911 Prediction Revealed at Lindauer Hearing in NYC
19 June 2008
"Scoop" Independent News
(June 17, NYC). A surprise development occurred at today’s hearing in the case
of Susan Lindauer versus the United States. A long time associate of the accused,
associate professor of computer science at Toronto’s York University, Parke
Godfrey, Ph.D., testified that Susan Lindauer predicted an attack on the United
States in the southern part of Manhattan. According to his testimony, she said
that the attack would be very similar to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade
Center. Godfrey said that Lindauer made the prediction on several occasions,
one as late as August 2001.
The testimony occurred in a hearing on Lindauer’s competence to stand trial
held before U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska, Southern District of New
York, in lower Manhattan. On March 11, 2004, Lindauer was arrested for acting
as an "unregistered agent" for the nation of Iraq prior to the U.S.
invasion. Prosecutors have delayed the trial for over four years claiming Lindauer
was delusional for asserting that she was a U.S. intelligence asset over a period
of nine years, including the period covered by the indictment.
This was Lindauer’s first real opportunity to argue her competence to stand
trial and deny the delusions claimed by court psychiatrists. Lindauer asserts
that she had been a U.S. intelligence asset since working on the Lockerbie case
and subsequent antiterrorism efforts.
Appearing for the defense, Dr. Godfrey testified under oath that Lindauer told
him of her specific concerns about an attack on the United States. She told
him that a "massive" attack would occur in the southern part of Manhattan,
involving airplanes and possibly a nuclear weapon. The witness said that she
mentioned this in the year 2000, which coincided with the Lockerbie trial. And
then in 2001, Lindauer also mentioned the anticipated attack in the spring,
2001 and then August 2001. Godfrey said, at that time, Lindauer thought an attack
was "imminent" and that it would complete what was started in the
1993 bombing (the original World Trade Center bombing).
After the hearing, Lindauer elaborated that this extreme threat scenario was
done in concert with the man she says was one of her CIA handlers, Dr.
Richard Fuisz, who has been associated with U.S. intelligence.
Federal prosecutor Edward O’Callaghan tried to diminish the prediction by asking
Godfrey if Lindauer presented this as a "prophesy." Godfrey denied
hearing that word mentioned in their conversations. He stated that Lindauer
used the term "premonition." The prosecution did not challenge Godfrey’s
testimony that Lindauer made the predictions in the time period given by the
witness. After the hearing, Lindauer said that she’d called the Department of
Justice Office of Counterterrorism in August of 2001 reporting her fears about
The Issue of Competency to Stand Trial
After initially evaluating Lindauer, court appointed psychiatrists in New York
argued that her clams of innocence and her willingness to produce witnesses
to verify those claims were signs of delusional thinking. However, a Maryland
based psychiatrist and two psychotherapists with whom Lindauer visited on a
regular basis failed to support the notion of delusions or a debilitating mental
illness. Lindauer has told federal authorities continuously that she was a U.S.
intelligence asset and she offered to prove that in open court.
Prosecutors typically disparage appeals by defendants to delay or avoid trial
based on psychological stress or suffering. This case is an exception. The United
States Government is the party delaying the trial based on their claims of Lindauer’s
inability to assist in her own defense.
Today’s testimony was limited to what is known as "lay" witnesses.
Lindauer’s expert witness, a distinguished psychiatrist and academic, will testify
at a July 7, 2008 hearing that she’s competent to stand trial.
Lindauer triggered today’s hearing by refusing to attend court mandated counseling,
a court requirement during her periods of release from 11 months of federal
detention. In a recent interview in "Scoop," Lindauer said: "Since
August, 2007, I have refused to go back [to court mandated counseling]. I told
the Court the game is over. Go to trial or drop the charges, which are ridiculous
anyway. They don’t have a case, and they know it."
More Testimony by Dr. Godfrey and Kelly O’Meara
Dr. Godfrey’s testimony contained some other elements of note. Lindauer’s defense
attorney, Brian Shaughnessy of Washington, DC, asked about Lindauer’s personality
and behavior. He said that she was "mercurial," subject to periods
of joy and sadness in response to the events that she experienced. He also testified
that he’d never seen her as having any mental impediments.
Kelly O’Meara was also called to the stand in Lindauer’s behalf. O’Meara served
as a senior congressional staffer for over two decades. She did investigative
work for members of Congress on the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 1996
TWA Flight 800 crash on Long Island Sound in 1996. She’s a former investigative
reporter for Insight Magazine and the Washington Times and
author of Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills
that Kill, a recent book on the dangers of psychiatric medication.
When examined by the prosecution, O’Meara said that she had no reason to believe
that Lindauer had a mental disorder. Prosecutor O’Callaghan then asked if she
believed that she was qualified to make that judgment. O’Meara responded affirmatively
saying that she could read the official diagnostic manual for mental disorders
like anybody else and compare behavior with the list of symptoms provided.
Under questioning by defense attorney Shaughnessy, the witness described an
after-work group that met every Thursday over a number of years at Capitol Hill’s
Hunan Restaurant. This group included Lindauer, ‘O’Meara, and lobbyists and
staffers who enjoyed talking politics and having a refreshment at the end of
the day. O’Meara focused on her long term close friendship with Paul Hoven,
who is described by Lindauer as an intelligence operative and one of her handlers.
The O’Meara-Hoven relationship included regular meetings over several years
and frequent phone calls. O’Meara mentioned that Hoven enjoyed going to dinner
at her sister’s home and that she had accompanied Hoven to a shooting visit
at the country home of a legendary intelligence figure.
O’Meara was asked if Hoven indicated any relationship with Lindauer. She responded
that "I heard about Susan all the time from Paul." She also described
him speaking with her frequently at the Thursday night group at the Capitol
O’Meara said that after Lindauer was sent to Carswell federal prison facility,
O’Meara got a "strange call" form Hoven during which he said, "Susan’s
crazy." O’Meara said that she’d never heard Hoven make those remarks before
Lindauer was sent to the federal prison facility began.
Lindauer’s relationship with Hoven is a key part of her defense, with the Thursday
night group as one of their frequent points of contact.
On cross examination, prosecutor O’Callaghan asked O’Meara if she would be
surprised if Hoven had reported only a very few meetings with her throughout
his entire life.
Visibly angry, O’Meara responded by saying, "I would be insulted."
Defense counsel Shaughnessy produced two witnesses, one a computer science
professor and the other a reporter and congressional staffer. Together they
provided the framework for Lindauer’s claim that she was a U.S. intelligence
asset and "lay" testimony that she did not impress either witness
as having any type of mental or emotional problem.
The prosecution presented no lay witnesses.
After the hearing was over, Lindauer spoke to the press. She said, "I’ve
been left out to dry" by those in the government who employed her services
as an intelligence asset. She described efforts that she made to develop a major
contact in Iraq to help with U.S. antiterrorism efforts.
Lindauer’s next competency hearing is scheduled for July 7, 2008 before Judge
Previous"Scoop" coverage of the Susan Lindauer case:
Cassandra: Susan Lindauer’s Story by Michael Collins 17 October 2007
Political Prisoner Gets her Day in Court by Michael Collins June 11, 2008
Exclusive Interview with Bush Political Prisoner Susan Lindauer by Michael Collins