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paulthompson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 05:09 AM
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Interesting article (re: Ptech and Indira Singh)
Here's an interesting new article:

I'm going to look into BMI and Ptech and this stuff some more. It seems like the FBI has been hiding something for a long time, and continue to hide it today. For instance, this is from an ABC News article, 12/20/02. Marzook was one of the major financers of BMI:

What the attorney general did not mention was that Marzook was in U.S. custody in 1997 and under criminal investigation then for much the same crimes cited today.

But according to Robert Wright, one of the FBI agents on the case at the time, FBI headquarters ordered a halt to the criminal investigation of Marzook in 1998, preferring instead to gather intelligence reports on his movements. "They wanted to shut down the criminal investigation," Wright told ABCNEWS. "They wanted to kill it."

Wright, still an active agent, made his comments in an interview scheduled for broadcast this week on PrimeTime Thursday.

"The supervisor who was there from headquarters was right straight across from me and started yelling at me: 'You will not open criminal investigations. I forbid any of you. You will not open criminal investigations against any of these intelligence subjects,'" Wright told ABCNEWS.

The federal prosecutor at the time, Mark Flessner, says he was building a case against Marzook and others when the FBI pulled the plug essentially letting Marzook go free.


Could it be that FBI headquarters didn't want Wright to investigate Marzook because that could lead to Ptech? Because it appears that's what eventually happened anyway, but only after 9/11:

It was a U.S. investigation into Marzook's financial activities in this country that led to Biheiri, BMI and Ptech, a Boston-based computer software firm raided by customs agents in December 2002, authorities said. They said Biheiri and Yasin Qadi, a key BMI investor, were the primary Ptech financiers.

This kind of thing keeps going up till today. The Treasury Department began a hard hitting post-9/11 financial investigation called Greenquest. The Ptech raid, ineffective as it was (as it only came after local media reports that spelled things out), was part of Greenquest:

The Ptech case turned into an ugly dispute last year when company whistleblowers told Greenquest agents about their own suspicions about the firms owners. Sources close to the case say those same whistleblowers had first approached FBI agents, but the bureau apparently did little or nothing in response. With backing from the National Security Council, Greenquest agents then mounted a full-scale investigation that culminated in a raid on the companys office last December. After getting wind of the Greenquest probe, the FBI stepped in and unsuccessfully tried to take control of the case.

The result, sources say, has been something of a train wreck. Privately, FBI officials say Greenquest agents botched the probe and jeopardized other more promising inquiries into Al-Qadi. Greenquest agents dismiss the charges and say the problem is that the bureau was slow to respond to legitimate allegations that an outside contractor with terrorist ties may have infiltrated government computers.,2933,72345,00.html


It fits perfectly that the FBI would do nothing, and the raid only happened when the whistleblowers turned to the Treasury Department people. The FBI/Justice Department took it over and basically shut it down in early 2003. I think they had to shut Greenquest down because it was too effective and learning too much.

Oh, and I should also mention that the final point in the article, about Kean's financial dealings, was something that I heard from a completely different source a year ago (a mainstream book author), who apparently also had gotten hold of the same report that Indira Singh did.

I think Singh may be correct that Ptech is some kind of US intelligence front and security backdoor. And through it we begin to see the connections between the Iran/Contra-type terrorists here in the US and the Muslim terrorists overseas.
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paulthompson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 05:41 AM
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1. My relevant timeline entries
I'm going to have to do some more research into this for sure, because if Robert Wright is correct, the US was training Hamas suicide bombers in the Midwest before 9/11! Note that Indira Singh is not some kook but was actually a key whistleblower in getting a raid into Ptech to happen at all.

October 1998: Chicago FBI Investigation of Terrorist Cell Thwarted
FBI agents Robert Wright and John Vincent, tracking a terrorist cell in Chicago, are told to simply follow suspects around town and file reports. The two agents believe some of the money used to finance the 1998 U.S. embassy bombing in Africa leads back to Chicago and Saudi multimillionaire businessman Yassin al-Qadi. Supervisors try, but temporarily fail, to halt the investigation into al-Qadis possible terrorist connections. However, at this time, a supervisor prohibits Wright and Vincent from making any arrests connected to the bombings, or opening new criminal investigations. Even though they believe their case is growing stronger, in January 2001, Wright is told that the Chicago case is being closed and that its just better to let sleeping dogs lie. Wright tells ABC: Those dogs werent sleeping, they were training, they were getting ready. . . . September the 11th is a direct result of the incompetence of the FBIs International Terrorism Unit. . . . Absolutely no doubt about that. Chicago federal prosecutor Mark Flessner, also working on the case, says there were powers bigger than I was in the Justice Department and within the FBI that simply were not going to let (the building of a criminal case) happen. Wright will write an internal FBI memo harshly criticizing their decisions regarding the case in June 2001. Al-Qadi is named in a March 2000 affidavit as a source of terrorist funds in Chicago. (ABC NEWS, 11/26/02; ABC NEWS, 12/19/02; ABC NEWS, 12/19/02 (B)) He is also on secret U.S. and UN lists of major al-Qaeda financiers. His charity, the Muwafaq Foundation, is allegedly an al-Qaeda front that transferred $820,000 to the Palestinian group Hamas through a Muslim foundation called the Quranic Literacy Institute. (The date of the transfer has not been released.) (CNN, 10/15/01 (B)) Al-Qadi says he shut down Muwafaq in 1996, but the charity has received money from the United Nations since then. (BBC, 10/20/01; CNN, 10/15/01 (B))

May 30, 2002: Agent Claims FBI Obstructed Efforts to Stop Terrorist Money Flows
FBI Agent Robert Wright announces he is suing the FBI over a publishing ban. He has written a book but the FBI will not allow him to show it to anyone. He delivers a tearful press conference at the National Press Club describing his lawsuit against the FBI for deliberately curtailing investigations that might have prevented the 9/11 attacks. Unfortunately he has been ordered to not reveal specifics publicly. (FOX NEWS, 5/30/02) Wright claims the FBI shut down his 1998 criminal probe into alleged terrorist-training camps in Chicago and Kansas City. He uses the words prevented, thwarted, obstructed, threatened, intimidated, and retaliation to describe the actions of his superiors in blocking his attempts to shut off money flows to al-Qaeda, Hamas, and other terrorist groups. He also alleges that for years the U.S. was training Hamas terrorists to make car bombs to use against Israel, one of the U.S.s closest allies. (LA WEEKLY, 8/2/02 LA WEEKLY, 8/2/02 (B)) Wrights book still has not been released.

August 9, 2002: FBI Ended Investigation into Training Camps for Terrorists
FBI agent Robert Wright is a whistleblower who claims the FBI shut down a criminal investigation into the operation of terror-training camps in Chicago and Kansas City, years before the 9/11 attacks. It is reported that Wright submitted a complaint to the Inspector Generals Office of the Justice Department, which probes agency wrongdoing and mistakes. Amazingly, he was turned away, and told to take his cause to Congress. The Inspector Generals Office claims it does not have the resources to conduct an investigation of this anticipated size and scope. Yet theyve conducted similar investigations in the past, including a full-blown investigation into the FBIs alleged mishandling of evidence in the probe of Timothy McVeigh, the convicted Oklahoma City bomber. (LA WEEKLY, 8/9/02)

December 5, 2002: Software Company with Access to Government Secrets May Have al-Qaeda Ties
Federal agents search the offices of Ptech, Inc., a computer software company in Quincy, Massachusetts, looking for evidence of links to bin Laden. A senior Ptech official confirms that Yassin al-Qadi, one of 12 Saudi businessmen on a secret CIA list suspected of funneling millions of dollars to al-Qaeda, was an investor in the company, beginning in 1994. (NEWSWEEK, 12/6/02; WBZ4, 12/9/02) Some of Ptechs customers include the White House, Congress, Army, Navy, Air Force, NATO, FAA, FBI, and the IRS. (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/7/02) A former FBI counterterrorism official states, For someone like (al-Qadi) to be involved in a capacity, in an organization, a company that has access to classified information, that has access to government open or classified computer systems, would be of grave concern. Yacub Mirzaa senior official of major radical Islamic organizations that have been linked by the U.S. government to terrorismhas recently been on Ptechs board of directors. Hussein Ibrahim, the Vice President and Chief Scientist of Ptech, was vice chairman of a now defunct investment group called BMI. An FBI affidavit names BMI as a conduit to launder money from al-Qadi to Hamas terrorists. (WBZ4, 12/9/02) The search into Ptech is part of Operation Green Quest, which has served 114 search warrants in the past 14 months involving suspected terrorist financing. Fifty arrests have been made and $27.4 million seized. (FORBES, 12/6/02) Al-Qadis assets were frozen by the FBI in October 2001. (ARAB NEWS, 9/26/02) That same month, a number of Ptech employees told the Boston FBI that Ptech was financially backed by al-Qadi, but the FBI did little more than take their statements. A high level government source claims the FBI did not convey the information to a treasury department investigation of al-Qadi, and none of the government agencies using Ptech software were warned. Whistleblower Indira Singh spoke with the FBI in June 2002 and was shocked and frustrated when she learned the agency had done nothing. (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/7/02; WBZ4, 12/9/02) Beginning in mid-June 2002, WBZ-TV Boston had prepared an lengthy investigative report on Ptech, but withheld it for more than three months after receiving calls from federal law enforcement agencies, some at the highest levels. The station claims the government launched its Ptech probe in August 2002, after they got wind of our investigation and asked us to hold the story so they could come out and do their raid and look like theyre ahead of the game. (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/7/02 (B), WBZ4, 12/9/02)

As an aside, I remember watching the MacNeil/Lehrer Report a year or two ago, and they had a panel of Middle East experts talking about some recent violence in Israel. To my utter shock, someone mentioned that Hamas was actually started by the Mossad in an effort to split the Palestinian movement, and all the experts agreed. That kind of logic may have something to do with the US training Hamas suicide bombers.
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paulthompson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-14-05 03:10 AM
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2. bump
It seems people have overlooked this thread, which is a shame, because this is really important stuff.
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Last Lemming Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 02:37 AM
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7. Now the US is talking about
Hamas as a potential legit political player-partner--is this connected back to here?
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spooked911 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-14-05 08:16 AM
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3. There is clearly a cover-up going on about Ptech. On the face of it, the
Ptech connection should be incredibly important for how the terrorists managed to thwart US air defenses on 9/11, as well as infiltrate other aspects of US security -- but the FBI and other government investigators just won't touch the Ptech case.

Why? Because Ptech must be some sort of CIA-front that is off limits. Just like how neither the FBI nor the 9/11 commission will investigate Huffman aviation/Rudi Dekkers/Wally Hilliard too deeply and the CIA connections there.

The whole thing stinks to high heaven.

Dammit. This is an outrage how these connections are being covered up.
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lockdown Donating Member (576 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-05 10:12 PM
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4. Security backdoor
I agree, Ptech being a US intel front makes sense... certainly more sense than the alternative, that this small company with dubious backing could get their code used in systems run by the FAA, USAF, FBI etc. without such backing.

On backdoors and the like, it's worth noting that Ptech had a partnership with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and, at least according to Wayne Madsen, the latter were also involved in developing Magic Lantern.

Booz Allen & Hamilton has helped develop a system code-named Magic Lantern, which permits a virus containing a key logging program to be secretly transmitted to a recipient. After installing itself on the target's computer, any time the target types in a password to decrypt a message, that same password is immediately picked up by Magic Lantern and transmitted to the FBI. Essentially, the FBI has a virtual master key to break any encryption program used by a surveillance target.
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Dancing_Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-05 11:41 PM
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5. Yes, that's a good Michael Kane article.
Some of us have been disappointed by Michael Kane, because he thinks the majority of people are to stupid to understand physical evidence issues, so he de-emphasizes such issues to the point of ignoring and misuderstanding them. Well, plenty of folks appreciate CSI, where the plots usually turn on physical evidence issues.

So Kane researches stuff like this instead of researching how the WTC was set up to be demolished...and sometimes he does turn up some interesting stuff. But the 9/11 cover-up will crack in New York on the WTC demolition issue if it cracks at all. That must be the turning point for us all.
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nomatrix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 01:47 AM
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6. Falls Church, VA and 9/11

This is one of those "coincidence theories" that hasn't been debunked. Ever. That's why there's no activity on this thread, Paul.
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Al-CIAda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 03:25 PM
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8. PTEC access to the FAAs entire computer system for two years before-
A software company called Ptech, founded by a Saudi financier placed on Americas Terrorist List in October 2001, had access to the FAAs entire computer system for two years before the 9/11 attack.

Indira Singh
P-Tech - Saudi cover-up

by Daniel Hopsicker
February 5 2004-- Venice, Florida.
Last week, when the National 9/11 Commission held hearings on The Aviation Security System and the 9/11 Attack, government and aviation officials described a system unprepared for the events that unfolded on September 11. None of them, however, mentioned security breaches involving Saudi terrorists in the basement of the FAA.

Yet that's what happened, according to a high-level risk analyst who had troubling dealings with the firm.

"Ptech had a couple of very troubling client relationships," states risk architect and whistleblower Indira Singh, "one of which was with the FAA. One of the 'persons of interest' in the investigation had a team in the basement of the FAA for two years."

The following report links the Saudi Royal family (linked to the fascist Muslim Brotherhood Secret Society), to the Bush Administration, to a Christian Cult in the U.S. known as "The Family" (which is also linked to Bush & Cheney) to Nazis and Neo-Nazis.

These are the people who pulled off 9/11. The following piece is 6,000 words with 2,000 additional words in footnotes. Well worth the read:

PTECH, 9/11, and USA-SAUDI TERROR - Part I
PROMIS Connections to Cheney Control of
9/11 Attacks Confirmed
by Jamey Hecht

With research assistance by Michael Kane
and editorial comment by Michael C. Ruppert

FTW: You said at the 9/11 Citizens' Commission hearings, you mentioned - it's on page 139 of transcript - that Ptech was with Mitre Corporation in the basement of the FAA for 2 years prior to 9/11 and their specific job was to look at interoperability issues the FAA had with NORAD and the Air Force, in case of an emergency.

Indira Singh: Yes, I have a good diagram for that.

FTW: And that relationship had been going on mediated by Ptech for 2 years prior to 9/11. You elsewhere say that the Secret Service is among the government entities that had a contract with Ptech. Mike Ruppert's thesis in Crossing the Rubicon, as you know, is that the software that was running information between FAA & NORAD was superseded by a parallel, subsuming, version of itself that was being run by the Secret Service on state of the art parallel equipment in the PEOC with a nucleus of Secret Service personnel around Cheney. In your view, might it have been the case that Cheney was using Ptech to surveil the function of the people in FAA & NORAD who wanted to do their jobs on 9/11, and then intervene to turn off the legitimate response?

Indira Singh: Is it possible from a software point of view? Absolutely it's possible. Did he (Cheney) have such a capability? I don't know. But that's the ideal risk scenario - to have an overarching view of what's going on in data. That's exactly what I wanted for JP Morgan. You know what's ironic about this - I wanted to take my operational risk blueprint which is for an operational event going wrong and I wanted to make it generic for extreme event risk to surveil across intelligence networks. What you're describing is something that I said, 'boy if we had this in place maybe 9/11 wouldn't have happened.' When I was going down to DARPA and getting these guys excited about creating an extreme event risk blueprint to do this, I'm thinking of doing exactly what you're saying Cheney might have already had!
I believe that Dick Cheney also had the ability using evolutions of the PROMIS software, to penetrate and override any other radar computer or communications system in the government.

Full story-


Audio from the NYC "9/11 Omissions Hearings"

PART I- Vital Questions NOT ANSWERED, Comission comprimised, 'Failure' rewarded



PART IV-PTEC Stock Monitoring and Terrorism Financing (JP MORGAN & CHASE)

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