“Bob” Seldon Lady

“Bob” Seldon Lady, l’ex capo della stazione della CIA a Milano, colui che comandava i 23 agenti della “super agenzia” yankee condannati in Italia per aver sequestrato, torturato e poi fatto “scomparire” l’iman egizio Abu Omar nella città italiana di Milano nel 2003, era una figura chiave nella rete che dall’Honduras ed El Salvador scambiò armi per cocaina a sostegno della contra nicaraguense negli anni ’80.
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Lady, un nordamericano di 52 anni, è nato nell’Honduras e partecipò insieme a suo padre in operazioni dell’Agenzia Centrale d’Intelligence degli Stati Uniti nella guerra sporca contro i sandinisti nicaraguensi, prima di arruolarsi dopo il 2001 in una “Operazione Condor” in versione mediorientale.
Tra i 26 imputati della fase iniziale della causa in Italia, si trovava una donna – Betnie Medero – ora presuntamente residente in Messico che è stata a capo del comando così come una misteriosa funzionaria del Dipartimento di Stato, Mónica Courtney Adler.
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Tra i membri del comando di sequestratori, è di particolare interesse il caso di Betnie Medero. Questa donna di 33 anni aveva l’incarico di seconda segretaria nell’ambasciata degli Stati Uniti a Roma. E’ arrivata in Italia nell’agosto 2001 con credenziali diplomatiche e – secondo il Corriere della Sera – ha personalmente diretto il sequestro in situ, oltre ad avere poi assicurato il trasferimento dell”ostaggio fino alla base statunitense di Aviano, nel nord del paese. Ora si ritiene che sia in Messico, con legami con la locale ambasciata USA, secondo lo stesso quotidiano italiano.
Medero ebbe due complici principali in quest’azione, che sembra ripresa da un film di Hollywood: James Thomas Harbison, di 58 anni , e Vincent (o Vicent o Vicente) Faldo, di 57 anni. Comunque, le caratteristiche del capobanda, Robert “Bob” Lady, illustrano l’estensione delle operazioni dell’agenzia nordamericana in tutto il mondo. Figlio di William “Bill” Lady, un vecchio agente della CIA radicato in Honduras, “Bob” Lady diresse insieme a Manuchar Ghorbanifar – un sulfureo negoziante iraniano – la vendita segreta di armi all’Iran che, insieme alle operazioni di narcotraffico dirette da El Salvador da Félix Rodríguez Mendigutía e Luis Posada Carriles, hanno provocato il più grande scandalo che colpi l’amministrazione Reagan.
Lady portò avanti i suoi loschi collegamenti sotto gli ordini del tenente colonnello dei marines Oliver North, che ha anche comandato le operazioni ad Ilopango, anch’esse allo scopo di fornire illegalmente armi alla contra nicaraguense.
Queste operazioni si svilupparono anche in parallelo con la rete di contrabbando del multimilionario Gerard Latchinian, padrino dell’imprenditore Yehuda Leitner, attuale fornitore di armi ed di equipaggiamenti per reprimere della dittatura Micheletti.
“Bob” Lady continuava ad operare in America Centrale nel 1994, quando la spia Aldrich Ames “lo bruciò”, rivelando il suo nome all’intelligence sovietica, secondo quanto sostiene la stampa nordamericana. Il suo nome fu poi associato al “Nigergate”, quell’operazione di disinformazione che giustificò l’occupazione dell’Iraq con il pretesto – completamente inventato – che Saddam Hussein tentava di acquisire uranio in Niger.
Lady è fuggito precipitosamente dall’Italia nel giugno 2005, quando seppe che la magistratura di quel paese si interessava del sequestro di Abu Omar. Avvertita, sua moglie, cancellò tutti i files del suo computer, ma gli specialisti della polizia riuscirono a recuperarne una buona parte. Anzi, gli inquirenti trovano prove del soggiorno di due settimane di Lady in El Cairo, proprio quelle in cui cominciò l’interrogatorio dell’iman di Milano.
Alcune fonti assicurano che “Bob” Lady si trova ora di ritorno in America Centrale.
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Da L’ex capo della CIA a Milano coinvolto nella rete terroristica di Posada Carriles, di Jean-Guy Allard.

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  1. The CIA ordered its secret prisons closed, but lawyers for terrorism suspects want them preserved as possible evidence—and the CIA won’t say what’s going on.

    Whatever happened to the so-called “black sites,” where suspected terrorists were held overseas by the CIA and submitted to harsh interrogations that included torture? On April 9, CIA chief Leon Panetta issued a statement notifying CIA employees that the agency “no longer operates detention facilities or black sites”—which were effectively shut down in the fall of 2006—”and has proposed a plan to decommission the remaining sites.” In the months since then, lawyers for several terrorism suspects have been trying to determine the status of these sites, as they seek evidence for their cases. But the US government has refused to disclose anything about what it has done with these facilities.

    In his statement, Panetta noted, “I have directed our Agency personnel to take charge of the decommissioning process and have further directed that the contracts for site security be promptly terminated.” (He added that the suspension of these private security contracts would save the agency up to $4 million.) Though Panetta’s order might have seemed like good news to civil libertarians and critics of the Bush-Cheney administration’s detention policies, lawyers for several detainees who had been held in such sites immediately worried about one thing: “We thought they would be destroying further evidence,” says George Brent Mickum IV, a lawyer for Abu Zubaydah, a captured terrorism suspect (…)

    Was anything left at these black sites to preserve? No doubt, some of these facilities were makeshift and could have been packed up rather quickly and their equipment destroyed or shipped off. If records existed at these facilities, they could have been easily shredded. In any case, even though Panetta has publicly discussed the sites, the CIA is refusing to discuss them. “Because this involves a matter before the court, it’s not something on which I can comment publicly,” remarks CIA spokesperson Paul Gimigliano. That is, he won’t confirm or deny if Panetta’s public decommission order has been carried out. The final status of these facilities remains in the dark.

    Whatever Happened to the CIA’s Black Sites?,
    di David Corn
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2009/11/whatever-happened-cias-black-sites

  2. There’s a certain beauty to the Freedom of Information Act. Even when the government won’t give you something under it, they still have to give you a list of what it is they’re not giving you. So when the government decided that it would not release the documents the ACLU has been seeking regarding the CIA’s destruction, it still had to provide a description—including a date—of each document it was withholding and what its rationale was for doing so.

    A date and the description of a document can tell you a lot. That’s why the ACLU was able to announce today that it now knows “the precise date the tapes were destroyed” and has “evidence that the [Bush] White House was involved in early discussions about the proposed destruction.”

    Marcy Wheeler has the highlights of the chronology that the new list provides. I’ve added some comments for context.

    November 1, 2005: Bill Frist [then the Republican Senate majority leader] briefed on torture.
    November 1, 2005: [Washington Post reporter] Dana Priest reveals the use of black sites in Europe. In response, CIA starts moving detainees from the countries in question.
    November 3, 2005: [Judge] Leonie Brinkema inquires whether govt has video or audio tapes of interrogations. CIA IG Report on Manadel al-Janabi’s death completed.
    November 4, 2005: Member of Congress writes four page letter to CIA IG.
    November 8, 2005: CIA requests permission to destroy torture tapes. CIA reaffirms March 2005 statement that all interrogation methods are lawful. Duncan Hunter [R-Calif.] briefed on torture. Pete Hoekstra [R-Mich.] briefed on torture.
    November 9, 2005: CIA confirms destruction of torture tapes. Doug Jehl article on spring 2004 CIA IG report on interrogation methods appears.
    November 14, 2005: Govt tells Brinkema it has no audio or video tapes.

    This is yeoman’s work (par for the course from Marcy). If you can’t tell, it shows that the tapes were destroyed right after Judge Brinkema and Congress asked about them. That looks pretty damning. Here’s Jameel Jaffer, the director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, explaining the White House involvement:
    [T]he tapes were destroyed immediately after the Washington Post reported the existence of the CIA black sites and the New York Times reported that the CIA Inspector General had questioned the legality of the agency’s torture program.

    The index also lists the earliest known record of White House participation in discussions about destroying the tapes—an e-mail dated February 22, 2003 revealing that CIA officials met with Bush administration officials to discuss how the agency should respond to a letter from Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) advising the agency not to destroy the tapes. While it was known previously that the White House participated in discussions about the disposition of the tapes, this is the earliest record to date of any such discussions.

    I’ll say the same thing I said about the Obama administration’s suppression of perhaps thousands of torture photos two weeks ago: this smells like a coverup.

    The Torture Tapes: What We Know Now,
    di Nick Baumann
    http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/11/torture-tapes-what-we-know-now

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