The story surrounding the bribery trial, conviction, sentencing and imprisonment of former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama is one which hasn’t received much attention from this writer, but after only minimal research the question “why hasn’t Obama pardoned him?” quickly came to mind. It’s a question right up there with why hasn’t Obama released the “28 Pages”?
This post has a 3-minute segment of a “60 Minutes” episode aired in early 2008 of Republican Attorney General Grant Woods of Arizona, a 10-minute video trailer of a documentary about Don Siegelman’s case “Killing Atticus Finch”, and a link for more information to the website free-don.org.
After television media had all called the governor’s race of 2007-8 for Siegelman on election night, it was past midnight when the numbers in one Alabama county mysteriously transformed from 6,000 Siegelman votes to votes for his GOP opponent, and Siegelman went from governor-elect and a second term to runner-up. It was after Siegelman’s call for a recount, and the GOP Attorney General of Alabama’s threat to prosecute anyone attempting to carry out a recount, that it became learned in the county where the 6,000 votes jumped to the GOP candidate no other votes for contested down-ticket offices jumped – only votes for governor.
Over 100 former Republican and Democrat attorneys general have called for Don Siegelman’s pardon and release from federal prison. Why Obama has yet to issue a pardon after Mr. Siegelman has spent so many years in prison is a mystery, especially with all the obvious “red flag” circumstances which placed him there.
In a recent interview with Thom Hartmann, Don Siegelman mentioned Obama’s Solicitor General told the U.S. Supreme Court that Americans “…don’t have the constitutional right to not become framed for crimes”. Many believe head legal counsel for George W. Bush – Karl Rove – was the person behind the successful effort to convict Siegelman for what one former federal judge perceived as a campaign contribution which didn’t benefit or enrich Siegelman by one dime.
Without digging into or researching any further into Don Siegelman’s story, at the very least Mr. Hartmann has accurately described it as “amazing”. The story also provides reinforcement of the idea that “truth is stranger than fiction”.
en and women loyal to the truth must at times wonder if lies, scandal, corruption, accumulation of wealth and power-seeking are the world’s perennial, unchanging, indestructible condition. Whistleblower Scott Bennett’s astounding story is a case in point. Mr. Bennett has appeared on many independent media TV/radio programs in the past year, and his interviews have been heard by tens of thousands of people. Yet, although his description of events sounds entirely plausible and compelling, pointing to corruption at the highest levels of political, military and intelligence officialdom in the United States government – plus at least one of the world’s most powerful banks, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) – he has not been called to testify before the U.S. Congress. In open session.
In basic summary, Scott Bennett was a counter-terrorism financing analyst working for Booz, Allen, Hamilton, the same corporation Edward Snowden worked for. Mr. Bennett came to meet Union Bank of Switzerland whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld while both were in the same Pennsylvania prison, where Bennett learned of UBS accounts, controlled by the monarchies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman etc., being used for financing terrorist groups – including ISIS. Mr. Bennett produced a detailed report then sent it up the military and intelligence community chain of command, as well as more than 150 United States Senators and Congressmen/women. Since then – May 2012 – there has been no Congressional investigation.
Recently, Mr. Bennett has called the offices of many U.S. Senators leaving detailed, lengthy accounts with staff demanding action – an investigation where he and other whistleblowers testify in front of responsible committees and the American people. He has recorded those phone conversations and videotaped them, then posted the videos to YouTube at his channel: ArmyPsyOp Scott.
While following up on Scott Bennett’s efforts to expose this scandal, his latest video upload (June 26) at YouTube is of an interview by Susan Lindauer, whose treatment as a whistleblower parallels Scott Bennett’s, and their discussion lasts 1-hour and 42-minutes. With apology to men and women who follow this blog and many other blogs for such a long video, please record “Interview with Susan Lindauer June 2015” for entry into YouTube’s search engine to view and listen later if time constraints apply. The information presented in Ms. Lindauer’s interview of Scott Bennett is important, because the United States Congress has not taken steps to investigate the matter. The purpose behind posting the lengthy interview is to disseminate the information so that more Americans become aware, contact their elected representatives, and Congress starts an investigation.
The interview provides a more thorough understanding of what is at stake with regard to Scott Bennett’s knowledge about these events, and why the Congress clearly must investigate – on the level of Watergate, Iran-Contra, and Church Committee investigations of recent history.
Here is an excerpt from Mr. Bennett’s interview:
“We’re not going to Congress asking them politely if they have time on their schedule and they can introduce our subject between the ‘green tree frog’ and the ‘little old lady’s cat that got run over’ on their busy agenda of things to tackle. We’re asking them, if not telling them, ‘Look, member of Congress, men and women in uniform are dying because they’re getting blown up and hurt and maimed, and they’re coming back to traumatized families, and they’re going into the VA full of drugs and sleeping pills and all sorts of badness. This is happening to them because terrorist operations are being financed by Swiss banks – and you’re not doing anything about it’ “.
“We want you to have the whistleblowers and this issue brought forth front and center, because the people who’ve been involved with this have been covering it up. That includes Roger Zakheim, Dov Zakheim, Lanny Breuer, Eric Holder, Covington & Burling, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, Brad Birkenfeld, Union Bank of Switzerland, Hillary Clinton… The list of people is there; everybody needs to be examined. So, if they (concerned citizens) contact the Whistleblowing Committee – phone # 202-224-4751 – and send hundreds of emails to email@example.com, that’s how they (you and everyone you know) can play a part. That’s how they can protect their future sons and daughters and stop a war that’s gone way out of control, and get in and fix the government apparatus that’s corrupt, that totally needs to be examined”.
“We called Rand Paul again, and he’s a contender for the presidency. Well, let’s let him put his money where his mouth is – and I applaud him for what he’s done; I applaud him for the good he’s done. I stand with anybody that stands for our constitution and freedom, and is against any police state or government tyranny of the bureaucrats’ intelligence community lording over the regular population. Rand Paul seems to be about that. So let’s give him this issue and let him be the centerpiece. He’s on the committee; he’s on the majority side of this committee… so, Rand Paul’s on the Whistleblowing Committee so let’s let him lead this and demand that Susan Lindauer, Scott Bennett, John Kiriakou and others come forward and tell their story, and see where it leads”.
“We’re not telling it for our own sake. We’re telling it for the American people because we know it can only get worse if it’s not stopped and corrected”.
“When you know of intelligence you report it. You report it loudly, you report it fearlessly, you get into people’s faces, you put your finger in their chest and say ‘Hey, wake up! There’s an issue here you need to pay attention to, because there are kids getting blown up. Do I got your attention, Congressman? Senator? Here it is’. Oh, you’re getting paid by this bank? You’ve got a Swiss bank? You’ve got a Union Bank of Switzerland account? You’ve got an HSBC account? Well, guess what? You’re out of this room. You’re off this table. I want men who don’t have corrupt bank accounts and don’t have financial connections to those parties, and you’ve sworn an oath to the constitution – you damn well better take this front and center and make it your issue”.
“I’ve had people who were on the phone who were saying ‘Well, I’ve got to run to another meeting’, and I say ‘No, you don’t have to run to another meeting. This is the only meeting you need to be in, because this is the only meeting that can stop kids from getting killed! Do I have your attention?’ And I go on with the briefing. So it takes about an hour to get it all out, but I want it out and I record it so it is on the record as a legal document that your office, Senator, was advised. What did you do with it? And that’s where those guys are going to stand up and be leaders, faithful to the constitution, or they are not. And if they are not, then we have the choice to live in a corrupt tyranny or we can clean them out by replacing them – either through impeachment or recall or just not voting for them again and new people taking their jobs”.
“But this is the chance, this is the D-Day invasion of the beach. We need to draw attention to this, and bang these drums as loudly as possible, and get into the face of John McCain, of Bob Portman, of Claire McCaskill, of John Tester, of Heidi Heitkamp, of Tammy Baldwin, of James Langford, of Rand Paul, of Michael Enzi, of Kelly Ayotte, of Corey Booker, of Gary Peters, and Ben Sasse, and Jodi Ernst. Jodi Ernst, who’s an Army officer, she should be furious about this. We’ll see where she stands. But all of these people… If you call yourselves Senators on the Government Affairs and Oversight Committee and you’ve got a whistleblowing email, and a whistleblowing dimension to you, then you damn well better have Susan Lindauer, Scott Bennett, John Kiriakou and a few other whistleblowers appear at your next session”.
“…those are the guys who’ve been persecuted; they had a number of problems. I feel for them; I’ve been there. But what we’ve been through Susan is even worse because we’ve been bloodied. And what they’ve bloodied us with they can do to any American citizen – any other American citizen can go through what you did… kick down your door”.
“This whole Covington & Burling thing is the pustule that will soon burst, out of which will come all sorts of smelly poison, and you see that Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, the top law enforcement officials, worked at Covington & Burling, this big law firm in D.C. UBS whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld comes forth and says ‘Here’s all the bank account information; here’s all the cellphones; here’s the hotels; here’s the emails; here’s everything you need to track’. You know what their response to him was, Susan? ‘We can’t track that. You watch too much TV’. As if to say ‘we don’t have the technological capability’… And I wrote that in my report. That is a flat-out lie”.
“Of course we have the technical capability to track his bank accounts. Of course we can track that. Anyone who says the opposite is hiding something. That’s what they said to him, and then they stab him in the back when he wouldn’t stop. He goes to the IRS, he goes to the SEC, he finally gets into the Senate – and maybe the Senate was told ‘get this guy inside so we can shut him up’ – and he goes into the Senate and testifies to Carl Levin, and Senator Barack Obama was on that committee, and a variety of other colorful characters on the Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations. He gives them all of this information and then they prosecute him with it, send him to prison, and Oh! … And then he meets me”.
Ms. Lindauer seemed to suggest at the interview’s end that members of the military took the actions which led to Brad Birkenfeld and Scott Bennett being sent to the same prison. She seemed to imply that their meeting in prison had become arranged in order to get the scandal out. There are so many more details involved which will need investigating, but nothing such as that will occur until an investigation actually begins. If you have been in the military, take the action you think necessary. If you have family, friends or acquaintances who’ve served in the military, know an elected representative or public safety official, know men or women in the media, please share this information with them all.
All clarifying, additional, and/or corrective comments on this issue are appreciated. Thank you.
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