by Jerry Alatalo
“To robbery, slaughter, plunder they give the lying name of empire; they make a desert and call it peace.”
– CORNELIUS TACITUS (c. 55-117 A.D.) Roman historian
Making an effort here to support Scott Bennett by publishing his video, where he explains to a member of United States Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin’s staff – Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee – a scandal Mr. Bennett describes as “bigger than Watergate and Iran-Contra combined.” Why? Because it has become clear that Scott Bennett is speaking vital truth, the scandal is more significant than nearly all others in United States history, people in America and around the world must have this information, and exposing this scandal is an extremely urgent matter of life and death.
That Mr. Bennett is making direct contact with United States Senators and strongly suggesting that he, Mr. Bennett, testify under oath before their committee(s) is proof positive he’s speaking the truth. Besides Senator Johnson of Wisconsin, Scott Bennett has contacted the offices of Wisconsin’s other Senator Tammy Baldwin, Kentucky’s Senator Rand Paul, Senator Kelly Ayotte of Maine, Senator John McCain of Arizona, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, and others. Who in their right mind would go to such lengths if they were not speaking the truth; who would ask to commit perjury before Congress and suffer disgrace for the rest of one’s life? One only has to listen to Mr. Bennett when he speaks to become aware the man is a legitimate whistleblower whose stunning information could, and probably will, destroy political careers – if ignored by the elected representatives he has contacted.
The cliché “truth is stranger than fiction” most certainly applies in this instance. The world’s most highly acclaimed writers of political thrillers would be hard pressed to create anything like this true story of scandal. During Scott Bennett’s recorded and videotaped communications with America’s most powerful politicians, he talks about the urgent need for extreme confidentiality out of concern for the personal safety of anyone involved. He conveys to people he’s talking to on the phone the possibility that he could become assassinated, and for that reason the information he is sharing cannot, and must not, be ignored. Recording and videotaping the communications are for Mr. Bennett essentially a form of self-protection, defense from legal harm, and increasing his public exposure to prevent potential violent retribution.
Mr. Bennett worked for the giant government intelligence contractor Booz, Allen Hamilton – the same corporation where Edward Snowden worked before releasing documents on government spying that caused a worldwide debate. Bennett’s work was as a counter-terrorism financing threat analyst, who, like other whistleblowers such as Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Daniel Ellsberg and others, reported on irregular, suspicious activities he’d discovered up his chain of command. What happened to Scott Bennett, according to his statements, was that he came too close to the truth of terrorist financing, was soon fired by Booz, Allen, Hamilton, and became framed by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice for a minor mistake in filling out a housing form – then placed in a Pennsylvania prison, effectively silenced.
In a surreal twist which the mentioned writers of political thrillers might not possibly conceive, in the Pennsylvania prison he met Brad Birkenfeld, a banker at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) who traveled secretly to America to present the Justice Department with UBS accounts showing Saudi Arabia and Gulf monarchies’ financing of al Qaeda and ISIS terrorists. Attorney General Eric Holder practiced law at Covington&Burling before joining the Obama Administration, and one of the firm’s clients was UBS. Assistant Attorney General-Chief of the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer practiced law at Covington&Burling before joining the Justice Department under Mr. Holder, and left the Justice Department – returning to Covington&Burling. Scott Bennett says he shared over 20,000 UBS bank account records provided by Mr. Birkenfeld, compiled a report, then sent the information to over 150 elected representatives in the US Senate and House of Representatives and top military officials in late September of 2012. Nothing happened.
Mr. Bennett states that none of the politicians to whom he’d sent the scandalous information responded, except for one – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and for unknown reasons neither he or any of the over 150 politicians has demanded Congressional hearings/investigation to get to the truth of the matter. Brad Birkenfeld’s legal counsel included attorney Jesselyn Radack, who represented Edward Snowden, and he (Birkenfeld)eventually received an IRS whistleblower reward of over $100 million on September 11, 2012, the day of the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The following video was published by Democracy Now on September 12, 2012; Brad Birkenfeld became restricted legally from giving interviews so one of his attorneys speaks for him, and Birkenfeld has apparently not spoken in public since. It is conjecture, but it might be the case that Mr. Birkenfeld signed a “gag order” contract, where he agreed to provisions of permanent silence on his knowledge of UBS accounts and terrorist funding as a condition for receipt of the $100 million.
Scott Bennett believes Mr. Birkenfeld received the $100 million reward to silence him, and, since the man hasn’t given any interviews from September 11, 2012 until today, it’s hard to argue with Mr. Bennett’s assertion. This begs the question: what happened to, and where is, Brad Birkenfeld? Add to this line of events worthy of a political thriller that Mr. Bennett became confined in the same correctional facility in Pennsylvania as Brad Birkenfeld (why were these men put together?) – a “miraculous” type of event in Bennett’s eyes, because their meeting led to Bennett’s awareness of Swiss bank UBS terror-financing accounts. Add a possible connection to favored Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as UBS has contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation – and that is only half of Scott Bennett’s story. There is much more.
The Congress of the United States has the sworn duty and responsibility to investigate this issue and find the truth. If in doing so many high-ranking political, military and intelligence officials become prosecuted for crimes, so be it. The lives of innocent men, women and children in the Middle East and beyond are hanging in the balance. Courageous, moral leaders must step forward and take right action.
More information available on Scott Bennett’s YouTube channel:
(Thank you to ArmyPsyop Scott at YouTube)