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NY Times confirms US involvement in Nuclear Black Market

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by Luke Ryland
September 5, 2008

In last Monday’s New York Times, David Sanger and William Broad wrote
a front-page article
about the CIA’s involvement in the nuclear black market.

The article demonstrates (again) that the New York Times, Sanger &
Broad in particular, has simply become a mouthpiece for the government (see
my previous articles 1,
but they did let one fact slip through to the readership. I can only presume
that the slip was accidental, because they don’t appear to have understood the
ramifications of what they reported:

The US Government is covering up the fact that US citizens and entities are
involved in the nuclear black market.


Three members of the Tinner family in Switzerland were key suppliers to AQ
Khan’s nuclear black market ring. They were arrested in 2004 and have been awaiting
trial but the US government has been trying to sabotage the Swiss trial because
“compromising and embarrassing information about the CIA’s activities with the
Khan network” would be exposed if the trial were to proceed.

High-Level Visit

The New York Times reported that in July 2007, the Swiss Justice
Minister came to the US to discuss the case with high-level US officials, apparently
to find a mutually-acceptable arrangement regarding how to deal with the Tinner

According to an anonymous former Bush administration official:

“The State Department wanted the bomb plans destroyed as a way to stem nuclear proliferation, while the C.I.A. wanted to protect its methods for combating illicit nuclear trade.”

Whether those two things are true or not I don’t know – but the NY Times
also notes, without elaboration, that the Swiss Justice Minister met with former
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller (and Mike
McConnell, the director of national intelligence).

Domestic US Involvement

The US Dept of Justice and FBI have exclusively domestic jurisdiction.
Why would the Swiss Justice Minister meet with Mueller and Gonzales regarding
the planned destruction of evidence in a Swiss case involving the nuclear black
market? The only logical explanation is that the case also involves US persons
and US entities who have yet to be named and indicted. I presume that Gonzales
and Mueller desperately argued that the Swiss needed to derail the Tinners’
trial by destroying all the evidence because the FBI had an ‘ongoing investigation’
which would otherwise be exposed. What else could they have argued? Of course,
there is no ‘ongoing investigation, and there will not be any forthcoming indictments.

The AQ Khan network was officially exposed in 2003. Now we have proof that the
Bush administration is well aware of the involvement of US persons and entities,
and is apparently refusing to bring indictments against these people.

Sibel Edmonds Case

We know from the case of former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds that the FBI
has long been aware of nuclear black market activities within the US and has
failed to do anything about it, going to such extraordinary lengths to gag Sibel
using the State Secrets Privilege, and to illegally gag congress involving Sibel’s

We know that high-level US officials were directly involved in these activities.
We know that the Pentagon and State Department actively shut down the investigations
that Sibel was involved with, and they also actively facilitated the gagging
of Sibel.

We even know at least 3 of the US persons/groups that were actively involved
in the nuclear black market:

Marc Grossman

Former #3 at the State Dept, Marc Grossman, was heard on FBI wiretaps facilitating
the theft of nuclear secrets “from every
nuclear agency
in the United States.” Other participants in the ring include
officials from Pakistan, Turkey and Israel who were operating out of their respective
embassies. Once the ring stole these secrets they were sold to the highest bidders
on the nuclear black market.

Could it be that the US government was desperate to sabotage the Swiss case
because they were afraid that Grossman’s role in criminal activity would finally
be exposed?

American Turkish Council (ATC)

The ATC is a powerful Military-Industrial-Complex
lobby, home to some of the most pwerful people and companies in the US. It is
also the “nexus
of nuclear black market activity in the US.

We also know
that the CIA, via Valerie Plame’s cover company Brewster Jennings, was investigating
the ATC for its role in illegal nuclear proliferation.

Sibel Edmonds heard wiretaps of phone traffic between the Turkish embassy and
the American Turkish Council involving dealings in the nuclear black market.

Could it be that the US government was desperate to sabotage the Swiss case
because they were afraid that the ATC’s role in criminal activity would finally
be exposed?

Zeki Bilmen & Giza Technologies

Turkish businessman and US citizen, Zeki Bilmen, illegally supplied nuclear
hardware to Pakistan’s military program via Asher Karni, an Isaeli businessman
in South Africa. Karni was indicted,
but Bilmen was never charged, and his company, New Jersey-based Giza Technologies,
continues operating to this day, with shipments
to and from from proliferation hotspots
“like Dubai, Spain, South Africa,

Bilmen was also heard organizing the transfer of nuclear technology on wiretaps
translated by Sibel, meaning that his FBI file is at least seven years old.

Could it be that the US government was desperate to sabotage the Swiss case
because they were afraid that Zeki Bilmen’s role in criminal activity would
finally be exposed?


Former CIA official Phil

“Nothing deserves more attention than the possibility of ongoing national-security failures and the proliferation of nuclear weapons with the connivance of corrupt senior government officials.”

The involvement of domestic US agencies in the decision to destroy evidence
in the Tinner case in Switzerland proves that there is a domestic US component
to the nuclear black market. Five years after the public exposure of the AQ
Khan network, the US government still refuses to bring indictments against a
number of criminal US participants.

Why not?

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