Will DOJ Look into the First Death of a U.S. 9/11 Researcher?
By Sander Hicks
October 14, 2007
From 9/24 to 10/1/07 I traveled throughout Louisiana and Texas, with reporter Jordan Green, investigating the death of 9/11 researcher Dr. David Graham.
Our suspicions were validated: there’s a huge story here. It’s almost overwhelming. The best way to summarize is to publish my complaint filed last week with the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General.
If you support an investigation into the death of Dr. Graham, please say so, in the comments section, at the end. (Please send me your email, too, I may be doing some sort of activism around this. Mine is sander [at] voxpopnet.net)
Readers: Please take action to support an investigation into Dr. Graham’s death, as suggested by the author.
October 11th, 2007
Office of the Inspector General
Department of Justice
1425 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
I am writing to request a special investigation into possible FBI corruption inside the Shreveport, LA. office. I have been researching the strange death of Dr. David M. Graham since I was passed his unpublished manuscript, last spring. This case is of the utmost importance, and is about to receive serious media attention.
A week ago, I returned from a fact-finding mission in Shreveport, New Orleans and Houston. Alongside reporter Jordan Green, I met many of Dr. Graham’s surviving friends and coworkers. Every one of them indicated that Dr. Graham’s death deserves a deeper investigation. No one believes that Dr. Graham was unstable, or suicidal. The only party to allege that Dr. Graham could have taken his own life is the Shreveport FBI. I personally did a face-to-face interview with FBI Special Agent Stephen Hayes, when I stumbled into him at his office in Shreveport. The tone and content of his comments were indicative. He was hostile, and belittling. The interview ended when he “called security” on me and Mr. Green, (who was there reporting for Yes! Weekly, Greensboro, N.C.)
Dr. Graham met two 9/11 terrorists, ten months before 9/11, in his native Shreveport. He was a medical associate of Dr. Mohammed Habeeb Ahmed (now a resident of San Jose, CA, we believe) and an associate of current federal fugitive Mohammed Jamal Khan (now residing in his native Pakistan, we believe). Dr. Graham was meticulous about these meetings. He wrote a book he tried to publish (“The 9/11 Graham Report”) and even created a set of four video tapes in which he clandestinely recorded Khan and Ahmed in his office in 2002 and 2003, discussing the year 2000 meetings with 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Fayez Banihammad. In his book, Graham discusses cardboard boxes in Khan’s apartment that indicated that Khan was supplying documents or supplies to Khalid al-Mihdhar, who with al-Hazmi, was later identified to be one of the “ringleaders” of 9/11. Khan also had boxes bearing the names Nawaf al-Hazmi and Fayez Banihammad.
Khan’s connection to the 9/11 terrorists is beyond dispute. Not only does he corroborate these meetings and these connections, himself, in person, on video tape, but in Khan’s signed plea agreement dated April 19, 2002, in US District Court, Western District of Louisiana, (criminal # 02-50014-01) there is language that makes reference to the allegation that Khan may be prosecuted for the crimes related of 9/11:
“In no case does the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas agree that there will be no prosecution of the defendant for any crimes concerning the hijacking of any airline or attack on any building or deaths that occurred on or about September 11, 2001. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana is simply not aware of the involvement of the defendant in these crimes at this time.”
Dr. David M. Graham was a gifted, brave, and rare American. This country was robbed of an asset when we lost him to mysterious circumstances. His death has never been investigated. His family is numbly living in a haze of fear, worried that asking for an investigation will result in reprisals.
Graham was an independent radio journalist who stood up to local political corruption. He was a Vietnam veteran who volunteered for medical missions in a combat zone. He was an evangelical Christian who clothed the poor, and a Shreveport dentist who pioneered advanced, healthy techniques. Dr. David M. Graham was likely poisoned, from propylene glycol, on May 29, 2004, between 11 AM and 1 PM, somewhere between Lake Conroe, Texas and Diboll, Texas. Two close friends, Richard Wilkes, and LeeAnn Scruggs, asked him, at separate times, during his painful 27 months of death-bed organ failure and paralysis, “Who did this to you?” Both times, he indicated it may have been the FBI.
Back in November 2000, when Graham suspected Mohammad Jamal Khan and friends of plotting against the local Barksdale Air Force Base, he notified the FBI. The FBI allegedly responded by passing along a death threat they allegedly received against “who ever ratted out Jamal Khan.” According to Graham’s eulogist, John Milkovich, Esq. of the Shreveport Community Church, the Shreveport FBI asked Dr. Graham about his “health” in a menacing tone, as if to indicate that his health may be soon in danger. Graham had been life-long friends with oil industry insider (and friend of President George Herbert Walker Bush) Vernon Moore. In our interview with Mr. Moore in New Orleans, last week, Moore said the FBI strongly urged Dr. Graham not to publish his book “The 9/11 Graham Report.” But Graham forged ahead. Shortly thereafter, he was poisoned. Moore told us: “For some reason the US government was covering for them people…. I couldn’t believe they come down on him like they did.”
Shreveport, Louisiana is roiled with a culture of political corruption. A major scandal unfolded recently upon the death of Caddo Parish Coroner Dr. George McCormick, who, it turns out, faked so many autopsies, several district attorneys and judges may be soon facing perjury charges for turning a blind eye.
The Shreveport FBI office is currently experiencing a high rate of turnover. I recently learned that FBI Shreveport Special Agent in Charge Mike Kinder is transferring out of Shreveport. Agent Ray Spoon, a key player in the Graham case, took early retirement from FBI four months ago. In my interview with Agent Stephen Hayes, he often glared angrily. Former Special Agent Ray Spoon told the local media that Graham had not met with the FBI before 9/11. But Hayes admitted to us that yes, he had met with Dr. Graham before 9/11.
During my trip to Shreveport and environs, I shot five hours of raw footage of sources close to Dr. Graham: the Rev. Richard Wilkes and his wife Tanya, Deacon John Milkovich, Pastor Denny Duron, dental hygienist LeeAnn Scruggs, investment advisor Mike Sledge, and others. We met with the sheriff in Angelina County, Texas, where Graham was taken to ER after a seizure in Diboll. But neither Diboll, nor the Angelina County Sheriff’s office, nor the EMTs have any 9-1-1 call records. That’s strange, especially because we learned a security guard had been posted to Graham’s room, even before a close friend indicated that Graham’s body should be checked for foul play.
Gordon Klausman and Ronald K. Smith in Willis, Texas, were the last to see Dr. Graham alive and well. When Gordon Klausman went to do an interview with the Houston FBI, he noted they weren’t curious about the circumstances of Graham’s poisoning. They were interested more in what Graham had been researching, the 9/11 hijackers.
According to DC authors Joe and Susan Trento’s 2006 book, Unsafe at Any Altitude, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, two of the terrorists that Graham was trying to expose, were Saudi spies, agents of the General Intelligence Directorate of the Saudi Royal Kingdom. This is a clearer confirmation of information suggested earlier by Senator Bob Graham’s 2004 book, Intelligence Matters in which Senator Graham exposes these same terrorists’ Saudi handlers in San Diego. Senator Graham documents the FBI’s protection of these spies.
As I discussed with an inspector at your office in late September, I realize that the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility has initial oversight on allegations of FBI corruption. However, because of the gravity of this case, this inspector at Justice indicated I should submit a report directly to the Office of the Inspector General. I have closely followed and reported on the case of FBI mafia mole Lynn DeVecchio, who was exonerated by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility before being indicted on four counts of murder by Brooklyn’s DA, Charles Hynes, last year.
I can’t say who ordered the hit on Graham. Suspects could include operations deep inside the US military or intelligence networks. Powerful Saudi interests could have acted in concert with those parties. Saudis were protected even by the US Congress, when 27 pages of the Joint Inquiry were blacked out in order not to embarrass them. Senator Bob Graham’s book begins to finally shed some light on that 27-page redaction.
No matter who ordered the hit on Dr. Graham, it was managed by the FBI, in a number of ways. They were out front right away, suggesting to the media and the hospital doctors that Graham had been suicidal. This media report enraged the surviving friends and family, when it came out on KTBS, Channel 3, Shreveport:
“Houston police referred questions to the FBI office in Houston, which did not return calls for comment. Federal authorities in Shreveport said they are not involved and don’t know if there is anything sinister to Graham’s illness or if it was suicide attempt or was connected to Graham’s personal or business life.”
Graham was in good spirits, on the way to his pastor’s daughter’s wedding on May 29, 2004. Graham did suspect his life might have been in danger at this time, and took steps to protect himself. According to sources close to the deceased, the FBI told Dr. Graham’s doctors in Lufkin and Houston that he was “crazy” and “suicidal.” This act reduced the level of medical care Graham received at crucial moments in the ER, in Lufkin and Houston.
In sum, Graham’s ongoing relationship with the Shreveport FBI, from November 2000 until his poisoning in 2004, should have given him special protection as a supplier of information about the 9/11 terrorists in Shreveport, before and after 9/11.
Instead, Graham died a mysterious death that was never investigated. Shreveport FBI were extremely hostile when I asked them why. Agent Stephen Hayes indicated that Mohammed Jamal Khan Khan may have in fact been the FBI’s informant.
The Shreveport FBI appears to have protected foreign spies and 9/11 terrorists from a tenacious citizen researcher. An investigation of the Shreveport FBI could begin to expose who ordered Graham’s death. We must reassert the rule of law in America.
Graham’s death corroborates other publicly available evidence that these same key 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf Al-Hazmi, and Khalid Al-Mihdhar, enjoyed protection from entities inside the US military/intelligence network, while in the US before 9/11. It’s difficult to believe, but 9/11 may have been a kind of cattle prod to shock public opinion into supporting two wars of foreign aggression. We now know those wars were based on lies.
Here’s a timeline that shows a basis for this assertion:
January 2000: The CIA photographs and tracks 9/11 hijacker ringleaders, Nawaf Al-Hazmi, and Khalid Al-Mihdhar, at the Malaysian terrorism summit, in Kuala Lumpur. For some reason, the CIA does not to put them on the terrorist watch list. As a result, these terrorists, one of whom had helped bomb the USS Cole, are free to travel in and out of the USA, until 9/11. source
September 2000: According to Michael Isikoff at Newsweek, both Al Hazmi and Al Mihdhar lived with an FBI informant in San Diego, in early Fall, 2000, before heading to Shreveport. An interview I did in San Diego last July revealed the FBI’s handler’s name was Abdussattar Shaikh, a shady character with bogus academic credentials. Source, here. Bush White House friend Saudi Princess Haifa was later “investigated” by the FBI for wiring the San Diego terrorist handlers Princess between $51,000 and $73,000 at this time.
August, 2001: The CIA deports a Mossad operation out of south Florida in late August, 2001, when Israeli intelligence gets close to busting key 9/11 terrorists, including Mohamed Atta. Mossad publishes a list of potential terrorists, in order to embarrass CIA. Only then, 18 months after the Malaysian summit, does CIA put Nawaf Al-Hazmi, and Khalid Al-Mihdhar on the terrorism watch list. (source: German press clips by my associate, Nicholas Levis.
February 2006: Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s 48 pages of Congressional testimony in the Able Danger hearings on Capitol Hill reveals that one of his superiors at Pentagon protected the identity of Mohamed Atta, Nawaf Al-Hazmi, and Khalid Al-Mihdhar, from Schaffer and his elite Defense Intelligence operation “Able Danger”, in February, 2000. See pp. 22-23, of Schaffer’s testimony to House Armed Services Committee, US Congress.
Thank you in advance for looking into this case.
Sander Hicks CEO Drench Kiss Media Corporation, d.b.a. “Vox Pop” 1022 Cortelyou Road Brooklyn, NY 11218 718 940 2084 (w.) sander [at] voxpopnet.net
Other Materials Available Upon Request: Final Version, “The 9/11 Graham Report” by David M. Graham. My book, The Big Wedding: 9/11, the Whistle-Blowers, and the Cover-Up Raw transcripts and notes from my interviews, and Jordan Green’s interviews, from our work on this case. Five fours of video footage I shot during the recent trip. Four hours of video footage Dr. Graham created to document his meetings with terrorists and their accomplices.
CC: Thomas J. Harris, Inspector, 70th Precinct, NYPD, Brooklyn, NY Kent Henson, Sheriff, Angelina County, Texas Michael Isikoff, Newsweek Jonathan Larsen, Producer, Countdown with Keith Olbermann Robert Woliver, Editor-in-Chief, Long Island Press
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