avail. The squadron commander had told the instructors that the women would graduate regardless of their performance. Thanks to Burns' action in exposing this dangerous situation, Lt. Carey Lohrenz was dropped from carrier training. That may have saved her life, but she showed her gratitude by suing Jerry Burns and Elaine Donnelly. The top Navy brass and the Secretary of the Navy were equally unappreciative. It was recently revealed that Secretary John Dalton had sent Lt. Burns a letter censuring him for having released personal training records of another officer to a person who lacked authority to receive such records. ..."
Albuquerque Journal 6/13/99 Editorial "...And in the DOE and the Department of Defense, high officials reportedly sat on subordinates' information that would have lent credence to charges that China was prying secrets out of the United States and trading weapons know-how to other countries. A former deputy secretary of DOE tried to muzzle DOE counterintelligence officer Notra Trulock when he sought to apprise the secretary and members of Congress about lax security at Los Alamos, according to Trulock. The ex-deputy denies it. That wasn't the only such incident alleged. Writing on The Wall Street Journal editorial page, Michael Ledeen reports that two civilian Pentagon officials were ordered to keep to themselves concerns about deals to transfer militarily useful technology to China...."
United States Senate 6/25/99 Freeper AndyJackson "...Statement by U.S. Senators Jon Kyl, Pete Domenici, and Frank Murkowski We are increasingly concerned that bipartison efforts by Congress to implement the recommendations of President Clinton's Foreign intelligence Advisory Board regarding the security and management of our national weapons laboratories are being politicized and resisted by the Department of Energy at the expense of nationa1 security We can find no substantive explanation for the steadfast opposition of the Energy Secretary to these reforms; indeed, such opposition appears to validate the Rudman [PFIAB] Report's conclusion that the Department is "incapable of reforming itself." We hope that the report's documentation of an arrogant, turf- protecting, bureaucratic mind-set at the Department does not extend to the current debate over critically needed reorganization. These concerns are compounded by today's news that Assistant Energy Secretary Dr. Victor Ries who is responsible for the stewardship of the nations nuclear weapons stockpile is being forced out of the Department. We hope his forced resignation was not due to his candid assessment that the reforms currently being considered by Congress would improve his ability to fulfill his responsibilities - a position contrary to that of his boss, Secretary Bill Richardson. These concerns are further compounded by news of the meeting convened last night between Secretary Richiardson and the directors of the three nuc1ear laboratories, whose contracts Richiardson oversees. We are concerned that last night's meeting was called to twist the arms of the lab directors into supporting' the Secretary's increasingly isolated position at the expense of their professional analysis....."
Washington Weekly 6/28/99 Marvin Lee "...Last week the final twist in the Chinese penetration of the U.S. security apparatus was emphasized: the witch-hunt by the Clinton administration for anti-communist and anti-PLA employees within the administration. A hearing of the Burton Committee last week focused on how these anti-communists and anti-PLA national security officials were in a position to thwart Chinese espionage and technology acquisition and hence had to be stopped by the Clinton administration: Jonathan D. Fox, an attorney at the Defense Special Weapons Agency, was forced to rewrite a 1997 memorandum to change his conclusion that China was a nuclear arms "proliferator" to one in which China was deemed a "nonproliferator."....."
Albuquerque Journal 6/26/99 Patrick Armijo "...The Department of Energy official overseeing the nation's nuclear-weapons programs resigned Friday. The resignation stemmed chiefly from Dr. Victor Reis' differences with Energy Secretary Bill Richardson over reorganizing the department, according to a Clinton administration source familiar with the situation. Reis, the DOE's assistant secretary for defense programs, sent a letter of resignation Friday to President Clinton. As of July 30, Reis will end a six-year tenure as the nation's nuclear weapons chief and the executive in charge of more than 25,000 workers, including over 70 percent of contract employees at the nuclear weapons labs in New Mexico and California. "Number one, and what's been at the forefront recently, is Mr. Reis had a totally different view than the secretary on reorganization," said the administration source. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and other senators pushing for reorganization of the department referred to Reis "being forced out of the department." Reis' resignation letter specifies no reason for his departure. However, the Clinton administration source said Reis supported a proposal to create a new, semiautonomous agency within DOE, which would deal solely with nuclear weapons. Richardson has opposed the plans, advanced by Domenici and other Republican leaders, and also by a special presidential panel headed by former Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H....."
Wall Street Journal 6/18/99 John Fialka "…While Department of Energy officials wring their hands over whom to fire because of the agency's clumsy role in handling the nation's most recent nuclear spy scandal, Robert "Bobby" Henson, a balding, round-faced physicist has quietly gotten his old job back. This is especially comforting to Mr. Henson because he discovered the scandal. In January 1995, after poring over new U.S. intelligence reports on China's bomb tests, he concluded that the Chinese had stolen design features from the W-88, America's newest and most radically different nuclear warhead… After his finding about Chinese espionage first rocked the secretive hallways of the nation's largest nuclear weapons laboratory here, Mr. Henson was fired: not once, but twice. Although he is a former hydrogen bomb designer and one of the nation's top analysts of China's nuclear program, Mr. Henson says he found himself delivering a message that nobody wanted to hear. A panel of experts here at first rejected it, concluding that China's bomb program must have come up with U.S. design features independently…The panel pressured Mr. Henson to agree. He resisted. "I told them they were absolutely nuts," he explains. He kept pushing the issue, but it was hard. "They [Los Alamos] wanted this thing to quiet down and go away," he says. By April 1995 he had won a convert, an intelligence expert named Larry Booth. They took their information to Notra Trulock, who then headed the Department of Energy's office of intelligence. Mr. Trulock was interested, but cautious. He wanted them to show their findings to John Richter, one of Los Alamos's most experienced weapons designers….."
Wall Street Journal 6/18/99 John Fialka "…Mr. Richter agreed that what Mr. Henson found was disturbing…. Mr. Richter, who has personally conducted over 40 nuclear tests -- about as many as China has held -- still fumes over "bureaucratic inertia" he found in Washington. "It's 'Don't tell me what's true, tell me what I want to hear,' " he grumbles. Mr. Trulock had the three scientists present their findings to a group of 20 experts, including weapons scientists from DOE's other weapons labs, and intelligence analysts from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. …"
Wall Street Journal 6/18/99 John Fialka "…In October 1995, Mr. Henson was fired. He still thinks it was in retaliation, but Jim Danneskiold, a spokesman for the laboratory, says it was part of a "blanket policy" to reduce the work force at Los Alamos. Mr. Trulock, however, wanted Mr. Henson back: "He is an iconoclastic, out-of-the-box thinker. I viewed him then as I do now, as making critical contributions to our understanding of this problem." Mr. Trulock discovered that another weapons laboratory, Sandia, would hire Mr. Henson if it received money to cover the new position from Mr. Trulock's budget. Sandia, located in Albuquerque, assigned Mr. Henson back to his old job at Los Alamos…. He found that a spy had appeared at a U.S. Embassy in 1995 and delivered a 1988 nuclear planning document, written by Chinese military officials, that contained details of the W-88 that had never been made public. "That was the nail in the coffin," says Mr. Henson, who made the closely held CIA document available to the panel… A few months later, a Chinese weapons scientist gave a public lecture at Los Alamos explaining that the configuration of warheads he worked on had abruptly shifted from one design to another. Historically, the explosive core of most U.S. warheads has been spherical, but the W-88, designed for the Navy's newest submarine-launched missiles, is different. Los Alamos scientists took detailed notes, which were later decreed by the laboratory to be classified, according to Mr. Henson…."
Wall Street Journal 6/18/99 John Fialka "…By the fall of 1995, Charles Curtis, a former deputy secretary of energy, had already brought the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the case, based on a preview of the matter being debated before the Los Alamos panel, given him by Mr. Richter. By November 1995, the panel essentially agreed with Mr. Henson's contention that it was hard to believe that China, with a relatively tiny number of tests, had suddenly invented a weapon that had taken U.S. scientists years and many failed tests to design. The panel, given the secret code name "Kindred Spirit Analytical Group," concluded that it was likely that China had received outside help. Then the case shifted to Washington, where Mr. Trulock began a long and career-risking effort to convince the Clinton administration that serious espionage had occurred. He soon began to encounter what he later termed "blocking activities" within DOE's sprawling bureaucracy. He was sometimes not allowed to brief top officials and was forbidden to give briefings on the "Kindred Spirit" case to congressional committees. The intelligence office he headed was reorganized last May, and Mr. Trulock wound up in the No. 2 post. Still, that was minor compared to what happened to Mr. Henson. He was fired again in October 1996. Los Alamos said it violated laboratory rules to have Sandia funding him..."
Wall Street Journal 6/18/99 John Fialka "…It is well known that, in the end, Mr. Trulock triumphed in the China-spying episode. Congressional committees have praised him. He was recently awarded $10,000 by Energy Secretary Bill Richardson "for discovering the problem and for his persistence for pursuing the issue within the bureaucracy." As for Mr. Henson, the man who really discovered the problem, he also has had a moment of triumph -- sort of. He sued the University of California, which runs Los Alamos, for age discrimination in firing him. Last November the university agreed to give Mr. Henson $10,000 for legal costs and to help him get his old job back.…."
AP Wire 6/18/99 "…Lacking adequate records, congressional auditors could not substantiate claims made in high-profile Senate hearings that the IRS retaliated against whistleblowers and taxpayers, improperly changed some tax bills and gave preferential treatment to senior managers in disciplinary cases. The Republican senator who chaired last year's Finance Committee hearings, William Roth of Delaware, said the General Accounting Office report released today raises ``serious concern'' because the Internal Revenue Service did not keep adequate records in any of these areas. ``A lack of necessary information and systemic breakdowns in record-keeping and reporting procedures make it all but impossible to track and verify most of the cases'' referred by the committee, Roth said in a statement. The audit was requested by Roth after witnesses appearing before the Finance Committee made several allegations against the IRS, including: -The agency retaliated against employee whistleblowers and taxpayers who weren't viewed as cooperative. -Executives got preferential treatment in disciplinary cases, such as being allowed to retire before action was taken. -IRS agents reduced or eliminated some tax bills and increased others for reasons other than the merit of the case. -There was racial discrimination at the IRS Midwest District Office in Milwaukee, Wis. GAO auditors repeatedly cited ``limited and incomplete data'' for its inability to substantiate many of the claims…."
The Center For Security Policy 6/18/99 "…A further testament to Secretary Richardson's myopia on this point was brought home by his response to Sen. Rudman's frank description of his problem: In remarks the Los Angeles Times characterized as "combative," Richardson said that he "want[s] to see evidence from the malcontents [Rudman] has been talking to....I want to see evidence of where we are weak, where we have shortcomings. It seems there are a lot of anonymous sources here. I want to see the evidence of where we're not up to par." If Secretary Richardson and many of his senior political appointees (e.g., Under Secretary Ernie Moniz, Assistant Secretary Rose Gottemoeller and Senior Policy Advisor for Nonproliferation and National Security Joan Rohfling) were not so busy taking job actions against personnel who are in a position to provide such information -- and otherwise creating an environment unfriendly to coming forward with unwelcome facts -- he would not have to look far for help. He could usefully start, for example, with Ed McCallum…."
The Center For Security Policy 6/18/99 "…McCallum is a retired Army special operations lieutenant colonel who was, until relieved of his duties over what ten Members of Congress believe are "trumped up charges,"(3) responsible for DoE's Office of Security and Safeguards. In that capacity, he provided abundant evidence of just the sort of ongoing, serious security problems Mr. Richardson claims to want to know about.
Apparently concerned about the sort of retribution Col. McCallum and others have experienced at DoE's hands, PFIAB had to promise anonymity to over 100 witnesses in order to secure their help in understanding the magnitude of the problem. If Secretary Richardson actually is interested in getting to the truth, and not solely concerned with obscuring it, he can establish policies and practices that would protect and reward those prepared to permit accountability and fixes to be achieved in the Department of Energy, at long last…."
Salon 6/21/99 David Horowitz "...Indeed, the government's awareness of many of the losses dates back several years, during which time the Clinton reaction was exactly the same: Continue on the destructive course. According to Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., a member of the Cox Committee, at least 15 government officials have experienced the wrath of the Clinton administration because they tried to protect America's secrets from being transferred to China. One notorious case was described in a recent Wall Street Journal article by a former security official, Michael Ledeen. According to documents obtained by Ledeen, a mid-level government arms control bureaucrat was asked in 1997 to provide a memo supporting the administration's certification that China was not a nuclear proliferator and could be provided with advanced technologies. This request was made on the eve of a visit from China's communist dictator, Jiang Zemin. The bureaucrat refused and wrote that the agreement the U.S. government was about to sign "presents real and substantial risk to the common defense and security of both the United States and allied countries." The official added that China was actively seeking American secrets and that "China routinely, both overtly and covertly, subverts national and multilateral trade controls on militarily critical items." This patriot was immediately told by his superiors to revise his memo or lose his job. Sadly, according to Ledeen, he complied with the order and rewrote the document to state that the proposed Clinton trade agreement "is not inimical to the common defense or the security of the United States." ..."
NewsMax.com 6/22/99 Carl of Oyster Bay "... In a report that appeared four weeks ago, that official, Edward McCallum, told the American Spectator's Kenneth Timmerman that security at Colorado's Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility had been drastically reduced as part of former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary's "openess initiative". Beyond Inside Cover's June 2 report: "Hazel O'Leary's Rocky Flats Horror Show", press attention to the Timmerman bombshell was slim to none. McCallum revealed that security procedures at Rocky Flats were now dangerously inadequate. The DOE security man said that terrorists could easily gain access to the facility and might even succeed in detonating a nuclear bomb on site. Allegedly, McCallum's attempts to warn outsiders angered Secretary Richardson. Appearing on FOX News Sunday with Tony Snow, Richardson was grilled about McCallum's dismissal: SNOW: What about Col. Edward McCallum, who was director of the Office of Safeguards and Security? There's a dust-up on Capitol Hill. Why isn't he on the job? RICHARDSON: Because he may have committed a serious security infraction of classifed information. That is going through a legal process. That has nothing to do with China or nuclear weapons. SNOW: Does it have to do with talking to Congress? RICHARDSON: Not at all. Not at all. This is totally separate. But this involves a potential release of classified information. And I am not going to tolerate any leaks, any releases of classified information, from anybody. I will take the strongest action. And what we are doing here is looking at this very carefully. We want to protect his rights. We want to protect the department's rights. But I don't care what political pressure I get -- I will not tolerate any leaks whatsoever from anybody in the name of being a whistleblower or any other label. McCallum was dismissed just four months after he privately warned the Clinton administration about O'Leary's draconian security cutbacks. The Energy Department took nearly three years to fire Wen Ho Lee, the Chinese-born scientist at DOE's Los Alamos facility who is suspected of leaking America's most closely guarded nuclear technology to the People's Republic of China...."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 6/24/99 Audrey Hudson "...Several government whistleblowers will testify today before a House committee that they were fired, demoted or harassed for reporting the "systematic pillaging" of U.S. military and nuclear secrets to their superiors and Congress. According to documents and advance testimony obtained by The Washington Times, the federal employees say the retaliation and harassment was directly linked to their internal criticism and testimony before Congress. ..."These witnesses have important information, and it is extremely troubling that they perceived threats to their jobs for telling the truth," said Indiana Rep. Dan Burton, the committee chairman. "We will not stand for government employees suffering retaliation simply because they told the truth about national security." ..."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 6/24/99 Audrey Hudson "...Los Alamos physicist Robert Henson, who first uncovered Chinese spying at the laboratory, was fired twice for bringing it to the attention of the Energy Department. He will testify that his firing was in retaliation for delivering a message nobody wanted to hear. He has since been reinstated at the lab after initiating a lawsuit...."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 6/24/99 Audrey Hudson "...Lt. Col. Edward McCallum, director of the office of safeguards and security at the Energy Department, says he was put on administrative leave in retaliation for criticizing security at DOE nuclear facilities...."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 6/24/99 Audrey Hudson "...Peter M. Leitner, a senior strategic trade adviser for the Defense Department and a witness in congressional investigations, says retaliation against him prompted letters from Tennessee Republican Sen. Fred Thompson to the Pentagon expressing his concern for his witness. As a result, the Office of Special Counsel is investigating political reprisals and illegal retaliation against Mr. Leitner. "Ever since these testimonies, I have been subjected to, in staccato fashion, one adverse harassing act after another," Mr. Leitner states in his testimony. He says his performance ratings were lowered and he was isolated from meetings on nuclear exports, particularly when the inspectors general were visiting the interagency meetings in response to a Senate inspection request. Mr. Leitner says he was harassed over sick leave, was given a "trumped-up" letter of reprimand, charged with a security violation and threatened with charges of insubordination. "To be victimized by my own government -- particularly the Defense Department -- for consistently putting the near- and long-term national security of the United States ahead of all other considerations is something that I still find astounding to this day," he said. In 1997, Mr. Leitner issued denials for many export-license applications from DOE laboratories, including Los Alamos, Sandia, Livermore and Oak Ridge. The licenses would have facilitated the transfer of high-technology equipment with direct application to nuclear-weapons development and testing "to the most dangerous entities within the Russian nuclear weapons" design and manufacturing complex. "I objected then and continue to object today to these so-called lab-to-lab transfers because there was no evidence of a security plan to protect U.S. technologies from being used against us," Mr. Leitner said...."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 6/24/99 Audrey Hudson "...Jonathan Fox, an arms control specialist for the Defense Department, will tell how he was ordered to rewrite a critical memo on the eve of a state visit by Chinese President Jiang Zemin in October 1997. Mr. Fox's first memo said one deal with China presented "real and substantial risk" to the United States and allied countries." He was directed to change the memo so that it stated the agreement was "not inimical" to U.S. interests. He will testify that he has also suffered retaliatory actions...."
The Center For Security Policy 6/25/99 "...In today's Washington Post, Walter Pincus -- the Administration's preferred outlet for its heavily spun damage-control efforts on the China/nuclear scandal -- reports that: "The top Energy Department official in charge of the Nation's nuclear weapons complex, Victor H. Reis, may quit or be fired in a dispute with Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, sources said yesterday." One of Pincus' unidentified sources at DoE is quoted as saying: "It is no secret that Secretary Richardson has not been satisfied with the emphasis given counterintelligence and security at the labs, and Vic Reis has been the person in charge for the last six years." (Emphasis added.) In other words, as Wonderland's Duchess might have put it, "Off with his head." If this statement were not so pernicious, it would be hysterical. In fact, for at least the past two years, responsibility for "counterintelligence and security at the labs" -- and elsewhere in the nuclear weapons complex -- has actually been vested in somebody else, Rose Gottemoeller. Ms. Gottemoeller is a proponent of radical anti-nuclear proposals who, thanks to Secretary Richardson's machinations, was stealthily elevated earlier this year to the status of Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nonproliferation and National Security....."
The Center For Security Policy 6/25/99 "...It has been Ms. Gottemoeller, not Vic Reis, who has had responsibility for such scandals as: the declassification of Restricted Data and Formerly Restricted Data in violation of the Atomic Energy Act and job action against a senior DoE bureaucrat who had the temerity to alert Congress to this breach of security and the law the demotion of Notra Trulock ...the effective firing of Lieutenant Colonel Ed McCallum...."
The Center For Security Policy 6/25/99 "...Instead of holding accountable those actually responsible for the various aspects of this travesty, he [Richardson] appears determined to use the demands for "heads to roll" to purge those who have opposed past and present Clinton political appointees' efforts to destroy the nuclear weapons program and complex. .... Still, there is little doubt but that, had it not been for his [Vic Reis] efforts, the damage done to date by the Clinton-O'Leary policy of "denuclearization" would have been even worse than has actually transpired. ...Reports reaching the Center suggest that the nuclear lab directors and other senior professionals in the weapons complex are also unwilling to tow the Administration's line on DoE reorganization....Perhaps the Secretary will have to fire all of them as well in order to find toadies who will support his position, seemingly born of nothing more than personal egotism and the reflexive, if petty, turf-protectionism of any bureaucrat, i.e, that no further improvement to the Department of Energy is necessary....."
USA Today Peter Eisler 6/25/99 "...Five witnesses, including an Energy Department security director, said they were cut out of important work, placed on leave or given poor performance reviews for suggesting that Clinton administration policies allowed technology and information with military applications to fall into the wrong hands.....Edward McCallum, director of the Energy Department's Office of Safeguards and Security, produced several reports from 1994 through 1997 that raised concerns about declining security at the agency's nuclear weapons plants and laboratories. He was placed on administrative leave in April, days before he was to testify before the intelligence advisory board on his findings. The leave was based on unspecified charges that he had compromised classified information in an unrelated matter.... The (Energy Department's) field is strewn with the careers and reputations of security officers who have dared question the system," McCallum said, arguing that the department's penchant for retaliation "sends a very clear warning that this government does not want to attract or keep its best and brightest."
USA Today Peter Eisler 6/25/99 "...F. Michael Maloof, an official at the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, said he was "isolated" from working on any major issues after speaking to congressional investigators about cases in which Russia and China obtained military-use technology from U.S. firms...."
USA Today Peter Eisler 6/25/99 "...Peter Leitner, also an official at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, said he was reprimanded and his performance appraisals declined after he wrote technical papers and books documenting exports of U.S. technology that helped China, India and Russia improve their nuclear weapons, missiles and submarines....."
USA Today Peter Eisler 6/25/99 "...Robert Henson, a physicist at the Los Alamos, N.M., national laboratory, said his superiors at the Energy Department facility "retaliated" against him because he reported evidence that China had stolen nuclear weapons secrets from the lab...."
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee 6/24/99 Prepared Testimony of Congressman Curt Weldon "...In 1995, the congressional leadership committed to passing legislation that would mandate the timely deployment of a national missile defense system. Unfortunately, that debate began on a highly partisan note -- bolstered by the President's repeated public insistence that the United States was no longer targeted by Russian missiles.... I also became a conduit for agency employees whose findings were being squelched by the Administration. That is how I first learned about the Administration's aggressive campaign of distortion -- when a former DOE employee came to my office in 1995 to discuss the deterioration of Russian nuclear security.
Jay Stewart In 1991, Jay Stewart, Director of DOE's Office of Foreign Intelligence, commissioned a panel of DOE specialists to assess the control, safety, and security of Soviet nuclear weapons. Later that year, results indicating a loss of control were briefed to Secretary of Energy James Watkins, and the CIA. Stewart made continued monitoring of this urgent situation -- known as the "Russian Fission" program -- the office priority. In December 1992, he led a classified conference on this subject matter at the National Defense University [NDU], which was widely attended by the military, intelligence and policy communities...."
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee 6/24/99 Prepared Testimony of Congressman Curt Weldon "...Hazel O'Leary was briefed on this situation in February 1993, and asked that Secretary-General of NATO Manfred Woerner be briefed immediately. Suddenly, after marshalling the highest levels of support from the U.S. government and NATO, the program was terminated by the newly appointed Director of DOE's Office of Intelligence and Arms Control, Jack Keliher. All papers, briefings, agendas, conference video and audio tapes were seized, locked up -- and ultimately destroyed. Keliher said that the Secretary told him the program was "politically sensitive" and could "embarrass the President." He said that "if any materials from the NDU conference ever leaked to the press, somebody would be fired." He then said Stewart's work was "ill informed," contained "inaccurate assumptions and conclusions" and should not be referred to because it "gave the wrong impression of the situation in Russia." Refusing to buckle under to political pressure and tow the party line, Stewart and his deputy were both removed from all DOE intelligence and management duties. Facing a future in dead-end positions, both quietly left DOE...."
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee 6/24/99 Prepared Testimony of Congressman Curt Weldon "...Concerned that the Administration would try to bury this information, and astounded by the lengths to which it went to dispose of the findings, I initiated an Armed Services Committee investigation of this matter. Most Department employees "circled the wagons," preventing us from obtaining physical evidence of politicization. However, Jay's story was ultimately corroborated by three brave DOE employees, and was later backed up in the book One Point Safe. I subsequently held several hearings in the Armed Services Committee on this matter which confirmed the validity of the Russian Fission effort -- including the testimony of Brookings Scholar Bruce Blair, Russian Academician Alexi Yablokov, General Alexander Lebed and former KGB agent Stanislav Lunev. The Stewart case was my first foray into Clinton Administration politicization of national security matters, and a stunning lesson in just how far this White House would go to bolster its own policy agenda. I still find it absolutely galling that someone of Jay Stewart's caliber, just doing his job, could be so effectively trashed by political appointees and run out of town....."
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee 6/24/99 Prepared Testimony of Congressman Curt Weldon "... #1 - Just as the Russian Fission investigation was wrapping up, I learned that one of my staffer's relatives -- an employee of the CIA -- was suffering undue harrassment after presenting analysis that conflicted with the Administration's policy governing U.S. involvement in UN peacekeeping efforts. Assigned to the panel drafting Presidential Decision Directive 25 dealing with use of forces in peacekeeping efforts, this analyst revealed to his superiors an intelligence leak in Somalia that compromised U.S. security. After objecting to intelligence sharing in international peacekeeping efforts and opposing U.S. troops involvement in civil wars, he was pulled off the PDD panel and reassigned to a lesser job. Managers complained about his writing and analysis, and he suffered continued harrassment. After he requested binding arbitration, he was asked to submit to a drug test, a medical exam for brain tumors, and a psychiatric evaluation. Ultimately, it took a seasoned attorney to bring an abrupt end to the harrassment, and to ensure his exoneration...."
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee 6/24/99 Prepared Testimony of Congressman Curt Weldon "...#2 - When Gordon Oehler, Director of CIA's Nonproliferation Center, provided Congress with detailed information on the scope of the Iranian missile threat, he effectively ended his twenty-five year career. Members were pressing for details on Iranian threat developments, concerned about their implications for our troops and Middle East allies. At the time, the Administration was maintaining that an Iranian medium-range missile capability was a decade away. To his detriment, Oehler provided Members with candid details about technology transfers from Russia and China to Iran that vastly accelerated the Iranian missile threat. His revelations not only undermined the credibility of the Administration's threat assessment, but challenged its policy with respect to Russia and China. In my view, Oehler's greatest sin was not in arriving at these assessments, but in sharing them with a critical Congress...."
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee 6/24/99 Prepared Testimony of Congressman Curt Weldon "... On April 4, 1997, Lt. Jack Daly, a Navy intelligence officer serving on a joint U.S.-Canadian surveillance mission near Seattle, was shot in the eye with a laser beam while monitoring a Russian ship thought to be tracking our submarine fleet. The incident prompted a search of the ship days later, but our State Department provided twenty-four hour warning of the investigation which may have enabled the removal of the laser equipment. Only public areas were allowed to be searched. Because this incident was perceived to be a potential stumbling block in our relations with Russia, it was kept secret for weeks and efforts were made within the Defense and State Departments to cover it up. The State Department never issued a formal demarche..... Fortunately, the story was broken by Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz, who exposed more details about it is his recent book Betrayal. While no acknowledgement has been made to this day that the Russians attacked a U.S. military officer, the fleet monitoring ships was ordered to wear eye protection against lasers. When he wrote me pressing for further investigation of this matter, Daly suffered professionally for pursuing this matter. Prior to the incident, he had received his highest rating for promotion ever. After the incident, that rating was reversed, and it became the worst evaluation of his career...."
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee 6/24/99 Prepared Testimony of Congressman Curt Weldon "...At a time when Congress was still questioning the validity of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, I obtained a copy of a DOE "gag order" on one of the labs preventing circulation of documents without approval, and requiring notification prior to any congressional interactions. I took Secertary Federico Pena to task for this action, and called on him to protect the sharing of CTBT information with Congress...."
Investor's Business Daily 6/28/99 Paul Sperry "... Fox was one of four federal whistle-blowers who publicly testified Thursday before the House Government Reform Committee. Another witness gave a written statement but testified in closed session. The five-all career civil servants-say they've been harrassed by the Clinton administration after speaking out about national security problems, which came to a head last month in a report detailing massive Chinese espionage in recent years. President Clinton has assured Americans that he would tighten security. But witnesses charge that it's still flaccid, and many say higher-ups are still retaliating against them for sounding alarms. They aren't alone. At least 10 other security whistle-blowers have faced reprisals, claims Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., a member of the special House panel that probed technology transfers to China and Chinese espionage at U.S. nuclear weapons labs. In an interview, Weldon said he knows of "15 employees who tried to speak out about what was happening within the intelligence community and were either punished, lost their jobs, were harassed or were put into lesser positions." They include an Energy Department arms-control expert, a Navy officer and two CIA agents. Calls to the Energy and Defense Departments about the hearing were not returned. But officials in the past have dismissed such whistle-blowers as "cold warriors," or Cold War throwbacks." ..."
Investor's Business Daily 6/28/99 Paul Sperry "...Edward McCallum. Until last month, he headed Energy's Office of Safeguards and Security for nine years. He's been one of the department's internal critics, writing reports, arguing for, among other things, tighter screening of foreign visitors to the labs. On April 16, McCallum was asked to testify before the so-called Rudman Commission, which was charged with helping fix lab security problems. Three days later, he was put on administrative leave with pay. He was allowed to keep his security clearance, which he's had for more than 25 years. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson claimed McCallum "may have committed a serious security infraction" involving allegedly classified information. The case arises from a phone call McCallum had with Jeff Peters, a former security official at Energy's Rocky Flats, Colo., nuclear weapons site. The two reportedly discussed fears about a terrorist attack because of security breaches. It turns out that the official, who lost his job, taped the conversation. And parts of it wound up on the Internet in early April, posted by lawyers for another Rocky Flats security worker who lost his job. "They claim I disclosed classified information during a conversation with a whistle-blower," McCallum said under oath. "This is not true." He added: "(The claim) is a clear and obvious act of retaliation against me" for warning of "failed security at the laboratories since 1995." (In an interview, he said several security officials at other sites have come under attack by this administration.) McCallum's old boss backs him. Maj. Gen. George McFadden, who retired from Energy last year, was recently quoted as saying McCallum "is a true professional (and) is very, very tight with national security." So does Notra Trulock, the former head of Energy's intelligence office. He recently e-mailed McCallum to commend him for pointing out the administration's targeting of whistle-blowers. Trulock himself was demoted after revealing that his boss turned down his repeated requests to warn Congress about lab security problems. Richardson says he recently gave Trulock a $10,000 bonus (though he didn't give him back his old job). For two decades, Energy has folowed a nine-step process for reviewing security infractions. It's yet to be applied in McCallum's case. He says he hasn't even been interviewed. He and his lawyers did, however, meet with Richardson on May 27. In the meeting, McCallum says Richardson waved a letter he got the day before from 10 congressman who back McCallum. Richardson then tossed it down on his desk and said: "This letter doesn't intimidate me. This isn't (expletive). I play baskeball with these guys," McCallum recalled. I understood that to mean: 'Stay away from Congress,'" said McCallum, a retired Army special operations lieutenant colonel and a decorated Vietnam vet.
Investor's Business Daily 6/28/99 Paul Sperry "...Robert Henson. A Los Alamos nuclear weapons physicist, Henson says he was one of the scientists who in 1995 tipped off Trulock about the Chinese heisting design data about the prized W-88 warhead. For his efforts, Henson says, he was fired in October 1995. Los Alamos claims Henson's dismissal was part of a lab work-force reduction. (That year, the lab hired 19 Chinese nationals and has added another 15 since.) Henson, 61, sued for age bias and got his job back. "Los Alamos retaliated against me because of my strong involvement in bringing to light the Chinese espionage," he said in a statement. He didn't testify in public.
Investor's Business Daily 6/28/99 Paul Sperry "...Jon Fox. The fax was the final act in a revealing drama that had started as soon as Fox turned in his memo on Oct. 23, 1997. The next day, like every Friday, he went to a meeting at the State Department with other Pentagon export control officials. While sitting in the meeting, he got called out by a secretary. His superior, Johnson, was on the phone. It was urgent. Fox says Johnson wanted to speak to him about the memo. "He was quite upset (and) expressed that this was not what was being looked for," Fox said. Fox insisted that China shouldn't be allowed, among other things, access to "detailed information on transfer, storage and disposition of fissionable fuels" as part of a "technical exchange" deal proposed by the White House. He stressed his points that China could divert the technology to its nuclear missile program or sell it to non-nuclear states. He provided documents to back his opinion. Johnson also wanted him to certify China as a nonproliferator, even though a 1995 Defense study ranked it at the highest level of risk. After arguing his case, Fox went back to the meeting. He was then pulled out so many times that they had to adjorn the meeting, he says. He says Johnson gave hima choice: Rewrite the memo or get another job. Fox "caved," he says, after seeing the pressure was coming from "a high level." "I'm not independently wealthy," he explained in an interview. "I could have been blackballed and never work again in government." He added that his wife also holds a federal job. But Waxman sided with Johnson's actions, arguing that Fox's memo "went beyond the technical analysis he asked for." Fox swears he'd never been asked to rewrite a review before. And he had written 125. Also, Fox says Johnson told him not to sign the revised memo. Why? If his first draft fell into the wrong hands, it would have been "too blatant of an appearance that I was being coerced," Fox said. Indeed, the final draft was stamp-signed by Charles Gallaway, a programs manager. Fox's problems didn't stop there, though. In October 1998, he was relieved of some of his certifying duties when Defense Secretary William Cohen reorganized his department.
Investor's Business Daily 6/28/99 Paul Sperry "...Peter Leitner. In 1994, Leitner, a longtime Pentagon export-control officer, denied to China the transfer of a McDonnell Douglas machine tool plant in Columbus, Ohio. He warned it could help the Chinese military build stealth weapons. He was ordered to change his opinion and refused. Most of the gear was exported anyway. It turns out Leitner was right. The tools were diverted to military use. The case is now under investigation. Since testifying at different times on the HIll and talking to CBS' "60 Minutes" about the administration's liberal export policy, Leitner says his performance ratings have suffered. One of the marks against him in the file reads: "advocate of tightening export controls." He says he's the only licensing officer not to receive a cash bonus despite maintaining outstanding grades. A father of four, he figures his whistle-blowing over the years has cost his family $75,000 to $100,000 in lost pay raises and bonuses. ..."
Investor's Business Daily 6/28/99 Paul Sperry "...Michael Maloof. As chief of operations for the Defense Technology Security Agency, Maloof follows dual-use exports to China and other countries to verify they haven't been diverted to military use. He's alo complained of "wholesale" decontrol of exports such as satellites, supercomputers and stealth technology in the Clinton years. He's been at Defense since 1985. After talking to The New York Times last year about satellite exports, Maloof got a call from Ken Bacon, the assistant secretary of Defense for public affairs. He said Bacon demanded to know "what was behind the story" and complained that Defense Secretary William Cohen was "blindsided." "I thought (the call) was unusual," Maloof said...."
WorldNetDaily 6/29/99 Sarah Foster "...Former IRS special agent Joe Banister had a couple of questions he hoped his congressman could answer. "If the IRS and the 16th Amendment are not legal -- and I've discovered they aren't -- should I file a 1040 form?" he wondered. Banister has been wondering about that ever since he was ousted from his high-level, well-paid job with the IRS last February. In March WorldNetDaily broke the news nationwide of his forced resignation.....Speaking with WorldNetDaily, Banister recalled that during the question-and-answer session he told Campbell and the audience that he had been a special agent since 1993 with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, one of the service's "accountants with a gun and a badge," as they're called. Two years ago he began investigating the allegations made by so-called tax-protesters and concluded their arguments were true. Specifically: The filing of federal income tax returns is voluntary, and the filing of federal income tax returns is not required. That the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never ratified. That income taxes are not used to pay for daily government operations, but to pay the interest on the national debt. "I explained to Congressman Campbell and the folks there that I faced a real dilemma. I could either stay in my job -- even though I knew it was illegal and immoral -- or I'd have to resign," Banister said. "I explained how I had asked the IRS if my findings were correct, because if they were I would have to resign." Should his findings prove false, the question became whether the agency would show him where he was off track. "They never answered my inquiry, but said they had accepted my resignation. "So what should I do about the 1040? What about my discoveries -- are they right?" he asked Campbell. "Should I still be carrying a gun and a wearing a badge for the IRS?" ....Schulz points to Banister's report -- Investigating the IRS -- as being the most recent in a long line of studies done by researchers like Benson, Kidd and Conklin. "Their arguments are very compelling," Schulz observes, "But Congress and the courts have ignored them. That's why we're doing this. We'd really like to settle the matter." ..."
***Media Research Center CyberAlert*** 6/30/99 Vol Four No 116 "...Maybe the Energy Department should hire FNC's Carl Cameron. Tuesday night he showed how he knew about testimony from a counter-intelligence agent that the agent's boss, the Energy Department's counter-intelligence chief, wasn't even aware of. And Cameron added unique TV play for a story on the wires Tuesday and in the Washington Times Wednesday about how a Defense official was transferred pending the outcome of a probe about how the supervisor improperly tried to access the computer files of a whistleblower testifying at that moment on Capitol Hill. In a piece featured on both Special Report with Brit Hume and the Fox Report, Cameron revealed what went on behind the scenes at a House Government Reform Committee hearing last week: "Inadvertently on Capitol Hill last week several lawmakers at a closed door meeting found themselves hearing new allegations of security breaches at Energy Department nuclear labs. Democrats and Republicans say the secret testimony of Energy Department counter-intelligence agent Bob Hensen (sp?) caught them completely off-guard. Lawmakers are mum on the classified details which sources say involve weapons labs, like Los Alamos, over the last five years and may have been part of China's nuclear espionage. "The Energy Department's top spy catcher, who admits security cannot be guaranteed, said he was unaware of his agent's testimony until Fox News told him." Ed Curran: "I'm surprised at your comment. As director of counter-intelligence I think I have a responsibility to know what was said in closed hearings. I have not been informed of Mr. Hensen's comments to anybody concerning security breaches in the past. I would certainly be more than interested in finding out though." Cameron went on to explain that when House members realized what Hansen would disclose he was removed from a panel of officials testifying about reprisals for their efforts to expose security shortcomings and stop dangerous technology transfers. This was the June 24 hearing that all but FNC ignored...."
The Washington Times 6/28/99 Quin Hillyer "...* Peter Leitner, a civil servant for 22 years, is a strategic trade advisor for the Defense Technology Security Administration. He says that since 1990 he has been warning against various technology transfers to China, and that the Bush administration often ignored him just as the Clintonites do now. "But the Clinton appointees are by far the most vindictive," he told me. "I refused to approve a license which would have allowed the Chinese to obtain an entire defense factory full of very advanced machine tools which they can use for a variety of militarily productive goals. When his superiors approved the license anyway , the tools were diverted to a cruise missile factory." Mr. Leitner says his performance reviews suddenly started dropping, and that he was denied performance bonuses and within-grade pay increases. "I became a GS-15 before many colleagues who are now ahead of me on the pay scale," he said. "I, my wife, and my four children are now between $75,000 and $100,000 poorer than we would have been if I had simply gone with the flow . . . and all for just following my job description and keeping an eye on national security." ..."
The American Spectator 6/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman "...In the latest episode of the Clinton administration's cover-up of its mind-boggling security lapses at our nuclear weapons labs, Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson is now attempting to prevent a top DOE official in charge of safeguards and security from testifying before Congress. Why? ....Because that official, Edward J. McCallum, had made clear his intention to warn Congress and the public of devastating gaps in the security procedures at nuclear storage sites such as Rocky Flats, Colorado, that the Clinton administration has repeatedly, and obstinately, refused to correct. Security at Rocky Flats was so bad, McCallum warned President Clinton in a January 27, 1997 report, that terrorists could easily penetrate the facility and steal weapons-grade plutonium, or construct and detonate a nuclear bomb on the site without DOE security teams being able to prevent it. Budget reductions and other "disturbing trends" had turned DOE security into a " hollow force that goes below the bottom line and makes it more difficult to fulfill National Security mandates," McCallum wrote... In a telephone conversation four months later, McCallum was more blunt. The risk was "extremely high," he told the recently dismissed head of the Rocky Flats security detail, that terrorists could successfully attack the plutonium storage site, unleashing "a little mushroom cloud" over nearby Denver. By all accounts, McCallum's reports angered Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary, who not only failed to act on his warnings but consistently reduced the budget for security at the nation's nuclear labs--far below what McCallum and other security officials warned was the danger level. Under O'Leary's stewardship, Rocky Flats cut its security force by 40 percent, allowing prime contractor Kaiser-Hill LLC to improve its profit margin despite an overall reduction in the funds it received from DOE. Indeed, by skimping on security, Kaiser-Hill actually earned performance bonuses from DOE, because its cleanup operations were going ahead on schedule. During the Cold War, Rocky Flats was used to machine highly toxic plutonium into nuclear weapons cores...."
The American Spectator 6/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman "...In a twist that should no longer shock observers of the Clinton administration, almost as soon as O'Leary resigned as secretary of energy in January 1997, she joined the board of ICF Kaiser, the parent of the company that McCallum had cited for poor management of Rocky Flats. O'Leary remains on the Kaiser board today, and her husband, John O'Leary, does consulting work for the group. Kaiser also hired Thomas Grumbley, a former aide to Al Gore who was put in charge of DOE's Office of Science and Technology. At DOE, Grumbley had "harpooned" Kaiser's performance at Rocky Flats, according to Mark Graf, the former security chief at Rocky Flats. Grumbley now works for Kaiser as president of its Environment & Facilities Management Group. In 1997, the House Commerce Committee discovered that Grumbley had funneled lucrative DOE contracts to Molten Metal Technology, after the company had hired Gore aide (and top DNC fundraiser) Peter Knight as its chief Washington lobbyist. MMT executives contributed $50,000 in 1994 to the University of Tennessee to establish a chair honoring the vice president's sister, and in 1995 told Knight they would raise $50,000 for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign, according to Commerce Committee documents.
The Hill 6/30/99 Sam Dealy "...Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said Energy Secretary Bill Richardson told him that he planned to dismiss the employee for insubordination. The employee was Victor Reis, the head of the Energy Department's weapons program. "Richardson told me that he was planning to fire Vic Reis for insubordination related to Reis's talking to me and others on the Hill about our plan to reorganize the Department of Energy," Thornberry said regarding their talk several weeks ago...... Details about Richardson's extraordinary efforts to thwart members of Congress from investigating security measures in his department came to light late last week. According to Republican sources, Richardson dissuaded the House Commerce Committee from holding hearings, claiming the issue was too sensitive and that national security was at stake. According to these same sources, Richardson made the same plea to Rep. Dan Burton's (R-Ind.) Government Reform Committee and the House Leadership. After evicting staff with the highest security clearance, Richardson proceeded to brief these leaders in an unswept, unsecured room.Last Thursday Burton held a hearing on retaliation against administration employees who cooperated with security probes.....Ten Republican lawmakers recently wrote to Richardson protesting his treatment of McCallum. According to McCallum and his lawyers who met with Richardson, the secretary said the congressional letter "doesn't intimidate me," and "this isn't st." According to Burton, "It was also expressed to his attorney that the department was not happy with Mr. McCallum's contacts with Congress." At the hearing, Burton threatened to press for a contempt citation against Richardson for not cooperating with his investigation....."
The Hill 6/30/99 Sam Dealy "...In another incident in which the administration apparently attempted to silence a dissident employee, a Pentagon official has charged that his supervisor tried to gain unauthorized access to his computer while he testified before the Burton committee on Thursday about retaliations he suffered for blowing the whistle to the Cox committee and other congressional inquiries on relaxed export controls. The whistleblower, Peter Leitner, is a senior strategic trade adviser in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) at the Department of Defense. "I take this as both a personal affront and an affront to the United States Congress," Burton responded to Leitner's charge. "Congress will not stand for this kind of witness intimidation." Leitner's case is indicative of the fears expressed by some members of Congress that some Clinton administration employees have suffered recriminations for voicing their concerns about lax security measures to Rep. Chris Cox's (R-Calif.) China panel. "It's a pattern of not wanting to allow a genuine discussion of the threats that are emerging to occur," said Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.). "And I'm not saying this should be done publicly, but you don't squash it so it can't be done in a classified setting.",...Documents obtained by The Hill indicate that Leitner's supervisor, Col. Raymond Willson, was keenly interested in gaining access to Leitner's computer, though it is not apparent why. According to a rash of e-mails among DTRA employees, Willson requested that a subordinate, Frank Cruz, transfer certain "unclassified" files from Leitner's computer to another terminal. "I told him that it was possible, but, had to check with ... Security," read Cruz's e-mail to a colleague. What followed were several exchanges on proper agency procedure. "I am confused," wrote Willson in one. "Why do we need to go through a security office for access to U.S. government files? Would I need to go through the security office to open a U.S. government safe?" According to a later e-mail, employee Michael Fennessy wrote: "Need to know how a manager would go about getting access to said files in an emergency (need procedures = what would Security Office have told us and how long/painful would it have been)." "There is the definite feeling here that the computer and all the files on it are government property and a supervisor has the right to go into those," the e-mail continued. Willson, citing department regulations, referred all calls to the press office.
The Hill 6/30/99 Sam Dealy "...Leitner told The Hill that, as he was testifying, his boss was "trying to intimidate [co-workers] into giving him access to my computer for files he couldn't describe, but said he'd know when he saw them." Leitner said he called Friday to lodge a complaint with the agency but was told it was already being investigated. "The folks here refused to be cowed and reported it to the office of security," said Leitner. The incident was witnessed by "five different people, all very upset," said Leitner. The incident occurred as Leitner was testifying about a previous incident involving Willson. Leitner claimed Willson trumped up charges of a security breach against him, although the case is not clear-cut. Leitner said the Office of Special Counsel, an agency that investigates and prosecutes whistleblower retaliation cases, has an ongoing probe "into political retaliation against me over the years." The Pentagon agency initiated an investigation into Leitner's allegations on Monday. Pending completion of the investigation, the agency said, Willson has been "temporarily assigned to other duties." Citing concern for the integrity of the ongoing investigation, a DTRA spokesman would not comment except to say, "We have procedures in place that prevent any unauthorized access." "I suspect they were trying to plant something, some sort of false security violation," Leitner ventured, referring to what he alleges happened in the prior Willson incident. "I mean, the way these people have of trying to destroy your career," said an exasperated Leitner. "It's incredibly vindictive and politically motivated." Leitner claims that since 1995, when he first began criticizing changes in agency regulations, his performance evaluations and pay raises have suffered. In a June 1995 evaluation, according to both Leitner and the Burton committee, supervisor descriptions of Leitner's work included comments that he "veers to the right as much as possible."...."
The American Spectator 6/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman "...Rocky Flats employees have tried to get management to focus on security problems at the facility for many years. In 1995, Mark Graf and Jeff Peters, senior security inspectors at the plant, finally wrote to Democratic Congressman David Skaggs, drawing his attention to the security deficiencies. In retaliation, Peters was placed on administrative leave, and Graf's workload was stepped up dramatically. A few months later, Graf and Peters sent an eight-page classified memorandum to their general manager and to DOE. Peters eventually resigned in June 1996, after filing a discrimination suit against Wackenhut, the security subcontractor; Graf's case is still in dispute...."
The American Spectator 6/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman "...In February 1997, DOE dispatched a new security director to Rocky Flats, a former Air Force weapons officer and trained engineer, David Ridenour. After just three months at the job, Ridenour resigned "in disgust," sending a scathing letter to then-Energy Secretary Federico Pe. In it he complained of no government oversight--a criticism reinforced by the April 1999 GAO report--and said he had been told not to let security concerns interfere with the contractor's schedule or profits. "In my professional life as a military officer, as a registered engineer and as a technologist with the contractor operating the Department of Energy's Fernald, Ohio site, I never before experienced a major conflict between loyalty to my supervision and duty to my country and to the public," Ridenour wrote. "I feel that conflict today."
The American Spectator 6/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman "...On April 19, 1999, Assistant Secretary of Energy Rose Gottemoeller informed McCallum that he had been placed on administrative leave without pay, and was under investigation for having released classified information in telephone conversations that were taped by Mark Graf three years earlier, and which (without his knowledge or consent) recently appeared on an Internet website. (Graf had taken his suit against Wackenhut to the Government Accountability Project, a left-leaning nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance to government whistleblowers.) Gottemoeller also issued a reprimand to McCallum's superior, Joseph Mahaley, but quietly withdrew it after he threatened legal action.
The American Spectator 6/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman "..."All the people who have raised the alarm over DOE security lapses have suffered some form of harassment," one Republican congressional aide told TAS. And Democrats in Congress are just as incensed. Last year, Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey wrote to Energy Secretary Richardson detailing the lapses and asking how DOE was fixing them. ... Well-informed sources close to the energy secretary say he personally gave the order to fire McCallum in April because he was "pissed off" that McCallum was the source of the information reaching the Hill about loose security at the labs...."
On June 16 1998, acting under the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Merit Systems Protection Board ordered the Justice Department to rehire Martin Andersen at his former pay grade and job as a program manager in the criminal division's International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program through July 29. Anderson was the whistleblower who alleged that officials mismanaged the training of foreign policemen and prosecutors, compromised U.S. intelligence secrets and committed visa fraud.
Washington Post/AP 7/4/99 "...The State Department says it reassigned an employee from its United Nations mission because of unsatisfactory job performance, denying it retaliated against her for calling attention to alleged U.N. waste and mismanagement. The department's position in the case of Linda Shenwick, a former budget and administrative officer at the U.S. mission to the United Nations, was outlined in a letter to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), a copy of which was obtained by the Associated Press Friday. Grassley has defended Shenwick, contending the State Department decided to transfer her because she gave information to members of Congress. Such a transfer would violate a whistleblower protection law that Grassley sponsored. Shenwick's dispute with the department dates back several years. Grassley has been holding up the nomination of U.N. ambassador-designate Richard C. Holbrooke in an effort to pressure the State Department to resolve the dispute. The letter, in a reference to Grassley's action on Holbrooke, said the Shenwick case should not be influenced by unrelated issues...."
Jya.com 6/24/99 Testimony of Dr. Peter M Leitner "...To be victimized by my own government - particularly the Defense Department - for consistently putting the near- and long-term national security of the United States ahead of all other considerations is something that I still find astounding to this day. I believe that a deadly combination of corruption, greed, careerism, indolence, and possibly darker motives have brought us to this sad turning point in the nature of the military threats to the United States and along the Chinese periphery - extending from the Central Asian republics through the Indian Ocean and along the Pacific Rim... From 1986 to 1990 I was consistently praised by DoD officials for my effectiveness in documenting and persuasively defending American technology security interests around the world in international negotiations.... In 1994, I wrote a technical paper called "McDonnell Douglas Machine Tool Sales to the PRC: Implications for U.S. Policy" and refused a direct order to change my denial of the transfer of the Columbus, Ohio, B-1 Bomber/MX Missile/C-17 plant to China. This incident was the subject of a recent 60 Minutes broadcast. Later that year I co-authored a study entitled "Transferring Stealth Technology to the PRC: Three Pieces to the Chinese Puzzle." This paper revealed how the PRC was targeting U.S. companies for technology acquisition with surgical precision.... At one point, DTSA attempted to insert a criteria stating that my licensing decisions had to meet with the approval of my supervisor at least 90 percent of the time..... It was in December 1997 that a campaign to further isolate me began - this time to confiscate my office computers, a laptop and a desktop.... About this time, I began to see and issue denials for a large number of export license applications originating with the DoE-sponsored national laboratories - particularly Los Alamos, Sandia, Livermore, and Oak Ridge. These licenses were intended to facilitate the transfer of a variety of high-tech equipment with direct application to nuclear weapons development and testing to the most dangerous entities within the Russian nuclear weapons design, test, and manufacturing complex. I objected then, and continue to object today, to these so-called Lab-to-Lab transfers because there was no evidence of a security plan to protect U.S. technologies from being used against us, there was no evidence that the Department of Energy exercised any credible level of control over these activities, and after meeting with lab officials it was apparent to me that the labs had become entrepreneurial and were creating programs not so much to resolve the fictional "loose nukes" problem as to keep themselves employed and avoid layoffs....In 1997, I witnessed the intentional orchestration by the administration of a series of events resulting in the false certification to Congress that China is not a nuclear proliferant. This provided the Chinese legal access to many nuclear technologies to complement that which the committee so clearly demonstrated they were engaged in stealing...... In August I was called before the Cox/Dicks Committee where I testified on the PRC threat and worked very closely with that staff - providing over 18 inches of documents and hours of follow-on interviews with staff. Ever since these testimonies I have been subjected to, in staccato fashion, one adverse harassing act after another. The most prominent of these are: further lowering of my performance rating, attempts to isolate me from attending meetings concerning nuclear exports -- particularly when the IG's were visiting the interagency meetings pursuant to the Senate inspection request, a trumped-up letter of reprimand, sick leave harassment, a falsified charge of a security violation, and implied threats to charge me with insubordination or defiance of authority. In fact, the DoD IG found that of the 16 DTSA licensing officers I am the only one not to receive a bonus, or an outstanding or superior rating, this in spite of the fact that I am the only person to have authored any technical or policy analyses or to have stood up for DoD's national security mission in the face of interagency obstructionism. All of this happened since my Cox/Dicks testimony. These actions were deemed so serious that Senator Thompson twice wrote to the Pentagon, including to Secretary Cohen, expressing concern for his witnesses. In addition, the Office of Special Counsel has accepted my case for a full investigation of political reprisals and illegal retaliation...... The politicization of the career Civil Service is an extraordinarily dangerous and insidious process that has been more radically advanced during the past six years than at any time since the enactment of the Hatch Act...."
Investor’s Business Daily 7/8/99 "… Richardson forced Victor Reis, assistant secretary of Energy for defense programs, to resign. Reis' offense? Backing a plan in Congress to create a semi- autonomous unit within Energy to manage the nuclear arsenal…."
New York Times 7/12/99 Philip Shenon "…In a statement, the State Department did not directly address the question of Ms. Albright's involvement in Ms. Shenwick's case but criticized senators who are holding up Holbrooke's nominations "for reasons that have nothing to do with his qualifications." Ms. Shenwick has charged that she was removed from her post at the American mission to the United Nations because she provided damaging information about the U.N. to members of Congress and to reporters. The Department has refused to respond to details of Ms. Shenwick's accusations, noting that the case is now the subject of an investigation by the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency that is supposed to protect whistle-blowers…..Grassley's "hold" relates not to Holbrooke's qualifications but instead to the State Department's treatment of Ms. Shenwick. "My position on the Holbrooke nomination remains firm," Grassley said. "The price for lifting the hold is for the department to negotiate in good faith with Linda Shenwick. The State Department has a very weak case in refusing to do so."…"
Environmental News 7/99 Bonner R Cohen "…David Lewis, a world-renowned microbiologist who spent almost three decades at the Environmental Protection Agency, became so concerned about the misuse of science at the agency that he wrote letters to Vice President Al Gore and EPA Administrator Carol Browner alerting them to the deteriorating situation. When he got no response, Lewis went public with an article in the prestigious British journal, Nature, in which he warned that science at EPA had reached a "state of crisis." EPA responded to Lewis' claims by accusing him of ethics violations. The charges were later dismissed by a Department of Labor mediation board. Lewis filed a whistleblower complaint against the agency and, in a settlement, was awarded $115,000. Other EPA whistleblowers report similar treatment by the agency. In late March, Lewis was joined by two colleagues, Brian Rimar and Arnie Grigsby, at a Washing press conference where the three blasted EPA for putting politics before science in carrying out its policies. For calling attention to poor science at the agency, all three whistleblowers have been forced out of EPA….These are not isolated cases. According to attorneys familiar with the claims against EPA, at any given time the agency is involved in scores of lawsuits with its own employees. Attorney Stephen Kohn, president of the Washington-based National Whistleblowers Center, says EPA's arsenal of weapons includes "threats to demote or transfer employees, baseless criminal investigations, and trumped-up charges of ethics violations--all aimed at ostracizing, intimidating, and--ultimately--silencing those who speak out…."
Drudge Report 7/13/99 Freeper Doctor Raoul "…Lt. Patrick J. Burns says goodbye to the Navy today at a retirement ceremony in his honor at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. His retirement is not voluntary. The Navy forced him out after he acknowledged releasing the training records of two female pilots whom he believed received special treatment during F-14 flight qualifications in 1994…"I find that you intentionally violated the Privacy Act by releasing the personal training records of a fellow officer to an individual outside the federal government who lacked authority to receive such records," Mr. Dalton wrote…." Doctor Raoul observes "…
Richmond Times Dispatch 7/18/99 Michael Hardy "...After voting overwhelmingly to condemn President Clinton for impeachment-related conduct, Virginia Legionnaires yesterday tabled a resolution for more study lest it jeopardize the careers of active servicemen. In effect, the about-face at the annual convention of the Virginia Department of the American Legion probably kills the emotion-filled resolution, several Legionnaires predicted. "Nobody thought about the effect it might have on security clearances for our active-duty members," acknowledged Virginia State Adjutant Cornelius T. "Connie" O'Neill....After some tense minutes, Bill Bryant, national executive committeeman representing the state at the national headquarters, told the convention delegates that the resolution could jeopardize the careers and security clearances of active servicemen...."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 7/22/99 John McCaslin "...On April 20, IRS senior appraiser Matt McErlean submitted a critical 16-page report to the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, accusing IRS management of systematically violating taxpayers' constitutional rights to uniformity in tax assessments based on appraisals. According to the report, the violation is so egregious as to compromise an "unlegislated tax break." "Billions in American taxpayers' [money] is lost, and the loss is a direct result of IRS's lack of appraisal standards and appraiser competency requirements," Mr. McErlean charges. But the story doesn't end there. Mr. McErlean has since been handed a forced transfer, which he's refused. As a result, he's been declared "AWOL" and the IRS has stopped his pay. According to the Government Accountability Project in Washington, which has taken up Mr. McErlean's case, this is the "latest in a series of retaliatory actions the IRS has taken against McErlean" since he submitted his report.....Mr. Umble told Inside the Beltway yesterday that Mr. McErlean, who works in the Baltimore IRS office, received notice Friday, April 23, that he was to report to work at the IRS office in New York City by the following Monday...."
New York Post 7/29/99 Editorial Board "...Clark committed the crime of honesty, and honesty just can't be tolerated in Clinton-land. As Michael Ignatieff details in this week's New Yorker, Clark was a man with a plan- a plan the administration and NATO were only willing to implement when it became clear they were on the verge of losing the war. From the first, Clark wanted to bomb the electrical grid and communications network that kept Slobodan Milosevic riding high. But it took from March to May for Clark to get the approval. When the strike was finally carried out, it spelled defeat for the Serbs. Clark won a war with his hands practically tied behind his back. He took the heat for the Clinton administration's dithering while arguing all the while for the right thing - a coordinated land and air attack...."
Stratfor 7/30/99 "...The first of the heads responsible for the Kosovo crisis rolled on July 27, when Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Wesley Clark was sacked. Clark was ordered to resign his post in April, three months before the end of his current term, to be replaced by Air Force General Joseph Ralston, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Officially, Clark's term was shortened because otherwise Ralston, whose term as JCS vice chairman expires in February, would have been forced to retire. Instead, it is Clark who is being pensioned off, though Defense Secretary William Cohen reportedly recommended Clark be offered an ambassadorship..... General Clark was one of four top Clinton advisors most responsible for pushing the U.S. and NATO into a military confrontation over Kosovo. According to a number of reports that emerged during and after the war, Secretary of State Madeline Albright in January 1999 presented the plan under which NATO should threaten air strikes. She was backed up by Clark and by envoys Richard Holbrooke and Robert Gelbard, who argued that Milosevic would buckle under a day or two of bombing, if not merely the threat of air strikes. They, in turn, were backed by a sea of anonymous analysts in the U.S. intelligence agencies who, until the bombing began, repeatedly argued that Milosevic would quickly submit under air attacks. Skeptics included Cohen, Shelton, presidential advisor Sandy Berger, and presumably Ralston...."
Washington Post 7/29/99 Jim Hoagland "...Washington is a city of careers: Job changes both cause and reflect seismic political events. Such a shift is now underway at the Pentagon, where Gen. Wesley K. Clark, the NATO commander who recently got Slobodan Milosevic to say uncle in Kosovo, was told on Tuesday to look for a new job. Ingratitude, or history on the march? Some of both may be involved. Clark, not given to underestimating his place in history, can take solace in reflecting on the fates of Winston Churchill at the end of World War II or George Bush after Desert Storm. Their victories were also rewarded with eviction notices from electorates ready to move on to new subjects....Ignatieff quotes Clark acknowledging his frustration with "the only air campaign in history in which lovers strolled down riverbanks in the gathering twilight . . . to watch the fireworks" -- until May 24, when heavy munitions destroyed the transformer yards of the Yugoslav power grid and changed the course of the war. Clark, a member of the U.S. negotiating team at Dayton that produced the Bosnian peace accord, brought personal involvement and experience in the Balkans with him to the NATO job. He also brought along a willingness to stand up for his beliefs. That quality helped end a war and save lives. It may also have cost Clark a few months of his tour in one of the world's most important jobs. If so, it was a trade worth making....."
Washington Times 7/30/99 "...We have learned not to expect much by way of gratitude or graciousness from the Clinton White House.... Case in point this week is the dismissal of NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark. Gen. Clark's three-year tour of duty was to have ended in July 2000 -- and could at that time have been extended. Indeed, given that NATO's political leaders all around declared their pride in NATO's air-war victory over Serbia, one might well have expected Gen. Clark to receive commendations and medals. Instead, the general got the pink slip.... It is not just that the Gen. Clark was dismissed prematurely, but also the way it was handled. When Gen. Clark received the call on Tuesday, in the late afternoon, Washington time, he was on business in Latvia. That would be about 10 p.m. Latvian time. Within the hour, reporters started calling for comment, which is evidently how long it took for the Pentagon to leak the story....."
New York Post 8/2/99 Deborah Orin "...U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark - just dumped as NATO's top commander - wanted to seize Kosovo's Pristina airport to bar Russian troops, but was blocked for fear he'd start "World War III," a new report claims. Russia's success in landing and grabbing control of the airport was a major embarrassment to NATO as it began enforcing the peace deal in Kosovo, which didn't plan for Russians at that key site. Clark ordered an airborne assault to beat the Russians to the punch, but NATO's ground commander, British Gen. Mike Jackson, defied the order and told Clark: "I'm not going to start World War III for you," Newsweek reports...."
The Weekly Standard 8/2/99 Matthew Rees "..."I have never seen such a blatant, raw attempt to harass and silence a whistleblower who simply told the truth." That's Sen. Charles Grassley, a normally even-keeled Iowa Republican, thundering in a recent speech about the treatment of Linda Shenwick.. .....Linda Shenwick started working at the State Department in 1979 while she was still in law school, driven by a sense of public service and an interest in foreign affairs. In 1984 she was transferred to the U.S. mission to the United Nations, where she first was assigned to handle personnel and budget issues. She quickly carved out a reputation for diligence and hard work, which won her three consecutive "outstanding" ratings the highest given-between January 1987 and July 1989. Her performance also won her regular promotions, and in 1988 she was admitted to the Senior Executive Service, an elite corps of federal civil servants. In August 1991 and again in November 1993, representatives of other U.N. member states elected Shenwick to serve on the influential Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), which recommends how U.N. money and personnel should be allocated. ...."
The Weekly Standard 8/2/99 Matthew Rees "...The first instance of outright hostility came in June 1994. During a senior staff meeting attended by Shenwick, Albright blamed her for the hold Sen. Larry Pressler, a South Dakota Republican, had placed on the nomination of David Birenbaum for a top management and reform job. "The president wants this nomination,'' hissed Albright, "and you are impeding it." Shenwick's supposed sin? She had, in full compliance with State Department regulations, responded to requests from Pressler about U.N. budget and management practices, and he had used the information in Birenbaum's confirmation hearing. .....When Shenwick didn't back down, the harassment escalated. In October 1994, Birenbaum-by this time confirmed as deputy representative for U.N. management and reform-relieved her of her authority to assign work to much of her staff, claiming she was too busy with her ACABQ duties. Shenwick disagreed and took the matter up with Edward Gnehm, a senior U.S. mission official. He was no help. "What do you expect after what you did at Birenbaum's hearings," he told her. "This is payback." ..."
The Weekly Standard 8/2/99 Matthew Rees "...In March 1995, Shenwick attended a meeting of top U.S. mission officials, and they criticized her job performance. When she pointed to her favorable personnel evaluations-she'd received an "excellent" and an "outstanding" during the period from July 1992 to May 1994-Albright quickly interjected, "We are looking into changing that." And when Albright learned Shenwick had shared public information with a Senate Appropriations Committee staffer about shoddy U.N. procurement practices, she ordered her "never to meet with Hill staffers alone again" (Rubin repeated the order a few days later). .... In the spring of 1996, when the United States had to nominate someone for the U.N.'s Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Albright dumped Shenwick, who had just completed nearly five years on the committee. She told her that while her performance had been "excellent," she had been "too tenacious on U.N. reform." ...."
The Weekly Standard 8/2/99 Matthew Rees "...Indeed, even after engineering Shenwick's ouster from the ACABQ, Albright wasn't content. In April 1996, for example, Albright personally ordered the hiring of a retired former deputy chief of the U.S. mission, Herbert Gelber, and made his primary responsibility overseeing Shenwick and evaluating her performance. This was highly suspicious, given that no such position had previously existed at the U.S. mission and Gelber had once been a top deputy to Thomas Picketing, the U.N. ambassador Shenwick had tangled with years earlier. It didn't take Gelber long to strike. Within a month of accepting the job, he had raised questions about Shenwick's use of entertainment funds, telephones, and fax machines (an investigation by the State Department's inspector general found no wrongdoing). Subsequent remarks, however, revealed that his real concerns with Shenwick were not ethical but political. He once said to her, during a meeting in his office, "What you do with Republicans is between you and God, but I don't know how you sleep at night."..."
The Weekly Standard 8/2/99 Matthew Rees "...And when it appeared that Sen. Pressler, who was up for reelection in 1996, was in jeopardy, Gelber told Shenwick, "It looks like he's going to be gone, and you'll be next." ....Illustrating the sheer pettiness of the department's case against Shenwick are the charges it forwarded to the Office of Special Counsel last year to justify her "unsatisfactory" rating. Shenwick, according to the State Department, had had a poor relationship with the chairman of the ACABQ, hadn't given proper credit to her staff for writing memos, and had failed to have a going-away party for a member of her staff. ....Three days later, the State Department upped the ante, telling Shenwick that if she didn't take the position she would be transferred to a job in Washington in 60 days. But she didn't budge, telling State in early May she didn't want the Department of Energy lab job. This set off a new round of negotiations with State Department officials, which culminated on June 16 with Shenwick's being handed a faxed memo from Alex De La Garza, a State Department personnel official, informing her she had 48 hours to vacate the U.S. mission. The memo also reiterated that Shenwick was to begin a new State Department job in Washington on June 29. She resisted taking the new job-she says she's almost as unqualified for it as she is for the Department of Energy lab job-but State refused to negotiate. Shenwick subsequently asked a senior U.S. mission official with whom she had friendly relations why the crusade against her was suddenly intensifying, and she was given a simple answer: Washington....."
WorldNetDaily 8/9/99 Jane Chastain "...Sen. Grassley made it clear that by lifting the hold on Holbrooke he is not giving up on Shenwick. In fact, he told his colleagues that he is raising the stakes by placing holds on three recent State Department appointments. How did Shenwick become the central figure in a tug-of-war between the administration and Congress? Shenwick may be little known to the public, but for years this dedicated public servant has been a valuable source of information on waste, fraud and abuse at the United Nations. Government officials, elected representatives on both sides of the aisle and members of the media have used her facts and figures in an attempt to keep this bloated international agency accountable to U.S. taxpayers, who pay a full 1/4 of its enormous budget...."
WorldNetDaily 8/9/99 Jane Chastain "... In Bosnia, it was discovered that accounting procedures were so loose that the United Nations overpayments on a fuel contract amounted to $1.8 million. Then Kenyan peacekeepers stole 25,000 gallons and sold it to the Serbs. In May of '93, when the United Nations took over the operation in Somalia from us, they turned the former U.S. embassy complex into an air-conditioned fortress, complete with golf course. With a $2 million a day budget for that operation alone, it could afford it....At U.N. headquarters in New York City where Shenwick worked, United Nations employees make almost twice the going U.S. rate. On top of that, they get cushy allowances to send their children to private schools and are reimbursed for their taxes. Furthermore, there is no code of conduct for these employees, no requirement that officials recuse themselves from matters in which they have conflicts of interest and nothing to prevent nepotism. As a result, one senior U.N. diplomat placed his common law wife on staff at a salary of more than $60,000 per year...."
WorldNetDaily 8/9/99 Jane Chastain "...Shenwick's timely and accurate information to Congress led to reforms and more effective control of the U.N. budget. She was not a snitch, as some have claimed, but she did take seriously her job as a budget analyst at the United States Mission to the United Nations. Never a push-over, always fair-minded, she was so respected by her peers that she was elected to the U.N. budget committee, a position won by an internal United Nations vote. In 1996, this valuable seat on the committee was lost when Madeleine Albright refused to nominate her again for the post. Now Shenwick has been unceremoniously booted out of the job she had performed so well...."
Laisse-Faire City Times 11/2/98 ".Kathleen Jonoski, the top photographer for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, took the only pictures showing an apparent bullet hole in former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown's head. She has filed a suit, along with two other top pathologists, against the military, which demoted all three after they exposed the problems surrounding no autopsy of Brown's body. This interview [excerpt] is conducted by former Washington Weekly reporter Wesley Phelan. QUESTION: So you don't believe the story of the defective x-ray cassette? JANOSKI: No. About 6 months after the crash I had a conversation with Jeanmarie Sentell, a naval criminal investigative agent. She told me the first set of head x-rays on Ron Brown were deliberately destroyed because they showed a lead snowstorm. I said, "What are you talking about?" She explained to me what a lead snowstorm is: metal fragments breaking up from a bullet. And she proceeded to tell me that the first set of x-rays was deliberately destroyed and a second set was taken. The exposure was changed in an attempt to eradicate or diminish the metal fragments.."
USA Today 8/10/99 Edward Pound "...A group of influential Republican congressmen pressed Defense Secretary William Cohen on Monday to reinstate an investigator who was removed from his job only hours after he began a security background review of Cohen's old friend, former Colorado senator Gary Hart. Twenty House members, including the chairmen of two committees and four members of the Armed Services Committee, sent Cohen a letter of "protest" demanding he rescind a proposed 30-day suspension of David Kerno, who works for the Defense Security Service in Lakewood, Colo., near Denver. Kerno, 53, described by the lawmakers as "a professional and principled investigator," does not deserve to be punished for doing his job, the letter said. Kerno began to check into Hart's background last year after Cohen named the Colorado lawyer to the prestigious National Security Study Group, a panel that will make an extensive review of the nation's security needs.....In his background inquiry, Kerno asked colleagues in a Denver law firm about Hart's personal life. Later that day, Hart complained to Cohen's office. Within 30 hours, Kerno was assigned to a desk job. The Defense Security Service later started suspension proceedings against him. Kerno has said he was only doing his job, which requires agents to dig into personal lives. Hart's relationship with a part-time model forced his withdrawal from the 1988 presidential race. The security service conducts background checks on Defense personnel and others requiring access to classified data. The agency also has been sharply criticized for mismanagement and failure to cut an enormous backlog of investigations. The General Accounting Office, a congressional watchdog agency, is reviewing the agency's practices and will issue a report this year. In their letter, the lawmakers said Cohen's failure to defend Kerno was "astounding and only highlights this administration's lack of concern for the important national security interests behind personnel screening and the security clearance review process." They said the questions Kerno had asked Hart's colleagues were "standard procedure" for background inquiries. The lawmakers urged Cohen to halt Kerno's "threatened punishment," an act that would "reassure the public that the background investigation process will remain above board...."
Judicial Watch 8/99 M Dennis Sculimbrene 8/99 Declaration "...I was a 23-year veteran Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). For the last 11 years of my FBI career (1985-1996), I was assigned to The White House where I performed background checks on White House personnel. I was first detailed to The White House in 1980..... A March, 1993 report (Exhibit 1 hereto) memorializes an interview I conducted with White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, as part of a background check on Craig Livingstone, Director of the Office of Personnel Security (OPS). The report states in pertinent part: The following investigation was conducted by SA M. Dennis Sculimbrene regarding DAVID CRAIG LIVINGSTONE on 3/1 -3/99... BERNARD NUSSBAUM, Counsel to the President, advised that he has known the appointee for the period of time that he has been employed in the new administration. He had come highly recommended to him by HILLARY CLINTON, who has known his mother for a longer period of time.... During the course of one of these interviews, Craig Livingstone told me of a personal connection between himself, his mother, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Contemporaneous notes from my 1993 desk calendar corroborate and reflect Livingstone's account of his relationship to Hillary Clinton. The purpose of making this note was to advise my supervisor. After completing Craig Livingstone's background check, Associate White House Counsel William H. Kennedy III called me to his office to discuss Livingstone. Kennedy indicated his personal concerns with Livingstone and asked me for an opinion regarding Livingstone's continued employment. I offered an opinion, albeit hesitatingly because my obligations did not include making recommendations. I told Kennedy that Jackie Dinwiddie, who had been Director of the White House Office of Personnel Security during the Carter Administration (then known as the Security Office), was interested in Livingstone's position. Kennedy inferred to me that he was "stuck" with Craig Livingstone as Director of OPS. I inferred that Mrs. Clinton wanted Livingstone for the position. ..."
Judicial Watch 8/99 M Dennis Sculimbrene 8/99 Declaration "...In early March, 1993, William H. Kennedy, David Watkins (Director of White House Management and Administration) and Jeff Eller (Deputy White House Communications Director) attempted to question me about the backgrounds and political views of the staff of the White House Travel Office. Because the Privacy Act prohibited me from revealing information about specific persons, I advised Kennedy, Eller, and Watkins that, based upon my memory of previous background investigations, I was not aware of any derogatory information about any persons employed in the White House Travel Office. I notified my supervisor about being questioned by Kennedy, Eller and Watkins. I suggested to my supervisor that The Clinton White House was looking for an excuse to fire the Travel Office employees and that the FBI would be "used" to provide an excuse. Travel Office employees were fired May 19, 1993...."
Judicial Watch 8/99 M Dennis Sculimbrene 8/99 Declaration "...In May, 1993 I was advised that the long-standing White House policy of providing me with "courtesy" copies of requests for FBI background files was to be ended and that I was to avoid liaison activity with OPS. My mail box in OPS was no longer used. The practice of providing me with copies of OPS requests for FBI background files would not be resumed until late fall-early winter of 1994. During the time from May, 1993 to late fall-early winter, 1994, I understand that hundreds of FBI files were improperly requested by The Clinton White House. If standard prior procedure had been followed, I would have been informed, through documents at least, that the FBI files of former Reagan and Bush staffers and others were being improperly requested during this time period...."
Judicial Watch 8/99 M Dennis Sculimbrene 8/99 Declaration "...During Craig Livingstone's tenure as OPS director, particularly during the first year, there were instances when I observed the OPS office unoccupied and the door to its vault, which contained FBI files and other confidential government information, wide open. During Livingstone's tenure as OPS Director, I complained to my supervisors about the management of OPS, delays in the clearance process for White House employees and the fact that many persons, including employees, were being given access to The White House complex without proper passes. I testified truthfully at Billy Ray Dale's "Travelgate" trial in November, 1995 - a trial which resulted with Mr. Dale being acquitted. Part of my testimony detailed how, after the Travelgate controversy had broken, I had witnessed unknown individuals in the Travel Office going through files and throwing items away, some of which appeared to be official documents...."
Judicial Watch 8/99 M Dennis Sculimbrene 8/99 Declaration "... Shortly after I testified as a Defense witness for Billy Dale, former director of the White House Travel Office, I was advised that I was no longer a viable candidate. Furthermore, I became the subject of an investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Office of Professional Responsibility Inquiry (OPR) based on one anonymous letter which was officially discredited. I was so emotionally distraught that I had to take two weeks sick leave because of my emotional reaction to this unwarranted and baseless investigation. When I returned, I attempted an informal discussion with my new supervisor. I requested that informal reasonable accommodations granted in October 1994 when I returned to work after a skull fracture in January 1994 be continued at that time. At the time of the informal discussion with my new supervisor (in April, 1996), I still I suffered from cognitive and physical deficits. Yet the consequence of this conversation was not the continuance of the informal reasonable accommodation for my medical condition, but the removal of all work assignments, on April 24, 1996. Press reports were leaked about my testimony with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, in late June, 1996. One of the questions asked of me pertained to my assignment at the time. I answered truthfully that I had none. The FBI had not assigned me any work since April. After my testimony, they attempted to assign me work that conflicted with the recommendation of their own psychologist...."
Judicial Watch 8/99 M Dennis Sculimbrene 8/99 Declaration "...On June 28, 1996, my White House Pass was canceled, without written reason, although I requested such. My supervisor at the time verbally advised that my pass was being revoked for my own safety and because my presence "made the First Family uncomfortable." I would note that a request by The White House for a background reinvestigation regarding myself was made after I was removed from The White House. I have no other explanation for the events that I have witnessed and been subjected to other than retaliation for my testimony at the Dale Trial and unwillingness to change truthful testimony that, among other things, links First Lady Hillary Clinton to the hiring of Craig Livingstone and Filegate...."
Judicial Watch 8/99 M Dennis Sculimbrene 8/99 Declaration "...On July 16, 1996, two FBI agents arrived at my home. The FBI agents began to question me about the three-year-old insert (Exhibit 1) memorializing my interview with Bernard Nussbaum. During the course of the interview, the FBI agents asked me approximately thirty times if I had any notes of my three-year-old interview with Bernard Nussbaum. I repeatedly informed them that I had not maintained these notes, as per FBI procedures. Also during the course of the interview, the FBI agents repeatedly told me that President Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and former White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum had contradicted my three-year-old insert (Exhibit 1). The FBI agents pitted my credibility against the credibility of President Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum approximately four times. While the stated purpose of the interview was to "clarify" certain issues, my efforts to provide clarification were rebuffed by the FBI agents. Based on their actions and on my experience as a law enforcement officer, I felt the FBI agents were sent to my home and attempted to intimidate me....."
Washington Times 8/19/99 Bill Gertz "…Navy intelligence officer injured by a laser while photographing a Russian spy ship has been passed over for promotion by the Navy, effectively ending his career. Navy Lt. Jack Daly, an intelligence officer, said yesterday he is bitter at the Navy's decision not to promote him to lieutenant commander rank following House testimony in February criticizing the Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence. It was the second time he failed to be promoted. Under Navy rules, he must leave the service in seven months. "I think this was an effort to get me to shut up and go away," Lt. Daly said in an interview. "I'm convinced this is all part of a cover-up ordered by the White House." The Navy officer, a "mustang" who rose up from the enlisted ranks, was referring to the April 1997 incident aboard a Canadian military helicopter photographing the Kapitan Man, a Russian ship near Washington state's Puget Sound. It was spying on an outbound U.S. nuclear-missile submarine it had sailed past a short time earlier After the photographic mission, both Lt. Daly and Canadian Capt. Pat Barnes came down with symptoms of laser exposure that caused permanent damage to their eyes. A search of the Russian ship was limited by the State Department to public areas of the vessel, and State also tipped off the Russian Embassy in advance of a Navy boarding party looking for the hand-held laser that could have caused the damage…."
A.P. 8/20/99 AP "…The Defense Security Service transferred its general counsel to another Pentagon agency after he repeatedly warned his bosses they were violating regulations by taking shortcuts on security background checks, according to a report published today. USA Today says counsel Thomas Willess was moved to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency about a year ago. The newspaper says that several current and former Defense Department officials said Willess repeatedly cautioned his bosses about relaxing standards for conducting background checks. They either ignored him or in some cases didn't consult Willess, the officials said….. USA Today said Willess was never told why he was transferred. The Pentagon had no comment…."
USA TODAY 8/20/99 Edward T Pound "…The general counsel of the Defense Security Service was removed and transferred to another Pentagon agency after he repeatedly warned superiors they were violating government regulations by taking shortcuts on security background investigations. In a series of interviews, several current and former Defense Department officials said counsel Thomas Willess was moved to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency in September 1998. During the prior two years, they say, Willess cautioned his superiors against relaxing investigative standards for background reviews. They either ignored him or in other cases didn't consult him, officials say….. The disclosure of Willess' removal takes on added significance in the wake of a draft report done by the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress. According to government officials, the GAO says top security service managers changed policies and relaxed standards, contrary to regulations and despite objections of other officials….The GAO said 92% of the investigations it reviewed did not fully meet the standards. The security service's new managers vow to fix the problems…. In a statement, Willess would say only that he had "taken positions that were not always in lockstep" with them. Current and former officials say Willess argued that the standards couldn't be changed unilaterally. When the agency decided to do many interviews by telephone in an effort to save money, he objected Willess has never been given a reason for his transfer. He also reports to the Pentagon's Office of General Counsel. He told associates he was called to that office last August and informed of his transfer. The Pentagon declined comment.
The O'reilly Factor, FoxNews Channel 8/20/99 Freeper report "…This week, Aug. 17 or 18, 1999, Bill O'rielly interviewed an Internal Lab Assessor at Los Alamos, Joe Gutierrez. What follows is a portion of that interview. G=Joe Gutierrez, B=Bill O'reilly, A=Gutierrez attorney, Carol Oppenheimer B: Mr. Gutierrez, I understand you got your raise slashed because you raised questions about lost records at the nuclear facitily and telling the government that the air quality out there was good when that might not have been true, am I right? G: That's correct. The problem was that a news article appeared that asserted that in fact the laboratory was in compliance with the clean air act, when in fact as an assessor, I had information that showed quite the opposite....that there was a deception being perpetrated against the public. B: You know, it's just amazing here, that the American people can't get the truth, it's just crazy! They said at Los Alamos, we're in compliance, but you, who were on the scene, said no there is radio activity going into the air in New Mexico! G: Well, it's not just radio activity, our process was broken. We had defective equipment, we had lost records. We had people who could not agree on the appropriate method to calculate the radio nucleaites that were going out the stacks. B: When you say you had lost records, what do you mean? G: The records were not available! Documents that should have been available to monitor the radioactivity that was going up the stacks was not available. When I requested to view the records they could not be produced, or would they be produced. The response I got was that they were lost. A: Joe came to me and we filed a whisleblower action against the laboratory based on the retaliation; he didn't get a raise, got a negative comment in his performance appraisal. B: He got the negative comment because he complained about the air quality situation, the truth wasn't being told, he wanted the truth told? A: That's right and the laboratory officials specifically said that, that they didn't want to have internal people at the lab displeased because Joe was going to the media and a watchdog organization….."
Augusta Chronicle 8/27/99 Editorial "… House Republicans are to be applauded for getting a veteran Pentagon security investigator his job back after he was ousted for... doing his job. The problem arose when David Kerno of the Defense Security Service conducted a routine investigation of Gary Hart, named by Defense Secretary William Cohen to a sensitive national security advisory board. Hart, the arrogant former U.S. senator whose extramarital sexual peccadilloes cost him a shot at the Democrats' presidential nomination in 1988, complained to the Pentagon brass when Kerno inquired into his sexual past ..."
Capitol Hill Blue 8/25/99 "…The Energy Department official who initially pressed for an inquiry into China's suspected theft of nuclear secrets from a U.S. weapons lab confirmed Tuesday he'd been forced out his job. Energy Department officials claim otherwise. Notra Trulock began work Tuesday for a private contractor, only 24 hours after he announced his resignation from the government and told reporters he departed because he was being squeezed out of the ongoing spy investigation. Capitol Hill Blue revealed Tuesday that Trulock had been forced out of his job by Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, who was acting on orders from President Bill Clinton, because Trulock's report on China spying had pointed out White House inaction on previous warnings….Trulock has denied singling out Lee because of his ethnic background. Energy Department sources say the charges were part of a campaign by Richardson to get rid of the pesky whistleblower. Trulock also clashed with the DOE's independent inspector general because of the IG's recent report that failed to support Trulock's contention that senior DOE officials had blocked him on the espionage issue. The inspector general, in findings made public Aug. 13, said investigators ``were unable to reconcile the conflicting information'' concerning Trulock's allegations about interference by his superiors…."
Associated Press 8/25/99 H Josef Hebert "…The Energy Department official who initially pressed for an inquiry into China's suspected theft of nuclear secrets from a U.S. weapons lab has generated a new controversy over whether he's been forced out his job -- a claim strongly denied by department officials. Notra Trulock began work Tuesday for a private contractor, only 24 hours after he announced his resignation from the government and told reporters he departed because he was being squeezed out of the ongoing spy investigation…..In a scathing letter to Trulock, Rudman accused the DOE official of making ``wildly inaccurate assertions and reckless accusations.'' ``You have misconstrued your obligations to be candid as a license for calumny. And, intentionally or unintentionally, you have repeatedly marketed fiction as fact,'' Rudman wrote Trulock. More recently, the former intelligence chief at Los Alamos, who himself has been singled out for criticism, accused Trulock of inappropriately singling out Lee in the espionage investigation because of Lee's Chinese heritage. Trulock has denied singling out Lee because of his ethnic background. Trulock also clashed with the DOE's independent inspector general because of the IG's recent report that failed to support Trulock's contention that senior DOE officials had blocked him on the espionage issue. The inspector general, in findings made public Aug. 13, said investigators ``were unable to reconcile the conflicting information'' concerning Trulock's allegations about interference by his superiors…."
Judicial Watch 8/25/99 Larry Klayman "…Notra Trulock, the former Energy official who almost single-handedly exposed unchecked Chinese espionage in the Clinton Energy Department, is suffering the same fate as others who came forward against Clinton Administration corruption - outrageous smears and retaliation for acts of courage. "Trulock is an American hero. Bill Clinton and Sandy Berger ignored, because of Chinese campaign contributions, his alerts on Chinese espionage. The compromised Janet Reno Justice Department effectively blocked his investigation. And Bill Richardson, the Energy Secretary known for his job-interviewing skills with Monica Lewinsky, hung him out to dry when his allegations were made public," stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman. Judicial Watch notes that the effort to smear Mr. Trulock with allegations of racial, anti-Asian bias is an old, discredited tactic of those implicated in Chinagate. "Judicial Watch is in possession of documents from the Democratic National Committee detailing plans to distract public attention away from the Chinagate scandal by playing the race card, as O.J. Simpson tried to do," Klayman said. In fact, Judicial Watch notes that it is the Clinton Administration who has played the race card. No white politicians (Clinton, Gore) have been prosecuted by the Clinton Justice Department in Chinagate, but plenty of Asian-Americans and other minorities have been singled out. "Mr. Trulock is being wronged. Ironically, the specious attacks on his ethics and character are in some ways a tribute to his effectiveness in rooting out the corruption at the Energy Department and The Clinton White House. We are committed to supporting his cause and exposing through our civil litigation the truth behind the espionage he helped uncover," concluded Klayman…."
National Review Online 8/25/99 Kenneth R Timmerman "…4. Trulock says the Department of Energy's inspector general's report that prompted Trulock's resignation is a whitewash - what do you think? It used to be an inspector general served as ombudsman within the executive branch, sort of an impartial watchdog. Not so under this administration. Today once independent inspector generals have become political operatives, in the same way that the Justice Department has become an adjunct of the DNC. Even the intelligence community has become infected by the political bug, as could be seen by the skewed National Intelligence Estimate in 1995 that concluded there was no ballistic-missile threat to the United States, an estimate that was clearly crafted to hew with the administration's policy of refusing to develop a national missile defense. It will take many years to de-politicize the executive branch…."
USA Today 8/23/99 Edward Pound "…In a surprising about-face, the Defense Department reinstated a veteran security investigator and dropped its charges that he had posed improper questions about the personal life of Gary Hart, a former senator and old friend of Defense Secretary William Cohen. In a one-sentence letter, the Defense Security Service (DSS) notified David Kerno, 53, that it had canceled his proposed 30-day suspension. The agency, which does background reviews on military personnel and others needing security clearances, gave no explanation in the letter, delivered to his Lakewood, Colo., office Friday. However, some House Republicans had been pressing the Pentagon to drop the disciplinary case. Indeed, congressional aides warned the Defense Department that public hearings would likely be held if the suspension were carried out. The Pentagon did not apologize to Kerno, but a spokesman, Craig Quigley, said the decision was made after "a fair and impartial look at all the circumstances" in the case. "This was the right thing to do." ….Hart's background was under review because he needed a top-secret clearance as a member of the National Security Study Group, a sensitive post to which Cohen appointed him. Another agent completed the review, and Hart got his clearance. He currently is serving as co-chairman of the study group, which is conducting a comprehensive review of national security needs…."
The Washington Post 8/24/99 Vernon Loeb Walter Pincus "…Notra Trulock, the intelligence official who triggered the federal government's investigation into suspected Chinese espionage at Los Alamos National Laboratory, resigned yesterday amid growing controversy about his handling of the case. Trulock said in an interview he quit because the Department of Energy's inspector general last week issued a report that failed to back him up and hold senior Clinton administration officials accountable for security failures at Los Alamos. He called the report "a whitewash" and said, "I think the time has come for me to move on. I've done all I could do here." …."
New York Times 8/24/99 James Risen "….The Energy Department official who led the initial inquiry into China's suspected theft of United States nuclear secrets resigned Monday, saying he was protesting roadblocks to his pursuit of the case by Clinton Administration policy makers and other Government officials. In an interview on Monday, the official, Notra Trulock, the department's acting deputy chief of intelligence, complained that he had been squeezed out of the continuing spy investigation, code-named Kindred Spirit. "They have moved me out from any participation in the Kindred Spirit case, and from any other aspect of the management of intelligence activities within the department," Trulock said. Trulock added that he had been thinking about resigning for months because of what he said was political interference. But he said he made the final decision after the release this month of a report by the Energy Department's inspector general concerning the department's handling of the spy case. The report found no conclusive evidence to support Trulock's assertions that he had been temporarily blocked from briefing Congress on the case in 1998. "The I.G. report was the last straw," Trulock said…..Trulock's contention that the Government's investigation was slowed by interference from senior officials at the Energy Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the White House quickly became enmeshed in the national debate over the proper course of United States policy toward China….. But last year, Trulock lost his job as chief of intelligence at the Energy Department and was demoted to acting deputy chief. Richardson declined to respond to Trulock's written request earlier this year to be reinstated as intelligence chief, and Trulock was told this summer that he would not be named permanent deputy intelligence chief. Larry Sanchez, the current chief of intelligence at the Energy Department, said on Monday that he had repeatedly offered to make Trulock the permanent deputy but that Trulock had declined to accept the post. And he added that Richardson had declined to make Trulock the chief of intelligence because that would have meant firing Sanchez…."
Capitol Hill Blue 8/24/99 "…The Secretary of the Department of Energy, acting on direct orders from President Bill Clinton, forced the resignation of the investigator who blew the whistle on China spying. Energy Department sources say President Bill Clinton personally ordered DOE Secretary Bill Richardson to "get rid of" Notra Trulock, the department's deputy director of intelligence because his findings had embarrassed the White House. Trulock has resigned, attacking a report issued by the agency's inspector general last week that failed to back him up and hold Clinton administration officials liable for security failures.. ``I think the time has come for me to move on,'' Trulock said. Trulock would not confirm or deny that he was pushed out of his job, but other Energy Department sources say Richardson forced Trulock out, telling the career employee that he would face disciplinary action and loss of his retirement benefits if he did not quit….. Energy Department sources say President Clinton told Richardson to remove Trulock because his findings and public statements about inaction by the White House had embarrassed the administration. In public interviews, Trulock said in public statements that senior White House officials knew about the spying and did nothing about it. "You don't cross the White House unless you have a death wish," says one longtime DOE employee. "Trulock did and he paid for it."….."We get the message," one said Monday. "Keep your mouth shut and you keep your job." …"
Augusta Chronicle 9/6/99 "…Notra Trulock is an intellectually honest patriot who resigned in disgust the other day as head of intelligence for the U.S. Energy Department. This modern-day Paul Revere spent over two years warning anyone who would listen -- his superiors, Congress, the media -- that Communist China was stealing our military secrets. He now reveals he was repeatedly blocked from telling the full story to Congress by a Clinton-appointed Energy Department undersecretary. Of course, anyone on the Clinton administration's enemies list is automatically smeared by its political shills and media allies. So they alternately label Trulock as either a ``racist'' (since he targeted a Chinese-American as a spy suspect) or a ``publicity hound.'' One senior Energy Department official (unnamed) is quoted in The Washington Post as saying Trulock is ``the great imposter. ... He got ... his moment on the stage.'' …Even though an embarrassed Clinton administration continues to vilify Trulock, this career government employee deserves the thanks of the American people for exposing laxity and treason within our nuclear laboratories.
FOXNEWS.COM 8/29/99 Mary Gabriel "…The man who headed the initial probe into China's alleged theft of U.S. nuclear secrets said Sunday he was blocked from briefing Congress by a Clinton administration appointee out of partisan political concerns. "One of the senior officials told me directly that the reason that she did not allow me to brief the (Capitol) Hill on this case was that congressional Republicans...were only interested in hurting the president on his China policy," former Energy Department investigator Notra Trulock told Fox News Sunday. Trulock said he understood from Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Moler, who has since resigned, that she wanted to keep him from talking with Florida Republican Rep. Porter Goss, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence…… Trulock said the "last straw" was an Energy Department Inspector General's report that found no conclusive evidence to support this charge that higher-ups sought to block his investigation. "For the inspector general to trivialize such serious and important issues and do what essentially became a he said/she said...I think it's time to leave at that point," he said….."
Judicial Watch 8/30/99 Larry Klayman "...Here we go again! Democrats and The White House have reactivated their now patented practice of branding anyone who questions their illegal conduct in the Chinagate scandal as anti-Asian and racist. The latest victim of this strategy, furthered by certain of their friends in the mainstream liberal media, is Notra Trulock, the valiant whistleblower at the Clinton Energy Department who exposed nuclear espionage to a timid Cox Committee, which later voted, on bi-partisan lines, not to recommend any punishment for the perpetrators. In 1996, when Judicial Watch exposed John Huang, deposed him and sparked the Chinagate scandal, the Democratic National Committee began its plans to use the "race card." In memoranda obtained by Judicial Watch from the DNC, its operatives write: "We are very disturbed about all the media attention to Lippo Bank/John Huang. ... The DNC has got to say that the attack(ers) are racists. ... This is a race-based inquiry targeted at the Asian American community as a whole." In another memorandum from Bill Kaneko, APA Director, to then Co-Chairman Christopher Dodd, and one of the masterminds of the Chinese money laundering scheme, he wrote: "Since William Safire's attack in The New York Times three weeks ago, the APA community has embarked on a national effort to mitigate this Asian bashing syndrome." Later, Kaneko acknowledges to the other DNC Co-Chairman, and fellow Chinese money launderer Don Fowler: "Now, however, I believe it is essential for the DNC to take a direct response to address this issue...: "2. This is a race-based inquiry targeted a the Asian American community as a whole..." As reported by Michael Kelly, President Bill Clinton then began to refer to the burgeoning Chinagate scandal as an attack on Asian Americans in various speeches. See Washington Post of February 10, 1997: "The Yellow Peril Card." With the Chinagate scandal again heating up -- particularly given the bi-partisan coverup on Capital Hill and at the Reno Justice Department -- the Democrats and The White House, using their friends in the Washington media establishment, have again rolled out the race card to attack Notra Trulock. "This cynical use of race has become a Clinton staple. If the issue is relevant in any way, which it is not, then we should ask why the white men and women, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, in The White House, have not been held accountable by Janet Reno's so-called Justice Department for the high crimes and misdemeanors which have been committed on the United States," stated Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman….."
New York Post 8/31/99 Editorial "…When the Clinton attack machine kicks into high gear, watch out. Just ask Notra Trulock, who resigned as Energy Department chief of intelligence last Monday after blowing the whistle on possible theft of nuclear secrets by the Chinese. He has been accused of overreaction, racism, a hunger for publicity and grandstanding. And surprise, surprise, the governmental body that has given weight to those attacks works for Bill Clinton. It's called the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, a long-standing White House sinecure under Republican and Democratic administrations whose supposed purpose is to "advise" the president on sensitive matters - but whose real purpose is to give supporters and has-beens in the foreign-policy biz a nice credential for their resumes and use them for cover in case there's a foreign-policy problem. Case in point: Former Sen. Warren B. Rudman, a Republican blowhard of immense proportions who served as a Democratic shill during the Iran-Contra mess and is now serving as a shill for the Clintons. Areport by the board pooh-poohed the impact of the spying, questioned the attention given to Wen Ho Lee and blasted Trulock. After Trulock complained about the PFIAB report, he received an astonishing letter from the board. That letter, and the report, were most assuredly drafted by the board's permanent staffers - who are also members of the White House staff. Guess whose tail they're trying to cover? The sliming continued in Sunday's Washington Post, where Vernon Loeb and Walter Pincus report that Trulock's detractors call him "a dangerous demagogue." They quote one senior Energy Department official as saying, "He's the great impostor ... He got ... his moment on the stage." This kind of not-for-attribution character assassination is beneath contempt. But then, The Washington Post only likes a whistleblower if he's blowing the whistle on a Republican…."
The Center For Security Policy /http://www.security-policy.org/latest.html 9/3/99 Paul Moore "… In recent days, the growing conventional wisdom is that, since Wen Ho Lee has not been charged with any crime, let alone successfully prosecuted, there must be no case against the former Los Alamos physicist who emerged as a leading suspect in allegations of Chinese nuclear espionage which were addressed at length in the report issued of the Select House Committee chaired by Rep. Chris Cox (R-CA). In fact, in a stunning betrayal, Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson has failed to defend Notra Trulock -- the Department's former chief of intelligence upon whom he recently bestowed a $10,000 performance award for his work in revealing the PRC's spying at the nuclear labs -- against repeated, scurrilous charges that Trulock engaged in a racist witch-hunt against Lee. Fortunately, yesterday's New York Times published a necessary tonic in the form of an op.ed. article about the nature of "China's Subtle Spying" by Paul D. Moore. Mr. Moore, a respected FBI specialist in countering Chinese intelligence operations makes clear that the very nature of such operations makes their prosecution or even detection exceedingly difficult. Regrettably, like Note Trulock, Paul Moore recently found the Clinton Administration to be an inhospitable environment for a conscientious professional and his skills are no longer being employed where they are needed most -- in the U.S. government…."
Newsmax.com 9/2/99 Carl Limbacher "…Today's top NewsMax headline story "FBI Whistleblower Sues White House, FBI" is not an isolated one. There have been dozens of examples of the Clinton administration using Nazi-style police tactics against government whistleblowers. FBI Agent Sculimbrene's account is indeed horrifying. Though the senior most FBI agent at the White House, he was subjected to drug tests, demands for psychiatric examinations and threats to his job -- all because he wouldn't go along with the party line. One of the things that irritated the Clintons was Sculimbrene's decision to testify as a character witness on behalf of former Travel Office chief Billy Dale. At the time, the Clintons were trying to put Dale in jail on trumped up charges…… Republican Congressman Curt Weldon told the committee there were " a couple of cases" of intimidation at the CIA, including one agent who "will not show [at the committee hearing] because his career is still in jeopardy." Weldon said the agent "revealed to his superiors that an intelligence leak was occuring in Somalia that compromised U.S. security." Beccause "he was doing his job" by warning about the transfer of classified material, Weldon said the career CIA agent "was asked to submit to a drug test, a medical exam for brain tumors, and a psychiatric evaluation." …Congressman Burton was clearly shocked by Weldon's report: "I have heard of that kind of activity in Russia, where they used to charge people with crimes against the state and commit them to pyschiatric institutions. I have never heard of a professional intelligence analyst in this country being asked to undergo a psychiatric examination. " …"
NewsMax.com 9/2/99 Carl Limbacher "…Dennis Sculimbrene, at one time the most senior FBI agent assigned to the White House, has filed suit against the Justice Department, the FBI and the White House for a combined total of more than $10 million. You may have thought such a law suit, filed in U.S. Distirct Court for the District of Columbia on July 26, should have received major press attention. The story, in fact, was ignored. In some ways this former FBI agent's story is typical of so many Clinton era whistleblowers who found themselves hung out to dry by the very people and organizations that purport to serve the interests of justice, including the press. Despite the media black out, Sculimbrene's suit has some startling and important revelations. Sculimbrene is the one witness whose testimony is backed by unimpeachable documentary evidence, which irrefutably links First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to the hiring of Filegate's central character, D. Craig Livingstone, once head of White House Security. Her Livingstone connection ties Mrs. Clinton to one of the worst abuses of presidential power in the history of the republic …..Sculimbrene knew something was amiss a full two months before the Dale and his co-workers were tossed out the door in the Travelgate purge. Top Clinton aides had already begun questioning the FBI agent about the backgrounds and political views of the Travel Office Staff. The agent told his superior that it looked to him like the Clinton administration wanted an excuse to fire Dale and the others. When the Travel Office axe finally fell in May 1993, Sculimbrene witnessed Clinton aides rifling Dale's office, which was left completely unsecured despite the fact that the White House had announced an FBI investigation was underway. Sculimbrene notified his bosses about what he'd seen. One of his superiors was actually supervising the criminal investigation which would eventually result in Dale's indictment. But despite Sculimbrene's crucial account of White House Travel Office evidence tampering, he would not be interviewed on the subject for another two years. …"
NewsMax.com 9/2/99 Carl Limbacher "…In January 1994 Sculimbrene suffered a nearly fatal plane accident, which the Clinton administration would later use against him in a number of ways, according to his lawsuit. The accident left him with a severe headwound which forced him to take an extended leave of absence from his White House work. When Sculimbrene returned to work eight months later, doctors recommended that his schedule be modifed to accomodate his new physical limitations, which meant that he would return to his old White House position but work only during daytime hours and not be assigned any outside field work. Both the administration and the FBI welcomed Sculimbrene back under the new terms. The arrangement worked well for nearly a year -- untill Sculimbrene mentioned to the FBI agent then building a case against Dale that he thought the upcoming Travelgate trial would become "a political football." Inexplicably, the senior agent warned Sculimbrene that he was considering filing a complaint against him with the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility based on the innocuous remark. After Sculimbrene was subpoenaed to testify at Dale's trial, the heat was gradually turned up. Suddenly, for the first time in his 22 year career, the FBI agent was ordered to take a random drug test. The White House Personnel Office invited him to apply for another job at the Department of Veterans Affairs -- then abruptly withdrew the offer after he refused to testify against Dale. And now he was being given work assignments that directly violated the previously agreed to workplace accomodations his doctors had requested….. But by April 1996 the once highly trusted agent who consistently received "exceptional" performance evaluations was told that his detail to the White House had been terminated. Two months later Filegate exploded….."
NewsMax.com 9/2/99 Carl Limbacher "…In the weeks that followed agent Sculimbrene would testify to House and Senate committees about Mrs. Clinton's relationship to D. Craig Livingstone, noting that others in the White House Counsel's office told him they were "stuck" with the former bar bouncer because of his Hillary connection. Within days of his testimony, Sculimbrene's permanent White House pass was lifted. He says his supervisor explained that his presence "made the First Family uncomfortable." In July 1996 FBI General Counsel Howard Shapiro made the bombshell discovery placing Mrs. Clinton at Filegate ground zero. Combing through Livingstone's own FBI file, Shapiro located Sculimbrene's smoking gun contemporaneous memo. There it was in black and white, written years before anybody had heard of Filegate: Nussbaum's account to the FBI agent of how Hillary had "highly recommended" the former bar bouncer for a top White House slot. Back then, few doubted Livingstone was acting on orders from some higher-up when he accumulated nearly one thousand government dossiers on potential Clinton enemies. The next morning Shapiro dispatched two FBI agents to Sculimbrene's home where the agent was grilled like a common criminal. In documents filed with the court, Sculimbrene complains that his interrogators asked him more than thirty times whether he kept other notes on what Nussbaum might have told him about Mrs. Clinton and Livingstone. Plainly the FBI was as concerned as the White House about other evidence emerging linking the First Lady to Filegate….."
NewsMax.com 9/2/99 Carl Limbacher "…Shapiro's agents repeatedly warned Sculimbrene that his three year old notation was contradicted not only by Nussbaum, but by the First Lady and the President as well. Just in case he missed the point, Sculimbrene's supervisor called during the grilling to advise him about an upcoming psychiatric examination that would determine the agent's future fitness to serve the FBI. If that weren't enough, then-White House Counsel Jack Quinn personally wrote to FBI Director Louis Freeh, attempting to link Sculimbrene to another agent who'd been convicted of falsifying background investigations…… "I am accusing Sculimbrene of having a political bias and that report is filled with lies," said the future White House damage controller [Lanny Davis] on national television….. On August 2, 1996, Dennis Sculimbrene resigned from the FBI. ….."
AP 9/8/99 "…The Navy is convening a special board to reconsider the promotion of a naval intelligence officer who claims he improperly was denied advancement after a laser beam damaged his eye as he flew over a Russian cargo ship in a helicopter in 1997. A Navy official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday the decision to reconsider Lt. John Daly's promotion to lieutenant commander was based on findings by the Navy's inspector general. In February, Daly told a House Armed Services Committee hearing that he and the pilot of a Canadian surveillance helicopter suffered irreparable eye damage and that he believes the laser beam came from a Russian vessel, the Kapitan Man, that was sailing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state. The Navy denied Daly's promotion in August. But on Wednesday the Navy decided it would convene a special board to reconsider that decision….."
Congressional Record, http://thomas.loc.gov 9/22/99 Rep Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) "....For those who do not understand, we have laboratories where we have developed these weapons of mass destruction that can either be used to protect freedom and preserve the peace or if that technology gets into the hands of monsters like Hitler or the militaristic Japanese or the Communist Chinese regime in Beijing, those weapons would threaten humankind. Because China has to be told that they are our strategic partner, we had a policy of letting these scientists from the People's Republic of China do their experiments in our laboratories, in our weapons laboratories. Over and over again, we have found during this investigation, we have found that those people who sounded the alarm, career civil servants, civil service people, were repressed by this administration, were told to shut up or get out. We have had hearings on this and documented this over and over again. Now, what has this resulted in? What are we talking about here? We are talking about missile technology, and we are talking about technology that has permitted them to build weapons that can kill millions of Americans, probably the size of that little desk down there, that little table right there, put into a Chinese rocket that can kill millions of Americans, or millions of Tibetans or millions of Japanese or millions of South Koreans...... We will pay dearly for this nonsense. Our young people will face a threat that they should not have to face because of this indefensible, totally indefensible policy....."
Safari Times (magazine of Safari Club International) 9/99 Dr Rudy Rosen "....For over one-half century, the federal aid in wildlife restoration program, also known as the Pittman-Robertson program, has stood as a model for partnership between government and America's sportsmen and women. Through this wildlife program, and later programs for fish, hunter education, shooting range development, aquatic education and boating access, sportsmen and women have paid for programs they have determined to be important through self-assessed excise ("user") taxes on equipment related to the activities funded. For hunters, this has resulted in $3.4 billion in contributions to on-the-ground wildlife program work since 1939. The integrity of administration of the Pittman-Robertson program stood strong as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and its predecessor agencies oversaw administration of funds... It was a system that worked, in large part because the federal government worked with integrity to ensure funds were used for the purposes the hunters who ultimately pay for the program intended...... Earlier this year, stories broke in the Washington press, about a federal whistle-blower in the USFWS alleging the Clinton Administration was directing Pittman-Robertson funds be used to support anti-hunting organizations and popular animal protectionist causes. At issue was the administration's alleged interference with the lawful administration of the program by career employees of the USFWS. Jim Beers, a 31 year USFWS employee working within the federal aid office, was forced out when he balked at approving grant money for The Fund for Animals. He later stated: "I am appalled at the way I see conservation funds being looted and used to fund government and private efforts to undercut hunting, fishing, trapping and the state agencies that manage them. Today's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fostering an agency-wide climate that promotes these diversions and abuses." Beers took action against the Fish and Wildlife Service over his ouster and subsequently won $150,000 in settlement, along with restoration of payment for annual leave, payment of his attorney fees and a letter of apology from the Fish and Wildlife Service for its actions against him. Fortunately, despite alleged attempts to direct money toward anti-hunting projects, SCI is unaware that the administration has been successful, thanks to the many career civil servants like Beers within the USFWS who understand the role of hunters in Pittman-Robertson and the conservation of wildlife in America. ....But the Clinton administration's abuses in attempting to direct hunters' dollars to anti-hunting extremists proved to be only a starting point for investigation. A small percentage of the funds, amounting to tens of millions annually, may be used by the USFWS for administration of the program. It is use of these "administrative" funds that is now under investigation. ..... "
Investor's Business Daily 9/24/99 Daniel Murphy "….Then there's the story of the other ''Cheryl'' in the database flap: Sheryl Hall. This one, a career government worker, started working at the White House in the waning days of the Bush administration. Hall was told about the database project in November 1993. That same month, Hall expressed reservations about the political nature of the work, citing the Hatch Act's ban on government involvement in political campaigns. In a January 1994 memo to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and presidential confidant and legal adviser Bruce Lindsey, long-time Clinton aide Marsha Scott described that she had ''real concern . . . in having our entire information management system developed and supervised by people who do not know and may not support the president.'' Scott closed the memo, ''We were left for the most part with an older, less informed and certainly less enthusiastic career group whose allegiance is, in my opinion, highly questionable.'' Less than two months later, Scott forwarded a memo draft titled ''Serious Concerns with Information Management Office'' to then-White House Deputy Chief of Staff Phil Lader. It deplored that Hall and an office colleague ''considered us the enemy from the start,'' adding that ''their loyalty is questionable to say the least.'' Over time, Hall alleges she saw her job assignments shift and responsibilities dwindle. Last week Hall left her White House job and filed a discrimination suit in federal court against the first lady, Marsha Scott and others. A White House spokesman referred questions to the Justice Department. Hall now works as a computer specialist at the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. ….."
Conservative News Service 10/6/99 Ben Anderson "...An Interior Department employee has been forced into poverty while her superiors allegedly seek retribution with threats, intimidation and withholding her pay after she cooperated with federal investigators and testified before Congress about corruption within the department. Bonnie Kline is still employed as computer specialist in the Interior Department's US Fish and Wildlife Service but she has been "drydesked" or not allowed to work. Since then she has been depending on the financial support of friends while battling the federal government in a case of alleged harassment filed under federal whistleblower laws. With her security clearance and expertise, Kline had access to essentially all available computer records in her department, including those sought by investigators seeking evidence in the case of USFWS whistleblower James Beers. The US Office of Special Counsel (OSC), representing Beers in his whistleblower case against the agency, was seeking archived computer records supporting his claims that USFWS officials had misused Federal Aid funds. Under the Federal Aid Program, funds collected through excise taxes on hunting and fishing products were to be used for conservation programs among individual states. Instead, officials allegedly diverted the money to so-called slush funds. According to Beers, USFWS officials plotted with animal rights groups to undermine the hunting and fishing conservation efforts of the agency's employees. Kline testified in a recent congressional hearing that senior officials at the USFWS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia escorted her onto a private balcony on June 17, 1998 to coerce her to not cooperate with an investigation into the agency's suspect spending habits. During that impromptu meeting, Kline's bosses allegedly threatened to destroy her career if she cooperated with OSC investigators or if she responded to a subpoena issued by Congress in Beers' case, which also drew the attention of Rep. Don Young (R-AK). Young is chairman of the House Resources Committee that has direct oversight of the USFWS. "I was told that the subject of the investigation was extremely serious and 'went right to the top.' I was not to allow myself to be involved in these matters in any way," Kline said. "I was then offered a substantial pay increase if I moved to another job immediately, but without my security access and access to Fish & Wildlife Service communications. And to this date I am still denied that access." Kline ignored the threats and chose to cooperate with OSC investigators, prompting USFWS officials to seek retribution, according to Kline...."
Conservative News Service 9/29/99 Ben Anderson ".....What began as a Congressional investigation of spending abuses by the US Fish and Wildlife Service may be expanded to include obstruction of justice charges after an agency employee testified that she was ordered to destroy computer files and told that her career would be in jeopardy if she cooperated with federal investigators. The surprise testimony on Wednesday came the same day the House Resources Committee met to decide whether to subpoena Assistant Interior Department Secretary Donald Barry to find out how the Fish and Wildlife Service, a division of the Interior Department, misused federal funds. "This investigation started out as simply an inquiry into how fish and wildlife conservation funds were being spent," said Resource Committee Chairman Don Young (R-AK). "It now appears that the situation at the Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Interior is rotten to the core." Bonnie Kline, an eight-year Fish and Wildlife Service employee, testified that her superiors ordered her not to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other federal investigators, including the Resources Committee investigation. Kline also testified that she was instructed to destroy computer files dating from October 1997 through January 1998 - files which she said are now missing. Kline said that after refusing to destroy the files, she lost her security clearance and the combination to her safe, which stored the files, was changed. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel and a private attorney are now representing Kline against the Fish and Wildlife Service. Young reacted to Kline's testimony with a warning to any future attempts to conceal evidence from the Committee's investigation. "Any Fish and Wildlife Service or Interior Department employee who destroys any additional records will be held in Contempt of Congress and face felony charges," Young said. "Any Department of Interior official who ordered such actions will be held accountable." James Beers, a 31-year Fish and Wildlife Service employee, also testified before the Resources Committee that he was forced out of his job because he differed with his superiors at the agency over whether to approve a request for grant money for The Fund for Animals. ...."
INSIGHT J Michael Waller 10/16/99 "…..The Bank of New York money-laundering scandal is snowballing. More revelations by newly retired officials, criminal investigations from Moscow to Switzerland to London to Manhattan, a set of congressional hearings and a revisiting of old press reports show an emerging pattern: From its first days in office more than six years ago, the Clinton administration systematically tried to suppress the truth about the sorry progress of reform in Russia. ….. . . California Republican Rep. Tom Campbell, a longtime and earnest defender of the Clinton administration's Russia policy, sat bug-eyed at an Oct. 6 House International Relations Committee hearing on how the administration ignored warnings and dissent. He was one of the few members who listened to all the expert testimony.. . . . "It's a pattern I've witnessed since Clinton took over," says Rep. Curt Weldon, the Pennsylvania Republican who chairs the House Armed Services subcommittee on Military Research and Development, to which government whistle-blowers have gone with their stories.. . . . Weldon and some of his colleagues have found a pattern -- not only in economics, corruption and organized crime, as recent public events have emphasized, but across the board: human rights, weapons proliferation, strategic-weapons modernization, arms control and agriculture. The pattern shows that the administration ignored intelligence reports, disregarded cables from diplomats in the field, pressured diplomats and intelligence analysts into not reporting developments that conflicted with government policy, destroyed the careers of public servants who bucked political pressure by doing their job and misled Congress and the public. . . . ."
INSIGHT J Michael Waller 10/16/99 "…..Top Clinton officials knew the scope of government corruption in Russia from their earliest days in office. Clinton's first CIA director, R. James Woolsey, recently told the House Banking and Financial Services Committee that in 1993 "some very able CIA analysts came to me with an excellent briefing on some aspects of Russian organized crime. I moved promptly to ensure that very senior officials at the Justice Department, the FBI, the National Security Council and other relevant agencies received this briefing. In several of these cases -- I remember briefings at Justice and the NSC -- I personally attended in order to highlight the importance of the subject and to emphasize the excellence and the creativity of the CIA officers' work. I then commissioned a special National Intelligence Estimate on Russian Organized Crime.". . . . Woolsey added that he "put this issue on the agenda at some of the intelligence community's most sensitive meetings on intelligence matters with some of our closest allies and ensured that at a very senior level they were appropriately briefed as well." Through these efforts, he told lawmakers, "the U.S. intelligence community and the CIA in particular performed a valuable service in putting this issue squarely before those in the U.S. government and in allied governments who needed to know about it in order to take appropriate action.". . . . But no action came…."
INSIGHT J Michael Waller 10/16/99 "…..Talbott had his chance to answer the next day. Committee Chairman Jesse Helms of North Carolina asked questions concerning whether Talbott knew about intelligence reporting on corruption, but Talbott refused to answer. Helms dismissed him, barely concealing his disgust.
INSIGHT J Michael Waller 10/16/99 "….. In an Oct. 6-7 hearing on U.S. policy toward Russia at which this writer testified as an expert witness, House International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin Gilman of New York devoted the first day to assess the Clinton administration's "treatment of criticisms, dissent or warnings." The first witness, David Swartz, who was the first U.S. ambassador to the former Soviet republic of Belarus, testified that he warned of dangers in Clinton's new Russia-centered approach to the region. "I repeatedly warned in cables and policy analyses from Minsk of the dangers of a Russocentrist approach," he said. "It was my view then and continues to be that fundamental U.S. interests lie in a permanent fragmentation of the former Soviet empire. I was ignored by Talbott." . . . . After a 26-year career as a foreign-service officer, Swartz resigned in protest in 1994. Today, Belarus is a dictatorship on the path to being reabsorbed by Russia….."
INSIGHT J Michael Waller 10/16/99 "…... . . "Russian Fission" was the name of a secret Energy Department intelligence program that monitored Russian civilian control of nuclear weapons and fissile material. John B. "Jay" Stewart, a highly decorated military-intelligence officer who directed an intelligence analysis of this program (see sidebar) in 1992, came to the conclusion that the Russian government was losing control over its nuclear arsenal. He briefed top Bush administration officials, as well as NATO Secretary-General Manfred Woerner. "Woerner was so impressed that he sent a cable to Washington, saying this was serious and he wanted all NATO countries briefed on this issue by Jay Stewart," Weldon tells Insight. "Woerner put together an entire intelligence-community workshop for two days in late 1992. Soon, when Clinton came into office, [Energy Secretary] Hazel O'Leary came in. Stewart briefed her personally. Initially, she was still very interested until she realized that exposing security problems was not in sync with administration policy," Weldon says. Soon, according to the congressman, Stewart no longer was allowed to do the briefings, and officials ordered a clerical worker to destroy Russian Fission documents and tapes in Stewart's file. . . . . A DOE political appointee warned Stewart not to discuss the Russian Fission program and, within a month, this intelligence effort was disbanded. "The entire program was set aside. Jay's career was ended. With his distinguished service, he nonetheless was shunted into a corner," says Weldon. "That was the end of the program. Jay, because of simply speaking out, was basically shoved aside." Stewart retired from government in 1994. He would not comment for this article.
INSIGHT J Michael Waller 10/16/99 "…... . . The chief of the CIA's nonproliferation center, Gordon Oehler, met a similar professional fate. His briefings on how Russia helped Iran build its Shahab-3 intercontinental ballistic missile meant the end of his career. Oehler won't talk about his sudden 1997 retirement but, when it happened, Joseph Cirincione of the liberal Henry Stimson Center told the New York Times, "Here's a man operating within the rules, sharing information with Congress and policy experts. And some of the news is uncomfortable and came at a delicate time. But he never pulled his punches because the news was uncomfortable, and apparently this administration didn't like it. I don't know how else to read it.". . . . Former Bush Pentagon official Henry Sokolski of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center agrees: "The significance of his retirement is great. This man, in an agency known for its bending of truths, was an honest broker. To find integrity in public service is a rare, cherished and precious thing. And when it goes, it brings down morale -- it's got to. Whether his retirement was forced or not I don't know ... but ... that a man of integrity should feel such stress in being shot at for his honesty is an indictment of what we claim to be doing in the name of nonproliferation."
INSIGHT J Michael Waller 10/16/99 "….. . . Others within the system have been silenced -- or would have been had it not been for persistent Pennsylvania congressman Weldon. Dale Darling, an analyst at the Lawrence Livermore nuclear-weapons lab, followed cutting-edge Russian military technologies in a program called "Silver Bullets." The program monitored how Moscow, despite a cutback in its military, was developing exotic next-generation weapons. Weldon, as chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Military Research and Development, called Darling to ask for a briefing in July 1996. But Weldon didn't hear anything from him until, the following month, he received an anonymous letter that said, "I hope you will pursue the briefing with Dale Darling. Dale has been pressured to cancel the briefing."
The Washington Times, Audrey Hudson 6/24/99 ".....Peter M. Leitner, a senior strategic trade adviser for the Defense Department and a witness in congressional investigations, says retaliation against him prompted letters from Tennessee Republican Sen. Fred Thompson to the Pentagon expressing his concern for his witness. As a result, the Office of Special Counsel is investigating political reprisals and illegal retaliation against Mr. Leitner. "Ever since these testimonies, I have been subjected to, in staccato fashion, one adverse harassing act after another," Mr. Leitner states in his testimony......be victimized by my own government - particularly the Defense Department - for consistently putting the near- and long-term national security of the United States ahead of all other considerations is something that I still find astounding to this day," he said...."
AP Military Writer, Defense Dept. Employee Investigated 6/29/99 Robert Burns "....The Defense Department is investigating an attempted computer security breach last week at a defense agency responsible for reviewing sensitive technology exports. An unidentified employee of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency is under investigation for allegedly seeking unauthorized access to the computer system of a co-worker, agency spokesman Clem Gaines said Tuesday. Gaines said the employee under investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations had requested electronic access to the government computer used by Peter Leitner, a senior adviser to the defense agency on matters involving exports of sensitive technologies...."
Associated Press 10/22/99 Robert Burns ".....Reversing itself, the Navy is promoting an intelligence officer who had claimed he was improperly denied advancement after a laser beam damaged his eye as he flew over a Russian cargo ship in 1997. A Navy official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Friday a special group that reviewed the case of Lt. John Daly recommended he be promoted, and Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre approved the decision this week. The Navy had denied Daly's promotion in August. But after the Navy's inspector general found fault with the way the decision had been made, the Navy convened a special board to reconsider the matter....."
The Hill 10/27/99 David Keene "….Sometimes it's the quiet ones who end up making a difference. Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina is a hardworking, but hardly flashy member of Congress. He happens to be a Republican, but his father, who represented the district that he now calls his own, was a Democrat, and Walter was one when he first sought the office on his own……. Thus, it shouldn't have surprised anyone that he was upset when he saw the head of security for the Department of Energy tell a television interviewer that then-Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary ignored warnings that virtually anyone could crack the security at our national laboratories and gain access to our most sensitive nuclear secrets. He couldn't believe what he was hearing, but he knew he wanted to hear more. And it should have surprised no one who knows him that he was outraged when he learned within a week that the man he heard make these charges was put on administrative leave for `leaking' information of a sensitive nature. The quiet man from North Carolina began to ask and then demand answers. The man on the tube was Lt. Col. Edward McCallum who, prior to being shelved as politically untrustworthy by the Clinton team, had served as director of something called the Office of Safeguards and Security at the Department of Energy for nine years. He was no nut, and he was certainly in a position to know what he was talking about. McCallum, you see, was responsible for security at places like Los Alamos where the Chinese seem to have been perusing our national secrets as if they were in the reading room of a public library….."
WorldNetDaily.com 10/26/99 Stephan Archer "…. In a lawsuit related to Filegate, a former special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation is pressing his case that a White House "smear campaign" destroyed his credibility and forced him into early retirement. Dennis Sculimbrene retired from the FBI on Aug. 2, 1996, following an alleged smear campaign, in which former White House Counsel Jack Quinn, former Special Counsel Lanny Davis and former FBI General Counsel Howard Shapiro allegedly conspired to discredit Sculimbrene's undercover work concerning David Craig Livingstone, the director of the White House Office of Personnel Security and key figure in the Filegate scandal. Sculimbrene particularly implicates first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton……. After two FBI agents sent by Shapiro were unable to persuade Sculimbrene to retract the memorandum, [linking Hillary Clinton to Filegate] the alleged smear campaign began…… As part of the smear campaign against Sculimbrene, Quinn allegedly sent a bogus letter to FBI Director Louis J. Freeh in July 1996, accusing Sculimbrene of falsifying the Livingstone memorandum. Another co-conspirator in alleged defamation was Lanny Davis, a surrogate and spokesman for the Clinton White House. Appearing on CNN's "Crossfire" in July 1996, and again on CNBC's "Rivera Live" the following August, Davis accused Sculimbrene of falsifying his then-three-year-old memorandum of Livingstone's ties with the first lady. Four months after appearing on "Rivera Live," Davis was formally hired by the Clinton White House as special counsel and joined Quinn in the White House Counsel's Office……"
The Detroit News 10/31/99 ".....When President Bill Clinton ordered bombs on Kosovo, he asserted that the United States had a duty to prevent the "genocide" supposedly taking place there . And when he ordered the bombing of a "chemical weapons factory" in the Sudan, he justified the action as retaliation for the bombing of two American embassies in Africa. Yet there are growing reasons to wonder about the basis for both actions. In Kosovo, for example, an international team of inspectors seems to have come up short - far short - of its efforts to prove genocide. To be sure, it hasn´t finished its work yet. But few, if any, mass graves seem to have been discovered. And Stratfor, a well-regarded private group that keeps track of such things, says only a few hundred bodies have so far been found, not the 10,000 or more once feared.....In a similar vein, reports are surfacing that high officials in the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency and Pentagon had opposed the bombing of the Sudanese chemical plant...... Moreover, according to the Times, in the days after the American strike, Assistant Secretary of State Phyllis Oakley, who headed the State Department´s intelligence section, was ordered to suppress a report that might have questioned the propriety of the Sudan attack. Ms. Oakley, a 42-year veteran of the department, later resigned......Such reports, if true, are likely to revive charges of a "wag the dog" foreign policy....."
Augusta Chronicle 11/7/99 "….Why would the Clinton administration be upset when one high law-enforcement official of the federal government sends a letter praising another on the latter's departure from public service? This kind of thing goes on all the time and never draws any public attention, but when the law-enforcer doing the praising is FBI Director Louis Freeh and the man receiving the laudatory letter is former Whitewater Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, the White House hit the roof. Days after Starr left, reports Newsweek, he received the Freeh letter lauding his ``dedicated service...and persistence and uncompromising personal and professional integrity.'' …… Of course, this is not the Clinton spin-machine's take on Starr's tenure, and that infuriates the White House which, according to some reports, is looking for a way to fire Freeh. It's not the first time. The FBI chief has also clashed with the White House and Attorney General Janet Reno on the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign fund-raising scandal and other investigations. Freeh's primary ``sin'' seems to be that he speaks his mind and keeps his agency independent from Reno's highly politicized Justice Department. ….."
Washington Times 11/4/99 Jerry Seper Andrew Cain "…. The White House is angry with FBI Director Louis J. Freeh over his public endorsement of two former independent counsels, but Republicans yesterday warned President Clinton against any move to fire or further isolate the director. Congressional Republicans said they would not tolerate any decision by the administration to remove the veteran law enforcement official or to isolate him to the point that it affected the FBI. "It's outrageous the way Freeh has been treated by this administration simply because he tells the truth, and I would be personally outraged if they tried to fire him or isolate him any further," said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Freeh is very capable of doing his job and has done so without much cooperation from the Justice Department and the White House. That's something they don't like," Mr. Hatch said. "He is an honest man. In fact, if you look up 'straight arrow' in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of Louie Freeh."….."
New York Post 11/15/99 Niles Lathem "…. LINDA Shenwick sits in her Manhattan apartment watching the roiling debate between the Clinton administration and Congress over America's $1 billion debt to the United Nations with more than a little interest. Her career and her reputation are depending on the outcome. The petite and intense 44-year-old former budget expert at the U.S. mission to the United Nations is the one that started all the fuss in the first place by raising a series of red flags about nepotism and financial skullduggery at U.N. headquarters. She disclosed that the U.N.-chartered private jets once a week so that judges on the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in Rwanda could be paid their salaries in cash. She revealed that war crimes judges at the Hague "co-mingle" their personal funds with U.N. accounts. She once questioned why $3.9 million in cash was sitting on top of a desk at U.N. office in Somalia rather than in a safe and was told "don't worry, we spend it very quickly." She blew the whistle on a scam in which American employees at the U.N. were getting inflated tax-bill rebates from U.N. headquarters. But Shenwick has paid an enormous price for her candor. She claims her former boss, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, has accused her of being a loose cannon and engaging in a right-wing conspiracy with Republicans in Congress to undermine U.S. foreign policy. She says that for two years she was ordered to sit in her office with the door shut, forbidden to talk to colleagues. She says she was threatened with financial and professional ruin unless she quit. …."
Associated Press 11/14/99 Michael Sniffen "...Ten years after Congress ordered protections for whistleblowers throughout government, the Justice Department has set up a system to shield FBI agents, but they will have less shelter than other federal employees who report waste, abuse and crime by their co-workers.....Unlike other federal workers, FBI whistleblowers are not protected from reprisal for reporting misdeeds to Congress, in court during a trial or to immediate superiors. FBI employees are protected only if they report to a short list of top officials and internal investigators at the FBI and Justice.....Other federal workers can have an administrative hearing if they believe they have suffered retaliation for turning in co-workers, but it is entirely up to the FBI director whether bureau employees get a hearing.....When other federal agencies decide whether a whistleblower has suffered retaliation, the employee has the right to have a federal court review that decision. FBI whistleblowers were not given that right...... He said the Justice Department "interpreted the law to protect its own interests rather than the public interest in exposing fraud and mismanagement,'' Grassley said. ...."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 11/27/99 William Freivogel Terry Ganey "… In the first, Johnston recommended the prosecution of ATF field commanders Phil Chojnacki and Chuck Sarabyn on charges of filing false statements about the raid. Johnston thought the two lied when they said they had not known before the raid that the element of surprise has been lost. An undercover agent said he had warned them. "About 40 agents heard Chuck Sarabyn say, 'Hurry up. We've got to go. They know we're coming,' Johnston said. The two were not prosecuted. The other investigation targeted two of Johnston's best friends, Deputy U.S. Marshals Parnell and Mike McNamara, as the sources of the leak. The McNamaras denied the allegation and passed lie detector tests. But the Justice Department never punished the marshals' employees who falsely accused them. "A number of things have made me less trustful," Johnston says. "Is this the way to treat government employees?" ….."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 11/27/99 William Freivogel Terry Ganey "… Johnston called Reno's attention to the three-page fax that had been sent him. He noted that it had "privileged" written on it, and "DOJ witness do not disclose." Johnston wrote: "It is my hypothesis that the torts branch has had these documents for years and that they decided not to make them available to the plaintiffs." Judge Smith called Reno after Johnston wrote the letter and asked her to make sure there was no retribution. She replied that Johnston would be treated fairly. Shortly after that, the department announced that Blagg, Johnston and all of the other Texas lawyers who had worked on Waco would be taken off the case. Hagen remains in charge of the government's defense. ….."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 11/27/99 William Freivogel Terry Ganey "… Hagen has been criticized for withholding information in another highly publicized case, a suit filed by relatives of sailors killed in an explosion on the battleship Iowa in 1989. Magistrate Judge David Perelman blamed Hagen and another lawyer for withholding Navy documents that outlined the lesson they had learned from the incident. Hagen declined to comment. …….."
American Spectator 11/30/99 Kenneth Timmerman "…. The Clinton administration has demoted at least four top analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency who raised alarms about Chinese efforts to acquire sensitive U.S. military technology through civilian contracts, current and former intelligence officials told TAS recently. Specifically, these analysts warned that U.S. aerospace companies, through satellite launch contracts, were transferring military equipment and technical information that could benefit China's nuclear weapons and missile programs. The disavowed analysts also authored reports containing explicit warnings that U.S.-made supercomputers were helping the Chinese to improve their strategic weapons systems, develop information warfare strategies against the United States, and improve their biological and chemical weapons. Until the Clinton administration lifted export controls on the sale of supercomputers to China in January 1996, the PRC had only managed to acquire a handful of these powerful machines. Since then, according to the bipartisan report released in May by Reps. Chris Cox (R-Calif.) and Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), more than 600 supercomputers have been shipped to China. "That figure is current only until January of 1999," Cox said in an interview. "Since then, these sales have accelerated." Cox warned that the administration now plans to allow the PRC to gain access to even more powerful supercomputers starting in January 2000, with no U.S. controls whatsoever……"
American Spectator 11/30/99 Kenneth Timmerman "…. Ronald Pandolfi was the CIA's highest ranking scientist when he visited the headquarters of Hughes Space and Communications in El Segundo, California in 1996. Pandolfi was part of a CIA team preparing a new National Intelligence Estimate on the PRC's military science and technology. To complete his research, Pandolfi had been instructed to visit a number of U.S. defense and high-tech companies trading with Communist China. Hughes company officials explained that after one of their Optus telecommunications satellites was destroyed in January 1995 during launch, they sent a technical team to China to examine why China's Long March rocket had failed. Pandolfi asked them if they had U.S. government permission to share technical information with the Chinese. By the time he left Hughes, accompanied by a female CIA liaison officer for Southern California, Pandolfi was carrying a copy of the Hughes launch failure report….. But Pandolfi never made it out the door--at least, not with the report. According to TAS sources, the Hughes official asked Pandolfi to wait while he checked on the classification level of the accident report--a report that Hughes had already given to its Chinese partners. Hughes ultimately turned the report over to the CIA and to several congressional committees, but not before Pandolfi was victimized for reporting on Hughes's questionable relationship with the Chinese. Pandolfi's CIA escort wrote a memo to the head of the China military analysis office, John Culver. She warned Culver that Pandolfi had shown unusual interest in obtaining the Hughes damage report, which could spell trouble for the Agency…… Before long, Pandolfi was asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify on the incident. Eager to head off any further leaks of information to a team of congressional investigators scheduled to visit Hughes, Culver wrote a memo to the CIA's California field office, urging it to warn Hughes that Congress was starting to poke into the affair. Culver's letter triggered a Justice Department investigation of the CIA for obstruction of justice, which is still being debated by a grand jury. After Pandolfi testified in closed session before Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), he was removed from the China division and put to work on developing alternative energy sources. "In other words, he was given an empty office, without a telephone or a computer," one source familiar with the case said……"
American Spectator 11/30/99 Kenneth Timmerman "…. Gordon Oehler, head of the CIA's Nonproliferation Center, was forced to resign in the summer of 1998, after telling Congress in public testimony that the Clinton administration "regularly dismissed" information from the intelligence community on Russian and Chinese missile sales to Pakistan and Iran. "After returning from vacation, Oehler found his office empty, his staff reassigned, and the phone disconnected," one congressional aide said. "He got the message and resigned the next day." ….. Dennis Fred Simon, and two other unnamed China military experts, were demoted after they drafted a National Intelligence Estimate on Chinese military science and technology in 1997. Even though every U.S. intelligence agency had signed off on their findings, including that the Chinese were using U.S. technology obtained through satellite launches and other commercial projects for military purposes, TAS has learned both the 1996 and 1997 NIEs were suppressed on orders from CIA Director George Tenet. Two subsequent reports were also suppressed. They detailed recent developments of China's military industries, and its successes in "Deception and Denial" of U.S. satellite surveillance and communications intercept programs……"
AP 12/6/99 Vicki Smith "….A doctor who went public with his belief the Navy may have misdiagnosed hundreds of sailors exposed to potentially lethal mineral dust says he was fired late Monday for insubordination. Dr. Philip Jajosky, an outspoken medical investigator and 23-year veteran of the U.S. Public Health Service, was ordered to pack up his belongings, then escorted out of his office at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health here. The termination was characterized as an "involuntary retirement," Jajosky said. ……"
Newsmax 12/2/99 Col David Hackworth "…. If America runs out of Jack Dalys, it'll run out of freedom. Daly, a US Navy sailor, almost single-handedly took on the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon. And eventually, with a little augmented firepower here and there, he whipped them. As a naval intelligence officer, Lt. Daly was wounded two years ago by enemy fire while checking out a Russian ship as it was spying on our nuclear subs in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in US West Coast waters off Puget Sound. To shut down his mission, the Russian ship blasted his aircraft with a laser shot, partially blinding Daly and his Canadian pilot…… But Clinton, Albright, Secretary of Defense Cohen and a few dozen fellow rats in the State Department and the senior ranks of our Navy didn't understand what tough stuff Daly was made of. When he fought back, they of the bigger cannons tried to mute his trumpet permanently by passing him over for promotion -- based on that phony efficiency report -- and giving him his walking papers when he was only three years short of retirement. But Daly stayed the course and, soon, good reporters in the media and politicians from both major parties rushed to the rescue. Together, they exposed the lies and toasted the bad guys until the truth won out. The inspector general ruled the Pentagon colluded in the cover-up and that the Navy had zapped Daly for reporting the incident and then for sticking to his guns. Now Daly's been promoted to lieutenant commander. But complete justice will only be done when everyone involved in this attempt to destroy a good man's life is identified and held responsible. Certainly there's a paper trail from the White House to the State Department to the Pentagon. Congress needs to get these documents and then fry those responsible. ….."
INSIGHT Magazine 12/10/99 Paul Rodriguez "…..As a holdover during the Clinton administration, Hall operated much as she did before, supervising up to 30 or so people who operate the sophisticated computers and telephone systems of the White House. Politics for this Nevada transplant never was an issue when it came to work, and her rise to the position level of GS-15 was based on merit. Sometime in 1993 and early 1994, according to her deposition, Hall says just doing her job by the book got her caught in a web of politics and personal attacks the like of which she had never experienced, let alone understood, even after Insight first broke the WHODB story. It wasn't until Congress investigated the Big Brother computer system and issued a scathing report with detailed appendices that Hall realized what really had happened to her on the job. In fact, it is from the pages of an October 1998 report released by McIntosh's subcommittee that Hall was able to piece together the importance of a sequence of events that had happened on the job. And it was this that led her to file job-discrimination claims with two federal employment services and then file a federal lawsuit against Hillary Rodham Clinton and several White House aides. Hall claims in court papers that during development phases of the WHODB project she warned senior White House aides of potential violations of law, including the Hatch Act, as a result of attempts to merge official, political and campaign-related data into the federally funded Big Brother computer system. It was these repeated warnings of potential lawbreaking, she claims, that caused her superiors to brand her a traitor, unreliable, "old" and even disloyal to the president. She lost her management position, her employees, access to the senior staff and, finally, even her office as she was relegated to an empty room with nothing to do. Hurt and confused, she found a new job at the Treasury Department as a manager in internal computer-services support and quit the post at the White House in which she says she was being harassed. ……"
Washington Times 1/7/00 Bill Gertz Rowan Scarborough "…..We reported in this space several weeks ago how the White House National Security Council staff secretly placed a pro-Beijing operative inside the Pentagon. The appointment of David Shambaugh as a Pentagon consultant was a rear-guard covert political action aimed at eventually replacing Kurt Campbell, the deputy assistant defense secretary for East Asia. Mr. Campbell had planned to return to the private sector this month. After our item appeared, however, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen stepped in and urged Mr. Campbell to stay on as his top China policy-maker. Mr. Shambaugh's consultancy was restricted. White House spokesmen and Mr. Shambaugh were quick to deny there was ever any plot to wrest control of Pentagon policy-making, or that Mr. Shambaugh and the NSC's China-meister, Kenneth Lieberthal, are pro-Beijing……. Now word of Mr. Shambaugh's pro-Beijing credentials is confirmed from an unlikely source. The official Chinese military newspaper, the Liberation Army Daily, reported Nov. 11 that Mr. Shambaugh, an academic who holds a secret-level security clearance, was a tremendous helper for a visiting Chinese colonel who spent several months in Washington. The Chinese colonel, Chen Bojiang, credited Mr. Shambaugh with giving him the names and contact information for a group of U.S. specialists on China's military, including Army Col. John Corbitt, currently Mr. Cohen's desk officer in charge of contacts with the People's Liberation Army….The Chinese article outraged several Pentagon officials, including one who said Mr. Shambaugh's actions came close to assisting Chinese intelligence gathering, since that is exactly how Chinese spies "vacuum clean" U.S. experts for intelligence and information….."
American Spectator 2/96 James Ring Adams R Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. "….. (Foren impressed both the House and Senate committees by his professional conduct of the investigation. His reward was to be reassigned from the SBIC program, a move widely perceived as a demotion. He has since resigned. …"
WorldNetDaily.com 1/9/00 Jon Dougherty "…..Deborah Perroy, who was employed at the White House from 1988 until September 1993, said in a sworn statement to Judicial Watch, a Washington-based legal watchdog group currently involved in a number of lawsuits with the Clinton administration, that Robert Manzanares and Marcia Dimel examined top secret personnel background files in the fall of 1993. Perroy charged that shortly before Manzanares was "slotted to leave the NSC for a foreign post," she surprised him and his assistant, Dimel, looking through the secret files, "which included FBI/CIA file information," in Room 397 on the third floor of the Old Executive Office Building. At the time, Perroy said, the office belonged to the CIA liaison to the NSC. "The files were normally kept in the safe of the CIA liaison's office and were intended to be used by the CIA liaison to evaluate the suitability for security clearances of the White House staffers," she said. …… Perroy stated that she was aware that the files contained copies of the FBI background reports and other FBI information on individuals who worked in the NSC and the West Wing of the White House in the Reagan, Bush and possibly Carter administrations. …….. "
WorldNetDaily.com 1/9/00 Jon Dougherty "….Perroy maintained that there was "no legitimate reason" for Manzanares and Dimel to have been in the CIA liaison's office, "let alone accessing the files I witnessed them perusing." She stated that the incident caused her "great concern and stress, together with the appointment of the new director of NSC administration (Manzanares)," which "precipitated" her resignation from the Clinton White House "shortly thereafter." After she resigned, however, Perroy stated that she was telephoned "several times a day" by Col. David Harrington, director of the White House Situation Support Staff, a position responsible "directly" to the director of administration of the Clinton White House. She said Harrington "implored" her to "come back to work there and complete end of year and next year budget submissions." She refused, and was summarily threatened by the Clinton White House. According to Perroy's statement, the administration "threatened to come after me with false charges and allegations in order to smear my good name," a tactic alleged by other former White House officials. She said she informed the White House she would sue "if they did something so egregious and that I would go public with information about what I believe to be improper activities I witnessed." …..The document indicated that the White House had initially received her file Oct. 7, 1993, but requested another copy March 17, 1994. "The White House requested my file again in March after I had threatened to sue them," Perroy stated. "Based on my experience working for the Clinton administration, I believe that my FBI file was obtained and repeatedly sought in part because of fear that I would divulge information about improper activities I witnessed at the Clinton White House," said Perroy….."
NewsMax.com 1/20/2000 Carl Limbacher "….Last week the Clinton administration announced a 1.3-billion emergency aid package to fight the narcotics trade in Colombia…….. According to the New York Times, "President Clinton said the aid was 'urgently needed' to help Colombia and to keep 'illegal drugs off our shores.'" Tell that to John Carman, once one of the most effective shock troops on the front lines of America's war on drugs. Carman's career went into the dumpster when he blew the whistle on U.S. Customs Service corruption and the Clinton administration's attempts to torpedo U.S. drug-interdiction efforts. These days Carman, a former Customs senior inspector, has to cope with death threats and harassment from local police, which he believes is connected to his efforts to expose official wrongdoing. But five years ago, Carman was one of the Customs Service's golden boys, with a personnel file full of commendations and job-performance evaluations that rated him as one of his department's most successful agents……. When the Clinton administration began to shift the focus of its drug war away from border interdiction to new strategies, such as the billion-dollar government bribe the president just announced, successful agents like Carman, who know what works and what doesn't, suddenly became very inconvenient….."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 1/25/2000 "….The Clinton White House has made a habit of assassinating the character of those it finds politically inconvenient, and no one, no matter how apolitical, is exempt from its attacks……Now come the details of the terrifying experience of Deborah Perroy, another longtime White House worker who served administrations of both parties. In an affidavit taken earlier this month, Mrs. Perroy has charged that White House officials threatened to "come after me with false charges and allegations in order to smear my good name." Mrs. Perroy, a member of the National Security Council (NSC) support staff who had worked in the White House during the Reagan and Bush administrations, became a target of the Clinton White House after she witnessed Robert Manzanares, the director of NSC administration, and his assistant looking through the secret FBI files of Reagan and Bush officials. Mr. Manzanares and his assistant "were keeping some sort of list," Mrs. Perroy said in her affidavit, and "clearly reacted as if they did not expect me and had been caught doing something improper." Those files, which were kept in a safe in the CIA's White House liaison office, contained information on "virtually every top political and NSC aide to Presidents Reagan and Bush," Mrs. Perroy said….."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 1/25/2000 "….Four days after Mrs. Perroy resigned in Sept. 1993, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum wrote to the FBI requesting her confidential FBI file. (It's worth noting that Mr. Nussbaum also requested Mr. Dale's secret FBI file, after which FBI Director Louis Freeh, whom President Clinton appointed, accused the White House of "egregious violations of privacy.") As Jerry Seper of The Washington Times reported last week, Mr. Nussbaum's letter explained that he needed Mrs. Perroy's file because she was "being considered" for access to the White House. Not only had Mrs. Perroy resigned four days earlier; but for the previous five years, she had already been cleared for access to most areas of the White House, including the West Wing and the Old Executive Office Building. Despite Mr. Nussbaum's claim that he had "absolutely no knowledge" of any request under his name for Mr. Dale's file, his office received Mrs. Perroy's confidential file from the FBI a month after she resigned…."
AP 1/25/2000 "….A longtime employee of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory resigned Monday, saying his bosses retaliated against him for reporting safety violations. David Lappa, who worked at the lab for nearly 20 years, said he was suffering "an intolerable pattern of continued reprisal" since 1997, when he claimed the lab was trying to cover up safety problems in its plutonium facility. Lappa served as a consultant to the Department of Energy's investigation into safety problems at the facility in 1997. He felt some of the safety rules had been willfully violated, but the investigating panel disagreed with some of his points and did not include his opinions in its final report….. A U.S. Department of Labor investigation agreed in 1998 that Lappa had been treated unfairly, and the University of California, Lappa's employer, did not appeal the decision. Lappa was awarded compensatory damages and a pay increase….. "They have made it clear at the laboratory that he is not wanted," said attorney Tom Carpenter, who is working on Lappa's case with the Government Accountability Project. "He has been retaliated against repeatedly and his career has come to an end." ……"
AP 1/25/2000 Susan Parrott "….The federal prosecutor who warned Attorney General Janet Reno of a possible government cover-up after the 1993 Branch Davidian siege resigned Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Johnston, whose willingness to re-examine evidence from the deadly standoff touched off a re-investigation of the government's actions, handed in his resignation to his boss, U.S. Attorney James Blagg in San Antonio. Johnston, 40, acknowledged mounting frustration with Justice officials, whom he called ``less than forthright.'' And he said his job had been awkward ever since he wrote Reno last August…… Johnston's tension with his superiors was heightened in August, when he wrote Reno that government lawyers had known for years about the use of pyrotechnic tear-gas canisters, which were fired hours before the Davidians' compound erupted in flames. Ten days after he wrote the letter, Johnston was abruptly pulled from the case, as was Blagg's entire office….. ``I wasn't going to be a party to misleading the American public about this issue, when I full well knew the import of it,'' Johnston told CBS' ''60 Minutes II'' in an interview airing Tuesday night. ``We cannot hide the ball, in criminal or civil cases, and feel good about it.'' ….``We're sorry that there doesn't seem to be a place for good, hardworking, honest public servants like Bill Johnston in this Justice Department,'' said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for House Government Reform Committee Chairman Dan Burton, R-Ind., who has been critical of Reno and the Justice Department….."
Medium Rare articles 2/26/00 Jim Rarey "…..A Westland, Michigan police officer, who took a year's leave of absence to serve in Kosovo to participate in the selection and training of a civilian police force in that war-torn country, has been fired by the private company contracted by the State Department to organize that effort in the American sector of the U.N. operation. The incident was revealed in an article by Katie Marx in the Feb. 15th Detroit News. The important story was relegated to the Metro portion (Section D) of that edition. Skender Gocaj, a native born Kosovar who moved to Westland at the age of eight, signed up for a one year tour in Kosovo for $101,000 to be paid at the end of the tour. He claims he was fired by DynCorp, the State Department surrogate, for reporting corruption he observed to DynCorp managers. The Virginia based DynCorp will only say that Gocaj was terminated four months into his contract for "unsatisfactory performance." Gocaj admits he was reprimanded for speaking to local residents in their native Albanian tongue. ……"
Washinton Times 1/7/00 Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough "…..We reported in this space several weeks ago how the White House National Security Council staff secretly placed a pro-Beijing operative inside the Pentagon. The appointment of David Shambaugh as a Pentagon consultant was a rear-guard covert political action aimed at eventually replacing Kurt Campbell, the deputy assistant defense secretary for East Asia. Mr. Campbell had planned to return to the private sector this month. After our item appeared, however, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen stepped in and urged Mr. Campbell to stay on as his top China policy-maker. Mr. Shambaugh's consultancy was restricted. …… Now word of Mr. Shambaugh's pro-Beijing credentials is confirmed from an unlikely source. The official Chinese military newspaper, the Liberation Army Daily, reported Nov. 11 that Mr. Shambaugh, an academic who holds a secret-level security clearance, was a tremendous helper for a visiting Chinese colonel who spent several months in Washington. The Chinese colonel, Chen Bojiang, credited Mr. Shambaugh with giving him the names and contact information for a group of U.S. specialists on China's military, including Army Col. John Corbitt, currently Mr. Cohen's desk officer in charge of contacts with the People's Liberation Army. ……. The Chinese article outraged several Pentagon officials, including one who said Mr. Shambaugh's actions came close to assisting Chinese intelligence gathering, since that is exactly how Chinese spies "vacuum clean" U.S. experts for intelligence and information. ….."
Japan Economic Newswire 2/16/00 "…..Kurt Campbell, the architect of the bilateral defense cooperation guidelines between the United States and Japan, will resign from the U.S. Department of Defense in April, administration sources said Wednesday. Campbell, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asian and Pacific affairs, will join the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the sources said. He played a key role in an accord reached between the two countries in 1996 to return the land occupied by the U.S. Marine Corps' Futemma base in Okinawa to Japan. Another important U.S. official for Japanese issues, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Rust Deming, will also leave his post after being appointed ambassador to Tunisia earlier this month. Deming acted as deputy chief of the U.S. Embassy in Japan until November 1997….."
2/16/00 C.N.A. "…..A senior US official known in Washington policy circles for his staunch support of Taiwan is set to leave his post in the Pentagon in May. Kurt Campbell, deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific affairs, was today appointed senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and director of the center's new Program for International Security, effective May 1, 2000. At the Department of Defense, Campbell has served under Secretaries William Perry and William Cohen and has played a key role in efforts to help Taiwan upgrade its defense capabilities. ….."
Judicial Watch 3/10/00 Betty Lambuth DECLARATION OF BETTY LAMBUTH "……I was an employee for CEXEC in the Information Systems and Technology Division ("IST") of the Clinton White House Office of Administration ("OA"). CEXEC was a sub-contractor for Northrop-Grumman at the Clinton White House that helped run and maintain its computer systems. My duties and responsibilities included but were not limited to the management of all computer message systems, e-mail and Internet security services within the Executive Office of the President ("EOP"). ……
......I informed as soon as possible my Clinton White House supervisor, Laura Crabtree, of the e-mail server problem, who quickly understood the technical and legal severity of the problem. I understand Crabtree then went to the Clinton White House OA office and spoke with its counsel, Mark Lindsay. Crabtree also informed Paulette Cichonne, another official at the Clinton OA, of the problem.
……..After consulting with Lindsay and Cichonne, Crabtree, acting on their instruction, said that I was forbidden to say anything to anyone concerning the e-mail server problem. Crabtree specifically stated that I and my staff was not to inform Steve Hawkins, my Northrop-Grumman manager at the Clinton White House. Crabtree told me that if I did talk about the e-mail problem, I would loose my job, be arrested, and jailed.
…….I then sought a meeting with Mark Lindsay and Paulette Cichonne about the e-mail problem. At that meeting, Mark Lindsay reiterated Crabtree's comments and told me directly that I nor any of my staff were not permitted to discuss anything concerning the e-mail problem with anyone, including Steve Hawkins. Lindsay said that if I or any of my team who knew about the e-mail problem told anyone else about it we would loose our jobs, be arrested and put in jail.
…….I conveyed Lindsay's threats to my staff at the Clinton White House who knew of the e-mail problem. The members of my contractor staff were worried about the threats as well. In fact, to maintain the Clinton White House's ordered secrecy about the e-mail problem, my staff and I held meetings to discuss the issue outside the office in a park close to the New Executive Office Building and in a nearby Starbucks. Also to ensure secrecy, the e-mail problem was called Project X.
……I was initially instructed to work up technical plans and cost estimates to fix the e-mail problem. But within days, I quickly came to the conclusion that the Clinton White House had no intention of fixing the problem, despite their knowledge that the e-mail in issue contained many e-mails from and to Monica Lewinsky, who was then involved in an ongoing criminal investigation. My conclusion was based on the fact that nothing was done to fix the problem and the e-mails continued to be left out of any searches in response to subpoenas and other document requests.
……..A contractor for Northrop-Grumman whom I supervised, and who examined this group of e-mail, told me the e-mail contained information relating to Filegate, concerning the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the sale of Clinton Commerce Department trade mission seats in exchange for campaign contributions, and Vice President Al Gore's involvement in campaign fundraising controversies.
……..Steve Hawkins somehow found out that a major issue (the e-mail problem) was being kept secret from him. He pressured me and another female member of my staff to divulge the information about the secret project on which we had been working. He told us that unless we told him, we would be removed from our positions at the Clinton White House. He also told my other female staffer that would not have any job at all if she didn't tell him about the secret project. Lindsay and others on the Clinton White House staff who knew why I wasn't telling Hawkins about the e-mail problem never intervened with Hawkins to protect my job. For fear of going to jail, per Lindsay's and others' threats, I did not tell Hawkins about the e-mail problem. This led Hawkins to request that CEXEC remove me from my assignment at the Clinton White House. This was done and I left the Clinton White House in July, 1998. (I still remain employed with CEXEC.) ......"
ABCnews.com 3/10/00 Josh Gerstein "…..A simmering controversy over allegedly missing White House e-mails moved closer to a boil today, as a new witness emerged charging that she was threatened with firing or jail if she discussed the matter with anyone. In an affidavit unsealed today in federal court, Betty Lambuth, who was assigned to work at the White House by contractor Northrop Grumman, said she brought the e-mail problem to the attention of Clinton aides in mid-1998….. Lambuth claims that after she disclosed the problem to her supervisors, including White House Office of Administration Director Mark Lindsay, they threatened her. "Lindsay said that if I or any of my team who knew about the e-mail problem told anyone else about it we would loose (sic) our jobs, be arrested and put in jail," Lambuth's affidavit states……"
ETHERZONE 3/1/00 Diane Alden "…..The question was: "Why was a nice girl like you working in a place like that?" Former Lockheed-NSA employee and member of the team that developed Echelon, Margaret Newsham, had quite an answer…….For Margaret "Peg" Newsham the twist of fate which led her to Building 19 in Ford Aero's Sunnyvale, California plant, was only the beginning of a long road that led to a sense of betrayal by her government and her employers. Peg doesn't complain much and she has a marvelous self-deprecating sense of humor, telling stories on herself and her family. Faced with a series of serious physical problems, including a stroke in 1986 and cancer presently, she persists in challenging the tangled world of the intelligence system. Additionally, she endures the trials and tribulations of all whistleblowers. Appearing in a recent 60 Minutes special she talked about her experience with Echelon, the super secret spy project which is alleged to have the capability to intercept data on a massive scale. The CBS series flew her to Menwith Hill, Yorkshire, England, which journalist and expert Duncan Campbell describes as "the largest electronic spy center in the world." Newsham maintains that when she was there in the 80s there were only 3 "domes" now there are about 25. These domes are alleged to house the vacuum cleaner like equipment that monitors data flowing in and out of Europe……."
Hman Events via World Net Daily 2/28/00 Scott Park "…..Hall was a civil service employee. In 1992, she moved to the White House from the Department of the Navy to help modernize an outdated computer system. After she questioned whether the vast new White House computer database, or WHODB, that the Clintons were creating was necessary, White House staff ostracized her. When Hall told administration officials that the project rang warning bells for her, because it could have inappropriate political applications, her duties were stripped. "They call it 'The Tripp Treatment,'" she said. "I got 'The Tripp Treatment' and this was long before anyone outside the White House had heard of Linda Tripp." Despite the fact that she had no work to do, Hall still reported to the White House and continued to speak regularly with her former subordinates and with the Northrop-Grumman contractors who maintained the White House computers. Northrop-Grumman had assigned a five-member team to oversee Lotus, a computer program used for e-mails at the White House. ……. In the days before White House computer expert Daniel Barry was to testify before Congress about subpoenaed e-mails and Monica Lewinsky, the Northrop-Grumman contractor with knowledge about the missing e-mails was warned to keep Barry in the dark, Hall said. "Another contractor with Northrop-Grumman was told by Mark Lindsay, director of the White House Office of Administration, that Lindsay had 'a jail cell' with that contractor's 'name on it' if he divulged any information on Project X," Hall stated. "One of these contractors was told by administration official Laura Crabtree that he would be fired if he told Daniel Barry, a Clinton White House Office of Administration computer specialist, about Project X. At that point, Barry was unaware of Project X, even though he was about to testify in two days to Congress concerning White House e-mails and Monica Lewinsky. As a result of Crabtree's threat, Barry did not have this relevant information about these 100,000 e-mails when he testified to Congress," said Hall. ……."Prior to 1996 this [computer system] wasn't a classified environment," said Hall. "What logic did they have to classify this if not to suppress it?" ......... Hall said that Congress could easily search the missing materials by seizing the tapes now and printing them. If Congress wants to hold anyone accountable, it had better act quickly, said Hall, noting that one six-month stretch of tapes had been overwritten because of "human error." Congress has yet to give any sign it is pursuing the missing e-mails. "You know that [White House political operatives] are thugs, but you'd expect the Hill to do something about it," said Hall. ……"
AP 3/10/00 Pete Yost "…..In court papers unsealed Friday, a former White House contractor says she was threatened not to reveal a problem with the White House e-mail system that concealed thousands of messages from the Justice Department and congressional investigators. The contractor, Betty Lambuth, says a subordinate told her some of the e-mails deal with ``Vice President Al Gore's involvement in campaign fund-raising controversies'' and ``the sale of Clinton Commerce Department trade mission seats in exchange for campaign contributions.'' The subordinate said the e-mail also contained information on the White House's improper gathering of FBI background files of long-ago Republican appointees and the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Lambuth stated in her declaration. The document was unsealed by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth. ……. Lambuth says she learned of a problem with the White House e-mail system in May 1998 in the midst of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's perjury and obstruction probe of the president in the Lewinsky scandal.
AP 3/10/00 Pete Yost "…..``Lindsay and others on the Clinton White House staff who knew why I wasn't telling Hawkins about the e-mail problem never intervened with Hawkins to protect my job,'' Lambuth said in the declaration……. At a hearing Friday morning, the judge also unsealed a new declaration by Hall in which she said the White House get rid of computer-taped archives and the contents of computer hard drives of presidential aides who leave. A career staff member in the White House Office of Administration ``told me that ... the Clinton-Gore White House plans to destroy ... archival cartridge tapes'' and to ``reformat the hard drives'' of departing White House staffers. Hall said there are archives cartridges for at least 500 departing staffers. Lamberth ordered Justice Department lawyer James Gilligan, representing the White House in the case, to ensure that no hard drives are reformatted and no cartridges destroyed. In addition, ``I want names of those responsible for preserving'' the material, said Lamberth. Gilligan promised to provide them. ..."
WorldNetDaily.com 3/28/00 Paul Sperry "…….Sheryl L. Hall came back to work one Monday in the fall of 1996 and noticed something wasn't right. Someone had broken into her locked office over the weekend. A file drawer was ajar. Files had been rifled. Sensitive papers were missing. The cleaning crew? Street burglars? Not at this address. Hall officed in the New Executive Office Building, which is part of the White House complex. Security wasn't aware of any pattern of breaches there. Once the head of all White House computer operations, Hall was the only one with the key to her office, besides the security crew. She asked her superiors about it, but they didn't seem concerned. So she reported the break-in to the Secret Service. Not long after, someone entered her office again to snoop around -- this time during the week. Her office was unlocked at the time……."
WorldNetDaily.com 3/28/00 Paul Sperry "…….The papers lifted from her office files relate to a computer project Hall was ordered to work on in 1994. She refused to help with the project after seeing that it involved keying in personal data about political donors. Officially named the White House Office Database, or WHODB, the project was also known among staffers as "Big Brother." ......... Hall, a career civil servant, warned the political appointees building the database that it violated federal laws against using government resources for fund-raising. For that, she was cut out of the loop and branded as "disloyal," memos from top Clinton aides show. Then she was demoted from her post as chief of the Information Systems and Technology branch of the Executive Office of the President. ….."
WorldNetDaily.com 3/28/00 Paul Sperry "…….Asked for a copy of Hall's complaint, a spokesman for the Secret Service's uniformed division says it will take awhile to search the unit's "central files," which are not computerized. In another curious development, Hall's website was taken down without her consent about a month before she quit her White House job last year. One day it just disappeared into the ether. The site, whodb-purge.org, was carried by Erols.com and registered with Network Solutions. The Erols.com webmaster could not explain to Hall what happened to it or even date when it went off the server. Hall, who was told there was no back-up, decided not to rebuild the site, which documented her conflicts with Clinton appointees over the donor database. ……"
Townhall 4/13/00 Robert Novak "………When U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth on March 29 ruled that President Clinton committed a crime in releasing Kathleen Willey's personal letters, a presidential aide delivered this appraisal of the judge: "A loose cannon." That was reported over national television, and shortly thereafter, the White House was prompting Democratic senators to threaten that they never would permit Lamberth's promotion to a higher court. ……… Considering the admission by sometime Clinton private eye Terry Lenzner that in 1997 he was employed to investigate sitting judges, Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch wrote FBI Director Louis Freeh April 7 asking for a probe of "threats and coercion by the Clinton machine" against Lamberth. That coincided with an unprecedented judicial investigation of alleged favoritism toward Clinton in assignments made by the District of Columbia's chief federal judge. The president's ability to emerge unscathed from so many allegations can be traced to the fact that they are generally assigned to 12 D.C. district judges. Clinton-appointed jurists once called themselves "the Magnificent Seven," but since then, their number has reached eight. The remaining judges include the fearless, feisty Lamberth, who was named by Ronald Reagan. Thus, adjudication of the Clinton scandals depends on which judge gets the case. …….."
Judicial Watch 4/14/00 Jane Weaver "………DECLARATION OF JANE D. WEAVER ………. In July 1993, I was informed I would be laid off by the Clinton White House as part of its "reduction in force" program. The General Counsel's office in OA was to be permanently reduced to two attorneys. To my knowledge and understanding, it was not. I have often wondered if I was laid off, in part, because of my stand against false and misleading affidavits in the Armstrong case. ….."
WASHINGTON TIMES 4/6/00 "…….. Janet Reno isn't a real attorney general. She just plays one. What other conclusion could be drawn from the remarkable interview that NBC's Tim Russert conducted on "Meet the Press" this week with Charles LaBella, the former head of a Justice Department task force investigating alleged violations of campaign-finance laws? Mr. LaBella told Mr. Russert that he never had a "substantive conversation" with Miss Reno after he submitted a memo in July 1998 recommending the appointment of an independent counsel to examine campaign fund-raising by President Clinton, Vice President Gore, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes. Mr. Russert then asked Mr. LaBella what Miss Reno's deputies told him. "I didn't have a conversation with anybody substantively about the memo. I have never to this day had a conversation with anybody about my memo at the Justice Department," Mr. LaBella replied. "I handed it in. I really believed in my heart of hearts that it was going to start a dialogue." Mr. LaBella said his memo was "an interim report . . . not a final report. This was not the end of the day." In fact, as far as Miss Reno was concerned, it was the end of the day for Mr. LaBella, who, after the attorney general rejected his recommendation without offering him any reason why, promptly returned to San Diego......."
yahoo.com 5/31/00 Bill O’Reilly "……All along I have been reporting that Attorney General Janet Reno and her top Department of Justice chiefs have been compromised by the Clinton administration. I've taken a lot of heat for my words, but now comes a stunning piece of evidence that the mainstream media has ignored, but that congressional investigators cannot. …… In this memo, Freeh discusses comments allegedly made by Lee Radek, the head of Justice Department's Public Integrity Unit, to Esposito suggesting that someone was pressuring Reno and the Justice Department not to aggressively investigate charges of illegal fund-raising by the Democratic Party. The memo says that Radek feared Reno's job was at stake. Since Reno serves at the pleasure of the president, you can draw your own conclusions. …….Although the House and the Senate had demanded any and all materials relating to illegal fund-raising, Freeh's memo was not turned over for more than three years. ……..The story is huge because of Al Gore. "
Capital Research Center 6/2000 Phillip F Kelly Jr. "…….Soon questions about Lacey's impartiality were raised in a new Time article that cited Lacey's letter to Puccio….. Shortly thereafter, the Teamsters brought Giacumbo before the IRB on charges he misused union funds by accepting four payments of $400 on duplicate car reimbursements from the Local and the International…….Gene Giacumbo now discovered just how dangerously unaccountable quasi-governmental agencies like IRB can be. Webster recused himself from IRB hearing because he had a relationship with Giacumbo's employer Anheuser-Busch. Giacumbo had by then publicly admitted that he had passed the Lacey letter to Time, and he requested that Lacey likewise recuse himself from the hearing. Lacey refused. Giacumbo then filed a restraining order, but it was denied by Edelstein. In October 1995, the IRB found against Giacumbo, suspended him from the union for six months and fining him the $1600. ….. Unbelievably, Edelstein sent the decision back to the IRB for reconsideration because he deemed it too lenient.......... At a supplemental hearing in March 1995, the IRB decided Giacumbo had violated his suspension by attending a Local meeting nominating delegates to the 1996 Teamsters' International Convention. This time the IRB imposed a three-year suspension on Giacumbo-- in part because he had shown disrespect for the sanctions-- and sent the decision back to Edelstein. On January 9, 1997 the court again sent the sanctions back for reconsideration. This time Edelstein added, "this Court deems it proper for the IRB to contemplate the wisdom of ever permitting Giacumbo to hold a position of influence within the IBT (Teamsters) or any IBT-affiliated entity". A few months earlier, Giacumbo had appeared at the National Press Club with Duke Zeller and questioned the IRB's handling of Carey…….. Not surprisingly, the IRB---following Edelstein's second remand--- issued a May 1997 decision that imposed a lifetime ban, stripping Giacumbo of all Teamsters benefits and pensions. Giacumbo appealed to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. ….. The Circuit Court vacated the second and third sanctions and told Edelstein to have IRB reconsider whether the first sanction should stand. …..The IRB then declared that time served was "sufficient" ---even though it was three years longer than the origional sanction--- and demanded payment of the $1600 fine with interest. On August 2, 1999, Edelstein affirmed this decision over the explicit instructions of the 2nd Circuit Court, whereupon Giacumbo appealed again to the circuit court. Both sides are currently preparing oral arguments.……."
Associated Press Online 5/26/00 John Solomon "…..The Justice Department considered but decided against an independent counsel to investigate FBI Director Louis Freeh for inaccurate congressional testimony, The Associated Press has learned. Freeh was the subject of a 30-day preliminary independent counsel inquiry in 1997 after the department's internal watchdog accused him of giving false testimony during a hearing about the FBI laboratory's mishandling of cases, government officials said Friday. Attorney General Janet Reno concluded that while Freeh's testimony was inaccurate, there was no evidence of criminal intent that would warrant the appointment of an independent prosecutor. …… At the time of the Freeh inquiry, the director and Reno were beginning what became a lengthy disagreement over whether an independent prosecutor should be named to investigate the fund-raising activities of President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. ……"
Washington Post 5/18/00 John Solomon AP "……FBI Director Louis Freeh wrote a memo in the earliest days of the Democratic fund-raising investigation suggesting a top Justice Department official was under pressure not to proceed with the probe to save Attorney General Janet Reno's job. …….. The memo, belatedly turned over to Senate investigators this week, also discloses that Freeh urged Reno and Justice Department public integrity chief Lee Radek to step aside from the investigation as early as December 1996 because of purported comments made by Radek. ………. "
Washington Post 5/18/00 John Solomon AP "……In the Dec. 9, 1996 memo to Deputy FBI Director William J. Esposito, Freeh recounted, third-hand, comments Radek allegedly made to Esposito suggesting he was being pressured in connection with the investigation into Democratic fund-raising improprieties during President Clinton's 1996 re-election. Freeh's memo quotes Radek as telling Esposito he was "under a lot of pressure not to go forward with the investigation" because Reno's job "might hang in the balance," the officials said. ……. Freeh wrote Esposito that he met with Reno and told her about Radek's purported comments and suggested "on that basis" both Radek and Reno should step aside from the investigation, the officials said. ……. Reached late Thursday, Radek said he never was under pressure to scrap the investigation to help Reno and did not recall ever making such comments to Esposito. ……"
Washington Post 5/18/00 John Solomon AP "……The Freeh memo involving the fund-raising issue emerges more than two years after Congress first began reviewing the conduct and quality of the criminal fund-raising investigation, in which several Democratic donors and fund-raisers have been convicted. ……. Officials said the FBI did not disclose the existence of the memo to Justice officials until late last month and that it wasn't turned over to Senate investigators until this week. …….But Freeh's memo provides the first evidence that such arguments dated to the very beginning of the investigation in late 1996 and were based in part on concerns about possible political pressures. ……."
World Net Daily 6/30/00 David Bresnahan "….. A government official at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Md., is under suspicion for allegedly providing foreign nationals unsupervised use of Department of Defense supercomputers, WorldNetDaily has learned. …….. In addition, a yearlong investigation has turned up allegations of fraud, plagiarism, smuggling, and waste and abuse of government computer resources -- going back at least to 1993. Efforts by whistleblowers, including 10 current employees of the lab, to report and correct the problems have resulted in what they describe as harassment and endless cover-up, as reported yesterday by WorldNetDaily. ……. The whistleblowing employees are not free to talk to the press because the Army has placed them under a gag order. However, their names appear in the many documents given to members of Congress, and when contacted some did verify that the documents are genuine. Their names will not be disclosed in these reports because of their stated fears of retaliation. ……… One official at the Army lab stated in a letter of complaint distributed to various investigative bodies: "In the case of Ms. Wren, abuses of power include breaches of computer security in what appears to have been a 'pay-off' to a contractor." That contractor, according to whistleblowers, is Craft Tech, Inc. ...... " Numerous e-mails between Wren and other Army lab executives show that she was unable to convince project leaders to incorporate her requested 80,000 hours of computer time into their projects. Finally, she allegedly gave her own personal password to Wildeggar-Gaissmaier and others to give them access to the computer, according to documents. ……..One of the whistleblowers who provided evidence to investigators said in a letter to investigators that Wren had solved the problem of subordinates objecting to what she was doing by creating a new program and placing herself in charge. ……."
World Net Daily 6/30/00 David Bresnahan "….. Scientist Kurt Fickie was fired from the Army lab after reporting that Army lab management personnel compromised U.S. military know-how and smuggled gems into the U.S. "The smuggling charges were verified and some of Mr. Fickie's other allegations were substantiated in the U.S. Army IG report of the investigation," said a whistleblower in a letter to investigators. Fickie has appealed his dismissal to the merit systems protection board. He has been ordered not to talk to the press while his case is pending. …….. Whistleblowers concerned about the potential loss of U.S. military secrets told WorldNetDaily that their greatest concern is that no steps have been taken to restrict the security clearance of Wren and others under investigation. ……"
NewsMax.com 7/3/00 Carl Limbacher "…… The Clinton administration misappropriated at least $45 million dollars in taxes paid by gun owners, which were supposed to underwrite a "sportsmen's trust fund," but were earmarked instead for a variety of pet causes -- including a group dedicated to the elimination of hunting. …..The White House's shellgame with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service money was first uncovered when the General Accounting Office submitted the results of their investigation into conservation tax expenditures to the House Resources Committee earlier this year. ……."In at least one instance, pressure was applied to an employee of the USF&WS," reported American Rifleman Magazine in March, "to fund a grant proposal submitted by a zealous animal rights group, The Fund for Animals, which is dedicated to the elimination of the very hunting heritage that those monies are collected to support." …….."
NewsMax.com 7/3/00 Carl Limbacher "…… This latest Clinton scandal came to light largely through the efforts of one man, James M. Beers, a career civil servant with the USF&WS, who told Congress he smelled a rat when higher-ups began to pressure him to approve the Fund for Animals grant. …….Beers refused, noting that the radical anti-gun group wanted to use hunters' tax money to distribute anti-hunting literature in public schools and other public venues. ……"I was badgered and intimidated to change my finding," Beers testified. "A few months later I was curtly told I would be moved to a non-existent, lower-grade job in Massachusetts." Then things got really ugly, Beers said. ……"I was locked out of my office, the police came to the building to keep me from entering and I was threatened, in an unmarked envelope left at my front door on a Sunday morning, with the loss of my retirement for five years and the loss of my health coverage forever if I did not retire immediately." …..Beers did retire -- but then went straight to the authorities. ……"
New York Times 6/24/00 John Broder "…….When Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Robert J. Conrad Jr. to direct the Justice Department's campaign finance task force late last year, she praised his prosecutorial skills and said she expected him to "expand upon the successes" of the campaign finance inquiry. Barely six months later, Mr. Conrad handed her a political hot potato by recommending that she appoint an independent counsel to investigate Vice President Al Gore's involvement in fund-raising for the 1996 presidential campaign. …….. Mr. Conrad, 42, earned a reputation as a skilled prosecutor and trial attorney during more than 10 years in the United States attorney's office in Charlotte, N.C., say those who have worked with him. From 1992 until last year, Mr. Conrad was chief of the office's criminal division. …….Mr. Conrad's former boss in Charlotte, United States Attorney Mark Calloway, called Mr. Conrad one of the most capable prosecutors he had ever worked with. "He is a relentless investigator and has a high sense of duty and fairness," Mr. Calloway said when Mr. Conrad was appointed to the Justice Department post last December. ...... But Democratic officials today questioned Mr. Conrad's impartiality, noting that he had contributed $250 in 1996 to the re-election campaign of Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, a staunch conservative Republican and a consistent foe of the Clinton administration. The donation to Mr. Helms is apparently the only political contribution Mr. Conrad has ever made, according to federal election records. ……"
UPI 6/27/00 Ashley Baker "…..Attorney General Janet Reno condemned on Tuesday the leak of a confidential Justice Department memo recommending that she appoint an outside investigator to examine possible fund-raising illegalities by Vice President Al Gore in 1996……… "I feel very strongly that we must be careful in order to protect the investigation, protect leads, protect the reputation of people involved, lest the information disseminated impede our careful and professional process that we pursue."……. Although many lawmakers have criticized Reno for twice declining to make such an appointment, several joined in condemning the leak…….. "It seems to me that the 'pressure' to appoint an outside counsel is coming from inside the Justice Department, from people (Reno) has chosen at various times to advise her," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. "The Attorney General has been examining (this case) for four years, and it is time to make a decision and be held accountable for it."……"
WorldNetDaily 7/12/00 Paul Sperry "……The White House has tightened its control over a court-ordered project to restore hundreds of thousands of subpoenaed e-mail missing from archives for the offices of the president and vice president, WorldNetDaily has learned. …… And, obeying strict guidelines set by the White House, a project contractor has gagged its workers, even threatening pink slips for those who talk. …….. he moves come as a federal judge, sensing White House stonewalling, has signaled he may take the project away from the White House. ……Lamberth has set a fact-finding hearing for Thursday to determine the best way to restore and search the e-mail. He says he'll rule after the hearing on government watchdog Judicial Watch's request for a "special master" to handle the project. ……….White House insiders say e-mail whistle-blower Howard "Chip" Sparks has been "moved out" of his office on the fifth floor of the New Executive Office Building. His office is within earshot of meetings between White House officials and contractors on the e-mail restoration project. …….. He was recently ordered to pack up his office and move to "the other end of the wing," one source said. Officials don't want him to "overhear their plans." …… Meanwhile, the private Virginia contractor the White House hired to restore the trove of e-mail has threatened to sack workers on the "sensitive" project if they talk about it outside the job. …….A project worker says that the head of SRA International Inc. warned him and other employees that they would be "fired" if they didn 't keep quiet. …..Asked about it, an SRA executive insists no one has been threatened. …….. How would the company deal with a worker who talked about the project outside the job? "If someone leaked information, we would probably have to let them go," DiPentima conceded. ……Why is SRA so far behind schedule after nearly five months on the job? DiPentima explains the tape-copying process is slowing things down………. The White House insists on copying them in large batches, or not at all, but it says it can't do that until it gets new equipment. It says existing equipment would allow it to copy only two tapes a day. ……..Lamberth called the White House's logic "preposterous," noting that about 200 tapes could have been ready for searching by now. ……."
David M. Bresnahan WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. "……..Despite alleged misuse of Army computers and other long-term security breaches at the Army Research Labs at Maryland's Aberdeen Proving Grounds, official Defense Department spokesmen continue to deny and cover up allegations of malfeasance on the part of high-level officials there. ………. WorldNetDaily has obtained documentary evidence from whistleblowers within ARL -- almost all of them current employees -- that point to a long history of corruption, including use of Army computers by unauthorized foreign nationals, plagiarism, falsification of research, illegal appropriation of private property, even smuggling of precious gems. …….. Perhaps the most serious allegation is that high-level officials permitted unauthorized foreign nationals unsupervised access to sensitive computers for thousands of hours. ……There have also been extensive claims by ARL employees that their technical reports are being routinely plagiarized to benefit their supervisors.
David M. Bresnahan WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. "…. ……. At least 10 whistleblowers known to WorldNetDaily claim they have been subjected to harassment, intimidation and reprisals from their superiors because they have provided information to investigators. They have provided documentary evidence and details of their claims to WorldNetDaily on condition of anonymity. ……ARL scientists Franz Lynn and Robert Deas tried to report their suspicions that technology from ARL was being provided to China. Shortly after they made their concerns known, Deas died in a single-car accident in Canada, and Lynn's death was reported as a suicide. ……Another ARL employee, Kurt Fickie, was forced out of his job when he tried to further the complaints of Lynn and Deas. Later, an Army report verified the claim that sensitive research had been compromised to other countries, as well as allegations of smuggling. A customs report also verified the smuggling charge. ……..Fickie was unable to speak to WorldNetDaily because of an Army-imposed gag order while a Merit Systems Protection Board investigation is completed. …….."
David M. Bresnahan WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. "…. The recorded interviews by Dr. Allen Grum, a retired Army general, were said to be a part of an Army 15-6 investigation -- the equivalent of a civilian grand jury. However, WorldNetDaily discovered that Grum's investigation is unofficial and essentially without consequence -- much to the dismay of the whistleblowers. ……. "Based on what he told me when I was interviewed, I'm shocked," said one of the employee whistleblowers upon learning that the Grum investigation was not what he thought. ……..In fact, all current ARL employees who have been interviewed by Grum have been told they are under a gag order and cannot speak to the press. They have been told they are part of an official Army 15-6 investigation, they say -- which Grum denies. Several of the whistleblowers say they were led to believe the Grum investigation would get to the bottom of things and bring about some results after years of inaction. ……. "This is just another way to keep the truth from coming out," said one whistleblower upon learning that Grum's investigation is informal. "Conduct an unofficial investigation with no power to do anything, and tell everyone they're under a gag order. I don't know what to say. I'm shocked. Shocked. I really thought they were going to go after them." ……"
David M. Bresnahan WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. "…In addition to Grum's investigation, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel also has been investigating the charges for several years. When contacted, Jane McFarland of that office said she could neither confirm nor deny any investigation, and would not comment further. "It's the policy of our office not to confirm or deny any investigations," said McFarland, public affairs spokesperson. ………. However, WorldNetDaily has obtained copies of correspondence from and to Ellen M. Oskoui, Iran M. Perkins and Elaine Kaplan of the Office of Special Counsel that confirm the existence of that investigation. "As a result of our review, we have determined that further investigation of your allegations is warranted," stated Oskoui in a letter sent to several of the whistleblowing employees……."
David M. Bresnahan WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. "…WorldNetDaily also has obtained correspondence and documents verifying that many government officials are aware of the allegations and evidence against May, Wren, Oberle, Horst and others. ……. Whalin is personally supervising the Grum investigation. A transcript of a phone message from Whalin to May, the director of ARL's Weapons Materials Division, made available to WorldNetDaily, warned May that his scheduled retirement in July might be in jeopardy because of his lack of cooperation with the investigation. According to the document, Whalin told May that if he wants to retire as planned, "you had better get on the stick and not play any more games." May had a retirement party at the beginning of June and is no longer working, pending his official retirement in July……"
David M. Bresnahan WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. "…FBI Special Agent Michael W. Storck was previously assigned to the Army Research Labs investigation until last year, but has moved on to other assignments. He told WorldNetDaily that he is aware of the charges and that an investigation by the FBI is still underway. Agents currently assigned to the case have not returned calls to WorldNetDaily. ……. ARL public affairs officer Dave Davison denied that any investigation of any kind has ever taken place or is taking place at ARL, specifically denying that the FBI has ever been involved. …… Despite the fact that the Army inspector general has conducted an investigation already, and that both the Office of Special Counsel and the Army have current investigations underway, Davison denied the existence of any investigations and laughed at questions posed by WorldNetDaily. After continued questioning, however, Davison admitted that the FBI had conducted an investigation "one or two years ago," but said it had been dropped with no findings…….."He's lying through his teeth," said one of the whistleblowers, in reaction to Davison's comments. "He knows all about it. The cover-up continues." ……."
David M. Bresnahan WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. "…Gloria Wren, chief of the propulsion branch at the ballistics and weapons concepts division of the Army Research Lab, is under investigation by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the Army inspector general, the FBI and members of Congress, according to documents provided to WorldNetDaily. ……..The Army Research Laboratory's stated mission is to "Execute fundamental and applied research to provide the Army the key technologies and the analytical support necessary to assure supremacy in future land warfare." The research and testing that take place at the lab are highly sensitive and should be closely guarded, according to whistleblowers, who are concerned that security has been compromised. ……. The whistleblowing employees are not free to talk to the press because the Army has placed them under a gag order. However, their names appear in the many documents given to members of Congress, and when contacted some did verify that the documents are genuine. …….. The Army lab is one of four "major shared resource centers" (MSRC) within the Department of Defense's high performance computing modernization program. ……. . One of the whistleblowers who provided evidence to investigators said in a letter to investigators that Wren had solved the problem of subordinates objecting to what she was doing by creating a new program and placing herself in charge. ……."
David M. Bresnahan WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. "…Scientist Kurt Fickie was fired from the Army lab after reporting that Army lab management personnel compromised U.S. military know-how and smuggled gems into the U.S. "The smuggling charges were verified and some of Mr. Fickie's other allegations were substantiated in the U.S. Army IG report of the investigation," said a whistleblower in a letter to investigators. Fickie has appealed his dismissal to the merit systems protection board. He has been ordered not to talk to the press while his case is pending. ……Whistleblowers concerned about the potential loss of U.S. military secrets told WorldNetDaily that their greatest concern is that no steps have been taken to restrict the security clearance of Wren and others under investigation. ……"
Center For Security Poicy via NewsMax.com 6/19/00 "…….This climate was epitomized by Richardson's notorious predecessor, Hazel O'Leary, who declared as she announced a wholesale declassification of sensitive DOE materials, "Someone else has the job of looking more carefully at the national security interest." But it has persisted in important respects under the present secretary of energy. ...... For example, Richardson has permitted advocates of increased security to be subjected to job actions and other harassment. Former DOE security chief Ed McCallum and former counter-intelligence director Notra Trulock are among those who were effectively driven out of DOE for challenging policies and practices that have put nuclear secrets at risk of theft or other compromise. Most recently, the associate director for Los Alamos' National Security Programs, Dr. Stephen Younger, has been among those put on involuntary leave in what appears to be an effort to make him a scapegoat for the fact that Clinton appointees in DOE have prevented the implementation of security improvements he has long championed. .........Most egregious perhaps has been the long-running Richardson campaign to thwart first the creation and then the appropriate staffing of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Congress rejected Richardson's insistence that he remain solely "in charge" of security and the rest of the department's nuclear functions. His resistance to the establishment of such a semi-autonomous organization charged primary responsibility for managing the weapons complex has persisted, even as the early chickens unleashed by Clinton-Gore administration's DOE wrecking operation have came home to roost. In fact, until the revelation of the missing hard drives problem made his efforts unsustainable, Richardson encouraged Democratic senators to block the confirmation of NNSA's first director, Gen. John Gordon. ……."
townhall.com 6/22/00 Robert Novak "…….But Reno's Justice Department can be tough -- and mean. It was revealed that Reno launched a preliminary independent counsel investigation of Freeh last year, when he made a mistake in testimony on nuclear espionage that he quickly corrected. On the eve of the June 6 hearing, the Burton committee was informed by the Justice Department that an additional document had been found -- concerning an apparently dormant investigation of Dan Burton. At the hearing, Chairman Burton called this "the most transparent attempt to intimidate a member of Congress that I have ever seen." The document, in fact, was never produced. ......In an earlier time, the performance by Reno's Justice would have evoked bipartisan outrage. Not today. At the June 6 session, Rep. Tom Lantos of California mounted an unqualified Democratic defense of the Attorney General and Lee Radek (characterizing the hearing as "beating a dead horse"). ….."
WorldNetDaily.com 7/24/00 David M Bresnahan "….. The former director of the Army Research Labs Weapons and Materials Division in Aberdeen, Md., has responded to employees about concerns over possible security problems and illegal activities reported in WorldNetDaily. "We have a very few disgruntled individuals, who are discrediting the organization as well as the reputation of hardworking and dedicated employees," Dr. Ingo May said in his farewell message to Army lab employees on the eve of his retirement. …….. May was responding to a series of investigative reports by WorldNetDaily, probing claims by numerous Army lab whistleblowers -- almost all of them current employees -- alleging extensive corruption, fraud and malfeasance at the facility. Those employees have chosen a spokesman to convey their latest information to WorldNetDaily. …… "There's quite a few more than just 'a few,'" the spokesman told WND on condition of anonymity. "There's more like a couple dozen, and the number's growing every day. Your articles have given courage to some who have been too hesitant to speak out. We are doing nothing to harm anyone's reputation. We have simply presented the facts, and if that hurts their reputation, then they have no one to blame but themselves." ……"
Houston Chronicle 10/6/00 Jo Ann Zuniga "…… The intervention of a California congresswoman in a Houston drug investigation "smells to high heaven," according to a lawyer representing the federal drug agent pulled off the case. But the target of the investigation, local rap promoter James A. Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records, said he asked for U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters' help last year after being harassed with "Gestapo-type tactics" during a 12-year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Houston Police Department. …….. Jack Schumacher, the Houston-based DEA agent who took over the investigation in 1998, was transferred out of drug enforcement in March, according to his lawyer, Michael J. Hinton. Schumacher's transfer came two days after Vice President Al Gore made a campaign visit to a Houston church, with financial ties to Prince, that was scrutinized during the investigation. Schumacher now works a desk job as a federal liaison to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. ……"I'm so mad that a California congresswoman can come into our state, write to U.S. Attorney Janet Reno and get an internal-affairs investigation going in Washington, D.C., instead of Houston," Hinton said. Schumacher requested Hinton's assistance after the Office of Professional Responsibility began investigating Prince's claim that he feared for his life because Schumacher had killed six suspects in the line of duty. Hinton said results of the OPR investigation should be released soon. ......"
House Science Subcommittee 10/5/00 Freeper SVTCobra "……… A House Science Subcommittee hearing led by Sensenbrener (R-Wi) yesterday was nothing short of astonishing. It was broadcast on CSPAN late Wednesday. The topic was racism within the EPA and retaliation by management against whistle blowers. The chief complainant was an African American Ph.D who worked at the EPA and made formal complaints in 1997 to EPA Administrator Carol Browner herself and the EEO Office claiming that her superiors were racist and made racist remarks to her. After she complained and informed Congress of a pattern of racism at EPA, her superiors retaliated against her. ….. Sounds like Anita Hill but this was racism instead of alledged sexual harassment. ……"
Riverfront Times (St. Louis) 9/11/96 C D Stelzer "…….. "Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)administrator Carol M. Browner has withdrawn from all decision-making responsibilities concerning the Times Beach cleanup, The Riverfront Times has learned. Browner recused herself from addressing any aspects of the controversial Superfund project in an internal agency memorandum dated April 5, 1995, which apparently has never been made public. The administrator's office in Washington, D.C. provided the RFT with a copy of Browner's statement last week upon request. ……. News of Browner's withdrawal follows the initiation of a DNR inquiry into whether stack emissions samples were handled properly last November, after a trial burn at the Times Beach dioxin incinerator near Eureka. Earlier this year, the DNR issued a permit for the burner based in part on the results of those tests. Opponents of the incinerator, including the Times Beach Action Group (TBAG), raised concerns last month about a potential conflict of interest, when they discovered International Technology Corp. (IT), the incinerator operator, partially owns Quanterra Environmental Services, the lab that handled the samples (Twice Burned, the RFT, Aug. 28). ……"
Washington Times 12/21/00 Audrey Hudson "......As the only investigator in the Ombudsman Office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Hugh Kaufman was the chief critic inside his own agency and exposed numerous cover-ups prior to his dismissal last week. In Colorado, Mr. Kaufman embarrassed the agency and forced it to clean up its radioactive-waste burial site in a Denver neighborhood. He was also critical of agency actions in Florida, Idaho and Pennsylvania. And when it comes to dealing with Congress, Mr. Kaufman said the agency "is not dealing the cards off the top of the deck."......"
NewsMax.com 11/24/00 Carl Limbacher "…… 'Tons of Porno' at Camp David, Guard Reveals Camp David, the super secure presidential retreat now at the disposal of Bill Clinton and his senator-elect wife, is littered with "tons" of pornography, a Marine guard who works there told a Washington D.C. radio station last week. …… Two days later, after admitting to his superiors that he spilled the beans, the guard lost his job, the Washington Post reported Friday. ……"Lesson to the U.S. Marines guarding Camp David. If there are girlie mags on the grounds of the the presidential retreat, keep it to yourself," the Post advised. ….."
The Associated Press 11/3/00 Michael Sniffen "……A 20-year veteran FBI agent went to court Friday seeking the right to report to President Clinton and key members of Congress what he considers serious and criminal misconduct by federal workers during a top secret, undercover national security operation. …….. FBI Director Louis Freeh and Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder have denied agent Joseph G. Rogoskey permission to relay his allegations to Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and House and Senate committees that oversee the FBI. ……. In a lawsuit against the FBI and Justice Department, Rogoskey said that as an undercover agent he ``witnessed acts of serious misconduct and violation of federal law by employees of the federal government during the course of their employment.'' …… Now on paid administrative leave, Rogoskey spent 12 years, 1987 through 1998, on top-secret operations involving information among the government's deepest secrets, accessible only to specified people. …..Rogoskey is barred from telling his lawyer, Stephen Kohn, any details of the operation or the alleged misconduct. Kohn said he understands only that ``it doesn't involve anyone stealing money. It involves what they were ordered and permitted by the government to do in this operation.'' …….Rogoskey first reported his allegations to his immediate supervisor in late 1997, ``promptly upon observing them,'' Kohn said. ``We don't know if the FBI has fixed the problem,'' Kohn said, because Rogoskey has been on leave since the summer of 1998. ……Since making the allegations, the FBI has retaliated against Rogoskey, the lawsuit said. The suit said this included an allegation of misconduct against Rogoskey, of which FBI investigators cleared him; efforts by superiors ``to call into question his integrity''; and recently threatening to fire him for medical reasons if he fails a fitness for duty exam. ……``Fitness reviews are extremely intrusive,'' Kohn said. ``They include psychiatric exams, interviews with his wife and examination of his sex life.'' …….The agent had no publisher, wasn't seeking compensation and did not intend to publish the material for the general public, but wanted permission to send it to the named officials, Kohn said. FBI attorney Lyn Brown ``denied the permission the next day by phone and said the information in the envelope should have been transported by armed guard.'' Kohn said. Freeh and Holder later upheld that denial. ….."
Washington Times 10/31/00 Gary Anderson "……Kenneth Timmerman credits President Bill Clinton and William Perry, his second secretary of defense, with taking a decaying Cold War military machine and turning it into a first-rate, post-industrial military superpower. Unfortunately, the country in question is not the United States. In his book, "Selling Out America: The American Spectator Investigations," Mr. Timmerman accuses Mr. Clinton and Mr. Perry of turning Communist China into a formidable post-Cold War adversary through a combination of neglect of American national security interests that, if not treasonous, borders on gross governmental negligence …….. Mr. Timmerman is a former Time magazine reporter who alleges that he was fired for his revelations concerning the Clinton administration's misdeeds. In doing so, he makes a compelling case. From the illegal upgrading of Chinese MiG fighters to the transfer of critical information about multiple re-entry warheads, Mr. Timmerman lays the responsibility for the selling out of America squarely at the feet of Mr. Clinton and his closest advisers. Worse still, Mr. Timmerman accuses the Clinton administration of allowing Chinese agents to have unprecedented access to classified material through a combination of cynical expediency and the worst possible disregard of time-tested security precautions……In the case of Mr. Perry, the motivation appears to have been a misguided sense of policy objectives. He obviously hoped that appeasement, i.e. increasing economic incentives, would work with the Chinese. To his credit, Mr. Perry realized the error of his ways, but not before the Chinese had used their misbegotten technological gains to fire a warning shot over Taiwan's bow in the form of two advanced missiles………Perhaps as disturbing as the evil done to national security is what happened to Mr. Timmerman himself when he crossed the Clinton administration. Aside from being fired from Time magazine, he has been repeatedly audited by the Internal Revenue Service……… This is a book that bears reading. There may be another side to this story, but Mr. Timmerman makes a compelling case that some members of the Clinton administration have hurt America and strengthened China for the sake of some very dubious motives. The extent of the real damage may take years to assess……"
WorldNetDaily.con 10/27/00 ".....Pentagon officials have identified the Defense Intelligence Agency counterterrorism analyst who quit in protest a day after the bombing of the USS Cole. Kie Fallis is charging that a report he wrote on the threat of a terrorist attack in Yemen was suppressed by senior DIA officials. ....No sooner had the ink dried on Mr. Fallis' Oct. 13 letter of resignation than his computer access was cut off and his e-mail account deleted. He must now be escorted by security guards when he is at DIA for his last two weeks. Mr. Fallis was waiting to express his concerns in a meeting with Vice Adm. Thomas Wilson, the DIA director, before going public with his politically charged claims. His strategy was preempted by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who made public the resignation Wednesday. ..... DIA and Pentagon spokesmen are trying to spin the resignation. "People resign from the DIA every month for personal reasons and we won't comment on those personnel actions,'' the DIA's Capt. Mike Stainbrook said. .....When asked if one analyst quit after the bombing, he reluctantly said, "yes.'' ......."
10/25/00 Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) "...... A U.S. defense intelligence analyst resigned the day after the USS Cole was bombed in the Yemeni port of Aden because he believed his superiors had failed to give enough weight to analysis that could have warned of an attack, a U.S. senator said on Wednesday. ``His resignation was due to significant analytical differences with his management,'' said Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, quoting from a letter the analyst sent to Vice Adm. Thomas Wilson, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). .......... The analyst, who was not publicly identified, worked in the DIA's counter-terrorism analysis office and was an expert in Middle East and Gulf issues, Roberts told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. ...... The letter referred to a defense intelligence assessment dated in June, Roberts said. ``He indicates his analysis could have played a critical role in DIA's ability to predict and warn of a potential terrorist attack against U.S. interests,'' he said. The analyst did not say a specific threat was found against the Cole but he was concerned no alert was issued to U.S. Central Command to change the threat condition by which the military operates in that region, Roberts told Reuters later. ......The analyst worked mainly on ``the big picture'' of the region, Roberts said. ``However if you combine the big picture with other alerts and other indicators, I think his position is that it's a no-brainer to assume a notice warning should have been sent and the threat condition should have been changed,'' Roberts said. ......"