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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-24-08 05:50 PM
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James Norman was senior editor at Forbes magazine in 1990. Prior to that he'd put in almost 20 years writing for newspapers, and then BUSINESS WEEK magazine. He was fired after his Vince Foster
article he prepared for "Forbes", which was spiked, finally appeared in "Media Bypass". Norman attributes the spiking of his Forbes article to Reagan administration defense secretary, Caspar Weinberger, who is Forbes' publisher emeritus and possibly privy to several intelligence operations that the Foster case threatens to unveil. Keep in mind also that Steve Forbes is a co-signer of the PNAC Statement of Principles - in other words, he has signed onto the neocon agenda.


According to a heavily-redacted New Mexico FBI counterintelligence report, Maxwell was apparently allowed to sell two copies of PROMIS back to the U.S. weapons labs at Sandia and Los Alamos, for what Inslaw claims was a hugely inflated price of $87 million. That would have allowed Pollard, if he was using the rigged program, to obtain U.S. missile targeting data long before Israel had its own satellite capability, thus making it a real nuclear threat to the Soviet Union. Pollard was convicted of espionage and sentenced in 1986 to life imprisonment. U.S. officials have vehemently opposed efforts to gain his early release.


Many of the intelligence sources who provided information for this story insist that Boston Systematics and the Arkansas company are, in fact, related in some way. And based on his own source in the Justice Department, Inslaw's founder William A. Hamilton says he believes Boston Systematics was also closely linked with both Maxwell and Rafi Bitan, the former head of Israel's anti-terrorism effort. Hamilton says Bitan, using a false name, showed up at Inslaw's Washington, DC office one day in 1983 for a private demonstration of PROMIS.

Another curious company is Arkansas Systems, founded in 1974 by Systematics employee and formerly U.S. Army "analyst" John Chamberlain, located just down the road from Systematics. Arkansas Systems specializes in computer systems for foreign wire transfer centers and central banks. Among its clients: Russia and China, according to Arkansas Systems president James K. Hendren, a physicist formerly involved with the Safeguard anti-missile system. Arkansas Systems was one of the first com-panies to receive funding from the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA), an agency created by Bill Clinton that is now coming under Congressional scrutiny.


The answer seems painfully clear; a cover-up of immense proportions for reasons of "national security". And don't expect Whitewater prober Kenneth Starr to spill any beans. He was in-house counsel to Reagan Attorney General William French Smith at the time the Inslaw PROMIS software was expropriated for intelligence use. Later, as Solicitor General, he recused himself from an Inslaw-related matter without explanation. It seems likely Starr would have been personally involved in launching the covert bank spy effort, which Washington is still so nervous to keep secret.

William A. Hamilton is a former NSA expert, inventor of PROMIS software, and president of INSLAW. Recently, he has also written about the "FBIs Incapacitating Cover-up" related to PROMIS software.

Hamilton writes: /


The cover-up also prompted the FBI to pull its punches when the FBIs Albuquerque office conducted an investigation into a PROMIS sale in New Mexico during the summer of 1984, the same year the Intelligence Division at FBI Headquarters created the first Bureau-wide case management system using a stolen copy of PROMIS. Employees of New Mexicos Sandia National Laboratory, one of the two main U.S. intelligence centers on nuclear warfare, complained to FBI Albuquerque that the foreign national who made the PROMIS sale was simultaneously doing business with the Soviet Union. The Intelligence Division supervised all FBI counterintelligence investigations. FBI Albuquerque abruptly terminated its investigation without reversing the illegal PROMIS sale, and advised the Sandia witnesses that they could appeal the decision to FBI Headquarters if they wished.


This software later made its way on the Russian black market to al Qaeda, which used it both to find out what the United States knew about al Qaedas plans, by accessing U.S. Government intelligence systems, and to move its funds through the banking system.


In reality, the FBI never stopped using PROMIS. The FBI used its ACS software development project in 1995 and 1996 to disguise the PROMIS origins of FOIMS, the FBIs primary information management system, by converting (translating) the PROMIS-derivative FOIMS from the COBOL computer programming language in which INSLAW had written it, to the NATURAL language made by Software AG. The FBI also later changed the name from FOIMS to ACS. The following excerpt from a May 1996 email message from Software AG in Reston, Virginia to its parent company in Germany is about the conversion of the PROMIS-derivative FOIMS:


The U.S. Justice Department arranged for Eitan to visit INSLAW in early 1983, disguised as a visiting Israeli prosecutor, for a demonstration and briefing on PROMIS. Eitan hired Robert Maxwell, the British publisher, to sell PROMIS overseas, and Maxwell sold over $500 million worth of PROMIS. The CIA also directly arranged the sale of another $30-40 million of PROMIS overseas. PROMIS was a very successful computer-based intelligence initiative. PROMIS was also used by U.S. intelligence in banks, and to track information within such agencies as FBI, CIA, and DEA. Israel eventually exploited PROMIS databases of the U.S. Government in its espionage against the United States.

Much more at the link.

See also Indira Singh's testimony regarding PTECH and its PROMIS origins.

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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 06:50 PM
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1. Just Fuckin wow.
Edited on Sat Jan-26-08 06:51 PM by DiktatrW

Too late to R, R any damn way.
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