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New Snowden Revelations Expose Exactly What Is Recorded About You: Unsettling!

New Snowden Revelations Expose Exactly What Is Recorded About You: Unsettling!

In the latest revelations provided by the Snowden Papers,

at The Intercept; a list of the data and information about you that is placed in the TIDE spy database is revealed. Greenwald’s group published the entire report which shows that your monitoring includes:

“In addition to data like fingerprints, travel itineraries, identification documents and gun licenses, the rules encourage screeners to acquire health insurance information, drug prescriptions, “any cards with an electronic strip on it (hotel cards, grocery cards, gift cards, frequent flyer cards),” cellphones, email addresses, binoculars, peroxide, bank account numbers, pay stubs, academic transcripts, parking and speeding tickets, and want ads. The digital information singled out for collection includes social media accounts, cell phone lists, speed dial numbers, laptop images, thumb drives, iPods, Kindles, and cameras. All of the information is then uploaded to the TIDE database.

Screeners are also instructed to collect data on any “pocket litter,” scuba gear, EZ Passes, library cards, and the titles of any books, along with information about their condition—”e.g., new, dog-eared, annotated, unopened.” Business cards and conference materials are also targeted, as well as “anything with an account number” and information about any gold or jewelry worn by the watchlisted individual. Even “animal information”—details about pets from veterinarians or tracking chips—is requested. The rulebook also encourages the collection of biometric or biographical data about the travel partners of watchlisted individuals.”

While this helps stop bad people it also opens the door to hackers, data-miners and stalkers to track you in ways you never imagined. Congress is, again, meeting to duscuss these consumer privacy issues… “Anything with an account number” seems to be pretty telling…

It also appears that you should not use any online App that asks you “to LOGIN” in order to use it. If the app is not click-and-go and it asks you to login, you are being tracked by it.

Did you know you can walk into your local FBI office and ask to look at your data search results? I didn’t.

The Intercept implies that the Obama Administration really likes all the surveillance because it keeps them from getting caught, or in trouble, or from being transparent..or something.. it is spooky…

Let’s discuss…

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Facebook can gain direct access to your mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time, MPs warn

– Facebook, Twitter, Google, Linked-in, Amazon charged with being state-sponsored spy organizations.

– EU seeks to break up Google

– Putin calls Silicon Valley “One big CIA operation”

– Facebook can spy on you even when your phone appears to be off, or dead.

– Twitter can now spy on your other apps

– Big consumer groups seek to inform public of risks


Facebook can gain direct access to your mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time, MPs warn

The MPs on the Science and Technology select committee called for the Government to draw up new guidelines for websites and apps explaining clearly how they use personal data, warning that laws will be needed if companies fail to comply.

Facebook can gain direct access to a person’s mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time without explicit consent, MPs warn as they call on social media companies to simplify their terms and conditions.
The MP said that they should simplify the conditions of using their services, which are designed for US courts, because they are so impenetrable that “no reasonable person” can be expected to understand them.
The MPs on the Science and Technology select committee called for the Government to draw up new guidelines for websites and apps explaining clearly how they use personal data, warning that laws will be needed if companies fail to comply.
The committee highlighted terms for Facebook Messenger’s mobile app, used by more than 200,000 million people a month, that means it can gain direct access to a mobile or tablet, including to take pictures or make videos, at any time without explicit confirmation from the owner.
MPs also pointed to criticism of the company earlier this year after it carried out a psychological experiment that recorded users’ moods as news feeds on the social network were manipulated.
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Andrew Miller MP, the committee’s chairman, said: “Facebook’s experiment with users’ emotions highlighted serious concerns about the extent to which, ticking the terms and conditions box, can be said to constitute informed consent when it comes to the varied ways data is now being used by many websites and apps.

“Let’s face it, most people click yes to terms and conditions contracts without reading them, because they are often laughably long and written in the kind of legalese you need a law degree from the USA to understand.

“Socially responsible companies wouldn’t want to bamboozle their users, of course, so we are sure most social media developers will be happy to sign up to the new guidelines on clear communication and informed consent that we are asking the Government to draw up.”

He added: “A line also needs to be drawn between the information that apps actually need to provide a service and the kind of personal information they often request when registering new users, information that is becoming increasingly valuable in our networked society.

“I hope that a voluntary system of guidelines can work, because, if not, legislation might be needed.”

The committee also criticised the Government’s handling of plans to compile patients’ medical records on a centralised database under the controversial project, which sparked concerns from patients’ rights groups and doctors over privacy.

It said the project was “a clear example where this trusted relationship failed to develop”.

A Facebook declined to comment. But a source said: “We recently updated our terms and policies to make them simpler and easier to read.

“We also launched a new site to help people understand how they can control their Facebook experience ­ e.g using their privacy settings, tagging people.

“On the broader data use point then worth flagging that Facebook has been subject to a full and thorough review of our data protection and privacy policies by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner in 2011 and then 2012.

“The Data Protection Commissioner noted that Facebook had implemented the Recommendation of the DPC as set out in the Audit report and indeed in many instances went beyond some of their initial recommendations and are fully committed to best practice in data protection compliance.”


U.K. police force accidentally admits it spied on journalists who had not committed any crimes, using anti-terror RIPA laws. Asks paper to delete article covering this once it realized what it had done. Newspaper refuses.

New Snowden Documents reveal rather comprehensive tapping of Irish undersea cables by GCHQ





Investigators say that, political operatives David Plouffe, Rahm Emanual, Steven Rattner, Bill Daly, David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs arranged with Silicon Valley investors to take over the lithium battery industry in order to monopolize the trillions of dollars of lithium, and related mining deals, in Afghanistan.

They say that they traded federal funding for campaign support assisted by Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein, who received numerous stock and cash kickbacks in the scheme.

They say they used the money to fund political campaigns. They used the Silicon Valley investors internet companies, (mostly Google), to manipulate voter perceptions and web searches in favor of their agenda. The Silicon Valley investors received: favorable federal laws, tax gifts, free federal loans, stock bumps and other perks.

The Silicon Valley investors companies that used the Afghan minerals: Abound,Solyndra, Fisker, Ener1, Tesla, and many, many more, that received the Department of Energy kickback funds, managed by Steven Chu, have all either failed, been raided, been charged with fraud or otherwise turned out to be disasters because they were based on a financial fraud skimming scheme instead of a good business plan.

All of these facts are known, in great detail, by many investigators. Nearly a million pages of evidence exist. A Special Prosecutor is required to perform proper prosecutions. This is organized crime.

– How Senators insider stock and campaign funding kickback scheme funded a car company with stock market manipulation

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Most investigators believe that the 2008 Campaign staff, who later became the senior White House staff, negotiated a campaign funding scheme with Silicon Valley billionaires. They traded DOE and TARP funding decisions, in their exclusive favor, for crony campaign resources, campaign web marketing, stock “skims” and insider trading edges. Goldman Sachs participated in most of the deals with a commodities and trade-fixing swindle. The amount of taxpayer funds manipulated, appears to exceed $300B.

Links to all of the confirming information can be found below. All witnesses are willing to demonstrate, prove and validate all of the facts, below, in an open public hearing before an appointed Federal Special Prosecutor. So far, DOJ has done everything possible to prevent the appointment of a Special Prosecutor for fear of a “Watergate” incident.

The provable facts are the following:


– Steven Chu’s nomination was organized by the law firm of Covington and Burling which is also the law-firm that Eric Holder worked for. Covington and Burling is retained by most of the Wall Street investment banks and corporations. Both Chu and Holder have been accused, by investigators, of running cover-ups and coordinating violations of the law.

– Applicant: Bright Automotive issued a very public letter proclaiming the DOE program to be a Scam.

– The Senate Investigating Committee issued a public investigation report proclaiming the DOE program to be a Scam.

– Over 200 applicants have stated, to investigators, that the DOE program appeared to be a Scam.

– Goldman Sachs whistle-blowers and under-cover investigators have revealed recordings and emails demonstrating that Goldman Sachs was involved with DOE agents and award winners in a coordinated effort to manipulate the program for personal gain.

– Steven Chu and his associates had investments in the lithium battery industry and did not support fuel cells, hydrogen, ultra-capacitors, energy harvesting or other technologies that competed with their lithium-ion investments. Steven Chu and his associates took specific action to damage any industry that competed with the lithium battery industry.

– Tesla Motors has received more free money in the form of credits, waivers and perks, from State Tax offices, than almost any other company in California. Tesla Motors owners and investors have given campaign cash to more State Officials and Senators than almost any other company in California.

– Lachlan Seward of the DOE ordered his staff to destroy or “lose” applicant documents from applicants who were not campaign donors or who competed with favored applicants of campaign donors.

– The TV Show 60 Minutes has covered portions of the crimes in the following episodes: THE CLEANTECH CRASH; and THE LOBBYISTS PLAYBOOK; and CONGRESS: TRADING STOCK ON INSIDE INFORMATION

– Senior White House staff including Rahm Emanual, Steven Rattner, David Plouffe, Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, Jay Carney, Bill Daley, Erick Strickland and others, suddenly quite their White House and senior agency head jobs, in a bad economy, with no higher paying options. These departures all happened immediately upon receiving documents from investigators questioning “The Incident” situation.

– While the Section 136 Law required that applicants were to be reviewed on a “first come/first served” basis; DOE staff changed the rules, internally, so that favored applicants were reviewed first. This was a violation of the law.

– Recently acquired “lost” emails show that White House staff ordered “hit-jobs” on reporters such as Attkisson and Woodward who started to expose issues in the incident and members of the public in retribution for reporting the crimes. The IRS TARGETING Investigation and sites such as have now shown that federal staff have a record of targeting and attacking the public using government resources. Senators, governors and past Presidential candidates are prepared to testify to this fact before a Special Prosecutor. The White House says that its counsel’s office was informed of the IRS’s targeting of groups in late April, after earlier saying that it knew that an inspector general’s report about the issue was coming but that it didn’t know its findings. “Operation Rushbo” has now been exposed at a White House coordinated attack task team.

– Tesla, Fisker, Solyndra, Abound, and similar favored applicants, were hand-held through the DOE process by DOE staff and had little review. Competing applicants received no help from DOE and were stone-walled and delayed until they went out of business, even though a majority of them had better positions, metrics, technology, financials, and debt-ratios than Tesla, Fisker, Solyndra, and Abound.

– Any applicant who questioned, or reported, the DOE process was targeted, delayed, down-ranked, denied and, in many cases attacked with character assassination, career sabotage and blacklisting.

– Steven Chu, and his staff, ordered applicant submissions delayed and modified by Argonne Labs and other reviewers, in order to down-grade applicants who were not campaign donors.

– At each federal law enforcement agency, with jurisdiction over this incident, some agents are working on covering up and some agents are working on prosecution. This has led to a state of zero-productivity which a Special Prosecutor is needed to break.

– Tesla Motors, Solyndra, Abound and other “CleanTech” DOE funded companies were used as money-laundering efforts to pass campaign funding through a “skim network”.

– Steven Chu’s staff told applicant’s they had to pay money to apply, then he said he waived the money, then he had his staff wait until after the deadline to give him the money in order to tell those applicants that they then could no longer apply because they had “missed the deadline”. This was one of many tactics Chu and his DOE staff employed to keep anyone who was not a campaign donor out of the program.

– Jonathan Silver was placed into the DOE in order to work with Silicon Valley VC’s.

– The CIA published multiple reports stating that “over a trillion dollars of Lithium for electric cars” and Indium for Solyndra-type solar tubes “could be harvested in Afghanistan”. Silicon Valley campaign investors involved in the incident held major positions in these assets.

– The White House hired an inordinate number of Google staff and executives because Google investors and owners controlled a portion of the policy programs at The White House.

– Gawker Media, Think Progress and Media Matters were used by Robert Gibbs, Jay Carney and David Axelrod as covert character assassination outlets in order to distribute attacks on journalists, public policy staff and members of the public in a manner which could not easily be traced back to the White House Press office. This is an illegal activity.

– Goldman Sachs is now under investigation, by multiple agencies, and has been charged with billions of dollars of commodity market manipulation and was connected to every investor in “The Incident”. Afghan minerals are “commodities”. Sachs took money in stock trading, finders fees, intermediary fees and other “pass-along” routes. DOE staff have pointed to Goldman Sachs as one of the “key architects of the scheme”. Goldman Sachs has now been called before the U.S. Congress as part of escalating investigations into their activities.

– Rahm Emanuel’s senior aide in charge of finance was indicted for corruption and racketeering. Amer Ahmad, Rahm Emanuel’s senior finance aide was arrested for conspiracy, corruption and racketeering. He pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he steered state business to his financial adviser in exchange for more than $500,000 in kickbacks.

– Tesla Motors has a vast number of lawsuits filed against it for FRAUD, BREACH, HOMICIDE, SECURITIES MANIPULATION and other very serious matters.

– Tesla stated in it’s own words, in it’s federal patent filings, that it’s particular battery configuration and chemistry was “likely to kill you, your family or your neighbors and burn down your home, your office or your neighbors structures.” DOE and NHTSA officials saw these documents, yet chose to ignore them in order to not upset campaign donors.

– The Department of Energy hired IBM Consulting to “evaluate” auto loan applications when IBM Consulting staff had little or no experience in the auto industry. The IBM staff operated from a small office of a Chinese Church in Virginia. IBM abandoned that office when confronted about it. Witnesses have charged that Steven Chu told this IBM group what results to come up with in order to rig the applicant progress in favor of campaign donors. In fact, history has now shown that only campaign donors received funding and every single non-campaign donor was sabotaged and/or cut-out.

– Panasonic battery company has been charged with bribery, dumping, price fixing and thousands of deaths in other countries. Panasonic makes the batteries for Tesla

– Dianne Feinstein lobbied for Tesla and Solyndra to get the adjacent properties on land related to her family, in Fremont California. She lobbied against any competing parties getting that land. Her family owned the construction company to build the buildings, the leasing company to lease the buildings, the staffing company to hire the employees and owned insider trading stock in the companies that supplied some of the materials to Tesla and Solyndra. Her husband had ownership connections to the adjacent railroad properties.

– The computers of Dianne Feinstein, and her family, were hacked by federal investigative agencies in order to examine her potential involvement with charged illicit activities.

– Senior White House staffer Rahm Emanuel had a personal relationship with Department of Energy “Evaluation Center” Argonne National Labs

In March 2012, Rod Blagojevich began serving a 14-year sentence in federal prison following conviction for corruption including the soliciting of bribes for political appointments including the 2008 vacant U.S. Senate seat of then-President-Elect Barack Obama, while in public office. The case pointed to White House staff Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett, who had dealings with Blagojevich. Jarrett’s White House tenure was delayed by FBI investigations.

– The services of Covington and Burling were paid for by Silicon Valley Vc’s

– Almost every decision by Steven Chu, while at the Department of Energy, only benefited entities connected to Silicon Valley Vc’s

– Under Steven Chu, more companies got more money and went bankrupt faster than ever before, relative to all of recorded human history

– Steven Chu had prior existing personal relationships with Silicon Valley Vc’s

– Steven Chu hired his staff from a list provided by Silicon Valley Vc’s

– At taxpayer expense, Steven Chu’s staff commuted back to Silicon Valley on private jets, each weekend.

– The DOE fees for campaign backers were waived, but just for campaign backer’s companies

– Silicon Valley Vc’s had their companies manipulate internet search engines to up-rank DNC candidates and down-rank GOP candidates per communications with Senior White House staff

– NASA gave The NASA AMES airfield and jet fuel to Silicon Valley Vc’s at the direction of White House Staff and California Senators. This appears to be a campaign “thank you” gift.

– Silicon Valley Vc’s compensated McKinsey Consulting staff for authoring White Papers for The White House and the U.S. Congress which only discussed the positive aspects of companies which happen to have been owned by Silicon Valley Vc’s . Some Mckinsey staff have now been indicted and jailed for stock market manipulation.

– Deloitte consulting was both the accountant for DOE applicants and a DOE reviewer for DOE funding

– Whistle-blower Gary D. Conley, who railed against the inequality of federal actions on behalf of Silicon Valley Vc’s, was found with a bullet in his head under questionable circumstances

– Wall Street Journal energy industry reporter David Bird, while investigating part of this story, has disappeared and even the FBI can’t find him.

– Consultants for Tesla Motors submitted multiple documents to the U.S. Government which stated that the Tesla batteries could cause cancer when they burned or out-gassed

– Consultants for Tesla Motors submitted multiple documents to the U.S. Government which stated that the Tesla batteries were mounted in a configuration which make them more likely to blow up than in any other configuration

– Panasonic provided documents to the U.S. Government which stated that Tesla Batteries “were not authorized for automotive power use”.

– Eric Strickland, The Head of the National Safety Agency, quit his job 48 hours after receiving news from reporters that they knew he had manipulated Tesla’s safety data. He had been given numerous reports on the safety dangers of both GM and Tesla vehicles, yet ignored these reports for long periods due to requests to “not upset campaign donors”.

– The applications for DOE funding by applicants who were not campaign backers were manipulated by Steven Chu and his staff. In a public, side-by-side comparison, today, of the applicants documents, almost none of the “winners” would have qualified.

– Steven Chu’s nomination docket was almost entirely set-up by Silicon Valley Vc’s

– Dianne Feinstein’s husband is on the Silicon Valley VC group list.

– An inordinate number of Steven Chu’s DOE awardees needed the minerals which existed in Afghanistan

– Solyndra needed Indium from Afghanistan. Silicon Valley Vc’s had a business interest in mining efforts for Indium in Afghanistan.

– The Silicon Valley Vc’s held featured stock in Afghan minerals

– The Silicon Valley Vc’s held featured stock in lithium battery profits

– McKinsey Consulting provided both the congressional pitch papers AND the Staff for Steven Chu, which were then used to pitch the “winning” of DOE money by the very people who paid McKinsey.

– A plane crashed with three senior Tesla staff in it. One of them was a whistle-blower. All 3 were killed. One was known to be a whistle-blower.

– Tesla broke federal law by claiming to not be near bankruptcy when it submitted it’s Section 136 documents. Elon Musk is now recorded on TV saying Tesla was about to go bankrupt when it was applying for the DOE ATVM loan, this is a violation of the law.

– Tesla claimed, in its application to DOE, that, as of Today, it would have sold over $1 million Tesla’s. It has only sold 20,000 and the cost to sell those 20,000 has been hirer than any car in history, mostly due to mismanagement.

– Steven Chu manipulated federal filing documents to hide Tesla’s application falsehoods

– In a public side-by-side comparison, almost none of the companies that received Department of Energy funding would have won over the other applicants

– All of the hundreds of Department of Energy applicants who were tossed out of the DOE funding process had not made campaign contributions

– The few “winners” of the DOE funding just happened to be connected to the largest campaign funders

– Stock market analysts, including researchers from the book: “FLASH BOYS”, featured on 60 Minutes, have documented, all will provide in public hearings, evidence of Tesla Motors pumping it’s stock in order to mask bad news that appears in the press about Tesla

– The “winners” of the DOE money used the DOE money to manipulate public stock market metrics by booking the loans as profits, or credits, in order to “cook their books” and grab windfall profit “scrapes” before the stock fell again. They “skimmed off the top” according to stock market analyst-investigators.

– The lawyers from Perkins Coie held private meetings with Steven Chu’s staff in coordination for special interest favors for their clients.

– Over 80 of the promises in Tesla’s DOE filings never came true. Former DOE staff attempted to destroy Tesla, and other, application documents but Senate investigators acquired pre-destruction copies from DOE staff who were not willing to be unethical.

– Senior White House staff communicated regularly with Silicon Valley Vc’s from before, during and after the election

– Google owners and investors co-own Tesla Motors and manipulate Google search engine results to hide any negative information about Tesla and pump the stock. This is illegal.

– When Tesla batteries burn, they cause cancer and a large number of lethal human ailments. DOE and NHTSA had documents proving this, in their hands, prior to the award of taxpayer funds to Tesla.

– The White House appointed more positions connected to Silicon Valley Vc’s than any other group in America

– Senator Dianne Feinstein, and her staff, engaged in over 100 conflicts of interest in arranging the government funding of Tesla Motors

– Senator Dianne Feinstein and her family relations held stock in the direct and indirect beneficiaries of Steven Chu’s Department of Energy decisions

– Silicon Valley Vc’s and their family relations held stock in the direct and indirect beneficiaries of Steven Chu’s Department of Energy decisions

– White House Staff and their family relations held stock in the direct and indirect beneficiaries of Steven Chu’s Department of Energy decisions

– Almost every company that was intentionally damaged by Steven Chu’s decisions at the Department of Energy was a competitor with Silicon Valley Vc’s.

– Almost every individual that was intentionally damaged by Steven Chu’s decisions at the Department of Energy was a competitor with Silicon Valley Vc’s.

– When the FBI raided and investigated Solyndra, they found evidence of a direct connection to The White House

– When the FBI raided and investigated Solyndra, they found evidence of a direct connection to The Silicon Valley Vc’s.

– Federal investigators have now documented over $320 billion dollars of your taxes were used in state and federal cash and perks that were routed to The Silicon Valley Vc’s

– California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took Silicon Valley Vc’s to Russia to meet with individuals regarding Afghanistan clean energy minerals. Some of those individuals are now on CIA, DIA, FBI, and other agency, organized crime watch-lists.

– Senior White House staffer Steven Rattner (The Car Funding Czar) was indicted for securities fraud and sits on the Washington Lobby Group: The New America Foundation, backed by Silicon Valley Vc’s and controlled by Google investors.

– The head of the California Obamacare program: James Brown, Jr, was arrested on corruption charges

– Mckinsey Consulting’s Gupta has been arrested and jailed for felony securities fraud, other McKinsey staff are under investigation. Federal Investigators want to know what influence Mckinsey had on Washington policy and budgeting from 2007 to today.

– Silicon Valley Vc’s met with Russian individuals regarding Afghanistan clean energy minerals and those individuals later appeared on CIA, DHS, FBI, DOJ and other federal Watch-List as organized crime suspects. 3 of the Russian investors held major stock in Department of Energy cash awardees. How did Ener1, Severstal and other companies with russian mob connections even get through the first pass in the DOE application process?

– White House staffer Jay Carney communicated by email, text and phone with representatives from Gawker Media to arrange character assassination hits on adversaries

– Federal agencies recorded all emails, texts and phone calls with subjects from 2001 to today

– More than the usual number of agencies had to record White House staff because some of their manipulations involved overseas operations in Afghanistan. Thus, those agencies had a legal right to record all White House staff communications and those recordings are still archived in multiple locations

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla Motors would exist today, if Senators, DOE and campaign staff had not been influenced.

– Federal Investigators want to know if Senator Dianne Feinstein, White House staff David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Rahm Emanual and Energy head Steven Chu conspired with Tesla to exchange campaign resources for cash and stock value?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla, or anyone associated with the company, ever hired multitudes of fake bloggers to post fake positive reviews about Tesla motors in order to create a fake perception of interest and defraud the stock market?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla has ever compensated a publisher, or industrial rating company, for contrived positive reviews or ratings in order to create a fake perception of interest and defraud the stock market?

– Federal Investigators want to know each and every investor in Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City Solar Company? Have any of those parties contributed money to political campaigns? How much?

– Federal Investigators want to know what percentage of Tesla Motors Google’s investors, staff and executives own cumulatively and the financial benefits each has received from Federal decisions since 2008?

– Federal Investigators want to how much money Tesla and Google investors contributed to election campaigns, or contract services for them, from 2007 to today? Which campaigns? Did the winners in any of those campaigns award U.S. taxpayer funds to the portfolio companies of those investors? How much money?

– When Tesla Motors applied for the Department of Energy funds Elon Musk stated that Tesla was in exceptional financial health, yet now Elon Musk, and his senior staff, have been recorded stating that the company was nearly bankrupt then. In light of these more recent revelations, is that not a felony violation of the federal “Section 136 Law” which states that ‘a company cannot be on the verge of bankruptcy or it shall not receive Department of Energy funds’? New disclosures show that Tesla stated information in it’s federal application which Tesla’s founders and staff have stated they knew was false at the time. Shareholder want to know if Tesla should be prosecuted for this?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Deloitte, under contract to Tesla, arranged false accounting via the Tesla Wells Fargo bank account while Deloitte was also acting, in conflict of interest, as the Department of Energy reviewer of applicants?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla Motors has a confidential relationship with a national group of reporters known as A.L.I.C.E, from different publications, who have agreed to release Tesla-positive news spin stories on a synchronized basis, at the same time, in order to cover-up Tesla investigation disclosures and artificially accelerate stock market vales? Has Tesla Motors arranged with Google to have negative Tesla Motors stories down-ranked while having positive Tesla stories up-ranked? Would that be considered stock fraud?

– Federal Investigators want to know how many Senators and their families, own stock in Tesla Motors?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Elon Musk promised any NASA contracts, in advance of the closure of a portion of NASA, in exchange for campaign funding from Tesla and Google investors?

– Federal Investigators want to know how many Senators, their families and Google-related investors, hold stock in lithium-ion battery related companies?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Steven Chu, the former head of the Department of Energy, ever had a personal relationship with any Tesla staff or investors?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Senator Dianne Feinstein, or her family, ever had a personal relationship with any Tesla staff or investors?

– Federal Investigators want to know why Tesla and Solyndra are on the same physical plot of land?

– Federal Investigators want to know if anyone from Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office also worked for Tesla Motors and/or Solyndra, or later went to work at either organization, after working for Feinstein or her associates?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, ever traveled to Mongolia to arrange for resource deals beneficial to Tesla’s investors?

– Federal Investigators want to know if anyone associated with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s family, named Herb of Newman Search, PH: 1-415-332-8425; 1707 Bridgeway # 3 in California, ever supplied staffing to Tesla Motors or Solyndra?

– Federal Investigators want to know if anyone associated with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s family had any relationship with the real estate transactions involving Tesla and/or Solyndra real estate?

– Federal Investigators want to see all Communications between The California, Fremont City Administrators, Dianne Feinstein’s senior staffer (M. Nelson) and the general management of NUMMI. They want to know if economic and political pressure was used to manipulate a deal structure.

– Federal Investigators want to know more about Panasonic, Tesla’s battery partner, who has been charged with organized crime, dumping, price fixing, the deaths of thousands of battery workers from toxic poisoning and with building lethal battery factories that destroyed all of the towns near them. What is the relationship between the Tesla Battery Factory in Nevada, Harry Reid, stock ownership and Panasonic?

– Federal Investigators want to know clarity about Tesla’s comments in it’s DOE application which stated, in writing, in their DOE application documents that the car to be produced with the DOE money was all designed and engineered, yet every aspect of the released model S was designed and engineered AFTER Tesla received the DOE money! Did Tesla lie on their application?

– Federal Investigators want to know why Tesla has not disclosed that Tesla battery packs release toxic and cancer causing fumes when they burn?

In a feature article called: Obama, Inc. in The Hill, reporter Peter Schroeder discloses a network of “revolving door” schemes.

– Federal Investigators want to know about the relationship between Tesla investors, lobbyists and Eric Strickland, the head of the National Highway Transportation safety agency who quit his job 48 hours after being notified that the toxic Tesla report he knew about was going public?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla falsified lithium-ion safety reports? Bernard Tse, Tesla’s battery program director, and 7 other senior staff, provided Tesla with numerous severely concerning lithium-ion safety reports which were never presented to the Department of Energy. Were these reports covered up because the Senators and Investors of Google and Tesla all have ownership interest in the lithium-ion industry?

– Valleywag Online Magazine reports that Elon Musk constantly spies on his employees and competitors and that he makes buyers sign non-disclosure documents to prevent Tesla from getting investigated?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Elon Musk has ever undertaken sabotage programs against his competitors?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla manipulated SEC filings using tax credits from the White House to make Tesla look like it had profits?

– Numerous news reports state that Martin Eberhard founded Tesla and Elon Musk then came in later and stole it from him in a hostile takeover?

– Federal Investigators want to know what Tesla’s “debt ratio” was at the time that Tesla applied for the DOE loan? Why did Tesla have the worse debt ratio of any applicant , yet Tesla was awarded funds with almost no review?

– Federal Investigators want to know why has Tesla spent billions, and a decade, to only sell a few cars when all of your competitors have done 20 times better on less money and in less time? Why are over 200 technical problems with the car documented online by Tesla owners yet Tesla say’s “there are no problems?”

– Federal Investigators want to know why Tesla is being sued for fraud under the Federal “Lemon Law”?

– Federal Investigators want to know why Tesla cars $100,000.00 over budget PER CAR, at the time of Tesla’s Department of Energy loan application, yet nobody at the DOE commented about that in their review notes? How is it possible that a project, so mismanaged at the time of DOE application, could have bypassed hundreds of applicants with less issues?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Steven Chu’s senior staff: Matt Rogers and Steven Spinner had any relationship with Tesla-related investors prior to Chu hiring them at the DOE? Was it coincidental that McKinsey Consulting, the company they worked for, produced all of the pitch documents for the White House and Congress, which were used to steer the Federal funds to Tesla Motors?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla Motors was funded as a gift to campaign investors?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla lied about asking the NHTSA to conduct a safety study on their car when, in fact, the NHTSA first asked Tesla for a study after fires were reported? Did Tesla then bribe NHTSA officials to halt the request for an investigation after they plea-bargained to install a “titanium safety shield” which, in fact, only solves a small portion of the potentially lethal dangers from their battery pack? Is their battery pack made up of “non-automotive” batteries which are being used in the wrong way relative to what they were built for?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla is trying to build a battery factory not far from Mexico in order to take advantage of Mexican workers? Is Tesla concerned that most battery factory workers in China were poisoned with toxins? Is Tesla concerned that their battery factory will ENCOURAGE immigration abuse and devastate our border?

– Federal Investigators want to know why the founders ex-partners, investors, buyers, suppliers, employees and ex wives have sued Elon Musk for fraud?

– Federal Investigators want to know how many of Tesla’s employees have been burned alive at their factories? Why has OSHA fined Tesla for safety violations?

– Federal Investigators want to know: “If somebody puts a Bunsen burner or torch under a Tesla, will it blow up? Is a Tesla a threat to national security because of this? If hackers hack the easily hacked Tesla, can they make the battery charging system overload and blow up? If so, did Tesla inform the NHTSA of this in writing? When?

– Federal Investigators want to know if California State Officials, in Sacramento, California, ever manipulated tax laws and decisions to exclusively benefit Tesla Motors in exchange for perks on orders from any White House staff or U. S. Senators?

– Federal Investigators want to know what percentage of Tesla’s buyers have killed members of the public with their Tesla Vehicles? Why is that number, in relative terms, higher than any other car company? Why has Tesla had HOMICIDE lawsuits filed against it?

– Federal Investigators want to know what percentage of Tesla buyers have crashed their Tesla’s while driving drunk, destroying public property, homes and Tesla’s?  Why is that number, in relative terms, higher than any other car company?

– Federal Investigators want to know if White House staff agreed to protect Tesla, at all costs, in order to keep Mitt Romney’s prediction from coming true and to cover campaign funding billionaires?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla representatives meet with Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, David Plouffe or their campaign staff prior to the Election of President Obama?

– Federal Investigators want to know why it is that Tesla has sold nearly 4000% less cars than Tesla told the U.S. Government, in writing, they would sell by this date, in their DOE application documents? Was that hype used to pump stock market valuations of Tesla so finders and executives could do early “skims”?

– Federal Investigators want to know why Tesla switched their factory plans between 5 different cities, during the DOE loan process, when they told everyone that their factory location was already a done deal? Why did DOE reject non-campaign applicants for not having a factory in place when Tesla very much did not have a factory in place and has now been sued by different cities for factory fraud?

– Federal Investigators want to know if Tesla VC investors pump the stock market rating by buying their own Tesla stock when bad news comes out about Tesla in order to create a synthetic cover-story short term stock rise? Would that be considered part of a stock fraud activity?

– Federal Investigators want to know what the relationship is between Tesla’s investors, Google’s investors and the VC funds of Richard Blum, Dianne Feinstein’s husband?

Tesla: 45500 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 and Solyndra: 47488 Kato Road, Fremont, CA, 94538 Feinstein’s ex-staff & lobbyists work there now.

– Federal Investigators want to know why Feinstein and her staff sabotaged other companies trying to use NUMMI? What is the relationship between Feinstein’s husband’s company: CBRE; and the Tesla, Solyndra and other Green Loan Real Estate deals?”

– Federal Investigators want to know what the relationship is between the Comptroller of Fremont California, the Mayor and Feinsteins staff?

– Federal Investigators want to know why Elon Musk is on public record, published and recorded in national media, saying that NUMMI is no good for Tesla and a bad choice for Tesla. Why did Feinstein make him flip flop?

– Federal Investigators want to know what the relationship is between NUMMI, the properties adjacent to NUMMI, The adjacent Solyndra property and the real-estate company owned by Feinstein’s husband: CBRE?

– Federal Investigators want to know if the CIA, The NSA and federal investigators have recordings of Feinstein breaking the law? Did Snowden get some of that data in his cache? Is that why Snowden and Greenwald are so comfortable mouthing off to Feinstein

– Tesla, Campaign Investors and political staff have a network of over 3000 internet news blogs which all send out the same story, at the same time, in a synchronized manner, in order to flood any negative information off of the Web. This is part of a group called A.L.I.C.E. but it is much larger.

– Federal Investigators want to know why did TOYOTA and GENERAL MOTORS say that NUMMI was a “failed plant” and pulled out of it?

– Federal Investigators want to know what the fire and explosion that the Fremont fire department responded to at the Tesla Nummi plant?…. no, not the second one where the hot metal burned the workers, the earlier one?

– Federal Investigators want to know why did Feinstein met with UAW representatives and promised them NUMMI jobs if they supported requested issues and then how many UAW jobs did Musk actually keep on site? Why does LinkedIn show a huge number of Tesla H1-B lawyer hires advertised when all workers were supposed to be American’s per the U.S. tax dollar funding?

– GLENN GREENWALD: “I think Dianne Feinstein may be the most Orwellian political official in Washington….” Glenn Greenwald

– Tesla Drivers turn out to be deviants, drug users and unethical people more often than most any other drivers per:

After the, relatively, huge number of Tesla crashes and, now, multiple vehicular manslaughter charges, many are examining the type of people that drive Tesla’s. An inordinately large number of them have turned out to be: Abusive, partner-beating, fraud-charged, drunk, asshole high-priced doctors and frat boys. There are, overall, quite a massive number of drunks, in fact. Tesla Driver “”Douche Bag”” Controversy. Are Tesla drivers inherently unsafe? Tesla driver blames fatal crash on new-car smell -A

Santa Cruz resident has blamed the new-car smell of his Tesla Motors Model S for an accident that claimed the life of a bicyclist, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.…/ Tesla Motors named in fatal bike crash suit in Santa Cruz … SANTA CRUZ — A 63-year-old Tesla driver from Santa Cruz, Navindra Kumar Jain, will be charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of cyclist Joshua Alper, Santa Santa Cruz County prosecutors said./…/ Tesla faces lawsuit over new-car smell in fatal cyclist crash ……          / AD AGENCY ANALYZES TESLA DRIVERS, FINDS “DOUCHEBAG” PERSONALITIES ARE PREDOMINANT.

– Investigators want to know why White House ordered “”no more DOE Loans to be funded””? Was it to protect campaign financiers other investments?



– Bankrupt solar panel firm took DOE stimulus money, left a toxic mess, says report.

– Emails show that Steve Rattner, While sitting in the White House, sought to negotiation GM funding with UAW in exchange for votes for Obama.

– The Snowden/Assange/Greenwald disclosures show that “StingRay” devices around Washington DC captured and recorded all phone calls from 2007 to date. Their disclosures also show that all emails and texts, both private and government, were recorded in that region for the same time period.         All illegal activities by federal staff and associates, in Washington DC, for that time period is recorded and archived in multiple locations. Those multiple locations are controlled by interests from different parties, making it unlikely all of the evidence can ever be fully deleted.

– A White House aide named Jofi Joseph began Tweeting corruption and misdeed information from within The White House. This has led to hundreds of Aides, protective service agents, Congressional staff also disclosing crimes that they witnessed, on social media. Many of these parties are willing to appear before a Special Prosecutor in a public hearing.

– Tesla Motors did NOT “repay the taxpayer money”. It still receives taxpayer money annually. It has cost taxpayers 80% more than just the money that DOE loaned.


Husband’s Business Ties to China Dog Feinstein – Los Angeles …


For years, international financier Richard C. Blum’s vast business portfolio has persisted as a nettlesome issue for his wife, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a vocal proponent of increased China trade. Three years ago, he vowed to turn over any profits from his China investments to …

Last week California Senator Diane Feinstein abruptly resigned her position as the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee (MILCON).The MILCON subcommittee is in charge of supervising military construction. The committee also oversees “quality of life” issues for veterans, which includes building housing for military families and operating hospitals and clinics for wounded soldiers. During her six years as MILCON leader Senator Feinstein had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects that were approved by Senator Feinstein. That’s Billion with a capitol B. My very own California Senator Diane Feinstein may have just hit one out of the park folks. By directing Billions of dollars of our tax dollars to her husbands companies, DiFi may have set a new record for corruption. According to a report compiled by MetroActive a San Francisco area newspaper Diane Feinstein used insider information to direct billions of dollars of military construction projects to companies, URS Corporation and Perini Corporation, that were owned or controlled by her husband.

While setting MILCON agendas for many years, Feinstein, 73, supervised her own staff of military construction experts as they carefully examined the details of each proposal. She lobbied Pentagon officials in public hearings to support defense projects that she favored, some of which already were or subsequently became URS or Perini contracts. From 2001 to 2005, URS earned $792 million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved by MILCON; Perini earned $759 million from such MILCON projects.

792 million and 759 million works out to 1.551 Billion dollars. And what portion of this billion and a half dollars did DiFi and her husband pocket?

In 2005, Roll Call calculated Feinstein’s wealth at $40 million, up $10 million from just a year earlier. Reports show her family earned between $500,000 and $5 million from capital gains on URS and Perini stock. From CB Richard Ellis, her husband earned from $1.3 million to $4 million.

Public records show Blum’s company paid $4 a share for controlling interest in Perini, and later sold about three million shares for $23.75 each.

The report also showed URS’ military construction work in 2000 was only $24 million, but the next year, when Feinstein took over as MILCON chair, military construction earned URS $185 million. Additionally, its military construction architectural and engineering revenue rose from $108,000 in 2000 to $142 million in 2001, a thousand-fold increase.

In late 2005, Blum sold 5.5 million URS shares, worth $220 million

So a US Senator has used insider information to direct billions of tax payer dollars to her husband’s companies and yet I have not seen one word of this in a single antique media outlet. Where is the outrage, where is the indignation, where are CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS news? And even more importantly where is an investigation by the Senate Rules Committee? Oh wait, Difi is the newly appointed chairman of the Rules Committee so I guess we can rule out an investigation there.

So after pocketing over as much as 300 million dollars as a direct result of her involvement with the MILCON committee DiFi just walks away unscathed?

Where is the investigation and where is DiFi’s resignation followed shortly by her indictment? Or does that only happen to Republicans?



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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Gun Control Alchemy | Online Library of …Jan 6, 2013 … If you check Open Secrets, you will see that Dianne Feinstein took over … Violent crime in the U.S. is currently at near historic low levels. 2013/ 01/ 06/ sen-dianne-feinsteins-gun-control-alchemy/

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Wicked Witch of the West Dianne Feinstein – Government PropagandaThe petition to Charge the Wicked Witch Dianne Feinstein with treason is gaining ground. I would not hold your breath on this as the criminal that occupies the …

Senator Dianne Feinstein – That’s My CongressDianne Feinstein [D, CA] for the 112th Congress of 2011-2012, including a recent … for years without the need of arbitrary imprisonment without criminal charge.

White House To Stop Spying on Allies, Dianne Feinstein Promises …Oct 28, 2013… to Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and an NSA supporter, … It’s a War Criminal policy supported by both parties. news/ 2013-10-28/ white-house-stop-spying-allies-dianne-feinstein-promises

Question: Will Dianne Feinstein Investigate Her Own Leak Of …Sep 27, 2013 … Question: Will Dianne Feinstein Investigate Her Own Leak Of Classified Info? … It does not seem to matter what crimes supporters commit.

Dianne Feinstein’s gun control theater – Conservative News Jan 24, 2013 … Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) unveiled her “assault … Have there been a lot of criminal assaults with belt-fed firearms lately? Enter email for alerts …

[UPDATE] Sen. Dianne Feinstein says Snowden guilty of treason … Jun 10, 2013 … Dianne Feinstein Monday called self-professed National Security Agency … and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have … Top_News/ US/ 2013/ 06/ 10/ Feinstein-calls-Snowden-a-traitor/ UPI-86781370845139

Sen. Dianne Feinstein blasts Afghanistan’s Karzai over refusal to …Dec 1, 2013 … Dianne Feinstein had strong words Sunday for Afghanistan’s … It’s because she is a part of the leftist, criminal, anti-American, socialist, arrogant … news/ 2013/ dec/ 1/ sen-dianne-feinstein-blasts-afghanistans-karzai-ov/

Dianne Feinstein Hates You And Everyone You Care About | Redstate I don’t know what I did to make Dianne Feinstein hate me, but she really does. …. pool shock, red chemicals-that-are-apparently-war-crimes-when-white, and, … stories/ policy/ dianne_feinstein_hates_you_and_everyone_you_care_about

Dianne Feinstein Gun Control Hypocrite – YouTube Jan 3, 2013 … Dianne Feinstein wants to take our guns ahead of the financial … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes .

Dianne Feinstein to make 1 BILLION DOLLARS off US Postal … He just happens to be Dianne Feinstein’s husband. The criminals are in control of the world, they make and run the world. They keep getting …

Sen. Feinstein’s Proposed Bill Would Incriminate Anyone Speaking … Oct 22, 2013 … We’ve seen that Michael Chertoff was the DOJ head of criminal …. http://gawker. com/dianne-feinstein-cant-come-up-with-one-good-defense-of- … sen-feinsteins-proposed-bill-would-incriminate-anyone-speaking-agains t-nsas-spying-and-courts/ –

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Says ‘It’s Legal to Hunt Humans’ Mar 9, 2013 … The latest Democrat misstatement was made by Dianne Feinstein: … Are we to believe that criminals care about laws against hunting humans? 2013/ 03/ sen-dianne-feinstein-says-its-legal-to-hunt-humans/ –

Articles about Dianne Feinstein – Los Angeles TimesRe “Hero or criminal?,” Editorial, June 11, and “Analyst admits to cyber-spying leaks,” June 10 Senate Intelligence Committee head Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  …

Sen. Dianne Feinstein – NRA-ILA | Search The nation’s total violent crime rate hit an all-time high in 1991. … Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that she and other gun control advocates are considering a law …

Sen. Feinstein wants Glenn Greenwald prosecuted – Lawyers, Guns … Jun 9, 2013 … Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate intelligence … who appeared earlier on the program, was asked about the criminal report … 2013/ 06/ sen-feinstein-wants-glenn-greenwald-prosecuted – investigations/ the-tesla-investigation/investigating-tesla-motors/ fraud-and-malfeasance-lawsuits-against-tesla/


Dianne Feinstein Delivers Postal Profits to Hubby – Townhall Finance Nov 4, 2013 … Dianne Feinstein Delivers Postal Profits to Hubby – Bill Tatro … Federal law exempting elected federal officials from civil and criminal liability for … columnists/ billtatro/ 2013/ 11/ 04/ dianne-feinstein-delivers-postal-profits-to-hubby-n1735565

Daily Kos: NSA spying scandal: Even Dianne Feinstein finally is … Oct 28, 2013 … When the surveillance state has lost Dianne Feinstein . ….. committee, and then putting a documented perjurer and known criminal to head it. story/ 2013/ 10/ 28/ 1251371/ -NSA-spying-scandal-Even-Dianne-Feinstein-finally-is-outraged-and-dem anding-answers

U.S Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Selling Post Offices to … It called the public relations office at the Postal Service to learn that Feinstein did not secure “a sweet deal” for CBRE. And FactCheck talked to Feinstein’s press … u-s-senator-dianne-feinsteins-husband-selling-post-offices-friends/ – CBRE/Richard Blum and USPS Oct 23, 2013 … Does the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein chair a company that brokers sales of USPS facilities?

EXCLUSIVE: Senator’s husband’s firm cashes in on crisis … Apr 21, 2009 … Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation earlier this year to route $25 billion … The shares were purchased for the going price of $3.77; CBRE’s … news/ 2009/ apr/ 21/ senate-husbands-firm-cashes-in-on-crisis/ ?page=all

How Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Sells Post Office Real Estate to … Sep 25, 2013 … CBRE is also charged with appraising the fair market value of these properties … Dianne Feinstein is one of the most shameless, authoritarian, … 2013/ 09/ 25/ how-dianne-feinsteins-husband-sells-post-office-real-estate-to-his-fr iends-on-the-cheap/

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Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein | The Nader PageThe Nader Page Oct 10, 2013 … Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein … Dear Senator Feinstein, … C.B. Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE), the company chaired by your husband, …

Sen. Diane Feinstein’s Husband Selling Post Offices to Cronies on … Sep 25, 2013 … Diane Feinstein, Richard Blum, is feeding at the Postal Service privatization trough. Blum is the chairman of C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE) which … news/ item/ 19042-senator-diane-feinsteins-husband-selling-post-offices-to-cronie s-on-the-cheap

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Caught in a Conflict of Interest? – Yahoo Voices Jan 13, 2013 … Most of the citizens served by those four thousand post offices soon to be for sale think Dianne Feinstein’s wifely relationship to CBRE’s … sen-dianne-feinstein-caught-conflict-interest-11970899.html

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Selling Post Offices to His Friends … Nov 8, 2013 … Dianne Feinstein has never been a favorite Senator of mine. … CBRE appears to have repeatedly violated its contractual duty to sell postal … 2013/ 11/ 08/ sen-dianne-feinsteins-husband-selling-post-offices-to-his-friends-che ap/

Privatization Nightmare: Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Selling … Oct 30, 2013 … Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Selling Post Offices to His Friends, Cheap … CBRE has sold valuable postal properties to developers at prices that …

Ralph Nader writes Senator Feinstein on potential conflict of interest … Oct 2, 2013… Ralph Nader has written to Senator Dianne Feinstein to express his … of the contact between CBRE and the USPS to sell postal properties. ralph-nader-writes-senator-feinstein-potential-conflict-interest-cbre s-sale-post-offices

Feinstein routes government money to firm doing business with … Apr 21, 2009 … The Washington Times reports that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) … The shares were purchased for the going price of $3.77; CBRE’s stock … archives/ 2009/ 04/ 21/ feinstein-routes-government-money-to-firm-doing-business-with-husband /

Did Feinstein really land her husband billions? – WorldNetDaily Nov 11, 2013 … Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., stands to reap a windfall from an exclusive … But CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate firm, is not owned …

Oh joy Diane Feinstein’s husband behind selling off of Historic Post … The California connection is that CBRE is headquartered in Los … He also happens to be the husband of California Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Nader to Feinstein: Stop the USPS Sell Off – Corporate Crime Reporter Oct 5, 2013 … Investigative journalist Richard Byrne has dug into CBRE’s and … titled: Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Sells Post …

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Daily Kos: Selling off the Post Office: Berkeley calls out Richard Blum Dec 1, 2012 … CBRE advises the USPS on what properties to sell. … Montgomery Street to One Post Street, the office of California Senator Dianne Feinstein. story/ 2012/ 12/ 01/ 1165912/ -Selling-off-the-Post-Office-Berkeley-calls-out-Richard-Blum

Activist Post: Keeping It In the Family: Senator Feinstein’s Husband … Jun 4, 2013 … Senator Dianne Feinstein has long been accused of corruption and … 2011 when the Post Office awarded the CBRE Group Inc. a contract to be … 2013/ 06/ keeping-it-in-family-senator-feinsteins.html

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The Strange And Mysterious Life of Rakesh Saxena: The Illuminati Marxist Master of Epic Global Deals

– Sierra Leone Mercenary Backer. From Sandline to Blackwater to Federal “Contractors”

– Tony Blair interceded in, and testified on his behalf, for his trial

– Changed the history of Thailand

– Created the biggest extradition case in Canadian history

– Philosopher, Marxist, weapons financier, lover, rabble-rouser

– Involved in tech companies

– Rogue illuminati – didn’t play with the main crowd. Very independent.

– Connected to almost every major dynasty group globally

– Called: “The most interesting man in global power plays”


Rakesh Saxena

Rakesh Saxena

Rakesh Saxena, center, a former adviser to the Bangkok Bank of Commerce, is helped to sit in a wheelchair by prison officials upon his arrival at criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, June 8, 2012. Saxena, 60, an Indian national, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay US$41 million in fines and compensation for embezzlement that helped spark the 1997 financial crisis. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Adnan Khashoggi, Rakesh Saxena and the Spiderweb

Dr. Alexander von Paleske – On a noticeboard of a Canadian website I found the information, that Rakesh Saxena, an alleged world class megacrook was released from prison in Vancouver/Canada in December 2006. He was put into prison, pending extradition to Thailand in March 2006, 10 years after Thailand requested the extradition. �Saxena who� may many ask, and why does an extradition take more than 10 years. Let�s see.

Rakesh Saxena is part of a spiderweb of private armies, merchants of death, financial artists and politicians. Names that are popping up among others are Adnan Khashoggi, Tim Spicer, Rakesh Saxena, Tony Buckingham,Simon Mann, Nick du Toit, Raoul Berthaumieu (Berthamieu, alias Lee Sanders), Regis Possino, Sherman Mazur, Eeben Barlow , Lafras Luitingh, Victor Bout (Butt), Sanjivan Ruprah and the companies Executive Outcomes, Sandline and General Commerce Bank.

Meet Adnan Khashoggi
Let�s have a closer look and start with a veteran of arms and shady deals, a close friend of the bin Laden family for decades, an uncle of the late Dodi Fayed, the last partner of Diana Princess of Wales and brother-in-law of the owner of Harrod�s Supermarket in London, Al Fayed, his name: Adnan Khashoggi, once called the richest man on earth. Khashoggi�s origin is Saudi Arabia, his favourite place to live is Marbella in Spain and his favourite businesses are arms deals and the stock market, especially in Vancouver/Canada.

At present, however, he likes more the sand of the beaches of the United Arab Emirates, a better, because safer place to be, when arrest warrants and extradition requests are piling up.

He was involved in the Iran Contra-Affair in the 80s, in which the Pentagon sold weapons to Iran and the profits were used to buy weapons for a CIA sponsored group in Nicaragua, the Contra Rebels. Everything illegal of course, but an army man by the name of Oliver North was day and night putting documents into the shredder, when the scandal was about to be made public. It is good to have such trustworthy people in your house.

Khashoggi was also involved in the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), a massive washing machine for illegal money from the Medellin drug cartel, Manuel Noriega, and other drug lords. The bank was forcibly closed in 1992 after investigations by a committee of the US senate, in which Senator John Kerry featured prominently.

However Khashoggi, likeable as he is, had and has friends all over the world, so let�s forget about the BCCI-Affair and move on to Thailand, to the Bangkok Bank of Commerce. The CEO of that bank was in the 90s Krirkkiat Jalichandra. A promsing young man of Indian origin, by the name of Rakesh Saxena was introduced to him on a golf course.
A duo infernale
Saxena was wanted in India for culpable homicide, who cares, was a communist before, while studying in India, who cares and according to the slogan, who is not a communist at age 20 hasn�t got a heart, and who is still a communist age 40 hasn�t got a brain, and Saxena had brains, he forgot Marx and Engels and concentrated on fraud and corruption the big way and advised his �brother in fraud� Jalichandra accordingly both together a �duo infernale�, so to speak. Money was pumped into a labyrinth of fake companies and �small gifts� in cash and kind were handed out to politicians and friends, a non repayable loan was allegedly given to Saxena�s friend Adnan Khashoggi, amounting to only 134 million US Dollars, peanuts, so to speak.

However such big fraud, that triggered eventually the Asian Banking Crisis in 1997 cannot go on forever one time the bubble has to burst and in 1996 the scheme collapsed, however Saxena, clever as he was, left in time the sinking ship and fled to a much cooler place, Canada.

Not forgetting, allegedly to take some pocket money with him, only the laughable sum of 88 million US Dollars laughable, because the damage he and Jalichandra allegedly caused amounted to more than three billion US Dollars. Jalichandra was not so lucky, he got arrested and has been sentenced to 30 years in prison one year ago. Thailand wanted Saxena extradited, but Saxena did not want, had money enough to hire the best of the best of lawyers and he convinced the Government of Canada, a banker is a banker, that it would be cheaper to put him in self paid house arrest, than into a prison. So he is still in Canada but not resting, to the contrary. He is as busy as ever.

Rakesh Saxena and a Mercenary
First to knock on his door was Tim Spicer, the mercenary, Ex-Lieutenant Colonel, OBE, hated by the Irish because soldiers of his unit, when he was stationed in Northern Ireland, killed an innocent Irishman by the name of McBride. These soldiers were later convicted for murder. However Spicer campaigned and lied for them, so that they were early released and then reinstated in the British Army, they are now on patrol in Iraq, where killing of innocent civilians is rather a day- to- day event.

Spicer needed money, Saxena had money for his adventure in Sierra Leone.

Tony Buckinghams company Sandline, of which Spicer was the chief executive until 2000, offered their service, in exchange for diamond mining rights, to ousted President Kabbah with old apartheid soldiers of the infamous 32.Buffalo Battalion, Koevoet, 44 Parachute Brigade and the Reconnaissance Commandos. All well well known killer units, their motto: shoot to kill, and their battleground in those days were the newly independent state of Angola with the refugee camps of SWAPO and the illegally occupied Namibia as well as other neighboring countries like Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe..

The unit, named Executive Outcomes, was founded and headed by Eeben Barlow, former member of the 32.Buffalo Battalion and then of the Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB) the latter an South African apartheid death squad, which can take credit for countless extra judicial killings inside and outside South Africa including hundreds of captured SWAPO freedom fighters allegedly killed with poison, delivered by a Dr. Wouter Basson and the bodies thrown out of a plane over the Atlantic Ocean.

Saxena and the Arms to Africa Affair
Saxena offered 10 million US Dollar, he had mining interests there as well, bought with money from the Bangkok Bank of Commerce, and with Saxenas/Bangkok Bank of Commerce money Spicer bought tons of weapons in Bulgaria and elsewhere. This was the start, of what was later called the Arms to Africa Affair. Active in this scheme there were also Simon Mann and Nick du Toit, both in prison now, one in Zimbabwe, the other one in Equatorial Guinea after the failed coup attempt last year.

This military intervention was in flagrant violation of an UN arms embargo, who cares, and with the approval of the resident British High Commissioner, Penfold. When the things came out, it nearly brought down the Blair Government.

And Khashoggi and Saxena were not just watching, what was happening in Africa, they had also had serious business to do, Khashoggi in America and Saxena in Canada, before both joint forces and went to Vienna Austria.

Khashoggi, Men from Mars and Deutsche Bank

In 2001 Khashoggi, via his company Ultimate Holdings, based on the Bahamas with a complicated lending scam allegedly pumped up the stock of a Nasdaq bubble company by the name of Genesis Intermedia, in which Ultimate Holdings was the majority shareholder.

The company was built around a book by a John Gray, �Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars�.He forgot to add that arms dealers and mercenaries are from hell. Involved in that scam were Deutsche Bank in Toronto and a slew of criminal stockbrokers and after the scam collapsed in 2001, Khashoggi and his friend El Batrawi were 130 million US Dollar richer, broker houses filed for bankruptcy , the damage amounting to more than 300 million US Dollars.

Deutsche Bank has now settled out of court and has paid 350 million US Dollars, still denying any responsibility, of course.

A friend is a friend
Meanwhile Saxena in Canada was busy as well. He appointed the leading opposition MP in the Canadian Parliament, John Reynolds as board member in a flimsy company called WaveTech while fighting at the same time an extradition request from Thailand in the courts of Canada. We in Africa call that corruption. A friend, even when bought, in need is a friend indeed.

And he was involved in a scandal around a company in South Africa in 2004 , called Platinum Asset Management. PAM, that later on moved to Botswana and was exposed in August 2005 here by me and the local weekly paper “Sunday Standard”.

Vienna and the Big Fraud
However shared success is doubled success, so he went to good old Europe in 2000 with his friend Khashoggi. Khashoggi in person, and him being under house arrest via the phone. They linked up with a Filipino by the name of Amador Pastrana.

Pastrana had already earned himself the reputation as being a king of the boiler rooms earning him more than a billion Dollar.

Boiler rooms are cramped small offices, from where selling of shares to unsuspecting clients is organised. They apply high pressure sales pitches on their victims. Those clients have money but no banking experience, they are neither banker nor broker The shares they sell to pensioners, and medium income earners are worthless, artificially pumped up Penny stocks and the clients never see their money again. The most effective and sophisticated fraud scheme to date.

Saxena, Khashoggi and Pastrana bought together the General Commerce Bank AG in Vienna, formerly WMP Bank and allegedly turned it into a boiler room, the fraud organised there amounts, according to press reports, to roughly one billion US Dollar.
With them the US-convicted criminals Regis Possino, Raoul Berthamieu (alias Berthaumieu, alias Lee Sanders) and Sherman Mazur.

In 2001 the Bank was closed.

.1 billion in one year.
Now Saxena can rub his hands. Not only that he is back in his self paid house arrest in a posh suburb of Vancouver, it gives him also a chance to go back into business in a country, which he called last year �full of unintelligent idiots�.

The extradition request of Thailand has expired now after 10 years. The government of Thailand was overthrown by a military coup last September, thus giving Saxena plenty of new arguments in his legal battle.

Saxena’s colleagues seem to do well.
Sherman Mazur has started a company, Accu Poll Holdings, in which his children are the majority shareholders. They intend to sell polling machines to the government. A lot of shares have already been sold, via boiler rooms of course, at highly inflated prices.

Regis Possino was collecting investor’s money for his company “Geneva Equities”in Asia last year, calling it a “roadshow”. He netted 28 million US Dollars.

Geneva Equities was before connected to a company by the name “L-Air”, supposed to fly between Canada and Belgium. However their planes never made it to the runway, only the money of the investrors flew away – forever-.

And Raoul Berthamieu alias Lee Sanders seems to be still in business with his company Pacific Federal SA. If you put the name in a search engine, plentiful warnings, not to do business with this company, are appearing. Who says, that crime does not pay? Saxena et al?????

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bob (Gast) – 5. Jun, 12:19

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Rakesh is at it again in thses new web sites hope you get him

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sfux – 5. Jun, 21:36

Thank you very much.

Bill Ohare (Gast) – 12. Jun, 10:59

New places for Rakesh…al-market.html…can-mining.htm


jeff (Gast) – 28. Okt, 12:39

Rakesh Saxena�s latest company vehicle is Quote Platform Syndicate Inc Ltd. A company incorporated in the United Kingdom registered company number 06433400. It was incorporated on the 21/11/2007.

The Company has as its director Rakesh Saxena and the Company Secretary is Amrit Sarup who is Mother to Rakesh and his half-brother Deepak Sarup. Amrit Sarup is 82 years old and has been variously described as a legal consultant or legal scholar although she is not a lawyer.

The Company�s address is 44 Pandora Road, West Hampstead, London, NW 6 1TR. This property is registered as belonging to Deepak Sarup

The house is registered in the name of Title absolute 1 (27.11.2000) PROPRIETOR: DEEPAK SARUP of 44 Pandora Road, West Hampstead, London NW6 1TR. 2 (27.11.2001) The price stated to have been paid on 20 October 2001 was �400,000. It was bought for cash and has no charges against it.

Mr Deepak Sarum works for the Siam Commercial Bank as a Vice President.
In Bangkok.

Rakesh Saxena has been busy promoting the Quote Platform Syndicate through business networking websites. There are two OTCBB corporations that have publicly claimed to have raised substantial sums out of the efforts of Quote Platform Syndicate Inc. The first is 3P Networks Inc. (US OTC:TPNW.PK .3P Networks. The shares are quoted at 2 cents and there have been no filings of any kind that can be looked up on the OTCBB website.

The other is Spirit Exploration Inc. [] On this website is the story that.

�December 10, 2007, Victoria, BC: Spirit Exploration, Inc. (SPXP: Pink Sheets) Spirit announced the completion of the underwriting syndicate securing $20m in asset backed notes. Quote Platform Syndicate is working with Spirit in this transaction. The notes will be for a 5 year term and are comprised of 20,000 units with an issue price of US$1,000 per unit. The Notes are secured by the Company�s Muluncay concession in Ecuador. This financing will be closed upon completion of final documents in December 2007�.

However, the registration statement that had been submitted to the SEC by Spirit Exploration Inc has now been withdrawn.

Is it the usual case with anything connected to Rakesh Saxena on the OTCBB, much is claimed but not substantiated by an examination of the facts?

Are the Thai authorities asset recovery division interested in where the money came from to purchase for cash 44 Pandora Road London in Deepak Sarum�s name? Was it provided by Rakesh Saxena and is that why he is using this property for Quote Platform Syndicate Inc Ltd?

Posted by Newsworthy, on 09/03/2008 at 01:38


Company Directors Report

Company Secretary
Appointment Date: 21/11/2007
Date of Birth: 04/12/1926
Present Appointments: 1
Resignations since June 1996: 1

Appointment Date: 21/11/2007
Date of Birth: 13/07/1952
Occupation/Function: CONSULTANT
Present Appointments: 1
Resignations since June 1996: 0

Report Generated: 30/08/2008

Statutory Information
Previous name: None
Registered Number: 06433400
Incorporation Date: 21/11/2007
Registered Office: 44 PANDORA ROAD

Latest Filed Accounts: None
Date Accounts Lodged: None
Accounts Ref. Date: 30/11
Latest Annual Return: None
Issued Capital (GBP): None
Company Status: Not Analysed
Principal Activities: The company has yet to file any accounts at Companies House.
Principal UK SIC Code: Not known
CCJs since January 1992: Number of exact unsatisfied CCJs: None
Number of probable unsatisfied CCJs: None
Number of possible unsatisfied CCJs: None

Holding Company: None
Ultimate Holding Company: None

Company Secretaries

Shares 1000.
Registered to. North Shore Trading Corp
3080 River Road
Richmond. British Columbia
V7C 5N2
Shares taken 1000.

Posted by Newsworthy, on 08/31/2008 at 02:24


Siam Commercial Bank has appointed two new senior executives to help oversee its internal reforms, including the half-brother of Rakesh Saxena, a former executive of the defunct Bangkok Bank of Commerce who is now fighting extradition from Canada.

However Deepak Sarup, a former auditor with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, insisted that he was much different from his sibling.

‘We are very different, with different interests, different friends … I’ve never done anything wrong professionally in my life,’ Mr Sarup said.

Posted by Newsworthy, on 08/31/2008 at 02:04


The Quote Platform website is registered at 44 Pandora Road West Hampstead London NW6 1TR. That property is registerd to the person named below.

The house is registered in the name of Title absolute
1 (27.11.2001) PROPRIETOR: DEEPAK SARUP of 44 Pandora Road, West
Hampstead, London NW6 1TR.
2 (27.11.2001) The price stated to have been paid on 20 October 2001 was
�400,000. It was bought for cash and has no charges against it.

Amrit Sarup is Rakesh Saxena’s Mother. He uses her bank account in Barclays Bank UK and in another in Vancouver to process all of his cash dealings on the Pink Sheets etc.

The Thai authorities are trying to sequester his assets world-wide but as yet have not moved against those being held in the names of his mother or close family associates, the proving of the connection is the key.

Until they take these other assets and freeze the bank accounts it will be business as usual for Rakesh Saxena.

Posted by Newsworthy, on 08/29/2008 at 23:00

sfux – 29. Okt, 22:00
THANK you very much Jeff!!!

Rakesh Saxena (born July 13, 1952, at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India) is an Indian financier and trader in the derivatives market. On October 29, 2009, he was deported to Thailand[1] after fighting the longest extradition battle in Canadian history,[2] which lasted 13 years. He is accused of embezzlement in 1994-1995. He is widely reputed to have been engaged in dozens of high risk ventures and deals throughout the world over the previous three decades.

Rakesh Saxena studied in India at St. Stephen’s College and in Britain.[citation needed] He graduated with a Master of Arts degree in English Literature.[citation needed] He worked in a foreign exchange and money market brokerage company, where he concentrated on complex financial transactions and foreign exchange speculation, first in Delhi, Bombay, Sri Lanka and Singapore, and then for the Oriental Bank of Commerce in Delhi, before the Indian government nationalized it.[citation needed]

In the mid-1970s, Saxena moved to Hong Kong, where he met his wife, a Thai national.[citation needed] In Hong Kong, he first worked as a foreign exchange dealer in Kowloon, and then joined Wocom Commodities.[citation needed] He moved his base to Bangkok in 1985 where the Bank of Thailand had announced the opening up of the forex markets.[citation needed] He then shifted focus to the derivatives arena.[citation needed]

In Bangkok, Saxena dealt in speculation on buying and selling companies and wrote a financial column in the Bangkok Post, spoke in seminars of foreign exchange trading and formed numerous contacts in the business community.[citation needed] Among his interests were mines in Sierra Leone, companies in Australia, Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, Russia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Israel, Cyprus and the Virgin Islands, and a number of Swiss bank accounts.[citation needed]

Extradition to Thailand

On October 31, 2009, when the Supreme Court of Canada denied the final Appeal of Mr. Saxena, he was immediately handed over to Thai authorities who flew him to Thailand, where Mr. Saxena is now awaiting trial on Fraud charges.[3]

A Marxist Millionaire

As a student, he embraced Marxism, and Saxena’s consulting work continues to be informed by Marxist political theory.[citation needed]

Saxena sees no contradiction in being a wealthy Marxist. He is a theorist, not an activist, he said. “I’m not a Che Guevara,” he said. “I’m not going to go sit in the jungle fighting. My analysis is basically a Marxist analysis of risk. I’m not a capitalist. I make money through sheer brain power.”[citation needed]

However, reliable sources suggest that Saxena was (and remains) an active member and ideologue of the extremist Naxalite movement in the 1970s and he has continued to support far-left parties in Nepal and in India, including the Maoist Communist Parties of India and Nepal.[citation needed]

Bangkok Bank of Commerce

In 1989, Saxena became advisor to Krirk-kiat Jalichandra, new senior vice-president of Bangkok Bank of Commerce. The bank tried hostile takeovers against many of the large Thai companies that traded publicly on the stock exchange. According to later investigation, it also gave cheap loans to various public officials and politicians in India, Russia, Thailand, Sinagapore, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Bangkok Bank of Commerce collapsed in 1996 and the Bank of Thailand took it over. The collapse contributed to the Asian financial recession, economic and political crisis and the 1997 devaluation of the baht. Saxena was at his residence in Prague or Zurich at the time the story broke, and he never returned to Thailand.

In June 1996, Thai authorities charged Saxena, Krikkiat Jalichandre, Rajan Pillai and Adnan Khashoggi and a number of other people with embezzling money estimated to be worth $US2.2 billion (or according to other estimates, $US88 million). Saxena himself had allegedly siphoned off £300 million in 1992-1993 through a string of derivative transactions. Saxena said that he was just an advisor and a trader and that the collapse of the real estate markets was the real trigger of the recession. His relationship with Russian tycoons and Arab sheikhs continues to be a subject of speculation.

Detention in Canada

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested Saxena on July 7, 1996, at Whistler, British Columbia,[4] on behest of the Thai police. He was initially imprisoned for 2–3 days in a Canadian pre-trial centre. Saxena resisted extradition, claiming that he would be killed if he would return to Thailand.

In February 1998, Saxena was put on bail of $2.5 million because he was regarded as a flight risk. British Columbia Supreme Court overturned this ruling on June 24, 1998, allowing him to resist extradition in Vancouver, under his own guards in an effective house arrest at his own expense. On September 4, 1998, Thailand asked authorities in 22 countries to freeze his assets, which, at the time, amounted to $135–300 million. Thailand also filed a civil suit against him.

In September 2005, the lower Canadian court ruled that Saxena should be extradited but the government of Canada did not enforce this ruling. Saxena further delayed his extradition with appeals. On October 21, 2005, the Canadian court postponed Saxena’s extradition once again until January 2006.

On March 3, 2006, Saxena lost his B.C. Court of Appeal bid to overturn the federal justice minister’s order that he be surrendered to Thai authorities, despite his contention that he could be killed or tossed in an inhumane prison cell in Thailand. Saxena’s lawyer appealed. One of the possible reasons cited for him being released was the recent coup d’état in Thailand, which ousted the internationally recognized government, thus causing significant turmoil for the crown.

Saxena filed his appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada through the offices of Amandeep Singh, known for representing clients in such internationally intriguing cases as the Extradition of Omid Tahvili, a fugitive who was on the Interpol’s Top Ten Most Wanted persons list and part of the defence of the Air India Bombing Trial.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

On October 29, 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada denied Saxena’s hearing request regarding a lower-court decision upholding his extradition. The Supreme Court gave no reason for its decision. Later that day, Saxena was turned over to Thai authorities and left Canada for Thailand.[1][11][12]

Business with Sierra Leone

A military coup ousted president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone in May 1997. Kabbah fled to Guinea and set up a government in exile. Around July 1997 he contacted British mercenary Tim Spicer of the Sandline International to organize a counter-coup. Saxena agreed to finance the countercoup in exchange for diamond exploration permits.

According to the British Parliament’s Report of the Sierra Leone Arms Investigation, Saxena would raise the money so that Sandline could hire soldiers and buy equipment. In return, Kabbah would give Saxena’s companies permits for diamond exploration and promises of further business. Saxena would pay Sandline for their operations. However, someone leaked the relevant documents to The Globe and Mail. In an interview the same year Kabbah denied knowledge of any negotiations with Saxena.

According to Spicer, who testified for the Report, Saxena did not give them the funds he had promised; reports have contradicted Spicer on this issue. Sandline bought more weapons from Bulgaria but they were too late – Nigerian-lead troops loyal to Kabbah had already seized the capital. As a result, Saxena did not receive the permits. Later British government investigation confirmed that Kabbah had not told the whole truth. In later interview Saxena claimed that he wanted to help for “ideological reasons” and the last thing on his mind was owning mines in Africa.

General Commerce Bank

Rakesh Saxena was, until recently, allegedly fraudulently active in Britain (West Shore Ventures), South Africa in 2004 (Platinum Asset Management) and then Botswana (Investor Relations), South Africa (Phoenix Capital Partners), as the Sunday Standard and had revealed in August 2005. It is now known whether Saxena owned the African companies or not.

Adnan Khashoggi, Oleg Boiko, Rakesh Saxena, Amador Pastrana, and Regis Possino, a lawyer believed to be the chief architect of the General Commerce Bank transaction, together acquired General Commerce Bank, in Vienna, Austria, from where they allegedly organized international stock and bond deals. Associated with Possino were Sheman Mazur and Raoul Berthamieu, from the U.S. Possino and Khashoggi were credited with raising over $65 million for Genesis International, prior to the selling of the shares being halted by the SEC. Neither Possino nor Khashoggi were implicated in any wrongdoing in that regard.

Victims came from many countries, including Australia, Britain, and South Africa. Again Saxena’s exact role has never been determined in many of these transactions. His name never showed up in any ownership documents. The Austrian government has not charged him with anything. One reason may well be that, in many instances, it is believed, that parties involved in international deals pay Saxena simply to have him on side. Saxena is not averse to shorting stocks. According to one of India’s biggest power brokers, Chandraswami (also Nemi Chand Jain), Saxena is not averse to greenmail-type attacks on deals in progress, and due to his extensive knowledge of the markets (financial, economic and political), his reach is daunting, but his name is not on the paperwork. One senior Indian cabinet minister also alleged that Saxena is making options and futures prices on speculative Indian shares from offshore jurisdictions and that he is the price maker “of last recourse” for speculators in Mumbai.

Reports suggest that Saxena from his residence conducts several questionable and high-profile deals around the world, primarily deals in the exotic world of third world debt and derivatives; many such deals are, until now, outside the regulatory umbrellas and are likely to remain so for many more years.

Mr. Saxena and his company Westshore Ventures were sued by Pacific Energy & Mining Company and Tariq Ahmad of Reno, Nevada in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada for fraud and conspiracy to defraud Pacific Energy of over 1.5 million dollars. Pacific Energy had also filed a criminal complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, however, the proceedings were stopped due to the extradition of Mr. Saxena to Thailand.

Since Mr. Saxena’s extradition to Thailand, no additional securities frauds have been perpetrated by Mr. Saxena.

Recent developments

In August 2006, the Thai government set up a new team to seize the rest of Saxena’s assets overseas, targeting those in Canada. Then Minister Chidchai Wannasathit ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Office and the Royal Thai Police to help the Attorney-General in this task. Canadian Appeals court denied his request for bail. [Bail was granted later].

Rakesh Saxena was also a defendant in number of Civil Lawsuits in United States, including in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada; he won those cases or those cases simply faded away.

Charges Against Saxena

Saxena has been accused of many things but has not convicted of anything yet.

In India, Saxena has been accused of culpable homicide, extortion, uttering death threats and cheating in the death of biscuit tycoon Rajan Pillai. Those allegations were laid after the tycoon’s widow accused Saxena and three others of conspiring to kill her husband. Pillai was introduced to Saxena by some prominent Indian power brokers, including Chandraswani. The tycoon’s widow, former model Nina Pillai, was considered very close to Saxena by people who saw her often at Saxena’s Bangkok residence. Former bank officials in Thailand have claimed that Nina Pillai continued to be financed by Saxena after her husband’s death.

The Government of Thailand accuse Saxena embezzling $88 million from the Bangkok Bank of Commerce (BBC) and sought his extradition from Canada. The bank had separately filed civil proceedings against Saxena. He has filed a counter-suit.[13]

The collapse of the BBC was one of the first dominoes in a financial crisis that spread across Asia, shaking the world economy in 1997. While some blame Saxena for sparking the inferno – The Wall Street Journal described him as the “Mrs. Leary’s cow of the global financial crisis” – he is not facing court action on that score. He is also linked to some of the major hedge fund problems of the late 1990s, particularly problems linked to third world bonds and leveraged currency and interest rate derivatives on such bonds and to problems now associated with Russian and East Europe privatizations of the Yeltsin era.

No charges were laid in the ill-fated Sierra Leone affair. The British Parliament’s Report of the Sierra Leone Arms Investigation concluded that the purchase of weapons with Saxena’s money only technically broke a United Nations embargo and that Canada was not yet enforcing the embargo.

  1. ^ Jump up to: a b “Fugitive Saxena returned to Thailand, ending 13-year judicial marathon”. Vancouver Sun. October 29, 2009. Archived from the original on November 1, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  2. Jump up ^ “Thai fugitive’s appeals push extradition case to deadline”. The StarPhoenix/The Province. December 23, 2008. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. 
  3. Jump up ^ “Saxena in Thailand”. The Nation. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  4. Jump up ^ “Fugitive financier awaits extradition judgement”. CBC News. November 10, 2000. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
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  7. Jump up ^ Nathan Vardi (April 25, 2008). “In Pictures: The World’s 10 Most Wanted”. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  8. Jump up ^ “Fugitive Thai banker faces trial”. BBC News. October 30, 2009. Archived from the original on June 28, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  9. Jump up ^ “Fugitive Banker Fighting Extradition From Canada to Thailand for 13 Years Loses Battle”. Fox News. October 29, 2009. Archived from the original on November 21, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
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  11. Jump up ^ “Thai Fugitive Saxena Loses Canada Extradition Appeal”. Bloomberg. October 29, 2009. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. 
  12. Jump up ^ “Saxena denied”. Bangkok Post. October 30, 2009. 
  13. Jump up ^ Amy Sawitta Lefevre (June 8, 2012). “Indian financier Rakesh Saxena jailed over 1990s crisis-era fraud in Thailand”. Bangkok. Reuters. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 

History and mystery


(Editor’s note: In the course of our investigations, we come across people whose names pop up frequently in connection with questionable companies, or who always seem to have other issues surrounding them. We think that covering in detail the backgrounds of these people will help make investors smarter. We created to introduce you to some of them, and now we are adding a second page, Matrix, to allow you to track them. Starting with this story, we will add summaries of individuals and companies that appear in Sharesleuth stories to a searchable database that readers can use to learn more about them and to see how what links they might have to others in the database.)

In December 2001, the Nasdaq stock exchange delisted the shares of Global Capital Partners Inc., citing its ties to people with serious criminal or regulatory histories.
Nasdaq investigators concluded that two convicted felons, Regis Possino and Sherman Mazur, had acquired a substantial, undisclosed interest in the company, which operated brokerages in the United States and Europe. Global Capital’s chairman and chief executive, Martin A. Sumichrast, was a direct participant in the financing deal that led to their involvement.
According to Nasdaq’s findings, Sumichrast created a separate entity that bought newly issued shares from Global Capital, using money that ultimately came from companies connected to Possino and Mazur. Global Capital (Pink Sheets: GCPL.PK) later bought millions of dollars of stock in obscure public companies tied to Possino or Mazur. Nasdaq said the brokerage also sold a stake in an online subsidiary to a company headed by one of their associates, another financial felon. In addition, investigators said, Global Capital participated in a dubious $27.5 million divestiture that led it to inflate assets and earnings and to file what it called “materially misleading” financial statements for at least three quarters.
No regulatory charges were filed in connection with the deals. Nor were investors ever told the full reason for the delisting. By appearances, Global Capital’s shares were removed solely for failure to meet the exchange’s minimum share price.
Global Capital gave up its brokerage license in 2002 and faded from view. Since then, Sumichrast has worked as a consultant for other publicly traded companies. He also led an investor group that packaged four U.S. shell companies for reverse mergers with China-based partners. The first of those shells became China Fire & Security Group Inc., which was the subject of a previous Sharesleuth investigation.
A second shell company, International Imaging Systems Inc., was transformed last fall into China Bio Energy Holding Group Co. (OTCBB: CBEH.OB). A third, Forme Capital Inc., combined in March with a Chinese supermarket chain and has changed its name to QKL Stores Inc. (OTCBB: QKLS.OB). The fourth shell, Southern Sauce Co. (SOSA.OB) announced last month that it had completed a reverse merger with a Chinese company that specializes in ceramic valves and other products.
In our report on China Fire, we noted that some of the investors in the shells had previously been connected to stock manipulation schemes. Since then, we have turned up information linking Sumichrast to a succession of white-collar criminals.
Our research also shows that Sumichrast and several of his partners in the shell and reverse-merger deals have a mutual history at other public companies. One of those is in liquidation, and another is facing delisting from the American Stock Exchange. We think that anyone considering investing in China Bio Energy, QKL Stores or the Chinese valve maker should know the backgrounds of the people who have helped create them.

It’s possible that China Fire, China Bio Energy, QKL Stores and the Chinese valve maker are perfectly legitimate companies that had the misfortune of doing business with Americans who have questionable pasts. But we wonder why, if those and other Chinese companies are so promising, they escaped the attention of bigger, more reputable U.S. investment firms. We also wonder why the more we investigate these Chinese reverse-merger deals, the more people we find with criminal or regulatory pasts. We will continue to dig deeper and report on what we find.
(Disclosure: Mark Cuban, the majority member of LLC, has no position in any of the stocks mentioned in this story. Chris Carey, editor of, does not invest in individual stocks and has no position in any of the stocks mentioned here.)

Sharesleuth’s latest reporting found that Sumichrast’s ties to past fraud schemes or individuals who committed fraud were more extensive than we first realized. We found that:

  • Sumichrast was a director and shareholder of A1 Inc., a public company that was one of Global Capital’s investment banking clients. A1 and Global Capital also were partners in an online venture designed to link businesses with buyers and investors. A1 Internet’s second-largest stockholder, Larry W. Kerschenbaum, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud in connection with his sale of A1 shares. Federal prosecutors charged that, from 1999 to 2001, he bribed two Global Capital brokers to recommend and sell his shares to their clients. The stock sales began while Sumichrast was on A1 Internet’s board and while he was running Global Capital (then called Eastbrokers International Inc.) Three other people associated with A1 Internet, including its chief executive officer, were later convicted or pleaded guilty in a separate fraud case involving sales of the company’s stock. ((To read more about Global Capital and A1 Internet, click here))
  • Sumichrast was one of four people who provided short-term “bridge loan” financing to e-Net Inc. in 1996, just before a planned stock offering underwritten by a corrupt brokerage called Stratton Oakmont Inc. Global Capital’s corporate predecessor, Czech Industries Inc., had raised $15 million through that firm the previous year. Stratton Oakmont’s owners would later go to prison for a variety of offenses, including manipulating share prices in at least 34 public offerings. The Czech Industries deal was among them. In some of the offerings, Stratton Oakmont’s owners and their associates used bridge loans to put shares and warrants in the hands of front people who agreed to sell the securities back to them upon demand. e-Net did not go forward with its stock sale. According to an account in the Washington Post, regulators balked at Stratton Oakmont’s involvement, and were concerned that the four bridge lenders were getting securities valued at $7 million for a $1 million loan that was to be repaid in less than a year. e-Net went public the following year in an offering underwritten by Barron Chase Securities Inc., a firm whose president later went to prison for his role in yet another fraudulent stock offering.
  • Sumichrast appears to have been involved in the creation of a company called American Corp., which filed for a public offering in September 2002. SEC documents show that the major shareholders were Sumichrast’s sister-in-law, Stacey L. Rennix; his business partner, Ralph O. Olson; two former Global Capital insiders and Thomas T. Prousalis Jr., the lawyer who acted as securities counsel for e-Net, Czech Industries and a handful of other companies in their Stratton Oakmont offerings. American Corp.’s last SEC filing on its proposed stock sale was in August 2003. Prousalis was indicted five months later in connection with another stock deal – the same one that landed the president of Barron Chase in prison. Prousalis pleaded guilty in the middle of his trial and was sentenced to 57 months. According to coverage of the case in the Washington Post, prosecutors had asked to present evidence that Prousalis was a participant in the planning of six fraudulent public offerings, including the e-Net and Czech Industries deal. They said that Jordan Belfort, one of the founders of Stratton Oakmont, would testify against him.

Five members of the group that invested in Sumichrast’s Chinese reverse-merger deals were involved in a California company called House of Taylor Jewelry Inc. (Pink Sheets: HOTJ.PK), either as officers, directors, shareholders or investment bankers. The “Taylor” in the corporate name is actress Elizabeth Taylor, who licensed a line of jewelry to the business and became its biggest shareholder. Former supermodel Kathy Ireland also licensed a line of jewelry to the company.
Lomond International Inc., a company run by Sumichrast and Olson, helped create House of Taylor in May 2005. SEC filings don’t specify the role that Lomond played in the company’s formation. They do show that Lomond got 900,000 shares of stock, making it the sixth biggest holder. House of Taylor’s shares have skidded from a high of $7.50 in January 2006 to less than a penny today. Its stock was delisted from the Nasdaq exchange in April. Taylor and Ireland have terminated their licensing deals with the company, and its main lender is liquidating its assets.
Sharesleuth’s investigation found that Lomond International and two other early House of Taylor investors transferred at least 1.6 million of their shares in 2005 to recipients whose names never appeared in the company’s SEC filings. They included two people with long ties to Irving Kott, a Canadian financier and stock promoter with two fraud-related convictions. That discovery continued a pattern that we had noted in our earlier story.
Some of those House of Taylor shares also wound up with a company whose signatory was Sumichrast’s sister-in-law, and to four inscrutably named limited liability companies – each of which used a drop box at a different Mailboxes Etc. store as its business address.
SEC filings show that a company headed by stock promoter Stephen E. Apolant got shares in House of Taylor a few weeks before its formal creation. At the time, Apolant was a defendant in an SEC fraud case involving a “pump and dump” scheme at another public company.
At least five members of Sumichrast’s investor group also were involved in a company called Recom Managed Systems Inc. The shares of that company, now known as Signalife Inc. (AMEX: SGN), peaked at $8.90 in April 2004 and have been on a long decline ever since. The stock now trades for 18 cents and the company is facing delisting from the American Stock Exchange.
A former chief executive of Recom, Stephen O. Sparks, testified in a court case that Lomond International worked to manipulate Recom’s stock. Sparks said that during his time at the company in 2002 and 2003, Lomond International traded in Recom’s shares to boost the price and volume, and touted the stock to market makers and other investors.
Lomond International is the same entity that Sumichrast and Olson used to buy stakes in the shell companies they merged with Chinese partners.
Sparks also testified in his deposition that many of Recom’s activities were secretly orchestrated by Mitchell J. Stein, a California financier and attorney. He said that Stein – who was not listed among Recom’s officers, directors or control persons — made hiring and spending decisions, represented the company at key business meetings, issued press releases about its activities and directed certain individuals to trade in its shares.
A second company run by Sumichrast and Olson received a consulting contract with Recom in March 2003. SEC filings show that the firm, Crown Reef Holdings Inc., was supposed to advise Recom on strategic planning, marketing and other subjects. It was paid with 800,000 shares of stock, the sale of which generated well over $2 million.
Sharesleuth noted one other common link between House of Taylor and Recom. Both companies had been shells controlled by California businessman Sim Farar or his sons. Farar is a prominent Democratic Party fundraiser who helped raise millions for Sen. Hillary Clinton in her unsuccessful run for the presidential nomination.

The members of the investment group that controlled the shells that became China Fire, China Bio Energy and the newly public grocery chain include:

  • Sumichrast, a partner in Lomond International and several other investment and consulting companies based in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Olson, Sumichrast’s partner in the investment and consulting companies. He is a former investment banker for Global Capital and was vice president of one of its brokerage subsidiaries in Englewood, Colo.
  • Raul C. Silvestre Jr., an attorney in Westlake Village, Calif., and president of Castle Bison Inc., an investment company. He previously was secretary and treasurer of Recom, and also served as its securities counsel.
  • John Scardino, a real estate developer based in Westlake Village. He shares office space with Silvestre.
  • Ariel Coro, manager of Menlo Venture Partners LLC, an investment company in Agoura Hills, Calif.

Vision Capital Advisors LLC, a hedge fund in New York, invested in all four of the group’s shell or reverse-merger deals. Its Vision Opportunity China Fund (AIM: VOC.L) put roughly $10 million into both China Bio Energy and QKL Stores, and put more than $15 million into Southern Sauce. Vision declined through its attorney to answer questions posed by Sharesleuth.
SEC filings show that Lawrence Chimerine, an economic consultant and a former director of Global Capital, invested in the first three shells that merged with Chinese companies. So did the wives of Cary W. Sucoff and Harvey R. Kohn, who run Equity Source Partners LLC, a broker-dealer and investment banking firm in Jericho, N.Y. The fourth Chinese company has yet to file the type of SEC form that would show whether those people invested in that deal.
Chimerine also is a director of House of Taylor. He joined its board in September 2005. Sucoff and Kohn provided investment banking services to House of Taylor and helped it raise money through a private placement.
We’ve created a flow chart that shows how members of this network moved between companies and how some of those companies interacted with one another. To see the chart, click here.

The SEC recently signed off on China Bio Energy’s registration statement covering the resale of 2.84 million shares held by Sumichrast’s investor group and several other parties that got stock through the reverse merger. China Bio Energy’s stock has traded in low volumes on the Over the Counter market. Nevertheless, its share price has risen sharply over the past few months, climbing from a base of $4.25 in early May to a recent peak of $9.25. At Wednesday’s closing price of $6.25, the nearly 1.3 million shares and warrants that Sumichrast’s investor group held after the reverse merger would have a market value of $8.12 million. The group bought control of the shell for $405,000.
QKL Stores filed a registration statement in May. Its plan covers the sale of roughly 12.2 million shares, including 1.5 million shares originally held by members of Sumichrast’s investor group. QKL Stores’ stock is lightly traded, but has nearly doubled since May. At Wednesday’s closing price of $5.95, the shell group’s stake would have market value of $8.92 million. The group bought control of the shell for $650,000.
China Fire started out on the Over the Counter market and moved to the Nasdaq in July 2006. It appears that China Bio Energy and QKL Stores are headed down the same path. Securities and Exchange Commission filings show that the reverse merger deals for each of those companies contain a provision that grants their private placement investors an additional 1 million shares if they fail to gain a listing on the Nasdaq, the American Stock Exchange or the New York Stock Exchange by certain target dates.

Our initial story on China Fire noted that Sumichrast had been chief financial officer of Czech Industries at the time when its public offering was used a fraud vehicle by Stratton Oakmont. It also noted that Sumichrast had numerous ties to associates of Irving Kott. One of Kott’s criminal convictions involved his secret ownership interest in J.B. Oxford Holdings Inc., a now-defunct brokerage company based in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The 48-count indictment in that case alleged, among other things, that two of Kott’s associates were given allotments of stock in Stratton Oakmont’s fraudulent offerings in return for J.B. Oxford clearing trades for Stratton Oakmont and several related brokerages. The allotments included shares and warrants in the Czech Industries offering.
Czech Industries originally owned hotels and other businesses in Eastern Europe. The company changed its name to Eastbrokers International Inc. in December 1996, to better reflect a new focus on the securities business. It renamed itself Global Capital in 1998. For the purpose of clarity, we will refer to the company by that name for the rest of this story.

After regulators shut down Stratton Oakmont, Global Capital hired two other investment firms to raise capital through stock placements. Those firms were Walsh Manning Securities LLC and JB Sutton Group LLC. The two principals of Walsh Manning – Frank J. Skelly and Craig Gross – had worked at Stratton Oakmont. They would be indicted on fraud charges in 2002 in connection with their activities at Walsh Manning. Authorities also charged Kenneth S. Greene, one of the founders of Stratton Oakmont, along with an employee of JB Sutton and two other men. Prosecutors alleged that, from 1995 to 1997, the men secretly acquired discounted stock in public companies through private placement deals, then sold them at artificially inflated prices through Walsh Manning, JB Sutton and another brokerage.
Although Global Capital was not one of the companies whose shares were covered by the indictment, SEC filings show that Skelly, Gross and another defendant in the case had acquired its stock and warrants through private placements as well. Walsh Manning went out of business. Skelly and Gross were convicted in 2004 and were sentenced to 57 months in prison. Global Capital later bought JB Sutton.

The FBI and the SEC raided J.B. Oxford in the fall of 1997. The brokerage was sold the following year, and its new owners agreed in a $2 million settlement with the Justice Department to cut all ties to Kott, who had been listed in the firm’s records as a consultant.
Global Capital maintained relations with some of the old operators, however. When it bought its first U.S. brokerage, its partner in the purchase was John Paul Devito, a vice president of J.B. Oxford. He later became a vice president of Global Capital and a member of its board.
In May 2001, Global Capital hired Stephen M. Rubenstein, who had been J.B. Oxford’s chief executive officer. Three months later, Global Capital got a financial consulting contract from Intasys Corp., a Montreal company with ties to Kott.
In September 2001, Global Capital issued a “strong buy” recommendation on Intasys’ stock, with a 12-month price target of $8 a share and a 24-month target of $18. At the time, the company’s stock was trading for around $2.
In January 2002, Global Capital announced a recapitalization and restructuring led by Sam Luft, one of Intasys’ directors. Another Intasys director was slated to become president of the reconstituted company. In March 2002, however, Global Capital gave up its brokerage license, and Sumichrast resigned as chairman and chief executive.
The following month, Lomond International took over Global Capital’s consulting deal with Intasys, along with the Intasys stock it had received as payment.
In February 2004, Lomond International participated in a reverse merger deal alongside Harold Wine, a longtime associate of Kott and a onetime investor in J.B. Oxford. They said in a joint filing with the SEC that they had acquired their shares through a “call option” agreement with the owners of the shell company, Tele-Optics Inc.
One of the sellers who signed that agreement was John F. LaSala, a former partner in a south Florida brokerage firm called Sheffield Securities Inc. He pleaded guilty in 1990 to participating in a manipulation of penny stocks. His two co-owners also pleaded guilty.
SEC filings show that LaSala or his wife, Alicia M. Lasala, were shareholders of two of the shell companies that Lomond International used in its Chinese reverse merger deals. Those shells became China Fire and China Bio Energy.
Tele-Optics became Velocity Asset Management Inc. (AMEX:JVI). SEC filings show that when that company later raised capital through a private placement, the investors included Silvestre, Scardino and Marvin H. Fink, a former Recom executive who has invested alongside them in the shells that merged with Chinese companies.
Sumichrast has declined to answer questions submitted by Sharesleuth.. His attorney, Ellyn S. Garofalo, contacted us in early June and said that some of the things we had previously written about her client were incorrect. She warned that any false statements about him could be met with legal action. However, she did not respond to follow up calls requesting clarification on what information she believed was inaccurate.
Garofalo also was Kott’s defense attorney in his criminal proceedings.

Although the star power of Elizabeth Taylor and Kathy Ireland has helped generate billions of dollars in sales of perfume, clothing and other products, it did little to boost House of Taylor’s jewelry business. The company reported sales of $5.61 million in 2005 – its first year in business — and a net loss of $3.53 million.
House of Taylor’s sales jumped to $31.8 million in sales in 2006, the year the stock moved from the Over the Counter market to the Nasdaq. The company formally introduced its Taylor and Ireland lines at trade shows in the spring and summer of that year. However, SEC filings show that $22.4 million of its revenue came from the sale of loose diamonds rather than finished jewelry, and that a single customer was responsible for nearly half of those purchases. The company posted an $8.35 million loss for the year.
House of Taylor has yet to file its annual report with the SEC for 2007. In its request for an extension, it said unaudited figures showed gross revenue of $21.6 million – a decline of more than 30 percent — and a loss of $14.8. It added that, allowing for returns of $12.5 million and “sales return allowances” of $8.9 million, its net revenue last year was just $200,000.
Other SEC filings show that through the first nine months, loose diamonds still accounted for more than 70 percent of House of Taylor’s revenue. Bob Rankin, the company’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, declined to talk to Sharesleuth.

When we searched SEC filings to see what became of the House of Taylor shares held by its creators, we found that a large amount of stock appeared to have been transferred to other investors through private transactions. We also found that the account in SEC filings of how House of Taylor was fashioned from a shell company called Nurescell Inc. left out some pertinent details.
Here’s our summary, which focuses on a few key dates:
On Feb. 16, 2005, a pair of limited liability companies headed by Justin Farar and Joel Farar paid $500,000 for nearly all of Nurescell’s stock. The two entities — 2FeetCan LLC and 412S LLC — also provided $70,000 in loans to Nurescell. The loans were repaid on April 25, 2005, with each of the limited liability companies getting 810,038 additional Nurescell shares. After that transaction, they collectively held 2.86 million shares.
Less than a week later, the limited liability companies filed matching forms with the SEC saying that they had entered into “put/call” agreements covering half their holdings. Put/call agreements give one party the option to sell, or put, shares to another at a predetermined time and price. If the party holding the shares does not exercise that option, the other party still can exercise its right to buy, or call, the shares.
The filings said the option deals were signed May 1, 2005 and became exercisable on Oct. 26, 2005. The price per share was 3.5 cents. At the time, the number of shares covered by the deals equaled 48 percent of the company’s outstanding stock. The two limited liability companies provided no information on the other parties to the put/call agreements, nor did anyone else file forms disclosing their participation in them.
On May 20, 2005, Nurescell morphed into House of Taylor. It issued 12 million shares of stock to a company owned by Elizabeth Taylor, 7 million shares to a company owned by Kathy Ireland and just over 8 million shares to members of a Los Angeles family, the Abramovs, who contributed their jewelry manufacturing business to the venture. After the deal, the company had 33.7 million shares of stock outstanding.
Jack Abramov became House of Taylor’s chairman and chief executive, and Monty Abramov became vice president and design director. Martin Sumichrast took on the title of advisor to the chairman.
The SEC filing on the reorganization and merger included a list of new House of Taylor stockholders. It showed Lomond International with 900,000 shares and an entity called MAC385 LLC with 600,000 shares. Its Nevada corporation filing lists Sim Farar as managing member. Although Justin Farar and Joel Farar had been Nursecell’s biggest shareholders, and had signed the deal that turned that company into House of Taylor, the documents made no mention of the shares that they held in the new entity, or of anyone who had agreed to purchase their shares.
However, subsequent SEC filings by individuals and companies selling House of Taylor shares offer some clues about what happened to that stock.

Crown Reef Holdings, the Sumichrast company that previously had a consulting deal with Recom, reported in February 2007 that it planned to sell 209,538 House of Taylor shares with an estimated market value of $808,816. Crown Reef said in its sale form that it bought the House of Taylor shares on Oct. 26, 2005, from a limited liability company that had acquired them on April 25, 2005. The October date matches the exercise date of the put/call agreement that the Farar brothers’ limited liability companies disclosed in their earlier SEC filings. The February date matches the date on which they canceled outstanding debt in exchange for 1.62 million shares of stock.
An entity called Manchester Holdings filed a form in February 2006 disclosing plans to sell 380,000 House of Taylor shares with an estimated value of $1.9 million. Its form listed Sumichrast’s sister-in-law, Stacey Rennix, as the signatory. Manchester Holdings said it bought 466,336 shares on Oct. 26, 2005, from a limited liability company that had acquired them on Feb. 16, 2005. The October date matches the exercise date of the put/call agreement, and the February date matches the date when the Farar brothers bought their initial stake in the company.
At the time that Manchester Holdings bought the shares, Rennix was employed as a paralegal. A comparison of the handwriting on Manchester Holdings’ initial SEC filing and a Crown Reef filing shows that they were filled out by the same person, and that the writing appears to be Sumichrast’s.
Sharesleuth also found forms covering the proposed sale of 275,000 shares filed by a Canadian company called Hareton Sales and Marketing Inc. Hareton’s initial filing said it bought its House of Taylor shares on Oct. 26, 2005 from a limited liability company that acquired them on Feb. 16, 2005. Those dates coincide with the exercise date of the put/call agreement and the original acquisition of shares by the Farar brothers.
Hareton’s president, Mitchell S.T. Wine, was an investor in J.B. Oxford and served on its board from 1993 to 1998. SEC filings show that, in the mid-1990s, Hareton also purchased shares or convertible notes in Hariston Corp. and Metanetix Corp., later known as Consolidated Pacific and Western Resources Corp. Both companies had close ties to Kott and to J.B. Oxford, which marketed their shares to customers.
Mitchell Wine’s mother, Esther Wine, submitted an SEC form covering the sale of 50,000 House of Taylor shares purchased on Oct. 26, 2005. She is married to Harold Wine, who had invested alongside Sumichrast’s Lomond International in an earlier reverse merger deal. Harold Wine’s history with Irving Kott dates back more than two decades.
In 1983, the Quebec Securities Commission halted trading in the shares of a company called Belgium Standard Ltd. because of concerns that a group of individuals and companies connected to Kott acted improperly in a stock offering that gave them control of Belgum Standard.
Wine was chairman of Belgium Standard’s board. The securities commission identified him as one of the participants in the scheme. The other parties cited in the case included Wine’s main business, WSP Marketing International Ltd., and Dominique Schittecatte, who was secretary-treasurer of two companies owned by Kott’s wife and sons.
According to news accounts, Kott was a consultant to Belgium Standard through a Montreal company called Janus Corp. A securities commission investigator testified in the case that Wine told him he had owned Janus, but sold it to Kott. After a hearing, the securities commission imposed a trading ban on certain shareholders. According to coverage in Toronto’s Globe and Mail, the list included Wine, Schittecatte, Kott and companies under their control. The ban was lifted in 1985.
SEC filings show that Harold Wine and WSP were investors in J.B. Oxford in the mid-1990s, at the same time that Kott was working as a purported consultant there. The company providing the consulting services was headed by Schittecatte.
In his criminal case, Kott pleaded guilty to concealing the fact that he provided much of the $6.5 million in financing J.B. Oxford received from a Swiss investor in the mid-1990s. The investor got securities that were convertible into a majority stake in the company. J.B. Oxford documents filed as part of another court case show that Harold Wine provided financing to the brokerage through that same Swiss investor, Felix Oeri. Wine remains chairman of WSP International. Canadian corporation records also list him as a director of Hareton.
Manchester Holdings listed its address as the office of Eugene M. Kennedy, a lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He prepared the SEC filing for Lomond and Harold Wine in their Tele-Optics share purchase, and was listed as Lomond’s legal representative when it bought a controlling interest in the shell company that became China Bio Energy.

When House of Taylor expanded its board of directors to five members from two in September 2005, the new appointees included Larry Chimerine and Frank M. Devine, both of whom had been Global Capital directors.
House of Taylor raised nearly $6.5 million in August 2005 in a private placement intended to expand the company’s sales, marketing and brand-building. The placement agent for the financing was Laidlaw & Co (UK) Ltd.. SEC filings show that Cary Sucoff was one of Laidlaw’s investment bankers and received House of Taylor warrants as compensation for his services.
House of Taylor raised an additional $11.7 million through another placement in May 2006.
Sucoff and a partner, Harvey R .Kohn, left Laidlaw and set up their own firm, Equity Source Partners. It became a consultant to House of Taylor. Sucoff added a note to his registration report with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority last month, disclosing that it was investigating him for several possible violations, including conducting private securities transactions outside of his regular business activities. He told Sharesleuth the investigation had nothing to do with Sumichrast or any of the companies with which Sumichrast has been associated. Sucoff added that his wife and his partner’s wife were passive investors in the shell companies that Sumichrast packaged for reverse mergers with Chinese partners.
Chimerine did not respond to a request for comment.

Sharesleuth’s search for the undisclosed recipients of House of Taylor stock turned up filings that showed 613,836 shares were transferred on Nov. 16, 2005 to four limited liability companies – Acimal Productions LLC, Lopab Investments LLC, Onrose Investments LLC and Nitsaw Company LLC. The four acquired their shares on the same date and almost always filed to sell their shares on the same dates. However, each entity listed a different business address. Sharesleuth determined that all four addresses — two in New York City, one in South Orange, N.J. and one in South Hills, N.J.- were drop boxes at what were then Mailboxes Etc. locations. None of their SEC filings included the name of a manager or beneficial owner. Each bore only initials on the signature line, and those were illegible.
All four of the limited liability companies were incorporated in Delaware, and all four used the same registered agent to handle their formation. None of the filings in that state included the names of the companies’ owners or managers.
The limited liability companies sold their House of Taylor shares through Spencer Edwards Investments Inc., a small brokerage in Englewood, Colo. So did Manchester Holdings, the company headed by Sumichrast’s sister-in-law.
We asked Gordon D. Dihle, chairman and chief executive of Spencer Edwards, what steps the firm took to determine the identity and background of the owners of those limited liability companies – a requirement under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s so-called “Know Your Customer” guidelines. He declined to say.
“I really can’t comment on customer accounts,” he said. After a few more questions, he hung up on us.
Spencer Edwards has figured into at least three SEC cases in the past seven years. The SEC brought a cease-and-desist action in September 2004 that included Spencer Edwards, its then-President Edward H. Price and two of its brokers as defendants. The SEC alleged that they enabled four officers of a company called Starnet Communications International Inc. to enrich themselves by selling millions of dollars of stock without registering the shares or making the required disclosures. The SEC found that Price failed to exercise reasonable oversight and barred him from associating with any broker-dealer in a supervisory capacity. The commission found that the brokers, Eugene C. Geiger and Thomas A. Kaufmann, willfully violated federal securities regulations. It barred them from the industry and ordered them to pay nearly $1 million each in disgorgements and fines.
Geiger also was the subject of two other SEC proceedings stemming from alleged securities frauds conducted by his clients while he worked at Spencer Edwards. The public companies at the center of those cases were Golden Eagle International Inc. and

New Century Capital Consultants, the company run by stock promoter Stephen Apolant, said in an SEC filing that it received 62,500 House of Taylor shares on May 1, 2005 as repayment for a debt. A check of the address that New Century Capital listed on its SEC filings showed that it also was a Mailboxes Etc. location.
The SEC filed a civil fraud case against Apolant in 2004, alleging that he participated in a scheme to manipulate the shares of a New Jersey company called Spectrum Brands Corp. (not to be confused with Spectrum Brands Inc., a Fortune 500 company with a similar name). The SEC said Spectrum tried to capitalize on terrorism fears in the fall of 2001 by claiming to market an ultraviolet flashlight that could kill germs, including anthrax, in seconds. The company’s shares more than tripled, to a high of $14, after it publicized the product.
The SEC also said in its complaint that Spectrum was secretly controlled by a group that included several convicted felons, one of whom was identified by federal prosecutors as an associate of the Colombo organized crime family.
Apolant is contesting the charges against him. The SEC reached settlements with Spectrum and five other individual defendants in the case, and won judgments against two more. Prosecutors brought criminal charges against four of the defendants, two of whom had already been convicted in a prior racketeering case. All four went to prison.
Another company, CSH Advisors Inc. of Manhasset, N.Y., filed a form with disclosing the planned sale of 62,500 House of Taylor shares. CSH said it bought the shares directly from the company in November 2005. The form was signed by Stephen Schaeffer Jr., CSH Advisors’ president. He works from the same offices as New Century Capital, according to an employee there. And a recent SEC filing by another public company listed Schaeffer as a director of New Century Capital, with power over the shares it held.

Sharesleuth’s analysis of the SEC filings by Manchester Holdings and the four mysterious limited liability companies that got House of Taylor stock showed that they usually submitted notices of planned share sales on the same dates. Manchester and the four limited liability companies first filed sales notices on Feb. 28, 2006. They also filed notices on May 22, 2006, Aug. 17, 2006 and Nov. 13, 2006. The latter three dates came just before the release of House of Taylor’s quarterly earnings.
The closing price of the company’s stock on Aug. 17, 2006, was $1.18 a share, and the trading volume was 7,400 shares. The following day, the stock rose 42 percent, to $1.61, and volume jumped to 53,000 shares. The next trading day was Aug. 21, 2006. House of Taylor announced earnings, saying that revenue for the first half of the year had doubled, and that the company had made significant progress toward rolling out its branded jewelry to retailers. Its stock closed that day at $2.01, with 109,500 shares changing hands. The price reached $2.25 the next day. Sharesleuth noted that on that day, House of Taylor was featured by three stock promotion websites –, and
When Manchester and the four limited liability companies filed to sell more House of Taylor shares in November 2006, the price again rose, along with the trading volume. In a little more than a week, from Nov. 12 to Nov. 21, the stock went from $1.86 to a high of $2.90.

One of Sumichrast’s first consulting clients after he left Global Capital was Recom Managed Systems, a small public company that had been in bankruptcy. It emerged as an empty shell in 2001 with the help of a cash infusion from a company run by Sim Farar. That company, Vanguard West LLC, initially held 85 percent of Recom’s stock. SEC filings show that some of those shares were later transferred to Farar’s sons, Justin and Joel.
In September 2002, Recom acquired the technology for its heart-monitoring device from a company controlled by Mitchell Stein’s wife. The sale documents in SEC filings identified her as Tracey Hampton. Her company, ARC Finance Group LLC, got 84.5 percent of Recom’s stock, with Vanguard West retaining a 9.75 percent interest.
Stein previously had been a director of another public company called Inc. He also headed a limited liability company that was its biggest shareholder. eMedsoft later became Med Diversified Inc. It filed for bankruptcy in 2002, following the collapse of its main lending source, National Century Financial Enterprises Inc. Five former National Century executives were convicted of fraud charges this year. Some of them were among Med Diversified’s largest shareholders.
Stephen Sparks became Recom’s president and chief executive. Raul Silvestre, one of Sumichrast’s partners in the later Chinese reverse-merger deals, was appointed secretary and treasurer. He held those positions only briefly, but continued to function as the company’s securities counsel.
Crown Reef Holdings, run by Sumichrast and Ralph Olson, signed a consulting agreement with Recom in March 2003. Its compensation was a warrant to buy 900,000 shares at 50 cents a share (adjusted to reflect a 3-for-1 split in April 2003).
It is unclear what benefit Recom derived from the consulting deal. At the time, the company had no revenue and less than $200,000 in cash. It would report no sales in 2003, 2004, 2005 or the first nine months of 2006, despite claiming to have gained Food and Drug Administration approval to market its heart monitor.
To date, the company has reported just $190,170 in revenue, with all of that coming in the final quarter of 2006.
Recom’s stock was trading at a split adjusted price of around $1 a share when the company signed its deal with Crown Reef. The price nearly tripled in the next month, and continued on an upward path, peaking at $8.90 a share in April 2004.
Crown Reef ultimately took possession of 800,000 Recom shares, through a cashless exchange of its warrant. According to SEC filings, it began selling those shares in March 2004.
Stephen Sparks, Recom’s former chief executive, testified in his deposition that Olson had been actively trading in the company’s stock to support its market price, and that Silvestre was aware of those activities. “Raul made phone calls to me — when we see his phone records, we’ll see this — many, many, many times a week, sometimes 10, 15 times a week,” he said in the deposition, a transcript of which was obtained by Sharesleuth. “And it was usually early in the morning and he’d call and he’d say “Watch this. Ralph’s in there. Watch, it’s going to go up. It will be $2.40.” I’d say “Geez, what are you guys doing?”
According to the deposition, Silvestre responded: “Don’t worry about it. Everything’s cool.”
Sparks said he also was alerted to Olson’s activities by a broker at one of Recom’s market makers, Brookstreet Securities Corp. According to the deposition transcript, the broker referred to the entity doing the trading as Lomond International.
“On many occasions Harry Radie would say ‘Lomond’s in there propping the stock up,” he testified. “He’d get a lot of calls from Ralph and he said he refused to even take calls from Ralph anymore because the guy called him almost every day and said ‘Last day for cheap stock.’ ”

Sparks testified in his deposition that Mitchell Stein brought him to Recom as president and chief executive. Sparks said he had been involved in numerous other business ventures with Stein, and that Stein at one point promised to split 8 million shares of Recom’s stock with him if he helped make the company a success.
Sparks stepped down as chief executive in September 2002. He was replaced by Marvin Fink, a former aerospace and electronics executive who ran the company until March 2005. Sparks remained on Recom’s board of directors for much of 2003, and continued to play an active role in the company’s fundraising and development.
Recom sued Sparks in 2004, alleging fraud and extortion. It said he had threatened to cause trouble for the company and demanded additional cash or securities as compensation. Recom’s complaint said that Sparks threatened to “go to the regulators” and that he “had notes and information that would not look good for the Company” if his demands weren’t met.
Sparks filed a counterclaim, detailing some of his allegations. He said that Stein prepared overly positive press releases to attract investors and to boost Recom’s stock. Sparks claimed that some of the releases that Recom issued were not only optimistic but false.
Sparks said in his deposition that Stein issued several press releases about developments at Recom without the advance knowledge of the company’s officers or directors, even though they were quoted in them.
The dispute between Sparks and Recom was ultimately settled and the suits were dismissed.
Fink left Recom in early 2005. His departure also ended in litigation. Fink sued the company, Stein, ARC Finance Group and Hampton the following year, alleging that they were blocking his efforts to sell 2.1 million shares of by refusing to remove restrictions on them.

Sparks testified in his deposition that neither he nor Fink ever understood how Crown Reef Holdings came to be hired as a Recom consultant, or what specific services Olson and Sumichrast provided to the company. Sparks said that, in his capacity as a Recom director, he repeatedly tried to learn more abut Olson’s activities.
“What does Ralph do? I don’t know how many times I asked that question,” he said in his deposition. “Marvin couldn’t answer that question, so we would both ask Raul… The answer was Ralph trades the stock and talks to market makers, and it’s perfectly legal what he’s doing.”
Sparks said Silvestre also traded in Recom’s stock, sometimes at the direction of Stein. According to the deposition, Sparks himself got one very specific trading order from Stein – buy 7,500 shares of Recom’s stock the next trading day, exactly 31 minutes after the market opened.
Silvestre declined to comment on the claim that Lomond International was involved in the manipulation of Recom’s shares. He told Sharesleuth that he didn’t know what services Sumichrast and Olson provided the company under their consulting agreement.
“That was between them and the CEO,” he said.

Sharesleuth found SEC filings by Crown Reef Holdings that list the sale of 500,000 Recom shares it received through its consulting agreement. Two of the filings covering 200,000 shaes included brokerage statements listing the actual trades. They show that Crown Reef steadily sold its Recom stock, usually in lots of 500 to 1,000 shares, from March 2004 to September 2004.
At the start of that period, Recom’s stock was trading at around $4.60 a share. By early April, it was over $6, and by mid-April, the shares were above $8. The brokerage statements show that Crown Reef’s sale of the 200,000 shares generated proceeds of more than $1.2 million.
Crown Reef did not list proceeds from the sale of the other 300,000 shares. But based on the price during the periods it was selling, that stock would have generated at least $1 million more. We could find no disclosures on the sale of the final 300,000 shares.
In February 2005, Recom awarded a new business advisory contract to Lomond International. The deal gave Lomond or its assignees a warrant to buy 500,000 additional shares at $2 a share. Recom said the warrant was for help in developing strategic relationships with medical device companies that might be interested in its heart-monitoring products.
Recom changed its name to Signalife in November 2005.
SEC filings indicate that ARC Finance disposed of only a small percentage of its shares over the years, even as the price sank. According to a December filing, ARC still owned 22.6 million shares, down from the 22.9 million it held when the stock was at its peak.
Signalife did not respond to numerous requests for comment.

The heart monitors that Recom and Signalife have marketed are based on the inventions of Budimir S. Drakulic, who was hired as vice president and chief technology officer in October 2002. Court records show that at the time Drakulic joined the company, he was liable for a judgment of $805,900, plus interest, won by a former girlfriend who claimed that he defrauded her and her brother out of money they loaned to him.
According to the lawsuit, he told his then-girlfriend that some of the borrowings were going toward a research project for the Air Force that would bring in millions of dollars over the next decade. The technology on which Recom’s heart monitor is based grew out of work that Drakulic did for the Air Force.
Recom and Signalife have never disclosed the judgment against Drakulic in their SEC filings. He remains Signalife’s chief technology officer. According to the company’s most recent proxy filing, Signalife pays $180,000 a year for his consulting services to another entity called B Technologies Inc, and pays him $70,000 a year directly.
Drakulic has made no payments to the people who won the fraud judgment against him.

After we posted our story on China Fire, we received copies of Nasdaq’s letters to letters to Global Capital. They documented additional ties between Sumichrast and people with criminal or regulatory histories. Nasdaq investigators found that Possino and Mazur, the two convicted felons mentioned previously, had likely acquired, “directly or indirectly, a significant undisclosed interest in Global Capital.” At one point, that stake was equal to 18 percent of the brokerage company’s outstanding common stock.
Global Capital did a $2 million financing transaction in November 1999 in which Belle Holding Inc., a separate company set up by Sumichrast, bought a new series of preferred stock. It got the money by issuing notes to a California company called Corona Corp., headed by lawyer Reid Breitman. Under their deal, the notes could be converted into the stock that Belle Holdings bought.
Global Capital explained in an SEC filing that Sumichrast took a personal stake in the financing at the insistence of Corona, to ensure that management’s interests were aligned with Corona’s interests.
The Nasdaq letters said Corona raised the cash for its end of the deal by selling its own notes to Corporate Financial Enterprises Inc., a company controlled by Possino, and to American Equities LLC. The latter company also was headed by Breitman, and employed Sherman Mazur.
In March 2000, Global Capital raised another $2 million through the same mechanism. Sumichrast contended in a later lawsuit that Breitman had concealed the true source of Corona’s funds. But Nasdaq noted that it was Mazur who had introduced Breitman and Possino to Global Capital.
Mazur had pleaded guilty in 1993 to tax fraud and bankruptcy fraud charges in connection with the collapse of the real-estate investment company he ran. He was sentenced to six years in prison and fined $250,000.
Possino is a disbarred lawyer who was convicted in 1978 of offering to sell 350 pounds of marijuana to undercover police officers. He was convicted in 1995 of one count of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to use inflated stock to help prop up an insurance company’s finances.

Nasdaq said Global Capital agreed in December 1999 to exchange shares in one of its affiliates,, for shares of four small public companies. They were: Integrated Communications Networks Inc., eSat Inc., Digs Inc. and ECS Industries Inc. SEC filings show that all four of those companies counted Possino or members of Mazur’s family among their biggest shareholders.
Nasdaq said the buyer of the EBOnline shares was a Swiss entity called Forte Ltd. and that the signature on the agreement appeared to be that of Raoul Berthaumieu, who served prison time in the 1990s for a check-kiting scheme.
Sharesleuth’s investigation found that on Feb. 10, 2000, an investor relations firm called Access1 Financial issued a “strong buy” report on Global Capital, with a 6-month price target of $22. At the time, its shares were trading for around $6. SEC filings and state corporation records put Access 1 Financial at the same business address as Possino, Breitman and Mazur. Corona also listed that address, a converted art gallery in Santa Monica, Calif., as its home.
Access 1 Financial was headed by onetime securities analyst Mark Bergman. The SEC later brought fraud charges against Access 1 and Bergman in connection with a glowing but baseless report on another company. Authorities said that report — issued two weeks after the one on Global Capital — helped facilitate a $15 million pump-and-dump scheme.
The Nasdaq letters noted that, in March 2000, Global Capital bought more than $5.1 million in stock in Digs, ECS Industries, Omni Nutraceuticals Inc. and Hartcourt Companies Inc. As in the previous transaction, all four companies had ownership ties to Possino or Mazur. Nasdaq said Global Capital bought most, if not all, of the shares in private transactions from sellers linked to Possino, Mazur or Breitman.
The shares of all four companies were nearly worthless by the end of 2000.

The Nasdaq letter highlighted a series of transactions that occurred on a single day – March 20, 2000. That was the day that Global Capital bought its shares in Digs, ECS and Hartcourt. It also was the day that Global spent $905,000 for a roughly 50 percent interest in WMP Bank, a brokerage house in Austria. Nasdaq’s investigators suspected that Global Capital bought the stake in the Austrian brokerage from a company connected to Possino and a stock promoter named Ramon D’Onofrio, who had at least five criminal convictions related to fraud schemes. The selling company’s name was listed as Braemar Management Corp. Nasdaq noted that a British Virgin Islands company called Braemar Management Ltd. was a major shareholder in Hartcourt and another public company with ties to Possino.
The investigators said that on the same date that Global Capital bought its interest in the Austrian brokerage, entities connected to Possino and D’Onofrio purchased 325,000 shares of Global Capital’s stock, representing roughly 3 percent of the shares outstanding.
The Nasdaq investigators also raised questions about Global Capital’s June 2000 sale of its European brokerage operations, which included the newly purchased interest in WMP Bank. Global Capital received no cash for those businesses. Instead, it got $2 million in shares of an Austrian real estate company that traded on the Vienna Stock Exchange, and $25.5 million in notes. “This transaction resulted in Global including on its balance sheet a major asset – notes received as consideration for the sale – that the staff believes were of no value,” Nasdaq wrote. “As a result, Global disseminated for three quarters materially misleading financial statements.”
The Nasdaq report found that the three offshore companies listed as the buyers of the European operations had little substance, and were essentially shell companies with no other business operations. Indeed, the purchasers notified Global Capital before the due date for the first payment on the notes that they would default. In the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2001, the company wrote off the full value of the notes.

Neither the SEC nor the National Association of Securities Dealers took action against Global Capital, its employees or anyone else involved in the activities outlined in the Nasdaq letters. Nasdaq, which has been granted certain self-regulatory powers by the SEC, declined to comment on the specifics behind Global Capital’s delisting. It cited a policy against discussing individual companies. Nor would a spokeswoman say whether the findings in the report had been forwarded to the SEC, the NASD or law enforcement agencies.
The Nasdaq report said the sale of Global Capital’s European operations provided further evidence of Possino’s influence on the company. It said Possino and others with regulatory histories wound up running WMP Bank, rechristened General Commerce Bank.

After the ownership change, General Commerce began cold-calling foreign investors and peddling shares in small U.S. companies, at least two of which were linked to Possino. That prompted regulators in Australia and Belgium to add the company to their warning lists of “boiler-room” style operations offering securities without proper licenses.
The Nasdaq letters identified the other key people involved in the operation of General Commerce as Berthaumieu, Adnan Khashoggi and Rakesh Saxena.
Berthaumieu has more recently been linked to an investment company called Pacific Federal S.A.. Securities regulators in Great Britain, Belgium and Spain warned that Pacific Federal was offering investments in those countries without authorization.
Khashoggi, who made a fortune as an arms dealer, became a defendant in an SEC fraud case in 2006. The complaint alleged that from 1999 to 2001, Khashoggi participated in a $130 million stock-manipulation scheme involving GenesisIntermedia Inc., a company in which he was a major shareholder. The SEC won a default judgment against him.
Saxena is wanted in Thailand on charges that he embezzling more than $80 million from the Bangkok Bank of Commerce, which collapsed in 1996. Saxena fled to Canada. Although he was apprehended, he has been fighting extradition, and is living under house arrest in a high-rise condominium in the Vancouver area.
The Nasdaq letters said Khashoggi agreed in October 2000 to invest $7 million in Global Capital, and that Mazur and Saxena were middlemen in the deal. It added that Global Capital called off the stock sale after it was disclosed prematurely.
General Commerce collapsed in 2001. None of the people mentioned above has been charged with any wrongdoing in connection with its activities, or those of WMP Bank.

James McNair contributed information to this report. provided fact checking services.

published July 23, 2008
Give War a Chance: the Life and Times of Tim Spicerby Pratap Chatterjee, Special to CorpWatch
June 9th, 2004Tim Spicer was driving around Vancouver, Canada, with Rakesh Saxena, an Indian-born Thai businessman one day in the summer of 1997, when his companion stopped at the local police station to “check-in.”Saxena had invited Spicer, an ex-member of the Scots Guard, an elite regiment of the British military, to talk about some diamond and bauxite concessions he had invested in Sierra Leone. One year prior, a coup had deposed President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, and Saxena wanted to hire a private military company to help him recover his mining concessions.

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“It transpired that the Thai government were trying to extradite him from Canada to face charges of embezzlement, and while the deportation order was pending he had had to surrender his passport and check in with the police every day,” wrote Spicer in his autobiography, “An Unorthodox Soldier.”

“It was beginning to appear that Mr Saxena had a somewhat questionable reputation in some of his dealings with national governments. You meet a lot of strange people in this business, (but) Saxena was not a proven villain,” he added.

Strange or villianous, Tim Spicer’s business partners over the years, have found themselves in hot water from Canada to Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe, although he has always somehow managed to avoid prosecution.

Weeks after the driving trip, Saxena’s problems got worse – he was arrested with a false passport belonging to a dead Serbian – and put in jail for trying to flee the country, but Spicer, who was the chief executive officer of a British military company called Sandline, went ahead with the project with the $1.5 million that Saxena had helped him get.

“There were 35 tons of military hardware in the belly of the Boeing 727 as it came in to land. The aircraft was operated by Ibis Air, a familiar sight in the war zones of the dark continent. The cargo doors opened and Nigerian troops unloaded crates of AK-47 assault rifles,” wrote Nicholas Rufford in the Sunday Times. “For Lieutenant Colonel Tim Spicer, a former Guards officer turned freelance adventurer, the moment for action had arrived.”

In addition to the Bulgarian guns and ammunition that Sandline shipped to Kabbah’s forces as well as trained some 40,000 militia fighters, the Kamajors or “hunters,” in collaboration with the Nigerian army, which then successfully toppled the government in March 1998.

At least 200 people, many of them civilians, were killed when local militia men and Nigerian military forces drove out a military leader who had seized power. Missionaries and other Europeans were held hostage and thousands of civilians fled the fighting.

The Vancouver Sun says that many Canadians were shocked that someone who was the subject of an extradition hearing could plot coups in Third World countries, but Saxena coolly noted there was nothing in the terms of his bail that prevented him from engaging in such dealings.”Obviously, if the Canadian government passes a law saying it can’t be done, then it can’t be done,” he told the newspaper.

For Spicer, who has served the British government in at least two major occupations (the Falklands and Northern Ireland), the job was also not ethically troubling. (He claims that he was unaware that it was specifically illegal under British law and United Nations resolution 1132 to supply arms to the Kabbah supporters.)

“Sandline has five basic operating principles: we only work for legitimate governments, we will do nothing illegal, even for those governments; we will do nothing against key Western nations’ foreign policies; we apply First World standards to all our military work, including respect for human rights; and we ensure client confidentiality,” says Spicer in his autobiography.

Spicer claims he is in the business of keeping the peace, rather than in out-sourcing war, reflecting on his student days when he had long hair, wore a shirt made out of the North Vietnamese flag, and joined demonstrations against the war in Vietnam.

But over the years, as he learned to soldier in Britain, serving three times in Northern Ireland, a year in Germany, briefly in the Gulf War and finally as a spokesperson for the United Nations peace-keeping force in Bosnia, he realized that he could make a lot of money out of “peace-keeping.”

His first stint in this business ended in disaster. Papua New Guinea’s former army commander General Jerry Singirok, who initially recruited him to help invade the island of Bougainville, to rescue a copper mine which had been shut down by a local rebellion, says that Spicer first paid a covert visit to as part of a group representing the Australian government’s aid agency, AusAID.

Singirok told a conference in May 2004 that Spicer had been able to visit many centers and was “given the freedom to get an overview of the military situation,” and even carry out a few dummy runs over the island in a CN35 Casa aircraft.

Prior to the planned assault on Bougainville, there were 85 Sandline recruits conducting training exercises in East Sepik province.” When I pulled the plug on 16 March 1997, two gunships armed with missiles had been scheduled to arrive,” Singirok said.

Instead Spicer says he found himself staring into the barrel of a gun pulled by a Papua New Guinean soldier, part of an angry group who wanted to know why the government was spending so much money on foreign “mercenaries.”

Spicer was eventually rescued by the intervention of diplomats at the British embassy and Tony Buckingham, another ex-SAS man who was Spicer’s financial and business patron at Sandline.

Spicer has always been able to get himself out of these political messes but not all his business partners have been so lucky. Simon Mann, one of the co-founders of Sandline who helped ship the Bulgarian arms to Sierra Leone, is currently jailed in Zimbabwe and facing charges of plotting a coup against the government of Equatorial Guinea. He was arrested in March 2004 when traveling through Harare with a group of South African commandos and a stash of weapons in a Boeing 727.

(Mann says he was on his way to guard diamond mines in the Congo but the police say he was working for Eli Calil, a Chelsea-based tycoon accused of plotting a coup to put his friend Severo Moto into power in return for oil concessions in Guinea.)

Spicer officially quit working for Sandline and its associated companies in September 2000 but the company continued to operate until April 16, 2004, when a note appeared on the website: “Sandline International wishes to announce that the company is closing down its operations forthwith. The general lack of governmental support for Private Military Companies (PMCs) willing to help end armed conflicts in places like Africa, in the absence of effective international intervention, is the principal reason behind Sandline’s decision. Without such support the ability of Sandline (and other PMCs) to make a positive difference in countries where there is widespread brutality and even genocidal behaviour is irretrievably diminished.”

One would imagine that would have been the end of the story but less than seven weeks later Spicer re-appeared in the public eye, with a $293 million contract in Iraq – with some of the very same employees and consultants – Major General Jeremy Phipps and Sara Pearson.

RAKESH SAXENA. We paid millions to keep this man from Thai justice

Rakesh Saxena, Thailand’s most-wanted fugitive, is the subject of the longest-running extradition case in Canadian history.

RAKESH SAXENA. We paid millions to keep this man from Thai justice

Rakesh Saxena, Thailand’s most-wanted fugitive, is the subject of the longest-running extradition case in Canadian history.

Over the past 10 years, the infamous financier with the cola-bottle glasses and roguish appearance has blazed a fantastic trail of intrigue and outrage through Canadian courts.

On paper, his legal exploits would take a truck to carry. Highlights of his extradition capers include:

Beating not one but two federal extradition orders to Thailand.

Plotting a counter-coup in Sierra Leone.

Allegedly threatening former business associates, including accountant Les Hammond, who was placed under police protection.

Demanding — successfully — that Canada return $100,000 he was using to bribe Thai police officials.

Allegedly scheming to obtain a false Yugoslavian passport while on bail.

Suing former lawyer Russ Chamberlain for $12 million over a procedural disagreement.

Negotiating a notorious house-arrest arrangement, complete with private guards, approved by B.C. Supreme Court judge Wally Oppal, now B.C.’s attorney-general.

Today, Saxena lives in a glass-and-marble mansion on Richmond’s riverfront under self-financed house arrest, at a cost of $50,000 per month.

He is wanted in Thailand on charges he embezzled $88 million from the Bangkok Bank of Commerce as part of a larger $2.2 billion bogus bank-loan scandal.

The alleged swindle not only collapsed the bank, it triggered an Asian financial crisis in 1997 that reportedly cost Thai taxpayers $7 billion.

In the Thai capital of Bangkok, three special government prosecutors are dedicated to bringing Saxena home.

“It’s still our No. 1 priority,” Piyatida Jermhansa says in an interview with The Province. “We understand that it is your law which provides these delays, your courts of appeal, your minister of justice, and after that he has several kinds of rights.

“We respect the sovereignty and criminal justice of Canada, but we would like to get him back after our long pursuance of the extradition matter.”

Back in Canada, Indian-born Saxena, 54, says he is innocent, claiming to be the victim of politically motivated charges.

“The case started because at one stage I indirectly controlled 25 per cent of the [Thai] parliament,” he says in an interview with The Province.

“When the government changed, certain MPs revealed things.”

Intellectual and intense, Saxena works the international money markets through the night, pausing at times to absorb passages from such books as Lenin, Hegel and Western Marxism, and Communism and Agrarian Reform in Iraq.

While in Thailand, he mixed business and pleasure with some of the country’s leading political and business leaders.

He dismisses the case against him as a “mixture of half-truths and stories,” and says he has “information that would be quite damaging to some powerful people” in Thailand.

He says the evidence against him is contrived.

“You should not start extradition with some police documents that were obtained outside the prosecutorial system,” he complains.

He says he is a scapegoat for the sins of former cronies and fears both for his personal safety and his ability to obtain a fair trial in Thailand, adding it would take 10 years for his case to go to trail in Thailand.

“I was not a signing authority, I was not an advisor, except for six months,” he maintains. “I was trading on insider knowledge, which was not a crime at the time.”

Saxena was awaiting word on whether the Supreme Court of Canada would give him a final hearing when the Thai government was overthrown in a military coup last September.

The coup prompted Canada’s justice minister to indefinitely suspend his extradition order, even though Thailand has given assurances that he will be treated fairly.

“Mr. Saxena will be tightly protected against anyone who might want to harm him when he steps on the land of Thailand,” prosecutor Poravich Makaravatana told The Province.

Frustrated by Canada’s slowness, Thailand has adopted a new approach.

Last August, officials set up a money-laundering task force that targeted Saxena’s overseas assets.

In November, the team reportedly seized Saxena’s $3 million beach house in Thailand’s Chon Buri province.

“Nobody has ever come after my assets,” says Saxena. “It’s all a bunch of lies. It’s all fantasy land. It’s political . . .

“The land is still under my possession.”

One of Saxena’s Vancouver lawyers, Amandeep Singh, says he does not buy the assurances from Bangkok.

“We’re talking about a military dictatorship . . . there’s no constitution, none of those guarantees exists any more,” he says.

Saxena’s legal team presented two key arguments in its successful submission to the federal justice minister.

One was that under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Saxena cannot be extradited to a country under military dictatorship.

The second was that the extradition treaty between Thailand and Canada was nullified when Thailand allied itself with Japan during World War II.

“I’d go back tomorrow if they’d tell me what crime I’m charged with,” he insists, adding he’s spent $20 million fighting his extradition.

In Ottawa, the justice minister is still reviewing Saxena’s case, a process that could go on for years.

Saxena says he has no interest in staying in Canada.

“What people here can’t fathom is why someone wouldn’t want to stay,” he says, adding he prefers “faster moving” economies.

“Why don’t you go after you own people?” he says. “It’s pure, undiluted racism.”

As for Saxena’s novel house-arrest arrangement, Singh says it costs $37,000 a month to keep a person in jail.

“Why should we be paying for Saxena?” he says. “I think he did us a favour.”

And the cost to Canadian taxpayers of funding the related legal battles?

Over $10 million — “easily” — says Singh.

Rakesh Saxena is an Indian banker, who, while in exile in Canada approached Tim Spicer of Sandline International to discuss aiding President Ahmed Kabbah‘s return to power in Sierra Leone.

Spicer says of the initial encounter: “Saxena’s interest was mineral concessions, but his approach put us on the spot, for we work for governments, not businessmen.”[]

At the time, Saxena was head of the Vancouver based Tidewater Management Corporation, held bauxite concessions in West Africa and was also wanted in Thailand for charges of embezzelling up to $2 billion (figures vary from as low as $88 million) from the country’s Bangkok Bank of Commerce. He made an initial payment of $1.5 million before he was arrested by Canadian authorities for having a fake passport. [1]

Sandline’s international chairman at the time was Anthony Buckingham who was a major shareholder in Diamond Works Ltd., a diamond company with six mines in Sierra Leone. He is also a founder of Executive Outcomes. Perhaps this is what prompted Saxena to pay Spicer a $70,000 consulting fee to prepare an appraisal of the situation in Sierra Leone. [2] [3]

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Blackwater’s World of Warcraft

Need a private-label armored vehicle? A detachment of Chilean infantrymen? A special forces “engagement team”? Erik Prince’s expanding global private army is at your service—and the war in Iraq was just the beginning.

WHEN BLACKWATER founder Erik Prince took his seat before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last October, in the midst of a firestorm over the killing of 17 civilians in Baghdad by his contractors the previous month, the 38-year-old was at the helm of a fast-growing global business—and had the confidence to match. Sporting a neatly pressed suit and a fresh military-style haircut that evoked his service as a Navy SEAL, Prince had been prepped by crisis-management specialists from the Beltway PR firm Burson-Marsteller, and throughout the tense four-hour hearing he leaned back frequently to confer with his lawyer. A private man who seldom gives interviews, he nevertheless seemed at ease in a room filled with politicians, cameras, and reporters. He extolled his men’s professionalism—”I believe we acted appropriately at all times”—and bristled at the term most commonly used to describe his line of work. “The Oxford dictionary defines a mercenary as a professional soldier working for a foreign government,” he said. “We have Americans working for America, protecting Americans.”

Blackwater’s World of Warcraft

Need a private-label armored vehicle? A detachment of Chilean infantrymen? A special forces “engagement team”? Erik Prince’s expanding global private army is at your service—and the war in Iraq was just the beginning.

In his recent Capitol Hill appearance, Erik Prince played down his foreign recruiting.

In his recent Capitol Hill appearance, Erik Prince played down his foreign recruiting.
Photo: Reuters/Larry Downing

IN ADDITION TO prospecting for international contracts, Greystone has become Prince’s primary recruiter of foreign military muscle. On its website, the company says its operators are drawn “from the best militaries throughout the world” and represent “numerous nationalities.” Its reliance on foreign recruits, it claims, is a matter of “cultural sensitivity” and “awareness.” What the PR materials don’t say is that Greystone, along with other security companies, likely outsources its work overseas for the same reason many other businesses do—it brings down costs and helps bypass bothersome regulations. “They’re going to pay these people a lot less, and they’re not going to respect the same type of employee and labor rights that U.S. nationals would require,” says Erica Razook, an Amnesty International lawyer whose work focuses on private-security contractors.

Consider the case of Greystone subcontractor ID Systems. Incorporated in Panama and headquartered in a nondescript office complex in Bogotá, Colombia, the company in 2005 placed newspaper ads that drew men with military experience—a plentiful commodity in a country torn by civil war and terrorized by guerrillas and paramilitaries. According to one ID Systems recruit, a former Colombian army officer who asked to remain anonymous, he and at least 30 other men were promised $4,000 per month to do security work for Blackwater in Iraq. They went through a quick refresher course in firearms and hand-to-hand combat at the Colombian army’s cavalry school in northern Bogotá, he said; among the instructors were several Americans, all ex-U.S. military working for Greystone. Afterward, the recruits returned home to wait for the call to Iraq.

It came late one evening in June 2006. The men assembled at ID Systems’ offices, where they were met by Gonzalo Adolfo Guevara, a former Colombian army captain who had overseen their recruitment. He handed them contracts and told them to be at the airport in four hours. They were told they would be making not $4,000 but $2,700 per month—still not bad in Colombia, where some workers only earn that much in a year. But the actual contract, which some of them didn’t read until after they were airborne, provided for just $1,000 per month, or $34 per day.

On arriving in Baghdad, the men were issued weapons and introduced to Blackwater and Greystone managers. Bitterness turned to anger when they discovered that their pay was about one-fourth that of the Romanians they were replacing. They composed a letter to managers at ID Systems, Greystone, and Blackwater demanding either a raise or a ticket back to Colombia. The companies stonewalled, and it wasn’t until three months later, after reports of the dispute had appeared in Semana, Colombia’s largest newsmagazine, that the men were finally sent home. (Chris Taylor says there was no impropriety: “Before every single one of those professionals were deployed, they understood there was a change in the contract. Those who went understood perfectly what they were signing.”) According to the former recruit, ID Systems continues to supply personnel to Greystone. But Guevara, the man who deceived the recruits about their wages, is no longer involved—he was shot and left to die outside a Bogotá bakery last May.

IT WAS NEITHER GUEVARA nor Erik Prince who pioneered the idea of hiring foreign soldiers to do the business of the U.S. government. That took the imagination of a Chilean American businessman named José Miguel Pizarro. “Pizarro opened the door,” says José Luis Gómez del Prado, a former diplomat who heads the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries; it’s thanks to Pizarro that recruiting ex-soldiers from Latin America has become “a big business.”

Born in California and raised in Santiago, Pizarro served ten years as an officer in the Chilean army and another three as a Marine Corps translator attached to the U.S. Southern Command. By March 2003, he was heading a small defense-consulting firm in suburban Washington, D.C. Pizarro was connected and well spoken. He was also telegenic, and as the U.S. stormed toward Iraq he was hired as an on-air military analyst with cnn en Español, the network’s Spanish-language affiliate. It was there, in the cafeteria between shows, that he befriended a former U.S. general, also working as an analyst, who helped him hatch the idea of renting former Chilean soldiers to American private security companies. “He explained to me how the opportunity to do business in the Middle East was growing, that there was a need for private, professional security forces in Iraq,” Pizarro recalls. “I started showing up in the cafeteria with pen and paper, taking notes, taking names. It took me several weeks to form the idea.”

Before long, Pizarro was cold-calling security contractors to pitch his commandos. It wasn’t an easy sell. “No one in any of the firms would even return his calls,” says one industry expert Pizarro turned to for advice. Pizarro recalls his first meeting with Blackwater president Gary Jackson: “He told me, ‘This is a respectable company, and we’re going into a war zone. I need professional commandos, not peasants with rifles.'”

Not easily discouraged, Pizarro scored an appointment with Prince, who signed on for an initial batch of recruits to add to Blackwater’s security operations in Iraq. Pizarro left the meeting starstruck with his first paying customer. “He’s my hero,” Pizarro says. “He’s a patriot, a great Christian, and has the balls that 250 million Americans would love to have.”

Back in Santiago, Pizarro formed a new company called Grupo Táctico—incorporated in Uruguay to sidestep Chilean laws prohibiting paramilitary activity—and posted an ad in a Chilean newspaper offering recruits $3,000 per month. More than a thousand men sent résumés, including some active-duty Chilean soldiers. Blackwater reps traveled to Chile to review the applicants, and by February 2004, Pizarro and about 75 of his top recruits—most of them former Chilean special forces, marine commandos, and paratroopers—were brought to Blackwater’s compound in Moyock for training. Within weeks, they flew to Iraq, where they found themselves working alongside a veritable United Nations of security contractors: Nepalese and Indian Gurkhas, South Africans, and Eastern Europeans, to name a few. They became known as the “Black Penguins” because of the distinctive figures they cut on foot patrol, weighed down by weapons and flak jackets. Pizarro took to the term and designed a shoulder patch for his recruits: a penguin with an M-4 carbine across its chest.

TO FIND THEIR DISCOUNT SOLDIERS, Blackwater, Greystone, and their competitors have built recruitment networks reaching deep into the paramilitary milieus of the Third World. It works like this: Blackwater, for example, will win a U.S. government contract; it will then subcontract with itself—that is, with Greystone—to do the job. From there, Greystone looks to its network of international affiliates, firms like Pizarro’s Grupo Táctico in Chile or ID Systems in Colombia, which maintain informal relationships with what are known in the trade as “briefcase recruiters”—individuals with connections to the local paramilitary scene. These men find the recruits and funnel them back up the chain until, finally, they are deployed alongside U.S. forces in Iraq. The practice also serves as a convenient firewall, shielding U.S.-based companies from direct liability for the actions of their subcontractors. “If a court is looking at these issues, where the contract is signed is a factor,” explains Amnesty’s Razook. “There is a lot there that would take it out of a U.S. court’s control.”

Briefcase recruiting is a little-known niche of the private security business that has attracted some less-than-savory characters. Take Julio (a.k.a. “George”) Nayor, a Cuban American currently serving an 11-year sentence at a federal prison in Miami for drug trafficking. A one-time associate of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Nayor escaped arrest in the United States in the early 1990s and fled, by means of a fake passport and various false identities, to San Salvador. There he reportedly opened a gym and several restaurants including one he named Karaoke George, which was adjacent to an upscale shopping mall.

In late 2004, Nayor placed newspaper ads seeking men to work on contract in Iraq for an unspecified U.S. security firm; recruits were to meet him at the karaoke bar. According to a Washington Post reporter who witnessed the scene, men lined up outside for weeks. “This is the future of global security,” Nayor bragged to the reporter, adding that he’d already accepted 300 Salvadorans and expected to sign up many more, including veterans of the 380-man contingent that the Salvadoran government had contributed to the Coalition of the Willing. As soldiers in Iraq, they had earned a monthly salary of $280; as hired guns, they expected to make as much as $2,400.

Nayor disappeared as quickly as he had emerged, but nine months later many of the men who had interviewed with him were contacted by capros, a new company headed by two high-ranking Salvadoran military officers that, according to a Salvadoran newspaper, was recruiting for Greystone. In December 2005, Greystone representatives visited El Salvador to review the recruits, although it’s unclear whether they were ever sent to Iraq. Some of the men later told the Salvadoran press that the company had encouraged them to rack up credit-card purchases in preparation for their deployment, then failed to reimburse them.

Nayor’s own career as a briefcase recruiter was cut short in September 2006 by his arrest for allegedly plotting to assassinate El Salvador’s president by shooting down his helicopter with a shoulder-fired missile. He was subsequently extradited to the United States to face some of his old drug charges.

By then, Greystone’s search for contractors had expanded far beyond Latin America. In 2005, a Croatian newspaper reported that Greystone had dispatched a man named Marko Radielovic, who once worked for the aid group Mercy Corps, to perform a “feasibility study” on hiring former Croatian soldiers and police. The following year, the Filipino press reported that a company called Satelles Solutions had applied to lease land (about 25 acres) within the former U.S. Navy base at Subic Bay. Satelles was a Greystone front; its Filipino “owners” included a former high-ranking general and an attorney at a major law firm that specialized in advising foreign investors. Each held a few pennies’ worth of Satelles stock, while Greystone controlled the rest.

The firm had been courting the Filipino government for some time; seven of its embassy employees were invited to Greystone’s unveiling ceremony in Washington, the largest contingent by far of any foreign embassy. Greystone, according to Filipino news reports, hoped to build a jungle-survival training facility capable of processing up to 1,000 trainees a week. “It was merely a place to be able to provide training to customers in that part of the world,” says Chris Taylor; it wasn’t about creating a “third-country-national offensive force.” Nevertheless, after Filipino legislators called for an investigation, the company withdrew its application.

FOR A WHILE, it seemed to José Miguel Pizarro as if the private security boom might never end. Following Erik Prince’s example, he began to diversify—launching a Chilean business intelligence firm catering to the defense industry, and a security company that, like Blackwater, could provide guards, police and military trainers, and even bomb-sniffing dogs. He also took on a new client, Virginia-based Triple Canopy. But then, as quickly as his star had risen, it fell as both Greystone and Triple Canopy canceled his contracts. Pizarro blames corporate intrigue—Blackwater didn’t like his doing business with the competition, he claims—but the true reason may be far simpler. At the height of his operation, Pizarro charged a monthly fee of $4,500 per recruit, of which his men received $3,200. Recruits from other Latin American countries, meanwhile, were willing to deploy to Iraq for as little as $700 per month. “You can get five Colombian rifles for one Chilean,” Pizarro says. “Do the math.”

In January 2006, the last of his 1,157 Chilean commandos left Iraq. By the time Erik Prince testified before the House oversight committee last October, he acted as though he didn’t remember Pizarro: “He might have been a vendor to us,” he ventured when Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) asked him point-blank.

But if Prince has lost all memory of the Chilean recruiter, Pizarro hasn’t forgotten his role model. Having focused of late on the strategic-consulting side of his business, he says he remains prepared to muster more than 1,200 Chilean commandos for deployment anywhere in the world. “Privatization of certain security services is a long-term trend with historical consequences,” he says. “The entire future of private military companies is being redesigned as we speak.”

Indeed, the private security industry could be heading toward a shake-up—though not necessarily in the way Pizarro would like. Many of the new players could suffer the fate of any startup, disappearing or being swallowed by larger firms. “The problem these guys have is that they’re not very profitable,” says Larry Johnson, a former cia officer who works as a consultant for Special Forces. Johnson, who’s part of an investment group that was offered a crack at purchasing Triple Canopy when it went up for sale last year, says the firm clears, at most, 5 percent on about $170 million in annual revenue. “They’re like a dollar wind machine,” he says. “Dollars come in and dollars go out, but I don’t see how they stay in business doing that.”

Prince and his diversified group of companies, though, are positioned to endure. The Greystone model doesn’t depend on America’s wars: Whether the future of the business lies in what the industry calls “peace and stability” work or in providing “proactive” strike forces to private clients, some element of the Prince network is in a position to deliver. “They’re soldiers of fortune,” says the security director of a well-known humanitarian NGO. “Today they are willing to do the bidding of the United States, because the United States is willing to pay them. Who are they willing to work for tomorrow?”

Bruce Falconer

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Steve Rattner: White House Car Czar who lost $10B, got indicted for stock fraud and now runs New America lobby group

Steven Lawrence Rattner


– Under investigation for trading federal funds for votes while senior White House official

– Under investigation for battering influence for cash while working in White House

– UAW conflicts of interest

– Indicted for securities fraud


(born July 5, 1952) is an American financier who served as lead adviser to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry in 2009 for the Obama administration.[1]

New York Pension Fund Investigation

In 2005, Quadrangle made payments to private placement agent Hank Morris to help Quadrangle raise money for its second buyout fund.[13] Morris had come highly recommended to Rattner from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.[14] Morris was also the chief political advisor to Alan Hevesi, the New York State Comptroller and manager of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF), which invests in many private equity funds. Morris told Rattner he could increase the size of the CRF investment in Quadrangle’s second buyout fund. Rattner agreed to pay Morris a placement fee of 1.1% of any investments greater than $25 million from the CRF.[15]

In 2009, Quadrangle and a dozen other investment firms, including the Carlyle Group, were investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for their hiring of Morris. The SEC viewed the payments as “kickbacks” in order to receive investments from the CRF since Morris was also a consultant to Hevesi.[16] Quadrangle paid $7 million in April 2010 to settle the SEC investigation, and Rattner personally settled in November for $6.2 million without admitting or denying any wrongdoing.[17]

Prosecution by Attorney General Cuomo

The case drew significant media attention when Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Attorney General, demanded more severe penalties from Rattner than any of the other firms or individuals who had hired Morris as a placement agent.[18] Rattner was once a major fundraiser for Democratic Party candidates including Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, but Rattner had repeatedly passed on fundraising for Cuomo despite Cuomo’s past attempts to cultivate Rattner’s support.[19]

In an appearance on the Charlie Rose Show, Rattner asserted that hiring Morris as a placement agent was “legal then, legal now, and done properly.”[20] He explained he was willing to settle on reasonable terms as he had done with the SEC, but questioned whether Cuomo was motivated by the “facts” of the case and called Cuomo’s demands “close to extortion.”[21]

On December 30, 2010, Rattner reached a settlement with Cuomo to pay $10 million in restitution but no fines or penalties. He was not prohibited from continuing to protest his innocence.[22]



Dark Money | Mother Jones

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Follow the Dark Money | Mother Jones

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Obama Targets DarkMoney Groups |

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The IRS Moves to Limit Dark Money – But Enforcement Still a …

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The Treasury Department’s New Crackdown on Dark Money Groups

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Dark Money‘ Nonprofit Political Spending Restricted In Proposed …

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Dark Money – Huffington Post

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Will Obama’s rule stem tide of dark money? | MSNBC

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IRS sets its sights on political ‘dark money‘ | Center for Public Integrity

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Progressive Group Comes Out Against New Proposed Rules For …

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Stop Dark Money

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Koch-Linked Dark Money Group Spent $137 Million In 2012

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Mediaite Morning Reading List: Obama Goes After ‘Dark Money

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Morning Reads: Obama Takes on Dark Money, NSA Spied On Porn …

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CRP Presents Panel on Dark Money — Save the Date …

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US Seeks to Stem Flood of Political “Dark Money” – Inter Press Service

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Obama Administration Moves To Squeeze Dark Money Groups

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Obama’s Plan to Crackdown on Political Dark Money – The Wire

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Dark Money – Definition – US Politics –

Learn about the influence of dark money in politics. Read a definition of dark money. See some example of dark money contributions to campaigns. – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

IRS to target ‘Dark Money‘ non-profits –

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California exposes, fines darkmoney scheme – The Washington Post

Oct 27, 2013 … California exposes and fines those who moved millions to influence the 2012 campaign. opinions/ california-exposes-fines-darkmoney-scheme/ 2013/ 10/ 27/ efe25ed6-3da3-11e3-a94f-b58017bfee6c_story.html – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

Inquiry sheds light on ‘dark money‘ in 2012 election – Los Angeles …

Nov 4, 2013 … Tony Russo had a multimillion-dollar problem.The Republican consultant and his team had raised piles of cash to use in California politics as … – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

dark money |

The senator has put a hold on the confirmation of the new FCC chief until he’s promised the agency won’t follow the law and disclose the real funders of dark … – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

Dark Money Politics –

Jun 12, 2013 … How corrupt are we willing to allow our campaign finance system to become? – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

Dark Money: Will Secret Spending by a Group of Billionaires Decide …

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Report: Liberals Have Accounted for 70% of ‘Dark Money‘ Spent in …

Nov 7, 2013 … Though Democrats have railed against the influence of money in politics after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, liberals have … Big-Government/ 2013/ 11/ 07/ Report-Liberals-Have-Accounted-for-70-of-DarkMoney-Spent-in-Politics -in-2013 – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

Karl Rove’s dark money group spent more on politics than it reported …

6 days ago … On its 2012 tax return, GOP strategist Karl Rove’s dark money behemoth Crossroads GPS justified its status as a tax-exempt social welfare … rs/ 2013/ 11/ 25/ karl-roves-darkmoney-group-spent-more-on-politics-than-it-reported-t o-the-irs/ – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

California exposes, fines darkmoney scheme – The Washington Post

Oct 27, 2013 … California exposes and fines those who moved millions to influence the 2012 campaign. opinions/ california-exposes-fines-darkmoney-scheme/ 2013/ 10/ 27/ efe25ed6-3da3-11e3-a94f-b58017bfee6c_story.html – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

Koch Brothers Break New Ground in Dark Money – National Journal

Sep 13, 2013 … On its face, Freedom Partners looks like any of the other darkmoney groups that have proliferated in recent years. Those tax-exempt “social … politics/ koch-brothers-break-new-ground-in-darkmoney-20130913 – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

Judge hits ‘dark money‘ group with big penalty

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Stop Dark Money Montana | Facebook

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The IRS Moves To Limit Dark Money — But Enforcement Still A Question. November 27th, 2013 12:40 pm Kim Barker. by Kim Barker, ProPublica. The IRS and … the-irs-moves-to-limit-darkmoney-but-enforcement-still-a-question/ – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

Report: Liberals Have Accounted for 70% of ‘Dark Money‘ Spent in …

Nov 7, 2013 … Though Democrats have railed against the influence of money in politics after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, liberals have … Big-Government/ 2013/ 11/ 07/ Report-Liberals-Have-Accounted-for-70-of-DarkMoney-Spent-in-Politics -in-2013 – View by Ixquick ProxyHighlight

Keeping an Eye on Dark Money | CREW | Citizens for Responsibility …

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Karl Rove and Other Dark Money Purveyors in Trouble – NPQ …

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Karl Rove’s dark money group spent more on politics than it reported …

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Obama trains the spotlight on ‘dark money‘ | Arizona Capitol Times

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IN-Q-TEL: The creepy rogue spy outfit that builds, and does, the iffy stuff that Snowden always discloses


In-Q-Tel Dark Tactics Group

“We can back-door any hardware or software device, Stingray every City and be back in time to piggy back on all of your wi-wfi right after our drug cartel planes fly the stuff in.

Type Privately held not-for-profit corporation
Genre Technology research, Venture capital
Founded September 29, 1999 (1999-09-29)
Founders Norm Augustine[1]
Headquarters Arlington, Virginia[2]
Key people Christopher Darby, CEO[3]
Services Investment in information technology supporting U.S. intelligence capability

In-Q-Tel of Arlington, Virginia, United States is a not-for-profit venture capital firm that invests in high-tech companies for the sole purpose of keeping the Central Intelligence Agency, and other intelligence agencies, equipped with the latest in information technology in support of United States intelligence capability.[4]


Originally named Peleus and known as In-Q-It, In-Q-Tel was launched in 1999 under the direction of Gilman Louie.[4] In-Q-Tel’s mission is to identify and invest in companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve United States national security interests. Originally associated with[clarification needed] the Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Science & Technology, In-Q-Tel now engages with entrepreneurs, growth companies, researchers, and venture capitalists to deliver technologies that provide superior capabilities for the CIA, DIA, NGA, and the wider intelligence community.[5] In-Q-Tel concentrates on three broad commercial technology areas: software, infrastructure and materials sciences.

Former CIA director George Tenet says,

We [the CIA] decided to use our limited dollars to leverage technology developed elsewhere. In 1999[contradiction] we chartered … In-Q-Tel. … While we pay the bills, In-Q-Tel is independent of CIA. CIA identifies pressing problems, and In-Q-Tel provides the technology to address them. The In-Q-Tel alliance has put the Agency back at the leading edge of technology … This … collaboration … enabled CIA to take advantage of the technology that Las Vegas uses to identify corrupt card players and apply it to link analysis for terrorists [cf. the parallel data-mining effort by the SOCOMDIA operation Able Danger ], and to adapt the technology that online booksellers use and convert it to scour millions of pages of documents looking for unexpected results.[6]

In-Q-Tel sold 5,636 shares of Google, worth over $2.2 million, on November 15, 2005.[7] The stocks were a result of Google’s acquisition of Keyhole, the CIA funded satellite mapping software now known as Google Earth.

As of August 2006,[dated info] In-Q-Tel had reviewed more than 5,800 business plans, invested some $150 million in more than 90 companies, and delivered more than 130 technology solutions to the intelligence community.[4][8] In 2005 it was said to be funded with about $37 million a year from the CIA.[9][dated info]

Former board members include Norman Augustine, William Perry, Anita K. Jones and Gilman Louie.[citation needed]


In-Q-Tel is a Virginia-registered corporation, legally independent of the CIA or any other government agency. The corporation is bound by its Charter agreement and annual contract with the CIA, which set out the relationship between the two organizations. In-Q-Tel’s mission to support the Intelligence Community’s technical needs is promoted by the In-Q-Tel Interface Center (QIC), an office within the CIA that facilitates communication and relationships between In-Q-Tel and government intelligence organizations. While In-Q-Tel is a nonprofit corporation, it differs from IARPA and other models in that its employees can profit from its investments. According to public records, In-Q-Tel’s current[when?] principals include:


Many companies listed on In-Q-Tel’s investment website page[10] are secret. In-Q-Tel functions partially in public; however, what products it has and how they are used is strictly secret.[9] According to the Washington Post, “virtually any U.S. entrepreneur, inventor or research scientist working on ways to analyze data has probably received a phone call from In-Q-Tel or at least been Googled by its staff of technology-watchers.”[9]


  • Socrata – Open Data Solutions for Government Innovation

Material science



Sensor networks
  • ThingMagic – RFID
  • Dust Networks – low-power wireless mesh networking systems
  • Ember Corporation – ZigBee- wireless semiconductor
  • Gainspan – low power Wi-Fi
  • Tendril Networks – software for wireless sensor and control networks
  • TenXsys -telemetry systems for remote monitoring, NASA
  • StreamBase -real-time data in government/military, RFID/sensor networks
  • Thetus – software for remote sensing instruments
  • Soflinx defender -a Wireless Sensor Network for fences
  • PlateScan -automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) sensor network
Data centers
Security testing

Other related personnel

Numerous noteworthy business and intelligence community professionals have been involved with In-Q-Tel at various times, including the following:[citation needed]


  1. Jump up ^ A new partnership between the CIA and the private sector
  2. Jump up ^ Contact Us
  3. Jump up ^ List of the Board of Trustees
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c “In-Q-Tel, Inc. Company Information”. Hoover’s. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  5. Jump up ^ “Tecnology Focus”. In-Q-Tel. Retrieved 14 August 2014. “IQT is focused on new and emerging commercial technologies that have the potential to give the CIA and broader U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) mission-advantage today and in the future. As a strategic partner, we work with the IC…” 
  6. Jump up ^ George Tenet (1997), At The Center Of The Storm: My Years at the CIA, Harper Press, p. 26 
  7. Jump up ^ “CIA sells Google shares”. November 15, 2005. 
  8. Jump up ^ In-Q-Tel website: Investing in our National Security. Obtained August 2006.
  9. ^ Jump up to: a b c n-Q-Tel, CIA’s Venture Arm, Invests in Secrets
  10. Jump up ^ In-Q-Tel website. In-Q-Tel — Investments.
  11. Jump up ^ Greenop, Matt (2007-08-07). “Facebook – the CIA conspiracy”. The New Zealand Herald. APN New Zealand Limited. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  12. Jump up ^ Dan Geer leaves Verdasys for In-Q-Tel, by Ryan Naraine, ZDNet, May 28, 2008. Accessed 2008-07-09.

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In-Q-Tel is a Private Government Corporation, designated as a private, “non-profit enterprise funded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Their mission is to identify and invest in cutting edge information technology (IT) solutions that serve U.S. national interests. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint that defines the agency’s most pressing needs, In-Q-Tel connects with entrepreneurs, established companies, universities, researchers, and venture capitalists to develop technologies that pay out in superior intelligence capabilities. In-Q-Tel provides a source of capital, technical and operational expertise, a beta/prototyping site with ‘power users’, a fast track to commercialization, and a potential source of revenue.”[1]


  • Steve Bowsher – Managing Partner and Executive Vice President

Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board of In-Q-Tel; President of Arizona State University; former Executive Vice Provost of Columbia University.

President and CEO of Barksdale Management Corporation; Board of Directors, Time Warner Inc.; former President & CEO of Netscape Communications Corporation; former Director of America Online, Inc.; original CIO of FedEx.

Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates (NEA); former President and Chief Operating Officer of Legent Corporation (LGNT); former Senior Vice President of the Systems Software Division of UCCEL Corporation (UCE).

President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS); Retired U.S. Air Force General; former Deputy Commander of U.S. forces in Europe; former Executive Director of the Hart-Rudman National Security Commission.

Partner, Greylock Venture Capital; former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA); served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Partner and President of Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation; former Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; former Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet.

University Professor and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia; former Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Former Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; former chairman and CEO of Alex. Brown.

Chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University; member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, of the National Academy of Engineering and of its Council, and of the California Council on Science and Technology.

President Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology; former Chairman of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the Space Station. [3]

Contact Details

In-Q-Tel Inc.
P.O. Box 749
Arlington, VA 22216
Phone: 703 248 3000
Email: info AT
Fax: 703 248 3001


Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Jump up Program,
  2. Jump up Management, accessed September 2, 2009.
  3. Jump up Board of Trustees, accessed September 2, 2009.

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“… way to the United States — and how much of the drug trade goes to fund the world of covert operations.

SkyWay’s genesis can be traced to In-Q-Tel Inc., a secretive, Arlington, Va., investment group owned, operated, and financed out of the black box budget of the Central Intelligence Agency.

· SkyWay was part of a network of companies, three of which—L-3 Communications, Net Command Tech Inc, and Triton Network Systems Inc.— were cited by Elliot Spitzer, then the Attorney General of New York State, for being used by Wall Street brokers in “pump and dump” schemes which cost unwary investors tens of millions of dollars.

· The suspicious involvement of L-3 Communications subsidiary Titan Corp of San Diego, the biggest donor to Southern California Congressmen convicted or being investigated by fired San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam.

· The Israeli connection to SkyWay, including the involvement of an Israeli tele-com firm, Tadiran, accused of being involved in worldwide espionage, and which owned the headquarters of SkyWay in Clearwater, Florida.

· The involvement of Gulf Arab financiers, including an overseas bank, Banque Francaise de l’Orient, long associated with the Saudi bin Laden family.

· Evidence of Republican party involvement in the network, which included the free use of one of the smuggling aircraft by the current head of fund-raising for the national Republican party, U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, who “traveled to nighttime rallies in luxury,” the St. Petersburg Times reported, “on a DC-9 owned by Skyway Global, a Clearwater security company whose owners are Martinez supporters.”
Folks, we have barely scratched the surface of this one. Meet me on the flip side, and we’ll take a closer look at this strange In-Q-Tel firm, as well as the Israeli connections…

(To read the rest, click “Permalink” below)

Although owned by SkyWay, the airliner was registered to Royal Sons Inc., a company controlled by an aircraft broker from Tampa, FL. named Frederic Geffon.

“Geffon was under court order to not let the planes leave the St Petersburg-Clearwater Airport,” stated a source close to the Bankruptcy proceedings. “The Airport Tower had even been ordered not to let the plane take off.”

“Geffon was in direct violation of the court order when that DC9 took off for Venezuela,” the source stated last week.

Yet Frederic Geffon has suffered no legal sanction at all, either for violating the court order, or for owning a plane busted with a plane filled with a box-car’s worth of cocaine, evidence that, legally speaking, Frederic Geffon walks on water.
Hopsicker earlier quoted Geffon on Kovar:
“Their company is a scam and he’s a scammer. I got sold a bill of goods about his stock. Everybody out here at the (Clearwater-St. Pete International) airport invested with him, and we all lost it all.”
These words carry a thieves-falling-out quality. And perhaps we can find here an explanation as to why the flight was seized. These flights were apparently routine; the airports and authorities are paid to look the other way. Either somebody didn’t get his envelope, or somebody was trying to backstab a former partner.

Kovar knows a thing or two about water-walking himself. He and his family are now running another firm called “Homeland Security Tracking Enforcement.” I’m sure that this is a fine company providing both an important service and a reasonable rate of return for their investors.

Oh…one other thing:
Geffon’s Royal Sons Inc has one other distinction that needs to be mentioned: The firm occasionally listed its address as 224 E Airport Ave at the tiny Venice, FL airport, in a hangar belonging to terror flight school Huffman Aviation.
In case you’ve forgotten, Huffman is the place Mohammed Atta called home. Funny coincidence, that.

Now, I must be clear on one point: I am not personally accusing Tadiran (or Geffon, or anyone else) of wrongdoing. However, as regular readers know, these Israeli IT and telecommunications companies keep popping up in stories with “spooky” overtones. So I tend to keep an eye out for these guys. Here is some company info on Tadiran (which, incidentally, has a contract to supply radio equipment to the U.S. Army):

Tadiran Telecom is a private company, owned by Ron Bregman, Africa-Israel Communication Ltd., and Gifford Ltd. It is headquartered in Petach Tikva, Israel, with regional head offices in Port Washington, NY, USA, Moscow Russia, Beijing, China and Delhi, India.
After a brief scan, the only source I can find linking Tadiran with intelligence is Andrew and Leslie Cockburn’s excellent book Dangerous Liaison, which reports that the company supplied the murderous Guatemalan military dictatorship with a computerized tracking system for subversives. The list included journalists, politicians, writers, students and so forth — and anyone on the list was likely to find himself “disappeared.”

In-Q-Tel, founded by former CIA Director George Tenet, is a pretty odd company in it’s own right. See the New York Post story here, which describes the company as
a secretive, Arlington, Va., investment group that is owned, operated and financed out of the black box budget of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
The piece ends:
So tell me, people, are we OK with this? Are we OK with letting the CIA use taxpayer money to gamble on Wall Street for the personal profit of their own employees . . . and then not explain why?…””





Quantum Spying: GCHQ Used Fake LinkedIn Pages to Target Engineers



Officials at LinkedIn say they “would not authorize such activity for any purpose”.

Elite GCHQ teams targeted employees of mobile communications companies and billing companies to gain access to their company networks. The spies used fake copies of LinkedIn profiles as one of their tools.

The Belgacom employees probably thought nothing was amiss when they pulled up their profiles on LinkedIn, the professional networking site. The pages looked the way they always did, and they didn’t take any longer than usual to load.

The victims didn’t notice that what they were looking at wasn’t the original site but a fake profile with one invisible added feature: a small piece of malware that turned their computers into tools for Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service.The British intelligence workers had already thoroughly researched the engineers. According to a “top secret” GCHQ presentation disclosed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, they began by identifying employees who worked in network maintenance and security for the partly government-owned Belgian telecommunications company Belgacom.

Then they determined which of the potential targets used LinkedIn or, a popular news website in the IT community.

‘Quantum Insert’

The computers of these “candidates” were then infected with computer malware that had been placed using infiltration technology the intelligence agency refers to as “Quantum Insert,” which enabled the GCHQ spies to deeply infiltrate the Belgacom internal network and that of its subsidiary BICS, which operates a so-called GRX router system. This type of router is required when users make calls or go online with their mobile phones while abroad.

SPIEGEL’s initial reporting on “Operation Socialist,” a GCHQ program that targeted Belgacom, triggered an investigation by Belgian public prosecutors. In addition, two committees of the European Parliament are investigating an attack by a European Union country on the leading telecommunications provider in another EU member state.

The operation is not an isolated case, but in fact is only one of the signature projects of an elite British Internet intelligence hacking unit working under the auspices of a group called MyNOC, or “My Network Operations Centre.” MyNOCs bring together employees from various GCHQ divisions to cooperate on especially tricky operations. In essence, a MyNOC is a unit that specializes in infiltrating foreign networks. Call it Her Majesty’s hacking service, if you like.

When GCHQ Director Iain Lobban appeared before the British parliament last Thursday, he made an effort to reassure lawmakers alarmed by recent revelations. British intelligence couldn’t exactly stand back and watch the United Kingdom be targeted for industrial espionage, Lobban said. But, he noted, only those whose activities pose a threat to the national or economic security of the United Kingdom could in fact be monitored by his agency.

A Visit from Charles and Camilla

Even members of the royal family occasionally stop by to see what British intelligence is up to. In one photo that appears in a secret document, Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are shown listening to a presentation at a MyNOC workstation called “A Space.” The tongue-in-cheek caption reads “Interlopers in A Space.”

The presentation does not indicate the extent to which the royal family is kept abreast of current espionage operations. Their last visit was reportedly about Afghanistan, not Belgium. But the visit had been to the same location where what the secret document described as the “very successful” operation against Belgacom as well as “Operation Wylekey,” also run by a MyNOC unit, had been conducted.

This also relates to an issue that the British have made a focal point of their intelligence-gathering activities: the most comprehensive access possible to worldwide mobile networks, the critical infrastructures for the digital age.

Mobile networks are a blessing and a curse for spies worldwide. Because each major wireless communications company operates its own networks, tapping into them becomes more complex. On the other hand, the mobile multi-use devices in our pockets are a blessing, because they often reveal more personal information than stationary computers, such as the user’s lifestyle habits and location. They can also be transformed into bugging devices that can be activated remotely at any time to listen in on the user’s conversations.

Mobile Phones Become Monitoring Tools

“We can locate, collect, exploit (in real time where appropriate) high value mobile devices & services in a fully converged target centric manner,” a GCHQ document from 2011 states. For years, the British spies have aspired to potentially transform every mobile phone on the planet into a monitoring tool that could be activated at any time.

But the government hackers apparently have to employ workarounds in order to infiltrate the relatively inaccessible mobile phone networks.

According to the presentation, in the case of Belgacom this involved the “exploitation of GRX routers,” from which so-called man-in-the-middle attacks could be launched against the subjects’ smartphones. “This way, an intelligence service could read the entire Internet communications of the target and even track their location or implant spying software on their device,” mobile networks expert Philippe Langlois says of the development. It is an effective approach, Langlois explains, since there are several hundred wireless companies, but only about two dozen GRX providers worldwide.

But this isn’t the only portal into the world of global mobile communications that GCHQ has exploited. Another MyNOC operation, “Wylekey,” targets “international mobile billing clearinghouses.”

These clearinghouses, which are relatively unknown to the general public, process international payment transactions among wireless companies, giving them access to massive amounts of connection data.

The GCHQ presentation, which SPIEGEL was able to view, contains a list of the billing companies that are on the radar of the British. At the top of the list are Comfone, a company based in Bern, Switzerland, and Mach, which has since been split into two companies, one owned by another firm called Syniverse and another called Starhome Mach. Syniverse was also on the list of companies to monitor. Together, these companies dominate the industry worldwide. In the case of Mach, the GCHQ personnel had “identified three network engineers” to target. Once again, the Quantum Insert method was deployed.

The spies first determine who works for a company identified as a target, using open source data like the LinkedIn professional social networking site. IT personnel and network administrators are apparently of particular interest to the GCHQ attackers, because their computers can provide extensive access privileges to protected corporate infrastructures.

Targeting an Innocent Employee

In the case of Mach, for example, the GCHQ spies came across a computer expert working for the company’s branch in India. The top-secret document shows how extensively the British intelligence agents investigated the life of the innocent employee, who is listed as a “target” after that.

A complex graph of his digital life depicts the man’s name in red crosshairs and lists his work computers and those he uses privately (“suspected tablet PC”). His Skype username is listed, as are his Gmail account and his profile on a social networking site. The British government hackers even gained access to the cookies on the unsuspecting victim’s computers, as well as identifying the IP addresses he uses to surf the web for work or personal use.

In short, GCHQ knew everything about the man’s digital life, making him an open book for its spies. SPIEGEL has contacted the man, but to protect his privacy is not publishing his name.But that was only the preparatory stage. After mapping the man’s personal data, now it was time for the attack department to take over. On the basis of this initial information, the spies developed digital attack weapons for six Mach employees, described in the document as “six targeting packs for key individuals,” customized for the victims’ computers.


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IMMIGRATION BLAST: Obama’s epic “FU” to the GOP!

– Aides secretly call it “The Jan Brewer Special”; will flood AZ with Democrats and Mexicans: Her two favorite things

– Designed to swell Democratic voting ranks and fill up southern states with DNC-Positive players

– Could change the entire outcome of 2016 elections

– Congressman comments that it is easier to jump the White House Fence and run into the White House than it is for a GOP Senator to get invited in.

– CHAGAS bug biological epidemic already an issue bigger than Ebola. GOP wants every immigrant tested for CHAGAS

– Set’s up interesting Christmas scenario


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There are over 2000 hackers in China and Russia that can:

1. Remote activate every digital camera you own and watch you in secret!
2. Watch all the email you ever wrote, or will write!
3. Read every text you wrote, or will write!
4. Store and analyze years of your web activities to psychologically profile your next potential moves!
5. Read every single thing on your iPhone or your Samsung!
6. Find every image of you, on any cloud or web server, on Earth!
7. Open all of your medical and credit reports on outside business databases!

…and they do all this with just a few mouse clicks of their mouse, from the other side of the globe.

They can do this with automated hacker software while they sleep.

There is no device you can buy, in the retail market, that is not already wide-open to these hackers.

If you think you are safe because you don’t do “bad things”.. think again! If you have a bank account, a credit card or own any stock, money or are at the top of the targeting lists.

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It’s hard to overstate the mystique surrounding Elon Musk these days. He has been compared to Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison. At 43, he’s the CEO of Tesla Motors, an electric-car company so white-hot that it speaks of someday vanquishing the internal combustion engine. He’s chairman of SolarCity, whose panels hold the promise of helping save the world from global warming and fossil fuels. His rocket company, SpaceX, wants to travel to Mars. Never mind that such audacious goals won’t be realized for decades, if ever. Musk’s brilliance, his vision, and the breadth of his ambition make him the one-man embodiment of the future.

The frenzy that attends his stature was visible on Oct. 9, when Musk unveiled two enhancements to Tesla’s Model S before 4,000 people at an airport in Hawthorne, Calif. Musk took the spotlit outdoor stage at 9 p.m.—an hour late, like a rock star—wearing a black velvet blazer. Smartphones flashed; bloggers live-streamed his jokes. Standing in front of his image on a giant videoscreen, Musk showed off the model’s four-wheel drive and autopilot features.

Musk wowed the crowd with the $120,000 sedan, which goes 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. “It’s like taking off from a carrier deck,” he said. Musk took reporters for a ride, leaving them slack-jawed at the S’s acceleration and technology. No matter that, as others pointed out, competitors already have some auto-drive capabilities. As Charlie Rose put it on CBS This Morning, “Elon Musk is the kind of guy you want to invest in.”

Millions have done just that. Since the start of 2013, Tesla’s stock has soared 614%, producing a market cap of $30 billion—more than half the value of GM, which is expected to sell 10 million vehicles in 2014, compared with Tesla’s 33,000. The company has produced a stellar sedan—Consumer Reports scored it higher than any other car it has ever tested—and Musk’s achievements justify accolades: He co-founded PayPal and has made billions; SpaceX has made multiple missions to the International Space Station. (All of this was enough to make him Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year in 2013 and he’s on this year’s list, too.)

Yet Tesla offers only a single model, and it has yet to record an annual profit. The company’s future—and its giddy stock price—hinge on a seemingly paradoxical strategy: Tesla isn’t profitable selling cars for $70,000 and up, but it’s planning to sell a model for half that price starting in 2017. In theory, sales will jump more than 10-fold, to 500,000, by 2020.

tesla charging station, tesla 'gigafactory" A Tesla with vanity license plate “GAS LOL” at a charging station in Truckee, CA, the closest station to the ‘gigafactory” site near Reno.Photo by Winni Wintermeyer for Fortune

That brings us to the key to the whole strategy, a decision that would raise the stakes for the company and ripple through multiple states: Tesla’s plans to build a gigantic factory to manufacture batteries. To make his new model affordable, Musk decided he needs a plant that can produce 500,000 lithium-ion battery packs per year—equal to the world’s current production. He expects the Pentagon-size facility to cost about $5 billion and begin turning them out by the end of 2016.

Some see this as a bet-the-company move, requiring near-perfect execution and a wholesale public embrace of electric cars, which today account for less than 1% of the auto market. To make the challenge even harder, every big carmaker is racing to develop its own electric models. The factory also means an outlay by Tesla of $2 billion or more—a hefty sum for a company with $3.7 billion in projected 2014 revenues.

The plan is “a tremendous risk,” says Cosmin Laslau, a technology analyst for Lux Research. He thinks Tesla will meet less than half of its 2020 sales target, which will saddle it with cash-draining overcapacity. “Tesla’s grand designs,” Laslau concludes, “are dangerously ambitious.”

But “Do the impossible” is one of Tesla’s slogans, and Musk set out to make it happen. He looked to spread the costs, seeking a mammoth package of incentives from states for the right to be the factory’s home. He succeeded—and then some. Musk landed a stunning $1.4 billion in tax breaks, free land, and other beneficence from Nevada to build the factory outside Reno. It’s one of the biggest gift baskets in history. Moreover, the other companies that have received such massive largesse were giants like Boeing, Nike, and Intel with decades of profits and much more predictable future sales.

These days companies routinely use the cudgel of jobs to extract huge offers from desperate states—a process that can resemble a shakedown. Musk showed himself to have nearly as much genius for that sort of maneuvering as he does for innovation. He took a process that typically plays out behind the scenes and made it public. Musk played an Oz-like role as master orchestrator, sending signals through earnings calls and blog postings, while keeping the states in the dark and playing on their fears of losing out. The combination of his strategy, the electric Musk factor, and the lure of 6,500 jobs inspired excited bidding among seven states and staggering leaps of faith. States were willing to move mountains (or highways, as the case may be) for a chance to have the factory.

Along the way Musk encountered a few surprises, not least that a key figure in this saga is the owner of the legal brothel known as the Mustang Ranch (this is Nevada we’re talking about), who presides over his own realm in the scrub desert east of Reno. Nevada won the deal. Whether that will be a triumph for its citizens will take many years to determine.


Elon Musk is no rookie when it comes to winning gaudy incentives. He previously proved himself a shrewd and unsentimental player. In 2007 he joined Bill Richardson, then New Mexico’s governor, in announcing that Tesla would build its first U.S. auto-assembly plant in Albuquerque. New Mexico had outbid Arizona with $20 million in goodies, including a cash “signing bonus.”

After the announcement—but before the plant could be built—California made a richer offer. Tesla promptly abandoned New Mexico. (The company now says it shifted its site because the New Mexico plan was unworkable.) In California, Tesla has received sales-tax exemptions, which it expects will save the company $90 million over a decade.

In its early days—until Musk added the CEO title to his chairmanship in 2008—the company suffered from infighting, product delays, and a near-bankruptcy. But those early struggles, and skepticism about its prospects, seem only to have fueled its confidence. “At each stage of this company, people said we weren’t going to get to the next stage,” says Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice president of business development. “We don’t worry about these things.” (Tesla declined to make its CEO available for an interview.)

US-AUTO-IT-TECHNOLOGY-ENEGY-TESLATesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk unveils the dual engine chassis of the new Tesla ‘D’ model which is a faster and all-wheel-drive version of the Model S electric sedan at the Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles on October 9, 2014. While Tesla produces relatively few vehicles, it has become a star in the sector due to keen demand and a reputation for high quality. A surge in its share price over the past year has pushed its value over $30 billion.MARK RALSTON AFP/Getty Images

Tesla has followed a master plan Musk laid out in a 2006 blog post: “to enter at the high end of the market, where customers are prepared to pay a premium, and then drive down market as fast as possible to higher unit volume and lower prices with each successive model.” Musk’s premise is that economies of scale, technological advances, and efficiencies at the new plant will cut battery costs by more than 30%, providing a chunk of the savings needed to sell a Tesla for $35,000. (Tesla’s cells are now made in Japan by Panasonic, which will also be building them inside the gigafactory.)

Far from being daunted by the magnitude of its ambitions, Tesla seems to be energized by it. “We don’t have any concern about the generation of demand,” says Tesla co-founder and chief technical officer J.B. Straubel. “That’s not really something we lose any sleep over.”

And so it was that Tesla’s campaign to find a home for its battery plant began in mid-October of last year with an almost coy mixture of mystery and secrecy. Susan St. Germain, a senior business recruiter for the state of Washington, says her office got a call from a Tesla executive who explained that the company had a “major” project to discuss in confidence. She was invited to fly down to Tesla’s car factory in Fremont, Calif., on condition that she sign a nondisclosure agreement.

When she arrived, St. Germain discovered counterparts from California, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon. It was clear there was to be a competition. Tesla executives presented their plans to build a massive battery plant in one of the states represented at the meeting. It would mean thousands of new jobs and billions in investment.

Every detail seemed perfectly stage-managed, down to the name of the planned facility. Any company can build a large factory. Only Tesla would give a manufacturing facility its own brand and hype, dubbing it the “gigafactory.”

The company executives distributed handouts but collected them before anyone could leave the room. Taking notes was prohibited. Afterward, to make sure they were truly hooked, each attendee got a turn at the wheel of a Model S—on a private street where it was possible to floor it. “It was enough to throw you back in your seat,” recalls St. Germain. “It made me a little nervous—you don’t want to wreck their car.”

The company made it clear it wanted to proceed quickly. The states were given just three weeks to submit proposals. Tesla said it expected to select a few finalists the week after that, make site visits before Thanksgiving, and decide where to put the gigafactory by Jan. 10, 2014—less than three months off.

Tesla gave the states a spreadsheet to fill out for each location they proposed. It had more than 90 questions, everything from details on the local labor market to the site’s susceptibility to hurricanes, sinkholes, and floods. At that point, Tesla wanted a minimum of 90 acres, expandable to 300 acres by 2018, or an existing 1.7 million-square-foot building that could also be dramatically enlarged. It needed rail access to move its half-ton battery packs to Fremont for installation and a vast supply of power and water.

Equally important, the company requested details on what enticements the state would offer: tax breaks, free land, infrastructure improvements, job training, and cash. “It was left to the states to be creative,” says St. Germain.

Even as the seven states scrambled to meet Tesla’s submission deadline of Nov. 8, Musk was cagey. When an analyst on the company’s quarterly earnings call asked about the idea of building a battery plant—an idea the CEO had previously discussed—Musk replied that he hadn’t yet decided what to do.

“We’re not quite ready to make a big announcement on the cell and battery gigafactory, but we are exploring a lot of different options right now,” he said. “If I were to guess, I think we would do that, that soup-to-nuts gigafactory…that factory would most likely be in North America, but we are investigating other options as well.”

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Musk’s chief lieutenant on the search was O’Connell, the judicious yang to Musk’s creative yin. A 50-year-old Dartmouth graduate and Northwestern MBA from a prominent Boston Irish family, he has a background as a consultant, which is reflected in his propensity for management jargon. As buttoned-up as he is, he realizes how crucial the new plant is. “The gigafactory,” he says, “is going to be decisive.”

O’Connell’s team soon emailed the bidding states confirmations that their proposals had been received, noting, “We expect internal reviews to take one to two weeks and will notify all participants once any decisions are made.”

Some states heard nothing more. After about a month without a peep, St. Germain called a Tesla executive, who informed her that Washington hadn’t made the cut. The state’s low power rates were attractive, but its refusal to offer big tax abatements was a deal killer, she concluded. Oregon also quickly got the ax—and, surprisingly, so did California.

Because Tesla’s assembly plant is already there, a California site would have been ideal. “All things being equal, the best place for this facility is across the street from the factory,” says O’Connell.

Yet even more than proximity, Musk cared about getting his plant up and running fast. Musk’s timetable—to start churning out battery packs in time for the planned 2017 launch of its mass-market Model 3—was already abbreviated. California’s tough environmental laws, which require detailed studies and allow legal challenges, made meeting that deadline daunting. Tesla, says O’Connell, didn’t want to take that “executional risk.” That left four states: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.


At first, Joey Grisham, president of the economic development corporation in Hutto, Texas, a town of 20,000 about 25 miles northeast of Austin, didn’t even know who he was courting. The governor’s office had told him there was an opportunity, which it code-named Project Five Star. It was identified only as a “publicly traded high tech company.” The mystery didn’t faze Grisham, an earnest cheerleader for his town. He proposed a 465-acre tract of farmland.

In late November, Grisham received word that “Five Star” wanted to make a site visit. He finally learned its identity in an excited email from Dave Porter, economic-development chief for the Austin chamber of commerce. “The state confidentially told us this afternoon the prospect coming to visit next Friday is Tesla,” Porter advised Grisham on Thanksgiving eve. “This is a HUGE opportunity for Central Texas…We will assist with the Red Carpet treatment…Hope this makes your turkey taste better.”

The Texans’ relationship with Tesla kicked off on Dec. 5, when they hosted two executives for dinner in a private room at a downtown Austin steak house, then took them on a windy helicopter tour of the area the next day. Days later, Grisham submitted what he calls an “aggressive” proposal, including some property-tax breaks that lasted for 30 years. Word soon arrived from the governor’s office: Tesla was “very positive about Hutto.”

Under Republican Gov. Rick Perry, Texas has actively chased economic-development projects, closing deals by writing big checks from the Texas Enterprise Fund, a special pot doled out largely at the governor’s discretion. Perry’s office promised to come up with a cash offer if Tesla would commit to Texas by year-end.

“Any news?? I’m getting nervous,” Porter wrote Grisham after 2013 ended with no word.

Tesla finally offered encouragement 11 days later. “Happy New Year!” wrote Kevin Kassekert, Tesla’s director of infrastructure development, on Jan. 15. “I wanted to write to you and inform you that we have completed our next level down-selection and Hutto is still in the running.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry, Tesla's "gigafactory"Texas Gov. Rick Perry, eager to show he was standing up for his state in the contest for jobs, drove a Tesla up to the state capitol in Sacramento (never mind that Tesla’s headquarters is hours away in Palo Alto).Photo: Rich Pedroncelli—AP

At that point, Grisham began worrying about Texas competitors. There were rumors Ross Perot Jr. was personally pitching two sites to Musk, including an old American Airlines facility at Alliance Airport, his industrial development north of Fort Worth. “Hopefully their visit sucked!” Grisham wrote Porter.

Grisham had put forward what he considered a dynamite offer, but Tesla soon made it clear it wanted much more. At a 7:30 a.m. meeting on Jan. 17, a team of company executives and finance experts presented a PowerPoint slide showing how the total costs of putting the gigafactory there measured up against four other locations. Based on incentives, utility costs, and various other measures, the final slide showed a $700 million gap between Hutto and “The Competition”—an unnamed leading prospect. The message was blunt: Hutto needed to up the ante.

Tesla didn’t offer specific details of the other offers, much less reveal who was making them. Grisham was negotiating in the dark, obliged to take the company’s word. (O’Connell describes the blind bidding, apparently without irony, as Tesla’s “attempt to be forthright and transparent.”) After the meeting, Grisham wrote to thank the Tesla team for its “candid conversation—we heard it loud and clear and are working diligently as we speak to significantly decrease that $700 M figure.” Already he was working on sweetened tax-abatement offers; a clarification of local electricity costs narrowed the gap further. “As you can tell, we want you in Hutto!” Grisham wrote. “I believe Tesla fits the Austin region and we will do EVERYTHING in our power to help make that a reality!”


The suitors continued to line up. Nevada’s governor, a former federal judge named Brian Sandoval, had run for office in 2010 promising to attract jobs to the state, desperate to expand beyond its casino industry after unemployment topped 14%. Sandoval restructured Nevada’s ineffectual business-recruitment bureaucracy, naming a development czar who reported directly to him. Sandoval was eager to win the gigafactory.

Nevada officials pitched Tesla on potential locations, two of them near Reno and others close to Las Vegas. In early December, company executives, short on time, made plans to visit the Vegas prospects. Hearing about this, the Reno contingent—co-led by Mustang Ranch owner Lance Gilman—feared they’d never even get a shot. They decided to bring a bit of Nevada-style glitz to their courtship.

Tesla's "gigafactory" outside RenoThe site of Tesla’s battery factory will be located at the end of a street that has been renamed Electric Avenue.Photo by Winni Wintermeyer for Fortune

Chartering a 10-passenger Learjet for $10,000, they offered to pick up the Tesla team in California and ferry them around Nevada so they’d have time to visit Reno too. The Tesla executives agreed, and after dark on Dec. 9, Daniel Witt and Kevin Kassekert boarded the plane at the Oakland airport. A local economic-development executive was waiting to pick them up in a limousine at the airport in Reno, where they’d have dinner in a private room with local promoters and spend the night in a deluxe suite at the Peppermill resort and casino. The next morning, they were to tour the two Reno properties, then hop back aboard the Learjet for Las Vegas.

But as the jet was taxiing toward the runway, an emergency call halted it: Tesla’s brass had second thoughts about the appearance of all this, and yanked Witt and Kassekert off the plane. Still, Reno had made an impression. Kassekert made plans to fly in a week later—on a commercial flight.

There he met Gilman, 69, the exclusive broker, minority partner, and manager of the mammoth Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. At 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, sporting a diamond ring on each hand and a gold coin on a chain around his neck, Gilman is a big presence and a Reno-style philosopher. (As he puts it, “They say gambling is at the crap tables. Gambling is buying 100,000 acres worth of dirt and hoping the economy holds.”) A onetime country singer, he has sold yachts in San Diego, Harley-Davidsons in Carson City, and flesh at the Mustang Ranch, which he has owned since 2003. After buying it, he had the building airlifted by helicopter to just outside the Tahoe-Regional Industrial Center, prompting some local wags to refer to the park by the acronym TRIC.

Tesla "gigafactory", Reno-Tahoe Industrial Park, Lance GilmanLance Gilman, owner of the Mustang Ranch and the promoter behind Reno’s bid, hatched the idea for a “biblical” armada of graders and earthmovers to show how quickly he could prep his site.Photo by Winni Wintermeyer for Fortune

“Industrial park” isn’t quite the right term for what Gilman runs, though he bills it as the world’s largest. Located in Storey County, where just 4,000 people live, it feels more like its own 166-square-mile principality, with 166 tenants and its own rules. Under a sweeping agreement reached back in 2000, nearly every imaginable land use has been approved. Tenant U.S. Ordnance, which manufactures for the U.S. military, tests machine guns on a 5,000-acre shooting range inside the park. The county government, where Gilman serves as one of three elected commissioners, promises building permits in fewer than 30 days. To speed construction, county officials will inspect concrete pours at 2 a.m.

So when Kassekert finally came to visit, Gilman told him just what Tesla wanted to hear: “We can put up a building as fast or faster than anyplace in the U.S.”


On Feb. 26, Tesla finally confirmed that it was building its battery plant, in a blog posting on the company website. A map showed the four “Gigafactory Location Finalists” in red—Nevada, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico—and noted that “final site selection activities are underway.”

Gigafactory Rendering

A new rendering of Tesla's Gigafactory.A new rendering of Tesla’s Gigafactory.Courtesy: Tesla MotorsOne Wall Street analyst immediately concluded that New Mexico—always aggressive in chasing big projects—would land the prize. Arizona’s governor, pressing her state’s bid, called Musk directly. Tesla never ruled out any finalists, but it was spending the most time in Nevada and Texas.

Musk’s ambitions for the site, already outsize, were growing: He now wanted 1,000 acres rather than 90. That would give the plant lots of room for future expansion. Meanwhile, the company had passed its mid-January deadline for picking a site.

The states rushed to adapt their bids. Hutto’s Grisham secured options on farmland adjacent to its original tract, expanding the site to 1,241 acres. This did present one problem: It would require rerouting a mile and a half of state highway that ran through the middle of it. The Texas team began working to arrange that too.

Meanwhile, two more contenders emerged. The first was San Antonio, which had landed a Toyota assembly plant back in 2003. Eager to duplicate that feat, the area’s recruiters were “super-aggressive,” says Tesla’s O’Connell. San Antonio’s trump card was its city-owned utility, CPS Energy, which offered ultracheap electricity. Musk had publicly promised that the gigafactory would be run entirely on renewable fuels, but that wouldn’t happen for years; until then, its site team told bidders, the plant would require an enormous power load. The San Antonio discount could save Tesla $25 million a year.

The second was California. Shocked by its early elimination, state political leaders begged Tesla to reconsider, promising to come up with a sweet offer and expedite the dreaded environmental reviews. Two lawmakers announced plans to draft special legislation to address the carmaker’s desires. On a conference call on May 7, Musk announced that California, while still “in the category of being improbable,” was “potentially back in the running,” ratcheting up the pressure on the other contenders.


Tesla continued to press the states. The company informed Nevada that its “off-the-shelf” assortment of incentives placed Nevada last among the finalists—about $900 million behind an (as always) unidentified front-runner.

Nevada was seemingly out of its league. The state had never given any company more than $89 million. It had no Texas-size “enterprise” fund it could tap to close the deal. “Texas is the 800-pound gorilla in the room in any economic-development conversation,” says Nevada economic-development chief Steve Hill, who led the negotiations with Tesla. “They have more resources—and are more willing to use them—than any other state in the country.”

At this point, Hill says, he and Nevada’s governor asked themselves, How much do we want this? The answer: a lot. The two men talked about not giving away too much. Then they decided, says Hill, “to start offering things that go beyond what we’re normally willing to offer.” These new enticements would be so outsize that they would ultimately require a special legislative session to draft new laws.

Silver-haired and low key, Hill, 55, made his fortune building the biggest concrete supplier in Las Vegas and then entered government in 2011. Hill knew that Gilman’s industrial park outside Reno, the only Nevada site still under consideration, offered a key advantage: It was fewer than 300 miles from Fremont, far closer than its rivals. Hill calculated that this proximity was worth about $300 million to Tesla.


Some 166 square miles, Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, site of Tesla’s new battery plant, is billed as the largest industrial park in the world, a realm that is home to 166 companies, including Wal-Mart, 1-800-Diapers, and weapons manufacturer U.S. Ordnance.Map Source: Nevada DOTBut no matter how far Nevada was willing to go, it seemed Tesla kept asking for even more. It wanted free land, zero taxes of any sort for 20 years, and a 25% electricity discount.

As desperate as it was, Nevada balked at the big power subsidy. It would cost the average residential customer about $20 a year—and commercial accounts hundreds or thousands of dollars—and was likely to be bitterly unpopular with residents.

Nevada refused. That prompted what looked like sullen silence from Tesla. Hill and Sandoval thought the project was lost. But then, in what would become a pattern, the automaker’s negotiators resumed talks. Says Hill: “That was the first solid indication that they would like to be here.”


In retrospect, Musk’s next move seems like a calculated bit of misdirection. On a May 7 earnings call, he announced that Tesla would soon break ground on “multiple” gigafactory sites, even before deciding where to put it. Musk elaborated at the annual shareholders meeting a month later, saying the company would begin site preparation work in “two or maybe three states, all the way to creating a foundation and completing the plans and getting approvals and everything”—to assure the plant was ready on time. Musk was also now saying he didn’t expect to make a final decision before year-end. The man who had previously pushed the states to act quickly now looked as if he would extract advantage by showing he was in no hurry. (O’Connell denies Tesla was “disingenuous” with dates—and then seems to say the precise opposite: “You have to create forcing mechanisms in these processes. We had a straw man for how this was going to go…We took the time that was necessary.”)

Musk’s calculated ambiguity seemed to be working. At least two states—Texas and Nevada—thought they were nearing a deal and redoubled their efforts. Says Grisham of Texas: “There was a point where we felt like we were the bride.”

In Nevada, Tesla had zeroed in on a site in the Eagle Valley section of the Tahoe-Reno park. O’Connell and Kassekert wondered how the harsh terrain could be flattened into the giant pad the gigafactory required, but Gilman assured them it wasn’t a problem. They had marveled at the progress of a nearby project for online retailer Zulily, transformed from rugged hillside into a 700,000-square-foot warehouse in 180 days. Musk, who implored his team to “find the right dirt,” quietly dropped in to check out the site himself. (Locals spotted the tail numbers on his jet.)

Tesla decided to put Nevada to the test—and once again the team from Reno put on a show. Gilman’s team responded with what he later described as a “biblical” show of force. On June 26, an armada of 200 earthmovers and graders—planned by Gilman but paid for by Tesla—descended onto the site. Work continued 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drones circled overhead, providing Tesla executives with images of the project’s progress. In four weeks the workers leveled hundreds of acres and moved some 3 million cubic yards of dirt—enough to fill three football stadiums. This made the desired impression. Says O’Connell: “That grading exercise certainly demonstrated how quickly we can execute in that part of the world.”

Tesla "gigafactory", Reno-Tahoe Industrial ParkOverlooking Tesla’s factory inside the Tahoe-Reno Industrial CenterPhoto by Winni Wintermeyer for Fortune

Better still for Nevada, the two sides seemed to have reached agreement on the crucial provisions: a generous 20-year package of 100% tax abatements, conditioned on specific levels of investment and job creation. On July 3, Sandoval briefed Nevada legislative leaders. He discussed calling a special session starting in late July to pass the needed legislation. “We thought the terms of the agreement were pretty much settled,” says Hill.

Then Musk talked to Sandoval about two weeks later, and the deal was suddenly off. Musk had changed his demands. He now wanted a staggering $500 million in cash upfront instead of some of the tax abatements. This was simply impossible for Nevada. The state didn’t have that kind of money—its entire budget is just $6.5 billion—and it wasn’t about to write a half-billion-dollar check.

For a second time, Nevada’s team braced itself and said no. “The conversations got pretty darn tense,” says Hill. “Tesla was not happy.”

The company made its pique apparent: On July 23 it shut down the grading work outside Reno, abruptly sending 240 construction workers home. O’Connell explains Tesla’s attitude this way: “Okay, fine, if it’s not going to work in Nevada, we’ll take our shovel and go somewhere else.”

This charged drama played out entirely in secret. It took weeks for anyone to even notice the site work, at the end of a remote road, behind miles of fencing, and past a manned guardhouse marked with the code name Project Tiger. When bloggers finally got wind of it—and then learned that work had halted—no one would say what was going on.

Asked about it on his July 31 earnings call, Musk confirmed that Tesla had broken ground in Nevada but said that work had stopped because the pad was
“substantially complete.” He insisted that Tesla still planned to do “something similar in one or two other states.” As for Nevada? “At this point,” Musk cryptically added, “the ball is in the court of the governor and the state legislature.” Hill and the governor, listening in on the public call, knew the message was intended for them.


It’s not exactly clear what prompted Musk’s sudden request for $500 million in cash. One explanation: Battery partner Panasonic was limiting its initial commitment to a few hundred million dollars, leaving Tesla—which had expected $1.5 billion to $2 billion from the electronics company—with a big gap to fill. (Tesla executives deny this, insisting they will have no trouble funding the project, whatever Panasonic invests.)

Then there was a second factor: Just a day or two before Musk’s request, Tennessee announced it was giving $230 million to Volkswagen to help fund a $600 million plant expansion in Chattanooga, expected to create 2,000 jobs. It struck Musk that his larger project should reap Tesla an even bigger windfall. “The VW deal was an eye-opener,” acknowledges O’Connell.

Tesla continued to press to see what it could get from other states. In June, the automaker suggested Hutto buy its potential gigafactory tract outright, at a cost of $10 million to $20 million—without any promise to put the plant there. When Hutto rejected this extremely unusual request, it, too, got the silent treatment. A similar request and rebuff occurred in San Antonio.

In mid-August, after Nevada spurned Musk’s $500 million request, Tesla returned to Texas, making the same proposal to promoters of both sites there—and again getting no takers. Recalls Mario Hernandez, president of San Antonio’s economic-development foundation, describing the request from a Tesla executive: “We needed to be heavy upfront, up to a half-billion—that would be their ideal package…to be under serious consideration.”


By this point, there had been no shortage of stunts by states eager to woo the automaker. Texas Gov. Perry, sporting sunglasses, drove a Tesla up to the California state capitol in Sacramento (never mind that Tesla’s headquarters is hours away in Palo Alto) to show he was fighting for his state. The mayor of Tucson sent Musk a city building permit, good for a $3 billion, 5-million-square-foot building at an Arizona address “to be determined.” California state senator Ted Gaines delivered a golden shovel to Tesla headquarters.

Local promoters seized on every connection they thought might deliver an advantage. Reno reveled in Musk’s history as an attendee at Burning Man, in the Nevada desert, which surely meant he’d passed through town. Hutto noted that Austin held an annual Tesla Project, celebrating the birthday of the inventor who gave the company its name. Says Grisham: “The stars just seemed to be aligned for this. You just think, ‘This is the one.’ It’s like dating.” (Of course, not everybody was so enamored with Tesla. One columnist for the San Antonio Express-News wrote, after Musk’s request for $500 million in cash became public, “It’s getting harder to tell the difference between Tesla’s search and a shakedown.”)

Musk continued to use his public statements to influence and manipulate the contenders. By contrast, the company expected the states to maintain absolute silence. In May a California newspaper reported that Tesla was considering a site at a Sacramento business park. It included a bland comment from a state development spokesman: “The administration is working every day to bring companies to California and help them grow here. Tesla is certainly one of those companies.”

That prompted a tart email from Tesla’s O’Connell to the top jobs adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown: “This is unhelpful.”


In mid-August, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid shared his dismay at the unfolding process at a press conference, telling home-state reporters, “I would not start counting jobs on Tesla…I’m not sure they aren’t playing us.”

But Nevada still wanted in the game—and Tesla, finding no takers elsewhere at $500 million, was ready to play. Most of the final deal was already in place. To give Tesla free land, Hill had orchestrated a three-way agreement to pay for it at public expense. Gilman and his partners would give the automaker the now-level 980 acres. As compensation, the state would pay Gilman’s group $43 million to purchase right-of-way to extend a four-lane road through the industrial park to U.S. Route 50, a major highway. The state would also build the road, at a cost of another $70 million. “That’s our reward,” says Gilman. The industrial park’s owners had sought the extension, which will cut travel times while opening up thousands of acres for development, for more than 15 years.

construction at Tesla's "gigafactory" outside RenoScrapers prepare Tesla’s new factory sitePhoto by Winni Wintermeyer for Fortune

Tesla would get $1.1 billion in abatements: 20 years without paying sales tax on equipment and construction materials (worth $725.8 million), 10 years without property taxes ($349 million), and a 10-year break on payroll taxes ($29.4 million). It would receive $8 million in electricity discounts.

All the subsidies would start kicking in after Tesla hit targets for job creation and investment. To offset lost education taxes during a decade in which children of gigafactory workers are certain to boost enrollment, Tesla agreed to donate $37.5 million to local public schools starting in 2018. It would give $1 million to battery research at the University of Nevada.

Sandoval also agreed to push through a bill to legalize direct car sales in Nevada, one of six states that permitted automakers to sell only through licensed dealerships. By contrast, in Texas, the state Automobile Dealers Association wrote an open letter to state legislators, urging them to resist any temptation to spike the law to win the gigafactory. That letter, says O’Connell, was “extremely unhelpful.” It wasn’t the only factor, he says, but adds, “It’s hard to imagine us making a $5 billion investment in a state where we can’t sell cars.”

The final piece remained: Even if Tesla couldn’t have half a billion, it still wanted cash to help build the project. Hill found a solution: The state would give the company $195 million in transferable tax credits previously set aside for filmmakers and insurance companies, which it could then sell. Tesla agreed. Combined with the $113 million in highway funds and $1.1 billion in abatements, that brought the total tally to $1.4 billion.

In the last days of August, Nevada’s Hill joined Tesla’s O’Connell and its CFO on a conference call. “I think we’re done,” O’Connell told Hill. Nevada had won the prize.


As of Labor Day, Texas (and Arizona and New Mexico and California) didn’t know that Tesla had made its choice. They still harbored faint hopes that they’d somehow land the factory.

That day Musk called Nevada’s governor to make it official. The next day Sandoval briefed delighted legislative leaders, laying plans for a Thursday press conference in Carson City to trumpet the news, followed by a special session to approve the legislation to benefit Tesla. (Grisham realized Texas had lost when he read about the news conference.)

But there was one final obstacle. According to Hill and Nevada assembly speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who both attended the meeting, Musk—who was in Europe, then due in Japan for its launch of the Model S—had a schedule conflict with the press conference. Kirkpatrick insisted the deal couldn’t go forward without him. “He’s got to be here,” she declared. “We insisted that he tell Nevada residents himself that he was willing to invest in our state.”

Tesla 'gigafactory", Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Elon Musk, Steve HillMusk (center,wearing no tie) with state officials at the deal’s announcement in Carson City, Nev.Photo: Cathleen Allison—AP

The state team, it seems, didn’t entirely trust Musk. Hill wanted him to give a public assurance—even after reaching an agreement with Nevada—that he wouldn’t put his factory someplace else. Hill didn’t want the New Mexico treatment. “This was a very significant step for Nevada,” says Hill. “We didn’t want to take the step and then not have the project.” Musk agreed to upend his schedule. He arrived rumpled and bleary-eyed from London for the public announcement on the capitol steps.

It was a heady victory for Nevada. The little Silver State had bested the likes of Texas and California. The governor, standing on the steps of the capitol with the Tesla CEO, called Musk “a rare visionary who has the courage to reach beyond and to convert the unthinkable into reality.” Tesla, the governor later declared, has “changed the trajectory of our state forever.” Over 20 years, Sandoval predicted, the gigafactory will generate 22,000 jobs, including indirect employment, and add $100 billion to the Nevada economy. (Several outside experts have disputed those claims, saying they rest on shaky assumptions, anticipating an unknowable distant future.)

Tesla Thursday SessionFrom left: Nevada’s development chief Steve Hill and Gov. Brian Sandoval present a commemorative license plate to Tesla’s Diarmuid O’Connell.Photo: Tim Dunn—Reno Gazette-Journal

Still, the victory came at an eye-popping price, generating criticism in the press. Nevada is paying more than $200,000 for each of the 6,500 direct jobs the gigafactory is supposed to create. “I read Nevada’s incentive package,” says former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who negotiated with Tesla for its first assembly plant. “They literally handed over Reno and Las Vegas, lock, stock, and barrel.” Richardson is quick to add, in a rueful comment that captures the bind that states find themselves in, “I probably would’ve done the same thing as Governor Sandoval. It’s a lot of jobs in a recessionary period. You create a new kind of economy in your state.”

For his part, Musk noted that Nevada hadn’t even offered the biggest package (San Antonio would claim that title). Low costs and high speed had carried the day, he said. “It’s a real get-things-done state,” Musk declared. “The biggest single factor was time to completion.”

By November, when Musk discussed the deal on an earnings call, he sounded exasperated with continued condemnation of the terms he had extracted from Nevada. Calling the deal a “super-good idea” for the state, he said the criticism “kind of bugs me. I thought we got an okay incentive package, given the scale, but not a super-huge one.”

This story is from the December 1, 2014 issue of Fortune.