Tuesday, October 17, 2006

What is Cunningham's secret?

I suspect that disgraced former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham has many secrets, but today's TPM Muckraker points to one in particular. According to reporter Justin Rood, a precis of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's as-yet unreleased report on Cunningham emphasizes this point:
[W]e are aware of dealings that Cunningham had with certain foreign nationals, which we expect will be given careful scrutiny by appropriate law enforcement and national security agencies" for possible breaches of national security.
Now that's intriguing. When a congressional inquiry fears to name "foreign nationals," suspicious folk naturally glance in the direction of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other points East.

I may have found a further clue or two as to what Cunningham might have been up to. The Israeli possibility holds the greatest interest...

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As we noted in an earlier post, the most astonishing item in the MZM resume is the contract to provide "office furniture" for the West Wing. One does not normally ask an intelligence/defense firm to go shopping at the local Ikea.

In that post, I proposed that MZM placed electronic bugs into that furniture. Nearly a year later, no one has offered either a better explanation or punched a hole into my theory.

I further surmised that MZM did so at the behest of Israel, which tops the list of countries desperate to eavesdrop on West Wing chatter. Moreover, Israel has a history of this sort of thing:
But you may recall that another Abramoff partner -- congressman Bob Ney, chairman of the House Administration Committee -- arranged for an Israeli communications firm called Foxcom to install communications equipment (which, in this case, basically means wireless connections) in the Capitol building. Ney seems to have done so at the bidding of Abramoff, who received the usual substantial lobbying fee.
We have another piece of evidence, perhaps unrelated to the above, regarding the Duke's secret activities.

On September 15, Duke Cunningham sent a handwritten letter from prison to a reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Josh Marhall published jpgs of the actual pages, although the text has not been transcribed until now.

You may want to skim much of this letter. I have no problem with Cunningham's retreats into self-pity, since prison is the place for such thoughts -- besides, I still feel compassion for one of our nation's bravest pilots. Even so, we should note that his crimes amounted to rather more than the receipt of a few "gifts."

(Alas, the prostitution allegations go undiscussed.)

For our purposes, the important section -- emphasized in bold face -- comes toward the end of the letter. I have corrected a few spelling errors and have added paragraph breaks to increase readability.
Thank you for the letter. I will be frank. The U.T. has done everything it could to bury Nancy and myself. Whatever Mr. Wade has told the government you have printed as true. It is not in many cases. Each time you print it hurts my family. And now I have lost them along with everything I have worked for during my 64 years of life.

I am human not an animal to keep whipping. I made some decisions I’ll be sorry for the rest of my life. I hurt more than anyone could imagine and without my faith your constant cruelty would destroy me.

You are wrong about one thing in your letter. Wade not Wilkes has destroyed a lot of people. I cannot discuss the case – your attempts to question lets me know you don’t give a hoot for me or my family. 90% of what has happened is Wade. He showers you with gifts, he pretended to be my best friend for 16 years. Taking me to his wife’s parents’ home many times, taking Nancy and I to Sunday brunches with his wife, hunting together at his father-in-law’s Easter Share [Eastern Shore?] place. Me taking [undeciphered] to a place where I hunt. When I was in town we were together. Not exactly the high pressure he & his lawyer describe.

I should have said no to his gifts; I did not. Ask yourself why I kicked him off his own boat twice, told him I was not going to stay on his boat and put it up for sale.

Marcos, you and Copley only want to write about how I died, not about how I lived. That’s what your self-serving book will be about. No matter what I would or friends tell you – your and Copley’s agenda will be the slant. Save your $. I will not meet or speak at any forum which you or Copley are present.

The Lord’s prayer forgive me my debts as I would forgive: my first sin each night is the failure to forgive the U.T. not just coverage but the brutal two and three pages each week that has nearly destroyed me and my family. You write your book and [remember?] what [Forge?] got from Wade They you printed as truth will come out and you will find out how liablist you have & will be. [Probably means “how libelous you have been and will be.”]

Not once did you list the positives. Education man of the year, [Impact Aide?] man of the year, Library man of the year. Increasing Title One Educational funds for all of CA. Key to doubling medical research, university funding, hospital funding, jobs, hiway funding, border security – ‘Megan’s Law’ my bill, [undecipherable] my bill, HR-218 law enforcement bill protecting our military, Intelligence reform and anytime you wanted an expert on the wars who did you call.

No Markus, you write about how I died. I’ll work with someone in the future on how I lived and how I rationalized that the secret programs saved lives. Didn’t matter whether or not I received gifts because I would have fought for it even if Nancy Pelosi had started the program.

There is a secret paper in my file that the U.S. Air Force presented to me (both former Chiefs of USAF) to increase the MZM programs and the justification for doing so. It was funded at less than wanted & it will today save lives in the best Aviation Humint program in existence now ever deployed with our training forces.

Wade is the absolute Devil and his lawyer is trying to save his donkey. I should have said no to the gifts. For that I am truly sorry.

Do not expect me to show up so you can kill me and my family & boost yourself and the tabloid U.T.

Randall Cunningham

I will not meet with you @ Butner.
"Humint" refers to human intelligence. For what little it may be worth, I was once told that AFOSI (Air Force intelligence) has a department specializing in ultra-clever disinformation.

Where does all this leave us?

First, we cannot be sure that the secret program mentioned in this letter has any direct relationship to Cunningham's dealings with "foreign nationals," or with MZM's bizarre foray into the world of office furnishings. But the human mind naturally works in a connect-the-dots fashion. Was someone in the USAF spying on the White House? Is someone in the USAF sharing information with either Israel or some other Middle Eastern nation?

Or should we place the "Air Force" secret and the "foreign nationals" secret in two separate categories?


Anonymous said...

gosh, you ask the BEST questions.

air force, intelligence, office furniture, foreign nationals, etc....

AF col. dickerson comes to mind, the husband of the turkish woman who tried to get sibel edmonds on board with the american turkish center. this made sibel very uncomfortable because she had translated some conversations suggesting this organization was involved in some very shady dealings, some of them likely involving denny hastert.

marc grossman was also a key figure in all those turkey dealings, as he was once ambassador to ankara; sibel emphasized that he was a key player. it has also been suggested (a wayne madsen notion that i've run across elsewhere in researching sibel's stories) that grossman outed brewster jennings as a cia front to a pakistani intel officer and a turkish 'dealer' (arms? drugs? wmds? all of the above?).

of course israel is up to its eyeballs in all this, and we know they harbor no compunction about spying on its allies.

thick as thieves, and too many of 'em. and looking more and more like rats on a sinking ship, they are.

dqueue said...

One mustn't forget the American Turkish Council. Their board is a veritable who's who of neocon ideology.

I think it's pretty transparent that the white house furniture was bugged. The same goes for the Congressional wireless system (which was slated to be reneged, I believe, due to Ney's plea)...

Send in a few male prostitutes, make sure the bugs are working, and you got yourself some powerful ammo...

Anonymous said...

If bradblog and the rest are still too afraid of touching this, perhaps the rest of you reporters can dig in.....

Sibel Edmonds, Israel espionage, Nuclear drug trafficking to Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan confirmed


More exposed


More on project Echelon

Still more


lukery said...

Dr E - to clarify,
1) it was BOTH Doug Dickerson and his wife who tried to recruit sibel.
2) the wiretaps DID refer to Hastert.
3) Doug Dickerson was also in Ankara, in weapons procurement from 1991-1995.
4) Doug Dickerson was back in the US from about 1999 (?) to 2002 in weapons procurement for all the Turkic countries, and then hot-footed to Nato in Belgium when Sibel made too much noise.

Anonymous said...

lukery, thanks for the further details; all true.

but, in addition, seems dickerson has 'disappeared' - sort of - into the USAF hierarchy on a base in japan, apparently with a promotion, to boot.

the GOP way, eh?

my info came mostly from your good work, by the by; keep it up!!

lukery said...

thnx Dr E. In fact, for reasons that aren't clear to me, Dickerson is currently on a mission in iraq and afghanistan.